Upcoming DVD Releases

* Tex Avery: Screwball Classics – Volume 3 (Warner Archives)
$19.99 SRP DVD MOD; $21.99 SRP Blu-ray MOD

EXTRAS: a pre-MGM cartoon short from Avery’s time with Warner Bros, THE CRACKPOT QUAIL, with its original 1941 soundtrack
NOTE: our thanks to our friend, Jerry Beck, for this information courtesy of his Cartoon Research website
COMING ON 10/26:
* New Amsterdam – Season 3 (Universal)
$34.98 SRP DVD MOD

—–Maverick medical director Dr. Max Goodwin (Ryan Eggold) and his inspiring team of doctors and nurses are back for the timely third season of the emotional and heart-pounding medical drama, “New Amsterdam.” This season, Max and his team’s devotion to fixing the broken health care system is put to the test amidst the unique and overwhelming challenges of a global pandemic. But no matter what obstacles they face, together these selfless medical heroes remain hopeful and committed to revolutionizing health care, one patient at a time. Also starring Freema Agyeman, Janet Montgomery, Jocko Sims, and Tyler Labine. 3-disc set.

* Good Witch – Season 7 (Hallmark)
$19.99 SRP DVD MOD

—–The velvet pouches of soil discovered by Cassie, Abigail, and Joy mark the start of a new Merriwick mystery, one that leads them to reflect on their pasts. With the usual Middleton fun, new relationships, personal challenges and romance are in store. Actors: Catherine Bell; James Denton; Rhys Matthew Bond; Sarah Power; Catherine Disher. 2-disc set.
* Muhammad Ali – A Film by Ken Burns (PBS)
$69.99 SRP DVD; $79.99 SRP Blu-ray

—–Muhammad Ali brings to life one of the best-known and most indelible figures of the 20th century, a three-time heavyweight boxing champion who captivated millions of fans throughout the world with his mesmerizing combination of speed, grace, and power in the ring, and charm and playful boasting outside of it. Born Cassius Clay, Jr., Ali rose from boxing amateur to Olympic gold medalist and heavyweight champion, just as he had promised he would at the age of twelve. He wrote his own rules – in the ring and in his life – infuriating his critics, baffling his opponents, and riveting millions of fans. He spoke his mind and stood on principle, staying true to his Islamic faith and refusing induction into the U.S. Army…even when it cost him his livelihood. Banished for his beliefs, he returned to boxing an underdog, reclaimed his title twice, and became the most famous man on earth. An intimate portrait of a larger-than-life global icon, this four-part, eight-hour documentary tells the story of an exceptional athlete whose influence transcends boxing. “He was,” the novelist Norman Mailer wrote, “the very spirit of the 20th Century.” 4-disc set in either format.
NOTE: this is the general retail release of this title; the PBS shop will begin selling it directly to customers on Oct. 19th (delayed from 9/28): https://shop.pbs.org/WD5942.html
COMING ON 11/30:
* I Dream of Jeannie – The Complete Series (Mill Creek)
$44.98 SRP DVD; $85.99 SRP Blu-ray

—–Your Wish is Our Command! All 139 episodes filled with hilarious blinks! With the blink of her eyes and a nod of her head, Barbara Eden will make your wishes come true in I Dream of Jeannie: The Complete Series. Enjoy all 139 episodes in their original broadcast presentation – including the first season in black & white – on this 12-disc collection that re-introduces Larry Hagman as Captain Anthony Tony Nelson, an astronaut who finds himself Master to a beautiful and crafty genie (Eden) whom he unknowingly releases from a bottle. Together, he and Jeannie are a magical match. Packed with some of television’s brightest guest stars, I Dream Of Jeannie is the beloved must-own comedy series that will have you dreaming of TV’s Golden Age.
NOTE: this first-ever Blu-ray Disc edition of the title was originally scheduled for release in June, then July, then August, but now Mill Creek seems confident in being able to deliver it on their new release date of November 30th; on the same date they will release a 12-disc set on DVD format as well…this title was released as a 20-disc set by Sony in limited edition packaging back in 2008, then in unlimited packaging in 2013, but this is Mill Creek’s first DVD “complete series” set, which Amazon is taking pre-orders for as of this writing at a price point under $20!
* Avatar: The Last Airbender AND The Legend Of Korra – The Ultimate Aang & Korra Blu-ray Collection (Nickelodeon/ViacomCBS)
$97.99 SRP Blu-ray

EXTRAS: features over an hour of all-new and exclusive bonus features, including an Auditory Exploration with the Avatarverse Creators, a conversation with Janet Varney and Dante Bosco, hosts of the Avatar: Braving the Elements podcast, and 8 collectible art cards in special packaging!
—–The ultimate Aang and Korra Blu-ray collection. Experience the complete Avatar saga, from the discovery of Avatar Aang in the iceberg in Avatar: The Last Airbender to Korra’s heroic journey to set things right in Republic City through The Legend of Korra. Relive all the epic air-, earth-, water-, and firebending in the ultimate Avatar Collection! 18-disc set.

Nickelodeon Establishes Avatar Studios

Nickelodeon Establishes Avatar Studios, Brand-New Content Division Devoted to Expanding the World of “Avatar: Last Airbender” and “The Legend of Korra”
The first project from Avatar Studios is slated as an animated theatrical film set to begin production this year.
[via press release from Nickelodeon]

Original Series’ Creators Michael DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko Join Nickelodeon as Co-Chief Creative Officers of Avatar Studios

First Project Under New Studio Banner is an Original Animated Theatrical Film to Begin Production This Year

BURBANK, Calif. – Feb. 24, 2021 – Nickelodeon today announced the launch of Avatar Studios, a newly formed division designed to create original content spanning animated series and movies based on the beloved world of Avatar: The Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra. Original creators and executive producers Michael DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko will helm the studio as co-chief creative officers, reporting to Ramsey Naito, President, Nickelodeon Animation. The Studio’s output will bow on platforms including Paramount+, ViacomCBS’ subscription video on-demand service; on Nickelodeon’s own linear and digital platforms; as well as on third-party platforms and in theaters.

The first project from Avatar Studios is slated as an animated theatrical film set to begin production this year. Additional details will be available soon.

“Avatar: The Last Airbender and Korra have grown at least ten-fold in popularity since their original hit runs on Nickelodeon, and Ramsey Naito and I are incredibly excited to have Mike and Bryan’s genius talent on board to helm a studio devoted to expanding their characters and world into new content and formats for fans everywhere,” said Brian Robbins, President, ViacomCBS Kids & Family. “Creator-driven stories and characters have long been the hallmarks of Nickelodeon, and Avatar Studios is a way to give Mike and Bryan the resources and runway to open up their imaginations even more and dive deeper into the action and mythology of Avatar as we simultaneously expand upon that world and the world of content available on Paramount+ and Nickelodeon.”

“It’s hard to believe it’s been 19 years since we created Avatar: The Last Airbender. But even after all that time, there are still many stories and time periods in Aang’s world that we are eager to bring to life. We are fortunate to have an ever-growing community of passionate fans that enjoys exploring the Avatarverse as much as we do. And with this new Avatar Studios venture we have an unparalleled opportunity to develop our franchise and its storytelling on a vast scale, in myriad exciting ways and mediums. We are exceedingly grateful to Brian Robbins and Ramsey Naito for their enthusiasm and respect for the Avatar property and us as its stewards. From the start, they’ve supported our ambitious plans and created a positive, proactive environment for us. We’re excited to be back at Nickelodeon where Avatar began, doing what we do best in the biggest way possible. We can’t wait to build the great teams and productions to make all of this fantasy a reality,” said Bryan Konietzko and Michael DiMartino.

Nickelodeon’s Avatar: The Last Airbender aired for three seasons originally on Nickelodeon, where it began in February 2005 and concluded in July 2008. The series has received the Peabody Award, a Primetime Emmy, Annie Awards and Genesis Awards. The series follows the adventures of the main protagonist Aang and his friends, who must save the world by defeating Fire Lord Ozai and ending the destructive war with the Fire Nation.

Avatar: The Last Airbender emerged from its initial three seasons (61 episodes) as one of the most beloved animated properties in history. In addition to the series’ success, the property also has been translated into a successful comic book and graphic novel series, which continue to roll out new original stories. The “Avatar: The Last Airbender” graphic novel spent 70 cumulative weeks on the New York Times Graphic Novel Bestseller list, hitting number one. The DVD and Blu-rays are also incredibly successful, with the “Avatar: The Last Airbender: The Complete Series” generating nearly $5MM in retail sales since its 2018 release.

The Legend of Korra launched in April 2012 on Nickelodeon and ran for four seasons (52 episodes). Its first season premiered as basic cable’s number one kid’s show and drew 3.8 million viewers per episode, the highest for an animated series that year. Created and executive produced by DiMartino and Konietzko, the series is translated in more than 25 languages for Nickelodeon branded channels internationally.

The property has translated into a successful ongoing graphic novel series written by TV series co-creator DiMartino. The first graphic novel storyline, Legend of Korra: Turf Wars, has captured various Top 10 sales spots across children’s fiction, YA science fiction, and graphic novel categories since its debut in 2017. The epic story of The Legend of Korra, set in the world of Avatar: The Last Airbender 70 years later, follows the journey of Avatar Korra, a 17-year-old girl striving to live up to the legacy of her predecessor Avatar Aang, while using her mastery of all four elements to confront political and spiritual unrest in a modernizing world.

About Bryan Konietzko

Bryan Konietzko graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design’s illustration department in 1998. He worked in TV animation as a character designer, storyboard artist, and art director before teaming up with Michael DiMartino to co-create and executive produce the Nickelodeon animated series Avatar: The Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra. He is the creator of the upcoming graphic novel series Threadworlds, to be published by First Second Books.

About Mike DiMartino

Michael Dante DiMartino began his training at the Rhode Island School of Design where he graduated in 1996 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Film and Animation Department. His directing credits include the primetime animated series King of the Hill, Family Guy, and Mission Hill. DiMartino is a co-creator of the award-winning animated Nickelodeon series Avatar: The Last Airbender and its sequel, The Legend of Korra. From 2002 to 2014 he served as executive producer and story editor on both series. He continues Korra’s story as writer for the graphic novel, Turf Wars, published by Dark Horse comics. He is also the author of the fantasy novels Rebel Genius and Warrior Genius. DiMartino currently resides in Los Angeles with his wife and two children.

About Nickelodeon

Nickelodeon, now in its 41st year, is the number-one entertainment brand for kids. It has built a diverse, global business by putting kids first in everything it does. The brand includes television programming and production in the United States and around the world, plus consumer products, digital, location-based experiences, publishing and feature films. For more information or artwork, visit http://www.nickpress.com. Nickelodeon and all related titles, characters and logos are trademarks of ViacomCBS Inc. (Nasdaq: VIACA, VIAC).

Upcoming DVD Releases

COMING ON 12/15:
* The Expanse – Season 4 (Universal)
$34.98 SRP DVD MOD

—–With the Ring Gates now open to thousands of new planets, a blood-soaked gold rush begins, igniting new conflicts between Earth, Mars and the Belt. Meanwhile, on one unexplored planet, the Rocinante crew gets caught in a violent clash between an Earth mining corporation and desperate Belter settlers as deadly new threats from the protomolecule emerge. 3-disc set.
NOTE: the studio has already announced this title in Blu-ray Disc format for sale in stores; please see the Roundup from 10/23 for that information

* Survivor – Season 39: Island of the Idols (ViacomCBS)
$39.99 SRP DVD MOD

EXTRAS: Secret Scenes, Exit Interviews, Featurettes
—–The Emmy Award-winning series SURVIVOR returns for its 39th season, themed “Island of the Idols.” This edition features two legendary winners, Boston Rob Mariano and Sandra Diaz-Twine, who return to the game to serve as mentors to a group of 18 new players. Combined, Boston Rob and Sandra have played over 200 days in this game, and plan to share their knowledge with the new castaways. But for the first time ever, they won’t be competing for the money. During the 39 days, these new players will visit the Island of the Idols and learn skills and strategy from these “idols.” The new players will then put their knowledge to the test, and those who can rise up to the challenge will continue their quest for $1 million and the title of Sole Survivor. Hosted by Jeff Probst. 5-disc set.
COMING ON 12/29:
* The Good Lord Bird (Showtime/ViacomCBS)
DVD MOD (pricing and pre-order listing not available as of this writing)
—–Ethan Hawke, Daveed Diggs and Joshua Caleb Johnson star in a humorous, dramatic and historical tapestry of Antebellum America based on the award winning novel by author James McBride. Told from the point of view of Onion, a newly freed teenager who joins abolitionist John Brown on a holy crusade to end slavery and finds himself part of the famous 1859 raid at Harpers Ferry, the Limited Event Series is an adventure equal parts absurd and tragic, spotlighting the ever-changing racial, religious and gender roles that make up the American identity.
NOTE: the attached box cover art may not be finalized, and could be subject to change
COMING ON 1/12/2021:
* SpongeBob SquarePants – The Complete 12th Season (Nickelodeon/ViacomCBS)
$13.99 SRP DVD

—–Everyone’s favorite Bikini Bottom buddies bubble up in the Complete Twelfth Season of SpongeBob SquarePants! See what happens when SpongeBob and Patrick work on Old Man Jenkins’s farm for a day! Don’t miss Sandy narrating Gary’s nocturnal adventures (and discover the identity of his secret pal). Then Patrick learns something totally new about his own home sweet rock. Plus – why did Patrick get a new job? (For free ice cream. Duh!) And prepare yourself as SpongeBob explores the dreams of his sleeping neighbors. All this and MORE nautical nonsense await within! 3-disc set.
COMING ON 2/23/2021:
* Inside Amy Schumer – The Complete Series (Comedy Central/ViacomCBS)
$39.99 SRP DVD

EXTRAS: Over 3 hours of special features including: unaired sketches & interviews, behind-the-scenes featurettes, outtakes, and more!
—–It’s finally here: all four seasons of the groundbreaking sketch series Inside Amy Schumer in one box set. All the sketches, all the guest stars, and all the best of Amy. Starring Golden Globe nominee and Emmy Award winner Amy Schumer, the complete series of Inside Amy Schumer is available for the first time ever! Guest stars include Tina Fey (30 Rock), America Ferrera (Ugly Betty), Zach Braff (Scrubs), Steve Buscemi (Boardwalk Empire), Lena Dunham (Girls), Paul Giamatti (Billions), Ilana Glazer (Broad City), Abbi Jacobson (Broad City), Selena Gomez (13 Reasons Why), Jeff Goldblum (The World According to Jeff Goldblum), Jake Gyllenhaal (Nightcrawler), Maggie Gyllenhaal (The Deuce), Bill Hader (It: Chapter Two), Nick Kroll (Big Mouth), Laura Linney (Ozark), Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Veep), Lin-Manuel Miranda (Hamilton), Julianne Moore (The Glorias), Kumail Nanjani (The Lovebirds), Liam Neeson (Made in Italy), Jerry Seinfeld (Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee), and more! 7-disc set.
COMING ON 3/2/2021:
* Gilmore Girls – The Series (Warner)
$112.98 SRP DVD

—–Welcome to Stars Hollow, Connecticut, a charming, small and slightly off-center town known for green lawns, clapboard houses…and enough quirky characters to fill every hayride, parade and picnic for miles. It’s here that we meet headstrong 32-year-old Lorelai Gilmore, who carves out a comfortable, warm, caffeine-filled life for herself and her equally willful teenage daughter, Rory. But when Rory’s attention turns from dreams of private school and Harvard to thoughts of boys and adolescent self-reliance, single mom Lorelai begins noticing more of her own rebellious youth – only 16 years ago – in Rory. 44-disc set.
NOTE: Warner released a Complete Series Collection for this show on DVD as early as 2007; they are now issuing this new “The Series” set on DVD
COMING ON 3/16/2021:
* The Legend of Korra – The Complete Series: Limited Edition Steelbook Collection (Nickelodeon/ViacomCBS)
$97.99 SRP Blu-ray

EXTRAS: Book One: Air – Audio Commentary (episodes 101-112); The Legend of Puppetbender Presents “The Making of a Legend: The Untold Story – Part I”; Creator’s Favorite Scenes: Animatics {Welcome to Republic City; The Revelation (2); The Voice in the Night; The Spirit of Competition (2); And the Winner Is…; When Extremes Meet; Turning the Tides; Endgame}; Book Two: Spirits – Audio Commentary (episodes 113-126); Scene Bending {Rebel Spirit Scene 1; Rebel Spirit Scene 2; The Southern Lights Scene 1; The Southern Lights Scene 2; Civil Wars, Pt. 1; Civil Wars, Pt. 2; Peacekeepers; Beginnings: Part 1; Beginnings: Part 2; The Guide; A New Spiritual Age; Night of a Thousand Stars; Harmonic Convergence; Darkness Falls; Light in the Dark}; Kindred Spirits: Tenzin’s Family; Inside the Book of Spirits; The Re-telling of Korra’s Journey; Feuding Spirits: Korra’s Family; Book Three: Change – Audio Commentary (episodes 201-213); The Spirit of an Episode {A Breath of Fresh Air; Rebirth; The Earth Queen; In Harm’s Way; The Metal Clan; Old Wounds; Original Airbenders; The Terror Within; The Stakeout; Long Live the Queen; The Ultimatum; Enter the Void; Venom of the Red Lotus}; Book Four: Balance – Audio Commentary (episodes 214-226); Kuvira vs. Prince Wu; Republic City Hustle: Parts 1-3; The Legend of the Puppetbender Presents “The Making of a Legend: The Untold Story – Part II”; Legend of Korra: New York Comic-Con Panel Featurette
—–The spirit of the Avatar lives on in the complete series of The Legend of Korra! Relive every moment from all four books. From meeting Avatar Korra, a teenage girl from the Southern Water Tribe, in book one, to opening the spirit portal and entering a new age where spirits and mankind coexist in books two and three, to embarking on a journey of self-discovery and restoring balance to the Earth Kingdom in book four, you won’t want to miss a second of air, earth, water and firebending in this complete collection!
COMING ON 3/23/2021:
* The Undoing – An HBO Limited Series (HBO/Warner)
$24.98 SRP DVD; $29.98 SRP Blu-ray

—–From writer David E. Kelley (Big Little Lies) and director Susanne Bier (The Night Manager), the limited series focuses on Nicole Kidman’s Grace Fraser, a successful therapist, and her devoted husband, Jonathan (Hugh Grant), and their young son who attends an elite private school in New York City. A chasm opens in Grace’s seemingly perfect life: a violent death, a missing spouse, and a chain of terrible revelations.
COMING ON 4/13/2021:
* The Little Rascals – The ClassicFlix Restorations, Volume 1 (ClassicFlix)
$39.99 SRP Blu-ray

—–Remastered, uncut and beautifully restored, now you can see The Little Rascals like never before. With restorations so glorious, it will be like watching these iconic shorts for the first time! Hal Roach’s Our Gang series is one of the longest running and most prolific in the field of short subjects, with 220 one- and two-reel comedies released between 1922 and 1944. The secret to the longevity of the series, as well as its appeal to generations long after its conclusion, is mainly due to Roach’s choice to cast kids who came across as “natural” on the screen – scruffy underdogs that moviegoers could identify with or wish they could be – not glossy “showbiz professionals”. After producing 88 silent Our Gang shorts, Roach transitioned to sound releasing 80 “talkies” in the series starting with Small Talk in 1929. It took time to fine-tune the adjustment from silent to sound, but soon the studio began firing on all cylinders, producing classics like Shivering Shakespeare and The First Seven Years (both 1930). The Little Rascals – The ClassicFlix Restorations, Volume 1 contains the first 11 Our Gang sound shorts produced by Roach at the dawn of the “talkie era”: Small Talk to A Tough Winter, with each short newly scanned and restored from original Hal Roach 35mm film elements. A must-have for any true Our Gang fan, Volume 1 features the talents of Jackie Cooper, Allen “Farina” Hoskins, Mary Ann Jackson, Bobby “Wheezer” Hutchins, Joe Cobb, Harry Spear and Norman “Chubby” Chaney. **Please note that while this set may go wide retail at some point in the future, it is currently exclusive to and only available at the ClassicFlix website.** SHORTS – 1929: Small Talk; Railroadin’; Lazy Days; Boxing Gloves; Bouncing Babies; Moan and Groan Inc; 1930: Shivering Shakespeare; The First Seven Years; When the Wind Blows; Bear Shooters; A Tough Winter
NOTE: the attached box cover art may not be finalized, and could be subject to change; our thanks to longtime reader John Cerone for alerting us to this item!