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On the DVD Shelf with Eric: ‘Wizard of Oz’

As a DVD collector who has been at this for some time I thought it would be nice to help others who want to get into the hobby or just want some help. I research my DVDs before I buy and in fact it’s EXTREMELY rare for me to buy a movie I haven’t already seen. I don’t want to be stuck with a film I end up not liking. As it happens I got a hold of two different versions of “The Wizard of Oz” on DVD and the differences are quite interesting. Hopefully after reading this, you’ll know which one you want to own. So let’s get started.

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Gordon McAlpin’s Multiplex Comic Strip Ends After 12 Years

Audiences famously experienced this with “Logan” ending Hugh Jackman’s run as Wolverine in theaters this past month. But while that movie received a proper amount of acclaim, there’s another film related project quietly nearing its conclusion. Gordon McAlpin’s Webcomic Multiplex will end a successful 12 year run with the publication of its final strip on April 10th (today).

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Top 4 High Stakes Gambling Movies

Gambling is a very controversial topic, and so are the movies that promote it. But if you are a 21st century gambler who understands that gambling is all about winning and losing (depending on your strategy), you’ll want to familiarize yourself with everything related to gambling, including movies whose themes are based on casinos. So if you have always wanted to play slot games at a secure online casino, getting a hang of it through the following movies would give you a clue on where the world is headed.

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SXSW: How 5 Movie and TV Brands Went Experiential

The South By Southwest Film Festival is the perfect time for movies and TV to embrace experiential marketing. For those of you outside of the events and/or marketing industry unfamiliar with the term, it is sometimes known as “live marketing,” “participation marketing,” or “special events” According to Wikipedia, “it is a marketing strategy that directly engages consumers and invites and encourages them to participate in the evolution of a brand or a brand.” As someone who has a passion for events and experiences, this is a must-see to experience at SXSW.

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Lesser Known Comic Book Characters That Could Have A Big Movie Presence

Not every comic book character has decades of exposure to make them instantly recognizable on the silver screen. Blade, Spawn, and Steel were given the big screen treatment, to varying degrees of success. When “Iron Man” was released in 2008, a lot of non-comic book readers were scratching their heads. “Who’s that?” and “I’m not familiar with that character” were heard by die-hard fans everywhere. “Just go see it” they replied. And they did, making Iron Man a huge success, spawning two sequels and jump starting what is now known as the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Even Deadpool, originally a fringe character from the X-Men’s universe, has been featured in a wildly popular film.

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Spider-Man Venom Movie Spinoff: PLEASE Don’t Use The Ultimate Universe Venom

With Spider-Man getting his third try, the studios now have their sights set on one of his greatest adversaries, Venom. With a release date set for October 5, 2018, we don’t know what to expect other than this spinoff will be a solo film leaving us questioning how much involvement we’ll get from Spider-Man. But for now, we can only hope that the studios take this popular nemesis and do him justice. With that said, I only hope that they pull from the right source material and steer clear of the Ultimate version of the character. Let me tell you why.

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‘Clerks 3’ And ‘Mallrats 2’ Cancelled, Now What?

Recently indie filmmaker Kevin Smith made headlines announcing a new film on the horizon, ‘Jay and Silent Bob Reboot.’ This would in fact be a sequel to his earlier film ‘Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back’ which had meant to be the end of the Viewaskew series of films that included ‘Clerks’, ‘Mallrats’, ‘Chasing Amy’, ‘Dogma’, and the aforementioned Jay and Silent Bob original. Minor spoiler but that film ends with God from ‘Dogma’ literally closing the book on the Viewaskew universe. Thinking ahead he left a few pages open for more films in he ever felt compelled. As such we eventually got ‘Clerks 2’ which many viewers felt was a return to form for him.

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‘X-Men: Apocalypse’ vs ‘X-Men: The Last Stand’ Which Is The Better Film?

So the new Wolverine film, “Logan” seems to be doing pretty well and as is surprisingly common with this series the future is not certain for the X-Men. They may have kick-started the genre for many in the mainstream, but they certainly didn’t start the Marvel Studios method of planning out their series. Now Bryan Singer said to have had some ideas and plans for X-Men 3 after completing “X2: X-Men United.” However as he left to do his dream project of “Superman Returns” the writers and new director Brett Ratner went in their own direction. The result, “X-Men: The Last Stand” while not necessarily awful or panned at the time it was a disappointment and huge step down from the last two films. After years of getting through the highs and lows Bryan Singer came triumphantly back to the franchise to direct “X-Men: Days of Future Past.” In my personal opinion the best film of the series.

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Logan: It’s Time To Make The X-Men Great Again

It is both a tragedy and a triumph that the ninth and final installment of Hugh Jackman as the beloved Wolverine is the superlative outing of the character.  The dark tone and gory gritty action that “Wolverine” veteran James Mangold gives James Howlett, coupled with standout performances from all of the actors, easily makes this the best film of the X-men franchise, and as some may come to say, one of the best comic book films made to date.  Why is it, then, that only as the wick of the candle burns to the end does it shine brightest?

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GTA 5 Ought To Influence Red Dead Redemption 2

Rockstar Games seemingly has the launch of Red Dead Redemption 2 bagged already. All they had to do, really, was tease the thing for three days before releasing a trailer comprised of just pre-rendered cinematics, and ever since they did that the gaming media just can’t shut up about the title – not that it’s a bad thing. Rockstar has a mighty fine track record with games, so at this point players can be confident that the game will be a bonafide masterpiece. It’s even in our own list of top games for 2017.

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The 5 Most Anticipated Things About SXSW 2017

The 2017 SXSW Film Festival runs from March 10th to the 18th and always brings a collective mix of interesting events, unexpected moments, and cool movies. Besides escaping the frigid Colorado winter, I enjoy spending these days in Austin TX. It has become a Spring Break for this tech-savvy, movie geek such as myself. Here is what I am eagerly anticipating from this year’s SXSW.

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