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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).

DVD Shopping Bag: The Look Ahead to September and October by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(August 25, 2009)
It is that time again. Summer has one more week and all the films that were our summer fun will be coming out on DVD. This of course will be Hollywood’s attempt to get your holiday dollars. Being that we are all maniacal about our films many of us won’

DVD Shopping Bag: The Last Starfighter on Blu-ray by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(August 18, 2009)
“Greetings, Starfighter. You have been recruited by the Star League to defend the Frontier against Xur and the Ko-Dan armada.” These words have stayed with me since that warm summer day in 1984. Yes, I am old enough to have seen Nick Castle’s film at

DVD Shopping Bag: TMNT Blu-ray Box Set by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(August 11, 2009)
When the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990) came out in the theaters it was at the height of the Turtle craze. The cartoon was playing non stop everyday after school and this live action rendition of Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird’s comic was th

DVD Shopping Bag: Racing to Witch Mountain by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(August 04, 2009)
Race to Witch Mountain is more on along the lines of a re-imagined version of the 1975 film Escape to Witch Mountain (see my review). It has several of the plot devices found in Alexander Key's novel Escape to Witch Mountain yet it is an entirely new story

DVD Shopping Bag: Green Lantern First Flight Thoughts by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(July 28, 2009)
Warner Brothers has been cranking out the DC Universe animated films with incredible results. They have tackled the likes of Darwyn Cooke’s incredible comic Justice League - The New Frontier (see review) and re-launched Wonder Woman (see review) into the

DVD Shopping Bag: Watchmen Director's Cut Blu-ray by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(July 21, 2009)
Here we go again. It seems as if there is a never ending cycle for Hollywood to get even more money out of us. This week I am going to talk about Watchmen and Zack Snyder’s director’s cut.

DVD Shopping Bag: Children of the Corn in Blu by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(July 14, 2009)
There are those awkward years in our youth where Halloween can be the best holiday or the worst. Many of my Halloweens as a youth were spent being paid to scare the living hell out of people at a little place called Maniac Mountain Hayride.

DVD Shopping Bag: Plan 9: Cure for the Summer Blues by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(July 07, 2009)
I don’t know about you but the summer for me has been incredibly disappointing. X-Men Origins: Wolverine was all right but it in no way was it a homerun. Star Trek was incredible and I think that is something we all can agree on.

DVD Shopping Bag: The Seventh Seal by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(June 30, 2009)
Each and every week I list a new release from the Criterion Collection in this column. Unfortunately the one week that I mention this there isn’t a new Criterion release so I guess the joke is on me. For those of you who don’t know Criterion DVDs are t

Transformers Set to Invade Theaters Again by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(June 23, 2009)
It was a long ride home. Well it was only about three miles but it felt long. Then of course there were the unnecessary stops of kids who took way too long to get off the bus. As Susie would walk down the aisle and say goodbye to all her friends I wou

DVD Shopping Bag: LOST Season 1 and 2 on Blu-ray by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(June 16, 2009)
The summertime brings a huge gap to our television watching. While some shows like True Blood premiere their new season other shows like LOST have us waiting until 2010.

The Crossover Appeal by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(June 09, 2009)
Last week Defiance (2009) was released on Blu-ray. When I saw the film’s trailer last year it was a no brainer that I was going to see it. James Bond fighting Nazis? I was so there.

The Anime Dilemma by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(June 02, 2009)
In writing this column over the past two yeas I have written about everything from Richie Rich to Frankenstein Meets the Wolfman and Star Wars to Star Trek. Okay that isn’t that much of a leap but I have nonetheless covered a lot of topics. The one that