Headsup: Historical Fiction


Fans of historical fiction will be excited about the release of two new titles now out on Blu-ray and DVD:


Fences Blu-rayFirst we have the critically-acclaimed film Fences, based on August Wilson’s 1985 stageplay of the same name.  The play won both a Tony Award and a Pulitzer Prize in 1987, and thirty years later the film (adapted for the screen largely by Wilson himself) has continued the winning streak, garnering Oscar, Golden Globe, BAFTA, and SAG awards (among multiple others), most of which are due to the masterful leading performances of Viola Davis and Denzel Washington (Washington also directed the film.)  The story (which was the sixth installment of Wilson’s “Pittsburgh Cycle”) centers around former African American baseball player Troy Maxson as he struggles to redefine his own identity and to make a living for himself and his loved ones in the tumultuous and challenging world of 1950s Pittsburgh.

The film is now out on Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD, and digital HD.  The Blu-ray option not only features the film in both disc and digital form, but also over 30 minutes of bonus material, including “Expanding the Audience: From Stage to Screen” (comments from Denzel Washington, the play’s 2010 Broadway director Kenny Leon, and others about transitioning the story from play to film formats), “The Company of Fences” (which looks at the cast in general, many of whom also appeared in the recent Broadway production), and “Playing the Part: Rose Maxson” (where Viola Davis discusses bringing her role to life), along with “Building Fences: Denzel Washington” and “August Wilson’s Hill District”, two featurettes about the joys and challenges of the film’s production process. Denzel Washington fans will also appreciate  the “bonus bonus” that comes with the Blu-ray option — for a limited time, purchasing this set also gets you a free digital copy of The Manchurian Candidate (be aware that the code does expire in June, so if you go that route make sure you don’t forget to take advantage of it within that window).  Digital HD options are available for both rental and purchase on Amazon and iTunes ($4.99 / $9.99 and $5.99 / $14.99 respectively).  If you want it on disc form (keep in mind the DVD doesn’t include those bonus features), you can grab both on Amazon: the Blu-ray is currently priced at $19.99 and the DVD is $17.99


By | 2017-09-24T22:24:35+00:00 March 20th, 2017|Headsup|0 Comments

Headsup: Zombie Apocalypses, Vampire Weddings, True Love and Other Madness

There’s a lot of stuff that comes out all the time, and the companies are want your attention and mostly…your coin. But, you know, it’s your coin and you have to take care where you spend it. With these posts we try to take you through recent releases so you can make up your mind. If you find the info here to be of use, do us a favor and purchase stuff from Amazon through us. Especially if you were going to buy the stuff anyway. That gives us kickbacks, which help pay for things. Like the server. And coffee. And therapy. We thank you.

Love Story Blu-Ray
Malcolm X Blu-Ray
Whistleblower Blu-Ray


By | 2017-09-24T22:32:55+00:00 February 19th, 2012|Headsup|0 Comments

Stuff You Need to Know: The Skyfall is Happening, Sayeth Chicken Little

Albert Finney

'I would make a KICK ASS Blofeld and you know it.'

Yes, we’re back. Sorry we’ve been away, but there’s been a lot going on. Should have one of these at least weekly for you and we’ll try to keep you up to speed. The theme is simple: there’s just too much pop culture shite going on to spend your life reading a website about pop culture news. We try to give it to you in capsule form. Swallow briskly. Enjoy.

  • Amazon‘s deal of the day is the Blu-Ray set of Superman: The Motion Picture Anthology. It’s at $55.99 today while stocks last, which is 57% off the list price. You can snag that here.
  • James Bond 23 finally has a title and appears to be happening. Skyfall will hit the UK and Ireland October 26, 2012, hitting stateside November 9, 2012. The story apparently has a spectre (not SPECTRE) from M’s past rising up to be dealt with. Which means Judi Dench returns (as does Craig), with Javier Bardem on board as the villain, and Naomie Harris (28 Days Later) and Berenice Marlohe (a French model) as the Bond girls. Also in the cast are Albert Finney (yes!), Ralph Fiennes and Ben Whishaw (Perfume). Nice timing: the Variety article states that the announcement today comes on the 50th anniversary of the announcement that Sean Connery had been cast as Bond for Dr. No. Well played, Eon.
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    By | 2017-09-24T22:35:46+00:00 November 3rd, 2011|Stuff You Need to Know|0 Comments

    Stuff: Andrew Garfield Spidey-Suits Up

    Amazing Spider-Man

    The Pareto Principle states that 80% of the worthwhile pop culture news can be snagged by only taking in 20% of the volume of regular pop culture news coverage. (Or something like that.) This post is designed for anyone who wants pop culture news in digestible bits, all in one shot, so that person can take a few minutes to get up to speed and then get on with their lives. Enjoy.

  • Amazing Spider-Man has a release date: July 3, 2012. And while a previous picture showed a slightly battered Andrew Garfield in most of the Spidey suit, the official site now has a pic that’s supposed to be Garfield in full gear. I dunno…works for me. Click through to the official site to embiggen it.
  • Dominic Cooper has signed on to play Henry, the friendly neighborhood vampire, in Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter. Source.
  • Atlas Shrugged Part 1 has a trailer and a release date of April 15th. It looks, however, frighteningly good. Whatever it turns out to be, I imagine it has a screenwriter that didn’t blatantly misread the original novel. I won’t mention any names, because that would be indiscreet. Randall Wallace. Trailer comes after the break.


  • By | 2017-09-24T22:44:03+00:00 February 16th, 2011|Stuff You Need to Know|1 Comment

    Stuff: Dear Federal Courts: Please Kick the FCC Again. Love, America.

    FCC Ha!

    There’s a lot of entertainment news going on. You honestly don’t need to know most of it. And the bits you do need to know, you don’t need to know them the second they happen. You, after all, have a life. Rather than write up a bunch of individual posts you have to read, here’s one post with everything. Enjoy.

  • The Amazon deal of the day is the complete series of The Brady Bunch. While stocks last and today only–it’s 55% off. Regularly $129.99 and it’s $58.99. Thought you’d like to know. Snag it here.
  • The FCC and federal courts are in a tussle again about whether or not we’re all adults and can handle a bit of profanity. The good news is a federal court has overturned the FCC’s silly “fleeting profanity” fees. It’s simple, folks. If you don’t like the language, change the channel. When you had only three channels to choose from, then maybe you had a case for sanitizing everything. But now we have limitless choices. So get the fuck over it already. Read the whole article here.
  • Avatar is being re-released in cinemas August 27th. But don’t get excited–the difference this time is eight minutes of extra footage. Seriously, people. You own the DVD and/or Blu-Ray. It’s eight minutes. Come on. Source.
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    By | 2017-09-24T22:50:02+00:00 July 13th, 2010|Stuff You Need to Know|0 Comments

    Win The Book of Eli on Blu-ray/DVD!

    Book of Eli Blu-ray Cover Art

    The post-apocalyptic Book of Eli is being released in a Blu-ray/DVD combo pack from Warner Brothers. It comes with picture-in-picture commentary with Denzel and the Brothers Hughes, additional scenes, an animated short, a soundtrack featurette, and more. And for reference, Widge’s Wayhomer of the film can be found here. And for a second opinion, Siege’s 27 Second Review is here.

    Want a trailer? We posted it here. Enjoy.

    Want to win a copy? Well, it just so happens that we have a copy to give away. Just fill out the form below– you can even do it once a day to improve your odds. If we draw your name when the contest ends, it’s yours. Good luck!


    By | 2017-09-24T22:51:03+00:00 June 15th, 2010|Contests|0 Comments

    The Book of Eli (2010) – 27 Second Review

    Book of Eli poster

    Written by: Gary Whitta
    Directed by: The Brothers Hughes
    Starring: Denzel Washington, Gary Oldman, Mila Kunis, Jennifer Beals, Ray Stevenson

    Review: Mix together Mad Max and Leon, then form it into a holy arrow of some kind, and fire it through the testicles of a would-be rapist, and this is what you get. It’s good to see Oldman return to his psychotic bad guy role, which he does very well, and even better to see Denzel Washington flip out and kill tons of dudes.

    Time: 14 seconds


    By | 2017-09-24T22:54:56+00:00 January 27th, 2010|27 Seconds, Reviews|0 Comments