Tuesday, December 10, 2019

UltraSeven Full Review Plus Steelbook vs Standard Blu-ray Comparison

In our second and final video about UltraSeven, Heath gives a full, detailed review of the UltraSeven TV show, now on Blu-ray from Mill Creek Entertainment! We also compare the standard Blu-ray edition to the SteelBook version, and show plenty of screenshots that illustrate how UltraSeven is the next evolution in the Ultraman franchise! Stay tuned to Cereal At Midnight for all the latest developments and breaking news as Ultraman arrives on Blu-ray in North America!

Be sure to check out our previous UltraSeven unboxing video HERE and check out ALL of our Ultraman coverage in this Ultraman Playlist HERE

Ultraseven Blu-ray Unboxing and Overview! (Ultraman Volume 03!)

In this video, we unbox the latest release in the Ultraman Blu-ray collection from Mill Creek Entertainment! We discuss the disc count, series length, and go page by page through the booklet, putting Ultraseven in the context of the entire Ultraman franchise! Be sure to order your copy of Ultraseven, releasing on December 2019, and stay tuned for our full, in-depth review of Ultraseven!

Order the Ultraseven Standard edition as seen in this video HERE
Order the Ultraseven SteelBook edition HERE

MVD Entertainment Wins Black Friday! (MVD Rewind Collection Sale Haul)

For the second year in a row, MVD Entertainment has won Black Friday! In this haul video, we wrap up our coverage of Black Friday 2019 with a look at MVD's STELLAR holiday sale which saw titles at 80 percent off the retail price!

Here's more MVD Rewind Collection coverage from Cereal At Midnight!

MVD Black Friday 2018 Video
Abominable Review 
Double Impact Review 
Showdown Review
Double Dragon Review 

Monday, December 9, 2019

The Creature Columns: Twilight Imperium - A Fantasy Flight Game Review by Tom "Creature" Jeffers

I have been a gamer for most of my life. I have played everything from video games, card games, role-playing games, miniature based games, to board games of every stripe. I dearly love the interaction of both competitive and cooperative games. I think having a variety of games in one’s life makes for a much better social experience. I realize that most of us game online because it is so much easier. However, if you happen to be one of the lucky individuals that have an in-person gaming group, I would love to introduce you to one of my all-time favorite games. Twilight Imperium, by Fantasy Flight Games, is a game that encompasses just about everything any good gamer could want. It has a great sci-fi setting. It has a very deep game that includes politics, intrigue, and very cool fights. It has a set of races that I simply adore.  Frankly, I wish there were movies or novels that could go with this game. I would absolutely buy them.      

Friday, December 6, 2019

Black Friday Movie Mega Haul!

In this video, we cover all the 4K, Blu-ray, and DVD pick-ups that we scored during this year's Black Friday retail sales!

Thursday, December 5, 2019

Operation Crossbow (1965) Blu-ray Review

I wasn't sure what to expect going into the new Blu-ray of Operation Crossbow, a 1965 British World War II film with a stellar cast, now on Blu-ray from Warner Archive. Having never seen the movie before, I was prepared for an adventure movie set against the backdrop of global conflict, and the cover art, which replicates much of the film's original poster art, seems to promise thrills a minute. The blurb on the poster seems to double down on this promise: "They were schooled in sabotage...licensed to kill...and sent to destroy the world's deadliest rocket base!" As it turns out, that's an apt description, but it doesn't begin to do this film justice. Operation Crossbow is stunning, powerful, tragic, inspiring, and yes, also exciting. It's the kind of experience that the big screen seems to have been made for.

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Comic Book Savant Crossover! Disney Plus Discussion: The Mandalorian, Marvel, and More!

Heath is joined by James, aka Comic Book Savant, for a long-form discussion about Disney Plus! Now that we've had a while to take this new streaming service for a spin, we've got thoughts on everything, including The Mandalorian, Marvel movies and shows, forgotten comic book cartoons and lost animated gems, Disney deep cuts, missing classics, and even that Jeff Goldblum show! Pull up a chair for this 51-minute, unedited conversation between two friends talking about the stuff they love, and be sure to head over to ComicBookSavant.com to check out all the latest videos, podcasts, and coverage from James!

Monday, December 2, 2019

Black Friday Video Game MEGA Haul!

In this video, we share our Black Friday video game MEGA haul! So many games, so many deals! Grab a controller and join us as we celebrate some of the best video game deals of the entire year!

The Creature Columns: "AM1200: An Obscure Masterpiece" by Tom "Creature" Jeffers

The loneliness of a dark highway can be a daunting monster for anyone who has ever traveled alone at night. There is just something about the isolation and the field of view that only headlights provide. It feels like one might slip out of the universe by simply leaving the road. This is the world that writer/filmmaker David Prior places his audience in. The film is only a short 39 minutes from start to finish, but the sense of dread that the movie creates is right out of the pages of Lovecraft. That is what first drew me to this film a few years back. It has the feeling of creeping dread that I crave in cinema. I discovered it purely by accident and was immediately attracted to it. AM1200 (2008) is a film few people have seen, and that is a tragedy. This movie is tension-inducing nightmare fuel. Prior should have been immediately tapped to adapt the ever-elusive and almost “unfilmable” works of Lovecraft. This movie is dread-inducing perfection, and I love every terrifying second of it.

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Happy Thanksgiving From Cereal At Midnight!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Hello, Friends! Cereal At Midnight has been working hard and doing what we love: covering and discussing movies, TV, music, video games, books, and more! Now, we will take a short break to spend some much-needed time with our friends and family. We are so grateful for you and your constant engagement and support! We will return in a few days, feeling refreshed and with new content. For those of you celebrating, we sincerely hope that you enjoy your Thanksgiving and create wonderful memories with your friends and family. We are thankful for you!

-Heath and Bree

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Voices of Star Wars Fandom - Tom, aka Comic Book Creature!

Heath is joined by Tom, aka Comic Book Creature on YouTube, for a discussion about Star Wars, growing up in time of the Original Trilogy, and holding on to the optimism and fandom that means so much to us! Stay tuned as Cereal At Midnight continues to spotlight different perspectives and voices from Star Wars fandom!

Tom writes "The Creature Columns" each week at CerealAtMidnight.com and also be found on his "Creature" YouTube channel!
Follow comicbookcreature on Instagram and @herocreature on Twitter!

Monday, November 25, 2019

The Creature Columns: The Remarkable Journey of Turkish Star Wars by Tom "Creature" Jeffers

When I sat down to watch Dünyayı Kurtaran Adam (The Man Who Saves the World), lovingly known as Turkish Star Wars, the last thing I expected was to be completely entertained. Honestly, this film continues to hurl one bizarre moment after another at the viewer. It is a relentless romp of absurdity. It is cheesy to the extreme. It also takes great liberties with copyright infringements.

And, it is absolutely wonderful.

Friday, November 22, 2019

Cereal At Midnight, COPPA, and the FTC

In the last few days, we've been contacted many times asking us about Cereal At Midnight and COPPA, the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act. Bree and I appreciate your concern and all your comments, advice, and suggestions. Cereal At Midnight has not, nor ever will, make content targeted at children, which is the main concern of the COPPA act. Yet, with YouTube's violation of COPPA, which resulted in a fine of $170 million dollars, the platform has rolled out vast, over-reaching changes that include penalties to be enforced by the FTC. These penalties, if left as they currently stand, will drastically alter YouTube and silence thousands, if not millions, of channels and fan voices.

We have not been contacted about any of our content, and we believe that there's simply no case to be made that our videos, articles, and news items are geared toward those under 13. However, the language of the act itself is concerning in its vagueness. We stand with creators and their voices. We stand with channels that create videos about toys, comic books, video games, and cartoons. We believe the adult perspective should not be penalized in these over-reaching statements from the US Federal Trade Commission.

With that in mind, we have commented directly to the FTC with our thoughts on what's happening. If you are remotely concerned about the channels and the creators that you love and support on YouTube being silenced, we encourage you to make your voice heard. We have until January to speak out, and the FTC has openly requested comments on this issue, which implies that they're looking for outside voices to make sure they're taking appropriate action. You can contact the FTC and let them know how you feel using this link: https://www.regulations.gov/comment?D=FTC-2019-0054-0001

Please do.

Furthermore, in the course of full transparency, our message to the FTC is included below so that all can see. This comment is also publicly visible at federal site linked above.


Showdown MVD Rewind Collection Blu-ray Review

What do you get when you combine the creator of Tae Bo, a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle, a cop in exile, and an illicit high school kickboxing tournament? You get Showdown, an obscure 1993 martial arts movie starring Billy Blanks! This movie has now gotten the deluxe treatment as part of the MVD Rewind Collection, and in this video, we discuss why it's a must-watch!

Thursday, November 21, 2019

Ultraman Orb: The Origin Saga and Return of Ultraman Headed to Blu-ray February, 2020!

Mill Creek Entertainment has officially announced the release dates for the next two entries in the Ultraman Blu-ray library! Ultraman Orb: The Origin Saga arrives on February 11 in a two-disc set collecting all twelve episodes plus bonus features, which include the 2017 special Ultra Fight Orb. Two weeks later on February 25th, Return of Ultraman, the fourth series in the iconic franchise, arrives in a six-disc set collecting al 51 episodes and featuring a choice of Steelbook and Standard packaging. Both shows will also feature a digital redemption voucher for MovieSpree, Mill Creek's proprietary streaming service.

Ultraman Orb: The Origin Saga is a prequel to the popular Ultraman Orb series (which marked the 50th anniversary of Ultraman and is one of our favorites here at Cereal At Midnight) and shows how the characters came to possess the powers we see in Orb. The special, Ultra Fight Orb, picks up right after the events of the Ultraman Orb movie, Let Me Borrow the Power of Bonds (included in the Ultraman Orb Blu-ray package.

Return of Ultraman is the fourth Ultraman show, picking up after Ultra Q, Ultraman, and Ultraseven. It debuted in 1971 and was the first show to feature team-ups with other Ultra warriors!

Pre-order links are included below. Stay tuned to Cereal At Midnight for news, reviews, and all the latest on Ultraman!