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Old 01-28-2012, 05:00 AM
Best Buy - January 31st, 2012

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$4.99 DVDs

Casino: Special Edition
Coming To America
Kill Bill Volume 1
Never Been Kissed
Old School
V For Vendetta
The Incredible Hulk Returns/The Trial Of Incredible Hulk: Double Feature

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$12.99 DVDs with twleve Valentine cards and two sticker sheets

Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey/Homeward Bound II: Lost In San Francisco - 2-Movie Collection
Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: Mickey's Big Splash
Pete's Dragon High-Flying Edition
Swiss Family Robinson (2 disc set?)

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Hawaii Five-O: Seasons 1 - 4 $9.99 (each)
The Incredible Hulk: Season 3 $9.99 (collectible lenticular package)
Knight Rider: Seasons 2 - 4 $9.99 (each)
Leave It to Beaver: 20 Timeless Episodes $9.99
Magnum P.I.: Season 7 $9.99
Mission: Impossible: Seasons 1 or 2 $9.99 (each)
Starsky & Hutch: Seasons 1 - 4 $9.99 (each)
24: The Complete Series $119.99
Daria: The Complete Animated Series $24.99
Fraggle Rock: Complete Series Collection $49.99
Friday Night Lights: The Complete Series $69.99
I Love Lucy: The Complete Series $99.99
Smallville: The Complete Series $174.99




A great deal for "Daria", a good animated show. I hope it comes back as did "Bevis & Butthead". Well... comes back with the same level of writing and wit. I bought my copy on release day from here. There was a one day sale I jumped on. Their website had listed the DVD set as $27.50. I took a screen snap (with date), printed it out and took it with me to my store. The set was back ordered online with good reason; it retails for $72.90. I remember only three copies in the store, one of them was a floater. The other had a dented box. I took the best one to the register. Showed the printed web page, she had to get someone else to do the override. It worked. I saved close to forty-three dollars when you include tax. What was the release week price? Best Buy sold it for $40.98. Target had it for $44.98.



That buy was the best deal I had all year. This new sale is an even better, very recommended - the characters evolved through the series. One of the last good shows MTV had before completely going for the lowest common denominator.

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  #482  
Old 02-02-2012, 03:49 AM
Past Tense

Oh dear. I'm sinking like sin; another TV entry - same show no less. Today we ponder, not lab mice, but "How I Met Your Mother"...



"How I Met Your Mother: Season Two" was released on home video on October 2nd, 2007.

It streeted against "Jericho: The Complete First Season", "Bram Stoker’s Dracula: Collector’s Edition" (digipack, first pressing) and "Species: Collector's Edition".



There was an insert, a folded poster "Awesomeness" - 14 x 20 inches.

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The only exclusive was from Target, a bonus fourteen page booklet with liner notes from series creator, Carter Bays. It also has various season two trivia from stars Cobie Smulders, Neil Patrick Harris and Jason Segel. It came inside the slipcase. The Target set sold for $27.99.

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Footnotes.

Wasn't easy. My local store did not carry it, they didn't receive any exclusives. I asked for help, they originally said 'every copy has one'. Not true, I didn't fall for their BS. I ended up going to another Target, a town further up. They had two copies with the booklet, a sticker in the front indicating it's inside. Man - I'm anal.

I'm not sure if that poster was something that is only available in the first pressing.

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  #483  
Old 02-05-2012, 06:45 AM
Target - February 7th, 2012

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1
Exclusive Limited Edition 2-Disc DVD Gift Set $24.99

The Twilight Saga
Exclusive iPad case $39.99

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$7.99 to $9.99 DVDs (price not listed)

Twilight (single disc version)
The Twilight Saga: New Moon (single disc version)
The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (single disc version)

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$12.99 DVDs

Twilight (deluxe edition)
The Twilight Saga: New Moon (deluxe edition)
The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (deluxe edition)

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Downton Abbey: Season 2 $24.99




Target will have an event for "Twilight" at some stores (see www.target.com/twilight for participating stores).
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Tickets for the DVD/Blu-Ray will be available at Guest Services starting at 9pm. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 sneap peek will begin at 11pm. Store closes at 1am. Be the first to get the DVD or Blu-Ray... available at midnight.
There you go.
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  #484  
Old 02-05-2012, 06:54 AM
Best Buy - February 7th, 2012

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1 (available February 10th)
Exclusive DVD steelbook edition $22.99

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1 (available February 10th)
Exclusive Blu-Ray steelbook edition $24.99

Lady And The Tramp: Diamond Edition
Blu-Ray/DVD combo with free Lady plush toy $24.99

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$4.99 DVDs

The Notebook: New Line Platinum Series
He's Just Not That Into You
While You Were Sleeping
Kill Bill: Volume 2
Wedding Crashers
The Expendables
Zoolander
Sixteen Candles: High School Reunion Collection

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$6.99 DVDs

Four Film Favorites: Bruce Willis Collection (The Last Boy Scout/16 Blocks/Last Man Standing/The Whole Nine Yards)
Four Film Favorites: Thrillers Collection (Copycat/Diabolique/The Crush/Pacific Heights)
Four Film Favorites: Romantic Comedy Collection (Must Love Dogs/You've Got Mail/Two Weeks Notice/Laws Of Attraction)
Four Film Favorites: Martial Arts Collection (Militant Eagle/The Prodigal Boxer/Moonlight Sword And Jade Lion/The Bloody Fists)
Four Film Favorites: Classic Comedy Collection (The Man With Two Brains/Spies Like Us/Vegas Vacation/The Man Who Knew Too Little)
Four Film Favorites: Wesley Snipes Collection (Murder At 1600/Boiling Point/The Art Of War/New Jack City)

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$7.99 DVDs

Dirty Dancing (single disc)
When Harry Met Sally: Collector's Edition

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$9.99

Twilight (single disc version)
The Twilight Saga: New Moon (single disc version)
The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (single disc version)

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How I Met Your Mother: Season 6 $19.99
Friday Night Lights: Season 5 $19.99
Californication: Season 4 $19.99
Sons Of Anarchy: Season 3 $34.99
Burn Notice: Season 4 $24.99
Modern Family: Season 2 $24.99
Glee: Season 2 $29.99
Bones: Season 6 $29.99
Mildred Pierce $24.99
Generation Kill $19.99
John Adams $19.99
Rome: Season 1 $19.99
The Wire: Season 1 - 5 $19.99
Band Of Brothers/The Pacific Gift Set $99.99

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$14.99 CD

"Van Halen - A Different Kind Of Truth" with DVD




I had hope that one of the giants would have an exclusive for "A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas" on DVD. Since the home video has very limited extras and not the extended cut. Nope. It's $14.99, same price as Target. I'm disappointed.
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Old 02-08-2012, 05:00 AM
Wal-Mart - February 7th, 2012

Lady And the Tramp: Exclusive Gift Set
Blu-Ray/DVD combo with bowl, fork and spoon set

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Old 02-09-2012, 03:58 AM
Past Tense

This week we learn a valuable lesson on NOT playing mysterious unlabeled video tapes. That and make sure the freaky kid you throw down the well is really dead, not mostly. This post we get "The Ring"...

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It was my original intent to cover the exclusive for "The Ring Two", but I ran into a crossover. So you folks get a two-fer this week. And a huge entry too!

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"The Ring"



The motion picture opened on October 18th, 2002 with a budget of $48,000,000 (estimated) and grossed over $128 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 "The Transporter", "Sweet Home Alabama" and "My Big Fat Greek Wedding".

The release originally came with a single sheet insert, chapter listing index; the other side a reproduction of the DVD cover.

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There was no exclusive with the initial DVD release; March 4th, 2003. But...



The film was re-released on home video as a '2-Disc Collector's Set' on March 8th, 2005 for $26.99; a tie-in for the then upcoming sequel. This attached the original DVD with a new bonus disc "Rings: The Circle Of Fear Is Growing" (yeah, different name, not as pictured), this was side packed with its own case. It also came with a theater voucher to see "The Ring Two" for free ($10.50 value for one; the window was March 18th to April 3rd, 2005). My ticket is still there, never used it, I'm a collector.



The bonus disc has a run time of 36:15 minutes. The short film (16:40m; exclusively produced for the re-release) tells how Jake Pierce (Ryan Merriman) become... infected with the video. The things that led to him to show Emily (Emily VanCamp) the tape as seen at the start of "The Ring Two". It's written by Ehren Kruger, the co-writer of the sequel (and solo scribe of the first). By the way, Alex Breckenridge (Vanessa) is attractive.

The disc also has both trailers from the films and the cursed videos from both American features and the original Japanese movie. "Cast And Filmmaker Interviews" self-explanatory. The short featurette, "The Origin Of Terror" appears to be an EPK (Electronic Press Kit) for the first film. When it was first announced it was to have an additional featurette focused on "Ringu", the original movie that inspired the remake - not there.

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The film was re-re-released on September 9th, 2008 for $14.98. This time out, not with a bonus disc, but a lenticular cardboard slipcover (two images). Above are the cover pictures. This was the first time the DVD received a slipcover. I have this, man I'm anal. Got mine from Best Buy. Anyhow, the same deal happened (on the same day) for "What Lies Beneath", "Event Horizon" and "Tim Burton's Sleep Hollow" - new lenticulars. I have them all - did I not say I'm anal? I have a sick obsession.

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This was an unadvertised freebie. I don't want to say it was an exclusive, though it could've been - "The Ring Two" cell phone charm. The promotional item was given away at Best Buy on March 8th, 2005 (same day as the two disc edition). Price? I don't know, my archive has a brief mention of it; not all Best Buys carried it. I had to look online for more info. The charm came inside a mini-bag, stapled to a postcard, the other side was a mini-poster for the sequel. The same poster shown below.

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Footnotes.

The film disc has an easter egg, "Cursed Video".

"Look Here", press down (cursor disappear) - ENTER.

Clicked, the video will play in its entirety; control over the DVD player is disabled. Once finished, you are returned to the Main Menu then a phone rings twice before you're given control. I didn't expect that my first time, kinda freaked me out for a moment.

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Samara's song repeats at the end credits (final moments). The song she sung before she her mom killed her. It has another verse. Creepy.

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Something I didn't know. Pre-The O.C., Adam Brody (Seth Cohen on the show) has a bit part as one of Katie's friends. Seen at her wake.

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I rewatched the movie for this write-up. Haven't seen it in years; still holds up, not bad for PG-13. Something that didn't register until now. When Rachel Keller (Naomi Watts) visits Richard Morgan (Brian Cox) at the former horse ranch. He says to her:
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You want to know about the horses... Every now and again a writer comes along, heard about what happened.
How many other people just as resourceful as Rachel came knocking about the tape? It obvious that he knows about the hex. In fact he questions her (with hook in hand), asking if that cassette is the only one. Saying she made a copy probably saved her life that moment.

If you had to make another - this would be a great premake. A prequel to the events (another victim) before Katie (Amber Tamblyn) and her doom high school friends. Such a thing would be a remake at the same time. The best of both worlds. More a second sequel further down.

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Wanna know something odd? Back when the movie came out, there was a ton of action at various message boards. One of the comments was about the ending - Noah's girlfriend, Beth (Pauley Perrette). Why? Near the end, after his death, Rachel leaves Noah's loft in a wreck. She composes herself when she sees Beth in the elevator. But the woman isn't stunned like Becca (Rachael Bella).

Why was she in the elevator? Did she just visit Noah Clay (Martin Henderson) moments before Rachel? If so, then she would've found him dead. Why not fazed? One of the ponders was that she walked in on the killing and became possessed by Samara (Daveigh Chase). The warning that Aidan (David Dorfman) gave his mom, "You weren't supposed to help her." Just one of the mysteries in the movie.

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I really like this quote. This goes into Japanese culture and makes me appreciate, the sequel a bit more.
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Samara was killing the horses because they annoyed her. But most importantly because they knew what she really was, that she was a possessing spirit and not human. In Shinto mythology, horses are divine and favored by the gods. In Ring 2, Rachel and Aiden were attacked by deer. In Shinto mythology deer are considered the messengers of the gods. The deer acted in order to protect life and destroy the spirit that was possessing Aiden.
- Kaskait

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"The Ring Two"



The motion picture opened on March 18th, 2005 with a budget of $60,000,000 (estimated) and grossed over $76 million during its U.S. theatrical run. The film opened number one at the box office, the following week it dropped to number four.

The feature opened against "Constantine", "Robots" and "Million Dollar Baby".

This release originally came with a cardboard foil slipcover which mirrored the case's wraparound. It also came with a double sided, single sheet advertisement insert. Ads for "The Ring", "Ringu", "Collateral", "In Dreams", "What Lies Beneath", "The Haunting" (1999), "A.I.: Artificial Intelligence: Two-Disc Special Edition", "The Peacemaker", "Minority Report", "The Time Machine" (2002), "House Of Sand And Fog" and "The Contender" DVDs.

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There was one exclusive and it came from Wal-Mart a bonus DVD, side packed in its own case. This set sold for $19.49 on August 23th, 2005. The bonus DVD has a run time of 39:47 minutes.



"Creepiest Moments" - The Scariest Moments From... "The Ring Two", "Rings", "The Ring", "Ringu", "Ringu 2", "Ringu Ø" and "Rasen". What's missing is the scene from the first film, when Samara comes through the TV and attacks Noah. "Ring Two: The Script" a featurette on writing the screenplay for both American films. "Imagination In Focus" short featurette on film director Hideo Nakata. "The Haunting Of The Ring Two" short featurette on bizarre occurrences which plagued the production. Not bad, but somewhat fluffy.

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Footnote.

Back in 2009 I picked up "Ringu: Anthology Of Terror", a collection of all the Japanese films; "Ringu", "Rasen", "Ringu 2" and "Ringu Ø". It originally retailed for $59.99, I paid three buck from Wal-Mart part of their annual Halloween sale. An awesome deal. Why mention it? It's among the pile of pending DVDs (titles not officially part of my library), I still have yet to watch. Why? The best answer I can give, 'haven't gotten around to it'. It'll get done - eventually.

In the Spring of 2009, Paramount announced a sequel was coming. Wait for it... wait... "The Ring 3D". Mind blown? The screenplay was/is written by David Loucka. So what happened? I'm gonna say it fell into a well. Since so many films are made for 3D, I'm surprised this hasn't happened yet. As you read above, there are four Japanese movies, so there are ideas to be mined for another installment (plus mine). There you go.

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Just Because.



Man, Naomi Watts looked pretty hot in those bootie shorts. They cling to the curves, very feminine. *nods*



Artist unknown (does that make it creepier?). That would make such a bad ass, final episode of "The Teletubbies"; little kids worldwide freaking out. All of them like Becca forever afraid of TVs.

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Totally unrelated.

You're welcome!

That song used in the new new Droid Razr TV spot (different colors) is "Turn It Gold (Ido Z Remix)" by Hesta Prynn from the album, "Remixes & B-Sides" (2011). I downloaded the music video (original) - all I can say is sometimes a remix can do a world of good for a song. *nods* The remix is available on iTunes.
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  #487  
Old 02-12-2012, 05:16 AM
Target - February 14th, 2012

Once Upon A Time: Chapter One
Exclusive store release (first five episodes) $9.00

Dr. Seuss's The Lorax Deluxe Edition
Exclusive set with wildflower seed bookmark $12.99

The Best of I Love Lucy
Exclusive store release $9.99

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$4.75 DVDs

Planet 51
The Usual Suspects
28 Days Later
Walk The Line
(additional titles in store)

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$9.00 DVDs

The Smurfs
Crazy, Stupid, Love
The Hangover Part II
Mr. Popper's Penguins
Soul Surfer
Zookeeper
Kung Fu Panda 2
Cars 2
Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes
Captain America: The First Avenger
Real Steel
Colombiana
Cowboys & Aliens
Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows - Part 2 (single disc version)
The Help
Midnight In Paris
What's Your Number?
Glee: The Concert Movie
(additional titles in store)

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$10.99 DVDs

The Rebound
The Hangover
Little Fockers
Inception
(additional titles in store)

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Castle: Season 3 $34.99
Pride & Prejudice (BBC remastered edition) $12.99
Gilmore Girls: Seasons 1 & 2 double pack $14.99
How I Met Your Mother: Seasons 1 & 2 double pack $29.99
Supernatural: Season 6 $16.99
Downton Abbey: Season 2 $24.99
Modern Family: Season 2 $24.99
One Tree Hill: Season 8 $29.99
Dexter: Season 5 $29.99

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$5.99 CD

"Shane Harper - Deluxe Edition" with 4 exclusive bonus tracks

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$11.99 CD

"Paul McCartney - Kisses On The Bottom - Deluxe Editon" with 2 exclusive bonus tracks

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$13.99 CD

"Adele - 21 - Deluxe Edition" with 4 exclusive bonus tracks




Good stuff this week. I'll be picking up "Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes", "Cowboys & Aliens" and maybe "Cars 2". Glad I waited. No listing for "The Dead" though.
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Old 02-12-2012, 05:19 AM
Best Buy - February 14th, 2012

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Turner & Hooch
Cast Away
The Sandlot
Blazing Saddles
Space Jam
What Happens In Vegas
Bride Wars
John Wayne: The Tribute Collection
Cruel Intentions
Ernest Goes To Camp/Ernest Scared Stupid/Ernest Goes To Jail: Triple Feature
(additional titles in store)

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$9.99 DVDs

Twilight (single disc version)
The Twilight Saga: New Moon (single disc version)
The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (single disc version)
Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows - Part 2
Contagion
Final Destination 5
Blue Valentine
An Affair To Remember: 50th Anniversary Edition
The Proposal
Pretty Woman: 15th Anniversary Special Edition

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$19.99 DVDs

Real Steel
In Time

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Beavis and Butt-head: Volume 4 $14.99
Party Down: Seasons 1 or 2 $9.99 (each)
Seinfeld: Seasons 1 & 2, 3 - 9 $14.99 (each)
Monk: Seasons 4 - 7 $14.99 (each)
Weeds: Seasons 1 - 6 $14.99 (each)
Nurse Jackie: Seasons 1 or 2 $14.99 (each)
Saturday Night Live: Seasons 1 - 5 $14.99 (each)
Full House: Seasons 1 - 8 $14.99 (each)
Parks And Recreation: Season 1 $14.99
My Name is Earl: Seasons 1 - 4 $14.99 (each)
Entourage: Seasons 1 or 2, 3 p1, 3 p2, 4 - 6 $19.99 (each)
Curb Your Enthusiasm: Seasons 1 - 7 $19.99 (each)
Hung: Season 1 $19.99
How To Make It In America: Season 1 $19.99
Carnival: Season 1 or 2 $14.99 (each)
Sex & The City: Seasons 1 - 5, 6 p1, 6 p2 $12.99 (each)




The only title I'm curious about is "The Dead" ($14.99). I think I might be picking that up, maybe.

Here's a good flick, "An Affair To Remember" (same edition). It was a blind buy. Not really a romcom, but a romanic drama - mostly reality based. Very sober at parts.

No listing for "They Came From Outer Space: The Complete Television Series". Checked their website, it reads $19.99. No idea if they'll have it in stores.
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Old 02-16-2012, 03:28 AM
Wal-Mart

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 1
Exclusive Bella's Wedding Dress Edition (two disc set) packaging, a 30 x 40 inch fabric poster and four music videos.

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Old 02-16-2012, 03:31 AM
Past Tense

Time to pull out a can of Raid, this week we battle "Aliens Vs. Predator: Requiem"...



The motion picture opened on December 25th, 2007. It was made with a budget of $40,000,000 (estimated) and grossed over 41 million during its U.S. theatrical run. It made its money back with profits when including foreign receipts (over two times domestic gross). The film opened number six at the box office, the following week it dropped to number eight.

The feature opened against "I Am Legend", "Juno", "Enchanted" and "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street".



This release originally came with an embossed cardboard slipcover which was different from the case's wraparound. The first image is the slipcover (above left). One of the few titles in my collection which has this. It also came with a Digital Copy instruction insert; expired on April 14th, 2009. I'll never understand that, why would DC ever expire. You paid for it.

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There was a single exclusive and it was from Best Buy, a thirty page mini comic - this was for DVD only. This set streeted on April 15th, 2008 and sold for $22.99. I say mini since it's smaller than a regular comic book. Unlike most minis, this won't fit inside the DVD case nor under the slipcover. Superficial grievance? Sure, but this isn't...

The gummy glue used to secure the comic to the slipcase and the comic to the data sheet (DVD bonus features list) - stains. I had to do image correction for that pix because there's a huge blot going across the cover. I don't understand; the exclusive was under the plastic wrapping. It's not like the comic was gonna fall off.

Anyhow, the comic is a bit remarkable since it's a fully self-contained tale, "Aliens Vs. Predator: Deadspace". That usually doesn't happen. It was bleak. It told the tale of a pair of doomed stellar salvagers, Dennis and Carl; both men in space suits drifting to their deaths. The men came upon a derelict, ship wide power gone. As they explore the vessel with dead crew in zero gravity, they theorize what might have occurred; a pressurization failure. Their thoughts are overlaid by reality.

Not a simple breach, they had an alien infestation - making matters worse a pair of Predators are hunting the xenomorphs resulting in unintentional human deaths; a spear meant for an alien hits a woman, acid blood splatter hits people and such. There is a subplot of Dennis trying to tell his friend that he slept with his wife. Inside the cargo hold they find a dead, chained alien queen, disemboweled - the source of the breach. Its blood had eaten a hole in the hull.

The impression given is that we had caught a queen and were transporting her, somehow some Predators got wind of it and pursued. As they examine the scene, both are nearly killed by an alien, unaffected by the vacuum. They are saved if you want to call it that, by the Predators who are still stalking their prey. As it turns out the ship is crawling with aliens; dumb luck that the men didn't run into them earlier.

In the resulting melee Dennis is pushed out of the hole by his partner. Carl follows hoping to save his friend. He reaches him and shoots off a tether to reel them back inside. But one of the Predators kills an alien with its bladed gauntlet, its blood hits the rope, melting it. Out numbered a Predator detonates a bomb, the resulting blast separate the men. Dennis in a freefall towards a planet below - on the edge of buring in the atmosphere. Carl is pushed toward ship debris. During this time the adulterer confesses; a moment of weakness, it meant nothing. Dennis hears his friend die as he burns up. There is no time to grieve, Dennis finds himself surrounded by three aliens who were not killed by the explosion, ready to pounce from the debris. The end. The rear includes an "AvP" pin-up gallery; various artwork of Predators fighting aliens. The comic was released by Dark Horse Comics; written by Mike Kennedy with art by Francisco Ruiz Velasco.

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Footnotes.



What you see above is the Alien/Predator hybrid; nicknamed Predalien. Can't say I like the construction. I much prefer the design created for another exclusive. An exclusive action figure from the former chain store, Kay Bee Toys (also known as K•B Toys). Huh???



Released in 1998 from Kenner was "Night Recon Predator". I didn't take these photos, I found them online from fellow enthusiast, Nite-Lik. I have two of these. One is on the shelf, next to my printer (with knife). The other is mint on card, boxed away. I had a toy phase which has resurfaced. On Monday I was fingering a Lego mini-figure. NO like that... mostly. You can buy single Lego figs in a foil bag. Sixteen different folks (Series 5), one HUGE problem. You can't see what you're buying, it's all random. Anyhow, I was finger the bags and found tail. Oh god. I found a tail from the Godzilla figure. Not an official Gojira toy, it's a guy in a Zilla suit. I've been wanting this for some time. The suit thing can be fixed; you can see the eyes from the head in the mouth of the helmet. I need to find a red piece that is the same shape. I might even have one - somewhere. Making the mouth a fiery maw. Very sway, paid three bucks for it from Wal-Mart. Well, this got off topic. *shrugs*



Night Recon Predator was part of Kenner's then toy line, "Aliens: Hive Wars" (1998). That's what the hybrid should've looked like (or similar), only much more darker. Just add the sharp whipping tail and you're done. Above is an image from the back of the blister card. From left to right: "Night Recon Predator" with stalking knife; "Integer 3" with spring loaded gun, face guard and Cyborg bug; "Acid Alien" (isn't that a bit redundant?); "Warrior Predator" with battle staff and face mask; "Hive Warrior Alien" and "Corporal Hicks" with Cyber dog and blaster gun (when did he get an eye patch? And he died in "Alien3" [1992], maybe he walked it off).
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The Aliens' Hive Planet - A new Predator hunting ground for deadly alien xenopods! The heroic Marines, a team of Cyborg-tech warriors, have volunteered to destroy the Alien menace before the entire universe is demolished. It's the galaxy's last chance for survivial, as the vicious Aliens, ferocious Predators and fearless Marines clash in the ultimate battle of domination!
- blister card



Here's a close-up of the figure in question. It has five points of articulation; head (but not jaw), arms and legs. Notice something? He's missing his 'stalking knife', someone's not getting pudding.

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Rant.



There are a lot of negative comments for this movie, but I enjoyed it - nothing beyond a popcorn flick. I like it way more than the film before it (that had canon issues and rather big plot holes). "Requiem" had good action and pace. I recall them making such a big deal showing the Predator home world, it was okay - it's there for a minute.



I like the fact that it picks up right from the last film. The gore scenes were good, what I had hoped. Glad this was rated R, they had balls to do what they did. I was kinda bummed that the hot girl, Jesse (Kristen Hager) got killed. Her death was kinda a surprise - it just happens (just as in real life). Too bad she didn't make it to the end. But it would've had a better value if it wasn't shown in the trailer. Just off the top of my head, the trailer for "The Cave" (2005) ruins the film - giving away a major plot point.

By the way, Reiko Aylesworth (Kelly) is adorable. I liked her as Michelle Dessler on "Twenty-Four", too bad her character got killed too (season five - first episode).

Just so you know, this unrated DVD has eight minutes of restored footage. What I don't like is that I can't toggle the audio for the commentaries. You have to go the main menu and select 'Special Features' to change each and every time. Stupid idea.

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This entry wasn't my original pick. I was working on a different exclusive, but it got away from me; bigger and bigger, I'm still compiling data and images. Maybe next week, maybe. Hint... the lead actress looks like adult film starlet, Stoya.

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Old 02-19-2012, 10:31 AM
Target - February 21st, 2012

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Nurse Jackie: Season 3 $24.99
Weeds: Season 7 $24.99

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$9.99 CD

"Dierks Bentley - Home" exclusive deluxe edition




Don't bother buying "Weeds" here (should you want), Best Buy has it cheaper. Other than that, I'll wait a couple weeks till I pick up "Puss In Boots" ($16.99 - single). I do want the two disc pairing with "The Three Diablos"; both available February 24th. The two disc set will have the same price as BB, $22.99. I just want it cheaper.
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Old 02-19-2012, 10:33 AM
Best Buy - February 21st, 2012

Games Of Thrones: The Complete First Season (available March 6th)
Exclusive Blu-Ray packaging; Targa or Stark covers - with preorder

Puss In Boots With The Three Diablos (two disc set) $22.99 (available February 24th)
Free temporary tattoos with both editions (single disc $17.99)

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$4.99 DVDs

Batman: The Animated Series - Out of the Shadows
Free Willy: Escape From Pirate's Cove
Charlie And The Chocolate Factory
Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory
Scooby-Doo! And the Robots
Pee-Wee's Big Adventure
Go Diego Go!: The Great Dinosaur Rescue
SpongeBob SquarePants: SpongeBob Goes Prehistoric
(additional titles in store... and online)

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Weeds: Season 7 $19.99
Nurse Jackie: Season 3 $19.99
Breaking Bad: Seasons 1 or 2 $12.99 (each)
Royal Pains: Season 3, Vol 1 $16.99
Mad Men: Seasons 1 - 3 $16.99 (each)
Mad Men: Season 4 $19.99
Archer: Season 2 $19.99
Breaking Bad: Season 3 $19.99
Spartacus: Gods Of The Arena $19.99
The Walking Dead: Season 1 Special Edition $19.99 (three disc re-release)
Family Guy: Volume 9 $19.99
Futurama: Volume 6 $19.99
Dexter: Seasons 1 - 3 $19.99 (each)
Dexter: Seasons 4 or 5 $24.99 (each)
The Simpsons: Season 14 $24.99
30 Rock: Season 5 $29.99
Boardwalk Empire: Season 1 $39.99




There it is, $19.99 - "Weeds". That's about it for me. Looking at my calendar, not much else for next week either.
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Old 02-23-2012, 06:16 AM
Past Tense

Just like a mob of the undead, no matter how many you put down - another one pops up. This week we get locked and loaded for one of the "Resident Evil" collections (yes, plural). This PT is gonna be another big one.



"Resident Evil/Resident Evil: Apocalypse - Resurrected Edition" was released on home video on September 4th, 2007.

It streeted against "Wind Chill", "Robot Chicken: Season Two - Uncensored" and "Desperate Housewives: The Complete Third Season".

This release originally came with a cardboard foil slipcover which mirrored the case's wraparound. No insert(s) were issued, but there were two other items. First was a theater voucher to see "Resident Evil: Extinction" for free ($10.50 value for one; the window was September 21st to October 20th, 2007). The second is pretty damn rare, I can't remember another time this happened. The second was a certificate for the theater's concession stand ($5.00 value; the window was September 21st to December 31th, 2007). I have both, still inside the case.

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The only exclusive was from Best Buy, a bonus disc (30:53 minutes). It came in a two disc case, the third DVD 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. It came inside the case; same thing for the exclusive bonus disc (also Best Buy) for "Spider-Man 2" in 2004. I'm not a fan so much, they can be difficult - sometimes the edge of the disc become stuck on the glue. Anyhow, I have yet to transfer this set into a three disc case. It's on my 'to do' list, don't have a case. *nods* The collection sold for $14.99.

"The Making Of Resident Evil" is a carry over from the first DVD release of RE (2002), full screen. "Resident Evil: Extinction - Special Sneak Peek" is a non-anamorphic widescreen, behind the scenes featurette.

I had to go twice to get one. I get there shortly after the store opened, walk to the new releases table - squat. Zero copies. Sold out, already? I ask, nope, they haven't received it. I leave. At the car it hits me, I forgot to pick up season two of "Robot Chicken". As it turns out [B]Wal-Mart[B] was only selling that online. I go back to Best Buy; as I walk to the door I see a UPS truck going into the rear. Hmmm... I pick up season two and wander about for ten minutes or so. I then asked for help. Another ten minutes later a box full of the exclusive sets was carried out. I pick the one with the best looking cover (condition) and buy.

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Footnotes.

Okay.

*sigh*

This Past Tense has become more complicated than it needs to be. But there isn't detailed info for this collection.



Researching this post I made a discovery. I was under the impression that the extras were carry overs from earlier releases. No, not true. The extras are in fact new. I just played two bonuses when I bought it and put it away.

Why did I buy the "Resurrected Edition" if I thought it was nearly all repeats? It wasn't for the ticket or concession money. This set includes something different, beyond the sneek peak of "Resident Evil: Extinction" (not talking about the exclusive disc), it came with a recap of the first two movies with the missing time in between "Apocalypse" (2004) and "Extinction"... "The Evolution Of Resident Evil: Bridge To Extinction", narrated by Milla Jovovich as Alice. You don't see that happen much. There is a video online now for the "Underworld" saga setting the stage for "Underworld: Awakening" (2012), narrated by Kate Beckinsale as Selene.

I bought this for those two extras (and Best Buy disc). I suppose you could say, this was a novelty purchase; a double and triple dip combo. Some four years later, I discover, nope all new bonuses. I'm gonna be watching disc 2 in its entirely soon. A very sway realization.

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Extras:

* "The Evolution Of Resident Evil: Bridge To Extinction" featurette
* "Exclusive Sneak Scene From Resident Evil: Extinction"
* "Resident Evil: Diary Of An Apocalypse" featurette (full screen)
* Zombie Dog POV Test (non-anamorphic widescreen)
* "Undead Boot Camp" featurette (full screen)
* "Stuntman Set Tour" featurette (full screen)
* "Memory Retention Training" quiz
* "Art Department" gallery (15 images)
* "Production Photos" gallery (38 images)
* "Publicity" gallery (9 images)
* "Set Design" gallery (13 images)
* "Storyboards" gallery (29 images)
* Additional Trailer: "Resident Evil: Extinction" (2007) and "Hostel: Part II" (2007)
* Sneak Peaks: "Vacancy" (2007), "Bobby Z" (2007) , "The Contractor" (2007), "Wind Chill" (2007), promo to "Ray Harryhausen In Color" and "Resident Evil: The Umbrella Chronicles" (2007) - video game

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Audio:

* Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround (both)
* Dolby Digital 5.1 (French dub, both)

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Notes.

Both films (on disc one) are presented in anamorphic widescreen and are subtitled in English and French. All the galleries are for "Resident Evil: Apocalypse".



If you want the entire extras for films one and two you need all three releases. Left to right; "Resident Evil: Special Edition" (2002), "Resident Evil: Deluxe Edition" (2004) and "Resident Evil: Apocalypse - Special Edition" (2004). And of course "Resurrected Edition".



This wasn't the first collection for one and two. Released on the same day as "Apocalypse" (December 28th, 2004) was "Resident Evil: Collector's DVD Box Set". It sold for $39.95. This was just a slipcover which held the 2004 edition of "Resident Evil" and the two disc set for "Apocalypse". I would like to get that, the slipcover - insert my titles.



Once again a collection was re-released, this time with "Extinction" now called "Resident Evil: Trilogy" (December 9th, 2008). It sold for $30.99. New extras? No it's a reduction actually, not a new pressing - a repackaging. This is a three disc set. Movies one and three are single disc titles. "Apocalypse" is a two disc release.



I do not own this, nor am I interested. The info I found online pretty much regurgitate each other (oh man, I just pictured Big Bird). So my search took me to Ebay. One of the sellers had a non-default image of the set. Photo from fellow enthusiast, Bassnbucks101.

What DO you get with the 'Trilogy'? You get the first disc for each feature. This would be the 2002 edition of the first movie. Missing is the second disc worth of extras including the fifty minute documentary for "Apocalypse". Unless you're über anal, you shouldn't pursue this - you're getting less content. You are better off buying the individual titles which would be slightly cheaper than buying this digipack.



I don't have much information on this one. The trilogy was re-released, part of Sony's "Multi-Feature" DVD compilations. I've ran into this a few times at Wal-Mart, gone now. I don't have a year or retail price. Sorry. This is pure speculation; I think this re-release is a budget version of the '08 collection, probably same set-up too - disc one of each title.

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Blue Cinema.



Back in 2007 it was reported that French pornographer, Pierre Woodman was set to make a porn parody of "Resident Evil" called "Indecent Evil", made by his studio, Woodman Entertainment. It was to be the start of a XXX trilogy.

Filming occured in the Czech Republic, but production halted in 2008. Unknown how much was actually lensed. It was a two fold decision. First was poor DVD sales of his products. Second was financing; Woodman's pay site was funding the project. There was a major dip in subscribers to his website, a twenty percent revenue loss.
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Why? Because people prefer watch for free the content I have produced and wait some bastard stole it here and put it on P2P!!! So why should I do "Indecent Evil" now?
- Pierre Woodman; July 25th, 2011

During the downtime, the star, Zilla Yoyowitch (highly improbable name) left the cast. In February of 2011 a teaser was released on YouTube. Search "Indecent Evil By Pierre Woodman" for it. It has crappy acting, poorly rendered CGI zombies and way too much green screen. It is uncertain when - if ever this movie will be completed. What was filmed includes (besides Yoyowitch) contract girls; Divinity Love, Caylian Curtis and Nessa Devil. As a porn fan, I can say... I'm not impressed with the female talent. Maybe it's a European thing.

What was shot was done in hi-def on Sony's XDCAM EX.

A shimmy and a shake away from being completed. In 2009 Pierre Woodman claimed "Indecent Evil" could get made if his website had 10,000 subscribers. I guess it never happened.

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As for last week's PT remark. There is a porn star named Stoya who looks very much like Milla Jovovich. I wanted to show a split-pix of the two. Wanted... I found many images of her, but most pictures involve the lack of clothes and action photos. So I won't post. I'll leave that to you, just Google her name, you'll find various results. If they ever do an X-rated "Resident Evil" parody, they seriously need to cast Stoya as Alice.

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Old 02-25-2012, 10:31 PM
Target - February 28th, 2012

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$4.75 DVDs

28 Days Later ???
Seabiscuit
Seven Pounds
Premonition
(additional titles in store)

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$10.00 DVDs

Burlesque
Alvin And The Chipmunks: The Squeakquel
Sherlock Holmes (2010)
Just Go With It
(additional titles in store)

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Boardwalk Empire: Season 1 $34.99
Mildred Pierce $19.99
The Wire: Seasons 1 - 5 $16.99 (each)
True Blood: Seasons 1 - 3 $29.99 (each)
Eastbound & Down: Seasons 1 or 2 $14.99 (each)
Entourage: Seasons 1 - 7 $14.99 (each)
The Sopranos: Season 6, Part 2 $16.99
Curb Your Enthusiasm: Seasons 1 - 7 $14.99 (each)
Band Of Brothers $34.99
The Pacific $39.99
(additional titles in store)




I want to buy "Hugo", but I know the DVD is near bare bones. And at $16.99 it's too much (same price at Best Buy). I'll wait until it hits nine bucks, like the recent Target sale.
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Old 02-25-2012, 10:33 PM
Best Buy - February 28th, 2012

Justice League: Doom
Exclusive Flash figure with Blu-Ray combo pack $19.99

Exclusive Lorax plush toy free with any below...
Despicable Me $12.99
Animated Family Favorites 3-Movie Collection: An American Tail/Balto/The Land Before Time $12.99
E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial $12.99
Dr. Seuss' The Cat in the Hat (Blu-Ray) $12.99
(additional titles in store)

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$7.99 DVDs

Barbie: A Fashion Fairytale
Strawberry Shortcake: Berrywood Here We Come
Strawberry Shortcake: The Berryfest Princess Movie
Strawberry Shortcake: Bright Lights Big Dreams
Barbie As Rapunzel
Barbie In A Mermaid Tale

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$14.99 DVDs

Puss In Boots
The Thing (prequel)
Dream House
The Scorpion King 3: Battle For Redemption

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Charlie's Angels: Season 1 $9.99
The Partridge Family: Season 1 $9.99
Fantasy Island: Season 1 $9.99
Barney Miller: Season 1 $9.99
Eastbound & Down: Seasons 1 - 2 $19.99 (each)
Grey's Anatomy: Seasons 2 - 6 $19.99 (each)
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia: Season 6 $24.99
Grey's Anatomy: Season 7 $24.99
The Office: Season 7 $29.99

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$9.99 CD

"Maino - Day After Tomorrow" with three exclusive bonus tracks




A question about Barbie. Does she have some kind of personality flaw or adult ADD, she can't hold onto a job. She's been a ton of things. I remember growing up and seeing TV ads for all sorts of professions. Or is she litigious; she gets a job then causes some kind of mishap (not traced back to her) then she sues over it and this is how she maintains her over the top lifestyle?

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Old 03-01-2012, 07:15 AM
Past Tense

This time out we found out what happened on Galactica's sister ship in "Battlestar Galactica: Razor".



"Battlestar Galactica: Razor - Unrated Extended Editon" was released on home video on December 4th, 2007.

It streeted against "24: Season Six", "The Last Man Of Earth" and "Pirates Of The Caribbean: At World's End".

This release originally came with an embossed cardboard foil slipcover which mirrored the case's wraparound. The top is actually a flap. Under the flap contains additional artwork featuring Rear Admiral Helena Cain (Michelle Forbes), Gina Inviere (Tricia Helfer), Admiral William Adama (Edward James Olmos), Captain Kara Thrace (Katee Sackhoff) and Major Kendra Shaw (Stephanie Jacobsen). It also came with two inserts, both advertisements.

The first was an ad for six TV box sets; "Battlestar Galactica: Season One", "Sliders: The Third Season", "SeaQuest DSV: Season Two", "Quantum Leap: The Complete Fifth Season", "Galactica: 1980" and "Eureka: Season One". The other side of that insert is an ad for HD DVD showcasing "Battlestar Galactica: Season One" and "Heroes": Season 1". The second was printed on cardstock and featured various BSG related merchandise (both sides) from dog tags, posters, action figures (not the Minimates toys) and a minature Cylon Raider.

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The only exclusive came from Best Buy, a bonus disc - single featurette (20:04 minutes). It came in a two disc case. This set sold for $19.99.

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Footnotes.



What you see above is the cover used for the home video release. It was the winning image (of three), a contest the Sci Fi Channel had; it started on August 29th, 2007. The winning picture was unveiled on September 14th, the following month.



Here are all the entries. You'll notice a difference. The number designation for Battlestar Pegasus shown above is Battlestar Group 75 (BSG 75). The is incorrect, it is Galactica's group. The winning cover was altered to reflect the correct ID, BSG 62 - geeks rejoiced.

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The DVD hit shelves ten days after broadcast on November 24, 2007 - before it was renamed SyFy; don't get me started. "Razor" is included with the box set for "Battlestar Galactica: Season 4.0" (January 6th, 2009).

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Old 03-04-2012, 05:26 AM
Target - March 6th, 2012

Game Of Thrones: The Complete First Season
Exclusive bonus disc $29.99

Barbie In A Mermaid Tale 2
Free "Beach Fun" Barbie doll with purchase $12.99




That's it! Other than that exclusive for "Game Of Thrones" - which I will buy, this weeks sucks.
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Old 03-04-2012, 05:28 AM
Best Buy - March 6th, 2012

Game of Thrones: The Complete First Season
Exclusive packaging; House Stark or House Targaryen covers $29.99
Exclusive set of coasters $6.99

The Town
Exclusive Blu-Ray Digibook $24.99

Wall Street
Exclusive Blu-Ray Digibook $14.99

The Brothers McMullen
Exclusive Blu-Ray Digibook $14.99

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$4.99 DVDs

Seabiscuit
Airplane!: Don’t Call Me Shirley! Edition
Hope Floats
Saturday Night Fever
War Of The Worlds
The 13th Warrior
Pulp Fiction
Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (single disc version)
Harry Potter And The Half Blood Prince (single disc version)
Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix (single disc version)
Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire (single disc version)
Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban (single disc version)
Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets (single disc version)
Harry Potter And The Sorcerer's Stone (single disc version)

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$14.99 DVDs

Bad Teacher
Bridesmaids
The Change-Up
Cowboys & Aliens
Fast Five
Larry Crowne

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Leave It To Beaver: 20 Timeless Classics $9.99
Magnum P.I.: Season 7 $9.99
M*A*S*H: Seasons 1 - 11 $9.99 (each)
Mission Impossible: Seasons 1 or 2 $9.99 (each)
The Andy Griffith Show: Seasons 1 - 4 $9.99 (each)
St. Elsewhere: Season 1 $9.99
Harry Potter: Complete Collection Years 1 - 7 $49.99




I want to pick up "Immortals", but I'll wait for a better price than $17.99 (one dollar more than Target). I'm sure it will happen like it did for "Cowboys & Aliens" a few weeks back at Target - nine bucks was very nice.

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Old 03-04-2012, 05:31 AM
Wal-Mart - March 6th, 2012

Game Of Thrones: The Complete First Season
Exclusive bonus disc $34.96-ish (could be cheaper at your local store or price match Target/Best Buy)

I want this too; sell the extra copy on Ebay. I'll make an effort to get this.
- Update March 6th; bought it online, couldn't price match. Your miles may vary, of the two WM I visited - neither of them had the exclusive.

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Barbie In A Mermaid Tale 2
Exclusive packaging and plush dolphin $14.99

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Old 03-08-2012, 02:56 AM
Past Tense

A dangerous plot to be foiled by Denzel; set the Wayback Machine this week for "Déjà Vu"...



The time travel motion picture opened on November 22nd, 2006. It was made with a budget of $75,000,000 (estimated) and grossed slightly over 64 million during its U.S. theatrical run. It made its money back with profits when including foreign receipts (close to three times domestic gross). The film opened number three at the box office, the following week it dropped to number seven.

The feature opened against "Flushed Away", "Borat: Cultural Learnings Of America For Make Benefit Glorious Nation Of Kazakhstan", "Casino Royale" and "Happy Feet".

This release originally came with an embossed cardboard foil slipcover which mirrored the case's wraparound. It also came with a single sheet insert, chapter listing index with special features. The other side was an ad for "The Queen" and Mel Gibson's "Apocalypto".

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There was a single exclusive and it was from Wal-Mart, a bonus disc in its own case (packed side by side with the movie). This set streeted on April 24, 2007 and sold for $19.96. The bonus disc has a run time of 46:35 minutes.

Pretty darn good, when you combine the exclusive with the DVD bonuses; a total of 97:15 minutes worth of extras, near feature-length (I know this since the insert has a total time on the disc bonuses). *nods*

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

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Tangent.



This is something that has been buggin' me for nearly twenty-four years. Who's that girl; the video vixen from Poison's music video, "Fallen Angel"? This afternoon I found the answer! The girl's name is Susie Hatton, a model and was at the time Bret Michaels (lead singer) girlfriend. Thank you internet.

I also found out that she has a CD (ten tracks), released in 1991 called "Body And Soul". Michaels was the producer. There you go.
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Old 03-11-2012, 07:13 AM
Target - March 13th, 2012

My Week With Marilyn
Exclusive Blu-Ray with MP3 audio book $23.00

In Plain Sight: Season Four
Exclusive store release $25.00

Fairly Legal: Season One
Exclusive store release $25.00

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$7.00 DVDs

Twilight
The Notebook
The Dark Knight
(additional titles in store)

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The Killing: The Complete First Season $28.00
Neverland $14.00

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$9.00 CD

"Lana Del Ray - Born To Die" with two exclusive bonus tracks




From the looks of it (my views), it looks like "The Three Musketeers" (2011) is mindless fun. I might pick that up for $15.00. Just found out about "Fairly Legal", don't have cable. I like actress Sarah Shahi; very easy on the eyes. Might give this a blind buy. Might. I'm on the fence on "Neverland", I might wait until cheaper.
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Old 03-11-2012, 07:15 AM
Best Buy - March 13th, 2012

The Muppets (2011)
Exclusive pre-order steelbook case; price unknown

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$7.99 DVDs

Sucker Punch
Inception
Serlock Homes
The Town
Due Date
Hall Pass
The Hangover

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The Killing: The Complete First Season $24.99
Breakout Kings: Season 1 $27.99
Smallville: Seasons 1 - 10 $18.99 (each)

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$9.99 CD

"Ruben Suddard - Letters From Birmingham" exclusive album with 4 bonus tracks




It's a weak week once again. Should you care, "The Three Musketeers" (2011) is .99 cents more expensive here than Target.
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Old 03-14-2012, 03:24 AM
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wow,so many hot dvds,i like skin and other shows,i'm making a plan to choose these dvds
"Skin"?

The only thing that pops in my mind is the former Fox series of the same name (2003), that starred a pre-famous Olivia Wilde. It was axed after three episodes, six were made.

The concept was an updated take on Romeo & Juliet; one is the son of a pornographer, the other is the daughter of the district attorney.

I don't believe it's on DVD, though I wish it were.
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Old 03-15-2012, 04:12 AM
Past Tense

This week we get a shine job for twenty menthol Kools in "The Chronicles Of Riddick"...



The motion picture opened on June 11th, 2004. It was made with a budget of $110,000,000 (estimated) and grossed over 51 million during its U.S. theatrical run. It made its money back with minor profits when including foreign receipts. The film opened number two at the box office, the following week it dropped to number seven.

The feature opened against "Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban", "Shrek 2", "The Day After Tomorrow", "Troy" and "Mean Girls".

For this entry I'm going to be talking about the Unrated Director's Cut. This is once again another big ass entry; c'mon, you know you like it.

This release originally came with a cardboard foil slipcover which mirrored the case's wraparound. It also came with a folding insert - all advertisements. The first is an ad for the Unrated Director's Cut of "Pitch Black" and "The Chronicles Of Riddick: Dark Fury" direct to video release. Next is an ad for "Drunken Jackasses: The Quest". An advertisement for the then upcoming Sci Fi Channel mini-series, "Earthsea". An ad for "The Chronicles Of Riddick: Escape From Butcher Bay" video game. Ad for the home video release of "Buck Rogers In The 25th Century: The Complete Series". And lastly one for TV Guide, subscribe and receive a free "The Chronicles Of Riddick" poster (27" x 40"). I see no expiration.

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There was a single exclusive and it was from Best Buy, a bonus disc (65:40 minutes). This set streeted on November 16th, 2004 and sold for $16.99. It came in a two disc case.

This was one of my early exclusives. I nearly didn't get it, not the obvious answer - I did not know. I went to Best Buy to buy this DVD and another. I looked about and found what I wanted, then I had a thought, a coupon? I returned to the front and took an advertisement, flipped through it. Nope, none there. But I did see something, they're offering an exclusive bonus disc for "Chronicles". Here's where the fun begins.



I look at their copies. ??? Which DVDs have the bonus disc? Well, as it turns out NONE of the them were labeled; no sticker on the slipcover saying 'Exclusive Best Buy Bonus Content' or something to that effect. I asked for assistance, they said every copy had it. No, not true. While being help, I noticed something; I shook a case, there was a jiggle. Hmmm, I shook another case, no jiggle. I took that as a clue and bought that copy. It shouldn't be like the Lottery. I wonder how many people were pissed they didn't get it.

As it turns out, each store has roughly seventy-five copies of the two disc set. I discovered later that I was fortunate. My DVD case was a two disc holder, not all of them were. Some found the bonus disc inside a CD envelope. As the store did with "The Day After Tomorrow" and the remake of "Dawn Of The Dead". What was the other title?

Also bought that day was "Cheerleader Camp", a blind buy. I didn't care for it after seeing. Sold my copy on Ebay. Why in the first place? It has been released by Anchor Bay a couple months previously, then two week before buying I found out that the feature was for sale. The owners of the movie couldn't keep up with their Screen Actors Guild residual payments. It was sold at a public auction on November 9th (2004). How much? I haven't a clue. I bought the movie because it might not be available for restocking for a while, concerning new ownership. There you go. I wanted to like it, far too cliché. I did however enjoyed "Spirit Camp" (2009). Same idea, better executed... and hotter girls. Julin is smokin' hot in her cheerleader outfit.

Anyhow, the 'Interactive Production Calendar' wasn't explained properly. Plus there is no exit. You need to push 'menu' on the remote to get back, there isn't a button on screen. The videos are shorts most are less than forty seconds, three of them over a minute. A total of thirty-three behind the scenes vids. The set was so big, that they had razors to shuttle around in, some had baskets.

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Footnotes.

Those above store pictures, I took those images on release week with my then new digital cam, a Philips' "Key Ring" pocket camera. I have the 64mb version, one megapixel. It's broken now, won't hold a charge. Anyhow, as you can see from the pixs. None of the copies were labeled. That and how things used to be. Back when Best Buy had a huge DVD inventory, full shelves. Man, I miss those days.

I own a lot of those DVDs on that shelf; "Frank Herbert’s Dune: Special Edition - Director’s Cut" (Sci Fi Channel mini-series), "The Final Countdown: 2 - Disc Limited Edition" (with lenticular cover), "Final Destination", "Decoys", "Frank Herbert’s Children Of Dune: Two-Disc Set" (Sci Fi Channel mini-series), "The Chronicles Of Riddick: Dark Fury", "The Cat From Outer Space", "Close Encounters Of The Third Kind: The Collector’s Edition", "Hellboy: Director’s Cut", "Contact: Special Edition" and "Deep Impact: Widescreen Special Collector’s Edition". I see the Boomstick Edition of "The Army Of Darkness".

There should be a mention. "Chronicles" hit DVD in three editions; theatrical cut - widescreen or full screen and Unrated Director's Cut, widescreen only.

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The film disc has an easter egg; behind the scenes on the death of Lord Marshal (Colm Feore). It can be access through both menu options.

Convert -> highlight "Play", press up three times; highlight 'floor plate' - ENTER.
Fight -> highlight "Play", press left; highlight the 'holes on the blade' - ENTER.

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Not enough people know that there was a prequel to "Chronicles" called "The Chronicles Of Riddick: Dark Fury" as mentioned above. This came out on June 15th, 2004 for $14.98, timed for the theatrical release. It came with a foil wraparound.

It was a sway animated program. In the same vein that Universal did for "Van Helsing", "The London Assignment". The anime title is a thirty-five minutes bridge from "Pitch Black" to "Chronicles".

Not a real spoiler here, the character of Jack from the first film is five years older in "Chronicles". She (Kyra) is played by Alexa Davalos. Rhiana Griffith originally portrayed Jack. For the animated short they got Griffith to reprise her role. Can you see me grinning? It also has Keith David back as Imam and of course Vin Diesel as Richard B. Riddick. It picks up right after the event of "Pitch Black". They take off from the desert planet and find more trouble. It also features the character of Toombs voiced by the actor who plays him in the movie, Nick Chinlund. Very cool. I enjoyed it. Wish there were more episodes as it were.

Story? The skiff that Riddick, Imam and Jack are in is having a huge system failure, it's old. Things look grim, but the survivors are picked up by a luxury craft owned by Ms. Chillingsworth (voiced by Tress MacNeille). Riddick attempts to pass himself as merc William Johns. It doesn't work. Events quickly go downhill. Chillingsworth as it turns out is a collector, but not of paintings or antiquities, but of a different kind of art. She collects the most harden of criminals, murderers, rapists and the like - injected with a fluid that keeps them in suspended animation, posed like statues for her pleasure. In a living hell; they are static, but their brains continue to function in real time, prisoners of their own bodies. Chillingsworth wants Riddick as the center piece of her gallery. It ends with a great fight with Riddick and Chillingsworth's right hand man, Junner Front (voiced by Roger Jackson). That story could be made into a cool movie.

The animation was done by Peter Chung. You might know him better as the animator/creator of the MTV series "Æon Flux". He also did the animated short 'Matriculated' for the other direct to video release, "The Animatrix". Chung also did the hammer head creature effect in the first film. *nods* The guy has talent.

The bad news?

The DVD is presented in non-anamorphic widescreen. Why?

I'm just flat out bragging now.



Back in 2004 I bought an oddity off Ebay. A promo disc in envelope, a CD single. It's a techo tune with dialog from the animated program. You know, for such a simple song, it's quite catchy. I've had it on loop for a couple of hours when I received it. I'm still not sick of it. I remember being in the shower that weekend with the worlds "fall back, everyone fall back!!!" haunting me. Just thought I'd share. Too much info? Yeah, I know, I need to rescan that image. That picture is from '04, older scanner. Oh well, I have the disc in a two disc case with the DVD.

Was this CD an exclusive from some store? I've tired searching and haven't found out where this was from. If you know, please reply. Thanks.

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Back in 2004 writer/director David Twohy wrote a pilot for the Sci Fi Channel, expanding on the Riddick universe. But it wasn't picked up or filmed. It would've made for a cool series. But I guess they spent their wad on the then series "Battlestar Galactica". A Riddick show? No - a series based on the missing time of Kyra/Jack, the lost five years. I can see why they didn't - she died in last film. Don't give me that look - the movie has been out for nearly eight years.

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Who and what is that pix? It's from an the June 19th, 2003 issue of "Newcastle Herald" (Australia). The person in question is Rhiana Griffith. You see, Griffith tried to win back her role of Kyra for "Chronicles". Why didn't it happen? The studio wanted a more known actress, Alexa Davalos was already on TV (The WB series, "Angel") and someone similar to Alyssa Milano. As I understand Diesel wanted Griffith, but didn't have the clout to make it happen.

In case you're curious, she's eighteen in that picture. Griffith was thirteen when she did "Pitch Black". She took three weeks of freestyle martial arts (karate training, kick boxing and sparring) to get into condition for the audition. Her instructor was Renhshi Peter Kirkwood, his own self defense called Kaizen Ryu.



An image of Davalos above. I saw an image of her from 2007 (age 22), Griffith still looks like she's in her mid teens. Was Davalos the better decision? I honestly don't know. There you go. By the way, Amber Tamblyn also auditioned, she too took some training, kickboxing.

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The tale of the dark seeing anti-hero continues. Coming to theaters late 2012 is "Riddick". Also directed by Twohy. And rated R. Damn straight!

Quote:
The infamous Riddick has been left for dead on a sun-scorched planet that appears to be lifeless. Soon, however, he finds himself fighting for survival against alien predators more lethal than any human he’s encountered. The only way off is for Riddick to activate an emergency beacon and alert mercenaries who rapidly descend to the planet in search of their bounty. The first ship to arrive carries a new breed of merc, more lethal and violent, while the second is captained by a man whose pursuit of Riddick is more personal. With time running out and a storm on the horizon that no one could survive, his hunters won’t leave the planet without Riddick’s head as their trophy.
- official synopsis

Who's that man with a personal interest? It's not a spoiler since anybody can look at the cast list. The fellow is none other than Necromancer, Vaako (Karl Urban, reprising his role). It also stars Jordi Mollà, Matthew Nable and Katee Sackhoff as mercenaries. Bokeem Woodbine as a bounty hunter. Rounding out the cast are Dave Bautista, Conrad Pla, Joel William Gonzales, Raoul Trujillo, Nolan Funk and singer Keri Hilson. And Vin Diesel. I will be seeing this too on opening day.

I'm guessing. But think Riddick disbanded the Necromancers since he became their new Lord Marshal. All the dreams and hopes of Vaako were taken away, he's pissed.

Hey, I can hope they do it again, another animated tale to bridge the gap. *fingers crossed*

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Rant.

Quote:
I knew the traps that other sequels have fallen into; about kinda replaying the same thing over and over again. So I said, I think the key to it is not to do the expected. Don't go back the same planet. Don't meet the same creatures. Don't even let it be a creature movie. Could we change genres and yet keep the same tone and keep the same characters? I think that was the inspiration for the approach. And the, metamorphoses between Pitch Black and The Chronicles Of Riddick.
- David Twohy



I know so many people didn't care for the movie. It was so different. I applaud Twohy for being original. I loved it. It felt LARGE, epic. Bigger than life, as it should be. I saw it on opening day, left the theater very happy. Above are a couple of production artwork images from the triple max slam known as Crematoria.

Here's something that isn't too known - just as Twohy said. Before "Chronicles" was green lighted. There was another tale trying to make it before cameras, an unproduced sequel to "Pitch Black". The screenplay was written by David Hayter (revised by Akiva Golsman). It had Riddick being tracked down by a retriever named Guerin and his female merc recruit, Kira in New Chicago. Night eyes is found fighting familiar hammerhead creatures for profit in the city's underground scene.

A very angry Riddick is blackmailed into accompanying Guerin and his mercenaries back to Harcades Six where some years ago a commercial transport vessel (Hunter-Gratzner) crash landed on the desert planet. Guerin desires to retrieve a very valuable object, that may have survived the impact. Like with "Aliens", a well armed group find themselves defending their lives from the sonar seeing hammerheads. The object is "Star Trek" like, Genesis-type device for planetary terra forming. Not original at all. It's still night time on the planet.

The salvagers discover the ruins of a once technologically advanced city. They encounter a new breed of creatures that are hunting the mercs off. One of these animals is apparently smarter than the others and is stalking Riddick. These new creatures are actually the evolved aliens who created the former metropolis. Oh yeah, obviously Kira isn't who she appears to be, duh. The script finishes with the retrieval ship picking up survivors and the stalker creature going one on one with Riddick in the craft. And of course the surviving mercs double-crossing Riddick and the other salvagers.

Part of me want to see this movie. But only if they did it right. The story has potential, but need to be worked out a lot more, way less like "Aliens". Oh well. Twohy delivered a great sequel with "Chronicles". And a helluva lot better than Hayter/Golsman penned tale. I expect Twohy to do the same with "Riddick". I'm so there.

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Old 03-18-2012, 06:24 AM
Target - March 20th, 2012

The Muppets
Exclusive bonus disc (6 episode sampler; DVD) with 2 Disc Blu-Ray/DVD combo and 3 Disc Blu-Ray/DVD combo packs; $22.99/$24.99

Hop - available March 23rd
Exclusive wearable bunny Ears and printable Easter Party Kit with Blu-Ray/DVD combo pack $22.99

Despicable Me re-release
Exclusive wearable goggles with Blu-Ray/DVD combo pack $22.99

(purchase both combo packs "Despicable Me" and "Hop" - save five dollars




Can't say there's anything for me here. Looking at my list, I don't see anything. Hey, it helps my wallet.
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Old 03-18-2012, 06:27 AM
Best Buy - March 20th, 2012

The Muppets
Exclusive 3 Disc Blu-Ray/DVD combo pack ('Wocka Wocka Value Pack') with collectible lunch box $27.99

The Ring
Exclusive Blu-Ray - store release $12.99

Hop - available March 23rd
Free 7 inch plush Bunny ("Despicable Me") Minion with Blu-Ray purchase $22.99

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$9.99 DVDs

Muppet Movies DVD 3-Pack (Kermit's Swamp Years/The Muppets Take Manhattan/Muppets From Space)
Hachi: A Dog's Tale
Stuart Little 2
Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs
The Wizard Of Oz
It's The Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown

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$12.99 DVDs (includes bonus Easter Kit)

Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: Mickey's Great Clubhouse Hunt
James And The Giant Peach
A Goofy Movie
Mickey And The Beanstalk

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$14.99 DVD

Contagion
Crazy, Stupid, Love
Dolphin Tale
Final Destination 5
Green Lantern
Horrible Bosses
Something Borrowed
The Hangover Part II

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CSI - Miami: Seasons 1 - 8 $14.99 (each)
Rizzoli & Isles: Season 1 $14.99
Columbo: Seasons 1 - 7 $14.99 (each)
CSI: Seasons 6 - 9 $14.99 (each)
Criminal Minds: Seasons 1 - 4 $14.99 (each)
Law & Order - SVU: Seasons 1 - 5 $14.99 (each)
NYPD Blue: Seasons 1 - 4 $14.99 (each)
NCIS: Seasons 1 or 2 $14.99 (each)
NCIS: Seasons 3 - 6 $16.99 (each)
Bones: Season 1 $16.99
It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia: Seasons 1 & 2 $16.99
Smallville: Season 10 $18.99
Parks And Recreation: Season 3 $18.99
Shameless: Season 1 $18.99
Weeds: Season 7 $19.99
Nurse Jackie: Season 3 $19.99
Sons of Anarchy: Season 1 $24.99
Modern Family: Season 1 $24.99
Bored To Death: Season 1 $19.99
Curb Your Enthusiasm: Season 7 $19.99
Entourage: Season 7 $19.99
Extra's: Complete Series $19.99
Flight Of The Conchords: Complete Collection $19.99
Mr. Show: Complete Collection $19.99
American Pie 1-3: Unrated Party Pack $16.99
Da Ali G Show: Da Complete Seereez $14.99
Funny Or Die Presents: Season 1 $14.99
Life & Times Of Tim: Season 1 $14.99

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$9.99 CD

"Diggy - Unexpected Arrival" with 3 exclusive bonus tracks




Gonna try to get one of those plush Minions, should be about five dollars or so alone. I have the regular one and vampire varient; all the same size. *nods*
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Old 03-18-2012, 06:29 AM
Wal-Mart - March 20th, 2012



The Muppets
Exclusive Blu-Ray/DVD gift set with four finger puppets $29.96 (prices varies from store to store)
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Old 03-22-2012, 06:05 AM
Past Tense

This week we travel to a distant world and find persecution at "Planet 51"...



The CGI film opened on November 20th, 2009. It was made with a budget of $70,000,000 (estimated) and grossed slightly over 42 million during its U.S. theatrical run. It made its money back with profits when including foreign receipts (well over twice its domestic gross). The film opened number five at the box office, the following week it dropped to number seven.

The feature opened against "The Fourth Kind", "2012", "Precious", "The Blind Side" and "The Twilight Saga: New Moon".

This release originally came with an advertisement booklet (two pages). Ads for Planet Orange (online site where kids learn the value of money), an ad for the "Planet 51" online game, ShareBuilder (online investing) - $51.00 if you open a 'Custodial Account' (minimum $50.00 deposit required; offer expired December 31st, 2010) and SonyWonder, various deals from Sony partners.

Oh yeah, and the disc came in a white DVD case.

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There was a single exclusive from Wal-Mart, a fabric (reusable) lunch bag; made of the same material as water resistant jackets. It came in a large gift set box - it won't fit in my scanner so I have to use this image. Low res, but it gets the job done. The DVD is side packed inside. This set streeted on March 9th, 2010 and sold for $17.86.

[I've gone back and removed the crappy, image and scanned my copy... what can I say? I was lazy at the time.]

I haven't taken out my lunch bag, still there inside the box. Checked the Wal-Mart website, that exclusive is no longer available.

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Rant.

As you read above, the movie didn't do very well at the box office. I hope more people will see it now that its on home video. It this a good movie? *thinking* It's okay. It gets the job done with predictable results. That's not a bad thing, not a great thing either.

It's obvious that filmmakers really tired to pay homage to various sci-fi cinema staples of the 1950s, paranoia being the biggest one. I like the one eyed fishes which resembled the Martian war machines from "War Of The Worlds" (1953). The military alien artifact room has the objects enclosed in what looks like the eggs aboard the derelict in "Alien" (1979). One of the items is a Discovery shuttle pod from "2001: A Space Odyssey" (1968). The list goes on and on (too bad there isn't a commentary). The other is the lush and outside the box constructs. I love this movie, not so much for the film, but the designs.



A world which has a dominate shape, the circle - be it sphere or saucer. It speaks to my inner architect. A place I would like to visit and touch. From the layout of the cars and houses to the everyday mundane furniture and devices (their TVs for one). It's a damn eye candy feast. I had an architectural boner looking at this kid's flick. Wait, that sounds pervy.



What you're looking at above are two pixs from Lem's bedroom (our main alien character). That a dresser in the foreground with the fish bowl. Those drawers are not very practical, you loose a lot of usable space with such a narrow opening, the bottom one in particular. But I would love to own one of these things in real life. And just as a conversation piece (which it would be).

In the background of both, you can also see a 2nd dresser with a record player on top. In the second image, you can see their spherical television. I can see that working (with a wired remote). Somewhat oval (screen) black and white TVs were one of the first televisions produced. I recall one of my family friends had a 1950s TV, it still operated! Don't know about now. He died some years back. I can imagine his family trashing the antique. The thing was huge, blocky and heavy.

Those cabinets are cool too, simple and functional; twist the handle to open the latch. What caught my attention the first time I saw it (watched on DVD, never saw it in the theaters) is in these pictures - the window blind. The circular window has blinds which open and close by rotation. That is so frakken awesome. It's makes perfect sense. You would need that kind of contraption unless you wanted traditional drapes. I suppose it could've been motorized, but it feel right to be a lever you have to rotate.

Plus the fact that the window opens into two. The blinds can be closed to cover one half and still have the other half, an open window. That's pretty impressive.

I also liked the barbecue grill and patio table as seen in the movie poster on top. That is very sway.

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I only had one issue with the movie. And that's with our representative, U.S. astronaut Captain Charles "Chuck" Baker (voiced by Dwayne Johnson). The term 'ugly American' came to mind. He's an arrogant jerk, at first. While true he gains some humility by the end, but still, it kinda bugged me. Okay, tangent - many found the mockumentary "Borat" funny. I did not. I watched it at a friend's home with a mutual pal. They were laughing, I got angry. Dead serious expression, It pissed me off! The image we give to the rest of the world, "Planet 51" took that mentality ('better than you') to a distant world.



What I found cute and kinda funny was turning such an iconic and terrifying creature, H.R. Giger's Alien into something very kid friendly - the neighbor's dog (its tongue within a tongue was nice touch). Though the fact that it pissed acid is very unpractical. Why would you want to own such a critter that could/will cause property damage, your own and others? While interesting to see, it's a logic hole.

Oh god, that Giger picture - he's looking at you, looking at him. Don't stare, look away!!!

As for Rover, the... rover. I was okay with it having canine qualities. It is a children's film after all. And it is what it is. At least its movement were reality based; motors, gears and springs.

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Footnotes.

Did not know that this flick was produced in Spain (their most expensive movie made).

Oh yeah, there is a stinger during the end credits...

Professor Kipple (voiced by John Cleese) survives the detonation of Base 9 and is grabbed by lobotomized soldiers, Vesklin and Vernkot (Mathew Horne and James Corden) who want to do the same to him as Kipple did to them (one of them has a bone saw). Over the planet in the command module, Chuck finds the alien dog onboard his craft for the voyage home. Wouldn't that kill them both - a hull breach? Or worse yet, acid in zero gravity.

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Old 03-25-2012, 05:40 AM
Target - March 27th, 2012

Victorious: The Complete Second Season
Exclusive store release $8.99

Casablanca: 70th Anniversary
Exclusive Blu-Ray (movie only - single disc) release $18.99
Exclusive DVD release $9.99

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$4.50 DVDs

Barbie Presents Thumbelina
Open Season 2
Seabiscuit
The 13th Warrior
(additional titles in store)

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$9.99 DVDs

Spongebob Squarepants: Spongebob's Frozen Face-Off
Rango
(additional "Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards" nominees on sale in store)

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$10.00 DVDs

Alice In Wonderland (2010)
The Book Of Eli
Sherlock Holmes (2009)
The Social Network
(additional titles in store)

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$16.99 DVD

Hop

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The Three Stooges: 75th Anniversary $4.75
Nicholas Sparks Romances 4 Film Favorites (Nights In Rodanthe/The Notebook/Message In A Bottle/A Walk To Remember) $8.99
Saturday Night Live: Seasons 3 or 4 $14.99 (each)
Weeds: Season 7 $19.99
Bones: Season 6 $24.99
Game Of Thrones: Season 1 $34.99




They brought back the 9 dollar sale (okay ten bucks), sway, but I don't see anything I want. Plus I would much prefer to see/know what other titles fall into that sale. Don't make me visit to find out.

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March 27th

The exclusive for "Casablanca" (DVD) does in fact have the new bonuses from the Blu-Ray box set...

"Michael Curtiz: The Greatest Director You Never Heard Of" (37:17 minutes)
"Casablanca: An Unlikely Classic" (34:54 minutes)


Carried over from the last release...

Introduction By Lauren Bacall
Commentary by Roger Ebert
Commentary by Rudy Behlmer
Trailers

A great deal for ten bucks, plus it's remastered.

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Old 03-25-2012, 05:43 AM
Best Buy - March 27th, 2012

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$4.99 DVDs

Space Jam Special Edition
Barbie: A Fairy Secret
Happy Feet
The Little Engine That Could
Grand Torino
Training Day
I Am Legend
Beetlejuice
National Lampoon's European Vacation
The Shawshank Redemption

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$14.99 DVD

J. Edgar

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$16.99 DVD

Hop

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Eureka: Season 4.5 $19.99
South Park: Season 15 $24.99
The Office: Season 7 $29.99
One Tree Hill: Season 8 $29.99
Workaholics: Season 1 $9.99
Jeff Dunham: Controlled Chaos $9.99
South Park: Seasons 1 - 14 $12.99 (each?)
Chappelle's Show: Season 1 (uncensored) $12.99
30 Rock: Seasons 1 - 3 $14.99 (each)
Eastbound & Down: Seasons 1 or 2 $14.99 (each)
V: Season 2 $18.99
Chuck: Season 4 $18.99
Futurama: Volumes/Seasons 1 - 5 $14.99 (each)
Chuck: Seasons 1 - 3 $14.99 (each)
V: Season 1 (reboot) $14.99
Chuck: Seasons 1 - 3 $14.99 (each)
One Tree Hill: Seasons 1 - 7 $19.99 (each)
Camelot: Season 1 $19.99
Futurama: Volume 6 $19.99
It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia: Seasons 3 - 5 $19.99 (each)
Spartacus: Gods Of The Arena $19.99
The Walking Dead: Season 1 Special Edition $24.99 (three disc version)
Spartacus: Blood And Sand $24.99
Burn Notice: Season 4 $24.99




Once again nothing for me this week. I would like to take home season two of "V", but not at $18.99. I'll wait until it hits thirteen bucks or so.
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Old 03-29-2012, 06:39 AM
Past Tense

This week we invest in flood and earthquake insurance with "The Day After Tomorrow"...



The motion picture opened on May 28th, 2004. It was made with a budget of $125,000,000 (estimated) and grossed over $186 million during its U.S. theatrical run. The film opened number two at the box office, the following week it dropped to number three.

The feature opened against "Van Helsing", "Mean Girls", "Troy", "Shrek 2" and "Soul Plane".



This release originally came with a lenticular cardboard slipcover, slightly different from the case's wraparound (cover image on the right). There was an insert; one side, chapter listing, the other side, variant artwork of the Statue Of Liberty getting hit with a wave (kinda like the image below). It also came with an advertisement booklet; mail order certificate - $5.00 off when you buy any two titles offered, $10.00 if you purchase any three. You needed to have two or more of these DVD with sale receipt dated between August 24th, 2004 - April 30th, 2005. Plus you had to cut out the proof-of-purchase tabs and send it all together or the rebate. The offer expired on April 30th, 2005. Yes, you read right, the run time of the offer ends on the same day as the certificate. I guess if you mailed it to them early in the morning with same day shipping it could get there in time, but that seems too costly and defeat the purpose.

The 20th Century Fox titles were "The Girl Next Door", "Dodge Ball", "The Day After Tomorrow", "Man On Fire", "24: Season Three", "I, Robot", "Alien Vs. Predator" and "Daredevil: Director's Cut". It also advertised four other additional titles.

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Above is a bit of art from the movie. I have no screen snap since there is none to give so I opted for the above.

There was one exclusive to be had and it was from Best Buy.

This set streeted on October 12th, 2004 for $15.99. The bonus disc came in a CD envelope. There is no menu screen, though there should be (has eight elements) - it just plays. Everything is presented in non-anamorphic widescreen. And has a runtime of 13:13 minutes.

These pieces include: behind-the-scenes featurette on the 'Ice Shelf' (creating the opening scene); First Look program for "i, Robot"; theatrical trailer for "Alien Vs. Predator"; sneak peeks for "Man On Fire", "i, Robot", "Alien Vs. Predator", "Alien Quadrilogy" and "Predator".

This is also one of my early exclusives and I missed out when it first came to the store. I bought mine from Wal-Mart. A couple weeks later I found out about this and re-bought the DVD, sold the extra copy on Ebay. I'm lucky. For this offer Best Buy had 175 copies per store as advertised. This doesn't happen anymore. Most times exclusives are limited to less than thirty, a lot of the time - eight copies per store... or less.

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Footnotes.

Unless I'm mistaken (don't think I am), this was the second time it happened; somewhat common now, a televised preview. Fox ran an exclusive ten minute clip for the film right before "American Idol" on May 12th, 2004. I know this, I took notes. Did I not establish that I'm anal? What was the footage? Don't know, I passed on it - wanted to see it at the theater, which I did on opening day. Anyhow, what was the very first?

The title of the first ever belongs to another 20 Century Fox motion picture which came out earlier that same year, "Dawn Of The Dead". This ten minute preview (the opening when Ana [Sarah Polley] finds herself now living in a dead world) happened on March 15th also on Fox during their telecast of "Final Destination". Yeah, I know - that bit of info should've been included on that Past Tense entry. I forgot.



This was the first film I saw Emmy Rossum (Laura) in. She's pretty and huggable. I have another movie of hers, "Phantom Of The Opera" (2004), haven't gotten around to watching it. I've had that DVD for a few years now, it'll get done.

I like this quote from Ain't It Cool News contributor Moriarty speaking of the man known as Roland Emmerich (director and co-writer)...
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It's like the retarded guy working the fry machine at McDonald's. Nice guy. Always friendly and in a good mood. And he makes really tasty fries. I wouldn't let him land a plane or perform open-heart surgery on me, but as long as he's King Of The French Fries, he does it well.


So damn true. I enjoyed this movie, the right mix of action and excellent scenes of devastation. The only downside was the somewhat clichéd characters. He did a MUCH better job for "2012", I can truly call that feature epic. Don't give me that look. It was the perfect popcorn flick.

There was some controversy for "The Day After Tomorrow". While the film is very loosely based on the book "The Coming Global Superstorm" by former radio personality Art Bell and author Whitley Strieber. Harvard professor, Ubaldo DiBenedetto claimed in a German lawsuit that Emmerich stolen his idea for the movie. The professor said he gave Emmerich his novel, "Polar Day 9" (written under the pseudonym Kyle Donner) to read in 1998. The screenplay is credited to Jeffrey Nachimanoff and Emmerich (with nods to Bell and Strieber). Don't know if the suit was tossed out or if Fox settled. By the way, DiBenedetto wanted an unspecified amount for damages.



DVDs. There are two (three if you count the full screen version) editions of this movie. The second ('All-Access Collector's Edition') streeted as a two disc set on May 24th, 2005. Did the extras from first release carry over? Should I keep the single?

Ditch it.

All the extras, minus two didn't carry over. What were they? The first was a lame ass bonus called "Inside Look". It's not even listed with the extras on the disc, it's on the main menu. It's a glorified teaser for "Mr. & Mrs. Smith". The second is for DVD-ROM; Windows (98SE or higher) based. Watch the movie on with the included player on your PC. There is a link for additional bonus features (the back says claims over an hour of exclusive 'making of' footage). I was hoping that there were videos I could watch with my various players (I'm a Mac). Nope - NONE. All of this footage is streaming video.

I'm glad I did this post. I've had both DVDs since release date. Why? The first release is utterly pointless if you also own the two disc version. I'm getting rid of this Past Tense entry. I know a guy who buys used DVDs. I've taken that exclusive disc and inserted into the 'All-Access' case. Now I need a three disc case for this title.

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Rant.

Okay. Let me address this. The ending. This is something I remembered from back then. A comment at one of the message boards I haunt, could've been IMDb.



At the conclusion it isn't all hugs and giggles, things don't go back to normal. Hell NO! The human race got a major bitch slap. Much of the upper hemisphere is covered in ice. Lets not mince words, a few billion people died. Whole nations were wiped off the map. Yes, you have survivors, but ponder this... FOOD. A huge section of the world's agriculture was taken away. How are you going to feed the remaining masses? This doesn't include the next, SHELTER. Those lucky ones who were on the edge of the frost are going to move further down, South America and Africa. While true, the ice will melt, eventually - this incredibly massive snow front will have an huge effect on global climates... colder.

This isn't a happy ending, the survivors will have such terrible hardships ahead of them. It will take a generation or more to bounce back from. I'm not even talking about political turmoil - warlords, tyrants and dictators will rise to power. Wars over limited resources. The movie ends with our gang getting picked up by what remains of the U.S. government. The future is so uncertain, many more will perish from harsh weather, starvation, sickness and/or hostilities.

Got that?

Good.

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Interesting. When I came up with this post, I didn't think there was much to write about and I had so few images... at that point. This turned out pretty well. *nods*

This was suppose to be last week's entry. I pulled "Planet 51" out of my ass at the last minute. I'm surprised on how well it became. Anyhow, this post grew so much I decided to save it for this week - go out big... see below.

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Notice.

This is something I knew would have to happen. I've been dragging my feet on this for more than a month. Looking at my list and the weeks ahead, I have to plan for the future. 'Past Tense' will no longer be a weekly post. Sorry, but I'm on the edge of burning through my material. Starting next month, this feature will become - every other week. With that in place, I have enough material to run for the rest of the year; till the end of January 2013, provided that the world doesn't end. That's a lot of 'Past Tense'. *nods*

What happens after Jan. of next year? The best I can say is, we'll see.

That being said, I'll see you guys here on April 12th.
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Old 04-01-2012, 06:25 AM
Target - April 3rd, 2012

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$3.99 DVD

Easter Triple Feature: Happy The Littlest Bunny/Maxwell Saves The Day/Snow White
Beatrix Potter: The World Of Peter Rabbit And Friends
The Rugrats Movie
Jonah: A VeggieTales Movie
Annie: Special Anniversary Edition
Planet 51
Wow! Wow! Wubbzy!: Wubbzy's Egg-cellent Easter
(additional titles in store)

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$6.99 DVDs

Dora's Easter Adventure
Despicable Me
Shrek: The Final Chapter
Barbie: A Mermaid Tale 2
The Lorax
Alvin And The Chipmunks: The Squeakquel
The Chronicles Of Narnia: The Voyage Of The Dawn Treader (single disc)

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$8.99 DVDs

Zookeepr
The Change-up: Unrated
Spy Kids: All The Time In The World
Colombiana

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$13.99 DVDs

The Smurfs
The Lion King
The Adventures Of Tin Tin
Tangled
The Muppets
Alvin And The Chipmunks: Chipwhrecked
Hop
Puss In Boots

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Spartacus: Blood And Sand $14.99
Justified: Season 2 $14.99
Downton Abbey: Season 2 $14.99
The Killing: Season 1 $14.99
Shameless: Season 1 $14.99
The Vampire Diaries: Season 2 $14.99
Castle: Season 3 $14.99
Family Guy: Volume 9 $14.99
Parenthood: Season 2 $14.99
Grey's Anatomy: Season 7 $14.99
The Office: Season 7 $14.99
Supernatural: Season 6 $14.99
Entourage: Season 7 $14.99
The Big Bang Theory: Season 4 $14.99
Gossip Girl: Season 4 $14.99
Psych: Season 5 $14.99
The Walking Dead: Season 1 $14.99 (3 disc version)
One Tree Hill: Season 8 $19.99
House, M.D.: Season 7 $19.99
Smallville: Season 10 $19.99
The Mentalist: Season 3 $19.99
Chuck: Season 4 $19.99
Glee: Season 2 $19.99
Modern Family: Season 2 $19.99
Sons Of Anarchy: Season 3 $19.99


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??.?? DVDs (mystery prices - from $4.99 to $19.99 each)

The Help
Twilight
Moneyball
The Rum Diary
Marilyn
Tower Heist
Real Steel
Immortals
Drive
Casablanca

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$8.99 CD

"Your Grace Is Enough" exclusive store release

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$9.99 CD

"Marvin Sapp - I Win" with 2 exclusive bonus tracks




Yes, before you ask. Yes, people are miffed/pissed about this tactic, the mystery price. What is it? *spins the roulette wheel*

The whole point of an ad is to get public interest in your store. Having a question mark isn't a good idea. Money is tight; gas prices are high. Why should I drive to your store, waste my fuel on something that isn't properly stated? Better off going somewhere else with detailed tags. Granted, yes, this is only a few DVDs. But imagine if they did this with more items? I need some soup and clothes; we'll find out how much it is once we get to the store. Screw that.

Anyhow, "War Horse" is $16.99 here. And nine bucks for "Colombiana" is nice.

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Old 04-01-2012, 06:29 AM
Best Buy - April 3rd, 2012

Mission Impossible 4: Ghost Protocol
Exclusive Blu-Ray/DVD/Digital Copy combo preorder $5.00

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$4.99 DVDs

All Dogs Go To Heaven 2
Curious George
Chuggington: Let's Ride The Rails
9
Nanny McPhee Returns
Barbie Fairytopia
Garfield: The Movie
Big
Napoleon Dynamite
All Dogs Go The Heaven
Mrs. Doubtfire
The Sandlot
Ferngully
Thumbelina

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$6.99 DVDs

The Ten Commandments (2011, 2 disc edition)
Old Yeller 2-Movie Collection (Old Yeller/Savage Sam)
Here Comes Peter Cottontail
Twilight (single disc edition)
The Twilight Saga: New Moon (single disc edition)
The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (single disc edition)

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$9.99 DVDs

Happy Feet Two
Dophin Tale

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$13.99 DVDs

Lady And The Tramp
Tron Legacy
Mary Poppins
The Lion King 1 1/2
Hop
The Fox And The Hound/The Fox And The Hound II: 30th Anniversary Edition
The Muppets
Puss in Boots
The Adventures of Tintin
Kung Fu Panda
Hugo

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Justice League: Doom $14.99
Monk: Seasons 4 - 7 9.99 (each)
The League: Season 1 $9.99
Friday Night Lights: Season 5 $9.99
Blue Mountain State: Seasons 1 or 2 $9.99 (each)
The Middle: Seasons 1 or 2 $14.99 (each)
Jersey Shore: Season 4 $14.99
Louie: Season 1 $14.99
How I Met Your Mother: Season 1 $16.99
Archer: Season 1 $16.99
Burn Notice: Season 1 $16.99
The Big Bang Theory: Seasons 1 - 4 $18.99 (each)
Family Guy: Volume 9 $18.99
Fringe: Seasons 1 - 3 $18.99 (each)
Justice: Season 2 $18.99
Smallville: Seasons 1 - 9 $18.99 (each)
Two And A Half Men: Seasons 7 or 8 $18.99 (each)
The Mentalist: Seasons 1 - 3 $18.99 (each)
Eureka: Season 4.5 $18.99
House M.D.: Season 7 $24.99
The Killing: Season 1 $24.99
Nurse Jackie: Season 3 $24.99
Breakout Kings: Season 1 $24.99
Game Of Thrones: Season 1 $44.99
Boardwalk Empire: Season 1 $44.99
Mildred Pierce $29.99
Rome: Seasons 1 or 2 $29.99 (each)
John Adams $24.99




While the selection is good, I don't see anything of interest this outing. I bought my copies of "Rome" for fifteen bucks last year (a few months back), thirty dollars each isn't much of a deal.

I'll probably pick up "War Horse", but not for $17.99. I'll wait. Okay, this wasn't a film I was excited about in the first place. Granted, I may like it when I see it, but as of right now. I'm, meh.
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Old 04-08-2012, 04:44 AM
Target - April 10th, 2012

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$10.00 DVDs

Sherlock Holmes (2010)
Life As We Know It
The Tourist
The Green Hornet
Tim Burton's Alice In Wonderland
The Proposal
(additional titles in store)




There you have it. Wow, this is super turbo crap, stuck in first gear with a nearly empty gas tank. PASS. They have "The Darkest Hour", one dollar cheaper than Best Buy, $14.99
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Old 04-08-2012, 04:45 AM
Best Buy - April 10th, 2012

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$14.99 DVD

Hugo $14.99

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$19.99 DVDs

The Three Musketeers (2011) $19.99
War Horse $19.99

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$4.99 DVDs

The Bodyguard
Robots
Cast Away
Man On Fire
Basic Instinct
Super Troopers
Blazing Saddles
Weekend At Bernie's
Robin Hood: Men in Tights
Ernest Goes to Camp/Ernest Scared Stupid/Ernest Goes To Jail: Triple Feature

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One Tree Hill: Season 9 $25.99
The Simpsons: Season 13 $14.99
Family Guy: Volume 8 $14.99
American Dad!: Volume 6 $14.99
Archer: Season 2 $16.99




What I want is "Logan's Run: The Complete Series", but there isn't a listing, their website reads $34.99. Will they have it in store? You're guess is a good as mine. Other than that, I am very curious about "The Darkest Hour", they'll have it for $15.99
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Old 04-12-2012, 07:47 AM
Past Tense

This week we finally get toast from toasters with season four of Battlestar Galactica...



Howdy! Since this is the first new PT in two weeks (new schedule), I decided to do a two-fer; both half seasons of the final run of the Ronald D. Moore "BSG" reboot.

"Battlestar Galactica: Season 4.0" was released on home video on January 6th, 2009.

It streeted against "Babylon A.D", Mannix: The Second Season" and "Pineapple Express".

As far as I know, there was no insert.

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There was three exclusives, all were from Best Buy *shakes hand*, a limited edition gift set (eight per store) - sold for $39.99. It came with a pair of dog tags (Captain Kara Thrace; metal, not plastic), a thirty-two page photo booklet and exclusive slipcover (partial embossed).



The booklet's first four pages sums up what came before season 4, the rest is character profiles.

The other exclusive is gone now, though I downloaded them (MP4s) - on the then website. The store had two deleted scenes NOT included in any box set. These axed moments were from the episodes "Faith" and "Six Of One". Sorry, I checked, that link has long expired.

Eight per store; gone in probably less than thirty-five minutes. I have notes, I'm anal. I got there on release day at 10:13 AM. There were three copies present. I was expecting to find the lot on the 'new releases' table. Nope. Then I looked in the television section... of course not. Then on the end of their isles with more new releases. Negative. Finally I saw a DVD cardboard stand, holding various titles and those said three copies. I'm lucky to have mine.

*sigh* Many found the slipcase a disappointment. The image above does not express it well. You have to be extra careful not to damage the box. The booklet and tags fit inside the case, but even when they're inside they don't fill in the available space. The cardboard on the dog tags' blister pack, isn't DVD case size. So the thin cases within kinda slump over. You can easily squeeze a dent by grabbing the box wrong. Many have complained, myself included. There was a semi-solution...

A fellow named "JSwarce" (from the "DVD Talk Forum") fell upon the idea of removing the bonuses and the slim case for "Battlestar Galactica: Razor" (previous Past Tense). You could fit, that is if you bought it, the full size DVD release for "Razor" (including its slipcover) in that gap. The slipcase would become solid. That's good I suppose, but I think that was accidental. I'll explain in a few. I opted not to do that. So I have the tags (not opened, still sealed) and booklet inside. The dog tags normally retail for $19.99.



The last exclusive is from Canada, their retail giant Future Shop - which is a sister company of Best Buy; a steelbook case, sorry I don't have the release week price.

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"Battlestar Galactica: Season 4.5" was released on home video on July 28th, 2009.

It streeted against "Charles In Charge: Season 5", "The Middleman: The Complete Series" and "Repulsion".

There was an insert; one side, an ad for the then upcoming Sci-Fi Channel series "Caprica". The other side is an ad for Sci-Fi/Universal DVD box sets; "Heroes: Season 2", "Battlestar Galactica: Season 4.0", "Eureka: Season 2", "The Incredible Hulk: Season 5" "Bionic Woman: Volume One" (2007 reimagined series; while it reads V1, there was never a second installment, the DVD has all eight episodes) and "Buck Rogers In The 25th Century: The Complete Epic Series".

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As far as I can tell there was only one exclusive from Best Buy, a similar limited edition gift set - sold for $39.99. This also came with a pair of dog tags (Admiral William Adama; once again metal), a thirty-two page photo booklet and exclusive slipcover (partial embossed).



As with the last, the booklet's first four pages sums up what came before (season 4.5), the rest is additional character profiles. It's rather slick looking and well put together, both booklets. I didn't have the problem I did for 4.0 when I bought this. Easy.

The slipcase... same design, same size void. This could be a design feature to incorporate the then later release, "Battlestar Galactica: The Plan". Nope. The DVD won't fit inside, too thick - you're not taking one of the slim cases out. This is why believe the DVD replacement was just a coincidence in 4.0.

Just in cased you missed it, both box sets could be placed side-by-side for one image, the image on top of this post, which is cute, but impractical. Sure, each box has ten episodes. Same deal, the dog tags here are still sealed.

I don't know if Future Shop released a steelbook case for 4.5. Sorry.



Above is the individual covers for seasons 4.0 and 4.5. And yes, it does look like Apollo is staring at Starbuck's breasts. Maybe looking for a better ending....

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Rant.

I love the show, don't get me wrong. But the ending leaves a lot to be desired. I would still recommend the series, but give a warning about its conclusion. Here's a good quote that pretty much encapsulates my feelings.... (spoilers below)
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Completely insane element: Flash forward 150,000 years (which is even further than the flashforward at the end of A.I. - one of the most absurd endings of all time. Well done, BSG!). We learn from angel Baltar/angel 6 who that little Hera's bones have been found in an excavation in Africa. Along with her human father and Cylon mother. A little girl. A LITTLE GIRL??? Okaaaaay... so that means Hera dies. Like, really young. Like, as a child. Like, really soon after we last see her. So, basically, could someone explain WHAT THE FUCK WAS SO IMPORTANT ABOUT HERA IF SHE DIED MONTHS AFTER REACHING NEW EARTH!!! Seriously, was God's plan for Hera to appear on the cover of National Geographic? Was that it? And doesn't Hera invalidate evolution? I mean, she represents a human being that is out of time by at least 145,000 years. I mean, seriously - humans haven't even developed LANGUAGE. We're pretty far back in the human chain of existence. And now scientists are looking at a modern homo sapian girl. Wow. Thank you God for totally fucking the theory of evolution. Maybe that WAS God's plan. Maybe that's the ultimate message. God exists. Evolution is bullshit. But I kinda doubt it. This was a disaster of a season. A total trainwreck of an ending with no comprehension of the material. I mean, there's shit that just was a complete "fuck you" to logic and storytelling.
- Karterhol

Yeah. Yeah. Nailed it.

There is a long winded and detailed pontification (is that a word?) by a fellow fan, named Brad. He breaks down the finale ("Daybreak") like his bitch and makes it eat from the doggie bowl. It's huge and worth the read. Believe. Click and understand.

You see, Moore made such a big deal that the entire series was mapped out. We would get a satisfying conclusion. Then later after the finale aired, he said he had trouble coming up with an ending. Dude, you lied. You had six months +plus in between filming 4.0 and 4.5 since Sci-Fi decided on ten episode seasons. That's another rant; it's their highest rated show and they didn't want to pay for season four (it almost didn't happen). The only way it for more programs was make it short. Add to that the year in waiting for the second half. Dumb ass move, folks are still upset about that.

I'm sadden that the BSG universe appears to be dead. I liked "Caprica", the final episodes kicked ass. It has some good company; the final episodes of "SeaQuest DSV" were good. Yes, good. They finally found their legs, the show now had a direction, a new Cold War. The same can be said for "Star Trek: Enterprise". This was the stuff they should've been doing from the pilot on forward. Canceled. Yes, SyFy (God that name still bugs me) will have a web based series called "Battlestar Galactica: Blood And Chrome" which tells of the war before the one on cable - a young Bill Adama. I saw the promo, it's okay. Will there be a DVD release? Probably not.

Anyhow, they should've gone with the same actor who played Young Adama in the "Razor" flashbacks, Nico Cortez. The new guy looks far too young for the role. Plus they redesigned the older Cylons, broke continuity. Add to this mess, there is a second reboot in the works, a theatrical film - origin story. There is plenty of room for a continuation, a prequel series would work. Not so much here.

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A courtesy notice. If you bought that mega box set for "BSG", you didn't get all the extras. I'm not talking about the above mentioned internet based, deleted scenes. I'm talking about the mini-series. When it came to DVD on December 28th, 2004 it had deleted scenes which didn't carry over to the mega set or season one box. True. If want them, you need that mini-series, doesn't matter which pressing (it first came as a two disc set and later as a single double-sided disc). *nods*

Plus the mini-series is single sided on one disc in the boxes, three hours compressed. Better picture quality on the separate release, either way, both parts were presented on its own disc or side.

And I would be remiss if I didn't mention that the content of this PT appeared here, this very thread, three years ago. That is to say, the images (most of them). The information presented in this post is new.

So there you have it, next go-around on April 26th.
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Old 04-15-2012, 06:16 AM
Best Buy - April 17th, 2012

Alphas: Season One
Exclusive store release $29.99

Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol
Exclusive bonus content; Blu-Ray/DVD/Digital Copy combo pack $19.99 -> $22.99 after Tuesday

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$4.99 DVDs

Splash
Fried Green Tomatoes
The Great Outdoors
Zoolander
The Expendables
Happy Gilmore
What About Bob?

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$12.99 DVDs

Abduction
Fast Five
Brides Maid: Unrated
Super 8
Warrior
50/50
Hugo

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$14.99 DVDs

Bambi
Beauty And The Beast

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Frozen Planet $29.99
American Dad: Volume 7 $24.99
Bob's Burgers: Season 1 $19.99
Jersey Shore: Season 1 $12.99
Jersey Shore: Season 2 $14.99
CSI: Seasons 1 or 2 $14.99 (each)
The Boondocks: Seasons 1 or 2 $14.99 (each)
Eureka: Seasons 1 or 2 $14.99 (each)
Friday Night Lights: Seasons 1 or 2 $14.99 (each)
Children's Hospital: Seasons 1&2 $14.99
The Closer: Seasons 1 or 2 $14.99 (each)
Life $29.99 (documentary, not former NBC series)
Planet Earth $39.99
Big Valley: Season 1 $9.99
Big Valley: Season 2, Vol. 1 $9.99
Flipper: Season 1 $9.99
A-Team: Season 5 $9.99
Night Court: Season 1 - 3 $9.99 (each)
Lost In Space: Season 2, Vol. 1 or Vol. 2 $9.99 (each)
Lost In Space: Season 3, Vol. 1 or Vol. 2 $9.99 (each)
Remington Steele: Season 1 - 4 $9.99 (each)
Remington Steele: Seasons 4 & 5 combo $9.99
Charles In Charge: Season 1 $9.99
Voyage To The Bottom Of The Sea: Season 1, Vol.1 or Vol. 2 $9.99 (each)
Voyage To The Bottom Of The Sea: Season 2, Vol.1 or Vol. 2 $9.99 (each)
Voyage To The Bottom Of The Sea: Season 3, Vol.1 or Vol. 2 $9.99 (each)
Voyage To The Bottom Of The Sea: Season 4, Vol.1 or Vol. 2 $9.99 (each)
Magnum P.I.: Season 1 - 8 $9.99 (each)
Superman: The Theatrical Serials Collection $9.99

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$9.99 CD

"Future Pluto - Deluxe Edition" with two exclusive bonus tracks




Meh. This and that, I'll wait till it hits nine bucks for so before I pick up "Super 8". Just a couple hours ago, a century ago the RSM Titanic sank to the bottom of the Atlantic. Food for thought.

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Old 04-15-2012, 06:18 AM
Target - April 17th, 2012

Necessary Roughness: Season One
Exclusive store release $19.99

Mission: Impossible 4-Pack Set
Exclusive store release $29.99

The Princess Diaries 2 Movie Collection 10th Anniversary Edition
Exclusive DVD/Blu-Ray combo pack $19.99

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$4.75 DVDs

Premonition
Michael Jackson's This Is It
Planet 51
The Usual Suspects
(additional titles in store)

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$7.00 DVDs

Mission: Impossible
The Notebook
Eat Pray Love
Bedtime Stories
(additional titles in store)

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$9.00 DVDs

Jillian Michaels: Killer Buns & Thighs
Rodney Yee's Yoga for Beginners
SparkPeople: 28 Day Boot Camp
(additional titles in store)

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$14.99 DVDs

War Horse
The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo
Hugo
Real Steel
The Darkest Hour
In Time
(additional titles in store)

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Frozen Planet $29.99




Same deal as the Best Buy post above; I'll wait for it to hit $9.00 before I pick up "War Horse" or "In Time".
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Old 04-22-2012, 04:58 AM
Target - April 24nd, 2012

Free reusable bag
Earth Day promotion (near Guest Services on April 22nd, only - while supplies last)

Pretty Princess Tales
Exclusive store release $9.74

The Princess Diaries 2 Movie Collection 10th Anniversary Edition
Exclusive Blu-Ray/DVD combo set $14.99

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I Don't Know How She Does It $10.00
Diary Of A Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules $10.00
Zookeeper $10.00
Colombiana $10.00
(additional titles in store)

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The Help $14.99
The Sitter $14.99
Immortals $14.99
The Adventures Of Tintin $14.99
Tangled $14.99
The Princess And The Frog $14.99
(additional titles in store)

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Mad Men: Season 4 $17.99
The Walking Dead: Season 1 $17.99
Archer: Season 2 $19.99
The Killing: Season 1 $24.99
Breakout Kings: Season 1 $24.99
It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia: Season 6 $24.99
Justified: Season 2 $26.99
Sons Of Anarchy: Season 3 $34.99
(additional titles in store)

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$7.99 CD

"Disney Princess Favorites" exclusive store release

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$13.99 CD

"The Wanted" with exclusive CD+tee shirt combo set




No listing for that recent "Titanic" mini-series, there you go.
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Old 04-22-2012, 04:59 AM
Best Buy - April 24nd, 2012

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Gilmore Girls: Seasons 1 - 7 $14.99 (each)
The Vampire Diaries: Season 2 $18.99
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Supernatural: Season 6 $18.99
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"Deuce - Nine Lives" with 2 exclusive bonus tracks

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"Future - Pluto - Deluxe Edition" with 2 exclusive bonus tracks




This is a lesser release week. Two more week till "Underworld: Awakening".
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