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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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Biff Bam Pop’s It’s All Connected: Dropping The S.H.I.E.L.D. Reveals Questions

Warning: The following article contains justifications, backronyms, and head-canon. Reader discretion is advised.

CoulsonThe moment when the scales fell from my eyes was about midway in the first Iron Man (2008) film. Tony Stark has escaped his captors, the Ten Rings, and has returned home. Pepper Potts is approached by a well groomed civil servant type who’d like a few words with Tony Stark.

But here’s the thing. He introduced himself as Phil Coulson, agent of the Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement, and Logistics Division. That was an ingenious acronym in a storytelling sense. By 2008 the word “homeland” had been abused so much that it would make anyone’s brain shut down. Okay, I picked it up, but for the majority of viewers it wouldn’t have meant anything.  

Coulson leads a strike force against Obadiah Stane (that doesn’t turn out so well), and eventually he asks Pepper to just call them S.H.I.E.L.D. Then we get the post-credits sequence. Spoiler: Nick Fury shows up.

Follow me after the jump where we’ll take a closer look at S.H.I.E.L.D. through its ever-changing state in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU).

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Biff Bam Pop’s It’s All Connected: Cinematic Universes All The Way Down

NickFury-IMTen years ago, we didn’t have cinematic universes. We had franchises, and every studio dreamt of them, even though what they dreamt of would usually peter out after a trilogy.

But then 2008 happened. Iron Man came out and walloped audiences at the end with an appearance by Samuel Jackson as Nick Fury and the introduction of the Avengers initiative. Rapid announcements of a series of Marvel movies came, and the concept of the Marvel Cinematic Universe began to take shape.

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Trailer Time – Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer 3

A brand new trailer for Avengers: Age of Ultron just dropped and, boy, things don’t look good at all for Earth’s Mightiest Heroes. Check it out below and let us know what you think!

Small Hero But Giant Debut With Ant-Man #1 On The Wednesday Run

AntMan1 coverIs there anything juicier than Marvel Comics and Marvel Entertainment and the interconnectedness of all their television and movies and comics projects?

Last night we had the absolutely outstanding debut of the Agent Carter television series (which you can read Glenn Walker’s fantastic review of right here), a spin off of the television series Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., which itself is a spinoff of the Avengers and Captain America and…and…and…series of films!

This summer, we get the latest Marvel Entertainment film, the highly anticipated spin off of Avengers, Ant-Man (the first trailer for which just dropped last night during the previously mentioned Agent Carter episode). But before that, we get the comic: Ant-Man #1.

Follow me after the jump for the giant-sized details!

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Oh! The Inhumanity #1 On The Wednesday Run–December 4, 2013

Have you been reading the regular Infinity reviews over the last few months by Biff Bam Pop’s own Glenn Walker? You know, Infinity. Infinity? The B-I-G Marvel Comics event that just wrapped up last week with the final issue in the “mini-series”? (I use quotes because beyond the sic=x main Infinity books, there were tie-in books that brought the total chapter count to well over twenty.) Jeez, where have you been? Well, get caught up on the latest (and last) Infinity review by our pal Glenn, right here.

Now, I loved Infinity. To me, it ranks up there as one of the greatest event comics I’ve ever read. For those asking, DC’s 1985 series, Crisis On Infinite Earths is still the greatest of the great but Infinity ranks a solid second.

Still, Infinity ended the same way all of these recent “event” series seem to end: with a continuation into yet another “event” series! Oh, the Inhumanity!


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Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. S01 E09: Repairs


After last week’s pseudo Thor sequel, the ratings went up for “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D,” all for good reasons. It was actually a pretty cool episode, with some pretty shocking subplots. We’ll see if the audience stays, even when this week’s episode is up against the holiday classic “Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer” on CBS. Meet me after the jump for my thoughts on “Repairs.”

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All Assemble For Avengers: Endless Wartime On The POST Wednesday Run–October 4, 2013

Is it still Wednesday somewhere on this planet? No? Damn.

You know, there are those weeks where you’ve forgotten to pick up some new, hot comic book on your weekly Wednesday run. It happens once in a while.

Sometimes you forget to buy an item, sometimes the shop forgets to stock the shelves with a particular item, sometimes they even forget to order it entirely and you’re left running to another local shop to pick it up.

This past Wednesday, it was the former.

This past Wednesday, the long-awaited Avengers: Endless Wartime was released. And if you didn’t pick it up, well, today will have to do!

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Avengers Assemble S01 E09: Depth Charge


After several weeks of reruns, “Avengers Assemble” finally returned with new episodes two weeks ago, unfortunately while I was on vacation. Now I’m playing catch up. So you get this review in tape delay. So get all your Kindergarten Cop Attuma (“It’s not Attuma!”) jokes ready, because here comes my review of the ‘lost’ episode of “Avengers Assemble,” after the jump – “Depth Charge.”

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Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. S01 E02: 0-8-4


Last week, “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” did phenomenal numbers in the ratings. That was coming off of a lot of hype, and a lead-in that was basically the billion dollar big screen blockbuster, Marvel’s The Avengers. This week is the litmus test. Was it just a flash in the pan, or were the glowing reviews, including one right here. We’ll see how the second episode, “0-8-4,” rates, after the jump.

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