Welcome comic geeks and movie nerds!
Every Tuesday I like to post the upcoming blu-ray/dvd/comics releases for your geeky pleasure.
So check out this week’s releases!
True Blood: The Complete Fifth Season (Blu-ray/DVD Combo + Digital Copy) (2013)
Returning for its fifth season, True Blood is HBO’s sexy, scary, wildly entertaining drama series from Oscar®- and Emmy®-winner Alan Ball (Six Feet Under) and based on the Sookie Stackhouse novels by Charlaine Harris. In addition to returning cast favorites – human/faerie waitress Sookie Stackhouse, her vampire suitors Bill Compton and Eric Northman, soul-searching pal Tara, shape-shifting boss Sam, rakish brother Jason, clairvoyant Lafayette and teen-vamp Jessica – Season 5 introduces a whole new wave of otherworldly characters. There’s Vampire Guardian Roman, president of the Vampire Authority, who wants co-existence between humans and vampires; vampire zealot Salome (yes, the Salome), intent on recreating the world in God’s vampyric image; Authority Chancellor Nora, who shares the same maker as Eric; werewolves J.D. and Martha, who want a reluctant Alcide to take his rightful place as packmaster; and many more. Mixing romance, suspense, mystery and humor, True Blood Season 5 goes deep into the battle between the Vampire Authority and “vampire fundamentalists” – a political power play whose outcome could decide not only the fate of Sookie and her Bon Temps friends, but of all human existence.
Inside the Episodes: Get the back-stories on each episode with revealing interviews from the show writers.
Audio Commentaries: 5 Commentaries with the Cast and Crew including Alan Ball, Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer, Denis O’Hare, Carrie Preston, and many more!
Previews & Recaps
Enhanced Viewing: Character Bios, Vampire Histories, Hints, FYI’s, Flashbacks, and Flash Forwards.
Authority Confessionals: Learn more about the mysterious institution known as The Authority, from Nora, Kibwe, Rosalyn, Salome, Steve, and Russell.
True Blood Episode Six: Autopsy: Join the cast and crew as they dissect the major events of episode six and provide an in-depth, behind-the-scenes look at how True Blood is made.
True Blood Lines: Uncover secrets from relationships past and present in this engaging, fully interactive “”re-Vamped”” guide and archive.
The Last Stand [Blu-ray] (2013)
Sheriff Ray Owens (Schwarzenegger) moved out of Los Angeles and settled into a life fighting what little crime takes place in sleepy border town Sommerton Junction. But that peaceful existence is shattered when Gabriel Cortez (Eduardo Noriega), the most notorious, wanted drug kingpin in the western hemisphere, makes a deadly yet spectacular escape from an FBI prisoner convoy. With the help of a fierce band of lawless mercenaries led by the icy Burrell (Peter Stormare), Cortez begins racing towards the US-Mexico border at 250 mph in a specially-outfitted Corvette ZR1 with a hostage in tow. Cortez’ path: straight through Summerton Junction, where the whole of the U.S. law enforcement, including Agent John Bannister (Forest Whitaker) will have their final opportunity to intercept him before the violent fugitive slips across the border forever. At first reluctant to become involved, and then counted out because of the perceived ineptitude of his small town force, Owens ultimately rallies his team and takes the matter into his own hands, setting the stage for a classic showdown.
Side Effects (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy + UltraViolet) (2013)
From Academy Awardr-winning director Steven Soderbergh (Traffic) comes this suspenseful and provocative tale of intrigue starring Channing Tatum, Academy Awardr nominees Rooney Mara and Jude Law, and Academy Awardr winner Catherine Zeta-Jones. After her husband (Tatum) is released from prison, Emily (Mara) begins suffering from terrifying anxiety and turns to psychiatrist Dr. Banks (Law) for help. But when Banks prescribes an experimental drug for her, the side effects have chilling and deadly consequences. Full of unexpected twists.
Beautiful Creatures (2013) [Blu-ray] (2013)
When newcomer Lena Duchannes arrives in the small town of Gatlin she quickly captures the attention of Ethan Wate, who only wants to escape what he views as a boring and dead end town. He quickly gets more than he bargained for, as Lena possesses strange powers that have long kept her at a distance from others in her life. Lena and Ethan are drawn together, but their budding romance is threatened by the dangers posed by Lena’s being a Caster and her family’s Dark powers, for upon her sixteenth birthday Lena must undergo the Claiming, a process that will decide her fate forever: Light or Dark.
The Burning (Collector’s Edition) [BluRay/DVD Combo] [Blu-ray] (1981)
What starts out as a harmless prank turns into a terrible tragedy when the caretaker at a summer camp winds up horrifically burned. Permanently disfigured, he returns to the campgrounds seeking revenge against the teenagers responsible. His weapon: a huge pair of garden shears!
The ABC’s of Death COMBO [Blu-ray+DVD]
AN ALPHABETICAL ARSENAL OF DESTRUCTION This explosive film is comprised of 26 individual “chapters” on the topic of death, each helmed by a different director assigned to a specific letter of the alphabet. Provocative, funny and shocking, this anthology is the deffinitive vision of modern horror diversity. Get ready to learn your ABCs!
This Girl Is Badass [Blu-ray] (2011)
Witness jaw-dropping fight sequences from CHOCOLATE’S kick-ass Jeeja Yanin, who also stars in the sequel to the martial arts hit, THE PROTECTOR. In This Girl is Badass, Jeeja takes her skills to the next level as a bike messenger who is hired by competing mob bosses to smuggle goods. Caught in the middle and given an ultimatum, the only way out is a confrontation erupting into a battle of bullets, face kicks and blows.
Subspecies: The Blu Ray Collection Volume 1 [Blu-ray]
Films Include Subspecies Three students studying the folklore of Transylvania uncover more than they anticipated when they stumble upon a clan of vampires ruled by the monstrous Radu. The sadistic vampire becomes obsessed with making them his fledglings and pursues them relentlessly. Wielding the power of the Bloodstone, a relic that drips the blood of the saints, Radu and his subspecies – a pack of small, sinister creatures – give the girls a true understanding of the local mythology. Bloodstone: Subspecies II In the second installment of the Subspecies series, Radu’s fledgling and love interest, Michelle, flees from his castle with the holy relic – the Bloodstone. Meanwhile, as a new vampire, Michelle struggles with her emerging bloodlust. To escape Radu, she hides in the basement of a theater in Bucharest, waiting for her sister to arrive from the US to help her – before it’s too late. Bloodlust: Subspecies III – Bloodlust brings the third coming of Radu, who captures his fledgling, Michelle, and returns her to the castle he shares with his sorceress mother. Radu teaches Michelle how to master her vampire powers. Meanwhile, Michelle’s sister, Becky, plans an armed assault on Radu’s stronghold. She is determined to save her sister’s soul – and this time she’s brought some help.
Nightfall [Blu-ray] (2012)
He is a Hong Kong celebrity – a master pianist, adored, sought after by many, an upcoming concert leaving audiences enthralled. He is dead. Found floating in the ocean, embittered and jaded detective Lam (Simon Yam) is called in to find the murderer. Lam quickly identifies a killer from the past – a brutal man just released from prison (Nick Cheung) with possible ties to the family. But what Lam surmises as a clear-cut case of revenge gets murkier, the more he investigates. Suspicion, facts, and the truth become harder, the closer he looks.What unfolds is a crime from the past. 20 years of lies, and a secret so shocking it threatens to pull the entire case down. Who is the victim and who is the killer? From the director of MURDERER and starring two of Hong Kong’s most exciting action stars comes a gritty, brutal story of love, hate and vengeance.
Shadowgirls Season 1 [Hardcover]
At the tender age of fifteen, Charon McKay disappeared from the small coastal town of Innsmouth. When she turns up, nine month later, she is incoherent and raving; and slightly more surprising… pregnant! Fifteen years later, strange creatures have appeared in Innsmouth and awaken dark and terrifying powers within Charon and her daughter. Only the Shadowgirls can stand against this ancient threat – if the power doesn’t consume them first!
The Stand – Volume 6: The Night Has Come [Paperback]
The night has come for the good people of Boulder, and it’s a long time till morning. Three spies from the Free Zone have made their way toward Las Vegas. And four of Boulder’s own – Stu Redman, Larry Underwood, Glen Bateman and Ralph Brentner – have followed, as foretold by Mother Abagail’s dying prophecy. Her vision said they were walking a road of hope toward a better tomorrow. But with Randall Flagg preparing his army for the showdown, will anything the good people of Boulder do even matter in the end?
Prophecy TP [Paperback]
The biggest crossover event ever from Dynamite Entertainment stars an astounding array of characters who must form an uneasy alliance and save the world from the Mayan doomsday prophecy! From swing-wielding woman warriors to mad scientists, from vampire vixens to undead overlords, Prophecy has everything … and then some! When flame-haired warrior Red Sonja follows sorcerer Kulan Gath through time from the barbaric Hyborian Age, she unleashes a chain of events that will put her side-by-side with an unprecedented gathering of characters: Dracula, Vampirella, Pantha, Athena, Eva, Herbert West Re-Animator, and Ash from “Army of Darkness.” Even Sherlock Holmes, Dr. Watson, and Alan Quatermain get in on the action! Collecting the 7-issue mini-series, plus character bios, and all covers by Paul Renaud in one complete volume.
Happy reading/watching folks