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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

DVD Shopping Bag: Treasure Planet Blu-ray by Robert T. Trate, News Editor
(July 09, 2012)
Let’s see... In 2002 where was I? It’s all kind of a foggy haze and I usually look at time in terms of what movies were released. The summer Jaws came out I was a few months old. When Star Wars arrived I was two plus a few months. When Raiders of the L

DVD Shopping Bag: Universal Horror Collection Blu-rays by Robert T. Trate , Columnist and Geek
(July 03, 2012)
When Universal Studios announced that they would have 13 Special Edition Blu-rays for their 100th Anniversary I became all giddy.

DVD Shopping Bag: Deliverance Blu-ray by Robert T. Trate , News Editor
(June 26, 2012)
I am not lying when I tell you I have worked in a lot of video stores. Trust me on this.

DVD Shopping Bag: Shallow Grave Criterion Collection Blu-ray by Robert T. Trate , Columnist and Critic
(June 19, 2012)
Sometime in the winter of 1996 I saw the tailer for Trainspotting. I had never heard of Danny Boyle, Ewan McGregor, nor their first film together Shallow Grave.

DVD Shopping Bag: Sherlock, Spidey, and Ghost Rider by Robert T. Trate , Columnist and Critic
(June 12, 2012)
The planets have aligned today and the DVD Shopping Bag arrives with a plethora of sequels. The DVD Shopping Bag usually brings its insights in on one particular film, but with all these sequels one film is just not enough.

DVD Shopping Bag: Being John Malkovich Criterion Collection by Robert T. Trate, Columnist and Critic
(June 05, 2012)
In the year 1999 it was a different time. Yes, we had the internet and cell phones but they weren’t as prevalent as they are today.

DVD Shopping Bag: Lethal Weapon Blu-ray Box Set by Robert T. Trate, News Editor
(May 29, 2012)
Last week Warner Home Video released the entire Lethal Weapon Saga on Blu-ray. I have been hesitant about watching anything with Mel Gibson in it as of late. The reason being... well it really goes without saying. It is a strange thing when a celebrity’s

DVD Shopping Bag: Sherlocked by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(May 22, 2012)
When I first heard about a new TV Series called Sherlock, I thought it was the BBC’s way of cashing in on Guy Ritchie’s new franchise. A natural progression for any network. If there is a successful film out there and the masses love it, why not bring

DVD Shopping Bag: The Grey and Neeson by Robert T. Trate , Columnist and Critic
(May 15, 2012)
Does Joe Carnahan’s (A-Team) The Grey really constitutes as a genre title for Mania? I knew the film was about a man (Liam Neeson) who leads a group of plane crash victims on a trek of survival.

DVD Shopping Bag Column: Criterion Collection Blu-rays for the Summer by Robert T. Trate , Columnist and Critic
(May 08, 2012)
The summer blockbusters have arrived and each week we are faced with a variety of problems. What screening should I attend? How many snacks can I seek in? Should I read the latest Mania article on it or should I wait until afterwards? My big issue with the

DVD Shopping Bag: Gremlins and Gremlins 2 on Blu-ray by Robert T. Trate , Columnist
(May 01, 2012)
Gremlins 2: The New Batch (1990) will finally get a Blu-ray release next week. I got the chance to sit back and watch both of Joe Dante’s classic films in 1080p. I was surprised to see how well they both really hold up. The comedy, the horror, and the st

DVD Shopping Bag: The Innkeepers by Robert T. Trate , Columnist
(April 24, 2012)
Claire (Sara Paxton) and Luke (Pat Healy) are working their last few days at the Yankee Pedlar Inn. The century old hotel is going out of business and they are left to take care of the few guests that remain. In their enormous amount of free time, they hav

DVD Shopping Bag: Dark Shadows by Robert T. Trate , Columnist
(April 17, 2012)
With any big theatrical release today there is always some sort of tie-in. Last week every incarnation of the original Dark Shadows arrived on DVD. The mega box set, which included over 1,000 episodes, was for the true die hard fan. I, however, am not one

DVD Shopping Bag Column: A Night to Remember Criterion Collection Blu-ray by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(April 10, 2012)
At the end of 1997, beginning of 1998, all the James Cameron Titanic craziness really started to kick into high gear. I worked at a video retail store and we were bombarded with Titanic questions.

DVD Shopping Bag: War Horse by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(April 02, 2012)
t all started with Steven Spielberg’s Minority Report. I left the theater feeling “meh” towards it. It was the first time ever for me feeling that way when it came to Spielberg and his work. Many of my friends and colleagues argued it happened to the

DVD Shopping Bag: Wizards 35th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(March 27, 2012)
It had been years since I even thought about watching Ralph Bakshi’s animated feature, Wizards. I had seen it in passing at the various video stores I worked at over the years.

DVD Shopping Bag: The Muppets by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(March 20, 2012)
“It's time to play the music: It's time to light the lights: It's time to meet the Muppets: On the Muppet Show tonight ...” Words that many of us lived for week after week growing up. I personally was one year old when The Muppet Show premiered in 1976

DVD Shopping Bag: Three Musketeers 2011 Blu-ray by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(March 13, 2012)
With caution thrown to the wind, I took a chance on Paul WS Anderson’s Three Musketeers. I had heard that it was very steam-punk-like and more of a comic book brought to life than a true to the period film. Have I seen the 1973 version by Richard Lester?

DVD Shopping Bag: Battle Royale vs The Hunger Games by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(March 06, 2012)
Possible Spoilers for The Hunger Games – Possible Spoilers for Battle Royale When I first heard about The Hunger Games, I had no clue what it was about. A friend of mine called it the next Harry Potter. She then followed that statement with “In no w

DVD Shopping Bag: Corman’s World Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(February 28, 2012)
“Not many 25 year old film buffs know who Roger Corman is”. This was said in the new documentary, Corman’s World Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel arriving at the end of March from Anchor Bay. I find this statement shocking since any true blue film buff