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    Posted in Disc Reviews by BABY on January 7th, 2016

    Baby here. I’m the German Shepherd/Chow who handles security here at Upcomingdiscs. You know what puts the scowl in my growl? I’ll bet you guys all had a lot of fun over the Christmas holidays. There were probably a lot of parties to go to. We had one here at Upcomingdiscs, but don’t ask me how it was. That’s because they locked me upstairs in a bedroom the whole time. That’s right, the chief of security was locked up. Apparently I can’t be trusted when people are walking around with a lot of food. They trust me to guard thousands of dollars worth of home video equipment. I keep those Fed Ex/UPS guys in check every day. But  a meatball or a potato chip?
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    The Nanny: Season 5

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Paul O'Callaghan on January 7th, 2016

    I previously reviewed season 4 of The Nanny, and now it’s time to review season 5. If you are interested in the overview on everything about The Nanny and season 4 in particular, then you will have to go back and look for that review. This all about season 5, which I might suggest is the climax of the 6-season series, for whatever that’s worth. The relationship between Fran Fine and Maxwell Sheffield had been on a slow burn for four seasons, but the time was coming for a reckoning. Will Fran’s persistence and patience pay off?  I don’t want to make this too dramatic, since The Nanny is probably one of the silliest sitcoms ever made, and that’s taking into consideration that there are hundreds and hundreds of silly sitcoms.
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    The Transporter Refueled (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on January 6th, 2016

    Between 2002 and 2008 Jason Statham made a name for himself playing Frank Miller in three Transporter films. Miller was a former special ops expert who became a high-end black market transportation expert. He used his skills to transport anyone or anything from point A to point B for a hefty fee. He had a few rules that governed his business: the deal never changes once it’s made, no names, and he doesn’t want to know what he is transporting. The business made for some nice action films that gave Statham a chance to show off that particular skill set. The films brought in a modest box office, averaging around $35 million each.
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    Mercury Plains

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Dan Holland on January 6th, 2016

    There is so much to enjoy when it comes to Mercury Plains. It is the first time I have seen Scott Eastwood in a starring role, Nick Chinlund provides a brilliant performance as the philosophical Captain, and each of the characters are engaging. To be clear, Scott Eastwood is the main character of the film, but his comrades have very interesting character arcs that make them unique. In fact, I think that is what I enjoyed the most from this film: the details that are not spoken directly to the audience. There are so many instances where the details in the character arcs (even Eastwood’s) are so minute, you could very well miss them.
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    Close Range

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Brent Lorentson on January 6th, 2016

    Scott Adkins is one of those actors that I’m surprised hasn’t quite hit the mainstream success he deserves.  In the late 80’s and 90’s this is a guy who would have been an action superstar who would have crushed such icons as Jean-Claude Van Damme and Dolph Lundgren.  It seems that somehow Adkins has been lost amongst the glut of superhero films; he’s one of the true great tough guys who even does most of his own stunts, which is surprising, since some actors these days can’t function on set without their own personal chef and have stand-ins when their face is not on screen.  Close Range is the new release for Adkins that once again shows off his martial arts skills while leaving a high body count in his wake.
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    Tuesday Round Up: January 5, 2016

    Posted in Contests, Tuesday Round Up by John Ceballos on January 5th, 2016

    Happy 2016, everybody! We closed last year with a bang — and I’m not just talking about the fireworks above UpcomingDiscs headquarters on New Year’s Eve — and we’re hitting the ground running for our first Tuesday Round Up of 2016. HBO is on the case with True Detective: Season 2. Cinedigm is Full of Grace, plays a Kill Game, offers a horror twist with Little Dead Rotting Hood, and is en pointe with ballet drama Flesh and Bone. Shout! Factory cops to Hill Street Blues: The Final Season, and the studio’s Scream Factory chills us to the bone with The House Where Evil Dwells/Ghost Warrior double feature. Meanwhile, A&E examines more evidence of Ancient Aliens: Season 8.

    You can already read our takes on Universal’s The Visit and Green Inferno, along with RLJ Entertainment’s Adulterers and XLrator’s Wrecker. RLJ is also playing fetch with Robo-Dog, while XLrator keeps us at Close Range. Magnolia enters the lab with Experimenter, Green Apple Entertainment shares Susie’s Hope, and Comedy Central gives us a tour of Broad City: Season 2. Finally, Lionsgate takes a trip to Mercury Plains and dives into the Battle for Skyark, while Paramount holds us Captive.

    Phew! That’s a lot of options to choose from for our first DVD giveaway of 2016. Before we get to that, let’s offer a hearty congratulations to our December winner: Vicki Wurgler, who won Field of Lost Shoes on DVD.

    Vicki is our last Round Up winner of 2015, but you have a chance to seize the first prize for 2016. Once a month we’re going to give away a surprise DVD title from our archives to a lucky winner who comments in our weekly Round-Up posts. All you have to do is comment in a Round-Up post — like this one! — and tell us which of the featured titles you’re most curious to read about. (Quick reminder: You’re not telling us which title you’d like to win; your free DVD will be a surprise.)

    The winners and their prizes will be announced the first week of every month right here in our Tuesday Round-Up post. You can’t win if you don’t comment. Contest is open to residents of the U.S and Canada.

    One last reminder before signing off for the week: 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!

    CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED!

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    12 Days Of Christmas Giveaways – Day 12: 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die From Barron’s Educational Series

    Posted in Contests by Gino Sassani on January 5th, 2016

    On The Twelfth Day Of Christmas Barron’s Educational Series Gives To You:

    1001 Movies To See Before You Die 2015 Edition. This book is huge and contains tons of photos and facts. We reviewed the book earlier and I’m not parting with my copy for anything. Lucky for you, our friends over at Barron’s have decided to give a copy to one lucky reader. We saved one of the best for last. I hope you enjoyed our 12 Days Of Christmas Giveaways.

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    Original Christmas Classics Gift Set (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on January 4th, 2016

    If you were a child in the 1960’s or 1970’s, you were around at the golden age of the Christmas television special. We just celebrated the 50th anniversary of A Charlie Brown Christmas, and there were a ton of holiday charms that came and went each year. But there were a handful that became classics and found their way to the airwaves every year in December. Of course, A Charlie Brown Christmas became one of these, and it is indeed among the best. It was not the only special to become beloved by generations of viewers. Now Dreamworks has brought together  seven of the most memorable of these classics.
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    Susie’s Hope

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Brent Lorentson on January 4th, 2016

    Over the years it’s become a bit of a trend to read headlines discussing a pit-bull attack. Sure, it’s been known to be an aggressive breed, but I tend to be in the camp that believes it’s the owner who truly reflects a dog’s behavior.  Another unsettling trend that has been in the news lately is the abuse inflicted upon these animals, whether it is to “toughen” the dog up for fighting or simply that the dog was an unfortunate object that a person decided to unleash their cruelty upon.  I note this not to attempt to make any social commentary, but instead to set up this film that tackles both sides of the coin when it comes to pit bulls, and it just so happens to be based upon a true story. 
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    Hill Street Blues: The Final Season

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on January 4th, 2016

    “Let’s be careful out there!”

    The final season of Hill Street Blues arrives from Shout Factory. I think it’s likely you already have the full series collection. If not, this isn’t really the place to start. Over the course of seven years you really get a chance to get to know these characters. You see them evolve both as actors and characters. Yes, it all comes together with one of the better season finale episodes in television history. You just can’t deny yourself a chance to see it all. Last year I took that journey once again and binged the entire seven seasons, and I’m up for it again. In case you missed what there was to say about the show…read on.
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    12 Days Of Christmas Giveaways – Day 11: Hill Street Blues: The Final Season From Shout Factory

    Posted in Contests by Gino Sassani on January 4th, 2016

    On The Eleventh Day Of Christmas Shout Factory Gives To You:

    Hill Street Blues: The Final Season. It just might be one of the greatest shows in television history. It certainly changed the face of television drama. Shout Factory brings the season on home. Now we want to send the final season to your home.

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    The Visit (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by John Ceballos on January 4th, 2016

    At this point, the most shocking M. Night Shyamalan-related twist would be for the director to make a movie that people actually enjoyed. (The “M.” stands for “maligned,” right?) Hopes weren’t exactly high when it was announced Shyamalan — who was once fated to become either “the next Hitchcock” or “the next Spielberg” — would be dabbling in the fading found footage genre. So imagine my surprise to find that The Visit — a broad, nutty mix of comedy and horror — is the director’s loosest, most playful effort since Signs. It’s also his first (subjectively) non-terrible flick in about a decade.
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    The Green Inferno (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Brent Lorentson on January 4th, 2016

    It’s been a long wait for those of us wanting to see Eli Roth’s return behind the camera since Hostel 2 hit the screens. I’ve been more than a little excited since hearing about Roth’s plans to bring the cannibal genre to its jungle roots.  It’s been long enough since audiences have been shocked by the ferocity we haven’t seen from the genre since Cannibal Holocaust and Cannibal Ferox.  Sadly, the intentions were there, but the execution just fell short.  Instead of getting the shock and gore we’ve come to expect since Cabin Fever and Hostel 1&2, this time around we get a film that feels a little restrained.
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    Wrecker

    Posted in Disc Reviews by John Ceballos on January 4th, 2016

    This road is like a magnet for serial killers.”

    There’s a difference between paying tribute and ripping somebody off. Wrecker — a high-speed, low-budget actioner — bills itself as “an homage to road classics like Duel.” Unfortunately, that’s far from the only nod to Steven Spielberg’s 1971 thriller. Wrecker rehashes every significant story beat from Duel, except with a lot less filmmaking skill and a pair of infinitely more annoying protagonists.
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    Adulterers

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Dan Holland on January 3rd, 2016

    It is not very often that I am able to say that a film revolving around an extramarital affair keeps me engaged. While the writing in Adulterers became rather unfavorable towards the end, the strength of the conflict and the pacing of the editing and cinematography combine to make a significant force. That being said, I was pleasantly surprised by the intensity of the drama that unfolds among the disturbed trio, but there were many moments that distracted me from that pleasure. Through this review, I aim to be as fair and as spoiler-free as possible. I believe this film is definitely worth the watch, regardless of what does not “work” for me.
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    12 Days Of Christmas Giveaways – Day 10: History Bible Collection

    Posted in Contests by Gino Sassani on January 3rd, 2016

    On The Tenth Day Of Christmas History Gives To You:

    The Bible Collection. Our friendly little elf friends at history want to remind us all what Christmas is really about. It’s not that small trees need love. This prize is a 16-disc collection of some of History’s best Bible documentaries. You get episodes from Mysteries Of The Bible: The Bible’s Greatest Heroes, Mysteries Of The Bible, The Execution Of Jesus, God vs. Satan: The Final Battle, Bible Stories From The Old Testament, Bible’s Secrets Revealed, Mary Of Nazareth, Jesus: His Life, Christianity: The First Two Thousand Years and both parts of Banned From The Bible. All going to a lucky Upcomingdiscs follower.

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    12 Days Of Christmas Giveaways – Day 9: Duck Dynasty: Season 1-8 Collector’s Set From History

    Posted in Contests by Gino Sassani on January 2nd, 2016

    On The Ninth Day Of Christmas History Gives To You:

    Duck Dynasty Seasons 1-8. Our friendly little elf friends at History want to give you the business. The Robertson family business, that is. Well…here it all is. Every episode of the first eight years including the Deck The Halls Christmas Special. You get 18 DVD’s in all. It’s our way of helping one lucky winner keep all their Ducks in a row. That means hours of Phil, Si, Willie and Jase. That also means hours of terrific guest stars and crazy antics.

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    Hitman: Agent 47 (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Jeremy Butler on January 2nd, 2016

    “History of man is defined by war. And war is defined by the men who fight it.”

    Well, it is definitely more high-tech than the 2007 version, but is that necessarily a good thing? That’s what you are here to find out in this reboot of the popular video game of the same name (minus the Agent 47 part, that is). Rupert Friend is Agent 47 in this updated version, and I will say that despite my initial upset feelings about the recasting of the character, he does an excellent job as the highly motivated and proficient assassin.
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    12 Days Of Christmas Giveaways – Day 8: Original Christmas Classics Gift On Blu-ray From Dreamworks

    Posted in Contests by Gino Sassani on January 1st, 2016

    On The Eighth Day Of Christmas Film Detective Gives To You:

    The Original Christmas Classics Anniversary Collector’s Edition. This time it’s on Blu-ray. The collection features some of the biggest Christmas Classics from the vintage days of the television specials. In one collection you’re going to get 7 all-time classic specials. We’re talking Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer and Frosty The Snowman. Those are two of the best there ever was. The set also includes the rare Santa Claus Is Coming To Town. In this day of super heroes this is one of the earliest. It’s Santa’s origin story told in wonderful stop-motion. I haven’t seen it since I was a kid. What a blast to share it with my family. The set also includes The Little Drummer Boy, Cricket On The Hearth which stars Roddy McDowall and Danny Thomas, Mr. Magoo’s Christmas Carol and Frosty Returns. You want this collection on your shelf before the next Christmas season rolls around. Now you can win it on DVD thanks to our Christmas buddies at Dreamworks.

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    Don’t forget to check out more Holiday fun at: Dreamworks Classic Santa

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    The Hateful Eight

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Brent Lorentson on January 1st, 2016

    The name Quentin Tarantino carries the weight of legacy of such directors as Alfred Hitchcock, Steven Spielberg, and more recently Christopher Nolan.  I’m not saying one is better than the other, but simply by name recognition alone Tarantino is in the company of directors that when you hear that his name is attached, there will be a loyal fan base flocking to the theaters to see what they have to dazzle us with.  This time around Tarantino returns to the cinema in his biggest release to date; in glorious 70mm we have The Hateful Eight. Tarantino returns to the Western genre, only this time he heads out west to Wyoming to thrust us into his most claustrophobic setting since Reservoir Dogs. Let me just come out of the gate and say, if you’re looking for the over-the-top fun you found in Django Unchained, you’re going to have to readjust those expectations; this time around we are given something much more intimate and all the more rich with dark humor.
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    Shameless: Season 5 (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Jeremy Butler on January 1st, 2016

    America’s most dysfunctional family is back for a fifth season. Showtime dramedy series Shameless, based on the popular UK series of the same name, continues with the same level of comedy and drama that has made it one of the network’s all-time popular shows. The Gallagher clan is always full of surprises, and this season is no different, especially when comes to the family matriarch, Fiona, who probably comes through the largest arc this season as always. Usually when a show reaches this point, it begins to show signs of tedium or signals that it is close to its end; however, that is not the case here, as the season 6 is expected to begin in January.
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    12 Days Of Christmas Giveaways – Day 7 Bucket Of Blood and The Bat On Blu-ray From Film Detective

    Posted in Contests by Gino Sassani on December 31st, 2015

    On The Seventh Day Of Christmas Film Detective Gives To You:

    Roger Corman’s cult classic Bucket Of Blood and Vincent Price in The Bat. These classic horror tales come to you in high definition on Blu-ray. You’ve read about them in our gift guide now you have a chance to have them on us and the friendly folks over at Film Detective. It’s a Halloween Christmas and you get the treats. No tricks.

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    Bone Tomahawk (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by John Ceballos on December 31st, 2015

    We’re in hell.”

    The Blu-ray cover for Bone Tomahawk features a grizzled Kurt Russell donning a cowboy hat. That image immediately indicated to me that I would be in steady, exceedingly capable hands for the forthcoming Western adventure. What I didn’t necessarily expect was for Bone Tomahawk to also deliver one of the more frightening, engrossing, and pulse-pounding movie-watching experiences of the year.
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    Heist (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on December 31st, 2015

    “Stealing from the Pope is suicide.” 

    We’re not talking about that pope. We’re talking about Robert DeNiro in his latest direct-to-video feature film Heist. It’s true that DeNiro hasn’t exactly been picky lately with his parts. He commands a big paycheck, often for just showing up on the credits. It’s common among actors particularly those like DeNiro who have made quite a name for themselves and find themselves in the back nine of their career.
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    12 Days Of Christmas Giveaways – Day 6: My Favorite Martian: Complete Series From MPI Home Video

    Posted in Contests by Gino Sassani on December 30th, 2015

    On The Sixth Day Of Christmas MPI Media Group Gives To You:

    My Favorite Martian The Complete Series. This is quite the little treasure we have here. MPI has put together an impressive list of extras and every episode of the Bill Bixby / Ray Waltson classic. Long before The Avengers Bixby was The Incredible Hulk. (Okay, he was Banner and Lou Ferrigno was the big green guy). Long before Mork arrived from Ork Uncle Martin arrived from Mars and into the life of newspaper reporter Tim O’Hara. We’re talking hours of memories here that you really want on your video shelf. This might well be one of my favorite giveaways.

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