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 635 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!


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