Fargo Season 1 and Arrow Season 2 plus more new Blu-ray & DVDs out September 22nd 2014

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Fargo Season 1 leads the new Blu-ray and DVDs releases out this week, and even though I love the Coen Brothers’ movie, I really enjoyed this series, too, even if it did sag a bit in the middle. Roll on Season 2!

The Coen Brothers’ Best Picture Oscar nominee transforms into the season’s most talked about TV debut. Fargo features a new “true crime” story and new characters…all chilled in the trademark dry wit, murderous mayhem and “Minnesota nice” of the original classic film.

Oscar-winner Billy Bob Thornton stars as Lorne Malvo, a anipulative master criminal who changes the life of insurance salesman Lester Nygaard (Martin Freeman). Gus Grimly (Colin Hanks) and Molly Solverson (Allison Tolman) are the small-town police officers who join forces to uncover Lester’s secrets and stop the relentlessly destructive Malvo.

Special features:

    Commentary by Billy Bob Thornton, Allison Tolman and Noah Hawley (on select episodes)
    This Is a True Story
    Greetings From Bemidji
    Shades of Green
    Deleted Scenes

Episode List:

    1. The Crocodile’s Dilemma
    2. The Rooster Prince
    3. A Muddy Road
    4. Eating the Blame
    5. The Six Ungraspables
    6. Buridan’s Ass
    7. Who Shaves the Barber?
    8. The Heap
    9. A Fox, A Rabbit, and A Cabbage
    10. Morton’s Fork


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Arrow Season 2

After being marooned on a remote island, billionaire Oliver Queen returns home with a mysterious agenda and a lethal set of new skills that he uses in a war on crime in this hard-hitting action series. Reinventing the DC Comics character for a modern audience, the Arrow is not a superhero but a hero – every bit as dangerous as the criminals he’s hunting. After suffering unimaginable ordeals on the island, the former fun-loving Oliver Queen returns to Starling City a new man. Determined to deliver justice to those who have corrupted his city, Oliver (aka The Hood) – with the help of tech-savvy Felicity Smoak and his iron-fisted right hand, John Diggle – narrowly averts the rich and powerful’s “Undertaking” to cleanse the city of its most desperate citizens.

But Oliver’s crusade is complicated by his emotional connections to friends and family, as the Queen family still trades on secrets that conflict with the Arrow’s agenda. Oliver’s return also affects the love of his life, Laurel Lance, and he must find a balance between being there for her as Oliver Queen, and being there for Starling City as the Arrow. A dark and dangerous crime procedural with edge, intrigue and action, Oliver’s story is told through his harrowing trials on the island, his connections to his mother, Moira, and sister, Thea, and the Arrow’s adventures in Starling City. Showing all facets of the mysterious loner, the drama follows the charismatic Oliver that disappeared, the hardened Oliver that returned and the Oliver that’s been forged into the weapon against injustice known as… the Arrow.


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The Blacklist Season 1

For decades, ex-government agent Raymond “Red” Reddington (James Spader, TV’s The Office, Boston Legal) has been one of the FBI’s most wanted fugitives. Brokering shadowy deals for criminals across the globe, Red was known by many as “The concierge of Crime.”

Now, he’s mysteriously surrendered to the FBI with an explosive offer: he will help catch the world’s most elusive criminals, under the condition that he speaks only to Elizabeth “Liz” Keen (Megan Boone, TV’s Law & Order: Los Angeles), an FBI profiler fresh out of Quantico. For Liz, it’s going to be one hell of a first day on the job.

Bonus Featurettes:

  • Commentary on the pilot episode, Anslo Garrick Part 1 and Berlin: Conclusion with Jon Bokenkamp, John Eisendrath and Joe Carnahan

  • The Insider: Making Season One – The cast, writers and executive producers of The Blacklist take us through Season One, from brainstorming the weekly Blacklisters to developing the relationships between Elizabeth Keen, Tom Keen, and the “concierge of crime,” Raymond Reddington.

  • Beyond the Blacklist – A behind-the-scenes look at all 22 episodes of The Blacklist Inception: Making the Pilot – An inside look at the making of the pilot, introducing the team that brought The Blacklist to life.

  • Rogue’s Gallery: Villains– The writers and executive producers of The Blacklist discuss their process of creating the notorious criminals on the show. The cast weighs in on some of their favorite guest stars.

Character Dossiers:

  • Raymond Reddington – Who is Raymond Reddington really? James Spader, Megan Boone and the producers of The Blacklist discuss Spader’s role.

  • Elizabeth Keen — Megan Boone talks all things Liz Keen from her relationship with Raymond Reddington to her emotional journey throughout the first season.

  • Tom Keen — Ryan Eggold discusses the challenges and joys of playing a character whose motivations aren’t revealed until late in the season.

  • Donald Ressler — Megan Boone and producers John Eisendrath and Jon Bokenkamp weigh in on working with Diego, how Ressler almost lost a leg, and why we shouldn’t believe everything we see.

  • Harold Cooper — Harry Lennix and producer Jon Bokenkamp discuss the character of Harold Cooper, a character whose history, especially with Raymond Reddington, might just come further into focus as the show progresses.

  • Meera Malik — Parminder Nagra and the producers discuss the multiple dimensions to Meera Malik.

  • Aram Mojtabai — Amir Arison takes us through his season from starting as a day player to his scene with James Spader as Aram races against the clock to save his own life.


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Hannibal Season 2

All 13 episodes from the second season of the US TV drama that examines the early relationship between FBI profiler Will Graham (Hugh Dancy) and eminent psychiatrist Hannibal Lecter (Mads Mikkelsen). After being sworn in by Jack Crawford (Laurence Fishburne), the head of the FBI Behavioral Science Unit, to help capture a serial killer who is on the rampage, Will finds himself increasingly struggling to control his thought processes that inform his uncanny ability to empathise with serial killers.

When damning evidence shows up at the FBI that implicates Will in a string of grisly murders he is immediately placed under the care of the Baltimore State Hospital for the Criminally Insane. As Will tries to assure Jack of his innocence he also attempts to convince him of the identity of the real killer. The episodes are: ‘Kaiseki’, ‘Sakizuki’, ‘Hassun’, ‘Takiawase’, ‘Mukozuke’, ‘Futamono’, ‘Yakimono’, ‘Su-zakana’, ‘Shiizakana’, ‘Naka-Choko’, ‘Ko No Mono’, ‘Tome-wan’ and ‘Mizumono’


goldfinger-steelbookOther film releases out this week on both Blu-ray and DVD:

    Alien Vs Predator Steelbook (Blu-ray only)
    Alien Vs Predator: Requiem Steelbook (Blu-ray only)
    Eyes Without a Face Special Edition (Blu-ray/DVD double pack)
    A Farewell To Arms Special Edition (Blu-ray/DVD double pack)
    Goldfinger Steelbook (Blu-ray only)
    Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return
    Night of the Demon Special Edition (Blu-ray/DVD double pack)
    Tokarev (aka Rage)

Other films on DVD:

    Before The Winter Chill
    Looters, Tooters & Sawn-off Shooters


lucky-fellerTV Series out this week on Blu-ray and DVD:

    Boomers Series 1 (DVD)
    From Dusk Till Dawn Season 1 (DVD)
    In The Club Series 1 (DVD)
    Lucky Feller: Complete Series (DVD)
    Phil Silvers Box Set (DVD)
    The Questor Tapes (DVD)
    The Suspicions of Mr Whicher: Complete Series (DVD)
    Who Do You Think You Are? Series 10 (DVD)

All other releases:

    Sting: The Last Ship Live (Blu-ray & DVD)


Brick Mansions on Blu-ray – The DVDfever Review

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Brick Mansions is set in Detroit, 2018, and rioting is in full flow in housing block known by this film’s very title.

The council want to regenerate the area, which means that the tower blocks must come down first. Think “The Wire”, but just not that quality of writing.

Lino (David Belle) washes his drugs down the bathplug, and escapes from some heavies, led by K2 (Gouchy Boy) with some fantastically-choreographed parkour action, but the most urgent question is surely, why are their names pronounced “Lee-no” and “Key-2″, rather than ‘Lino’ like the flooring, and ‘K2′ like the mountain?

Time Heist – Doctor Who: Series 8 Episode 5 – The DVDfever Review – and great Keeley Hawes pics!

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Time Heist finds the TARDIS’ phone ringing. Very few people have his number, and “nothing can happen just by answering the phone”, but he does so, and something does happen, and both he and Clara are transported to a room with an augmented human called Psi (Green Wing‘s Jonathan Bailey), and a mutant human called Saibra (The Smoke‘s Pippa Bennett-Warner).

They’ve agreed to have their memories wiped with a memory worm… but they don’t remember why…

Anyhoo, in the search for a decent new episode after Robot of Sherwood and Listen, all four of them have to rob the Bank of Karabraxos. If they don’t, they die. And they’ve got to get past Head of Bank Security is Ms Delphox (Keeley Hawes, so damn good in Line of Duty, earlier this year), and if she detects you have criminal intent, your mind will be wiped by The Teller (Ross Mullan), and your brain turned into ‘soup’.

Saibra’s special talent is to replicate any other being, thanks to her hologram shell. If only I could get her to replicate me, and then she could take my place at work.

Psi, on the otherhand, has computer hacking skills. Not as cool, really.


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Ms Delphox and The Teller (the other way round, obviously)


Some good stuff… There’s a nice put-down after Psi snaps at The Doctor, with him replying with sarcasm, “Look, when we’re done, you go and find a shoulder to cry on. Until then, what you need is me.”

And elsewhere, Psi tells him: “I still don’t understand why *you’re* in charge”, to which the Doctor comes back with: “Basically, it’s the eyebrows.”

We also get a nice moment where they blow a hole in a lift floor with a ‘dimensional shift bomb’, which temporarily relocates the particles to a different plane – a safer way of making an explosion-free hole, but it does get a bit daft with other elements like wiping your memory to reduce the guilt in your mind, so you can’t be detected.

For the rest of the time, it hints at being a bit ‘Crystal Maze’ as they come across puzzles which need solving, created by the hand of The Architect, but it really just boils down to a load of running down corridors – and seemingly easily disposable tertiary characters, as The Teller goes after them.

Go to page 2 for more thoughts on the episode.


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Jenna Coleman looking uber-hot, while The Doctor has angry eyebrows again.


Queen Forever – because they clearly need the money – new Freddie & Wacko Jacko song

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Queen Forever is the title of the latest collection of songs the remaining members of Queen wanted to put together in order to squeeze a few more quid out of the fans. Brian May and Roger Taylor had been remastering old tracks in May this year, and have thrown in a collaboration with Freddie Mercury & Michael Jackson called “There Must Be More To Life Than This”.

Well, there’ll certainly be more to their bank balance soon.

Yes, the dead never stay dead for long. I’m surprised they aren’t turning their hand to making a zombie film, led by Freddie and Jacko, where they rise up from their graves and chase after an unfortunate town’s occupants!

Anyhoo, listen to the song below (which is very average), and check out the full Queen Forever track listing below that:

The Houses October Built – Official Trailer #1 – Horror Movie HD

the-houses-october-builtThe Houses October Built is yet another in the long line of horror films that probably aren’t, and this time, every October, over 30 million people will visit Halloween Haunted Houses. This film sheds light on the dark world of haunting.

Starring Brandy Schaefer, Zack Andrews, Bobby Roe, Mikey Roe and Jim Tavaré, there’s nothing to make me think this is worth your time. There’s no UK release date (or anywhere) yet, and I’m not surprised. You’d think they’d release it in October, for Halloween, but quite frankly, will you want to watch it after you’ve seen the trailer?

And you can see The Houses October Built‘s trailer below (and also click on the poster for the full-size image).

Wish I Was Here and A Walk Among the Tombstones lead the new cinema releases & trailers – w/e September 19th 2014

wish-i-was-hereThis weekend there are SEVEN (count ‘em!) new films out for you to choose from: comedy/drama in Wish I Was Here, action in A Walk Among The Tombstones, documentary-ish for Nick Cave in 20000 Days On Earth, sci-fi in The Giver, Woody Allen drama in Magic In The Moonlight, supposed comedy in Think Like A Man Too, and godknowswhat in The Riot Club.

Wish I Was Here is only the second feature film to be directed by Zach Braff, who you’ll remember best as JD from Scrubs, after 2004′s unsurpassable Garden State, which featured Natalie Portman at her hottest ever.

iPhone 6 – First person to buy in Perth immediately drops it during TV interview

iphone6iPhone 6 & iPhone 6 Plus are out today from Apple, and rather than wait until you need a new phone, there are always some boneheads who’ll queue up for days on end to buy one, whatever the cost.

Unfortunately, for a lad called Jack, he was interviewed on live TV and promptly dropped it.

I have a Samsung Galaxy Note II, which comes in a similar type of box, and even I could work out that it’s best to open such boxes over a surface – preferably a soft one like your bed.

Watch the video below, and get ready to cringe…

Destiny on PS3 – The DVDfever Review

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Destiny comes to us from Bungie, the development team that have brought us such titles as Marathon – and its sequel which were early first-person shooters, Myth, which is a fantasy-based combat strategy game that removed the resource gathering for tactical head on skirmishes, as well as Oni which was released on PC/Mac and PS2 prior to their most famous release, Halo, which rocketed them to fame on the original XBox. Everyone that is into gaming regardless of the platform they choose knows exactly who these guys are and their heritage.

Now Halo has been passed onto 343 Games and Bungie have headed off to do their own thing, their first game away from Microsoft is the much-hyped Destiny available on PS3, XBox360, XBox One and PS4.

Blue Ruin on Blu-ray – The DVDfever Review

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Blue Ruin opens showing drifter Dwight (Macon Blair), a man in his early 30s, living on the streets. Something clearly went wrong in his life and, for some time – as shown by the length of his unkempt beard, he’s had it tough. Then the police pick him up and explain that a certain man is about to be released. That man is a double murderer, who has just made a deal to get out of jail.

In a film with precious little dialogue – the complete opposite of seeing a table full of women gassing away at lunchtime in a canteen – we learn that the freed man, Wade Cleland, murdered Dwight’s parents, and so begins this revenge thriller. Unfortunately for Dwight

Killer Klowns From Outer Space: Special Edition on Blu-ray – The DVDfever Review

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Killer Klowns From Outer Space is a title which, despite pre-dating the Ronseal advert, does exactly what it says on the tin. Well, if not tin, then Steelbook, as the film is available on a regular box as well as the Steelbook Limited Edition. Both contain the film on Blu-ray and DVD, continuing Arrow’s tradition of delivering the goods on both formats in the same package.

Killer Klowns arrive from Outer Space and start killing people, starting with an old man who, first, has his dog stolen by them.

The main people on the case are the preposterously-named Mike Tobacco (Grant Cramer), and since a guy needs a girl, she’s catered for in the form of Debbie Stone (Suzanne Snyder). Mike’s unably assisted by young cop Dave Hanson (John Allen Nelson, best known for the ridiculously-named John D. Cort from Baywatch), and his superior is Curtis Mooney (the ever-wonderful, but now sadly deceased John Vernon, who I remember best as the Mayor from Dirty Harry). He gets some of the best lines including: “I made it through Korea. I can make it through this bullshit.”

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