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Alien Code (2017)/Big Take (2018)/Blackmark (2017/all 3 Sony DVDs)/Lucifer: The Complete Third Season (*DVD)/Razorback (1984/Umbrella Region Free Import Blu-ray)/Supernatural: The Complete Thirteenth Season (Blu-ray/*both 2017 - 2018 Warner Sets)



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PLEASE NOTE: The Razorback 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.



We start with A low budget alien flick with more conspiracy theories than anything, Alien Code (2017) has some interesting ideas but ultimately is affected by average acting and un-stylistic enough filmmaking. Starring Kyle Gallner, the film is a DaVinci Code-esque inspired take where an extraterrestrial message is deciphered and a dying cryptographer who becomes aware of visitation around him before his inevitable death.


The film also stars Azura Skye, Mary McCormack, Richard Schiff, Neil Arnote, Aaron Behr, and Tate Birchmore.


Presented in anamorphically enhanced standard definition with a 2.40:1 widescreen aspect ratio and a lossy 5.1 Dolby Digital mix, the film looks and sounds fine for the DVD format. As mentioned, the film isn't too stylized and is pretty natural toned and brightly lit for the most part. Perhaps that was the Director Michael G. Cooney's attempt at playing against the norm. Either way, it would have worked better with more style.


No extras.



Justin Daly's The Big Take (2018) is trying hard to be another story about the dark side of trying to make it in Hollywood and the makers even got Robert Forster, Ebon Moss-Bach, Zoe Bell and Dan Hedeya in the cast to their credit, but the combination of predictable cliches, uneven acting on the part of the unknowns and the inability to compete with actual violence and terror in Hollywood today (the awful supermarket shooting incident being the latest, not counting the massive fires of Summer 2018) males some of this quaint.


A movie star is blackmailed with a video, so he goes the private eye route, but it all quickly becomes a mess and unfortunately, no surprises or unknowns standing out. When the dialogue began with someone admitting to kill to get a film made, it needed to quickly do something different than you might expect. Instead, it seems like a late relic of the pre-sexual harassment wave in Tinseltown, so let hope we don't see any more like this.


The anamorphically enhanced 2.35 X 1 image is a little soft throughout and the HD shoot might have a consistent look, but this is more by default and the scope frame is never used to any good effect. The lossy Dolby Digital 5.1 is a little better, clear at best, but also nothing special or memorable sonically. No extras either.



Blackmark (2017) is a low budget action flick with a big budget screenplay and would likely be a blockbuster if it had Brad Pitt starring in it. While it's certainly better than its badly photoshopped cover art may have you believe, the film takes place in 1963 where Military Industrialist Arthur Blackmark must race against the clock to stop an international incident (with nuclear consequences) which threatens to end the world as we know it. Can he save the day? The clock is ticking!


The film stars Kaiwi Lyman, Timothy Oman, Jeff Hatch, Corey MacIntosh, and Jon Briddell to name a few.


Presented in anamorphically enhanced standard definition with a widescreen aspect ratio of 2.35:1 and a lossy Dolby Digital 5.1 mix, the film is shot cinematically and has a high end feel to it. There's a lot of stock footage from the era included to give it a more unique and realistic effect, and the editing is fast paced and well done.


No extras.


While it may not have too many recognizable faces, Blackmark is better than you might expect for a lower budgeted political thriller.



Based on the Vertigo comic and a story by Neil Gaiman, Lucifer returns with a third season that's basically a police procedural with some satanic/religious undertones. Starring Tom Ellis as Lucifer, the show brings the fallen angel to life as he abandons the underworld for modern day Los Angeles. Using his powers any way he pleases, he clashes with various murder plots, beautiful women, and otherworldly encounters.


Season Three consists of 26 episodes which span five DVD discs and include They're Back, Aren't They?, The One with the Baby Carrot, Mr. and Mrs. Mazikeen Smith, What Would Lucifer Do?, Welcome Back Charlotte Richards, Vegas with some Radish, Off the Record, Chloe Does Lucifer, The Sinnerman, The Sin Bin, City of Angels?. All About Her, Til Death Do Us Part, My Brother's Keeper, High School Poppycock, Infernal Guinea Pig, Let Pinhead Sing!, The Last Hearbreak, Orange is the New Maze, The Angel of San Bernardino, Anything Pierce can do I can do, All Hands on Decker, Quintessential Deckerstar, A Devil of my Word, Boo Normal, and Once Upon a Time.


Presented in anamorphically enhanced standard definition on DVD, the show has a standard 1.78:1 widescreen aspect ratio and a lossy Dolby Digital 5.1 mix. Though evident with compression issues (as is the norm with the aging format), the show looks as good as can be expected here.


Special Features...


3 new Featurettes


Gag Reel


and Deleted Scenes


In short, Lucifer isn't anything too new or exciting to this reviewer, but if you're a fan this is a nice edition with a commercial free presentation that makes it easier to binge watch.



Spielberg and Tarantino naturally both love Razorback (1984), an Oz-Ploitation genre horror gem that somehow slipped under my radar all these years. Thankfully, Umbrella's new Beyond Genres label (which also put out the Re-Animator Trilogy and H.P. Lovecraft's Dagon (reviewed elsewhere on this site), went all out in delivering this must have edition of this all but forgotten classic.


Think Jaws was scary? Try Razorback! A ginormous wild boar that is as unforgivingly relentless as he is unbeatable. When the Razorback kills a man's granddaughter and another man's wife, a group of hunters attempt the wild outback to try and capture the wild beast. However, that's not a walk in the park as nothing can stop one of Earth's mostly relentless creatures!


The film stars Arkie Whiteley, Bill Kerr, David Argue, Gregory Harrison (Trapper John, M.D., TV's Logan's Run), and is directed by Russell Mulcahy (Highlander, The Shadow).


Razorback's most unique feature is its breathtaking cinematography by Dean Semler (Dances with Wolves), which is captured quite nicely on 1080p Blu-ray disc here. The film is presented in its original 2.35:1 widescreen aspect ratio that edges out the previous Umbrella Blu-ray (also reviewed on this site) and paired with a newly remastered DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 5.1 lossless mix. Needless to say, this is the best the film has looked or sounded to date.


Special Features...


Audio commentary with director Russell Mulcahy and Shayne Armstrong


Audio interview with actor Gregory Harrison


JAWS ON TROTTERS: Featuring interviews with director Russell Mulcahy, producer Hal

McElroy, Razorback creator Bob McCarron, composer Iva Davies and cast Judy Morris and Chris Haywood.


Extended interviews with cast and crew from Mark Hartley's NOT QUITE HOLLYWOOD


Grisly deleted scenes with new optional audio commentary


RAZORBACK: THE VHS CUT - the original uncut 4:3 Australian home video version


Theatrical trailer/ VHS trailer


A CERTAIN PIGGISH NATURE: Looking Back at Razorback


and an Image gallery


Be sure to track down this genre classic if you're a fan of killer monster pig movies. (Who isn't?) Seriously, though, I was surprised by how entertaining this film really is.



Sam and Dean Winchester return for the Thirteenth Season (!?!) of Supernatural, which is making its way onto Blu-ray disc courtesy of Warner Bros. Starring Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki as the infamous monster hunters, the show has some fun fantasy elements and has matured over its many seasons. This season especially has a very funny Scooby Doo crossover episode that fans won't want to miss.


23 episodes span four Blu-ray discs and include Lost and Found, The Rising Son, Patience, The Big Empty, Advanced Thanatology, Tombstone, War of the Worlds, The Scorpion and the Frog, The Bad Place, Wayward Sisters, Breakdown, Various and Sundry Villains, Devil's Bargain, Good Intentions, A Most Holy Man, Scoobynatural, The Thing, Bring 'em Back Alive, Funeralia, Unfinished Business, Beat the Devil, Exodus, and Let the Good Times Roll.


Supernatural is presented on 1080p Blu-ray disc with a widescreen aspect ratio of 1.78:1 and a nice sounding DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 5.1 lossless mix that far outweighs its original network broadcast. Commercial and watermark free, this is the way to see the show the way it was meant to be seen. Also included is a digital copy.


Special Features include...


5 New Featurettes


2 audio commentaries


Unaired Scenes


and Gag Reel



To order the Razorback Umbrella import Blu-rays, go to this link for it and other hard-to-find releases at:


http://www.umbrellaent.com.au/



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