We're back after some time away because sometimes everybody needs a little time away. Now, the purpose of these posts is to keep you up to date on what's happening in the world of pop culture. Just one post, as is warranted, to bring you up to speed. Because you have better things to do than read a bunch of re-printed/paraphrased press releases. Enjoy.
Walking Dead Season 2 is hitting home video on August 28th. I could have sworn I mentioned this somewhere, but I must have hallucinated it. It's available on DVD, Blu-Ray, and the special limited edition Blu-Ray set that has a zombie head for a case. If you turn the screwdriver and the remaining eye lights up--total score.
Also in the pre-order department, look for Avengers to have some options for you. There's a 2-disc DVD and 2-disc Blu-Ray, yes. But also a ten-disc limited edition set with all six movies enclosed. They call it "Marvel Cinematic Universe: Phase One: Avengers Assembled." Is Phase Two going to involve the Defenders? Anyway, you have pre-order links there and yes, for the record, there are single-disc versions available but...honestly? Why bother? No definitive release date yet. Also, no 3D home video version announced yet. Interesting.
Blade Runner is re-hitting Blu-Ray with a four-disc set marked "30th Anniversary Collector's Edition." There's supposed to be new stuff on here but dammit, I bought the freaking briefcase edition before. So not sure if it's worth double (or quadruple) dipping for. That being said, the pre-order link is indeed here.
The Bond 50 22-Film Collection Blu-Ray set is...well, large. And hitting September 25th. It comes with all the films and the features are apparently still being sorted out. There will be a 23rd disc that is all bonus content. Stay tuned for more info as we snag it from some press release. Pre-order link here.
E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial is finally hitting Blu-Ray in October. No definite date yet. New bonus bits include a (hopefully) extensive making-of and a new interview with Spielberg. And it's the original version, so they get points. Pre-order link here.
The Fraggle Rock movie has writers: Jim Byrkit (who co-wrote Rango) and Alex Manugian (who was in Rango). Considering how much fun Rango was, I would urge Fraggle fans to turn their terrorometers down to 8. Source.
G.I. Joe: Retaliation has been moved to next year so that a 3D conversion can be done on the film. This, as ScottC so rightly called it, was to make it appeal more to foreign markets, who apparently haven't clued into the idea that 3D is, for the most part, shite. If you are jonesing for something Joe, however, the first volume of the first season of the animated Renegades is hitting DVD June 5th. Pre-order link here.
Grimm's first season is hitting DVD and Blu-Ray on August 7th. Pre-order links for DVD and Blu-Ray provided.
Hannibal is hitting TV, with the series basically serving as a Red Dragon prequel--the "early relationship" between Lecter and Dragon protagonist Will Graham. Hugh Dancy (Big C) has been cast as Graham. No Hannibal casting yet. Kicks off production in July and will hit screens midseason. Source: Variety.
The final season of House will be hitting both DVD and Blu-Ray on August 21st. Media types there link to the pre-order pages.
Hunger Games will hit Blu-Ray and DVD on August 18th. Pre-order links provided. Enjoy.
Been waiting for this to hit. It's the trailer for The Imposter. Bear in mind: this is a documentary.
Well, holy shit. Les Miserables might just not suck.
Tom Hooper, when you get done with this, could you go back and do a proper Sweeney Todd movie? It would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
What is Mardock Scramble? It's a Japanese novel that Michael Davis (Shoot Em Up) is on board to direct a live action version of. Here's the description from Variety: "Story follows a young prostitute who acquires the ability to interfere with electronics and teams with a shape-shifting mouse to exact revenge on the crime boss who nearly killed her." Yeah, I'm in. Article also mentions that a Captain Planet movie is in the works. Yeah, I know, the shape-shifting mouse is a lot cooler than that. So.
Mohawk Media has added Mr. T to their line of Eco Comics. You can buy them and pity the fool who makes Mohawk go to the trouble of printing on paper. Info here.
Monster Butler. Ready to want to see a film? Decide when the deal is sealed. Be fascinated to hear in the comments when it happens. We'll go step by step. Malcolm McDowell is the lead. Playing a "bisexual jewel thief, con man and serial killer." Gary Oldman plays a "creepy taxidermist." Dominic Monaghan is on board. So is Joanne Whalley. This is apparently a feature film version of the short film director Douglas Roth has already created with McDowell in the lead. If you don't want to see the film, who are you? Source.
Out of Print, who makes vintage book cover art into shirts, is having a 20% off sale through tomorrow. Use GRADUATION as the code at checkout. Limitations apply. Tell them we said hi.
Piranha 3DD has a game out for iOS and Android. You play the fish. Sadly, David Hasselhoff is not an unlockable playable character. Based on the trailer, I think he might be the highpoint of the film. Haven't seen the trailer? Enjoy.
Hi. Feeling old? No? Spy Hunter turns 30 next year. Don't know the game? Ask your parents. And that will make them feel old. Anyway, a new game in the franchise is due in the fall. No movement on the feature film version, was was previously supposed to star The Rock. Source: Variety.
Star Trek: The Next Generation's first season hits Blu-Ray on July 24th. You can pre-order it here.
Thor 2 has a villain in the personage of Mads Mikkelsen. Yes, the guy who cried blood from Casino Royale. Alan Taylor from Game of Thrones will helm (good choice) with production expected to start this summer. Source: Variety.
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