(2017/Warner Blu-ray w/DVD)/Ruby
(1977/MVD/VCI Blu-ray w/DVD)/War
For The Planet Of The Apes 4K
(2017/Fox 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray w/Blu-ray)
B+ & B-/C+ & C/A & B+ Sound: B+ & B-/B & B-/A
Extras: B Films: B
(2017) is the best film in The
franchise since the original, besting the lackluster Conjuring
the original Annabelle.
Similar to other demonic doll movies like the Child's
is based on a true demonically possessed doll with this being the
prequel film. More violent than the previous chapter and pretty
successful financially despite a lukewarm summer movie season,
is definitely a win for Warner Bros. all around. Director David F.
takes over the reigns from James Wan, while he is focused on DC
Comics's upcoming Aquaman
stars Miranda Otto, Philippa Coulthard, Stephanie Sigman, Alicia
Vela-Bailey, and Anthony LaPaglia.
toy maker Sam Mullins and his wife, Esther, are happy to welcome a
nun and six orphaned girls into their cozy California farmhouse. The
couple are still on the mental mend of recovery after their
7-year-old daughter Annabelle died in a tragic car accident a few
years earlier. Terror soon strikes when one child sneaks into a
forbidden room and finds a seemingly innocent doll that appears to
have a life of its own... could this be Annabelle? The little girl
whose life was taken too soon?
in 1080p high definition with a widescreen aspect ratio of 2.40:1 and
an English Dolby Atmos 11.1 lossless track (core Dolby TrueHD 7.1),
the film looks and sounds fine and up to Blu-ray standards. For a
film as dark as this one, the blacks are deep and character detail
mostly on point. A standard definition, anamorphically enhanced DVD
with a lossy 5.1 Dolby Digital track is also included as well as a
Digital UV Copy.
Shorts: Attic Panic and Coffer
there are some weak digital effects moments, overall the look and
production design of this film is better than the last.
more on the original film, showing not everyone was a fan, here's our
link to our coverage of the original Blu-ray/DVD release...
you're looking for low budget horror gems that delivery all of the
gory goods, then you will want to check out the cult classic Ruby
(1977). Mixing the slasher genre with the possession/exorcism genre,
this lesser known gem finally lands on Blu-ray. Though its stated
that this is a 2K HD restoration, I have to say I'm a little
underwhelmed by the transfer on Blu-ray disc despite some good color
and a few good scenes that hold up, but more about that later. The
film itself is a lot of fun (I'm sure a hit on 42nd Street or the
drive-in at the time; it did some business) and is definitely worth
seeking if you're a classic horror collector like me.
by Curtis Harrington (Queen
(1966) among his many horror entries), Ruby
stars Piper Laurie (the mother from the original Carrie (1976)),
Stuart Whitman, Roger Davis, Janit Baldwin, Crystin Sinclaire, and
passive aggressive Ruby Claire (Laurie) owns a successful drive-in
theater, where lots of grisly murders have been supernaturally
happening lately thanks to her dead gangster husband's tormented
spirit. When the entity infects the mind of Ruby's mute daughter,
Leslie, all hell breaks loose as those that work for or are close to
Ruby are all in mortal danger. If you're looking for 1970s era
horror chills and spills, then this is definitely one worth checking
out in the vein of The
in 1080p high definition with a 1.85:1 widescreen aspect ratio and an
English: LPCM 2.0 track (which comes across fine), but the image here
isn't anything to write home about. I'm sure with this being a lower
budgeted film for the time that maybe some things weren't completely
solid technically on set... or perhaps the lack of ''wow'' in the
transfer is due to a compromised film source(s).
way, the image here isn't always super clear (with some soft focus
issues on close ups, though some such shots are intended as soft),
some shots are murky, grainy, and even show interlacing issues and
compression. Though this was a 2K restoration as stated on the press
release (and back cover), more work should be done to make this look
better photochemically, though it may be a matter of tracking down
more vault materials and mint prints. A standard definition DVD is
also included with similar, but even less impressive presentation
specs that is the same transfer we covered years ago at this link...
Commentary with Director Curtis Harrington & Actress Piper Laurie
Audio Commentary with David Del Valle and Curtis Harrington historian
Interviews with Curtis Harrington by Film Critic David Del Valle
not always completely original, there's a lot to love about Ruby
that makes it worth picking up. Hopefully, a more polished transfer
will be here in the near future.
no argument that War
for the Planet of the Apes
(2017) isn't one of the most visually impressive films so far this
movie year. Its competition in the Oscar race will be close,
however, when it goes up against the visual splendor that was Blade
and the upcoming Star
Wars: The Last Jedi.
The seasoned team at WETA (a company founded by Peter Jackson and
the force behind Avatar,
Lord of the Rings Trilogy)
pull out all the stops here and spare no expense. While it didn't do
as well as hoped in the box office this summer, this fantastic new
release is sure to please fans.
final chapter in the new Planet
of the Apes
is a continuation of the events that occurred in Dawn
of the Planet of the Apes
(reviewed elsewhere on this site in 4K UHD as well; see link below),
and is once again led by motion capture master actor Andy Serkis
of the Planet of the Apes
Director Matt Reeves (who is about to tackle a new Batman saga for
DC/Warner Bros.). This may also be one of the most, if not the most,
impressive 4K UHD disc I've seen yet, with impeccable character
detail that enhances the rich cinematography and dramatic film to
this soon to be Sci-Fi Classic. If you're hesitant about the new
format, this might be the icebreaker disc.
continues the saga with Caesar (Serkis) leading his revolution of
super monkeys vs. militant humanity (led this time by Woody
Harrelson) in a battle that has been waging for years. After a
tragic string of events occur, man vs ape is at the height of its
climax... but which species will come out the victor? Is there any
hope for harmony? The film also stars Steve Zahn, Judy Greer, and
Karin Konoval. At times surprisingly brutal, heartfelt, and an
impressive precursor to events portrayed in the original Charleston
Heston classic, I felt like War
for the Planet of the Apes
the third part of a trilogy, it's hard from a storytelling point of
view to satisfy fans with an ending that wraps up all that came
before it. It's a shame in retrospective that Matt Reeves didn't get
the chance to direct Rise
after putting his stamp on these last two installments. That being
said, I felt that this was a good way for the character of Caesar to
go out and wrapped up things nicely with a bow.
in eye popping 2160p 4K UHD w/HDR, the 2.40:1 widescreen aspect ratio
and immersive Dolby Atmos track is top of the line and on full
display here with HDR (high dynamic range) technology. Also included
with that impressive Dolby Atmos 11.1 (Dolby TrueHD 7.1 core)
lossless track are tracks in other languages depending on your
territory. The marriage between practical and visual effects is
seamless, even on a format with this level of detail.
Blu-ray in 1080p is also included with similar widescreen and sound
specs but not as impressive as the 4K UHD in terms of sharpness or
clarity. Looking at the two side by side there are noticeable
differences in presentation. Also included is a digital copy.
you're curious about the 4K UHD format then this is the film to pick
up and check out. The experience here is truly astounding.
worth noting is the score by Michael Giacchino, which echoed the
original Jerry Goldsmith score heard in the original classic Apes
film. Borderline experimental but native sounding drums and weird
noises rather than heavily orchestrated in parts was a nice touch. I
have been following Giacchino's career for a while (as you can see in
review elsewhere on this site) and definitely think he's on his way
to being the next John Williams.
Scenes with Optional Audio Commentary by Matt Reeves
Owe You One"
Not Lose Hope"
and the Dinosaurs
Am Like Koba"
War for the Planet of the Apes" - In-depth documentary on the
making of WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES
The Meaning of it All"
Apes Saga: An Homage"
Commentary by Matt Reeves
more on the previous two films on 4K Blu-ray w/Blu-ray, go to this