January 21, 2010

‘da Kink in My Hair‘s first season on DVD January 26, 2010

‘da Kink in My Hair, Trey Anthony and Ngozi Paul’s Afrocentric Global dramedy, will have its first season out on DVD January 26, 2010.  Paradox Entertainment Group and E1 Entertainment will put the set out.

I came across ‘da Kink‘s first season DVD on January 20, buried here.  Even Air Farce compilations are listed before ‘da Kink in My Hair.

Global gave ‘da Kink in My Hair the college try for two seasons, to disappointing ratings.  The series averaged around 250,000 viewers its first season.  ‘da Kink dipped below 200,000 viewers its second season.

I’m amazed Global stuck with ‘da Kink in My Hair for as long as it did, despite low ratings.  ‘da Kink always came across as a show Global would greenlight to fill a diversity quota.  It should have been on a specialty channel from the start.  ‘da Kink is a show about Jamaican hairdressers.  If that doesn’t scream “niche audience,” then I don’t know what a niche is.


October 8, 2009

News: Rocket Robin Hood finally on DVD?

TVShowsonDVD.com’s David Lambert has posted the news that Rocket Robin Hood might soon be on DVD after a two-year wait.  Two one volume set, collecting the show’s 52-episode run, will be released to DVD on November 17, 2009.  The only information at this point is amazon.ca’s new listings for the volume sets, which are found here and here.

Rocket Robin Hood was supposed to come out October 23, 2007 through Séville Pictures, a date which was delayed to November 27, 2007.  Due to a problem with French-language audio tracks, Séville delayed the release further.

Séville parted ways with Warner Home Video in 2008, as Séville had been subsumed into Entertainment One (now E1 Entertainment) late in 2007.  Why it’s taken until late 2009 for Rocket Robin Hood DVDs to come out is anyone’s guess.

In no way was Rocket Robin Hood a well-produced program.  The show, animated by Trillium Productions very cheaply, melded its Robin Hood motif with SPACE! haphazardly.  CanCon regulations kept the show evergreen for decades, Rocket Robin Hood last airing on Teletoon Retro in 2008.

The show has held up very well, thanks to supreme voiceover acting by Paul Kligman, Bernard Cowan, Ed McNamara, Len Carlson, Carl Banas and Chris Wiggins.  Cowan doubled as narrator and dialogue director.

Cowan’s ear for dialogue has kept Rocket Robin Hood in syndication for generations.  Max, the 2000-Year-Old Mouse and The Wonderful Stories of Professor Kitzel have fallen by the wayside, but RRH is as durable as a T-beam.

This is one of Ralph Bakshi’s earliest projects, which saw Rocket Robin Hood embrace the trippy, nightmarish visuals it and Grantray-Lawrence’s Spider-Man would become famous for.  This is an exciting month for Bakshi fans, as Mighty Mouse, The New Adventures will come out on DVD January 5, 2010.

Rocket Robin Hood is one of the few Canadian cartoons that can truly be called “iconic.”  I really hope RRH comes out on DVD this time.  I’m becoming wary of the false starts.

Update (October 9, 2009) | Turns out that the Amazon.ca links are for English and French-language releases.  The article has been corrected to reflect the new information.

TVShowsonDVD.com is quite wordy in its correction.  Pruning that article to its basics, only one four-disc Rocket Robin Hood volume set will be released for each language.

Preorders have given RRH an Amazon.ca Sales Rank of #44 as of this writing.  I’m amazed Rocket Robin Hood is in such high demand.  It almost makes me want to quiver in my space boots.


August 14, 2009

Canadian TV-on-DVD Roundup (August 14, 2009)

Recently I’ve been re-evaluating what gets included in these Canadian TV-on-DVD Roundups.  I removed all mention of Iron Man: Armored Adventures from the Roundups, as the only sign that the show was Canadian came from Wikipedia, not the world’s most accurate information source.  IM:AA is properly a French/Isle of Man show.  I apologize for the error.

I will still include industrials like Highlander: The Series, Inspector Gadget and Just For Laughs.  Highlander and Gadget were co-productions, while Just For Laughs is a Montreal-based festival with tendrils in Chicago.  I hate including them, but I do include as much proper CanCon as I can.  I’m even wondering whether Fear Itself qualifies for the DVD Roundups.

Little Mosque on the Prairie‘s second season on DVD September 15, 2009 through Paradox Entertainment Group/E1 Entertainment.  I guess Morningstar Entertainment lost DVD rights for the show.  E1 is a better label, anyway.  The set includes a Dan Redican commentary track, among other random extras.

Fraggle Rock‘s final season, as well as A Merry Fraggle Holiday (i.e., a Christmas compilation), coming out November 3, 2009 through Lionsgate.  The complete series is being reissued the same day, in proper bookcase format.

Lionsgate is now working directly with The Jim Henson Company.  HIT Entertainment has been freezed out of the picture, and I couldn’t be happier.  Fraggle Rock was treated shabbily by HIT Entertainment at the end, while the Lionsgate/Henson arrangement takes the fans’ complaints into account – better packaging, a stand-alone fourth season set, cheaper prices.  How can you not like that?

I think the Lionsgate/Henson arrangement is going to bear fruit.  Is a Dog City DVD set on the horizon?  Such a thing looks far more likely than it did a year ago.  Make it happen, JHC.

Gord Lacey reviews Total Drama Island‘s season set.  This is a review of the American DVD set, obnoxious Cartoon Network logo adorning the box art.

Lacey quite likes the show, which I’m surprised by.  Then again, Total Drama Island/Action is one of Cartoon Network’s juggernauts, as well as being omnipresent on Teletoon.  If Fresh TV doesn’t subsume CN within a few years, I’ll be surprised.

Reviewersblog.com “reviews” of Blood Ties: “The Complete Season One.”  As for the blog, it’s blatant content scraping from Amazon.com, just so you know.

I’m quite surprised this release is selling well, as it currently ranks #1,055 in Amazon.com Movies & TV sales.  It’s not a blockbuster ranking, but the set’s been out for a month and a half.  People are buying Blood Ties.

Highlander: The Series‘ first-season Blu-ray set pushed back to September 22, 2009…possibly.  The only place to buy it right now is LegendaryHeroes.com.  Hell, buy a sword for yourself while you’re at it.  THERE CAN BE ONLY ONE!  MOO! and stimulate your need for crap.

Oh, I almost forgot, Flashpoint‘s first season on Canadian DVD and Blu-ray October 13, 2009 through Phase 4 Films.  That isn’t important, is it?