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DVD Shopping Bag: The A-Team: The Complete Series by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(June 08, 2010)
In 1983, immediately after the Super Bowl, our lives were changed forever. The A-Team made its debut and young boys across America had a new set of heroes to look up to. Hannibal Smith (George Peppard), B.A. Baracus (Mr. T), Face (Dirk Benedict) and Murdoc

DVD Shopping Bag: Wolfman Unrated Director’s Cut Blu-ray by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(June 01, 2010)
The Wolfman arrives today on Blu-ray and DVD. Normally I would have skipped this title altogether but two words stopped me, Director’s Cut. I’ve been in the business long enough to know that this used to mean something special.

DVD Shopping Bag: Spartacus Blood and Blu-ray by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(May 25, 2010)
Last week the DVD Shopping Bag gave you an early look at John Hillcoat’s The Road (see column). This past week I checked out Ridley Scott’s Robin Hood. Upon seeing what I thought was an incomplete film I decided to watch Scott’s Gladiator (2000) agai

DVD Shopping Bag: The Road Blu-ray by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(May 18, 2010)
I would like a show of hands (or at least a comment) for each of you that actually saw The Road. Adapted from the original novel by Cormac McCarthy and directed by John Hillcoat it hits DVD and Blu-ray next week.

DVD Shopping Bag: The BBC’s Survivors by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(May 11, 2010)
As you know or have probably already read Rob Vaux’s TV Wasteland column that another season of TV is ending. There will of course be True Blood and a few others but TV pretty much shuts down for the summer.

DVD Shopping Bag: Thundarr the Barbarian by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(May 04, 2010)
No, Thundarr the Barbarian is not coming out on DVD this week. I say that with heavy heart. However one episode and an incredible documentary about the show are available for the first time on DVD. Saturday Morning Cartoons: 1980s, Vol. 1 is the big tease

DVD Shopping Bag: Avatar Blu-ray by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(April 27, 2010)
After all the hype, the awards and not winning the big award Avatar has finally come to Blu-ray and DVD. There has been so much hoopla about this film it is difficult to know where to begin. I could say the highest grossing film of all time is just Dances

DVD Shopping Bag: Avatar No, Dune Yes by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(April 20, 2010)
Due to either the stupidity of Fox or the evil genius of James Cameron, Avatar on Blu-ray wasn’t made available to Mania at press time. Instead we have to pick it up on release day just like all of you. This is shame really. Avatar has already made its m

DVD Shopping Bag: A Nightmare on Elm Street Blu-ray by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(April 13, 2010)
Do you remember when Freddy met Dokken*? I don’t either. There is probably a lot we don’t remember about the Nightmare on Elm Street saga. After all there were seven movies and a TV series to blur our memories. If you are a looking for a “Best of”

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.