Grim Pickings

Cinemas & Home Entertainment this week…

13 February 2018

GRIM PICKINGS this week includes key dates to dismember with two episodic z-series going head-to-undead on home entertainment while Marvel unleash a big cat into cinemas!


Fans of SyFy’s Z NATION haven’t had to wait long for a physical release of the ultra-violent Season 4, with the DVD & Blu-ray arriving a mere two days after local broadcast! Lt. Roberta Warren (Kellita Smith) & Murphy (Keith Allan) find themselves alive in Zona, the zombie free playground for billionaires. Meanwhile, the rest of our heroes are fighting alongside the last of the humans against the mutated Zombie Virus and the unkillable MAD-Z’s. Warren’s mysterious dream of a black rainbow and flesh-eating black rain propels the season forward and puts our heroes in the middle of an even worse Zompocalypse. Here they will have to battle Jugalo Zombies and find the Zombified President of the United States – or at least his thumb.
THE WALKING DEAD spin-off series, FEAR THE WALKING DEAD hits its third season and with it retreads familiar territory…group of survivors seek sanctuary with another group of survivors, conflict erupts between both groups and a battle is fought, proving once again that the humanity’s greatest threat is not the undead but rather one another…again. Brought together in the vibrant and violent ecotone of the U.S.- Mexico border, international lines are done away with following the world’s end and our characters must attempt to rebuild not only society but family as well.

Thursday February 15th
Ryan Coogler, the director responsible for 2015’s CREED, lends his visionary talents to the Marvel Cinematic Universe with BLACK PANTHER, a fast-paced and ultra-stylish origin tale. After the death of his father, T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman), the King of Wakanda, returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation to succeed to the throne and take his rightful place as king. But when a powerful old enemy reappears, T’Challa’s mettle as king—and Black Panther—is tested when he is drawn into a formidable conflict that puts the fate of Wakanda and the entire world at risk. Faced with treachery and danger, the young king must rally his allies and release the full power of Black Panther to defeat his foes and secure the safety of his people and their way of life.

Soi Cheang’s third instalment in the epic MONKEY KING franchise is the first to carry with it an almost global release, opening in Australian cinemas simultaneously with China and the United States. As Tang Sanzang (Feng Shaofeng) and his three proteges head into the all-female territory in the Xi Liang nation known as Women’s Country, they meet the ruler of the country (Zhao Liying). On Sun Wukong (Aaron Kwok)’s suggestion, Tang Sanzang pretends to marry the ruler and lies that his three students will go to fetch the scriptures in place of him. Later, he pretends to see his students off and escapes with Sun Wukong’s help when the four of them are safely outside the city.