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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Space Precinct: The Complete Series DVD Review

Space Precinct: The Complete Series DVD Review



Synopsis: From sci-fi legend Gerry Anderson (Space 1999, Thunderbirds, UFO), this special-effects-filled series chronicles the adventures of two cops from Earth battling a rogue’s gallery of alien criminals in the year 2040. Transferred from the mean-streets of New York City to a teeming alien planet halfway across the galaxy, veteran police detective Patrick Brogan (Ted Shackelford, Dallas) and his rookie partner (Rob Youngblood, NYPD Blue, Sliders) struggle to adapt to their exotic new beat. Tangling with otherworldly outlaws in one deadly close encounter after another, the officers fight to bring intergalactic law and order to a mind-bending realm where the bad guy’s aren’t just bad… they aren’t even human! Episodes: Protect and Survive, Enforcer, Body and Soul, Double Duty, The Snake, Time to Kill, Deadline, Seek and Destroy, The Power, Illegal, Divided We Stand, Two against the Rock, Takeover, Predator and Prey, The Witness, Hate Street, Friends, Smelter Skelter, Flash, The Fire Within: Part 1, The Fire Within: Part 2, The Forever Beetle, Deathwatch: Part 1, Deathwatch: Part 2

Review: Space Precinct was a British television show that aired over in the UK in the mid 1990s for about a year.  The show was later seen in the USA on the SyFy channel in syndication.  The premise is a mixture of space and police drama to create a fictional world where special space cops patrol the universe and hold aliens and humans responsible for their crimes.

Space Precinct is a great little sci-fi gem that not a lot of people seem to know about.  It was a precursor to Men in Black and runs along very similar lines to those films.  The show came out during that mid 1990s UFO furvor that really fueld a lot of of movies and TV back then (Independance Day, Mars Attacks, The X-Files etc.).   The show was actually rather well made and the acting is pretty solid.  The make-up and cosutmes on the aliens is high quality and the stories are interesting.  They keep it grounded enough to have real police drama mixed-in with the Alien themes.

Overall, a great series and a gem for any sci-fi fan.  This one would make an amazing surprise Xmas gift!

Interest Range: Sci-Fi, Classic TV

Product Spotlight: Toy Story 3 Kooky Pens!

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Product Spotlight: Toy Story 3 Kooky Pens!

Kooky makes some fantastic Disney product, but of course our favorite are the Toy Story Kooky Pens!  They are just releasing their Toy Story 3 line-up and it looks fantastic!  You'll note it not only includes Lotso, but also new versions of Buzz, Woody and Alien!


Here is a nice visual comparison between the first series of Toy Story Kooky Pens and the new Toy Story 3 line!



Holiday Gift Guide: Kooky Pens! Star Wars & Toy Story!

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Holiday Gift Guide: Kooky Pens!

The Kooky pens are a well hidden secret for collectors.  They produce very collectible character products from huge lines like Marvel Comics, Toy Story and Star Wars, but are still relatively under the collective radar.  In fact, they even product limited edition special pens.  We're featuring one here for you today.   These little guys are fun for kids, but also very collectible for adults.  Win-win!   These can be found online or at Toys 'R Us stores nationwide!


Limited Edition Star Wars Darth Vader Pen!


Star Wars: Clone Wars Animated Kooky Pens!


Toy Story 3 Kooky Pens!


Here is a nice comparison from the first set of Toy Story Kooky Pens w/ the new Toy Story 3 line!


Holiday Gift Guide: Mattel's Monster High!

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Holiday Gift Guide: Mattel's Monster High! 

Monster High is one of the hottest and most in-demand properties this Xmas season for girls.  The Mattel toyline is based on the new book series by Lisi Harrison.   We recommend picking up the book along with any of the toys you can manage to find.  Although, the dolls are so hot they are the must-have of the season and can be rare to find.  You may have to resort to eBay!  You can also get tons of accessories for your little lady to be spooky with, we've featured some items below.


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Monster High Frankie Stein Doll with Watzit Pet: Frankie Stein is one of the coolest ghouls in school with her trendy fashions, accessories and scary cute pet Watzit. And she has very famous scary cool parents as well. Frankie Stein is the daughter of Frankenstein. Dollis fully articulated so she can be posed in many different ways. Includes 1 doll, pet, accessory, diary, brush, and doll stand.

The Monster High iCoffin: Keep up on all of the Monster High scarily delightful gossip and drama with the iCoffin handheld device. Kids can play games, text, and find out more info about favorite Monster High friends. Use the outside buttons to scroll and play games, slide out the keypad to text and play additional games. Includes iCoffin handheld device only.
The iCoffin features include:
-The ultimate monsterfied hand held device
-Keep up on all of the Monster High gossip and drama
-Play games, text, and more
-Features slide out the keypad to text and play more games
-Find out about your Favorite Monster High Friends 

Monster High Electronic Fearbook: Find out more about life at Monster High in the awesome Fearbook. Insert the skull key to unlock the Fearbook and access the specially locked section that will let you write secret messages with your magic reveal pen. The skull key also unlocks the inside compartment that hides the magic reveal pen and marker, composition book and stickers. There is also a button on the inside that kids can press to record a message that they can play back to themselves. Includes 3 sheets of content, skull key, composition book, sticker sheets, magic reveal pen, and a marker.
The Fearbook features include:
-Find out more about life at Monster High in the awesome Fearbook Journal
-Use the skull key to unlock the Fearbook features
-Access specially locked section to write secret messages
-Secret compartment to hide magic reveal pen, marker, comp book, and stickers
-Record messages to play back to yourself


HBO: The Special Relationship DVD Review

HBO: The Special Relationship DVD Review

Synopsis: From the Oscar®-nominated writer and producers of Frost/Nixon and The Queen comes a powerful new look at the human side of iconic world leaders. In 1993, Tony Blair was a rising young star in British politics. Three years later he ran for Prime Minister – and began a “special relationship” with U.S. President Bill Clinton that endured through triumph, conflict and personal scandal. HBO Films presents Michael Sheen, Golden Globe® nominee Dennis Quaid, Emmy® and Golden Globe nominee Hope Davis, and Helen McCrory in the behind-the-scenes story of two world leaders who forged a loyal, if tempestuous, friendship out of the crucible of political necessity: The Special Relationship.

Review:The Special Relationship is a film by HBO that details the relationship between President Bill Clinton and British Prime Minister Tony Blair during the 1990s era of prosperity.  The film features Dennis Quaid (brother of maniac Randy Quaid! lol) in a fantastic rendition of Clinton.  His voice is not only spot-on, but his attitude as well.  He does a great job as a character actor, I honestly didn't think that I could forget that he was Dennis Quaid for one moment, but he proved me wrong.  The entire film is fictional accounts of what happened behind closed doors.  The film is enertaining and amusing, even if you're not really into politics.  Overall, a great effort.

Interest Range: HBO, Politics, Biopic

SpongeBob Squarepants: Legends of Bikini Bottom DVD Review

SpongeBob Squarepants: Legends of Bikini Bottom DVD Review



Synopsis: Gather ‘round for a spine-tingling adventure (if you have a spine, that is) unlike any you’ve ever seen before! Hang on as SpongeBob, Patrick, and the rest of their Bikini Bottom friends dive into SpongeBob’s Legends of Bikini Bottom. You’ll squirm when Patrick and SpongeBob find themselves held prisoner by a backward gang, SpongeBob and pals look for a way out of the Bikini Bottom Triangle, and an evil hag curses the Krusty Krab! Then laugh when Patrick finds he has lots in common with a monster that invades town, join SpongeBob and Patrick on their search for a drain that once destroyed the city, and brace yourself for a volcanic eruption that brings an ancient warrior with dire predictions to Bikini Bottom! Six legends, one swell adventure: Legends of Bikini Bottom.

Review: OOOOOOOOOOOOOOH  Who lives in a pineapple under the sea?  Thats right, Sponge Bob has some more DVD releases this year!  Today we're spotlighting the Legends of Bikini Bottom, which is a compilation DVD of 6 episodes from the 7th season of Spongebob.  What makes this DVD so special?  These are 6 UNAIRED episodes as of the time of this DVD release in mid-November!  How often do you get a chance to buy up unaired episodes of a great show like this?  I know my kids were THRILLED to watch these.  We've seen all of the episodes of the show over the past decade many times, so new episodes are in high demand in our house, as I'm sure it is in yours!  This makes a wonderful surprise gift for any fan of the show, young or old!

How are the episodes?  They're hilarious, of course.  They all explore various odd and strange creatures and situations in Bikini Bottom.  There was a special movie even to be titled the Legends of Bikini Bottom, but it has since been renamed The Legend of the Lost Temple and will air in January.  Don't confuse the two!  This is an even better situation..6 episodes..unaired!  This is a homerun for Xmas!

Interest Range: Nickelodeon, SpongeBob Squarepants

The Disappearance of Alice Creed Blu-Ray Review

The Disappearance of Alice Creed Blu-Ray Review



Synopsis: On a suburban street, two masked men seize a young woman. They bind and gag her and take her to an abandoned, soundproofed apartment. She is Alice Creed (Gemma Arterton), daughter of a millionaire. Her kidnappers, the coldly efficient Vic (Eddie Marsan) and his younger accomplice Danny (Martin Compston), have worked out a meticulous plan. But Alice is not going to play the perfect victim – she’s not giving in without a fight. In a tense power-play of greed, duplicity and survival we discover that sometimes disappearances can be deceptive…

Review: This film is a tricky one.  On the surface you may think it cliche.  The premise is simple, a kidnapped daughter of a wealthy businessman.  This film, which is a directorial debut by J. Blakeson, is anything but cliche or predictable.   Its hard to believe that this is Blakeson's first time around the bend, because the pacing is perfect, the visuals are great and he really seems to have a knack for what he is doing.  I can only imagine how he'll grow with time.

We don't want to reveal any spoilers about the end, but it will catch you off guard!  This film is dreary, dynamic, dramatic and fun all in one ball of crazy.  A notable performance in this by Gemma Arterton, who I just recently saw in "Three and Out".  She is a phenominal actress.  We highly recommend that you check this one out.  The blu-ray is the best way to go, can't beat high-definition.

The special features on this blu-ray set include: Audio Commentary with Writer/Director J Blakeson, "Phones" Deleted Scene (with optional commentary by Writer/Director J Blakeson), "Alice Gets The Gun" Extended Scene (with optional commentary by Writer/Director J Blakeson), Outtakes, Storyboard Comparison and the Trailer.

Interest Range: Drama, Action

Dc Universe All-Star Superman Animated Original Movie Coming in February!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

SAVING THE WORLD … ONE LAST TIME

MAN OF STEEL FACES THE ULTIMATE SACRIFICE IN ALL-NEW DC UNIVERSE ANIMATED ORIGINAL MOVIE ALL-STAR SUPERMAN Coming Feb. 22, 2011 FROM WARNER HOME VIDEO

James Denton, Christina Hendricks, Anthony LaPaglia Lead Stellar Voice Cast;
Available as Blu-rayTM Combo Pack, 2-Disc Special Edition and Single Disc DVD

BURBANK, CA, (November 29th, 2010) – Grant Morrison’s beloved, Eisner Award-winning vision of Superman’s heroic final days on Earth is brought to exquisite animated life in All-Star Superman, the latest entry in the popular, ongoing series of DC Universe Animated Original Movies coming February 22, 2011 from Warner Premiere, DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Animation. The highly-anticipated, full-length film will be distributed by Warner Home Video as a Blu-Ray™ Combo Pack and 2-Disc Special Edition DVD for $24.98 (SRP), as well as single disc DVD for $19.98 (SRP). The film will also be available On Demand and for Download.

In All-Star Superman, the Man of Steel rescues an ill-fated mission to the Sun (sabotaged by Lex Luthor) and, in the process, is oversaturated by radiation – which accelerates his cell degeneration. Sensing even he will be unable to cheat death, Superman ventures into new realms – finally revealing his secret to Lois, confronting Lex Luthor’s perspective of humanity, and attempting to ensure Earth’s safety before his own impending end with one final, selfless act.

The celebrity-packed voice cast is headed by James Denton (Desperate Housewives) as Superman, Christina Hendricks (Mad Men) as Lois Lane, and Anthony LaPaglia (Without A Trace) as Lex Luthor. The stellar cast includes seven-time Emmy® Award winner Ed Asner (Up) as Perry White, Golden Globe® winner Frances Conroy (Six Feet Under) as Ma Kent, Matthew Gray Gubler (Criminal Minds) as Jimmy Olsen and Linda Cardellini (ER) as Nasty. 
Arnold Vosloo (The Mummy), Catherine Cavadini (The Powerpuff Girls), Finola Hughes (General Hospital), Alexis Denisof (Angel), Obba Babatunde (That Thing You Do!), Michael Gough (Batman) and John DiMaggio (Futurama) round out the voice cast.

Based on the Eisner Award-winning DC Comics series/graphic novel of the same name by Grant Morrison with illustration by Frank Quitely, All-Star Superman is executive produced by animation guru Bruce Timm and directed by Sam Liu (Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths) from a script by acclaimed comics writer Dwayne McDuffie (Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths).

All-Star Superman 2-Disc Special Edition DVD features approximately 1 1/2 hours of exciting extra content, including:

·    Feature film (est. 75 min)
·    Sneak Peak at Green Lantern: Emerald Knights, the next DC Universe Animated Original Movie
·    Featurette: “Superman Now” – In a moment of inspiration, Grant Morrison was provided an opportunity to revamp the Man of Steel into something modern, something more relevant for today’s audience. This is the story of All-Star Superman – where it all started, and what it came to be
·    Two bonus episodes from animated television series handpicked by Bruce Timm

All-Star Superman Blu-Ray™  Combo Pack will include approximately 2 1/2 hours of intriguing bonus features, starting with all of the content available on the 2-Disc Special Edition DVD and adding:

·    Featurette: “Incubating the Idea” – A conversation with Grant Morrison
·    Audio Commentary: Bruce Timm and Grant Morrison
·    All-Star Superman Digital Comic Book
·    Standard and high definition versions of the feature film
·    Digital copy on disc of the feature film

"The All-Star Superman comic was the work of two immensely talented creators at the absolute top of their game," said Geoff Johns, Chief Creative Officer, DC Entertainment. "Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely's All-Star Superman is one of those modern classics, and I can't wait to see it brought to life as an animated film."

“Grant Morrison’s fascinating comic vision comprised all the aspects of a truly great film – action, drama, fantasy, romance, sacrifice and hope – and the animation team of Bruce Timm, Sam Liu and Dwayne McDuffie have passionately translated that vision into an enthralling movie experience no Superman fan can resist,” said Hersin Magante, WHV Marketing Director of Family and Animation. “As the next entry in the ongoing series of DC Universe Animated Original Movies, All-Star Superman stands as a shining example of the creative heights possible from the partnership of Warner Premiere, DC Entertainment, Warner Bros. Animation and Warner Home Video.”

New Animated Mr. Freeze on Young Justice Pics!!


Here is Mr. Freeze from the new Young Justice cartoon!


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Monday, November 29, 2010

Marvel Comics: Your First Look At ULTIMATE COMICS CAPTAIN AMERICA #1

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Your First Look At ULTIMATE COMICS CAPTAIN AMERICA #1

Marvel is pleased to present your first look at Ultimate Comics Captain America #1, from the acclaimed creative team of Jason Aaron and Ron Garney (Wolverine: Weapon X)! The Super Soldier project was a secret and mysterious undertaking that took a frail young man named Steve Rogers and forged him into the Captain America of World War II…but Rogers wasn’t the only one to emerge from the program. Enter the Captain America of the Vietnam War! Prepare for a battle between two Captain Americas…and only one living legend is walking away!

Ultimate Comics Captain America #1 hits stores and the Marvel Comics app on January 5th!

ULTIMATE COMICS CAPTAIN AMERICA #1 (of 4) (NOV100523)
ULTIMATE COMICS CAPTAIN AMERICA VILLAIN VARIANT #1 (of 4) (NOV100524)
Written by JASON AARON
Pencils & Cover by RON GARNEY
Villian Variant Cover by ED McGUINNESS
Rated T+ …$3.99
FOC – 12/13/10, On-Sale – 1/5/11

CARTOON NETWORK ORDERS MORE MONDAY NIGHT MERRIMENT!

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CARTOON NETWORK ORDERS MORE MONDAY NIGHT MERRIMENT! 
 
Cartoon Network is ordering new seasons of the much-loved and hugely successful Monday night animated comedy series Adventure Time, Regular Show and MAD; it was announced today by Cartoon Network chief content officer Rob Sorcher.

“Each of these shows bring a distinct comedic point of view and are led by a great new group of talented animators and storytellers,” said Sorcher. “It’s wonderful to see how quickly our audience has responded to these unique cartoons, and made Cartoon Network the place to be on Monday nights.”

The Emmy nominated Adventure Time (8:00 p.m. ET/PT) continues to build in popularity among kids. In its first two seasons the series ranked #1 in its timeslots on all of television – broadcast and cable – among kids and boys 2-11, 6-11, and 9-14. Adventure Time has also generated substantial growth versus same time period last year with K2-11 (+74%), K6-11 (+78%), K9-14 (+75%), B2-11 (+82%), B6-11 (+88%), and B9-14 (+85%) according to Nielsen Media Research. Adventure Time introduced viewers to unlikely heroes Finn and Jake, buddies who traverse the mystical Land of Ooo and encounter its colorful inhabitants including the Ice King, Princess Bubblegum and fan favorites Marceline the Vampire Queen and Lumpy Space Princess. Created by Pendleton Ward and executive produced by Fred Siebert, Adventure Time is currently in its second season and is now greenlit for a third.

Consistently winning its time slot with boys 6-11 and boys 9-14, Cartoon Network’s new original animated series Regular Show (8:15 p.m. ET/PT) dramatically increased both ratings and delivery among targeted kid and boy demos vs. the 2009 time period. Since its premiere, average kids 6-11 ratings have grown by 52% and delivery by 53%, average kids 2-11 ratings have grown by 41% and delivery by 43%, and average kids 9-14 ratings have grown by 58% and delivery by 56%. Regular Show features best friends Mordecai, a six-foot-tall blue jay and Rigby, a hyperactive raccoon, whose attempts to escape their everyday boredom take them to fantastical extremes. Created by J.G. Quintel, Regular Show debuted in September 2010 and has been greenlit for a second season.

Deemed a hit by the nearly 7 million kids (2-11) tuning in last month alone, MAD (8:30 p.m. ET/PT), the Warner Bros. Animation original series rooted in the eponymous magazine, will return for a highly-anticipated second season. Following its premiere in September of this year, MAD has been steadily winning its time slot with boys 6-11 and boys 9-14. MAD has also increased key kids and boys audience ratings and delivery, ranging between 31% and 71% across the board. Since the very first issue of the DC Comics magazine was published in 1952, MAD has satirized and parodied the pop cultural landscape. In this MAD original animated series, this same sense of the ridiculous is delivered with fresh relevance with parodies including Trans-Bore-Mores, Fantastic Megan Fox, Uglee, CSI-Carly and Avaturds. MAD is executive produced by Sam Register and produced by Kevin Shinick and Mark Marek.

Cartoon Network (CartoonNetwork.com), currently seen in more than 99 million U.S. homes and 166 countries around the world, is Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.’s ad-supported cable service now available in HD offering the best in original, acquired and classic entertainment for youth and families. Nightly from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. (ET, PT), Cartoon Network shares its channel space with Adult Swim, a late-night destination showcasing original and acquired animated and live-action series for young adults 18-34.

Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner company, creates and programs branded news, entertainment, animation and young adult media environments on television and other platforms for consumers around the world.

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Source: Nielsen Media Research based on Live+7 blended with Live+ SD data Period: 4/5/10-11/14/10; Total Day M-Su 6A-6A
Source: AYAKM Research based on Nielsen Media Research Live+7 data. Period: 9/27/10-10/31/10. Reach based off a 6 min qualifier.
Source: AYAKM Research based on Nielsen Media Research Live+7 blended with Live+SD from 11/08/10 Period: 09/06/10-11/21/10 vs. same time period last year

LOG Op-Ed Article: Bring on 'The Boy Wonder'

 
   LOG Op-Ed Article: Bring on 'The Boy Wonder'

By BRIAN HEATON

If there is one thing all Bat-fans can agree on, it is that the Robin character splits the fan base. Many try to walk the line on the issue, but there really is no middle ground. Either you like Robin and think he adds something to Batman/Bruce Wayne’s existence, or you despise him, thinking Robin is “campy” and a burden on the franchise.

Friends, I’m firmly entrenched in the former category. The Boy Wonder is a crucial part of the Bat-universe.

Robin makes Batman more human. For me, it is all about the realism factor. Bruce Wayne taking Dick Grayson as his ward, and ultimately as his partner against crime, furthers the maturation and development of Bruce Wayne (the man) and Batman (the hero).

As Bruce gets older and goes through more “fake” relationships under his cover as a rich and flamboyant playboy to hide his role as Batman, having a son, at least legitimately, is not feasible. In comes Dick Grayson, full of anger and sadness regarding his parents' death, much like Bruce himself at the same age. So Bruce mentors Dick, becomes a father figure, takes joy in Dick’s development as a person and at the same time and learns something about himself, now that he is responsible for another human being. It is a natural evolutionary step for Bruce Wayne, as a human being.

For Batman, much the same is true. How long can one guy fight alone, in darkness, without a helping hand? How long until the crazed psychos that Batman deals with finally put a crack in the Caped Crusader’s resolve? Having a young partner and ultimately, someone to take the mantle when Bruce gets too old for the role (as we've seen DC do with Dick Grayson in the comics) gives Batman an heir, but more importantly, a partner and friend that gives the Dark Knight a shoulder to lean on when the constant battle takes its emotional and physical toll.

Despite those arguments, there are fans that can’t stand Robin and think he’s a waste of time given the reason behind his origin. Yet, while Robin may have been founded with the word “campy” in mind, to appeal to young kids, the character has evolved into much more than that. Robin provides an additional human element that enriches the Batman story.

I can hear some of you now: “Hey, while you talk a good game about realism, what guy in his right mind would send a 12 or 13 year old out there against psychotic killers? How is that real?” Good point. I will not deny that is a complete stretch in regard to realism. But, whether Robin is 13 or 16, this is fiction, so we can allow our imaginations some leeway.

My point is not perfection regarding the character. It is about the necessity of giving Bruce Wayne/Batman a beacon of light in a universe and life that gets notoriously dark and jaded over the years. If Alfred serves as Bruce's surrogate father, then the natural progression is for Bruce to experience that role himself, complete with the difficulties and rewards associated with it.

While I like the loner angle of Batman and it makes things gritty to see him as a one-man army against Gotham City's underworld, Robin makes the Batman character well rounded. The Dynamic Duo's  relationship provides the basis for more intriguing stories and reinforces the notion that Batman is a man with the same needs and faults that we all have.

Matt's Thoughts: Ok, I like this article and I enjoy the points made by Brian.  What I want to add is simply the thought that what is so wrong with Robin being a tool to rope in kids to the franchise?  You all do realize that although we're adult fans now, we began as kids.  If kids DON'T get into Batman...the franchise dies with us.  I, for one, don't want to see that happen.   So, I say long live Robin!

Brian Heaton is a regular contributor to Legions of Gotham. When not opining on Batman-related news at LoG, he works as a music journalist and communications professional in Northern California. His work covering the world of hard rock/heavy metal music can be found at The Breakdown Room – www.breakdownroom.net.

Matt MacNabb is the owner and editor of Legions of Gotham.

Vampires Suck DVD Review

Vampires Suck DVD Review


Synopsis: Sink your teeth into the Extended Bite Me Edition of the hysterically funny spoof, Vampires Suck--with more outrageous humor and bloody good fun! Becca, an angst-ridden teenager at a new high school, finds herself torn between two supernatural suitors: a moody vampire and an extremely hairy werewolf. From the comedy masterminds who brought you Scary Movie and co-starring Ken Jeong (The Hangover), this laugh-out-loud comedy will leave you howling for more!

Review: Vampires Suck?  Vampires DO suck.  Do you want to know why?  I'll tell you why...its this new Twilight garbage.  Vampires are blood thirsty maniacs that seduce women into submission in order to feast on them.  That is the vampire that we all know and love.  Twilight has turned them into glittery, ab-riddled, DAY WALKING nightmares!  The only theraputic outlet I have for this frustration and the tween obsession with romantic vampires is the new spoof film Vampires Suck, coming to DVD tuesday.

A lot of spoofs are a miss.  They just don't get it on the mark, but Vampires Suck is NOT one of those films.  This one nails it dead-on!  I had laughs in every single scene.  If you hate this new Twilight phenomenon, this film is for you.  It even spotlights one of my biggest issues with the series..WHY are these sexy beasts all fighting over this terribly ugly girl?!  One of the best lines in the movie is "hey, you seem boring and frigid..want to go to prom?".  The actress that plays Becca, the spoof of Bella, gets the mannerisms down perfectly.  Its just a completely enjoyable parody.

We HIGHLY recommend this one!  Look for our giveaway here on DVD Legion for your chance to win one of 3 Vampires Suck DVDs for FREE!

Interest Range: Comedy, Spoof

Vampires Suck DVD Giveaway!

Vampires Suck DVD Giveaway!
Get ready for sassy dancing werewolves, vampires at the prom and incessant teen melodrama when Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment brings VAMPIRES SUCK to homes everywhere November 30th. Get your hands on VAMPIRES SUCK just in time for the holidays, and laugh so loud at the clever, vampire-romance spoof that you will wake the dead. This story of unconventional, teenage love is available on both Blu-ray and DVD with an extended unrated version, tons of deleted scenes, and a gag reel to keep you in stitches.

Sink your teeth into the Extended Bite Me Edition of the hysterically funny spoof, VAMPIRES SUCK -- with more outrageous humor and bloody good fun! Becca, an angst-ridden teenager at a new high school, finds herself torn between two supernatural suitors: a moody vampire and an extremely hairy werewolf. From Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer, two of the comedy masterminds who brought you Scary Movie, and co-starring Ken Jeong (The Hangover), this laugh-out-loud comedy will leave you howling for more!

To win your own copy of Vampires Suck on DVD, simply answer the following question:
Matt Lanter (Edward Sullen) starred in what other film directed by Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer?

-Meet the Spartans
-Disaster Movie
-Epic Movie

Email your answer to dvdlegion.com @ gmail.com for your chance to win!  Follow us on facebook for an extra entry!

Mutiny on the Bounty Blu-Ray Book Review

Mutiny on the Bounty Blu-Ray Book Review


Synopsis: HMS Bounty sails for Tahiti by way of Cape Horn, and into movie lore. Grandly filmed, Mutiny on the Bounty captured the 1935 Best Picture Academy Award and eight nominations total.  Charles Laughton portrays Captain Bligh, a seafaring monster ruling with the law of fear. Clark Gable is first officer Fletcher Christian, whose will to obey erodes under Bligh's tyranny. And Franchot Tone plays idealistic midshipman Byam, torn by his allegiance to both. That all three portrayals are vividly memorable is accented by the fact that for the only time in Oscar history, three stars from the same film were Best Actor nominees.

Review: Mutiny on the Bounty is a 1935 cinematic masterpiece starring the amazing and renound Clark Gable as Fletcher Christian, first mate on a ship that has a cruel and selfish captain, Captain Bligh, played by Charles Laughton.

The film comes to a head when Christian becomes fed up with Bligh and stages a mutiny.  This classic film is on blu-ray for the first time with a collectible blu-ray book packaging.  The high-definition transfer looks wonderful on this classic!  The image is a bit soft, but looks wonderful considering the age.  This new collectible packaging and transfer are the absolute finest ways to enjoy this movie.

The special features on this blu-ray book set include: Vintage featurette: Pitcairn Island Today, Academy Awards newsreel and Theatrical trailers of this and the 1962 version


Interest Range: Classic Film

AMC's The Walking Dead: Interview With Laurie Holden (Andrea)

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The actress describes the sisterly bond she formed with Emma Bell (Amy), the similarities between herself and Andrea and how Michael Jackson helps her relieve stress after a long day of shooting.

Q: I understand that you and Emma Bell, who played your sister, became very close on-set. Did that make Amy's death easier or harder to portray?

A: From the moment we met, we got along like a house on fire. I always wanted a little sister and she always wanted a big sister so we kind of adopted each other. And we did everything off set together. We were inseparable. People were like, "Oh my God, you two."

Q: Did they think you were just being method actors?

A: They were thinking we were being all method-y, but we just cared for each other. And, yes, it made the work a thousand times easier because all I had to do was look in her eyes, see this beautiful girl with this kind heart, and just imagine her being taken from the world and I lost it.

Q: In what ways are you and your character alike?

A: Prior to the apocalypse, Andrea was a human rights lawyer and right now I'm pursuing my masters in human rights at Columbia University. The very fact that what she's passionate about is exactly what I'm passionate about is quite special. Also [in the comic book]..., Andrea ends up being quite the sharpshooter, and it's a skill set that I have. 

Q: How good of a shot are you?

A: I don't know. It's been a while since I've been on the shooting range. I do know I have a really good eye and I feel really comfortable with a gun. I think once I get back to the shooting range and practice, yeah, I'm pretty good. One of my best friends is a bounty hunter so I've shot a few guns with her. Not at people, of course. It's a fun thing to do: Go to a shooting range with a buddy, knock off a few rounds, release stress.

Q: What was the scariest scene for you so far this season?

A: It was in Episode 2 when we jumped into the truck and the walkers were coming and we were trying to pull the gate down. It was very hard to pull it down and we were naturally sliding out of the truck. These hands and bodies were reaching at us and it just it was really genuinely terrifying.

Q: Are you a horror fan?

A: Not so much. I don't like that sort of pornographic, gratuitous violence. I don't feel like we're doing that here. I feel like this is a very character-driven story that's very rich. Very Lord of the Flies. I like storytelling. I love ghost stories but I can't really watch them, especially not by myself because then I can't sleep.

Q: Any lingering nightmares about walkers?

A: I've had a quite a few nightmares about being chased by walkers. I think it was so violent and emotionally upheaving doing that scene with Emma that I had a lot of disturbing dreams about that whole incident. It's hard for it not to stay with you. There is a scientific fact that if you believe it to be true and you build it enough in your imagination your body doesn't know the difference.

Q: What did the cast do to let off steam?

A: Oh where do I begin? I mean, we're a wacky bunch. We would put on Michael Jackson's Thriller and the whole cast would be doing the moonwalk and all those little fancy moves. It was hilarious because all of us would be singing Thriller and dancing like that video.

Q: What scene was the most fun for you?

A: The most fun was the washing scene with the women because it was blistering hot, our feet were barefoot in the water, and it just was so magical for us to just be women bonding, finally able to laugh. But my favorite scene is when Amy dies in my arms. We shot that scene at like 3 AM after a full day, and there was no time. I think we were given two takes and there was just massive amounts of people and machinery all around us and we just stayed together and would lie there covered in blood, holding hands, and just connecting. It sounds bizarre, but we created this bubble around us where nothing else existed or mattered. As dark and heartbreaking and awful as it was, it was a pretty special moment

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

TONNER DOLL COMPANY INTRODUCES FIRST GAY FASHION DOLL

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TONNER DOLL COMPANY INTRODUCES FIRST GAY FASHION DOLL

KINGSTON, NY- 11/23/10 - Tonner Doll Company announces the release of its first gay fashion doll character, Andy Mills, in its popular Cami & Jon product line.  

Andy MillsA fictional event planner in Manhattan, Andy Mills is a milestone for the Tonner Doll Company.  Always on the forefront of diversity, Robert Tonner, CEO of Tonner Doll Company, is a pioneer in the collectible industry, making headlines in 2002, as he introduced the world's first plus-sized fashion doll, Emme.

Tonner not only creates dolls, he also gives the characters an identity.  "For years, our company has developed storylines to go with our products," Tonner explained.  "It's long overdue to have a storyline that embodies society in more of its entirety." 

The timeliness of this release is not lost on Tonner, as it comes on the heels of the tragic event at Rutgers University, where a gay student committed suicide after a coed videotaped him and posted it on the Internet.

"With the recent tragic suicides among gay youth, we thought it was beyond time to represent a positive gay role model," Tonner, affirmed.
In conjunction with his release, Andy's story will be told in a series on the Tonner Doll Company website, TONNERDirect.com, and on Facebook.  Though Andy Mills is a gay character, his storyline is about young New York: lifestyle, business, friends and fashion. 

According to the company, Andy Mills may not be every man, or every gay man for that matter, but he will be a regular guy who works for a living, has great friends, embraces life, and happens to be gay.   His storyline will include much about the trials and tribulations of owning an event planning business in New York, and the people he meets along the way.

Andy Mills, available on TONNERDirect.com and in specialty boutique stores for $179.99 is 17" tall.  Made of vinyl and hard plastic, Andy Mills features hand-painted facial features and comes dressed in a sharp pin-striped suit, complete with a contrasting pocket square and spectacles.  For more information, go to www.tonnerdirect.com, or visit TonnerDirect on Facebook.

About Tonner
Headquartered in Kingston, New York, the Tonner Doll Company, Inc. develops and markets high quality collectible Character Figures and dolls like Tyler Wentworth®, Cami and Jon as well as other licensed characters, including ALICE IN WONDERLAND dolls, TWILIGHT and HARRY POTTER™ TCFs. For more information visit www.tonnerdirect.com

Batman deals on Black Friday

Every year Legions of Gotham posts what Black Friday deals are going on in the world of Batman.  There isn't much this year!  The only thing to really go for is the Batman serials DVD at Toys 'R Us for only $3.99.  Have fun shopping!

Open Season Blu-Ray 3D Review

Open Season Blu-Ray 3D Review



Synopsis: In Sony Pictures Animation's first feature film, the animated action adventure comedy Open Season, the odd are about to get even. Boog (Martin Lawrence), a domesticated grizzly bear with no survival skills, has his perfect world turned upside down when he meets Elliot (Ashton Kutcher) a scrawny, fast-talking mule deer. When Elliot convinces Boog to leave his cushy home in a park ranger's garage to try a taste of the great outdoors, things quickly spiral out of control. Relocated to the forest with open season only three days away, Boog and Elliot must acclimate in a hurry. They must join forces to unite the woodland creatures and take the forest back!

Review: Open Season was a great kids movie in the same veign as Shrek and Toy Story.  You can really watch this film as an adult or a kid and bet some level of enjoyment.  I have three kids and I've suffered my way through many a tv show and movie that talk down to their audience.  This trend of slick new films that appeal to all age groups is far more gratifying.

This pack features a 3D blu-ray version along with a 2D blu-ray version.  The 3D technology looks absolutely amazing!  When we first got a 3D television we weren't sure if we'd like it, but everything looks so outstanding.  Open Season has a great transfer, it looks like the film was meant to be in 3D originally.

The special features on this blu-ray include:
Commentary with the Filmmakers Behind OPEN SEASON for 3D
Boog and Elliot's Midnight Bun Run Short
Behind the Trees Featurette
The Voices Behind the Stars
Deleted Scenes
Music Video: Deathray - "I Wanna Lose Control"
Inside the Animals Studio
Wheel of Fortune: Forest Edition in 3D
Voice-A-Rama in 3D
"Swept Away" Scene Deconstruction
Ringtales
Art Gallery
Beat Boards
Interest Range: Kids movies

The Walking Dead: The Best New Show on TV

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From ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY’s December 3, 2010  issue(on newsstands nationwide Friday, November 26): 

Toy Legion Editor's note: this IS the best drama on TV right now! 

The Walking Dead: The Best New Show on TV
 
Audiences hungry for good TV have feasted upon the AMC hit.
The story behind how flesh-eating zombies conquered television
 
NEW YORK –  Looking back, Andrew Lincoln can only laugh. But on an infernally hot morning last summer in Atlanta, when the star of AMC’s zombie survival saga The Walking Dead found himself hacking up a corpse and smearing his sweat-drippy body with its pulpy entrails, the 37-year-old classically trained British thespian really did find it all rather disturbing. “I remember thinking, ‘Please! This is not what I signed up for!’ ” says Lincoln of the audacious moment from the second episode, in which his heroic lawman, Rick Grimes, hatches a plan to escape the zombie horde by trying to look—and smell—like one of them. The wickedly bleak work was so exhausting and unsettling that the actor says he improvised the line that effectively stops the scene (“We need more guts”) only because he wanted the scene to end. Not that it got any better the next day, when Lincoln and young costar Steven Yeun had to zombie-walk through downtown Atlanta with intestines and severed feet draped over their shoulders. “Afterward,” Lincoln says, “Steven asks me, ‘Is this normal for Hollywood?’ And I said, ‘Far from normal, my friend. Far from normal.’ ”
 
To be clear, no real persons alive or undead were harmed in the filming of that scene. (Your fake-guts recipe: faux blood, Vaseline, K-Y jelly. Mix and enjoy!) To be even more clear, The Walking Dead— developed by Oscar-nominated filmmaker Frank Darabont from an acclaimed comic book by writer Robert Kirkman—is a monster smash, one that’s being hailed as the year’s best new series. Debuting on Halloween to record-breaking ratings for a basic-cable drama, this great and gory end-of-the-world epic has stunned industry observers by holding strong, averaging 5 million viewers a week—more than twice the average of AMC’s now-second biggest hit, Mad Men. The network has already ordered a 13-episode second season that may not arrive until next fall. That may sound like an interminable wait for fans (call them Undeadheads), especially since the first season concludes on Dec. 5 after only six episodes. Then again, Halloween does seem like the most wonderful time of the year for a zombie saga. In the words of exec producer Gale Anne Hurd (The Terminator): “Why mess with a good thing?”
 
Please: Don’t. While it’s way easy to define The Walking Dead by its outrageous horror-genre violence and viscera (never has a TV series more indulged a blood-splattering head shot), what makes it a cut above is its brainy envisioning of a terrifying apocalyptic meltdown that leaves human characters struggling for physical and spiritual survival by snaring them in one moral quagmire after another. Your beloved spouse is now a zombie. Do you put her down or wait
in hope for a cure? A member of your community needs to be rescued. He’s also a vile racist. Is he worth the bullets and manpower to save? What is the value of a human life? Who makes the rules when the world breaks down? Into the maelstrom rides Rick Grimes, an idealistic Southern sheriff’s deputy who awakens from a coma to discover civilization has imploded because of an inexplicable pandemic that has turned human beings into shambling cannibals. After a harrowing
search, Rick reunites with wife Lori (Prison Break’s Sarah Wayne Callies) and young son Carl (Chandler Riggs) and joins a camp of survivors led by best friend and partner Shane (Jon Bernthal). The final two episodes of the season will see the survivors trek to the Centers for Disease Control. “The end of the season brings our characters—and the audience— to key questions,” says Darabont. “Are there answers? Is there hope? Is there any structure or authority or government working on our behalf?” Pause. “That’s a pretty legitimate question even without a zombie apocalypse.”
 
As Darabont prepped the pilot and developed scripts with other writers, he and Nicotero fleshed out their vision for the show’s flesh-chewing revenants, known in the series as “walkers” or “geeks.” They took their visual cues from the comic book’s zombies: long necks, pronounced teeth, faces gaunt from starvation. Each zombie bears marks of an individual history; a deereating zombie in episode 3, played by Nicotero himself, had hideous facial lacerations—machete wounds, he explains, from an offscreen skirmish. The zombies of The Walking Dead are
victims of tragedy, not metaphors for social satire—hence you’ll never see cheeky caricatures like Politician Zombie or TV Newsman Zombie or Glee Club Zombie. “We didn’t want them to become a parody of anything, or even themselves,” says Nicotero. “Our ambition was to make the audience actually feel and care for the zombie, not merely be frightened by it.”
 
The actors who play The Walking Dead’s not-undead characters all tell variations of the same story about becoming involved in the series. “I got an e-mail outlining the project,” says Lincoln. “The first thing I read was ‘AMC.’ I went, ‘Great! I’ve been waiting for an AMC opportunity!’ Then it said ‘The Walking Dead.’ Terrific title. Then the names. ‘Frank Darabont.’ ‘Gale Anne Hurd.’ Great. And then it said ‘Zombie survival horror.’ I think I actually did a literal double take. I was like, ‘Really?!’ I was a bit reticent. It was only the next day, when they sent me this top secret script, that it really dawned on me what the show had a chance to do, and I got very excited.”
 
Darabont had never heard of Lincoln (perhaps best known to American audiences as the Guy
Who Was in Love With Keira Knightley in Love Actually) when the casting directors suggested him for Rick Grimes. “I was like, ‘Are you kidding me? I’m looking for a cross between Gary Cooper and Sam Shepard and you’re giving me the Love Actually guy?’ ” Darabont says he became a convert after flying Lincoln out to Los Angeles and filming an audition with Bernthal in the garage of his house. “What’s weird for me now,” says Darabont, “is that whenever I hear him talk with his English accent, I’m like, ‘Where’s Rick? Stop pretending you’re British!’ ”
 
But before he begins hashing out next season, Darabont says he’d like to figure how the series will ultimately end. That’s an ironic concern, considering The Walking Dead was conceived as the never-ending zombie saga. That may work in comics, but not so much in the category of serialized television that The Walking Dead occupies, where viewers can grow weary and even cynical about stories if they sense they lack “master plan” direction or purpose. (Just ask Team Lost.) Darabont gets this—and he’s working on it. “My next big conversation with Robert, now that we’ve gotten through the first six, will be: ‘What is your endgame, Robert? I can’t believe I have not asked you this!’ I kinda wanna know Robert’s idea, for my own sanity and purposes,” says Darabont. “I’ll let you know what he tells me.” No worries. We’re not in a rush for The Walking Dead to die anytime soon.
 
(Cover story, Page 28)
 
Link to story on EW.com: http://popwatch.ew.com/2010/11/24/the-walking-dead-ew-cover/

Great Gifts with a British Accent and a new Giveaway!

 Great Gifts with a British Accent! 




This Holiday season, I invite you and your readers to discover the BBC America Shop where you will find the perfect Holiday gifts including BBC films, TV series, and unique British collectibles now available: http://bit.ly/BBCHoliday-2010
   
Plus this holiday season WIN $1,000 (two $500 Gift Cards, one for you and one for a friend) redeemable toward purchases at BBCAmericaShop.com with the annual Holiday Sweepstakes: http://on.fb.me/BBC-Sweeps2010
   
Find something for everyone…Sherlock and Top Gear on DVD for Him, British Holiday Collectibles including Ornaments for Her, and animated favorites such as Charlie & Lola and Spot on DVD for the kids.

We're giving away one BBC prize pack that includes: Top Gear S. 13 DVD, Charlie & Lola Christmas DVD, Last of Summer DVD, Life DVD, Sherlock DVD, Top Gear S. 13 DVD, Big Ben Ornament 


Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Disney's A Christmas Carol Blu-Ray + DVD Combo Pack Review

Disney's A Christmas Carol Blu-Ray + DVD Combo Pack Review


Synopsis: From Walt Disney Pictures comes the magical retelling of Charles Dickens’ beloved tale – Disney’s A Christmas Carol, the high-flying, heartwarming adventure for the whole family. When three ghosts take penny-pinching Scrooge on an eye-opening journey, he discovers the true meaning of Christmas – but he must act on it before it’s too late. Complete with spirited bonus features, this exhilarating and touching Disney classic is destined to be part of a family holiday tradition, adding sparkle and heart to all Christmases yet to come. 

Review: Disney is responsible for some of the best animated features of all-time.  Their Xmas feature Mickey's A Christmas Carol was a favorite of mine growing up.  This new version of the Dickens classic was done using motion-capture technology, which is a type of animation that really uses the actors facial and body movements to create a lifelike and somewhat distorted view of reality.

Jim Carey is the voice of Scrooge and as you might expect the highlight of the film.  This take has moments of being lighthearted and fun, but maintains a darker and solemn feel.  The film looks absolutely crisp and dynamic in high-definition, so its really a must-see on blu-ray.    It still looks great, but its just not the same!  This combo pack is a great idea, because the kids can watch the DVD and the blu-ray can stay safely tucked away for the family to enjoy. 

In celebration of Disney's A Christmas Carol coming to DVD, 3D and Blu-ray next Tuesday we have a $10 off coupon for the 4-Disc Blu-ray Combo Pack we wanted to share with you.

This link will bring you to the printable coupon

Interest Range: Xmas, Classic Tales, Disney