September 1, 2014

Blu-ray Review - 14 Blades

14 Blades
Director: Donnie Lee
Starring: Donnie Yen, Zhao Wei, Wu Chun, Kate Tsui and Qi Yuwu
Studio: Anchor Bay
Release Date: September 2, 2014
Retail: $29.99
Running Time: 113 minutes
Rating: R
Buy Link: Amazon


Arriving on Blu-ray for the first time in the United States is the 2010 wuxia film 14 Blades. The film was directed by Donnie Lee and stars Donnie Yet, Zhao Wei, Wu Chun, Kate Tsui and Qi Yuwu. There are no extras of special features on the Blu-ray.

Set during the late Ming Dynasty, 14 Blades centers on the Jinyiwei commander, Qinglong (played by Donnie Yen), who is ordered by the emperor's uncle, Prince Qing (played by Sammo Hung), and the Jinyiwei chief, Jia Jingzhong, to retrieve a safe box that is in the possession of imperial councilor, Zhao Shenyan. Unknowingly to Qinglong, Prince Qing and Jingzhong are planning on revolting against the emperor and they tell him that the box has evidence that the councilor is going to revolt.

To his surprise, Quinglong learns that he has been tricked, as the box contains the Imperial Seal, and he soon becomes an enemy to his fellow Jinyiweis. Now seen as a traitor to the emperor, he has no other choice, but to join the Justice Escort Agency, while he continues to stay loyal to the emperor by looking for more evidence against Prince Qung and Jingzhong.

The Paranormal Diaries: Clophill Arriving on DVD on September 30th!

Arriving on DVD on September 30 is the horror film The Paranormal Diaries: Clophill. The film is directed by Michael Bartlett & Kevin Gates and stars Craig Stovin, Criselda Cabitac, Kevin Gates, Michael Bartlett, Mark Jeavons and Rob Whitaker.

Based on true events, six investigators head to one of the world’s most haunted places to uncover the source of supernatural sightings and phenomena. Known for centuries as a notorious magnet for grave robbers, body snatchers, Satanists and cultists since the time of The Black Death, the ruined St. Mary’s Church at Clophill plays host to filmmaker Kevin Gates and his team of researchers. Obsessed with unraveling the secrets of this “unholy ground,” they venture into the murky darkness armed with cameras, curiosity and a need to expose the truth. However, some secrets were meant to stay buried – permanently. Over the course of three chilling nights, it becomes clear that they have unleashed something ancient and evil that has long been hungry to escape into this world.

The DVD can be preordered on!

Review - There's A Mouse Hiding In This Book

There's A Mouse Hiding In This Book!
Tom & Jerry
By Benjamin Bird
Publisher: Capstone Young Readers
Pub. Date: September 1, 2014
ISBN: 978-1623701253
Pages: 32


Tom & Jerry has been entertaining millions of cartoon fans since 1940 with its simple premise of a cat chasing a mouse. From theatrical shorts, animated series and made-to-video animated movies, the cat and mouse have stayed popular over the years with each  generation of children.

Arriving on in bookstores from Capstone Young Readers is the picture book, There's A Mouse Hiding In This Book staring Tom & Jerry.

Tom the cat is upset that Jerry the mouse has entered his picture book. Jerry has stepped into some paint and his footprints are on each page. Tom follows the footprints in the hopes of finally catching the mouse. From mousetraps to a dog, it seems Tom keeps running into anything and everything except for Jerry, as the mouse is too clever for him.

Werewolf Rising Arriving on DVD on October 14th!

Arriving just in time for Halloween on October 14 is the horror film, Werewolf Rising. The film is directed by BC Furtney and stars Bill Oberst Jr., Danielle Lozeau, Melissa Carnell.

Desperate for a break from big city life, Emma heads to her family’s cabin deep in the Arkansas hills. As she settles in for some much-needed R&R, she learns that something unspeakable lurks in the surrounding darkness. As the full moon rises, a bloodthirsty werewolf emerges from the shadows, slaughtering everyone in its path and revealing a sinister underworld Emma never knew existed. Thrown into a fight for her life, and her very soul, Emma will need to escape these big bad woods before it’s too late.

You can preorder the DVD on!

Review - A Light in the Wilderness by Jane Kirkpatrick

A Light in the Wilderness
by Jane Kirkpatrick
Publisher: Revell
Pub. Date: September 2, 2014
ISBN: 978-0800722319
Pages: 320
Buy Link: Amazon


Arriving in bookstores tomorrow is the historical western A Light in the Wilderness by Jane Kirkpatrick. I'm a big fan of historical westerns, but I have never read read a title by the author, though I'm more than aware of the author's works, as my grandmother has read the Tender Ties series. That being said, I was looking forward to reading A Light in the Wilderness, which I received a complimentary copy in exchange for my honest thoughts.

A Light in the Wilderness tells the true story of Letitia Carson, who was one of the first free African Americans, as she journeys from Kentucky to Oregon. After being freed by her owner, Letitia joins a wagon train that is headed west, where she meets an Irish immigrant cattleman, Davey Carson. Eventually the two get married and start a family, even though back then their marriage wouldn't have been legal. After her husband's death, Letitia had to fight to keep the land that she owned.

This book not only tells the story of Letitia Carson, but it also tells the story of two other strong women, Nancy Hawkins - a white woman, who travels in the same wagon train that Letitia is in and becomes friends with her; and Betsy, a Kalapuya Indian living in the Willamette Valley in Oregon, who also befriends Letitia.

August 30, 2014

Blu-ray Review - Draft Day

Draft Day
Director: Ivan Reitman
Starring: Kevin Costner, Jennifer Garner, Denis Leary, Frank Langella, Sam Elliot, Ellen Burstyn, Chadwick Boseman
Studio: Summit Entertainment
Release Date: September 2, 2014
Retail: $39.99
Running Time: 110 minutes
Rating: PG-13
Buy Link: Amazon


Arriving on DVD and Blu-ray on September 2nd from Summit Entertainment is the NFL drama Draft Day. The film is directed by Ivan Reitman and stars Kevin Costner, Jennifer Garner, Denis Leary, Frank Langella, Sam Elliot, Ellen Burstyn and Chadwick Boseman. Special Features include: "On the Clock: The Making of Draft Day" Documentary (Blu-ray Exclusive); "Welcome to Primetime" Featurette (Blu-ray Exclusive); Audio Commentary with the Writers; Deleted Scenes; and Theatrical Trailer.

Draft Day takes place during the fictionalized 2014 NFL Draft and centers on Cleveland Browns General Manager Sonny Weaver Jr. (played by Kevin Costner). He is still mourning the death of his father, who happens to the be the Brown's former coach that he fired, but he must concentrate on picking the perfect player for the team, which isn't easy with the 7th draft pick.

Opportunity knocks when the manager of the Seattle Seahawks offers him an intriguing deal - the 1st draft pick in exchange for the Bowns' first three picks for the next three years. He refuses the offer at first, but eventually accepts it after being pressured to "make a splash" by the Browns owner Anthony Molina (played by Frank Langella). Anthony wants him to pick University of Wisconsin quarterback, Bo Callahan, which upsets the head coach (played by Denis Leary) as he wanted the running back Ray Jennings as this year's first pick.

DVD Review - Transformers Beast Machines: The Complete Series

Transformers Beast Machines: The Complete Series
Voice Cast: Gary Chalk, Ian James Corlett, Scott McNeil, Venus Terzo
Studio: Shout! Factory
Release Date: September 2, 2014
Retail: $29.93
Running Time: 690 minutes
Rating: TV-Y7
Buy Link: Amazon


With Transformers: Age of Extinction taking in over a billion dollars worldwide at the box-office over the summer, it is no surprise that Shout! Factory would release more Transformers cartoon series to DVD for a new generation of fans. Arriving on DVD on September 2nd is Transformers Beast Machines: The Complete Series, featuring all 26 episodes. Bonus features include audio commentaries and interviews with voice director Susan Blu, voice actor David Kaye, story editor Robert N. Skir and series developer Marv Wolfman.

Picking up where Transformers Beast Wars (1996-1999) ended, Beast Machines debuted in 1999 and aired for two seasons. Using computer animation, the series centered on the Maximals (Optimus Primal, Cheetor, Rattrap and Blackarachnia), whom suddenly arrived on Cybertron with no memory of how they got there. They are stuck in their beast modes and are unable to transform when they are attacked by mindless Vehicon drones. To make matters even worse, the Maximals learn that they all have a deadly virus. Their only hope lies in a supercomputer, Oracle, who reformats them into technorganic Transformers.

The Maximals quickly learn that Megatron is alive and is now in complete control of Cybertron. In order to defeat Megatron and find out what happened to the other Maximals, they must learn how to balance their technological sides with their organic sides.
August 29, 2014

Book Blogger Hop: August 29th - Sept. 4th

Book Blogger Hop

Welcome to the new Book Blogger Hop!

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Do you request notifications of new replies when you post a comment on a blog post?

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No, I don't sign up to receive notifications when I comment on a blog post. I already receive way too many emails as it is.

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