Saturday, August 04, 2007

Mini-DVD Review: Darkwing Duck - Volume 2 (Aug. 7)

Welcome to another edition of the Saturday mini-DVD reviews! Today we take a look at Walt Disney Home Entertainment's Darkwing Duck: Volume 2. The series was very popular in the early '90s on Disney's very popular syndicated block called The Disney Afternoon. Darkwing Duck was a crime-fighting duck who kept the city of St. Carnard safe. As with all of the shows in the Disney Afternoon, it was action and adventure filled! See my mini-DVD reviews of this wonderful cartoon:

Darkwing Duck: Volume 2 (Walt Disney, $34.99) brings the next 27 half hours on DVD on a 3-disc set in this second volume set. So we now have the first 54 episodes on DVD! I believe the series had 91 in total, so we are more than half way done now. Join Drake Mallard turn into Darkwing Duck, along with help from Launchpad (from DuckTales), and Darkwing's adopted nine-year old daughter Gosalyn keep the city of St. Canard safe from villains like Bushroot and Negaduck. Gizmoduck from DuckTales even pops in from time to time to help out. The packaging on this set is similar in style to volume one. We get an outer box holding three slim cases. The box art features Darkwing in a night background holding up two fingers. The back of the box has three screenshots along with a yellow box showcasing info on the series and set. A nice picture of Launchpad is also there. The slim case art is different for each three...first we get Gosalyn, Darkwing and Launchpad falling from a building it seems, the second slim case has Darkwing and Gosalyn on a pirate ship and the third slim case has Darkwing hanging from a rope. The back of each slim case we have an episode list for each disc, three screenshots, a feature photo, and some words describing the series. Inside the slim cases we have no art, just plain white, the discs are on the right side of each. Each disc is blue with an artwork featuring the same art as the cover of each respective slim case.
Like the first volume, the episodes are in airdate order starting with the episode "All's Fahrenheit in Love and War" and ending with "The Darkwing Squad." The episodes all run in the 22:40-45 range or so, give or take a second. The menu screen has Play All, Set Up, and Episode Selection, with the closing theme song with sound effects in the background. Disc one also has a Sneak Peeks option, where see sneak peeks at other Disney movies/DVDs. Also on disc one there are auto trailers before the main menu starts...don't you just hate that? When we go to episode selection, the episodes are listed with a square screenshot from the episode. The Set Up option has Audio Options and Subtitles...Audio can be English or French, and subtitles only in English. We have about 5 chapter stops per episode. The menu is designed quite well and is easy to navigate, like volume one. The video and audio are both very good and on par with volume one. I highly do recommend any fan to pick up this set, especially if you have Volume 1. If you never saw the show, pick it up because it is very fun and they certainly don't make cartoons like they used to! So buy this DVD and start saying, "I am the terror that flaps in the night...I am Darkwing Duck!" But you better hurry before that toy-maker Quackerjack takes all the DVDs!
-- Reviewed by Pavan
(4/5 stars)

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Monday, May 27

The Neighborhood - "Welcome to the Awkward Conversations" (CBS, 8:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Marty and Courtney are navigating the pregnancy news and what it all means for their future, while Malcolm is dealing with his own workplace relationship.

The Neighborhood - "Welcome to the Other Butlers" (CBS, 8:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Calvin and Tina are looking to remodel their home when they uncover discriminatory processes with their bank’s appraiser. Meanwhile, Marty asks Trey for fatherly advice on co-parenting with Courtney.

M*A*S*H: The Comedy That Changed Television

M*A*S*H: The Comedy That Changed Television (Fox, 8:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
In the two-hour special, M*A*S*H: The Comedy That Changed Television, join the men and women who made M*A*S*H as they celebrate one of the most beloved, enduringly popular, often quoted and influential comedies ever created. As the definitive look at the 14-time Emmy-winning television classic, the special centers around new interviews with original cast members Alan Alda (Capt. Benjamin Franklin "Hawkeye" Pierce), Gary Burghoff (Cpl. Walter "Radar" O'Reilly), William Christopher (Father Francis Mulcahy), Jamie Farr (Cpl./Sgt. Maxwell Q. "Max" Klinger), Mike Farrell (Capt. B.J. Hunnicutt), Wayne Rogers (Capt. "Trapper" John McIntyre) and Loretta Swit (Maj. Margaret "Hot Lips" Houlihan) and series executive producers Gene Reynolds and Burt Metcalfe. In these intimate, highly personal remembrances, the creation and evolution of the show's iconic characters are revealed, alongside rare and never-before-seen behind-the-scenes footage, photos and stories.

Writer/producer Larry Gelbart, as well as additional series stars Larry Linville (Maj. Frank Burns), Harry Morgan (Col. Sherman T. Potter), McLean Stevenson (Lt. Col. Henry Blake) and David Ogden Stiers (Maj. Charles Emerson Winchester III) are remembered through a vibrant collection of clips from the series as well as in rarely-seen archival interviews. With unique experiences, observations and memories from 11 seasons of M*A*S*H, this special will make audiences laugh, touch their heartstrings, and leave them on a nostalgic high while celebrating the sustained brilliance of the iconic sitcom.

The M*A*S*H two-and-a-half-hour series finale that first aired on CBS in 1983 remains the highest rated telecast in television history, delivering an incredible 77 audience share and 60.2 rating. To-date, the show has never left the air, continuously running in syndication, on basic cable and now streaming on Hulu. The series was produced by 20th Television. M*A*S*H: The Comedy That Changed Television is directed by John Scheinfeld (Reinventing Elvis: The '68 Comeback, The U.S. vs. John Lennon and What The Hell Happened To Blood, Sweat & Tears?) with Scheinfeld and Andy Kaplan as Executive Producers. Viewers can watch M*A*S*H: The Comedy That Changed Television next day on Hulu, Fox.com, On Demand and FOX Entertainment's streaming platform, Tubi. On Demand is available for customers of Cox Contour TV, DIRECTV, DISH, fuboTV, Hulu + Live TV, Optimum, Spectrum, Verizon FiOS, XFINITY, YouTube TV and many more.

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Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of May 27)

Monday, May 27

  • Carol Burnett (Palm Royale/Mad About You/Mama's Family) - Watch Carol on a repeat of Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Jon Glaser (Girls/Parks and Recreation) - Jon is a guest on a repeat of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:35pm on NBC.
  • Harry Hamlin (Movie Stars) - Harry sits down with Kelly and Mark to chat about his new series In the Kitchen With Harry Hamlin on Live with Kelly and Mark, so check your listings.
  • J.B. Smoove (Curb Your Enthusiasm/Blockbuster/The Millers/Bent/'Til Death) - J.B. talks about Curb Your Enthusiasm on Live with Kelly and Mark, so check your listings.
  • Bobby Cannavale (Angie Tribeca/Will & Grace) - Bobby talks about Ezra on NBC's Today some time between 7-9am.
  • Wendell Pierce (The Odd Couple/The Michael J. Fox Show/The Weber/The Brian Benben Show/The Gregory Hines Show) - Wendell is a guest on The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
  • Liza Koshy (Liza on Demand) - Liza appears on The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.


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