What's Happening This Week - Movies & TV

What's Happening This Week is a new segment on Cowabunga Corner that will take a look at what is coming up this week in movies and television, and not just Ninja Turtles. We'll not only cover upcoming releases for Blu-Rays and DVDs, but also what is coming to theaters and to your home. This isn't a full review of any particular item, but just a general synopsis of what's coming up for you to be on the look out to see. As time goes by, this segment may increase into more products such as toys, video games, books, music and who knows what else!

Please make sure to comment below about what you are excited to see and if there were any other items we missed that you want to see!

In the meantime, let's find out what's happening this week!


Blu-Ray/DVDs

Okay, yes, I said not just Ninja Turtles, and the first item I show is the new Ninja Turtles movie Blu-Ray release. It's the biggest release of the week, and come on, this is mostly a Ninja Turtles website. The good news is, I don't have to go into a synopsis of the movie, Michele has already got that covered as well as a review on the movie over here!

Anyway, this movie is getting released this Tuesday with so many different versions that it will be difficult to figure out which one you want most. You have the 3D version , a a non-3D Blu-Ray version with reversible masks , a Best Buy exclusive with a steel book, individual Blu-Rays of each turtle, one Blu-Ray that comes with a Raphael statue only at Amazon , and a Target exclusive that comes with all four individual covers (exclusive to Target.com)! Could we get anymore versions of this movie?

I'm not certain of all of the extras because of all of the exclusive store releases, but it looks like they are going to be packed full of exclusives. I'm, personally, not a big fan of all of these different stores getting special content only for their exclusive. It would be nice if we could get all content on one nice big set. Oh well.

So take your pick on what version of the movie you want to pick up, you've got plenty of options!

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SYNOPSIS: Thomas wakes up in an elevator, remembering nothing but his own name. He emerges into a world of about 60 teen boys who have learned to survive in a completely enclosed environment, subsisting on their own agriculture and supplies. A new boy arrives every 30 days. The original group has been in "The Glade" for two years, trying to find a way to escape through the Maze that surrounds their living space. They have begun to give up hope. Then a comatose girl arrives with a strange note, and their world begins to change.

 

Starring: Dylan O'Brien (II), Kaya Scodelario, Will Poulter (I), Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Patricia Clarkson

Director: Wes Ball

This Tuesday, we'll be seeing the release of another Young Adult novel turned movie on Blu-Ray, The Maze Runner . I've not read the books or even seen the movie yet. Though, the Blu-Ray looks like  it comes with some decent features such as Audio Commentary by Director Wes Ball and Co-Screenwriter T.S. Nowlin,Deleted Scenes with Optional Commentary by Wes Ball, Navigating the Maze: The Making of The Maze Runner Documentary,The Chuck Diaries,Gag Reel,Visual Effects Reel, Ruin (Short Film), and Still Galleries and Storyboards. This is the type of extras I really love seeing on movies and makes it worth buying the actual movie. I especially love that you get an additional film, albeit a short film, as a bonus feature.

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SYNOPSIS: During a routine case in L.A., NY private investigator Harry D'Amour stumbles over members of a fanatic cult, who are waiting for the resurrection of their leader Nix. 13 years ago Nix was calmed down by his best trainee Swann. In the meantime Swann is advanced to a populary illusionist like David Copperfield and is married to the charming Dorothea. She hires D'Amour to protect Swann against the evil cult members. Short time later Swann is killed by one of his own tricks and the occurrences are turning over. And it crackles between Dorothea and D'Amour...

Starring: Scott Bakula, Kevin J. O'Connor, Famke Janssen, Daniel Von Bargen, Susan Traylor, Vincent Schiavelli

Director: Clive Barker

I absolutely love the Horror genre.  I do remember seeing this movie once, a very long time ago, but I don't remember anything about it because it has been so long ago.  Clive Barker has a serious twisted sense of fiction, but that just makes it all the more entertaining to read and watch.

Lord Of Illusions is probably a movie I am going to watch again real soon. Will I buy the movie? I'm not sure, there's a very good possibility I will, especially with these extras. On Disc One you get the original Theatrical Cut of the movie while on Disc Two you get an all NEW High Definition transfer of Clive Barker’s Director’s Cut of the film, Commentary by Director Clive Barker, “A Gathering of Magic” Featurette - Original Behind the Scenes Footage, Unseen Rare Behind the Scenes Footage “Illusion of Reality”, Vintage interviews and UNSEEN On-Set Footage provide a fascinating look into the making of the film, Deleted Scenes with Clive Barker commentary, NEW Interview with Storyboard Artist Martin Mercer, and a Photo Gallery. The director's cut extra alone has me excited!

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SYNOPSIS: From executive producer Steven Spielberg and starring Academy Award winner Halle Berry. In this thrilling drama, Berry stars as an astronaut who returns home from a year-long solo mission in space and tries to reconnect with her husband and son in their everyday life. Her experiences in space and home lead to events that ultimately will change the course of human history.

Starring: Halle Berry, Goran Visnjic, Camryn Manheim, Hiroyuki Sanada, Annie Wersching, Louis Gossett, Jr.

Director: Allen Coulter

I meant to watch this show while it was on, however I was skipping a lot of TV during that time because of work and just general life things. I might try to catch this on Netflix or Amazon Prime. The premise sounds very intriguing and will definitely give me something to watch during the  normal mid-season hiatus of a lot of TV shows.

As for buying Extant: Season 1, I don't knwo what extras will be on the Blu-Ray as none are listed on any sites. This may just be straight up episodes of the show, it's not too terribly uncommon. However, other TV shows are known to include features like gag reels and commentary. Maybe we'll find out more of what the box set has to offer after it is fully released and  reviewed by others.

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SYNOPSIS: Wealthy entrepreneur Bruce Wayne and his ward Dick Grayson lead a double life: they are actually the crime fighting duo Batman and Robin. A secret Batpole in the Wayne mansion leads to the Batcave, where Police Commissioner Gordon often calls the Bat-duo on the Batphone with the latest emergency threatening Gotham City. Racing to the scene of the crime in the Batmobile, Batman and Robin must (with the help of the trusty Bat-utility-belt) thwart the efforts of a variety of master criminals, including The Riddler, The Joker, Catwoman, and The Penguin. Batgirl joins in during the final season.

Starring: Adam West, Burt Ward, Yvonne Craig, Alan Napier, Neil Hamilton, Stafford Repp

Narrator: William Dozier

Directors: James B. Clark, George Waggner, Robert Butler, Larry Peerce, Norman Foster, Tom Gries

Now, this release is a bit confusing. There's been a few copies of this released, and even had one released LAST MONTH, which was a Limited Edition that included a Batmobile Hot Wheel. The new release doesn't come with the cool Batmobile, but is fully remastered in HD. It comes with a lot of extras such as "Hanging with Batman – A true slice of life in the words of Adam West",  "Holy Memorabilia Batman! – A journey into the most sought after collectables through the eyes of 3 extraordinary collectors",  "Batmania Born! - Building the World of Batman",  "Bats of the Round Table – A candid conversation with Adam West and his celebrity friends, chatting all things Bat '66.", and  "Inventing Batman in the words of Adam West (episode 1 &2)." Now these are pretty much the same as what's on the previous release. Pricing for both these sets are roughly the same.

So, which would I suggest you get? If you're a collector of awesome things, I'd go with the Limited Edition set. Though if you just want the box set without all the extra stuff, then get the one that's just been released.

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SYNOPSIS: The Bebop crew is just trying to make a buck. This motely lot of intergalactic loners teams up to track down fugitives and turn them in for cold hard cash. Spike is a hero whose cool façade hides a dark and deadly past. The pilot Jet is a bruiser of a brute who can’t wait to collect the next bounty. Faye Valentine is a femme fatale prone to breaking hearts and separating fools from their money. Along for the ride are the brilliant, but weird, hacker Ed and a super-genius Welsh Corgi named Ein. On their own, any one of them is likely to get lost in the sprawl of space, but together, they’re they most entertaining gang of bounty hunters in the year 2071.

Starring: Kouichi Yamadera, Unshô Ishizuka, Megumi Hayashibara, Aoi Tada, Steve Blum, Wendee Lee

Director: Shinichiro Watanabe

I'll admit, I've never watched Cowboy Bebop. I know I should have by now, but I just never got around to watching it. I do know quite a few people who love this anime and have told me to watch it. One day, I will get around to watching it, and with the release of the complete series on Blu-Ray, I might actually do that soon!

The box set is chocked full of special features, such as Session #1: Audio commentary with Koichi Yamadera (Spike) and Unshou Ishizuka (Jet), Session #5: Audio commentary with Wendee Lee (Faye) and ADR Producer Yutaka Maseba, Session #10: Audio commentary with Wendee Lee (Faye) and ADR Producer Yutaka Maseba, Session #17: Audio commentary with Director Shinichiro Watanabe and Composer Yoko Kanno, Session #24: Audio commentary with Megumi Hayashibara (Faye) and Aoi Tada (Ed), Interview with Wendee Lee (English voice of Faye Valentine), Interview with Cartoon Network Producer Sean Akins, Tank! Full-Size music clip, Tank! Club remix music clip - UK version, Original opening and closing songs, Textless opening and closing songs,Original and textless closing song Ep. 13, Original and textless closing song Ep. 26, Memo from Bebop: The dub sessions remembered, Ein's summer vacation,Cowboy Bebop session #0, and the U.S. trailer. That's a lot of interesting features!

So, if you're a fan of the series, this will probably be a great purchase!


Movies in Theaters

I almost forgot! This week, we are seeing an end to an era in movies. Peter Jackson has released the final Hobbit movie to the big screens. With this release, we come to the conclusion of our journey to Middle Earth.

Now, we know The Hobbit movies have not faired as well as the Lord of the Rings triology. A lot of complaints come from how far Jackson and crew strayed from the source material, adding in material from other books as well as adding in their own touches. Is it taking creative freedom too far? I don't know. What I do know is that I have truly enjoyed Jackson bringing J.R.R. Tolkien's visions to life. He's made such an imaginary and beloved world seem real to our eyes.

So, if you enjoyed the previous trips to Middle Earth, do check out the final installment this Wednesday, December 17th!


Well, that's it for now on What's Happening This Week. Looking at what's coming up in the next few weeks, I may throw in more items other than Blu-Rays and DVDs.

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