Friday, January 27, 2012

Zombie Boot Camp

RAM Training LTD is a UK-based company in Worcestershire that offers a SWAT training activity day. According to the website you will:

Train as a member of an elite special forces SWAT team. Play it for real learn the skills needed to find, fix and destroy a determined enemy.

Use a variety of weapons to execute the mission: Pistol, assault rifle and the pump action shot gun.

Get equipped in the latest Kevlar helmet and ballistic body armor.

Work as a team to clear a terrorist bomb making factory or rescue a colleague in our purpose designed killing house.

This is not paint ball this is truly the most realistic, awesome first person shoot ‘em’ up scenario activity in the world.

If that doesn't sound cool enough, they offer a "Zombie Boot Camp." 

From the website itinerary:

Yes you will be fighting live Zombies. You will have to put what you have learned to the test. To wipe out a live Zombie you will have to shoot them in the head. Don’t worry the Zombies are well protected and will react accurately to you shooting them. However be aware they will attack you and attempt to wipe you out. Poor drills and bad shooting will result in your death or contamination. You have been warned!
Click the link for more info ==> RAM Training LTD

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Godzilla Gets The Criterion Treatment

"H-E-L-L YEAH!!!" Those were my exact words when I got the news that Godzilla would be stomping his way onto Criterion's blu-ray line on January 24th. I'm a big fan of bonus materials and Criterion usually goes above and beyond when it comes to extra content. Godzilla is no exception:

 New high-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition

Audio commentary by David Kalat (A Critical History and Filmography of Toho’s Godzilla Series)

New high-definition digital restoration of Godzilla: King of the Monsters!, Terry Morse’s 1956 reworking of the original, starring Raymond Burr

Audio commentary for Godzilla: King of the Monsters! by Kalat

New interviews with actor Akira Takarada (Hideto Ogata), Godzilla performer Haruo Nakajima, and effects technicians Yoshio Irie and Eizo Kaimai Interview with legendary Godzilla score composer Akira Ifukube

Featurette detailing Godzilla’s photographic effects

New interview with Japanese-film critic Tadao Sato

The Unluckiest Dragon, an illustrated audio essay featuring historian Greg Pflugfelder describing the tragic fate of the fishing vessel Daigo fukuryu maru, a real-life event that inspired Godzilla

Theatrical trailers

New and improved English subtitle translation

PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by critic J. Hoberman

The Blu-ray is up for pre-order now at

Monday, January 9, 2012

Classic Who On Blu

I love me some Blu-ray. I LOVE me some Doctor Who. To date the only Who to be released on the format are the Tennant specials, A Christmas Carol (with "The Doctor, The Widow and the Wardrobe" coming soon) and Series Five and Six. Also available are all four seasons of Torchwood (Miracle Day is available for import from the UK) and The Sarah Jane Adventures Series Four, also available from the UK  (Series Five follows in February).

If you're like me and itching to see some of the classic stories on Blu-ray, you're in luck! I just got my copy of The Sarah Jane Adventures Series Four and one of the bonus features is "Doctor Who Pyramids of Mars: Parts One-Four. In tribute to Elisabeth Sladen." It's a nice bonus feature for both older and newer fans of Doctor Who. For older fans it's a chance to reminisce and appreciate the hours of entertainment, hard work and great memories Sladen gave us. For newer fans and the younger set, it exposes them to a Doctor other than Eccleston, Tennant and Smith (if they haven't been already). This alone makes it worth the purchase!

Synopsis: The TARDIS materialises on Earth in the year 1911 inside an old priory owned by Egyptologist Marcus Scarman. Scarman has been possessed by Sutekh, last survivor of the god-like Osirans, who held prisoner inside a pyramid in Egypt by a signal trasnmitted from one on Mars. Sutekh desires his freedom and instructs Scarman to construct servicer robots - which look like Eygptian mummies - to build a missile with which to destroy the Martian pyramid …

The Sarah Jane Adventures Series Four is available for import from for about $25.00 shipped!