The True Story
Chan Double Feature: Snake In The Eagle's Shadow/Drunken
1978/Twilight Time Limited Edition Blu-ray)/Navy
SEALS Versus Demons
B-/B+/C/B+/B Sound: B-/B+/C/B+/B Extras: C/C/D/B/D Films:
Chan Double Feature
Blu-ray is now only available from our friends at Twilight Time, is
limited to only 3,000 copies and can be ordered while supplies last
from the links below.
a new set of genre thrillers for your consideration, but we start off
with a WWII tale....
between the two World Wars and based on true historical events,
George Mendeluk's Bitter
(2017) is a new period piece film with beautiful cinematography and
production design that fans of 20th Century dramas won't want to miss
in a controversial story that has up until this point been pretty
untold on film. The film centers around a famine called Holodomor,
which was engineered by Stalin and took the lives of many.
in a time when Ukraine was forced to adjust to the horrifying
territorial ambitions of the burgeoning Soviet Union, one man (Irons)
fights through the rising of the famine of Holodomor and seeks to
protect not only the woman he loves, but his county as well.
stars Max Irons (The
Samantha Barks (Les
Barry Pepper (Battlefield
and Terence Stamp (The
Wars: Episode One)
to name a few in a story that is tough but needed to be shown.
in standard definition with an anamorphic widescreen aspect ratio of
2.35:1 and a lossy English 5.1 Dolby Digital track, the film could
definitely benefit to a higher definition release as the transfer
isn't nearly as rich and detailed as it should be. Still, the look
Digital UV copy.
Gallery - A Look At Bitter Harvest
we didn't review an HD version, this is definitely a film that could
benefit from a 1080p or 2160p transfer in the future. Still, a
worthwhile watch and definitely a subject that history buffs will
find interestingly portrayed.
Killer Story With A Twist' is what the Blu-ray slipcase promises for
Brian Goodman's Black
(2017), the new thriller starring Antonio Banderas and Jonathan Rhys
Meyers that is a spin on the home invasion genre. The film also
stars Piper Perabo (who is really great and should be used in better
films), Abel Ferrara, and Vincent Riotta.
some debt to the Johnny Depp/Stephen King vehicle Secret
the film pits an aging author (Banderas) against a drifter (Meyers)
that he picks up hitchhiking after he defends him from an angry truck
driver in a small town diner. Taking him to his house in seclusion,
where he is struggling with writers block and alcoholism over his new
novel, Banderas lets Meyers shack up at his place for a few nights.
However, Meyers gets a little too personal and close for comfort and
soon, Banderas finds his seemingly peaceful private life upturned
with those close to him in danger.
film is shot well and the acting and direction isn't bad overall, but
this has one of the worst endings I've ever seen in any film that
feels truly tagged on at the end. I'm still not going to spoil
anything for you, but this is a film full of clues throughout that if
you observe closely, has a twist that's pretty easy to pull out, yet
may shock some.
problem is too many twists, as if they didn't know how to end the
film so the filmmakers kept throwing darts at a dart board hoping
that one would stick. While the premise is intriguing (though as I
mentioned with Secret
a film about a writer being stalked by a killer in his secluded
getaway isn't the most original concept) and Banderas gives an
interesting performance (even though his career has kind of wound up
in obscurity these days), it's not enough to make this film worthy of
presentation on the disc is impeccable with a 1080p high definition
transfer and a 2.39:1 widescreen aspect ratio paired with a lossless
DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 5.1 track giving the film a nice home
viewing experience. The film has a desaturated and earthy tones and
a few aerial shots, namely of the curving countryside in the
beginning of the film, that look nice on disc. Little issues with
compression throughout and the dialogue and score are nicely mixed.
digital UV copy is also included.
with Director Brian Goodman and Co-Writer Marc Frydman
Butterfly: Backstage'' featurette
is a great build-up with an ending that sadly doesn't deliver.
However, Banderas and Perabo are pretty good and Meyers plays a
character that's easy to loathe. I don't see too many repeat
viewings of this in my future, though.
The True Story
Dracula remains of the biggest icons in Horror both in film and book
forms. This documentary, Dracula:
The True Story,
is similar but shorter than InterVision's recent Trail
doc that came out last October 2016. This version shows lots of
clips from Francis Ford Coppola's film, Nosferatu,
and other Dracula films and a brings some interesting theories to
life on screen.
with a British voiceover, the doc goes into the origins of the novel
with Bram Stoker, while highlighting through experts and historians
who reveal the characters similarities to Vlad Tepes and Vlad the
Impaler. While some argue that Stoker wasn't aware of Vlad at the
time of the writings, others disagree. Bringing new life to the
vampire genre, Stoker's story of Count Dracula will never cease to
inspire filmmakers and writers for centuries to come.
are some interesting interviews on the disc including Brianna
Caradja, a descendant of Vlad Tepes, who takes a bit about her famous
ancestor and Christian Honigsmann, a dermatologist, who suggests that
the illness of porphyria in Transylvania at the time was the cause
for the vampire craze.
in standard definition with a 1.33:1 full frame aspect ratio, the
highly compressed video and lossy Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo track on
the disc could definitely use the HD treatment with needed upgrades.
Details are nearly nonexistent and colors are muted.
in 1997, this (presumably made for TV) look at the character of
Dracula is interesting, but nothing necessarily new to experts of the
Chan: Snake In the Eagle's Shadow/Drunken
watching an early Jackie Chan film, it's hard to not stare in awe and
shock at how effortlessly and fluent his stunt choreography is. This
is illustrated masterfully in this great new Blu-ray double feature
from Twilight Time which features Director Yuen Wo Ping's Snake
In The Eagle's Shadow
(1978) and the hilarious and action packed classic Drunken
(1978). Both have been fully restored and have never looked better
than they do in this highly limited edition set.
films also star Yuen Hsiao Tieng, Huang Cheng Li, Shih Tien, and Hsu
In The Eagle's Shadow,
Chan plays a boy who is used as a janitor at his kung-fu school. He
can't fight and is always getting bullied by the teachers and pupils
until one day he is given a unique opportunity when an old man helps
him train in an art of kung-fu called the 'Snake's Fist'. Mixing
this art with his own signature style, Chan soon becomes an
unstoppable force to be reckoned with.. and (SPOILER) even saves his
Master in peril!
(not to be confused with Legend
of the Drunken Master,
a later Jackie Chan outing), Chan stars as Naughty Panther, a title
earned because of his lack of discipline. Constantly clowning around
when he should be learning Kung Fu and outshining every fighter that
crosses his path, his father sends him to live with and study under
his uncle: a sadistic Master with the reputation of crippling his
students. Meanwhile, a rival landowner places a price on Fei Hung's
father's head, bringing kung fu action to the table!
HD restoration of the films on Blu-ray disc is noticeable at first
glance as the prints are very clean and the character detail far more
impressive than previous incarnations. There are 1080p high
definition transfer a widescreen aspect ratio of 2.35:1 (both were
shot in real anamorphic 35mm Panavision) and a nice sounding 1.0
DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) Mono tracks with language tracks in
Cantonese, Mandarin, and English. The sound effects on the films are
humorous with the canned 'chopping' sound that has become recognized
as a trait of old kung-fu films. The Hong Kong locations are mind
blowing and translate to HD quite well here. I was pretty impressed
with how good this disc looks.
Music & Effects Tracks
Audio Commentary track with Film Historians Ric Meyers and Jeff Yang
insert booklet with linear notes by Julie Kirgo
is a must have for Kung Fu and Jackie Chan fans! These films look
great on this limited edition Twilight Time! When revisiting these
films, it's hard to not wish that Chan and Bruce Lee could have
shared the silver screen together. What a great matchup that would
Seals Versus Demons
says it all in the title. Navy
Seals Versus Demons
(2015) is a low budget action flick that borrows heavily from '80s
Cannon Film plot points, but takes itself a little too seriously at
times when it should be having more fun with its outrageous premise.
Produced by A.K. Waters, who is also responsible for Navy
Seals vs. Zombies,
the idea of taking normal trained military soldiers and pitting them
against the supernatural is the basic (and silly) premise in that
they approach the demons as they would any other criminal. However
light on budget, the film manages to have some decent special effects
here and there but that doesn't make up for the messy plot and
film stars Mikal Vega, Matthew R. Robinson, Les Brooks Jr., Llana
Mendoza, and Tim Abell and is directed by Jeff Reyes.
'Demons from Hell' take over Jack County, Texas - a group of badass
Navy SEALS are sent in to take out the demons before their hatred
spreads and they take over the world! Putting their own personal
demons aside and attempting to work together, this ragtag team soon
finds that this demons aren't like their normal human adversaries
they are used to.
in 1080p high definition with a widescreen aspect ratio of 2.35:1 and
a lossy English LPCM 2.0 track, neither of which are super
impressive, nor terrible. Some later in the film are quick dark and
not too much visual style per say that puts the look of the film
above the ranks of a Sy-Fi or Asylum movie. The film has some red
and blue tones, without too much compression as the disc has plenty
of space since there are no extras.
SEALS versus Zombies
could be more fun than it is given with its insane premise that
leaves the possibilities pretty endless. Overall, they should have
gone a more ''From
Dusk Till Dawn''
route with this instead of trying to make some kind of bizarre '80s
Her To Heaven
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