Friday, May 26, 2017

What I'm Watching: WB Edition




FistFight:





Synposis: " Ice Cube and Charlie Day star as high school teachers prepared to solve their differences the hard way. On the last day of the year, mild-mannered high school English teacher Andy Campbell (Day) is trying his best to keep it together amidst senior pranks, a dysfunctional administration and budget cuts that put jobs on the line. But things go from bad to worse when he accidentally crosses his much tougher and deeply feared colleague, Ron Strickland (Ice Cube), who challenges Campbell to an old-fashioned throwdown after school. News of the fight spreads like wildfire and ends up becoming the very thing this school, and Campbell, needed. "


I love Charlie Day. I also love Ice Cube. Both actors are absolutely talented and have a lot of strengths. Comedy is one of those strengths. So put them both together for a comedy and I'm in. From what seems to be inspired by 3 O' Clock High, I walked into this movie hoping for a good laugh and that's what I got. Sure, there were a few moments in the film that dragged on but for the most part, it was a fun movie. Charlie and Ice Cube played off each other so well which, being polar opposites in every possible way, which lead to hilarious situations and gags. Some fun throwbacks to Ice Cube's previous roles and rap career also find themselves into this movie but not in a "holy crap, they just had to shoehorn that" kinda way.

This feels like the kinda movie I'd include in an all day comedy marathon and could go on to become a cult favorite among comedy fans. I certainly hope more people will check this out, as it is worth your purchase.



DC SuperHero Girls: Intergalactic Games:



Synopsis: " Super Hero High is facing off against Korugar Academy in the Intergalactic Games, but Lena Luthor takes advantage of the gathering of Supers to enact her villainous plan. "

DC SuperHero Girls is one of the latest in the series of animated series and movies garnered to a younger audience. This show is mainly targeted at young girls, in the same vein as She-Ra or Sailor Moon. Which is a pretty fun concept, considering how many women are in the DC Universe who don't normally get their own spotlight. So far, this series and line of merchandising has become very popular with not just children but adults as well. I've met fans of all ages who enjoy it because of it's Saturday morning cartoon throwback feel and carefree style. I know if I was a kid when this debuted, I'd be watching it and enjoying it.

Even better? I'm an adult who watches it and enjoys it.

This feature length movie is a fun addition to your DC Comics animated collection and as juvenile as it can be at times, it still has a tone that sets it apart and reminds you of how fun super fun comic characters used to be and how enjoyable they still can be, all while bringing the kid out in all of us!


Wonder Woman: 



Synopsis: " On the mystical island of Themyscira, a proud and fierce warrior race of Amazons have raised a daughter of untold beauty, grace and strength Princess Diana. When an Army fighter pilot, Steve Trevor, crash-lands on the island, the rebellious and headstrong Diana defies Amazonian law by accompanying Trevor back to civilization. Meanwhile, Ares (the god of War) has escaped his imprisonment at the hands of the Amazonians and has decided to exact his revenge - intending to start a world war that will not only last for centuries but will wipe out every living being on the planet, starting with the Amazons! It is up to Princess Diana to save her people and the world by using her gifts and becoming the ultimate Wonder Woman! "


 A rerelease of the 2009 animated movie, which became an instant favorite and classic among superhero fans. Until 2009, Wonder Woman didn't have her own feature to shine. She was relegated to appearing on Justice League or Super Friends cartoons through the years while others like Batman and Superman had their own series. For years fans had been clamoring for her own series or movie and finally, we were treated to it. Wonder Woman was at her finest and showing what made the character so great: brave, strong, bold, and sympathetic. Wonder Woman finally got the spotlight she truly deserved.


For fans who missed out though, have the opportunity to make up that mistake by picking up this rerelease with awesome cover new art! With great new featurettes, as well as a sneak peak for the upcoming Harley Quinn and Batman feature as well (which, judging by the trailer, looks absolutely hilarious) .

Features include:


  • Featurette – What Makes A Wonder Woman: For 75 years, Wonder Woman has resonated with audiences because of her loving nature and quest for truth. Hear some of her biggest fans and fellow creators discuss how her qualities have crafted her into the icon we know today. This featurette is about ten minutes long.
  • Sneak Peek – Batman and Harley Quinn: Sneak peek at the next DC Universe Original Movie, Batman, and Harley Quinn, featuring the talented creators and voice cast. This comes in at being nine minutes long.
  • Creative Team Commentary: Scene and film analysis by producers Bruce Timm & Gregory Noveck, director Lauren Montgomery and screenwriter Michael Jelenic.
  • Featurette – Wonder Woman: A Subversive Dream – A definitive look at a psychologist’s dream, and the rich history of one of the pillars of DC Comics. This featurette is about twenty-six minutes long
  • Featurette – Wonder Woman: Daughter of Myth – This revealing documentary explores the archetype and tradition of the female DC Comics Super Hero. This enjoyable featurette is again approximately twenty-six minutes long.
 If you're a fan of superheroes and are looking for a good way to prepare for the new live action Wonder Woman movie, this is a must own. Solid film, superb animation and writing, great features, and a perfect addition to your shelf.


-Chad
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Celebrate the princess who becomes the World's Greatest Super Heroine in this Commemorative Edition of the epic story of Wonder Woman's origin. On the mystical island of Themyscira, a proud and fierce warrior race of Amazons have raised a princess of untold beauty, grace and strength - Diana. When U.S. fighter pilot Steve Trevor crash-lands on the island, the rebellious and headstrong Diana defies Amazonian law by accompanying Trevor back to civilization. Meanwhile, Ares (the God of War) has escaped his imprisonment at the hands of the Amazonians and has decided to exact his revenge by starting a World War that will last for centuries and wipe out every living being on the planet, starting with the Amazons. It is up to Diana to save her people and the world - by using her gifts and becoming the ultimate Wonder Woman! - See more at: http://www.wbshop.com/product/wonder+woman-+commemorative+edition+%28blu-ray+-+dvd+-+ultraviolet+combo%29+1000632628.do#sthash.iUnUvtXF.dpuf
Celebrate the princess who becomes the World's Greatest Super Heroine in this Commemorative Edition of the epic story of Wonder Woman's origin. On the mystical island of Themyscira, a proud and fierce warrior race of Amazons have raised a princess of untold beauty, grace and strength - Diana. When U.S. fighter pilot Steve Trevor crash-lands on the island, the rebellious and headstrong Diana defies Amazonian law by accompanying Trevor back to civilization. Meanwhile, Ares (the God of War) has escaped his imprisonment at the hands of the Amazonians and has decided to exact his revenge by starting a World War that will last for centuries and wipe out every living being on the planet, starting with the Amazons. It is up to Diana to save her people and the world - by using her gifts and becoming the ultimate Wonder Woman! - See more at: http://www.wbshop.com/product/wonder+woman-+commemorative+edition+%28blu-ray+-+dvd+-+ultraviolet+combo%29+1000632628.do#sthash.iUnUvtXF.dpuf
Celebrate the princess who becomes the World's Greatest Super Heroine in this Commemorative Edition of the epic story of Wonder Woman's origin. On the mystical island of Themyscira, a proud and fierce warrior race of Amazons have raised a princess of untold beauty, grace and strength - Diana. When U.S. fighter pilot Steve Trevor crash-lands on the island, the rebellious and headstrong Diana defies Amazonian law by accompanying Trevor back to civilization. Meanwhile, Ares (the God of War) has escaped his imprisonment at the hands of the Amazonians and has decided to exact his revenge by starting a World War that will last for centuries and wipe out every living being on the planet, starting with the Amazons. It is up to Diana to save her people and the world - by using her gifts and becoming the ultimate Wonder Woman! - See more at: http://www.wbshop.com/product/wonder+woman-+commemorative+edition+%28blu-ray+-+dvd+-+ultraviolet+combo%29+1000632628.do#sthash.iUnUvtXF.dpuf
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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Hitting The 2017 McDonaldHouse Sale

 This line means something...It means I'm insane for the 4 day journey I'm about to embark upon...


Twice a year, the local chapter of the Ronald McDonaldHouse runs a 4 day donation driven charity sale with all proceeds going to helping local families in need. It's a great opportunity to help those less fortunate as well as a nice opportunity to pick up some good items to add to your pop culture collection. The sale takes place in a giant warehouse and is divided into multiple departments from clothes to jewelry to furniture to toys to movies and everything in between. And I do mean EVERYTHING.





But to get to the sale, you have to walk through that legendary hallway. It's a good two minute walk, but until you walk into that sale, it feels like the longest two minutes of your life.


Ladies and gentlemen, start your engines. Be prepared to do a LOT of walking around. Everytime I've hit this sale, I've discovered new nooks and crannies that I find some cool stuff, which I dig, because next show, it usually leads to new spots to look for treasures. This time, I found a spot that included old camcorders and filming equipment. I've been on the hunt for a HI-8 camera to convert my old tapes, so maybe next time I'll find one...


Before I continue, let's address the cult hero of the Sale: The Halloween Room. I've written about it before and it's just as great as you can imagine. For Halloween fanatics, it's a breath of fresh air. Oh sure, Halloween will spring up everywhere in two months, but some of us need our fix of everything Pumpkin-y.

Yowza! Looks like the room was relegated to the larger items and the rest of the decorations were given their own table all the way in the corner of the holiday section. I'm ok with this. More Halloween the better! Besides, who's gonna complain when they're staring Halloween goodness. I can't describe the feeling of seeing all this stuff in one spot. It's a nice warmup for what we can expect to see come August/September.




There's also a massive toy section in which it's not uncommon to find some good action figures from time to time. Mainly a lot of superhero toys, McDonalds toys, My Little Pony knockoffs and lots of Rescue Heroes. Of course, then there's the occasional toy line being misspelled...last time it was "Monsters of The Universe". This time...

NINGA TURTLES.


Well, I mean, no one's perfect. Besides, I've littered this blog with numerous typos, who am I to judge?


Ok, let's get to the fun part. Time to check out the goods I walked away with:


CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY:

Whew. Not the biggest book collector, but I know something awesome when I find it. From what I'm told by some of my friends who are book experts is that while it's a first print edition. Well, one of the first prints. Apparently, a couple of editions were printed in this time frame and thankfully, this book is one of them. So I'm very happy to hear that!

And yes, it includes the depiction of the Oompa Loompa in a very offensive manner, which I don't think would be the best in taste to post.



BATMAN THE OFFICIAL MOVIE BOOK:



I'm a big time Batman 89 collector and I can honestly say I've never seen this out in the wild before. It was just sitting all alone on the bottom of a book shelf while other shoppers were looking at Goosebumps books. I shamelessly swooped in and grabbed it. It had to be mine. It's a hardcover book featuring great colored photos of the cast and scenes from the movie as well as pre production art, designs and concepts for characters, vehicles and Gotham. It's a fantastic piece to my collection.


BACK TO THE FUTURE LUNCHBOX:



Last year, I found a Robocop lunchbox and now I find THIS! Of all the lunchboxes of my youth, I'm very surprised I don't recall this one. I went to school with a lot of kids who loved BTTF but I don't remember seeing any sitting on the lunch tables. It's a pretty basic design, but what else do you need? Sure Marty riding his hoverboard would've been cool, but you can't truly get criticize any BTTF merch from that era considering it was so few and far between. Totally loving this.


WATCHES:



Out of all my finds, these were by far my favorite. I'm not a watch collector but there's no way I wasn't walking away without these. The Batman watch was very clearly going to end up in my collection one way or the either. I'm a big fan of not just Batman 89 merch but anything from that era, and this seems to be from Batman Returns, which was even crazier of a merchandising bonanza if you can imagine it. According to my research, there were also Penguin and Catwoman watches, which now I have to keep my eye open for those as well.

 That Garfield watch is pretty incredible and just sums up the greatness of what was the Garfield merchandising machine int he 80s/90s. Who wouldn't wear a orange and spotted band? Oh and that face:


 The true champion of this haul? Those Dick Tracy watches!!! I'm go more into detail later, as I have a lot to say about these, but I cannot tell you how excited I was to find these. I've seen them go for anywhere between 15-25 bucks so to pick them up for only $3 each, was an easy decision.

Oh yes, not only did the lovely ladies manning the jewelry table sell me these great watches, but they threw these in as well...

NINJA TURTLE LUNCHBAGS!!!! WHAT?!?!?! THESE ARE AMAZING!


Ok, maybe my level of excitement for the lunchbags equaled the Dick Tracy watches. All I'm missing is something WWF-related from the early 90s and I would be directly in first grade again...


PEANUTS BOOK AND RANDOM TOYS:

This was all my fiancee's doing. On top of finding Pyrex (of which she has a very unhealthy obsession with) she also did some awesome digging around the toy and book section. She went to the Sale after work and picked up some random toys for eBay and an awesome Peanuts coffee table book for me. Also of note, she found the last McNugget buddy I needed to complete my collection. So there's that. True love, fam.


COOL RANDOM ITEMS:



A 90210 puzzle, two Batman Forever mugs and a Twinkie The Kid container were more on the random side of my finds. Alone, they come in handy for their respective purposes, but combined, they present they become a full on party. I could totally have some friends over, pour drinks int he mugs, put on a puppet show with Twinkie The Kid and we could put together that puzzle. Not a bad deal at all! Also, I'm sure if the power goes out and I'm in desperate need for entertainment, I'm sure I won't stay bored for long...

VHS AND DVD:


I'm always walking away with a massive amount of vhs. Some rare, some not. But the first vhs I locked eyes on was that Rad tape, a very sought after tape by collectors due to the fact that Rad has yet to be released on any medium after vhs. The rest of the haul was great but it's all garnish compared to the tale of Cru Jones and his Rad-ness.


So I'm sure wondering about that box. Well, ont he last day, you're given a small box and told to fill it up as much as you can for $3. Well, I went through about 4 boxes just of movies and records. The rest of the haul, is quite mighty....

I know what you're thinking: "Two copies of Constantine?" Well, truth is, I just grabbed any and all movies I could, so I'm sure it's not the only movie I'd be laughed at for picking up. I proudly admit that I am very happy with finding that unopened copy of Young Guns!

At 12 bucks, I found more movies than I have room for. I may have gone a bit overboard...But it's still all going to a great cause, so...I can justify that way right?

Right.


This years sale was it's most massive to date. The rumor is that it could very well be the last year at this particular location. I've grown to love this spot and the charm of all the departments and random corners it contains, but you gotta get bigger and better. If the rumor was true, I would love to see the next place it calls home next year.One thing's for certain, I would miss that hallway.


If they do move, I certainly hope I get to see this talking Urkel dolls for a ridiculous price tag of $40 again. As laughable as it was, I can't say I'd be shocked if *someone* bought him...

So stay tuned, there's a lot of great flea markets and thrifting adventures to come in the next few months! It's summer, so that can only mean MORE AWESOME FINDS!


-Chad






Saturday, April 29, 2017

Checking Out DinoDrac's April FunPack!

So there I am, coming home from work, when I discover that my apartment was invaded by Dinosaur Dracula!




Well sort of. My buddy Matt, who's been running DD, and formerly of X-Entertainment.com, does a sweet monthly "FunPack" subscription service where the delightful taste of nostalgia hits you right in your face! Trading cards, stickers, a snack and maybe a toy or two, all waiting for you in one nice package! I had been gifted a holiday FunPack years ago by my fiance but that was before these became a monthly thing.

So here we are. I decided to take the plunge. I sold a bunch stuff on eBay and decided "hey, why not try out this DD funpack? What's the worse that can happen?". A roll of the dice financially, I'm sure, but I really wanted to try to get this one. Why, you ask? Well, read on to find out!


First off, it's not a funpack without trading cards. I'm a huge fan of old trading cards and these are some packs that I haven't gotten my hands on in quite sometime. Some great packs but I haven't been this close to an Awesome AllStars cards in years. I continue to love the parody/gross-out cards to this day and it's thanks to my childhood love of going to the general store and grabbing a pack. A great mix of cards for any subscriber. Who doesn't love opening old card packs? Sends you back to your childhood in no time!!!

Oh and hey, check out that He-Man card too! Cool!



Still on that trading card high? Well, lucky you! A print featuring some memorable trading card boxes is all yours to place on your bookcase or desk or wherever the heck you want! Some favorites on here including TMNT 2, Simpsons, Harry and the Henderson and of course Gremlins, which is the first that caught my eye. I had picked up quite a few Gremlins 2 packs in 1990 and in fact have a card that was made into a magnet by a friend of mine on my fridge. I love this. It's gonna look great taped on my vhs cabinet!





Ahhhh...a "Superhero Sack" featuring one randomly chosen PVC Marvel figure. I feel like a lot of properties back in the late 80s/early 90s were given the PVC figurine but I definitely remember comic book characters getting them. With comic book characters, especially Marvel, being such a huge part of our current pop culture landscape, these are a sweet addition. Even better, it looks like Thor is laying down some serious disco dancing, so how would I not want him on my shelf next to other PVC figures?

In every funpack, Matt throws in an a personal childhood story/essay and a newsletter where he dishes out a challenge to get your creativity on. Usually something that relates to that months contents. This month's challenge was to combine two characters into one. Now, I'm not the most artistic person, but I decided to at least attempt to create something. It's not gold or even good, but I present to you "Fredsday Addams" where I combined Freddy Krueger and the Addams Family as a whole. Hence the cigar and "Thing":

Well...I tried, right?

A Power Rangers sticker was part of this month's pack as well. I got King Sphinx fighting the Rangers Zords. I am such a sucker for prizm/vending machine stickers so this is a nice addition. On top of that, a DinoDrac sticker is included every month. So the sticker fan in me is happier than a pig in crap. Two stickers to add to my collection!

A little hungry after all that drawing? Don't worry, a snack of some sort is always included! This month's snack was Herr's Deep Dish Curls. Now, pizza flavored chips or crackers are one thing that I'm sure we're all accustomed to but cheese curls? That certainly caught my eye. Normally, something like this can go awry but it most certainly delivered one heckuva punch int he taste buds. I normally don't eat cheese curls and puffs that don't have a cartoon cheetah but these...oh my these...


These are probably, next to pizza flavored Combos, my new favorite pizza flavored snack. A lot big flavor in a tiny curl. I couldn't ask for a better snack to be included in this box. On top of that, I really need to seek more of these out. I'm really having issue just describing them in words. If you see them, pick them up.


Now. The main event and the big draw in my opinion. FREDDY KRUEGER BUBBLE GUM. From 1988, these are quite the desirable items from Freddy collectors. I've already got one, but I'm always...ALWAYS...on the hunt for more.


"Freddy The Sex Symbol" is the container I got. I'm very happy with it. It's one of the containers I was hoping for. Freddy's charisma certainly projects an image that can be found attractive by men and women but I can't say I've ever met anyone who's said they can compare him to a Bradley Cooper or James Dean, but hey, I had a crush on Naomi Harper from Mama's Family as a kid, so to each their own.

Oh and yes, that is the original gum. Dare I eat it? Well, no. I value having teeth. But I have been tempted. Believe you me.





What else can I say about this box? It's pretty fantastic. I can only imagine how much fun next month's box is going to be! Keep your eyes peeled for the May Funpack as well as some great articles on pop culture, toys, video stores and more by heading over to DinosaurDracula.com !


-Chad

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Kicking Off The 2017 Flea Market Season!

Ahhh...the day I've been waiting for has arrived. The day I've been dreaming of for months is now at hand. The first flea market of the year!



Yessssss!

I start going through flea marketing withdrawals earlier and earlier each year. Usually about January, but I started around December. And why wouldn't I? Thrifting throughout the year is one thing but attending a flea market is a whole other experience. An experience that can motivate even the most unmotivated slacker to get up and do something with themselves. Who can truly turn down a bright and sunny morning spent going through peoples dusty and dirty boxes filled with crap no one in their right mind should want?



Not me! I woke up pretty darn early to get to the market as quick as I can. It was a lovely day! I picked a good time to arrive too. Plenty of people, but not too many. There wasn't a lot of crazy variety but again, it's only the beginning. I didn't expect or even want to walk away with a gigantic haul. To start off that strong so early would just burn me out so quick. I'm ok with a slow start and ending big.

So instead of more rambling, let's take a look at the goods...



First, I need to get this out of the way. A seller had a bucket filled to the brim with home recordings of movies and tv shows. I was able to pick out a few but only two were safe from every VHS Collectors worst fear: TAPE MOLD. Yes. Tape Mold.  If kept improperly or in poor conditions, tape mold will build up on the actual spool and ruin the entire tape. But, I'm glad to report that one of those tapes was an Ewoks Battle For Endor/Willy Wonka double feature! The other tape, well, I picked up a homemade JEM tape from 1989-90 with commercials and all. It's quite the gem (pun intended) but I wouldn't be able to do this justice. I'm sure you'll see it pop up elsewhere. But what else did I pick up? Hmmm...

TRANSFORMERS THE MOVIE VHS (.50) :



I will at least try to walk away with one vhs per visit and this was a perfect tape to walk away with. And unlike the pile of dusty tapes I had picked up, this had no mold whatsoever. I'm a huge fan of Transformers the Movie but I've never truly seen this release of the movie before, so this was a very nice surprise! Not a bad first purchase, eh?

LOTTSA RASSLERS! ($ 4 for all) :

(L to R: Shannon Moore, Eddie Guerrero, Jeff Hardy and the Undertaker)

Wrestlemania was indeed running wild at this table. The woman selling these was in a big hurry to get rid of all the figures she had and I was in a big hurry to take them off her hands. Especially that Jeff Hardy, which after the surprise return of the Hardy Boyz at Wrestlemania 33, their merch has been quite the hot commodity. So, I kinda jumped at picking him up for that selfish reason. The others were just garnish. I can't help but thinking the other four were the best out of the box she had to offer. Check it out:






Yes, I'm fully aware that every flea market has at least 50 people selling outdated wrestling figures but out of I've seen in the past few years, these were in some of the better condition. Plus, a buck each? Why not!


DARK KNIGHT COLLECTION BATMAN FIGURE ($1) :


As a kid, I hated variants and only wanted the comic or movie accurate costumed figures of my heroes. That was especially true with Batman. Over the years, we've seen some cringe-worthy variants but the figures I always wanted was just straight up Dark Knight. Thankfully, while Kenner's Dark Knight Collection offered strange colored variants, they also offered just plain black suited Batman with goofy accessories. This figure in particular looks like "Powerwing Batman" but my studies show that this particular figure was released a couple of times in the line. Regardless, it's nice to just own a regular Batman from that line that doesn't look like a McDonalds toy.


REAL GHOSTBUSTERS POWER PACK HEROES EGON (.50):




Ooooooh my favorite of the entire haul! I owe my buddy and local seller, Dan a HUGE thanks (and since I know you're reading Dan, THANK YOU!) for this. Power Pack Heroes was in the tail end of the line and instead of offering more lamewad variants like making our heroes genies or construction workers, Kenner merely repainted the original figures with rad, updated new colors. Just based off how unusal these colors and suits were, make them my favorite of the entire line. For the past year or so, I've been looking for a decently priced Egon, and today I found it! Now that I have all of the MC Hammer Ghostbuster variants, I can rest easy.

Oh but wait...I still need a Janine! Well, looks like I have something else to add to my list this season...



So was it an amazing, life altering haul? No! Don't be silly. But it kicked off the season right and that's all I could ask for!


Thursday, April 20, 2017

Review: Teen Titans: The Judas Contract

While a lot of people aren't too hot on DC Cinematic Universe due to it's gloomy nature and sped up production (that for some, resulting in a product that clearly shows it). Me, though? While I'm not the biggest Suicide Squad or Man of Steel fan, I have been happy with Batman vs Superman and am very excited to see Wonder Woman hit the big screen after years and years.

But...if there's one guaranteed way to satisfy even the most jaded DC Universe viewer, it's with a animated movie. If DC has done anything consistently over time, it's been their animated product. From the beginning of their relationship with Filmation in the 1960s to their current products on Cartoon Network, something about animation and DC just works.

DC's newest animated offering is Teen Titans "The Judas Contract" based off the landmark 1984 storyline which took Titans from the "Fun, goofy teenage sidekicks of their famous counterparts" to full fledged, fleshed out characters that mattered to readers. We saw the maturing and coming of age in this store and animated adaption is no different.

From the official press release:

"The Titans are on the hunt for the villainous Brother Blood, not realizing that they might have a traitor among them.
Led by Starfire, the Teen Titans—Beast Boy, Raven, Blue Beetle, Robin and the just-returned Nightwing—have built a cohesive team in their never-ending battle against evil; but their newest teammate, the mysterious and powerful Terra, may be altering that dynamic. Meanwhile, an ancient evil, Brother Blood, has awakened, and familiar foe Deathstroke is lurking in the shadows—both waiting to pounce.
Ultimately, the Teen Titans will need to battle their enemies and their own doubts to unite and overcome the malicious forces around them in this twisting tale of intrigue, adventure and deception."



Now, of course, the animated film took a few liberties and changed a thing or two, but as someone who enjoys the Titans movie so far, it didn't bother me. Without too many spoilers, I think there's enough in here for longtime fans of the team as well. The animation, voice acting and writing were absolutely top notch. In fact, out of all the DCAU movies I've seen up to this point, this may be the most emotional release. The relationship between Terra and Deathstroke, Blue Beetle and his family and Terra and Beast Boy really pulled at the heart strings and really, much like the comic did in '84, makes you care about these characters. And with the very emotional climax, it just brings all those feelings to a melting pot. And not to mention, a nice cameo by a familiar face in the geek fandom!

With bonus features featuring interviews with George Perez and Marv Wolfman, two episodes of the Teen Titans, and a few sneak peaks for other DC movies.


I'm very excited that this was released and can't recommend this highly enough. If you're a fan of real dramatic stories with great character development, then this is a must own for your collection.


-Chad

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Review: Phantasm Box Set

In 1979, Don Coscarelli gave the world a new icon in horror. A year before Jason slashed his way through camp Crystal and 5 years before Freddy was causing nightmares down Elm Street, The Tall Man, stalked his way into your deepest darkest fears. Followed by 4 sequels, Phantasm has become one of the most beloved series in horror history. If ypu're looking for any further proof, I can tell you from being at conventions where the cast were guests, fans were just as rabid and appreciative to meet them as say a Robert Englund or a Walking Dead. Maybe in not volumes as fans but with sheer fantacism. The late, great Angus Scrimm, aka The Tall Man never allowed anyone to walk away from his table without a smile. To this day, fans STILL speak fondly about meeting him and the impact he left on them.




Over the years, the entire series would be released on dvd, and just a few of the movies on bluray, from multiple companies. Anchor Bay, MGM, Scream Factory. All great releases with great features, but never have they all been released in one entire big set together on bluray. For years and years, fans have been hoping that someday that will be remedied.

Well, friends. That day. Is today.

WellGo USA, who previously released blurays of Phantasm: Remastered and Phantasm Ravager just last year, did the impossible. They released THE ENTIRE SERIES  on crystal clear, beautiful hi-def bluray for all the Phans to enjoy!

Thar she blows. That gorgeous packaging featuring our hero...er...villain The Tall Man, in all his splendid and creepy glory.

Or is that "gory"? I wanna keep this tasteful, so I'll stick with glory.

I sat down to watch all these movies as someone who wasn't a Phantasm fan per se, but as someone who still respected the impact this series has had on the fanbase. I've tried to sit down to watch these with the hopes to truly get into them and even seeing Phantasm Remastered in the theaters just didn't do it. I don't think it's a series that I'm meant to get into but I will say, after watching the entire set, it's definitely something I appreciate even MORE than I did before. Just because I don't like a movie doesn't mean I can't respect it. And after hearing all the stories of production throughout the entire series, I sincerely can respect anyone who worked on these.



Phantasm Remastered, Phantasm 2, Phantasm Ravager are all exactly the same as the previous releases. Yes, even the Scream! Factory release of Phantasm 2 was included (much like their cooperation with Anchor Bay for their legendary Halloween set) . For those who may have been waiting to pick up Remastered and Ravager for a box set, they're in luck. Not only will they receive those releases, but for the first time Phantasm 3 and 4 are hitting bluray. I've never truly seen either of these and from what I was told, I was in for a treat of low budget entertainment like I've never seen before. And oh my, were those people right. 3 and 4 are certainly no masterpieces, I can certainly picture a lot of fans getting excited about these first time releases.








If you're afan of the original cover art, worry not! You'll get the art you've grown to love so much as well as simplistic covers for a more streamlined look on your shelf!

With great covers and fantastic features as well. What? You thought they'd just give you random, barebone releases? Pashaw! Come, now, dear reader!


The real draw, I believe for fans, will be the extra features on all discs! Let's take a quick gander at all the goodies included:

Disc 1: PHANTASM
Audio Commentary with writer/director Don Coscarelli, co-producer Paul Pepperman and visual consultant Roberto Quezada
Audio Commentary with Don Coscarelli and actors Michael Baldwin, Angus Scrimm and Bill Thornbury
Graveyard Carz
Interviews with Don Coscarelli and Angus Scrimm (Vintage 1979 television interview)
Deleted Scenes, Interview Outtakes
PHANTASM Behind-the-Scenes Home Movies with commentary by Don Coscarelli and Reggie Bannister, Additional home movie footage
TV and Radio Spots
Introduction, 1989 Convention Appearance, and Fangoria TV Commercial with Angus Scrimm
Theatrical Trailers, Still Gallery
DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1, DTS-HD Master Audio Stereo, DTS-HD Master Audio Mono
BD-50

Disc 2: PHANTASM II
Audio Commentary with Don Coscarelli, Angus Scrimm and Reggie Banister
The Ball is Back: The making of PHANTASM II
Deleted Scenes, Workprint Scenes, TV Spots
Theatrical Trailers, Behind the Scenes, Still Galleries
Rare Short film featuring Rory Guy (Angus Scrimm)
The Gory Days an interview with Special Make-up Effects Artist Greg Nicotero
DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1, DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0
BD-50

Disc 3: PHANTASM III: LORD OF THE DEAD
It s Never Over: The Making of PHANTASM III featuring interviews with Don Coscarelli, A. Michael Baldwin, Reggie Bannister, Bill Thornbury, Gloria Lynn Henry, Stuntman Bob Ivy, director of photography Christopher Chomyn, composer/sound designer Christopher L. Stone, sphere designer/mechanical effects artist Kerry Prior, special makeup effects designer Dean Gates and Production Assistant Kristen Deem
Audio Commentary with Don Coscarelli and editor Norman Buckley
Balls of Steel: Bob Ivy s Stunt for the Ages - The Phantasm III Car Stunt
Behind the Scenes Compilation
Audio Commentary with Stars A. Michael Baldwin and Angus Scrimm
Behind-the-Scenes
Deleted Scene, Trailer, Radio Spot, Still Gallery
DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1, DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0
BD-50

Disc 4: PHANTASM IV: OBLIVION
Death is No Escape: The Making of PHANTASM IV featuring interviews with Don Coscarelli, A. Michael Baldwin, Reggie Bannister, Bill Thornbury, special makeup effects artist Gigi Bannister, stunt coordinator/actor Bob Ivy, director of photography Christopher Chomyn, composer/sound designer Christopher L. Stone, sphere designer/mechanical effects designer Kerry Prior, cameraman Justin Zaharczuk and special makeup effects artist Robert Kurtzman
Behind the Scenes Compilation
PHANTASM Sequels: Conceptual Art Gallery by Justin Zaharczuk
Audio Commentary with Don Coscarelli, Reggie Bannister, and Angus Scrimm
Behind-The-Scenes
Promo, Trailer, Behind-the-Scenes Still Gallery
DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
BD-50

Disc 5: PHANTASM V: RAVAGER
Audio Commentary with co-writer/director David Hartman and Don Coscarelli
The Making of PHANTASM: RAVAGER
Friendship and Phantasm an interview with A. Michael Baldwin
The Lady in Lavender - an interview with actress Kat Lester
The Name is Chunk - an interview with actor Stephan Jutras
Behind-the-Scenes Promo
PHANTASM: RAVAGER Red Credit Sequence
Deleted Scenes (with optional commentary by David Hartman and Don Coscarelli)
Phuntasm: Bloopers and Outtakes
A Moment with David Hartman
Teaser / Theatrical Trailer
DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1, DTS-HD Master Audio Stereo
BD-50

Disc 6: BONUS DISC
Featuring over 4 hours of extras
Phantasm and You a comic recap of the first 4 films by PHANTASM V: RAVAGER director David Hartman
Flashback Weekend Chicago Convention Panel Discussion(2008) & (2014)
Flashback Weekend concert performance by Kat Lester
Fantastic Fest Q&A(2016)
Phantasmagoria: a documentary and Interviews with the Cast & Crew
Phantasmagorical Mystery Tour with Reggie Bannister
Phantasm Genesis
Phandom




If you ask me, the special features are more than worth the price alone. For what you pay, you're getting documentaries, commentaries, behind the scenes footage, interviews, a short featuring Angus as Abraham Lincoln, part of Graveyard Cars featuring the iconic car, and my personal favorites, footage from conventions as well as a Fangoria TV spot! That's just a small fraction! If you're dedicated to this series, this is the end all be all release. I just can't imagine any future set topping this although, if it does, I'm going to be amazed!


Also included in the set (yes, there's more!) are a beautiful poster and a book called "Phantasm Companion" which features interviews with cast and crew. A someone who enjoys the behind the scenes stories and production tales, this book was a fun read and something I couldn't put down.



Do I recommend this set? Absolutely. I can't recommend it enough. The effort put into providing extras, the artwork, the book, the poster, everything is flawless. I know it's still early, but I'm nominating this to be "box set of the year".




One final note, for those who miss our Tall Man, don't worry. The Companion's last line is something we can all appreciate. A beautiful quote from Angus himself. Warning, it may make you cry a bit. I know, after meeting him in 2011, I did. There's never been a convention guest who was such a genuine gentlemen and so appreciative of his fans. I know, despite what the Tall Man may have said, Angus went straight up to Heaven and is looking down and smiling at how many fans are remembering him for generations to come.



Angus, this one's for you...boyyyyyyy!



-Chad