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RESIDENT EVIL™ 3 MODERNIZES THE CLIMACTIC EVENTS OF RACCOON CITY IN APRIL 2020 Outlast the Terrifying Nemesis in Resident Evil™...

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Platoon (two-disc blu-ray + DVD combo) Review

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Platoon (two-disc blu-ray + DVD combo) Review


Synopsis: PLATOON tells the extraordinary journey of Private Chris Taylor (Sheen), a young, naive American who arrives in Vietnam and quickly discovers he must battle the Viet Cong alongside the gnawing fear, physical exhaustion and intense anger growing within him.  His two commanding officers (Oscar®-nominated Tom Berenger and Willem Dafoe) draw a fine line between the war they wage against the enemy and the one they fight with each other.  Meanwhile, the conflict, chaos and hatred permeate Taylor, suffocating his realities and numbing his feelings to man's highest value: life

Review: Platoon is one of the finest war films of all time.   This one put Oliver Stone on the map as a director of darkness and grit.  The Vietnam War was shown in movie format for the first time in all its darkness...and the world never forgot it.  Were parts of it over the top?  I don't know, probably, but this one really made the non-glorious realities of war apparent. 

This was a Winning breakthrough performance for Charlie Sheen, and of course it features the great Willem Dafoe.  The blu-ray transfer looks absolutely fantastic.  They really took care to ensure that the high-definition would really come across.  The color, what there is, pops and there is no visible grain. 

The special features on this set include: Disc 1: Blu-ray Feature: **Audio Commentary by Director Oliver Stone, **Audio Commentary by Military Advisor Dale Dye, **Deleted and Extended Scenes with Optional Commentary by Oliver Stone, **Flashback to Platoon: Snapshot in Time: 1967 – 1968; Creating the ’Nam; Raw Wounds: The Legacy of Platoon, **Documentaries: One War, Many Stories; Preparing for ’Nam, **Vignettes: Caputo & the 7th Fleet; Dye Training Method; Gordon Gekko and **Theatrical Trailer and TV Spots and Disc 2: DVD.

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Interest Range: War

Rookie Blue: The Complete First Season DVD Review

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Rookie Blue: The Complete First Season DVD Review



Synopsis: Serve. Protect. Don’t Screw Up.

At the police academy they trained together. Now they’re on the job together. Rookie cop Andy McNally (Missy Peregrym, “Heroes”) and her fellow new recruits are ready to brave anything, but in the world of big city policing, even the smallest mistake can have life-or-death consequences.

Review: Rookie Blue is the newest in a long-line of crime/cop dramas to hit network television.  This one airs on the ABC network.  This one has its fair share of drama!  Its been referred to as Grey's Anatomy with guns!  I cannot agree with that asessment more!

The loss of NYPD Blue years ago has left a deficit in crime/police drama that has never been filled.  Rookie Blue may not completely fit this bill, but it certainly helps fill in some of those gaps!  The show really indicates how tough it can be starting out and blends action, drama and comedy all in one!  This is a great new show and you can get caught up before season two hits the air!

Bonus Features: Making-of Featurette, Cast/Crew Interviews, Behind-the-Scenes Footage. 

Interest Range: Drama, Action, Crime

Your First Look At X-MEN: SCHISM #1

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Your First Look At X-MEN: SCHISM #1
 
Prepare for a high octane, action packed epic that X-Men fans have been demanding as Marvel Architect Jason Aaron teams with superstar artist Carlos Pacheco for X-Men: Schism #1! For years Wolverine and Cyclops fought side by side, protecting the ideals of peaceful co-existence between human and mutantkind. But when a mutant-triggered international incident goes mainstream, their differences on the battlefield will prove to be too much and fans will bear witness to the fight they’ve all been waiting for – CYCLOPS VS. WOLVERINE!
 
X-Men: Schism will send shockwaves throughout and the entire Marvel Universe when a decision made by the X-Men leader jeopardizes the survival of all mutantkind. What lengths will some X-Men go to preserve the preservation of their species?
 
Find out as the biggest X-Men event in years kicks off this July when Carlos Pacheco, Frank Cho, Daniel Acuna, Alan Davis & Adam Kubert join Jason Aaron for the X-Ride of your life! It all begins in the oversized X-Men: Schism #1 so hold on to your hats True Believers, because when the dust settles – you’ll be wondering if Cyclops has finally gone too far .
 
For more on X-Men: Schism, head on over to Marvel.com!
 
X-MEN: SCHISM #1 (MAY110675)
X-MEN: SCHISM #2 (MAY110679)
Written by JASON AARON
Pencils & Covers by CARLOS PACHECO (#1) & FRANK CHO (#2)
Issue #1 Variant Cover by FRANK CHO
Issue #1 Variant Cover by NICK BRADSHAW
Issue #1 Blank Cover Variant Also Available
Rated T+ …$4.99 (#1) & $3.99 (#2)
Issue #1 FOC 6/20/11, ON SALE – 7/13/11
Issue #2 FOC 7/4/11, ON SALE – 7/27/11

South Park Plushies!

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Train Like a Power Ranger!

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Green Ranger Jacks
Put your hands on your waist. Put your feet shoulder width apart. Jump and bring your knees up and together and land with your feet together. Then jump your feet out to where you started, and do it again! Do 5 Ranger Jacks, then rest, then do 5 more.

Yellow Ranger Cobra Pose
Start by sitting on your knees with your hands on your waist. Put your hands out in front of you. First dip your head down towards the floor, then push up with your hands and arch your back like a cobra! Do it in reverse to end up back on your knees. Do it 3 times slowly.

Pink Ranger Upper Body Stretch
Stand with your feet shoulder width apart. Bend your knees, turn to your right, and stretch your left hand out in front of you as far as it will go, and stretch your right hand behind you at the same time. Repeat on other side. Do 5x each side.

Blue Ranger Crab Crawl
Sit down on the floor. Put your feet out in front of you, put your hand behind you. Raise up your body on your hands and feet, and crawl around like a crab! Try and crawl on your hands and feet for 3 mins.

Red Ranger Mirror Stance
Stand facing a friend (you can also do it at home in the mirror by yourself!). Decide who is going to lead – the other person tries to copy the leader exactly. Watch the move first, and then we can try it together. Step right, crossing over your feet and your hands. Then step right again and uncross. Try and be a perfect mirror! Now go the other way. Practice until you can follow your partner.

The History Channel: Reagan DVD Review

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The History Channel: Reagan DVD Review



Synopsis: Americans know President Ronald Reagan’s politics, his policies, and his oratorical prowess. But as we approach what would have been his 100th birthday in February 2011, the totality of the legacy of America’s 40th president is still eclipsed by the myth. While some say he’s a hero, and others call him an empty suit, one thing is for certain – President Ronald Reagan made history. But what made him? Using rare archival footage and personal interviews with those who knew him best, REAGAN goes beyond the myth to reveal the epic story of an unforgettable man who, against all odds, rose to the pinnacle of power.

Review: The History Channel really makes the best documentaries, and this one is no exception.  The quality and the presentation is fantastic.  If you're a fan of the late ex-president, then this is sure to please.  Personally, I was around in the 1980s and I remember what a horrible job this one did, but I won't get into politics here.  Hands down, this is informative and well-made.

Interest Range: Documentary

Kids In The Hall: The Complete Series Megaset DVD & Death Comes to Town Review

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Kids In The Hall: The Complete Series Megaset DVD Review


Synopsis:FROM THE INFAMOUS CHICKEN LADY TO CROSS-DRESSING LUNACY, CANADA’S MOST IRREVERENT (AND BEST-SELLING) COMIC PRODIGIES RETURN WITH 50% LESS PACKAGING, BUT 100% OF THE LAUGHS!

For five groundbreaking seasons, Canadian-bred comic prodigies THE KIDS IN THE HALL stretched sketch comedy to its ultimate limits with hilariously off-the-wall results. With a cast of comic creations only the brilliant-- or truly twisted -- could imagine, THE KIDS IN THE HALL: THE COMPLETE SERIES MEGASET presents the Kids’ nearly 800 sketches from every single episode of each season in this stunning 22-disc set with 50% less packaging, but 100% of the laughs!

From the infamous Chicken Lady and Crushing Your Head to Buddy Cole and the romantically challenged Cabbage Head, these pioneering, edgy, and ever-charming comedians always managed to land on the stranger side of funny--and look good in floral dresses while doing it.  This best-selling MegaSet, now refreshed with new eye-catching art in a slim, shelf space saving package, includes all five of the groundbreaking, Emmy®-nominated series, plus two bonus discs featuring the new IFC 8-part mini-series “Death Comes to Town.”

Review: The Kids In the Hall was a classic sketch-comedy show that came out of Canada back in 1989 to 1994.  The comedy was absolutely original and a fantastic watch, especially for the younger crowds.  If you don't own this series yet, this is your chance.  This set is very similar to the previous release, but this one has slim cases and includes the Death Comes to Town Mini-Series from IFC (see below).   This is an amazing set and a must-have for any fan!

The special features include: An Oral History-Season 1: 45 Minutes of Interviews with the Kids and Lorne Michaels, An Oral History-Season 2: 15 minutes with the Kids, Paul Bellini, and Lorne Michaels, Audio Commentary by The Kids, 10 Best-of Compilations Featuring Fan-Favorite Sketches, Over 90 Minutes of Original Performances from the Rivoli Theater, Archival Footage Never-Before-Seen-on-TV and Full sketch listing, poster gallery, cast bios, slideshows, and more…


For those died-in-the-wool-dress KiTH fans, this May, A&E will release THE KIDS IN THE HALL: DEATH COMES TO TOWN a must-own, all-new 8-episode comedy series that originally ran on IFC in 2010.  It will be available individually, as a 2-DVD set,  as well as part of the KiTH MegaSet. 

When Death gets off the Greyhound bus in small town Shuckton, Ontario, everyone in town is implicated when one of its most distinguished citizens is found murdered. As a suspect is arrested and the trial plays out, the entire town is affected and its dark secrets are unraveled and exposed.  Featuring the Kids playing all the characters, this uproarious mini-series showcases Canada’s most irreverent exports in a must-see production that marks the return of the audacious comedy troupe to U.S. television for the first time since their cult series ended in the mid-1990s.  Extras include audio commentaries with Dave Foley and Bruce McCulloch; deleted and extended scenes and bloopers

Interest Range: Kids in the Hall,

Ice Road Truckers: Deadliest Roads: Season 1 Blu-Ray Review

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Ice Road Truckers: Deadliest Roads: Season 1 Blu-Ray Review



Synopsis: Get ready to rumble…over some of the most lethal roads in the world with the new, adrenaline-pumping spin-off from ICE ROAD TRUCKERS, the #1 rated series on HISTORY® with IRT: Deadliest Roads! 

From the crowded streets of Delhi, to treacherously steep, narrow and congested roads blasted into the mountainside, IRT: DEADLIEST ROADS: THE COMPLETE SEASON ONE, sends today’s toughest drivers to navigate the world’s most dangerous roads, barreling their way through India’s Himalayan highways, some of the most historic – and lethal – on the planet.

Featuring seasoned – and fan-favorite -- drivers Rick Yemm, Lisa Kelly and Alex Debogorski, this pulse-pounding series embarks on an exhilarating, exhausting and terrifying adventure, where the difference between life and death is just a few inches…or one very blind corner.  Available on both DVD and Blu-ray, fear is driven to new heights as both releases feature nearly eight hours of in-the-cab insanity across 13 white-knuckle episodes, plus additional bonus footage!

Review: Fans of Ice Road Truckers rejoice!  IRT: Deadliest Roads is like Ice Road Truckers on steroids!  Watch in high-definition as Rick, Lisa and Alex go crazy by taking on roads that cause actual deaths!  It scares even them to hit these roads.  If you enjoy IRT then this show is absolutely for you. 

Interest Range: History, Ice Road Truckers

I Am Number Four 3-disc (Blu-Ray + DVD + Digital Copy) Review

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I Am Number Four 3-disc (Blu-Ray + DVD + Digital Copy) Review



Synopsis: Three are dead. Who is Number four? From Director D.J. Caruso (Disturbia), producer Michael Bay (Transformers) and the Emmy-winning writers of TV's Smallville, comes this gripping, action-packed thriller. John Smith (Alex Pettyfer) is an extraordinary teen masking his true identity to elude a deadly enemy sent to destroy him. Living with his guardian (Timothy Olyphant) in the small town he now calls home, John encounters unexpected life-changing events - his first love (Dianna Agron, TV's Glee), powerful new abilities and a secret connection to the others who share his incredible destiny. Complete with deleted scenes and more, I Am Number Four is an explosive suspense-filled ride that will take you to the edge of your seat and beyond.

Review: The fantasy genre is always looking for another great entry..I am Number Four is just that for the teen Twilight-loving crowd.  The film introduces a few characters, most of which are intertwined in some type of love triangle.  The basic premise is centered around aliens that are being exterminated.  The ending kinda blows up larger than the whole of the film with an epic battle that really redeems some of the earlier nonsense moments.  Overall, its a great watch.

The special features on this set include: DVD: Becoming Number 6, Bloopers, 1-Disc BD & 3-Disc BD Combo Pack (includes all DVD bonus PLUS), 6 Deleted Scenes, with introductions by Director D.J. Caruso, Extended Strangers in Paradise, Sam's Mom, Worth Mentioning, Power Prank, Trying to Connect and Extended Warsaw Basement.

Interest Range: Action, Drama

The FBI The First Season Part One DVD Review

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The FBI The First Season Part One DVD Review



Synopsis: From the files of the crime-fighting agency! Drawing in large part from actual Bureau investigations, The FBI is on the case with an exciting 4-Disc Collection of Season One’s First 16 Episodes from the fondly remembered series that ran from 1965 to 1974. Agent Lewis Erskine (Efrem Zimbalist, Jr.) and Special Agent Jim Rhodes (Stephen Brooks) rely on real-life FBI detection techniques (and the occasional hunch) as they track lawbreakers ranging from organized crime bosses and extortionists to saboteurs and escaped convicts. Among the guest stars for this trend- and tone-setting early installments are Robert Blake, Beau Bridges, Dabney Coleman, Robert Duvall, Jack Klugman, Leslie Neilsen and Burt Reynolds.

Review: FBI was a vintage television action show that featured the great Efrem Zimbalist, Jr., who would later famously go on to voice the butler Alfred in the cult favorite cartoon Batman: The Animated Series.  He plays special agent Erskine with dignity and cunning.  The show follows a team of FBI agents as they chase the criminals of the day.  In fact, on some episodes there was a proceeding clip of the star of the show giving a picture and information on a real-life FBI's most wanted criminal.  This would later be replicated on the tv show "America's Most Wanted".   This DVD is a great blast from the past and one of the best original cop shows.

Interest Range: Vintage TV

Passion Play Blu-Ray Review

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Passion Play Blu-Ray Review



Synopsis: Nate Poole (Rourke, The Wrestler, Iron Man 2) is a washed-up jazz musician fleeing from trigger-happy gangster Happy Shannon (Murray, Lost In Translation, Get Low).  While on the run, Nate stumbles across a traveling carnival, and is instantly mesmerized by the carnival’s prized attraction, Lily “The Bird Woman” (Fox, Transformers).   But Lily is no carny fake: her wings are real.  The fugitive musician falls in love with this angelic creature, and he convinces her to leave with him, to the anger of her ruthless employer Sam (Ifans, Notting Hill).  The two flee across the desert, but towards...what? Their destruction? Their salvation?

Combining realism and myth, Passion Play is a portrait of humanity at its best and worst.  Gritty and hard-boiled, it is also an adult fairytale that promises hope in the unlikeliest of places

Review: If you say nothing else about this film you will agree that its unique.  The cast here is mostly stellar with Bill Murray, Mickey Rourke and Rys Ifans.  The only downside is Megan Fox.  She's just a horror to watch on the screen.  She has no acting ability whatsoever and it really taints this movie.  Had they cast her role a bit better I think Passion Play would be my favorite of this year so far.  In spite of her this is a great script and a fun mix of fantasy, drama and romance.

Interest Range: Drama

Monday, May 30, 2011

The Big Bang Blu-Ray Review

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The Big Bang Blu-Ray Review



Synopsis: Late one night, Los Angeles private investigator, Ned Cruz (Antonio Banderas) gets a visit from a recently paroled Russian boxer with an intriguing job offer: find Lexie, his missing girlfriend and the 30-million dollar stash of diamonds she's hiding. As Detective Cruz sets out to find her, the clues send him into the city's seediest corners, from a Hollywood action star with a dirty little secret (James Van Der Beek), to an enterprising porn producer who takes a personal interest in his own work (Snoop Dogg), and a kinky waitress with an unusual fetish for particle physics (Autumn Reeser). Lexie proves to be as elusive as she is beautiful and Cruz becomes obsessed with finding her. With time running out, Cruz discovers the trail leads to reclusive billionaire (Sam Elliot), and his physicist (Jimmi Simpson), intent on recreating The Big Bang underneath the New Mexico desert. Tailed by a trio of cops also looking to find the missing diamonds, and with the body count piling up, Cruz soon realizes that what appeared to be a standard missing person's case is anything but, and could quite possibly bring about the end of the world as we know it.

Directed by Tony Krantz (producer of Mulholland Dr., and Fox's ''24''), written by Emmy® award winner Erik Jendresen (''Band of Brothers'') and featuring the debut soundtrack by The Smiths' legend Johnny Marr, THE BIG BANG is a neo-noir detective thriller for the 21st century. The film also stars Thomas Kretschmann (King Kong, Valkyrie), William Fichtner (Drive Angry, Date Night, ''Prison Break''), Robert Maillet (Sherlock Holmes, 300) with Delroy Lindo (Gone in 60 Seconds, ''The Chicago Code'').

Review: This film is billed as a thriller, but its much more than that.  I went in expecting a boring film, to be honest, but Banderes didn't disappoint.  I got a dark comedy with thrills, action and some suspense.  The script has a few slow points, but it ends up being worth the journey.  The acting is great and the editing is done slickly to make the film more entertaining.  Overall, its a great watch.

Interest Range: Action / Adventure

Transformers: The Complete Series DVD Review

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Transformers: The Complete Series DVD Review



Synopsis: All Four Seasons In One Box Set: ’Til All Are One!  Four million years after crash-landing on an unfamiliar planet, sentient robots with the ability to disguise themselves as common vehicles awaken on present-day Earth. Engaged in a crucial race to find a new energy source for their home planet of Cybertron, Optimus Prime and the heroic Autobots must defend the innocent people of Earth against their archnemeses: Megatron and the power-hungry Decepticons!

Review: The Transformers was one of the seminole cartoons of the 1980s.  Its been kept alive through spin-off cartoons like Beast Wars (which we're reviewing here shortly) and Armada, amongst others, and a set of live-action films.  This great new set from Shout! Factory includes the entire Generation One animated series from the 1980s!  We're talking 15 discs with 98 episodes in all. 

This is one of the few shows, along with GI Joe, that really holds-up well still and is actively watchable, not just collectible.  The video transfer is absolutely amazing and there are tons of special features (see below).  This basically collects all of the volumes already released by Shout with a nice case.  This release features slim case DVDs, so it does have packaging differences.  You can purchase the case seperately on Shout Factory's website, as well.

The special features on this deluxe boxed set include: Retrospective featurettes, From the files of Teletraan-2, PSAs, Toy commercials and Art galleries. 

This is a phenominal release at a great price.  We cannot recommend it enough!

Interest Range: Transformers, Vintage Animation

Hijos Del Carnaval Seasons 1 and 2 DVD Review

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Hijos Del Carnaval Seasons 1 and 2 DVD Review



Synopsis: "Sons of Carnival tells the story of Anésio Gebara - the owner of a Samba School and Banker of an illegal lottery called "Animal Lottery" - and his 4 sons: Anesinho (white, 43 years old), Claudinho (businessman, white, 33 years old), Brown (Drum Major, mulatto, 33 years old) and Nilo (his father's bodyguard, black, 33 years old).The series begins on the day of the "Godfather's" birthday. Upon completing 75 years of age, Anésio Gebara is hit with the worst news in his life: Anesinho, his dearest son, commits suicide by shooting himself in the heart.From this moment on, Sons of Carnival relates the trajectory of the 3 remaining sons to fill the space left by the favorite son; the encounters and dis-encounters of the three "bastard" offspring until each one finds his place in the world. A saga which only ends in the last few seconds of the spectacular Samba School parade in Rio de Janeiro

Review: This DVD represents another show from Latin American HBO.  This one is dark and dramatic as we see three men try to make their place in the underworld.  This crime drama is a phenomenal show.  It does come with English subtitles, so we can follow whats going on!  I found this one to be a great crime drama, focused on three sons trying to fill the shoes left by a favorite son, after he commits suicide.  All trying to please their father, to no end.  A great show.

Interest Range: Drama

Capadocia: Season 1 DVD Review

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Capadocia: Season 1 DVD Review



Synopsis: To restore order in the prisons of Mexico City it will become necessary to undertake urgent reform. Such reform will come at a great cost to those unfortunate prisoners forced to serve as test subjects in a new prison privately referred to as the place without forgiveness. Devised by a group of greedy businessmen who bribe the government with the promise of cheap forced labor, this experimental prison soon attracts unwanted attention, particularly from social activists. One activist in particular, Teresa Lagos, struggles to outsmart Federico Marquez, a lawyer hired to ensure the commercial viability of the new prison. In order to defeat his opposition, she incites a riot in one of the older jails. This forces the Mayor of Mexico City, Santiago Marin ,Teresa s former husband, to immediately open the doors of Capadocia. And thus begins a journey into a hell that knows no bounds, and has no exits.

Review: Capadocia is a fantastic show from Latin America that made its way onto HBO on demand and has gained a small following here in the USA.  I, for one, am always looking for some original or unique programming and you can often find that in overseas television.  Capadocia is one such show.  The premise is intense and the show is dark and intense.  It has everything you want in a drama. This one doesn't come dubbed in English, but does have subtitles available.  Its really a great show, we highly recommend.

Interest Range: Drama

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Sears Roebuck & Co. The Best of 1905-1910 Collectibles Book Review

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Sears Roebuck & Co. The Best of 1905-1910 Collectibles Book Review

About the Book: Take a hundred-year excursion into the past when all your wishes and whims could be found within the pages of a Sears, Roebuck, & Co. catalogue. Whether you lived in Manhattan, New York, or Manhattan, Kansas, a new camera, a grand piano, and even the latest medical supplies were only a mail order away with your Sears catalogue. Florida Water, Liquid Skin, hammer-less revolvers, bankers’ shears, travelling bags, bridging telephones, and the Acme Triumph Six-Hole Steel Range (which was the “The Wonder of the Stove World” according to the ad copy) could all be had for reasonable prices.

In this compilation of the best collectibles from the 1905 through 1910 Sears catalogs, readers will find everything the early-twentieth-century American needed to outfit home, office, medicine chest, or craft workshop. A useful resource for artists, antiques dealers, and history buffs, this title is certain to make any reader feel nostalgic for simpler times. From the department introductions and the descriptions of Sears’s warehouses and factories to the hundreds of merchandise-filled pages, readers will find treasures on every page of Sears, Roebuck, & Co.: Best Collectibles from the 1905–1910 Catalogues. 15,000 black-and-white illustrations

Our Take: The Sears Catalogue reprints are some of our favorite books of all time.  I'm not exaggurating in the slightest!  We use these as art references and also a great look back in time.  This catalogue is a collection of various collectible samplings from five years of the catalogues from the early 20th century.  This book features everything from pocketwatches to knives and medicines (primarily various snake oils).   We cannot recommend these books enough!

How to Buy: Amazon.com

Friday, May 27, 2011

Vanishing on 7th Street Blu-Ray Review

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Vanishing on 7th Street Blu-Ray Review



Synopsis: VANISHING ON 7TH STREET taps into one of humankind's most primal anxieties: fear of the dark. An unexplained blackout plunges the city of Detroit into total darkness, and by the time the sun rises, only a few people remain surrounded by heaps of empty clothing, abandoned cars and lengthening shadows. A small handful of strangers that have survived the night (Hayden Christensen, Thandie Newton, John Leguizamo and Jacob Latimore) each find their way to a rundown bar. With daylight beginning to disappear completely and whispering shadows surrounding the survivors, they soon discover that the enemy is the darkness itself.

Review: The Vanishing on 7th Street begins with a lot of promise.  After all, this film has a ton going for it..a great cast and a cool plot.  All of a sudden almost everyone disappears and we get the typical city shots of abandoned cars desolation.  A few people are "left behind" and struggle to figure out what happened.  In the meantime, these shadows are chasing them and unless they stay under bright light they will die.  This film is full of suspense and you hang on really wanting for the explanation in the end..but it doesn't come.  This one is left as a mystery and is as frustrating as a David Lynch film.  Its a fun watch, but no payoff!

Interest Range: Drama, Thriller

The Roommate Blu-Ray Review

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The Roommate Blu-Ray Review



Synopsis: She's cute. She's loyal. She's psychotic. And, unfortunately for college freshman Sara (Kelly), she's her new roommate. When Sara arrives at school, she finds new romance with Stephen (Gigandet) and forms a fast friendship with her roommate Rebecca (Meester). What begins as camaraderie soon turns creepy, and Sara comes face-to-face with the terrifying realization that her new best friend is obsessive, unbalanced...and maybe even a killer!

Review: The Roommate is one of those thrillers that has the new girl move-in and become obsessed with her new roommate.  She at first seems like a great girl..a new best friend, but eventually becomes obsessed and even violent.  The film doesn't have a lot of surprises, but it has some decent acting...especially a cool cameo from Billy Zane.   This one delivers on thrills.

The special features on this blu-ray include: Director's Commentary, movieIQ, Alternate Opening Sequence, Obsession: The Making of The Roommate, The Roommate: Next Generation of Stars and Dressing Dangerously.

Interest Range: Drama

Deadly Shooter DVD Review

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Deadly Shooter DVD Review


Synopsis: Headlined by country music legend Randy Travis (National Treasure: Book Of Secrets) and action star Michael Dudikoff (American Ninja, “Cobra”), this gun-slinging Western traces the story of a “shooter” with a deadly reputation who takes a stand against a controlling family that is terrorizing a small town.

Review: Deadly Shooter is a modern day rendition of the classic western film.  Not since Tombstone have we seen a great and serious western worth speaking of...until now.  This one stars country music singer Randy Travis, who is surprisingly good, and martial arts legend Michael Dudikoff!  While Dudikoff isn't the best actor out there, he really pulls it off for this film.  It has drama and action and everything we want for a classic tale of good vs. evil in the wild west!

Interest Range: Western

The Comancheros 50th Anniversary Edition Blu-Ray Review

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The Comancheros 50th Anniversary Edition Blu-Ray Review
 

Synopsis: John Wayne is Capt. Jake Cutter, a Texas Ranger determined to crush a powerful outlaw gang that's selling guns to the Indians. Cutter is also trying to bring in gambler Paul Regret (Whitman), who's wanted for murder. Both missions get entangled when Cutter crosses paths with Regret unexpectedly, and the men form an unlikely friendship while Regret decides which side of the law he's really on. Co-starring Ina Balin, Nehemiah Persoff and Lee Marvin, The Comancheros is a rousing western, and the last film of director Michael Curtiz.

Review: The Comancheros is a vintage western film starring the Duke, John Wayne.  This was one of his later westerns and it was rather underappreciated in its time, but has really stood the test of time.  This is the first time its been transfered onto blu-ray high-definition.  The film looks great, very clear and crisp.  As far as classic westerns go, this is definately a must-have.

Special features include audio commentary with Patrick Wayne and Film Historians and Fox Movietone News. New special features include The Duke At Fox Documentary, The Comancheros and the Battle For The Southwest Documentary, Vintage Comancheros Comic Book Photo Gallery and a Conversation with Stuart Whitman Audio Interview.

Interest Range: Vintage Fim, John Wayne

The Hustler Blu-Ray Book Review

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The Hustler Blu-Ray Book Review



Synopsis: With his boyish grin and laid-back good looks, Fast Eddie Felson has fleeced his share of pool-hall gamblers. Now the brash pool shark is after the king of the cue stick: Minnesota Fats. But after losing to Fats in a grueling, 36-hour match, Eddie hits the skids. Only the intervention of a ruthless gambler, who stakes his claim to Eddie's soul, can teach this hustler the cruel art of winning.

Review: The Hustler is a vintage classic film starring Paul Newman about a pool shark.  The film is an absolute gem in film history and is now on blu-ray for the first time.  It has an attached book that has some trivia and info about the film.  The transfer into blu-ray high definition is fantastic.  It really provides some great clarity in the picture over the DVD.

Special features include audio commentary by Paul Newman, Life In The Fast Lane, Swimming With Sharks: The Art of the Hustle, The Hustler: The Inside Story, Milestones In Cinema History, Paul Newman: Hollywood’s Cool Hand, Trick Shot Analysis with Mike Massey, How To Make The Shot with Mike Massey. Never before seen special features include Paul Newman At Fox Documentary, Jackie Gleason: The Big Man Documentary and The Real Hustler: Walter Tevis Documentary.

Interest Range: Vintage Film

Daydream Nation Blu-Ray Review

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Daydream Nation Blu-Ray Review



Synopsis: Tells the story of a city girl who moves to a small town and becomes entangled in a love triangle between her high school teacher and a stoner classmate. Studio: Tcfhe/anchor Bay/starz Release Date: 05/17/2011 Starring: Josh Lucas Kat Dennings Run time: 98 minutes Director: Michael Goldbach

Review: Daydream Nation is one of those rare dramas that really gets under your skin.  Thats not a negative comment by any means.  Kat Dennings, a super hot young actress (40 Year Old Virgin), moves to a new town and seduces both a teacher and a local stoner.  As her situation unfolds, this film's dark and ominous tone really rings of Donnie Darko.  This one is definately unique and worth a watch.

The special features on this blu-ray include: Behind the Scenes and the Trailer.

Interest Range: Drama

Thursday, May 26, 2011

First Look at the DC Universe Batman: Year One Models

Gotham High - The Batman Cartoon That Never Was!

You can find out everything you need to know in the new section on our website.  Click HERE to check it out.  Its also accessible from our main Batman animation page.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Transformers: Beast Wars- Character Slide Show

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In celebration of Transformers: Beast Wars- The Complete Series Collector's Edition and Season One coming to DVD on June 7th we have a slideshow showcasing some of the characters that we wanted to share with you 

Transformers Beast Wars- Character Slide Show

Transformers: Beast Wars- Character Slide Show

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In celebration of Transformers: Beast Wars- The Complete Series Collector's Edition and Season One coming to DVD on June 7th we have a slideshow showcasing some of the characters that we wanted to share with you .

Transformers Beast Wars- Character Slide Show
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Venom #1 Re-deploys A Third Time!

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Venom #1 Re-deploys A Third Time!
 
Marvel is pleased to announce that Venom #1 will be going back to press yet again with Venom #1 Third Printing Variant by the superstar creative team of Rick Remender and Tony Moore! America’s newest black ops agent, Flash Thompson, hits the ground running taking on the missions too dangerous for the Marines, too secret for the White House... and too messy for Avenger.
 
It’s official, Venom is a hit!
 
“Remender and Moore have once again proven that any project with their names on it deserves your money and your attention.” – Rafael Gaitan, ComicsBulletin.com
 
 “If Remender and Moore can keep up this level of work on the book, we might have a character-defining series on our hands…” – Erik Norris, IGN .com
 
“It’s a new direction and one that works so well because it is so different from the past, or anything else out there right now.” – Ryan K Lindsay, ComicBookResources.com
 
Can Flash maintain composure inside a suit made from a sadistic symbiote? Find out as the nation’s newest man in black explores the shadows of the Marvel Universe in Venom #1 Third Printing Variant!
 
VENOM #1 THIRD PRINTING VARIANT (APR118011)
Written by RICK REMENDER
Pencils by TONY MOORE
Cover by JOE QUESADA
Rated T+ …$3.99
FOC – 5/30/11, ON SALE – 6/22/11

Marvel Comics On-Sale 5/25/11

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Marvel Comics On-Sale 5/25/11
 
Hey there True Believers, here's your official list of comic books, collections and posters arriving in comic stores on May 25th, 2011. For more information on any of these titles, and on upcoming mighty Marvel releases, please visit Marvel.Com or contact your local comic book retailer at 1-888-comicbook. Stay tuned each week for a brand new list of Marvel releases so that you'll never miss your favorite heroes in action!
 
Comics On-Sale:
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #662
ASTONISHING SPIDER-MAN & WOLVERINE #6
CAPTAIN AMERICA #618
CAPTAIN AMERICA #618 X-MEN EVOLUTIONS VARIANT
DAKEN: DARK WOLVERINE #9.1
DEADPOOL #37
DISNEY*PIXAR PRESENTS: CARS
FEAR ITSELF: BOOK OF THE SKULL #1 2ND PRINTING VARIANT
FF #4
FF #4 DJURDJEVIC CHARACTER VARIANT
INCREDIBLE HULKS #629
IRON MAN 2.0 #5 (FI)
NAMOR: THE FIRST MUTANT #10
ONSLAUGHT UNLEASHED #4
ORSON SCOTT CARD'S SPEAKER FOR THE DEAD #5
POWER MAN AND IRON FIST #5
RUSE #3
SECRET AVENGERS #13 (FI)
SECRET AVENGERS #13 X-MEN EVOLUTIONS VARIANT (FI)
SECRET WARRIORS 27
SPIDER-GIRL #7
SPIDER-MAN #14
SUPREME POWER MGC #1
THE MIGHTY THOR #2
THE MIGHTY THOR #2 X-MEN EVOLUTIONS VARIANT
UNCANNY X-MEN #537
VENOM #3
VENOM #3 X-MEN EVOLUTIONS VARIANT
WOLVERINE #9
WOLVERINE #9 X-MEN EVOLUTIONS VARIANT
X-MEN LEGACY #249
X-MEN SPOTLIGHT
X-MEN: EARTH'S MUTANT HEROES #1
 
Collections On-Sale:
5 RONIN HC
CAPTAIN AMERICA: MAN OUT OF TIME PREMIERE HC
CAPTAIN AMERICA: OFFICIAL INDEX TO THE MARVEL UNIVERSE GN-TPB
CHAOS WAR: X-MEN TPB
EMMA FROST ULTIMATE COLLECTION TPB
INVINCIBLE IRON MAN VOL. 7: MY MONSTERS PREMIERE HC
MARVEL MASTERWORKS: DAREDEVIL VOL. 2 TPB
MARVEL MASTERWORKS: THE MIGHTY THOR VOL. 10 HC
MYSTIQUE BY BRIAN K. VAUGHAN ULTIMATE COLLECTION TPB
PUNISHER: IN THE BLOOD TPB
RUNAWAYS VOL. 4: TRUE BELIEVERS DIGEST
THE MARVELS PROJECT: BIRTH OF THE SUPER HEROES TPB
THUNDERSTRIKE: YOUTH IN REVOLT TPB
ULTIMATE COMICS CAPTAIN AMERICA PREMIERE HC
ULTIMATE WAR PREMIERE HC
 
Posters On-Sale:
X-MEN GIANT-SIZE BY ED MCGUINNESS POSTER
 
Key:
FI = Fear Itself  Tie-In

Justice League: Season 2 coming to Blu-Ray!

BATMAN, SUPERMAN, WONDER WOMAN SHINE LIKE NEVER BEFORE IN BLU-RAYTM RELEASE OF JUSTICE LEAGUE: SEASON 2 COMING JULY 26 FROM WARNER HOME VIDEO  

Two-disc collector set includes all 26 second-season episodes of popular Warner Bros. Animation series 

BURBANK, CA (May 25, 2011) – Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman and their DC Comics super hero comrades burst onto the scene in dazzling high definition as Justice League: Season 2 arrives on Blu-ray™ for the first time. Produced by Warner Bros. Animation, the series’ 26-episode second season will be distributed on Blu-ray™ by Warner Home Video on July 26, 2011 for $39.99 SRP. Order due date is June 21,2011. 

Amping up the action, intrigue and epic storylines from its successful first season, Justice League: Season 2 crossed new boundaries in its portrayal of the greatest fighting force in the universe. Comprised of Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Flash, Green Lantern, Martian Manhunter and Hawkgirl, the Justice League wages war with their own personal demons and internal issues of mistrust and insecurity, all the while battling a most heinous collection of villains led by Darkseid, Brainiac, Solomon Grundy, Amazo, Joker, Vandal Savage and more.
 
Justice League Season 2 was produced by Bruce Timm and James Tucker. The core voice cast features George Newbern (Superman), Kevin Conroy (Batman), Susan Eisenberg (Wonder Woman), Michael Rosenbaum (Flash), Phil LaMarr (Green Lantern) Carl Lumbly (Martian Manhunter) and Maria Canals Barrera (Hawkgirl). 

The guest cast includes many topline actors from film and television, most notably Mark Hamill (Star Wars) as Joker, Efrem Zimbalist, Jr. (The F.B.I.) as Alfred, Robert Englund (A Nightmare on Elm Street) as Felix Faust, Powers Boothe (Deadwood, 24) as Gorilla Grodd, Ron Perlman (Hellboy, Sons of Anarchy) as both Clayface and Orion, Brad Garrett (Everybody Loves Raymond) as Lobo, Dennis Haysbert (24, The Unit) as Kilowog, Tom Sizemore (Saving Private Ryan) as Metamorpho, Eric Roberts (Runaway Train) as Mongul and Robert Picardo (Stargate) as Amazo. 

Justice League: Season 2 on Blu-ray™ boasts several interesting bonus features, including:  
All-New Featurette: “The Justice Lords and Beyond” – An in-depth exploration of the alternate reality concept, the use of this physical theory in the DC Comics Universe and the alternate Earth created in the fan-favorite Justice League episode “A Better World.” 
Featurette: "Justice League: Declassified" – Actor Phil LaMarr (the voice of John Stewart/Green Lantern) takes you behind the scenes with the show's creative team. 
Easter Egg: "Not Too Savage" – A never-before-seen deleted scene with an introduction by producer Bruce Timm. 

Commentary on Three Key Episodes: “Twilight, Part II,” “A Better World, Part II” and “Starcrossed, Part III” -- Producers Bruce Timm and James Tucker, director Butch Lukic and the late writer/story editor Dwayne McDuffie provide fans with keen behind-the-scenes insight on three important episodes. 

“In terms of compelling stories, character development and enhanced humor, Justice League’s second season took the series to another level – and Warner Home Video is proud to finally give fans the opportunity to witness these exciting episodes in the true high definition available via Blu-ray™,” said Mary Ellen Thomas, WHV Executive Director of Family and Animation Marketing.  “This is a must-add to any collection.”  

BASICS
Street Date: July 26, 2011
Order Due Date: June 21, 2011
Languages: English 
Audio: Dolby Surround Stereo
Color / Closed Captioned
Packaging Type: 2-disc Elite 
Justice League: Season 2 Blu-ray™
Price: $39.99 SRP / No MAP
UPC: 883929138760 

About Warner Home Video:
With operations in 90 international territories, Warner Home Video, a division of Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Inc., commands the largest home entertainment distribution infrastructure in the global video marketplace. Warner Home Video's film library is the largest of any studio, offering top quality new and vintage titles from the repertoires of Warner Bros. Pictures, Turner Entertainment, Castle Rock Entertainment, HBO Video and New Line Cinema. 

About DC Entertainment:
DC Entertainment, home to such iconic DC Comics properties as Superman, Batman, Green Lantern, Wonder Woman, The Flash, MAD Magazine, and Fables, is the creative division charged with strategically integrating across Warner Bros. and Time Warner.  DC Entertainment works in concert with many key Warner Bros. divisions to unleash its superheroic characters across all media, including but not limited to film, television, consumer products, home entertainment, and interactive games. Publishing over 1,000 comic books, graphic novels and magazines each year, DC Comics is the largest English-language publisher of comics in the world.  

BATMAN, SUPERMAN, WONDER WOMAN, THE FLASH, GREEN LANTERN and all related characters and elements are trademarks of and © DC Comics. 

About Warner Bros. Animation:
Warner Bros. Animation (WBA) is one of the leading producers of animation in the entertainment industry, with an innovative and talent-rich roster boasting some of the most accomplished writers, producers and artists working today. The studio is on the cutting edge of animation technology, and has both CG and traditionally animated projects in current production and development. In 2010, WBA unveiled three new theatrically released CG cartoon shorts that feature iconic Looney Tunes characters Wile E. Coyote and Road Runner, rendered in stereoscopic 3D. For television, WBA currently produces Batman: The Brave and the Bold, The Looney Tunes Show, MAD, Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated and Young Justice for Cartoon Network, and will soon launch ThunderCats, Green Lantern: The Animated Series and more. WBA also creates the highly successful series of DC Universe Original Animated Movies for DVD. Producing for multiple platforms including TV, digital and home entertainment both domestically and internationally, WBA is highly respected for its creative and technical excellence, as well as for maintaining the Studio’s rich cartoon heritage. It is also the home of the iconic animated characters from the DC Comics, Hanna-Barbera, MGM and Looney Tunes libraries. One of the most-honored animation studios in history, WBA has been honored with six Academy Awards®, 35 Emmy® Awards, the George Foster Peabody Award, an Environmental Media Award, a Parents’ Choice Award, the HUMANITAS Prize, two Prism Awards and 20 Annie Awards (honoring excellence in animation).