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Friday the 13th: The Complete Collection
(Out on Friday, Sept. 13th)
This 10-disc collection includes twelve films (Friday the 13th Part I-X, Freddy Vs. Jason and the 2009 Platinum Dunes remake) on nine Blu-ray discs, as well as a Killer Bonus DVD disc full of special features on the making of the famous franchise. The must-own set will be presented in a collectible tin case with 11 hours of previously released special features and a 40-page soft cover excerpt from Crystal Lake Memories: The Complete History of Friday The 13th, a fan-favorite book that’s viewed as the ultimate memoir of the series. Also included is a brand new, official Camp Crystal Lake embroidered Counselor Patch.
I’m super excited about this collection and will have it in my possession come this Friday (the 13th)! While I’m slightly less enthused to own the worst movie of the franchise (Jason Goes to Hell is just plain awful), I’m incredibly excited to own the rest of the series including the one film I’ve been waiting for to hit Blu-ray, Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter. This set looks absolutely amazing and I cannot wait to dive into my Friday the 13th series rewatch to prepare for the upcoming Halloween season!
Star Trek Into Darkness
Paramount has made the purchasing of Star Trek Into Darkness a very hard decision since the special features for the movie have been split up for retailer exclusives. That means, in order to get all the special features for the movie, you have to buy multiple copies. Yea, it totally blows. Because of all this, there are a lot of versions to choose from. Walmart is selling a Steelbook edition that comes with a Hot Wheels 1:50 Scale Star Trek Villain Ship. Target is selling the film with an exclusive bonus disc and variant cover art. Best Buy has the movie with cover art that matches the first film’s artwork and presumably with some unique special features. iTunes has the movie for digital download which comes with the only audio commentary out of all the editions out there (no audio commentary will be on any of the Blu-rays). There is also what I guess would be the standard edition of the movie (in both 3D and 2D versions) that can be found on Amazon and other retail stores. Lastly, a Star Trek Into Darkness Collector’s Edition that comes with a Phaser replica is also available (pictured above).
Homeland: The Complete Second Season
This hit Showtime TV series is about to return for its third season and season two is now available just in time for you to get caught up with the show, if you haven’t done so already. I may have to do a little reading to refresh my memory on some of the details of the second season since I saw it nearly a year ago but boy was it a fun watch. The writers on the show are great at surprising the audience and doing things that you wouldn’t expect them to ever do on the show. Homeland is definitely one of my favorite shows currently on TV and I’m really looking forward to the third season (which starts Sept. 29th).
This second season set features a prologue to season 3, titled The Border, as well as deleted scenes and some behind the scenes featurettes.
The League: The Complete Fourth Season
The League is one of those shows I usually don’t watch live and just wait to pick up when it hits Blu-ray to burn through all the episodes fairly quickly. I love this show and its absolutely hilarious cast members. In the fourth season, I’m hoping to see more of Jason Mantzoukas’ Rafi character. Every time he appears on screen, it’s guaranteed laughs for me. The Blu-ray features deleted scenes, Taco tones, Rafi’s helpful holiday hints, the Witchy Woman podcast and a gag reel. Shiva.. Kamini.. Soma.. Kandarkramshiva.. Kaminisomakandarkram! Hey!
Supernatural: The Complete Eighth Season
I got a little behind with Supernatural and still haven’t seen the seventh or eighth season yet. I kind of wish the series had ended after about five or six seasons as it felt like the show had run its course story-wise. That being said, I’m with the show until the end and hope for the best with this penultimate season of the show. Plus, I heard Felicia Day pops up twice during this season (with a possible recurring role in season 9) so that’s always a plus.
The Season Eight set contains all 23 episodes with a DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 surround track as well as some extras that include commentaries on select episodes, deleted scenes, a gag reel and more.
Scanners II/Scanners III
Scream Factory releases their Cronenbergian inspired double feature with Scanners II: The New Order and Scanners III: The Takeover. That’s double the amount of exploding heads for you to enjoy! I’ve never seen any of the Scanners movies beyond Cronenberg’s original film but I’ve been reading up on the sequels and it sounds like they might be worth watching. If nothing else, I may want to check this out simply because it’s a Scream Factory release and well, they’re pretty damn awesome at what they do.
In Scanners II, a breed of humans with dangerously powerful telepathic abilities – the scanners – are being recruited by a corrupt police commander, John Forrester, in his crusade to take over the city. Forrester first enlists the help of an evil scientist, Dr. Morse, who wants to conduct mind-control experiments on the scanners with a new drug. When the side effects render the scanners incapable, Forrester then finds David Kellum, a rational scanner who, unaware of his own powers, agrees to help him. Will Kellum discover Forrester’s real motive and prevent the “New Order” from being established? More twisted telepathic evil continues in Scanners III when a young scanner with extraordinary telepathic powers transforms into a lethal killing machine after taking one of her father’s experimental drugs. After taking over the pharmaceutical company, the deranged scanner runs amok on a killing spree and takes over a television company in her quest for world domination. As her thirst for more power grows stronger, only one man – her scanner brother – might have the power to stop her.
In the dying days of World War II, a battalion of Russian soldiers find themselves lost in enemy territory in eastern Germany. One soldier has been ordered to make a propaganda film as the squadron makes its way across the wintry landscape, and what follows is a thrilling mix of found-footage shocks and classic horror. Stumbling upon a village decimated by an unseen terror, the Russians are lured into the secret lab of deranged scientist Viktor (Hellboy‘s Karel Roden). Viktor has unearthed the journals of the legendary Dr. Victor Frankenstein and has used them to assemble an army of supersoldiers stitched together from the body parts of fallen Germans – a desperate Hitler’s last ghastly ploy to escape defeat. Leaderless and faced with dissension in their dwindling ranks, the Russians must find the courage to face down this fearsome new brigade of flesh-and-metal “zombots,” or die trying.
This creature feature looks like it could be fun, especially knowing that the filmmakers used practical make-up effects for all of their horror carnage.
The Bird with the Crystal Plummage
For those of you who missed out on Blue Underground’s release of this movie, VCI Home Entertainment is now releasing Dario Argento’s giallo on Blu-ray. The film follows an American writer traveling in Rome who becomes the only witness to an attempted murder by a sinister man in a raincoat and black leather gloves. With a feeling that something is not quite right about the scene he has witnessed and the police’s inability to make any progress, he launches his own personal investigation…and nearly loses his life in the process.
I haven’t seen the film for myself but since I’m someone who has a great appreciation for horror, I definitely want to make a point to watch this film, especially since it comes from the mind of the Italian master of horror. I’m glad to see VCI releasing the film, making it now affordable to own, since the Blue Underground edition is out of print and very expensive to come by.
Crystal Lake Memories: The Complete History of Friday the 13th
(Out on Friday, Sept. 13th)
This is a great companion piece to go with the Friday the 13th: Complete Collection set. Corey Feldman (star of Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter) narrates Crystal Lake Memories, which features interviews with approximately 150 cast and crew members from all twelve Friday the 13th films and the syndicated television series, many of whom have never before appeared in on-camera interviews. Interview subjects include Kane Hodder, Robert Englund, Tom Savini, Danielle Panabaker, Sean S. Cunningham, Derek Mears, Betsy Palmer, Wes Craven, Robert Shaye, Alice Cooper and many more. The documentary, inspired by Peter M. Bracke’s bestselling book of the same name, promises to be the definitive retrospective on the long-running Friday the 13th franchise.
This monstrous documentary is 420 minutes in length. That is 7 hours of behind-the-scenes retrospectives and I’m simply stunned by how much material they have gathered for this thing! This definitely looks to live up to its promise of being the definitive look at the entire Friday the 13th franchise and I’m excited (if not slightly overwhelmed) at the prospect of watching the entirety of this thing. If you pre-order it before this Friday over on crystallakememories.com, you’ll receive a bonus DVD with nearly 4 hours of extended interviews. This is a must for die-hard fans of the franchise.
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by Ben McBride
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