Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Batman '66 #1 Comic Book


I remember hurrying home weekday afternoons after school to watch the 1960's "Batman" TV series in syndication. I couldn't get enough of the Dynamic Duo's exciting world of crime fighting and action. As a child, that was the only Batman I knew. I didn't know about the Dark Knight Detective who at the very same time in the late 1970s was busy battling all sorts of supernatural villains in the comic books. All I knew was that the Caped Crusader and his energetic sidekick saved the world from a Rogue's Gallery of witty and colorful super villains.

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Batman '66 #1 Comic Book


I remember hurrying home weekday afternoons after school to watch the 1960's "Batman" TV series in syndication. I couldn't get enough of the Dynamic Duo's exciting world of crime fighting and action. As a child, that was the only Batman I knew. I didn't know about the Dark Knight Detective who at the very same time in the late 1970s was busy battling all sorts of supernatural villains in the comic books. All I knew was that the Caped Crusader and his energetic sidekick saved the world from a Rogue's Gallery of witty and colorful super villains.

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Friday, July 26, 2013

Did Man of Steel Henry Cavill Know About Batman/Superman Movie Months Ago?


"I think it would be really interesting with the age-old Batman/Superman conflict… They are two different sides of the same coin and their methods are entirely different. And I think it would actually make for an interesting story as to why, first of all, they were going head to head and how. I think that would make a great story."

These are the words Henry Cavill spoke to website SFX a little over one month ago while doing press for "Man of Steel." I think our new Superman was trying to prepare comic book fans mentally for what proves to be one of the most monumental announcements ever uttered in regards to a superhero movie: The Dark Knight and the Last Son of Krypton will be bumping heads in the follow-up to Zack Snyder's recent reboot.

All the excitement started when "Man of Steel" Director Zack Snyder walked out on stage at the end of the Warner Bros-Legendary Pictures panel at San Diego Comic-Con.

"It's official that we are going to make another Superman movie. I've pored through the DC universe for a way to tell this thing," he announced to the packed room. The real surprise came when actor Harry Lennix who plays General Swanwick in Man of Steel started reading from Frank Miller's critically acclaimed 1986 graphic novel "The Dark Knight Returns."

"In all the years to come, in all the most private moments, I want you to remember my hand at your throat. I want you to remember the one man who beat you," he quoted. Any Batman fan worth his weight knows these are the words the Caped Crusader communicates to Superman after their explosive battle in Miller's book.

The crowd went wild as a Superman symbol superimposed over a Batman logo appeared on the screen above the stage where Snyder and the rest of the panel sat. It was an incredible moment that will no doubt be talked about for years to come.

Fans have been teased in the past about such a legendary team-up. An announcement was made as far back as 2004 that Director Wolfgang Peterson was making "Batman vs. Superman." However, the project fell apart and nothing was really mentioned about it again. In 2005's "I Am Legend," a billboard in Times Square featured a version of the Batman/Superman logo.

Snyder stated that the follow-up to "Man of Steel" wouldn't be a straight adaptation of "The Dark Knight Returns" but will use it for inspiration. The new film, rumored to be titled "Batman vs. Superman," will be co-written by David S. Goyer and Snyder. Goyer will then write the screenplay to be directed by Snyder. Christopher Nolan will be acting as an executive producer for the project.
 
No word has been uttered as to who will pick up the role of Batman, since Christian Bale stated he has no interest in returning to the role. I've heard people suggest everyone from Ryan Gosling to Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Gordon-Levitt appears to take on the cape and cowl at the end of "The Dark Knight Rises." However, this seems highly unlikely.

I suspect casting directors will be looking for someone a bit younger than Bale to take over as the Dark Knight and billionaire playboy Bruce Wayne. Whoever ends up taking the role will need to appear young enough to convincingly play the character for the next few years. Warner Bros tentatively plans to release the untitled "Man of Steel" follow-up in 2015 followed by a "Flash" movie in 2016 and a "Justice League" team-up in 2017.

"I'm so excited to begin working again with Henry Cavill in the world we created, and I can't wait to expand the DC Universe in this next chapter. Let's face it, it's beyond mythological to have Superman and our new Batman facing off, since they are the greatest Super Heroes in the world," Snyder commented after the Warner Bros-Legendary Pictures panel concluded.

For more articles by Eric Shirey, check out:

Could We See a Batman/Superman Team-Up Movie Soon?
"Superman / Batman: Sorcerer Kings" Graphic Novel Review
Movie Review: "Man of Steel"

Did Man of Steel Henry Cavill Know About Batman/Superman Movie Months Ago?


"I think it would be really interesting with the age-old Batman/Superman conflict… They are two different sides of the same coin and their methods are entirely different. And I think it would actually make for an interesting story as to why, first of all, they were going head to head and how. I think that would make a great story."

Thursday, July 25, 2013

“Nite Owl/Dr. Manhattan” Graphic Novel


"Before Watchmen: Nite Owl/Dr. Manhattan Deluxe Edition" wraps up the hardcover collections of the prequels to the critically acclaimed original graphic novel. It features all four issues of both the Nite Owl and Dr. Manhattan titles as well as the two issues of Moloch. This volume is a mixed bag for me, although the good ends up outweighing the mediocre.

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“Nite Owl/Dr. Manhattan” Graphic Novel


"Before Watchmen: Nite Owl/Dr. Manhattan Deluxe Edition" wraps up the hardcover collections of the prequels to the critically acclaimed original graphic novel. It features all four issues of both the Nite Owl and Dr. Manhattan titles as well as the two issues of Moloch. This volume is a mixed bag for me, although the good ends up outweighing the mediocre.

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Wednesday, July 24, 2013

"The Host" DVD


I'm one of the only males on the planet Earth who actually admit to liking the "Twilight" movies and books. That being said, I have to say I was excited when I heard sci-fi Director Andrew Niccol was adapting Stephenie Meyer's other novel, "The Host," for the big screen. "Gattaca" was widely acclaimed and even "In Time" received mixed reviews. I was hoping Niccol would at least find a happy medium in between those two and give author Meyer's fans something to be proud of. Unfortunately, I didn't get what I wanted upon viewing the movie.

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"The Host" DVD


I'm one of the only males on the planet Earth who actually admit to liking the "Twilight" movies and books. That being said, I have to say I was excited when I heard sci-fi Director Andrew Niccol was adapting Stephenie Meyer's other novel, "The Host," for the big screen. "Gattaca" was widely acclaimed and even "In Time" received mixed reviews. I was hoping Niccol would at least find a happy medium in between those two and give author Meyer's fans something to be proud of. Unfortunately, I didn't get what I wanted upon viewing the movie.

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Sunday, July 21, 2013

"Last Exorcism Part II" DVD


Sony Pictures Home Entertainment has generously released "The Last Exorcism Part II" on Blu-ray and DVD for those smart enough to have avoided it in theaters, but brave (or unfortunate) enough to give it a chance at home. I know it's too late for some. Hopefully, my review can still save thousands of others from making the same mistake I did.

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"Last Exorcism Part II" DVD


Sony Pictures Home Entertainment has generously released "The Last Exorcism Part II" on Blu-ray and DVD for those smart enough to have avoided it in theaters, but brave (or unfortunate) enough to give it a chance at home. I know it's too late for some. Hopefully, my review can still save thousands of others from making the same mistake I did.

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Friday, July 19, 2013

Ozymandias /Crimson Corsair Graphic Novel Review


DC Comics releases what I consider to be the best of the controversial prequels to one of the most celebrated graphic novels of all time with "Before Watchmen: Ozymandias /Crimson Corsair Deluxe Edition." The hardcover collection contains issues 1 through 6 of Before Watchmen: Ozymandias, the entire run of Crimson Corsair stories, and the Dollar Bill one-shot. The Crimson Corsair storyline spread out across several of the different Before Watchmen titles.

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Ozymandias /Crimson Corsair Graphic Novel Review


DC Comics releases what I consider to be the best of the controversial prequels to one of the most celebrated graphic novels of all time with "Before Watchmen: Ozymandias /Crimson Corsair Deluxe Edition." The hardcover collection contains issues 1 through 6 of Before Watchmen: Ozymandias, the entire run of Crimson Corsair stories, and the Dollar Bill one-shot. The Crimson Corsair storyline spread out across several of the different Before Watchmen titles.

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Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Teen Titans Vol. 2 Graphic Novel Review


"Teen Titans Volume 2: The Culling" continues the adventures of the youthful group of super heroes. This graphic novel collection contains issues 8 through 14 of the monthly title and DC Universe Presents 12. DC definitely works overtime to appeal to the target demographic by filling it up with plenty of action mixed with youthful angst, wit, and hip dialogue.

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Teen Titans Vol. 2 Graphic Novel Review


"Teen Titans Volume 2: The Culling" continues the adventures of the youthful group of super heroes. This graphic novel collection contains issues 8 through 14 of the monthly title and DC Universe Presents 12. DC definitely works overtime to appeal to the target demographic by filling it up with plenty of action mixed with youthful angst, wit, and hip dialogue.

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Author Michael Laimo Discusses Chiller's Adaptation of "Dead Souls"


"Dead Souls" is definitely the perfect example of a movie in which each member of the audience takes away from it what they personally want based upon their individual worldview. I found it to be a warning against mixing the occult and Christianity together or using dark arts to gain your own desires. However, Writer Michael Laimo looks at it as a cautionary tale for those who embrace religious beliefs at face value without questioning them.

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Author Michael Laimo Discusses Chiller's Adaptation of "Dead Souls"


"Dead Souls" is definitely the perfect example of a movie in which each member of the audience takes away from it what they personally want based upon their individual worldview. I found it to be a warning against mixing the occult and Christianity together or using dark arts to gain your own desires. However, Writer Michael Laimo looks at it as a cautionary tale for those who embrace religious beliefs at face value without questioning them.

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"Last Kind Words" DVD Review


Image Entertainment always gives independent filmmakers an outlet to get their projects out to the masses. Many of these movies fall into the extremely competitive genre of horror and suffer from collapsing into the realm of cliché. "Last Kind Words" is one of the rare exceptions to this unfortunate trend.

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"Last Kind Words" DVD Review


Image Entertainment always gives independent filmmakers an outlet to get their projects out to the masses. Many of these movies fall into the extremely competitive genre of horror and suffer from collapsing into the realm of cliché. "Last Kind Words" is one of the rare exceptions to this unfortunate trend.

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Monday, July 15, 2013

Movie Review: "Pacific Rim"


"Pacific Rim" is going to be a hit with fanboys all over the planet. It's the type of movie that they feel obligated to love because of what it's about and who made it. In this case we have a movie about alien dinosaurs (Kaijus) fighting giant robots (Jaegers) directed by Guillermo del Toro (filmmaker who most Comi-Con attendees think can do no wrong). Sounds like it should work on every level doesn't it? Yeah, well it doesn't!

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Movie Review: "Pacific Rim"


"Pacific Rim" is going to be a hit with fanboys all over the planet. It's the type of movie that they feel obligated to love because of what it's about and who made it. In this case we have a movie about alien dinosaurs (Kaijus) fighting giant robots (Jaegers) directed by Guillermo del Toro (filmmaker who most Comi-Con attendees think can do no wrong). Sounds like it should work on every level doesn't it? Yeah, well it doesn't!

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Friday, July 12, 2013

Graphic Novel Review: “Before Watchmen: Comedian / Rorschach Deluxe Edition”


DC Comics continues its release of a year's worth of Watchmen prequels with "Before Watchmen: Comedian / Rorschach Deluxe Edition." This hardcover collection contains issues one through six of the Comedian title and issues one through four of Rorschach. Both books were penned by Brian Azzarello with art provided by J.G. Jones for Comedian and Lee Bermejo for Rorschach.

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Graphic Novel Review: “Before Watchmen: Comedian / Rorschach Deluxe Edition”


DC Comics continues its release of a year's worth of Watchmen prequels with "Before Watchmen: Comedian / Rorschach Deluxe Edition." This hardcover collection contains issues one through six of the Comedian title and issues one through four of Rorschach. Both books were penned by Brian Azzarello with art provided by J.G. Jones for Comedian and Lee Bermejo for Rorschach.

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Thursday, July 11, 2013

Graphic Novel Review: “Before Watchmen: Minutemen / Silk Spectre Deluxe Edition”



All the single issues are out and now it's time to make way for the inevitable deluxe editions of the Before Watchmen titles. DC Comics quite possibly could sell more copies of these hardcover collections than they did the individual issues. After all, anyone who bought the singles are going to want to have them next to the "Watchmen" book on their library shelf. On top of that, there are plenty of people out there who put off buying the weekly titles because they were too hard to keep up with.

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Graphic Novel Review: “Before Watchmen: Minutemen / Silk Spectre Deluxe Edition”



All the single issues are out and now it's time to make way for the inevitable deluxe editions of the Before Watchmen titles. DC Comics quite possibly could sell more copies of these hardcover collections than they did the individual issues. After all, anyone who bought the singles are going to want to have them next to the "Watchmen" book on their library shelf. On top of that, there are plenty of people out there who put off buying the weekly titles because they were too hard to keep up with.

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Blu-ray Review: "Dead Souls"


When reviewing movies, it's sometimes hard to judge them fairly by the mediums they were created for. For instance, to come down as hard on a TV-movie created on a small budget as you do a bigger one like the "A Nightmare on Elm Street" remake would be unjust. That's how I tried to look at Chiller's "Dead Souls."

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Blu-ray Review: "Dead Souls"


When reviewing movies, it's sometimes hard to judge them fairly by the mediums they were created for. For instance, to come down as hard on a TV-movie created on a small budget as you do a bigger one like the "A Nightmare on Elm Street" remake would be unjust. That's how I tried to look at Chiller's "Dead Souls."

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Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Blu-ray Review: "6 Souls"


There's nothing worse than a supernatural thriller that has you mesmerized for the first two acts only to lose your respect in the last two. That's exactly how I felt when I pressed "Stop" after watching "6 Souls." All the warning signs for a movie that doesn't deliver were there. For instance, it was originally released in 2010 with a different title ("Shelter") and just now is seeing the light of day.

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Blu-ray Review: "6 Souls"


There's nothing worse than a supernatural thriller that has you mesmerized for the first two acts only to lose your respect in the last two. That's exactly how I felt when I pressed "Stop" after watching "6 Souls." All the warning signs for a movie that doesn't deliver were there. For instance, it was originally released in 2010 with a different title ("Shelter") and just now is seeing the light of day.

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Monday, July 8, 2013

Blu-ray Review: “The Emperor’s New Groove” 2 Movie Collection 3-Disc Special Edition


Walt Disney Home Entertainment is on a roll with the Blu-ray releases of three of the greatest animated features from the early 2000s on Blu-ray. They unloaded "Lilo & Stitch," "Atlantis: The Lost Empire," and "The Emperor's New Groove" on the same day for the first time in high definition. If that's not reason to celebrate for fans of the Mouse House, I don't know what is.

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Blu-ray Review: “The Emperor’s New Groove” 2 Movie Collection 3-Disc Special Edition


Walt Disney Home Entertainment is on a roll with the Blu-ray releases of three of the greatest animated features from the early 2000s on Blu-ray. They unloaded "Lilo & Stitch," "Atlantis: The Lost Empire," and "The Emperor's New Groove" on the same day for the first time in high definition. If that's not reason to celebrate for fans of the Mouse House, I don't know what is.

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Movie Review: "The Lone Ranger"


Disney certainly has their hands full these days. It seems like the Mouse House owns the rights to almost every successful franchise on the planet. You've got Marvel Comics characters, the world of Oz, the Muppets, "Star Wars," and now "The Lone Ranger."

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Movie Review: "The Lone Ranger"


Disney certainly has their hands full these days. It seems like the Mouse House owns the rights to almost every successful franchise on the planet. You've got Marvel Comics characters, the world of Oz, the Muppets, "Star Wars," and now "The Lone Ranger."

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Thursday, July 4, 2013

New "Right Here, Right Now" Lyric Video Encourages KISS Fans to Never Give Up


40 years after their formation, KISS still truly is the "Hottest Band in the World." They work hard to prove it even when they don't have to. They just released a new lyric video for the song "Right Here, Right Now" that shows the band doing what they do best: Rock 'n' Rolling every night and partying every day.

The video highlights the band's latest international tour in support of their 20th studio album, "Monster." It features explosive footage of the band energetically performing to their excited fans. You could even say it's a commercial for what many would rightfully call "the Greatest Show on Earth." There are scenes of each band member performing the familiar moves they've become known for over the years on an all new state-of-the-art stage design that includes a gigantic metal-framed spider which descends from above complete with a platform for members to stand on.

"Right Here, Right Now" is a bonus iTunes track and didn't even appear on the actual physical CD copies of "Monster" released in stores. However, the song shouldn't be looked at as just extra material or a "B-side" left over from the recording sessions for the album. It's every bit as aggressive and passionate as any of the other tracks on the record.

Not content to just have the lyrics to "Right Here, Right Now" flashing on the screen over miscellaneous pictures of the band, Paul Stanley makes a special appearance and sings the chorus of the song to viewers. This continues to show how KISS always goes the extra mile to hold themselves to a higher standard. Most bands don't even appear in their lyric videos. All you get are words flashing over background images of their new album artwork.

The song itself is a call to action for KISS's legion of fans. The band uses their musical platform to encourage them to be pro-active and never give up on their dreams, just as the band didn't 40 years ago when they formed against incredible odds. The lyrics speak for themselves:

"You were born, got it all; The rest is all up to you; You stand or you crawl; Gotta chase to break; And run with the fall; Get up when you fall. Right here, right now; Yesterday's gone, tomorrow's always in doubt; Right here, right now; The only time, the only time; That matters is now. "

"Right Here, Right Now" has been adopted as the theme song for the Arena Football League (AFL). It will be played every night throughout the 2013 season to get the players and audience invigorated. It just goes to show that KISS still has a universal way of getting any crowd anywhere ready for action.

Go here to see the lyric video for "Right Here, Right Now."

You can buy "Right Here, Right Now" by clicking here.

New "Right Here, Right Now" Lyric Video Encourages KISS Fans to Never Give Up


40 years after their formation, KISS still truly is the "Hottest Band in the World." They work hard to prove it even when they don't have to. They just released a new lyric video for the song "Right Here, Right Now" that shows the band doing what they do best: Rock 'n' Rolling every night and partying every day.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Comic Book Review: An American Vampire Special: The Long Road to Hell


Sadly, the American Vampire monthly comic series came to an end a few months back. Fans were left clinging on to hope that every once in a while writer Scott Snyder would throw us a bone in the form of a one-off or mini-series featuring the undead characters we've all come to know and love.

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Comic Book Review: An American Vampire Special: The Long Road to Hell


Sadly, the American Vampire monthly comic series came to an end a few months back. Fans were left clinging on to hope that every once in a while writer Scott Snyder would throw us a bone in the form of a one-off or mini-series featuring the undead characters we've all come to know and love.

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DVD Review: “Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated Season Two Part 2: Spooky Stampede”


Much to the dismay of his many fans, "Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated" has come to an end. It's pretty evident Cartoon Network didn't know what to do with the series. It started out airing once a week in an evening slot. There were long gaps in between the seasons. When it did return after a long hiatus, the network shoved the rest of the episodes into one week in what appeared to be an attempt to get the whole affair over with as quickly as possible.

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DVD Review: “Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated Season Two Part 2: Spooky Stampede”


Much to the dismay of his many fans, "Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated" has come to an end. It's pretty evident Cartoon Network didn't know what to do with the series. It started out airing once a week in an evening slot. There were long gaps in between the seasons. When it did return after a long hiatus, the network shoved the rest of the episodes into one week in what appeared to be an attempt to get the whole affair over with as quickly as possible.

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Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Graphic Novel Review: "Red Hood and the Outlaws Volume 2: The Starfire"


I read anything and everything related to Batman. If a comic has an appearance by the Dark Knight, chances are you'll find it adorning my library shelf. Very rarely do I find any book tied to Gotham City or the Bat-Family that I don't find worthy of reading. Obviously, I've found some stories are better than others. Thankfully, "Red Hood and the Outlaws Volume 2: The Starfire" is an invaluable addition to my collection.

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Graphic Novel Review: "Red Hood and the Outlaws Volume 2: The Starfire"


I read anything and everything related to Batman. If a comic has an appearance by the Dark Knight, chances are you'll find it adorning my library shelf. Very rarely do I find any book tied to Gotham City or the Bat-Family that I don't find worthy of reading. Obviously, I've found some stories are better than others. Thankfully, "Red Hood and the Outlaws Volume 2: The Starfire" is an invaluable addition to my collection.

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Blu-ray Review: "Atlantis: The Lost Empire" / "Atlantis: Milo's Return" 2 Movie Collection 3-Disc Special Edition


Disney makes me a very happy man by releasing "Atlantis: The Lost Empire" and "Atlantis: Milo's Return" on Blu-ray. The 3-Disc Special Edition includes both movies on a single Blu-ray and separately on regular DVDs. Recognized as Walt Disney Feature Animation's first science fiction film, it underperformed at the box office despite good word-of-mouth from audiences. An extended life on video and DVD has garnered it as one of Disney's most overlooked gems of a bygone era.

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Blu-ray Review: "Atlantis: The Lost Empire" / "Atlantis: Milo's Return" 2 Movie Collection 3-Disc Special Edition


Disney makes me a very happy man by releasing "Atlantis: The Lost Empire" and "Atlantis: Milo's Return" on Blu-ray. The 3-Disc Special Edition includes both movies on a single Blu-ray and separately on regular DVDs. Recognized as Walt Disney Feature Animation's first science fiction film, it underperformed at the box office despite good word-of-mouth from audiences. An extended life on video and DVD has garnered it as one of Disney's most overlooked gems of a bygone era.

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