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    Camp Dread

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Brent Lorentson on April 15th, 2014

    The summer camp horror genre seems to have been on the back burner for a while in my opinion.  Sleepaway Camp, Friday the 13th, and The Burning are some of the classics I used to watch over and over when I was younger.  Camp Dread looks to revisit this old-school sub-genre and reboot it with a new twist; this time it’s using a backdrop of a reality show to get these unsuspecting campers together.  It’s not the most original approach to the genre, but what is most surprising is that Camp Dread actually holds up with the previous films and franchises I mentioned and could easily be seen as an unofficial sequel to any of them.
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    Here’s Lucy: The Complete Series

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

    I Love Lucy changed the fledgling television industry in the 1950’s. This was a time when network television was less than a decade old. Most folks had never heard of television just 15 years earlier. I Love Lucy defined the concept of a sitcom. The show was driven by the very strong personalities of the cast. Desi Arnaz was considered a charismatic Latin lover by American women. Lucy played the perfect foil and found a mountain of gold to mine in strong physical comedy.
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    Sheriff of Contention

    Posted in Disc Reviews by John Ceballos on April 14th, 2014

    When it comes to the very worst movies I’ve ever seen, I admit that I grade on a curve. Filmmakers working with extremely limited resources get more of a pass from me. This certainly appears to be the case with Sheriff of Contention, a low-budget Western/serial killer mystery. Unfortunately, there’s only so much amateurish acting and technical mishaps I can overlook. Everyone knows that if you can’t say something nice, you’re not supposed to say anything at all. In a related story, this might end up being one of my shorter reviews.
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    Cocaine Cowboys: Reloaded (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by John Ceballos on April 10th, 2014

    Today, Miami is considered one of the most glamorous cities in the world. But long before it became the place where some of the biggest stars in sports and entertainment took their talents, Miami was dubbed the drug, murder, and cash capital of the United States. (Resulting in a drastically different “Big 3” than what locals are accustomed to these days.) Cocaine Cowboys already chronicled this shockingly violent stretch of the city’s history and featured recollections from some of the people who helped Miami achieve its dubious status. Now an extended version of Billy Corben’s 2006 documentary arrives on Blu-ray.
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    The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on April 8th, 2014

    “There are dark spirits, old and full of hate…The world is in great danger.”

    A trilogy is a hard animal to pull off. Even when you have a popular franchise, it is extremely difficult. All of the pieces have to work just right, or you could have a disaster on your hands. It is even harder when you’ve already beaten the odds once and delivered a trilogy that is both loved and a huge box office success. You run into an almost insurmountable mountain of expectations. Your pieces must somehow fit together so that they can be viewed as one whole product.
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    Holy Ghost People

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Brent Lorentson on April 8th, 2014

    On the heels of the reality TV Pentecostal preacher dying from a snakebite, Holy Ghost People delves into the dark side of religion and how those who believe can be corrupted and taken advantage of.  It’s not that the film is looking to exploit or demonize a religion or anyone’s beliefs, but instead it explores the people who have no problem using another’s beliefs and weaknesses to manipulate them.  Though the film takes place deep in the backwoods of the Appalachian mountains, it could just as easily be about a chapel just up the street; after all, faith and corruption are everywhere so long as there is someone eager to believe.
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    Hazmat

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Brent Lorentson on April 8th, 2014

    Ever watch one of those reality shows and wonder what would happen if someone got killed, or what if one of the cast members turned out to be a psycho ax murderer?  Well, I’m not ashamed to say the thought has crossed my mind from time to time in hopes that it would make the season of Survivor mean a whole new thing with the stakes raised, and instead of a vote off you were literally cut out of the show.  Well, HazMat tackles this very notion of a reality show breaking from the script (come on, we all know by now reality shows are scripted) after the show’s participant gets the thirst for blood.
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    Grudge Match (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on April 8th, 2014

    You know exactly what’s going on here. It’s Rocky Balboa vs. Jake La Motta, and they’re not exactly in their prime. For reasons of property rights, of course, this really isn’t Rocky or La Motta, but you and I know it is. The film takes great pains to remind us of each of these iconic characters. Sly’s character tries to take a shot at some hanging meat after drinking a glass of raw eggs. De Niro’s character is found telling boxing jokes in his own club, just as the real-life La Motta did after his fighting days were over. Both of these actors played iconic fighters in their day.
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    Broadchurch: The Complete First Season

    Posted in Disc Reviews by John Ceballos on April 7th, 2014

    The majority of murders committed on television are presented from the perspective of the people trying to solve them. It’s a smart, gratifying strategy because it allows us viewers to play detective from the safety of our couches one hour at a time. Far fewer shows are interested in doing the more difficult/less glamorous work of dramatizing the way a death can shatter a family, along with an entire community. Broadchurch is one of the most outstanding cop dramas I’ve seen in a long time because it’s willing to do that difficult work while also delivering the goods as a satisfying whodunnit.
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    War of the Worlds-Goliath (Blu-Ray 3D)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Brent Lorentson on April 4th, 2014

    The H.G. Wells invasion story has been told numerous times from a radio show when it allegedly caused a panic when Orson Wells made his infamous broadcast to the more recent imaging brought to the screen by Steven Spielberg.  It’s the alien invasion story that has captured our imagination and will continue doing so for decades to come.  In the new 3D animated release of War of the Worlds: Goliath, the tale of science fiction is simply the jumping-off point to a new and bigger story about the war that was waged between man and those from outer space.
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    Norma Rae (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by John Ceballos on April 3rd, 2014

    “I’m Norma Rae. You know me.”

    Chances are you’ve at least heard of Norma Rae, even if you haven’t actually seen the Oscar-winning film that bears her name. You might know it as the granddaddymomma of underdog stories centered on feisty female crusaders; Norma Rae begat Silkwood, Erin Brockovich, North Country and others. Or you might know it as the movie that made Sally Field a serious movie star, although it’d be another five years until she really believed that people liked her.
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    Knights of Badassdom (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Brent Lorentson on April 2nd, 2014

    “…I’m packing an ounce of killer shrooms, and there be monsters in need of pummelin’.”

    When I first think of how to explain Knights of Badassdom, what comes to mind is that it’s Evil Dead 2 meets LARPing.  The only experience I’ve had with LARPing came in the form of watching Role Models and having to review the documentary Skull World.  What director Joe Lynch (Wrong Turn 2 and actor in Holliston) has done is create a world that invites both fans of role-playing and horror and thrusts them together to create a blood-and-gore-soaked romp filled with laughs
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    At Middleton (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by John Ceballos on April 2nd, 2014

    “Sometimes a day can be an eternity.”

    It’s hard to tell a convincing love story, period. It’s even harder to tell a convincing love story when we’re supposed to believe the two characters fall for each other within the space of a single day. The good news is At Middleton somewhat manages to pull this off in a little over an hour. The bad news is the film is actually 1 hour and 40 minutes long.
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    Californication – Season Six

    Posted in Disc Reviews by William O'Donnell on April 1st, 2014

    Six seasons (and several fictional years) in and Hank Moody (David Duchovny) is still drinking, snorting, womanizing and procrastinating from doing anything productive with his writing. Hank is still riding on the success of his first book and the subsequent money he received after it was adapted into a motion picture. Hank seems like the type of character who is incapable of any personal growth (aside from around his trousers…which is just the kind of joke he’d try to make) but with his daughter wanting to live abroad, which threatens his chances at reuniting with his on-and-off girlfriend, perhaps this season he’ll mature.
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    Alpha and Omega 3 the Great Wolf Games (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by BABY on March 31st, 2014

    Baby here again. Yeah, I’m that German Shepherd/Chow mix who runs the security here at Upcomingdiscs. It’s my job to see that no one breaks in. I’ve got a perfect record. Of course, no one said anything about breaking out. But I don’t want to talk about that right now. Lately, it seems that every time I come into a room I’m having trouble getting noticed. Gino ends up running around saying the dog’s gone. It’s doggone this and doggone that. Hey, Gino, I’m right here, for cryin’ out loud. The problem is that Mom keeps telling everyone to hold their heads up high. Well, no wonder everyone thinks the dog’s gone. Hey guys,  I’m down here.
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    Delivery Man (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Jeremy Butler on March 31st, 2014

    What would you do if you found out that you fathered 533 kids? Better yet, how would you handle that news on top of the news that the children you fathered are petitioning the courts to have your identity revealed? Well, that is the dilemma that Vince Vaughn is faced with in his new comedy Delivery Man. As you can figure out from the funny premise, this is a comedy, but it is not just hapless jokes without any real substance; Delivery Man actually has another side to it, a side that tugs on the heartstrings a bit.
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    Key & Peele: Seasons One & Two (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Brent Lorentson on March 30th, 2014

    It’s been quite some time since The Chappelle Show went off the air, and it would appear Comedy Central has finally found its replacement.  I wouldn’t go so far as to say the two shows are on the same par, but what Keegan Michael Key and Jordan Peele bring to the small screen is something that has piqued my interest and shows some potential.  Both Key and Peele got their big break from working on the sketch comedy show MADtv, and it would seem they are taking their talents and what they learned to bring us something that is a little familiar but still fresh and keeps its audience laughing
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    Monsters: Complete Series

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on March 30th, 2014

    There have been many horror and sci-fi classic anthology series on television over the years. Monsters isn’t really one of them. That might sound rather harsh and unkind. The truth is Monsters was the oft-forgotten stepchild of the more popular Tales From The Darkside. That series even scored an anthology feature film with pop star Blondie. Unfortunately, both shows have been lost into obscurity over the years. They have both disappeared from even the local television stations and haven’t had much in the way of home video release.
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    Return to Nuke ‘Em High 1, Vol. 1 (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Brent Lorentson on March 28th, 2014

    When you get a film from Troma to watch, you have to view it differently than you would view just about any other film.  After all, Troma is the VHS and DVD equivalent to the days of Roger Corman and the B-movie fanfare he could travel from one Cineplex to the next.  Troma founder Lloyd Kaufman has been writing and directing B-cinema schlock for 40 years and has managed to make money off it, so for those naysayers out there, keep in mind he still is responsible for The Toxic Avenger as well as Tromeo & Juliet.
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    Veep: The Complete Second Season (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by John Ceballos on March 27th, 2014

    “…I’m the f—ing Vice President of the United States, and I have something to say.”

    If you’ve seen Veep, you know it’s almost impossible to quote the show without including an f-bomb or any of the show’s crassly creative put-downs. The sitcom’s central joke remains that the vice presidency might be the most high-profile unimportant job in the world. As a result, the second season of HBO’s caustic comedy sees VP Selina Meyer making moves to improve her political standing. Of course, she and her harried staff can’t avoid the humiliations and indignities that come with the job.
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    Machine Head

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Brent Lorentson on March 27th, 2014

    It’s spring break, and you know what that means, college co-eds are taking a break from hitting the books and are up for getting into reckless debauchery, heavy drinking and plenty of things they hope their parents never find out about.  It’s not as though horror films ever need an excuse to make mincemeat of bikini-clad girls, and for fans of the genre, the more bikini clad girls the better.  Along with the pretty faces, though, we horror and gore hounds do enjoy a good story tacked on for good measure.
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    Dark House (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on March 25th, 2014

    Sometimes a horror movie comes along that is rich in originality and ideas. Dark House certainly fits into that category. There are some truly scary moments and seriously frightening images to be found here. For a low-budget affair, the movie sports pretty solid acting and an atmospheric production design. Writer/director Victor Salva knows how to get the most out of the resources at his command. That doesn’t mean there isn’t a serious flaw to be found here. This is a movie that is often a little too clever and more than a little enigmatic at times.
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    The Wolf of Wall Street (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by John Ceballos on March 25th, 2014

    Besides the fact that it stars Leonardo DiCaprio and that it’s essentially a white collar gloss on Goodfellas, you’d be forgiven for thinking somebody other than Martin Scorsese directed The Wolf of Wall Street. I don’t mean to suggest Scorsese has lost his masterful touch or his passion for filmmaking, both of which were on display as recently as two years ago in the wonderful Hugo. It’s more that after spending the better part of the 21st century making strong, serious dramas, I didn’t necessarily expect Scorsese to make his funniest, loosest and most audacious picture in decades.
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    Devious Maids: The Complete First Season

    Posted in Disc Reviews by John Ceballos on March 24th, 2014

    “In my experience, people just aren’t that interested in what happens to the help.”

    Lifetime viewers and Devious Maids creator Marc Cherry beg to differ. After debuting to modest ratings last summer, the show steadily gained viewers and hit a series high in viewership with its finale. (Not surprisingly, it was promptly renewed for a second season.) Cherry previously struck eight seasons worth of gold with Desperate Housewives on ABC. As someone who enjoyed watched more Housewives episodes than I care to admit, I can appreciate both the positive and negative ways this show echoes Cherry’s previous smash success.
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    Dora the Explorer: Dora in Wonderland

    Posted in Disc Reviews by William O'Donnell on March 23rd, 2014

    Last time I covered the multi-lingual adventures of Dora, she was reimagining Charles Dickens’ Christmas Carol. This time around we see her take on Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Like that other special, this episode is twice the length of a normal episode. But unlike that other special, this one features a noteworthy lineup of guest voices such as Mel Brooks, Jewel, and Alan Cumming.
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