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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.

DVD Shopping Bag: HALLOWEEN 2 Collectors Edition Blu-ray by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(September 11, 2012)
Going into my fifth year of writing this column, I have had a lot of DVD and Blu-rays come across my desk. By far, my favorites have been the Criterion Collections. Hands down, they deliver the type of content and special features I want when I purchase a

DVD Shopping Bag: Terminator Blu-ray Box Set by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(September 04, 2012)
I picked up the Best Buy Exclusive Terminator Box Set last week for two reasons. I really wanted the first two Terminators on Blu-ray. They both set precedents in storytelling and special effects for the genre. Any true Maniac should have both of these fil

DVD Shopping Bag: Halloween 4 and 5 Blu-rays by Robert T. Trate, Columnist and Critic
(August 28, 2012)
Last week, Anchor Bay released both Halloween 4 and Halloween 5 on Blu-ray. Now, I had seen Halloween and Halloween 2 recently, but 4 and 5? It had either been a long time or, quite possibly, never. I grabbed both and headed home for double feature and a

DVD Shopping Bag: ABBOTT AND COSTELLO MEET FRANKENSTEIN by Robert T. Trate, News Editor
(August 21, 2012)
In case you haven’t noticed, we here at Mania are just a tad excited for fall. Don’t us get wrong, the summer is our Superbowl.

DVD Shopping Bag: Spaceballs 25th Anniversary Blu-ray by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(August 14, 2012)
Once Upon a Time Warp... before there was Family Guy and Robot Chicken, there was a spoof on Star Wars called Spaceballs. Mel Brooks let the satire run deep in his spoof of George Lucas’ (then) Holy Trilogy. However, does this spoof hold up with properti

DVD Shopping Bag: Full Metal Jacket Blu-ray by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(August 07, 2012)
The first time I ever came across Stanley Kubrick’s Full Metal Jacket, I only saw the second half. I figured it was some Platoon rip off or one of those Nam Movies like Hamburger Hill or Casualties of Wars. I’m not knocking those movies, they’re just

DVD Shopping Bag: The Look Ahead Fall 2012 by Robert T. Trate, Columnist and Critic
(July 31, 2012)
So that was the Summer of 2012. Besides the obligatory re-release of Paul Verhoeven’s Total Recall this week, the pickens are pretty thin. This is one of those seminal times when I like to look ahead and see what’s on the horizon.

DVD Shopping Bag: Star Trek The Next Generation Season 1 Blu-ray by Robert T. Trate, News Editor
(July 24, 2012)


DVD Shopping Bag: Warner Brothers Blu-ray Bonanza by Robert T. Trate, Columnist and Critic
(July 17, 2012)
Last week there was slew of titles from Warner Brothers to arrive on Blu-ray for the very first time. There were several that I hadn’t seen since my days of being a video store clerk. Ah, the days of free movies played out on beat up VHS cassettes. There