To Ride (2018)/Final
Portrait (2016/both Sony
(1986/both MVD Rewind Blu-rays)
B/C/B/B & B-/B Sound: B/C/B/B/B Extras: D/C/B/B/B
now, a group of slice-of-life dramas...
Elizabeth James' Destined
starts us off. Lily (Madeline Carroll) was looking for to summer
cheerleading practice until she found out she has to spend 5 weeks
with her nature-loving aunt on her ranch. On the ranch, she meets
Pistachio, a temperamental horse in which she didn't get along with
at first, but over time they bond and become inseparable friends.
When suddenly her aunt's ranch is threatened by an unfriendly
neighbor, it is up to Lily and Pistachio (the film's original title)
to win rider/horse relay racing contest to save the farm.
is your typical city girl and can't imagine what her life is like
without modern comforts, wi-fi and smart phones among the many
gadgets. Spending time on her Aunt's ranch to her she considers it
is cruel and an unjust punishment. But the truth is, she is afraid
to live up to her late mother's legacy of being a great horse rider
and also her father has never fully accepted her mother's death, to
him Lily reminds him too much of her. At the ranch however she meets
new friends and an extraordinary horse named Pistachio. With
Pistachio she learns to become a better rider and gains more
confidence in herself. Through riding with Pistachio she also learns
how to make friends. In the end she not only learns how to ride, but
also help save the farm and help her father come to terms with her
was your usual girl meets a horse movie and how it changed her life.
It is the typical story of a city girl forced to work/live on a ranch
and her learning to overcome her own fears and insecurities (and
usually they end up in some sort of horse race or competition)
and learning to ride a horse is a growing experience. It is a movie
for little girls everywhere who dream of horses or riding one
extras, but Denise Richards and Joseph Lawrence also star.
great actor Stanley Tucci takes the helm behind the camera to tell a
tale of art and friendship in Final
(2016), about how the world-known artist Alberto
Giacometti (another amusing turn by Geoffrey Rush) and good
friend/businessman (et al) James Lord (Armie Hammer continuing to
recuperate from The
nicely) get together to do a painted portrait of the latter for what
should be a day or so, but lands up being longer. Longer than Lord
of this is definitely amusing and the actors are interesting to
watch, but the script and film (at 90 minutes) finds itself slightly
tripping on itself, not being the full character study it had the
chance to be, though the actors are convincing. It also looks good
and was watchable enough, but I was hoping for a bit more and
unfortunately, the missed opportunities add up. It is still worth a
look for the many things that work (Tony Shalhoub, Clemence Posey and
Sylvie Testud are a plus in the supporting cast) a matter will be
Behind-The Scenes clip and interviews featurette are the extras.
another tale based on a true story, this time of of Iowa's City West
High School girl's volleyball team, after the death of their star
player Caroline 'Line' Found (Danika Yarosh) the team was left broken
hearted. Line was the heart and soul of the town and the team. But
through the tough love of their Coach 'Brez' (Helen Hunt), the faith
of Caroline's father Ernie (William Hurt) and Caroline best friend
Kelley (Erin Moriarty) they learn to pick up the pieces and help
rebuild the team. And even though Line is gone, together were able
keep strength and spirit of Line alive.
'Line' was the most beautiful, popular girl in school. She embodied
and empowered people around to do better and play better. After her
death people were at a lost of how to go on living without her,
specially the girl's volleyball team. Without Line how could they
even play, much less defend their state championship? Everything
fell to Caroline's best and closest friend Kelley to fill her shoes
and take lead the team, along with the Coach and Caroline's father
guidance the team once again finds the strength and courage to become
the champions Line believed in.
was a totally feel good movie, it is about overcoming tragedy, love,
friendship, teamwork and sportsmanship. It is about how to carry on
even after losing someone close to us and not forget how to live.
Those interested should catch it. Extras include 'Star Player',
gallery and trailers.
conclude with the first of two entries here from the MVD Rewind
Collection, which defies genres and brings VHS hits that are all but
lost to stunning new life in HD, comes Mark Miller's Savannah
Smiles (1982), a fun (yet dated) family friendly caper.
(played by Bridgette Andersen of The Parent Trap 2) is the six
year old daughter of a politician, who ends up in the hands of two
bumbling criminals. While they at first appear to be unlikely people
to look after a little girl, the crooks end up bonding with her and
become the family that she always wanted but never had. The film is
slapstick and has quite the lively goofy country music-style
soundtrack that adds to the comedic tone.
Smiles stars Mark Miller, Donovan Scott, Chris Robinson, and
Making of Savannah Smiles' brand new documentary about the making
of this classic comedy featuring writer / producer Mark Miller, star
Donovan Scott, Teresa Andersen (mother of Bridgette Andersen) and
composer Ken Sutherland (HD)
of Bridgette Andersen' featuring all-new interviews with Teresa
Andersen (Bridgette's mom) along with writer / producer Mark Miller
and actor Donovan Scott (HD)
Songs and Music of Savannah Smiles' featuring brand new interview
with composer Ken Sutherland (HD)
Theatrical Trailer (SD)
another release featuring an early role for Nicole Kidman. The
VHS-era classic Windrider (1986) gets the deluxe treatment
thanks to the new MVD Rewind Collection. An '80s coming-of-age beach
movie, the film centers around windsurfing (what else?) and follows
the exploits of Stewart 'P.C.' Simpson (Tom Burlinson) whose
remarkable talents on the ocean water impress everyone (and might
even qualify him to become one of the world's best) but his father
(who just wants him to get a REAL job already) is constantly
intervening. Things change when PC meets a rock singer (Kidman) and
ends up with a few setbacks in life that drive him away from his
championship goals. Can love and windsurfing coincide or does PC
have to make a hard life choice?
also stars Jill Perryman, Bud Tingwell, and Simon Chilvers.
Commentary with Director Vince Monton and Writer Everett De Roche
Promo featuring Nicole Kidman (1:06, SD)
Days'' Music Promo (1:36, SD)
Bedroom Scene (:38, SD)
Promo (2:44, SD)
Theatrical Trailer (SD)
wind riding isn't a sport commonly portrayed in cinema, the core
romance/coming of age drama seen here has been done plenty of times
since this 1986 effort. For Nicole Kidman fans, this should be a fun
film to revisit as she looks so young (and different as this is
pre-plastic surgery) here.
how do they playback when watching. Using a print from The Library
of Congress to use as a source for this new HD remaster, the new 2K
HD transfer of Smiles isn't perfect but isn't necessarily
terrible either. The film's widescreen aspect ratio of 1.78:1 and an
uncompressed English LPCM 2.0 mix present the film here looking
better than it has in ages. Also included is an anamorphically
enhanced standard definition DVD with similar, yet compressed,
has also been well-remastered in HD with a widescreen aspect ratio of
1.85:1 and a new compressed Mono audio mix, there's no doubt that
this is the best that the film has looked or sounded maybe ever.
There's a bit of grain on the transfer but seeing that when the film
was made, it's pretty impressive what MVD has done here.
remaining stand-alone DVDs are offered in anamorphically enhanced
1.78 X 1 (2.35 X 1 for Portrait)
image. Everyone seems happy enough with the DVD playback, but our
critic on Portrait adds that the image is a bit soft and motion blur
throughout. All three DVDs also have lossy Dolby Digital 5.1 sound
mixes which play as well as they can for the format, but note that
can be on the quiet side more than expected, so be careful of high
volume playback and volume switching.
Ricky Chiang, Nicholas Sheffo (Portrait)