Showing posts from 2018

Disney Drops 3D Blu-Ray Distribution in the U.S. Market

If the Disney corporation can't be bothered to say this to the public, I will: Disney has stopped producing and distributing 3D Blu-ray versions of its 3D movies in the United States.

I've been searching all over the 'net to find confirmation of this, but I can't find an official press release from Disney about the status of its 3D Blu-rays at all. Based on the recent home video releases of Thor: Ragnarok, Coco, and Star Wars: The Last Jedi (all of which were released theatrically in both 2D and 3D), it appears that Disney has given up on the 3D Blu-ray format in the U.S. 2D formats, both standard definition Blu-rays and 4K ultra high definition (UHD), will be Disney's preferred home video mediums in the U.S. for the foreseeable future. However, Disney will continue to release 3D Blu-rays in markets outside of the U.S.; thus, 3D buffs (like me) will be stuck with either buying region-free 3D Blu-rays and/or region-free 3D Blu-ray players.

Of course, other American …

Why Are Star Wars Toy Sales Dropping?

I regularly review geek news sites from around the 'net to stay up-to-date on the latest trends within my community of interest. In recent weeks, I've noticed a story that's been popping up frequently: the sale of Star Wars toys have been dropping. As someone who is a life-long Star Wars addict, I never thought that I would live to see the day when Star Wars toys don't sell well. However, after thinking about how Disney has been handling the franchise since it purchased it from George Lucas back in 2012, I can see how the popularity of Star Wars toys would begin to falter during the new movie releases.

Oversaturation of toys: I occasionally look at what kind of Star Wars toys are being sold both online and in stores, and the selection is staggering. Action figures are available in a wide range in sizes (from 3.75 inches to 6 inches to 12 inches and higher) and they cover the recent movies, the original trilogy, the prequel trilogy, and the two animated series. This arr…

On Sale Now: Son of Unsung Horrors Movie Review Book

One of the great things about horror movie blogging is when an opportunity arises to contribute to a project that's designed to appeal to the larger horror fan community. Case in point: Son of Unsung Horrors, a compilation of movie reviews from Buzzy Krotik Productions, the publisher of the We Belong Dead fanzine.

As the title suggests, Son of Unsung Horrors is a follow up to 2016's Unsung Horrors book. Both titles assemble reviews of movies that some fans feel should receive more attention from the larger critical community and pop culture in general. As such, these reviews include both the author's experience with the film and the critical assessment of the film's worth within the horror genre, a perspective that many horror fans should find interesting.

I've read some comments online about how the term "unsung" may not be appropriate for all of the films that are reviewed in these books, since some of them have received wide theatrical release and are …

FOUND: Mechanical Shark from Universal Jaws Theme Park Ride

When the Universal Studios Theme Park in Florida shut down its Jaws ride back in January 2012, Jaws fans everywhere were devastated. Yet even though this part of the Jaws franchise is no longer operational, some of its sharks are swimming around out there … including places such as Frederick, Maryland.

A few days ago, I was contacted by a fellow Jaws fan named John Ryan, asking me if I knew anything specific regarding the sharks from the Universal Jaws ride. He was asking because he thought he found one and is trying to verify its authenticity. We spoke on the phone and exchanged a few emails, and here’s what he told me about his find:

“I've been collecting Jaws memorabilia for decades and when I found this incredibly rare gem sitting in a backyard in Frederick, Maryland, I wondered about its connection to the state. The current homeowners said the shark was already there when they purchased the property. They also told me it had been the subject of neighborhood rumor for years. …

Toy Fair 2018: Aliens vs. Predator, Ghostbusters, Planet of the Apes, and Universal Monsters

The Annual North American International Toy Fair was held in New York City last weekend and as with most high-profile nerd events, I was not able to attend. Nevertheless, I looked through the ample coverage provided on Toyark and thought that I would highlight a few notable released that are scheduled for later this year.

In addition to the tons of DC, Marvel and Star Wars toys that were on display, here are a few items from Toy Fair ‘18 that should interest those who love collectible toys that are based on vintage horror and sci-fi franchises. All photos are provided courtesy of Toyark.

Aliens vs. Predator: As with previous Toy Fairs, NECA showed off Alien and Predator figures that are based on Dark Horse comic books, video games, and Kenner's toy lines from the '90s. This year will mark the release of Dutch Schaefer and Linn Kurosawa, NECA's last two figures that are based on Capcom's coin-op arcade Aliens vs. Predator game from 1994. Dutch and Linn are the game'…

Joker vs. Green Goblin, Collectibles Edition

In the world of comic book superheroes, imitation is pretty common. Superheroes and supervillains from both DC and Marvel share so many similarities (e.g., origin stories, super powers, costume designs, story arcs, etc.) that it can be difficult at times to distinguish one character from another. In fact, such similarities are so ingrained into superhero franchises that even talented artists can't add anything new to them. Just ask Rick Baker.

Fans of horror and sci-fi flicks should know who Baker is--he's contributed his amazing talents to the make-up effects of dozens of movies since the '70s. DC Collectibles has enlisted Baker to produce a new life-size, limited edition bust of The Joker (see above), which is scheduled for release in October. In an interview he did with The Hollywood Reporter, Baker said, "I wanted to make a version of the Joker that’s never been done before ... I had a blast sculpting my version of the Joker and exploring his twisted and demente…

Nintendo Labo: Google Cardboard for the Switch?

I've previously commented on this blog about how some technologies that have been hyped as being cutting-edge and futuristic have also been released in some of the cheapest, low-tech ways imaginable to help promote them. For example, the current generation of virtual reality (VR) accessories includes head sets that are dirt cheap because they are little more than plastic or cardboard containers for a smartphone, the device actually has the technology that makes the VR possible. With that in mind, Nintendo is using the power of pre-fab cardboard kits to add new games and features to its hybrid game console, the Switch.

The new product line is called Nintendo Labo, a selection of cardboard kits that players can use to build accessories that work in conjunction with the Switch's console display and Joy-Con controllers to provide new kinds of game play. Of the Labo kits that have been previewed so far, the Switch can be modified to look and operate like a variety of different objec…

How 3D Buffs Should Learn to Stop Worrying and Love the New Nintendo 3DS XL

For as much as I drool uncontrollably around high-tech stuff, I would never consider myself to be a "first adopter" of technology. I'm more like a "better-late-than-never adopter". Case in point: My recent purchase of the New Nintendo 3DS XL handheld gaming console.

I have been eyeing over the 3DS for some time, and for an obvious reason: It's the only video game console ever made that enables 3D gaming without the need for special eye wear or other extra equipment. This isn't like other 3D gaming products that require additional hardware to work (e.g., NVIDIA 3D Vision, Oculus Rift, etc.); instead, everything that's needed to play games in 3D--and games that use augmented reality (AR)--are included in the 3DS.

What finally convinced me to make the commitment actually came from the many articles I've been reading about virtual reality (VR) over the last few months. High-quality VR isn't going to be affordable for another few years, and the c…

10 Wii and Wii U Games I'd Like to See in VR

It's a common practice in the video game industry to take a popular title from a previous generation and give it an upgrade for re-release on the new gaming consoles and the most advanced PCs. Here's a list of 10 titles from the Nintendo Wii and Wii U that I think would be ideally suited for transition into virtual reality (VR).

Some Nintendo games have already made the crossover into VR. There's a VR Mario Kart game in a VR arcade in Japan, and the programmers of the Wii Dolphin emulator have experimented with Metroid Prime and Pikmin games in VR. In alphabetical order, here are some additional titles that I think should be available for play on VR headset in the near future:

Bully: Scholarship Edition: Even though Bully was available for multiple consoles during its run, the motion control-enabled Scholarship Edition for the Wii would be perfect for VR. Having this updated for first-person VR would be just like going back to high school, but with the added benefit of an …