(2017/Universal Blu-ray w/DVD)/Chastity
(1969/Warner Archive DVD)/Curb
Your Enthusiasm: The Complete Ninth Season
(2017/HBO DVD Set)/Manhattan
(1993/Sony/TriStar/Twilight Time Limited Edition Blu-ray)/Marx
Bros. Collection (1929 -
1933/Universal/Umbrella PAL Import DVD set)/My
Teen Romantic Comedy Snafu: Complete Series Collection
(2013 - 2015/Sentai Blu-ray Set)/Pitch
Perfect 3 4K
(2017/Universal 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray w/Blu-ray)/Rowan
& Martin's Laugh-In: The Complete Third Season
(1970 - 1971/Time Life DVD Set)
Ultra HD Picture: A Picture: B+ & B-/C+/B-/B/C+/B/B+/B
Sound: B+ & B-/C+/B-/B-/C+/B/B+/B Extras: B/D/C+/C+/C/C/B+/C
Main Programs: C+/C/B+/B-/B+/B-/C+/B
Blu-ray is now only available from our friends at Twilight Time a and
is limited to only 3,000 copies, the Marx
issued by our friends at Umbrella Entertainment in Australia
can only play on DVD, Blu-ray and 4K Blu-ray players that can handle
the PAL DVD format and The
DVD is now only available from Warner Bros. through their Warner
Archive series. All can be ordered while supplies last at the links
roll out more comedies here, many of which revisit old favorites...
was a surprise hit and it's not a shock that a sequel quickly came in
the shape of a holiday comedy... only this time it's not just the Bad
Moms but the MOMS of the Bad Moms that are causing all the ruckus.
The film stars Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell, Kathryn Hahn, Christine
Baranski, Susan Sarandon, and Cheryl Hines to name a few. The film
is directed by Jon Lucas and Scott Moore who did the original film.
place soon after the original film, Bad
(2017) is a holiday comedy that isn't afraid to use bad language and
sexual humor unlike most other Christmas movies you'll see. When the
Bad Moms get visits from their mothers, they have to work overtime
for the holiday season pleasing not only their children but their
families as well by putting on a good show but that doesn't mean they
can be Bad along the way. The cast all work well together and make
the predictable plot a bit easier to swallow.
Blu-ray/DVD combo pack comes in 1080p high definition and widescreen
aspect ratio of 2.40:1 and a nice sounding DTS-HD MA (Master Audio)
5.1 lossless mix both of which look and sound fantastic on Blu-ray
disc. Also included is the anamorphically enhanced, standard
definition DVD and a digital UV copy of the film as well. The film
is shot high key and has nice skin tones and colors throughout.
was surprised how much I laughed at Bad
and wouldn't be surprised to see another film in the franchise pop up
sooner rather than later.
Festa Campanile's Chastity
(1969, aka On
My Way To The Crusades, I Met A Girl Who...)
is a U.S./Italian co-production Warner Bros. made in their brief
Seven Arts period with extensive costume design, nice sets and the
pairing of two well-known actors whose sexual presences should have
set off sparks, but did not. Monica Vitti was the sexy international
star of a brilliant series of Michelangelo Antonioni films
et al) while Tony Curtis was the party guy/stud lead on and off
screen usually involving comedy, but had just shocked the industry by
pulling off a great performance as the title character in The
so both actors had all kinds of credibility that it made sense to
pair them together in a sex comedy period piece.
the script is lame, situations forgettable and the only question that
leaves is will they or won't they, which you have to sit through 93
minutes to find out (I do like the classy way they answer it) but
this needed a Mel Brooks and got a combination of Luigi Magni and the
legendary Larry Gelbart, who may have been too much out of his
element to make this work. Still, the production is one of the more
ambitious of its kind and it looks good from the colorful and
color-accurate materials Warner Archive has here.
to say it was not a big hit, Vitti had another bomb to her name to
add to the unfortunate Modesty Blaise and Curtis was very lucky he
was about to fall back on his international hit TV series (though it
did not do as well in the U.S. where it needed to be a big hit) The
Persuaders with Roger Moore (see our review of the import Blu-ray set
elsewhere on this site), though his big screen leading star career
like Vitti's was sadly coming to a close.
the anamorphically enhanced 1.85 X 1 image looks really good and is a
of a 35mm dye-transfer, three-strip Technicolor print of the film,
which is one of its few saving graces. The lossy Dolby Digital 2.0
Mono is not bad for its age and well-recorded enough to hear all the
jokes. The combination is in good shape.
are unfortunately no extras.
creator of Seinfeld,
Larry David, returns in his hilarious Emmy and Golden Globe Award
Winning HBO series Curb
after having been dormant for a few years. Boy does it feel good to
have Larry back in these troubling times, as this season is packed
full of laughs and memorable sketches that revitalizes the series and
brings it new life with Curb
Your Enthusiasm: The Complete Ninth Season
show also features Jeff Garlin, Cheryl Hines, Susie Essman, Richard
Lewis, J.B. Smoove, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Bob Einstein, Vivica A. Fox,
Shelley Berman, and Ted Danson to name a few.
from Cheryl for a while now, Larry finds himself on his own and is
still getting himself into as many awkward social situations as
possible with his friends and colleagues. Over the span of Season
Larry attempts to get his new musical Fatwa!
produced by the makers of Hamilton
gets foisted with a bad secretary, tries dating on for size and
interprets text messages in the wrong way among many other hilarious
in his ways and not afraid to express his many opinions, Larry David
is a true character and may or may not be everyone's cup of tea.
Simply said that if you're a fan of the humor seen on NBC's Seinfeld,
then you should definitely give this (more R-rated) show a watch!
The Pickle Gambit, A Disturbance in the Kitchen, Running with the
Bulls, Thank You For Your Service, The Accidental Text on Purpose,
Namaster, Never Wait for Seconds!, The Shucker,
in anamorphically enhanced standard definition with a 1.78:1
widescreen aspect ratio and a lossy 5.1 Dolby Digital track, the
presentation is fine for DVD for now but I will surely pick up a
Blu-ray copy when it becomes available. The show has natural tones
and overall look and isn't too stylized, however skin tones are lost
and compression issues are evident.
Features include Cast Memorable Moments and Deleted Scenes.
to have this series on disc and I'm looking forward to the next
season! Recommended absolutely.
(1993) finally arrives on Blu-ray, one of his later comedies that
turns out to have come from a subplot not used in Annie
his second film for TriStar Pictures is being issued as a Twilight
Time Limited Edition because despite how good it is, it has not been
as appreciated as it should be and deserved to be a bigger hit.
only previous coverage was an import DVD, for which I said of the
to his comic roots around the time his scandal broke with Mia Farrow,
Woody Allen's Manhattan
(1993) holds up pretty well two decades later as he and his wife
(played by Diane Keaton, replacing Farrow for obvious reasons) are
having fun, but he is not one for the arts. She agrees to go to his
baseball game, but he walks out on her Wagner concert for personal
reasons, but all that is soon put aside when an old couple they know
suddenly finds the stamp-collecting husband a widow. The couple
starts to suspect it is murder.
Anjelica Houston and Alan Alda help
make up the supporting cast and sadly, this is one of Allen's last
comedies set in before he started doing more serious films and found
NYC too expensive top make his low-budget films in. It is a nice
return to form, even though some complained at the time it was
regressive, that missed the point. Woody Allen is one of the great
comedy directors and he can go back and be funny anytime he wants.
He proves that here.'
It is as funny as ever, maybe more
so, though some will have problems enjoying it unfortunately because
of the belated heating up of the Allen/Farrow Scandal, but that is
unfair to the other actors and as of this posting, we still do not
know the entire story of what happened. As far as Allen is
concerned, I can still separate the two.
1080p 1.85 X 1 digital High Definition image transfer looks fine,
surpassing even the decent PAL import DVD looking like the film
looked when I saw it on 35mm film back in the day, so it is able to
deliver the laughs even more clearly. The
DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 2.0 Mono lossless mix is also improved from
all previous DVD editions with lossy Dolby Digital, allowing you to
hear how good the analog theatrical Dolby SR (Spectral Recording)
master is. Allen is still the monophonic holdout among all
filmmakers, even independent ones who can at least afford simple
stereo in the digital era.
include a DigiPak with a nicely illustrated booklet on the film
including informative text and yet another excellent, underrated
essay by the great film scholar Julie Kirgo, while the Blu-ray adds
the Original Theatrical Trailer that was the only extra on that old
DVD and an Isolated Music Score with select Sound Effects in lossless
DTS-MA. That makes it over a dozen Allen films Twilight Time has
issued and might not get issued again on Blu-ray, especially with
these extras, so fans and completists take note and get what you want
while you can.
Marx Bros. Collection
(1929 - 1933) that Universal issued in a decent Blu-ray set has been
issued by Umbrella entertainment in Australia, if only in a more
standard definition PAL Import DVD set. It has the same five films
as that set: The
plus they even look like the same transfers. We reviewed the films
in that Blu-ray set at this link:
as ever, I still cannot believe how these hold up and endure, a set
of comedies that are priceless to comic cinema the way the
Astaire/Rogers films at RKO Pictures are to all films about dance and
music. Obviously the Blu-ray is the set to get until these arrive in
4K, but if you only have DVD and can play PAL DVD, this set is fine.
1.33 X 1 black & white image transfers can show the age of the
materials used, definitely the same masters used for the U.S. Blu-ray
set down to a mistake where a 1.33 x 1 section in a 1.78 X 1 frame is
here as 1.33 X 1. Still, that's fine and the lossy Dolby Digital 2.0
Mono is passable, though I can hear the comedy better in the
Blu-ray's lossless DTS-MA Mono.
the Blu-ray set had a good set of extras, the only one from that set
here is the documentary The
Marx Brothers: Hollywood's Kings Of Chaos,
which is very much worth your time, especially after seeing these
Teen Romantic Comedy Snafu: Complete Series Collection
(2013 - 2015) combines the two seasons of the show we previously
reviewed at these links...
may not be as enthusiastic as my fellow writer on the picture and
sound, but the show is not bad and we get the same extras. While it
is a comedy and I was at least amused if not laughing outright at any
time, the serious side (bullying and people trying to outdo each
other on a shallow, angry level) was enough for my fellow writer to
dub it 'slice of life' as a genre choice. I thought on this as I
have for several Anime entries among his many over the years, asking
if anything animated deserves that definition.
answer is barely yes, especially when Anime by its very nature tries
to go beyond children's fare more typical of the U.S. market, though
we could then use that phrase for counterculture animation from Ralph
and the like. This is an aspect of the art form I felt needed to be
addressed and this was the perfect opportunity to do so with this
title. If you're going to get the show, might as well have both
seasons in one convenient package!
with extras and a great home presentation, Elizabeth Banks' Pitch
Perfect 3 4K
(2017) comes home in grandiose fashion thanks to Universal. Super
fans will want to pick up the 4K UHD release as its loaded with
exclusive features available nowhere else, which I hope starts a new
trend for the format.
and much like its predecessors, Pitch
was never going to win any Academy Awards but has plenty of fun
moments for fans to sink their teeth into. In my opinion, they
should probably stop here before the franchise grows even more stale
and predictable... but seeing how much money the films make that's
film stars Anna Kendrick, Hailee Steinfeld, Elizabeth Banks, Brittany
Snow, John Lithgow, and Rebel Wilson.
content with their normal jobs and suffering a bit of lack of
spotlight, the Bellas female musical group find themselves together
again. When they get an opportunity to compete in a European USO
tour, the group get together to make a splash on stage together again
for the last time... however danger and action is bound to take place
as we are introduced early on to a life threatening situation that
the girls must overcome...
on 4K UHD disc in a 2160p HECV/H.265, HDR (10; Ultra HD
Premium)-enhanced Ultra High Definition image with a 1.78:1
widescreen aspect ratio and a DTS: X 11.1 lossless mix (DTS- HD MA
7.1 on older systems), this pristine presentation is super clean and
clear that uses HDR (high dynamic range) effectively. The film is
pretty cinematic and high budget with plenty of interesting lighting
and colors and on 4K UHD, you can see even more detail than on the
(also included) 1080p Blu-ray disc (which has similar audio and
digital copy is also included and here are the extensive extras,
party adapted from the press release...
UHD Exclusive Extras:
Amy & Fergus Casino Duet
Bellas: "See You Smile" Lullaby
- In this piece, we break down the scene starting with Fergus
betraying Fat Amy and kidnapping the Bellas, through the performance
and wrapping up with Rebel Wilson as she performs the stunt of
falling through the ceiling.
Women of Pitch Perfect 3
- With Elizabeth Banks, Trish Sie, and an all-female cast, the Pitch
Perfect franchise is breaking down stereotypes and industry norms
left and right. In this piece, we learn why that's so important
throughout the development and production of Pitch Perfect 3.
- In this heart-warming piece, fans will witness the genuine love and
sisterhood between the Bellas both on and off camera as they get a
behind-the-scenes look at the emotional wrap of the film and
of the South
- Hollywood may be the "Entertainment Capital of the World"
but Atlanta is a close second - morphing into a metropolis for film
productions and the cast and crews couldn't be happier. We hear from
them about the hospitality, versatility and southern welcome they
experienced during their stay.
"How a Heart Unbreaks"
Sparrow / DJ Dragon Nutz: "You Got It"
Up: "Ex's and Oh's"
- In this featurette we break down the riff-off scene, starting in
pre-production in the recording studio and moving into production.
We'll also discuss the Bellas' competition: EverMoist, Saddle Up, DJ
Young Sparrow and DJ Dragon Nutz.
Mess with Rebel
- Rebel Wilson trained with stunts coordinator, Jennifer Badger, to
prefect her many stunts that we see throughout the film. In this
featurette, we'll catch a glimpse of Rebel's training and discuss the
most bad-ass stunt of all - Rebel taking down four grown men in order
to save the Bellas.
Headliner: DJ Khaled
- We check in with cast and filmmakers to hear their reactions on the
music producer/personality being brought on, how he fits into the
story and the love he has for the Bellas.
Final Note: John and Gail
- Everyone's favorite Talk-a-pella podcasters are back, combining
their resources to produce an exclusive d'aca'mentary following the
beloved classic Bellas. We discuss their far-fetched endeavor with
the cast and filmmakers to better understand our favorite aca-duo.
Because He's a Bad Guy
- The cast and filmmakers were overjoyed to learn that legendary
actor, John Lithgow was joining the Pitch Perfect family, and he did
not disappoint! In this piece, we'll witness how Rebel and John are
two peas in a pod, making their on-screen chemistry as father and
daughter truly sincere.
'90 x Cups" Official Music Video
its not necessarily this reviewer's cup of tea, the film has plenty
of memorable modern tunes, silly debacles, corny jokes, and beautiful
women to keep the audience entertained. The film blends action and
comedy so that it's not solely just a jump from one musical number to
the next. Still, to me, it feels like another rehash of the previous
films and nothing too daring or exciting in-between musical numbers.
but not least, Rowan
& Martin's Laugh-In: The Complete Third Season
(1970 - 1971)
the hit sketch comedy show hosted by Dan Rowan and Dick Martin
returns in this limited edition 7 DVD set from Time Life as a
stand-alone set. Featuring Ringo Starr, Sammy Davis Jr, Arte
Johnson, Henry Gibson, Lily Tomlin, Tiny Tim, Carol Channing, and
more this is a great time capsule piece that's sure to tickle your
funny bones. Similar to Saturday
and others, Laugh-In
has some great one liners and skits that are still poignant today
(and a few that are a bit dated).
guests include Milton Berle, Danny Kaye, Dan Blocker, Carl Reiner,
Jack Benny, Tony Curtis, Peter Lawford, Jonathan Winters, James
Garner, Nancy Sinatra, Greer Garson, Phyllis Diller, Engelbert
Humperdinck, Sammy Davis, Jr., Sid Caesar, Buddy Hackett, Flip
Wilson, Eli Wallach, Anne Jackson, Romy Schneider, Jack E. Leonard,
Davy Jones, Micky Dolenz, Mike Nesmith, Diana Ross, Debbie Reynolds,
Peter Sellers, and Johnny Carson. That shows how strongly popular
the series really was.
episodes span seven DVDs, all of which are presented in standard
definition with their original 1.33:1 full frame aspect ratio and
mono tracks. Time Life also has the Complete Series of the show
available for hardcore fans (to be reviewed later) or if you want to
collect the seasons individually, then they are available in this
Features include Bonus Interviews.
you're a fan of classic television, then this show is definitely
worth checking out!
limited edition Blu-ray while supplies last at these links:
Umbrella import Marx
DVDs, go to this link:
to order The
Warner Archive DVD, go to this link for them and many more great
web-exclusive releases at:
Nicholas Sheffo (Belt,