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    Manhattan: Season 2 (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on March 14th, 2016

    “There’s always some variable you didn’t account for.”

    Manhattan is one of those variables. It’s one of those dramatic stories where mankind is altered forever. If it weren’t absolutely true, someone would have had to make it up. Every child in schools around the world knows about the atomic bombs that ended World War II. We’ve all seen the terrible destruction that exceeded even the expectations of the scientists and engineers who designed and built these bombs. We all live in the aftermath of these events.
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    Hogan’s Heroes: The Complete Series

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

    Who would have believed that you could do a situation comedy based on Nazi Germany and a group of POW’s in World War II? It wasn’t an easy sell. When Albert S. Ruddy first came up with the idea, it was a contemporary story about a group of guys in a normal U.S. prison. There were a lot of problems, mostly with the idea of making your main characters criminals. Of course, that’s not so much the problem today. But this was the 1960’s, and those kinds of “heroes” were not quite as accepted. Eventually the concept developed to put the characters in a prisoner of war camp in Nazi Germany during the World War II. Remember that we were only 20 years removed from the end of the war and the discovery of the concentration camps and all of the horrid images these things evoked in people.
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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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    Contest: Win Death Row – A History of Capital Punishment in America From Mill Creek

    Posted in Contests by Gino Sassani on March 3rd, 2016

    Mill Creek takes a look at the death penalty in America with its 6-part series Death Row: A History Of Capitol Punishment In America. It’s a controversial subject, to be sure. One lucky Upcomingdiscs follower is going to follow in the footsteps of some of this country’s most notorious killers. Of course, you get to do it from the comfort of your favorite viewing chair.

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

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    2. Do not post your address as an actual comment!  Instead tell us – Which historic killer scares you the most?
    3. Only those comments that answer our question will be considered.

    Contest is now closed Winner is Melissa

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    Exclusive Interview With Justin Meeks and Duane Graves From Kill Or Be Killed

    Posted in Podcasts by Gino Sassani on March 2nd, 2016

    RLJ Entertainment shows us that the spaghetti western is not dead. Kill Or Be Killed takes the tradition and adds in a little horror to the mix. The film was written and directed by Justin Meeks and Duane Graves. Justin even plays one of the outlaws by the name of Sweet Tooth. I had the chance to talk to the two filmmakers and they had a lot to say about the genre and the film. Now you get to hear it all here. Bang it here to listen in on my chat with Justin Meeks and Duane Graves.

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    Creed (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on March 2nd, 2016

    The last time we checked in on Rocky Balboa was 2006. It was a bittersweet coda to a franchise that provided 30 years and six films of the life and times of Rocky Balboa. Some were truly great films. I’d count the first and last as in that category. Some were near misses like the third and fourth films, while the fifth was pretty much a total disaster. In those years and films we watched Rocky go from a hungry Philadelphia wannabe boxer to the champion several times over. Like the franchise, the character had his own highs and lows. There’s no question that the Rocky franchise has gone the distance. And while it might have been a split decision, the Rocky films still stand as the champion of the film genre.
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    Gods of Egypt

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on February 28th, 2016

    ”We recognize that it is our responsibility to help ensure that casting decisions reflect the diversity and culture of the time periods portrayed. In this instance we failed to live up to our own standards of sensitivity and diversity, for which we sincerely apologize. Lionsgate is deeply committed to making films that reflect the diversity of our audiences. We have, can, and will continue to do better…

    It’s a bad sign when a studio issues a public apology months before the film ever hits the screens. Gods Of Egypt will likely be remembered, if it’s remembered at all, as having some of the worst timing of any film ever.
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    Contest: Win Tales from the Prison Yard From Mill Creek

    Posted in Contests by Gino Sassani on February 26th, 2016

    Our good friends at Mill Creek want you to spend some time in the slammer. That’s right. One lucky Upcomingdiscs follower is going to be sentenced to 6… 6 prison films, that is. It’s the Tales From The Prison Yard DVD collection from Mill Creek. You’ll get Convicted with Glen Ford. Spend some time in Cell 2455, Death Row with William Campbell. Attempt an Escape From San Quentin with Johnny Desmond. Visit City Of Fear with Vince Edwards. Read The Valachi Papers with Charles Bronson. Finally, take care of The Last Detail with Jack Nicholson and Randy Quaid. Now this is what I call serving time.

    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 – What’s the best prison movie of all time?
    3. Only those comments that answer our question will be considered.

    Contest is now closed Winner is Ronald Oliver

    Winners are notified by E-mail. If you did not get a confirmation E-mail from us, check your Spam filter and contact us. Any prize not claimed in 2 weeks will be forfeit and be placed in the end of year contests next Holiday Season.

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    The Andy Griffith Show: The Complete Series

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

    If there is a television series in the history of the industry as American or timeless as The Andy Griffith Show, I haven’t seen it. You’d be hard-pressed to find someone with strong negative feelings about the series. It was one of those organic and comfortable productions that reached deep into the core of rural America. Even if we lived in a bustling city, there were aspects of the show that still rang true. It was populated with the kind of familiar faces that it wasn’t hard for anyone in the audience to smile in remembrance of a character they’ve known in real life.
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    The Lion Guard: Return of the Roar

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

    “Let’s go get those stinkin’ hyenas.”

    For many years The Lion King was the highest grossing animated film of all time. It remains one of the most beloved films in history. It marked the last of the Disney classic animation triumphs. Combined with the Elton John and Tim Rice songs, it is one of those generational films. While there has never been a feature film follow-up at the box office, there have been a few attempts to keep the franchise alive, and why not?
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    Death Row – A History of Capital Punishment in America

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

    “Peering out from the dark shadows of America’s death row are the faces of evil. The faces of murderers. Men and women who commot the most heinous of crimes. Some elude capture for years, even decades. But eventually, these lowest forms of humanity find themselves on death row awaiting their final fate… execution.”

    There appears to be a lot of controversy when it comes to the death penalty in the United States. I say appears, because even with all of the debate the polls show that Americans overwhelmingly support capital punishment. In fact, only 37% of Americans were opposed in the Gallup 2015 poll.
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    The Beast – The Complete Series

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on February 18th, 2016

    “Take hope from the heart of a man, and you make him a beast or prey. And the beast eats away at you if you’re not careful. The beast will eat it all, and you will have nothing, and you are nothing.”

    Patrick Swayze stars as Charles Barker, an FBI undercover specialist. He handles the deep cover missions, the kind that require a total commitment to the mission. He’s the kind of agent whoknows where the line is so that he knows where to cross it.
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    MI – 5 (Blu-ray)

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

    On the surface MI-5 looks to be a mundane direct-to-video film attempting to cash in on a couple of things. Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation is the fifth in the series and often referred to as MI:5. The new James Bond film has a plot involving the head of MI-5 attempting to take down the MI-6 department and our beloved 007. None of these would contribute to the fortuitous name. Rather it’s the difference in racial sensitivity between Britain and the United States. MI-5 is actually a feature-film version of the long-running British series Spooks. The film’s original title happens to be Spooks: The Greater Good.
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    My Boyfriends’ Dogs

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

    Baby here again. Yeah, I’m that German Shepherd Chow that keeps you UPS/Fed Ex guys on their toes. I just turned 15 at Christmas, and everyone around here keeps calling me an old dog. Apparently that means I can’t learn new tricks, and maybe it’s time for me to retire. I’ll tell you what. Just come around here when everyone else is sleeping, and I’ll show you a few new tricks I bet you haven’t seen before. And that spells T E E T H. And as for retiring? Not sure what that means, except that I’m not tired to begin with.
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    Saints & Strangers

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on February 16th, 2016

    “They called us Pilgrims, but today we are thieves. We trust in God’s design. Our faith helps us to cross an ocean. Faith and a contract with strangers, The Merchant Adventure Company, without whose support we could not afford the journey…. 102 passangers arrived in the New World, guided by the Lord. But there were some things God neglected to mention.” 

    Everyone knows the good ship Mayflower.
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    Contest: Win Frankenstein: The Mini Series On Blu-ray From Mill Creek

    Posted in Contests by Gino Sassani on February 15th, 2016

    Our good friends at Mill Creek have sent over a few goodies for our readers here at Upcomingdiscs. They’ve managed to stitch together a sweet prize with Frankenstein: The Mini Series on Blu-ray. This little television version of the Mary Shelly classic stars William Hurt, Donald Sutherland and Luke Goss and is sure to chill you for the upcoming Spring.

    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 – What are you most looking forward to do come Spring?
    3. Only those comments that answer our question will be considered.

    Contest is now closed Winner is Scott W.

    Winners are notified by E-mail. If you did not get a confirmation E-mail from us, check your Spam filter and contact us. Any prize not claimed in 2 weeks will be forfeit and be placed in the end of year contests next Holiday Season.

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    McHale’s Navy / McHale’s Navy Joins The Air Force

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on February 15th, 2016

    “No war was ever like this.” 

    McHale’s Navy actually started life as a dramatic episode of Alcoa Premiere, hosted by Fred Astaire. It was April of 1962 when Ernest Borgnine would introduce the audience to his most famous television role. The network loved the character but not the show’s format. By October of the same year the television series would debut not as a serious drama but a half-hour comedy. Who knows how a dramatic series would have performed?
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    Spectre (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on February 13th, 2016

    “You have got a tricky day ahead of you.”

    It’s safe to say that Daniel Craig peaked as James Bond with Skyfall. Sam Mendes was the man who figured out how to make Craig work in the part. The secret wasn’t in the classic images of Bond’s past, but in the future. Instead of trying to mold Craig into Bond, Mendes molded Bond into Craig. It was the right thing to do as long as Daniel Craig was going to continue in the role. With Mendes repeating as director and John Logan from Gladiator and Penny Dreadful fame handling the script, expectations were through the roof for this one.
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    The Man From U.N.C.L.E.: The Complete Second Season

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

    Say Uncle. That’s U.N.C.L.E., otherwise known as the United Network Command for Law and Enforcement. Starting in 1964, The Man From U.N.C.L.E. was one of a flurry of shows to take advantage of the new James Bond craze. It featured many of the same elements as the super-spy films. You had sophisticated spies in tuxedos. There were plenty of gadgets. And there were constant threats of world domination, mostly from the evil counter organization, THRUSH. The two top spies for the good guys were Napoleon Solo (Vaughn) and Illya Kuryakin (McCallum). The Bond references were never subtle and always intentional. Ian Fleming himself consulted on the show and named Napoleon Solo after a Bond character. Together Solo and Kuryakin would travel around the globe, saving the world from almost certain doom.
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    Forever: The Complete Series

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on February 8th, 2016

    “My name is Henry Morgan. My story is a long one. It might sound a bit implausible. In fact, you probably won’t believe it, but I’ll tell you anyway, because beyond all else I have lots, lots of time.”

    Unfortunately for the cast and crew of Forever and their fans, time was something this show wouldn’t have much of at all. Created by Matthew Miller, Forever combines the deductive crime solving of Sherlock Holmes with the genre twist of immortality.
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    Da Vinci’s Demons: Season 3 (Blu-ray)

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

    “It all begins with seeing. So what do you see?” 

    The term “Renaissance man” is often used to describe a person who has a very wide range of interests in which they have become quite skilled. It’s taken from the traits of the many artists, innovators, and writers of the 15th century. And while the term might well apply to any number of such historical figures, there is none for whom it is more apt than Leonardo DaVinci.
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    Abe Vigoda 1921 – 2016

    Posted in Tribute by Gino Sassani on February 3rd, 2016

    “Can you get me off the hook? For old times’ sake?” 

    But it was we who were on Abe Vigoda’s hook. He might have been a character named Fish, but he had us hook, line, and sinker. Godfather fans knew him as the dangerous Sal Tessio. To the Barney Miller faithful he was Detective Fish, who eventually moved to his own spinoff. Certainly, he had many more memorable characters over his nearly 70-year career, but these will likely remain his legacy. He was a reliable character actor on shows like The Rockford Files, Mannix, Hawaii Five-0, Cannon, Dark Shadows, Kojak, MacGyver, Law & Order, and even the voice of a mobster in a Batman animated feature. Last week we lost Abe. He was 94 years old. Fortunately, we’ll never lose Tessio and Fish.
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    Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs (Blu-ray) (Signature Collection)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on February 3rd, 2016

    “Magic Mirror on the wall, who is the fairest one of all?”

    Years ago a news magazine, I don’t remember which, conducted a survey. They discovered that more adults knew the names of the Seven Dwarfs than could name seven figures in the federal government, including President, Vice-President, Senate, House of Representatives, and the Supreme Court. They say our educations begin very young. Well, since 1938 our youths have been entertained by Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.
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    Kung Fu Panda 3

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on February 1st, 2016

    “Never underestimate the impact of dramatic entrance!”

    It’s hard to maintain the attention of the 21st-century child. Animated movies have to combine enough elements of charm and action to keep their attention for a little under two hours. If you want to keep a franchise going, you have to rip out your sequels in reasonably tight schedules. It’s been over four years since Kung Fu Panda 2, and we waited nearly that long between the first and second entry. That’s a long time in a culture where we move from fad to fad almost by the hour.
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    Swamp People: Season 6

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on January 26th, 2016

    “The way of life depicted in this program dates back 300 years. Hunting, especially alligator hunting, lies at its core. Some images may be disturbing. Viewer discretion is advised.”

    And they’re not kidding. Gator hunting is a bloody business, and this show gets you right up close and in the action. The hunters set hooks with bait, and once a gator is hooked they must reel it in and shoot it in a very small vulnerable spot in the back of the head.
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