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Hasbro Studios gave a press release to make the announcement that they have formed a partnership with Shout! Factory (distributors for Cop RockMystery Science Theater 3000) to distribute the 30th Anniversary release of Transformers – The Movie. The announcement was made yesterday by Shout! Factory’s founders Richard Foos, Bob Emmer and Garson Foos, and Hasbro’s Executive Vice President and Chief Content Officer Stephen Davis. Check out the trailer for the film and relive those memories from 1986. (more…)

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My favorite times of Mystery Science Theater starred the days of that broke-ass David Duchovny lookalike with the deadpan delivery. When the other guy came in, I was fine with it, but I’m entitled to my favorites in life. As some of you may have noticed, MTS3K is no longer on Netflix. But, because life is actually a lot harder than an $8 a month subscription, fans will have to deal with seeing the show elsewhere. (more…)

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Welcome back to our newly revamped “Retro Reviews” column, where we explore both the movies you know and love, as well as the oft overlooked gems you should be spending more time with. Our ninth entry is the coming-of-age Canadian werewolf nightmare, Ginger Snaps (2000)…

There’s a simple fact that needs to be stated at the front of this article: horror movies revolving around women are certainly more engaging than those centered around men. From the earliest days of my film-watching “career”, hidden beneath my parents’ bed while Halloween blared on basic cable*, I was always infinitely more interested in movies that focused on the horrors of femininity. Whether it was Michael Myers stalking Laurie Strode through the streets of Haddonfield or young mother Rosemary finding out that her baby was sold to her Satan worshipping neighbors, the tribulations women faced in my favorite genre always seemed to represent more complex societal issues (the pervasive invasion of evil, the possession and control of a woman’s body) than those of their male counterparts. Add on the fact that women are simply much more emotionally complex creatures (thus making for drama almost equal to their psychological complexity), and you have a perfectly logical argument for my favoring of female-starring terror pictures.

Unfortunately, many of the lesser cinematic shock jocks throughout history extracted the wrong lessons from their superiors. Many took John Carpenter pitting three beautiful best friends against a Shatner-masked maniac at mere face value, thinking that it was the boobs and violence that solely led to the picture becoming “the most successful independent film of all time”. At its worst, horror descends into misogynistic mayhem, utilizing female leads as nothing more than titillation lightning rods, whether they were being bedded by a jock or beheaded by some dime-store Myers knock-off (or his slow witted cousin, Jason Voorhees). However, one of the true under-seen gems of the genre not only molds two of the best female characters horror has ever seen, it uses them as universal icons for a girl’s ascension into full-blown womanhood. Nearly fifteen years after it first hit Canadian theaters, Ginger Snaps is still not only the best werewolf movie since Joe Dante’s The Howling, but also a testament to the power strong female characters bring to any cinematic endeavor, genre or otherwise.  (more…)

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For fans too lazy to read a comic but have just attention to watch them move, Shout Factory has released another selection to their “Marvel Knights” animated movies/motion comics. Following the likes of Astonishing X-Men, Iron Men: Extremis, Spider-Woman: Agent of S.W.O.R.D., and Thor & Loki Blood Brothers (my favorite – absolutely brilliant telling of Loki’s pathos) Jeph Loeb (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) and Simone Bianchi‘s (Astonishing X-MenWolverine Vs. Sabretooth is the latest to get the motion graphic treatment. Watch the trailer below to get a glimpse of Marvel’s two best beasties battle it out. (more…)

‘Captain Planet’ Finally Coming to DVD!

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WOW talk about a “blast from the past”, Shout! Factory, a company that prides itself in reviving the best of pop culture is bringing the classic cartoon from our childhood Captain Planet, back to life! In a long awaited DVD. How awesome is this?! The show that taught us to not the let the water run while we brush our teeth will be available for a whole new generation, or to simply play a drinking game each time the planeters combine there powers in an episode.

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I  love Captain Planet as much as any nerd, but come to think of it, Cap was a bit oxymoronic. A super hero that fights pollution, yet pollution is his Kryptonite. Throw some dirt on him and the fuckers out cold. Minor plot device aside, I’ll be watching just to get a eye full of that Russian chick again. What? Everyone had a thing a for the girl from the USSR.

DVD set in stores nationwide on April 19, 2011

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As many of you know, at San Diego Comic Con this past July the word came out that Shout! Factory would release Mystery Science Theatre – XVI before the end of the year. And that in turn it would come with four more installments of the show, chock full of extras as usual but also include a bonus Tom Servo figurine. Well the XVI collection which is  scheduled for a Dec. 1st release is now up for pre-order on Amazon.com. I dunno about you but owning a Tom Servo would finally make my life complete.

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