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The Expendables

We’ll be honest. The Expendables isn’t a good movie per se — and it certainly won’t be up for any golden statue nominations. If you approach the film as the ridiculous farce of a blockbuster action film that it is however, watch it and you’re bound to have a good time. We won’t divulge any...

The Legal Alternative to Robbing a Blockbuster

Fox 75th Anniversary Collection

The Fox 75th Anniversary Collection ($358) is one of the easiest ways we can think of to buy a movie collection overnight. This mega box set contains 75 films produced by the studio and is divided into three volumes, each covering 25 years of production. Obviously there’s plenty worth watching — 46 have won at...

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Inception Briefcase Set

The Inception Blu-ray/DVD Briefcase Gift Set ($49) is an exclusive package only offered through Warner Brother’s WB shop and it’s the ultimate gift for Nolan fans still wondering if the top ever fell. Besides including both a Blu-ray and DVD copy of the movie, buyers also get seven Art Cards, “The Cobol Job Comic,” and...

Hey, You Guys!

The Goonies 25th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray

There’s plenty about the 80’s that’s worth forgetting, but The Goonies shouldn’t fall on that list. Directed and produced by Richard Donner (who also happened to direct the Lethal Weapon movies and The Omen), and written by non other than Steven Spielberg, it’s no wonder the kids adventure was a tremendous success. The fact that...

It's "gonna mace you in the face"

The Darjeeling Limited Criterion Collection (Blu-ray)

Wes Anderson is a polarizing director. People either hate or love his films. End of story. The Darjeeling Limited ($25) tends to rank lower on his list of films, possibly because it was co-written by Jason Schwartzman and Roman Coppola instead of Owen Wilson or Noah Baumbach. But in our book it’s still a highly...

Kal-El's Vacation Home

Into the Lost Crystal Caves

Impossibly large caverns 300 meters below the surface. 36 foot translucent gypsum crystals weighing 55 tons. Scorching 136° temperatures and intense humidity – enough to kill a human after 15 minutes of exposure. No, this isn’t the planet Krypton, this is Cueva de los Cristales near the town of Delicias, Mexico. Discovered 10 years ago...

10 Movie Posters Inspired by Men's Style

Dress the Part Movie Posters by Moxy Creative House

What can we say? We’re suckers for cool posters that go above and beyond the typical dorm room fair. This latest batch we’ve discovered by Moxy Creative highlights 10 films via their iconic or hilarious style. Available as 11.75″ x 15.5″ prints, buying one will cost your $30 plus $7 shipping — which is pretty...

Iron Man 2 (Blu-Ray)

One tell-tale sign that summer is over is that the season’s blockbusters are now making it to Blu-ray. We had the opportunity to review Iron Man II before its public release and thoroughly enjoyed it as a super hero action flick. Now the Iron Man 2 Three-Disc Blu-ray/DVD ($25) is finally out for those of...

Yeah, He's Still Got It

Harry Brown Blu-ray

A long time has passed since Get Carter, but catching Sir Michael Caine as the star of Harry Brown ($22) couldn’t help but get us excited. It may not have smashed any box office records, but this film is well on its way to becoming a cult classic. Now that it’s out on Blu-ray, you...

Because Watching Detention is Better Than Serving It

The Breakfast Club 25th Anniversary Edition (Blu-ray)

John Hughes (may he rest in peace) directed many 80’s classics, but The Breakfast Club was arguably his best if not most memorable. Now, in celebration of the film’s 25th anniversary, The Breakfast Club ($18) lands on blu-ray so fans can catch every minute of the detention-session bonding in high definition. Pre Community style. Sure,...

Go Joe!

G.I. Joe: The Movie (Blu-ray)

It’s never a bad day for a little nostalgia. Case in point, the original G.I. Joe animated movie released in 1987 is now available as a special edition Blu-ray ($19). While it may just be a decent 1080P transfer and PCM 2.0 soundtrack, it’s nice to see that Blu-ray.com reports that G.I. Joe: The Movie...

So Wrong, So Funny

In Bruges (Blu-ray)

In Bruges ($19) is a dark comedy that’s steadily picked up a cult following since its 2008 release. The story follows the actions of two Irish gangster/hit men who’ve been ordered to lay low – you guessed it – in Bruges (broozh), after a hit gets a little too messy. Don’t know how to pronounce...

A Future Comedy Classic

Hot Tub Time Machine Blu-ray

We’ve been patiently waiting for this Blu-ray release ever since we walked out of the theater back in March. It’s hands down one of, if not the funniest movie we’ve seen so far in 2010, and should not be missed if you happened to skip it while it ran in theaters. Trust us, we know...

1080p Tribute To A Legend

Clint Eastwood Blu-ray Collection

Few stars alive today are as respected and as recognized by so many generations of men like Clint Eastwood. He has been a constant presence in the movie industry for 30+ years, and for many, epitomizes the iron-willed tough guy persona we’ve all wished we could be. For guys looking for a chronicle of Clint’s...

Six Seasons Worth of Answers, All on Your Coffee Table

Lost Encyclopedia

There’s nothing like a good distraction to keep people from mulling over a void in their lives. Depressed Losties struggling to make sense of their Tuesday evenings now that all of the answers are out there should heed this advice and seriously think about pre-ordering the Lost Encyclopedia ($27). Scheduled to hit shelves everywhere on...

A Dark Knight-Worthy Sequel or Another Spider Man 3?

Advance Review: Iron Man 2

Our normal modus operandi is to avoid movie reviews, but Gear Patrol was invited to catch an early look at Iron Man 2 which we just couldn’t pass up. If you’re like us, you’ve probably been anticipating this movie all year. Problem is, the advance reviews range drastically in sentiment. We purposely avoided what others...

30 Essential Movies | Cool Hand Luke

Another member of the National Film Registry, Cool Hand Luke, is one the great films in Paul Newman’s stellar career. The movie follows Luke Jackson, a decorated war vet, that has a bit of trouble following rules. After decapitating parking meters while drunk he winds up in a Georgia penitentiary for a 2 year stint....

30 Essential Movies | North by Northwest

Over fifty years old now, North by Northwest, is an Alfred Hitchcock classic. Starring Cary Grant as “Mad Man” (Madison Avenue advertising exec.) Roger Thornhill, Roger is mistaken for another man and kidnapped. Throughout the movie he’s relentlessly pursued through more plot twists than The Departed x5. Trying to explain it would be impossible. Suffice...

30 Essential Movies | The French Connection

Based around a drug smuggling connection between Marseilles and New York City, The French Connection, follows “Popeye” Doyle (Gene Hackman) of the NYPD in his dogged pursuit of the drug smugglers. A bit of a rogue cop, Doyle gets onto the hunt for the smugglers after “interrogating” a suspect who’d slashed his partner with a...

Never Steal Tony Jaa's Elephant

The Protector Ultimate Edition Blu-ray

Long time Gear Patrol readers may remember our first mention of this new martial arts classic back in our feature on Five Foreign Films Every Man Should Watch. Finally released earlier this week on Blu-ray, if you haven’t had the chance to watch it yet, now is the time. Presented stateside by Quentin Tarantino, besides...

Watch Holmes at Home

Sherlock Holmes on Blu-ray & DVD

Last December, Robert Downey Jr. proved to the world that he didn’t need the help of special robotic armor to hold his own in a big budget blockbuster. Then again, it shouldn’t have surprised anyone that Jr. fit right in as Holmes, who was characterized by Arthur Conan Doyle as a brilliant, substance abusing man,...

30 Essential Movies | 48 Hrs.

When a convicted robber escapes from prison and kills a cop, rogue detective Jack Cates decides to parole the robber’s old cell partner in crime, Reggie Hammond, for two days (48 hours) to help him solve the case. Starring Nick Nolte and Eddie Murphy when they were both solid actors who weren’t bat-shit crazy, 48...

30 Essential Movies | Rocky

If it so happens you haven’t watched this movie (and its five sequels, likely on TNT) a dozen times, we’ll give you the quick run down. Rocky Balboa, a debt collector for a Philly loan shark and amateur boxer, gets a shot at the title when the challenger drops out with a broken hand. He...

30 Essential Movies | The Graduate

Before Stifler’s Mom there was Mrs. Robinson, the original MILF. Centered around recent college grad Ben Braddock, played by a young(er) Dustin Hoffman, The Graduate follows Ben as he returns home and after college and attempts to figure out what’s next. Quickly he finds himself the boy toy of Mrs. Robinson, the wife of his...

World War II, Revisited In Grand

Watch This | The Pacific on HBO

This Sunday, be sure to keep 9pm wide open as executive producers Tom Hanks, Steven Spielberg, and Gary Geotzman bring us the epic ten-part miniseries The Pacific, a follow-up to the incredible Band of Brothers. The Pacific follows the real-life stories of three U.S. Marines across the Pacific Theater during World War II from their...

30 Essential Movies | Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

Shocking as it may seem, there was a time when Matthew Broderick was not married to John Kerry masquerading as a woman. During that time he made some solid movies and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off is most certainly one of the best. The iconic Ferris Bueller is a senior in high school outside of Chicago...

30 Essential Movies | Goodfellas

Martin Scorcesse makes our list once again with Goodfellas. Based on the non-fiction book Wise Guys, it follows the life the Henry Hill, an Irish-American who dreams of being a gangster growing up in Brooklyn. Eventually he earns his way into the mafia, and works his way up through the ranks. Heavily involved in the...

And Then The Earth Went BOOM...

2012 Blu-Ray

You won’t buy 2012 on Blu-Ray ($25) for any more reason than knowing it will be your latest showcase movie to demonstrate your new HDTV and surround-sound system. Of course, Roland Emmerich would have you believe 2012 is as good of a movie as his epic, Stargate, but he, you, and I all know that’s...

Bring Da Ruckus

The 36th Chamber of Shaolin (Blu-ray)

Wu-Tang and Kung Fu fans alike should appreciate this classic finally being released on Blu-ray. Basically defining old-school martial arts movies, the plot of The 36th Chamber of Shaolin has been imitated by countless movies since its release including The Karate Kid. All you need to know about this original is that a recently orphaned...

30 Essential Movies | Raging Bull

Considering Shutter Island opened this past weekend, it’s only fitting that we add another Scorsese masterpiece to our 30 Essential Movies roster. Fast approaching its 30th birthday, Raging Bull follows the life of prize fighter Jake LaMotta, played by Robert Deniro. An absolute beast in the ring, Jake literally dismantles his opponents. That viscous instinct...

Luke... I Am Your Travel Agent

Star Wars Travel Posters

Justin Van Genderen, a graphic designer from Chicago (not Dagobah), has crafted these beautifully minimalist travel posters that remind us of those deco pieces from decades past. However, unlike those that lured countless Americans down Route 66 and to the Grand Canyon in the backs of station wagons, these point wandering souls towards notable destinations...

30 Essential Movies | Patton

Obvious as it seems, Patton is a biographical movie about the life of General George S. Patton. With George C. Scott assuming the lead role, it follows General Patton’s exploits throughout World War II, including campaigns in North Africa, Sicily, and mainland Europe. Patton captures the genius and flawed humanity of a man who has...

30 Essential Movies | Bullitt

Bullitt… McQueen. Bisset. Car chase. Mustang. Charger RT. Car chase. Witness Protection. Mafia. Car chase. Turtlenecks (that are cool). Dirty cops. Did we mention the car chase? Buy Now: $9 (Blu-Ray | $22 (Special Edition DVD) 30 Essential Movies is a Gear Patrol series focused on highlighting the 30 core films every guy should own...

30 Essential Movies | Dirty Harry

Dirty Harry follows Inspector Harry Callahan (Clint Eastwood) as he pursues Scorpio, a psychopathic sniper. Never one to go by the book Harry hunts Scorpio relentlessly as he leaves a trail of innocent bodies in his wake. Continuously waylaid by politically correct superiors, Harry toes the ethical line between cop and criminal as Scorpio leads...

30 Essential Movies | Good Will Hunting

Written by Matt Damon and Ben Affleck, Good Will Hunting garnered two Oscar wins and nine nominations back in 1997. It also helped launch Matt Damon’s movie career (Ben Affleck’s already having been launched by The Voyage of the Mimi). Starring Damon, Affleck, Mini Driver, and Robin Williams, the movie follows Will Hunting, an MIT...

30 Essential Movies | The Shawshank Redemption

Seriously, if you don’t know The Shawshank Redemption or watch it every time you catch it on TNT, you might not have a soul. It’s a classic that follows two men coping with prison life in the 1940s. Andy Dufrain has been convicted of murdering his wife and lover, but maintains his innocence. Red, “the...

From the Producers of Entourage Comes HBO's Latest Comedy

How to Make It in America

This Sunday, those of you who subscribe to HBO should check out their newest comedy series How To Make It In America premiering at 10PM. Produced by the same folks who brought you Entourage a.k.a Mark Wahlberg and Jada Miranda, this show follows the paths of two twentysomethings living in New York city searching for...

30 Essential Movies | The Dark Knight

The second movie in the rebooted Batman series, The Dark Knight is a master piece. It captures the darkness and ethical questions that plague the Caped Crusader and Gotham City, alike. The plot line is well done and keeps you on the edge of your seat the entire time, supported by a stellar cast featuring...

30 Essential Movies | The Godfather (Trilogy)

Though technically a trilogy, splitting them up into separate parts is just wrong. The fact is, your DVD collection needs The Godfather in its entirety. Arguably the best trifecta of films ever made, The Godfather is based on the 1969 book by Mario Puzo. It follows the Corleone mob family, originally from Sicily, starting in...

30 Essential Movies | Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels

Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels was Guy Ritchie’s first big hit. Four friends get in debt for a half-million pounds to local porn king “Hatchet” Harry after a high stakes card game goes horribly wrong. Given a week to pay, the friends come up with a plan to get the money by robbing their...

The Story of the Jackson Hole Air Force

Swift. Silent. Deep.

What started with a group of hard charging, adrenaline chasing ski bums would ultimately change the face of extreme skiing forever. Swift. Silent. Deep. is the story of a band of renegades who pioneered what we know today as backcountry skiing.  Except, in their case, it was considered out of bounds and unlawful. Originally, starting...

The Apple. iPad. Seriously.

Apple iPad

The Apple iPad is here, and it’s both as much/little as people had hoped, expected, worried, drooled over, and even prayed for. The Apple Newton 2010 iPad ($499-$829) will arrive well equipped: 9.7″ (1024×768) IPS enabled Multi-Touch LED backlit display, 1GHz A4 processor, built-in speakers, Bluetooth, microphone, ambient light sensor, 720p video playback, fingerprint-resistant oleophobic...

The Greatest Generation in Action

WWII in HD (Blu-ray)

If you didn’t see WWII in HD when it premiered recently on one of our favorite channels, HISTORY, then you did yourself a disservice. It’s time to right that wrong, as the exceptional documentary is now available on Blu-ray (and for a bang-up price, to boot). The production value of this collection is through the...