Jul/2018

Hi Bryan Here…

“Good News Everyone!!” (In my best Professor Farnsworth voice.)  I always love news that starts with Wes Anderson.  Director Wes Anderson (Royal Tenenbaums, Rushmore, Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou) has a new film he has been working on and it is called “Moonrise Kingdom”.

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True Detective‘ set the bar higher than normal by casting the brilliant Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson. HBO has now turned it’s eye to ‘Westworld‘ hoping it will turn out to be as irresistible as ‘True Detective‘. HBO has won a pretty big prize in locking Academy Award winner Anthony Hopkins and Evan Rachel Wood for the primary positions. Writer-Director Michael Crichton made the original ‘Westworld‘ in 1973, Yul Brynner, James Brolin, Dick Van Patten – Yeah, it was a whole thing.

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‘The Beguiled’ Comes To Home Video In October!!!

by Red Zeppelbon on Aug 15th, 2017

Hey guys, Jana here,

Academy Award winner Sofia Coppola (‘Lost in Translation‘) unleashes the atmospheric thriller ‘The Beguiled‘, coming to Digital on September 26, 2017, and Blu-ray™, DVD and On Demand on October 10, 2017, from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. The winner of the Best Director award (Sofia Coppola) at the 2017 Cannes International Film Festival, the Focus Features film showcases exceptional performances by the outstanding ensemble cast of Golden Globe Award winner Colin Farrell (‘In Bruges‘), Academy Award winner Nicole Kidman (‘Big Little Lies‘) Golden Globe Award nominee Kirsten Dunst (‘Fargo‘), Elle Fanning (‘Maleficent‘), Oona Laurence (‘Bad Moms‘), Angourie Rice (‘Spider-Man: Homecoming‘), Addison Riecke (‘The Thundermans‘), and Emma Howard (‘Transparent‘).

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Enjoy the Trailer For ‘Kubo and the Two Strings’!!!

by Red Zeppelbon on Jan 27th, 2016

Hey guys, Jana here,

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From Focus Features and acclaimed animation studio LAIKA comes a trailer for ‘Kubo and the Two Strings‘, an epic action-adventure based in fantastical Japan. Director Travis Knight taps into his skills he honed as lead animator and as producer for ‘Paranorman‘, ‘Coraline‘ and ‘The Boxtrolls‘ to tell the story of Kubo.

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And the 2014 Golden Globes Nominations Are….

by Gumbercules9000 on Dec 11th, 2014

Hi everyone, Bryan Here….

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It is time for the 2014 Golden Globe nominations. The 72nd Golden Globes will be held on Sunday, Jan. 11 and broadcast live at 5 PM PST, 8 PM EST on NBC. It looks like there were quite a few films that were overlooked. What do you think?

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’50 Shades of Grey’ Casting Announced!!!

by Gumbercules9000 on Sep 2nd, 2013

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Universal has just announced the two main stars to headline the movie adaptation of ‘50 Shades of Grey‘. Charlie Hunnam will play Christian Grey and Dakota Johnson will play Anastasia Steele based on the EL James novel. James made the announcement via her Twitter page.

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Official Press Release: Rebecca Hall is set to star alongside Johnny Depp and Paul Bettany in Oscar-winning cinematographer Wally Pfister’s directorial debut, TRANSCENDENCE, it was announced by Broderick Johnson and Andrew Kosove, co-founders and co-CEOs of Alcon Entertainment, which is financing and producing the project.

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If you haven’ heard of ‘ParaNorman’, than you’re in for a real treat.  The new 3D stop-motion comedy thriller from animation company LAIKA, reteaming the company with Focus Features after the groundbreaking Academy Award-nominated “Coraline.” “ParaNorman” is, following “Coraline,” the company’s second stop-motion animated feature to be made in 3D. In “ParaNorman,” a small town comes under siege by zombies. Who can it call? Only misunderstood local boy Norman (voiced by Kodi Smit-McPhee), who is able to speak with the dead. In addition to the zombies, he’ll have to take on ghosts, witches and, worst, of all, grown-ups, to save his town from a centuries-old curse. But this young ghoul whisperer may find his paranormal activities pushed to their otherworldly limits.

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Screen Actors Guild Award WInners!!!

by Gumbercules9000 on Jan 30th, 2012

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Below are the winners of the SAG awards from last night.  This might be an early indication for who has a good chance of winning at the Oscars this year.  Looks like  ‘The Help’ cleaned up here.  Will they at the Oscars? ‘HBO’s ‘Boardwalk Empire’ cleaned up too.  Much kudos to all the winners and noms.

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NEW YORK and LONDON, September 8th, 2011 – Joe Wright will direct the epic romance Anna Karenina, adapted from Leo Tolstoy’s classic novel by Academy Award winner Tom Stoppard (Shakespeare in Love). The Working Title Films production will commence filming in the U.K. and Russia this month. Focus Features will distribute the movie domestically, and Universal Pictures International (UPI) will distribute the movie internationally, in the second half of 2012.

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Wow.  September already.  Almost October.  That means all horror movies 24/7.  And tons of horror movie releases.  Wow 2011 has gone by fast and with tons of great bluray/dvd releases.  But anyway, there are some decent releases this week,  so let us jump right in and get to all the goodies.  Some of the must own blu-rays include ‘Raising Arizona’, ‘If…’ Criterion Collection, plus some other goodies.   As usual, in this article, you will get some info about the disc and the extras that come with the movie as well as a personal opinion about the movie and a link to purchase the film over at AMAZON where you can save quite a bit of money, and it will give a small percentage kick back to this site so we can continue bringing you excellent stories and sales.

Enjoy and Here We Go!!

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4K UHD Review: ‘Forrest Gump’!

by Gumbercules9000 on Jun 12th, 2018

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In 1986, author Winston Groom gave us the book ‘Forrest Gump‘, about a simple minded guy who accomplished a lot through his life, including running a shrimping boat and being an astronaut. That book was made into an award winning film called ‘Forrest Gump‘ that starred Tom Hanks as Gump and Robin Wright Penn, amongst other people. Even though there are many differences from the book, this adaptation that director Robert Zemeckis made was truly inspirational, emotional, and a lot of fun.

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Presented here in 4K UHD are the first 4 ‘Jurassic Park‘ films, including ‘Jurassic Park‘, ‘Jurassic Park 2: The Lost World‘, ‘Jurassic Park 3‘, and ‘Jurassic World‘, which came out only a couple of years ago. Back in 1993, Steven Spielberg gave us the world of dinosaurs in such a moving, emotional, and entertaining way, that his first film ‘Jurassic Park‘, became a milestone in filmmaking and paved the way for a ton of creative minds over the next few years. With a mix of practical effects and state-of-the-art CGI effects, Spielberg and his crew of filmmakers created dinosaurs all over again, which became a huge phenomenon.

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4K UHD Review: ‘The Commuter’!

by Gumbercules9000 on May 1st, 2018

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(This film portion was written by Fernando Martinez)

SOMEONE PLEASE STOP TAKING LIAM NEESON’S FAMILY!!! Ok, so maybe ‘The Commuter‘ isn’t so much about having his family ‘Taken’, but they get threatened to get taken, and that’s close enough.

So “The Commuter” is here simply to prove that Liam Neeson is still an action hero, and to be fair, he is probably our best action hero.  At age 65, he’s doing stuff that Tom Cruise wishes he could have done in his 30’s.  Actually, this felt like a role that was written for Tom Cruise until someone realized that Tom Cruise is box office poison but everyone loves Liam Neeson probably because of Love Actually.

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There are a ton of different ‘Star Wars‘ related movies and TV shows nowadays that it’s kind of difficult to keep up with a lot of the different stories being told now. On the kids-friendly version of the ‘Star Wars‘ franchise is the LEGO ‘Star Wars‘ movies, TV shows, and even video games. This brings us to ‘The Freemaker Adventures‘, which is an animated LEGO show that has only two seasons so far with a few animated shorts to go along with it. There is no sign of a third season in sight though, so this season two might be the last we see of this series.

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Blu-ray Review: ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’!

by Gumbercules9000 on Mar 25th, 2018

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There is always hope for a new ‘Star Wars‘ movie. Two years ago with ‘The Force Awakens‘, Disneyand JJ Abrams reinvigorated the franchise into becoming the #1 movie of all time. Not only was it financially successful, but it brought a new love to the film series, since the prequels almost destroyed all that ‘Star Wars‘ had built up since 1977. It was a new day in the ‘Star Wars‘ universe with new characters crossing paths with our favorite original characters, which made our collective nerdy hearts soar with happiness and nostalgia.

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4K UHD Review: ‘Justice League’!

by Gumbercules9000 on Mar 13th, 2018

 

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(This film portion was written by Dan Moran)

There are several things about Justice League that are good. I think the cast is terrific. Gal GadotBen AffleckJason Momoa, and Ezra Miller are great in their roles. They each have a character moment (earned or not) that makes me interested in seeing their next solo adventure. DC/WB has put some talented filmmakers in charge of the next slate of movies. Justin Lin doing Aquaman sounds great, Patty Jenkins taking Wonder Woman on her next adventure, and Matt Reeves writing and directing The Batman. These are world-class filmmakers who have a great actor in the title role and hopefully that leads to some great story telling. I have no idea who is directing The Flash but I did enjoy him as the comic relief character in Justice League and would like to see if he is more than that in the future. Even Henry Cavill’s “new” Superman was delightful as he is reborn in this film and is no longer a whiney douchebag with terrible parents. Man of Steel 2 is actually on my radar now! But those are the nicest things I can say about Justice League. I loved the cast and I look forward to their solo adventures because having them all together in whatever Justice League was/is/supposed to be was a horrific insult to the fans of DC and moviegoers in general.

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4H UHD Review: ‘Inception’!

by Gumbercules9000 on Jan 8th, 2018

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Every once in a blue-moon, a movie comes out that feels refreshing, original, and entertains us on a certain level that we won’t soon forget. Of of those movies is ‘Inception‘, directed by Christopher Nolan (The Dark Knight). As Nolan was making his Dark Knight (Batman) trilogy, he made a movie in between each sequel. One of them was this film and it truly shines out of all the rest. It brings something everyone does for half their life and makes a thrilling and smart film out of it. ‘Inception‘ involves sleeping and dreaming, but with certain technology, you can be in control of your dreams, and even connect to other people’s dreams and plant an idea in their heads that might make them change their way of thinking. That’s the point of ‘Inception’. It’s quite brilliant.

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‘Last Flag Flying’ waves over Blu-ray!

by Gumbercules9000 on Dec 14th, 2017

Last Flag Flying‘ is coming to Blu-ray on January 30th and will be available digitally on January 16th. The film is directed by Richard Linklater (Dazed and Confused, Everybody Wants Some, Boyhood) and stars Steve Carell, Bryan Cranston, and Laurence Fishburne, and is based on Darryl Ponicsan’s book of the same name. The movie focuses on three older men who all served in Vietnam together. Fast forward many years later, they are all reunited when one of their son’s has died in the Iraq war and they road trip to bury the fallen. It’s a different kind of movie for sure in Linklater’s list of movies, but he proves that he can tackle any subject, even if it isn’t as silly or fun as the above mentioned films of his. There will be audio commentaries, behind the scenes featurettes, deleted scenes, and more included on this Blu-ray. Below is more information on the release.

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Blu-ray Review: The Glass Castle!

by Gumbercules9000 on Nov 11th, 2017

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You probably have heard the name Jeannette Walls. She is a journalist that was known for her Gossip column for MSNBC, but she is now known world-wide for her amazing novel ‘The Glass Castle‘, which was a memoir about her life growing up with her dysfunctional family. Her novel stayed on the Best Seller list for 261 weeks. If you think about that’s about four years and yes, it’s that good. Of course, Hollywood made a movie about it, which was directed by the amazing Destin Daniel Cretton (Short Term 12) and starred Brie Larson, Woody Harrelson, and Naomi Watts.

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4K UHD Review: ‘Cars 3’!

by Gumbercules9000 on Nov 8th, 2017

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This film review portion was written by Jodi York.

I wasn’t sure how well a midlife crisis plot line was going to play with my 10 & 12 year old viewing companions, but they both gave Cars 3 the thumbs up!  Surprisingly, Harrison said that he really enjoyed that this was a ‘comeback story.’ 

There were a number of new characters introduced in this film.  Jaquelin, who has a need for speed, said she liked the way the new, high tech racers looked; but what we all relished the most was the scenes with the ‘old timer’ racing cars, which Lightning McQueen sought out to try and get his racing mojo back after a big crash.  There were numerous flashbacks with Doc Hudson (McQueen’s late mentor), and this was a big hit with us.  We all appreciated McQueen’s journey into Doc’s past, reviewing Doc’s career; meeting and training with his mentor, Smokey; and learning that Doc’s greatest pride & joy came not from racing himself, but from training McQueen. 

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Theatre Review: ‘Fun Home’!

by Gumbercules9000 on Sep 18th, 2017

Hi everyone, Bryan here….

Fun Home‘ won Best Musical at the Tony awards in 2015 and is now on the traveling road circuit across America. With a great message, good performances, and a couple of good songs, ‘Fun Home‘ is enjoyable, sweet, and tragic, but maybe not the big award winner it was a couple of years ago. In fact, I think this story would’ve been better told in a more intimate setting, and not the big amazing theatres it’s been playing at. With a very simple set and a very intimate story, I never really felt a sense of connection. ‘Fun Home‘ is a coming-of-age story of a woman who comes out as a lesbian and her gay father who struggles with his current family and coming out of the closet.

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4K UHD Review: Alien: Covenant!

by Gumbercules9000 on Aug 25th, 2017

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We live in a time where all of our favorite films and television programs from decades ago are getting sequels, rebooted, and remade. The ALIEN franchise that we have all come to love over the years has had its share of revamps. Luckily, the original filmmaker Ridley Scott, who made ALIEN back in 1979 came back a few years ago and made an early sequel to the franchise with PROMETHEUS. Clearly, Scott isn’t done telling stories in this horrifying universe, and we now have a sequel with ALIEN: COVENANT, which breathes new life into this stale franchise and promises more sequels and even more scares. What we loved about the original ALIEN is certainly present in a lot of COVENANT.

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Hey guys, Jana here,Faith Will Be Restored When “American Gods” Season One Descends from Above on Digital HD October 6 and on Blu-ray™ and DVD October 17 from Lionsgate

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year. No, it’s not Christmas, but rather movie-lover Christmas, because the best film festival of all time – FANTASTIC FEST is up on us. We have the first wave of programming to get you all excited and up in arms about attending this year. If you love films more than life itself, then FANTASTIC FEST is the festival for you. It has everything you could possible want, including horror, sci-fi, action, foreign, documentary, and even adult movies. I’m looking at you X-Rated Supermarket. This year is looks incredible with some excellent films on the block right now. Below is the official press release.

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Criterion Announces October 2017 Titles!

by Gumbercules9000 on Jul 17th, 2017

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Wow. Just wow. Criterion has just announced their October 2017 releases and I think I want every single one of them. It’s going to be a good month for Criterion releases for sure. Stanley Kubrick’s Barry Lyndon is finally getting the Criterion treatment in a new 4K restoration. Also there will be the movie Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me coming to Criterion with over 90 minutes of extras. Aldo there will be Personal Shopper, the amazing horror, musical about mermaids called The Lure and of course a Halloween favorite – Vampyr. In addition, there will be Orson Welles‘ Shakespeare movie Othello, which will have two version of the film.

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4K UHD Reivew: Kong: Skull Island!

by Gumbercules9000 on Jul 17th, 2017

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We’ve seen a ton of versions of ‘King Kong‘ over the decades from the 1933 version to the Jeff Bridges version in the 1970s, and even more recently, the 2005 version that was directed by ‘Lord of the Rings‘ director Peter Jackson. ‘King Kong‘ has been a staple in entertainment and pop culture since he debuted in the early 30s and he is showing no signs of stopping, thanks to Warner Bros.and Legendary Pictures who are taking their cues from Marvel and creating their own universe called the ‘MonsterVerse‘.

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Blu-ray Review: The Fate of the Furious!

by Gumbercules9000 on Jul 13th, 2017

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We’re eight movies into this franchise, which would have you assume that these films would have lost steam, been remade, or have a completely new cast. That’s not the case at all with ‘Fate of the Furious‘ or the 8th installment of the ‘Fast and Furious‘ franchise, because there are no signs of this franchise slowing down, being remade, or losing any of its fun cast.

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Hey guys, Jana here, 

Narrated by John Krasinski (‘13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi‘), Disneynature’s newest true-life adventure film ‘Born in China‘, journeys into homes on Digital, Blu-ray™ Combo Pack (Blu-ray+DVD+Digital) and On-Demand on August 29. And in continued efforts to help protect the wild animals featured in the film, Disneynature through the Conservation Fund has made a contribution to World Wildlife Fund (WWF) to focus efforts that benefit wild pandas and snow leopards.

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Hi everyone, Bryan here…

We have an incredible 46th episode of our fun podcast under the MULTI-MEDIA MEN banner called ‘Media-Ocrity‘, where the show is just – okay. Here on the show, we focus strictly on horror/sci-fi, comic books, and video games – basically all the fun stuff that tickles your fancy. In our 46th episode, titled ‘Dark Phoenix plays the Best Video Game Consoles‘, we talk about the best and worst video game consoles, the upcoming 30-film set that features all of the DC animated movies, as well as the new Dark Phoenix film, and much more.  It was so much fun. This episode is guaranteed to thrill you, chill you, and fulfill you. I am joined pop-culture wizard Jonathan Atterbury and comic book artist Jeremy Megert.

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Contest: Win a Blu-ray Copy of ‘SPLIT’!

by Gumbercules9000 on Apr 12th, 2017

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Want to win a free Blu-ray+DVD+Digital Copy of the M. Night Shyamalan film ‘Split‘ from Universal? Now you can. The film is a PG-13 horror/thriller film that focuses on three young women who are kidnapped by a man who seems to have many split personalities.

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Hi everyone, Bryan here….

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Want to win a free Digital Copy of the latest ‘Star Wars’ film ‘Rogue One‘? Now you can. I was a huge fan of the film, which took place in between Ep. III and Ep. IV, and focused on a woman named Jyn Erso and a group of others who set out to steal the Death Star plans to give to a certain princess. It was a fantastic movie.

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Film Review: ‘A Monster Calls’!

by Gumbercules9000 on Jan 4th, 2017

Dan M., here…

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A Monster Calls’ is a kid version of ‘Manchester by the Sea’. I mean that in the nicest way possible. As one of 15 alleged movie fans in America who didn’t love ‘Manchester by the Sea’ (I hope this doesn’t hurt my review street cred) it is important for me to compare these two films, which at their core, deal with loss, grief, and growing up. The amazing part for me is that I think ‘A Monster Calls’ tackles these themes and issues in a more effective manner.

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March Releases From The Criterion Collection!!!

by Red Zeppelbon on Jan 3rd, 2017

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The prestigious Criterion Collection is bringing a few new films into the fold in March and I’ve got the titles. Keep reading to find a listing of the titles.

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Hey guys, Jana here,

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I’ve waited all year and finally it’s time!!! Not time for Christmas, you sillies, it’s AWARDS season!!! It’s time to see who has been chosen to attend the Golden Globes ball, who’s going to be crowned King and Queen and then there are some of us just hoping we’ll be asked to dance. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association will issue ballots that will be counted and announced Sunday, January 8, 2017 in a televised event hosted by Jimmy Fallon.

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Hi everyone, Bryan here…

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It’s a damn shame that every action movie can’t be as good as ‘Mad Max: Fury Road‘. So many action films will try, but will ultimately fail for a variety of reasons. Pure action filmmaking and movies just don’t get better than this movie. ‘Fury Road‘ is a troubled story to say the least. Original creator George Miller who made the original three ‘Mad Max‘ films had the idea for this fourth installment back in 1998. That’s 17-years ago. This project wasn’t necessarily put on a hold shelf, but a few things had happened to delay the film from being made. From 9-11 to foreign policy, to Mel Gibson’s infamous arrest, there were a variety of things that prevented this movie from seeing the light of day.

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4K UHD Review: ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2’!

by Gumbercules9000 on Nov 18th, 2016

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Here we are with the final ‘Hunger Games‘ movie again, ‘Mockingjay’ Part II. With splitting the final chapter into two separate films, you’d think there’d be something worth waiting for or at least a big climax. None of that is found here with Part II, despite what anyone else tells you. I understand why the studio wanted to split the final film into two parts, which would garner double the money and profits off of one story, but in order to have a decent story and film, you need it to go somewhere. In this case, anywhere.

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Interview with ‘Zoology’ Director Ivan I. Tverdovsky!

by Gumbercules9000 on Oct 11th, 2016

Hi, Justin Cline, here…

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With the film ‘Zoology‘ making the film festival rounds these days, I had the pleasure to do an interview with the writer-director of the film – Ivan I. Tverdovsky. This was an email interview, so there wasn’t much back and forth, but you can tell Tverdovsky is passionate about his movies and cinema in general, and of course, we are looking forward to his upcoming third film. Enjoy the interview below and check out ZOOLOGY !

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TCM Introduces FilmStruck Streaming Video Plans!!!

by Red Zeppelbon on Oct 6th, 2016

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TCM has found a way to get into the streaming game in a most TCM way. Introducing FilmStruck, the first domestic subscription video-on-demand that launches October 19th and features a lot of the key aspects that make TCM your go-to channel for all things film. The streamer will host the largest streaming Library of Contemporary and Classic Arthouse, Indie, Foreign and Cult Films, as well as plans that will include the World-Renowned Criterion Collection a la The Criterion Channel .

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Hey guys, Jana here,

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Fangirls and fanboys control your excitement, because the Winchester’s are coming to a TV near you!! ‘Supernatural: The Complete Eleventh Season‘ will hit blu-ray and DVD September 6, 2016!!! If you’re a part of the fandom, you’re almost more excited for the hours of bonus content each season’s DVD brings, the featurettes, commentary, but the greatest bonus feature is that glorious gag reel!!!

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Hey guys, Jana here,

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Summer time means a million things to different people, but some things we can all agree on. Cook outs, swimming, catching lightning bugs, camping and baseball. It’s just as pure as mom’s apple pie and the star spangled banner and every spring, a new season swings into action and a new hope is born for your team to be a contender and play through October. The national past time has been the basis for a lot of movies and I’m making some sense of them all with my Top 10 favorite baseball movies.

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Hey guys, Jana here,

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Warner Bros. Home Entertainment releases all 23 episodes from season eleven of ‘Supernatural‘!!! We only have a few months to wait as it debuts September 6, 2016. Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki star as brothers Dean and Sam Winchester with Misha Collins as Castiel, an angel, and Mark Sheppard as the demon Crowley. Sam and Dean are among just a small percentage of people in the world that are aware of the daily battles happening between the Hell under them and the Heaven above them and both sides are warring for the souls of all on earth, but Sam and Dean don’t let anyone go without a fight.

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Film Review: ‘I Dream Too Much’!

by Gumbercules9000 on Jun 20th, 2016

Hi everyone, Bryan here…

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It’s not too often that we see a “coming-of-age” film that features an almost all female cast. Usually, the coming-of age movies center around boys or young men. If and when women are the center focus, it usually involves some sort of relationship or romance with a guy. Refreshingly and fortunate for us, Texas filmmaker Katie Cokinos flips the genre on its ear with ‘I Dream Too Much‘, which focuses on a college-bound young woman who discovers herself, while staying with her great aunt in upstate New York.

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Criterion Announces It’s September Releases!!!

by Red Zeppelbon on Jun 16th, 2016

Hey guys, Jana here,

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Criterion has announced their September titles, which are all listed below. You can see all the tech-specs and bonus features with each title. This is one hell of a month for Criterion, as all titles look insanely good. I can’t wait to watch all of these. We will update when pre-order links are available.

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Disney’s Live-Action Calendar Looks Amazing!!!

by Red Zeppelbon on Apr 26th, 2016

Hey guys, Jana here,

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Disney loves the live-action fairy tale trend as it’s proven by the last few years of their movie catalog, so it’s not surprising they are planning out a slate of movies into the next several years.

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Hey guys, Jana here,

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Fans of the greatest realm can rejoice! ‘The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies‘ extended edition is coming to Blu-ray and DVD on November 17, however, if you want to own it on Digital HD then you can get in on the action a month earlier on October 20.

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Blu-ray Review: ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ (3D Version)!!

by Gumbercules9000 on Aug 24th, 2015

Hi everyone, Bryan Here…

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This is more or less the same exact review as the 2D version of the film, which you can see here. The only difference here is there is an extra disc that sports the 3D version of the film. All of the extras, subtitles, audio presentations, and film itself are the exact same. And no, there is unfortunately not the fabled B&W version of the film here or on the 2D version. Maybe someday in the future we’ll get that, but if you want to read about the 3D presentation, skip down to the “VIDEO/AUDIO” section. Thank you and YES, this is a MUST-OWN!

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Blu-Ray Review: ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ (2D Version)!!

by Gumbercules9000 on Aug 20th, 2015

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THE FILM

It’s a damn shame that every action movie can’t be as good as ‘Mad Max: Fury Road‘. So many action films will try, but will ultimately fail for a variety of reasons. Pure action filmmaking and movies just don’t get better than this movie. ‘Fury Road‘ is a troubled story to say the least. Original creator George Miller who made the original three ‘Mad Max‘ films had the idea for this fourth installment back in 1998. That’s 17-years ago. This project wasn’t necessarily put on a hold shelf, but a few things had happened to delay the film from being made. From 9-11 to foreign policy, to Mel Gibson’s infamous arrest, there were a variety of things that prevented this movie from seeing the light of day.

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The 9th annual Dallas International Film Festival is almost here, folks, and we have just received the entire list of all the films that will be playing at the festival. The fest will take place April 9-19, and you can start purchasing passes now with the links provided below. It looks like there will be some excellent filmmakers and actors in town for the festival as well as a treasure trove of awesome movies, which you can see listed out below with a little bit of information on each film. As usual, we will be at the festival, telling you about all the cool movies we’re seeing and posting some interviews with the talent. Stay tuned as  I’m sure more announcements will be made.

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‘The Babadook’ Comes To Blu-ray on April 14!!!

by Red Zeppelbon on Jan 30th, 2015

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Hopefully you’ve had the chance to fall in love, or fear, with ‘The Babadook‘, if not here comes another chance when this newly minted classic horror debuts on Special Edition Blu-ray, Standard Blu-ray and DVD available everywhere April 14th, 2015 from Scream Factory.

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One of the hottest films of the summer is sure to be one of the most asked for Blu-ray’s this Christmas! ‘Guardians of the Galaxy‘  takes us into new corners of the Marvel Universe with bold space adventurer Peter Quill steals an extremely rare and valuable orb that becomes the focus of a dogged bounty hunt.  In order to run from his enemies, Quill forges an unlikely and uneasy truce with Rocket, a gun-crazy raccoon; Groot, a tree-like strongman with low verbal skills, a deadly assassin named Gamora and Drax who is focused mainly on revenge.  Once the true power of the orb is discovered, the unlikely band of heroes comes together in a final battle that will decide the fate of the whole galaxy.

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Sony Pictures Entertainment has teamed up with SEGA Sammy Group division Marza Animation Planet to develop a hybrid/live action and CG-animated feature film based on the ‘Sonic The Hedgehog‘ video game series. The film is to be scripted by Evan Susser and Van Robichaux. The pair worked together on ‘What’s Going On? With Mike Mitchell‘. Neal H. Moritz (‘21 Jump Street, ‘S.W.A.T.‘)is going to produce through his Original Film banner that is responsible for some big hits in Hollywood.

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Film Review: ‘Under The Skin’!!

by Gumbercules9000 on Apr 17th, 2014

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It’s been thirteen years since Jonathan Glazer graced us with a feature film. The last one he made was ‘Sexy Beast‘ that starred Ben Kingsley, and it received some Oscar nominations. Before that film, he brought us the film ‘Birth‘ that starred Nicole Kidman. With that aside, Glazer is known for his compelling and amazing visual style in the music video business.You might not know it, but you have probably seen Glazer’s work. I’m not sure why Glazer has spent thirteen years looking for another feature film project, but for whatever the reason is, his choice of ‘Under The Skin‘ is pretty spectacular – visually speaking.

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‘Candid Camera’ Being Revived for TV Land!!!

by Red Zeppelbon on Apr 12th, 2014

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If you watched TV from any point in the late 40’s to to a few years ago, you probably saw, or heard the phrase “Smile, you’re on Candid Camera“. The  show, which was really the original reality show if you think about it, debuted in 1948 and ran until 2004. Obviously in that time there were different hosts and pranksters, but the premise remained the same, hidden cameras capture real reactions of ordinary people being confronted with unusual (to say the least!) situations.

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A John Grisham novel is like a mug of coffee on a stormy day, a glass of wine after the kids are asleep, or even a Xanax when you want to rip someone’s head off. The point is, it’s a calming, reassuring presence. It’s going to be an intense, legal, thrill ride that has a feel-good ending. Grisham’s tried and true writing style is gripping, authentic and something that lends itself to film adaptation easily. This has been the case with ‘The Firm‘, ‘The Pelican Brief‘, ‘The Client‘ and ‘A Time to Kill‘ among several others. There is even a complete departure from his norm evident in ‘Christmas With The Kranks‘.

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Mary-Louise Parker Returning to Primetime!!!

by Red Zeppelbon on Mar 6th, 2014

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I was worried after the final season of ‘Weeds‘ aired that I would not get my weekly dose of Mary-Louise Parker ala Nancy Botwin any longer. Looks like I have been worried for nothing. NBC has successfully courted Parker’s involvement in a comedy that will pilot this fall, ‘Feed Me‘. The project is described as a comedic exploration of adult intimacy and desire that centers on a dysfunctional family bound by love and the restaurant they run together. Parker will play the lead, Ellen, a slightly OCD wife, mother of two and accountant who is stuck in her ways and whose approach to life is a challenge for those around her, including her husband, parents and brothers, most of whom are in the restaurant business. I think TV has shown us that they will never make a movie on a ‘normal’ family, mainly because ‘normal’ is subjective and if you look closely, every family is dysfunctional. So they could probably just start stating that it’s a show about a family in the restaurant biz.

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Blu-Ray Review: ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 3!!

by Gumbercules9000 on Feb 18th, 2014

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THE TV SERIES – 5/5 STARS

Nothing has slowed down or become redundant with HBO’s flagship series, ‘Game of Thrones‘ Season 3. Based on George R.R. Martin’s third book ‘A Storm of Swords‘, showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have decided to split the book up into two seasons, which is no easy feat, considering the amount of information in the book and the strategy of where to place certain story arcs. Luckily for us, everyone involved from the cast and crew of the show have flawlessly executed every aspect of the series.

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Naked Girls Reading Dallas takes the stage once again on January 31st at the Quixotic World Theater in Dallas as the Naked Girls present: “THAT’S WHAT SHE SAID“. This show will focus on the literature and poetry by and about women. This show will include literature’s greatest contributors from Mary Shelley to Tina Fey and Maya Angelou and will even feature local female authors.

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Playstation Event!!!

by Gumbercules9000 on Feb 20th, 2013

New Music From Jimi Hendrix Coming March 5th!

by NapkinArt on Jan 8th, 2013

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Believe it or not, Jimi Hendrix has a new album of even more unreleased recordings, coming out March 5th, called “People, Hell and Angels” from Experience Hendrix, LLC and Legacy Recordings. But, how can this be?!? The man has been dead for over 40 years!!! He isn’t considered the ‘Greatest Guitarist EVER’ for no reason. Read the rest of this entry »

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Well it’s here everyone. Part 3 of Boomstick’s annual ultimate Geek Holiday Gift Guide for the holidays. So many great deals and uber cool and geeky stuff to get your loved ones and yourself this 2012 holiday season. As usual, you will be able to click on the link or picture that will take you to purchase the items. So enjoy and eat some good food and be safe out there this holiday shopping season.

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Got a late start on this article due to uploading the interview and writing the review for ‘End of Watch’.  But alas, the weekly column you all look forward to is out.  Damn man, September is such a crazy month for releases.  Just too much at once.  There are tons of groovy stuff this week, so let’s jump right in to the goodies.  As usual in this article, you will get some info about the disc and the extras that come with the movie as well as a personal opinion about the movie and a picture-link to purchase the film over at AMAZON where you can save quite a bit of money, and it will give a small percentage kick back to this site so we can continue bringing you excellent stories and bizarre tales. So click on the pictures and start saving.

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On time today, folks.  It feels good.  There is so much this week, it is getting insane, and September is only going to get better or worse depending on how you look it at.  I hope all of you have a safe and fun holiday weekend, and let us know which blurays you plan on watching.  Anywho, let’s jump right in and get to all the goodies.  As usual in this article, you will get some info about the disc and the extras that come with the movie as well as a personal opinion about the movie and a picture-link to purchase the film over at AMAZON where you can save quite a bit of money, and it will give a small percentage kick back to this site so we can continue bringing you excellent stories and bizarre tales. So click on the pictures and start saving.

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Alright, just one day late, because there has been so much news, plus the interview, that I didn’t finish the column yesterday. But here it is in all its glory. There are some AMAZING releases this week.  Bluray releases are about to get heavy and numerous, so prepare yourself.  Anywho, let’s jump right in and get to all the goodies.  As usual in this article, you will get some info about the disc and the extras that come with the movie as well as a personal opinion about the movie and a picture-link to purchase the film over at AMAZON where you can save quite a bit of money, and it will give a small percentage kick back to this site so we can continue bringing you excellent stories and bizarre tales. So click on the pictures and start saving.

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A tad late bringing this past week’s cool blu-ray picks to you, but it’s here and this coming week’s releases should be on time later today.   There are some great child-hood nostalgic films for this week.  It was a delight.    Anywho, let’s jump right in and get to all the goodies.  As usual in this article, you will get some info about the disc and the extras that come with the movie as well as a personal opinion about the movie and a link to purchase the film over at AMAZON where you can save quite a bit of money, and it will give a small percentage kick back to this site so we can continue bringing you excellent stories and bizarre tales. So click on the pictures and start saving.

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If you think you know the story, think again. Experience the film that critics and audiences are raving about when The Cabin In The Woods arrives on Blu-ray Disc (plus Digital Copy), DVD (plus Digital Copy) and On Demand and Pay-Per-View September 18 from Lionsgate. The Cabin In The Woodswill also be available on EST September 4, two weeks prior to the Blu-ray, DVD and On Demand release.  Co-written by fan favorites, Joss Whedon (The Avengers, TV’s “Buffy The Vampire Slayer”) and Drew Goddard (Cloverfield) and directed by Goddard, The Cabin In The Woods is a film that “horror fans will be gushing about for years” (FearNet).

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E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, AcademyAward®-winning director Steven Spielberg’s magical adventure, celebrates its 30th Anniversary with its first-ever release on Blu-ray™ October 9, 2012. Featuring an all-new, digitally remastered picture that delivers six times the resolution of DVD, as well as all-new 7.1 surround sound, the E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial Anniversary Edition Blu-ray™ Combo Pack includes the 1982 theatrical movie, an all-new interview with director Steven Spielberg, and “The E.T. Journals” featuring never-before-seen footage from the set of the film. The Blu-ray™ Combo Pack also includes UltraViolet™, a DVD and a Digital Copy of the film, offering fans a chance to relive the mystery, laughter and wonder of the iconic movie anytime, anywhere on the platform of their choice.

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E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, Academy Award®-winning director Steven Spielberg’s magical adventure, celebrates its 30th Anniversary with its first-ever release on Blu-ray™ this October. Featuring an all-new, digitally remastered picture that delivers six times the resolution of DVD, as well as all-new 7.1 surround sound, the E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial Anniversary Edition Blu-ray™ Combo Pack includes the 1982 theatrical movie, an all-new interview with director Steven Spielberg, and “The E.T. Journals” featuring never-before-seen footage from the set of the film. The Blu-ray™ Combo Pack also includes UltraViolet™, a DVD and a Digital Copy of the film, offering fans a chance to relive the mystery, laughter and wonder of the iconic movie anytime, anywhere on the platform of their choice.

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Evil Dead 2.  Possibly one of the greatest films ever made.  It has a 98% Fresh rating on rotten tomatoes.  This sequel to the Sam Raimi horror gore fest, is pretty much a re-telling of the first film with a bigger budget and an added humor in the vein of Three Stooges.  This humor and horror mix nicely to bring you one of the best thrill rides of your life.  And let me just say, it seems that they went back to the original negatice of the film and cleaned it all up for this release.  It looks AMAZING.  The best it has ever looked.  This gets my highest recommendation.  Get it.

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All caught up.  Finally. And the column is up a day early. October really is amazing for bluray releases.  So many excellent movies.  So let us jump right in and get to all the goodies.  Some of the must own blu-rays include ‘Captain America’, ‘Jurassic Park’, ‘Dazed and Confused Criterion’, plus some other goodies.   As usual, in this article, you will get some info about the disc and the extras that come with the movie as well as a personal opinion about the movie and a link to purchase the film over at AMAZON where you can save quite a bit of money, and it will give a small percentage kick back to this site so we can continue bringing you excellent stories and sales.

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Bryan Reviews ‘Trainspotting’!!! (A Blu-Ray Review)

by Gumbercules9000 on Oct 12th, 2011

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This is such a delight to have on blu-ray.  Danny Boyle’s first film sets the bar pretty high.  Of course Boyle would go on to direct ‘127 Hours’, ’28 Days Later’, and ‘Slumdog Millionaire’.  But Trainspotting was an instant cult classic and starred a wide variety of then at the time unknown stars, but today are A-list actors.  I have still not seen a film that has shown me the true distinction of agony and satisfaction as perfectly as this film did.  Seeing the constant struggle with drug addiction and the highs and lows of going through a drug addiction was quite entertaining and so tragic.  This dark comedy will take you through an insane psychadellic journey of devastation, pleasure, and the ultimate high.  That is ‘Trainspotting’ for you.

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Earlier today in anticipation for the release of Lion King 3D and for tis first time on blu-ray, I had the pleasure to sit in a virtual roundtable interview with Tony Bancroft.  Bancroft was one of the supervising animators on ‘Lion King’.  He also directed Disney’s ‘Mulan’.  Before we started with the interview he drew by hand a picture of Pumbaa.  It was amazing to see him bring that character to life.  After that I watched one of the extras from the upcoming ‘Lion King’ blu-ray and then on to the Q&A.  Enjoy.  And don’t forget to get the ‘Lion King’ On Blu-Ray!!

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HBO will present a variety of original programs to mark the tenth anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.  The following are the different programs that will be airing.

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“The 2011 Toronto Film Festival has unveiled the first part of its slate, and announced that the Davis Guggenheim-directed U2 documentary From The Sky Down will open the festival, which will run from Sept. 8-18.”  In addition to U2, there are quite a bit of amazing sounding films.  Below is the official list of films that have already been locked into place for the festival.  Tons of stars and great sounding movies.

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Classic Waxxx: Ringo Starr “Old Wave”

by NapkinArt on Jul 19th, 2011

Let’s face it. Everyone loves Ringo, the fun-lovin’ drummer from the world’s greatest rock n’ roll band, The Beatles. Admit it. You’ve got all the records with Ringo’s head circled in red like some crazed lunatic, hoping to snip a little piece of hair from his mop top if he ever crossed your path (hey, it’s happened to him before!) But, did you know Ringo made some incredible solo albums on his own?

“Old Wave”, Ringo Starr’s ninth studio album to be exact, is one of the most over-looked and underrated albums of his career. Starr enjoyed much commercial success with his post-Beatles  albums, such as the self-titled “Ringo” and follow-up “Goodnight Vienna”, featuring a who’s who of rock royalty pitching in on playing and recording. However, by the time Starr recorded “Old Wave”, the scene and atmosphere of Starr’s personal life was a different story. Read the rest of this entry »

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BRYAN’S BLURAY/DVD PICKS FOR THE 2ND WEEK OF JUNE!!!

by Gumbercules9000 on Jun 15th, 2011

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It’s a fairly good week for releases which includes Hall Pass, Unknown, Jackass 3.5, plus some other goodies.   As usual, in this article, you will get some info about the disc and the extras that come with the movie as well as a personal opinion about the movie and a link to purchase the film over at AMAZON where you can save quite a bit of money, and it will give a small percentage kick back to this site so we can continue bringing you excellent stories and sales.

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Bryan Finds Out He’s ‘Unknown’!!! (A Review)

by Gumbercules9000 on Jun 13th, 2011

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Here is a little film starring Liam Neeson, January Jones, and Diane Kruger.  A pretty great cast to start with and an interesting enough story line.  Does it work?  Ina way, yes it does.  I’ll say this off the bat.  Many people will compare and bring up Liam Neeson’s prior film, ‘Taken’.  Let me assure you, this  is not ‘Taken’, nor is it as good as ‘Taken’.  Sure it is a fun thrill ride to watch, but it ends up being a “by the book” amnesia film with really no plot twist or turn after the first half of the film.  That being said, ‘Unknown’ is still fun ride to watch.

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So we are talking about the film ‘Unknown’ here.  A film that stars Liam Neeson, January Jones, and Diane Kruger.  According to IMDB, ‘Unknown’ is about “A man awakens from a coma, only to discover that someone has taken on his identity and that no one, (not even his wife), believes him. With the help of a young woman, he sets out to prove who he is.”  So there’s that.  Then there’s Boomstick’s newest contributor and writer….Shirtz.  Shirtz is the ambassador for the underground world of the occult and bizarre to our human society.  He has been everywhere and he has seen everything.  We are very happy to have him at Boomstick Comics from now on so give him a warm welcome, but be careful.  He bites.

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BRYAN’S BLURAY/DVD PICKS FOR THE FIRST WEEK OF JUNE!!!

by Gumbercules9000 on Jun 7th, 2011

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It’s the HUGE FUCKING week for releases which includes The Coen’s ‘True Grit, Superman, and some Adam Sandler films, plus some other goodies.   As usual, in this article, you will get some info about the disc and the extras that come with the movie as well as a personal opinion about the movie and a link to purchase the film over at AMAZON where you can save quite a bit of money, and it will give a small percentage kick back to this site so we can continue bringing you excellent stories and sales.

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BRYAN’S BLURAY/DVD PICKS FOR THE LAST WEEK OF MAY!!!

by Gumbercules9000 on May 31st, 2011

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It’s the fucking KUBRICK week for releases which includes everything KUBRICK, plus some other goodies.   As usual, in this article, you will get some info about the disc and the extras that come with the movie as well as a personal opinion about the movie and a link to purchase the film over at AMAZON where you can save quite a bit of money, and it will give a small percentage kick back to this site so we can continue bringing you excellent stories and sales.

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BRYAN’S BLURAY/DVD PICKS FOR THE 4TH WEEK OF MAY!!!

by Gumbercules9000 on May 26th, 2011

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A pretty fun week for releases which includes a couple of excellent Criterion releases, plus some other goodies.   As usual, in this article, you will get some info about the disc and the extras that come with the movie as well as a personal opinion about the movie and a link to purchase the film over at AMAZON where you can save quite a bit of money, and it will give a small percentage kick back to this site so we can continue bringing you excellent stories and sales.

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One of the best films in the last 50 years.  Right at the top of that list.  Robert De Niro is fucking brilliant in this movie.  I can’t believe this movie has not been released on bluray yet.  This film is unrelenting, unmerciful, brutal, and all kinds of AWESOME.  A MUST OWN MOVIE.

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Bryan Finds A.I. Artificial Intelligence!!! (A Review)

by Gumbercules9000 on Apr 26th, 2011

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I remember when this film came out and the months that led up to its release.  First off, this was to be Kubrick’s next film following Eyes Wide Shut.  He had storyboards and production art for this film already.  Kubrick wanted to work on A.I. with Spielberg and they went back and forth with each other on who would direct and who would produce.  But sadly, Kubrick passed away before Eyes Wide Shut was released and Kubrick’s wife said in a press conference that Spielberg was going to helm the project himself in tribute to her late husband.  Spielberg pretty much had no option.

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BRYAN’S BLURAY/DVD PICKS FOR THE LAST WEEK OF APRIL!!!

by Gumbercules9000 on Apr 26th, 2011

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A pretty good week for releases which includes CHAWZ plus some other goodies.   As usual, in this article, you will get some info about the disc and the extras that come with the movie as well as a personal opinion about the movie and a link to purchase the film over at AMAZON where you can save quite a bit of money, and it will give a small percentage kick back to this site so we can continue bringing you excellent stories and sales.

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BRYAN’S BLURAY/DVD PICKS FOR THE THIRD WEEK OF APRIL!!!

by Gumbercules9000 on Apr 19th, 2011

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A pretty good week for releases which includes the Best Picture Winner from this past year plus some other goodies.   As usual, in this article, you will get some info about the disc and the extras that come with the movie as well as a personal opinion about the movie and a link to purchase the film over at AMAZON where you can save quite a bit of money, and it will give a small percentage kick back to this site so we can continue bringing you excellent stories and sales.

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Bryan’s Bluray/DVD Picks for the 3rd Week Of March!!!

by Gumbercules9000 on Mar 15th, 2011

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A fairly small week for releases this week.  But here are some good releases in today’s column.

As usual, in this article, you will get some info about the disc and the extras that come with the movie as well as a personal opinion about the movie and a link to purchase the film over at AMAZON where you can save quite a bit of money, and it will give a small percentage kick back to this site so we can continue bringing you excellent stories and sales.

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Bluray/DVD Releases for the 3rd Week of January!!!

by Gumbercules9000 on Jan 18th, 2011

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Some really cool releases this week on bluray.  Some great criterion releases in high def, plus a couple of Ryan Reynolds films and some plain old fun classics.   As usual, you will get some info about the disc and the extras that come with the movie as well as a personal opinion about the movie and a link to purchase the film over at AMAZON where you can save quite a bit of money, and it will give a small percentage kick back to this site so we can continue bringing you excellent stories and sales.

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Bluray/DVD Releases For The 1st Week Of December!!!

by Gumbercules9000 on Dec 10th, 2010

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Hi folks.  sorry this column is a tad bit late but non the less, it is here for you now.  A few awesome releases this week for the first week of December.  Was quite excited to purchase a few of these.  Plus they are a t great prices for the time being so hurry up and get them while you can.

As usual, you will get some info about the disc and the extras that come with the movie as well as a personal opinion about the movie and a link to purchase the film over at AMAZON where you can save quite a bit of money, and it will give a small percentage kick back to this site so we can continue bringing you excellent stories and sales.

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One of today’s Geek Deals is all about the Harry Potter films.  You will get the six Harry Potter films on your choice of Bluray or DVD.

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Reviews for the Week of Sept. 29, 2010

by Gumbercules9000 on Oct 10th, 2010

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #644 – Mark Waid and Paul Azaceta continue in the third issue of the Origin of the Species arc.  Since Marvel created the “Spidey Brain Trust” and the thrice-monthly schedule over a year ago, many new characters and plot-lines have developed to create this Spider-Man universe.  Waid has found a unique way to throw many of Spidey’s past foes at him all at once in this issue.  Spidey is not only swinging through NYC to escape with his own life, but he’s on the run to save the baby of Norman Osborn and Harry Osborn’s ex-girlfriend, a baby with unique Goblin serum properties (and a huge ransom)…oooh, creepy!  This is a particularly emotional issue with some of the confrontations with his enemies, particularly the cool twist at the end.  I really wasn’t excited about Azaceta’s art the last couple of issues but it has developed nicely, especially with the amazing coloring job.  Azaceta’s pencils are really tight and he has a real knack for illustrating big camera shots and fast-paced action well.  I really thought this issue was a fun read and I can’t wait to read next week’s issue!  (4 out of 5)

CAPTAIN AMERICA #610 – First of all, check out that killer cover.  Cap’s vibranium shield smacking Baron Zemo upside the face is brutal!  Ed Brubaker has had me cheering for Captain America again with the conclusion of his last arc, “No Escape.”  The last four issues have been the story of how the new Baron Zemo found out that his father didn’t exactly kill Bucky (current Captain America) back in WWII like he originally thought.  We get to see Zemo’s true intentions and feelings toward Bucky in this issue, and it may not be the strict revenge plot that you’re thinking.  This was such an awesome issue and it has this insanely cool “pulp” feel to it, particularly with Butch Guice’s pencils.  I was really bummed when Steve Epting left the book as his version of Captain America was definitely my favorite by far…but Guice has really impressed me big time here.  I could honestly care less about the Nomad back-up story as it has little if anything to do with what’s going on in Captain America and I’m very happy that they’re switching gears and having a Black Widow back-up next issue…ahh, much better.  Been away from Captain America for a while?  Come back pronto as it’s getting absolutely awesome again.  (5 out of 5)

CHEW #14 – Always one of my favorite indie/creator-owned series since it debuted, Chew has never dipped into suck territory.  John Layman writes a tight story and has an awesome sense of humor.  The main character, Tony Chu, is a cibopath, which means he receives psychic impressions from whatever he eats…yes I said WHATEVER he eats, as it never fails that he’s put in some pretty cringe-worthy gustatory situations.  The series takes place in a slightly alternative world where the FDA is the top-police force after the Bird Flu epidemic cripples the world.  Tony is a FDA agent/detective and his cases are always in that crazy “oh wow, why didn’t I think of that?” mode, especially centering on the illegal post-Bird Flu chicken production/trafficking.  This is an interesting title as it is definitely meant for adults in it’s graphic nature, but it’s just so ridiculously fun.  Rob Guillory has this really unique art style that can take the violent or grotesque subject matter and twist it into dark comedy awesomeness.  This issue features the return of Tony’s ex-partner Mason Savory as well as a really funny back-story concerning Tony’s past love life, is it possible to wince and laugh at the same time?  By no means was this a bad issue at all, but it wasn’t quite at the top of the heap of Chew books so far, but keep this original series coming!  The creative team assure us we’re in for a sweet 60-issue run.  (4 out of 5)

SECRET WARRIORS #20 – The Secret Warriors is the covert team directed by Nick Fury who has been “underground” in the Marvel U for a number of years now.  Jonathon Hickman is a supremely intelligent writer (loved his amazing indie mini-series The Nightly News) who honestly writes above my head at times as he weaves together so many characters and plot-lines that it is hard to keep up without constant charts and graphs, haha.  When this series first started, it was really just about how badass Nick Fury is and the development of his new core team of covert operatives, but the series slowly built up to including multiple enemy forces (Hail Hydra!) and his own set of sub-teams with their own unique code names.  The cast in this series is HUGE, particularly at only 20 issues in.  This is the penultimate arc of the series, and I highly recommend following along in trade format where you can digest entire arcs together.  I wonder if this will ever receive the omnibus treatment from Marvel one day, as this would be best read all at once.  If this series had more of a focus on Nick Fury, Dum Dum Dugan, and the Howling Commandos, I’d easily give this a top rating, but considering how confusing this is all getting, and how the art has taken a dip in quality, I’m only giving this a (3 out of 5)

AVENGERS PRIME #3 (OF 5) – Marvel had decided to retool/revamp their Avengers franchise with the cancellation of all their past Avengers books and then starting Avengers, New Avengers, Secret Avengers, and Avengers Academy, all with new #1 issue numbering.  And as if four new series weren’t enough to contain all the subsequent Avengers mythos, Brian Michael Bendis has been releasing this Avengers Prime mini-series with legendary artist Alan Davis.  It may be premature of me to say so, but this has been my favorite new Avengers title out of the list and sadly it is only a 5 issue mini.  This story centers around the holy Marvel trinity that is Captain America (Steve Rodgers), Thor, and Iron Man.  Bendis’ dialogue is top-notch, especially with Tony Stark’s monologue with a huge dragon creature as I really felt that Robert Downey Jr. biting dry wit (an instance where the movies have actually positively affected the source material back again).  The three heroes are stuck in one of the nine realms beyond Asgard (as it has fallen recently in the Siege storyline) and it is still a mystery as to what is truly transpiring here.  Davis’ art is SO good, very classic pencils with modern coloring techniques makes for some awesome comic art.  I am salivating for the next issue…thus initiating my first official Pick of the Week here at Boomstick Comics!  (5 out of 5)

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Bluray/DVD Releases for the 1st Week of October

by Gumbercules9000 on Oct 4th, 2010

This week is a MEGA release week for movies.  Tons of great films being released.  As last time, below you will get some information about the upcoming releases and a link/picture to where you can click and be taken to AMAZON to purchase the movie for a very cheap price.  Enjoy this week’s column.

2001 Maniacs

This movie stars Robert Englund from the Nightmare on Elm street movies.  Based on the campy cult classic by the Godfather of gore, Herschell Gordon Lewis, and starring horror legend Robert Englund, 2001 Maniacs is a bloody comedy/spoof that audiences will love. 2001 Maniacs tells the story of a group of college students on their way to spring break. They decide to take a detour through an old southern town – and are soon in for a big surprise. The residents of Pleasant Valley insist the kids stay for their annual barbecue celebration…but instead of getting a taste of the old south, the old south gets a taste of them!

Supplements

  • Two audio commentaries
  • Inside the Asylum Making-of featurette
  • Deleted/extended scenes
  • Outtakes
  • Alternate opening with John Landis

Beauty and the Beast (Diamond Edition) (Blu-ray)

A beloved classic comes back to home video in the form of high def.  This is a must own bluray.  The picture is crystal clear and the sound is nothing short of perfect.  Tons of extras are on this disc, plus you get the DVD copy as well.  The commentary track  is very informative and down to the point.

Supplements

  • Never-before-seen alternate opening
  • Deleted scenes
  • Beyond Beauty
  • Broadway Beginnings
  • Composing a Classic
  • Music video

Exclusive HD Content

  • Enchanted Musical Challenge
  • Bonjour, Who Is This?

The Blair Witch Project (Blu-ray)

This bluray was released  over a month ago exclusively at BEST BUY.  If you have not picked it up yet, then you can pick Blair Witch up anywhere tomorrow.  While this bluray disc is the best Blair Witch has ever looked, it is far from being a demo in your home.  Still tons of grain and just over all sloppy.  But I believe this was the intent of the filmmakers.  To make it look as real as possible.  The sound isn’t really that great on the disc.  Those set aside, if you liked seeing this movie all those years ago, then this is a must pick up to re-live that time and the special features are pretty good.

Supplements

  • Audio commentary
  • Featurette
  • Extra footage
  • Four never-before-seen alternate endings

Exclusive HD Content

  • Bookmarks

The Exorcist: Extended Director’s Cut (Blu-Ray)

Finally.  To start out the month of Halloween, we get the hig-def transfer of the scariest movie of all time, “The Exorcist”.  You get the spider-crawl scene, the extended ending and a few other scenes that were added in that were not in the original.  I saw this at the theater last week on the big screen, and it was fantastic.  Still scary as hell.  I wish they still made films like this still.  Where we grow with a character and see them transform into something TERRIBLE.    This is a 2-dsic set with a booklet with behind the scenes photos and essays about the making of the film.  An absolute must for any collection.

Supplements

  • Commentary by William Friedkin (Disc 1)
  • Sketches & storyboards (Disc 2)
  • Trailers & TV spots from the 1973 version (Disc 2)
  • Trailers, TV spots & radio spots from the film’s 2000 release (Disc 1)
  • Introduction by William Friedkin (Disc 2)
  • Audio commentary with William Friedkin (Disc 2)
  • Audio commentary with William Peter Blatty with Special Sound Effects Tests (Disc 2)
  • The Fear of God: 25 Years of The Exorcist (Disc 2)
  • Additional interviews with William Friedkin and William Peter Blatty (Disc 2)
  • Original ending (Disc 2)

Exclusive HD Content

  • Raising Hell: Filming the Exorcist (Disc 1)
  • The Exorcist Locations: Georgetown Then and Now (Disc 1)
  • Faces of Evil: The Different Versions of The Exorcist (Disc 1)

Grindhouse: Special Edition (Blu-Ray)

It is about time we get these two films from Tarantino and Rodriguez in one release.  And YES.  YES.  We will be getting all the fake trailers in this release of Grindhouse.    Now I am a big fan of actual Grindhouse films and Tarantino and Rodriguez did an excellent job in re-creating the atmosphere and feel of this type of film.  I cannot wait to sit down with some friends at midnight with tons of beer and food and watch these two films in a row.

Supplements

  • Faux Trailers (‘Don’t,’ ‘Werewolf Women of the S.S.,’ and ‘Thanksgiving’)
  • Sickos, Bullets, And Explosions: The Stunts of Planet Terror
  • Casting Rebel
  • The Friend, the Doctor, and the Real Estate Agent
  • Planet Terror Poster Gallery
  • Stunts on Wheels: The Legendary Drivers of Death Proof
  • The Uncut Version of “Baby, It’s You” performed by Mary Elizabeth Winstead
  • Introducing Zoe Bell
  • Double Dare Trailer
  • Death Proof Extended Music
  • Death Proof Poster Gallery
  • Quentin’s Greatest Collaborator: Editor Sally Menke
  • The Guys of Death Proof
  • Kurt Russell as Stuntman Mike
  • Finding Quentin’s Gals
  • Robert Rodriguez’s 10-Minute Film School
  • The Badass Babes of Planet Terror
  • The Guys of Planet Terror

Exclusive HD Content

  • Robert Rodriguez’s 10-Minute Cooking School
  • Extended Werewolf Women of the SS trailer (with optional commentary by director Rob Zombie)
  • The making of Werewolf Women of the SS trailer
  • Extended Don’t trailer (with optional commentary by director Edgar Wright)
  • The Making of Don’t Trailer
  • Don’t storyboard/trailer comparison (with optional commentary by Director Edgar Wright)
  • Don’t storyboards still gallery
  • Don’t poster
  • The Making of Thanksgiving trailer
  • New York Times talk with Quention Tarantino and Lynn Hirschberg at Comic-Con 2006 featuring the directors and cast of Grindhouse
  • Grindhouse Trailer Contest Winner Hobo with a Shotgun
  • The Makeup Effects of Planet Terror
  • The Hot Rods of Death Proof
  • From Texas to Tennessee: The Production Design of Death Proof

Hard Candy (Blu-Ray)

This was another film that was released a while ago as a Best Buy exclusive.  This film made me sweat.  I was on the edge of my seat the entire film.  One of the most tense films I have ever seen.  If you have not seen this yet, I really do not want to give anything away, but seriously buy this film if you love uber tense movies.  What a thrill ride.  it stars Ellen Page from “Juno”.

Supplements

  • Two audio commentaries with filmmakers and actors
  • Deleted and extended scenes
  • Making-of documentary
  • Controversial Confection featurette

High Tension (Blu-ray)

This a slasher/horror foreign film from France and it does not Disappoint at all.  A huge twist ending and a whole lot of guts and blood are instore for you.  A great addition to any horror collection and just in time for Halloween.  Marie and Alexia are classmates and best friends. Hoping to prepare for their college exams in peace and quiet, they decide to spend a weekend in the country at Alexia’s parents’ secluded farmhouse. But in the dead of night, a stranger knocks on the front door. And with the first swing of his knife, the girls’ idyllic weekend turns into an endless night of horror.

Supplements

  • Audio commentary with the director and screenwriter
  • Select scene commentary with director and star
  • Haute Horror – The Making of High Tension
  • Building Tension
  • Gianetto De Rossi: The Truth, the Madness and the Magic

The Human Centipede (Blu-Ray)

I saw this film a few months ago.  It really did not get a wide release in theaters.  IFC put it on demand for a couple of weeks and I got a chance to watch it.  WOW.  It is a brutal torture film in which a mad scientist/doctor makes a “Human Centipede”, by kidnapping innocent people and sewing his victims ass to mouth so they have one digestive track.  This is a film to watch with others and watch their reaction.  Much much joy.  This is a must own for all you cinephiles out there.  “During a stopover in Germany in the middle of a carefree roadtrip through Europe, two American girls find themselves alone at night when their car breaks down in the woods. Searching for help at a nearby villa, they are wooed into the clutches of a deranged retired surgeon who explains his mad scientific vision to his captives’ utter horror. They are to be the subjects of his sick lifetime fantasy: to be the first to connect people, one to the next, via their gastric system, and in doing so bring to life ‘the human centipede.”

Supplements

  • Director commentary
  • Making of
  • Deleted scene
  • Alternate posters
  • Trailer

The Karate Kid 2010 (Blu-Ray)

12-year-old Dre Parker (Jaden Smith) could’ve been the most popular kid in Detroit, but his mother’s latest career move has landed him in China. Dre immediately falls for his classmate Mei Ying—and the feeling is mutual—but cultural differences make such a friendship impossible. Even worse, Dre’s feelings make an enemy of the class bully, and kung fu prodigy, Cheng. With no friends in a strange land, Dre has nowhere to turn but maintenance man Mr. Han (Jackie Chan), who is secretly a master of kung fu. As Han teaches Dre that kung fu is not about punches and parries, but maturity and calm, Dre realizes that facing down the bullies will be the fight of his life.

Supplements

  • Chinese Lessons – Learn Chinese!
  • Music Video: Justin Bieber Featuring Jaden Smith “Never Say Never”
  • Just for Kicks: The Making of The Karate Kid

Exclusive HD Content

  • ON LOCATION: The Karate Kid Interactive Map of China
  • Alternate Ending
  • Play All Hosted by Jackie Chan
  • Production Diaries Hosted by Jackie Chan
  • movieIQ+sync(TM)
  • PS3 Wallpaper Theme

The Last of the Mohicans (Blu-Ray)

An epic adventure and passionate romance unfold against the panorama of a frontier wilderness ravaged by war. Academy Award winner Daniel Day-Lewis (Best Actor in 1989 for My Left Foot) stars as Hawkeye, rugged frontiersman and adopted son of the Mohicans, and Madeleine Stowe is Cora Munro, aristocratic daughter of a proud British Colonel. Their love, tested by fate, blazes amidst a brutal conflict between the British, the French and Native American allies that engulfs the majestic mountains and cathedral-like forests of Colonial America.  What a gem of a film in high definition.

Supplements

  • Commentary by Director Michael Mann
  • The Making of the Last of the Mohicans (featuring new interviews with Daniel day Lewis)
  • Theatrical Trailers

Mad Max (Blu-Ray)

Mel Gibson at his best.  In the ravaged near-future, a savage motorcycle gang rules the road. Terrorizing innocent civilians while tearing up the streets, the ruthless gang laughs in the face of a police force hell-bent on stopping them. But they underestimate one officer: Max Rockatansky (Gibson). And when the bikers brutalize Max’s best friend and family, they send him into a mad frenzy that leaves him with only one thing left in the world to live for – revenge!

Supplements

  • Filmmaker Commentary by Jon Dowding, David Eggby, Chris Murray & Tim Ridge
  • Documentary: “Mad Max: The Film Phenomenon”
  • Theatrical trailers & TV spots
  • “Mel Gibson: The Birth Of A Star” Documentary
  • Trivia & Fun Fact Track
  • Photo gallery

The Maltese Falcon (Blu-ray)

A beloved Bogart classic gets the high-def treatment.  A gallery of high-living lowlifes will stop at nothing to get their sweaty hands on a jewel-encrusted falcon. Detective Sam Spade (Humphrey Bogart) wants to find out why – and who’ll take the fall for his partner’s murder. An all-star cast (including Sydney Greenstreet, Mary Astor, Peter Lorre and Elisha Cook Jr.) joins Bogart in this crackling mystery masterwork written for the screen (from Dashiell Hammett’s novel) and directed by John Huston. This 1941 Academy Awards® Nominee* catapulted Bogart to stardom and launched Huston’s directorial career – all with a bird and a bang.

Supplements

  • Commentary by Bogart Biographer Eric Lax
  • Featurette: The Maltese Falcon: One Magnificent Bird
  • Breakdowns of 1941: Studio Blooper Reel
  • Makeup tests
  • Becoming Attractions: The Trailers of Humphrey Bogart
  • Warner Night at the Movies 1941 – Short Subjects Gallery: Newsreel, Musical Short: The Gay Parisian, Two Classic Cartoons (Hiawatha’s Rabbit Hunt & Meet John Doughboy)
  • Trailers
  • Audio-Only Bonus: Three radio show adaptations – two featuring the movie’s original stars, plus another starring Edward G. Robinson

A Nightmare on Elm St. 2010 (Blu-ray)

This remake of the beloved 1980’s classic by Wes Craven gets the remake over haul and only somewhat disappoints.  You get everything you want out of the film.  Jackie Earl Haley plays Freddy and he does a good job at it and there are even some straight forward shot for shot remake scenes from the original.  But what is missing or shall I say what is NOT missing.  Listen, I do NOT want an “in my face” reason why Freddy is Freddy.  I do NOT want to know when these characters are in a dream or not until creepy shit starts happening.  And I want Freddy to be the same funny one liner Freddy, which I get but only in the end.  Some stuff was done right and some stuff was not.  Overall I still liked it, and will see another sequel if one gets made, but the original still is the best.

Exclusive HD Content

  • In-Movie Experience
  • Focus Points
  • Additional Footage
  • BD-Live Functionality
  • DVD/Digital Copy Combo Disc

The Peanuts Holiday Collection (Blu-ray)

A wonderful set of our favorite comic strip “The Peanuts: featuring Charlie Brown.  In this set you will get “A Charlie Brown Christmas”, “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown”, and “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving”.   Can’t wait to watch these in the blu-ray format.

Supplements

  • Bonus Cartoons
  • Featurettes

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Undead (Blu-Ray)

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Undead’ is the debut feature film of Director Jordan Galland, who also penned the original screenplay, which finds the characters from Hamlet, a tip of the cap to Tom Stoppard, and a two thousand year conspiracy involving vampires and the Holy Grail.   This just sounds BADASS!  Must Get.

Secretary (Blu-Ray)

What a modern classic cult film this was.  I love the fetish world and this films explores quite a bit of that.  In an office setting no less.  A true Love Story at heart.  James Spader and Maggie Gyllenhaal star in the dark comedy Secretary. Praised as “daring, funny and quirkily erotic!” (Glenn Kenny, Premiere) and “sexy and highly stylized” (Gear magazine), Secretary is the story of Lee Holloway (Gyllenhaal), a young woman with a few strikes against her after a brief stay in a mental hospital, who accepts a secretarial position working at the law office of E. Edward Grey (Spader). The work seems normal at first, but somewhere between the typing, filing and coffee-making, Lee and her new boss cross the line of their professional relationship and enter into a Human Resources nightmare!

Supplements

  • Audio Commentary
  • Featurette
  • Still Gallery
  • Trailers

Exclusive HD Content

  • Interactive Bookmark Function

Splice (Blu-Ray)

I really liked this film.  It was a very different take into the realm of sci-fi and horror.  It is a bit awkward to watch, but I loved where this move took me.  I have not seen it before done.  Very good and highly recommended.  Superstar genetic engineers Clive (Adrien Brody) and Elsa (Sarah Polley) specialize in splicing DNA from different animals to create incredible new hybrids. Now they want to use human DNA in a hybrid that could revolutionize science and medicine. But when the pharmaceutical company that funds their research forbids it, Clive and Elsa secretly take their boldest experimentation underground—risking their careers by pushing the boundaries of science to serve their own curiosity and ambition. The result is Dren, an amazing, strangely beautiful creature of uncommon intelligence and an array of unexpected physical developments. At first, Dren exceeds their wildest dreams. But as she grows and learns at an accelerated rate, her existence threatens to become their worst nightmare.

Troll 2: Nilbog Edition (Blu-Ray)

Labeled as the Best Worst Film Ever.  Troll 2 does not have trolls in the entire film nor is it a sequel.  If that does not capture you to want to watch this then I do not know what will.  Disguised as friendly country folk, a pugnacious posse of people-eating trolls lures visitors to their town. But a family of four is about to discover this place is a real tourist trap…and they’re the prey! Now, the no-good gnomes must be destroyed before the family gets flambéed…and the world becomes a buffet in this feeding frenzy of fear!  A ridiculous good time.

That is it for this week.  Stay tuned for next week.


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