Tag Archives: Netflix

On Disney Plus, and Ed’s Esoteric Watchlist

22 Nov

By Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

Disney Plus is available across most major markets. As a huge fan of their original creations–namely Gargoyles, Lilo and Stitch, and Ducktales–to watch a random episode through the cloud instead of pulling a DVD out is terrific. I have choices. However, two weeks after its launch, I still have yet to subscribe since I’m in no rush. The big issue is with the fact that there’s only a handful of original works offered and I own physical copies of most of the titles since becoming a member of the Disney Movie Club.

Plus, not all of their made-for-television catalogue is fully available. I’m sure this will change over time as we now have a dedicated website to report on the latest adds.

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Dragons: Rescue Riders, a Rescue Bots Academy Clone?

21 Oct

By Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

DreamWorks and Netflix are not fully putting the How to Train Your Dragon franchise to rest. Rescue Riders is a side story where two new protagonists deal with saving humans and dragons from normal problems and come out as better individuals. This show and Transformers: Rescue Bots Academy share a similar DNA. The goal is to offer non-violent conflict resolution and teach the value of teamwork over individualism.

Here, Dak (Nicolas Cantu) and Leila (Brennley Brown), show how a blended society can be at peace. They have to face acceptance in the village of Huttsgalor. Despite Magnus Finke (Brad Grusnick) thinking humans and dragons living together cannot work, this crank is just an individual whose voice is heard and thankfully not heeded upon.

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The Order (on Season 2 & Origins), An Interview w Dennis Heaton

28 Aug

By Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

With a simple teaser from Netflix back in March of when season two of the horror drama The Order will arrive, coming soon is not enough. Filming the series depends on availability of when cast and crew can be at the University of British Columbia between semesters (or during). When detailed information was lacking at their presentation at the San Diego Comic Con last month, I was glad I spoke with Dennis Heaton, the creator, beforehand.

Like Ghost Wars, The Order is a product of everything he’s enjoyed as a fan of horror and comedy. The latter is more of his baby than previous works. To speak to him ahead of any current promotion (to which Netflix has been quiet lately) is to show I’m enjoying the series, and I binged the series at least three times. I spoke to him about the series and hoped to maybe get an idea or two about what’s he has in mind happen for season two.

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The Power of Grayskull Hits Home Video Sept 3rd! & Other News

20 Aug

Image result for the power of grayskullAvailable on Netflix
Coming to home video, DVD on Sept 3
High Octane Pictures

When Masters of the Universe is looking like the reboot movie to keep an eye on, perhaps it’s time to revisit the merchandise that inspired it. Mattel once lamented over the missed opportunity when an offer crossed the desk of then CEO Roy Wagner to produce Star Wars toys. After seeing how successful that went, they missed the boat. The race was on by many toy manufacturers to produce the next big thing. Sadly, that meant licensing nearly every fantasy or sci-fi movies made under the sun in that quest to find El Dorado. Thankfully, a few creative minds got the right idea, but to maintain the fan base has been a struggle.

The conflict has always been with having associated media to keep interest alive. Randall Lobb and Robert McCallum‘s documentary, THE POWER OF GRAYSKULL: The Definitive History of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe explores the hurdles involved over the years in why this franchise is still reverent. According to a few chiefs at Toys r Us back then, 5-year-olds don’t read comic books. Mattel’s answer was to make a TV show.

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