Season Two (2016 -
2017/Fox DVD Set)/The
Legend Of Bruce Lee: Volume Three
(2010/Well Go DVD Set)/Modern
Family: The Complete Eighth Season
(2016 - 2017/Fox DVD Set)/Shameless:
The Complete Seventh Season
(2016 - 2017/Warner Blu-ray Set)/This
Is Us: The Complete First Season (2016
- 2017/Fox DVD Set)/2
Broke Girls: The Complete Sixth & Final Season
(2016 - 2017/Warner DVD Set)
B/B-/B/B+/B/B Sound: B/B-/B/B+/B/B Extras: A/D/C/B/C/C
for a new group of TV releases...
last season (reviewed elsewhere on this site) of Empire
left on the epic cliffhanger as the FBI is hot on trail of Lucious's
illegal activities, Lucious marriage to Hakeem's pregnant bride Anika
and the murder of Rhonda. The Lyons family are now in the news and
media spotlight for scandal and murder, and Empire's reputation is on
the rocks. Can Lucious somehow find a way to bring Empire back to
profit and stability, as well as handle his sons and ex-wife who want
his throne? But all that is set aside when another powerful rival
family decides to start a war with the Lyons.
you want to make it big in the Hip Hop music business, you have to go
through Empire Inc. with Lucious Lyon as it's untouchable king. And
Lucious will do anything to remain it ruler, make any deal
...including marry his own son's pregnant wife. Unfortunately, that
is exactly the attitude of each his family members, they will do
anything to take Empire from him. They continue to do charity work
to win back the public, behind closed doors there is blood and sharks
in the water and they must deal with a deadly new enemy, the DuBois
family a powerful politically connected family who wants to the see
the Lyons fail.
series is full of power hungry, murderous and crazy characters
(specially the girls) and non stop backstabbing. It is the
'gangsta's paradise' where everything is about money and power. If
have enough of it and you can get always with anything. This season
it touches on a few political matters including 'Black Lives Matters'
and Police racial profiling and brutality. The entire family is
completely unfaithful to each other, but they become briefly united
when another rival family attempts to take them down (but they still
end up stabbing each other in the back afterwards). Extras include
uncut music performances and studio sessions.
this time include (with SPOILERS)...
- Rhonda is murdered and Lucious half-brother Tariq is investigating
Empire. Empire seeks to release Empire-X-Streaming to return
profitability to the company.
- City Councilman Angelio Dubios uses Empire to help stage gun
violence against Black people. A rivalry starts between Lucious and
Angelio over Cookie.
Remains is Bestial
- Jamal tries to get over the death of Rhonda but still sees her
ghost. Andrea is blackmailed by police with trumped up charges.
- Cookie gets closer to Angelo. Andre gets sympathy sex with Nessa.
- Hakeem teams up with Jamal to help get over his fears. Lucious
uses Andre's romance to help boost ratings for Empire.
- Empire records gets hacked and it causes friction between the
We May Be
- Cookie plans a dinner to try to impress Angelo's mother but things
don't go as expected.
Andre helps Nessa to get into the spotlight by sabotaging Tiana.
Jamal tries to get over his PTSD.
Furnace for Your Foe
- Cookie helps organizes a free concert for Angelo's PR. The FBI
freezes Empire's assets forcing Lucious to ally himself with Shyne.
- Lucious comes up with a new album to help save Empire, but he and
Cookie end up fighting for who has control.
Lucious must deal with Tariq who is trying to turn Lyons into his
informants. A new deadly (literally) player steps in from Las Vegas,
Giuliana. Cookie must decide where her loyalties lie, Lucious or
- As Hakeem's birthday approaches he is angry that the rest of the
family still sees him as a spoiled child (which he is) and things go
to hell when things don't go as Hakeem wanted.
- Cookie reflects on the sacrifices she made for Lucious. Empire
seeks to get a license to open a branch in Las Vegas. Lucious
reveals his past with Giuliana.
is a Smoke - Giuliana's past affairs are revealed and how she stole
$10 million from Lucious years ago. The FBI turns on Tariq when they
find out about of his illegal investigation. Cookie and Angelo
- The DuBois foils each one of Empire's deals in Las Vegas and
illegally uses Child Protective Services to take away Bella.
- The Lyons confront the DuBois about the child abduction of Bella,
which they deny they had anything to do with, but Bella becomes lost
behind red tape and lies.
and Trouble, Part I
- Cookie plans an 'Ocean's Eleven' to steal Giuliana's ledgers.
Tariq find proof that Bella was kidnapped by the DuBois but is killed
by Lucious' crazy murderous mother Leah before he could reveal it to
and Trouble, Part II
- Leah frames Anika for Tariq's murder. Andre puts out an
assassination order for Lucious, but when he finds out Lucious was
planing for him to inherit Empire he is unable to call off the hit in
of Bruce Lee: Volume Three
have been many adaptations that have told the true life story of
Martial Arts Legend Bruce Lee, however none have been as epic and
long as The
Legend Of Bruce Lee,
now available on disc thanks to Well Go USA. Lee is played by actor
Danny Chan (Ip
who looks enough like Bruce and plays the role pretty spot on. The
production value of the show varies with some scenes being a bit more
impressive than others, not quite approaching the cinematic level of
other films on the late star.
has been covered elsewhere on this site, however, we didn't get to
as of the writing of this review:
thing to note is that this version is not only dubbed in English but
cut down as well... the entire uncut 50 episode version (as opposed
to 30 episodes here) with the original Mandarin language track are
supposedly available on streaming services, but not yet on disc here
series also stars Michelle Lang, Gary Daniels (Zero
Ted Duran, Natalia Dzyublo, Wang Luoyong, Hazen McIntyre, Ray Park
Wars: Episode I),
Tim Storms, Micheal Jai White (Falcon
Traci Ann Wolfe, Mark Dacascos (Drive)
and Ash Gordey.
epic conclusion to the series, this volume sees Bruce Lee (Chan) in
his late years as he takes his career to America in an effort to
martial arts awareness. After winning a huge championship, he
catches the eye of a Hollywood Producer and his career takes off to
unimaginable heights. As he achieves worldwide fame, Bruce never
loses sight of his dream and continues to inspire and amaze people
the world over.
the American version from the '90s, Dragon:
A Bruce Lee Story,
will always hold a special place in my film-loving heart, this series
is pretty thorough and presented nicely on disc. Hopefully, Blu-ray
editions are in the not too distant future.
Family: The Complete Eighth Season
back, its Season
Dunphy's family returns home from the Big Apple. Phil starts to
pursue his life long dream of building a building and goes into
business with Jay as his sponsor. Gloria squares off with her
sister. Mitch and Cam deal with each other's relatives. Haley gets
fired but ends up dating a weatherman. Alex gets mono and has to
drop out of college for a while. Meanwhile, Luke and Manny square
off in who gets to be the next class president.
sitcom is a comedy about today's modern families via the Pritchetts
and Dunphy clans. It is about how families are no longer limited to
the standard working husband and homemaker wife. Jay is a wealthy
patriarch, remarried to Gloria a beautiful a trophy wife, with
step-son Manny and Joe their son... Jay's daughter Claire and runs a
Closet company, she is married to Phil a real estate agent with three
children Haley, Alex and Luke. Haley is a popular girl and relies on
her beauty, charm, and cleavage to get what she wants. Alex is the
complete opposite of Haley, while she hasn't got the looks, she has
all the brains of the family (and has very kinky taste in men). Luke
unfortunately was left at the low end of the gene pool and has to
rely on family connections to get ahead in life. They are joined by
Jay's wayward gay lawyer son Mitchell and his partner Cameron with
their adopted Vietnamese daughter Lily, whom they are trying to raise
her to be open minded to gay people.
Ed O'Neil, you can't help but feel this series is like an updated
version of Married
but instead of a poor family they are a wealthy upper class family.
The show has monologues in every episode which characters talk to the
audience directly with pearls of wisdom or some comic wit. The
series make fun of the prejudices and stereotypes in current families
with subjects such as remarriage, age differences between spouses,
homosexual families/partners, and adoption. While complications
exist in today's society, the world in Modern Family teaches about
social acceptance and laughter. In all, it is a heartfelt comedy
series about having open minded multi-cultural families. Extras
include deleted and alternate scenes and a gag reel.
Tale of Three Cities
- Phil and Claire decide to stay a few extra days in New York, little
do they know so is Haley, Alex and Luke. Meanwhile Gloria has a
Mexican stand off with her sister Sonia.
- An African American family moves in across the street from Jay and
Jay is worried that he is seen as a racist white man for putting up
- Luke and Manny both run for class president. Mitchell and Cameron
get into a fight when Cameron decides to do something without
consulting Mitch first.
- Phil introduces Haley to the weatherman Rainer and thing get hot,
4: The Revenge of the Rod Skyhook
- Everyone loves Halloween, Mitch and Claire play pranks and no one
recognizes what Jay (he gets mistaken for Jesus) and Manny's costumes
are supposed to be.
Phil tries to join Jay's country club. Claire misunderstands Alex's
choices in life.
- Cameron spends their Hawaii vacation money for a country themed
Thanksgiving. Jay tries not to lose his temper.
- Phil, Cam and Gloria plot behind their spouses back.
- Luke and Manny sponsor a winter dance, but then discover they went
over the budget.
- Cameron is reunited with his ex-boyfriend (Kelsey Grammer).
- Jay, Mitch and Claire run into Jay's ex-wife, their mother at
You Believe in Magic?
- Phil thinks he and Claire are losing the 'magic' in their
relationship, but Claire has special Valentine Day planned for him.
- Phil talks Jay into investing a property that he wants to build on.
Haley take Claire to a cooking lesson to show how bad a cook she is.
Is The Head
- Phil runs into a problem with his investment and needs to find a
solution or Jay will lose his money. Mitch must get Cameron over his
fear of the MRI machine.
- Someone is terrorizing the neighborhood with Cam's old Fizboo clown
- Phil volunteers to play in a charity basketball game. (guest stars
Charles Barkley and DeAndre Jordan).
- Mitch tries to cover up knocking over and losing Cam's pig ashes.
- Haley and Rainer reevaluate where their relationship is going.
- Phil's father is getting remarried, but Phil wants his family to
dress up in costume from The Roaring '20s.
Things Being Equal
- Gloria, Claire, Haley, Alex, Luke, Manny and Lily attend a gender
and woman's equality movement.
- Phil and Claire have problems with letting their kids go when they
- The entire family get ready for Luke and Manny's graduation.
The Complete Seventh Season
H. Macy (Boogie
headlines the Seventh
of the Showtime Network hit Shameless.
The hard R-rated series features plenty of naughty words, nudity,
and R-rated content to either please or repulse depending on your
tastes. Only on a network like this or HBO, would a show like this
be able to run.
this season, Frank (Macy) wakes from a month long coma after having
been tossed into the Chicago River last season, only to realize that
no one came looking for him at the hospital, which makes him question
many things. Fiona (Emmy Rossum), who still works a dead end job at
Patsy's Pies as the manager, is faced with making major decisions in
order to keep the business from crumbling.
(Jeremy Allen White) is out of rehab but struggles with his sobriety
after his friends have turned their back on him. Ian (Cameron
Monaghan) and Caleb (Jeff Pierre) hit a major snag in their
relationship after Caleb is caught cheating much to Ian's dismay.
Debbie (Emma Kenney), is now a single teen mom, decides to turn to
stealing high-end strollers in order to pay a nanny to care for her
baby out of desperation. Carl (Ethan Cutkosky) makes the tough
decision of getting circumcised while Kevin, Veronica and Svetlana
consider opening an innovate, yet controversial, topless maid
season spans twelve episodes which includes Hiraeth,
Swipe/ F***/ Leave, Home Sweet Homeless Shelter, I Am A Storm, Own
your Sh*5, The Defenstration of Frank, You'll Never Get a Chicken In
Your Entire Life, You Sold Me To The Laundromatm Remember?,
Ouroboros, Ride or Die, Happily Ever After
for a Sl#t.
(titles have been obviously censored).
Shameless Politics of Frank
show juggles some hot topics and isn't afraid to walk the tight rope
of adult content. Sometimes it tries a bit hard to be controversial
with some things feeling controversial for the sake of being
controversial. Macy does a great job though, and its always a
pleasure seeing him on screen.
is Us: Season One
is the story of the Pearson family with Jack and Rebecca and their 3
children, Kevin, Kate and Randall. Follow them across the years
through the generations as they live, love, loss and learn about life
and family. They are connected not only by their relationship but
also past experiences which traverses across the decades in the new
award-winning hit This
Pearson family is a large complex family, as the series unfolds you
jump from various timelines to learn about both present and past, and
how they shape the future. Jack and Rebecca are father and mother,
after giving birth to triplets they lose one and adopt one child,
their 3 children Kevin, Kate and Randall. Kevin becomes a famous
actor 'the Man-ny' but decides to give it up for theater when he
wants people to value his acting more than his looks, while he is a
playboy he is dependent on his sister Kate and had a strained
relationship with his adoptive brother Randall. Kate is over-weight
and has problems with her body image and she meets Toby who helps her
self esteem and get on with her life. Randall was left on the
doorstep at a fire station and then adopted into the Pearson family
at the hospital, he is the most successful and has a family of his
own, but when he finds his biological father he learns it is never
too late to reconnect with his father William who was former artist,
poet, crack addict from Memphis and is dying from cancer.
is a tear-jerker series, it is about family and no matter how perfect
people or things appear to be ...nothing ever really is. The series
is about a family pulling together across the generations, life
lessons impacting decades later, the secrets and lies. It reminds
people of what is really important in life and what really matters in
a family. People get so caught up in the dreams of the past and the
future they forget about the now. Extras include after shows of all
initial episodes include...
- Jack and Rebecca are expecting triplets, but loses one and adopts
Randall. Kate is trying to lose weight. Kevin has a meltdown on
stage and quits. Randall discovers his father.
- Kate helps Kevin decide on what to do with the rest of his life.
Jack and Rebecca learns about the sleepless nights raising 3 babies.
- Jack and Rebecca struggle with the lost of their child and decides
to rename Kyle to Randall to help them move on from their loss.
Rebecca discovers William and knows who Randal's real father is but
keeps it from Randall.
- The Pearsons remembers what it was like raising the kids and taking
them to the pool as they struggle for Kate to find acceptance for
body image and Randall being adopted into a multi-race family.
- Kate remembers watching the football game with her father and how
their family is connected by football. Randall wife's thought she
was pregnant again but was really not.
- Randall wants to go in for his daughter's career day at school, but
then finds out how boring his job sounds to others and decides to do
Best Washing Machine in the World
- Kevin, Kate and Randall flashback to their teenage years of when
they didn't get along. Meanwhile in the present, they struggle to
work things out as adults.
- The Pearsons remembers a disastrous Thanksgiving trip. Randall
finds out his mother's secret before she is able to tell him.
- The Pearsons makes a trip to the family cabin. Randall struggles
with his mother's lie.
- Kate remembers a Christmas when she had to go to the hospital.
Kevin celebrates Hanukkah with Sloane. Toby surprises Kate on
Christmas and they get back together, but then he collapses and they
take him to ER.
Right Thing to Do
- Toby recovers as Randall reconnects with his father William who
decides to stop chemo treatments and prepare people for his eventual
- Everyone looks back to the one day, the one decision that changed
their life forever.
- Kevin, Kate and Randall remember their 10th birthday together.
Kate goes to a fat camp. Kevin decides to try and reconnect with his
- Kevin tries to reconcile with his ex-wife Sophie. Toby surprises
Kate at fat camp. Randall has to decide which is more important, his
business or his family?
- Kate reconciles with Toby. Rebecca reveals that she gave up her
dream of becoming a singer. Kevin gives up his opening night on
stage when Randall calls him asking him for help when he has a
- Randall drives William to Memphis and learns about his father's
past. Knowing he wasn't coming back, William dies in the arms of
- At the death of William, the Pearsons are brought together again.
William funeral reminds people to celebrate his life and not morn it.
Randall reconciles with his mother and decides to quit his job and
Kevin is successful with his play.
- Kate begins to open up to Toby about her father's past in how she
believes she was responsible for his death. Jack and Rebecca
remember how they met over a song. Kate decides she wants to be a
singer like her mother. Kevin is off to play a new role. Randall
decides he wants to adopt another child.
Broke Girls - The Complete 6th Season & Final Season
Max and Caroline are finally able to start their own 'desert bar'
with emphasis on 'bar'! Oleg and Sophie have a baby. As they
continue to work at the diner with Hans and Earl, they learn what it
is like to manage their own bar and love lives. Max continues her
rocky relationship with Randy, will she finally tie the knot? And
Caroline gets a boyfriend (finally). Could it be girls have finally
and Caroline are two New York roommates/BFFs living and waitresses
together. They came together to the Big Apple to chase their dreams
of opening up a cupcake shop, which they ended up opening a
alcohol/desert bar (close enough). Max and Caroline uses their
charm, sexy good looks, feminine wiles and wicked jokes serve both
customers and men, but when compared to their nymphomaniac friend's
cook Oleg and Sophie they are a lot more sane. Finally, they also
have Earl the kind old African American man, which we ain't sure if
he is senile or just plain loony.
was a comical series and proves that if you are a hot girl you can
get away with anything. The whole series is about 2 girls constantly
going broke, each time they make money fate somehow takes it away
(again and again) and brings them together. Most of the jokes were
smart wise cracks of a sexual nature with a lot of double entendres
while making fun of stereotypes, minorities, modern pop culture, and
other actors, movies and films. Extras include unaired scenes and
the final episodes are...
the Two Openings: Part One
- Max and Caroline get ready to open their new desert bar. Oleg and
Sophie have a baby.
the Two Openings: Part Two
- Max and Caroline have problems with their liquor license.
the '80s Movie
- Max and Randy start sexting and face-timing each other.
the Godmama Drama
- Max and Caroline must find a way to win over Oleg's mother to be
the College Experience
- Caroline goes back college to give a talk (ahem, a party) on
- Earl's long lost girlfriend comes for a visit.
the Sophie Doll
- The girls take a bartenders class to learn how to make drinks and
Caroline cheats on the final.
the Duck Stamp
- Business is booming with their new bartender, but Han gets addicted
on cacao as a result.
the About Facetime
- Max and Randy help Caroline find a date, but things aren't going
well with Max and Randy.
- A hurricane traps everyone in the diner and seems like is the
perfect setting for some hanky-panky.
the Planes, Fingers and Automobiles
- Max, Caroline and Han goes on a road trip to find Randy. Oleg,
Sophie and Earl are left in charge of the diner.
the Riverboat Runs Through It
- Max and Caroline continues on their road trip adventure ...on a
riverboat in New Orleans.
the Stalking Dead
- Max and Caroline ends up as extras in a zombie movie Randy is
the Emergency Contractor
- Max and Caroline gets home. Caroline falls for their contractor
Bobby and Max rushes to Randy at the hospital.
the Turtle Sense
- Caroline goes out on a date with Bobby. Max feels alone at the bar
and misses Caroline.
the Tease Time
- Caroline continues to go out on dates with Bobby and Max picks a
bad time to swear off on sex.
the Jessica Shmessica
- Caroline meets her Bobby's family, unfortunately she finds out she
has a lot of people to win over ...his mother, sisters and his
ex-girlfriend's perfect reputation.
the Dad Day Afternoon
- The doctor says Max has daddy issues and that she has to find
and confront her father.
the Baby and Other Things
- Caroline gets in a fight with her boyfriend and finds out he may
have a child.
- Caroline and Max go bowling. Caroline is terrible, can Max pick up
the Rock Me On the Dais
- Caroline runs into her ex, who is going to make a film about her
2 Broke Girls: The Movie
- (Ok, it's not really a movie) It's the season finale, will both Max
and Caroline find their happily ever afters?
for playback performance. Presented in 1080p high definition with a
widescreen aspect ratio of 1.78:1 and a great sounding DTS-HD MA
(Master Audio) 5.1 lossless track, the latest Shameless
season is the only TV season here on Blu-ray, so it looks and sounds
great on Blu-ray disc with a transfer that improves over the original
digital broadcast and free of watermarks.
the DVDs are here in anamorphically enhanced 1.78 X 1 image
presentations, but the Bruce
set is the poorest, also offering
lossy Dolby Digital 5.1 tracks, the episodes are in the English
language and dubbed, however some scenes have Mandarin subtitles over
English subs, namely in the opening title sequence. It's too bad the
Mandarin language track wasn't an option because watching dubs for
this long period of time can become a trying affair. The remaining
TV on DVD sets are about as good as they can possibly be picture-wise
in the format, all with lossy
Dolby Digital 5.1 sound mixes. In an age where we're spoiled by
lossless sound, these have their limits, but also pretty much could
not sound better considering the older codec.
Chiang & James Lockhart (Bruce,