If you want to laugh instead of cry this fall, turn off the election coverage and press play on the Looney Toons Platinum Collection Vol. 1. Three discs with 50 re-mastered classic cartoons have now been rendered in crisp Blu-ray radness. Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig and the rest of the gang may resemble our cast of candidates, but their antics are much more entertaining.
70s Hollywood bad-ass James Caan earned himself a Golden Globe for his portrayal of Alex Freed, an NYU Lit. Professor and gambling addict. It’s loosely based on the Dostoevsky novel of the same name so be sure to drop that nug when you tell people you watched it, smarty pants.
If you weren’t immediately repulsed by the sight of rotting zombies, the hit series The Walking Dead probably sucked you right in. It’s got good dramatic acting and great effects; for post-apocalyptic zombie gore, the show is ironically human. This 3-disc Blu-Ray set features all six episodes from the first season plus a coffin-load of extras.
If you’re a sucker for killer, custom packaging, the “special, limited, numbered, collector’s edition” globe packaging of the multi award-winning Planet Earth series will be hard to resist. Inside, this 6-disc set includes loads of additional features and with a run-time of over nine hours it will be a great tool for teaching kids what our magnificent earth was like before we ruined it.
By the 1970s, decades of divestment and inner-city strife had taken its toll on New York City’s South Bronx. Burned out buildings, street crime and unrestrained violence ruled the streets. The cops couldn’t keep up and NYPD’s South Bronx precinct became known as Fort Apache; an outpost under attack. In this hard-boiled 1981 police drama, Paul Newman plays a veteran cop trying to maintain his humanity in a brutally hostile corner of the Big Apple.
These two 10-part mini-series’, Band Of Brothers and The Pacific are riveting historic dramas from World War II. Produced by Spielberg and Tom Hanks, they bring real stories of the far-flung war closer to home with A-grade acting. This Blu-ray boxed set includes photo books, documentaries with real vets, and other historic extras.
What better place for a down and out writer than working in a casino? It helps pay the bills and makes his pathetic life seem pretty okay compared to the addicted zeroes he encounters on the casino floor. Getting tangled up in a sex-fueled caper with his greedy co-workers gives the protagonist Jack (Clive Owen) just the plot twist he was looking for. Or does it?
As a mob boss or a crook with an itchy trigger finger, Christopher Walken is one weird, scary bastard. But he might be even creepier when he’s saving people’s lives. In 1983’s The Dead Zone, based on a Stephen King story, Walken plays a man who awakes from a coma with powers of premonition. He has visions of tragedies just before they happen. Is this power a gift or a curse?
Unless you were a film major or have some weird fascination with old black and white movies, you probably have no idea that Orson Welles’ Citizen Kane is considered an important milestone in modern film. Some call it the greatest movie ever made. Find out why. This 3-disc 70th anniversary set features an enhanced digital version of the film, a soundtrack disc, and other coolness.