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Doctor Strange DVD/Blu-Ray Release Date

From Press Release:
From Marvel Studios comes Doctor Strange, the story of world-famous neurosurgeon Dr. Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch), whose life changes forever after a horrific car accident renders his hands useless. When traditional medicine fails him, he travels to the remote Kamar-Taj in search of a cure, but instead discovers the mystical arts and becomes a powerful sorcerer battling dark forces bent on destroying our reality. Bring Home The Mystifying, Mind-Bending Journey on Digital HD Feb. 14 and Blu-ray™ Feb. 28.
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On Feb. 14, “Doctor Strange” fans can bring home the critically acclaimed blockbuster early on Digital HD/3D and Disney Movies Anywhere, or on Blu-ray 3D™, Blu-ray, Digital SD, DVD and On-Demand on Feb. 28. The Blu-ray and Digital releases come packaged with over 80 minutes of fascinating, never-before-seen bonus materials, including five behind-the-scenes featurettes, five deleted scenes, hilarious outtakes, part two of the comical mockumentary “Team Thor,” audio commentary, and an exclusive look at the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

The film boasts an award-winning cast, including Benedict Cumberbatch (“The Imitation Game,” “Black Mass”) as Dr. Stephen Strange, Chiwetel Ejiofor (“12 Years a Slave,” “Triple 9”) as Mordo, Rachel McAdams (“Spotlight,” “Southpaw”) as Dr. Christine Palmer, Benedict Wong (“The Martian,” “Prometheus”) as Wong, Michael Stuhlbarg (“A Serious Man,” “Steve Jobs”) as Dr. Nicodemus West, Benjamin Bratt (“Traffic,” “Piñero”) as Jonathan Pangborn, and Scott Adkins (“El Gringo,” “The Expendables 2”) as Lucian/Strong Zealot, with Mads Mikkelsen (“The Hunt,” “Casino Royale”) as Kaecilius and Academy Award® winner Tilda Swinton (2007 Best Supporting Actress, “Michael Clayton”; “Julia”) as The Ancient One.

Bonus Features (Bonus features may vary by retailer. The DVD does not include any bonus materials.):
DIGITAL HD & BLU-RAY:
-Featurettes:
o A Strange Transformation – Open your eye to a new dimension of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and see how the filmmakers brought one of comic books’ greatest characters to life.
o Strange Company – Find out what it’s like for the cast to work on a Marvel film, and how Director Scott Derrickson engineered one of the most ambitious, imaginative films ever.
o The Fabric of Reality – Take a closer look at the movie’s extraordinary sets, meticulously crafted costumes and amazingly detailed production elements.
o Across Time and Space – Explore the countless hours of dance and fight choreography the actors endured in preparation for their physically demanding roles.
o The Score-cerer Supreme – Join Composer Michael Giacchino and a full orchestra during live recording sessions, and experience the movie’s mind-bending music.
-Marvel Studios Phase 3 Exclusive Look – Get an early peek at Marvel’s spectacular upcoming films, including Marvel Studios’ Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Thor: Ragnarok, Black Panther and Avengers: Infinity War.
-Team Thor: Part 2 – See more of the hilarious partnership between Thor and his roommate Darryl in this satirical short.
-Deleted Scenes:
o Strange Meets Daniel Drumm
o Kaecilius Searches for Answers
o The Kamar-Taj Courtyard
o Making Contact
o Lost in Kathmandu
-Gag Reel
-Audio Commentary by Director Scott Derrickson

DIGITAL EXCLUSIVE:
-Through the Keyhole: The Science of the MCU – Discover how Marvel grounds all its films in real science, and explore the connection between science, magic and imagination.

Received in December

The following are the books, movies, television shows, etc. I received in December for review and/or giveaways:

Blu Ray/DVD:
Suicide Squad Blu-Ray
The Accountant Blu-Ray

Mystery Box:
TeeBlox
Bam Box – December

Abrams:
The Art of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story by LucasFilm Ltd

Del Rey / Ballentine Books:
Blood Vow: Black Dagger Legacy by J. R. Ward
This Census-Taker by China Mieville
The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story by Alexander Freed
Cold Welcome by Elizabeth Moon

Disney Hyperion:
Star Wars Galactic Maps by Tim McDonagh
Art of Coloring Star Wars: Rogue One by Disney Book Group
Star Wars Rogue One Rebel Dossier by Jason Fry

Gallery Books:
Little Heaven by Nick Cutter

Grand Central Publishing:
The Lost City of the Monkey God: A True Story by Douglas Preston

Harper Teen / Walden Pond Press:
Last Day on Mars by Kevin Emerson

Harper Voyager:
Nine of Stars by Laura Bickle

Home of the Damned:
An Other Place by Darren Dash

Penguin Young Readers / Razorbill / Philomel:
Empress of a Thousand Skies by Rhoda Belleza
Ranger’s Apprentice: The Early Years: The Battle of Hackham Heath by John A. Flanagan

Pocket Books:
Star Trek: The Original Series: The Face of the Unknown by Christopher L. Bennett

Pyr:
Worldshaker by J. F. Lewis
Judgment at Verdant Court by M. C. Planck
Black City Demon by Richard A. Knaak

Scholastic:
Wings of Fire: Talons of Power by Tui T. Sutherland
Lifers by M. A. Griffin
Audacity Jones Steals the Show by Kirby Larson

Subterranean Press:
Lost Souls by Kelley Armstrong
Final Girls by Mira Grant

Tor:
The Vindication of Man by John C. Wright
The Rising by Heather Graham and Jon Land
Martians Abroad by Carrie Vaughn

Box Review: Marvel Collector Corps – December 2016 – X-Men

Marvel Collector Corps

This is the December 2016 box from Collector Corps, and the theme was X-Men.

The Marvel Collector Corps offers these boxes starting at $25 plus s/h.

Marvel Collector Corps

Each box comes with an exclusive badge and pin.

Marvel Collector Corps

And a card detailing the contents of the box with a look at early concepts.

Marvel Collector Corps

Champions #1 Variant Comic – With all of the X-Men titles, this is a new one that I’ve never seen before. I’m excited to try it out.

Marvel Collector Corps

Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters Tshirt – I LOVE this shirt! It’s iconic for X-Men fans. And FINALLY it’s another color besides black.

Marvel Collector Corps

EXCLUSIVE Mystique Rock Candy – I’m not crazy about starting another collection, but I love this Mystique figure.

Marvel Collector Corps

EXCLUSIVE Wolverine’s Motorcycle – Can’t beat a Funko POP Ride! This is a great design.

Summary: This one of the best boxes yet. A great shirt and a fantastic POP Ride. The DC version of the Funko box has been sorely lacking, so I haven’t bothered in several months. If they can expand beyond so much Batman-centric picks and become as varied as the Marvel boxes, I may eventually go back.

The next theme will be… Super Hero Showdowns.

Box Review: Bam Box – December 2016

Bam Box

The Bam Box was founded in 2015 by Bloof, the same team of geeks, comic book lovers and pop culture collectors that started ComiconAuction.com. We love collecting. We love the thrill of it, the mystery of it and especially that feeling you get when you have a collectible in your hands that you are really excited about. So we set out to bring something different to everyone.

There are some great subscription boxes on the market, but we felt there was still something missing. We went to the drawing board with the goal of creating the box we would want to show up on our doorstep. After a lot of ideas and prototypes we arrived at the Bam Box. From the design of the box to the items inside to the instant winners we send out, we accomplished what we wanted to do: give you the subscription box we would be jealous of.”

Cost: 1 month plan starts at $24.99 plus $7.99 s/h

*SciFiChick.com received a box for review purposes.

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The box has a mini mag called “Spoiler Booklet” with details on the box, with all possible items subscribers could receive.
This month’s theme was “Legends.”

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“Winter Is Coming” Parody Pin – There were 4 options that subscribers could receive. I actually like this one the best.

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Vader Down #1 Comic Variant – I love this comic and that it’s a variant is awesome. I’ll definitely be holding onto this one.

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Red Sonja #0 SIGNED Variant – What’s better than a special edition? A signed, special edition. Very cool. And each of these comics and prints comes with Certificates of Authenticity.

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Stargirl SIGNED Photo – As a fan of CW’s Legends of Tomorrow, this was kind of a cool surprise.

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Galactic Samuri Print – There were one of four options we could have received of these prints.

Bam Box

Start Your Own Legend Set – These are cool-looking letter openers! I love that it’s a set of daggers. Though they’re about as sharp as weapons, so I’m glad they came with extra packaging and tip protectors.

Summary: This was a great selection this month – making up for the past few boxes for me. I love the comic selections and the dagger letter openers are unique and awesome – what I came to expect from this different mystery box.

Next month’s theme is… Anniversary! Celebrating Bam Box’s 1-year anniversary!

Box Review: TeeBlox – December 2016

TeeBlox

TeeBlox is a t-shirt subscription service that brings 100% authentic licensed geek and gamer shirts to your doorsteps every month. No hidden fees. Cancel anytime. Satisfaction Guaranteed.”

Get 1 shirt and 2 other items starting at $12.99/mo and use code: SCIFICHICK24 to get 24% off your first month!

Subscribers can pick from the following categories: SciFi, Marvel, DC Comics, Cartoons, Movies and TV, Games, Hot Meex, or Disney!

*SciFiChick.com received a box for review purposes.

TeeBlox

Star Trek “Hail Yeah” Shirt – The artwork on this is great! I don’t care for the pun however, but that’s just my taste.

TeeBlox

Comic and Pin – Old school X-Factor! And the bonus item is a Marvel pin. I love Marvel, so these were fun bonus items.

Summary: Despite being another black tshirt, I really like the art on this. The original Uhura looks fantastic! Am I collecting a large amount of Star Trek and Star Wars shirts? Yes. Am I complaining? Never. I love this mystery shipment. It’s consistent quality and a nice price.

Remember, use code: SCIFICHICK24 to get 24% off your first month!

Box Review: Geek Fuel – November 2016

Geek Fuel

Geek Fuel is a monthly subscription box “filled with t-shirts, toys, digital games, limited edition collectibles, and all things epic.” The box can be purchased on a monthly renewal at $23.90 per month, or discounts for purchasing several months or more upfront.

Geek Fuel

The box comes with a great mini magazine that’s always fun to flip through.

Geek Fuel

There is now a spoiler card listing all the items in the box.

Geek Fuel

Wonder Woman and Batman Mugs – These are a little small for my use. But they’ll make great stocking stuffers for my superhero-living niece and nephew.

Geek Fuel

Exclusive Guardians of the Galaxy “Pair and a Spare” Socks – These are cute Rocket socks with one spare mix and match Groot sock. I don’t like the idea of three socks as one will wear out faster than the others. It’d be better to have 2 complete sets of mix and match socks.

Geek Fuel

Geek Fuel Temple Pin – Does anyone actually collect all these filler pins that ALL these mystery geek boxes seem to have? I’ve tossed more than I can count.

Downloadable Dandy Game – I don’t play these types of games, so I’ll probably see if someone else wants it.

Geek Fuel

Futurama Tshirt – I have zero desire to ever watch an adult cartoon, let alone Futurama. So, this is a bummer. I don’t know a soul in real life who actually watches the show (or would admit it) either. Another for the donate pile.

Summary: Thankfully, I had a coupon code and got this box for a big discount. Maybe if I had liked the shirt, this wouldn’t have seemed like such a letdown. But I don’t think I’m keeping ANYTHING from this box. A couple things will be re-gifted and the rest tossed or donated. Bummer.

Received in November

The following are the books, movies, television shows, etc. I received in November for review and/or giveaways:

Blu Ray/DVD:
The Shannara Chronicles Season One Blu-Ray

Mystery Box:
TeeBlox
The Bam Box – November

Amazon Publishing / 47 North:
Ocean of Storms by Christopher Mari

Del Rey:
Star Wars: Catalyst: A Rogue One Novel by James Luceno

Disney Hyperion:
Jed and the Junkyard War by Steven Bohls

Penguin Young Readers / Razorbill:
Crystal Storm by Morgan Rhodes

Pocket Books:
Star Trek: Prey: Book Three: The Hall of Heroes by John Jackson Miller

Random House Kids / Delacorte Press:
The Fever Code by James Dashner

Scholastic:
Exo by Fonda Lee
Velocity by Chris Wooding
Last Descendants: An Assassin’s Creed Novel #2: Tomb of the Khan by Matthew J. Kirby

Simon Teen / Pulse:
Fate of Flames by Sarah Raughley
The Diabolic by S. J. Kincaid

Simon and Schuster / Ubisoft:
Assassin’s Creed: Heresy by Christie Golden

Subterranean Press:
Dear Sweet Filthy World by Caitlin R. Kiernan
The Dispatcher by John Scalzi

Titan Books:
Star Trek Beyond – The Collector’s Edition by Titan

Tor Books:
Apes and Angels by Ben Bova
Gather Her Round by Alex Bledsoe
Last Year by Robert Charles Wilson

Box Review: Bam Box – November 2016

Bam Box

The Bam Box was founded in 2015 by Bloof, the same team of geeks, comic book lovers and pop culture collectors that started ComiconAuction.com. We love collecting. We love the thrill of it, the mystery of it and especially that feeling you get when you have a collectible in your hands that you are really excited about. So we set out to bring something different to everyone.

There are some great subscription boxes on the market, but we felt there was still something missing. We went to the drawing board with the goal of creating the box we would want to show up on our doorstep. After a lot of ideas and prototypes we arrived at the Bam Box. From the design of the box to the items inside to the instant winners we send out, we accomplished what we wanted to do: give you the subscription box we would be jealous of.”

Cost: 1 month plan starts at $24.99 plus $7.99 s/h

*SciFiChick.com received a box for review purposes.

Bam Box

The box has a mini mag called “Spoiler Booklet” with details on the box, with all possible 1-ups. But there was only rare pins and custom comic variants as far as I could see.
This month’s theme was “Adult Cartoon.”

Bam Box

The pin I received this month was Chef from South Park. Subscribers also could have received Cartman, Kenny, or rare Kenny’s with an additional Dead Kenny.

Bam Box

Homer Simpson Metal Sign – I don’t like the Simpsons, but this is a pretty funny sign. I’ll probably use as a gag gift at some point.

Bam Box

Cosplayer dressed up as Jessica Rabbit Print – Who wants a print of a random person no one knows dressed up as a cartoon character? Not me. Weird. If you’re going to include a print, it needs to be an actual famous person or artwork that some people would care about.

Bob’s Cronen-Burgers Print – Subscribers could have gotten a Beavis and Butthead print instead. Neither appealed to me.

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Betty Boop Comic Variant – Some boxes could have received custom sketch covers. It looks like I received the standard exclusive black and white variant. It is signed though, so that’s cool.

Summary: I don’t like adult cartoons, or children’s either for the most part. So, already I wasn’t going to like most of the series. I thought last month’s box was sparse, but this one was even smaller (literally a smaller box). I would think two prints, a comic, sign, and a filler pin would be quite a disappointment for someone who paid full price. This used to be a unique box with fun additions I rarely saw in other boxes. But it’s definitely missing uniqueness now. A shirt or accessory or fun toy needs to be added if they’re going to keep the price point where it is.