Headsup: Demonic Possessions, Murderous Psychopaths, and a Pink Dress

Disclaimer : Warner Brothers Home Entertainment asks that we note it provided a free copy of “Curb Your Enthusiasm: The Complete Tenth Season ” and “Castle Rock: The Complete Second Season”.  The opinions I share are my own.

Evil Season One“The supernatural drama Evil stars Dutch actress Katja Herbers (Westworld) and Mike Colter (Luke Cage). The new series follows skeptical female psychologist Kristen Bouchard (Herbers) who joins carpenter and priest-in-training David Acosta (Colter) as they investigate the Church’s backlog of unexplained mysteries, including supposed miracles, demonic possessions, and hauntings.” — from CBS

Evil: Season One is now available on DVD and includes all thirteen episodes of the show’s premiere season. Extras include “Evil: Season One – Genesis” (a behind-the-scenes feature with cast members and executive producer duo Michelle and Robert King to discuss how the show was created and what it was like working on the first season), “Does Evil Exist?” (a featurette discussing the nature and existence of evil with the Kings and the cast), and deleted and extended scenes. The DVD is on Amazon for $25.25.

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Headsup: Sex, Murder, and John Krasinski

Disclaimer: Warner Bros. Home Entertainment requests we note that it provided a free copy of “I Am the Night” and “Batman vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles”.  The opinions I share are my own.

South Park Season 22 DVDSouth Park is back for its incredible 22nd season! Join Stan, Kyle, Cartman, Kenny, and the residents of everyone’s favorite little mountain town as they contend with the vaping epidemic, Cartman’s anxiety disorder, the rise of Amazon, and the fact that they didn’t take the threat of ManBearPig cereal seriously enough the first time around.” — from Paramount

South Park: The Complete Twenty-Second Season is now out on DVD and Blu-ray, which have all ten episodes of Season 22 along with “mini commentaries” on all episodes from show creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone plus some deleted scenes. The DVD is available on Amazon for $19.99 and the Blu-ray for $26.97. You can also get the season digitally on both Amazon and iTunes, but at a price of $24.99 on both (with no bonus features), the better option price-wise is to snag the DVD.

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Headsup: Check Out These Complete Collections and Buy South Park a Drink

Jackass Complete TV Movie CollectionIf you’re a fan of the Jackass television series and movies, you’ll be excited to know that the Jackass Complete Movie and TV Collection is now available in an eleven-disc DVD set.  Released just in time for Action Point (the newest movie in the franchise), the set features all seven films and the entire television series (presented in its unrated version). Thrilling stunts and uproarious pranks abound as Johnny Knoxville, Bam Margera, Steve-O, Chris Pontius, and Jason ‘Wee Man’ Acuña seek to fill their lives with as much hilarity as possible.  Sadly there are no bonus features in this collection (I imagine all the hijinks create some fairly lively behind-the-scenes action and that these guys would provide some pretty colorful audio commentary, but there you have it.)  The Jackass Complete Movie and TV Collection is available on Amazon for $18.59, which considering the total run time of 979 minutes means you’re paying less than two cents a minute to experience everything Jackass.

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Headsup: Giggles and Guffaws

 

Out now are two titles to help you get some much-needed laughter:

Hee Haw Pfft You Was Gone

 

First we have Hee Haw, which was actually created as “the rural alternative” to Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In and ran during some of the same years as its counterpart (1969-1971) before hitting its long-lasting syndication.  A comedy variety show set in fictional rural “Kornfield Kounty” and hosted by Buck Owens and Roy Clark, Hee Haw was originally made to be a summer replacement series for The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour.  It ended up gaining such popularity that even when it was cancelled in CBS’s “Rural Purge” of 1971 (along with other “country” shows shows The Beverly Hillbillies, Mayberry R.F.D., and Green Acres) in an effort to focus on the network’s more affluent/urban viewers, the show was quickly picked up for syndication, where it stayed for a record-setting twenty-one years (making it the longest-running weekly syndicated original series in television history).

Now out from Time Life is the two-disc set Hee Haw: Pfft! You Was Gone!, which includes four rarely-seen episodes from the show which aired between 1969 and 1973.  These classic episodes include sketches such as “Pickin’ and Grinnin,” “Archie’s Barbershop,” “Hey, Grandpa, What’s for Supper?”, “The KORN News,” and “Rindercella” and feature guest stars Dolly Parton, Porter Wagoner, Merle Haggard, Tammy Wynette, and George Jones, among others.  The set is currently available at Amazon on DVD for $22.44.  No special features on this one, but if you just want a taste of Kornfield Kounty homespun fun, this is a good place to start.

 

Speaking of Laugh-In, Time Life is also currently offering up Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In: The Complete Series as a box set, including all 140 episodes (over half of which have never before been released on any format) along with a bonus DVD, which features the pilot episode, a tribute to George Schlatter, bloopers, interviews with Lily Tomlin, Dick Martin, Gary Owens, Ruth Buzzi, and more.  The set also includes Laugh-In Memories, a 32-page collectible booklet with archival photos, jokes and one-liners from the show, notes from Schlatter, and other fun tidbits.  The Complete Series Set is currently only available through Time Life and retails for $249.95.

 

 

South Park-The Complete Twentieth Season

Next is the twentieth (TWENTIETH!) season of South Park, out now on DVD and Blu-ray.  This season showed South Park school boys Cartman, Stan, Kenny and Kyle dealing with both old and new issues, including politics, online trolling, the concept of Cartman having a girlfriend, and the epic Member Berry epidemic.  Developed from one of the internet’s first viral videos (The Spirit of Christmas) that hit the web in 1995, South Park has been running strong for two decades, earning it five Primetime Emmy Awards, a Peabody Award, and consistently high ratings. There are also no signs of it stopping any time soon, as the current production deal has the show set to air episodes into 2019.

The Complete Twentieth Season set includes all ten episodes that rounded out the show’s second decade on air as well as some bonus features, including a season commentary with creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone (who also act as writers, voice artists, and executive producers for the show), social media commentary for all episodes, the 2016 Comic-Con panel with Parker and Stone, and deleted scenes.  On Amazon you can snag the DVD for $19.96 or the Blu-ray for $29.84.  You can also purchase the season digitally on iTunes and Amazon for $24.99, both of which include some bonus features (not the same ones on the DVD/Blu-ray option); it’s good to note, though, that the Amazon extras are available as free stand-alone content for Prime members whether you get the season or not.

 

 

 

 

Headsup: Jarvis, Execute the “Frustrate DC” Protocol…

Iron Man 3 Blu-Ray

So, Iron Man 3 kicks off the second phase of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. I know there’s some division among people as to what they did with this film–stuff we can’t go into here for spoiler reasons–but I’m on the side of enjoying it. After rewatching #2 in prep for The Avengers, I figured the worst thing you could say about #2 is that, well, it wasn’t the first film. And the first film was a pretty mind-blowing experience. I think #3 here ranks higher than that–it’s not the first film, no, but it at least shows that the people running this train are aware that, unlike the comics, we can’t just have Tony facing down Other Guys In Armor every time he shows up. Because that would get old as hell. I was sent a Blu-Ray disc to check out the setup, and it’s a decent haul: the main event’s audio and video are very solid and, for fans of the film, worth snagging on their own. The commentary with writer/director Shane Black and writer Drew Pearce takes a while to get going but when they are actually delivering info, it’s good stuff. Other small bits include a gag reel, deleted scenes, and a behind the scenes featurette. Highlights include the One Shot “Agent Carter” which brings Hayley Atwell back in the role–and is pretty sweet (and might be a fifteen minute TV pilot?)–and also a breakdown of how much of the Air Force One attack was actually shot. I got the same feeling from it that I got from the semi-flip in Dark Knight…sort of not surprised to learn it was real. But all the people involved are fairly insane. Again, if you’re enjoying the Marvel CU, then this is worth snagging. (Click here to buy it from Amazon.)

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