Cavett Show: Baseball's Greatest Hits: Pitchers
(1970, 1971, 1991/MVD/S'More DVDs)/Flash:
Complete Fifth Season (DC
Clunes' Islands Of America
The Complete Fourteenth Season
(*all Warner/**both 2018 - 2019)/Vidago
C/C+/B+/C+/A-/B+ Sound: C+/C/B+/C+/B/C+ Extras: C+/D/B/D/A/D
Main Programs: C+/B/B+/B-/B-/B+
fall arrives, a sudden increase of TV titles hit home video,
including the previous seasons of series still in production or about
to wrap up, which applies to some of the following...
start with The
(2019) is based on Caleb Carr's book about the early years of the
doctors who eventually became what we think of as psychoanalysts in
the early 20th Century (specifically New York City of the 1896s or
The Gilded Age that lasted a good while) as we see how this school of
thought eventually became the science we have today, for better or
worse. Daniel Brul, leading the way as a serial killer of young boys
becomes the focus of an investigation that needs his help.
we have seen this story too much lately, the series comes up with
little new to add (Nicole Kidman was discussed for casting when this
almost became a feature film) and the cast is not bad, with Dakota
Fanning and Luke Evans showing up as well. The show is ambitious,
even when that does not always work out, but it is worth a look for
those who are curious and any problems are not for lack of trying.
This limited series consists of 10 episodes in all.
include a small paper episode guide inside the DVD case, while the
discs add clips Pixel
The Episode bits.
don't have to be a sports authority to enjoy The
Dick Cavett Show: Baseball's Greatest Hits: Pitchers
(1970, 1971, 1991), but it does not hurt and having other big names
show up in the same episodes is a plus. Of course, Cavett is always
on top of his game and his remains one of the greatest talk shows of
all time. This 3-DVD set offers Whitey Ford & Mickey Mantle
w/Marcel Marceau, Dizzy Dean w/Rose Kennedy, Denny McLain w/Al Capp,
Satchel Paige w/Lillian Gish and Salvador Dali (!!!), Vida Blue &
Bob Kamen w/Milt Kamen and legendary film director Robert Altman, and
Tommy John all on his own for the whole show.
also a great opportunity for baseball fans to catch up with legends
of the past they still hear about and to see other big names we
should all revisit. Once again, another solid set worth going out of
your way for.
are no extras.
epic DC Comics series The
returns with its Fifth
and possibly best season yet in this explosive 4 disc Blu-ray
collection now finally available. I usually wait to dive into these
shows until these uninterrupted HD versions come out and this one was
well worth the wait. Also included are the crossover episodes with
the three part Elseworlds event, which features of other characters
of the shared CW DC Universe.
continues to focus on Barry Allen (Grant Gustin here) who seeks to
defend Central City from time paradoxes and super villains. As he
finally marries his long time love Iris West (Candice Patton), they
are visited from their daughter from an alternate future, who puts
their own in question. Can The Flash stop terrible things from
happening to his team and his family?
also stars Danielle Panabaker (Sky
Carlos Valdes (Arrow,
Hartley Sawyer (Caper,
Danielle Nicolet (Central
Jessica Parker Kennedy (The
and Chris Klein (American
movies), with Tom Cavanagh (Ed,
and Jesse L. Martin (Law
One-Hour Episodes span four Blu-ray discs and include Nora,
Blocked, The Death of Vibe, News Flash, All Doll'd Up, The Icicle
Cometh, O'Come, All Ya Thankful, What Past is Prologue, Elseworlds:
Hours One, Two, and Three. The Flash and the Furious, Memorabilia,
Goldfaced, Cause and Xs, King Shark vs Gorilla Grodd,
is an Orphan.
have reviewed previous sessions of this show elsewhere on this site:
Best of DC TV's Comic-Con Panel San Diego 2018
Evolution of Killer Frost
the Crossover: Elseworlds
Modes of Persuasion
a recommended release for DC comics fans!
Clunes' Islands Of America
(2018) is the other of our two non-fiction fiction entries as the
actor from the huge international hit Doc
goes all over the U.S. (including Alaska and Puerto Rico in the four
loaded episodes where he takes risks, deeply participates where he
goes and shows us a side of him that shows us why he is a star.
is part of a cycle of shows you see more so on U.K. TV than anywhere
else where established names (Joanna Lumley and various Monty Python
alumni come to mind) go visiting in places where their intellectual
curiosity takes them and we get to watch it all. It is very brave
and they open up in ways that are surprising, unexpected and a real
pleasure. Some such series have better results than others, but this
one is not bad and worth your time if you like him and/or are
are no extras.
and Dean have now seen everything, fought monsters, demons, fallen
angels and now even discovered alternate universes, but now after the
death of Lucifer, they have even a greater problem the Archangel
Michael who wants to destroy mankind. With Heaven and Hell in chaos,
Michael plans to use the monsters to overthrow mankind. However, the
Winchesters are no longer alone, along with their friends and their
newest recruit Jack the son of Lucifer they continue fight the
supernatural and impossible in Supernatural:
The Complete Fourteenth Season
and Dean are brothers and demon hunters and anything supernatural.
After years of fighting alone they are no longer alone, now they have
a secret base, teams of hunters, a fallen angel Castiel and even
Jack, son of Lucifer to help them. Together they all work together
to fight back against the forces of darkness and war between Heaven
and Hell. However, things are not as easy as they think with Dean
getting possessed by Michael and with Lucifer dead his host body has
been returned to Nick. Also, their newest member Jack has recently
lost his angel powers and is dying.
is like an amazing epic more sci-fi than horror series. While the
over arching stories is about the struggle between the demons and
angels (the angels are only a little better than the demons). The
brothers protect humanity from the knowledge of the supernatural
forces because the rest of the world is not ready for the truth. It
is like a mix of The
and the series The
Episodes have various side stories from the main plot with different
supernatural creatures that the characters defeat by the end of the
episode. Extras include all new featurettes, audio commentaries,
unaired scenes and gag reel.
this time include:
in a Strange Land
- Jack learns living as a human. Sam and Castiel must decided on
what to do against Dean who is possessed by Michael.
- Sam's searches for where Michael is. Michael conducts experiments
to enhance werewolves and vampires for his army.
- Sam and Dean discovers a weapon that can hurt Michael, but getting
it might harder than they thought.
- Dean fights against his favorite Halloween slasher movie character
when it suddenly comes to life.
- The hunters investigates a horror that makes their worst nightmares
- Sam and Charlie investigates a string of missing people. Jack goes
out on his first hunt with Dean.
- Nick searches for the killer of his wife and son not caring how he
gets the answers. Dean takes Jack under his wing and shows him how
to enjoy being human.
- Sam and Dean desperate to save Jack asks a former foe for help.
Castiel goes to Heaven and makes a sacrifice himself to bring Jack
back to life.
- Sam and Dean forms a plan to stop Michael, but Michael has seen
through their plans laid a trap for them.
- Sam and Castiel goes into the mind of Dean to try and drive Michael
out of Dean's body.
- Dean seems to be well but secretly he is planning to seal himself
away forever trapping Michael in his head forever.
- Sam and Dean investigates a false prophet that seems to be killing
- Sam and Dean makes a wish to get rid of Michael, but instead finds
they have brought their father into the future, then the future
begins to change.
- The hunters investigate and hunt a demigod who has a taste for
- Sam and Castiel investigates a town where everything seems perfect,
but then Sam gets brainwashed can Castiel help Sam remember who he
Go in the Woods
- Sam and Dean investigate a mysterious creature killing people in
the woods, but can they stop a monster they have no information on?
- As Sam and Dean helps an old friend, Castiel goes to heaven to ask
for a miracle for Jack.
- Jack kills Mary with his powers and searches for a way to undo his
in the Box
- Heaven decides to take Jack under their wings, but tricks him into
playing god to recruit new angels for Heaven.
- Jack grows more powerful, Sam and Dean turns to the only one who
can stop him, God. But 'God' has a plan and it doesn't involve
saving any of them. Sam and Dean refuse God to kill Jack and God
cause the 'End' to happen.
Portugal, the Vidago Hotel is a hotel for the nobility and upper
class. While civil war and revolution is happening across the
Spanish boarder, Vidago and it's inhabitants remains a paradise.
Young Countess Carlota arrives at Vidago to marry nouveau riche Cesar
to save her family from the poor house. But all the while, Carlota
is secretly in love with Pedro, a servant at Vidago. As their affair
grows, will Carlota decide to follow her heart or accept her destiny?
Carlota's family is from a line of nobles, but her family is secretly
bankrupted and her mother is marrying her off to Cesar, an heir to a
nouveau riche family. Cesar's mother wants Cesar to marry Carlota so
they their family can enter the nobility and upper class. Carlota is
in love with the help, Pedro a servant and son of the manager of the
Vidago. However, Pedro is also a revolutionary and is considered a
suspect/terrorist and considered a danger to those in power. Carlota
and Pedro's love is symbolic of the class discrimination and why
their country is in civil unrest. But both Carlota and Cesar's
mothers will do anything force them to marry. After Pedro is
arrested for being a revolutionary, Carlota is forced to marry Cesar
by her mother in order to save Pedro's life. Meanwhile Cesar proves
to be less than 'noble' ...but he also a liar, gambler and cheater
and he plans on using Carlota and even forcing himself on her.
Carlota at first planned to runaway with Pedro, but now has decide to
either enter a loveless marriage or to fight for the love of her
was like a period piece set in Portugal crossed with Les
a story of star cross lovers facing impossible odds in a middle of a
civil war. The story was mainly about the class discrimination and
how most of the nobility and the rich only care about themselves,
increasing their own wealth or power. They sees people as no more
than lowly plebeians to serve their whims and needs, the two lovers
in the story represents represents the breaking of all their rules
and hope for change.
are no extras.
is again presented in 1080p high definition on Blu-ray disc with a
widescreen aspect ratio of 1.78:1 and a great sounding audio mix in
DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 5.1 (48kHz, 16-bit) lossless mix. This is
certainly better than the original television broadcast and provides
more detail in the visual effects and overall production design of
the show. Supernatural
the same specs and is at least as good and maybe even better.
anamorphically enhanced 1.78 X 1 image on Islands
look as good as they can in the DVD format and though I thought the
first two could have some softness and Alienist
is a little softer and has more challenging shadow detail than I
would have liked. Blu-rays in all three cases would show
improvement. The lossy Dolby Digital 5.1 on Alienist
is better and the lossy Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo on the latter two
are about even with it.
leaves us with the 1.33 X 1 color image on the Cavett
episodes looking as good as they can for professional NTSC analog
video, but still having issues like analog
videotape flaws including video noise, video banding, telecine
flicker, tape scratching, PAL cross color, faded color and tape
damage. The lossy Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono and later Stereo on the
episodes are good at times, but more so on this set than the many
others we've covered to date, it can be a little lower and
problematic than those sets, so be careful of volume switching and
high playback levels.
note that the Warner and other titles are provided to us by each
company in screener form (press copies received free of charge as a
courtesy so they can be reviewed, often before street date) so they
can be thoroughly reviewed by approved sources like ourselves.
Nicholas Sheffo, Ricky Chiang (Supernatural,