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Spider-Man: Homecoming (a J!-ENT 4K Ultra HD Disc Review)

October 17, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

“Spider-Man: Homecoming” may not be featuring the Spider-Man that I grew up reading but I will say that “Spider-Man: Homecoming” was entertaining to the point that I watched it multiple times already because I really enjoyed watching the film.  The way I see it, if the “Spider-Man” trilogy or the next two films didn’t win you over, this movie may.  Wonderful story, loved the characters and this film was just a lot of fun and I highly recommend it!

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TITLE: Spider-Man: Homecoming

DATE OF FILM RELEASE: 2017

DURATION: 133 Minutes

BLU-RAY INFORMATION: 2160p 4K Ultra High Definition, 2:39:1 aspect ratio, English Dolby Atmos (TrueHD 7.1 compatible), French 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio,  French, Spanish, Thai 5.1 Dolby Digital, English Audio Description, SUBTITLES: English, English SDH, Arabic, Cantonese,  Chinese, Dutch, French, Indonesian, Korean, Malay, Spanish and Thai

COMPANY: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

RATED: PG-13

RELEASE DATE: October 17, 2017


Based on the Marvel Comic Book by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko

Directed by Jon Watts

Screenplay by Jonathan Goldstein, John Francis Daley, Jon Watts, Christopher Ford, Chris McKenna, Erik Sommers

Producer: Kevin Feige, Amy Pascal

Executive Producer: Victoria Alonso, Avi Arad, Louis D’Esposito, Jeremy Latcham, Stan Lee, Matt Tolmach, Patricia Whitcher

Co-Producer:  Mitchell Bell, Eric Hauserman Carroll, Rachel O’Connor

Music by Michael Giacchino

Cinematography by Salvatore Totino

Edited by Debbie Berman, Dan Lebental

Casting by Sarah Finn

Production Design by Oliver Scholl

Set Decoration by Lauri Gaffin

Costume Design by Louise Frogley


Starring:

Tom Holland as Peter Parker/Spider-Man

Michael Keaton as Adrian Toomes/Vulture

Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark/Iron Man

Marisa Tomei as May Parker

Jon Favreau as Happy Hogan

Gwyneth Paltrow as Pepper Potts

Zendaya as Michelle

Donald Glover as Aaron Davis

Jacob Batalon as Ned

Laura Harrier as Liz

Tony Revolori as Flash

Bokeem Woodbine as Herman Schultz/Shocker

Tyne Daly as Anne Marie Hoag

Garcelle Beauvais as Doris Toomes


A young Peter Parker/Spider-Man (Tom Holland), who made his sensational debut in Captain America: Civil War, begins to navigate his newfound identity as the web-slinging super hero. Thrilled by his experience with the Avengers, Peter returns home, where he lives with his Aunt May (Marisa Tomei), under the watchful eye of his new mentor Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.). Peter tries to fall back into his normal daily routine – distracted by thoughts of proving himself to be more than just your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man – but when the Vulture (Michael Keaton) emerges as a new villain, everything that Peter holds most important will be threatened.


It is well-known that there is friction between Marvel Studios (which is currently owned by Disney) and their Marvel’s deal with FOX which gave them ownership to the X-Men films (and formerly the “Fantastic Four” films) which prevents the interaction of characters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) to co-exist.  But one big question that many have wondered is if one of the most iconic characters, Spider-Man, which the films are with Sony Pictures, would ever appear in the Marvel Cinematic Universe films.

And when it was announced that Sony Pictures, Marvel Studios and Disney would collaborate and allowed Spider-Man to be featured in a MCU film, not only was it unprecedented, fans applauded the studios of working together.

Spider-Man would be featured in “Captain America: Civil War” and now we have a new Spider-Man film which allows Tony Stark (Iron Man) and even Captain America to be featured in a Sony Pictures film, “Spider-Man: Homecoming”.

The film begins not long after the Battle of New York (as featured in the first “Avengers” film).  Adrian Toomes (portrayed by Michael Keaton) owns a salvage company and is contracted to clean up the city of the destroyed alien Chitauri technology that have littered the streets of New York.

As Adrian sees the financial possibilities of obtaining this technology, the Department of Damage Control (D.O.D.C.) and a partnership with Stark Industries and the U.S. government have come in to take over, upsetting Adrian because he hired a lot of helped and spent his own money for the operation.

Having lost the job, his men reveal that they still have some of the alien technology.

Fastforward eight years later (following the events that took place in “Captain America: Civil War”), Peter Parker went to help Tony Stark/Iron Man and when taken home, is told that if they need him, they will call. Meanwhile, Happy Hogan (portrayed by Jon Favreau) would be watching over him.

And while Peter lives a double life as an intelligent studying at the Midtown School of Science and Technology, he takes on thugs or helps people with issues around the city, growing bored and wanting to do something huge.  He lives with his Aunty May (portrayed by Marisa Tomei) and hangs out with his best friend Ned (portrayed by Jacob Batalon) and has a crush on Liz (portrayed by Laura Harrier).

Meanwhile, we see that Adrian Toomes and his men have utilized the technology to pull of major theft of alien technology and selling it to the highest bidder and becoming wealthy because of it.

One device made is a shocking device and the person utilizing the technology would be known as The Shocker, while Toomes has a vulture like apparatus that allows him to fly and use the machinery as a weapon.

One day, as Spider-Man is out patrolling, he discovers a group of thieves dressed up with Avengers masks trying to rob a bank near his home.  Spider-Man goes to stop them but is shocked that they have alien technology that can literally destroy buildings quickly and another that makes him utilizing magnetic technology.

When he goes back home and sneaks in, Peter is unaware that his friend Ned is in his room and now Ned knows his secret that Peter is Spider-Man.

And as Peter tries to keep his double life in check, he is wanting to know more about the people using the alien technology despite the warning he receives from Tony Stark that he must stay on the ground.  Will Peter’s pursuit of who is using the Chitauri put him in true danger, especially of the people who are close to him?


VIDEO:

“Spider-Man: Homecoming” is presented in 4K Ultra High Definition ala 2160p 4K Ultra High Definition (2:39:1 aspect ratio).

The film looks absolutely magnificent in 4K Ultra HD and Spider-Man’s outfit is vibrant, colors and visual effects look magnificent and with each passing year, I can’t help but be in awe of how these MCU films look better and better.

Videophiles will no doubt be happy with this release.

IMPORTANT TO KNOW: To watch 4K Ultra HD, you will need a 4K UHD TV with HDR and an Ultra HD Blu-ray Player + a high-speed HDMI (Category 2) Cable.

AUDIO & SUBTITLES:

Lossless audio quality is equally impressive. Presented in English Dolby Atmos (TrueHD 7.1 compatible), French 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio, French, Spanish, Thai 5.1 Dolby Digital, English Audio Description.

The lossless audio is no doubt immersive considering the amount of action featured in this film.   Each shockblast, each web shot by Spider-Man, hearing the Vulture’s steel wings in action to the many numerous situations that involve explosions and weaponry, these sound effects for this film is truly marvelous.  Similar to the picture quality, for audio, lossless audio for this film is magnificent!

Subtitles are in English, English SDH, Arabic, Cantonese, Chinese, Dutch, French, Indonesian, Korean, Malay, Spanish and Thai

SPECIAL FEATURES:

“Spider-Man: Homecoming” comes with the following special features (on the Blu-ray Disc):

  • The Spide Study Guide – Watch the film with informative pop-ups and hidden references.
  • Gag Reel – (2:17) Bloopers from “Spider-Man: Homecoming”.
  • Deleted and Extended Scenes – (16:17) Featuring ten deleted and extended scenes.
  • A Tangled Web – (6:12) Stan Lee and filmmakers discusses Spider-Man becoming part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
  • Searching for Spider-Man – (8:05) A featurette about Tom Holland and having him as Spider-Man.
  • Spidey Stunts – (5:48) A featurette about the stunts on “Spider-Man” and how when Tom Holland auditioned for the film, he was doing stunts and using his gymnastic/dance background in the film.
  • Aftermath – (4:48) A featurette about the expanding Marvel Cinematic Universe and incorporating storyline elements (featured in the “Avengers” film) to Spider-Man.
  • The Vulture Takes Flight – (6:02) A featurette about creating the antagonist, the Vulture on film.
  • Jon Watts: Head of the Class – (5:30) A featurette about hiring Jon Watts as the director of “Spider-Man: Homecoming” and how he takes the character somewhere that has never been done for character on film.
  • Pros and Cons of Spider-Man – (3:28) Tom Holland and Jacob Batalon discussing the pros and cons of Spider-Man.
  • Rappin with Cap – (2:26) Featuring all four Captain America school films.
  • Photo Gallery
  • Trailers

EXTRAS:

“Spider-Man: Homecoming” comes with a slipcover, both the 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray disc and an UltraViolet Digital HD code.


Growing up as a fan of “Spider-Man”, it has been interesting cinematic experiences.  From the Sam Raimi trilogy featuring actor Tobe Maguire in the 2000’s and the Marc Webb films starring Andrew Garfield in 2012 and 2014.  I was entertained by those films.

But with the Marvel Cinematic Universe establishing a well-oiled machine showcasing Marvel’s well-known characters interacting in each other’s films, one of the troubling situations was knowing that various superhero teams or superheroes featured from one studio, may not appear in the Disney/Marvel Studios films.

And when it was announced that Sony agreed to a collaboration for Spider-Man to be in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, first with “Captain America: Civil War” and now with “Spider-Man: Homecoming” and I see this as a win-win, for the studios but also the fans who have seen the MCU and how these characters and films tie together as a major plus.

But with numerous Spider-Man films, how would “Spider-Man: Homecoming” do compared to the other films?

For one, there is no rehash of how Spider-Man became a hero, no Uncle Ben, no jocks vs. geeks storyline.  No Mary Jane Watson.  No Gwen Stacy.  In fact, no one knew what to expect from filmmaker Jon Watts (known for indie films, “Cop Car” and “Creative Control”), especially as the film had numerous writers such as Jonathan Goldstein, John Francis Daley, Watts along with Christopher Ford and Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers.

And probably the unknown is what made this film so enjoyable for me.  We saw how Spider-Man was recruited by Tony Stark in “Captain America: Civil War”, but what happened after that film is what many wondered how “Spider-Man: Homecoming” would end up.

The film would kick off by creating a tie-in to the first “Avengers” film with showing how Adrian Toomes owning a salvage company, taking alien high-technology from the ravaged streets of New York and then being kicked to the curb by the government and Stark Industries.  But Toomes and company managed to keep some of that alien technology and eight years later, he and his crew would be able to create superpowered weaponry with the salvaged Chitauri technology and become an arms trafficker.

Meanwhile, Peter Parker who served with Iron Man and other Avengers would now be returned back home and would need to report to Happy Hogan, the former head of security of Stark Industries.  While wanting to be in major skirmishes like the Avengers, Peter Parker for now will be the neighborhood crime-fighting hero, even if it means walking elderly across the street or vandalism.

But meanwhile Peter is trying to balance school and uses his superhero front working with Stark Industries as a “student internship” and trying to enjoy his teenage life with his buddy Ned while enjoying the presence of his high school crush, Liz from afar.

But life changes for Peter when he discovers Toome and their crew trying to use Chitauri technology for crime and because of their deadly weapons, he was nearly killed until Tony Stark utilized one of his costumes to save Peter.  But Peter wanting to prove himself to Tony Stark pursues the criminals not realizing the full extent of the danger that awaits him but also how with great power comes great responsibility.

The major difference between this Peter Parker than other incarnations of Peter Parker is that this is a modern film.  The costume that Peter Parker wears utilizes technology from Stark Industries giving him a wide range of selections for combat and even has an assistant built in to the costume.  And part of the entertainment factor is seeing Parker learn what his costume is capable of.

Meanwhile, as for Peter, another key difference is that while he is often bullied by Flash, unlike the first trilogy and the comic books, Flash is not an athlete but a part of Peter’s decathlon team.  Modernized for today’s generation, I liked how the film portrayed Peter, Ned, Liz, Flash as smart, intelligent teens and showcasing geeks as “cool” unlike the past where the geeks were always tormented by the jocks.

The film mirrors today’s world society and one of the things that the Marvel Cinematic Universe has done was to show diversity.  The film showcases a white teen who has a crush on an African American teen, her mother is married to a Caucasian man, the film features Peter Parker’s best friend Ned who happens to be a Filipino.

It may not mean a lot to some people but for those who have been wanting to see diversity, wanting to see situations that mirror real life and have wanted Hollywood to showcase diversity will definitely get that with “Spider-Man: Homecoming”.

The film looks absolutely fantastic on 4K Ultra HD and the lossless soundtrack is immersive and quite active thanks to the plethora of action sequences.  And you also get a numerous special features included as well.

Overall, “Spider-Man: Homecoming” may not be featuring the Spider-Man that I grew up reading but I will say that “Spider-Man: Homecoming” was entertaining to the point that I watched it multiple times already because I really enjoyed watching the film.  The way I see it, if the “Spider-Man” trilogy or the next two films didn’t win you over, this movie may.  Wonderful story, loved the characters and this film was just a lot of fun and I highly recommend it!

Community – The Complete Fifth Season (a J!-ENT DVD Review)

August 3, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

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If you love comedy, “Community” has always been an entertaining series and continues to be entertaining for season five. There were quite a number of changes for the fifth season but if you followed the series for this long and enjoy the crazy hijinks of the characters, I’m sure you are in for the long haul and were entertained with what Harmon and crew were able to deliver. “Community – The Complete Fifth Season” is definitely worth checking out!

© 2014 Sony Pictures Television Inc. and Open 4 Business Productions LLC. All Rights Reserved.

TITLE: Community – The Complete Fifth Season

YEAR OF TV SERIES: 2014

DURATION: 13 Episodes (278 Minutes)

DVD INFORMATION: Widescreen (1:78:1), English 5.1 Dolby Digital, Subtitles: English, English SDH

RATED: NOT RATED

COMPANY: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

Released Dated: August 5, 2014

Directed by Joe Russo, Tristram Shapeero, Jay Chandraskehar, Rob Schrab

Written by Jordan Blum, Andy Bobrow, Parker Deay, Donald Diego, Dan Harmon, Carol Kolb, Chris McKenna, Tim Saccardo, Erik Sommers, Dino Stamatopoulos

Produced by Timothy Silver, Douglas Rowell, Tony Salama, Trever Stewart

Co-Producer: Alex Cuthbertson, Matt Fusfeld, Timothy Silver

Executive Producer: Tristram Shapeero, Jaes Fino, Joe Russo

Co-Executive Producer: Erik Sommers

Associate Producer: Andres Anglade

Consulting Producer: Adam Countee

Music by Ludwig Goransson

Cinematography by Gary Hatfield

Edited by Christian Kinnard, Luke Guidici

Casting by Josh Einsohn

Production Design by Denise Pizzini

Set Decoration by Denise Pizzini

Art Diretion by John B. Vertrees

Costume Design by Sabrina Rosen

Starring:

Joel McHale as Jeff Winger

Gillian Jacobs as Britta Perry

Danny Pudi as Abed Nadir

Yvette Nicole Brown as Shirley Bennett

Alison Brie as Annie Edison

Donald Glober as Troy Barnes

Ken Jeong as Senor Chang

Jim Rash as Dean Pelton

Richard Erdman as Leonard

Dino Stamatoupoulos as Star Burns

Erik Charles Nielsen as Garrett Lambert

John Oliver as Professor Ian Duncan

Danielle Kaplowitz as Vicki

Luke Youngblood as Magnitude

Charley Koontz as Neil

Jonathan Banks as Professor Hickey

Dominik Musiol as Pavel

Jeremy Scott Johnson as Carl

America’s smartest, edgiest comedy goes back to school with a vengeance! Just when you thought you’d seen and laughed at everything, along comes Season 5 to reinvent all the rules. “Bear Down” for the most jaw-dropping, polygraph-taking, hot lava-walking, ass-crack-bandit-pursuing, fantasy-roleplay-gaming, animated “G.I. Jeff”-hallucinating, hidden treasure-hunting, college campus-saving season that gets a rating of five MeowMeowBeenz! The fifth season of Community proves to be the most innovative and hilarious season yet – with Joel McHale, Gillian Jacobs, Danny Pudi, Yvette Nicole Brown, Alison Brie, Donald Glover, Jim Rash, Ken Jeong, Jonathan Banks and John Oliver.

For the fifth season of the hit comedy series “Community”, the study group of Greendale Community College must face a closure, Jeff returns after graduating to teach, one member of the study group says goodbye, while another passes away.

Featuring a new chapter of the characters of “Community”, including a “G.I. Joe” inspired animated episode, find out what happens in “Community – The Fifth Season” which will be released on DVD in August 2014.

What is “Community”?

In 2009, writer and producer Dan Harmon (“The Sarah Silverman Program”, “Monster House”) and Rob Schrab (founder of the website/channel “101”) created a TV sitcom for NBC known as “Community”. For three seasons, “Community” has done well for NBC but for half of season three and for season four there was a major shakeup with Sony Pictures Television not renewing the contract of producer Dan Harmon.  But after public outcry and falling ratings, Dan Harmon returned for season 5.

Unfortunately, the troubles of season four with Chevy Chase walking off the set in the final two episodes, would lead to his character being killed off the show for season five.  And as for Donald Glover, who has played the popular character Troy, his busy schedule with his rap career and his planned TV show with FX, prompted the actor to have his character leave in season 5.

And with an announcement that NBC had canceled “Community” in May 2014, fortunately Yahoo! Screen picked up the series in June 2014 and a sixth season will be shown via their online streaming service.

With a another new direction for the fifth season, the season is 13 episodes long.

The series focuses on a troubled lawyer named Jeff Winger (played by Joel McHale) having to attend Greendale Community College after falsifying his law degree credentials. In order for him to not get disbarred, he must graduate from Greendale. So, he attends a study group which he forms with troublemaker student Britta Perry (played by Gillian Jacobs), an arrogant towlet millionaire and student Pierce Hawthorne (played by Chevy Chase), a straight-laced student named Annie Edison (played by Alison Brie), a former high school quarterback named Troy Barnes (played by Donald Glover), a single Christian mother named Shirley Bennett (played by Yvette Nicole Brown) and a film student named Abed Nadir (played by Danny Pudi).

For season five, the season picks up a year after Jeff has graduated from Greendale Community College.  While being a lawyer was not as success, he decides to teach at Greendale and adjust to being part of staff.

Meanwhile, the group is shaken by a death of one of their own students and one of their own decides to leave community college for a major adventure.

Season five will also feature the “Community” animated episode as the group receives an ’80s “G.I. Joe” style conversion as Jeff doesn’t not want to leave his childhood and feels better living in the past.  Meanwhile, for Greendale Community College, will the community college be sold?

The main characters of “Community” are:

  • Jeff Winger (Joel McHale, “Spy Kids: All the Time in the World 4D”, “Spider-Man 2”, “The Soup”) – A lawyer who worked at the Colorado Bar Association but when it was revealed that he didn’t get his BA from Columbia University, he is offered to attend Greendale Community College as a deal with the firm, so he doesn’t get disbarred.
  • Britta Perry (Gillian Jacobs, “The Box”, “Gardens of the Night”) – The bad girl of the group and the least fun member of the group. She and Jeff tend to have one night stands with each other but now she is dating Troy.
  • Abed Nabir (Danny Pudi, “Road Trip: Beer Pong”, “Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil”) – Loves American pop culture and wants to become a filmmaker. He is taking film directing classes at Greendale Community College.
  • Troy Barnes (Donald Glover, “The Daily Show”, “Mystery Team”) – A former high school football star who now attends Greendale Community College. His best friend is Abed and is now dating Britta.
  • Shirley Bennett (Yvette Nicole Brown, “(500) Days of Summer”, “Tropic Thunder”) – A divorced mother of three who attends Greendale Community College. She is very religious.
  • Annie Edison (Alison Brie, “Mad Men”, “Scream 4”) – A straight-laced Jewish girl. She is the most serious and most studious of the study group but also had a prescription drug addiction.
  • Pierce Hawthorne (Chevy Chase, “Caddyshack”, “Vacation”) – The moist towelette tycoon attending Greendale Community College. He is trying to embrace today’s youth culture and is often offensive to everyone.
  • Ben “Senor” Chang (Ken Jeong, “The Hangover”, “Knocked Up”, “Role Models”) – Once the group’s Spanish teacher and was found out to not have any teaching qualifications, so now he must attend Greendale Community College and get his degree. In season four, he has amnesia dubbed “Changnesia”. He is disliked by the study group.
  • Dean Pelton (Jim Rash) – The flamboyant Dean of Greendale Community College and strives to make Greendale Community College into a real university.

Here is a spoilerless summary of each episode featured on “Community – The Complete Fourth Season” (a total of 13 episodes presented on three DVD’s):

 

  • EPISODE 85 – Repilot – Jeff returns to Greendale after graduating.
  • EPISODE 86 – Introduction to Teaching – Jeff begins teaching at Greendale and tries to adjust.
  • EPISODE 87 – Basic Intergluteal Numismatics – Jeff and Annie is trying to solve the mystery of the Ass Crack Bandit.  Meanwhile, the group receives bad news.
  • EPISODE 88 – Cooperative Polygraphy – As part of the conditions of Pierce’s will, the study group undergoes a polygraph test.
  • EPISODE 89 – Geothermal Escapism – The group honors Troys last day at Greendale.
  • EPISODE 90 – Analysis of Cork-Based Networking – Annie and Hickey wants to improve Greendale and organize a dance.
  • EPISODE 91 – Bondage and Beta Male Sexuality – Jeff helps Professor Duncan try to win Britta’s affection.
  • EPISODE 92 -App Development and Condiments – Greendale Community College tests out a social media app.
  • EPISODE 93 – VCR Maintenance and Educational Publishing – Jeff, Shirley and Hickey discover unused textbooks and try to figure out what to do with them.
  • EPISODE 94 – Advanced Advanced Dungeons & Dragons – The gang organizes a game of Dungeons & Dragons, so Professor Hickey can become closer to his son, Hank.
  • EPISODE 95 – G.I. Jeff – The entire gang becomes animated in “G.I. Joe” style.
  • EPISODE 96 – Basic Story – Greendale is appraised on whether it is an asset or liability.
  • EPISODE 97 – Basic Sandwich – Greendale is about to be sold, meanwhile the gang tries to look for hidden treasure.

VIDEO & AUDIO:

“Community – The Complete Fifth Season” is presented in Anamorphic Widescreen (1:78:1) – Enhance for 16×9 Televisions. For a DVD series, picture quality is very good, well-lit and pretty much a vibrant series. I didn’t notice too many compression artifacts on DVD but for the most part, fans of the series should be happy with the overall picture quality on DVD!

The series is presented in Dolby Digital 5.1. The series is primarily dialogue driven with occasional music and is primarily front and center channel driven. I didn’t notice the surround channels being utilized all that much, but for the most part, dialogue (and music) are crystal clear and understandable.

Subtitles are presented in English SDH.

SPECIAL FEATURES:

“Community – The Complete Fif1th Season” comes with the following special features:

DISC 1:

  • Commentaries – “Repilot” commentary with Joel McHale, Dan Harmon, Chris McKenna and Tristram Shapeero, “Introduction to Teaching” commentary with Joel McHale, Danny Pudi, Dan Harmon, Chris McKenna and Andy Bobrow, “Basic Intergluteal Numismatics” commentary with Joel McHale, Alison Brie, Dino Stamatopoulos, Dan Harmon, Chris McKenna and Tristram Shapeero, “Cooperative Polygraphy” commentary with Joel McHale, Danny Pudi, Dan Harmon, Chris McKenna, Tristram Shapeero and Alex Rubens, “Geothermal Escapism” commentary with Joel McHale, Danny Pudi, Dan Harmon, Chris McKenna, Joe Russo and Tim Saccardo, “Analysis of Cork-Based Networking” commentary with Alison Brie, Ken Jeong, Dan Harmon, Tristram Shapeero and Monica Padrick, “Bondage and Beta Male Sexuality” with Joel McHale, Alison Brie, Ken Jeong, Dan Harmon, Tristram Shapeero and Dan Guterman.
  • Re-Animating the ’80s – (17:35) Creating the animated “G.I. Jeff” episode and doing a G.I. Joe animated style episode.
  • Outtakes – (5:58) Featuring the outtakes of the season five of “Community”.

DISC 2:

  • Commentaries – “App Development and Condiments” commentary with Yvette Nicole Brown, Mitchell Hurwitz, Dan Harmon, Rob Schrab, Jordan Blum and Parkr Deay. “VCR Maintenance and Educational Publishing” commentary with Yvette Nicole Brown, Nicole Brown, Ken Jeong, Spencer Crittenden, Chris McKenna, Tristram Shapeero and Donald Diego, “Advanced Advanced Dungeons & Dragons” commentary with Joel McHale, Danny Pudi, Dan Harmon, Chris McKenna, Joe Russo and Matt Roller, “G.I. Jeff” commentary withYvette Nicole Brown, Dan Harmon, Chris McKenna, Rob Schrab, Joe Russo II and James Fino, “Basic Story” commentary with Alison Brie, Ken Jeong, Dino Stamatopoulos, Dan Harmon and Chris McKenna, “Basic Sandwich” commentary with Yvette Nicole Brown, Ken Jeong, Dan Harmon, Chris McKenna, Rob Schrab and Ryan Ridley.
  • Advanced Television Production: 5 Days, 2 Scripts, No Sleep – (42:24) Behind-the-scenes on the making of a “Community” episode.

EXTRAS:

“Community – The Complete Fifth Season” comes with a slip case.

As a fan of “Community”, the fifth season was a mixed bag.

In one instance, I love the fact that the creativity of the series continued, especially with the hilarious and fantastic “G.I. Jeff” episode based on the original “G.I. Joe” series.

But there is no doubt that with Chevy Chase and Donald Glover gone, the series feels incomplete.

The series would add the often serious and often playing the antagonist, Jonathan Banks as Professor Hickey) and we have John Oliver back as Professor Ian Duncan trying to fill in the extra screentime.

While Jonathan Banks is a fascinating addition to the cast, considering his character roles for other series and films lean more to darker/serious roles, suffice to say, he manages to carry some of this bad boy bravado to “Community” and one that is not so tolerable to Abed.

So, suffice to say, this was a different type of “Community” that manages to have the humor with the original cast but trying to do something different with Joel McHale’s character now abandoning the lawyer route and trying to become a teacher at Greendale Community College, while the other cast remain the same.

In many ways, Dan Harmon’s return is ability to maintain the series’ consistency but also having to deal with two departures, trying to see how Jonathan Banks, John Oliver and even Ken Jeong have more screen time.  While it works, once again, it just doesn’t feel the same, but that’s all part of change and I hope they can make things better for season 6.  For me, part of the enjoyment of “Community” was to see the Troy and Abed hijinks and now, with Troy gone…seeing an Abed and Annie or Abed and Professor Hickey feels out of place.

With the completion of “Community” on television, because the series is going to be streaming on Yahoo!, it makes you wonder if this gives creators and writers a bit more leeway but also wondering if the group has to operate on a more tighter budget.  As a fan of the series, I’m glad the series is continuing but at the same time, I hope the quality is consistent with past seasons.

But if season six is the group’s swansong, I hope Dan Harmon gives the characters a proper sendoff.  But as for the fifth season, you still have the crazy hijinks but no doubt, the series didn’t feel the same without Donald Glover and Chevy Chase, but I do believe this was a transitional season with all the changes and staff working on a tight schedule.

Like the previous DVD releases, this DVD release goes way beyond what most TV sitcoms on DVD have done. Not only does every episode have audio commentary, but you also get a few featurettes and outtakes! So, fans of the series are definitely getting their money’s worth as usual with each season of “Community” on DVD.

If you love comedy, “Community” has always been an entertaining series and continues to be entertaining for season five.  There were quite a number of changes for the fifth season but if you followed the series for this long and enjoy the crazy hijinks of the characters, I’m sure you are in for the long haul and were entertained with what Harmon and crew were able to deliver.

“Community – The Complete Fifth Season” is definitely worth checking out!

UPCOMING GUESTS ON “THE LATE LATE SHOW with CRAIG FERGUSON” ON THE CBS TELEVISION NETWORK (Oct. 21-Nov. 8)

October 21, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

(Monday through Friday, 12:37-1:37 AM, ET/PT,

Following Broadcasts of the “Late Show with David Letterman”

*Denotes changes and/or additions to previous schedule, (n) Denotes new)

Thursday, Oct. 21                   Comedian Don Rickles; actress Ellie Kemper

Friday, Oct. 22                       The cast of the CBS comedy series “The Big Bang Theory”

Monday, Oct. 25                     Former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice; former NFL quarterback Joe Theismann (n)

Tuesday, Oct. 26                     Actor Danny DeVito; actress Brie Larson; comedian Henry Cho (n)

Wednesday, Oct. 27                Actress Marg Helgenberger from the CBS drama series “CSI”; talk and performance with Donald Glover (n)

Thursday, Oct. 28                   Actor Michael Caine (n)

Friday, Oct. 29                        Actor Jason Segel from the CBS comedy series “How I Met Your Mother”; actress Alison Brie; comedian Adam Hills (n)

Monday, Nov. 1                      Actor Tyler Perry; actress Sophia Bush (n)

Tuesday, Nov. 2                      Comedian Lewis Black; singer Bettye LaVette (n)

Wednesday, Nov. 3                 Actor Stephen Fry; music by Dr. Dog (n)

Thursday, Nov. 4                    Actress Cheryl Hines; philosopher/author Cornel West (n)

*Friday, Nov. 5                      Actress Kerry Washington

*Monday, Nov. 8                   Actress Rosie Perez

On the Web: www.cbs.com/latenight/latelate/

RATING:  TV-14-D (Rating may change on day of broadcast due to specific subject matter.)

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