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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

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