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    Banshee: The Complete Fourth Season (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on October 7th, 2016

    “Did I miss anything while I was gone?”

    Did you ever. Banshee came to an end with this, the fourth season, and it did not go quietly, to be sure. But it’s not how it ends, but how this final season begins that’s a bit of a mystery. There is a time jump of a little over 18 months that will cause you to feel like you might have missed something. If that doesn’t confuse you, the season’s constant tripping around in time will turn this season into a show very different from the Banshee we’ve come to know and love.
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    Banshee: Season 3 (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on April 7th, 2016

    “There’s always room for improvement.”

    Banshee is one of those improbable plots that finds a way to pull us into the action all the while ignoring how unlikely any of this might really be. Of course, we do that all the time. It’s certainly unlikely we’re going to face a zombie apocalypse or run into a super-powered hero. That’s a different kind of unlikely. This kind of real-world fantastic is usually a bit harder to accept. Credit folks like Allan Ball for keeping us engaged with some of the most entertaining sleight of hand on television.
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    Banshee: Season 2 (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on January 14th, 2015

    “There will be casualties”

    Alan Ball got my attention in 2001 with HBO’s black comedy Six Feet Under. It was one of the most original shows I had ever seen, and to this day I find it hard to characterize the series when asked to do so. It was there that he also introduced me to Michael C. Hall, who continues to amaze me in the role of Dexter over at Showtime. When Six Feet Under left the airwaves, Ball didn’t waste very much time in bringing his quirky style back, this time to the horror genre
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    Banshee Chapter

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Paul on February 4th, 2014

    We can never hope to know all the secrets the government keeps, which includes experiments conducted by the Central Intelligence Agency or even more secretive and possibly unknown agencies. It would be impossible to investigate all the theories and conspiracies, because that could fill a library full of meandering speculation and endless conjecture. Even more speculative is a large number of drugs that have been deemed illegal and suppressed from rigorous and open medical examination. One of these drugs is DMT, which is the most widely available hallucinogen in nature and exists in the human body naturally and probably is produced by the pineal gland in the brain.
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    Banshee: Season One (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on August 8th, 2013

    “With a name like Banshee how can you not be drawn in?”

    Alan Ball got my attention in 2001 with HBO’s black comedy Six Feet Under. It was one of the most original shows I had ever seen, and to this day I find it hard to characterize the series when asked to do so. It was there that he also introduced me to Michael C. Hall, who continues to amaze me in the role of Dexter over at Showtime. When Six Feet Under left the airwaves, Ball didn’t waste very much time in bringing his quirky style back
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    Scream of the Banshee

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on August 8th, 2011

    “We are looking at an unexplained phenomenon. It appears to be a partially preserved severed head, maybe of a deformed person or a wild animal. Perhaps the metal base contained some sort of preservative presently unknown to us.”

    Or maybe it’s the severed head of the titular Banshee from this SyFy original film Scream Of The Banshee. And, oh what a scream it is.
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    Banshee!!!

    Posted in Disc Reviews by William O'Donnell on April 25th, 2010

    The title monster of Irish myth terrorizes people in the middle of the US for no good reason and with no explanation as to why its there, how it came to be or anything else aside from visually demonstrating that it uses sound to make its victims hallucinate. A group of teens on spring break encounter it and every single one of them survives after befriending the misunderstood beast. Of course that’s a lie…they die…but doesn’t the nice plot sound so much more interesting? It does to me when you’ve seen countless films about teenagers being ripped apart in the woods.
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    Quarry: The Complete First Season

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

    I’m not as comfortable as you are with the notion of killing other human beings.”

    Remember that time about six months ago when NFL star Colin Kaepernick set off a firestorm of controversy by repeatedly kneeling during the national anthem as a form of protest? A big part of the outrage was tied to the notion that Kaepernick’s actions were disrespectful to members of the U.S. military. One of the most striking things about Quarry — Cinemax’s compelling, well-rounded Vietnam War-era drama — is how it depicts a period not that long ago in our country’s history when veterans were openly treated with venom and vitriol that went way beyond someone taking a knee.
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    Holiday Gift Guide Spotlight: Shout Factory

    Posted in Holiday Gift Guides by Gino Sassani on November 30th, 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. This Christmas season is the time to give the gift of 4K. Shout Factory has found the perfect movies to allow your special someone to see the true potential of 4K.
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    Tuesday Round Up: October 4, 2016

    Posted in Tuesday Round Up by John Ceballos on October 4th, 2016

    Welcome to the first Tuesday Round Up of October! You’ve probably noticed that the spooky season is in full swing around these parts thanks to our “31 Nights of Terror” and we’re going to keep the monster mayhem going thanks to Showtime’s Penny Dreadful: The Final Season. In other horror-related news, Level 33 leave us in scary hands with The Caretaker, while Allied Entertainment giddily declares OMG…We’re in a Horror Movie. RLJ Entertainment sees things through The Mind’s Eye, and Lionsgate digs deep with 6 Plots. (You’re in luck: enter to win a copy of 6 Plots by clicking here!) Magnolia bedevils us with Satanic and (in non-horror news) pays respect to The Last King.

    Anchor Bay sows some Wild Oats, and Time Life stays up late for The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson: The Vault Series — Archive Collection (which features the incomparable Joan Embery, who we got to chat with recently). Finally, HBO bids an action-packed farewell to Banshee: The Final Season.

    Interested in picking up any of these thrilling titles? Well, if you’re shop for them — or anything at all — 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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    Supergirl: Season 1 (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on August 12th, 2016

    “When people see that red cape, they expect to see a certain someone. Someone they know. But this isn’t his story. It’s mine.” 

    Of course, that “someone” they know is Superman. This is the story of Supergirl. We’ve seen her story on both the big and small screen, as well. Helen Slater put on the tights and skirt in the Richard Donner film made during the Christopher Reeves Superman years and meant to tie into that filmactic universe. When television told the story of a young Clark Kent in Smallville, it was only natural that his famous cuz would show up there. This time it was Laura Vandervoort who played the Kryptonian.
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    Tuesday Round Up: April 5, 2016

    Posted in Tuesday Round Up by John Ceballos on April 5th, 2016

    Not that long ago, in a theatre that was hopefully not too far, far away from your galaxy home…chances are you settled in to enjoy Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The movie went on to become the highest-grossing film of all time in the U.S., and this week you can bring the Force home. You can actually already check out our review of Disney’s Blu-ray release for Star Wars, along with our thoughts on Showtime’s House of Lies: Season 4.

    Banshee: Season 3, from HBO, is a real scream. Meanwhile, RLJ Entertainment throws us a Curveball and was kind enough not to keep The Hoarder all to itself. Shout! Factory cops to NYPD Blue: Season 9. Finally, Lionsgate starts at the very beginning with The von Trapp Family: A Life of Music and has it made in the shade with Mojave.

    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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    What We Do in the Shadows (Blu-ray)

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

    “When you get four vampires in a flat, obviously there’s going to be a lot of tension.”

    The set-up for What We Do in the Shadows makes it sound less like your typical vampire movie and more like some kind of twisted season of The Real World. (Well…slightly more twisted than usual.) But besides finding a funny way to skewer bratty roommates and the mundaneness of everyday life, the movie works as a cheeky celebration of the classical cinematic bloodsucker.
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    “31 Nights Of Terror” Live The Terror at Busch Gardens Howl-O-Scream

    Posted in Random Fun by Gino Sassani on October 21st, 2014

    Ms. Vayne

    This last Friday night Upcomingdiscs was invited to attend the 10th annual scare fest at Busch Gardens in Tampa. They call it Howl-O-Scream, and what a scream it is, literally.
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    Teen Wolf: Season 3 Part 2

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on June 23rd, 2014

    “There’s a Tibetan word for it. It’s called Bardo. It literally means in-between state, the state between life and death.”

    If you’re a fan of the 1985 comedy staring Michael J. Fox, that statement is particularly appropriate. We all remember the cute high school romp where Michael J. Fox discovers that his family has been hiding a long dark secret: they are werewolves. Now the young teen finds himself having to deal with the usual growing pains of adolescence on top of dealing with the family curse.
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    True Blood: The Complete Sixth Season (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by John Ceballos on June 3rd, 2014

    I don’t know why death still surprises me.”

    As someone who’s seen every single episode of True Blood, I suppose nothing should surprise me by now. HBO’s vampire drama has given us more than its share of head-turning sex scenes and a hearty helping of over-the-top violence. However, the further the series ventured from Bon Temps and its core group of characters, the more it seemed to lose its way, even as a satisfying guilty pleasure. This penultimate season still relied on an overly-crowded cast of supernaturals. But it was ultimately an encouraging sign that the show might get back to basics as it prepares to end its run this summer.
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    Teen Wolf: Season Three, Part 1

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on December 18th, 2013

    Is it me or is Beacon Hills turning into more like a beacon for the totally bizarre and supernatural?”

    Fox has begun releasing the series in half season sets. I can’t say I’m a fan of the choice, but I almost understand the logic here. The series has expanded to more episodes, closer to a normal network run number. There is also now a several-month break between the season halves, much like USA network has treated such shows as Monk and Psych. One the one hand it’s annoying to have incomplete season sets on my shelf.
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    Fat Kid Rules the World

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Jonathan Foster on January 28th, 2013

    “The most important thing about being a drummer is the ability to hit hard.”

    Fat Kid Rules the World tells the story of Troy Billings (Jacob Wysocki), a high school student who lives a lonely life because he’s, well, fat. Despite his large size, Troy is pretty much invisible. Unable to stand the monotony of his life, he steps in front of a bus. At the last minute, Marcus (Matt O’Leary, Domestic Disturbance, Brick), a dropout and punk rock musician, knocks him out of the vehicle’s path.
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    Avatar (Three-Disc Extended Collector’s Edition) (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on December 8th, 2010

    And the George Lucas Award for the filmmaker who has mined the most out of his movie this year….the envelope please. It’s James Cameron for releasing not one, not two, not three, but four different versions of Avatar in less than a year. But I’ll have to give him a pass, just this once. This 3-disc collection offers enough goodies that it will tempt you to trade in your still-new version for this complete collection. Better yet … put it at the top of your Christmas list. The film comes in three versions. One with 8 minutes added. Another with 16. What’s the point of having the new version if not to see the most extensive edit?
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    X-Men, Volume 3 & 4 (Marvel DVD Comic Book Collection)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Michael Durr on September 21st, 2009

    Some of you might remember my review of the first two volumes of X-Men, the Animated Series. After the first thirty plus episodes, I secretly hoped that I would be able to bring you reviews of the rest of the series. Luckily, I was blessed enough to make this a reality when I received volume 3 & 4 at my door just before my fall vacation. How sweet it is.
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