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    Kingsman: The Secret Service

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on February 13th, 2015

    “Did you see the movie Trading Places?”

    Well, this isn’t that movie. It can be as funny as Trading Places, though. There aren’t any shades of gray here either. It’s good old fashioned “good guys and evil genius” stuff all the way. It’s a thrill ride that we won’t have to wait in long lines to get on. This is like going to a summer movie and trudging through the snow to get there. Depending on where you live, of course. I’m talking about Kingsmen: The Secret Service
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    Exclusive Interview With Thomas Dekker Of Fear Clinic

    Posted in Podcasts by Gino Sassani on February 10th, 2015

    Anchor Bay is releasing Fear Clinic today. It stars Robert Englund and Thomas Dekker. While we didn’t get a chance to have an encounter with Freddy Kruger himself, we did catch up with Thomas Dekker. You might remember him as Picard’s young son in Star Trek: Generations. I loved him as the iconic John Connor in The Sarah Connor Chronicles television follow-up to the Terminator films. We had a great time talking about all of these cool projects. You won’t want to miss Fear Clinic on Blu-ray or DVD, and you sure won’t want to miss my conversation with Thomas Dekker. So, bang it here to listen to my chat with Thomas Dekker.

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    Exclusive Interview With Harrison Smith Writer/Director Of Zombie Killers: Elephant’s Graveyard

    Posted in Podcasts by Gino Sassani on February 5th, 2015

    We told you that there was more coming from Anchor Bay’s Zombie Killers: Elephant’s Graveyard. We also told you there would be more on Harrison Smith, the film’s writer and director. What else can we tell you? How about we let Harrison give you the goods himself? I had a chance to talk to the filmmaker. Here’s your chance to hear what he has to say. Bang it here to listen in on my chat with Harrison Smith.

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    Exclusive Interview With Felissa Rose From Zombie Killers: Elephant’s Graveyard

    Posted in Podcasts by Gino Sassani on February 4th, 2015

    You’re going to be seeing a lot from Anchor Bay’s Zombie Killers: Elephant’s Graveyard. It’s a new and interesting zombie franchise from writer/director Harrison Smith. No, not the one who plays for my NFL Vikings. More on him later. (The director, not the football player). The film stars, among others Felissa Rose. You might remember her as the 13 year old baddie in Sleepaway Camp. She’s been busy lately. You can catch her in Zombie Killers. I caught up to her last week and I got to talk to her about both films…and more. The movie is out now. She was super excited to talk. Bang it here to listen in on my chat with Felissa Rose.

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    Exclusive Interview With Robert Kline Director/Writer The Reagans: The Legacy Endures

    Posted in Podcasts by Gino Sassani on February 3rd, 2015

    This week Image Entertainment releases The Reagans: The Legacy Endures. It’s a documentary on the life and presidency of Ronald Reagan. He was the 40th US President and certainly left his mark on history. The sportscaster turned actor turned political icon oversaw a critical period in world history. The Cold War was ending and the war on terror was just beginning. Robert Kline wrote and directed this intimate look at the Reagan Years. I had a chance to talk with him about the project. Bang it here to listen in on my chat with Robert Kline.

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    Open Windows (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on February 3rd, 2015

    “You like that stuff, but it’s kind of a tease.”

    Give Elijah credit for taking some interesting chances with his acting choices since his long and successful run with the Lord Of The Rings trilogy and his subsequent cameos in the Hobbit films as well. No one can accuse the actor of resting on his laurels. His roles have been outside the mainstream.
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    Contest: Win A Copy Of RPG (Real Playing Game) From ARC Entertainment

    Posted in Contests by Gino Sassani on February 2nd, 2015

    Rutger Hauer is the star of this latest giveaway thanks to our good buddies over at Arc Entertainment. We’re talking future world where money just might buy one man eternal youth…or maybe an endless nightmare. It’s a game played for your life. We’re talking RPG  (Real Playing Game) and it hits stores on Tuesday Feb. 10th. But we have 3 copies to give away here at Upcomingdiscs.

    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 is your favorite video game of all time?
    3. Only those comments that answer our question will be considered.

    Contest is open to residents of the U.S. & Canada only, and will conclude on Sunday, March 29th, 2015.
    Please – only one contest entry per person!

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    Black Sea

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

    “I found something.”

    Once in a while a film comes along that defies the current trends and styles in Hollywood. Inevitably, those films usually end up being dumped on the box office in the late winter months after the holiday blockbusters have run their course and the push for notice by the Academy has reached the end of the calendar year. It is in the depths of these cold months that studios deliver the almost-rans, the square pegs, and once in a while a gem that doesn’t really fit any of the other models.
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    Mythbusters 10th Anniversary Collection

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on January 29th, 2015

    “Who are the Mythbusters?” 

    You know who the Mythbusters are, don’t you? They’ve been a staple on the Discovery Channel for over 12 years now. Yes, this 10th year anniversary release is a little late, but a welcome title all the same. If you really don’t know who the Mythbusters are by now, I can’t think of a better way to get acquainted than to pick up 50 of their best episodes in one collection
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    The Judge (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on January 28th, 2015

    “Did that just happen?” 

    I have to confess that I entered The Judge expecting a different kind of film than I actually saw. After seeing the trailer, I was reminded of some of the classic courtroom dramas I’d seen over the years, from 12 Angry Men through …And Justice For All. On the ride to the screening I found my mind was swimming with the “closing arguments” Al Pacino delivered in …And Justice For All and was trying to image how Robert Downey, Jr. was going to try to top that.
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    Trace Adkins: Live Country

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on January 27th, 2015

    His uncle played Christian music, and he sang bass in a chorus for some years. His father gave him a guitar and started him on lessons at age five. With all of that background, it seems no surprise that Trace Adkins became a hit on the country music scene. It was obvious to everyone but him. Instead he looked to sports and a chance to be a lineman for Louisiana Tech until he blew out his knee. When the doc told him he had no chance at a football career, did he turn to that music? Nope.
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    Exclusive Interview With Tom Whitus – Writer/Director Of The Junior Spy Agency

    Posted in Podcasts by Gino Sassani on January 26th, 2015

    A while back Normandy reviewed The Junior Spy Agency, written and directed by Tom Whitus. It took a while and word got back to Tom and he was gracious enough to offer up some of his valuable time. It’s a neat little family movie. I had a great time talking to the brains of the outfit. Bang it here to listen in on my fun chat with Tom Whitus.

     

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    Boardwalk Empire: Season 5 (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on January 22nd, 2015

    “If we’re good today, we’ll be better tomorrow.”

    The final season of Boardwalk Empire breaks the mold of what the show has been for the first four years. The action jumps ahead several years to 1931. It’s a necessary plot point if we’re going to be ending the popular series in the fifth season. I understand the jump and why it works. I guess my only real question is: why are we jumping ahead to end what is one of the best shows on television?
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    Contest – Win Wonder Years Season 2 On DVD From Time Life & Star Vista

    Posted in Contests, Expired Contests by Gino Sassani on January 22nd, 2015

    We have some great friends over at Time Life and Star Vista. They’re you’re friends, too. This time it’s season 2 of The Wonder Years. Take a trip back in time to what it was like to be a kid in the 1960′s. Plus there’s Joe Cocker’s version of A Little Help From My Friends. It’s all here for a lucky Upcomingdiscs winner.

    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 was your best friend when you were 10?
    3. Only those comments that answer our question will be considered.

    Contest is now closed Winner is Lisa Smit

    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 Bridge Season 2

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on January 20th, 2015

    “It’s complicated.”

    Fox has decided to jump off The Bridge. In a move I find more than a little surprising, the show ends here with this second season. From the sets extras I get a strong idea that no one involved with the production saw it coming either. This was one of the better shows on television, and with Sons Of Anarchy also finished, Fox is losing some extraordinary quality to their lineup. At least Sons Of Anarchy got to run its course and tell its story. Sadly, the same can’t be said for The Bridge. I was looking forward to more from a show that was getting better as it moved into its own invention.
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    Contest: Win A Copy Of Mama’s Family: Season 4 or 6 From Time Life And Star Vista

    Posted in Contests, Expired Contests by Gino Sassani on January 19th, 2015

    We have some great friends over at Time Life and Star Vista. They’re you’re friends, too. They keep trying to make sure you get to spend enough time with Mama. Of course, we’re talking about Mama Harper and the gang at Mama’s Family. They’ve given us copies of both season 4 and 6 to give away. All you have to do is tell us which one you want. Each season will go to a lucky winner who wanted that season.

    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 – Which one do you want?
    3. Only those comments that answer our question will be considered.

    Contest is now closed Winners are Joni (season 4) & Roy Leader (season 6)

    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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    American Sniper

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on January 17th, 2015

    “The thing that haunts me are all the guys that I couldn’t save.”

    I have to admit I was a little skeptical that Clint Eastwood followed up his directing stint on Jersey Boys as quickly as he did to shoot American Sniper. The former was far from one of his better efforts, and he looked increasingly out of his element by the time it was said and done. He jumped into his preparation for American Sniper almost immediately, and the results could have been…underwhelming. Instead Eastwood hit his target with the kind of profound impact I don’t think I’ve seen from him since Unforgiven.
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    Exclusive Interview With Toby Stephens From Black Sails

    Posted in Podcasts by Gino Sassani on January 16th, 2015

    Black Sails fans rejoice. We’ve got another great interview for you. It’s back to the top of the call sheet once again. I had an opportunity to chat with Toby Stephens who plays Captain Flint on the show. He had some insightful things to say. He also gave us some sneak peeks for season 2. Bang it here to listen in on my chat with Toby Stephens.

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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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    Annabelle (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on January 13th, 2015

    “Since the beginning of civilization, dolls have been beloved by children, cherished by collectors and used in religious rites as conduits for good and evil.”

    The Conjuring was one of the best horror movies to come along in years. Why? Because it was a good scare with a story that didn’t totally insult our intelligence or leave us scratching our heads too many times. The movie also dealt with its own red herring of sorts in a possessed doll kept under wraps by that film’s hero couple.
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    Exclusive Interview With Hannah New Of Black Sails

    Posted in Podcasts by Gino Sassani on January 12th, 2015

    Anyone who has seen the Starz pirate drama Black Sails knows who Hannah New is. She plays the feisty Eleanor Guthrie. Eleanor runs the Island where all of the pirates sell their booty. It’s a powerful position for a woman of 1715. Hannah New is up to the challenge and I had a chance to chat with her recently about her role on Black Sails. She’s just as much fun as her character. Bang it here to listen in on my chat with Hannah New. There are a few clicks in the audio which were an unfortunate result of our telephone connection. It’s worth the patience.

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    12 Days Of Christmas Giveaways – Day 12: Dance Academy: Season 1

    Posted in Contests by Gino Sassani on January 5th, 2015

    On The Last Day Of Christmas New Video gives to you:

    Dance Academy: The Complete First Season. I hope our Christmas giveaways were enough to make you dance for joy. If not, we’ve got something that will at least get you dancing. We finish our gift-giving with the Teen Nick classic.

    To enter 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 will make you get up and dance in 2015?
    3. Only those comments that answer our question will be considered.

    Contest is now closed Winner is Melissa Fowers

    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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    Field Of Lost Shoes

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

    “Every year a parade is held at the Virginia Military Institute to honor cadets who gave their lives at a turning point during the American Civil War. On May 15, 1864 seven friends marched into the Battle of New Market. Only four came out.”

    There have been many films made about the Civil War, from the classic Gone With The Wind to the docudrama Gettysburg. It’s a story that deserves being told and thereby remaining in our memory now that none of the principals are alive to tell the story. Field Of Lost Shoes doesn’t really fit the classic or docudrama categories
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    12 Days Of Christmas Giveaways – Day 11: Cartoon Network: Holiday Collection

    Posted in Contests by Gino Sassani on January 4th, 2015

    On The Eleventh Day Of Christmas Cartoon Network gives to you:

    Cartoon Network: Holiday Collection. Episodes of Adventure Time, The Regular Show & The Amazing World Of Gumball help you keep that Christmas Spirit just a little while longer. There are a couple of bonus episode to give you 6 cartoons in all. It’ll be on its way to a lucky Upcomingdiscs winner.

    To enter 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 did you do to bring in the New Year?
    3. Only those comments that answer our question will be considered.

    Contest is now closed Winner is Tara Braun

    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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    12 Days Of Christmas Giveaways – Day 10: China Beach Season 1

    Posted in Contests by Gino Sassani on January 3rd, 2015

    On The Tenth Day Of Christmas Time Life / Star Vista gives to you:

    China Beach Season 1. We’ve got a special treat for you. Summer may be a long way ahead but we decided it was time to hit the beach once again, China Beach, that is. They’ve given us a copy of China Beach Season 1 on DVD and we’re giving it away to you. Catch Dana Delany, Marg Helgenberger and Robert Picardo before Desperate Housewives, CSI or Star Trek: Voyager. China Beach paid tribute to the vets of Vietnam. You can thank those wonderful elves over at Timeless Media and Star Vista.

    To enter 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- Have you ever won a prize from us, if so what? Did you enjoy your prize? Winning in the past will not change your chances of winning here. The winner will be selected totally by random. We use a computer random number generation program to pick our winners. I’m sure some of you have won more than once. We do not limit the number of times you can win here. We merely want to see how many of our past winners are out there these days.
    3. Only those comments that answer our question will be considered.

    Contest is now closed Winner is Brenda Donoho

    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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