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New Robot Wars champions reflect on their victory

19 April 2017 6:13 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Kirsten Howard Apr 19, 2017

Team Carbide crushed it last week during the final moments in series 2 of the BBC's revived Robot Wars. Here's what they're planning next...

It was a case of 'good things come to those who wait' for Team Carbide captain Dave Moulds and his partner Sam Smith last week as they finally took home the Robot Wars 2017 trophy, after narrowly missing out on victory the previous year.

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"After the disappointment of getting to the final last year and losing to Apollo, we were very nervous when we found out we would have to fight another flipper in the final," Cadbury worker Moulds admitted. "Eruption is a great machine but we are delighted to have come out on top this time around though. »

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April 11th Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include House: Two Stories Box Set, The Phantasm Collection

10 April 2017 6:09 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

I hope you guys are ready, because April 11th looks to be an incredible day of home entertainment releases for genre fans, especially if you’ve been patiently waiting for the stunning new Phantasm Blu-ray set from Well Go USA, which features every film from the franchise together in one nifty package. Arrow Video has also assembled the first two House movies for a limited edition Blu-ray set that arrives this week, and Severin Films has resurrected the cult classic Cathy’s Curse in HD for the first time ever.

Severin Films is also keeping busy with a pair of other releases—Dark Water and The Other Hell—and Scream Factory is giving both The Vampire and Demented the Blu-ray treatment as well.

Other notable horror and sci-fi home entertainment offerings for April 11th include The Bye Bye Man (Unrated), The Violent Shit Collection, Chupacabra Territory, Naciye, Takashi Miike’s Dead or Alive trilogy, »

- Heather Wixson

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April 2017 VOD Releases Include Split, The Void, The Bye Bye Man

3 April 2017 4:31 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

April is shaping up to be a great month for horror and sci-fi VOD releases, as we have over a dozen great titles making their way home this month. Things kick off with Universal’s release of M. Night Shyamalan’s Split and the Sasquatch-themed The Bigfoot Project on April 4th. Then, on April 7th, we have a pair of stellar indie horrors coming our way—The Void and Bethany—with The Bye Bye Man making its VOD bow just a few days later.

April’s digital genre offerings continue throughout the month, with the releases of The Dark Tapes on April 18th, Detour on April 25th, and both Rupture and A Dark Song rounding out the month’s VOD titles with their April 28th releases. Read on for our full breakdown of all the genre VOD releases for April 2017.

The Bigfoot Project (Gravitas Ventures) – April 4th

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- Heather Wixson

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Robot Wars series 9 episode 5 review

30 March 2017 8:02 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Louisa Mellor Apr 2, 2017

The latest episode of Robot Wars had it all. Spoilers ahead in our review of series nine’s last heat…

This review contains spoilers.

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Series nine’s final heat had everything there is to love about Robot Wars: impressive engineering, scrappy underdogs, kooky newcomers with it’ll-never-work designs (they didn’t work), and at the centre of it all, a grudge match.  

A real one, by the feel of it. Team Apollo may have been heavy on the bantz, but under the pantomime laughter appeared to be some genuine animus aimed at opponents Carbide. “Dave again, goes for his little tactics and tries to take away the wheels, same as he did last year, sly, sly,” needled Team Apollo after the pair’s first head-to-head.  

“People want to see stuff getting smashed, that’s why we’re here, »

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Robot Wars series 9 episode 4 review

24 March 2017 5:39 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Louisa Mellor Mar 26, 2017

Few robots are left standing in the latest, ultra-destructive episode of Robot Wars

This review contains spoilers.

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It’s somewhat in the lap of the gods, the entertainment value of any given episode of Robot Wars. If they smile upon the arena, the spinners spin and the crushers crush and we all have a jolly old time of it. Every so often though, things just never quite get going. Drive motors burn out, bots are immobilised after a single collision, and it all ends not with a bang but a whimper.

When that happens, it’s the job of the production team to string out the pre and post-bout interviews and make up for the thrills absent in the arena »

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Robot Wars series 9 episode 3 review

17 March 2017 9:23 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Louisa Mellor Mar 20, 2017

There was more carnage, venting CO2 and frustration in the latest great episode of Robot Wars...

This review contains spoilers.

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Tell me where else on television you’re going to hear somebody say, “I’ve certainly got a lot of experience controlling sticks with my thumbs”? That’s why you have to love Robot Wars; there’s nothing else quite like it (unless you count BattleBots, which is quite like it but is also American and therefore twice as noisy with half the charm).

Congratulations this week go to winners Concussion, who did Dorset proud by taking their battle-untested bot all the way to victory in the final. They saw off veteran competitor Thor through a fog of vented CO2 and hasty repairs, »

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Should you let red wine breathe?

16 March 2017 11:11 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Den Of Geek Mar 17, 2017

Planning a glass of red wine later today? This might just help you get the most from it...

It’s Friday, chums, and one or two of you may like to have a tipple to mark the coming of a weekend. And that inevitably means that the age-old question is going to rear its head somewhere: should you let red wine ‘breathe’ before you start glugging the stuff.

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If you’re like us, and you’ve stocked up on a bottle in the Spar 2 for £9 offer, then truth be told chums, you could let it breathe for a million years and it’s still going to retain that particular Echo Falls-y taste.

However, this is apparently something to this red wine breathing stuff. The basic idea is that you open a bottle, »

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17 brilliant Marvel Lego sets you can buy right now

15 March 2017 8:32 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Rob Leane Mar 17, 2017

Guardians Of The Galaxy, Doctor Strange and the Avengers movies are all represented in our list of Marvel Lego kits...

Across comics, TV shows and massive movies, Marvel has infiltrated every facet of geek culture. It’s no surprise, then, that Lego has been churning out loving brick-based tributes to the Marvel superhero stable for years. It's a match made in heaven, really.

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A Lego tie-in range comes out to match each new Marvel Cinematic Universe movie, allowing fans to rebuild their favourite scenes and bring those primary-coloured big screen heroes into their front rooms. What fun!

Including many of these movie kits, and a few others, here’s a selection of awesome Lego Marvel sets you can buy on Amazon right this second. If you fancy clicking »

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A Grown Man’s Reaction to Losing to Children on Robot Wars

13 March 2017 4:00 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

If you don’t watch Robot Wars then you definitely should.  It’s about as high a competitive filled show as there is on television.   While we’re still waiting on Robot Wars to get to U.S. television it’s alive and well on BBC. On Sunday night’s show, Team Behemoth which is made up of four adults went head to head with Team Cherub, a group of three children and their guardian. But when presenter Angela Scanlon announced that Team Behemoth had lost, Ant the team captain stormed off camera muttering “whatever” under his breath.  He could be seen handing the robot’s controller

A Grown Man’s Reaction to Losing to Children on Robot Wars »

- Nat Berman

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Robot Wars series 9 episode 2 review

10 March 2017 2:47 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Louisa Mellor Mar 12, 2017

Some controversial judges’ decisions made for a chin-stroking Robot Wars episode this week…

This review contains spoilers.

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What a lovely lot those Colliass kids were; gracious in both victory and defeat, and as bemused by Cherub’s success as we were. Up and up went their robot, floating to the final on a cloud of goodwill and favourable judges’ decisions.

When Eruption cut short the last bout with the fourth of four consecutive Ooa flips, the Cherub children laughed and counted their blessings, having spent the rest of the hour offering each other nothing but support and affection. “Just have fun” one of the twins told her brother, all of them at the age when most siblings are busily working out the best strategy to give each other dead arms while evading parental detection. »

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Robot Wars series 9 episode 1 review

3 March 2017 8:12 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Louisa Mellor Mar 5, 2017

The revived Robot Wars is back for a second series featuring a few new bots and some familiar faces…

This review contains spoilers.

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Here’s what I love about Robot Wars - the people. Forget gear boxes and weaponry; this is a show about human beings and the lengths to which they’ll go to achieve their dreams.

It is ‘dreams’ plural rather than singular too. Not all Robot Wars contestants share the same goal. Some, like twenty-five grand armour-plated Rapid, obviously enter because they fancy their chances in the grand final. Others, »

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The Soviet sci-fi film reworked by Francis Ford Coppola

20 February 2017 5:58 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Ryan Lambie Feb 21, 2017

Before he made The Godfather and Apocalypse Now, Francis Ford Coppola got his start by editing monsters into a Soviet sci-fi film...

Everyone loves a good success story, and Hollywood history's full of them. Actors sleeping in their cars until they get their first lucky break. Writers papering the walls of their lodgings with rejection letters until they finally get a script in front of a receptive producer. Filmmakers who've spent years paying their dues before a studio finally comes calling.

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Director Francis Ford Coppola, before he shot to fame - and, for a time, considerable wealth - with such films as The Godfather, The Conversation and Apocalypse Now, scrabbled around at the lower end of the industry like just about everyone else. »

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