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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

DVD Shopping Bag: The Fades and BBC Bliss by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(February 22, 2012)
I had to double-check the dates, but it was only January 9th when our own TV Wasteland (see column) brought The Fades to your attention. Now the DVD Shopping Bag has the Blu-ray for Season 1 (or Series 1 depending on your side of the pond). I didn’t catc

DVD Shopping Bag: Pac-Man Season 1 by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(February 14, 2012)
“Did you know that the original name for Pac-Man was Puck-Man? You'd think it was because he looks like a hockey puck but it actually comes from the Japanese phrase 'Paku-Paku,' which means to flap one's mouth open and closed. They changed it because the

DVD Shopping Bag: Valentine’s Day Picks by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(February 07, 2012)
With Valentine’s Day only a week away we thought the DVD and Blu-ray releases would support a greater selection of love stories from multiple genres. The video store (yeah, remember those?) I used to work in had one of those holiday employee pick boards.

DVD Shopping Bag: 100th Anniversary of Universal Studios by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(January 30, 2012)
There comes a time when you just have to sit and watch that movie. Perhaps you missed it in the theater. It was always on TV, but for some reason you never got to see it from the beginning. My personal favorite is having a job where you have to watch genre

DVD Shopping Bag: Godzilla Criterion Blu-ray by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(January 24, 2012)
I’ve said it once and I will continue to say it as long as they don’t disappoint me. When you pick up a Criterion Collection Blu-ray/ DVD you have to savor it. Savor it as if it were a fine bottle of wine. Because whatever genre the picture is, it isn

DVD Shopping Bag: Real Steel Blu-ray by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(January 17, 2012)
Over the summer we are shown a lot of trailers for the fall and even a few teasers trailers for the winter movies. The old saying goes, “you never get a second chance to make a first impression”, and nothing could be further from the truth than that fi