Hawaii Five-O

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Welcome back to a slightly revamped version of This Week In Discs! As always, if you see something you like, click on the image to buy it. Prince of Darkness Members of a college physics class take on an extra credit project after a local priest (Donald Pleasance) hips them to the presence of a strange, glowing container in the basement of an abandoned church. The students make some extraordinary discoveries including the fact that the goo inside may actually be a physical representation of Satan! Or something. John Carpenter‘s last great film was 1994′s In the Mouth of Madness, but seven years earlier he delivered this equally fun horror flick pitting several semi-familiar faces (including a Simon brother!) against a possessed mob of homeless people. One by one the grad students fall victim to the devil’s whims, and Carpenter embraces the silliness of it all while still managing to deliver some thrills including one of his best endings ever. Scream Factory’s new Blu-ray offers a beautiful new transfer, and while the extras are slim it’s still a must own for genre fans. [Blu-ray/DVD extras: Commentary, interviews]

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Welcome back to This Week In Discs! I hope you’ve been saving your pennies because there are tons of fantastic releases worth buying today. All three (or so) Indiana Jones movies finally make their Blu-ray debut, genre fans get one of the year’s best horror films (The Cabin In the Woods) as well as Scream Factory’s stellar Blus of two Halloween classics, David Fincher fanatics will rejoice at Criterion’s release of The Game and my favorite film from 2011 hits DVD as my Pick of the Week. As always, if you see something you like, click on the image to buy it. Oslo August 31st Anders (Anders Danielsen Lie) is out on leave from drug rehab for the purpose of a job interview, but it’s a job he knows he’ll never hold. Instead he visits an old friend, touches base with his family, searches for an old flame and fights the urge to kill himself. This Norwegian drama finds both heartache and vitality in its story and in its lead character, and Danielsen Lie makes it all so palpable and affecting. That said, there’s also an undeniable desire for life here that struggles against his depression with desperate intensity. Make no mistake, Anders is sadness incarnate, but he’s also a man at a crossroads with a decision before him that you can’t turn away from. Check out my full review.

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This Week in DVD

Welcome back to another jammed to the gills edition of This Week In DVD! Once again there’s a lot to love hitting shelves today including new movies like Bridesmaids and Bride Flight, TV on DVD releases like Modern Family, Castle, and Happy Endings, a new Bruce Willis movie that never saw the inside of a theater, and even a few re-issues of older movies you may never have heard of before… like the one starring a young Charlie Sheen as a mass murdering punk from the Midwest. As always, if you see something you like, click on the image to buy it. HitRECord Recollection Volume 1 Joseph Gordon-Levitt is well known and well liked as an actor from TV and films like Third Rock From the Sun and 500 Days of Summer, but he’s interested in more than just a life in front of the camera. HitRECord.org is his web-centered creation that sees projects small and smaller develop from the ground up as collaborative efforts with friends and strangers alike. Everything submitted is up for remix and recreation. One person’s short story can see pictures, animation, voice-overs, a score, and more added by any number of people. It’s an intriguing concept, and while some of the end results have premiered at Sundance and SXSW, this collection is the first retail release. The book itself is very McSweeney’s-ish, which is awesome, and includes a wraparound half-sleeve, creative text and artwork, a CD, and a DVD of short films, videos, and more. […]

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Next to The CW, CBS is the network we’ve heard next to nothing from in regards to shows getting picked up. Some announcements were made last month as well as yesterday, but over all there hasn’t been a definitive list yet. But that all changes this morning as CBS has announced their schedule for next season. As for the full list of returning shows? Not many surprises there: How I Met Your Mother; Hawaii Five-0; NCIS: LA; Criminal Minds; CSI: Crime Scene Investigation; The Mentalist; CSI: NY; Blue Bloods; Rules of Engagement; 48 Hours Mystery; The Good Wife; and CSI: Miami. As for the schedule itself? It’s actually quite radical. So before commenting on it, you should read it for yourself:

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After Sunday’s bombshell NBC announcement it’s a wonder as to what could possibly top it. Well we will know that answer Monday afternoon, but for now CBS has made some pre-upfront decisions on some current shows. The William Shatner starring $#*! My Dad Says has been given the boot by the network. The first show to be based on a twitter stream was never able to really recover after it’s decline in ratings that began in October. Also having the door slammed in its face is freshman law-comedy The Defenders which has been on the bubble since the top of the season. Another CBS comedy, Mad Love was also thrown out after low ratings performance. But it’s not all bad news, the remake of Hawaii Five-0 which has proven to be a juggernaut for the network on Monday nights has been given a second season pick up. I for one am beyond happy to hear this and look forward to arguing the merits of Alex O’Loughlin’s charisma with Rob Hunter for yet another season. [Ed. note: Merrill is the one who claims that O'Loughlin actually has charisma.] Also getting a second season order is bubble procedural Blue Bloods which recently underwent a major overhaul behind the scenes after the shows creators were fired by CBS in order for the network to make the show “more procedural.” Also receiving a renewal is the freshman Chuck Lorre comedy Mike & Molly which has seen major success on Monday nights and serves as yet more proof […]

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I would like to begin by admitting that I have no investment in the original Hawaii Five-0 television show. I know the theme song, I’ve seen a few episodes, but for the most part I feel absolutely nothing toward the fact that it’s being rebooted. That said, I was impressed beyond expectations by some of the first footage released from the show.

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Back in October, we told you about the plans of Star Trek scribes Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman, who are looking to revive and reboot the 29-years gone CBS show Hawaii Five-o. Now at least, we know who might be saying “Book ‘em, Dano.”

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Let’s get retro. It’s been 29 years since Hawaii Five-O wrapped for CBS, and that’s 29 years too long.

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