In 1978, John Carpenter and Debra Hill brought the boogeyman to life and gave him a name. Halloween was a massively successful independent movie that spawned several sequels, a remake and a sequel to the remake. 10 movies (9 of which feature Michael Myers) comprise one of the most iconic and celebrated horror franchises of all time.
And now you can own all of it, along with a plethora of bonus content, for the first time in this 15-disc deluxe edition blu-ray set.
Read on for my full review of the set and, while you’re at it, check out the 2014 Obsessive Viewer Holiday Buyer’s Guide. You can also check out my podcast’s full review of the Halloween franchise here.
Posted in Blu-Ray and DVD, Shocktober 2014
Tagged blu-ray, Complete Collection, Halloween, Halloween - The Complete Collection Limited Deluxe Edition, Halloween 4, Halloween 5, Halloween 6, Halloween H20, Halloween II, Halloween III: The Season of the Witch, Halloween Resurrection, review
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This was my first time watching last year’s The Wolverine. I was pleasantly surprised to see that it was directed by James Mangold. He directed one of my favorite westerns, 2007’s remake of 3:10 to Yuma. With that in mind and knowing this was a Wolverine movie without the word “Origins” in the title, I went in with some pretty high hopes. Continue reading
Posted in Franchise Review, Movies
Tagged 3:10 to Yuma, 3d, Anti-Piracy, Bargain Buy, blu-ray, Franchise Review, Hal Yamanouchi, Hugh Jackman, James Mangold, movie, review, the wolverine, X-Men
Here it is (FINALLY), Part VI of my 12-part review of the James Bond 50th Anniversary blu-ray box set. I apologize for the extreme lateness for this entry. I actually watched these movies a while ago and just now got around to writing them up. I just got busy with other things. I’ll do better in the future.
With this entry in the series, I have officially reached the halfway point of my journey through the James Bond franchise. As you’ll see below, this pairing of Moonraker and For Your Eyes Only carried with it both good and bad things. Yet I still enjoyed myself and I hope you enjoy reading my thoughts on them.
Of course, you can read my past Bond 50 posts here. And follow me around the internet with the links below.
Posted in Blu-Ray and DVD, James Bond, Movies, The Bond 50 Project
Tagged 1980s, blu-ray, Bond, Bond 50th Anniversary Collection, Carole Bouquet, Christopher Wood, Cubby Broccoli, For Your Eyes Only, Ian Fleming, James Bond, John Glen, Lewis Gilbert, Lois Chiles, Michael G. Wilson, Michael Lonsdale, Michael Wilson, Moonraker, Richard Maibaum, Roger Moore, The Bond 50 Project, Topol
Now that Breaking Bad has ended and the dust has settled on the wave of articles, criticisms and adulation toward it, I feel compelled to write some thoughts. And it’s just in time for tomorrow’s final season and complete series blu-ray releases.
If you heard The Obsessive Viewer Podcast’s analysis of the finale, you would know that I had some slightly dissenting opinions about the end of Walter White and Heisenberg. Particularly, my opinion was rooted in his role as an anti-hero.
I wrote this while I was still comprehending the events of Breaking Bad’s final run of episodes. In the aftermath of Felina, I saw countless comparisons of the show to The Wire, which I firmly believe is in a class by itself in the television pantheon. What I saw surprisingly few of were comparison’s between Breaking Bad and The Shield. Below I recount how each series and each anti-hero’s final bow. Enjoy and don’t forget to follow me around the internet with the links below.
Posted in Television
Tagged Aaron Paul, AMC, Anna Gunn, Anti hero, blu-ray, Breaking Bad, CCH Pounder, Dean Norris, Family Meeting, Felina, Finales, FX, Heisenberg, Jesse Pinkman, R.J. Mitte, serialized television, Shane Vendrell, Shawn Ryan, Strike Team, Television, The Shield, Vic Mackey, Vince Gilligan, Walter White, Walton Goggins
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Here’s the latest ep of The Obsessive Viewer Podcast! We were originally going to have Chris Spangle from We Are Libertarians on to discuss the Fall TV season but due to technical issues on our end, we had to bump him to next week.
Instead, we introduced a new concept to the show that we look forward to doing once per season. We were flying by the seat of our pants while we figured out, on the air, how to do it. Nevertheless, we had a lot of fun recording it and we hope you enjoy listening to it!
And be sure to check out PodcastLand.com for a very comprehensive collection of podcasts you can listen to. While you’re there, vote for us for Podcast of the Month! It would mean a lot to us. Continue reading
Posted in The Obsessive Viewer Podcast
Tagged 70s, 80s, 90s, Abigail Breslin, adaptation, aja Butterfield, AMC, American Horror Story, Andrew Lincoln, anthology, Avatar, Back to the Future, blu-ray, book, Bruce Willis, Can't Hardly Wait, character development, Chicago Bears, Christopher Lloyd, cinema, circuit city, crispin glover, Disney vault, Don corleone, Ender's Game, entertainment, Eric stoltz, film, filmmaking, filmspotting, Francis Ford Coppola, Frank Sinatra, Gavin Hood, Hailee Steinfeld, hank azaria, Harrison Ford, Harry Potter, Harvey keitel, HBO, Indianapolis Colts, Italians, Italy, Jackie brown, James Caan, John Travolta, Johnny Fontaine, Kill Bill, Lea Thompson, Lord of the Rings, Mario Puzo, Marlon Brando, Marty mcfly, Matthew McConaughey, michael corleone, Michael J. Fox, miramax, Movies, NFL, nonlinear storytelling, Orson Scott Card, pantheon, Pearl Harbor, Podcast, Pulp Fiction, quentin tarantino, quidditch, reservoir dogs, Robert Duvall, Robert Kirkman, Robert zemeckis, rocky, Samuel L. Jackson, Scott M. Gimple, Sicily, sonny corleone, Sports, St. Louis Rams, Talking Dead, tank and fogs, the coppola restoration, The Godfather, The Godfather Part II, the killing, The Obsessive Viewer Podcast, The Shining, The Walking Dead, The Wire, time travel, Titanic, title pending movie podcast, Tom Hagan, Tom Wilson, Toy Story, toy story ultimate toy box, Transformers, True Detective, True Romance, Uma thurman, Valhalla, we are libertarians, Woody Harrelson, writing, zombies
My friends and I have been dedicating the month of October to the horror genre and calling it Shocktober for several years now. I started this blog in February and from the start I was excited about sharing my Shocktober experience with anyone and everyone.
I have been saying for a while that this year has to make up for last year’s abysmal performance. I had it in my mind that I barely watched anything last year. As it turns out, I was 27 movies last year. Not all of them were Shocktober movies, but I had been working under the assumption that I had maybe 10 or 11 viewings total last year.
It’s all for the best because this year was the second best Shocktober I’ve ever had. While I didn’t beat my record of 57 viewings in 2011, I did come close with a very respectable 52 viewings. I’m also proud to say that only 3 of those viewings weren’t Shocktober movies. Continue reading
Posted in Mike White, Monthly Roundup, Movies, Obsessive Friends, Shocktober, Shocktober 2013, Tiny
Tagged 1978, Alfonso Cuarón, all hallow's eve, Apollo 18, blu-ray, Gravity, Halloween, Halloween 3, Halloween 35th Anniversary, House at the End of the Street, Indianapolis, Indie Lounge, Jason X, jennifer lawrence, John Carpenter, Keystone Art, Max Brooks, Michael Dougherty, Michael Myers, Mike, Month in Movies, Monthly Roundup, Netflix, Obsessive Friends, Satan's Little Helper, Season of the Witch, Shocktober, Shocktober 2013, The American Scream, The Awakening, The Collector, The Loved Ones, The Thing, theater, Tiny, trick r Treat, World War Z
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I’m releasing this week’s episode of the podcast earlier than usual. We recorded it to coincide with Halloween and now that the holiday is finally here, we’ve got a new ep of The Obsessive Viewer Podcast ready for you. This week we talk about our Shocktober and just have a general catch up session after taking a week off from recording. I hope you enjoy it! Continue reading
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Tagged Alien, behind the mask the rise of Leslie Vernon, Best buy, blu-ray, Carrie, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Chloe Grace Moretz, Don Jon, Europa Report, Friday the 13th, Gravity, Halloween, Halloween 3, Halloween 4, Halloween 5, Halloween 6, hocus pocus, horror movies, I Love You Man, Indianapolis, Jason X, Judy Greer, Keystone Art, Landmark Cinemas, Machete, Machete Kills, Mark Cuban, midnight screening, Mythology, paranormal Activity, Podcast, Pulp Fiction, saw, saw 3d, Saw V, Scream, scream 2, Scream 3, Scream 4, Sequels, Shocktober, Splinter, target, Texas Chainsaw 3D, The American Scream, The Hills Have Eyes, The Loved Ones, The Ring, trick r Treat, Tucker and Dale vs. Evil, Vacancy, VHS, VHS 2, We Bought a Zoo
Space is an endless landscape for humanity to explore. The idea of colonizing the vast unknown and taking humanity to the stars has been a dream of humanity for centuries. This dream has led to a vast array of fictional voyages into space.
Still, there’s something inherently terrifying about the idea of space travel and the isolation that goes with it. The same unknown that inspires humanity also has the power to ignite our morbid sides. Take a group of humans, put them in a confined space millions of miles from other humans, and horrific monsters won’t be far behind. Continue reading
Posted in Horror, Shocktober, Shocktober 2013
Tagged 4 Days of Blood, Alfonso Cuarón, Alien, Alien Anthology, Aliens, blu-ray, Buy Digitally, Danny Boyle, Don't Even Bother, Europa Report, Event Horizon, Friday the 13th, George Clooney, God, Gravity, Halloween, Jason Voorhees, Jason X, Laurence Fishburne, Lord Zedd, Magnet, Magnet Releasing, Movies, Ninja Turtles, Nostromo, Pinbacker, Power Rangers, Ridley Scott, Sam Neill, Sandra Bullock, sci-fi, Science, Sharlto Copley, Shocktober, Shocktober 2013, Shredder, sigourney weaver, Space, space exploration, Sunshine, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, Theater Worthy, Uber-Jason, Worth a Trip to Red Box
I picked up the Halloween: 35th Anniversary blu-ray a few weeks ago and was eager to jump into it and the features. In honor of Shocktober I thought I’d review it for anyone curious about whether they should upgrade their collection or enhance it with this horror movie classic for the first time.
The blu-ray comes in a booklet case with 20 pages stapled inside. The pages are filled with old photos from the movie and an essay written by Stef Hutchinson of the Halloween: 25 Years of Terror documentary.
Read on as I detail the release and the features within it. Let me know what you think of in the comments below and be sure to follow me around the internet.
Posted in Blu-Ray and DVD, Horror, Shocktober, Shocktober 2013
Tagged Autumn, blu-ray, Halloween, Halloween 25 Years of Terror, Halloween 35th Anniversary, HorrorHound Weekend, Indianapolis, Jamie Lee Curtis, John Carpenter, Michael Myers, ps3, Shocktober, Shocktober 2013, Stef Hutchinson, The Night She Came Home
Here’s this week’s installment of “The Obsessive Viewer’s Week in TV!” This week was a little light, compared to last week at least. A lot of that is due to the kick off of Shocktober and various other things. Still, I managed to watch the series finale of Breaking Bad, Family Guy’s season premiere and start a rewatch of Game of Thrones. Read on to see what kind of week I’ve had. Continue reading
Posted in Television, The Week in TV
Tagged Andy Samberg, blu-ray, Boardwalk Empire, Breaking Bad, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Bryan Cranston, Chris Hardwick, Conan, Dunn Purnsley, family guy, Felina, Finale, Game of Thrones, Heisenberg, how I Met Your Mother, J. Edgar Hoover, London, Meyer Lansky, new girl, Nucky Thompson, Parks and Recreation, Ron Swanson, Series Finale, talking bad, Television, The Week in TV, Vince Gilligan, Walter Hartwell White, Walter White
Here’s this week’s installment of everyone’s favorite feature: “The Obsessive Viewer’s Week in TV!” This week was a big one. As far as new episodes, we had the penultimate episode of Breaking Bad, a plot building episode of Boardwalk Empire, plus the premieres of How I Met Your Mother, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and The Mindy Project.
In the Rewatches, Catch Ups and Independent Viewings category, I finally finished up season 2 of The Newsroom, made some great progress on the recently added to Netflix 2nd season of New Girl and an intensely timed rewatch of How I Met Your Mother’s 8th season.
I also decided against watching the Emmys and let my ridiculous new habit of weekly HBO blu-ray purchases get the better of me. Read on and let me know what you think. Continue reading
Posted in The Week in TV
Tagged ABC, Acres of Diamonds, Allen Coulter, AMC, Anders Holm, blu-ray, Boardwalk Empire, Breaking Bad, cbs, Chris Messina, Clark Gregg, Coming Back, Election Night, Emmys 2013, Fox, Friends, Granite State, Hannah Simone, HBO, how I Met Your Mother, Ike Barinholtz, Jake Johnson, James Franco, Jeffrey Wright, Joss Whedon, Lamorne Morris, Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Max greenfield, Menzies, Michael Trucco, new girl, Olivia Munn, Patricia Arquette, Pepperwood, Robert Forster, Television, The Locket, The Mindy Project, The Newsroom, The Week in TV, Tim Van Patten, Zooey Deschanel
This is the time of year when I get bogged down with all the series I follow. Some shows fall by the wayside while others get picked up if word of mouth or marketing is strong enough. Obviously I can’t devote a post every week (like with Bates Motel or Under the Dome) to every show I watch. So here’s a weekly series I’m going to try my best to work on as the fall TV season unfolds. Continue reading
Posted in The Week in TV
Tagged blu-ray, Boardwalk Empire, Breaking Bad, Curtains, Genoa, Grand Theft Auto V, HBO, Himym, how I Met Your Mother, J. Edgar Hoover, Jeffrey Wright, Ozymandias, Resignation, Season Finale, Television, The Newsroom, The Week in TV, Under the Dome
This is the time of year when I get bogged down with all the series I follow. Some shows fall by the wayside while others get picked up if word of mouth or marketing is strong enough. Obviously I can’t devote a post every week (like with Bates Motel or Under the Dome) to every show I watch. So here’s a new weekly series I’m going to try my best to work on as the fall TV season unfolds.
I’m already off to a semi-bad start considering this was meant to go up Sunday. But I’ll try my best in the future to post these when I intend them to be posted.
Posted in The Week in TV
Tagged AMC, blu-ray, Boardwalk Empire, Breaking Bad, cbs, entertainment, Exigent Circumstances, FX, Game of Thrones, HBO, how I Met Your Mother, New York Sour, Sons of Anarchy, Straw, The Newsroom, Tohajiilee, tv, Under the Dome
Here it is, folks. Part 5 of my 12 part Bond Blu-Ray collection review! This edition features Christopher Lee as a villain, my new favorite Bond girl and the introduction of the evil henchman Jaws! Enjoy and be sure to comment with your thoughts on these movies. You find my other Bond reviews here. Continue reading
Posted in Blu-Ray and DVD, James Bond, The Bond 50 Project
Tagged Barbara Bach, blu-ray, Bond 50th Anniversary Collection, Bond blu-ray, Britt Ekland, Christopher Lee, Christopher Wood, Clifton James, Curd Jürgens, Egypt, Guy Hamilton, James Bond, Lewis Gilbert, Movies, Richard Maibaum, Roger Moore, The Bond 50 Project, The Man With The Golden Gun, The Spy Who Loved Me, Tom Mankiewicz