#561  
Old 08-26-2012, 04:23 AM
Best Buy - August 28th, 2012

Battleship
Exclusive bonus disc - Blu-Ray/DVD/Digital Copy only $19.99

Stargate Atlantis
Exclusive Blu-Ray editions of Seasons 1 - 5 $24.99 (each)

Terminator Anthology (Terminator/Terminator 2: Judgment Day/Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines/Terminator Salvation)
Exclusive Blu-Ray set $34.99

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$4.99 DVDs

Caddyshack
Dumb And Dumber / Dumb And Dumberer
Gettsburg
Into The Wild
Seven
Total Recall
Walk The Line

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$14.99 DVDs

The Dictator: Banned & Unrated
Act Of Valor
American Reunion: Unrated
Being Flynn
Big Miracle
Safe House
Silent House
Wanderlust

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Boardwalk Empire: The Complete Second Season $29.99
The Walking Dead: The Complete Second Season $24.99
Once Upon A Time: The Complete First Season $29.99
Sons Of Anarchy: Season Four $19.99 (Reaper beanie for $4.99 with purchase of S4)
Homeland: The Complete First Season $19.99
In Plain Sight: Season Five $17.99
Two And A Half Men: The Complete Ninth Season $24.99
Sons Of Anarchy: Seasons 1 - 3 $24.99 (each)
The Walking Dead: Season 1 (2 disc edition) $19.99
Boardwalk Empire: Season 1 $29.99
Two And A Half Men: Season 1 - 8 $16.99 (each)
Justified: Season 1 or 2 $14.99 (each)
The Big Bang Theory: Seasons 1 - 4 $16.99 (each)
Fringe: Seasons 1 - 3 $16.99 (each)
Breaking Bad: Season 4 $19.99
Weeds: Season 7 $19.99
Strike Back: Season 1 $24.99
Revenge: Season 1 $34.99
NCIS: Seasons 1 - 8 $18.99 (each)
NCIS: Season 9 $39.99
NCIS: Los Angeles: Seasons 1 or 2 $18.99 (each)
NCIS: Los Angeles: Season 3 $39.99
(free $10 Best Buy gift card when you spend $50 or more on TV titles on DVD or Blu-ray. Free $25 Best Buy gift card when you spend $100; must be on the same receipt)

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Dexter: Season 6 $34.99
Dexter: Season 1 - 5 $18.99 (each)
House, M.D.: Season 8 $39.99
The Closer: Season 7 $29.99
The Closer: Seasons 1 - 6 $16.99 (each)
Mike & Molly: Season 2 $24.99
Mike & Molly: Season 1 $16.99
(free $10 Best Buy gift card when you buy 3 TV titles $14.99 and up; must be on the same receipt)




There it is, I'll be picking up "Boardwalk Empire" S2 and "The Walking Dead" S2 here. No listing for "Starship Troopers: Invasion", so I checked their website - $17.99.

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  #562  
Old 08-30-2012, 03:23 AM
Past Tense

This week we are put on notice; beware of isolated motels in "Vacancy"...



The cat and mouse motion picture opened on April 20th, 2007. It was made with a budget of $19,000,000 (estimated) and grossed close to 19 million during its U.S. theatrical run. It made its money back with profits when including foreign receipts. The film opened number four at the box office, the following week it dropped to number eight.

The feature opened against "In The Land Of Women", "Hot Fuzz" and "Disturbia".

The basic edition did not come with a slipcover or any insert.

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The film streeted on home video, August 14th, 2007, there were two exclusives. I bought both, sold the extra copy on Ebay. I lost money on that. *shrugs*



Suncoast/F.Y.E had an exclusive cardboard foil slipcover and bonus disc. Thanks to the interwebs I found out about their exclusive. I called, queried if they had it, they said they had two copies. Naturally I requested they hold one for me. I get there later and see that the other is gone. I'm glad I asked them to put it aside. This would be the former F.Y.E, two towns away from me. This edition sold for $22.99.

I have since changed it and gave the movie a two disc case, it originally was inside a single. The bonus disc came inside an "EnvyPak"; think of it like a rectangular CD envelope. The top is clear plastic, only sticky on the sides on a white backing sheet. This kind of thing was mentioned before, the PT for "Resident Evil/Resident Evil: Apocalypse - Resurrected Edition" (February 23rd, 2012). The extra DVD has a run time of 19:44 minutes.

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The second exclusive came from Wal-Mart - another bonus disc, but this one with its own case. Both were inside a cardboard long box, which I still have as you can see from the above scan. Man, I'm anal.



This set sold for $19.96 and came with three making-of featurettes which totaled 28:53 minutes.

You would think that at some point someone would've said to cut back on the photoshop; the image of Luke Wilson on the bonus disc looks less than human.

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Both exclusives are great when you consider how brief the extras are on the main DVD; deleted scenes, alternate ending and one featurette. That's it. The exclusives add forty-eight minutes of more production bonuses.

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Footnotes.



This was a blind buy. I liked it, I'm glad I didn't flush away my bucks - I've done that before. Lately I've cut back on my blind buys. Having three in a row go bust was demoralizing; I could've bought something far better. I did pick up "Dead Season" (2012) and enjoyed it; zombie apocalypse with minor clichés, tough decisions and good characters.

Anyhow, what struck me about "Vacancy" is that this movie is an adult horror. That is to say, no teens. A married couple trying to survive the night from the motel from hell. Smart decisions and consequences which made sense.



Researching for this post I learned that Sarah Jessica Parker was to have played the wife, Amy Fox. I'll be clear, if that had happened I wouldn't have bought it. I'm glad she dropped out and was recast with Kate Beckinsale who IS a fox. Above is a behind-the-scenes pix with Beckinsale and director Nimród Antal. Yes, his name is Nimrod.

As with the PT from August 2nd (2012), "Quarantine", there was a direct to video installment for "Vacancy".



Released on January 20th, 2009 for $24.96 was "Vacancy 2: The First Cut". This should not have the number 2 in the title. This is a prequel, not a sequel.

The events which lead the motel to be turned into a snuff film studio. Well, I say studio since they editing equipment on site. Our heroine this time out is Agnes Bruckner as Jessica. She is so easy on the eyes. I remember the first time I saw her, the former ABC TV series "Alias". She did an episode, a victim of the conspiracy.

Bruckner plays a smart gal under pressure here. I'm pleased that she didn't turn into a damsel in distress - someone rescue me! Nope, Jessica has to get out of this mess by herself. A soild, suspense flick made for allegedly $5 million. If they can keep up the quality, I would like to see another chapter. *nods*

Extras include a commentary, two featurettes and deleted scenes; decent bonuses.

One other thing, I'm glad that these films don't descend into tortune porn. There is gore, but it's the supplement story - not the other way around. Story matters.

Next PT will strike at you on September 13th. And unlike previous entries, I know exactly what I'm going to write about. Ha-ha!

Just so you know, this month marks the one year annivesary of Past Tense (reboot). The first was posted on August 18th, 2011; the exclusives for "Laguna Beach" seasons one and two. Man, it doesn't feel that long ago. But that was forty-three entries (including my Night Of The Living Dead DVD Retrospective and Jurassic Park/The Towering Inferno Comparison) ago.

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  #563  
Old 09-02-2012, 04:51 AM
Target - September 4th, 2012

Fringe: The Complete Fourth Season $37.99
The Office: Season Eight $27.99
Grey's Anatomy: Complete Eighth Season $35.99
Parks And Recreation: Season Four $29.99
The Good Wife: The Third Season $36.99

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$9.99 CD

"Matchbox Twenty - North" with two exclusive bonus tracks




There isn't much of a selection this week. *shrugs*
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  #564  
Old 09-02-2012, 04:52 AM
Best Buy - September 4th, 2012

Fringe: The Complete Fourth Season
Exclusive comic book DVD or Blu-Ray $34.99/$44.99

Marvel's The Avengers
Exclusive pre-order Blu-Ray case (with $10.00 Sideshow Collectibles gift card [select products]) $7.50 deposit

Cinderella: Diamond Edition
Exclusive pre-order Blu-Ray collectible case $7.50

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$4.99 DVDs

The Crow
Batman Begins
We Were Soldiers
All Dogs Go to Heaven/All Dogs Go to Heaven 2 Double Feature
Gamer
Troy
Forgetting Sarah Marshall: Unrated
Gran Torino
Napoleon Dynamite
Ghost Rider
Batman: The Animated Series: Out of the Shadows
Beetlejuice: 20th Anniversary: Deluxe Edition
Sesame Street: The Best Pet In The World
Kangaroo Jack
Scooby Doo! And The Robots
The Smurfs: World Of Wonders
Space Jam
Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory: 40th Anniversary Edition
(additional titles in store)

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$9.99 DVDs

Iron Man
Iron Man 2

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$14.99 DVDs

The Lucky One
Captain America: The First Avenger
Thor

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Person Of Interest: The Complete First Season $29.99
2 Broke Girls: The Complete First Season $24.99
The Office: Season Eight $24.99
Grey's Anatomy: Complete Eighth Season $29.99
Parks And Recreation: Season Four $24.99
Criminal Minds: Season 7 $26.99
The Good Wife: The Third Season $29.99
Hung: The Complete Third Season $24.99
Fringe: Seasons 1 - 3 $15.99 (each)
Parks And Recreation: Season 1 $14.99
Parks And Recreation: Seasons 2 or 3 $18.99 (each)
The Office: Season 1 $14.99
The Office: Seasons 2 - 7 $18.99 (each)
Grey's Anatomy: Seasons 1 - 6 $15.99 (each)
Grey's Anatomy: Season 7 $29.99
The Vampire Diaries: Seasons 1 or 2 $14.99 (each)
Two And A Half Men: Seasons 1 - 8 $15.99 (each)
Two And A Half Men: Season 9 $32.99
Once Upon A Time: Season 1 $34.99
Boardwalk Empire: Season 2 $36.99
The Walking Dead: Season 2 $36.99
Sons Of Anarchy: Season 4 $39.99
(free ten dollar gift card with TV set purchases over $50.00 [must be on the same receipt] or $25 card with hundred dollar purchases [same receipt])

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$9.99 CD

"Imagine Dragons - Night Visions" with two exclusive bonus tracks

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$39.99 CD set

"Green Day - Complete Studio Albums 1990-2009" exclusive store release




There is but a single title of interest, "Piranha 3DD" which kinda snuck up on me. I thought that was coming out next month. It's selling for $14.99 here. And yes, I do know that it's NOT as good as the first film, but I'm still curious.
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  #565  
Old 09-09-2012, 05:36 AM
Target - September 11th, 2012

Snow White And The Huntsman
Exclusive; three different character covers (with collector's book) - Blu-Ray/DVD/Digital Copy combo set only $22.99

Star Wars: The Clone Wars - Darth Maul Returns
Exclusive store release $9.99

Barbie: The Princess & The Popstar
Free small Barbie doll with purchase (must be on the same receipt) $12.99 (packaged separately)

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$3.99 DVDs

Little Miss Sunshine
Spider-Man
Batman Begins
National Lampoon's Vacation
Mrs. Doubtfire
Dr. Seuss' The Cat In The Hat
Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory
(additional titles in store)

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The Big Bang Theory: The Complete Fifth Season $29.99
The Vampire Diaries: The Complete Third Season $38.99
Castle: The Complete Fourth Season $34.99
Spartacus: Vengeance - The Complete Second Season $29.99

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$9.99 CD

"Avett Brothers - The Carpenter" exclusive 2 bonus tracks




Meh, next week, maybe. There are no exclusives for "Big Bang Theory" or "Vampire Diaries" as Target did past years. I'm mixed, part of me is glad - since it saves me money.
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  #566  
Old 09-09-2012, 05:37 AM
Best Buy - September 11th, 2012

Snow White And The Huntsman
Exclusive Blu-Ray steelbook $19.99

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The Big Bang Theory: The Complete Fifth Season $24.99
The Vampire Diaries: The Complete Third Season $34.99
Castle: The Complete Fourth Season $27.99
Private Practice: The Complete Fifth Season $22.99
Blue Bloods: The Second Season $29.99
30 Rock: Season 6 $24.99
Spartacus: Vengeance - The Complete Second Season $19.99
Up All Night: Season One $17.99
Terra Nova: The Complete Series $24.99
The Big Bang Theory: Seasons 1 - 4 $16.99 (each)
Spartacus: Blood and Sand $22.99
Spartacus: Gods Of The Arena $22.99
Castle: Season 3 $29.99
30 Rock: Seasons 1 - 5 $17.99 (each)
Blue Bloods: Season 1 $29.99
The Vampire Diaries: Seasons 1 or 2 $14.99 (each)
Castle: Season 1 $15.99
Castle: Season 2 $23.99
Person Of Interest: Season 1 $39.99

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$11.99 CDs

"ZZ Top - La Futura" exclusive 2 bonus tracks
"Hoobastank - Fight or Flight: Deluxe Edition" exclusive store release

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$24.99 CD set

"Bob Dylan - Tempest: Deluxe Edition" with exclusive t-shirt and 60 page booklet




This and that; I'll pick up S5 of "Big Bang Theory" and S3 of "Vampire Diaries" at some later date, a cheaper later date. Say when it hits fifteen dollars or so.
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  #567  
Old 09-14-2012, 10:21 PM
Past Tense

This week we get some cannabis, but it's purely medicinal in "Weeds"...



"Weeds: Season Two" was released on home video on July 24th, 2007.

It streeted against "Tod McFarlane’s Spawn: 10th Anniversary Signature Edition - The Animated Collection", "Benson: The Complete First Season", "Live Free Or Die Hard: Unrated" and "The Monster Squad: Two-Disc 20th Anniversary Edition".

There were three inserts. The first is an episode listing. Next was an ad for the companion book "In The Weeds". The last was a rebate for $25.00 if you subscribe to Showtime; from July 27th, 2007 to March 31st, 2008.

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There was a single exclusive from Target, a forty-eight page booklet, a sampler of a larger publication, "In The Weeds: The Official Guide To The Showtime Series" by Kera Bolonik. This came inside the slipcover, in fact the slipcover was thicker to accommodate the booklet. What you see above is pretty much the same cover as the main book, just narrower (I was going to include the image, but it's the same picture). The book (288 pages), softcover was published by Simon Spotlight Entertainment on August 7th, 2007 for $17.95 Anyhow, back to the exclusive, this set sold for $27.99.

I remember buying this. My store only had four copies. And I got glitter bombed. I bought this on release day, took it to the car to inspect. Removed the plastic wrap and opened it up. Splash. There was dust/debris; the plastic equivalent of saw dust. EVERYWHERE. I had to get out of car and shake it off. I took out the discs and wiped them clean (both DVDs were mint) and clean out the digipack. I don't know what happened; if I was just unfortunate or if others had the same pixy soot.

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Footnotes.



We're on the precipice, the series finale of "Weeds" will air on September 16th. Not bad, most shows don't last eight seasons. I've seen seasons one through three, but haven't gotten around to watch the others. It's on my "To Do" list. I just wish they would re-release season one in widescreen, it aired that way, but the DVD is full screen. Why???

Sorry about the delay. This should've been uploaded yesterday morning. I got the days mixed up.

Oh well, just take a nice puff and don't worry, the next PT will gingerly tickle your toes on the 27th. Man, you should get some Funyuns for that. *nods*

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Just Because.



You're welcome. Mary-Louise Parker as Nancy Price Botwin; season four promo pix.
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  #568  
Old 09-16-2012, 05:14 AM
Target - September 18th, 2012

Katy Perry: Part Of Me
Exclusive Blu-Ray/DVD/Digital Copy combo; packaging and (5) featurettes $19.99

Indiana Jones: The Complete Adventures
Exclusive Blu-Ray, (5) lithographs $69.99

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$12.99 DVDs

Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol
This Means War
(additional titles on sale in store)

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$14.99 DVDs

Lady And The Tramp
Tangled
The Aristocats
(additional Disney titles on sale in store)

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$14.99 DVDs

The Three Stooges (2012)
Mirror Mirror
Think Like A Man
(additional titles on sale in store)

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Modern Family: The Complete Third Season $29.99
Supernatural: The Complete Seventh Season $37.99

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$12.99 CD

"Pink - The Truth About Love" with 4 excluisve bonus tracks

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$13.99 CDs

"The Killers - Battle Born" with 2 exclusive bonus tracks
"Carly Rae Japsen - Kiss" with 4 exclusive bonus tracks

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$14.99 CD

"Michael Jackson: Bad 25th Anniversary Edition" 2 CDs with exclusive DVD videos $14.99




They'll have "The Cabin In The Woods" (DVD), same price as Best Buy, $16.99. No listing for S1 of "Suburgatory. There you go.
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  #569  
Old 09-16-2012, 05:16 AM
Best Buy - September 18th, 2012

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$4.99 DVDs

The Jackie Chan Collection
Total Recall
Caddyshack
The Green Mile
Dumb And Dumber/Dumb And Dumberer Double Feature
The Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring
The Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King
Se7en
(additional titles on sale in store)

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$9.99 DVDs

Herbie 4-Movie Collection (Love Bug/Herbie Goes Bananas/Herbie Goes To Monte Carlo/Herbie Rides Again)
Thrills and Chills 4-Movie Collection (Haunted Mansion/Tower Of Terror/Mr. Toad's Wild Ride/Country Bears)
(additional titles on sale in store)

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$14.99 DVDs

Titanic (re-release)
Safe

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$18.99 DVD

The Hunger Games

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$27.99 DVD

Marvel Animated Features: 8-Film Complete Collection

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Suburgatory: The Complete First Season $24.99
Modern Family: The Complete Third Season $24.99
Supernatural: The Complete Seventh Season $29.99
Hawaii Five-0: The Second Season $29.99
The Mentalist: The Complete Fourth Season $29.99
Army Wives: Season Six - Part 1$24.99
Body of Proof: The Complete Second Season $24.99
Supernatural: Seasons 1 - 6 $16.99 (each)
Modern Family: Seasons 1 or 2 $19.99 (each)
The Mentalist: Seasons 1 - 3 $15.99 (each)
Hawaii Five-0: Season 1 $27.99
The Big Bang Theory: Season 5 $29.99
Spartacus: Vengeance $29.99
2 Broke Girls: Season 1 $29.99
The Vampire Diaries: Season 3 $39.99
Fringe: Season 4 $39.99
Sons Of Anarchy: Season 4 $39.99
Boardwalk Empire: Season 2 $36.99
Revenge: Season 1 $34.99
Once Upon A Time: Season 1 $34.99
Castle: Season 4 $34.99
Two And A Half Men: Season 9 $22.99
Two And A Half Men: Season 1 $15.99
The Office: Season 8 $34.99




I am curious about Sharks In A Supermarket a.k.a. "Bait" ($14.99), I'll probably pick up "The Cabin In The Woods" ($16.99) and Suburgatory ($24.99). What sucks is no listing for the special edition "Halloween II" and "Halloween III" DVDs. I want those.
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  #570  
Old 09-23-2012, 05:20 AM
Target - September 25th, 2012

Marvel's The Avengers
Exclusive bonus disc; "Marvel Studios: Building A Cinematic Universe" for the Blu-Ray combo pack and Blu-Ray 3D combo pack $19.99/$24.99

American Horror Story: The Complete First Season
Exclusive Q&A bonus disc also for Blu-Ray $24.99/$29.99

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$7.99 DVDs

The Goonies
Diary Of A Wimpy Kid
The Last Song
Austin Powers 3-Film Collection
(additional titles in store)

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$10.00 DVDs

Alvin And The Chipmunks: The Squeakquel
The Smurfs
Jack And Jill
Sherlock Holmes

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$9.99 OR maybe $14.99 DVDs (just list the price, you're being an ass)

Thor
Iron Man 2
The Incredible Hulk

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Family Guy: Volume Ten $26.99
Teen Wolf: Season 1 $12.99
Hatfields & McCoys - $22.99
Two And A Half Men: Season 9 $24.99
Revenge: Season 1 $29.99
Bond 50 (22-Film Collection) $115.99
(additional TV seasons in store)

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$13.99 CD

"No Doubt - Push & Shove" with exclusive five bonus tracks




"The Avengers" DVD is selling for $16.99 here. Looks like I'm going to make a blind purchase of "American Horror Story". In case you need to ask, that bonus disc for "The Avengers" is a Blu-Ray.
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Old 09-23-2012, 05:21 AM
Best Buy - September 25th, 2012

Marvel's The Avengers
Blu-Ray 3D/Blu-Ray/DVD/Digital Copy combo set with exclusive case and $30.00 "Sideshow Collectibles" gift card (on select items - which is BS), litho card and Avengers guide $69.99

Batman: The Dark Knight Returns - Part 1
Free digital comic book with purchase $9.99
-or-
Exclusive Batman figure with Blu-Ray/DVD/Digital Copy combo set $19.99 (along with the above digital comic) $19.99

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$4.99 DVD

The Incredible Hulk

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$7.99 DVDs

Iron Man: 2-Disc Ultimate Edition
Iron Man 2

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$9.99 DVDs

Thor
Captain America: The First Avenger

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Desperate Housewives: The Complete Eighth And Final Season $27.99
American Horror Story: The Complete First Season $24.99
Family Guy: Volume Ten $19.99
Gossip Girl: The Complete Fifth Season $29.99
The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes Volumes 1 - 4 $9.99 (each)
The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes Volume 5 $14.99
Desperate Housewives: Seasons 1 -6 $15.99 (each)
Desperate Housewives: Season 7 $29.99
Gossip Girl: Seasons 1 - 4 $15.99 (each)
The Mentalist: Seasons 1 - 3 $15.99 (each)
Bond 50 (22-Film Collection) $99.99 (the discs are held in sleeves can be scratched up)
CSI: Season 12 $29.99
CSI: Seasons 1 - 9 $9.99 (each)
CSI: Season 10 $12.99
CSI: Season 11 $29.99
CSI: Miami - Season 10 $29.99
CSI: Miami - Seasons 1 - 8 $9.99 (each)
CSI: Miami - Season 9 $27.99
CSI: NY - Season 8 $29.99
CSI: NY - Seasons 1 - 6 $9.99 (eac)
CSI: NY - Season 7 $27.99
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit - Season 13 $29.99
Rescue Me: The Complete Series $49.99




Should you want, "The Avengers" DVD is $16.99 here. As it turns out "Iron Man 2" is the single disc edition. Oh well, what I wanted was the two disc special edition. I'll probably pick up "Desperate Housewives" S6, don't give me that look. I like what I like.
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Old 09-27-2012, 04:44 AM
Past Tense

This week I'll give you a taste in your mouth, but don't worry, the flavor won't linger, much - "The Mummy: Tomb Of The Dragon Emperor"...



The third film in the "Mummy" franchise (dude, I'm not going to count those "Scorpion King" spin-off turds) opened on August 1st, 2008. It was made with a budget of $145,000,000 (estimated) and grossed 102 million during its U.S. theatrical run. It made its money back with profits when including foreign receipts (nearly four times the domestic gross). The film opened number two at the box office, the following week it dropped to number three.

The feature opened against "The X-Files: I Want To Believe", "Wall-E", "Step Brothers" and "The Dark Knight".

I'm going to be talking about the "2 - Disc Deluxe Edition". This release originally came with an embossed cardboard foil slipcover which mirrored the case's wraparound. It also came with two inserts; an ad for "The Mummy: Tomb Of The Dragon Emperor" the mobil game and digital copy instructions.

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The film streeted on home video, December 16th, 2008, there were many exclusives. Oh man, I bought this movie twice over. I lost money on this (selling the extra on Ebay). Okay, let's dig in...



The first was a pre-release, sneak peek disc from Best Buy. This was free and came in a standard DVD case; preview of TMTOTDE and "Hellboy II: The Golden Army". It was made available on July 22nd, 2008. The promo (for "Dragon") has a run time of 11:03 minutes.

You got an opportunity to get see "...Dragon Emperor", "The Incredible Hulk", "Wanted" or "Hellboy II" for free - if you bought a Best Buy title, part of a specific $5.99 DVD sale (twenty-two releases) it came with a certificate code. The online theater voucher (e-Movie Cash), a $7.50 value for one; window was June 13th, 2008 to October 26th, 2008.

Now going alphabetically...

Best Buy offered an exclusive lithograph for either version (single or two disc), $15.99 or $22.99. There were a minimum of fifteen lithographs per store. I don't own this nor do I have a picture of it. I apologize. I made an effort to pick up that lithograph on release day, but they wanted five dollars for it if I didn't purchase the DVD. And I didn't think it was worth it. Now? I would like to own it as a collector, impossible to find now. *holds head in shame*



One of the final exclusives that came from Circuit City was a mini-CD-ROM (iActiveCard, business card sized). It's browser based games. This was only available on the single disc edition and sold for $22.99. It was sealed inside the case.



Lastly was a bonus disc from Wal-Mart, this unfortunately was only available on the single disc version and sold for $19.98. The run time is 43:47 minutes (not forty-five as advertised). The last time I looked this was still for purchase from the Wal-Mart website for $13.96.

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Rant.



*deep sigh* Let's be honest. This movie is crap. While it did make a profit at the box office, it's the film that killed the franchise. There is a new "Mummy" feature in the works, not a sequel, but a reboot/remake. I don't like that, c'mon, this thing is thirteen years old. Just make a better sequel. Is it that hard? What I can say (as reported by Ain't It Cool News) director Len Wiseman has been attached to the reimagining. It will be produced by Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, based on the screenplay by Jon Spaihts.

Frack me. What is so dangerous about having a sequel? Has it become such a dirty word? Reboot. Reboot. Reboot. Wiseman directed the remake of "Total Recall" (2012). Yeah. *sigh* The remake hits Summer 2014.

Anyhow, I wanted this to be a popcorn flick, the last film "The Mummy Returns" (2001) was not as good as the first, but it was enjoyable. I got mad watching this. WTF? The yetis are high fiving themselves (explain this to me). Why does Alex O'Connell (Luke Ford) speak like he's a junior high kid? This guy is suppose to have been educated.

What the hell is Emperor Han's motivation? Jet Li might as well have had a mustache that he could twirl whenever he's on screen - 'see I'm wicked'. And a black hat just to make sure those who are stupid and/or ignorant will know, he's the bad guy. The first two films had Imhotep (Arnold Vosloo) who was this badass. You knew he was dangerous. He wanted to resurrect his lost love, Anck Su Namun (Patricia Velasquez) by any means necessary. You can't reason with him.



I'm sadden that they replaced Rachel Weisz with Maria Bello as Evelyn "Evy" Carnahan (or rather now married, Evelyn O'Connell). It took me out of the film ('that's not Evy') and her fake British accent was Saturday morning cartoon quality, plus she didn't have the same chemistry with her co-star as Weisz did.

The use of the re-animated Terra Cotta figures feels like a missed opportunity. There should've been more of a threat, not as scenery. What made me the most disappointed was the stupid actions by all to advance the paper thin story. The plot twist was lame. You could've seen that a mile away. Woh! Zi Yuan (Michelle Yeoh) is centuries old and fought Han into his curse. Color me surprised - NOT.



This had very few bright spots. One of them was actress Isabella Leong as Lin. She's very purdy. But her scenes with Alex made me cringe; is he retarded? Their scenes should be shown at acting classes, what not to do. Another was something just spoken of; Rick (Brendan Fraser) and Evy worked as spies for The Allies. That's where to go. It doesn't have to be another "Mummy" movie. Do another film with those characters in an action spy flick, it could even be supernatural. Why not? Lots of people were saying the first movie was like Indiana Jones, embrace it. *nods*

There you go. The next month is October, my favorite time of the year. So for the Halloween season, you're getting one new installment each week for that month. How's cool is that? The next PT will arrive on 4th. Most sway!

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Old 09-30-2012, 04:50 AM
Target - October 2nd, 2012

Cinderella Diamond Edition
Exclusive Blu-Ray/DVD/Digital Copy combo with storybook $23.00

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$9.99 DVD

Batman: The Dark Knight Returns - Part 1

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$12.99 DVD

Iron Man

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$14.99 DVDs

The Hunger Games
Captain America: The First Avenger

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$16.99

Marvel's The Avengers

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How I Met Your Mother: The Complete Season 7 $25.00
New Girl: The Complete First Season $25.00
($10.00 gift card when you buy HIMYM: S7 and NG: S1 together)

Downton Abbey: Seasons One & Two - Original UK Edition $30.00
Bond 50 22-Film Collection $116.00

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$10.00 CD


"Miguel - Kaleidoscope" exclusive (mystery) content




I'll pass this week. I do want "The Avengers", but I'll wait till the DVD hits ten dollars or so. It'll happen, I'm in no hurry.
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  #574  
Old 09-30-2012, 04:52 AM
Best Buy - October 2nd, 2012

Cinderella Diamond Edition
Free Lucifer plush toy with any Blu-Ray/DVD combo set; 2 disc $22.99/3 disc $27.99

Red Lights
Exclusive Blu-Ray/DVD/Digital Copy combo $12.99

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$4.99 DVDs

The Crow
Batman Begins
We Were Soldiers
All Dogs Go to Heaven/All Dogs Go to Heaven 2 Double Feature
Gamer
Troy
Forgetting Sarah Marshall Unrated
Gran Torino
Napoleon Dynamite
Ghost Rider
(additional titles in store)

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$7.99 DVDs

The Blade Collection: 4 Movie Favorites (Blade/Blade II/Blade Trinity/Blade TV pilot)
House On Haunted Hill (1999 remake)
The Mummy Lives
Stephen King's The Shining (ABC mini-series)
Thirteen Ghosts (2001 remake)
Village Of The Damned/Children Of The Damned: Horror Double Feature
The Critters Collection: 4 Movie Favorites (Critters I - IV)
Dracula Collection: 4 Movie Favorites (The Horror Of Dracula/Dracula Has Risen From The Grave/Taste The Blood Of Dracula/Dracula A.D. 1972)
Horror Collection: 4 Movie Favorites (Wolfen/Body Snatchers/Coma/Bad Moon)
Raw Feed Collection: 4 Movie Favorites (Rest Stop/Rest Stop: Don't Look Back/Sublime/Believers)

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$9.99 DVD

The Lucky One

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$14.99 DVDs

Battleship
The Cabin In The Woods
Dr. Seuss' The Lorax

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How I Met Your Mother: The Complete Season 7 $19.99
Nikita: The Complete Second Season $29.99
New Girl: The Complete First Season $19.99
Magic City: The Complete First Season $19.99
Hart of Dixie: The Complete First Season $29.99
2 Broke Girls: Season 1 $24.99
Two And A Half Men: Season 9 $24.99
Fringe: Season 4 $29.99
Person Of Interest: Season 1 $29.99
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Season 10 $7.99
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Season 9 $6.99
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Season 8 $6.99
The Cleveland Show: Season 1 or 2 $9.99 (each)
American Dad: Volume 1 - 7 $14.99 (each)
SpongeBob SquarePants: Season 1 - 3 $14.99 (each)
Family Guy: Volume 9 $19.99
Family Guy: Volume 2 - 8 $14.99 (each)
Futurama: Volume 6 $19.99
Futurama: Volumes 1 - 5 $14.99 (each)
The Simpsons: Season 20 $19.99
The Simpsosn: Seasons 8 - 10 $14.99 (each)
The Simpsosn: Seasons 11 - 13 $19.99 (each)
The Simpsosn: Season 14 $24.99

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$9.99 CD

"Heart - Fanatic" with three exclusive bonus tracks

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$18.99 CD

"Three Days Grace - Transit Of Venus" with exclusive t-shirt




$24.99 is a better price for "2 Broke Girls", but it can get lower. Being cheap? Yes, yes I am.

A plush Lucifer, I see. That would go well with a plush Cylon. Did I show my age?
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Old 10-04-2012, 05:57 AM
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It's the Halloween season once again! Week one of Limited Edition Horror 2012 kicks off with the dead walking and remember in George A. Romero's "Land Of The Dead"...



The motion picture opened on June 24th, 2005. It was made with a budget of $15,000,000 (estimated) and grossed over 20 million during its U.S. theatrical run. When including foreign receipts, it made more than two times the domestic gross. The film opened number fifth at the box office, the following week it dropped to number ten.

The feature opened against "Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge Of The Sith", "Batman Begins", "Mr. & Mrs. Smith" and "Herbie: Fully Loaded".

This release originally came with an embossed cardboard foil slipcover which mirrored the case's wraparound. It also came with a single insert, an advertisement. Side one was for Look For These Thrilling Movies!; "White Noise: Widescreen", "Van Helsing", "Dawn Of The Dead: Unrated Director's Cut", "Seed Of Chucky: Unrated And Fully Extended", "Shaun Of The Dead" and "The Bone Collector: Widescreen". The other side was for Universal monster, The Legacy Collection; "Frankenstein", "The Wolfman", "Dracula", "Creature From The Black Lagoon", "The Mummy" and "The Invisible Man". I only have Mummy and Creature, I need to get the rest. Great stuff, in case you missed it; they include all the films in that particular franchise with special features.

As a side note, the R rated DVD was full screen only. I own the "Unrated Director's Cut".

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There were two exclusives. The first was from the former Circuit City, a twenty-six page mini comic which was packed on the back the slipcase. This set streeted on October 18th, 2005 and sold for $17.99. It retold the opening, up to the downtown zombie cage fight. It was part one of five, a bigger official comic book adaptation. It was released by IDW Publishing; written by Chris Ryall with art by Gabriel Rodriguez. I have my comic under the slipcase.



The other was from Wal-Mart and I use the word 'exclusive' loosely. They had a two disc set, no - not like that. They had another title side packed with "Land", the non-documentary "Boogeymen: The Killer Compilation". That thing sucked. Out of curiosity I picked that up separately, a year later during one of their $3.99 DVD sales, that was a waste. What the hell was the point? Anyhow, what was the price for the set? Sorry, I don't know; I didn't bother buying that arrangement.

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Footnotes.

On Wednesday, April 27th, 2005, the teaser for the long awaited sequel to "Day Of The Dead" came online. Two days later the opening for that teaser was altered. I was fortunate enough to download it the day it became available.

The official reason for the change is to prevent confusion over the images. In 2004 Universal Studios released the Zack Snyder remake of "Dawn Of The Dead". "Dawn" being the second film (1978) in the then George A. Romero Dead trilogy. Universal released "Land Of The Dead" for 2005. Not a sequel to their remake. Which could've been confusing to non-Dead fans. At least that's what they claim for the changes.

The first version showed images from Romero's original "Dawn" and "Day". The later teaser purged those visuals in favor for clips from the original "Night Of The Living Dead". Let's backtrack and sorted out the confusion...

1968 saw the release of the film that changed the horror genre, "Night Of The Living Dead". Ten years later the first sequel was released, "Dawn Of The Dead". In 1985 the next installment came out, "Day Of The Dead". "Night" was remade in 1990 by Tom Savini. 2004 brought the remake of "Dawn", a stand alone film, not connected to the previous movies. The third sequel, "Land Of The Dead" came out in 2005. '05 also brought a stand alone remake of "Day", a low-budget feature, also not connected to the previous films. Understand?

It is believed (myself included) that the changes were made over ownership; Universal didn't have the rights to show those clips and instead inserted footage from "Night" since it's in public domain.

Original Teaser:
Quote:
They're coming to get you Barbara...
Footage from "Night" as a horde of ghouls slowly approach the farm house. Text - "In The Beginning One Man Made Us Fear The Night".
Quote:
The unburied dead are coming back to life, seeking human victims.
A clip of the now dead Karen Cooper (Kyra Schon) coming after her mother. Clip of Babara (Judith O'Dea) running out of the farm house into the headlights of Ben's truck. Text - "Then Night Became Dawn". Footage from "Dawn", Francine (Gaylen Ross), Stephen (David Emge) and Roger (Scott H. Reiniger) on the roof of the Monroeville Mall looking down. Clip of the zombies moving about the parking lot.
Quote:
The people it kills, get up and kill...
Third clip, ghouls moving inside the mall. A quick snippet of the famous zombie elevator rush scene. Forth clip with one of the biker raiders with tommi gun surrounded by ghouls. Text - "And Dawn Became Day". Footage from "Day", the platform descending into the underground facility.
Quote:
They have overrun us you know, we're in the minority now. This is a war...
Two clips of the zombies in Florida, ghouls walking around. Final clip, Sarah's nightmare - dead hands coming at her through the wall. The end of opening.

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Revised Teaser:
Quote:
They're coming to get you Barbara...
Footage from "Night" as a horde of ghouls slowly approach the farm house. Text - "In The Beginning One Man Made Us Fear The Night".
Quote:
The unburied dead are coming back to life, seeking human victims.
A clip of Ben (Duane Jones) looking at the ghouls right before entering the farm house. Snippet of zombies rushing forward. Clip of Babara running out of the farm house into the headlights of Ben's truck. Text - "Then Night Became Dawn". A clip of the now dead Karen Cooper coming after her mother.
Quote:
We don't know how many of them there are. Do you think we will be able to defeat these things? We don't really know...
Clip of the now dead Johnny (Russell Streiner) grabbing Barbara though the boarded door. Clip of the ghouls entering the farm house. Text - "And Dawn Became Day". Clip of the ghouls attacking Ben. The end of revised opening.



When I say end of opening, I mean the teaser then went into footage from "Land". The revised teaser lost most of the energy that the original had, not to mention the huge sense of continuity. Too bad they had to change it.

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Rant.

Lets address this first, the use of CGI in the film. As in computer generated blood. As mentioned above, Romero had a budget of $15,000,000 (sadly this is the most money he has ever been given to make a movie). For the remake of "Dawn", Snyder had $28,000,000 to play with. If they wanted the big moments they needed to trim back some effects. Using squibs, the fake blood shots for bullets take time to set up and if they go wrong you need to redress the actor(s) and do over. Money that gets wasted as does time. This is the new reality - fake blood gun shots. I accept that. So many people were upset about that. I'm not joking, a lot. Get over it.

This is a quote from effects supervisor, Greg Nicotero from KNB FX (the same company that does the ghoul effects for AMC's series, "The Walking Dead").
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George came up with a brilliant idea that I thought was just amazing. We shot zombie elements on green of just zombies walking past the camera. So, instead of having to trim an effect right down to the bare minimum he could, if need be, stick a zombie cross right in front of the camera digitally so that the zombie would obscure the effect just enough to make it less offensive. I thought that was a brilliant idea because then for the unrated cut you just remove that element and you got the big gag in all its glory.
C'mon, animatronic puppets and real people in make-up were used for the effects. The limited CGI is a non-issue.

Another issue people had was regarding Kaufman taking a suitcase full of cash with him. Why was money still being used? Simple, the tower was one of many safe zones humanity retook and fortified - society continues in inside. The basic need to buy, you need some kind of currency. It's not that unbelievable when you think about it, made sense.



But the main woe, concerns one character, Big Daddy (Eugene Clark), the zombie. Many were upset with this suppose break in 'Dead' continuity because Big Daddy developed higher thinking. Look, he is still an idiot, but King Idiot. The move is not in conflict with the series. Hell, the first film had a ghoul using a rock (a tool) to break the car's driver side window to get at Barbara. In "Day" Dr. Logan (Richard Liberty) was training Bub (Sherman Howard) to use objects and be docile. In "Dawn" there was that zombie who was far more interested in that rifle than the living people behind the glass doors of JC Penny. In fact he carries that gun for the rest of the film. This isn't so far out there. Given enough time, I do believe he would figure out how to shoot it - won't have much aim, but he would be able to fire... just like Bub.

The world belongs to the Dead. It is at best, a few hundred thousand living people on the planet, no more than that. And those are behind reinforced defenses. What happens to the dead when there is no one to devour? They're very slow to decay. So they just linger about, then what? They're left to their own devices, fragments of memory to pass the time. Bits. There is no prey to hunt. Bits of recognition (just as Bud gave that unrequested salute to Rhodes [Joseph Pilato]).

Look it it this way. We've all had times where we've tried to remember the name of a song or movie, can't quite recall it. Frack it, I have other things to do. But these things don't, nothing is going on - for days, weeks or even months. That thought will linger and linger until the right synapse fires, a connection made.

It makes total sense that after X amount of time alone they start act on those memories. They're still imbecile versions of who they were, but they have become more than what they (dead) were. Using tools. Why is that an issue??? And as I wrote, Big Daddy is still a meathead, a dog is probably smarter then he. But he's now more dangerous with that few additional digits of IQ. By the end of the film they were no longer interested in the fireworks that had been used to distract them. The undead recaptured a bit of their selves. And that should be a scary thought. It's easier to think of them as mindless masses, not something that could open a locked door trying to get to your tasty warm flesh.

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The original script ended atop Fiddler's Green, the ghouls mobbing into the building. The remaining living board a helicopter (like the fall of Saigon), somehow the pilot is bitten and/or shot at, the helicopter crashes into a nearby building. A bleak ending, which was like the conceived ending for "Dawn Of The Dead" ('78). Okay sure, in that unfilmed(?) version, Peter (Ken Foree) didn't make it out (suicide), leaving Francine completely alone. She decide to opt out and stands up on the moving helicopter blades, decapitating herself. The dead surround her and consume. The end credits roll, the final moment is shown, the motor sputter and stop. The chopper couldn't have gotten far anyway, low fuel.

Why not?

A bit more from the unproduced screenplay. It was Riley (Simon Baker) who was trying to buy his way into Fiddler's Green instead of Cholo (John Leguizamo). Riley was secretly dating Kaufman's daughter. Cholo once again steals Dead Reckoning, threatening to destroy the sanctuary unless his terms are met. Kaufman (Dennis Hopper) makes a deal with Riley allowing him to move into the tower if he stops Cholo and crew. As with the movie, Riley and his friend Charlie (Robert Joy) are given soldiers for support, but it is unclear if they can be trusted.



The whole idea for Fiddler's Green has been gestating since the mid '90s. A bit of the concept was talked about on the commentary for the 1996 (December 24th for $99.95) special edition Laser Disc box set, "Dawn Of The Dead: Special CAV Collector's Edition - Director's Cut" (from Elite Entertainment; the Director's Cut is actually the Extended version of the film). It was a three disc CAV set.

We have holed ourselves in safety, life continued as usual, the dead were now a nuisance than a real threat. It was our complacency that was our undoing. By the way, that LD commentary (Romero, Christine Romero, Tom Savini and Buster [Romero family dog]) has never been released on DVD.

It's too bad that "Land Of The Dead" didn't do well enough. Romero and crew were planning a new trilogy based on this installment. It never happened, instead he decided to reboot the whole situation with "Diary Of The Dead" (2007).

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I do like the design of Dead Reckoning (which by the way was the film's original title). I like the fact that it didn't look brand new. It was assembled with various found pieces. A functional, real world based armored, offensive transport. This puppy is the tank I want should I find myself in a undead world.

I do have some complaints. First off I'm bummed that there's a program missing from the DVD special features, "Dream Of The Dead: George Romero" an IFC half hour, behind-the-scenes special that aired on June 15th, 2005 (it was suppose to have aired June 12th, but didn't happen). It has yet to be released on DVD.

Second I wish the film was longer. The theatrical cut clocks at ninety-three minutes (ninety-seven, unrated). I wish this was two hours long. The extra time not so much about ghouls attacking, but life at the tower and the lives of the people on the streets below, that would be fascinating. Think about this; there is a whole generation there who have never known a world without the dead coming back to life.



I missed it the first time I saw the movie. The creators of "Shaun Of The Dead" (2004), writers Simon Pegg (left, star in the U.K. flick) and Edgar Wright (right) have a cameo as zombies in the downtown bazaar.



Did not know that; Romero's daughter, Tina has a bit part in the movie. She played the soldier that shoots down the ghoul who walked into the electrified fence. Sway.

Oh man, Halloween is my favorite holiday. As mentioned in the last PT, this month you're getting one new Past Tense each week. Oh Boy! The next segment will try to grab a hold of you on the 11th. My advice; have short hair, so that it can't clutch your head. As written in the "Zombie Survival Guide" (2003) by Max Brooks (available at your local book store).

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Just Because.



Behind-the-scenes pix of Asia Argento as Slack. Before you ask... Yes, that's her real tattoo - it goes all the way to her crotch. I'm not into tats. Wholesome porn starlet (c'mon she's adorable), Teagan Presley got transformed into a biker chick with all her body tattoos. Damn shame

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Old 10-07-2012, 04:42 AM
Target - October 9th, 2012

E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial Anniversary Edition
Blu-Ray/DVD/Digital Copy combo with exclusive steelbook case $17.99

Rock Of Ages
Exclusive bonus content on 2 disc DVD $19.99

I Love Lucy
Season 5 - 9 $11.99 (each), store exclusive

Prometheus
Exclusive photo book; 3D Blu-Ray/Blu-Ray/DVD/Digital Copy $27.99 or Blu-Ray/DVD/Digital Copy $22.99 - it appears that the exclusive will be on DVD $16.99.

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$7.99 Nickelodeon DVDs

Dora the Explorer: Dora's Royal Rescue
Winx Club: The Secret of the Lost Kingdom Movie
Bubble Guppies
(additional titles in store)

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$9.99 DVDs

It's The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown: Remastered Deluxe Edition
Spooky Buddies

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Bones: The Complete Seventh Season $34.99
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia: The Complete Seventh Season $24.99
I Love Lucy: Season 1 - 4 $11.99 (each)

Bones: Season 6 $27.99
Warehouse 13: Season 3 $27.99
Once Upon A Time: Season 1 $29.99
Grimm: Season 1 $29.99
The Walking Dead: Season 2 $32.99
Game Of Thrones: Season 1 $34.99
(additional TV shows on sale in store)




They're selling "The Raven" (DVD) for $16.99. I'll probably pick this up at a future date, ten bucks or less. I'm hoping the exclusive for "Prometheus" will be for DVD too.
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Old 10-07-2012, 04:43 AM
Best Buy - October 9th, 2012

E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial Anniversary Edition
Exclusive Blu-ray/DVD/Digital Copy combo $24.99

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The League: Season Three $19.99
Bones: The Complete Seventh Season $34.99
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia: The Complete Seventh Season $24.99

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$9.99 CD

"Cathy & David Guetta Present - FMIF! Ibiza Mix 2012" exclusive store release

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$19.99 CD

"MGK - Lace Up: Deluxe Edition" exclusive set with T-shirt and tattoo




They'll have "Prometheus" for $17.99 and "The Raven" for $14.99. The DVD version of "E.T." will be $12.99. What can I say? This turned into a weak week from Best Buy.
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Old 10-11-2012, 04:21 AM
Past Tense

Week two of Limited Edition Horror brings us a bucket full of vampyre mischief in "30 Days Of Night"...



The motion picture opened on October 19th, 2007. It was made with a budget of $32,000,000 (estimated) and grossed over 39 million during its U.S. theatrical run. The film opened number one at the box office, the following week it dropped to number three.

The feature opened against "Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas" (3D re-issue), "The Heartbreak Kid" and "Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married?"

This release originally came with a cardboard foil slipcover which mirrored the case's wraparound. It also came with an insert; ad for the graphic novel from which its based on and its printed sequels from IDW. The other side is an ad for various merchandise; action figures, lighter, t-shirts and hoodie from Gentle Giant Ltd.

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The film streeted on home video, February 26th, 2008. There were three exclusives. Lets address this alphabetically...

Circuit City sold it with internet based extras (downloads); five desktops and AIM icons. I bought my copy here. Why? As you read above, this came with a slipcover. The former retail giant sold their exclusive with the cover for $17.99.

Oh yeah, the store offered a second insert; single sided sheet, the web location for the exclusive. I looked, nope, the link is dead.

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FYE/Suncoast had the best of the lot; an exclusive a bonus disc (in a slim case) inside a cardboard slipcase. Cool huh? Not for me, I found out about this too late that afternoon, not that it would've mattered.

I traveled to my nearest FYE, two towns away - only to find out it has been closed down. I hadn't been there in months. The last time I was there was for their exclusive to "Vacancy" (August 3th, 2012, Past Tense).

There was at one point a Suncoast in my local mall. But that too went out of business. I tired the next avenue, I looked online. But to add icing on this disappointment cake that exclusive WASN'T listed on their website - in store only. Just fracking great! I was bummed out to say the least.

Since then I kept looking about Ebay for a good price, used. Years. I came close a few times. Once there was a seller who was selling just the exclusives - slipcase and bonus disc (with case). Perfect! No, it wasn't meant to be, I was out bidded at the last moment. It wasn't until July of 2011 that I finally got it. I paid twelve (including the three bucks for shipping). *nods*

The package was mint, very nice. The bonus disc has a run time of 24:41 minutes, but no menu screen - it just plays (a video diary on the making). This set also came with the movie which I already own (sold the extra copy). But the DVD did not come with the slipcover. I have my copy with slipcover inside, it fits perfectly.

When this set came out, FYE/Suncoast sold it for $21.99.

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Lastly Wal-Mart had a weak exclusive for the motion picture. As with last week's PT, I don't know the price. I really tried, but Google and my archive failed me. So lets say it was less than twenty bucks. They sold it, side packed with a hat, a skull cap. It came inside a DVD size cardboard case (same thickness). I passed on this. And this set also didn't come with the slipcover.

Anyhow, now? I would like to have this exclusive (not to wear) to complete my collection. It's on my to do list. But not that high up.

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Rant.



Man, it's been awhile since there's been a good vampire movie. The night crawlers were scary, not some sparkle wannabes; vampires. Plus the notion that these creatures are reality based, they don't transform into bats or fly or have capes. It avoided many of the tropes in the genre. These guys are the stuff of nightmares, not romance novels.



I enjoyed Melissa George as Stella Oleson. She fit the role. She's easy on the eyes, but not too pretty where it takes you out of the movie. Okay, "Whiteout" was a decent flick, but Kate Beckinsale was way too sexy to be a U.S. Marshal. Anyhow, I remember the first time I saw George. She played the murdered prostitute, May in "Dark City" (1998).



Left to right; director David Slade with actors Josh Hartnett, Mark Boone Junior and Melissa George. It may have taken years for me to get that FYE exclusive; it was worth it. It's too bad they don't make more like minded vampire films.

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Tangent.

I can not get into "Dracula" (1979), Frank Langella as the Count. While it may very well be authentic, the women in the film are so homely. I'm not talking about having HOT girls, no - more like Ms. George. Pretty, but not so out of place; like Emily Blunt in "The Wolfman" (2010) or Heather Graham in "From Hell" (2001). Am I being shallow and sexist? Yeah, probably. But had that happened I would've enjoyed that vampire flick more. Well that and actor Laurence Olivier (Prof. Abraham Van Helsing), he was so gravely ill making the feature and it shows. Every time he's on screen, it took me out. Man, he's dying, on death's door.

Anyhow, a good example of this is "Disturbia" (2007). The gal, Ashley Carlson (Sarah Roemer) is very pretty as the girl next door. She's doesn't feel out of place, nor so improbable as the would-be girlfriend/love interest. I like Megan Fox, but she's done films where her presence is so unlikely. True, there are hot girls who have common looking boyfriends, but those are as rare as the elusive fangirl.

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Footnotes.



There was a sequel made. Released on October 5th, 2010, a direct to video, "30 Days Of Night: Dark Days" ($24.96) which took place a year after the slaughter at Barrow, Alaska. That cover is pretty crappy, like it was the preliminary art that somehow made it to final because someone was asleep or just lazy, 'good enough'.

Actress Kiele Sanchez took over the Stella Oleson role. While I would've liked George to reprise her character, I'm not disappointed with Sanchez. As I understand she wanted to come back to the role, but George had a scheduling conflict. Side note on Sanchez, I wish her former ABC series, "Married To The Kellys" would come to DVD. I liked that show (lasted one season).



Stella has moved to Los Angeles trying to get anybody to believe her claim that real vampires murdered her town folks, giving lectures. In one such lecture she exposes some vampires in the audience. But her reveal gets shot down by an FBI agent in league with the vamps. She then meets a group of hunters who tell her that the vampyre queen, Lilith is in town, ready to leave for Alaska. Together they go on the hunt to avenge their lost love ones.

The sequel was made for $3,000,000 (estimated) and is based on the comic book mini-series of the same name. Mia Kirshner plays Lilith; most remember Kirshner as 'Naked Mandy' from the first episode of the series "Twenty-Four" (2001). I know I do. Anyhow, "Dark Days" was a decent/okay flick, I own it. I'm fine with it. I did like that vampires were just as nasty as the first film.

There you have it.

Next PT goes splat on the 18th, better brings some towels.

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Old 10-14-2012, 05:14 AM
Target - October 16th, 2012

Madagascar: The Complete Collection
Exclusive store release, DVD set $24.99

Mad Men: Season Five
Exclusive bonus content "Inside the Actors Studio Interview" DVD/Blu-Ray; both $29.99

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Halloween DVDs

Insidious $5.00
Shaun Of The Dead $5.00
A Nightmare on Elm Street 1- 4: 4 Film Favorites $7.00
Stephen King's Pet Sematary $10.00
Paranormal Activity $15.00
The Rocky Horror Picture Show $15.00
(additional 'Thrills And Chills' titles in store)

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Psych: The Complete Sixth Season $33.99

There it is, I'll be buying "Mad Men" here, that's about it for me this week.
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Old 10-14-2012, 05:17 AM
Best Buy - October 16th, 2012

Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted
Excluisve rainbow wig; 3D Blu-Ray/Blu-Ray/DVD/Digital Copy $29.99

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$4.99 DVDs

Madagascar
Madagascar 2
Adventures In Babysittings
An American Tail: Family Double Feature
Anastasia (animated)
Bee Movie
The Best Of Dr. Seuss
The Brave Littlle Toaster
The Goonies
Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears A Who!
The Land Before Time: Anniversary Edition
The Neverending Story
Scooby-Doo! And The Pirates
Thumbelina

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$6.99 DVDs

Hocus Pocus
Mickey's Treats
Spooky Buddies
(free pumpkin stencil carving kit included with above Disney titles)

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Mad Men: Season Five $29.99
Alcatraz: The Complete Series $24.99
Psych: The Complete Sixth Season $27.99
Touch: The Complete First Season $29.99
Community: Season 3 $19.99
Entourage: Season 8 $24.99
Hatfields & McCoys $24.99
Castle: Season 4 $29.99
Grey's Anatomy: Season 8 $29.99
Once Upon A Time: Season 1 $29.99
Revenge: Season 1 $29.99
The Closer: Season 7 $29.99
House M.D.: Season 8 $34.99
Modern Family: Season 3 $34.99
Boardwalk Empire: Season 2 $39.99
True Blood: Season 4 $39.99

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$15.99 CD

"Anberlin - Vital - Deluxe Edition" with two exclusive bonus tracks




I am interested in seeing the "Chernobyl Diaries" ($14.99), but I'll wait for the price to drop to say ten bucks or less. Yes, I know it's crap, but it could be entertaining.

"The Brave Littlle Toaster" feels like a pre-"Toy Story" movie. I liked it.
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Old 10-16-2012, 07:19 PM
E.T. was only $17.99 on Blu last week at Best Buy and with the trade in program, I ended up getting it for $12.99.
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Old 10-17-2012, 02:08 AM
There you go.

Can't say I'm into "E.T.", I liked it as a kid - saw it when it in theaters. Now, I think I out grew it. I may revisit it in a few years.
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Old 10-18-2012, 03:37 AM
Past Tense

In week three of Limited Edition Horror we travel across a post-apocalyptic America looking for a yummy Twinkie in "Zombieland"...



The motion picture opened on October 2nd, 2009. It was made with a budget of $23,600,00 (estimated) and grossed over 75 million during its U.S. theatrical run. The film opened number one at the box office, the following week it dropped to number two.

The feature opened against "Capitalism: A Love Story", "Surrogates", "Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs" and "Whip It".

The DVD release did not come with a slipcover, but it came with an insert. Side one; ad for the "Zombieland: The Mobile Game" cell phone game, the other side, ads for various Sony Blu-Rays.

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Best Buy had the only exclusive, a bonus disc. The set streeted on February 2nd, 2010 and sold for $22.99. It was also available on Blu-Ray for $24.99. It came with an exclusive wraparound, The Nut Up Or Shut Up Edition.



It came in a two disc case, not one of those crappy eco-friendly cases or a CD envelope. The bonus disc has two featurettes; "Shootin' Zombie With Ruben Fleischer" and "Behind The Scenes With The Cast And Crew Of Zombieland"; a runtime of 27:31 minutes. There is no menu screen, both featurettes play consecutively.

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Rant.



This is one of the few zombie movies that can be said in the same breath as "Shaun Of The Dead" (2004). There are so many low budget flicks trying for that claim - 90%+ fail at that; lame humor with lackluster effects do not make a memorable feature. What does? I'll name a couple, "Fido" (2006), "Dance Of The Dead" (2008), "Doghouse" (2009) and "Slither" (2006).



I am not a fan of "Superbad" (2007). I just didn't find it funny. Why am I suppose to care about this loud mouth A-hole? It was however the first film to introduce me to Emma Stone. Got curious, then I saw her in "Easy A" (2010) and "The Help" (2011). I'm sold. She's cool. Researching this entry, I learned that Megan Fox turned down the role of Wichita. I'm glad that happened. I can't see her in the part, she looks like a model. That's not a dig at Ms. Stone. She's attractive in that 'girl next door' kind of way. The movie is better for her involvement.

As for Fox, you can now call her a MILF, she gave birth to boy, Noah Shannon Green on September 27th. She didn't announce it until nearly three weeks after the fact. See, that's how you do it. She didn't whore herself every step of the way (like Beyonce). It's a private moment, not something to be plastered on every tabloid cover. Well done, Fox.



Man, this film reinforces my fear of clowns. I don't care for them. Screw you, if you're laughin'. They bug me. That painted face zombie (Derek Graf) was nasty (above left). Just as bad as the face eating jester (Kyle Glencross) from "George A. Romero's Diary Of The Dead" (2007). By the way, Michelle Morgan who played Debra Moynihan in "Diary" looks very much like an older Ashley Greene (not an insult, a maturer Greene - before she started looking a bit anorexic), an observation. She's attractive.

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Footnotes.



Oh man, I regret buying this (July 2012). The bright side of this crap cake is that I only paid ten bucks, bought off an Amazon reseller. What is it? Released from IMDFilms on May 17th, 2011 was the low budget ($500,000) parody of "Zombieland" called "Stripperland", $19.95. Same concept, except, wait for it... switching zombies with strippers - turned into zombies. A global virus turns women into undead strippers who feed on the living or on single dollar bills which ever comes first. Now you might think that was funny. Sure, on paper; executed it's pure garbage.

It had characters based on the film. Holy crap, Maren McGuire plays Virginia, the Abigail Breslin role of Little Rock. She is WAY TOO old for that part! They have her in pigtails, dude it does not work. Next they have Ileana Herrin as West, the Emma Stone part of Wichita. You can see for yourself on that DVD cover. I spoke about this in last week's PT. The need for a film to have a pretty girl to service the role. Not so pretty or hot that her presence makes you question why she's there. *sigh* Not gonna continue there... just look at the cover.

The only good part was Frisco played by Jamison Challeen, the Woody Harrelson's Tallahassee role. He fit the character. I didn't have problem with him. But he doesn't save the motion picture - which I use loosely.

Take my advice, avoid this. Don't make the same mistake. You're better off giving ten dollars to a homeless person. At least they'll do something productive with that money; food or booze.

Oh yeah, nearly forgot. Last October (2011) it was reported that Fox was developing a TV series based on "Zombieland". The pilot written by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick who wrote the screenplay. This would be a replacement for the sequel. Then nothing new on the project. It was planned as a half hour show. As it stands (2012), Sony bought a sci-i action script from the writers, "Epilson". Robots vs. Humans on a space station. So I guess that project is dead. I would've like to have seen it.

Oh well.

The last Past Tense for Halloween 2012 is a soon to be classic (if not all ready), something for the kids and the adults. Yeah buddy! It'll gnaw at you on the 25th.

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Just Because.



Is it wrong that the undead dormitory girl, "406" played by Amber Heard (picture with Jesse Eisenberg as Columbus) is still kinda attractive? I mean, NO, I woudn't. No telling what you could catch from her, but... you know - she's still fetching. Don't give me that look, when you saw the movie you thought the same thing. It's a guy thing.
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Old 10-21-2012, 05:01 AM
Target - October 23rd, 2012

Magic Mike
Exclusive Blu-Ray/DVD/Digital Combo set with five character postcards $22.99

Secret Of The Wings
Exclusive Blu-Ray/DVD combo digibook set with thirty-two story book $22.99

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$12.99 DVD

Monster High: Ghouls Rule DVD

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$4.75 DVDs

Where the Wild Things Are
Good Will Hunting
Spider-Man
(additional titles in store)

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Pride And Prejudice $7.99
8-Movie British Classic Collection (Restoration/An Ideal Husband/A Month By The Lake/My Life So Far/The Englishman Who Went Up A Hill But Came Down A Mountain/Sweet Revenge/Her Majesty, Mrs. Brown/Tom & Viv) $9.99
Upstairs Downstairs: Series One $14.99
Poirot: Series 1 $15.99
Frozen Planet $19.99
Sherlock: Season Two $22.99
(additional British TV titles in store)

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$11.99 CD

"Lamar Kendrick - Good Kid, M.A.A.D City" exclusive deluxe edition with two bonus songs

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$12.99 CD

"Tony Bennett - Viva Duets" exclusive deluxe edition with four bonus songs

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$14.99 CD

"Taylor Swift - Red" exclusive deluxe edition with six bonus songs




Don't see anything I want. Man, this year's Halloween sales are crap on a cracker. What happened?
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Old 10-21-2012, 05:02 AM
Best Buy - October 23rd, 2012

Secret Of The Wings
Exclusive free Trick-Or-Treat bag with Blu-Ray purchase $22.99/29.99

You Only Live Twice
Exclusive store Blu-Ray release $9.99 (include theater voucher to see "Skyfall")

The Spy Who Loved Me
Exclusive store Blu-Ray release $9.99 (include theater voucher to see "Skyfall")

On Her Majesty's Secret Service
Exclusive store Blu-Ray release $9.99 (include theater voucher to see "Skyfall")

A Nightmare On Elm Street Collection
Exclusive store Blu-Ray release $39.99

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$4.99 DVDs

Scooby-Doo! And The Witch's Ghost
Casper Meets Wendy
The Garbage Pail Kids Movie
Igor
(free Trick-Or-Treat bag with purchase of select kid's Halloween movie, $4.99 and up)

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$4.99 DVDs

The Devil's Rejects
Rosemary's Baby (non-Criterion)
Primal Fear: Special Edition
Friday The 13th: The Final Chapter
The Corpse Bride
Cradle 2: The Grave

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$9.99 DVDs

It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown
Alvin and the Chipmunks Halloween Collection
(free Trick-Or-Treat bag with purchase of select kid's Halloween movie, $4.99 and up)

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Star Wars: The Clone Wars - The Complete Season Four $24.99
Fantasy Island: Season 1 $9.99
Barney Miller: Season 1 $9.99
All In The Family: Season 1 $9.99
Sanford And Son: Season 1 $9.99
Good Times: Season 1 $9.99
Married With Children: Season 1 $9.99
The Jeffersons: Season 1 $9.99
Diff'rent Strokes: Season 1 $9.99
Who's the Boss?: Season 1 $9.99
Bewitched: Season 1 $9.99




Last week I picked up S1 of "The Jeffersons" (for that sale price); it still holds up, granted parts of it feels a bit dated. What surpised me was the first episode was somewhat of an origin show. The Jeffersons' having just moved into their new home.

Anyhow, I'll be picking up "Wrong Turn 5: Bloodlines" here for $12.99. Best Buy will have "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter" for $16.99. And "Seeking A Friend For The End Of The World" for the same price. Both are on my to-buy list, but I'll wait for them to hit ten bucks in a couple of months.
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Old 10-24-2012, 04:53 AM
Wal-Mart - October 23rd, 2012



An exclusive gift set for Disney's "Secret Of The Wings". The Blu-Ray/DVD combo comes with Pixie Dust Powder Brush. Can't recall the price I saw in store.
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Old 10-25-2012, 05:54 AM
Past Tense

Here we are once again, the last week of Limited Edition Horror. We close Halloween 2012 with a particular ill mannered domicile in "Monster House"...



The CGI motion picture opened on July 21st, 2006. It was made with a budget of $75,000,000 (estimated) and grossed over 73 million during its U.S. theatrical run. It made its money back with profits when including foreign receipts, over 140 million total. The film opened number two at the box office, the following week it dropped to number four.

The feature opened against "Cars", "Superman Returns", Clerks II" and "Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest".

This DVD came with a very unique cardboard slipcover (thick), an interactive one - not a lenticular; a "Stop-Frame Animation Wheel" (the official name as written in the trade ads). It's the only time I can recall, such a thing happening. It's rather sway. It mostly mirrored the case's wraparound.



Four images (above) that show our heroes and the possessed house. The slipcover opens up, on the other side is a different set of stills on the wheel. Not gonna scan that, doing it would damage the cover - the flap only opens so far. It shows the house in various states of anger.

It came with two inserts. The first was a double sided ad for "Collect These Other Great DVDs"; showcasing eight titles. Next was a coupon/voucher for $3.00 off your next Sony Pictures Home Entertainment DVD. You had forty titles to pick from. It expired on March 31st, 2007. As you can tell, I never used it.

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The film streeted on home video, October 24th, 2006, there a couple of exclusives and two freebies. I bought the DVD once, and later *cough* acquired the slipcover (bought a few months after the fact and returned it - without the cover). Lets address this alphabetically...



Best Buy offered an exclusive Trick Or Treat bag. This was available for the full and widescreen editions for $16.99. The bags were not attached, but on a nearby display shelf. The bag came inside a DVD case size cardboard envelope. I have two copies, both of them unopened. I'm a collector. I didn't buy this set, but I did ask for one then later another with the purchase of a different DVD, paid a penny for each.

The former retail giant, Circuit City sold the movie with a free bag of Pop-Secret popcorn for $16.99. As you would expect - I don't have a picture of this. Why would I? The popcorn was available for either editions.

This isn't listed in most collector threads, but Target had their own; a free, generic Trick Or Treat bag attached to the case. This set sold for $16.99 as well. I passed on it, nothing special. Sorry, but I have no picture of it.



The last exclusive came from Wal-Mart, a 3D child's book "Attack Of The Monster House" (with glasses) and a folded 3D movie poster (inside the book). I bought this. They came inside a cardboard long box, which I still have as you can see from the above scan. The thing (twenty-four pages) felt like one of those Scholastic books I used to buy when I was in grade school (but this was published by Simon & Schuster). By the way, those 3D glasses needed to be assembled. Anyhow, it's pure fluff (the thin book retold the story - in 3D!), but was nicely done. This exclusive came for both the widescreen or full screen editions. Note, this set did not come with the slipcover and sold for $19.96.

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Rant.

Researching for this entry I found out that there are people who hate this movie, not because of their likes, but because they feel it's too scary/inappropriate for kids. Holy frak! This is why society is going into the dumpster. These folks would have fits seeing how kids in the '70s and '80s were raised (myself included). Not some precious snowflakes, we had fun and really played.

*sigh* There is even talk about how the film portrays the obese in a negative light. For crying out loud! Nebbercracker (Steve Buscemi - voice) loved his wife. It didn't matter that she was fat, he took care of her in life and in death. The gal was hungry all the time, that plot point is main story - she became the house and it needed to be feed. That's the story, not some kind of slap-in-the-face insult. If anything the message here is acceptance and love. And it has a happy ending. Why does this need to be a drama? Man, I hate all this PC crap.

There is more, but I'm not going to go further. I have one thing to say; stop being retarded!!! You get those funny looks since the words coming out of your mouth is at best... imbecilic. Lets just put it this way, the movie wasn't for you, move on. The end. *forced smile*



And yeah, DJ (Mitchel Musso - voice) does look like a toon version of Will Wheaton.

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Tangent.

This is the time of the year when I buy my Halloween related CDs. I'm done with my sound effects collection (bought some years back). I have all the "Big Scream: ScarroundSound Environment FX" CDs (roughly an hour each); all nine of them...

01 Chainsaw
02 Screams!
03 Thunder Storm
04 Creep Mansion
05 Moans And Groans
06 Howls And Growls
07 Merciless Pain
08 Wind!
09 Twisted Laughter

"Merciless Pain" by the way will make you feel uncomfortable after a few moments. Which is a compliment, the producer(s) did a good job. It's unsettling. I also own "Sounds Of Gore: Volume 13 - Zombie Attack". It works, you're in a boarded house with the dead outside, hungry, trying to get in. Flesh to flesh, bite to bite.

I like to listen to Thunder Storm or Wind! CDs when I write. It touches my inner goth.

The bulk of my holiday audio collection is music. From such bands as "Midnight Syndicate" and "Nox Arcana". Last years I added "Halloween Cocktail Party" to my lot. A concept album, take Halloween related songs like "Witchy Woman" by the Eagles, re-imagined as lounge tunes; sung by Janice Hagan - turned out very sway. I'm impressed.

Anyhow, I went to three different Spirit Halloween stores and none of them had CDs. I spoke to the proprietor of the Hesperia, CA store - she was disappointed as well. Squat. She said, she would play one of the CDs in store for atmosphere, now she's playing the radio, not the same.

This is the first time EVER this has happened. In past years, there were CDs in the store. Granted I often already owned the titles they had for sale; looking for albums I didn't have. This is a very niché market, Halloween is their season. Why no music?



For those who don't know "Nox Arcana" and "Midnight Syndicate" are bands who produce music played in Halloween attractions, theme parks and such. Moody, creepy - all concept albums; haunted house, cursed family, vampires, H.P. Lovecraft, undead pirates and the like.

"The 13th Hour" (2005) from "Midnight Syndicate" made me jump. The idea is that of a cursed, vacant home - you're exploring. Again, this is pure music, instrumental/score. Track 9, "Last Breaths" is suppose to be an empty room. It ends with someone gasping in your left ear. It came out of nowhere. Not ashamed, wasn't expecting that.

Don't know if this was a corporate glitch. What I do know is that "Nox Arcana" and "Midnight Syndicate" both have new albums for this year (2012); "Winter's Majesty" and "A Time Forgotten" (haunted Victorian hotel). Yes, I can buy them online, but I have to pay shipping. And I usually buy my CDs the day after Halloween - 50% off. That kind of deal isn't online.

Backtracking a moment; I also own a couple of "Zombi" CDs. Take the musical style of "Goblin" from the 1978 motion picture electronic score, "George A. Romero's Dawn Of The Dead" and expand on them. It feels like music from the movie - fits so well. I need more of them. The tune "Sequence 3" has this great sense of immediate urgency; will you fight or flight?

Okay. So there it is - I'm bummed that there are no CDs being carried at the Spirit Halloween store. I hope that next year they'll correct that mistake.

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I want to address something else Halloween related... the Korean film, "Sector 7" (2011); it's on DVD from Shout! Factory. While many have called this a decent horror film. It's more of a remake or re-imagining than an original. Or perhaps an unintentional remake.

On February 20th, 1981, ABC aired a made for TV movie - "The Intruder Within". It starred Chad Everett, Joseph Bottoms and Jennifer Warren among others. Same concept; an oil rig near Antarctica find something other than oil - their drilling (19,792 feet) brings to the surface an ancient life form; now loose on the rig. It looked very Giger-esc, definitely inspired by "Alien" (1979).



This is available on YouTube. Is it good? It's okay, not much else. I saw this when it was first broadcast, a wee boy. It's not very scary, but there is once scene that stood out in my young mind - the loss of self. One of characters give birth to this monster. It uses the living body to gestate, then when its ready; burst the body open like a shell. That person is gone. The effect is a bit surreal since they couldn't show that kind of graphic moment on television.

And yeah, there's a mad scientist in this one too.

Man, that thing was slow as hell - the creature. While it does have a very tough exoskeleton, you could very easily outrun it; hell, power-walk it. The other thing was sound, rather sound effect. As if they ran out of money to give it range. They had the same creature growl, playing over and over. It was almost comical.

Something I just noticed, Lynda Mason Green plays Robyn. I remember Green as Dr. Suzanne McCullough from the syndicated TV series, "War Of The Wars" (1988). Season one was good, season two became an "Invasion Of The Body Snatchers" wanna be (both seasons are on DVD). In an odd bit of coincidence, Lynda Mason Green back in the day, looked similar to current, Ashley Greene. The names are spelled differently, not related. At least I don't think so - kin.

Anyhow, just wanted to you know.

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Footnotes.

"Monster House" ranked number eight in Whatculture!'s "8 Surprisingly Scary Animated Films That Scarred The Kids". Nice.

There you go folks. The end of Limited Edition Horror. The next Past Tense will come at you on November 8th. Have a safe and happy Halloween! Without trying to be cliché, don't drink and drive.



And a message for the hot girls - it's Halloween, it's your duty to wear a slutty outfit. Like the above, "Ms. Krueger Naughty Nightmare" costume (yes, I get it - it's so VERY wrong) or "Chainsaw Massacre costume". If you're not, you're doing a disservice to the decades long tradition. You can check the math if you like, but you'll come to the same conclusion. *nods*

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Old 10-25-2012, 06:26 AM
Past Tense Compendium - October 25th, 2012

I was looking at my finished PT folder last week and notice something rather shiny, "Monster House" would become my fiftieth Past Tense entry, a milestone. So I got thinking...

There really should be a list for all the exclusives I've written about, an index.

So here it is. You're welcome. I've broken them into three sections, they're pretty self-explanatory.

I'll do another update when I hit 100 - if I get that lucky. I running out of topics, not right away, months away. We'll see what happens.

Oh well.

Enjoy!

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Movies.

30 Days Of Night
October 11th, 2012

Aliens Vs. Predator: Requiem
February 16th, 2012

Behind The Mask: The Rise Of Leslie Vernon
December 22nd, 2011

Beowulf
December 15th, 2011

Bring It On: All Or Nothing
November 3rd, 2011

Chronicles Of Riddick, The
March 15th, 2012

Crank
September 22nd, 2011

Dawn Of The Dead (2004)
September 1st, 2011

Day After Tomorrow, The
March 29th, 2012

Day The Earth Stood Still, The (2008)
June 21st, 2012

Déjà Vu
March 7th, 2012

Descent, The
November 17th, 2011

Elizabethtown
December 1st, 2011

Final Destination 3
Part 1
Part 2
October 20th, 2011

Flash Gordon (1980)
July 5th, 2012

Girl Next Door, The (2004)
September 29th, 2011

Hellboy
January 5th, 2012

I Am Legend
November 10th, 2011

Island, The
November 24th, 2011

King Kong (2005)
Part 1
Part 2
October 27th, 2011

Land Of The Dead
October 4th, 2012

Legion
June 7th, 2012

Mummy, The: Tomb Of The Dragon Emperor
September 27th, 2012

Planet 51
March 22nd, 2012

Planet Of The Apes (2001)
December 8th, 2011

Quarantine
August 2nd, 2012

Resident Evil/Resident Evil: Apocalypse - Resurrected Edition
February 23rd, 2012

Ring, The/Ring Two, The
February 9th, 2012

Sex Drive
May 10th, 2012

Sky Captain And The World Of Tomorrow
September 15th, 2011

Tim Burton's Corpse Bride
October 6th, 2011

Time Machine, The (2002)
September 8th, 2011

Tomb Raider: Cradle Of Life
January 12th, 2012

Vacancy
August 30th, 2012

Van Helsing
October 13th, 2011

The Wolfman (2010)
July 19th, 2012

Zombieland
October 18th, 2012

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Television/Cable.

Battlestar Galactica: Razor
March 1st, 2012

Battlestar Galactica: Season 4.0/4.5
April 12th, 2012

Birds Of Prey: The Complete Series
May 24th, 2012

Boardwalk Empire: The Complete First Season
April 26th, 2012

Flash, The: The Complete Series
August 16th, 2012

How I Met Your Mother: Season One
January 26th, 2012

How I Met Your Mother: Season Two
February 2nd, 2012

Invasion: The Complete Series/Desperate Housewives: The Complete First Season
December 29th, 2011

Jericho: The Complete First Season
January 19th, 2012

MTV's Æon Flux: The Complete Animated Collection
August 25th, 2011

MTV's Laguna Beach: The Complete First Season/The Complete Second Season
August 18th, 2011

Weeds: Season Two
September 14th, 2012

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Various.

Night Of The Living Dead DVD Retrospective
January 5th, 2012

The Towering Inferno/Jurassic Park Comparison
April 5th, 2012

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Old 10-28-2012, 04:36 AM
Target - October 30th, 2012

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$9.99 DVDs

Dark Shadows (2012)
Rock Of Ages
(additional titles in store)

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$10.00 DVDs

Bridesmaids Unrated
Transformers: Dark Of The Moon
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1
21 Jump Street
Moneyball
Happy Feet Two
(additional titles in store)

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$14.99 DVDs

Snow White & The Huntsman
Battleship
Moonrise Kingdom
Think Like A Man
The Dictator
Friends With Kids
Prometheus
(additional titles in store)

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Disney Sale

Hocus Pocus $7.99
Spooky Buddies $9.99
Doc McStuffins: Friendship Is The Best Medicine $11.99
Tangled $14.99
The Rescuers: 35th Anniversary Edition $14.99
Beverly Hills Chihuahua 3 $14.99
(additional Disney sale titles in store)

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Archer: Season 2 $12.99
Family Guy: Volume 10 $19.99
The Office: Season 8 $26.99
Sons Of Anarchy: Season 4 $34.99
Grimm: Season 1 $29.99
Psych: Season 6 $29.99
Boardwalk Empire: Season 2 $32.99
The Big Bang Theory: Season 5 $24.99
Homeland: Season 1 $29.99
Modern Family: Season 3 $29.99
The Walking Dead: Season 2 $29.99

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$12.99 CDs

"André Rieu - Home For The Holidays" with three exclusive bonus tracks
"Rod Stewart - Mary Christmas, Baby" with three exclusive bonus tracks

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$16.99 CD

"Taylor Swift - Red" exclusive deluxe edition




Same price for "Dark Shadows" as Best Buy, interesting. A good selection of titles this week.
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Old 10-28-2012, 04:38 AM
Best Buy - October 30th, 2012

Brave
Exclusive Blu-Ray collectible case with pre-order $7.50

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$4.99 DVDs

A Good Few Men
American History X
Grand Torino
Jackie Brown
Sin City (single disc version)
South Park: Bigger, Longer, Uncut
Diamonds Are Forever
Goldfinger
Octopussy

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$9.99 DVD

Dark Shadows (2012)

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$14.99 DVDs

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter
Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted

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$16.99 DVD

Werewolf: The Beast Among Us - Unrated

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Metalocalypse: Season 4 $9.99
Copper: Season One $24.99
Mad Men: Seasons 1 - 4 $15.99
Suburgatory: Season 1 $24.99
Revenge: Season 1 $29.99
Scandal: Season 1 $16.99
Happy Endings: Season 1 $16.99
Weeds: Season 5 $12.99
Weeds: Season 6 $16.99
Weeds: Season 7 $22.99
Nurse Jackie: Season 3 $22.99
Boss: Season 1 $24.99
Magic City: Season 1 $24.99
The Walking Dead: Season 2 $34.99
Once Upon A Time: Season 1 $29.99
Castle: Season 1 $16.99
Castle: Season 2 $24.99
Castle: Seasons 3 or 4 $29.99 (each)
Grey's Anatomy: Season 1 $12.99
Grey's Anatomy: Seasons 2 - 6 $16.99 (each)
Grey's Anatomy: Seasons 7 or 8 $29.99 (each)
Spartacus: Vengence $29.99
Modern Family: Seasons 1 or 2 $24.99 (each)
Modern Family: Season 3 $34.99

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$13.99 CD

"Various Artists: A Very Special Christmas - 25th Anniversary" with five exclusive bonus tracks

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$19.99 CD

"CeeLo's Magic Moment" with exclusive tee shirt




There is no listing for "Safety Not Guaranteed", checked their website, $18.99 (DVD). Might bite on that price for "Dark Shadows", that tag got knocked down pretty quick.
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  #591  
Old 11-04-2012, 05:56 AM
Target - November 6th, 2012

Arthur Christmas
Exclusive plush reindeer with Blu-Ray/DVD/Digital Copy combo $22.99

Adventures In Lalaloopsy Land: The Search For Pillow
Exclusive doll $9.99 (DVD only)

The Amazing Spider-Man (available November 9th)
Exclusive bonus disc with Blu-Ray/DVD/Digital Copy combo $22.99 or Blu-Ray 3D/Blu-Ray/DVD/Digital version $27.99

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$6.99 DVDs

Elf
Rudolph And The Red-Nosed Reindeer
(additional holiday titles in store)

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$7.00 DVDs

Star Wars: The Clone Wars - Darth Maul Returns
Ice Age: Dawn Of The Dinosaurs
Country Strong
(additional titles on sale in store)

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$9.00 DVDs

The King's Speech
The Expendables
Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief
(additional titles on sale in store)

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$13.99 CD

"Michael Bublé - Christmas" exclusive store release

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$14.99 CD

"Ne-Yo - R.E.D." with exclusive deluxe edition with two bonus tracks




The DVD version of "Spider-Man" will sell for $16.99. I am curious as to what format that bonus disc is. I'm hoping it's a DVD. So far I have no answer.
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  #592  
Old 11-04-2012, 05:57 AM
Best Buy - November 6th, 2012

The Amazing Spider-Man (available November 9th)
Exclusive steelbook for Blu-Ray 3D/Blu-Ray/DVD/Digital Copy combo $27.99

You Only Live Twice
Exclusive Blu-Ray release $9.99

On Her Majesty's Secret Service
Exclusive Blu-Ray release $9.99

The Spy Who Loved Me
Exclusive Blu-Ray release $9.99

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$7.99 DVDs

A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas
Ben-Hur (2011 re-release)
Contagion
Dolphin Tale
Green Lantern
Happy Feet Two
Extremely Loud And Incredibly Close
J. Edgar
Nicholas Sparks Collection: 4 Film Favorites ("Nights In Rodanthe", "Message In A Bottle", "A Walk To Remember", "The Notebook")

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Call The Midwife: Season One $19.99
Entourage: The Complete Series $109.99
Teen Wolf: Season 1 $12.99
Parks & Recreation: Season 4 $19.99
Big Bang Theory: Season 5 $24.99
The Office: Season 8 $24.99
Supernatural: Season 7 $29.99
The Andy Griffith Show: The Complete Series $79.99
I Love Lucy: The Complete Series $99.99

35% off all HBO DVD and Blu-ray titles




I'll probably pick up "A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas", that's a nice price. Other than that, nope. Which is good - Black Friday is coming...
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  #593  
Old 11-04-2012, 05:58 AM
Wal-Mart - November 9th, 2012



Exclusive bonus DVD with mask case with their Blu-Ray/DVD/Digital Copy set for "The Amazing Spider-Man".
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Old 11-08-2012, 05:21 AM
Past Tense

There's no point crying or arguing - it's a done deal. I declare November - "Underworld" Month! This first entry gives us danger, sexy vamps and that wet dog smell in "Underworld: Evolution"...



The second film in the "Underworld" franchise opened on January 20th, 2006. It was made with a budget of $50,000,000 (estimated) and grossed $65 million during its U.S. theatrical run. Worldwide it made over $111 million. The film opened number one at the box office, the following week it dropped to number three.

The feature opened against "Brokeback Mountain", "King Kong", "Hoodwinked" and "Hostel".

There was a single advertisement insert. Side A, "Collect These Other Great DVDs!"; showcasing nine releases. Side B displayed six titles for UMD (remember those?). By the way, that's an alluring poster, the regular version is bland.

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There were two exclusives for this title, both of them from Best Buy.

The first was a theater voucher to see "Underworld: Evolution" for free (a $10.00 value). This was attached to the re-release of the "2 Disc Unrated Extended Cut", streeted on January 10th, 2006. And sold for $14.99. I missed out as I bought my copy from Circuit City for $12.99. Let me explain...



The re-release (of the original - May 25th, 2004 title) came with a (new) promo disc for the then soon to be released in theaters, "Underworld: Evolution". This was in a printed cardboard sleeve and attached to the back of the two disc special edition. That promo was available to ALL retailers.



Above is Circuit City's weekly ad. It kinda gives the impression that the promo disc was an exclusive of theirs. The reason, I went with the lower price and took it home from here.

Oh yeah, sorry, I don't know what that DVD-ROM link is; I can tell you, it's a Windows document - I'm an Apple user.

And I'm sorry, but I don't know the window of opportunity for that theater coupon. Anyhow, the extra disc has a run time of 8:06 minutes. The comic sneak peak is a limited gallery on the DVD. I rebought this set solely for that bonus disc. I did okay selling this extra copy on Ebay. *nods*



The second, more substantial exclusive from Best Buy was attached to the "Underworld: Evolution" release; a fifty page mini comic book, that came inside the case. It retold the movie and was released by IDW Publishing; adaptation by Kris Oprisko with art by Antonio Vazquez (for Sulaco Studios). This set streeted on June 6th, 2006 for $15.99.

I have my copy inside a two disc case. The second DVD being that promo disc. I have the cardboard sleeve next to "Unrated Extended Cut".

Just so you know, there was a full screen edition for "Evolution" that had the promo.

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Trivia.



I like this quote from Kate Beckinsale about her latex outfit in "Evolution":
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You actually forget you are wearing it after a while but other people sure don't. I'd bend over to tie my shoes and four guys behind me would be making groaning noises and suddenly I'd be quite aware again.
I can totally see that. *smiles* Remembering that awesome butt shot of her from the first film. I recall her mentioning it in an interview. She didn't know that was in the movie and was embarrassed. That's so cute, that too.

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Footnotes.

Okay.

I should cover this just as a courtesy since we're were talking about it. There were two DVDs for the first film, one of which is mentioned above...



"Widescreen Special Edition" was released on home video on January 6th, 2004 from Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment (ISBN# 1-4049-4801-5) for $28.95. It came in a common DVD case with a foil wraparound.

There was one insert, Scene Selections index (twenty-eight chapters); the other side was an ad for six other titles ("Identity: Special Edition", "The Forsaken", "Darkness Falls: Special Edition", "John Carpenter Presents Los Muertos", "Resident Evil: Special Edition" and "Forever Knight: The Trilogy - Part One".

The motion picture is one hundred twenty-one minutes long.

This also came in a full screen version too.

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Extras:

* Commentary: director Len Wiseman, screenwriter/associate producer/second unit director/actor Danny McBride and screenwriter/associate producer/actor Kevin Grevioux
* Commentary: creature designer Pat Tatopolous, visual effects supervisor James McQuaid and sound designer Claude Letessier
* "The Making Of Underworld" featurette (full screen, 13:02 minutes)
* "Creature Effects" featurette (full screen, 12:29 minutes)
* "Stunts" featurette (full screen, 11:42 minutes)
* "Sights & Sounds" featurette (full screen, 9:07 minutes)
* "Storyboard Comparison" (full screen, 6:43 minutes)
* "Worms Of The Earth" music video by Finch (non-anamorphic, 2:45 minutes)
* Theatrical Trailer (anamorphic)
* TV Spots (non-anamorphic)
* Additional Trailers: "The Forsaken" (anamorphic, 2001), "John Carpenter's Vampires" (full screen, 1998), "John Carpenter Presents Los Muertos" (non-anamorphic, red band, 2002), "Resident Evil" (anamorphic, 2002) and "Resident Evil: Apocalypse" (anamorphic, 2004)

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Audio:

* Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround

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Notes:

* This is subtitled in English, French and Spanish.
* The DVD is dubbed in French (also in 5.1 Surround)

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The other is the "2 Disc Unrated Extended Cut"; released on home video on May 25th, 2004 from Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment (ISBN# 1 4049 56891) for $34.95. It came in a common two disc DVD case and a translucent slipcover featuring star, Kate Beckinsale and DVD text information.

There were two inserts. "Drawings Of Underworld: Sketch To Scene Comparison", a fourteen page mini booklet. And a fifty page mini comic book adaptation, released by IDW Publishing; adaptation by Kris Oprisko with art by Nick Postie and Nick Marinkovich. Both came inside the case.

The unrated motion picture is one hundred thirty-four minutes long.

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Extras:

* Commentary: director Len Wiseman and stars Kate Beckinsale and Scott Speedman
* Thirteen minutes of restored footage.
* Outtakes (full screen, 3:43 minutes)
* "Fang Vs. Fiction" (full screen, 47:04 minutes; aired on American Movie Classics on September 17th, 2003)
* "The Making Of Underworld" featurette (full screen, 13:02 minutes)
* "Visual Effects" featurette (full screen, 9:56 minutes)
* "Creature Effects" featurette (full screen, 12:29 minutes)
* "Stunts" featurette (full screen, 11:42 minutes)
* "Designing Underworld" featurette (full screen, 10:54 minutes)
* "The Look Of Underworld" featurette (full screen, 19:11 minutes)
* "Sights & Sounds" featurette (full screen, 9:07 minutes)
* "Storyboard Comparison" (full screen, 6:43 minutes)
* "Worms Of The Earth" music video by Finch (non-anamorphic, 2:45 minutes)
* Theatrical Trailer (anamorphic)
* TV Spots (non-anamorphic)
* Additional Trailers: Hellboy" (anamorphic, 2004), "Resident Evil: Apocalypse" (anamorphic, 2004) and "Spider-Man 2" (anamorphic, 2004)

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Audio:

* Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround

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Notes:

* This is subtitled in English and French.
* The DVD is dubbed in French (also in 5.1 Surround)

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If you want all the extras you still need the "Widescreen Special Edition", it has two commentaries that didn't carry over to the newer thicker re-release. This title was the first double-dip I bought.

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Just so you know, I've been going back to older Past Tense posts and giving them nicer images, more info and better wording. A yesterday I reworked, Van Helsing (from October 13th, 2011). It's a big improvement over the original which had crappy pixs. And I forgot to include some trivia the first time around.

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Our next "Underworld" PT will eclipse on Thanksgiving morning, November 22nd. It'll be wet and sticky. Get your mind out of the gutter. I meant as in blood. Gobble. Gobble.

Last edited by JohnIan; 08-10-2013 at 04:43 AM..
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Old 11-11-2012, 05:15 AM
Target - November 13th, 2012

Brave
Exclusive Blu-Ray/DVD/Digital Copy digibook combo with 32 page storybook $19.99

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$16.99 DVD

The Amazing Spider-Man

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Castle: Season 4 $18.99
Grey's Anatomy: Season 8 $18.99
Once Upon A Time: Season 1 $18.99
Revenge: Season 1 $18.99
The Vampire Diaries: Season 3 $28.99
Glee: Season 3 $34.99
(additional titles in store)

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$13.99 CD

"One Direction - Take Me Home" with exclusive five bonus songs (I'm fuzzy, the bonus tracks NOT on the CD, but can be bought for 0.78 cents each?)




Nah, nothing this week for me. Which is cool, actually I'm glad. Savin' my greenbacks.
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  #596  
Old 11-11-2012, 05:16 AM
Best Buy - November 13th, 2012

Brave
Exclusive 3D Blu-Ray/Blu-Ray/DVD/Digital Copy combo with lunch box $29.99 - 4 per store

Nitro Circus: The Movie Unrated
Exclusive store release; DVD or 3D Blu-Ray combo set $12.99/17.99

Finding Nemo
Exclusive pre-order Blu-Ray collectible case $7.50

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$7.99 DVDs

Twilight
The Twilight Saga: New Moon
The Twilight Saga: Eclipse

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$12.99 DVD

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1

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$14.99 DVD

Moonrise Kingdom

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$16.99 DVD

The Amazing Spider-Man

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Doctor Who: Series Seven - Part One $14.99
Friends: The Complete Series $149.99
The Big Bang Theory: Season 5 $24.99
Supernatural: Season 7 $29.99
Park & Recreation: Season 4 $19.99
The Office: Season 8 $24.99
Parenthood: Season 3 $29.99
Gilmore Girls: The Complete Series $84.99
Entourage: The Complete Series $109.99

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$16.99 CD

"Soundgarden - King Animal" Deluxe Edition with two excluisve tracks (the ad reads $14.99)




Nothing for me this week. I'm saving my money for Black Friday; found out Wal-Mart will start theirs at 8pm Thursday. Sway there is a possiblity I could get my shopping done before 2am - I'm going there was well as Target (starts 9pm) and Best Buy (starts midnight, Friday). I'm liking it.
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Old 11-18-2012, 05:49 AM
Target - November 20th, 2012

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$9.99 CD

"Phillip Phillips - The World From The Side Of The Moon" with two exclusive bonus tracks (available 11/19)

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$11.99 CD

"Thalia Habitam Siempre" with three bonus tracks (available 11/19)

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$13.99 CD

"Keyshia Cole" deluxe edition with two bonus tracks (available 11/19)




I'll say it again, crap on a cracker.
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  #598  
Old 11-18-2012, 05:51 AM
Best Buy - November 20th, 2012

Life/Frozen Planet 2
Exclusive Blu-Ray pack $16.99

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$1.99 DVDs

Dinner For Schmucks
The Scorpion King
Face/Off
Ray
The Rainmaker
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
American Wedding
The Mummy Returns

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$3.99 DVD

Expendables

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$7.99 DVD

The Dictator: Banned & Unrated

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$9.99 DVDs

That's My Boy
The Sitter
Chronicle
Battleship
Act Of Valor

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Burn Notice: Season 5 $11.99
House, M.D.: Seasons 1 - 7 $11.99 (each)
Modern Family: Seasons 1 or 2 $11.99 (each)
Spartacus: Season 1 or 2 $11.99 (each)
The Office: Seasons 1 - 4 or 7 $11.99 (each)
The Walking Dead: Season 1 Special Edition $11.99
The Walking Dead: Season 2 $18.99
Blue Bloods: Season 2 $19.99
Grey's Anatomy: Seasons 7 - 8 $19.99 (each)
Revenge: Season 1 $19.99
Gilligan's Island: The Complete Series $29.99 (9 disc set)
The Three Stooges: The Ultimate Collection DVD Gift Set $39.99
Band Of Brothers/The Pacific Special Edition Collection $59.99
Gilmore Girls: The Complete Series $84.99
Chuck: The Complete Series $119.99
Smallville: The Complete Series $149.99

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$19.99 CD

"Slash - Apocalyptic Love" exclusive CD/DVD set with eight bonus tracks




There you have it. See you on the other side of Black Friday.
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Old 11-22-2012, 03:30 AM
Past Tense

We have come to the end of Underworld Month. For this last outing we do it doggie style with "Underworld: Rise Of The Lycans"...



The third film in the "Underworld" franchise opened on January 23rd, 2009. It was made with a budget of $35,000,000 (estimated) and grossed $45 million during its U.S. theatrical run. It made its money back with profits when including foreign receipts (twice the domestic gross). The film opened number two at the box office, the following week it dropped to number six. In Japan this was known as "Underworld Begins", it fits.

The feature opened against "The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button", "My Bloody Valentine 3-D" and "Paul Blart: Mall Cop".

There was no slipcover, nor insert.

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The film streeted on home video, May 12th, 2009, there was only one exclusive.



Wal-Mart offered a bonus disc, the set sold for $22.99. The extra DVD came in its own case and was side packed with the movie. It's a single featurette, "Rise Of The Lycans: Inside The Castle Walls", a run time is 34:36 minutes. Sorry, no screen snap, there is no menu screen, it just plays.

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



I liked it, the exclusive, it had teeth; not a fluff piece. It had various production artwork (which I love seeing) and behind-the-scenes moments. And interviews with the cast and crew. Above is art for the vampire soldiers, their armor.

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Rant.



I wish more DVDs would have galleries of production artwork. Above is the vampire castle, outside and within. Lately that option as gone by the wayside. And when it does happen, it's so limited, you're lucky to get twenty images.

My cinema collection from the 1990s was in laser discs, hundreds of titles were bought. Many of them special collector's editions. These puppies had huge galleries. It's not uncommon for a title to have over a hundred stills. You got the real meat. I remember getting excited about the SE DVD for "Predator" (1987) which came out in 2004. Holy crap, the gallery is only a handful of stills. WTF?



I was glad the bonus disc had several images from the production, such as a sketch of Viktor's armor and some great artwork of the weapons used. Good stuff.

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This began as a rant, I was talking to a childhood friend (I've known him since it was called Junior High), the dumbing down of society. It started with the talkback section at Ain't It Cool News, they have regular behind-the-scenes pix, nearly daily. This one was for "John Carpenter's The Thing" (1982). Two commented on lending out their DVDs ("The Thing") to young horror fans (in their twenties).

Yes, this is off topic - indulge me. You'll understand in few.

Their statements bugged the hell out of me. Made me mad.
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Borrowed my copy to a younger (20s) "horror fan," who was all about the Resident Evil series. He returned it a couple days later. He said it was, "Too slow," and there was "not enough action" so he couldn't finish it. What the fuck is wrong with this little shit? I saw this film when I was ten or so and it kept my rapt attention.
- The Gmork

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Yeah, I lent my copy to a 20-something at work after admittedly having talked it up a bit... they had the same *bored* reaction.
- 6000 Little Griglets

I saw the film when I was nine years old at a drive-in (remember them?). It freaked me out. I never thought of it as boring or not enough action. It was awesome. It was one of the first movies I saw on video when I got my VCR in 1985 (the first belongs to "Timerider: The Adventure Of Lyle Swann" [1982]). It's been a part of my life ever since.

*sigh* Lack of attention. Why?



Why can't you sit down and just watch a movie? Must you be multi-tasking? I really like adult film starlet Kayden Kross, she's oh so attractive and smart (I'm being serious, not a flippant remark). But watching her on her former online show... Put down the smart phone and talk to your co-host. You don't need to check it every single second - made me want to scream.

You want to know what's really sad? If the 1998 remake of "Godzilla" were released today, it would be a massive hit. Lots of explosions, chases, weak characters and a water thin plot. That and Maria Pitillo would still have a career. Man, I HATED her character of Audrey Timmonds. I wished that giant lizard would kill her. When I think it about her now, I think of Taylor Swift; same difference. Anyhow, the only good part was the baby zilla attack and that was totally derivative of "Jurassic Park" (1993).

You know, the folks of iGen should really rechristen themselves dGen as in Dilettante Generation. The Occupy Wall Streeters fit that perfectly. Yes, protest! But have a goal, leadership and be a genuine organization - not the punch line of a joke. There is hundred plus years of protest to research and aspire to. Sitting around doing nothing, looking like the homeless is NOT protesting. You're not making a difference, you're just taking up space. And to think you are... that's delusional.

Going back a moment, I'm fan of the horror podcast, "DeadPit" with hosts, Uncle Bill and the Creepy Kentuckian (check them out). It's from Kentucky (very unPC - the show). UB told this story a couple times before. How he showed one of his younger kin "Dawn Of The Dead" (1979). And he thought it was a comedy. That pissed him off as it did I.

So?

Writing this entry, I got curious - I did some digging; theatrical stats. The motion picture runtimes, not the length for the unrated version - strictly theatrical, which is where most people first see a movie.

"Underworld" - 121 minutes
"Evolution" - 106 minutes
"Rise Of The Lycans" - 92 minutes
"Awakening" - 88 minutes

Frack me!

The first film came out in 2003, the last in 2012. In the span of nine years we lost thirty-three minutes of story. That's depressing; if it can't catch the attention of people on ADD meds, then it's a box office failure? Holy crap, eighty-eight minutes - that's like a TV special length. Plot matters! It's something that should captivate you, not something rushed to the finale forsaking all things important. Man, you missed the point, which can be said for so many Hollywood remake. I'm looking at you "RoboCop" (2013). Yes I am. That's a train wreck in the making.

Am I talking like an old man? NO!

No, I'm not. Things have importance. It is one of the glue that binds us. Race, religion, economic background - we all share these silver screen tales. They're the modern fables, teaching us morality and humanity. And what is now served is the lowest common denominator. Yes, it has always existed, but they were peripheral, throwaway fluff. Now it's center stage. Look at me doing stupid garbage on YouTube and Facebook, don't forget to click 'Like'; hash tag: PleaseNeuterMe.

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Okay, on to something more mellower.



Who is hotter Rhona Mitra as Sonja (above left) or Kate Beckinsale as Selene?

I know Mitra was one of the first physical models to play Lara Croft. The distinction of being the first belongs to Nathalie Cook (she played Lady Croft before the game became famous, circa 1996). Of the all the models, I like Karima Adebibe the best. And I'm not a gamer. *nods* I just like pretty girls. And porn.

I'm gonna pull the 'Pig' card here, Rhona has a nice body, but her face and hands are quite masculine. While Kate overall looks very feminine, from her tush to her head. In a fight who is more believable? Easy, Mitra, hands down. Who looks better doing it, though improbable - Beckinsale. But we're talking about vampires here, so improbability kinda has to take a back seat - Rosa Parks style. Yes, I went there.

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Tangent.

As most of you already know, the days of Hostess are gone. A once mighty, iconic American company has gone the way of rotary phone, becoming a memory. For me, a few weeks ago I had the opportunity to pick up their strawberry creamed Twinkies. I passed, I regret that now. I should've picked that up. It was only a couple bucks.

Anyhow, a few years ago I was having one of those discussions with a long time friend of mine. The topic was Twinkie The Kid. I was thinking out loud (my usual). How could a species like The Kid ever survive? What kind of environment would they thrive in? My friend's answer was sealed behind plastic wrapping was its environment. I don't think so. But this begs the larger question. Had The Kid sold out his compatriots? Yes he had! Lets not mince over this, he works for Hostess selling his own to be eaten by folks the world over. I wonder if they ever got a hold of Kid if they would pack him to be someone snack or just bludgeon him until all of his filling is on the floor.



Look at that box cover, Twinkie The Kid is a frakin' sell-out, the very worse kind. He's mock riding a decapitated brethren, life fluids oozing out. Eat my people, NOT me. And he's so damn happy about it; might as well put a Swastika on him. Sorry, sidetracking.

This species is sponge cake. They wouldn't live in a tropical locale, too much humidity, bad. Heighten temperatures such as a desert would be equally as harsh to flourish. A place too cold would be just as negative, the internal cream would freeze, killing them. So, that leaves a very controlled environment or some place temperate... or Los Angeles. But I can't see a secret race like the Magui roaming the L.A. streets in the shadows. For one thing the homeless community would consume them up real fast - extinction. I suppose it's not too improbable, just unlikely. The thing I believe is that they were created, man made. I see a huge warehouse where they are allowed to roam free.

Think H.G. Welles' Eloi, a loud siren or horn is blasted and they mindlessly trek to the structure which would look like a huge gapping maw and fall in. As they fall they're shocked and made comatose to be enclosed and packed away, their fate sealed. So now what happens to all those warehouses that still have Twinkies in them? Will they be set free or maybe to keep their existence a secret - some guy comes in with a weed whacker and kills the evidence. Just imagine them screaming and running from a lightening fast rotating strip of plastic, no one will be spared - not even the children. Makes you think doesn't it?

That's it. Come back on December 6th and get clunked on the head with more exclusive goodness.

Have a tolerable Thanksgiving, happy if you can. And Good Shopping if you're going to venturing into Black Friday territory. Don't get trampled and wear your 'Don't Pepper Spray Me Bro' tee.
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Old 11-25-2012, 04:51 AM
Target - November 27th, 2012

ParaNorman
Exclusive 3 mini-posters; Blu-Ray/DVD/Digital Copy combo $22.99

Men In Black 3 (available November 30th)
Exclusive bonus disc; Blu-Ray/DVD/Digital Copy combo $22.99

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$4.50 DVDs

Men In Black
The Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring
Troy
The Holiday
The Family Stone
Caddyshack
(additional titles in store)

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Holiday DVDs

A Christmas Story $6.99
National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation $6.99
Dr. Seuss' How The Grinch Stole Christmas: Deluxe Edition $8.99
The Original Christmas Classics Gift Set $12.99
(additional titles in store)




I am very curious if that bonus disc for MIB 3 is DVD. A few weeks ago Target's bonus disc for "The Amazing Spider-Man" Blu-Ray combo set was a DVD. I hope this repeats. And by the by, MIB 3 here (DVD) is $16.99, the same price as "ParaNorman" as well.

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Update: December 1st, 2012

The exclusive bonus disc for MIB3 is indeed a DVD, it came inside the case (within a CD envelope). There is no menu screen, it just plays. "Gadget, Gear & Beyond" featurette is 20:22 minutes.

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