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DVD Shopping Bag: Herculoids and Comic Con

Plus the Walking Dead, Doctor Who, and Torchwood

By Robert T. Trate     July 26, 2011

The Herculoids a Comic Con pick up
© Warner Archive/Robert Trate


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 can make it hard to get into a panel. Several times last week, I was shut out of seeing new footage. One would think that showing up two if not three panels early you would get a seat. It didn’t and this is something that Comic Con is going to have to reconsider. Many times last week, events that should have been held in Hall H (which seats 7,000 people) were in smaller screening rooms. The Walking Dead, Doctor Who, and Torchwood have a following that needs a bigger space. Don’t believe me? Search the message boards or talk to anyone that wanted to get into those panels.
My other favorite to-do at Comic Con is checking out the DVD releases. Sure most, if not all, can be bought on Amazon or the distributor’s site. At Comic Con, however, you don’t have to pay shipping and they usually have “Con” prices with crazy incentives. This week, the DVD Shopping Bag is packed with more than one featured title. It is a collection of San Diego Comic Con favorites, titles I picked up, and a look at Comic Con if you have never experienced it.
San Diego Comic Con Favorites:
1. Torchwood: The Complete Original UK Series [Blu-ray]: Here is Russell T Davies complete series of the Doctor Who spin off; a spin off that has become a monster of a show in its own right. Upon looking at this beautiful hard case edition of the series, I was worried it didn’t come with Children of Earth. Fear not, it does. Sadly, the current Starz series will have to be collected in another edition down the road. If you are not a fan of the show and know not where to start, I suggest beginning with Doctor Who’s re-launch. It will not only introduce you to the character of Captain Jack Harkness (John Barrowman), but many of their villains as well.
2. Doctor Who: Series Six, Part One [Blu-ray]: Matt Smith’s second year (or series) as the Doctor is already shaping up to be a memorable one. If I have to sell this series to you then you are clearly on the wrong web site. Personally, I literally bumped into the Doctor and Amy in the gas lamp district. They were running down the street. I thought about following them, but knew full well that I had to run as far away as I could because what ever was chasing them was probably pretty close.
3. The Walking Dead Special Edition: Season One [Blu-ray]: Anchor Bay and AMC announced at Comic Con that a special edition (packed with tons of extras) will be released this fall. There will be a behind the scenes look for each episode and, more importantly, we will finally get the pilot episode in black and white. When, you say? October 4th!
Titles I picked up:
1. Herculoids: The Complete Series: I picked up this classic series by Hanna-Barbera that a dealer was selling. No, it was not a bootleg but an official release through the Warner Archive. In all my line waiting, I had the chance to catch up on a few. It was strange how little character development there actually was in the first few episodes of this Swiss Family Robinson in space. It was all survive-the-alien-invasion type stories. It was not until several episodes in that Dorno actually called Zandor father. I knew that was how their relationship was, but I was hoping for some sort of a origin story. Regardless, this property is ripe to be adapted into numerous mediums. The Jack Kirby iconic close ups were enough to want to see it on the big screen.
2. Damnation Alley [Blu-Ray]: Shout Factory always has a booth set up at Comic Con. This is a brilliant move on their part as they have a great library of films as well as the added bonus of bringing in actors from those films for autographs. I for one just missed getting my copy of Battle Beyond the Stars autographed, but I did see Joe Dante and picked up Jack Smight’s retro classic Damantion Alley.
The Con Experience:
1. Paul [Blu-ray]. Every year, I encounter people who have never heard of Comic Con or haven’t experienced it. It is very difficult to describe. Nerdvana and Geek Christmas are two of my favorite expressions. The movie Paul (released August 9) with Simon Pegg and Nick Frost has some great Comic Con moments. It is half as close as being hip deep in it, but is more than just one big giant Star Trek Convention.
Top 5 Picks of the Week:
Bodyguards & Assassins Starring Donnie Yen, Leon Lai and Cung Le
Born to Ride Starring Casper Van Dien and William Forsythe
The Conqueror (Taras Bulba) Starring Bogdan Stupka, Igor Petrenko, Vladimir Vdovichenkov
Dante's Peak [Blu-ray] Starring Pierce Brosnan and Linda Hamilton
Double Crossed Starring Ric Young, Emilio Roso Miguel A. Nunez Jr.
Flesh Wounds Starring Kevin Sorbo and Bokeem Woodbine
Ironclad [Blu-ray] Starring Paul Giamatti and Brian Cox
The King of Fighters (Bluray + DVD combo) [Blu-ray] Starring Sean Faris, Maggie Q and Ray Park
Once Upon a Warrior Starring Ali, Ravi Babu and Gunjan Bakshi
Turbulent Skies Starring Casper Van Dien, Brad Dourif, Patrick Muldoon
Winter In Wartime (English Subtitled) Starring Martijn Lakemeier, Yorick Van Wageningen
Fist of the North Star: The Complete Series Collection, Vol. 3 Starring Akira Kamiya and Yuriko Yamamoto
One Piece: Collection One Starring Colleen Clinkenbeard, Luci Christian, Sonny Strait
Peach Girl: The Complete Series Box Set S.A.V.E. Starring Kate Oxley, Cherami Leigh, Robert McCollum and Orion Pitts
Sgt. Frog: Season Three, Part One Starring Todd Haberkorn, R. Bruce Elliot, Christopher R. Sabat
ShinChan: Season Three, Part One Starring Laura Bailey, Chuck Huber, Cynthia Cranz
Strike Witches: The Complete First Season Box Set Starring Cherami Leigh, Anastasia Munoz and Caitlin Glass
Justice League: Season Two (DC Comics Classic Collection) [Blu-ray] Starring Kevin Conroy, Maria Canals-Barrera, Susan Eisenber
Supernatural: The Anime Series Starring Jared Padalecki, Andrew Farrar, Hiroki Touchi
The Blues Brothers [Blu-ray] Starring John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, James Brown and Cab Calloway
Dean Martin & Jerry Lewis: The Colgate Comedy Hour Starring Dean Martin, Jerry Lewis, Polly Bergen and Connie Russell
National Lampoon's Animal House [Blu-ray] Starring John Belushi and Tom Hulce
Criterion Collection
Life During Wartime: The Criterion Collection [Blu-ray] Starring Shirley Henderson, Allison Janney, Ally Sheedy
American Grindhouse / Nightmares in Red, White & Blue: Double Feature (2-Disc Set) Starring Robert Forster, Lance Henriksen, Fred Williamson
Bio-Dead Starring Matthew Norton, Derek Long and Tony Williams
Dead & The Damned Starring David A. Lockhart and Robert Amstler
Death Angel December: Vengeance Kill Starring Death Angel December: Vengeance Kill
Devil Dogs-Hound of Hell Starring Richard Crenna and Kim Richards
Dylan Dog Starring Brandon Routh, Taye Diggs, Sam Huntington and Anita Briem
Fast Zombies With Guns Starring Charles Ramsey and Tony Swansey
Ghost From the Machine Starring Sasha Andreev and Emily Fradenburgh
Goblin Starring Gil Bellows, Tracy Spiridakos, Camille Sullivan
Invasion Of The Blood Farmers Starring Tanna Hunter, Bruce Detrick, Paul Craig Jennings Norman Kelley
Matrimony (Blu-ray) Starring Fan Bing Bing
Nightmare: 30th Anniversary Edition Starring Baird Stafford
Resurrect Dead Starring Justin Duerr, Steve Weinik and Colin Smith
Scream of the Banshee (After Dark Original) Starring Monica Acosta, Eric F. Adams, Marcelle Baer
Soul Catcher Starring Christopher Saint Booth and Keith Age
The Task (After Dark Original) Starring Alexandra Staden and Adam Rayner
We Are What We Are Starring Adrian Aguirre and Francisco Barreiro
Donnie Darko [Blu-ray] Starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Holmes Osborne
Empty Starring Jon Carlo
Red Planet [Blu-ray] Starring Val Kilmer, Tom Sizemore, Simon Baker and Benjamin Bratt
S Darko: A Donnie Darko Tale [Blu-ray] Starring James Lafferty, John Hawkes and Bret Roberts
Soldier [Blu-ray] Starring Kurt Russell, Jason Scott Lee, Gary Busey and Jared Thorne
Source Code [Blu-ray] Starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Michelle Monaghan and Vera Farmiga
Zokkomon Starring Anupam Kher and Akhil Mishra
Burn Notice: The Fall of Sam Axe Starring Bruce Campbell, Kiele Sanchez, RonReaco Lee
Dennis The Menace: Season Two Starring Jay North, Herbert Anderson and Gloria Henry
Stargate Atlantis: Complete Series Gift Set [Blu-ray] Starring Joe Flanigan, Rachel Luttrell, David Hewlett
Robert Trate writes two weekly columns for Mania the DVD Shopping Bag and the Toy Maniac. Robert also participates in a pod cast that reviews movies, comics and celebrates all things geek. Check it out at You’ve Got Geek on You.com. Follow Robert on Twitter for his for Geek ramblings and criticisms.


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jppintar326 7/26/2011 9:01:38 AM

Alright.  Animal House and The Blue Brothers on Blu Ray.  John Belushi rules.

redvector 7/26/2011 11:07:11 AM

The Herculoids is more accurately described as Tarzan on an alien planet rather than Swiss Family Robinson. A live action version would likely be too expensive to produce but a cgi animated version along the lines of Star Wars: The Clone Wars would be a better fit.




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