The Dead Rise Again This Summer

Courtesy:  AMC/Anchor Bay Entertainment

Courtesy: AMC/Anchor Bay Entertainment

The Walking Dead rises again this summer!

Anchor Bay Entertainment has just announced that the fifth season of AMC’s hit zombie drama will be released on DVD and Blu-ray + Digital HD combo pack on Tuesday, August 25th. Season Five opens with Rick and company having to make their way out of Terminus after it is revealed that its inhabitants are murderous cannibals. Of course the zombie hordes are there, too. Gareth is hot on the group’s trail, too. Along the way, loyalties are once again tested as are the wills of the survivors in a number of situations. Season Five will come complete with roughly three hours of bonus material for true diehard fans. Those bonuses are listed below.

Bonus Features on the Blu-ray™ + Digital HD and DVD include:

Audio commentaries featuring Showrunner/Executive Producer/Writer Scott M. Gimple, Executive Producer Gale Anne Hurd, Executive Producer Tom Luse, Executive Producer/Special Effects Make-Up Supervisor /Director Greg Nicotero, Director Julius Ramsay; Actors Lauren Cohan, Chad L. Coleman, Michael Cudlitz, Sonequa Martin-Green, Danai Gurira, Alana Masterson, Melissa McBride, Josh McDermitt, Norman Reedus, Christian Serratos and Steven Yuen.

Deleted Scenes
Inside “The Walking Dead”
The Making of “The Walking Dead”
The Making of Alexandria
Beth’s Journey
Bob’s Journey
Noah’s Journey
Tyreese’s Journey
A Day in the Life of Michael Cudlitz
A Day in the Life of Josh McDermitt
Rotters in the Flesh

The Walking Dead: The Complete Fifth Season will retail for MSRP of $79.99 on Blu-ray + Digital HD combo pack and $69.98 on DVD. More information on The Walking Dead: The Complete Fifth Season as well as the series’ upcoming sixth season is available online now at:

Website: http://www.amc.com/shows/the-walking/dead

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/TheWalkingDeadAMC

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 https://philspicks.wordpress.com.

Halt And Catch Fire Surprises In Its Debut Season

Courtesy:  Anchor Bay Entertainment/AMC

Courtesy: Anchor Bay Entertainment/AMC

AMC’s drama Halt and Catch Fire just kicked off its second season over this past weekend. The series, which is centered on the earliest days of the personal computing boom, proved over the course of its first season to be one of the network’s most surprisingly entertaining shows. Now thanks to both AMC and indie studio Anchor Bay, audiences can see Season One for themselves and catch up with this provocative human drama before Season Two gets moving too much. That is because Halt and Catch Fire: The Complete First Season is currently available in stores and online on Blu-ray + Digital HD combo pack and DVD + Digital combo pack. Viewers will see in watching the series’ first season that even if they are not interested in the history of the personal computing industry, they will still find plenty to like beginning with the series’ writing. Between the story that gradually develops over the course of Season One’s ten total episodes and the development of the show’s characters, the show’s writers have hit on something special here. It is something that effortlessly keeps audiences coming back for more. The work of the show’s main cast is just as notable in its enjoyment and success, too. The cast members do just as much to bring the characters to life and pull audiences into the show’s universe. The work of the series’ crew—more specifically the series’ costume and set designers—puts the finishing touch on the show. Thanks to their painstaking efforts, audiences really feel like they are looking back in time in watching each episode of Season One. This makes suspension of disbelief infinitely easier. It brings everything full circle. That is because the audiences’ ability to easily suspend its disbelief leads to more time to focus on the combined efforts of the series’ writers and cast. Focusing on those elements, audiences will see for themselves just how much was done right with this series in its first season. In turn, audiences will agree that Halt and Catch Fire: The Complete First Season makes for one of this year’s best new box sets for grown ups.

Halt and Catch Fire showed in its debut season to be one of the most surprisingly entertaining series not just in comparison to AMC’s other series but in comparison to dramas across the board. It proved by and large to be a series that even those not interested in computer engineering, and all related topics would enjoy. The main reason that it proved to be so surprisingly enjoyable is its writing. It would have been so easy for the show’s writers to focus mainly on the computers and related tech topics in this series considering that the series is in fact centered on the start of the personal computing boom. Thankfully, the writers didn’t take that easy, formulaic way out. Rather, they made sure to make the actors and the story itself the star of the show. They focused on story development and character development alike. Within the story development, the writers made sure to not let every episode end in a cliffhanger or even pseudo-cliffhanger unlike so many other serials out there. Yet somehow, they managed to leave audiences wanting more at the end of every episode. More simply put, none of the episodes’ closing moments felt forced, again unlike so many other serials out there today. Even within the episodes themselves, at no point does the writing feel forced. Even being a historical fiction for all intents and purposes the writing within each story feels natural. In turn it makes suspension of disbelief all the more believable. That means that audiences will that much more easily be able to allow themselves to be pulled into the series’ world and feel more like they are right there than just sitting there watching a TV show. That is a real tribute to the series’ writers and proves clearly why the writing behind Halt and Catch Fire: The Complete First Season is central to its success and enjoyment.

The writing behind Halt and Catch Fire is central to it success and enjoyment in its debut season. As noted, the show’s writers went to painstaking lengths to make sure it didn’t turn out like so many other serials out there today. Their efforts paid off greatly, as audiences will see through all ten Season One episodes. While it boasts its own level of importance to the series, it is only one part of the first season’s success and enjoyment. The work of the show’s cast is just as important to its success and enjoyment. That having been noted, Lee Pace (Guardians of the Galaxy, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, The Hobbitt: The Desolation of Smaug), Scoot McNairy (Argo, Non-Stop, 12 Years A Slave), and Mackenzie Davis (That Awkward Moment, Smashed, Breathe In) were the perfect choices for their roles. From the season premiere to its finale, all four actors keep audiences completely engaged. Pace makes it so easy to hate Joe McMillan yet want to know who he really is and what he really is. In the same vein, McNairy made it just as easy for audiences to root for Gordon and even feel sorry for him as he was ripped from his workaday life and pulled into Joe’s plan; a plan that sees Gordon reach great highs and equally low lows. Davis’ portrayal of Cameron is worthy of mention, too. That is because just as with her cast mates, she embraced her role. In embracing her role, she really brought out Cameron’s contradictory mix of self-confidence and innocence. The result here was a character that is just as believable as Gordon, which is perhaps why the duo was so entertaining together throughout Season One. She is the stereotypical young person who is in reality just as innocent and naive as she is self-assured. Davis never overdoes it or underperforms in her presentation in this regard. She gets it just right throughout. The same can be said of McNairy and Pace in the handling of their respective characters’ personalities. Collectively, their on-screen work in every avenue makes them entirely believable. Their portrayals coupled with their interpretations of the writers’ scripts makes for that much more enjoyment. It shows yet again just how much this series has to offer audiences even in its debut season. That being the case, it shows why the series’ first season set is one of the year’s best for grown ups.

The combined work of both the writers and cast in Halt and Catch Fire’s first season gives audiences plenty to like. It makes this season’s set well worth the purchase and the watch. As pivotal as both parties’ work proves to be it still is not all that makes the show’s first season a surprise hit. The work of the show’s costume and makeup department coupled with that of its set design crew is just as key to the overall presentation of Season One. All involved went to their own painstaking efforts to re-create 1980s-era America. From something as simple as the design of Gordon’s glasses to more complex elements such as the women’s hairstyles to the cast’s clothing styles in whole, the costume and makeup department made certain to make the characters look like they came right out of a time machine. On the level of the show’s sets, Gordon’s house and his car are key examples of how hard those charged with reproducing the bigger look of the time worked to bring that era back to life. One could even cite the arcade in which Joe first met Cameron or the store from which Gordon stole the Cabbage Patch Kid as prime examples of how hard the show’s production crew worked to re-create the look of the times. There is much more discussion on this aspect of the show’s success in its bonus feature “Re-Making The 80s” that does an even better job of explaining the importance of the work put in by those behind the cameras. The insight offered through this discussion makes completely clear the importance of their work. In understanding the importance of said individuals’ work, audiences will hopefully see once and for all just how much went in to bringing Halt and Catch Fire to life even if only in this aspect. It is hardly the least notable element of the show’s success and enjoyment. Coupled with the combined work of the show’s cast and writers, all three elements together prove once and for all why the first season of Halt and Catch Fire is so surprisingly enjoyable and why the season’s box set is in fact one of this year’s best for grown up audiences.

Whether it be for the work of its writers, that of the show’s cast, or even that of the people behind the cameras, there is a lot to like about Halt and Catch Fire in its debut season. Even those that are not that interested in computer engineering and its related topics will discover that there is plenty to like about this series in its debut season. All three elements considered together, they show without a doubt that Halt and Catch Fire is one of the best dramas on television today especially as it leads now into its second season. Halt and Catch Fire: The Complete First Season is available now in stores and online. It can be ordered direct online both on DVD and Blu-ray via Anchor Bay Entertainment’s online store at http://www.anchorbayentertainment.com/detail.aspx?projectID=6536a129-a4a1-e411-8748-d4ae527c3b65. More information on this and other titles from Anchor Bay Entertainment is available online now at:

Website: http://www.anchorbayentertainment.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/AnchorBay

Twitter: http://twitter.com/Anchor_Bay

To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment reviews and news, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it. Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment reviews and news in the Phil’s Picks blog at https://philspicks.wordpress.com.

Anchor Bay To Release New WWII Drama This Spring

Courtesy:  Anchor Bay Entertainment/Amplify Releasing

Courtesy: Anchor Bay Entertainment/Amplify Releasing

World War II is known today as one of the worst conflicts in human history. The destruction caused by the war and the war’s human cost was devastating to say the least. We have that knowledge thanks to those that survived and through extensive documentation both on paper and film. The combination of these elements has in many cases been translated into some of the most powerful and memorable stories of all time. Stories like that of Oskar Schindler, General George S. Patton, Jr., the battle of Midway, and the crew of the famed Memphis Belle are just some of those countless yet powerful stories that have come from one of the world’s worst conflicts. Now this spring, Anchor Bay Entertainment and Amplify Releasing will add another equally powerful story to those ranks when it releases the human drama Against The Sun.

Against The Sun will be released on DVD Tuesday, May 5th. The movie follows the story of three U.S. Navy airmen that crashed in the Pacific in the early days after America entered the war. After crashing in the middle of the Pacific without any food, water, or possible chance of help, pilot Harold Dixon (Garret Dillahunt—Deadwood, 12 Years a Slave, No Country For Old Men), bombardier Tony Pastula (Tom Felton—the Harry Potter franchise, Get Him to the Greek, Rise of the Planet of the Apes), and radioman Gene Aldrich (Jake Abel—Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters, The Host, The Lovely Bones) must come together to survive. The trio faces not just the dangers of the open sea but its own emotional struggles, too as it floats thousands of miles from land. If this sounds familiar, it should. An equally well-known story is that of the crew of the U.S.S. Indianapolis, which was sunk by a Japanese sub, leading to the greatest loss of life at sea in U.S. Naval history. The 900 survivors of the sinking faced very similar challenges. Their story was turned into a made-for-TV movie in 1991 titled Mission of the Shark: The Saga of the U.S.S. Indianapolis. There is also a major motion picture centered on the ship in the works that will star Nicholas Cage. Getting back to Against The Sun, it will include a handful of bonus material including a behind-the-scenes featurette, a piece on the movie’s costuming, the movie’s special effects and more. The full list on bonuses is noted below:

  • A Behind-The-Scenes Look
  • A Plane Takes Flight
  • Starving at Sea
  • Working on Water
  • F/X: On Set and Off
  • Blisters, Burns, and Bites
  • Dressing The Part

Against The Sun will be available on DVD Tuesday, May 5th. It will retail for MSRP of $22.98. Its run time is ninety-nine minutes. More information on Against The Sun and other titles from Anchor Bay Entertainment is available online now at:

Website: http://www.anchorbayentertainment.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/AnchorBay

Twitter: 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 https://philspicks.wordpress.com.

Anchor Bay, AMC Announce Release Date For Tech Drama’s First Season

Courtesy:  Anchor Bay Entertainment/AMC

Courtesy: Anchor Bay Entertainment/AMC

Anchor Bay Entertainment recently announced the upcoming home release of AMC’s hit period drama Turn–Washington’s Spies: Season 1 on DVD and Blu-ray this spring. Now not long after that announcement comes the announcement of another AMC series coming home.

Halt and Catch Fire: The Complete First Season will be released on DVD and Blu-ray + Digital HD combo pack Tuesday, May 5th. The series is a fictionalized take on the beginnings of the personal computer and those that were at the head of what would revolutionize the computer industry. It picks up one year after IBM took the world by storm with the first personal computer. It is here that former IBM exec Joe MacMillan had left the company the start his own company, Cardiff Electric. MacMillan gets friend Gordon Clark to come on board for his endeavour. It stars Lee Pace (Pushing Daisies, Guardians of the Galaxy), Scoot McNairy (Fargo), Mackenzie Davis (Smashed), Kerry Bishe (Argo, Red State), and Toby Huss (Cowboys & Aliens)

Season One is composed of ten episodes, which will be spread across three discs in both its DVD and Blu-ray + Digital HD combo pack presentation. Both sets will have a handful of bonus features including look at how those behind the cameras re-created the series’ 1980s backdrop, the rise of those at the forefront of the digital revolution in its early days, and more. the complete list of bonus features included on both sets is listed below.

Bonus Features:
· Inside Episodes
· Re-Making The 80s
· Rise Of The Digital Cowboys
· Setting The Fire: Research And Technology

Halt and Catch Fire: The Complete First Season will be available on DVD Tuesday, May 5th. The DVD box set will retail for MSRP of $49.98 and the Blu-ray + Digital HD combo pack for $59.99. More information on this and other titles from Anchor Bay Entertainment is available online at:

Website: https://www.anchorbayentertainment.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AnchorBay

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Anchor_Bay

More information on Halt and Catch Fire including all of the latest updates on the series is available online at:

Website: https://www.amctv.com/shows/halt-and-catch-fire

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HaltAndCatchFireAMC

Twitter: https://twitter.com/HaltAMC

To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews, go online to https://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 https://philspicks.wordpress.com.

Anchor Bay, Starz Conjure Up Second Season Of Da Vinci’s Demons On DVD, Blu-ray

Courtesy: Anchor Bay Entertainment/Starz Media

Courtesy: Anchor Bay Entertainment/Starz Media

Fans of the original drama Da Vinci’s Demons have reason to be excited this winter. That is thanks to Anchor Bay’s announcement Tuesday that it will release the hit drama’s second season next month.

Officials with Starz announced Tuesday that the second season of Da Vinci’s Demons will be released Tuesday, March 3rd. It will be released on Blu-ray + Digital HD and DVD. Season Two picks up where the series’ first season left off. Da Vinci continues to defend Florence against the powers that be in Rome. Meanwhile he also continues his quest for the fabled Book of Leaves and for answers about his mother. New enemies rise up along the way, too; forces that prove to be even more dangerous than even Pope Sixtus and his minions. Both the DVD and Blu-ray + Digital HD presentation of Da Vinci’s Demons include a handful of bonuses to complement its ten-episode run. Those bonuses include a “making of” featurette, a recap of Season One, a look at the new sets used in Season Two and more. The full list of bonus material included on Season Two’s box set is noted below.

New Bonus Features:

  • New Sets
  • Creating the World
  • A Closer Look

The Journey Begins: Season 1 Recap

Da Vinci’s Demons stars Tom Riley (I Want Candy, Return to House on Haunted Hill, Happy Ever Afters) as famed inventor Leonardo Da Vinci. He is joined by Laura Haddock (Guardians of the Galaxy, Captain America: The First Avenger, The Inbetweeners Movie), Blake Ritson (Rock N Rolla, Titus, Red Cap), Elliot Cowan (Happy-Go-Lucky, Alexander, The Golden Compass), Lara Pulver (Edge of Tomorrow, True Blood, Sherlock), and James Faulkner (Downton Abbey, Bridget Jones’s Diary, X-Men: First Class). The Blu-ray + Digital HD box set will retail for $54.99 and the DVD box set for $44.98. All of the latest updates on Da Vinci’s Demons are available online at:

Website: https://www.davincisdemons.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/davincisdemons.starz

Twitter: https://twitter.com/DaVincis_Starz

All of the latest information on Da Vinci’s Demons and other titles from Anchor Bay Entertainment is available online at:

Website: https://www.anchorbayentertainment.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AnchorBay

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Anchor_Bay

To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews, go online to https://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 https://philspicks.wordpress.com.

Anchor Bay Reveals Release Date, Specs For TURN The Complete First Season

Courtesy:  Anchor Bay Entertainment/AMC

Courtesy: Anchor Bay Entertainment/AMC

Anchor Bay Entertainment announced recently that it will release the first season of its hit AMC series TURN: Washington’s Spies this spring.

TURN: Washington’s SpiesThe Complete First Season will be released Tuesday, March 17th. That is just in time for audiences to catch up with the hit historically-based series before its second season debuts this spring. It will be released both on DVD and Blu-ray + Digital HD combo pack. The ten-episode season will be spread across three discs on both sets. It will also include a handful of extras, which are noted below.

Bonus Features:

  • The History Of TURN: WASHINGTON’S SPIES
  • From Art To Image
  • Deleted Scenes

Based on author Alexander Rose’s book Washington’s Spies, Turn: Washington’s Spies centers on patriot Abe Woodhull. Woodhull is a farmer living in British-occupied Long Island. He joins with a group of his childhood friends to form what would become known as the Culper Ring in an effort to help then General Washington and his forces defeat the Red Coats in the Revolutionary War. What resulted would go on to be considered the birth of espionage. The series stars Jamie Bell (The Adventures of Tin Tin, Billy Elliot, Flags of Our Fathers), Seth Numrich (Gravity, Private Romeo)m Daniel Henshall (Out of the Blue, These Final Hours, The Babadook), Heather Lind (Boardwalk Empire, Sleepy Hollow, Blue Bloods), Kevin R. McNally (Downton Abbey, Pirates of the Caribbean 1 – 4, Supernatural ), Meegan Warner (Portend, The Veil, A Place To Call Home), Burn Gorman (Torchwood, Pacific Rim, The Dark Knight Rises), Angus McFayden (Californication, Chuck, The Pinkertons), JJ Field (The Musketeers, Captain America: The First Avenger, To The Ends of the Earth), and Samuel Roukin (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I, Bright Star, Happy-Go-Lucky).

TURN: Washington’s SpiesThe Complete First Season will retail for MSRP of $49.98 on DVD and $59.99 on Blu-ray + Digital HD combo pack. More information on TURN: Washington’s Spies is available online at:

Website: http://www.amctv.com/shows/turn

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/TurnAMC

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 https://philspicks.wordpress.com.

Starz, Anchor Bay Starting 2015 In The “Black”

Fly the colors, mate!  Black Sails: The Complete First Season is coming home next month.

black sails bd email

Courtesy: Anchor Bay Entertainment/Starz

 

Courtesy:  Anchor Bay Entertainment/Starz

Courtesy: Anchor Bay Entertainment/Starz

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Black Sails: The Complete First Season will be released on DVD and Blu-ray/Digital HD combo pack on Tuesday, January 6th, 2015. Its release comes just in time to get up to speed with this hit series before Season 2’s premiere on January 24th, 2015.

Set in 1715, the series takes place in New Providence Island.  New Providence Island is a lawless spot.  It is run by some of the most nefarious buccaneers in history at the time.  The most feared of those pirate captains is Captain Flint (Toby Stephens).  There’s just one problem:  The British Empire is on the rise.  And the end of the age of piracy is threatening.  British forces are closing in on New Providence Island.  So it’s up to Captain Flint and his partner, the lovely Eleanor Guthrie (Hannah New) to  face both those British forces and other pirates—including Eleanor’s own father and a young, new recruit named John Silver (Luke Arnold)—in order to save New Providence Island.

Black Sails: The Complete First Season includes not just every episode from Season One but a number of bonuses to complement them.  Those bonuses include:

New Bonus Features:           

  • BLACK SAILS: A Look Inside
  • Dress To Kill
  • Pirate Camp
  • Folklore Is Finished: Pirate Politics
  • A Place In History
  • Building The Behemoth

 

Black Sails: The Complete First Season will retail for MSRP of $59.99 on Blu-ray/Digital HD combo pack and $49.98 on DVD.

 

More information on Black Sails is available online at:

 

Website: http://www.starz.com/originals/blacksails

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/blacksails.starz

Twitter: http://twitter.com/BlkSails_Starz

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 https://philspicks.wordpress.com.