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DVD Shopping Bag: The Lord of the Rings Blu-ray by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(April 06, 2010)
Should I state the obvious? The one fact that we all already know? These are not the extended cuts of Peter Jackson’s masterpiece The Lord of the Rings on Blu-ray. I thought I should be the one to bite the bullet so you, my fellow Maniacs, wouldn’t hav

DVD Shopping Bag: Sherlock Holmes by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(March 30, 2010)
In case you hadn’t seen it Sherlock Holmes is a pretty damn good film, not the greatest film of all time but it is incredibly entertaining. This is the reason why we all go to the movies. Director Guy Ritchie perfectly cast his film with Jude Law as Dr.

DVD Shopping Bag: Toy Story 1 and 2 Blu-ray by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(March 23, 2010)
It is hard to believe that that Toy Story is fifteen years old. I remember seeing the original trailer and thinking, that looks good. I also remember thinking the third time I went to see it was, when are they going to make a sequel to this thing? Well the

DVD Shopping Bag: Ninja Assassin Blu-ray by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(March 16, 2010)
Snake Eyes, Storm Shadow, Ryu Hayabusa and Pvt. Joe Armstrong are the extent of Ninja characters that I know about. Obviously the first two are from the G.I. Joe cartoon series, comic book and recent film. Ryu is the lead character from Ninja Gaiden, one

Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(March 09, 2010)

DVD Shopping Bag: Clash of the Titans Blu-ray by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(March 02, 2010)
There is of course the obligatory first look at Louis Leterrier’s Clash of the Titans. It just starts playing without any prompting or selecting it as a special feature. I would have watched it anyway but as all the new CGI versions of the Kraken, Medusa

DVD Shopping Bag: Richard Kelly’s The Box by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(February 23, 2010)
When The Box and The Vampire’s Assistant came out in the fall of 2009 I had very mixed feelings about seeing them. The Box by Donnie Darko’s Richard Kelly had a great premise. Push this button and receive a million dollars.

DVD Shopping Bag: Scorsese's Goodfellas on Blu-ray by Robert T. Trate, Columnist and Critic
(February 16, 2010)
This week the DVD Shopping Bag is going just slightly outside of Mania’s genre. We are just looking over the fence if you will to that genre, the gangster film. No one since the golden age of Hollywood has been more influential than Martin Scorsese.

DVD Shopping Bag: Planet Hulk by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(February 09, 2010)
It’s been a week since Planet Hulk has come out. Many of us were looking forward to this animated interpretation of Greg Pak’s thrilling comic. This would be a daunting task for Marvel to pull off in a feature length movie, let alone 81 minutes.

DVD Shopping Bag: Doctor Who The Complete Specials by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(February 02, 2010)
I got into Doctor Who just a little over two years ago. I devoured the new adventures of the Doctor and right away knew not to get too attached to Christopher Eccleston. The show had obviously been on for some time so I knew the skinny, crazy haired David

DVD Shopping Bag: Top 9 Blu-rays of 2009 by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(January 25, 2010)
All right all you loyal Maniacs listen up. I am sorry that this week’s DVD Shopping Bag does not feature my thoughts on Bruce Willis’ Surrogates. I just couldn’t sit through it again. Hopefully a mini series will be made from Robert Venditti and Bret

DVD Shopping Bag: Kingdom of the Spiders Special Edition by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(January 19, 2010)
Is the age of the B movie truly over? More often than not if a B movie does surface in the main stream it is because of one of its stars makes a bigger picture. The best example of which right now might be Carriers (see trailer here) starring the new Capta

DVD Shopping Bag: Duncan Jones’ Moon by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(January 12, 2010)
What is it about Duncan Jones’ Moon? Last July I eagerly awaited the movie. When July 17th arrived there was not one screening at the local 24 screen cinema. Plenty of Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen screenings (still) but not one for Moon.

DVD Shopping Bag: Clash of the Titans by Bob Trate, Columnist
(January 05, 2010)
Welcome to "2010: The Year We Make Contact" or at least I hope we do. The craziness of the holidays is over but, fear not there are a slew of titles slated for release in the next few months. Thankfully the only upside to a bad economy is that the studios

DVD Shopping Bag: Family Guy: Something Something Something Dark Side Blu-ray by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(December 29, 2009)
I hope everyone got all that they wanted for the Big Holiday. If you didn’t I hope you got to return something or cash in a few gift cards that will allow you to do so. Last week District 9 (see column) and Family Guy Presents: Something Something Someth

DVD Shopping Bag: District 9 Blu-ray by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(December 21, 2009)
The summer might have started with a bang with the revamped, more accessible Star Trek but all true Maniacs know that the best movie of the summer landed on August 14th. August is a tricky month and one that usually harbors Hollywood’s failures.

DVD Shopping Bag: Inglourious Basterds hits Blu-ray by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(December 15, 2009)
While sitting there in the theater last August I sat on the brink of anticipation. Long had I waited for the Quentin Tarantino WW2 project to hit the big screen. It had been discussed in the media for quite some time but after both Kill Bills and The Grind

Your DVD Shopping Bag for December by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(December 01, 2009)
Here it is December already. With a lack of any big titles this week (no, I don’t consider Terminator Salvation a big title) I thought I would spotlight the entire month of December. To take it even one step further I have supplied links to all these tit

Shopping Bag: BLOOD: The Last Vampire Blu-ray by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(November 24, 2009)
In June of this year I wrote about my “Anime Dilemma” (see column). In that I column I spoke about my little to no success with the world of Anime films. More often than not I have stumbled into the dark and often overly twisted Anime films.

Heroes: Brother's Keeper Review by Stephen Lackey, Critic
(November 17, 2009)
It’s amazing that an episode of Heroes can get a good score and feature both Hiro and Mohinder. These are the two most useless characters in the show and they’re both at the center of this episode.

Star Trek & Farscape: The Complete Series by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(November 17, 2009)
“My name is John Crichton... an astronaut. Three years ago I got shot through a wormhole. I'm in a distant part of the universe aboard this living ship of escaped prisoners, my friends. I've made enemies. Powerful. Dangerous. Now all I want is to find a

DVD Shopping Bag: Pixar's Up on Blu-ray by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(November 10, 2009)
While watching Disney and Pixar’s UP in the theaters this summer I was blown away by how quickly they won over not only me but the audience. Within the first ten minutes we witness life with all of its ups and downs and became emotionally tied to the cha

DVD Shopping Bag: North by Northwest Blu-ray by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(November 03, 2009)
Well this week Maniacs I wanted to address G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra. There were a few things about the film that bothered me but overall I didn’t hate it as much as I thought I would. Perhaps my copy for review will show up and you’ll get to hear mo

DVD Shopping Bag: Battlestar Galactica: The Plan Blu-ray by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(October 27, 2009)
“The Cylons were created by man. They evolved. They rebelled. There are many copies. And they have a plan…” That plan is finally revealed in full detail today in Battlestar Galactica: The Plan on DVD and Blu-ray.

DVD Shopping Bag: Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory Blu-ray by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(October 20, 2009)
In preparation for another Roald Dahl book, The Fantastic Mr. Fox, which is making the translation from book to film next month, Warner Brothers is releasing the original Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory on Blu-ray.