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    Major Crimes: Season 4

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on May 26th, 2016

    “Everybody here knows what a spin-off is.”

    No doubt about it. Major Crimes has managed to do what few shows before it have been able to pull off. Shows have survived the loss of their lead, but the remaining years were usually something lesser than it once was. That’s not the case when The Closer lost its lead actress/character. The title was changed, and with just a few cast tweaks the series returned as Major Crimes, and I dare say it’s a much better show than its predecessor. Is it a spinoff? I might have to go to the replay booth to answer that one.
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    Contest: Win Power Rangers: Wild Force: The Complete Series From Shout Factory

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

    Our friends at Shout Factory have given us the power to make one Upcomingdiscs reader happy. We have a copy of Power Rangers: Wild Force The Complete Series on DVD to give away. You’ll get all 40 episodes in this nice collection. The only hope for the world is The Power Rangers. It’s time to bring the hope home.

    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 color Power Ranger are you?
    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, June 26th, 2016.
    Please – only one contest entry per person!

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    Newhart: Season 5

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on May 19th, 2016

    Bob Newhart is one of the last in a dying breed of comedians, at least on television. He had a reserved, almost deadpan delivery that drew your attention not because of raunchy material or manic display of hijinx. He was obviously comfortable with being the brunt of all of the jokes. His half embarrassed and half sly-dog grin become a staple in our living rooms for four decades. Newhart was his second situation comedy following a respectable run as a stuttering stammering psychologist with a wacky set of patients and friends. The Bob Newhart Show ran from 1972 to 1978. Just four years later Bob was back on our television screens with Newhart, and it was as if he hadn’t missed a beat
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    Have Gun Will Travel: The Complete Series

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on May 12th, 2016

    “’Have gun, will travel’ reads the card of a man. A knight without armor in a savage land…”

    Those words ended every episode of Have Gun Will Travel, sung by Johnny Western in a time that such words could be sung without irony. Outside of Richard Boone’s black-clad, craggy, Rhett-Butler-gone-to-seed gunfighter, that song was all I could really recall about this venerable Western from television’s golden age. Would it, like so many revisited shows from my youth, ultimately disappoint? Or would it hold up fifty years after it was originally broadcast, viewed as it would be by the far more jaded, cynical man I’ve grown into?
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    The Untouchables: The Complete Series

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on May 11th, 2016

    I was entirely too young to remember even the syndicated run that my mother was watching in the late 1960’s. Under more normal circumstances that would not matter as I could introduce myself to this world with the DVD release. That was before 1987 and the release of Brian De Palma’s classic film. Honestly, I simply can’t watch these episodes without thinking of that movie. For an entire generation that film has defined these characters and that time. It’s unfortunate, really, because this 1960 series had a lot going for it, particularly when you look at what else was on television at that time. Never before had such brutal violence in such a starkly real world graced the black and white sets of America.
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    Captain America: Civil War

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on May 6th, 2016

    “Suit Up!”

    When I was a kid we had something called a toy box. Do kids even have such things anymore? Inside we were supposed to keep our toys when we weren’t playing with them. Inside mine there were dinosaurs, cars with track, army men, spaceships … and yes, superheroes. To open the toy box meant to prepare yourself for imagination and fun. Sure, the box got crowded after a while, but I was always filled with some kind of anticipation when I looked inside. Today going to see a Marvel movie is very much like lifting the lid on a toy box.
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    Dolemite (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on May 4th, 2016

    “I’m gonna let ’em know that Dolemite is back on the scene!” 

    Rudy Ray Moore can’t act to save his eternal soul. In fact, everything about Dolemite makes an Ed Wood film look like a Cecil DeMille epic masterpiece. So what is it about this cheap blaxsploitation film that gives it legs over 40 years after it was first released? If I could truly answer that, I would have the answer to Life, The Universe And Everything. What I can tell you is that when I found out that Dolemite was coming here to be reviewed, I couldn’t hide that big wide grin on my face for hours.
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    Papa Hemingway In Cuba

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on April 30th, 2016

    “Let’s go find you a fish.”

    I’ve been told enough times that it is often not a good idea to meet your heroes. It’s too often impossible for anyone to live up to expectations, particularly when they are already up on a pedestal in our minds. All humans have their flaws, and Ernest Hemingway was no exception. I never met him. He killed himself around the time I was busy being born. I often joked to my writing professors that he feared my arrival. The truth is that he had so many demons. It isn’t a secret today, and it wasn’t then, at least not for anyone familiar with his work.
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    Elvis & Nixon

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on April 23rd, 2016

    “You must be kidding.”

    It is the most requested photograph from the White House archives. I’m talking about a photograph of Richard Nixon with The King. This particular King’s kingdom wasn’t a nation or political group. Of course, I’m talking about Elvis Presley, the King of Rock and Roll. The meeting occurred in the days before Nixon installed his infamous recording equipment and long before that fateful break-in at Watergate. So no one really knows what was said in the meeting. Now director Liza Johnson attempts to take us behind the closed doors of the Oval Office on that fateful day in December of 1970 when the leader of the free world met with the leader of a generation
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    Congratulations To Paul O’Callaghan On Reaching 200 Reviews.

    Posted in Site News by Gino Sassani on April 21st, 2016

    Paul’s been with us for a while. Regular readers are familiar with his work because he’s just reached his 200th review. He’s absolutely the most off-the-wall writer here, but we love him because he makes the rest of us look sane. Hopefully, he’ll be driving us crazy for another 200.

    Please join me in congratulating Paul O’Callaghan on hitting 200 reviews here at Upcomingdiscs.com.

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    Pretty Little Liars: Season 6

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on April 20th, 2016

    “Two can keep a secret as long as one of them is dead.”

    When it comes to Pretty Little Liars, it seems making the fans crazy is what they do best. The fifth season of the show is out on DVD, and this is no place for beginners. If you don’t know who Aria, Spencer, Emily, Hannah, and Alison are, it’s time for you to head back to the beginning and catch up. You can find our reviews from those seasons here. For the rest of you, let’s talk Pretty Little Liars, shall we?
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    Contest: Win Tangerine On Blu-ray From Magnolia Home Entertainment

    Posted in Contests by Gino Sassani on April 18th, 2016

    Our friends at Magnolia Home Entertainment are not done with you yet. They’ve given us 2 copies of Tangerine on Blu-ray to help sweeten the day for 2 lucky Upcomingdiscs readers. Sean Baker directs this wild and crazy journey through the L.A. subculture world. The film was an official 2015 Sundance selection and includes some nice special features.

    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 small/independent film?
    3. Only those comments that answer our question will be considered.

    Contest is now closed Winners are Bernie Wallace & David Hollingsworth

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    The Jungle Book (2016)

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

    “This is the law of the jungle…”

    Disney appears to have a law that all of its classic cartoon features must now be made into live-action films. As I’ve mentioned in my review of the original classic The Jungle Book, the animated feature was the end of an important era at Walt Disney Studios. It was released about a year after Walt’s death and was the last film he supervised from beginning to end. In the wake of Walt’s death the studio experienced a sharp turnover and complete retooling of the animation department. With only the nine old men to carry the traditions of Walt into the future, The Jungle Book would forever mark a distinct milestone in the history of animated feature films.
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    Contest: Win Last Shift On Blu-ray From Magnolia Home Entertainment

    Posted in Contests by Gino Sassani on April 15th, 2016

    Our friends at Magnolia Home Entertainment have even more goodies in store for you. After making you a wreck they want to scare the heck out of you with Last Shift on Blu-ray. They’ve given us 2 copies of the supernatural fright-fest to give away. This one has plenty of gore and chills so it’s not for the weak of heart. Don’t say we didn’t warn you. Enter to win a copy… if you’re not too afraid, that is.

    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.
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    Contest is now closed Winners are Roy H & Jackie Ross

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    Contest: Win The Wrecking Crew From Magnolia Home Entertainment On Blu-ray

    Posted in Contests by Gino Sassani on April 14th, 2016

    Our terrific friends over at Magnolia Home Entertainment want to wreck your day. But it’s a good thing. If you know anything about music history you know who The Wrecking Crew was. If you don’t, here’s your chance to find out. These were the studio musicians that shaped the sound of the most popular artists of the 1960’s and 1970’s. Magnolia has given us 4 copies of their Blu-ray The Wrecking Crew. You can check out John’s review Here. Then enter to win one for yourself.

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    3. Only those comments that answer our question will be considered.

    Contest is now closed Winners are Steve Price, Mary Ann Royster, Jim Gardner & Gary Smith

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    Contest: Win The Odd Couple (2016) Season 1 From CBS

    Posted in Contests by Gino Sassani on April 13th, 2016

    First it was Jack Lemmon and Walter Mathau. Later it would be Tony Randall and Jack Klugman. An early 1980’s black version featured Ron Glass and Demond Wilson. In 1998 the original pairing of Lemmon and Mathau reprised the roles. Now it’s Thomas Lennon and Matthew Perry. Of course, I’m talking about Felix Unger and Oscar Madison from Neil Simon’s brilliant The Odd Couple. CBS has brought back the popular concept now heading into it’s second season. Before you join the new episodes CBS wants to to catch up on season 1. They’ve given us 5 copies of the complete first season to give away to a handful of Upcomingdiscs readers.

    To win a copy of this prize, follow these instructions.

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    3. Only those comments that answer our question will be considered.

    Contest is now closed Winners are Bill Norris, Meghan b., Bob Billings, Wayne Lecoy & Al 

    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 Adam Shell, writer/director of Pursuing Happiness

    Posted in Podcasts by Gino Sassani on April 8th, 2016

    Are you happy? What makes someone happy? That’s the subject of the documentary Pursuing Happiness. Director Adam Shell spent 2 years out on the road looking for the happiest people in the nation. Who they are and what makes them happy might surprise you. I had the opportunity to spend some time talking to Adam. What did he find out? How did it change his own life? Bang it here to listen in on my chat with Adam Shell.

    You might also like to visit the film’s website. Find out how you can see a copy of Pursuing Happiness.
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    Banshee: Season 3 (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on April 7th, 2016

    “There’s always room for improvement.”

    Banshee is one of those improbable plots that finds a way to pull us into the action all the while ignoring how unlikely any of this might really be. Of course, we do that all the time. It’s certainly unlikely we’re going to face a zombie apocalypse or run into a super-powered hero. That’s a different kind of unlikely. This kind of real-world fantastic is usually a bit harder to accept. Credit folks like Allan Ball for keeping us engaged with some of the most entertaining sleight of hand on television.
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    NYPD Blue: Season 9

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on April 5th, 2016

    “NYPD BLUE wishes to dedicate its season to the memory of the New York City police and firefighters who sacrificed their lives on September 11th, 2001. Their heroism will never be forgotten, and we extend our deepest sympathies to their families and loved ones.” 

    As NYPD Blue entered its ninth season, there were tragic circumstances both on the screen and in real life. On the show Andy’s former partner Danny Sorenson ends up dead, and in the real world New York City experiences the devastating events of 9/11. Both are addressed as the season opens.
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    Forsaken (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on April 4th, 2016

    When you see the name Kiefer Sutherland and Jon Cassar together, you might well expect that you’re going to get another helping of the popular television series 24. There Sutherland made a pretty big name for himself in the television landscape as the gritty and “get it done” cop Jack Bauer. In the director’s chair for a good many of those episodes was Jon Cassar, who also shared executive producer duties on the long-running show. But you won’t find the ticking-clock-modern world of Jack Bauer here. Instead you’ll find a thoughtful western that actually avoids a lot of the genre-typical violence and delivers one of the better westerns I’ve seen in many years.
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    Exclusive Interview With Tanna Frederick

    Posted in Podcasts by Gino Sassani on April 2nd, 2016

    She might very well be the hardest working actress I’ve ever had the pleasure of speaking to. One thing is for certain. Tanna Frederick has been a lucky charm for director/writer Henry Jaglom for several films now. I got a chance to see her in Ovation, which takes us back stage and inside show business. It’s a natural place for Tanna, because she’s got this love-affair thing going for the stage. It all game out in our friendly conversation. Bang it here to listen in on my chat with Tanna Frederick.
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    Star Wars: The Force Awakens (Blu-ray)

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

    “A long time ago in a galaxy far far away…”

    It sure does seem like it was a long time ago since Star Wars was actually very good. It doesn’t matter if you thought Empire or Jedi was the last good film; few people that I’ve encountered mentioned the more recent trilogy in the same sacred breath as those original films. Star Wars gave us swashbuckler adventure in the spirit of the early serials. Then it was about a mythical epic story that swept a generation into its colorful universe. What George Lucas created in the late 1970’s will never die. But before long it became more about the creator and less about engaging the fans. The attitude turned into “this is my franchise and I’ll do whatever the heck I want to do with it.”
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    Perry Mason Movie Collection: Volume Five

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

    Perry Mason officially ended in May of 1966, but that wasn’t going to be the end. Twenty years later the surviving cast members reunited for Perry Mason Returns. It was Perry and Della back together again. Both Raymond Burr and Barbara Hale returned to their roles. William Hopper had died in 1970, so William Katt joined the reunion as Paul Drake, Jr. Katt might not have really been Drake’s son; he was Hale’s son. When Katt left the films he was replaced by William R. Moses as Ken Malansky. Ken was a young law student helped by Perry once when he was framed in law school for a rival’s murder. He ends up being both a legal assistant and investigator for Perry in the reunion films. The films also often starred James McEachin as Lt. Brock, the cop on many of the cases.
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    Exclusive Interview With Dana Gourrier Of The Hateful Eight

    Posted in Podcasts by Gino Sassani on March 28th, 2016

    Quentin Tarantino might find himself in a controversy every now and then. But we’re all waiting for the release of The Hateful Eight on Blu-ray this week. In the meantime I had a chance to talk to Dana Gourrier who plays Minnie Mink in the film. Minnie, of course owns everyone’s favorite haberdashery. She was so kind and sweet I wish I had more time to chat with her, to be sure. Bang it here and you can listen in on my conversation with Dana Gourrier.
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    Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

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

    “It’s time for the biggest gladiator match of all time. Son of Krypton versus Bat of Gotham”

    In a summer chalked with blockbusters that are expected to defy box office records, dare I say this may be the most anticipated one of them all? When news about this film was first released, opposition rang out on both sides of the spectrum. Some argued that films that feature two characters facing off rarely work, especially when it comes to two heroes. I have to admit that I found myself agreeing with this argument
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