Saturday, December 01, 2012

Digital Digest: Anger Management - Season One Arrives January 8; The Flintstones - I Yabba-Dabba Do! & Hollyrock-A-Bye Baby DVD Reviews


Welcome to Digital Digest! We've hit December already. Hopefully it's not too cold in your neck of the woods. News has picked up a bit this week. We have details on Anger Management's upcoming Blu-ray and DVD release, a preview of Tuesday's releases, and reviews of Warner Archive's The Flintstones - I Yabba-Dabba Do! & The Flintstones - Hollyrock-A-Bye-Baby. Let's get going!

DIGITAL NEWS
 
FX's Anger Management, starring Charlie Sheen, will be arriving on Blu-ray and DVD on January 8. Lionsgate Home Entertainment will release all 10 season one episodes from the highest rated new comedy series on cable. The 2-disc Blu-ray and DVD sets will have a MSRP of $29.97 and $29.98, respectively. Special features will include "Charlie's Baby" (New Interviews with Charlie Sheen, the cast and the series' creator), "Behind The Couch: Meet Charlie's Patients" (On set with the anger-impaired therapy group and the actors who play them), and "Anger Mismanagement" (Gag Reel).

Shout! Factory will release the short-lived Mike Judge animated series The Goode Family on January 8. The 2009 ABC series featured the voices of Mike Judge, Nancy Carell, Linda Cardellini and Brian Doyle-Murray. The Goode Family - The Complete Series will be a 2-disc set and have a $22.97 MSRP. Special features will include and interviews with cast and crew, unaired scripts, and original promos.

Lionsgate has scheduled Nurse Jackie - Season Four on Blu-ray and DVD for February 12. The 2-disc Blu-ray version will have a MSRP of $39.98. The 3-disc DVD version will have a $39.98 MSRP. Special features are not finalized, but both versions will include cast and crew commentaries, gag reel, "Cruz Control" Featurette: Bobby and Jake Cannavale Rock Season 4, and "On the Floor at All Saints" Featurette: Includes interviews with the nurses of All Saints. Lionsgate has also released the artwork for Weeds - The Final Season on Blu-ray and DVD, which are scheduled to be released on February 12.

We told you about Sony's MOD January 1 release of I Dream of Jeannie: 15 Years Later last week. TVShowsOnDVD.com has posted the artwork for the 1985 I Dream of Jeannie television movie. Sadly we lost Larry Hagman last week. He didn't return for the television reunion movies because he thought playing the character for five seasons was enough. Artwork has been released for Charlie's Angels - The Complete Fifth Season, which also arrives as a MOD release on January 1.

Last week we mentioned that Pan Am - The Complete Series was coming to DVD January 29 at a $30.99 MSRP. TVShowsOnDVD.com has posted the artwork for Sony's 3-disc set that will contain all 14 episodes of the short-lived ABC series. Special features will include Becoming a Pan Am Stewardess, The Berlin Set, The Life of a Stewardess, The Plane Set, and an Interview with Former Pan Am Stewardess & Executive Producer Nancy Hult Ganis.

Finally, we gave you some details on TBS' Windows 8 app on Wednesday. Users can watch videos from a wide range of comedy shows on TBS, including the late-night hit Conan; primetime originals like Men at Work, Sullivan & Son and Cougar Town; and acquired favorites like The Big Bang Theory and Family Guy. Highlights of the new TBS app include the Main Hub where comedy fans can dive right in with full access to featured video clips, TBS shows and the full TBS schedule. Personalized content will allow users can easily scroll through and view the wide array of comedy to find that perfect nerdism from The Big Bang Theory or the snappiest comeback from Men at Work. Featured Videos will include user favorites, like a classic Family Guy musical number. The TBS app for Windows 8 is now available for free download from the Windows Store.


UPCOMING WEEK PREVIEW

Tuesday (December 4) will have a few comedy releases. MPI Home Video has The Donna Reed Show - Season 5. Look for our review of that set soon. Sony has Bridget Loves Bernie - The Complete Series as a MOD set. HBO Studios is releasing Eastbound & Down - The Complete Third Season on Blu-ray and DVD. Paramount/CBS DVD gives us The Game - The Fifth Season.  20th Century Fox offers The Simpsons - The Fifteenth Season on Blu-ray and DVD. It's been delayed several times, but this could be the week for Cagney & Lacey: The Complete Series - 30th Anniversary. Finally, Paramount/CBS DVD wraps up the Mike Connors' detective series with Mannix - The Final Season.


BLOG FEATURE REVIEW

The Flintstones - I Yabba-Dabba Do! The Flintstones - Hollyrock-A-Bye-Baby

DVD Review: The Flintstones - I Yabba-Dabba Do! & The Flintstones - Hollyrock-A-Bye Baby (Warner Archive, $14.95 each)
by Pavan

Two classic '90s Flintstones primetime TV movies are now available on DVD from Warner Archive Collection! Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm are finally getting married...or are they? Thanks to the feuding of Fred and Barney, the Flintstones and the Rubbles may never talk to each other again! Will these star crossed lovers ever tie the knot? Watch your favorite stone age family's movie, I Yabba-Dabba Do and find out!!! And in Hollyrock-A-Bye-Baby, the Rubbles and the Flintstones head out west to glamorous Hollyrock to visit Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm after discovering they are going to be grandparents.

We have been getting the primetime specials on DVD from Warner Archive. It started with the 1977 A Flintstone Christmas. Last year, Warner Archive Collection gave us that special and also the 1993 A Flintstone Family Christmas special. Then we got The Flintstones Meet Rockula and Frankenstone (1979) and Flintstones Little Big League (1978) in a primetime specials volume 1 DVD. Then the remaining four specials came out in volume 2: The Flintstones' New Neighbors (1980), Fred's Final Fling (1980), Wind-Up Wilma (1981) and Jogging Fever (1981). Now we have two separate releases showcasing Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm in I Yabba-Dabba Do! (1993) and Hollyrock-a-Bye Baby (1993). In I Yabba-Dabba Do! (91:33), Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm are finally getting married...or are they? Thanks to the feuding of Fred and Barney, the Flintstones and the Rubbles may never talk to each other again! Will these star crossed lovers ever tie the knot? In Hollyrock-A-Bye-Baby (91:32), The Rubbles and the Flintstones head out west to glamorous Hollyrock to visit Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm after discovering they are going to be grandparents. But Pebbles is busy with her advertising career, while Bamm-Bamm is trying desperately to sell his screenplay and neither is prepared to deal with an over-extended parental visit. As Wilma and Betty try to take charge of baby prep, Fred and Barney set out to peddle Bamm-Bamm's screenplay, against his express wishes. Hollyrock players (including one voiced by Raquel Welch!), crime bosses and bowling bags add to the confusion before the next generation arrives on the scene. Each movie has 9 chapter stops each.

The packaging for this set is pretty standard and similar to the other Warner Archive releases for The Flintstone specials. For I Yabba-Dabba Do!, on the cover we have Barney, Betty, Fred, Wilma and Dino looking at Bamm-Bamm and Pebbles, as Pebbles has an engagement ring on. On the back, there is a nice photo of Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm at the altar with Dino looking on, along with info on the special and set. Inside the case, it is pretty bland again. There is no artwork on the panels again. There is one disc and it is on the right panel. The disc artwork has the same artwork as the cover art with the franchise logo imprinted on it. For Hollyrock-A-Bye-Baby, on the cover we have a nice family photo of the gang with Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm's new newborns! Even Fred's mother-in-law is there! On the back, there is a nice photo of star struck Fred, Wilma, Barney, Betty, and Dino, along with info on the special and set. Inside the case, it is pretty bland again. There is no artwork on the panels again. There is one disc and it is on the right panel. The disc artwork has the same artwork as the cover art with the franchise logo imprinted on it. All similar to previous releases for primetime specials.

The main menus aren't very exciting for both, but it is perfectly functional. For I Yabba-Dabba Do!, the main menu has a nice wedding shot of Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm inside a heart and a pink background. For Hollyrock-A-Bye-Baby, we have Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm by the crib of their baby with Dino watching and we have a nice blue background. No music is playing in the background for either set. The theme song would have been nice? We have a Play Movie option on both sets. There are no options for anything else, so it is simple. As mentioned, we have 9 chapter stops for both movies and they have the correct placements. All this is similar to the other primetime specials DVDs.

The video and audio quality of both sets look fine, for the most part. Both movies were from 1993, so they both look the same. There are white dots here and there, but it is still good. I give the quality an edge over the 1977-81 specials, so you can expect better audio and video here. There are no real major problems for both movies, so don't worry about it. As for the audio quality, it is clear and crisp. Unfortunately there are no subtitles or closed-captioning. The movies originally aired on ABC in 1993. Nothing much else to say, it is simple and it works.

There are no special features obviously on these sets since it is just two movies. Perhaps maybe some promos or other archival items for these two would have been nice to have, but I didn't expect it.

It is good we are completing the primetime specials/movies on DVD. These remaining ABC primetime movies are awesome. Now we have all of the 1977-1981 NBC specials on DVD and the '90s ABC movies! Nice! Now all the specials are nearly released! Only The Flintstones' 25th Anniversary Celebration, The Flintstone Kids' "Just Say No" Special, and Hanna-Barbera's 50th: A Yabba Dabba Doo Celebration remain, but those are not major ones. Heck, I want The Flintstone Kids or the series from the '70s more. Back to these sets, other than my minor nitpicks, these sets work and is on par with other releases from Warner Archive. It is simple and is just the movies, so not much was expected. For die-hard fans, you would be pleased, I think, and if you have all of the other sets released, this is for you. And for casual fans or first-time watchers, you'll like what you see on these movies. You'll have ti get both, though...so you get the full storyline. These movies have been rerun on TV a lot, so it is familiar. This is the perfect holiday gift for you or someone else. See the love of Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm!

(4/5 stars)

To purchase I Yabba-Dabba Do!, click below and help support SitcomsOnline.com:
Amazon.com / Warner Archive

To purchase Hollyrock-A-Bye-Baby!, click below and help support SitcomsOnline.com:
Amazon.com / Warner Archive

Related links:
SitcomsOnline.com Full DVD Reviews Page
The Flintstones TV.com Page


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Who to Follow: Danielle Fishel (Twitter), Actress/TV host. Student of psychology. Mom to two, four-legged furbabies (dogs). Big fan of sleeping, cereal, and dancing to pop/rap music.
Ben Savage (Twitter), Actor. Writer. Stanford grad. Sushi connoisseur. Zac Efron fan.
Claim to Fame: Played Topanga Lawrence Matthews and Cory Matthews in Boy Meets World; both have signed on for the sequel Girl Meets World on Disney Channel
Why You Should Follow Them: They've both been in the news a lot recently. As we mentioned earlier this week, Disney Channel is in the very early stages in developing Girl Meets World, a sequel to Boy Meets World. They will play the parents of a 13-year-old daughter. Interestingly enough, they dated in real life.
Danielle has over 103,000 followers and has sent out over 10,000 tweets. She's very interactive with fans and replies to many tweets. She also has a tumblr blog. Read her blog entry on her thoughts and explanation on the upcoming series.
Ben has amassed over 242,000 followers (over 160,000 more than his brother Fred). He tweets less frequently, but he still has sent out over 1,500. Many of his tweets are observational humor, such as asking when the McRib is coming back.
Pick of the Tweets: "I just had to add dogs to my profile because too many "journalists" can't figure out that fur-babies with four legs aren't real children." (November 30, 2012)
"I'm going to be a father! Well, on TV at least. The "Boy Meets World" sequel is officially happening!" (November 26, 2012)

That's all for this week. Until next time, keep it digital!


Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Tuesday, September 2

New Girl - "Cruise" (Fox, 9:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Jess and Nick invite the gang along with them on a cruise they booked while still together as a couple. Coach tries to suppress his fear of boating, Schmidt attempts to win back Cece and Winston tries to mend Jess and Nick’s fractured relationship.

The Mindy Project - "Danny and Mindy" (Fox, 9:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Mindy thinks she’s met the man of her dreams after he writes a description of their encounter in a New York newspaper, leading to a surprising reveal.

Sullivan & Son - "A Kiss Is Just Never a Kiss" (TBS, 10:00PM ET/PT)
Steve goes all out to impress an exciting new woman, with the help of Melanie. Meanwhile, Hank's doctor prescribes him testosterone, but a mishap leads to a "juiced up" Hank.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of September 1) (All times ET unless noted)

Tuesday, September 2

  • Allison Janney (Mom/Mr. Sunshine) - Catch Allison on Conan at 11pm on TBS.
  • David Koechner (The Office/Hank) - David stops by @midnight on Comedy Central at midnight.
  • George Lopez (Saint George/George Lopez) - George appears on a repeat of The Arsenio Hall Show, so check your local listings.
  • Albert Tsai (Trophy Wife) - Albert is a guest on a repeat of The Arsenio Hall Show, so check your local listings.
  • Seth Green (Dads/Greg the Bunny) - Seth talks about his new film The Identical on NBC's Today in the 9am hour.
  • Marlon Wayans (The Wayans Bros.) - Marlon appears on a repeat of The Queen Latifah Show on your local station or at 3am on BET.
  • Brooklyn Decker (Friends with Better Lives) - Tune in to see Brooklyn on a repeat of The Queen Latifah Show on your local station or at 3am on BET.
  • Keke Palmer (True Jackson, VP) - Keke is a guest on The Wendy Williams Show at 12am on BET or on your local stations.