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Blu-ray Review: NIGHTBREED – THE DIRECTOR’S CUT

NIGHTBREED: THE DIRECTOR'S CUT | ©2014 Shout! Factory

Stars: Craig Sheffer, Anne Bobby, David Cronenberg, Charles Haid Writer-Director: Clive Barker based on his novel CABAL Suggested Retail Price: $29.93 Distributor: Shout! Factory There are many instances where a director’s work is completely butchered by a studio because they don’t quite understand or care about the intent – they just want to make a quick buck and screw the art. Sergio Leone had his 1984 epic ONCE UPON A TIME IN AMERICA sliced to a nub during its original release, only to be restored to its full epic glory decades later. Clive Barker’s NIGHTBREED from 1990 is the equivalent …Read On »

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Blu-ray Review: HALLOWEEN: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION LIMITED EDITION

HALLOWEEN: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION LIMITED EDITION | ©2014 Shout! Factory/Anchor Bay Entertainment

Distributor: Anchor Bay/Shout! Factory Suggested Retail Price: $169.99 The significance of HALLOWEEN: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION LIMITED EDITION, which brings together all 10 films under once roof, is not lost among die-hard films. The rights issues for the ten films spans several different companies and many different licensees which has made a box set like this seem more like a pipe dream in the past than a reality. Then some crazy thing happened – Anchor Bay (which controls HALLOWEEN, HALLOWEEN 4: THE RETURN OF MICHAEL MYERS and HALLOWEEN V: THE REVENGE OF MICHAEL MYERS), Miramax/The Weinstein Company which has HALLOWEEN: THE …Read On »

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Blu-ray Review: MARVEL’S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. – THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON

Marvel's AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. - THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON Blu-ray | ©2014 Marvel Studios

Stars: Clark Gregg, Ming-Na wen, Brett Dalton, Chloe Bennet, Elizabeth Henstridge, Iain De Caestecker, Bill Paxton Suggested Retail Price: $79.99 Distributor: Marvel Studios/Buena Vista Home Entertainment One of the most disappointing things Marvel has done in its bid for superhero dominance is the creation of MARVEL’S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. – an ABC TV series that should have been better than it actually was. Now it’s out on DVD and Blu-ray as THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON for the binge-viewers out there. And considering Joss Whedon, who wrote and directed THE AVENGERS, was at the helm and co-created the series with Jed …Read On »

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EDGE OF TOMORROW Highlights this week in Blu-ray, DVD and VOD Releases

EDGE OF TOMORROW | © 2014 Warner Home Video

Your time is short. We know this. So in order to expedite your buying and Netflix decision making, we provide you with a list of the cool and not-so-cool titles coming out for movies, television and everything in-between. So put your feet up, grab some popcorn and check out this week’s selections. Movies: EDGE OF TOMORROW – Given how bad of a marketing campaign was run for EDGE OF TOMORROW and how poorly it was received by critics, you are probably going to be surprised how much you enjoy this science fiction GROUNDHOG DAY. And yes I realize there are …Read On »

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Blu-ray Review: CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER

CAPTAIN AMERICA THE WINTER SOLDIER Blu-ray | ©2014 Marvel Studios

Stars: Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Robert Redford, Samuel L. Jackson Writers: Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely Directors: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo Suggested Retail Price: $32.99 Distributor: Marvel Studios / Buena Vista Home Entertainment There’s a reason why the two best super hero movies of 2014 (so far) are CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER and GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY – Marvel Studios knows its character and franchises so well that they’re willing to take chances and do original things with their movies even if it means a potential mass exodus from fans. That wasn’t the case for either film, and the originality …Read On »

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Blu-ray Review: SOUTH PARK – THE COMPLETE SEVENTEENTH SEASON

SOUTH PARK - THE COMPLETE SEVENTEENTH SEASON Blu-ray | ©2014 Paramount Pictures Home Entertainment/Comedy Central

Voices: Trey Parker, Matt Stone Writer-Director: Trey Parker Distributor: Paramount Home Entertainment Suggested Retail Price: $39.98 As SOUTH PARK kicks off its 18th season, it’s time to re-evaluate last year’s 10-episode run which resulted in the epic “Black Friday” trilogy. Last year was the first time SOUTH PARK didn’t have two seven-episode runs (one in the Spring, one in the Fall). Instead, everything was stockpiled in the fall and with four less episodes to boot. It didn’t affect the quality of the show, and if anything, it strengthened the laser focus of the show particularly when they produced the epic …Read On »

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GODZILLA Highlights this week in Blu-ray, DVD and VOD Releases

GODZILLA | © 2014 Warner Home Video

Your time is short. We know this. So in order to expedite your buying and Netflix decision making, we provide you with a list of the cool and not-so-cool titles coming out for movies, television and everything in-between. So put your feet up, grab some popcorn and check out this week’s selections. Movies: GODZILLA – For all intents, this is the GODZILLA film that we have been wanting for many years. A good plot. A lot of military might. Two huge and terrible monsters. One huge and terrible defender of the Earth. Godzilla is a bad thing. For centuries, it …Read On »

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Blu-ray Review: THE WALKING DEAD – THE COMPLETE FOURTH SEASON

THE WALKING DEAD - Season 4 Blu-ray | ©2014 AMC

Stars: Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Lauren Cohan, Chandler Riggs, Danai Gurira, Steven Yeun, Melissa McBride, Scott Wilson Suggested Retail Price: $69.98 Distributor: Anchor Bay Entertainment Even when you have the tendency to rip apart THE WALKING DEAD for its occasionally slow and plodding storytelling, it continues to do things normal TV series never dare tread – be bold and expectation-defying. THE WALKING DEAD, in four seasons, has provided a lush, rich zombie apocalypse – the closest we’ve ever had to a TV series capturing the complexities and nuances of the best of zombie feature films, most notably the cannon of …Read On »

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CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER Highlights this week in Blu-ray, DVD and VOD Releases

CAPTAIN AMERICAN THE WINTER SOLDIER | © 2014 Disney Home Video

Your time is short. We know this. So in order to expedite your buying and Netflix decision making, we provide you with a list of the cool and not-so-cool titles coming out for movies, television and everything in-between. So put your feet up, grab some popcorn and check out this week’s selections. Movies: CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINDER SOLDIER – You gotta hand it to the folks at Disney. When they take something under their wing, they really know how to make a franchise out of it and do it well. Gives us all hope that they do the same thing …Read On »

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Blu-ray Review: PUMPKINHEAD Collector’s Edition

PUMPKINHEAD - Collector's Edition | ©2014 Shout! Factory

Stars: Lance Henriksen, Jeff East, John D’Aquino, Kerry Remsen, Kimberly Ross Writer: Mark Patrick Carucci with Gary Gerani, based on a story by Carducci, Stan Winston and Richard Weinman and based on the poem by Ed Justin Director: Stan Winston Suggested Retail Price: $29.93 Distributor: Shout! Factory PUMPKINHEAD has always been one of those odd horror films that defies categorization. It’s an original concept, has a great lead creature, a unique premise yet, when all is said and done, never truly achieves the greatness its premise promises. After watching the Collector’s Edition of the 1988 film from Shout! Factory, I …Read On »

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