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    Strike Back : The Complete Fourth Season (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on March 4th, 2016

    “One last mission.” 

    That’s exactly what we’re talking about here. It’s the last mission for our brave Section 20 team. Strike Back follows the exploits that elite and secret British military team called Section 20. On paper they do not exist, but they’ve got all the best new high-tech toys, and they’re going to need every one of them. But after this season they will no longer exist. This is the fourth and final season of Strike Back. It’s time to say goodbye, but there’s a farewell party planned, and this release is it. Let me assure you that Strike Back is going out with a bang… literally.
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    Strike Back: The Complete Third Season (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on August 5th, 2015

    “This ain’t no place for a hero.” 

    Strike Back follows the exploits of an elite and secret British military team called Section 20. On paper they do not exist, but they’ve got all the best new high-tech toys, and they’re going to need every one of them. They’re going after the top terrorist threats. They combine the intelligence-gathering network of a CIA-type organization with the precision strike force impact of a top Navy Seals team.
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    Strike Back: The Complete Second Season (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on August 9th, 2013

    “If you want to achieve something, you’ll find a way. If you don’t, you’ll find an excuse. And we’re all utterly sick of hearing excuses.”

    There are no excuses when it comes to Cinemax’s Strike Back. Finding a way is exactly what this team does and what this series is about. These guys can shoot it out with about 200 terrorists and come out with barely a scratch. We’re talking action of the highest order. And that was just season 1. Wait until you find out what these guys are up to in season 2. Regulars won’t survive, and a lot of bad guys are going to get killed
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    Strike Back: The Complete First Season (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on August 9th, 2012

    “A high-octane, globe-spanning thriller with storylines ripped from today’s headlines, Strike Back, Cinemax’s first scripted prime-time original drama series, focuses on two members of a top-secret intelligence agency known as Section 20.”

    Cinemax has finally joined the world of original cable television programming. It’s not really a first step since the powers that be at Cinemax are part of the HBO family of premium cable channels, and HBO’s been in this game for a long time.
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    Killer Tomatoes Strike Back

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Archive Authors on September 3rd, 2005

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    Professor Gangreen (John Astin) and his evil killer tomatoes are back with yet another attempt to take over the world. This time, the mad scientist and his hapless assistant Igor are spreading their message by running a trashy TV daytime talk show out of their base on Crystal Mountain (kinda like Crystal Lake, geddit? Cue Friday the 13th parody). Investigating are a clueless hardboiled cop and the oh-so-hot tomatologist.

    It is astonishing that a one-joke title spawned an ent…
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    Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on February 26th, 2002

    Intro

    It is about damn time that The Empire Strikes Back made it to DVD… oh wait; this is Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back, not The Empire Strikes Back (Damn it). Oh well, at least we now have one “Strikes Back” on DVD, and it is a dandy DVD release.

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    “First seen in Kevin Smith’s breakthrough film “Clerks,” Jay and Silent Bob have continued their adventures in both live-action movies and animated television shows. In JAY AND SILENT BOB STRIKE BACK, when they learn that t…
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    Back-Up Plan, The (Blu-Ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Archive Authors on August 29th, 2010

    Most of the male reviewers in this industry loathe romantic comedies. It is the only thing in the industry that we conceive to be as easy to make as a poorly written horror movie. Insert female who is looking for love in all of the wrong places and give her an unique situation to find that special love. Insert hunky guy who is a bit quirky to sweep her off her feet. Love, love, love and they go off to get married and make babies. So I did what any man would do in this situation, I begged my better half to write the review.
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    Lightning Strikes Twice (Archive Collection)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Michael Durr on October 12th, 2009

    The people at Warner Bros recently decided to adopt a new strategy when dealing with some of their back catalog. They would propose a printing on demand option or what they would dub the “Archive Collection”. This would allow collectors to own classics of long forgotten films and keep costs at a minimal to Warner Bros. One such movie was named Lightning Strikes Twice which came out in 1951 with Ruth Roman. Hopefully this one was a gem and not something that should be long forgotten back in the vault.

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    New IBM patent strikes fear into the hearts of DVD collectors.

    Posted in News and Opinions by Archive Authors on November 26th, 2007

    From Arstechnica,

    …right as the action is building to a crescendo—the movie fades to a commercial. For the next minute, you’re forced to watch the commercial as the fast-forward button has suddenly stopped working. The unhappy experience is repeated two or three more times before the movie ends. The only way to avoid the interruption is to pay another buck or two to the company you rented from.

    That’s the scenario envisioned in a patent application filed by IBM (and dug up by Zatz Not Funny!). When DVDs are inserted for playback, the disc would check to see if the viewer had purchased the ad-free version or the (presumably) lower-priced version with unskippable commercials. If it’s the latter, the disc player would phone home to an online service to download commercials or play ads embedded on the discs themselves.

    They also explain that a likely venue for this horror show could be in DVD rentals. Pay more for the retail copy of Shrek 3 or half off for a special edition DVD with 5 minutes of commercials in the middle.

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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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    Blindspot: Season 1 (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on August 9th, 2016

    “Everything just feels so out of control. I don’t remember who I am. Who I was. Whatever life I had is gone. Shattered into a million tiny pieces. Sometimes it’s hard to breathe.”

    I have to credit Blindspot’s creator Martin Gero with providing one of the more memorable moments on television with the opening minutes of the series. Unfortunately, by the time we saw the pilot that image was already ruined by the countless spots used to promote the show’s premiere. We see a police officer in Times Square approach a bag with a sign on it that asks the FBI be alerted. The cop approaches the bag a bit frightened it might be a bomb and blow up on him at any time.
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    Tuesday Round Up: March 1, 2016

    Posted in Tuesday Round Up by John Ceballos on March 1st, 2016

    …“And in the blue Blu corner…weighing in it about 5 ounces…hailing from Warner Bros…the surprise underdog sensation of 2015…Creed!” The boxing hit starring Michael B. Jordan and recent Oscar winner Sylvester Stallone highlights this week slate of Blu-ray and DVD releases. Cinedigm clocks in with The Midnight Man, joins God’s Club, takes up arms with Weaponized, and follows James Dean through some of his Life. Cinemax retaliates with Strike Back: The Final Season. And it’s either Kill or Be Killed, courtesy of RLJ Entertainment. (Be sure to keep an eye out for our interview with Kill or Be Killed filmmakers Justin Meeks and Duane Graves.)

    Adonis Johnson and Rocky Balboa aren’t the only contenders around these parts. Congratulations to Ronald Oliver, who wins a DVD copy of Misfire, courtesy of RLJ Entertainment in our February contest.

    Ronald is also the final winner of our Tuesday Round Up DVD giveaways. That being said, we’re always interested in hearing which of these titles you’re most excited to read about. So swing by the comments section, and let’s talk movies!

    (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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    Tuesday Round Up: August 4, 2015

    Posted in Tuesday Round Up by Gino Sassani on August 3rd, 2015

    Howdy partners. Gino here again. Johnny’s still workin’ down at that bunkhouse. Hey, you don’t suppose he’s down there sleeping … Nah, couldn’t be. We have a huge week of titles stampeding their way into your local video stores this week. We’re going to cover most of them, so I’m going to stick with those this week.

    Look for reviews of the following throughout the coming week. Shout Factory asks When Calls The Heart and reminisces with The Phil Silvers Show Season 3. CBS/Paramount declares I Love Lucy with Season 2 on Blu-ray. They are also engaged in The Affair Season 1. RLJ Entertainment scores a doubleheader with Appetites and Blackbird. You can win a copy of Blackbird by checking out our contest page. HBO faces front with The Comeback and Strike Back Season 3. Image is Burying The Ex while Lionsgate delivers Child 44 and Barely Lethal.  Arc Entertainment gets into the spirit with Phantom Halo. Warner Brothers wants to get you in the mood for their upcoming Man From U.N.C.L.E. film with the original show’s 29-episode First Season. Of course, Warner Brothers has already opened up the week here with The Casual Vacancy.

    We’d love to hear you tell us what you plan to add to your own video collection this week. Starting this month we’re going to add a little incentive to hear from you. Once a month we’re going to give away a free DVD title from among the comments in our weekly Round-Up posts. You tell us what you’re interested in, and you might just get something free for sharing. The winners and their prizes will be announced the first week of every month right here in our Tuesday Round-Up post.

    And, partners, don’t forget. If you’ll be making that video withdrawal from Amazon, lasso yourself one of our many links to get there. It helps keep us going here on the Upcomingdiscs ranch. Until next week, share some light with someone this week… television light, that is.

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    300: Rise of an Empire (Blu-ray 3D)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by John Ceballos on June 26th, 2014

    It begins as a whisper. A promise. The lightest of breezes dances above the death cries of 300 men…”

    It may have started as a whisper, but 300 quickly became synonymous with roaring, instant-classic declarations after it burst onto the scene in 2007. Zack Snyder’s muscular adaptation of Frank Miller’s graphic novel was an outta-nowhere blockbuster. When a movie achieves that level of success, there’s usually a sequel in the works even as the opening-weekend grosses are still rolling in. Of course, that proved to be a bit trickier given what happens to the heroes at the end of 300.
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    Barabbas (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by John Ceballos on October 4th, 2013

    Although he’s only mentioned briefly in the Bible, the man known as Barabbas was a key figure during the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. According to the Gospels, Pontius Pilate gave the crowd in Jerusalem the choice of either sparing Jesus’ life or saving the rebel/thief Barabbas during Passover. (No “Spoiler Alert” necessary; I’m sure you can guess which one they picked.) Since very little is known about Barabbas, his life story has basically been transformed into the first documented case of “survivor’s guilt.”
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    The Last Godfather

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Paul on September 20th, 2011

    Before I review the DVD copy of The Last Godfather, I should mention that the previews that preceded it had me scratching my head. They played Bad Santa and Scary Movie, and I’m going, “What the heck?” Then they played Everything Must Go and I say, “Oh, Okay.” It was just disconcerting to see films from such divergent time periods slapped together like that.
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    Wild Cherry (Blu Ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by William O'Donnell on July 7th, 2011

    A high school football team has a longstanding tradition of bringing their team good luck by sleeping with virgins and then crossing their names off of a secret list. Three girls on said list figure out the football player’s plan and decide to strike back with pranks and some feminist rebellion that is supposed to be inspired by Lysistrata.
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    Kevin Smith Box Set (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on November 24th, 2009

    Do you know what’s worse than watching a bad movie? It has to be watching three bad movies. Worse than that is watching three bad movies where it’s obvious to everyone involved in the films that they know they’re bad movies. It doesn’t take long until you begin to think that you’re the one everyone is really laughing about. You can picture a couple members of the cast sitting with the director all laughing their rear ends off at the poor rube who actually spends good money, and more importantly, their time, watching the piece of crap you just dropped into their DVD or Blu-ray player. It’ll take forever to get that stink out of my home theater.
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    Highly Defined – The World of High Definition

    Posted in Highly Defined, News and Opinions by Archive Authors on September 18th, 2006

    If you take $17,000 from your company and you leave without any form of punishment or prosecution, can your resignation really cite “personal differences?”

    You know where your Cedia is? It’s one of the other big electronics shows that helps announce and introduce new technologies. One of the more remembered announcements was Toshiba’s announcement of a 2nd generation HD-DVD player. These newer versions include shorter load times, HDMI 1.3, and in one case, full 1080p resolution. There are two models, look f…
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    Killer Tomatoes Eat France

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Archive Authors on September 3rd, 2005

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    Narrowly escaping the guillotine thanks to the intervention of the evil tomatoes, Professor Gangreen (John Astin) sets up shop with Igor in a medieval castle/tourist attraction. A young American tourist, embarrassed at starring in a killer tomatoes movie, pretends to be Michael J. Fox (thus landing a comely French girlfriend), and winds up fighting against the evil doctor and his vegetables. (Or are tomatoes a fruit?)

    There are some chuckles to be had in the opening credits, but th…
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    Ghoulies / Ghoulies II

    Posted in Disc Reviews by David Annandale on August 9th, 2003

    

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    In Ghoulies, a young man inherits a run-down home, only to succumb gradually tohis warlock legacy, summoning the title creatures and turning them loose on his friends. TheGhoulies strike back in the sequel, this time finding their way into a carnival and creating no endof havoc there. Neither film takes itself seriously — how could they, with little rubbery puppetsfor monsters. There is something likeable about the enthusiastically silly cheese up there on thescreen…
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    T2 Trainspotting (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Brent Lorentson on June 28th, 2017

    “First, there is an opportunity.  Then…there’s a betrayal.”

    It’s been 20 years since the release of Trainspotting, and it’s fair to say a lot has changed in the past two decades.  I remember going out to the United Artists Mission Bell Cinemas to see Trainspotting the weekend it came out.  I was with my best friend at the time, and neither of us was old enough to buy tickets for the film, so we ended up having to sneak into the film.  We’d seen the trailers, and in a time before the internet there just wasn’t much we could find out about it aside from reading articles in the entertainment magazines.
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    Transformers: The Last Knight

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

    “These movies that I’ve done, they are massive movies. They take a lot out of you.”

    That’s director Michael Bay talking about his decade-long work on the Transformers franchise on the eve of the fifth(!) film’s arrival. The movie also doubles as Bay’s swan song in the director’s chair, so when he says, “They take a lot out of you,” the filmmaker is presumably talking about the massive amount of energy and manpower (and horsepower) these big-budget bonanzas require. The problem is “They take a lot out of you” has also applied more and more to each subsequent movie in this series. Transfomers: The Last Knight isn’t just a bad movie…it is painful and exhausting to watch.
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    Megan Leavey

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on June 9th, 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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    100 Streets (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by John Ceballos on March 13th, 2017

    Life’s pretty simple, you know. It’s long periods of waiting broken up by brief moments of change. That’s it…that’s all it is.”

    100 Streets tells three barely-connected stories set in the same one-square-mile area of present-day London. (The neighborhoods of Chelsea and Battersea to be exact.) The stories are each quite compelling in their own right, and they’re performed by a talented group of actors. Unfortunately, the movie is occasionally bogged down by distracting, pseudo-profound soliloquies like the one at the top of this review. I appreciate the stabs at thoughtfulness and depth, but they come off as forced here and are more likely to make you roll your eyes than inspire you.
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