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Another Tuesday, another round of Fright At Home to give you the lowdown on this week’s must-have DVD & Blu-ray releases! November 12th is filled with an eclectic mix of genre titles, and in some cases making their way to both formats for the first time! Such an example is shot-on-video classics Black Devil Doll From Hell and Tales From The Quadead Zone. Both films from director Chester N. Turner are some of the rarest and obscure tapes in circulation, and have been known to fetch hundreds of dollars. Massacre Video was able to track down the thought dead director, and bring it back into print to melt the minds of a whole new generation.
Scream Factory has saved John Carpenter & Tobe Hooper’s horror-anthology Body Bags from its long-oop DVD release, reissuing the film onto Blu-ray in its uncut form with a slew of newly produced features. I’ve »
- Justin Edwards
Man of Steel is just the latest in the long line of Superman films. The first was back in 1978, starring the iconic Christopher Reeve as the blue and red clad superhero. Since then there have been six Superman films, and two reboots, the first of which was in 2006. Reboots don't just help to launch characters at a new generation but help to expand the comic universe, use different actors, and simply help us forget about the awful versions of the past!
And so, with our newfound knowledge on 'reboots', we'd like to appeal to DC to root through their back catalogue and find those lacking in 'class' - or even just that true DC feel; thus bringing them into the same league as Man of Steel; a Justice League if you will...
5. Batman (2005-2012)
Ok, so this one isn't really in desperate need but is listed as more of a necessity. »
When even Joss Whedon can’t nail a character, you know there’s a problem. For decades now, film and television has been struggling to take Wonder Woman from the comics and bring her to a wider audience. So far, they’ve managed the Super Friends and the delightfully awful television series with picture-perfect Lynda Carter. However, there are scores of failed attempts beginning with the truly awful William Dozier-produced try out footage through last year’s cringe-worthy attempt from David E. Kelly.
Perhaps the most maligned of the attempts is the ABC Movie of the Week, Wonder Woman, which aired once in March 1974 and did well enough in the ratings for a series to be considered but was seriously retooled into the Carter vehicle. Thanks to Warner Archive, that 73 minute effort is now available for completists everywhere.
Yes, she’s Diana, princess of the Amazons and sent to man’s world. »
- Robert Greenberger
3 items from 2013
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