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    12 Days Of Christmas Giveaways – Day 5 The Wonder Years: Season 4 From Time-Life/Star Vista

    Posted in Contests by Gino Sassani on December 29th, 2015

    On The Fifth Day Of Christmas Time-Life Gives To You:

    We have some great friends over at Time Life and Star Vista. They’re you’re friends, too. This time it’s season 4 of The Wonder Years. Take a trip back in time to what it was like to be a kid in the 1960?s. Plus there’s Joe Cocker’s version of A Little Help From My Friends. It’s all here for a lucky Upcomingdiscs winner. ‘Tis the season for some wonder.

    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 movie are you looking forward to seeing most in 2016?
    3. Only those comments that answer our question will be considered.

    Contest is now closed. Winners announced soon!

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    12 Days Of Christmas Giveaways – Day Four: CPO Sharkey: The Best of Season 1 From Time-Life

    Posted in Contests by Gino Sassani on December 28th, 2015

    On The Fourth Day Of Christmas Time-Life Gives To You:

    CPO Sharkey The Best Of Season One. It’s Don Rickles as Sharkey. His job is to make everyone’s life miserable. But our friends at Time-Life and StarVista want to add a little laughter to help kick off your 2016. We’ve got a 6-episode Greatest Hits disc from the show’s first season. It’s going to an Upcomingdiscs follower.

    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 the best Christmas Gift you ever gave.
    3. Only those comments that answer our question will be considered.

    Contest is now closed. Winners announced soon!

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    12 Days Of Christmas Giveaways – Day Three: Hallmark Christmas Collection From Cinedigm

    Posted in Contests by Gino Sassani on December 27th, 2015

    On The Third Day Of Christmas Hallmark Gives To You:

    If you didn’t have a large enough Christmas library to share with that special someone, Hallmark wants to hook you up for next time. We’ve got a collection of 4 Holiday films on DVD: Christmas At The Cartwrights , A Cookie Cutter Christmas, Best Christmas Party Ever and Ice Sculpture Christmas. It’s hours of romance for the Holidays. We want to help extend that Christmas season for a lucky Upcomingdiscs follower.

    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 the best Christmas Gift you ever got.
    3. Only those comments that answer our question will be considered.

    Contest is now closed. Winners announced soon!

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    12 Days Of Christmas Giveaways – Day Two: Duck Dynasty: Season 4-6 From A&E/History/Lionsgate

    Posted in Contests by Gino Sassani on December 26th, 2015

    On The Second Day Of Christmas A&E/History Gives To You:

    They’ll quack you up. It’s the Robertson Clan and they could be coming to your house as a late Christmas gift. Those busy little elves over at Lionsgate have sent us A&E’s Duck Dynasty Seasons 4-6 on DVD. It’s an 8-disc collection that delivers three full seasons of Duck Dynasty fun and games. It’s going out to a lucky Upcomingdiscs follower. We already know if these guys have been naughty or nice. How about you?

    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 – Did you end up on Santa’s naughty or nice list for 2015 and why.
    3. Only those comments that answer our question will be considered.

    Contest is now closed. Winners announced soon!

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    12 Days Of Christmas Giveaways – Day 1: The Original Christmas Classics Anniversary Edition On DVD From Dreamworks

    Posted in Contests by Gino Sassani on December 25th, 2015

    It’s back. Upcomingdiscs proudly presents our 12 Days Of Christmas Giveaways. We’re running a new contest for each of the 12 Days Of Christmas.

    On The First Day Of Christmas Dreamworks Gives To You:

    The Original Christmas Classics Anniversary Collector’s Edition. This DVD collection features some of the biggest Christmas Classics from the vintage days of the television specials. In one collection you’re going to get 7 all-time classic specials. We’re talking Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer and Frosty The Snowman. Those are two of the best there ever was. The set also includes the rare Santa Claus Is Coming To Town. In this day of super heroes this is one of the earliest. It’s Santa’s origin story told in wonderful stop-motion. I haven’t seen it since I was a kid. What a blast to share it with my family. The set also includes The Little Drummer Boy, Cricket On The Hearth which stars Roddy McDowall and Danny Thomas, Mr. Magoo’s Christmas Carol and Frosty Returns. You want this collection on your shelf before the next Christmas season rolls around. Now you can win it on DVD thanks to our Christmas buddies at Dreamworks.

    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’s on top of your wish list this Holiday Season (and did you get it).
    3. Only those comments that answer our question will be considered.

    Contest is now closed. Winners announced soon!

    Don’t forget to check out more Holiday fun at: Dreamworks Classic Santa

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    Knock Knock (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on December 23rd, 2015

    I have to admit that I’m not much of a Keanu Reeves fan. However, I’m a huge fan of Keanu Reeves movies. Let’s face it, Keanu can be quite wooden with as much screen presence as a test pattern. OK, I’m showing my age with that line. But one thing he knows how to do well is pick great films to star in. From The Matrix and the recent very hit John Wick to the underrated The Devil’s Advocate, Reeves can sure pick ’em. The worse case scenario here would be Keanu in an uninteresting movie. Well…Knock Knock. Who’s there? An uninteresting Keanu Reeves film.
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    Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on December 16th, 2015

    “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.
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    Holiday Gift Guide Spotlight: History/A&E

    Posted in Holiday Gift Guides by Gino Sassani on December 16th, 2015

    I think I see your problem. You have this list. It’s a list of people you need/want to buy a Christmas gift for. The trouble is that they’re into home theatre, and you don’t know Star Trek from Star Wars. You couldn’t tell a Wolf Man from a Wolverine. And you always thought that Paranormal Activity was something too kinky to talk about. Fortunately, Upcomingdiscs has come to the rescue every Christmas with our Gift Guide Spotlights. Keep checking back to see more recommendations for your holiday shopping. These gift guides ARE NOT paid advertisements. We take no money to publish them. A&E/History have sent some cool sets that we’ll also be giving away during our 12 Days Of Christmas Giveaways.
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    Holiday Gift Guide Spotlight: Barron’s Educational Series Books

    Posted in Holiday Gift Guides by Gino Sassani on December 15th, 2015

    I think I see your problem. You have this list. It’s a list of people you need/want to buy a Christmas gift for. The trouble is that they’re into home theatre, and you don’t know Star Trek from Star Wars. You couldn’t tell a Wolf Man from a Wolverine. And you always thought that Paranormal Activity was something too kinky to talk about. Fortunately, Upcomingdiscs has come to the rescue every Christmas with our Gift Guide Spotlights. Keep checking back to see more recommendations for your holiday shopping. These gift guides ARE NOT paid advertisements. We take no money to publish them. Maybe someone on your shopping list loves movies and loves books. The best place I can offer you here is the folks at Barron’s Educational. I’ve seen two books from them this shopping season that you really want to check out. The first we’ve already talked about. The second is for that Dr. Whovian on your Christmas list
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    Under the Dome: Season 3

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

    “Four weeks ago, an invisible dome crashed down on Chester’s Mill, cutting us off from the rest of the world. The dome has tested our limits, forcing each of us to confront our own personal demons… rage… grief… fear. Now, in order to survive, we must battle our most dangerous adversary… the enemy within.” 

    Under The Dome began life as a Stephen King novel. The basic idea was that a mysterious clear dome isolates the town of Chester’s Mills from the rest of the world. Of course, the story was populated with King’s trademark characters that represent his own special version of Americana.
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    Cooties (Blu-ray)

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

    “I’m under some medication for a medical condition so I may not be seeing this correctly. But I’m pretty sure I might be seeing some of your students possibly eating Mr. Peterson. Again it could be the medication.” 

    Cooties starts out with the grossest sequence in the entire film. You might not want to start this film if you’re eating, particularly if you’re eating chicken nuggets. Ben Franklin once warned us that there were two things one should never see made: laws and sausages. He might just as well have been talking chicken nuggets.
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    Holiday Gift Guide: Film Detective

    Posted in Holiday Gift Guides by Gino Sassani on December 8th, 2015

    I think I see your problem. You have this list. It’s a list of people you need/want to buy a Christmas gift for. The trouble is that they’re into home theatre, and you don’t know Star Trek from Star Wars. You couldn’t tell a Wolf Man from a Wolverine. And you always thought that Paranormal Activity was something too kinky to talk about. Fortunately, Upcomingdiscs has come to the rescue every Christmas with our Gift Guide Spotlights. Keep checking back to see more recommendations for your holiday shopping. These gift guides ARE NOT paid advertisements. We take no money to publish them. Now we turn our attention to the folks at The Film Detective. You won’t need Columbo to work this one out.
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    The Last House

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on December 2nd, 2015

    As soon as you see the opening credits to The Last House, you have a pretty idea that you’re not in Kansas anymore, which was quite strange for me, since I’m supposed to be in Florida. Director Sean Cain lets you know up front that the film will challenge your ability to keep up. It doesn’t help that you get an intercut of actor Ezra Buzzington spouting some kind of philosophy that makes no sense, partly because you can’t  understand everything he’s even saying. Sadly, the film doesn’t come with subtitles, so it appears that Cain just doesn’t want you to get comfortable at all. Well… mission accomplished. So, is that a good thing or a bad thing?
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    Sinatra: All Or Nothing At All (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on December 2nd, 2015

    “His imperfections were unsettling. But Frank Sinatra was a genuine artist, and his work will endure as long as men and women can hear and ponder and feel. In the end, that’s all that really matters.” 

    He was The Beatles before The Beatles were The Beatles. His voice would make women swoon and men want to be him. He romanced some of the most beautiful women in Hollywood history, and he sat at tables with kings, princesses and presidents. He was The Voice. The Chairman Of The Board. He was Old Blue Eyes. His name was Francis Albert Sinatra, but we all called him Frank.
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    Victor Frankenstein

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

    “You know this story…”

    At least you think that you do. Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein is one of the best known novels of all time. But thanks in part to Hollywood, it is also one of the most misrepresented stories of all time. I’m a fan of both the novel and the series of Universal and Hammer films going all the way back to 1931 when Boris Karloff played The Monster and Colin Clive played the mad Dr. Frankenstein. Missing from both the original novel and the James Whale Universal film is any mention of a character named Igor. There isn’t even an assistant at all in the book, and in the 1931 film the hunchbacked lab assistant was named Fritz and was played by Dwight Frye.
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    31 Nights Of Terror Winner’s Circle

    Posted in News and Opinions by Gino Sassani on November 30th, 2015

    It’s time to tally up the body count for our 31 Nights Of Terror contests. Thanks to all who entered. If you didn’t win this time, keep trying. Thanks also to the studios that made it all happen.

    Don’t forget we’ll be serving up our 12 Days Of Christmas Giveaways in December. That’s 12 straight days of contests.

    Here’s the list. Final arrangements have been sent via email:

    Lost After Dark on Blu-ray – Bill Norris

    June on DVD – M.R. Street

    Under Wraps on DVD – Sharon Cubic

    Girls Gone Dead on DVD – Jason Farries

    Halloween Stories on DVD – Ashley Turilik

    Curse Of Oak Island Season 2 on DVD – Bobby Remmy

    Amnesiac on Blu-ray – Richard Grady

    Madcow on DVD – Jim Gardner

    Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No on Blu-ray – Michael Henderson

    The Leftovers Season 1 on Blu-ray – Tommy

    Our November Tuesday Round-Up winner was Sherry McKay who won Jingle Bell Rocks on DVD

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    Holiday Gift Guide Spotlight: Lionsgate

    Posted in Holiday Gift Guides by Gino Sassani on November 30th, 2015

    I think I see your problem. You have this list. It’s a list of people you need/want to buy a Christmas gift for. The trouble is that they’re into home theatre, and you don’t know Star Trek from Star Wars. You couldn’t tell a Wolf Man from a Wolverine. And you always thought that Paranormal Activity was something too kinky to talk about. Fortunately, Upcomingdiscs has come to the rescue every Christmas with our Gift Guide Spotlights. Keep checking back to see more recommendations for your holiday shopping. These gift guides ARE NOT paid advertisements. We take no money to publish them. Lionsgate has given us a lot of content this year. They also gave us the best film I’ve seen all year. That would be Mr. Holmes. From television to theatrical releases to direct to video. Lionsgate has something for you to put under the tree this year
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    Holiday Gift Guide Spotlight: CBS Television

    Posted in Holiday Gift Guides by Gino Sassani on November 29th, 2015

    I think I see your problem. You have this list. It’s a list of people you need/want to buy a Christmas gift for. The trouble is that they’re into home theatre, and you don’t know Star Trek from Star Wars. You couldn’t tell a Wolf Man from a Wolverine. And you always thought that Paranormal Activity was something too kinky to talk about. Fortunately, Upcomingdiscs has come to the rescue every Christmas with our Gift Guide Spotlights. Keep checking back to see more recommendations for your holiday shopping. These gift guides ARE NOT paid advertisements. We take no money to publish them. This time we turn our attention to CBS.
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    Holiday Gift Guide Spotlight: HBO on Blu-ray

    Posted in Holiday Gift Guides by Gino Sassani on November 28th, 2015

    I think I see your problem. You have this list. It’s a list of people you need/want to buy a Christmas gift for. The trouble is that they’re into home theatre, and you don’t know Star Trek from Star Wars. You couldn’t tell a Wolf Man from a Wolverine. And you always thought that Paranormal Activity was something too kinky to talk about. Fortunately, Upcomingdiscs has come to the rescue every Christmas with our Gift Guide Spotlights. Keep checking back to see more recommendations for your holiday shopping. These gift guides ARE NOT paid advertisements. We take no money to publish them. HBO is the spotlight today. A couple of television’s best shows had full-season releases in 2015.
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    Holiday Gift Guide Spotlight: Warner Brothers Television On Blu-ray

    Posted in Holiday Gift Guides by Gino Sassani on November 27th, 2015

    I think I see your problem. You have this list. It’s a list of people you need/want to buy a Christmas gift for. The trouble is that they’re into home theatre, and you don’t know Star Trek from Star Wars. You couldn’t tell a Wolf Man from a Wolverine. And you always thought that Paranormal Activity was something too kinky to talk about. Fortunately, Upcomingdiscs has come to the rescue every Christmas with our Gift Guide Spotlights. Keep checking back to see more recommendations for your holiday shopping. These gift guides ARE NOT paid advertisements. We take no money to publish them. When it comes to getting the current shows out in high definition, no one does it better than Warner Brothers.
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    Creed

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

    The last time we checked in on Rocky Balboa was 2006. It was a bittersweet coda to a franchise that provided 30 years and six films of the life and times of Rocky Balboa. Some were truly great films. I’d count the first and last as in that category. Some were near misses like the third and fourth films, while the fifth was pretty much a total disaster. In those years and films we watched Rocky go from a hungry Philadelphia wannabe boxer to the champion several times over. Like the franchise, the character had his own highs and lows. There’s no question that the Rocky franchise has gone the distance. And while it might have been a split-decision, the Rocky films still stand as the champion of the film genre.
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    The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies Extended Edition (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on November 17th, 2015

    “Will you follow me, one last time?”

    It’s time to say goodbye to Middle Earth, at least from a cinematic perspective. The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies marks the last time we shall see Peter Jackson’s version of Middle Earth. Sure, Ian McKellen has told us he wouldn’t be surprised to see some kind of a return. I would. There is certainly enough work from Tolkien to support future adventures, but the rights to anything beyond these books belongs to the Tolkien estate.
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    A Bucket of Blood

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on November 17th, 2015

    “I will talk to you of Art, for there is nothing else to talk about, for there is nothing else… Life is an obscure hobo bumming a ride on the omnibus of Art. Burn gas, buggies, and whip your sour cream of circumstance and hope, and go ahead and sleep your bloody heads off. Creation is, all else is not.”

    Enter The Film Detective. Founded by Philip Hopkins, the organization has made it something of a mission to re-master old cult favorite films for broadcast and the high-definition video market. They have a working library of about 3,000 titles.
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    A.D. The Bible Continues (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on November 16th, 2015

    In 2013 husband-and-wife production duo Mark Burnett and Roma Downey teamed up to bring The Bible to the History Channel. The 10 episode series gave as a whirlwind tour of the milestones from the Bible and brought about some critical acclaim along with solid ratings. It aired during Easter/Passover season. It was certainly an ambitious project and left the team feeling they could do more with the project. They managed to strike a deal this time with NBC to air a sequel of sorts to the mini-series. Enter AD The Bible, which takes an opposite approach to the first show.
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    Sgt. Bilko / The Phil Silvers Show: The Final Season

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on November 16th, 2015

    “He’s back. The Sarge is back.”

    But not for long. Phil Silvers was aptly named. If anyone in show business had a silver tongue, it was Phil. He started, like most comedians of the era, in Burlesque and Vaudeville. There he honed the natural talent that would make him one of the first true television stars in the industry. With The Phil Silvers Show he introduced us to the character of Sergeant Bilko. From 1955 to 1959 Silvers and his Bilko character would take the television landscape by storm.
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