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    Oppo Announces It’s UHD Blu-ray Player: Meet The UDP-203

    Posted in Release Announcements by Gino Sassani on December 12th, 2016

    We were one of the first sites to start reviewing UHD Blu-ray releases. I managed to get my hands on the Samsung player a bit early and started reporting on those first discs. What you don’t know is how much of a pain that Samsung player really is. From the remote down to the function it is a bit of a nightmare to operate. Of course, I’ve been spoiled by the Oppo players I usually use for my reviews here. Oppo took their time launching their unit. I suspect they wanted to make sure they got it right. You have been emailing me for months about an Oppo UHD player. I was sworn to secrecy…until now. Meet the Oppo UDP-203. I’ll be reviewing a unit as soon as I can get my hands on one. I’m told it will be soon. For now here’s the official press release from Oppo
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    Hill Street Blues: The New Norm

    Posted in Random Fun, Release Announcements by Gino Sassani on May 1st, 2014

    “This is class here, and you don’t ever want to spit on class.”

    All this week we’ve been talking about Hill Street Blues. Why? Because Shout Factory has finally given fans what we’ve literally waited decades to have. The entire seven seasons of Hill Street Blues are finally available in one fine collection. I’ve been hard at work on the review, but we’re talking 144 episodes, and I’m eating them as fast as I can. We hoped to have the review up today, but there is still a little more to watch. In the meantime we have another character profile to keep you going until next week.
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    Hill Street Blues: The Dynamic Duo – Hill & Renko

    Posted in Random Fun, Release Announcements by Gino Sassani on April 30th, 2014

    Hill Street Blues is finally out on DVD, and we’re celebrating all week long. Yesterday we shared the various awards that the show has earned in its seven years on television. We’ve also shared a couple of character profiles starting with the Captain and Detective Belker. This time out we’re going to talk about two characters who were patrol officer partners for the entire run of the series. What makes them special is that they were killed off in the pilot. What the heck is that about? Read on, my friend.
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    And The Winner Is…Hill Street Blues

    Posted in News and Opinions, Release Announcements by Gino Sassani on April 29th, 2014

    Today Shout Factory releases the entire 7-season run of Hill Street Blues. We will be celebrating all week with more character profiles and our full review on Friday.

    Until that time, let’s look at some of the awards the series won in its 7 years.
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    Hill Street Blues: Belker Takes A Bite (or two) Out Of Crime

    Posted in Random Fun, Release Announcements by Gino Sassani on April 16th, 2014

    “Would you like to sit down or would you prefer internal bleeding?”

    Next on our list is Detective Mick Belker, played by Bruce Weitz. Weitz did such a phenomenal job in the role that he found himself typecast for years after Hill Street ended. On the pilot commentary Bochco tells us that when Weitz went in for auditions he was often asked to growl for them. In a way it’s a shame, but can you blame them?
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    Hill Street Blues: Captain On Deck

    Posted in Release Announcements by Gino Sassani on April 10th, 2014

    Let’s all synchronize our calendars. There’s an important date, and it’s coming upon us quickly. Shout Factory is about to release one of the most influential series in television history. We’re talking Hill Street Blues, and the complete 7-season series is coming to home video on Tuesday April, 29th. It’s an event worth celebrating, and we here at Upcomingdiscs are going to help you get through these final days with character profiles from the show. I’m hard at work binge-watching episodes as fast as I can to have a full detailed review waiting for you on the 29th. I know. It’s a tough job, but somebody has to do it.
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    Spend Your Memorial Day At The Beach…China Beach

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on May 27th, 2013

    Here at Upcomingdiscs we’re getting in the spirit of Memorial Day by watching China Beach on DVD.

    We’ll have a review coming soon. It’s a pretty solid way to remember the men and woman who served this country in Vietnam. The series is very much a tribute particularly to the women who volunteered not to take lives, but to try to save them. The series featured quite a few young actors who have gone on to pretty big things. They include Dana Delany from Desperate Housewives, Robert Picardo from Star Trek: Voyager, Marg Helgenberger from CSI, Michael Boatman from Arli$$/Spin City and Jeff Kober.

    Time Life finally releases the entire series in a wonderful collection of 21 DVD’s, loaded with tons of extras.

    A full review will be on the way at week’s end.

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    “31 Night of Terror” ASTRON-6 premieres Father’s Day and Manborg

    Posted in News and Opinions, Release Announcements, The Reel World by William O'Donnell on October 30th, 2011


    The Toronto After Dark film festival has left it’s claw marks all over the Big Smoke and in the fallout, audiences were floored by two feature length delights by Canadian film collective ASTRON-6. Father’s Day, a revenge tale about a vigilante group tracking a “father-rapist,” and Manborg, a lo-fi, sci-fi epic about a cybernetically altered soldier facing the forces of Hell in the future, both made their Canadian theatrical premieres at TAD and have been receiving not but rave reviews since.
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    Meet The Cast Of Disney’s New Muppet Movie

    Posted in Release Announcements, Uncategorized by Gino Sassani on October 15th, 2011

    All of you Muppets fans are in for a huge treat. The Muppets will take to the big screen once again this November. All of your favorites are back, bigger than ever. Our friends at Disney have shared some cool information on the new movie. You’ll find some secrets as well as the 911 on all of your favorite characters. Continue reading for the full scoop:
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    Avengers Trailer Hits

    Posted in Release Announcements by Gino Sassani on October 12th, 2011

    As we draw the curtain of the Summer 2011 movie season, most of us are already looking forward to the big movies of Summer 2012. One of the biggest films of that season has to be The Avengers.

    Bang it here to see the second trailer for The Avengers:

    The Avengers Trailer
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    Disney & Pixar Favorites To Return To Theaters In 3D

    Posted in Release Announcements by Gino Sassani on October 5th, 2011

    BURBANK, Calif. – October 4, 2011 – On the heels of the phenomenal success of The Lion King 3D – which will cross the $80 million mark at the domestic box office today – The Walt Disney Studios has announced limited theatrical engagements for four of its classic films for the first time in 3D. The following titles from Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios will be released in 2012 and 2013:

    ·         Beauty and the Beast – January 13, 2012

    ·         Disney•Pixar’s Finding Nemo – September 14, 2012

    ·         Disney•Pixar’s Monsters, Inc. – January 18, 2013

    ·         The Little Mermaid – September 13, 2013
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    THE FORCE IS STRONG ON BLU-RAY: Star Wars Breaks Sales Records

    Posted in Release Announcements by Gino Sassani on September 23rd, 2011



    The Complete Saga on Blu-ray quickly becomes the #1 pre-order and #1 catalog title since the launch of the high-definition format.

    Lucasfilm Ltd. and Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment announced today that STAR WARS is the bestselling catalog Blu-ray Disc of all time
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    Spooky Buddies Are Coming And They Bring Treats

    Posted in Release Announcements by BABY on September 17th, 2011

    Halloween is coming up pretty fast. Do you want you see something more scary than a Saw movie, or more terrifying than a campfire gathering at Camp Crystal Lake? Baby here again, and if you want to see something really scary, then just try delivering a package here at Upcomingdiscs. I dare ya. You see, I’m the German Shepherd/Chow mix that runs security here, and trust me. This is one mix you don’t wanna get mixed up with. And that spells B L O O D.
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    It’s Tolkien Day. Great Hobbit and Lord Of The Rings News.

    Posted in News and Opinions, Release Announcements by Gino Sassani on March 21st, 2011

    Attention Tolkien Fans!

    Today began the first official day of shooting on the back-to-back Hobbit films.

    After years of lawsuits, director changes, studio buy-outs and New Zealand union troubles the films have finally gotten underway.

    The same day, the Blu-ray editions of the Lord Of The Rings Trilogy finally have a date. On June 28th you’ll be able to own the extended films in a 15 disc set. You can pre-order yours now and lock in the price. You’ll also be doing your part to keep Upcomingdiscs on the net. Just follow the Amazon link underneath the cover art (^).

    Happy Days, Indeed!

    Enjoy a couple of photos from Peter Jackson’s Facebook page on the set of the Hobbit production. (click on image for larger version)

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    Posted in Release Announcements by Gino Sassani on January 6th, 2011



    Lock in Amazon’s killer pre-order price today through our link just under the image to the right.

    LAS VEGAS (Jan. 6, 2011) – The most anticipated Blu-ray release ever – the Star Wars™ Saga – emerges from light speed this September 2011. For the first time, all six of George Lucas’ epic films (Episodes I-VI) are united in one complete set. Fans worldwide are able to pre-order now with online retailers.

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    Futurama: Bender’s Big Score Official Announcement

    Posted in Blog Posts, Release Announcements, The Reel World by Archive Authors on November 7th, 2007

    Direct to DVD comes #1 of 4 direct-to-DVD Futurama feature length movies – “Bender’s Big Score.” Of note: lots of PR flackery over the fact that this production is “carbon neutral” with Fox apparently ponying up for offset credits against CO2 releases from energy and materials used in production. The extras (after the jump) also include a “Terrifying Message from Al Gore” – Huzzah!

    Uncancel your plans for the future — Futurama is back! In this all-new, feature-length epic, evil nudist aliens send Bender on a rampage through time, forcing him — slightly against his will — to steal all of Earth’s priceless historic treasures. Will the heroic Planet Express crew save the planet? Will Leela find true love? Will the ancient and terrible secret of Fry’s buttocks be exposed? All will be revealed in Futurama: Bender’s Big Score, the greatest adventure of our time, and also the greatest adventure of several other times! In the words of a certain beer-fueled robot . . . “We’re back, baby!”

    Pricing: $29.98 U.S. / $37.98 Canada

    Special Features follow after the jump…

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    Feel the Farce: The Family Guy’s “Blue Harvest” in 3D (?!)

    Posted in Blog Posts, Release Announcements, The Reel World by Archive Authors on November 5th, 2007

    January 15th is the just announced release date for the Family Guy “Blue Farce” – apparently an extended version of the season six premier that is a protracted sendup of Star Wars.

    I’d link to a trailer or some clips, but hey! Fox has taken everything related to this down off of YouTube. And of course, the Fox media site is lagging their press releases with no coverart, trailers, stills, or anything related to this release available. So enjoy some mildly descriptive text instead!

    Featuring hysterical cameos from Rush Limbaugh, Chevy Chase, Beverly D’Angelo and Helen Reddy, Family Guy Presents: “Blue Harvest” is “a dead-on homage that hilariously picks apart Star Wars, along with much of real life” (Associated Press). The DVD features more than four minutes of never-before-seen material; an uncensored track; animatics; commentaries; interviews with Seth MacFarlane and George Lucas…

    Man, these guys are bundling hard on the SE release. T-shirts, 3-D glasses, trading cards (meh), and, of course 3D footage to go with the glasses…

    See the full specs after the jump…
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    Kevin Bacon’s “Death Sentence” – January 8th

    Posted in Release Announcements by Archive Authors on October 30th, 2007

    FOX is on a roll today with announcements. “Death Sentence” comes out Jan. 8th…

    CENTURY CITY, Calif. – The hardcore story of one man’s quest for vengeance and justice featuring thrill-a-second action and pulse-pounding stunts, Death Sentence arrives in an all-new Unrated Edition DVD January 8th from Fox Home Entertainment. Kevin Bacon (Mystic River, Hollow Man) stars as Nick Hume, an everyday family man living a stable, comfortable life – a good job, a loving wife and two teenage boys. But when a gang initiation takes the life of his eldest son in the blink of an eye, Hume’s perfect life comes to a screeching halt. What follows is a series of violent confrontations, forcing Hume to transform into someone he never thought possible. Directed by innovative filmmaker James Wan (Saw, Dead Silence) from the powerful novel by James Garfield…

    The Death Sentence DVD features two versions of the film – both the theatrical rated and an “unrated” cut of the film that includes over 10 minutes of never-before-seen footage that was too intense for theaters, additional bonus features include two Fox Movie Channel specials and several behind-the-scenes webisodes. Death Sentence will be available to own for the suggested retail price of $29.98 U.S. / $43.48 Canada.

    Sorry for regurgitating press release stuff today — in a bit of a rush.

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    “2 Days in Paris” DVD Release Announcement: Feb 5, ’08

    Posted in Blog Posts, Release Announcements by Archive Authors on October 30th, 2007

    FOX is announcing with customary PR fanfare that Adam Goldberg comedy “2 Days in Paris” will hit the streets on Feb. 5th of the next year – just in time to cash in on Valentine sales.

    Adam Goldberg delivers “an uproarious study in transatlantic culture panic” (MTV) as Jack, an anxious, hypochondriac-prone New Yorker vacationing throughout Europe with his breezy, free-spirited Parisian girlfriend, Marion (Delpy). But when they make a two-day stop in Marion’s hometown, the couple’s romantic trip takes a turn as Jack is exposed to Marion’s sexually perverse and emotionally unstable family, her coarse temperament with cab drivers and her ex-lovers…her many ex-lovers. Culture-shocked and ego-bruised, Jack finds himself hoping that their relationship can survive as their love is revealed in surprising ways.

    Extras include extended scenes and an interview with Director/Writer/Editor/SoundPerson Julie Delpy.

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