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    Posted in News and Opinions, Site News by Gino Sassani on March 26th, 2015

    As more and more titles pour into our offices here at Upcomingdiscs, we find ourselves in need of more writers.

    If you think you might like to write for the site, click on the rest of this post for more information. Please read the entire post carefully before you apply.


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    Exclusive Interview With Lachlan Buchanan Of Muck

    Posted in Podcasts by Gino Sassani on March 31st, 2015

    There’s a new horror film out from Anchor Bay. It’s called Muck, and it’s actually the middle part of a trilogy. If you find that more than a little bit confusing, Upcomingdiscs is here to help you sort it all out. We’re going to be delivering a series of interviews with cast and crew to answer all of those burning questions. Our final interview was plagued with some connection issues so I won’t get to share much of my interview with Lachlan Buchanan. He plays Troit in the film. It’s only a snippet but you should bang it here to listen to some of my chat with Lachlan Buchanan.

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

    Posted in Disc Reviews by John Ceballos on March 30th, 2015

    There’s money flying all over Silicon Valley, but none of it ever seems to hit us.”

    There’s a lot to like about HBO’s Silicon Valley, which debuted last year with a confident, clever freshman season that took merciless aim the tech capital of the U.S. My favorite thing about the show — besides hyper-specific jokes aimed at geeky targets like the many endings of “Mass Effect 3” — is that it portrays (and makes fun of) each aspect of the cutthroat tech industry, from the self-important, aggressively eccentric billionaires to the scrappy, proverbial guys in a garage.
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    Diamond Heist

    Posted in Disc Reviews by John Ceballos on March 27th, 2015

    There’s a mile-long list of Hollywood movies that have been re-titled in foreign countries to hilarious effect. I’ve personally had much less experience with foreign productions being re-branded for American audiences, but Diamond Heist seems like one of the more egregious examples you’re likely to find. The DVD cover has professional tough guys/straight-to-DVD MVPs Michael Madsen and Vinnie Jones brandishing weapons while accompanied by a vague explosion and the wonderfully generic tagline, “Payday is only a bullet away.” In other words, there’s nothing here that suggests this Hungarian import is actually an action/comedy about male strippers.
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    Penguins of Madagascar (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on March 26th, 2015

    “Antarctica, an inhospitable wasteland, but even here, on the Earth’s frozen bottom, we find life. And not just any life: penguins. Joyous, frolicking, waddling, cute and cuddly life. Look at them, tumbling onto their chubby bum bums. Who could take these frisky snow-clowns… seriously?”

    This one has been a long time coming. I like the Madagascar movies and have been fairly positive about them in these pages. Each time I pointed out that the highlight of these films were the antics of those military-minded penguins and their grand schemes.
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    A MusiCares Tribute To Paul McCartney (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on March 26th, 2015

    I’m not really a big Beatles fan. That will shock, anger, and dismay many of you. Sure, I’ve got a couple of favorites, but nothing I feel the need to hear over and over again. Now, with that said, I am a fan of Paul McCartney. Of all the Beatles he has evolved the most. He has gone from a kid who was nothing really special, just in the right place at the right time, to a very accomplished musician. Few musicians today can match his performance skills on almost any instrument. While a lot of celebrities talk about compassionate subjects, I get the impression McCartney is more sincere than most. Perhaps it’s this sincerity that makes him such a good songwriter.
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    Exclusive Interview With Laura Jacobs From Muck

    Posted in Podcasts by Gino Sassani on March 25th, 2015

    There’s a new horror film out from Anchor Bay. It’s called Muck, and it’s actually the middle part of a trilogy. If you find that more than a little bit confusing, Upcomingdiscs is here to help you sort it all out. We’re going to be delivering a series of interviews with cast and crew to answer all of those burning questions. This time it was actress Laura Jacobs who spent some time talking to me. She talked about the film and her budding music career. Bang it here to listen to my chat with Laura Jacobs.

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    L.A. Apocalypse

    Posted in Disc Reviews by John Ceballos on March 25th, 2015

    The recent earthquakes in Los Angeles: facts of life or foreshadowing the big one?”

    I’m not saying the makers of L.A. Apocalypse — a SyFy-level TV movie centered on catastrophic earthquakes in California — timed the release of their low-budget action flick so it premiered well ahead of San Andreas, the would-be summer blockbuster starring Dwayne Johnson about catastrophic earthquakes in California. It’s just funny how things often work out that way. L.A. Apocalypse doesn’t have The Rock (or anyone you’ve likely heard of) and is working with a very small fraction of San Andreas‘ budget. The result is as underwhelming as you’d expect.
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    The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (Blu-ray 3D)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on March 23rd, 2015

    “Will you follow me, one last time?”

    It’s time to say goodbye to Middle Earth, at least from a cinematic perspective. The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies marks the last time we shall see Peter Jackson’s version of Middle Earth. Sure, Ian McKellen has told us he wouldn’t be surprised to see some kind of a return. I would. There is certainly enough work from Tolkien to support future adventures, but the rights to anything beyond these books belongs to the Tolkien estate.
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    Exodus: Gods & Kings (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Brent Lorentson on March 23rd, 2015

    When it comes to the modern epic, director Ridley Scott is the go-to guy to pull off the sprawling and mega-budget storylines.  From Gladiator to Kingdom of Heaven, Scott has constantly proven himself behind the camera in executing tales with lavish sets and battles involving hundreds to even thousands of extras.  With the release of Exodus: Gods and Kings, a retelling of the Bible story where Moses frees the slaves of Egypt, Ridley Scott would seem the perfect choice for this film.  Unfortunately, this is a Bible story that is sure to anger religious scholars and put some general audiences to sleep.
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    WKRP In Cincinnati: Seasons 1 & 2

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on March 23rd, 2015

    “Baby, if you’ve ever wondered, wondered whatever became of me. I’m living on the air in Cincinnati,
    Cincinnati, WKRP. “

    It almost sounds like a take on Harry Chapin’s WOLD, and in many ways it is. The song was hot for a while on radio stations. It seems that DJ’s couldn’t resist songs about DJ’s. Who saw that coming? Of course, the song is the opening theme to WKRP In Cincinnati. The show is back on DVD thanks to the folks at Shout Factory. If that’s not big news, this absolutely is.
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    Pioneer (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by John Ceballos on March 23rd, 2015

    The Norwegian oil boom of the early 1980s isn’t the most obvious setting for a thriller, but director Erik Skjoldbjærg manages to squeeze plenty of intrigue out of what seems like a pretty dry subject. Of course, Pioneer could never be described as “dry” in the literal sense since the film follows a group of commercial divers in Norway as they try to establish the country’s first petroleum pipeline 500 meters underwater.
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    Digging Up the Marrow

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Brent Lorentson on March 22nd, 2015

    What if monsters were not just a thing of our imagination, that all the movies we’ve seen and books we’ve read were not just creatures that entertained and horrified us, but actually existed beyond the woods and in the darkness?  That is the jumping off point for director Adam Green’s new project Digging Up the Marrow.  Only this time his film takes a very Meta approach and is done as a documentary. What instantly came to mind was Blair Witch Project in the execution of the film.  Sure, there have been many copycat films since the release, and it has spawned an entire genre of filmmaking with found footage, but how does Digging Up the Marrow measure up?
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    Exclusive Interview With Steve Wolsh: Writer/Director Of Muck

    Posted in Podcasts by Gino Sassani on March 22nd, 2015

    There’s a new horror film out from Anchor Bay. It’s called Muck, and it’s actually the middle part of a trilogy. If you find that more than a little bit confusing, Upcomingdiscs is here to help you sort it all out. We’re going to be delivering a series of interviews with cast and crew to answer all of those burning questions. For our second interview we decided to go the big guy himself. No we’re not talking about Mr. Carlson from WKRP. (That comes later). Of course, I’m talking about Steve Wolsh. He’s the writer and director of the ambitious project. He took the time to talk to us twice last week. Trust me, you’ll want to hear what he’s got to say. Bang it here to listen to my chat with Steve Wolsh.

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    Insurgent

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Brent Lorentson on March 21st, 2015

    When Divergent ended, it planted the seed for the sequels that would follow.  I really enjoyed the first installment and our introduction into the factions that supported this society.  What I enjoyed most after revisiting the film is how the film handles the budding relationship between Tris (Shailene Woodley) and Four (Theo James), never too sappy but being a couple we could root for since they were both outsiders to their community.  Now that the factions and the characters have all been set up, and with the rebellion beginning to take shape at the end of the first film, Insurgent wastes no time in jumping into the story and delivering one of the better sequels in some time.
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    Exclusive Interview With Bryce Draper Of Muck

    Posted in Podcasts by Gino Sassani on March 20th, 2015

    There’s a new horror film out from Anchor Bay. It’s called Muck, and it’s actually the middle part of a trilogy. If you find that more than a little bit confusing, Upcomingdiscs is here to help you sort it all out. We’re going to be delivering a series of interviews with cast and crew to answer all of those burning questions. My first talk was with Bryce Draper. He’s a newcomer to feature films, and he’s hip-deep in the Muck now. He’s pretty enthusiastic about it all. Bang it here to listen in on my chat with Bryce Draper.

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    Son of a Gun (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Brent Lorentson on March 20th, 2015

    From the moment Son of a Gun opens up taking you behind bars as JR (Brenton Thwaites) is being processed into an Australian prison, it is the start of a journey that throws everything at its audience till the final credits roll.  I have a hard time figuring out just how to classify Son of a Gun; it is everything from being a film about self-discovery, a guys-behind-bars film, to being a heist film and so much more. The title refers to JR as he goes about serving his time behind bars and captures the attention of an infamous thief Brendan (Ewan McGregor).
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    Bank$tas

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Jeremy Butler on March 20th, 2015

    “Do you want to be a banker or a gangster? Why can’t I be both?” 

    I really kind of dug the concept of the film, definitely. Two guys try to bring down a crooked CEO from within the company. I like that it was done as a comedy instead of a drama; that distinction allows for a more enjoyable experience as a whole. Though the idea could have worked as a drama as well, I think most people would agree that it is always better to laugh.
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    Exclusive Interview With Samuel Roukin From Turn: Washington’s Spies

    Posted in Podcasts by Gino Sassani on March 19th, 2015

    Everybody is talking about the next James Bond movie. It seems we’ve been fascinated by the spy genre since the early 1960′s. AMC has added a new wrinkle to the spy game with Turn: Washington’s Spies. When we say Washington we’re not talking about the city. We’re talking General Washington, George Washington. It’s a revolutionary show about a real-life spy ring from America’s fight for independence. Joining the redcoats is Samuel Roukin. He plays the nasty Captain Simcoe. I had the chance to chat with Samuel and he had some very cool insights into the character and the show. He even reveals a secret about the original fate of Simcoe that you are going to want to hear. He also gives us a sneak peak at season 2. The first season is now out from Anchor Bay. Bang it here to listen to my chat with Samuel Roukin
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    Live At Knebworth (SD Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on March 19th, 2015

    Anyone who has ever played an instrument or sung understands the therapeutic powers of music. In England they have been using that idea to help physically disadvantaged children with music at the Nordoff-RobbinsMusicCenter in London’s KentishTown. The institute was founded by American composer Paul Nordoff and British teacher Clive Robbins. They have thousands of success stories. We’re talking children who had closed themselves off from the world around them, many who had stopped speaking or communicating at all.
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    Vice (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Brent Lorentson on March 18th, 2015

    What if there was a place where you can act out your wildest fantasy, whether it be murder, theft, or sex, and at the end of the day you could go home as though nothing happened?  That is the tease Vice offers its audience in a sci-fi action film that blends bits of Blade Runner, Stange Days and Westworld into one tight little package.  For fans of the sci-fi genre, the movies I reference are staples in the genre, but let me be clear; at no time does Vice measure up to these films. When we meet Kelly (newcomer Ambyr Childers), she is an android leading a life behind the walls of VICE where she is programmed to live the same day over day after day.
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    Star Trek: The Original Series – Captain Kirk’s Boldest Missions

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on March 18th, 2015

    “Space…The Final Frontier. These are the voyages of the Starship Enterprise. Its 5-year mission: to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no man has gone before!”

    I wish I could say that this new 2-DVD set of Star Trek episodes had gone where none had gone before.
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    Halo: Nightfall

    Posted in Disc Reviews by John Ceballos on March 18th, 2015

    It’s been about a decade since Hollywood first tried to make a movie out of Halo, the blockbuster Xbox videogame series. The closest fans came to seeing Master Chief on the big screen was a 2006 adaptation with Peter Jackson serving as executive producer and his then-protégé Neill Blomkamp directing. Unfortunately, development costs started to skyrocket and the duo opted to make District 9 instead. Meanwhile, Halo remained a potentially-lucrative multimedia property. So Microsoft, which owns Xbox, finally decided that if they wanted a Halo movie done, they had to do it themselves.
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    3 Holes And A Smoking Gun

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on March 16th, 2015

    Most films start with a screenplay. Certainly the true genesis is usually an idea or concept, but the film starts to take shape around a screenplay. Never has that been more true then with 3 Holes And A Smoking Gun. In fact, you could say it has a killer script. I’m not actually talking about the one written by Scott Fivelson for the movie. And, when I say killer, I’m not being at all figurative. This is a script that people will literally kill for, hence the smoking gun in the title. That’s not to say that Fivelson’s work isn’t pretty good here. It’s quite clever, but it’s not the dominating aspect of this particular movie. That comes later.
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    Something Wicked

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Brent Lorentson on March 16th, 2015

    Here it is, Brittany Murphy’s swan song performance before her untimely death.  Though I may not have been her biggest fan, I could still appreciate growing up and watching her from films like Clueless and Girl, Interrupted, but for many she will always be the girl who said “I’ll never tell” in Don’t Say A Word.  The DVD promo art on the cover is banking on those loyal fans, and it does seem like an insensitive cash grab by the studio, especially since Murphy isn’t even the star. Instead she does nothing more than fill in a co-starring role in an unfortunate, forgettable performance.  So if you were looking for something more, I want to warn you from the start this is not her movie.
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