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REVIW: Uncharted
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REVIW: Uncharted

Tom Holland has proven a charming actor, capable of poignancy, humor, and super-heroic action. Stretching beyond his work as Spider-Man, he detoured into an adaptation of the Uncharted video game, coming off more as a cross between Indiana Jones and James Bond than an original character, which is not at all his fault. He is an appealing performer and you want to root for him to succeed.

The PS3 game this is based on works fine as a video game and its sequels (or so I’m told, I don’t have time for video games) but the simplified storytelling conventions for a video game need to be expanded and evolved for filmed entertainment. Here, screenwriters Rafe Lee Judkins, Art Marcum, and Matt Holloway (working from a story by Judkins, Jon Hanley Rosenberg, and Mark D. Walker) let the fine cast and their audience down.

Bartender cum thief Nathan Drake (Holland) is recruited by Victor Sullivan (Mark Wahlberg) to help locate a hidden treasure. A treasure that Santiago Moncada (Antonio Banderas) thinks belongs to his family so you can see the conflict coming a mile away.

There are some lively set pieces that show Spider-Man prepared Holland for the stunt work and he sells the bits and pieces. Director Ruben Fleischer is just fine working with action as seen in his previous films, Zombieland and Gangster Squad but as seen with his two Venom films, doesn’t recognize storytelling weaknesses in the script, demanding better. He brings a visual flair without a tremendous amount of attention paid to characterization. As a result, the thrills are there but the emotional connection to the stakes and characters are absent.

Some credit for how effective the film is goes to producers Charles Roven, who made fine contributions to DC’s filmed heroes, and Avi Arad who got things rolling with 2000’s Spider-Man film.

This is a visually interesting film given all the locales, very much Bond-inspired. You can see why some are lobbying for him to be the next 007, although I suspect he’s too young and too pretty to fulfill Ian Fleming’s description.

Anyway, this is a passable evening’s entertainment and little more although it could have been.

Sony Home Entertainment has released this in the usual formats including the reliable Blu-ray/DVD/Digital HD combo. The 1080 p transfer is just fine for home viewing, letting you see all the details, without annoying distractions. The

Uncharted Blu-ray, Audio Quality   4.5 of 5 DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 soundtrack is up to the challenge, easily matching the visuals.

The film performed well enough at the box office although pre-Covid I suspect it would have been deemed a disappointing, coming as it did a mere two months after Spider-Man: No Way Home. Holland’s coat tails may not be long enough yet.  This may explain why the special features are perfunctory.

We have Deleted & Extended Scenes (10:23); Never a Dull Moment: Stunts & Action (5:54); Becoming Nathan Drake (3:59); Audio Commentary: Director Ruben Fleischer; Villains, Backstabbers, & Accomplices (4:20); Charting the Course: On Set with Ruben Fleischer (4:28); The Buddy System (3:49); Big Action Breakdown: C-17 Globemaster (5:03): Music Video (1080p, 2:38): and the music video “No Mind” by Milkblood.

REVIEW: Heavy Metal
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REVIEW: Heavy Metal

Unsuspecting comic book readers raised on the EC-inspired black and white horror magazines from Warren Publishing had no idea what to make of Heavy Metal when it debuted on American newsstands in 1977. We came to understand it was a domestic version of France’s wildly successful Metal Hurlant, and introduced us to European talents and storytelling. It was mind-blowing.

The magazine’s success led to an animated feature, released in the summer of 1981, heralded by the beautiful Chris Achilléos promotional poster image, introducing us to Taarna, who has become the magazine’s unofficial mascot and most recognizable figure.

The film, like the magazine, was a series of animated shorts, an anthology of science fiction, and fantasy, with heavy dollops of violence, nudity, and heavy metal music. And like the magazine, it was beautiful to look at and occasionally made sense.

It opened to mixed reviews and modest success, leading to the less enchanting Heavy Metal 2000. Both have been restored and re-released in a fine box set from Sony Home Entertainment.

For the record, the film consists of:

“Soft Landing” adapted by Dan O’Bannon (Blue Thunder) and Thomas Warkentin (Star Trek comic strip), from their own story. This leads into “Grimaldi”, continuing the tale.

“Harry Canyon” is adapted from Moebius’ The Long Tomorrow by Daniel Goldberg and Len Blum, with music from Blue Öyster Cult, Donald Fagen, Stevie Nicks, Journey, and Riggs.

Richard Corben’s classic “Den” is brought to life here and is one of the best looking segments of the film. John Candy is surprisingly good providing Den’s voice.

Bernie Wrightson’s “Captain Sternn” follows in an original story after the hero debuted in the magazine a year earlier. Young Eugene Levy voices Captain Lincoln F. Sternn and John Vernon is his Prosecutor.

“B-17” is an original from O’Bannon with music from Don Felder.

Angus McKie adapts his own “So Beautiful & So Dangerous” with vocal work from Candy, Levy, and Harold Ramis. Music here comes from Grand Funk Railroad, Cheap Trick, Nazareth, Fleder, Trust, and Sammy Hagar.

“Taarna” closes out the film, adapted from Moebius’ Arzach by Daniel Goldberg and Len Blum. This sword and sorcery/SF tale is accompanied by music from Black Sabbath and Devo.

The film is loosely connected by an orb called Loc-Nar (voiced by the stentorian Percy Rodriguez) and it sort of works as does the entire movie. The uneven quality is a result of multiple animation houses simultaneously working on the film and there’s even one sequence that was cut because of time constraints.

It’s a time capsule of story and music so worth a look in that regard. The magazine’s heyday was over within a few years of the film’s release and it wasn’t until two years ago it regained any notoriety thanks to new management. (Ful disclosure, CEO Matt Medney and I co-wrote a novel coming out in October.)

The film has been lovingly restored in both 4k Ultra HD and Blu-ray. The animation is crisp, the color palette subtle and bold where it needs to be. This is one of the better-animated transfers I have seen. Accompanied by the swell Dolby Atmos soundtrack, every electric guitar thrum and synthesizer is nicely balanced with the effects and dialogue.

The combo pack comes with Heavy Metal in both 4k and Blu-ray and just a Blu-ray of Heavy Metal 2000. The special features from the previous Blu-ray release remain intact with the addition of Heavy Metal: A Look Back (9:20) as producers Ivan Reitman and Norman Reedus, geek Kevin Smith, actress Ebony Jeanette, screenwriter Matthew Klickstein, and HM CEO Matthew Medney chat it up. The other features include: Heavy Metal: Feature Length Rough Cut (1:30:21); Deleted Scenes (8:42); and, Imagining Heavy Metal (35:39).

Friday the 13th Part 3 gets Steelbook Treatment ; Jason’s Debut gets 4K Release
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Friday the 13th Part 3 gets Steelbook Treatment ; Jason’s Debut gets 4K Release

FRIDAY THE 13TH PART 3

In celebration of its 40th anniversary in 2022, Friday the 13th Part 3 is now available in a Limited-Edition Blu-ray™ SteelBook®.  This killer edition includes the 2D version of the film, which was remastered in 2020 from original film elements, along with access to a digital copy of the film and a host of previously released bonus content.  

In this installment, a new crop of campers plays a deadly game of cat-and-mouse with the maniacal Jason, who acquires what will become his iconic mask from an unlucky victim.

FRIDAY THE 13TH

In addition, the original Friday the 13thcomes to 4K Ultra HD on September 13, 2022, in time for Halloween viewing.  One of the most iconic horror films of all time, Friday the 13th launched the long-running and wildly popular franchise, which has grossed over $466 million worldwide.   The 4K Ultra HD release features HDR-10 and Dolby Vision® and includes both the theatrical and unrated versions of the film, access to a digital copy, and extensive legacy bonus content.

The thrills start when a new owner and several young counselors gather to reopen Camp Crystal Lake, despite locals’ warnings that the place has a “death curse.” One by one, they find out how unlucky Friday the 13th can be as they are stalked by a violent killer.

New Top Gun Website Assigns your Call Sign
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New Top Gun Website Assigns your Call Sign

With Paramount Pictures’ Top Gun: Maverick opening May 27, the PR machine has gone into overdrive. They have launched a new website that will use AR and a quiz to determine what your call sign will be should you wish to soar the skies like Maverick.

OFFICIAL SYNOPSIS

After more than thirty years of service as one of the Navy’s top aviators, Pete “Maverick” Mitchell (Tom Cruise) is where he belongs, pushing the envelope as a courageous test pilot and dodging the advancement in rank that would ground him. When he finds himself training a detachment of TOPGUN graduates for a specialized mission the likes of which no living pilot has ever seen, Maverick encounters Lt. Bradley Bradshaw (Miles Teller), call sign: “Rooster,” the son of Maverick’s late friend and Radar Intercept Officer Lt. Nick Bradshaw, aka “Goose.”

Facing an uncertain future and confronting the ghosts of his past, Maverick is drawn into a confrontation with his own deepest fears, culminating in a mission that demands the ultimate sacrifice from those who will be chosen to fly it. 

DIRECTED BY

Joseph Kosinski

SCREENPLAY BY

Ehren Kruger and Eric Warren Singer and Christopher McQuarrie

STORY BY

Peter Craig and Justin Marks

BASED ON CHARACTERS CREATED BY

Jim Cash & Jack Epps, Jr.

PRODUCED BY

Jerry Bruckheimer, Tom Cruise, Christopher McQuarrie, David Ellison

EXECUTIVE PRODUCED BY

 Tommy Harper, Dana Goldberg, Don Granger,

Chad Oman, Mike Stenson

STARRING

Tom Cruise, Miles Teller, Jennifer Connelly, Jon Hamm, Glen Powell, Lewis Pullman, Charles Parnell, Bashir Salahuddin, Monica Barbaro, Jay Ellis, Danny Ramirez, Greg Tarzan Davis with Ed Harris and Val Kilmer

The Lost City Finds its way Home in May, July
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The Lost City Finds its way Home in May, July

HOLLYWOOD, Calif. – Discover thrilling adventure, fabled treasure, and epic laughs when the hit comedy The Lost City finds its way home for purchase on Digital starting May 10, 2022. The film will arrive on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, and DVD July 26 from Paramount Home Entertainment.

Starring Sandra Bullock, Channing Tatum, Daniel Radcliffe, and Da’Vine Joy Randolph, this “fun & wild jungle adventure comedy” (Erik Davis, Fandango) is “a hilarious adventure from start to finish” (Dorian Parks, Geeks of Color). Fans can enjoy The Lost City at home on Digital*, 4K Ultra HD, or Blu-ray and get over 50 minutes of fun-filled bonus content, including hilarious bloopers, deleted scenes not seen in theaters, and multiple behind-the-scenes featurettes. Take a trip to the movie’s exotic filming location, see how the incredible action set pieces were filmed, discover the story behind the infamous jumpsuit, and much more!

Bonus content is detailed below:
• Deleted Scenes—More fun you didn’t see in theatres!
• Bloopers—Laugh along with the cast at their hilarious on-set bloopers
• Dynamic Duo—Behind-the-scenes fun with Sandra Bullock and Channing Tatum to see how their comedy chemistry perfectly aligns for this odd-couple comedy adventure
• Location Profile—Take a trip to the exotic Dominican Republic movie location and find out how the crew dealt with heavy rain and mosquitos!
• Jungle Rescue—See how the movie’s incredible action set pieces and crazy stunts were filmed
• The Jumpsuit—Discover what went into designing Loretta’s eye-catching purple sequin jumpsuit
• Charcuterie—A hilarious breakdown of Loretta’s big kidnapping scene and what it’s like to come under attack from a giant charcuterie board!
• The Villains of The Lost City —Meet the bad guys: Abigail Fairfax and his henchmen
• Building The Lost City —A look at building the film’s incredible island world
The Lost City DVD includes the feature film in standard definition.

The Lost City synopsis
Loretta Sage’s (Sandra Bullock) novels are filled with ancient tombs and daring adventures, but that doesn’t mean she’s prepared for them in real life. When she is kidnapped by an eccentric billionaire (Daniel Radcliffe) to locate a legendary lost city, Loretta’s handsome cover model, Alan (Channing Tatum), sets off on a heroic but hapless rescue mission. Thrust into an epic thrill-ride through the jungle, the unlikely pair must work together to survive the elements, and survive each other, to find the city’s fabled treasure before it’s lost forever.

Music Supervisor ROB LOWRY Music by PINAR TOPRAK
Costume Designer MARLENE STEWART Edited by CRAIG ALPERT, ACE
Production Designer JIM BISSELL Director of Photography JONATHAN SELA
Executive Producers JJ HOOK DANA FOX JULIA GUNN
Produced by LIZA CHASIN, p.g.a. SANDRA BULLOCK, p.g.a. SETH GORDON
Story by SETH GORDON Screenplay by OREN UZIEL and DANA FOX and ADAM NEE & AARON NEE
Directed by ADAM NEE and AARON NEE

The Lost City
Street Dates: May 10, 2022 (Digital)
July 26, 2022 (4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, DVD)
U.S. Rating: PG-13 for violence and some bloody images, suggestive material, partial nudity and language

*Availability of bonus content varies by digital retailer

Legends of Tomorrow: The Seventh and Final Season Soars onto Disc in July
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Legends of Tomorrow: The Seventh and Final Season Soars onto Disc in July

BURBANK, CA – Everyone’s favorite Super Heroes need to get back to the future as Warner Bros. Home Entertainment releases DC’s Legends of Tomorrow: The Seventh and Final Season on Blu-ray and DVD July 19, 2022. DC’s Legends of Tomorrow: The Seventh and Final Season features all 13 epic episodes with special features including deleted scenes and a gag reel. The set is priced to own at $24.98 SRP for the DVD ($29.98 in Canada) and $29.98 for the Blu-ray ($39.99 in Canada) and is also available to own on Digital via purchase from all major digital retailers.

After saving the planet from an alien invasion last season, the Legends deserve a break. Too bad their time travel ship, the Waverider, gets blown up by a second Waverider…meaning the Legends are now trapped in 1925 Odessa, Texas! The only way to get home, and get payback on their mysterious new enemy, is to journey across the country to an early pioneer of time travel, who might just be their only hope of returning home. But with no Waverider, no way of knowing how they’re impacting the timeline, and a time-traveling foe hunting them, this will be the toughest mission yet for the Legends.

DC’s Legends of Tomorrow stars Caity Lotz (Arrow, Mad Men), Tala Ashe (Smash, The Carrie Diaries), Jes Macallan (Mistresses, Shameless), Olivia Swann (Doctors), Adam Tsekhman (The Twilight Zone), Shayan Sobhian (The Chosen), Lisseth Chavez (Chicgago P.D.)and Amy Louise Pemberton (Arrow, Suspense), with Nick Zano (What I Like About You), and Matt Ryan (Constantine).

Based on the DC characters, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow is produced by Berlanti Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television, with executive producers Greg Berlanti (Batwoman, The Flash, Supergirl, Black Lightning, Riverdale)Phil Klemmer (Chuck, Political Animals),Keto Shimizu (Arrow), James Eagan (Ash vs. Evil Dead), Ray Utarnachitt (The Tomorrow People)and Sarah Schechter (Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl, Black Lightning, Riverdale).

BLU-RAY AND DVD FEATURES

  • Gag Reel (Exclusive to Blu-ray and DVD)
  • Deleted Scenes (Exclusive to Blu-ray and DVD)
  • Captain at the Helm: DC’s Legends of Tomorrow 100th Episode

13 ONE-HOUR EPISODES

1.   The Bullet Blondes

2.   The Need for Speed

3.   WVRDR_ERROR_100<Oest-of-th3-Gs.gid30n>NotFound

4.   Speakeasy Does It

5.   It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Scientist

6.   Deus Ex Latrina

7.   A Woman’s Place is in the War Effort!

8.   Paranoid Android

9.   Lowest Common Demoninator

10. The Fixed Point

11. Rage Against the Machines

12. Too Legit to Quit

13. Knocked Down, Knocked Up

DIGITAL

DC’s Legends of Tomorrow: The Seventh and Final Season is available to own on Digital. Digital purchase allows consumers to instantly stream and download all episodes to watch anywhere and anytime on their favorite devices. Digital movies and TV shows are available from various digital retailers including Amazon Video, iTunes, Google Play, Vudu and others.

BASICS

Street Date: July 19, 2022

BD and DVD Presented in 16×9 widescreen format

Running Time: Feature: Approx. 546 min

Enhanced Content: Approx. 79 min

DVD

Price: $24.98 SRP ($29.98 in Canada)

3-Discs (3 DVD-9s)

Audio – English (5.1)

Subtitles – English SDH

BLU-RAY

Price: $29.98 SRP ($39.99 in Canada)

3-Discs (3 BD-50s)

Audio – DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 – English

BD Subtitles – English SDH

Edge of Spider-Verse Revisits and Introduces new Variants
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Edge of Spider-Verse Revisits and Introduces new Variants

New York, NY— Announced at Polygon, fans will return to the Spider-Verse this August in a brand-new EDGE OF SPIDER-VERSE limited series! Over the course of five issues, Edge of Spider-Verse will introduce brand-new Spider-heroes as well as catch up with classic favorites such as Araña, Spider-Man Noir, Spider-Gwen, and Spider-Man: India! Each thrilling issue will contain three stories packed with debuts, new status quos, and seeds for an overarching saga that will set the stage for the end of the Spider-Verse, a new epic launching later this year.

“Marvel has decided to do the unthinkable, go big, and bring the saga of the comic book Spider-Verse to a fiery conclusion,” Slott shared with Polygon. “Yes, that’s right. Later this year we shall all bear witness to the end of the Spider-Verse!”

Check out designs for three of the new heroes you’ll meet in the series and don’t miss a single spider-verse tale when Edge of Spider-Verse begins this August! For more information, visit Marvel.com.

Edge of Spider-Verse #1
Written by DAN SLOTT, ALEX SEGURA & KARLA PACHECO
Art by MARK BAGLEY AND MORE!
Cover by JOSEMARIA CASANOVAS
On Sale 8/3

Edge of Spider-Verse #2

Written by DAN SLOTT AND MORE

Art by MARK BAGLEY AND MORE

Cover by JOSEMARIA CASANOVAS

On Sale 8/17

Edge of Spider-Verse #3

Written by DAN SLOTT AND MORE

Art by MARK BAGLEY AND MORE

Cover by JOSEMARIA CASANOVAS

Variant Cover by KRIS ANKAOn Sale 8/31

Krypto the Superdog Digs a Hole for your Heart Come August
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Krypto the Superdog Digs a Hole for your Heart Come August

BURBANK, CA – In 2005, a new breed of Super Hero claimed its place of prominence among Saturday morning cartoons with the premiere of Krypto the Superdog. On August 2, 2022, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment brings the acclaimed complete animated series to DVD (USA $44.98 SRP; Canada $49.99 SRP).

Created by Chris Mitchell, Krypto the Superdog follows the adventures of the title character – Superman’s beloved pooch – who also acquires the powers afforded his original Earthbound master. Alongside allies like Ace The Bat-Hound and Streaky the Supercat, Krypto fights the forces of evil, which include the animal companions of Lex Luthor and Catwoman.

Sam Vincent (Ninjago, Sausage Party) voiced the title character to lead the robust cast that included Brian Drummond (Monster Beach) as Streaky, Scott McNeil (X-Men: Evolution) as Ace the Bat-Hound, Alberto Ghisi (Trick ‘r Treat) as Kevin Whitney, Tabita St. Germain (My Little Pony franchise) as Andrea, Terry Klassen (Dragon Ball Z) as Tusky Husky, Ellen Kennedy (Polly Pocket) as Brainy Barker, Michael Dobson (The Deep) as Bulldog. Additional cast members included Peter Kelamis (Beyond, Riverdale) as Tail Terrier, Mark Oliver (Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitsu) as Mechanikat, Trevor Devall (He-Man and the Masters of the Universe) as Hot Dog, and Nicole Bouma (Powerpuff Girls Z) as Snooky Wookums.

Scott Jeralds (Static Shock) and Alan Burnett (Batman: The Animated Series) served as supervising producers, and Linda Steiner (Pound Puppies) and Paul Dini (Superman: The Animated Series) were producers on the series. Sander Schwartz was the executive producer. Burnett and Dini also served as story editors, while Jeralds directed all 39 episodes of Krypto the Superdog.

DISC 1

Ep- 01 Krypto’s Scripto: Pt. 1 and Pt. 2

Ep- 02 Super-Flea / A Bug’s Strife

Ep- 03 Meet the Dog Stars / The Streaky Story

Ep- 04 Diaper Madness / Feline Fatale

Ep- 05 Dog-Gone Kevin / The Dark Hound Strikes!

Ep- 06 My Pet Boy / Dem Bones

Ep- 07 Bathound for a Day / Dog Bot

Ep- 08 Old Dog, New Tricks / Talk to the Animals

DISC 2

Ep- 09 My Uncle, the Superhero / Top Dog

Ep- 10 Puss in Space Boots / Teen Tiny Trouble

Ep- 11 Dogbot To The Rescue / Bad Bailey

Ep- 12 Bathound’s Bad Luck / Circus of the Dog Stars

Ep- 13 The Living End / The Dog Days of Winter

Ep- 14 Bad Hair Day / The Cat and the Bat

Ep- 15 Melanie’s Monkey / Funny Business

Ep- 16 Now You See Him. . . / Bones of Contention

DISC 3

Ep- 17 Superdog? Who’s Superdog? / The Good Life

Ep- 18 Streaky’s Super Cat Tale / The New Recruit

Ep- 19 Up, Up and Away / Dinosaur Time

Ep- 20 Puppy Problems / Switching Sides

Ep- 21 Leaf of Absence / Big Sister

Ep- 22 Bathound Meets The Dog Stars / A Dog’s Life

Ep- 23 Stray for a Day / Ruffled Feathers

DISC 4

Ep- 24 Bathound and the Robin / Furry Fish

Ep- 25 Tusky’s Tooth / When Penguins Fly 

Ep- 26 Storybook Holiday: Pt. 1 and Pt. 2    

Ep- 27 Kids in Capes / Attack of the Virtual Vegetables     

Ep- 28 Mechani-Bot / Stretch-O-Mutt to the Rescue

Ep- 29 Growing Pains / K-9 Krusader          

Ep- 30 Andrea Finds Out! / Magic Mutts     

Ep- 31 Reptile Round-Up / Streaky’s Field Trip       

Ep- 32 Pied Pussycat Piper / Solar Specs     

DISC 5

Ep- 33 Too Many Cooks / Join the Club       

Ep- 34 Bailey’s Back / Streaky’s Inner Struggle       

Ep- 35 Face Time / Catopia  

Ep- 36 The Parrot and the Pirates / Robbie’s Return

Ep- 37 Revolt of the Beavers / Invasion from the Planet Peanut      

Ep- 38 Mechanikalamity / Barrumpbarrump

Ep- 39 Iguanukkah    

Batwoman Season 3 Comes Home in July
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Batwoman Season 3 Comes Home in July

BURBANK, CA  – Javicia Leslie returns as DC Super Hero Batwoman to lead the Bat Team when Batwoman: The Third and Final Season arrives on Blu-rayTM and DVD July 12, 2022 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. Featuring all 13 epic episodes from the third season with all-new bonus features including deleted scenes and a gag reel, Batwoman: The Third and Final Season is priced to own for $29.98 SRP Blu-ray/ $24.98 SRP DVD ($39.99 SRP Blu-ray/ $29.98 SRP DVD in Canada). 

Season two was transformational for the Bat Team and the entire city of Gotham City with the arrival of Ryan Wilder as Batwoman. In season three, Ryan must now lead the Bat Team in stopping the next wave of villains created by the weapons lost in the Gotham River during the suspenseful season two finale. On top of everything, Ryan will have to battle these villains with Alice by her side! As a new generation of Rogues torments Gotham, Batwoman and Alice must work together to stop them, which is a predicament that threatens to upend the team’s existing dynamics for good.

Batwoman stars Javicia Leslie (God Friended Me),Rachel Skarsten (Birds of Prey, Reign), Meagan Tandy (unREAL, Teen Wolf), Nicole Kang (You),Camrus Johnson (The Sun is Also a Star), Victoria Cartagena (Gotham, Manifest), Nick Creegan (David Makes Man)and Robin Givens (Riverdale, Boomerang).Based on characters created for DC by Bob Kane with Bill Finger, Batwoman is produced by Berlanti Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television with executive producers Greg Berlanti (Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl), Caroline Dries (The Vampire Diaries, Smallville), Geoff Johns (Wonder Woman, Titans), Sarah Schecter (Blindspot, Riverdale), James Stoteraux and Chad Fiveash (Gotham, The Vampire Diaries).

BLU-RAY & DVD SPECIAL FEATURES

  • Deleted Scenes (Exclusive to Blu-ray and DVD)
  • Gag Real (Exclusive to Blu-ray and DVD)
  • Batwing: A Hero’s Journey

13 ONE-HOUR EPISODES

  1. Mad As A Hatter
  2. Loose Tooth
  3. Freeze
  4. Antifreeze
  5. A Lesson From Professor Pyg
  6. How Does Your Garden Grow?
  7. Pick Your Poison
  8. Trust Destiny
  9. Meet Your Maker
  10. Toxic
  11. Broken Toys
  12. We’re All Mad Here
  13. Are We Having Fun Yet?

DIGITAL 

Batwoman: The Third and Final Season is currently available to own on Digital. Digital purchase allows consumers to instantly stream and download to watch anywhere and anytime on their favorite devices. Digital movies and TV shows are available from various digital retailers including Prime Video, Apple TV, Google Play, Vudu and others.  

BASICS

Street Date: July 12, 2022

BD and DVD Presented in 16×9 widescreen format

Running Time: Feature: Approx 545 min

Enhanced Content: Approx 28 min

BLU-RAY

Price: $29.98 SRP ($39.99 SRP in Canada)

3 Discs (3 BD-50s)

Audio: English 5.1

Subtitles: English SDH

DVD

Price: $24.98 SRP ($29.98 SRP in Canada)

3 Discs (3 DVD-9s)

Audio: English 5.1

Subtitles: English SDH

Assholes by Bram Algoed & Micah Stahl
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Assholes by Bram Algoed & Micah Stahl

Does this count as a foreign comic? It’s written by an American (Micah Stahl) but drawn by a Belgian (Bram Algoed), and was originally published in Dutch – this edition is a translation, and comes from an outfit (Europe Comics) specifically devoted to bringing Eurocomics to Amerireaders.

That’s foreign enough for my purposes, but there’s an additional wrinkle: this is a satire, with two main characters who are, well, Assholes . One is American, one is British. So to restate the original issue: does this count as someone else picking on those people, or is it all within the family?

It’s familiar enough, and the satirical targets (rich, self-obsessed TV celebrities! golf!) are broad and obvious enough that I don’t think anyone will actually care. But it does make the is-the-call-coming-from-inside-the-house? question more interesting here than usual.

Anyway, this book takes place all during one morning, at a presumably exclusive golf club, the Royal Marabou, which seems to be somewhere in the LA area. Two popular game-show hosts, the American Chuck Atkins (of Spin Your Luck) and Simon Kennedy (of Enigma) are starting a round there. Chuck is a big bluff sort with a brushy moustache, on his fourth wife – you know the type. Simon is toothy and slick – you know that type as well.

They both are tremendous assholes, though in my personal scorecard Chuck pulls far ahead on points and the race is never in doubt. The book is structured around their golf round, with chapters for each hole after some brief scene-setting among the caddies and groundskeepers, early that morning. We see Chuck and Simon interact with their fans, insult and belittle each other, do a lot of hitting balls with highly-engineered sticks, drink, and generally act out.

It’s all amusing, and often quite funny – assuming you enjoy comedy about assholes. But, then, if you didn’t, the title would be enough to keep you away. There’s no higher goal, no frisson of discovery or breakthrough: assholes these two men began and assholes they will remain. If that’s enough for you, this book provides snappy dialogue and bright art that, to my eye, sits somewhere between ligne claire and a modern North American art-comics look.

Reposted from The Antick Musings of G.B.H. Hornswoggler, Gent.