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    Wonder Woman: Commemorative Edition

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Brent Lorentson on May 18th, 2017

    With its original release in 2009, DC and Warner Bros have set up the release of Wonder Woman the animated film to help ramp up excitement for the live-action release of the new Wonder Woman film that is set to hit the big screen in a matter of weeks. For some of those readers who may think animated film means it’s just for kids, what WB and DC have done together with the animation department I wish managed to translate to their live-action releases. The DC/WB animated films in my opinion are phenomenal and honestly have set a high bar for me, because these translations have just been superior to the live-action films, and most come in short of the 90-minute mark
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    The Dick Van Dyke Show: Season 4 (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on July 9th, 2013

    When one thinks of The Dick Van Dyke Show it’s hard not to think of its star Dick Van Dyke. After all, it’s his name on the opening credits, and he does play the lead character in this groundbreaking television comedy. There’s little question that the show became a wonderful vehicle for his many comedic talents. But the genius behind the show wasn’t really Dick Van Dyke at all. It was Carl Reiner (yes, Meathead’s father) who is the true brains behind the show.
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    Adventure Time: The Complete Second Season (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Brent Lorentson on June 13th, 2013

    This is my second trip to the land of Ooo, and this time I’d have all of season 2 to kick back and enjoy the weird and crazy adventures of Jake the dog and Finn the human.  Fans of the show seem to have been clamoring to have entire seasons of the show released as a whole, rather than the compilation packs that have been released in the past.  With this season 2 release there are 26 episodes together on one disc and running a little over 5 hours.  Having just survived season 2, I feel it’s safe to say the show is something that will grow on you, but really like anything else should be indulged in small doses rather than a marathon viewing session.
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    Deliverance (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on July 3rd, 2012

    “Squeal like a pig…”

    It’s one of those lines that you know even if you’ve never seen Deliverance. The line and film have entered our pop culture and have been referenced in hundreds of films that followed. Along with the iconic rendition of Dueling Banjos, taken from the traditional piece Feuding Banjos, well… you might feel like you’ve seen the film even if you haven’t. Deliverance is a film about Americana that has itself become a large part of Americana. Most of us have found ourselves in a situation where we start hearing those familiar notes in the back of our heads. The truth is, they just don’t make them like this anymore.
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    Memorial Day (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by John Ceballos on May 28th, 2012

    “It’s Memorial Day. What am I supposed to remember?”

    Happy Memorial Day, everyone! When I saw that I would be reviewing a movie called Memorial Day, I was afraid Garry Marshall had made another one of his awful ensemble romantic comedies — ala Valentine’s Day and New Year’s Eve — that stars everyone in Hollywood…and Hector Elizondo. Thankfully, this film is simply an (overly) earnest dedication to the men and women who have served in the Armed Forces, as well as their families.
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    Band of Brothers / The Pacific (Special Edition Gift Set) (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on November 8th, 2011

    “Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen of the Allied Expeditionary Force: You are about to embark upon the Great Crusade, toward which we have striven these many months. The eyes of the world are upon you. Good Luck! And let us all beseech the blessing of Almighty God upon this great and noble undertaking.” – General Dwight D. Eisenhower, Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces.”

    World War II was a turning point in American history unlike any other in the 20th century.
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    40 Days and 40 Nights (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by M. W. Phillips on September 13th, 2011

    “One – you can’t do it. You just can’t. This isn’t a personal attack towards you, I’m just saying that no man can do it, it goes against nature. The male was biologically designed to spread his seed. You’re gonna piss off the seeds, Matt! It goes against science! You wanna be the guy who goes against science?”

    In 1988, director Michael Lehman brought us Heathers, one of the great, all time classic black comedies so ballsy it could never get made our current post 9/11 and Columbine culture.
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    Supernatural: The Complete Second Season (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on June 14th, 2011

    If you are a fan of the original Kolchak: The Night Stalker, you were more than likely disappointed in the remake a couple of years ago on ABC. Your hope is now once again restored. Supernatural is the closest thing I’ve ever seen to The Night Stalker. Like Kolchak, the Winchester brothers are faced with weekly incarnations of evil. They’re forced to research these legends and figure out a way to stop them. As Kolchak discovered, it’s a thankless job. Sure, Supernatural is populated with all sorts of beasties and nasties, but it also manages to hold on to a sense of humor
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    The Universe: The Complete Series Megaset (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on May 3rd, 2011

    “In the beginning there was darkness. And then bang, giving birth to an endless expanding existence of time, space, and matter. Now, see further than we’ve ever imagined. Beyond the limits of our existence. In a place we call The Universe.”

    The History series lasted for five seasons. The show used modern space photography, computer-generated images, and demonstrations along with respected scientists to explore the various aspects of our universe.
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    Peanuts Holiday Collection (A Charlie Brown Christmas / It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown / A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving) (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on December 8th, 2010

    I grew up on the Peanuts creations of Charles M. Schulz. Most of us have, in some way or another. His newspaper comic strip is one of the longest running and most successful strips of all time. The work has been translated into every language currently spoken on the planet. The images of Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Linus, and the rest of the Peanuts gang have appeared on just about any kind of product imaginable. Our pop culture contains too many references to the strip to mention briefly. For me, it was the television specials starting in the mid 1960’s that brought the gang into my life. The classics are running annually, still after nearly 50 years.
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    Highlander (Director’s Cut) (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on November 10th, 2010

    “From the dawn of time, we came, moving silently down through the centuries, living many secret lives, struggling to reach the time of The Gathering, where the few who remain will battle to the last. No one has ever known we were among you …Until now.”

    We all want to believe that we’re special. We fantasize that one day we’ll discover that we aren’t the mere mortal people we thought that we were.
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    Splice (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on November 8th, 2010

    I’m not exactly sure what it is that audiences expected when Splice hit the box offices in June. I will have to admit that the trailers were not all that impressive. But I guess that most people didn’t see what I saw when I looked at the early promotion for the film. I was fascinated by the appearance of the “creature”, and the overall Frankenstein overtones were too much for me to resist. The movie compelled me from the first images and descriptions. Apparently, that wasn’t the case in general. Splice tanked at the box office. It barely made $17 million.
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    A Nightmare on Elm Street (Blu-ray) (2010)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on November 8th, 2010

    When Wes Craven delivered his first Nightmare On Elm Street film back in 1984, there wasn’t much expectation for the film to do anything but deliver a little profit for the new independent studio New Line Cinema. The film did quite a bit better than that. It made the small studio into a player in the industry with the budget to make mainstream films that would have never been possible if not for Craven’s little Nightmare. You could say that The Lord Of The Rings owes its very existence, at least in the form of the Peter Jackson films, to Freddy Krueger.
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    “31 Nights Of Terror” The Exorcist (Extended Director’s Cut & Original Theatrical Edition) (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on October 16th, 2010

    Regan MacNeil (Linda Blair) is going through more than the usual puberty traumas. She pees on the carpet, curses a blue streak, causes objects to fly around the room, and speaks in the voice of Mercedes McCambridge. Her mother Chris (Ellen Burstyn) takes her to every medical professional under the sun, to no avail. With her daughter’s life in the balance, she turns to Father Karras (Jason Miller), asking him to perform an exorcism. But not only is he skeptical, he has his own problems, not least of which is losing his faith. Meanwhile, Regan’s symptoms of possession grow steadily worse…
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    The Maltese Falcon (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on October 13th, 2010

    “In 1539 The Knight Templars of Malta paid tribute to Charles V of Spain by sending him a Golden Falcon encrusted from beak to claw with rarest jewels — but pirates seized the galley carrying this priceless token, and the fate of the Maltese Falcon remains a mystery to this day.”

    What is not a mystery today is the significant role that The Maltese Falcon has played in cinema history. The film itself was a remake. In fact, it was actually Warner’s third attempt to film the Dashiell Hammett novel in a single decade.
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    The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on October 13th, 2010

    By 1948 John Huston had proven his ability as a director with just his first film, The Maltese Falcon. Since then he had returned to Humphrey Bogart in Across The Pacific and again in The Treasure Of The Sierra Madre. Each of these films presented the star in very different surroundings and situations. His Dobbs character here couldn’t have been any farther from his Sam Spade character. But in each case Huston relied on his leading man to dominate the screen with his trademark mannerisms and his ability to liven up even the most cliché of dialog.
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    Human Target: The Complete First Season (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on October 11th, 2010

    There hasn’t been a show quite like Human Target on television. There are certainly action shows, and there have been many shows that have taken on the “private” bodyguard or dedicated do-gooder. But I haven’t seen a series yet that managed to capture the kind of action that you only find in big-budget feature films on the smaller scale and more limited budget of television. That is, until I saw the 12 episodes of the first season of Human Target. I remember seeing a huge advertisement blitz around the time of the Super Bowl, but I’ve seen a ton of these dramatic previews that only seemed to lose the sizzle over the course of a season, or even a single episode.
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    The Big Bang Theory: The Complete Third Season (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on September 22nd, 2010

    “If you people spent less time thinking about sex and more time concentrating on comic books, we’d have far fewer embarrassing moments.”

    Finally a situation comedy for geeks. Ever since Urkel went from being a one-off character on Family Matters to the star of the show, the geeks have been looking for their own series. With The Big Bang Theory you get plenty of geek factor with a healthy dose of laughter. I honestly haven’t laughed this much at a situation comedy in decades.
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    Supernatural: The Complete Fifth Season (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on September 13th, 2010

    “On April 21st,1967 the 100-millionth GM vehicle rolled off the plant in Janesville. A blue two-door Caprice. There was a big ceremony, speeches, the Lt. Governor even showed up. Three days later, another car rolled off that same line. No one gave two craps about her, but they should have. Because, that 1967 Chevrolet Impala would turn out to be the most important car in pretty much the whole universe…I guess that’s where the story began. And here’s where it ends.”

    Except it doesn’t; not really.
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    Smallville: The Complete Ninth Season (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on September 13th, 2010

    Look up in the sky. It’s a bird. It’s a plane. No, it’s…. well, Clark Kent. When Smallville was first developed for television, the show runners made a few conscious decisions that have, for the most part, been kept for the show’s first 8 seasons. There was a strict “no flights, no tights” rule that was in effect for anyone hoping to pen an adventure for the show. Everyone knows we’re talking about Superman here, but the term is avoided like a deadly disease. All of the familiar places and names are firmly in place, but make no mistake. This is the world before Superman began to make his presence known to the world.
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    Solitary Man (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on September 10th, 2010

    When I saw the title for this movie my immediate thoughts went to that old Neil Diamond song of the same name. I don’t know why, but I absolutely expected to hear it at some point in the film. So I actually found myself smiling a bit when the first guitar chords for the song began during the opening credits. I was a little disappointed to hear the song, but performed by the Man In Black, Johnny Cash. Not that I dislike Johnny. I just was expected something else.
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    Chuck: The Complete Third Season (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on September 8th, 2010

    I’ll be honest, at first Chuck sounded like a pretty bad idea to me. I expected it to be a kind of modern Get Smart with a reluctant geek hero. And that’s pretty much what it turned out to be. Except it turned out to also be pretty darn entertaining as well. It all really starts with a solid cast and tightly written stories. Each episode manages to capture just the right blend of drama and comedy. I resist the trendy word dramedy, but if any series fits the mold, it would have to be Chuck.
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    The Vampire Diaries: The Complete First Season (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on August 31st, 2010

    Vampires are hot right now, at least that’s what everyone keeps telling me. The truth is that everyone is absolutely wrong. Vampires are not hot right now. They’ve always been hot. Since at least since 1897 when Bram Stoker took the world by storm in one of the earliest examples of a horror novel. Of course, I’m talking about Dracula. Dracula, as a character, might have been based on the historical figure of Vlad the Impaler, but the vampire legend that Stoker perfected in Dracula is pure fiction. Still, it wasn’t quite Stoker’s novel that created the vampire craze, it merely lit the fuse.
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    Dorian Gray (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on August 25th, 2010

    “The truth is, I’ve done dreadful things. My life has been a monstrous corruption. And there will be a price to pay.”

    The Picture Of Dorian Gray was actually Oscar Wilde’s only full-length novel. It was quite a controversial subject when it first arrived on the scene in 1890, but not because of the horror element. The book is often sexually explicit and contains more than a flirtation with homosexuality. The main themes have survived, but much of the work itself has been forgotten. We know the work almost exclusively from the classic film from 1945 where Hurd Hatfield played the title character
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    The Diplomat (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on August 25th, 2010

    It was hard for me to find any real solid information about The Diplomat. At first I decided that it was because the film was obviously not a movie at all, but a British mini-series. The piece is broken up into two parts that you must play separately, much like a mini-series is often presented when released on home video. That was still not enough to research the title, because it hadn’t really been a mini-series at all either. Finally, a stroke of luck led me to the fact that The Diplomat hadn’t been its original name either.
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