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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

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