New Music for Old People: Browning Bryant, The Intruders, SOHN, Meg Myers and More

This week's column has a few repeat visitors, some standout oldies, something new, and an appearance by Al.

Blu-ray Review: Equus - Twilight Time Limited Edition

Deeply disturbing, this detective story plays out largely in a psychiatrist's office. Richard Burton is the doctor and Peter Firth is his patient. Both men are seriously troubled.

Legal Aid: Interview with Motive's Laura Mennell

Actress Laura Mennell stands up for law and order as legal prosecutor Samantha Turner in the Canadian police procedural TV series Motive.

Blu-ray Review: Bad Ass 2: Bad Asses

The addition of Danny Glover helps elevate Danny Trejo's "other" franchise, barely. Part three is already in production, but Trejo fans would most likely prefer a third Machete film.

Blu-ray Review: Conrack - Twilight Time Limited Edition

Based on Pat Conroy's memoir The Water is Wide, this 1974 obscurity is a terrifically entertaining entry in the inspirational-teacher subgenre.

Blu-ray Review: Norma Rae

Great performances by Sally Field and Ron Leibman keep Martin Ritt's rabble-rouser well worth watching.

New Music for Old People: Percy Sledge, Dirty Vegas, Nickel Creek, Luther Dickinson and More

Week's end brings another fabulous mixed grab-bag of tunes from Al, destined to make your day better.

Album Review: Mary Fahl - Love And Gravity

There is more to Love And Gravity than commissioned songs and covers. Of the album's ten songs, there are no fillers. Well-crafted ballads like "Gravity (Move Mountains, Turn Rivers Around)", the positive notes of faith from "Everything's Gonna Be Alright", and the aching passion of "Siren" are but a few from this album that will wrap around you like a warm blanket.

Blu-ray Review: The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

It's hard to deny the technical virtuosity on display in this second installment of Peter Jackson's Hobbit trilogy, nor the financial wisdom of stretching the slim novel into three parts.

Blu-ray Review: Grudge Match

It's kind of fun seeing Stallone and De Niro spoof their onscreen boxing legacies, but this comedy is uneven at best.

Blu-ray Review: Brian May & Kerry Ellis - The Candlelight Concerts - Live at Montreux 2013

Queen's May and musical theatre star Ellis team up for a low key but eclectic set list that is surprisingly effective.

Blu-ray Review: 47 Ronin

One of the most underrated and overlooked films of 2013, this supernatural action flick should be approached with an open mind.

Book Review: The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Chronicles: Art & Design by Weta

A book that allows readers the opportunity to see early conceptual ideas of new creatures and lands populating Tolkein's Middle-earth not yet seen in director Peter Jackson's work.

A Little Time with Jann Klose

With strong songwriting skills, self-taught musical abilities, and a tireless agenda, Jann Klose has achieved a measure of success that has placed him directly on the pathway to stardom — and all by his own hard work.

DVD Review: Hill Street Blues - The Complete Series

If you’re enjoying today’s golden age of television drama, you owe a thanks to Steven Bochco and Michael Kozoll for blazing a trail that arguably began more than three decades ago with "Hill Street Blues."

Meet the MonaLisa Twins - Discussing Their New Album Play Beatles & More

These 19-year-old twin sisters have a passion for the music of The Beatles and the '60s in general, one which they share on their newest album.

Rock Solid: Interview with Motive's Louis Ferreira

Veteran actor and all-around nice guy Louis Ferreira helps keep the peace as Detective Oscar Vega in the Canadian-made police procedural drama Motive.

New Music for Old People: Rare Stereo Mixes, Part Five

Al's back with part five of a multi-part series of rare stereo mixes. It's definitely time to take out your headphones so you can thoroughly enjoy these sonic splendors.

Blu-ray Review: The Pirate Fairy

The fifth go-round for Tinker Bell and her fairy friends, this time centered on a renegade alchemist fairy named Zarina and her "friend," one James Hook.

Bentley's Bandstand: April 2014

Bill Bentley peruses this month's new music releases and helps us separate the wheat from the chaff. Here's what Bill thinks is worth listening to in April.

Giveaway: Snake & Mongoose - Blu-ray - Enter by 4/17/2014
The real-life story of Don "The Snake" Prudhomme and Tom "The Mongoose" McEwen at the dawn of the drag racing industry - one winner will receive the Blu-ray. British Cult Fave Trinity: The Complete First Season Now on DVD
Though it lasted only eight episodes, this 2009 series has amassed a considerable cult following and now makes its U.S. DVD debut. Giveaway: Swerve - Blu-ray - Enter by 3/31/14
Five lucky winners will receive this exciting Aussie thriller on Blu-ray, courtesy of Cohen Media Group. Enter by March 31. A Nostalgic Favorite Hits DVD: The Flintstone Kids: Rockin' in Bedrock
Part of the late-'80s Funtastic World of Hanna-Barbera debuts on DVD as a ten-episode collection. Giveaway: Twice Born - DVD - Enter by 3/14/14
Two lucky winners will receive this new Penelope Cruz drama, courtesy of eOne Home Video. Enter by March 14. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Arrives on Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD 4/8/14
A variety of formats allows fans to choose The Hobbit edition that suits them best, with a Blu-ray 3D Limited Collector's Edition for the most dedicated. Giveaway: Diana - DVD - Enter by 02/25/14
Courtesy of eOne, three will win Diana on DVD, the new biopic starring Naomi Watts as Princess Diana. Enter by February 25. Peanuts Deluxe Edition: Touchdown Charlie Brown on DVD in Time for Super Bowl
A football-themed special from 1977 and a trio of episodes from the mid-'80s Charlie Brown and Snoopy Show on a budget-priced DVD. Giveaway: The Fifth Estate - Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack - Enter by 01/30/2014
Enter for a chance to win this fast-paced thriller, based on the true events surrounding WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange - memorably portrayed by Benedict Cumberbatch. The Beatles Capitol Records Collection - The U.S. Albums - Available 01/21/2014
This massive set includes 13 albums that reflect what American fans were sold long before the U.K. versions became standard. New Scooby-Doo! DVD Collection - 13 Spooky Tales: For the Love of Snack
Two discs of Scooby, Shaggy, and the gang - some of which are seeing their first-ever DVD release. Giveaway: Being Human: Complete Third Season DVD - Enter by 01/17/2014
We've partnered with Entertainment One to offer the chance to win this four-DVD set of the Syfy Channel hit series! Three will win - enter by January 17. Geek Out with Retro TV Favorites from Warner Archive: Superboy and Space Stars
Seasons three and four of The Adventures of Superboy, from the early '90s, and the complete 11-episode run of Space Stars are now available.

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