Headsup: Witches, Superheroes, and Vampire-Snake Hybrids

Sabrina Down Under DVD

If you were a child of the 90s, you probably remember Melissa Joan Hart in her role as Sabrina Spellman, the almost-normal teenage girl who happens to possess magical powers, in Sabrina the Teenage Witch. Based on the Archie comic series (same title), the show ran from 1996-2000 on ABC and then from 2000-2003 on The WB. Now out on DVD is the 1999 spinoff TV movie Sabrina Down Under, where Sabrina goes to Australia along with her magic cat Salem (Nick Bakay) and fellow witch Gwen (Tara Charendoff). While there, Sabrina encounters a colony of mermaids and mermen whose well-being is threatened by pollution and she must call upon her powers as a witch to help them.  Also starring in the film are Scott Michaelson and Lindsay Sloane as mer-people and Peter O’Brien as fame-hungry marine biologist and antagonist Dr. Julian Martin.  The film is available to Hulu subscribers and is available now on DVD on Amazon for $9.99. There are no bonus features with this release, but it should be noted that this is the first time the film has been made available in disc form—-the recent release of Season 7 of the series did include the other tv movie (Sabrina Goes to Rome) as part of the bonus content, but not this one, so if you’re a fan collecting all things Sabrina, this is your chance!

 

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By | 2017-09-24T22:24:37+00:00 February 16th, 2017|Headsup|0 Comments

Your Weekend Justice #212: The Lunchlady Who Loved Knives

Colt 45: This Establishment is Billy Dee Williams Approved sign

It’s Weekend Justice: the Internet’s #1 audio trainwreck–the podcast that argues that Martian Manhunter could look like David Ogden Stiers if he really, really wanted to.

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Agenda:

  • Parenting (and hunting) skills
  • An attempt to talk about Zero Hour
  • J.J.’s deal…revealed!
  • Pirate dental work
  • House of Cards Season 2 (SPOILERS)
  • Hot in Portland
  • The Following (SPOILERS)
  • Hannibal (SPOILERS)
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    By | 2017-09-24T22:26:34+00:00 March 14th, 2014|Podcasts, Weekend Justice|3 Comments

    Stuff You Need to Know: The Trouble With Holy Whatever Batman Jokes is That They Were All Used Up By 1978

    Adam West and bomb from Batman

    Some sites want to rephrase every press release they get. And post every photo. As the philosopher once said, “Ain’t nobody got time for that.” Here’s all the pop culture news you actually need in a single post. Enjoy.

  • Trying to get this up as quickly as possibly because I know there are a few Star Trek: Next Generation fans out there. The Blu-Ray Motion Picture Collection is the deal of the day at Amazon. It’s 62% off the list price at present, clocking in at $26.49. That’s today only and while stocks last. Good luck.
  • Well, they’ve finally worked out the Batman merchandising. And by that, I mean the 60s television series. And by that I mean that they’ve been limited as to what they could do with merch since they didn’t have a deal in place to use the likenesses of the actors and whatnot. I think I would be happy with an afforable Shakespeare bust, myself. But regardless, you can look for stuff to rollout quickly. Source: Variety.
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    By | 2017-09-24T22:31:28+00:00 June 7th, 2012|Stuff You Need to Know|0 Comments

    Your Weekend Justice #127: No Ladies on That Line

    It’s Weekend Justice: the Internet’s #1 audio trainwreck. It’s the podcast that records everything. Not for posterity but for the embarrassment of others. This podcast was engineered–some might say over-engineered–by experts to escort you from the work week in the most chaotic manner possible. Please note: this podcast is profane, definitely oversexed and definitely overwrought. It is wrong and unsafe. You have been warned.

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    Black Raazer vs. Leigh

    Agenda:

  • Call Them
  • Hooker vs. Valentine
  • The taste of crayons
  • Leigh and dating not-Robert Smith
  • No one should follow Chuck Woolery
  • Mattress shoulders
  • Little people?
  • Summer vacations
  • The FCATs!
  • Alan Moore writes word problems
  • The three faces of Larry the Cable Guy
  • Family Ties and racism
  • The Alabama High School Graduation Exam
  • B’wana Beast mentioned…and again
  • Jon and the Navy
  • Overthinking the leather pants
  • Greed and inches
  • Justice League Dark
  • The Smiths vs. Batman
  • Christopher Lee vs. Bollywood
  • Sondheim‘s Vagina Monologues
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    By | 2017-09-24T22:38:22+00:00 August 19th, 2011|Podcasts, Weekend Justice|11 Comments

    Headsup: Regarding Horror, Sci-Fi, Spandex and Skynet

    An ongoing attempt to help you sort through the mountains of new material that people want you to buy. Should you? I’ll try and help sort this out.

    Ultimate Matrix Collection Blu-Ray cover art
    Ghost House Underground DVD cover art

    The Ultimate Matrix Collection takes everything that you would want out of a Matrix set–which is basically everything that you had in previous collections–and smacks it into a Blu-Ray set. Mostly. The three films plus Animatrix are all provided in Blu-Ray and look about like what you would expect these films to like on hi-def: which is to say, awesome. Granted, there is not enough awesome in the world to fix the third film. But I’ll try to keep from harping on that as we move forward. Each film comes with an “in-movie experience” that pops up with extra bits while you’re watching. This is good if you’re not wanting to wade through all thirty-five hours of bonus bits. Each film also comes with a commentary track with critics as well as a separate one with philosophers, with the cast and crew giving a commentary on the first film. Each film also comes with a positively ludicrous amount of behind the scenes bits, some focusing on particular scenes, like the Freeway Sequence or the Upside Down Fight Sequence. There’s also two bonus discs comprising the “Matrix Experience” as well as a bonus disc that has the digital copy of the first film–if you’re into such things. So not counting the digital copy, it’s a six-disc set, of which four are Blu-Ray and the “Experience” discs are vanilla flavored. So should you buy it? Well, it is one of those films that just screams for hi-def, since it is, warts and all, visually stunning. So there is that. And if you wanted, say, just the first film in Blu-Ray form–you’re stuck with getting it this route. There are no plans from Warner Brothers to release the films separately at this time as I understand it. It’s $74.95 on Amazon as I write this, so you’ll have to ultimately decide about the price point. But the set is formidable and fans of the series might want to seriously consider it. (Click here to buy it from Amazon.)

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    By | 2017-09-24T23:10:55+00:00 October 17th, 2008|Headsup|0 Comments

    Science Ninja Hero? Yes, Have Some.

    Batman: Science Ninja Hero

    Cliff Chiang has posted some of his artwork that he put together as a DC Comics/anime mashup about a decade ago. He does anime versions of Batman and Robin, Harley Quinn and The Joker, Superman, and the Justice League. Cliff sez:

    Here, Batman is a wealthy but orphaned college student, the Joker is an insane visual kei rock star, and Superman is a giant robot controlled by the radio wristwatch of a young boy (the roles of Clark Kent and Lois Lane are filled in by the robot’s nerdy creator and the boy’s widowed mom).

    And I know it’s pastiche, and I know it’s thinly veiled versions of G-Force, Gigantor, and so on (Chiang mentions as much and says it would need to be reworked before it could get published for real). But I can’t help but dig this stuff. How can you not want a series called Science Ninja Hero Batman? Those four words on their own are cool enough, but slap them together? Bring it!

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    By | 2017-09-24T23:18:57+00:00 May 21st, 2008|Stimuli|0 Comments

    Win Justice League: The New Frontier on DVD!

    Justice League: The New Frontier 2-Disc Special Edition DVD cover art

    February 26th, there’s a new DC Comics animated flick hitting video: Justice League: The New Frontier. It’s coming out on DVD, HD-DVD and Blu-Ray, incidentally, and if the name sounds familiar, it’s probably because it’s based on the graphic novel by Darwyn Cooke. It tells the tale of the founding of the League and has amongst its vocal cast: David Boreanaz, Brooke Shields, Lucy Lawless, Neil Patrick Harris, Miguel Ferrer, Kyra Sedgwick, Jeremy Sisto and Kyle MacLachlan.

    This comes with a docu on the history of the League, with everybody from Paul Levitz, head burrito at DC to Mark Waid to Marv Wolfman to Stan Lee. There’s a sneak peek at Batman: Gotham Knight where Batman meets anime. You also get two commentaries.

    And because we have two copies of the special edition to give away, you also get a history of super-villains, a docu on the original graphic novel, and three episodes of the why-did-you-cancel-it-in-the-first-place-you-dweebs Justice League Unlimited selected by Bruce Timm.

    And for those of you that don’t know the story, here’s what they say about it:

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    By | 2008-03-10T21:55:18+00:00 January 29th, 2008|Contests|0 Comments

    Four Color Fury’s Modest Proposal to DC Comics: Give Us Earth-Fun

    Booster Gold #6 cover art

    Okay, for those of you haven’t read the latest issue of Booster Gold, #6, you might want to run away.

    I’ll wait.

    Gone? Okay, fine. The gist is this:

    Booster Gold gets visited by three different versions of the Blue Beetle so he can go back in time and prevent the Ted Kord Blue Beetle from getting his brains blown out by suddenly evil Maxwell Lord as part of the suddenly lame revelation that the fun Giffen/DeMatteis Justice League years were fun because it was all part of Lord’s plot to make the League ineffective.

    Get that? Fun = ineffective in the new DC.

    The spoilerific bit is that Booster succeeds, and rescues Ted, even though no one knows that Ted survived. He and Booster are now non-hero heroes, unknown but righting wrongs. Blue & Gold.

    Now some might think this is dumb, but I would disagree: the decision to kill Ted in the first place was misguided and stupid. Booster is acting like himself, which is odd for comics these days. In a day and age where Spider-Man–even though he personally knows gods, Inhumans, Reed Richards, Tony Stark not to mention is running around with Dr. Strange–decides to make a deal with the devil to save his Aunt May, it’s odd for characters to do things that they would, you know, actually do. And Booster saying, dammit, I’m going to go save Ted, is exactly what that character would do.

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    By | 2017-09-24T23:22:15+00:00 January 27th, 2008|Stimuli|13 Comments

    Victorian Justice League

    Gaslight Justice League by Sillof

    Sillof makes craploads of custom action figures. If you go check out his website, you can see he’s tackled everything from a reworking of Star Wars to League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. But the series he’s done that I think is totally solid is the Justice League inspired by the kickass Elseworlds title, Gotham by Gaslight. That’s the group picture there, but you can get better, bigger pics here.

    Of course, one has to go back to the Victorian era almost to find DC Comics worth reading.

    And now my brain is trying to create what a Victorian SuperFriends theme would be. Hmm. Would that be totally on a harpsichord or something?

    Found via Brass Goggles.

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    By | 2017-09-24T23:22:50+00:00 January 8th, 2008|Toys|0 Comments

    Four-Color Fisticuffs: The Good, The Bad, and The Budget

    With holidays fast approaching and the next-gen console arms race now well and truly joined by all parties, there are, no doubt, those who are still looking for some quality last-gen game goodness. As long as you’re shopping to soothe your geek tendencies, look to double up and indulge in multiple dorktacular obsessions simultaneously. To assist you in the endeavor, we offer a glimpse of three comic-driven videogames available on hardware that won’t require camping outside your local Best Buy or selling a kidney on eBay.

    The Budget – Teen Titans (PS2, Xbox, GC, GBA)

    As a comic property, I was always a bit lukewarm on the Teen Titans. Miniature versions of real heroes with an occasional sidekick thrown in for good measure just didn’t really compel me to pick up issues (though George Perez did his damnedest to compel my pre-pubescent self to buy them with Starfire and Raven). That aside, the animated series has been pretty consistently entertaining and provides an interesting bit of levity that the comic stories never managed. The heavily anime-influenced Titans ‘toon was a no-brainer for translation to the console realm.

    Unfortunately, the game just isn’t that much fun. Combat is extremely repetitive after the first hour or so, and the total storyline can be played through in a dozen hours, tops. The versus mode is a good bit of fun, especially with the absolutely massive number of playable characters, but even it gets stale pretty quickly. Fans of the series will dig the game’s light-hearted story and approach, though, making it a solid rental for even casual fans of the beat-em-up game genre. The other huge point in the game’s favor is its budget price. There’s a lot of game here for $20.

    Buy it from Amazon for the PS2, or the Xbox, or the Gamecube, or the GameBoy Advance.

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    By | 2017-09-24T23:37:12+00:00 December 15th, 2006|Games, Reviews|0 Comments