(1979/Severin Blu-ray w/CD)/Buster's
(2016/Well Go Blu-ray)/Correspondence
(2001/Umbrella Import Blu-ray)/Pretty
Little Liars: The Seventh & Final Season
(2016 - 2017/Warner DVD Set)/S.W.A.T.:
Great Power... The Stan Lee Story
(2010/Well Go DVD)
B/B/B+/B-/B/B/B Sound: C+/B/B+/B-/B/B+/B Extras:
C-/B+/C/D/A/D/B Main Programs: C+/B/C+/C/B+/C/B+
Import Blu-ray is now only available from our friends at Umbrella
Entertainment in Australia, can play on all Blu-ray players and can
be ordered from the link below.
follows is a wide-ranging set of dramas, most of which are genre
thrillers and a few offer comedy too...
is rising young hockey star and has a chance to play for the NHL
teams, but his dream is threaten by his hustling brother and racial
discriminate at school. While he is on the path to glory by being on
the path of the straight and narrow, he must choose which side he
stand on when he gets involved with Jayme, a girl from the hood in
the feature film debut of Music Video director Director X: Across
is a ghetto kid, but he has the chance to get out of the rat race
filled with poverty and crime. He dreams of becoming a hockey
superstar, he is perfect, smart, strong and true, he has been the
focused on by various scouts for the national. But getting out of
the hood isn't easy when his brother is a gangster-wannabe and black
kids are beat up and discriminated daily at school. Any hint of a
criminal record and he'll lose his chance to the NHL, it is specially
hard for him when he can't fight back to prove to a girl he likes
that he is better than they say.
is an age old tale that has been told since the founding of America.
Even in the modern day, minorities face racism and discrimination
from white people, et al. African-Americans have to work twice as
hard and turn the cheek when others spit on them, there is a double
standard when it comes to the authorities and the laws. It is a
catch 22, black people want others to respect them, but they can't
fight back to defend themselves. And if they do, they are the ones
who are labeled as the trouble makers. It is not a wonder why
discrimination and racism still exists and this film was an example
to why violence continues to escalate on the subject of race.
1080p 1.78 X 1 digital High Definition image is consistently fine for
the format, but the lossless DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 5.1 mix is not
very impressive, with dialogue not great and music a mixed bag.
Extras only include trailers.
if Hitchcock's Psycho
(1960) was rated X/NC-17 and tripped out on acid and you get an idea
of what Director Joe D'Amato's Beyond
(1979, also known as Buio
is like. A film that even Hitchcock himself got the willies
watching, this hardcore horror film isn't for the faint of heart or
for those with high moral standards. Despicable, tasteless, and
horrific, Severin has done a fantastic job restoring the film to high
definition and bests previous versions released by Umbrella and
others. This is without a doubt, the must-own horror disc of the
summer and one of Severin's best titles to date.
a hit on the 42nd Street circuit and banned all over the world, this
intense film takes the serial killer genre to explosive new heights.
Quoted by many as one of the most disturbing films ever produced,
this film doesn't shy away from necrophilia, brutal violence, and
nudity that's shock value is up there with the goriest works of Fulci
and Argento. Splatter King Joe D'Amato, who is also known for
a sensational director that contributed to both the horror and adult
film genres, had a knack for making his audience sick and revolted,
as shown here in full display.
film stars Kieran Canter, Cinzia Monreale (Fulci's The
Franca Stoppi (The
Sam Modesto, and Anna Cardini.
(Canter) and Anna (Monreale) are in love... the only problem is that
Anna is dead. When Frank, who is a taxidermist, can't cope with the
loss of his loved one, he decides to steal and preserve her body in
secret. Much to the dismay of his older lover (Stoppi) who helps
aide him in his crimes, Frank finds himself stalking young women and
brutally murdering them as they try to replace the love he had for
Anna, yet nobody can quite compare. A love story at its core, Beyond
is bound to make your stomach turn more than once!
in 1080p high definition with a widescreen aspect ratio of 1.67:1
(issued 1.85:1 in some cases) and paired with a DTS-HD MA (Master
Audio) 2.0 Mono lossless track, the film respectively looks and
sounds fantastic on Blu-ray disc with little signs of wear due to the
age of the print. A few scenes have some film artifacts and a little
grain, but it doesn't take away from the powerful imagery in the
film. The sound mix is great with the pulse pounding Goblin score in
accompaniment, which drives the film during slower moments and amps
up the action for others.
being released in 1979, this film could look a heck of a lot worse
than it does here!
exclusive: CD soundtrack (music by cult band Goblin - who also did
and Romero's Dawn
of the Dead
among other classics)
D'Amato: The Horror Experience (feature length)
Omega Woman: Interview With Actress Franca Stoppi
Reborn Perform Buio Omega Live 2016
Love - An Interview With Actress Cinzia Monreale
sure to visit Severin's website and get a great bundle pack with this
disc that also includes an awesome T-shirt, poster, and other goodies
Adina Smith's new film Buster's
(2016) stars Rami Malek (Mr.
and is a bizarre and stylistic foreign thriller. Visually appealing,
the film is a mind bender with elements of other stronger films and
tries a bit too hard to be weird at times. Bouncing back between
both realities, this film will defiantly give your brain an exercise.
film also stars DJ Qualls, Kate Lyn Sheil, Lin Shaye. Tony Huss, Mark
Kelly, and Sandra Ellis Lafferty.
story focuses on an eccentric mountain man named Buster (Malek) is on
the run from the law, surviving the winter by breaking into empty
vacation homes in a remote community. Regularly calling into radio
talk shows - where he has acquired the nickname "Buster" -
to rant about the impending Inversion at the turn of the millennium.
He is haunted by visions of being lost at sea, and memories of his
former life that was ruined, where he was a family man named Jonah
who had it all until he encountered a drifter who turns his life
in 1080p high definition with a widescreen aspect ratio of 2.39:1 and
a DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 5.1 lossless track, the presentation is
crisp and up to standards with the Blu-ray format. The sound design
gets a bit wild as something of the film's hallucinatory scenes take
hold and the score is quite haunting. Visually, the film's colors
are predominantly green and brownish yellow with nice saturation
levels and nicely exposed subjects.
film was a huge hit on the festival circuit, had a small theatrical
run, and is now landing on Blu-ray disc thanks to Well Go USA with a
great transfer and sound presentation.
Irons has had a nice little comeback as of late with a slate of new
films, which includes the romantic drama Correspondence (2017 - also
known as La
a film that will take you on a trip of forbidden love, dark secrets,
and undying romance. Also starring Olga Kurylenko (who was the main
Bond Girl in Quantum
the film pulls at the heart strings through a beautifully
photographed lens but feels almost like something you would see on a
foreign Hallmark Channel (but with a brain). The film is Directed by
Giuseppe Tornatore (Cinema
astronomer (Irons) has an affair with a PhD student (Kurylenko) that
gets hot and heavy over the course of six years and then fizzles out.
Though the astronomer ends the relationship and disappears off the
map, his lover still receives gifts from him as well as messages
indicating that he's still out there somewhere. Her willingness to
find him digs up some dirt of her past, as everything comes slowly
in standard definition with an anamorphic widescreen aspect ratio of
2.40:1 and a lossy Dolby Digital 5.1 track, the film looses a bit of
its impact here that would be brought out in High Definition.
Extras - just a digital UV copy.
not bad and nicely made, the film is for romantics and nothing more.
The target audience will likely be middle aged single women on their
sofas eating ice cream out of the box, or at least that's what I
Guillermo Del Toro's second ''adult fairy tale'' after his feature
film debut Cronos (see links below), is the incredible supernatural
(2001). In many ways a prototype for Pan's
(in that they have simple story structures), this dark film is
beautifully photographed and captured well on disc from Umbrella.
However, there is also a Criterion Collection version of this film
that came out in the past few years that is a bit superior to this
disc. Still, there are a good number of extras surprisingly for this
title, and some cool artwork too.
is 1939, the end of three years of bloody civil war in Spain, and
General Franco's right-wing Nationalists are poised to defeat the
left-wing Republican forces. A young boy named Carlos, is left by
his tutor in an orphanage in the middle of nowhere and has to adapt
to this new environment. The orphanage is run by a curt but
considerate headmistress and a kind professor, both of whom are
sympathetic to the doomed Republican cause. Soon, the vision of a
young ghost encounters Carlos and makes startling predications that
start to come true all centering around the deranged past of the
orphanage. Monsters begin to take hold that are most human than
in 1080p high definition with a widescreen aspect ratio of 1.85:1 and
a lossless 5.1 Spanish DTS-HD MA mix, the transfer here isn't bad but
not as detailed as the Criterion's 2K HD remaster that was supervised
personally by Del Toro. Subtle textures are missing here that are
evident in the other version as well.
with Del Toro and Cinematographer Guillermo Navarro
Criterion version has comparable featurettes however what this
edition is missing are some newly photographed interviews and a few
other extras that were made by Criterion themselves.
you live in the U.S., then I would suggest the Criterion version
simply because the transfer is more impressive and the extras a bit
more pleasing. However, this edition isn't bad.
more on the Criterion Blu-ray, try this link....
more on Cronos,
try our coverage of the Criterion DVD edition...
Little Liars: The Seventh & Final Season
the series finale of Pretty
as the liars must band together to discover and fight off the
mysterious A.D. who seems to know ALL their secret and always to be
one step ahead of them. A.D. intends to blackmail the PLLs and pay
for their crimes. The Pretty Little Liars must work together to
discover who A.D. is and even more shocking revelations that will
change their lives and friendships forever.
the Pretty Little Liars are trying to live normal lives, they soon
discover their secrets are far from safe. With the death of
Charlotte, they realize none of them are truly safe. They must not
only find and catch A.D., but discover who A.D. really is before the
deadline is up, but in doing so they will discover dark secrets about
their own past that they didn't even know about. With each new piece
of evidence or discovery, A.D. either takes away, destroys or
blackmails them with it. Their friendships and relationships will be
tested and strained. Will the Pretty Little Liars be able to find
their happily ever after or will the truth finally come into the
series reminds me a lot of Gossip
where a group queen bee girls are being blackmail for the sins of
their past. It is filled with teen dramas and murder, with each
season, the lies, murders and mysteries continue to build as they try
to cover up more and more of the deaths. While the PLLs are not
completely innocent, all they need a nemesis, someone who is worse
than them to make the audience sympathize with them, proving once
again pretty girls can get away with anything.
anamorphically enhanced 1.78 X 1 image and lossy Dolby Digital 5.1
mixes on all episodes are as good as they are going to get in this
format, definitely equal to the DVD sets of the show we've covered as
well. Extras include Inside
PLL sheets, That PLL Boy Is Mine, A PLL Proposal, A Surprising Mary
Drake, Hot for Haleb, Say I Do: A PLL Wedding, The Final Send Off
From Rosewood, A.D.: The Ultimate Suspect, Thank You to Fans,
Special Episode: Pretty
Little Liars: A-List Wrap Party
and Deleted Scenes.
final episodes are...
- The PLLs are given 24 hours to discover who's Charlotte's killer
- Hanna is rescued. The dynamics between relationships the PLLs
Talented Mr. Rollins
- The PLLs try to rescue Ali from the mental institute, but something
happens and they have another dead body on their hands.
and Run, Run, Run!
- The PLLs buries Mr. Rollins, but it causes trouble between them and
their bed buddy boyfriends.
- Jenna returns to Rosewood and become the top suspect of who A.D.
Dead or Alive
- Rosewood P.D. beings investigating the PLLs cover ups. Alison is
attacked and Sara is murdered by an unknown figure.
- Jason returns to Rosewood. The PLLs discover Mary had another
mysterious child. Noel Kahn becomes the next prime suspect for A.D.
- Emily and Paige interview for the same job at their old high
school. Jason and Aria tries to look into Mary's past to find who
her child is.
Wrath of Kahn
- Hanna takes things into her own hands and attempts to face Noal
Kahn alone. But things don't goes as planned.
- The PLLs search for Hannah and ends up in a showdown with Noel and
Jenna ...and ends with a fatally.
- The PLLs recover from the attack and Noel Kahn's death. Spencer
learns more about Mary Drake.
Boots Were Made for Stalking
- The PLLs play a dangerous game when A.D. has proof of them killing
Rollins. Emily faces off with Addison. Spencer confronts Mary about
their family past.
- The PLLs discover Jenna has been working for A.D. Hanna's turn at
the game gets more than she wanted.
- Alison remembers a traumatizing past. Spencer faces her father.
the Eye Abides the Heart
- Emily handles her relationship with Alison. Aria plays into A.D.'s
Glove that Rocks the Cradle
- Hanna and Caleb tries to protect Spencer. Aria and the PLLs
continue to be played by A.D.
- Aria continues to fall deeper into A.D.'s control. Caleb talks
about his plans with Hannah's future.
- The police have warrants for all the PLLs. Hanna and Caleb get
- The PLL face the end game with A.D.
Death Do Us Part
- A year later the PLLs get on with their lives ...but is it really
(2017) is every bit as bad as it sounds and then some but what you
would expect from a direct-to-video action spinoff from a feature
film years ago that it self was a bad remake of a decent hit TV show
in the 1970s. On a production level about the size of a television
cop drama, the film draws some inspiration from Assault
on Precinct 13,
only with some lackluster action sequences and a little more violence
and language than what you would see on TV.
highlights of the film are the three leads with Michael Jai White
kicking butt and every scene that Adrianne Palicki (Agent
who plays her role with style and a sense of humor. The film also
features Sam Jaeger (American
who plays your typical hero archetype fine but nothing too notable.
All three actors do what they can with the material, what little
there is of it.
a D.E.A. and S.W.A.T. cartel team-up takedown ends in a shootout,
S.W.A.T. Agent Travis Hall (Jaeger) seize a prisoner (White) and take
him into custody. However, it doesn't take long for Assault Teams to
show up and action to ensue as everyone tries to get him back. Can
the SWAT protect their coveted prisoner (who has ties they don’t
know about), work without communications and limited weaponry, and
get out alive?
in 1080p high definition with a widescreen aspect ratio of 1.78:1,
the film is clear with plenty of character detail though a natural
and realistic color palette throughout. Some of the action scenes
are filmed tightly with some blur, but it's not too terrible. The
DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) lossless 5.1 mix has a pulsing score and
some interesting sound design for some of the action sequences.
average SWAT entry, this film feels like a cop show with bag language
and a little more violence. There's nothing terribly cinematic about
it or anything that we haven't seen a million times before.
Great Power... The Stan Lee Story
few months ago, we reviewed this title from an import DVD release
from Umbrella, but here we are covering a new 2-Disc edition that has
plenty more extras from Well Go in the U.S market. It's not uncommon
for a documentary to have several releases in various territories, as
we saw recently with Future
Shock: The 2000 AD Story,
which was released in the UK by Arrow and in the U.S. from Severin
Great Power... The Stan Lee Story
(2010) isn't on Blu-ray as of yet here in the states, but this
edition is a welcome upgrade as it takes us forever into the life of
Living Legend and Pop Culture Icon, Stan Lee, one of the masterminds
behind Marvel Comics and the creator of Spider-Man, Thor, The Hulk,
and more of your favorites!
by Terry Douglas, Nikki Frakes, and Will Hess, With
Great Power... The Stan Lee Story
(2010) is a well made documentary explores Mr. Lee's early years to
the present, as he brings to life over 500 characters that have been
mostly household names. Some focus points in the film star from his
time spent at Marvel, to his later years with POW! Comics - a label
of his own creation. Stan's personal life is also highlighted as we
get to learn about his family as well and some of the sacrifices he
had to make before he got to be a household name. This documentary
is great for artists and comic fans that are curious to know more
about Stan and is sure to inspire some as well.
in standard definition with a full frame aspect ratio of 1.33:1 and a
lossy English 2.0 track, the film looks and sounds fine on DVD but
has some compression issues that would have been tightened in HD.
For a documentary of this nature, the film looks fine and features
interviews of varying formats and quality and a host of images as
well, some from Stan's own personal collection.
90 minutes of Featurettes
of over 500 characters that Stan created
can check out our review of the Umbrella release here...
several awards on the Film Festival circuit, this is a great look at
the life of Stan Lee and fun for fans of comics (both new and old) to
look at with affection.
Umbrella import Blu-ray, go to this link for it and other great, hard
to find releases:
Ricky Chiang (Across,
& James Lockhart