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    Hawaii Five-0: Season 4 (2014)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on September 23rd, 2014

    “Book ‘em Danno.”

    It’s been 30 years since we last heard that phrase. Still it persisted in the modern lexicon along with the term Five-0, which is still shouted in high-crime areas in cities all over the country whenever a police presence is felt closing in on the bad guys. Hawaii Five-0 ended in 1980. That’s when Tom Selleck took over the sets and production crew on Hawaii to work as Magnum P.I. until 1988 when it all closed down for good, or did it?
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    South Park: Season 17 (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on September 18th, 2014

    “Oh boy, zombie apocalypse!”

    No, it’s just South Park. But it has invaded pop culture as much as zombies have over its amazing 18-year run. Trey Parker and Matt Stone have been walking a tightrope for over 18 years now, and it just doesn’t get old. One of the reasons the show doesn’t grow stale is their ability to make such a quick turnaround on current events.
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    Exclusive Interview With The Ford Brothers From The Dead 2: India

    Posted in Podcasts by Gino Sassani on September 18th, 2014

    Last week I shared my conversation with Joseph Millson from The Dead 2: India. This week I had the opportunity to talk to the guys who made the film possible. Of course, I’m talking about The Ford Brothers Howard J. and Jon. We go deep inside the film and you get to listen in. I must warn you that Jon’s connection wasn’t so great and it will be harder to hear him speak. I apologize for the sub-par audio. It was the best we could do under the circumstances. Don’t let that stand in the way of helping us celebrate the Sept. 16th release of The Dead 2: India from Anchor Bay. Howard J.’s audio is just fine. Bang it here to drop in on my conversation with The Ford Brothers.

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    Arrow: Season 2 (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on September 18th, 2014

    “The city still needs saving. But not by the Hood. And not by some vigilante who’s just crossing names off a list. It needs… something more.”

    That someone, that something more …that something else is the DC Comics character Green Arrow. Not to be confused with the same-colored Hornet or Lantern. In season 2 Oliver Queen finally sheds the name and reputation of the Hood or Vigilante. He has vowed not to kill, and he no longer has the list to guide him. His job now is to go after any bad guys in Starling City.
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    Spartacus: The Complete Series (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on September 17th, 2014

    “Spartacus’ mongrel horde has swelled with each passing victory since Glaber’s defeat at Vesuvius. They added thousands to rank liberating the mines of Lucania. Slaves across the Republic, humble and grateful to their masters for so many years, have broken to treachery in the wake of the ever-expanding legend of Spartacus.”

    Starz has had a pretty good run with their Spartacus series. Coming off the style of blood and violence that was popularized with Zach Snyder’s 300, Spartacus brought that comic book/graphic novel intensity to television.
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    CSI: Crime Scene Investigation: Season 14

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on September 17th, 2014

    CSI is one of the longest-running shows on television. There are still a great number of original or early-years cast members still there. But I think it’s actually the changes that have allowed the show to rediscover itself once again. It’s actually been a good thing for the series and the franchise. It’s a family again. That’s no dig on anyone who has left. It’s just that I like this group a lot, and we’ve been able to see stories that just would not have been done in the old days. It has new legs, and I think we just might be in it for the long haul.
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    Exclusive Interview With Joseph Millson Of The Dead 2: India

    Posted in Podcasts by Gino Sassani on September 15th, 2014

    Anchor Bay is releasing The Dead 2: India on Tuesday (9/16). We’ve got John Ceballos at work on the review. In the meantime I had a lot of fun talking to the film’s star Joseph Millson last week. We talked about everything from Pop Tarts to working with the Ford Brothers. Millson is also known for playing in Casino Royale and the Doctor Who spin-off The Sarah Jane Adventures. Unfortunately, it was a quick conversation. Here’s your chance to eavesdrop on our conversation. Bang it here to listen to my interview with Joseph Millson.

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    Supernatural: Season 9 (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on September 12th, 2014

    “There’s virtually nothing the Winchesters can’t do if they work together.”

    But that’s the rub, isn’t it? The tradition has been that each of the last several seasons end up beginning with the brothers separated for one reason or another. Often one of them is trying to escape Hell, purgatory or some fantasy mental land. There are at least two times a year they split up over an argument.
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    The World Wars (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on September 11th, 2014

    “One must regard the 30 years of strife, turmoil and suffering in Europe as part of one story. One story of a 30 years war.” – Winston Churchill

    He was exactly correct, and one of only a few people of the time who had the vision to understand that concept. Before the end of World War II the first world war was known as The Great War. The idea of two separate world wars came later.
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    Vampire Diaries: Season 5 (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on September 10th, 2014

    “It’s been a long summer.”

    And my how things have changed in Mystic Falls. Elena is a vampire, and Katherine is now a human, and doing a pitiful job of that, to be sure. Bonnie is a ghost who only Jeremy can see, and they’re trying to keep it all a big secret from everyone so they all think Bonnie is out globe-hopping and having a great time. Stefan is at the bottom of a lake in a safe where everyone else thinks Silas is.
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    Captain America: The Winter Soldier (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on September 9th, 2014

    “It’s called compartmentalization. No one spills the secrets because no one knows them all.”

    I was lucky enough to grow up during Marvel’s wonderful rebirth of the 1960′s and 1970′s. Of all of the comics they produced during that time, I was always least impressed with Captain America. I don’t think I ever read an issue of any of his mags with the notable exception of The Avengers. So how can it be possible that after dozens of Marvel films, and I’m including the Fox and other-studio-produced stuff, that Captain America: The Winter Soldier can end up being my favorite?
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    Perry Mason Double Features

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on September 9th, 2014

    Erle Stanley Gardner wrote crime fiction, and while many of his 100 or so works are unknown to most of us, he created a character who has become as identified with criminal lawyers as any other in fiction. It was in these crime novels that Perry Mason first faced a courtroom. He developed a style where he would investigate these terrible crimes his clients were on trial for. He would find the real killer, and in what has become a Hollywood cliché, reveal his findings in a crucial moment during the trial.
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    Contest: Win Louder than Words On DVD From Arc Entertainment

    Posted in Contests by Gino Sassani on September 8th, 2014

    Arc Entertainment is on a roll, and our followers are cashing in. The gifts just keep on coming, and it’s not even Christmas yet. This time they’ve given us 3 copies of the DVD Louder Than Words. The X-Files’ own Agent Mulder, David Duchovny stars  in this inspiring drama. A couple deals with the death of their young daughter. Their tragic loss becomes hope for other children when they create a special hospital in their daughter’s memory. The film also stars Timothy Hutton and Hope Davis. It’ a heartwarming story based on real life.

    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 – Who has been a source of inspiration in your life?
    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, October 26th, 2014.
    Please – only one contest entry per person!

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    Contest: Win Home Is Where The Heart Is On DVD From ARC Entertainment

    Posted in Contests by Gino Sassani on September 4th, 2014

    Arc Entertainment wants to take you home with a collection of fanciful characters and hope for a small town. We’re talking Home Is Where The Heart Is on DVD. It features Bailee Madison, Laura Bell Bundy and John C. McGinley. It can be yours. We have 2 copies to give away to a couple of lucky Upcomingdiscs fans.

    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 – Where is your home town?
    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, October 26th, 2014.
    Please – only one contest entry per person!

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    Bonanza: Official Seventh Season – Vol One & Two

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on September 3rd, 2014

    Three-time widower Ben Cartwright  (Greene) runs his famous Ponderosa Ranch with the aid of his three grown sons from three different mothers. There’s Little Joe (Landon), Adam (Roberts) and Hoss (Blocker). Set some time in the mid 1800’s, this long-running series followed the family’s many exploits. In the late 1950’s, westerns accounted for six of the top ten programs on TV. Only Gunsmoke had a longer run than Bonanza. From 1959 to 1973, Ben Cartwright and his boys rode across the small screen.
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    The Originals: Season 1 (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on September 2nd, 2014

    “My siblings and I are the first vampires in all of history. The Original Family. Three centuries ago, we helped build a town called New Orleans. Now a plot by witches has lured me back, hoping that I will defeat a tyrant, a vampire I created. My brother hopes I will find redemption through the power of family, a miracle child, part werewolf, part vampire, a hybrid. My sister is doubtful; she thinks I am beyond redemption. Despite my brother’s best efforts, I have a plan of my own. I will take back my home and reclaim what was mine. I will be king.”

    If you’re a fan of The Vampire Diaries, you need no introduction to Klaus Mikaelson and his family of original vampires.
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    Exclusive Interview With Thomas L. Phillip Director/Writer Of Sanctuary: Quite a Conundrum

    Posted in Podcasts by Gino Sassani on September 1st, 2014

    If you’ve had a chance to catch the film Sanctuary: Quite A Conundrum you know the name Thomas L. Phillips. The film has taken a heap of awards on the film festival circuit and is finally available on DVD for the fans. It’s more black comedy than horror but Phillips takes delight in one critic calling it Clerks meets Scream. I had the opportunity to chat with Phillips on Friday. Bang it hear to sit in on my chat with Thomas L. Phillips

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    75 Years of WWII

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on September 1st, 2014

    75 Years Of WWII is a collection of episodes from A&E/History’s various war programs that have aired on the networks and have already been released in full sets of their own. It’s intended to be somewhat of a greatest-hits DVD collection. If you’re not inclined to pick up any of the full sets, this might make a nice addition to your collection, but I believe the full sets are far more worth your time.
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    The Walking Dead: Season 4 (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on August 29th, 2014

    The first thing you should know about The Walking Dead is that it’s unlike any television series you have ever seen before. The images here are intense, and the crew has been given a blank check to create this vision without the burden of censors looking over their shoulders. There are plenty of blood-and-gore effects that rival any of the Hollywood zombie films you’ve seen in the last few years. The makeup effects are handled by the very capable hands of KNB and supervised personally by Greg Nicotero (the N from KNB).
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    William Shatner’s Get a Life!

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on August 27th, 2014

    Is there anyone out there who hasn’t noticed that William Shatner the actor has become William Shatner the character over the years?  Give the man some credit for finding ways to reinvent himself. After Star Trek he was the only actor to find himself another regular television character and shakes the typecasting that most actors in the franchise have been victimized by. When TJ Hooker was gone, he found a few other shows and ways to take advantage of what could have been fleeting fame. By the time he did Boston Legal, he had completely reinvented himself as a somewhat humorous character and wonderful mate for James Spader
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    Boardwalk Empire: Season 4 (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on August 27th, 2014

    “It’s like Prohibition never happened but for one thing. Prices will increase twenty-fold. We got a product a fellah’s gotta have. Even better is that, we got a product he ain’t allowed to have.”

    The fourth season of Boardwalk Empire began pretty much the only way it could have after the bloodbath that ended the previous season. It was an explosive season that delivered the best gangland war in television history. Now there has to be some kind of peace or at least status quo after the end of the violence. Nucky is making his peace with Arnold Rothstein and his people. He also owes Chalky White for saving his behind when war broke out.
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    Revolution: Season 2 (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on August 22nd, 2014

    “Welcome to the SyFy Channel.”

    OK, not really. Revolution aired on sister network NBC, both part of the Universal family. Usually the sibling resemblances are not very visible. Revolution, however has all the elements of a typical SyFy Channel series. These shows almost always start with strong source material or a crazy but clever idea.
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    The Blacklist: Season 1

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on August 17th, 2014

    “He’s dangerous, amoral, he pathologically flaunts authority. He’s reckless to the point of suicidal. But all of this… everything we’ve done. None of it would have been possible if it weren’t for him.”

    Him, of course is James Spader as the enigmatic Raymond “Red” Reddington. The show is NBC’s break-out hit The Blacklist created by first-time show-runner Jon Bokenkamp. Bokenkamp is truly a newcomer to the business. He has literally only a couple of very minor writing credits to his name. Perhaps that’s why The Blacklist is able to contain quite a few of the cliché elements running through television today and still feel like one of the freshest shows in a long while.
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    Bitten: Complete First Season (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on August 14th, 2014

    The television landscape has been flooded with shows about the supernatural. Vampires have been particularly hot topics in recent years, but werewolves are starting to get their own sub-genre going. MTV’s Teen Wolf manages to pull the theme off quite well. It’s no surprise that pretty much every network out there wants to throw their own hats into the supernatural ring. It’s getting quite crowded, but the popularity appears to have no end. Of course, with such a crowded field you have to find a way to stand out from the rest.
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    Perry Mason Movie Collection Volume 3

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on August 14th, 2014

    “I wonder if you could spare me a little of your time?”

    Erle Stanley Gardner wrote crime fiction, and while many of his 100 or so works are unknown to most of us, he created a character who has become as identified with criminal lawyers as any other in fiction. It was in these crime novels that Perry Mason first faced a courtroom. He developed a style where he would investigate these terrible crimes his clients were on trial for. He would find the real killer, and in what has become a Hollywood cliché, reveal his findings in a crucial moment during the trial
    Read the rest of this entry »

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