coming soon extravaganza

Well, it’s time again for another roundup of what’s coming soon. Everything I’m interested in, at least. :) This time it’s going to be an odd mix, because there’s really a lot of different stuff coming out across the board.

October 3rd: The Little Mermaid and Harvey Toons
Under the sea, la la la la, let’s see a sea witch get stabbed in the chest with a rusty ship, la la la la!

I actually completely ruined this movie for me by watching it 7 times straight one day a long time ago. I was bored. Anyway, apparently the first time it was released they didn’t do a good anamorphic transfer (whatever that means, I’m not a videophile to say the least) and it didn’t have many extras (a common Disney crime, tightwads) so here’s your chance to own it again.

I just found out about Harvey Toons: The Complete Collection today. I’m a huge fan of Casper, Wendy, Little Devil and all the other Harvey cartoon characters. They are really great stuff with some original, fun stories. I have no idea what’s gonna be on here, but it’s from Sony Wonder and they always do a good job of putting their discs together, so I’m sure it won’t be disappointing.

October 24th: The Addams Family and Justice League Unlimited
After a long wait by fans, myself not included, the Addams Family finally hits the shelves for the first time ever on DVD. Gosh, that sounded eerily like a marketing blurb.

This is one of those shows that I always liked watching, but I never got a chance to see it. I’m not sure why. I remember catching snippets of it but I doubt I’ve ever seen a complete episode. Either way, it’s not the boring watered down Munsters family, so I’m sure it’ll be great.

Justice League: Unlimited is another show which I’ve never even seen any episodes at all. Actually, I didn’t even know it existed til the release hit my radar. If it’s even half as good as the new Justice League cartoons, then I’m all over that.

Apparently the big difference between the two is that Unlimited shuffles the main heroes around a bit. I wonder if we’ll have an appearance by Zan and Jayna.

Also, season two of Batman Beyond comes out on the same day, so you can get your cartoon on.

November 14th: Adventures of the Gummi Bears

Gummi Bears! Bouncing here and there and everywhere. We are the Gummi Bears! :D

Oh, man this is one of my favorite shows evah. I’m really excited for this one to come out. This was during the time when Disney was still putting out what was now refer to as quality animation and storytelling. It’s a rare concept today coming from them, I know.

The stories of the history of the Gummis always interested me, and that they had all these hidden underground tunnels and lairs was just so freaking cool. Plus you throw in the fact that the timeline was in a medieval setting with other magical creatures and beasts, it’s just a cool show all around.

Duck Tales, Season Two hits the shelves the same day too. Apparently this one has the pilot episode. Sweet. :)

November 21st: Star Trek: The Animated Series

Wheeee! Let’s hear it for *another* TV show that I’ve never seen, but I’m dying to get it just because of everything Ive heard about it! Besides, how can you pass up that cool looking case?

Yes, it’s true. At least 50% of the TV shows I have on DVD, I’ve never even seen. It adds a lot of originality to my life. Great stuff. Really though, I have heard a lot about this cartoon, and I vaguely remember seeing one once, and just being blown away by the fact that there even was a Star Trek cartoon. I never liked the original series at all, but for some reason I had the odd idea that these would somehow appeal to me. Who knows? We’ll see. What I’d really like to do is get my hand on some of the comics. Now that would be sweet.

Well, that’s enough for this time. That’s actually only a little over half of what’s on my upcoming wish list, but I’ll save the rest for later when they’re closer to coming out. There is still some great stuff on the horizon. Good times to be had by all. :)

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nova

For the first time in my life, I saw an episode of Nova on PBS last night. It was great. Nova is one of those things that I always knew I would enjoy if I ever sat down and figured out when it was on and then watched it. Hey, it only took me 18 years to get to that one.

The show was pretty awesome, though. The title of the episode was “Elegant Universe” or something like that, and it was about how Einstein wanted to believe very badly that deep down the universe can be explained in an orderly fashion. The show covered all kinds of stuff like gravity, electromagnetics, string theory, physicists from the early 1900s, and quantam mechanics. Very cool stuff.

For the record, I’m a real PBS junkie, too. I’ve got basic cable at home (only $12/mo, woots) and I get about thirty channels or so. Thankfully, Utah has about four public television shows (UEN, KBYU, KUED, and I know I’m forgetting something else … BYUTV maybe?) and there’s always something worth watching on one of them. It’s great.

Here’s some random stuff I picked up:

  • Einstein was a bit of a star in his younger days
  • String theory believes that there is an explanation that covers everything (I think)
  • Gravity is very weak compared to electro-magnetism, and on the atomic level is almost completely non-existant
  • Quantum mechanics deals with measuring the probability of certain outcomes, since nothing is ever certain.  Einstein refused to believe that because he couldn’t accept that on the smallest level that things were disorderly.

‘the incredible hulk’ and other extreme ownage

It’s time for another DVD release update. Well, at least of the ones that I’m interested in. :)

Season one of The Incredible Hulk came out today, and I’m soooo excited to get my copy. I actually went to Wal-Mart last night after midnight (I kid you not) to mull around and see if they had stocked it yet. None of their new tags had anything that looked like it, so I left. I guess I’ll have to go to Best Buy or Circuit City and pay their ridiculous high prices. But, no price is too high to have the blessing of the kind green monster in your own home.

This series release is actually very exciting for a number of reasons. For one, I have always loved this show from the moment I saw it. It’s actually a good series of human interest stories as David Banner spends his life wandering and helping people on the way. But when people tick him off, watch out buddy, cuz the Hulk mysteriously appears and gives the bad guys the smackdown of a lifetime. His wardrobe cost must be enormous, with the way he rips all his pants and shirts.

The second cool thing about this one is that Universal finally did the right thing and released a full season set. Before, they released a smattering of DVDs just to annoy us real collectors, and did stuff like “The Best of” and “The Death of” the Incredible Hulk. Now you can enjoy everything including the great pilot episode.

Next week, and I already wrote about these, Animaniacs and Pinky and the Brain are coming.

In August, there are two more classic Hanna-Barbera cartoons coming to DVD. This time, Magilla Gorilla and Hong Kong Phooey. I’ve never seen any Magilla Gorilla cartoons, but I do remember Hong Kong Phooey really well. That show was freaking hilarious. Also, I love how Warner Bros. is releasing all this classic animation on DVD. Personally, I’m holding out for The Hair Bear Bunch and Captain Caveman.

Then in September, Voltron is finally coming to DVD! Yay! If you don’t remember, this was the classic kids cartoon where they had those five warbots and they would all join together to create Voltron, who would kick some serious booty. Good times. Teen Titans, season two is also coming. I actually just ripped season one the other day and started watching it … in fact, it’s been one of the ones I’ve been testing my whole variable-framerate encoding on … and let me say, it is a great show. The animation style is just like the other super-hero ones (Batman, Superman, Justice League, etc.), but they have taken a few liberties in style. It took me a while to get used to but now I really like it. Great stuff.

After that, in the sometime future, there are still some good releases lined up. Coming sometime soon is Star Trek: The Animated Series. Now, I’ve never seen one episode of this, but I’m sure going to get me a copy anyway. I’m sure it can’t be all that bad, especially as I’ve noted how it seems to be a real collector’s item to own over the years. Plus, you gotta check out the cool box art it’s gonna have.

The last one that I’m waiting for with baited breath is Dungeons & Dragons. I *loved* this show as a kid. It was cool, it was magical, and the kids kicked even more booty. It was a lot of fun. I just found out yesterday that the entire season is already on sale in the UK, so if you’re really up for converting stuff from another DVD region, hop on over to amazon.co.uk.

Oh, and how could I forgot? The new Star Wars DVDs come out in September as well, these are the ones that are the original screen version. I’m excited for that one, I really don’t like the new changes much.

That’s it for now … stay tuned to find out how you too can stay broke this month and many more to come by buying … pretty much every DVD you ever wanted. :)

tv and dvds

I have been on an insane shopping spree lately, and buying up a lot of TV shows on DVD. Normally I buy maybe one or two a month, so it’s pretty extreme that I bought thirteen in one week. Well, not that extreme once you get to know me better. :)

Like my movie DVDs page, I created one just for my TV collection. Believe it or not, I actually have it online so I can call up my brother when I’m at the store, because I can sometimes never remember what I have and haven’t bought already. Good times. :D

Here’s some of the ones coming out soon that are notable:

Today: Justice League, Volume 2 and Superman, Volume 3.

I especially can’t wait to get my hands on Justice League. I love that show. They seriously kick butt in that cartoon unlike they do in any of the other Warner Bros. ones. I’ve also blogged about it the series before.

Superman, I’m not so stoked about, but I’ll buy it anyway. My first exposure to it was the cartoon movie about his origins (available as the first few episodes on the season one DVD set), which was very good by the way, but after that the score kind of bugged me so I ignored it. I haven’t really watched em since.

July 18th: The Incredible Hulk, Season One

This is the one that I am poop-in-my-pants oh-my-crap I can’t wait super-excited for. I looooove this show. I can’t wait to see the pilot either that explains how it all started. Very exciting.

The great thing is that it’s from Universal, which has been one of the best as far as releasing all their seasons on DVD on a regular basis, so I’m fully expecting to not see just season one and then the rest of them never materialize.

Plus, I hope this is a precursor to other great shows like this one coming along — The Six Million Dollar Man or the Bionic Woman. Man, nothing got me quite as worked up as a kid as those shows.

July 25th: Animaniacs, Vol 1 and Pinky and the Brain, Vol 1

I never really got into these shows when they were on the air (actually I don’t think I’ve ever seen a full episode), but I’ve always heard great things about them. It’s animation from Warner Bros., which already means there’s a very low chance of it being crappy. And that’s honestly the only studio I can say that about.

I’ll cover the August releases another time. I think that’s enough geek information overload for now. :)