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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. 

 

Articles by Joseph Szadkowski

A mutated crab co-stars in "Love and Monsters," now available on 4K Ultra HD from Paramount Home Entertainment.

'Love and Monsters' 4K Ultra HD movie review

Director Michael Matthews' fun postapocalyptic monster movie suffered the dismal box office fate of many films in a pandemic-suffocating world, but its debut on the ultra-high definition format will thrill home theater audience looking for an entertaining distraction. Published January 12, 2021

An explosive scene in Christopher Nolan's "Tenet"," now available on 4K Ultra HD from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.

'Tenet' 4K Ultra HD movie review

Filmmaker Christopher Nolan's sci-fi, time-bending, super spy thriller moves from its anemic debut in pandemic-ravaged theaters to a stunning home entertainment, ultra-high definition presentation. Published December 26, 2020

A fresh look at Mars in "Total Recall," now available on 4K Ultra HD from Lionsgate Home Entertainment.

'Total Recall' 4K Ultra HD movie review

Director Paul Verhoeven celebrates the 30th anniversary of his sci-fi spy thriller masterpiece with a new ultra-high definition digital restoration. Published December 22, 2020

Gaming gift picks include EPOS/Sennheiser's GSP 670 wireless headset, Backbone's Backbone One, FIGPins' Gogeta, Scuf Gaming's Impact PS4 controller and Exo Scuf and Banpresto's Super Saiyan God Goku. (Photograph by Joseph Szadkowski / The Washington Times)

Gift Guide 2020: Best in gaming gadgets, games and collectibles

A gift guide to some of the coolest gaming gadgets and games including Vizio's M50Q7, Scuf Gaming's Impact controller, EPOS/Sennheiser's GSP 670 wireless headset, Backbone's Backbone One, Activision's Call of Duty: Black OPS Cold War, Ubisoft's Assassin's Creed Valhalla, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment's Mortal Kombat 11 Ultimate, Banpresto's Katsuki Bakugo and FIGPins' Broly and Gogeta. Published December 14, 2020

Gift ideas for movie watchers include "Lord of the Rings: The Motion Picture Trilogy," "Resident Evil: Limited Edition Collection," "The Irishman," "Back to the Future: The Ultimate Trilogy," "Rambo: The Complete Steelbook Collection," "Hammer Films: The Ultimate Collection," "Dreamworks: 10-Movie Collection," "Bugs Bunny 80th Anniversary Collection," "Coming to America: Steelbook Edition," "Alfred Hitchcock: Archive Collection," "Parasite," "Whiplash" and "Mall Rats: Limited Edition."

Blu-ray, DVD and 4K UHD gift ideas for movie fans

Gift ideas for movie watchers include "Lord of the Rings: The Motion Picture Trilogy," "Resident Evil: Limited Edition Collection," "The Irishman," "Glengarry Glen Ross: Collector's Edition," "Back to the Future: The Ultimate Trilogy," "Rambo: The Complete Steelbook Collection," "Hammer Films: The Ultimate Collection," "Dreamworks: 10-Movie Collection," "Bugs Bunny 80th Anniversary Collection," "Coming to America: Steelbook Edition," "Alfred Hitchcock: Archive Collection," "Parasite," "Whiplash" and "Mall Rats: Limited Edition." Published December 3, 2020

Blu-ray, 4K UHD and DVD gift ideas for television show lovers

Gift ideas for television show watchers include "Schitt's Creek: The Complete Collection," "Chernobyl: Steelbook Edition," "Game of Thrones: The Complete Collection," "Mission Impossible: The Original TV Series," "Arrow: The Complete Series," "Saturday Night Live: The Early Years," "The Last Dance," "Flintstones: The Complete Series," "Eureka: The Complete Series" and "Masterpiece: Victoria -- The Complete Seasons 1, 2 and 3." Published November 29, 2020

The anarchist V from "V for Vendetta," now available on 4K Ultra HD from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.

'V for Vendetta' 4K Ultra HD movie review

Director James McTeigue and the Wachowskis' 2006 politically charged drama adapting Alan Moore and David Lloyd's 1988 sequential art masterpiece debuts on ultra-high definition. Published November 12, 2020

Patrick Stewart as Jean Luc Picard in "Star Trek: Picard - Season One" and Brec Bassinger as Stargirl in "Stargirl: The Complete First Season," now available in the Blu-ray format.

Blu-ray TV reviews: 'Star Trek: Picard' and 'Stargirl'

Here's a look at a pair of episodic series -- "Star Trek: Picard - Season One" and "Stargirl: The Complete First Season" -- now available in the high definition format covering one old and one new hero. Published November 7, 2020

Director John Landis appears in "Eli Roth's History of Horror," now available on Blu-ray from RLJ Entertainment.

Blu-ray TV review: 'Eli Roth's History of Horror: Season 1'

Curious humans who watched scary movies during the Halloween season will love splatter film director extraordinaire Eli Roth's television show on AMC offering an educational perspective on some of the best of the ghoulish genre. Published November 6, 2020

Best movie releases for Halloween this year include "Beetlejuice," "Elvira: Mistress of the Dark," "The Alfred Hitchcock Classics Collection," "Vestron Video Collector's Series: Shivers, "The War of the Worlds," "Blumhouse of Horrors" "District 9," "Tales from the Darkside: The Movie (Collector's Edition),"  "Paramount Presents: The Haunting," and "Rob Zombie Trilogy: SteelBook Edition."

Best Blu-ray & 4K UHD horror movies: 'Psycho,' 'The War of the Worlds,' 'Beetlejuice,' and more

Just in time for Halloween, reviews of "The Alfred Hitchcock Classics Collection," "The War of the Worlds," "'Beetlejuice," "District 9," "Tales from the Darkside: The Movie (Collector's Edition)," "Elvira: Mistress of the Dark," "Vestron Video Collector's Series: Shivers," "Paramount Presents: The Haunting," "Blumhouse of Horrors" and "Rob Zombie Trilogy: SteelBook Edition." Published October 23, 2020

AtGames' stand-alone, fully-loaded, full-sized arcade machine Legends Ultimate (Photos courtesy AtGames)

Zadzooks: Legends Ultimate arcade machine review

Older gamers that remember the days when arcades ruled shopping malls can now take an authentic nostalgia trip in their home entertainment rooms with AtGames' stand-alone, fully-loaded, full-sized arcade machine. Published October 15, 2020

John Hurt in "The Elephant Man," now available in Blu-ray from the Criterion Collection.

"The Elephant Man" Blu-ray review (Criterion)

Criterion celebrates the 40th anniversary of David Lynch's haunting, black-and-white biographical drama with a Blu-ray release sporting a new restoration and packed with extras. Published October 7, 2020

Rick Sanchez ponders life in the classic episode "The Old Man and the Seat," part of Rick and Morty: Season 4, now available in Blu-ray from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.

'Rick and Morty: Season 4' Blu-ray review

The latest season of Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon's sardonically sophomoric animated takes on man's place in the universe arrives on the Blu-ray format. Published September 21, 2020

The Hulk smashes robotic A.I.M. minions in the video game Marvel's Avengers. (Courtesy Square Enix)

Zadzooks video game review: 'Marvel's Avengers' (PS4)

After their triumph at the box office in a string of popular super movies tied to Marvel's Cinematic Universe, Earth's Mightiest Heroes return to video game realms to shine in a third-person adventure. Published September 16, 2020

The latest DC Comics' superhero-themed television shows on the CW network now on the Blu-ray format courtesy of Warner Bros. Home Entertainment include "The Flash: The Complete Third Season," "Supergirl: The Complete Fifth Season" and "Batwoman: The Complete First Season."

Blu-ray TV reviews: 'The Flash,' 'Supergirl' and 'Batwoman'

Here's a look at some of the latest DC Comics' superhero-themed television shows on the CW network -- "The Flash: The Complete Third Season," "Supergirl: The Complete Fifth Season" and "Batwoman: The Complete First Season" -- now binge ready in the Blu-ray format courtesy of Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. Published September 2, 2020

The mysterious Pallid Man from "12 Monkeys: The Complete Series" and an animated version of Elizebeth Keene in "The Blacklist: The Complete Seventh Season," both available in the Blu-ray format.

Blu-ray TV reviews: 'The Blacklist' and '12 Monkeys'

Here's a look at a couple of episodic television series -- "12 Monkeys: The Complete Series " and "The Blacklist: The Complete Seventh Season" -- now on home entertainment formats for fans of thrillers. Published August 19, 2020