#521  
Old 04-26-2012, 02:46 AM
Past Tense

This week we get drunk and almost go blind on poorly made tub hooch on "Boardwalk Empire"...



"Boardwalk Empire: The Complete First Season" was released on home video on January 10th, 2012.

It streeted against "Columbo: Mystery Movie Collection", "1911: Collectors Edition" and "Primeval: Volume 3".

There was a single insert in the digi-pack box set (inside a slipcase); a contest from HBO. Win a 42-inch plasma television with Blu-Ray player. Visit the provided web address and complete the survey (picking viewers' heads for opinions, likes and dislikes). The contest ended April 9th, 2012. It was a mini insert.

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There were four exclusives for season one. Well, actually five, but I'll get into that rogue further down. Lets address this alphabetically and begin with...



Best Buy sold their collection with an exclusive bonus DVD that came inside a slim case - attached to the back of the box. This edition sold for $29.99. The bonus disc has a run time of 72:14 minutes. Above is the menu and sub-menus.



In addition to that bonus disc, there was another store exclusive - playing cards. The card deck sold for $3.99. You could purchase this set without having to buy the series, or any DVDs if you so choose. I bought both. My deck is still sealed.



Above is Best Buy's weekly ad announcing their particular gimmicks.



Next was an online exclusive from the HBO Store. The DVD set sold for $59.99 (not including shipping or tax). It came with a bonus disc (shipped separately on January 16th). As I understand, this was a single featurette (8:45 minutes) which was made available online previously. Do a search on YouTube for "Designing The Empire". I didn't buy this, I do not paying full retail. This exclusive was way too expensive for a single, short featurette. Yes, I would like to own it. Maybe I can find it at a swap meet or yard sale some day. *nods*



Coming up on the rear is the edition from Target; weekly advertisement above. They provided an exclusive set of six (series themed) postcards for $34.99. Probably the weakest of the offered lot. I did not buy this either. Would I like to own this? Yes, I would, but not for thirty-five bucks. Now if there were no other exclusives, then yes, I would've bought season one at Target.

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Okay.

There was another exclusive from Best Buy. A series sampler/preview disc. The promotion happened on October 31st, 2010. You could get the pilot episode (inside a slim case) for free with any HBO DVD/Blu-Ray purchase (series or mini-series). Or you could get it for roughly a penny. Depends, some cashier didn't bother ringing it up - free. The disc has a run time of 72:18 minutes. Above is the weekly ad publicizing the offer (it's to the left of "The Pacific" listing).

There is no menu screen since it just plays. And no spots for HBO shows, bare bones. And absolutely obsolete if you bought season one.

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Rant.

This was a total blind purchase. I don't have cable, never have. I've only read the praise from online fans that got me interested. I'm glad I bought this. I do have a complaint, but I guess I'm not alone. It's a tiny season, all and all season one is twelve episodes. Right now as I write this, I am on episode ten. I'm hooked, I want more. I am cheerful that among the bonuses on the Best Buy disc is the first episode from season two. So, three more to go. Sway.

Wait, two complaints - the DVDs themselves. This is a five disc set, why? Several of them are just two episodes with a few extras. This could've been a four disc collection easy. I hope that means the bit rate was jacked up per episode, if not this is waste of space. The typical DVD has four one hour episode. Well, not one hour when you take out all the commercials - lets say, forty-two minutes each (network series).

Anyhow, I remember trying to recall where I saw actress Kelly MacDonald (Mrs. Margaret Schroeder). Then it hit me, it was "Gosford Park" (she played a maid); among the first of period dramas I bought. My taste in movies have expanded to include titles I had little to zero interest in watching six or eight years ago. I'm getting more mature - I'm fuzzy on how I should feel about that. Fuzzy.

Well, that and trying to figure out which character was played by Dabney Coleman. He plays Commodore Louis Kaestner. Man, he looks so different. Age has not been kind to him, he's unrecognizable. Holy crap. He's old.

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Footnotes.

HBO, Best Buy and Target offered the same extra content for Blu-Ray too; $79.99, $29.99 and $39.99.

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Tangent.

You know what seriously needs to come out on DVD? "Battle For Milkquarious" (2009), I kid you not. Yes, White Gold. The short is less than twenty-three minutes long. You could have a making-of featurette along with the various White Gold music videos and milk ads. It could easily fit on one disc with room to spare. I want this. A couple weeks back I downloaded the short from YouTube. I like what they did, reminded me a lot of the low budget film, "The Call Of Cthulhu" (2005), seek it out.

Man, I loved the goddess, Bovina, the magical uni-pega-cow. Plus the songs are catchy. "And I've got your MILK!"

Those Bad Hair monsters were freaky.

There's a fellow online with the moniker 'Cookiin' who made a custom Bovina action figure along with a custom White Gold. Truly, he is among kings.

There you go folks. Next PT arrives on May 10th.

Hooray! *Mel Gibson angry voice*

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Old 04-29-2012, 03:34 AM
Target - May 1st, 2012

Suits: Season One
Exclusive bonus disc $26.99

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$7.00 DVDs

Twilight
The Twilight Saga: Eclipse
The Goonies
The Blind Side
(additional titiles in store)

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$13.00 DVD

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1 (single disc version)

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$14.99 DVDs (Save $5.00 if you purchase "Beauty And The Beast" or "Bambi" with one of the below)

Beauty And The Beast $14.99
Bambi $14.99
The Muppets $14.99
The Lion King $14.99
Lady And The Tramp $14.99
Dumbo $14.99
(additional titiles in store)

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Covert Affairs: Season Two $29.99

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$11.99 CD

"Norah Jones - Little Broken Hearts" with four exclusive bonus tracks




I don't see anything I want this week. Mostly filler for me, but you might find something worthwile. Good luck with that. Well, I do want "Haywire" ($14.99), but I'll wait for the eight dollar sale.
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  #523  
Old 04-29-2012, 03:36 AM
Best Buy - May 1st, 2012

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$11.99 DVDs

The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes - Volume 1 Heroes Assemble!
The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes - Volume 2 Captain America Reborn!
The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes - Volume 3 Iron Man Unleashed
The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes - Volume 4 Thor's Last Stand
(each comes with a theater voucher to see "The Avengers" on May 4th)

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Covert Affairs: Season Two $26.99
(save $10.00 if you buy season 2 with 1 on the same recepit)
Suits: Season One $26.99
The Office: Season 7 $19.99
Spartacus: Gods Of The Arena $19.99
Community: Season 2 $19.99
Justified: Season 2 $19.99
Eureka: Season 4.5 $19.99
Charles In Charge: Season 1 $9.99
The A-Team: Season 5 $9.99
Magnificent Seven: Seasons 1 or 2 $9.99 (each)
Lost In Space: Season 3 Vol 1 or Vol 2 $9.99 (each)
Magnum P.I.: Seasons 1 - 8 $9.99 (each)
Welcome Back Kotter: Season 1 $9.99




"The Invisible Man: The Complete Series" was suppose to come out this week, but it's been re-scheduled for May 29th. Anyhow, "Haywire" is on sale here for $16.99.
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Old 05-06-2012, 04:15 AM
Target - May 8th, 2012

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$4.75 DVDs

Never Been Kissed
Walk The Line
Little Miss Sunshine
Hitch
The Time Traveler's Wife
27 Dresses
(additional titles in store)

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$8.00 - $10.00 DVDs

Bridesmaids Unrated
Love & Other Drugs
Crazy Stupid Love
Something Borrowed
(additional titles in store; mystery price!)

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$10.00 DVDs

Pride And Prejudice: BBC Mini-series
Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close
Midnight In Paris

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$12.99 DVDs

Captain America: The First Avenger
Thor
The Incredible Hulk
Iron Man
Iron Man 2
(free popcorn, candy or soda with purchase)

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Chuck: Season 5 $29.99
The Big C: Season 2 $26.99
Downton Abbey: Season 2 $19.99
Modern Family: Season 2 $24.99
The Big Bang Theory: Season 4 $19.99 - $24.99
Castle: Season 3 $19.99 - $24.99
Parenthood: Season 2 $19.99 - $24.99
Weeds: Season 7 $19.99 - $24.99
Grey's Anatomy: Season 7 $19.99 - $24.99
(additional titles in store with more mystery prices!)

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$8.99 CD

"Tank - This How I Feel" exclusive (two) bonus tracks




"Underworld: Awakening" is $16.99 here. Not much else for myself this week.
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Old 05-06-2012, 04:17 AM
Best Buy - May 8th, 2012

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When Harry Met Sally
Romeo + Juliet Music Edition
Sex And The City: The Movie
Thelma & Louise

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$9.99 DVDs

Bridesmaids Unrated
Love & Other Drugs
J. Edgar
Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close

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$12.99 DVDs

Water For Elephants
Larry Crowne
Super 8
No Strings Attached

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$14.99 DVD

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1 (single disc version)

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Chuck: Season 5 $26.99
The Big Bang Theory: Seasons 1 - 4 $16.99 (each)
Fringe: Seasons 1 - 3 $16.99 (each)
Eastbound & Down: Seasons 1 or 2 $16.99 (each)
House M.D.: Seasons 1, 2 or 7 $17.99 (each)
Game Of Thrones: Season 1 $39.99
The Middle: Season 1 $12.99
The Closer: Season 1 $16.99
The Mentalist: Season 1 $16.99
Mike & Molly: Season 1 $16.99
Two And A Half Men: Season 8 $16.99
Mildred Pierce $24.99
Boardwalk Empire: Season 1 $39.99
True Blue: Season 3 $39.99




"Underworld: Awakening" is $17.99 here. I'm still hoping that Wal-Mart will have an exclusive bonus disc as they did for the last one, "Rise Of The Lycans". I'll find out on Tuesday.
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  #526  
Old 05-10-2012, 02:17 AM
Past Tense

This week we go all Rumspringa on a "Sex Drive"...



The motion picture opened on October 17th, 2008. It was made with a budget of $19,000,000 (estimated) and grossed over $8 million during its U.S. theatrical run. The film opened number nine at the box office, the following week it dropped to number thirteen. Even if you count foreign receipts, it still lost money, this bombed.

The feature opened against "Max Payne", "Eagle Eye", "Quarantine" and "Beverly Hills Chihuahua".



I'm going to be talking about the single offered exclusive. But the basic edition as see above also came with a cardboard slipcover. For this promo, the slipcover did not match the wraparound. The slipcover has the rear text "The Funniest, Greatest And Best Unrated DVD Of All Time!" in a different font size on wraparound, smaller.

There was no insert or advertisement. There was however a coupon attached to the back of the slipcover. Save $5.00 off select DVDs; "Pineapple Express", "Nick And Norah's Infinite Playlist" and "Zack And Miri Make A Porno". The offer expired on May 24th, 2009. My coupon is still affixed to the rear.

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Best Buy had the only exclusive, a bonus disc. The set streeted on February 24, 2009 and sold for $19.99. The extra DVD was accommodated by a three disc case. The bonus disc has a runtime of 20:55.

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Rant.

We all have movies that we champion. This is one of mine. It didn't have enough advertising, as soon as it hit theaters was pretty much as soon as it left. And it's sad that this bombed sooo bad. Man, I really wanted a sequel with these characters. It was fun.

Should be noted that "Beverly Hills Chihuahua" got TWO direct to video sequels, a trilogy. This is the world we live in. Frack!



Okay let me take a step back. This film is loosely based on the novel, "All The Way" by Andy Behrens, published in 2006 by Dutton Juvenile. Yes, a tween book (hard cover) turn into a raunchy sex comedy. I did say loosely based.



You know what I would like to own? A first pressing, hard cover of "Fast Times At Ridgemont High" (1981). The book the movie was based on. It's expensive. Yes, I know there's a paperback version. I prefer hardbacks, they have a physicality to them - a weight.

Okay, back on subject...

Gonna guess, most of you don't know what I'm taking about - a synopsis.

"Sex Drive" is about a teen living in Chicago, Ian, an awkward fellow who gets into an online relationship with a girl who offers to have sex with him. He's reluctant to move on the proposal, but his best friend Lance convinces to take the chance and to steal his older brother's 1969 mint GTO Judge for the trip there - to impresses the gal (Ms. Tasty). Curious what this mystery girl might look like, Lance accompanies him for support and giggles. But before things can get into gear a third person joins their road trip, their other friend Felicia. She is oblivious to the real reason behind the voyage to Knoxville, Tennessee. Various misadventures happen; detours include a run in with the Amish and the Abstinence Xtreme Dancers (such an awesome concept), angry rednecks (Lance's fault), a prison fight - all the while being chased by a mysterious car and Ian's bullying brother, Rex in pursuit. Things as expected don't go as planned, but it becomes a growth for all three. It has a happy ending though. *smiles*

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One of the problems this film had to surmount was taste. This is a middle movie. It's a bit vulgar which bothered viewers who didn't want to see that and those who thought they were cheated by it NOT being explicit enough. Yeah. You can't win here. This wasn't made for them.

The other problem involved the character of Lance played by Clark Duke. Why does this chubby kid get all the ladies? It broke the illusion. There's a reason for that, two words - 'charisma' and 'confidence'. They guy has barrels full of both. And the balls to go that extra mile most won't. He can impress; pretty much answers that. Done.



This was a blind purchase, my only exposure to this was the online trailer I downloaded. I found the movie to be funny, hilarious in places and with heart. I cared what happened. This is a great combination, don't be gross for the sake of being gross, doesn't have to be that way. Make me care.



This was the second time I saw actress Amanda Crew in a film, the first was "Final Destination 3" (2006) as Julie Christensen, the younger sister to our heroine. Here she doesn't have a supporting role, she's one of the main characters. Crew... very easy on the eyes, very. Wanna know something? That pix above was intended for my Past Tense for FD3, but I ran out of room (10 images per post limit). And now it's here. Sway.

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One of the extras I enjoyed (beyond the unrated cut) was Dave Sheridan (the baddie, Bobby Jo) dressed as Randy "Macho Man" Savage at the hotel the cast was staying at. He's banging on doors and ends up in Crew's room. It was funny. And he does an excellent impersonation.

Okay. The Unrated version consist of outtakes and digitally inserted nudity. It's meant to be a parody of unrated releases, I liked it. For some, the satire went over their heads. It's suppose to look off and a bit disjointed. Just enjoy it, twenty minutes of more madness.



Yeah, the United Kingdom DVD cover needed to get sober or at least more inebriated. I'm glad the US wraparound was nicer. *nods* Okay, perhaps I'm in the minority, but I didn't like "Superbad". Minus McLovin' and his cop pals, I disliked everyone else; didn't laugh once. I do not feel that it should be compared to "Sex Drive".

Anyhow, next PT will be up on May 24th.

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Old 05-13-2012, 04:09 AM
Target - May 15th, 2012

Men In Black: The Animated Series - Season One
Exclusive store release $14.99

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$7.00 DVDs

Dear John
The Twilight Saga: New Moon (single disc version)
O Brother, Where Art Thou?
Grown Ups
Winter's Bone
Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs
Marley & Me
(additional titles in store)

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Hell On Wheels: Season 1 $19.99
Suits: Season 1 $24.99
Covert Affairs: Season 1 $16.99
Covert Affairs: Season 2 $24.99
Psych: Seasons 1 - 5 $14.99 (each)
White Collar: Seasons 1 or 2 $14.99 (each)
Burn Notice: Season 1 - 4 $16.99 (each)
Fairly Legal: Season 1 $19.99
Monk: Seasons 1 - 8 $8.99 (each)
In Plain Sight: Seasons 1 - 3 $12.99 (each)
In Plain Sight: Season 4 $24.99
Necessary Roughness: Season 1 $19.99
(additional titles in store)




I see nothing for me to buy. Yeah. *nods* "Chronicle" is $16.99 here.

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Updated May 14th with exclusive

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  #528  
Old 05-13-2012, 04:12 AM
Best Buy - May 15th, 2012

The Devil Inside
Exclusive Blu-Ray/DVD/Digital Copy combo $22.99

Road Trip
Exclusive Blu-Ray $11.99

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$4.99 DVDs

Blazing Saddles
Jumanji
Weekend At Bernie's
Joe Somebody
Man On Fire
Bull Durham
Bad Boys
Anchorman: The Legend Of Ron Burgundy
Basic Instinct
Happy Gilmore

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Free $10.00 gift card with the purchase of any three TV titles $14.99 and up; must be on the same receipt...
American Dad: Volume 1 - 5 $12.99 (each)
American Dad: Volume 6 $17.99
American Dad: Volume 7 $22.99
Happy Endings: Season 1 $12.99
Desperate Housewives: Seasons 1 - 6 $14.99 (each)
Desperate Housewives: Season 7 $29.99
The Big Bang Theory: Season 1 - 4 $16.99 (each)
Fringe: Season 1 - 3 $16.99 (each)
Castle: Season 1 $16.99
Castle: Season 2 $24.99
Castle: Season 3 $29.99
Grey's Anatomy: Seasons 2 - 6 $16.99 (each)
Grey's Anatomy: Season 7 $29.99
CSI - NY: Seasons 5 or 6 $17.99 (each)
CSI - NY: Season 7 $29.99
Criminal Minds: Seasons 4 - 5 $17.99 (each)
Criminal Minds: Season 6 $21.99
How I Met Your Mother: Seasons 1 - 5 $17.99 (each)
How I Met Your Mother: Season 6 $21.99
CSI - Crime Scene Investigation: Seasons 9 or 10 $17.99 (each)
CSI - Crime Scene Investigation: Season 11 $32.99
The Good Wife: Season 1 $17.99
The Good Wife: Season 2 $29.99
NCIS: Seasons 6 or 7 $17.99 (each)
NCIS: Season 8 $29.99
Bones: Seasons 1 - 5 $17.99 (each)
Bones: Season 6 $26.99
NCIS - Los Angeles: Season 1 $17.99
NCIS - Los Angeles: Season 2 $29.99
Saturday Night Live: The Best of Will Ferrell: Volume 2 $4.99
Saturday Night Live: The First Five Years $6.99
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Season 12 $12.99
My Name Is Earl: Season 1 $12.99
Community: Season 1 $12.99
Parks And Recreation: Season 1 $9.99
Parks And Recreation: Season 2 $19.99
Parks And Recreation: Season 3 $19.99
30 Rock: Seasons 1 - 5 $19.99 (each)
Parenthood: Season 1 or 2 $19.99 (each)
Community: Season 2 $19.99
Hell On Wheels: Season 1 $24.99
The Office: Season 1 $9.99
The Office: Season 2 or 4 $12.99
The Office: Season 5 $19.99
The Office: Season 7 $19.99

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$9.99 CD

"Shadows Fall: Fire From the Sky" CD with two bonus tracks and DVD

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$13.99 CD

"Tenacious D: Rize Of The Fenix" with two bonus tracks and DVD




I'm in no hurry for "Chronicle" ($17.99). Curious, but not impatient. Better luck for you.
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Old 05-20-2012, 04:49 AM
Best Buy - May 22nd, 2012

Red Tails
Exclusive Blu-Ray/DVD combo $22.99

WWE: The Best Of WCW Clash Of The Champions
Exclusive 3 disc set with 2 bonus matches $16.99

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$3.99 DVDs

Striptease
Swordfish
Demolition Man
Best In Show
Eraser
Rumble In The Bronx
Romeo Must Die
The Last Samurai

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The River: Season One $18.99
Teen Wolf: The Complete Season One $26.99
Rizzoli & Isles: The Complete Second Season $26.99
Community: Season 1 $12.99
Community: Season 2 $19.99
Family Guy: Volumes 3 - 6 $12.99 (each)
Family Guy: Volumes 7 - 9 $17.99 (each)
The Cleveland Show: Seasons 1 or 2 $12.99 (each)
Weeds: Season 6 $14.99
Weeds: Season 7 $21.99
The Mentalist: Seasons 1 - 3 $16.99 (each)
The Simpsons: Seasons 11 - 13, 20 $17.99 (each)
The Simpsons: Season 14 $22.99
Glee: Season 1 $17.99
Glee: Season 2 $22.99
House: Seasons 1 - 2, 7 $17.99 (each)
Breakout Kings: Season 1 $22.99
Chuck: Season 5 $26.99
Modern Family: Season 1 $26.99
Modern Family: Season 2 $29.99
Breaking Bad: Seasons 1 or 2 $12.99 (each)
Breaking Bad: Season 3 $17.99
Nurse Jackie: Season 3 $19.99
Camelot: Season 1 $22.99
Spartacus: Blood And Sand $23.99
Spartacus: Gods Of The Arena $22.99
The Walking Dead: Season 1 $38.99 (3 disc version)
Free $10.00 gift card with the purchase of any three TV titles $14.99 and up; must be on the same receipt...

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$7.99 CD

"Jon McLaughlin - Promising Promises" with 4 exclusive bonus tracks




There is a coupon for "The River", $10.00 off - click here. You need to have third-parties cookies On and "Install Coupon Printer" for it to work. I don't play that, pass. Just give me the coupon (.jpg), not something that's one time use.

Anyhow, I'll pick up the show at a later time for perhaps $13.00 in a few months. I can wait.
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Old 05-20-2012, 04:50 AM
Target - May 22nd, 2012

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Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol
Tower Heist
J. Edgar

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The River: Season One $22.99
Rizzoli & Isles: The Complete Second Season $29.99

The Vampire Diaries: Season 2 $16.99
The Closer: Season 6 $16.99
The Mentalist: Season 3 $16.99
Rizzoli & Isles: Season 1 $16.99
(additional titles in store)




Same deal for "The River" see this week's Best Buy entry above for coupon deal.
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Old 05-24-2012, 11:36 PM
Past Tense

This week we stalk the streets of New Gotham in a bustier and cape in "Birds Of Prey"...



"Birds Of Prey: The Complete Series" was released on home video on July 15th, 2008.

It streeted against "The Bank Job: 2 Disc Special Edition", "Dallas: The Complete Ninth Season" and "Meet Bill".

This release originally came with an embossed cardboard foil slipcover which mirrored the case's wraparound. It also came with a four page folding booklet, an episode guide.

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There was a single exclusive from Best Buy, a twenty-two page mini comic. This set sold for $29.99. The comic came inside the case.

The self-contained tale is a reprint of issue #68, "One Day, Well-Chosen". Their secret identities start to take their toll on the group, bickering. Barbara Gordon consults her father, the former police commissioner for ideas. He recommends that she give them a nudge to create a life outside their alter egos.

"A cop's life is huge stretches of boredom punctuated my moments of sheer terror. Cops are eight times more likely to die from suicide than from homicide. Even for the adrenaline junkies, I suspect sometimes the real world becomes scarier than the job. If you really want to help your friends find some way to remind them that they have to build a life outside of the uniform."

Barbara arranges for a sparring match between Wonder Woman (minus outfit; street clothes) and Dinah Lance (Black Canary). Diana Prince is someone who has managed to keep both her work and home life in balance (mostly). Helena Kyle goes on a date with an admirer as Huntress. She gives Josh a tour of her life, hoping to scare him into quitting, it backfires. She ends up sleeping with him with her mask on. Barbara then gives Dinah an outlet, a vacant store - a future floral shop. Lastly she gives Helena something to normalize her. Her dream job, before become a super hero - a teaching gig. The comic was released by DC; written by Gail Simone with pencil by Joe Bennett.

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Rant.

This show could've been better. It's okay, just above filler... just. They went the easy route and it shows, the stories were mundane and you can pretty much see where it will end. There was no real drama or challenge. Point A to B to C, the end. Basic teleplay 101 writing. Fine it works, but that doesn't make it great - just passable.



The other issue I had was with the costume. The main character, Huntress was... stupid. What do you see above? Yes, actress Ashley Scott is hot, no denying that. But that's not it. Face. You can see her face!!! How can you expect the have a normal life if everyone can see your face when you're doin' your superhero job. You want to keep that aspect of your life private, safe. Second, how is that any kind of costume? It's like her character, Helena Kyle got her outfit from Hot Topic - on a mix and match sale. Okay I know these folks don't have a Bruce Wayne kind of budget, but c'mon, this is stupid.

The other problem was with the super powers itself. Helena is a Meta-Human. What does that mean? They really didn't go into it. More than human... there you go. NO! You give some kind of back story to explain, not merely a courtesy, but a plot point. She is the daughter of Catwoman (who was Meta) and Batman. So she has fast reflexes and probably purrs, probably.

All right. Let me take a stop back - most didn't see this which is why it got canceled. What was this show about?



Set some years beyond the work of Batman, we follow a group of female crime fighters; Helena, former Batgirl - now crippled Barbara Gordon (Dina Meyer), reborn as Oracle and a new recruit, a runaway, Dinah Lance (Rachel Skarsten). She's the daughter of Black Canary. Dinah's powers are telepathy and telekinesis. She doesn't have a costume.

Their main foe, unknown to them is psychologist, Dr. Harleen Quinzel (Mia Sara), Helena's shrink. She is in fact, Harley Quinn, the Joker's former girlfriend and partner in crime. She want revenge.



So where's Batman? You guess is as good as mine. He's a no-show. Back story. A henchman of the Joker kills Catwoman. She's been living in secret with a child, unknown to Bruce. Trying to stop the clown faced man, Batgirl is shot in the back, making her a paraplegic. Enraged, Batman hunts down the Joker, not with the intent of putting him away. The Caped Crusader wants him dead, which he does. Stricken with grief, the Dark Knight retires and leaves Gotham. That's the setup, pretty decent. Too bad the rest of the series didn't live up to the promise.

So? How is New Gotham different from Gotham? *shrugs* More brooding? Grrrrrrrr.

I will say this, it was nice to have the Joker (in flashback) voiced by Mark Hamill. He did the voice for the villain through out the show, "Batman: The Animated Series". Well, that and I'm glad they were given the rare opportunity to finish off the series. The final episode gives closure.

OH YES! There is one other point to make - music. The main theme was this great song by Aimee Allen, "Revolution". It's been replaced for home video with this very generic piece. Can you at least substitute it with something equal or near that level? The song used in the final episode was also axed. "All the Things She Said" by t.A.T.u.. Let it be known - not teen Russian lesbians. Well, they are Russian. I feel betrayed and used. Why play with my emotions like that? Why?

Man, Aimee Allen keeps getting screwed. She did an album, that is held by the record company. They didn't feel it was right for release, which is a common occurrence. A limited number promo CD was given out, but never an official album. Since they own the rights, to this day that CD remains unreleased. Allen made an attempt to get it back, but it failed. I have that promo music. Great stuff. She could've been the next big thing, not kidding.

Allen did get an album out, but it's a 180 degree departure from her first effort. I guess she wanted to distance herself from her locked work. The same thing happened to a group you probably never head of Vixtrola. They didn't recover. A shame. Great tunes.



Now if you're wondering, 'hey that Birds Of Prey poster looks very familiar' you would be right. It does, it looks almost identical to the poster for the first "Underworld" (2003). Did "Underworld" copy the series? The show debuted on October 9th, 2002. "Underworld" came out on September 19th, 2003. It appears they did, interesting.

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Granted the show only had thirteen episodes, I had hoped for more/better extras. It was nice to see the unaired pilot which had Sherilyn Fenn in the Mia Sara role. That's the only extra related to the show. No commentary or featurettes or the TV promo ad (find it on YouTube).

I am glad that I own the entire Flash-animated series, "Gotham Girls"; the other DVD extra. They're cute shorts and an extension of the "Batman: The Animated Series" universe - which I love. But what does this have to do with "Birds Of Prey"? I don't understand why this was included here.

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Just Because.



Most folks (myself included) got their first look at Miss Ashley Scott as an android, the mecha prostitute - Gigolo Jane from "A.I.: Artificial Intelligence" (2001). She had at best, a bit part; ten seconds would be saying too much. It was quick. The above pix also shows Jude Law as Gigolo Joe. Anyhow back to Jane, I wonder if that region *points down* vibrates? Don't give me that look - you're thinking the same thing. Hmmm, that fem-bot needs some servicing (not that way), her boobs appear to point in different directions.

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Sorry for this being late. I lost internet on Monday afternoon. Until ninety minutes ago I was world-wide-webless. I have a catching up to do.

There you go. *harumpf* Next PT arrives on June 7th.

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Old 05-27-2012, 03:53 AM
Target - May 29th, 2012

True Blood: The Complete Fourth Season
Exclusive bonus disc (cast Q & A) $29.99

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$4.75 DVDs

The Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring
300
National Lampoon's Vacation
Reservoir Dogs
The Usual Suspects
Seven Pounds
Caddyshack
Spider-Man
(additional titles in store)

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Smallville: Season 10 $16.99
Shameless: Season 1 $16.99
The Wire: Season 1 $17.99
Psych: Seasons 1 & 2 (two pack) $19.99
True Blood: Season 1, 2 or 3 $24.99 (each)
One Tree Hill: Season 9 $24.99
Boardwalk Empire: Seaon 1 $29.99
(additional titles in store)




I'll pick up "True Blood" here. *shrugs* A little curious about "Man On A Ledge" which is selling $16.99. I'll wait for it to hit ten bucks or so.
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Old 05-27-2012, 03:55 AM
Best Buy - May 29th, 2012

True Blood: The Complete Fourth Season
Exclusive t-shirt $29.99

Sherlock Homes: A Game Of Shadows
Exclusive steelbook Blu-Ray/DVD combo... pre-order

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$9.99 DVDs

Joyful Noise
Happy Feet Two
New Year's Eve

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$14.99 DVD

Hop

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Boy Meets World: Seasons 1 - 6 $9.99 (each)
Coach: Season 3 $9.99
Dawson's Creek: Seasons 1 - 6 $9.99 (each)
Felicity: Seasons 1 or 2 $9.99 (each)
Full House: Seasons 1 - 8 $9.99 (each)
NYPD Blue: Seasons 1 - 4 $9.99 (each)
(Free "Strike Back" DVD sampler [first two episodes] with any HBO series purchase)




Should anybody care, "Man On A Ledge" is $14.99 here.
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Old 06-03-2012, 03:22 AM
Target - May 5th, 2012

Breaking Bad: The Complete Fourth Season
Exclusive bonus disc; cast Q&A $32.99

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DreamWorks' DVD sale

Madagascar $9.99
Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa $9.99
How to Train Your Dragon $11.99
Puss In Boots DVD - $14.99
(purchase "Madagascar" or its sequel and any other DreamWorks animated flick - save $5.00; additional titles in store)

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Nickelodeon DVD sale

Blue's Clues: Blue's Room - Alphabet Power $5.99
Team Umizoomi: Umigames $7.99
Dora Saves The Crystal Kingdom $8.99
Bubble Guppies $10.99
(additional Nickelodeon titles in store)

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Falling Skies: The Complete First Season $19.99
Pretty Little Liars: The Complete Second Season $37.99
Burn Notice: Season Five $32.99
Curb Your Enthusiasm: The Complete Eighth Season $19.99
White Collar: The Complete Third Season $24.99
The Three Stooges Collector's Edition $14.99 (7 disc set)
The Office: Season 7 $16.99
Chuck: Season 5 $26.99

House M.D.: Season 7
True Blood: Season 4
White Collar: Season 2
Suits: Season 1
Curb Your Enthusiasm: Season 7
Downton Abbey: Season 2
John Wayne Collector's Edition (10 disc set)
(MYSTERY PRICE; from $14.99 - $34.99, additional titles in store)




Last year for their Black Friday, Target sold "Pretty Little Liars" season one for $12.99. I'll wait, perhaps they'll do the same for season two this BF. As for "John Carter", they have it here for $16.99. I am curious, but I don't have the urge to see it Tuesday - I'll wait. That being said, nothing for me here, this week.

Oh yeah, this mystery price crap needs to stop. Just list the amount, don't make me waste gas going for a price I might not want.
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Old 06-03-2012, 03:25 AM
Best Buy - May 5th, 2012

Safe House
Exclusive Blu-Ray/DVD combo steelbook case $22.99

Act Of Valor
Exclusive packaging and bonus footage for Blu-Ray/DVD combo $22.99

John Carter (Of Mars)
Exclusive bonus disc for the 4 disc Blu-Ray 3D/Blu-Ray/DVD/Digital Copy combo set $29.99

Breaking Bad: The Complete Fourth Season
Exclusive t-shirt $19.99

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$3.99 DVDs

Caddyshack
The Shawshank Redemption
Gettysburg
Gods And Generals
Training Day
Gran Torino

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$4.99 DVD

Journey To The Center Of The Earth (2008 version)

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$9.99 DVDs

Limitless Unrated
X-Men: First Class
Fast Five Extended Edition
The Change-Up Unrated

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$12.99 DVDs

Transformers: Dark Of The Moon
The Ides Of March
The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo (2011 version)
Tower Heist Special Edition

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Curb Your Enthusiasm: The Complete Eighth Season $26.99
Falling Skies: The Complete First Season $26.99
Workaholics: Season 2 $12.99
The Six Million Dollar Man: Season 2 $26.99

White Collar: The Complete Third Season $29.99
(save $10.00 if you purchase S3 of "White Collar" with S5 of "Burn Notice")
Burn Notice: Season Five $34.99

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$19.99 CD

"Joe Walsh - Analog Man" exclusive deluxe edition with 2 bonus tracks/DVD/T-shirt




The store has "John Carter" for $17.99, a dollar more than Target. I don't see stuff of immediate interest. So, I'll pass this week.
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Old 06-07-2012, 04:41 PM
Past Tense

This week we go we fight angels with assault weapons (don't give me that look) in "Legion"...



The motion picture opened on January 22nd, 2010. It was made with a budget of $26,000,000 (estimated) and grossed over $40 million during its U.S. theatrical run. The film opened number two at the box office, the following week it dropped to number six.

The feature opened against "Avatar", "The Book Of Eli", "Sherlock Holmes" and "Alvin And The Chipmunks: The Squeakquel".

This release did not come with a slipcover, nor insert (booklet/chapter listing/advertisement).

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There was a single exclusive from (the former?) Blockbuster, a bonus disc. The DVD was packed in a cardboard sleeve, approximately the same size as the DVD case. The rear sleeve somewhat mirrored the back of the case. The main difference is the notice that this release include exclusive content. This set streeted on May 11th, 2010 and sold for $19.99.



I was lucky to get my copy. I'm so glad I was able to go in the morning. Most of the Blockbusters have closed in my area at that time. Right now there are none. I had to go the next town to find a store. When I got there, there was only two copies. I bet most people didn't even know it existed. The runtime is 26:58 minutes.

Correction, there was two... not really.



If you purchased "Legion" with "Daybreakers" DVD or Blu-Ray; must be on the same receipt. You would've gotten a free $5.00 store gift card.

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Okay let me take a step back. I'll assume that you haven't seen it...

Paradise Falls is a desert diner in the middle of nowhere for truckers and travelers, it becomes the central point for the human race. God has become tired of us, we've deviated from his plan. Let me quote a different movie, "Dance Of The Dead" (2008). The Kyle Grubbin character...
Quote:
End of the world. God's flushing the toilet. His way of saying, 'Y'all couldn't work it out, so, adios.'


The son of the owner, Jeep Hanson (Lucas Black) is in love with a pregnant girl, Charlie (Adrianne Palicki). The kid isn't his, in fact she doesn't know who the father is - she's a loose gal. And she's not looking for a husband. They're friends and Charlie wants to keep it that way. Soon the staff and customers are attacked by an elder woman trying to murder Charlie. She is kill by a shotgun by the cook (Charles S. Dutton), she is not human. Things speed up when a stranger arrives in a stolen police car full of guns and ammo. He is the Archangel Michael (Paul Bettany) and has taken upon himself to save humanity.



There is an angel army heading for the diner lead by Gabriel (Kevin Durand) to assassinate Charlie before she gives birth; her unborn child is the savior. When God planned this second cleansing (The Flood was the first), He/She left a loophole; can we band together for a greater cause, put asides our differences... sacrifice? Worldwide things are grim, this angelic war is happening everywhere. We get a glimpse at the start that this situation is global.

And that's where I'll stop. You get the idea. The film has some good moments, I enjoyed it. It's part of my library. It's a popcorn flick, an entertaining one. I don't have an issue with that. It is what it is and not much more. *nods*



Another quote, this one from Michael...
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When God chose your kind as the object of His love, I was the first in all of heaven to bow down before you. My love, my hope for mankind was no less than His. But I have watched you trample that gift. I have watched you kill each other over race and greed... waging war over dust and rubble and the words in old books. And yet, in the midst of all this darkness, I see some people who will not be bowed. I see some people who will not give up, even when they know all hope is lost. Some people, who realize being lost is so close to being found. I see you, Jeep. Fifteen years old, your mother leaves. Your father withdraws from the world and you spend the next five years of your young life helping him find his way home. You love a woman who bears the child of another and you love her with no thought of yourself, even though you know she may never love you the way you love her.

You, Jeep... you are the reason I still have faith.
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Footnotes.

Back in February (2012) it was announced that the SyFy Channel was in the works of adapting the feature film for cable. Scott Charles Stewart the co-writer and director of the movie will be an executive producer. He will also direct for the series. David Lancaster and Michael Litvak who were also producers on the film will carry over as executive producers. The pilot was written by Vaun Wilmott.

Don't know how they're gonna play this. Will it be a direct continuation or a retelling of the feature film? Will it be a bang right at episode one - Charlie gives birth or will she be pregnant as the couple is being pursued? Maybe giving birth at the season finale.

I have no idea if anyone has been cast. What I would like to see is the idea of demons helping Jeep and Charlie. If the eradication of humanity happens, there are no more souls for Hell. It's in their best interest to save us to save themselves.

Sure, in December of 2009 there was a motion comic prequel. There thing had as no dialog as in voices, text reading only on the talk bubbles. But it did have Paul Bettany doing the voiceover. That's not on the DVD. It was available from iTunes at the time for free. Can't recall if there were more than one.

Wasn't aware of it at the time of watching, but Lucas Black played the creepy kid in the former CBS series, "American Gothic" (1995) - Caleb Temple. Someone at the door.

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Just Because.

Quote:
You see, there's nothing to do anymore. Everything decent's been done. All the great themes have been used up, turned into theme parks. So, I don't really find it exactly cheerful to be living in the middle of a totally, like exhausted decade where's there's nothing to look forward to and no one to look up to.
- Happy Harry Hard-On

Words, truer today than in '95 ("Pump Up The Volume").

Okay then...

Next PT arrives on June 21st. Hope you're having a better Summer.

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December 4th, 2013 Update....

The TV series will be called "Dominion". The series jumps twenty-five years into the future with an adult savior. Filming will occur in Cape Town, South Africa. The cast includes Roxanne McKee, Christopher Egan, Alan Dale, Tom Wisdom and Anthony Stewart Head. The series is set to air sometime in 2014.

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June 28th, 2014 Update...



The show debuted on June 19th, 2014. You gotta admit, that's a cool series poster.

Minus three characters, the rest have been ditched for the series. Tom Wisdom plays Michael, Langley Kirkwood as Jeep and Carl Beukes as Gabriel. Too bad none of the original actors reprised their roles - especially Durand. Yup, no Charlie here.



The show has gotten mixed reviews. Lets say it's not getting off to grand start. As mentioned before, I don't have cable so I can't say how bad or decent this show is. It looks like they created a whole universe for it. Don't know, could be interesting. I may pick this up when it comes to home video.

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Old 06-13-2012, 01:16 AM
Wal-Mart...

The store has a few exclusives available this week.

"Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows" is in exclusive packaging (just a box); side packed with the first movie.

The same goes for "Journey 2: The Mysterious Island", packed with the first movie.

I believe both sets are going for $19.99 (each).

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"Superman Vs. The Elite" with bonus disc; sorry can't recall the price.

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I forgot to mention this. But last week there was an bonus disc for "Breaking Bad: The Complete Fourth Season". Sorry.
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Old 06-17-2012, 04:36 AM
Target - June 19th, 2012

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$14.99 CD

"Justin Bieber - Believe" exclusive deluxe CD with four bonus tracks and BTS footage




Yeah, this week suck big time. Anyhow, they will be selling "Project X" (chimp-free DVD) for $14.99.
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Old 06-17-2012, 04:39 AM
Best Buy - June 19th, 2012

Louie: Season 2
Exclusive season 1 & 2 pack; DVD & Blu-Ray set $26.99

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$4.99 DVDs

Batman: The Animated Series: Out Of The Shadows
Beetlejuice: 20th Anniversary Deluxe Edition
The NeverEnding Story/The NeverEnding Story II: Family Double Feature
TMNT
Scooby Doo! And The Robots
Sesame Street: Kid's Favorite Country Songs
Space Jam
Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory: 40th Anniversary Edition

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$14.99 DVDs

The Grey
Contraband
The Thing (2011 prequel)
A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas
J. Edgar
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1

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$14.99 DVDs

The Three Musketeers
Jake And The Never Land Pirates: Season 1 - Volume 1
Have A Laugh: Volume 3
Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: Space Adventure
(additional Disney titles on sale in store - free Mickey & Friends beach ball on select DVDs)

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Wilfred: The Complete First Season $24.99
Louie: Season 2 $24.99
Franklin & Bash: The Complete First Season $29.99
Eureka: Seasons 1 - 4 $12.99 (each)
Eureka: Season 4.5 $16.99
In Plain Sight: Seasons 1 - 3 $12.99 (each)
In Plain Sight: Season 4 $19.99
Stargate Atlantis: Seasons 1 - 5 $12.99 (each)
Warehouse 13: Seasons 1 or 2 $12.99 (each)
Covert Affairs: Seasons 1 or 2 $19.99 (each)
Psych: Seasons 1 - 3 $12.99 (each)
Psych: Seasons 4 or 5 $19.99 (each)
Workaholics: Season 2 $12.99
Tosh.0: Hoodies $12.99
Falling Skies: Season 1 $19.99
Superman vs. The Elite $19.99
White Collar: Season 3 $29.99
Breaking Bad: Season 4 $29.99
The Six Million Dollar Man: Season 2 $32.99
Burn Notice: Season 5 $34.99




Same price for "Project X as Target, $14.99. I'll wait and pick up "Wilfred" at a later date. I know this will hit fifteen bucks in a few months. I'm cool, no hurry.
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Old 06-21-2012, 03:12 AM
Past Tense

This week we get screwed into a second dark age by idiot logic in "The Day The Earth Stood Still" (2008)...



The motion picture opened on December 12th, 2008. It was made with a budget of $80,000,000 (estimated) and grossed over $79 million during its U.S. theatrical run. The film opened number one at the box office, the following week it dropped to number four.

The feature opened against "Quantum Of Solace"', "Twilight", "Transporter 3" and "Australia".

This release originally came with an cardboard foil slipcover which mirrored the case's wraparound. I'm talking about the 3-disc version, can't recall the single disc edition. Anyhow, the only insert was the instructions for the digital copy.

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This isn't so much an exclusive as it was a freebie. If you bought the "3 - Disc Special Edition" you could get a metal Gort mini-statue. It's has weight to it. It's not an exclusive, you could buy this separately at comic book stores and the like at the time. This promo was available on release day; April 7th, 2009 for $22.99. There was a minimum six per store, I got mine. My Gort is still sealed inside the box. I guess you could have this on your desk or such. *shrugs* The mini die-cast metal figurine is five inches tall.

I was looking at my collection and making a list of future topics for 'Past Tense' a few weeks back. I saw this title and did some preliminary writing. And rediscovered something I had forgotten. This title came in one of those eco cases. I HATE those, huge holes - just asking for the wrapaound to get damaged. I guess at the time, I didn't have a replacement so I had to leave it as it was. Times have changed, I've replaced it with normal case. Good. By the way, the third disc in this set is a bare bones presentation of the original feature film.

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Rant.

I disliked the movie - a lot.

This DVD is part of collection because of the 1951 movie. The remake is just barely passable, not a popcorn flick at all. I'll be honest, it pissed me off. You had all this money for a major motion picture and this is the best you could muster? Really???. I KNOW I'm going to be disappointed when the big screen adaptation of "World War Z" hits theaters in 2013. From the stuff I've read, it's a clusterfuck. Oh joy.

*sigh* Where to begin?

The character of Jacob Benson (Jaden Smith) ruins the feature. My thoughts are echoed by others.

The kid in the original (Billy Gray) was a bit precocious, but his questions (to the alien) and wonderment is shared by the viewers. In 2008 we get a whiny, spoiled, obnoxious brat. Man, I wished his mother (Jennifer Connelly) would spank him. Or put him to bed then as he slept got a pillow and give him a smothering - 'Go to the light, into the light'. I HATED that kid.

I also didn't care for the new spacecraft sphere. What I liked about the original saucer was its ramp. The walkway formed; the thing slid out, almost like a pre-CGI morph. I also liked how when the door opened on the dome, it parted, not like it was hinged or something slid out. It was an opening/slit that formed. That's damn majestic for 1951. A big shiny hovering ball wasn't impressive. In fact it feels like a cheat. 'We couldn't be bothered design the ship, so... BALL!'

The beginning didn't make sense. I had to read online, explaining that the mini sphere took some genetic material from the 1920s mountain climber to form the later human-looking representative, Klaatu (Keanu Reeves); that exposition needed to be way better or completely removed, it looked so tacked on.

Another big flaw was the mechanical centurion Gort. Its actions in the '51 movie moves the plot forward and is threatening. Here (2008) the machine is nothing more than a large cardboard standee. Then it breaks up into nanites consuming everything. WTF? Where's the machine that could do serious damage; this gray goo was a cop-out. At least 2008 Gort looked like the original one, I'll give them that. By the way GORT is now an acronym for Genetically Organized Robotic Technology. It's a machine, not living, so what's with the 'Genetically'? Just add that nonsense to the stupid pile.

I also didn't care for the environmental message - far too in your face. Klaatu came to Earth to save the planet from humans. How about this - why can't Klaatu give us a better energy alternative (not talking nuclear) than fossil fuel? That would save the environment and the lame ass ending.

The message in the original was about being caring and using common sense. An end to unneeded violence and atrocities. A greater global responsibility, stewardship - environmentalism would've been a given. This should not have been as subtle as a hammer to the face. There are better ways to get the message across without looking like a douche bag.



I can find better social commentary in "Pornstar Workout" (2009). The folks there shared resources and got along quite swimmingly. It's a story of human triumph - we can all work together for a shared goal. Puts a smile on my face and trousers. Man, that's sad, both cover girls, Jenna Haze and Tori Black have retired. Granted Haze is still working in the XXX business, just behind the camera from now on.

Man, the ending was crap on a cracker. Klaatu took away our technology, bringing about mankind's second dark age. It should've never gotten that far - which I also blame Jacob too. I'm telling you, a good pillow smothering would've made this a slightly better experience.

I like this quote, it break down the overall problem by Ain't It Cool News commentator Killdozer:
Quote:
Let's examine the basic theme of the new story: we live, the Earth dies. We die, the Earth lives. Given the statistical probability that planets which are able to host life in relation to self-aware, conscious intelligent life such as we are - probability informs us that WE are distinctly more rare. Klaatu is working on the wrong side. He's attempting to eliminate super-rare organisms in order to "save" a more common type of celestial body. It gets even more ridiculous when Klaatu actually has command over terraforming nano machines that he's mis-using to KILL rather than to HEAL.
Boom!!! There it is. It's a stupid movie that shouldn't have been greenlit until it had a far better screenplay. David Scarpa (screen writer) should be ashamed. Frack, I haven't seen this since 2009 and it still makes me angry. They screwed up a classic.

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Tangent.

Well, not so much.

Since I'm talking about the remake, I should cover the original.



I have this laser disc box set, "Limited Autographed Edition". I think, though I could be wrong - I bought this from the former store, Ken Crane's Laser Disc in Long Beach, CA. I couldn't give a price that I paid, they often gave discounts. This three disc set (when you include the remastered CD soundtrack) retailed for $149.98 on June 28th, 1995. Yeah, special editions were friggin' expensive back in the day - mine is number 2,375 of 2,500. Sides 1 - 3 is in CLV. Side 4 is CAV. For a Laser Disc explanation - click here; part 1 of my "Night Of The Living Dead DVD Retrospective" (self-promotion). The particulars are laid out at the end of "PART I: THE 1968 CLASSIC - B".



The box set came with a couple physical extras. First is a softcover book, "Robert Wise On His Films: From Editing Room To Director's Chair" (223 pages) from Silman-James Press. It covers such films as "The Haunting" (1963) and "Star Trek: The Motion Picture" (1979) among others - including "The Day The Earth Stood Still".



Second is a 24K gold plated remastered CD soundtrack. It contained two previously unreleased cues and a behind-the-scenes track - "Studio Rehearsals & Outtakes".

TRACKS

1. Fox Logo
2. Outer Space/Radar
3. Danger
4. Klaatu
5. Gort/The Visor/The Telescope
6. Escape
7. Solar Diamonds
8. Arlington
9. Lincoln Memorial
10. Nocturne/The Flashlight/The Robot/Space Control
11. The Elevator/Magnetic Pull/The Study/The Conference/Jewelry Store
12. Panic
13. The Glowing/Alone/Gort's Rage/Nikto/The Captive/Terror
14. The Prison
15. Rebirth
16. Departure
17. Farewell
18. Finale
19. Alternate Theremin Mixes
20. Studio Rehearsal & Outtakes

This box is quite the collectible, I've seen prices while researching this entry going for $150 to $174. Wow, I did not know that - not bad for an obsolete format. Okay, the autograph and gold CD could be the main reasons.

It was one of the better box sets of its day. I remember being all excited about the news and getting my own copy.



Thought about it, then culled through my library, pulled it out and scanned the page (you're welcome). Above is the full page ad that appeared in the May 1995 issue of "Image Laserdisc Preview", a laser disc free magazine/catalog (the freebie was rectangular). I have all but three issues. I wish I could find them. I doubt I ever will, it was a glossy disposable publication. It's an awesome LD reference.

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The movie was released on DVD on March 4th, 2003 for $19.98. It was a special edition. The double sided disc appears to have carried nearly all the extras from the above LD set. But the box has a trailer not included on the DVD. Well... that and it does not have the CD soundtrack.

It came with a two page insert with production notes and chapter listing.

Yes, it looks like Gort is wearing silver diapers. Hey, it has to stand still for long periods of time. That's called planning ahead. *nods*

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As a promotion for the remake, the original film was re-released on DVD as a two disc special edition. It streeted on December 2nd, 2008 for $19.98. This is NOT a replacement for the '03 home video. This newer edition has items omitted, replaced with new featurettes and bonuses.

Gone:

* Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo mix
* "Making The Earth Stand Still" documentary (1:20:37 minutes)
* Video Restoration Comparison (3:56 minutes)
* THX Optimizer
* British Press Book (gallery)
* (gallery reductions)

First off, the original audio was never in stereo.

This newer edition has altered galleries. I see some new pixs and other pictures not included (gone is Memorabilia). You should keep both DVDs for the best experience, content-wise. The galleries here have no boarder, unlike the '03 version. It helps.

This came with an online theater voucher (e-Movie Cash [code]) to see the remake for free ($7.50 value for one; the window was December 12th, 2008 to January 31st, 2009).

There was no insert.

I believe this DVD has the missing trailer from the 2003 release, two are present.

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There is an exclusive for the '03 release. A common occurrence for titles sold at Wal-Mart, a slipcover was added. In 2005, the store included a sleeve to trick people into thinking it was something new. I was fortunate, up until '05 I didn't own the movie, so this wasn't a double dip. Price? I can't recall, that was seven years ago. Lets say between $9.99 to $12.99.

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Footnote.

Bet you didn't know this. In the mid 1980s, writer David Engelbach was commissioned by 20th Century Fox to write a sequel. It was never produced.

The title was Target Zero. The aliens mentioned in the 1951 film; because of their own wisdom and experience, see that the human race is heading for an eventual armageddon, a massive nuclear exchange. The result of releasing so many thermonuclear devices simultaneously would destabilize the Earth's magnetic field, sending the planet out of orbit - creating a ripple effect which would deharmonize all the planets of this system and in a matter of time, destroying other civilizations. This can not be permitted. Another being is sent, not to warn us, but to annihilate the human race.

Helen's son, Bobby Benson, now an adult has spent his life being affected by the fact he knew the person named Klaatu. The '51 landing itself has been subsequently debunked by the government. The scientists involved lost their jobs. News footage was miraculously destroyed. And after a while, it became a joke.

Klaatu's daughter is given the Earth assignment. Because of injuries sustained in First Contact, shortly after arriving home and giving his report on humanity, he died. His daughter has a grudge with our species.

When Bobby meets Klaatu's daughter and learns of her mission, he tires to convince her that mankind is worth saving. Ultimately she acts against her orders. Like SkyNet, they cause a global launching, all the warheads are released simultaneously. The duo must disarm the nuclear arsenal before the missiles impact, otherwise her mission would have been a complete failure.

In the process of disarming, all the intricate communication satellites and all the military information they carry is channeled onto commercial television broadcasts so that people can witness the casualty analysis from NORAD computers indicating how may billions will be killed in a matter of minutes. The televised event sets off an international shock wave; this is not a hoax.

They're failing, not enough time - the world is about to end. An intervention happens, we are saved by the same aliens. It creates a tremendous uproar among humanity and world governments are overturned. The last shot is news footage of a new global nation being signed at the U.N. and the dismantling of armies.

Could that movie work? We'll never know.

There you go folks. Next PT arrives on July 5th.

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Old 07-01-2012, 05:17 AM
Best Buy - July 3rd, 2012

The Hunger Games
Free exclusive keychain with pre-order

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$9.99 DVDs

Journey 2: The Mysterious Island
We Bought A Zoo
A Thousand Words
This Means War
The Devil Inside
Project X
New Year's Eve
Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows
Jeff, Who Lives At Home
Chronicle
In Time

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Burn Notice: The Fall of Sam Axe $9.99
Eureka: Season 4.0 $12.98
Eureka: Season 4.5 $14.98
Monk: Seasons 6 - 8 $12.99 (each)
SGU - Stargate Universe: Season 1 $12.99
Stargate SG-1: Season 10 $12.99
Warehouse 13: Season 2 $12.99
Stargate SG-1: Seasons 1, 4 - 9 $12.99 (each)
Robot Chicken: Star Wars Episode II $9.99
Robot Chicken: Seasons 3 - 5 $14.99 (each)
Squidbillies: Volume 4 $9.99
Tim & Eric: Awesome Show, Great Job: Season 5 $9.99
The Venture Bros.: Season 1 or 2 $14.99 (each)
The Venture Bros.: Season 4, V1 or V2 $9.99 (each)
Aqua Teen Hunger Force: Volume 7 $14.99
Aqua Unit Patrol Squad 1: Volume 1 $14.99
Metalocalypse: Seasons 1 - 3 $14.99 (each)




Interesting, I paid fifteen dollars for "Project X" a couple weeks ago, that's a quick price reduction, same goes for "Sherlock Holmes".
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Old 07-01-2012, 05:20 AM
Target - July 3rd, 2012

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$5.00 DVDs

Spider-Man
Spider-Man 2
Spider-Man 3

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$10.00 DVDs

Midnight In Paris $10.00
Burlesque $10.00
Soul Surfer $10.00
Ice Age: Dawn Of The Dinosaurs $10.00
(additional titles in store)

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$14.99 DVDs

Alvin And The Chipmunks: Chipwrecked
Toy Story 3
Tangled
Cars 2
The Muppets (2011)




I'm stlll not happy with that price for "Tangled", I'll wait some more.
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Old 07-05-2012, 04:51 AM
Past Tense

This week we save a distant S&M world from a tyrant with the help of Hawk Men in "Flash Gordon" (1980)...



The motion picture opened on December 5th, 1980. It was made with a budget of $35,000,000 (estimated) and grossed over $27 million during its U.S. theatrical run. My data is limited. The film opened number one at the box office, the following week's ranking is unknown.

The feature opened against "The Competition", "Tanya's Island" and "Raging Bull".

This release (Saviour Of The Universe Edition) did not come in a DVD case. It was a glossy cardboard box ('Premium Packaging') which flipped open. Inside is clear disc holder for the single disc. No slipcover issued, nor insert (booklet/chapter listing/advertisement).

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Best Buy had the only exclusive; two art postcards (5.2 x 7.1 inches) by famous comic book artist Alex Ross. The set streeted on August 7th, 2007 and sold for $16.99. The back of the cards are blank minus the Universal logo stamp (with copyright year). Both postcards fit inside the box.



Above is the weekly ad announcing their particular gimmicks. I bought my copy on release day.

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Rant.

Man, what is there to say about this psychedelic romp that hasn't been said (it makes a great flick companion with "Barbarella" [1968])? Well... how did this cost $35 million??? Maybe ten - fifteen is pushing it (in 1980 money). My vote is drugs and lots of them.

The overall designs are very utilitarian. You can't confuse this with the Ron Cobb constructions for "Blade Runner" (1982). Things here look like they're made from spray painted plastic, even the space ships. Sorry, rocket ships.

You gotta question if they hired a bunch of trannies to do the costumes. 'This needs more beadazzling, stat!'

Make no mistake - this is a bad movie. But it is one of these ultra rare combinations where they had the money, the heart and the talent to rise it above their horrible gaudiness into kickassery territory. It's like WTF? But then a few minutes later - I'm okay with this, go on... Pure cheese.

You don't see enough of this type of thing nowadays - presentation. What we have now is reinterpretation. 'How can we make this character modern for today's audiences?' The villain, Emperor Ming (played by Max von Sydow) was so perfect. He looked like the old comic book baddie. I appreciate that desire to bring to the screen THAT person, not someone removed so much from the source material. When I think of Ming The Merciless, that's who I think of.

Sam Jones made an excellent Flash Gordon. The man looks like your archetypal hero. The qualities we wish to have under such pressures. Flash has no super powers, just his wits, will and physical strength. The underdog who has an abundance of moxie and prevails.

Prince Vultan (played by Brian Blessed) is kind of an asshole when we first meet him. But later when the shit hits the fan, this is the guy we want in our foxhole. He is so goddamn, bigger than life. DIVE!!! Those big white teeth.

The rest of the cast fits quite well. Okay, Melody Anderson's Dale Arden felt artificial at times. Too much of a stereotype. But that's pretty much her entire career. The same kind of acting could be later seen in her TV series, "Manimal" (NBC 1983). Remember that? For me, she was the weak link, it didn't hurt the movie. But it could've been better.

The first movie I saw Topol in was the Bond feature, "For Your Eyes Only" (1981), I saw that at the theaters. He made a great Dr. Hans Zarkov. A bit crazy, but believable. I only wish they spent more time with the doctor examining this foreign technology; big ass buttons, dials and toggle switches.

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My first real encounter was watching this when I was in high school, sometime in 1989 on local TV, KTLA if I'm not mistaken. My jaw was open for most of the film. This is real, I'm not hallucinating. I recall joking with friends about it the next day, a shared surreal experience.

This is something; my high school pre-algebra teacher, whom I won't name, looked almost like General Kala (Mariangela Melato). Freaky.

Oh man, the music by Queen. There's a joke here... So very appropriate. Their theme song is so spartan, like Queen half-assed it and gave the studio a quick demo of an unfinished tune and that gets used. *shrugs* But like all the crazy visuals, this piece fits quite well...

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Flash! - Ahhhhhh - Saviour of the universe!

Flash! - Ahhhhhh - He'll save every one of us!

Flash! - Ahhhhhh - He's a miracle!

Flash! - Ahhhhhh - King of the impossible!

He's for every one of us
Stand for every one of us
He'll save with a mighty hand
Every man every woman every child
With a mighty Flash!

Flash! - Ahhhhhh

Flash! - Ahhhhhh - He'll save every one of us!

Just a man with a man's courage
He knows, nothing but a man
But he can never fail
No one but the pure in heart
May find the golden grail - ohhhh ohhhh ohhhh ohhhh

Flash!
Yes, you read correctly, those are the actual lyrics. Oh god. Man, I need to get this soundtrack.

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Footnotes.



What bugs me is that this release is weak on extras. Granted the movie is presented in remastered anamorphic widescreen with new 5.1 surround sound (which is appreciated), true. But the bonuses are not so much related the kitschy motion picture.



The featurette on Alex Ross is nice, interesting. The interview with screenwriter Lorenzo Semple, Jr. is informative. The film's trailer is a default (should included without question). The first episode of "Flash Gordon" 1936 serial ("The Planet Of Peril") is campy nostalgia. Okay, sure, I guess, having a TV spot for the then new Sci-Fi Channel series based on the concept is all right. But the series was so removed from the source; felt more like a "Sliders".

That's it! No further bonuses.

There should've been more. MORE.



What you see above is the "Silver Anniversary Edition" DVD, released by Momentum Pictures on October 10th, 2005 in the United Kingdom for £19.99. What's did we Yanks miss out on?

No DTS 5.1 for the feature film.

Missing are two commentaries; one by film director Mike Hodges, the second from co-star Brian Blessed.

It's been speculated that Hodges' anti-Bush and U.S. foreign policy mentions on his commentary was the reason why it was excluded. Don't know, could be. But what about Blessed?

Also not included is a half hour interview with Hodges. AND a slideshow of production stills. I want to see that.



The last bit is a different "Flash Gordon" serial, the first episode of "Flash Gordon Conquers The Universe" (1940), "The Purple Death".

Who's to blame here for the weak extras on the region one DVD? I gonna point my finger solely on Emperor Ming.



Mwahahahaha!!!

I hear, he likes the Latinas; especially the ones with the painted eyebrows.

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Just Because.



Italian actress Ornella Muti played Princess Aura. Man, she seems to be surrounded by glittery pastries or diseased pillows - can't say which is more bizarre. [internet info: there's a topless photo of Muti in her prime on the webs]

War rocket Ajax will be dispatched on July 19th to bring back the next PT.

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Old 07-08-2012, 03:18 AM
Target - July 10th, 2012

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$9.00 DVDs

Alvin And The Chipmunks
Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief
Knocked Up: Unrated
Zombieland
The Social Network
The Book Of Eli
Country Strong
Dolphin Tale
(additional titles available in store - purchase any two and get a third free)

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$9.00 DVDs

Jillian Michaels Ripped In 30
Leslie Sansone: Walk Away The Pounds Ultimate Collection
Rodney Yee's Yoga For Beginners
(additional titles available in store)

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Warehouse 13: Season Three $32.00
The Glades: The Complete Second Season $20.00
Miramax British Romance Collection: Becoming Jane/Brideshead Revisited/Jane Eyre $8.00
Pride And Prejudice $12.00 (BBC mini-series)
Upstairs Downstairs: Series One - 40th Anniversary Edition $15.00
Mad Men: Season 4 $15.00
Downton Abbey: Season 2 $20.00
Modern Family: Season 2 $25.00
Glee: Season 2 $25.00
Game Of Thrones: Season 1 $35.00




They'll have "American Reunion" (DVD) for $16.00; pretty much the only target I have for this week.
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Old 07-08-2012, 03:19 AM
Best Buy - July 10th, 2012

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$4.99 DVDs

127 Hours
The A-Team: Unrated
Crazy Heart
Cedar Rapids
The Girl Next Door
Date Night: Extended Edition
G.I. Joe: The Rise Of Cobra
Knight And Day
Love & Other Drugs
John Wayne: The Tribute Collection
Wanted
Weekend At Bernie's
Diary Of A Wimpy Kid
White Men Can't Jump
Jackie Chan Kung Fu Master
Man On Fire
Planet Of The Apes
Revenge Of The Nerds: Panty Raid Edition
Waiting To Exhale
Basic Instinct
Crash
Harry And The Hendersons
Space Jam
Natural Born Killers: The Director's Cut

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$12.99 DVDs

Cowboys & Aliens
Dumbo
Fast Five: Extended Edition
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
Rango
Reel Steel
Source Code
The Adjustment Bureau
The Change Up: Unrated
The Devil's Double
The Fox And The Hound: 2 Movie Collection
The Innkeepers
The King's Speech
The Lincoln Lawyer
The Lion King
Warrior

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The Glades: The Complete Second Season $17.99
Warehouse 13: Season Three $24.99
It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia: Season 6 $14.99
Family Guy: Volume 9 $14.99
Futurama: Volume 6 $14.99
How I Met Your Mother: Season 6 $14.99
The Killing: Season 1 $14.99
The League: Season 2 $14.99
Louie: Season 2 $14.99
Wilfred: Season 1 $14.99
ALF: Season 2 $9.99
Cheers: Season 1 $9.99
CHIPs: Season 1 $9.99
Frasier: Season 1 $9.99
Gilligan's Island: Season 2 $9.99
Hawaii Five-O: Season 1 $9.99
The Andy Griffith Show: 50th Anniversary - The Best of Mayberry $9.99
The Cosby Show: Season 1 $9.99




It appears that "Weekend At Bernie's" got re-released with a new wraparound - probably the same old disc inside. Anyhow, I still need to get the second film. In case you're curious, "American Reunion" is nearly a dollar more expensive than Target at $16.99.
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Old 07-15-2012, 04:48 AM
Target - July 17th, 2012

Friends With Kids
Exclusive bonus content $16.99

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$9.99 DVDs

Batman: Gotham Knight
Batman: Under the Red Hood
Batman: Year One
Superman/Batman: Apocalypse

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$9.99 CD

"Kidz Bop #22" exclusive 4 bonus tracks




I'm all Cherry Ice Cream Smiles, zero worries this week here. Pass.
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Old 07-15-2012, 04:50 AM
Best Buy - July 17th, 2012

Get The Gringo
Exclusive Blu-Ray/DVD/Digital Copy combo with bonus content and slipcover $17.99

Batman Begins
Exclusive steelbook case with bonus featurette $9.99

The Dark Knight
Exclusive steelbook case with bonus featurette $9.99

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Eureka: Season 5 - The Final Season $19.99
Eureka: Season 4.0 $14.99
Eureka: Season 4.5 $14.99

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$9.99 CDs

"Saving Abel - Bringing Down The Giant" exclusive 3 bonus tracks
"Soul Asylum - Delayed Reaction" exclusive 4 bonus tracks
"Tremonti - All I Was" exclusive autograph CD

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$14.99 CD

"Hellyeah - Band Of Brothers" exclusive tee shirt with CD

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$21.99 CDs

"Crosby, Stills & Nash - CSN 2012 - Deluxe Edition" exclusive 2 CD set with Blu-Ray
"Nas - Life is Good" exclusive tee shirt with CD




I'm on the fence regarding "Lockout", the sci-fi flick. It's selling here for $16.99. Don't know enough about it. I'll wait for it to hit ten bucks.
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Old 07-19-2012, 03:23 AM
Past Tense

This week we thread lightly under a full moon and take care not to be seen by "The Wolfman"...



The motion picture opened on February 12th, 2010. It was made with a budget of $150,000,000 (estimated) and grossed $61.9 million during its U.S. theatrical run. The film opened number three at the box office, the following week it dropped to number three. Even if you count foreign receipts, it still lost money. By how much? All added together it made $139.7 million. It bombed.

The feature opened against "Avatar", "Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief", "Edge Of Darkness" and "Tooth Fairy".



Above is the regular DVD release. It came with a slightly embossed cardboard slipcover. There was no insert or advertisement.

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Best Buy had one of two exclusives offered - a bonus disc. The set streeted on June 1st, 2010 and sold for $22.99. For this promo, the slipcover did not match the wraparound (as seen above).



This came in a normal two disc case, not one of those crappy eco-friendly cases or a CD envelope. The bonus disc has a runtime of 48:28 minutes. The four featurettes are exclusive to Blu-Ray. Missing from this DVD are the alternate endings. I've seen them on YouTube. It's one of the few times I'm not bothered by their exclusion; they're all variants with small differences.

Next isn't so much an excluisve as it was a freebie. Wal-Mart sold the single disc - regular edition with ten free MP3s from their online music store. Their second attempt; the last time they tired, the tunes were proprietary. You needed their player. That venture failed big time. I feel sorry for all those suckers who gave them money. What the hell? Proprietary? You got to be kidding me.

As I recall the Wal-Mart promo sold for $23.96 (but I could be wrong, I didn't take good enough notes at the time). Why would I, it's a crappy offer. I'm better off buying MP3s from Amazon or iTunes.

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Footnotes.



This film was bashed by the critics, which did not help the box office. I never saw it in the theaters. My only exposure is the Unrated Director's Cut which is sixteen minutes longer than the 103 minute theatrical print. I enjoyed it. It was just as I expected, a good flick. I can only surmised that the extra footage filled out the holes and gave the character better depth. The same can be said for "Daredevil: Director’s Cut". It's pretty much agreed, that version should've been released in theaters. Oh well. I still have yet to see the theatrical release of "The Wolfman", considering how badly its been talked of - I'm in no hurry. Hell, I may never.

I suppose the whole issue could be more forgiving for non-fanboys (and non-fangirls) if they understood what a long road the movie had. It could've been a far worse escapade. A bit of history...

The film was slated to be directed by Mark Romanek. LOTS of pre-production work was done before he walked out. Though some say he was fired. How much? Roughly $85 million, that's before a single frame of the movie was lensed. Holy crap! A side note, pre-production work was done by Stan Winston's Studios for the 1990s remake of "Forbidden Planet" that wasn't filmed. He updated Robby The Robot, I would love to see how that came along. A full size prop was probably built.

So what's the deal with Romanek? There's conflicting stories. The safe answer is 'creative differences' - the budget and the said creature's appearance. There were many (the actual number is unknown) concept art for the lycanthrope. The film's star, Benicio Del Toro and make-up artist, Rick Baker wanted the man-beast to resemble the iconic monster (created by Jack Pierce) from the original 1941 motion picture - Romanek didn't. He may have seen "compromise" as a four letter word.

Two weeks before filming were to take place Universal looked about for a new director, they sunk in too much money to call it quits. Among the list before settling on Joe Johnston were Martin Campbell, Brett Ratner, Bill Condon, James Mangold and Frank Darabont. I would've like that - Darabont, I like his stuff.

Add to this mess there were reshoots, different editors and music woes.



The film's score was done by Danny Elfman. His work is in the film - true, but it almost wasn't. In all the cutting and filming additional scenes his music didn't fit the revised tone. It's a gothic, moody arrangement created in the same style as Wojciech Kilar's score for "Bram Stoker's Dracula" (1992), trying to clone it is a great compliment.

Anyhow, Elfman's work got abandoned. A new composer was hired, a man by the name of Paul Haslinger. He wrote a contemporary electronic score, somewhat similar to the "Underworld" films. Yeah, not really a good idea here. Universal heard the results and ditched the notion; Elfman's music would be used for the final film. Haslinger? As I understand his score was destroyed after they changed plans. But I recall a rumor that his music was going to come out on CD as a limited edition. Don't know if it did.

Why didn't Elfman redo the score? Time, he didn't have it. He was obligated to write the music for the then upcoming Tim Burton movie adaptation of "Alice In Wonderland" (2010).

The other matter was its release date. Like a Vegas slot machine each time you pull, you get a different outcome. First it had an opening for November 12th, 2008, then it became February 12th, 2009. Pull again... April 3rd, 2009. Nope, again; November 6th, 2009. Lastly it came upon February 12th, 2010. Blame it on production hardships.

Here's a bit of trivia. This movie was well over a decade in the coming. After Francis Ford Coppola made "Bram Stoker's Dracula" (1992) he went on as producer to the Kenneth Branagh production of "Mary Shelley's Frankenstein" (1994). The plan was to do a big budget construction for "The Wolfman" next. But when "Frankenstein" did so-so at the box office, the plug was pulled. Man, I have that DVD, "Frankenstein" is bare bones, minus the trailer. It needs a special edition like "Dracula" received. I would buy that. It's a flawed film, true, but an entertaining one. I would've like to have seen more of Victor's mentor, the professor who first tinkered with bringing the dead to life. He succeeded and killed his creation; unlike Frankenstein, he knew when to quit.

And yes, I know - Coppola disowns "Frankenstein". He and Branagh did not get along during production - 'creative differences'.

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Rant.



I didn't see it. But A LOT of other folks did. The acting from Anthony Hopkins (as Sir John Talbot). Many called his performance 'phoned in'. As I wrote, I didn't see that. For me, John was a tired and nearly broken old man, bound by a terrible burden. Lets be honest. This wasn't a Mystery Machine conundrum, Scooby need not come. We all knew he was creature of the night, just waiting for the narrative to pull off the mask. That being said, Hopkins acting was well fitted for this role. He wasn't a happy man. Consider this, his home was dusty and a mess. It didn't matter, he was only going through the motions. He's had a depressing life. Nuff said.



Inspector Abberline. Excellent casting here with Hugo Weaving. He comes off as a Victorian era bad ass. I only wished that his screen time was more. That and more interactions with the title creature - hunter and prey, a situation that would flip at any given moment. Something I missed when I saw this on home video back in '10. Abberline was a Scotland Yard Inspector who gave chase to another monster - Jack The Ripper. In fact this character is based on a real man. Did not know that. If you wanted to do a prequel, not "The Wolfman", but to infamous serial killer - here's your guy, Weaving; reprise his role. I would pay to see that.

Oh my.



I'm sure a good number of you are familiar with this letter. It made the Net rounds back in February of 2010. Written by a gal named Kayla Patterson, emailed to Universal - a complaint. I would be remiss if I didn't include it. For those unfamiliar, it's the dumbing down of America. So, take a nice drink and prepare to have brain cells killed with prejudice...
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To whom this may concern. This movie was a complete waste and I feel that it offends ALL Twilight Fans around the world, that including myself. For one, it was a COMPLETE remaking of the Wolf Pack from the Twilight Saga: New Moon. It gives the werewolves a bad name and makes them look like some deformed mutation of a rabid dog. I actually started to like werewolves after seeing Jacob Black and all his awesomeness on the big screen at the movies. That was until I saw your crappy remake of what you call to be a "were wolf". I don't see how you live with yourself for making it the way you did. If I made this movie, I would be ashamed to even admit that I owned it.
It doesn't end there, that would be too easy. Her textual vomit goes on. Another neuron died (but it cried first).
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How can a werewolf be killed with a silver bullet? Better yet, have you saw the transformation of the man that is "supposed" to be the wolf? He sits in some chair and his entire body turns in to some mutated freak. If you would watch the transformation of Jacob Black, (Taylor Lautner) he doesn't come close to looking as fake, cheap and or mutated as the wolf man. You tell me, who looks to be the better werewolf. Your stupid Wolf Movie didn't even make the top Movie for the charts; Valentines Day WITH TAYLOR Lautner! Get that this is MY opinion and I felt I wanted to express it because I saw that your email was on your site. I wanted to let you know this is what i thought of the wolf man that sucks.
Why YES, she's a tween. My inner fanboy is sobbing, saying such things like, 'please don't have children'. Gonna take a shot in the dark; Little Miss Patterson never saw the original '41 motion picture or its sequels or any of the iterations. Frack, when the hell did "Twilight" become the standard for cinema vampires and werewolves? Glitter my ass!!!

After reading that twaddle years ago, it came to my attention is that people of "iGen" (that's what they're calling themselves, internet Generation) only concern themselves with movies that were made from the 1990s on forward. Decades of cinema is shun by them. These are the same idiots who watch films on their iPhones and think it's grand. The same batch of 'tards that feed the production of equally stupid PG-13 garbage. Yum!

I like this quote on our Queen Ingénue from Rodney Brazeau (MovieWeb)...
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This is a prime example of the irrational ignorance that breeds Twilight such a rabid following.
Damn right!

Anyhow, it's too bad they won't make a sequel - Inspector Abberline's curse. Yeah, I just spoiled it - does it make me sexy?

The next PT howls on August 2nd, 2012. Better grab some silver bullets...

I'll let you decide which.

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Old 07-29-2012, 04:10 AM
Target - July 31st, 2012

The Gruffalo's Child
Exclusive with bonus footage and more $9.99

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$7.00 DVDs

Diary Of A Wimpy Kid
The Notebook
Winter's Bone
The Dark Knight
The Expendables
(additional titles in store)

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White Collar: Season 2 $12.99
House, M.D.: Season 7 $16.99
Shameless: Season 1 $16.99
Breaking Bad: Season 4 $26.99
The Walking Dead: Season 1 $29.99
(additional titles in store)




It's a pretty slim selection this week. I'm okay with that.
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Old 07-29-2012, 04:11 AM
Best Buy - July 31st, 2012

Batman Begins
Exclusive Blu-Ray steelbook case with bonus featurette and theater voucher to see "The Dark Knight Rises" $9.99

The Dark Knight
Exclusive Blu-Ray steelbook case with bonus featurette and theater voucher to see "The Dark Knight Rises" $9.99

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$7.99 DVDs

Arthur (2011 remake)
Due Date
Hall Pass
Something Borrowed
Red Riding Hood
Rite
Unknown

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$12.99 DVDs

Hugo
The King's Speech
Real Steel
TinTin
Treasure Buddies
True Grit (2010 remake)
Warrior

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$19.99 DVD

The Bourne Trilogy

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all HBO TV titles, 35% off

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$9.99 CD

"Jackyl - Best in Show" CD with 2 bonus tracks with exclusive DVD

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$21.99 CD

"Rick Ross - God Forgives, I Don't" exclusive t-shirt with deluxe edition




I was hoping/expecting to see a price listing for "Detention", nope. Checked their website, it reads $24.99; not that it will be in stores.
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Old 08-02-2012, 02:52 AM
Past Tense

A reminder this week, don't get bit or accidentally exchange bodily fluids in the Quarantine...



The remake of "[Rec]" (2007) opened on October 10th, 2008. It was made with a budget of $12,000,000 (estimated) and grossed over 31 million during its U.S. theatrical run. The film opened number two at the box office, the following week it dropped to number seven.

The feature opened against "Eagle Eye", "Beverly Hills Chihuahua" and "Appaloosa".

This DVD release did not come with a slipcover or any insert.

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There was a single exclusive and it was from Wal-Mart, a bonus disc in its own case (packed side by side with the movie). This set streeted on February 17, 2009 and sold for $22.99. The bonus disc has a run time of 19:21 minutes, a lone featurette.

I checked the Wal-Mart website... nope, that exclusive set is no longer available.

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Rant.

Interesting. In Japan it's known as "Rec: The Quarantine".

I thought it was a decent horror movie - not as bad as some would lead you to believe. But I do have to agree about the ads; the trailer and TV spots gave it away. I hate that. The same thing happened to "The Cave" (2005), the twist was dropped. Another prime example is "Terminator Salvation" (2009), the major plot point that dives the movie is revealed. As is "The Island" (2005), it's not an island? Thanks for telling me before I saw it. Man, the home video cover for "Quarantine" gives it away too; reporter Angela Vidal (Jennifer Carpenter) falters. They should've gone with a different image than the poster.



The film worked for me. I like how there was no score, no music. The thing plays out like you're watching live footage. The staging of scenes as a continuous shot/take, feels genuine. Everyone needs to be on their A-game. The actors are doing their best, but that best often isn't being shot by the single lens. It's there, just out of camera. As if their performance isn't for us the viewer(s), but for the other actors to work off from.

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I have yet to see the original movie. I need to get that DVD. So I can't give a comparison. The infection here is biological, a virus which was accidentally released by a terrorist in his apartment complex. In the Spanish film it was possession; research on the nature of demonic possession got loose - like a virus.

Okay. I'll do it.

I do not like reading subtitles in movies/television. If it's part of a film, a few scenes, sure. But a whole feature? No. I'll pass. I prefer dubbed, but correctly dubbed. None of this Godzilla kind of translation where the spoken words don't remotely match their lips.



The best dub I've ever seen was for the Japanese film, "Azumi" - instead of doing a direct translation word for word, they took the spirit of the script. Replacing words with others which mean the same thing; having it match the beat of the person's mouth. This did not take away from the story. I remember watching it the first time and being confused, 'I'm on the dubbed track, but she's speaking English'. I appreciate that kind of dedication to make the dialog fluid. I believe, I would've enjoyed "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" (2000) much more if that kind of adaptation was employed. Their mismatched spoken words pulled me out of the experience.

There is a second part to subtitled, cultural differences, they can be very drastic, like viewing an alien world. Some may be enthralled - others repelled. The same thing can be said about things which are 'Cute'. I'm going to use the same nation again, Japan. Yes, I know the original film ("[REC]") was Spanish. I listened to the original audio for "Azumi", holy crap, it hurts. Why do the women there need to be so high pitched? The same could be said for when I watched the original anime, "RoboTech" (1985). The authentic Lisa Hayes made me cringe. It happened once more when I went looking for the original Korean film for the American remake "My Sassy Gal" (2008). God, I HATED the woman!!! The Korean guy was such a Butters for handing his heart to her, mega bitch. Probably a cultural difference at play, but I'm gland I didn't buy it.

People who watch movies, the base line folks, want to enjoy the production, not have to do homework on why a person is behaving in such a way. Not mention national lifestyles. It is too much to expect from (the majority) American audiences. This kind of entertainment is niche, that's why it's called a [I]foreign film[/I[, not a world film. Why bring this up? "[Rec]" isn't dubbed, it's in Spanish with English subtitles. I'll make an exception here. But really, I prefer it dubbed.

A recurring question by some folks (purists); was it necessary to remake "[REC]"? The original was good why mess with it?

I'm going to take a step back to comment.

America doesn't export much. We are consumers, the good and bad kind. But what we lack in actual sending off physical goods, we make up - in stories. One of the best lines out there is from the film "Grand Canyon" (1991) where Steve Martin's character says, "all of life's riddles are answered in the movies". Yeah, pretty much. We are story tellers. And we have played out nearly all available variants. Things are a bit redundant and the need for more leads to places outside America.

Remakes to foreign features are mixed. The idea is sound, but too much emphasis is focused on profit than actual artistic equilibrium or real improvements. *shrugs* Anyhow, the world looks to us, then imitates. Look at porn as an example. I'm not joking, I'm serious.

The adult production outside the U.S. is... interesting. Guys and gals who get paid to have sex on camera, that shouldn't. While this isn't an absolute, there is something very different with American XXX. The ladies here resemble super models. The quest for beauty and that primal drive. We were the ones who elevated our gals from mere whores to celebrity. Just look at the videos from the early 1980s and now. The world took notice and replicated. Going back to Japan once more. I saw the original, "Ringu" (1998) with subtitles. I found it boring and very hokey. The only good part was the end when Shizuko (Masako) came out of the television, that was creepy and disturbing. The remake (2002) is far superior in my opinion. But as I wrote, these remakes are a mixed bag. I consider "Quarantine" one of the better ones.

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Footnotes.



For some reason the goal got missed. The guy in the attic was doing experiments with rats (mutated rabies) to unleash a doomsday virus. He was part of an eco-terrorist group. The idea of releasing a plague to reduce the world population isn't a new one. The former UPN series, "The Burning Zone" (1996) had the same thing; that organization was well funded, The Dawn. Followers of Thomas Robert Malthus, a real person (19th century) who wrote about keeping the population at a manageable/sustainable number - not to outgrow available resources.

If you want something conspiratorial, Google "Agenda 21", I'll leave you to it. Me? No comment.

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There was a sequel made for this remake. Released on August 2nd, 2011 as a direct to video, "Quarantine 2: Terminal" ($26.99) which took place during the events of the first film, but a different location - an airport baggage terminal in Las Vegas.

A plane coming from Los Angles is diverted when one of the passengers goes hyper violent. As it turns out one of the surviving commuters is an eco-terrorist, who had just came from the doomed apartment with a sample. He and the man in the attic were part of the same cell. It wasn't suppose to happen this way, the infection got out by mistake. Now the survivors are trapped inside (CDC has put the spot on lock-down, like the apartment) with the infected stalking them and a madman trying to keep his deadly secret. I liked it. If you enjoyed the remake, you'll probably like this too. I was entertained.

The sequel was made for $4,000,000 (estimated), but does not look like a cheap movie. The real locations gave it production value. Just so you know, it's a traditional motion picture, ditching the video camera POV, that is until the ending. But that was done as night vision - not found footage, part of the narrative. It ended with a slightly upbeat ending... slight.

Okay, it did receive a very limited theatrical release. Probably just a few screens.

The next PT will get a hold of you on August 16th. There will be three entries this month (including this one), you're welcome.

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  #552  
Old 08-05-2012, 04:31 AM
Target - August 7th, 2012

Dr. Seuss' The Lorax
Exclusive wearable Lorax moustache; Blu-Ray only (combo or 3D combo) $19.99/$24.99

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Nickelodeon DVDs

Team Umizoomi: Umigames $7.99
Dora The Explorer: Dora's Fantastic Gymnastics Adventure $9.99
Winx Club: The Secret Of The Lost Kingdom Movie $9.99
Bubble Guppies $9.99
(additional Nickelodeon DVDs on sale in store)

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$9.99 DVDs

Despicable Me
Hop

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Grimm: Season One $34.99




Not much choice this week, whatever. Pass.
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  #553  
Old 08-05-2012, 04:33 AM
Best Buy - August 7th, 2012

Dr. Seuss' The Lorax
Excluisve Blu-Ray (combo pack or 3D combo pack) with Lorax finger puppet; $19.99/$29.99

Marley
Excluive bonus disc $12.99 (also for Blu-Ray $17.99)

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Robin Hood: Men In Tights $4.99
Back to School $4.99
White Men Can't Jump $4.99
Nine Months $4.99
The Crow $4.99
Meet The Fockers $4.99
Billy Madison $4.99
Ace Ventura: Pet Detective $4.99
National Lampoon's European Vacation $4.99
Dumb And Dumber / Dumb And Dumberer $4.99
(additional titles in store)

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all HBO TV titles, 35% off

Grimm: Season One $29.99
Parenthood: Season 3 $29.99
Strike Back: Season One $19.99

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$11.99 CD

"Rob Zombie - Mondo Sex Head" exclusive Deluxe Edition




This and that; I suppose I will pick up "Grimm", later when it hits twenty or so bucks in the future. I'm curious, but not urgent.
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Old 08-12-2012, 11:21 PM
Target - August 14th, 2012

The Hunger Games (available August 18th)
Exclusive three disc set; DVD $22.99 or Blu-Ray $24.99

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$4.75 DVDs

Dr. Seuss' The Cat In The Hat
Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory
Mrs. Doubtfire
17 Again
(additional titles in store)

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$9.99 DVDs

Alvin And The Chipmunks: The Squeakquel
Moneyball
The Rum Diary
The Hangover Part II
(additional titles in store)

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$14.99 DVDs

21 Jump Street (2012)
American Reunion: Unrated
Wrath Of The Titans
John Carter [Of Mars]
Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows
Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol
Project X
Lockout: Unrated Edition
(additional titles in store)

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Dexter: The Sixth Season $26.99
Glee: The Complete Third Season $25.99

Happy Endings: Season 1 $11.99
The Vampire Diaries: Season 2 $16.99
Fringe: Season 3 $16.99
House M.D.: Season 7 $16.99
Psych: Season 5 $16.99
The Walking Dead: Season 1 $17.99
Community: Season 2 $17.99
Mad Men: Season 4 $19.99
The Good Wife: Season 2 $19.99
How I Met Your Mother: Season 6 $19.99
Castle: Season 3 $24.99
Desperate Housewives: Season 7 $24.99
Dexter: Season 5 $25.99
Glee: Season 2 $26.99
Modern Family: Season 2 $26.99
Sons of Anarchy: Season 3 $27.99
Boss: Season 1 $29.99
(additional titles in store)



Considering all the exclusives out there, the bland nature of them. I'll pick up the three disc set here for "The Hunger Games". The two disc set will sell for $16.99.
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  #555  
Old 08-12-2012, 11:23 PM
Best Buy - August 14th, 2012

Jaws: Universal's 100th Anniversary Collector's Edition
Exclusive Blu-Ray Digibook $24.99

The Hunger Games (available August 18th)
Exclusive packaging (with nick-nack); Blu-Ray/DVD/Digital Copy combo set $29.99 (4 per store)

Incubus HQ Live
Exclusive CD/DVD set $17.99, includes five bonus tracks

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$9.99 DVDs

Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows
Project X

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Community: The Complete Third Season $19.99
Dexter: The Sixth Season $24.99
Glee: The Complete Third Season $34.99
Happy Endings: Seasons 1 & 2 $24.99
Dexter: Seasons 1 - 5 $14.99 (each)
Glee: Seasons 1 or 2 $22.99 (each)
Community: Season 1 $12.99
Community: Season 2 $14.99
Justified: Season 2 $17.99
Chuck: Season 5 $17.99
Chuck: Seasons 1 - 4 $14.99 (each)
Camelot: Season 1 $23.99
Hatfields & McCoys $19.99
Parenthood: Season 3 $27.99
Parenthood: Seasons 1 or 2 $19.99 (each)
Strikeback Season 1 $27.99
Grimm: Season 1 $27.99

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$9.99 CD

"Kottonmouth Kings - Mile High 2-CD Edition" with 5 exclusive bonus tracks




I am bummed out that "Jaws" DVD does NOT include the long awaited documentary "Is The Shark Still Working", Blu-Ray only. That's messed up. The DVD version is $12.99 and appears to be the same edition released in 2000 (Anniversary Collector's Edition). I'll pick up "Community" S3 and "Dexter" S6 here. The two disc version of "The Hunger Games" will sell for $16.99 here.
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Old 08-13-2012, 04:46 AM
Wal-Mart



The retail giant will have an exclusive eye patch with the Blu-Ray/DVD/Digital Copy combo set, $24.96; August 28th - "The Pirates! Band Of Misfits".
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  #557  
Old 08-16-2012, 04:46 AM
Past Tense

This week we get a super power and a nifty outfit in "The Flash"...



"The Flash: The Complete Series" was released on home video on January 10th, 2006.

It streeted against "Red Dwarf VII", "The Chumscrubber" and "Buffalo Soldiers".

The was no insert, the box was a digipack.

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There was a single exclusive from Best Buy, a twenty-six page mini comic. This set sold for $39.99. Or if you were a Reward Zone member, it could be had for $34.99 - back when RZ meant something. The comic came inside the case.

The self-contained tale, "Speeding Bullets" is a reprint of issue #1 of "DC First: Flash/Superman" from 2002. Time travel criminal/magician, Abra Kadabra escapes from Iron Heights Penitentiary in Keystone City. He seeks revenge on the Flash.

Meanwhile in Metropolis the current Flash, Barry Allen and original Flash, Jay Garrick go to a used book store; Barry had a book on search for his friend - a children book that Jay's wife (who is sick with cancer) used to love as a child.

Before they can leave, Kadabra appears creating mayhem. Superman appears to halt the rogue. But before that can happen Kadabra transports them to a race complete with an audience. Barry is under a spell to run as fast as he can. Jay is aging rapidly. He and Superman need catch up with Barry and touch him to save themselves; only one of them needs to touch him. But when they do Barry will get the elderly curse.

In mid race Jay touches Superman absorbing his speed, super-charging his. Kadabra exploit this speed for his cause - creating a time portal into the 64th century taking all four into the distant future. Kadabra wants to re-acquire future technology for himself.

Jay touches Barry to save him and is dying. It's not magic that's killing him, but nanites. Barry vibrates his friend's body and Superman kills the microscopic machines with a heat blast. Jay returns to normal.

They find Kadabra at a weapons plant stealing an implant. Now more powerful, the magician turns Superman into a large wooden puppet and Jay into a turtle leaving Barry to stop the madman by himself. Kadabra grabs a "Fourth Dimensional Chaos Sphere" and starts shooting the current Flash. Barry grabs Jay's helmet and uses it as a reflective shield. Various blasts happen until he reflects the beam back to Kadabra; trapping him inside the sphere - things return to normal. The three combine their speed with Kadabra within the ball back to the 21st century.

The comic was written by Geoff Johns with pencil by Rick Burchett.



Above is the weekly ad announcing their particular gimmicks. I bought my copy on release day.

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Rant.

I have the pilot episode on laser disc (CLV both sides). I bought it from Ken Crane's Laser Disc in Long Beach, CA; long dead store. The LD was released in 1992 (from Warner Home Video) and sold for $34.98). I tried, but I couldn't find a good enough image of this title. Even my usual, main source failed me. They don't even have a listing for the title, that's bizarre.



Man, that show had an excellent opening theme by Danny Elfman, bigger than life. Very much in the same vain as his work for "Batman" (1989). The suit by the way was created by Stan Winston Studios; the same studio who made the iconic robot for "The Terminator" (1984). And the full scale animatronic T-Rex for "Jurassic Park" (1993).

The episodes of "The Flash"; some are a bit dated, it's true. But for the most part, it remains an enjoyable show. In case you're curious, the series premiered on CBS on September 20th, 1990; twenty-two years ago. Yeah, I'm starting to feel old.

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The box set has zero extras, but there was one outside the DVDs. In 2006, TV series producers Danny Bilson and Paul DeMeo recorded a podcast commentary for the episode, "Trial Of The Trickster" (128 bits), the final episode of the show (May 18th, 1991).

The duo who are Pet Fly Productions did more internet exclusive commentaries; next came three podcasts for episodes of their former UPN series, "The Sentinel" (1996). This happened in 2006 for "The Complete First Season" box set. I'll be honest, I wasn't that into the show. I much prefer their other series, "Viper" (1994 - the NBC season) and the first television outing of "Human Target" (1992). I wish the latter would come out on DVD.

Anyhow, their website is long gone, I'm glad I have them. I wish there were more like these. Sadly only a few exist, like the podcast-commentary by Rob Thomas for the extended pilot episode of "Veronica Mars" (September 22nd, 2004 - UPN). At least we still have Icons Of Fright who have (pirate) commentaries with cast and production for such movies as "Halloween 6: The Curse Of Michael Myers" (1995), "Nightwing" (1977), "Child's Play" (1988) and "Fright Night" (1985). Man, I hope they do more.

Well... there are a couple more - "Headless Horseman" (2007), commentary by director Anthony C. Ferrante, star M. Steven Felty and composer Alan Howarth. And Darren Aronofsky's podcast commentary for his film "The Fountain" (2006).

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Footnotes.

Looking about, I found these quotes...
Quote:
The Flash has been around for 50 years [the Berry Allen Flash for nearly 35], and yet, when it came to designing the suit, we actually had one TV executive suggest that he run around in a gray sweatsuit.
- Danny Bilson

Quote:
There has been some slight modifications to the basic costume. We change the color of the boots from yellow to red and we've played around ever so slightly with the insignia. We've also added some changes to the cowl to give our Flash a more predatory look.
- Paul DeMeo



Those originated from an interview which was published in the November 1990 issue (#160) of Starlog magazine. I forgot about it, I have this issue. Sold for $3.95 back in the day.

Oh well, this has become one of my shorter entries.

Next PT zips by on August 30th.

Wait. I want to explain the statement I made above.

Pet Fly Productions' TV series which aired on the Big Three, CBS, NBC and ABC had a certain quality that felt like you were watching a live-action comic book. It's hard to quantify. Colors, lighting and art were eye catching. Effort was made to set them apart from other shows. When "Viper" return to television on UPN in 1996, it lost that dazzle. Same can be said for "The Sentinel" - both series felt rather common. I don't know if it was a money issue or if they if lost their touch.

Okay, there.

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Old 08-19-2012, 03:44 AM
Target - August 21st, 2012

Revenge: The Complete First Season
Exclusive packaging and bonus disc $34.99

The Hunger Games
Exclusive bonus disc for DVD or Blu-Ray $22.99/24.99

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$7.00 DVDs

Diary Of A Wimpy Kid
Winter's Bone
The Bourne Identity
The Dark Knight
(additional titles in store)

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House, M.D.: Season Eight $37.99

The Big Bang Theory: Season 4 $16.99
Mike & Molly: Season 1 $17.99
The Closer: Season 6 $17.99
NCIS: Season 8 $19.99
Scandal: Season 1 $19.99 (online coupon = $9.99)
One Tree Hill: Season 9 $19.99
Weeds: Season 7 $24.99
Breaking Bad: Season 4 $32.99
(additional titles in store)




This is my only purchase this week, S1 of "Revenge". I'm hoping to price match the much cheaper Best Buy price. As I understand this is a random thing, sometimes Customer Service does and sometimes they don't. Fingers cross
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Old 08-19-2012, 03:46 AM
Best Buy - August 21st, 2012

The Dictator
Exclusive bearded Blu-Ray/DVD/Digital Copy combo packaging $22.99

WWE: The 50 Greatest Finishing Moves In WWE History
Exclusive bonus content DVD or Blu-Ray $16.99/$19.99

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$4.99 DVDs

All Dogs Go To Heaven
Napoleon Dynamite
Cast Away
Mrs. Doubtfire
National Lampoon's Vacation
(additional titles in store)

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$9.99 DVDs

A Goofy Movie
An Extremely Goofy Movie
Hercules
Lilo & Stitch
Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: Numbers Roundup
Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: Road Ralley
Oliver And Company
The Emperor's New Groove
(free collectible tin activity set with purchase; tin case, gel pen, notepad, sticker sheet and zipper pull)

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$14.99 DVD

Seeking Justice

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$16.99 DVD

The Hunger Games (two disc version)

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Revenge: The Complete First Season $27.99
House, M.D.: Season Eight $34.99
Mike & Molly: The Complete Second Season $19.99
NCIS: The Ninth Season $32.99
NCIS: Los Angeles - The Third Season $32.99
The Closer: The Complete Seventh Season $34.99
Dexter: The Sixth Season $34.99
Mike & Molly: The Complete First Season $16.99
NCIS: Seasons 1 - 8 $16.99 (each)
NCIS: Los Angeles - Seasons 1 or 2 $16.99 (each)
The Closer: Seasons 1 - 6 $15.99 (each)
House, M.D.: Seasons 1 -6 $17.99 (each)
Smallville: Seasons 1, 2, 6 - 10 $14.99 (each)
The Big Bang Theory: Seasons 1 - 4 $16.99 (each)
Supernatural: Seasons 1, 4 - 6 $16.99 (each)
Happy Endings: Seasons 1 & 2 set $22.99
Sons Of Anarchy: Seasons 1 - 3 $22.99
Community: Season 3 $24.99
Community: Season 2 $17.99
Community: Season 1 $12.99
Boardwalk Empire: Season 1 $29.99
Glee: Season 3 $34.99
(free $10.00 gift card with the purchase of any TV titles $14.99 and up)




This, that and the other thing... nothing here for me this week
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Old 08-26-2012, 03:20 AM
Target - August 28th, 2012

The Pirates! Band Of Misfits
Exclusive bonus disc [DVD] with bandana - Blu-Ray/DVD/Digital Copy combo only $22.99

Once Upon A Time: The Complete First Season
Exclusive bonus disc DVD and Blu-Ray $34.99/$44.99

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$9.99 DVDs

Alvin And The Chipmunks: Chipwrecked
Superman Vs. The Elite

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$10.00 DVDs

Happy Feet Two
Soul Surfer
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1 (single disc edition)
Crazy Stupid Love
(additional titles in store)

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$14.99 DVD

The Muppets

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$17.99 DVD

Dr. Seuss' The Lorax

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The Walking Dead: The Complete Second Season $32.99
Boardwalk Empire: The Complete Second Season $35.99
Sons of Anarchy: Season Four $37.99
Homeland: The Complete First Season $27.99

The Office: Season 7 $14.99
Parks and Recreation: Season 3 $14.99
Spartacus: Gods Of The Arena $21.99
The Walking Dead: Season 1 (3 disc edition) $22.99
Glee: Season 3 $27.99
Boardwalk Empire: Season 1 $34.99
Grimm: Season 1 $36.99
House M.D.: Season 8 $39.99
(additional titles in store)

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$8.99 CD

"Alanis Morissette - Havoc And Bright Lights" exclusive 3 bonus tracks




The plan is to price match Best Buy's price for "Once Upon A Time" which is cheaper than Target then use that $10.00 off coupon that came with season one of "Revenge". I hope it works.

By the way, the bonus disc for "The Pirates! Band Of Misfits" is just for kids, how to draw and animate. I think I'll pass.

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