Thursday, December 31, 2009

End of the Year DVD list

I've been compiling an end-of-the-year DVD list for releases that came out in 2009. And without further ado, here they are:











John Lennon & The Plastic Ono Band Live In Toronto '69
This DVD contains the only performance caught on film by the above named band. John and Yoko sharing the stage together is quite a site to see. If you are a fan of John Lennon, I highly recommend you check it out. Yoko is real annoying here, but John does his magic on stage which turned out to be one great performance.











The Middleman: The Complete Series
Defending the Earth against against “exotic problems” is a tough job. But it never looked funnier than it does in The Middleman. This set released by Shout! Factory contains the entire series in a collectible 4-disc set. For fans of the bizarre and anything related to graphic novels, definitely give this one a try.












Parker Lewis Can't Lose: Season One
Finally! One of TV’s best series to come out in the past 20 years gets released on DVD. Parker Lewis was the hit series on FOX that was around in the early 90’s. Parker, you may remember, was the Ferris Bueller-ish character that made this series memorable. Witty, funny, and wildly entertaining, this DVD set of the first season is not to be missed.












BROTHERS & SISTERS: THE COMPLETE THIRD SEASON
This kind of show is usually not my cup of tea. However, if you are into family dramas, then this set may be right up your alley. A six-disc set of this ABC show starring Sally Field and Calista Flockhart, BROTHERS & SISTERS: THE COMPLETE THIRD SEASON contains all the episodes along with cast interviews and deleted scenes to keep you entertained. Like I said, it’s not my type of show, but if you are, then you’d dig this set.












Transformers: Season Two, Vol. 1 25th Anniversary Edition
Shout! Factory continues to please fans again with the release of Transformers: Season Two, Vol. 1 25th Anniversary Edition. Optimus and company are back this time in a 4-disc set with the first 28 episodes from the show’s second season. Old and new fans alike will enjoy this collectible set that reminds us just how damn good this series was.











G.I. Joe A Real American Hero: Season 1.2
Yo Joe! I haven't seen the movie yet, but from what I hear it can't hold up to the original animated series. Speaking of which, the second part of the first season put out by Shout! Factory contains 22 episodes with all the explosive action that made this show such a hit. Great for adults and kids alike, this makes a great addition to any fan's collection.












Mr. Belvedere: Season Three
You didn’t think he was gone for good, did you? Everyone’s favorite snarky housekeeper is back in the DVD set of the third season. This set keeps the laughter coming with episode after episode of the 80’s hit show Mr. Belvedere. If you like you’re housekeepers overly-sarcastic, then don’t miss this one.












thirtysomething: the complete first season
I was too young to get into this show when it was out, but with the release of the first season on DVD, I can now see why it was a hit. This show taps into the lives and struggles of a group of “thirtysomethings” and is just as relevant now as it was then. On the DVD set you’ll find 21 episodes, a behind the scenes look at the show, and commentaries with the cast and crew. Check it out.











Mister Ed: Season One
Wilburrrr...
I remember seeing this as a kid on Nick At Nite. The infamous talking horse and his owner Wilbur provide tons of laughter in this DVD set of the entire first season. Released by Shout! Factory (surprised?), this set shows that this talking horse can never be outdated, and is still able to keep viewers laughing after all these years.












THE BIG BANG THEORY: THE COMPLETE SECOND SEASON
Who knew physicists could be so funny? This second season DVD set of the hit series THE BIG BANG THEORY proves that they can. With 23 episodes packed into this one set, let Leonard, Sheldon and friends show you just how funny they can be. Highly enjoyable, this set is one that is perfect for any fan of this hit series.











CASTLE: THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON
This one hit me by surprise. A bestselling novelist hooking up with a New York City detective to solve some serious crimes is just the right series to please any fan of crime mysteries. This three disc set contains lots of suspense and some extra features such as bloopers and extended scenes to make it a very entertaining collection to own.












LIFE ON MARS: THE COMPLETE SERIES
One of the best series I watched on DVD this year, LIFE ON MARS: THE COMPLETE SERIES is one that I’ll be checking out again down the road. When a NYC police detective gets mysteriously transported from 2008 back to 1973, things get pretty strange. This set contains all the episodes of this intriguing and suspenseful series and is one of this year’s best releases.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Saint Nicholas: A Story of Joyful Giving (DVD)











I'm a sucker for Christmas specials. That's one thing that hasn't left me since I was a kid. I'm more biased towards the traditional ones (i.e. Rudolph, Santa Claus Is Coming To Town, etc) since that's what I grew up watching. Recently I just checked out the latest from the VeggieTales catalog titled Saint Nicholas: A Story of Joyful Giving. With the trademark quirky humor that comes with most Big Idea productions, this holiday special tells the story of Saint Nicholas, the world’s greatest giver. It is a fun look at the origins of St. Nick, and one that is worth watching during the holidays. Although the music annoyed me at times, overall it is an entertaining show to watch with the family.

Monday, December 21, 2009

Great Comfort Records










With Christmas fast approaching, a lot of us can probably use some good music to chill out to. Something to warm and comfort your soul. I would like to recommend two albums that I believe are destined to be classics. These are Salvation Is Created and ‘Come O Spirit!’ Anthology of Hymns, and Spiritual Songs Volume 1. Under the new Great Comfort Records, who’s founder is Lenny Smith (yep, Danielson’s dad) these two albums have some of the most creative spiritual tunes that you’ll get a chance to hear. If you’ve ever longed for the day when you’d hear some real creative songs rich with spiritual themes, then look no further than these albums.

‘Come O Spirit!’ Anthology of Hymns, and Spiritual Songs Volume 1
Track List
1. I Sought the Lord
2. It Is Finished
3. Come, O Spirit!
4. Jesus, Savior, Pilot Me
5. Just A Closer Walk
6. Open Thou Mine Eyes
7. The Mourner's Prayer
8. Hard Times
9. Kyrie
10. Be Still My Soul
11. How Calm And Beautiful the Morn
12. Lord, I Believe
13. He Never Said A Mumblin' Word

Salvation Is Created
Track List
1. O Come, O Come Emmanuel
2. Joy Joy!!! (featuring Devon Sproule and Paul Curreri)
3. Bring A Torch Jeanette, Isabella (featuring Ben + Vesper)
4. O Little Town Of Bethlehem (featuring Sarah Fullen)
5. Let All Mortal Flesh (featuring Elin K. Smith)
6. Messiah (featuring Robert Heiskel)
7. Silent Night (featuring Diane Birch)
8. Out Of Heaven (featuring Derek Webb and Evan Gregory)
9. Veiled In Darkness (featuring Matt Bauer and Maeve)
10. Salvation Is Created (featuring Aimee Wilson)

Friday, December 18, 2009

SpongeBob SquarePants: Season 6, Volume 1











If you’re looking to liven up your holidays with laughter, look no further than the DVD set for SpongeBob SquarePants: Season 6, Volume 1. With more Spongie-goodness than you can imagine packed into one set, Season 6 Volume 1 is guaranteed to have you gasping for breath with laughter. Over 300 minutes of SpongeBob fun is packed into this 2 disc set. Included are 24 side-splitting stories and the SpongeBob History Song to provide hours of enjoyment. This one would make a great gift for that special someone who’s fond of Mr. SquarePants. Or, if you just want to treat yourself, this set should do the job.

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

EXTRACT - FREE DVD GIVEAWAY!











Listen up, because this is your chance to win a FREE DVD copy of Mike Judge's latest film EXTRACT! Starring Jason Bateman, Kristen Wiig, Ben Afleck, and Mila Kunis, this film takes a wacky look at the life of the employees of a flavor extract factory (see clips below). To enter for your chance to win the DVD (which releases on December 22), simply email me at societys.elite@gmail.com with any movie quote from Mike Judge's cult classic Office Space. The deadline for this is December 16th, and I will notify the winner via email on the 17th.

Good luck!





Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Relient K - Forget And Not Slow Down










Like wine, Relient K's music gets better with age...

I love it when I'm caught by surprise. After hearing "Five Score", I was convinced that Relient K isn't a band that's destined to be a forgotten act. In fact, with each new release, they get better and better. This time, they put out what may be their best yet: Forget And Not Slow Down. What has been a rough past year or so in singer Matt Thiessen’s love life (apparently he had a bad breakup) has turned into a rebirth in creative freedom for his music. The jist of this album can be found in the album’s title “Forget And Not Slow Down”. Basically the theme is to forget about the negative things that weigh us down and move forward with life. The album is laced with honest lyrics about going through those rough times in life. You could say it’s therapeutic. Ironically there is a track titled “Therapy” to support this idea. Overall, this album contains the trademark catchy hooks that Relient K has become famous for and some thought provoking lyrics making it one of the year’s best releases.

Lily Allen - It's Not Me, It's You




Here's another review by Amica Paige...





Lily Allen has graduated from mere flippancy in her sophomoric first album to a classier, more composed cheek with such melodic ease and lyrical wit in conveying her insights in It’s Not Me, It’s You. This time, she confronts societal norms, conformity, youth, relationships, and self-absorption of all sorts—in short, life—and calls for an openness that’s evocative of the late George Carlin, unapologetic, but that’s altogether chic, sassy, and melodious. With its delightfully varied sound that’s intermittently indie, jazzy, retro, as well as country, this album is a complete fare that’s entirely seasoned with sophisticated sarcasm for those finer, contemplative moments.

With the opening track’s, “Everyone’s At It”, sobering message about drug prevalence which infect all of society, “from grown politicians to adolescents”, and that could only be solved by admission, the song is in sheer contrast to its breezy melody, easy synth, and subtle beats,

Likewise, “The Fear” has a contradictory upbeat sound for such grave lyrics describing a human frailty caused by worldliness:

“I want to be rich and I want lots of money
I don’t care about clever…about funny
I want loads of clothes…diamonds
…people die while trying to find them
…take my clothes off…
…that’s how you get famous…
I don’t know what’s right or real anymore
…how I’m meant to feel anymore
...cause I’m being taken over by the fear
Life’s about film stars and less about mothers
…all about fast cars and cussing each other
But it doesn’t matter ‘cause I’m packing plastic
…makes my life so f**king fantastic
And I am a weapon of massive consumption
…how I’m programmed to function
I’ll look at the Sun and I’ll look in the mirror…
…I’m not a saint but I’m not a sinner
…everything’s cool…I’m getting thinner
…I’m being taken over by fear”

“Not Fair” is a galloping western bop that’s in sardonic contrast to what’s being sung, which is the utter dilemma of being in a relationship fraught with mounting discontent over the kind of sexual intimacy one is engaged in.

“22” is an 80’s jingle reminiscent of Belinda Carlisle’s “Circle in the Sand” or Madonna’s “Cherish”, but where they cooed about a seeming frivolity, Allen coolly croons about the difficult feat of confronting societal standards which declares that the only thing left for a 30 year old lady to do is to wait for the “man of her dreams”.

“I Could Say” is a song of liberation from that certain “chip” on the shoulder, wherein Allen cheekily chirps, “Since you’ve gone, I’ve lost that chip on my shoulder… I’ve gotten older…the whole wide world is my stage… …I’ve been let out of my cage”.

“Back to the Start” has perhaps the fastest danceable rhythm, as in the 80’s new wave with a subtle chime-like synth, that conversely plays a message of apology for one’s past jealousies and an appeal to start over.

“F**k You” sweetly expresses defiance against intolerance, with a kick in the air, joined arms a la the Rockettes, repeated chanting of “F***k you very very much”, and sticking both tongue and lollipop in the cheek, while jumping to the tune’s pulsing beats.

The following tracks have similarly breezy melodies, but with slightly slower tempos:
While “Never Gonna Happen” relates an unsteady relationship, “Who’d Have Known” examines a growing affection. And “Chinese” is quite the song, as well as the food, to have around when thinking about cuddling in front of the TV with a dear one. And whereas Allen blithely questions god in “Him” with unquestionable cynicism, she airily hoots about a father’s neglect and desertion with unmistakable sarcasm in “He Wasn’t There”.

Have this album for easy, thoughtful listening with a bit of shake. It’s especially soothing for those inspired moments when you’re itching to break out the paint, write, or simply be creative in other ways.

Monday, December 07, 2009

KOBE DOIN' WORK (DVD)











I THOUGHT SPIKE LEE WAS A KNICKS' FAN???

Mr. Spike “Do The Right Thing” Lee is known for many things. Film director and die-hard Knicks fan are two that come to mind. That’s why I was surprised when I heard he made a film about Lakers’ all-star Kobe Bryant. Well whatever his motivation, Spike made a fine film following Kobe on court during a very pivotal game in the 2007-08 season. Kobe Doin' Work is an in-depth look at one of the NBA’s best players during a game between the Lakers and Spurs. With Kobe as the narrator and footage from the game filmed using 30 cameras, you literally feel like you are on the court yourself. For any serious basketball fan, this is as close as you can get to feel like you are a player yourself. The camera work in this film is incredible, and I was very impressed with this film that’s definitely not the standard “Spike Lee Joint”. Overall, Kobe Doin' Work is a very entertaining look at a tremendously talented player.

Friday, December 04, 2009

The Ting Tings - We Started Nothing




Here's a review of The Ting Tings by my associate, Amica Paige...






The Ting-tings.

Have you heard their ting? That you haven’t heard their tunes is very unlikely since their debut album was released sometime last summer, topping the U.K. chart and sending the tireless Madonna to rest then. Here are my two cents on yet another grand act to emerge from Big Ben’s soil: upbeat and offbeat. Fresh is hard to come by these days even in a highly advanced society, and the irony is we’ve been there, done that, seen and heard it all, and recycled, revised, and repackaged so heavily as we’ve figured out the formulas, that there seems to be very little left to be discovered as original, especially in music. Hence, it’s always refreshing to see those who manage to reinvent and rise above the crowd every now and then, regardless of how long they stay up. And when one creates a distinct sound, it’s got a certain ring, or ting, that will cause you to listen again and again. And this dynamic duo’s certainly got it. They most certainly have that “ting” factor. The funky fusion of Jules De Martino’s dominant drumbeats and Katie White’s sometimes brazen, sometimes fragile, and frequently distressed or defiant vocals merged with their various other musical elements and influences, one of which echoes a pared-down, 80’s new-wave among others, power the invisible machine behind their playful sound. Their music is a little fresher and groovier than most of its contemporaries that currently saturate our airwaves. Even as the duo chant “We Started Nothing” incessantly in their finale, the 8-tract album can serve as an instant tonic to get you started in those days needing a bit of jolt, with Great DJ, That’s Not My Name, Fruit Machine, Shut Up…, Keep Your Head, We Walk, Impacilla Carpisung, along with the title tract, or just keep you coolly on your feet, with the Traffic Light and Be The One, even if only for a little more than half an hour, unless you have it on repeat.

Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Daybreakers trailer

Check out the new Daybreakers trailer!

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

SpongeBob Square Pants: Truth or Square (DVD)











Stop what you’re doing and get ready for the Krusty Krab's "Eleventy Seventh" anniversary. On the DVD for the TV movie SpongeBob Square Pants: Truth or Square, fans can expect to be treated to a hilarious time at Bikini Bottom. With a running time of about 108 minutes, this DVD contains the Extended Director’s Cut of the Truth or Square movie, along with some extra goodies. Features such as the karaoke music videos and the behind-the-scenes look at the SpongeBob opening make this a great addition to any DVD collection.

Check it out!

Monday, November 30, 2009

THE KEVIN SMITH COLLECTION (Blu-ray)











One of NJ’s finest!

Being that I’m from NJ, I take pride when I see Jersey boys make it big. I remember seeing a little known film called Clerks back in the 90’s. It blew me away. The dialogue and comedy was perfection. When I found out the filmmaker was from NJ, it was one of those “A-ha” moments. Suddenly I saw the film in a different light. I saw characters in the film that reminded me of people that I grew up with. It was then that I became somewhat of a Clerks fanatic. Ok, enough rambling for now. Let’s get down to business: THE KEVIN SMITH COLLECTION on Blu-ray. If you love K-Smith’s films as much as I do, then you will NOT be let down with this set. On here are new Blu-ray Editions of Clerks and Chasing Amy, along with Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back. I remember the days of renting these on VHS, so to see these remastered versions was truly an awesome experience. The video quality never looked better. Each individual disc contains HOURS of entertainment with the film and all the bonus features. These aren’t really the kind of movies you need to watch on Blu-ray to really get the film. It’s the witty dialogue and trademark humor that does the trick all by itself. But what makes this set really stand out is the BONUS FEATURES. I am not kidding when I say that I spent hours glued to the TV with these extra features. The Clerks disc has a really long feature showing you how Clerks eventually became the cult classic that it is today. You get to see pieces of Kevin Smith’s life growing up, interviews with friends and family and much more. The Chasing Amy disc has some really great Q&A with the cast, giving you further insight into Kevin’s neurotic relationship issues that inspired this great film! Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back (their “selling out” film”) has commentary with Kevin Smith, Scott Mosier and Jason Mewes, Deleted Scenes, a gag reel, and lots more.

I guess I’m biased because of the fact that I consider myself a K-Smith movie buff. But seriously, this set is one of the best that I’ve come across. Overall, I consider this one a big hit.

SHNOOGENS!

Thursday, November 19, 2009

UP (DVD)











I swear, Pixar's films get better with each new release.

One thing that’s been consistent with Pixar’s films is how much they amaze me each time I watch. Although, I was a little let down by Bolt. However, Up restored my faith in Pixar’s ability to create a technologically advanced and profound film. The animation and story for Up is one of Pixar’s best to date. With the DVD finally out, us viewers finally get a chance to bring it home. As always, Disney puts out a high quality set with the 4-disc Blu-ray & DVD Combo Pack. With crystal clear video and amazing sound quality, this is a must have set. Packed with extra features galore including commentaries, an original short film about my new favorite movie dog named Dug, and alternate endings that the filmakers thought of using to get rid of the enemy known as Muntz! Seriously, I can’t tell you how entertaining this set really is without seeing it for yourself. Overall, Up is one of the most adventurous animated films in recent years that has a subtle way of reminding you to not let life pass you by. I highly recommend checking it out.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Skillet - Awake










Veteran hard rockers known as Skillet are out with a new album called Awake. Notice I used the word “veteran”, because well, they’ve been around the Christian rock scene for some time. However, recently they started getting more recognition in the music industry. I remember seeing them featured not too long ago for Awake in a Best Buy circular under the hot new acts section. It’s funny though because Skillet isn’t really a new act. Like I said, they’ve been around for some time. Well, I guess they’re new if you’re not too familiar with Christian rock. Anyway, if you never heard them, Awake is a great album to start with. I’d say if there’s an album that will thrust them into the limelight, this will be the one. Skillet is one of those bands who’s at their best when their rocking hard AND playing sweet ballads. It’s hard to pull off songs on both extremes like that, but Skillet does it quite well here. For example, one of the album’s harder tracks called Monster is trademark Skillet. It’s an aggressive song that deals the internal struggles that most of us can relate to. On the other hand there is the slower song Don't Wake Me, which is the perfect example of how they can pull off a nice ballad. Overall, this is an album worth checking out whether you’re a long time fan, or just finding out about Skillet.

Monday, November 16, 2009

SUPERMAN/BATMAN: PUBLIC ENEMIES (DVD)










Get ready for an awesome film experience with the latest animated DC Universe Animated Original Movie: Superman/Batman: Public Enemies. This is one tense film. With a Kryptonite asteroid on its way to hit Earth and Lex Luthor as the nation’s President, things don’t look too bright. Add in the fact that Luthor puts out a $1 billion bounty on the heads of Superman and Batman and declaring them enemies, things look pretty bleak. But leave it to the Man of Steele and the Dark Knight to rise up against some insurmountable odds. This film (out now on DVD) takes a unique look at what it would be like to see an enemy become a President, and our heroes become outlaws. Like every other DC Universe Animated Original Movie, this one is rated PG-13 and it appeals to grown-ups hungry for a good action film, as much as younger viewers. The animation, story and action scenes are very impressive in this film. Overall, it’s hard to pick my favorite out of these DC Original movies that WHV keeps putting out. But I would have to say that this one is definitely in the top 3. Overall, it’s a film I definitely recommend to anyone looking for a good superhero film.

MUTEMATH - LIVE AT NOKIA THEATER NYC








I saw MUTEMATH in concert this weekend. This marks the 4th time that I’ve seen them in NYC, and so far I’ve never been disappointed. The last 3 venues I saw them play were B.B. Kings, Gramercy Theater, and Irving Plaza. This time was different as they played right in the heart of Times Square at the Nokia Theater. I was reminded how far this quartet from New Orleans has made it when on my way to find parking, I saw their video for Typical played on the big screen outside the theater. This show was part of their “Armistice Fall Tour”, so I already expected to not hear the soaring intro that they’ve always done to start off their shows before exploding into Typical. This time, the band wasted no time when they took the stage as the floor started rumbling to the thunderous track The Nerve. With the crowd singing “Set it on fire!” along with Paul Meany, it was a great way to bring in their new material in a live setting. I admit when I first heard the Armistice album, I wasn’t as impressed as I thought I would be. However, it grew on me after time and I enjoyed it each time I played it. Hearing them played live was a different experience. If you thought hearing songs like Backfire, Clipping, and Armistice were great, wait until you hear them in concert! The execution of each track was flawless, giving me a new appreciation for their latest album. Of course, it wouldn’t be a real MuteMath show without hearing songs like Control, Chaos, Typical, and Break The Same (which they all played). However one of the best surprises of the night came when they played a song that only the most loyal MuteMath fans would recognize: Peculiar People! I was real happy to see them play that song, as it is the second song I heard from them back in 2005, after hearing Control. Overall, MuteMath put on a hell of a performance, giving these Tri-State fans exactly what they came to see: a loud, energetic, and unforgettable performance. If you never saw this band live, I highly recommend doing so the next time they come around.

Friday, November 13, 2009

ZORRO THE COMPLETE FIRST AND SECOND SEASON (DVD)












Get ready for some action with ZORRO!

No, we’re not talking about Antonio Banderas version. I’m talking about the ORIGINAL, black and white Disney series that’s been re-released on an awesome DVD collection. Seasons 1 and 2 have been brought to DVD and they come in a special tin collector’s case and contain each episode in some really clear audio and video quality. These sets are definitely a must have for any fan. As always expected from Disney, they provide this time some really high quality sets for Seasons 1 and 2. I enjoyed watching these very much. To be able to relive this classic show and see it in all its DVD glory was a lot of fun. To give you an idea of what’s on these sets, check this out:

All 78 episodes
Both sets hosted by Leonard Maltin
Each set includes a Zorro pin, an authenticity certificate, and exclusive Lithograph

Thursday, November 12, 2009

David Dark - The Sacredness of Questioning Everything











David Dark is a pretty smart guy. He’s the kind of guy that uses big words that will have you grabbing your dictionary to understand. His writing is thought-provoking and engaging. With all of that said, he’s got a new book out. This one is called The Sacredness of Questioning Everything, and it will really stretch your mind. As you can tell from the title, this book encourages “questioning”. Questioning what, you may ask? Question our pre-conceived notions about God, philosophy, politics, you name it. In fact, he says true questioning is actually healthy. Using lots of pop-culture references, personal stories, and his unique perspective on things, this book is definitely an eye-opener. It may shake some people out of their comfort zone, but it is definitely a valuable piece of literature.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

David Crowder Band - Church Music











There’s much more to David Crowder than the beard.

David Crowder Band is one of the most creative bands you’d hear these days. The thing is, they make music for the church (Christian). So chances are if you’re not a Christian, you probably haven’t had the chance to hear this great band. There’s been this ongoing debate about what defines “Christian” music, and whether or not it simply all sucks. There is the “Christian version of a mainstream act”, which usually equates to a lack of creativity from an artist where they see their music strictly to share their faith. While I can see where they are coming from, the quality of the music is usually low. Now here’s the kicker with David Crowder Band. They are definitely “Christian” as far as the messages in their songs. That part is clear so you know where they stand with that. But the quality of their sound is definitely original and I would even say better than some mainstream acts. The thought just popped in my head if there’ll be a day when we’ll see a mainstream version of a Christian band. One thing is sure, if that day ever comes, David Crowder Band would be the band that people copy from. Take their latest album Church Music for example. If I had to choose one word to describe it, I would say EPIC. From start to finish this is a well produced, hypnotic album that takes you away with each track. With this band, you never know what to expect with their wide range of influences. Here, they incorporate everything from rock to electronica to create probably their best album to date. Another nice surprise is the guest appearances by the band Eisley and Lacey from Flyleaf on various tracks. So if you’re already a fan of the DCB, then you’ll see they upped their standard a bit more on this release. And I must say, even if you’re not a believer, give this album a try. You’ll be in for a surprise. Trust me.

Friday, November 06, 2009

Ice Age: Dawn Of The Dinosaurs (DVD)











The gang is back from Ice Age, and this time they meet some more prehistoric friends. As if the Ice Age films weren’t good enough, adding dinosaurs to the cast makes it a whole lot better! Ice Age: Dawn Of The Dinosaurs finds Manny as a proud new dad, and Sid thinking he is one. When Sid finds some abandoned eggs, he takes them as his own, not realizing they’re dino-eggs! That sets off a chain of events that put the gang against some Jurassic giants! This film was lots of fun to watch. Just like the others, everything from the animation and comedy is in top form. The DVD is out now and it contains lots of fun extra features such as two special Scrat shorts, deleted scenes, director’s commentary, and an Ice Age digital story book maker. Make sure you don’t miss out on this one!

Wednesday, November 04, 2009

Two and a Half Men: The Complete Sixth Season (DVD)











I don’t have the time to keep up with regular TV. That’s why I’m thankful for TV sets on DVD. Two and a Half Men is one of those shows that I would watch religiously, if I had the time. Since I don’t, I’m glad to be able to catch it on DVD. The latest season to be released on DVD is season six. This four-disc set contains all 24 crazy episodes of this hilarious show. Yeah, sometimes it’s over-the- top, but that’s what makes it great. Charlie Sheen and Jon Cryer work great together as the comedic duo of the show. One of the highlights of this sixth season is seeing Charlie’s character begin to take some responsibly when he thinks he’s the father of one of his ex-girlfriend's kids (the joke's on him)! Overall, this is a great DVD set that provides hours of laughter.

Smallville: The Complete Eighth Season (DVD)











The eighth season of the longest running “Superman” TV series is out in a fantastic DVD set. Otherwise known as Smallville (you heard of it right?), this show proves that it’s among TV’s best as it has made it this far. In this eighth season, two characters draw closer to their destiny: Clark as Superman, and Davis Bloome as Doomsday! The season is filled with so many thrills and new characters that it leaves no room for it to be lacking in entertainment value. On this DVD set, all 22 episodes are here along with tons of extra features, including a special one called “Smallville’s Doomsday: The Making of a Monster.” This set is extremely entertaining from start to finish and I highly recommend it.

Tuesday, November 03, 2009

SATURDAY MORNING CARTOONS 1960s VOLUME 2 and SATURDAY MORNING CARTOONS 1970s VOLUME 2 (DVD)












Prepare yourself for some awesome animated fun with the new releases of SATURDAY MORNING CARTOONS 1960s VOLUME 2 and SATURDAY MORNING CARTOONS 1970s VOLUME 2 on DVD.

On these sets, Warner Home Video features some of the best cartoons that spanned both decades. There are over five hours of animated goodness on each set giving viewers plenty of shows to indulge in. To give you an idea of what's included on each set, check this out. On the 1960’s set, there are 2-discs with a nice mix of retro classics such as The Jetsons, Quick Draw McGraw, Young Samson and Goliath, The Bugs Bunny Show, The Porky Pig Show, The Adventures of Gulliver, The Wally Gator Show, and The Magilla Gorilla Show! The 1970’s set also is a 2–disc set and it contains episodes from shows such as The New Adventures of Gilligan, Valley of the Dinosaurs, Sea Lab 2020, Amazing Chan and the Chan Clan, The Bugs Bunny/Road Runner Hour, The Tom and Jerry/Grape Ape Show, and The New Adventures of Batman and Robin!

For anyone that loves cartoons, these sets provide hours and hours of pure entertainment. With all these rare shows on each set, I definitely think these are not to be missed!

For your viewing pleasure, check out these video clips from the DVD's:





Monday, November 02, 2009

Eleventh Hour - The Complete Series (DVD)











What do you think of when you hear the name Bruckheimer? Do you think only of blockbuster movies? How about a real thought provoking TV show? Eleventh Hour is a fast-paced series produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and it’s out for the first time on DVD. This show is based on the British miniseries by writer Stephen Gallagher and it’s one that effectively combines science and the excitement of a great investigative show. Think of it like X-Files, minus the UFO’s and paranormal stuff. The Complete Series DVD set is one that is a must see for anyone that likes their crime dramas mixed in with a little scientific crises. Starring Rufus Sewell and Marley Shelton, this show is not to be missed. This packed set contains 6-Discs with 18 Episodes from this memorable show. For more info on where to get this exclusive DVD set, click here.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

17 Again (DVD)











I wish Matthew Perry would start getting more roles. He’s probably my favorite actor out of the Friends cast and I was happy to see him star in 17 Again. Yeah I know Zac Efron is really the main star here, but Perry had an important role too playing the elder Mike O'Donnell. I didn’t expect much going into this film, other than a slapstick comedy. But it was the universal theme of a guy that’s unhappy with his life and at risk of losing his family that got me. I really liked the humor in this film and think this is the one to break Zac Efron out of High School Musical limbo. Expect to see more of him in the near future. Overall, this was an enjoyable film that a lot of people facing a family crisis can relate to, and laugh along the way.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Donald Miller - A Million Miles in a Thousand Years











Donald Miller is back with a new book titled A Million Miles in a Thousand Years. For those of you familiar with Don, you’ll probably remember a little known book called Blue Like Jazz. This book is what thrusted Don into national spotlight as a bestselling author. Don’s unique writing style is one that brings the reader into the story rather than just being a spectator from the outside. His transparency makes you feel like you’ve known him personally for a while. In A Million Miles, his style hasn’t changed much, except for the fact that he seems a little more mature and wiser. You won’t find any stories about confessional booths on college campuses or penguin sex, but you will get inspired to really LIVE life to the fullest. To sum it up, Don takes the opportunity to edit his life just like a character in a movie. And he invites us to do the same. It’s hard to come away from a book like this and not see life differently. Having said that, I recommend this book to anyone who’s stuck in a rut. Scratch that. I recommend this book to everyone.

Monday, October 26, 2009

CRASH: THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON (DVD)











What’s not to like about a show that has Dennis Hopper ranting and raving like a madman?

Based on the hit film, Crash is a Starz TV series that tackles the issue of race relations in Los Angeles. The show hits on a real touchy subject and doesn’t back down from displaying the real ugly side of the characters’ lives. Family tensions, corrupt cops, sex, drugs and drama galore are shown here in this hard hitting show. Watching the hell that some of the characters go through is enough to show you how not to live. And I must say, the acting is very convincing, especially Dennis Hopper’s crazy old-man record producer character. Anchor Bay Entertainment has put out the complete first season on DVD and I was satisfied checking out the set. The quality of the transfer from TV onto DVD is impressive and it includes all episodes from this show’s first season. However, I’m curious to see how far they can take this show when there’s so much competition on the other cable networks. Time will tell.

Elvis Costello - Secret, Profane & Sugarcane










I am NOT a fan of country music. But when I hear that music legend Elvis Costello made a country album, it's enough to make me tune in. You may be saying, "Elvis Costello playing country??? Who's next? David Bowie?" Yep, I was just as baffled myself. But playing Costello's album Secret, Profane & Sugarcane has at least allowed me to see country in a whole new light. I'm still not a big fan, but I can appreciate the style just a little more. Elvis really went all out in creating an album that is way outside his usual genre. The end result is an album that is pleasing to hear, even for someone like myself who NEVER enjoyed country.

Friday, October 23, 2009

LEGEND OF THE SEEKER: THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON (DVD)











There’s nothing like watching a solid epic story transformed on TV. Speaking of epic stories, Legend of the Seeker is a fantastic series that joins the ranks of some of TV’s best shows. Executive produced by Sam Raimi, Legend is based on the best-selling “Sword of Truth” novels and it is loaded with mesmerizing effects and some great acting. It’s a show that I hope will stay on for a while. With the release of the entire First Season on DVD, fans won’t be disappointed with this amazing set. With top-notch audio and video quality, this 5 disc set contains all 22 episodes for viewers to enjoy. Everything from the packaging down to the features on the discs is impressive. Speaking of the features, there are plenty to enjoy on here from behind the scenes interviews to audio commentaries. Overall, it’s one set that doesn’t let down. And to give you a little glimpse, here are some clips to check out.



Nick Swardson: Seriously, Who Farted? (DVD)











This should get an award for one of the best DVD titles of the year.


Nick Swardson is not the type of comedian that makes you think about deep issues (i.e. George Carlin). But even though you won’t find anything much to ponder on, the guy is one funny bastard. Yeah, his material is juvenile and you eventually get tired of hearing how wasted he gets. But the guy can make you laugh. For example, take his DVD special titled Nick Swardson: Seriously, Who Farted? I watched it recently and amidst all his stories on getting piss drunk and his adventures as a single guy, I found myself laughing hard. One skit in particular about why he can’t wait to be old had me cracking up. For a standup comedian, Nick is one talented dude. And on this DVD, he puts that talent to use. However, I’m curious to see if he adds more thought-provoking material as he gets older.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

The Proposal (DVD)











With romantic comedies, I’ve gotten to the point where I can predict what will happen at the end. It’s not some psychic power I have. It’s just that the movies are so predictable. That doesn’t mean that they aren’t enjoyable though. Take The Proposal for example. From the first time I saw the previews I already knew what to expect. But as predictable as it is, it is an entertaining film. Out on DVD, The Proposal stars Sandra Bullock as a bitchy boss in a book publishing company and Ryan Reynolds as her dutiful assistant. When she gets threatened with deportation because of an issue with immigration (she’s Canadian), she quickly thinks up a scheme by stating that she’s engaged to Reynolds. For the rest of the film they need to pretend they’re engaged, even going as far as visiting Reynolds’ family in Alaska! That’s when the film has its funniest moments. There are some pretty funny skits in The Proposal as well as some heartwarming moments, but it’s not unlike anything that’s been done before. However, this is a great “date film” to watch or if you’re in the mood for some quick laughs. Overall, it’s not the most original film, but it’s one that is sure to entertain.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Ugly Betty: The Complete Third Season (DVD)











Is there anything more to be said about Ugly Betty that hasn’t already been? This highly addictive show is no doubt one of TV’s best. All you Betty lovers out there, the DVD set for the Third Season is an awesome collection to own. This season is filled with lots of fun and surprises including guest appearances by Bernadette Peters, Ralph Macchio, and Lindsey Lohan. We also get to see lots of changes in Betty’s life as she moves to a Manhattan apartment, earns a slot at YETI (Young Editors Training Institute), and gets involved in some hilarious situations involving her wacky coworkers at Mode. The DVD set runs at about 946 Minutes and features lots of extras such as deleted scenes, bloopers, commentaries, and much more to enjoy. Overall, this set is a big hit.

Monday, October 12, 2009

DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES: THE COMPLETE FIFTH SEASON (DVD)











I never thought I'd enjoy watching Desperate Housewives, but I must confess that after seeing what goes on at Wisteria Lane in the DVD set of Season 5, I can see why this show is a hit. This set is filled with lots of juicy secrets, drama, and some hilarious scenarios that the cast gets involved in. Friendships and relationships are tested as the heat is turned up in this season. With a running time of over 1000 minutes, this DVD set contains every episode of this hit show. Along with the episodes are some bonus features (listed below) that add to the value of this set. Fans definitely will not get let down with this impressive DVD collection of Season 5.

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

Relient K

I had more appreciation for Relient K's music after seeing them live at the RevGen festival in NJ last month. Fans got their money's worth as the band put on a superb show, playing tracks from their first album up until now. After hearing how well they played live, I got interested in digging into some of their latest albums. The two that I wound up checking out were Five Score and Seven Years Ago and The Bird and the Bee Sides.












Starting with Five Score and Seven Years Ago, I must say this album is one that shows a much more mature band compared to their days of chanting "Sadie Hawkins". They still have their "tongue-in-cheek" style, but overall this album definitely shows their progression as a band to be taken seriously. From beginning to end, it's an album that you can play on repeat and be totally satisfied. The ending song Deathbed is an epic track that will bring you to tears, if you pay close attention. That was the song they finished their set with at RevGen and it was a very moving experience.












Next is The Bird and the Bee Sides. Released in 2008, this album is packed with all kinds of goodies for fans to indulge in. The band stretched their style a bit more here as there are songs containing country and ska influences. It's probably more enjoyable to listen to if you've followed the band for a while, especially since there are some rare tracks on here. Overall it’s an album that shows Relient K isn't destined to be a washed-up pop-punk band. These guys actually got skills!

Monday, October 05, 2009

SOUL-JUNK - 1960









Aint no junk on this album!

For anyone who’s familiar with Soul-Junk, you know that you can never expect what Glen Galaxy and friends will throw at you. For those that aren’t familiar, I suggest you pick up a copy of 1960 right now. Produced by Daniel Smith (yes, THAT one from Danielson), 1960 is Soul-Junk’s eleventh album, and one of the finest pieces of music you’d hear this year. If you don’t find yourself scratching your head sometimes while listening to Soul-Junk, then you’re not listening hard enough. Make no mistake about it, Glen Galaxy sings loud and clear about his faith. However this is not the “Christian music” that you think it would be. Listening to a few of SJ’s albums is enough to convince you that Soul-Junk is all about making true ART. And 1960 is no exception when it comes to great art. Listening to Glen sing his heart out over some really creative instrumentals on this album is a very moving experience. No doubt, this is one of the must-hear albums of the year, whether you’re a believer or not.

MUTEMATH - ARMISTICE











I’ve waited too long for this release. For most MuteMath fans, the anticipation for their second album was crazy. Now, we finally have Armistice. When I first got the album, I had to play it a few times to let it sink in. I expected a much more energetic album that was going to blow away the first. I wouldn’t go as far as saying that Armistice blew away their debut, but it is a more mature sound for a band that has a reputation for pushing boundaries. It’s hard to live up to ANY high expectation that is either put on you by others, or by yourself. With Armistice, I think MuteMath knew all eyes were on them leading up to its release. No matter what you think of their debut album, you shouldn’t compare it to Armistice. Why? Well you’ll miss out on a well produced, solid album from one of the industry’s most talented artists. Standout tracks for me were The Nerve, Backfire, Armistice and the amazing closing track Burden.