The Best And Worst Films And TV Shows Of 2012
While some film fans and film critics adored 2012, I felt the year was largely comprised of bloated blockbusters and underwhelming art films. To me, a majority of the films (while often well made) felt distant and never really connected with me personally. Last year, I was overwhelmed with profoundly moving films such as “Moneyball,” “50/50,” “Hugo,” and “Midnight in Paris.” Now, that’s not to say 2012 didn’t have its highlights because it did. No one can deny that 2012’s cinematic offerings weren’t varied as the cinemas (and VODs) were flooded with everything from a talking teddy bear and a Bengal tiger to an extraordinary rescue mission and video game makers.
Meanwhile, on the television front, serialized entertainment once again reigned supreme. Whether I was witnessing the further decline of Walter White on “Breaking Bad” or seeing the astonishing wildfire sequence in “Game Of Thrones,” it’s clear that television is as exciting as it has ever been.
So, without further adieu, here is my annual list! Read more »
With Black Friday and Cyber Monday approaching, it’s time for people to start shopping for friends and family for the holiday season. For some people, shopping for presents can be a stressful experience, but I’m here to help you out with some home video entertainment suggestions. Below, I have posted my 2012 Holiday Gift Guide that also doubles as a Best Blu-rays and DVDs of 2012 list. To make things easier for the readers, I have divided up my suggestions in categories that include Blu-rays, DVDs, Sci-Fi, TV Series, Anime, Sports and Kids. I have even mentioned a single accessory that will appeal to fans of a certain sci-fi TV series. So, without further adieu, here’s the list: Read more »
In order to promote the upcoming The Dark Knight Rises Blu-ray and DVD releases on December 4th, Warner Brothers has popped up a sizzle reel on YouTube. You can check that 91 second reel out here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OtsDtEkVGrw&feature=youtu.be
Are you wanting to see Iron Man, Thor, Hulk, Hawkeye, Captain America, and Black Window on your personal hi-def (or standard def) TV? Well now you finally can as the highest grossing film of 2012 hits home video in 3 different physical formats (Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D and DVD). Several stores (including Target, Costco, and Best Buy) are offering exclusives with the purchase of “The Avengers.” The Blu-ray edition is going for $19.99 at most stores while the DVD runs for $16.99 on average. The Blu-ray 3D set has been fluctuating in price, but is currently available for $19.99 on Amazon.
Broadway musical fans take note! The Tony award-winning musical “Memphis” has been released on Blu-ray and DVD from Shout! Factory. The acclaimed musical, which is set in the 1950′s and revolves around romance, race and rock and roll, has been recorded live and in hi-def which is about the best experience one can have without seeing the show on Broadway. The Blu-ray and DVD also includes a bonus feature titled ”Behind The Scenes: How Memphis Was Captured.”
The Best And Worst Films And Shows Of 2011
For the past few years, television had undoubtedly surpassed film in terms of quality art and entertainment. In 2011, however, the opposite occurred. TV took a serious slide this year while cinema flourished. Read more »
With holiday shopping season in full swing, I thought I would help out consumers by offering up some helpful Blu-ray and DVD purchase recommendations. So, without further adieu, here is the DVDCORNER 2011 Holiday Gift Guide which also doubles as a “Best DVDs and Blu-rays of 2011” list. Read more »
The long delayed, big budget Steven Spielberg produced TV series “Terra Nova” finally premieres tonight (Monday September 26th, 2011). The time travel/dinosaur centric series kicks off with a 2 hour pilot at 8/7c.
While I will certainly be tuning in, I have to wonder if this series can garner enough viewers to survive or if it will be another ambitious short-lived sci-fi series. One thing’s for sure, if the series does fail, it won’t be for lack of promotion. Fox has been bombarding the tube with ads on multiple channels (even Fox Soccer Channel).
As you may know, “The Lion King” 3D has just hit theaters today, but that’s not the only “The Lion King” news. On October 4th, there will be 3 home video releases. First up is a two-disc Diamond Edition Blu-ray set which also includes a DVD copy. Secondly, there is a four-disc Diamond Edition which contains a Blu-ray 3D copy, a Blu-ray copy, a DVD copy, and a digital copy. Lastly, there is the eight-disc “The Lion King” trilogy which contains Blu-ray and DVD copies of ”The Lion King,” “The Lion King 1 1/2,” and “The Lion King 2″ films. Also included are a Blu-ray 3D and a digital copy of the first film. On November 15, the film will be released on a stand-alone DVD copy.
After a 7 year stint on the brilliant “Buffy The Vampire Slayer,” Sarah Michelle Gellar makes her long awaited return to television with the twin sisters mystery thriller “Ringer” on CW Tuesday Sept. 13th at 8/9c. Will the show be a bomb? Will it be fall’s hottest new show? Will it have a cult following ala ‘Buffy’? Who knows, but I for one am curious to find out.