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    Danny Collins

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on April 7th, 2015

    “The following is kind of based on a true story, a little bit.” 

    In 2005 British folk singer/songwriter Steve Tilston found out something amazing had happened to him but he never knew it. John Lennon had written a letter to him in 1971 providing him with some career encouragement and his home phone number. It was after an interview with the musician in ZigZag Magazine revealed that Lennon was one of Tilston’s idols that got the attention of the former Beatle
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    The Rewrite (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on April 4th, 2015

    “It’s a comedy…hopefully.”

    It’s been six years since Hugh Grant teamed up with director Marc Lawrence. It’s their fourth collaboration. It doesn’t appear that Lawrence is willing to direct a film that doesn’t feature Hugh Grant, because he hasn’t. Let’s just say the fourth time wasn’t the charm. In fact, it wasn’t even all that charming. And the problem is that Grant and Lawrence have attempted to build careers out of making Grant charming. By now they’re just trying too hard, and the result is a poor showing that was in desperate need of a Rewrite.
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    Daryl Hall & John Oates: Live in Dublin (Blu-ray)

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

    They started as a local band in Philadelphia. By 1972 they had released their first album on the national stage called Whole Oates. The duo has been together for over 40 years and have remained playing through most of that time. Even with stops for solo projects, Daryl Hall and John Oates have remained a team throughout those years. It’s rather rare for a rock team to remain together and friends for so long. Their endurance has paid off in so many ways, but 2014 would be a year they would see a lot of that hard work and partnership be recognized as they became the first Philly band inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame.
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    Exclusive Interview With Lachlan Buchanan Of Muck

    Posted in Podcasts by Gino Sassani on March 31st, 2015

    There’s a new horror film out from Anchor Bay. It’s called Muck, and it’s actually the middle part of a trilogy. If you find that more than a little bit confusing, Upcomingdiscs is here to help you sort it all out. We’re going to be delivering a series of interviews with cast and crew to answer all of those burning questions. Our final interview was plagued with some connection issues so I won’t get to share much of my interview with Lachlan Buchanan. He plays Troit in the film. It’s only a snippet but you should bang it here to listen to some of my chat with Lachlan Buchanan.

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    Reviewers Wanted: Join The Upcomingdisc Family

    Posted in News and Opinions, Site News by Gino Sassani on March 26th, 2015

    As more and more titles pour into our offices here at Upcomingdiscs, we find ourselves in need of more writers.

    If you think you might like to write for the site, click on the rest of this post for more information. Please read the entire post carefully before you apply.


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    Penguins of Madagascar (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on March 26th, 2015

    “Antarctica, an inhospitable wasteland, but even here, on the Earth’s frozen bottom, we find life. And not just any life: penguins. Joyous, frolicking, waddling, cute and cuddly life. Look at them, tumbling onto their chubby bum bums. Who could take these frisky snow-clowns… seriously?”

    This one has been a long time coming. I like the Madagascar movies and have been fairly positive about them in these pages. Each time I pointed out that the highlight of these films were the antics of those military-minded penguins and their grand schemes.
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    A MusiCares Tribute To Paul McCartney (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on March 26th, 2015

    I’m not really a big Beatles fan. That will shock, anger, and dismay many of you. Sure, I’ve got a couple of favorites, but nothing I feel the need to hear over and over again. Now, with that said, I am a fan of Paul McCartney. Of all the Beatles he has evolved the most. He has gone from a kid who was nothing really special, just in the right place at the right time, to a very accomplished musician. Few musicians today can match his performance skills on almost any instrument. While a lot of celebrities talk about compassionate subjects, I get the impression McCartney is more sincere than most. Perhaps it’s this sincerity that makes him such a good songwriter.
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    Exclusive Interview With Laura Jacobs From Muck

    Posted in Podcasts by Gino Sassani on March 25th, 2015

    There’s a new horror film out from Anchor Bay. It’s called Muck, and it’s actually the middle part of a trilogy. If you find that more than a little bit confusing, Upcomingdiscs is here to help you sort it all out. We’re going to be delivering a series of interviews with cast and crew to answer all of those burning questions. This time it was actress Laura Jacobs who spent some time talking to me. She talked about the film and her budding music career. Bang it here to listen to my chat with Laura Jacobs.

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    The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (Blu-ray 3D)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on March 23rd, 2015

    “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. There is certainly enough work from Tolkien to support future adventures, but the rights to anything beyond these books belongs to the Tolkien estate.
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    WKRP In Cincinnati: Seasons 1 & 2

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on March 23rd, 2015

    “Baby, if you’ve ever wondered, wondered whatever became of me. I’m living on the air in Cincinnati,
    Cincinnati, WKRP. “

    It almost sounds like a take on Harry Chapin’s WOLD, and in many ways it is. The song was hot for a while on radio stations. It seems that DJ’s couldn’t resist songs about DJ’s. Who saw that coming? Of course, the song is the opening theme to WKRP In Cincinnati. The show is back on DVD thanks to the folks at Shout Factory. If that’s not big news, this absolutely is.
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    Exclusive Interview With Steve Wolsh: Writer/Director Of Muck

    Posted in Podcasts by Gino Sassani on March 22nd, 2015

    There’s a new horror film out from Anchor Bay. It’s called Muck, and it’s actually the middle part of a trilogy. If you find that more than a little bit confusing, Upcomingdiscs is here to help you sort it all out. We’re going to be delivering a series of interviews with cast and crew to answer all of those burning questions. For our second interview we decided to go the big guy himself. No we’re not talking about Mr. Carlson from WKRP. (That comes later). Of course, I’m talking about Steve Wolsh. He’s the writer and director of the ambitious project. He took the time to talk to us twice last week. Trust me, you’ll want to hear what he’s got to say. Bang it here to listen to my chat with Steve Wolsh.

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    Exclusive Interview With Bryce Draper Of Muck

    Posted in Podcasts by Gino Sassani on March 20th, 2015

    There’s a new horror film out from Anchor Bay. It’s called Muck, and it’s actually the middle part of a trilogy. If you find that more than a little bit confusing, Upcomingdiscs is here to help you sort it all out. We’re going to be delivering a series of interviews with cast and crew to answer all of those burning questions. My first talk was with Bryce Draper. He’s a newcomer to feature films, and he’s hip-deep in the Muck now. He’s pretty enthusiastic about it all. Bang it here to listen in on my chat with Bryce Draper.

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    Exclusive Interview With Samuel Roukin From Turn: Washington’s Spies

    Posted in Podcasts by Gino Sassani on March 19th, 2015

    Everybody is talking about the next James Bond movie. It seems we’ve been fascinated by the spy genre since the early 1960′s. AMC has added a new wrinkle to the spy game with Turn: Washington’s Spies. When we say Washington we’re not talking about the city. We’re talking General Washington, George Washington. It’s a revolutionary show about a real-life spy ring from America’s fight for independence. Joining the redcoats is Samuel Roukin. He plays the nasty Captain Simcoe. I had the chance to chat with Samuel and he had some very cool insights into the character and the show. He even reveals a secret about the original fate of Simcoe that you are going to want to hear. He also gives us a sneak peak at season 2. The first season is now out from Anchor Bay. Bang it here to listen to my chat with Samuel Roukin
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    Live At Knebworth (SD Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on March 19th, 2015

    Anyone who has ever played an instrument or sung understands the therapeutic powers of music. In England they have been using that idea to help physically disadvantaged children with music at the Nordoff-RobbinsMusicCenter in London’s KentishTown. The institute was founded by American composer Paul Nordoff and British teacher Clive Robbins. They have thousands of success stories. We’re talking children who had closed themselves off from the world around them, many who had stopped speaking or communicating at all.
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    Star Trek: The Original Series – Captain Kirk’s Boldest Missions

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on March 18th, 2015

    “Space…The Final Frontier. These are the voyages of the Starship Enterprise. Its 5-year mission: to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no man has gone before!”

    I wish I could say that this new 2-DVD set of Star Trek episodes had gone where none had gone before.
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    3 Holes And A Smoking Gun

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on March 16th, 2015

    Most films start with a screenplay. Certainly the true genesis is usually an idea or concept, but the film starts to take shape around a screenplay. Never has that been more true then with 3 Holes And A Smoking Gun. In fact, you could say it has a killer script. I’m not actually talking about the one written by Scott Fivelson for the movie. And, when I say killer, I’m not being at all figurative. This is a script that people will literally kill for, hence the smoking gun in the title. That’s not to say that Fivelson’s work isn’t pretty good here. It’s quite clever, but it’s not the dominating aspect of this particular movie. That comes later.
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    Da Vinci’s Demons Season 2 (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on March 11th, 2015

    “I’m Leonardo da Vinci. Revolutionary painter, artist and visionary, of the Republic of Florence.”

    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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    Exclusive Interview With James Wilder From 3 Holes And A Smoking Gun

    Posted in Podcasts by Gino Sassani on March 11th, 2015

    James Wilder gets to play a killer screenwriter in 3 Holes And A Smoking Gun. He’s getting quite a bit of recognition for the performance. In addition to snagging the Independent Spirit Award at the upcoming Garden State Film Festival, he also won Best Actor Award at the Winter Film Awards. If you want to know why, you should check out the film. In the meantime, I had a chance to talk to James about it all. You can catch some of his insights before you watch the film. Bang it here to listen in on my chat with James Wilder.

     

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    Contest: Win A Copy Of Bank$tas On DVD From Arc Entertainment

    Posted in Contests by Gino Sassani on March 11th, 2015

    Hopefully, you’ve checked out my interview with Michael Seater from Bank$tas. We’re not finished with that film yet. Jeremy’s got the review coming up and our buddies over at Arc Entertainment figured you guys might have your own financial crises and want a chance to win a copy for yourself. I’m guessing they were right. So, they’ve given us 3 copies to give away right here.

    To win a copy, just follow these simple 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 would you buy first if you won a million bucks?
    3. Only those comments that answer our question will be considered.

    Contest is now closed Winners are Melissa Thomas, Lisa & Cathleen

    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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    Exclusive Interview With Michael Seater From Bank$tas

    Posted in Podcasts by Gino Sassani on March 8th, 2015

    Can you mine comedy out of a financial crises and the student loan issues in this country. You can if you’re Arc Entertainment. They’re releasing Bank$tas on DVD Tuesday. I got the chance to talk with one of the film’s stars. Michael Seater might be best known to fans from Bomb Girls and Life With Derek. He gets to play in the world of high finance with the likes of Alan Thicke and Supergirl herself Laura Vandervoort. Bang it here to check out my chat with Michael Seater.

     

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    Breaking Amish Los Angeles: Season 1

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on March 6th, 2015

    When Stephen King wrote The Running Man back in 1982, he might very well have been looking through a crystal ball at the television landscape of the 21st century. While we haven’t started executing criminals in game-show fashion …yet … reality television has had a huge impact on our pop culture. From Big Brother to Survivor, Americans continue to get their kicks watching attention-needy “contestants” engage in silly little dramas and the occasional shoving match. Maybe we should blame it all on Jerry Springer.
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    Sons of Anarchy: Season 7 (Blu-ray)

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

    “Remember when our biggest problem was which Mayan to kill?”

    All good things come to an end, and all rides eventually reach their destination. It’s all come home for the gang at Sons of Anarchy, and you can believe that if anyone is left standing when it’s over, there will be scars. Kurt Sutter has taken the culture of the motorcycle club, don’t call them a gang, and made it accessible to a regular audience. He did that not by attempting to overwhelm us with the iconography of the genre.
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    Zombieworld

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on March 2nd, 2015

    “The world has indeed gone topsy turvy”.

    It’s as inevitable as death and taxes. When you review movies that come out on home video, you will see a lot of zombie films. Every wannabe filmmaker with a camcorder and 20 bucks thinks they can break into the business with a few staggering zombies, bare breasts and a screaming hero laying down profanities and head shots for 80 minutes.
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    Leonard Nimoy 1931-2015

    Posted in Tribute by Gino Sassani on February 28th, 2015

    “We are assembled here today to pay final respects to our honored dead. And yet it should be noted that in the midst of our sorrow, this death takes place in the shadow of new life, the sunrise of a new world; a world that our beloved comrade gave his life to protect and nourish. He did not feel this sacrifice a vain or empty one, and we will not debate his profound wisdom at these proceedings. Of my friend, I can only say this: of all the souls I have encountered in my travels, his was the most… human.”

    Many of the headlines read: “Spock is dead”. Of course, that’s not really true. Spock is a fictional character that will live on likely longer than any of us. But fans of science fiction in general and Star Trek fans in particularly have lost a friend today who was very human. Leonard Nimoy was 83. 
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    The Homesman (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on February 25th, 2015

    “There’s been some trouble with the women hereabouts…it’s bad.” 

    What exactly is a Western? That’s the question that the cast and crew of The Homesman struggle with here. They appear to be divided on the subject, and the same sentiment will likely make this one a little harder to pigeonhole. That’s not necessarily important except when it comes to marketing a film. An audience wants some kind of an idea what they’re getting when they see it on the shelf of their local video store. Tommy Lee Jones wrote, directed and stared in this period piece, and he’d rather you not call it a Western. Others connected with the film are on board with the genre label.
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