August 29, 2014

DVD News | Cybersix complete series DVD set out now through Discotek Media

Cybersix aired on Teletoon from 1999-2000, based on the more violent/sexually explicit Argentine comic book. The series was a Canada/Japan co-production between two Vancouver, British Columbia studios (Network of Animation, Ocean Productions), and Tokyo Movie Shinsha. In the United States of America, Cybersix aired on Fox Kids in fall 2000.

Cybersix’s main character is Cyber-6 (Cathy Weseluck), an artificial human created by former Nazi/Schutzstaffel member Dr. Von Reichter (Terry Klassen). Cyber-6 is the last fully-intact, surviving member of the Cyber series, which Von Reichter wants to destroy due to the Cyber series’ possession of free will. The Nazism is toned down in the animated series, but not fully eliminated.

During the series’ run, Cyber-6 fights Von Reichter’s monsters in the city of Meridiana. The monsters include Fixed Ideas (big green humanoid mooks), Technos (normal-seeming artificial humans), and Types (like Technos, but teenaged and more monstrous). Cyber-6 survives by taking their “Sustenance” – essentially, a way to suggest vampirism without being blatant about it. José (Alex Doduk), Von Reichter’s “son”/clone, is the show’s main on-screen antagonist, carrying out his “father’s” orders. Cyber-6 is helped by Data-7, a panther with the brain of Cyber-6’s “brother” Cyber-29.

By day, Cyber-6 assumes the identity of teacher Adrian Seidelman. Biology teacher/big eater Lucas Amato (Michael Dobson) is the designated Lois Lane, capable of holding his own against normal people, but not the villains Cybersix deals with. Julian (Andrew Francis) is a street kid who tries to help Cybersix at times – emphasis on tries. Lori Anderson (Janyse Jaud) is one of Seidelman’s students. Lori has a crush on Seidelman, and is the main focus of the fifth episode, “Lori is Missing”.

Cybersix is an atypical animated series, due to its being Japanese animation with the Cybersix comics’ European look. The theme song (see below) is excellent; Cybersix’s scores aren’t as good, and the show mostly goes with a monster-of-the-week format. Cybersix’s main strengths are its production values, character designs, and gender flip of the Clark Kent/Superman dynamic. Cybersix is a reminder of the early, more freewheeling days of Teletoon.

Discotek Media released this complete series DVD set August 26, 2014; it retails for USD$34.95 at its website. Extras include commentary on the first and final episodes, by Cathy Weseluck and Discotek Media graphic artist/Cybersix fan Brady Hartel. The set only includes the English dub, in its original 1.33:1 aspect radio.

I can’t complain about this set. In today’s Canadian TV-on-DVD world, the fact this title is out at all after fifteen years is a minor miracle. Frankly, I think Cybersix is Teletoon’s best-ever original series. I don’t claim Cybersix is perfect, as the monster-of-the-week format limits it more than anything. I still prefer Cybersix for adapting seemingly questionable source material, and adapting it well. Teletoon never took as big a chance as with Cybersix; I doubt it will again.


August 21, 2014

TV News | Seed cancelled by Rogers Media

Rogers Media City/specialties publicist Stephanie Perron confirms to Gloryosky on August 21, 2014 that Seed, the Joseph Raso-helmed sitcom which debuted February 4, 2013 on City, will not be renewed for a third season. The sitcom stars Adam Korson as a sperm donor trying to connect with his various offspring, and their attached families. The Rogers Media statement, in full:

“We are extremely proud of Seed and the two seasons that we were able to bring to our viewers. It was a privilege to work with the immense talent behind both the cast and creators involved in this quality Canadian production. It was a difficult decision, but, despite critical acclaim, the series was unable to connect with the audience it needed to continue. We thank Canadians for their support for Seed over the last two years and look forward to bringing them more original content in the future.”

Seed debuted on The CW July 14, 2014, and was cancelled after two low-rated episodes. As Mr. D will air on City on a second-window basis, and with the announcements of Young Drunk Punk and Sunnyside, there is no more room for Seed.

Seed joins Mother Up! as shows on City’s 2013-14 schedule that will not return for new seasons.


May 14, 2011

News: The Adventures of Tintin DVD sets to be released through Shout! Factory

This is three-day-old news by now, but I haven’t seen much commentary on this story.  The Adventures of Tintin, a co-production between Canada’s Nelvana and France’s Ellipsanime, will see its 39 episodes released on DVD through Shout! Factory.  This “multi-year agreement” will exploit the upcoming 2011 release of The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn, the Steven Spielberg/Peter Jackson/Weta Digital motion-capture film.

This news is notable for the American company attached to the Adventures of Tintin DVD releases.  Shout! Factory has released Canadian content before, most notably SCTV, ReBoot and Transformers: Beast Wars.

More Tintin after the jump


May 7, 2011

News: Alliance Home Entertainment TV-on-DVD Releases, April-June 2011

Yeah, I know.  My neglect of URBMN means these Alliance Home Entertainment titles, if not already out, are coming very soon.  Hey, a few of you are actually purchasing these titles through my links, so I must be doing something right…that or Americans are cross-border shopping.

The titles for April to June 2011, plus a selection for August:

Titles After the Jump


January 29, 2011

News: Testees complete series DVD to come out in 2011

Testees, Kenny Hotz and Derek Harvie’s 2008 Showcase/FX sitcom, has earned a two-disc series set in 2011, through Entertainment One Home Video.  The show stars Jeff Kassel and Steve Markle as Ron and Peter, two human guinea pigs testing products for TESTICO.

Kenny Hotz is long-tenured guinea pig Larry, while Joe Pingue carves a niche as obnoxious schemer Nugget.  Kim Schraner appears as bar owner Kate…at least until she’s written off midseason, presumably to make room for more Nugget.

Testees fans might remember this URBMN article, which debunked rumours of a Canada-only second season.  FX Productions and Blueprint Entertainment originally produced the series, and Blueprint has since folded into Entertainment One.  I’d consider Testees‘ cancellation official now.

Both and eOne Home Video’s site give the release date as April 26, 2011. has it as February 22, 2011.  I assume the date is wrong, but hey, the Testees DVD is out.  That’s more than I can say for Less Than Kind right now.


January 16, 2011

News: Alliance Home Entertainment TV-on-DVD Releases, Feb.-Mar. 2011

Yes, it’s another round of Alliance Home Entertainment’s Canadian TV-on-DVD releases.  There’s an increased reliance this year on relatively obscure shows with one-or-two-season runs.  The Adventures of Sinbad, The Outer Limits and other well-known CanCon quota quickies have been burned through, so Alliance has to reach deeper into its barrel.

With that in mind, here are Alliance’s February 2011 releases, plus a March 2011 release that hasn’t been formally announced:

Dead Man’s Gun: Season 1 (February 15, 2011) | Season 2 (March 15, 2011)
La galère: Season 3 (February 8, 2011)
Amazon: Complete Series (February 22, 2011)
The Adventures of the Black Stallion: Season 3 (February 22, 2011)
The Crow: Stairway to Heaven: Complete Series (February 15, 2011)
Total Recall 2070: Complete Series (February 22, 2011)

The packaging for Dead Man’s Gun is encouraging.  Alliance has finally realized how awful the six-disc Digipak it’s been using since 2010 is, and has opted for a multi-disc keepcase.  I hope this is a permanent change.

If you’ve been keeping score, Night Heat and Da Vinci’s Inquest haven’t been touched yet, while Total Recall 2070 and Amazon (a/k/a Peter Benchley’s Amazon) have.  Eventually, Alliance is going to have to get to Night Heat, just so I can end this running joke.  You can’t hide from the 1980s forever.


October 28, 2010

News: Sugar Sammy and Dan for Mayor Season 1 on DVD Jan. 18, 2011

Both Sugar Sammy Live in Concert: Direct from Montreal and Dan for Mayor‘s first season will be released on DVD by Video Service Corp., on Tuesday, January 18, 2011.  Dan for Mayor‘s season set contains two discs, while Sugar Sammy Live in Concert has one.

More About Super Paki for Mayor


October 26, 2010

News: Alliance Home Entertainment TV-on-DVD Releases, Nov. 2010-Jan. 2011

It’s been a while since I posted anything about Alliance Home Entertainment’s Canadian TV-on-DVD releases.  This listing consists of five new releases, two box set repacks, and one oft-delayed title.  To wit:

Andromeda: Season 5 (January 4, 2011)
C.A. Conseil d’administration: Complete Series (November 9, 2010)
Passe-Partout: “Coffret” (November 16, 2010)
TekWar: Complete Series (?)
The Adventures of Sinbad: Season 2 (January 4, 2011)
The Adventures of the Black Stallion: Season 2 (November 9, 2010)
Trailer Park Boys: “Say Goodnight to the Bad Guys” DVD | Blu-ray (December 7, 2010)

You will notice Passe-Partout‘s box set listed as “Coffret.”  From what I can tell, Alliance Vivafilm is re-releasing its Passe-Partout volume sets, packaging them as a collection.  At around $200, I can’t see a market for the set, even though Passe-Partout is encoded into the DNA of every French-speaking Quebecer born in the late 1970s and 1980s.

I question the wisdom of Alliance releasing the TPB special two years after its airdate.  I see no point in releasing Trailer Park Boys: Countdown to Liquor Day before the special that preceded it.  I guess Countdown to Liquor Day is a bigger commercial lure, being the third TPB film.  I don’t know.

As for The Adventures of Sinbad and Andromeda, they finish their runs on January 4, 2011.  This begs the question: which shows will Alliance mill through next?  I mean, the world is at the point where Airwolf‘s fourth season is worthy of release.

Seriously, the Vancouver season of Airwolf!  A lot of Airwolf fans count the fourth season as a separate show, but here we are.  It’s 2011 and you get to see tons of stock footage of a Bell 222, plus Barry Van Dyke!  Night Heat can’t come to DVD why?

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