Headsup: Women– Can’t Live With Them, Can’t Tell if They’re International Double Agents…

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

Ah, the 90s…the days of the Clinton White House, double-reverse front pleated pants, Fuller House Season 1 DVDand of course, Full House on ABC. The story of widower Danny Tanner raising his three young daughters as part of a mixed family unit, it was ever a fan favorite, launching the careers of the Olsen Twins and showing America that John Stamos is so outrageously handsome he can even look good in a mullet. Last February series creator Jeff Franklin debuted its sequel, Fuller House, on Netflix, which this past Christmas was approved for a third season (now 18 episodes) to be released later this year. This sequel series follows the family’s eldest daughter D.J. Tanner-Fuller (now a widow herself) as she navigates raising her three sons with the help of friends and family. In addition to some fresh faces, the cast of the original series (minus the Olsen twins doubling as Michelle) returns, including original “dads” Bob Saget, Dave Coulier, and John Stamos (also one of the show’s producers). While the reboot has received mixed reviews from critics, it has already received two Teen Choice Awards (one for Choice Comedy TV Show and one to Candace Cameron Bure as Choice Actress in a TV Comedy) and a People’s Choice Award (Favorite Premium Comedy Series). Now out on DVD is the complete first season, which includes all thirteen episodes across two discs. Even though there is plenty of room for bonus features a la interviews with the creators and cast about what it’s like to breathe life into the story again after twenty years, etc, this set just features the episodes themselves (they may very well be waiting to include such extras in future releases, especially since the show is already in its third season). Since it’s a Netflix original you can obviously get it there, but if you don’t have that access (or you’re gifting to someone who doesn’t) and you’re a big fan of the Full / Fuller House world (also remember DVD sales is one way they judge whether or not to renew a series), you can currently snag the DVD on Amazon for $17.99.

 

Allied 4K Ultra HD Blu-raySo you meet this girl. She’s sexy. She’s smart. And (both of you being WWII spies) you have so much in common. But when it’s revealed that she might be working with the enemy and you either have to prove her innocent in three days or take her out, what’s a guy to do? Such is the quandary of Intelligence Officer Max Vatan (Brad Pitt) in Allied as he struggles to discover the truth about his wife Marianne (Marion Cotillard). Directed by the Academy Award-winning giant Robert Zemeckis (Forrest Gump, Back to the Future, Who Framed Roger Rabbit?) and packed with the talent of two Oscar-winning co-stars, the film received favorable reviews from critics and fans alike, grossing $118 million worldwide during its theatrical run.  Allied is now out on DVD, Blu-ray Combo Pack, and 4k Ultra HD Combo Pack, the latter two featuring over an hour of extras. Bonus features on these include Guys and Gals (a featurette on the ensemble cast), ‘Til Death do Us Part (an examination of the relationship between the two main characters), From Stages to the Sahara (which discusses the film’s production design), A Stitch in Time (examining the Oscar-nominated costume design), Through the Lens (a special on Zemeckis and his direction of the film), as well as featurettes on the story, visual effects, vehicles, weapons, and awesome 1940s music of the film. Throughout all of the special features, you get a real sense of how excited and privileged the cast and crew felt to be part of this particular project (and to be working with the talent involved). All three media formats of the film are available on Amazon— currently the DVD goes for $14.99 (remember no bonus features on that one), the Blu-ray Combo Pack goes for $19.99, and the 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack goes for $26.99. Amazon also offers a digital rental option for $5.99 and both it and iTunes offer digital purchase for $14.99 (although note that you can get the DVD for the same price as that option). Basically, if you’re a fan of the film and have $6-$27 to spend, you have five different options of how to get it, so doubtless at least one will fit your needs.

By | 2017-09-24T22:24:36+00:00 March 9th, 2017|Headsup|0 Comments

Headsup: Monsters and Machines

Beowulf: Return to the Shieldlands Blu-Ray Nazi Mega Weapons Season 3 DVD

Loosely based on the ancient epic poem, Beowulf: Return to the Shieldlands follows the battle-weary title character as he reintegrates himself back into his home community of Herot, where he has to fight politics, family tension, and the monster Grendel.  The series was pitched as ITV’s answer to Game of Thrones–it had a budget of £17 million ($23 million US) and was rumored to have offered the actors contracts with options to return for five years.  The show’s creators didn’t shy away from the comparison–Tim Haines (co-creator and executive producer) described the juxtaposition of the two by saying that “Game of Thrones… is a great series but many people, including younger viewers, can’t watch it because of the level of sex and violence.  Beowulf is a show that delivers epic fantasy, danger and excitement but that three generations can enjoy and, we hope, find fascinating for many series.”

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By | 2017-09-24T22:24:58+00:00 October 18th, 2016|Headsup|0 Comments

Win World War Boxed Sets From A&E Home Entertainment!

World Wars: Complete History of WWI and WWII DVD
Ultimate Collections: World War II DVD

It’s a pair of massive World War-related collections from A&E Home Entertainment. And we’re giving them away as a first and second prize.

First prize gets The World Wars: The Complete History of WWI and WWII on a 12-DVD set. Second prize gets Ultimate Collections: World War II, an 8-disc set. Here’s what they have to say for themselves:

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By | 2017-09-24T22:30:12+00:00 September 10th, 2012|Contests|2 Comments

Headsup: Astronauts, Werewolves and People With Guns

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.

Dark Blue Season 2 DVD
Hell on Wheels Season 1 Blu-Ray

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By | 2017-09-24T22:31:30+00:00 June 6th, 2012|Headsup|0 Comments

Win the Audiobook of A Century of Wisdom on CD!

A Century of Wisdom: Lessons from the Life of Alice Herz-Sommer, the World's Oldest Living Holocaust Survivor Audiobook

The full title is A Century of Wisdom: Lessons from the Life of Alice Herz-Sommer, the World’s Oldest Living Holocaust Survivor. It’s by Caroline Stoessinger, forward by Vaclav Havel, and read by Linda Korn. It’s out unabridged on CD from Random House Audio. Here’s what they have to say for themselves:

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By | 2017-09-24T22:31:35+00:00 May 28th, 2012|Contests|0 Comments

Win The War on Blu-Ray!

Ken Burns: War Blu-Ray

It’s The War, the mega-documentary series from Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, hitting Blu-Ray from PBS and Paramount. Here’s what they have to say for themselves:

Called “A new masterpiece…” (TV Guide) Ken Burns and Lynn Novick’s powerful and acclaimed documentary THE WAR arrives for the first time ever on Blu-ray May 15, 2012 from PBS Distribution and Paramount Home Media Distribution. Six years in the making, the epic, seven-part film directed and produced by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick explores the history and horror of the Second World War from an American perspective through the personal accounts of men and women from four quintessentially American towns. Revealing the most intimate human dimensions of a worldwide catastrophe, the 15-hour documentary paints a vivid portrait of how the war touched the lives of every family on every street in every town in America.

THE WAR is narrated by Emmy Award®-winner Keith David and includes voiceovers from acclaimed performers such as Tom Hanks, Samuel L. Jackson, Josh Lucas, Adam Arkin and Eli Wallach and features recordings by Norah Jones and Wynton Marsalis, as well as war-era favorites from Benny Goodman, Nat King Cole and more. Presented in pristine high-definition, the Blu-ray also boasts nearly two hours of special features including filmmaker commentary, deleted scenes, additional interviews and a making of featurette.

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By | 2017-09-24T22:31:52+00:00 May 20th, 2012|Contests|1 Comment

Headsup: Ghosts, Spies, Musicians and Human Monsters

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.

Innkeepers Blu-Ray
Thou Shalt Not Kill Except Blu-Ray
Wicker Tree Blu-Ray

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By | 2017-09-24T22:31:55+00:00 May 14th, 2012|Headsup|0 Comments

Headsup: Zeppelins, Spies and Guns. Lots of Guns.

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.

Three Musketeers 3D Blu-Ray
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy 2011 Blu-Ray
Unforgiven Blu-Ray Book

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By | 2017-09-24T22:32:36+00:00 March 25th, 2012|Headsup|0 Comments

Win a History Channel Twofer!

Ancient Aliens Season 3 DVD
WWII in 3D Blu-Ray

We’ve got a pair of A&E/History Channel releases to give away as a bundle. Here’s what they have to say for themselves:

Another season of alien intervention belongs to HISTORY, and in ANCIENT ALIENS: SEASON THREE the top-rated unearths new discoveries and evidence, including sightings and phenomena from ancient times to the present. From the age of dinosaurs to ancient Egypt, from early cave drawings to continued mass sightings in the U.S., each of Season Three’s 16 episodes lends historic depth to the questions, speculations, controversies, firsthand accounts and grounded theories surrounding an age-old debate. Did intelligent life forms from outer space visit Earth thousands of years ago? And do they visit us now? HISTORY ignites the inquiry while exploring possible connections between UFO phenomena and information decoded from ancient texts and artifacts.

Telling the epic story of the war from the rise of the Nazis, their sweep across Europe, the Allied counterattack and the fall of Nazi Germany, WWII IN 3D delivers home audiences to the Last Great War as never experienced before. For the first time, you will see dramatic moments of WWII that were captured in 3D with stereographs and then shuttered away in secret archives and attics, until now. This stunning collection of color 3D photos includes Allied reconnaissance photos, a trove of images that documents the rise and fall of the Third Reich, and photos secretly taken by a civilian in occupied France. WWII IN 3D also features an actual 3D motion picture film shot by the Nazis in 1943 and creates a fully immersive, three dimensional portrait of history’s largest and bloodiest conflict.

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By | 2017-09-24T22:33:14+00:00 February 12th, 2012|Contests|0 Comments