(1971/Universal/Umbrella PAL Import DVD)/Animal
(2000/MVD Visual/Arrow Blu-ray)/Attack
(1981/Umbrella/MVD Visual Blu-ray)/Blood
Laid An Egg
(1968/Cult Epics Blu-ray w/DVD)/The
Houses October Built 2
The Golden Circle 4K
(2017/Fox Ultra HD Blu-ray w/Blu-ray)/The
Rift: The Dark Side Of The Moon
(2016/MVD Visual DVD)/Time
(1966/Film Movement Blu-ray)
Ultra HD Picture: A Picture: C+/B+/B/B/B & B-/B/B/B-/B
Sound: C+/B/B/B/B & B-/B/B+/B-/B- Extras:
D/B/C+/C/C/C+/B/C+/B- Films: B/C+/C+/C/C/C/C+/C+/C+
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 format and can be ordered from the link
below, plus they also offer Attack
you can get it in the U.S. from Music Video Distributors.
is yet another selection of genre films, some of which have a serious
reputation, others of which are new or you may have never heard of...
Wise's film of Michael Crichton's The
(1971) was a film Wise made after some of the biggest highs (The
Sound Of Music)
and commercial lows (if extremely ambitious Star!)
of his career, a pair of 70mm epics with Julie Andrews. I have not
been his biggest fan as a filmmaker, but have to give him credit for
always going big and trying to deliver an effective story. This is
my favorite film of his, one of the early, original, smart films
about a viral outbreak (no matter what the source) and oddly, it
remains as relevant as ever as we now face superbugs and massive
negligence of the priceless importance of science.
a space satellite has crashed in New Mexico and suddenly, people
nearby are affected by a deadly disease that kills quickly and needs
to be stopped before a pandemic kills millions and possibly even ends
human life on earth as we know it. Arthur Hill, David Wayne, Kate
Reid and James Olson lead the terrific cast in this never-long,
always intense, smart, suspenseful thriller like few you've seen
before and much imitated since. You'll also love how some of the
technology is dated, yet some of it is not and the principals of some
of what is still holds up today.
Allen got to mock it a bit a few years later in a few of his films
(Sleeper, Everything You Always Wanted To Know About
Sex...) while the film itself is part of the proudest cycle of
Science fiction films launched by Godard's Alphaville (1965),
Truffaut's Fahrenheit 451 (1966) and Kubrick's 2001: A
Space Odyssey (1968) and more than endures and stands proud with
them. I hope it gets rediscovered soon and is worth going out of
your way for.
the way, a later TV version was made, but it was very disappointing.
See this one instead.
anamorphically enhanced 2.35 X 1 image was originally issued in 35mm
dye-transfer, three-strip Technicolor prints, even if the film has a
monochrome approach at times. Director of Photography Richard H.
De Palma's The
uses the very widescreen frame to its fullest extent, including
unusual angles to make the crisis that much creepier. This is a
transfer the looks better in its bright scenes than dark ones, but
when the color kicks in (like in the opening credits), it impresses.
lossy Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo sound is often really clean and clear
for its age, down to the remarkable electronic score by Gil Melle
(Kolchak: The Night Stalker) that holds up remarkably well and
is a mixdown from the 6-track magnetic stereo 70mm blow-up
soundmaster I hope is recovered whenever Universal does a 4K 2160p
Ultra HD Blu-ray of the film. The dialogue and sound effects are
clear enough and even the film's silences are effective.
are sadly no extras.
horror film in its own right, comedic actor Steve Buscemi takes on
drama in his directorial effort Animal
(2000), which shows the dark side of prison. Whether you've been in
prison or not, this film will certainly send some chills up your
spine as it realistically captures what its like. Featuring a solid
cast in Edward Furlong, Mickey Rourke, Danny Trejo, and Buscemi
is a tough as nails film that's presented on Blu-ray from Arrow in
its unrated cut.
(Furlong) is sentenced to prison on marijuana charges and experiences
firsthand the horror of life behind bars. Lucky for Ron, he makes a
friend in 18-year prison veteran, Earl Copan (Dafoe), who takes Ron
under his wing. While dealing with drugs, racism, rape, and every
other terrible thing you can think of, Ron tries his best to keep a
level head under Earl's guidance. While his lawyer attempts to get
Ron out quickly, prison soon crafts him into a new man.
in 1080p high definition with a widescreen aspect ratio of 1.85:1 and
a PCM 2.0 Stereo track, the film looks and sounds fine for Blu-ray
with little left to be desired. For a film that's seventeen years
old, there are little signs of wear or nose. Arrow continues to do a
solid job with this disc being added to the library.
commentary by novelist/co-writer/actor Eddie Bunker and
co-producer/actor Danny Trejo
sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Jacob
PRESSING ONLY: Collector's booklet containing new writing on the film
by Glenn Kenny.
Mel Gibson and Sam Neill (Jurassic
star in the Australian World War 2 Film, Attack
(1981) in this 35th Anniversary Blu-ray edition. A huge improvement
over previous transfers of the film, this 4K scan and restoration
from the film's original interpolative looks fantastic here as
presented on disc from Umbrella and MVD.
film also stars Chris Haywood and John Waters and is directed by Tim
Burstall. This was one of the films that helped Mel Gibson rise in
popularity as it was released in 1982 around the same time as The
Road Warrior and Gallipoli.
Neill was first seen widely in the third, failed Omen
film, but he would soon be on his own road to success.
period film centers around Captain P.G. Kelly (Gibson) who was
dispatched during World War II to locate and rescue the survivors of
a shot down plane on a South Pacific island, occupied by the Japanese
enemy. One of the castaways, a defecting Japanese official, holds
the secret to ending the war and Kelly will do whatever it takes to
keep him alive.
from the great looking HD transfer, the film is also presented along
with its original uncompressed dual channel PCM 2.0 Mono audio track
that sounds pretty good as well. There is some grain evident
throughout the feature, but it's not too distracting.
Two-Men Debriefed' (SD, 25 mins) featurette with executive
producer John McCallum and actors John Waters and Chris Haywood
Australian cinema classic, Attack Force Z gets the upgrade it
has a price.
Cusack returns in Lionsgate's action thriller Blood
(2017) is a decent re-imagining of The
Treasure of the Sierra Madre,
but told in modern day. Centering around a group of kids that come
across some 'blood money' aka stolen Cartel money in the woods, it
seems like their financial dreams are about to come true... until
they quickly discover that a vicious criminal (Cusack) already called
dibs on the cash... and isn't exactly eager to hand it over to a
bunch of kids who include Ellar Coltrane, Willa Fitzgerald and Jacob
does his best with the material and the direction by Lucky McKee
(May, Masters of Horror) isn't exactly innovative but
interesting. All in all, the film can't escape its predictable plot
points and some lesser acting from the supporting cast.
in 1080p high definition with a widescreen aspect ratio of 2.39:1 and
a 5.1 DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) lossless track, both of which look and
sound great for the format and lives up to the high standards that
Lionsgate is known for.
Digital HD copy is also included.
Features are pretty scarce here and only include the "Blood
Money Uncovered" featurette.
bizarre 1968 Italian thriller Death
Laid an Egg,
also known as La
morte ha fatto l'uovo,
is Directed by Giulio Questi (Django
Kill... If you live shoot!)
and finds its way onto HD thanks to Cult Epics.
Jean-Louis Trintignant (Bertolucci's The Conformist), Ewa
Aulin (Candy), and Gina Lollobrigida, the giallo thriller
centers around a man, two women, murder and a chicken farm. Who is
really the killer? The film touches on a bunch of hot topics
including sexism and modern technology within the food service
Blu-ray/DVD Combo pack features both the 1080p high definition
version of the film with a 1.78:1 widescreen aspect ratio and an
Italian DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 5.1 lossless track and English subs.
While this edition is in HD, the image isn't as pristine as even a
2K transfer. The film was shot on a low budget for the time I'm
sure, but I can't help but feel like the colors could be a big
better. Also included is a lesser, compressed standard definition DVD
with a lossy, Italian Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo mix.
Score by Burna Maderna
Cards Photo Gallery
was a limited edition of this that also featured the soundtrack CD
and a booklet, however, we did not get them to review and fans should
get that version while they can.
Houses October Built 2
(2017) is a fun low budget Halloween horror romp that follows back
with what worked in the original and succeeds in making something
interesting with its ultra low budget. Part found footage
documentary and part cinematic narrative, the sequel brings back
original cast member Brandy Shaeffer, who narrowly survived the first
film. Also like the original, the film is from producers of The
sequel also stars Director Bobby Roe, Zack Andrews, Mikey Roe, and
this Houses sequel, we once again center around an anonymous
group called the Blue Skeleton, who take Halloween haunting a bit too
far. Not afraid to slay their victims and be one step ahead of their
prey, the Blue Skeleton pop up as the Halloween season goes into full
effect. And for five friends, what starts as a harmless documentary
made for a cash grab takes a turn for the worse. After convincing
the original survivor, Brandy, to go on a cross country haunted house
tour for the film, the crew discovers that the Blue Skeleton has
returned in various places across the country. Some of the spots
along the way include The Razor's Edge haunt, a Zombie Pub Crawl, a
Zombie Run, and a conclusion in the Outer Banks.
in 1080p high definition with a widescreen aspect ratio of 1.78:1 and
a DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 5.1 lossless mix, the film looks and
sounds as good as it can on the Blu-ray format. Using prosumer
cameras, you can tell that some of the drone camerawork is a little
shaky with some compression issues. Considering the source of the
material, the film looks fine.
Spooks Music Video
of a Scare Actor 2
it may not be the most successful horror franchise, The
Houses October Built 2
is fun and interesting in that its ultra low budget and mixes
documentary with found footage horror movie. It could take the
violence a level further with the unrated home video market, but is
still creepy enough to be entertaining.
our coverage of the first film, try this link...
not as fresh as the original, the Matthew Vaughn-directed sequel, The
Kingsman: The Golden Circle
(2017) is fun eye candy and pretty imaginative despite its mixed word
of mouth from critics and audiences.
film is written from comic book heavyweights Dave Gibbons (Watchmen)
and Mark Millar (Kick
and brings back much of the original cast members along with some
more famous faces. Whether or not you end up liking the film or not,
the 4K presentation here is quite impressive and definitely one that
fans of the format should check out for image clarity and sound
all star cast includes Taron Egerton, Mark Strong, Julianne Moore,
Halle Berry, Colin Firth, Sophie Cookson and Channing Tatum with
Elton John and Jeff Bridges.
(Egerton) returns, this time a full fledged Kingsman agent, and has
to face off with a super villain Poppy (Moore) - who has a bizarre
fascination with the 1950s era. Aided by her robotic dogs, solider
enhancement appetites, and cannibalistic tastes, her group The Golden
Circle is comprised of super human fighters that are out to destroy
every Kingsman left the world over. After Poppy destroys every major
headquarter of the Kingsman spy organization, the remaining agents
must team up to stop her. They manage is bring back Harry Hart
(Hurt) using revolutionary new technology who helps Eggsy as Poppy
sets a worldwide virus in effect that's linked to recreational drugs.
Eggsy has to use his wits and close allies to help the millions
affected by the virus and beat The Golden Circle.
big budget action sequel delivers R-rated espionage action complete
with explosions, car chases, puppies, robots, beautiful women, and
more violence than a James Bond movie's PG-13 rating will allow.
Equal parts comedy and action, the sequel is pretty fun to watch even
if its plot isn't as bulletproof as its main characters. I have to
admit the film was better than what I was hearing, as the reviews
were less than spectacular. A bit cartoonish and over the top at
times, there's still a lot of imagination here.
in stunning 2160p HECV/H.265, HDR (10; Ultra HD Premium)-enhanced
Ultra High Definition image with a widescreen aspect ratio of 2:39:1
and a great sounding, lossless 11.1 Dolby Atmos track (Dolby TrueHD
7.1 in mixdown), the transfer here is pristine throughout with little
left to be desired. Colors are equal and nicely saturated. Also on
the disc are tracks in Spanish and French and also included is the
1080p Blu-ray version with similar specs, but not as impressive as
the 4K presentation when compared.
digital HD copy is even included.
The Golden Circle Documentary
The Story: Kingsman Returns
Tailor, Southerner, Spy
Special Guest: Elton John
Lairs & High-Falutin' Headquarters
Protocol: Visual Effects
Cab Chaos: Anatomy of a Killer Chase
Art: Sets, Costumes (36 Images)
Behind The Scenes, Sets, Props, The Cast (52 Images)
you're looking for a popcorn muncher and enjoyed the first, The
Golden Circle is worth watching for Julianne Moore's performance
more on the first film, here's our coverage of its 4K release...
bad for a low budget sci-fi movie, Devin Zecevic's The
Rift: The Dark Side of the Moon
(2016), is an ambitious thriller that wears its inspirations on its
sleeves but is fairly well executed even with its big budget dreams.
Ken Foree (Rob Zombie movie alumni, the original Romero Dawn
of the Dead),
who is a great and highly underused actor, the film centers around
the death of a child and an American military satellite that crash
lands in Eastern Serbia. When a team of US and Serbian agents are
dispatched to secure the remains of the satellite, they discover a
rift that changes their lives forever.
in standard definition DVD with a widescreen aspect ratio of 2.35:1
and a lossy Dolby Digital 5.1 sound mix, the film looks and sounds
fine for the format compression issues are evident but that's to be
expected. The film has an interesting soundtrack, which starts with
a Pink Floyd knockout (it is called 'Dark Side of the Moon' after
all) and ends with some funky offbeat electronica for the end
a Music Video
groundbreaking here, but its not a bad watch.
(1966) is a Revenge Western, but the big twist here it that it is
simply not a product of Hollywood, the town that build the Western
genre. Instead, it is a Mexican production with Jorge Martinez de
Hoyos (from the original Magnificent
finally out of jail after 18 years, ready to get his life back and
expecting what little he was promised after he was locked up to be
there again. He's about to get a few unexpected surprises.
Movement has issued this new restoration of Ripstein's feature film
debut on Blu-ray and after seeing so many bad retro Westerns with
endless formula and predictability, it is oddly refreshing to see a
film almost as raw as Leone's 'Spaghetti Westerns' from around the
same time. Not that it does not have its conventions, but writer
Gabriel Garcia Marquez (Old
author Carlos Fuentes did the dialogue) tries to make this into a
character study of sorts and is more successful than not. However,
the genre was changing into its final phase before it full life ended
by the early 1980s. For all the reasons that this is just different
and works in and from its time, it is worth a look, even if you are
not a Western fan. It makes me want to (re)see Ripstein's films.
Marga Lopez (Bunuel's Nazarin)
1080p 1.33 X 1 black & white digital High Definition image
transfer can show the age of the materials used, especially in a few
places, but this looks fine otherwise and not like your usual
monochrome film of the time from Hollywood, from TV or even
independently made for whatever reasons. I consider that a plus.
The PCM 2.0 Stereo is not bad for its age, simple
as it is, but is it a boost of older mono or from a soundmaster
(and/or soundstems) that just allowed for this? Either way, it is
fine for its age and budget.
include a nicely illustrated booklet on the film including
informative text and yet another excellent essay by Carols A.
Guttierrez, while the Blu-ray adds a feature length audio commentary
track by Director Arturo Ripstein & Accot Enrique Rocha and a
video intro by Director Alex Cox, a big fan of the film.
Umbrella import DVD of The
go to this link for it and other hard to find releases at:
Nicholas Sheffo (Strain,