(2016/MVD Visual Blu-ray)/Father
Blu-ray w/DVD)/I Like Your
National/Warner Archive DVD)/Rip
Region Free PAL Import DVD)/SubUrbia
(1996/Warner Archive DVD)/Vice
Principals: The Complete Series
(2016 - 2017/HBO DVD Set)
B/B & B-/C+/C+/B/B- Sound: B/B+ & B-/C+/C+/B/B-
Extras: C/C/D/C/D/C+ Main Programs: C/C+/C+/C/B/A
Import DVD is now only available from our friends at Umbrella
Entertainment in Australia, can only play on Blu-ray & DVD
players that can handle the PAL DVD format, while the I
Like Your Nerve
DVDs are now only available from Warner Bros. through their Warner
Archive series. All can be ordered from the links below.
following comedies run several eras, offer different styles and tend
towards the slice of life side of humor...
charming and quirky little indie, Chokeslam
(2016) is a romantic comedy that's centered around Corey (Chris
Marquette) who is a loser deli clerk that hasn't accomplished much in
his young life. He's still in love with his high school sweetie...
who happens to be now be a pro wrestler. Corey stops at nothing to
win over this girl's heart with plenty of efforts during high school
and even more in his adult life. Not afraid to get his butt beat to
win her affection, everyone coming and going thinks that Corey has
truly lost it. Should he give up on the girl that he has always
film stars Chris Marquette (Fanboys,
Girls Next Door),
Amada Crew (HBO's Silicon
Age of Adaline),
Michael Eklind (Watchmen),
Niall Matter (The
and WWE Superstar Mick Foley (Beyond
The film is a product of Executive Producers Trevor Wilson
and Mark Gringras (Jigsaw
film is presented with a widescreen aspect ratio of 2.39 X 1 and both
DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 5.1 lossless track and a LPCM 2.0 track.
While there's nothing glaringly wrong with the transfer, it looks
natural and has nicely saturated images. That being said, it's
nothing really groundbreaking either.
fans that are looking for a charming indie for date night may enjoy
this, otherwise it's pretty silly and not particularly memorable.
and Owen Wilson team up for the comedy Father
(2017), which centers around two grown brothers who are on a mission
to find their real Father after their Mother lied to them about his
existence for their whole lives.
twin brothers are very different as Kyle (Wilson) and Peter (Helms)
and their personalities are constantly clashing throughout the film.
Kyle is a carefree Father-to-be who has just found success with his
face on the bottle of hot sauce, while Peter is a bored Doctor who is
fresh out of a divorce and bitter. The Twins end up going on a road
trip to fine their estranged Father, with a lot of insanity along the
way as they get one false lead after another. Will they eventually
find the man who is their Father?
main cast also includes J.K. Simmons, Harry Shearer, Christopher
Walken, Katt Williams, Terry Bradshaw, Ving Rhames, Katie Aselton,
and Glenn Close.
in 1080p high definition on Blu-ray disc with a widescreen aspect
ratio of 2.40:1 and an English DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 5.1 lossless
track, the film has a natural look throughout and its captured fine
in HD. Also includes is the compressed anamorphically
standard definition DVD with a lossy Dolby Digital 5.1 track that
isn't as nice looking as it is in HD.
digital UV copy is also included.
Features include Deleted Scenes and a Gag Reel.
at times, while forcing a life lesson or two in there, Father
isn't too bad but isn't anything too special either.
Like Your Nerve
(1931) may run a short 62 minutes, but it is full of energy, humor,
wit and a young Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. in rare form giving one of his
most irrepressible performances as a playboy who knows no bounds or
borders (he keeps tormenting border guards with his fancy car) when
he and a beautiful, looking real good Loretta Young shows up. He
decides to get to know her better, even when she is not interested
and even when he finds out she is engaged.
we'll see about that! He decides to neb into that and the results
are nothing anyone expects. Either way, this proto-screwball comedy
is worth a good look because everyone involved is at the top of their
game and though it is not any masterpiece, it is fine for what it is
and holds up incredibly well for its age. A real pleasant surprise
for comedy lovers (or anyone who likes the leads), this comedy could
show so many current bad ones a thing or two. Definitely give it a
1.33 X 1 black & white image transfer can show the age of the
materials used, but this looks good and comes from pretty good 35mm
archival stock. The
lossy Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono is also going to be limited, but for
being an early talkie, it is well-recorded.
are sadly no extras.
(2017) is one of our newer films, a melodrama with some comedy
follows a familiar formula as our protagonist (Debby Ryan) has such a
bad incident that she leaves home for Australia to get away from bad
press, et al. Thinking she'll have a great time down there thinking
only city, she gets 'trapped' without the usual cyber amenities (the
web, cell phone, et.) and has to find other things to do. She meets
some potential new friends and maybe the trip will help her in ways
she did not expect. And maybe not...
this played like a bad, phony U.S. cable telefilm that was as boring
as it was predictable and if these actors had anything to offer, the
script and directing flattens them out. I'm also not certain Miss
Ryan can carry such a project, but they all try for the long, long 88
minutes we get here. At least the locales are nice, but you can say
that about many Australian productions. This one just does not have
enough ebb and flow.
anamorphically enhanced 1.78 X 1 looks good, benefitting from
PAL-format 560i definition, though the HD shoot is not always great,
its fine for what it is. The
lossy Dolby Digital 5.1 mix is dialogue-based and has more music than
we needed (another cliche), but is well recorded enough and will do.
include an on-camera Debby Ryan interview, Making Of featurette,
Behind The Scenes with Director Bannenberg, writer Georgia Harrison &
Producer Steve Jaggi and a Trailer.
only the extremely interested, whomever that may be.
of Richard Linklater's lesser known films,
(1996), resurfaces on disc thanks to Warner Archive. This very '90s
drama will make you laugh one minute (especially when looking at
prices of things back then) and then take a sharp turn and leave you
depressed the next. The cast is phenomenal and the film is very
theatrical, and actually based on a play by Eric Bogosian. If you're
a fan of Linklater's work and you haven't seen this title, it's
definitely worth checking out.
features a top notch cast including (very young) Giovanni Ribisi,
Steve Zahn, Jayce Bartok, Amie Carey, Dina Spybey-Water, Nicky Katt,
Ajay Naidu, and Parker Posey to name a few.
place in a small town, mostly outside or around a convince store,
five teenagers get drunk and hang out... contemplating their futures.
On the same night, their friend, who followed his dreams and moved
out of town returns... and is now a famous rock star. Visiting his
hometown to play a show (which the friends can't afford to go to)
they decide to hang out where trouble ensues. Alcohol, self
expressionism, feminism, freedom of speech, loitering, and several of
the themes that are brought up throughout the film.
standard definition presentation is fine for DVD with an
1.85:1 widescreen aspect ratio and a lossy 5.1 mix. I wouldn't mind
seeing a less compressed version of the film on HD but most of the
colors and tones are pretty nature. The idea of the film is that it
could happen in anywhere, USA, and that feeling comes across in the
only extra is a trailer. A retrospective or some insight from
Linklater would have been a nice addition. Anyways, I enjoyed the
film and would definitely recommend it.
of the funniest (and tragically short) series to run on HBO in recent
showcases the talents of the EastBound
team (led by the hilarious duo of Walter Goggins and Danny McBride)
which centers around the everyday antics of a high school run by two
Vice Principals who are both competing for the top spot of Principal.
The whole story is now in one new DVD set from HBO: Vice
Principals: The Complete Series
first season was released on Blu-ray last year and was reviewed
by Jody Hill (Observe
David Gordon Green (Your
and even McBride himself, this is a no holds barred brand of humor
that isn't afraid to get dirty in favor of a few laughs. The series
also features (a cameo by) Bill Murray, Georgia King, Busy Phillips,
Shea Whigham, Sheaun McKinney and Susan Park.
One - The
Principal, A Trusty Steed, The Field Trip, Run for the Money,
Circles, The Foundation of Learning, The Good Book, Gin, End of the
Two - Tiger
Town, Slaughter, The King, Think Change, A Compassionate Man, The
Most Popular Boy, Spring Break, Venetian Nights,
Union of the Wizard and the Warrior.
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 fine on the aging format but could
have been stronger on HD. Compression issues are evident but the
overall show has natural tones that aren't too cinematically stylized
or over the top.
digital UV copy.
Audio Commentaries with the Cast and Crew.
Umbrella import DVD, go to this link for it and other hard to find
to order either of the Warner Archive DVDs, I
Like Your Nerve
go to this link for them and many more great web-exclusive releases
Nicholas Sheffo (Rip