GREAT ENTERTAINMENT graces
Costco’s media offerings this month.
Here are some recommendations from
Costco’s media buyers.
The Carol Burnett Show: The Lost
Episodes. Bringing this in to Costco
was a no-brainer for me. I grew up
watching the show, and I suspect
many of you did, too. I loved everything about it: how Burnett spoke to
the audience, the skits—especially
when the cast cracked up—the guest
stars and being intrigued by her
“secret” ear tug to her grandmother at
the end of the show. When I was a kid,
I’d do an impression of Vicki
Lawrence doing Mama, which would
crack up my family.
The show has been
available on DVD before,
but, for reasons too complicated to go into here, the
first five seasons have not.
Now they are, and if you’re
as big a Carol Burnett fan as
I am, you’ll want to have
this in your collection. It’s a
six-disc set, but Costco
members receive an exclusive seventh disc.
The set includes great
features, including interviews with Tina Fey, Bob Newhart, Tony
Bennett and many more on Burnett’s impact,
on-set bloopers and practical jokes, and even
episodes of the old Garry Moore Show, where
Burnett got her start in TV variety. (Item
#1002031. Available 9/15 on DVD.)
Pitch Perfect 2. Sequels are tricky, especially a
follow-up to a sleeper hit about a cappella
singing groups that hit cult-classic status
seemingly overnight. Luckily, Pitch Perfect 2
delivers exactly what Pitch Perfect did—
campy, musically exciting fun.
Pitch Perfect 2 marks the feature film
directorial debut of Elizabeth Banks, who also
returns as commentator Gail. This time, the
Barden Bellas find themselves fighting for
international glory against a German super
group, Das Sound Machine, making for
hijinks as hilarious as the original. Rebel
Wilson, once again riotous as Fat Amy, delivers warmth to a role that could easily be a
While I will forever worship Anna
Kendrick and Skylar Astin as Beca and Jesse,
my heart belongs to the adorkably
sweet pairing of Hailee Steinfeld and
Ben Platt as Emily and Benji. Although
Benji’s musical dreams may have come true
at the end of the first movie, watching his all-
new challenge of navigating a crush on a
Bella is heart-burstingly sweet.
Pitch Perfect 2 is full of fantastic cameos
and a commanding girl-power theme. In
short, it is aca-awesome. (If you don’t get the
reference, get the movie!)
(Item #966399. Available 9/22 on Blu-ray/
DVD/Digital HD.) PG- 13
Furious 7. If you’re an action junkie like me,
you can’t go wrong with the Fast & Furious
franchise, set in the world of illegal street racing. Considering it’s up to number seven in the
series, I’m obviously not alone.
The death of star Paul Walker, while on
break from this film’s production, called
into question the viability of continuing the
series, but star Vin Diesel has said the cast
and crew are committed to delivering an
eighth for Walker.
The team has evolved over the course of
the films from bad guys to good guys. In Fast
& Furious 6, they were recruited by government agents to take down an international
criminal. They succeeded, but now the criminal’s brother is picking off the Furious team
members one by one, for revenge.
The hallmark of the series is wall-to-wall
action, creating a fast-paced thrill ride, and
this one is no different. I’m adding this to my
collection and getting ready for the eighth.
(Item #966314. Available 9/15 on Blu-ray/
DVD/Digital HD.) PG- 13—Ed Sampayan
Also available are The Big Bang Theory Season
8, Cinderella, Empire Season 1 and Mad Max:
Fury Road. C
arts & entertainment
In our digital editions
Click here to watch a trailer
for Furious 7 (See page 12
In our digital editions
Click here to watch a clip
from The Carol Burnett Show.
(See page 12 for details.)
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