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    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – Enter Shredder

    Posted in Disc Reviews by William O'Donnell on August 1st, 2013

    This is the third stab at making an animated series about these radical reptiles. This lone DVD acts as a sampler of seven episodes taken from the middle of its first season, instead of the complete season set. (A common move from Nickelodeon.) These episodes introduce the characters well enough that it will make you curious to see more of what this series has to offer.
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    Workaholics – Season Three (Blu Ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by William O'Donnell on June 25th, 2013

    Every generation since “X” has lionized its slackers and frat boys with films (perhaps earlier if you look to Animal House as the beginning). Workaholics dances between this honouring of the stoner/slacker lifestyle and satirizing it. This show’s third season is just like the previous two. Three best friends, Adam, Anders and Blake, spend their work days with pranks, pot and parties on their minds, and each episode showcases their adventures therein.
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    Rawhide: The Sixth Season – Volume 2

    Posted in Disc Reviews by William O'Donnell on June 9th, 2013

    For 8 long seasons Rawhide followed the adventures of a cattle drive. Season 6 was separated into two releases. Here we shall look at what Part Two has to offer. Feel free to browse previous releases covered by Gino on this same site: http://upcomingdiscs.com/?s=rawhide
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    Rawhide: The Sixth Season – Volume 1

    Posted in Disc Reviews by William O'Donnell on June 9th, 2013

    For 8 long seasons Rawhide followed the adventures of a cattle drive. Season 6 was separated into two releases. Here we shall look at what Part One has to offer. Feel free to browse previous releases covered by Gino on this same site: http://upcomingdiscs.com/?s=rawhide
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    Perry Mason: Season 9, Volume 1

    Posted in Disc Reviews by William O'Donnell on June 7th, 2013

    For nine seasons and several TV-movies afterwards, Raymond Burr was Los Angeles based defense attorney Perry Mason. This character’s verbal gymnasitcs and uncanny hounding for evidence makes his famous winning streaks seem not just plausible but rather entertaining to behold. His adventures have been well-reviewed by myself and my reviewing compadre Gino on this very site (http://upcomingdiscs.com/?s=perry+mason).
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    Have Gun Will Travel: The Sixth and Final Season, Vol. 1& 2

    Posted in Disc Reviews by William O'Donnell on May 15th, 2013

    “’Have gun, will travel’ reads the card of a man. A knight without armor in a savage land…”

    Those words ended every episode of Have Gun Will Travel, sung by Johnny Western in a time that such words could be sung without irony. Outside of Richard Boone’s black-clad, craggy Rhett-Butler-gone-to-seed gunfighter, that song was all I could really recall about this venerable Western from television’s golden age.
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    Interview with MANBORG Director Steven Kostanski

    Posted in Blog Posts, Random Fun by William O'Donnell on April 24th, 2013

    Steve Kostanski, a special effects artist working out of Toronto who has been a part on such productions as Silent Hill: Revelation and the upcoming Pacific Rim, began making the film Manborg as a personal project. It was mostly shot in a garage with his friends and a budget of roughly $1000. Now, much to his surprise, the film has become something of a cult sensation as it screens in theatres all over the world as well as receiving a loaded DVD release in almost every region. I spoke to the Director about the explosion of Manborg fandom worldwide:
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    Rise of the Guardians

    Posted in Disc Reviews by William O'Donnell on April 11th, 2013

    The boogeyman, who goes by the name Pitch Black, is gaining power by turning children’s dreams into nightmares. An alliance of fantasy characters, North (Santa Claus), (the Easter) Bunny, Sandman, and Tooth (Fairy), come together to face this opponent. They call themselves Guardians who have sworn to protect all of the world’s children. In this adventure they recruit a new member, Jack Frost, who is on his own personal quest of discovery.
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    Jersey Shore – The Uncensored Final Season

    Posted in Disc Reviews by William O'Donnell on March 27th, 2013

    Jersey Shore finally comes to an end. Of course, there are spinoffs and TV specials and TMZ reports and aaaarggh! We’re never going to escape them are we?! This is an Uncensored version of the season so instead of ‘beeps’ we get to hear the versatility of the f-word and other assorted curse words that are flung across rooms and dance floors as these bronzed oddities continue their bitter stalemate against maturity and class.
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    Samson and Delilah

    Posted in Disc Reviews by William O'Donnell on March 25th, 2013

    Biblical strongman Samson accomplishes many amazing feats and makes many a powerful enemy along the way. None are able to defeat this champion until his action catch the eye of Delilah, and he becomes the target of her affections. Unbenounced to Samson, Delilah has been tasked to discover the source of his supernatural strength. God granted Samson amazing physical strength, but his heart and mind are weak to the machinations of this sly, deceitful woman and it is only a matter of time before she learns his greatest secret.
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    Cirque Du Soleil – Worlds Away (Blu-Ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by William O'Donnell on March 18th, 2013

     Worlds Away is the tale of a young woman named Mia who happens across a debilitated circus, where she is enchanted by the performance of an Aerialist. Mid-performance, both she and the aerialist are sucked into a parallel universe that is littered with strange, seemingly supernatural circuses. Both are lead from performance to performance in an attempt to escape, or at least find each other.
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    Spongebob Squarepants – Extreme Kah-Rah-Tay

    Posted in Disc Reviews by William O'Donnell on January 19th, 2013

    Spongebob Squarepants, the flagship cartoon for Nickelodeon for the last few years, has been churning out DVD specials inbetween releases of complete seasons. Sometimes these are linked by a theme (such as the Halloween DVD I reviewed in October http://upcomingdiscs.com/2012/10/15/31-nights-of-terror-spongebob-squarepants-ghouls-fools/) and this would mean taking episodes from numerous seasons. This particular special mostly contains more recent episodes, all of which have some sort of “extreme” or somewhat violent/action oriented story.
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    Chris Hardwick – Mandroid

    Posted in Disc Reviews by William O'Donnell on January 19th, 2013

    Chris Hardwick is a card carrying, flag-waving nerd. He is very proud of said nerdiness and has devoted the lion’s share of his career expressing this. Probably best known for his various hosting duties, especially for the Nerdist podcasts, Hardwick gets to display his stand-up chops in his first, full-length DVD special and he does not disappoint.
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    Nickelodeon Let’s Learn ABCs & 123s

    Posted in Disc Reviews by William O'Donnell on January 17th, 2013

    Learning your ABCs and 123s are perhaps the most broad and basic themes an educational children’s televion show could take.  Nickelodeon offers a roster of their most popular shows (at least, those designed for pre-schoolers) to cover said topics in two seperate DVD releases. Each DVD is virtually identical in structure. There only difference are to particular episodes chosen from each show.
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    Anthony Jeselnik – Caligula

    Posted in Disc Reviews by William O'Donnell on January 12th, 2013

    Probably most known for his roasts on Comedy Central, Anthony Jeselnik offers an hour (included the many long pauses) of stand-up comedy that is 100% bad taste. Dark humour and a huge ego are Jeselnik’s shtick so you have absolutely every reason to walk away from this…except you might actually catching yourself laughing.
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    Episodes – The Complete First & Second Seasons

    Posted in Disc Reviews by William O'Donnell on January 7th, 2013

    (I have covered the first season on this site already so this review shall begin with that one then segway into new write-up for Season 2):

    A successful writing team, who also happen to be a married couple, are the creators of an award-winning show in the UK that has just completed after four seasons. An American network wishes to create a US version of the show. The couple are flown to LA, put up in a lavish mansion and are introduced to the Hollywood method of creating television…and it nearly destroys them.
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    For One Night

    Posted in Disc Reviews by William O'Donnell on December 27th, 2012

    An African American high school student fights against her school’s longstanding decision to host racially segregated proms. This film is based on true events that occurred at a school in Butler, Georgia. Originally debuting on the Lifetime network in 2006, this is the film’s first DVD release.
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    Tosh.O – Deep V’s

    Posted in Disc Reviews by William O'Donnell on December 19th, 2012

    The debut season of this Comedy Central program was entitled “Hoodies” on it’s DVD and Blu Ray release. Season 2 is called “Deep V’s” in honour of the garment Daniel Tosh, the host, wears in each episode. Very little is different as far as format or new segments are concernced since the last time I wrote about this show (http://upcomingdiscs.com/2012/06/05/tosh-o-hoodies-blu-ray/). To avoid redundancy I shall simply add to that review with a couple new relevant points for this season.
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    Red Dog

    Posted in Disc Reviews by William O'Donnell on December 13th, 2012

    A small mining community in Western Australia get visited by a vagabond dog. This Red Dog (named after the fact that the red dust of that desert region stained his fur that colour) has a deeply significant effect on every worker’s life yet not one of them can truly claim to own him until an American bus driver begins working there. Red Dog was a big fan of hitchhiking across the country and seems to be attracted to riding great distances on a bus with his new best (human) friend.
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    Gunsmoke – The Seventh Season Volume One

    Posted in Disc Reviews by William O'Donnell on December 11th, 2012

    I’ll say this about a program that has remained  consistent in quality for twenty seasons…it makes for challenging reviews. Talking about each season of Gunsmoke is difficult in that you either write briefly to try to avoid redundancies, but might seem too hasty, or you have to labour over each episode, in which case, you’re only going to have hardcore fans paying attention. Since this website has touched on previous seasons: ( http://upcomingdiscs.com/?s=gunsmoke ) I shall opt for the former option, and hope y’all out there catch that I’m not being hasty…but respect a show that warrants no fresh complaints after 7 years a-runnin’ thus far.
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    The Game – The Fifth Season

    Posted in Disc Reviews by William O'Donnell on December 4th, 2012

    Stemming from a backdoor pilot episode within the series Girlfriends, The Game is a comedy series about a woman (played by Tia Mowry Hardict) who gave up her career as a doctor in light of the success of her boyfriend’s being a star athlete (this is the first pang of misogyny, with more to come). This is the show’s fifth season, which is its second after being canceled by CW and revived by BET.
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    Mannix – The Final Season

    Posted in Disc Reviews by William O'Donnell on November 29th, 2012

    This is the eighth and final season of this slightly offbeat crime drama. Nothing has brought me more joy than seeing that instantly recognizable CBS packaging that is used for older programs being revived onto DVD releases such as Perry Mason or Barnaby Jones. Now Mannix has the opportunity to wow me as I have been before. Will this be a pleasant experience or surprisingly disappointing?
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    Catch Me If You Can (Blu Ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by William O'Donnell on November 29th, 2012

    Before his 19th birthday, Frank Abagnale Jr. posed as a pilot, doctor, lawyer and secret service agent in an uncanny crime spree that saw him forging millions of dollars worth of fraudulent checks. This film chronicles the fantastic yet true adventure with large doses of fun injected into the 2 and a half hour long chase.
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    Kiss Me

    Posted in Disc Reviews by William O'Donnell on November 26th, 2012

    Mia is a successful architect who has recently become engaged to her boyfriend Tim. While attending her father’s own engagement party she starts a flirtation with her soon-to-be sister in law. From there, a full on romance blossoms that looks to tear apart all she had established with her fiancée, and the rest of her family.
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    I Heart Shakey

    Posted in Disc Reviews by William O'Donnell on November 21st, 2012

    A single father gets a major job offer working in a prestigious Chicago restaurant, but the job requires him to move his entire family from out of their hometown of Toledo. They are set up with a new apartment but their dog, Shakey, is not permitted in the building. This family must then decide whether staying for this swanky job is worth losing a member of the family, or is there any other alternatives to losing Shakey?
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