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Baby Blues (2013/Well Go USA Blu-ray)/Grindhouse Trailer Classics (2014 Movie Trailer Compilation/InterVision DVD)

Picture: B-/C Sound: B-/C Extras: C-/C+ Main Programs: C+/B

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Po-Chih Leong's Baby Blues (2013) is the latest devil doll film in that occasional cycle that always gets people's interest. This time, a nice couple expecting a child move into a really nice house as they are moving up in the world, but a local man warns them that they will not be living there for long because the place is haunted. Then they find a doll with very large eyes and the usual strange things slowly begin to happen, including imagining things that seem very real, but are not and are not happening.

Points to the makers for coming up with a new style of doll, but she does not speak. Her white eyes tend to suddenly have blood on them at different times, but not from her! The film runs 92 minutes and does have some fun with the set-up, but at a time when the last Chucky film moved back to a more serious, more violent tone, this seems a little pat. Whether a sequel is intended, some of this is unintentionally amusing and worth a look if this is your kind of thing. Otherwise, move on.

A trailer is the only extra.

The Grindhouse Trailer Classics is another horror and exploitation movie trailer compilation, this time running about two hours and despite covering about a dozen of these since this website's inception, there are still some clips here we have not seen or at least in the versions here. The repeats fit in fine and are new to those who have not seen them before. There is still a major pleasure of seeing them in a collection versus seeing them in bits and pieces elsewhere, plus you never know when one of these will be hard to see later, so these sets are always collectible. When they go out of print, more so than you might think.

Each such set also reminds us how much more open filmmaking was before the 1980s made it boring and regressive, save the occasional genre blockbuster. There are 55 here in all and all are must-sees to see how films used to have less predictable, more amusing promotions at the time. With what they were promoting here, it is even wilder and more entertaining.

There are actually extras including rare closed caption subtitles for the trailers, plus a Poster Gallery and Emily Booth hosting a featurette on these films called Bump 'N' Grind.

The 1080p 2.35 X 1 digital High Definition, HD-shot image transfer on Baby is not bad at times, but there are some shots that look very fake, have definition issues or even motion blur. Some shots look intended for a 3D release that never happened. The anamorphically enhanced 1.78 X 1 image on Grindhouse is very mixed as expected for a compilation of older genre movie trailers, but color is at least consistent and expect various aspect ratios for the trailers. The DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) Cantonese 5.1 lossless mix on Baby is well mixed and presented in its best moments, but tends to be simple stereo other times in part because the makers to their credit actually know what suspense is; something most who make horror films these days seem clueless about. The lossy Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono on Grindhouse is a mixed version of rough as each trailer (most sound is optical, but I bet a few clips might have had magnetic sound) shows the age of its audio, but all is on par with previous such compilation releases.

- Nicholas Sheffo


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