True Blood Season 7: First Promo! #TrueBloodForever

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The first eerie promo for True Blood Season 7 is here. Check it out now!

I’m anticipating an exciting send-off for this series. Hoping HBO does it justice.

The final season of True Blood premieres June 22 at 9PM on HBO. Use #TrueBloodForever to join the conversation.

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty Blu-ray/DVD/Digital HD Combo Pack Giveaway

In The Secret Life of Walter Mitty a timid magazine photo manager (Ben Stiller), who lives life vicariously through daydreams, must embark on an incredible real-life adventure when a priceless negative goes missing. One of the places that this adventure takes Mitty is the beautiful Nordic country of Iceland. In honor of the film’s Blu-ray and DVD release on April 15th, we’re bringing you nine facts about the country that you may have never heard.

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1. Icelandic language has been relatively unchanged for the last 1000 years.
Modern inhabitants of Iceland speak a language almost identical to that spoken by the country’s original Viking settlers in the 9th and 10th centuries.

2. There are 130 volcanic mountains in the roughly 40,000 square miles that make up Iceland.
18 of them have erupted in the last 1000 years, and the largest one covers nearly 8% of the country’s surface.

3. Reykjavik is the world’s northernmost capital city.
Iceland is so far north of the equator that the country experiences nearly continuous daylight during the summer months of June and July.

4. Surveys have shown that nearly 80% of Icelanders believe in the existence of elves.
The elves are thought to have magical powers, and special “elf negotiators” are sometimes brought in when construction is to take place in an area believed to be inhabited by the creatures.

5. Icelanders love movies.
They watch more films, per capita, than the people of any other country in the world.

6. Iceland is one of the most energy-efficient countries in the world.
70% of the energy used by Icelanders is produced by the country’s natural geothermal and hydroelectric resources.

7. Iceland’s main industry is fishing.
In fact, the usually peaceful nation entered into a series of confrontations with the United Kingdom in the 1950’s and 1970’s when the British refused to acknowledge an “exclusive fishery zone” that Iceland had instituted in the waters off its coast.

8. Iceland is the most sparsely populated country in Europe.
Roughly 322,000 people call the island nation home.

9. One of Iceland’s traditional foods is called hakarl.
It’s a dish of rotting and fermented shark meat.

See the natural splendor of Iceland for yourself when The Secret Life of Walter Mitty comes to Blu-ray and DVD April 15th!

With sweeping cinematography and stellar performances THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY, tells the story of a timid magazine photo manager who lives life vicariously through daydreams and when a negative goes missing must embark on an incredible true-life adventure. With stand-out performances from Ben Stiller (Night At The Museum, Meet The Parents) Golden Globe** and six-time Emmy Award*** nominated actress Kristen Wiig (Saturday Night Live, Bridesmaids, How To Train Your Dragon), Adam Scott (Step Brothers) and Shirley MacLaine (Wild Oats), the THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY Blu-rayTM and DVD is loaded with more than an hour of behind-the-scenes special features, including deleted, extended and alternative scenes, featurettes that dive into filming in Iceland and Walter Mitty history, a gallery of exclusive reference photography, and music video “Stay Alive” by José González, and more.

Enter to win!

One Five Dollar Shake reader will receive a free The Secret Life of Walter Mitty Blu-ray/DVD/Digital HD Combo Pack! Enter to win by using the widget below. If you have any issue with the widget or would prefer to to enter by email, please contact me at shakingit@gmail.com. One winner will be chosen at random and contacted by email on April 22, 2014. Winner must be 18+, live with-in the U.S. or Canada, and have a valid email and physical mailing address. Sorry, no p.o. boxes.

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47 Ronin Blu-ray/DVD Combo pack Giveaway

Keanu Reeves (The Matrix trilogy, The Day The Earth Stood Still) stars in a re-imagining of one of Japan’s timeless tales. Showcasing a phenomenal international cast including Keanu Reeves as Kai, Hiroyuki Sanada as Ôishi, Ko Shibasaki as Mika, and Rinko Kikuchi as Witch, 47 Ronin is based on an epic story with origins in the early 18th century. After a treacherous warlord kills their master and banishes their kind, 47 leaderless samurai vow to seek vengeance and reclaim their honor.

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Available now on Digital HD! On Blu-ray Combo Pack that includes DVD & Ultraviolet on April 1, 2014.

Below is a look at Keanu Reeves’ most memorable roles in honor of 47 Ronin’s release!

47 Ronin (Kai)
In 47 Ronin, Reeves plays the role of Kai, an outcast half-Japanese, half-British man who longs to be accepted. Due to unforeseen circumstances, he gets his chance to prove he has what it takes to be a samurai.

The Matrix (Neo)
Neo is the main protagonist of the cult favorite The Matrix trilogy. A former redpill human, who is rescued by Morpheus, Neo is The One destined to save humanity.

Speed (Officer Jack Traven)
Jack Traven is an ambitious young LAPD officer who is tasked to save innocent bus riders’ lives from a bitter retired officer portrayed by Dennis Hopper who has planted a bomb on their bus. Traven must keep the bus above 50, and also outsmart the villain without getting caught!

Point Break (Johnny Utah)
Johnny Utah is a rookie FBI agent tasked alongside his veteran partner Angelo Pappas to investigate a string of bank robberies by the “Ex-Presidents”, a gang of robbers that use masks of former Presidents Ronald Reagan, Richard Nixon, Lyndon B. Johnson, and Jimmy Carter to disguise themselves. Pappas has a theory that the criminals are surfers, and Johnny goes undercover to infiltrate the surfing community much to their chagrin!

Constantine (John Constantine)
Reeves plays supernatural detective John Constantine, who has literally been to Hell and back. When Constantine teams up with a non-believing policewoman to solve the mysterious suicide of her twin sister, their investigation takes them through the world of the supernatural including demons and angels that exists beneath the city of Los Angeles.

One Five dollar Shake reader will win a free 47 Ronin Blu-ray/DVD Combo pack! Enter to win by using the widget below. If you have any issue with the widget or would prefer to enter by email, please contact me at shakingit@gmail.com. One winner will be chosen and contacted by email on April 18th.

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Out Of The Furnace, Blu-Ray Review

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From Scott Cooper, the critically acclaimed writer and director of Crazy Heart, comes a gripping and powerful drama about family, fate, circumstance and justice. Russell Baze (Oscar® Winner Christian Bale*) leads a dead-end life – he works a meaningless steel mill job all day, and cares for his terminally ill father at night. When Russell’s brother Rodney (Casey Affleck) returns home from Iraq, and lured into one of the Northeast’s most ruthless crime rings and mysteriously disappears. When the police fail to solve the case, Russell puts his life at risk in order to seek justice for his brother. This gripping film features a knockout cast that includes Woody Harrelson, Forest Whitaker, Willem Dafoe, Zoe Saldana and Sam Shepard.

I didn’t see Out Of The Furnace when it was in the theaters. Not because I wasn’t interested, but it seemed to open, and then quickly disappear from our area. So, I was really excited to receive this Blu-ray for review.

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I have always enjoyed a well made story telling film. And this one, did not disappoint. Out Of The Furnace is a well crafted film, that tells the dark, violent story of a good man, trying to deal with a series of very bad circumstances. The film features a very talented cast, and stunning cinematography.

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There are a few major plot turns I didn’t think would happen, and a few I really hoped wouldn’t happen. I love that Scott Cooper laid the story out, without worry of glossing it over, or fitting in a “happy ending”. Unlike a lot of big budget movies today. I know that some movie goers complained of the movie being too slow. I disagree, I could have watched more. The ending left me wondering, thinking and wanting the story to continue. Which to me, is a sign of a very good movie.

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Dark, yes, violent, yes, sad, yes, but a beautiful display of talent. That is how I feel about Out Of The Furnace. Easily makes my list of this year’s favorite films.

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I also really enjoyed the Blu-ray bonus features.

* Inspiration – The cast gives insight on their process and inspirations.

* Scott Cooper – A look at the career of Director Scott Cooper.

* Crafting the Fight Scenes

* The Music of Out of the Furnace

* Original Theatrical Trailer

Out Of The Furnace is available NOW for purchase on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Download.

FTC Disclosure: Free product was received for the purpose of this blog post. I was not asked or influenced to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are honest and my own. This is honestly one of my favorite movies of the year. This blog post contains affiliate links.

Trailer Park Tuesday – Hateship, Loveship

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Two teenagers create a fake email account and con a woman into believing she’s forged a friendship with one of the girls’ father, who is a recovering addict.

Directer: Liza Johnson

Cast: Kristen Wiig, Hailee Steinfeld, Sami Gayle, Christine Lahti, Guy Pearce, Nick Nolte, and Jennifer Jason Leigh.

In theaters: April 11, 2014

I’m really looking forward to seeing this movie. Not sure if it will be a wide release film, but I plan to see it whenever, and however I can. In-fact I’m thinking of picking up the book now to read during a long flight I have planned at the end of this month.

How about you? Will you be seeing Hateship, Loveship?

Trailer Park Tuesday, Devil’s Knot

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The savage murders of three young children sparks a controversial trial of three teenagers accused of killing the kids as part of a satanic ritual.

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Directer: Atom Egoyan

Cast: Colin Firth, Reese Witherspoon, Amy Ryan, Mireille Enos, Stephen Moyer, Alessandro Nivola, Matt Letscher, Michael Gladis, Rex Linn, Dane DeHaan, Bruce Greenwood, Matt Letscher, and Michael Gladis.

In theaters: May 9, 2014.

Sad, but interesting story. Great casting. I think I need to see this one. How about you? Will you be seeing Devil’s Knot?