(1973/Fox*)/Deadpool 2 4K
(2018/Marvel Comics/Fox 4K Ultra HD Blu-rays w/Blu-ray Set)/Get
Shorty: The Complete First Season
(2018/Fox/MGM DVD Set)/No
Offence: Series One
(2015/Acorn DVD Set)/The
(1969/Sony/Columbia/*both Twilight Time Limited Edition Blu-rays)
Ultra HD Picture: A Picture: B/B+/B/B/B Sound: B-/A/B/B/B-
Extras: C+/B/D/C/C+ Main Programs: B-/B+/B/B/B-
Blu-rays are now only available from our friends at Twilight Time,
are limited to only 3,000 copies each and can be ordered from the
next releases look for comedy where you usually would not expect to
start with the first of two military-affiliated comedies with Mark
(1973) which is our U.S. contribution to the cycle that was part of
the counterculture, part of a response to the Vietnam fiasco (even if
the film does not talk about the war) and the studio attempts to
imitate the insanely successful blockbuster business of Robert
Altman's original M*A*S*H
(1969, reviewed elsewhere on this site), and this particular film
(also from Twilight Time and reviewed elsewhere on this site) as
attempting to be in the mode of Altman's hit.
the title may have other meanings as you watch, but in the narrative,
it is a very limited civilian pass given to a soldier that barely
lasts more than a matter of hours, in this case, played by James Caan
in a memorable turn right off of the original Godfather.
Because of something medical, he gets to get a brief brake from
service in Seattle, only to get involved with a young woman (a
star-making turn by the underrated Marsha Mason) who is a 'lady of
the night' with other soldiers, barely taking care of a young 'son'
who is trouble all his own.
film is only a small part of the book it comes from and it is a very
rough film to this date as far as the melodrama, sad situations and
dealing with private pain is concerned, yet that is what makes it
worth seeing even if you ultimately have issues with at least some of
it. It is a film that has not always stayed with me, but the cast
(also including another great turn by Dabney Coleman that is too
short, plus Eli Wallach, Burt Young, Bruno Kirby and Sally Kirkland)
makes this a slice-of-life film with pain and darkness.
bought most of it and it is worth seeing (or revisiting), because it
is the kind of film; you cannot get made anymore' and a reminder that
at one time, Hollywood was original and daring enough to make
ambitious films when people expected movies to be movies. Also be
warned that some of the language and situations are very politically
incorrect and parts of the film (AIDS realities notwithstanding)
would not be made the same way today.
1080p 2.35 X 1 digital High Definition image transfer only once in a
while shows the age of the materials used, making this far superior a
transfer to all previous releases of the film and fortunately so
since it was shot by one of the giants of cameramen: Director
of Photography Vilmos Zsigmond, A.S.C. (The
Encounters Of The Third Kind)
who uses the very widescreen frame and color (here, Color by DeLuxe)
to further the narrative and actually create intimacy where too many
would think the wide frame would only be about open spaces. Anything
open here still can seem closed.
DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 2.0 Mono lossless mix has music by no less
that John Williams, and music he created with singer/songwriter Paul
Williams in a fitting collaboration. You cannot hear Williams
singing on the isolated tracks, but he nails the characters
situations in lyrics and vocals very, very well.
include yet another excellent, underrated essay by the great film
scholar Julie Kirgo, while the Blu-ray disc adds a feature length
audio commentary track by Director Rydell, a vintage Behind The
Scenes/Making Of featurette, Isolated Music Score, Original
Theatrical Trailer and TV Spots.
the unexpected immense success of the first Deadpool
film, a sequel was inevitable. Lucky for us its a fun expansion on
the beloved Marvel character and is both written and starring Ryan
Reynolds again as the character he was born to play. David Leitch's
(2018) is raunchy, violent, and riddled with bad language and adult
humor... it also happens to be one of the best movies of the summer.
This new edition features two cuts of the film (one a whopping 16
minutes longer) that is sure to appease seasoned Marvel fans and
Josh Brolin as Cable, Morena Baccarin, T.J. Miller, Julian Dennison,
and Zazie Beetz.
(Reynolds) is back in action and this time he's on a mission to outdo
the pop culture impact of Hugh Jackman and his Wolverine films
forever! After an epic attempt at suicide, Deadpool's dream girl
accidentally gets killed, he then goes on a spiritual (sort of)
journey to find his true calling with the X-Men, forms his own super
team, and crosses paths with Cable (Brolin) who is on a time
traveling mission to kill a young Mutant boy before he turns into a
sinister grown up. There's a lot at stake and nonstop thrills and
chills in this flick!
in 2160p HEVC/H.265, HDR (10; Ultra HD Premium)-enhanced Ultra High
Definition image with a 2.40:1 widescreen aspect ratio and both a
fantastic sounding Dolby Atmos 11.1 lossless track and a DTS-HD
Master Audio 7.1 lossless mix for regular Blu-ray, this is a high end
and demo disc worthy presentation to say the least. The character
detail is impeccable and you can really see that the money was put on
the screen here.
mentioned there are two cuts of the film and they are presented each
on their own 4K UHD or Blu-ray disc, making the set four discs in
length. The Blu-ray discs are in 1080p with the same audio specs as
digital copy is also included.
Commentary by Ryan Reynolds, David Leitch, Rhett Reese and Paul
Wernick (Theatrical Version Only)
Your Face Hurts: Alt Takes
Lips are Sealed: Secrets and Easter Eggs
Most Important X-Force Member
Family Values: Cast of Characters
Leitch Not Lynch: Directing DP2
with the Punches: Action and Stunts
Deadpool Prison Experiment
with Omega Red
Fun Sack 2
Stills (28 Images)
are several different versions of the film on disc including a Best
Buy Steelbook, and a bundle of both DP films in 4K UHD.
the end of the day is a super fun release that really sports a nice
presentation on disc and is a must buy in this reviewer's eyes!
O' Dowd and Ray Romano headline the new television adaptation of the
hit film Get
Shorty: The Complete First Season
which is full of laughs and sure to please fans of the film
(especially those who disliked its very belated, unnecessary sequel).
Also starring Lidia Porto, Megan Stevenson, and Sean Bridgers, we
follow Miles Daly (O'Dowd), who leaves the Nevada crime ring behind
for a life as a Hollywood movie producer, with some unusual
consequences. Originally airing on Epix, the show expands its
audience first on disc.
Pitch, Sins of a Chambermaid, The Yips, From Stamos with Love, A Man
of Letters, Epinephrine, Grace Under Pressure, Shot on Location,
definition with a 1.85:1 widescreen aspect ratio and a lossy 5.1
Dolby Digital mix, the show is presented commercial (and watermark)
free. A bit compressed (as per usual with the format), the show
looks fine here.
the creator of Shameless,
comes a UK police comedy that will no doubt appeal to American
(2015) centers around a group of female Manchester Detectives who are
solving usual and unusual crimes such as drug busts, hate crimes,
serial killers, and other bizarre cases.
show stars Joanna Scanlan, Elaine Cassidy, Will Mellor, Saira
Choudhry, and Paul Ritter to name a few.
definition on DVD with a widescreen aspect ratio of 1.78:1 and a
lossy Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo mix, the show looks fine for the
format. Compression issues are evident (as usual with DVD) but all
in all the colors and tones are natural and could be improved in HD.
first season consists of eight episodes.
the Cast and Crew Featurette
we have John Dexter's The
(1969), our other military-linked comedy and this time, its British
and set in 1950 in Malaysia, where Brigg (Hywel Bennett) has to
wonder if he can survive his governments intervention in the country
and can he get laid? The latter becomes oddly complicated when he
meets a young school teacher (a fine early performance by Lynn
Redgrave) he becomes more interested in and gets along with in ways
that are unexpected.
the war is still on as it were and other soldiers are having similar
issues, plus the conflict (unbeknownst to them and mirroring the U.S.
in Vietnam in some ways) has only just begun (it will last another
decade from the time the film takes place before it is all over) and
the film does not skip over the war casually like a romantic epic or
With The Wind,
have been accused of. Nigel Hawthorne leads the rest of the solid
supporting cast (many of whom even I did not know of) in another film
from that cycle of comic war films with a serious backbone discussed
earlier with Cinderella
(et al) above. Any Britishisms in the film and script are a plus.
1080p 1.85 X 1 digital High Definition image transfer has a richer
look with older, likely slower speed (i.e., light sensitive) film
stocks, and Director
of Photography Kenneth Higgins (Georgy
gives it a memorable look of its time and era, yet holds up amazingly
well on a purely photographic level, has a very British look (a
little darker than Hollywood product of the time) and finished the
film's connection to the waining years of the 'angry young man' film
cycle in British Cinema.
DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 2.0 Mono lossless mix is not bad, but can
show its age with some sonic limits, though I could make out almost
all the dialogue and it is one of those situations where accents
(British in particular) might be a challenge for most listeners.
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 an Isolated
Music Score and Original Theatrical Trailer.
order the Cinderella
limited edition Blu-rays, buy them and other great films while
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