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Wednesday, April 9, 2014
New at Classic Flix: My epic review of Big Valley Season 2
I wrote a feature-length review of Timeless' DVD set of Season 2 of "The Big Valley"--the first video release of the show since 2007--and it was posted day and date--yesterday--at ClassicFlix. A little tease is below, but read the whole thing here:
It's not quite as dramatic as the proverbial cavalry thundering forward on horseback to save a besieged wagon train, but Timeless Media Group pulls off an impressive rescue by freeing The Big Valley from the barren, unforgiving desert of DVD limbo. The complete Season 2 set arrives 7 years after Fox ceased production after 1 ½ seasons. That's right, 1 ½. Fox released Season 1 in a single collection before splitting Season 2 but leaving fans hanging after the first volume.
Now all 30 episodes of Season 2 (1966-1967) are available on 5 discs. I doubt that I have to sell existing fans on this, though they may be concerned that 6 hour-long episodes are packed on each individual...
*Bob Seger's catalog is now available for streaming. Sorry, but I can't condone anything that makes it possible for "Old Time Rock and Roll" to be heard on another platform.
*They should put the 1980s WWF syndicated shows on the Network so we don't have to hunt for them on...uh, online. This episode of "Superstars" has the debuts of Harley Race, Butch Reed, and a returning Superstar Graham, the hot angle of the Flower Shop vs. Piper's Pit, plus a match that would be a main event in any arena in the world: Jimmy Jack Funk vs. Tito Santana.
*"Touch football is a game of quickness, cunning, and guile"--Tom Bradford. Too bad his triple spinner reverse play was snuffed out and he lost 72-0.
*R.I.P. Adam West, and I understand the tributes, but to say he was the only Batman that mattered or THE Batman seems silly to me. Growing up as a comic book reader, there were like 2 or 3 different versions of Batman just on the newsstand alone. I was fine with all of them.
*Was it always a big event when Sweet Daddy was on "Good Times"? Because it should have been.
*I have mixed emotions. On one hand, it's great to see Fred Sanford on The Gong Show. OTOH, I would rather have seen him do insult comedy that sing standards.
*Leave politics out of the Hank Williams/ESPN thing for a moment (please). The reason I soured on ESPN was not because of politcs, but because of its attempt to be "relevant" with "pop culture" and invite "cool celebrities" to fake events like the ESPYs, etc. Making a big deal out of Hank Williams, of all people, after firing Jayson Stark and John Clayton doesn't make me any more inclined to watch ESPN.
*Watching the end of an Eight Is Enough, and all the kids go to Tom Bradford at the end of the evening with legitimate problems and ask what they should do. So Tom responds by saying what HE is gonna do is gonna go upstairs with his book and get some privacy. As Father's Day approaches, we can all learn a thing or two from DVP.
*I have often wondered why no Southern wrestling promotion brought in Willona from "Good Times" to be a manager/valet in the 1980s. Talk about money!
Cultureshark's Bottom 5: 5 worst things about Summer
I mean, really
It's the best season
Don't hate on it
To reiterate: nothing
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