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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.

DVD Shopping Bag: The Goonies 25th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(November 09, 2010)
Yes, I know Scott Pilgrim came out today. If you haven’t seen it, shame on you. If you have, you already know what I know. This is the best DVD/ Blu-ray to hand out as a gift to all your friends, who haven’t seen it. Edgar Wright really did make a game

DVD Shopping Bag: Toy Story 3 Hits Blu-ray by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(November 02, 2010)
Prepare to go where Mania’s DVD Shopping Bag has never gone before. That’s right guys and gals we are going to talk about sappy things like crying at movies and getting all choked up. This week Toy Story 3 arrives on Blu-ray and DVD and it really is th

DVD Shopping Bag: Back to the Future on Blu-ray by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(October 26, 2010)
All right, I got a really tough sale this week for you Maniacs; Back to the Future. Quite possibly the last unspoiled trilogy finally makes its debut on Blu-ray. A vast majority of the special features are the same as the 2002 box set. There are a few nice

DVD Shopping Bag: Psycho 50th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(October 19, 2010)
Today, Universal Studios unleashes Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho on Blu-ray. Mania’s Tim Janson will have a full review later in the week. The special features are identical to the Special Edition-Universal Legacy Series DVD which I reviewed for Mania (see

DVD Shopping Bag: The Exorcist on Blu-ray by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(October 12, 2010)
Last week, The Exorcist (both Extended and the Original Version) joined the ranks of many fine other Warner Brothers Collector’s Editions. If only Warner Brothers Home Video would go all out like this with every title. They would set a new standard for B

DVD Shopping Bag: George Pals The Power and Atlantis by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(October 05, 2010)
Sadly, a copy of the new Exorcist Blu-ray did not arrive in time for this week’s column. I did happen to catch a theatrical screening of the Blu-ray last week and in a word it was incredible. While the brief glimpse at the special features was also a tre