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    Ray Donovan: Season 1 (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on June 13th, 2014

    “It’s a different world out there.”

    You can say that again. The television landscape is changing, at least on cable. Ray Donovan is the latest in the string of new shows that are attracting talent once thought out of reach for television. A show starring Liev Schreiber and Jon Voight, this Showtime series looked to be something very special… and it almost is.
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    Dexter: The Seventh Season (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on May 22nd, 2013

    “I found this website… “How to Cure a Serial Killer in Ten Easy Steps” and this is the 1st step.”

    Dexter left us with quite a shock at the end of the 6th season. Shows have left us with cliffhangers before, but this was one of the most exciting season finales I’ve seen in a long time. Sister Deb walks in just as Dexter does his plastic playtime act, and there’s no way to wiggle out of this one. As fans of the show, we knew that things just weren’t going to be the same…and we were right.
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    Dexter: The Sixth Season (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on August 14th, 2012

    “Rituals are important. Not just for a serial killer.”

    One of my favorite rituals happens about this time every year. That’s when Paramount releases the latest season of Dexter on Blu-ray and DVD. I don’t get Showtime, so it’s the only chance I get to get caught up with everyone’s favorite serial killer. Dexter’s back for more bloody murder and mayhem, and his world is just as dark and creepy as ever.
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    Episodes – The First Season

    Posted in Disc Reviews by William O'Donnell on June 5th, 2012

    A successful writing team, who also happen to be a married couple, are the creators of an award-winning show in the UK that has just completed after four seasons. An American network wishes to create a US version of the show. The couple are flown to LA, put up in a lavish mansion and are introduced to the Hollywood method of creating television…and it nearly destroys them.
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    Nurse Jackie: Season Three (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by M. W. Phillips on February 25th, 2012

    “At this very moment, I have no desire to stab you in the neck.”

    Between Weeds and Nurse Jackie, Showtime has the corner on shows about drugged up, ethically challenged women. The great Edie Falco somehow keeps Nurse Jackie relatable even though she is an unrepentant drug addict, thief and manipulative narcissist. It doesn’t hurt being surrounded by such a smart supporting cast and given lines that crackle with poignancy and humor.
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    Gigolos: The First Season

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Archive Authors on December 24th, 2011

    With smaller cable networks stepping up in the last few years and producing high-quality, original programming, we are living in a veritable Golden Age of television.

    And yet…….
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    The Real L World: Season Two

    Posted in Disc Reviews by David Annandale on October 21st, 2011

    It’s willing suspension of disbelief time, folks, as this reality show chronicles the soap-operatic lives of a group of young lesbians. Cari and Kacy want a baby – will they find the appropriate sperm donor? Romi and Kelsey are are having trouble with their sex life. Whitney is having all sorts of girl trouble, while Sajdah (whose name oddly does not end with “y” or “i”) is seeking her first relationship.
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    Dexter: The Fifth Season (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on August 26th, 2011

    Dexter Morgan (Hall) is a forensic lab rat for the Miami-Dade Police. He really knows blood splatter. He should, because he moonlights as a killer. It seems that poor old Dex just can’t help himself. His parents were criminals, and he witnessed his mother’s brutal slashing by a chainsaw gang when he was just a young boy. He was adopted by Harry Morgan (Remar), a police officer. Harry saw the killer instinct in Dexter and taught him how to channel the urges for the sake of good.
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    United States of Tara: Third Season

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on July 27th, 2011

    I’ve seen some dysfunctional families on television over the years. Haven’t we all? It’s fun to laugh at someone else’s flaws. Along comes Showtime, and it’s rather hard to classify the series The United States Of Tara. This one takes dysfunction to a whole new level. Tara (Collette) suffers from multiple-personality disorder. Laughing yet? She has managed to control the problem by using medications and attending frequent therapy sessions. But the medication is sapping her creative ability.
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    United States of Tara: The Second Season

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on January 4th, 2011

    I’ve seen some dysfunctional families on television over the years. Haven’t we all? It’s fun to laugh at someone else’s flaws. Along comes Showtime, and it’s rather hard to classify the series The United States Of Tara. This one takes dysfunction to a whole new level. Tara (Collette) suffers from multiple-personality disorder. Laughing yet? She has managed to control the problem by using medications and attending frequent therapy sessions. But the medication is sapping her creative ability.
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    Californication: The Third Season

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Archive Authors on December 6th, 2010

    In the first season of Showtime’s Californication, we were introduced to David Duchovny’s character, bitter yet upbeat writer Hank Moody. Hank, after moving to Los Angeles on the heels of his first novel – a critical darling entitled “God Hates Us All” – has recently lost his long-time love and, by extension, his daughter, to a straight-arrow bore who makes his girlfriend Karen (Natascha McElhone) feel safe.
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    Lock ‘n’ Load

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Archive Authors on November 12th, 2010

    Lock ‘n’ Load is a hidden camera reality TV series that is based out of a gun shop in Colorado.  The show is centered on the gun shop proprietor Josh T. Ryan.  He interjects himself into every story and casually interviews each customer.  The show attempts to personify each gun owner and provides a background for each purchase.  The show is marketed as a comedy but I found myself rarely laughing.
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    United States of Tara: Season One

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on January 6th, 2010

    I’ve seen some dysfunctional families on television over the years. Haven’t we all. It’s fun to laugh at someone else’s flaws. Along comes Showtime, and it’s rather hard to classify the series The United States Of Tara. This one takes dysfunction to a whole new level. Tara (Collette) suffers from multiple personality disorder. Laughing yet? She has managed to control the problem by using medications and attending frequent therapy sessions. But the medication is sapping her creative ability. You see, Tara was once a gifted artist. She painted murals and was somewhat critically acclaimed. The meds put an end to all of that.
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    The Tudors: The Complete Third Season

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on December 14th, 2009

    The Tudors returns for a rather triumphant third season. The series attempts to modernize the story more than a little. Henry’s attire is more akin to a rock star than a 16th century ruler. The language is also more updated, often filled with modern colloquialisms and the like. The story of Henry VIII is well known, but this is not the Henry your history teachers told you about. This Henry is a slim, energetic man. There are only hints in regard to his famous lust for food. His appetites for women are not so subtly portrayed.
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    The L Word: Final Season

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on October 19th, 2009

    What can I say about Showtime’s huge hit, The L Word? If you don’t already know what this show is about, and I was surprised at the number of people I talked to who didn’t, then I’m pretty sure this isn’t the show for you. Remember the old days when you used to watch Sesame Street, and each day the show would be brought to you by a letter and number of the day? Today this review is brought to you by the letter L and the number 6. L stands for lesbians, and 6 is how many seasons the series would be fated to last. Unlike that adorable count, I won’t be able to take you through the count, as I have never seen the show before last season and so only have seen 2 season releases.
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    Brotherhood: The Final Season

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on September 29th, 2009

    I think it’s safe to say that HBO changed the face of television with the arrival of The Sopranos back in 1999. The show raised the bar for television across the board. Before we knew it, many of the cable networks were scrambling to offer up the next show that would generate the same praise from critics and audiences alike. To this day that show has generated more subscribers to a pay network than any other. So we really can’t blame the network’s rival Showtime for trying to have their own Sopranos. And that’s exactly what The Brotherhood is.
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    Dexter: The Third Season (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on August 24th, 2009

    Dexter Morgan (Hall) is a forensic lab rat for the Miami-Dade Police. He really knows blood splatter. He should, because he moonlights as a killer. It seems that poor old Dex just can’t help himself. His parents were criminals, and he witnessed his mother’s brutal slashing by a chainsaw gang when he was just a young boy. He was adopted by Harry Morgan (Remar), a police officer. Harry saw the killer instinct in Dexter and taught him how to channel the urges for the sake of good. Dexter adopted Harry’s Code, which means he only kills others that he’s able to prove were killers themselves. Working for the police with his officer sister, Debra (Carpenter), Dexter is constantly just on the verge of getting caught.
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    Californication: The Second Season

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Archive Authors on August 21st, 2009

    In the first season of Showtime’s Californication, we were introduced to David Duchovny’s character, bitter yet upbeat writer Hank Moody. Hank, after moving to Los Angeles on the heels of his first novel – a critical darling entitled “God Hates Us All” – has recently lost his long-time love and, by extension, his daughter, to a straight-arrow bore who makes his girlfriend Karen (Natascha McElhone) feel safe.
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    This American Life: Season 2

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Archive Authors on August 5th, 2009

    This American Life, broadcast on the Showtime network, is a half-hour show based on, or more accurately, spun off from, the award-winning Chicago Public Radio show of the same name. Each episode is loosely based on a theme, which is then explored through stories about real people. The content and style varies from week to week, with stories ranging from light-hearted to incredibly sad.
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    Dexter: The Complete Second Season (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on May 1st, 2009

    Dexter continues his jump to the world of high definition as the second season finally makes its way to Blu-ray. The show is killer, if you’ll pardon the expression. In the first season, Dexter pointed out the contradiction of a crime scene in sunny Miami. The aftermath of brutality appears somewhat surreal in such a colorful and bright surroundings. On Blu-ray you really get to understand what he was talking about. It almost feels like the show shouldn’t look so clean, so crisp, so bright. But, of course, it should, and it does in this release.
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    Dexter: The Complete First Season (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on January 15th, 2009

    “Tonight’s the night, and it’s going to happen again and again. It has to happen…”

    What is going to happen is that Dexter has finally come to Blu-ray. I can’t think of a better cable show to make the leap onto high definition. More than any current show, I think I’ve been looking forward to this release. Imagine what it would be like to visualize Dexter’s world in such wonderful detail. Imagine no longer. Dexter’s here, and he’s got something to show you.
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    The Tudors – Season 2

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on January 6th, 2009

    The Tudors returns for a rather triumphant second season. The series attempts to modernize the story more than a little. Henry’s attire is more akin to a rock star than a 16th century ruler. The language is also more updated, often filled with modern colloquialisms and the like. The story of Henry VIII is well known, but this is not the Henry your history teachers told you about.
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    The L Word – The Complete Fifth Season

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on November 5th, 2008

    What can I say about Showtime’s huge hit, The L Word? If you don’t already know what this show is about, and I was surprised at the number of people I talked to who didn’t, then I’m pretty sure this isn’t the show for you. Remember the old days when you used to watch Sesame Street and each day the show would be brought to you by a letter and number of the day? Today this review is brought to you by the letter L and the number 5.
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    Brotherhood – The Complete Second Season

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on October 17th, 2008

    I think it’s safe to say that HBO changed the face of television with the arrival of The Sopranos back in 1999. The show raised the bar for television across the board. Before we knew it, many of the cable networks were scrambling to offer up the next show that would generate the same praise from critics and audiences alike. To this day that show has generated more subscribers to a pay network than any other. So, we really can’t blame the network’s rival Showtime for trying to have their own Sopranos. And that’s exactly what The Brotherhood is.
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    This American Life

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on February 4th, 2008

    I have watched these DVD episodes of the Ira Glass series This American Life, some segments more than once, and I have to say I just don’t get it. Perhaps it is because I never heard the radio program on which they are based. It is a somewhat popular show with a cult following. I tend to avoid public radio at all costs as it is far too heavy handed in its liberal politics for my particular tastes. Still, I approached the series with an open mind that knew literally nothing going in. I’m sorry to report that I still seem to know nothing about the show.
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