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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

The Khan Quagmire by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(May 26, 2009)
As May is almost finished and the first month of summer movies is just about over, I believe it is safe to say that May 2009 belonged to Star Trek. J.J. Abrams new film kicked ass and relaunched Star Trek not only for a new generation but reinvigorated it

The Machinist by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(May 19, 2009)
This week Paramount is releasing Brad Anderson’s The Machinist on Blu-ray. The reason is obvious with Terminator Salvation premiering this week. For those of you that missed The Machinist, Trevor Reznik (Christian Bale) is literally wasting away due to a

Curiosities in Ben's Buttons by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(May 12, 2009)
Last December I sat in a darkened theater and was amazed by the digital wizardry and make-up that was applied to Brad Pitt in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. It was an incredible coming of age story that had the great twist of being told in reverse. B

The Best of Star Trek: The Next Generation by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(May 05, 2009)
Maniacs, we are knee deep in Star Trek for the next two weeks. If you are a Trekkie or a Trekker this is your golden time. Bask in the glory and enjoy the slew of titles hitting the shelves. Last week Star Trek: The Original Series - Season 1 on Blu-ray fi

X-Men, Volume 1 and 2 by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(April 28, 2009)
With each and every summer blockbuster there are of course studios that own something with a tie-in to said blockbuster. Walt Disney Home Video, believe it or not, owns the X-Men animated series from the mid-nineties. Oddly enough they are not releasing th

A Galaxy Far Far Away by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(April 21, 2009)
Ten years ago people were waiting in line to see Star Wars Episode One: The Phantom Menace. They were in their fourteenth day of forty two and the realism had started to set in. Imagine waiting in line for forty two days to see a movie. That movie was afte

The Day the Earth Stood Still Blu-ray by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(April 14, 2009)
Last week The Day the Earth Stood Sill remake hit the DVD shelves. Many of us did not see this film in the theaters. If you were like me you probably questioned why anyone would remake the holiest of Science Fiction movies. The obvious reason is to make mo

Star Trek The Animated Series by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(April 07, 2009)
There are a lot of Trekkies or Trekkers, depending on your level on nerd-dom, who debate one thing about Star Trek: The Animated Series (1973-1975). Is it or is it not part of the Canon of Star Trek? To those of you who are reading this and not wearing poi

Tokyo Zombie by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(March 31, 2009)
Tokyo Zombie. Yes, Tokyo Zombie. This is the film all you horror aficionados out there in Mania’s realm will have to watch next. I am still in awe and bewilderment of its plot, characters, special effects and crazy nuances. From the writer and stars of I

Breaking Bond by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(March 24, 2009)
Quantum of Solace arrives on Blu-ray today with three other James Bond films. I’ll get to the other Bond releases in a minute but I wanted to address how Quantum of Solace breaks the mold of James Bond or so one would think. Every time they re-launch Bon

Darby O’Gill and the Little People by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(March 17, 2009)
There is a great family tradition in my house to watch two movies on St. Patrick’s Day. The first is John Ford’s classic the Quiet Man (1952). John Wayne stars as Sean Thornton, a boxer who returns home to Ireland and falls in love with the sister of h

Batman Anthology on Blu-ray by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(March 10, 2009)
Finally. Wait, I want to say that again. Finally, the Batman Anthology has come to Blu-ray. With the more recent Batman films and the original starring Adam West already on Blu-ray Bat fans had to be wondering how much longer they were going to have to wai