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Grimm 1st Season Coming to BR/DVD in August!

 

THEY ARE NOT FAIRY TALES, THEY ARE WARNINGS. 

DISCOVER WHAT GOES BUMP IN THE NIGHT IN THE CHILLING BREAKOUT SERIES

 “GRIMM” SEASON ONE

AUGUST 7, 2012

OWN IT ON BLU-RAY AND DVD FEATURING NEVER-BEFORE-SEEN BONUS CONTENT FROM UNIVERSAL STUDIOS HOME ENTERTAINMENT

 OVERVIEW:   Classic Grimm’s fairy tales come to life like never before in the “dark and imaginative” (Mike Ayers, CNN.com) supernatural series “Grimm,” from the producers of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel.  Homicide detective Nick Burkhardt (David Giuntoli, “Privileged,” “Grey’s Anatomy”) discovers he is descended from a long line of criminal profilers known as “Grimms,” protectors who are charged with keeping the balance between humanity and the creatures of myth.  With newly awoken abilities to detect the evil lurking among us, Nick struggles to keep his old life separate and safe as he becomes ever more entrenched in the ancient rivalries of the Grimm world.  Available on Blu-ray and DVD on August 7, 2012, “Grimm” Season One allows fans to experience all 22 chilling episodes back-to-back and uninterrupted.

  “Grimm” Season One also stars Russell Hornsby (“Lincoln Heights,” “In Treatment”), Silas Weir Mitchell (“My Name is Earl,”  “The Mentalist”), Bitsie Tulloch (The Artist, “Quarterlife”), Reggie Lee (“Prison Break,” Pirates of the Caribbean:  At World’s End) and Sasha Roiz (“Caprica,” “House”).  Guest stars such as Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio (Scarface) Amy Acker (“Angel”), Titus Welliver (“Lost”) and Sebastian Roché (“Supernatural”) also appear in this uniquely evocative series that critics rave “offers genuine scares” (Michelle Tauber, People).

“Grimm” Season One is available as a five-disc set in special, limited edition packaging with exclusive “Grimm” collector cards. It features never-before-seen bonus material that takes fans deep into the world of “Grimm,” including an interactive creature guide, “Making Monsters” featurette and much more.  The “Grimm” Season One Blu-ray also features perfect hi-def picture and perfect hi-def sound.

BLU-RAYTM and DVD BONUS FEATURES INCLUDE:

  • DELETED SCENES
  • GAG REEL
  • THE WORLD OF GRIMM: Get to know the characters and creatures that inhabit the world of “Grimm” and discover the inspiration behind the storylines.
  • MAKING MONSTERS:  Go behind the scenes with Andy Clement and Barney Burman as they take viewers through the special makeup effects design and application process.  The talented team from Hive FX also shows fans how they give life to the monsters of “Grimm.”
  • GRIMM GUIDE: An interactive book that provides insight into the various creatures featured in the show.
  • AND MORE!

Robocop is Batman…Your argument is invalid

What promises to be one of the most awesome DC Direct to DVD films to come out will be released this October.  Based on the Batman series penned by Frank Miller, Batman: The Dark Knight Returns is shaping up awesome.

Peter Weller stars as the older Batman with Modern Family’s Ariel Winter as his chick Robin sidekick.  One neat casting choice is Dark Shadows alumni David Selby as Commissioner Gordon.  Michael Mckean is also on board.

The release will be part 1 of 2, with the second film hitting shelves sometime in 2013.  Check out some screen shots thanks to Filmdrunk.

Wizards of Music

The Blu Ray release of the cult classic film Wizards by Ralph Bakshi is coming out soon.  To celebrate the films release the studio is delving into some history you may or may not know about the movie and its influence through the years, most notably the music from the film.

Here’s a history lesson for you

DELVE INTO RALPH BAKSHI’S CULT CLASSIC

LIKE NEVER BEFORE

                       

The Fantastical Allegory Comes to Life for the First Time

On Blu-ray March 13

 Wizard Tunes

Although Wizards received a limited theatrical release, it was still considered successful among a worldwide audience. So much so that audio clips from the film have been sampled by musicians past and present, in songs you’ve probably blasted in the car on your way to work. Take a look at this list of hit makers that have sampled Wizards and other memorable movie sound bites.

 

Artist: Toxik

Album: Think This

Movie: Wizards

Toxik is an American metal band from Peekskill, New York. They were known for making their heaviest of metal hits more innovative than your standard head-banging anthem, pushing them to the front of the “progressive metal” movement in the mid to late 80s. Their songs “Spontaneous” and “Time After Time,” for example, contain audio clips from Wizards.

  

Artist: Cypress Hill

Albums: IV and Skull & Bones

Movie: Wizards

 Cypress Hill is an American hip-hop group from South Gate, California. They were also the first Cuban-American/Latino hip-hop group to have platinum and multi-platinum albums, selling over 18 million albums worldwide, earning critical acclaim for their first two groundbreaking albums.Always trying to stay fresh and groundbreaking, the guys did not shy away from sampling Wizards on both their fourth and fifth albums, 1998’s IV and 2000’s Skull & Bones.

 

 Artist: Prince

Album: Batman (Soundtrack)

Movie: Batman

 “Batdance” was actually a last-minute replacement for a brooding track titled “Dance with the Devil”, which Prince felt was too dark. The track is an amalgam of many musical ideas floating around at the same time. Elements from at least seven songs (some unreleased) were incorporated into “Batdance” as well as dialog samples from the film.

 

 

Artist: Rise Against

Album: Revolutions Per Minute

Movie: American Beauty

 At the start of “Last Chance Blueprint,” American Beauty’s Jane (Thora Birch) is shouting to the rooftops. She is proud to be a freak. At the end, she and Ricky, her boyfriend and partner in freak-dom, can be heard plotting their escape to the beckoning lights of New York City. It is their “Last Chance” to be together on their own terms.

 

 

Artist: Jay-Z

Album: Vol. 2… Hard Knock Life

Movie: Carlito’s Way

 Iconic rapper Jay-Z must be a fan of Carlito’s Way! Jay-Z has used samples of Carlito’s dialogue in a few of his tracks including “Intro/A Million and One Questions/Rhyme No More,” “Brooklyn’s Finest,” and on the album that propelled him to superstardom, Vol. 2… Hard Knock Life. Jay-Z, whose real name is Shawn Carter, takes it a step further in the song “Allure,” where he references himself playing a lead role in a fictional movie called “Hovito’s Way.”

  

Artist: Guns N’ Roses

Album: Use Your Illusion II

Movie: Cool Hand Luke

 “What we’ve got here is a failure to communicate” is a famed quotation from the 1967 film Cool Hand Luke which Guns N’ Roses liked so much, they put it at the top of their song “Civil War” off 1990’s Use Your Illusion II. Much later, in 2008, Axl Rose would use the same quote in his re-furbished GNR, in the song “Madagascar.”

 

Artist: Dust Brothers

Album: Fight Club (Soundtrack)

Movie: Fight Club

 The Dust Brothers are the Los Angeles based, Grammy winning producers, “E.Z. Mike” and “King Gizmo,” famous for their sample-based music in the 1980’s and 1990’s. In 1998, the duo were approached by director David Fincher to assemble the score for the film Fight Club, most notably “This Is Your Life”, a song featuring actual lines from the film, including a monologue by Tyler Durden (Brad Pitt). This remains their only original release to date.

 

Immortals hits Blu Ray

Immortals was an artfully created flick by Tarsem, the man behind films like The Cell and The Fall.  While I was disappointed with the lack of Greek God’s in action, what we got far outshined the lackluster Clash of the Titans (which has basically redone the plot of Immortals with the soon to be released Wrath of the Titans.) 

That being said, Immortals was a far more grown up and stunning tale of Greek myth and the Blu Ray release is just as stunning.  Packed with goodies as well as alternate scenes its a beautiful film and worth picking up with it hits stores on March 6th.

Check out the specs below:

EPIC BATTLES COME TO LIFE ON STUNNING BLU-RAY

IMMORTALS

Featuring Alternate Beginning and Endings Visually-Striking Film Explodes on 3D Blu-ray Combo Pack,Blu-ray Triple Play and DVD March 6

Summary: One brave warrior, touched by the gods, must overcome all odds to save mankind from a merciless and powerful tyrant when IMMORTALS comes to Blu-ray and DVD on March 6th from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment. Directed by visionary filmmaker Tarsem Singh (The Cell, The Fall) and written by Charles Parlapanides and Vlas Parlapanides, the home entertainment release is chock-full of must-see bonus features including an alternate beginning, two alternate endings, deleted scenes and an amazing graphic novel, creating the ultimate viewing experience.
From the producers of 300, Mark Canton, Gianni Nunnari, and Relativity’s CEO Ryan Kavanaugh, IMMORTALS explodes off the screen with action-packed battles, mythological adventure and an all-star cast including: Henry Cavill (Superman: Man of Steel), Luke Evans (Robin Hood), Kellan Lutz (Twilight), Isabel Lucas (Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen), Freida Pinto (Slumdog Millionaire), Stephen Dorff (Public Enemies), John Hurt (Hellboy) and Mickey Rourke (Iron Man 2). In this epic tale of vengeance and destiny, power-mad King Hyperion (Rourke) threatens to destroy all of humanity on his maniacal quest to obtain the ultimate weapon – the legendary Epirus Bow that gives the power to unleash war on both Heaven and Earth.  But Theseus (Cavill), a heroic young villager chosen by the gods, rises up to stop Hyperion’s brutal rampage.  With supernatural help from the beautiful oracle Phaedra (Pinto), Theseus embraces his destiny and leads a fierce band of warriors in a desperate fight for the future of mankind.
IMMORTALS is available on Blu-ray and DVD on March 6th and was theatrically-released by Relativity Media on November 11, 2011.

SPECIAL FEATURES (Blu-ray plus Digital Copy):

  • Alternate Opening
    • Young Theseus
  • Two Alternate Endings
    • This Is Our Last Embrace
    • Theseus Kills Hyperion
  • Behind-The-Scenes FeaturettesDeleted Scenes
    • It’s No Myth
    • Caravaggio Meets Fight Club: Tarsem’s Vision
  • Immortals: Gods & Heroes (Graphic Novel)

SPECIAL FEATURES (DVD):

  • Deleted Scenes
  • Behind-The-Scenes Featurettes
    • It’s No Myth

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The Howling gets TwiHard

The Howling, for those who may or may not know, is one of my favorite werewolf films of all time.  The SFX, the cast, the feel of the movie is brilliant.  Now there have been many a sequel to follow it that have not lived up to the original (even Christopher Lee in the 2nd movie can’t stop it from being one of the worst.)  One of the better ones took place in a freakshow and had a vampire going up against one of the wolves.  But still…not a great film and nowhere near the level of the first.

Some months ago the news came out about a new Howling film looking to reboot the series.  And as is the want of Hollywood they decided to jump onto the Twilight train of teen romance mixed with the supernatural instead of going back to the dark, adult focusing world of the original.  Even the logo they were using at the time looked as though it came from a Stephanie Meyer cover.

Instead of a theatrical release, The Howling: Reborn is going direct to video.  And we now have a trailer to see just what route for certain they’ve gone with the story.  And what I’m taking from this is a film that has no idea what the hell its doing.  The trailer is more confusing than anything I’ve seen in a while.  I get a Lost Boys: The Tribe vibe for sure but is this guy Peter Parker?  What the hell is going on?  Someone has been watching MTV’s Teen Wolf…

For bad or worse, here is The Howling Reborn hitting DVD shelves on October 18th.

And for comparisons sake, here is the trailer for The Howling 2…which looks nearly as random (and is) as the trailer for the new pup on the block.

 

Zorro The Complete Series: DVD Review

Zorro The Complete Series:

Review by Jessica Dwyer

Back in the early 90’s The Family Channel had a series that made the little girl in me still squeal with delight.  And to this day I will always love Zorro.   Sure it was cheesy but it was fun and it brought back the character that inspired Batman and countless other masked good guys.

I never thought in a million years I’d ever get a chance to see the show on anything other than VHS recordings made WAY back then.  But now thanks to A&E, Zorro The Complete Series is available.  And when they say complete, they mean complete.  All four seasons of the show plus a bonus DVD with extras including The Mark of Zorro starring Douglas Fairbanks are included in the box set.

This is a must for fans of the character.  The series was a heck of a lot of fun and Duncan Regehr was an awesome man in black.  Oh and did you know that Daniel Craig was in an episode?  Bond and Zorro…together at last.

The set comes packaged nicely with each season in its own case as well as the extra features disc.  88 episodes in all with an unaired pilot included on the extras.

My only complaint about this set is the film quality of the episodes.  I don’t know how well that could have been helped though depending on the original prints etc.  It’s grainy and like watching…well…a VHS copy of the show.  But I can look past this since I’m just happy someone cared enough about the show to release it.   It’s like reliving my childhood a bit watching the show.  I make no excuses for the glee that comes over me watching Regehr be debonair and wearing a cape.

A&E did a great job putting this together.  The extras disc with the Douglas Fairbanks silent film also includes trailers for the Zorro serial and an episode of the 1930’s serial.  There are behind the scenes photos from the TV series and other goodies too.  All in all, this is a great tribute to an a classic character and a fun show that introduced him to an entire generation of fans.  If you have kids and want to share something special with them or if you’re just a big kid yourself (like me) pick up Zorro The Complete Series.  I recommend it.

Bill Nighy and Rupert Grint together Again! Also FREE STUFF!

Wild Target has Bill Nighy playing a hitman.  If you need to know more than that to want to watch it, well I can show you the trailer.  But really, do you need more? Okay how about Martin Freeman also playing a hitman who’s on Nighy’s trail.  Oh the fact that Rupert Everett is in it alongside Rupert Grint as Nighy’s newly found apprentice.  For all the fans of British comedy out there Wild Target has just about everything you could ask for.   

Sound good?  Well that’s great because Fangirl Magazine will be giving away two copies of Wild Target to celebrate the film hitting DVD.  If that doesn’t make you excited….well here’s that promised trailer.

Here’s a bit more info for you.

Join a star-studded cast in a hilarious action-packed comedy as
WILD TARGET arrives on Blu-ray and DVD February 8th!

 Summary: Critically-acclaimed as an uproarious and not-to-be-missed hit, WILD TARGET shoots onto Blu-ray and DVD from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment on February 8.  This fast-paced British comedy aims to kill with lively performances by Bill Nighy (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1), Emily Blunt (The Young Victoria, The Devil Wears Prada), Rupert Grint (Harry Potter Series) and Rupert Everett (My Best Friend’s Wedding, Shrek 2).

 From director Jonathan Lynn (The Whole Nine Yards) comes this lively British remake of the 1993 French hit “Cible Emouvante.”  Victor Maynard (Nighy) is a middle-aged, solitary assassin whose professional routine is interrupted when he falls for his intended hit, Rose (Blunt).  When he spares Rose’s life, Victor inadvertently acquires a young apprentice, Tony (Grint). Believing Victor to be a private detective, his two new companions tag along, while he attempts to thwart the murderous intentions of his unhappy client, resulting in comedic mayhem.

Wild Target is available in 1-Disc Blu-ray and 1-Disc DVD for the suggested retail prices of   $29.99 / $22.98 respectively.  Discs are available only in the U.S.

Wild Target Blu-ray

• Feature Film

• On Target with Emily Blunt

Wild Target  DVD

• Feature Film

• On Target with Emily Blunt

Zorro baby! Swish Swish Swish!!!

I’m not gonna lie, I love me some Duncan Regehr.  He played Charles in V and then stole my heart when he played Dracula in The Monster Squad.  Then he tried to just blow my mind when he strapped on a sword and a mask in Zorro back in the 90s.  It was great casting since Regehr played Douglas Fairbanks in the made for tv film about his life.  He was tall, athletic, suave, and had a great mustache.

I never missed this show.  It was complete fluffy fun and awesome.  And had the best theme song ever.

 

 

 

THIS JANUARY, JOIN A&E HOME ENTERTAINMENT FOR

THE DVD DEBUT OF A LEGENDARY HERO’S LONG

SOUGHT-AFTER TV SERIES

 

ZORRO: THE COMPLETE SERIES

 

All 88 Episodes of the Fan-Favorite Series – Not Seen Since Their Family Channel Airing in the Early ‘90s – Finally Arrive in an Extras Laden Collection, Featuring The Original, Swashbuckling Douglas Fairbanks Film, The Mark of Zorro, Chapter 1 of the 1939 Theatrical Serial, Zorro’s Fighting Legion, Never-Before-Seen Footage from the TV Series and Much, Much More!

 

 

IN STORES JANUARY 25

 

NEW YORK, NY — “Out of the night a hero must rise with courage that even a mask can’t disguise!”  So begins the celebrated adventures of Zorro — swordsman, scientist and relentless defender of the oppressed.  Beginning in 1919, with the publication of Johnston McCulley’s story, “The Curse of Capistrano”, the legend of Zorro was further cemented a year later when Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford produced The Mark of Zorro — with Fairbanks as the title character — as the inaugural film for United Artists.  Since then, the swashbuckling hero has inspired more than 40 films and nearly a dozen TV series – one of which has been eagerly awaited by legions of fans for years.  And, this January, the wait ends as A&E Home Entertainment unleashes ZORRO: THE COMPLETE SERIES in a heroic collector’s set!

 

Filmed entirely in Madrid, Spain, ZORRO aired on The Family Channel for four seasons, from 1990-1993, and, for the very first time, this spectacular DVD MegaSet™ collects all 88 episodes from the classic ’90s series that brought Zorro to life for a whole new generation of fans.  The legend of Zorro begins in the early 1800’s, when Los Angeles was a dusty pueblo, the farthest colonial outpost of the Spanish empire. This wild and untamed land was governed by the Alcalde, a corrupt mayor whose word was law and whose law was absolute.  Young and dashing Don Diego de la Vega (Duncan Regehr, Monster Squad), pretending to care only for science and study, secretly creates a bold alter-ego: Zorro — the Fox.  And aided by his mute servant Felipe, inspired by the faith of the beautiful tavern-keeper Victoria, and carried into battle by the mighty steed Toronado, the masked crusader thwarts the Alcalde’s plots at every turn.  With his trademark whip and sword, he is everywhere and nowhere, quick to defend the innocent and attack the guilty.  And he always leaves his trademark symbol ‘Z,’  — the mark of Zorro!  

 

Renowned for swashbuckling, edge-of-your-seat adventure as well as its top-notch cast, ZORRO featured Regehr and Emmy® winner Henry Darrow (“The High Chapparal”, “Santa Barbara”) as Zorro’s father, Don Alejandro de la Vega, as well as  guest stars such as Daniel Craig (Quantum of Solace) , Pete Postlethwaite (Amistad, The Usual Suspects), Doug McClure (The Land That Time Forgot), Adam West (“Batman”), Warwick Davis (Willow), Andre the Giant, Philip Michael Thomas (“Miami Vice”), Jesse Ventura and many more! 

 

Aside from the 88 remastered episodes on 14 DVDs, ZORRO: THE COMPLETE SERIES also features an exclusive bonus disc presenting some of the masked defender’s most influential appearances as well as rare behind-the-scenes material from the 1990 series.  Included is “The Mark of Zorro” starring Douglas Fairbanks — the original, full-length silent film that defined the “swashbuckler” genre; Chapter 1 of the 1939 theatrical serial, Zorro’s Fighting Legion; trailers for the serials Zorro’s Fighting Legion, Zorro’s Black Whip and Zorro Rides Again ; the original, never-before-released pilot for the “New World Zorro” and a photo gallery from “New World Zorro”.

 

Day-and-date, A&E will also release the four seasons of ZORRO individually.  ZORRO: THE COMPLETE SEASONS 1-3 are each comprised of 4 collector’s discs and are priced at $29.95srp.  THE COMPLETE SEASON FOUR, which wraps up the series, includes 2 DVDs and is priced at $19.95srp.

 

Don’t miss out on this fan favorite TV classic in which villains always learn that crime doesn’t pay and that the people of Los Angeles can always count on “one who’s larger than life and defender of all. He’s the one who strikes back for the poor and oppressed. A hero . . . whose name is Zorro!”

 

 

  

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