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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
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    Star Trek: The Next Generation – Season 6 (Blu-ray)

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

    “Space… the final frontier. These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise. Its continuing mission, to explore strange new worlds. To seek out new life and new civilizations. To boldly go where no one has gone before.”

    The sixth season of Star Trek: The Next Generation is arguable one of the best seasons in the history of the franchise. There are likely many reasons for this.
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    Disneynature: Bears (Blu-ray)

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

    “Hi, little guys.”

    There was a time, decades ago when Walt Disney Studios was doing quality documentaries on a pretty regular schedule. Many of them appeared on the television show The Wonderful World Of Disney, and more than a few were released as feature films. And while that tradition has continued somewhat, it’s been a while since I was truly impressed by a Disney documentary. That all changes with the release of Bears.
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    Contest: Win Jesse on DVD From Arc Entertainment

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

    Arc Entertainment decided to turn up the heat this summer, and they want Upcomingdiscs readers to share in the action. They’ve sent over 3 copies of Jesse on DVD for us to give away. This one’s got it all: corrupt cops, mafia guys and Stephanie Finochio in the middle of it all as Jesse, a rather troubled cop. The film also stars Eric Roberts, William Forsythe, and one of my favorites, Armand Assante.

    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 is your favorite film or television cop of all-time?
    3. Only those comments that answer our question will be considered.

    Contest Is Closed. Winners announced soon!

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    Hell on Wheels: Season 3 (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on July 31st, 2014

    “Make no mistake. Blood will be spilled. Lives will be lost. Fortunes will be made. Men will be ruined. There will be betrayal and scandal and perfidy of epic proportions.”

    With a statement like that, how can you not want to check out AMC’s newest drama series Hell On Wheels? I’ve been told the title sounds like it’s about motorcycle gangs, and I couldn’t agree more. The term refers to the mobile tent city that housed the workers on the Union Pacific Railroad and the support entourage the camp attracted. It was a virtual tent city that had all of the essentials: a church, bar, and whorehouse.
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    Contest: Win Amber Alert: Terror On The Highway From Nasser Entertainment

    Posted in Contests by Gino Sassani on July 29th, 2014

    Those real cool cats up at Nasser Entertainment must love you guys. They’ve given us 5 copies of Amber Alert: Terror On The Highway to give away to our Upcomingdiscs faithful. That means you’ve got 5 chances to dig your teeth into this dramatic thriller. It stars Tom Berener, Torri Higginson and Britt McKillip and produced by real reserve police officer Joseph Nasser. It’s a rare look at the national Amber Alert System and an edge-of-your-seat thriller. It’s out this week on DVD.

    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 – What was your favorite summer film so far this year?
    3. Only those comments that answer our question will be considered.

    Contest Is Closed. Winners announced soon!

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    Contest: Win Hell On Wheels Season 3 On DVD from Entertainment One

    Posted in Contests by Gino Sassani on July 28th, 2014

    Our good friends over at Entertainment One what to give you some Hell… Hell On Wheels that is. We’re giving away a copy of Hell On Wheels Season 3 on DVD to one lucky Upcomingdiscs fan. This one has it all. We’re talking gritty action and wonderful characters. I’ll be reviewing the series soon, Spoiler Alert: It’s fantastic! It’s all here in one place. This 3-disc set is a must have. 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 – What series are you most looking to see this Fall?
    3. Only those comments that answer our question will be considered.

    Contest Is Closed. Winners announced soon!

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    Open Grave (Blu-ray)

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

    It happens all the time. It’s just as common on large-budget films as it is on the small films. Someone comes up with a great hook. It’s a clever idea with all of the potential to be very good. It might even start off that way. Too many times the road traveled is a road to nowhere, and potential was lost somewhere along the path. That’s exactly the issue with Open Grave. The opening sequence is one of those scenes that really sticks with you. A guy wakes up in a huge pit filled with dead and rotting human beings.
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    Gridiron Gang (Blu-ray)

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

    “There are over 120,000 juveniles incarcerated in detection centers across the United States. Upon release 75% will either return to prison or die in the street. What follows is based on the true story of Camp Kilpatrick and the people there who tried to make a difference.”

    The Rock — sorry, Dwayne Johnson, sure has come a long way from his melodramatic days as a WWE superstar.
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    Exclusive Interview With Lukas Kendall – Co-Writer Of Lucky Bastard

    Posted in Podcasts by Gino Sassani on July 21st, 2014

    A while back we reviewed the film Lucky Bastard. (Review) Since that time the film’s creative folks have taken a little heat. The film is rated NC-17 but it’s neither particularly violent or pornographic. Naturally, these guys have something to say. I ended up talking to Lukas Kendall, one of the co-writers. He had some really interesting things to say. He was great fun to talk with. This is one of our liveliest interviews. You don’t want to miss what he has to say. Don’t take my word for it. Bang it here to sit in on my chat with Lukas Kendall

    If you’re interested in checking out his petition to the MPAA make sure to bang it here, as well: Fix The MPAA Rating System

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    Donnie Brasco (Theatrical Cut) (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on July 21st, 2014

    Pacino and Depp in a mob drama about an undercover fed and his unknowing Mafioso mentor? Fuggedaboudit. Donnie Brasco is based on the true story of F.B.I. agent Joe Pistone (Johnny Depp, Blow), who spent six successful years undercover in the New York Mafia, as one Donnie Brasco. The film opens with Lefty Ruggiero (Al Pacino, Heat), an aging made man, connecting with Donnie about a diamond ring. Donnie’s cover is he’s in the jewelry “business”, and Lefty wants to unload a ring some guy …gave him as payment for a debt.
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    Exclusive Interview With Declan O’Brien – Director Of Joy Ride 3

    Posted in Podcasts by Gino Sassani on July 20th, 2014

    Once again I caught up with director Declan O’Brien. We talked with him after he had finished Wrong Turn 4. We reviewed Wrong Turn 5 where Declan continued to impress. He is one of the best when it comes to dealing with budgets. He makes sure every cent is on the screen. He did it again with Joy Ride 3. Yet another franchise saved. Most car crash films spend more on one stunt than Declan had for the entire film. Yet, he delivered again. Sit in with my latest talk with Declan O’Brien. Bang it here to join the conversation: Declan O’Brien

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    Last Action Hero (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on July 20th, 2014

    “Let me know when the governor gets here.”

    Well, he’s in the house, and I’m going to get a lot of razzing for this review of Last Action Hero. The person who thought I should see a shrink for looking forward to the next Saw film is going to be calling for my outright commitment to an institution dedicated to covering walls with nice padding so we won’t hurt ourselves. I know this film is generally considered “bad” by critics and moviegoers alike.
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    Anaconda (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on July 20th, 2014

    “Tales of monstrous, man-eating anacondas have been recounted for centuries by tribespeople of the Amazon Basin, some of whom are said to worship these giant snakes. Anacondas are among the most ferocious and enormous creatures on Earth.”

    Today Anaconda would have most certainly been made as a “found-footage” film. All of the makings of one of these trending movies are there.
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    Under the Skin (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on July 15th, 2014

    There is nothing wrong with your monitor. Jonathan Glazer controls all that you see and hear. That tiny speck of light you see is just the beginning. The beginning of an experience you will not soon forget. The light appears distant…cold… foreboding. It’s coming closer to us, or we are coming closer to it. The distant star grows while you are assaulted with some of the most bizarre sounds you have ever heard. It’s somewhat uncomfortable. You squirm in your seat.
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    Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

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

    “Apes together strong!”

    When French author Pierre Boulle first wrote his novel Monkey Planet, I’m sure he never imagined a film like Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes. While I was enjoying the five films that made up the original franchise run, I couldn’t have imagined a movie like Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes. When Tim Burton made his pitiful attempt to revive the franchise, it was downright impossible. In fact, the franchise appeared dead and gone by the time that film ran its destructive course
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    Welcome Normandy D. Piccolo To Upcomingdiscs!

    Posted in Site News by Gino Sassani on July 9th, 2014

    Join me as we welcome Normandy D. Piccolo to the Upcomingdiscs family.

    Normandy’s an experienced writer, to be sure. She’s the author of Bullycide: To Whom It Concerns  as well as many magazine articles, ads for country music stars, children’s books and television cartoons. We’re excited to have her share her talents with us. We look forward to a lot of reviews in the future. Be sure to follow her work here. Let her know how she’s doing in the comments section. I know she’ll be happy to hear from you.

    Welcome aboard, Normandy.

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    Elton John: The Million Dollar Piano (Blu-ray)

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

    Few musicians have enjoyed the career that Elton John has enjoyed. From the release of Your Song in 1969, he hasn’t seen many years without hit records. He’s had number one songs in every decade since that day, and the hits continue to roll in. When the music industry changed, Elton managed to change enough to keep up with the times, yet hold on to the poignant songwriting that has made his songs stand out. I’ve been a fan since the Goodbye Yellow Brick Road days of 1973.
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    Contest: Win China Beach: Season 3 From Time-Life and Star Vista

    Posted in Contests, Expired Contests by Gino Sassani on July 4th, 2014

    Hit The Beach… China Beach!

    Here at Upcomingdiscs we’re getting in the spirit of Independence Day by watching China Beach on DVD.

    It’s a pretty solid way to remember the men and women who served this country in Vietnam. The series is very much a tribute, particularly to the women who volunteered not to take lives, but to try to save them. The series featured quite a few young actors who have gone on to pretty big things. They include Dana Delany from Desperate Housewives, Robert Picardo from Star Trek: Voyager, Marg Helgenberger from CSI, Michael Boatman from Arli$$/Spin City and Jeff Kober.

    Time Life finally releases the entire series in a wonderful collection of 21 DVD’s, loaded with tons of extras. You can win the complete 3rd season.

    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 just name one of America’s Founding Fathers.
    3. Only those comments that answer our question will be considered.

    Contest is now closed Winner is Jay P.

    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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    The Bridge: Season 1

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

    “We have some interesting times ahead of us.”

    This is really the tale of two cities; no, not those cities. But like the Dickens character, we are dealing with two different countries, and while neither is going through a revolution, they are two very real and disparate places indeed. Juarez is in Mexico (the state they named those annoying little yip-yip dogs after). Here there is poverty and crime on levels that would make most Americans shudder. There is corruption that runs through every aspect of government.
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