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Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Great Hollywood Actors on Television Volume 2 (1953-59)
Reviewed By Jason S. Lockard


Many great Hollywood stars graced the small screen, and I'm talking the big ones! They would show up on comedy shows such as Jack Benny Program or the multiple Theater programs that bought us hour long features. In Great Hollywood Actors on Television Volume 2 our friends at Alpha Video brings us a collection of just such programs.

Let's take a look at what is included in this DVD collection.

Our Rating System:
****=Don’t Miss it!
***=Worth a look.
**=An Ok way to spend a half an hour.
*=You haven’t missed anything.

The Star and The Story "The Blue Landscape" (1955): Peter Lorre plays a police inspector investigating the disappearance of a famous painting, "The Blue Landscape", which was stolen and replaced with a forgery. ***

Errol Flynn Theatre "Rescued" (1953): When an English Lord is captured by enemies of the King, heroic Captain Morton (Flynn) and his men come to the rescue. ***

The Christophers "A Link in the Chain" (1957): James Cagney made his first appearance on television in this episode. Cagney plays a college professor on the verge of retirement who believes he's accomplished nothing with his life. As he looks back (through flashbacks), he sees just how much of an impact he really had on his students' lives. ****

G.E. Theatre "The Stone" (1959): This is a retelling of the Old Testament story of David and Goliath. Tony Curtis plays David, also in this film is Rita Moreno, Pernell Roberts (Bonanza and Trapper John, M.D.). ****

The audio and video quality varies between episodes, but none of them are in my opinion bad quality! There is some imperfections in the videos but you have to expect that out of shows that are over 60 years old! How many of us will look perfect at 60?

I really enjoyed this collection of TV episodes and I think anyone who is a classic TV fanatic will love them too! So head over to www.Oldies.com and check out this and other great releases from there amazing library of releases!

Moral Rating: Nothing offensive
Audience: families
Length: 113 minutes
DVD Release: 2018
DVD Rating: A-
*Please note films rating above are my own personal opinion!

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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Atomic Attack (1954)
Reviewed By Jason Lockard


In the 50s there was a fear of nuclear war. Thus there were many movies, TV shows and Public Service Announcements about how to survive a atomic attack. One such film took the air on May of 1954, on The Motorola Television Hour. Now Alpha Video has released this mini film on DVD.

The TV episode follows the Mitchell family. They seem to be a happy go lucky family! All seems well one morning, but when Dad leaves for work and the kids goes to school mom is all alone in the house when suddenly the dreaded alarm goes off and she hears the reports of an atomic attack! Now The Mitchell Family must deal with lose, looters and radioactive fallout!

The film takes place in the house and lends a sense of claustrophobia to the film. The actors bring realism to the film you actually feel your watching a real event! The cast includes; Phyllis Thaxter, probably best known by many as playing Ma Kent in the 1978's Superman the Movie, Robert Keith, known for roles in Twilight Zone, Alfred Hitchcock Presents and Hour, The Fugitive and many movies including The Wild One and a very young Walter Matthau. 


This TV film was directed by Ralph Nelson, known for directing many great films such as Lilies of the field, Father Goose and one of my favorites the TV and Film versions of Requiem for a Heavyweight.

This DVD includes a really nice looking copy of this hour long TV episode. But in addition there is 2 bonus short films "Operation Doorstop", a civil defense film and "The atom and Biological Science" an Encyclopedia Britannica film.This is an awesome little snapshot of the 50s drama and of the fear most Americans were gripped with!

These films are cautionary tales of what happens when we refuse to live together; all nations and decide to live with hearts full of hatred only wanting to destroy! If you love those disaster films check out this early one! I recommend it for all classic film and TV fans. Head over to Oldies.com and pick up a copy today!   


Mortal Rating: Nothing offensive, scary images
Audiences: Families
Run Time: 1 hours, 12 minutes
DVD Released: 2018
DVD Rating: A
*Please note films rating above are my own personal opinion!

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Monday, May 21, 2018

Automan (1983-84)
Reviewed By Jason S. Lockard


The original Tron holds a very special place in the hearts of people even to this day. That's because it is just so ultra cool! Well ABC tried to cash in on the Tron fandom and made the series Automan. Now we all can relive the campy 80s goodness that was Automan thank to the folks at Shout Factory!

Automan follows the adventures of a police officer and computer programmer named Walter Nebicher (played perfectly by Desi Arnaz, Jr.), who has created an artificially intelligent crime fighting program that generated a hologram (Chuck Wagner) able to leave the computer world at night and fight crime.

The 4 disc dvd set give us all 13 episodes including the 75 minute pilot movie!
1 "Automan"
2 "Staying Alive While Running a High Flashdance Fever"
3 "The Great Pretender"
4 "Ships in the Night"
5 "Unreasonable Facsimile"
6 "Flashes and Ashes"
7 "The Biggest Game in Town"
8 "Renegade Run"
9 "Murder MTV"
10 "Murder, Take One"
11 "Zippers"
12 "Death by Design"
13 "Club Ten"

The video is presented in 1.33.1 full frame, just as it should be. The audio is on Dolby Digital 2.0. And the bonus features include 2 feaurettes "Calling Automan" and "The Story Of Automan", some cast and crew biographies, a still gallery of Automan collectibles, a still gallery of promo materials, a trailer for Manimal.

I enjoyed this series! There is a sense of innocence and nostalgia that brought the enjoyment level up for me. I highly recommend Automan for fans of Tron special effects or for fans of campy TV. This is campy at it's best! Head over to www.Amazon.com!

Moral Rating: Mild violence
Audience: Teens and Adults
Length: 690 Minutes
DVD Release: 2015
DVD Rating: A
*Please note films rating above are my own personal opinion!

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Manimal The Complete Series (1983)
Reviewed By Jason S. Lockard


Early attempts at superhero TV series were hit and miss! For every good one there was 2 or 3 less than stellar attempts! One series that didn't quite seem to resonate with audiences was Manimal! But now thank to the folks at Shout Factory we all can own this series on DVD!

Manimal follows Dr. Jonathan Chase (Simon MacCorkindale), famed Professor of Criminology, with the inherited powers to transform himself into any animal he wishes, uses that power to assist the New York Police Department in solving major crimes. He is assisted by Brooke McKenzie (Melody Anderson), an intelligent and beautiful detective with the NYPD, and Tyrone Earl (Michael D. Roberts), a former intelligence officer with whom he served in Vietnam.

The 3 disc DVD set contains the entire short lived TV series!
Disc One: Manimal (TV Movie ) /  Illusion / Night of the Scorpion
Disc Two:  Female of the Species /  High Stakes /  Scrimshaw
Disc Three:  Breath of the Dragon /  Night of the Beast

The video is presented in 1.33.1 full frame, just as it should be. The audio is on Dolby Digital 2.0. And the bonus features include Man to Animal: An Interview with Glen A. Larson, concept & production notes written in 1983, Biographies, Galleries, Shout Factory's trailer for Automan, and that 20-page episode guide booklet.

My analysis of  this series is it is cool! Some of the special effects of the transformations are a little dated and seem to take forever to complete! But all in all it is something different from the typical 80s cop shows.

If you'd like to check out this short lived TV series head over to www.Amazon.com!

Moral Rating: Mild violence
Audience: Teens and Adults
Length: 420 Minutes
DVD Release: 2015
DVD Rating: C
*Please note films rating above are my own personal opinion!

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Friday, May 18, 2018

Superman vs The Elite (2012)
Reviewed by Jason Lockard


Superman is the most iconic superhero in the world! Everyone knows him! It seems he has defeated every foe. Well, that is until now! There is a new super group and to defeat them The boy-scout may have to go to a place no one ever thought he would go!

The film based on "What's So Funny About Truth, Justice & the American Way?," the story was published by DC in the comic book Action Comics #775. The film follows the leader of a super group The Elite lead by Manchester Black who feels villains are getting to many chances to reform. His idea is to keep the world safe by any means necessary. Even if it means killing to do so! This sets off a war between Superman and The Elite.

This is a pretty enjoyable little adventure. The action is great! The voice acting is spot on! The animation is OK! I think some of the body types and faces seemed a little off to me, but all in all that is a small complaint!

The producers of this film use the same musical main theme used in Superman Doomsday, I kind of liked that. It made it feel like a connected universe! Also a very cool feature is the producers pay homage to the old Superman shows from the past! That was pretty awesome!

Superman vs. The Elite is available on DVD, Blu-ray and digital! I think it is a solid add to any Superman movie collection! Head over to Amazon.com and pick up a copy today!

Moral Rating: Mild Violence and Adult themes
Audiences: Teens and Adults (Some mages may not be suitable for children)
DVD Release: 2012
Run Time: 74 minutes
DVD Rating: B
Lost TV Mystery Classics (1951-54)
Reviewed By Jason S. Lockard

Television debuted almost 80 years ago, and sadly a lot of shows that were on the air simply disappeared after they were viewed. The TV networks just didn't save the copies of those show, because no one ever dreamed there would be an advent of home video.
 So they simply disappeared never be seen again! But the cool thing is there are many of these TV episodes thought lost are turning up! Now our friends at Alpha Video have released a collection of mystery TV shows were thought to be lost!

Let's take a look at what is included in this collection entitled, "Lost TV Mystery Classics!"

Our Rating System:
****=Don’t Miss it!
***=Worth a look.
**=An Ok way to spend a half an hour.
*=You haven’t missed anything.

The Shadow of the Cloak 'The Last Performance' (1952): A carnival knife-thrower is blackmailed by a communist agent into committing murder. ****

Charlie Wild, Private Detective 'The Case of Double Trouble' (1951): Charlie is offered $500 to guard a rare parchment, but the trouble that ensues may not be worth the reward. **

The Files of Jeffrey Jones 'Killer Bait' (1952): Jeffery Jones, a gumshoe is warned not to help a man accused of murder, but Jones is convinced of his client's innocence. ***

The Telltale Clue 'The Case of the Talking Garden' (1954): A homeless drifter kills the wife of a rich businessman...but the vagrant may not be a stranger to the wealthy couple, despite all appearances. ***


This collection of episodes are a true blast from the past! We even see classic commercials from the 50s. The Last Performance had the greatest story of this collection! That might be because it was written by Rod Serling the creator of Twilight Zone. There are also many recognizable stars are in these episodes. Including Darren McGavin many will remember him as Kolchak: The Night Stalker or as playing the dad in The Christmas Story. There is also Werner Klemperer, best known for his time as Colonel Klink on Hogan's Heroes. There is also Don Haggerty, Patricia Breslin, Michael Strong, John McQuade, Tristram Coffin & Anthony Ross.

The audio and video quality is not stellar, but you have to understand these are lost TV episodes. They are almost 70 years old and for that I think the quality is impressive. I truly enjoyed this collection of TV episodes and I recommend this for all classic Mystery fans.

So head over to www.Oldies.com and check out this and other great releases from there amazing library of releases!

Moral Rating: mild violence
Audience: Teens and Adults
Length: 113 minutes
DVD Release: 2018
DVD Rating: B

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Wonder Woman (2009)
Reviewed by Jason Lockard


We are about upon the 1 year anniversary of Gal Gadot storming the big screen with her take on Wonder Woman. And let's face it, it is was an amazing cinematic experience! As we are on the 1 year anniversary I thought I would take a look back at the 2009 animated movie.

When an Army fighter pilot, Steve Trevor, crash-lands on the mystical island of Themyscira, where a fierce race of Amazonian warriors live. The rebellious and headstrong Princess Diana defies Amazonian law by accompanying Trevor back to civilization. Meanwhile, Ares (the god of War) has escaped his imprisonment at the hands of the Amazonians and has decided to exact his revenge - intending to start a world war that will not only last for centuries but will wipe out every living being on the planet, starting with the Amazons! It is up to Princess Diana to save her people!

The voice work is really good featuring Keri Russell, Nathon Fillion, Fred Mello de Castro among other greats. The animation and color of this film pops off the screen. The action keeps you on the edge of your seat. It is a beautiful piece of cinema.

In the 2 Disc DVD Special Edition set not only do you get the 70 minute movie in widescreen, but you get a audio commentary by the film's creative team, you get an Exclusive First Look At DC Universe's Green Lantern Animated Movie. There is also 2 In-Depth Documentaries; Wonder Woman: A Subversive Dream, Wonder Woman: Daughter Of Myth and 2 Bonus Cartoons.

We didn't get an origin story with the 2017 Gal Gadot Wonder Woman film, but we get one with this film! So if your a Wonder Woman fan and you have never seen this film, what are you waiting for check it out! Pick up a copy at www.Amazon.com today!

Moral Rating: Mild violence and some adult conversations
Audience: Teens and Adults
Length: 70 minutes
DVD Release: 2009
DVD Rating: A

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Son of Batman Trilogy (2014-2016)
Reviewed By Jason Lockard


Batman is one of the most proven commodities in the DC Universe! It seems like fans just can't get enough of The Dark Knight! The Caped Crusader! The Winged Avenger!
The World's Greatest Detective!  Batman! So When "The Son of Batman" Animated movie was announced fans rejoiced! But the first film would than lead to two more making a trilogy! Let's take a look at the films included in this Batman trilogy!

Our Rating System:
****=Don’t Miss it!
***=Worth a look.
**=An Ok way to spend an evening.
*=You haven’t missed anything.

Son of Batman (2014) Batman finds out he is the father to a violent, unruly pre-teen boy, Who was raised by the terrorist group known as the League of Assassins. ***

Batman vs Robin (2015) Damian Wayne struggles to cope with Batman's no-killing rule, and thinks his destiny lies within, The Court of Owls. ***

Batman Bad Blood (2016) Bruce Wayne is missing. Nightwing and Robin patrol Gotham City in his stead. And Batwoman joins the investigation. **

This is a very interesting little trilogy of movies! The voice acting is really good!
The animation is awesome the colors pop off the screen! But Damian Wayne comes off a bit arrogant at time. That attitude does seem to ware thin fast in my opinion. But all-in-all this is a fun little trilogy!

All three of these movies are available on Blu-ray and DVD. You can pick up any copy at www.Amazon.com Son of Batman | Batman vs Robin | Batman Bad Blood.


Moral Rating: violence
Audience: Teens and Adults May not be suitable for children
Length: Over 70 minutes for each film
Bluray/DVD Rating: A-

Monday, May 14, 2018

Firefly The Complete Series (2002-03)
Reviewed By Jason S. Lockard

 
Scifi fans love stories that are out of this world! Whether it's Star Trek or Star Wars! And Networks continuously try to get shows that will tap into that audience! One such show was Firefly. It was a sort of Old West meets Star Wars! It's hard to believe it was the 15th Anniversary of this show! And with that comes a new packaging and a new release on blu-ray!

Firefly takes place Five hundred years in the future. It's a whole new frontier, and the crew of the Firefly-class spaceship Serenity is eager to stake a claim on the action. They'll take any job, legal or illegal, to keep fuel in the tanks and food on the table. But things get a bit more complicated after they take on a passenger wanted by the new totalitarian Alliance regime. Now they find themselves on the run, desperate to steer clear of Alliance ships and the flesh-eating Reavers who live on the fringes of space.

The show in my opinion was not given a chance by FOX to find an audience and was cancelled after just 14 episodes! This is a shame because I think the show was finding it's legs at the end of it's run! There was such an interest after the show ended that they made a movie entitled "Serenity!"

The audio and video quality of the episodes in this series is pretty impressive in my opinion! As for the bonus features on the blu-ray there is audio commentaries, making of Firefly and four short behind-the-scenes featurettes, deleted scenes and gag reel. All which can be found on the DVD release! New for the blu-ray release is one additional audio commentary, a half-hour Firefly Reunion both featuring Whedon, Fillion, Glass, and Tudyk. The reunion video is in 1.78:1 high-def; everything else is standard-def full-frame.

I think sci-fi fans that have never seen this show will find a blast to watch! But you may need to be a hardcore sci-fi fan! If you would like a copy of this series on Blu-ray or DVD you can get them at Amazon.com

Moral Rating: Mild violence
Audience: Teens and Adults
Length: 665 minutes
Blu-ray Release: 2017
Blu-ray Rating: A

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Nick Fury Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. (1998)
Reviewed By Jason S. Lockard


Our world has began to be inundated with comic book movies and tv shows. For comic book fans this is a dream come true.

For most of us the director of S.H.I.E.L.D. Nick Fury is Samuel L. Jackson but before Mr. Jackson took the role of the hard-nosed director, there was another.

In 1998 Fox produced a made-for-TV movie entitled  Nick Fury: Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. Directed by Rod Hardy and starring David Hasselhoff as Nick Fury.

In the film Colonel Nick Fury has retired, but is approached to return to duty to take down agents of a terrorist organization  known as Hydra. The group is now lead  by the children of his old enemy Baron Wolfgang von Strucker. Not only has HYDRA resurfaced they have brought with them the deadly pathogen known as the Death’s Head virus, and threatens to attack Manhattan with it, unless they are paid $1 billion.

David Hasselhoff brings his unique style to Nick Fury. And while this movie drags in some spots and it feels like the producers trying to make a comedy at times. It’s still not a bad way to spend an hour and a half. You can find this movie on DVD on Amazon.com

Moral Rating: violence
Audience: Not Suitable for small children
Genre: Sci-fi action adventure fantasy
Length: 90 min.
Year of Release: 1998
Our Rating: C+