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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

DVD Shopping Bag: Fringe Season 2, KONG and the Astonishing X-Men by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(September 28, 2010)
A month ago, the DVD Shopping Bag was really short on titles. Thankfully, a slew of classic Roger Corman titles became available and gave us something to get excited about. Having a title to talk about this week isn’t the problem. The problem is picking

DVD Shopping Bag: Spartacus: Blood and Sand - The Complete First Season by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(September 21, 2010)
Not having Starz made it easy to skip Spartacus: Blood and Sand. I was tempted to watch the show as it was easily available on Netflix. The temptations were great indeed, as each and every week we here at Mania would review the show and not give it a stell

DVD Shopping Bag: Se7en on Blu-ray by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(September 14, 2010)
Raise your hand if you bought David Fincher’s Se7en on DVD when it first came out. Anyone else remember the bitch of that DVD? You had to turn it over! Unfortunately, I still have one or two DVD’s from those days and it is always a treat to have the m

DVD Shopping Bag: Twilight Zone Season 1 Blu-ray by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(September 07, 2010)
It is September and the titles have returned to the DVD Shopping Bag. It was getting bleak there, week after week with nothing new in our favorite genres. That all changes right here right now because for the next few months the studios will be after us wi

DVD Shopping Bag: The Evil Dead Limited Edition Blu-ray by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(August 31, 2010)
Back in December of 2007 I was just starting out here at Mania and got a rather choice assignment. Anchor Bay had sent us a copy of their new Evil Dead Ultimate Edition on 3 Discs (see review). The chance to talk about one of my favorite films and review a

DVD Shopping Bag: Time Bandits on Blu-ray by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(August 24, 2010)
I still remember the first time I saw Terry Gilliam’s Time Bandits (1981). I was visiting my cousins for the weekend and they had this awesome family room in the basement where they had complete control of the TV.

DVD Shopping Bag: Star Wars on Blu-ray by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(August 17, 2010)
I am sure you have heard that this weekend at Star Wars Celebration 5, Lucasfilm Ltd. and Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment announced that the complete Star Wars Saga will come to Blu-ray with a release in the fall of 2011.