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DVD Shopping Bag: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Blu-ray by Robert T. Trate, Columnist and Critic
(March 19, 2013)
The time has come again to add yet another Middle Earth Blu-ray to our library. Now the question, like so many more that are about to follow, is: Why buy this one when we all know an Expanded Edition is coming?

DVD Shopping Bag: The Bay by Robert T. Trate, Columnist and Critic
(March 12, 2013)
The Bay had a quiet release. Fitting, as movies that deal with this kind of horror also have a quiet beginning. The town of Claridge, Maryland is getting ready for the big festival. The mayor is kissing babies, the locals are participating in crab eating c

DVD Shopping Bag: A Nightmare on Elm Street Collection Blu-rays by Robert T. Trate, Columnist and Critic
(March 05, 2013)
When Warner Brothers sent Mania the complete A Nightmare on Elm Street box set on Blu-ray I knew it was going to be a monumental task. How does one review seven films in such a franchise? Obviously, these films are not for every one. I wanted to look at wh

DVD Shopping Bag: Thief of Bagdad Blu-ray by Robert T. Trate, Columnist and Critic
(February 26, 2013)
When the Cohen Film Collection announced that the Douglas Fairbanks classic, The Thief of Bagdad, was going to get their Blu-ray treatment, I knew I had to have a copy. The best part of being a critic is having an excuse to watch a film.

DVD Shopping Bag: Argo by Robert T. Trate, Columnist and Critic
(February 19, 2013)
This week the DVD Shopping is going to take a bit of a departure and touch on a “fringe” movie instead of a straight up genre pic. Argo does have some spy elements and a Sci-Fi pic is involved with the plot. So, yes, it is a fringe movie for Mania.

DVD Shopping Bag: Robot and Frank by Robert T. Trate , Columnist and Critic
(February 12, 2013)
It’s a big action release week here for the DVD Shopping Bag. Not only is Skyfall arriving on Blu-ray, but a ton of other James Bond’s as well. If you refused to have certain Bonds in your collection (*cough* For Your Eyes Only and License to Kill) the

DVD Shopping Bag: White Zombie Blu-ray by Robert T. Trate, Columnist and Critic
(January 29, 2013)
It is funny how in watching one movie your eyes open to so many others. When I first watched Tim Burton’s Ed Wood I knew of only Bela Lugosi’s work in the Universal Monster Classics.

DVD Shopping Bag: The Man Who Knew Too Much 1934 by Robert T. Trate , Columnist and Critic
(January 22, 2013)
ver the past couple of years I have building an Alfred Hitchcock library. Not so much a wing onto my house or anything just a collection of his films. Last November’s Alfred Hitchcock’s Master Piece Collection on Blu-ray (see column) was a boom to the

DVD Shopping Bag: BRANDED by Robert T. Trate , Columnist and Critic
(January 15, 2013)
We’re going to try and different approach this week to the DVD Shopping Bag. Rarely do I let my other duties infringe on this column. What the DVD Shopping Bag provides is a look at one title or perhaps a new released box set.

DVD Shopping Bag: The Look Ahead and DREDD by Robert T. Trate , Columnist and Critic
(January 08, 2013)
Today’s obligatory must own Blu-ray/ DVD is DREDD. I saw saw the film at the 2012 San Diego Comic Con. It was a strange experience as Judge Dredd, himself, Karl Urban sat right behind me in the theater. Never was I so aware of yawning during a film. I wa

DVD Shopping Bag: Looper Blu-ray by Robert T. Trate, Columnist and Critic
(January 01, 2013)
Thanks to Sony I received an early Christmas gift as Rian Johnson’s Looper arrived a few days early (officially out January 8th). After interviewing both Johnson and the film’s star (see here), Joseph Gordon-Levitt, I was anxious to see this film.

DVD Shopping Bag: Last Minute Blu-rays and DVDs Gift Ideas by Robert T. Trate, Columnist and Critic
(December 18, 2012)
Well Maniacs, here we are and another year is about to pass us by. With the big holiday coming up, many of us are rushing out for a few last minute gifts.

DVD Shopping Bag: Brazil Criterion Collection Blu-ray by Robert T. Trate, Columnist and Critic
(December 11, 2012)
Be honest for this next question: How many of you Maniacs have made it all the way through Brazil? No, not the country, but Terry Gilliam’s mind numbing look at the future. I’ll be honest and tell you I watched it once only to fall asleep. I’ve seen

DVD Shopping Bag: Star Trek The Next Generation Season 2 Blu-ray by Robert T. Trate, Columnist and Critic
(December 04, 2012)
CBS and Paramount have released the second season of Star Trek the Next Generation on Blu-ray. The sophomore effort of the series does take its tumbles from time to time.

DVD Shopping Bag: The Rites of Spring by Robert T. Trate, Columnist and Critic
(November 27, 2012)
What sways you for movies these days? Back in the day I would walk the video store where I worked and pick films based on the box.

DVD Shopping Bag: Expendables 2 by Robert T. Trate, Columnist and Critic
(November 20, 2012)
All right, admit it. You sat through the first Expendables movie and liked it enough to watch the second. The concept, not the story, is great. Take all the classic eighties action stars and team them up for an adventure. The first movie worked and made a

DVD Shopping Bag: Little Shop of Horrors Directors Cut Blu-ray by Robert T. Trate, Columnist and Critic
(November 13, 2012)
I love musicals. Not really a thing most guys who love science fiction and horror movies like to proclaim. Hold on, I’m not done.

DVD Shopping Bag: Alfred Hitchcock Masterpiece Collection Blu-ray by Robert T. Trate, Columnist and Critic
(November 06, 2012)
If there was one gift I could not live with out this holiday season it would be Alfred Hitchcock Masterpiece Collection on Blu-ray. Count them, 15 of the Master of Suspense greatest films. Here in one perfect little box set is:

DVD Shopping Bag: Rosemarys Baby Criterion Collection by Robert T. Trate, Columnist and Critic
(October 30, 2012)
It’s funny how a film can change for you, personally, over the years. I am surprised how E.T. has changed for me. The first time I saw it, I identified with Eliot. Years later, it was Mike. I saw the outsider’s perspective (ET’s point of view) as wel

DVD Shopping Bag: The Game Criterion Collection Blu-ray by Robert T. Trate , Columnist
(October 23, 2012)
Imagine you get the keys to the Alien Franchise and are expected to follow in the foot steps of Ridley Scott and James Cameron. The end result did not leave David Fincher a happy man nor was he thrilled to be a part of Hollywood.

DVD Shopping Bag: The Funhouse Blu-ray by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(October 16, 2012)
The great thing about the Halloween season is that, in September and October, a plethora of Horror titles arrive on DVD and Blu-ray. The Universal Classic Monster Box Set was probably the best Halloween gift we all received (or bought ourselves). Those fil

DVD Shopping Bag: Universal Classic Monsters: The Essential Collection Companion by Robert T. Trate, News Editor
(October 09, 2012)
Last week Christmas came early for many of the Maniacs on this site. Universal Studios, in celebration of their 100th anniversary, released the Universal Classic Monsters: The Essential Collection.

DVD Shopping Bag: Ed Wood on Blu-ray by Robert T. Trate, Columnist and Critic
(October 02, 2012)
It’s funny when a movie comes out nowadays how much hype there is. There was hype back in 1994, just not like today. Tim Burton’s bio-pic on the “worst director of all time” came and went pretty quick. Burton had just finished Batman Returns and th

DVD Shopping Bag: The Avengers, Batman, and Bond by Robert T. Trate, News Editor
(September 25, 2012)
This has to be the biggest and best release day of the year. Could it be it that is exactly 3 months away from the biggest gift giving day of the year? Probably. Well, Maniacs, the big day has arrived and there are three “must have” purchases in the DV

DVD Shopping Bag: Cabin in the Woods Blu-ray by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(September 18, 2012)
I had first heard about Cabin in the Woods at Comic Con. That is Comic Con of 2010. Joss Whedon and JJ Abrams were at Entertainment Weekly’s Visionaries panel (see coverage here) discussing their next up and coming projects.