Laserblast Podcast 3:46.2: Universal Soldier, Red vs. Blue, Jack & Diane, Bava

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The Cinefantastique Laserblast Podcast returns, bringing you news and reviews of the latest horror, fantasy, and science fiction films on home video – DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, and instant streaming. Dan Persons and Steve Biodrowski take a look at new releases for Tuesday, November 20, including the Japanese anime title GRAVE OF THE FIREFLIES, now on Blu-ray for the first time, and the DOCTOR WHO LIMITED EDITION GIFT SET on DVD (featuring the three most recent doctors: Matt Smith, David Tennant, and Christopher Eccleston).
But wait, there’s more! Dan Persons reviews Season 10 of RED VS. BLUE. Steve Biodrowski reviews two films in limited theatrical release that are also currently available via Video on Demand: JACK & DIANE (a teen romance with weird, artsy horror elements spliced in) and UNIVERSAL SOLDIER: DAY OF RECKONING (the film that asks whether the UNIVERSAL SOLDIER franchise can successfully incorporate elements of MEMENTO and APOCALYPSE NOW). And things wrap up with a look at some titles from the late Italian horror specialist Mario Bava, which have recently become available on Netflix Instant Viewing.


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RED VS. BLUE'S Matt Hullum & Kathleen Zuelch: Cinefantastique’s New York Comic Con 2012

The game gets serious in season 10 of RED VS. BLUE.
The game gets serious in season 10 of RED VS. BLUE.

It’s bright days in Blood Gulch, indeed. RED VS. BLUE, the first machinima (animation created with video games) series to get mainstream attention, is now also the longest-lived, wrapping up its tenth season of playing around in the HALO universe this November. And what started out as a kind of Seinfeldian take on science-fiction warfare — with a bunch of battle-armored grunts sitting around and essentially doing nothing — has over time become an epic tale of future war, with a parallel “Project Freelancer Saga” using full-on CG animation to add straight-up, ambitious action sequences to the comic mishaps of trigger-happy Sarge and his band of heavily-armed screw-ups.
I met up with RvB co-director Matt Hullum and supervising producer Kathleen Zuelch at their Rooster Teeth booth at New York Comic Con, and we were able sift through the history of the most inept fighting force in the universe.

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