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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).

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.