Resurrection: The Complete First Season On DVD

June 23, 2014 at 5:00 am

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Resurrection: The Complete First Season

ABC’s March 2014 series Resurrection is now available on DVD. That means you still have time for this PG fantasy drama before its second season begins.

Brief plot summary:
Dead Jacob, Caleb, Rachel and more return unaged to Arcadia, Missouri. This miracle confuses and complicates the lives of those whom they touch. Secrets unravel along with psychological and emotional consequences. Mysteries, cold case and new crimes, plot twists, and cliffhanger hooks abound. How did the deceased get back to Arcadia? Are they dangerous?

Only My Opinion:
Resurrection’s concept is not new. Both the Old and New Testaments relate second chance stories with the most spectacular that of Christ. Its cast including Frances Fisher (Lucille Langston), Matt Craven (Fred Langston), Devin Kelley (Maggie Langston), Landon Gimmenez (Jacob Langston), Kerwood Smith (Henry Langston), Mark Hildreth (Pastor Hale), Samaire Armstrong (Elaine Richards), and Sam Hazeldine (Caleb Richards) is solid pro. What bothers me is that its story remains pointless, not spooky, with no real surprises. I keep wondering why, why, why… and how immigration agent J. Martin Bellamy fits into the puzzle.

Here’s the trailer for the first episode.

The Complete First Season of Resurrection includes eight episodes–Resurrection, Unearth, Two Rivers, Us Against the World, Insomnia, Home, Schemes of the Devil, and Torn (finale) plus bonus features Resurrection: Building a Mystery, On Location in Georgia, Bloopers, and Deleted Scenes. Available online and at retailers, this ABC Studios release has a 344 minute running time and a $29.99 SMRP.

Have you watched Resurrection? Did you like it?

Desperate Housewives The Complete Eighth and Final Season DVD Review

October 5, 2012 at 5:00 am

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Desperate Housewives The Complete Eighth and Final Season DVD

  • DVD Release Date: September 25, 2012
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Run Time: 987 minutes
  • Number of discs: 5
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: French, Spanish, English
  • Studio: ABC Studios
  • ASIN: B005Z28M58

Desperate Housewives was the longest running comedy-drama-mystery featuring an ensemble cast of all female leads Teri Hatcher (Susan Mayer), Felicity Huffman (Lynette Scavo), Marcia Cross (Bree Van de Kamp), Eva Longoria (Gabrielle Solis), and Brenda Strong (deceased Mary Alice Young). Their heavy dialogued roles were quirky and contrary to women’s traditional roles in society.

Its cancellation this year after an eight season prime time run disappointed many fans. Fan Alert: Desperate Housewives, the Complete and Final Season was released on DVD September 25, 2012. Perverted Alejandro’s death, its cover up, anonymous threatening letters, loan sharks, unexpected pregnancy, alcohol problems, terminal illness, suicidal moments, divorce filings, birth and death build to the climatic conclusion of Bree’s court case, a wedding, a birth and a death, and the future of the four housewives. It is about moving on, fighting for one’s man, role reversals, and political ambitions.

Join the ghosts from the street to take another look at Wisteria Lane, Fairview, Eagle State and its departing residents. Bet the cliffhanger ending with other women moving could hold seasons of troubles and secrets.

The 5-disc set of Desperate Housewives, Season 8, with a 987 minute running time and a $45.99 list price, is available online and in retailers nationwide.

The 23 episodes include:

  • Secrets That I Never Want to Know
  • Making the Connection
  • Watch While I Revise the World
  • School of Hard Knocks
  • The Art of Making Art
  • Witch’s Lament
  • Always in Control
  • Suspicion Song
  • Putting It Together
  • What to Discuss, Old Friend
  • Who Can Say What’s True
  • What’s the Good of Being Good
  • Is This What You Call Love?
  • Get Out of My Life
  • She Needs Me
  • You Take for Granted
  • Women and Death
  • Any Moment
  • With So Little to Be Sure Of
  • Lost Power
  • The People Will Hear
  • Give Me the Blame
  • Finishing the Hat (double episode)

Bonus features include I guess This Is Goodbye; Final Commentary; Bloopers; and Deleted Scenes. What a final kiss goodbye!

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Once Upon A Time: The Complete First Season DVD Review

September 27, 2012 at 5:46 pm

Once Upon A Time The Complete First Season Dvd

Once Upon A Time: the Complete First Season

  • DVD Release Date: August 28, 2012
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Run Time: 946 minutes
  • Number of discs: 5
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: French, Spanish
  • Studio: ABC
  • ASIN: B0058YPL66

In case you believe fairy tales are meant only for children, please remember that they were originally told by word of mouth many centuries ago as cautionary tales for adults.  They often coupled pain, suffering, and unhappy events with fantastic transformations. So adapting Once Upon a Time stories into a contemporary series is fitting and entertaining psychological drama.

The five disc box set of Once Upon a Time:  The Complete First Season includes original 22 episodes:

  • Pilot
  • The Thing You Love Most
  • Snow Falls
  • The Price of Gold
  • That Still Small Voice
  • The Shepherd
  • The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter
  • Desperate Souls, True North
  • 7:15 A. M.
  • Fruit of the Poisonous Tree
  • Skin Deep
  • Whatever Happened to Frederick
  • Dreamy
  • Red-Handed
  • Heart of Darkness
  • Hat Trick
  • The Stable Boy
  • The Return
  • The Stranger
  • An Apple Red as Blood
  • A Land without Magic

This fantasy-drama series is set in Storybrooke, Maine and its upside down parallel world.   It is a the war of good vs evil that only Emma Swan (Jennifer Morrison) and son Henry (Jared S. Gilmore) can solve. Who is adopted Emma Swan really?  Can she protect the town?  Can she dispel the curse frozen in time?   Can she believe in happy endings and live happily ever after?

A book of fairy tales hints Storybrooke is not what it seems.  Love potions that cloud memories and poisoned apples that make believers of unbelievers heighten  a plot built on trysts, abandonment, kidnapping. It’s a story of action and romance with Mary Margaret Blanchard (Ginnifer Goodwin), David Nolan (Josh Dallas), Regina Mills ( Lana Parilla), Mr. Gold (Robert Caryle),  August W. Booth (Eion Bailey), Archie Hooper (Raphael Sbarge), and Sheriff Graham (Jamie Dornan) and their fairy tale counterparts Snow White, Prince Charming, the Evil Queen, Rumpelstiltskin, Pinocchio,  Jiminy Cricket, and the Huntsman.

Clips can be found on YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/show/onceuponatime) and EPK.tv.

Once Upon A Time: The Complete First Season DVD bonus materials includes Fairy Tales in the Modern World. Building Character, Welcome to Storybrooke, The Story I Remember… Snow White, The Fairest Bloopers of Them All, Audio Commentaries, Deleted Scenes.

The Complete First Season of Once Upon a Time is available online and in retailers nationwide.  Released August 28, 2012, the Blu-ray version has a 946 minute running time and a $45.99 SMRP.

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Body of Proof: Complete Second Season DVD Review

September 25, 2012 at 5:00 am

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Body Of Proof Season 2

  • DVD Release Date: September 18, 2012
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Run Time: 854 minutes
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Portuguese, Spanish
  • Studio: ABC
  • ASIN: B0058YPI5K

As a Dana Delany fan, the cancellation of the series China Beach disappointed me.   She excelled in her role as Vietnam War army nurse Coleen Murphy. I’m glad ABC made use of her talents and cast her as medical examiner Dr. Megan Hunt in the series Body Of Proof.  She comes through as smart, independent, pensive, and complex.   Boy, do the complications in her messy personal life, especially her ex, her estranged daughter, her boss, and her enemies make her on-screen life interesting!

Body of Proof:  The Complete Second Season builds on the dramatic success  of Season One.   Megan Hunt and her team  solve medical mysteries by following the trail of evidence’s twists and turns.  They work to expose the nitty gritty gruesomeness of death so that the dead have justice.   Some of the segments shown are extremely graphic.

Cases include  a serial killer, a body in the trunk, a body in the freezer,  a mistaken identity, an undercover cop,  a pharmaceutical rep, a teen rave attendee, a champion equestrian, a lazarus man,  a medical school cadaver,  a lottery winner, perfect parents, a bride, nanny, and sensational case, killer virus, and arson victims.

This is an episode listing:

  • Love Thy Neighbor
  • Missing
  • Lazarus Man
  • Point of Origin
  • Second Chances
  • Hard Knocks
  • Love Bites
  • Gross Anatomy
  • Your Number’s Up
  • Falling for You
  • Shades of Blue
  • Sympathy for the Devil
  • Cold Blooded
  • Occupational Hazards
  • Home Invasion
  • Identity
  • Going Viral (Parts 1 and 2)
  • Mind Games

I watched every episode first run on ABC and I will be rewatching them all again and again.  Body of Proof:  Complete Second Season’s twenty episodes  with an approx. 854 minute running time are all on this four disc collection.  Body of Proof:  Complete second season is avalable September 18, 2012, online and at local retailers nationwide wit a $39.99 SMRP.

Bonus features include

  • Design of Body of Proof : Living Space
  • Bodies of Body of Proof; The Stunt Work of Body of Proof
  • Taking the Plunge/Prepping the Stunt/Collision Course
  • The Effects of Body of Proof:  Playing with Fire
  • The Fashion of Body of Proof; Body of Goofs
  • Outbreak: Webisodes

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Scandal: Season One DVD Review

June 23, 2012 at 5:00 am

Scandal Season One DVD

Scandal: Season One

  • DVD Release Date: June 12, 2012
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Portuguese, Spanish
  • Studio: ABC Studios
  • ASIN: B007MDB6Y2

The series Scandal came on television as a mid-season replacement. Committed to another show by then, its promo was not enough to change my viewing habits. Still I was curious as to what tales it would tell. So when I was offered an opportunity to review its first season, I quickly accepted.

Is it any wonder that television would create the series Scandal given that political scandals have played out center stage for the last half-century? Is it any surprise that the presidency is an ideal focal point for infidelity, assault, mental illness, alcoholism, drug addiction even murder? Oh, the stories that could be told about the family dynasties who have wielded power!

Fictional Scandal does not claim to be based on real life. Still its episodes reflect heavily on today’s world and problems. Could that be the influence of former George Bush aide Judy Smith ? So many of the characters remind this viewer at least of identifiable, prominent American leaders.

Kerry Washington (Olivia Pope)’s dysfunctional staff includes womanizer Stephen Finch (Henry Ian Cusick), litigator Harrison Wright (Columbus Short), investigator Abby Whelan (Darby Stanchfield), hacker Huck Finn (Guilermo Diaz), and recruit Quinn Perkins (Katie Lowe) solve gray area problems legally or illegally. Their clients regularly claim they are innocent – a half truth at best.

The initial two episodes, Sweet Baby and Dirty Little Secrets, are much talk and not enough show. Subplots within the episodes are weakly developed and not compelling. Therefore, many roles are characterized weakly. Everyone has secrets.

The pace changes quickens in Episodes Three -Five, Hell Hath No Fury, Enemy of State, and Crash and Burn. The plot thickens as the White House, its personnel, and its secrets become public. One wonders is there a good politician as one watches President Grant (Tony Goldwyn), VP Sally Langston (Kate Burton),First Lady Mellie Grant (Bellamy Young), Presidential Chief of Staff Cyrus Beene (Jeff Perry), and VP Chief of Staff Billy Chambers (Matt Letscher), connive, deal, and double deal.

The past is better revealed in Episode Six The Trail. Kerry Washington has been having an affair with the President. Pregnant former White House intern Amanda Tanner leaks her pregnancy then dies. Cub reporter Giddeon Wallace (Brendan Hines) is murdered as he is about to release his story. Quinn Perkins discovers him, her lover, dying and becomes her own firm’s client. U. S. Attorney David Rosen (Joshua Malina) works to sort out relative truths.

Evil Alert: Do not trust Mellie Grant or Cyrus Beene. The strength of Scandal lies in its hairpin plot twists and whiplash character reveals. Just when it seems that one mystery is solved, another a la prime time soap is exposed. Will President Grant’s administration survive? Since Scandal has been renewed for another thirteen episodes, its last episode Grant: For the People ends in a cliffhanger.

The political thriller Scandal is available online and in stores July 26, 2012. With a $19.96 SMRP, it has a 449 minutes running time. It also includes bonus features Scandal: Setting the Pace; Scripting Scandal; and Gladiators in Suits: Casting a Series.

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Brothers and Sisters Season 3 DVD Review And Giveaway

October 8, 2009 at 5:20 am

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Brothers and Sisters: The Complete Third Season

Own it on DVD on September 1, 2009
Feature run time: 1,032 Minutes
Rated: ‘TV-14-DLS’, PG (CAN)

Burbank, Calif., July 14, 2009 – Family bonds bend, but never break, for five dissimilar siblings in Brothers & Sisters: The Complete Third Season, coming to DVD on September 1, 2009 from Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment. The six-disc DVD includes every episode from the third season of the acclaimed ABC television series, plus exclusive cast interviews, deleted scenes and much, much more.

The Walkers are everything anyone could ask from a family—and a few things no one would want. The Complete Third Season of this compelling one-hour drama continues to follow the sprawling California-based clan as they face the complications of contemporary American life. Passionately devoted mother Nora Walker (Sally Field), her grown children and their loved ones contend with romance, parenting, divorce, infidelity, addiction, war and even death.

Brothers & Sisters: The Complete Third Season stars two-time Oscar® winner Sally Field (Best Actress for Norma Rae, 1979 and Places of the Heart, 1984)—who won a 2007 Lead Actress Emmy® for her Brothers & Sisters role as family matriarch Nora Walker—Rachel Griffiths (“Six Feet Under), Rob Lowe (“The West Wing”), Calista Flockhart (“Ally McBeal”), Balthazar Getty (“Alias”), Dave Annable (“Reunion”), Luke Macfarlane (“Over There”), Sarah Jane Morris (Seven Pounds), Matthew Rhys (The Edge of Love), Ron Rifkin (“Alias”), Emily VanCamp and Patricia Wettig (“Prison Break”).

Bonus Features

  • Bloopers
  • Deleted Scenes
  • The Mothers of Brothers & Sisters — The cast of Brothers & Sisters discuss the amazing role mothers play in their lives.
  • The Ojai Experience — This intriguing featurette takes viewers on a tour of a real-life family winery in Ojai, California with members of the Brothers & Sisters cast and offers a taste of the truth and the fiction behind running a family wine business.
  • In-Between Scenes — A behind-the-scenes look at the on-set high jinks that kept the Brothers & Sisters ensemble on their toes—and laughing—during the shooting of Season Three.

Brothers and Sisters, which airs on ABC Sundays at 10:00 P. M. (EST) recently released its Season 3 to DVD on September 1, 2009. Running time is 1,033 minutes.

Those of you familiar with the series already know that Brothers and Sisters was #33 prime time last year and averaged 10.6 million viewers per episode. Brothers and Sisters is great writing. I just wish that the plot content under-developed, at times, would delve deeper. I guess storyline dictated twists and turns make that hard to do though.

For those of you unfamiliar with the series, here is a little about the last year:

The upper class, pampered Walkers of Pasadena, California, five siblings and their devoted mother, live together but seldom are a big happy family. Their arguments, clashes, quarrels, and hurt feelings get in the way. Blackmail, firings, what is in a book, and adoption fears push their feelings to the limits. When life-threatening crises erupt, confrontations become emotional and volatile. Stressful situations involving Ojai Foods, money pit charity, medical emergencies, and a lost son take tolls too.

Love is put to the test. Marriage at a crossroads, a father’s indiscretion, and the truth about Ryan Lafferty’s mother –all cost. Every crafted plot is tangled, detangled, then retanged again and again. Watch carefully as Robert’s big secret is probed, Tommy’s has legal troubles, Nora meets her new half brother, and Ryan confesses what he has been hiding.

Brothers and Sisters is star power drama. It includes:   matriarch Nora Walker (Sally Field), gay son Kevin (Matthew Rhys), daughter Kitty Walker McCalister (Calista Flockhart), eldest son Tommy (Balthazar Getty), single-mother sister Sarah (Rachel Griffiths), and drug-addicted veteran son Justin (Dave Annabelle). These roles are stellar cast.

Then there is the extended family of Rebecca (Emily VanCamp), no longer lovechild now Justin’s love; Holly (Patricia Wettig), late William’s mistress; Robert McCalister (Rob Lowe), Kitty’s political husband; Saul (Ron Rilfkin), Nora’s now out of the closet sage brother; and Scotty Wandell (Luke Macfarlane), Kevin’s life partner. What a powerhouse ensemble–articulate, inspiring, and irksome!

Fans will enjoy the video’s special features, specificlly:
(1) The Ojai Experience, a trip into wine country
(2) In Between Scenes, cast and crew practical jokes
(3) The Mothers of Brothers and Sisters, interviews with Saly Fields and Patricia Wettig
(4) Bloopers and Outtakes
(5) Audio Commentaries
(6) Deleted Scenes

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Desperate Housewives Season Five DVD Review

October 5, 2009 at 5:02 am

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Desperate Housewives: The Complete Fifth Season

Own it on DVD on September 1, 2009
Suggested retail price: $59.99 US; $79.99 Canada
Feature run time: 1032 min.
Rated: US ‘TV-14 DLSV’; Canada ‘14A’
Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment

Burbank, Calif., July 14, 2009 – Wisteria Lane’s most delicious season of deception and backstabbing to date comes to DVD on September 1, 2009 from Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment with the arrival of Desperate Housewives: The Complete Fifth Season. The multi-
disc set includes every Season Five episode of the long-running Emmy® and Golden Globe winning series, as well as exclusive bonus features that will shock and delight viewers with new revelations.

The ladies of Wisteria Lane have still more scandalous secrets to unveil in their fifth season, as Susan (Teri Hatcher), Lynette (Felicity Huffman), Bree (Marcia Cross), Gabrielle (Eva Longoria Parker), Katherine (Dana Delaney) and Edie (Nicollette Sheridan) give the residents of Fairview plenty to talk about. The show’s subversively funny take on suburban life reveals all the juicy secrets lurking behind closed doors in this seemingly perfect community.

The two-time winner of the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series, Desperate Housewives: The Complete Fifth Season stars Teri Hatcher (Coraline), Felicity Huffman (Transamerica), Marcia Cross (“Everwood”), Eva Longoria (Over Her Dead Body), Nicollette Sheridan (Code Name: The Cleaner), James Denton(“Threat Matrix”), Doug Savant (“24”), Ricardo Antonio Chavira (“Six Feet Under”), Dana Delany (“Kidnapped”), Neal McDonough (“Boomtown”) and Kyle MacLachlan (“In Justice”).

Bonus Features

  • Teri & Cherry – A look at Wisteria Lane’s dynamic duo!
  • Desperate Housewives: Evolution of a modern classic
  • Cherry-Picked: Marc Cherry’s Favorite Moments from Season 5
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Bloopers
  • Audio Commentaries

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I personally prefer episodic television to prime time soap opera with its bible plot. I like to take shows or leave them. I want to be able to watch as regularly as I have time and not set the clock for the next show lest I get hopelessly lost and confused in plot. With that said, the ladies of Wisteria Lane are an exception to that opinion. Desperate Housewives, Season Five is one Red Hot Edition. And, when the last episode ends, you will find yourself waiting for the new season to begin.

Of course, there is the big cliffhanger. As Mike begins to exchange wedding vows, just who is his bride? Is it his old wife Susan or his new love Katherine? I suppose you will just have to tune in ABC at 9/8c September 27, 2009, to get the answer.

Meanwhile to get you up to speed, five years have passed since Season Four. Mike and Susan have had their baby, been involved in a fatal motor accident, and have divorced. Susan’s lover is about to be deported Jackson. Mike and Katherine have hooked up. Gabrielle is no longer glamorous and beautiful. Carlos regains his eyesight. Bree becomes Business Woman of the Year. Orson is a thief undergoing therapy. Lynette’s family is coming to pieces. Tom seems to be having a mid-life crisis. Bob and Lee let on when Andrew dates Doctor Alex that he was in a gay porn movie. Edie’s new husband David is under psychiatric care.

Mary Alice, who most of you know committed suicide at the opening of Desperate Housewives first season, narrates to fill in gaps. Handyman Eli Scruggs dies. Gaby is involved when Maria kills Carlos’s boss Bradley. Edie dies. The arc where Doctor Heller disappears and his murderer commits arson to cover it up has seven die by its end. The wrong man is fingered. Hallucinations, the bizarre, sex…they complicate every episode.

If you like cat fights, character comeuppances, devious plotting, jealousy driven women, contriving children of all ages, mother problems and more, Desperate Housewives Season Five has it all. This show is truly a darkly comic look at life in suburbia.