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    Holiday Gift Guide Spotlight: A&E

    Posted in Holiday Gift Guides by Gino Sassani on December 24th, 2014

    A&E always has something for everyone. They changed the landscape of television by turning the reality show on its head. Instead of losers trying to win a prize by acting like idiots, the cameras of A&E’s shows take us in to the often bizarre and hyper-real worlds of pawn shops, ice road truckers and pest control businesses. The team has put together some nice sets to help fill some gaps in the collection of someone on your shopping list. It’s time to load up on some of these collectible sets before someone ends up with coal in their stocking
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    Holiday Gift Guide Spotlight: Star Trek: The Next Generation In High Definition

    Posted in Holiday Gift Guides by Gino Sassani on December 22nd, 2014

    “Space… The final frontier. These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise. Its continuing mission, to explore strange new worlds. To seek out new life and new civilizations. To boldly go where no one has gone before.”

    Nearly 20 years after the original Star Trek left the network airwaves, Gene Roddenberry set out to discover if he could catch lightning in a bottle once again. Some say he did an even better job with Star Trek: The Next Generation. There are times I tend to agree. The Star Trek sequel series had a lot more advantages from the moment it was conceived. Star Trek
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    Holiday Gift Guide Spotlight: CBS Television

    Posted in Holiday Gift Guides by Gino Sassani on December 22nd, 2014

    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. This time we turn our attention to CBS. You already know about Star Trek releases, but you say you have some drama fans on your shopping list. They don’t want aliens or spaceships. They want stories and criminals getting caught. We’ve got you covered with the best from CBS
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    Holiday Gift Guide Spotlight: ABC Television

    Posted in Holiday Gift Guides by Gino Sassani on December 19th, 2014

    ABC and Disney have some rather entertaining television sets for that hard-to-please television addict on your shopping list. In recent years more and more of us engage in something called binge-watching. With either a DVR or the season sets releases, we watch an entire season of a show in a matter of a few days. I’ll bet you have a binge-watcher on that list of yours. You might want to consider some of the ABC family of shows.
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    The Hobbit: The Battle of The Five Armies

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on December 17th, 2014

    “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.
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    Exclusive Interview: Jeremy Berg Director Of The Device

    Posted in Podcasts by Gino Sassani on December 16th, 2014

    “What if the rumors and urban legends are real… that aliens walk among us, abducting people for unthinkable experiments? Sisters Abby and Rebecca are about to discover the horrifying truth when they find a harmless looking object in the woods near their family’s cabin. The small black sphere is the key to a shocking mystery that will change the course of human destiny. The Device has plans for us, and this world is no longer ours.”

    That’s the premise for The Device out now on DVD from RLJ/Image Entertainment. I had a short opportunity to talk to the film’s director: Jeremy Berg. Check out what he has to say and then check out the DVD. Bang it here to listen to my chat with Jeremy Berg.

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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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    Perry Mason Double Features

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

    Erle Stanley Gardner wrote crime fiction, and while many of his 100 or so works are unknown to most of us, he created a character who has become as identified with criminal lawyers as any other in fiction. It was in these crime novels that Perry Mason first faced a courtroom. He developed a style where he would investigate these terrible crimes his clients were on trial for. He would find the real killer, and in what has become a Hollywood cliché, reveal his findings in a crucial moment during the trial. While we may not remember the novels, we all remember the man in the persona of Raymond Burr.
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    Holiday Gift Guide Spotlight: Halloween: The Complete Collection Limited Deluxe Edition

    Posted in Uncategorized by Gino Sassani on December 10th, 2014

    So you have a horror fan on your shopping list this year. You’re not sure if they like classic or slasher. Do they appreciate the wonderful films of the past, or do they like to go for the jugular? You know there’s a ton of horror titles out there, but which ones are any good? You also want this gift to be something special. The guy at the store doesn’t know Frankenstein from Jason. You ask for his help, and he looks at you like something out of The Walking Dead. Shopping for a horror title scares you more than a walk at Camp Crystal Lake with a bullseye tattooed on your face. Don’t lose your head over this one. Anchor Bay and Shout Factory’s Scream Factory have that perfect special gift. It’s The Halloween Collection. You get the classic John Carpenter film and all of the slash-fest sequels as well. It’s 10 films in one high-definition splatter festival. And it won’t cost you an arm and a leg… well maybe a foot.
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    Holiday Gift Guide Spotlight: The Wonder Years: The Complete Series Set

    Posted in Holiday Gift Guides by Gino Sassani on December 8th, 2014

    “1968, I was twelve years old. A lot happened that year. Dennis McLain won 31 games, The Mod Squad hit the air, and I graduated from Hillcrest Elementary and entered junior high school…but we’ll get to that. There’s no pretty way to put this: I grew up in the suburbs. I guess most people think of the suburb as a place with all the disadvantages of the city, and none of the advantages of the country, and vice versa. But, in a way, those really were the wonder years for us there in the suburbs. It was kind of a golden age for kids.” 

    The show takes place in Anywhere, USA. The pilot begins in 1968 and is told from the point of view of a contemporary adult looking back on those early years of his life. Anyone who is a fan of A Christmas Story will appreciate the narrative style of The Wonder Years.
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    Holiday Gift Guide: Spotlight: The Merv Griffin Show (1962-1986)

    Posted in Holiday Gift Guides by Gino Sassani on December 5th, 2014

    Johnny Carson might have been king of the late-night airwaves, but it was Merv Griffin who held court during the day. From 1962 until 1986 Merv Griffin brought you the most important, entertaining and fascinating personalities to your living rooms. He was also quite the producer. Here’s the question:  He created two of the longest-lasting game shows in television history. Who was Merv Griffin? That’s correct. He created both Wheel Of Fortune and Jeopardy.  But it will be The Merv Griffin Show that he’ll he’s most remembered for.
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    Holiday Gift Guide Spotlight: Little House on the Prairie

    Posted in Holiday Gift Guides by Gino Sassani on December 4th, 2014

    It’s funny how some actors mean different things to different people. It often depends on your age and interests. Michael Landon is one such actor. I was a horror movie fan who watched late-night creature features with my dad. To me Landon was the titular character from I Was A Teenage Werewolf. To my Dad and his generation, Landon was Little Joe from Bonanza. To continue the comparison, Little Joe’s pop was always Commander Adama, with no offense intended toward Edward James Olmos. But there is another generation that doesn’t know werewolves from cowboys, and to them Michael Landon will always be the warm father Charles Ingalls from Little House On The Prairie.
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    Contest: Win Field Of Lost Shoes From ARC Entertainment

    Posted in Contests, Expired Contests by Gino Sassani on December 1st, 2014

    Our friends at Arc Entertainment have another great giveaway for you faithful Upcomingdiscs readers. On Dec 2nd Field Of Lost Shoes hits the stores and we have 2 copies to give out. This one is based on a true American Civil War story. A group of teen cadets shows their courage under fire when they are sent into the heart of battle. The film stars David Arquette and Tom Skerritt.

    To win just 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 – If you could go back in time, where/when would you go?
    3. Only those comments that answer our question will be considered.

    Contest is now closed Winners are Jim Gardner & Johannah Brookwell

    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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    Holiday Gift Guide: Spartacus: Complete Series Limited Edition

    Posted in Holiday Gift Guides by Gino Sassani on November 28th, 2014

    “The gods finally bless us with a complete collection.”

    AnchorBay is going all out in delivering a couple of complete series collections. There is a limited edition with some cool stuff that we hope to talk to you about on Black Friday for your shopping edification. This set contains all of the show’s 39 episodes on 12 discs. There is a 13th disc with limited extra features that were not found on the original individual season releases. 
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    Happy Thanksgiving

    Posted in Site News by Gino Sassani on November 27th, 2014

    From all of us here at Upcomingdiscs, I want to wish all of you a safe and happy Thanksgiving Holiday.

    Enjoy plenty of family, friends, football and don’t forget to share a movie or two with someone you love.

    We’re thankful for all of our loyal readers out there.

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    The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on November 21st, 2014

    “All we need now is the perfect message”.

    It has almost become expected. When a successful franchise based on a series of books reaches the end of the published material, studios start to think about the approaching end with some dread. One way to put off the inevitable is to split the final book into two films. It worked for Harry Potter and Twilight. Peter Jackson managed to squeeze three long films out of one Tolkien book. For most of these cases it was a severe case of milking those final chapters for all that they’re worth and then going beyond that. That’s simply not the case with Mockingjay Part I.
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    Contest: Win Northpole On DVD From Arc Entertainment

    Posted in Contests, Expired Contests by Gino Sassani on November 20th, 2014

    Those Santa’s elves at Arc Entertainment want to get you in a Holiday mood so they’ve given us three copies of Northpole on DVD. Robert Wagner and Jill St. John lead the cast. The Northpole is having an energy crises. The place is powered by Holiday cheer but too many folks are getting too busy to keep up their Christmas Spirit. Can one boy help by showing his Mom the magic of the season? Find out.

    To win just 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 top on your holiday wish list?
    3. Only those comments that answer our question will be considered.

    Contest is now closed Winners are Julie F, Renee G & Karen Drake 

    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 Dog (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on November 18th, 2014

    “If anybody gets up, they’re dead. Anybody moves, they’re dead. Anybody makes a sound before I leave this movie, …”

    You get the idea. These are the words of one John Wojtowicz, better known as The Dog. On August 22, 1972 he attempted to rob a Chase Manhattan bank in order to finance his male lover’s sex change operation so that he could become a woman. The heist was about as amateur as the come and went horribly wrong from the start. In a matter of minutes the bank was surrounded by a swarm of police units and a growing mob of bystanders.
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    Holiday Gift Guide: True Blood: The Complete Series (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Holiday Gift Guides by Gino Sassani on November 18th, 2014

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

    As we get closer to holiday shopping time, Upcomingdiscs will be here to help you find something for that home theater fanatic on your shopping list. 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.
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    Contest: Queens of the Ring From Image Entertainment

    Posted in Contests, Expired Contests by Gino Sassani on November 13th, 2014

    Our friends at Image Entertainment are picking a fight with the ladies this time. Actually, it’s the ladies doing the fighting. We’re talking about Queens Of The Ring out now on DVD from Image Entertainment. A supermarket cashier talks her co-workers into joining her in a WWE Diva training program. It’s a comedy featuring cameos from WWE favorites like The Miz, CM Punk and Eve Torres. You won’t have to fight with anyone to get a copy for yourself. We’ve got 2 copies to give away.

    To win just 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 – Who is your favorite WWE Star?
    3. Only those comments that answer our question will be considered.

    Contest is now closed Winners are DanV & Holly Kennedy

    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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    Contest: Win Frozen in Time On DVD From Arc Entertainment

    Posted in Contests, Expired Contests by Gino Sassani on November 12th, 2014

    Our friends at Arc Entertainment want to get a jump start on your Winter Holiday fun. They’re releasing Frozen In Time on DVD and it’s loaded with family fun in the snow. The film stars the voices of Ed Asner and Mira Sorvino. It’s an animated Groundhog Day for Christmas. When two siblings break their grandfather’s special clock Christmas Day is repeated over and over again. Sound like fun? Arc Entertainment has given us 3 copies to giveaway.

    To win just 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 – Where will you be spending Thanksgiving?
    3. Only those comments that answer our question will be considered.

    Contest is now closed Winners are Rhonda Struthers, June S., Rajee Pandi 

    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 Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (Extended Edition) (Blu-ray 3D)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on November 6th, 2014

    “There are dark spirits, old and full of hate…The world is in great danger.”

    A trilogy is a hard animal to pull off. Even when you have a popular franchise, it is extremely difficult. All of the pieces have to work just right, or you could have a disaster on your hands. It is even harder when you’ve already beaten the odds once and delivered a trilogy that is both loved and a huge box office success. You run into an almost insurmountable mountain of expectations.
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    Perry Mason Movie Collection: Volume 4

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on November 6th, 2014

    Erle Stanley Gardner wrote crime fiction, and while many of his 100 or so works are unknown to most of us, he created a character who has become as identified with criminal lawyers as any other in fiction. It was in these crime novels that Perry Mason first faced a courtroom. He developed a style where he would investigate these terrible crimes his clients were on trial for. He would find the real killer, and in what has become a Hollywood cliché, reveal his findings in a crucial moment during the trial. While we may not remember the novels, we all remember the man in the persona of Raymond Burr.
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    The Wonder Years: The Complete Series Set

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on November 4th, 2014

    “1968, I was twelve years old. A lot happened that year. Dennis McLain won 31 games, The Mod Squad hit the air, and I graduated from Hillcrest Elementary and entered junior high school…but we’ll get to that. There’s no pretty way to put this: I grew up in the suburbs. I guess most people think of the suburb as a place with all the disadvantages of the city, and none of the advantages of the country, and vice versa. But, in a way, those really were the wonder years for us there in the suburbs. It was kind of a golden age for kids.”

    With all of the television I’ve watched over the decades, it’s more than a little surprising to me that I missed out on The Wonder Years.
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    “31 Nights Of Terror” Halloween: The Complete Collection Limited Deluxe Edition

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on October 31st, 2014

    “I met him fifteen years ago; I was told there was nothing left; no reason, no conscience, no understanding; and even the most rudimentary sense of life or death, of good or evil, right or wrong. I met this six-year-old child, with this blank, pale, emotionless face, and the blackest eyes… the devil’s eyes. I spent eight years trying to reach him, and then another seven trying to keep him locked up because I realized that what was living behind that boy’s eyes was purely and simply… evil.”

    AnchorBay and Scream Factory have tapped into that pure evil. It’s the collection we’ve waited years to see.
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