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.

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.

Guardians - DVD - Shout! Factory

Shout! Factory Debuts The Russian Film Guardians

I am sure you might remember seeing a few months ago the trailer for Guardians. It kind of made splash I think it is safe to say. What with it not only being Director Sarik Andreasyan’s answer to the X-Men and possibly the Avengers. But it in my opinion decided to go one better. As after all one of the heroes just so happens to be a were-bear. I should make myself more clear on that particular point. Guardians has a were-bear with a mini-gun!

Now Shout! Factory has unleashed Guardians on DVD. It is a Walmart exclusive starting on September 5th but will be made available on Blu-Ray beginning on December 5th. While it does offer both English and Russian audio tracks, I highly recommend you go with the original language with English subtitles when watching it.

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Guardians introduces us to an secret organization that began during the Cold War. With a code name of “Patriot” you can probably guess its sole goal was to protect the homeland from various threats. What types of heroes made up Patriot?

Guardians - Ler
First up we have Ler who quite frankly can call on rocks almost as well as Ludo from 1986’s Labyrinth. I suppose if I am being fair I should say that Ler can go do better. He possesses the ability to manipulate rocks. Flinging them as projectiles or as you can see in the image above, he can also form armor.

Guardians - Xenia
Next up is Xenia, kind of the Guardians answer to the Avengers Black Widow. An acrobatic martial artist who also can transform into a liquid state. Allowing her to become nearly invisible and travel safely underwater without needing to breathe.

Guardians - Khan
Khan is possibly the deadliest of the Guardians. He too is skilled in martial arts but he is proficient in all manner of bladed weapons. Although as you can see in that photo – he prefers to use those crescent blades. Add to that his superhuman speed and you can see why I said he was the most deadliest.

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Last but not least there is the mighty Ursus, the were-bear. Even before Ursus is given a mini-gun he demonstrates throughout the film his superhuman strength. This member of the Guardians has a bit of The Wolf Man in him. As while he luckily can control his super power he is always afraid of losing control and going full bear.
Guardians - Ursus

The Guardians must return!

Apparently being subject to the Patriot project not only gave you super powers but slowed your aging. As after the Cold War the Guardians go into hiding until the modern day. When a threat from their past returns in the form of a rogue scientist. One who gains super strength and the ability to control technology. The team must reunite and now protect the homeland and furthermore the World from the threat of the evil Kuratov.
Guardians - Kuratov

Now you might be wondering if the films is any good. The answer is its an incredibly fun and over the top superhero thrill-ride. I won’t lie to you of course, you won’t be wanting to think real deeply while watching. Which in this case is totally fine as you’ll be too busy yelling in excitement at watching a were-bear going to town on some bad guys. Still I found myself impressed by the special effects and taken in with the truly non-stop action of the movie that I have no problem recommending you check it out for yourself.

What bonus features does Guardians boast?

Well, friends, the truth is not a whole lot. As this was a Russian film you can’t exactly expect a commentary track, right? Still this is Shout! Factory we are talking about and they supplied a few goodies.

  • New interviews with cast and crew
  • Character Profiles
  • Image Gallery
  • Trailers

You can pick up Guardians on DVD at Walmart tomorrow!

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.

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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Bugs Bunny Meets The Super-Heroes

I’d wager that most of you have at some point looked into which song or album was at Number 1 on the day you were born? Or which film was atop the box office chart? How many of you know what was on at the theatre as you were brought into the world? That question had never entered my mind, but a friend on Twitter recently posted the flyer above and, beyond its obvious awesomeness, one fact stood out – I was born during its three-week run! How exciting!!

Clearly I was too young to be taken to see this particular show, but what a line-up – Bugs Bunny, Sylvester, Tweety, Roadrunner, Porky Pig AND Batman, Robin and Wonder Woman – I can’t imagine a more exciting prospect than seeing the Looney Tunes meet DC’s finest.

The Looney Tunes Wiki has a great page about this 1970’s stage show, including images like this one:


I’d also recommend reading the Noblemania blog which has a fantastic set of interviews with the stars of the show, some great cast photos and more about the show and its follow-up Bugs Bunny in Space.