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    Welcome Dustin P. Anderson To The Upcomingdiscs Team

    Posted in Site News by Gino Sassani on May 12th, 2015

    Join me in welcoming Dustin P. Anderson to the Upcomingdiscs family. We’ve been doing some growing at Upcomingdiscs. I think Dustin is going to be a big part of that growth. He’s been doing reviews for a while and we’re lucky to have him here with us. His first review is up for your enjoyment.

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    Tanked: Season 2

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on May 12th, 2015

    “If you can dream it, we can build it.”

    That’s the motto of Wayde King and Brett Raymer of Acrylic Tank Manufacturing (ATM). They are two guys from Brooklyn who moved to Vegas where they started ATM. Why they couldn’t do it in Brooklyn isn’t ever mentioned. Must be the high taxes. The duo claim that they are the number one tank aquarium manufacturers in the United States. That likely doesn’t include the mass-produce guys like All-Glass. Still, from what I’ve seen here, there’s no question these guys are good.
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    Exclusive Interview With Chad Archibald – Writer/Director Of The Drownsman

    Posted in Podcasts by Gino Sassani on May 12th, 2015

    Leatherface. Michael Myers. Jason. Freddy Kruger. Look out, boys. There’s a new face in the game. The Drownsman is like a horror day at your favorite water park. This is a water world even Kevin Costner can’t sink. His name is Sebastian Donner and he’s coming at you in Anchor Bay’s new horror release: The Drownsman. I had a chance to talk to writer/director Chad Archibald about his wet new creation. It’s absolutely worth a listen. Bang it here to listen in on my chat with Chad Archibald.

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    The Barber (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on May 12th, 2015

    “It’s the guy next door, guy who sits too close in the theater, maybe even at church. Plain, ordinary, the everyday man. That’s the guy they should be afraid of. ‘Cause they never see him coming.” 

    Or maybe the friendly neighborhood barber. Max Enscoe’s screenplay for The Barber appears to touch on those fears. We’ve all seen those interviews with neighbors and friends after a particularly heinous killer is finally caught. He was quiet. Always went to church.
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    Welcome New Upcomingdiscs Reviewer Deborah Bostock-Kelley

    Posted in Site News by Gino Sassani on May 12th, 2015

    Join me in welcoming Deborah Bostock-Kelley to the Upcomingdiscs family. You might have seen her work in the Tampa Trib. She’s an accomplished writer and event producer. You can check her work for The Write One Creative Services. Look for her review work right here at Upcomingdiscs. Her first review is up right now.

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    Halt and Catch Fire (Blu-ray)

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

    “An early computer command that sent the machine into a race condition, forcing all instructions to compete for superiority at once. Control of the computer could not be regained.”

    That command? It’s Halt And Catch Fire. Television is very much like that. So many shows out there are competing for your attention. Even on the same network there’s often competition for the resources of the studios and the sponsors who provide the paydays. Now AMC has added another original series to compete for your attention…and precious time. You guessed it. Halt And Catch Fire. Does it work? Let’s find out. 
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    The Simon Wiesenthal Film Collection

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on May 4th, 2015

    “When history looks back, I want people to know the Nazis weren’t able to kill millions of people and get away with it.”

    Those words were spoken by Simon Wiesenthal. Wiesenthal was an architect living in Poland in the 1930’s. He was witness to the systematic persecution, isolation and eventual slaughter of the Jewish population of which he was a member when Germany’s Nazi troops invaded Poland. He and his family ended up in a concentration camp and into forced labor. When Hitler instituted his “Final Solution” most of his family members were killed. He barely survived after an unsuccessful escape attempt; he would have surely been killed if not for a sudden turn in the Nazi forces
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    Avengers : Age of Ultron

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on May 1st, 2015

    “It’s called The Ultron Program.”

    Remember when you were a kid and one of your friends would come over and ask if you could come out and play? You would head for the door with a grin from ear to ear, because you knew you were about to have a blast. You might not have had any idea what it was you were going to do. Often you made it up as you went along. It didn’t matter. You just knew fun times were on the other side of your front door. That’s exactly how I felt going to catch The Avengers: Age Of Ultron. It was as if Joss Whedon had come to my house and asked me to come out and play.
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    The Mentalist: Season 7

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

    The Mentalist was once the highest rated drama on television. There was a lot to like here, as I’ll discuss throughout this review. But I think most of us had gotten a little sick and tired of the Red John story. The show milked the single case for over five years, and the fan base had dissolved to the point that the once #1 show has been on the bubble for the last two seasons. Fans’ patience had worn thin, but at long last the show’s producers discovered what we’ve known since the second season.
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    Taken 3 (Blu-ray)

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

    “You do know the combination, don’t you?”

    It’s a Taken film, and the third one in the series. You should have the ingredients down by now. Let’s run through the checklist, shall we? You’ve got your daring escapes, check. You have some awesome car chases with a lot of mashed-up metal, check. You’ve got some torture, of course. Waterboarding is in these days. You have the standard carnage level, check. And check. It’s all there, but credit the folks behind the franchise for finding ways to deliver every last drop of the expected stuff and still turn the third part of a trilogy on its head enough to make it more interesting than the previous two films.
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    The Ides of March: Last Band Standing

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on April 27th, 2015

    Beware The Ides Of March! For Julius Caesar it was a dire prophesy of death. For Bob Bergland (bass), Mike Borch (drums), Larry Millas (keys/guitars) and Jim Peterik, it was more like a harbinger of 50 years of rock and roll fame. The band started out as the Shon-Dels in Berwyn just outside of Chicago. The name turned out to be a conflict with another group, and it was changed to BattMann And The Boy Wonders. Of course, that didn’t stick, but Bergland’s penchant for paying attention in literature classes led them to The Ides Of March
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    Welcome Dan Holland To Upcomingdiscs.

    Posted in Site News by Gino Sassani on April 24th, 2015

    Please join me in welcoming our latest member of the Upcomingdiscs family.

    Dan Holland has been writing reviews for film festivals. Now he’ll be sharing those insights with you.

    We’re very happy to present his first efforts here today.

    Welcome Dan!

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    Contest: Win John Doe: Vigilante From ARC Entertainment

    Posted in Contests, Expired Contests by Gino Sassani on April 13th, 2015

    Our friends at ARC Entertainment want you to know about their latest release. It’s called John Doe: Vigilante and it stars Battlestar Galactica’s Jamie Bamber. The film asks some serious questions about justice and taking the law into your own hands. ARC has given us 3 copies to give away to lucky Upcomingdiscs readers. You can also listen to my interview with Jamie Bamber.

    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 would you buy first if you won a million bucks?
    3. Only those comments that answer our question will be considered.

    Contest is now closed Winners are Billy Grover, Brittany Doerfler & Yol Eguiver

    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 Tim Phillips And Jan Creamer From Lion Ark

    Posted in Podcasts by Gino Sassani on April 11th, 2015

    Lion Ark is an unusual film. It documents the efforts of Animal Defenders International as they work to save African lions from abuse in traveling circuses in Bolivia. You’ll see undercover footage of the abuse and watch their efforts to get them safe. Tim Phillips and Jan Creamer are at the forefront of this cause. The work didn’t end in Bolivia. Now they’re in Peru rescuing more animals. They took a short break in their work to talk to me about the movie and their efforts. You’ll be amazed at what they have to say. Bang it here to listen in on my talk with Tim And Jan

    You can help by going to ADI

    Lion Ark

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    Exclusive Interview With Jamie Bamber Of John Doe: Vigilante

    Posted in Podcasts by Gino Sassani on April 10th, 2015

    Most of you know Jamie Bamber as Apollo from the reincarnation of Battlestar Galactica. He’s kept himself busy since the series went off the air. His latest is a pretty good thriller out on Tuesday from Arc Entertainment. It’s called John Doe:Vigilante and Bamber has the starring role of John Doe. The film certainly asks some tough questions. I got the chance to ask Jamie a few questions of my own. Now you can hear what he had to say. Bang it here to listen in on my chat with Jamie Bamber

     

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    Manhattan: Season 1 (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on April 10th, 2015

    “There’s something I need to tell you. We’re building a weapon. It’s not like any weapon the world’s ever seen. It draws its energy from a fast-neutron chain reaction. It releases the power of an ancient star. If it works, and it’s going to work, it will be the more destructive than all the bombs dropped in all the wars in history put together. It’ll bring armies to their knees. Cities will disappear in the blink of an eye. The world will be united in peace by the most just and noble country in the history of mankind or it will burn to the ground. Whoever builds it first, there’s the endgame. So it has to be us, whatever it costs.”

    It’s one of those dramatic stories where mankind is altered forever.
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    Walker Texas Ranger: Flashback

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

    There was a new cowboy in Dallas, and he wasn’t throwing touchdown passes. But Walker was almost gone before he could really get started. After just four episodes, the show’s production company suffered financial collapse, and the show was rescued at the last minute by CBS Productions, who would continue to run the show for its nearly decade-long run. For nine years Norris brought us the ultimate Texas Ranger in a formula cops-and-robbers show. The show often became a parody of itself, but maintained a solid viewership throughout. Hell, Norris even sings the theme song
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    MacGyver – The Complete Series

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on April 8th, 2015

    MacGyver (v) To act in an extremely resourceful manner. To utilize everyday items in unconventional ways to achieve a difficult task. I predict it will not be long before you can open your trusty copy of Webster’s and find this character has officially entered our lexicon. There is little doubt but that it is an unofficial part of it now. Crossing over from the realm of pop culture and into our language is a phenomenal achievement for a television show.
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    Danny Collins

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

    “The following is kind of based on a true story, a little bit.” 

    In 2005 British folk singer/songwriter Steve Tilston found out something amazing had happened to him but he never knew it. John Lennon had written a letter to him in 1971 providing him with some career encouragement and his home phone number. It was after an interview with the musician in ZigZag Magazine revealed that Lennon was one of Tilston’s idols that got the attention of the former Beatle
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    The Rewrite (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on April 4th, 2015

    “It’s a comedy…hopefully.”

    It’s been six years since Hugh Grant teamed up with director Marc Lawrence. It’s their fourth collaboration. It doesn’t appear that Lawrence is willing to direct a film that doesn’t feature Hugh Grant, because he hasn’t. Let’s just say the fourth time wasn’t the charm. In fact, it wasn’t even all that charming. And the problem is that Grant and Lawrence have attempted to build careers out of making Grant charming. By now they’re just trying too hard, and the result is a poor showing that was in desperate need of a Rewrite.
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    Daryl Hall & John Oates: Live in Dublin (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on April 3rd, 2015

    They started as a local band in Philadelphia. By 1972 they had released their first album on the national stage called Whole Oates. The duo has been together for over 40 years and have remained playing through most of that time. Even with stops for solo projects, Daryl Hall and John Oates have remained a team throughout those years. It’s rather rare for a rock team to remain together and friends for so long. Their endurance has paid off in so many ways, but 2014 would be a year they would see a lot of that hard work and partnership be recognized as they became the first Philly band inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame.
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    Exclusive Interview With Lachlan Buchanan Of Muck

    Posted in Podcasts by Gino Sassani on March 31st, 2015

    There’s a new horror film out from Anchor Bay. It’s called Muck, and it’s actually the middle part of a trilogy. If you find that more than a little bit confusing, Upcomingdiscs is here to help you sort it all out. We’re going to be delivering a series of interviews with cast and crew to answer all of those burning questions. Our final interview was plagued with some connection issues so I won’t get to share much of my interview with Lachlan Buchanan. He plays Troit in the film. It’s only a snippet but you should bang it here to listen to some of my chat with Lachlan Buchanan.

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    Reviewers Wanted: Join The Upcomingdisc Family

    Posted in News and Opinions, Site News by Gino Sassani on March 26th, 2015

    As more and more titles pour into our offices here at Upcomingdiscs, we find ourselves in need of more writers.

    If you think you might like to write for the site, click on the rest of this post for more information. Please read the entire post carefully before you apply.


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    Penguins of Madagascar (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on March 26th, 2015

    “Antarctica, an inhospitable wasteland, but even here, on the Earth’s frozen bottom, we find life. And not just any life: penguins. Joyous, frolicking, waddling, cute and cuddly life. Look at them, tumbling onto their chubby bum bums. Who could take these frisky snow-clowns… seriously?”

    This one has been a long time coming. I like the Madagascar movies and have been fairly positive about them in these pages. Each time I pointed out that the highlight of these films were the antics of those military-minded penguins and their grand schemes.
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    A MusiCares Tribute To Paul McCartney (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on March 26th, 2015

    I’m not really a big Beatles fan. That will shock, anger, and dismay many of you. Sure, I’ve got a couple of favorites, but nothing I feel the need to hear over and over again. Now, with that said, I am a fan of Paul McCartney. Of all the Beatles he has evolved the most. He has gone from a kid who was nothing really special, just in the right place at the right time, to a very accomplished musician. Few musicians today can match his performance skills on almost any instrument. While a lot of celebrities talk about compassionate subjects, I get the impression McCartney is more sincere than most. Perhaps it’s this sincerity that makes him such a good songwriter.
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