Of Captain Invincible
(1982/Umbrella PAL Import DVD)/Warm
(2013/Lionsgate 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray w/Blu-ray)
C+/A & B+ Sound: C+/B+ Extras: C-/B Films: C/C+
Return Of Captain Invincible
Import DVD 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 DVD format and can be ordered from the link
up are two older films reissued that both try to mix genre in unusual
ways to create something different and get attention. This is not
easy to do, as you will see...
Return Of Captain Invincible
actually odder of the two films here us a superhero spoof from 1982
that was made is Australia, has Phillippe Mora directing and mixes
Hollywood actors like Alan Arkin and the mighty British acting legend
and icon Christoper Lee in The
Return Of Captain Invincible,
trying to combine comedy, satire, spoofing of the superhero genre of
the time and add musical influences (just pre-MTV) from Rock Opera
films (think Tommy,
Of The Paradise
and even Rocky
Horror Picture Show)
to get any laugh possible.
are even Star
space opera elements, but hey come across more lie bad rip-offs of
the early films in that series like Galaxina.
The film opens much like the film it is mostly sending up, 1978's
with black and white block-style framed footage of Captain Invincible
rise, then how he was witch-hunted out of the business (much like all
intellectuals, Jews and 'others' in Hollywood and U.S. society at
large) in the 1950s (when comic books and the superhero genre were
also targeted) explaining his disappearance.
forward to the almost present (the film is not quite in the Reagan
1980s, to its credit) when our title character's nemesis (Lee running
with it here well, as usual) has returned to launch terror and
destruction on the world. Also set in New York City like the 1978
Invincible (Arkin playing it about as well as can be expected in
burn-out mode) has forgotten how to fly, lost control of his magnetic
powers (I wonder if Captain Marvel/Shazam! is being more than a
little referenced here as well) and is just totally out of it. Can
he find his edge again to stop the dastardly plot? To save the
world? To save himself? To save this film?
by the always-interesting Steven E. De Souza, the film is all over
the place, including a really bad, flat sendup of the ''Can
You Read My Mind?''
sequence from Superman,
musical numbers that come out of absolutely nowhere (is it supposed
to spoof the Superman musical that did so so a few years before?) and
Lee is frankly not used well, well enough or on screen enough to save
the film either. The result instead is a mess that has little
direction or form, a few missed opportunities and little point. It
makes fun of bad analog visual effects, then has more of them minus
the gag. Some iconic Australian entertainers show up (Chris Haywood,
Graham Kennedy) and the DVD case deems it Oz-Ploitation, but its not
dirty, cutting-edge or rough enough to really qualify.
also turned out to be the end of the brief Superhero genre revival
Superman and several hit superhero TV shows made possible (from the
1960s Batman to Hulk and Wonder Woman) as Superman
would kill everything until the 1989 Batman.
It is much more a 1970s film than 1982 (we gather production delays
and a lack of money is part of it all) and if really, really curious,
you should see it just to see what happened. Otherwise, we cannot
anamorphically enhanced 2.35 X 1 image was shot in real 35mm
anamorphic Panavision (like the 1978 Superman)
with a good if not great transfer here. It is just not a
good-looking film, nor is it intended to be. The original old Dolby
A-type analog sound has been upgraded to lossy Dolby Digital 5.1
here, but the limits of the old sonics of the soundmaster still show
up. An Original Theatrical Trailer is the only extra.
different spin on the zombie genre, Warm
(2013) is a zombie romantic comedy written and directed by Jonathan
that isn't all bad with the exception of some cheeseball moments.
Featuring the underrated Teresa Palmer (Hacksaw
and actor Nicholas Hoult (the rising star who plays Beast in the
prequels), the film is about a new kind of cure for the curse of
being a Zombie: love. Playing with some themes from Romeo
the film is clever in its intentions to reel in horror fans with a
date night flick.
a re-release on the new 4K Ultra HD format, Lionsgate presents an
impressive presentation of the film with more detail than before just
in time for the Halloween season.
film also stars John Malkovich, Rod Corddry, Dave Franco, and
the zombie apocalypse happens, R (Hoult) - who is a highly unusual
zombie with the ability to have independent thoughts and emotions.
Whenever he encounters the gorgeous Julie (Palmer) and saves her
human life from a zombie attack, he soon starts to fall for her.
After a while, Julie sees that R is different from the other zombies,
and as the two form a special relationship in their struggle for
survival R learns that her Dad (Malkovich) is the leader of a Zombie
Killing Resistance. As the journey progresses, R becomes
increasingly more human as he falls in love with Julie, but her
Father will never go for his Daughter being in love with a Zombie...
and does she make her a necro? You'll have to see the film to find
is presented on 4K UHD disc with a stunning 2160p transfer and a
widescreen aspect ratio of 2.40:1 and an intricate Dolby Atmos 11.1
track that mirrors the original theatrical presentation on the film.
A Dolby TrueHD 7.1 (48kHz, 24-bit) track is also on the disc for
older systems. The film has a dark and stylistic color palette and
some natural tones in there as well. The high budget Hollywood feel
is evident with a nice sound mix and soundtrack to boot. A vast
improvement over the also included 1080p original Blu-ray of the disc
with similar specs. Both discs contain the film and the special
features in 1080p, but there's nothing new here extras-wise.
Commentary with Screenwriter/Director Jonathan Levine and Actors
Nicholas Hoult and Teresa Palmer
Scenes with Optional Audio Commentary by Director Jonathan Levine
a product of its time (when the Twilight
popularity was at its height and AMC's The
was just warming up), it's easy to see why Hollywood would want to
put this out in an attempt to cash in on the popularity of those two
genres with Warm
While I didn't see it the first time around, it's not too bad of a
film for what it is and has some cool visual moments.
Return Of Captain Invincible
Umbrella Import DVD, go to this link for it and other hard-to-find
James Lockhart (4K) and Nicholas Sheffo