Saturday, October 21, 2017

MIDSOMER MURDERS, Series 19, Part 2


Returning with two new feature-length mysteries, MIDSOMER MURDERS, Series 19, Part 2 makes its DVD and Blu-ray debut onOctober 24, 2017 from Acorn TV, an RLJ Entertainment, Inc. (NASDAQ: RLJE) brand. The capable Detective Chief Inspector John Barnaby (Neil DudgeonHouse of Riley) investigates the cozy villages of Midsomer’s most sinister secrets. This 1-Disc DVD/Blu-ray features two feature-length episodes, plus a bonus behind-the-scenes featurette ($29.99, Amazon.com). Midsomer Murders, Series 19, Part 2 made its U.S. premiere in July 2017 on Acorn TV. Called a “glorious streaming service… an essential must-have”(The Hollywood Reporter), Acorn TV is North America’s most popular and largest streaming service focused on British and international television. Series 20 is in production.

The English village mystery gets a contemporary spin in this hit British television series that has earned a worldwide following. Bucolic settings harbor macabre crimes and eccentric characters that are no match for DCI John Barnaby (Dudgeon) and his new assistant, DS Jamie Winter (Nick HendrixThe Crown, Marcella). “Delightful in a murderously charming way” (Leonard Maltin’sMovie Crazy). Guest stars include Claire Skinner (Sleepy Hollow)Abigail Cruttenden (The Theory of Everything), Georgie Glen(Shakespeare in Love), James Fleet (Sense and Sensibility), and Simon Callow (Amadeus).

The Mysteries:
°          Death by Persuasion – A woman is stabbed in the neck with a quill near a Georgian re-creation event celebrating Jane Austen.
°          The Curse of the Ninth – The winner of a prestigious music award is found strangled with a violin string moments before a performance.

Street Date: October 24, 2017                         SRP: $29.99
DVD 1-Disc: 2 episodes – 186 min., plus bonus – SDH Subtitles – UPC 054961260690
Blu-ray 1-Disc: 2 episodes – 186 min., plus bonus – SDH Subtitles – UPC 054961260799
Bonus: Behind-the-scenes featurette (5 min.)
Contains disturbing images.


My Thoughts


If you are a fan of Law & Order, you're going to love its British rural counterpart, "Midsomer Murders". In the county of Midsomer, things aren't always what they seem, and there is murder lurking behind many of the well trimmed hedges. The series, which was inspired by the novels by Caroline Graham, offers a selection of murder mysteries filled with intrigue and drama. Each episode stands on its own and offers its own unique and suspenseful story-line. The season reunites a great cast with lots of British humor and  two wonderfully written, full-length mysteries. Here's a little about each one:

Death by Persuasion - A event celebrating Jane Austen becomes a real life drama when when a woman is stabbed. To put a twist on it, the murder weapon is a quill.


The Curse of the Ninth - A famous musician is found murdered--strangled by a violin string right before they are scheduled to preform. 
In addition to the full season of episodes, the DVD set also includes a behind the scenes featurette. If you want to get the advantage of a full set of amazing  stories that will leave you on the edge of your seat, than this is the box set for you. You can order Midsomer Murders Series 19, Part 2 for only $29.99 at Acorn Media or online at Amazon.


 

VERA, Set 7


The smash hit British detective drama VERA, Set 7 makes its DVD debut on October 24, 2017 from Acorn, an RLJ Entertainment, Inc. (NASDAQ: RLJE) brand. Inspired by the novels of best-selling author Ann Cleeves, Oscar® nominee Brenda Blethyn (Pride & Prejudice, Atonement) returns as Detective Chief Inspector Vera Stanhope, a cantankerous, but brilliant detective who solves unthinkable crimes in northeast England. This DVD 4-Disc set features the four feature-length episodes of Series 7 ($59.99, Amazon.com). Vera, Series 7 made its exclusive U.S. premiere in August 2017 on Acorn TV. Called a “glorious streaming service… an essential must-have” (The Hollywood Reporter), Acorn TV is North America’s most popular and largest streaming service focused on British and international television. Series 8 is in production.

Against the stunning backdrop of rural Northumberland, Vera (Brenda Blethyn) and her assistant, Detective Sergeant Aiden Healy (Kenny DoughtyStella, Black Work, and the upcoming BBC One drama Love, Lies and Records), strive to solve vicious crimes that menace their community. Despite her unconventional ways and abrasive personality, Vera continues to captivate in this long-running British mystery that is “sheer heaven for fans of police procedurals” (The Philadelphia Inquirer).

Set 7 Mysteries:
°          Natural Selection – DCI Vera Stanhope investigates the mysterious death of a wildlife ranger, whose body is discovered on the shore of a remote island off the coast of Northumberland.
°          Dark Angel – When the body of a drug addict is found face-down in a river, DCI Vera Stanhope is forced to unearth a case from the past in order to unmask the killer.
°          Broken Promise – DCI Vera Stanhope investigates the murder of a promising university student, who falls to his death in suspicious circumstances.
°          The Blanket Mire – When the body of a missing 18-year-old is discovered buried on the moors, DCI Vera Stanhope is forced to delve beyond the original enquiry and into the life and the secrets of the victim.

Street Date: October 24, 2017                                      SRP: $59.99
DVD 4-Disc Set: 4 episodes – 372 min. – SDH Subtitles – UPC 054961261390

My Thoughts



Vera is an exiting series that features a strong female lead in the role of detective Vera Stanhope. The mysteries are always unique and original and every episode is brimming over with suspense and subtle British humor. This set includes four fantastic feature-length episodes.

Natural Selection - The body of a wildlife ranger is discovered on an island, and Vera is in charge of the investigation.

Dark Angel - A drug addict's body is found in the river, but Vera discovers the death connected to a case from her past.

Broken Promise - A brilliant university student falls to this death, but the circumstances are suspicious. Vera is on the case.

The Blanket Mire - The body of a teenager is discovered in the moors. Vera must uncover the secrets of the victim to find the killer.


I absolutely love this series.   However, there is a lot of violence and graphic imagery, so this series is definitely for mature audience only. If you want to take advantage a whole set of great mysteries, this is the series for you. You can order Vera, Set 6 on DVD for only $59.99 at Acorn Media. You can also find it on Amazon. 



Friday, October 20, 2017

Everyone Can Have a Mom’s Home Print Shop with the Epson Workforce ET-4750 EcoTank

Mom can do anything, so why shouldn’t she be her own print shop too? The new Epson Workforce ET-4750 EcoTank is the perfect all-in-one printing solution for any work-from-home mom, offering revolutionary cartridge-free printing with easy-to-fill, supersized ink tanks with up to two years of ink in the box.


Key features include:
  • Up to 14,000 black/11,200 color pages of documents and images without running out of ink, equivalent to about 30 ink cartridge sets
  • High-capacity 250-sheet paper tray, to load paper less often
  • Easy setup and navigation with a 2.4" color touchscreen and auto-stop ink bottles
  • Borderless printing and auto 2-sided printing
Any business lady can benefit from savings of up to 80 percent on ink with low-cost replacement bottles for an affordable, time-saving and quality office solution. I’ve included a press release below for your reference.

My Thoughts 
I can not tell you the last time I bought a printer. Especially one like the Epson Workforce ET-4750 EcoTank. Prior to this printer, I have been using a very old black and white laser printer. This printer has opened up a whole new world to me. Just being able to print in color has been awesome. I'm a crafty person and I have all kinds of tings on Pinterest pinned for crafts to do, that I needed to be able to print in color. As well, I've wanted to be able to print our own photos of the kids to put up around the house. This printer has made a big difference for us already.

As far as setting up, it wasn't too complicated. My husband plugged the printer in, put in the ink that came with the box. Please note, it came with extra cartridges as well, so when these ones run out, there is an extra set ready. One of the best features of this model is that you can print thousands of sheets. This is great for moms who love to take photos! 



Once the ink was in,  we followed the instructions on the screen and connected it to our wi-fi. I then downloaded the software on my computer, and within about fifteen minutes, we were up and running. Some of that time was that the machine needed a few minutes to warm up for the first use. The screen itself can be navigated using the back and fourth buttons.


 I have been wirelessly printing from my laptop to the printer without any issues. I also connected my iPhone up to be able to print with it. That was a little harder, but once I had it set-up, I was good.  The print quality is really great. So far I have printed out documents, photos, and sticker sheets. Each one was bright and vibrant. The color didn't smear and was crisp.A few other great pluses in this product include a SD card reader right in the front of the printer. You can scan and make copies as well. The size of the printer overall is not too large, so it won't take up too much space. It is also pretty light weight! For those that love Facebook, there is an option to scan photos to there or to cloud. Quality features such as red eye removal and photo restoration are available as well. This quality product is easy to use, user friendly, fast, and affordable. I loved how easy it was to set up and use. I was very impressed with this printer and would recommend it to someone else.

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Thursday, October 19, 2017

RICHARD SIMMONS: SWEATIN' TO THE OLDIES: 30TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION


For thirty years, the inimitable Richard Simmons has been helping people lose weight (more than 3,000,000 pounds and counting) and get healthy with his unique enthusiasm, charm and encouragement. Since opening his first aerobics studio in Beverly Hills in 1974, he has cemented himself in America's pop-culture psyche with 65 fitness videos (selling over 20 million copies), dozens of infomercials, nine best-selling books, myriad parodies of his over-the-top persona, and seemingly endless TV and film appearances. And, on October 31, Time Life celebrates the iconic weight loss guru with a landmark DVD release: RICHARD SIMMONS: SWEATIN' TO THE OLDIES: 30TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION. The set will be available for $39.95srp, exclusively from Amazon.com.

"So many sparkly tank tops - so many memories."
-- Richard Simmons

The energetic 6-disc set includes the complete collection of Simmons' best-selling Sweatin' to the Oldies workout programs. Pairing lively classics from the '50s and '60s with rockin' low impact routines and Simmons' humorous banter, encouragement and sparkly tank tops, SWEATIN' TO THE OLDIES: 30TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION offers fun for the entire family. Across five discs, home exercisers will find forty-one exercise routines set to rock n' roll classics such as "It's My Party," "Big Girls Don't Cry," "Gimme Some Lovin'," "Oh, Pretty Woman," and more. 

Loaded with extras, this special anniversary set also includes 100 minutes of bonus programming featuring an exclusive interview with Richard, testimonials and success stories from Simmons' students, a full-color 20-page album of rare personal photos and memories personally selected by Richard and a bonus disc of "Love Yourself and Win -- Six Steps to Self-Esteem & Permanent Weight Loss."

Says Simmons' "I can't believe it has been 30 years since the beginning! For the first time ever, I have compiled the complete "Sweatin' to the Oldies" collection...It's the original and still the best way to get your heart racing and your blood pumping!"

Delivering a serious message with his trademark humor, Simmons has helped millions of overweight men and women lose millions of pounds by adopting sensible balanced eating programs and exercise regimes that are energetic, fun and motivating. And, since the early '70s, when he established his innovative weight loss facility where the overweight of the world were welcome with open arms, Simmons has become a pop culture fixture with numerous local and national television and radio appearances including a four-year run on "General Hospital," followed by his own nationally syndicated, Emmy Award-winning series, "The Richard Simmons Show."

With the overstuffed holidays coming potentially adding on unwanted pounds, there's never been a better time to become re-acquainted with one of the best-selling home entertainment fitness series in history with RICHARD SIMMONS: SWEATIN' TO THE OLDIES: 30TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION.



THE CAROL BURNETT SHOW: CAROL'S LOST CHRISTMAS





From 1967 to 1978, The Carol Burnett Show was the benchmark for prime-time variety programs, bringing together the best in sketch comedy, song and dance. Carol and her cast members Harvey Korman, Vicki Lawrence and Lyle Waggoner - and later, Tim Conway and Dick Van Dyke - entertained millions of viewers with a spontaneity and go-for-broke attitude sorely lacking elsewhere. The annual Christmas shows soon became a popular event in Burnett's regular season schedule. And now, for the first time ever, Burnett has opened the CBS archives to release three Christmas shows from the first four seasons of her Emmy Award-winning program in THE CAROL BURNETT SHOW: CAROL'S LOST CHRISTMAS.

Across three hilarious episodes not seen in more than 40 years, home audiences will receive the gift of non-stop laughter and entertainment: Think Santa knows who's been naughty or nice? Jonathan Winters as St. Nick has other ideas, along with a strange collection of dolls. The old lovebirds Bert and Molly (Harvey and Carol) exchange a few choice words while they slowly rock themselves into the New Year. Carol and Vicki join the Bob Mitchell Singing Boys for a touching performance of "Do You Know How Christmas Trees are Grown?" And pitchmen Garry Moore and Durward Kirby reach out and touch the pocketbooks of parents with an array or ridiculous toys for kids.

Also not to be missed are:

  • Dancing Santas, Christmas carols, yuletide poetry and more...including a visit to a boozing Kris Kringle at the North Pole in Carol's very first Christmas show
  • Classic sketches "The Old Folks," "Carol and Sis," "V.I.P.," and "The Charwoman"
  • Hilarious vintage "Mrs. Peter Piper" courtroom sketch with Garry Moore and Durward Kirby, written by Neil Simon and first performed on "The Garry Moore Show"
  • The Early, Early Show movie parody "Goldman's Boy"
  • Steve Lawrence singing "Let There Be Peace on Earth" and "One Day," 16-year-old Julie Budd singing "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" and more.
THE CAROL BURNETT SHOW: CAROL'S LOST CHRISTMAS
Street Date: October 24, 2017
SRP: $12.95
Format: DVD/Single
Running Time: 137 mins.
Genre: TV DVD/Comedy
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Audio: Stereo



My Thoughts

The Carol Burnett Show is one of my favorite programs from my childhood. I remember sitting with my family and watching it all the time. This comedy series brought us a collection of hilarious sketches each week and led to some fun spin-offs, like Mama's Family. This DVD set brings us some of the best holiday clips that haven't been seen for more than 40 years.. It will bring back lots of memories and will make you laugh out loud.

On this DVD you'll find both scripted and unscripted scenes and some of our favorite characters. You'll see dancing Santas, poetry and Christmas carols
.   You'll get to see tons of classic scenes and meet guest stars like Durwad Kirby, Garry More, and Julie Budd.  There are hours of entertainment packed into these discs. It's a great walk down memory lane and the perfect way to celebrate the holidays.

It's hard to catch this show on television and these specific episodes haven't been available in ages , so I was super excited to see such a great selection on this DVD. Watching it brings back so many memories. My mother and I love watching them together.  If you'd like to grab a copy of this fabulous DVD for yourself, you can find it in stores nationwide.








PAW Patrol: The Great Snow Rescue


The PAW Patrol brave the snow in an all-new DVD collection, PAW Patrol: The Great Snow Rescue, featuring seven action-packed adventures. Fans can join the heroic pack of rescue pups as they work together to save the Adventure Bay Snow Show, help a sleepwalking bear, rescue penguins and more. Produced by Nickelodeon Home Entertainment and distributed by Paramount Home Media Distribution, PAW Patrol: The Great Snow Rescue will be available on DVD October 24, for the suggested retail price of $10.99.
To add some extra PAW-some fun to these adventures, Nickelodeon Home Entertainment is also releasing a special gift-with-purchase at participating Walmart stores, enabling fans to get a pup-tastic Chase plush zipper-pull for their backpack with each purchase of PAW Patrol: The Great Snow Rescue on DVD. Additionally, toys and other cross-category products for PAW Patrol: The Great Snow Rescue will also be available exclusively at Walmart. 
PAW Patrol: The Great Snow Rescue includes the following episodes:
  • The Pups Winter Wonder Show - The Adventure Bay Snow Show is in danger of being a no-show when Mayor Humdinger escapes with the feature act, Cap'n Turbot's performing penguins. It's up to the PAW Patrol to return the penguins so that the show can go on.
  • Pups Save a Sleepwalking Bear - The pups need to get a sleepwalking bear back home before he wakes up.
  • Pups Save Jake's Cake - Ryder and the pups help get a surprise birthday cake up to Jake's cabin.
  • Pups Save a Teeny Penguin - When Everest and Jake try to rescue a little penguin, they wind up floating out to sea on a homemade bridge.
  • Pups Save a Wild Ride - The PAW Patrol must come to the rescue when Alex and Daring Danny X snowboard near Risky Ridge.
  • Pups and a Whale of a Tale - While on a whale watching expedition, Everest and Jake discover a baby whale trapped beneath the ice. The PAW Patrol must use the Air Patroller to help cut breathing holes in the ice and return the playful baby whale back to its mom.
  • Pups Save a Floundering Francois - When Cap'n Turbot and his cousin Francois are white whale watching in Adventure Bay, their boat hits a rock and starts to sink. The pups have to help free the ship and rescue an overboard Francois from the water.   
PAW Patrol: The Great Snow Rescue fast facts:
Street Date: October 24, 2017
Catalog: 59191020000 (US)
Running Time: 96 Minutes
Audio: English 5.1 Dolby Digital and Spanish Stereo
S.R.P.: $10.99