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Fantasy Book Review: The Ghost of Graylock

The Ghost of Graylock by Dan Poblocki

Synopsis:
Everyone’s heard the stories about Graylock Hall. It was meant to be a place of healing – a hospital where children and teenagers with mental disorders would be cared for and perhaps even cured. But something went wrong. Several young patients died under mysterious circumstances. Eventually, the hospital was shut down, the building abandoned and left to rot deep in the woods. As the new kid in town, Neil Cady wants to see Graylock for himself. Especially since rumor has it that the building is haunted. He’s got fresh batteries in his flashlight, a camera to document the adventure, and a new best friend watching his back. Neil might think he’s prepared for what he’ll find in the dark and decrepit asylum. But he’s certainly not prepared for what follows him home. . . .

Review:
Neil loves a popular ghost hunters tv show, so when he hears about Graylock, he has to investigate. Neil and his sister are staying with their aunts for the summer, after their father abandoned them for a career in Hollywood and their mother fell into a deep depression. Neil uses the mystery of Graylock to take his mind of his family problems. But he and his sister get more than they bargained for when unexplainable occurrences begin happening to both of them.

The Ghost of Graylock is a creepy and engrossing ghost story for middle readers on up. This mild horror novel is packed with danger, intense suspense, ghostly apparitions, and mystery. The story has no graphic violence, but instead is more of a psychological thriller paired with the paranormal. Well-paced and engaging, the suspense builds to an exciting and heart-pounding conclusion.

Blu-Ray Review: Grimm Season 1

Grimm: Season One (Blu-ray + UltraViolet)

Synopsis:
Homicide detective Nick Burkhardt (David Giuntoli) discovers he is descended from a long line of criminal profilers known as “Grimms,” protectors who are charged with keeping the balance between humanity and the creatures of myth. With newly awoken abilities to detect the evil lurking among us, Nick struggles to keep his old life separate and safe as he becomes ever more entrenched in the ancient rivalries of the Grimm world.

Review:
Nick and Hank (Russell Hornsby) may be the police detectives that investigate the strange reports in the area. But it’s Monroe (the local werewolf) that Nick runs to for help with the paranormal situations. Nick and Monroe (Silas Weir Mitchell) have a great chemistry. And Monroe’s smart humor adds a much-needed light-hearted feel to an otherwise dark and suspenseful setting. Bitsie Tulloch plays Nick’s girlfriend Juliette who knows nothing (until the end of the season) about Nick’s Grimm legacy.

This is one of my favorite shows on television. Each episode is a different Grimm fairy tale or myth with a modern day twist is always full of thrills, chills, and fantastic creatures. The mixture of mystery, suspense, horror and humor makes this a must-watch show. ABC’s aired its first season of the popular fairy tale series Once Upon a Time this past year as well. And though there are similarities, there is a decidedly different feel to Grimm. There is none of the corniness or fanciful magic of OUaT. This is dark and gritty, with a more realistic, modern twist to the familiar stories. While there is an overlying arc that flows throughout the season, another nice thing about the series is that you don’t necessarily have to watch each one in order. Each episode is a creature-(or fairy tale)-of-the-week with complex characters and exceptional writing. Don’t miss this series.

Specs:
Available on Blu-ray and DVD on August 7, 2012, this five-disc set includes all 22 episodes.
BLU-RAY BONUS FEATURES INCLUDE:
• Grimm Guide: An interactive book that provides insight into the various creatures featured in the show.
• 2 Grimm collector’s cards
BLU-RAY and DVD BONUS FEATURES INCLUDE:
• The World of Grimm: Get to know the characters and creatures that inhabit the world of “Grimm” and discover the inspiration behind the storylines.
• Making Monsters: Go behind the scenes with Andy Clement and Barney Burman as they take viewers through the special makeup effects design and application process. The talented team from Hive FX also shows fans how they give life to the monsters of “Grimm.”
• Deleted scenes
• Gag reel

SciFi Blu-Ray Giveaway: Spawn

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

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NBC’s Grimm Releases on Blu-Ray and DVD 8-7-2012

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Available for Pre-Order Now:
Season 1 of NBC’s Grimm Releases on Blu-Ray and DVD August 7th, 2012.

From Press Release:
OVERVIEW: Classic Grimm’s fairy tales come to life like never before in the “dark and imaginative” (Mike Ayers, CNN.com) supernatural series “Grimm,” from the producers of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel. Homicide detective Nick Burkhardt (David Giuntoli, “Privileged,” “Grey’s Anatomy”) discovers he is descended from a long line of criminal profilers known as “Grimms,” protectors who are charged with keeping the balance between humanity and the creatures of myth. With newly awoken abilities to detect the evil lurking among us, Nick struggles to keep his old life separate and safe as he becomes ever more entrenched in the ancient rivalries of the Grimm world. Available onBlu-ray™ and DVD on August 7, 2012, “Grimm” Season One allows fans to experience all 22 chilling episodes back-to-back and uninterrupted.

“Grimm” Season One also stars Russell Hornsby (“Lincoln Heights,” “In Treatment”), Silas Weir Mitchell (“My Name is Earl,” “The Mentalist”), Bitsie Tulloch (The Artist, “Quarterlife”), Reggie Lee (“Prison Break,” Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End) and Sasha Roiz (“Caprica,” “House”). Guest stars such as Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio (Scarface) Amy Acker (“Angel”), Titus Welliver (“Lost”) and Sebastian Roché (“Supernatural”) also appear in this uniquely evocative series that critics rave “offers genuine scares” (Michelle Tauber, People).

“Grimm” Season One is available as a five-disc set in special, limited edition packaging with exclusive “Grimm” collector cards. It features never-before-seen bonus material that takes fans deep into the world of “Grimm,” including an interactive creature guide, “Making Monsters” featurette and much more. The “Grimm” Season One Blu-ray™ also features perfect hi-def picture and perfect hi-def sound.

BLU-RAY™ and DVD BONUS FEATURES INCLUDE:
• DELETED SCENES
• GAG REEL
• THE WORLD OF GRIMM: Get to know the characters and creatures that inhabit the world of “Grimm” and discover the inspiration behind the storylines.
• MAKING MONSTERS: Go behind the scenes with Andy Clement and Barney Burman as they take viewers through the special makeup effects design and application process. The talented team from Hive FX also shows fans how they give life to the monsters of “Grimm.”
• GRIMM GUIDE: An interactive book that provides insight into the various creatures featured in the show. (Blu-ray edition only)
• AND MORE!

TECHNICAL INFORMATION BLU-RAY™:
Street Date: August 7, 2012
Copyright: 2012 Universal Studios. All Rights Reserved.
Selection Number: 61123351 (U.S.); 61123350 (Canada)
Layers: BD-50
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
Rating: Not Rated
Languages/Subtitles: English SDH
Sound: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1/ Dolby Digital 2.0

TECHNICAL INFORMATION – DVD:
Street Date: August 7, 2012
Copyright: 2012 Universal Studios. All Rights Reserved.
Selection Number: 61120707 (U.S.); 61123237 (Canada)
Layers: Dual Layer
Picture Format: Anamorphic Widescreen
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
Rating: Not Rated
Languages/Subtitles: English SDH
Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1

Sci-Fi – Fiction Book Review: Bestial

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Bestial: Werewolf Apocalypse by William D. Carl

During a bank robbery in Cincinnati, a thief and a bank teller are the only survivors of a sudden, riot that has changed everyone else into huge, werewolf-like creatures. The beasts that used to be human are obscenely violent creatures that live only to kill and appease their carnal impulses. Then, when daylight comes, the creatures all revert back to their human selves and are overwhelmed with grief for their actions the night before, driving most to insanity. The thief and bank teller find two other survivors, a teen runaway and his mother, who must all band together to escape Cincinnati and stop the werewolf virus before it spreads even further.

Carl’s apocalyptic tale is intense and incredibly suspenseful. The characters are flawed, but completely engaging. Fast-paced and exhilarating, this science fiction thriller is impossible to put down. Not for the faint of heart, the violence and subject matter are like any horror novel, but the survivors’ stories makes gives Bestial heart. As a nice change from zombie invasions, this killer debut is for the werewolf lovers.