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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Headsup: Two Pair and a Joker

Disclaimer: Warner Bros. Home Entertainment requests we note that it provided a free copy of Batman Ninja. The opinions I share are my own.

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If you’re a fan of classic westerns, you’ll be happy to know that Season Thirteen of Gunsmoke is now out (spread across two DVD sets).  The series follows the adventures of iconic Old West hero Marshal Matt Dillon (played by Emmy Award nominee James Arness) as he strives to keep order amidst gunfights, bank robberies, murders, and other outlaw-ish activities, along with the help of his endearing deputy Festus Haggen (Ken Curtis).  Along for the ride are the alluring saloon mistress Miss Kitty (Emmy Award nominee Amanda Blake) and stalwart Doc Adams (Emmy Award winner Milburn Stone).  Volumes One and Two of Gunsmoke: The Thirteenth Season feature all twenty-five episodes of the 1967-1968 season (presented in color).  The only “bonus” features are original episodic trailers, which is a shame considering all they could have done with that; even though a lot of the cast and crew have gone to the big ranch in the sky, people like Burt Reynolds and Buck Taylor are still around (and I assume available to sit for a few hours to provide what would be very entertaining audio commentary).  That aside, if you’re a fan and want to make sure to get Season Thirteen on the shelf, this is your chance to grab it.  Both Volume One (fifteen episodes) and Volume Two (ten episodes) are currently available on Amazon for $22.96.

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Headsup: Kicking Butts and Shrinking Butts

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Disclaimer: Warner Bros. Home Entertainment requests we note that it provided a free copy of the third title featured below. The opinions I share are my own.

If you’re in the mood for some laughter, music, and classic lighthearted fun this coming holiday season, you will be happy to know that Time Life just released The Carol Burnett Show: Carol’s Lost Christmas on DVD. Spanning three holiday shows (which haven’t been seen in over 40 years) from the first four seasons of the series’ run, the collection features treats such as Jonathan Winters as a weird-doll-collecting Santa, a serenade by the Bob Mitchell Singing Boys, a courtroom sketch written by Neil Simon, a performance by 16-year-old Julie Budd singing “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”, and much more. The DVD runs a little over two hours and is available on Amazon for $8.29.

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Headsup: Girls Kicking Butt

 

Out now are two titles for fans that are all about girl power:

 

Ghost-in-Shell-2017-Blu-ray-3DFirst we have Ghost in the Shell, the American action/sci-fi film directed by Rupert Sanders based on the Japanese manga of the same name by Masamune Shirow (for our recent feature on the animated Ghost in the Shell steelbook release, click here).  The film tells the story of Major (Scarlett Johansson), a futuristic cyborg supersoldier who was designed to fight against cyber-crime but discovers that events in her past may not be what her creators led her to believe.  As she delves into the mystery of her own identity, Major is forced to follow what is left of her human instincts to decide who she can and can’t trust, and must reconcile who she thought she was with who she may truly be instead.

The film is now out on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray Combo Pack, and DVD. In addition to the film, the Blu-ray sets also boast almost an hour of extras, including “Hard-Wired Humanity: Making of Ghost in the Shell” (a 30-minute behind-the-scenes feature with interviews from the cast and crew, covering topics such as character preparation, stunts, costume-making and the adaptation of the manga source material into the current film), “Section 9: Cyber Defenders” (an 11-minute examination of Major’s crime-fighting team and their individual specialized super-soldier abilities), and “Man & Machine: The Ghost Philosophy” (a ten-minute featurette that takes a look into the real-life science behind robotics and the future possibilities of human cyber enhancement).  The disc and digital versions are all currently available on Amazon, with the DVD and the Blu-ray Combo Pack both going for $19.99,  4K Ultra HD for $29.72, and the Blu-ray 3D for $48.99.  With so many options, it’s up to you which fits your needs / wants best if looking to purchase.  Just a note of reminder, though, that the DVD doesn’t offer the bonus features like the other sets, and since Amazon is currently offering it for the same price as the Blu-ray Combo Pack (which itself includes the DVD), there’s really no reason to not choose the latter of those two.

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Headsup: Stories From Japan

Out this month are three releases of stories from the Land of the Rising Sun:

Sailor Moon Crystal Set 2 Blu-rayFirst we have Sailor Moon Crystal Set 2 (you can see our coverage of Sailor Moon Crystal Set 1 here), which follows the continuing adventures of Usagi as she now must face new foes in the form of the Spectre Sisters  and a mysterious girl with pink hair as they threaten to take the Silver Crystal.  This set contains episodes 15-26 of the rebooted series (the Black Moon Arc) and is available in standard DVD, standard Blu-ray combo, and Limited Edition Blu-ray combo packs.  Both Blu-ray options also have some bonus features, including a digital art gallery, clean opening and ending songs, and an interview with Momoiro Clover Z, the Japanese girls’ group that sings the theme songs for the series.  The Limited Edition set also boasts some additional extras, including an exclusive chipboard box, a 96-page art booklet with episode summaries, and six full-color art cards.  Fans should also be aware that  RightStufAnime.com (yes, only one f in the URL) also offered an exclusive Sailor Moon sun catcher with purchase but they were so popular that they’ve already sold out, so if you want that option, keep your eyes peeled on eBay and the like.  On Amazon you can snag the DVD set there for $27.99, the Blu-ray Combo set for $53.98, and the Limited Edition Blu-ray set for $62.19.

 

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