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Showtime’s Masters of Sex, masterfully done on Blu-ray/DVD

Posted on Thursday, July 3, 2014 at 12:04 pm

MASTERS OF SEX (Pilot)

By Peter Covino

Arts & Entertainment Editor

One of the best new series of 2013 was Masters of Sex. The Showtime drama goes back to the early days of the sexual revolution with sexual study pioneers Masters and Johnson.
Available in both Blu-ray/DVD formats, (Sony Home Entertainment) this is an unexpected look at the lives of William Masters (Michael Sheen) and Virginia Johnson (Lizzy Caplan) and all those they come in contact with.
Sheen and Caplan are both great in a show filled with humor and drama as the pair delve deeply into taboo subjects of
the 1950s.
The disc set features all 12 episodes from season one (season two comes to Showtime in July) as well as many bonus features.
DVD Special Features:
•    Commentary on the Pilot episode with Michael Sheen, Lizzy Caplan, Caitlin FitzGerald, Teddy Sears, Michelle Ashford & Sarah Timberman
•Three All-New Featur­ettes:
•Making Masters of Sex – A behind-the-scenes exploration on the creation of the series – from inception through production.
•A Masterful Portrayal: Michael Sheen as Dr. Masters – Celebrated actor Michael Sheen discusses why he found Masters such a great character to portray, what he learned during his research into the role, and what the greatest challenges were in portraying Dr. Masters.
•Ahead of Her Time: Lizzy Caplan as Virginia Johnson — Lizzy speaks in depth about her research for the role and the secret to playing opposite a ‘master’ like Michael Sheen.
•Deleted Scenes
Blu-ray Exclusive Special Features:
•All Bonus Content Included on the DVD, Plus Two Additional, Exclusive Featurettres:
•The Real Masters: A Conversation with Thomas Maier –Masters of Sex is based upon the biography of Masters and Johnson by acclaimed biographer Thomas Maier.  In this featurette, Maier shares some of the most amazing discoveries he made about the lives of Masters and Johnson while researching them for his book.  Maier also talks about the extraordinary influence that Masters and Johnson have had on American culture in general.
• Surprising Facts About Sex: The Masters’ Great Discoveries—In Masters of Sex, Masters and Johnson embark upon years of deep scientific research into human sexual behavior.  This featurette reviews some of the most surprising and shocking discoveries they made about sex.

The Class of 92
Soccer is getting most of the sports headlines with the World Cup, and just in time for both new and long-time soccer fans is The Class of ’92 (Universal Studios Home Entertainment), a  must-see documentary on the boys from Manchester United.
It’s a class that included David Beckham, Nicky Butt, Ryan Giggs, Gary Neville, Phil Neville and Paul Scholes, who are all featured on the DVD, telling stories and sharing memories about a special time in British soccer.
It is the story of six working class guys and came together to play for one the all-time great soccer clubs in the world.
It’s great stuff if you are a fan of soccer with the players offering insights about their time with
the team.
“My time with these players at Manchester United were the most special in my career,” said Beckham. “We came from different backgrounds, grew up like a family playing together through the ranks, all wanting to be successful. In the end, what we achieved was beyond our wildest dreams. I loved making this film and reuniting back with the lads and talking openly about our time together.”

Teacher’s Pet
Doris Day was just getting into light adult comedy mode with Teacher’s Pet (1958), the now classic film with Day and co-star, Clark Gable.
Teacher’s Pet pretty much set the pattern for a whole slew of Day movies (with Rock Hudson, James Garner etc.), where she played that frustrated wholesome girl-next-door type. And this is one of the best of that whole genre.
Day plays journalism professor Erica Stone, who is having a war of words with crusty newspaper managing editor James Gannon (Gable). To show her how much more he knows about journalism, he enrolls in her class under a different name, and, of course, despite their differences, they fall in love.
Day and Gable are both in top form here, playing so well against each other. And Gig Young also shines as a colleague’s of Day, who is seemingly perfect at everything, much to the frustration of Gable.
Teacher’s Pet is a manufactured on demand title, available only at the Warner Archive Collection (www.warnerarchive.com).

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