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, including pre-order links as soon as they're available!


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? 

Thursday, August 29, 2019

Paperback Paradise: Hard Case Crime Haul!


Hard Case Crime is a publishing label that spotlights the best in pulp, crime, and noir-style stories! In this video, we talk about the label and show a huge Hard Case haul that we scored at a thrift store!

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Is Physical Media Dying?


In this video, we tackle a question that gets asked more than just about any other! Is physical media dying? Weighing the evidence, we think we have the answer. Be sure to check out some of our other physical media videos!

Friday, August 23, 2019

Spotlight On The Midnight Special!


Long live The Midnight Special! From 1973 until 1981, Burt Sugarman's Midnight Special TV show brought live rock, pop, country, and funk performances into the homes of millions. In this video, we celebrate the legacy of the show and discuss the 11-disc DVD set that collects many of the show's finest performances!

Thursday, August 22, 2019

READY OR NOT Five Minute Review - C@M Movie of the Year?!


In this Five Minute Review, we talk about Ready Or Not, a new horror/comedy/thriller starring Samara Weaving from Fox Searchlight Pictures!

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Vinyl Hunting At A Record Collecting Show!


Cereal At Midnight goes on location to a summer record collector's show. What dusty treasures hide in the hundreds of record crates and bins? Let's find out!

This video also features a look at Klickteeshop.com, a website that offers really cool underground KISS t-shirts!

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Review: FM (1978)


If ever a movie was tailor-made for Cereal At Midnight, it's 1978's FM. The film chronicles the inner workings of an FM rock radio station in the late seventies and the struggle to maintain freedom and autonomy in an ever-increasing corporate radio landscape. The personalities and on-air antics are taken from actual radio history, inspired predominantly by the men and women who ran the airwaves of San Francisco's KMPX station in the late sixties, as well as Los Angeles' KMET. These pioneers blazed remarkable trails across pop culture when the FM format was still largely unregulated and free from the commercial aspects that had overtaken AM radio. FM is about integrity, rock and roll music and attitude, and rebellion against any establishment that doesn't value those things. The film is also packed wall-to-wall with vinyl tracks, and maintains a delightful analog spirit. There's life between the grooves.

Monday, August 19, 2019

Kevin Smith Helming New "He-Man" Cartoon for Netflix


By the power of Grayskull, He-Man is coming back to the small screen!

The news was broken over the weekend at this year's Power-Con, a convention celebrating all things He-Man and She-Ra. During a panel in which Kevin Smith interviewed Rob David, the vice president of Mattel TV, Smith announced that the battle between Eternia's forces of good and evil would be returning to animation via a new series on Netflix. The title of the show is Masters of the Universe: Revelations, and Smith has been tapped to head the series as the executive producer and showrunner. According to Smith, the show picks up where the adventures of the classic 1980s series ended, exploring unresolved characters, stories, and events from the classic He-Man and the Masters of the Universe toy-inspired cartoon that dominated the 1980s.

BLINDED BY THE LIGHT Five Minute Review - Bruce Springsteen, Pepsi, and Connections!


In this latest Five Minute Review, we discuss Blinded by the Light, the new movie from Gurinder Chadha, the director of Bend It Like Beckham! The movie, which is based on a true story, is a love letter to the music of Bruce Springsteen from perhaps an unlikely source. Heath and Bree discuss the movie, somehow compare The Boss to Pepsi, and make lots of CONNECTIONS. Tramps like us, baby we were born to run!

Friday, August 16, 2019

Cereal At Midnight Spotlight On Westerns Vol. 1


By request, here's the first ever Cereal At Midnight spotlight on Westerns! In this video, we discuss a few of our favorite western movies and talk a bit about why this is such an important and under-rated genre!

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

New 80s Blu-rays from Mill Creek - Retro VHS Wave 4!


It's new release time from Mill Creek Entertainment! In this video, we recount the new wave of fresh Blu-rays with retro VHS slipcovers and dig into the '80s goodness (okay, one of them is from the seventies) of the amazing original video cassette box art! This video has a nice mix: horror/thriller, comedy/romance, and trucker exploitation! We discuss The New Kids (1985), Roxanne (1987), True Believer (1989), and White Line Fever (1975), as well as Mill Creek's release of Pan Am: The Complete Series.

Monday, August 12, 2019

The Kitchen (2019) Five Minute Review

In this Five Minute Review, we visit The Kitchen, a new mob/crime movie starring Melissa McCarthy, Tiffany Haddish, and Elizabeth Moss. The story is based on an original comic book series published under DC's Vertigo label and is both written and directed by Andrea Berloff (Straight Outta Compton) in her directorial debut.

Saturday, August 10, 2019

Midnight Music: "The Weight" by Mike Bloomfield & Al Kooper



This absolutely blistering live instrumental performance of The Band's chart-topper "The Weight" was performed by Mike Bloomfield and Al Kooper during a three night stand at San Francisco's Fillmore West in September of 1968 . Bloomfield is heralded as one of the greatest guitar players of all time, featuring on Bob Dylan's Highway 61 Revisted album as well being a member of The Paul Butterfield Blues Band. Al Kooper famously played Hammond organ on Dylan's "Like a Rolling Stone," as well as tracks by The Who, Jimi Hendrix, The Rolling Stones, and Lynyrd Skynyrd. The track is taken from the duo's 1969 album The Live Adventures of Mike Bloomfield and Al Kooper.

He-Man, She-Ra, and Voltron Headed Back to DVD From Universal!


By the Power AND the Honor of Grayskull! After years of being out of print and commanding ever-increasing prices on eBay and other second-hand seller markets, Universal Pictures Home Entertainment will release box sets collecting the entire series of both He-Man and the Masters of the Universe and She-Ra: Princess of Power on October 1st! All 130 episodes of the original He-Man series will be presented on 16 discs and all 93 episodes of the original She-Ra television series are presented on 12 discs. Both box sets include a ton of extras, and both sets will contain the feature-length documentary Power of Grayskull: The Definitive History of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe as well as the feature film He-Man and She-Ra: Secret of the Sword and the hour-long He-Man and She-Ra Christmas Special. 

But that's not all!

Friday, August 9, 2019

AMC A-List - Movie Theater Subscription Service Discussion With Comic Book Savant


Cereal At Midnight and Comic Book Savant join forces once again to discuss movie theater subscription services like MoviePass and AMC's A-List! How does the theater subscription model change how we see movies? Most importantly, are they worth the money? And most importantly, are they the game changer that will save the theatrical experience?

August 9th, 2019: 50th Anniversary of the Manson Family Murder of Sharon Tate


Today marks the 50th anniversary of the Manson Family Murders, perhaps the most infamous and shocking true crime event of modern times. In the early morning hours of August 9th, 1969, three intruders broke into 10050 Cielo Drive, the Los Angeles home of Roman Polanski and his pregnant wife, actress Sharon Tate. Polanski was out of the country working on a film, but the five people who were there that night--Jay Sebring, Voytek Frykowski, Abigail Folger, Steve Parent, and Sharon Tate--were brutally slaughtered in a mass murder filled with violence so shocking and over the top that it still horrifies us today. The following day, two more victims, Leno and Rosemary LaBianca, were killed in a similar fashion miles away.

By the time the sun came up on August 10th, Hollywood was in a panic. It wouldn't be much longer until the entire world new the name of Charles Manson and what he had done, as the Manson Family Murders became a part of our collective nightmares.

Thursday, August 8, 2019

"The House of Hitchcock Collection" Coming to Blu-ray from Universal


15 classic Hitchcock films from Universal are headed back to Blu-ray in a new special edition deluxe package including lots of cool collectibles and bonuses!

Review: I Bury the Living (1958)


I Bury the Living is a cool little black-and-white psychological horror film from 1958. It was written by Louis Garfunkel (A Minute to Pray, a Second to Die) and directed by Albert Band (father of Charles Band), produced by Maxim Productions, and distributed by MGM.

The premise is simple, but very effective: Robert Kraft (played by Richard Boone) is appointed as the director of a cemetery. There's a huge map indicating which grave sites are reserved (marked with a white pin) and those that are filled (marked with a black pin). When a just-married couple cruise by the cemetery to tell Kraft that they'd like to buy two graves close to the groom's father's burial site, Kraft accidentally used black pins instead of white pins to mark their request. Tragedy strikes and the married couple is killed. Did Kraft cause it by using black pins instead of white?

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Shout! Factory Has Announced "Abbott and Costello: The Complete Universal Pictures Collection" (80th Anniversary Edition)


Shout Factory has just announced that they will be releasing the entire Universal Pictures library of Abbott and Costello films on November 5th! The package, released under the "Shout Select" label, will include all 28 movies that Abbott and Costello made while contracted with Universal, including their massively-popular comedy/horror films featuring the studio's iconic Monsters like Frankenstein, The Invisible Man, and The Mummy!

Mail Vlog: Ed Wood and Dirty Country!


This mail vlog is filled with tons of fantastic goodies sent to us by YOU GUYS, the Cereal At Midnight community! This one has just about everything: cult horror, wrestling, animation, vinyl, and kitschy sixties awesomeness!

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Sugar Rush (August 2019 Edition)

Joshua Jabcuga Has Some Cool Recs to Guide You Through the Dog Days of Summer!

Hell Comes To Frogtown

Sure, you’ve seen “Rowdy” Roddy Piper in John Carpenter’s They Live, but are you familiar with this 80s oddity? Frogtown is certainly a product of its time and yet, if you’ve had the pleasure of watching this movie (or if you’ve read the film’s synopsis), you’re likely asking yourself, what time was that exactly? When it comes to the Hot Rod, I don’t have to remind you that just when you thought you knew the answers, he changed the questions. So turn off your brain and enjoy this ultimate throwback to the days of your local Mom & Pop video store deep dive discoveries. Preorder directly from www.VinegarSyndrome.com if you need to have the slipcover edition (a “V-shaped splitcover” limited to 3,000 units). Personally, I’m fairly indifferent about slipcovers; I’m more concerned with what’s in the box than the actual packaging—however, nobody rocks slipcovers like the fine folks over at VS. The VS slipcovers are quite elegant in design, and worth going out of the way for. This edition is getting a 4K scan restoration upgrade, so the film will likely never look better, and includes a director commentary plus video interviews.

Highest recommendation!

Monday, August 5, 2019

Warner Archive Spotlight #2: Jonny Quest, Popeye, and 4 for $44 Haul!


It's time for another look at all the cool releases from Warner Archive! In this second spotlight of the company, we dig into restored animated classics like Jonny Quest and Popeye, and also explore forgotten adventure films, a sixties screwball comedy, and a horror film that brings its legendary actor full circle! Be sure to follow both Cereal At Midnight and Warner Archive on social media so you never miss an announcement or review!

Sunday, August 4, 2019

Review: Popeye the Sailor: The 1940s Volume 1 and 2 Blu-ray from Warner Archive


Everyone's favorite spinach-snacking sailor has arrived on Blu-ray courtesy of our friends at Warner Archive, and just in time to celebrate the character's 90th Anniversary!

Thursday, August 1, 2019

Charlie's Angels: The Complete Series Headed to Blu-Ray from Mill Creek Entertainment!


Good morning, Angels! Grab the hair spray, we've got breaking news! Mill Creek Entertainment has just announced that they will be bringing Charlie's Angels: The Complete Collection to Blu-ray on October 29th! The 20-disc set will include all the episodes of the classic series, which ran from 1976-1981 and starred Farrah Fawcett, Kate Jackson, Jaclyn Smith, Cheryl Ladd, Shelley Hack, and Tanya Roberts. In addition to all episodes making their Blu-ray debut (in their original 1.33:1 aspect ratio), the set will also include the entire 2011 reboot series!

Update: The release date has been changed from October 29th to November 19th.

Kino Lorber Studio Classics 5th Anniversary SALE HAUL!


In this video, we unbox our haul from Kino Lorber Studio Classic's 5th Anniversary Sale! Check out our cheat sheet to the sale for all our top recommendations HERE:

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Peanuts 70th Anniversary Holiday Collection: Limited Edition Blu-ray Set Coming in October


Warner Brothers Home Entertainment has announced that they will be releasing a "70th Anniversary" limited edition collection of Peanuts holiday television specials this Fall. In addition to the iconic holiday classics It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving, and A Charlie Brown Christmas, the four-disc Blu-ray set will also feature six more television specials: It's Magic, Charlie Brown, Charlie Brown's All-Stars, The Mayflower Voyagers, Play It Again, Charlie Brown, It's Christmastime Again, Charlie Brown, and It's Flashbeagle, Charlie Brown. Some of these TV specials appear to be making their Blu-ray debut via this new collection!

Birthplace of Elvis Presley - Tupelo, Mississippi


The life and music of Elvis Presley is forever linked to his birth and early life in Tupelo, Mississippi. In this video, we visit the home where Elvis was born, the church where he first heard the gospel songs that would shape his musical tastes, and a location that holds a special place in Elvis history.

All music by Cereal At Midnight

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Hardware to Halo Release Their Second Album, Sensory System


Our friends at Hardware To Halo have officially released their second album, Sensory System! The new collection of songs follows on the heels of last summer's After the War is Won and delivers 15 more tracks of what we like to call "Europop with an American accent." Lush synthesizers, haunting guitars, and beats that were made to be appreciated on a dance floor combine to create an ethereal, liquid experience.

Monday, July 29, 2019

Mail Vlog: Happy Meals for Damien!


In this mail vlog, we open packages from Johnny and @Kevernio on Twitter! If you're a fan of fast food kid's meal premiums, comic book movies, characters that dance, and classic horror films, you won't want to miss this one! #ReleaseTheSnyderCut

Friday, July 26, 2019

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood NON-SPOILER Five Minute Review (Quentin Tarantino)


In this spoiler-free Five Minute Review, Heath and Bree discuss Quentin Tarantino's latest film, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, and Margot Robbie!

Thursday, July 25, 2019

Godzilla: The Showa Era Officially Announced for the Criterion Collection!


After weeks of speculation and rumor, that rumbling sound in the distance has finally been revealed: Godzilla is coming! Criterion has officially announced Godzilla: The Showa Era as release number 1000! The set will include the entire Showa Era of Godzilla (1954-1975), which saw the debut of the titan in the aftermath of World War II, and concluded over twenty years later with the delightfully-campy Terror of Mechagodzilla. This is the first time such a comprehensive set has ever been released outside of Japan, and it sure sounds like it's going to be the prestigious release that fans of the series have wanted for decades.

Click below for all the details, plus more Godzilla coverage from Cereal At Midnight!

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Scream Factory Release Round Up: Universal Horror, Karloff, Lugosi, Metaluna Madness!


Scream Factory has released quite a few horror classics in the last few weeks, including their Universal Horror Collection Volume 1, which is already on track to be one of the best releases of the entire year! In this video, we dig deep into the Universal and Universal-International titles that have recently hit Blu-ray, exploring their special features and discussing what makes these movies so timeless!

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Kino Lorber Studio Classics 5th Anniversary Sale CHEAT SHEET!


The good folks at Kino Lorber Studio Classics have just kicked off a 5th anniversary sale! We're big supporters of the label--which focuses specifically on taking films from the vaults of major studios and giving them stellar Blu-ray releases--and these sales have become the stuff of legend. There are close to a hundred KL Studio Classics titles in our Cereal At Midnight library, so we thought we would give you guys OUR picks for things that we recommend and why. Consider this your Cereal At Midnight cheat sheet for the sale! Click below for our top recommendations--alphabetized for your browsing convenience!