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Headsup: Politics, Players, and Parenting

Disclaimer: Warner Brothers Home Entertainment requests we note that it provided a free copy of “FLCL: Progressive & Alternative”, “Swamp Thing: The Complete Series”, “Krypton: The Complete Second and Final Season”, “Ballers: The Complete Series”, and “Veep: The Complete Series”. The opinions I share are my own.

FLCL Progressive Alternative“The highly anticipated sequel to the 2001 original FLCL, FLCL: Progressive tells the story of 14-year-old Hidomi and her classmate, Ide, as the war between Medical Mechanica and Fraternity continues. Now in the form of their teacher, Haruko Haruhara returns alongside another otherworldly being, Jinyu, a gorgeous Chrysler Bel Aire and her yellow Vespa to unleash their hidden potential.  FLCL: Alternative, the third and final season centers on the misadventures of 17-year-old Kana and her friends, Mossan, Hijiri and Pets. Living a seemingly normal life, the group’s lives are flipped upside down when Mecha falls from the sky and arrives with the guitar-wielding Haruko Haruhara. Once again determined to take out Medical Mechanica, Haruko works to awaken Kana’s N.O. channel before the relentless iron takes over the world.” — from Warner Brothers

FLCL: Progressive & Alternative Combo Pack is available now on Blu-ray and includes all twelve episodes from both seasons along with some making-of featurettes and an introduction to the show’s creators and English voice actors. You can currently snag it on Amazon for $40.82.

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Special Gift Feature: Poldark: The Complete Collection

Poldark Complete CollectionBased on a popular series of twelve novels by Winston Graham published between 1945 and 2002, Poldark was a ratings hit when it aired on the BBC. The series was nominated for awards worldwide and won a BAFTA, a Royal Television Society Award, a TV Choice (UK) Award, and a Broadcasting Press Guild Award.

“The critically-acclaimed series Poldark, starring Aidan Turner (The Hobbit) as the smoldering Ross Poldark and Eleanor Tomlinson (Death Comes to Pemberley) as the fiery Demelza, follows the thrilling story of solider Ross Poldark after his return to Cornwall from fighting in the American Revolution. Once he is back in Cornwall he realizes that his life at home has been completely turned upside down – his father is dead, his lands are gone, and the love of his life has agreed to marry someone else. Ross comes to find that his fighting days are far from over. Will he be able to return his crumbling estate to its former glory? Will an unexpected romance change his life forever? Follow Ross Poldark’s journey and watch the whole saga unfold in the 44 episodes that comprise the complete series.” — from PBS

Poldark: The Complete Collection is now available for the first time as a set comprised of all five seasons from the beloved series across fifteen discs.  The set also features over 150 minutes of behind-the-scenes bonus content from each season, including featurettes, talks with cast and crew, character examinations, set walkthroughs, and special looks at the development and execution of the costumes, sets, etc.  If someone in your life is a mega fan of romance, period drama, or the unswerving gaze of Aidan Turner, this set may be the perfect gift for the holidays.  You can get it now on Amazon for $91.99.

Headsup: Military, Mommies, and Missions Galactic

Disclaimer : Warner Brothers Home Entertainment asks that we note it provided a free copy of “Fuller House: The Complete Fourth Season”.  The opinions I share are my own.

Catch 22“Based on Joseph Heller’s seminal novel of the same name, Catch-22 is the story of the incomparable, artful dodger, Yossarian (Christopher Abbott), a US Air Force bombardier in World War II who is furious because thousands of people he has never met are trying to kill him. But his real problem is not the enemy, but rather his own army which keeps increasing the number of missions the men must fly to complete their service. Yet if Yossarian makes any attempt to avoid his military assignments, he’ll be in violation of Catch-22, a hilariously sinister bureaucratic rule which specifies that a concern for one’s own safety in the face of dangers which are real and immediate is the process of a rational mind; a man is considered insane if he willingly continues to fly dangerous combat missions, but a request to be removed from duty is evidence of sanity and therefore makes him ineligible to be relieved from duty.” — from Paramount

Catch-22 is now available on DVD, with all six episodes of the limited series along with over an hour of bonus content. Among the extras are a three-part behind-the-scenes feature (“The Cogs of War”), deleted scenes, and outtakes. The DVD set is on Amazon for $17.99. Fans should know you can get the entire miniseries there digitally for just $9.99, so it’s up to you to decide if the hour of bonus content merits the $8.00 increase in price.

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Special Gift Feature : The Big “Big Bang” Set is Here!!!

Disclaimer: Warner Brothers Home Entertainment requests we note that it provided a free copy of the title featured below. The opinions I share are my own.
Even if you’ve never watched The Big Bang Theory, you’ve probably felt some of its wide-reaching fringe effects (there’s even a Brazilian bee species named after Sheldon Cooper’s catchphrase, “Bazinga!”). Like millions of others, though, you may well be a fan (and perhaps a mega-fan) of the series. If one or more members of your own “nerd herd” land in the latter category, the new complete series set just released from Warner Brothers may be the perfect gift for them (or for yourself!) this holiday season.

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Headsup: Hauntings and Heroines

Disclaimer: Warner Brothers Home Entertainment requests we note that it provided a free copy of “Wonder Woman: Bloodlines” and “Veronica Mars: The Complete First Season.” The opinions I share are my own.

Wonder Woman Bloodlines“In Wonder Woman: Bloodlines, Amazon princess Diana of Themyscira chooses to save fighter pilot Steve Trevor and return him to his home in America – setting in motion one of Wonder Woman’s most captivating chapters. Fulfilling the role of both ambassador as well as protector, Diana soon earns the name Wonder Woman from the gracious people of Earth. Equally strong in body, heart and will, she makes it her mission to help a troubled young girl enlisted by a deadly organization known as Villainy, Inc., whose criminal members have their sights set on invading Themyscira, Diana’s paradise home. Prepare for a thrilling quest packed with brutal battles, mysterious mythology and endless wonder!” — from Warner Brothers

Wonder Woman: Bloodlines is now out on Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD, both of which also include an animated short (“Death”), a featurette (“The Cheetah: Ferocious Archenemy”), and a sneak peek at the next DC Universe Movie, Superman: Red Son.  You can snag the Blu-ray for $16.95 and the 4K set for $24.88 on Amazon.

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Headsup: Girls, Guns, and Genius

Disclaimer: Warner Bros. Home Entertainment requests we note that it provided a free copy of “Doom Patrol: The Complete First Season”. The opinions I share are my own.

Doom patrol season one“Following the mysterious disappearance of their leader, Dr. Niles Caulder (“The Chief”), these reluctant heroes will find themselves in a place they never expected to be, called to action by none other than Cyborg, who comes to them with a mission hard to refuse. Part support group, part Super Hero team, the Doom Patrol is a band of superpowered freaks who fight for a world that wants nothing to do with them.” — from Warner Brothers

Doom Patrol: The Complete First Season is now out on DVD and Blu-ray, both of which include all fifteen episodes of Season One. Bonus features are limited to a gag reel, deleted scenes, and a “Come Visit Georgia” PSA (a shame since they could have done a lot with commentary, behind-the-scenes looks at costume and makeup, filming in Georgia, etc). The DVD and Blu-ray are both available on Amazon and are currently almost exactly the same price for a few cents under $20, so if you can, grab that Blu-ray while the price holds.

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Headsup: Vietnam, World War II, and Wall Street

elementary final seasonElementary stars Jonny Lee Miller as Detective Sherlock Holmes and Lucy Liu as Dr. Joan Watson in a modern-day drama about a crime-solving duo that cracks the NYPD’s most impossible cases. Initially sober companion and client, Holmes and Watson’s relationship evolved into a symbiotic professional investigative partnership. Once the top homicide consultants for Captain Thomas Gregson, they worked regularly alongside Detective Marcus Bell before Holmes’ false confession to a murder he did not commit forced them to move to London. Holmes and Watson forge new careers in England as consultants for Scotland Yard until they receive news that a member of their inner circle has been gravely wounded in the United States. As Holmes’ stateside legal trouble threatens to keep them from returning to New York, their greatest foe to date, tech billionaire Odin Reichenbach waits on the horizon to test their limits.” — from CBS

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Headsup: Superheroes, Lawyers, and Anime

Disclaimer: Warner Bros. Home Entertainment requests we note that it provided a free copy of “Supergirl: The Complete Fourth Season” and “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow: The Complete Fourth Season”. The opinions I share are my own.

Supergirl Season 4“In season four, Supergirl faces a bigger threat than she’s ever faced before – a new wave of anti-alien sentiment, spreading across National City that’s fomented by Agent Liberty. As Kara mentors a new reporter at CatCo, Nia Nal, and tries to use the power of the press to shine a light on the issues threatening to tear the city apart, Supergirl takes to the skies to battle the many villains who rise up in this era of divisiveness. But how does Supergirl battle a movement when she, herself an alien, represents one of the main things people are fearful of?” — Warner Brothers

Supergirl: The Complete Fourth Season is now out on DVD and Blu-ray, both of which feature all twenty-two episodes of Season Four along with several extras. Bonus content includes the 3-part “Elseworlds” superhero crossover event with Arrow and The Flash, three featurettes (“Villains: Modes of Persuasion”, “Inside the Crossover: Elseworlds”, and “Best of DC TV’s Comic-Con Panels San Diego 2018”), deleted scenes, and a gag reel. You can snag the DVD on Amazon for $23.85 and the Blu-ray for $26.39.

Legends of Tomorrow Season 4“After defeating the demon Mallus by cuddling him to death last season, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow join John Constantine and Ava Sharpe’s Time Bureau to save their world – and their legacy – from magical creatures from myths, fairytales and legends who have escaped and infected history. As the Legends time-travel across historical events and encounter famous figures, they now have to contend with an added shot of magical craziness!” — from Warner Brothers

DC’s Legends of Tomorrow: The Complete Fourth Season will be released on DVD and Blu-ray on September 24th. The sets will have all sixteen episodes from Season Four with a handful of bonus features, including two featurettes (“DC’s Legends of Tomorrow Season 4 Post Production Theater” and “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow: Legendary Storytelling”), some unaired scenes, and a gag reel. Both formats are available for pre-order on Amazon, with the DVD currently priced at $17.99 and the Blu-ray at $22.99.

FLCL Progressive“The follow-up to one of the most insane anime ever created, FLCL: Progressive brings together members of the original team with a whole new generation of creators. From the legendary anime studio Production I.G and Adult Swim. FLCL: Progressive tells the story of 14-year-old Hidomi, her classmate Ide, and two otherworldly beings, “Jinyu” and “Haruha Raharu,” who are determined to unlock their hidden potential. Mixed up in this is an all-powerful force known as “ATOMSK,” a gorgeous Chrysler Bel Aire… and a certain Vespa Scooter.” — from Cartoon Network

FLCL: Progressive is coming out on DVD on October 1. In addition to all six episodes of the sequel, the DVD will also boast two featurettes (“Meet the Creators” and “The Pillows”) about the new era of the show and how the band The Pillows became tied to the series. Fans should also note that the DVD offers both English and Japanese audio. To pre-order, you can check out the DVD at Best Buy (currently priced at $14.99).

Good Fight Season 3“The world went crazy in the The Good Fight’s second season, and now, in season three, the resistance does. Diane Lockhart (Christine Baranski) tries to figure out whether you can resist a crazy administration without going crazy yourself, while Adrian Boseman (Delroy Lindo) and Liz Reddick-Lawrence (Audra McDonald) struggle with a new post-factual world where the lawyer who tells the best story triumphs over the lawyer with the best facts. Meanwhile, Lucca Quinn (Cush Jumbo) balances a new baby with a new love, and Maia Rindell (Rose Leslie) finds a new Mephistopheles in Roland Blum (Michael Sheen), a lawyer who is corruption incarnate.” — from CBS

The Good Fight: Season Three is out now on DVD, which presents all ten episodes of the third season. Bonus content on this one is decidedly light in the form of deleted scenes and a gag reel along with the pilot of Star Trek: Discovery, but if you want Season Three on the shelf, it gets the job done. CBS All Access members get the season as part of their subscription, while the rest of us can grab the DVD on Amazon for $28.99.

Headsup: The Gilded Age, LEGOs, and Elton John

Disclaimer: Warner Bros. Home Entertainment requests we note that it provided a free copy of “Supernatural: The Complete Fourteenth Season”, “The Flash: The Complete Fifth Season”, and “LEGO® DC: Batman : Family Matters”. The opinions I share are my own.

“The Winchester brothers’ harrowing journey into the heart of darkness continues as Supernatural enters Season Fourteen. Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) have matched wits with monsters, demons, Heaven and Hell. But last season, the Winchesters and Castiel (Misha Collins) stumbled upon a terrifying alternative universe: an apocalyptic world where they were never born, all while training Jack (Alexander Calvert), the son of Lucifer, and trying to save their mother, Mary Winchester. The final battle with Lucifer and the Archangel Michael altered the Winchesters’ lives forever…and created an even greater threat for Sam and Dean. The boys are back and willing to risk everything for their loved ones in all twenty thrilling new adventures, including a historic 300th episode, with a Winchester family reunion never to be forgotten.” — from Warner Brothers

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