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    Posted in Disc Reviews by Jeremy Butler on September 5th, 2017

    Like normal folks, when I’m hard up for money I may attempt to come up with a quick scheme or two or generate a significant income: may play the lottery (attempt to claim that 700 million dollar jackpot), perhaps sell miscellaneous  items, or cash in some bonds. However, this is the first time I heard of attempting to kill a celebrity to collect the payout of a death pool. Killing Hasselhoff tells the story of Chris, a club owner who finds himself in a desperate spot and in need of money. His only recourse appears to be attempting to facilitate the death of Baywatch star David Hasselhoff. Strange, right? I mean, most people would try to get a loan before contemplating murder.
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    Tuesday Round Up: September 5, 2017

    Posted in Tuesday Round Up by John Ceballos on September 5th, 2017

    Despite the fact that quality TV offerings can be found year-round on practically every channel (and streaming service) these days, there’s still something to be said for tradition. With that in mind, the start of the network Fall TV season will be here in a flash. Warner Bros. revs us up for The Flash: Season 3 and battles inner (and outer) demons with Supernatural: Season 12. CBS hangs ten with Hawaii Five-O: Season 7 and profiles some Criminal Minds: Season 12. Elsewhere, Shout! Factory brings Just Shoot Me: The Complete Series back in style, while HBO relives The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.

    But it’s not all TV all the time. Universal tells the true-life story of Megan Leavey, while Lionsgate is offering a trio of past hits on UHD: Cabin in the Woods (4K), Red (4K), and Red 2 (4K). This is the start of a new month, but I’m going to give you the same ol’ reminder: if you’re shopping for anything on Amazon and you do it through one of our links, it’ll help keep the lights on here at UpcomingDiscs. See ya next week!

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    Good Time

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Brent Lorentson on September 2nd, 2017

    Every once in a while a film comes along that not only takes you by surprise but exceeds all expectations and just sticks to you. Last year it was La La Land, and this year for me it is Good Time.  Checking out the trailer after the film began to pick up some buzz on the internet, I thought that it looked good, but nothing about the trailer stood out to me to lead me to believe this was anything special.  But the thing that the trailer just doesn’t seem to capture is the experience. As you often see the tagline “a thrill ride”, this may be the first time in a long time where I feel this generic tagline actually fits, because that is precisely what this film is.  From the moment the film takes off, it doesn’t let up till the closing credits begin.
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    Shakes the Clown (Blu-Ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Michael Durr on September 1st, 2017

    Everybody has their own group of favorite comics. I got plenty of classics that I always love to watch like Robin Williams, Richard Pryor, George Carlin, and so forth. But we all have that one comic that we do not readily talk about in open groups or even with family. However late at night, maybe a drink in, and when nobody is looking (at least your wife anyway) we turn on and laugh our posterior off with. For me, that’s Bobcat Goldthwait. The movie is of course, Shakes the Clown.

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    Gotham: The Complete Third Season (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on September 1st, 2017

    “Enjoy the trip. It’s going to be a bumpy ride.”

    It has been six months since the second season ended. A herd of creatures and experiments rained down on Gotham City. They were the product of experimentation by Dr. Strange, played by B.D. Wong. This, of course, is Dr. Hugo Strange, mad scientist, and not Marvel’s Stephen Sorcerer Supreme. Jim Gordon (McKenzie) is no longer a member of the police force but has found a niche as a bounty hunter rounding up the creatures and bringing them in for cash.
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    Disneynature: Born in China (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by John Ceballos on September 1st, 2017

    The sheer beauty of China manifests itself in so many different ways, in so many remote corners. It sometimes feels like another world.”

    To help celebrate Earth Day each year, Disneynature — the independent film unit at the Mouse House dedicated to making nature documentaries — has gotten in the habit of immersing us in a different corner of the animal kingdom. While it’s a bit surprising that it took nine movies to finally arrive in China, the wait was absolutely worth it for fans of cuddly critters and breathtaking landscapes. The country’s otherworldly beauty makes up for some off-kilter narration and less-than-thrilling (invented) storylines.
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    Hickok (UHD Blu-ray) (4K)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on August 31st, 2017

    “Sometimes it takes a good man to stop bad people.”

    And sometimes you can have good actors and a rich genre to draw upon with classic characters and still not get the job done. Sadly, that’s the big story for Hickok. This one arrived with some rather high expectations. It was being released in 4K, which appeared to signal some confidence from Cinedigm, who are just entering the UHD fray. The cast is also a good sign. Luke Hemsworth plays the titular character with a supporting cast that includes legend Bruce Dern, Trace Adkins, and Kris Kristofferson.
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    Elementary: The Fifth Season

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on August 31st, 2017

    “My name is Sherlock, and I’m an addict.”

    Elementary is one of those shows that rather quietly continues to do what it does without drawing a ton of attention, but yet enough fans that the series has been able to reach the 100-episode milestone here in its fifth season. That used to be a little more important than it is today. Years ago a show’s only chance at making money after the original run was through syndication. Today there are less independent stations, and they tend toward the situation comedies more than drama.
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    Supergirl: The Complete Second Season (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on August 30th, 2017

    “When I was a child, my planet Krypton was dying. I was sent to Earth to protect my cousin. But my pod got knocked off course, and by the time I got here, my cousin had already grown up and become… Superman. I hid who I really was until one day when an accident forced me to reveal myself to the world. To most people, I’m a reporter at CatCo Worldwide Media. But in secret, I work with my adoptive sister for the D.E.O. to protect my city from alien life and anyone else that means to cause it harm. I am Supergirl.”

    A lot of things have changed with the second season of Supergirl. The series spent its first season on CBS but was always considered somewhat a part of the DC Television Universe.
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    Blue Bloods: The Seventh Season

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on August 30th, 2017

    Blue Bloods is the first television drama to capture the best of the police procedural and also the warmth and charm of the family drama. It’s like NYPD Blue invaded the set of Brothers & Sisters. The show brings incredibly good writing and production values that do look and feel like a film every week. You hear that a lot from series show runners, but this is one of those rare cases where it is true. It doesn’t hurt that the show has a strong cast that includes the like of Tom Selleck and Donnie Wahlberg. It doesn’t work unless everyone connected with a show buys into a common goal. That’s exactly what you get here, and it shows on the screen.
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    Baywatch (UHD Blu-ray) (4K)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Jeremy Butler on August 30th, 2017

    In the vein established by 21 Jump Street of taking a serious television series and transforming it into a comedy comes Baywatch. I’m sure everyone remembers Baywatch, possibly one of the most watched television series of all time that featured buxom ladies like Pamela Anderson and Yasmine Bleeth in tight swimsuits, running in slow motion.  Transplanted for a moderate time period, this film adaptation features this generation’s hard bodies such as Zac Efron, Dwayne Johnson, and Alexandria Daddario (those eyes are hypnotic) taking on the established and iconic roles of Matt Brody, Mitch Buchannon, and Summer Quinn.
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    Alien: Covenant (UHD Blu-ray) (4K)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Jeremy Butler on August 30th, 2017

    Alien Covenant is a perfect example of making a plan and sticking with it, because if you don’t you may be infected by an alien organism that will explode out of your chest. Graphic, I know, but informative, right? The latest installment in the Alien franchise picks up sometime after Prometheus and continues to pursue the critical question that was posed in the previous film: who created life? An intergalactic colonial expedition comes to face to face with their worst nightmare. It’s ironic how a mission to preserve life results in so much death.
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    Batman and Harley Quinn: Limited-Edition Gift Set (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by John Ceballos on August 30th, 2017

    We need Harley Quinn.”

    Warner Bros. still has a bit of a ways to go before its stable of DC Comics superheroes catches up to Disney’s dominant Marvel Cinematic Universe. However, Warner and DC have long had the upper hand on both the small screen (Smallville, Arrow, The Flash) and with their animated, direct-to-video offerings. Before Wonder Woman saved the day earlier this summer, one of DC’s recent big-screen highlights was the way Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn enlivened the supervillain mash-up Suicide Squad. And while I’m fully aware that Harley’s appeal lies in being a strong, sexy, wisecracking nutjob, I wish the makers of this well-deserved small-screen showcase had taken her a bit more seriously.
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    Bull: Season One

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on August 29th, 2017

    “I’m Dr. Jason Bull. I’m not a lawyer. I’m an expert in what’s called trial science. I study the jury’s behavioral patterns. I know what they’re thinking before they do. Everything my team learns gets plugged into a matrix, which allows us to assemble a shadow jury that is scary in its predictive efficiency. The verdict you get depends on me, and that’s no bull.”

    When Michael Weatherly left NCIS after 13 seasons, it’s not like he didn’t have a pretty wide safety net.
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    The Lion King: The Circle Of Life Edition (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on August 29th, 2017

    “From the day we arrive on the planet and blinking, step into the sun, there’s more to see than can ever be seen. More to do than can ever be done. There’s far too much to take in here. More to find than can ever be found…”

    There’s a period in the 1990’s that has often been referred to as the second golden age of Disney animation. The studio had fallen from its once mighty perch, and most film historians tend to agree there was a creative dark ages through the 1980’s.
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    Tuesday Round Up: August 29, 2017

    Posted in Tuesday Round Up by John Ceballos on August 29th, 2017

    With school back in session and summer pretty much in the rearview mirror, this seems like an odd time to head back to the beach. Well thanks to Paramount, the beach is coming to us! This week, we’ll be analyzing the gleaming abs, heaving bosoms, and schlocky special effects of Paramount’s Baywatch (4K). Meanwhile, Universal has its sights set on the cheesy TV show’s original star with Killing Hasselhoff, and RLJ Entertainment confronts the Evil in Us. Warner Bros. vamps it up with The Originals: Season 4 and checks in with Charlie Brown and Co. thanks to Peanuts: School Days. Warner also brings us a double dose of everyone’s favorite Caped Crusader with Gotham: Season 3 and the animated flick Batman and Harley Quinn. Elsewhere, CBS is on the case with Elementary: Season 5 and NCIS: Season 14. Finally, Disney gets in touch with its wild side thanks to nature doc Born in China and transports us to a galaxy far, far away with Star Wars Rebels: Season 3.

    Before signing off for the week (and for August), here’s the usual reminder: if you’re shopping for anything on Amazon and you do it through one of our links, it’ll help keep the lights on here at UpcomingDiscs. See ya next week!

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    Oxenfree

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Jeremy Butler on August 28th, 2017

    Tragedy has a way of tearing families apart, and that is the case in Oxenfree, a story about three foster brothers who reunite at their family’s vacation lodge. As expected, their reunion is not a happy one, as old wounds are reopened and differences are brought to the forefront. But beyond that, Oxenfree displays a childlike wonder that you cannot help but enjoy as the three embrace the better parts of their childhoods via the retelling of a ghost story passed down from generation to generation, as well as an epic battle for a makeshift fort. It is definitely a film worth seeing, and a wholesome experience that the entire family can enjoy.
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    Lucifer: The Complete Second Season

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Brent Lorentson on August 24th, 2017

    It seems there is no end in sight for comic book properties being bought and turned into movies or television series. Lucifer is one of the newer properties getting the television treatment, and personally this was a title I was looking forward to. With Tom Kapinos (Californication and Dawson’s Creek) at the helm, this seemed like it would be a good fit, though one thing did nag at me. When you have a show called Lucifer and it is about the devil taking a vacation on Earth, is broadcast television really the proper outlet? As a fan of Californication I was excited to see what Kapinos would do with the material and for the most part the show doesn’t disappoint.
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    I Am the Blues

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Dan Holland on August 24th, 2017

    The blues has had a tremendous impact on our contemporary popular culture, as it is largely the foundation of what we have come to understand as “pop music.” Without the blues, cultural phenomena such as Rock N’ Roll, Beatlemania, the British Invasion, heavy metal, hip-hop, gangsta rap, grunge, and contemporary pop would have evolved much differently. Even as I look over that list, I can’t make an argument for any one of those cultural shifts to be as impactful or as lasting as the blues. Perhaps I am a little biased as a rock enthusiast and musician, but every good guitar player knows that most of their stylistic flair can be traced right back to the Deep South.
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    Wolves

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Brent Lorentson on August 23rd, 2017

    I used to be a basketball fan back in the ’90s when Michael Jordan was a God on the court and you had Larry Johnson as “Grandmama” before Madea was ever a thing. Every year, some sort of inspirational sports story seems to come out. And for the most part it seems, whether it’s basketball or another sport, it’s generally the same story. But every once in a while one of the films will break the mold and give us something special. Don’t get to excited: I’m not saying Wolves is one of those films, but it is at least better than most of the other films of its ilk.
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    Tuesday Round Up: August 22, 2017

    Posted in Tuesday Round Up by John Ceballos on August 22nd, 2017

    It was almost 40 years ago that director Ridley Scott brought the first film in the Alien franchise to theaters and taught us that in space no one can hear you scream. Then again, maybe all they need in space to hear us is the latest Oppo player and a sweet UHD home theater set-up. Fox delivers some out-of-this-world thrills with Alien: Covenant (4K). On top of that, Warner Bros. looks up in the sky for Supergirl: Season 2 and goes down below for a devilishly good time with Lucifer: Season 2. Finally, CBS is on the case with NCIS: Los Angeles — Season 8 and keeps it in the family with Blue Bloods: Season 7.

    Before you run off until next week, here’s for your customary reminder: if you’re shopping for anything on Amazon and you do it through one of our links, it’ll help keep the lights on here at UpcomingDiscs. See ya next week!

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    Congratulations to Brent Lorentson on 500 reviews

    Posted in Disc Reviews by John Ceballos on August 21st, 2017

    If you’ve visited our site at any point throughout the last five years, you know who Brent is. Besides being our resident gorehound and an invaluable contributor to this website, Brent is also the fifth member of the 500 club here at Upcomingdiscs! If you haven’t already, be sure to check out his past reviews…and keep an eye out for what he has to say about your favorite movie in the near future.

    Please join us in wishing congrats to Brent.

    Here’s to the next 500 reviews!

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    Chuck (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by John Ceballos on August 21st, 2017

    My name is Chuck Wepner. You don’t know me…well, you do know me, but you don’t know you know me.”

    Unless you’re a hardcore boxing fan (or a Jersey boy/girl), chances are you don’t know the name Chuck Wepner. On the other hand, you don’t have to be a sports buff or a movie buff to know the name Rocky Balboa. Wepner is a former heavyweight boxer, and his 1975 title bout with Muhammad Ali served as the inspiration for Sylvester Stallone’s Oscar-winning classic. Originally titled The Bleeder (my two cents…they should’ve stuck with that title), Chuck is the story of “The Real Rocky.”
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    The Hitman’s Bodyguard

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Jeremy Butler on August 18th, 2017

    “It’s my job to keep you out of harm’s way.”

    “I am harm’s way!”

    In The Hitman’s Bodyguard, Samuel L. Jackson is the very definition of badass as contract killer Darius Kincaid. Which begs the question: why would a prolific hitman need a bodyguard? That question is a great source of entertainment throughout the film’s duration. Needless to say, the bodyguard is not necessary, but no one could ever doubt that the pairing of Samuel L. Jackson and Ryan Reynolds is comedic gold. The Hitman’s Bodyguard is without question one of the best films of the summer.
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    Snatched (UHD Blu-ray) (4K)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by John Ceballos on August 18th, 2017

    It’s not that hard to understand why Hollywood icon Goldie Hawn came out of semi-retirement to star in Snatched alongside comedian Amy Schumer. The South American-set mother/daughter comedy filmed in picturesque Hawaii, and Schumer was a hot box office commodity coming off the successful Trainwreck. (Holy oxymoron!) I just wish Hawn’s first movie in 15 years — a co-headlining gig, no less! — wasn’t such a wildly uneven effort. Because even though Snatched doesn’t fully utilize the talents of its legend, it’s apparent that Goldie’s still got it.
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