Inside Pulse » Roseanne A pop culture mega-site with Movies, TV, Music, Sports, Comics, Video Games coverage for diehards, including news, reviews, live event coverage, audio podcasts, exclusive interviews and commentary. Sun, 26 Oct 2014 19:00:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 A pop culture mega-site with Movies, TV, Music, Sports, Comics, Video Games coverage for diehards, including news, reviews, live event coverage, audio podcasts, exclusive interviews and commentary. Inside Pulse no A pop culture mega-site with Movies, TV, Music, Sports, Comics, Video Games coverage for diehards, including news, reviews, live event coverage, audio podcasts, exclusive interviews and commentary. Inside Pulse » Roseanne DVD Review: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Ultimate Showdown Mon, 21 Oct 2013 03:00:38 +0000 The revival of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles turned out to be a hit for Nickelodeon. Nearly a quarter of a century after the four reptiles captured the attention of kids, the quartet had bonded with a new generation. There’s still a fascination the pizza eating superheros that have mad martial arts skills. Even older fans eating deep dish pies secretly wish they could properly fling throwing stars. The new CGI adaptation of the series beefs up the action to maintain old fans while attracting new ones. They also hired prime voice talent including Jason Biggs (Leonardo), Rob Paulsen (Donatello), Sean Astin (Raphael), Greg Cipes (Michelangelo), Roseanne Barr (Kraang Prime), Kelly Hu (Karai) and Corey Feldman (Slash). Thus this show becomes a treat for the ears and eyes. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Ultimate Showdown contains the final 13 episodes of the first season.

“I, Monster” transforms Dr. Victor Falco into Rat King. He’s out to get Splinter. “The Alien Agenda” makes the turtles nervous about trusting Karai. This doesn’t work out right for them since she gets a lead on the Kraang. But they don’t want to believe her. “The Pulverizer” marks the arrival of Shellraiser. It’s Leatherhead’s old subway car as pimped out by Donatello. They end up meeting a superfan who has decided to become a superhero too. He calls himself Pulverizer. He seems to think the suit will do all the heavy work when it comes to crime fighting. “TCRI” sends the turtles deep into the evil corporate headquarters. This allows them to uncover the Kraang’s major plan. “Cockroach Terminator” allows the Turtles to make a spy cockroach. They send it into TCRI, but the little bug gets mutated into their next enemy.

“Baxter’s Gambit” risks an ultimate revenge plot. The Turtles, Kraang and Foot Clan are in a threeway battle. Baxter offers a solution for how the Turtles can get the upperhand. What they don’t realize until it’s too late is that Baxter is not their friend. It’s a trap. “Enemy of My Enemy” makes the turtles rethink their treatment of Karai. Turns out the Kraang are making a major move. “Karai’s Vendetta” illustrates why the turtles need to be wary of Karai. The superfan comes back with “The Pulverizer Returns!” But can even he be trusted as the Turtles enemies surround them? “Parasitica”
is a warning why you shouldn’t take mutant wasp eggs back to your secret headquarters. “Operation: Break Out” involves a raid on TCRI in order to free April’s dad. “Showdown” is a double length episode that features a massive throwndown between the turtles and Kraang. One of the characters gets to learn their true identity. It’s a big finale for all involved. Although this is not the end as the second season starts soon on Nickelodeon.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Ultimate Showdown is a fine edition to their television legacy. The CGI makes the slow moving reptiles a quartet of slick martial arts heroes. The Kraang are a worthy enemy of the Turtles. The show isn’t too scary for smaller kids who are eager to enjoy the action and pick up pizza eating tips.

The video is 1.78:1 anamorphic. The transfers reveal all the detail in the CGI animation. The audio is Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround. You hear the sweeping of their blades across the screen. The episodes are Closed Captioned.

Comic Book promotes the upcoming Lego version of the Turtles.

Animated Comic Books are provided for issues 3 – 6 of “Tales from the Turtle Lair.”

The Mutation of a Scene breaks down how CGI animation is created. This stuff doesn’t magically appear on the screen. The segments include The Pulverizer (11:14), TCRI (15:02), Cockroach Terminator (10:40) and Baxter’s Gambit (13:40).

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Ultimate Showdown wraps up the first season of the revived heroes on a half shell. The show mixes just the right amount of action and mutant adventures for old and new fans.

Nickelodeon and Paramount present Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Ultimate Showdown. Starring: Jason Biggs, Sean Astin,Roseanne Barr, Kelly Hu and Corey Feldman. Boxset Contents: 13 episodes on 2 DVDs. Released: October 1, 2013.

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DVD Review: Roseanne (The Complete Series) Sat, 06 Jul 2013 04:37:40 +0000 The family sitcom formula can be as easy as a game of Mad Libs. You just plug in hot stand-up comic, a supporting actor given a chance to step up to a major role and a couple sassy kids. You swipe dusty scripts written for Father Knows Best and Make Room For Daddy. This has been done way too much over the decades. It would be so easy to assume that Roseanne falls into this Betty Crocker comedy recipe. But Roseanne Barr wasn’t ready to cook up the same show that’s been served dozens of times to audiences. She joked about her bad kitchen skills which turned out to be a positive for viewers.

Roseanne had become a stand up sensation when she became a fixture on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson. Her domestic goddess routines cracked up the audiences in the mid-’80s. So it didn’t take long for her to land a sitcom gig. She chose well by picking Casey-Werner productions who were riding high from The Cosby Show. In a sense Roseanne was the anti-Cosby even with her own collection of disturbing sweaters. Roseanne: The Complete Series shows that over the course of 9 seasons, this wasn’t a formulaic sitcom.

The first season introduces us to the Conner family. They are a lower middle-class family of five living in a small town in Illinois. Dan (Raising Arizona‘s John Goodman) is a construction worker. Roseanne (Roseanne Barr at this point) mixes running the house and working at a plastic factory. Her two daughters are the tomboyish Darlene (Sara Gilbert) and the blond Becky (Lecy Goranson & later Scrubs‘ Sarah Chalke). Their pesky son DJ (Michael Fishman) has a lot of people to annoy under the roof. There’s also her sister Jackie (Laurie Metcalf) that also works at the factory with her. Roseanne is not the close to the average TV mom. She’s rather scathing in her replies to her family, relatives and annoying guests. But she does have a touch of love for those close to her. The second season marks the arrival of Tom Arnold (True Lies). This is one of those moments when Roseanne’s real life leaked onto the show. She would eventually marry the comic for a few years. Since she had quit working at the plastics factory, this season had her go through a bunch of jobs.

The big addition to the series was the arrival of David Healy (The Big Bang Theory‘s Johnny Galecki). He’d become Darlene’s trouble love interest. At first it seems like he’s just going to be a guest character for a few episodes, but he sticks around to become a recurring character. Season six has the best episode of all with “A Stash from the Past.” Roseanne and Dan discover marijuana in the house. They try to act lofty as they investigate. But things go against their authority figure act when they discover how the pot got in the house. This was an angle never used on The Brady Bunch or The Cosby Show. Season Seven featured a visit from Traci Lords as Roseanne’s co-worker. There’s a lot of relationship issues including the threat of divorce. The show never quite played by the same rules as wholesome family entertainment. Roseanne was not going to be replaced by Sandy Duncan. This was her attitude on the screen which is what makes it as entertaining now as when it originally aired.

The final season has Roseanne take the show into a completely different direction. She wins the big lottery. Now she no longer has to worry about having enough cash to cover the bills. However she gets a whole lot of new worries. There are some viewers who want to forget this season and act like things wrapped up while they Conners were broke. But this would be wrong. This is the coda where Roseanne learns that having it all doesn’t mean you’re going to always like your life. She goes back and buys the plastics factory thus making the series go full circle. Roseanne: The Complete Series really does come to a certain feeling of completion.

The video is 1.33:1 full frame. The transfers are fine for a show that was finished on standard definition video. The audio is Dolby Digital Stereo. You might want to turn down the volume when Roseanne gets angry. The episodes are Closed Captioned.

Roseanne on Roseanne: A New Candid Interview
(9:05) lets her explain how she kept the series from being normal. She also explains the part of the studio that killed laughter.

John Goodman Takes A Look Back (7:07) has a man who was certain the role was always his.

Wisdom of a Domestic Goddess (5:21) is her advise to the family.

Bloopers (11:01) has plenty of screwups, but oddly enough not all of them are Roseanne learning the ropes of being an actress. Goodman really cracks up.

Season One Highlights
(6:24) has the best punchlines.

John Goodman: A Candid Interview (8:40) gives us more time with the man who will win this year’s Best Supporting Actor Oscar.

John Goodman Audition (1:15) has him at the table with Roseanne reading the script. She’s in awe of his performance.

DJ All Grown Up
(9:04) lets us see an older Michael Fishman. Has he appeared on The Big Bang Theory? He wasn’t the DJ in the pilot.

Wacky Jackie (4:51) are highlights from the series featuring Laurie Metcalf.

Season Two Highlights (7:45) gives the rundown of the sophomore season.

Laurie Metcalf Interview: The Sister That Never Leaves
(8:48) makes her admit she loved coming to the set.

Lecy Goranson Interview: I Was A Teenage Becky (7:39) lets her talk the full time. She isn’t replaced by another actress this time.

The Best of Season Three
(7:04) are more highlights.

Life Imitating Art, Life Imitating Roseanne (5:32) gets Roseanne to declare that they hit their stride in season 4.

Interview with Lecy Goranson and Michael Fishman (9:48) lets the two speak more about their characters.

Video Commentary on “Trick Me Up, Trick Me Down,” “Thanksgiving 1991,” “The Fifties Show”, “Disney World War II” and “Springtime for David” lets Roseanne and Michael Fishman watch the show and chat about it on camera. They sit in the corner of the frame giving insight on the black and white episode that pays tribute to the original family sitcoms.

Roseanne: Working Class Actress (8:14) has her account how she wanted to make sure the character had real jobs and not goofy get rich quick schemes. Although on season nine, she wins the lottery.

Roseanne Answers The Fans’ Top 10 Questions (5:14) gets the corn jokes explained. She also explains the mystery of the chicken shirt.

Roseanne: A Legacy of Class (6:19) addresses how the last season was about class in America.

Season 9: Breaking the Sitcom Mold
(6:24) let Roseanne why she made the family lottery winners in the final season. She won the lottery when her comedy made her rich. She wanted to address the depression of having it all.

Roseanne: The Complete Series brings together all 9 seasons at a reasonable price. Sure you can watch it on cable, but they channels will butcher or speed up the episodes. Roseanne deserves to be appreciated in its original form.

Mill Creek presents Roseanne: The Complete Series . Starring: Roseanne, John Goodman and Johnny Galecki. Boxset contents 222 episodes on 27 DVDs. Released: May 14, 2013. Available at×120.jpg

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DVD Review: Roseanne: The Complete Seventh Season & Eighth Season Thu, 25 Apr 2013 19:30:59 +0000 Sometimes it’s hard to remember what a force of nature Roseanne was as a TV series. Roseanne’s off-camera life was an overwhelming weirdness. Remember when she and then-husband Tom Arnold were going to marry another woman on TV? Before Season Seven, Rosanne Arnold (who started the series as Roseanne Barr) dumped Tom Arnold and sliced her name in the opening credits to just Roseanne. She was like Cher and Liberace. Not that losing her last name made things anymore calm in the supermarket tabloids. This media whirlwind forced the show to do stuff that wouldn’t be blown away by her reality. What headline would have been as shocking as Roseanne pregnant? Roseanne: The Complete Seventh Season and Eighth Season packs quite a few shockers including new cast members and a body shifting daughter.

“Nine Is Enough” seems like a normal family episode when Dan (John Goodman) gets sick of having his house turned into Grand Central Station. He can’t get into his own bathroom. He’s ready to boot out Becky (Sarah Chalke) and Mark (Glenn Quinn) out of the house. However his dream of making space in his house gets flipped when Roseanne breaks the news that she’s pregnant. “Two For One” gets wild when Darlene (Sarah Gilbert) has a fling with another guy. David (Johnny Galecki) seems kinda cool with the arrangement, but it gets to him. When he asks her to choose, she doesn’t pick him. This plot twist has worked well for Galecki since it seems to be the normal emotional state of her Leonard character on The Big Bang Theory when Penny is with other guys. Don’t panic too much since David was such a well liked character so that he isn’t shuffled off to Chip Cunningham heaven. “Snoop Davey Dave” has David perform a last gasp bit of revenge when he tells Rosanne that Darlene was doing drugs in college. Can she send her kid away to become an art school junky? Another bit of tension building is Dan’s desire to not go through with another kid. He asks his wife to consider an abortion.

“Sleeper” gets David a bit wild when he confides to Becky that he’s had an erotic dream about hooking up with a Conner woman that isn’t Darlene. “Follow the Son” brings on Traci Lords as the new gal at the Lunch Box. The ending of the episodes goofs around with Traci’s early cinematic career. DJ (Michael Fishman) steps up in his role as the son as Becky and Darlene get less screen time. “White Men Can’t Kiss” puts DJ in a pickle when he won’t kiss a girl in a school play. Things get nasty since the girl is black. There’s a threat of bigotry in his reluctance. “All About Rosey” is a special about the series featuring tributes for legendary TV moms: Barbara Billingsley, June Lockhart and Isabel Sanford. “Happy Trailers” moves Becky and Mark into a mobile home. Their new neighbor is Sharon Stone (Basic Instinct). “Sherwood Schwartz–A Loving Tribute” is the pop culture highlight. The cast get wrapped into a fantasy of being on Gilligan’s Island. The twist comes when the reality kicks in with Bob Denver, Russell Johnson, Tina Louise, Sherwood Schwartz and Dawn Wells.

Not to be too spoiling, but Season Eight opens with Roseanne still pregnant. But there is a different face in her house. Alicia Goranson returns to play Becky leaving Sarah Chalke to only make a freaky cameo. It’s more confusing than the Darren swap in Bewitched. Roseanne plots how to get a $400 crib in “Shower the People You Love with Stuff.” It’s a genius idea except will her friends like the scam when it’s exposed? “Roseanne in the Hood” puts a scare at the Lunchbox when a rival opens nearby. The new place has Pat Harrington Jr. as their celerity guest. How can Roseanne compete with the star power of Schneider from One Day at a Time and the voice of the Inspector. Proving that Roseanne holds the record for the longest TV pregnancy, she has her second Halloween with a bump during “Halloween: the Final Chapter.” This is also when she finally gives birth to Jerry Garcia Conner. “The Fifties Show” throws the show into the black and white world. Can the family survive in the Father Knows Best universe? “We’re Going to Disney World” gets the Conners ready for their big vacation except is it really a good time? To add to the odd timing, Sarah Chalke returns once more to play Becky. Why did the family go to Disney? Cause Disney bought ABC and wanted their shows to pimp the park. “The Wedding” hooks up David and Darlene. But Dan has an issue that messes up the fun. Even more traumatic is that Lecy Goranson shows up for “Heart & Soul.” When will this body swapping end? “Fights and Stuff” wraps up the season with Roseanne and Dan’s marriage seeming to wrap up.

While there would be a ninth season, Roseanne completely changed the fortunes of the family by making them major lottery winners. Roseanne: The Complete Seventh Season and Eighth Season mark the end of the struggling Conner family. The long delayed baby isn’t that nasty of a tease. These two seasons were able to bring enough issues to the Conner family that overshadowed headlines of Roseanne’s personal life. At least she didn’t have a daughter in real life that kept swapping bodies.

Seventh Season
“Nine is Enough,” “Two for One,” “Snoop Davey Dave,” “Girl Talk,” “Sleeper,” “Skeleton in the Closet,” “Follow the Son,” “Punch and Jimmy,” “White Men Can’t Kiss,” “Thanksgiving ’94,” “Maybe Baby,” “The Parenting Trap,” “Rear Window,” “My Name is Bev,” “Bed and Bored,” “Sisters,” “Lost Youth,” “Single Married Female,” “All About Rosey” (Parts 1 & 2), “Husbands and Wives,” “Happy Trailers,” “The Blaming of the Shrew,” “The Birds and the Frozen Bees,” “Couch Potatoes” and “Sherwood Schwartz: A Loving Tribute.”

Eighth Season
“Shower the People You Love with Stuff,” “Let Them Eat Junk,” “Roseanne in the Hood,” “The Last Date,” “Halloween: the Final Chapter,” “The Fifties Show,” “The Getaway, Almost,” “The Last Thursday in November,” “Of Mice and Dan,” “Direct to Video,” “December Bride,” “The Thrilla Near the Vanilla Extract,” “The White Sheep of the Family,” “Becky Howser, M.D.,” “Out of the Past,” “Construction Junction,” “We’re Going to Disney World,” “Disney World War II,” “Springtime for David,” “Another Mouth to Shut Up,” “Morning Becomes Obnoxious,” “Ballroom Blitz,” “The Wedding,” “Heart & Soul” and “Fights and Stuff.”

The video is 1.33:1 full frame. The transfers will allow you to tell when they swap Beckys on the screen. The audio is Dolby Digital Stereo. The episodes are Closed Captioned.

Video Commentary on “The Fifties Show”, “Disney World War II” and “Springtime for David” lets Roseanne and Michael Fishman watch the show and chat about it on camera. They sit in the corner of the frame giving insight on the black and white episode that pays tribute to the original family sitcoms.

Roseanne: Working Class Actress (8:14) has her account how she wanted to make sure the character had real jobs and not goofy get rich quick schemes. Although on season nine, she wins the lottery.

Roseanne: The Complete Seventh Season and Eighth Season features the world’s longest TV pregnancy. Perhaps this show also represents a warning that when a cast member leaves a show, don’t let them back in the role. It confuses the audience.

Mill Creek presents Roseanne: The Complete Seventh Season Starring: Roseanne, John Goodman and Johnny Galecki. Boxset contents 25 episodes on 3 DVDs. Released: March 19, 2013. Available at

Mill Creek presents Roseanne: The Complete Fifth Season and Sixth Season . Starring: Roseanne, John Goodman and Johnny Galecki. Boxset contents 25 episodes on 6 DVDs. Released: March 19, 2013. Available at×120.jpg

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DVD Review: Roseanne (The Complete Fifth Season & Sixth Season) Sat, 03 Nov 2012 20:00:05 +0000 Roseanne was a series noted for being ground breaking, but the most important ground it broke was Johnny Galecki’s career. Sure he’d had a few other TV roles prior to being cast as Darlene’s boyfriend. The difference is that Roseanne established his relationship with Chuck Lorre. When Lorre moved up the food chain to becoming a bigshot sitcom creator, he cast Galecki as Leonard on The Big Bang Theory. His time spent as a comic foil for Roseanne Barr allowed him to be the comic foil for Jim Parsons nearly a decade later. Roseanne: The Complete Fifth Season and Sixth Season has Galecki’s David Healy rise from recurring character to a member of the household.

He first showed up halfway through season four as Kevin Healy. His big episode was “This Old House” when he hit the road with Darlene (Sarah Gilbert) to visit a comic book convention in Chicago. This laid the seeds of his future nerd activities. He was used sporadically in four episodes and could have faded from the series. He came back for Season Five as a recurring character appearing in 14 of the 25 episodes. “The Dark Ages” puts him in hot water once more with Roseanne when Darlene sleeps over at his place. Roseanne doesn’t believe they didn’t have sex. “No Place Like Home for the Holidays” exposes the fact that David’s family isn’t that charming. “Lanford Daze” has Lorretta Lynn guest star. “It’s a Boy!” brings David into house. There’s no way Darlene can let him stay with his parents and Roseanne reluctantly agrees. “Playing with Matches” has another character put the moves on David. He avoids it by claiming him and Darlene are going to run off. This lie leads to bigger problems. “Tooth or Consequences” has a guest role from Bob Odenkirk (Breaking Bad). “Daughters and Other Strangers” lets Darlene go to Chicago for art school. Will David join her? Joseph Gordon-Levitt (The Dark Knight Rises) gets to annoy everyone.

Season Six has more storylines that involve David. “Two Down, One to Go” has him pop the question to Darlene. “A Stash from the Past” is considered one of the best episodes of the series. Roseanne finds a bag of weed in Darlene’s room. Roseanne is not happy. David takes the fall for it to protect her. But the weed might belong to another woman. Ahmet Zappa finks out the fact that David has been staying with Darlene in Chicago during “Busted.” “David Vs. Goliath” has Dan (John Goodman) pissed off that David is shacked up with his daughter. He wants him out of her apartment and his house. Is this the end of David?

At least it’s not the end of Galecki. For the last five years he’s been the toast of CBS. It’s easy to see how he could have impressed Lorre during his time on Roseanne. He brings a lot to the character of David to make him not seem like a complete jerk boyfriend. Roseanne: The Complete Fifth Season and Sixth Season makes his mark with a bang.

Season Five

“Terms of Estrangement” (two-parter), “The Dark Ages,” “Mommy Nearest,” “Pretty in Black,” “Looking for Loans in All the Wrong Places,” “Halloween IV,” “Ladies’ Choice,” “Stand on Your Man,” “Good Girls, Bad Girls,” “Of Ice and Men,” “No Place Like Home for The Holidays,” “Crime and Punishment,” “War and Peace,” “Lanford Daze,” “Wait Till Your Father Gets Home,” “First Cousin, Twice Removed,” “Lose a Job, Winnebago,” “It’s a Boy!,” “It was Twenty Years Ago Today,” “Playing with Matches,” “Promises, Promises,” “Glengarry, Glen Rosey,” “Tooth or Consequences” and “Daughters and Other Strangers.”

Season Six
“Two Down, One to Go,” “The Mommy’s Curse,” “Party Politics,” “A Stash from the Past,” “Be My Baby,” “Halloween V,” “Homeward Bound,” “Guilt by Imagination,” “Homecoming,” “Thanksgiving ’93,” “The Driver’s Seat,” “White Trash Christmas,” “Suck Up or Shut Up,” “Busted,” “David vs. Goliath,” “Everyone Comes to Jackie’s,” “Don’t Make Room for Daddy,” “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” “Labor Day,” “Past Imperfect,” “Lies My Father Told Me,” “I Pray the Lord My Stove to Keep,” “Body by Jake,” “Isn’t It Romantic?” and “Altar Egos.”

The video is 1.33:1 full frame. The transfers look fine. The wavy texture of Galecki’s hair is obvious on the screen. The audio is Dolby Digital Stereo. The episodes are Closed Captioned.

Roseanne Answers The Fans’ Top 10 Questions (5:14) gets the corn jokes explained. She also explains the mystery of the chicken shirt.

Roseanne: The Complete Fifth Season and Sixth Season mark the arrival of Johnny Galecki as Darlene’s boyfriend. He’s a man overwhelmed by his love for her. He quickly goes from recurring character to part of the family. Fans of The Big Bang Theory will enjoy seeing his early years on a major sitcom.

Mill Creek presents Roseanne: The Complete Fifth Season and Sixth Season . Starring: Roseanne Barr, John Goodman and Johnny Galecki. Boxset contents 50 episodes on 6 DVDs. Released: September 4, 2012. Available at×120.png

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Mill Creek To Reissue That ’70s Show And Others Fri, 01 Jul 2011 11:00:22 +0000 Mill Creek will reissue several of the biggest TV shows produced by Carsey-Werner on September 13th. Each boxset is priced far below their original price with original broadcast running times for several of them. Sitcom fans won’t have to worry about taking a second mortgage on their house.

In the last few years the cast of That ’70s Show keeps popping up in strange places. Mila Kunis had Oscar buzz. Ashton Kutcher replaced Bruce Willis in Demi Moore’s bed and Charlie Sheen on the set of Two and a Half Men. Topher Grace was spotted at a Ralph’s Supermarket by my cousin. That ’70s Show – Season One andSeason Twocan be snagged for $14.98 SRP. Ashton will tweet who has the best deal. Biggest Hits has 10 episodes from the first four seasons at the flashback price of $5.98.

Nick At Night favorite Roseanne gets bigger and cheaper from the previous DVDs. Roseanne – The Complete 1st Season and Roseanne – The Complete 2nd Season are priced at $14.98 SRP, The box art promises “The Complete, UNCUT Original Broadcast Edits.”

The ABCFamily mainstay Grounded for Life has the first two seasons reissued. Grounded For Life – Season 1 and Grounded for Life – Season 2 are offered at a $9.98 SRP each.

Before he became a dreaming superstar in Inception, Joseph Gordon-Levitt was an alien. 3rd Rock from the Sun – The Complete Season 1 and 3rd Rock from the Sun – The Complete Season 2. Once more the box art promises fans “The Complete, UNCUT Original Broadcasts Edits.” Each season has an $9.98 SRP each.

Also being offered on Sept. 13 is another classic TV show. He-Man and the Masters of the Universe – The Complete 2nd Season wraps up the legendary toyline turned animated series. The final 65 episodes are spread over 8 DVDs The boxset will pump you up with a $29.98 SRP.×120.png

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The Norm Show: The Complete Series – DVD Review Sat, 02 Oct 2010 21:00:21 +0000 The Norm Show: The Complete Series resurrects all 54 episodes about the anti-social social worker.]]>

Timing is everything in comedy. What time your sitcom airs is also important. When Norm MacDonald’s sitcom debuted on ABC, it was a success on Wednesday nights right after The Drew Carey Show. The next season it was flipped to lead into Drew. There was a little ratings dip, but nothing compared to complete collapse when the third season took place in the Friday graveyard slot. Thankfully The Norm Show: The Complete Series resurrects all 54 episodes about the anti-social social worker.

Norm McDonald had risen to fame on Saturday Night Live with his Weekend Update anchoring. He was a comic bad boy with his caustic observations. This led to him being fired by NBC suit Don Ohlmeyer when he refused to lay off O.J. Simpson jokes. It was hard to think that Norm was going to soften up his act to create a cute sit-com. He didn’t seem like the goofy dad or the butler. Instead he picked a character that allowed him to exploit his jerkish nature. Norman Henderson is ex-NHL player doing his community service for tax evasion. Instead of cleaning garbage on the side of the road, Norman pays back the community by being a social worker. Although he’s not exactly gung ho at helping people improve themselves. He does gain a bit of likability through is adoption of Wiener Dog which is a wiener dog.

“Norm and the Prototype” brings us into his office. He’s doing enough to make sure he doesn’t end back in front of the judge. Laurie Freeman (Roseanne’s Laurie Metcalf) is a fellow worker that wants him to take the job seriously. He’s in trouble with his boss since one of his charges (Nikki Cox) is working at a massage parlor. He gets guilted into finding Nikki a new job. He finds himself recommended an ad that’s really for adult movie. “Norm Dates a Client” has him pick up a woman in a bar only to discover the next day that she’s in need of social worker. She gets personal touch from Norm even though his job and a trip to prison is at stake. “Norm, Crusading Social Worker” revives Abe Vigoda (Fish).

The second season brings on Artie Lang as Norm’s half brother in “Artie Comes to Town.” Keep alert for the Pokemon sequence. It’s so 1999. “Gambling Man” is a major crossover moment when the crew from The Drew Carey Show deal with Norm’s gambling addiction. The show was co-created and produced by Bruce Helford. He did the same things on The Drew Carey Show. “Norm Vs. The Boxer” gives us the final performance of Richard Pryor. It’s an extremely painful guest spot. Kate Walsh (Private Practice) becomes a recurring character as Norm’s new girlfriend. She’s torn between Norm and her extremely rich boyfriend. Norm has to fight for her heart before she marries the guy. His interruption of the wedding is a woozy doozy. Even after they hook up, her ex-fiance isn’t through with Norm.

The third season doesn’t get too wild. There’s a bit of a Roseanne reunion when Laurie dates a younger man (Johnny Galecki) in “Norm Vs. Youth.” He would go onto star in The Big Bang Theory. There is a character switch when Nikki Cox leaves and Faith Ford (Murphy Brown) arrives. She becomes Norm’s new flame since Kate Walsh vanishes without a trace. There’s also a lot more focus on Norm dealing with his new boss (Alf’s Max Wright). It’s as good as the first too seasons. But no matter how good you are, it’s hard to avoid the black hole of Friday night. This series deserved to run as long as According to Jim. The ultimate vindication for The Norm Show is that every episode is now out on DVD. The Drew Carey Show can’t make that claim.

The video is 1.33:1. The transfers look nice. You’ll see the smile on Wiener Dog. The audio is Dolby Digital 2.0. The levels are fine for a sitcom. The laugh track the actors. The episodes are Closed Captioned.

Audio Commentary with Norm MacDonald and Bruce Helford on eight episodes. Norm points out that Laurie Metcalf made more money than him on the show. Last time the star with his name in the title wasn’t he highest paid in the cast was Lassie. The duo warm up their chat with tales from the production.

The Norm Show is so worth reviving. Norm MacDonald doesn’t compromise his take no prisoners humor. The scripts are freakish. The comic acting is first rate. Laurie Metcalf gets numerous laughs with just great reactions to Norm’s weirdness. The Norm Show: The Complete Series fits nicely in the slot between Seinfeld and Curb Your Enthusiasm.

Shout! Factory presents The Norm Show: The Complete Series . Starring: Norm MacDonald, Laurie Metcalf, Artie Lang and Max Wright. Boxset Contents: 54 Episodes on 8 DVDs. Rating: Unrated. Released on DVD: September 7, 2010.×120.jpg

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The Big Bang Theory – Episode 2-2 Review Tue, 30 Sep 2008 02:06:11 +0000 “The Codpiece Topology” has the geek gang return from a Ren Fair in elaborate costumes. Everyone is happy except Sheldon. He didn’t like the inaccuracies he saw all over the event. Howard points out that the Ren Fairs are all about women boosting up their bosoms. Things get uncomfortable when Leonard bumps into Penny. She’s got a new guy. Leonard acts like they’ve moved on from their short dating period. Has he? She has a new guy and Leonard’s wearing a chainmail outfit and hanging with a bunch of guys. There’s a great joke about underwear and pillowcases before the credits.

There’s nothing sadder than trying to look good in front of an old lover while dressed like a dork. It’s one of those horrible moments where you understand why they aren’t dating you. Nobody likes that feeling of looking in the mirror and saying, “I’d dump you.”

Back in the apartment, Leonard acts like he’s moved on. When he lays out his romantic history, he discovers his dating life has been rather sparse. Raj gets a disturbing piece of his past exposed. How does anyone resist a green skinned slave girl at Comic-con? And how could you not know the gender? Howard swears Leonard needs rebound action.

Raj finally gets his moment to shine as he recounts his unfortunate encounter with the third kind. Having gone to an art school, I can assure you that sometimes it is hard to tell from a distance. It really is bad when “she” is wearing a leather choker that covers the adam’s apple area. You can’t tell till it is way too late. But that’s why God invented Tequila.

Leslie (Sara Gilbert) pops up while Leonard and Sheldon have lunch at work. Leonard thinks she wants another bout of stress release (as seen in season one). Leslie wants a real relationship, but she’s in full science mind. She defines what’s supposed to happen as if it’s a proposal for a rat experiment. Leonard has to kick Sheldon out of the apartment so he can have some privacy to execute with Leslie.

Remember to always give your roommate a list of fun things to do while you’re trying to get lucky. Give them movie tickets. Give them gas money. Give them disturbing news that they need to see their parents at a hospital 30 miles away. Makes sure they don’t lurk.

Penny finds Sheldon stuck on the stairs playing on his laptop. He blabs about how Leonard has a woman dropping by for a date. Penny is taken back, but claims she has a date. Sheldon goes on a nasty tirade about Leslie and space chimps. He doesn’t like her.

Of course Sheldon hates Leslie cause he knows about Leonard’s history with her on Roseanne. What are the chances that Tom Arnold will soon arrive on this show? Or maybe Roseanne will appear on a very special episode. Anything, but Tom Arnold playing the next door neighbor.

During dinner, Leslie acts Leonard how many children they should have. She means business in this “courtship.” Sheldon keeps interrupting their meal. Leslie is willing to accept all of her man’s genetic defects of shortness and baldness. There’s dueling goodnight kisses as Penny and her date arrive at the doorstep.

During lunch, Howard begs Sheldon to come to the Ren Fair. But the uber-geek can’t deal with the anachronistic people. Raj proposes that Sheldon dress up as a Star Trek officer who is visiting a planet that isn’t quite accurate. Leslie wants to join them for lunch. The gang moves to a larger table, but Sheldon won’t move.

Sheldon can’t stand Leslie. He realizes that the only thing he can do is reunite Penny with Leonard to get Leslie out of his apartment. When she won’t give into the genius’ plan. He unleashes Plan B.

Sheldon tells Leslie that he accepts her even though she doesn’t believe in string theory. She argues with Sheldon and demands Leonard to back up her scientific view. He won’t. She can’t imagine raising children that buy into string theory. The relationship is over. She storms out of the apartment. Sheldon tells his friend that on the bright side, there’s only 9 more months to Comic-Con.

The guys returns to the Ren Fair with Sheldon dressed as Spock. He gives us a short history lesson of why corndogs shouldn’t be at the Ren Fair.

It’s good that they aren’t rushing to reunite Leonard and Penny. Keep up the damn tension. The dynamic tension between the three characters is working. Although my biggest fear is that Penny’s going to end up in bed with Sheldon. It only makes creepy sense since she’s trying to humanize the guy. Will her messing with the unnatural lead to the truly unnatural? Or at least a dream sequence?

Joe Corey has worked as local crew on numerous reality shows including Candid Camera, Rescue 911, Battle for Ozzfest and Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. He mostly recently worked as Associate Producer on the documentary Moving Midway that should be coming to TV this Spring.

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The Big Bang Theory: The Complete First Season – DVD Review Thu, 11 Sep 2008 22:42:40 +0000 Revenge of the Nerds, but only after paying a price at the hands of the evil football jocks. The Big Bang Theory dares to let super-nerds thrive without having the jocks brutalize them all day long.]]>
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Nerds have been a constant ingredient in comedies. They’re naturally funny with their bad haircuts, thick glasses, slide ruler personalities and weak bodies. They’re easily foils for the jocks, mascots for jocks or punching bags for jocks. Their geekish ways and brains full of useful knowledge are mocked. They rarely get the hot girls. Mostly they get their underwear pulled up to their ears. They had their day in Revenge of the Nerds, but only after paying a price at the hands of the evil football jocks. The Big Bang Theory dares to let super-nerds thrive without having the jocks brutalize them all day long.

This sitcom doesn’t rely on the nerds versus the jocks. This is all about the nerds. The comedy comes from four smart guys doing their best to not be the dumbest guy in the room. The focus is Leonard (Johnny Galecki) and Sheldon (Jim Parsons). The duo are roommates and workmates at Caltech in the physics department. Leonard is almost normal, but Sheldon is a handful of issues and attitude. He’s the bastard child of Felix from The Odd Couple. Simon (Howard Wolowitz) and Rajnesh (Kunal Nayyar) constantly hang out at the apartment to play the cool toys and ogle the hot girl next door. Penny (Kaley Cuoco) is a waitress who makes these brainiacs drool. Leonard’s got it hard for the girl, but has all the pimp moves of Mr. Spock. The 17 episodes on The Big Bang Theory: The Complete First Season explore the secret life of nerds.

“The Pilot” has Penny moving into the apartment across from Leonard and Sheldon. The episode does a fine job setting up the comedic dynamics between the roommates, their friends and the cute girl next door. She’s not the type of woman that’s completely out of their range, but they just don’t have the skills to seduce. “The Big Bran Hypothesis” probes how anal Sheldon can get. He breaks into Penny’s apartment to clean and organize it while she sleeps. This could be extraordinarily creepy if Sheldon had a sex drive.

Fans of Roseanne will laugh while watching “The Hamburger Postulate.” Leonard gets seduced by Leslie (Sara Gilbert). He thinks his fellow Cal Tech researcher wants to get really serious. What will he tell Penny? The actors played husband and wife on Roseanne. Will they renew their TV vows? The show isn’t devoid of jock and nerd confrontation. “The Middle Earth Paradigm” has Leonard encounter Penny’s ex-boyfriend at a party. It doesn’t help that it’s a Halloween party and Leonard has decided to pick a costume that plays him small compared to the macho ex-boyfriend’s loin cloth. But Leonard learns that he does have a shot with Penny even if it comes with a little price.

With Leonard transforming into the romantic lead, it’s up to Sheldon to pump up the weirdness to maintain the comedy. “The Pancake Batter Anomaly” has Sheldon sick in bed. The healthy trio of nerds stick Penny with nursing duties. Sheldon is not only pathetic while ill, but completely anal to what he needs for comfort and recovery. “The Jerusalem Duality” has Sheldon shellshocked when he meets a boy wonder who has stolen his status as the youngest award winner. The kid also destroys Sheldon’s major theory. Sheldon gives up on science. He figures out how to bring peace to the Middle East by having Jewish people embrace a part of Mexico as the new Israel. The gang must snap Sheldon back into physics geek before he causes an international incident.

Having hung out in college with a group of graduates from a major science and math high school, the nerd characters on The Big Bang Theory are accurate. They have the strange personality quirks that drove each other nuts when they discussed subjects other than their research work. It turned into Spock comprehending these unknown emotions and how to inflict them upon others. It was hard not to laugh as these smart kids interacted. But that would have been an impolite. Thankfully it’s OK to laugh as Sheldon and Leonard do the same things on the TV. The Big Bang Theory: The Complete First Season proves that smart people can do hilariously illogical things in the hopes of getting it right like normal people do.

The Episodes

“Pilot,” “The Big Bran Hypothesis,” “The Fuzzy Boots Corollary,” “The Luminous Fish Effect,” “The Hamburger Postulate,” “The Middle Earth Paradigm,” “The Dumpling Paradox,” “The Grasshopper Experiment,” “The Cooper-Hofstadter Polarization,” “The Loobenfeld Decay,” “The Pancake Batter Anomaly,” “The Jerusalem Duality,” “The Bat Jar Conjecture,” “The Nerdvana Annihilation,” “The Pork Chop Indeterminacy,” “The Peanut Reaction” and “The Tangerine Factor.”

The video is 1.78:1 anamorphic. The series appears to have been shot on High Definition video. It’s a clean transfer that allows you to truly enjoy Simon’s Monkees inspired wardrobe choices. The audio is Dolby Digital Surround Stereo. The subtitles are in English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Korean, Thai and Chinese. How can there be no Klingon subtitles?

Quantum Mechanics of the Big Bang Theory (17:11) is “a behind-the-scenes Look into Geek to Chic.” We learn the actors behind Leonard and Sheldon aren’t as geeky as their character. Once more, we’re fooled by Hollywood’s tricks.

The Big Bang Theory: The Complete First Season dares to give us nerds in their own environment. It uncovers the comedy in smart people attempting to comprehend the world outside their science labs. This was my favorite new sitcom on a broadcast network.


Warner Home Video presents The Big Bang Theory: The Complete First Season. Starring: Johnny Galecki , Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco, Simon Helberg & Kunal Nayyar. Boxset Contents: 17 Episodes on 3 discs. Originally Broadcasted: Sept. 24, 2007 to May 19, 2008. Released on DVD: September 2, 2008. Available at×120.jpg

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