Wednesday, April 8, 2020

A Conversation with Matt Patterson of Warner Archive


Cereal At Midnight sits down with writer/producer/editor/director Matt Patterson from Warner Archive (and co-host of the Warner Archive Podcast) for a long-form conversation about the current state of physical media, the celestial glee of collecting films on the CED format, how David Lynch put an end to animated DVD menus, and how Matt landed the role of the devil in Warlock: The Armageddon!

Follow Matt on Twitter and Instagram @MrMattPatterson

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Monday, April 6, 2020

ClassicFlix Sale Haul and Label Spotlight!


Join us as we shine a light on the label ClassicFlix! We also unbox and discuss limited edition noir, suspense, and thriller films from the Golden Age of Hollywood that we picked up from ClassicFlix.com's current sale!

Sunday, April 5, 2020

Cooking At Midnight Episode 1 - Magdalenas (Patreon Exclusive)


In the debut episode of Cooking At Midnight, Chef Teacher Bree guides viewers through the art of making Magdalenas, a lemon muffin from Spain! Find it at Patreon.com/CerealAtMidnight!

Saturday, April 4, 2020

HORRORPACK Unboxing - Nighmares Delivered To Your Door Monthly!


In this episode, we unbox the March 2020 subscription box from our friends at HORRORPACK! Each month, four new horror Blu-rays or DVDs (your choice) are delivered to your doorstep, including exclusive movies not available anywhere else! Thanks to HORRORPACK for providing us this box to share with you!

Check out our previous HORRORPACK unboxing HERE

Friday, April 3, 2020

The Four Season TV Theory Debate!


Heath and Bree are joined by the neighbor's lawnmower for this spirited discussion about the "Four Season" TV show theory, which is presented and debated in this episode! Join us, and be sure to weigh in (kindly) with your own opinion!

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Eating Expired Marvel Studios Cereal! Will We Survive? (MCU)


In this video, we eat expired Marvel Studios 10th Anniversary cereal! Is this the end of Cereal At Midnight? Will evil prevail over goodness? Tune in to find out!

Find all of our cereal review videos in this playlist

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Never Miss A Sale! Plus A Peek Behind the Scenes!


In this video, we discuss sales! How and why we cover them, and the tips you can follow so that you NEVER miss a sale announcement. We also give a peek behind the scenes at Cereal At Midnight headquarters to share with you a bit about how we do what we do.

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Monday, March 30, 2020

MVD Entertainment Flash Sale Haul and Unboxing!


MVD Entertainment, the company behind the fantastic MVD Rewind Collection, recently announced a flash sale, and we grabbed some of the deals! In this video, we unbox our order and go through the movies one by one with you!

Sunday, March 29, 2020

March 2020 Livestream - Shelter In Place Edition! (Patreon Exclusive)


Our latest monthly Gold Tier live stream replay is now available On Patreon! Due to the current circumstances, we have decided to make this month's replay available to ALL support levels. Thank you for being a part of Cereal At Midnight!
Join us for our March 2020 Patreon-exclusive live stream from the Jurassic Deck as we discuss video games, the pros and cons of streaming, what makes Heath really grumpy, and why generic Photoshopped DVD and Blu-ray artwork is a big epic fail!

Friday, March 27, 2020

Top 6 Physical Media Music Picks! (Crossover with The Movie Vault)


In this video crossover with Projectionist Rob from The Movie Vault YouTube channel, we each highlight six music-related items from all categories of our physical media collection that we love! This one has some really great hidden gems and oddities for the music enthusiast!

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Thursday, March 26, 2020

Gunsmoke: The Complete Series Headed to DVD - What This Means for Physical Media


This is a big one, folks, and it holds a lot of meaning for those of us who buy, watch, and collect the movies and TV shows we love on DVD and Blu-ray.

In all honesty, I never thought I would see the day when the longest-running TV western of all time (20 seasons, from 1955 until 1975) was not only completed on DVD, but was given a lavish, deluxe package.
For those who might not have been following the saga of Gunsmoke on home media, the series first saw a DVD release way back in January of 2006 when Paramount put out two 50th Anniversary box sets, each serving as "best of" compilations chronicling a ten-year chunk of the show. This was certainly to test the waters and see how well the show could sell on DVD, which was in its heyday.

Season One of Gunsmoke finally came a year-and-a-half later in 2007, with every subsequent season being split into two halves and released months apart. Fans of the show could hope, at best, to add one complete season of the show to their collection each year. Sometimes there were 10 months between releases. After Season 12 Part 2 was released to DVD, it took nearly two years before Season 13 Part 1 was released.

The tricky part about releasing shows like Gunsmoke to DVD is that the law of diminishing returns is in full effect. And it's not just DVD sales. Any comic shop will tell you that number ones sell like gangbusters, but number 5? Not so much. Number 17? Forget about it. The enthusiasm and blue sky opportunity that accompanies a debut quickly falls off, as do sales figures. So the undertaking of a 20 year show (not counting reunion movies) on DVD is huge, and many fans wondered if this law of diminished returns and shrinking sales profits for Paramount would result in the show never being completed on DVD.

That's what makes this "Complete Series" package such a huge deal. This is the culmination of 14 years of baby steps, of half-season releases, of fan support, of wonder and worry that the show would be abandoned on the format.

But here it is!
For all those who say "physical media is dead," for all the worry that the market has shrunk to the point where it will no longer sustain wide releases on the mainstream market, Gunsmoke says "not so fast, partner."

It's not just the completion of the show on DVD that fills me with such hope and joy. It's the sheer SIZE of the thing in the first place, accompanied by a retail price that may seem high at first, but that seems shockingly-low when one realizes what is included.

Gunsmoke: The Complete Series arrives on DVD in a whopping 143 disc collection. This must be a new record for the largest single DVD box set in existence. The show ran for 625 episodes totaling a combined length of over 440 hours. The retail price for the set is $338.98, but many online retailers, including Amazon, have already dropped their price down to around $210. That's a couple of hundred bucks for 440 hours of television, not including special features. A dollar and forty-seven cents per DVD.
This is beyond good news. It's a shot in the arm for everyone that's worried about the future longevity of home media in an ever-increasing streaming world. Paramount has done the unthinkable, and we better believe that other studios will be watching to see how this package sells. Whether or not you are a fan of Gunsmoke, we should all be pulling for this release to be a success. If interested and able, please support Paramount's efforts instead of waiting for some drastic price drop or for a Blu-ray announcement, which is doubtful to come, given the expense of such an undertaking and yes, the diminishing returns. This set exists because of 14 years of hard work. Had Gunsmoke arrived on DVD much later than 2006, would the possibility of such a box set exist today?

I just had to share this news. I'm filled with hope, joy, and excitement for the continued viability of the movies and TV shows that we love on a format that we can own and watch forever on our own terms. If Gunsmoke is possible...ANYTHING is possible.

 

Warner Archive 4/$44 Sale Haul!


In this episode, we unbox and share our most recent purchase haul from Warner Archive's 4 for $44 sale!

You can find all of our past Warner Archive spotlights and hauls in this playlist

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Patreon Exclusive - Cereal At Midnight Commentary: The Princess Bride (1987)


In our latest Patreon-exclusive movie commentary, Heath and Bree join Westley, Buttercup, and a lovable cast of heroes and dastardly villains for a timeless, swashbuckling fairy tale!
As a special "thank you" in these challenging current circumstances, this month's audio commentary is available to EVERYONE who supports Cereal At Midnight on Patreon!
So please join us as we leave this world far behind and embark for the land of shrieking eels, fire swamps, and castles far away! Looking for an adventure? AS YOU WISH!

Find it at Patreon.com/CerealAtMidnight

Unboxing Vintage Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves Trading Cards From 1991!


Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves is a favorite movie for Cereal At Midnight. In this episode, we open a vintage box of 36 sealed packs of the Topps trading cards from 1991! Will we get a complete set?

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Charlie's Angels Appreciation with Eric Grigs from Pop Trash Museum!


Heath is joined by Charlie's Angels mega-fan and expert Eric Grigs from Pop Trash Museum! We discuss the landmark original series, the feature films, and even the short-lived 2011 reboot!

Follow Eric Grigs at PopTrashMuseum.com and EricGrigs.com

"I Still Believe in Angels" By Eric Grigs

Friday, March 20, 2020

Review-Palooza! Superman: Red Son Plus the Latest New Releases and Sale Pick-ups!


Review-Palooza returns! In our latest long-form episode of disc reviews, we tackle Superman: Red Son, the latest releases from Warner Archive, Mill Creek Entertainment, Umbrella Entertainment, more picks from Kino Lorber Studio Classics, and a couple of obscure genre titles from Dark Force Entertainment and Code Red!

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Invasion From Planet Wrestletopia - A Cosmic Wrestling Comic Book!


Invasion From Planet Wrestletopia is a wrestling comic book of intergalactic proportions! Created by Ed Kuehnel and Matt Entin of Suspicious Behavior Productions, the comic is published by Starburns Industries Press and is available on Comixology!

suspiciousbehaviorproductions.com

Invasion From Planet Wrestletopia on Comixology

Monday, March 16, 2020

The Creature Columns: Duck Dodgers (2003-2005) - A TV Show Review by Tom "Creature" Jeffers

 

I have always loved Looney Tunes. I have always been a Daffy Duck fan. Some of my earliest memories are of the hilarious cartoons my dad and I would watch with this wonderful character. The old versions are classic and beloved.  I remember being excited about Duck Dodgers way back in the day. Just imagine how happy I was to discover a new version of Warner Brothers' greatest animated science fiction hero back in 2003.  I watched this show with absolute rapture before I went to sleep many nights.  My wife was incredibly tolerant of me needing my Duck Dodgers fix before bed. Like Mr. Garibaldi of Babylon 5, Daffy very well could be my second favorite thing in the universe.

Thrift Store 22 - Breakfast and The Bandit!


It's thrift store time again! Strap in, hoss, we're eastbound and down toward bargain-priced physical media!

Check out all our Thrift Store videos with this handy dandy playlist!

Friday, March 13, 2020

Mail Call 3-D - Skeletor In a Bowl And A Stack of Scheider!


In our latest mail call, we open a plethora of packages from the Cereal At Midnight community! This one has obscure and cult horror, dollar movies, cardboard Robin Hood, collectible cereals, the prince of polo, Roy Scheider up the wazoo, plastic Tom Baker, and exotic candy from lands far away! Please join us as we celebrate the generosity and awesomeness of YOU!

Thursday, March 12, 2020

Bent Heavens by Daniel Kraus - Book Review


It's book report time! In this video, we discuss Bent Heavens, the new sci-fi/genre novel from author Daniel Kraus!

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

15,000 Subscriber Q & A Shindig Spectacular!


Join us for a 15,000 subscriber Q and A shindig! In this video, we answer dozens of questions from YOU! Nothing is off limits: from day jobs to collection statistics, from secret shames to favorite areas of our collection, we answer it all! Thank you for helping us cross this subscriber milestone!

Monday, March 9, 2020

The Creature Columns - The Pride of Baghdad: A Beautiful Response to War

Vertigo publishing had several successes in the time it stood as DC Comics' mature reading choice.The imprint has since been shut down, and DC just labels its mature books. The Vertigo label was closed in January of 2020. However, it has spawned the likes of The Sandman and Y: The Last Man along with a slew of other titles. One of those titles was The Pride of Baghdad. While this tale has fictional elements, the basis of this powerful story is true.
In 2003, during the invasion of Iraq, Fedayeen Saddam troops took up a defensive position around a zoo as United States forces began the Battle of Bagdad. The zookeepers abandoned their posts, and after about 8 days of fighting, many of the animals remained caged and starving. However, during this time bombs had destroyed some cages and enclosures. The animals were wandering free in the abandoned city. Among them were four lions.  The Pride of Baghdad tells their tragic story and serves as a memorial to these majestic creatures. Their journey and the way it finishes evoke a sense of ironic respect for all victims of war. Yes, this tale ends badly for the lions, but it is told with tremendous care and fantastic insights. 

Friday, March 6, 2020

One Hour Blu-ray Review-Palooza!


It's review time! We've picked up a ton of movies lately, and it's time to review them! In this episode, we discuss 16 titles, including Color Out of Space, films from our recent Kino Lorber sales pick-ups, Mill Creek's retro VHS Blus, and some Dark Force/Code Red gems. Let's celebrate offbeat cinema and the movies that break out of the mold of SAMENESS!

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Unboxing the Iron Giant! ($20 Walmart Exclusive)


It's time to unbox another famous movie robot! In this episode, we're talking a closer look at Iron Giant, based on the fantastic animated movie from 1999!

Iron Giant is a Walmart exclusive and is $20! Find yours HERE

Be sure to check out our video unboxing of Robby the Robot from the sci-fi classic film Forbidden Planet HERE

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Laurel & Hardy: The Definitive Restorations Headed to DVD and Blu-ray This June!


Kit Parker Films has announced Laurel & Hardy: The Definitive Restorations for DVD and Blu-ray release on June 16, 2020! The collection features 17 shorts and two feature films, all of which have been restored from 2K and 4K scans of the best 35 mm sources that exist worldwide. The restorations have been completed in conjunction with the UCLA Film and Television Archive.

Perhaps most notably, the 1927 silent Laurel & Hardy film The Battle of the Century is making its video debut in this collection after having been lost for 90 years!

In addition to the 17 shorts and two feature films, there will be eight hours of exclusive extras, including commentaries, thousands of rare photos and documents, audio and film interviews with co-workers of Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy, and a full restoration of the only surviving color film, The Tree in a Test Tube.

The restored shorts in the collection are: Berth Marks, Brats, Hog Wild, Come Clean, One Good Turn, Helpmates, the Academy-Award-winning The Music Box, The Chimp, County Hospital, Scram!, Their First Mistake, Towed in a Hole, Twice Two, Me and My Pal, The Midnight Patrol, and Busy Bodies. The two restored feature films are Sons of the Desert and Way Out West.

Pre-orders, as well as video comparison clips featuring the new restorations, are available at MVDShop.com! Stay tuned to Cereal At Midnight for all the latest details about this incredible release! 

The Creature Columns - Koethe: Time

Few games have had the power of Life is Strange. (I may review that here at some point.) However, the focus of this review is to showcase something that grew out of the game in an unexpected way. Anyone who has played Life is Strange would most likely agree that the music in the game is almost a character. It sets the atmosphere and contributes to the power of the story. However, this review is not about that music either. Confused? Please let me introduce you to an independent artist that created an entire album that was inspired by the game. Koethe is an independent artist that writes and plays music that the game Life is Strange inspired. However, this is more than just a fanboy effort. The deep folksy music that this man creates is a perfect match to the game. In many cases it surpasses the original soundtrack.

Monday, March 2, 2020

Camp Blood Collection Blu-ray Box Set Hands-On Review!


The Camp Blood indie horror franchise has arrived on Blu-ray! In this video, we break down the details with a hands-on look at all 10 movies featured in the new 9-disc box set PLUS BONUSES! Call your counselor and spend a night at Camp Blood!

For details on how to grab your own Camp Blood Collection Blu-rays, visit Producer David Sterling's Facebook Page HERE

You can grab individual titles via David Sterling's DVD and Blu-ray store HERE

You can watch David Sterling's titles through video on demand HERE

Saturday, February 29, 2020

PATREON EXCLUSIVE - February 2020 Live Stream REPLAY: Spotlight on Special Features Now Available

Our February 2020 Gold-Level live stream spotlight on DVD and Blu-ray special features is now available for REPLAY on Patreon!

Please join us for this 85-minute live stream spotlight on home media special features! We've gotten a flood of comments, questions, and mentions lately about special features: the good, the bad, the digital exclusive, and even the trend toward no special features whatsoever! In this hang out, we discuss it all!

This live stream was held on February 29, 2020 at 2 PM CT.

Friday, February 28, 2020

Kino Lorber Studio Classics SALE HAUL! (End of Winter Sale)


Kino Lorber Studio Classics is currently running an "End of Winter" sale with some crazy-low prices on some of their latest and coolest releases! In this video, we unbox our haul from the sale and talk about what makes these titles so appealing!

Access the "End of Winter" Sale HERE

Be sure to check out all of our past Kino Lorber Studio Classics coverage, which you can find in THIS PLAYLIST

The Rocketeer Cereal At Midnight Commentary Now On Patreon!


The Rocketeer has arrived! Dave Stevens' pulp hero soars off the comic book page and onto movie screens in this 1991 homage to Old Hollywood as well as to the serials and heroes of the forties. Join Heath and writer Josh Jabcuga as we revisit this hidden gem and explore how The Rocketeer has influenced the movies of today, including the very foundation of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Strap in for the adventure of a lifetime! Find it at Patreon.com/CerealAtMidnight!

Thursday, February 27, 2020

When Is A Collection Complete? Crossover with Comic Book Savant!


Is a collection ever complete? Cereal At Midnight and Comic Book Savant are tackling the tough questions in this crossover episode that covers all aspects of collecting, from space limitations, the collector's OCD, waiting for 8K, and when, if ever, to set limits and say enough is enough.

Follow Comic Book Savant at ComicBookSavant.com and subscribe at YouTube.com/ComicBookSavant!

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Cereal At Midnight RAW: Bob Iger Steps Down as Disney CEO (Thoughts and Reflections)


Bob Iger has resigned as the CEO of Disney! What does this mean for the company? What does this mean for the fans? In this RAW episode of Cereal At Midnight, we look back at Iger's tenure as head honcho, and look forward to what may be next.

Monday, February 24, 2020

Return of Ultraman and Orb Origin Saga Unboxing / First Look!


Ultraman has returned! In this video, we get our first look at Return of Ultraman (the fourth epic Ultra series) and Ultraman Orb: The Origin Saga! Join as we unbox each release, compare the Steelbook and the Blu-ray box set, and dig into the features and contents of each Blu-ray set, now available from Mill Creek Entertainment!

Grab these Blu-rays using the links below and you're helping to support Cereal At Midnight!

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Return of Ultraman Standard Blu-ray: https://amzn.to/2HS6qO6
Ultraman Orb - The Origin Saga and Ultra Fight Orb Blu-ray: https://amzn.to/3c48ws3

Check out ALL of our Ultraman coverage via this handy dandy playlist!




15,000 Subscriber Q & A Announcement!


Cereal At Midnight is throwing a party, and you're invited! As we near 15,000 subscribers, we're planning a question and answer video, which means we need your feedback and input! Do you have a question you've been wanting to ask us? Now's your chance! THANK YOU for all your likes, comments, and subscriptions, which have made this possible!

The Creature Columns: It Comes At Night (2017)


*Because of the nature of this review spoilers are somewhat necessary.

While I do not put tremendous stock in Rotten Tomatoes scores, they can sometimes serve to tell a story. Such is the case for the excellent film by Trey Edward Shults, It Comes At Night. The film was surrounded in controversy back during its release because many people felt that it was marketed in a deceptive way. Some in the horror community were disappointed by the film because it was not what they were expecting. They claimed that the movie failed in its execution, and many audiences openly spoke against the movie. They cited plot holes and profound disappointment as reasons. However, critical acclaim was high. As of this writing, the critical score on Rotten Tomatoes is at 87% while the audience score is at 44%. Before I delve into the film itself, I would like to make a suggestion. Everyone is certainly entitled to their own opinion, but I think modern audiences are cheating themselves out of some amazing cinema experiences by not carefully considering the entire purpose of film. People went into this movie with expectations. They wanted something to be lurking in the darkness in a literal manner. When they did not get what they wanted, they decided that the movie was bad. I think it is a disservice to film to judge a movie based on an individual’s expectations. I honestly believe the best way to view cinema is with an open mind while simply taking what is offered and processing it as a whole. We certainly all have expectations, but if we can govern those we can gain much more from cinematic offerings than simple surface perceptions.

Thursday, February 20, 2020

5 Movies That Need Blu-Rays - Films At Home Crossover!


It's crossover time! In this episode, we're collaborating with the awesome YouTube channel Films At Home for a discussion about movies we wish were on Blu-ray! The five movies presented here are just half of the conversation, so be sure to check out Films At Home's video for the other half!

Check out Films At Home's 5 choices HERE

Subscribe to Films At Home HERE

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Review: This is the Night (1932) - Cary Grant's Debut and The Glimpse of a Darker Hollywood

1932's This is the Night comes from the short--but wonderful--pre-code era of cinema. More specifically, it was made before the days when the Hays Code (aka the Motion Pictures Production Code, which guaranteed the decency and moral value of each and every Hollywood production) was being firmly enforced. Those that consider movies of the thirties and forties to be gentrified might be surprised at just how bold and risque some of the films from the early days of cinema actually were, and sometimes still are.

Monday, February 17, 2020

Tex Avery Animation, Underwater Adventure, and a Guillotine! (Warner Archive Spotlight #4)


In our latest spotlight on Warner Archive, we discuss Tex Avery Screwball Classics Vol. 1, which features 19 restored MGM animated shorts directed by the great cartoon icon! We also talk about a half-dozen other gems from the label which have recently arrived on Blu-ray!



Friday, February 14, 2020


Sonic the Hedgehog has arrived in theaters! How does Sega's greatest and most famous mascot fare in his transition from the small screen to the big screen? Find out in this Five Minute Review!

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Thrift Store 21 - Thrifting With Billy Blanks and Frank Sinatra


In the latest installment of the thrift store series, we chill with the Rat Pack, watch cigarette commercials, hang with Mel Brooks, and do a little Tae Bo before finally saying Aloha to Hulk Hogan!

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

"Under the Blade: Horror Author Matt Serafini Dissects Vinegar Syndrome, Streaming Services, and Doctor Sleep" By Joshua Jabcuga


Under the Blade and Microscope: Wherein author-screenwriter Matt Serafini dissects physical media, standouts of streaming services, and Mike Flanagan’s film adaptation of Stephen King’s Doctor Sleep, with comics writer Josh Jabcuga.

(Note: The following interview was conducted via email, beginning in early November 2019, and wrapping up February 7th, 2020.)

JOSH JABCUGA:

Over on your Twitter account (@MattFini) you encouraged your readers to support Mike Flanagan's film adaptation of the Stephen King novel Doctor Sleep when it had just been released theatrically. One of those tweets struck a chord. Your comments went viral, even catching the attention of Stephen King himself, who then quote-tweeted you. This film had so much going for it, if nothing else than being a sequel to, in my opinion, a classic King novel and a classic horror film. As if the sheer potential wasn't enough, you said: "Flanagan stages an incredible adaptation that somehow bridges TWO legacies from separate mediums. A sprawling, empathic, miracle."

Audiences love King, they love horror in general, and yet this film was criminally overlooked. Do you have any theories as to why?

MATT SERAFINI:

I'm not a box office analyst by any means, but I will say I was genuinely stunned by the performance of Doctor Sleep. It *is* a great film in my eyes. One of my favorites of the year (and I've already got the Best Buy steelbook preordered). As to why it failed to draw an audience? I think marketing probably overestimated the general public's awareness of The Shining. I mean, that movie is nearly 40 years old at this point. And if you're a cineaste or a devoted horror fan, you probably know about it. But if you're not in that scene? Well, Doctor Sleep’s marketing really didn't give you a whole heck of a lot to work with. It didn't tell the audience what the story was about (a middle-aged man protecting a young girl from psychic vampires) and instead depended solely on the original film's iconography. I personally loved the marketing, but I realize now they were preaching to the choir with me and probably should've worried more about the rest of the ticket-buying world.

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Review: Vibes (1988)


Before Mill Creek Entertainment announced 1988's Vibes as part of their latest wave of retro VHS-style slipcover Blu-rays, I hadn't even heard of the movie, at least not that I can remember. Yet, something about it immediately ignited my interest. In part, it was the cast: Jeff Goldblum, Cyndi Lauper, and Lieutenant Columbo himself, Peter Falk. Maybe it was that cover image, recreating the stunning video cassette box art. Maybe it was even the font of the title logo, which screams 1988 and ignites my nostalgia for the long-gone days of my childhood. Regardless, I couldn't wait to pop Vibes into my Blu-ray player.

I was not disappointed.

The movie is delightfully quirky, seemingly in service of no particular direction or tone. At some points, it's an comedy about characters who are gifted with psychic abilities, while at others, it's a romance. Still at other times, it's an adventure movie that seems to be chasing Raiders of the Lost Ark and Romancing the Stone. It also manages to be a buddy comedy about two opposites that are thrown together in circumstances beyond their control. Somehow, the movie is all of these things while never leaning particularly into pursuing any of them.

Unboxing Robby the Robot from Forbidden Planet!


Robby the Robot, the mechanical masterpiece made famous in the 1956 science fiction film Forbidden Planet, has arrived on Walmart toy shelves! In this video, we unbox the toy robot, which speaks, walks, and lights up!

Check your local Walmart for Robby HERE

Monday, February 10, 2020

The Creature Columns: The Aesthetic Appeal of Movie Posters - Sequel Posters (Part 2) By Tom "Creature" Jeffers


DISCLAIMER:
Remember art is completely subjective. 😀 I also realize that there are multiple posters for many films. I am simply comparing particular versions that show artistic growth.

Read Part 1 HERE

Movie sequels: we love them or we hate them. Some have surpassed the original films as in the case of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back and perhaps The Godfather 2. Many others go on to be notoriously bad pictures or box office flops. However, along the way new ideas on how to promote such films rise up and grab our attention. I wanted to showcase a few franchises that, in my opinion, did this in a spectacular fashion. Some of the changes to movie posters are very obvious, and some are more subtle. Here are a few of my favorites.

Saturday, February 8, 2020

Birds of Prey / Harley Quinn Spoiler-Free Review and Discussion


Cereal At Midnight sits down for a spoiler-free discussion about the latest DC movie from Warner Brothers: Birds of Prey and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn! Margot Robbie is back as the iconic anti-hero, and this time, she's got friends!

Thursday, February 6, 2020

Retro VHS Blu ray Unboxing, Plus Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt!


The latest releases in Mill Creek Entertainment's Retro VHS Blu-ray line have arrived, and so has Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: The Complete Series! Join us as we unbox each item and stick around for a look at the ENTIRE Retro VHS Blu-ray collection so far!

All of our Mill Creek Entertainment Retro VHS Slipcover Blu-ray videos can be viewed in this handy dandy playlist!


Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Elton John: Live From Moscow 1979 - Elton Unplugged!


Elton John: Live From Moscow 1979 is a brand new live album from the BBC archives! It captures Elton at the tail end of the 1970s as he ends a string of concerts in the USSR, but what makes the concert even more spectacular is that it presents a man alone with his piano. Here's our review!


Tuesday, February 4, 2020

The Creature Columns: The Aesthetic Appeal of Movie Posters (Part 1) by Tom "Creature" Jeffers


DISCLAIMER:

Art is completely subjective. The appreciation of cinema is completely objective. I wanted to get that out of the way before I proceed with what is a deep passion of mine. Movie posters are like book covers. They can draw or repulse. They can even draw a person in because they repulse. Bad movies can have spectacular posters. Excellent films can have terrible posters. This is the first article that I have in a planned series that discusses this notion from a purely artistic standpoint. A review of a movie poster in no way reflects a film. It is a total and separate entity. What I am also offering here is my own opinion based on hours of research and art appreciation. I am in no way a complete expert. Therefore, if my opinion is different from yours, dear reader, please do not take offense. My intention is not to be negative in any way. I am simply offering my observations and opinions. Thank you for your understanding!

A movie poster can make a film or break it. That may indeed be a bold statement, but I know it to be true for myself and many over film buffs. The first impression we often get from a film is a released poster. Movie trailers can change our minds about a film, but that first impression tends to stick with us. With that understanding, it is easy to see why posters are such an integral part of a film release. I want to discuss a few posters to illustrate my meaning. My intention in this first article is to focus on poster versions that work better than others.

Monday, February 3, 2020

Interview with Body By Starfleet Author Robb Pearlman


Cereal At Midnight recently had the opportunity to speak with author Robb Pearlman about his new book Body By Starfleet, a fitness guide that uses the worlds and characters of Star Trek to promote physical health!

C@M: Robb, thank you so much for speaking with us! Body By Starfleet combines physical fitness with the themes, characters, and ideals of Star Trek. Some readers may be surprised at how naturally these two topics fit together. What was the genesis of this project, and what led you to combine your love of Star Trek with personal fitness?

RP: A few years ago I decided to make a change in my life and go where I'd never gone before: they gym. I found a great local place, Tutela Training Systems, in Clark NJ. Though I was initially intimidated to even walk through the door, I quickly warmed to it as I realized that the other guys working out were not only of all different body types, backgrounds, and careers, but all completely supportive and encouraging of each other as we all strove toward our universal goals of fitness and health. If that doesn't embody Starfleet, I don't know what does.


Friday, January 31, 2020

The Mindy Project - Complete Series Blu-ray Review!


The Mindy Project: The Complete Series has arrived on Blu-ray from Mill Creek Entertainment! In this review, we discuss the show, the cast and guest stars, and break down all the details of the new box set!

Thursday, January 30, 2020

Review: Underwater! (1955)

“Skin Diver Action! Jane Russell As you’ve never seen her before!” So declares the poster for 1955’s Underwater!, an adventure movie centered around the perils of deep-sea treasure hunters and the dangerous world they inhabit. And what a world it is! Our two intrepid leads spend their time navigating their boats into the waters where ships sank hundreds of years ago in hopes that they’ll be able to dive deep beneath the ocean surface, uncovering gold and riches untold among the wreckage of the past. This means they’re constantly contending with not only the dangers of the deep sea--including sharks, lack of oxygen, or becoming pinned beneath a piece of debris--but also the human threat of pirates and scavengers. Oh, and let’s not forget dynamite. Miles from the coast, it would seem that threats are everywhere.

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Dollar Tree Movie Haul!


It's movie time at Dollar Tree! In this video, we share our complete DVD and Blu-ray haul!

As mentioned in this video, here's a link to our review of True Believer, starring Robert Downey, Jr. and James Woods!

Here's a link to The Creature Columns review of Kill List, a movie discovered at Dollar Tree!

Monday, January 27, 2020

The Creature Columns: Kill List (2011): A Movie Review by Tom "Creature" Jeffers

When I first heard of the movie Kill List, I was curious as to what it was about. Many sites had labeled it Lovecraftian in nature. Boasts of a shocking ending were plentiful. I decided to seek out this film and view it. I almost ordered it several times online from various outlets, but for some reason, I didn’t. I was patient, and like so many times, that was rewarded. Imagine my surprise when I found this film at my local Dollar Tree. I grabbed the single copy they had and excitedly headed home. Within the next few days, I watched the movie and knew that I was going to review it for Cereal at Midnight. The reasons for this are many, but suffice it to say that this film falls into the category of unique horror. I will be careful to not spoil it in this review so read freely.

The Gentlemen Non-Spoiler Review (Guy Ritchie, Hugh Grant, Matthew McConaughey))


The Gentlemen have arrived! Guy Ritchie's new movie features all the gangsters, the violence, the colorful characters (and language) that fans associate with the director, and we're covering it all in this non-spoiler review!

Friday, January 24, 2020

Iron Fists and Kung Fu Kicks - New Documentary about Martial Arts Movies!


Iron Fists and Kung Fu Kicks has arrived! From Bruce Lee and Jackie Chan to Jim Kelly, this new documentary covers the entire history of martial arts cinema. We've got your full review, complete with all the forbidden temples, tests of skill, mini-bosses, and flying fists of fury!


Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Fox Film Noir Collection Complete! Plus Noir Talk!


We've completed our Fox Film Noir Collection! Fifteen years after the line first began and twelve years after it ended, we have finally collected all 26 volumes! Join us as we reach the finish line of this noir-stained quest! Plus, stick around for some general film noir talk, including how these tales form the darker side of the street factor into future Cereal At Midnight plans! As if that wasn't enough, the official Cereal At Midnight dance makes its debut in this video!

Be sure to check out our Spotlight on Fox Film Noir HERE

Monday, January 20, 2020

Cheap Comics, Hardcovers, and Omnibuses At Ollie's!

It's comics-hunting time at Ollie's Bargain Outlet! In this video, we score a sweet haul of Marvel and DC trade paperbacks, hardcovers, and even an omnibus!

Check out all of our Ollie's Comics videos via this handy-dandy playlist!

Friday, January 17, 2020

30 Rock: The Complete Series Headed to Blu-ray and DVD from Mill Creek Entertainment!

Mill Creek Entertainment has announced that they will be bringing 30 Rock: The Complete Series to DVD and Blu-ray on April 21, 2020! All 138 episodes from the show's seven-season run will be available for the first time in a complete series package. The 20-disc Blu-ray set also marks the North American debut of the show on the HD disc format!

30 Rock is executive produced by Lorne Michaels, creator of Saturday Night Live, and chronicles the inner workings of a late night variety show. It stars Alec Baldwin, Tina Fey, Tracy Morgan, Jane Krakowski, and Jack McBrayer. Guest stars include Oprah Winfrey, Jennifer Aniston, Jon Hamm, Salma Hayek, Steve Martin, Jerry Seinfeld, Will Arnett, Elizabeth Banks, Will Ferrell, Julianne Moore, Jason Sudeikis, Will Forte, Carrie Fisher, and Matt Damon.

30 Rock is the winner of 16 Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Comedy Series, Outstanding Lead Actor (Alec Baldwin), Outstanding Lead Actress (Tina Fey), Outstanding Writing, Cast, and more.

Both the DVD and Blu-ray editions will port over numerous special features from the previous DVD releases, including commentaries, deleted scenes, gag reels, and more.

Stay tuned to Cereal At Midnight for breaking news!

 

The House by the Cemetery - Three Disc Limited Edition Review! (Lucio Fulci, Blue Underground)


In this video, we visit Lucio Fulci's House By the Cemetery, a 1981 Italian horror film that has been newly restored from a 4K scan!   The three-disc limited edition package from Blue Underground that also includes the film's soundtrack on CD, and we've got your complete review, including screenshots of the new restoration!


Thursday, January 16, 2020

Ultraman Ace and Ultraman X Announced for Blu-ray by Mill Creek Entertainment!

The next two Blu-ray releases in the Ultraman franchise have been announced for release by Mill Creek Entertainment!
Ultraman Ace, which aired from 1972-1973 and is the fifth entry in the series following Return of Ultraman, will be available in both standard and Steelbook versions, both featuring the 52-episode series on six discs. Mill Creek Entertainment has posted the following synopsis:

"Alternate Dimension Being Yapool started invading Earth with an entourage of “Terrible-Monsters” that were more powerful than ordinary monsters. The Terrestrial Defense Force was annihilated by Terrible-Monster Verokron. Two youngsters, Seiji Hokuto and Yuko Minami, lost their lives trying to save people from the attack of Verokron. Ultraman Ace, who was sent from Nebula M78 Land of Light to stop Alternate Dimension Being Yapool’s malicious ambition, vested his life and power in Seiji Hokuto and Yuko Minami. Hokuto and Yuko, who received a new life, joined the Terrible-Monster Attacking Crew (TAC) that was organized in place of the Terrestrial Defense Force. When the Ultra Rings, the proof of membership of the Galactic Federation, glitter, after performing Ultra Touch, Hokuto and Yuko unite and transform into Ultraman Ace."
Ultraman X, which aired from 2015-2016, represents modern Ultraman, as depicted in shows like Ultraman Orb and Ultraman Geed. The series, which spans 22 episodes and three recaps, was also followed by a movie, Here He Comes! Our Ultraman. The six-disc set will feature the entire series and the movie.

ULTRAMAN X: The Complete Series

As Ultra Flares from the sun blanket the Earth, Spark Dolls that had been hidden underground and in the sea are turned into monsters. In order to deal with the sudden outbreak of invading aliens, humanity arms itself with machines of super science and forms the defensive team Xio. 15 years later ... A member of Xio, Oozora Daichi, hears a mysterious voice while in combat against a monster. "Unite ..." Just as Daichi is on the verge of being obliterated by the creature, he finds himself bathed in a radiant light.

ULTRAMAN X: The Movie - Here He Comes! Our Ultraman

When realty TV host Carlos Kurozaki breaks into a mysterious underground pyramid for a television event, he removes a special gem ... and unwittingly releases a diabolical monster called Zaigorg! The evil creature wants Kurozaki's gem, so it spawns an army of giant kaijus to get it! It's up to the famous superheroes Ultraman X, Ultraman Tiga, and the one and only original Ultraman to stop the worldwide monster war!

Both Blu-ray sets are scheduled for release on April 21st! Stay tuned to Cereal At Midnight for breaking news, reviews, and pre-order links!

Review: The World, The Flesh and The Devil (1959)

One of the many joys of discussing and reviewing pop culture through Cereal At Midnight lies in the simple aspect of discovery. I make the argument as often as I can that we're living in a golden age for cinema preservation; so much of our entertainment past is now at our fingertips, and in quality that blows away every previous release. With this unprecedented access comes the thrill of discovery, especially those pieces of work that might have fallen under the radar in the years and decades since their first appearance.

Prior to screening 1959's The World, The Flesh and The Devil via Warner Archive's fantastic new Blu-ray, the movie could not have been further off my radar. I honestly am not sure I'd even heard of it before. But through the discovery of the movie comes the joy of finding something that I've connected with and am so happy to have experienced.

On the surface, The World, The Flesh and The Devil would make a perfect double billing with The Last Man on Earth, a 1964 film starring Vincent Price as the last living human being on the face of the planet. In truth, I now see how The Last Man on Earth (based on the story I Am Legend by Richard Matheson) might very well have been influenced on screen by this 1959 predecessor.

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

The King of Queens Blu-ray Full Review With Comparison Shots!

In our second and final video review of The King of Queens Blu-ray from Mill Creek Entertainment and Couch Potato Entertainment, we discuss the show itself and compare the new discs to the older Sony DVDs with screenshots!

Watch our previous King of Queens unboxing and first impressions video HERE

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Review: The Set-Up (1949)

Some thirteen years after making a DVD debut as part of Warner's "Film Noir Collection Vol. 1," The Set-Up makes a triumphant appearance on Blu-ray thanks to Warner Archive. The film is a seminal work of crime/noir, and its influence can be seen in dozens of movies and television specials that came after it. Each of these ripples in the pop culture waters testifies to the power of the 1949 crime film masterpiece. One of the most powerful homages comes from none other than Quentin Tarantino himself, who pays his respects to the film with the entire segment of Pulp Fiction that deals with Bruce Willis' defiant boxer, Butch. Granted, Tarantino's tale seems to offer a tangential "what if" riff on the famous film, but the influence--and thus respect--is impossible to deny.

Monday, January 13, 2020

Molly Ringwald and Billy The Kid - New Blu-rays from Umbrella Entertainment (Cut & Young Guns II)


In our latest spotlight on Umbrella Entertainment, we discuss the new Blu-rays for Cut, an Aussie horror film starring Molly Ringwald and Kylile Minogue, and the Brat Pack western classic Young Guns II!