Articles Tagged with: television

Television Intros: A Look at 25 All-Time Greats


Before we look at twenty five of the greatest TV show introduction videos, I’d like to put forward that these aren’t THE TOP 25 intros of all time. Obviously, these lists are always subjective – usually determined by what the writer remembers from his own frame of references. Much like video games, music and other forms of entertainment – you’re always going to be more likely to target those examples that you favor. As a child of the 1980s, TV was a huge part of my youth.
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About Shane Monroe

Shane R. Monroe has been doing technical and social commentary writing for over 20 years. Google+

Filed under : Miscellaneous, Movies/TV

DVDFab Media Player: This is not the droid you’re looking for …


 

Blu-ray is a great format for high definition playback without compromise; especially if you use consumer Blu-ray set top box players.  Unfortunately, the Blu-ray format is also littered with copy protection.  This is seamless to end users with set top boxes, but for those of us trying to get these movies to play on our Blu-Ray ROM equipped PCs – this copy protection stops us from enjoying our legally owned high definition movies.

Until recently, you’ve really had two choices in dealing with this.  One, install multiple media players on your PC and hope that ONE of them will play the latest title you brought home or two – spend the cash and buy SlySoft’s AnyDVD HD product – which has proven over the years that it is THE definitive copy protection removal tool against Blu-ray. Read more

About Shane Monroe

Shane R. Monroe has been doing technical and social commentary writing for over 20 years. Google+

The Six Million Dollar Man DVD Box Set


The late 70s and early 80s were popular times for superhero TV shows.  We had it all;  Wonder Woman, The Incredible Hulk, a live action Spider-Man – and of course The Six Million Dollar Man and The Bionic Woman.

History

The Six Million Dollar Man (SMDM from now on) started off as a TV movie loosely based on the Martin Caiden novel Cyborg – about Steve Austin, a near-dead astronaut crash victim given superhuman bio-mechanical limbs.  With his special new abilities, Austin is conscripted into a government organization known as the OSI (Office for Scientific Intelligence – ran by Oscar Goldman) where be acts as an agent for difficult and often secret missions.

The movie was so successful that they made two more movies and eventually parried the movies into a full-time series that subsequently ran five seasons.  The show spawned The Bionic Woman spinoff featuring parachute accident victim (and Austin’s high school sweetheart) Jamie Sommers (Lindsay Wagner).  Both characters visited the other’s TV series in what is known as a “cross over” episode.  Often a two-part episode would start on one series, then finish on the other show.

Bionics quickly became a household phrase and the SMDM (and to a lesser extent, the Bionic Woman) became firmly planted into pop culture.  Toys, lunch boxes, action figures – you name it – you could get it branded with a bionic superhero. Read more

About Shane Monroe

Shane R. Monroe has been doing technical and social commentary writing for over 20 years. Google+

Filed under : DVD, Movies/TV

The Bionic Woman Season 2 (DVD)


History

Let’s face it – The Bionic Woman (TBW) never got the love that The Six Million Dollar Man (SMDM) received.  Oh sure, fans loved the character so much that they letter-bombed the TV studio demanding her resurrection when she was killed off in her debut on SMDM and the show ran a healthy three seasons; even ending with very good ratings – but the more “emotional stories” and “feminine perspective” didn’t win the young male market over.  They craved the astronaut-turned-super-spy plots of SMDM.  The producers cleverly created “cross-over” episodes that kept SMDM fans watching “part 2” of the latest show on TBW.  Even when the spin-off changed networks, the stars of each show shared the spotlight (unheard of, even today).

Despite the love for SMDM, many of us enjoyed TBW for what it was and have long awaited these episodes to be available to the home market.

After 30 years of legal hell, the original 1970’s bionic TV shows finally made it to the home video market in the United States (even abroad their availability was sketchy).  Earlier this year, Time Life released the ENTIRE SMDM TV show (including all five seasons, every movie and every “cross-over” episode with TBW – including the beloved KILL OSCAR Fembot three part episode) and we reviewed it here.  With a price tag of over $200, this collection got passed on by all but the die-hard fans – so those dying to see Academy Award Winner John Houseman play the evil Dr. Franklin would simply have to wait to see the beautiful (but deadly) Fembots. Read more

About Shane Monroe

Shane R. Monroe has been doing technical and social commentary writing for over 20 years. Google+

Filed under : DVD, Movies/TV