Zoo Weekly Issue 460 (19 January 2015)
ZOO Weekly is quite literally Australia’s biggest selling men’s mag. Every single week it gives you everything you’ll need to get through the week. And then some. Top sports stories, latest cars and gadgets, babes and weirdness. And a pub’s eye view of the stuff worth talking about. Add in our unique men’s TV and entertainment guide and frankly it feels like we’re giving you too much. Every week, we serve you up a fast, funny mix of the sexiest babes, best sports coverage, coolest cars and a pub’s eye view of the week’s news. We bring you the big entertainment stories first and be your bible for the week ahead. We review all the week’s music, movies, gadgets and games, while our TV guide highlights the best stuff on the box for blokes. Plus, ZOO is your one stop shop for jokes, jpegs, lists quizzes and weird stuff to make you laugh out loud.
The world's hottest inked babe, Vanessa Lake, fronts our special tattoo issue, featuring the best body art, funniest tatts and hottest tattooists going around. You'll also see some Kiwis almost die inside a volcano, find out how NASA's making planes that'll go from Sydney to Melbourne in two minutes, and be amazed by Afghanistan's reincarnated Bruce Lee.
This is one of my favorite Spaghetti Western film. If you didn't already own it, it's being re-issued on DVD as an "English Version" this 28 April 2015. I'm glad to see that it is back in print, as the out of print DVD is selling for over $26... so buying it new for $11 is a deal on Amazon.
The version I own, via Anchor Bay has the English dub, so I'm not actually sure what they meant by "English Version", as I'm assuming all previous versions were "English" version?
Blue Underground is releasing two Italian masters collections. Each release retails for $39.99, so you're spending about $13 a Bluray, might be worth it if you already own the DVD (which I already own via Anchor Bay or previous Blue Underground DVDs). Amazon is selling these for $24.99 ($9 a disc), so you can shop around. I typically don't really pre-order and prefer to actually see it in person before I buy anything. I hope Best Buy or Walmart will carry these.
None of these disc have any special features that I like (audio commentaries), but generally you don't buy these collections for the features.
Details of the releases:
Three classic Dario Argento thrillers for one low price!
THE CAT O'NINE TAILS:
When a simple robbery at a research institute leads to a series of brutal murders, a blind puzzle maker and a tenacious reporter begin their own investigation of the crimes. With nine different clues to follow, they uncover a shocking web of twisted genetics and dark sexual secrets that will finally lead them to a shattering climax of violence and suspense.
An English jazz pianist living in Rome witnesses the brutal hatchet murder of a renowned psychic and is quickly drawn into the savage crime. With the help of a tenacious female reporter, the pair track a twisted trail of deranged clues and relentless violence towards a shocking climax that has ripped screams from the throats of audiences for more than 35 years!
A young woman stumbles upon a mysterious diary that reveals the secrets of "The Three Mothers" and unleashes a nightmare world of demonic evil. As the unstoppable horror spreads from Rome to New York City, this unholy trinity must be stopped before the world is submerged in the blood of the innocent.
Three classic Lucio Fulci gore fests for one low price!
CITY OF THE LIVING DEAD:
The Seven Gates Of Hell have been torn open, and in three days the dead shall rise and walk the earth. As a reporter and a psychic race to close the portals of the damned, they encounter a seething nightmare of unspeakable evil. The city is alive - with the horrors of the living dead!
THE HOUSE BY THE CEMETERY:
A young family moves from their cramped New York City apartment to a spacious new home in New England. But this is no ordinary house in the country: the previous owner was the deranged Dr. Freudstein, whose monstrous human experiments have left a legacy of bloody mayhem. Now, someone - or something - is alive in the basement, and home sweet home is about to become a horrific hell on earth.
THE NEW YORK RIPPER:
A blade-wielding psychopath is on the loose, turning The Big Apple bright red with the blood of beautiful young women. As NYPD detectives follow the trail of butchery from the decks of the Staten Island Ferry to the sex shows of Times Square, each brutal murder becomes a sadistic taunt. In the city that never sleeps, he's the killer that can't be stopped!
amazon.com which again may be too much for an older film. The main selling point for me is usually audio commentary, which I do not think the upcoming Grindhouse Releasing will have. However, the first 5,000 units will feature a glow in the dark cover.... which is very tempting, but I think the pricing is too expensive for now.
The seven dreaded gateways to hell are concealed in seven cursed places...
And on the day the gates of hell are opened, the dead will walk the earth!
From legendary Italian horror master Lucio Fulci comes the ultimate classic of supernatural terror. A cursed hotel, built over one of the seven gateways to hell, becomes a malevolent abyss that begins devouring both the bodies and the souls of all who enter in a graphic frenzy of gory crucifixions, brutal chain-whippings, eyeball impalements, sulphuric acid meltdowns, flesh-eating tarantulas, throat-shredding demon dogs and ravenous bloodthirsty zombies. THE BEYOND is a towering achievement in hair-raising, mind-bending cinematic terror!
December 6, 2014
Grindhouse Releasing is bringing Lucio Fulci’s THE BEYOND back to select theaters to celebrate the film’s upcoming U.S. Blu-ray debut. Don’t miss this chance to see Fulci’s masterpiece of supernatural horror on the big screen in glorious 35mm!
1/23/2015 – Landmark Sunshine, NYC
If you listened to my podcast with Cristina, you know that I'm a huge Game of Thrones fan. I actually own all the books (but have not read all of them) and always get the Bluray exclusive covers, if I can get them. Best Buy will be releasing five different covers for Season 4 - unfortunately, three of them were previously used for for Season 1 and 2, only the Martell and Tyrell are new covers. I don't know why they are recycling the images - they could have at least changed the colors or reverse the image or something?
Walmart's exclusive is a King Joffrey mini figure by Funko, while Target is offering a free "Beautiful Death Photo Book" with their exclusive. I hate to say it, but it would seem Best Buy has the best version with the bonus disc and exclusive slipcover. I've rant about the slipcover before, saying that the covers are too thin, but the bonus disc might make up for it. As for Walmart or Target, I suppose I have to see them in person to see if the book or toy is worth it. Also, I guess it depends on availability as well.
A brand-new 4K High Definition transfer from the original uncensored negative along with exclusive new Extras created especially for this release!
GOD TOLD ME TO (Blu-ray)
UPC Code: 827058705097
Director: Larry Cohen (Q-The Winged Serpent, It's Alive)
Stars: Tony Lo Bianco (The French Connection), Sandy Dennis, Deborah Raffin (Death Wish 3), Sylvia Sidney (Beetlejuice), Richard Lynch, Andy Kaufman
Release Date: February 24, 2015
The critically acclaimed cult classic returns in an all-new Special Edition Blu-ray! A rooftop sniper guns down 14 pedestrians on the streets of New York City. A mild-mannered dad takes a shotgun and blows away his wife and children. A cop goes on a sudden shooting spree at the St. Patrick's Day Parade. And each of these unlikely killers makes the same dying confession: "God told me to." Now a repressed Catholic NYPD detective (Tony Lo Bianco of THE HONEYMOON KILLERS and THE FRENCH CONNECTION) must uncover a netherworld of deranged faith, alien insemination and his own unholy connection to a homicidal messiah with a perverse plan for the soul of mankind.
Written, produced and directed by Larry Cohen (Q - THE WINGED SERPENT), this critically acclaimed cult classic remains one of the most disturbing and thought-provoking horror films of our time. Deborah Raffin (DEATH WISH 3), Sandy Dennis (WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF?), Sylvia Sidney (BEETLEJUICE), Mike Kellin (SLEEPAWAY CAMP), Richard Lynch (BAD DREAMS), and Andy Kaufman (TAXI) co-star in this one-of-a-kind chiller, now featuring a brand-new 4K High Definition transfer from the original uncensored negative along with exclusive new Extras created especially for this release!
I've only read the first Hunger Games book by Suzanne Collins, but wasn't compelled to follow up with further reading, so watching the new The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Pt. 1 movie came as a surprise to me as anyone who's ever seen the movie or read the book for the first time.
This is a review for the film, and I'll try and avoid spoilers and stick to things you already know about the series (assuming you already watched the first two films).
As the title indicate, this is only half the story. If you remember at the end of Hunger Games: Catching Fire, that there were some major reveals and ended with a cutoff fade to black, right in the middle of something major.
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Pt. 1 picks up right after the second movie, so I suggest rewatching the Bluray to refresh your memory. The third movie introduced us to some new characters because of a certain new District. The characters were handled well - unlike the first movie which had a million characters (all the "tributes" in the Hunger Games).
Also, maybe it is just me, but I had trouble distinguishing between Katniss' boyfriend Gale and Sam. In the movie, there is less focus on the other Hunger Games tribute, but more on the military leaders.
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Pt. 1 works like a war game, with moves and counter moves... and is somewhat slightly different than what the first two Hunger Games films were about.
Now for some minor complaints about the movie:
So what can I say? Of all the The Hunger Games films, I felt this one was the strongest ... but perhaps it would have been a much better movie if we got the resolution/payoff of part 2. I guess we'll just have to wait a year to find out how this trilogy ends.
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Pt.1 is playing at all major theaters now.
GOING UNDER (Blu-ray)
UPC Code: 827058705196
Director: Eric Werthman
Stars: Roger Rees (The Prestige, The West Wing), Geno Lechner (Schindler's List, Immortal Beloved), Miho Nikaido (Henry Fool)
From campaign-archive2.com, thanks to DavidAmazon also updated their cover artwork for both upcoming DVDs.
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