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Star Trek: Voyager Complete Series DVD Review

Star Trek: Voyager hit airwaves at a time when television was a very different beast, but even considering a world that didn’t demand ratings in the same way as today’s standards would suggest, there were some serious question marks as this one progressed.

The show was obviously buoyed by the general Star Trek fan base, as well as the success of Star Trek: The Next Generation (which ended just as this one was kicking off), and the relative success of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (which started two seasons before this), but it lasted through the first couple of formative seasons largely because it was the highest rated show on upstart Upn, which had this as one of its initial offerings.

Much as everything Star Trek is bound to win people over, to some degree or another, Voyager was a pretty goofy effort for the first couple of years,
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Drive-In Dust Offs: Night Of The Comet (1984)

Post-apocalyptic films were a dime a dozen in the early ‘80s. They were almost always done on the cheap – a small cast of a few survivors, a barren desert and some rags for wardrobe, and voila! Throw it on HBO for a few years and call it a day. But sometimes ambition seeps in, and Night of the Comet (1984) is one of the best examples of low budget ingenuity, smart, sharply drawn characters, and a whole lot of heart. When the aliens return to take back the earth (do you want to claim responsibility for this freak show?) and wish to be shown a film indicative of the ‘80s, show them this – it represents all the best qualities of the decade’s filmmaking.

Distributed by Atlantic Releasing Corporation in mid-November, Night of the Comet brought in over $14 million against a $700,000 budget, making it an indie success with audiences and critics alike.
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My Top Ten Favourite Episodes of Star Trek: Voyager

It’s day four of Star Trek Week! I see Graham and Ryan checking the clock and looking annoyed. Don’t worry guys, it’s almost over!

Star Trek: Voyager (Voy) came around during a period of maximum Star Trek saturation. Voyager premiered only a year after Tng ended and only two years after DS9 premiered. This is most likely the point in which “Star Trek fatigue” took root, but more on that tomorrow. Star Trek: Voyager debuted on January 16, 1995 with the episode “Caretaker” and, like its sister shows, would last seven seasons for a total of 172 episodes before closing with “Endgame” on May 23, 2001.

Hit the jump for my favourite episodes!

1. Eye of the Needle

“A micro-wormhole is discovered that leads to the Alpha Quadrant, and the crew make contact with a Romulan ship on the other side. “

The only flaw of this episode is that you that never really
See full article at City of Films »

‘Star Trek’ Wants to Regulate Fan Culture, But It’s Not Going to Be Easy

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‘Star Trek’ Wants to Regulate Fan Culture, But It’s Not Going to Be Easy
As of September 8, “Star Trek” will have officially been a part of American pop culture for 50 years, and it has one of the most robust and passionate fandoms in pop culture history. Fandom is basically a synonym for love — and “Star Trek” is currently in the process of telling some fans how to express their love.

It has been, to be frank, a bit of a mess.

How One Fan Film Set Things Off

In May 2016, one of the nerdiest things ever written was filed with the United States District Court. In a ruling by Judge R. Gary Klausner, His Honor declared that a lawsuit filed by Paramount Pictures and CBS Studios should proceed, because:

“Although the Court declines to address whether Plaintiffs’ Claims will prosper at this time, the Court does find Plaintiffs’ claims will live long enough to survive Defendants’ Motion to Dismiss.”

This followed many pages of
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[Yuletide Terrors] Day 19: Night Of The Comet

Throughout the month of December, we will be highlighting a film a day that has some tie into the holiday somehow. Some titles will be obvious, others won’t be. Some films will be good and, again, others won’t be. However, we think all titles are worth your time whether to give you chills inside your home or to make you drink more eggnog until you puke laughing.

A mid December night and everyone is out to catch a glimpse of the comet about to pass by the Earth. Regina (Catherine Mary Stewart) is working at the movie theater and misses the comet after spending the night in the projection room with a coworker. Her sister Samantha (Kelli Maroney) is stuck at home with their stepmom and her dumb Comet Party. Samantha runs away but really hides in the tool shed in the backyard. The next morning something is odd.
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Playwright Josefina Lopez Gets ‘Fabulous’ with ABC, Brings Shakespeare to East L.A.

Playwright Josefina Lopez Gets ‘Fabulous’ with ABC, Brings Shakespeare to East L.A.
Seizing a moment when diversity is being embraced by the small screen, prolific playwright Josefina Lopez is trying TV again with a dramedy about four sisters set up at ABC and ABC Studios.

Lopez, best known for writing the play and 2002 feature “Real Women Have Curves,” is penning the script and will exec produce with Michael McDonald. The project with the working title “The Fabulous Fernandez Sisters” revolves around four estranged sisters who are forced to pull together to raise their younger brother after their parents die in a car crash in Mexico.

Lopez says she is energized to try TV again because of the openings this season for Latino characters, demonstrated by Cristela Alonzo’s ABC sitcom “Cristela” and the CW dramedy “Jane the Virgin” toplined by Gina Rodriguez.

“One of my goals in my writing is to represent the Latino community with all the rich complexity and humanity that we have,
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Special London Screening of Night of the Comet with Catherine Mary Stewart

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In Thom Eberhardt’s 1984 cult classic film, Night of the Comet, teenaged sisters Regina and Samantha Belmont prove that Valley Girls can survive with the best of them after most of the population has either been reduced to dust or turned into zombies. Fans of the fun fright flick who live in the London area can watch a special screening at The Prince Charles Cinema with Catherine Mary Stewart in attendance.

Taking place at 9:00pm this Thursday, October 16th, the Night of the Comet screening will be followed by a live Q&A with Catherine Mary Stewart (who plays Regina, aka “Reggie” in the film). To learn more about this special event, visit:

http://www.princecharlescinema.com/events/events.php?

“In this satirical sci-fi comedy, Samantha (Kelli Maroney) and Regina (Catherine Mary Stewart) are two sisters whose father was a hard-bitten Green Beret, but who”ve grown into typical Valley Girls.
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‘Night of the Comet’ Blu-ray Review (Arrow Video)

Stars: Catherine Mary Stewart, Kelli Maroney, Robert Beltran, Sharon Farrell, Mary Woronov, Geoffrey Lewis, Peter Fox, John Achorn, Michael Bowen, Devon Ericson, Lissa Layng | Written and Directed by Thom Eberhardt

It’s no surprise really that the Eighties are so fondly remembered for horror and science fiction, that was the time that VHS was growing allowing easier viewing of movies, and of course a time when a lot of people of my generation were growing up. Night of the Comet is one of those sci-fi horrors that never took itself too seriously and came to be known as a film that symbolised everything about the eighties. Yet another classic picked up by Arrow Video it epitomises everything we come to expect from a B-movie.

When a comet which hasn’t flown past this earth since the extinction of the dinosaurs pays a return visit most of the population of Earth
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Night of the Comet UK Blu-ray / DVD Cover Art & Release Details

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Stargazers crumble into dust or become zombies in Thom Eberhardt’s 1984 cult classic film, Night of the Comet. With adult supervision seemingly eradicated, surviving sisters Regina and Samantha have fun with their newfound freedom and their adventures are captured in next week’s UK Blu-ray / DVD release of Night of the Comet, complete with an abundance of special features.

Night of the Comet will be released on a dual format Blu-ray and DVD in the UK from Arrow Video on September 22nd. We have the official synopsis, list of special features, and a look at the cover art:

“It Was The Last Thing On Earth They Ever Expected.

Life can be tough when you’re a Valley girl. First, there’s making sure you’re on time for pep squad practice. Then there’s having to live under the same roof as your bitchy stepmother who, you suspect, is making
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The Bottom Shelf: Frightfest, Faults and Killer Klowns

Indie horror Faults and Venezuelan chiller The House At The End Of Time are two of the films in this month's Bottom Shelf...

Summer holidays, barbecues on the beach and weekends decimated by relentless weddings: this is August for some. For other, more discerning types, it is about Frightfest, otherwise known as the chance to spend those rare sunny days ensconced in a darkened room for a horror movie marathon. This year’s Leicester Square event featured the usual mix of gonzo gore, copycat-killings and premiere screenings of future favourites; we managed to catch a few highlights.

The latest film from writer and director Riley Stearns (Mary Elizabeth Winstead’s husband, fact fans), Faults, received a European premiere last month. Massively enjoyable from start to finish, Stearns’ black comedy mostly eschews the genre necessity of scattergun bloody slayings in favour of an intelligent script focusing on the gaping voids left in desperate characters’ lives.
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Night Of The Comet on Blu isn’t a million miles away

Arrow Video is excited to announce the UK Blu-ray and DVD release of Night of the Comet, the 80s cult-classic which since its initial release in 1984, has gone on to amass a legion of loyal fans with its hugely entertaining riff on the apocalyptic sub-genre of movies, paying homage to such classics as The Omega Man and The Last Man on Earth. In fact, this might be the most purely entertaining depiction of the aftermath of a catastrophic event, not just in movie history but possibly... well, ever. The movie will make its UK Blu-ray debut on 22nd September 2014 in a newly restored transfer with a host of extra features including interviews with stars Kelli Maroney, Catherine Mary Stewart, Robert Beltran and Mary Woronov. The disc will also feature audio commentaries with writer/director Thom Eberhardt, stars Kelli Maroney and Catherine Mary Stewart and production designer John Muto. Alongside this,
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Reviews: Saturn 3 & Night of the Comet (Blu-ray)

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Scream Factory is churning out awesome Blu-ray releases pretty regularly these days, and today we have a double feature review for two of their recent sci-fi / horror titles, the 80’s cult classic Night of the Comet and Saturn 3.

As far as trippy 70’s sci-fi movies go, Saturn 3 didn’t disappoint even if the film never quite fully comes together and it’s likely due to the behind-the-scenes politics that left production troubled from the very beginning. The story of Saturn 3 at least has some ingenuity going for it, which really made the film all the more fascinating experience for me (more on that in a sec) and ultimately, rather entertaining.

The futuristic intergalactic tale of Saturn 3 is centered around Adam (Kirk Douglas) and Alex (Farrah Fawcett), caretakers for a hydroponic growing station on Saturn’s third moon who are working to find their ecologically-devastated home planet
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Watch the Original Trailer for Night of the Comet

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1984′s Night of the Comet is getting a high-definition upgrade from Scream Factory. Due out next week, we have release details and a look at the original trailer.

“Scream Factory invites loyal fans and movie collectors to feast on sci-fi gory goodness and high-camp spills from 80s when Thom E. Eberhardt’s end-of-the-world cult classic Night Of The Comet Collector’s Edition Blu-ray+DVD combo pack finally lands on home entertainment shelves everywhere on November 19, 20013. This highly entertaining fantasy classic debuts for the first time on Blu-ray™. Featuring anamorphic widescreen movie presentation, Night Of The Comet Collector’s Edition boasts newly rendered retro-style artwork, exciting bonus content, and a reversible wrap with theatrical key art and more!

It’s the first comet to buzz the planet in 65 million years, and everyone seems to be celebrating its imminent arrival. Everyone, that is, except Regina Belmont (Catherine Mary Stewart, The Last Starfighter
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Scream Factory Reveals 'Night of the Comet' DVD/Blu-ray Details

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Scream Factory Reveals 'Night of the Comet' DVD/Blu-ray Details
Another '80s cult classic is getting the Special Edition treatment from the fine folks at Scream Factory: the crazed apocalyptic horror/sci-fi comedy Night of the Comet makes its Blu-ray debut this Fall in a combo pack loaded with special features, and we've got the full breakdown below. Packaged with newly-commissioned '80s-style artwork (which is also available as a 18”x24” poster to early-birds who preorder the combo pack through Scream Factory's website) as well as the original theatrical key art, both discs are presented in anamorphic widescreen (Blu-ray in 1080p HD), with new Dolby Digital 5.1 audio mixes. There's also a bonanza of bonus features: Audio Commentary with Writer/Director Thom Eberhardt Audio Commentary with Stars Kelli Maroney and Catherine Mary Stewart Audio Commentary with Production Designer John Muto Valley Girls at the End of the World – Interviews with Stars Kelli Maroney and Catherine Mary Stewart The Last Man on Earth?
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Night of the Comet Blu-ray / DVD Release Details and Cover Art

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1984′s Night of the Comet is getting a high-definition upgrade from Scream Factory. Due out this November, we have release details and the cover art for the upcoming Collector’s Edition Blu-ray / DVD release:

“Scream Factory invites loyal fans and movie collectors to feast on sci-fi gory goodness and high-camp spills from 80s when Thom E. Eberhardt’s end-of-the-world cult classic Night Of The Comet Collector’s Edition Blu-ray+DVD combo pack finally lands on home entertainment shelves everywhere on November 19, 20013. This highly entertaining fantasy classic debuts for the first time on Blu-ray™. Featuring anamorphic widescreen movie presentation, Night Of The Comet Collector’s Edition boasts newly rendered retro-style artwork, exciting bonus content, and a reversible wrap with theatrical key art and more!

It’s the first comet to buzz the planet in 65 million years, and everyone seems to be celebrating its imminent arrival. Everyone, that is, except Regina Belmont (Catherine Mary Stewart,
See full article at DailyDead »

Cover Art Revealed For Scream Factory’s Night Of The Comet Blu-ray!

Thanks to Scream Factory, this is another instance where I run around my house screaming and jumping up & down like an excited madman. Night Of The Comet, one of the most undervalued sci-fi/horror/comedy hybrids to emerge from the 80s, is getting the Blu-ray & DVD Collector’s Edition touch from Scream Factory!

There is so much to love about this film. First of all, Mary Catherine Stewart. Not only does her character work in a movie theater & deeply care about her arcade high score, she’s a no bullshit babe that isn’t afraid to cut zombies down with her uzi. Plus there’s an Eating Raoul reunion with cult siren Mary Woronov & Robert Beltran; what’s not to love!?

Expect all the incredible supplemental bells & whistles when Night Of The Comet crashes down to Earth later this November.

From Scream Factory’s Facebook page:

Breaking: New Key Art Reveal!
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My Top Ten Favourite Episodes of Star Trek: Voyager

It’s day four of Star Trek Week! I see Graham and Ryan checking the clock and looking annoyed. Don’t worry guys, it’s almost over!

Star Trek: Voyager (Voy) came around during a period of maximum Star Trek saturation. Voyager premiered only a year after Tng ended and only two years after DS9 premiered. This is most likely the point in which “Star Trek fatigue” took root, but more on that tomorrow. Star Trek: Voyager debuted on January 16, 1995 with the episode “Caretaker” and, like its sister shows, would last seven seasons for a total of 172 episodes before closing with “Endgame” on May 23, 2001.

Hit the jump for my favourite episodes!

1. Eye of the Needle

“A micro-wormhole is discovered that leads to the Alpha Quadrant, and the crew make contact with a Romulan ship on the other side. “

The only flaw of this episode is that you that never really
See full article at City of Films »

Berlin 2013: Montecristo and Digital Magic Reteam for 'Resilient '

Montecristo International Entertainment are re-teaming with Hong Kong’s Digital Magic for 3-D sci-fi disaster movie Resilient. Starring Virginia Madsen and Robert Beltran, the Michael Taverna-directed film – which revolves around a spaceship engineer returning to Earth to save his family from natural catastrophes sweeping over the globe – will begin shooting in Ottawa in April. The film, which Montecristo is fronting at Efm, has already been pre-sold to the U.K. (Bounty Films), China (Beijing United Power Films Co.), Russia (Big Movie), Australia (Bounty Films), Indonesia (Pt Amero Mitra Film), India (One World)

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Digital Fury: DVD Essentials for September (Part 2)

Black Sunday: Remastered Edition (1960) Lorber Films Blu-ray and DVD Available Now

One of director Mario Bava’s most acclaimed works, Black Sunday is a strikingly photographed “old dark castle” thriller revolving around witchcraft and possession. Barbara Steele (Piranha) gives a hypnotic performance as Katia, the unfortunate look-alike descendent of a witch who intends to possess her. This highly influential film, also shot by Bava, was the precursor to countless American and European gothic horrors. This is the uncut European print with a few extra minutes of footage, a different English track and Robert Nicolosi’s haunting original score. After years of ugly public domain releases, Black Sunday is finally being presented in its original aspect ratio with a high definition transfer struck from a pristine 35Mm archival print.

Special Features:

• Audio commentary by Tim Lucas (author of Mario Bava: All the Colors of the Dark).

• Original Bava theatrical trailers.
See full article at Planet Fury »
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