Spear At Mount Fuji
Rake (2018/MVD Visual
DVD)/What Have They Done
To Your Daughters?
(1974/*both MVD/Arrow Blu-rays)
B/B+/B-/C+/B Sound: B/B/B-/B/B Extras: B/B/D/C-/B Films:
now for more thrillers of all kinds....
put, if you're a fan of Japanese cinema or culture, then you owe it
to yourself to check out Bloody Spear at Mount Fuji (1955), a
film praised by critics and filmmakers alike (even Akira Kurosawa
loved this film) and directed by the infamous auteur Tomy Uchida.
place during the Edo period, the film follows a Samurai and his two
servants as they meet various strange and new characters during an
epic journey. Winner of the prestigious Blue Ribbon Award, this
little known classic has finally got the update it deserves thanks to
in 1080p high definition and a 1.37:1 full frame aspect ratio, the
black and white film looks surprisingly clear considering its age.
Paired with a LPCM Mono 1.0 mix in Japanese with newly translated
English subtitles, this is a very nice restoration.
audio commentary by Japanese cinema expert Jasper Sharp, recorded
exclusively for this release
with Yauska Uchida, son of Director Tomu Uchida
with Kazunori Kishida, publicist for Toei Studios
Vagrant Filmmaker, French Film critic and programmer Fabrice Arduini
sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Corey
FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collector's booklet featuring new
writing on the film by critic and filmmaker James Oliver.
'Outback Noir', the murder-mystery Goldstone
(2016) is an interesting semi-low budget flick that touches upon the
subject of human trafficking. Winner of several prestigious awards
including the Australian Film Critics Association, Goldstone
is an interesting film to check out if you're a fan of films grounded
in realism and intrigue.
film stars Aaron Pedersen, David Wenham, David Gulpilil, Kate Beahan,
and Jacki Weaver.
a frontier town, Goldstone is now a desolate, but when Detective Jay
Swan crosses paths with a young local cop named Jason, the two end up
working together to overcome a complete crime... a crime that
involves human trafficking, land rights, and corruption.
is presented in 1080p high definition with a 2.39:1 widescreen aspect
ratio and an English 5.1 Dolby Digital lossy audio mix (instead of a
lossless track), both of which are at a high standard for the format.
The film is mainly shot against a desert-like landscape, so a lot of
the colors are natural and not too overly stylized.
Russell as 'Josh Waters'
Weaver as 'The Mayor'
Sen - Writer/Director/Editor/Composer/DOP
Corruption of Goldstone
Indigenous People of Australia
film is nicely made and is certainly worth a watch but its slow pace
may deter some.
an Executive Producer of It Follows comes the tired low budget
horror flick The Ninth Passenger (2018), which is another play
on many common horror tropes. The squeaky clean cast of attractive
faces include Jesse Metcalfe, Veronica Dunne, Alexia Fast, and Corey
by Corey William Large, The Ninth Passenger follows eight
college students who reluctantly go on a luxury yacht which, surprise
surprise, they end up getting terrorized by the maniacal ninth
film is presented in anamorphically
enhanced standard definition with a 2.35:1 widescreen aspect
ratio and a lossy English 5.1 Dolby Digital audio mix. The
compressed image is too dark at night, especially during some of the
night shots of the yacht on the water. Regardless, the film looks as
good as to be expected for the aging format.
extras... just previews for other Lionsgate releases.
Rake (2018) is a new creature feature from filmmaker Tony Wash
(The Muck) and is an interesting and gory new film that
doesn't hold back. While it may not be cult classic material,
there's plenty of brutality to enjoy in his indie and the acting,
creature effects, and production value all aren't half bad.
Ben and Ashley were just kids, they witnessed the gruesome murder of
their parents right before their eyes. Twenty years later, they are
reunited and Ashley feels that the presence of 'the Rake' - the
entity responsible for the death of their parents.
Ashley and her brother both have bizarre visions and encounters with
this Rake creature, many around them turn up dead. The brother and
sister duo and others must escape the clutches of the Rake as it
attempts to materialize itself into our reality. But how can they
escape this unstoppable being?
film stars Shenae Grimes, Joe Nunez, Izabella Miko, Joey Bicicchi,
Rachel Melvin, and Stephen Brodie.
on anamorphically enhanced
standard definition DVD with a 2.40:1 widescreen aspect ratio and a
lossy 5.1 Dolby Digital audio mix. As expected with DVD, the
transfer is heavily compressed despite the film actually being shot
very well. Shadows aren't pure black as they would appear in a 1080p
transfer but more muted. It would be nice to see an HD release of
this in the future to compare.
only Special Feature is a Trailer.
the first act is a bit slow (after the intense opening), The Rake
proves to be an interesting new entry and one that shouldn't be
overlooked and I was especially impressed by the ending. I'm excited
to see Tony Wash's next film, Skeletons in the Closet (2018)
which will be released soon.
a sequel to What
Have You Done to Solange?
(1972, aka La
polish chide aiuto),
the Massimo Dallamano film, What
Have They Done To Your Daughters?
(1974), gets remastered in 2K High Definition in this very nice
presentation from Arrow.
film stars Giovanna Ralli (Cold Eyes of Fear), Claudio
Cassinelli (The Suspicious Death of a Minor), Mario Adorf (The
Bird with the Crystal Plumage), and Farley Granger (Strangers
On A Train).
Italian giallo features a motorcycle riding killer whose keen to
cover up an elaborate mystery centered around prostitutes and high
society secrets. A police inspector (Cassinelli) and a District
Attorney (Ralli) get caught in the center of this elaborate plot are
try to dodge death themselves.
film is presented in 1080p high definition with a widescreen aspect
ratio of 2.35:1 and both the original Italian PCM Mono track (with
English subtitles) and a dubbed English PCM 2.0 Mono track. The
soundtrack is lively and sounds great here as does the top notch 2K
restoration of the image, which has removed lots of age and wear.
audio commentary by Troy Howarth, author of So Deadly, So Perverse:
50 Years of Italian Giallo Films
and Slaves: Power, Corruption & Decadence in the Cinema of
Massimo Dallamano, a new video essay by Kat Ellinger, author and
editor-in-chief of Diabolique Magazine
Melody, an interview with composer Stelvio Cipriani
Touch, an interview with editor Antonio Siciliano
hardcore footage shot for the film by Massimo Dallamano
sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Adam
FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collector's booklet featuring new
writing on the film by Michael Mackenzie.