Thursday, March 31, 2016

"Inspecteur Gadget, Saison 1, Vol. 1" on iTunes France in 1080p HD

In what is unquestionably the best-quality release of the reboot series in France so far, French iTunes users can now purchase the first half of Season One in full HD. I'm not sure exactly when this iTunes package was published, but I believe I first came across it last week. The episodes on iTunes France are split into 11-minute segments, rather than the original half-hour format they were produced in, which is why the first package consists of 26 separate chapters:

As we can see, this covers episodes 1-13 going by the original production format. Note too that this release comes courtesy of public broadcaster France Télévisions, and as such the release date listed is August 29, 2015, the date the series premiered on France 3; despite the fact that it was broadcast on Boomerang France half a year prior.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Video Interview: Inspector Gadget's Voice Actor Ivan Sherry Chats with Dr Stevil

Here's something which should be fun if you like Gadget's new voice actor: the first video interview I've seen with Ivan Sherry talking about his role, and about the reboot as a whole. Among the things we hear:

  • The series is doing really well across the world (which, of course, is also indicated by Season 2 being in production).
  • Sherry was originally brought in to audition for Dr Claw and Quimby, but pushed to try out as Gadget.
  • Sherry's view on why Inspector Gadget, as a character, continues to resonate with audiences.

The interview was conducted this weekend at the Canadian pop culture expo Hero Fest Lindsay, which Sherry attended as a guest (you may recall he also talked about Gadget during last spring's Hero Fest Kingston) – and for the record, the rather strange interviewer here is "Dr Stevil" of the Chatting With Stevil YouTube show; a character who's an obvious nod/tribute to Dr Evil from Austin Powers. If you know as little about this guy as I did upon finding this video, here's a quick presentation.