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Antarctic Edge: 70-Degrees South (2014/First Run DVD)/72% (2014/Cinedigm DVD)/Seventeen (1982/Icarus DVD)/TT Formula One Years: 1987 - 1994 (2015/Duke Video/MVD DVD)

Picture: C+/C+/C+/C Sound: C+/C+/C+/C Extras: C/C+/D/D Documentaries: B/B/B-/B

Here's a solid set of new documentary releases....

Dina Seidel's Antarctic Edge: 70-Degrees South (2014) is a solid, if slightly short look at scientists and what they are enduring and sacrificing to do vital, priceless studies of our planet earth and how we've caused more damage from more than just global warming: a 100% total reality. I believe the problem is that the situation has not been described or articulated well enough, but this impressive program does a thorough, excellent job of explaining everything in ways anyone could grasp. This should be must-see viewing and get a big push during the 2016 Election cycle already begun.

Scientists and others are interviewed, locales shown, endangered animals revealed and the dire situation spelled out. A very pleasant, if disturbing surprise of a gutsy, honest work, it is my favorite here and is highly recommended. I also cannot thank these skilled workers enough for their incredible work. See it!!!

Extras include a Stills/Photo Gallery and 3 shorts.

Jeremy Batchelor's 72% (2014) belatedly included a subtitle about the 'baby mama' syndrome which is justifying the insane amount of children born without married parents and absent fathers, almost tripling since the crisis was first recognized. Another important look at issues in the African American community from the prolific Moguldom Studios, experts, people in the know and those living the life are tied together by narration and shows how a combination of poverty, bad social planning, bad politics, some racism, at least as much sexism and problematic cultural norms created the situation. It is a must-see explaining the exploitation going on and how some key individuals in this vicious cycle need to make changes and grow up, or things will just get worse.

Extras include Deleted Scenes and Extended Interviews.

Joel Demott & Jeff Kreines' Seventeen (1982) has now been issued separately from the Middletown TV mini-series we reviewed a few years ago at this link:


My specific thoughts on the film then remain... ''...runs the longest at 118 minutes and was considered so controversial that it was banned from PBS, so it instead was released theatrically and did business, plus won the Grand Jury Prize at a new film festival called Sundance in 1985. Focusing on Seniors at Muncie's Southside High School, it few in the face of happy, mostly all-white, phony, ''happy to go to malls and spend all our money'' artificial teen portraits of the time and makes it a vital documentary record of the teens and future young generations left behind by Neo-Conservatism.'' Now I'm wondering if I was too optimistic and not peeling back more layers in the declining situation we see here.

There are no extras.

Finally we have TT Formula One Years: 1987 - 1994 (2015) which groups 8 years of professional motorcycle racing videos together on one disc. Before the great series of Blu-rays in HD the company started issuing a few years ago (which seem to only stay in print so long, some of which are reviewed elsewhere on this site), Duke Video apparently want to dig back to older standard definition era programs and these are just fine. Just know they can be trying to sit through in parts since the video source is inconsistent, but more on that below, but diehard fans will want this one.

There are no extras.

The anamorphically enhanced 1.78 X 1 image on Edge & 72% are decent digital shoots, with Edge offering some remarkable location shots, but both have some softness. The 1.33 X 1 color transfer of the 16mm-shot Seventeen is the same from the larger DVD set it comes from and can look as good since it was also shot well, but could use an HD upgrade with the other two. That leaves the softer standard definition video shoot is on Years softer from a set of secondary copies with aliasing errors and staircasing that gets in the way of the fun.

The lossy Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo on Edge & 72%, plus lossy Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono on Seventeen and Years are as good as they are going to get, but Years is still a generation more down than I would have liked and is the weakest of them all.

- Nicholas Sheffo


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