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Electra Woman & Dyna Girl (a J!-ENT DVD Review)

June 18, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

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The “Electra Woman & Dyna Girl” reboot is a more mature, hilarious action film that pays homage to the original ’70s Sid & Marty Krofft children’s show. Great production values and costume design including an upbeat performance by YouTube personalities, Grace Helbig and Hannah Hart. I definitely recommend the film but also hope there will be a sequel!

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DVD TITLE: Electra Woman and Dyna Girl

FILM RELEASE DATE: 2016

DURATION: 81 Minutes

DVD INFORMATION: 2:40:1 Anamorphic Widescreen, English 5.1 Dolby Digital, Subtitles: English, English SDH, French, Spanish, Chinese (simplified), Chinese (traditional), Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish, Thai

COMPANY: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

RATED: Not Rated

AVAILABLE ON: July 5, 2016


Based on the characters from the TV series “Sid & Marty Krofft’s ‘Electra Woman and Dyna Girl'”

Directed by Chris Marrs Piliero

Written by Hannibal Deiz, Chris Marrs Piliero, Don Piliero

Produced by Tim Carter, Chris Foss

Co-Producers: Hannibal Deiz

Executive Produced by Sid & Marty Krofft, Grace Helbig, Hannah Hart, Ken Treusch, Sarah Weichel, Thomas Lesinski

Music by Chris Ridenhour

Cinematography by Brenda Uegama

Edited by Spencer Houck

Costume Design by Katrina McCarthy

Production Design by Tony Deyenvi


Starring:

Grace Helbig as Lori (Electra Woman)

Hannah Hart as Judy (Dyna Girl)

Christopher Coutts as Frank Heflin

Trevor Lerner as Captain Phaser

Matreya Fedor as Bernice

Christpoher Coutts as Frank Heflin

Andy Buckley as Dan Dixon


ELECTRA WOMAN & DYNA GIRL puts a fresh new twist on Sid and Marty Krofft’s cult classic ‘70s TV series. Starring YouTube sensations Grace Helbig (Electra Woman) and Hannah Hart (Dyna Girl), the crime-fi ghting duo takes their super personas and crime-fi ghting chops up a notch when they move from small-town Ohio to the glitz and glamour of Los Angeles.


Back in 1976, Sid and Marty Krofft, (best known for shows such as “Donny & Marie”, “Wonderbug”, “Bigfood and Wildboy”, “The Brady Bunch Hour”, etc.) would create a sci-fi children’s television series known as “Electra Woman and Dyna Girl”.

A campy ’70s superheroine show that would be similar to the old “Batman” TV series, with a female hero and her trust teen sidekick, the series would receive a modern reboot starring YouTube personalities, Grace Helbig and Hannah Hart as the new Electra Woman and Dyna Girl.

Presented online as eight 11-minute web episodes, the episodes were then made into a full-length film titled “Electra Woman and Dyna Girl” and will be available on DVD in July 2016.

The film would revolve around two amateur superheroes: Lori/Electra Woman (portrayed by Grace Helbig) and her friend/roommate Judy/Dyna Girl (portrayed by Hannah Hart) who fight crime in Akron, Ohio.

As Lori is not happy about seeing how their superhero lives are going and seeing superheroes such as Captain Vault showcased on TV commercials, Lori wonders if they can do more, while Judy is cool with just making a difference in Akron despite not having enough money to pay the bills.

One day, the two as Electra Woman and Dyna Girl go to a local convenience store to get a slushy but when two robbers (one filming their theft on their cell phone) come into the store, Electra Woman and Dyna Girl end up defeating the robbers and uploading the video on social media.

Immediately, Lori and Judy’s luck changes after the video becomes viral and they are welcomed to Hollywood by an agent who wants to make the duo popular, by featuring them on television.

With new costumes and technology, the duo make their debut on an interview for television and during an interview, masked thieves are seen in the background.  And immediately, Electra Woman and Dyna Girl defeat the thieves and become a national sensation.

But as they become popular, the focus by the media is on Electra Woman, while Dyna Girl is seen as a sidekick than a partner.  And as Lori/Electra Woman becomes enamored by the media attention, Judy/Dyna Girl doesn’t like how their lives are changing, but more importantly, how Lori’s ego is changing for the worse.

Meanwhile, a new powerful supervillain named Empress of Evil has come out of nowhere and is causing havoc in the city.  Can Electra Woman and Dyna Girl defeat such a powerful villain?


VIDEO & AUDIO:

“Electra Woman and Dyna Girl” is presented in 2:40:1 Anamorphic Widescreen and English 5.1 Dolby Digital.  While I would have loved to watch the film in HD on Blu-ray, picture quality is good as one can expect on DVD.  Audio is also very good considering all the action showcased in the film with good use of surround channels and LFE.

Subtitles are in English, English SDH, French, Spanish, Chinese (simplified), Chinese (traditional), Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish and Thai

SPECIAL FEATURES:

“Electra Woman and Dyna Girl” comes with the following special features:

  • Audio Commentary – Featuring audio commentary by Grace Helbig and Hannah Hart
  • Making of Electra Woman & Dyna Girl – (5:15) The making of the superhero film!  Interviews with Grace, Hannah and the cast.
  • Inside Creative Masked Management – (3:13) Dan Dixon, the CMM Super Agent promotes CMM.
  • Electra Car for Sale – (1:46) Electra Woman and Dyna Girl video to sell their old Electra car.
  • Making the Poster – (2:35) Grace Helbig and Hannah Hart being photographed for their film poster.
  • CMM: The Superhero Agency – (:33) Electra Woman and Dyna Girl promote their agency.
  • Dan Dixon: CMM Super Agent – (:21) Grace Helbig and Hannah Hart talks about Dan Dixon’s character.
  • Megaline: The Source for Celebrity News – (:28) Electra Woman and Dyna Girl promote Megaline.
  • Everybody Loves Plant Man (:27) Electra Woman and Dyna Girl talk about Plan Man.
  • There’s No Sidekick Here – (:19) Electra Woman and Dyna Girl discuss if Dyna Girl is a sidekick.
  • Grace & Hannah at San Diego Comic-Con – (12:26) Dan Casey interviews Grace Helbig and Hannah Hart at SDCC.

As a child, I can remember growing up watching the original “Electra Woman & Dyna Girl” and then many years later, looking it up on YouTube and realizing that the main actress was Deidre Hall.  But watching it again on YouTube and realizing how campy the children’s show was.

But it had its mystique with its disco music and in many ways, it fit the mold of superhero action of the ’70s as many of us grew up watching “Batman” TV series reruns or “Wonder Woman” and the older Superman TV shows.  And of course, the big hit superhero animation series “Super Friends”.

But the late ’70s was interesting because it featured women in action, with “Charlie’s Angels” and “Wonder Woman” on primetime but for children, the fact that there was Electra Woman & Dyna Girl on daytime, in terms of pop culture, to have strong female leads in a children’s show was rare.

When I heard that Electra Woman & Dyna Girl was receiving a reboot, needless to say, my expectations weren’t set too high, considering the original was very campy, unless it was uber-terrible, the reboot should hopefully turn out much better, considering modern technology and better production value.

And with YouTube personalities Grace Helbig and Hannah Hart, known for their upbeat personalities, suffice to say that I was looking forward to watching the series (later compiled to make a full-length action film) and I enjoyed it.

The film featured plenty of humor, action and as expected, production values were much better, as well as overall action and special effects.  Costume design was also well-done.

And while the reboot is definitely not for children (as one scene features Dyna Girl using a weapon which rips an arm off a thief and blood gushing out and the use of profanity), the film is entertaining because of its humor.

While the reboot doesn’t feature the same type of campiness as the ’70s TV series, it does have its charm as an action/comedy film.  And to be truthful, in terms of superhero films, it wasn’t that bad, I actually enjoyed it and I hope there is a sequel.

If there was one thing that I would have hoped for, it would be a special cameo appearance by original “Electra Woman and Dyna Girl” actresses, Deidre Hall and Judy Strangis.

But the casting of Grace Helbig and Hannah Hart was great as both talents had great chemistry!  And the upbeat personality of both women that you see on their YouTube channel, they are just as upbeat in the film.

As for the DVD, while I wished Sony had released this on HD ala Blu-ray, overall picture quality and audio is very good, as one can expect on DVD.  Plus, there are a good number of special features included as well, such as an audio commentary and a making of.

Overall, the “Electra Woman & Dyna Girl” reboot is a more mature, hilarious action film that pays homage to the original ’70s Sid & Marty Krofft children’s show.  Great production values and costume design including an upbeat performance by YouTube personalities, Grace Helbig and Hannah Hart.

I definitely recommend the film but also hope there will be a sequel!

ABC Family Original Series – The Lying Game

July 14, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

 “The Lying Game,” a new one-hour scripted drama, follows Emma, a kind-hearted foster kid who learns she has an identical twin sister, Sutton. Sutton, unlike Emma, was adopted by wealthy parents and is seemingly living an ideal life. After their initial meeting, Sutton talks Emma into stepping into her life for a few days while she pursues a lead on the mysterious identity of their birth mother.

After Sutton inexplicably fails to return to the girls’ designated meeting place, Emma must decide whether to come clean about her identity and risk her own safety in the hope of uncovering her twin sister’s whereabouts, along with the truth about why they were separated in the first place.

“The Lying Game” stars Alexandra Chando (“As The World Turns”) as Emma/Sutton; Andy Buckley (“The Office”) as Ted; Helen Slater (“Supergirl”) as Kristin; Blair Redford (“90210”) as Garrett; Sharon Pierre-Louis (“Lincoln Heights”) as Nisha; Kirsten Prout (“Kyle XY”) as Char; Alice Greczyn (“Lincoln Heights”) as Mads; and Allie Gonino (“10 Things I Hate About You”) as Laurel.

Charles Pratt, Jr. (“Ugly Betty,” “Desperate Housewives,” “All My Children,” “Melrose Place”) serves as executive producer and writer; Leslie Morgenstein (“Pretty Little Liars,” “The Nine Lives of Chloe King,” “Gossip Girl,” “The Vampire Diaries”) and Gina Girolamo will serve as executive producers. Produced by Alloy Entertainment in association with Warner Horizon Television, the series is based on the novel by author Sara Shepard (Pretty Little Liars).

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