Disney Reserves Dates for 8 Upcoming Live Action Films

This week, Disney reserved the dates for 8 different films, believed to be the release dates for their upcoming live action films. It’s no coincidence that they have announced these dates following their extreme success with The Jungle Book.  While Disney has had mixed results with live action films (sorry, John Carter, I liked you), as of lately they’ve had giant hits with their fairy tale adaptations, such as Maleficent and Cinderella as well.

Disney Maleficent

Dates are listed below:

  • July 28, 2017: Untitled Disney Fairy Tale (Live Action), previously dated December 22, 2017
  • April 4, 2018: Untitled Disney Fairy Tale (Live Action)
  • August 3, 2018: Untitled Disney Live Action
  • November 2, 2018: Untitled Disney Fairy Tale (Live Action)
  • December 25, 2018: Untitled Disney Live Action
  • March 29, 2019: Untitled Disney Fairy Tale (Live Action)
  • November 8, 2019: Untitled Disney Fairy Tale (Live Action)
  • December 20, 2019: Untitled Disney Fairy Tale (Live Action)

Within the last year, Disney has announced multiple fairy tale related projects that are in development at one stage or another in the process.  Listed below are the projects that are the most likely candidates for the above dates.

  • Cruella with Emma Stone set for the title role and Kelly Marcel writing
  • A Wrinkle in Time with Ava DuVernay attached to direct and Jennifer Lee writing
  • Jungle Cruise with Dwayne Johnson set to star and John Requa and Glenn Ficarra writing
  • Dumbo with director Tim Burton and writer Ehren Kruger
  • A sequel to Mary Poppins with director Rob Marshall, starring Emily Blunt and Lin-Manuel Miranda
  • Maleficent 2 with Angelia Jolie set to return in the title role and Linda Woolverton writing
  • The Nutcracker and the Four Realms with director Lasse Hallstrom and writer Ashleigh Powell
  • The Jungle Book 2 with both director Jon Favreau and writer Justin Marks returning
  • A Tinker Bell project with Reese Witherspoon set to star and Victoria Strouse writing

This does not include the Peter Pan live action film from director David Lowery of Pete’s Dragon or the rumored Winnie the Pooh and Mulan, or spinoffs based on GeniesPrince Charming, and Rose Red.  Also missing from the fold are Beauty and the Beast live action take starring Emma Watson and the fifth installment of the “Pirates” franchise Dead Men Tell No Tales bringing back Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow.

But what about Disney’s upcoming animated films? They haven’t been forgotten either.  With unknown dates planned for Frozen 2, they are also planning on the following animation:

Disney Pixar Finding Dory

  • Finding Dory  with returning cast members Ellen Degeneres and Albert Brooks, along with newcomer Ty Burrell, expected June 17, 2016
  • Moana starring Dwayne Johnson and directors Ron Clements and John Musker, out November 23, 2016
  • Cars 3 written by Robert Baird and Dan Gerson, expected June 16, 2017
  • Coco  a Dia de los Muertos based story directed by Toy Story 3 helmer Lee Unkrich, expected November 22, 2017
  • Gigantic a loosely based take on Jack and the Beanstalk, expected March 9, 2018
  • Toy Story 4 written by Rashida Jones and Will McCormack, expected June 15, 2018
  • The Incredibles 2 bringing back director Brad Bird, out June 21, 2019

Combining these with the ambitious schedules of franchise titans Marvel Cinematic Universe and Star Wars, Disney has the potential to pull in more money over the next 4 years than any other entertainment studio.

While I will always be a Disney fan, and most of these movies personally appeal to me, I believe it is safe to say Disney may be throwing its weight around a little here. Most of these films, along with their upcoming animated films as well, will dominate the box office and monopolize 3D screens across the country, leaving very little screens for everything else.

Disney Petes Dragon

What’s your take on this extensive schedule? Are you looking forward to anything in particular?  Personally, I’ve been waiting for a Disney adaptation of The Nutcracker for my entire life.  It’s a very magical story that could use their touch.

Disney Reserves Dates for 8 Upcoming Live Action Films

Ratchet & Clank: A Video Game Movie

The latest video game turned movie comes in the form of Ratchet & Clank. The original game of the same name debuted on the PlayStation 2 developed by Insomniac Games back in 2002 with 11 different incarnations including the new game that released earlier this month for the PlayStation 4.

“When the galaxy comes under the threat of a nefarious space captain, a mechanic and his newfound robot ally join an elite squad of combatants to save the universe.”

The film has a solid casting including James Arnold Taylor (Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Johnny Test) as Ratchet and David Kaye (Up, Dragon Ball Z) as Clank. The movie also includes Rosario Dawson (Sin City, Daredevil, Seven Pounds), Paul Giamatti (Sideways, Saving Private Ryan, Cold Souls), John Goodman (The Big Lebowski, 10 Cloverfield Lane, Monsters Inc.), Armin Shimerman (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, BioShock 2), and Sylvester Stallone (Rocky, Creed, The Expendables).

Ratchet & Clank Poster

The film is in theaters now and has a solid 8.3 rating on IMDB. Have you seen it yet? Were you a big fan of the games? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!

Ratchet & Clank: A Video Game Movie

Deadpool Blu-Ray out May 10th!

Greetings muchachos and muchachettes of the Fourth Estate, DanPool here!
(What the !@#$ is a “DanPool”? I thought this was about Deadpool…)
[Maybe it’s a pool that belongs to some guy named ‘Dan’?]







Can you both be quiet? I’m trying to write a post about the new Deadpool BluRay.
(Who’s Ray, and why is he so Blue?)
[Da Boo Dee Da Boo Die!!!]

What you are currently looking at is an intro into the little world of Deadpool!
(But, not that little, really. I mean, it’s a good size…)
[Size doesn’t matter anyways, right?]


Deadpool_VHS_Announce_4_rgbGuys, we are getting off track here.
(I’d rather get on a Nordic Track, those things will tone your buns)
[Buns of steel, or at least Sourdough.]

I’ve stolen some secrets from Fox studio, using a mixture of Blades, Explosives, and some Special Hugging!
*The Management Does Not Endorse Theft, Explosives Use, Or  “Special Hugging” – –
Enough with the sidebars already!
(Wow, you are getting really testy!)
[Testes, he he..]

Hey, if you looked like Ryan Reynolds crossed with a Shar-Pei, you’d understand!
(You put that mask on, on purpose.)
[It’s not even Deadpool, it’s just a crappy Freddy Kreuger mask…]


Obviously, I’m not going to get anywhere with these two commenting on everything, and since I can’t find their off switches, I present to you my ode to Deadpool!
(You can definitely, find my On switch, if you know what I mean!)
[You wrote an ode? What else did you have to do to get this gig?]


H is for Humorous, sparkling wit
E is for Enigmatic, deeply fascinating
Y is for Yes, always believing in yourself

D is for Diligent, conscientious in duty
E is for Efficient, succeeding at tasks
A is for Adventurous, leaping into the unknown
D is for Devoted, unwavering faithfulness
P is for Phenomenal, an amazing person
O is for Open-hearted, filled with generosity
O is for Observant, keenly perceptive
L is for Loyal, a worthy friend

B is for Beautiful, Like prettyface Vanessa
L is for Learned, mastery of knowledge
U is for Uber, simply outstanding, and a great taxi service. Just ask Dopinder. He’s Dope!

R is for Romantic, the heart of a poet
A is for Affable, instantly likeable
Y is for Youth, eternally young at heart

C is for Colossus, he’s really shiny!
O is for Original, refreshingly so
M is for Maximum Effort, doing your best
E is for Excellent, of the finest character
S is for Sensational, ever exciting

O is for Optimistic, always staying upbeat
U is for Unique, you’re one of a kind
T is for Tactful, ever sensitive

O is for Outstanding, excelling beyond others
N is for Noteworthy, having remarkable acheivements

M is for Motorcyclists, beheaded with a chain
A is for Ajax, Whose real name is Francis
Y is for Yearning, a thirst for vengeance

T is for Tasteful, odes of style
H is for Hip, ahead of the times

Please remember that this poem pales in comparison to the actual movie. Which you should totally see!
(Yeah, it’s a really crappy poem, it doesn’t even rhyme!)
[Are there any people who still haven’t seen this… Bzzzt..]

Finally, I found the Off Switch!
As I was saying…
Based on Marvel Comics’ version of insanity personified, DEADPOOL gives a segue and flashback infused tall-tale of mercenary Wade Wilson, after he is subjected to terrible experiments, gains a red suit (to hide the blood from the bad guys) and begins a rampage of vengeance!
Starring Ryan Reynolds, who has been trying to get this movie made since ‘Origins’ came out, mainly to clean that stain from his record.

“In the comic book world, Deadpool is a man of our time with the ability to spout just the right thing, in terms of pop culture reference, at the worst possible moment.” – Ryan Reynolds
Tim Miller makes his feature film directorial debut on DEADPOOL. But, let’s talk about the movie a bit more.

Ok, I kind of lost my train of thought. There’s lots of action, adventure, comedy, and a love story thrown in for good measure. Also, Explosions!




Seriously, if you haven’t seen this movie by now, pre-order the Blu-Ray, and you’re welcome! It comes out on May 10th.
For a fantastic Spoiler Free Review, look under here.
(Under Where?)
[You said ‘Underwear!’ Bwahaha!]
Totes Toots! Read More

Deadpool Blu-Ray out May 10th!

The Huntsman, Winter’s War

Mirror Mirror on the wall, who is the fairest one of all? This week The Huntsman: Winter’s War reunites Charlize Theron along with Chris Hemsworth as Queen Ravenna and Eric the Huntsman respectively in the sequel to 2012’s Snow White and the Huntsman. Joining this already star studded cast is Emily Blunt as Freya, Ravenna’s little sister who eventually becomes known to others as The Ice Queen and trainer of the Huntsmen, and Jessica Chastain as fellow warrior and Huntsman who trains with Eric and is banished by Freya when she learns that Sara and Eric have fallen in love, the one rule the Ice Queen won’t have broken in her kingdom. This prequel/sequel is being helmed by director Cedric Nicolas-Troyan and is being produced by Joe Roth (Maleficent, Alice in Wonderland) along with Colleen Atwood returning from the first film as head of costume design. Check out the official trailer, posters, and synopsis on The Huntsman: Winter’s War, and tell us what you think about this film. Are you planning on seeing it this weekend? The Huntsman: Winter’s War is in theaters around the country April 22nd.

Long before the evil Queen Ravenna (Theron) was thought vanquished by Snow White’s blade, she watched silently as her sister, Freya (Blunt), suffered a heartbreaking betrayal and fled their kingdom. With Freya’s ability to freeze any enemy, the young ice queen has spent decades in a remote wintry palace raising a legion of deadly huntsmen—including Eric (Hemsworth) and warrior Sara (Chastain)—only to find that her prized two defied her one demand: Forever harden your hearts to love. 

When Freya learns of her sister’s demise, she summons her remaining soldiers to bring the Magic Mirror home to the only sorceress left who can harness its power. But once she discovers Ravenna can be resurrected from its golden depths, the wicked sisters threaten this enchanted land with twice the darkest force it’s ever seen. Now, their amassing army shall prove undefeatable…unless the banished huntsmen who broke their queen’s cardinal rule can fight their way back to one another. 

The Huntsman: Winters War  Queens

The Huntsman: Winters War Eric and Sara

With the film set to hit theaters this weekend, are you making plans to check it out? Comment below with your thoughts!

The Huntsman, Winter’s War

Japan’s Newest Godzilla Movie Now has a Trailer

And it’s EPIC.

The trailer itself may not fit the normal format that most Western audiences are used to, but most Godzilla trailers follow a format of sorts and this one fits nicely in with the others. Usually, in these trailers it is announced rather unceremoniously by Godzilla’s trademark roar what you are about to watch, or by his theme music. In this case, we got the roar.

The trailer opens with a few scenes of the monster and what I think we are really being given here is the scale and the mood that the film is trying to set. The music that is paired with the trailer is haunting, and reminiscent of a chorus that was sung in the original Godzilla movie when the damage he caused is revealed the day following his landfall.

The trailer only has one speaking line, and that belongs to the star of the show. It is likely that Toho is keeping a tight lid on the plot of this film as to date only two of the 31 Godzilla films have had only one kaiju appear in them.  From what can be gathered though, Godzilla is the only kaiju in the film and it will be centered around the reaction of his existence.

The trailer also does a good job of showing off the new design which is very reminiscent of the original. I have stated before that this design is meant to reflect what the original creators were going for when the first film went out: a mutated creature, that has, and is likely still suffering the effects of radiation.

The other great thing here that I am seeing is a reasonable amount of practical effects. Godzilla and other kaiju movies can catch a little flack from time to time regarding the use of practical effects (namely miniatures and a man in a suit) but this trailer shows that Toho has gone through great lengths to marry the effects being used in the movie as CGI is present as well. This is probably best demonstrated in the opening scene which shows Godzilla’s tail passing over homes. This is refreshing in an age where CGI is used for most creature effects and brings a sense of “realness” to a film with an otherwise fantastic premise.

Big, bad, and back.

Big, bad, and back.

It has been 12 years since Toho made a film with arguably their biggest star (pun intended there), but if anything, this trailer shows that they still know how to get people buzzing about Godzilla, a character more than 60 years old. It has been 32 years since he last had a solo film. I for one am excited to see the original studio behind the helm again.

Shin Godzilla opens in Japanese theaters July 29th.

So what did you think of the trailer? What do you think of Godzilla’s new look? Sound off in the comments below!


Japan’s Newest Godzilla Movie Now has a Trailer

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Teaser Trailer

With Star Wars: The Force Awakens hitting Blu-Ray earlier this week, you might have thought your Star Wars fix was filled but WE HAVE MORE! For those who are unaware, Disney and Lucas Film are actually creating two different feature film paths, the so called “Saga” films which are numbered like The Force Awakens and the upcoming and still untitled Episode VIII, and their A Star Wars Story anthology films which, for now, appear to be one-shot films set across the Saga’s timeline. The first film in A Star Wars anthology is Rogue One. This film takes place BEFORE A New Hope and looks to focus on the events that led to the stealing of the original Deathstar plans. The second film in the anthology is currently planned to be a Han Solo focused film, perhaps an origin story or a story of how he and Chewie came to know each other. Many hope for the inclusion of the ever popular Boba Fett. The third film in the anthology has bounced around a bit mainly between a Yoda focused film and an Obi-Wan film.

Rogue One is actually happening though. It’s been cast, filmed, etc. and is slated for a December release this year! Today we got our first look at the new film in the first teaser trailer. Check it out below:

What did you think? I must say, I’m incredibly excited about this. We see original Stormtroopers, AT-ATs, Star Destroyers AND the original Deathstar getting its primary weapon installed. How awesome is that?

Due to The Force Awakens taking the edge off and being probably the most anticipated film of the last 20-30 years, Rogue One stands to not be as successful at the box office but given the teaser, I have high hopes for the film’s quality across story, casting, and special effects. I, for one, can’t wait for this film.

Let us know your thoughts in the comments!

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Teaser Trailer

Godzilla Resurgence And Why It Will Melt Your Face

Guess what folks….there is going to be another Godzilla movie, and it is not the one you are thinking about. Toho Co. Ltd,  the company that created the character originally in 1954 is releasing a new Godzilla movie this summer and they are pulling no punches.

Following the worldwide success of the Hollywood 2014 remake, Toho saw an avenue to capitalize on the character’s newfound popularity. Make another movie.

Between the latest 2014 movie and the Hollywood sequel Gareth Edwards is directing for a June 2018 release, Toho will be releasing Shin Gojira in Japan this summer. But why would anyone want to watch yet another Godzilla movie, let alone another Japanese one? After time travel you think the bottom of the idea bin would have been scraped clean.

The answer is well yeah, the idea bin is pretty empty but a new take on some old material goes a long way. Shin Gojira (which is Godzilla Resurgence to us English speakers) is not going to be like any Godzilla movie that has come before it bar one: the original, Gojira.

Every single Godzilla movie that Toho has produced up until now has had one thing in common, it is either a sequel or in a line of sequels related to the original film.  What gets me excited is this latest film is a remake of the original, being done by the original studio. For those of you who don’t know or have not seen the original Gojira, it’s dark. Like a mother telling her two small children in a burning alley that they are all going to die dark. Poisoned water dark. Flesh melting off bones dark. Darker than Batman’s cape dark – especially considering the time which was 1954.

So what we essentially going to be expecting, the rest of the Godzilla fans and I, is a very grim movie relative to the Hollywood remake, and quite frankly, any other Godzilla movie to date.

In addition to the general aura of darkness that comes from restarting the series, Toho has sprinkled a few hints to the media at large as to what to expect. Firstly, they are not being shy with their Godzilla. So far he is the biggest yet, just a hair larger than the Hollywood version as if to say to Legendary, “We will not be outdone.” The other thing is the way he looks – and if I could describe him in two words: NOT FRIENDLY.

Matt Frank - Godzilla

Matt Frank’s Godzilla

A special thanks to artist and avid kaiju fan Matt Frank for allowing us to show his rendition of the newest incarnation of Godzilla! Check out his website for more of his amazing work.

Godzilla’s origins haven’t really changed much throughout his career, and with the exception of the Hollywood remake, he is generally considered a mutation. This time around someone at Toho got tired of him looking so nice. Godzilla is supposed to be a generally cranky sea monster who had an atomic weapon dropped his head, and then decided he wasn’t going to stand for that kind of mischief any more. Our new Godzilla looks like a bomb was dropped on him. It looks like it hurt, and it looks like he is not enjoying the recovery. This actually hearkens back to the original design of the character, right down to the beady white eyes and the undersized, almost skeletal hands. The original design of Godzilla’s skin is supposed to look like keloid scarring, and in this film’s incarnation you can tell that has been emphasized. So, from a perspective of making Godzilla look honest to his origin, this film is pretty on point.

The only thing that could possibly detract from the film, or at least one meant to be this serious (or this important to the studio) is the person in the director’s chair. Luckily enough, this film is getting not one, but two directors, and they are both very intriguing choices. The first of the directors, and the one who wrote the script is Hideaki Anno who is known from the anime hit Neon Genesis Evangelion (think anime Pacific Rim). His style is regarded as being postmodern and what he excels at is fleshing out characters, something that monster movies generally don’t do well, but something that the original Gojira is known for. The co-director Shinji Higuchi is a veteran of the kaiju (Japanese giant monster) genre having worked on the Gamera (if Godzilla was a turtle) films of the 1990’s which were all very well received.

So, in essence, we have the makings of a character driven, gritty, dark Godzilla that should be a good reboot of the original classic film. All of this accounted for, when Godzilla Resurgence rises out of the Pacific for an American audience this fan will be among those at the front of the running crowd to see it.

Shin Gojira will be released July 29th, 2016 in Japan. Godzilla Resurgence which is the English version of the film has yet to have its release date announced.

Shin Gojira poster

Are you excited for the latest incarnation of Godzilla? Are you looking forward to a new Japanese version? Comment below!

Godzilla Resurgence And Why It Will Melt Your Face

Pokémon GO from Nintendo: Details

Have you heard of Pokémon GO yet? Well, if you haven’t, I’m genuinely surprised. Since its announcement, Pokémon GO has become one of the most anticipated games the franchise has ever produced.  Why is that? Because you are no longer playing in Pallet Town or Lumiose City. You’re playing where you live!

By downloading the game to your smart device, your world will be transformed into a world of Pokémon. Just by taking a walk outside, you’ll encounter wild Pokémon. Your device will alert you to any Pokémon within your range and it will be up to you to catch them! However, just as within the games, it’s up to you to be careful; not all Pokémon are captured easily.

As you travel your neighborhood, your city, your country, your planet, you’ll come across new Pokémon with each new journey. In the previous games, you could only find certain Pokémon in particular regions, which is a feature that carries over to the real-life interactive version as well. For example, would you like to catch some water Pokémon? Try visiting a lake or an ocean. How about some rock type Pokémon? Traveling to a mountain range would be an ideal place to go for those.

Pokemon Go Screen Examples

The game also includes other methods of finding Pokémon. By visiting historical markers, monuments, and art installations, you’ll also be visiting PokeStops.  These locations will provide you with special Pokeballs and Pokémon eggs.  When you find an egg, eventually it will hatch with enough walking. In a similar effort, by capturing multiples of the Pokemon, you’ll be able to evolve one of them.

At some point in your journey, you’ll be asked to join one of three teams. Afterwards, you’ll be able to store your Pokémon at empty Gyms, or Gyms where your teammates have stored their Pokémon. Like Pokestops, Gyms will be actual physical locations and each Gym will only be able to hold one of your Pokémon, which encourages you to work with your teammates during battles. If a Gym has been claimed, you’ll be able to challenge that Gym for control.

Pokemon Go Plus

The app will be enhanced with various challenges to get medals, a separate bluetooth device called the Pokémon GO Plus, and in-app purchases. Currently, the app is available for a limited time in Japan but a global release is planned shortly. We don’t know what the in-app purchases will be yet but my guess is, you can use real money to purchase more and higher quality pokeballs to help you catch more Pokémon.

For those of you aware of AR (augmented reality) games, yes, this is one of those. It looks to be a more advanced, at least visually, version of Google’s Ingress, leveraging Geocaching.

Are you interested in Pokémon GO? Will you pick up the Pokémon GO Plus wristband or download the app to your mobile device? Comment below!

More information is available on the officially website here.

Pokémon GO from Nintendo: Details

Star Wars Battlefront DLC News

By now most of you reading this have played the new E.A. and DICE game Star Wars Battlefront. While it has gotten some mixed reviews from Star Wars fans, Battlefront has proven itself to be a pretty fun and exciting Star Wars game to play with friends online, or do solo missions. E.A. and DICE have announced recently that there are going to be four expansion packs to those who have bought the Season Pass for Battlefront. For those who did not purchase the season pass you can still buy the expansion packs, you’ll just have to wait two weeks after they are released for season pass holders as a bonus perk to them.

Now on to the good stuff: what we can expect from the four expansion packs! The four new packs are as follows, Outter Rim– Fight in two new maps on the planet Sullust and two maps exploring Jabba the Hutt’s Palace, due out March 22nd for season pass holders and April 5th for non pass holders. Bespin– Take the fight to all new maps located on the iconic Cloud City (Summer 2016). Death Star- Fight among the corridors, hangers, and halls of the infamous Death Star (Fall 2016).  Finally, due out early 2017 is a mystery expansion rumored to be a tie in for Rogue One, Clone Wars, Episode 7 or 8, or a possible expansion where you can fly and fight in space. Not much is known about Bespin or the Death Star expansions, but E.A. has dropped a new gameplay trailer and details about the Outter Rim pack. This first expansion for Battlefront has four all new maps added to it. Industrial Pipeline and a Smelting Factory for Sullust and Jabba’s Palace and Sail Barge Garage. In addition to four all new maps you get two brand new heroes and villains to play around with, Nien Nunb for the Rebels and Greedo for the Empire. Both bring unique weapons and special abilities that you can use for almost any mode in the game. A new mode called Extraction as been added where as a Rebel soldier you are trying to protect a cargo shipment and escort it out to a awaiting transport to get it off world, and as the Empire you are trying to stop the shipment from reaching its destination at all costs. You also get new star cards along with an array of new weapons to unlock and purchase.

It seems that the creators over at DICE and E.A. have been listening to fans about what they want in a Battlefront game and it looks like they are starting to deliver. I, for one, will be downloading this expansion pack along with the others the moment it becomes available. But until then I invite all of you to check out the new gameplay trailer for the Outter Rim expansion pack (linked below) and follow up with the full press release and read what is to come for Star Wars Battlefront in the near future.

Will this make you guys want to purchase the game or the Season Pass if you haven’t yet? What would you want to see in Star Wars Battlefront DLC down the road? Comment below!

Star Wars Battlefront DLC News

No April Fooling, The Force Awakens Blu-Ray

It’s no joke that April can’t come soon enough for us Star Wars fans. April 1st is the day that you can download a high definition copy of Star Wars: The Force Awakens and other Disney Movies.  However, the Blu-Ray and DVD Combo makes its leap from light speed to the shelves on April 5th.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens grossed over $926 million at the box office here at home and $2.05 billion across the rest of the galaxy. The Force Awakens shattered box office records, so it will definitely be interesting to see how the sales in the stores do.Star Wars: The Force Awakens Wal-Mart Exclusive Blu-Ray

Speaking of stores, different retailers will have different offers for the in-home release of Star Wars:The Force Awakens.  Target, Walmart, Best Buy, and Disney Stores are offering fans retailer-exclusive collectible versions, so make sure that you visit your favorite retailer on the day of the release.  Here is a list of the stores an their respective offers.The 3D versions of The Force Awakens will be available later this year. That’s right, the April release does NOT include the 3D version of the film. This one is planned for a later release with additional bonus features.

  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens Target Exclusive Blu-RayTARGET – The Target Star Wars: The Force Awakens Blu-ray Combo Pack comes with exclusive packaging and an additional 20 minutes of bonus content, including never-before-seen interviews with Daisy Ridley and John Boyega, and a deeper look at the movie’s costumes and weaponry
  • WALMART – The Walmart Star Wars: The Force Awakens Blu-ray Combo Pack comes with exclusive BB-8 packaging and an exclusive Star Wars Galactic Connexions trading disc
  • BEST BUY – The Best Buy Star Wars: The Force Awakens Blu-ray Combo Pack features exclusive Steel Book Packaging
  • DISNEY STORE  The Disney Store Star Wars: The Force Awakens Blu-ray Combo Pack comes with an exclusive lithograph set, while supplies last of course

Inside the combo packages you can find an in-depth documentary, exclusive interviews with the actors, and a feature about the building of BB-8.  The filmmakers bring a new cast member to life and it becomes an instant fan favorite.  Watch the legendary composer, John Williams and the Seventh Symphony an the music of Star Wars and The Force Awakens.  The music of Star Wars has always been iconic.  Scores for the previous six films were done by the acclaimed composer John Williams, and once again he has returned to score Star Wars: The Force Awakens, ultimately garnering his 50th Oscar nomination for his work.  There are also deleted scenes.  I am personally interested in watching a segment called “Force for Change”; it shows how Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ initiative has united Star Wars fans all over the globe to help others.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Best Buy Exclusive Blu-Ray

Star Wars: The Force Awakens was directed by J.J. Abrams and written by Lawrence Kasdan & J.J. Abrams and Michael Arndt.  The film was produced by Lucasfilm President and eight-time Academy Award nominee Kathleen Kennedy, J.J. Abrams, and Bryan Burk.

The movie is sure to create more fans and fun times watching it over and over with friends and family, that’s no joke!

The Force be with you all.

– Ultra

No April Fooling, The Force Awakens Blu-Ray

Star Trek in Right Direction with Nicholas Meyer

Nicholas Meyer is joining the new Star Trek TV series.

Most Trekkies, myself included, were elated at the news that Star Trek was returning to TV on CBS in early 2017. We’ve been without a Star Trek series since Enterprise went off the air in 2005. Since then, we’ve had nothing set in the Prime universe and only two films in the form of J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek (2009) and Star Trek Into Darkness. That’s not much for a franchise that had running TV series from 1987-2005 which included four different series plus six motion pictures. The announcement of Bryan Fuller as the show-runner was great news. Why? Well, he’s been involved in Star Trek before, writing over 20 episodes across multiple series, mainly Voyager. He’s also been involved with very successful series like Pushing Daises and Hannibal.

Today, another great thing happened. Bryan Fuller announced one of the writers for the upcoming series, Nicholas Meyer. Sound familiar? If you’re a Trekkier\Trekker, it should. Nicholas Meyer has been responsible for three out of my top four Star Trek films. You can catch my full ranking here. Check out the official press release below from

It’s official. Bryan Fuller, who will co-create, produce and serve as showrunner of the upcoming Star Trek series, has just announced the news that Nicholas Meyer has joined the show’s writing staff.

“Nicholas Meyer chased Kirk and Khan ’round the Mutara Nebula and ’round Genesis’ flames, he saved the whales with the Enterprise and its crew, and waged war and peace between Klingons and the Federation. We are thrilled to announce that one of Star Trek’s greatest storytellers will be boldly returning as Nicholas Meyer beams aboard the new Trek writing staff,” said Executive Producer, Bryan Fuller.

Meyer, of course, is beloved by Star Trek fans worldwide for directing (and co-written, uncredited) Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, co-writing Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home and co-writing and directing Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country.

The new Star Trek series, produced by CBS Television Studios, will launch in early 2017. In the U.S., a special premiere episode will air on the CBS Television Network and all subsequent first-run episodes will be available exclusively on CBS All Access. The series will also be available on television stations and platforms in local countries around the world.

So there you have it. Meyer directed both The Wrath of Khan and The Undiscovered Country in addition to being involved in writing both of them PLUS co-writing The Voyage Home.

Bryan Fuller Meyer Tweet

This is very exciting news because the two biggest hires that CBS has made to this point include two major Star Trek alums who have a passion for the franchise and were involved in what many of us call the Golden Age of Trek. Meyer was even involved in the film that brought the franchise back from the dead after the lack of success The Motion Picture had.

Many people, myself included, have not fully enjoyed what is called the JJ-verse. Many felt that Abrams was not right for the job, having been quoted saying he didn’t watch or like Star Trek but was instead a Star Wars fan. Now, I also love Star Wars and think Abrams was perfect for The Force Awakens and I think most would agree with that. But, I want someone passionate about Star Trek. This franchise means the world to me and to see CBS take it seriously and bring in two alums right off the bat makes me optimistic.

There have also been rumors that Tony Todd might be joining the cast. For those who don’t know, Tony Todd is also a Trek alum, having starred in 6 episodes between Voyager, Deep Space Nine, and The Next Generation as Worf’s brother Kurn, a future Jake Sisko, and the Hirogen Alpha. He’s also been in such shows as Chuck and The CW’s The Flash as the voice of Zoom. He was also involved in the Prelude to Axanar short fan film that leads up to the Axanar movie currently involved in a lawsuit with CBS. Tony Todd is no longer associated with that project.

So there you have it. CBS has added Bryan Fuller and now Nicholas Meyer to the upcoming Star Trek TV series. How do you feel about this? Are you excited? What is your favorite Nicholas Meyer Trek contribution? How about Bryan Fullers? Would you like to see Tony Todd return to the franchise? Comment below!

Star Trek in Right Direction with Nicholas Meyer

Nintendo Pokemon Direct

(UPDATED: 1:37pm CST 2016-02-26)

In preparation for tomorrow’s 20th Anniversary of the Pokemon franchise, Nintendo presented their Pokemon Direct for the first time. This short 6 minute video provide some fantastic nostalgia with plenty of classic GameBoy graphics and 8-bit sound effects.

Pokemon Direct GameBoy Screen

Check out the various images below with some details about the Pokemon Direct event.

First, Pokemon is celebrating 20 years of game play since its original releases in Japan in 1996. Since then, the games evolved quite a bit, especially due to the technological advances with the GameBoy Color, GameBoy Advanced, and the DS line. To account for lack of compatibility of the original GameBoy games with the newer ones, Nintendo is releasing Pokemon Red, Blue, and Yellow in the Nintendo eShop. These games are just like the classics. Reports even say that the missingno glitch still lives.

These new digital versions of the classics will be compatible with Pokemon Bank and the Pokemon you capture can be transferred to the upcoming Pokemon Sun and Pokemon Moon, per Pokemon Direct.

Pokemon Direct Pokemon Bank

The previous generation of games allowed players to use seven different languages. Well, Pokemon Sun and Moon have added two more to the list, Traditional and Simplified Chinese in addition to English, Italian, French, Spanish, German, Japanese, and Korean.

Pokemon Direct Sun and Moon Languages

Per the Pokemon Direct, Pokemon Sun and Moon will be out later this year, coming Holiday 2016. We don’t have any official date, the games are already available for pre-order from Best Buy and GameStop. Amazon, for some reason, only has Pokemon Sun available. The games have a pre-order price of $39.99 and are for the Nintendo 3DS.

Pokemon Sun and Moon Logos

That’s about it for this short Pokemon Direct. The digital versions of Blue, Red, and Yellow are available tomorrow in the Nintendo eShop for $9.99 each and there are 2DS bundles out in the wild, including a special Yellow one in the UK, if you’re lucky enough to get your hands on one.

Watch the Pokemon Direct in its entirety here –

Pokemon Direct Ishihara

What did you think? Are you excited about the classics being re-released? Are you pumped for Sun and Moon? Comment below with your thoughts.

Nintendo Pokemon Direct