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LEGO DC Super Hero Girls: Super-Villain High (DVD Review)

A few years back, DC broke some barriers and unleashed a brand of their famed comic book heroes aimed strictly toward young women. Great new figures, costumes and a cartoon were launched in the DC Super Hero Girls brand. But, you know how you really know you were successful with it? You not only get LEGOS, but a LEGO cartoon movie edition of your brand. This isn’t the first one of said LEGO’izing the DC Super Hero Girls, but this is I believe the second of such films, coming a year later. This one is called Super-Villain High and returns the likes of voice acting favorite Tara Strong back to put life into the animated Harley Quinn. You’ll be able to snag yourself this one on DVD (Sorry, bummer, but no Blu-ray) when it hits shelves May 15. Continue reading ‘LEGO DC Super Hero Girls: Super-Villain High (DVD Review)’

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Z-O-M-B-I-E-S (DVD Review)

The Disney Channel most recently has been riding high off of the smashing success of its The Descendants movies. Those felt of a certain “passing of the torch” from the High School Musical films that came in the decade prior. Now, while I’m sure a third Descendants film is in the works and around the corner, we have something in a similar vein but different to take in; ZOMBIES! This one features a society allowing the undead to attend school after years of coexistence. I’m sensing some clever social commentary for a good, fun singing and dancing educational lesson, Disney. You’ll be able to own a physical copy of the latest Disney Channel event when it comes to the 22 year old DVD format only at the end of the month, April 24th. Continue reading ‘Z-O-M-B-I-E-S (DVD Review)’

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Vice Principals – The Complete Series (DVD Review)

HBO’s Vice Principals was another in the lines of limited run series from HBO, like The Night Of or True Detective. Planned as a focused 18 episode story (Or a 9 hour movie as the creators would put it), the premium cable network ran the show in two halves and got two years out of it. A team-up of Danny McBride and Walton Goggins headlined what felt like a perfect matchup, and indeed it played out as one. While the first season of Vice Principals was given a Blu-ray release from HBO, they’ve taken a hard left with it and dramatically changed course. At this time, there is no release of season two by itself at all. As a matter of fact, no Blu-ray of it, even. They will be release a Complete Series set on DVD only. A very odd choice from a studio that tends to be on the up and up with performance quality and has even gotten into 4K Ultra-HD. Its very strange and probably pretty confusing or frustrating for many collectors, but this is the hand we’ve been dealt. Luckily, if you want to take two steps back in terms of quality, its rather inexpensive and also comes with a Digital HD version of the entire series when it streets April 10th. Continue reading ‘Vice Principals – The Complete Series (DVD Review)’

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LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures – Season Two (DVD Review)

This is the big Star Wars home video release you were waiting for this month right? No? Okay, anyway – The second season of “LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures” delivers all 12 action-packed episodes plus five bonus shorts on DVD.  I covered the first season and since the show manage to land and Emmy nomination which is pretty impressive. However, two seasons is enough for this show as this DVD set concludes the adventures of the Freemakers. With this and Rebels coming to an end and only one saga film left to tell, I imagine our future Star Wars offshoots are going to be much more focused around the sequel trilogy once all of its secrets are out. This second season of the Freemaker Adventures will only be available on DVD this time, coming March 13th. Continue reading ‘LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures – Season Two (DVD Review)’

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The Limehouse Golem (DVD Review)

The city of London is gripped with fear as a serial killer – dubbed The Limehouse Golem – is on the loose and leaving cryptic messages written in his victim’s blood. With few leads and increasing public pressure, Scotland Yard assigns the case to Inspector Kildare (Bill Nighy) – a seasoned detective with a troubled past and a sneaking suspicion he’s being set up to fail. Faced with a long list of suspects, including music hall star Dan Leno (Douglas Booth), Kildare must get help from a witness who has legal troubles of her own (Olivia Cooke), so he can stop the murders and bring the killer to justice.

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The Violent Shit Collection (DVD Review)

Apparently Germany in the 1980s wasn’t a good time to be a horror fan. Most of the films you’d have wanted to see were either not released or got edited really bad to the point where enjoyment was gone. There was a revolt as many fans would get together and make their own movies at home and try to feature over the top and ridiculous gore that would set those censors going crazy if they were ever to get their hands on it. The most famous and popular of that bunch are The Violent Shit movies featuring Karl the Butcher. These films are now seeing their first official release in the United States courtesy of Synapse Films.  Before you cry out as to this release being a DVD, you should know that these were shot on a VHS camcorder. The format is fitting enough for these movies. They’ll be available for purchase April 11th. Continue reading ‘The Violent Shit Collection (DVD Review)’

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Star Trek: Voyager – The Complete Series (DVD Review)

Paramount is continuing on with its re-releasing of all the Star Trek iterations in new packaging and whatnot.  Last year saw the full original crew release in celebration of 50 years that included the full series run, the animated series (A debut on Blu-ray) and the films featuring that crew.  A few months later we got new packages of the original series, The Next Generation and the standalone release of the Animated Series.  Just last month saw Star Trek: Enterprise and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine repurposed in new full season sets.  I think these these recent ones were set to coordinate with Star Trek: Discovery’s premiere, but that got pushed back.  The last such of those releases is the full season Series of Star Trek: Voyager on DVD.  And that’s the one we are here to cover today.  Up front, these are the exact same discs that have been out the whole way, its just different, “shelf space saving” packaging this time around.  But, lets dig in and check it out anyway.  I’ve included pictures of the new packaging in this review, as well as listed the bonus material (Easter Eggs included) so you can confirm you already have this. Continue reading ‘Star Trek: Voyager – The Complete Series (DVD Review)’

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This Night I’ll Possess Your Corpse (DVD Review)

This-Night-I'll-Possess Your-CorpseNot only one film, but there is a sequel (as well as a third film) to the original Coffin Joe “classic” called This Night I’ll Possess Your Corpse.  This film comes five years after the original Brazilian horror film.  Now, I’m not sure if this is the second Brazilian horror film of all time, but I’m sure it was a piece of the progression in the genre for that country’s film industry.  Brazil currently is actually becoming a horror hotbed, with the likes of Eli Roth strongly supporting it and doing films there (Like Green Inferno).  This DVD from Synapse Films can be found for purchase on July 31st.  Ensuring yourself a copy is the Amazon pre-order link below. Continue reading ‘This Night I’ll Possess Your Corpse (DVD Review)’

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At Midnight I’ll Take Your Soul (DVD Review)

At-MidnightI can’t tell you much about any experiences I have with At Midnight I’ll Take Your soul or any of the subsequent sequels.  The name “Coffin Joe” and seeing his look does ring some sort of bell.  I’m pretty well versed on a ton of horror history so I’ve probably come across some art or a photo or something, but I gotta admit to be being a novice here.  That’s all being taken care of now, as Synapse Films is bringing him into our homes (again) on DVD in a special edition (As well as the follow up film and then a trilogy collection).  This will be available on January 31st, but pre-order is up and running already.
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Miami Vice: The Complete Series (DVD Review)

MV SquareNothing represents the best of the 80’s better than Miami Vice.  From the pastel colors to the sock free loafers, from the fast Ferrari’s to the sizzling speed boats, the adventures of Vice Detectives James “Sonny” Crockett and Ricardo “Rico” Tubbs were not only influential to an entire decade, but also a huge part of my own childhood representing all things cool.  This new great sounding 5.1 & 2.0 Surround Sound set houses the total series and contains every Miami Vice episode in its entirety – the good, the bad and the ugly.  Normally product of this type gets the DVD Roundup treatment from me, but with a set this massive more detailed dissection felt warranted.

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Scream Queens: The Complete First Season (DVD Review)

scream queens coverBecause writer/director/producer Ryan Murphy was not busy enough with American Horror Story and American Crime Story, he also decided to follow up Fox’s Glee with another over-the-top series that takes on the horror genre to a lighter degree with Scream Queens. Packed with both veteran and younger stars, the concept is fun enough, with this series challenging MTV’s Scream to be the best horror/dark comedy about teens on television. However, does Scream Queens deliver the goods or miss the mark when it comes to being a proper horror send-up? The first season is now available on DVD, so anyone can catch up.

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DVD Roundup – 2 New Indie Titles (DVD Reviews)

DVD roundupA couple of slice and dice international martial arts imports make their way into eager DVD hands this week – viva la wire work!  A dangerous gal who goes into hiding and the iconic real-life story of a general slaying warrior make up the two tales touched upon this time out.  Check out the review skinny via DVD Roundup for both The Lost Bladesman and Reign Of Assassins below!  (As always tech specs provided at the end for the DVD purist!)

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DVD Roundup – 2 New Indie Titles (DVD Reviews)

DVD roundupThis week we’re going international for the DVD bin scouring by checking out two tall tales from China that cover everything from the supernatural to the super skilled – martial arts style that is!  Not sure if these are worth the money – we got you covered!  Scan our DVD Roundup for the critical skinny on Phantom of the Theatre and Judge Archer below!  (Again, tech specs provided at the end for those who demand DVD details!)

 

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DVD Roundup – 3 New Indie Titles (DVD Reviews)

DVD roundupTime once again to scour the DVD bargain bin to find out if there are any gems buried way down deep.  (And I don’t mean the dust bunnies either!)  These are what I refer to as quick fix flicks – they either satisfy or sour the good movie seeking cinefile and fast.  This time we’re covering two docs on both iconic former films and music watering holes and scary outing that doubles as as a warning for those seeking to buy a horror home.  Check out the DVD Roundup reviews of All Things Must Pass, Back In Time and A House Is Not A Home below!  (Again, tech specs provided at the end for those with a DVD demand!)

 

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Lucifer: Season One (DVD Review)

Lucifer ThumbFrom WB Home Entertainment, based on the DC/Vertigo comic book series comes the first season of “Lucifer,” which originally aired on Fox earlier this year. The series stars Tom Ellis (“Rush”) as the titular character Lucifer Morningstar, the literal devil, who is taking a bit of a vacation from running hell in order to explore the pleasures of an earthly existence as the owner of a posh club in Los Angeles. When he is encountered by police detective Chloe Decker, played by Lauren German (“Chicago Fire”), as she investigates the murder of a pop star friend of his, Lucifer becomes intrigued by the detective’s ability to resist his normally irresistible charm. When Lucifer is deemed useful, Detective Decker invites him to help her solve murders over the course of the season. Continue reading ‘Lucifer: Season One (DVD Review)’

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Demolition (DVD Review)

demolition-movie coverThis past spring, Demolition came and went through theaters. The film stars Jake Gyllenhaal and is the latest from director Jean-Marc Vallee (Dallas Buyers Club, Wild). Centering on a tragic story and the comedy and drama that comes out of it, the film involves a man who literally becomes a part of a self-destructive pattern and the people who help him right himself. The film initially played at some film festivals, before eventually debuting in theaters several months later. Now Demolition is available on DVD for audiences to get a final word on.

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Viral (DVD Review)

Viral squareSpread the word that an epidemic is coming.  The heart-pounding thriller Viral will be released on DVD August 2, 2016 from Anchor Bay Entertainment, Radius-TWC and Dimension Films and on Digital HD July 29, 2016 and On Demand August 2, 2016 from Starz Digital.  The film stars Sofia Black-D’Elia (Project Almanac, The Messengers), Analeigh Tipton (Crazy, Stupid, Love, Lucy), Travis Tope (Independence Day: Resurgence), and Michael Kelly (House of Cards, Now You See Me, The Adjustment Bureau).  Viral is an IM Global and Blumhouse International/Busted Shark Production, with producers Jason Blum, Sherryl Clark, and Matt Kaplan, is directed by the dynamic duo Henry Joost (Nerve, Paranormal Activity 3 & 4) and Ariel Schulman (Nerve, Paranormal Activity 3 & 4), and was written by Barbara Marshall and Christopher Landon.

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Careful What You Wish For (DVD Review)

Careful What You Wish For (DVD Review)Disney Channel star and Pop-sensation Nick Jonas (Camp Rock, Scream Queens) Isabel Lucas (The Loft, Transformers 2), and Dermot Mulroney (Insidious: Chapter 3, J. Edgar) star in Careful What You Wish For, the steamy-thriller that is brought to you by Anchor Bay Entertainment, and it was made available for Digital HD purchase on June 10, 2016, and will be released on DVD on August 2, 2016.  The film is a pseudo-Boy Next Door copy cat, that flips the genders of the protagonist and antagonist, and throws in a few twists and turns. Continue reading ‘Careful What You Wish For (DVD Review)’

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