November 27th, 2012


Featuring Over 10 Hours of Spectacular Family Entertainment,

New Interviews and Special Bonus Content

OPTIMUS PRIME: Up Close and Personal Panel with Peter Cullen & Larry King








With UNICRON defeated by OPTIMUS PRIME, what was thought to be the end of AUTOBOTS’ darkest hour is actually proving to be just the beginning. The dynamic second season of Hasbro Studios’ acclaimed animated hit series TRANSFORMERS PRIME digs deeper into TRANSFORMERS mythology as both the AUTOBOTS and DECEPTICONS uncover clues relating to secret artifacts of Iacon, CYBERTRON’s capital city. Their discoveries could not only change the balance of power in the war, but also potentially revive their dead home planet. Fans of all ages can relive the thrilling adventures of TRANSFORMERS PRIME when the complete SEASON TWO debuts on home entertainment shelves nationwide in the U.S on DVD November 20, 2012 and on Blu-ray November 27, 2012 from Shout! Factory, in collaboration with Hasbro Studios.


TRANSFORMERS PRIMESEASON TWO contains all 26 captivating episodes in perfect high-definition picture and purest digital sound available. Special bonus content highlights include OPTIMUS PRIME: Up Close and Personal Panel with Larry King and Peter Cullen from San Diego Comic-Con International 2012 and brand-new interviews with the series creative team! This is an essential home entertainment collection for every TRANSFORMERS fan, collectors and entire family. The 4-disc Blu-ray collection is priced to own at $ 59.99 SRP. The deluxe 4-DVD set is sold separately and has a suggested retail price of $29.93 SRP. Pre-order available now at or


Pre-order links:

TRANSFORMERS PRIMESEASON TWO (4-Disc Blu-ray collection)




Peter Cullen, Frank Welker, Josh Keaton, Jeffrey Combs, Kevin Michael Richardson, Ernie Hudson, Markie Post and Steve Blum lend their voices to this returning series produced by Hasbro Studios. Spearheading the creative efforts on TRANSFORMERS PRIME are co-executive producer Duane Capizzi and executive producers Jeff Kline, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci.  The TRANSFORMERS PRIME series is currently airing on The HUB TV Network in the U.S. and on Teletoons in Canada.



Special Bonus Content:

  • OPTIMUS PRIME: Up Close And Personal Panel From San Diego Comic-Con International 2012

The incomparable Larry King, one of the most recognized broadcast interviewers in the world, goes one-on-one with voice actor Peter Cullen (OPTIMUS PRIME). “The King of Interviews” salutes the beloved Cullen and takes fans on a journey through the actor’s early days on the original 1984 animated TV series “TRANSFORMERS Generation One,” the three box office smash TRANSFORMERS movies, and his current work on The Hub TV network’s Daytime Emmy® Award-winning animated series TRANSFORMERS PRIME from Hasbro Studios.

  • Brand-new interviews with the creative team


Technical Information


DVD street date: November 20, 2012

Blu-ray street date: November 27, 2012

Running Time: approx. 10 hours

Aspect Ratio: Blu-ray 1080p Widescreen (1.78:1)

         DVD 720×480 Anamorphic Widescreen (1.78:1)

Audio: English, Audio 5.1 Surround / 2.0 Stereo


About Hasbro

Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAS) is a branded play company providing children and families around the world with a wide-range of immersive entertainment offerings based on the Company’s world class brand portfolio. From toys and games, to television programming, motion pictures, digital gaming and a comprehensive licensing program, Hasbro strives to delight its global customers with innovative, well-known and beloved brands such as TRANSFORMERS, LITTLEST PET SHOP, NERF, PLAYSKOOL, MY LITTLE PONY, G.I. JOE, MAGIC: THE GATHERING and MONOPOLY. The Company’s Hasbro Studios develops and produces television programming for markets around the world. Programming in the U.S. is distributed on The Hub TV Network, a multi-platform joint venture between Hasbro and Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK). Through the Company’s deep commitment to corporate social responsibility, including philanthropy, Hasbro is helping to build a safe and sustainable world for future generations and to positively impact the lives of millions of children and families every year. It has been recognized for its efforts by being named one of the “World’s Most Ethical Companies” and is ranked as one of Corporate Responsibility Magazine’s “100 Best Corporate Citizens.”  Learn more at

© 2012 Hasbro, Inc. All Rights Reserved.



About Shout! Factory

Shout! Factory, LLC is a diversified multi-platform entertainment company devoted to producing, uncovering, preserving and revitalizing the very best of pop culture. Founders Richard Foos, Bob Emmer and Garson Foos have spent their entire careers sharing their music, television and film favorites with discerning consumers the world over. Shout! Factory’s DVD and Blu-Ray™ offerings serve up feature films, classic and contemporary TV series, animation, live music and comedy specials in lavish packages crammed with extras.  Shout’s audio division boasts GRAMMY®-nominated box sets, new releases from storied artists, lovingly assembled album reissues and indispensable “best of” compilations.  In addition, Shout! Factory maintains a vast digital distribution network which delivers video and audio content to all the leading digital service providers in North America.  Shout! Factory also owns and operates Timeless Media Group, Biograph Records, Majordomo Records and HighTone Records. These riches are the result of a creative acquisition mandate that has established the company as a hotbed of cultural preservation and commercial reinvention.  Shout! Factory is based in Santa Monica, California. For more on Shout! Factory, visit


November 9th, 2009


Get ready, for the dawn of a new age!  Manny, Sid, Diego and Ellie are back for more pre-hysterical hijinks when Ice Age: Dawn Of The Dinosaurs stomps onto Three-Disc Blu-ray Disc/DVD Combo Pack October 27 from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment.  The third film in the outrageously popular Ice Age franchise, the sub-zero heroes return another wild and fun adventure.  Scrat is still trying to nab the ever-elusive nut (while maybe finding true love); Manny and Ellie await the birth of their mini-mammoth; Diego the saber-toothed tiger wonders if he’s growing too “soft” hanging with his pals and Sid the sloth gets into trouble when he creates his own makeshift family by hijacking some dinosaur eggs.  On a mission to rescue the hapless Sid, the gang ventures into a mysterious underground world, where they have some close encounters with dinosaurs, battle flora and fauna, run amuck, and meet a relentless, one-eyed dino-hunting weasel named Buck.  The coolest animated comedy of the year, Ice Age:  Dawn Of The Dinosaurs features hilarious performances from Ice Age veterans Ray Romano (“Everybody Loves Raymond”), John Leguizamo (The Happening), Denis Leary (“Rescue Me”), Queen Latifah (The Secret Life of Bees), Seann William Scott (Planet 51) and Josh Peck (“Drake & Josh”), along with newcomers Bill Hader (Forgetting Sarah Marshall), Kristen Wiig (“Saturday Night Live”), Jane Lynch (“Glee”) and Simon Pegg (Shaun of the Dead). 

The Ice Age: Dawn Of The Dinosaurs Three-Disc release includes the BD, DVD and Digital Copy and provides hours of extra fun for the entire family including an Ice Age digital story book maker, commentary by director Carlos Saldanha, deleted scenes, making-of featurettes, two special Scrat shorts, a how-to-draw Scrat tutorial with the filmmakers and much more.  The Three-Disc BD/DVD Combo Pack will be available for a suggested retail price of $39.99 U.S./$49.99 Canada.  Additionally, the Ice Age: Dawn Of The Dinosaurs standard DVD will be available for $29.98 U.S./$43.48 Canada.

The Ice Age: Dawn Of The Dinosaurs “Scrat Pack” Double DVD Pack, a great value for moms and fun for kids, will also be available for a limited time only featuring an overload of special features focusing on the determined squirrel including three “Scrat” games exclusive to the disc.  The “Scrat Pack” will be available for a suggested retail price of $34.98 U.S./$45.98 Canada.  Prebook is September 30.

Three-Disc Blu-Ray Disc/DVD Combo Pack Special Features: (Catalog #2262252)
Disc One:
    •    Blu-ray Disc Feature Film
    •    Ice Age Story Maker
    •    Filmmaker Commentary
    •    Evolution Expedition
    •    Buck…Easel to Weasel
    •    Falling for Scratte
    •    Unearthing the Lost World
    •    Two Unfinished Deleted Scenes
    •    Walk The Dinosaur Music Video
    •    Two Scrat Shorts
        o    Gone Nutty – Scrat’s Missing Adventure
        o    No Time For Nuts
    •    The Sabre-Toothed Squirrel: Natures Nutty Buddy
    •    Scrat: From Head To Toe – learn how to draw Scrat tutorial
    •    Scrat: “Breaking Story”
    •    Scrat: “News Report”
    •    Fox Movie Channel Presents: In Character with John Leguizamo
    •    Fox Movie Channel Presents: In Character with Ray Romano
    •    Fox Movie Channel Presents: In Character with Queen Latifah
    •    Fox Movie Channel Presents: Making A Scene
    •    Fox Movie Channel Presents: Making A Scene (Ice Age 2)


Kids like this series. I thought it was better than most of the silly movies they watch. I’ve  actually sat and watched it twice now. Appeals to most ages - except for snotty 18 year olds who are too good to sit and watch a movie with their families now.


October 12th, 2009


MY LITTLE PONY: TWINKLE WISH ADVENTURE Featuring Six Sing-Alongs, Two New Animated Shorts, and Four Fun Activities!

Join Pinkie Pie and Her Pony Friends in This Brand New Animated Feature
Available on DVD October 13, 2009 from Shout! Factory

Wishes do come true as those lovable colorful MY LITTLE PONY  ponies are back in the all new animated feature length movie MY LITTLE PONY: TWINKLE WISH ADVENTURE, arriving on DVD on October 13, 2009 from Shout! Factory in collaboration with Hasbro, Inc.

MY LITTLE PONY: TWINKLE WISH ADVENTURE follows Pinkie Pie and all her pony friends on a fun-filled adventure as they discover that friendship can make wishes come true.  All the ponies can’t wait for the Winter Wishes festival where the Wishing Star grants each pony one special wish. But when the Wishing Star disappears, they go on a journey to find it. Will they make it back in time for the festival? Find out by joining Pinkie Pie and all her pony friends on this magical journey of discovery.

The DVD is jam-packed with fun extras including a new animated short “Elefun and Friends,” the “Waiting for the Winter Wishes Festival” prequel, six sing-along songs, downloadable coloring sheets, cut-out pony ornaments and four fun activities.


Bonus Features Include:

  • Six Sing-Alongs:
  • “MY LITTLE PONY” Theme Song
  • “The Thing-A-Ma-Do Song”
  • “Dreams Do Come True”
  • “Somewhere Super New”
  • “That’s What Makes A Friend”
  • “A Wonderful Winter Song”
  • Waiting For The Winter Wishes Festival” – A Prequel
  • “Elefun and Friends” – A New Animated Short
  • Four Downloadable Activities:
  • Coloring Sheet
  • Pony Note to Santa
  • How to Make a Snowman
  • Cut-out Pony Ornaments


This show had my 7 year old squealing. She ‘collects’ all of the tiny ponys from game sets and such, and to see one of her favorites come to life just awestruck her.  Now, I couldn’t get anyone else to watch it with her, but she thoroughly enjoyed it. I thought it was cute, but I wouldn’t be able to sit through it ten times - like she has.

How To Lose A Guy In Ten Days

August 14th, 2009


The irresistibly funny romantic comedy HOW TO LOSE A GUY IN 10 DAYS makes its move onto DVD and Blu-ray in an all-new Deluxe Edition arriving August 18, 2009 from Paramount Home Entertainment.  Pairing Matthew McConaughey (Tropic Thunder) and Kate Hudson (You, Me and Dupree) with delightful results, HOW TO LOSE A GUY IN 10 DAYS is an uproarious battle of the sexes that appeals to both men and women.  While Andie (Hudson) needs to prove she can dump a guy in 10 days, Ben (McConaughey) is determined to show that he can win a girl in the same amount of time. The result is a wildly outrageous tale of sex, lies and romantic fireworks.


I actually liked this. Didn’t think I would, but it surprised me. I’m not a very ChicFlick type of person, but this movie was entertaining. Not all what I expected it to be.

So You Think You Can Dance: Get Fit

July 19th, 2009




You’ve seen exactly what they can do on the wildly popular show “So You Think You Can Dance.”  Now six of the hottest dancers from past seasons will show viewers how to get in top shape with the release of two brand new fitness DVDs on July 21: SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE GET FIT: Tone and Groove and SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE GET FIT: Cardio Funk.  With nearly 20 million watching each week “So You Think You Can Dance” is a pop culture sensation entering into its fifth season on air.  For the first time ever, fans can tone and sculpt their bodies by moving along with the incredible dancers from the show as they demonstrate easy-to-follow routines in a variety of dance genres.

In Tone and Groove viewers can flex and condition their muscles with Stephen “Twitch” Boss as he takes them through a Hip Hop routine, tighten their abs with Dmitry Chaplin through the Cha Cha and then stretch it out with Katee Shean doing Jazz.  Cardio Funk turns up the heat as Courtney Galiano puts viewers through their paces on the Disco floor, Travis Wall gets hearts pumping in a Contemporary routine and Lauren Gottlieb’s Hip Hop dance works up a sweat.  With over 90 minutes of calorie-burning and body-sculpting moves, each DVD also includes a warm-up and cool down session, a bonus workout, behind-the-scenes interviews with the dancers and more.  The DVDs arrive just in time for the highly-anticipated finale of Season Five and will be available for the suggested retail price of $16.99 each.

SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE GET FIT: Tone and Groove and SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE GET FIT: Cardio Funk are each presented in widescreen with Dolby Digital English Stereo sound.  The following details each disc:

Tone and Groove:
    o    Introduction
    o    Warm-Up
    o    Workouts:
        o    Hip Hop - Twitch
        o    Jazz - Katee
        o    Cha Cha - Dmitry
        o    Tone and Groove Bonus Workout
    o    Cool Down
    Bonus Features:
        o    Interview with executive producer Nigel Lythgoe
        o    Interview with Twitch
        o    Interview with Katee
        o    Interview with Dmitry

Cardio Funk:
    o    Introduction
    o    Warm-Up
    o    Workouts
        o    Hip Hop - Lauren
        o    Contemporary - Travis
        o    Disco - Courtney
        o    Cardio Funk Bonus Workout
    o    Cool Down
    Bonus Features:
        o    Interview with executive producer Nigel Lythgoe
        o    Interview with Lauren
        o    Interview with Travis
        o    Interview with Courtney


These workouts weren’t too bad. I have trouble with anything that requires dance, but I didn’t do too bad here. Definitely worked up a sweat, and felt the burn afterward. Does anything else matter?

DragonBall: Evolution

July 19th, 2009


The legend comes to life when one of the most successful anime franchises of all-time arrives on Blu-ray Disc and DVD with Dragonball Evolution: Z Edition, available July 28 from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment.  A live-action adaptation of the hugely popular franchise, Dragonball Evolution: Z Edition is a non-stop action thrill ride centered on a humanoid alien named Goku (Justin Chatwin, War of the Worlds), who tries to fulfill the wish of his dying grandfather by collecting all seven of the world’s mystical Dragonballs with the help of the great Master Roshi (Chow Yun-Fat, Bulletproof Monk).  It’s a race against time against the evil Lord Piccolo (James Marsters, “Buffy The Vampire Slayer”), who is trying to use the Dragonballs to take over the world.

From graphic novels, to a long-running television series and more than 25 video games that have sold over 10 million copies, Dragonball is a global franchise that remains hugely successful.  Also starring Golden Globe® nominee* Emmy Rossum (The Phantom of the Opera), the Dragonball Evolution: Z Edition Blu-ray Disc and DVD contain eight deleted scenes, featurettes, gag reels, a music video and much more.  The Blu-ray Disc will also include a digital copy of the film and an exclusive scavenger hunt game called “Goku’s Quest” and will be sold for the suggested retail price of $39.99 U.S. / $49.99 Canada, while the DVD will be sold for $27.98 U.S. / $43.48 Canada.

      Based on one of the most popular Japanese manga series of all time, Dragonball: Evolution follows a young warrior on an epic adventure to discover his destiny…and save the world from the forces of darkness.
       For his eighteenth birthday, mild-mannered Goku is given a mystical Dragonball, one of only seven in existence, which combine to grant a perfect wish to whoever possesses them. But an ancient warlord named Piccolo has escaped eternal imprisonment and is on his own quest to gather the Dragonballs. Goku must enlist the help of his friends—and the power of his evolving martial arts skills—to defeat Piccolo before it’s too late! Packed with spectacular visual effects, high-flying action, and over an hour of hard-hitting extras, Dragonball: Evolution Z-Edition brings the legend to life as never before!


What the hell is this mess? I only offered to review this one because I remember the kids being so into Dragonball Z when they were younger. But when THEY get up and LEAVE the room, it doesn’t bode well for the movie. I couldn’t even follow what was going on — it seemed to make no sense. I only remember a little from the series, but this was nothing like it.


June 22nd, 2009


OPTIMUS PRIME.  MEGATRON.  BUMBLEBEE.  STARSCREAM.  For 25 years an epic battle has raged between the heroic AUTOBOTS and the villainous DECEPTICONS.  The ROBOTS IN DISGUISE have captivated children and adults alike, launching countless collectible toys, comic books, animated series and feature films beloved by legions of fans.

Now you can return to where the phenomenon began when Shout! Factory, in collaboration with Hasbro, Inc., unleashes the original animated TV series that started it all with THE TRANSFORMERS: The Complete First Season 25th Anniversary Edition DVD box set on June 16th.  A must-have for kids and kids-at-heart, the set features all season one episodes in the order they were intended, remastered audio, a collectible AUTOBOTS magnet and special bonus content.  THE TRANSFORMERS: The Complete First Season 25th Anniversary Edition DVD box set is priced at $ 29.99 SRP.

And for those who really can’t get enough of TRANSFORMERS, Shout! Factory, along with Hasbro, is developing THE TRANSFORMERS: 25th Anniversary “Matrix of Leadership” Edition Collector’s Set. Brimming with over 38 hours of content, including the entire original animated “G1” series, a bounty of stellar extras and special collectible book, this 16-DVD box set is another fan must-have. THE TRANSFORMERS: 25th Anniversary “Matrix of Leadership” Edition Collector’s Set  is expected to be available in mid July.

THE TRANSFORMERS: The Complete First Season 25th Anniversary Edition


Four million years after crash-landing on an unfamiliar planet, sentient robots with the ability to disguise themselves as common vehicles awaken on present-day Earth. Engaged in a crucial race to find a new energy source for their home planet of Cybertron, Optimus Prime and the heroic Autobots must defend the innocent people of Earth against their archnemeses, Megatron and the power-hungry Decepticons.

Bonus Features Include:
•    Restored To The Original Broadcast Versions With A New Stereo Soundtrack Created From The Original Audio
•    Triple Changer: From Toy To Comic To Screen – The Origins Of The Transformers
•    A Printable Script
•    Rare PSA


I’ll be honest, I didn’t watch very much of this. Not my cup o tea. But, the little man did, and as a die-hard Transformers fan - he approves. Although he has only watch it once, and usually we’ll have to sit while he watches shit over and over and over.

Revolutionary Road

June 22nd, 2009



“Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet are brilliant” (Peter Travers, Rolling Stone) in the mesmerizing epic REVOLUTIONARY ROAD, arriving on DVD and Blu-ray June 2, 2009 from Paramount Home Entertainment.  Nominated for three Academy Awards® and four Golden Globes®, the emotionally gripping film has been called “amazing” (Peter Travers, Rolling Stone), “flawless” (Rex Reed, New York Observer) and a “masterpiece” (Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle).  Directed by Oscar® winner Sam Mendes (American Beauty) and adapted from the groundbreaking novel by Richard Yates, REVOLUTIONARY ROAD won Kate Winslet her first Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama.  Reuniting DiCaprio and Winslet for the first time on screen since Titanic, the incisive portrait of a 1950s American marriage unfolds as an enthralling drama that is moving, thought-provoking and “a revelation” (Clay Smith, “The Insider”).

The REVOLUTIONARY ROAD DVD and Blu-ray presentations include commentary by director Sam Mendes and screenwriter Justin Haythe, Lives of Quiet Desperation: The Making of REVOLUTIONARY ROAD and deleted scenes.  The Blu-ray also includes Richard Yates: The Wages of Truth.


The REVOLUTIONARY ROAD DVD is presented in widescreen enhanced for 16:9 TVs with Dolby Digital English 5.1 Surround, French 5.1 Surround and Spanish 5.1 Surround and English, French and Spanish subtitles.  The Blu-ray disc is presented in 1080p high definition with English 5.1 Dolby TrueHD, French 5.1 Dolby Digital and Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital and English, English SDH, French, Spanish and Portuguese subtitles.  The discs include the following special features in high definition as noted:

•    Commentary by director Sam Mendes and screenwriter Justin Haythe
•    Lives of Quite Desperation: The Making of Revolutionary Road (HD)
•    Deleted Scenes with optional commentary by director Sam Mendes and screenwriter Justin Haythe (HD)
•    Richard Yates: The Wages of Truth (HD)—Blu-ray only

What the hell was this? I felt just as mindscrewed after this one as I did after American  Beauty - and with good reason - Sam Mendes, the director. It all made sense when I saw that he directed both. As much as everyone loved AMerican Beauty, both MD and I were open-mouthed speechless at how ignorant it was. This one wasn’t quite as bad, but I still felt cheated at the end of the movie. ANd not just because of the ending, but because the whole movie felt like it was missing something. Maybe a plot. I thought this was supposed to be a reunion of the two lovebirds, but they did nothing but fight damn near the entire time. So much for seeing their chemistry again. Must see 3 times in a row my ass. Am I missing something?

Nobel Son

June 16th, 2009


A venomous tale of familial dysfunction, lust, betrayal and revenge, Nobel Son, a “flashy and eccentric thriller” (Los Angeles Times) arriving on DVD June 9th from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment.  Receiving critical acclaim during the 2007 Tribeca Film Festival, Nobel Son follows Barkley Michaelson, a 20 something-year-old in a life rut struggling to finish his Ph.D thesis.  Always cast in the shadow of his highly accomplished father Eli Michaelson, the estranged relationship between father and son is complicated further when Barkley is kidnapped on the eve of Eli winning a Nobel Prize in chemistry for a ransom of $2,000,000 (the amount won as a recipient of the prize).  When his father refuses to pay, it starts a game of intrigue and deception.

“An outrageously entertaining ride” (, Nobel Son features a stellar ensemble cast and crew directed by Randall Miller (Bottle Shock) including Golden Globe® winner* Alan Rickman (Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street), Bryan Greenberg (Bride Wars), Eliza Dushku (“Dollhouse”), Shawn Hatosy (“Southland”), Oscar®-winner** Mary Steenburgen (Four Christmases), Bill Pullman, Ted Danson and Danny Devito.  Featuring original music from composers Mark Adler (Bottle Shock) and Paul Oakenfold (The Matrix Reloaded), the film includes tracks from Spitfire, Chemical Brothers and Groove Armada.  The Nobel Son DVD special features includes cast and crew commentary, deleted scenes, an alternate ending and much more, and will be available for the suggested retail price of $19.98 U.S.  Prebook is May 13.

On the eve of Barkley Michaelson’s father receiving the Nobel Prize, Barkley is kidnapped and the requested ransom is the $2,000,000 in Nobel Prize money. When his father refuses to pay it starts a venomous tale of familial dysfunction, lust, betrayal and ultimately revenge. Featuring an ensemble cast starring Alan Rickman, Bryan Greenberg, Mary Steenburgen, Shawn Hatosy, Bill Pullman, Ted Danson, Danny Devito and Eliza Dushku.

DVD Specs:
The Nobel Son DVD is presented in widescreen format (2.35:1 aspect ratio) with English 5.1 Dolby Surround sound and English and Spanish subtitles.  Special features include:

        •    Commentary with director/producer Randall Miller, writer/producer Jody Savin, musician Paul Oakenfold, cinematographer Mike Ozier and actors Brian Greenberg and Eliza Dushku.
        •    Deleted scenes with optional commentary from director/producer Randall Miller and writer/producer Jody Savin
                o    Barkley Stalks Thaddeus
                o    Barkley Freaks Out Thaddeus
                o    City Hall in the Asylum
        •    Alternate ending sequence


This show ……  trying to think of something nice to say, but I’m coming up short. I didn’t really care for it. Acting was so-so, story was so-so, direction was so-so, music was yuck. Then again, these are my tastes. MD said it was ok, so he’s kinder than me. Older kids wouldn’t sit through it, and I’m glad, with as much skin as there was on the screen.

Raising the Bar - The Complete First Season

June 2nd, 2009



A group of young defense attorneys and prosecutors learn it’s
easier to balance the scales of justice than a lawyer’s personal and private lives in
Raising the Bar: The
Complete First Season
, coming to DVD on June 2 from Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment. The
latest sensational courtroom drama from 10-time Emmy Award® winning executive producer Steven
Bochco (“NYPD Blue,” “L.A. Law,” “Hill Street Blues”),
Raising the Bar: The Complete First Season
follows a dedicated group of public defenders and district attorneys as they do battle for justice, while
trying to maintain their personal relationships. Featuring all 10 Season One episodes, this three-disc set
also includes exclusive-to-DVD bonus features that give fans a special look inside and outside of the
Raising the Bar: The Complete First Season debuts in time for fans to catch up and enjoy
before the critically acclaimed television series begins its second season.

Raising the Bar: The Complete First Season features one of television’s most talented ensemble
casts, including Mark-Paul Gosselaar (“NYPD Blue”), Golden Globe® and Emmy®  nominee Jane
Kaczmarek (“Malcolm in the Middle”), Gloria Reuben (“ER” ), Currie Graham (“Desperate Housewives”),
Melissa Sagemiller (“Sleeper Cell”), Teddy Sears (“Ugly Betty”), Currie Graham (“Boston Legal”), Natalia
Cigliuti (“All My Children”), and J. August Richards (“Conviction”).

The Season One premiere of Raising the Bar boasted the highest rated cable debut in history. Critics
lavished praise on the series, with
Multichannel News giving it “Three & a half stars,” and calling it “a very
fast-paced and entertaining show.” “Tightly written,” raves
Bloomberg News, praising the series’ “vibrant
characters,” and declaring, “this show has addiction potential!”  

Bonus Features
Behind the Bar: An After-Hours Roundtable with the Cast
Sworn Testimony: True Stories of a Public Defender
Mistrials: Bloopers from Season One
Audio Commentaries with the cast and crew

Sparks fly and fireworks ignite both inside and outside the courtroom in
Raising the Bar: The Complete
First Season
, the compelling new legal drama from multiple Emmy-winner Steven Bochco. Passionate
and idealistic public defender Jerry Kellerman (Mark Paul Gosselaar) learns to navigate the halls of
justice and the personal politics of the courthouse as he struggles to get a fair hearing for his clients.
Jerry and his associates Rosalind Whitman (Gloria Reuben), Richard Patrick Woolsley (Teddy Sears),
and  Bobbi Gilardi (Natalia Cigliuti) square off against Michelle Ernhardt (Melissa Sagemiller), a
prosecutor trying to balance the desire to get real justice with assistant DA Nick Balco’s (Currie Graham)
need to win cases. As they play out their professional rivalry in front of imperious and ambitious Judge
Trudy Kessler (Jane Kaczmarek), issues of life, love, and the law are seen from opposite sides of the


Another show that runs the risk of addiction. I really enjoyed Raising the Bar. I knew I would, as I’m a sucker for these types of shows, but I honestly wasn’t expecting it to be this good. I’ll definitely keep my eye out for season two.