Tuesday, January 16, 2018

WHAT IF AMERICA LOST WORLD WAR THREE TO RADICAL ISLAM? BHC PRESS TO PUBLISH GARY MORGENSTEIN’S PROVOCATIVE NEW NOVEL A MOUND OVER HELL ON MARCH 29, 2018, LAUNCHING THE DARK DEPTHS BOOK SERIES

WHAT IF AMERICA LOST WORLD WAR THREE TO RADICAL ISLAM?
BHC PRESS TO PUBLISH GARY MORGENSTEIN’S PROVOCATIVE NEW NOVEL A MOUND OVER HELL 
ON MARCH 29, 2018, LAUNCHING THE DARK DEPTHS BOOK SERIES
LIVONIA, Mich. – January, 2018 – BHC Press today announced it will publish Gary Morgenstein’s provocative new science fiction-baseball novel A Mound Over Hell (978-1-946848-01-7, 320 pp, $16.95) to launch the author’s The Dark Depths book series.
In making the announcement, BHC Press said, “This is one of the most unique novels to be published in the last fifty years, and we’re thrilled to bring Mr. Morgenstein’s vision to life.”
Morgenstein’s fifth novel is set in 2098, twenty-five years after America has been defeated by Islam. Led by Grandma, a new society has been established based on love, ethics, and honesty.
All acts of patriotism, from flying the flag to singing the National Anthem, are illegal. Social media has been banned. Religion is illegal. Children are now revered, and abortion and the use of contraceptives are capital offenses. Teachers, police, and doctors are the most trusted professions, while the entertainment industry, lawyers, and the banking industry are outlawed.
As A Mound Over Hell opens, baseball is beginning its final season—forever. The once all-American sport is now synonymous with terrorism and treason. Holograms run the bases for out-of-shape players and attendance averages fifteen spectators per game. The only ballpark left is Amazon, the once-famous Yankee Stadium. Led by baseball historian Puppy Nedick and a band of former baseball greats, baseball regains its popularity only to become a pawn between those who want peace, and those eager for another war.
“The power of speculative fiction is that it allows you to be timely while taking the reader through a window into a nightmarish future,” Morgenstein said.  “Familiar, yet not. But as humanity has always done under the most terrible of circumstances, ordinary people will find the extraordinary courage to build a better world.  Or at least try. For as Grandma says in her First Insight, ‘All you need is love.’  That and a baseball field.”
About Gary Morgenstein:
Gary Morgenstein’s previous novels were Jesse’s Girl; Loving Rabbi Thalia Kleinman; Take Me Out to the Ballgame and The Man Who Wanted to Play Center Field for the New York Yankees. An accomplished playwright as well, Morgenstein wrote the book for the critically-acclaimed off-Broadway sci-fi rock musical The Anthem, as well as the sci-fi musical Mad Mel Saves the World. His stage dramas are A Tomato Can’t Grow in the Bronx, Right on Target, Ponzi Man and Saving Stan. Contact him at @writergary.

About BHC Press:
BHC Press is an alternative publisher of general fiction and nonfiction hardcover, softcover, and ebooks for both YA and adults. To learn more about Gary Morgenstein and BHC Press, visit: www.bhcpress.com.

Monday, January 15, 2018

R.E.M. Out Of Time 25TH Anniversary Deluxe Edition Four-Disc Set Review.

Outstanding 25th Anniversary of R.E.M.'s 1991 breakout mainstream pop record. This is pop music as filtered through the band's own Alternative Rock and College Music Country sensibility. There are four  discs in total that come houses in a CD long box size booklet containing liner notes, promotional photography and song lyrics. Disc one is the remastered Out Of Time record and it sounds fantastic and I appreciate the album in a different way now than I did when I was in college. Disc two is an audio CD contains the demo tracks, many of which are instrumental and reminded me of the kind of background music radio DJs on the radio use to talk up a sponsor. The third disc is an acoustic performance recorded at an Athens, GA club in 1991. It sounds a lot like the 1991 MTV Unplugged session. Finally the Blu-ray Disc contains a high resolution 2.0 uncompressed PCM version of Out Of Time as well as a mix of the album in DTS-HD MA 5.1 Surround Sound. All the music videos are presented in high definition as well as an EPK with interviews and performance clips of the band in the studio, relaxed and happy. I love this set. Plan on eventually getting the 25th Anniversary Deluxe set for Automatic For The People and when it comes, Monster. I wish I knew about these sooner. Would love to get the ones for Life's Rich Pageant and Green. This was a Christmas gift from a family member and I love it. Thank you.

(C) Copyright 2018 By Mark A. Rivera
All Rights Reserved.

Friday, January 12, 2018

TNT PROGRAMMING ALERT Week of February 4, 2018

TNT PROGRAMMING ALERT
Week of February 4, 2018

The Alienist

Episode Three
Monday, Feb. 5 – 9:00p.m. ET/PT

Innovative evidence leads the team to discover a crucial element in the case has gone missing. Kreizler (Daniel Brühl) and Moore (Luke Evans) interview a witness to find out what happened to Moore at the Brothel. Sara (Dakota Fanning) attempts to live in a world outside the investigation. Kreizler challenges them to look within themselves.

Season Finale: The Librarians

“and the Echoes of Memory”
Wednesday, Feb. 7 – 8:00p.m. ET/PT

After the world is morphed into a horrible and unrecognizable place – one where the Library never existed – it’s up to Baird to bring the Librarians together before this bleak, knowledge-less world becomes the new reality.
 
Directed by Dean Devlin
Written by Kate Rorick

First Look: The Handmaid's Tale S2

The Handmaid's Tale season two premieres in April only on Hulu.

 


 

Synopsis:
The Emmy-winning drama series returns with a second season shaped by Offred’s pregnancy and her ongoing fight to free her future child from the dystopian horrors of Gilead. “Gilead is within you” is a favorite saying of Aunt Lydia. In Season Two, Offred and all our characters will fight against – or succumb to – this dark truth.
 
The Handmaid’s Tale comes to Hulu from MGM Television and is created, executive produced and written by Bruce Miller and executive produced by Warren Littlefield, Daniel Wilson, Fran Sears, Ilene Chaiken, and Elisabeth Moss. MGM serves as the international distributor for the series. 
 
The series stars Elisabeth Moss, Joseph Fiennes, Yvonne Strahovski, Samira Wiley, Alexis Bledel, Ann Dowd, Max Minghella, Madeline Brewer, O-T Fagbenle and Amanda Brugel.


Dario Argento Presents: The Sect Arrives on Blu-ray and DVD February 27

Dario Argento presents
The Sect 

A SCHOOLTEACHER IS PLAGUED BY A SATANIC CULT  
IN MICHELE SOAVIS NIGHTMARISH CHILLER
PRODUCED BY LEGENDARY ITALIAN HORROR MAESTRO DARIO ARGENTO

Coming to Blu-ray and DVD on February 27, 2018  

 “This third film by Italian horror maestro Dario Argento's most gifted acolyte, Michele Soavi, establishes him as a horror stylist in his own right.”  – Time Out London

 

"Visual brilliance...a wonderful, surreal plot that is as deeply engaging as nightmarish." 
                                                                                -- Classic-Horror.com



Chicago, IL (January 12, 2017) – Doppelgänger Releasing and Scorpion Releasing continue their ongoing series of lustrous restored editions of the films of legendary Italian horror auteur Dario Argento with the release of THE SECT, the 1991 chiller about an American schoolteacher in Germany who is terrorized by a murderous Satanic cult that is plotting to plunge the world into darkness.  


Co-produced and co-written by Dario Argento and directed by Argento protégé Michele Soavi, THE SECT makes its US Blu-ray and DVD debut remastered in high definition with more than 45 hours of color correction that includes a new interview with actor Tomas Arana (The Church). 


In THE SECT, Kelly Lee Curtis (older sister of iconic scream queen Jamie Lee) stars as Miriam, an American schoolteacher who has been relocated to what appears to be a pleasant town in Germany. One afternoon, Miriam accidentally hits an elderly pedestrian, Moebius (Herbert Lom of The Pink Panther fame) with her car, prompting her to take him back to her house to recuperate. What Miriam doesn’t know is that their meeting was no accident and that Moebius is the elder of a dangerous Satanic sect. While at Miriam’s home, Moebius secretly drugs her and then secretes a strange insect into her nostril. Moebius’s sinister plan triggers a string of bizarre and hallucinogenic events in Miriam’s life involving nightmares, a diabolical cult leader named Damon (Tomas Arana), her magic pet rabbit, a dark well filled with mystical water and a plot involving the birth of the son of Satan. 

 
THE SECT is Michele Soavi’s third directorial effort, following 1990’s The Church (also produced by Dario Argento) and the slasher Stage Fright, his 1987 directorial debut. Prior to sitting in the director’s chair, Soavi worked an assistant director and/or 2nd unit director on Argentos films Tenebre, Phenomena  and Operaand on such noteworthy projectsas Lamberto Bava’s Demons and A Blade in the Dark and Terry Gilliam’s The Adventures of Baron MunchausenWith THE SECT's rich visuals, strong set pieces, dreamlike mise-en-scene and overall creepy atmosphere, Soavi came to be considered a horror stylist in his own right, adding a distinctive voice to one of the Italian cinema’s most striking genres.  

 

Doppelgänger Releasing and Scorpion Releasing will release THE SECT on Blu-ray and DVD for the first time in the United States on February 27, 2018 (prebook January 23, 2018). The Blu-ray and DVD, which includes an interview with actor Tomas Arana, will carry the suggested retail prices of $24.95 and $19.95, respectively. 

Disney•Pixar's COCO // Crosses Over Digitally in HD, 4K Ultra HD and Movies Anywhere on Feb. 13 and on 4K Ultra HD & Blu-ray on Feb. 27

Disney•Pixar’s “COCO

Crosses Over Digitally in HD, 4K Ultra HD™ and Movies Anywhere on Feb. 13 
and 4K Ultra HD™ & Blu-ray™ on Feb. 27
 
The critically acclaimed animated film celebrates the importance of family, honoring your ancestors and following your dreams, and includes extensive extras for the whole family
 
BURBANK, Calif. (Jan. 12, 2018) — Disney•Pixar’s “Coco”—the story of a 12-year-old aspiring musician’s extraordinary journey to the magical land of his ancestors—won a 2018 Golden Globe Award® for Best Animated Motion Picture, topped the domestic box office Thanksgiving holiday weekend, became the highest grossing film of all time in Mexico, broke records in China and earned widespread praise, receiving 96 percent from critics and 97 percent from audiences on Rotten Tomatoes. Now this vibrant tale filled with love and laughter arrives home Digitally in HD and 4K Ultra HD™ and on Movies Anywhere on Feb. 13, and on 4K Ultra HD,™ Blu-ray,™ DVD and On-Demand on Feb. 27.
 
Through fresh and fascinating bonus material, adventurers of all ages will tag along with filmmakers as they soak in Día de los Muertos in Mexico; explore the essential role of music in “Coco;” and learn how the cast and crew personally connect with the film’s message. They’ll step behind the scenes to discover the inspiration behind the film’s creative costuming; Miguel’s beautifully complicated family; Dante the loyal Xolo dog; and the stunning worlds of both the dead and the living. Features also include deleted scenes, insightful filmmaker commentary, the music of Coco and more. 
 
"Coco" is packaged several ways to ensure viewers get the most out of their in-home viewing experience. The Multi-screen Edition (formerly the Blu-ray Combo Pack) includes Blu-ray, DVD and a Digital copy, giving viewers the flexibility to watch the film on different devices. Those with 4K Ultra HD capability may opt for Digital 4K Ultra HD or the 4K UHD Combo Pack, which includes 4K UHD, Blu-ray and a Digital copy. 4K Ultra HD provides four times the resolution of HD, bringing the rich color, textures and sounds to life and immersing viewers in two fantastically animated worlds. Dolby Atmos audio heightens the memorable score created by Oscar®-winning composer Michael Giacchino and his 83-piece orchestra, as well as original songs like “Remember Me” by the Oscar®-winning team behind “Frozen,” Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez.

BONUS FEATURES*
 
Blu-ray & Digital:
  • Deleted Scenes with Introductions - Director Lee Unkrich and co-director Adrian Molina talk about the deleted scenes and the part they played in the development of “Coco.”
    • Da de los Muertos - In this musical extravaganza, the colors and excitement of Día de los Muertos come to life as we meet superstar Ernesto de la Cruz.
    • The Way of the Riveras - A musical number in which Abuelita and Miguel prepare their Día de los Muertos celebration while she teaches him Rivera family history and traditions.
    • Celebrity Tour - Héctor, a Land of the Dead tour bus guide, agrees to help Miguel, revealed to be a living boy, on his quest to find de la Cruz.
    • The Bus Escape - The Rivera family catches up to Miguel and Héctor and attempts to halt their mission to find de la Cruz.
    • Alebrije Attack - Miguel and Héctor are interrupted on their journey to find de la Cruz by a fierce alebrije.
    • The Family Fix - After de la Cruz reveals his true colors, the Rivera family puts their dismay aside and comes together to repair the smashed guitar needed to send Miguel home.
    • To the Bridge - As the Land of the Dead counts down to the end of Día de los Muertos, Miguel and de la Cruz come head-to-head on the marigold bridge.
  • Filmmaker Commentary – Presented by Lee Unkrich (director), Adrian Molina (co-director) and Darla K. Anderson (producer).
  • The Music of “Coco” - Collaborating with musicians of Mexico and some unique instrumentation, this documentary explores the beautiful fusion of music essential to the story of “Coco.”
  • Paths to Pixar: “Coco” - Explore how the film crew’s personal stories resonate with the themes of the movie itself.
  • Welcome to the Fiesta - A musical exploration of the skeletons that make the Land of the Dead in “Coco” so wondrous and intriguing.
  • How to Draw a Skeleton - Pixar artist Daniel Arriaga gives a lesson on the quick and easy way to draw skeletons using simple shapes.
  • A Thousand Pictures a Day - Join the “Coco” crew on an immersive travelogue through Mexico, visiting families, artisans, cemeteries, and small villages during the Día de los Muertos holiday.
  • Mi Familia - Developing the Riveras was a labor of love that took the cast and crew on a deep dive into the meaning of family.
  • Land of Our Ancestors – Watch Pixar artists lovingly construct layer upon layer of architecture from many eras of Mexican history, bringing the Land of the Dead to life.
  • Fashion Through the Ages – The cast of characters in “Coco” are from many different eras, making for some magnificent costuming opportunities.
  • The Real Guitar – The majestic guitar that spurs Miguel on his journey through the Land of the Dead is a unique creation. Watch as it is initially designed by a Pixar artist and ultimately realized as a real instrument by a master luthier in this poetic ode to craftsmanship.
  • Dante - How the crew fell in love with the uniquely Mexican breed of Xoloitzcuintli (or “Xolo”) dogs that inspired Dante.
  • How to Make Papel Picado - Join Pixar artist Ana Ramírez González as we learn how papel picado is made traditionally, and then try your own approach to this beautiful art form.
  • Un Poco “Coco” - A montage of original animated pieces used to promote “Coco.”
  • “Coco Trailers” - Trailers include “Feeling,” “Dante’s Lunch,” “Destiny,” “Journey” and “Belong.”
DVD:
  • Filmmaker Commentary 
  • Dante