(2017/Well Go Blu-ray)/Maze
Runner: Death Cure 4K
(2017/Fox 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray w/Blu-ray)/Monkey
King 3 (2018 w/DVD)/Once
Upon A Time
(2017 w/DVD/all 3 Well Go Blu-rays)/Tremors:
A Cold Day In Hell
Ultra HD Picture: A Picture: A-/B+/A- & C+/A-/B+ & C+/B+
& C+ Sound: B/A & B+/B+/B & C+/B+ & C+/B & C+
Extras: C/B/D/D/B/C+ Films: A-/C-/B+/B+/B+/C+
a new set of major genre releases for you to hear about...
down-on-his-luck Seoul Taxi driver finds himself with a foreign
journalist who wants to go to Gwangju for a day. Only thing is,
Gwangju has been closed off by the military and there is a media
blackout, the phone lines have been cut and no one is allowed to go
in or out. They arrive only to discover a military dictatorship is
clashing with student protesters over freedom. What started out as
an ordinary taxi fare turns out to be a turning point in the history
of South Korea in A
taxi man Kim Sa-bok one day hears about a fare of a lifetime when he
overhears German Journalist Hinzpeter want to go Gwangju, but what he
doesn't know is it has been closed off to the world and the
government doesn't want the world to know the truth. After arriving
in Gwangju, they witness and record the military openly fire and kill
students, but when the military finds out Hinzpeter has recorded them
they try seal off the city and hunt them down before they can get
out. At first, Kim Sa-bok was only in it for the money, but after
seeing his own county gun down kids in the street, he has a change of
heart and realize how important Hinzpeter and his report is this to
the world. Along with other Gwangju taxi-drivers/brothers-in-arms
they fight to help Kim Sa-bok and Hinzpeter out of Gwangju safely.
on a true story of a turning point in Korean history, it reminds
people of the importance of media and how military dictatorship
should never be tolerated or quietly accepted, at these points in
time it is more important to think beyond our self interests and how
history will remember us. Even a group of taxi drivers can change
the course of history. Extras include a message from Hinzpeter and
long and dull, the third and final entry in the Maze
Runner: Death Cure 4
to disc and is proof that even a huge Hollywood budget can't save a
weak cast and weaker script. Essentially throwing Mad
into a blender, the Maze
series wants to appeal to genre fans but still feels (to this
reviewer at least) as too over the top and lame for its own good.
The 4K presentation here is impressive, however, and delivers on the
technical fronts that one would expect despite the lackluster feature
by Wes Ball, the film stars Dylan O'Brien, Thomas Brodie-Sangster,
Rosa Salazar, Ki Hong Lee, Dexter Darden, and Kaya Scodelario. It is
a little bold (and almost odd) that no huge names are in this film...
I mean even the failed Divergent
series had Kate Winslet!
(O'Brien) leads his group of escaped 'Gladers' on their final high
stakes mission in an effort to save their lost friends. They soon
realize that they must break into the legendary Last City, a
WCKD-controlled labyrinth, that's of course the most complex maze
they have faced yet. Anyone who makes it out alive (and not many
will) can finally get answers to their and hopefully some closure.
24-page comic book prequel (4K only)
and Extended Scenes with Optional Audio Commentary by Wes Ball, T.S.
Nowlin, and Joe Hartwick Jr.
Featurettes: "The Final Run" , "Dystopia",
"Allies Reunited", "A Look Back", "Going Out
Effects with Optional Commentary
Commentary by Wes Ball, T.S. Nowlin and Joe Hartwick Jr.
Monkey King and company returns for a 3rd movie in their epic journey
to the West. This time they face their greatest challenge of all
...women in The
Monkey King 3
They enter the Land of Women where no man is allowed and find
themselves trapped. But even more alarming is when the Queen of the
Kingdom of Woman falls in love with their Master (which is totally
forbidden too). Caught between adventure, love duty and romance can
Wukong save themselves from the fairer gender and their own nature?
Wukong, Wujing, Baijian and their Master continue their epic Journey
to the West for the holy scriptures. This time, they accidentally
entered an enchanted land where there are only woman (and no men are
allowed) and women are taught that men are pigs, dogs, and monsters.
Men trick women into falling in love with them and then leave them,
that love is a curse leaving woman with only broken hearts.
Fortunately for them, a group of head strong young females are more
curious than cautious. And while Wukong might be the greatest
fighter alive, but there is little he can do when it comes to
romance. As they search for a way out (safely), they soon discover
they must also save the Kingdom from an angry River God.
was a comical adventure based on The
Journey to the West Story,
filled with adventure comedy and even a bit a romance. There are
incredible CGI action scenes and beautiful vistas set in a fantasy
world. In the end they story teaches about virtues and sacrifice.
Extras only include trailers, which is odd for such a high profile
upon a time in ancient China when Gods walked the earth Bai Qian is
an earth deity, but she suddenly finds herself in the center of
attention when Prince Ye Hua of the Heavens suddenly asks her to
become his wife and mother to his son and to come live with them in
the Kingdom of Heaven. But not everyone is happy with the prince's
decision ...including Bai Qian herself. But as Bai Qian and Ye Hua
get to know each other there are forces of both good and evil who
threaten to tear them apart in Once
Upon A Time
Qian is a beautiful immortal earth deity, but after attending a Great
Sea Ball for the Gods the Prince of Heaven personally asks Bai Qian
to become his wife and the next High Goddess. But the Prince
believes Bai Qian is the reincarnation of his former wife Su Su who
died 300 years ago ...but to Bai Qian she believes she is no one's
replacement. As Bai Qian learns more about the Prince's past and Su
Su, she also learns about how Prince Ye Hua committed a taboo for
marrying a mortal. But even now centuries later various forces and
jealous Goddesses are still secretly trying to keep them apart ...and
Bai Qian from ever learning the real truth.
was a beautiful movie filled with a fantasy CGI world about a love
story between the Gods, mortals and Goddess that across time and
space, a tragic and sweet romance story ...and how love can transcend
everything. Extras only include trailers, sadly.
Kong Police officer Lee (Louis Koo) heads toward Thailand after his
daughter is reported missing. He teams up with Thailand Detective Kit
(Wu Yue) and Tak (Tony Jaa) to help find her. But they soon discover
things are far from just a runaway girl from father and that she has
been kidnapped by a ring of illegal organ smugglers ...and time is
running out for her in Paradox
follows his daughter's last know location after she has been reported
missing for 3 days. After having a fight with his daughter over her
teenage pregnancy/abortion, she runs away from him. The local
Thailand police tries to help him at first, but they encounter a web
of conspiracy to the highest government level, that the mayor needs a
heart transplant, Lee's daughter. The detectives then are ordered to
stop helping Officer Lee ...or they will not be the only ones who
will disappear too. Officers Lee, Kit and Tak then
decide to go rogue and to take justice into their own hands ...and no
matter what they will find Lee's daughter.
was a action, martial arts filled movie about vengeance, revenge and
the is it worth finding the truth ...even at the cost everything.
The movie at first reminded me of Liam Neeson's movie Taken,
but with more martial arts, but with more of a conspiracy when the
characters discover their own government is behind an illegal organ
smuggling ring. Extras include behind the scene characters, making
and shooting of the film and trailers.
sixth installment in the Tremors
franchise is Tremors:
A Cold Day In Hell
the second film in the series to feature Jamie Kennedy as Burt
Gummer's (Michael Gross) sidekick. The horror/comedy series is a
guilty pleasure of mine but this one steps things up a notch with a
bit more violence and a some clever flashbacks to earlier entries.
time the graboids are popping up in the Arctic as opposed to the
usual desert setting... and these monsters could be the 'first'
graboids aka pre-historic creatures. The madness doesn't stop there
as Burt and the gang discover that the military is now getting
involved in creating 'weaponized' graboids... some that can even
infect humans with deadly viruses.
film also stars Tanya van Graan, Greg Kriek, and Christie Peruso.
The director of the previous Tremors
reviewed elsewhere on this site), Don Michael Paul, returns here.
was one of the first franchises to make the leap to direct-to-video
release dating way back to the VHS days with Tremors
(1996) and continuing from there so its nice to see that tradition is
keeping alive. Will a Tremors
sequel (or inevitable reboot) ever end up in theaters?
Making of Tremors: A Cold Day in Hell
of a Scene
Bacon recently announced that he will be returning to the series as a
live action show along with original star Fred Ward, which should be
an interesting return indeed. While the effects have definitely
improved over the course of the series, the core component is Michael
Gross as Burt Gummer... a role that I hope he continues to play.
for all the playback quality. Presented on 4K UHD disc in 2160p
HECV/H.265, HDR (10; Ultra HD Premium)-enhanced Ultra High Definition
image with a widescreen aspect ratio of 2.39:1 and an incredible
sounding 11.1 Dolby Atmos track, the HDR-enhanced latest Maze
shows little imperfections.. so clear in fact that it makes a few
lacking digital effects shots look even faker than normal. Also
included is a 1080p Blu-ray of the film with similar specs (but with
extras) and a digital copy.
is presented in 1080p high definition Blu-ray with a 1.78:1
widescreen aspect ratio and a DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 5.1 lossless
mix, the presentation is up to standards and satisfactory. The film
has a predominant blue tone that is evident throughout many of the
'colder' scenes as opposed to the more yellowish tones of the
previous films. An anamorphically
version in standard definition (and a lossy 5.1 Dolby Digital mix)
looks fine for what it is and a digital copy is also included, all
above average at best.
can say that can also be said for the Well Go USA DVDs that come with
some of the Blu-rays they just released, passable & adequate at
best. That then leaves us with the four Well Go USA Blu-rays, all of
which happen to be in 1080p 2.35 X 1 digital High Definition scope
image framing, save Monkey
in 1080p 1.85 X 1 digital High Definition image transfer. Except for
some minor aspects of Paradox,
these all look as good as they can in the format and are likely
candidates for 4K Blu-rays if and when Well Go starts supporting the
format in the U.S. market.
Runner is not the only 11.1 sound entry here, as Monkey
offer DTS: X 11.1 mixes that are fine, leaving the other two with
still-impressive DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 5.1 lossless mixes, so no
sonic deficiencies here, but the lossy Dolby Digital 5.1 mixes on the
DVD versions where applicable are weak by comparison and don't do
much for anyone's home theater system.
Ricky Chiang (Well Gos) and James