CHICAGO – The issue of gender identity, especially for those who are born with a vagueness as to what to call themselves between/beyond boy and girl, has come front and center in the U.S., both with the legalization of gay marriage and the callous repudiation of identity by trying to pass laws dismissing it (the North Carolina “bathroom” laws). The performance companies of The Living Canvas and Nothing Without a Company is currently staging “[Trans]formation,” which presents gender identity art by six performers, who perform most of the play in the nude.
TV on DVD Round Up, Oct. 8, 2009: ‘Primeval,’ ‘Life on Mars,’ ‘Mister Ed’
CHICAGO – The Round-Up returns with a special TV on DVD edition of our regular, informational column. Why is it special? Because this is the most diverse collection of TV that the Round-Up staff has ever seen. From classics like “Mister Ed” to recent shows like “Life on Mars,” this edition truly has something for everyone. And something remarkable for “Spongebob Squarepants” fans.
“Primeval: Volume Two” was released on September 15th, 2009.
“Brotherhood: The Final Season” and “Spongebob Squarepants: The First 100 Episodes” were released on September 22nd, 2009.
“Life on Mars: The Complete Series” and “The Patty Duke Show: Season One” were released on September 29th, 2009.
“Mister Ed: Season One” was released on October 6th, 2009.
“Brotherhood: The Final Season”
Synopsis: “This 2-Disc set includes all 8 dramatic final season episode of this critically acclaimed, superbly acted and explosive blue-collar drama. Will Tommy live up to his promise to leave The Hill? Or will Michael’s transgressions finally lead to their undoing? Can the Caffee family survive….or have they finally gone too far?”
“Brotherhood” stars Jason Isaacs, Jason Clarke, Annabeth Gish, Ethan Embry, Kevin Chapman, Fiona Erickson, Brian F. O’Byrne, and Fionnula Flanagan. It was created by Blake Masters. The show is presented on two discs and runs 426 minutes. It is presented in its original 16:9 aspect ratio and accompanied by an English 5.1 Surround and Spanish mono track.
Sadly, there are no special features on the final season of “Brotherhood”. It’s a shame to watch a series that once showed so much potential to be a major part of the Showtime lineup go out with such a lackluster release.
“Life on Mars: The Complete Series”
Synopsis: “Immerse yourself in the groundbreaking series that captivated fans and critics from coast to coast. With an irresistible soundtrack and one of the most celebrated casts on television, including Jason O’Mara, Michael Imperioli, Gretchen Mol and Harvey Keitel, Life On Mars is smart, suspenseful drama with a finish that will blow you away. “It’s one of those endings I believe will make you watch the series again,” says Executive Producer Josh Appelbaum.
There’s a fine line between delusion and reality. NYPD detective Sam Tyler finds himself walking both sides of that line when he is suddenly hurtled back in time to 1973 after being struck by a car in 2008.
Journey back to the ’70s and uncover the secrets of Life On Mars. It’s a “strange and exhilarating ride” raves The New York Times. Plus, with unique and exciting bonus features — including an insider’s view of where the show’s concept began, a six-million dollar moment in which ’70s legend Lee Majors steps back into the past with the cast and crew, and much more — Life On Mars is unforgettable on DVD!”
“Life on Mars” stars Jason O’Mara, Michael Imperioli, Gretchen Mol, and Harvey Keitel. The show is presented on four discs and runs 731 minutes. It is presented in its original 1.78:1 widescreen aspect ratio and accompanied by an English Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound track.
Special features include “To Mars and Back,” “Sunrise to Sunset With Jason O’Mara,” “Flashback: Lee Majors Goes to Mars,” “Spaced Out,” Deleted Scenes and Audio Commentaries.
“Mister Ed: The Complete First Season”
Synopsis: “Architect Wilbur Post (Alan Young, The Time Machine) and his wife Carol (Connie Hines) move into a beautiful new home complete with a barn in the backyard. When Wilbur takes a look in his new barn, he finds that the former owner left his horse behind. This horse is no ordinary horse… he can talk, but only to Wilbur, which leads to all sorts of misadventures for Wilbur and his trouble-making sidekick Mister Ed.
Premiering in 1960, Mister Ed became the first syndicated series ever to be picked up by a network when CBS adopted the show in 1961 for the remainder of its five-year run, and the program won a Golden Globe Award in 1963 as Best TV Show.”
“Mister Ed” stars Alan Young and Connie Hines. The show is presented on four discs and runs around 13 hours. It is presented in its original standard 1.33:1 black & white format and accompanied by a Dolby Digital Stereo track.
Special features include Interviews With Stars Alan Young and Connie Hines and Audio Commentary on the Pilot Episode with Alan Young and Connie Hines.
“The Patty Duke Show: The Complete First Season”
Synopsis: “From 1963 to 1966, American audiences were treated to the weekly comic hijinks of identical twin cousins, Patty Lane, a normal American teenager living in Brooklyn Heights, New York and Cathy Lane, her Scottish cousin freshly arrived in the United States to finish her secondary schooling. Patty Duke, already an Academy Award-Winner for her role in The Miracle Worker, played the roles of both girls. The Patty Duke Show immediately won over television audiences and ran for three fun-filled seasons, totaling 104 hilarious episodes. For the first time all 36 episodes are available on DVD in this 6-disc set!”
“The Patty Duke Show” stars, well, Patty Duke. The show is presented on six discs and runs around 15 hours. It is presented in its original standard, full-frame format and accompanied by a Dolby Digital Stereo track.
Special features include “A Look Back at The Patty Duke Show” with brand-new cast interviews.
“Primeval: Volume Two”
Synopsis: “Monster hit Primeval roars back onto the screens for an extended third series. Still reeling from Stephen’s death and with the depth of Helen’s betrayal now revealed, Nick Cutter must fight to re-focus his embattled team. Cutter’s crew are joined by some new recruits in the form of maverick policeman Danny Quinn, sparky Egyptologist Sarah Page, and the new leader of the ARC’s security forces Captain Becker. But as the anomalies continue to present an unrelenting series of threats, the task in hand seems almost insurmountable. It’s not just deadly creatures the team has to contend with, they also face a threat to the future of not just the ARC but of mankind itself. Prepare for more explosive action as Primeval bares its newly sharpened teeth.”
“Primeval” stars Jason Flemyng, Douglas Henshall, Andrew-Lee Potts, Hannah Spearitt, Laila Rouassi, and Ben Mansfield. It is presented in its original 1.78:1 widescreen aspect ratio and accompanied by an English Dolby Digital 2.0 audio track. The show is presented on three discs and runs 445 minutes.
Special features include audio commentary, “Cutter’s Odyssey,” and “Monster Competition”.
“Spongebob Squarepants: The First 100 Episodes”
Synopsis: “”Are you ready….?!” for spongetacular adventure, comedy and drama? Go ahead, backstroke through ten years of hilarity with “Help Wanted,” “Spongebob’s House Party,” “Christmas Who?” and “Dunces And Dragons.” You’ll laugh and guffaw as you cruise through this massive DVD collection with SpongeBob, Patrick, Mr. Krabs, Sandy, Squidward, and, yes, even Plankton.
Whether you’re a super-absorbent fan or just beginning to soak up the wonderful world of SpongeBob, these first 100 episodes are all you need to become an expert on Bikini Bottom and our most beloved sponge. It’s all here: “Ripped Pants,” “The Camping Episode,” “Goo Goo Gas,” “Atlantis Squarepantis” and much much more!”
“Spongebob Squarepants” is presented in its original full frame format and accompanied by a Dolby Digital Stereo audio track. The show is presented on 14 discs and runs 2,233 minutes. Yes, that’s 2,233 minutes. That’s over 37 hours of “Spongebob”. Clear your schedule.
Special features include “Square Roots: The Story of Spongebob Squarepants,” Audio Commentary from the Animation Team, “Life Lessons From the Bikini Bottom,” “Help Wanted: The Seven Seas Edition,” and “Kick-Wham-Pow-Bob” Music Video”.