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Playstation Announces Residence Evil 3 for 2020

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

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Unproduced Teen Titans Cartoon (1996)

Legions of Gotham has added a new unproduced Teen Titans cartoon pitch to our unproduced cartoons section on our animation page.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

The Unofficial Guide To Harry Potter Collectibles Book Review

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The Unofficial Guide To Harry Potter Collectibles Book Review

About the Book: Let the magic live on! Here is a true guide to discovering what's hot and what's not in the world of Harry Potter® collectibles. Over 220 full color photos guide you through the enchanting and bewitching wizarding world of action figures, mini-busts, statuettes, and dolls. The featured action figures cover the first decade of production (2001-2010), manufactured first by Mattel® and later by NECA. Gain useful information on Harry Potter® manufacturers, including Mattel®, NECA, Gentle Giant, Ltd.®, and Tonner® Dolls. The values in the captions let you find out what your Harry Potter® collectibles are worth on the market today. Whether you are a passionate fan, dedicated collector or a mere "muggle" curious about the wizarding world, this book is for you.

Our Take: The newest and final Harry Potter film is set to be released in mid-July.  The collecting craze is at its largest peak yet.  This new pictoral reference guide features Harry Potter products from the first film all the way to present.  Its everything from the Mattel and Neca toys to the higher-end Tonner dolls.  I love that collecting Harry Potter is so finite that you can have a little reference book for it.  I collect Batman in a pretty major way and there's no end to that!  This book is full of great full-color pics and is a nice half-size, so that you can take it with you when you're out and about if you like.  Its a good reference guide and a great buy for a great price. 

How to Buy: Amazon.com

Sears Roebuck & Co. 1897 Catalogue Review

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Sears Roebuck & Co. 1897 Catalogue Review

About the Book: Imagine it's the end of the nineteenth century, and, with one catalog, you can buy everything from beds and tools to clothing and opium. (Yes, opium.) Not to mention ear trumpets, horse buggies, and Bibles. The 1897 Sears, Roebuck & Co. Catalogue is both a wonderfully fascinating collector's item and a valuable piece of American history. For every recognizable item included, there are plenty of others guaranteed to confuse or interest 21st century readers—like Bust Cream or Food and Sweet Spirits of Nitre. What was once standard household fare is today a sometimes strange, often funny look at what life was once like for the average American family. It's amazing to see that a Princely Shirt for Princely Men cost $0.95 or three for $2.75 or that a Complete Violin Outfit (with bow and case) cost only $2.00.

Our Take: We're absolutely in love with these re-prints of the vintage Sears catalogues!  They're huge black and white volumes that are literal re-prints!  It includes the vintage descriptions, prices and drawings of the various products.  It features everything you could want back in the day from tailor-made clothing to pocketwatches and tools.  These catalogues are not only great looks into the past and some of the odd inventions that existed, but also an entire way of life.  These are great for educational purposes, but can also be used as great art references, especially if you're into steampunk.  We highly recommend this one.

How to Buy: Amazon.com

You Got Served: Beat the World Blu-Ray Review

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You Got Served: Beat the World Blu-Ray Review



Synopsis: THREE DANCE CREWS PREPARE TO DO BATTLE AT THE INTERNATIONAL BEAT THE WORLD COMPETITION IN DETROIT. IN THE FINAL SHOWDOWN TO BECOME WORLD CHAMPIONS LIFELONG HOPES, DREAMS AND EVEN LIVES, ARE AT STAKE.

Review: This sequel to "You Got Served" is very much in line with the original film.  It involves a group of youth that are going to a dance battle in Detroit.  The movie is full of hip-hop music and very elaborate and well-choreographed dance moves.  If you enjoyed the first film in the series, then this one shouldn't disappoint.

Interest Range: Dancing, Drama, Sequel

Ceremony DVD Review

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Ceremony DVD Review



Synopsis: Sam Davis (Michael Angarano) convinces his former best friend to spend a weekend with him to rekindle their friendship at an elegant beachside estate owned by a famous documentary filmmaker (Lee Pace). However, it soon becomes clear that Sam is secretly infatuated with his ex, Zoe (Uma Thurman), who is now the filmmaker's fiancée, and that his true intention is to thwart their impending nuptials. As Sam's plan begins to unravel, he is forced to realize how complicated love and friendship can be.

Review: This quirky little romantic comedy is the latest feature for Uma Thurman. Thurman is one of the most underrated and talented, not to mention attractive, actresses of our day.  This film is full of ackward obsession and interesting takes on the complications of love and marriage in modern times.  Its a great watch and definately something different.

Interest Range: Comedy

Unknown (Blu-ray/DVD Combo + Digital Copy) Review

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Unknown (Blu-ray/DVD Combo + Digital Copy) Review



Synopsis: The star of Taken and The A-Team jumps back into action with brute force! Liam Neeson plays Dr. Martin Harris, who awakens after a car accident in Berlin to discover that his wife (January Jones) suddenly doesn’t recognize him and another man (Aidan Quinn) has assumed his identity. Ignored by disbelieving authorities and hunted by mysterious assassins, he finds himself alone, tired and on the run. Aided by an unlikely ally (Diane Kruger), Harris plunges into a deadly mystery forcing him to question his sanity, his identity and just how far he’s willing to go to uncover the truth.

Review: Unknown is the latest action thriller starring Liam Neeson.  This mystery film involves a man waking from a coma to find that someone as assumed his identity.  Neeson, who has recently re-invented himself as an action hero of sorts, takes a very Fugitive-esque role on in Unknown as the doctor that is trying to discover the truth about his now very twisted life.  Its a fun ride and full of great intrigue. 

The special features on this set include: "Liam Neeson: Known Action Hero" and "Unknown: What is Known?" 

Links: www.warnerblu.com

Interest Range: Drama, Action

Elektra Luxx DVD Review

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Elektra Luxx DVD Review

Synopsis: What’s a pregnant porn goddess to do? Well, if you’re legendary adult film star Elektra Luxx (Carla Gugino), you decide to quit the industry, take a job as a “sexology” instructor at the community college and look forward to your new life with your baby. Except, that may not happen quite yet – not until she wrestles with a solicitous bride-to-be, an obsessed web streamer, a studly private investigator, a clothing –challenged neighbor, a criminal twin sister and even the Virgin Mary. It’s one hysterical ride with plenty of uninhibited comedy along the way.

Review: This film switches gears a few times from comedy into life drama, but its a fun ride.  Carla Gugino is the star and she definately carries the film.  The synopsis says it all.  Joseph Gordon-Levitt is an actor that I've gotten quite attached to in recent years and its fun to see him in this film taking on a different type of role (porn blogger).  This one was definately unique with the ex-porn star twist and is a fun watch.

Interest Range: Drama, Comedy

Cedar Rapids Blu-Ray Review

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Cedar Rapids Blu-Ray Review



Synopsis: TIM LIPPE HAS NO IDEA WHAT HE'S IN FOR WHEN HE'S SENT TO CEDAR RAPIDS, IOWA TO REPRESENT HIS COMPANY AT AN ANNUAL INSURANCE CONVENTION, WHERE HE SOON FINDS HIMSELF UNDER THE GUIDANCE OF THREE CONVENTION VETERANS.

Review: Ed Helms has really endeared himself to me in recent years, between the Office and the Hangover he is most certainly in my tops when it comes to comedic actors....especially ackward and uncomfortable comedy.  Helms takes on a slightly different role, one a bit more like his persona on the Office, in Cedar Rapids.  He's a bit of a naive man-boy insurance agent that goes to a "big" convention.  Hilarity ensues, but instead of being a weak comedy this one pulls it through and becomes a very honest and real film.

Interest Range: Comedy

Louie: Season One (DVD/Blu-ray Combo in Blu-ray Packaging) Review

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Louie: Season One (DVD/Blu-ray Combo in Blu-ray Packaging) Review

Synopsis: From the uproariously unrestrained mind of comedian Louis C.K. comes the year’s most outrageously original comedy! As a newly-divorced, well-meaning father raising two young daughters, Louie struggles to cope with his strenuous mid-life shake-up, and his stand-up comedy provides a gleefully warped reflection of his hectic, everyday reality. There are disastrous first dates, indecent proposals, high school bullies, booze-addled play dates—and more. Featuring stellar guest stars such as Matthew Broderick and Ricky Gervais, Louie is unfiltered, off-kilter, and hilarious!

Review: What do you say about Louie?   He is the finest shining example of human waste.  He is downtrodden, miserable, grumpy and bizarre all at once.  This makes, of course, for a hilarious tv show.  Its ackward and dark and certainly odd.  Its honestly the involvement of comedian Ricky Gervais (The Office) that drew me to this series.  He makes a cameo as Louie's doctor and that was enough for me to give it a chance, and I'm glad that I did.  The second season is going strong, so now is a good time to get caught up on the first!  This set offers the complete first season in both DVD and Blu-Ray formats in a nice and compact blu-ray-sized case. 

Interest Range: Comedy, FX

Rocko's Modern Life: Season One DVD Review

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Rocko's Modern Life: Season One DVD Review



Synopsis: What’s a wallaby to do when he’s surrounded by annoying neighbors, freeloading pals, heaps of laundry and the weight of life in general? Why, turn to his loyal canine, Spunky, and dim-witted best pal, Heffer, to help him confront the trials and tribulations of modern life. Season One tosses Rocko and his pals into the surreal worlds of the DMV, the carnival, health clubs, vacuum cleaners, bath time, trash day and, of course, the ongoing battle with the cruel and petty Ed Bighead. The best part? You can now get all of Rocko’s Season One escapades on two hilarity-packed DVDs!

Review: Rocko's Modern Life is a fantastic vintage Nickelodeon cartoon from the 1990s.  It was a precursor and definately an inspiration for shows like Sponge Bob and even the more adult shows like Futurama and Family Guy!  This new DVD release collects the entire first season.  This is a fantastic blast from the past for anyone that grew up watching this one and a fun delve into animation history if you happened to have missed it.

Interest Range: Vintage Animation

Monday, June 27, 2011

Help Save the Mattel Retro Action Dc Super Heroes!

Hall Pass (Blu-ray/DVD Combo + Digital Copy) Review

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Hall Pass (Blu-ray/DVD Combo + Digital Copy) Review



Synopsis: A MARRIED MAN IS GRANTED THE OPPORTUNITY TO HAVE AN AFFAIR BY HIS WIFE. JOINED IN THE FUN BY HIS BEST PAL, THINGS GET A OUT OF CONTROL WHEN BOTH WIVES START ENGAGING IN EXTRAMARITAL ACTIVITIES AS WELL.

Review: The Farrelly brothers have done it again.  The only thing is that this time its a bit different from their other films in that it ends with a very warm and bright view of marriage, rather than some crass or absurd ending.  The journey is still very Farrelly with some absolutely insane situations and a great comedy for those of us that have grown with the Farrellys over the years.  This one is a comedy for those in mid-life for once.

There is a cool website for the movie, hallpassmovie.warnerbros.com, where you can create your own Hall Pass and you can upload your own image to make yourself a "10".  Users start by uploading a picture of themselves and then add unattractive elements such as acne, wrinkles, etc to create an “ugly” version of their picture.  Next, they choose from two available templates of ugly and odd-looking people to position around their image.  Just like in the film, two giant hands come into frame and cover up the odd-looking people, then uncover them – the user goes from ‘ugly’ to a ‘10’

The special features include: Extended Cut, Deleted Scene and Gag Reel.

Interest Range: Comedy

Red Riding Hood Blu-ray/DVD Combo + Digital Copy Review

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Red Riding Hood Blu-ray/DVD Combo + Digital Copy Review



Synopsis: In a medieval village a beautiful young girl falls for an orphaned woodcutter, much to her family's displeasure. When her sister is killed by the werewolf that prowls the dark forest surrounding their village, the people call on a famed werewolf hunter to help them kill the wolf. As the death toll rises with each moon, the girl begins to suspect that the werewolf could be someone she loves. Panic grips the town as she discovers that she has a unique connection to the beast--one that inexorably draws them together, making her both suspect...and bait.

Review: Red Riding Hood is a classic fantasy tale brought to life by the director of Twilight...and it shows.  If you're a fan of Twilight and tv series like MTV's Teen Wolf then this one will be right up your alley.  On the surface its a fantastical fantasy tale, but really at it's core its a love story.  In fact, a love triangle.  I personally would pick Peter for Valerie.  You can make your own choice online at www.redridinghoodlovetriangle.com

The special features on this set include: Extended Cut with Alternate Ending, "Secrets Behind the Red Cloak" PIP w/ C. Hardwicke, A. Seyfried, S. Fernandez and M. Irons, "Reinvention of Red Riding Hood", "Red Riding Hood's Men", "Making of the Score", "Before the Fur...Making of the CG Wolf", "Casting Tapes -, Casting Shiloh Fernandez", "Casting Tapes - Casting Max Irons", "Casting Tapes - Shiloh Fernandez and Max Irons", "Rehearsals - The Dance", "Rehearsals - The Festival", "Rehearsals - The Wolf Attack", "The Wolf - Music Video by Fever Ray", "Just a Fragment of You - Music Video by Anthony Gonzalez of M8", "Red Riding Hood in 73 seconds", "The Wolf Goes to a Hamlet Audition" Easter Egg , Gag Reel and Deleted Scenes.

Interest Range: Fantasy, Drama, Action

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Rubber Blu-Ray Review

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Rubber Blu-Ray Review

Synopsis: Rubber is the story of Robert, an inanimate tire that has been abandoned in the desert and then suddenly and inexplicably comes to life. As Robert roams the bleak landscape, he discovers that he possesses terrifying telepathic powers that give him the ability to destroy anything he wishes. At first content to prey on discarded objects and small desert creatures, his attention soon turns to humans, especially a beautiful and mysterious woman who crosses his path. Leaving a swath of destruction behind, Robert becomes a chaotic force and truly a movie villain for the ages.

Review: Rubber is one of the dumbest movies I've ever seen.  I mean this in the best possible way.  When it comes to original ideas, this one definately has that going for it.  In the tradition of films like Army of Darkness, Rubber is the insane story of a tire that comes to life and develops telepathic powers that enable him to kill!  This one is full of laughs and fun, and is definately worth a watch, especially with friends.

Interest Range: B-Movie, Camp, Horror-Comedy

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Update on the 2012 CGI Batman Cartoon on Cartoon Network

The rumor mill is already buzzing on next year's CGI Batman cartoon.  Its going to be a part of the DC Nation on Cartoon Network.  It is thought to be tied into the universe created by the new Green Lantern animated series this fall.  The net was already buzzing that Teen Titans alum Glen Murakami is producing, so we checked a few reliable sources and this appears to be the case!  We'll keep you updated on any and all rumors.

Win a copy of Cedar Rapids...and check out the top 5 movie party animals!

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Top 5 Party Animals featuring John C Reilly from CEDAR RAPIDS 
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Out on Blu-ray and DVD June 21 
Cedar Rapids is the hilarious story about Tim Lippe (Ed Helms) who is sent by his insurance company which he work for to Cedar Rapids, Iowa to represent his company at an annual insurance convention, where he quickly finds himself under the guidance of three convention veterans.   
Who Invited this Guy To the Party? 
Everyone either knows one or is one in their very own crew: the friend that somehow gets invited to all the parties or rides someone’s coattails to a party. Tim Lippe (Ed Helms) is warned about the boozing antics of Dean Ziegler (John C. Reilly) before the conference, but nothing can really prepare him for his larger-than-life personality. Dean Ziegler is known at the ASMI insurance awards for the big partier. You can find him at Horizons buying rounds or walking into a pool with his cloths still on and trash can top on his head. For this feature, we will compare Dean’s persona with that of similar party goers who go above and beyond the call of what it means to party like its 1999. In honor of Dean’s larger than life style of partying, we are taking you back through cinema history to look at the Top Party Animals! 

5. James “Droz” Andrews (Jeremy Piven) - PCU 
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He is the leader of the Pit, which means one thing this guy knows how to have is a good time, and shake things up a bit. His wild Antics offend everyone on campus from the Womynists a radical feminist group to the secret society Balls and Shaft. Even the dean Ms Garcia Thompson who runs the PCU campus with an iron fist is trying to shut Droze’s infamous pit down. As much as he tries to get parties going they are always shut down due to the campus strict policy on it but with a little help from a pre freshmen visiting who happens to get the entire campus wanting his head on a platter Droz will shake up the campus and give the people what they want, a Party.
 
4.Steve Stiffler (Sean William Scott) - American Pie
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Steve Stiffler is definitely that guy. The one who passed high school with straight c’s got drunk every weekend and always looking for a girl to hook up with. It’s just another coming of age tale about five friends who seek to get it in before they graduate high school and ship off to college and lose the most important thing on their minds… losing their virginity. In this raunchy hilarious tale Jim (Jason Biggs) and his best friends seek to lose it before the next step.
 
3.Billy Madison (Adam Sandler) – Billy Madison
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 What isn’t there to be said about Billy Madison? He lives a party animals dream where he gets to drink all day everyday by the pool with his two best friends Frank (Norm Macdonald) and Jack (Mark Beltzman) because his dad owns the largest chain of hotels in North America. Whether Billy is so drunk to the point that he sees invisible penguins, or having argument between a bottle of shampoo and conditioner, to doing keg stands and crushing beers for breakfast by the pool. Billy Madison definitely makes our list of top party animals hands down. But when Billy finds out that his father wont give him the company Billy looks to shape up so that he can gain control by redoing every grade of elementary school to high school as a bet to gain control of his dads legacy.


2. Frank “The Tank” Ricard (Will Ferrell) - Old School
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Frank The Tank Ricard is infamously known for streaking through the quad and into the gymnasium and is defiantly one of the top the ultimate party animals. Driving in his Pontiac Trans Am with an illegal restrictor plate Frank knows how to get down with such party antics like shooting himself with animal tranquilizer gun and getting on the stage of a Snoop Dogg concert with no clothes on. Either way, Frank the Tank is truly one of the biggest party animals and to that we salute you. Frank’s other alias is the Big Cat, whose best friend Mitch Martin aka The Godfather (Luke Wilson) after recently breaking up with his girlfriend. Mitch and his pals Frank “The Tank” Ricard and Bernard “Bernie” Campbell (Vince Vaughn) are in search of something different which leads to recapture the glory days of college by starting their own fraternity.  
1. John “Pluto” Blutarsky - Animal House 
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 John Pluto Blutarsky, grade point average 0.00. John Belushi stars in arguably his best role ever as Pluto a guy who may not say a whole lot but certainly knows how to party and shake up on the Faber College campus. Whether it’s starting food fights in the cafeteria or getting his frat brothers of Delta Tau Chi all riled up by giving ludicrous speeches only to lead into wild toga parties. John Pluto Blutarsky rounds out our Top 5 at Number One because he is the original party animal and the best there ever was. The story is about a group of characters in the Delta Tau Chi Fraternity who are deemed the worst house on campus by Dean Vernon Wormer (John Vemon) who is trying by any means necessary to get them thrown off campus. But the troublemaking frat won’t go down without a fight and prove to ruin Dean Wormer’s plans.

Honorable Mentions: Trent (Vince Vaughn) – Swingers, Van Wilder (Ryan Reynolds)- National Lampoons Van Wilder, David Wooderson (Matthew McConnaughey)- Dazed and Confused

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

BBC American: The Bill Hicks Story Blu-Ray Review

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BBC American: The Bill Hicks Story Blu-Ray Review
 

Synopsis: American: The Bill Hicks Story brings to life the amazing true story of one of modern culture’s most iconic figures. Much more than just a comedian, Bill Hicks has become an inspiration to millions around the world. As a rebellious teenager, he discovered that comedy was a way to break all the rules, but then he found it could also open people’s minds. Bill’s comedy challenged the injustices of life head on, but his uncompromising approach met with conflict in America and it was instead on the international stage where he found fame. In 1993, on the verge of wider success, Bill fell ill with terminal cancer, but his timeless material has lived on, revered by comedians and audiences alike as the man who changed comedy forever. Taking documentary to a new level, American uses interviews, archive footage including many unseen performances, and stunning animation to bring Bill’s inspiring story to life, told for the first time by those that knew him best.

Review: Bill Hicks was on fire back in the early 1990s.  The was the edgiest thing since George Carlin and he had a bright future ahead of him.  Tragically, he was struck down with cancer at a young age and though his comedy lives on, his legacy hadn't.  Now, with this documentary, you can see the real story of Bill Hicks.  This is a great insight for any fan and a wonderful introduction for anyone not familiar with his work.


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Interest Range: Stand-Up Comedy

Robin Revealed in Batman: Arkham City!

Tim Drake Robin will be playable in the upcoming Arkham City game!  Check him out...

VIZ Media Continues 25th Yr Anniv. Celebration w/ "Heroes of Anime" Sweepstakes!

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The summer just got hotter! Continuing our 25th anniversary celebration, we're launching our summer-long Heroes of Anime Sweepstakes, with the grand prize winner receiving a trip to New York City for the premier of NARUTO SHIPPUDEN THE MOVIE: BONDS!

Follow up prizes include an iPad, video games, DVDs and more! Entry details and more information are available at www.viz.com/25years!

The 2nd NARUTO SHIPPUDEN movie finds the Hidden Leaf Village under attack from a mysterious group of flying ninja! Will Naruto and his friends be able to stop this new threat from the Sky Ninja from the thought-to-be-destroyed Land of Sky?! 

Marvel Comics On-Sale 6/22/11

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Marvel Comics On-Sale 6/22/11
 
Hey there True Believers, here's your official list of comic books, collections and posters arriving in comic stores on June 22nd, 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:
BLACK PANTHER: THE MAN WITHOUT FEAR #520
CAPTAIN AMERICA #619
CAPTAIN AMERICA #619 I AM CAPTAIN AMERICA VARIANT
CARNAGE #5
DEADPOOL #39
DEADPOOL #39 I AM CAPTAIN AMERICA VARIANT
DISNEY*PIXAR PRESENTS: CARS 2 #1
FANTASTIC FOUR: THE LAST STAND #1
FEAR ITSELF #2 2ND PRINTING VARIANT (FI)
INCREDIBLE HULKS #631
IRON MAN 2.0 #6 (FI)
JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY #622 2ND PRINTING VARIANT (FI)
JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY #623 2ND PRINTING VARIANT (FI)
MARVEL ZOMBIES CHRISTMAS CAROL #2
MOON KNIGHT #1 2ND PRINTING VARIANT
MYSTERY MEN #2
NAMOR: THE FIRST MUTANT #11
NEW MUTANTS #26
SECRET AVENGERS #14 (FI)
SECRET AVENGERS #14 I AM CAPTAIN AMERICA VARIANT
SIGIL #4
SILVER SURFER #5
SPIDER-MAN #15
THE MIGHTY THOR #1 2ND PRINTING VARIANT
THE MIGHTY THOR #3
THE MIGHTY THOR #3 I AM CAPTAIN AMERICA VARIANT
THUNDERBOLTS #159 (FI)
ULTIMATE COMICS AVENGERS VS. NEW ULTIMATES #5
ULTIMATE COMICS AVENGERS VS. NEW ULTIMATES #5 CHO VARIANT
ULTIMATE COMICS SPIDER-MAN #160
ULTIMATE COMICS SPIDER-MAN #160 BLANK COVER VARIANT
ULTIMATE COMICS SPIDER-MAN #160 KALUTA VARIANT
ULTIMATE COMICS SPIDER-MAN #160 QUESADA SKETCH VARIANT
ULTIMATE COMICS SPIDER-MAN #160 QUESADA VARIANT
VENOM #1 3RD PRINTING VARIANT
WOLVERINE #11
X-MEN LEGACY #251
 
Collections On-Sale:
AVENGERS VS. PET AVENGERS GN-TPB
BLACK WIDOW: THE NAME OF THE ROSE TPB
DEADPOOL VOL. 1 HC
DOCTOR STRANGE: INTO THE DARK DIMENSION PREMIERE HC & DM VARIANT
IMPOSSIBLE MAN TPB
MYSTIQUE BY SEAN MCKEEVER ULTIMATE COLLECTION TPB
NYX: WANNABE TPB
RUNAWAYS VOL. 6: PARENTAL GUIDANCE DIGEST
SECRET AVENGERS VOL. 2: EYES OF THE DRAGON PREMIERE HC
THING: LIBERTY LEGION PREMIERE HC & DM VARIANT
ULTIMATE COMICS SPIDER-MAN: DEATH OF SPIDER-MAN PRELUDE PREMIERE HC KORMARCK COVER & DM VARIANT
X-FACTOR VOL. 11: HAPPENINGS IN VEGAS TPB
X-MEN: AGE OF X HC
X-MEN: SECOND COMING REVELATIONS TPB
X-MEN: SECOND COMING TPB
X-MEN: WITH GREAT POWER PREMIERE HC
 
Posters On-Sale:
CAPTAIN AMERICA BY STEVE MCNIVEN POSTER
 
Key:
FI = Fear Itself  Tie-In

VIZ Media: NAOKI URASAWA'S MONSTER Debuts on Netflix Streaming!

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The complete 74-episode series of NAOKI URASAWA'S MONSTER debuts today on Netflix's Watch Instantly streaming service! Now's the perfect time to catch the uncut and subtitled anime based on the critically acclaimed manga!

What if doing the right thing cost you everything? What would you do if a child you once saved grows up to become a monster? Dr. Kenzo Tenma's selfless act changes his life forever when the young boy he once saved reappears nine years later amid a string of unusual serial murders... Tenma now must go on the run to clear his name, and stop the monster he set loose upon the world! 

Monday, June 20, 2011

Another Year (Two-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo) Review

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Another Year (Two-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo) Review



Synopsis: A happy couple for over thirty years, Tom (Broadbent) and Gerri (Sheen) act as a steady anchor to their unmarried circle of family and friends, including single, middle-aged Mary (Manville). But as the seasons change and another year passes, Tom and Gerri’s support is put to the test in this masterful look at life, love and the meaning of friendship.

Review: Another Year is a film about the complexities of love and why some can find it and some cannot.  Mike Leigh is a fantastic and unique filmmaker who brings his unique view onto the screen.   This married couple is settled in together and quite happy.  Their needy and single friend Mary falls in love with their son and the drama ensues! 

Bonus features on the Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack include commentary with writer/director Mike Leigh & Lesley Manville, plus the making of featurettes “The Making of Another Year” and “The Mike Leigh Method,” offering viewers a privileged look at how Leigh collaborated with his cast to make the film

Interest Range: Drama

The Company Men Blu-Ray Review

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The Company Men Blu-Ray Review



Synopsis: Bobby Walker (Ben Affleck) is living the proverbial American dream: great job, beautiful family, shiny Porsche in the garage. When corporate downsizing leaves him and co-workers Phil Woodward (Chris Cooper) and Gene McClary (Tommy Lee Jones) jobless, the three men are forced to re-define their lives as men, husbands and fathers.

Bobby soon finds himself enduring enthusiastic life coaching, a job building houses for his brother-in-law (Kevin Costner) that does not play to his executive skill set, and perhaps -- the realization that there is more to life than chasing the bigger, better deal. With humor, pathos, and keen observation, writer-director John Wells (the creator of "ER") introduces us to the new realities of American life.

Review: The Company Men is a serious and relevant drama.  The cast is all-star from Ben Affleck to Tommy Lee Jones, Chris Cooper and Kevin Costner.  This is a film about those that define themselves by their jobs and the higher-ups that get cocky and bring about their own karma.  A major company lets a series of employees go and we get to see how each of their lives are affected, along with their self-worth and their marriages.  This is a great drama..very timely and certainly something everyone should see.

Interest Range: Drama

Transformers Beast Wars: Season One DVD Review

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Transformers Beast Wars: Season One DVD Review



Synopsis: When the descendants of the treacherous Decepticons, now known as Predacons, land on a mysterious planet in search of the powerful fuel Energon, it’s up to Optimus Primal and the heroic Maximals to stop them before they conquer the universe!

In 1996 Transformers fans were introduced to this stunning saga created by Hasbro and the studio behind the groundbreaking computer-generated animated series ReBoot. Beast Wars ran for three amazing seasons, won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Animation and introduced a new generation of fans to the astonishing world of The Transformers! Now you can see the first 26 incredible episodes of this breathtaking animated epic.

Review: The Transformers were off the air for awhile following the Generation One run in the 1980s.  The next show produced was done using the best technology of the time...computer animated graphics.  This was a really new frontier back in 1996 and the show definately reflects that.  A lot of the graphics are basic and stiff, but the storylines are fantastic.  This show is a great piece of animation history, as a pre-pixar era computer animated show became a phenomenon.  

This DVD includes the first 26 episodes of the three season show.  They look absolutely amazing on DVD and are long overdue for fans!  Shout! Factory has another fantastic Transformers release on their hands.

The special features on this DVD include: Maximize! Creating a new breed of Transformer, Art gallery and Original character models.

Interest Range: Transformers, Vintage Animation

Just Go With It Blu-Ray Review

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Just Go With It Blu-Ray Review



Synopsis: ON A WEEKEND TRIP TO HAWAII, A PLASTIC SURGEON CONVINCES HIS LOYAL ASSISTANT TO POSE AS HIS SOON-TO-BE-DIVORCED WIFE IN ORDER TO COVER UP A CARELESS LIE HE TOLD TO HIS MUCH-YOUNGER GIRLFRIEND.

Review: Just Go With It is a new comedy starring Adam Sandler as a well off womanizing plastic surgeon and Jennifer Aniston as his mousey secretary.  Sandler goes around conning women by wearing a fake wedding ring.  One day he meets this great woman, but she sees the ring.  He then convinces Aniston and her children to pose as his fake ex-family to appease the woman into knowing that he isn't cheating.  The entire thing, of course, unravels.  Great supporting appearances by Nick Swardson and Kevin Nealon in this one.  The end is predictable, but the ride is fun.

The special features on this blu-ray include: Adon: Living Plastic, Along Came a Prop Guy, Decker's Got Gas, Dolph-Not The One From Rocky IV, Kevin Nealon: The Plastic Man, What's A Dugan?, Look Who Else Is In The Movie, The Not So Perfect Couple, Decker's First Role, Laughter is Contagious, Commentary with Adam Sandler, Nick Swarsdon and The Filmmakers, Commentary with Director Dennis Dugan, Sneaky Kiki & Bart the Water Fart, The Perfect Couple: Jen and Adam, Shooting Hawaii and Grand Wailea Promo.

Interest Range: Comedy

Sports Illustrated Swimsuit 2011: The 3D Experience Review

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Sports Illustrated Swimsuit 2011: The 3D Experience Review



Synopsis: Paradise won’t ever feel closer than it does in Sports Illustrated Swimsuit 2011: The 3D Experiencenatively shot in 3D.  Join supermodels Julie Henderson, Alyssa Miller and 2011 SI Swimsuit cover girl Irina Shayk as they explore the natural beauty of Maui—and see it in breathtaking 3D on Blu-ray™.  Featuring exclusive interviews with the models and amazing photo sessions on some of the most pristine beaches in the world,Sports Illustrated Swimsuit 2011: The 3D Experience is so vivid and lifelike viewers will almost be able to feel the sand between their toes.

Review: What do I say about this 3D feature?  Its exactly what it advertises.  Basically this is a 3D version of picking up the swimsuit edition of the magazine, but so much better.  You get to see the actual photo shoot and you get in-depth interviews with each of the models.  If you're even remotely a fan of ladies in swimsuits, this one is for you!  The 3D aspect looks fantastic and is definately the way of the future.

Interest Range: Swimsuits

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Superman: The Motion Picture Anthology (1978-2006) Blu-Ray Review

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Superman: The Motion Picture Anthology (1978-2006) Blu-Ray Review

Synopsis: Superman, the cultural icon and quintessential superhero, is back in a big way. Superman: The Motion Picture Anthology will release on Blu-ray June 7!  For the first time, fans will be able to own one super-entertaining Blu-ray collection with all four original theatrical Superman films starring Christopher Reeve (available for the first time in high def), Superman Returns, and the two alternate versions of Superman I and Superman II.

Review: Fans have been waiting years for the Superman films to hit blu-ray, and now we get not one, not two..but ALL of them!   The movies included in this set are: Superman The Movie, Superman The Movie: Expanded Edition, Superman II, Superman II: The Richard Donner Cut, Superman III, Superman IV: The Quest for Peace and Superman Returns.  

The transfer into high-definition did these films well!  They all look fanatastic.  Ironically, the best transfer is on the much reviled Superman IV and of course Superman Returns.  These are all great films in their own ways.  This anthology is loaded with tons of extras and commentary.  The only film without commentary is Superman Returns. 

The new Superman franchise will begin in 2012.

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Interest Range: Superman, Dc Comics

Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen (Collector's Edition) Blu-Ray Review

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Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen (Collector's Edition) Blu-Ray Review



Synopsis: In 1920s China, the nation is divided by infighting. Japan has become the most powerful force in Asia, taking over Northern Shanghai. With the city torn in half by international conflict, the popular nightclub Casablanca has become a hotbed of spies, mobsters, English officials and the Japanese military- all looking to gain control of the country, with little regard for what happens to its citizens. 

Into this den of intrigue enters Chen Zhen, once played by Bruce Lee in FIST OF FURY and Jet Li in FIST OF LEGEND. Chen Zhen (Donnie Yen), has returned to China after fighting alongside the Allied forces in Europe, bringing some dark secrets from his past along with him. During the day, he's known as "Ku", and appears to be just another wealthy playboy. But at night, he takes to the street as a masked warrior, determined to subvert the Japanese invasion while becoming entangled with the sultry Kiki (Shu Qi), who has a dangerous secret of her own. When his past catches up to him, Zhen is faced with near impossible odds- but his skills are formidable, and he's up to the challenge. 

Combining the best of today's martial arts and superhero action with the classic spy thrillers of the past (and a healthy dose of film noir on top), LEGEND OF THE FIST is the rare action film that truly gives the audience something they've never seen before.

Review: The title of this film kind of indicates that its a sequel..this isn't actually the case.   Legend of the Fist stars martial arts great Donnie Yen in the lead.  This film is full of historical drama and fantastic fight scenes.  I was a bit disturbed to find a lot of wires used, rather than old school choreography, since Yen himself has spoken out against wires, but what can you do, right?    This film is great, full of action and looks amazing in high-definition.

The bonus features include: Behind The Scenes, Cast and Crew Interviews, Trailers and Optional English Dub.

Interest Range: Action/ Adventure

Friday, June 17, 2011

The Dark Knight Rises: Major Cameo Spoiler!





The net has blown a big "shocker" in the third installment of Batman from the Nolan camp.  Honestly, this is NOT a shocker to any Batman fan that knows anything about the characters, but whatever.  Coulda seen this one comin', you know what I mean?  This is an unavoidable reality..if Talia is in this film we couldn't predict the immortal that is always coming back to life coming back..I don't know...to life?  Shocker. lol.


Anyways, Jett over at Batman on Film confirmed this one also, giving it more credibility.

Original Sin Blu-Ray Review

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Original Sin Blu-Ray Review



Synopsis: Oscar® Winner Angelina Jolie and Antonio Banderas sizzle in this smoldering tale of passion, deception and danger. A wealthy Cuban merchant (Banderas) only knows his mysterious bride to be (Jolie) through letters, but when he finally meets and marries her, his life takes a deadly turn. With footage too hot for theaters, director’s commentary and more, this unrated Blu-ray is sinfully satisfying.

Review: Original Sin is one of the most dynamic thrillers out there.  It has a very involved and intricate plot, exquisitely purpotrated by both Jolie and Banderas.  The level of sexual chemistry and sensuality, mixed with the deception and lies make a fantastic case for the dangers of blind love.  This film is based on the novel Waltz into Darkness.  Original Sin hits blu-ray for the first time and it looks fantastic.  The colors pop, although much of the film's scenes are shrouded in some level of darkness, there is no grain and it definately pays off.

Interest Range: Drama, Thriller

Hair Blu-Ray Review

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Hair Blu-Ray Review



Synopsis: Let the sunshine in with this memorable musical tribute to the far-out spirit of the ’60s — on Blu-ray for the first time!

Fresh off the farm, Claude Bukowski (John Savage) arrives in New York City to join the army, but he’s quickly swept up in the counterculture when a group of hippies introduce him to their psychedelic world…and a beautiful rich girl named Sheila (Beverly D’Angelo). When the group’s leader (Treat Williams) tries to keep Claude out of Vietnam, the consequences are shocking for everyone involved.

Review: The classic film Hair didn't do so great at the box office.  It was sandwiched between "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" and "Amadeus" for the director and it really didn't have the same impact as the other two.  What it did do is masterfully re-create the look, tone and feel of the 1960s hippie anti-war movement in New York City.  The film is one blu -ray now for the first time and whether you've seen it before or this is your first time, you should definately see this film.  The transfer into high-definition did well for the film!  It looks very smooth and the colors pop well.  The soundtrack is great, primarily set to Aquarius.  All around great release.

Interest Range: Cult Classic

UPDATE on the Batman Live World Arena Tour

BATMAN LIVE WORLDWIDE ARENA TOUR

Today, June 15, 2011, the UK media was offered an advanced behind-the-scenes preview of the visually stunning live production, BATMAN LIVE world arena tour in London, as Warner Bros. Consumer Products (WBCP), DC Entertainment and Nick Grace of Water Lane Productions Ltd (WLP) unveiled key creative elements from the show, with a first look at the start of rehearsals.

The extravagant Gotham City production, based on DC Comics characters and stories, has taken over a giant warehouse in West London as the temporary home for the set of BATMAN LIVE, where the 43-strong cast (made up of talented actors, performers and acrobats) rehearse the spectacular arena show. An impressive custom-made stage, 100-ft bat-shaped LCD video wall and 3D Gotham City set have all been designed especially for the show.

Creative Director Anthony Van Laast said, "It is so exciting to see BATMAN LIVE develop from an initial idea through to a full scale show.  We are in rehearsals now and seeing all the elements of the production come together – automation, programming for the flying sequences, acting calls, acrobatic training, fight choreography, music composition.  This is the thrilling point in the pre-production when all the creative team gets to see their ideas brought to life by our exceptional performing company."

“The world of Batman will be brought to the audience in a larger-than-life setting through this live stage show that will captivate fans and enthrall audiences of all ages,” said Brad Globe, President, Warner Bros. Consumer Products.

Acrobats suspended in the air, fighting henchmen and stunning scenery are all part of the BATMAN LIVE experience.  Also unveiled today, is the eye-popping Batmobile.  The aerodynamic, beautifully crafted brand new Batmobile has been designed especially for the show by legendary racing car designer, Professor Gordon Murray, known for designing race cars for some of the most successful teams in the world for Formula One racing, as well as the famous McLaren F1 road car.

Professor Gordon Murray, CEO and Technical Director of Gordon Murray Designs, said of his company's involvement, "We at Gordon Murray Designs are proud to have designed the Batmobile for the BATMAN LIVE show.  We have thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to apply advanced materials and concepts to create a truly unique take on one of the world’s most iconic vehicles.”

BATMAN LIVE will tour arenas for the first time ever across the UK and Europe, beginning in summer 2011, and arriving in North America in August 2012.  Opening in Manchester on 19 July 2011 and visiting Newcastle, Glasgow, Sheffield, Birmingham, London, Liverpool, Nottingham, Dublin and Belfast, tickets for BATMAN LIVE are on sale now.

BATMAN LIVE is a live-action, super-heroic spectacle of unprecedented scale that is every bit as human, touching, and inspiring as it is spectacular.

Monogamy DVD Review

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Monogamy DVD Review


Synopsis: Wedding photographer Theo (Chris Messina) and his budding musician fiancée Nat (Rashida Jones) are a young couple living a comfortable life in Brooklyn. Thoroughly bored with his day job and increasingly anxious about his upcoming wedding, Theo embarks upon a risky and adventurous side project: he's hired by clients to clandestinely snap voyeuristic photos as they go about their days. Things go smoothly until a sexy new customer's (Meital Dohan) very public exhibitionism sparks an obsession in Theo. As he captures her day and night, the woman's mysterious trysts and illicit behavior send him reeling, forcing him to confront uncomfortable truths about his sex life and his relationship at home.

Review: Monogamy is a fantastic look at the modern relationship and the psyche of the modern male.  The world that tells us how things should be in marriage and in life has passed on and there needs to be new understandings.  This film really touches on these points, while providing a great backdrop of drama.  Monogamy is a fantastic film.

Interest Range: Drama