Spartacus: Vengeance

Welcome back to This Week In Discs! Lots of new releases hitting shelves today, but only two of them are worth buying! Which ones are they? Keep reading to find out along with the skinny on sixteen other titles including Andy Garcia’s epic For Greater Glory, Fox’s Terra Nova series, Greta Geriwg’s Lola Versus, the unfinished horrors of Munger Road and more. As always, if you see something you like, click on the image to buy it. The Loved Ones Months after a teenager (Xavier Samuel) loses his father in a car accident his efforts to put the past behind him are interrupted by madness. It seems Lola (Robin McLeavy), a quiet and unassuming classmate, has developed a crush on him and she won’t take no for an answer. What follows is a brutal, suspenseful and unpredictable thriller as he’s forced to find a strength he didn’t know he possessed if he wants to survive. This Australian thriller from writer/director Sean Byrne gets just about everything right including a wonderful cast, sharp editing and wonderfully twisted narrative. Good on Paramount for releasing it unrated, but they suck for the lack of Blu-ray. If you have a region-free Blu-ray player skip this edition and pick up the import Blu from AmazonUK instead. If not, buy this now and enjoy the hell out of it. [Extras: Interviews]

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Popular (I think) online comic website The Oatmeal recently uploaded an entry titled “I tried to watch Game of Thrones and this is what happened,” a riveting tale of online piracy. As this is the Internet, the comic has already been widely disseminated with many individuals championing it as a justification for piracy, while others have rallied against it as a perfect example of why pirates are big fat babies. For one view, you can go to what seems to be the first response from Andy Ihnatko, while Devin Faraci also weighed in at Badass Digest. Both of these gentlemen have mostly targeted the pirates themselves in terms I agree with. Let’s run down that quickly before I move on to something both of them have missed.

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Spartacus - Swords & Ashes

Spartacus fans, lend us your ears! At the end of this month, the good folks at Starz will unleash the next chapter in the blood-soaked, mostly nude and dirty saga that is Spartacus. The show has moved on from the untimely death of star Andy Whitfield, who passed in September of last year due to Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Even though Whitfield is gone and dearly missed, the production did find a way to finish a second series, Spartacus: Vengeance, picking up right where Spartacus: Blood and Sand left off. And to celebrate this return, Titan Books is publishing a companion book, “Spartacus: Swords & Ashes.” They were so kind as to send us two exclusive excerpts from said book, so we thought we’d share them with you. It requires you to do a little extra reading, but it does include plenty of cursing.

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After returning home at 4am after wherever that party was, Robert Fure, Jack Giroux and Cole Abaius blacked out in their hotel room overlooking the San Diego Convention Center and communicated their favorite moments of Day Two of Comic-Con through their shared dream state. If you read the first day’s best, you’ll recognize that not a lot of movie moments make the list, and that’s sadly because of a smaller presence here at the convention, but Day Two brought a bit more heat. And sand-filled nudity. Here are some of our favorite things from Day Two:

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If there is one show that has managed to surprise me in the last few years with its sheer awesomeness and balls-out attitude, it’s Spartacus on Starz! The first season was full of 300 slo-mo, breasts, wangs, butts, nips, orgies, slave sexing, mutual masturbation, evisceration, decapitation, and everything else you would imagine if you turned your brain to 11 when thinking about the violent and sexual excesses of ancient Rome. Unfortunately the star of Season 1, Andy Whitfield, was diagnosed with cancer last year and suffered a recurrence after his initial treatment, leading to his withdrawal from the role. Season 2 picks up where the first season ended, with relative newcomer Liam McIntyre taking up the sword as Spartacus and leading the slave army in search of vengeance.

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