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DVD Shopping Bag: Doctor Who: Day of the Daleks by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(September 13, 2011)
Sorry loyal readers, but there is no review or look into the Star Wars Saga on Blu-ray. I, like you, have to wait until this Friday to pick up my copy. Sure, many of us are already screaming “No” and blinking our eyes in disbelief at all the new change

DVD Shopping Bag: Scarface, Hanna, X-Men and House 2? by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(September 06, 2011)
For this week’s DVD Shopping Bag, we are providing several interesting suggestions (one of which I need convincing on). The no brainer of the week is Mathew Vaughn’s X-Men: First Class. Hopefully, the powers that be see the potential and profit for a s

DVD Shopping Bag: The Twilight Zone Season 5 Blu-ray by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(August 31, 2011)
Imagine Entertainment releases the fifth and final season of The Twilight Zone today on Blu-ray. Their entire collection on Blu-ray has been on another plane of existence. Each and every episode has at least one special feature, most have four. Everything

DVD Shopping Bag: Norwegian Ninja by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(August 23, 2011)
Movie trailers are the most powerful tool a studio or a distributor has in marketing a film. Many will complain that the art of the movie trailer has long since passed. Today, it seems as if the audience must be shown every single good moment, funny joke,

DVD Shopping Bag: Batman The Brave and the Bold Season 2 by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(August 16, 2011)
Warner Brother’s is releasing the first part of their second season of Batman The Brave and the Bold. Why this part one and part two split is beyond me. The series is into its third season with new episodes already airing. Again, I would love to bitch ab

DVD Shopping Bag: M.A.S.K. The Complete Series by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(August 09, 2011)
I watched a lot of cartoons in my day. I still do. With the invention of the DVR, I am able to still work a normal job and program my own fun on a Saturday morning. Thankfully, companies like Shout! Factory are constantly releasing DVD complete series of t

DVD Shopping Bag: Conan: Barbarian or Destroyer? by Robert Trate, Columnist
(August 02, 2011)
“Let me tell you of the days of high adventure…” the Wizard/ Narrator (Mako) from Conan the Barbarian (1982). It was a time when anything and everything ran on cable television. When the likes of Conan the Barbarian truly did rule… the airwaves. Ye

DVD Shopping Bag: Herculoids and Comic Con by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(July 26, 2011)
Another Comic Con has come and gone. One of my favorite things to do at Comic Con is hear and see what people get excited for. Comic Con is a pretty diverse crowd of people; each with their own likes and dislikes. When many of them like the same thing, it

DVD Shopping Bag: Rammbock: Berlin is Dead by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(July 19, 2011)
While having dinner with some collogues and Bill Lustig, the director of Maniac (1980), we started talking about Zombies movies; what we had seen lately and if anything really been worth while. Someone at the table mentioned a new Zombie movie set in Germa

DVD Shopping Bag: Battle Beyond the Stars 30th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(July 12, 2011)
After Star Wars, in 1977, my little kid brain couldn’t get enough of science of fiction movies. I would be constantly flipping through the channels looking for something that took me to another galaxy that was far, far away. In 1980, Battle Beyond the St

DVD Shopping Bag: Transformers Japanese Collection: Headmasters by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(July 05, 2011)
What I remember is that Optimus Prime died in a movie that my parents never took me to see. I had to hear this sad and tragic news from my best friend who apparently had much cooler parents. I still remember that day. How could Optimus Prime die? Thankfull

DVD Shopping Bag: Lord of the Rings Extended Blu-rays by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(June 28, 2011)
Cue Howard Shore’s “Concerning Hobbits” track and we are now ready to talk Lord of the Rings. Back in April of 2010 Warner Brothers and New Line released The Lord of the Rings theatrical cuts on Blu-ray (see column). Why, we haven’t ever really bee

DVD Shopping Bag: Hammer Film’s Wake Wood Blu-ray by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(June 21, 2011)
We hope that you can forgive us but the DVD Shopping Bag is jumping ahead a few weeks. We received a copy of the new Hammer Film, Wake Wood on Blu-ray and had to check it out. Being huge Hammer Film fans, especially the ones from days of old and their firs

DVD Shopping Bag: The Terminator Blu-ray Book by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(June 14, 2011)
This week, in the DVD Shopping Bag, there is little to pick from in our favorite genres. It is true that Battle: Los Angeles arrives this week but it doesn’t even make to our top 5 picks. Don’t get us wrong, Battle: Los Angeles is a great mash up of Bl

DVD Shopping Bag: Superman: The Motion Picture Anthology Blu-ray by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(June 07, 2011)
After checking Amazon, and as far as I can tell, this is the first time that all the Superman films have been offered together on Blu-ray. Back in 2006 I picked up Superman Ultimate Collector's Edition (Superman - The Movie/ Superman II/ Superman II - The

DVD Shopping Bag: Challenge of the Gobots Mini-Series by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(May 31, 2011)
I was never a fan of The Gobots. I always favored The Transformers more. I knew of their existence but thought it was for younger kids. It could have been any of the following reasons: the animation, the transformations, or even the character’s names but

DVD Shopping Bag: A Clockwork Orange Anniversary Edition Blu-ray by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(May 24, 2011)
Stanley Kubrick couldn’t get Malcolm McDowell’s face out of his mind while reading Anthony Burgess’ original novel. That face was permanently locked in there after seeing McDowell in Lindsay Anderson’s If…. (1968). This little historical note and

DVD Shopping Bag: Fantastic Factory Box Set by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(May 17, 2011)
Each and every week the DVD Shopping Bag covers the weekly DVD and Blu-ray releases. I have, on occasion, covered releases in the United Kingdom. In part, for our overseas Maniacs, and to also open the door for our readers to show them what is out there. I

DVD Shopping Bag: THOR: TALES OF ASGARD on Blu-ray by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(May 10, 2011)
With any big summer movie there is the inevitable tie in. Thor is obviously no exception. There are video games (see article), toys (see column) and next week the cartoon arrives. Oddly enough, Marvel and Lionsgate will unleash this straight to home video

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