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    “31 Nights Of Terror” Kindred: The Embraced – The Complete Series

    Posted in Disc Reviews by William O'Donnell on October 30th, 2013

    There are five clans of Vampires that are secretly living amongst humans. Said secret is maintained by a code of conduct called the “Masquerade” which states that vampires can never reveal themselves to a human; nor can they “embrace” (bite and convert) a human without approval from the highest council. Defying this means that your lengthy life is forfeit. A detective discovers the truth about the Masquerade when his girlfriend loses her life after defying these very rules, and he sets out to reveal the entire realm of vampires in San Francisco.
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    Beauty & the Beast – The First Season

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

    A New York city homicide detective is haunted by the night where her mother was murdered by two gunmen, who themselves were killed by a mysterious being. A decade after that night she finds out that the mysterious being is still around. As this “Beauty” and her “Beast” finally meet, they start investigating the truth behind their secret ties to each other.
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    90210 – The Final Season

    Posted in Disc Reviews by William O'Donnell on October 10th, 2013

    This latest incarnation of “90210” ending in its fifth season means it ran for half the length of the original series (which ran for ten). Like the original, the stories of these sexy Beverley Hills residents began in high school. Now we see the sorts of adults they’ve become and the absolutely ridiculous success they’ve had. They all started on the top, and somehow manage to claw their way…to the top. Yup…real growth here.
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    Family Ties: The Seventh and Final Season

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

    Best known as the launch point for Michael J Fox’s career (along with a major booster from the Back to the Future films), Family Ties was a decently delightful series that may now be mostly remembered via the many references placed into Family Guy (creator Seth MacFarlane has noted it as one of his all time favourites). It has been previously covered very well on this site, which can be found at this link: http://upcomingdiscs.com/?s=family+ties 
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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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    The Love You Save

    Posted in Disc Reviews by William O'Donnell on November 17th, 2012

    A wealthy mother of three has a secret revealed about her past when her well-meaning son brings a homeless man over for dinner. This production is a play that has been filmed (not adapted) with a laugh-track spliced in, making it resemble a television show. It’s meant to be inspirational but it’s really just a big mess.
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    We Can’t Go Home Again & Don’t Expect Too Much

    Posted in Disc Reviews by William O'Donnell on November 14th, 2012

    There are two films that are on the main disc; an experimental film by Nicholas Ray and a documentary by Susan Ray about the making of said film. They are perfect companions on this release and I feel one is crucial for the other, therefore I’m going to treat neither as simply a “Bonus.”
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    Dirty Tricks

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Archive Authors on May 27th, 2011

    Dirty Tricks stars Martin Clunes as Edward, an underachieving English teacher.  Edward meets an accountant (Neil Dudgeon) and begins an affair with his wife, Karen (Julie Graham). When Karen unfortunately passes away, the aging detective (James Bolam) assigned to the case, suspects Edward is involved. Edward is a charming protagonist at first and suddenly the lies and absurdities begin piling up.
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    A Film Unfinished

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Archive Authors on April 27th, 2011

    In 1954 several canisters of film were found in a German archive, simply entitled “Das Ghetto”. Inside were reels of film shot in the Warsaw ghetto in 1942, mere months before the zone was shut down and the people sent off to death camps. For years this footage was considered an important historical document, as its raw footage chronicled day-to-day life in the ghetto and was unlike any footage existing at that time.

    Some forty-five years later, however, another reel was found that shed new light on the veracity of the original footage.
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    Exit Through the Gift Shop

    Posted in Disc Reviews by William O'Donnell on December 16th, 2010

    Thierry Guetta has the habit of filming everything he does in his entire life. This habit did not shake while filming the, technically illegal, work of his cousin ‘Invader’ who is a street artist that pastes up images from and inspired by the video game Space Invaders. Guetta quickly fell head over heals for this underground movement of creating street art and started documenting some of the most famous street artists in the entire world, including the ever (in)famous ‘Banksy.’
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    7th Heaven: The Final Season

    Posted in Disc Reviews by William O'Donnell on December 14th, 2010

    7th heaven reaches its 11th and final season of rampant political correctness and lessons of family togetherness through Christian love. Yes, that was a mildly passive aggressive summary of this show, but I feel sometimes one strong bias deserves another to challenge it. This show, the story of a very large family lead by a Minister (and don’t deny it, he leads them) as they convey their socially and politically conservative Protestant Christian point of view of “real-life” situations.
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    Leaves of Grass

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Archive Authors on December 6th, 2010

    Leaves of Grass, the latest film from writer/director/actor Tim Blake Nelson, is one of those rare films that defies both description and expectation. While marketed as a violent stoner comedy along the lines of Pineapple Express, Leaves of Grass is far more difficult to categorize. Yes, there is comedy, though not as much or of the type one would expect. And yes, there is violence, but a far more realistic and less cartoony variety than you would think. But there is much more to this little film – there is thought and reflection and philosophy and poetry behind every piece of dialogue, and you get drawn into it so that, halfway through the film, it doesn’t even strike you as odd that you just watched Keri Russell recite Walt Whitman while gutting a catfish.
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    Madeline’s Christmas And Other Wintery Tales

    Posted in Disc Reviews by William O'Donnell on November 9th, 2010

    As was the case for my two previous Madeline reviews (http://upcomingdiscs.com/2010/07/20/madelines-great-adventures/ plus http://upcomingdiscs.com/2010/09/21/madelines-halloween-other-spooky-tales/#more-13938) there is little more I could say about the general premise of Madeline. But as I slowly become a connoisseur of this particular character (as this website feels I should be, it seems) I have a few more insights brought on by this Christmas themed edition.
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    Marcus Welby, M.D. Season Two

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on October 21st, 2010

    Perry Mason did it for lawyers. Marcus Welby did it for doctors. From 1969 to 1976 and beyond, Robert Young was the face of the television doctor. The actor was so identified with his part that he dealt with fans and their medical questions his entire life following his portrayal of Marcus Welby. In those days there wasn’t a medical doctor on the planet, real or fictional, who was more recognizable than Welby. The show pretty much wrote the book on the television medical drama. It doesn’t matter if your a fan of House, ER, Grey’s Anatomy, or any of a hundred other medical dramas that have come and gone since that time, each of those shows owes more than a little of its existence to Marcus Welby, MD.
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    Madeline’s Halloween & Other Spooky Tales

    Posted in Disc Reviews by William O'Donnell on September 21st, 2010

    The only difference between this collection of episodes and the one I reviewed on this site previously (http://upcomingdiscs.com/2010/07/20/madelines-great-adventures/ ) is the Halloween theme implied in the DVD’s title. In fact, in terms of quality and material I could almost quote that review word for word. So feel free to refer to my previous review and I hope to avoid redundancies while writing this latest one.
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    Tom Petty – Classic Albums: Damn the Torpedoes (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on August 9th, 2010

    Living just a couple of hours from Gainesville, Florida, it really is easy to sit down and get yourself in the mood for some Tom Petty. Look, the boy is never going to win any beauty contests, and his voice sounds like he went to the Bob Dylan school of vocals. But there’s no denying that for a few decades Tom Petty, often along with those Heartbreakers, wrote some of the most recognizable American anthem music south of Ashbury Park, New Jersey.
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    Burma VJ: Reporting From a Closed Country

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Archive Authors on July 26th, 2010

    In 2007, nineteen years after a similar uprising was crushed by Burma’s military junta, frustrated citizens once again took to the streets. Led by troops of monks in peaceful demonstrations, they made their voices heard by the generals, demanding freedom and democracy. The reaction was swift and violent. Men with riot gear and guns descended on the demonstrators and after many clouds of tear gas, numerous beatings, and even some shootings, the government quickly broke the spirit of its people again.


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    Madeline’s Great Adventures

    Posted in Disc Reviews by William O'Donnell on July 20th, 2010

    This compilation of cartoons takes from different Madeline series’, produced from about 1993 to 2001. Each episode is in the half-hour long format, with different title cards, theme songs and narrators, but all following the same format of rhyming narration, and imaginative story lines, songs peppered throughout, and a couple even dipping into the supernatural.
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    The Messenger

    Posted in Disc Reviews by David Annandale on June 12th, 2010

    Staff Sergeant Will Montgomery (Ben Foster), a decorated solider just back from Iraq and having difficulty re-adjusting to life on the home front, is understandably less than thrilled with his new assignment: working with Captain Tony Stone (Woody Harrelson) in the Casualty Notification Service. These two have what must surely be one of the worst jobs in the history of history: knocking on doors and informing people that their loved ones have been killed. It is important that they deliver the news and leave, and have no further involvement with the bereaved. If only life were that simple…
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    Five Corners

    Posted in Disc Reviews by William O'Donnell on May 2nd, 2010

    It’s the Bronx in the early 60s and a psychotic man named Heinz (John Turturro) is released from jail and immediately starts stalking the girl he tried to rape (Jodie Foster), which landed him in prison in the first place. Upon hearing about his release, the son of a cop turned pacifist/activist is enlisted as protection despite his hesitancy and desire to move to Mississippi to support the Black communities’ struggles there.
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    Banshee!!!

    Posted in Disc Reviews by William O'Donnell on April 25th, 2010

    The title monster of Irish myth terrorizes people in the middle of the US for no good reason and with no explanation as to why its there, how it came to be or anything else aside from visually demonstrating that it uses sound to make its victims hallucinate. A group of teens on spring break encounter it and every single one of them survives after befriending the misunderstood beast. Of course that’s a lie…they die…but doesn’t the nice plot sound so much more interesting? It does to me when you’ve seen countless films about teenagers being ripped apart in the woods.
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    Heist

    Posted in Disc Reviews by William O'Donnell on April 7th, 2010

    A young criminal (I assume he’s a criminal of some sort) owes a major debt to a Columbian kingpin and he enlists his brother, K, for help. K bumps up a planned armoured car heist by a month in order to help, and the adventure starts there as we see a rag-tag gang pull of said heist and then plan their final moves in a rented warehouse.
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    Designing Women Season 3

    Posted in Disc Reviews by William O'Donnell on March 13th, 2010

    What good would come from me panning a series that ended over 15 years ago? Would personal satisfaction be enough? I hope so because I’m moving forward with this.

    Designing Women is the story of a Southern woman who runs an Interior Design firm, three other women who either read the news paper or tease their hair while claiming to work there, and a black assistant who makes Stepin Fetchit look like Malcolm X at times…he actually sang “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot” to his boss…it was meant for irony (I pray) but having it proceed “The Banana Boat Song” did not stop me from gritting my teeth.
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    The Secret Policeman’s Private Party

    Posted in Disc Reviews by William O'Donnell on March 7th, 2010

    Like the musical compilation I had previously reviewed on this site (http://upcomingdiscs.com/2009/10/19/the-secret-policeman-rocks/), this DVD is another compilation of clips taken from the Secret Policeman’s Balls that were held for the benefit of Amnesty International. Here we have examples of comedy sketches performed by several Monty Python alumnus and other comedians such as Neil Innes, Peter Cook, Dudley Moore and a pre-Mr.Bean Rowan Atkinson.
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    Streamers

    Posted in Disc Reviews by David Annandale on February 17th, 2010

    Director Robert Altman here adapts David Rabe’s play about a small group of recruits on the verge of being shipped off to Vietnam. The action takes place entirely in the barracks, and here we get to know African-American Roger (David Alan Grier), fitting in as best he can in a white man’s army; sensitive and gay Richie (Mitchell Lichtenstein); and possibly-closeted Billy (Matthew Modine). They talk about and dance around their various fears and anxieties, and then into the mix comes the explosive Carlyle (Michael Wright), whose life on the streets and experience with racism have turned him into someone who talks and acts long before he thinks…
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