DVD Review: Walt Disney Treasures – The Complete Pluto 1930-1947

In an animated world where mice, ducks, and even another dog all act like human beings, Pluto is an enigma: a dog who acts like a dog. Long recognized as Mickey’s canine companion and pal, Pluto actually at one time belonged to Minnie. Pluto’s earliest incarnation came in the animated short The Chain Gang whereContinue reading “DVD Review: Walt Disney Treasures – The Complete Pluto 1930-1947”

DVD Review: Mickey Mouse in Living Color Volume 1 – 1935 to 1938

Sometimes it’s hard to believe there was once a time when Mickey Mouse was seen as more than just a character wandering around a theme park. With the release of Mickey Mouse in Living Color, we are once again shown of just why this character has grown to be one so beloved by so manyContinue reading “DVD Review: Mickey Mouse in Living Color Volume 1 – 1935 to 1938”

DVD Review – 21 Jump Street: The Complete First Season – Go To High School with Johnny Depp

Do you remember back then there were only three major television networks? The only thing on cable television was pretty much movie channels – none of the news or talk stations had really arrived at the time. Into this environment came a fourth network, called the FOX network. People were pretty skeptical of it’s abilityContinue reading “DVD Review – 21 Jump Street: The Complete First Season – Go To High School with Johnny Depp”

Quantum Leap Season 2 – Can We Get a “Do Over” From Universal?

From the first episode on, I never missed a showing of Quantum Leap when it aired on network television. The second season, which stretched from the Fall of 1989 to the Spring of 1990 was a terrific one. Scott Bakula portrays Sam Beckett. Sam is a quantum physicist who was testing his theories on theContinue reading “Quantum Leap Season 2 – Can We Get a “Do Over” From Universal?”

Sharpe’s Justice – Stick With the War Sharpe, Civilian Life Doesn’t Suit You

Written by Patrick Harbinson and Bernard CornwellDirected by Tom Clegg 1814. Peace – Napoleon has been exiled to the Island of Elba. The King of France has been returned to his throne. And Sharpe has returned to England. This was not adapted from one of Cornwell’s books, and unfortunately it shows. Once the war wasContinue reading “Sharpe’s Justice – Stick With the War Sharpe, Civilian Life Doesn’t Suit You”

The Civil War: A Documentary by Ken Burns – A Definitive Portrait

It is well that war is so terrible… we should grow too fond of it… – Robert E. Lee watching the battle of Fredericksburg. An anecdote about Wilmer McClain, who moved his family from Bull Run, where a Union shell landed in the summer kitchen of his house, to Appomattox Court House, where Lee surrenderedContinue reading “The Civil War: A Documentary by Ken Burns – A Definitive Portrait”

DVD Review – Walt Disney Treasures: Behind the Scenes at the Walt Disney Studios – Animation Appreciation 101

I was born just a bit too late to see the original broadcasts of the Wonderful World of Disney. I can remember an incarnation of the show from my younger years, but it wasn’t something which I appreciated until my fondness for all things Disney grew in my twenties. This entry in the Walt DisneyContinue reading “DVD Review – Walt Disney Treasures: Behind the Scenes at the Walt Disney Studios – Animation Appreciation 101”

DVD Review: Ken Burns’ The Statue of Liberty – Liberty’s Too Precious a Thing to Be Buried in Books…

This was perfect timing. I’d loaded up my queue at Netflix with Ken Burns documentaries last year after finally viewing all of the Baseball boxed set and seeing just how terrific these documentaries are on DVD. As the news broke this past weekend that the National Parks Service is looking to finally reopen the StatueContinue reading “DVD Review: Ken Burns’ The Statue of Liberty – Liberty’s Too Precious a Thing to Be Buried in Books…”

Babylon 5 Season Three on DVD – One Word, WOW!

If anyone thinks that Aaron Sorkin was the first creator of a series (The West Wing) to write every episode each season, they are wrong. J. Michael Straczynski was the first to do it, in the third season of Babylon 5. For anyone who doesn’t know, Babylon 5 is set in the future and inContinue reading “Babylon 5 Season Three on DVD – One Word, WOW!”

Sharpe’s Battle – Got A Scorecard for Who’s Mad at Who?

Written by Bernard Cornwell and Russell LewisDirected by Tom Clegg September 1813 – Wellington is chasing Napoleon back through the Pyrenees into France. A final victory seems close at hand, but the French are fighting a fierce rear-guard action and each yard of ground gained is paid for in British blood… Major Sharpe (Sean Bean)Continue reading “Sharpe’s Battle – Got A Scorecard for Who’s Mad at Who?”