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Girls: The Complete Third Season (2013/HBO Blu-ray)/Life's A Breeze (2013/Magnolia Blu-ray)/Mythbusters: 10th Anniversary Collection (2015/Cinedigm/Discovery Channel DVD Set)/Robin Williams: Live Across Australia (2014/Umbrella Region Free PAL Import DVD)


Picture: B/B-/C+/C+ Sound: B/B-/C+/C+ Extras: B-/D/D/D Main Programs: B-/C/B-/B-



PLEASE NOTE: The Robin Williams Import DVD is now only available from our friends at Umbrella Entertainment in Australia, can only play on DVD players that can handle the PAL DVD format and can be ordered from the link below.



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Girls: The Complete Third Season (2013) continues the (mis)adventures of Hannah and her friends in a show that remains funny, bold, consistent and amusing, even if it is a little less consistent than previous seasons. In all that, it still delivers like no other comedy on TV and the many amusing highlights include Hannah working for GQ Magazine... sort of and driving many people wacky, Adam (Adam Driver) getting a big acting role, some characters getting close when they maybe should not and continuations of various storylines from previous seasons that at least make sense.


Creator/lead actress/star Lena Dunham has had much off-screen press for sometimes boring things, but it has not affected the show in any overt way and I was glad to see the show not suffering much of the weekly TV grind. The actors are now more than into their roles and that coherence helps the show immensely. You should definitely start at the beginning if you are unfamiliar with the show, but Girls continues to be one of the only shows of its kind anywhere, dealing with all characters well while being from an all-too-rare female perspective. Hope they can keep this going.


Extras include Digital HD Ultraviolet Copy for PC, PC portable and iTunes capable devices, while the Blu-rays add Inside The Episodes segments, audio commentary tracks on six select episodes, The Making Of Girls: Season Three featurette, Deleted/Extended Scenes, Gag Reel, three faux music videos from one of the episodes and Lutheran Healthcare Honors Lena.



Lance Daly's Life's A Breeze (2013) is a silly comedy that get outright lame comedy that seems very belated form a cycle a good few years ago of films out of the UK that had to do with 'plain folks' suddenly coming into money or being involved in the possibilities of big money. This time out, we have the likable Fionnula Flannigan as a retiree dealing with her often clueless family and especially her goofy son (Pat Shortt) who one day, decides to get some money together and redo her home without telling her. Out goes the old appliances and dated things, putting her into shock when her mattress is gone.


At first they think it is because of sentimental attachment or that she is so comfortable with it, but she soon reveals a fortune in cash was inside it and they were stupid enough to throw it out! The rest of the film with its TV sitcom-like idiot plot has the gang trying to find it and it does not stay a secret quest for long. The latter pushes the credibility of an already shaky script and it only gets worse. Even the ending is unsatisfactory and after its 83 minutes, you too will say 'that's it?' in what was likely a quaint telefilm that somehow got a theatrical release. Now you can see for yourself. There are no extras, unless you count BD Live interactive functions.



Mythbusters: 10th Anniversary Collection (2015) collects the favorite episodes by the hosts of the hot show from the Discovery Channel that has lasted far longer than anyone but fans would realize. A speculatory show by way of David Letterman asks what would happen if you tested out something stupid to see the results and a show has resulted. This is not very scientific, so it is semi-comical at best if not very repetitive in, especially in this 10-DVD set. Topics include if cockroaches can survive nuclear radiation, a shattering subwoofer, paper armor, surfing shockwave and an underwater car. If that does not always make sense, you'll have to see it for yourself to believe it.


The result is each segment is only as interesting as what is being investigated, making this an uneven, exhaustive set. Fans will like this one, but for the rest of us, a little will go a long way.


There are no extras.



Last but certainly not least is Robin Williams: Live Across Australia (2014), a surprisingly solid compilation of appearances on Australian TV rarely seen anywhere. First comes a 1979 Don Lane Show (see more on that series elsewhere on this site) where Williams gives what is his first-ever interview and promotes a Mork & Mindy in its early years, followed by promo appearances on lesser-known shows in the U.S. for Good Morning Vietnam, The Birdcage, Dead Poets Society and Bicentennial Man. His energy, creativity and spontaneity are as vital as ever and makes for a great tribute to a man whose talents, heart and soul we lost too soon, and at the worst possible time. A nice et worth going out of your way for, fans will especially be thrilled with it, but non fans will be surprised how good these appearances are as well.


There are sadly no extras.



The 1080p 1.78 X 1 digital High Definition image transfers on Girls are easily the best-looking presentations on the entire list with exceptionally solid-looking work throughout typical of HBO's best series, while the 1080p 2.35 X 1 digital High Definition image transfer on Breeze can be a little lighter than it ought to be in more than a few shots. Some of the locales look good, though.


The anamorphically enhanced 1.78 X 1 image on Mythbusters is not bad throughout, but not always great and color can be limited like the Video Black and Video White, while the 1.33 X 1 image on the Williams disc has the segments coming from remarkable archival videotape for the most part transferred very well.


In the sound department, the DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 5.1 lossless mixes on the Girls episodes are very well mixed, recorded and presented down the the Michael Penn score and licensed music, while the DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 5.1 lossless mix on Breeze is on the quiet side and sometimes, recording is not as warm as one would like. The lossy Dolby Digital 2.0 sound on the DVDs are tied for last place, but sound good for what they are. Mythbusters is simple stereo like the later Williams segments, but the earlier Williams segments are decent monophonic recordings that sound good too.



To order the Robin Williams Umbrella import DVD, go to this link for it and many other hard to find releases at:


http://www.umbrellaent.com.au/



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