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The Best Of Harvey Korman (from The Carol Burnett Show/1968 - 1971/Time Life/Star Vista DVD)/Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Sex* *But were afraid to ask (1972/United Artists/MGM/Twilight Time Limited Edition Blu-ray)/How To Be A Latin Lover (2017/Lionsgate Blu-ray w/DVD)/John Waters' Desperate Living (1977/New Line/Warner Archive DVD)/Last Day Of School (2017/Troma Blu-ray)/The Norman Gunston Show Television Collection (1980s - 1990s/Umbrella PAL Import DVD Set)/Snatched 4K (2017/Fox 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray w/Blu-ray)



4K Ultra HD Picture: A- Picture: C+/B/B+ & B-/B-/C/C+/B+ Sound: C+/C+/B+ & B-/B-/B/C+/A- Extras: D/C/C+/C/C/C+/C+ Main Programs: B-/B-/C+/C/D/B-/C+



PLEASE NOTE: The Norman Gunston Show Import DVD set is now only available from our friends at Umbrella Entertainment in Australia, can only play on Blu-ray and DVD players that can handle the PAL format, Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Sex... is now only available from our friends at Twilight Time and is limited to only 3,000 copies and John Waters' Desperate Living is now only available from Warner Bros. through their Warner Archive series. All can be ordered from the links below.




The Best Of Harvey Korman from The Carol Burnett Show


Harvey Korman is one of the funniest people Hollywood ever had the pleasure of having on any screen. He more than proved his skills in big screen films by Mel Brooks and others, but his massive success on The Carol Burnett Show is the one that sticks with most people because the show ran 10 seasons and the mix of often brilliant skits (leading to the Mama's Family spin-off he was in early episodes of) showed a range that hardly any other comic actor in industry history ever had. Like Burnett and the other amazing cast members, he was purely comical without trying and you never knew what he was going to do or pull off. Being only one DVD, there is a ton of material literally the new Best Of Harvey Korman DVD could have pulled from, not even including his own (unseen or too long) variety show, but this disc offers four early episodes from the earliest seasons to show off Korman's genius and the great moments often happen in supporting moments (second banana to Burnett's Carmen Miranda) or when he steals the skit (the thirds member of The Andrew Sisters with Burnett and also comically brilliant Vicki Lawrence.


Growing up on this hilarity, you take it for granted that it will always be there, but that is just being spoiled with such gifted talent. Joined in the episodes by the likes of Bernadette Peters, Nancy Wilson, Ella Fitzgerald, Sid Caesar, Tim Conway before he became a regular and Diahann Carroll, Korman was just not being joined by big names, he was one of them!


Check out this set ASAP!


The 1.33 X 1 color image from the old 2-inch analog NTSC videotape masters look as good as all the previous Carol Burnett DVDs have, which is good, though as these are older episodes, expect a few more flaws and color issues at times. Other analog videotape flaws include video noise, video banding and cross color, but these have been cleaned up as much as possible. The lossy Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono is also cleaned up without ruining or compressing the audio too much, though I wonder if a lossless version would increase clarity a little more. There are sadly no extras.



Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Sex* *But were afraid to ask


Woody Allen was on a roll with only his third film, an anthology based on Dr. David Ruben's bold new book Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Sex* *But were afraid to ask (1972), which is actually an anthology of seven boldly/amusingly entitled segments that emulate various kinds of filmmaking, situations (bad commercial TV sticks out well here) and has some of his wildest humor. To reveal the titles would ruin the fun, but it goes beyond sex into fetishes, many bad ideas and no-nos, some disgusting things (sex with animals) and has a general freedom that was a breathe of fresh air to comedy at a time when it was all so groundbreaking and bold.


Upping the ante is the amazing cast daring to participate in it all including Gene Wilder, Burt Reynolds, Tony Randall, Louise Lasser, Lynn Redgrave, Anthony Quayle, John Carradine, Lou Jacobi, Elaine Giftos, Stanley Adams, Alan Caillou, Geoffrey Holder, Oscar Beregi Jr., an uncredited Norman Alden, plus Regis Philbin and Jack Barry playing themselves. Allen was totally in control of his filmmaking in an amazing way early on (his next film, Sleeper, would be one of his best ever) and he was just warming up. This might not be for everyone and some may be able to take this one on sometimes f not all the time, but Everything... is a must-see film and its arrival on Blu-ray finally is something to cheer about.


The 1080p 1.85 X 1 digital High Definition image transfer rarely shows the age of the materials used in another far superior transfer of another Allen classic, outdoing older video releases with ease and impressing throughout. You can see more vividly how well Allen and his crew recreated the look and feel of the various film genres, eras and even otherworldly locales they were bringing to life so well. Director of Photography David M. Walsh (Allen's Sleeper, House Calls, Murder By Death, Silver Streak, The Goodbye Girl, Rollercoaster (1977), Monty Walsh (1970) and The Sunshine Boys) was one of the great cameramen of the time and rarely gets the credit he deserved. However, the work more than holds up, looks great and the high quality of the Blu-ray allows it to speak for itself.


The DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 1.0 Mono lossless mix shows its age more so, especially since Allen was not big on overdoing sonics, so the sound is more limited than one would like, but it is about as good as it can be here.


Extras include another nicely illustrated booklet on the film including informative text and yet another excellent, underrated essay by the great film scholar Julie Kirgo, while the Blu-ray disc adds an Isolated Music Score and Original Theatrical Trailer.



How To Be A Latin Lover


How To Be A Latin Lover (2017) is in many ways a more sophisticated version of Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo and honestly doesn't bring much to the table that we haven't seen before. However, it isn't without some laughs and overall succeeds in its goal of being charming. The all-star cast includes Eugenio Derbez, Salma Hayek, Rob Lowe, Kristen Bell, and Raquel Welch to name a few. The film is directed by Ken Marino (Children's Hospital, Party Down) and written by Jon Zack (The Perfect Score) & Chris Spain.


He’s a man whose profession is to please women - and he has done so for the last 25 years. But when his sugar mama dies, Maximo (Derbez) finds himself moving back in with his sister (Hayek) and her young son in a less than ideal situation. After being told he is God's gift to women, it's time for Maximo to discover the harsh reality of life and that beauty ages. Will he find true love and restore his damaged ego?


Presented in 1080p high definition with a widescreen aspect ratio of 2.40:1 and a DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) lossless 5.1 in English and a lossy Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1 track, the film looks and sounds up to Blu-ray standards. The realistic look of the film and bright colors all look nice in high definition. Considerably so than the included DVD version, which has an anamorphic widescreen transfer and a lossy Dolby Digital 5.1 track, that is of compressed quality.


A digital copy is also included.



Special Features...


Deleted and Extended Scenes


"Show Me Your Sexy! Learning How to Be a Latin Lover" featurette


"A Little Help from My Friends" featurette


Audio Commentary with Director Ken Marino, Producer Ben Odell and Editor John Daigle



A few laughs here and there but for me personally, it's hard to get past comparing it to stronger comedies of the like.



John Waters' Desperate Living


Fans of John Waters will enjoy his obscure piece of cinema decadence known as Desperate Living (1977). Not afraid to hit upon touchy subjects (even for the time) the film doesn't shy away from foul mouthed crossdressers, gross food, fascism, and rape. If this movie doesn't make your stomach turn then nothing likely will. This is definitely Waters unhinged, for better or for worse.


The film stars Liz Renay, Jean Hill, Mink Stole, Edith Massey, and Mary Vivian Pearce.


Peggy Gravel has a mental breakdown in her home and, along with her nurse Grizelda, attack her husband and kill him. Both try to hide, but a cop with a fetish for female underwear forces them to live in Mortville after forcing himself on them. The town of Mortville is a pitiful community where destitute criminals under the matriarch rule of Queen Carlotta. From there, things get progressively grosser and weirder.


Presented in standard definition with a 1.33:1 full frame aspect ratio and a lossy Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo track, the film looks fine for the format. Compression issues are evident and the transfer could most definitely use a HD restoration in the near future.


Special Features...


Commentary by John Waters


Theatrical Trailer



I'm not a huge fan of Waters, but this film reminds me a bit of early unhinged Peter Jackson movies. Not afraid to push buttons and gross out the audience to make a controversial mark.



Last Day Of School


This Troma-riffic Last Day of School (2017) is a college-set no budget comedy that has the taste and IQ level of a bad American Pie knockoff. Directed by Michael and Sonny Mahal, the film is derivative of several other comedies in the same genre and gets so unrealistic and dumb at times that you'll be wondering what these guys were on while making this film. Even for Z-grade cult comedy, this is downright painful to watch.


The film stars Ben Stobber, Aaron McLaughlin, Raymond Guitierrez, Joe Chin, Michael Forsch, Vitelita Vita and Cheryl Prater.


The story in a nutshell... In a college full of sex fiends, four college guys get caught cheating on their exams and are forced by their alcoholic broken hearted teacher to perform outrageous acts in order to graduate. (None of which are that particularly funny or realistic.)


The 1080p transfer has a 1.78:1 widescreen aspect ratio and a 2.0 stereo track, both of which are fine for a no budget film like this. However, I don't think the editors took the time to match the frame rates, as some scenes have jumpy and footage with motion blur. There isn't much to gloat about with this presentation, in other words.



Special Features...


Introduction by The Directors and Lloyd Kaufman


Behind the Scenes Slideshow


Trailers (30 Girls 30 Days Trailer)


Troma Now! Extreme Edition


Return to.. Return to Nuke 'Em High aka Vol. 2 Fantasia Trailer


Radiation March



Even for Troma, this is just downright silly.



The Norman Gunston Show Television Collection


In 1973, actor Gerry McDonald introduced a new comical, eccentric character named Norman Gunston on the Australian TV series The Aunty Jack Show. This was so successful, a spin-off Gunston show surfaced the next year and over the years, Mr. McDonald made a career of playing the amusing, not-afraid to be embarrassing or embarrassed character over the decades and worldwide audiences and fans of the great Rock band The Who might remember him in the 1979 documentary The Kids Are Alright. Now, Umbrella in Australia has issued a 4-DVD set called The Norman Gunston Show Television Collection that collects highlights of his celebrity interviews and ambushes during the 1980s and 1990s, including many very familiar Hollywood names like Shirley MacLaine, Jean Stapleton. Slash of Guns N Roses, Rod Steiger, Lionel Ritchie, Billy Crystal, Tim Allen, many Aussie stars you might not know outside of the country and even British icons like Jackie Collins.


This might not be for everyone and feels like later lamer shows like Punk'd and worse 'reality TV' that destroyed TV save for some great series that surfaced elsewhere. A little of Gunston can go a long way, but some of this is funny and seeing people you know and like back in the day that you may have missed is a plus for the set. McDonald also showed up in feature films like Rabbit-Proof Fence, Picnic At Hanging Rock, the infamous Kristy MacNichol Pirate Movie and the Moulin Rouge! with Nicole Kidman, showing he is not a one-note performer, but has to follow a formula here. It is worth a good look for those interested enough.



The 1.33 X 1 image comes from the analog PAL format videotapes which can look good, but have their share of flaws including video noise, video banding, telecine flicker, tape scratching, PAL cross color, faded color and a little tape damage. Some old analog video effects also look phony and expect moire patterns here and there. The lossy Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo has its clarity, but some location audio issues are here when Gunston ambushes potential interviewees and expect some sonic distortion here and there. Outtakes and extended interviews are the extras, including the overlap of scenes from one disc used to promote the others before this became this larger set.



Snatched 4K


Amy Schumer and Goldie Hawn star in Director Jonathan Levine's Snatched (2017), the new Mother/Daughter comedy that filled cineplexes on Mother's Day earlier in the summer. While the script isn't anything profound, there's still a few laughs to be had and the chemistry between the two leads is evident onscreen. The film shines its brightest in its first act but once things push into peril, the script sadly just gets more and more predictable as it unravels with some lackluster action scenes that aren't any different from any other 'fish out of water' comedy you've seen with huge names. For fans of Schumer's comedy, however, her schtick is on point here so it has that going for it.


Snatched also stars Ike Barinholtz, Wanda Sykes, Christopher Meloni, and Randall Par to name a few.


After getting fired from her job for being lazy, Emily (Schumer) gets dumped by her boyfriend right before they are supposed to go on an exotic vacation. Going back home to her mother (Hawn) and brother (Barnholtz) after having alienated herself from her peers, she decides to take her mom along for the trip. Hoping to spark the sense of adventure that her mom had in her younger years, the vacation quickly goes awry when the duo get kidnapped. From here, things just get crazier as they go from one bad situation to another.


Presented in both 2160p 4K HEVC/H.265, HDR (10; Ultra HD Premium)-enhanced Ultra High Definition and 1080p Blu-ray with a widescreen aspect ratio of 2.40:1, this combo pack offers stunning home entertainment viewing, even though a movie of this nature doesn't necessary merit the ultra high definition like most other Hollywood releases would. Still, the extra bits of resolution on 4K capture facial details with more precision and on location shots that look real enough to touch. The Blu-ray looks fine for the format, but is missing some of the little details that are evident in the upscaling. The sound mix is the same on both discs, presenting the film in English DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) lossless 7.1 that takes advantage of the film's wild soundtrack.


A digital UV copy is also included.


Special Features include...


Deleted Scenes

Cantina

Gag Reel

Director Commentary by Jonathan Levine



To order the Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Sex... limited edition Blu-ray, buy it and other hard to get releases them while supplies last (including many other Woody Allen titles reviewed elsewhere on this site) at these links:


www.screenarchives.com


and


http://www.twilighttimemovies.com/



To order The Norman Gunston Show Umbrella import DVD set, go to this link for it and other great titles at:


http://www.umbrellaent.com.au/


and to order the John Waters' Desperate Living Warner Archive DVD, go to this link for it and many more great web-exclusive releases at:


http://www.wbshop.com/



- James Lockhart & Nicholas Sheffo (Korman, Gunston, Sex)

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