• Forum
  • Author Archive

    12 Days Of Christmas Giveaways – Day 6: Greenleaf Season 1 From Lionsgate

    Posted in Contests by Gino Sassani on December 30th, 2016

    On The Sixth Day Of Christmas Lionsgate Gives To You:

    Greenleaf Season 1 on Blu-ray. Greenleaf is a show that points out that even the most righteous and respected have their flaws, and we get a glimpse at how this family confronts these indiscretions for better or for worse. You can check out Brent’s review Here. Then enter to win a copy for your family. Thanks to the happy elves over at Lionsgate.

    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 was the best television show of 2016?
    3. Only those comments that answer our question will be considered.

    Contest is now closed Winner is J

    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.

     

    CommentComments (24)

    12 Days Of Christmas Giveaways – Day 5: Presenting Princess Shaw & Sunset Song On DVD From Magnolia

    Posted in Contests by Gino Sassani on December 29th, 2016

    On The Fifth Day Of Christmas Magnolia Home Entertainment Studios Gives To You:

    Two titles on DVD. First up is Presenting Princess Shaw, the amazing story of struggling musician Princess Shaw, who made her dreams a reality by inspiring a Youtube star to work with her and change both of their lives. The second title is Sunset Song, based on the heartwarming novel by Lewis Grassic Gibbon. It tells the story of a young woman’s struggles against the world of World War I Scotland. I have two copies of each film to give away thanks to our Holiday pals at Magnolia Home Entertainment.

    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 – Which film would you like to win?
    3. Only those comments that answer our question will be considered.

    Contest is now closed Winners are Alyssa Christian & Nancy 

    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.

     

    CommentComments (24)

    12 Days Of Christmas Giveaways – Day 4: Storks In 3D From Warner Brothers

    Posted in Contests by Gino Sassani on December 28th, 2016

    On The Fourth Day Of Christmas Warner Brothers Gives To You:

    Storks in 3D  on Blu-ray. You have to have a 3D player and television in order to play this 3D disc. Storks don’t deliver babies anymore, but someone forgot to tell Tulip. The zany computer-animated feature film stars the voices of Andy Samburg, Kelsey Grammer, Jennifer Aniston, and Katie Crown as Tulip.

    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 is your favorite animated Christmas special of all time?
    3. Only those comments that answer our question will be considered.

    Contest is now closed Winner is Elizabeth Brooks 

    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.

    CommentComments (32)

    12 Days Of Christmas Giveaways – Day 3: The Secret Life of Pets On Blu-ray

    Posted in Uncategorized by Gino Sassani on December 27th, 2016

    On The Third Day Of Christmas Universal Studios Gives To You:

    The Secret Lives Of Pets  on Blu-ray. Kevin Hart chews up carrots along with the scenery in this computer-animated feature film. Max & Duke are two unlikely dogs who end up on the adventure of a lifetime. The film also features the voice talents of Louis C.K., Albert Brooks & Eric Stonestreet.

    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 kind of a pet, if any do you own?
    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, Jan. 29th, 2017.
    Please – only one contest entry per person!

    CommentComments (0)

    12 Days Of Christmas Giveaways – Day 2: Chicago Cubs 2016 World Series Collector’s Edition From Shout Factory

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

    On The Second Day Of Christmas Shout Factory Gives To You:

    2016 World Series Champions: The Chicago Cubs on Blu-ray. Cubs fans have been waiting 100 years for a World Series championship. Now the fans won’t have to wait near that long to have the entire series on Blu-ray. This collection includes all 7 games plus plenty of bonus material. The Cubs overcame being down 3 games to 1 and gave baseball it’s most exciting finish in decades. You also get game 6 of the NLCS. All games are complete. You won’t miss a single pitch. You don’t have to be from Chicago to win this wonderful prize.

    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 is your favorite sports team of any sport? There’s a super bonus World Series disc in it for someone who can guess Gino’s favorite football team.
    3. Only those comments that answer our question will be considered.

    Contest is now closed Winners are Bob Trimple and Leslie Crosbie guessed my team as the Vikings and gets the single disc version.

    You could have found that info in several reviews. Way to go Leslie!

    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.

    CommentComments (12)

    12 Days Of Christmas Giveaways – Day 1: Sully On Blu-ray From Warner Brothers

    Posted in Contests by Gino Sassani on December 25th, 2016

    It’s back. Upcomingdiscs proudly presents our annual 12 Days Of Christmas Giveaways. We’re running a new contest for each of the 12 Days Of Christmas.

    On The First Day Of Christmas Warner Brothers Gives To You:

    Sully on Blu-ray. It’s the latest from Clint Eastwood and Tom Hanks. Sully tells the true story of airline pilot Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger, who made an emergency water landing on the Hudson River. Everyone survived. You can bring home the real story thanks to Warner Brothers Home Entertainment.

    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 – Will you/did you go anywhere for the holidays this year? If so, where?
    3. Only those comments that answer our question will be considered.

    Contest is now closed Winner is Carrie Rae Brown

    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.

    CommentComments (36)

    Congratulations To Jeremy Butler And His New Family

    Posted in Site News by Gino Sassani on December 23rd, 2016

    You haven’t heard much from Jeremy Butler for a while. That’s because he spent a few weeks in Japan and didn’t even bring me a pet Godzilla when he returned. What  did he do upon his return? He got married… to two women. Actually he married Jessica, who has a young daughter Nalyce, and the three of them made it official today. I have it on good authority that Jessica has excellent taste in music as well as men. Please join me in welcoming Jessica and Nalyce to the Upcomingdiscs family. We wish them many years of memories and movies together. Congrats guys!

    jeremywed

    CommentComments (1)

    Holiday Gift Guide Spotlight: 2016’s Best Holiday Gift: The Oppo UDP-203

    Posted in Holiday Gift Guides by Gino Sassani on December 23rd, 2016

    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. 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.

    Hands down the best gift you can give that home theater expert is the new Oppo UDP-203. It’s exactly what I would have asked for if I didn’t already have one fresh off the manufacturing presses.
    Read the rest of this entry »

    CommentComments (0)

    Exclusive Interview With Robert Matzen: Author Of Mission: Jimmy Stewart And The Fight For Europe

    Posted in Podcasts, Uncategorized by Gino Sassani on December 22nd, 2016

    We already told you about Mission: Jimmy Stewart And The Fight For Europe. I couldn’t put it down. It was an extra treat for me because I knew I was going to be talking to author Robert Matzen. I finally reached the end and had my conversation with the writer. I found him just as engaging in person as he was in the book. We could have talked for hours. Unfortunately we didn’t have that kind of time. Now you can hear what all the excitement was about. Bang it here to listen in on my chat with Robert Matzen.
    Read the rest of this entry »

    CommentComments (0)

    Sully (UHD Blu-ray) (4K)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on December 21st, 2016

    Clint Eastwood is 86 years old. He is also one of the best film directors working today. His latest film shows no signs of a man winding down his life, let alone his career. I obviously hinted that most other actors (or directors) his age have long ago died or checked into a nursing home. Eastwood looks lean and mean and still directs that way. Eastwood is interesting, as well, because he tends to pick projects that are outside the Hollywood studio corporate thinking. In other words, Eastwood is his own man and does pretty much anything he wants. His films as an actor and director have courted controversy way back to the days of Dirty Harry and A Fistful of Dollars. His films as a director and his personal political views are always full of contradictions that suggest a vibrant, searching mind. Sully is Eastwood’s latest film, starring Tom Hanks, and it is deceptively complex as well. On one level, Sully is a textbook depiction of a famous true life event.
    Read the rest of this entry »

    CommentComments (0)

    Holiday Gift Guide Spotlight: Paramount TV On DVD

    Posted in Holiday Gift Guides by Gino Sassani on December 21st, 2016

    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. 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. This time we look at some season sets available for Christmas this year from Paramount Television and Showtime
    Read the rest of this entry »

    CommentComments (0)

    Holiday Gift Guide Spotlight: Fox Cinema Archive

    Posted in Holiday Gift Guides by Gino Sassani on December 19th, 2016

    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. 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. Fox has opened their vaults for the fans of classic movies. It’s part of their Cinema Archives Collection on DVD, and we have five of them to recommend to you here
    Read the rest of this entry »

    CommentComments (0)

    Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

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

    “You have to start somewhere.”

    I could sense a great disturbance in the Force. I could not quite put my finger on the reason, but there appeared to be much to worry about with the debut of the first ever Star Wars film that was not one of the driving episodes in the epic story of the Skywalker family and friends. There was worry that Disney might have been pushing their luck with these sidetrack stories. The Force Awakens was very good, but should the Mouse House really be tempting fate with such “filler” material? Then there were the disturbing reports that the film required so many rewrites that as much as $5 million had been spent on the services of Tony Gilroy to provide those touch-ups
    Read the rest of this entry »

    CommentComments (0)

    Holiday Gift Guide Spotlight: Paramount TV On Blu-ray

    Posted in Holiday Gift Guides by Gino Sassani on December 14th, 2016

    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. 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. Let’s take a look at what Paramount has to offer in the television on Blu-ray department
    Read the rest of this entry »

    CommentComments (0)

    Oppo Announces It’s UHD Blu-ray Player: Meet The UDP-203

    Posted in Release Announcements by Gino Sassani on December 12th, 2016

    We were one of the first sites to start reviewing UHD Blu-ray releases. I managed to get my hands on the Samsung player a bit early and started reporting on those first discs. What you don’t know is how much of a pain that Samsung player really is. From the remote down to the function it is a bit of a nightmare to operate. Of course, I’ve been spoiled by the Oppo players I usually use for my reviews here. Oppo took their time launching their unit. I suspect they wanted to make sure they got it right. You have been emailing me for months about an Oppo UHD player. I was sworn to secrecy…until now. Meet the Oppo UDP-203. I’ll be reviewing a unit as soon as I can get my hands on one. I’m told it will be soon. For now here’s the official press release from Oppo
    Read the rest of this entry »

    CommentComments (0)

    Holiday Gift Guide Spotlight: Mission: Jimmy Stewart and the Fight for Europe

    Posted in Holiday Gift Guides by Gino Sassani on December 12th, 2016

    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. 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. You should not just be considering home video for that special person on your shopping list. This time of the year Jimmy Stewart often comes to mind. Of course, there’s the annual classic showings of It’s A Wonderful Life. But Jimmy Stewart was more than an Academy Award-winning actor. He was a bomber pilot during World War II. Stewart didn’t like to talk about his service and so most of us know very little about those days.

    Now Robert Matzen has written Mission: Jimmy Stewart And The Fight For Europe. It’s a wonderful (pardon the pun) look at those days of heroic service. Matzen takes us inside of Stewart’s own thoughts and feelings thanks to interviews with surviving brothers in arms. He’s scoured Stewart’s own words and the histories that exist out there. This is a Jimmy Stewart so much like the man we remember from the movies, yet so much more complicated and courageous. This is a fascinating read. I’m going to be talking with the author next week and I can’t wait to share that chat with all of you here. In the meantime, you might want to check this book out to round out your Christmas shopping lists. I’m reading it now and it’s been hard to put down. Now you know why I’m falling behind on my work here. I’m going to be telling you more soon.

    CommentComments (0)

    Congratulations to John Ceballos And His New Bride Katie!

    Posted in Site News by Gino Sassani on December 1st, 2016

    Senior reviewer John Ceballos took some time away from watching movies Thursday. We have to forgive him for that because he used the time rather wisely. John got married today to Katie. The family also includes 3 corgis that I get to babysit sometimes. Please join me in wishing them all the best in their life together and in welcoming Katie (and the corgis) to the Upcomingdiscs family. If you’re worried John might get distracted it should be noted that he found the time to file a review even on his wedding day.

    johnkatie

    Congrats Guys!

    CommentComments (0)

    The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1(UHD Blu-ray) (4K)

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

    “In penance for their uprising each district shall offer up a male and female between the ages of 12 and 18 at a public reaping. These tributes shall be delivered to the custody of the Capitol and then transferred to a public arena where they will fight to the death, until a lone victor remains. Henceforth and forevermore this pageant shall be known as The Hunger Games.”

    Now that all four films are out on UHD Blu-ray in glorious 4K, we have the opportunity to view them all again from the very beginning. It’s easier to catch the subtle nuances that were planted in the earlier films that would pay off over the four-film run. It took us four years to do that originally. Now you can do it in a day. Gino Sassani takes us on the next part of that journey with The Hunger Games The Mockingjay Part 1 (2014).
    Read the rest of this entry »

    CommentComments (0)

    Pete’s Dragon (2016) (Blu-ray)

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

    “Sometimes a dragon gets lost…and winds up far from his home.” 

    It appears to be the intention at Walt Disney Studios that each of its animated classics is to be remade as a live-action film. You can certainly understand the why that might be so. Computer-generated images have passed into the realm of photo-realistic presentations. Today there isn’t anything you can’t bring into the “real” world to interact with actual flesh and blood actors. The concept brought us the brilliant Jon Favreau version of The Jungle Book. Not all of these attempts have been or will be quite so successful. I count Pete’s Dragon among one of those lesser-than films.
    Read the rest of this entry »

    CommentComments (0)

    Holiday Gift Guide Spotlight: Shout Factory

    Posted in Holiday Gift Guides by Gino Sassani on November 30th, 2016

    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. 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. This Christmas season is the time to give the gift of 4K. Shout Factory has found the perfect movies to allow your special someone to see the true potential of 4K.
    Read the rest of this entry »

    CommentComments (0)

    Mechanic: Resurrection (UHD Blu-ray) (4K)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on November 29th, 2016

    1n 1972 Charles Bronson played The Mechanic, Arthur Bishop. He was a hitman with a high level of skill. When he tries to pass on that skill, he’s betrayed, and he has to get himself a heaping helping of revenge. In 2011 Bronson did indeed pass the character to Jason Statham when the film was remade. Unfortunately, Bronson had passed in 2003 and couldn’t actually pass the torch on the screen. Statham turned the character into more of an action anti-hero, and the film really didn’t perform at the box office. It never made back its budget in the domestic market and barely made money when the worldwide take was finally counted.
    Read the rest of this entry »

    CommentComments (0)

    Bad Santa 2

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on November 27th, 2016

    “Santa ain’t no arms dealer?”

    OK, maybe he’s not selling arms to the Middle East, but when Billy Bob Thornton puts on the Santa suit, there’s no telling what kind of dirty dealing might be going on. Bad Santa was a kind of surprise hit back in 2003. It made a respectable $60 million at the box office and pretty much disappeared from most people’s holiday film radar. Let’s be honest here. Bad Santa wasn’t going to make the list for traditional family gatherings in quite the same way as It’s A Wonderful Life, Miracle On 34th Street, or even among the irreverent favorites like A Christmas Story. I just can’t see the grandkids on granddad’s knee watching Santa tell some kid to go f#%@ himself.
    Read the rest of this entry »

    CommentComments (0)

    Holiday Gift Guide Spotlight: Universal Studios

    Posted in Holiday Gift Guides by Gino Sassani on November 25th, 2016

    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. 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. We shine our first spotlight on two great gift ideas from Universal Studios
    Read the rest of this entry »

    CommentComments (0)

    Allied

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on November 25th, 2016

    Brad Pitt appears to be making this World War II thing a bit of a niche. In recent years he went from Inglourious Basterds to the superior Fury and now to Allied. I wish I could say that he’s getting better, but Allied marks a step backwards for the actor in more ways than just the performance. It’s an unfortunate aspect of Hollywood that sexy rumors and scandals sell more theater tickets than a good movie. Hollywood power couple Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have called it quits, and the scuttlebutt is that it was Pitt’s fling with Allied co-star Marion Cotillard that caused the split. I don’t know if any of that is true and honestly wouldn’t care a hill of beans if it were. I only bring it up because if Pitt was having some kind of on-set torrid romance, it’s a shame that none of that passion ever made it to the screen. These two have about as much romantic chemistry as Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. (Too soon?) If only that were all there was to sink this period drama.
    Read the rest of this entry »

    CommentComments (0)

    Happy Thanksgiving

    Posted in Site News by Gino Sassani on November 24th, 2016

    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.

    CommentComments (0)
    CSS Template by RamblingSoul | Tomodachi theme by Theme Lab