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Holiday Gift Guide 2015: Blu-Ray & DVD Selections

MCU Collection Phase 1The wonderful thing about writing these Holiday Gift Guide lists is that they not only help out you, the mighty reader, find that perfect gift or stocking stuffer for a pop-culture loved one, but it also helps the writer of this column (me, in this case) with loved ones picking our gifts to give (me)!

This particular Gift Guide, a short list of select movies and television shows in both Blu-Ray and DVD formats, should prove enticing. I’m betting that there’s something on this list that your loved one doesn’t have just yet. (And, if anyone is asking, I have none of these – yet!)

Now, I know we live in a digital age where film and television programming is available on demand, but it’s still nice to add that hardcopy artifact to an increasing library of hardcopy artifacts. It’ since to know that you actually own something, doesn’t it?

Plus, some of the items on this list come with…well, extras.

Without further ado, here is your first-rate, first-class, handpicked, Holiday Gift Guide 2015: Blu-Ray & DVD Selections:

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The Official Guidebook to the Marvel Cinematic Universe Begins This October!


New York, NY—September 9th, 2015 — At long last, the Marvel Cinematic Universe receives its own guidebook! Beginning this October, go deeper than ever before in the very first GUIDEBOOK TO THE MARVEL CINEMATIC UNIVERSE! In the vein of the classic Official Handbook to the Marvel Universe, take a deep dive into the fan-favorite Marvel Studios films and Marvel Television series and see their genesis in the pages of Marvel Comics!

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Biff Bam Pop’s It’s All Connected: The Gold Rush – The Marvel Cinematic Universe Hits the Motherlode

There’s gold in them thar hills. Nuggets the size of your bulbous head. Great seams of it riven in the rock, opening up gleaming veins for the sun to bedazzle. Each one of those nuggets is a hero, and each hero is serious bank. Marvel’s got a sack full of nuggets, hell a whole damn trainload, all bound from the coast to amaze with their shinings at your local thee-ate-er and thousands more worldwide. And we all know money begets money, except when it doesn’t. Hell, many’s the time it doesn’t. But since the inception of the Marvel Cinematic Universe with Iron Man in 2008, there’s been a conscious plan to make the most successful pantheon of interconnected movies this planet has ever seen. And gosh goldarnit, that plan is working. I don’t even know why I’m talking like a snaggletoothed prospector from 1849, but it seems pretty clear. While DC’s been panning in the river, Marvel’s built the mine, and those cars just keep coming up with their golden freight. Not every movie’s a major claim, but together, sons and daughters, together they’re the motherlode.

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Scene Stealers: Comic Book Movie Stars

Joker from The Dark Knight“Sometimes people deserve to have their faith rewarded.” – Batman, The Dark Knight

Evidently, fans of the X-Men franchise were due for a reward this past weekend. In honor of the terrific X-Men: Days of Future Past (just watched it and LOVED IT!), this post will focus on eight ‘Scene-Stealing’ performances in comic-based movies. Not only did these characters steal the scene, but they also helped propel the actors & actresses portraying them to Hollywood’s “Mega-Star” List.

So, without further delay… “Here We Go”!


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Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. S01 E06: F.Z.Z.T.


After a two-week hiatus, “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” is back with a new episode, and I’m back to rant about fan feedback on the show, as well as a recap and review of “F.Z.Z.T.” I didn’t watch this one live, but DVR-delayed by a half-hour. All I know is that at nine o’clock a friend texted me to say, “Best. Episode. Ever.” Hmmm. I guess we’ll see, after the jump.

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Saturday At The Movies: Avengers Assemble – 16 Hours of Avenging

I think Joss Whedon owns a shawarma franchise.  But I get ahead of myself.

There were a bunch of ways to watch The Avengers opening day.  Okay, a bunch of legal ways.  You could go see it during the normal evening hours on the Friday it opens. You can go to the Friday midnight screening.  Or you could attend a marathon screening of all the films in the Avengers series, followed by a midnight premier.

The experience was definitely a unique one.  I met with a group of friends at a local Denny’s for breakfast (it was convenient to the theatre as much as anything else).

Following that, it was fifteen hours of film madness.

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