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Welcome back to This Week In Discs! If you see something you like, click on the title to buy it from Amazon. Silent Night, Bloody Night Jeffrey Butler has arrived in the small town his family called home to check out the house he’s inherited, but someone else has gotten there first! That someone is Butler’s lawyer, who’s arrived to finalize a deal and maybe squeeze in some infidelity with his sexy squeeze in an upstairs bedroom, but his coitus is interrupted by the discovery that someone else has gotten there first! That someone has an ax. This low budget slasher premiered in the early ’70s, and while CodeRed apparently released a restored version as a double feature a couple months ago this new DVD from Film Chest is my first glimpse of the movie. It suffers from low budget woes, some serious ones at times, but if you can get past them you’ll find a fresh little tale that offers some genuinely creepy scenes alongside an interesting script. Again, it’s cheap as hell, but there’s a lot to love here for horror fans. [DVD extras: None]

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Tonight we explore the world of art, Matt Murdock’s new home and supporting TV characters who should have their own show. It’s all here in Movie News After Dark.

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Welcome back to This Week In Discs! Who wants a free DVD of one of this week’s new releases? As always, if you see something you like, click on the image to buy it. The Story of Film: An Odyssey There have been many documentaries about movies, but all of them can pretty much give up and go home now. This British production was six years in the making, filmed across four continents, covers eleven decades and nearly one thousand films in its quest to offer as complete as possible a look at and into the world of cinema. Film historian Mark Cousins begins his journey in the late 1800s and through fifteen hour-long episodes explores the innovators and the ways they helped the art form grow and transform into the films we have today. Filled with film clips, anecdotes, interviews and a deep knowledge of film history, this is a fascinating look at all aspects of cinema. The only criticism I can muster, and it’s a minor one, is that Cousins’ voice may not be the ideal choice for fifteen hours of narration. [Extras: Booklet]

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What is Movie News After Dark? At all times, it is an attempt to run down 8 or so stories that you should be reading today. Or should have read today, and should be reading tonight. Sometimes it’s helpful. Sometimes it’s silly. But it always is. We begin tonight with a shot from Disney’s potentially very cool 2D animated shot Paper Man. Classy, simple and with little bits of color (look closely, it’s there) and some really great buzz from the animation community are fueling the fire around this one, which will play alongside Wreck-It-Ralph in November.

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Guess what everyone, the Emmys are back in town! Aren’t you excited?! No, that’s okay, neither am I. Just another night for some of Hollywood’s biggest talents to pat themselves on the back for making pretend (really good pretend, though). But you know what, we here at FSR will treat this with the utmost respect that we do all awards ceremonies. That said, before we get to the predictions, let’s take a look at some of the top winners from the Creative Arts Awards portion of the Emmys which were awarded last week: Futurama walked away with the top honor for animated program based on the episode ‘The Late Philip J. Fry,’ beating out front runners South Park and The Simpsons who dominated the category between 2000 and 2009. This also marks the second time Futurama has won the award for Best Animated Series. Maurice LaMarche also walked away with the award for Best Voice-Over Performance for his work on the series as Lrr and Orson Welles. Gwyneth Paltrow took the award for Best Guest Actress in a Comedy Series for her role as Holly Holiday on Glee. Game of Thrones took the award for Best Title Sequence. Boardwalk Empire took the win for Best Visual effects beating out the likes of The Walking Dead and Game of Thrones. Deadliest Catch won the award for Best Reality Series (a win that is more than acceptable in this category). Okay, now that we got that out of the way, let’s move on to […]

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This past week, more importantly, this past Thursday saw the return of three summer shows that this reviewer has been waiting for since September. First up was the season five premiere of Burn Notice. When we last left Michael Westen he was free and clear of the organization that burned him, and was presented with an invitation back into the CIA. That was six months ago. Six months that Westen has spent dismantling the organization that took away the last four years of his life, one terrorist at a time. What makes the episode interesting is that it’s the first time we get to see what Michael can do when he has actual resources at his disposal. And the reason that’s a good thing is because we finally get to see why Michael is considered one of the best spies in the business. Despite having access to all his fancy equipment, at the end of the day all he needs are three grenades, a block of C4 and his two trusty comrades.

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Summer is a time for playing outside, sitting on the beach, going for a swim, taking a stroll in the park with a significant other while… oh, who am I kidding… Summer is for one thing: warm, entertaining television. And with the 2010-2011 television at an end this week, it’s time to look ahead to the wonderful crop that is set to begin at the top of next month. So with that, I present to you 10 Summer Shows Not To Miss! (But beware of some spoilers.)

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Are you a recently defrosted human from the year 1999 that woke up in the thirtieth century? If so, then do I have some news for you… Comedy Central has ordered two more seasons of Futurama for a total of a twenty six episode order. Each season will contain thirteen episodes, clearly the return of the show last year drew even stronger ratings than anyone realized, because it takes a bomb under the feet of a television executive to get an order this high. And to be honest, I would not put that out of the realm of possibility for Bender Bending Rodriguez. It took about five episodes to get its footing back, but once Futurama started delivering episodes, some of which surpassed the quality of the original run from FOX, it never stopped. So I’m more than welcoming of another season, and the fact that we can guarantee Futurama through 2013 is more than a happy surprise for the day. But unfortunately that news is counter balanced with the unfortunate announcement that FX has decided not to pick up the critically acclaimed boxing series Lights Out for a second season. This news though tragic does not come as a surprise considering the ratings were only slightly higher than Terriers, and like Terriers, the show was never able to cross the one million mark in ratings beyond the airing of the pilot in January.

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The Holiday season has reared its ugly head upon New New York and that means it’s time for The Futurama Holiday Spectacular! What is that you ask? Why The Futurama Holiday Spectacular is only the finest holiday tales ever to grace your tiny boob tube. Everything from Christmas, to Robotukah, to Kwanzaa gets a nice punch right to the gut. And before you even think it, you must realize that there’s no where to run, no where to hide, and no place to stand a fight The Futurama Holiday Spectacular! Oh, and Al Gore might have a very devious plot for our beloved future dwelling characters. It’s The Futurama Holiday Spectacular! Brought to you by Gunderson’s Unshelled Nuts.

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It’s the crews 100th delivery! They’re sent to a rich lady with an explosive souffle provided by Elzar. But while attending a richy rich dinner party, Leela is once again discovered to be a mutant and sentenced to life in the sewers. The rest of the crew gets two weeks for harboring a fugitive mutant. But that only lasts for so long once Leela decides to fight for mutant equal rights. But with the humans away, Bender will play. For he decides to throw the ultimate 100th delivery bash at the Planet Express HQ. But things don’t go as planned when he begins to really miss all his friends.

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After a failed attempt to conquer earth, Ndnd throws Lrrr out of Omicron Persei 8. So Lrrr begins his mid-life crisis on earth in the company of Bender. But things don’t go as planned when earth is actually “conquered” by Lrrr and now Ndnd wants him back. Now he must choose between the friends that actually care for him, or the one he loves dearly. While at the same time Fry tries to get his amateur comic book off the ground and into the hands of millions at Comic Con.

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In what I can only describe as the most random episode of the season, The Professor and Amy perfect their mind switching machine. Upon realizing that they want to be in each others body, they switch. But when they discover that it’s impossible to switch back, all hell break loose. Bender, wanting to steal the Robo Emperor’s crown, decides to switch bodies with The Professor, who is currently in Amy’s body. And The Professor decides to run away with Bender’s body. But Amy hates The Professor’s body so she decided to switch with Leela, which then prompts Fry to switch with Zoidberg to prove to Leela that he isn’t only attracted to her body… and that’s only the first half of this week’s Futurama.

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When the theory of evolution is questioned on Earth, The Professor deices to leave and go live on a lifeless planet. But things don’t go as planned when the nanobots he uses to clean the planets water begin to evolve at an exponential rate. Now the entire Planet Express team is trapped with no foreseeable way of getting home. Major developments: Amy is revealed to be Asian… What worked: This episode was very 50/50 for me. As for what worked, I really dug everything that happened on the stray planet. It was really funny, especially the dinosaur bits. I’m always a fan of putting Fry into the most extreme, yet goofy situations. And his basic dialogue like “Don’t eat my butt!” is delivered with such passion that even those jokes work. Which brings me to a larger point, in this episode when jokes hit, they his hard and swift. Again, it’s classic Futurama and I greatly appreciated it. The jokes that worked in this episode were either very subtle – like the pizza joke – or way out there blatant – like the wives bit – there was no middle ground.

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Nibbler is getting sick and tired of being treated like a inferior pet. Upon ordering Leela and the rest of the team to treat him like an equal, Leela and Co. find a new pet. An adorable kitty that Amy is allergic to. But things are not as they appear. As the cats have hypnotized the everyone of the crew, except for Amy and Nibbler. Now it’s up to them to stop the cute kitties’ diabolical plan before earth is destroyed. Major developments: The Planet Express ship is green. What worked: First and foremost, I am always a fan of talking Nibbler episodes. It also makes the joke funnier that the crew is fully aware Nibbler is an intelligent being that is just super cute. I like watching Nibbler finally get fed up with the cutesy act, then realizing he can’t live with out it. Check after the jump to see more of Merrill’s thoughts including what didn’t work this episode. Or alternately, the thoughts most likely to infuriate Futurama apologist Matt Welch…

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It’s Leela’s birthday, and after standing her up at their lunch date, Fry promises Leela a birthday dinner to remember. But because he showed up late to work that morning (with no help from Bender), he’s forced to stay one minute late and help The Professor test his new one way time machine that only travels forward. But things go horribly wrong when the controls get stuck, sending Fry, Bender and The Professor hurtling forward in time and space with no conceivable way of returning home. And with that, lets take a trip… Into the year 10,000.

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On returning home after a long day at the “Sith-War” Renactment, the gang discovers that Bender is going through some malfunctions. At which point it is discovered that Bender suffers from a manufacture defect that doesn’t allow him to upload himself into a new body if something happens to his current one. Upon realizing this, Bender sets out on a journey with Hermes to find his original inspector “Inspector #5″ in hopes of finding an answer as to why he was allowed to enter the world. And so begins another week in the year 3000…

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After getting the first question wrong on a game show, Fry comes to the conclusion that that everyone else already figured out, he is a giant dope. So while the professor is trying to cheer him up by showing his collection of vintage Leonardo da Vinci memorabilia, Fry accidentally destroys Leonardo’s beard. But by doing so he accidentally reveals Da Vinci’s greatest secret. This, combined with clues that are revealed to be within The Last Supper, will take the team down the rabbit hole of Leonardo da Vinci’s mind to discover his ultimate secret. And so begins another week on Futurama…

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Episode: “’Proposition Infinity’” (Season 6, Episode 4) Airs: Comedy Central, Thursdays, 10pm Episode synopsis: After breaking up with Kif, Amy begins a robosexual relationship with Bender. But when they announce they’re going to try and legalize robosexual marriage, the professor will stop at nothing to keep it illegal. Major developments: As I said last week, it’s Futurama.

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Mom unveils a new device and everybody wants a piece of it. But there is much more to Mom’s new toy than meets the eyePhone.

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