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  • Contest: Win E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial On 4K UHD Blu-ray From Universal

    Posted in Contests by Gino Sassani on September 23rd, 2017

    Thanks for sticking with us as we work to back on schedule here. Our buddies over at Universal want to help us thank you for your loyalty. They’ve given us a copy of one of the most iconic films of all time and it’s in 4K on UHD Blu-ray. This is one of the best prizes we’ve had in a long time, to be sure. Yes, we’re giving away a copy of E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial in UHD. Now. You have to make sure that you have a UHD player and a 4K television with HDR or you won’t be able to play the 4K disc. If you’ve been waiting for an excuse, this Steven Spielberg classic is pretty good motivation. This one is worth phoning home about.

    To win a copy of this prize, follow these instructions.

    1. Fill out your name and email address in the comment form below – your email address will remain private and visible only to us.
    2. Do not post your address as an actual comment!  Instead tell us – Other than E.T. what is your favorite Steven Spielberg movie?
    3. Only those comments that answer our question will be considered.

    Contest is open to residents of the U.S. & Canada only, and will conclude on Sunday, October 29th, 2017
    Please – only one contest entry per person!

    Upcomingdiscs NEVER sells or shares your information with anyone.

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    Silicon Valley: The Complete Fourth Season (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by John Ceballos on September 22nd, 2017

    I don’t want to be just guys in a house.”

    Since its debut, Silicon Valley has brilliantly lampooned the tech industry by showing us both the proverbial “guys in a garage” and the self-important, aggressively eccentric billionaires obsessed with staying ahead of the curve. The show’s central tension (and cruel joke) is that the ultimate endgame for the scrappy underdogs is to become…self-important, aggressively eccentric billionaires obsessed with staying ahead of the curve. Season 4 pushes the limit of the immoral behavior our alleged  heroes will justify while continuing to deliver the best mix of brainy and bawdy laughs on television.
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    Lethal Weapon: The Complete First Season (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on September 22nd, 2017

    When I first heard that the Lethal Weapon franchise was moving to television, I had very mixed reactions. Like most fans of the films, I remained hungry for more. My hopes of future films were dashed around the time Mel Gibson began his career as a Hollywood pariah and was abandoned by many in the industry. I guessed almost immediately that the films were over, at least for a very long time. You go through the usual stages of grief, and about the time I reached the acceptance stage, Matthew Miller comes along and decides to revive the franchise for the small screen. At first I was thinking, yes, this is great.
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    Hawaii Five-O (2010): The Seventh Season

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on September 22nd, 2017

    “Book ’em, Danno.”

    It’s been seven years since we started to hear that phrase again. Before 2010, it had been 30 years. Still it persisted in the modern lexicon along with the term Five-0, which is still shouted in high-crime areas in cities all over the country whenever a police presence is felt closing in on the bad guys. Hawaii Five-0 ended in 1980. That’s when Tom Selleck took over the sets and production crew on Hawaii to work as Magnum P.I. until 1988 when it all closed down for good — or did it?
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    Supernatural: The Complete Twelfth Season (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on September 21st, 2017

    “Don’t you get it? This is all meaningless. Heaven, hell, this world if it ever meant anything, that moment is passed. Nothing down here but a bunch of hopeless, distraction addicts, so filled with emptiness, so desperate to fill up the void. They don’t mind being served another stale rerun of a rerun of a rerun.”

    No stale reruns here. Season 12 of Supernatural picks up exactly where the previous year left off. The brothers are not together at the moment. Dean has just helped out God’s sister and gets a pretty sweet gift in return, while Sam’s at the bunker and is surprised by a British lass with a gun.
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    Wonder Woman (Blu-ray 3D)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by John Ceballos on September 20th, 2017

    You have been my greatest love. Be careful, Diana…they do not deserve you.”

    Ever since Richard Donner made us believe that a man can fly with 1978’s Superman — considered by many to be the first modern superhero film — we’ve gotten three different Men of Steel, along with five different versions of Batman (if you don’t count Will Arnett’s voiceover work). Heck, in the last 15 years alone we’ve had three Spider-Men and (incredibly) gone through three Hulks! Yet in all that time, a movie starring Wonder Woman — a superhero just as iconic as all the ones I just mentioned — could never get off the ground…until now. I’m happy to report it was worth the wait.
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    The Flash: The Complete Third Season (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on September 19th, 2017

    “I made a big mistake…. I wanted a new life. I wanted to start over, and that’s what I did. But somehow I made things worse. So I reset everything. I put everything back to the way that it was before, except some things weren’t the same any more. Not even a little bit.”

    That something is called Flashpoint. It’s one of the biggest events not only in the Flash comic universe, but it had ramifications across the DC landscape and led to more than a few changes in that world. This season of The Flash uses that story arc to guide Season 3, but like everything else in these comic shows, it is quite different than the printed event.
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    The Mummy (2017) (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Archive Authors on September 19th, 2017

    By John Delia, Jr.

    “Death is but a doorway to new life. We live today. We shall live again. In many forms shall we return.” – Egyptian Prayer Of Resurrection.

    In ancient Egypt there is a princess, Ahmanet (Sofia Boutella), who will inherit the entire kingdom when her father dies. She has remarkable fighting skills, amazing beauty, and has the ability to lead the people. But her father remarries, and soon after their first son is born her legacy changes. What soon follows will seal Ahmanet’s fate that’s worse than death.
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    Criminal Minds: The 12th Season

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on September 19th, 2017

    The 12th season of Criminal Minds would be one of great change. Some were expected and some were not. There had been incidents behind the scenes that had drawn red flags among the cast. Thomas Gibson was known to have a temper and had been reprimanded for it in the past. But as the Season 12 shooting began, he crossed the line again by allegedly kicking a writer. It was the last straw, and he was quickly fired from the series. So while the season begins with his character, it only lasts a short time. This is also the first season without Shemar Moore as Derek. That exit was planned and dealt with at the end of the previous season.
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    Tuesday Round Up: September 12 and 19, 2017

    Posted in Tuesday Round Up by John Ceballos on September 19th, 2017

    You probably heard that we had a very unwelcome visitor blow through town last week. And while UpcomingDiscs HQ is still standing, we did experience some stressful moments and a power outage that caused us to go off the grid for about a week. Fortunately, things are starting to get back to normal and we appreciate you bearing with us as we play catch up.

    One of Irma’s casualties was last week’s Tuesday Round Up, which is why we are doubling up this week!
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    The Moderns (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by John Ceballos on September 18th, 2017

    Seems like a new boatload of expatriates gets dumped here every day.”

    In The Moderns, “here” happens to be 1926 Paris, a time and place that immediately conjures joie de vivre images of lavish parties and complete artistic freedom. And while both of those things are technically on display in filmmaker Alan Rudolph’s 1988 drama, the movie turns down the volume on the Roaring Twenties to explore the tricky and transactional connection between art and commerce…and how it can extend to personal relationships.
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    The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by John Ceballos on September 15th, 2017

    What can you tell me about African Americans and science?”

    Anyone who even halfway paid attention in their high school science class knows that a polio vaccine was developed in the 1950s. And if you were especially attentive, you even know the vaccine was developed by American researcher Jonas Salk. Unfortunately, the story that is far less commonly told in classrooms is that of Henrietta Lacks, the poor black woman whose “immortalized” HeLa cell line gave birth to the biomedical industry. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks takes a curious approach: instead of merely shining a light on its worthy subject, this powerful (and overstuffed) HBO film is about *the quest* to bring Henrietta back to life.
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    Irma Visits Upcomingdiscs HQ

    Posted in Uncategorized by Gino Sassani on September 14th, 2017

    To all of our faithful readers and followers:

    Upcomingdiscs HQ in Florida was visited by a rather nasty lady who called herself Irma.

    She left the place with no power and the staff scattered to the 75 MPH winds to be safe.

    That’s why you have not heard from us for nearly a week.

    We will be up and running soon. Please keep checking back.

    There are reviews and some of the best contests we’ve ever run coming very soon.

    Our biggest concern now is the safety of our Upcomingdiscs family.

    Trust me, we are all eager to get back to doing what we love (watching and reviewing stuff).

    For now we need to tend to the people we love.

    Thank you for your loyalty and patience.

    From all of us here at Upcomingdiscs, We hope that all of you in Irma’s path remained safe and secure.

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    IT (2017)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Brent Lorentson on September 9th, 2017

    In case you’ve been living beneath a rock and out of contact with any and all social media, this weekend the long-awaited film adaption of Stephen King’s It releases. Some of my friends look at the trailer for the new film and instantly reject what they see; they immediately cling to their memories of how the original mini-series scared them. One thing you’ll hear them all saying is how Tim Curry made such an impact on their lives and to this day gave them reason to fear clowns. While I respect their opinions, when you revisit the film, you can’t help but notice how dated the film is, and really, if you’re over the age of 10, it just isn’t scary.
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    Granny Of The Dead

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Brent Lorentson on September 9th, 2017

    What happens when a group of friends decide they want to get together and make a horror movie? I’d imagine the result would be something close to Granny of the Dead. I’m not sure what kind of budget they had to make the film, but I’d imagine it wasn’t very much, and the talent on the screen doesn’t really scream the next box office star, but the film has charm, the kind of charm that they did the film not because of the paycheck but instead they just wanted to have fun and make a movie.  I’m hoping that is the case with the film; if so, then I can forgive a lot. For instance, have you ever seen the fan film that is a shot-for-shot remake of Raiders of the Lost Ark? Is it great?
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    NCIS: The Fourteenth Season

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on September 8th, 2017

    There have been a lot of changes at NCIS over its 14 season run to date. Over time people have come and gone, but rarely has the series had to deal with so much change going into a new season. The most obvious of these has been the departure of Michael Weatherly as beloved character Tony DiNozzo. Tony was one of the still many remaining characters from the show’s premier season a decade and a half ago. He’s the kind of character who couldn’t be replaced by just one new character. NCIS starts the 14th season with three new characters on board. But Weatherly wasn’t the only big loss to the series. The unexpected death of showrunner Gary Glasberg hit the cast and crew pretty hard.
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    The Originals: Season 4

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on September 8th, 2017

    “It’s a beautiful day outside. The streets are all packed with tourists. They’re drinking beers. They’re chasing beads, headed out on the vampire walking tour of New Orleans. They think it’s just a myth, just part of the city’s charm. Well… we know better. Just like we know there’s a storm coming…”

    Are you ready to do the Time Warp again? Ready or not here it comes. It’s been five years since we last left the New Orleans setting for The Originals. Klaus (Morgan) has been locked up in the catacombs by Marcel (Davis), who is once again ruling as the supernatural king of New Orleans. Hayley (Tonkin) is taking care of her growing daughter Hope by never staying in the same place twice
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    Peanuts by Schulz: School Days

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on September 8th, 2017

    I grew up on the Peanuts creations of Charles M. Schulz. Most of us have, in some way or another. His newspaper comic strip is one of the longest running and most successful strips of all time. The work has been translated into every language currently spoken on the planet. The images of Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Linus, and the rest of the Peanuts gang have appeared on just about any kind of product imaginable. Our pop culture contains too many references to the strip to mention briefly.
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    A Blast

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Dan Holland on September 8th, 2017

    A Blast just might be one of the ‘smartest’ movies I have ever seen. Unfortunately, I am not the smartest person to watch it. Heavily soaked in allegories about Greece’s recent financial crisis, the film begs to be understood, but if you do not have any background knowledge about the crisis, you are lost from the start. The film feels it was made specifically for Greek viewers, as all of the allegorical elements feel poignant and intentional, but not knowing anything about contemporary Greek society leaves you with the feeling of “this means something; I just don’t know what it is.”
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    Star Wars Rebels: Complete Season Three (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by John Ceballos on September 7th, 2017

    Rebels have friends always rushing to the rescue.”

    The Star Wars universe is famously vast, and that’s before even going down the Expanded Universe rabbit hole. Though it’s been precisely 40 years since the fourth first Star Wars film premiered, the army of artists who have taken on George Lucas’ iconic creations haven’t even come close to running out of material to explore. Disney XD’s Star Wars Rebels debuted three years ago as an engaging, thoroughly zippy, kid-friendly contribution that has blossomed into a thoughtful, vibrant, and vital part of Star Wars lore.
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    Red (UHD Blu-ray) (4K)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on September 7th, 2017

    “This used to be a gentleman’s game.”

    I must confess that I had not even heard of the comic book titles created by Warren Ellis and Cully Hamner. I think that might have been one of the best things that could have happened to me as I sat down to watch the film Red. With a cast this strong, there was little doubt that they would provide a powerful stamp on these characters. No insult intended toward the graphic novels, but I can’t imagine these characters any other way now.
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    Red 2 (UHD Blu-ray) (4K)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Jeremy Butler on September 6th, 2017

    “It’s important to enjoy life while you still can.” 

    My word, Bruce Willis must be exhausted, helming three movies this year so far and six last year alone; jeez, I know I’d be in need of a serious break. Luckily in RED 2, Willis doesn’t have to hold down the fort alone. Not when you have Malkovich, Mirren, and Parker available to help pick up the slack. That’s right, like Joe Matheson (Morgan Freeman’s character from RED) said in the original, The band is getting back together.”  And this time they are picking up some new members as Catherine Zeta-Jones and Anthony Hopkins join the cast. RED was great, but RED 2 is epic.
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    The Cabin in the Woods (UHD Blu-ray) (4K)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Jonathan Foster on September 5th, 2017

    “No, they have to make the choice of their own free will. Otherwise, the system doesn’t work. It’s like the Harbinger. It’s this creepy old f#$%, practically wears a sign, ‘You will die.’ Why do we put him there? The system. They have to choose to ignore him, and they have to choose what happens in the cellar. Yeah, we rig the game as much as we need to…”

    When I first heard about The Cabin in the Woods, I admit I was not impressed.  I thought it was just another run-of-the-mill slasher flick a la The Last House on the Left or Amityville Horror.  My mind quickly changed, though, as soon as I heard that Joss Whedon was the writer.
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    Megan Leavey (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on September 5th, 2017

    Armies have been using dogs in battle for thousands of years. The Romans would turn the dogs on their enemy as a signal of the approaching legions, hence the expression “let loose the dogs of war”. But in recent decades dogs have found a new, perhaps more noble calling during wartime. Dogs have been used to search for lost soldiers. They have been trained to assist wounded soldiers. They have also learned to sniff out explosives, helping to clear mines and saving the lives of their handlers and hundreds of soldiers and civilians. That’s the kind of dog Rex is. And you’ll fall in love with him just as the titular character Megan Leavey did. The movie Megan Leavey is a bit of a character study, and one of those characters is a German Shepherd.
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    Killing Hasselhoff

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Jeremy Butler on September 5th, 2017

    Like normal folks, when I’m hard up for money I may attempt to come up with a quick scheme or two or generate a significant income: may play the lottery (attempt to claim that 700 million dollar jackpot), perhaps sell miscellaneous  items, or cash in some bonds. However, this is the first time I heard of attempting to kill a celebrity to collect the payout of a death pool. Killing Hasselhoff tells the story of Chris, a club owner who finds himself in a desperate spot and in need of money. His only recourse appears to be attempting to facilitate the death of Baywatch star David Hasselhoff. Strange, right? I mean, most people would try to get a loan before contemplating murder.
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