(1982/MGM/Umbrella Region Free Import Blu-ray)/Bent
Plan 4K (2013/Lionsgate
4K Ultra HD Blu-ray w/Blu-ray)/Lionheart
(1991/MVD Blu-ray w/DVD)/Orange
Is The New Black: The Complete Fifth Season
(2017/Lionsgate DVD Set)
Ultra HD Picture: A- Picture: B-/B/B/B & B-/B- Sound:
B-/B/A- & B/B & B-/B- Extras: C+/C/B/C+/D Main
Import Blu-ray is now only available from our friends at Umbrella
Entertainment in Australia, can play on all Blu-ray players and can
be ordered from the link below
a set of action films asking their characters to be tougher than
usual in different ways...
(1982) has its following and resurfaces to find new fans and let
those curious about it catch it. Now owned by MGM, Umbrella
Entertainment has issued it in a Region Free Import Blu-ray in our
first look at it since we covered the U.S. DVD version from one of
our fellow writers who is a fan...
am not as big a fan, find it a bit silly, though some aspects play
better in this era where viewers are drowning in mostly awful CGI
visuals. It is one of the more notable films in the fantasy, sword,
sorcerer, overly-muscled lead inspired jointly by the successes of
(1977) and Schwarzenegger's brief run as Conan
Marc Singer is able to handle the lead, Tanya Roberts (TV's
To A Kill)
as 'the girl', Rip Torn as the villain and John Amos (TV's Good
doing his best to help the hero.
least the film is consistent to itself, in its writing and knows when
to quit, timer capsule that it is, cliches included. See it at least
once if interested.
1080p 1.78 X 1 digital High Definition image transfer can show the
age of the materials used and comes from an older HD video master,
but this is better than the old DVD we looked at many years ago. The
old analog Dolby A-type noise reduction stereo track has been
upgraded here to DTS-HD MA (Master
Audio) 5.1 lossless sound, but the older DVD had regular DTS and this
is not that much better. The combo will suffice here, but the film
is going to need a major upgrade for what we expect will be an
inevitable 4K 2160p release.
include a feature length audio commentary track by Director
Coscarelli and Producer Paul Pepperman, plus a Behind The
Scenes/Making Of featurette: The
Saga of the Beastmaster (55
Urban, Andy Garcia, and Sofia Vergara star in Bent
(2018) a thriller/conspiracy film that is about as average and
run-of-the-mill as a cop drama comes. Urban is a tough as nails cop
who ends up getting involved in a elaborate conspiracy involving the
car bomb murder of a government official's wife. The plot thickens
when he finds out the woman had a secret lover (Vergara) who was also
involved in the murderous plot... and things get even weirder from
in 1080p on Blu-ray disc with a widescreen aspect ratio of 2.35:1 and
an English DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 5.1 lossless mix, the film looks
and sounds fine for the format. Nothing too fantastic or overly
stylistic about the presentation here, but it looks fine for what it
digital copy is included.
the Scenes of Bent
and Crew Interviews
the wake of a sequel upon us, we get the underrated action flick
(2013) on 4K UHD Blu-ray that doesn't disappoint in terms of
presentation. Starring Hollywood action royalty Sly Stallone and
Arnold Schwarzenegger, this film has plenty of heart beating action
to appease fans of '80s action fare. Far better than many of the
films both actors have put out lately, this is definitely worth
revisiting even if you don't have much interest in the upcoming
recognizable stars in Escape
include Jim Caviezel, Vincent D'Onofrio, 50 Cent, Amy Ryan, and
Vinnie Jones. The film is directed by Michael Hafstrom (Netflix's
and the underrated Stephen King film 1408)
who is no stranger to action movie fare.
never quite seen an 'escape from prison' film like this! When Ray
Breslin (Stallone), who is an authority of jailbreaks, gets
wrongfully accused and thrown in 'The Tomb', he must find a way out.
Deemed to be impossible to break out of as it features all of the
high tech bells and whistles, he finds an unlikely ally in inmate
Swan Rottmayer (Schwarzenegger) who aids him into doing the
2160p HECV/H.265, HDR (10; Ultra HD Premium)-enhanced Ultra High
Definition image presentation here is all new and quite impressive as
Lionsgate ups the picture with a widescreen aspect ratio of 2.39:1
and gives us a new (and fantastic sounding) Dolby Atmos 11.1 lossless
soundtrack to go along with it. When comparing the 4K to the also
included 1080p Blu-ray disc, the details are improved in the richness
of colors and details (and evident in the mix as well). The film is
nicely shot and the hard work of the crew is on full display here.
While the Blu-ray was always a good looking release, this shows how
much of an improvement 2160p can be and bumps the film elements up a
notch. Other tracks on the disc include some foreign language tracks
(French and Spanish) and English, lossy 2.0 Dolby Digital Stereo
audio depending on your home theater system.
digital copy is also included.
commentary with director Mikael Hafstrom and co-writer Miles Chapman
the Plan: The Making of Escape Plan" featurette
Security: The Real-Life Tomb" featurette
of the Titans" featurette
(1991) is one of Jean Claude Van Damme's best movies and here it is
in HD glory courtesy of MVD Rewind! There's plenty of butt-kicking
action in this flick, where Van Damme ends up fighting for the
entertainment of the rich in order to help out his sick brother. At
what costs will be go through in order to be the top fighter? This
was a VHS classic back in the day and has a very '80s vibe and look
to it, which makes it fun.
in 1080p high definition on Blu-ray disc with a 1.78:1 widescreen
aspect ratio, the disc features the Original 2.0 Stereo Audio
(Uncompressed PCM on the Blu-ray) and 5.1 Surround mixes. Also
included is an
standard definition DVD with similar (but compressed) specs. The
film is pretty clean and nicely restored here, making this a must
have for Van Damme fans the world abound.
The Inside Story" (HD, 47:29) (Featuring interviews with
cast and crew including star / co-writer Jean-Claude Van Damme,
Director / Co-Writer Sheldon Lettich, Producer Eric Karson and stars
Harrison Page and Deborah Rennard)
Lionheart with the Filmmakers and Cast" (HD, 25:52) (All new
documentary featuring interviews with cast and crew including
Jean-Claude Van Damme)
Behind the Fights" (HD, 10:19) (Featuring interviews with
cast and crew including Jean-Claude Van Damme)
Audio commentary by Sheldon Lettich & Harrison Page (on Extended
Interview with Sheldon Lettich (SD, 25:51)
Interview with Harrison Page (13+ minutes)
Promotional TV Clips (SD)
the Scenes Photo Gallery
Rewind has done a nice job with this line of releases and Lionheart
is no exception. The presentation is solid and there's tons of extras
as you can plainly see. This release comes recommended to Van Damme
fans for sure.
smash hit Orange
in the New Black
is starting to lose a bit of its appeal it seems as this dreadful
(2017) lands on disc. While the concept is pretty interesting as
there haven't seen many 'women in prison' films that aren't
exploitation front and center in the past few decades, but the show
is just more of the same, though it certainly has it's niche audience
and another season on the way.
show stars Taylor Schilling, Natasha Lyonne, Uzo Aduba, Danielle
Brooks, Jackie Cruz, Lea DeLaria, Michael Harney, and Selenis Leyva
to name a few. There a few special guest stars in this season which
include Jason Biggs and Mary Steenburgen.
FOMO, F**k/Marry/Frieda, Pissters!, Litchfield's Got Talent, Sing it,
White Effie, Flaming Hot Cheetos Literally, Full Bush/Half Snickers,
Tied to the Tracks, The Tightening, The Reverse Midas Touch, Breaking
the Fiberboard Ceiling, Tattoo You,
definition with a 1.78:1 widescreen aspect ratio and a lossy 5.1
Dolby Digital track, the DVD presentation is pretty much on par with
the presentation of the series on Netflix. Nothing wild or eye
popping about it but it looks fine for the format.
digital copy is also included.
are plenty of hot button topics in Orange
is the New Black
that will certainly appeal to a certain kind of audience. The show
isn't necessarily too far of a departure from reality, as most of
this could very well happen. Fans seem to still be on board and it
hasn't completely lost its touch, it just doesn't seem to this
reviewer as anything particularly new or special.
Umbrella import Blu-ray, go to this link for it and other hard to
Nicholas Sheffo (Beastmaster)