Rendel - Cover Art

Shout! Factory Presents – Rendel: Dark Vengeance

If you are in the mood to watch an exciting new film about a dark superhero. I am happy to tell you that Shout! Factory has you covered with their latest release. Rendel: Dark Vengeance is an import from Finland, by writer-director Jesse Haaja. Releasing on Blu-Ray and DVD tomorrow, January 30th, you will get your chance to see the origin of Rendel!

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Director Jesse Haaja on the bonus features for Rendel: Dark Vengeance freely admits that his creation owes a debt to Batman. With superheroes that stick to the shadows that is of course a given. However I think it is fair to say that the dark vigilante in this film follows a different creed. Rendel has no desire to arrest or let the courts mete out justice.
Rendel

To be honest, Rendel has no interest in justice. It is of course all about the character obtaining the vengeance he desperately seeks. There are certainly elements of all types of heroes and vigilantes in the genetic make-up of this dark avenger. Off the top of my head the character reminded me a little of 1939’s The Avenger.
Rendel - The Avenger

While Jesse Haaja admitted that Batman had an influence on the creation of Rendel. I would say that in addition it was certainly Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight in particular.
Rendel - Frank Miller - The Dark Knight

Above all however, the character in the film reminded me most of Daredevil. Yet again, the Frank Miller version. Not that the dark character in the movie is remotely as forgiving as Matt Murdock. Not in the least. It is the fact that he will readily accept physical punishment to get to his target.
Rendel - Daredevil

Like those characters I just highlighted, Rendel has a tragic origin as well. It involves a shadow corporation known as VALA. A worldwide organization that is marketing an untested vaccine. The results of that ‘medicine’ is far more insidious than anything Lex Luthor could have devised.
Rendel - VALA Plan

Thanks to bribes and extortion it looks like nothing can halt the plans of VALA. Not the Press nor the Police. Until an act by the organization creates the very hero the city needs. The uncompromising as well as aggressively violent Rendel!
Rendel - Banner

Being a Shout! Factory release there are of course special features:

  • English and Finnish audio tracks, English subtitles
  • The Making of Rendel
  • Proof of concept short film
  • Crowdfunding Teaser
  • Wonderman Music Video

Rendel might be a dark avenger with psychotic issues, friends. But as you can plainly see he is a romantic as well!

Rendel - Happy Valentine's Day
Seriously though, friends. I was blown away by the movie. It is absolutely stylized and frequently over the top comic book inspired fun. You can pick up Rendel at better dealers tomorrow or hop on over to Shout! Factory and order your copy today.

Strange - Blu Ray

Embrace The Strange With Dr. Strange On Blu-Ray!

When it comes to the many comic book heroes and villians that Marvel Comics have produced over the years. Dr. Strange is certainly one of my favorite characters. I think that is pretty evident in the light of how many Super Blog Team-Up articles I’ve written over the years.
Strange

But what makes Dr. Strange such a personal favorite of mine? My go to answer is that he is a deeply flawed character. This is evident in the works of Steve Ditko and Stan Lee back in 1963, with the origin story in issue Strange Tales #115. Which as a matter of fact was his fourth appearance in the comic series.

Before becoming the Sorcerer Supreme, Doctor Stephen Strange was a brilliant surgeon. Earning large sums of money for his skills and combined with his equally impressive egotism – frequently turned a blind eye to the needy.
Strange

Stephen Strange learns how the other shoe fits when he loses control of his car and crashes. While his life is indeed saved, his hands are ruined and his career as a surgeon is over. Strange’s ego refuses to let himself give up on the notion his hands might be fixed. Burning through his resources, chasing down any procedure that might heal him. To no avail. Which eventually leads him to travel to Tibet where he becomes the pupil to the Ancient One.
Strange - The Ancient One

All things considered while on the negative side, Stephen can’t repair his hands. On the positive side however he does replace the Ancient One, donning the Cloak of Levitation and the Eye of Agamotto. Becoming Dr. Strange – the Sorcerer Supreme!

This origin of course is more or less covered in the excellent 2016 film adaptation of Dr. Strange. Which is available right this second on Digital HD and Disney Movies Anywhere. With the movie debuting on Blu-Ray this coming Tuesday the 28th.
Strange - Blu Ray

For Marvel Studios first foray into the magic side of the Marvel Cinematic Universe they chose their cast wisely. I mean can you truly say that Benedict Cumberbatch isn’t the perfect choice to play Dr. Strange?
Dr. Strange

Coupled with that you have the acting talents of the likes of Chiwetel Ejiofor (Serenity), Rachel McAdams (Sherlock Holmes), Tilda Swinton (Adaptation.), Benedict Wong (The Martian) and of course Mads Mikkelsen (Casino Royale)!

Dr. Strange manages to blend humor, thrills, and more importantly – delivers on the psychedelic visuals of the original comic books. All the while opening the Marvel Cinematic Universe wider – ushering in the supernatural elements present in the comics.

Of course Dr. Strange on Blu-Ray manages to pack in the bonus extras:

  • A Strange Transformation – Open your eye to a new dimension of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and see how the filmmakers brought one of comic books’ greatest characters to life.
  • Strange Company – Find out what it’s like for the cast to work on a Marvel film, and how Director Scott Derrickson engineered one of the most ambition, imaginative films ever.
  • The Fabric of Reality – Take a closer look at the movie’s extraordinary sets, meticulously crafted costumes and amazingly detailed production elements.
  • Across Time and Space – Explore the endless hours of dance and fight choreography the actors endured in preparation for their physically demanding roles.
  • The Score-cerer Supreme – Join composer Michael Giacchino and a full orchestra during live recording sessions, and experience the movie’s mind-bending music.
  • Marvel Studios Phase 3 Exclusive Look – Get an early peek at Marvel’s spectacular upcoming films, including MARVEL STUDIOS’ GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2, THOR: RAGNAROK, BLACK PANTHER and AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR.
  • Team Thor: Part 2 – See more of the hilarious partnership between Thor and his roommate Darryl in this satirical short.
  • Audio commentary with Scott Derrickson.
  • Deleted Scenes
  • And Gag Reel

[Via] Disney Movies Anywhere

So forget everything you think you know and pick up Dr. Strange on Blu-Ray this Tuesday!

[Via] Marvel Entertainment

Retro Radio Memories Ep. 84 (The Black Hood)

The Black Hood is the subject of today’s episode of Retro Radio Memories. With October having passed and in light of the Projectionist holding down the fort on all things horror. I felt the best subject matter for this week was something heroic…make that super-heroic as a matter of fact.

Of course picking this show also has a little something to do with Karen of the Between the Pages Blog. Who is not to mention a fellow Author for The Retroist. In fact it was a few months back she located this Old Time Radio show. Which came as quite a surprise to us both – as being comic book fans neither of us realized a show for The Black Hood existed!

The Black Hood

Image courtesy of MightyCrusaders.Net

Now the character actually got his start back in the ninth issue of Top-Notch Comics. This character’s alter ego was one Matthew Burland. Who thanks to the mysterious training of a hermit was able to fight crime. To be a beacon against the forces of Evil and Darkness.

Furthermore the character has managed throughout the years to continue to evolve. As well as pop up at different comic book publishing companies. Beginning with MLJ Comics – which you might very well know by it’s later name. Archie Comics Publications, Inc.
Archies 1969 - Sugar Sugar

The role of The Black Hood was eventually passed from Matthew ‘Kip’ Burland to his Nephew. Who is slain by a Policeman in the latest version of the character that debuted in February of 2015. The current wearer of the hood is Officer Greg Hettinger. It also bears noting that the current version of the vigilante is quite a bit darker.
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But which Black Hood is in the radio show?


The radio series began airing on the Mutual Broadcasting System back on July 5th of 1943. It aired Monday through Friday at 5:15pm. It only lasted until January of 1944 but had produced 120 episodes. Sadly only the episode today entitled “Emerald Voodoo Ring” has managed to survive.

As for which version of The Black Hood you will hear today. It is Matthew ‘Kip’ Burland of course. A rookie cop who with the aid of his love, Barbara Sutton, must contend with a mystery. A mystery involving a practioneer of voodoo named Wamba and someone known as the Miracle Man.

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The music on the podcast was graciously provided by Peachy! You may contact him by e-mail at peachy@Retroist.com.

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Stand (Or Sit) and Deliver (More Comic Book Action Starring Adam Ant To Your Eyes)

Hey Creeps! Remember when I posted about the far out comic book adventures of everyone’s favorite dandy highwayman Adam Ant a while back? Well, my good pal (and fantastic writer I might add) Adam Lovett pointed me in the direction of a treasure trove of images from Ant’s illustrated exploits!

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For even more point your goody two shoes here!