Headsup: Animation

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Out now are two new releases from the animation world to help us see the lighter side of life:

 

Powerpuff Girls Tiara Trouble DVDFirst we have The Powerpuff Girls: Tiara Trouble.  After over a decade since they left the air in 2005, Buttercup, Bubbles, and Blossom returned to Cartoon Network in April of 2016 to continue to fight crime in Townsville, coming up against villainous foes such as Mojo Jojo, Fuzzy Lumpkins, Princess Morbucks, Manboy, the Gangreen Gang, and others.  The reboot follows the successful run of the Powerpuff Girls series (fun tidbit: it was originally titled Whoopass Stew!), which garnered several award nominations and wins in addition to a feature film, a series of video games, and a merchandise line.  The new series (starring Natalie Palamides as Buttercup, Kristen Li as Bubbles, and Amanda Leighton as Blossom) has itself received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Short Form Animated Program and has enjoyed respectable viewership numbers, reaching over 19 million viewers its first four weeks on the air.  New and old fans of the Powerpuff heroine trio will be happy to know that the first season of the reimagined series is now out on DVD, including all twelve episodes plus a bonus sticker pack (available on Amazon for $9.96).  The series is also available on both iTunes and Amazon video for $2.99 per episode or $19.99 for the complete season (be aware that on both it's simply titled The Powerpuff Girls: Vol. 1 even though it's the new Tiara Trouble series).  The full season streaming options do also include the bonus 2-minute music video for "Who's Got the Power?", but in my opinion that certainly isn't worth doubling the price.  Remember also that these episodes are geared toward the goldfish-like attention spans of kids at eleven minutes each, so keep that in mind when considering how much content you get in relation to cost.

 

Next is Beavis and Butt-Head: The Complete Collection, the story of two teenage delinquents Beavis and Butt-Head The Complete Collection DVDwho love heavy metal, music videos, couch surfing, and voicing monosyllabic critiques of their environment and culture.  The series, created by (and starring) Mike Judge (King of the Hill, Office Space, Idiocracy), originated from the 1992 short film Frog Baseball and was later developed by MTV into the show fans would grow to love (and emulate).  The series ran from 1993-1997 and later was brought back for an eighth season in 2011; it was also turned into the 1996 feature film Beavis and Butthead Do America.  This collection is a compilation of the previously released Mike Judge Collection sets, series revival, and the feature film, including bonus features such as the MTV 20th Anniversary Special, VMA appearances, a Thanksgiving Special with Kurt Loder, a panel discussion from 2011 Comic-Con with Mike Judge, and more.  (No new material for this collection--it's more a case of just having it all in one set.)  It's also important to note that the episodes themselves are edited (by Judge himself) because there are still rights complications for music, television, etc that weren't an issue during the airing of the original series but are, of course, for home release.  If you're expecting a complete-complete-complete collection, therefore, you may be waiting a while, but if you're a fan who's just happy to have everything available to-date in one place, this may be a set for you.  If so, you can snag it on DVD on Amazon for $26.99 (no Blu-ray option for this one right now...maybe in the future.)

Your Weekend Justice #247: We Never Thought This Would Happen to Us, But…

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It's Weekend Justice: the Internet's #1 audio trainwreck...and holy shit, we've worked our way out of the 2015 recording archive and we careen into 2016. Amusingly, at the time of this recording, we still have no idea what a shitshow the year will be. Come join us and remember a kinder, more naive universe.

Agenda:

  • Jessica Jones vs. Daredevil
  • Leigh, play with it
  • Sports bit (no idea what any of this means)
  • Serv and fatherly revelations
  • Jon vs. Doctor Who Xmas
  • Force Awakens
  • OSHA vs. The First Order
  • Hang on, James Brown
  • More Star Wars + 2 Skinnee
  • Criterion news
  • Piracy as backup
  • Hateful Eight & Tarantino
  • Oscar nomination madness
  • Get beer to Atlanta
  • The Old Dudes Podcast
  • Foolishly having hope about 2016
  • The smell of live music
  • Johnny Depp, please don't play Oliver Reed
  • Call if you're MC Hammer
  • The things that go on behind tour bus doors
  • Tidal & Apple Music
  • Whatever happened to Weekend Justice?
  • Your Phonogram update
  • Deadpool anticipation
  • DC Cinematic Universe & comic nerdery
  • Amazon and the quest for world domination
  • Support your local bookstore
  • Taco Bell holiday hell
  • Final Countdown on Alderaan
  • Santa and the 900 number
  • Headsup: There's Weekend Justice gear as well in the Zazzle store.

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    Headsup: Making Connections

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    Out this month are two films whose characters suddenly find themselves in circumstances that change their worlds, prompting them to form otherwise-unlikely bonds with each other:

     

    King New Orleans
    First we have The King of New Orleans, Brian R. Friedman's independent film that follows New Orleans cabbie Larry Shirt (David Jensen, Ocean's Eleven, The Mist, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button) as he drives everyone from across the social spectrum around the Big Easy.  One of his fares is possibly-expelled Harvard student Bobby Cohn (Richard Brien, Nashville), and the two form a friendship later tested by the epic challenges of Hurricane Katrina.  The film won multiple awards at the Napa Valley Film Festival, the Santa Fe Independent Film Festival, and the New Orleans Film Festival, and it is the feature-length debut of Allen Frederic (Lee Daniels' The Butler, People), who co-directed the film with creative team Coodie & Chike (Benji, Good Morning).  The King of New Orleans will be out on digital platforms (including Amazon and iTunes) on February 21st (timed to tie in with Mardis Gras on the 28th) but is already available on DVD on Amazon for $14.99.   No special features on this one, which is sad because it seems like such a heart-centered project for the creators (and I'm sure they have some crazy behind-the-scenes stories they could tell since it was filmed on location in New Orleans).  If you simply love independent film and/or New Orleans, though, this may be worth checking out.

     

    Next is Arrival, the story of elite linguist and translator Louise Banks (Amy Adams) who, Arrivalalongside physicist Ian Donnelly (Jeremy Renner), is called upon to form lines of communication with recently-landed aliens.   The film has already won BAFTA, AFI, and Critics' Choice Awards (among others) and has eight 2017 Oscar nominations, including Best Picture.  The film is now out on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, and DVD.  The 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray formats also include over an hour of bonus features surrounding the themes of how we understand time and language, including: a 30-minute feature on xenolinguistics (the study of hypothetical alien language), a talk with Sylvain Bellemare, Michelle Child, and Dave Whitehead about the intricate sound design and the role it plays in the storytelling, Johann Johannson discussing the score, and two featurettes that examine how the filmmakers approached the human processes of linear thinking, time perception, memory, and language.  On Amazon, the DVD is $14.99 (remember, no bonus features), the Blu-ray is $19.99, and the 4K Combo Pack is $24.99.  Both iTunes and Amazon Video also offer the option to rent or purchase digitally (for $5.99 and $14.99 respectively).  With this one I'd suggest (1) taking into account how important sound is to the film and how each format works with your home's particular sound system, and (2) noting that the 80 minutes of extras (which are pretty cool) add up to a feature-film-length amount of bonus content, so if you're choosing between the DVD and one of the other formats, that might be a deciding factor.

     

    Headsup: Witches, Superheroes, and Vampire-Snake Hybrids

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    Sabrina Down Under DVD

    If you were a child of the 90s, you probably remember Melissa Joan Hart in her role as Sabrina Spellman, the almost-normal teenage girl who happens to possess magical powers, in Sabrina the Teenage Witch. Based on the Archie comic series (same title), the show ran from 1996-2000 on ABC and then from 2000-2003 on The WB. Now out on DVD is the 1999 spinoff TV movie Sabrina Down Under, where Sabrina goes to Australia along with her magic cat Salem (Nick Bakay) and fellow witch Gwen (Tara Charendoff). While there, Sabrina encounters a colony of mermaids and mermen whose well-being is threatened by pollution and she must call upon her powers as a witch to help them.  Also starring in the film are Scott Michaelson and Lindsay Sloane as mer-people and Peter O'Brien as fame-hungry marine biologist and antagonist Dr. Julian Martin.  The film is available to Hulu subscribers and is available now on DVD on Amazon for $9.99. There are no bonus features with this release, but it should be noted that this is the first time the film has been made available in disc form—-the recent release of Season 7 of the series did include the other tv movie (Sabrina Goes to Rome) as part of the bonus content, but not this one, so if you're a fan collecting all things Sabrina, this is your chance!

     

    Justice League Dark Blu-ray

    In Justice League Dark, Batman and fellow DC Universe heroes join together in an attempt to halt a worldwide attack of demonic monsters. The film stars Matt Ryan (Constantine), Jason O'Mara (Batman), Nicholas Turturro (Deadman), Camilla Luddington (Zatanna), and Ray Chase (Etrigan the Demon). Before you pull this out to show your five-year-old nephew, do note that it's rated R (for "some disturbing violence"), so make your decisions accordingly. The film is available now on DVD, Blu-ray Combo Pack, and Blu-ray Limited Edition Deluxe Gift Set. There is a heavy line between the DVD and Blu-ray options when it comes to bonus features: both versions include a sneak peek at the upcoming DC Universe original movie Teen Titans: The Judas Contract, but that's all for the DVD option. The Blu-ray Combo Pack and Gift Set also include sneak peeks of Justice League: Gods and Monsters and Justice League: Doom, as well as a featurette about the origin of Swamp Thing, a behind-the-scenes special about the characters and the actors voicing them, coverage of the film's panel at 2016 NY Comic Con, and two bonus cartoons from the DC Comics vault.  The Gift Set also includes a hardcover novel and a Constantine figurine. All three formats of the film are on Amazon: the DVD is $12.96, the Blu-ray Combo Pack is $16.99, and the Gift Set is $59.00. On the other end of the spectrum is the option to simply rent on Amazon for $4.99, so it's up to you to choose from the buffet of options and see what fits your preferences (and price point) best.

     

    Based on the Quentin Tarantino/Robert Rodriguez film, From Dusk Til Dawn: The Series From Dusk Til Dawn Season Three Blu-rayfollows the continuing adventures of bank-robbing brothers Seth and Richie Gecko as they are pursued by the FBI and a Texas ranger.  Season Three delves deeper into the world of the culebras (vampire-snake hybrids) as the brothers must pull together an unlikely band of heroes to battle the forces of Hell.  The third season is available now on both DVD and Blu-ray with a fairly extensive list of extras, including: Season 3 "Catch Up" specials on the Gecko brothers, Freddie Gonzolez, and the Fullers; audio commentary from the cast and crew; Inside the Episodes featurettes on the monsters of Xibalba and new characters; Season 3 Best Kills; a feature on the making of a fight scene, and more.  The series is available on Netflix (no luck on Amazon Prime); other streaming options include Amazon Video and iTunes, which both offer individual episodes for $2.99 but part company on the complete season option: Amazon has it for $19.99 (with no bonus features) and iTunes has it for $25.99 (there are bonus features included, but they're limited to a trailer and the "Catch Up" featurettes... about 11 minutes of extras for an additional $6).  In disc form, Amazon offers the DVD for $26.99 and the Blu-ray for $32.99.  It's also important to note that we're not talking about 20 or 25 episodes here--the season only has 10, so at the very least you're looking at around $2 per episode if you don't go the Netflix route.  Beyond that, it's just a matter of how important the bonus features are to you and how much that weighs against the additional cost for a DVD or Blu-ray option.