Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Double down on Houdini TODAY

Today sees two major Houdini releases hitting the store shelves (and Amazon) here in the U.S.

First up is the DVD and Blu-ray release of the Houdini miniseries starring Adrien Brody and Kristen Connolly. The 2-disc set includes the extended international version (or what screenwriter Nicholas Meyer calls the "Lionsgate version") as well as the cut down version that aired on HISTORY last month. It also includes four behind-the-scenes featurettes.

Having now seen the extended edition, I can say it is far superior to what was shown on HISTORY. I'd even go as far as to say that the network did a great disservice to viewers and the filmmakers by showing us something that I would call unfinished. In fact, I will be doing a full re-review if the extended version in the coming weeks.

Next is the U.S. release of the first book in Simon Nicholson's new Young Houdini series, The Magician's Fire. The book is released by Sourcebooks Jabberwocky and is aimed at readers 10-13. The series features the fictional adventures of a young Houdini in 1886 New York.

Purchase Young Houdini: The Magician's Fire on Amazon

You can see cover art and read a synopsis for Nicholson's second Young Houdini book, The Demon Curse, HERE. You can also read and interview with the author today at Second Bookshelf on the Right.

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