32 Days of Halloween XII, Day 3: Before I Hang!

Boris Karloff in Before I Hang

Our feature film for tonight is 1940’s Before I Hang with Boris Karloff. But before we get there, it’s time for our #TrackoftheDay. This one’s from the Nightmare Revisited album–basically a Nightmare Before Christmas tribute/covers album. Rodrigo y Gabriela started in Mexico before moving to Dublin for several years and now they’re back in Mexico City. They play guitars like they’re trying to test them for fire resistance. Check it out for yourself:

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Headsup: Superheroes, Lawyers, and Anime

Disclaimer: Warner Bros. Home Entertainment requests we note that it provided a free copy of “Supergirl: The Complete Fourth Season” and “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow: The Complete Fourth Season”. The opinions I share are my own.

Supergirl Season 4“In season four, Supergirl faces a bigger threat than she’s ever faced before – a new wave of anti-alien sentiment, spreading across National City that’s fomented by Agent Liberty. As Kara mentors a new reporter at CatCo, Nia Nal, and tries to use the power of the press to shine a light on the issues threatening to tear the city apart, Supergirl takes to the skies to battle the many villains who rise up in this era of divisiveness. But how does Supergirl battle a movement when she, herself an alien, represents one of the main things people are fearful of?” — Warner Brothers

Supergirl: The Complete Fourth Season is now out on DVD and Blu-ray, both of which feature all twenty-two episodes of Season Four along with several extras. Bonus content includes the 3-part “Elseworlds” superhero crossover event with Arrow and The Flash, three featurettes (“Villains: Modes of Persuasion”, “Inside the Crossover: Elseworlds”, and “Best of DC TV’s Comic-Con Panels San Diego 2018”), deleted scenes, and a gag reel. You can snag the DVD on Amazon for $23.85 and the Blu-ray for $26.39.

Legends of Tomorrow Season 4“After defeating the demon Mallus by cuddling him to death last season, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow join John Constantine and Ava Sharpe’s Time Bureau to save their world – and their legacy – from magical creatures from myths, fairytales and legends who have escaped and infected history. As the Legends time-travel across historical events and encounter famous figures, they now have to contend with an added shot of magical craziness!” — from Warner Brothers

DC’s Legends of Tomorrow: The Complete Fourth Season will be released on DVD and Blu-ray on September 24th. The sets will have all sixteen episodes from Season Four with a handful of bonus features, including two featurettes (“DC’s Legends of Tomorrow Season 4 Post Production Theater” and “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow: Legendary Storytelling”), some unaired scenes, and a gag reel. Both formats are available for pre-order on Amazon, with the DVD currently priced at $17.99 and the Blu-ray at $22.99.

FLCL Progressive“The follow-up to one of the most insane anime ever created, FLCL: Progressive brings together members of the original team with a whole new generation of creators. From the legendary anime studio Production I.G and Adult Swim. FLCL: Progressive tells the story of 14-year-old Hidomi, her classmate Ide, and two otherworldly beings, “Jinyu” and “Haruha Raharu,” who are determined to unlock their hidden potential. Mixed up in this is an all-powerful force known as “ATOMSK,” a gorgeous Chrysler Bel Aire… and a certain Vespa Scooter.” — from Cartoon Network

FLCL: Progressive is coming out on DVD on October 1. In addition to all six episodes of the sequel, the DVD will also boast two featurettes (“Meet the Creators” and “The Pillows”) about the new era of the show and how the band The Pillows became tied to the series. Fans should also note that the DVD offers both English and Japanese audio. To pre-order, you can check out the DVD at Best Buy (currently priced at $14.99).

Good Fight Season 3“The world went crazy in the The Good Fight’s second season, and now, in season three, the resistance does. Diane Lockhart (Christine Baranski) tries to figure out whether you can resist a crazy administration without going crazy yourself, while Adrian Boseman (Delroy Lindo) and Liz Reddick-Lawrence (Audra McDonald) struggle with a new post-factual world where the lawyer who tells the best story triumphs over the lawyer with the best facts. Meanwhile, Lucca Quinn (Cush Jumbo) balances a new baby with a new love, and Maia Rindell (Rose Leslie) finds a new Mephistopheles in Roland Blum (Michael Sheen), a lawyer who is corruption incarnate.” — from CBS

The Good Fight: Season Three is out now on DVD, which presents all ten episodes of the third season. Bonus content on this one is decidedly light in the form of deleted scenes and a gag reel along with the pilot of Star Trek: Discovery, but if you want Season Three on the shelf, it gets the job done. CBS All Access members get the season as part of their subscription, while the rest of us can grab the DVD on Amazon for $28.99.

Headsup: The Gilded Age, LEGOs, and Elton John

Disclaimer: Warner Bros. Home Entertainment requests we note that it provided a free copy of “Supernatural: The Complete Fourteenth Season”, “The Flash: The Complete Fifth Season”, and “LEGO® DC: Batman : Family Matters”. The opinions I share are my own.

“The Winchester brothers’ harrowing journey into the heart of darkness continues as Supernatural enters Season Fourteen. Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) have matched wits with monsters, demons, Heaven and Hell. But last season, the Winchesters and Castiel (Misha Collins) stumbled upon a terrifying alternative universe: an apocalyptic world where they were never born, all while training Jack (Alexander Calvert), the son of Lucifer, and trying to save their mother, Mary Winchester. The final battle with Lucifer and the Archangel Michael altered the Winchesters’ lives forever…and created an even greater threat for Sam and Dean. The boys are back and willing to risk everything for their loved ones in all twenty thrilling new adventures, including a historic 300th episode, with a Winchester family reunion never to be forgotten.” — from Warner Brothers

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Headsup: CMA, NYPD, NCIS, and More Letters

Disclaimer: Warner Bros. Home Entertainment requests we note that it provided a free copy of “Batman: Hush” and “Arrow: The Complete Seventh Season”. The opinions I share are my own.

“Taking home audiences from the early days of the CMA Awards to the present, CMA Awards Live: Greatest Moments 1968-2015 is a handsomely packaged 10-DVD collector’s set filled with 127 unforgettable performances from five decades of the nationally-televised ceremony. The set features performances from many of the premiere artists in the genre who’ve helped to shape the history of country music – Glen Campbell, Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash, Barbara Mandrell, Buck Owens and Kenny Rogers as well as artists who’ve nurtured the sound over the past decade and taken the music to new heights, like Miranda Lambert, Brad Paisley, Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood, and Keith Urban.” — from Time Life

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DragonCon 2019: Locating the Oddballs

Victorian weirdos

DragonCon is here. It stands on your welcome mat demanding to be let in. And just as you go to turn the deadbolt you remember… We don’t have a welcome mat…

Follow our Needcoffee feed for last minute updates. Where available, everyone’s first mention has their Twitter ID linked up–so feel free to follow folks for their latest weirdness. (Except in cases where they’ve been added to an earlier panel than I first had them–so they’re Twitter-linked on here somewhere. I’m old and lazy.) As always, this list is subject to change without notice or reason or rhyme.

As always, inevitably, there will be formatting and other stupid errors on this schedule. If you find something wrong, just ping me and we’ll get it fixed. DON’T PANIC. Trust me, I’ll tell you when to panic.

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All 2019 San Diego Comic-Con Trailers Have Now Been Destroyed

Invader Zim

It’s true. They all just spontaneously combusted in the wake of Netflix releasing this, the trailer and date announcement for Invader Zim: Enter the Florpus, the long-awaited continuation of the mad animated saga. If this doesn’t make you excited to see this, then your medication needs adjusting. And I say that as a friend.

Stuff: Never Mind the Cats, Check Out the Armored Bear

Lee Scoresbys balloon from His Dark Materials

There’s too much information out there. Especially when it comes to Comic-Con weekend. But don’t worry. Go on with your lives. I sift through this stuff so you don’t have to.

Because the Night is a four-part series coming to ITV across the pond (and then to the States and elsewhere eventually, of course) from Neil Cross, based on his novel Burial. Cross is the man who brought you Idris Elba as Luther, the first series of which is some of the most nail-biting television I’ve ever seen. As for the title, yes, I too finished it with “belongs to lovers.” Source.

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The Taste of Caffeinated Nostalgia

Back in my younger days, somewhere around 1891 or so, there were a number of classic soft drinks that were near and dear to my heart. There was Surge, the thinking man’s Mello Yello, which has returned and doesn’t appear to be going anywhere. There was also the guarana-laced Josta, the best thing Pepsi ever created, which has yet to return. And there was Jolt Cola, much beloved among anyone who craved some liquid sleep and needed something to wash down the last pot of coffee.

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