It On: Worldwide #Cheersmack
Begins Within: A Benefit For The David Lynch Foundation
(2017/Universal Music/Eagle DVD)/Jane's
Addiction: 2016 Silver Spoon Anniversary Tour Ritual De La Habitual
Alive At Twenty-Five (MVD
Visual Blu-ray w/DVD & CD)/Kid
Artists/MGM/Twilight Time Limited Edition Blu-ray)/Percy
Faith & His Orchestra: Chinatown featuring The Entertainer
(1974) + Love Theme
from ''Romeo & Juliet''
(1969/Sony Music Albums/Vocalion Multi-Channel Super Audio
CD/SACD/SA-CD w/CD layer Hybrid)/Saxophone
Sonny Rollins (1986/MVD
1974 musical feature films/Reader's Digest/United
Artists/MGM/Twilight Time Limited Edition Blu-ray)
B+/C+/B+ & B-/B/X/B-/B Sound: B+/C+/B-/C+/B+, B, B-/B-/B
Extras: C-/C+/D/C+/C-/C+/B Main Programs: C+/B/B/C/B-/B-/B
Blu-rays are now only available from our friends at Twilight Time,
are limited to only 3,000 copies and can be ordered while supplies
last, while the Percy
double album Super Audio CD is now only available from our friends at
Vocalion Records. All can be ordered from the links below.
next are the latest round of coverage we have to offer of music
titles, more wide ranging than usual...
It On: Worldwide #Cheersmack
cheerleading teenagers from all over the world can now rejoice in the
dreadful new entry to the now direct-to-video Bring
series as Worldwide
(2017) lands on Blu-ray disc. This paint-by-numbers film mixes
cheerleading and social media in an attempt to reach younger viewers,
but instead, merely gives its older ones a splitting headache in the
process. The series got its start in the remotely funny 2000 film
starring Kirsten Dunst and has since spiraled into obscurity with a
whopping five direct-to-video sequels. This is the series first
entry since the lukewarm reception to Bring
It On: Fight to the Finish
film stars Vivica A. Fox (Kill
and newcomers Cristine Prosperi (Degrassi:
The Next Generation,
Jordan Rodrigues (The
Sophie Vavasseur (Resident
and Gia Re (Jinx,
real cheerleaders from countries all over the world, the film centers
around the Smackdown, which is a worldwide cheerleading competition.
Interesting for the display of athletics alone, the film doesn't fire
on many other cylinders aside from that factor. Which country will
win the competition and is there a mature way to do so?
a way, it's a brilliant low risk project for the studio as it
probably didn't cost too terribly much to produce and predominantly
features real dance choreography that probably didn't need too much
rehearsal time with the usual thumping music. Vivica A. Fox is no
stranger to picking bad low budget movies and this is no exception,
though she does what she can with the material.
in 1080p high definition with a widescreen aspect ratio of 2.40:1 and
a nice sounding DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 5.1 lossless track, the film
looks as good as it can on Blu-ray disc. Shot flat with high key
sterile-looking lighting, the film looks like it should be on
broadcast television with no real interesting visual style or colors
that put it above many TV movies.
Digital UV copy is also included.
the World: Building the Squads
- Discover how actors were able to master the escalating difficulty
of cheer routines choreographed by Tony Gonzalez featuring teams from
South Africa and Brazil.
- Filmmakers, cast, and crew discuss what sets the latest chapter of
the Bring It On franchise apart, including focusing on social media's
potential negative impacts in the world of all-star cheerleading.
This piece also includes cheer teams from England, Ireland and Costa
Look of Bring It On: Worldwide
- A look into how the set design and costumes provide a vibrancy and
unique flair to the film's backdrop.
you really like cheerleading films, I think it may be wise to avoid
this one at all costs and just watch the original again.
Begins Within: A Benefit For The David Lynch Foundation
concerts are always a good thing, but sometimes they make for some
amazing music and music moments by bringing together talent that
might not come together otherwise or in the way such an event brings
that other collaborations might not. The great filmmaker David Lynch
has other projects and this includes being a major proponent of
meditation as a way to help people help themselves.
show you how much respect and love Lynch and the project brought to
this event, Jerry Seinfeld showed up to tell a few jokes in the
middle of all thee fine music performances by some of the biggest and
best names in the history of the business...
Blues - Moby, Betty LaVette, TM Choir
Rise - Eddie Vedder
Pressure - Eddie Vedder & Ben Harper
My Sweet Lord - Sheryl
Hurdy Gurdy - Donovan & Jim James
Isle of Islay -
Donovan and Paul Horn
It Don't Come Easy - Ringo Starr
Yellow Submarine - Ringo Starr
Baby You Can Drive
My Car - Paul McCartney
Jet - Paul McCartney
Got To Get You
Into My Life - Paul McCartney
Let It Be - Paul McCartney
Today - Paul McCartney
Band On The Run - Paul McCartney
Little Help From My Friends - Paul McCartney & Ringo
Cosmically Conscious - All members
I Saw Her Standing
There - All members
110 minutes, you'll wish for more and I bet there is more, but it is
a solid show and one of the best live releases of the year. We
received the DVD version with its anamorphically
enhanced 1.78 X 1 image that is pretty good for the format, though I
know a Blu-ray would deliver this more clearly with better color. I
was a bit mystified why we only get a lossy Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
track, especially when Eagle has issued endless DVDs with DTS and
Dolby 5.1, but it is fine for what it is. Still, not having any 5.1
mix disappoints a bit.
include an illustrated paper foldout with tech info and extra
interview footage on the disc with Lynch, Vedder, McCartney, Starr
Addiction 2016 Silver Spoon Anniversary Tour
you're a fan of the rock group Jane's
or any of its particular members, then you will enjoy this new
collection from the 2016
Silver Spoon Anniversary Tour.
Centering around their landmark album Ritual
De Lo Habitual,
the performance captures the essence of that album as well as some of
the band's greatest hits spanning their 30-year career. Included in
this DigiPak set is the live performance on Blu-ray and DVD, along
with the CD as well. The disc packaging and inserts are all great
looking with very cool artwork and the presentation of the concert
itself is of high standards.
Farrell, Dave Navarro, Stephen Perkins and Chris Chaney are Jane's
Addiction. The show is directed by Mark Ritchie (Madonna, Kanye
West) and produced by Barry Summers (Rock Fuel Media).
songs make up the performance and include:
(with special guest Taylor Hawkins)
Just Admit It...
with 20 different cameras and presented in both 1080p and standard
definition, this unique set includes a widescreen presentation in
1.78:1 and an English Dolby Digital 5.1 lossy track the presentation
is up to standards with both formats but nothing particularly mind
blowing. The sound track on the disc is similar to that of the CD
soundtrack which is a live performance. Some of the camera formats
for the concert itself vary but all have been converted and look
additional extras, but here's more of the band live on Blu-ray for
you to check out on this site...
matter how weak or convoluted, every Elvis Presley film ever made
made money and he is the only movie star in history (even if it was
not his day job, singing obviously was) to never have a film lose
money or bomb. That's fan loyalty!!! One of his odder films is Phil
(1962) that has Elvis in a 'musical' remake of the 1937 drama as a
young man coming out of the U.S. military to a new life. He can do
hard work, hard labor, mind a store, be a car/truck mechanic and even
sing, but suddenly, a promoter (Gig Young) gets involved with a
trainer (a young Charles Bronson) to have him be a boxer!!!
makes him more of a jack-of-all-trades than you would expect, but
that's the convoluted tale we get, remake or not. There is even the
film debut of Ed Asner to go with female leads Lola Albright and Joan
Hackman, yet they and the cast get lost in the shuffle here of an
uneven film I was only so much of a fain of. Even Elvis is not
always in his element here, making this one of the most unusual films
of his career up there with Change
his last dramatic role. Yet, it is worth a look to see what does
work and what does not, plus this is an interesting mix of talent
just the same. Karlson can direct is was a solid journeyman in his
time, while the great Hal David (of Bacharach/David fame) co-wrote
some of the songs. Though not for everyone, this is a Kid
some are sure to find worth looking into. Ned Glass, Michael Dante
and an uncredited Bert Remsen also star.
1080p 1.85 X 1 digital High Definition image transfer can show the
age of the materials used a little bit, but this is far superior a
transfer to all previous releases of the film and the DeLuxe Color is
about as good as it can probably get here. Unfortunately, the
DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 2.0 Mono lossless mix is weaker than I would
have liked and marks how the 'Elvis Musical' was about to start to
take a slow rollercoaster ride into lesser quality (though the much
(reviewed on Blu-ray elsewhere on this site) is one of his best)
those films became infamously known for, nearly killing his career.
include a 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 with select Sound Effects track and the Original
Faith & His Orchestra: Chinatown featuring The Entertainer/Theme
From ''Romeo & Juliet''
1960, Canadian composer, conductor, arrange Percy Faith saw his theme
from the hit feature film A
spend a whopping nine weeks at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100, an
amazing accomplishment in any year. It established him as film music
affiliated and though he only had one other major Top 40 hit, it was
more than enough for him to issue a long and successful series of
albums where he would cover more movie music and other standards.
Vocalion label out of the U.K. has issued two of his albums not just
on one CD, but on a Super Audio CD that includes three sonic choices:
2.0 PCM Stereo on the CD layer, a Super Audio CD ultra high
definition Direct Stream Digital (aka DSD) 2.0 Stereo version and a
Super Audio CD ultra high definition Direct Stream Digital in 4.0
discreet Quadraphonic Stereo from the original 4-track masters of the
time few heard. All the major record labels gave it their all hoping
quad would be the next big sonic trend, but competing versions of
quad and some formats sounding better than others (some of which were
not even true 4-track) held it back much like the comings and goings
of 3D video. However, the soundmasters we've encountered over the
years on this site and otherwise have been interesting and
impressive, something we can say about the following two albums which
turn out to be much better engineered, produced and recorded than you
might expect. The content are as follows...
The Entertainer (Joplin adapt Faith) from the film The
I'm Gonna Go Fishin' (Ellington; Lee)
3. What’ll I Do? (Berlin)
from the film The
(1974 Redford version)
4. Deep in the Morning (Diamond)
(Goldsmith) theme from the film the classic Jack Nicholson
6. Fifth Movement (Tubular Bells) (Oldfield, known from
Moody (Paris; Mitchell)
8. I Got Rhythm (G & I Gershwin)
Midnight at the Oasis (Nichtern)
10. 1, 2, 3, 4 (Faith)
THEME FROM ROMEO AND JULIET
(Steiner; Discant) theme from the film as noted above
(Bacharach; David) from the film with Jack Lemmon (reviewed elsewhere
on this site; originally sung by Dionne Warwick)
(MacDermot; Ragni; Rado) from the musical Hair
Love (Can Make You Happy) (Sigler)
16. Hello, Tomorrow (Craig)
Love Theme from Romeo
(Rota; Kusik; Snyder) from the 1969 film
18. Good Morning
Starshine (MacDermot; Ragni; Rado) from the musical Hair
20. Without Her (Nilsson)
21. Through the Eyes of
a Child Un Jour, Un Enfant (Stern; Marnay; Maitland)
to say these are not necessarily (no pun intended) faithful to the
original hit recordings or even the arrangements originally intended
by the composers, but tend to be laid-back versions of the hits and
standards that are alternative at least and amusing (sometimes
unintentionally) for those who like the more original versions. The
album features far more vocals with female background singers that
will remind one of The Ladybirds from the brilliant, classic Benny
of the 1970s.
they are not tales for all tastes, but they are interesting and
definitely ambitious in their own right. Many would not even dare
such arrangements in today's atmosphere of angry, pointless popular
music, adding an unexpected new charm to these releases. It shows a
real love and devotion to music that is undeniable, even if it is not
your style or considered an older one.
for sonic performance, the CD tracks sound a little aged, but fine
for the format. The higher definition 2.0 Stereo DSD tracks are more
like it, but the 4.0 Quad sound on both albums is the way to go. I
was pleasantly surprised at their clarity, depth, warmth (something
too many new digital recordings lack) and richness, though the Romeo
album can have a slight edge of harshness to it. It is hard to
believe these albums sound this good, but they do and deserve the
credit for it. Brief liner notes in the paper foldout in the jewel
case are the only extras.
Colossus featuring Sonny Rollins
remasters of Robert Mugge's important series of music films continues
from MVD Visual with the new Blu-ray edition of his 1986 Sonny
Rollins profile Saxophone Colossus, a film we reviewed many,
many years ago on DVD at this link...
will love how much better this looks and sounds, but even non-fans
and novices will find it a pleasant and interesting 101 minutes of
the music legend in prime form. Mugge just has a knack for this.
The films holds up well and remains more than just a time capsule,
though some serious Jazz fans consider it one of the best Jazz films
ever made. I could see that, even if I wanted more and only so much
of this stayed with me.
way, it is worth revisiting with its impressive restoration of the
original 16mm color film elements presented nicely here in 1080p
digital High Definition and a much better PCM 2.0 Mono track than the
older Dvd that also happened to have PCM sound. The new track may
expose more flaws, but it is warmer and clearer overall, if not
stereo like I would have liked.
include audio only presentations of ''G-Man''
Stop The Carnival''
along with an illustrated Mugge commentary.
Mark Twain classics as ambitious musicals produced back-to-back, Tom
(1973) and Huckleberry
(1974), have landed on Blu-ray disc courtesy of Twilight Time with a
stunning new transfer and sound mix. It seems that in the past few
decades, Hollywood has overlooked these characters and somehow they
have avoided being rebooted ala Tarzan last year, for better or for
musical adaptations feature music by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B.
Sherman (who wrote the songs for the original Disney Mary
among much work at that studio alone). This is a loaded release for
Twilight Time with more extras than usual. In a way, I'm shocked
that all of this content fit on one disc!
is directed by Don Taylor and stars Johnny Whitaker, Celeste Holm,
Warren Oates, Jeff East, (a young) Jodie Foster, Lucille Benson,
Henry Jones, and Dub Taylor. The score is by one of (if not the
best) the greatest living composers alive - John Williams.
is directed by J. Lee Thompson and stars Jeff East, Paul Winfield,
Harvey Korman, David Wayne, Arthur O'Connell, Gary Merrill, Natalie
Trundy, and Lucille Benson.
sure you probably recall the storylines of each film but
nevertheless, here's a quick rundown.
he and his likeminded pal Huckleberry Finn both have great adventures
on the Mississippi River where they pretend to be swashbuckling
pirates, attend their own funeral, and even become witnesses to a
murder. Despite the obligations others try to throw on them, they
would rather live a life full of peril that ultimately overcomes the
harsh reality of the times.
Finn a boy adventurer full of dreams and ambitions that is chafing
under the bonds of civilization. Soon, he escapes this drab world
and his selfish, plotting father by sailing a raft down the
Mississippi River. Accompanying him is Jim, a slave running away
from being sold. Along the way, both strike a bond that leads to a
powerful friendship that pits them against Mother Nature and other
features are on one 1080p Blu-ray disc with a widescreen aspect ratio
of 2.35:1 and lossless soundtrack presentations (for Tom
English 5.1 DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) / English 4.0 DTS-HD MA /
English 2.0 DTS-HD MA, (for Huckleberry
English 2.0 DTS-HD MA. The films look nice considering their age on
Blu-ray disc as have little noise or grain evident, and saturated
colors that pop more than they did on previous compressed versions on
DVD, which were previously released by MGM. Arthur P. Jacobs, who
produced the five original Planet
Of The Apes
films, had musical film experience before with the big 70mm Doctor
from Fox in 1967 with Rex Harrison.
Sawyer Audio Commentary with Screenwriter
Richard M. Sherman and Music Producer/Historian Bruce Kimmel
Sawyer Audio Commentary with Director Don Taylor and Screenwriters
Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman
Sawyer River Song featurette
Sawyer Rehearsal with John Williams and the Sherman Brothers
Full Color Insert Booklet with Linear Notes by Julie Kirgo
films represent a simpler time in cinema and are both cheery and
upbeat films that the whole family can enjoy. It's nice to see them
remastered and put out on Blu-ray in this fashion, that will no doubt
please fans of classic Hollywood movies.
limited edition Blu-rays, buy them while supplies last at these
you can order the Percy
Faith & His Orchestra
double feature album exclusively and directly from Vocalion Records
at this link...
James Lockhart (Bring,