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DVD Giveaway: Dracula: The Dark Prince

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Courtesy of Lionsgate Home Entertainment, I have a copy of Dracula: The Dark Prince for one (1) lucky winner:

The mystery of Dracula’s descent into darkness is revealed in Dracula: The Dark Prince arriving on DVD as a Walmart exclusive, as well as Video on Demand and Pay-Per-View October 15 from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. The film will be available two weeks earlier on Digital October 1. When Dracula kidnaps a woman he believes is the reincarnation of his dead wife, vampire hunter Van Helsing and his companions must rescue her before time runs out. Starring Academy Award® winner Jon Voight (Best Actor, Coming Home, 1978), and including audio commentary with Director Pearry Teo, cast interviews and a behind-the-scenes featurette, the DVD will be available for the suggested retail price of $9.96.

Once the honored and respected Prince of Wallachia, Dracula turned to the dark side after those whom he trusted most murdered his wife. After Dracula meets a beautiful crusader named Alina, he is convinced she is the reincarnation of his long-dead love and has her kidnapped. Alina’s companions, led by the renowned vampire hunter Van Helsing, set off in pursuit. Their thrilling journey takes them into savage country where they must fight nightmarish creatures and armies of the undead—culminating in an epic battle against the terrifying power and malice of the lord of the vampires.

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Blu-ray Giveaway: Jack the Giant Slayer

Courtesy of Warner Bros, I have the Jack the Giant Slayer Blu Ray for one (1) lucky winner!

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Blu-Ray Review: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

SYNOPSIS:
The adventure follows the journey of title character Bilbo Baggins, who is swept into an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor from the fearsome Dragon Smaug. Approached out of the blue by the Wizard Gandalf the Grey, Bilbo finds himself joining a company of 13 Dwarves led by the legendary warrior, Thorin Oakenshield. Their journey will take them into the Wild, through treacherous lands swarming with Goblins, Orcs and deadly Wargs, as well as a mysterious and sinister figure known only as the Necromancer.

Although their goal lies to the East and the wastelands of the Lonely Mountain, first they must escape the Goblin tunnels, where Bilbo meets the creature that will change his life forever…Gollum. Here, alone with Gollum, on the shores of an underground lake, the unassuming Bilbo Baggins not only discovers depths of ingenuity and courage that surprise even him, he also gains possession of Gollum’s “precious” ring that holds unexpected and useful qualities…A simple, gold ring that is tied to the fate of all Middle-earth in ways Bilbo cannot begin to know.

REVIEW:
Martin Freeman (“The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy”) stars as Bilbo Baggins. He’s a reluctant hero with a good heart and extremely likeable. Sir Ian McKellen returns to his role as Gandalf the Grey – a younger Gandalf from the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Returning roles also include: Cate Blanchett as Galadriel; Ian Holm as Old Bilbo; Christopher Lee as Saruman; Hugo Weaving as Elrond; Elijah Wood as Frodo; and Andy Serkis as Gollum. It’s a bit odd going back and doing a prequel story, making characters younger. But with the success of the Lord of the Rings trilogy, it’s not surprising that The Hobbit was picked up as well.

Nine years after the release of the Return of the King also means that the CGI and cinematography is even that much more fantastic. The rich landscapes are breathtaking. And the creature effects are incredibly impressive and life-like. In fact, my only complaint is that the novel The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien has been split into three movies. It felt like parts of this installment could have been skipped in order to fit everything in – and just made into a slightly longer film. But I’m sure the movie makers want the extra money that 3 films can bring instead of 1 or even 2.

This first installment in the Hobbit trilogy is a fun, thrilling, adventure. Full of humor, suspense, drama, and magic – fantasy fans will certainly enjoy. Since this is the first in the trilogy of films (and it’s based on only one novel) the film ends in an abrupt, awkward place. And the wait for the next installments seem painfully long.

BLU-RAY AND DVD ELEMENTS:
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Blu-ray Combo Pack, Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack and DVD Special Edition contain the following special features:

Full Suite of Peter Jackson’s Production Videos. Enter Middle-earth of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey as Academy Award-winning Director Peter Jackson takes you behind the scenes, on location and amidst the star-studded cast in a series of video journals that puts you in the forefront of latest in filmmaking with more than two hours of additional content. Highlights of the journals include:
o Start of Production
o Location Scouting
o Filming in 3D
o Post-production Overview
o Wellington World Premiere

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey was released on December 14, 2012, with the second film, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, releasing December 13, 2013, and the third film, The Hobbit: There and Back Again, slated for July 18, 2014.

Begin your Hobbit Collection by owning the first installment – The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey available on Blu-ray Combo Pack, Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack and 2-disc DVD Special Edition on 3/19

Amazon Voucher Giveaway: Game of Thrones Season 2

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DVD Competition: Game of Thrones Season 2
George R.R Martin’s epic series, A Son Of Ice and Fire, has been expertly brought to life in the form of the Game Of Thrones TV show by HBO. As the houses of Lannister and Stark battle for control of the Seven Kingdoms a dark shadow gathers strength beyond the wall in the North. Courtesy of Appliances Online, to celebrate the release of season two on DVD and Blu-Ray I’m giving away a $50 Amazon voucher for one lucky winner to purchase the series, or anything else they’d prefer!

Contest is open to anyone! To enter, simply fill out the form below with a valid email address.

Contest ends March 1. I’ll draw a random name on March 2, and notify winner via email.

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Received in December

The following are the books, DVDs, and Blu-Rays I received in December for review and/or giveaways:

Blu-Rays / DVDs:
Merlin Series 5 – Episodes 1-3

Abrams Young Readers / Amulet:
Misfit by Jon Skovron
The Peculiars by Maureen Doyle McQuerry
Splintered by A. G. Howard

Ace:
Doktor Glass by Thomas Brennan
Doctor Who the Wheel of Ice by Stephen Baxter
The Shadow’s Heir by K. J. Taylor
The Ramal Extraction by Steve Perry

Atria:
White Horse by Alex Adams

Daw:
Battle by Michelle West

Del Rey:
Star Wars: Scoundrels by Timothy Zahn

Harper Teen / Katherine Tegen Books:
The Voyage of Lucy P. Simmons by Barbara Mariconda

Little, Brown for Young Readers:
Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia
Altered by Jennifer Rush

Marshall Cavendish:
The Call of Eirian by C. Aubrey Hall

Orbit Books:
The Ascendant Stars by Michael Cobley
The Orphaned Worlds by Michael Cobley
Spirit’s End by Rachel Aaron
Seven Kings by John R. Fultz

Paizo:
Pathfinder Tales: Called to Darkness by Richard Lee Byers

Pocket / Gallery Books:
Day by Day Armageddon: Shattered Hourglass by J. L. Bourne
Deadly Sting by Jennifer Estep

Pyr:
The Doctor and the Rough Rider by Mike Resnick
The Steam Mole by Dave Freer
Earth Girl by Janet Edwards
A Red Sun Also Rises by Mark Hodder
The Devil’s Looking Glass by Mark Chadbourn

Scholastic / Point / Chicken House:
Shadow Breakers by Daniel Blythe
The Dead and Buried by Kim Harrington

Titan Books:
Assassin’s Creed 1: Desmond by Djillali Defali and Eric Corbeyran
Assassin´s Creed 2: Aquilus by Djillali Defali and Eric Corbeyran
Assassin’s creed 3: Accipiter by Djillali Defali and Eric Corbeyran
Sherlock Holmes vs. Dracula by Loren Estleman
The Aylesford Skull by James P. Blaylock
Hadon of Ancient Opar by Philip Jose Farmer

Tor / Forge:
Hellhole: Awakening by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson
The Rise of Ransom City by Felix Gilman
A Memory of Light by Robert Jordan
Farseed by Pamela Sargent
The Hermetic Millennia by John C. Wright
Luck of the Draw by Piers Anthony
Dinosaur Thunder by James F. David
The Bughouse Affair by Marcia Muller

Received in November

The following are the books, DVDs, and Blu-Rays I received in November for review and/or giveaways:

Blu-Rays / DVDs:
Dark Shadows Blu-ray Combo Pack

47North:
Area 51: Nightstalkers by Bob Mayer

Ace:
Crossed Blades by Kelly McCullough
Andromeda’s Fall by William C. Dietz
Between by Kerry Schafer

Berkley / Jove / NAL:
The First Prophet by Kay Hooper
The Invisible Ones by Stef Penney
House Rules by Chloe Neill

Bloomsbury / Walker:
Doomed by Tracy Deebs

David Claassen:
Moon’s Mercy by David Claassen

Daw:
The Complete Keeper Chronicles by Tanya Huff
Dead Things by Stephen Blackmoore
The Silent Dragon by Irene Radford
Polterheist by Laura Resnick

Del Rey:
Trapped by Kevin Hearne

Gold Eagle:
Rogue Angel: The Matador’s Crown by Alex Archer
Rogue Angel: City of Swords by Alex Archer
Rogue Angel: Library of Gold by Alex Archer

Harlequin / Luna:
Beauty and the Werewolf by Mercedes Lackey

Harlequin Teen:
Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter
The Girl in the Clockwork Collar by Kady Cross
The Girl in the Steel Corset by Kady Cross
Dark Kiss by Michelle Rowen
The Lost Prince by Julie Kagawa
The Iron Knight by Julie Kagawa

Harper Teen:
Valkyrie Rising by Ingrid Paulson
Pretty Girl-13 by Liz Coley
Seven Wonders: The Colossus Rises by Peter Lerangis
Revolution 19 by Gregg Rosenblum
The Madman’s Daughter by Megan Shepherd

Harper Voyager / William Morrow:
Initiate’s Trial by Janny Wurts
The Blood Gospel by James Rollins
Ever After by Kim Harrison

Hodder and Stoughton:
Advent by James Treadwell
The Wisdom of the Shire by Noble Smith

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Children
Delusion by Ms. Laura L. Sullivan

Kensington Press:
Under the Gun by Hannah Jayne

KTeen:
Touched by Corrine Jackson

Lulu:
Claws & Saucers: Science Fiction, Horror, and Fantasy Film by David Elroy Goldweber

Macmillan Children’s / Henry Holt / FSG:
Fox Forever: The Jenna Fox Chronicles by Mary E. Pearson
Sherlock Holmes: the Legend Begins: Black Ice by Andrew Lane

Penguin Teen / Putnam / Dial / Razor Bill / Dutton:
Prodigy by Marie Lu
Reached by Ally Condie
The Friday Society by Adrienne Kress
Shades of Earth by Beth Revis
The Different Girl by Gordon Dahlquist
Elemental by Antony John

Pocket / Gallery:
Klingon Bird-of-Prey Owners’ Workshop Manual by Rick Sternbach and Ben Robinson
Star Trek: The Next Generation: Cold Equations: Silent Weapons: Book Two by David Mack

Pyr:
The Society of Steam: Power Under Pressure by Andrew P. Mayer
London Eye by Tim Lebbon
The Lazarus Machine by Paul Crilley
Apollo’s Outcasts by Allen Steele

Robyn Wyrick:
Eviction Notice by Robyn Wyrick

Roc:
Mecha Rogue by Brett Patton
Supervolcano: All Fall Down by Harry Turtledove
Cold Days by Jim Butcher
The Burn Zone by James K. Decker

Scholastic:
Infinity Ring Book 2: Divide and Conquer by Carrie Ryan
Wings of Fire #2: The Lost Heir by Tui T. Sutherland

Simon & Schuster Teen:
The Blessed by Tonya Hurley

Titan Books:
The Art of Assassin’s Creed III by Andy McVittie
Awakening: The Art of Halo 4
Alien: The Illustrated Story by Archie Goodwin
Lord of the Trees by Philip Jose Farmer

Tor:
Crown of Vengeance by Mercedes Lackey
The Inexplicables by Cherie Priest
Quintessence by David Walton
King of the Dead by Joseph Nassise
Bard’s Oath by Joanne Bertin
The Fractal Prince by Hannu Rajaniemi
All Men of Genius by Lev AC Rosen

Tor Teen:
Renegade by J.A. Souders

Underworlds Press:
Futuredaze: An Anthology of YA Science Fiction

Walden Pond Press:
The Fellowship for Alien Detection by Kevin Emerson

Blu-Ray Giveaway: Chernobyl Diaries

Courtesy of Warner Bros, I have a copy of Chernobyl Diaries for one (1) lucky winner!

CHERNOBYL DIARIES:
Experience the darkest side of disaster in “Chernobyl Diaries” arriving onto Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and Digital Download on October 16 from Warner Home Entertainment Group. From a screenplay by “Paranormal Activity” writer Oren Peli, “Chernobyl Diaries” tests a group of tourists as they explore the site of the most catastrophic nuclear disaster in history. The Blu-ray contains an exclusive alternate ending not seen in theaters.

Written and produced by Oren Peli (“Paranormal Activity”) and Carey Van Dyke & Shane Van Dyke, “Chernobyl Diaries” stars Devin Kelley, Jonathan Sadowski, Ingrid Bolsø Berdal, Olivia Taylor Dudley, Jesse McCartney, Nathan Phillips and Dimitri Diatchenko. Brian Witten also produces.

SYNOPSIS:
“Chernobyl Diaries” is an original story from Oren Peli, who first terrified audiences with his groundbreaking thriller, “Paranormal Activity.” The film follows a group of six young vacationers who, looking to go off the beaten path, hire an “extreme” tour guide. Ignoring warnings, he takes them into the city of Pripyat, the former home to the workers of the Chernobyl nuclear reactor, but a deserted town since the disaster more than 25 years ago. After a brief exploration of the abandoned city, however, the group soon finds themselves stranded, only to discover that they are not alone…

BLU-RAY AND DVD ELEMENTS:
“Chernobyl Diaries” Blu-ray Combo Pack contains the following special features:
• Alternate Ending
• Uri’s Extreme Tours Infomercial
• Chernobyl Conspiracy Viral Video
• Deleted Scene

“Chernobyl Diaries” Standard Definition DVD contains the following special features:
• Chernobyl Conspiracy Viral Video
• Deleted Scene

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Blu-Ray Giveaway: Dark Shadows

Courtesy of Warner Brothers, I have a copy of Dark Shadows Blu-ray Edition for one (1) lucky winner!

Contest is open to US residents only. No PO Boxes, please. To enter, just fill out the form below. Contest ends October 17. I’ll draw a name on October 18, and notify winner via email.

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