Time Limited Edition Blu-ray)/Backstabbing
Time Limited Edition Blu-ray)/The
Post 4K (2017/Fox 4K
Ultra HD Blu-ray w/Blu-ray)
Ultra HD Picture: A- Picture: B/B-/B/B+ Sound: B/B/B/B+
Extras: B+/C/C+/B Films: B/C+/C+/B
Blu-rays are now only available from our friends at Twilight Time,
are limited to only 3,000 copies and can be ordered while supplies
last from the links below.
set of mature, ambitious feature films take on serious social issues
are as relevant as ever...
(2002) is the well made, ever creepy film about how all-American TV
star Bob Crane (Greg Kinnear) when from radio DJ, to lead in a huge
(if controversial) hot TV series... to being dead! Crane became the
lead and leader of a group of Allied Prisoners Of War in the late
1960s hit TV show Hogan's
(now bashed for trivializing the Holocaust and Nazis, though the show
constantly bashed them; reviewed elsewhere on this site) where as the
title character, he leads the spy operation in a POW camp with a
perfect 'never escape' record.
or not, Crane was very popular, but while all this was going on, the
married man had an obsession with sex and porn, all before the early
1970s breakout of 'hardcore' movies, magazines, et al. Thus, with
his celebrity, he finds ways to take care of his addictions and when
he finds a guy who shares his interests (Willem Dafoe), accelerate
the madness by recording the encounters on film and newfangled home
once again unmasks the seedy side of our world and the film is
shocking to those who knew Crane only from the hit series or later
works like Disney's
(addressed well here) as Kinnear does not miss a note in a totally
convincing performance. The time is very well recreated throughout
(more remarkable considering the limited budget) and this R-rated
film is often pretty graphic and rough going, so expect the
unexpected. However, it is a really well made film telling another
sad story, but Sony (who made it a Classics release) understands its
limited audience and has licensed it as another one of Twilight
Time's Limited Edition Blu-rays, the best limited edition series
is a film worth going out of your way for, especially if you have not
seen it and are curious in any way about the man or events. I was
surprised these events were not more well known, but the seedy nature
likely made most people want to forget and Hogan's
made money in reruns for years, so...
include 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 an Isolated
Music Track, no less than 3 Feature Length Audio Commentary tracks
(one with Director Paul Schrader, another with Actors Greg Kinnear
and Willem Dafoe, and finally, one with Producers Scott Alexander and
Larry Karaszewski, and Screenwriter Michael Gerbosi; all good),
about the actual murder, a Making-of Featurette, five Deleted Scenes
with Optional Director Commentary and both Original and Red-band
(2018) is a more known scandal uncovered by a young man anxious to
make a breakthrough in politics and government and lands up at the
U.N., following in his father's footsteps. Michael Soussan (Theo
James, holding his own here) lands that job, working for a man (Ben
Kingsley) who says he even knew his dad, having him do what they need
to do to keep the U.N.'s 'Food For Oil' program alive and going in
Iraq. Sounds humanitarian enough, though its odd that a woman high
up (Jacqueline Bisset) wants to end it.
something very wrong is going on, mysterious figures are showing up
claiming to be something they may or may not be and even the program
itself may be somehow tainted. And Michael has to figure out what is
going on. The result turns out to be uglier than even he expects and
leads to one of the great, even underreported scandals of our time.
film is well-intended and has its moments, but between a few
predictable points and some flat ones, could have spent its 106
minutes better, but it was worth seeing for what does work here.
Maybe James could become a lead at some point, but he can also act
and that's a good thing.
include Digital HD Ultraviolet Copy for PC, PC portable and other
cyber capable devices, while the Blu-ray adds a Making Of featurette
Truth Behind Backstabbing
(1959) has been available on a burn-to-order DVD for a while, but
after a long wait, it is finally here on Blu-ray, but Fox has
licensed it to Twilight Time as one of their Limited Editions, one
the label has been trying to get for years.
I said in the earlier DVD review, the film ''is a time capsule of a
different time that the 1960s and 1970s ended, with a young Brandon
De Wilde getting involved with an equally young Carol Lynley and
getting her pregnant. What can they do? No legal abortion, birth
control pills or a conformist world that is going to be unsympathetic
to their plight. Thus, it is a portrait of a more relatively
innocent time and reminds us of why things had to change. The script
makes them both 'good family kids' and that shows there is 'still'
troubles for them. Martha Hunt and MacDonald Carey lead the adult
cast and the score by Bernard Herrmann is a plus. Yes, some things
have dated and there are some odd moments, but at 89 minutes, it is
efficient and smart for its time.''
at it with the sound and image pretty much as intended, you can see
and feel how Fox intended this as a big statement/big event film and
by shooting in black and white when Fox in particular loved pushing
color CinemaScope productions further verifies that. I still like
that actors, ambition and now, the film has a new meaning at a time
some rights are being pushed back to the stone age. It is definitely
a film to see, especially when it looks and sounds so good.
include yet another 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 a fine
Isolated Music Score track (DTS lossless as always) of Herrmann's
score previously issued on a limited edition CD from Film Score
Monthly that was still in print as of this posting (the CD also
View from Pompey's Head,
which we reviewed elsewhere on this site; still available from them
via the Screen Archive link below) and and an Original Theatrical
Spielberg's new drama starring Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks, The
(2018), lands on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray w/Blu-ray after a celebrated
award season. While it wasn't a top earner at the Oscars this year,
it did get a good deal of praise from audiences and critics alike.
notch work all around and set in the 1970s, The
tells the true story of the publisher of the Washington Post,
Katherine Graham (Streep) and her editor Ben Bradlee (Hanks) who put
their jobs and more on the line in order to help expose a Government
cover-up about Vietnam that was a prelude to more scandals revealed
all the way to a constitutional crisis that included a potential war
on freedom of the press. It does not hep that some of the press
reporters and owners know the powerful too well.
also stars Sarah Paulson, Bob Odenkirk, and Alison Brie.
Katharine Graham, Ben Bradlee & The Washington Post
covers the real people portrayed in the film.
The Cast and Characters of The Post
how Steven Spielberg, Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks got together to make
Style Section: Re-Creating an Era
shows how hard the '70s are to recreate with this look at The
Washington Post newsroom was brought alive for the film.
The Presses: Filming The Post
shows the shooting of the film (on film!) on the set
and Entertainment: Music for The Post
has Spielberg and composer John Williams celebrating their 44-year
partnership in this moving tribute to collaboration and friendship.
it's not one of his best films, The
is pretty interesting and worth watching for the performances and
directing alone. It's crazy to think that Spielberg was
simultaneously finishing up his mega-blockbuster Ready
(2018) at the same time that he was making this. Talk about a
the releases here look really good and as good as they could look in
their respective formats.
in 2160p HEVC/H.265, HDR (10; Ultra HD Premium)-enhanced Ultra High
Definition image in the new 4K UHD format, The
looks and makes you feel like you're in the same room as the actors.
Presented in its original 1.85:1 widescreen aspect ratio (shot on
35mm film) and English DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 7.1 lossless track,
the realistic and quiet film isn't necessarily one that you would
feel would benefit as much from this high quality, although it does.
Also included is a 1080p Blu-ray disc with similar presentation specs
and a digital UV copy.
1080p 1.85 X 1 digital High Definition image on Auto
is well shot, has consistent composition and is well edited, looking
as good here as it did when it first hit theaters. A very faithful
transfer, it proves a film can look fine, even on a low budget.
1080p 2.35 X 1 digital High Definition image transfer on Backstabbing
is a good HD shoot, but there are one too many instances
of degraded analog or digital low/standard definition clips to throw
off a consistent look. Otherwise, ti is fine, but the poorest
performer on the list.
finally we have the 1080p 2.35 X 1 black & white digital High
Definition image transfer on Blue
that barely shows the age of the materials used and is far superior a
transfer to all previous releases of the film anywhere, including the
passable DVD. If anything, it is a big jump in many respects.
for sound, following The
having the best sound, the remaining three films all offer DTS-HD MA
(Master Audio) 5.1 lossless sound mixes (Auto
add 2.0 Stereo DTS-MA as well that are not bad, but not as good as
the 5.1 versions) and they are pretty even with each other. All
three have good music scores and a big share of dialogue, but Denim's
mix is an upgrade of its 4-track magnetic soundmaster with traveling
dialogue and sound effects. The other films are modern surround
films that are as professionally recorded and mixed without any major
they could not sound any better than they do here either.
order the Auto
limited edition Blu-rays, buy them and other great releases while
supplies last at these links:
Nicholas Sheffo &
James Lockhart (Post