Of Chucky (2017/Universal
Blu-ray w/DVD)/A Ghost
Blu-ray)/The Glass Coffin
(2017/MVD DVD)/One Million
Water 3: Cage Dive
B+ & B-/B+/B-/C/B+ Sound: B+ & B-/B+/B-/B/B+ Extras:
B/C+/D/C/B Films: C+/B/C+/C+/C
a new group of horror and monster films on Blu-ray...
Jason, Michael Myers, and Freddy, Chucky and the Child's
horror franchise has yet to be totally reimagined and rebooted and is
still pushing forward from its initial storyline with this new
seventh entry. Bringing back some favorite actors from the original
series and some old school practical movie magic (and puppets!) too,
(2017) at least remains faithful to its source material with the
original creator Don Mancini back at the helm.
features franchise favorites Fiona Dourif, Jennifer Tilly, Brad
Dourif, Alex Vincent, and Grace Lynn Kung. The disc features Rated
and Unrated versions of the film.
the legacy of Chucky which began with serial killer Charles Lee Ray
(Brad Dourif) and his infamous death at a toy store in the '80s,
which lead to black magic and his demonic spirit being reborn in a
doll... known as Chucky.
the years, Chucky's mythos has grown: he's tormented his original
owner Andy (Vincent) time and time again (and does again here), he's
had a Bride (Tilly), a Son (let's try to forget that entry), and now
he has his own Cult. Taking place in a mental ward, Cult
features the reincarnation of Chucky once again only this time in a
new body. When new deaths and two Good Guy dolls show up, a whole
new power comes to Chucky as he becomes even more unstoppable than he
was before as he's now able to possess other dolls and even other
people. This time Chucky has manifested himself into more and more
entity... and is more dangerous than ever before! On a side note,
there is an after-credits scene.
Don Mancini, who wrote the original film and recently worked on the
fantastic Sy-Fy Channel series Channel
(which you should definitely check out if you're a horror fan), tries
some new filmmaking techniques in the film that work surprisingly
well. There are a few stylized death scenes, including one where a
victim is being by falling glass and another where a guy's face is
kicked in with high heels, that stand out as pretty brutal in the
in 1080p high definition with a 1.78:1 widescreen aspect ratio and a
great sounding DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 5.1 lossless track. The film
has a great cinematic and high budgeted look to it and could easily
play nationwide in theaters. In a way, it's a shame that Universal
doesn't have a little more faith with the franchise to push it to a
wide release. Nevertheless, the home video presentation is up to par
with the format and doesn't leave to much to be desired with nicely
balanced and stylistic colors as well as a rousing score.
in the set is the standard definition DVD with a 1.78:1 widescreen
aspect ratio and a lossy Dolby Digital 5.1 track. Compression issues
are of course evident in that version but its passable for the
format. Also included is a digital UV copy of the film.
available is a new Child's
collection, which includes all of the films on Blu-ray and DVD
respectively from Universal.
the Insanity of Cult of Chucky
- Viewers will discover what it was like to film inside an insane
asylum and the challenges production faced on set. They'll also hear
from the cast and filmmakers as they discuss why they were attracted
to this story and how the filmmakers' vision brought this fun-filled
horror film together.
Guy Gone Bad: The Incarnations of Chucky
- This featurette offers a peek into Alterian's workshop, the studio
behind Chucky's puppeteering, to see how the magic is created and
focuses on how the look of Chucky has evolved over the years.
a Feature Commentary with Director and Writer Don Mancini, and Head
Puppeteer Tony Gardner.
is a lot of fun and I hate to admit how much I enjoyed it. Cool
special effects, a great performance by Fiona Dourif, and the usual
mix of mayhem and madness. At no point does this movie take itself
too seriously... it knows exactly what it is and follows that path
and thats what I was hoping for. Come on, Mr. Mancini, bring on part
Award Winning actors Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara star in Director
David Lowery's A
(2017). Artsy, slow paced, not scary, and surreal, the film is at
first an acting showcase for both actors with long shots that linger
without cutting (including five minutes of watching Mara cry and eat
a pie) in an attempt to heighten the impact (and patience) of the
audience. Then in its second and third acts becomes something else
entirely without giving away too many spoilers.
also stars Sonia Acevedo, Grover Coulson, Liz Franke, and Brea Grant.
separates a loving couple C and M (Affleck/Mara) as C is suddenly
killed in a car accident. Grief-stricken and struggling to move on,
M moves out of the home they had once shared together. Little does
she know but C has been with her the whole time only as a mute ghost
(literally with a sheet over his head and two black eye holes). As
she moves out of the home they had together, C is stuck in the house
with new tenants moving in time after time as he is stuck in a sort
of purgatory with time advancing forward... from there things start
to get weird... and well... just see it.
in 1080p high definition with an unusual aspect ratio with a 1.37:1
frame thats rounded at the corners in the middle of a 1.78 X 1 frame
(bookended with black bars) and an English DTS-HD MA (Master Audio)
5.1 lossless track, the look of the film is certainly experimental.
Shot with washed out colors and a desaturated yet cinematic look.
The score is appropriately haunting and emotional, and the
presentation is up to par and looks nice on Blu-ray. A Digital UV
copy is also included.
Commentary with Director David Lowery, Cinematographer Andrew Droz
Designer Jade Healy, and Composer Daniel Hart
Ghost Story and the Inevitable Passing of Time" Featurette
Composer's Story" Featurette
a Deleted Scene
a film for an intelligent audience, A
is interesting and depressing. While its images are beautiful and
the acting impressive, it also tries hard to pull at the heart
strings. At least one thing can be said and that is that it's an
original work that sticks with you after it ends.
foreign thriller, The
(2017), takes place in one location and is pretty effective.
Carrying a vibe akin to the Saw
centers around an actress (played by Paola Bontempi) who is en route
by way of limousine to an award ceremony where she is to be presented
with a lifetime achievement award.
a few moments in the limo, and a few drinks later, the doors lock and
a voice in a TV starts to threaten her. As she travels towards the
destination, a red eye (a tip of the hat to 2001: A Space Odyssey)
in the car shows her things on a TV monitor from her filmography and
seems to know an awful lot about her personally. She's not alone in
the limo though... there's also a six foot tall man with a leather
mask and a club who isn't afraid to rough her up... will she survive?
film is directed by Haritz Zubillaga (She's
in standard definition with a widescreen 2.35:1 aspect ratio and a
lossy Dolby Digital 2.1 Spanish Stereo track with English subs. The
look of the film is pretty neat with dark blacks mixed with greens
and a clean and sterile environment inside the limo. Compression
issues are evident, which comes with the format, but all in all the
film looks fine for DVD.
is a pretty clever thriller that I could most definitely see getting
remade in America in the not too distant future. If it doesn't, then
I would be surprised.
Million B.C. (1940)
to be confused with Fox/Hammer's superior Raquel Welch-starring
Million Years B.C. (1966),
this Hal Roach production of One
(1940) has been remastered from the USC Film archives and available
on Blu-ray disc courtesy of MVD. Made in the days of classic
Hollywood before a Mr. Ray Harryhausen was around, the film features
real giant lizards with long tongues that were groundbreaking special
effects for the time.
some aspects of the film are a bit archaic as compared to today's
standards, there's still a lot to fondly look back and love about
this film. It even won two Academy Awards for best Special Effects
and best musical score back in its heyday. Heck, even Roland
tried to remake this movie!
stars Victor Mature, Lon Chaney Jr., and Carole Landis to name a few.
film centers around the barbaric Rock tribe, the strongest cave
people to receive the best of everything, while the scraps are left
for the weaklings. When Tumak (Mature) fails to protect what is his
from the tribe's leader, Akhoba (Chaney Jr.), the Rock people send
Tumak into exile for his dastardly deeds. Discovered by Loana
(Landis), a member of the peaceful Shell tribe, Tumak reluctantly
joins her strangely kind people. As Tumak struggles to adapt, Loana
will not give up on changing his savage ways to make him more
compassionate. Sounds a little but like James Cameron's Avatar...
film is presented in its original 1.37:1 full frame aspect ratio with
a black and white film presentation that is murky and compressed.
The film looks a bit dark overall and compression/de-interlaced lines
are evident on characters and titles, much like a standard definition
DVD, however this a Blu-ray disc. The sound is fine with an original
Mono PCM track that isn't full of noise. Too bad the picture isn't
as nice as other black and white presentations I've seen on disc.
What happened? Either the film isn't in the best of condition and
this was the best they do or the disc was rushed and the transfer not
fine tuned. Either way, it's nice to see the film in HD but it
leaves much to be desired.
by Film Expert, Toby Roan
for the time in which it was made, the film could look better on disc
in all honestly. Still, it's nice to see it restored for a new
generation to check out.
Water 3: Cage Dive
but not least, another sequel.
series continues with this third installment, Open
Water: Cage Dive
(2017), which is sharking its way on disc as a direct-to-video
release. Due to last year's success of the Blake Lively
(2016), this film hopes to earn some of those shark-loving film
fanatics that are bored from shark week re-runs and watching Jaws
(1975) for the millionth time. The film stars Joel Hogan, Josh
Potthoff, and Megan Peta Hill.
the found footage technique that was used for the Paranormal
crafts a story of some LA friends who go on a vacation trip to
Australia. While all eyes are on the gorgeous Megan (Hill), of which
every guy in eyesight is in love with, it turns out that she is
sleeping with both guys right under each of their noses. What starts
out as a fun trip ends up in disaster as they are stranded at sea
with their lucky handy cam (that never runs out of battery or suffers
from getting wet ironically) as their friends are picked off one by
one. As these three star crossed lovers struggle to keep their heads
above water, sharks are all around them. Can they survive the ocean
waters or will they be great white shark dinner?
the film has some fun moments, including a few nice shots of the
sharks eating characters, every shot of Megan Peta Hill in a bikini,
and a humorous flare gun mishap. Other moments are cringe-worthy
bad, including one scene where Megan cries into the camera addressing
her family that is ripped off from the original Blair
As the danger heightens, there are many 'turn the camera off' quotes
that grow tiresome as well, but this happens in every found footage
in 1080p high definition with a 1.78:1 widescreen presentation and a
great sounding English 5.1 DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) lossless track,
the film looks and sounds fantastic on Blu-ray disc. The film is
supposed to be shot on a prosumer camera so some of the shots have
some heavy noise and are in soft focus to reflect realism. In this
sense, the film looks fine on Blu-ray.
digital UV copy is also included.
Commentary with Filmmaker Gerald Rascionato and Actors Joel Hogan and
Water 3: Cage Dive
isn't the worst direct-to-video sequel ever but needs more shark
action than what it has. So much of its time is spent trying to sell
the 'found footage' filmmaking gimmick when it should be more
concerned with being scary.