(2014/Fox Blu-ray w/DVD)/Moon
(1969/Hammer/Warner Archive DVD)/The
Center/National General/CBS DVD)/The
(1956/Columbia/Sony/Warner Archive DVD)/Wildcat
C+ & C/C+/C+/C/C Sound: B- & C+/C/C/C/C Extras:
D/C-/C-/D/D Films: D/C/C+/C+/C
DVDs are now only available from Warner Bros. through their Warner
Archive series and all can be ordered from the link below.
a good mix of genre releases you should know about....
somehow took two people to direct the obnoxious, cliche-ridden, tired
and pathetic Devil's
(2014) and it arrives as the long played-out horror genre keeps
bombing at the box office. Light years away from Rosemary's
or any other original idea, we follow a woman for nearly 90 long,
long, long minutes in what seems like a happy, normal life, but she
is about to get pregnant and all hell is going to break loose.
expect a supernatural Videodrome
or anything that ambitious, because this is so phoned in, the video
looks too often like it comes from an obsolete picture phone. I
could spend the rest of this review finding adjectives, adverbs,
nouns, verbs and past participles to tell you how bad this shaky
found footage mess is, but life is just too short, so skip it!
include deleted scenes, several featurettes and a lame audio
Ward Baker's Moon
(1969) is the great director's attempt to over at the Hammer Studios
to do a Science Fiction film with some comedy and elements of a
Western, but an interesting cast, colorful production design and a
few moments that actually work are not enough to save this bad mix of
genres, mixed model work and the like to really work, yet it has some
moments it might be worth it to you to sit through 100 minutes of to
title refers to a space ship owned by pilot James Olson, who has made
a few enemies and has a few demanding women around for him.
Catherine Von Schell (later of Space: 1999) is a new woman in his
life and we get a murder mystery that leads us to a villain (the
always amusing Warren Mitchell) and this never becomes a Modesty
Blaise-type mess, but never adds up.
few elements, like hyper-color female hairdos will remind those in
the know of Gerry Anderson's underrated live-action sci-fi TV classic
(reviewed elsewhere on this site on DVD and actually on Blu-ray only
in Japan at high prices as of this posting!) but that show had better
scripts, a better set up and better model work. Still, this is worth
a look despite being very problematic.
trailer is the only extra.
(1972) is a later revenge western with William Holden out to get who
massacred his family. The script is on the hit and miss side, but
the film has some good moments and interesting acting turns by Woody
Strode, Ernest Borgnine (rougher than usual) and looks better than
you might expect. Too bad it breaks no new ground, but genre fans
will be happy to give it a try from CBS' National General/Cinema City
catalog holdings for which everything deserves eventual release.
trailer is the only extra.
E. Sears' The
(1956) is Columbia Pictures stand-alone howler (pun intended) of an
unintentionally funny monster movie that slyly takes from the 1941
yet tries to update it while following the classic's path. Steven
Ritch is the helpless man who cannot remember where he has been or
how he got there, but he has a wife and child in this one, which the
script takes full advantage of. The make-up is not bad for the time,
but very dated by now, yet this has its charms and is a key work in
the genre by default, but like Hammer Studios, only one werewolf film
was made. Nice to see it on DVD.
are no extras, but the original trailer for this is also hilarious
and worth seeking out.
but not least is Frank Woodruff's Wildcat
(1940) with Fay Wray as a woman whose father's busing business is
being undermined by a group of men seeking revenge against him
(guided by someone unknown for reasons unknown) who want to destroy
the company and all the workers connected to it. The script has a
romance subplot, some humor, some action and is not bad, though one
wonders why lawyers or police are not called in as soon as it is
obvious sabotage is involved.
also got a kick out of some of the editing and you can see why RKO
wanted to push Wray (King
(1933) was still making money for the studio 7 years later!) and Keye
Luke even shows up in the 64-minutes-long programmer worth a good
look. RKO made movies their own way and you can never have enough of
them in print.
are no extras.
1080p 1.78 X 1 AVC @ 32 MBPS digital High Definition image transfer
should easily be the best performer on the list, but it is from
horrid, lame, often low-def, skewed, messy and motion-blur plagued
digital sources that make an HD version nearly pointless, save that
it is somehow not as bad as the anamorphically enhanced DVD version
also included and the worst performer on this list. As a result, the
enhanced 1.85 X 1 image on Moon
(originally issued in dye-transfer, three-strip Technicolor 35mm film
prints) and anamorphically enhanced 2.35 X 1 image Revengers
can more than compete with Blu-ray.
leaves the black and white, filmed image quality on Werewolf
(in anamorphically enhanced 1.85 X 1) and Bus
(1.33 X 1) softer than I would have liked, especially because they
are well-shot films. Yet, they still look better than the Due
Blu-ray should also be the sonic champ with its DTS-HD MA (Master
Audio) 5.1 lossless mix and it sadly is, though the soundfield is
inconsistent and the lossy Dolby Digital 5.1 DVD version shares
second lace all on its own. The rest of the DVDs all have lossy
Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono presentations which are all a bit weaker than
usual, so they tie for third and last place in sonic quality.
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DVDs by going to
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