The Equalizer: The Complete Collection Box Set Review

Actors: Edward Woodward, Keith Szarabajka, William Zabka
  • Format: Limited Edition, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Number of discs: 30
  • Studio: Visual Entertainment Inc.
  • DVD Release Date: September 30, 2014
  • Run Time: 5038 minutes

            Coinciding with the theatrical release of Antoine Fuqua’s adaptation, starring Denzel Washington, the classic 1980s action series has been released in a box set. All four seasons which aired from 1985 to 1989 are included on 30 discs, along with several discs of special features. The discs are all housed in the single DVD cases you would receive if purchasing the seasons separately, though they all come packaged in a glossy limited edition box with a flip-top lid.

    Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever DVD Review

         Performers: Michael Jackson, Smokey Robinson, Richard Pryor, Diana Ross, Berry Gordy
  • Director: Don Mischer
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Time Life Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: September 30, 2014
  • Run Time: 450 minutes


            On May 16th, 1983 “Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever” debuted on NBC, reuniting groups such as The Miracles, The Supremes and The Jackson 5 in celebration of twenty-five years of Motown music. Perhaps best known for Michael Jackson’s performance of “Billie Jean,” during which he introduced the world to the moonwalk, this television special went on to win an Emmy Award and the George Foster Peabody Award. For such a remarkable piece of music history, it is hard to believe that this special show was unavailable to consumers until now.


    The Midnight Special DVD Review

         Actors: AC, DC, Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers, Aerosmith, John Denver
  • Director: Time Life
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 6
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Time Life Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: September 9, 2014
  • Run Time: 505 minutes



            Today’s generation can joke about the fact that MTV once played music videos without much gravity, mostly because there are endless opportunities to see music videos and live performances on the internet. We have grown accustomed to having multiple media options for fandom at all times, so it is difficult to imagine what the impact must have been in 1972 when the late-night music performance show was born with “The Midnight Special.” The oddest thing about the series wasn’t the smash success it was for music fans all over the country, but the fact that it started at 1:00 a.m. rather than midnight.


    Doctor Who: Deep Breath Blu-ray Review

         Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1 ES Matrix)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: BBC Home Entertainment
  • Release Date: September 9, 2014
  • Run Time: 70 minutes


            “Doctor Who” is one of the strangest series in television history, if only for its ability to change the entire dynamic of the show every so often without losing the spirit of what was created with William Hartnell half a century ago. With the departure of Matt Smith as the doctor, we have moved on to the Twelfth Doctor, played by Peter Capaldi. Not only does the face of the doctor change, but the personalities and nuances in performances have an altering affect on the entire dynamic of the series.