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“The Twilight Zone: Essential Episodes” DVD Review

There is a fifth dimension beyond that which is known to man. It is a dimension as vast as space and as timeless as infinity. It is the middle ground between light and shadow, between science and superstition, and it lies between the pit of man’s fears and the summit of his knowledge. This is the dimension of imagination. It is an area which we call the Twilight Zone.

Thus began the opening of one of the most influential shows on television, Rod Serling’s “The Twilight Zone”. Beginning in 1959 and going through to 1965, the run of the original series opened doors for sci-fi to be taken seriously by adults, and to scare the snot out of little children. Viewers never knew what to expect, and even decades after it aired, knowing the endings still does little to take away the often uneasy surprises that lurked at the conclusion of each 30 minute show.

Image Entertainment has been releasing the complete series of the show on DVD since last year, and this Summer they have released a special collection in honor of the 55th anniversary, “The Twilight Zone: Essential Episodes”. Featuring 17 episodes on two DVDs, this collection truly has the most well-known classics that fans have come to love, giving many young actors their break throughs in the business, as well as offering veterans another chance to shine. Here is the full episode list with a rundown of the stars:

• Walking Distance (with Ron Howard)

• Time Enough at Last (Starring Burgess Meredith)

• The Hitch-Hiker (With Leonard Strong and Inger Stevens)

• The Monsters are Due on Maple Street

• A Stop at Willoughby (with James Daly)

• The After Hours

• The Howling Man (with John Carradine and H.M. Wynant)

• The Eye of the Beholder (with Donna Douglas)

• Nick of Time

• The Invaders

• The Obsolete Man

• It’s a Good Life

• The Midnight Sun (with Lois Nettleton and Betty Garde)

• To Serve Man (with Richard Kiel)

• Nightmare at 20,000 Feet (starring William Shatner)

• Living Doll (With Telly Suvalas and June Foray as the voice of “Talky Tina”)

• The Masks

I don’t feel the need to review every single episode on this since I am not reviewing the series, just this DVD set. I can say that this is really the best way to introduce a new generation to this classic series, as well as a way for the casual fan to relive the twists and turns of episodes like “The Eye of the Beholder”, “To Serve Man”, and “The Midnight Sun”, ironic endings like “Time Enough at Last” and “The Masks”, and social commentary that is still relevant, such as “The Monsters are due on Maple Street”. Plus, don’t forget the straight-up frightening and creepy like “Living Doll” and “The Howling Man.”

While there were many great episodes, the word is “essential” is important to use here, rather than saying “the best of”. A title like “best” is subjective, but calling this “essential” would be a very accurate description of what you are getting with this two-disc set. Lucky for me, most of these were already my favorites so having this set completes what I want to watch and show people of this show to whet their appetites for more (although it is missing two personal favorites, “Will the Real Martian Please Stand Up?” and “Five Characters in Search of an Exit”) . Plus, you don’t have to sit through some of the “meh” episodes (cough “Mr. Bevis” cough), making this the textbook of “Twilight Zone” collections.

The video quality and audio is great on these DVD’s, shown in their original aspect ratio. With over seven hours of content squeezed into these two discs, there was no room for any special features which would have been very cool to have (maybe a mini-doc or commentary on certain episodes), but they have to save something for the big 60th anniversary. This is a bare-bones set and that is not necessarily a problem, since this is a budget set in some ways, but a very smartly packaged way of selling a budget set.

You can order Twilight Zone: Essential Episodes (55th Anniversary Collection) from Amazon.com for under $20, and is the perfect price for the perfect collection of Twilight Zone episodes. It’s perfect for a Halloween party to pop into the DVD player and just leave on, and is a superb way to keep the series on your shelves without taking up extra space with full season sets. I don’t need to talk much about how good the show was since we all already know that for a fact, so take a step into the Twilight Zone once again and try to find your way out.

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“The Twilight Zone: Essential Episodes” DVD Set to be released for 55th Anniversary of the show

Image Entertainment, an RLJ Entertainment (NASDAQ: RLJE) brand, announces the release of The Twilight Zone: Essential Episodes (55th Anniversary Collection), the ultimate must-have collection for any Twilight Zone fan! The Twilight Zone: Essential Episodes (55th Anniversary Collection) is available on DVD on July 1, 2014, at an SRP of $29.98.

This very special collection features some of the most memorable episodes from Rod Serling’s legendary series exploring the fantastic and the frightening. Unforgettable episodes include “Time Enough at Last,” “The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street,” “To Serve Man,” “Nightmare at 20,000 Feet” and more! Prepare to travel to another dimension of sight and sound once again with these essential episodes:

• Walking Distance

• Time Enough at Last

• The Hitch-Hiker

• The Monsters are Due on Maple Street

• A Stop at Willoughby

• The After Hours

• The Howling Man

• The Eye of the Beholder

• Nick of Time

• The Invaders

• The Obsolete Man

• It’s a Good Life

• The Midnight Sun

• To Serve Man

• Nightmare at 20,000 Feet

• Living Doll

• The Masks

You can order a copy of this DVD set from the link below:

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Doctor Who Vinyl Figures from “Titan Merchandise” at NY Toy Fair 2014

At NY Toy Fair 2014, we met Andrew from the Titans Merchandise booth, who are putting out Doctor Who vinyl toys among other Sci-Fi items and t-shirts. Coming all the way from the UK to NYC, Titans has big plans for this year, with their fourth, fifth, and sixth wave of Doctor Who blind box figures all slated through each season. The company also has new six and eight inch deluxe vinyl figures that upscale their original mini figures that look amazing.

Fans can look forward to new creatures in the new blind box line including the Ice Warrior, new companions like Clara and Rory, and the missing doctor with John Hurt as the War Doctor.

Andrew also gave us the scoop on some new licenses that they will be developing this year, including Battlestar Galactica, The Beatles Yellow Submarine, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Aliens VS Predator, and one license that they could not say in the interview since it had just been finalized, but trust me – it’s a good one!

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“The High Fructose Adventures of Annoying Orange: Volume 3” DVD Review

Who knew that a simple flash cartoon with a superimposed human face on it could become a successful TV franchise? Apparently, Cartoon Network did when they took a chance and greenlit the “Annoying Orange” into his own cartoon show. Alongside his fruity friends and a shopkeep, the fruits get into all sorts of adventures (that more often or not turn into loose movie parodies) that end with Orange laughing himself silly and amusing little children while infuriating adults. Truly there was never a fruit more annoying that this one voiced by Dane Boedigheimer.

Vivendi Entertainment has released their third volume in their series of “Annoying Orange” DVDs, and I got my grubby mitts on them to take a look at it. Episodes in this DVD include “The Fast & Fruitious”, “Trans.Fruit.Bot.”, “Fruit Loose”, and “Meet the Oranges”. My personal favorite on this disc would be “My name is Orange”, where Orange discovers he has mold and will ultimately meet his demise. Seeing these outrageous cartoon characters deal with their concept of death is wacky enough as is, and has a few chuckles in there.

There are no special features on this DVD at all, and there is basically nothing here except for the ten 11-minute episodes and a single menu that loops the first 15 seconds of his theme song to the point where you will want to slice your ears off with a buzzsaw.

I tried to find more to say about this item, but unfortunately, it is a very niche product for a very specific market, and that would be fans of the “Annoying Orange”. There are plenty of times where I review products where I am either unfamiliar with, or not a fan of, a certain show and I can get through it and appreciate it for what it is. However, this DVD is really for kids who are fans of the show and want to watch the toon whenever they feel like it, instead of waiting for Cartoon Network to re-air the same episode in the morning and then again in the afternoon. If you are a fan, this is for you – if not, stay far away from this. That’s not to say it’s a bad show, which it is not (I admit that even as a non-fan, it has its moments), but it’s a show people either love or hate, and I am not the right market for this particular product.

You can order The High Fructose Adventures of Annoying Orange: Volume 3 from Amazon.com for under $14, and is a bit steep considering that you are getting just under 90 uninterrupted minutes of a show that is on nearly nightly on Cartoon Network. But, if you have a serious fan of this toon in your house, you may want to consider buying it for them, just get them a pair of headphones to go with it so you do not have to needlessly suffer through that theme song or that insidious citrus laugh…

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“Buffy The Vampire Slayer” and “Angel & Faith” Comics Return in 2014!

Announced at New York Comic Con, Dark Horse is bringing the Whedonverse into it’s tenth season with the help of fan favorite authors, Christos Gage and Victor Gischler.

“In Buffy, Season 10 is going to be about bringing friendships back together, while in Angel & Faith, relationships are shattered. Magic is starting to come back into the world, but in some surprising ways, like that vampire we saw standing in the sunlight at the end of Season 9,” says Editor in Chief Scott Allie.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 10 is slated for 30 issues, written by Christos Gage and illustrated by Rebekah Issacs, with covers by long time series artist, Steve Morris.

“The Buffyverse community has been wonderfully welcoming to Rebekah and me. It’s a tremendous honor for Joss and Dark Horse to trust us with their flagship book, and we are going to do all we can to beworthy of that trust. It’s a new season, with new rules…but hopefully the same blend of love, action, horror, humor and creativity that’s made Buffy and her Scoobies part of all our families. We hope you’ll join us for the ride,” states Christos Gage

Angel & Faith is also slated for a 30 issue run, written by Victor Gischler and illustrated by Will Conrad, with covers by Scott Fischer.

“I was proud and privileged to have a small part in season nine, and I can’t express how grateful I am to have an expanded role in season ten. Buffy the Vampire Slayer remains an iconic television show, and the Dark Horse comics continue that great tradition. I plan on having a lot of fun.” Says Angel & Faith series writer Victor Gischler

“I’m very happy that our Angel & Faith artist has hopped over to Buffy, allowing our Buffy artist to jump over to Serenity. And to make the game of musical chairs complete, the guy who draw the first two Serenity miniseries is back in the loop, taking over Angel & Faith. These are all artists Joss and the writers and I are comfortable working with, and who are cozy with these characters, so it’s nice to shake things up a bit while having a lot of confidence in what these artists can do. And I’m so happy to have Will back,” adds Scott Allie.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 10 #1 hits stands March 19th and Angel & Faith Season 10 #1 is on sale April 2nd in comic shops everywhere!

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Joss Whedon’s brother to write new “Serenity” Comic Series

Dark Horse Comics confirmed at New York Comic Con plans to continue the cult classic story line directly following the film. With executive producer Joss Whedon behind the helm, the comic series is sure to have fans clamoring to check it out.

“We’ve been dying to get more Serenity out ever since the book Joss and Zack wrote. We all loved Zack’s work on Shepherd’s Tale, and couldn’t wait to get him back into the mix. This story is the first giant step past the film, after the big damn heroes stuck a big middle finger in the face of the Alliance,” notes Editor in Chief Scott Allie, “Zack establishes new ground rules for these characters. He nails the voices, takes the relationships to the next level, and just gives us all the best space romp since the film Joss made …”

With artwork by Georges Jeanty (Buffy Season 8 & 9), covers by Dan Dos Santos (Tomb Raider) and script by Zach Whedon (The Terminator) – Serenity returns as a cornerstone of Dark Horse’s 2014 lineup!

Malcolm Reynolds’s crew shook the ’verse to its core when they laid bare the crimes against humanity undertaken by their sinister government—the Alliance. Always outlaws, Mal, a very pregnant Zoe, new pilot River Tam, and the other surviving crew members are in greater danger than ever, and everyone’s asking the same question . . .

Serenity: Firefly Class 03-K64—Leaves on the Wind #1 (of 6) is on sale January 29th in comic shops everywhere!

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“The Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame: Heroes & Icons” Book Review

I don’t care who you are – all of us grew up with pro wrestling. The majority of us watched it and became enamored with the personalities and the action, and of course, the drama. These wrestlers helped shape our formative years, and many of them grew outside of the squared circle, leaving an impact on mainstream audiences who would tune in to just see that one person that was too big for the ring. In “The Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame: Heroes & Icons”, we take a look at who these people were and are, and see how they made it to the top and what they did to change the industry and reach such a massive audience.

“Heroes & Icons” is the fourth in the series of Hall of Fame books by these authors, the other team being the Canadians, the tag teams, and the heels. Written by Greg Oliver, who operates the Slam! Wrestling website, and Steven Johnson, long-time contributor to various pro wrestling magazines and sites, these two men have compiled a comprehensive who’s who list of wrestlers from every era, reaching as far back as the early 1900’s with men like Jim Londos and Pet Brown, and going all the way up to modern times with the likes of The Rock and Sting.

The book weighs in at a very hefty 546 pages long and could easily be used as a foreign object in a no-rules match. It features tons of black and white photos to help illustrate the tales, as well as a very small color section in the middle of the book. This book truly features so many men that have shaped the sport of pro wrestling, including such illustrious names as Billy Robinson, Lou Thesz, Dusty Rhodes, Billy Robinson, Bruno Sammartino, The Brisco Brothers, and, of course, Ric Flair, Hulk Hogan, and “Stone Cold” Steve Austin (as what books on icons would be complete with those guys?). I am fighting the urge to list every single major wrestler in this review, but trust me, all the greats are here, and even some of the more recent ones, such as CM Punk (who graces the cover of this book).

Along with biographies of each wrestler are stories on the road or in the ring about these men, often from their own mouths. To me, that is the big selling point, getting up close and personal. The stories about them also put their respective era’s into the limelight and put them into perspective in the history of things. I enjoyed reading about the super heavyweights like the Maguire brothers and Haystacks Calhoun, since growing up, the biggest heel when I was a kid (literally) was Yokozuna, so reading about the roots of this gimmick was interesting to me. It’s hard to believe, but 540 pages seems short compared to how much bigger this book could be, but then again, this is the fourth volume in a series – and who knows how many more!

I was honestly not sure what to expect when I got this book, but I was pleasantly shocked with what I received. While I initially thought this would be a book about the big boom of the wrestling world in the 80’s and into contemporary times, but instead, I got a very comprehensive book that stretched further back than I ever anticipated. I had never heard of so many of these prolific wrestlers, and I doubt you have unless you have been digging through old magazines or been hitting Youtube like a pro wrestling fiend. Men like Ruffy Silverstein, Tiger Conway Sr., Abe Jacobs, Blimp Levy, Enrique Torres, Chief Little Wolf, and so many others. This is a serious compilation for die-hard’s and a great educational resource for fans who are seriously into the sport and are ready to take their knowledge to a new level.

You can order The Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame: Heroes & Icons (Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame series) from Amazon.com for under $16, and is worth the price if you are a hardcore pro wrestling fan. I used to think I was pretty serious about my wrestling, but when I had a hard time recognizing so many of these old-timers, I think I have some real research to do. That is a good thing, though, as this book has expanded my horizons and interest in the past of pro wrestling, and made me very excited to see what happens to the future of the industry. When my only complaint is that I wish the book was longer, you know you have a winner!

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30TH Anniversary Commemorative DVD Collection coming in December!

To commemorate the 30th anniversary of the Masters of the Universe brand, Mill Creek Entertainment announcesthe release of the 30th Anniversary Commemorative Collection of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe DVD. This epic 22-DVD set chronicles all three Masters of the Universe series, and also includes a bonus DVD containing new and unreleased documentary features, a bonus audio CD with the classic Filmation series soundtrack, an exclusive MOTUC sword accessory and an extensiveepisode guide booklet all contained in a deluxe display-worthy package complete with a sculpted Castle Grayskull facade.

First launched as a toy line by Mattel in 1982, the Masters of the Universe television series debuted one year later in 1983, and introduced the iconic phrase, “By the power of Grayskull…I have the power™!” to fans nationwide incorporating high fantasy with a science fiction twist. The story isset on the planet Eternia where throughout time, war has raged. Heroes King Grayskull®, Vikor® and the legendary He-Man® have heeded the call to rise and fight. These heroes strive to protect the Power of the Universe from the forces of Evil; for he who can harness this awesome power, shall master the universe!

This epic, limited-edition DVD collection celebrates the adventures of The Most Powerful Man in the Universe with three animated series that encompass the legacy of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe. The collection relives the excitement of the most phenomenal stories ever created in animation across 189 captivating episodes along with hours of ancillary footage and exclusive bonus items that comprise this definitive Masters of the Universe® collector’s set.

The 30th Anniversary Commemorative Collection will be available in December from Mill CreekEntertainment for $99.98 SRP.

He-Man® and the Masters of theUniverse®

He-Man® and the Masters of the Universe® battle against Skeletor® and his crew of dastardly villains in the landmark, original animated series based on the successful toyline and created by world-renowned Filmation Studios.

Aired on television from 1983-1985
All 130 Episodes are featured in the collection on 16 DVDs
Six Documentary Featurettes
100 Character Profiles
English & Spanish Audio Tracks
The New Adventures of He-Man® and theMasters of the Universe®

A new chapter in the life of The Most Powerful Man in the Universe™ begins when He-Man® is summoned to the future by the inhabitant of an endangered planet, Primus. With the power of good and the way of magic, He-Man® and the Galactic Guardians struggle against the forces of darkness.

Aired on television from 1990-1991
The top 20 Fan-Favorite Episodes on 2 DVDs
Bonus Documentary Featurette
He-Man® and the Masters of theUniverse®

This exciting revival of the classic 80s series focuses on the early adventures of He-Man® as he leads the Masters of the Universe® into battle against the villainous Skeletor® and his evil warrior henchman, who scheme to rule Eternia and spread chaos through the kingdom.

Aired on television from 2002-2004
All 39 Episodes on 4 DVDs
Interviews with Toyline Artists from Mattel and The Four Horsemen
12 Audio Commentaries
A PDF Comic Book for Unproduced Episode #40
Additional Collectible Bonus Items

Exclusive Power Sword®
This MOTUC accessory represents the Sword of He-Man® and is offered in the Eternian gold color for this commemorative anniversary edition.
Audio Soundtrack
An 11-Track CD featuring selections from the Filmation He-Man® and the Masters of the Universe® series by Shuki Levy
All-New Documentary
A bonus DVD containing a brand new FANS OF MOTU documentary featurette in addition to ten previously unreleased documentary programs
Episode Guide
A 48-page commemorative booklet and episode guide for all 189 episodes

About Masters of the Universe®
Masters of the Universe® is one of the largest and most popular brands in the history of the male action category. First launched as a toy line by Mattel in 1982, the Mastersof the Universe® television series debuted one year later in 1983,and introduced the iconic phrase, “By the power of Grayskull™…I have the power™!” to fans nationwide. The story is set on the planet Eternia® where throughout time war has raged. Heroes like King Grayskull®, Vikor™ and the legendary He-Man® have heeded the call to rise and fight. These heroes strive to protect the Power of the Universe from the forces of Evil; for he who can harness this awesome power, shall master the universe!

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles releases entire cartoon series in special “Party Van” edition

Cowabunga! Collect the Complete TMNT Classic TV Series Set – all 10 seasons together for the first time in a 23-disc set in totally awesome collectible packaging! Experience the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle saga in this totally tubular 23-disc set of the original animated series, featuring all 10 seasons in one complete cowabunga collection! From their origins on the comic book page to the depths of Dimension X and beyond, the pizza- loving, shell-busting Leonardo, Donatello, Raphael and Michelangelo, with the guidance of their Sensei Master Splinter, have been delighting fans for decades with their turtle power. Whether it’s facing fierce enemies Krang, Shredder and Lord Dregg, saving humanity from near extinction, or battling against life-altering mutations, the half-shell heroes are always ready for heart-stopping, time-bending, straight outta the sewer action!

Lionsgate Entertainment has announced to retailers today that on November 13th they’re making a 23-DVD gift set available for the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – The Complete Classic Series Collection. Packaged inside an exclusive, plastic molded collectible “party van” that passionate fans will be sure to want, you’ll get all 10 seasons (including all the same on-disc bonus content found in the previous individual releases) at a cost of $99.98 SRP.

Stay tuned for pre-order information, as this is definitely a must-buy… unless you bought the previous releases, but chances are you will still want this one!

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The Daleks are coming to season 7 of Doctor Who

Production continues on the seventh season of Doctor Who since its revival back in 2005 (which is the best free tv ever when you watch it streamed on netflix), and a few more details about the new series run have popped up this week.

Firstly, we now know that it’s the first episode of the series, the one being penned by Steven Moffat, that will feature the Daleks. Lots of Daleks, in fact, from every era of the show. It sounds like a fine way to kick of what’s going to be the 50th birthday season on free TV and their other parts of the Who franchise, and we’re promised explosions, too. Always welcome.

The first half of the series has also fallen into shape. A lot of this is known, but one or two gaps have been filled in. Episodes two and four, then, are the ones penned by Chris Chibnall. The first of the two, the one that includes Mark Williams, Rupert Graves and David Bradley in its cast, was apparently filmed partly at Bad Wolf Bay, so make of that what you will. It’s already well known that episode three has been penned by Toby Whithouse, and will take the Doctor to the wild west (albeit filmed in Spain).

Episode five, meanwhile, is one where we see the return of the Weeping Angels. Steven Moffat has written this one, and it’ll be the farewell episode for Rory and Amy. It’s been revealed at the recent Doctor Who Convention that some of the filming for this one will be taking place in New York (although the episode is currently shooting in Cardiff).

The Christmas special will be episode six, which is where new companion Jenna-Louise Colemen will come in.

Blogtor Who also reports that River Song is set to make an appearance in the series somewhere along the line.

There are still lots of gaps to fill in, as you might expect, but as we find out more, we’ll let you know…

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