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4K Review: Ant-Man and The Wasp
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Ant-Man and The Wasp

Ant-Man and the Wasp
4K | Blu-ray | DVD | Digital
Director: Peyton Reed
Writers: Chris McKenna, Erik Sommers, Andrew Barrer, Gabriel Ferrari, Paul Rudd
Cast: Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Michael Peña, Walton Goggins, Bobby Cannavale, Judy Greer, Tip “T.I.” Harris, David Dastmalchian, Hannah John-Kamen, Abby Ryder Fortson, Randall Park, Michelle Pfeiffer, Laurence Fishburne, Michael Douglas
Studio: Marvel Studios
Rated PG-13 | 118 Minutes
Release Date: October 16, 2018

Ant-Man And The Wasp is Marvel Studios’ 20th film. Based on the heroes of the same name, director Peyton Reed’s hilarious sequel finds Scott Lang, who is under house arrest after colluding with Captain America in Captain America: Civil War, in a position where he has to balance out his life as a superhero with his life as a father.

As with the previous Ant-Man film, the sequel takes place within the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but is a film with contained story that only concerns itself with its own characters and their relationships. The only links to the MCU is that it acknowledges what Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) did in Germany and how he and everyone associated with him, including Hope Van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly) and Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) are paying the price.

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DVD Review: Disney’s Elena Of Avalor: Realm Of Jaquins
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Elena Of Avalor: Realm Of Jaquins
DVD
Starring Aimee Carrero, Jane Fonda, Lou Diamond Phillips, Cheech Marin, Noël Wells, Carlos Alazraqui, Yvette Nicole Brown, Chris Parnell
Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment
Release date: August 7, 2018

Debuting in 2016 on Disney Junior, Elena Of Avalor spun off from the popular animated series Sofia the First to become Disney’s first Latin American princess. Combining multiple Latin American cultures, Elena is one of the most popular shows on Disney television, and one of my daughter’s favorites. She sat with me while we watched the new DVD Elena Of Avalor: Realm Of Jaquins. The DVD features 4 episodes of the series along with plenty of special features your kids will enjoy.

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DVD Review: Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Singles Collection
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DVD Review: MST3K: The Singles Collection

Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Singles Collection
DVD
Cast: Joel Hodgson, Kevin Murphy, Trace Beaulieu
Distributor: Shout! Factory
Not Rated | 540 Minutes
Release Date: May 22, 2018

“Tonight, I’m a space pirate! Permission to come aboard!”

Featuring Mystery Science Theater 3000 episodes that were among the first to be released on DVD, now long out of print, Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Singles Collection showcases episodes that were only released individually and not included in the numbered Shout! Factory volumes that would collect episodes for nearly two decades.

Joel Hodgson, Tom Servo, and Crow T. Robot endure unspeakable cinematic horrors like The Crawling Hand, The Hellcats, Santa Claus Conquers the Martians, Eegah, and I Accuse My Parents. Also included is Shorts Volume 3, which features the shorts Speech: Using Your Voice, Aquatic Wizards, Once Upon a Honeymoon, and many more. Shout! Factory has done a great service to MSTies and DVD completists by putting these hard-to-find episodes back in print and in one collection. Continue reading for detailed synopses for each episode in this eclectic collection!

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DVD Review: The Lion Guard: The Rise Of Scar
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The Lion Guard: The Rise of Scar
DVD
Written by Ford Riley
Directed by Howy Parkins
Created by Ford Riley
Starring Max Charles, Gabrielle Union, David Oyelowo, Rob Lowe, Khary Payton, Dusan Brown, Diamond White, Atticus Shaffer, Joshua Rush
Release Date: January 9th, 2018

The Lion King is regarded as one of Disney’s greatest films, the fourth mega hit in a 5-year span that combined cutting edge animation technology with an absolute classic soundtrack. The film is about a young lion Simba who is forced away from Pride Rock through the plans of his devious uncle Scar. After meeting some news friends, Simba returns to battle for his family’s honor and his own redemption. After a few direct to video sequels, Disney Junior began The Lion Guard in 2016, a spinoff involving Simba’s son Kion (Max Charles). The show is a hit among the Disney Junior target audience with enough throwback references for parents who grew up with the original. Kion and his Lion Guard are in for their fiercest challenge when evil forces in the pridelands conspire to bring about a return of Scar. The elongated near hour long episode is part of a DVD set, The Lion Guard – The Rise of Scar, available now.

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DVD Review: MST3K: Volume XXXIX
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DVD Review: MST3K: Volume XXXIX

MST3K: Volume XXXIX
DVD
Cast: Joel Hodgson, Michael J. Nelson, Kevin Murphy, Trace Beaulieu, Bill Corbett, Frank Conniff, Mary Jo Pehl
Distributor: Shout! Factory
Not Rated | 480 minutes
Release Date: November 21, 2017

“Gonna go to the store! Da-na-na-na-na-nah! Gonna pick up some bread! Da-na-na-na-na-nah! Maybe stop by the post office! Da-na-na-na-na-nah! Take Dolores to lunch! Da-na-na-na-na-nah! Hope they’re serving that ham, oh yeah…”

On November 21, 2017, Shout! Factory will release the final collection of never-before-released episodes from the cult comedy series Mystery Science Theater 3000. In MST3K: Volume XXXIX, Michael J. Nelson, Tom Servo (Kevin Murphy), and Crow T. Robot (Trace Beaulieu, Bill Corbett) endure unspeakable cinematic horrors involving Catholic school girls, transparent men, and sinister spies!

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DVD Review: The Son Season 1 Starring Pierce Brosnan
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The Son
Season 1 DVD
Starring Pierce Brosnan, Paola Nuñez, Jess Weixler, Zahn McClarnon, Elizabeth Frances, Henry Garrett
Lionsgate Home Entertainment
Release date: October 3, 2017

The Son is the story of Eli McCullough (Pierce Brosnan), orphaned and enslaved as a teenager when a Comanche tribe wiped out his family, who thrived with said eventual Comanche family to grow into a wealthy Texas cattle and oil baron. The season toggles between Eli’s boyhood and his life as the cynical patriarch whose thirst for power overrides his empathy (and our sympathy).

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DVD Review: Cinematic Titanic: The Complete Collection
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Cinematic Titanic: The Complete Collection

Cinematic Titanic: The Complete Collection
DVD
Cast: Joel Hodgson, Trace Beaulieu, J. Elvis Weinstein, Mary Jo Pehl, Frank Conniff
Distributor: Shout! Factory
Rated Not Rated | 960 Minutes
Release Date: August 8, 2017

Mystery Science Theater 3000‘s initial broadcast run ended in August 1999, when The Sci-Fi Channel canceled the beloved series. That wasn’t the end of movie-riffing, however. In 2007, five of the original cast/writers of MST3KJoel Hodgson, Trace Beaulieu, J. Elvis Weinstein, Mary Jo Pehl, and Frank Conniff – launched Cinematic Titanic, a stripped-down spin on riffing B-movies.

In this series, scientists have discovered a tear in the universe’s “electron scaffolding” and all digital media is at risk. A mysterious organization recruits the MST3K alums to participate in a top-secret think tank, where they will save our planet’s history by riffing on movies for future generations.

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DVD Review: MST3K: Volume XXXVIII
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DVD Review: MST3K: Volume XXXVIII

MST3K: Volume XXXVIII
DVD
Cast: Joel Hodgson, Michael J. Nelson, Kevin Murphy, Trace Beaulieu
Distributor: Shout! Factory
Not Rated | 480 Minutes
Release Date: March 28, 2016

“They’ve imprisoned Michael McDonald!”

In the 38th collection of episodes from the cult comedy series Mystery Science Theater 3000, Michael J. Nelson, Tom Servo, and Crow T. Robot endure unspeakable cinematic horrors. This endlessly entertaining volume includes lizard-human hybrids, communists, juvenile delinquents, and Italian headhunters.

Just in time for the new MST3K series, which premieres on Netflix in the not-too distant future (April 14th, 2017 AD), Shout! Factory presents four cinematic catastrophes with Invasion U.S.A, Colossus and the Headhunters, High School Big Shot, and Track of the Moon Beast. MST3K: Volume XXXVIII features three episodes from the Comedy Central era and one from the SciFi Channel run, with Mike Nelson serving as host on all four episodes. Continue reading for detailed synopses for each episode in this eclectic collection!

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DVD Review: Rush ‘Time Stand Still’
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Rush – Time Stand Still
Blu-ray | DVD
Director by Dale Heslip
Narration by Paul Rudd
Rounder | 97 minutes
Release Date: November 18, 2016

Apparently, I’ve been in denial for the past year about Rush‘s retirement, because I watched the band’s new documentary, Time Stand Still, which focuses on their 2015 final major tour, and now I’m crying.

In this feature-length documentary, the Canadian trio opens up about saying good-bye to the band as they know it after 40 years of life on the road, most of which was to sell-out crowds around the world. While guitarist Alex Lifeson feels like it never seems like right time to end things, and drummer Neil Peart wants to quit while they’re ahead (and before his ability to perform is diminished), it’s clear that singer/bassist Geddy Lee was not ready to go.

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DVD Review: MST3K: Volume XXXVII
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DVD Review: MST3K: Volume XXXVII

MST3K: Volume XXXVII
DVD
Cast: Joel Hodgson, Michael J. Nelson, Kevin Murphy, Trace Beaulieu
Distributor: Shout! Factory
Not Rated | 480 Minutes
Release Date: November 22, 2016

“Dad’s being smothered by a huge loaf of pepperoni-studded brown bread!”

In the 37th collection of episodes from the cult comedy series Mystery Science Theater 3000, Joel Hodgson, Michael J. Nelson, Tom Servo, and Crow T. Robot endure unspeakable cinematic horrors. This volume includes android doppelgängers, post-apocalyptic biker gangs, Japanese superheroes, and a horrific beach party.

Just in time for Thanksgiving, Shout! Factory is serving up four cinematic turkeys: The Human Duplicators, Escape 2000, Invasion of the Neptune, and The Horror of Party Beach. MST3K: Volume XXXVII features two episodes from the Comedy Central era and two from the Sci-Fi Channel run, one with Joel Hodgson as host and three with Mike Nelson. It’s a fun, eclectic mix of episodes spanning seasons four, seven, and eight. Continue reading for detailed synopses of each episode!

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