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He may not have the brand recognition of Wallace and Gromit among adults, but chances are that any anklebiters in your vicinity will already be well-versed in the ways of Shaun the Sheep. For the uninitiated, though: Nick Park's cheeky farmyard dweller made his debut back in 1995 in A Close Shave, before getting his own series in 2007. His adventures consist largely of pulling the wool over the eyes of the Farmer and Bitzer, the long-suffering sheepdog. Terrific fun, showing daily.
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There are those who will claim it's entirely logical to combine modern art with reality TV. Aren't both about the talentless jostling for the limelight? Possibly, but this is still a tremendous idea: a bunch of unknown artists compete for the patronage of "the reclusive" – and, some would add, »
- Jonathan Wright, Will Hodgkinson
Considering the worldwide phenomenon Wallace and Gromit have become, it’s something of a mystery that the stop-motion duo’s latest adventure, the Hitchcockian “who-donut” A Matter of Loaf and Death, would go straight to home video in the States (as opposed to overseas, where the BBC debuted the film to through-the-roof ratings on Christmas Day). The upside of the arrangement is that it gives American fans an excuse to snag the entire W&G collection on Blu-ray, complete with commentaries, extras and a host of “Cracking Contraptions” shorts.
As it turns out, Loaf and Death is actually something of a letdown, trading the retro-styled charm of their three previous shorts and feature-length adventure Curse of the Were-Rabbit for faster pacing, a fair amount of CG and a bunch of recent blockbuster references (after operating in a 1940s-style time capsule all these years, does the series really need references to Aliens? »
- Peter Debruge
ComingSoon.net has an exclusive look at a clip from Wallace & Gromit: A Matter of Loaf and Death , hitting DVD on Tuesday, September 22. In the new stop-motion animation film, Wallace and Gromit have opened a new bakery business - Top Bun - but a deadly murderer is targeting all the bakers in town. Wallace couldn't care . he's found true love in the shape of Piella Bakewell, former star of the Bake-o-Lite bread commercials. Can Gromit discover the identity of the Cereal Killer before Wallace becomes the next victim? The DVD includes the making-of featurette "How They Donut," audio commentary with director Nick Park and editor David McCormick, a "Wallace & Gromit Grand Adventure" video game demo, and a bonus episode of "Shaun the Sheep" titled »
We have a brand new clip from the upcoming animated DVD Wallace & Gromit: A Matter of Loaf and Death, which will be released on DVD shelves nationwide on September 22. Click below for this exclusive clip, which features Wallace punishing a bad Gromit.
Their new bakery booming, Wallace and Gromit struggle to keep the business afloat as world-class cheese enthusiast Wallace gets dough-eyed for former Bake-o-Lite bread girl Piella Bakewell, and his furry partner Gromit attempts to discover why more than a dozen local bakers have gone missing in recent months. Wallace has converted his home into a granary complete with fully functional, old fashioned windmill (patent pending) on the roof, and as a result "Top Bun" is has become one of the hottest bakeries in town. But all is not well in the neighborhood, because more than a dozen local bakers have gone missing in the last few months alone. »
DVD Links: DVD News | Release Dates | New Dvds | Reviews | RSS Feed No major new reviews this week, but if you have some time I too a rather extensive look at the Warner Bros. Archive title Don't Be Afraid of the Dark yesterday. It's a film being remade with Guillermo del Toro producing and may be of interest as well as it will introduce you to Warner's attempt to creatively distribute some of their never-before-released titles on DVD. You can check that piece out right here if you are interested. Paramount Blu-ray Sapphire Series
Braveheart / Gladiator I am expecting to have review copies of these two in my hands any day now, and I will hustle through them as fast as I can. However, considering the two titles in question I would expect many of you are already eying one or both of them. I know I would definitely be looking »
- Brad Brevet
Curious to know what frightful films and devilish discs will be available to view in the privacy of your own digital dungeon this week? Fango's got you covered.
Below the jump you'll find the full list of titles arriving in-stores this Tuesday, September 1, 2009 in our weekly version of the famous Fangoria Chopping List - updated with all the last-minute additions and deletions. Want a glimpse into the future? Click here for the master list, which just received a major update on titles through September!
Note: Clickable links lead to Amazon.com Drifter: Henry Lee Lucas - Lionsgate
Considered to be one of America's most notorious serial killers, Henry Lee Lucas admitted to committing over 350 murders with partner and fellow serial killer Ottis Toole while drifting through multiple states in the American South from 1975 until his arrest in 1983.
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6 items from 2009
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