Tuesday, September 30, 2014

DC All Access Update.

This week's episode of DC's web series "DC All Access" is now live, full of fan-favorite news and interviews from the world of DC Entertainment, and I wanted to send it along in case you'd like to share with your readers!

First, an exclusive clip from an upcoming episode of Beware the Batman, before this week's Grayson #3 scoop from writers Tom King and Tim Seeley. Then there's an early look at Lobo #1 by writer Cullen Bunn before the exclusive reveal the cover for MAD #530 along with the chance to win a special MAD Magazine prize pack.



Cartoon Network Peeks Over The Garden Wall

First-Ever Miniseries Spans Five Mysterious Nights Beginning Monday, November 3


Come along with brothers Wirt and Greg on their puzzling adventures filled with twists and turns, friends and foes.  Cartoon Network’s first animated miniseries Over The Garden Wall will premiere over five consecutive nights beginning Monday, November 3 at 7pm ET/PT. This ten episode mystery adventure, created by Patrick McHale (Adventure Time), features the voices of Elijah Wood (Lord of the Rings Trilogy), Melanie Lynskey (Two and a Half Men) and Collin Dean (The War At Home) and is produced by Cartoon Network Studios.

Over The Garden Wall is the story of two brothers, Wirt (voiced by Elijah Wood) and Greg (voiced by Collin Dean), who find themselves lost in the Unknown; a strange forest adrift in time. With the help of a wise old Woodsman (voiced by Christopher Lloyd) and a foul-tempered bluebird named Beatrice (voiced by Melanie Lynskey), Wirt and Greg must travel across this strange land, in hope of finding their way home. At the heart of Over The Garden Wall are two brothers who are looking for direction in different ways. Wirt gets lost in his own thoughts, while Greg gets lost in the wonder and fun of the world around him. Join them as they encounter surprises and obstacles on their journey through the wood.  

The visually stunning series offers a soft and nostalgic storybook feeling, inspired by folk art, classical illustrations and features a soundtrack full of Americana-influenced original songs. The ten-part miniseries includes guest voices from film, television, theater and music. They include Chris Isaak, Bebe Neuwirth, John Cleese, Shannyn Sossamon, Jack Jones, Samuel Ramey, Tim Curry, Deborah Voight among others.

Over The Garden Wall is based upon McHale’s award-winning short, Tome of the Unknown, which took home the Bruce Corwin Award for Best Animated Short at the 2014 Santa Barbara International Film Festival. Produced under Cartoon Network’s prolific shorts program, Tome of the Unknown joins an illustrious list of animated shorts to become fully produced series on Cartoon Network (Regular ShowSteven UniverseUncle GrandpaClarence, and the recently greenlit We Bare Bears). 

Monday, September 29, 2014

Part Three of The Walking Dead Countdown Continues!

The third installment of my contributed coverage of the AMC original series, The Walking Dead continues at Halloween Forevermore.


Fantastic Work!

I discovered a pop culture sculptor today from South Korea, who I think is not only very talented, but I want to share samples of his work for all of you to enjoy. The folks at Sideshow Collectibles should really be watching this guy's work and hire him!

Another new post at Halloween Forevermore.

Have a new review published on Halloween Forevermore of The Ford Brothers' epic horror picture, The Dead 2: India.


Friday, September 26, 2014

SHOWRUNNERS Opening In LA Oct 31

Submarine Deluxe and Gravitas Ventures 



On VOD and in LA theaters October 31 

With a Sneak Peek Screening at NYCC Oct 11 

A documentary film by Des Doyle

Featuring some of the most creative voices in television today - J.J. Abrams (Lost, Fringe), Joss Whedon (Buffy, Firefly), Terence Winter (Boardwalk Empire), Shawn Ryan (The Shield), Damon Lindelof (Lost, The Leftovers), Janet Tamaro (Rizzoli & Isles), Jonathan Nolan (Person Of Interest), Ronald D. Moore (Battlestar Galactica, Outlander), Hart Hanson (Bones) Matthew Carnahan (House of Lies), and many more – SHOWRUNNERS is an intriguing behind-the-scenes expose of the men and women responsible for TV’s recent revolution.

Directed by Des Doyle, SHOWRUNNERS is the first ever feature-length documentary to explore the fascinating world of U.S. television showrunners and the creative forces aligned around them. These people are responsible for creating, writing, and overseeing every element of production on one of the United State's biggest exports - television drama and comedy series.

SHOWRUNNERS is a Black Sheep / Romark / Junto Production with financing from the Irish Film Board / Bord Scannán na hÉireann and Kickstarter. It is produced by John Wallace and Rock Shaink, with co-producer Ryan Patrick McGuffey. Executive Producers are Jason Rose, Jimmy Nguyen, and Christof Bove. With music by Jeremy Little, cinematography by Alan Calzatti, and editing by John Murphy.

Presented at IFC Center as part of New York Super Week, in conjunction with New York Comic Con, SHOWRUNNERS will have a “sneak peek” screening on Saturday, October 11 at 6:00PMat IFC Center, followed by a Q&A with special guest Showrunner Janet Tamaro (Rizzoli & Isles) plus filmmaker Des Doyle, Co- Producer Ryan Patrick McGuffey and Executive Producers Jason Rose & Jimmy Nguyen.

Purchase tickets for the screening here:

90 minutes / Not rated 

I Want My REMTV -- Six-DVD Collection Chronicles The Band's Special Relationship With MTV Through Live Performances, Award Show Highlights, And A New Feature-Length Documentary



Six-DVD Collection Chronicles The Band's Special Relationship With MTV Through Live Performances, Award Show Highlights, And A New Feature-Length Documentary


Available On November 24 From Rhino


Documentary To Also Premiere Simultaneously On VH1 Classic And Palladia

LOS ANGELES - R.E.M. and MTV came of age together. From the start, their fates were intertwined, with the band releasing its first single in July 1981, just weeks before the network premiered its first music video. From that point on, MTV documented everything about R.E.M, their music, their stories, and ultimately, their decision to disband in 2011.


This entire story, beginning to end, is chronicled in REMTV, a new six-DVD set that includes live performances, award show highlights, and television appearances, as well as a new documentary about their shared history. REMTV will be available on November 24 at retail outlets for a suggested list price of $99.98. 


"It occurred to us that there's all this footage of some of the band's absolute career highlights sitting in some MTV vaults in London and New York-- and thanks to a lot of effort and digging and arranging, this is our chance to share that music with various generations of R.E.M. fans in a pretty unique release," said longtime manager Bertis Downs. "And Alexander Young's documentary is a fine way to tell the story of R.E.M. through its various twists and turns, as captured in real time by MTV's cameras-- it has some great funny bits too!"


The first disc combines both of the group's performances on MTV Unplugged (1991 and 2001) and features the outtakes that debuted earlier this year on the audio release Unplugged: The Complete 1991 And 2001 Sessions, including songs like "Get Up," "The One I Love" and "World Leader Pretend." 


"This is the first DVD project to unite material from all across Viacom's networks," said Bill Flanagan, EVP of the Viacom Music Group. "Not only are we drawing from the vaults of MTV - domestic and international - but from VH1, Comedy Central, and Nickelodeon.  I don't think anyone realized just how much terrific R.E.M. footage we were sitting on. To gather the best of it in one collection is pretty overwhelming. R.E.M. started great, stayed great and ended great - here's the evidence."


The band's 1998 appearance on VH1's Storytellers opens the second disc, and has been expanded with unaired performances of several songs, including "New Test Leper" and "(Don't Go Back to) Rockville." Also featured are performances taken from various MTV award shows through the years, as well as the band's 2007 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Longtime fans will certainly delight in two vintage performances included here. First is a 1983 performance of "So. Central Rain" and "Carnival of Sorts (Box Cars)" from Livewire. The next clip features five songs the band played in 1984 on The Cutting Edge, including "Driver 8" and a cover of Brownsville Station's "Smokin' in the Boys Room."


The next three discs present a trove of rare live performances recorded between 1995 and 2008 in countries around the world. Of the 99 songs that are spread across these three discs, nearly half are unique song titles, offering a deep exploration of the band's live legacy. Especially noteworthy are two massive free concerts filmed for broadcast: Live In Cologne (5/12/01) and R.E.M. Live In Athens, Greece (10/5/08). More than a dozen songs from those shows did not air during the original broadcasts. Both concerts appear here in their entirety for the first time. 


Undoubtedly, the heart of this superb collection is the new feature-length documentary, R.E.M. By MTV, included on the final disc. Drawing exclusively on archival events, the film traces R.E.M. and MTV in real time, which makes it feel as exciting and immediate as it did when it was happening. "All the energy and momentum of both the band and the network come roaring through," writes Anthony DeCurtis in the set's liner notes.


R.E.M. By MTV will also premiere simultaneously on VH1 Classic and Palladia later in November, marking its first television run in the United States. Additional information about air dates will be announced.


DVD Listing


Disc One

Unplugged 1991 

Outtakes 1991

Unplugged 2001

Outtakes 2001


Disc Two

VH1 Storytellers 

Storytellers Outtakes

The Cutting Edge 


MTV 10th Anniversary Special 

Video Music Awards 1993 

Video Music Awards 1995 

European Music Awards 1998 

European Music Awards 2001 

Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Induction 2007 

The Colbert Report 2008

Disc Three

R.E.M. In Dallas 

R.E.M. Uplink At Bowery Ballroom 

Live In Cologne 

Live In Cologne Outtakes


Disc Four

R.E.M. At The Tabernacle, London 

MTV Sonic Milan 

Rock AM Ring 

Rock AM Ring Outtakes


Disc Five

Live At Rolling Stone, Milan 

Live At Oxegen Festival 

R.E.M. Live In Athens, Greece 


Disc Six


Deleted Scenes

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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Fall Asleep with Tim & Eric TONIGHT on Adult Swim!

Tim & Eric’s Bedtime Stories premieres TONIGHT Thursday, September 18th at 12:15 a.m. (ET/PT) on Adult Swim

Sweet dreams, everyone.

Tim Heidecker & Eric Wareheim return to Adult Swim - writing, directing and starring inTim & Eric’s Bedtime Stories - an anthology series in the tradition of Twilight Zone. Each episode offers a unique tale: dark, horrifying, perverse, insane… hilarious - featuring a wide array of comedic and dramatic guest stars. High production value replaces “awesome show” era cable access low-fi - but there’ll be no question whose minds are behind “Bedtime Stories.”

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

HALLOWEEN COMPLETE COLLECTION "Michael Myers Alumni Reunion" Signing at Dark Delicacies on Tuesday, September 23rd!


HALLOWEEN Films Reunion at 

Dark Delicacies Bookstore in Burbank!!!

18 “Michael Myers Alumni” Gather to Celebrate September 23rd Release 


from Anchor Bay Entertainment and Scream Factory

WHAT:       Eighteen actors and creative artists, spanning the entire 35 year history of the iconic Halloween film franchise, will descend upon Burbank’s famed gothic retailer Dark Delicacies to sign copies of Anchor Bay Entertainment and Scream Factory’s massive 15-disc HALLOWEEN Complete Collection Blu-ray set. Come see a once-in-a-lifetime gathering of on-screen and behind-the-scenes graduates from the “Michael Myers Film School of Survival!” 

WHEN:      Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014, 7:30pm


WHERE:    Dark Delicacies Bookstore

                   3512 W. Magnolia Blvd.

                   Burbank, CA 91505



GUESTS:  PJ Soles, Halloween (“Lynda Vanderklok”)

                   Raymond O’Connor, Halloween 4 (“Security Guard”)

                   Tom Morga, Halloween 4

                   Erik Preston, Halloween 4 (“Young Michael Myers”)

                   Kathleen Kinmont. Halloween 4, (“Kelly Meeker”)

                   Matthew Walker, Halloween 5 (“Spitz”)

                   Frankie Como, Halloween 5 (“Deputy Nick Ross”)

                   Daniel Farrands, Halloween 6, Writer

                   JC Brandy, Halloween 6, (“Jamie”)

                   Jeffrey Landman, Halloween 6, (“Billy Hill”)

                   Daisy McCrackin, Halloween Resurrection

                   Brad Hardin, Halloween 6 and Halloween H20, Special FX Make-up

                   Adam Hann-Byrd, Halloween H20 (“Charles Deveraux”)

                   Chris Durand, Halloween H20, (“Michael Myers”)

                   Donna Keegan Avery, Halloween H20, Stunt Double JLC

                   Gary Glayton, Halloween Resurrection (“Young Michael”)

                   Caroline Williams, Rob Zombie’s Halloween 2

                   Alan Howarth – Composer for 5 Halloween films

                   Sean Clark – Documentary

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

New Episode of DC ALL ACCESS Now Online!

In today's all new episode, host Tiffany Smith discusses some of the recent DC Entertainment news, including the first image of Zack Snyder's Batmobile, the Batman: Arkham Knight release date and Dwayne Johnson's malevolent new role in theShazam movie. After that, the camera turns over to Gotham's Camren Bicondova (Selina Kyle) for a special greeting before wrapping things up with an exclusive discussing between Co-Publishers Dan DiDio and Jim Lee about the future of SupermanGreen Arrow and the rest of your favorite DC Comics characters.


Monday, September 15, 2014

The Dead 2 Blu-ray Disc Review

The Dead 2 AKA The Dead 2: India is the new zombie horror film by The Ford Brothers, who impressed horror fans globally with their hit debut film, The Dead, which was set in and shot on location in West Africa using local talent and West African citizens as extras. This installment is kind of a prequel and certainly could take place concurrent to the events of the first film at least partially. The reason why I state this is because in the first film, it is pretty clear even from the flashback beginning of the story that a zombie apocalypse is in full swing and the lead characters enter already knowing what they are dealing with.

The new film, set in India, begins with a boat returning to Mumbai from Somalia where essentially patient zero for the subsequent outbreak in India peacefully returns to his home clutching his arm where he was bitten while working in Africa. Since the outbreak has only started in Africa and still somewhat unconfirmed, no one is expecting the horror that is about to unfold and as a result within one night, the streets of Mumbai are filled with citizens in panic, shot guns firing, zombies attacking and huge military helicopters flying over the city. A lone young Indian woman calls her secret American boyfriend to tell him she is pregnant with his child and her parents don't know. The American (Joseph Millson), a turbine engineer contracted by the military, is completing a wind-farm when he gets her call, which is shortly followed by a call to his partner, who informs him that he must abandon the assignment and return to Mumbai by the night to get the last plane out to the States. With his partner refusing to risk his life by picking up his girlfriend, the engineer battles his way across 300 miles of zombie infested wilderness. During his journey he rescues an orphan (Anand Goyal), who becomes his guide in return for protection from the undead.

Basically The Dead 2 does not cover much new ground with the main characters this time being an American Engineer and an Indian boy instead of an American and African soldier as seen in the first film. While there are some great fight sequences, a few legitimate scares, and moments of Hindu spirituality trying to explain why the zombie apocalypse has begun, there just is not enough for a grown man and a little boy to do in a zombie horror flick while in the first film, there were more sequences and encounters with varied adult characters and the two leads made for a more relatable team. Young Anand Goyal is a very likable child actor, but he is still a child and thus there is only so much that can be shared between the two lead characters. Ultimately the action parallels the action of the first film very closely with just some cosmetic changes that distinguish it from the first. Essentially The Dead 2 is more of a fable than the first film. It telegraphs what is to come with little subtlety, but while I liked the first film better, The Dead 2 is still a better than average zombie horror film. I hope if The Ford Brothers make a third installment, they will aim for a different kind of story that takes everything forward and in a new direction rather than what feels like a loose retread of the original that seems more like a prequel than a sequel. The character reactions are not consistent to what was shown in The Dead. Here it feels like it is just beginning while the other film clearly gives the impression that everyone is well aware of the problem and trying to deal with it.

Anchor Bay Entertainment's Blu-ray Disc edition presents The Dead 2 in a beautifully sharp high definition 1080p/24fps (1.78:1) widescreen aspect ratio that is quite colorful at times and uses the on location scenes shot in Rajasthan, Delhi, and Mumbai to create one of most visually impressive zombie horror films ever made. There was a scene in the film where the dialogue spoken between main characters sounded kind of hollow or had a kind of echo quality to it that I am unsure is due to bad ADR looping or some glitch in the disc itself. Outside of that, the English Dolby TrueHD 5.1 Surround Soundtrack is just fine and English Subtitles for the Deaf and Hearing Impaired as well as Spanish Language Subtitles encoded onto the Blu-ray Disc as options. 

Extra value features include an interview with the filmmakers from Frightfest TV (29:12), two deleted scenes (2:21) and trailers for The Dead (2:18) and Battle of the Damned (2:18), which precede the main menu. 

The Dead 2 will debut on Blu-ray Disc on Tuesday, September 16, 2014 at retailers on and offline courtesy of Anchor Bay Entertainment.

(C) Copyright 2014 By Mark Rivera
All Rights Reserved.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Z Nation tries to be both dramatic and shlock and fails at both.

The saying "One cannot serve two masters" is as true for storytelling as it is for anything else. The Asylum, the production company that brought viewers Sharknado are back with an attempt to take on the zombie apocalypse horror sub genre with Z Nation. I saw a screener before it premiered, but wanted to hold off judgment on the show until I saw the final broadcast version just in case there were any last minute changes.

Having checked it twice now I feel I can safely state objectively what I think of Z Nation. While it may seem unfair to compare it to The Walking Dead, I do not think so. Both are primetime basic cable TV series. Both are inspired by other works that came before it and both are trying to get rabid zombie fan viewers. The differences are obvious, The Walking Dead from the start was a superior drama with genuine characters that made us care. Of course the talent involved with The Walking Dead from the very beginning is truthfully better than what the Asylum is offering. Yet I do not fault The Asylum for not having the same caliber of talent in front of and behind the camera because they are up against comparison with KNB Effects, one of the best makeup effects providers in the business. Plus the zombies look okay for the most part. The dialogue and acting on the other hand is serviceable at best even with Harold Perrineau in a guest starring role. Outside of that the only other cast members of note are Tom Everett Scott and DJ Qualls. The rest of the cast appears to be largely unknown, which is fine.

What doesn't work in Z Nation is that the show does not know whether it is to be taken seriously as drama or simply enjoyed as shlock. That is where the Two Masters problem comes into play. You can have a comedy with moments of great drama like MASH and you can have a drama with moments of light comedy like Ally McBeal. However you have to define exactly what one is going for here and as far as I can tell, The Asylum wants Z Nation to be both a drama and shlock at the same time and as a result it fails at both. 

There is nothing new to see here. Cast members look out of place at times as though they don't know how to play off the material. Right from the first episode, the series seems to ignore the basic rules it sets up for cheap nonsense. As a result I neither liked or disliked Z Nation because Z Nation doesn't even inspire enough interest to make me care. It is neither fun or gripping. It just feels limp and aimless. You can't be Zombieland (the movie) and World War Z at the same time. You have to choose an approach and stick with it or else you risk alienating audiences for both.

Z Nation is unfocused and if it doesn't decide what it is fast then I think viewers should show "mercy" to quote a term used on the show and skip watching it. 

(C) Copyright 2014 By Mark Rivera
All Rights Reserved.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Mike Tyson Mysteries Premieres October 27th on Adult Swim.

Mike Tyson Mysteries Comes Out Swinging On Adult Swim

New Animated Series Premieres On October 27th


Adult Swim announced today that their new animated adult comedy series, Mike Tyson Mysteries, will premiere on Monday, October 27th at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT. The original series from Warner Bros. Animation stars Mike Tyson himself and as the network builds on its big summer ratings, the show is poised to knock out the Monday night competition.

In Mike Tyson Mysteries, Mike Tyson is taking the fight from the boxing ring to the streets … by solving mysteries!  Aided by the Mike Tyson Mystery Team — the Ghost of the Marquess of Queensberry, Mike's adopted Korean daughter Yung Hee, and a pigeon who was once a man — Mike Tyson will answer any plea sent to him.  If you have a problem that needs solving, Iron Mike is in your corner.  The gloves come off in this quarter-hour series as the former heavyweight champ and his team gears up for weekly adventures as they put unsolved mysteries down for the count.

Mike Tyson Mysteries stars Mike Tyson, Norm Macdonald (Saturday Night Live), Rachel Ramras (MAD) and Oscar® winner Jim Rash (The Way Way Back, Community), and is produced by Warner Bros. Animation. Sam Register (Teen Titans Go!, MAD, The Looney Tunes Show) serves as executive producer with Hugh Davidson (MAD, The Looney Tunes Show, Robot Chicken) as producer.

Across the summer (June – August 2014), Adult Swim stood alone as basic cable’s dominant #1 network for both primetime and total day delivery of all young adult and young male demos.  The network claimed the #1 ranking in primetime among adults 18-24 & 18-34 and men 18-24 & 18-34, while its total day performance ranked #1 across the board—adults/men 18-24, 18-34 & 18-49.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014





Includes All 24 Episodes from the Seventh Season Plus All New Bonus Extras

BURBANK, CA (September 8, 2014) – The most-watched comedy and #1 entertainment series among Adults 18–49 on broadcast TV and called “…one of television’s smartest shows” by the New York Daily NewsThe Big Bang Theorycontinues to capture the hearts of viewers and critics alike, averaging nearly 20 million Total Viewers per week during the 2013-2014 season, a +5% increase from the previous season!  Now fans can relive all of the laughs of one of the best seasons to date of this comic mainstay when Warner Bros. Home Entertainment releases The Big Bang Theory: The Complete Seventh Season on DVD and Blu-ray Combo September 16, 2014.  Season Seven is also available to purchase on Digital HD. The Big Bang Theory: The Complete Seventh Season – which is available to own for $44.98 / $54.97 SRP – includes all 24 episodes plus all-new extras including six featurettes and a hysterical gag reel!


The Big Bang Theory—which was renewed for three more seasons—revolves around Leonard and Sheldon, two roommates who are brilliant physicists – geniuses in the laboratory, but socially challenged outside of it.  Enter beautiful, street-smart neighbor, Penny, who aims to teach them a thing or two about life.  Despite their on-again, off-again relationship in the past, Leonard believes he’s found true love with Penny.  Even Sheldon has found a female companion – entering into a “Relationship Agreement” with neurobiologist Amy Farrah Fowler.  In their free time, Leonard and Sheldon continue to enjoy frequent trips to the comic book store and fantasy role-playing games with their ever-expanding universe of friends, including fellow scientists Raj and Howard, and Howard's adorable microbiologist wife, Bernadette.  Season Seven features unexpected story arcs, captivating all-star celebrity guest appearances from the worlds of science and science fiction, and, of course, sidesplitting moments of laughter.        

“Warner Bros. Home Entertainment is thrilled to bring all the laughs of The Big Bang Theory to Blu-ray Combo and DVD with the release of The Big Bang Theory: The Complete Seventh Season,” said Rosemary Markson, WBHE Senior Vice President, TV and Special Interest Marketing. “The Big Bang Theory continues to be the #1 comedy on television and a best-seller in home entertainment. Now fans can add all the delightful moments of this memorable season to their collections.

With Blu-ray’s unsurpassed picture and sound, The Big Bang Theory: The Complete Seventh Season Blu-rayTMrelease will include 1080p Full HD Video with DTS-HD Master Audio for English 5.1. The 5-disc Blu-ray Combo Pack (2 Blu-rayTM discs, 3 DVD discs) will feature a high-definition Blu-rayTM, standard definition DVD and a Digital HD copy of all 24 episodes from Season Seven.


The Big Bang Theory: The Complete Seventh Season on Blu-rayTM Combo and DVD includes 24 half-hour episodes:

  1. The Hofstadter Insufficiency
  2. The Deception Verification
  3. The Scavenger Vortex
  4. The Raiders Minimization
  5. The Workplace Proximity
  6. The Romance Resonance
  7. The Proton Displacement
  8. The Itchy Brain Simulation
  9. The Thanksgiving Decoupling
  10. The Discovery Dissipation
  11. The Cooper Extraction
  12. The Hesitation Ramification
  13. The Occupation Recalibration
  14. The Convention Conundrum
  15. The Locomotive Manipulation
  16. The Table Polarization
  17. The Friendship Turbulence
  18. The Mommy Observation
  19. The Indecision Amalgamation
  20. The Relationship Diremption
  21. The Anything Can Happen Recurrence
  22. The Proton Transmogrification
  23. The Gorilla Dissolution
  24. The Status Quo Combustion


DVD Standard Features: *

  • 3 DVD-9s
  • DVD Audio – English (5.1), Portuguese (2.0)
  • DVD Subtitles – ESDH, Chinese, Portuguese, Latin Spanish, French, Thai, Korean
  • Presented in 16x9 widescreen format


Blu-rayTM Combo Pack Features: *

  • 5-Disc Elite (2 BD-50s, 3 DVD-9s)
  • DVD Audio - English (5.1), Portuguese (2.0)
  • DVD Subtitles – ESDH, Chinese, Portuguese, Latin Spanish, French, Thai, Korean
  • BD Audio:  DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 – English, Portuguese 2.0, Spanish 2.0
  • BD Subtitles - ESDH, French, Castilian Spanish, Latin Spanish, Korean, Portuguese
  • BD and DVD:  Presented in 16x9 widescreen format


Packed with Special Features: *     

§  String Theory Serenade - Comedy folk duo Garfunkel and Oates (Kate Micucci and Riki Lindhome) lend their unique brand of songwriting to help Wolowitz serenade his quarantined bride Bernadette

§  James Earl Jones: The Un-Conventional Guest Star - When silver screen titan James Earl Jones makes a guest appearance on The Big Bang Theory, everyone knew it was going to be a blast, but no one suspected the man behind Darth Vader's voice would be laughing hardest!

§  BBTea Time - What happens when Kaley, Mayim, and Melissa encounter a precocious trio who bear a striking resemblance to their younger selves? Cute overload!

  • The Big Bang Theory's May the 4th -In honor of Star Wars Day, The Big Bang Theory enlists the help of legendary special effects studio, Industrial Light and Magic to imbue Professor Proton (Bob Newhart) with the powers of a Jedi master.
  • The Convention Conundrum  Johnny Galecki Crashes the BBT Writers Panel

§  The Big Cendrowski : Backstage with the Coolest Director and Cast in the Universe - Series director Mark Cendrowski takes the audience on a guided tour of the non-stop action he and the cast endure every week while filming The Big Bang Theory.

§  2013 Comic-Con Panel

  • Gag Reel


The Walking Dead Countdown Continues!

My second in a four part weekly series covering the first four seasons of The Walking Dead and leading up to the Fifth Season premiere is now available at Halloween Forever.com. Please click on the link below and visit. Thank you.


That Snail Is FAST ... New Episodes of Turbo FAST Premiere This Week!

This week DreamWorks Animation is premieringfive all-new episodes of Turbo FAST!  These new episodes debutTHIS FRIDAY, Sept. 12, only on Netflix, and each 22-minute episode is made up of two fast-paced 11-minute stories.  This time around, they’ve got hilariously varied plots.

There’s Gills!, in which Whiplash is convinced he’s seen a giant man-eating goldfish (and Turbo gets to utter the classic “we’re gonna need a bigger boat” line) … there’s Beware the Chickipede, which finds Turbo and his friends stumbling onto a maniacal madman’s plot to create a hybrid chicken and centipede (100 chicken legs on every bird!) … there’sPrank’d, which features an outlandishly complicated Rube Goldberg-like device.

With this new set of five episodes,Turbo FAST now has a perfectly “bingeable” 20 episodes available on Netflix, and the zany, pop-culture-driven humor is great for kids and “grown-ups” to share together. Turbo FAST has quickly become a Netflix must-see, and I really hope you’ll check out the series to find out why! 

Monday, September 8, 2014

The Originals: The Complete First Season Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack Review.

The Originals is the hit spinoff of The Vampire Diaries and airs on The CW, which is also the broadcast home of The Vampire Diaries. Warner Home Video has released the complete first season in a deluxe Blu-ray Disc and DVD set that contains all 22 first season episodes presented in full 1080p/24fps HD with a terrific and vibrant English DTS-HD MA 5.1 Soundtrack featured on all four season one Blu-ray Discs. Also included across five DVDs are standard definition presentations of the complete first season coupled with English Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound. These discs come housed in a thick Blue BD case with a cardboard slip case over it. Within the case are an insert containing episode and disc information for all 22 first season shows on Blu-ray and DVD as well as a limited time only redeemable Ultraviolet Digital Copy code too.

Extra value Blu-ray features include a screen specific audio commentary for the pilot with series creator Julie Plec and Director Chris Grismer. Also included are featurettes detailing the 2013 Comic Con Panel, the 2014 Paley Fest Panel, a short detailing the creative roots of the series, the series writers discussion of the blend of fact and fiction to give the series some historical context as well as a montage of character back stories and deleted scenes too.

The Originals: The Complete First Season is available on Blu-ray Disc and DVD as a Nine-Disc set at retailers on and offline courtesy of Warner Home Video.

(C) Copyright 2014 By Mark Rivera
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The Vampire Diaries: The Complete Fifth Season Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack Review.

The perfect companion for The Originals on Blu-ray if you have not already purchased it is Warner Home Video's The Vampire Diaries: The Complete Fifth Season. The set comes packaged in a thick 9-disc Blue BD case containing all 22 episodes in glorious 1080p/24fps high definition with an enveloping English DTS-HD MA 5.1 Audio track across four Blu-ray Discs and also included are standard definition DVD copies with Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound. Within the case is an insert detailing episodes and content information for both the Blu-ray Discs and DVDs and there is also another insert containing a limited time only redeemable code for an Ultraviolet Digital Copy too.

Extra value features include a retrospective look back at the series first one hundred episodes, behind-the scenes featurettes, deleted scenes and a gag reel too.

The Vampire Diaries: The Complete Fifth Season is available on Blu-ray and DVD combo pack is available now at retailers on and offline courtesy of Warner Home Video.

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Supernatural: The Complete Ninth Season On Blu-ray Disc Set Review.

I have a confession to make. I have never been a fan of Supernatural. When it first aired on The CW I did not care for the silliness where the brothers would introduce themselves using names of well known TV characters to try and get into cases they would investigate while on their mission. As a result, I stopped watching Supernatural and did not give it any thought. In the meantime Supernatural went on to become one of the most popular genre  shows on The CW and is now going into it's tenth season and counting. 

That noted, Supernatural has changed a great deal since I first watched the initial first season programs. The show has developed it's own fantastic paranormal universe and developed it's characters considerably over the years. It is now a flagship continuing genre series on The CW and I have no doubt the show will continue to have a strong following for decades to come long after first run episodes have ceases production.

Warner Home Video has given the ninth season of Supernatural premium treatment all 23 episodes spread across four Blu-ray Discs with English DTS-HD MA 5.1 Sound.

The Men of Letters Interactive Set Experience adds a whole new dimension in enhanced television interactivity with a documentary detailing the rich mythology behind the show, a look at the series production design, an exploration of consequences for the main characters, and various set tours with Production Designer Jerry Wanek. The 2013 Comic Con Panel and three select episode audio commentaries featuring series writers, actors, and producers are also included among the bonus materials along with a fan Mockumentary, deleted scenes and a gag reel too. An insert containing a limited time only redeemable code for an Ultraviolet Digital Copy wraps up the content included within this set.

Supernatural: The Complete Ninth Season is available now at retailers on and offline courtesy of Warner Home Video.

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