The ULTIMATE fish-out-of-water story.
CBS’ classic sitcom THE BEVERLY HILLBILLIES: THE FOURTH SEASON is a trip back in time checking out how The Clampetts, good country folk, were living LARGE in Beverly Hills long before the Fresh Prince of Bel Air became a familiar pop culture TV sensation of California in the 90s. The Clampett family struck it rich, moved out of their one bedroom mountain cabin and getting into misadventures with their high class neighbors as they continued to adjust to a wealthy lifestyle Beverly Hills. The hilarious Clampett family can still be enjoyed today by any demographic–and is still an addictive television series to watch since since its debut in 1962.
The conflicts the family find themselves is a result of misunderstandings regarding their humble upbringings and traditions. The Clampetts have to deal with incompetent bank robbers–the continued rivalry between Granny and Mrs. Drysdale, and regular tournaments of Jethro’s failed attempts at independence by pursuing various careers–and romances are some of the undertakings that the viewing audience will appreciate.
Season four presents brilliantly in color. The video and audio quality of the episodes are high with thirty-two episodes spanning four disks. The Beverly Hillbillies is one of the first examples of the “fish out of water” genre and has influence on movies and television shows for decades beyond its television run is evident even in the present day. Despite its age, the program is still fun and humorous to a modern day audience with likable characters and silly scenarios in each episode.
The Beverly Hillbillies – The Official Fourth Season is a television sitcom for everyone. It can be enjoyed by the entire family. This classic package of television history is available exclusively available at WalMart. Specifications: presents in full screen format, Dolby Digital: English Mono and English SDH subtitles. Feature run time totals 13 hours and 31 minutes.
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An epic story of faith and redemption.
Roger Young‘s BARABBAS (2012) is a rather lengthy two-part film about the life of Barabbas the thief mentioned briefly in the Bible alongside the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. Barabbas the mini-series is based on the 1950 Nobel Prize-wining novel Swedish author Par Lagerkvist and features solid acting performances, excellent fight choreography, and dramatic sets to tell the story. Barabbas (Billy Zane) was chosen by the people of Jerusalem to be released before the Passover holiday instead of Jesus of Nazareth (Marco Foschi) despite being a violent thief. The mini-series is divided into two parts, and both his life and relationships are examined along with his internal conflict with faith and wanting to strike against the Roman Empire.
Zane gives an overall exceptional performance as Barabbas and manages to add a little charm to his rough criminal persona in the way he deals with Ester (Cristiana Capotondi), the servant girl he admires at the brothel he frequently visits and his smooth talking. Though, at times, Zane’s performance appears to be “over acting” when angry. Which can be somewhat frustrating. However, by multiple miracles, attacks on his life are spared time and time again. Zane’s performance as Barabbas provides a sense that there is a “higher power” guiding him through his troubles.
The character wardrobes and surroundings in the film are very well done, and should be considering that it was filmed on-location in Tunisia. While there are few scenes depicting complicated action and fighting, its execution is sufficient considering that this is not a big-budget production and does manage to entertain without an excessive use of bloody scenes.
Barabbas is a film specifically made for the historic-biblical drama audience. Since the mini-series run-time is approximately 188-minutes, this is a film to take in one episode at a time. Overall, Barabbas is an entertaining and informative exploration into the struggles of a mostly unknown biblical figure.
Barabbas (2013) presents brilliantly on Blu-ray courtesy of Gaiam-Vivendi. The series premiered in March 2013 on ReelzChannel as an original miniseries event. The clear visual quality brings out the beauty of the character costumes and settings. The audio is without distortions nor disruptions. The soundtrack in the film is enhanced by the wonderful quality of the disc’s audio presentation.
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CBS’ PETTICOAT JUNCTION: THE THIRD SEASON is the light-hearted 60s sitcom starring featuring a rural family who owns The Shady Rest Hotel in the middle of two small towns near a railroad crossing. Creator Paul Henning infuses Petticoat Junction with the same friendly and inviting cast the same as his other hit television series The Beverly Hillbillies.
Welcome to The Shady Rest Hotel where every day is full of fun-filled pleasantries. Follow Kate Bradley (Bea Benaderet) and her wonderful three daughters Billie Jo (Gunilla Hutton), Betty Jo (Linda Kaye Henning) and Bobbie Jo (Lori Saunders) as she operates their successful family hotel. Then, at the same time, try to keep her daughters out all sorts of mischief involving local boys, school, and strange guests. Meanwhile, Uncle Joe (Edgar Buchanan) will not quit with his “get rich quick” schemes. All told Hooterville would not be the same without this jovial family there to stir the pot!
This is the first season of the program to be shown in color, and it must be said everything appears clear and vivid. Petticoat Junction features a wide range of personalities that entertain, including the Bradleys’ pet dog. The cast has great chemistry with one another and their costumes and the sets help to transport the viewer into a small country town. It is not just the characters themselves that manages to impress; it has the whole vibe of the program and the scenarios the characters encounter. Viewers who are fans of old sitcoms or The Beverly Hillbillies will immediately warm to the similar style of Petticoat Junction, and even though it may be from the 1960s, it should be given a shot even in the modern day.
Thirty-four hilarious episodes spread across five DVD discs in this WalMart exclusive collection. Disc specifications: presents in color full screen format. Dolby Digital audio in English with English SDH subtitles. Total series runtime 11-hours, 27 minutes.
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GENE SIMMONS: FAMILY JEWELS: THE FINAL SEASON is A&E’s 7th and FINAL season of America’s favorite rock star family. A lot does happen in the well-packed, 3-disc collection leading up to the show’s conclusion: Gene and Shannon have finally tied the knot after nearly 30-years of being together, overcoming some serious trust issues with their relationship, Shannon wanting to adopt a child, and Nick attempting to move out of his home. There is love and support in those most antagonizing moments on television. To see the series come to an end is difficult, however, fans will be able to collect those fond memories of the show with the neatly organized 3-disc DVD set.
Relationship troubles are the season openers. With the help of a marriage counselor, Gene and Shannon put in much needed “conference time” in order to re-build trust in their relationship. What happened? Shannon discovered that Gene had phone numbers and Polaroid snapshots of women he has met throughout his touring years. To prove that Gene only have eyes for Shannon, he finally marries her after 28 years of being together. The season also embodies their challenges with their two children, Nick and Sophie.
Many serious topics are up for discussion this season, however, there is enough humor to go around and soften those tough moments. Nick’s search for an apartment is particularly entertaining. A bonus is that we get to see Sophie’s charitable nature explored in this season.
Episodes of the 7th and final season of Gene Simmons Family Jewels are a must see for all KISS fans and fans that are curious about the day to day lives of rock and roll royalty.
Gene Simmons Family Jewels – The Final Season 3-disc special features include 15-minutes of NEVER before seen footage. In addition to video extras from the couple’s trips to Africa and South America are shown, as well as the family’s reactions to Gene and Shannon finally “being together” on paper, adoption business and other entertaining occurrences throughout the season. The collection presents in 16×9 widescreen (1.33:1) presentation with English subtitles (SDH). DVD audio 2.0 Dolby Digital. Total feature run time 399 minutes.
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History Channel‘s FEAR FILES will help viewers get into the spirit for the upcoming month of October by exploring supernatural elements familiar to the Halloween holiday: ghosts, haunted locales and vampires. Even the origins of Halloween are one of the high points in the series. There is a total of three nerving tales examined on this intense 3-discs DVD collection. Perhaps you may have heard of poltergeists terrorizing modern-day families? Maybe you have also heard of modern-day vampire tales that are literally straight out of an Anne Rice Lestat novel. There are real believers of these claims. However, skeptics weigh-in on the existence of vampires, poltergeists, ghost, and how these fictional horrors came to life the turn of this century.
The featured episodes focus on separate decades. “The Unexplained” is an episode on poltergeist and the real mystery surrounding them. “Vampire Secrets” is a lengthy exploration into the vampire myth, history and its influence on pop culture. Psychic vampire Michelle Belanger and other macabre individuals discuss the vampire lifestyle and the ever expanding vampire community. Belanger attempts to dispel the misconceptions and negative press surrounding the vampire lifestyle and people. “The Haunted History of Halloween” explore the modern traditions and history of Halloween dating hundreds of years from the Druids, Middle Ages and on into the 20th Century. It takes a “closer” look at Halloween and its more macabre traditions.
In all, the best of the episode series are “Vampire Secrets” and “Haunted History.” Both are most informative and are overall enjoyable to watch. The cinematography and special effects add to the stories chilling results. The paranormal experts and historians positively contributes to the program authenticity which makes the episodes more involved. Fear Files is in absolute treat for the upcoming Halloween holiday season. The episodes absolutely make for exciting television for the spookiest time of year. Believers and skeptics will enjoy closely examining the details of the series strange occurrences.
Fear Files horror/mysteries presents on 3-disc set, full screen format. DVD audio 2.0 Dolby Digital. Closed captions not available. Total series run time 180 minutes. TV-PG.
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