Ben & Jerry’s Netflix & Chill’d – Ice Cream Review

Every few months, it seems, Reese’s comes out with some new variation on their signature Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. One was the Peanut Butter Lovers version: a top layer of peanut butter (ish?) stuff on top of a small layer of chocolate, then the regular filling. If you’re one of those people, who love the hell out of some peanut butter, well…then you’re doomed. Make peace with your gods, because I’ve found the ice cream that’s been sent to Earth specifically to kill you.

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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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Beware: Polaroids of You in the 70s Could Now Be Made Hi-Def

Reddit user Shir_man has posted this video, in which he says he’s used neural networks to “upgrade” the classic Lumière Brothers film L’arrivée d’un train en gare de La Ciotat (translated into English as Oh Look, Train’s Here) to 4K and 60 FPS. (If the YouTube thumbnail didn’t give that last part away.) I tried to find the original resolution and frame rate, but I couldn’t find it documented. I assume it was 0.0001K and 5.5 FPS or something.

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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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