First things first today: Are any of you fans of The Criterion Collection? The company is having a 50% off FLASH sale on all in-stock Blu-rays and DVDs on their online store (see this link). The sale runs 24 hours only, until tomorow (10/18) at Noon Eastern. Use promo code DOLLS in your shopping cart when you check out. Meanwhile, see the body of this post below for a look at the cover artwork for all their newly-announced January titles, with Amazon pre-order links.

Now then, our own Tim Salmons has kicked off another week of Pick-Ups reviews, and he starts by updating Dr. Jahnke’s 2009 review to cover Scream Factory’s new Child’s Play: Collector’s Edition. The disc streets tomorrow and it sounds pretty terrific, so don’t miss it.  [Read on here…]

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All right, as many of you know, Thursday marks the official 50th Anniversary of the Star Trek franchise. Star Trek: The Original Series debuted on NBC TV way back on September 8, 1966.

As is probably true for many of you, Star Trek’s played an enormous role in my life. It was my first favorite TV show as a very young child, certainly my first exposure to science fiction of any kind, and it’s not an exaggeration to say that my moral compass – the very principles I believe in (a more optimistic future, the idea that we’re stronger working together, that exploration is one of the most noble things Humanity can do, that it’s our differences that make us greater, etc) – all come from classic Star Trek. The series certainly fostered my curious nature and lifelong interests in science, astronomy, writing, and spaceflight technology. Over the past decade, my love of the franchise led to the discovery of Patrick O’Brian’s “Aubrey-Maturin” series of historical novels, which begin with Master and Commander (upon which the 2003 Russell Crowe film was based) – they’re essentially Star Trek stories set in the 19th Century.  [Read on here…]

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