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    Ghost Town (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on July 30th, 2015

    Shout Factory has brought yet another 1980’s Empire Pictures horror film to high definition on Blu-ray. This is another one of those Schlock-O-Rama films that are best viewed with a group of friends. While it’s certainly a step ahead of some recent entries on this list, there’s plenty of fun to be had in a gathering. This release also has the advantage of just one film on the disc. Of course, I’m talking about Ghost Town, directed by Richard Governor, but did you know that Mac Ahlberg of Ghoulies and Re-Animator fame was an uncredited assistant director on the film? The man’s a pretty good cinematographer, and his eye lends itself to a better-looking shoot with more atmosphere than you might ordinarily find on these things.
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    10 Cent Pistol

    Posted in Podcasts by Gino Sassani on July 30th, 2015

    In August Entertainment One will be releasing 10 Cent Pistol. The film is about two brothers who deal with the L.A. underworld. What better way to make that work than casting two actual brothers in the roles? It’s a great idea, and those two brothers are Damon and JT Alexander. I spent a few minutes on the phone with them both, and it was a great time. We talked about the movie, brothers, and folding your pizza. Want to know what that’s all about? There are only two ways to find out. Watch the film when it releases. You can also bang it here to listen to my chat with The Alexander Brothers

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    Helix: Season Two

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

    It’s almost upon us. After many long years and two less-than-stellar films, the original X-Files is returning to its rightful place on television. In the years since it left the airwaves, there have been many attempts to recreate its style and place in the hearts of fans. Helix was an attempt to take something that would have been a great X-Files episodes and turn it into a complete series franchise of its own. You remember the scenario. Mulder and Scully would be locked in the arctic where an ancient disease or worm would contaminate the people there. It would be up to these guys to solve the mystery and rescue what was left of the base scientists.
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    Tuesday Round Up: July 28, 2015

    Posted in Tuesday Round Up by Gino Sassani on July 27th, 2015

    Howdy, Partners. Johnny’s working down at the bunkhouse today, so here I am to let you know what might be causing a stampede down at your local video store. It’s a slow week here on the ranch, but that doesn’t mean we won’t be bringing you a few things to look at. We already have the early review up for Magnolia’s White God out on Blu-ray. I’ll be telling you more about Sony’s release of the final season of Sy-Fy’s Helix. Shout offers up some more “Shlock-O-Rama” with the release of Ghost Town. I’ll be sharing my thoughts on that one later, as well.

    There are a few other titles of note this week. MPI circles back with Comet. Monarch declares She Loves Me Not. Section 23 delivers a 5-disc high-definition Anime collection on Blu-ray with No Game No Life. We’re looking forward to hearing what you’re planning to pick up this week.

    And, Partners, don’t forget. If you’ll be making that video withdrawal from Amazon, lasso yourself one of our many links to get there. It helps keep us going here on the Upcomingdiscs ranch. Until next week, share some light with someone this week… television light, that is.

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    Southpaw

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

    “Don’t get hit too much.”

    Come on, it’s the fight game. Warren Zevon said it best when he told us the name of the game was to be hit and hit back. If Southpaw highlights anything about the fight game, it’s that basic principle. Director Antoine Fuqua makes sure that we see the physical toll of a fight in all its slow motion and gory detail. Such painful detail can be tiresome if there isn’t something else to balance the experience. Southpaw certainly has that. But is it really enough?
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    Ex Machina (Blu-ray)

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

    “You wanna see something cool?”

    If you’re old enough to remember audio tape, you might be old enough to remember Memorex. If you remember Memorex, you should recall their popular slogan: “Is it live or is it Memorex?”. Of course, the idea was that the tape quality was so good you couldn’t distinguish it from the real thing. What if robotics and artificial intelligence reached that same plateau? The point where you could not tell the difference between an actual human being and an artificial one.
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    Ancient Aliens: Season 7 – Volume 1 (Blu-ray)

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

    “Millions of people around the world believe we have been visited in the past by extraterrestrial beings. What if it were true? Did ancient aliens really help to shape our history? And if so, what if there were clues left behind, something hiding in plain sight? What if we could find that evidence?”

    Ever since Eric von Daniken released his speculative book and its subsequent 1970 film Chariots of the Gods, there has been an entire field of study created around something commonly called Ancient Astronaut Theory, the idea is that extraterrestrials have visited many of our ancient civilizations.
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    WKRP In Cincinnati: Season 3

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on July 22nd, 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.
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    Contest: Win Mama’s Family: Mama’s Favorites – Season 6 On DVD

    Posted in Contests by Gino Sassani on July 20th, 2015

    How long has it been since you’ve spent some time with Mama? It’s hard to believe that it’s been almost 25 years. Our good friends at StarVista have decided that it’s just been too dang long. Of course, we’re talking about the television classic Mama’s Family staring Vicki Lawrence. We’re teaming up to give you a good deal of time to spend with Mama. It’s called Mama’s Favorites and it’s a DVD with 6 of Vicki Lawrence’s hand-picked favorite episodes from season 6.

    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 – Give a shout out to your own Mama. Tell us something about her.
    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, August 30th, 2015.
    Please – only one contest entry per person!

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    Mr. Holmes

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

    “Different thing, entirely.” 

    I have been a fan of Sherlock Holmes since I was a kid. Mixed amidst those Universal horror films I watched with my Pop on weekend chiller shows was an occasional Universal Holmes film with Basil Rathbone as the master of deduction. Soon followed the Doyle books, and a new world was opened for me forever. Since those days we have seen every kind of incarnation of the character possible, or so I thought. I’ve seen Holmes as a child in Spielberg’s Young Sherlock Holmes. There have been several comedies and even a musical or two. Robert Downey Jr. has turned him into an action hero, and Benedict Cumberbatch has brought him into the modern world.
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    Cellar Dweller / Catacombs (Blu-ray)

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

    “The devil can touch you and leave his mark. Just so he doesn’t steal your soul.”

    You might say that the devil made them do it. Shout Factory utilizes their Scream Factory moniker to deliver another doubleheader horror-fest from the 1980’s. Many of us love to be touched by a little evil, so long as it’s some harmless fun from a horror movie. While I’m not a huge fan of having two or more films on one disc, this pretty much amounts to the same as the standard four episodes on a disc that you’ll find in many television releases in high definition.
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    We’ve Changed Our Look A Bit

    Posted in Site News by Gino Sassani on July 15th, 2015

    We’ve been thinking about changing our look. Over the years we’ve asked you guys what you wanted to see change. Most of you told us to leave things alone. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. We agree. We did decide to change our logo. Thanks to our reviewer Deb and her company The Write One Creative Services we finally have a logo of our own. For 6 years we’ve had Kate Beckinsale and The Enterprise watching over us. Don’t worry. They’re still at our Facebook page. We hope that you like it. Please feel free to leave your comments. Better yet, enter the Freedom contest and give us your feedback while entering to win a free DVD. At Upcomingdiscs: the best is yet to come.

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    Contest: Win Freedom On DVD From ARC Entertainment

    Posted in Contests by Gino Sassani on July 15th, 2015

    Our friends at ARC Entertainment have sent over three copies of their latest DVD release. It’s called Freedom and it has a stellar cast that inlcudes Cuba Gooding, Jr. and William Sadler. It’s the tale of two different men and their daring path to freedom. One braves the high seas while another is a slave fleeing a Virginia plantation, a slave hunter always hot on his trail. The stories are inspiring and three lucky winners will own the film.

    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 – We’ve just changed our logo. Tell us what you think of it. Be honest. Your answer will not alter your chances of winning. If you can’t see it: hit ctrl+R to refresh your browser.
    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, August 30th, 2015.
    Please – only one contest entry per person!

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    The Outing / The Godsend (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on July 15th, 2015

    At the end of 2013 Shout Factory released a horror marathon on DVD called Scream Factory All Night Marathon. OK, so it only had four films averaging about 90 minutes each, hardly all night. But it was a nice collection of more obscure 1980’s horror that made a rather nice night in with the boys…or the girls. Two of those films have now found their way to a single Blu-ray disc and released by…you guessed it, Shout’s Scream Factory division. While I’m not a huge fan of having two or more films on one disc, this pretty much amounts to the same as the standard four episodes on a disc that you’ll find in many television releases in high definition.
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    All Quiet On The Western Front:The Uncut Edition (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on July 15th, 2015

    “This story is to be neither an accusation nor a confession, and least of all an adventure, for death is not an adventure to those who stand face to face with it. It will try simply to tell of a generation of men who, even though they may have escaped its shells, were destroyed by the war” – Erich Maria Remarque

    Like most people from my generation, I suspect, I saw this version of All Quiet On The Western Front first in a high school history class. I can’t for the moment recall if it had been a world history class or American history.
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    Kill Me Three Times (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on July 14th, 2015

    “What you’re talking about is a one-way street, you understand? Once you start there is no going back.”

    Ah, but there is going back if you’re watching Kill Me Three Times. I don’t necessarily mean that you’ll want to watch the film over again (you might). Kill Me Three Times is a bit of a collection of vignettes that continue to circle back upon each other. Each time you get a different perspective or a bit of new information is unveiled. For those of you who insist on a linear logic to your films, this one’s not for you. In fact, those of you who insist on logic at all might not quite get this one.
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    Contest: Win A July Prize Pack Of Three DVD’s From ARC Entertainment

    Posted in Contests by Gino Sassani on July 10th, 2015

    It’s Christmas in July because our good friends at ARC Entertainment just went crazy. Their insanity is your good fortune. They’ve given us a July Gift Pack of three films on DVD for one lucky winner. First up is The Squeeze. A young golf talent gets caught up with a ruthless gambler. All he wants to do is take care of his family and now it might cost him everything. It’s a mix of a con film with the added interest of golf. On second base is See You In Valhalla. It stars Sarah Hyland from Modern Family. A young girl must face some tough secrets when her brother dies and she returns home. It’s a heart-warming tale that also stars Connor O’Farrell, Emma Bell, Bret Harrison and Steve Howley. To complete the triple threat you get Bank$tas. Can you mine comedy out of a financial crises and the student loan issues in this country. You can if you’re Arc Entertainment. Play in the world of high finance with the likes of Alan Thicke and Supergirl herself Laura Vandervoort. It’s all going to one lucky winner.

    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 – If you were stranded for a year and could only have three films to watch: Name them.
    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, August 30th, 2015.
    Please – only one contest entry per person!

     

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    Bitten: Complete Second Season

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on July 9th, 2015

    “There was a time when, if you told me werewolves existed that I would have laughed. I don’t laugh at much anymore.”

    From the very beginning one can see there is great potential here. The show is based on a collection of books that appear to be popular. They’re called The Outworld series, written by Canadian author Kelley Armstrong. The show avoids most of the standard clichés. There is no full moon reference at all here. The werewolves “change” at will or when emotionally charged (“you won’t like me when I’m angry”). There are no silver bullets.
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    Barney Miller: The Final Season

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on July 9th, 2015

    In 1976 a New York media group conducted a survey of the NYPD detectives. The question was: “Of all the TV cop shows, which most accurately portrays life as a detective?” The overwhelming response was the comedy Barney Miller. Seems real cops related to the daily grind and weekly wackos of Barney Miller. Let’s not put aside that this was also one of the most consistently funny shows on television. I remember it took me a while to accept Abe Vigoda in such a light role as Fish. My first exposure to Vigoda was the ruthless mobster in The Godfather. Barney Miller always managed to be funny while still telling a good short story. The characters were always wonderful.
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    Gangland Undercover

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

    “When I first took the deal to become an undercover informant in a biker gang, I did it to save my own skin. But over the next three years, putting bad guys away became my personal mission. I saw it as a chance to make amends for my past mistakes, but I paid a heavy price. I’m Charles Falco, and this is my story.” 

    So, who the heck is Charles Falco? For a while he was a rather successful meth cook who was pulling in 100 g’s a month. He appeared to have it all: fast cars, big house, and a trophy wife. The problem is that he got hooked on his own product. That leads to mistakes
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    Contest: Win Echoes Of War On DVD From ARC Entertainment

    Posted in Contests by Gino Sassani on July 7th, 2015

    There are some great folks over at ARC Entertainment who like to take good care of us. That’s good news for us. It’s even better news for you. They’ve sent over three copies of their new DVD Echoes Of War. We’re giving them to you. It’s Texas just after The Civil War and there’s plenty of grief to go around. When it appears that there’s also some stealing going on, one man decides to take justice into his own hands. The bad blood threatens to grip this community once again.  The film stars James Badge Dale, Ethan Embry and William Forsythe. It’s now out on DVD. It can also be yours.

    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 – Who is your favorite Western actor 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, August 30th, 2015.
    Please – only one contest entry per person!

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    Last Knights (Blu-ray)

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

    “During the long, dark period of the Great Wars, an elite class of soldier rose from battle. Their unbreakable code was simple: possess a noble heart of courage, right conduct, and absolute devotion to one’s master. From out of those years of bloodshed an empire would emerge. Its power would assimilate persons of every color, creed, and faith. This uncontested rule eroded the traditions of the great knights… but not for all.”

    Last Knights is an ambitious direct-to-video production. It sports a rather elite class of actors headed by Morgan Freeman, who adds a ton of gravitas to any role he plays.
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    Contest: Win Kill Me Three Times On Blu-ray From Magnolia Home Entertainment

    Posted in Contests by Gino Sassani on July 6th, 2015

    Our pals over at Magnolia Home Entertainment want us to have three times the fun. They’ve given us three copies of the Simon Pegg film Kill Me Three Times on high definition Blu-ray. It’s a dark comedy involving an eccentric hit-man who finds out that more than one person wants Alice Braga’s cheating wife character dead. The film also stars Luke Hemsworth. they say once is never enough. Let’s try for three.

    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 – Where are you going/gone for Summer vacation?
    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, August 30th, 2015.
    Please – only one contest entry per person!

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    Exclusive Interview With David Keith Of Awaken

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

    Awaken hits on DVD from Arc Entertainment on July 7th. In the meantime, enjoy the second in our three-part interview series to talk about the movie. David Keith has been acting a long time. He’s played such diverse characters as Elvis and Ollie North. This time he plays an ethically-challenged doctor. I had a chance to talk to him about his career and his role. Bang it here to listen in on my chat with David Keith.

    You should also check out his charity work to protect children at Protect.org

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    Contest: Win Debug From Ketchup Entertainment

    Posted in Contests, Expired Contests by Gino Sassani on July 3rd, 2015

    Our friends over at Ketchup Entertainment are going to send up a little fireworks of their own here at Upcomingdiscs. They’ve given us 2 copies of their sci-fi adventure Debug to give away. The movie was directed by David Hewlett, better known as Dr. Rodney McKay to his legion of Stargate fans. It also stars his castmate Jason Momoa. Jason has been shining pretty bright since his Stargate days. If you’ve been wanting to see it, we’ve got a chance for you to win it.

    You can also listen to my chat with David Hewlett 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 is your favorite Sci-fi film of all time?
    3. Only those comments that answer our question will be considered.

    Contest is now closed Winners are Aarone Mawdsley & Anthony L. 

    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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