Anchor Bay Announces Release Date For The Walking Dead Season 4

Courtesy:  Anchor Bay Entertainment

Courtesy: Anchor Bay Entertainment

Officials with Anchor Bay Entertainment have announced that the company will release the complete fourth season of AMC’s The Walking Dead this summer.

The Walking Dead: The Complete Fourth Season will be released Tuesday, August 26th. It will be released on DVD, Blu-ray/Ultraviolet combo pack, and Limited Edition “Tree Walker” Blu-ray box set. Each set will be comprised of five discs and present every Season Four episode exactly as they were presented in their original airing. The episodes contained on the Blu-ray/VUDU and Limited Edition “Tree Walker” blu-ray set are presented in full 1080p high-definition and lossless Dolby True HD 7.1 audio. Fans looking for bonuses will also be rewarded as there are hours of bonus features included in the fourth season box sets. All three sets contain never-before-seen production footage, deleted scenes, and audio commentaries. Included on the Blu-ray sets are additional audio commentaries and a number of “extended” episodes that were previously unseen.

Courtesy:  Anchor Bay Entertainment

Courtesy: Anchor Bay Entertainment

The Walking Dead: The Complete Fourth Season will be available on DVD for SRP of $69.98. The Blu-ray/VUDU combo pack will be available for SRP of $79.99. And the special Limited Edition “Tree Walker” Blu-ray set will be available for SRP of $129.99. More information on these upcoming releases and all the latest on The Walking Dead is available online at http://www.facebook.com/TheWalkingDeadAMC and http://www.amc.com/shows/the-walking-dead. More information on this and other releases from Anchor Bay is available online at http://www.facebook.com/AnchorBay, http://www.anchorbayent.com, and http://twitter.com/Anchor_Bay. To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it. Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews in the Phil’s Picks blog at http://philspicks.wordpress.com.

Courtesy:  Anchor Bay Entertainment

Courtesy: Anchor Bay Entertainment

Release Date, Product Info Released For Low Winter Sun Box Set

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Courtesy: Anchor Bay Entertainment

Officials with Anchor Bay Entertainment announced Monday that the company will release AMC’s Low Winter Sun: The Complete Series this summer.

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Courtesy: Anchor Bay Entertainment

Low Winter Sun: The Complete Series will be released Tuesday, August 12, 2014. It will be released on DVD in a 3-disc set containing all ten episodes from the series. The crime drama, which is based on the 2006 award-winning British mini-series, was written by Simon Donald and produced by Tiger Aspect Productions (an Endemol company). The story opens with the murder of a Detroit police officer by a fellow detective from the city. The detective’s crime is anything but the perfect crime as it leads him ever deeper into Detroit’s underworld. Mark Strong (Zero Dark Thirty, Sherlock Holmes, Robin Hood), Lennie James (The Walking Dead, Snatch), David Canstabile (Breaking Bad, Side Effects), and Athena Karkanis (Saw IV, V, VI) lead the series’ cast.

The upcoming triple disc box set comes with a handful of bonus features to enhance the viewing experience for audiences. Those bonus features include: A Look at “Low Winter Sun”, Detroit Grit, Designing The Precinct, Episode Featurettes, and Deleted Scenes. The box set will retail at SRP of $49.98.

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Kris Jenner Makes Split With Bruce Jenner Official In Us Weekly Interview

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Courtesy: DKC Public Relations/Us Weekly Magazine

Kris and Bruce Jenner are through.  This is according to an interview with Kris Jenner in the newest issue of Us Weekly magazine.  She noted in the interview that the couple had split a year ago and that “we are living apart.  But there is no animosity.  We are united and committed to our family.”  She added that while the couple has split, there are no plans at this time for an official divorce and that they remain on good terms.  “We ended a marriage, but that’s not the end of our friendship,” she told Us. “I will always love him, but we are longer a couple in that way.”  The couple had two children together, seventeen-year old Kendall and sixteen year-old Kylie.  Kris is also mother to the famed Kardashian children, Khloe, Kim, Rob, and Kourtney, whom she had with her previous husband Robert Kardashian.  He died in 2003 and had four children from previous relationships including sons Brody and Brandon.  Both are in their thirties now.  More on this story is available online at http://www.usmagazine.com/celebrity-news/news/kris-jenner-bruce-jenner-separate-after-22-years-of-marriage-i-will-always-love-him-2013810#ixzz2hAmn1Um0.

Also featured in the latest issue of Us Weekly is the regular ’25 Things You Didn’t Know About Me’ feature.  The Walking Dead star Norman Reedus shares some interesting things fans might not have known about him in this week’s new issue.  Among the facts that he shares are:

“When I was a kid, 3 was my favorite number because if rotated, it looks like a pair of boobs.”

“Growing up, the Clash’s “Straight to Hell” was always our sing-along song while we washed the dishes. (Hi, Mom!)”

“I think apple pie-flavored gum is a revolutionary concept and I love it.”

“My best friend is my cat.”

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Haven A Rare Serial Worth Watching In Its Third Season

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Courtesy: Entertainment One/Syfy

Syfy used to be one of the greatest networks on cable at one point.  It lived up completely to its name, airing primarily science fiction.  But somewhere along the line, this one great powerhouse of a network fell off and did a total 180, opting instead for really bad modern day B-movies and the like.  But in the last couple of years or so, it has looked like there might be tiny glimmers of hope with the Battlestar Galactica special, “Blood & Chrome” and the introduction of Defiance.  And then, the network took a couple more daring steps, picking up Sanctuary and Haven.  While the prior only lasted four seasons, it was a great mix of fantasy and sci-fi and was a perfect fit for the network.  Haven on the other hand, is more of a sci-fi/supernatural hybrid.  This aside, the show is still a good fit for Syfy.  And currently being in the midst of its fourth season, it will be interesting to see if it can outlast Sanctuary.  While fans take in Season Four, they can now take in every episode from the show’s third season on DVD and Blu-ray.

Things get quite interesting for both Audrey (Emily Rose) and the residents of Haven.  Secrets are finally revealed about Audrey’s past that will change her future forever.  She finds out just who the Colorado Kid is and how he is supposedly connected to her.  That won’t be revealed here for the sake of those trying to catch up with the series.  There is also an evil twin plot with a twist in the two-part episode, “Magic Hour.”  The evil twin plot is a staple of any science fiction program.  And while its execution in this two-part episode has been done before, it’s rarely been done in the format used here.  As Season Three winds down, even more revelations are made in “Last Goodbyes.”  Again, the show’s writers keep the surprises coming; so much so that audiences can’t help but keep watching.  That is the sign of solid writing.  So congratulations are in order for the show’s writers, obviously. 

Writing is key to any television show’s success, regardless of genre.  And if Haven’s third season is any indication, the show’s writing is just as solid as ever, even as a serial.  In the case of a science fiction show, the writing is especially important.  But it’s not the sole factor in the show’s success.  The shooting and special effects are just as key to the show as its writing.  And both were just as expertly pulled off as the writing.  Considering Syfy’s recent track record with a majority of its programming, it would have been so easy for the people behind the cameras to go the cheesy angle.  Rather, the special effects and shooting tied in to the show are just as good as those in NBC’s sci-fi drama, Revolution and even AMC’s The Walking Dead.  That’s some pretty good company in which to sit.  And those that work tirelessly to make the show’s special effects and shooting something special.  Along with its writing, these two factors help to show why exactly why Haven is one of the best dramas on television today.

The writing, special effects, and shooting are all key components to the success of Haven in its third season.  And now that it has been released to DVD and Blu-ray box set, audiences have even more reason to be happy about their favorite show.  That reason is the included bonus features.  Season Three’s box set includes both audio commentary and more than enough bonus features to make any Haven fan squeal with glee.  Fans are treated to the full series of Haven webisodes, and all the standard behind-the-scenes footage and cast interviews.  The full making of featurette is there, too in “The Haunting Truth About Haven:  A Documentary.”    Fans will also appreciate the bonus New York ComicCon Haven panel.  This feature is the real bright spot among the bonus features.  That’s because fans really get to see the cast as themselves, rather than as characters.  The cast and writers discuss what could be expected from the showing in coming episodes and the now fourth season.  Rather than taking questions from the audience, the panel is run by a moderator.  And her questions for the cast are both serious at times and at others worthy of more than their share of riotous laughter.  The responses from the cast members are a just as serious and laugh out loud funny.  It’s one more positive to a box set that any true sci-fi fan will appreciate.  And it is available now on DVD and Blu-ray.  It can be ordered online via Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/Haven-Complete-Third-Season-Blu-ray/dp/B00DPJEWCK/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_2?s=movies-tv&ie=UTF8&qid=1379621678&sr=1-2-fkmr0&keywords=haven+the+comple+third+season.  More information on this and other releases from SyFy is available online at http://www.syfy.com and http://www.facebook.com/Syfy

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Writing, Makeup, More Make The Walking Dead Season Three A Hit For Any Viewer

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Courtesy: Starz/Anchor Bay/AMC

Serials are big business in today’s television industry.  They are some of the most popular shows on television today.  And one of the most popular of the serials currently populating television today is AMC’s hit series, The Walking Dead.  This hugely popular series, which is based on a comic book, has garnered legions of fans the world over since it first debuted on AMC in 2010.  The question that is still raised by those not so familiar with the series is “what makes it so popular?”  On the surface, it could be easily answered.  It’s violent, bloody, and gory.  That wouldn’t be entirely false.  But it’s not the whole answer to that question.  The full answer to the question is much deeper than that.  On a deeper, more analytical level, what drives the series is its writing, just like any other television series and movie.  Of course one shouldn’t dismiss the work done by the show’s makeup crew, either, as a source of success for The Walking Dead.  Those individuals also deserve full credit for *ahem* bringing the show’s zombies to life.  And yes, that bad joke was entirely intended.  Audiences that might be new to the Walking Dead will see the importance of these factors first hand now that the show’s third season is available in stores and online on Blu-ray and DVD.

The most obvious reason for the success of The Walking Dead three seasons in is the fact that it is violent, bloody, and gory.  Humans have a natural bloodlust.  This is why (as much as they’d love to deny it) they slow down and rubberneck when they go by a bad wreck on an interstate highway.  They secretly hope to see death and destruction.  They can deny it all they want.  But everybody has that bloodlust in them.  And it is that same bloodlust that leads audiences to watch The Walking Dead even in its third season.  It feeds that deep seeded bloodlust that audiences would rather deny having.  It’s all so shocking.  Yet despite the shock value, audiences can’t help but watch.  This is even exhibited within the context of one of the episodes of Season Three when Daryl is captured and forced to fight his own brother in a fight to the death that also involved some very hungry zombies.  The people witnessing the moment even wanted to see it all unfold in its full gruesome details.  There’s not a lot of blood and gore in this sequence.  But there is plenty of violence.  And together with Season Three’s other episodes, there is more than enough of those elements to make any fan of the zombie genre squeal with glee like a kid in a candy store.

The massive gallons of blood that’s shed and the violence doled out through Season Three are the most obvious of reasons for the success of this season.  On a deeper level, the show has maintained its fan base because of its writing.  The show isn’t just about the violence, blood, and gore.  Audiences are kept engaged in the series because of the human drama tied in to the overall story.  Audiences see personal relationships grow between the survivors of the zombie plague (which still receives no explanation as to how it started even three seasons in).  New characters are also introduced this season, adding to each episode’s drama and tension.  Loyalties are tested on both the human level and the family level throughout this season time and again.  Even if a person isn’t big on the whole zombie craze currently sweeping the country, there’s no denying the continued solidity of the show’s writing in its third season.

The writing in the third season of The Walking Dead is quite sold throughout each of the season’s episodes.  The gore and violence this season is just as certain to appease any zombie fan.  Speaking of the zombies, credit where credit is due.  Those responsible for turning ordinary actors into some of the creepiest creatures in the history of film and television history did quite the job.  By the time that the makeup is done, the actors behind the masks and makeup look just as creepy as those in legendary writer/director George A. Romero’s zombie 1968 classic, Night of the Living Dead if not better than them.  That says quite a bit about the talent of the makeup artists.  The convincing work done by the makeup staff, along with the show’s writing and the most obvious of factors, each play their own role in the third season of The Walking Dead’s success.  Together with the commentary included on select episodes of Season Three, it all works in unison to make Season Three one of the series’ best yet.  Season Three of The Walking Dead is available now on Blu-ray and DVD in stores and online.  It can be ordered online direct from the Anchor Bay Entertainment website at http://www.anchorbayentertainment.com/detail.aspx?projectID=04bea624-b064-e211-924c-d4ae527c3b65.

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NYC Theater To Host Screening Of Shadow People Today

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Courtesy: Anchor Bay Entertainment

Horror movie fans will get the chance to see a special screening of Anchor Bay’s new horror/thriller movie, Shadow People today, Monday, March 18th.  New York’s famed Cinema Village will host a very special screening of the movie, presented by Fangoria magazine.  On hand for the screening will be star Dallas Roberts and director Matthew Arnold.  The pair will introduce the movie.  A Q&A session with Matthew Arnold will follow the screening.  It will be moderated by Fangoria Editor Emeritus Tony Timpone.  It all starts at 7pm EST.

More information on the screening, contact the Cinema Village by phone at 212-924-3364.  The theater is located at 22 East 12th Street (@ University Place). New York, NY. 10003. Information about tickets for the screening can be obtained online at http://www.fangoria.com/walking-dead-star-to-host-free-shadow-people-nyc-screening-next-monday/.

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Shadow People Less Horror, More Thriller

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Courtesy: Anchor Bay Entertainment

The paranormal is big business in the entertainment industry.  Countless movies and television shows have been made centered on different ghost stories since the dawn of the motion picture.  So many in fact that sometimes it seems nearly as difficult to differentiate one from another as it is to tell one pop star from another on the radio.  With the abundance of movies that fill the paranormal/ghost story genre, one can only ask how one makes a movie that can both entertain and truly scare audiences at a time when audiences are becoming increasingly desensitized to horror and ghost stories.  For the answer, just ask Writer/Director Matthew Arnold and co-writer Travis Rooks.  The pair has crafted in the new movie, Shadow People a story that while it may not be a major theatrical release, it is an interesting presentation.

Shadow People is one part X-Files, one part The Ring, and one part Blair Witch Project,  it tells the story of radio host Charlie Camfield (Dallas Roberts) and how he was pulled into a dark world (no pun intended) late one night on the air.  Charlie was the host of a late night radio talk show that handled any number of subjects from its callers.  But one night, a young seventeen year old caller turned his world upside down with a call about a paranormal experience that he was having.  At first Charlie doesn’t believe the caller.  But when the young man calls a second time, things take a turn that change Charlie forever, thus leading Charlie on an increasingly disturbing journey into a world in which most people don’t believe.

The disbelief of the general population about the world of the paranormal is openly highlighted in this movie.  And it’s one part of what makes the movie worth at least one watch.  Even Charlie himself tries to explain away what is going on at first.  But as he delves deeper into the subject of the “Shadow People”, he sees that some things can’t be explained away scientifically.  On the other end of the spectrum, those with whom he stood still stand their ground, increasingly looking down their noses at Charlie.  It echoes the view that the general public has about the paranormal.  Unless it has happened to them, then they don’t believe it and they consider believers to be some sort of “nut job.”  It is this attempt at factual storytelling that will keep any horror movie fan watching throughout the course of the movie’s roughly hour and a half run time.

Speaking of the scientific side of things, Arnold and Rook also do a good job of exhibiting that side.  As already noted, they do a good job of showing the attitudes of those who don’t believe less for scientific reasons than for general disbelief.  Though, the explanation of sleep paralysis and the placebo effect are spot on from the scientific side of disbelievers, too.  Sleep paralysis is typically known in scientific circles as a dream state of sorts.  It is most commonly associated with the deepest level of REM sleep.  The body’s muscles are so relaxed and weak at this point that the body can’t move.  That combined with the brain’s functions lead to the belief that something is holding them down.  Most commonly, it is believed that the force holding them down is an evil spirit.  This is also explained through the movie.

The movie’s attempt at factual storytelling makes Shadow People a movie worth at least once watch.  Also making it interesting is the inclusion of actual footage from the real life Charlie Camfield and those involved in the case which Charlie was studying.  Also included is what is allegedly footage from the CDC explaining the scientific side of things.  This supposedly real footage gives the movie something of a Blair Witch Project vibe about it, but far less cheesy.  In its own way, the included footage reminds audiences that they are watching a movie.  And in turn, that reminder actually helps establish suspension of disbelief, thus making the movie that much more bearable.  Along with Arnold and Rook’s attempts at factual storytelling, it proves Shadow People to be a story that while it might not be a theatrical release, is still a good ghost story that stands more than a “shadow” of a chance of success.  And yes, that pun was intended.

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