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DVD Shopping Bag: Star Wars Blu-ray: May the Force Be with Us by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(May 03, 2011)
Tomorrow George Lucas will reveal the full details of his Star Wars Saga on Blu-ray. Even now May the 4th be with you is counting down the hours and minutes to the big moment. We here at Mania are big Star Wars fans, huge fans in fact. We put together a sm

DVD Shopping Bag: MGMs Queen of Blood by Robert T. Trate, Columnist and Critic
(April 26, 2011)
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment is now offering classic films from MGM’s library in a limited edition collection. Wave 4 of these titles was released last month but we here at Mania finally got our hands on two of them. The genre titles included

DVD Shopping Bag: The Incredibles Blu-ray by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(April 19, 2011)
Being that this week is Easter our genre titles are a bit thin. I’ll quickly rave about Tom Hooper’s commentary for The King’s Speech, my number one pick of the week. Hooper delivers both an insightful look at his film balanced with technical jargon

DVD Shopping Bag: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1 Blu-ray by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(April 12, 2011)
We are at the precipice of it all ending. It is amazing that the Harry Potter journey has taken us ten years to complete. In that time the Star Wars Saga wrapped and then launched an animated series. I never thought that would have happened, the cartoon pa

DVD Shopping Bag: Black Swan Blu-ray by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(April 05, 2011)
To start with, I apologize for not featuring Tron Legacy in this week’s column. I did not receive a copy in time for review. Thankfully, Tim Janson did and his review is available here on Mania. What I did receive a day late for last week’s column is D

DVD Shopping Bag: Tangled DVD and Blu-ray by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(March 29, 2011)
If seeing Disney’s Tangled in this week’s DVD Shopping Bag is a shock then you are not alone. This columnist saw this film over Unstoppable upon their initial releases. Why? For one Unstoppable looked like Jan de Bont’s Speed on a train. The other wa

DVD Shopping Bag: The DVD Library Dwindles by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(March 22, 2011)
This week the DVD Shopping Bag is incredibly light. I actually changed my top 5 must buy movies to the top 5 movies I won’t buy. I’m sorry Lee Horsley and Lynda Carter, but the complete series of Hawkeye is not going into the library this week. I took

DVD Shopping Bag: Batman The Brave the Bold Season 1 Part 2 by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(March 15, 2011)
It seems pointless to review Batman: The Brave and the Bold Season 1 Part 2 for you this week. We here at Mania have been reviewing the series since it began. As this is the DVD Shopping Bag I thought I would give you a quick bitch that these are not on Bl

DVD Shopping Bag: Sharktopus Blu-ray by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(March 08, 2011)
I try and stay away from the SYFY Channel original movies. I know what they are. You know what they are. Somehow when Sharktopus arrived on Blu-ray, I found that I was drawn to watching it. Now, I have reviewed a couple of Sci Fi Channel (notice the spelli

DVD Shopping Bag: The Walking Dead Series on Blu-ray by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(March 01, 2011)
Next week The Walking Dead arrives on DVD and Blu-ray. To sing the praises of Frank Darabont and Robert Kirkman’s combined efforts would be mute. Though the series deviated from the original written work both fans and newcomers could not deny how powerfu

DVD Shopping Bag: All Star Superman Blu-ray by Robert T. Trate, Columnist and Critic
(February 22, 2011)
All-Star Superman is the tenth entry in the DC Universe Animated Features. It may also be their greatest achievement in the series. Last week Warner Brothers premiered All-Star Superman in both New York and Los Angeles to packed houses. Over 12,000 people

DVD Shopping Bag: The Twilight Zone: Season 3 Blu-ray by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(February 15, 2011)
This week is a blessing for you Maniacs as there is a great assortment of sci-fi titles to add to your library. The two biggest being: The Twilight Zone Season 3 and the Alien Anthology.

DVD Shopping Bag: I Spit on Your Grave: Unrated Blu-ray by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(February 08, 2011)
When I heard that a remake of I Spit on Your Grave was in the works I had to ask why? The original from 1978 (aka Day of the Woman) is far from being a classic horror film. It is a film that had life because of its gratuitous box featuring a woman’s post

DVD Shopping Bag: Let Me In Blu-ray by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(February 01, 2011)
A little over a year ago a good friend and well respected movie buff handed me Let the Right One In (2008). I had heard of this film right here, on Mania but sadly it wasn’t playing anywhere near me. The opportunity to watch it now, for free, in my big c

DVD Shopping Bag: Dead Space: Aftermath by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(January 25, 2011)
Once again Electronic Arts Inc. and Anchor Bay Entertainment have teamed up to deliver a prequel to the latest Dead Space game. Today both Dead Space: Aftermath and Dead Space 2 are available for this popular mutated zombies in space game. If you are looki

DVD Shopping Bag: Marvel Knights Blank Panther by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(January 18, 2011)
Last year Marvel’s The Black Panther animated series premiered with little hoopla. In all honesty to this critic if it weren’t for a swag bag at the San Diego Comic Con I wouldn’t even had known the series existed. A total of 6 episodes were shown an

DVD Shopping Bag: Piranha Blu-ray by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(January 11, 2011)
A theatrical screening of the 2010 version of Piranha was an incredible experience. The midnight show had its faithful diehard gore fans mixed with that of the avid summer movie watchers. This was the last summer movie of 2010 and it did go out with some b

Look Ahead Blu-rays and DVDs for 2011 by Robert T. Trate
(January 04, 2011)
Another year has passed and with it we now look to what 2011 will bring us. Here with the DVD Shopping Bag there are tons of no brainer titles: Tron Legacy and the original Tron are just two we know will be arriving soon. As it is our tradition with the DV

DVD Shopping Bag: Top 5 and Worst 4 Blu-rays of 2010 by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(December 28, 2010)
The time has come to launch our end of the year lists. This year the DVD Shopping Bag is giving you its Top 5 and 4 Worst Blu-rays. Now of course we didn’t have the chance to review every single Blu-ray that was released this year. There were several Blu

DVD Shopping Bag: Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'hoole Blu-ray by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(December 21, 2010)
This is not a great week for releases. There is the third Star Wars Family Guy episode to pick up, but outside of that… just one or two titles worth grabbing. The industry must believe that everyone has finished their shopping already. The M. Night Shyam

DVD Shopping Bag: Videodrome and the Addams Family Cartoon by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(December 14, 2010)
Last week I mentioned that Videodrome was being released by the Criterion Collection on Blu-ray. Criterion DVDs and Blu-rays are always the best of the best so I thought I would give David Cronenberg’s 1983 film a shot. It was, after all, selected by the

DVD Shopping Bag: Inception and Sorcerer’s Apprentice Blu-rays by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(December 07, 2010)
As we are officially into December, the titles will be dropping like crazy. This week alone has the biggest no brainer of the year, next to Toy Story 3: Inception. Christopher Nolan’s non-Batman masterpiece is both thought provoking and entertaining. A h

DVD Shopping Bag: Twilight Zone Season 2 on Blu-ray by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(November 30, 2010)
It should come as no surprise that Image Entertainment quickly followed up their season 1 of The Twilight Zone on Blu-ray (see column) with Season 2. Again, they have spared no expense with bonus features, commentaries, and additional Rod Serling TV specia

DVD Shopping Bag: Six Million Dollar Man: The Complete Series by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(November 23, 2010)
“Steve Austin, astronaut. A man barely alive. Gentlemen, we can rebuild him. We have the technology. We have the capability to build the world's first bionic man. Steve Austin will be that man. Better than he was before. Better, stronger, faster”. -Osc

DVD Shopping Bag: Modern Times of Avatar on Blu-ray by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(November 16, 2010)
It is that time of year again where we dig down deep and give our fellow movie geeks DVDs and Blu-rays. If you are like me, you probably second guess yourself on what they may or may not already have.