Holy DVD release! A long awaited TV series hits stores this week.
You can pick up either the entire series or the first season. Either way, this is a classic series that should be in every collection. It’s a bonus that the shows have been re-mastered and look better than when they originally aired.
The new DVD release is a victim of its own success. No matter how strong the animation, story and voice performances, there’s no way the sequel was going to soar above the original. The first “Dragon” was a rich tapestry woven from threads of father-son relationships, honor, tolerance and friendship told against dazzling 3-D backgrounds.
Where the film loses a little ground is in its story.
It’s difficult to decide whether the new Melissa McCarthy comedy is such a major disappointment because it’s so poorly written and acted or because it is such a monumental waste of talent. McCarthy — who never has seen an obnoxious, annoying and distasteful character she didn’t want to play — plays the obnoxious, annoying and distasteful Tammy.
Except for a marvelous curtain call finale, the film is structured so that every tune performed in this biopic of the musical group Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons takes place in a very organic way — concert, recording session, etc. This approach makes the movie more akin to “Ray” and less tied to the musical theater tag.
Also new on DVD Nov. 11: