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    A brand new entry, all this month!!!

    When you were in your twenties did you consider making your money outside the norm? Did you consider prostitution?? Think on that while having "The Girlfriend Experience".



    "The Girlfriend Experience [Season One]" was released on home video on August 2nd, 2016.

    It streeted against "Batman: The Killing Joke", "Mothers Day", "The Trust" and "Keanu".

    This release originally came with a non-embossed cardboard slipcase which mirrored the wraparound. It also came with one small insert. An ad for Starz app; stream shows on iTunes and Google Play devices.

    No air dates are listed. Two disc set in a standard two disc case. These are half hour episodes. It also came on Blu-Ray, same date.

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    There was one store exclusive.



    Target offered an unlisted exclusive (as seen in the above weekly ad), a slipcover on street for $24.99. Hard to describe; it has texture to it, like some kind of fabric, but it's not. Interesting.

    That's it.

    Not much of an exclusive. But if you were going to buy (at the time), might as well get this one. *nods*

    Found out about this item from a different message board, did not know at the time. In fact, I did not pick up until August 5th, that morning.

    I was lucky to find mine. They had the DVDs, but were not shelved with the new releases.

    Wait for it...

    They were next to children's titles. WTF? The rear shelf, behind the kid DVDs and BDs.

    'Mommy, I want to be sugar baby when I grow up.'

    Whatever, your kid - not mine.

    There were three copies, two had damaged slipcases, one didn't - took that one home. As I recall, I only saw DVD copies, not Blu-Rays with the exclusive slip. But I could be wrong.

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    Rant.

    A post that stirs, a shadow that casts an insatiable thirst drains a martini glass. There's no place sacred, no honest reflection.
    - Jewel



    Before I get to the series, I should make it clear - this is based on the 2009 film of the same; Steven Soderbergh directed the movie and is an executive producer on the show. That was released on DVD with an unrated version as a bonus. As to be expected, quite mature.

    The motion picture is a notion for the series - loosely based would be far more accurate.

    The movie stars former adult video starlet (award winning no less), Sasha Grey as Christine - her alias is Chelsea; set in Manhattan.

    Her troubles getting her usual fees as this is financial crisis period; Christine is a subject of a journalist interviewing her about her vocation.

    None of the film actors/actress carried over.

    The series is pretty much in name only in regard to our main character. We get an expanded universe of her life, where high end call girl services is a part of her existence.

    The show...



    Riley Keough plays Christine Reade - her alias is Chelsea Rayne. A law student studying copy right law who is an intern at the Chicago law firm of Kirkland & Allen.

    Not much of a social life nor much friends.

    One night, tagging along her pal, Avery Suhr (Kate Lyn Sheil) at a restaurant, she discovers her friend is a call girl; more than a few extra bucks. Intrigued, Christine opts to try it out.



    Avery setting her up with her madam, Jacqueline (Alexandra Castillo).

    What follows is Christine trying to balance her secrets and commitments; doors opening and doors closing. Is her future, law or personal entertainer?

    Let me make this clear - Reade is not a victim.

    She often comes across as cold, she's a calculating young woman who wants more out of life. Not cruel or driven by rage. Christine is not an emotional person; strong, confident, horny and loves money. There is morality, but it's flexible.

    One of the plot points is her upgrading her address; moving from a small apartment to a lager one to an even larger one in a better location. But all of them have the same thing thing in common - it's spartan. Just barely any furniture, a utilitarian existence.

    Could be seen as living a disposable life. Should be noted, the show is presented in very desaturated colors.



    Before you ask. Yes, lots of nudity, this isn't a shy show.

    As you can see from the DVD cover (exclusive) above, it does not say this is season one.

    I'm thinking they did not know they were going to get renewed. So at the time, it was a self-contained series.

    The home video release as mentioned above was on August 2nd. Starz announced their order for season two on August 1, 2016.



    Season two premiered on November 5th, 2017. This is a soft-reboot though. Keough does not return. We are now following a new girl, Narges Rashidi as Darya Esford - same vocation.

    This new season will follow two parallel story lines.

    Kinda bummed out, would like to see more tales with her. We just get a taste of her family learning of her choice of employment.

    Keough is great casting - just right, attractive, but not super model looking.

    Christine straddles that line of being sometimes a bitch and human.



    She has some serious hardships come her way; folks who try to hurt her and those who plot to steal from her.

    One of the main story lines is Chelsea befriended by a rich man who want to take care of her - NOT a white knight. More like a father to a daughter - that he has sex with. It's complicated. He dies, leaving her some serious money.

    But his son is fighting her for it, out of spite. She won't get a dime unless she admits she's a hooker. A fact that would destroy her life, socially and personal. Plus a running story line about her boss screwing her over and her law firm operating a shady medical account.

    It was odd to see Mary Lynn Rajskub as Erin Roberts, a dirty lawyer (as in crooked, not sexy time). I'm so used to seeing her as Chloe O'Brian from "Twenty-Four" series.

    Don't have cable so I can't speak of season two. But season one is a part of my collection and I would recommend it. Sway. The themes are mature and actions have consequences.

    That's it. One of my shorter entries, but gets to the point.

    Come back here on November 23rd, 2017 and bring some liquor with a good seat, we're gonna get schooled.
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    Brand new entry!

    Ready to be schooled by sauced storytellers? No? You're out of luck; prepare for "Drunk History". Man this feels so right, before Thanksgiving.



    "Drunk History: Season Three" was released on home video on March 1st, 2016.

    It streeted against "Creed", "The Danish Girl", "The Night Before" and "Barbie: Spy Squad".

    No slipcover nor insert issued.

    No air dates shown, two discs - standard two disc case.

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    Single exclusive.



    Amazon had a limited edition, lenticular slipcover for $27.99 on street; a blurry lenticular, through hazy eyes.

    Original retail price for the regular edition was $21.99.

    I am that anal - paid MORE (plus shipping and tax) just for a slipcase.

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    Rant.

    This is a Comedy Central show; B and C listed celebrities telling you (addressing the camera) about a point in history; an interview by Derek Waters (series creator).

    Narrator is given an open bar - encouraged to drink; more often than not, comedy gold.

    The audio from that down spiral interview is used as frame work for a reenactment with other celebrities.

    Slurred inebriations, bizarre tangents where even the actors doing the reenactment have a WTF expressions. Reenactments on a budget and it shows, which is part of the charm; Waters usually one of the players.

    Season three was the last where Waters visited a U.S. city, go sight seeing (at bars) talking with locals about the historic topics to be covered, mixed lot.

    Four jumps right into the speaker's home, chatting, then story time.

    A moment sticks out - "Atlanta" from season one, episode three (July 23rd, 2013).

    Derek lightly chats with this redhead with glasses. Seen briefly earlier, kissed by a gay black man, who proclaims - she's the first woman he's ever kissed; very tipsy. Damn!



    She's hot. Went to the then IMDb message board, looking - anybody knew who this woman is? Was not alone, no answer.

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    Teachers are Jenny Slate, Dan Harmon, Mark Proksch, Greg Worswick, Tess Lynch, Jessica Meraz, Allan McLeod, David Wain, Mark Gagliardi, Laura Steinel, Jen Kirkman, Jeremy Konner, Brendon Walsh and Matt Gourley to name a few.

    Subjects: Union Army Balloon Corps, Clark Gable, Juan Ponce de León, Harriet Tubman, pinball prohibition (that was a real thing), newsboys' strike of 1899, Rin Tin Tin (dog actor, 1920s), Roswell UFO crash, Moulin Rouge Hotel and creation of the bra; you get the idea.

    Three lessons per episode. *smiles*

    Actress Pager Brewster is a favorite; a friend of Waters, ripping into him for getting her so drunk.

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    Months after buying did I learn it wasn't canceled. Season four aired in September of 2016 - came to DVD on March 14th, 2017, bought (no exclusive).

    Doing research, discovered season five was green lit. As far I know, it's in the can, but no premiere date. There is however "Drunk History Christmas Special" (hour long) will air November 28th, 2017.

    To be expected, I will buy season five when it hits DVD, sometime next year.

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    Tangent.

    Short PT entry, decided to talk about something lost to me for twenty-five plus years, re-found a few years ago.

    In 2014, had internet mojo to isolate a 1975 stop-motion Norwegian flick.

    Mentioned in the Past Tense for "Custer: The Complete Series" ("Part I" - "Part II"); a TV program watched as a kid, "Family Film Festival".

    Early 1980s - KTLA (Los Angeles); Channel 5; host Tom Hatten would screen a movie and inbetween commercials gave various trivia. Aired on the weekends; 3pm on Saturdays and repeated 10am the next day; two hour long broadcasts. Not always, but sometimes an interview with a cast member - chatting about the film. Hatten exposed me to so many movies.

    "Family Film Festival" lasted fourteen years on the air.

    Holy crap!

    Found the air date! February 19th, 1983 - checked; yup it's a Saturday.



    On that date, "The Pinchcliffe Grand Prix" aired. The movie, dubbed in English is eight-four minutes long.

    Story is about an inventor, Theodore Rimspoke, a bicycle repairman - discovers his former assistant, Rudolph Gore-Slimey has stolen his design for a race car engine. His name should've been a dead giveaway.

    Rudolph became a world champion Formula One driver. Pissed, Theodore set off to join a race against Rudolph, but has no car. So he and his assistant, Sonny Duckworth - forage junk piles and constructs a speed car from scraps and bike parts. The race is on to prove himself and shame Gore-Slimey.

    A world where animals have human qualities.

    When I found, went hunting.



    Released on DVD in 2001 (two disc set) as "Caprino's World of Adventure: Part 1 - The Pinchcliffe Grand Prix". Audio is in Swedish, English and Danish; Dolby Digital 2.0 each. As I understand, came with a slipcover.

    A region 0 disc, presented in widescreen, released from Caprino Studios.

    I need to buy. The race inspired the pod race in "Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace" (1999).

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    Rabbit hole...

    "Invasion Of The Body Snatchers" (1956) was shown there; Hatten had star Kevin McCarthy as a guest, interviewing about the making and career.



    Think I've isolated; interview took place in 1985. Based on their conversation; McCarthy had just come from a floating theater cruise on the "Royal Viking Sea"; fourteen days, September 7th - 21st. McCarthy played Harry Truman in "Give 'Em Hell Harry". The 21st was a Saturday, no time to be on the show/taping, but could happen for the following week.

    My impression - "Invasion" broadcast with interview; aired on September 28th, 1985.

    That interview (edited as one piece, 7:24 minutes [from a VHS source?]) appears in the first official DVD release from Republic Entertainment, Inc., 1998 for $14.98; their "Silver Screen Classics" collection.

    Remastered, presented in non-anamorphic widescreen and full screen; double sided disc.

    Came with the trailer and a two page chapter listing insert with trivia.



    First pressing had a holographic foil wraparound, an attention getter. It took me nearly a year, off and on attempts to get that first release. Lost X amount of money on Ebay, but was worth it.

    Republic re-released it with a regular, matted wraparound - exact, same artwork. Then got more complicated.

    Yeah.

    In 2000 Artisan Home Entertainment got the rights for the whole package.



    Was re-re-released it with slightly different artwork. Same deal and extras, double sided (still non-anamorphic).

    To complicate matters, all three versions share the same UPC# 0 17153-20182 6; which is what most folks were using for their Ebay listings.

    *shakes head*



    Wouldn't be until 2012 it received an anamorphic release; DVD and BD from Olive Films; $19.95/$29.95 (UPCs# 8 87090-03430 2; 8 87090-03900 0). Remastered again.

    Interview did not carry over.

    Olive release is bare bones. Not even the trailer.

    I need to get that for the better picture quality, NOT getting rid of my '98 DVD.



    Lost to the digital ether, exclusive to the obsolete laser disc format - a commentary. In 1986 (re-released in 1988; same price; second edition above), Criterion Collection put out an LD set, $74.95; a gatefold jacket (UPC# 0 20350-01116 7) - a three disc CAV set.

    Commentary by film professor Maurice Yacowar, interview with director Don Siegel and a featurette showcasing the difference between full screen and widescreen - using film scenes to illustrate. Writer Jeff Rovin in his book, "The Laserdisc Film Guide: Complete Ratings For The Best And Worst Movies Available On Disc: 1993 - 1994 Edition" (1993; St. Martin's Press), called Yacowar's commentary... "full of pretentious baloney."

    Yacowar's lecture try to make it into something larger than a low budget, sci-fi flick.

    My quest to own Republic, ended up with both editions. So I move them into a transparent DVD case.

    The 1998 foil on the outside and the 2000 wraparound shown on the inside; best of both worlds - booklet too.

    Come back here on December 7th, 2017 for transgressions in black and white. *wink* Have an decent Thanksgiving and a safe Black Friday - should you go. Till next.

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