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    Klondike (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on June 19th, 2014

    “You’re either gettin’ or gettin’ got”.

    It’s very tricky to make an historical drama. Writers and directors have to carefully balance the needs of entertainment over facts and authenticity. There comes the inevitable moment when they will be in conflict, and a decision must be made as to which direction will have priority in the telling of the tale. It might have been an unfair expectation on my part, but when an historical drama mini-series comes to a place like The Discovery Channel I tend to look for any conflict to be resolved in the favor of historical accuracy
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    Rizzoli & Isles: Season 4

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

    It’s hard to start a series in its fourth season. That’s particularly true of today’s huge mythology-arc shows that require you to be up to date at all times. Such was the task I found myself facing when we got a copy of Rizzoli & Isles to review. Fortunately, this is one of those pleasant exceptions to the rule. While I’d suggest that newcomers pick up the first three seasons anyway it’s not an absolute necessity. So if, like me, you’re discovering this one a little late, fear not. They’ll be a little work to catch up, but the fun kind.
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    Major Crimes: Season 2

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on June 16th, 2014

    “Uncooperative witnesses are becoming a specialty of mine.”

    That statement clearly describes Deputy Chief Brenda Johnson…except it doesn’t. Not anymore. The Closer was a stand-out hit for the folks at TNT. It’s no surprise that when the show’s star Kyra Sedgwick wanted to leave that the network would want to continue the show. That’s a little harder when the lead leaves. Shows have survived the loss of their lead, but the remaining years were usually something lesser than it once was. That’s not the case here.
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    Ray Donovan: Season 1 (Blu-ray)

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

    “It’s a different world out there.”

    You can say that again. The television landscape is changing, at least on cable. Ray Donovan is the latest in the string of new shows that are attracting talent once thought out of reach for television. A show starring Liev Schreiber and Jon Voight, this Showtime series looked to be something very special… and it almost is.
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    True Detective (Blu-ray)

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

    “You got a chapter in one of those books on jumping to conclusions?”

    It’s easy to jump to conclusions with a name like True Detective. The moniker conjures up images of the true crime pulp magazines of the 40′s and 50′s. You might get a sense that this is one of those “based on a true story” type of shows. There was even a second when I expected we might have our first “found footage” television shows. Whatever ideas you have going in, expect your perceptions to change.
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    Contest: Win A Short History Of Decay On DVD From Arc Entertainment

    Posted in Contests by Gino Sassani on June 11th, 2014

    Our crazy pals guys over at Arc Entertainment have sent over three copies of A Short History Of Decay on DVD for a few lucky Upcomingdiscs fans. It’s a dark comedy about a guy who wants to be a writer but life keeps getting in the way. It stars Linda Lavin (Alice) and Bryan Greenberg (One Tree Hill). This is one you won’t soon forget. It’s twisted. It’s funny. It’s out of control.

    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 – If you were writing the story of your life would it be a comedy or drama?
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    Contest is now closed. Winner announced by Weds.

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    Graceland: Season 1

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

    Mike Warren (Tveit) has just graduated at the top of his class for the FBI. His family includes past directors, and he’s personal friends with the current director (Vance). He expects to write his own ticket to a fast-track gig in DC and into a director’s chair at a young age. It all gets sidetracked when he’s assigned to Southern California and a place called Graceland. It’s a beach house seized in a drug bust. Now it’s an inter-department Federal unit. There are FBI, DEA and Customs officers all sharing the house and coordinating both their domestic lives and their law enforcement lives
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    Perry Mason Movie Collection Volume 1

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

    Perry Mason officially ended in May of 1966, but that wasn’t going to be the end. Twenty years later the surviving cast members reunited for Perry Mason Returns. It was Perry and Della back together again. Both Raymond Burr and Barbara Hale returned to their roles. William Hopper had died in 1970, so William Katt joined the reunion as Paul Drake, Jr. Katt might not have really been Drake’s son; he was Hale’s son. When Katt left the films he was replaced by William R. Moses as Ken Malansky
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    Original Gangster

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

    “The meek shall inherit the Earth when the strong say so.”

    Director Manish Patel wants his now. He is mostly known as a British television documentary guy, and it’s only natural that he’d eventually want to try his hand at a feature film. If you can’t find the right project, there’s always writing your own. Patel ends up being one of those one-man bands with a low budget and a minimal crew. The result is Original Gangster, known as Full English Breakfast in his home territory of England.
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    Edge of Tomorrow

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on June 6th, 2014

    “What I am about to tell you sounds crazy. But you have to listen to me. Your very lives depend on it. You see, this isn’t the first time.”

    No, this isn’t the first time. Tom Cruise seems to be making a habit of these science fiction action movies of late. There was Oblivion and War Of The Worlds, and quite frankly Edge Of Tomorrow looked to be pretty much more of the same. But there’s a huge difference between this film and the previous two. Edge Of Tomorrow is actually good. What looks on the surface to be just Groundhog Day with futuristic toys turns out to be a redemption story that I actually never saw coming.
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    Cimarron Strip: Complete Series

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

    When something is successful, it doesn’t take long for everyone else to try to find out just what those secret spices are and attempt to cash in on the wave. In 1963 NBC started one of those waves with The Virginian. While it wasn’t exactly the start of the western television tsunami, it was one of the longer-lasting ratings winners after the big two (Gunsmoke and Bonanza). By 1968 CBS was looking for a way to copy that success. One of The Virginian’s unique qualities was its 90-minute running time. Many westerns ran just 30 minutes with plenty of hour-long shows.
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    Crocodile Dundee / Crocodile Dundee II (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on June 4th, 2014

    We first came to know Paul Hogan as the “Shrimp On The Barbie” guy. He was doing television and radio ads for Australian tourism. A smart fellow, he saw that the ad character was popular and rode an enormous wave of an Australian fad that hit America in the 1980′s.. Suddenly there were Australian bands like Men At Work teaching us about vegemite sandwiches on the top of the music charts. We got steak, not shrimp, on our barbie with a chain of Australian-themed steakhouses appropriately called Outback “no rules, just right” started up by a Florida group.
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    Pretty Little Liars: Season 4

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on June 4th, 2014

    “Senior year is supposed to be the best year of your life. Did you know that? Yeah, if you survive it.”

    It’s a new season, and the girls face new dangers. You have to give the writers some credit here. While the whole A thing can get a little old, they do a good job of changing the dynamics between the Liars’ relationships both inside and outside their group. Foes can become friends, and friends often turn out to be foes. There is a lot more turmoil inside of the group as each of the Liars takes a turn being a bit of an outsider for a short while.
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    Rawhide: Eighth & Final Season

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on June 4th, 2014

    Long before Clint Eastwood was making our day as Dirty Harry or even roaming the badlands without a name for Sergio Leone, he was working the cattle drive on Rawhide. Rawhide was created to take advantage of the huge Western film and television wave that Hollywood had been riding for nearly a decade. With huge ratings for Gunsmoke and Bonanza among others, Rawhide was a bit of an unlikely success. Here the show explored the West on an endless cattle drive to get a few thousand steer to market. Along the way the crew would find themselves involved in someone else’s troubles or meet trouble head on themselves.
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    Star Trek: Enterprise – Complete Fourth Season (Blu-ray)

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

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

    But it’s finally arrived. We now have all four seasons of Star Trek: Enterprise on high-definition Blu-ray collections. On the surface, this was the easiest show to release on Blu-ray. It’s the only Trek series already in widescreen format, and it’s the only one to have been filmed, at least partially, in high definition to begin with. There was a risk, however. The series has gotten some of the most mixed reviews of any of the shows in the franchise. The truth is, it’s been getting kinder buzz in the years since it left the air. In fact, most people, myself included, feel that Enterprise was at its very best when it was taken off the air
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    Secrets of the Third Reich

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

    Just when you think you’d heard about everything there was to hear about World War II, the Smithsonian Channel offers some insight into a few “lesser-known” events of the war. Mix in a little conspiracy theory that’s become all the rage since Dan Brown’s novels hit the best seller list. What you end up with is a DVD like Secrets Of The Third Reich. The release cobbles together four episodes each telling a unique story that may or may not be completely true.
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    The First World War – The Complete Series

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on May 26th, 2014

    “The First World War shaped the 20th century. It sparked the Russian Revolution, and it launched America as a world power. The fault lines from its failed peace settlement led to a second terrible world war barely 20 years later. We all live with its unresolved consequences…”

    The First World War long existed in the shadow of the second. When it was fought, the term World War was not yet in existence. Until after the Second World War, it was referred to mostly as The Great War. The footage from this war is far more rare.
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    X-Men: Days of Future Past

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

    “You and I have a lot of catching up to do. What’s the last thing you remember?”

    In 2006 director Bryan Singer appeared to have turned his back on the film franchise he had brought to life. After two successful runs at the X-Men universe Singer was primed and ready for a third when a certain Man Of Steel caught his eye. At seemingly, the last minute Singer dropped out of the third X-Men film to direct the dubious return of Superman. I actually like Superman Returns better than most. I wonder how much of the film’s hatred might have been directed at its director, considered a traitor by many fans. I never really looked at it quite that way. It’s a business, after all, and people come and go.
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    Perry Mason Movie Collection Volume 2

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on May 19th, 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. While we may not remember the novels, we all remember the man in the persona of Raymond Burr.
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    Eastbound & Down: Season 4 (Blu-ray)

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

    “This is the story of a man who won by choosing love over fame, fortune and countless adventures…”

    Danny McBride managed in inhabit the role of Kenny Powers to such an extent I do appear to have trouble keeping them separate. Now the countless adventures continue for McBride who is going to have to get us all to see him in a new light as he leaves troubled Powers behind and moves on to other things. For fans it’s a bittersweet goodbye to Eastbound & Down. The final episodes have aired and now they are available on this 2-disc Blu-ray swansong.
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    I Frankenstein (Blu-ray 3D)

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

    “I was cast into being in the winter of 1795 a living corpse with a soul, stitched, jolted, bludgeoned back to life by a madman. Horrified by his creation, he tried to destroy me…”

    We all know the story told by the young teen wife of a poet: Mary Shelley. Told to entertain guests on a stormy night, it has become the stuff of legend. Brought to life by Colin Clive’s mad scientist in the shape of Boris Karloff in the Universal Golden Age of horror, the monster has had a face. Since that time studios from Hammer to Paramount have left their own marks and scars on the creature that often mistakenly bears the name of his mythic creator. The name of Frankenstein.
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    Rookie Blue: Season 4

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

    It’s hard to review a series starting from the fourth season, which is exactly what I had to do when Rookie Blue arrived for review recently. In the early days of television, it wouldn’t have been a problem. Most shows, cop shows in particular, had a full story with each episode and a continuity that didn’t require you to see any episodes in any particular order. This was a must if a show were to find an afterlife in syndication where show orders were largely disregarded.
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    Contest: Win A Copy Of The Dean Martin Roasts Collector’s Edition From Star Vista & Time Life

    Posted in Contests by Gino Sassani on May 13th, 2014

    Our very good buddies over at Star Vista and Time Life Entertainment have a real classic treat for one lucky winner here at Upcomingdiscs. You’re invited to spend 17 wonderful evenings with Dean and his pals as they roast some of the biggest names of the 70′s and 80′s. The Dean Martin Collector’s Edition features uncut roasts of the likes of Redd Foxx, Betty White, George Burns, Ronald Reagan, Bette Davis and even George Washington. It’s a timeless treasure, to be sure.

    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 1970′s star?
    3. Only those comments that answer our question will be considered.

    Contest is now closed Winner is Dan 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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    Godfather Part III (Blu-ray)

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

    If anything, the third part of the Godfather series of films is symbolic of when too many sequels are greenlighted, and consequently, the film is doomed to fail. More often than not, the reason why these films crash and burn is because of major studios acting like Adelphia executives and wanting more money, and in using the previous films’ successes as leverage, they lose sight of things like quality. It’s happened to other trilogies. And if you put together previous films with the reputation that the first two Godfather films have, the only question left to answer is whether or not the third film would be a minor or major letdown.
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    Gamera: Ultimate Collection V1 & 2 (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on May 7th, 2014

    “In our findings on Gamera, we’ve ascertained that: Firstly, it is attracted to and consumes fire. Secondly, it also seems to possess an internal power plant, of sorts. This emits a signal frequency that can jam radio communications. In order to store up energy reserves, Gamera consumes inorganic resources. Not only does it consume petroleum as well as other mineral and fossil fuels, but Gamera may also seek out atomic bombs.”

    Ask anyone about Japanese monster movies and Gamera usually won’t be the first name that comes into their minds.
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