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DC's Legends Of Tomorrow: The Complete First Season (2015 - 2016/Warner Blu-ray Set)/DC SuperHero Girls: Hero Of The Year (2016/Warner DVD)/Hee Haw: The Collector's Edition (1969 - 1973/Time Life DVD Box Set)/The Huntsman: Winter's War (2016/Universal 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray w/Blu-ray + Blu-ray w/DVD Sets)/Lucifer: The Complete First Season (2015 - 2016/DC Comics/Vertigo/Warner DVD Set)/The Wonder Years: The Complete Series (1988 - 1993/Time Life DVD Standard Box Set)

4K Ultra HD Picture: B+ Picture: B/C+/C+/B & C+/C+/C Sound: B/C+/C+/B+ & C+/C+/C Extras: C+/C-/C-/C/C/B Main Programs: C+/C+/C+/C/C/C+

Here's a look at a new wave of fantasy, comedy, family and franchise releases, from the big screen to television, old and new...

DC's Legends of Tomorrow: The Complete First Season (2015 - 2016) brings together some characters previously shown in other DC series, add new ones and have them traveling thru time and space as if it were a Star Trek spinoff meets Guardians Of The Galaxy, but on the lite side to some extent. The material is comical-leaning, though some might like that after so many too-dark entries in the genre, its too much for me despite a really good cast. I like Dominic Purcell (Heat Wave, then...), Wentworth Miller (Captain Cold) and Victor Garber (half of Firestorm), plus Brandon Routh finally finds a good fit as The Atom. They are joined by White Canary, Vixen, the upgraded Hawkman & Hawkgirl and led by Rip Hunter. The mostly unknown (until now) fellow actors are up to the task.

We also get the classical Jonah Hex (versus the theatrical film supernatural version that did not work) at one point, Lance Henriksen (Millennium, Aliens) adds to the show and we get visits from Arrow and Flash characters too. However, you have to be a big fan of the whole family of characters to get the most out of the show, but you can tell the makers love the world, characters and material as much as the actors, so the energy and fun is real. This 2-Blu-ray disc set has all 16 episodes and is as high quality as the fans would expect.

Extras include Digital HD Ultraviolet Copy for PC, PC portable and other cyber iTunes capable devices and print episode guide inside the disc case, while the Blu-rays add DC's Legends of Tomorrow: 2015 Comic-Con Panel, Jonah Hex: Hex Marks the Spot, A Fantastic Voyage: Touring the Waverider Set, History in the Making featurettes and a Gag Reel.

DC SuperHero Girls: Hero Of The Year (2016) is a new animated comedy project (possibly a pilot) that has all of the publishers female superheroes and villains going to high school in an attempt to come up with a competitor to Bratz, Barbie and the new teen Dora. Young versions of Wonder Woman, Batgirl, Supergirl, Harley Quinn, Bumblebee, Poison Ivy, Katana and others meet each other for the first time. Needless to say it stretches credibility and realism, to is consistent for what it is and is not bad in that. Male DC characters also show up, but this runs under 80 minutes, is really aimed at a young audience and might just get it.

The only extras are six animated shorts: Hero of the Month: Wonder Woman, Fall into Super Hero High, Hero of the Month: Bumblebee, Hero of the Month: Poison Ivy, Clubbing and Saving the Day.

Hee Haw: The Collector's Edition (1969 - 1973/Time Life DVD Box Set) expands on and includes the Collection 7-DVD set I reviewed here...


We get an expanded version of Kornfed Klassics (a single disc version was issued earlier in 2016) which gives us more of the same corny jokes (they were so trying to be Laugh-In, but with little point) offering 6 DVDs with 12 episodes. Jerry Lee Lewis, Conway Twitty, Lynn Anderson, Waylon Jennings, Roy Rogers, Dale Evans, Roger Miller, Loretta Lynn, Bill Anderson, Tanya Tucker (singing ''Delta Dawn''!), Tammy Wynette, Kitty Wells, Mickey Gilley, Melba Montgomery, Freddie Fender and Johnny Cash supply the music through these choice shows. The single DVD Laffs! Collection is a collection of favorite skits by fans and the makers of the show.

Though that might not be the full season sets die hard fans might want, it is a solid if repetitive set that gives one an idea of the show at its early peak (it did go on a bit too long) and as was the case before, booklets on each of the contents inside each DVD case are the only extras. The 1.33 X 1 color picture and lossy Dolby Digital 5.1 upgrades are consistent with the quality we covered before. They represent nice attempts to upgrade the materials, but the limits show.

Cedric Nicolas-Troyan's The Huntsman: Winter's War (2016) is the sequel to the surprise hit Snow White & The Huntsman, in another attempt to do a darker take on that mythos and as a not unsimilar Sigourney Weaver 1997 theatrical film (which landed up qualifying as a TV project too, oddly) where Weaver got acclaim for a film few saw. With Kristen Stewart (and some off-screen controversy) gone, Chris Hemsworth (Thor) is back as the main title character, joined by Emily Blunt and Jessica Chastain against a very formidable foe in Charlize Theron.

This all sounds good and possibly like a sequel that could outdo the original, but sadly, the talent exceeds the script and in either version here (a longer 2 hours or 6-minutes shorter cut), this just drags on too much and offers nothing new to the genre, no matter the money on the screen (its there) or the undeniable talent that also includes Nick Frost. I waited to see if this would pick up, but it never does, though I can see why Universal would make this its first day-and-date 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray title since it makes for a decent demo and not enough people saw it. Thus, see it for the actors and the few moments that work if you must, particularly in 4K, but I was disappointed.

Extras include Digital HD Ultraviolet Copy for PC, PC portable and other cyber iTunes capable devices, while the Blu-ray adds Blu-ray exclusive featurettes Two Queens and Two Warriors, Meet the Dwarfs and Magic All Around while both formats (including DVD) Deleted Scenes with Commentary, Gag Reel, featurettes Dressed To Kill and Love Conquers All and a feature-length audio commentary by director Cedric Nicolas-Troyan.

Lucifer: The Complete First Season (2015 - 2016) is another one-joke TV series despite being based on the Vertigo/DC Comic created by Neil Gaiman. Playing like another Constantine to some extent, Tom Ellis is a Satan under a new name having fun in the sin... sun and darkness of Hollywood. Right there we''re in trouble. Then the episodes run on and on as he may have to go back to actual hell (no obvious jokes please) and this runs a predictable, cynical, unlucky 13 episodes. Maybe someone will like this, but it went nowhere for me and is for fans only at best.

Extras include a print episode guide inside the disc case, while the DVDs add Lucifer: 2015 Comic-Con Panel, Character Profile: Amenadiel, Character Profile: Linda, Character Profile: Chloe Decker, Character Profile: Dan, Devilish Duo, Lucifer Morningstar, Deleted Scenes and a Gag Reel.

And finally we have The Wonder Years: The Complete Series (1988 - 1993), now reissued in a simpler DVD box set versus the special metal locker packaging we covered at this link...


We also covered most of the separate seasons as follows....









If that does not give you every point of view on the show and this set, nothing will. Needless to say I was the least impressed with the picture and sound transfers, but this box contains all the extras in what is a for-fans-only item as far as I'm concerned, but at least the original music has been rightly restored.

The 2160p HECV/H.265, HDR (10; Ultra HD Premium)-enhanced 2.35 X 1 Ultra High Definition image on Huntsman is pretty consistent and clear for an all-digital shoot and is easily the best performer on this list, but by not using some large-frame format film they did on the previous film that looked so good, the overall look here is rendered a bit more generic by comparison. Still, this surpasses the decent 1080p Blu-ray and the really soft 480p DVD included in the non-4K Blu-ray set.

The anamorphically enhanced 1.78 X 1 image on Hero (with nice color range for the format) and episodes of the HD-shot Lucifer are a little better, tie with Huntsman as best DVDs here, followed by the better parts of the 1.33 X 1 Hee Haw and disappointing 1.33 x 1 Wonder Years.

That leaves the 1080p 1.78 X 1 digital High Definition image transfer on the Legend episodes tying with the regular Huntsman Blu-ray as second-best performer on the list. Both have their issues with artifice, but that's par for the course with their genres.

As for sound, the DTS: X 11.1 sound on the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray and 1080p regular, standard Blu-ray editions of Huntsman has its moments and can be state of the art, but not as spectacular all the way as I had hoped. Still, it is the best performer here. The DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 5.1 lossless mix on Legends impresses on its own terms and is on par with the sonics on Flash, Arrow and Supergirl in the best way.

The lossy Dolby Digital 5.1 on the Huntsman DVD, Hero, Lucifer and even Hee Haw are about even with each other, though Haw obvious shows a little age. The other three sound limited, knowing they would (and in the case of Huntsman, definitely does) sound better lossless. The lossy Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo on Years is the sonic dud and disappointment.

- Nicholas Sheffo


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