Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Favorite Blu-rays of 2019!


In our final video of 2019, we share our favorite DVD, Blu-ray, 4K, music, and book releases of the entire year! HAPPY NEW YEAR from Cereal At Midnight!

Monday, December 30, 2019

The Creature Columns: "Journey - The Most Emotional Video Game I Have Ever Played" By Tom "Creature" Jeffers

 Journey, from Thatgamecompany, might be one of the greatest gaming experiences I have ever had. This game is a work of aching beauty that almost feels like a journey towards spiritual edification. I know that seems an odd thing to say about a video game, but that is exactly the way Journey makes you feel. I have played games since the Atari 2600. I have even played the original Pong on the original machine so long ago. I am an avid PC gamer and play many MMO games. The point I wish to make here is that Journey is hands down the most emotional, moving, and powerful experience I have ever had in a virtual world. I am honestly a joyous wreck over it. It made me smile for hours. I rarely have an expressed emotional response over mass media. I do “cry” occasionally over film. While I did not openly cry when I finished Journey, I easily could have. The best way to describe it is the unrelenting sense of awe and utter joy the game brings. I am not certain how the developer managed this. I do not know if they used psychology or subliminal persuasion, but the game just leaves you with a feeling of rapturous wonder! The music is so beautiful that it carries you away to the land you are in.

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Merry Christmas And Happy Holidays from Cereal At Midnight!


Cereal At Midnight wishes you a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! Also, find out what's coming as we close out 2019 and begin a new year!

The Creature Columns: The Reapers are the Angels Book Review by Tom "Creature" Jeffers

Southern Gothic literature has been a pleasure of mine for many a year now. The way the words roll off the page and into the heart and soul of a man is a beautiful thing to experience. In many of my graduate studies, I was confronted by such prose regularly. The likes of Flannery O’Connor, William Faulkner, Harper Lee, and Cormac McCarthy come to mind. To this list of masters I would add one name: Alden Bell. The name even seems to fit the description. Bell is the author of The Reapers are the Angels. This novel is southern Gothic through and through. It also happens to be about zombies and the apocalyptic world that such things bring about. This is a beautiful work that deserves the highest praise possible. Even though I enjoy all forms of literature, the zombie novel is generally delegated to the bottom of the pile when considering serious prose. They are generally formulaic and redundant. Such stories can only take a reader so far. However, The Reapers are the Angels manages to transcend such a label and become so much more.

Friday, December 20, 2019

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker Review!


Heath and Bree have seen Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker! In this video, we present both a non-spoiler overview as well as a spoiler-heavy deep dive! The Force will be with you...always

Thursday, December 19, 2019

The King of Queens: The Complete Series Arrives on Blu-ray from Mill Creek Entertainment!


Mill Creek Entertainment has officially announced The King of Queens: The Complete Series for Blu-ray release! All 207 episodes from the nine-season run are presented in widescreen HD on 20 Blu-ray discs!

A long-running sitcom smash hit, The King of Queens stars Kevin James, Leah Remini, Jerry Stiller, Victor Williams, Patton Oswalt, and Gary Valentine. Guest stars include Lou Ferrigno, Anne Meara, Ricki Lake, Rachel Dratch, Bryan Cranston, and Ray Romano. The box set is manufactured by Mill Creek Entertainment exclusively for Couch Potato Entertainment for online sale at retailers including Amazon and eBay.

The set also contains special features including commentaries by Kevin James and show creator/executive producer Michael Weithorn, a behind-the-scenes featurette, a series retrospective, a thank-you to the fans, a 200th episode celebration, and a look at the writers of the show.

The King of Queens: The Complete Series is available NOW!

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Home Alone: A Cereal At Midnight Commentary!


Cereal At Midnight's Christmas celebration kicks off with this audio commentary of the 1990 holiday smash hit Home Alone! Join Heath and Bree as they discuss personal memories of the movie, the possibility of a John Hughes Cinematic Universe, the curse of the South Bend Shovel Slayer, and whether or not we believe that Elvis is not only alive and well, but also an extra in the movie! Stock up on cheese pizzas and grab your copy of Angels with Filthy Souls, because we're HOME ALONE!

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Josh Jabcuga’s Sugar Rush (December 2019 Edition)

Your High Fructose, Lo-Fidelity Guide to Snap! Crackle! Pop Culture! This month, Josh Reveals His Favorite Book of 2019!

Mark Sieber is one of us.

Sieber is a fan, a genre enthusiast, a defender of physical media, a collector, a critic, and a writer.

I list critic and writer separately, because Sieber wears many hats, and in his case, he’s earned the distinction of being a critic and a writer. It’s never been more evident than with the collection of writings in his book published this year by the venerable Cemetery Dance Publications, He Who Types Between the Rows: A Decade of Horror Drive-In.

Yes, there’s that old adage that everyone is a critic, and with the advent of social media, it sure feels like everyone has an opinion and is quick to the draw to fire off a few rounds. Not all of those opinions are informed, and few fall into the same league as Sieber, who has been in the trenches and witnessed firsthand the drive-ins, the multiplexes, the horror paperback boom of the 80s, the rise of the small press and boutique labels in the 90s, the evolution of home video from VHS to DVD to Blu-ray, along with the ascent of writers like Joe R. Lansdale, David J. Schow, Joe Hill, Brian Keene, and Robert McCammon, to name a few.

Name a writer and Sieber is most likely not only familiar with their work, but well-versed in it, as well. Name a character actor, a scream queen, or a straight-to-video auteur, and Sieber has been there, bought the ticket, and watched all the special features on the DVD release.

In other words, Mark Sieber knows his stuff.

Monday, December 16, 2019

Star Wars Talk feat. Krazy Joe from MegaPodTastic & CinemaSickness!



Heath is joined by Krazy Joe from MegaPodTastic and CinemaSickness for a Star Wars conversation that includes an appreciation of the Ewoks movies, first Kenner action figures, collectible shampoos, and the importance of integrity in a market that rewards negativity. This one goes all over the place, but we hope you have half as much fun watching it as we did recording it!

Check out Krazy Joe at MegaPodTastic.com, subscribe to the podcast and the YouTube channel, and don't miss MegaPodTastic Podcast Episode 314 in which Heath shares a Christmas song for the Dog Days of Advent! Find it HERE: http://narpin.libsyn.com/megapodtastic-314-dog-days-of-advent-day-13

The Creature Columns: The Monster (2016) Movie Review by Tom "Creature" Jeffers

Bryan Bertino’s The Monster is a fantastically-fun monster movie in a genre that is filled to the brim with questionable offerings. Bertino has a command of his writing and director skills like few in the industry manage. He is the total package when it comes to what he seeks to do. Many will remember his incredibly effective and terrifyingly-chilling movie The Strangers from 2008. The Monster is no less spectacular and tension-filled. This is a little movie that hits every bullseye it aims at. The film is a study in tension and the unknown. It is fantastically acted with brilliant practical effects. This is a film that feels more like a late 70’s or 80’s movie that deals with contemporary issues. The film is gorgeous and makes use of powerful storytelling. This is more than a terror-driven story. It is a story of the inner workings of the human heart. I love it when a horror movie transcends the genre into something more than just a gore spattered thrill ride. 

Friday, December 13, 2019

Thrift Store Cassette Tape and Vinyl Record Haul!


In this video, Heath and Bree share their most recent thrift store music haul featuring a stack of cassette tapes and vinyl records!

Be sure to check out our HUGE yard sale cassette tape find HERE: https://youtu.be/jyrNfsg50iI

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.

-Heath

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!


Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt:The Complete Series Headed to DVD and Blu-ray from Mill Creek Entertainment


Mill Creek Entertainment has announced that they will be bringing all four seasons of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt to DVD and Blu-ray on February 4, 2020 in a "Complete Series" box set!

The show was created by Tina Fey and Robert Carlock (30 Rock) and stars Ellie Kemper (The Office) in the title role as the former member of a doomsday cult who finds a new life in New York City, which she embraces with wide-eyed enthusiasm. Tituss Burgess (Dolemite is by Name), Jane Krakowski (30 Rock), and Carol Kane (Taxi, Gotham) co-star, while guest stars include Amy Sedaris, Jon Hamm, Josh Charles, Fred Armisen, David Cross, and Tina Fey.

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is critically-acclaimed and was nominated for 18 Primetime Emmy Awards, including a nomination for Outstanding Comedy Series for each of its four seasons.

Mill Creek Entertainment's announcement comes just weeks after the news that they will be bringing The Mindy Project starring Mindy Kaling (also from the Office) to DVD and Blu-ray on January 14th!

Stay tuned to Cereal At Midnight for all the breaking news and forthcoming details on this release! Pre-order links below!

Charlie's Angels: The Complete Series on Blu-ray - Full Review!


Charlie's Angels remains one of the most iconic and recognizable shows in pop culture history. Now all five seasons have arrived on Blu-ray from Mill Creek Entertainment! Charlie's Angels in High Definition is a thing of beauty, and the transition to HD has made the show more vibrant than ever before, as evidenced in our screenshots comparing the new Blu-ray discs to the original DVDs! Please join us as we celebrate all the fashion, hair, bikinis, and and guest stars of the landmark TV show!

Please be sure to check out the companion piece to this video, I Still Believe in Angels, written by Eric Grigs. It's a viewer guide, a top ten, and an appreciation, all in one! Find it HERE!

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

I Still Believe in Angels by Eric Grigs

With the Mill Creek Blu-ray release of the original series that ran for five seasons and 110 episodes from 1976 - 81, we get to experience all the ass kicking and hair flipping of Charlie’s Angels in glorious high definition. Despite the network brass initially not having faith in a show with three female leads, it was a ratings juggernaut right out of the gate.

America found itself in the grips of Angel fever—and at its peak in the late 70s, it was unstoppable. The appeal cut across demographics: women wanted to look like the Angels, men wanted to be with them. The hair, makeup, and fashion budget for each episode was astronomical. Critics would derogatorily describe the show as “jiggle TV”—peddling sex and style over substance. And while our Angels do spend plenty of screen time in bikinis, there was much more at play here than simply depicting beautiful women as objects—just look to the opening credits. Of course they were beautiful, but in a time when the system only saw them as “little girls” and unable to take on the “hazardous duties” of being a cop, they left the police force to be more. Admittedly, if you want to, it’s easy to miss the groundbreaking women’s empowerment themes wrapped in light stories full of camp. But the ride-or-die friendship and teamwork of the three leads—instead of more romance plotlines for women—was central to its success. The franchise has continued over the years because of its ability to tap into depictions of women as equals with agency: smart, capable, and yes, sexy on their own terms. There’s something for everyone here, delivered with one big knowing wink.

Charlie's Angels (2019) and Ford V Ferrari Movie Reviews! (Spoiler Free!)

In this video, we discuss and review Charlie's Angels (2019) and Ford V Ferrari! Spoiler-Free!

Monday, November 18, 2019

The Creature Columns: "The Head Hunter: Fantasy Horror at its Finest" by Tom Jeffers

The fantasy genre is often overlooked in cinema. Of course, we have huge stories like The Lord of the Rings. However, for the most part, fantasy remains the least used genre. In recent years, Game of  Thrones broke down the doors to many possibilities, yet fantasy still remains firmly on the fringe. One must certainly consider that many movies have fantasy elements, but in general, those elements are rarely acknowledged. After all, what are Freddy Kruger and Jason? They are horror icons to be sure, but they could not gain this status without the use of fantasy.

When thinking about this genre, I generally find myself nostalgic for films like Conan the Barbarian, Red Sonja, Dragonslayer, Willow, or even something like Ralph Bakshi’s Fire and Ice. Most of these film types hail solidly from the ’80s and have a tremendous following. I am one of those devotees, and I often think modern fantasy is deficient in fundamental ways. The films of yesteryear did lack big budgets, and the special effects were poor by today’s standards. However, they created a “magic” for me that is rarely seen in today’s releases. With that said, I recently discovered a film that is so worthy and so absolutely wonderful that I have become its personal champion. I feel like a town crier of old as I attempt to get everyone in the circles that I run it to watch this movie.

Ultraman Orb and Ultraman Geed Blu-ray Review: "Anime Brought to Life!" (Mill Creek Entertainment)


Just a matter of weeks ago, Mill Creek Entertainment launched Ultraman on Blu-ray in North America with the two shows that started the franchise over 50 years ago. Hot on the heels of those stellar releases comes Ultraman Orb and Ultraman Geed, two of the most recent Ultraman shows to sweep Japan! In this video, we give you a COMPLETE package run-down AND series review, showing what makes these two recent tokusatsu shows so special!  Cereal At Midnight remains your resource for all Ultraman news, reviews, and more!
 

Friday, November 15, 2019

Fox Film Noir - Complete DVD Collection Overview and Tour (Noirvember)


Let's talk about Fox Film Noir! Between 2005-2008, 20th Century Fox released over two dozen film noir classics from their vaults to DVD, complete with restored picture and video, new and archival special features, and audio commentaries by some of the finest noir historians in the field. In this video, we cover EVERY release and look at the lasting legacy of Fox's contributions to noir! Happy Noirvember!

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Bob Dylan - Travelin' Thru Complete Review (Johnny Cash, Bootleg Series Vol. 15)


Bob Dylan's brief time in Nashville and the work he created there reflect one of the most enigmatic and surprising eras of his entire career. Travelin' Thru: The Bootleg Series Volume 15 chronicles this unexpected country period with three discs of alternate takes, unreleased tracks, and over TWO DOZEN collaborations with The Man In Black himself, Johnny Cash. In this video, we take a deep dive into the music, provide context for what makes it unique in Dylan's catalog, and recommend some further listening to keep the experience going!

Monday, November 11, 2019

Raro Video Spotlight and Collection Tour (Giallo, Spaghetti Western, Euro Crime)


Raro Video specializes in releasing films from Italy's rich cinematic heritage, including horror, giallo, spaghetti western, and Euro crime films from some of Italy's finest and most prolific filmmakers. Directors like Fernando Di Leo, Umberto Lenzi, Antonio Margheriti, and Franco Prosperi are all featured by Raro Video, and in this episode, we give a background and overview of the label and a guided tour of our Raro Blu-ray collection!

Friday, November 8, 2019

Let's Talk About Star Wars! Fandom, Rise of Skywalker, The Mandalorian!


As The Rise of Skywalker and The Mandalorian loom mere days and weeks away, Heath and Patreon-supporter Ross have an open discuss all things Star Wars! From growing up on the Classic Trilogy, to the impact of the Prequels and the Clone Wars, and finally to the new Disney era and the apparent end of the Skywalker Saga, It's all out in the open in this long-form conversation about the the current state of Star Wars and the health of its fandom!

Thursday, November 7, 2019

The Creature Columns: See For Yourself: A Review of the Apple TV+ Show by Tom "Creature" Jeffers

As of this writing, Apple’s TV+’s new show SEE sits at 42% from critics and 82% from audiences on Rotten Tomatoes. IMDB has the show at 7.7.  Many people have already written the show off as a failure. I find this sort of attitude to be a bit, no pun intended, apocalyptic. SEE is trying to fill some very big shoes. There are a lot of shows coming out that are Game of Thrones hopefuls. I wanted to give SEE a try for a variety of reasons. The star power of Jason Momoa, who plays Baba Voss, was the number one draw for me. I like this man as an actor and as a person in general. I have met him, and he is truly a great guy. Despite all of that, I feel like I have remained reasonably objective in my examination.

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Motherless Brooklyn Review (2019) Edward Norton Neo-Noir


In this video, we take a spoiler-free look at the neo-noir/crime film "Motherless Brooklyn," written for the screen and directed by Edward Norton! Co-starring Bruce Willis, Willem Defoe, Alec Baldwin, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, and Bobby Cannavale, this is the first large-scale period crime film of this scope to come along in years. Filled with beautiful cinematography, outstanding performances, and wall-to-wall jazz, it's no wonder that this impressive tour of the darker side of 1950s Brooklyn is reminding audiences of L.A. Confidential.

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Terminator: Dark Fate SPOILER-FILLED DISCUSSION!


In our second (and last) look at Terminator: Dark Fate, we discuss in full spoilerific glory the film's plot points and the backlash against them! Featuring MORE unfiltered positivity! Be warned.

The Creature Columns: Star Wars: Master and Apprentice Book Review by Tom "Creature" Jeffers


*This review is mostly spoiler free.  Mild spoilers will be announced.

Claudia Gray has done something remarkable with this novel in the fact that she has managed to capture the ever-elusive spirit of Star Wars. Most readers must acknowledge that Star Wars novels rarely hit the marks that serious literature attains. They are not meant to. These works are meant to embody a spirit of adventure and pull us into a place of nostalgia that makes us warm and happy. While not all offerings in the Star Wars genre manage to tap into these feelings, Master and Apprentice does so in such a special way that it transcends Star Wars and becomes something even larger. This novel has the goods.  

Monday, November 4, 2019

Terminator: Dark Fate Review - Heath Unfiltered and Unscripted!


In this video, Heath takes a look at the latest entry in the Terminator franchise, Terminator: Dark Fate, which sees the return of James Cameron's creative involvement for the first time in years. The conversation about this movie prompts an unscripted and completely uncensored discussion by Heath about the way we talk about movies on the internet. Twitter trolls, prepare to be terminated! If you've ever wondered what Heath is like with no filter, this video is for you!

Thursday, October 31, 2019

Warner Archive Wins Halloween (Warner Archive Spotlight #3)


With three cult horror flicks hitting Blu-ray for the first time throughout October, Warner Archive wins Halloween! In this video, we discuss From Beyond the Grave, The Fearless Vampire Killers, and Don't Be Afraid of the Dark, plus a handful of other recent Warner Archive releases that have been hit shelves since our last spotlight video! Happy Halloween!

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

RANKIN/BASS MEETS THE MAD MONSTERS! By Brian Trash


Brian Trash provides an overview of Rankin/Bass and the Animagic process, culminating with the maddest party of the year!

Mack Bolan, Leatherface, and Vincent Price! (HUGE Mail Video)


In this mail video, we unbox a MOUNTAIN of treasures, including a Leatherface item, tons of Mack Bolan: The Executioner books, a very special Dick Tracy item, and what may very well be the ULTIMATE Vincent Price collectible. You don't want to miss the last five minutes of this video!

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Blood Sugar by Daniel Kraus - A Halloween Hard Case Crime Novel!


Its no coincidence that the latest Hard Case Crime novel has been released just in time for Halloween! Blood Sugar, written by Daniel Kraus (the co-author of The Shape of Water novelization with Guillermo Del Toro) is a modern crime/horror tale in which a group of kids sets out to even the score by tampering with the most sacred and holy artifacts of the entire holiday: trick or treat candy!

Thursday, October 24, 2019

Mill Creek Entertainment Announces The Mindy Project: The Complete Series For DVD and Blu-ray


Mill Creek Entertainment has revealed that they will be bringing the complete series of The Mindy Project to DVD and Blu-ray on January 14, 2020. The Primetime-Emmy-nominated series stars Mindy Kaling (The Office), Chris Messina (Argo), Ed Weeks (The IT Crowd), Adam Palley (Iron Man 3), Ike Barinholtz (Suicide Squad), and Xosha Roquemore (The Disaster Artist) and ran for six seasons with a total of 117 episodes!

Stay tuned to Cereal At Midnight for all the breaking news on this release, including a review as soon as the series is released! Pre-order the show here:

Drive-In Delirium - Trailer Compilations to Make Your Face Melt (Review)


Drive-In Delirium is a series of movie trailer compilations from Australia's Umbrella Entertainment that offer hours and hours of grindhouse, drive-in, action, horror, and exploitation entertainment! Each volume is curated and organized according the theme, star, subject, or mood, and not only provides incredible entertainment, but manages to shine a light on dozens upon dozens of films, both common and obscure. In this video, we review Drive-In Delirium: Dead By Dawn and Drive-In Delirium: With A Vengeance, the two newest entries, which total 16 hours of face-melting awesomeness!

 

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Never Hike Alone - An Epic Friday the 13th Fan Film (Jason Voorhees)


Never Hike Alone is an epic Friday the 13th fan film! In fact, it's so good that calling it a fan film doesn't do it justice; it's just an amazing Friday the 13th movie! In this video, we discuss the project, how you can see it for free AND add it to your Blu-ray collection, and how you can contribute to the prequel, Never Hike in the Snow! Jason Voorhees lives, thanks to Vincente Disanti and the Womp Stop Films crew!

Friday, October 18, 2019

Midnight Music: "Superwoman (Where Were You When I Needed You)" by Stevie Wonder


Yours truly is on a BIG Stevie Wonder kick these days, stemming from our acquisition of Stevie Wonder's Original Musiquarium Vol. I on vinyl, which we picked up at Target for a steal. Bottom line, we're digging into Stevie's catalog, and this track comes from Music of My Mind, one of his lesser-heralded albums, if there is such a thing. Despite the lack of praise for the 1972 record, released under Motown's "Tamla" label, the LP is absolutely packed with stellar songwriting, spacey synthesizers, and a funky swagger that feels playful and makes you move. "Superwoman (Where Were You When I Needed You)" is just over eight minutes long, and it really goes to a lot of cool places, turning into something completely different at the three-minute mark. The composition and instrumentation really takes me away to an ethereal place. This is essentially two songs in one, fused together perfectly. As the midnight hour approaches, kick back, turn out the lights, and ride the beams of sound aboard Spaceship Stevie.

Dirty Movies from the Twilight Zone!


In this mail video, we open packages sent to us from the Cereal At Midnight community using Duncan MacCloud's Highlander sword! There can be only one!

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Ultraman Blu-ray Spectacular! Ultra Q and Ultraman Steelbook AND Standard Review


Ultraman is here! Japan's Kaiju icon has arrived on Blu-ray in North America from Mill Creek Entertainment and Cereal At Midnight is your source for EVERYTHING you  need to know about these new releases! In this video, we give you the complete rundown and tour of both the Steelbook and standard editions of Ultra Q (1966) and Ultraman (1966-67), the two shows that started it all!

Review: Cartoon Roots: Halloween Haunts Written by Brian Trash



Cereal At Midnight welcomes guest-contributor Brian Trash for this review of the Cartoon Roots: Halloween Haunts classic animation collection! Stay tuned for more recommendations from Brian in the coming weeks!

Monday, October 14, 2019

The Banana Splits Movie (Cereal At Midnight Review)


Hide the axes and kitchen knives, The Banana Splits are on the loose! In this Cereal At Midnight movie review, we tackle 2019's "The Banana Splits Movie!" How do these Hanna-Barbera creations from the peace and love generation survive the transition to brutal killers in this horror movie? Will our childhoods ever be the same again?

Saturday, October 12, 2019

THE ADDAMS FAMILY (2019) Cereal At Midnight Review (Non-Spoiler)


In this non-spoiler review, we discuss the 2019 animated movie "The Addams Family!" Based on the classic cartoon/comic by Charles Addams, how does this new incarnation represent the legacy of the creepy, kooky, all-together spooky horror family?

Friday, October 11, 2019

Conversation with FAMILY OF FEAR Director + GIVEAWAY


Family of Fear is a documentary about Arx Mortis, one of the most popular haunted attractions in the United States! The film showcases the inner workings of the operation itself and the months of preparation involved, as well as the unlikely family that forms in one of the most unexpected of places. In this episode, we talk to the director, Nashville-based filmmaker Stephen Lackey, about his film and why this is the perfect season to discover the Family of Fear!

Stay up-to-date on what's happening with Stephen, Forcone Films, and Family of Fear:
forconefilms.com
facebook.com/familyoffearmovie
Instagram: @forconefilms

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

V: The Original Miniseries (1983) Review


"Humankind's last stand!"

In the realm of modern science fiction, V remains a beloved and continually-relevant concept. In fact, an entire franchise has sprung forth from the mind of writer/producer/director Kenneth Johnson. Through a variety of projects spanning two miniseries and two full television shows, not to mention a series of novels that continue the adventures, V continues to endure as a rousing ode to the human spirit.

Warner Archive has now released the complete original miniseries that started it all on Blu-ray. The two-part event, which first aired on NBC on May 1st and May 2nd, 1983, still feels like a big deal, all these years later. The new disc allows us to look back with fresh eyes, thanks to a fantastic HD widescreen transfer that conveys just how cinematic V was and is. The miniseries combines hard-hitting performances with the best '80s special effects available to tell a story that would have been just as fitting on the silver screen as it is on the small screen. With action that takes place both on the Earth and in space, V is one of the most ambitious television productions of its time, costing around 13 million dollars in 1983. When the first part of the miniseries was broadcast, 40% of the television audience that night was watching V.

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

More Unseen Horror! (More New-To-Me Horror)


In this sequel to 2018's "Unseen Horror" episode, Heath highlights a stack of movies that he'll be checking out for the very first time this Halloween season!

Check out the original Unseen Horror video here: http://www.cerealatmidnight.com/2018/10/unseen-horror-new-to-me-horror-movies.html

Monday, October 7, 2019

The Skull (1965) Review


A stable of fine English actors, solid source material, and a truly-unnerving feeling of dread make 1965's The Skull a standout horror film that levitates above its limitations.

There's a lot to appreciate with 1965's The Skull, from the cast, to the story, to the production itself. The film comes from Amicus, a studio that--for a time--stood toe-to-toe with Hammer Films as the pinnacle of British horror. This success was an ironic achievement, considering that Amicus was founded by two Americans working in the English film system. And while this movie doesn't quite have the Gothic grandeur that graces so many Hammer productions, it does excel through a story first penned by legendary genre-writer Robert Bloch (the author of Psycho), outstanding cinematography, and a capital cast culled from Hammer's finest players.

Saturday, October 5, 2019

He-Man, She-Ra, and Voltron Back on DVD at Last! Complete Unboxing and Review (MOTU)


After being out of print for years, three beloved 1980s cartoon classics make their triumphant return to DVD from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment! He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, She-Ra: Princess of Power, and Voltron: Defender of the Universe have just arrived in complete series box sets that represent every single episode from each franchise! In this video, we not only unbox, review, and discuss the new releases, but compare these latest editions to their past DVD releases to see what was kept and what was lost. Pour a bowl of cereal and get ready to blast back to your childhood, because Cereal At Midnight is going back to the eighties to celebrate these classic cartoons that entertained a generation!


Friday, October 4, 2019

Top Ten Halloween and Horror Movie Favorites (Featuring Cinema Dave Media)


THE HORROR! In this frightful video, Heath is joined by Dave from the Cinema Dave Media YouTube channel for a lengthy, in-depth discussion about our top ten favorite movies for the month of October! What creepy, crawly tales keep us coming back for more every single Halloween season? These are the movies that slay us again and again. Be sure to weigh in with your own spooky, seasonal favorites in the comments!

Craving more Halloween and horror-related content from Cereal At Midnight? Here's a master list with everything spooky we've ever reviewed, created, written, or reviewed!
http://www.cerealatmidnight.com/2019/10/cereal-at-midnight-halloween-horror.html

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Cereal At Midnight Halloween Horror Master List!


October has arrived! The new month means cooler temperatures, long, dark, windy nights, and clowns in the woods (we've missed you, clowns)! We're hard at work on a month full of creepy and cool content to celebrate the Halloween season here at Cereal At Midnight, but while we set about our wicked work, we wanted to provide a master list of all the horror and spook-related content we've produced since Cereal At Midnight crawled forth from the slime! As it turns out, we have A LOT of horror and Halloween-themed articles, videos, and reviews. The following is your guide to Cereal At Midnight's horror and Halloween-themed content!

Scooby-Doo: Return to Zombie Island Movie Review


Note: Warner Brothers Home Entertainment provided me with a free copy of the DVD I reviewed in this Blog Post. The opinions I share are my own.

Warner Brothers continues to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Scooby-Doo with this brand new animated movie that's a sequel to one of the most popular and beloved Scooby movies ever made! 21 years after the Scooby Gang first set foot upon Zombie Island, they return to where one of their spookiest, most supernatural encounters occurred. Featuring Elivra: Mistress of the Dark (voiced by Cassandra Peterson) and full of genuine laughs, Scooby-Doo: Return to Zombie Island feels like a love letter to Scooby-Doo!

Sunday, September 29, 2019

Midnight Music: "Moratorium" by Earl Van Dyke


As I work my way through the absolutely-stellar "Motown Unreleased: 1969" digital collection that was released just days ago to commemorate the 60th anniversary of Motown Records, aka Hitsville U.S.A., I'm continually amazed by the stellar quality of the music. I'll probably be doing a written review with links to some of the highlights that have blown me away, but none of them have slapped me sideways like the song "Moratorium" by Earl Van Dyke. Van Dyke was the keyboardist and bandleader for the group of session musicians that played on so many Motown tracks in the sixties, sometime collectively called the Funk Brothers. This track features the Funk Brothers breaking down a new Motown sound, and really shows an evolving era. The wailing guitars, electric organ, bongos, tamborines, and shuffling drums represent the coming of the seventies and this track feels, frankly, a lot more dangerous than the Motown sound as it had existed for the previous--and first--decade of the studio. This song seems to be cut from the same cloth as Isaac Hayes' theme from the movie Shaft, leaning heavily into rock, funk, and soul. With it's dirty, gritty, low-down quality, it sounds a lot more rooted in Memphis than Detroit. Either way, out of all sixty unreleased tracks on the new digital collection, this one's my favorite, and I wanted to share it with you.

Friday, September 27, 2019

Dick Tracy 1990 Action Figures from Playmates


Let's talk toys! In this video, we travel back to 1990 to spotlight the Playmates toy line for what was planned to be the biggest movie of the summer. Dick Tracy may not have been the smash hit that some were expecting, but it still had a huge impact on a young Heath. This one's dedicated to the action figures of our childhood and the fantastic summer of 1990!

Review: Day of the Panther / Strike of the Panther Double Feature Blu-ray from Umbrella Entertainment


Two cult classic action flicks from director Brian Trenchard-Smith have arrived on Blu-ray at last, and the story behind the films is every bit as interesting as the action on the screen!

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Exploitation Movie Education: Not Quite Hollywood, Electric Boogaloo, & Machete Maidens Unleashed!


In this video, we take a deep dive into the documentaries of Australian filmmaker Mark Hartley, the man behind the massively-popular films Not Quite Hollywood: The Wild, Untold Story of Ozploitation, Machete Madiens Unleashed, and Electric Boogaloo: the Wild Untold Story of Cannon Films! These three documentaries combine to offer an education in the history of exploitation cinema, charting entire decades of grindhouse, drive-in, and VHS-era movies from all over the world. All three films are available on hugely-expanded Blu-ray editions from Umbrella Entertainment, and feature hours and hours of special features! Join us as we explore the wild Outback of Australia, the humid jungles of the Philippines, and the bizarre world of low-budget Hollywood!

Monday, September 23, 2019

Ad Astra Five Minute Review (Cereal At Midnight)


In this Five Minute Review, we travel across the stars (in IMAX!) with Brad Pitt in the movie Ad Astra! Co-starring Tommy Lee Jones, Donald Sutherland, and Liv Tyler, and directed by James Gray, Ad Astra is an existential science fiction film that has audiences divided, including the Cereal At Midnight crew!

Saturday, September 21, 2019

Batman (1989) Cereal At Midnight Commentary


Heath is joined by Joshua Jabcuga, IDW Comics writer and All Elite Wrestling journalist, for this audio commentary of 1989's Batman, a movie that changed everything and kicked the comic book movie into overdrive! This commentary was originally recorded in March of 2019 for Patreon to celebrate the 80th anniversary of Batman. We're releasing it wide to celebrate Batman Day 2019! We hope you enjoy this loving look at Tim Burton's landmark film, which stars Michael Keaton, Jack Nicholson, and Kim Bassinger.

Follow Joshua Jabcuga on Instagram and Twitter @Jabcuga! You can check out Cereal At Midnight's review of his comic adaptation of Bubba Ho-Tep and the Cosmic Blood-Suckers HERE!

Friday, September 20, 2019


In this Five Minute Review, we have a spoiler-free discussion about Rambo: Last Blood! How does Sylvester Stallone embody the heart of this aging wounded warrior? Is this a fitting end to the near-four-decade franchise?

Apologies in advance for the wind!

Review: Guns (1990) and Do or Die (1991)


Mill Creek Entertainment has delivered two more Andy Sidaris films on Blu-ray! This time, we're treated to 1990's Guns and 1991's Do or Die, both newly-restored and featuring all the hallmarks of the director's low-brow masterpieces!

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Review: The Jetsons on Blu-ray from Warner Archive! (Hanna-Barbera)


Meet the Jetsons, a future family that really is nuclear! Warner Archive brings the original 1962-1963 episodes of Hanna-Barbera's classic animated series "The Jetsons" to Blu-ray with an all-new 2K restoration, and we've got a full review!

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Doctor Who: Complete David Tennant Collection Blu-ray Unboxing and Thoughts


David Tennant's entire tenure as the 10th Doctor has come to Blu-ray in one single package, and we've got your release-day unboxing! Hang out while we open the Doctor Who box set on camera, discuss the revival of Doctor Who, the unique spirit and energy of series 2, 3, 4, and the Tennant specials, and what it was like to be an American Doctor Who fan in 2005 and 2006!

Mail Call: Beaucoup Books and KISS Kollectibles!


In this mail video, we unbox a mountain of sweet paperbacks (and one hardcover) from Lura and some killer KISS kollectibles from Leontyne! Thanks so much to both Lura and Leontyne for the thoughtful and wonderful packages!

Friday, September 13, 2019

Hustlers Five Minute Review (Jennifer Lopez, Constance Wu, Cardi B)


In this Five Minute Review, we discuss the movie Hustlers! Inspired by true events that were reported on by New-York-Magazine-writer Jessica Pressler, this is the story of exotic dancers that discover a way to turn the tables on their wealthy Wall Street clients. Starring Constance Wu, Jennifer Lopez, Cardi B, Julia Stiles, and Lili Reinhart, and written and directed by Lorene Scafaria, this is a movie that people may be talking about for a long time.

Review: True Believer (1989)

"Someone got away with murder...until now!"

1989's True Believer has arrived on Blu-ray from Mill Creek Entertainment as part of their growing "Retro VHS" title library, which we love for combining high definition transfers with an old school aesthetic. Prior to screening this title for the purposes of this review, I had never seen the movie, which is a legal drama starring James Woods as Eddie Dodd, a down-on-his-luck civil liberties lawyer and Robert Downey Jr. as his young, idealistic protege. Someone has been murdered, and the person who has sat behind bars for the crime claims he didn't do it. When Woods begins to investigate the case, he discovers a cover-up that goes higher than he could have possibly imagined.

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Star Wars Bookself Episode II: The Thrawn Trilogy by Timothy Zahn


In our second trip to the Star Wars Bookshelf, we explore importance of Timothy Zahn's "Thrawn Trilogy" and discuss how Heir to the Empire, Dark Force Rising, and The Last Command changed everything!

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Mill Creek Entertainment Announces Next Wave of Ultraman!


Mill Creek Entertainment has revealed the details of their next wave of Ultraman releases! Cereal At Midnight has all the details on Ultraseven, Ultraman Orb, and Ultraman Geed, complete with dates, details, and pre-order links!

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Thrift Store 19 - You Only Thrift Twice!


After a months-long hiatus due to deal drought, the bargains are back with Thrift Store 19!

Check out the previous 18 entries HERE

Friday, September 6, 2019

Midnight Music: Johnny Cash - "Solitary Man"


From the 2000 album American III: Solitary Man, produced by Rick Rubin, the Man in Black covers Neil Diamond with Tom Petty on background vocals. Doesn't get much better than this.

Thursday, September 5, 2019

A Very Physical Media Birthday!


Come along as a slightly-sick Heath guides the viewers through a tour of some of the wonderful physical media gems that he was gifted for his birthday! Apologies in advance for the clipping audio. We're aware and have tried to minimize it through editing.

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Labor Day Live Stream!



Join us for our two (!!!) part Labor Day Live Stream as we overcome technical issues to answer YOUR questions and unbox a MOUNTAIN of physical media sent by the Cereal At Midnight community! This one is filled with music, VHS, horror, DIY cult awesomeness, and comics! Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?