Category Archives: DVDs

Small-screen cut-ups

Marx Brothers celebrated in roundup of TV appearances

 The Marx Brothers TV Collection

The Marx Brothers TV Collection

DVD $39.97 (Shout! Factory)

 

Fans of classic television will flip over this roundup of more than 50 performances by the comedic trio of Groucho, Harpo and Chico on dozens of TV shows of the 1950s and ’60s (alongside Jack Benny, Dick Cavett, Dinah Shore, Red Skelton, Perry Como, Jackie Gleason, and many others), plus TV commercials and those-were-the-days episodes of Championship Bridge, Celebrity Golf and Celebrity Billiards, and a 40-page book of rare photos from the Marx Brothers family archive, program notes and an essay by a Marx Brothers historian.

 

—Neil Pond, American Profile Magazine

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Top Cops

On the Emmy-winning beat with the detectives in ‘Blue’

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NYPD Blue: Season Six

DVD $34.99 (Shout! Factory)

 

One of TV’s groundbreaking “cop” shows of the 1990s, this Emmy-winning network series ran for 12 successful seasons before finally hanging up its badge in 2005. This collection of all 22 season six episodes, available for the first time on DVD, continues the nitty-gritty, true-to-life adventures of New York police detective Andy Sipowicz (Dennis Franz) as he and his precinct partners (Kim Delaney, James McDaniel, Gordon Clapp) welcome a new cast mate, former Silver Spoons star Rick Schroder, in his breakthrough “grownup” TV acting role.

 

—Neil Pond, American Profile Magazine

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Far Out Man

Johnny Depp stars in head-trippy futuristic sci-fi thriller

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Blu-ray $35.99 / DVD $28.99 (Warner Bros. Home Entertainment)

What are the limits of artificial intelligence? In this sci-fi, not-too-futuristic thriller, Johnny Depp plays a researcher working on a machine that combines the knowledge with human emotion—a computer with consciousness, or “transcendence.” But forces are afoot to stop him, even as the secrets of the universe await—and the fate of the world hangs in the balance. Co-stars include Rebecca Hall, Cillian Murphy and Paul Bettany, and the Blu-ray comes with several making-of featurettes.

 —Neil Pond, American Profile Magazine

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Lights, Action, Wahlbergs

Donnie, Mark, other Wahlbergs star in reality-TV show

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Wahlburgers: The Complete First Season

DVD $19.98 (Lionsgate Home Entertainment)

The A&E reality-TV series about the Wahlbergs, centered around their family-owned restaurant in the Hingham, Mass., shows a domestic, hometown side to the Hollywood lives of actors Mark and Donnie, alongside their cousin Paul and their mom, Alma. Season one episodes includes various eatery escapades and offsite adventures, including visits from Mark’s fiancé, actress Jenny McCarthy, and Joey McIntyre, his former musical mate in the s’80s “boy band” New Kids on the Block.

 

 

—Neil Pond, American Profile Magazine

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War All Over

A round-up of HISTORY programs commemorates WWI centennial

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DVD $14.98 (Lionsgate Home Entertainment)

The first “war of mass destruction,” harnessing new powers of weaponry, technology and telecommunications in ways that had never been done—or seen—before, left 15 million dead, 20 million injured and changed the world’s perception of battle forever. Packaging together four HISTORY channel programs, including a new multi-part mini-series, this comprehensive roundup commemorates the centennial of America’s game-changing entry into global warfare with more than five hours of expert interviews, info gleaned from eyewitness accounts and high-tech re-creations.

 

—Neil Pond, American Profile Magazine

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Red, White & Snoopy

Charlie Brown & Co. reanimate American history highlights

This Is America, Charlie Brown

This is America, Charlie Brown

DVD, $26.99 (Warner Bros. Home Entertainment)

Originally airing in 1988 as an eight-part CBS miniseries, this delightful animated roundup of recently remastered 24-minute TV specials features a crash course in American history as Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus and the rest of the beloved Peanuts gang sail on the Mayflower, discuss the U.S. Constitution, watch the Wright brothers take wing at Kitty Hawk, dream of space travel, meet several presidents, explore the roots of American music and its composers, and bring other red, white and blue milestones to educational and entertaining cartoon life.

 

—Neil Pond, American Profile Magazine

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Grand Getaway

All-star cast scrambles in quirky romp against storybook backdrop

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The Grand Budapest Hotel

Blu-ray $39.99, DVD $29.98 (20th Century Fox Home Entertainment)

 

Director Wes Anderson’s latest quirky romp, set against the storybook-like backdrop of a once-grand Eastern European resort hotel, sends its all-star cast of F. Murray Abraham, Jude Law, Adrien Brody, Willem Dafoe, Jeff Goldblum, Harvey Keitel, Bill Murray, Edward Norton and Saoirse Ronan scrambling after a priceless stolen painting, trying to solve a puzzling murder mystery, and skittering across the snowy landscape on sleds, skis, trains, and motorcycles. Blu-ray bonus content includes several behind-the-scenes and making-of features, including an on-location guided tour with Bill Murray, who has appeared in every movie the director has ever made.

 

—Neil Pond, American Profile Magazine

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True Grit

Mark Wahlberg stars in real-life tale of survival behind enemy lines

Lone Survivor

Lone Survivor

Blu-ray $34.98, DVD $29.98 (Universal Studios Home Entertainment)

 

Mark Wahlberg headlines the cast in this intense, action-packed tale about a covert mission by four U.S. Navy SEALs in Afghanistan that goes terribly awry when they’re forced to make a moral decision that leads to an enemy ambush. Based on a true story, it’s a powerful, gung-ho, gut-punch drama about brothers in arms, heroism, courage and the sheer will to survive. Bonus content include several behind-the-scenes, making-of features, and an in-depth look at Marcus Luttrell, the real-life SEAL who received the Navy Cross and the Purple Heart for his actions in the mission on which the movie is based.

—Neil Pond, American Profile Magazine

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Nut Case

Classic Jerry Lewis Jekyll & Hyde parody celebrates 50th anniversary

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The Nutty Professor: 50th Anniversary Collector’s Edition

Blu-ray $54.99 (Warner Bros. Home Entertainment)

 

Jerry Lewis co-wrote, directed and starred in this 1964 parody, based on the tale of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, about a bumbling chemistry teacher, Julius Kelp, who invents a magic potion that turns him into a smarmy nightclub singer named Buddy Love. A comedy classic that’s even been recognized by the Library of Congress, it now celebrates its half-century milestone with a load of bonus features, including a CD of Lewis’ private prank phone calls; a 44-page script with Jerry’s notes; a recreation of a 96-page “inspirational” booklet Lewis made to rev up his disgruntled cast and crew; bloopers, outtakes and screen tests; and two complete additional Lewis movie comedies of the era, The Errand Boy and Cinderfella.

—Neil Pond, American Profile Magazine

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Of Man & Machines

He’s a little bit human, a lot of ’bot—and all cop

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Bluray $39.99, DVD $29.98 (20th Century Fox Home Entertainment)

A rockin’, sockin’ remake of the ’80s sci-fi cult classic about a Detroit policeman transformed into a crime-fighting cyborg, this updated tale of men, machines, capitalism and corruption in high places stars Joel Kinnaman, Gary Oldman, Michael Keaton, Abbie Cornish, Jackie Haley and Samuel L. Jackson, and comes packaged with nearly an hour of bonus content, including featurettes on the movie’s arsenal of heavy weaponry and the special effects behind the high-tech Robocop suit.

 

—Neil Pond, American Profile Magazine

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