THE AMERICANS: The Complete Third Season Reviewed

THE AMERICANS Third Season FOX Home Entertainment   From the outset this show has pulled that wonderful trick of getting me to cheer for people who are actually the bad guys. Phil and Liz Jennings have been trained and set up in the US by Russia to do what they can to slow down our brand of Democracy. Usually they come off as pretty nice folks and we want to like them but then they go on a mission and then we are reminded that oh yes, they are Russian Spies! Season three the bar has been raised. Reagan is making the overtures that will eventually “end communism” and the Russians are having more than a few problems with their war in...

GRANTCHESTER Season 2

GRANTCHESTER Complete Second Season PBS We loved the first season of Granchester and so we could not wait to sit down with this DVD set. Reverend Sidney Chambers (James Norton and Inspector Goerdie Keating (Robson Green) are such an unlikely but prefect team-up for solving mysteries. They complement each other so well in personality and action. Season two opens with 1954 Grantchester being a pretty happy place. Sidney and Geordie seem to be in good place and so it’s only natural that something would happen to throw a wrench into this. A case comes along that has ongoing consequences though out the season. A girl is found dead, she’s under...

BATMAN: THE KILLING JOKE slated for August release...

The buzz around the upcoming home entertainment (Industry talk for DVD and Blu-ray releases) release of BATMAN: THE KILLING JOKE is considerable. The source material is an Iconic Batman story that is as dark as dark can be and the animated feature film apparently is faithful enough to the source material to snag an R rating. The film features Batman regulars Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill and is directed by Sam Liu, whose animated Batman work has earned him an Emmy Award. Warner has decided that there has been enough teasing and has released the date, art and extras. Based on the acclaimed graphic novel of the same name, Batman: The Killing...

Sundance Channel, Acorn Media bring THE LAST PANTH...

Next Wednesday, The Sundance Channel airs the first episode of THE LAST PANTHERS, a British crime drama based on the infamous Pink Panthers, a European gang that preyed on Jewelers. The series theme song is original music by the late David Bowie. You can find the opening credits, featuring said song, below. A daring diamond heist in the south of France bears the hallmarks of the supposedly retired “Pink Panthers,” a gang famed for their bold daylight raids and movie-style getaways. It seems like the perfect crime—until a young girl is killed in their escape. This sets a British insurance-loss adjuster (Oscar® nominee Samantha Morton), a...

The first look at the BATMAN: THE KILLING JOKE ani...

If you were to ask comic fans what is the meanest, ugliest, coolest Batman story, odds are pretty good THE KILLING JOKE would be mentioned over and over. The tale came from the cracked mind of Alan Moore and had an impact an impact on many future Comic book writers and artists. So when word came that Warner Bros would be producing an animated feature of TKJ, folks were both excited and nervous. Could this be done right? From what we have heard so far, it sounds promising. For starters, Warner has Ok’d an R rated version. Add to that the fact that Mark Hamill agreed to reprise his role as the Joker, something he has said he was...

Shout! Factory to release LOU GRANT: Season One in...

Not crime, but something I am delighted to share: Shout! Factory has announced they will be releasing LOU GRANT: Season One on May 24th. I remember, even as a kid, realizing it was damn good TV and am thrilled to see it finally released on DVD. Ed Asner reprises the indelible character he made famous on the classic sitcom The Mary Tyler Moore Show in Lou Grant: Season One. Co-starring Mason Adams (Omen III: The Final Conflict), Robert Walden (All The President’s Men) and Nancy Marchand (The Sopranos), the riveting Lou Grant ran for five seasons from 1978 to 1982, and set a high standard for all topic-oriented, serial dramas to come....