Of Cable Hogue
(1970/Warner Archive Blu-ray)/Brawl
In Cell Block 99
(2017/RLJ 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray w/Blu-ray)/Doc
Martin: Season 8
(2017/Acorn Blu-ray Set)/Fargo:
Season Three (2017/MGM
DVD Set)/The Man Who Fell
To Earth (1976/Lionsgate
Ultra HD Picture: A Picture: B/B+/B/B-/C+ & C/B-/B-
Sound: B-/B+/B/B-/B- & C/B-/B- Extras: B-/C+/B/B/B-/C/D
Main Programs: C+/C+/C+/B/A/C+/C
Ballad Of Cable Hogue
Blu-rays are now only available from Warner Bros. through their
Warner Archive series and can be ordered from the links below.
following crime drama releases are diverse (including more humor in
places than you might first expect) and deal with dark goings-on in
all kinds of ways...
Battle Of Cable Hogue
(1970) is a good, if somewhat laid back and slightly predictable film
he made in between his two most shocking, famous films: The
The great Jason Robards is in for the long haul as the title
character, once on top of the world selling water to thirty people
building their future in the 1900s when he is betrayed and left for
dead (they never do check to see if those they leave this way
actually die; such arrogance!) that is sort of a Revenge Western too
busy with its comedy, character study and sudden love relationship
(he falls for Stella Stevens, in fine form) than getting to the
that angle almost as a joke in itself, the film almost teases that
this might happen a few times, then moves on with its real concerns,
the end of the West before things get settled for better and worse.
It makes the proper points of 'progress' leaving pioneers and great
people behind and forgotten, it is more for Western genre fans or
fans of those involved than most people I have to say. However, the
one thing besides how well this is shot and how it goes the long way
to tell its story to its credit (a long 121 minutes and better than
most Westerns I have seen lately) is the great cast that include
David Warner (Time
Strother Martin, Slim Pickens and L.Q. Jones, all of whom get time to
shine and are cumulatively hard to beat.
get the impression before any extras or research that Peckinpah made
this as a more personal film and that was partly confirmed later,
though you can say that about the honesty in his whole filmography.
Warner Archive has rightly restored the film for Blu-ray and for the
little I have seen of it over the years, it has never looked this
good and for such a key director, this upgrade was way overdue. In
fairness, Warner has a ton of films to tend to and are, so some just
take longer than others. Either way, he was a master of this genre
and it shows.
1080p 1.78 X 1 digital High Definition image is impressive as noted
and though you can see the age of the film in small parts, you can
also surmise how good a 35mm
dye-transfer, three-strip Technicolor version of the film would have
looked at the time and it has good touches of color, though the color
of the outdoors are not tampered with ands they look good too. The
DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 2.0 Mono lossless mix also sounds very good
for its age, the soundmaster surviving nicely and featuring a fine
music score by the great Jerry Goldsmith that is playful and smart.
include an interview featurette with Miss Stevens entitled The
Ladiest Damn'd Lady
and an exceptional feature length audio commentary track by
the great film scholars and Peckinpah megafans Nick Redman, Paul
Seydor, Garner Simmons and David Weddle that goes with other some of
the participants have delivered on other Peckinpah Blu-rays. Its
commentaries like these that make Blu-ray so great!
Vaughn is back with the inventive new thriller Brawl
in Cell Block 99
(2017), from the genre's favorite new director of the Kurt Russell
S. Craig Zahler.
is no doubt one of Vaughn's best performances as of late, and stars
here as a no holds barred drug runner with a head tattoo that finally
sets things right with his on and off again girlfriend (Jennifer
Carpenter) and a baby on the way. But when he gets in too deep on a
job, he ends up behind bars ...and that's where the insanity begins.
also stars Don Johnson, Marc Blucas, Fred Melamed, and Tom Guiry.
works here is Vaughn, who is able to be relatable to an audience
while still a bit rough around the edges and believable as a villain.
One of the better scenes of the film is near the beginning where
Vaughn suspects Carpenter of cheating on him, where he lays his hands
on her car and rips it to apart with his bare bloody hands.
Entertainment pulls out all the stops with this stunning 2160p
HEVC/H.265, HDR (10; Ultra HD Premium)-enhanced Ultra High Definition
image presentation of the film with a 1.85:1 widescreen aspect ratio
and a DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 5.1 lossless mix, with similar specs
on the also included 1080p Blu-ray disc. The colors are nicely
saturated throughout and is sure to look great on your home
entertainment system. No digital copy.
to the Brawl: The Making of Brawl in Cell Block 99"
Fest Q&A with Cast and Crew
is definitely an interesting thriller and one to check out for your
next movie night.
TV Comedy/Drama, Doc
(2017), returns with Season
the hit series to land on disc. Gorgeously shot and eloquently
acted, the show features Martin Clunes as Dr. Martin Elligham, whose
dry humor and quick wits bring plenty of laughs to the table. Set in
the small town of Cornwall, the Doctor and his wife Louisa (Caroline
Catz) constantly bump heads raising a small baby while the Doc keeps
up his busy profession in the small town.
show also stars Ian McNeice, Joe Absolom, John Marquez, and Selina
Cadell. Directors on the show include Ben Bolt, Nigel Cole, Paul
Seed, Minkie Spiro, Charlie Palmer, and Ben Gregor.
episodes include Mysterious
Ways, Sons and Lovers, Farewell My Lovely, Faith, From the Mouths of
Babes, Accidental Hero, Blade on the Feather,
series is presented on Blu-ray disc in 1080p high definition with a
widescreen aspect ratio of 1.78:1 and a nice sounding DTS-HD MA
(Master Audio) 5.1 lossless track which is up to standards with the
format and an improvement over the original broadcasts. The show is
shot digitally and its details really show in some beautiful
landscape shots of the country.
can also read about earlier seasons elsewhere on this site.
McGregor plays a dual role leading an all-star cast in Fargo:
(2017), an MGM-produced series that's a hit for the FX Channel and a
spin-off of the great, classic Coen Brothers film. Intelligently
written and keeping with the spirit of the original movie, the show
expands upon the universe and balances dark comedy with modern
suspense. If you're a fan of the original movie, you'll definitely
want to check this series out.
show also stars Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Billy Bob Thornton, Carrie
Coon, Goran Bogdan, David Thewlis, and Martin Freeman to name a few.
Law of Vacant Places, The Principle of Restricted Choice, The Law of
Non-Contradiction, The Narrow Escape Problem, The House of Special
Purpose, The Lord of No Mercy, The Law of Inevitability, Who Rules
the Land of Denial?, Aporia,
- all of which span four DVD discs.
in standard definition on DVD with an anamorphically enhanced
widescreen aspect ratio of 1.78:1 and a lossy 5.1 Dolby Digital mix,
the show looks and sounds as good as it can on DVD, but leaves much
to be desired. Also available on Blu-ray, we are just covering the
standard definition DVD edition here for now.
Stussy and Sy Feltz
Actor, Two Characters
of a Scene
want to start at the beginning for this series, but likely find it
his death, David Bowie knew a new 4K restoration of his great Nicolas
Roeg film The
Man Who Fell To Earth
(1976) had been finished, even rereleased in theaters in the U.K. and
it would make its way to home video worldwide. This was particularly
promising in the U.S. where the incredible Criterion Blu-ray edition,
with its stunning playback, had been discontinued over rights issues.
Now going for huge sums, we reviewed the amazing edition here on the
site at this link...
early 2017, Lionsgate announced a Blu-ray/DVD set, but it would be a
limited edition, so the title would still be scarce, but at least it
would be more copies and with Bowie's passing happening around the
same time, a highly collectible tribute to his acting work and career
in a copy at least as good as the Criterion, right? Well....?
transfer turned out to be a big problem, with the 1080p 2.35 X 1
digital High Definition image transfer looking strangely soft, almost
filtered, tampered with, unnatural. Lacking depth & detail, with
poor Video Red that leaned off orange and even framing that was not
as wide as the original film, Criterion Blu-ray or footage from the
new 4K restoration, which it does not resemble either. What
anamorphically enhanced DVD image much worse and one better not
discussed and skipped like the disc itself. Then the DTS-HD MA
(Master Audio) 2.0 Stereo lossless mix on the Blu-ray was not even as
clear or real as the Criterion and the lossy Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
on the DVD version very weak.
someone at Lionsgate got carried away, took severe liberties with the
film and ruined it, if not worse as the latest slap against a great
film that shared more than its moments of censorship and being
chopped up. There was no recall and not enough fans or scholars
complained, so it is to be avoided as a set of its playback.
only the extras in a thin slide-case is worth your time with a 1977
Bowie interview from TV (just over
8 minutes), a
Theatrical Trailer, a
featurette of about 17 minutes entitled The
Lost Soundtracks Of The Man Who Fell To Earth
that gets into the music that did and did not make the film and
nearly three hours of interviews with many of the key people involved
with the film and still photographer David James.
then is the Digital HD Ultraviolet Copy for PC, PC portable and other
cyber capable devices, but you get a poster, mini-press program
reproduction, a set of fill color postcards and a
nicely illustrated booklet on the film including informative text and
essays. All that is good too, making it all the more awful the actual
film looks and sounds so poor.
it if you must for the extras, but the rest of us should wait for a
correction, maybe when Lionsgate does a 4K 2160p version, though my
complains mirror what some of said of their 4K Lincoln
disc (reviewed elsewhere on this site) looking a little fake color
wise and whispers of the same are going around on the 4K 2160p
were about to cover. We'll get to the bottom of all of this soon.
also known as Terror
finds a new HD release courtesy of Warner Archive. While definitely
inspired by the works of Hitchcock, the '80s slasher goes as far as
doing its own version of the classic shower scene from Psycho.
film also echoes the Italian giallo that's notorious in the films of
Dario Argento. Cleverly shot and edited, the film has everything
from bizarre sex scenes, decapitations, and '80s nostalgia. This is
the film's first ever home entertainment release on any format.
film stars Rachel Ward and Leonard Mann in leading roles and is
directed by Kenneth Hughes (the original 1967 Casino
among many big films in his time), this film centers around a serial
killer that likes to decapitate his victims, mainly young beautiful
women. As police scramble to get one step ahead of the killer, the
body count keeps rising as the black suited/motorcycle helmet wearing
madman continues to slash away.
in 2K from the original high definition camera negative, the film
looks and sounds great on Blu-ray disc and is up to par in 1080p.
Featuring a 1.78:1 widescreen aspect ratio and a lossless DTS-HD MA
(Master Audio) 2.0 Mono track, the film has certainly never looked or
sounded this good. Some shots are a bit in soft focus, which was
either intentional or the fault of the filmmakers, but we suspect
soft on purpose in at least some cases like some thrillers of the
only extra is a restored HD trailer here.
is a fun time capsule and really does look fantastic on disc. If
you've never seen it or haven't seen it in a while, then it's
definitely worth a watch on Blu-ray.
(2017), inspired by a true story, is a thriller that centers around a
young woman (Molly Burnett) who marries into a wealthy political
family that has a few dark secrets in their bloodline.
at first Kate's romance is on fire, her new husband and her decide to
adopt and the boy (named Logan) that they adopt ends up being a bit a
temperamental out of control brat. However, a dark secret centers
around Logan that links him to the husband's past, present, and
future and soon Kate's life is 'shattered'.
low budget film isn't too bad nor badly shot or acted, with direction
by Natasha Kermani (The
and also stars Ray Wise (Twin
Arianne Zucker, Alfonso Freeman, Eileen Dietz, and Adam Huss.
in standard definition with an anamorphically enhanced 1.78:1
widescreen aspect ratio and a lossy 5.1 Dolby Digital track, the film
looks and sounds fine for the DVD format. While it could of course
be improved with a HD release, the film looks and sounds as good as
can be expected here.
extras... except for some trailers before the menu for other Cinedigm
interesting indie, Shattered
is worth a one-time watch.
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Ballad Of Cable Hogue
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