Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Hottest monsters of 2008

Monster Island News has tallied the The Top Ten Hottest Monsters Of 2008 -- including several big screen monsters that have not appeared in a new film in years.

GAMERA THE BRAVE (Dec 30)

I'm still on deadline, but I wanted to pop in and say that the new two-disc edition of Gamera the Brave is now in stores.

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Star Trek: The Trailer

The trailer for the upcoming refit STAR TREK ...


And then the "animated" version ...

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Fake SON OF GODZILLA comic!

Graphic designer Jon K (Jon's Random Acts of Geekery) maintains a family of monster/sci-fi/comics blogs ... the latest of which, Go-Go Godzilla, features Godzilla- and giant monster-related collectibles. Today's fun entry suggests how it might have looked if Gold Key had published a "Son of Godzilla" tie-in comic in the 1960s ...

Related links:
ROBOT-13: Tech Vs. Myth
Alan Moore on the new "League"
Warren Ellis' IGNITION CITY
Hollywood legends do sci-fi, horror comics
Santa Claus Vs. Frankenstein
ICONIC: The Life and Death of Talos the Bronze
Honoring the father of manga
KAIJU comic!
Free Comics Online

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Transformers: Energon Ultimate Collection

New in stores this week: Transformers: Energon Ultimate Collection brings together all 52 episodes (more than 1,000 minutes!). Following the Transformers: Armada series, 10 years have passed since the war of the Mini-Cons and the apparent destruction of Unicron and Galvatron. The Autobots and Decepticons have entered into a secret alliance with humankind, building vast Cybertron Cities on Earth and in the solar system to mine for energon, the energy-rich mineral that Transformers need to survive. But in the darkness of space, evil begins to rise again ...

Also this week:
The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor (Two Disc)
The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor (Widescreen)
The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor (Full Screen)
The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor [Blu-ray]
Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor [Blu-ray]
The Mummy Trilogy
Mummy Trilogy [Blu-ray]
The Mummy [Blu-ray]
The Mummy Returns [Blu-ray]

Ancient Mysteries: China's Wall of Doom
Claymore: The Point of No Return, v.2
Darklight
The Day the Earth Stopped
Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog (Amazon.com Exclusive)

History's Mysteries: Bigfoot and Others Monsters
History's Mysteries: Monsters of the Sea
Jurassic Fight Club: Season 1
The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea [Special Edition]
Nadia, Vol. 2: Secret of Blue Water Collection

Naruto Uncut Box Set 11
Naruto Uncut Box Set, Volume 11 (Special Edition)
Pokemon All Stars 15 - LAPRAS
Pokemon All Stars 16 - TOTODILE
Power Rangers: Jungle Fury - Into the Jungle
Power Rangers: Jungle Fury - Way of the Master
Will Eisner: Profession - Cartoonist

New to Blue-Ray:
Cloverfield [Blu-ray]
Dragon Wars [Blu-ray]
Host [Blu-ray]
It Came from Beneath [Blu-ray]
6th Day [Blu-ray]
The Adventures of Baron Munchausen [Blu-ray]
Alien Vs Predator [Blu-ray]
Alien Vs Predator 2 [Blu-ray]
Alien Vs Predator: Unrated Two-Pack [Blu-ray]
Appleseed Saga Ex Machina [Blu-ray]
Batman Begins [Blu-ray]
Batman the Movie (1966) [Blu-ray]
Batman: Gotham Knight [Blu-ray]
Beetlejuice 20th Anniversary [Blu-ray]
Blade Runner: The Final Cut [Blu-ray]

James Bond [Blu-ray]
Casino Royale [Blu-ray]
Die Another Day [Blu-ray]
Dr No [Blu-ray]
For Your Eyes Only [Blu-ray]
From Russia With Love [Blu-ray]
Live & Let Die [Blu-ray]
Bram Stoker's Dracula [Blu-ray]
Bruce Campbell Vs Army of Darkness [Blu-ray]
Capricorn One [Blu-ray]
Close Encounters of The Third Kind [Blu-ray]
The Crow [Blu-ray]
The Dark Knight [Blu-ray]
Dark Knight/Batman Begins [Blu-ray]
The Day the Earth Stood Still [Blu-ray]

Day Watch/Night Watch [Blu-ray]
Daywatch [Blu-ray]
Nightwatch [Blu-ray]
Elf [Blu-ray]
Escape from New York [Blu-ray]
Fantastic Four [Blu-ray]
Fantastic Four 2-Rise of the Silver Surfer [Blu-ray]
Fantastic Four/Fantastic Four-Rise of the Silver S [Blu-ray]
Fly [Blu-ray]
Fog [Blu-ray]
Futurama Bender's [Blu-ray]
Ghost Rider [Blu-ray]
Hancock [Blu-ray]
Heroes Season 1 [Blu-ray]
Heroes Season 2 [Blu-ray]
Heroes-Season 1-2 [Blu-ray]

Hulk (2003) [Blu-ray]
I Am Legend [Blu-ray]
I Robot [Blu-ray]
Ice Age/Ice Age 2 [Blu-ray]
Incredible Hulk [Blu-ray]
Independence Day [Blu-ray]
Indiana Jones & the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull [Blu-ray]
Iron Man [Blu-ray]
Journey to the Centre of the Earth [Blu-ray]
Kung Fu Panda [Blu-ray]
Lethal Weapon [Blu-ray]
Lost Boys [Blu-ray]
Mad Max 2 [Blu-ray]
Matrix-Trilogy [Blu-ray]

Omega Man [Blu-ray]
Paprika [Blu-ray]
Persepolis [Blu-ray]
Planet of the Apes 5 Movie Collection [Blu-ray]
Smallville Season 6 [Blu-ray]
Smallville Season 7 [Blu-ray]
Species [Blu-ray]
Spider-Man 1-3 [Blu-ray]
Spider Man 3 [Blu-ray]
Star Wars Clone Wars [Blu-ray]
Stargate [Blu-ray]
Starship Troopers 1 [Blu-ray]
Starship Troopers 3 [Blu-ray]
Superman the Movie [Blu-ray]
Superman Returns [Blu-ray]
X Files I Want to Believe [Blu-ray]
X Men 3 the Last Stand [Blu-ray]

Coming soon:
Gamera the Brave (Two Disc) (Dec 30)
Transformers Animated: Season One/Transformers Animated: Transform and Roll Out (Jan 6)
Transformers: Season Two (Jan 6)

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Narnia: Prince Caspian (Dec 2)

Return to the magical world of Narnia in the second installment of C.S. Lewis' timeless epic, The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian: The Pevensie children find a world in which 1,300 years have passed -- and Aslan has been missing over a thousand years. Accompanied by a valiant dwarf, a talking mouse, and a suspicious dwarf, the four children raise an army of Narnians to rise up against the evil king Miraz ...
Prince Caspian (Three-Disc + Digital Copy)
Prince Caspian (Three-Disc + Digital Copy and BD Live) [Blu-ray]
Prince Caspian (Two Disc and BD Live) [Blu-ray]
The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian
The Chronicles of Narnia Blu-ray Bundle (Amazon Exclusive)

Also on shelves this week:
Air Gear: Complete Box Set
Amazon.com-Exclusive Superhero Blu-ray Collection [Blu-ray]
Bakugan, Vol. 2: Game On

The Day the Earth Stood Still (Two-Disc Special Edition)
The Day the Earth Stood Still (Special Edition) [Blu-ray]
Fly Me to the Moon (2D Version)
Fly Me to the Moon (3D Version)
Gunhed

Hey There, It's Yogi Bear
Inuyasha Season 6 Box Set
Inuyasha Season 6 Deluxe Edition Box Set
Jingle All the Way [Blu-ray]
Kyo Kara Maoh: Season 2, Vol. 9

Lon Chaney Tribute: Special Makeup Effects
Lone Wolf & Cub: TV Series 5 (2pc) (Sub)
The Man Called Flintstone
Santa Claus Conquers The Martians (1964) [Remastered Edition]

Toward the Terra Movie (Remastered)
Toward the Terra, Vol. 5
Toward the Terra, Vol. 6

Wanted (Limited Edition Gift Set)
Wanted (Limited Edition Gift Set) [Blu-ray]
Wanted (Two-Disc Special Edition)
Wanted [Blu-ray]
Wanted (Single-Disc Widescreen Edition)
Wanted (Full Screen)

The X-Files - Fight the Future [Blu-ray]
The X-Files Movie 2-Pack [Blu-ray]
The X-Files: I Want to Believe (+ Digital Copy) [Blu-ray]
The X-Files: I Want to Believe (Single-Disc Edition)
The X-Files: I Want to Believe (Three-Disc + Digital Copy)

Coming soon:
Transformers: Energon Ultimate Collection (Dec 16)
The Day the Earth Stopped (Dec 16)
Jurassic Fight Club: Season 1 (Dec 16)
Power Rangers: Jungle Fury - Into the Jungle (Dec 16)
Power Rangers: Jungle Fury - Way of the Master (Dec 16)
History's Mysteries: Bigfoot and Others Monsters (Dec 16)
History's Mysteries: Monsters of the Sea (Dec 16)
Gamera the Brave (Two Disc) (Dec 30)
Transformers Animated: Season One/Transformers Animated: Transform and Roll Out (Jan 6)
Transformers: Season Two (Jan 6)

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Voltron Beast King GoLion Vol 3 (Nov 25)

On shelves this week is Voltron Beast King GoLion Vol 3. This three-disc set features episodes of the original Japanese "super robot anime" television series Beast King GoLion, later edited and repackaged as the "Lion" version of the U.S. Voltron: Defender of the Universe. Having repelled the oppressive forces of the Galra Empire, the GoLion team hatches a daring plan to put an end to its tyranny once and for all ...

Another "giant monster" title releasing is Merlin and the War of the Dragons. An army of dragons invade the crippled English countryside and the apprentice wizard Merlin must confront the fire-breathing beasts.

Also in stores this week:
Area 88
The Atomic Cafe (Collector's Edition)
Brunch of the Living Dead
Bubblegum Crisis Tokyo 2040: Complete Collection
Captain Video and His Video Rangers

Case Closed: Season 3 Set
Darker Than Black, Vol. 1
Darker Than Black: Starter Set (includes v.1)
Donnie Yen Collection, Vol. 2
Earth Vs. The Flying Saucers [Blu-ray]

Fred Claus [Blu-ray]
Fred Claus
The Goonies [Blu-ray]
Goonies

Gunbuster 2-Die Buster the Movie
Gunbuster Vs Diebuster
Gunbuster-the Movie

Hancock (Single-Disc Rated Edition)
Hancock (Single-Disc Unrated Edition)
Hancock (Two-Disc Unrated Edition)
Hancock (Unrated) [Blu-ray]
Hancock (Unrated) [UMD for PSP]

Houdini The Man From Beyond Restored
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull - Wrapped and Ready for Christmas
Iron Man - Wrapped and Ready for Christmas
Kull the Conqueror
Kung Fu Panda - Wrapped and Ready for Christmas

The Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires
Meet Dave [Blu-ray]
Meet Dave
Naruto, Vol. 30
Nazi UFO Conspiracy
The Nutty Professor
Phoenix: The Complete Collection
Pink Panther Ultimate Collection

Pumpkin Scissors: Season 1, Part 1
Pumpkin Scissors: Season 1, Part 2
Shonen Onmyouji, Vol. 4

Space Chimps [Blu-ray]
Space Chimps
Starship Troopers [Blu-ray]
Superman - Doomsday [Blu-ray]
Superman: Doomsday

Tales of Phantasia
Torchy the Battery Boy: The Complete First and Second Series
Torchy the Battery Boy: The Complete First Series
Torchy the Battery Boy: The Complete Second Series
Torchy the Battery Boy: The Complete Second Series
The Zeiram Duology (Zeiram 1&2 Double Feature)

Coming soon:
Ray Harryhausen: The Master of Animation (Dec 2)
Transformers: Energon Ultimate Collection (Dec 16)
The Day the Earth Stopped (Dec 16)
Jurassic Fight Club: Season 1 (Dec 16)
Power Rangers: Jungle Fury - Into the Jungle (Dec 16)
Power Rangers: Jungle Fury - Way of the Master (Dec 16)
History's Mysteries: Bigfoot and Others Monsters (Dec 16)
History's Mysteries: Monsters of the Sea (Dec 16)
Gamera the Brave (Two Disc) (Dec 30)
Transformers Animated: Season One/Transformers Animated: Transform and Roll Out (Jan 6)
Transformers: Season Two (Jan 6)

Friday, November 21, 2008

Deadlines!

I've got deadlines for two books breathing down on me. (Not to mention that third book, due in February!) So blogging is going to be hit and miss the next few weeks ...

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Saber Rider & the Star Sheriffs (Nov 18)

New in stores is Saber Rider & the Star Sheriffs Volume 1. From the creators of Voltron, and based on the anime series "Star Musketeer Bismarck," this 1980s animated space western finds the Star Sheriffs protecting the galaxy from the growing threat of the Outriders. Aiding them is RAMROD, the airborne battleship that transforms into a giant robot (voiced by Peter Cullen, the voice of Optimus Prime in Transformers).

Also hitting shelves this week:
Bleach 13: The Rescue
Blue Dragon 2
Bruce Almighty [Blu-ray]
Caveman: V. T. Hamlin & Alley Oop
The Complete Monty Pythons Flying Circus - Collectors Edition Megaset
Coyote Ragtime Show: Complete Box Set
Death Note Box Set 1

Doctor Who - The Complete Fourth Series
Doctor Who: The Infinite Quest

EXPLOITATION CINEMA: Chinese Hercules / Black Dragon
Fairly Odd Parents - Season 6, Vol. 1
Flowers for Algeron
Ghost Hunt: Season 1, Part 2

The Girl Who Leapt Through Time (Limited Edition)
The Girl Who Leapt Through Time

Gundam Seed Destiny: TV Movie 3
Haruka: Beyond the Stream of Time - A Tale of the Eight Guardians, Vol. 8
Marvel Blu-ray 3-Pack (Fantastic Four / Fantastic Four - Rise of the Silver Surfer / Daredevil) [Blu-ray]
Mirrormask [Blu-ray]
Mystery Science Theater 3000
Neon Genesis Evangelion, Vol. 2: Platinum Holiday Special
Philip K. Dick - The Penultimate Truth
Pokemon Movie 8 & 9 Bundle (2pc)
Spongebob Squarepants - Season 5, Vol. 2

Star Trek: The Original Series - Three Season Pack
Star Trek: The Original Series - Season 3 Remastered

Wall-E (Three-Disc Special Edition + Digital Copy)
Wall-E (Three-Disc Special Edition + Digital Copy and BD Live) [Blu-ray]
Wall-E (Two-Disc and BD Live) [Blu-ray]
Wall-E (Widescreen Single-Disc Edition)
Wall-E (Spanish)

When Two Worlds Collide
The World Sinks Except Japan (DVD Special Edition)

Coming soon:
Merlin and the War of the Dragons (Nov 25)
Voltron Beast King Golion Vol 3 (Nov 25)
Ray Harryhausen: The Master of Animation (Dec 2)
Transformers: Energon Ultimate Collection (Dec 16)
The Day the Earth Stopped (Dec 16)
Jurassic Fight Club: Season 1 (Dec 16)
Power Rangers: Jungle Fury - Into the Jungle (Dec 16)
Power Rangers: Jungle Fury - Way of the Master (Dec 16)
History's Mysteries: Bigfoot and Others Monsters (Dec 16)
History's Mysteries: Monsters of the Sea (Dec 16)
Gamera the Brave (Two Disc) (Dec 30)

Monday, November 17, 2008

Dan Didio Must Go

How much longer until the suits at Warner Bros. finally notice what Dan Didio is doing to DC Comics and fire him?

This is why I don't buy more comics

These big comics "events" at Marvel Comics and DC Comics just make it harder and harder to follow their mainstream books. Newsarama has added up the total cost of the latest two events, Marvel's "Secret Invasion" ($378.78, counting all 125 tie-in issues) and DC's "Final Crisis" ($317.56, including the related sub-events "Death of the Gods" and "Countdown").

In theory, a company-wide epic story sounds really cool. In practice, it interferes with the ongoing arcs of the individual series, it requires the consumer to spend a lot of money to get the entire campaign, and even the best-coordinated efforts run into delays and even some chapters being released in the wrong order.

Oh, and [SARCASM ALERT] the best news of all? The price of comics may be going up. Again.

Related links:
Marvel Comics' DARK REIGN
ROBOT-13: Tech Vs. Myth
Alan Moore on the new "League"
Warren Ellis' IGNITION CITY
Hollywood legends do sci-fi, horror comics
Free Comics Online

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Cloverfield sequel stalled

Monster Island News reports that director Matt Reeves and producer J.J. Abrams are having some trouble coming up with an idea they like for the sequel to Cloverfield: A Cloverfield Sequel Stalled By Writers Block?

Friday, November 14, 2008

All kinds of giant monster movies in 2009

There are multiple giant monster films in the works, many of them reported by author Robert Hood at his blog Undead Backbrain. Recent posts discuss Monster X Strikes Back — Attack the G8 Summit, Terminator: Salvation, Reigo: The Deep-Sea Monster vs the Battleship Yamato, Lost Planet: Extreme Condition, Mortis Rex ("300 meets Cloverfield"), Robot, Tsuburaya Productions' latest Ultraman project, A Mouthful of Misfortune, and Creepies 2: King Spider Vs. Mega-Destructor.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Coming to DVD: GAMERA, VOLTRON

Our weekly lists of DVDs hitting stores have become so enormous (especially with some big titles coming out in four and five different versions!), I am going to start limiting posts to the current week and the following week. I am also going to stick pretty close to sci-fi and animated titles -- and hope to eventually start a weekly roundup of crime/mystery DVDs at my author blog (Learning Curve).

However, given the core purpose of this blog, here are a few "giant monster"-related titles that I want to list in advance:
Merlin and the War of the Dragons (Nov 25)
Voltron Beast King Golion Vol 3 (Nov 25)
Ray Harryhausen: The Master of Animation (Dec 2)
Gamera the Brave (Two Disc) (Dec 30)

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

The Lone Ranger: 75th Anniversary (Nov 11)

Now in stores, The Lone Ranger - 75th Anniversary Collector's Edition includes all 78 episodes from the first two seasons of the classic 1950s television series, select episodes from the '60s cartoon series, an episode of Lassie with The Lone Ranger, a 1950 episode of the Lone Ranger radio series, a commemorative book, an episode guide, reprints of rare comics and photos, and more!

Info about the character's history and TV opening credits at TV Themes: THE LONE RANGER

Also available this week
Arthur Meets Mr. Rogers
Beatles Cartoons
Bram Stokers Shadowbuilder
Chronological Donald, Vol. Four 1951-1961

Dragon Ball Z: Double Feature - Coolers Revenge / The Return of Cooler (Steelbook)
Dragon Ball Z - Return of the Cooler / Cooler's Revenge (Double Feature) [Blu-ray]
Dragon Ball Z: Movie 5 and 6
Dragon Ball Z: Season Seven

Dr. Syn: The Scarecrow of Romney Marsh
Firefly: The Complete Series [Blu-ray]
The Hunchback of Notre Dame
I Dream of Jeannie: The Complete Series
Ice Age (+ Digital Copy)

Igpx Season One Box
Igpx Season Two Box

Jingle All the Way (+ Digital Copy)
The Last Man On Earth [1964] [Remastered Edition]
Leviathan
The Lost World [1925] [Remastered]
Metal Man
Mysterious Island
Nadia, Vol. 1: Secret of Blue Water Collection
Naruto the Movie 3: Guardians of the Crescent Moon Kingdom
Night Gallery Complete Second Season
Robots (+ Digital Copy)
Sci-Fi Superheroes BD 3-pk bundle [Blu-ray]
Scooby Doo: Funland of Freaky Frights: Interactive DVD Game

Shaun The Sheep: Off the Baa
Off the Baa/Three Amazing Adventures
Off the Baa/Three Amazing Adventures

Shogun Assassin: 5 Film Collector's Set

Star Wars: The Clone Wars
Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2 Disc Special Edition)
Star Wars: The Clone Wars (+ Digital Copy) [Blu-ray]

Superhero Blu-ray Collection [Blu-ray]

Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle, Vol. 9 - Renegades and Strays
Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicles: Season 1 Set

Yu Yu Hakusho: Season Three Set
Zombies on Broadway / White Zombie

Coming next week (Nov 18)
Bleach 13: The Rescue
Blue Dragon 2
Bruce Almighty [Blu-ray]
Caveman: V. T. Hamlin & Alley Oop
The Complete Monty Pythons Flying Circus - Collectors Edition Megaset
Coyote Ragtime Show: Complete Box Set
Death Note Box Set 1

Doctor Who - The Complete Fourth Series
Doctor Who: The Infinite Quest

EXPLOITATION CINEMA: Chinese Hercules / Black Dragon
Fairly Odd Parents - Season 6, Vol. 1
Flowers for Algeron
Ghost Hunt: Season 1, Part 2

The Girl Who Leapt Through Time (Limited Edition)
The Girl Who Leapt Through Time

Gundam Seed Destiny: TV Movie 3
Haruka: Beyond the Stream of Time - A Tale of the Eight Guardians, Vol. 8
Marvel Blu-ray 3-Pack (Fantastic Four / Fantastic Four - Rise of the Silver Surfer / Daredevil) [Blu-ray]
Mirrormask [Blu-ray]
Mystery Science Theater 3000
Neon Genesis Evangelion, Vol. 2: Platinum Holiday Special
Philip K. Dick - The Penultimate Truth
Pokemon Movie 8 & 9 Bundle (2pc)
Saber Rider & the Star Sheriffs
Spongebob Squarepants - Season 5, Vol. 2

Star Trek: The Original Series - Three Season Pack
Star Trek: The Original Series - Season 3 Remastered

Wall-E (Three-Disc Special Edition + Digital Copy)
Wall-E (Three-Disc Special Edition + Digital Copy and BD Live) [Blu-ray]
Wall-E (Two-Disc and BD Live) [Blu-ray]
Wall-E (Widescreen Single-Disc Edition)
Wall-E (Spanish)

When Two Worlds Collide
The World Sinks Except Japan (DVD Special Edition)

Monday, November 10, 2008

Trailer: MONSTERS VS. ALIENS

Hitting theaters in March 2009, Dreamworks Animation presents Monsters Vs. Aliens. Check out the spiffy trailer:



Official site

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Trailer: Joss Whedon's DOLLHOUSE

Joss Whedon's upcoming amnesiac-spy series Dollhouse has gone through some shakeups, but they're pressing ahead. Here's a trailer:



Links:
Dollhouse: The Official Site (FOX)
Dollverse (updates)
Original DOLLHOUSE Pilot Will Not See Air! (Ain't It Cool News)
Dollhouse (TV series) (Wikipedia)

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Michael Crichton 1942-2008

Jurassic Park creator Michael Crichton died yesterday of cancer. Details posted at my author blog, Learning Curve.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Batman: The Complete Animated Series (Nov 4)

New in stores is the 17-disc collection Batman: The Complete Animated Series. The box includes all 109 episodes of the acclaimed 1990s series, plus everything from the four individual volumes (including commentaries and featurettes). Exclusive to the new set is a bonus disc with a new documentary, and a 40-page collectible book.

Also this week
Bourne Trilogy
Futurama: Bender's Game
Get Smart (Single-Disc Fullscreen Edition)
Get Smart - The Complete Series Gift Set
Get Smart - Two-Disc Special Edition
Madagascar
The Persuaders: 3 Film Collection
Popeye the Sailor-1941-43 Volume 3
Shrek the Halls
Star Wars Prequel Trilogy
Waterworld
The Wild Wild West: The Complete Series

Coming Nov 11
Chronological Donald, Vol. Four 1951-1961
Dragon Ball Z: Movie 5 and 6
Dragon Ball Z: Season Seven
I Dream of Jeannie: The Complete Series
Jingle All the Way
The Lone Ranger: 75th Anniversary
M Squad -- The Complete Series
Night Gallery Complete Second Season
Star Wars: The Clone Wars
Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2 Disc Special Edition)

Coming Nov 18
Doctor Who - The Complete Fourth Series
Star Trek: The Original Series - Three Season Pack
Star Trek: The Original Series - Season 3 Remastered
Wall-E (Three-Disc Special Edition + Digital Copy)

Coming Nov 25
Merlin and the War of the Dragons
Space Chimps
Superman: Doomsday

Coming December 2
Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian
Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian (Three-Disc Collector's Edition)
The Day the Earth Stood Still: Two-Disc Special Edition
Hey There, It's Yogi Bear
The Man Called Flintstone
X-Files: I Want to Believe (Three-Disc SE + Digital Copy)

Coming December 9
Chamber of Horrors/Brides of Fu Manchu
The Dark Knight (Widescreen Single-Disc Edition)
The Dark Knight (Two-Disc Special Edition + Digital Copy)
I Am Legend Ultimate Collector's Edition
Lost: The Complete Fourth Season

Coming December 16
Aqua Teen Hunger Force, Vol. 6
Jurassic Fight Club: Season 1
The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea
Mr. Bean: The Ultimate Collection
The Mummy Trilogy
The Mummy: The Animated Series, Vol. 1
The Mummy: The Animated Series, Vol. 2
The Mummy: The Animated Series, Vol. 3
The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor (Two Disc Deluxe Edition)
The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor (Widescreen)
Will Eisner: Profession - Cartoonist

Monday, November 3, 2008

Novelists who write comics

For the past several years, several comic book publishers (especially Marvel Comics and DC Comics) have been recruiting writers from outside the comics sphere, including scribes from the worlds of TV, film, and literature. In fact, Marvel recently called on three crime novelists to each contribute an arc to Punisher: The Gregg Hurwitz-scripted "Girls In White Dresses" runs in Punisher #60-#65, through December; Duane Swierczynski follows with "Six Hours To Kill," appearing in Punisher #66-#70, January through May 2009; and Victor Gischler wraps up with "Welcome To The Bayou" in Punisher #71-#75, which kicks off June 2009. (Full story at Comic Book Resources.)

Other novelists who also write comics: Charlie Huston (Moon Knight), Jonathan Lethem (Omega the Unknown), Tamora Pierce (White Tiger), Joe R. Landsdale (Tales From The Crypt), Greg Rucka (Adventures of Superman, Detective Comics, and Wonder Woman ... in addition to his creator-owned Queen & Country), and Brad Metzler (Justice League of America). Ian Rankin, recently named ITV3 Crime Thriller Awards "Author of the Year," is writing a project for DC Comics' new imprint Vertigo Crime, which launches June 2009.

And then you have Max Allan Collins, who has trod both sides of the line for many years. In addition to the many projects he seems to have in the works at any given time, he has also written official tie-ins to CSI for both book publishers and for comics publishers; his graphic novel Road to Perdition became a movie and also a novelization (which Collins wrote); and his indie comic Ms. Tree recently found life as a hardboiled prose mystery from Hard Case Crime. (Not to mention several years writing the "Dick Tracy" newspaper comic strip!) His latest novels include The First Quarry, and Criminal Minds: Finishing School. Collins is also set to write and direct two sequels to Road to Perdition:
Two sequels planned for Road to Perdition

In the coming days, I'm going to post some links to resources for comics writers. (If only for my own reference.)

Related links:
Marvel Comics' DARK REIGN
This is why I don't buy more comics
ROBOT-13: Tech Vs. Myth
Alan Moore on the new "League"
Warren Ellis' IGNITION CITY
Hollywood legends do sci-fi, horror comics
Free Comics Online

Happy Birthday, John Barry!

Birthday greetings to composer extraordinaire John Barry, who turns 75 today! A five-time Oscar winner, Barry is best known for his lush, epic, often melancholic film scores. When I think back to being a 10-year-old sitting in that dark theater watching the 1976 remake of King Kong, even then I could tell that much of the film's epic power and sense of romantic doom was a direct product of Barry's score.

Barry, of course, defined the "sound" of James Bond, scoring eleven films: From Russia With Love (1963), Goldfinger (1964), Thunderball (1965), You Only Live Twice (1967), On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969), Diamonds Are Forever (1971), The Man With The Golden Gun (1974), Moonraker (1979), Octopussy (1983), A View To A Kill (1985), and The Living Daylights (1987), in which Barry had a cameo.

Variety celebrates his birthday with several articles about Barry's career in films, television, and theater:

Composer with the midas touch
Five oscars reflect his elegant simplicity

John Barry reflects on 10 of his scores
'Goldfinger' 'Midnight Cowboy' reconsidered

Barry succeeds in theater and TV
Obscure works attest to composer's ambition

Collaborators reflect on John Barry
Scores continue to move filmmakers

John Barry invented the spy movie score
Unique arrangements ushered in a new genre

Related links:
John Barry at the Songwriters Hall of Fame
John Barry at the Internet Movie Database
John Barry at The Danish Filmmusic Society (DFS)
Biography of John Barry
Official Somewhere In Time Website
Filmtracks' Tribute to John Barry
John Barry: A Life in Music
John Barry discography at SoundtrackCollector.com

Saturday, November 1, 2008

More giant monster movies (Nov 1)

We've added nine more titles to our (still getting there) exhaustive list of Giant Monster Movies. These all happen to come from The Asylum, the studio best known for its straight-to-DVD "mockbusters."

King of the Lost World (2005)
Transmorphers (2007)
Monster 2008
100 Million B.C. (2008)
Merlin and the War of the Dragons (2008)
The Day the Earth Stopped (2008)
Dragonquest (2009)
Transmorphers 2 (2009)
Mega Shark vs. Giant Squid (2009)

Friday, October 31, 2008

Closeout costumes at authentic prices!

The folks at Homestar Runner have posted another fun online cartoon short for Halloween: Closeout Costumes at Authentic Prices!

Plus some classics:
Happy Hallo-day
The House that Gave Sucky Treats (interactive!)
More toon here

Thursday, October 30, 2008

LEGION ends with #50

Longtime fan favorite comic Legion of Superheroes ends with #50. Of course, the relatively low issue number indicates how often the title has stopped and started (and relaunched with a new #1) over the years. But man, back in the day it used to be great.

Speaking of "back in the day," once-and-current LSH legend Jim Shooter shares with Comic Book Resources some of the trials for the book during his recent (and, apparently, final) run as the writer:
Shooter Dishes on Legion Demise
ADDED: Shooter Praises “Outstanding” Work of Manapul

Related links:
Bad (alleged) stuff at DC Comics
Hollywood legends do sci-fi, horror comics
Santa Claus vs. Frankenstein
Marvel Comics' DARK REIGN
This is why I don't buy more comics
Free Comics Online

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Abbott and Costello: Complete (Oct 28)

On shelves today is the 15-disc Abbott and Costello: The Complete Universal Pictures Collection, sporting 28 films, production notes, theatrical trailers, six commentaries, and an exclusive book. Monster flicks in this set include Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein, Abbott and Costello Meet the Invisible Man, Abbott and Costello Meet Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, and Abbott and Costello Meet the Mummy. (The box also includes the documentary "Abbott & Costello Meet the Monsters," from the original DVD of Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein)

Also out this week:
The 4400: The Complete Series
Filmation Sci-Fi Box Set
The Flintstones: The Complete Series
Journey to the Center of the Earth
Little Rascals: The Complete Collection
Mystery Science Theater 3000: 20th Anniversary Edition
NewsRadio: The Complete Series

Coming November 4
Futurama: Bender's Game
Get Smart
Get Smart - The Complete Series Gift Set
Get Smart - Two-Disc Special Edition
Outer Limits Original Series Complete Box Set
The Persuaders: 3 Film Collection
Popeye the Sailor-1941-43 Volume 3
The Wild Wild West: The Complete Series

Coming Nov 11
Chronological Donald, Vol. Four 1951-1961
Dragon Ball Z: Movie 5 and 6
Dragon Ball Z: Season Seven
I Dream of Jeannie: The Complete Series
Jingle All the Way
The Lone Ranger: 75th Anniversary
M Squad -- The Complete Series
Night Gallery Complete Second Season
Star Wars: The Clone Wars
Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2 Disc Special Edition)

Coming Nov 18
Doctor Who - The Complete Fourth Series
Star Trek: The Original Series - Three Season Pack
Star Trek: The Original Series - Season 3 Remastered
Wall-E (Three-Disc Special Edition + Digital Copy)

Coming Nov 25
Merlin and the War of the Dragons
Space Chimps
Superman: Doomsday

Coming December 2
Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian
Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian (Three-Disc Collector's Edition)
The Day the Earth Stood Still: Two-Disc Special Edition
Hey There, It's Yogi Bear
The Man Called Flintstone
X-Files: I Want to Believe (Three-Disc SE + Digital Copy)

Coming December 9
The Dark Knight (Widescreen Single-Disc Edition)
The Dark Knight (Two-Disc Special Edition + Digital Copy)
I Am Legend Ultimate Collector's Edition
Lost: The Complete Fourth Season

Monday, October 27, 2008

Bad (alleged) stuff at DC Comics

An anonymous whistle blower has been emailing news outlets regarding alleged activities going on in the offices of DC Comics. For legal reasons, it's best not to go into specifics here -- but if the allegations are true, then the stuff is bad. Really bad. One would hope DC Comics parent company Time Warner will get involved and do the right thing.

More info:
Blind Items (Lying In The Gutters)
One Or Two Things I've Learned... (Occasional Superheroine)
Whistle Blowing and Comic Book Journalism (Comic Book Bin)

Related links:
ROBOT-13: Tech Vs. Myth
Alan Moore on the new "League"
Warren Ellis' IGNITION CITY
Hollywood legends do sci-fi, horror comics
Santa Claus Vs. Frankenstein
ICONIC: The Life and Death of Talos the Bronze
Honoring the father of manga
KAIJU comic!
Free Comics Online

Watch JOHNNY SOKKO free online

GIANT MONSTERS ON THE LOOSE!

This blog is for fans of classic giant monsters and monster-fighters from the movies, TV, and comics -- including King Kong, Godzilla, Gamera, Mothra, Rodan, King Ghidorah, Mechagodzilla, Dogora, Johnny Sokko and Giant Robot, Ultraman, Fin Fang Foom, Titano, The Host, and more. We also salute the classic genre and special effects films of Toho Studios Universal Studios, Hammer Films, not to mention the Frankenstein Monster, Count Dracula, the Wolf Man, the Mummy, the Creature from the Black Lagoon, giant robots, sci-fi, manga, and anime.