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DVD Review: Touch Season One

Kiefer Sutherland is back and at his best.

Touch, which comes from Heroes mastermind Tim Kring, follows Martin Bohm (Sutherland), an ex-newspaper reporter who lost his wife on 9/11 and now struggles to make ends meet while raising his eleven-year-old son Jake (David Mazouz).

Jake has never spoken a word aloud, doesn’t like being touched and is obsessed with numbers – he frequently writes the same number continually in his notebook.

Things become a problem when Jake continues to run away and climb cell phone towers. This causes the State to notice and intervene by sending a social worker Clea Hopkins (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) to put Jake in a government run foster care facility.

However, Martin believes that Jake is trying to communicate with him through numbers and soon discovers that Jake’s numbers lead to a person in dire need of help.

What’s great about Touch is the ever-arcing stories that unfold after each episode.

Sutherland subdues his performance and takes his Jack Bauer 24 persona down a notch and really brings Martin to life.

Additionally, Kring really brings his trademark intensity to the show.

Edited: October 26th, 2012

Blu-ray Review: Modern Family Season 3

When Modern Family first made its debut in 2009, everyone took notice. Now, 12 Emmy Awards later, the show is unstoppable.

For those that have been living under a rock, Modern Family, follows three different, but related, families – the Pritchards and Dunphys – and the trials they face in each of their own uniquely comedic ways.

These 24 episodes featured in Season 3 showcase the talent and humor that makes the show such a success.

Episodes including, Little Bo Bleep, Lifetime Supply and Egg Drop are standouts.

Additionally, the Blu-ray edition contains bonus features such as deleted and extended scenes, family interviews, aventures of the Modern Family kids, Modern Family goes to Disney and a Modern Family Christmas.

Edited: September 26th, 2012

Blu-ray Review: Once Upon a Time

When I first heard that Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis where creating a show for ABC I was excited – I mean, how can Lost fans not rejoice?

Then, when I heard the show was an adventurous twist on popular classic fairytales, my excitement grew to a whole new level.

Once Upon a Time is like now show on TV. The series centers around Emma Swan (Jennifer Morrison) who suddenly finds her son Henry (Jared Gilmore), who she gave up for adoption 10 years standing at her doorstep. Henry tells her that she must save Storybrooke, the small town he lives in, from an evil curse.

Everyone in Storybrooke is trapped because of the evil queen Regina (Lana Parilla). Characters like Rumpelstiltskin, Snow White, Gepetto, Jiminy Cricket, Cinderella, Red Riding Hood and Prince Charming all live in Storybrooke, only they don’t know who they really are. They’re regular people who have been cursed to live an ordinary life by the evil queen.

Each episode is beautifully crafted and lets each individual character shine.

Edited: September 15th, 2012

Blu-ray Review: Glee Season 3

Glee Season 3 packs as much punch – if not more so – than past season.

In the third season, the gleeks are back and headed for the Nationals, as well as their graduation.

What’s great about the third season, is that although the song and dance numbers are still great, creator Ryan Murphy has added new memorable hits from legends such as Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston.

There are a lot of special features including a Glee Music Jukebox that lets you jump to the musical numbers featured in the show.

Additionally, there is a “Glee Under the Stars” is a featurette that shows a season 3 kick-off event that was held at a high school in Santa Monica.

My favorite of course are the Jane Lynch-specific featurettes.

For Gleek lovers such as myself, this one is not to miss!

Edited: September 8th, 2012

DVD Review: Season 1

ABC spent quite a bit of money advertising Revenge when it was first about to hit the small screen. However, that was not needed.

The show speaks for itself. It’s smart, clever and keeps viewers craving more after every episode.

Revenge follows Emily Thorne (Emily VanCamp), who’s real name is Amanda Clarke. She has come back to the Hamptons to get even with the people who ruined her father’s life and reputation, which led to his death in prison.

However, despite her plan, her mission isn’t as easy as she might expect. Emily has met her match with Victoria Grayson (Madeleine Stowe) – the matriarch of Emily’s target family, who was also David Clarke’s lover.

The show also stars Josh Bowman, Nick Wechsler, Henry Czerny, Connor Paolo, Ashley Madekwe and Christa B. Allen.

Revenge is worth watching and is definitely a must-see.

The complete first season includes exclusive bonus features such as Roadmap to Revenge, At Home in The Hamptons and Nolan Ross Exposed.

The DVD also features deleted scenes, bloopers and polit commentary.

Edited: September 3rd, 2012

The New FOX Tuesday Screening & Live-Streamed Q&A

You’re invited to a 10-city mega New Fox Tuesday screening and Q&A event!

The event takes place on Sunday, Aug. 26 in New York and across the country.

There will be simultaneous screenings happening in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, Dallas, San Francisco, Boston, Washington, D.C., Atlanta and Houston.

Additionally, there will be a Q&A that will be LIVE-streamed from Los Angeles to all the other cities.

The exclusive screening will premiere Fox’s new show Ben and Kate and The Mindy Project.

The live-streamed Q&A panel will feature stars from Ben and Kate, The Mindy Project, Raising Hope and New Girl!

To attend, simply email FOXTuesdayNewYork@AlliedIM.com to RSVP.

Edited: August 17th, 2012

DVD Review: White Collar Season 3

Matt Bomer was born to play Neal Cafferty. He’s witty, charming and very easy on the eyes.

White Collar follows Neal, a convicted white collar criminal who’s assigned to work with the FBI and specifically Peter Burke (Tim DeKay) in an attempt to garner favor and perhaps commutation of his prison sentence by the government. Neal also solves many of the ongoing with the help of his friend Mozzie (Willie Garson).

The third season picks up where the second left off. Throughout season two, Neal was put on the trail of a sunken World War II sub that was filled with art stolen by the Nazis. After a long hunt, Neal and Peter find it, only to have it blown up. However, Mozzie stole the art and blew up the sub as cover, without telling Neal about the plan.

The plot continues in season three where Neal and Mozzie are trying to figure out how to get the stolen art out of the country, without having Peter and the rest of the F.B.I. figure out they have it.

The Season 3 DVD also features a six-minute trivia contest and audio commentary with creator, Jeff Eastin, and Bomer, DeKay, and Garson.

White Collar is definitely a standout. The show is entertaining and a must-see.

Edited: July 25th, 2012

DVD Review: Missing

mIt’s not everyday you see and action-filled, face-paced show like Missing.

The ABC show was a nice treat, especially when comedies reigned weeknights.

Missing follows Becca Winstone (Ashley Judd), a retired CIA agent and widow, who has an 18 year-old-son named Michael.

Michael gets accepted into a summer program in Rome and when Becca doesn’t hear from him for a week, she leaves for Rome and gets caught up in an international conspiracy with links to her old life.

I can’t imagine anyone but Judd playing this role. She really brings Becca to life and proves once more that she can be an action star.

I’ll never understand why ABC continually cancels good shows.

Missing was unlike anything on TV and it’s sad we’ll never see what else it had to offer.

Edited: June 23rd, 2012

DVD Review: GCB

Let the claws come out!

Nowadays, TV is all about satire – think The Office and Modern Family. That’s what great about GCB. THe show was entertaining and funny-as-hell to watch, filled with soap-inspired drama.

Who doesn’t want to watch rich, hypocritical women who backstab their friends?

GCB follows a disgraced and widowed former high school mean girl named Amanda (Leslie Bibb) who returns home to Dallas. Her husband was involved in a ponzi scheme and is killed along with his mistress in a car wreck while running away from an apparent investigation involving his crimes.

Back at home, Amanda must deal constantly with the now vicious and powerful adult versions of the girls she savaged in high school.

There’s Cricket Caruth-Reilly (Miriam Shor), a ball-busting businesswoman with a closeted gay husband; Sharon Peacham (Jennifer Aspen), a chubby insecure housewife who won’t stop eating her feelings away; and of course Carlene Cockburn (Kristin Chenoweth), who lives across the street and is always in Amanda’s business.

It’s a shame that GCB was cancelled so soon.

I loved everything about the show and always looked forward to each episode.

The ensemble worked well and there’s no doubt that the cast is clearly very talented.

Although there won’t be a second season, definitely run out and get the Complete First Season. It includes bonus materials. Who doesn’t want to know how to get big Texas hair?

Edited: June 20th, 2012

DVD Review: Scandal

Shonda Rhimes knows no wrong.

Scandal is the third hit from the creator who has also helmed Grey’s Anatomy and Private Practice.

The show follows Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington) and her team (Henry Ian Cusick, Columbus Short, Darby Stachfield, Guillermo Diaz and Katie Lowes) who are professional “fixers,” or, as they are officially known as, “crisis managers.”

Each week, as they try to fix the ongoing problems of their clients, Olivia also other things to worry about such as her own ties to the White House that keep pulling her back in for more as the President (Tony Goldwyn) gets ensnared in a scandal that could ruin his presidency.

Similar to Rhimes’ other shows, Scandal is addictive and has the viewer craving more. The show delivers and has many twists and plots, as well as shocking revelations that have yet to be explored.

The first season is very promising and we can’t wait for season 2!

Edited: June 19th, 2012

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