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    The Killing of America (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by John Ceballos on January 4th, 2017

    “America is the only industrialized nation with a higher murder rate than countries at civil war.”

    2016 might technically be in the rearview mirror, but it feels like last year left an indelible mark on the psyche of the United States. In addition to the most polarizing presidential election in a very long time, last year was marked by the deadliest shooting in U.S. history about an hour away from where I’m currently sitting, along with other highly-publicized instances of gun violence. So it feels like an appropriate time to revisit The Killing of America, a 1981 documentary that was never granted a commercial U.S. release after being deemed too exploitative.
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    Tuesday Round Up: January 3, 2017

    Posted in Tuesday Round Up by John Ceballos on January 3rd, 2017

    The first Tuesday Round Up of 2017 is getting the New Year off to a spooky start. Lionsgate ventures back into the woods to meet up with the Blair Witch, while Fox makes us lose our heads thanks to Sleepy Hollow: Season 3. Finally, Reel Gore Releasing has a bloody good time with The Orphan Killer. Meanwhile in non-horror news, Cinedigm leaves behind The Ultimate Legacy, while HBO takes us back to the Big Apple (with a detour to Japan) to hang out with Girls: Season 5.

    It might be a new year now, but you’re going to get the same weekly reminder before we sign off for the week: if you’re shopping for anything on Amazon and you do it through one of our links, it’ll help keep the lights on here at UpcomingDiscs. See ya next week!

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    Stagecoach: The Texas Jack Story (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by John Ceballos on December 23rd, 2016

    There’s a man comin’, and he aims to bury you.”

    That sort of threat — especially when it’s made within the trigger-happy Western genre — usually refers to a wronged hero looking to rain vengeance upon some dastardly villain who wronged him in an extremely personal way. The only most interesting thing about Stagecoach: The Texas Jack Story is that our presumed hero is the one being hunted…and the “bad guy” has a legitimate gripe.
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    Holiday Gift Guide Spotlight: Cohen Media Group

    Posted in Holiday Gift Guides by John Ceballos on December 21st, 2016

    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. How about a 4K restoration of the classic Howards End?
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    Tuesday Round Up: December 20, 2016

    Posted in Tuesday Round Up by John Ceballos on December 20th, 2016

    We are less than a week away from Santa making his annual jaunt around the globe. But as we inch closer to the magic of Christmas Eve, I want to talk about a different gray-haired pilot at the center of a wintry miracle. Thanks to Warner Bros., we’ll have a review of Sully in 4K, which examines the real-life “Miracle on the Hudson.” Speaking of taking flight, Warner was also kind enough to deliver Storks in 4K and 3D under our tree. Meanwhile, Lionsgate counts to 31, and Candy Factory hikes with the Children of the Mountain.

    One last reminder before signing off for the week: if you’re shopping for anything on Amazon (time’s running out to get those Christmas presents delivered on time!) and you do it through one of our links, it’ll help keep the lights on here at UpcomingDiscs. See ya next week!

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    Howards End: 25th Anniversary (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by John Ceballos on December 15th, 2016

    Word of advice: don’t take up a sentimental attitude over the poor.”

    That bit of wisdom is offered by Henry Wilcox, the scheming, obliviously shameless wealthy capitalist in Howards End. The 1992 Merchant-Ivory film — which gets a spiffy, 25th Anniversary Blu-ray release courtesy of Cohen Media Group — is based on an E.M. Forster novel that was published in 1910. However, Henry’s philosophy towards the less fortunate members of society strikes a chord more than 100 years since the character made his debut. And that’s just one reason Howards End is worth another look as we prepare to turn the calendar to 2017.
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    Tuesday Round Up: December 13, 2016

    Posted in Tuesday Round Up by John Ceballos on December 13th, 2016

    We’re smack dab in the middle of Christmas frenzy, and I know of a certain group of boys and girls who’ve landed on Santa’s naughty list. Sure, the supervillains in Warner Bros. Suicide Squad might end up saving the world, but they also cause plenty of trouble along the way. We’ll soon have a review of the comic book blockbuster’s 4K edition, so be sure to keep an eye on our site. Elsewhere, Fox introduces us to Morgan, while Cinedigm boards Stagecoach: The Texas Jack Story. Paramount reacquaints us with a new Ben-Hur, Magnolia Home Entertainment thinks small with Little Men, and Lionsgate quacks us up with Duck Dynasty: Season 10. And oh yeah…a scrappy little underdog tale called Rogue One: A Star Wars Story hits theaters this Friday, which isn’t far, far away at all. Once the movie is out, our review will be up before you can say “Death Star.”

    Here’s your weekly reminder before signing off for the week: if you’re shopping for anything on Amazon — maybe a Christmas present or two — and you do it through one of our links, it’ll help keep the lights on here at UpcomingDiscs. See ya next week!

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    Jason Bourne (UHD Blu-ray) (4K)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by John Ceballos on December 7th, 2016

    Moviegoers tend to have better memories than amnesiac assassins, but I think it’s fair to say we’ve mostly put The Bourne Legacy out of our minds. Universal’s underwhelming, halfhearted attempt to spin off one of its more lucrative franchises all but guaranteed the eventual return of original star Matt Damon and two-time director Paul Greengrass (The Bourne Supremacy, The Bourne Ultimatum). The duo has re-teamed for the entertaining yet inessential Jason Bourne, which — for better and worse — will feel extremely familiar for fans of the trilogy
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    Tuesday Round Up: December 6, 2016

    Posted in Tuesday Round Up by John Ceballos on December 6th, 2016

    You know his name. Yes, this is officially the first Tuesday Round Up of December, but no…I’m not talking about Ol’ St. Nick. Instead, we’re welcoming everyone’s favorite amnesiac assassin back into the fold. Universal reacquaints us with Jason Bourne, which arrives in sparkling 4K. CBS recounts a tale as old as time with Beauty & the Beast: The Final Season and zones out with BrainDead: Season 1. Cohen Media Group tours the stately Howard’s End, Lionsgate keeps it all in the family with Greenleaf: Season 1, and Magnolia Home Entertainment seeks out In Order of Disappearance. Finally, Warner Bros. revs up Mad Max: Fury Road — Chrome Edition, which presents the action blockbuster in black and white.

    One last reminder before signing off for the week: if you’re shopping for anything on Amazon — maybe a Christmas present or two — and you do it through one of our links, it’ll help keep the lights on here at UpcomingDiscs. See ya next week!

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    Holiday Gift Guide: Star Vista

    Posted in Holiday Gift Guides by John Ceballos on December 6th, 2016

    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.

    Let’s deal with that home video collector who is also into the toe-tappin’ sound of classic Motown music
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    Looking: The Complete Series and The Movie (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by John Ceballos on December 1st, 2016

    The most remarkable thing about Looking might have been how thoroughly unremarkable it was. The HBO dramedy — which followed the love lives of three gay friends in San Francisco — sidestepped any sort of headline-grabbing sensationalism. However, Looking was often low-key to the point that it bypassed being funny or particularly entertaining. The latter point was a bigger issue early on since the show’s naturalistic tone made Looking more engrossing as the series progressed and deepened its roster of characters. You can see for yourself how the show got better as it went along now that HBO has released the entire Looking saga — two seasons and a movie — in one handy Blu-ray set.
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    The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (UHD Blu-ray) (4K)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by John Ceballos on November 30th, 2016

    “In penance for their uprising each district shall offer up a male and female between the ages of 12 and 18 at a public reaping. These tributes shall be delivered to the custody of the Capitol and then transferred to a public arena where they will fight to the death, until a lone victor remains. Henceforth and forevermore this pageant shall be known as The Hunger Games.”

    Now that all four films are out on UHD Blu-ray in glorious 4K, we have the opportunity to view them all again from the very beginning. It’s easier to catch the subtle nuances that were planted in the earlier films that would pay off over the four-film run. It took us four years to do that originally. Now you can do it in a day. John Ceballos takes us on the next part of that journey with The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013).
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    Tuesday Round Up: November 29, 2016

    Posted in Tuesday Round Up by John Ceballos on November 29th, 2016

    Thanksgiving is in the rear view mirror, which means we are officially smack dab in the middle of the holidays. And what better way to kick off the most wonderful time of the year than with a little Disney magic? The Mouse House was generous enough to float us a copy of Pete’s Dragon, so be sure to check back later for our review. Meanwhile, Showtime keeps us honest with House of Lies: The Final Season.

    One last reminder before signing off for the week (and for November): if you’re shopping for anything on Amazon — maybe a Christmas present or two — and you do it through one of our links, it’ll help keep the lights on here at UpcomingDiscs. See ya next week!

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    The Hunger Games (UHD Blu-ray) (4K)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by John Ceballos on November 29th, 2016

    “In penance for their uprising each district shall offer up a male and female between the ages of 12 and 18 at a public reaping. These tributes shall be delivered to the custody of the Capitol and then transferred to a public arena where they will fight to the death, until a lone victor remains. Henceforth and forevermore this pageant shall be known as The Hunger Games.”

    Now that all four films are out on UHD Blu-ray in glorious 4K, we have the opportunity to view them all again from the very beginning. It’s easier to catch the subtle nuances that were planted in the earlier films that would pay off over the four-film run. It took us four years to do that originally. Now you can do it in a day. John Ceballos takes us on the first part of that journey with The Hunger Games (2012).
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    Tuesday Round Up: November 22, 2016

    Posted in Tuesday Round Up by John Ceballos on November 22nd, 2016

    It is Tuesday, November 22…do you know where your pets are? Turns out our furry friends might be getting into some exciting adventures when we’re not around. Thankfully, Universal has been kind enough to offer us a close, ultra HD look at these animal shenanigans with The Secret Life of Pets in 4K. Elsewhere, HBO searches for love with Looking: The Complete Series and The Movie, RLJ entertainment gets some assistance from the I.T. department, and Severin delves into The Killing of America. Lionsgate gets sequel-happy with Return of the Living Dead III, C.H.U.D. II, and The Mechanic: Resurrection. Finally, we’ll also be bringing you a pair of pre-Thanksgiving theatrical releases as Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard play spy games in Allied and Billy Bob Thornton returns for more debauched Christmas fun in Bad Santa 2.

    One last reminder before signing off for the week: if you’re shopping for anything on Amazon and you do it through one of our links, it’ll help keep the lights on here at UpcomingDiscs. See ya next week!

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    Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them

    Posted in Disc Reviews by John Ceballos on November 19th, 2016

    I’m writing a book about magical creatures.”

    The wizarding world J.K. Rowling conjured for her “Harry Potter” series captured the imaginations of children (and many, many adults) throughout the globe because it was precisely that…a fully realized, living and breathing world with its own lingo and lore. So while spinning off a corner of that universe might seem like a blatant cash grab, Rowling’s imagination has provided particularly fertile ground for new franchise opportunities. (OK, OK…the part where Warner Bros. agreed to make five of these before the first one even came out *does* feel like a cash grab.) For example, this latest crowd-pleasing stab at a billion-dollar series is based on…a fictional textbook mentioned in Rowling’s “Potter” saga.
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    Game of Thrones: The Complete Sixth Season (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by John Ceballos on November 18th, 2016

    Does death only come for the wicked and leave the decent behind?”

    Throughout its first five seasons, Game of Thrones has been relentlessly cruel to its viewers heroes in a way that shocked audiences and upended genre expectations. But as Thrones edges toward its conclusion — and as the TV adaptation becomes more unmoored than ever from the George R.R. Martin novels that inspired it — certain storytelling conventions seem to be inevitably taking over. I seriously doubt this saga will have a traditional “happy ending,” but season 6 is as close as the show has ever come to being a full-blown crowd-pleaser.
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    Tuesday Round Up: November 15, 2016

    Posted in Tuesday Round Up by John Ceballos on November 15th, 2016

    Christmas decorations have been creeping onto store shelves for weeks now and temperatures here in the Sunshine State have begun to plummet all the way down into the high 50’s. Those are two sure signs that winter is coming. Here’s another: the latest batch of episodes from a certain wildly popular HBO fantasy series arrives this week. Game of Thrones: Season 6 highlights our latest Tuesday Round Up, but there is plenty more you should look forward to. Anchor Bay enlists in the Army of One, while Paramount boldly goes to toon town with Star Trek: The Animated Series.

    On top of all that, this is also an extremely busy week in terms of theatrical releases we’ll be reviewing. Be sure to come back to the site this weekend to see if Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them recaptures the magic of Harry Potter, and whether Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk scores with fans.

    Here’s your weekly reminder before signing off for the week: if you’re shopping for anything on Amazon and you do it through one of our links, it’ll help keep the lights on here at UpcomingDiscs. See ya next week!

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    Kickboxer: Vengeance (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by John Ceballos on November 10th, 2016

    No rules, no ref. Just your wit and skill to keep you alive.”

    Last year, Creed became a critical and audience favorite by reviving a beloved dormant franchise and re-casting its brawny original star in a supporting role as a mentor. I’m not going to pretend that 1989’s Kickboxer (starring Jean-Claude Van Damme) is anywhere near as beloved — or as good — as Rocky. But Kickboxer: Vengeance, a reboot/remake of Van Damme’s campy action favorite, hits some of the same notes as Creed…except for the part where it’s a critical and audience favorite.
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    Tuesday Round Up: November 8, 2016

    Posted in Tuesday Round Up by John Ceballos on November 8th, 2016

    The odds that you’ll be reading a review of The Hunger Games saga on our site this week are ever in your favor. Lionsgate has given each of the four flicks in the blockbuster YA franchise — The Hunger Games, Catching Fire, and Mockingjay: Part 1 and Part 2 — spiffy new 4K releases, so keep an eye out for what we have to say. Meanwhile, RLJ Entertainment is looking for payback with Kickboxer: Vengeance, and Showtime puts its money where its mouth is with Billions: Season 1.

    One last reminder before signing off for the week (and before you head to the polls on this Election Day, if you haven’t already): if you’re shopping for anything on Amazon and you do it through one of our links, it’ll help keep the lights on here at UpcomingDiscs. See ya next week!

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    Doctor Strange

    Posted in Disc Reviews by John Ceballos on November 5th, 2016

    Heroes like the Avengers protect the world from physical dangers. We safeguard it against more mystical threats.”

    Back in 2008, Iron Man was entrusted with kicking off Phase One of Marvel’s Global Takeover Cinematic Universe. The film centered around an arrogant hero brought low who builds his own costume — and essentially creates his own superpowers — by scraping together spare parts in a cave. As the years have gone by and Marvel’s brand of superheroism has proven to be infinitely more bulletproof than comic book characters who are actually impervious to gunfire, the studio has earned the right to get a little Strange.
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    Skiptrace (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by John Ceballos on November 3rd, 2016

    You’re no spring chicken anymore.”

    It’s been more than four years since Jackie Chan — the legendary Hong Kong superstar who has been kicking butt and scoring scoring laughs on screen since the 1970s — announced he was retiring from action movies. Sure, Chan quickly backpedaled, but I don’t know that anyone would’ve held it against the actor (who is now 62) if he’d stuck to his word. After decades of grueling injuries, Chan has noticeably slowed down. That being said, the old man still has a few tricks up his sleeve in Skiptrace.
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    Tuesday Round Up: November 1, 2016

    Posted in Tuesday Round Up by John Ceballos on November 1st, 2016

    This week, we are boldly going where no Tuesday Round Up has gone before: November 2016! Yes, it’s a new month, and we’re excited to announce that you will soon be able to read our review of Paramount’s Star Trek Beyond, which arrives to us in spiffy 4K. And from the furthest reaches of  outer space we go to…the American West. Entertainment One gets us back on track with Hell on Wheels: Season 5, Volume 2.

    Even though it’s a brand new month, the same reminder still applies here: if you’re shopping for anything on Amazon and you do it through one of our links, it’ll help keep the lights on here at UpcomingDiscs. See ya next week!

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    Mr. Church (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by John Ceballos on October 28th, 2016

    There’s a black man in our kitchen cooking eggs!”

    The kitchen-bound black man in this case is Eddie Murphy in Mr. Church, which on the surface appears to be the latest in a sneakily long line of movies (Driving Miss Daisy, The Help, The Butler) where saintly, subservient African Americans enlighten their white counterparts. Those movies can be cloying at best and downright insulting at worst if placed in the wrong hands. But if done right, they can really resonate with audiences. (As evidenced by the fact that the movies I mentioned earlier were pretty big hits.) Mr. Church falls somewhere in between.
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    Tuesday Round Up: October 25, 2016

    Posted in Tuesday Round Up by John Ceballos on October 25th, 2016

    I won’t keep you in the dark much longer: the final Tuesday Round Up of October features one of this year’s surprise horror hits. My face lit up when I saw that Warner Bros. was kind enough to send us a copy of Lights Out, and you can already check out our review here. On top of that, we’ve already posted our takes for Suddenly (courtesy of Film Detective) and The Midnight Swim (from Passion River Films). Passion River also goes for a stroll with the Girl in Woods. Finally, Lionsgate cooks up a warm family drama with Mr. Church and gets into some action/comedy hijinks with Skiptrace.

    Even though this is our last Tuesday Round Up of the spooky season, there are still plenty of thrills and chills to be had on our site. Keep checking back each day for our “31 Nights of Terror” and enter to win a free prize in our many contests. Also, if you’re shopping for anything on Amazon and you do it through one of our links, it’ll help keep the lights on here at UpcomingDiscs. See ya next week!

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