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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.

DVD Shopping Bag: Drag Me to Hell Blu-ray by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(October 13, 2009)
When I first saw the trailer to Drag Me to Hell I was immediately intrigued. How could I not, considering it was Sam Raimi’s return to horror. Then I saw it was rated PG-13 and let out a big groan. Thinking either Raimi or the studio thought a PG-13 horr

DVD Shopping Bag: Life on Mars the Complete Series by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(October 06, 2009)
To begin, I wanted to apologize to all you Maniacs on behalf of Warner Brothers who were supposed to send me a copy of Trick 'r Treat on Blu-ray for review. I wanted nothing more than to bring you the pros and cons of this long awaited horror movie. I hone

Top 5 Must Own Zombie Movies by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(September 29, 2009)
Zombies have really grown into their own from the very beginning with Bela Lugosi in White Zombie (1932) to birthing their own genre with George Romero’s Night of the Living Dead (1968). Every other year it seems that there is a least one interpretation

DVD Shopping Bag: Army of Darkness Screwhead Edition by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(September 22, 2009)
Last week Universal Studios released Sam Raimi’s now classic film Army of Darkness on Blu-ray. I won’t lie to you; I was really looking forward to this one. After all, I have loved these films since I first saw Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn on “Up all Ni

DVD Shopping Bag: Grace Blu-ray by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(September 15, 2009)
The holidays are coming or better yet the holiday is coming. Halloween is right around the corner and already the DVD Shopping Bag is bursting with horror titles. This week alone there are two werewolf movies, a few horror director collections and even som

DVD Shopping Bag: Fringe Season 1 on Blu-ray by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(September 08, 2009)
When Fringe premiered back in September of last year many of us were skeptical. We all thought Fox was letting someone else take another crack at the X-Files. I for one still feel the burn anytime Fox airs a new sci-fi show and think, well how long is this

DVD Shopping Bag: Smallville Season 8 on Blu-ray by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(September 01, 2009)
With Kristin Kreuk and Michael Rosenbaum leaving the series, season eight has a lot to prove right away”. Those words were written by yours truly just shy of a year ago about season eight of Smallville (see review of season seven).