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DVD Geeks Podcast

A TV, Film and Arts podcast featuring John Champion
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Real fans with real opinions - DVD Geeks is the premier movie, TV and pop culture review show covering new releases as well as hidden gems.

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DVD Geeks – September 16, 2014
Twin Peaks – The Entire Mystery What’s that? You’ve missed DVD Geeks? Well… we’re back! The semi-irregular, discount rx periodic look at all that’s cool in home media on DVD, Blu-ray and streaming, DVD Geeks has come in from the heat wave to settle in front of the TV for some quality viewing. This episode: if you were a TV viewer in the early ’90s with an appreciation for the strange, the quirky, the artistic and the tragic, then you probably watched (and loved) “Twin Peaks” from co-creators David Lynch and Mark Frost. CBS Digital has finally given the show its due with a glorious HD treatment in the new Blu-Ray package “Twin Peaks – The Entire Mystery.” We talk the series, the movie and all the bonus features. We’ll also look at the fascinating and sometimes tragic story of one of Hollywood’s most beautiful stars, Susan Oliver, in the new documentary “The Green Girl.” Oliver was a fixture on TV screens throughout much of the ’50s and ’60s, and this film unveils some of the secrets of her personal life. We’re thrilled to welcome filmmaker George Pappy this week to discuss the making of his tribute. Gearing up for Halloween, we reminisce about Brian DePalma’s 1974 horror/rock oddity “The Phantom of the Paradise” now out on a super-deluxe Blu-Ray package from our friends at Scream Factory. All that plus honorable mentions and so much more… welcome back everyone!
DVD Geeks – November 21, 2013
The Right Stuff 30th Anniversary Blu-Ray We’re back! So, breast make yourself a sandwich of turkey leftovers and settle in with us as we  give you DVDs and blu-rays to be thankful for (and some we’d rather pass on). We kick off the show with the last of Charlie Chaplin’s silent films, illness “City Lights” from Criterion. Chaplin has said that this 1931 film was his favorite, find out if this blu-ray edition is one of ours. If you’ve listened to the show before you probably know The Little Tramp rarely does wrong by us and with a Criterion restoration, “City Lights” is likely to impress. Next, we take a look at a modern comedy from the “Wedding Crashers” duo, Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn as they apply for “The Internship” at Google. Can two salesmen hold their own amongst young tech geeks and rise to the top? More than 50 years since the space program began, we get a special 30th anniversary edition blu-ray of the film that celebrates those first astronauts. The 1983 film, “The Right Stuff” follows the rise of the Mercury 7 Astronauts and parallels their journey with that of unsung hero, Chuck Yeager who was first to break the sound barrier. Based on the book by Tom Wolfe, “The Right Stuff” hits all the right notes in developing the characters. Bridging the gap between genres, “The Right Stuff” went on to win 4 Academy Awards and put this outstanding cast on the map. While 30 years later, we no longer have a shuttle program or manned missions to space, we can at least look back with fondness through this special edition. Halloween-season came and went for us, so we thought it was only fair to end the show with two horror films that left a lasting impression on us, the 35th anniversary blu-ray of John Carpenter’s “Halloween” and the much-debated “Lords of Salem” from musician turned director, Rob Zombie. You might be saying, “hasn’t ‘Halloween’ already been out on Blu?” You wouldn’t be wrong, but you would be wrong if you think you’ve seen it the way Carpenter intended it. In this version, the granddaddy of all slasher films, is seen in glorious 1080p with rich color saturation and less brightness. The restoration overseen by the original cinematographer, Dean Cundey and 7.1 Dolby True HD audio will make the night Michael Myers came home one to remember. Plus, we get two new special features for this edition. So, join us as we visit Haddonfield one more time. Lastly, we wrap it up with “The Lords of Salem.” This atmospheric horror film from Rob Zombie owes a lot to movies by Roman Polanski and Dario Argento. “Salem” tells the story of a rock DJ, played by Zombie’s wife, Sheri Moon, who receives a mysterious record with a curse embedded in it. With witches being so popular now, we think history will be kinder to “Lords.” See for yourself, either way, we guarantee it won’t be a boring ride down the Satanic rabbit hole. All this, plus we weigh in on the trend of multiple editions for movies like “Star Trek Into Darkness,” “Twin Peaks” blu-ray rumors and as always, this week’s honorable mentions!
Special episode – LOGAN’S RUN!
Logan’s Run As the Arclight Cinema in Hollywood celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Cinerama Dome, symptoms they’ve pulled out all the stops by running a series of classic films alongside illuminating Q&A sessions. In 1976, caries “Logan’s Run” premiered at the Cinerama Dome, and the Arclight presented a special evening on October 29, 2013 that included the film’s star, Michael York, in a lively audience discussion. Your DVD Geeks – along with special guests Chris Gore, Mary Forrest and Jay West – attended the screening and couldn’t hold back from a deep discussion about the film’s central issues and how it holds up nearly 40 years later. We also got a little off track and let loose with some of our more primal observations. If DVD Geeks is a “family appropriate” show, this episode is definitely not. But Logan’s Run was always sci-fi that talked about adult themes, and we didn’t want to pull our punches. This one gets the EXPLICIT tag. You’ve been warned. Michael York “Logan 5” Special thanks to our guests, the Arclight for letting us sit in their cafe for so long, and to the fine people at Vintage Los Angeles for helping to pull it all together.
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    Podcast Details
    Started
    Jun 20th, 2012
    Latest Episode
    Sep 17th, 2014
    Release Period
    Weekly
    No. of Episodes
    25
    Avg. Episode Length
    About 1 hour

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