This Month's Highlights

PLUS: Home Theater, Broadway Box Office, and Bringing It Home.


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Home Theater

What to add to your Netflix queue this Halloween
Star Trek
DVD Release Date: November 17, Paramount Home Entertainment
You don’t have to be ashamed of your love for Star Trek anymore: this year’s Star Trek, directed by Lost creator J.J. Abrams and starring a new cast of hot young actors, actually makes the spacey adventure cool again. But, if you just happen to be a nerd, the two-disc set comes with lots of extras—including a deleted scene about Spock’s birth and a behind-the-scenes feature about creating the look of the Romulans and Vulcans—for you to pore over while you wear your pointy ears.

The Golden Age of Television
DVD Release Date: November 24, Criterion Collection
Now when you think of made-for-TV-movies, you probably picture schlocky melodramas on Lifetime. In the 1950s, though, “teleplays” were progressive, cutting-edge affairs combining techniques of live theater, radio, and filmmaking. Criterion has collected the best of these teleplays: Marty, Patterns, No Time for Sergeants, A Wind from the South, Requiem for a Heavyweight, Bang the Drum Slowly, The Comedian, and Days of Wine and Roses. A special, three-disc set also includes kinescopes of some of the live broadcasts.

DVD Release Date: November 10, Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment
Those rascals at Pixar have done it again. Their high-flying adventure—about an old man who, after the death of his wife, decides to tie enough balloons to his house to take off to an exotic locale he’d always dreamed of visiting—is both exciting enough to keep kids enthralled and gorgeous enough to please adult animation fans. The DVD comes with an all-new short about the film’s most instantly lovable character, Dug the dog.

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Broadway Box Office

Bye Bye Birdie

Photo by Joan Marcus

What’s the tale, nightingale? Forget about Hugo and Kim; have you heard about John (Treacy Egan) and Robert (Hager)? The two Westchester actors and fellow Rye Country Day School alums—Egan graduated in 1980 and Hager in 2006—are performing onstage in the current Broadway reprisal of the beloved bubble gum musical Bye Bye Birdie. Winner of a Tony Award in 1961 for Best Musical, this exuberant rock ’n’ roll comedy features such classic tunes as “The Telephone Hour” and “Put on a Happy Face.” Mamaroneck resident Egan (The Little Mermaid, The Producers) plays Harvey Johnson’s dad and Hager (Spring Awakening) of Port Chester understudies the title role and covers the ensemble’s teens in this new production, which opened two weeks ago at Henry Miller’s Theatre.

By: Laurie Yarnell

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