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Is the Internet killing the straight-to-home entertainment movie?

Tom Jolliffe on whether the internet is killing the straight-to-home entertainment movie…

Going to the cinema has long been an escape. It’s an event. A special outing. When that was your only option of seeing a film it obviously limited the options the general public had. The business became bigger and bigger. Cinemas spread through towns and cities, widening the options further. Then TV allowed us to watch at home. With that, it also bought TV premieres. Films made especially to bypass the big screen (and indeed offer the option of serials, sitcoms, soaps etc).

Then came the video age. This saw an explosion. A whole new wave. Suddenly the quantity of available films become astronomical. This avenue of distribution meant film-makers could shoot something relatively cheaply and then aim directly for the home market. Alternatively it also gave a theatrical film a second bite of the cherry if
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The Dusty VHS Corner: Pm Entertainment

In the latest edition of The Dusty VHS Corner, Tom Jolliffe digs out a trio of actioners from Pm Entertainment…

Between 1989 and 2002, Pm Entertainment was a strong force in the straight to video action arena. Founded by directors Joseph Merhi and Richard Pepin, they set about trying to deliver big thrills on low budgets. At some stages, largely during a peak period in the mid-90’s, they managed to do that.

Certain stars would become synonymous with the company, and they largely worked with the same ethos as other bigger companies and action specialists, in that you need to have a name attached to sell your picture. Pm worked, sometimes repeatedly, with a slew of video action stars such as Gary Daniels, Don “The Dragon” Wilson, Cynthia Rothrock, Jack Scalia and Jeff Wincott.

Pm Entertainment would also work largely out of La. Whilst other rival companies decided Canada or Eastern
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DC Comics May 2012 Solicitations

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It’s that time again… here are the preview materials for DC Comics releases for May 2012.

As you can see, DC is clearly getting excited about the imminent arrival of The Dark Knight Rises with new movie statues showing Anne Hathaway, Christian Bale, and Tom Hardy, the return of Grant Morrison and Chris Burnham’s Batman Incorporated and the long awaited arrival of Batman: Earth One by Geoff Johns and Gary Frank, and the Talon appearing in every single Batman book this month… and even All-Star Western?

Plus, with the return of Earth One, we also get the return of Earth Two– and the return of the World’s Finest.

Shall we get into it? Let’s!

As always, spoilers may lurk beyond this point.

Earth Two #1

Written by James Robinson

Art by Nicola Scott and Trevor Scott

Cover by Greg Capullo

1:25 Variant cover by Ivan Reis and
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A conversation with action star Gary Daniels

Tom Jolliffe chats to British action star Gary Daniels...

Gary Daniels was a successful kickboxer (a former world champ) who took the decision to leave his homeland in England to pursue a career in acting overseas in the late 80’s. He cut his teeth on celluloid in the Philippines before venturing to America to launch himself.

Since that time he’s filmed all over the world and appeared on film with action legends like Jackie Chan, Sylvester Stallone, Dolph Lundgren, Wesley Snipes, Jason Statham and Jet Li. He also carved out a successful career as a leading man in the straight to video market. Gary was kind enough to speak to us...

What are you filming right now?

I came to Thailand to do a couple of films. The first is called A Stranger in Paradise, with Colin Egglesfield and Stuart Townsend. I’ve just wrapped on that. The second is Angels by Wych Kaosayananda.
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Five Essential... Gary Daniels Films

Following on from his interview last week, Tom Jolliffe selects his Five Essential Gary Daniels films…

When a plethora of martial art specialists were foist upon audiences in the late 80s and early 90s, there were a few who managed to find an audience and maintain lengthy careers in the video realm. One such star was Gary Daniels, who flew the British flag before anyone had heard of Jason Statham. Daniels major selling points were his excellent on screen fighting abilities and willingness to really throw himself into the action. Daniels performs most of his own stunts, whilst a hands on approach to action choreography, combined with a distinct Mma style has delivered plenty of excellent mano-a-mano brawls in his films.

Daniels continues to go at full pelt, and despite being near the big 5-0, he’s still in immense shape and barely looks a day over 30. He’s stood toe to toe (on film!
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SciFi Mafia’s Comic Release Watch 10/19/11

Here’s what hits stores this week!

DC Comics

Action Comics #1 (Rags Morales 3rd Printing Variant Cover), $3.99

Batman #1 (Greg Capullo 2nd Printing Variant Cover), $2.99

Batman #2 (Greg Capullo Regular Cover), $2.99

Batman #2 (Greg Capullo Black & White Variant Cover), Ar

Batman #2 (Jim Lee Variant Cover), Ar

Batman Odyssey Volume 2 #1 (Of 7)(Neal Adams Regular Cover), $3.99

Batman Odyssey Volume 2 #1 (Of 7)(Neal Adams Black & White Cover), Ar

Batman Vampire Mini Statue (resolicited), $95.00

Birds Of Prey #1 (Jesus Saiz 2nd Printing Variant Cover), $2.99

Birds Of Prey #2, $2.99

Blue Beetle #1 (Tyler Kirkham & Sal Regla 2nd Printing Variant Cover), $2.99

Blue Beetle #2, $2.99

Captain Atom #1 (Stanley ‘Artgerm’ Lau 2nd Printing Variant Cover), $2.99

Captain Atom #2, $2.99

Catwoman #1 (Guillem March 2nd Printing Variant Cover), $2.99

Catwoman #2, $2.99

DC Comics Presents Superboy’s Legion #1, $7.99

DC Comics Presents Superman Secret Identity #1, $7.99

DC Universe Online Legends #16, $2.99

DC Universe Presents #1 (Ryan Sook 2nd Printing Variant Cover), $2.99

DC Universe Presents #2, $2.99

Driver Crossing The Line #1 (One Shot)(Corrected Copies), $2.99

Fables #110, $2.99

Gotham Central Volume 3 On The Freak Beat Tp,
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DC Comics November Solicitations

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Once again, a look into the future, with some very interesting looks at the past, including the reprinting of a comic that was never released in America in the first place, the infamous Elseworlds 80 Page Giant that was pulped because of concerns about Superman’s babysitter.

And of course, a whole lot of #3 issues, which is traditionally the issue where Spider-Man guest stars.

Shall we? Surely!

As usual, spoilers may lurk beyond this point.

Justice League #3

Written by Geoff Johns

Art and cover by Jim Lee and Scott Williams

1:25 Variant cover by Greg Capullo

1:200 B&W Variant cover by Jim Lee

On sale November 16 • 40 pg, Fc, $3.99 Us • Rated T

Combo pack edition: $4.99 Us

Retailers: This issue will ship with three covers. Please see the order form for more information.

The superstar team of writer Geoff Johns and artist Jim Lee continue to make history as they unleash the amazing Amazon,
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DVD Giveaway - Fists of Rage

Kickboxer director David Worth delves into the violent world of mixed martial arts for the action drama Fists of Rage, which is set to arrive on DVD on Monday, March 28th, and to celebrate the release Revolver Entertainment have kindly supplied us with three copies of the film to give away to our readers.

"Two street warriors come to understand that not every battle is fought for money or power in this gritty urban action thriller featuring Jason Barry (Titanic), Russell Wong (Romeo Must Die), and WWE Legend ‘Rowdy’ Roddy Piper (They Live). When street gangs clash with the local police in a series of bloody battles, neighbourhood friends Raymond (Wong) and Gabriel (Barry) are forced to choose sides. In the ensuing brutality, Raymond is plunged into the cold confines of prison as Gabriel is forced to fight a vicious war on foreign soil. Later, when Raymond and Gabriel arrive back in their old neighbourhood,
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Berlinale takes wraps off complete lineup

Berlinale takes wraps off complete lineup
Berlin -- Richard Loncraine's "My One and Only," a '50s-era comedy starring Renee Zellweger and Kevin Bacon, was squeezed into the competition lineup for this year's Berlin International Film Festival, barely a week before the event kicks off.

Zellweger plays a glamorous single mom on the hunt for a rich man to foot the bill for her and her sons' lifestyle. Produced by Merv Griffith Entertainment and Ray Gun Prods., "My One and Only" will have its world premiere in Berlin. Essential Entertainment is handling international sales.

Berlin also added Lone Scherfig's Sundance favorite "An Education" with Peter Sarsgaard, Alfred Molina and Emma Thompson and Davis Guggenheim's music documentary "It Might Get Loud" for its Berlinale Special Galas, ensuring the films will get the red carpet treatment without any of the pressure of competition.

All three films should give an added boost of star power to
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