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    Hellbenders 3D (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on February 25th, 2014

    “Don’t mess with a man of God.”

    It has been said that an old vaudevillian was on his deathbed and was asked how he was doing. He replied, “Dying is easy. Comedy is hard”. And no, it wasn’t Shia LaBeof. The fact is that comedy is easy. Horror comedy is hard…very hard. One needs only to look at the lame attempts each year to make us laugh at the carnage. For every Shaun Of The Dead there are 100 Vampire In Brooklyn‘s Let’s not even talk about the last Scream entry.
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    Thor: The Dark World (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on February 24th, 2014

    “There is nothing more relaxing than knowing that the world is crazier than you are.”

    When Disney Studios bought the Marvel line, what they were buying was really a printing press that printed freshly-minted money. That doesn’t mean it was automatic, however. It was done right. Starting with the first two Iron Man films, the franchise that would lead to Joss Whedon’s superior Avengers film was one of creating a universe. God made the universe in seven days. It took Marvel five movies
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    Swamp People: Season 4

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

    “The way of life depicted in this program dates back 300 years. Hunting, especially alligator hunting, lies at its core. Some images may be disturbing. Viewer discretion is advised.”

    And they’re not kidding. Gator hunting is a bloody business, and this show gets you right up close and in the action. The hunters set hooks with bait, and once a gator is hooked they must reel it in and shoot it in a very small vulnerable spot in the back of the head. Let me warn you that animals were indeed harmed in the making of this film, and you’re going to witness that harm.
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    Valentine’s Day Spotlight: Nicholas Sparks: Limited Edition Collection

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on February 13th, 2014

    “You know, the smallest thing can change your life. In the blink of an eye, something happens by chance, when you least expect it, sets you on a course that you never planned into a future you never imagined. Where will it take you? That’s the journey of our lives. Our search for the light… “

    The same thing can be said for movies. They are a journey that we willingly take. Often they lead us to unexpected places. And if we’re very lucky, if the film is very good, there’ll be the slightest bit of change in ourselves because of the experience.
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    The Jungle Book (Diamond Edition) (Blu-ray)

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

    There are two very distinctive schools of thought about Walt Disney’s The Jungle Book. There are the Kipling fanatics who have never forgiven Disney for taking a story considered sacred in literary circles and creating something that honestly bears (pardon the pun) little resemblance to the original work. These folks rightfully point out that the story contains almost nothing recognizable about the story and characters from Kipling’s beloved classic. I have often condemned projects that take names like The Night Stalker and Battlestar Galactica and create a vision incompatible with the traditions I associate with them.
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    Exclusive Interview With Marissa Skell Of Sorority Party Massacre

    Posted in Podcasts by Gino Sassani on February 10th, 2014

    If you get invited to a party, you might want to make sure Marissa Skell isn’t on the invite list. No, she’s a perfectly fine young actress. She’s likely to be the life of the party. Unfortunately, when Marissa goes to a party people end up dead. Of course, I’m talking about the star of Sorority Party Massacre and Slumber Party Slaughter. Actually, she’s a lot of fun to talk to. I got just that opportunity last week. In anticipation of the new Anchor Bay release of Sorority Party Massacre I had the chance to chat with Marissa. Bang it here to find out what she had to say: Marissa Skell

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    Bonnie & Clyde (2013) (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on February 5th, 2014

    “Sometimes I like to think that fever of an unexpected origin, that I never came out of the other side. And that the rest of my life, none of it ever happened, especially that part where I got shot 37 times, giving my Bonnie Parker her big ending.”

    When you’re telling the story of Bonnie and Clyde, it’s very hard to say anything new. The exploits of the pair were followed closely by the entire nation. Newspaper accounts and silver screen newsreels took advantage of every turn of events in the case
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    Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 (Blu-ray 3D)

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

    “My name is Flint Lockwood. My whole life I always wanted to be a great inventor just like my hero. It was like Chester V. was speaking directly to me using the language of science.”

    In 2009 Sony Pictures had finally learned to use the language of science when it comes to the world of animation. I’m talking the computer-animated feature film.  Of course, they’ve been in the game for a while, but it was with the release of Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs that this reviewer believes they delivered on the kinds of things that Pixar and Dreamworks have been delivering
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    Argento’s Dracula (Blu-ray 3D)

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

    “This evening I finally met Count Dracula. He is younger than I expected, although his behavior and his demeanor seem to somehow contradict his appearance.”

    Dracula and vampires in general have taken on many appearances and personalities over the years. He has been portrayed as the suave European gentleman and a vicious gaunt creature best left to the shadows. Lately vampires have taken on the angst and yearnings of adolescence. Dracula has been around since 1897 when Bram Stoker wrote his groundbreaking novel.
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    Wings – The Complete First and Second Seasons

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

    Wings was one of those unusual sitcoms that depended more on the characters than the situations they were in. While the setting was a small Nantucket airline owned by two brothers, most of the episodes had very little to do with flying. Rather, the writers populated this small airline with very distinctive personalities and let these interactions be fodder for the funny. The characters were played by more than competent actors, many of whom have proven themselves beyond this quaint sitcom.
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    Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on January 28th, 2014

    “One … two… Freddy’s coming for you, three… four… better lock the door, five… six… grab your crucifix, seven… eight better stay up late, nine….ten … Never Sleep Again.”

    Freddy is one of the more memorable monsters from the slasher era that also brought us the Halloween and Jason films. Freddy might have been born in the mind of Wes Craven, but he grew and developed in the knife-wielding hands of Robert Englund. Granted, not all of these films are equal in quality. The first and third are the best story-wise, while the last might be the most unpredictable and original.
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    Vikingdom

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on January 28th, 2014

    “Everybody has a story to tell about their lives. My story begins the day I died.”

    It also seems that everybody has a tale of ancient fighters and heroes to tell. With the popularity of television shows like The Vikings and Game Of Thrones, there appears to be a considerable demand for this kind of film. Zack Snyder added his own graphic- novel style to 300, and it’s been repeated to the point where the style itself has become a sub-genre of its own. The Spartacus series took that style, noted for the animated cartoonish blood in plentiful supply, and made it into a common event.
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    Married With Children – Season 1 & 2

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on January 28th, 2014

    On October 9th 1986 the network television landscape did something that hadn’t been done successfully in its 40-year history. A fourth network broke on the airwaves. It was called FOX and wasn’t even going to broadcast seven days a week. Most pundits in the television industry never gave it a chance. Most of the channels were in the double-digit UHF range. This had long been considered the independent station area, and a lot of televisions didn’t pick up this band as well as the established VHF band. And for a while it looked like the network was going to disappear almost as quickly as it appeared. But by 1987, the network suddenly had two big hits on its hands.
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    12 Days Of Christmas Giveaways Winner Circle

    Posted in Site News by Gino Sassani on January 27th, 2014

    Congratulations to our 12 Days Of Christmas Giveaways.

    It looks like 12 lucky Upcomingdiscs fans still have one more Christmas Present left to open.

    Here’s a list of our winners:

    Halloween 35th Edition on Blu-ray – Mr. Phil

    Baseball Package – Adam Lipkin

    Family Christmas Film Collection – Anne Derkat

    Ancient Aliens Season 3 – Liz l

    China Beach Seasons 1 & 2 – Jan Hammersmith

    The Rutles Anthology – Peter Price

    Cosby…Far Fom Finished – Beth Dockery

    Dick Figures: The Movie – Anita

    Escape From Planet Earth 3D – Lynda Larsen-Baldry

    Yankees 2000 World Series Collector’s Edition – Connie Lewis

    The Naked City 20 Episode Collection – Jacob LaFountaine

    Spartacus: War Of The Damned – Bill Marks

    Thanks to all of our studio sponsors and all of you who entered the contests.

    There’s plenty more for 2014. We’ve already started a new year of contests.

    Don’t forget to use our Amazon links when you shop at Amazon. You don’t have to buy the item you use to get there. Anything you buy, once you’ve used our link helps to keep these giveaways going.

    Many of you asked for more contests next year. Well… we need your help to make that happen.

    Be sure to support us at Amazon and Diabolik DVD.

     

     

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    Contest: Win A Vikingdom One-Sheet Poster From Epic Pictures

    Posted in Contests, Expired Contests by Gino Sassani on January 27th, 2014

    Our cool friends over at Epic Pictures Group have passed along a really cool prize for three lucky Upcomingdiscs winners. We have three (3) full-sized one-sheet posters for their latest release Vikingdom. The DVD is also up for grabs in an earlier contest and a review of the film is also on the way. A heart thanks to Epic for the cool stuff. The posters will arrive in a tube. They are rolled and NOT folded. These guys thought of everything.

    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 action/adventure film of all time?
    3. Only those comments that answer our question will be considered.

    Contest is now closed Winners are Mark Stiles, Vicki Wurgler & Matt M.

    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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    NYPD Blue: Season Five

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

    Steven Bochco is no stranger to innovative television. Hill Street Blues is arguably the best cop show ever made. Even his failures are praised for their innovativeness and freshness. Remember Cop Rock? NYPD Blue didn’t just push the prime time envelope. It tore the envelope to pieces and blew it away with hurricane-force winds. George Carlin made a career out of his “Seven words you can’t say on television”. Along comes NYPD Blue and Carlin just might have needed a new act.
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    Contest: Win Vikingdom on DVD From Epic Pictures

    Posted in Contests, Expired Contests by Gino Sassani on January 20th, 2014

    Our cool friends over at Epic Pictures Group want to make sure you start your New Year off just right. They’ve given us three (3) copies of Vikingdom on DVD to give away to some lucky Upcomingdiscs readers. The film stars Prison Break’s Dominic Purcell as Viking mythology’s King Eirick. It’s a search for Odin’s Horn so that the god Thor can conquer the world. It arrives on DVD Jan. 21st and here’s your chance to win a copy for yourself.

    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!  Who is your favorite television actor?
    3. Only those comments that answer our question will be considered.

    Contest is now closed Winners are Diane Rothenbuahler, April Pace & Kelly Freeman

    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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    Star Trek: Enterprise – Complete Third Season (Blu-ray)

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

    “It’s been a long time getting from there to here.”

    Thirty-five years to be exact. Enterprise is the fourth spinoff from the original 1960’s hopeful series. The Earth is finally ready to send its first starship to explore the vast galaxy. This first starship Enterprise is smaller than the ships we’ve become used to. There are no shields or photon torpedoes. The transporter has only been cleared for inanimate objects. Not that this stands in the way of its occasional “emergency” use.
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    Big Ass Spider! (Blu-Ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on January 13th, 2014

    “If you were a spider, where would you be?”

    Unfortunately, I happen to know the answer to that question: here at my house. When director Mike Mendez was looking for locations to shoot his SyFy-styled Big Ass Spider! he could have looked no farther than the spider-friendly environs of Tampa, Florida. In fact, he could have set up his equipment in my living room and gotten himself a Big Ass Spider, to be sure. They’re called huntsmen. I call them Rambo Spiders.
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    12 Days Of Christmas Giveaways – Day 12: Halloween (35th Anniversary Edition) From Anchor Bay

    Posted in Contests, Expired Contests by Gino Sassani on January 5th, 2014

    On the Twelfth Day Of Christmas Anchor Bay gives to you: 

    Back in October we began our 31 Nights Of Terror with a review of Anchor Bay’s 35th Anniversary Edition of John Carpenter’s Halloween on Blu-ray. We thought it fitting that we end our giveaways with the same classic title. It’s the movie that launched an entire genre of film. Thanks to the great guys over at Anchor Bay, we’re able to do just that. Our last Christmas contest is a copy of Halloween on Blu-ray. It’s the same Anniversary Edition we reviewed in October.

    To enter 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: How often do you visit us at Upcomingdiscs?
    3. Only those comments that answer our question will be considered.

    Remember: Your answer will not change your chance of winning. It’s totally random so be honest.

    Contest is now closed Winner is Mr. Phil

    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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    12 Days Of Christmas Giveaways – Day 11: Baseball Package

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

    On the Eleventh Day Of Christmas Upcomingdiscs gives to you: 

    With most of the country getting the worst stuff that Winter can deliver, let us deliver some springtime. We’ve got a baseball package for 1 lucky Upcomingdiscs winner. You’ll get three baseball releases: New York Mets 50 Greatest Players, Fenway Park: 100 Years As The Heart Of Red Sox Nation and Knuckleball! It’s a definitive documentary on baseball’s infamous pitch. It’s a sure homerun for any baseball fan.

    To enter 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 (if any) New Year’s resolutions did you make?
    3. Only those comments that answer our question will be considered.

    Remember: Your answer will not change your chance of winning. It’s totally random so be honest.

    Contest is now closed Winner is Adam Lipkin

    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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    12 Days Of Christmas Giveaways – Day 10: Family Christmas Film Collection

    Posted in Contests, Expired Contests by Gino Sassani on January 3rd, 2014

    On the Tenth Day Of Christmas Upcomingdiscs gives to you: 

    We have compiled a pretty hefty Holiday movie collection here over the last year or so. We’re going to include the entire collection to one lucky winner. You get Home By Christmas with Linda Hamilton, Holiday Switch with Nicole Eggbert, His & Her Christmas with Dina Myers, Will You Merry Me with Wendie Malick, The Road To Christmas with Jennifer Grey, Recipe For A Perfect Christmas with Bobby Cannavale, Holiday Wishes with Amber Benson and 12 Christmas Wishes For My Dog with Fred Willard. The last one is Baby’s favorite. She’s the German Shepherd/Chow in charge of security here. She also writes our dog movie reviews.

    To enter 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!  What do you like the least about Upcomingdiscs?
    3. Only those comments that answer our question will be considered.

    Remember: Your answer will not change your chance of winning. It’s totally random so be honest.

    Contest is now closed Winner is Anne Derkat

    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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    After Christmas Gift Guide Spotlight: Diagnosis Murder: Complete Collection

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

    If you’re like many folks out there, Christmas is over and you’ve got some gift certificates or holiday cash to spend. If you’re a reader here at Upcomingdiscs, you’re looking for something to add to your home theater with that booty. May I suggest that you look at the impressive box set for Diagnosis Murder. This is one heck of a collection. You get 51 DVD’s in all.
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    12 Days Of Christmas Giveaways – Day 9: Ancient Aliens: Season Three

    Posted in Contests, Expired Contests by Gino Sassani on January 2nd, 2014

    On the Ninth Day Of Christmas A&E gives to you: 

    Our friends over at A&E /History have one simple question for you. Do you believe? For all of you Fox Mulders out there A&E has a DVD collection for you. Enter to win Ancient Aliens Season 3 on DVD today. Have Ancient Aliens visited this planet? Did they shape our evolution? Check it out.

    To enter 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!  What do you like most about Upcomingdiscs?
    3. Only those comments that answer our question will be considered.

    Contest is now closed Winner is Liz 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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    12 Days Of Christmas Giveaways – Day 8: China Beach Seasons 1 & 2 From Timeless Media/Star Vista

    Posted in Contests, Expired Contests by Gino Sassani on January 1st, 2014

    On the Eighth Day Of Christmas Timeless Media/Star Vista gives to you: 

    we’ve got a special treat for you. Summer may be a long way ahead but we decided it was time to hit the beach once again, China Beach, that is. They’ve given us a copy of China Beach Season 1 & 2 on DVD and we’re giving them away to you. Catch Dana Delany, Marg Helgenberger and Robert Picardo before Desperate Housewives, CSI or Star Trek: Voyager. China Beach paid tribute to the vets of Vietnam. You can thank those wonderful elves over at Timeless Media and Star Vista.

    To enter 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!  We’ve got some changes and upgrades in store for 2014. What changes would you like to see here at Upcomingdiscs?
    3. Only those comments that answer our question will be considered.

    Contest is now closed Winner is Jan Hammersmith

    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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