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    The Real McCoys – Complete Season 4

    Posted in Disc Reviews by William O'Donnell on July 20th, 2010

    The Real McCoys was a major TV hit during its run of 1957-1963. Starring three-time Oscar winner Walter Brennen and a pre-Rambo Richard Crenna. Led by Grandpa, the family move from Virginia to California (sound a touch familiar?) and is comprised of brothers and sisters that range in age from their twenties right down to eleven. This series paved the way fir rural comedies, especially the Beverly Hillbillies, proceeding it, and Brennen’s voice set the bar for wiley Southern farmer characters for a generation.
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    Academy Collection: The Envelope Please Volume 1

    Posted in Disc Reviews by David Annandale on April 4th, 2010

    Infinity Entertainment’s latest themed grouping of public domain movies deserves some props for originality: eight features that were up for Best Picture during the first decade of the Oscars. Not a single one actually won the prize, but as we all know, that doesn’t mean they weren’t worthy of doing so.
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    Mickey Rooney: The Long and the Short of It

    Posted in Disc Reviews by David Annandale on March 5th, 2010

    So here we go with yet another heaping helping of public domain offerings from Infinity. I last looked at their Abbott & Costello package, which concentrated on TV shows and only featured a couple of movies. This Mickey Rooney set is heavily oriented towards the movies. Here’s what you get:

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    Legends of Laughter: Abbott & Costello

    Posted in Disc Reviews by David Annandale on February 15th, 2010

    What we have here is, essentially, a great, heaping collection of public domain material from the classic comedy duo. The menu is as follows:

    • 17 episodes of their radio show: The Abbott & Costello Show (1942-1949);

    • 14 episodes of the Colgate Comedy Hour TV show (1951-54) with our boys as hosts;

    • 20 trailers from 1940-59;

    • 2 features films: Africa Screams (1949) and Jack and the Beanstalk (1952);

    • a WWII PSA: “The Autobiography of a Jeep”;

    • a collection of film and TV bloopers.
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    Presenting Roger Corman’s … Best of the B’s Collection 1: Hot Bikes, Cool Cars & Bad Babes

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on January 26th, 2010

    I’m a huge fan of Roger Corman. Who isn’t, right? But these films are not the typical Corman offerings. Some of them have no apparent connection to the man himself. The ones that do are mostly as producer and not director. Some of the films might be notable for being an early film for this actor or that. But I would hardly classify any of these films as classics of any genre or good representations of the mastery of the B film that was Roger Corman’s signature.
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    Three Sheets – Season 4

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Michael Durr on December 21st, 2009

    Here is an interesting fact for those reading this review. I don’t drink alcohol. In fact, the only time I’ve actually drank anything alcoholic is when somebody else spiked my drink (usually some kind of juice). So imagine my surprise when I receive a copy of a show based on alcoholic drinks to review. However, it might not be so bad when I realize it is in the style of all those “Travel to Destination A, show me all of the cool stuff that goes on there while making funny anecdotes” ones on the Travel Network that I actually enjoy.
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    Stories from The Vault: Season Two

    Posted in Disc Reviews by David Annandale on December 20th, 2009

    Host Tom Cavanaugh takes us for a tour of the some of the lesser known or rarely seen corners and byways of the Smithsonian Institution. The tone is breezy and mildly irreverent, and the exhibits encountered are unfailingly interesting. The episodes this season are “Let’s Eat!”, “Top Secret,” “Nature’s Vault,” “Crystal Ball,” “Going, Going, Gone,” “Sex 101” and “Villains and Rogues.” The episodes are actually even less specific than the titles might suggest (and they already grant a fair bit of freedom to jump from topic to topic). Thus, “Villains and Rogues” looks at a couple of, well, rogues, and then having Cavanaugh refer to them as snakes is enough of a segue for the episode to suddenly shift its attention to – you guessed it – actual snakes.
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