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Win a Blu-ray copy of Jurassic World: Dominion
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Win a Blu-ray copy of Jurassic World: Dominion

It’s the end of the world as we know it. Well, maybe the end of the cinematic Jurassic Park universe (for now). This summer saw the original crew team-up with the Jurassic World heroes in Jurassic World: Dominion, an all-out effort to save mankind. And now the film is coming to 4K, Blu-ray and Digital on Tuesday with a special extended edition.

Our friends at Universal Home Entertainment have provided us with one Blu-ray copy of this release to giveaway. All you need to do is tell us about which species of dinosaur featured in the film was your favorite and why. Be creative, be scientific, but specific.

Give us your response no later than 11:59 p.m., Wednesday, August 17. The contest is open only to North American readers and the decision of ComicMix‘s judges will be final.

Columbia Classics 4K Ultra HD Collection Vol. 3 Arrives in Oct.
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Columbia Classics 4K Ultra HD Collection Vol. 3 Arrives in Oct.

CULVER CITY, Calif. (August 10, 2022) – Continuing the fan-favorite and award-winning series, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment is proud to debut six more acclaimed and iconic films from its library on 4K Ultra HD disc for the first time ever, exclusively within the COLUMBIA CLASSICS 4K ULTRA HD COLLECTION VOLUME 3, available October 25. This must-own set includes films that have resonated and endured, with stars and stories that have reverberated through cinema history: IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT, FROM HERE TO ETERNITY, TO SIR, WITH LOVE, THE LAST PICTURE SHOW, ANNIE and AS GOOD AS IT GETS. Each film is presented in 4K resolution with Dolby Vision High Dynamic Range, and four of the films have all-new Dolby Atmos mixes.

The six films in the COLUMBIA CLASSICS 4K ULTRA HD COLLECTION VOLUME 3 are only available on 4K Ultra HD disc within this special limited edition collector’s set. Included with the collection is a gorgeous hardbound 80-page book, featuring in-depth sections about the making of each film within the set via six all-new incisive essays from renowned writers—including a special exclusive essay from award-winning writer/director James L. Brooks on his 1997 classic, AS GOOD AS IT GETS!

The set also includes a variety of rare related features and TV episodes, expanding the worlds of several of the included films—some of which haven’t been available in decades! From a 1932 cinematic incarnation of Annie to a nearly 5-hour 1979 TV miniseries adaptation of FROM HERE TO ETERNITY—and much more!—these supplemental additions round out this must-own gift set, perfectly timed for holiday gift-giving.

IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT
SYNOPSIS

Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert team up for laughs as mismatched lovers in this 1934 screwball comedy classic. Spoiled Ellie Andrews (Colbert) escapes from her millionaire father (Walter Connolly), who wants to stop her from marrying a worthless playboy. En route to New York, Ellie gets involved with an out-of-work newsman, Peter Warne (Gable). When their bus breaks down, the bickering couple set off on a madcap hitchhiking expedition. Complications fly when the runaway heiress and brash reporter fall in love. Directed by Frank Capra, IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT was the first movie to be honored with all five major Oscars®: Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Director, and Best Screenplay.

IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT Disc Breakdown

  • 4K Ultra HD Includes:
    • Feature presented in 4K resolution with Dolby Vision
    • Original Mono DTS-HD Master Audio
    • Special Feature:
  • NEW: YOU CAN’T RUN AWAY FROM IT – 1956 remake of IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT, starring June Allyson and Jack Lemmon. Newly remastered in HD!
    • Blu-ray Includes:
      • Feature presented in high definition, sourced from the 4K master
      • Original Mono DTS-HD Master Audio
      • Special Features:
  • Audio Commentary featuring Frank Capra, Jr.
  • Frank Capra, Jr. Remembers It Happened One Night Featurette
  • Screwball Comedy? Featurette
  • Original Live Radio Broadcast
  • Advertising Materials
  • Theatrical Trailer

IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT has a run time of approximately 105 minutes and is not rated.

FROM HERE TO ETERNITY
SYNOPSIS

In this landmark film, passion and tragedy collide on a military base as a fateful day in December 1941 draws near. Private Prewitt (Montgomery Clift) is a soldier and former boxer being manipulated by his superior and peers. His friend Maggio (Frank Sinatra) tries to help him but has his own troubles. Sergeant Warden (Burt Lancaster) and Karen Holmes (Deborah Kerr) tread on dangerous ground as lovers in an illicit affair. Each of their lives will be changed when their stories culminate in the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Winner of eight Oscars®, including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Supporting awards for Sinatra in a career-defining role and for Donna Reed as a not-so-wholesome club hostess.

FROM HERE TO ETERNITY Disc Breakdown

  • 4K Ultra HD Includes:
    • Feature presented in 4K resolution with Dolby Vision
    • Dolby Atmos English audio
    • 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio
    • Original Mono DTS-HD Master Audio
    • Special Features:
  • NEW: Strength and Sacrifice: The Making of From Here to Eternity
  • NEW: Eternal History Revisited Featurettes
  • NEW: FROM HERE TO ETERNITY 1980 TV Pilot – the TV pilot starring William Devane and Barbara Hershey, presented in SD!*
  • Theatrical Trailers
  • Feature Blu-ray Includes:
    • Feature presented in high definition
    • 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio
    • Dolby Digital Mono
    • Special Features:
  • Eternal History: Graphics-in-Picture Track
  • Audio Commentary featuring Tim Zinnemann and Alvin Sargent
  • Making of From Here to Eternity
  • Excerpt from “Fred Zinnemann – As I See It” 

FROM HERE TO ETERNITY has a run time of approximately 118 minutes and is not rated.

EXCLUSIVE BONUS DISC INCLUDES:
FROM HERE TO ETERNITY
the nearly 5-hour 1979 TV miniseries starring Natalie Wood, William Devane and Peter Boyle, presented in high definition* 

TO SIR, WITH LOVE
SYNOPSIS

A novice teacher faces a class of rowdy, undisciplined working-class punks in this classic film that reflected some of the problems and fears of teens in the 60s. Sidney Poitier gives one of his finest performances as Mark Thackeray, an out-of-work engineer who turns to teaching in London’s tough East End. The graduating class, led by Denham (Christian Roberts), Pamela (Judy Geeson) and Barbara (Lulu, who also sings the hit title song), sets out to destroy Thackeray as they did his predecessor by breaking his spirit. But Thackeray, no stranger to hostility, meets the challenge by treating the students as young adults who will soon enter a work force where they must stand or fall on their own. Celebrating its 55th anniversary.

TO SIR, WITH LOVE Disc Breakdown

  • 4K Ultra HD Includes:
    • Feature presented in 4K resolution with Dolby Vision, restored from the original camera negative
    • Dolby Atmos English audio
    • 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio
    • Original Mono DTS-HD Master Audio
    • Special Features:
  • NEW: A Tribute to Sidney Poitier
  • NEW: TO SIR, WITH LOVE 1974 TV Pilot – Hari Rhodes stars in this rare TV adaptation of the 1967 classic film, presented in HD!
  • Blu-ray Includes:
    • Feature presented in high definition, sourced from the 4K master
    • 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio
    • Original Mono DTS-HD Master Audio
    • Special Features:
  • Audio Commentary featuring Actor Judy Geeson and Film Historians Julie Kirgo and Nick Redman
  • Audio Commentary featuring Novelist E.R. Braithwaite and Author / Teacher Salome Thomas-El
  • NEW: TO SIR, WITH LOVE II – the 1992 TV-movie sequel to the 1967 classic, starring Sidney Poitier and directed by Peter Bogdanovich, presented in HD!
  • NEW: To Potter, With Love Featurette
  • NEW: Beginnings of an Acting Career Featurette
  • Those Schoolboy Days Featurette
  • Look and Learn Featurette
  • E.R. Braithwaite: In His Own Words Featurette
  • Lulu and the B-Side Featurette
  • Miniskirts, Blue Jeans and Pop Music! Featurette
  • To Sidney, With Love Featurette
  • Principal El: He Chose to Stay Featurette
  • Theatrical Trailer

TO SIR, WITH LOVE has a run time of approximately 105 minutes and is not rated.

THE LAST PICTURE SHOW
SYNOPSIS

Released in 1971 to critical acclaim and public controversy, THE LAST PICTURE SHOW garnered eight Academy Award® nominations, including Best Picture, and was hailed as the most important work by a young American director since Citizen Kane. A surprisingly frank, bittersweet drama of social and sexual mores in small-town Texas, the film features a talent-laden cast led by Jeff Bridges, Cybill Shepherd and Timothy Bottoms. Cloris Leachman and Ben Johnson each won Oscars® for their work in supporting roles. Featuring both director Peter Bogdanovich’s preferred 1999 Definitive Director’s Cut and the 1971 Theatrical version on 4K Ultra HD.

THE LAST PICTURE SHOW Disc Breakdown

  • Director’s Cut 4K Ultra HD Includes:
    • Director’s Cut presented in 4K resolution with Dolby Vision, restored from the original camera negative
    • Original Mono DTS-HD Master Audio
  • Theatrical Version 4K Ultra HD Includes:
    • 1971 Theatrical version presented in 4K resolution with Dolby Vision, restored from the original camera negative
    • Original Mono DTS-HD Master Audio
  • Feature Blu-ray Includes:
    • Director’s Cut presented in high definition, sourced from the 4K master
    • Mono DTS-HD Master Audio
  • Special Features:
    • Audio Commentary featuring Director Peter Bogdanovich
    • NEW: A Tribute to Peter Bogdanovich
    • The Last Picture Show: A Look Back Documentary 
    • A Discussion with Filmmaker Peter Bogdanovich
    • Location Footage
    • Promotional Featurette 
    • Theatrical Trailers

THE LAST PICTURE SHOW has a run time of approximately 118 minutes and is rated R. THE LAST PICTURE SHOW: DIRECTOR’S CUT has a run time of approximately 126 minutes and is rated R for sexuality, nudity and language.

ANNIE
SYNOPSIS

Celebrating its 40th anniversary, ANNIE is the story of everyone’s favorite plucky, red-haired orphan! One day Annie (Aileen Quinn) is chosen to stay for a week with the famous billionaire “Daddy” Warbucks (Albert Finney). One week turns into many, and the only person standing in the way of Annie’s fun is Miss Hannigan, the tyrannical ruler of the orphanage (played to hilarious perfection by Carol Burnett). Will Miss Hannigan’s zany attempts to kidnap the irrepressible Annie succeed? Sing along with the unforgettable songs and experience this beloved musical!

ANNIE Disc Breakdown

  • 4K Ultra HD Includes:
    • Feature presented in 4K resolution with Dolby Vision, restored from the original camera negative
    • Dolby Atmos English audio
    • 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio
    • Original 2-Channel Surround DTS-HD Master Audio
    • Special Feature:
      • NEW: LITTLE ORPHAN ANNIE – 1932 feature starring Mitzi Green as Annie, newly restored and presented in HD!
  • Feature Blu-ray Includes:
    • Feature presented in high definition, sourced from the 4K master
    • 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio
    • Original 2-Channel Surround DTS-HD Master Audio
    • Special Features:
  • NEW: Cast Audio Commentary – featuring all-new reflections from stars Carol Burnett, Ann Reinking, Tim Curry and Roseanne Sorrentino
  • NEW: Aileen Quinn: A Conversation
  • NEW: Behind the Music with Charles Strouse
  • NEW: Looking Back: Behind the Scenes
    • Annie’s Journey to the Screen
    • “Easy Street”
    • “I Don’t Need Anything But You”
    • Making a Finale (no audio)
  • Sing-Along with Annie!
  • My Hollywood Adventure with Aileen Quinn
  • Musical Performance by Play: “It’s the Hard-Knock Life”
  • Theatrical Trailers and TV Spots

ANNIE has a run time of approximately 127 minutes and is rated PG.

AS GOOD AS IT GETS
SYNOPSIS

Jack Nicholson, Helen Hunt, Greg Kinnear and Cuba Gooding, Jr., star in James L. Brooks’ hit comedy, AS GOOD AS IT GETS, now celebrating its 25th anniversary. Nicholson gives a show-stopping Academy Award®-winning performance as Melvin Udall, an obsessive-compulsive novelist with Manhattan’s meanest mouth. But when his neighbor Simon is hospitalized, Melvin is forced to babysit Simon’s dog. And that unexpected act of kindness, along with waitress Carol Connelly (Helen Hunt, in an Academy Award®-winning performance), helps put Melvin back in the human race. Nominated for 7 Academy Awards®, including Best Picture (1997).

AS GOOD AS IT GETS Disc Breakdown

  • 4K Ultra HD Includes:
    • Feature presented in 4K resolution with Dolby Vision, restored from the original camera negative
    • Dolby Atmos English audio
    • Original 5.0 DTS-HD Master Audio
  • Feature Blu-ray Includes:
    • Feature presented in high definition, sourced from the 4K master
    • Original 5.0 DTS-HD Master Audio
    • Special Features:
  • Audio Commentary featuring Director James L. Brooks, Stars Jack Nicholson, Helen Hunt and Greg Kinnear, Editor Richard Marks, Producer Laurence Mark and Composer Hans Zimmer
  • NEW: Deleted Scenes
    • Melvin Stalls Victor with Intro from James L. Brooks
    • “Kiss Her, Man!” Original Ending
  • NEW: Behind the Scenes Footage
  • NEW: The Making of As Good As It Gets Featurette
  • NEW: Archival Theatrical EPK Soundbites
  • Theatrical Trailer

AS GOOD AS IT GETS has a run time of approximately 139 minutes and is rated PG-13 for strong language, thematic elements, nudity and a beating. 

*Select instances of music have been removed for this presentation.

Academy Award® and Oscar® are the registered trademarks and service marks of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Fowl Language: Winging It by Brian Gordon
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Fowl Language: Winging It by Brian Gordon

If there’s only three books of something, and you read the first two and enjoy them, you’re gonna come back and hit the third one. It’s just one of those things.

I may not have anything new to say about Winging It , the third book collecting Brian Gordon’s online comic strip Fowl Language, since I’ve already written about Welcome to Parenting  and The Struggle Is Real  since March.

Gordon’s been doing this strip about a decade, and it’s entirely about his family life: he draws a family of ducks (viewpoint father, mother, older boy and younger girl) who match, as far as the reader can tell, his actual family, although the ducks have (very sporadically) had their own names, which don’t match Gordon’s family’s names. By the point of the strips in this 2019 book, the two kids were tweens: the obnoxious, demanding, argumentative years. (They’re all obnoxious years, as parents come to learn – it’s just different kinds of obnoxious as you go along.)

This one is more structured than the first two were, organized into a dozen thematic chapters, each one of which has a short intro by Gordon, laid out in a font that looks like the lettering in the strip so it’s “handwritten.” Those chapters loosely follow the kid-development timeline – at least as far as Gordon’s own kids have gotten – starting with “Babies” and running through things like “Food” and “School” on the way to “Growing Up Too Fast.” The intros are pretty close to the standard American “kids are wonderful and horrible” line of discussion, and don’t really add much: I’m sure Gordon means all of it and is being sincere and honest, but we’ve all seen this a million times before. His strips are more distinctive and original, since they have to be quick and precise and funny.

As someone who has assembled books and planned out publication schedules, I have suspicions about this book. In particular, I would bet a medium-sized sum of money that it includes all of the usable early strips that didn’t make it into the first two books, as a semi-housecleaning measure, along with some then-newer material. It was the “we have just enough for a third book, so we’re making a third book” kind of third book, is what I think. And the intros were partially an effort to hit the sentimentalist sweet spot of the market and partially a way to generate new content for the book fairly quickly. (I would not be surprised if Gordon knocked them all out over a weekend.)

So this is the least of the three books to date, but it’s still fun and funny. If you find it next to a cashwrap, or in a pop-up in your favorite online store, as your own kids are squabbling in the background, you will likely enjoy it only incrementally less than the first two. And that’s just fine.

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

Charming Sweet Tooth: The Complete First Season hits disc Oct. 11
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Charming Sweet Tooth: The Complete First Season hits disc Oct. 11

BURBANK, CA (August 9, 2022) – Produced by Team Downey and writer/director Jim Mickle, and based on the comics from DC, Sweet Tooth: The Complete First Season, arrives on Blu-Ray and DVD October 11, 2022 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. Sweet Tooth: The Complete First Season features all eight heartfelt episodes from the first season and will be available on Blu-ray and DVD courtesy of Warner Archive Collection.

The end of our world is the beginning of his. Ten years ago “The Great Crumble” wreaked havoc on the world and led to the mysterious emergence of hybrids — babies born part human, part animal. Unsure if hybrids are the cause or result of the virus, many humans fear and hunt them. After a decade of living safely in his secluded forest home, a sheltered hybrid deer-boy named Gus unexpectedly befriends a wandering loner named Jepperd. Together Gus and the Big Man set out on an extraordinary adventure across what’s left of America in search of answers — about Gus’s origins, Jepperd’s past, and the true meaning of home. But their story is full of unexpected allies and enemies, and Gus quickly learns the lush, dangerous world outside the forest is more complex than he ever could have imagined.  

Sweet Tooth: The Complete First Season stars Christian Convery as Gus, Nonso Anozie as Tommy Jepperd, Adeel Akhtar as Dr. Aditya Singh, Aliza Vellani as Rani Singh, Stefania LaVie Owen as Bear, Dania Ramirez as Aimee and voice over narration by James Brolin. Based on the DC comic book series by Jeff Lemire, Sweet Tooth is executive produced by Jim Mickle, Robert Downey, Jr., Susan Downey, Amanda Burrell, and Linda Moran.

EIGHT ONE-HOUR EPISODES

  1. Out of the Deep Woods
  2. Sorry About All the Dead People
  3. Weird Deer S**t
  4. Special Sauce
  5. What’s in the Freezer?
  6. Stranger Danger on a Train
  7. When Pubba Met Birdie
  8. Big Man

BASICS

Street Date: October 11, 2022

BD and DVD Presented in 16×9 widescreen format

Running Time: Feature: Approx. 480 min

Audio: English 5.1

Subtitles: English SDH

Jurassic World Dominion Extended Edition On 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray & Digital on 8/16
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Jurassic World Dominion Extended Edition On 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray & Digital on 8/16

Universal City, California, August 9, 2022 – Bring home JURASSIC WORLD DOMINION boasting 14 minutes of never-before-seen footage, an alternate opening, more dinosaurs and more action on Digital, 4K Ultra HD, and Blu-ray on August 16th, 2022 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. Having generated over $950 million in global ticket sales, the summer’s colossal adventure from Amblin Entertainment and Universal Pictures topped the box-office charts in 72 markets around the world release weekend and broke franchise records in 16, earning an “A-” CinemaScore. In addition to the Extended cut, this exclusive special edition includes captivating behind-the-scenes content chronicling the making of the movie from beginning to end, the original short film Battle at Big Rock, and much more, for the perfect movie night at home.
 
Two worlds collide as the epic saga that began with Jurassic Park comes to a grand conclusion in JURASSIC WORLD DOMINION. Directed by Colin Trevorrow and executive-produced by Steven Spielberg, the director of the first two Jurassic Park films, JURASSIC WORLD DOMINION takes place four years after Isla Nublar’s destruction when dinosaurs roam the Earth again. Facing the cataclysmic consequences of a planet once again dominated by prehistoric predators, two generations of Jurassic heroes unite as doctors Ellie Sattler (Laura Dern), Ian Malcolm (Jeff Goldblum) and Alan Grant (Sam Neill) return to join Owen Grady (Chris Pratt) and Claire Dearing (Bryce Dallas Howard) for an incredible adventure that will determine the destiny of humans and dinosaurs once and for all.
 
With the purchase of JURASSIC WORLD DOMINION EXTENDED EDITION on digital or disc, fans are eligible to earn points towards digital movies via the Universal All-Access Rewards program. Members can redeem their points for digital movies, swag and more!  For registration and details please visit www.MyUniversalRewards.com.
 
BONUS FEATURES ON 4K ULTRA HD, BLU-RAYTM & DIGITAL*:

  • EXTENDED VERSION – An extended cut of the film with 14 minutes of additional footage featuring more dinosaurs, action, iconic character moments and an alternate opening
  • BATTLE AT BIG ROCK** – Directed by Colin Trevorrow, the short film takes place one year after the events of JURASSIC WORLD: FALLEN KINGDOM in Big Rock National Park.
  • A NEW BREED OF VFX – VFX supervisor David Vickery and the magicians at ILM discuss the incredible visual effects work featured in JURASSIC WORLD DOMINION.
  • DINOSAURS AMONG US: INSIDE JURASSIC WORLD DOMINION
    • TOGETHER FOR THE FIRST TIME – Cast and filmmakers discuss the evolution of the franchise and the special union of characters from JURASSIC PARK and JURASSIC WORLD.
    • UNDERGROUND DINO MARKET – Join filmmakers for a tour of the amazing dino market set and discover how they brought it to life.
    • MAYHEM IN MALTA – A behind-the-scenes look at the Atrociraptor rooftop chase and Owen’s harrowing motorcycle ride through the narrow streets and alleyways of Malta.
    • SCARY REAL
      • SPIT TAKE: THE RETURN OF THE DILOPHOSAURUS – Live-action dinosaurs supervisor John Nolan and his team reveal how they created the impressive Dilophosaurus animatronic.
      • INSIDE THE DIMETRODON – Learn how the filmmaking team operated the terrifying Dimetrodon animatronic and hear from Laura Dern and Sam Neill on what it was like working with it.
      • CREATING A PLAGUE – Laura Dern and Bryce Dallas Howard discuss the enormous locusts featured in JURASSIC WORLD DOMINION and the creature effects team reveals how they were created and deployed.
      • PASSING THE BATA..N- Discover the craftsmanship behind the realistic-looking Beta animatronic and hear from Chris Pratt and Isabella Sermon on why they enjoyed working with it.
      • GIGA-BITE – Go behind the scenes with the cast of JURASSIC WORLD DOMINION as they are introduced to the biggest star of the film, the Giganotosaurus, for the very first time.
    • FINAL NIGHT – Witness the emotional final night of filming with the cast and crew of JURASSIC WORLD DOMINION.

* At participating Digital retailers
** Included on all formats including DVD

FILMMAKERS:
Cast: Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum, Sam Neill, DeWanda Wise, Mamoudou Athie, BD Wong and Omar Sy 
Music by Michael Giacchino
Jurassic Park Theme by John Williams
Costume Designer: Joanna Johnston
Editor: Mark Sanger ACE, BFE
Production Designer: Kevin Jenkins
Director of Photography: John Schwartzman ASC
Executive Producers: Steven Spielberg, Alexandra Derbyshire, Colin Trevorrow
Produced by Frank Marshall p.g.a., Patrick Crowley p.g.a.
Based on Characters Created by Michael Crichton
Story by Derek Connolly & Colin Trevorrow
Screenplay by Emily Carmichael and Colin Trevorrow
Directed by Colin Trevorrow

TECHNICAL INFORMATION 4K UHD:
Street Date: August 16, 2022
Selection Number: 1000815028 (US) / 1000815063 (CDN)
Layers: BD 100
Aspect Ratio: Widescreen 16:9 2.00:1
Rating: PG-13 for intense sequences of action, some violence and language
Languages/Subtitles: English, French Canadian and Latin American Spanish
Sound: English (DTS: X for Feature and Dolby Digital 2.0 for Bonus Content), French Canadian (DTS-HD High Resolution Audio 7.1), Latin American Spanish (DTS-HD High Resolution Audio 7.1)
Run Time: 2 hours 26 minutes (Theatrical) 2 hours 40 minutes (Extended)

TECHNICAL INFORMATION DVD:

Street Date: August 16, 2022
Selection Number: 1000815029 (US) / 1000815064 (CDN)
Layers: BD 50
Aspect Ratio: Widescreen 16:9 2.00:1
Rating: PG-13 for intense sequences of action, some violence and language
Languages/Subtitles: English, French Canadian and Latin American Spanish
Sound: English (DTS: X for Feature and Dolby Digital 2.0 for Bonus Content), French Canadian (DTS-HD High Resolution Audio 7.1), Latin American Spanish (DTS-HD High Resolution Audio 7.1)
Run Time: 2 hours 26 minutes (Theatrical) 2 hours 40 minutes (Extended)

TECHNICAL INFORMATION BLU-RAY:
Street Date: August 16, 2022
Selection Number: 1961213953 (US) / 1000815079 (CDN)
Layers: DVD 9
Aspect Ratio: Widescreen 16:9 2.00:1
Rating: PG-13 for intense sequences of action, some violence and language
Languages/Subtitles: English, French Canadian and Latin American Spanish
Sound: English (Dolby Digital 5.1 for Feature and Dolby Digital 2.0 for Bonus Content), French Canadian (Dolby Digital 5.1), Latin American Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
Run Time: 2 hours 26 minutes (Theatrical Only)


Aqua Teen Forever: Plantasm is coming to Digital, 4K Ultra HD & Blu-ray on November 8
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Aqua Teen Forever: Plantasm is coming to Digital, 4K Ultra HD & Blu-ray on November 8

BURBANK, CA (August 6, 2022) It was announced today at the Adult Swim Festival by Aqua Teen Hunger Force creators Dave Willis and Matt Maiellaro that an all-new mystery-adventure with Master Shake, Frylock, and Meatwad is on the way! The all-new original movie titled Aqua Teen Forever: Plantasm is coming to Digital, 4K Ultra HD & Blu-ray on November 8, 2022 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. This is the second film adaptation inspired from one of Adult Swim’s longest running animated series – Aqua Teen Hunger Force. Aqua Teen Forever: Plantasm is priced to own on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack (USA $39.99 SRP; Canada $44.98 SRP) and Blu-ray (USA $29.98 SRP; Canada $39.99 SRP) as well as on Digital. Preorders will be available on August 7, 2022.

Aqua Teen Forever: Plantasm will also be available on Movies Anywhere. Using the free Movies Anywhere app and website, consumers can access all their eligible movies by connecting their Movies Anywhere account with their participating digital retailer accounts.

Aqua Teen Forever: Plantasm features everyone’s favorite rascals, the Aqua Teens: the brainy Frylock, the mouthy Master Shake, the loveable Meatwad, and everyone’s favorite perverted neighbor, Carl, as they split up then get back together to fight everyone’s favorite corporate overlord, Amazin, led by everyone’s favorite tech mogul, Neil (voiced by everyone’s favorite Peter Serafinowicz) and his trusty scientist sidekick, Elmer (Paul Walter Hauser, who is everyone’s favorite).

“Maiellaro and I are excited to finally bring book IIV of the Aqua Teen Plantasm series to the big screen that is little and inside your house. It’s funny and entertaining and it has colorful drawings that move about in a rapid fashion, but not so rapid as to cause seizures,” said Aqua Teen Hunger Force co-creator and executive producer Dave Willis. “Luxuriate your eyes in our updated animation! Revel in the mature themes and coherent storytelling! This is not your grandad’s Aqua Teen! Also, this movie has no superheroes in it. That is the Aqua Teen Hunger Force guarantee: no superheroes! No star war stuff either. If you’re looking for a star war or a yoda, this is probably not the movie for you. Do you doubt me? Watch the movie. And if you don’t like it, you have no taste and your “hot take” is not one to be trusted. I just trolled you, son. Now tweet @adultswim with your pointless rage. Bring the thunder!”

Aqua Teen Forever: Plantasm stars Carey Means (Aqua Teen Hunger Force, The Brak Show) as Frylock, Dana Snyder (Aqua Teen Hunger Force, Squidbillies) as Master Shake, and co-creator Dave Willis (Squidbillies, Your Pretty Face Is Going to Hell) as Meatwad. The film also stars Peter Serafinowicz (The Tick), Paul Walter Hauser (Black Bird), Natasha Rothwell (White Lotus), Robert Smigel (Bob’s Burgers) and Tim Robinson (Detroiters). The movie was written and directed by series creators Dave Willis and Matt Maiellaro and produced by Williams Street Productions. In 2023 Aqua Teen Forever: Plantasm will also be available for streaming on HBO Max and will air on Adult Swim.

BONUS FEATURES

  • Deleted Scenes
  • Commentary
  • Music Video
  • Alternate Cut
  • Behind the Scenes

BASICS

Release Date: November 8, 2022

Presented in 16×9 widescreen format

Feature Running Time: Approx. 79 min

Enhanced Content Running Time: Approx. 172 min

Rating: Rated R for language, crude sexual content and some violence

4K ULTRA HD

Price: $39.99 SRP; Canada $44.98 SRP

Audio – French-Parisian, Latin-Spanish

Subtitles – French-Parisian, Latin-Spanish

BLU-RAY

Price: $29.98 SRP; Canada $39.99 SRP

Audio – ENG, French-Parisian, Japanese, Latin-Spanish

Subtitles – ENG-SDH, French-Parisian, Japanese, Latin-Spanish, Dutch

Billionaires by Darryl Cunningham
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Billionaires by Darryl Cunningham

Billionaires  is a long, detailed book, with many more words than you’d expect for a graphic novel, and a long list of sources at the end – a well-researched and carefully-organized work of non-fiction. So my post here may be less detailed; any questions raised by the book will be best answered by the book.

Darryl Cunningham makes non-fiction comics, I think – the book I’ve previously seen by him was titled How To Fake a Moon Landing  in the US (and less puckishly in his native UK), and his bio in this book lists several other similar titles. From what I’ve seen, he’s not entirely serious – there’s a thread of humor here, mostly in commentary about events, or in how he draws things – but his purpose is essentially serious, and, in this book, mostly a warning.

This is a book, broadly, about how massive concentrations of wealth tend to degrade and destroy both democratic institutions and human lives, and, more specifically, about four very very rich men and how they have demonstrably made the world worse while they also accumulated massive amounts of money for themselves.

The four are Rupert Murdoch, the media mogul and owner of Fox News; Charles and David Koch, the oil & gas magnates, libertarian nutbars and founders/funders of most of the most corrosive institutions of the American right wing; and Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon and the single most destructive influence on the American working life of the past generation.

They’re all horrible in their own ways, though I tend to think Cunningham has arranged them in order of decreasing horribleness. Murdoch is a nasty old bastard whose creation was central in the near-coup that is still resonating in American life, and which has been proven, repeatedly, to make its habitual viewers stupider, worse informed, and more prone to radical violence. The Kochs have an even longer-term corrosive effect, made worse by the intellectual sheen they put on the brute selfishness of their libertarianism, and have been important for decades in climate-change denial that may well lead directly to the deaths of millions of people worldwide. Bezos, by comparison, is just a normal unpleasant tycoon: driven, obnoxious, with stupid manias (space travel!) and the usual mix of arguable benefits to the world (get things in a day from one retailer anywhere!) that come with obvious unpleasant side effects (horrible working conditions for both white and blue-collar workers! destruction of myriad competitors who provided jobs and careers and ownership for huge numbers of people! low-key demands for government handouts for new offices!).

Cunningham also says, near the end, that he could have done a similar book about lefty billionaires, which I think is at least partially disingenuous. That book might be clearer on how any billionaires, even ones who try to support charity as they get older and mellower (see: Bill Gates) are bad for democracy and everyone poorer than they are, but it would not have the frisson of these four very horrible people doing their very horrible things. Evil billionaires make a better case than vaguely neutral ones, or even inadvertently-destructive ones. And at least three of these four are very much evil billionaires.

This book may make you want to sharpen your guillotine and start gathering cobblestones for barricades, which is no bad thing.

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

REVIEW: Tales of Great Goddesses: Gaia: Goddess of Earth
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REVIEW: Tales of Great Goddesses: Gaia: Goddess of Earth

Tales of Great Goddesses: Gaia: Goddess of Earth

By Imogen and Isabel Greenberg

96 pages/Amulet Books/$14.99

Billed as being similar to the Nathan Hale historic biographies, this new series from Amulet takes a look at the goddesses throughout history. In this, the second offering from the Greenbergs, we get the Greek goddess Gaia. We have her story, including the creation of the world and its inhabitants along with her participation in the battle between the Titans and her offspring, led by her youngest, Zeus.

In a brisk 96 pages, we get her story along with a nice glossary and bibliography so enchanted readers can find more to read.

Today, adult authors have been rewriting the classic Greek tales for modern readers, starting with Madeline Miller’s brilliant Circe. It’s become quite the cottage industry and it makes me realize that despite being the mother of Gre4ek creation, Gaia is a secondary character in her own story and it makes me wish the Greenbergs focused more on her. They pick up after she exists, not at all referencing the chaos that preceded her, and they more or less gloss over the cosmic incest that resulted in other beings of great power that arrived.

We get the various beings she and her son Uranus brought to life, leading to the war between her children and Cronus.

The writing has some snark to it which younger readers will appreciate but they are also expecting her to be the focal point of the narrative and a far more active participant and here the book fails to meet that.

Isabel Greenberg’s art is crude and off-putting and does a disservice to the great beings of myth, from the cyclops to the fifty-headed Hecatonchires (a mere four heads are shown). The review copy was in black and white while the finished work will be in color which may bring more zest to the pages.

There are plenty of interesting goddesses for such a middle grade series and I hope the prominent ones from around the world, not just the more familiar Greek and Norse, get their due in subsequent volumes.

Starship Troopers Debuts on 4K with Steelbook
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Starship Troopers Debuts on 4K with Steelbook

SYNOPSIS
From the bridge of the Fleet Battlestation Ticonderoga, with its sweeping galactic views, to the desolate terrain of planet Klendathu, teeming with shrieking, fire-spitting, brain-sucking special effects creatures, acclaimed director PAUL VERHOEVEN crafts a dazzling epic based on Robert A. Heinlein’s classic sci-fi adventure. CASPER VAN DIEN, DINA MEYER, DENISE RICHARDS, JAKE BUSEY, NEIL PATRICK HARRIS, PATRICK MULDOON, and MICHAEL IRONSIDE star as the courageous soldiers who travel to the distant and desolate Klendathu system for the ultimate showdown between the species.

DISC DETAILS & BONUS MATERIALS
• 4K ULTRA HD DISC
• Feature presented in 4K resolution with Dolby Vision
• Dolby Atmos audio + 5.1
• Special Feature:
o NEW: Starship Troopers 25th Anniversary Reunion – an all-new virtual reunion featuring screenwriter Ed Neumeier and actors Casper Van Dien, Denise Richards, Dina Meyer, Clancy Brown, Michael Ironside, Jake Busey, Patrick Muldoon and Seth Gilliam
BLU-RAY DISC™
• Feature presented in High Definition
• Dolby TrueHD 5.1 audio
• Special Features:
o Director and Cast Commentary
o Commentary with Paul Verhoeven and Ed Neumeier
o FedNet Mode Picture-in-Picture
o “Death From Above” Documentary
o “Know Your Foe” Bug Featurettes
o “The Spaceships from Starship Troopers” Featurette
o “FX Comparisons” Featurettes
o Storyboard Comparisons
o The Making of Starship Troopers
o Deleted Scenes
o Screen Tests
o Scene Deconstructions
CAST AND CREW
Directed by Paul Verhoeven
Screenplay by Ed Neumeier
Based on the book by Robert Heinlein
Produced by Alan Marshall, Jon Davison
Cast: Casper Van Dien, Dina Meyer, Denise Richards, Jake Busey, Neil Patrick Harris, Patrick Muldoon and Michael Ironside

SPECS
Run Time: Approx. 129 minutes
Rating: R for graphic sci-fi violence and gore, and for some language and nudity
4K UHD Feature Picture: 2160p Ultra High Definition, 1.85:1
4K UHD Feature Audio: English Dolby Atmos (Dolby TrueHD 7.1 Compatible) | English 5.1 DTS-HD MA

Celestia by Manuele Fior
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Celestia by Manuele Fior

Some books tell you their background in exquisite detail, laying out all of the world-building carefully and clearly, so the reader knows exactly what has happened.

I generally prefer the other kind. I’m a grown-up; I don’t need someone to hold my hand.

Manuele Fior, I think, does entirely stories of the other kind – 5,000 km per second was a great story about people, told sideways and indirectly, and the shorter pieces in Blackbird Days  were also non-obvious. His new graphic novel Celestia  is also one of the other kind: a modern story with no thought bubbles or long explanatory speeches, set in a nearish future world that was utterly transformed by something that I doubt anyone left in the world understands.

Here’s all the background we get, before the first page of comics:

The great invasion came by sea. It spread north, up the mainland. Many fled. Others took refuge on a small island. An island of stone, built in the water over a thousand years ago. Its name is Celestia.

We never know who or what invaded. I tend to doubt it was anything human, but it never gets any clearer than that. What happened to those who “fled” is also unclear. Unless they fled the planet somehow, though, they don’t seem to be there anymore. Take that as as you wish.

I suppose it’s possible that this was relatively local: maybe just this continent, this land. But that’s not the sense I get.

Celestia, a generation later, must be self-sufficient by definition. It has no contact with the rest of the world, if there is a rest of the world. A new, post-invasion generation has grown up: this story follows two of them, Dora and Pierrot, the two characters on the cover. They both have telepathic powers, not entirely under control – and I would say that is not uncommon for this new generation. Maybe even more so as time goes on.

This is a story about humanity transformed, but that story is mostly in the background. The Great Invasion perhaps had something to do with the transformation: in the best possible scenario, it was some kind of Childhood’s End thing. The worst possible scenario? Whatever your biggest fear is. Whatever is the most horrible thing you can think of.

Pierrot’s father, Dr. Vivaldi, is one of the leaders of Celestia. At least, he has followers, so he’s leading them – it’s not clear if there’s any real government on Celestia, and the back cover describes it as “an outpost for criminals and other outcasts.” (As I’ve said before: if you’re the only people left, there’s no other government and you are not criminals, by definition.) Vivaldi has some kind of plans; I’m pretty sure they have to do with self-aggrandizement and power and likely some underlying theory of the outside world.

Pierrot is privileged, respected. He can reject his father and still come and go in his father’s circles as he pleases. And his telepathy is mostly a positive thing in his life.

Dora, on the other hand, is being chased. She’s in hiding, her telepathy lighting up unexpectedly, her mind only half her own. Vivaldi’s group wants her, for something that the reader may suspect will not be good for her.

Before long, Pierrot and Dora flee Celestia, with the threat of violence behind them. They are the first to do so, we think, though Vivaldi talks about exploring the larger world, all the time.

Pierrot and Dora find people outside Celestia. But very few. And most of them are from the new generation: even younger, and even more different than their elders than Dora and Pierrot. (More Childhood’s End, with maybe a touch of Midwich Cuckoos or creepier stories about transformed children.)

As they must, Dora and Pierrot visit a few places on the mainland, and will eventually return to Celestia for a confrontation with the people chasing them. We still don’t quite know why they are in conflict, what the factions in Vivalid’s group are, and why some of them would dare to threaten their leader’s only son. But we come to the end, even without that knowledge.

Fior tells this story mostly quietly, in soft colors on large pages. Even the scenes of violence seem frozen; his panels are each a moment in time, inherently still. He will not tell you how to think about this; will not tell you everything that you want to know. If you only like the kind of story in which everything is explained five times, with captions including everyone’s code names, this is not a book for you. But I hope more of you are grown-ups than that.

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