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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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    The Originals: Season 2 (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on September 1st, 2015

    “Once upon a time, there was a majestic king, who lived with his noble brother in a colorful kingdom where music and art were celebrated. The king did not foresee having a child, but he lived in an enchanted land where all things were possible. In time, he was blessed with a beautiful baby daughter for whom he wished only peace and happiness. Still, the king had demons who pursued him.”

    If you’re a fan of The Vampire Diaries, you need no introduction to Klaus Mikaelson and his family of original vampires.
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    The Originals: Season 1 (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on September 2nd, 2014

    “My siblings and I are the first vampires in all of history. The Original Family. Three centuries ago, we helped build a town called New Orleans. Now a plot by witches has lured me back, hoping that I will defeat a tyrant, a vampire I created. My brother hopes I will find redemption through the power of family, a miracle child, part werewolf, part vampire, a hybrid. My sister is doubtful; she thinks I am beyond redemption. Despite my brother’s best efforts, I have a plan of my own. I will take back my home and reclaim what was mine. I will be king.”

    If you’re a fan of The Vampire Diaries, you need no introduction to Klaus Mikaelson and his family of original vampires.
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    Tuesday Round Up: August 29, 2017

    Posted in Tuesday Round Up by John Ceballos on August 29th, 2017

    With school back in session and summer pretty much in the rearview mirror, this seems like an odd time to head back to the beach. Well thanks to Paramount, the beach is coming to us! This week, we’ll be analyzing the gleaming abs, heaving bosoms, and schlocky special effects of Paramount’s Baywatch (4K). Meanwhile, Universal has its sights set on the cheesy TV show’s original star with Killing Hasselhoff, and RLJ Entertainment confronts the Evil in Us. Warner Bros. vamps it up with The Originals: Season 4 and checks in with Charlie Brown and Co. thanks to Peanuts: School Days. Warner also brings us a double dose of everyone’s favorite Caped Crusader with Gotham: Season 3 and the animated flick Batman and Harley Quinn. Elsewhere, CBS is on the case with Elementary: Season 5 and NCIS: Season 14. Finally, Disney gets in touch with its wild side thanks to nature doc Born in China and transports us to a galaxy far, far away with Star Wars Rebels: Season 3.

    Before signing off for the week (and for August), here’s the usual reminder: if you’re shopping for anything on Amazon and you do it through one of our links, it’ll help keep the lights on here at UpcomingDiscs. See ya next week!

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    The Vampire Diaries: The Complete Eighth and Final Season (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on June 14th, 2017

    “Weird, messy, complicated, sad, wonderful, amazing, and above all, epic.”

    It’s time to say goodbye to Mystic Falls. It’s time to say goodbye to Damon, Stefan, Bonnie, Caroline, and all of those fan-favorite “ships” that have passed in some rather bloody nights. After eight years The Vampire Diaries is getting the stake and fading off into the sunset. Eight years is pretty respectable when you consider that the series has been on the cancellation bubble since its fourth year. Somehow it managed to survive long enough to go out on its own terms and leave behind a strong enough legacy to assure its survival for years to come in syndication. While The Originals continues we are likely to see some of these characters, if only in guest spots along the way.
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    Holiday Gift Guide Spotlight: Paramount TV On Blu-ray

    Posted in Holiday Gift Guides by Gino Sassani on December 14th, 2016

    I think I see your problem. You have this list. It’s a list of people you need/want to buy a Christmas gift for. The trouble is that they’re into home theatre, and you don’t know Star Trek from Star Wars. You couldn’t tell a Wolf Man from a Wolverine. And you always thought that Paranormal Activity was something too kinky to talk about. Fortunately, Upcomingdiscs has come to the rescue every Christmas with our Gift Guide Spotlights. Keep checking back to see more recommendations for your holiday shopping. These gift guides ARE NOT paid advertisements. We take no money to publish them. Let’s take a look at what Paramount has to offer in the television on Blu-ray department
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    Mad Max: Fury Road Black & Chrome (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Jeremy Butler on December 8th, 2016

    It was rumored from the very beginning that George Miller was considering a black & white format for the film. There are box office risks associated with such a brave choice. We’re hearing some of the same thoughts coming out of the Logan shoot. The nice thing about the sophistication of home video today is that there is now an outlet for those kinds of artistic choices, and this is a pretty solid example of it. It’s hoped more of these kinds of alternate ideas can make it to home video giving filmmakers the chance to unleash things that might just be too risky at the box office. You still get the original film as part of of this combo so you’re not giving anything up.
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    Star Trek: The Animated Series (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on November 24th, 2016

    “Space…the final frontier. These are the continuing voyages of the Starship Enterprise. Its five-year mission: to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no one man gone before!”

    Of course, we never did get five years from that original show when it ended after just three years in 1969. The new film series has tried to fix that for us. The latest film picks up the five-year mission just after three years have gone by. It’s a double homage to the original show.
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    The Vampire Diaries: The Complete Seventh Season (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on August 22nd, 2016

    The Vampire Diaries is finally living up to its name. Elena is asleep until Bonnie dies, so the characters have promised to keep a record of all the goings on in Mystic Falls and with their lives. And there’s a lot to write about. Mystic Falls has been evacuated so that Lily and her family of heretics won’t kill everybody in town. They’re living in the Salvatore mansion, and Carolyn is carrying twins that don’t really belong to her. And Damon…he’s just being…Damon. All of them are either trying to steal or running away from something called The Phoenix Stone. Elena’s going to have a lot of catching up to do, and so do you if you haven’t been watching all along.
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    NCIS: New Orleans: Season 2

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on August 17th, 2016

    “Put your game face on.”

    When you have the highest-rated drama on television, there is a temptation to milk it for all that you can. We’ve seen it happen with both the Law & Order and CSI franchises. The results tend to be mixed, with some capturing and even exceeding the popularity of the original. Others never quite seem to connect and are gone while their mother ship is still on the air. It’s too early to tell if NCIS: New Orleans will fall in the former or latter category. There’s certainly plenty of the tight writing and production value that the NCIS label is known for.
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    Star Trek: The Original Series: The Complete Series (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on June 23rd, 2016

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

    Paramount was bold indeed when they undertook the remaster project of the original series. Not only did they clean up the prints, but they took the decidedly risky option of redoing most of the f/x shots from the original prints.
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    Holiday Gift Guide Spotlight: Warner Brothers Television On Blu-ray

    Posted in Holiday Gift Guides by Gino Sassani on November 27th, 2015

    I think I see your problem. You have this list. It’s a list of people you need/want to buy a Christmas gift for. The trouble is that they’re into home theatre, and you don’t know Star Trek from Star Wars. You couldn’t tell a Wolf Man from a Wolverine. And you always thought that Paranormal Activity was something too kinky to talk about. Fortunately, Upcomingdiscs has come to the rescue every Christmas with our Gift Guide Spotlights. Keep checking back to see more recommendations for your holiday shopping. These gift guides ARE NOT paid advertisements. We take no money to publish them. When it comes to getting the current shows out in high definition, no one does it better than Warner Brothers.
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    The Vampire Diaries: Season 6 (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on September 9th, 2015

    For most of our characters, the season begins pretty much in real time from the season 5 finale. There is a spell keeping magic out of the city limits of Mystic Falls, and that means no vampires or supernatural beings can cross into town. Elena is taking pre-med courses at college, mostly because it gives her access to the hospital’s blood bank. Stefan is supposed to be out looking for a witch powerful enough to bring back Bonnie and Damon after they were trapped destroying “the other side”.
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    NCIS: New Orleans: Season 1

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on September 9th, 2015

    “It’s New Orleans; there’s always something bad coming.”

    When you have the highest-rated drama on television, there is a temptation to milk it for all that you can. We’ve seen it happen with both the Law & Order and CSI franchises. The results tend to be mixed, with some capturing and even exceeding the popularity of the original. Others never quite seem to connect and are gone while their mother ship is still on the air. It’s too early to tell if NCIS: New Orleans will fall in the former or latter category.
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    Mad Max: Fury Road (Blu-ray 3D)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Jeremy Butler on September 3rd, 2015

    It is one of the most anticipated movies of the summer and another subject in the category of “can Tom Hardy do no wrong?” Mad Max: Fury Road is the reimagining of the iconic film that helped launch Mel Gibson’s career decades earlier. This is not new territory in Hollywood by any stretch of the imagination; remakes have happened so often in recent years that they have practically become their own genre. However, I would like to point out something that will hopefully set this film apart in the eyes of the audience: how often do you see a remake that is overseen by the creator of the original film that you know and love?
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    Tuesday Round Up: September 1, 2015

    Posted in Tuesday Round Up by John Ceballos on September 1st, 2015

    What a lovely day! The 3D Blu-ray for Mad Max: Fury Road leads a stacked pack of 23(!!) new releases that we’ll be reviewing here at UpcomingDiscs, breaking a record set way back in…ok, it was two weeks ago. Fortunately, we’ve gotten a pretty good head start: you can already read our takes on CBS/Paramount’s The Originals: Season 2 and Hawaii Five-O: Season 5, Anchor Bay’s Lost After Dark and Felt, Lionsgate’s Panic 5 Bravo, Image Entertainment’s Run Hide Die, Shout! Factory’s Out of the Vault: Halloween collection, and IndiePix’s Falling Star. CBS/Paramount will also hop on The D Train, sting us with Scorpion: Season 1, offer up a Good Kill, introduce us to Madame Secretary: Season 1, and (roundhouse)kick butt with a Walker: Texas Ranger 4-Film Collection.

    In addition to Mad Max, Warner Bros. presents a bloody good dose of The Vampire Diaries: Season 6You won’t have to visit a website far, far away to read about Star Wars — Rebels: Season 1 from ABC/Disney, which is also turning over the keys to Castle: Season 7. Anchor Bay attempts to avoid The Curse of Downer’s Grove, HBO sings the blues with Bessie, A&E Home Video saddles up for Texas Rising, and Comedy Central Studios intimidates with I Am Dale Earnhardt. Last but not least, Entertainment One rises to The Surface while XLrator Media goes for a Five Star rating.

    Those last two titles will also be part of our ever-popular giveaways. (You can already enter to win The Surface.) Remember that once a month we’re going to give away a free DVD title from among the comments in our weekly Round-Up posts. All you have to do is comment on a Round-Up post — like this one! — and tell us which of these titles you’re most excited to watch or read about. The winners and their prizes will be announced the first week of every month right here in our Tuesday Round-Up post.

    And one last reminder before signing off for the week: if you’re shopping for anything on Amazon and you do it through one of our links, it’ll help keep the lights on here at UpcomingDiscs. See ya next week!

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    Bitten: Complete Second Season

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on July 9th, 2015

    “There was a time when, if you told me werewolves existed that I would have laughed. I don’t laugh at much anymore.”

    From the very beginning one can see there is great potential here. The show is based on a collection of books that appear to be popular. They’re called The Outworld series, written by Canadian author Kelley Armstrong. The show avoids most of the standard clichés. There is no full moon reference at all here. The werewolves “change” at will or when emotionally charged (“you won’t like me when I’m angry”). There are no silver bullets.
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    Mad Max Fury Road

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Jeremy Butler on May 15th, 2015

    It is one of the most anticipated movies of the summer and another subject in the category of can Tom Hardy do no wrong? Mad Max: Fury Road is the reimagining of the iconic film that helped launch Mel Gibson’s career decades earlier. This is not new territory in Hollywood by any stretch of the imagination; remakes have happened so often in recent years that they have practically become their own genre. However, I would like to point out something that will hopefully set this film aside in the eyes of the audience: how often do you see a remake that is overseen by the creator of the original film that you know and love?
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    Art and Craft

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Paul on January 30th, 2015

    Art And Craft is a documentary about an off-kilter mind. That is not necessarily a bad thing. To have an off-kilter mind, that is. Many great geniuses and many great artists have had off-kilter minds, like Van Gogh and Kafka and others too numerous to mention. Art And Craft is about a man who painted many of the great works of art. The only problem is his paintings are nearly exact copies of the originals by famous artists. Mark Landis is one of the most prolific art forgers of the last 30 years. The other thing that should be noted is that he gives all the art away to museums as original works of the great masters.
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    Holiday Gift Guide Spotlight: Warner Brothers Television On Blu-ray

    Posted in Holiday Gift Guides by Gino Sassani on December 11th, 2014

    When it comes to getting the current shows out in high definition, no one does it better than Warner Brothers. I am impressed each year with the number of shows they release on Blu-ray every year. Readers to this site know what I’m talking about. If you have TV fans on your list who also are fans of sci-fi and horror, these are the best sets to get this holiday season. Below you’ll find some excerpts from our reviews. I’ve put it all in one place to make your shopping experience easier. I know how little time you’ve got with a lot of shopping to do. Don’t forget to use one of our links if you get them from Amazon. It’ll help keep us going another year. 
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    The 100: Season 1 (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on September 29th, 2014

    “Prisoners of the ARC, hear me now. You’ve been given a second chance, and as your Chancellor, it is my hope that you see this as not just a chance for you, but a chance for all of us, indeed for mankind itself. We have no idea what is waiting for you down there. If the odds of survival were better, we would’ve sent others. Frankly, we’re sending you because your crimes have made you expendable.”

    It’s 97 years ago and nuclear holocaust has made life on Earth unlivable… at least that’s what most people believed.
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    Supernatural: Season 9 (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on September 12th, 2014

    “There’s virtually nothing the Winchesters can’t do if they work together.”

    But that’s the rub, isn’t it? The tradition has been that each of the last several seasons end up beginning with the brothers separated for one reason or another. Often one of them is trying to escape Hell, purgatory or some fantasy mental land. There are at least two times a year they split up over an argument.
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    Vampire Diaries: Season 5 (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on September 10th, 2014

    “It’s been a long summer.”

    And my how things have changed in Mystic Falls. Elena is a vampire, and Katherine is now a human, and doing a pitiful job of that, to be sure. Bonnie is a ghost who only Jeremy can see, and they’re trying to keep it all a big secret from everyone so they all think Bonnie is out globe-hopping and having a great time. Stefan is at the bottom of a lake in a safe where everyone else thinks Silas is.
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    Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on July 11th, 2014

    “Apes together strong!”

    When French author Pierre Boulle first wrote his novel Monkey Planet, I’m sure he never imagined a film like Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes. While I was enjoying the five films that made up the original franchise run, I couldn’t have imagined a movie like Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes. When Tim Burton made his pitiful attempt to revive the franchise, it was downright impossible. In fact, the franchise appeared dead and gone by the time that film ran its destructive course
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    Gift Guide Spotlight: Warner Brothers

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on December 5th, 2013

    Warner has put out a few solid films and television shows on home video this year. There are a few of them that would make fine gifts for the home theatre fan on your Christmas list. From superheroes to hobbits and vampires, there’s something in this list for everyone. Wouldn’t hurt to snag a little something for yourself, now would it?
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