Headsup: Secrets

Disclaimer: Warner Bros. Home Entertainment requests we note that it provided a free copy of the titles featured below. The opinions I share are my own.

Out now are two titles where not everything is as it seems:

Riverdale Season OneFirst we have Riverdale, the alternative take on small-town life based on characters from Archie Comics. The series stars KJ Apa (Archie Andrews), Lili Reinhart (Betty Cooper), Camila Mendes (Veronica Lodge), and Cole Sprouse (Jughead Jones). As a new school year is under way, the characters are dealing with issues of love and loss: Betty Cooper has yet to disclose her romantic feelings for Archie, Archie has just finished a clandestine relationship with his once-mentor music teacher, queen bee Cheryl Blossom may be hiding something about her brother Jason's death, and Archie must decide whether or not to come forward with damaging information about the day Jason went missing.  The town's idyllic facade begins to crack as more secrets begin to come to light, and the characters begin to realize that Riverdale will never be the same.

Out now is Riverdale: The Complete First Season, which includes all thirteen episodes of the first season on DVD and Blu-ray.  Bonus features include five featurettes ("The New Normal", "I Got You", "Riverdale: 2016 Comic-Con Panel", "Riverdale: The Ultimate Sin", and "These are the Moments I Remember") along with some unaired scenes and a gag reel.  A streaming option is available on both Amazon and iTunes for $29.99 (Amazon's offers the Comic-Con panel and a one-minute behind-the-scenes special as bonus features and iTunes offers all five featurettes).  If you want it in disc format, you can grab it on Amazon: the DVD currently goes for $24.57 and the Blu-ray for $31.50.  Since you save $4+ by doing the DVD versus streaming and you get all the bonus features to boot, I'd say the DVD is the better move here, but weigh the factors (including how crowded your shelf is at home) and decide what's best for you.

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By |August 17th, 2017|Headsup|0 Comments

Headsup: Kids' Corner #2

Disclaimer: Warner Bros. Home Entertainment requests we note that it provided a free copy of the first title featured below. The opinions I share are my own.

 

Out now are three new titles to help your kids get in some laughter and adventure:

 
Elmo's Wonderful World DVDFirst we have Sesame Street: Elmo's Wonderful World, where the beloved muppet takes his preschool audience on an exploration of sharing, counting, kindness, playing dress up, meeting bees, and more.  Along for the ride are Elmo's friends Smartie, Mr. Noodle, and Mr. Noodle's dog Schmoodle.  In addition to the thirteen new Elmo's World episodes, bonus features on this one include two episodes of Sesame Street's new spin-off Furchester Hotel (a fun new show featuring Elmo and Cookie Monster as they try to help the well-meaning but less-than-competent Furchester-Fuzz family run an upscale hotel), along with three classic Elmo's World Episodes ("Frogs," "Violins," and "Helping").

Sesame Street: Elmo's Wonderful World is out now from Warner Brothers on DVD, which includes over two hours of Elmo's World episodes.  The DVD is now available on Amazon for $9.19 and you can get a taste of the show with the clip below.

Rating: Not Rated

Episode Runtime: 5-7 minutes
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By |August 15th, 2017|Animation, Headsup|0 Comments

Wonder Woman Box Office: The Numbers That Actually Matter

Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman

Let me say this up front: I thought Gal Gadot was one of the two good parts of Batman v Superman: Yawn of Justice. And I freaking love the movie Wonder Woman. I want them to hand the DC Cinematic Universe off to director Patty Jenkins right now. So I don't want you to think I'm slamming the film when I say that this article about Wonder Woman breaking the Box Office Domestic Top 5 of All Time is nice, but doesn't actually mean anything. The reason? They're talking ticket prices that haven't been adjusted for inflation. They're also using...well, I'm not sure what comScore uses because unadjusted, Wonder Woman is currently right behind Frozen at #27.

Unadjusted all-time box office is currently Force Awakens with $936,662,225. However, when you adjust for ticket price inflation, #1 is Gone With the Wind with $1,796,176,700. Granted, Wind has had a number of re-releases to get to that point, but the average ticket price in 1939 when it was released...was $0.23. So if we assume a $10 ticket for Awakens, Wind would have to sell 43 tickets for every 1 ticket that Awakens sold. You see how whatever the unadjusted #1 is...eventually something will come along and unseat it just based on ticket prices alone. That being said, both Awakens and Wind have female protagonists, so the news isn't all bad.

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By |August 7th, 2017|Stimuli|0 Comments

Headsup: The Art of Magic the Gathering - Amonkhet

Even if you aren't a gamer, you've probably at least heard of Magic: The Gathering, the very first fantasy trading card game which was created by Wizards of the Coast back in 1993.  Over the past two decades, the game has grown to include over seventy-five expansion sets and even has an organized international tournament system (including professional players who can win tens of thousands of dollars from a single tournament).  It has also won multiple awards, including a Mensa Award and multiple Origins Awards, and is available in eleven different languages.

If you are one of the twenty million Magic fans (in more than seventy countries),  you'll be happy to know that The Art of Magic: The Gathering - Amonkhet, the fourth volume in a series of coffee table books featuring the award-winning artwork in the beloved game, is now available.  In this volume, readers meet the inhabitants of the desert oasis of Amonkhet, whose lives revolve around a series of trials completed in preparation for the return of the God-Pharaoh.  This 240-page hardcover book features full-color illustrations from a variety of artists, including Cliff Childs, Winona Wilson, Christine Choi and Adam Paquette, among others.  In addition to the beautiful artwork, Senior Game Designer James Wyatt also provides some insight into the mysterious and intoxicating world of Amonkhet.

The Art of Magic: The Gathering - Amonkhet is currently available on Amazon for $27.17; not bad considering how hefty a book this is (it weighs around four pounds and measures almost two feet wide when open)...a nice gifting choice for anyone in love with the art of the game (for some sneak peeks of the illustrations, see below).

 
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By |August 6th, 2017|Art, Books, Headsup|0 Comments

Headsup: Girls Kicking Butt

 

Out now are two titles for fans that are all about girl power:

 

Ghost-in-Shell-2017-Blu-ray-3DFirst we have Ghost in the Shell, the American action/sci-fi film directed by Rupert Sanders based on the Japanese manga of the same name by Masamune Shirow (for our recent feature on the animated Ghost in the Shell steelbook release, click here).  The film tells the story of Major (Scarlett Johansson), a futuristic cyborg supersoldier who was designed to fight against cyber-crime but discovers that events in her past may not be what her creators led her to believe.  As she delves into the mystery of her own identity, Major is forced to follow what is left of her human instincts to decide who she can and can't trust, and must reconcile who she thought she was with who she may truly be instead.

The film is now out on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray Combo Pack, and DVD. In addition to the film, the Blu-ray sets also boast almost an hour of extras, including "Hard-Wired Humanity: Making of Ghost in the Shell" (a 30-minute behind-the-scenes feature with interviews from the cast and crew, covering topics such as character preparation, stunts, costume-making and the adaptation of the manga source material into the current film), "Section 9: Cyber Defenders" (an 11-minute examination of Major's crime-fighting team and their individual specialized super-soldier abilities), and "Man & Machine: The Ghost Philosophy" (a ten-minute featurette that takes a look into the real-life science behind robotics and the future possibilities of human cyber enhancement).  The disc and digital versions are all currently available on Amazon, with the DVD and the Blu-ray Combo Pack both going for $19.99,  4K Ultra HD for $29.72, and the Blu-ray 3D for $48.99.  With so many options, it's up to you which fits your needs / wants best if looking to purchase.  Just a note of reminder, though, that the DVD doesn't offer the bonus features like the other sets, and since Amazon is currently offering it for the same price as the Blu-ray Combo Pack (which itself includes the DVD), there's really no reason to not choose the latter of those two.

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By |August 2nd, 2017|Headsup|0 Comments

Your Weekend Justice #249: Something Funny With Synchronicity

Fill Colins

It's Weekend Justice: the Internet's #1 audio trainwreck...we sort out the archives, with this gem, recorded in 1823.

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By |August 1st, 2017|Podcasts, Weekend Justice|0 Comments

Headsup: Independent Film Friday #2

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The first week of August is just around the corner, and with it come some new titles for the independent film junkie:

 

First is Fipresci Prize winner Red Leaves, Israeli-Ethiopian director Bazi Gete's feature-length debut film which tells the tale of Meseganio Tadela (Debebe Eshetu), a 74-year-old Ethiopian immigrant living in Israel who has recently become a widower.  After deciding that he will sell his apartment and live alternately with his two adult sons (regardless of their feelings on the matter), the harsh reality of Tadela's role as an unassimilated patriarch clinging to the past clashes with the realities of living in modern Israel as he struggles to pass on the values of his culture and his life to those around him before his chance is gone.  The movie is out from IndiePix Films on August 1 on DVD (at $24.95 suggested retail) as well as the streaming subscription service IndiePix Unlimited.  For an insight into the film, check out the trailer below:

 

 

Next up is 1944, Estonia's Official Oscar Entry for Best Foreign Language Film in 2016.  Directed by Elmo Nüganen, 1944 takes an inside look into the effects of Estonia's occupation during WWII (first by Soviet Russia and then by Nazi Germany) when tens of thousands of men of combat age in the Baltic country were forced to fight for the Soviet and Nazi forces. [...]

By |July 28th, 2017|Headsup|0 Comments

Headsup: Tested Loyalties

Disclaimer: Warner Bros. Home Entertainment requests we note that it provided a free copy of the first two titles featured below. The opinions I share are my own.

 

Out this month are three titles whose characters must deal with the challenges that come when loyalties and circumstance collide:

 

The 100 Complete Fourth SeasonFirst we have Season Four of The 100, the post-apocalyptic drama that tells the story of inhabitants of a space habitat ("The Ark") who return to Earth after a massive nuclear event (which caused an almost total extinction of the human population) and their interactions with those on Earth who survived.  In this season, the characters are reeling from the all-out war in Season Three while at the same time are faced with the discovery that Earth's atmosphere will soon be set on fire due to the meltdown of the existing nuclear reactors from lack of maintenance.  Clarke and others try to find a solution using the Nightbloods' natural immunity to radiation while the twelve clans are faced with the decision of selecting those among them who will be afforded protection for five years in a newly-discovered bunker.  Alliances are tested, relationships strained, and everyone must again fight for their own rights of survival.

Now out on DVD and Blu-ray is The 100: The Complete Fourth Season, which includes all thirteen episodes as well as bonus features, including the featurettes "From Outcasts to Leaders" (which examines the under-fire maturation of The 100), "Creating a [...]

By |July 24th, 2017|Headsup|0 Comments

Headsup: A Dose of the Sillies

 

If you need a little bit of silliness mixed into your weekend, check out these recently released titles:

 

Johnny and Friends Steve Martin Robin Williams Eddie Murphy

First up is The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson: Johnny and Friends featuring game-changing comedians Steve Martin, Robin Williams, and Eddie Murphy.  This three-disc collection includes nine episodes of The Tonight Show that span across the seventies, eighties, and nineties in the heyday of host Johnny Carson.  All nine shows are complete (including the commercials from when they aired— a fun bonus!) and have not been previously released for retail.  Disc One includes three episodes (from 1976, 1982, and 1991) with the legendary once-banished guest (and eventual fill in host) Steve Martin, who appears alongside Jimmy Stewart, Karen Black, Sylvester Stallone, Cathy Ladman, Leon Redbone, and others.  Disc Two centers on the incomparable Robin Williams, whose three episodes (one from 1984 and two from 1991) show the unpredictable entertainer cracking Johnny up as he appears with Phyllis Newman, Steve Lawrence, Jonathan Winters, and Park Overall.  Disc Three belongs to Eddie Murphy, whose three episodes (all from 1982) show how Murphy skyrocketed to stardom in less than a year as he appears with fellow guests McLean Stevenson, Wayne Rogers, Albert Hague, Randal "Tex" Cobb, and Angela Bofill.  The DVD set is out now from Time Life but isn't available on Amazon (except for one third party seller here) or Barnes and Noble as of yet, so keep [...]

By |July 20th, 2017|Headsup|0 Comments

Headsup: Independent Film Friday #1

Wichita DVD Life of Significant Soil DVD Game Changers DVD La Vie de Jean-Marie DVD
 

If you're an independent film buff, one (or more!) of these titles may be right up your alley...

 

From Candy Factory Films comes Wichita, a horror flick that follows Jeb (played by Trevor Peterson), a failing children's show director desperate to save his job by leading a work-intensive writers' retreat in Aspen.   As the "retreat" progresses, Jeb is pushed to the brink and turns his frustrations outward as hidden cameras capture the homicidal results of his ever-deepening psychotic rage. The film co-stars Caitlin Gerard (as Natalie), Persia White (as Raven), Demetri Goritsas (as Clark) and Christopher Robles (as Billy) and was directed by Matthew Ward and Justyn Ah Chong. You can rent or purchase digitally on Amazon (for $4.99 and $9.99 respectively) and see the trailer below for a preview.

 

Taking its name from the final line of T.S. Eliot's poem, "The Dry Salvages," Life of Significant Soil follows a couple whose relationship has outlasted their love for each other as they find themselves trapped in their last day together.  Starring Alexis Mouyiari (as Conor) and Charlotte Bydwell (as Addison), the film examines the building blocks of a once bright relationship and seeks to solve the mystery of how to keep its flame from self-extinguishing.  The film is the feature-length [...]

By |July 7th, 2017|Headsup|0 Comments