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Joseph Szadkowski

Joseph Szadkowski

A graduate of Northwestern University with a degree in communications, Joseph Szadkowski has written about popular culture for The Washington Times for the past 25 years. He covers video games, comic books, new media and technology. 


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Irving Berlin's White Christmas: Diamond Anniversary Edition is on Blu-ray. (Courtesy of Paramount Home Entertainment)

ZADZOOKS GIFT GUIDE: Best of Blu-ray and DVD (holidays)

Gift ideas for holiday film and television fans include Holiday Inn, Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer: 50th Anniversary Collector's Edition and Irving Berlin's White Christmas: Diamond Anniversary Edition. Published December 5, 2014

Sleeping Beauty: Diamond Edition on Blu-ray (Courtesy of Walt Disney Home Entertainment)

Best of Blu-ray and DVD (animation)

Gift ideas for animation admirers include Sailor Moon: Season One, Sleeping Beauty: Diamond Edition and Pee-wee's Playhouse: The Complete Series. Published December 1, 2014

Soldiers go high-tech in the first person shooter Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare.

ZADZOOKS: Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare review

The epic franchise continues to finely tune a gamer's ability to terminate evil humans while delivering a Michael-Bay-sized assault on the senses through a blockbuster-style story campaign. Published November 21, 2014

A Nemean Lion challenges a demigod in the film Hercules, now available in Blu-ray.

ZADZOOKS: Hercules review (Blu-ray)

Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson stars as one of the beefiest heroes of Roman and Greek mythology in a swords and sandals epic worthy of home entertainment centers. Published November 12, 2014

A stylish witch packing heat returns in the Wii U videoo game Bayonetta 2.

ZADZOOKS: Bayonetta 2 review

A stylish witch returns to vanquish angels and demons in an action-packed, third-person adventure for mature Wii U owners. Published November 8, 2014

Maleficent starring Angelina Jolie as the famed Disney viallian is now on Blu-ray. (Courtesy of Walt Disney Home Video)

ZADZOOKS: Maleficent review (Blu-ray)

Sleeping Beauty's primary nemesis starred in a live-action movie earlier this year, brought to life with the celebrity firepower of Angelina Jolie, that now arrives in the Blu-ray format. Published November 7, 2014

Krimson City Police Detective Sebastian Castellanos can not hide from a mutated creature in the video game The Evil Within.

ZADZOOKS: The Evil Within review

Shinji Mikami, the patriarch of survival horror games, returns with a third person adventure filled with exploration, action and grotesque encounters. Published October 28, 2014

Vampires battle humans in Medieval Underworld  at Bennett's Curse in Jessup, Maryland. (Photograph by Jacquie Kubin / Special to The Washington Times)

Bennett's Curse (Jessup, Maryland)

Although walking up to a 40-foot-tall, 22,500-square-foot white fabric structure in Blob's Park (centered between D.C. and Baltimore in Jessup, Maryland) does not scream Halloween, the three movie set-like environments it contains won't soon be forgotten by horror aficionados. Published October 17, 2014

The Spider Outbreak maze at Six Flags America's Fright Fest in Upper Marlboro, Maryland. (Photograph by Jacquie Kubin / Special to The Washington Times)

Six Flags America's Fright Fest (Upper Marlboro, Maryland)

The theme park boasting such terrifying roller coasters as Superman: Ride of Steel, Joker's Jinx and Apocalypse ratchets up the terror quota during the Halloween season weekends with its annual "Fright Fest." Published October 17, 2014

Clowns are ready to greet guests at the Field of Screams in Mountville, Pennsylvania. (Photograph by Jacquie Kubin / Special to The Washington Times)

Field of Screams (Mountville, Pennsylvania)

Since 1993 brothers Gene and Jim Schopf have finely crafted a few acres of their family farm into a horror show not for the faint of heart. Published October 17, 2014

The Egyptian gatekeeper at King's Dominion's 2014 'Halloween Haunt' in Doswell, Virginia. (Photograph by Jacquie Kubin / Special to The Washington Times)

King's Dominion's 'Halloween Haunt' (Doswell, Virginia)

Visitors to Doswell, Virginia's famed theme park normally derive thrills from a variety of water rides and coasters, but then the fall creeps in, and with it the arrival of the annual "Halloween Haunt." Published October 17, 2014