Saturday, May 25, 2013

Digital Digest: Growing Pains and Inspector Gadget on DVD; Rookie Blue - The Complete Third Season DVD Review

Happy Memorial Day weekend, and welcome to Digital Digest! Before you get that barbecue going, stick with us for a little bit for our news and features, along with a review of Rookie Blue - The Complete Third Season. Let's get started!


DIGITAL NEWS

Warner Archive always brings us big surprises every few weeks, and they had a big one for us this week as they released Growing Pains - The Complete Third Season. The first two seasons, of course, were released by Warner Home Video, and the series always seemed to have difficulty getting a go of it on DVD... but hopefully we'll see a steady stream of releases of this series now, and "the best is ready to begin!"

TVShowsOnDVD.com discovered some preorder listings that fans of a classic '80s animated series are sure to love, as Inspector Gadget not only comes to DVD again, but it appears that fans will get the entire series on DVD now! They'll all be released on the same day, but it'll be in separate releases, as they bring fans three volumes of season 1 (volume 1, volume 2, and volume 3) and season 2.

There are eight million stores in the Naked City, and not all of them have been on DVD... that is, not yet... but they're coming! A preorder listing appeared on amazon.com this week for Naked City - The Complete Series. No release date has been given for this series so far.


UPCOMING WEEK PREVIEW 

Tuesday (May 28) has no sitcom releases, but there are several other releases TV related releases of interest, including Covert Affairs - Season Three, Beetlejuice - The Complete Series, and Mighty Morphin Power Rangers - Season Two, Volume Two.

Of course, one of the "biggest" things coming next week is not a DVD at all... instead, it is the debut of the new (and final... maybe) episodes of Arrested Development on Netflix. All 15 new episodes will debut on Sunday morning at 3:00 AM ET!


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Blog DVD Review: Rookie Blue - The Complete Third Season (Entertainment One, $39.98)
by Pavan

The hit ABC summer primetime cop show Rookie Blue returns for its third season on DVD, but this time there is no Blu-ray release for some reason. That's not a big deal to us because we reviewed the DVD releases for the previous two seasons. Be careful what you wish for...with two years under their belt, the rookies of 15 Division are well on their way to becoming seasoned cops, but experience isn't everything...and the boundary between job and personal life is no longer as black and white as it one seemed. The drama is produced in Canada and is a Canadian production and also airs on Global in Canada.

We have all 13 episodes from the third season on a nice four-disc set from eOne! The series stars Missy Peregrym as Andy McNally, Enuka Okuma as Traci Nash, Gregory Smith as Dov Epstein, Travis Milne as Chris Diaz, Charlotte Sullivan as Gail Peck, Peter Mooney as Nick Collins, Matt Gordon as Oliver Shaw, Melanie Nicholls-King as Noelle Williams, Lyriq Bent as Sergeant Frank Best, and Ben Bass as Sam Swarek. Noam Jenkins as Jerry Barber and Eric Johnson as Luke Callaghan recur. Guest stars include William Shatner!

The third season has 13 episodes just like the first two seasons. Among the memorable episodes is the season premiere "The First Day of the Rest of Your Life," where after her three-month suspension, McNally faces an official hearing which will decide if she should be reinstated back onto the force, however upon returning, she and Swarek are accidentally involved in a missing child case when a drunk driver (William Shatner) collides with a van and finds a teenage girl in the back, while Peck gets a shock when a new rookie, ex-soldier Nick Collins (Peter Mooney), arrives for his first day at 15 Division. In "A Good Shoot," Dov's world explodes into chaos when he walks in on a convenience store robbery in progress and shoots a young black teenager, who may or may not have been armed and the tight-knit community erupts in outrage, as the ensuing investigation calls into question whether Dov used excessive force or acted too quickly. In the first of a two-part episode, "The Girlfriend Experience," a grad student's disappearance leads Andy and Nick to discover the woman's double life as a high-end escort, but when a pattern of missing women emerges, Gail, who is physically similar to the victims, is sent in on an undercover sting operation. In the conclusion, "Out of Time," the same night the officers of 15 Division are forced to release a suspected predator for lack of evidence, Andy and Gail are violently assaulted in Andy's loft -- and Gail is abducted, as Detective Luke Callaghan is brought in to oversee the case that very well may be the work of a serial murderer. In "Cold Comforts," the officers of 15 Division struggle to come to terms with their fallen colleague and get back to work patrolling the streets and when they discover that a police laptop containing sensitive information has been stolen they set off on a hunt to recover the computer and prevent any dangerous fallout. On the season finale, "I Never," when a violent child abductor escapes from an emergency hospital visit, the officers of 15 Division try to track him down before he takes another young victim, while Chris' family obligations have him contemplating a transfer, and Traci and Gail each face monumental decisions regarding their respective careers. We get all 13 unedited episodes on this DVD. Runtimes for each episode follow:

Disc One
1. The First Day of the Rest of Your Life (43:00)
2. Class Dismissed (42:50)
3. A Good Shoot (42:59)
4. Girls' Night Out (42:12)

Disc Two
5. Messy Houses (43:02)
6. Coming Home (42:44)
7. Leap of Faith (43:02)
8. The Girlfriend Experience (42:46)

Disc Three
9. Out of Time (42:56)
10. Cold Comforts (42:59)
11. The Rules (41:55)
12. Every Man (43:00)

Disc Four
13. I Never (43:00)

Moving on to the packaging, the set this time doesn't have an outer thin box holding the case. We just have the case itself. The cover of the case in blue (fitting!) and has the series logo towards the bottom following a nice cast photo of the five original rookies and the complete second third mention is above them. The back of the case has info on the set and series, with a nice quote from the L.A. Times. We have a nice cast photo of the rookies with Swarek as well, along with five episodic images (one includes William Shatner!). There is a little box showcasing the bonus features as well. Inside the case we have nice artwork of a Metropolitan Police car on the left panel and McNally and Swarek on the right panel itself. There is also a disc-by-disc breakdown on the left panel listing episode episode title per disc and bonus features. The discs themselves are on two little plastic holders that you can flip like a page in a book, similar to the previous sets. Each disc is in the blue design with the series logo and the Metropolitan Police badge in the background and the disc number on top. Disc one holds episodes 1-4, disc two holds episodes 5-8, disc three holds episodes 9-12 and disc four has episode 13 and all the bonus features. We don't get an Entertainment One booklet showcasing other DVDs this time. Most of this section is very similar to the first two seasons, though.

The menu design is great again and has moving video clips playing in the background while we listen to the closing music from the show. The series logo is also placed on the main menu. We have an Episodes menu this time, as previously we just had the numbers/titles listed right on the main menu itself below the video clips that were playing. The main menu options are Play All, Episode and Set-Up. In Episodes, it's simple...we have the episode number and title and you can choose from that. In Set-up, we can choose either English 5.1 Digital Dolby audio or 2.0 Stereo. English SDH subtitles can also be turned on. Special Features option is on disc four only. There are no auto trailers on disc one before the main menu this time.

Video and audio quality are both outstanding once again on this DVD. There is no Blu-ray version this time, so this is the way to go. This set is superb. You can turn on the 5.1 surround sound and watch the series in great audio quality as well. Each episode has 8 chapter stops (up from the 7 from the previous set), so it is easy to jump through an episode if you are looking for something in particular like McNally in a dress or her in bed with Swarek. This is a hot cast!

There are some special features on this set as well! They are all on disc four again and are decently produced again. First up, we have "Season 3: Be Careful What You Wish For" (1:58) where we look at the relationships from this season. Interviewed are Travis Milne, Missy Peregrym, Ben Bass, Gregory Smith, Enuka Okuma, and Charlotte Sullivan. Next we have, "Crash Course: Inside the Season Premiere" (8:05) where we are on location for the season premiere and have interviews on the spot from Gregory Smith, Enuka Okuma, William Shatner, Missy Peregrym, and Ben Bass, along with some behind the scenes shots. Then we have "The New Rookie" (2:15) where we look at Nick Collins the new rookie, with interviews with Matt Gordon, Peter Rooney, Charlotte Sullivan, Missy Peregrym, and Ben Bass. The next featurette is "New Detective" (1:35), which talks about Traci being promoted and has interviews with Enuka Okuma, Missy Peregrym, and Charlotte Sullivan. Then we go "behind the Camera" (2:05) which is about Gregory Smith directing episode #311 and has interviews with Travis Milne, Gregory Smith, Enuka Okuma, Missy Peregrym, Peter Mooney, and Ben Bass. Then we have "Travis Tours" (3:15), which is Travis Milne giving us a set tour of the set. Moving on, we have "Mooney Moments" (2:03), as we get the fun side of Mooney with Missy, Charlotte and Travis. We also have "On-Set Camera Interviews," as this looks like a Global production. We have Travis Milne and Gregory Smith (4:18), Enuka Okuma (3:51), and Ben Bass (4:07). Finally we have "Split Screen Behind-the-Scenes Footage" for the episodes Messy Houses (3:52) and Every Man (3:14). This is actually showing us the way it looks on the set compared to what we really see in the finished product. Wow, that finished product looks really good compared to what it actually looks. That was a very unique special feature and we got a taste of it on the season 2 set!

Once again, I think Entertainment One did a good job with this set. It's another great season for this great show and the episodes just get better and better. As usual, the finale is a must-see and we have a nice two-part episode. The menus, packaging and bonus features are all good as well. I think the special features quantity went up from season two, so that is good news, too. Not sure why we don't have a Blu-ray release this season, but maybe it will come later? This is a summer series, so we only have 13 episodes each season. Wish it was more, but quality over quantity, right? Missy Peregrym is just stunning and is great as the lead. ABC/Global will air 13 more episodes this summer, as the fourth season premiere was this past Thursday at 10|9 central. Watch every Thursday at 10|9c all summer-long! But if you need to catch-up, start, or just to have this in your DVD collection, then click the order link below! Don't screw up! And finally, catch Missy Peregrym on Good Morning America this Tuesday promoting the season!

(4/5 stars)

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FOLLOW ME 

Who to Follow: Roseanne Barr (Twitter), @TheRealRoseanne
Claim to Fame: Roseanne is a woman of many last names (she typically uses Barr, the one under which she became famous), and she got her start as a stand-up comedian. She became well known, though, in 1988, when her self-titled series Roseanne debuted on ABC. The series ran for nine seasons, and she won many awards and was the second highest paid female in entertainment at the time. Since the end of that series, she has made a few more attempts at success, including a 2012 run for president... where she came in sixth place. Most recently, she made appearances on some of the final episodes of the NBC series The Office.
Why You Should Follow Her: Roseanne is a great actress and comedian that many of us watched all throughout the '90s. Even though she hasn't had a hit TV series since Roseanne, we have a feeling that she'll be back eventually (she's still young) with some new and exciting project that will succeed. She is very active on Twitter (even though most of her tweets are by no means politically correct), and even takes the time to respond to her fans at times. In between some of her rants and other things (right now, she is in attack mode on Jerry Lewis), she takes time to look back at her career. And, despite her persona as being in an eternal bad mood (which sometimes it seems like she is on Twitter), you'll see that she actually is a nice person underneath it all.
Pick of the Tweets: "i used to hear cybil and other women crying in the alley behind the roseanne sound stage. I knew that chuck lorre had destroyed their logos." (May 21, 2013)

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


Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Friday, December 14

Fresh Off the Boat - "Cousin Eddie" (ABC, 8:00PM ET/PT)
The battle begins between mother and son when Eddie informs Jessica that he wants to spend Christmas with friend Nicole in New York. But Jessica insists that tradition prevails and he needs to spend the holiday with the family, so he does everything within his power to try and get her to crack and allow him to go. Meanwhile, Louis and Evan do their best to try and help an overwhelmed Emery decide on which one of his numerous friends to invite to the family’s Christmas Eve dinner.

Speechless - "J-I-- JINGLE T-H-- THON" (ABC, 8:30PM ET/PT)
A Christmas tree fire leads Maya to tell a small lie with big consequences. Meanwhile, Ray struggles to live in Pepper’s shadow as Dylan twists the knife, and JJ encourages Kenneth to stand up to his sisters (guest stars Niecy Nash and Lisa Leslie).

I Love Lucy - "I Love Lucy Christmas Special" (CBS, 8:00PM ET/PT)
I LOVE LUCY CHRISTMAS SPECIAL features “The Christmas Episode” and the newly colorized “Pioneer Women.” Both were colorized with a nod to the 1950s period in which they were filmed. The main titles and end credits are seamlessly combined into one set at the beginning and end of the hour, with no interruption between the episodes.

“The Christmas Episode” finds the Ricardos and Mertzes decorating Lucy and Ricky’s Christmas tree and reminiscing about how their lives have changed since the arrival of the Ricardos’ son, Little Ricky (Keith Thibodeaux). Flashbacks recall the night Lucy tells Ricky she is pregnant, the time Lucy shows up unexpectedly as part of a barbershop quartet, and the day Ricky and the Mertzes rehearse taking Lucy to the maternity ward.

“The Christmas Episode” was first broadcast on CBS on Christmas Eve, 1956. The episode was not included in the series’ long history of rebroadcasts, first on CBS Daytime and later in syndication. Long thought to be lost, the program was rediscovered by CBS in 1989.

In “Pioneer Women,” Lucy and Ethel’s hopes of joining the posh Society Matrons’ League leads to a bet with their husbands over which sex – the men or the women – had it harder living in a bygone era. They select the turn of the last century, and as Lucy and Ethel start to bake their own bread and churn their own butter, the men become acquainted with straight-blade shaving and riding home from work on horseback. They all have some “‘splainin’” to do when two ladies from the Society Matrons’ League stop by for an unexpected visit.

“Pioneer Women” was originally broadcast on March 31, 1952, and became an immediate viewer favorite.

The Dick Van Dyke Show - "The Dick Van Dyke Show -- Now in Living Color!" (CBS, 9:00PM ET/PT)
The special features the season one episode “Where Did I Come From,” written by Carl Reiner, and the season four episode “Never Bathe on Saturday,” also written by Reiner. The main titles and end credits of the two episodes are seamlessly combined into one set – at the beginning and end of the hour – with no interruption between the episodes.

The Emmy Award-winning series starred Dick Van Dyke and Mary Tyler Moore as television comedy writer Rob and his wife, Laura Petrie; Larry Matthews as their son, Ritchie; Morey Amsterdam and Rose Marie as Buddy Sorrell and Sally Rogers, co-writers on the fictional “The Alan Brady Show”; Carl Reiner as Alan Brady; Richard Deacon as Mel Cooley; Jerry Paris as Dr. Jerry Helper; and Ann Morgan Guilbert as Millie Krumbermacher Helper.

In “Where Did I Come From,” 6-year-old Ritchie asks his parents the inevitable “where did I come from?” question, and they recall the days before his birth. The episode was first presented on Jan. 3, 1961 during the series’ first season.

In “Never Bathe on Saturday,” the Petries’ romantic second honeymoon becomes a disaster when Laura’s toe gets caught in a bath spout. The episode was first presented on March 31, 1965, during season four.

Last Man Standing - "The Gift of the Mike Guy" (Fox, 8:00PM ET/PT)
Vanessa helps the family realize the importance of its long-standing holiday family traditions.

The Cool Kids - "Margaret Dates the Zodiac Killer" (Fox, 8:30PM ET/PT)
Margaret begins dating Karl, a fellow resident who may or may not be the "Zodiac Killer."

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of December 10)

Friday, December 14

  • Karen Gillan (Selfie) - Watch Karen on a repeat of Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC. She talks about The Party's Just Beginning on the BUILD Series at 2pm.
  • Tony Shalhoub (Wings/We Are Men) - Watch Tony on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • Bryan Cranston (Malcolm in the Middle, Laura Linney (The Big C) and Nick Kroll (The League/Cavemen) - Bryan, Laura and Nick make special guest appearances on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • Bill Burr (F Is for Family/Townies) - Bill is a guest on a repeat of Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Busy Philipps (Vice Principals/Cougar Town) - Busy appears on a repeat of The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Romany Malco (Weeds/Blunt Talk) - Romany is a guest on a repeat of Last Call with Carson Daly at 1:35am on NBC.
  • Kathryn Hahn (I Love Dick/Happyish/Transparent/Free Agents) - Kathryn talks about the film Private Life on LIVE! with Kelly and Ryan, so check your listings.
  • Ellie Kemper (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt/The Office) - Ellie appears on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
  • Minnie Driver (Speechless/About a Boy) - Minnie is a guest on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
  • Leah Remini (Kevin Can Wait/The Exes/Family Tools/The King of Queens/Fired Up) - Leah visits The Wendy Williams Show, so check your local listings.
  • Angela Kinsey (The Office/Haters Back Off/Your Family or Mine/The Hotwives of Orlando) - Angela and her husband Joshua Snyder serve up monkey bread and chocolate peppermint cupcakes on Rachael Ray, so check your local listings.
  • Vanessa Hudgens (Powerless) - Vanessa talks about Second Act on ABC's Good Morning America sometime between 7-9am.
  • Chris Elliott (Schitt's Creek/Get a Life) - Chris talks about Clara's Ghost on Couch Surfing at 8am.
  • Tia Mowry (Instant Mom/The Game/Sister, Sister) - Tia talks about Hallmark Channel's A Gingerbread Romance on Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT.
  • Christine Lakin (Hollywood Darlings/Step by Step) - Christine is a guest on Steve, so check your local listings.


New on DVD/Blu-ray (October/November)

The Beverly Hillbillies - The Official Fifth Season The Love Boat - Season Four - Volume One Saved by the Bell - The Complete Collection Alice - The Complete Eighth Season Step by Step - The Complete Third Season

10/02 - The Beverly Hillbillies - The Official Fifth Season
10/02 - Bob's Burgers - The Complete 6th Season
10/02 - Bob's Burgers - The Complete 7th Season
10/02 - Bob's Burgers - The Complete 8th Season
10/02 - Ghosted - The Complete First Season
10/02 - The Love Boat - Season Four - Volume One / Volume Two
10/02 - Police Squad! - TV and Movie Collection
10/02 - Saved by the Bell - The Complete Collection
10/16 - Community - The Complete Series (Mill Creek)
10/23 - Alice - The Complete Eighth Season
10/24 - The Odd Couple (2015) - Season Two
10/24 - The Odd Couple (2015) - Season Three
10/31 - The Bad News Bears - The Complete Series - All 26 Episodes
11/01 - Episodes - Season 5
11/05 - Robin Williams - Comic Genius (includes Mork & Mindy)
11/06 - American Dad! - Volume 13
11/16 - Man with a Plan - Season One
11/20 - Step by Step - The Complete Third Season
11/27 - What I Like About You - The Complete Third Season
12/04 - Family Guy - Season Sixteen
12/04 - Perfect Strangers - The Complete Sixth Season
12/18 - Our Cartoon President - Season One
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