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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

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

DVD Shopping Bag: The Centurions Power Extreme Mini Series by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(January 10, 2012)
Once again the Warner Archive has released another eighties cartoon series with The Centurions: Power Extreme (seen here on Warner Archive). This is not a collection of the 65 episodes but a mini-series of the first 5 episodes. As a child of the eighties I

DVD Shopping Bag: The Look Ahead for DVDs and Blu-rays 2012 by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(January 03, 2012)
Say goodbye 2011 and hello to 2012. Already our collective attention is turning to Hobbits, Avengers, a new Batman, and of course Ridley Scott’s Prometheus. Those, of course, are the big screen titles for 2012. This being the DVD Shopping Bag I thought I

DVD Shopping Bag: Apollo 18 by Robert T. Trate, Columnist and Critic
(December 27, 2011)
Welcome to the final DVD Shopping bag of 2011. When you peruse the list below you’ll find little in the way of must have titles. The title of the week is Apollo 18. It was a film that landed over Labor Day weekend and went nowhere. Though by all accounts

DVD Shopping Bag: Fright Night and 3D Home Movies by Robert T. Trate, Columnist and Critic
(December 20, 2011)
Last week, DreamWorks released their remake of Fright Night on Blu-ray and Blu-ray 3D. I saw the film back in August as it closed out the summer and thought it was the very horror/ comedy it promised to be. I did see the film in 3D and, despite the obligat

DVD Shopping Bag: The Rocketeer Blu-ray by Robert T. Trate, Columnist and Critic
(December 13, 2011)
One day in 1991, my Dad took my brother and I to see this new superhero movie called The Rocketeer. This was a pretty big deal because in 1991 I was getting to the age where my Dad rarely took us to the movies. I was 16 and most kids my age would have thou

DVD Shopping Bag: Cowboys and Aliens and Santa by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(December 06, 2011)
The big day is coming and the rush for those last minute holiday gifts is on. Last week was a sad DVD Shopping Bag list of titles. There wasn’t much there. This week has something for practically everyone in the family. I’ll help you be a great Santa;

DVD Shopping Bag: Dragons Lair The Complete Series by Robert T. Trate, Columnist and Critic
(November 29, 2011)
In 1983 a Laser Disc Video Game became all the rage. The title, as you have probably guessed, was Dragon’s Lair. Most of you will more likely remember the arcade game that littered boardwalks and shopping malls in the eighties. It was a game completely a

DVD Shopping Bag: Blu-Rays for Black Friday by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(November 22, 2011)
The holidays are officially about to kick off this weekend and the DVD Shopping Bag has its picks for Blu-rays to get on Black Friday. The choice is essentially your’s as you could either get these for yourself, a friend, a colleague, or a loved one. The

DVD Shopping Bag: Neverwhere and Doctor Who Series 6 Part 2 by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(November 15, 2011)
I seem to have come to a dilemma. I think I am at the point where I might have just seen it all. I am constantly looking for something different that will not only entertain me, but get me excited as well; a TV show or a movie that sparks the imagination.

DVD Shopping Bag: Harry Potter Vaulted by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(November 08, 2011)
Today, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 arrives in stores. Now you’ll have the chance to pick up the second part of the final chapter to the highest grossing series of films ever ($7.7 Billion). Yes, this is more than all the James Bond films

DVD Shopping Bag: The Phantom of the Opera 1925 Blu-ray by Robert T. Trate, Columnist and Critic
(November 01, 2011)
With each time you see Mary Philbin as Christine Daae reach for the Phantom’s mask there is an incredible moment of anticipation. That moment reveals not only the Phantom’s face, but the moment when horror movies were born. Sure, there were a few other

DVD Shopping Bag: Attack the Block Blu-ray by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(October 25, 2011)
There have been numerous comparisons from Gremlins to Goonies about Attack the Block. Yes, it does star a bunch of creepy crawly otherworldly monsters. It is also packed with a bunch of kids just trying to survive the night. Critics always like to make com

DVD Shopping Bag: Pirates 4 on Stranger Tides Blu-ray by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(October 18, 2011)
For someone who didn’t like Pirates of the Caribbean 2 or 3, I still found myself sitting in the theater ready for Pirates 4. It was curiosity and that very first trailer that got me there. I knew Johnny Depp could pull off a movie by himself, but would

DVD Shopping Bag: Green Lantern Extended Version Isn't Worth It by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(October 11, 2011)
If you are looking for the ins and outs of the Green Lantern Extended version, you won’t find them here. In all honesty, I really don’t want to give the film any more of my time. Could a few more scenes here and there really make a difference?

DVD Shopping Bag: Pulp Fiction Blu-ray by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(October 04, 2011)
Welcome to October. It is the month where horror films rule. Sadly, this is not the DVD Shopping Bag I wanted to begin with. The Walking Dead: the Complete First Season 3-Disc Special Edition Blu-ray did not arrive in time. Instead a modern classic showed

DVD Shopping Bag: Ben Hur 50th Anniversary Blu-ray by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(September 27, 2011)
The 50th Anniversary Ultimate Collector's Edition of Ben-Hur arrives on Blu-ray today; a film that held the record for Academy Awards until James Cameron’s Titanic came along. This is an “epic” film in every sense of the word. It is an old Hollywood

DVD Shopping Bag: Citizens Kane and Star Wars Blu-rays by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(September 20, 2011)
With this week being an oh-hum list of dull titles (the best of which being Dumbo) I thought we would look back at the previous week’s titles. Two huge movies arrived on Blu-ray for the first time ever last week. Star Wars the complete Saga arrived with