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!

 


The Creature Columns: Jean M. Auel's The Earth's Children Series by Tom "Creature" Jeffers

In 1980, a book by the name of The Clan of the Cave Bear emerged onto the scene. I did not read it. As the years passed, I heard people talk about this series as further books were released. Then in 1986, a movie starring Daryl Hannah was released. I remember watching that film with friends because we all were entranced by Ms. Hannah at the time. I would have been 16-17 years old and had realized that I was forever a part of “geek” culture. I loved the depiction of prehistoric times and the epic nature of the film. The movie was considered a flop at the box office, and no others have been made. However, this movie would pave the way for almost all serious prehistoric films we have enjoyed over the years. Films like Alpha (2018), that is an absolute joy despite its mediocre rating, owe a great deal to The Clan of the Cave Bear.

Friday, January 10, 2020

Mail Call: Fulci, Tonto, and Another Collection Complete!


Mail call! This video has just about everything: cult horror, import Blu-rays, bootlegs, action figures, vinyl, and...coffee?! The best part is that every item was sent by you, the Cereal At Midnight community!

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Crime Time - New Crime Novels Reviewed


It's crime time! In this video, we review two new crime novels! First is "Callahan," written by Anita Wright, followed by "A Perfect Eye" by Stephanie Kane!

Grab your copy of "Callahan" HERE
Grab your copy of "A Perfect Eye" HERE

Monday, January 6, 2020

Thrift Store 20 - Blowing The Thrifty Doors Off


This jam-packed, media-filled, triumphant return of the thrift store series has it all: fast cars, pulp heroes, classic albums, Michael Caine impressions, and John Travolta's chest hair!

Thursday, January 2, 2020

Unboxing The King of Queens on Blu-ray! (Mill Creek Entertainment / Couch Potato Exclusive)


The King of Queens is now on Blu-ray courtesy of Mill Creek Entertainment and Couch Potato! All 207 episodes from the show's nine-season run are now available in HD!  In this unboxing video, we break down the package by disc count, running time, and even compare the new High Definition box set to the older Sony DVD set! If you're a fan of Kevin James, Leah Remini, Jerry Stiller, Patton Oswalt, or just love classic television, this is an unboxing you won't want to miss!

Grab your copy of The King of Queens on Blu-ray using THIS LINK!