Friday, March 22, 2019

Star Wars Bookshelf Episode I: The Expanded Universe Begins


In this video, we take a look at the origins of the Star Wars Expanded Universe with the ten novels that established the entire first 15 years of Star Wars books! We also look at how the first generation of expanded universe books provided elements and characters that are still being used in today's Disney era of Star Wars!

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Spider Baby and Pit Stop: Jack Hill Double Feature


Jack Hill is loved by exploitation fans for directing such movies as Coffy, Foxy Brown, and Switchblade Sisters. But in the 1960s, Hill made some of the craziest, most poignant films of his entire career. In this video, we take a look at two of those films from his 1960s output: Spider Baby and Pit Stop, both of which are highly-influential among directors like Quentin Tarantino and Rob Zombie, and both of which has achieved true cult status over the years. Buckle up, because this hot rod is driving straight into the maddest story ever told!

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Collecting At Midnight: Episode 3 -- Live!


With almost an entire year between episodes, Collecting At Midnight is back, and now it's better than ever because it's LIVE! Collecting At Midnight is a long-form video series that's designed to be a conversational and laid-back approach to collecting physical media with an emphasis on chatting about what makes all this stuff so cool. It's a podcast for your eyes!

Friday, March 15, 2019

Giallo Box: Argento, Sixties Cinema, and Sharon Tate!


In this video, we're opening a box of horrors from Lee! In addition to some classic Giallo films from one of the great Italian filmmakers, there are some sixties surprises and some out of print rarities! Also, if you're a fan of Sharon Tate, you're gonna love this!

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Thrift Store 15: Thrifty and Hutch


Thriftin' time is here again! This video contains a nice, eclectic mix of movies, music, and books, including some oddities and a healthy dose of CASH. Also, did we mention that we read Playboy for the articles? Check out the video to see what we're talking about!

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Review: Screams of a Winter Night (1979)


1979's Screams of a Winter Night is now on Blu-ray courtesy of Code Red and offers an opportunity to see not only the original theatrical version that played in drive-in-cinemas and theaters almost forty years ago, but also to see a newly-restored, longer cut of the film that was believed to have been lost. The never-before-seen version of the movie runs nearly two hours (not 124 minutes, as the package proclaims) and adds over a half-hour back to the film's running time. Depending on your tolerance for low-budget seventies horror, this is either a good thing or a bad thing.

Monday, March 11, 2019

Captain Marvel Non-Spoiler Review! (MCU)


Who is Captain Marvel? That's the question driving the latest Marvel Cinematic Universe film, and Cereal At Midnight has opinions about the movie, the character, and what might be coming next!

Friday, March 8, 2019

Community: The Complete Series Blu-ray Review (Mill Creek)


Let's dive deep into the complete series of Community on Blu-ray from Mill Creek Entertainment! Dan Harmon's show about the denizens of a community college was streets ahead. In this video, we'll discuss the show itself, the special features, and the Blu-rays!
Cool! Cool cool cool.

Thursday, March 7, 2019

What's In The Box: Sherwood Surprise!


In this video, we open a package from Ron, aka Captain Video! This video contains the following: genuine emotion, oversharing, and something Robin-Hood-related! Big shout out to Ron and his ebay store "Ron's Cool Stuff!"

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

KISS Kollection: Music, Videos, Comics, and Book Collection!


WIth KISS hitting the road for a final farewell tour, we're digging out our KISS Kollection! We're talking records, CDs, comics, books, DVDs, Blu-rays, and more!

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Marvel and DC Comics at Ollie's Bargain Outlet!


After months of quiet, Ollie's Bargain Outlet has thousands of Marvel and DC Comics trade paperbacks and collected editions at bargain bin prices! Let's see what we can find!

Saturday, March 2, 2019

February Contest Winners!


In this video, we announce the winners of the February contest and give away Waterworld on Blu-ray, courtesy of Arrow Video and MVD Entertainment, and the new autographed trade paperback of Bubba Ho-Tep and the Cosmic Blood-Suckers, courtesy of IDW Publishing and writer Joshua Jabcuga!

Friday, March 1, 2019

Arrow Video Blu-ray Mystery Unboxing!


What Arrow Video goodness hides inside this white envelope? Only one thing is for sure: it's gonna be awesome!

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

33 Pounds of Pulp: My Biggest Book Haul To Date!


The title of this video is not an exaggeration: I bought 33 pounds of pulp fiction on Ebay! More specifically, I purchased over 120 Mack Bolan: The Executioner novels in one fell swoop. Here's the story!

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

The Colossus of Rhodes: Sergio Leone's Unsung Epic


Years before Italian film icon Sergio Leone made history with his spaghetti western classics like The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly and Once Upon a Time in the West, he cut his teeth in the "peplum" genre. Peplum films were inspired by the epics of Holywood's Golden Age, but NO ONE made movies like the ones coming out of Italy during the fifties and early sixties. Leone's first film, The Colossus of Rhodes, is an exceptional entry-point for those looking to learn more about this unsung genre and the giants who worked within it, and this video explains why!

Friday, February 22, 2019

CONTEST! Win Waterworld and Bubba Ho-Tep!


Cereal At Midnight's second birthday extravaganza continues with our biggest contest to date! In this video, you'll find out how you can win a copy of Waterworld from Arrow Video AND a copy of Bubba Ho-Tep and the Cosmic Blood-Suckers from IDW Publishing and adapting author Joshua Jabcuga! Check it out, and GOOD LUCK!

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Retro Treasures Unboxed!


What's in the box? Retro treasures, that's what! It's Cereal At Midnight's second birthday, so Heath and Bree are opening a box of goodies straight from the sixties, the seventies, AND the eighties! Seriously, this is one epic unboxing video and we extend a heartfelt THANK YOU to our friend Eric Grigs, the man behind Eric Grigs Design Studio!

"Q" and A with Star Trek Comics Writer Scott Tipton


Writer Scott Tipton has been blazing new trails with IDW's Star Trek comics for over a decade, penning titles like Klingons: Blood Will Tell and the Mirror Broken series, as well as crossing over the heroes of the Federation with other fan-favorite properties such as Planet of the Apes and Doctor Who. Scott and his co-writer and brother David Tipton have now launched perhaps their most ambitious project yet: in The Q Conflict, four Federation crews--those of The Original Series, The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, and Voyager--are brought together for the first time to face their most powerful threat yet. Cereal At Midnight had the pleasure to chat with Scott about this new comic, creative inspirations and mentors, and the responsibility of carrying on Gene Rodenberry's dream.

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Big Box of Geek-tastic Books...For FREE?!


What would you do if you found a huge box of science fiction and fantasy novels? If you're like Cereal At Midnight, you grab it as fast as you can! In this video, Heath tells the legend of the Big Box of Geektastic Books!

Friday, February 15, 2019

Review: Horror of Dracula from Warner Archive

There's no other studio quite like Hammer. Often imitated, never duplicated, Hammer dominated genre films from the late fifties all the way through the seventies with a unique English style and a stable of regular actors who would become household names to monster kids of multiple generations. They breathed new life (and fresh blood) into monster movies that had become relatively tame, and by putting their own decidedly-adult spin on the classics, they presented old favorites like Frankenstein, The Mummy, and yes, Dracula himself, in a way that not only felt fresh, but more explicitly scary than arguably ever before.

Five Favorite Movie Books! (Obnoxious and Anonymous Crossover)


It's a Cereal At Midnight crossover! In collaboration with Cameron from Obnoxious and Anonymous, we're counting down our top five favorite movie books! These books can be adaptations and novelizations, behind the scenes books, or anything related to movies. Be sure to head over to YouTube.com/ObnoxiousAndAnonymous to check out Cameron's top five!

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Thrift Store 14: Collection Complete!


In this thrift store video, Heath manages to complete not one, but TWO collections that he's been chasing down! This one seriously has a massive finale. Just like Vanessa Williams, we go and save the best for last. If you got that reference, you're old!

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Horror Express Arrow Video Blu ray Review


Horror Express is now out on Blu-ray from Arrow Video and Cereal At Midnight has your review! This cult classic film defies genres and walks among several of them: horror, science fiction, mystery, and action. With a killer (no pun intended) cast including Hammer Films stalwarts Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing, not to mention Kojack himself, Telly Savalas, Horror Express is endlessly watchable and--most importantly--a ton of fun.

Friday, February 8, 2019

R.I.P. Ultraviolet: The Future of Ownership in a Digital World


The Spinner Rack Bros tackle the news that Ultraviolet, one of the very first digital media lockers, has shuttered its doors and will soon be no more. We also revisit the pros and cons of physical media versus digital media and discuss ownership rights in a digital world. This discussion is for fans who love the debate between physical and digital media! Turns out, there's more middle ground that you'd expect.

*Special note: we're still working through technology issues, but this episode is a step forward. Thanks for your patience and understanding.

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Mego: What Happened at The Hollywood Show? (The Parrington Tapes)


Joe Parrington has been the Celebrity / Media Outreach and Special Events Coordinator for Mego for the past six months, but has now stepped away from that role and has a few things that he'd like to share with the Mego fan community. In this candid interview, Mr. Parrington shares his account of the events leading up to the Mego Hall of Fame Awards that were to be held at The Hollywood Show in Los Angeles California, February 2019.  He also offers a peek inside the culture that exists behind the scenes at the leadership level of the seventies toy giant.

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Second Birthday Celebration and Contest / Giveaway!


Cereal At Midnight is celebrating two years! In this video, we talk about turning two, and then give the details on how you can win a Steelbook Blu-ray of the anime Metropolis courtesy of Mill Creek Entertainment! Check out the video for all the details on this contest giveaway, and good luck!

Friday, February 1, 2019

Waterworld: Arrow Video In Depth Review


Cereal At Midnight dives deep in this exploration of the 1995 film Waterworld via a new three-disc limited edition Blu-ray box set from Arrow Video! In what has already topped the list as one of the best releases of the year, Arrow leaves no stone unturned, offering viewers not one, not two, but THREE cuts of the film and hours of special features, a book, a poster, and photo cards. It's a stunning release of one of the most ambitious films in movie history, and we have things to say about both!

Thursday, January 31, 2019

Matt Helm #1: Death of a Citizen by Donald Hamilton


As discussed in a recent video, I've decided to start reading and collecting Donald Hamilton's "Matt Helm" book series. Hamilton wrote 27 novels in the series (plus one more that was never published) between 1960 and 1993, all focused on the exploits of an American counter-espionage agent. The novels are written from first-person perspective, and allow us to get inside the head of our hardened hero...or anti-hero, as it may be. They were originally published by Fawcett Publications under the Gold Medal label. In this inaugural entry, we're digging into the very first Matt Helm novel, 1960's Death of a Citizen.

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

A Spy-tastic Surprise From Lee!


It's time for another unboxing video! IThis package comes to the channel courtesy of Lee! This one's for fans of spies, British television, and out of print DVDs!

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

DIY Cheap and Easy Media Shelves


In this video, we're building cheap and easy media shelves! These shelves are great for those who want to keep costs low and are looking for storage solutions for larger media collections. They maximize function and efficiency. These shelves are ideal for DVDs, Blu-rays, even books. the stronger the wood chosen for the project, the more durable the shelves will be. You could even paint them if you wanted a more polished look.

Friday, January 25, 2019

Baywatch Is Now on Amazon Prime Video!


"I'm always ready, I won't let you out of my sight!"

This is huge news for me. Believe it or not, I'm actually quite a fan of the show Baywatch. Reason number 1: David Hasselhoff, star of one of my all-time favorite shows, Knight Rider. Then there's the setting: every episode featured beautiful lifeguards placed against the backdrop of sun, sand, and the Pacific Ocean. I know Baywatch has been a punchline on Friends and I know that it deserves some of the jokes that have been thrown its way, but at the end of the day, Baywatch is not all that different from the American International Pictures "beach movies" that I love so much. No, it's not high art and it didn't have award winning scripts, but it was fun, and it ultimately had an uplifting message that I think we could use a little bit more of today. Plus, it featured quite a few stars, or actors that soon would be: Pamela Anderson, Carmen Electra, Nicole Eggert, Yasmine Bleeth, Mila Kunis, and some guy named Jason Momoa. The tone of the show is not entirely easy to replicate, as evidenced by my movie review of the 2017 feature film starring Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and Zac Efron.

Thrift Store 13: Symmetry

In the most symmetrical thrift store video to date, we continue our excavation into the pop culture of the past by way of VHS tapes, records, and shiny discs for your ears and eyes! What gems will come to those who seek the forbidden knowledge of the past? All shall be revealed!

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Secret Agent Matt Helm: Better Than Bond?!



Is Matt Helm the manliest fictional character ever created? First published between 1960 and 1993, author Donald Hamilton's protagonist is a secret agent who makes other tough guys look weak by comparison! In this video, we dig into the books themselves, the Dean Martin spin-off movies, and even compare Helm to James Bond! There's also the small matter of a yacht captain's hat.

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Mego Update: Wave 4 and Wider Availability!


It's time for another Mego update! There are big things brewing in the world of 8 inch action figures, and we're going to cover it all. From wave 4 (and beyond), wholesale availability to retailers outside of Target, and even some cool new retro horror figures, there's a lot of developing in the Mego marketplace!

Monday, January 21, 2019

Elvis at a Crossroads: G.I. Blues and Flaming Star


1960 was a pivotal year in the career of Elvis Presley. Fresh out of the army after a two-year stint in the service, the 25-year-old immediately returned to the life he'd left behind, arguably an even bigger star than when he'd left.  That year saw the release of two studio albums, Elvis Is Back! and the gospel LP His Hand in Mine, both of which were hits. But Hollywood was also calling, and Elvis was eager to answer.

Friday, January 18, 2019

January Movie Collection Update (DVD and Blu-ray)


In this collection update, we cover a lot of ground! Anime, classic television, documentaries, Oscar winners, Elvis and Kubrick, and even an out-of-print steal of a deal, there's a lot of DVD and Blu-ray action packed into this video!

Thursday, January 17, 2019

GB20 Teaser Trailer (Ghostbusters)



Just hours ago, Jason Reitman (the son of Ghostbusters-I-and-II director Ivan Reitman and an established filmmaker in his own right) quietly dropped this teaser trailer for a new Ghostbusters movie that he's directing. We don't know much, other than it will take place in the same timeline as the first two classic films and that it's being released summer of 2020. I have been very skeptical of Sony's attempt to resurrect this beloved eighties franchise, but I have to say this teaser trailer gave me goosebumps. The music, the lighting, even the font of the text just feels like Ghostbusters. What do you guys think? #GB20

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

C@M Gets Its Wings At the Southern Museum of Flight


Cereal At Midnight visits the Southern Museum of Flight in Birmingham, Alabama for a look at aviation history! The museum serves as the home for 100 aircraft, not to mention all the other cool exhibits and pieces of history on display. Do you feel that? It's the need for speed! Grab your flight suit, because we're going into the danger zone!

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

C@M Patreon Announcement!


My friends, Cereal At Midnight is now on Patreon! There are many exciting things on the horizon, and your support will make them a reality! In this video, I explain about the four price tiers and the benefits/perks of each of them. You can view Cereal At Midnight on Patreon using the link below:

Cereal At Midnight Patreon

I appreciate you guys so much, and I can't ever say this enough: Cereal At Midnight would not exist without you.

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Deal Alert: Genre Blu-rays At Hamilton Book!

It's time I let you guys in on a little secret of mine. There's an online media retailer called Hamilton Book (HamiltonBook.com) that I've been using for a while now to find incredible deals on some obscure releases. In addition to fantastic deals on books, they have started running some astonishingly-low prices on hard-to-find Blu-rays from the boutique labels such as Kino Lorber and Severin Films, and they even have discs from companies like Code Red and Scorpion Releasing that are reported as being out-of-print.

Friday, January 11, 2019

Opening A "Communal" Mystery Package From Eric M.


It's time for another mail call! This mystery package comes from Eric M., aka Kunider!  Thanks to Eric for this extremely-generous gift.

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Bubba Ho-Tep and the Cosmic Blood-Suckers #5 Non-Spoiler Review

The final issue of Bubba Ho-Tep and the Cosmic Blood-Suckers leaves us wanting more.

Happy Birthday, Elvis Presley



Happy Birthday to the Hillbilly Cat. All these years later, and still the King. Here's his version of "Polk Salad Annie" taken from the live concert film That's The Way It Is." Playful, powerful, in the best shape of his life, this is Elvis at the peak of his powers. This is Elvis the icon and legend.

Churros for Breakfast?!


New from the folks at General Mills, Cinnamon Toast Crunch CHURROS promises all the delightful cinnamon, sugar, and crunch of regular Cinnamon Toast Crunch, but with the added nonstop fun of a churro! In this video, we pour up a bowl and take these cylinders of cinnamon for a test drive!

Friday, January 4, 2019

A Bewitching Box and a Battle Axe!


In this video, we open a package sent to the channel by our pal Eric Griggs! Many thanks to Eric for sending such a cool surprise our way and also to you for watching!

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Favorite Blu-rays of 2018 (Collecting Physical Media)


In this video, we're looking back at some of the coolest Blu-rays of 2018! These physical media releases highlight just what a great year 2018 was for movie fans and collectors, and they have us very excited about the year to come!