(2016/both MVD Visual DVDs)/Deathdream
(1972/Blue Underground Blu-ray w/DVD)/Ghastlies
(2016/Camp Motion Pictures Blu-ray w/DVD)/J.D.'s
Wolf: Season Six, Part 2
(2017/MGM DVD Set)/Woodshock
B-/B-/B & C+/B/B+ & B-/B+/B/B-/B+ Sound: B-/B-/B- &
C+/C/B+ & B-/B+/B/B-/B+ Extras: C/C/A-/C/B/B/C+/C/C Main
low budget supernatural thriller Before
(2016), the debut feature by The Brothers Freeman, is a 'spiritual
obsession'/semi-supernatural/nihilist movie that just isn't scary.
Painfully slow moving and longer than it should be (about thirty
minutes too long) with a cast of unknowns (some of which are better
than others) and a storyline that's hard to follow, this isn't a film
you will want to watch 'before you die'.
film stars Robert McKeehen, Audrey Walker, Danny Bruno, and Robert
small Northwest town in the middle of nowhere has a strange spiritual
connection to it. When a new pastor takes over, he finds that the
town is a bit 'culty' and is up to no good. Of course, they attend
meetings with creepy Eyes
definition with a 1.78:1 widescreen aspect ratio and a lossy Dolby
Digital 2.0 Stereo track, the film looks fine for being low budget on
DVD. Surprisingly not too much visual noise, even in darker scenes,
however an HD update would help matters. The score to the film is
too synth - and not necessarily in a good way and takes some of the
scare out of it.
only extra (under the audio options on the main disc menu) is a
Director's Commentary by The Brothers Freeman. Though listed on the
back of the DVD cover, there is no Behind The Scenes Gallery to
(2016) is a supernatural flick that is a mix of M. Night Shymalan,
Blair Witch Project,
Shot surprisingly well, stylized, but not without some lame digital
isn't a total bore with a moderately fast pace, some decent acting,
and lots of time-lapse shots. That being said, there isn't anything
particularly new here but that doesn't mean its completely terrible.
stars Chelsey Crisp, Riley Smith, Michael Steger, Lyndon Smith,
Britany Ishibashi, and is directed by Tripp Rhame.
starts as a promising new life for a few couple who are married and
pregnant, they soon join some harebrained friends who are brought to
burned out creepy prison to go ghost hunting 'for a reason.' There
are other supernatural (and natural) forces at work here as well...
definition with a 2.35:1 widescreen aspect ratio and a lossless
English Dolby Digital 5.1 track, the film doesn't look terrible on
DVD but lacks the detail it would otherwise in HD.
only extra features are cast interviews.
of the greatest horror films you've likely never seen is back, Bob
Clark's enduring Deathdream
(1972 aka Dead Of Night,
The Night Walk, The
Night Andy Came Home) which is
about family, war, the horrors of war, is set in Vietnam and is a
zombie film. Years ago, we reviewed the great Blue Underground DVD
release at this link...
the film has been upgraded and restored from the original 35mm camera
negative, and though the older DVD looked good, this is better here
in DVD and now Blu-ray which especially brings out its atmosphere and
creepiness. Since that last release, a few things have changed. We
have more unnecessary wars, Bob Clark was killed in a horrible car
accident that should have never happened and there was a boom just
ending in zombie films and TV series. Seeing it again thus offered
all kinds of new perspective, including that this is not a film
merely about Vietnam, what it has to say is as important as ever, the
directing, writing and acting are as effective as ever and despite
the huge success of that zombie cycle, not all zombie films got their
a result, Deathdream is now the most underrated zombie film
ever made (something I pretty much felt at the time anyhow), Clark
continues to be vindicated as one of the best horror genre masters of
all time and the many films made on the subject since are no match
for this one, which you can put up there with Romero's films the way
you keep GoodFellas with The Godfather films. Needless
to say its great the film has been further saved and preserved.
1080p 1.85 X 1 digital High Definition image on the Blu-ray is the
biggest improvement, allowing us to see more layers of the many dark
scenes, resulting in a more involving viewing experience. Even on
anamorphically enhanced 1.85 X 1 DVD, you can see the print is new,
Video White is much cleaner and authentic (the older transfer now has
a slight yellow/orange tint that indicates print age and/or a
photochemical internegative source) and color range is improved
overall. Maybe its because of his comedies, but Clark was better at
building atmospheres with his Directors of Photography (Black
et al) and this Blu-ray in particular is great at showing that.
original theatrical monophonic sound has been further cleaned up and
is presented on the Blu-ray in a DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 2.0 Mono
lossless mix that is as good as the film will likely ever sound.
Sure, it shows the budget and age limits of the production, but that
also loans it to playing as authentically of its time and makes the
horror more convincing. The lossy Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono
on the DVD is not as good, not as improved as the last DVD, but is
the extras from the DVD are repeated here and include two audio
commentaries hosted by Blue Underground's David Gregory: one with
Clark, the other with Alan Ormsby. You also get alternate opening
titles, a 10-minute piece on special effects make-up artist Tom
Savini's early years making his debut with this film, a stills
gallery split into five subsections, the original theatrical trailer
that is the long kind that you should watch after seeing the film, a
twelve-minutes-long on-camera interview with actor Richard Backus
called Deathdreaming and an extended ending that works
better but was not in good enough shape to add to the feature print.
we get new extras including a reversible cover, a nicely illustrated
booklet on the film including informative text and an excellent essay
by Travis Crawford, while the discs add new pieces including A
Recollection with Star Anya Liffey and Writer/Make-Up Artist Alan
For A Homecoming
- Interview with Composer Carl Zittrer, Flying
Down To Brooksville
- Interview with Production Manager John 'Bud' Cardos and a student
film by Ormsby.
that's the way to treat a great film, especially one so underrated,
smart, chilling and a MUST SEE for all serious film and especially
Horror fans. Bob Clark was a great filmmaker, as great as anyone
ever to come out of Canada or otherwise and Deathdream is as haunting
as ever. Don't Miss it!!!
new no budget monster movie, Ghastlies
(2016), attempts to be a throwback to '80s horror gems like Demons,
but doesn't live up to its cool cover art. Instead, the movie spends
way too much time focused on bad characters, bad jokes, and each of
the (too many) characters deliver lengthy dialogue. Shot on a
shoestring budget, Ghastlies
is ghastly to watch unless you enjoy intentionally bad movies.
Evil. Bite Sized. Four sorority sisters go on a weekend getaway and
while at first everything is fine and dandy, they soon encounters
little ghouls that slash and kill them one by one. Following the
slasher/monster formula the film would have been more effective had
it been shot more than an '80s movie and with better effects than the
laughable ones here.
in 1080p high definition with a 1.78:1 widescreen aspect ratio, the
film looks and sounds as good as it can on Blu-ray. The original
soundmaster mix isn't listed on the Blu-ray or online so I'm guessing
its nothing beyond the standard 5.1 mix here. The film doesn't have
an interesting color palette or much style to it, but isn't
unwatchable. Also included is the standard definition anamorphically
with similar yet compressed technical specs.
Ghastlies FX Featurette
Talks Tubular Footage
should have taken a few notes from Robert Rodriguez on making a
modern genre movie look old fashioned if that was the goal here.
With no good effects or good performances, there isn't much here to
of the better Blaxploitation films is J.D.'s
(1976), a horror/action flick like no other that is fine independent
filmmaking, even by today's standards. Before the trend was really
popular, this cult film laid down some of the groundwork for the sub
genre and centers around a timid Law Student who gets possessed by a
1940s gangster named J.D.! Soon, the possessed Law Student gets
trigger happy and goes on a killing spree of revenge.
is directed by Arthur Marks (Friday
and stars Glynn Turman (Cooley
and Academy Award-winner Louis Gossett Jr. (An
Officer and a Gentleman)
in an early role.
Blu-ray/DVD combo pack features the film in 1080p high definition
with a widescreen aspect ratio of 1.85:1 and a great sounding PCM 1.0
Mono sound mix. Restored in 2K from the original film elements
exclusively for this release, the film looks fantastic even on
definition DVD, which has similar but compressed features. If you
take a look at the original trailer which is on the disc and then at
the remastered transfer, your jaw will drop in how close of attention
Arrow has done in restoring this film.
Marks trailer reel
sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Sean
PRESSING ONLY: Collector's booklet containing new writing by Kim
Newman, author of Nightmare Movies
film has its detractors, but restored so well, now you can judge for
the times of Jack the Ripper there was The
(2016) - a vicious serial killer that stalked the city of streets of
London in the 18th Century. Part Sherlock Holmes mystery, yet not
afraid to shy away from gore, the film is pretty entertaining and
looks pretty nice on disc as well. The film stars Bill Nighy, Olivia
Cooke, Douglas Booth, Maria Valverde, and Eddie Marsan.
murders pop up all around London with no motive haunts Scotland Yard
Inspector Kildare (Nighy) who feels that the Killer is setting him
up. Leaving cryptic messages in the blood of his victims and
ruthless in his execution, Kildare soon finds a witness (Cooke) who
helps him in stopping the murders before more happen and getting this
in 1080p high definition with a widescreen aspect ratio of 2.35:1 and
a nice sounding DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 5.1 lossless track, the film
looks and sounds up to standards with the Blu-ray format with close
details in costume and production design. RLJ also delivers top rate
home presentations of their films and this edition is no exception!
Features and Technical Specs:
scenes where the audience is forced to witness some of the Golem's
murders are interesting, with his voice being altered. If you're a
fan of murder mysteries and films like From
(reviewed on Blu-ray elsewhere on this site), then you may want to
give this one a watch. I found it to be pretty entertaining.
Dinklage, who is best known for his large role on HBO's Game
stars in this interesting Sci-Fi/ Drama, Rememory
(2017) from director Mark Palanksy (Penelope,
While it has a concept similar to something Philip K. Dick would
come up with, the only sci-fi element is really the machine itself,
with everything else grounded in reality.
if you could erase a painful event from your past? A scientist named
Gordon Dunn (Donovan) has created a device where that is possible.
However, what at first feels like an innovative scientific
breakthrough soon turns out to be a complete disaster. Memories come
flooding back to the subject (and sometimes hallucinations) with
disastrous consequences. Soon, the device's creator, Dunn, ends up
murdered in an odd fashion. Peaking the interest of a painted model
maker (Dinklage) who had some success with the device, he soon plays
film noir detective and attempts to figure out who murdered Gordon
Dunn. While haunted by memories of his own erased past dealing with
the tragic death of his brother, Dinklage gets in over his head the
deeper down the rabbit hole he goes.
film also stars Julia Ormond, (the late) Anton Yelchin, Henry Ian
Cusick, and Evelyne Brochu.
in 1080p high definition with a 2.39:1 widescreen aspect ratio and an
English 5.1 DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) lossless track, the film looks
and sounds pretty good on Blu-ray disc. The overall look of the film
has a blue tint to it and a high end cinematic look. Some exterior
shots are a bit blown out, which is supposed to be the style yet
feels a little off. A digital copy is also included.
Commentary with Writer-Director Mark Palansky and Actor Peter
Memories We Keep" Featurette
starts out interesting but soon ends up feeling like an NBC crime
drama. Dinklage does a fine job, but without him the film would be
it doesn't hold too much similarity to the '80s films of the same
name, MTV's Teen
has been a success with teen audiences even back from the days where
reigned supreme and sadly still has that teen angsty pop culture
appeal that feels a bit dated. Now in its sixth and final season,
the second half of season six premieres here in this nice DVD release
that's sure to appeal to fans.
show stars Tyler Posey, Dylan O' Brien, Holland Roden, Shelley
Hennig, and Dylan Sprayberry.
the Spider to the Fly, Raw Talent, After Images, Face to Faceless,
Pressure Test, Triggers, Werewolves of London, Genotype, Broken
and the finale: The
Wolves of War.
in standard definition with an anamorphically
widescreen aspect ratio of 1.78:1 and a lossy Dolby Digital 5.1
track, the show looks and sounds equal to its original television
broadcast, however obviously commercial and watermark free here on
disc. Why no Blu-ray version?
Far We've Come: A Farewell to Beacon Hills
a bit light on extras, Season
6, Part 2
rounds out the show in a tidy way that works for fans but could be a
bit confusing to others who haven't seen past seasons.
Dunst, whose career has gone from big budget studio films to obscure
artsy indies (like this one), returns with the surreal Woodshock
(2017), directed by Kate and Laura Mulleavy. A drug movie at its
core, the melodrama here is pretty thick with Dunst moping around for
the entire runtime with a defeated look on her face. Almost as
depressing as Dunst's other recent effort, Melancholia,
which was directed by Lars Von Trier, Woodshock
is an interesting from a cinematic perspective but not as profound
narratively as it aims to be or thinks it is.
film also stars Joe Cole, Lorelei Linklater, and Jack Kilmer.
cannabis-based drug drives a mother to commit suicide and sends
Theresa (Dunst) down a dark path as she attempts to deal with her
massive and overwhelming guilt. Working at a shop that sells the
drug, her interactions with others in this weird reality keep the
plot unpredictable yet at times confusing.
in 1080p high definition with a widescreen aspect ratio of 2.39:1
with an English 5.1 DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 5.1 lossless track, the
film looks and sounds really fine on Blu-ray disc. The artsy
cinematography comes across strong on Blu-ray disc with lighting and
blurring effects that give across a dream-like feeling which is
pretty effective. A digital copy is also included.
Features only offer Making Woodshock: A Mental Landscape
Nicholas Sheffo (Deathdream)