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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

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