DVD)/Horror Of Party Beach
World: Fallen Kingdom
(2018/Universal 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray w/Blu-ray)/Justice
League: 100 Greatest Moments
Time Limited Edition Blu-ray)
Ultra HD Picture: A Picture: B-/B/B+/B+ Sound: B-/C+/A/B+
Extras: C-/C+/B/C+ Films: C-/C/B/C+ Book: A
Blu-ray is now only available from our friends at Twilight Time, is
limited to only 3,000 copies and can be ordered from the links below.
following are interesting, even key genre releases for you to know
(2018) is a low budget drug thriller that follows four couples that
are all feuding with one another and are hoping to reconnect, but
when they take a study and a experimental drug, things go from bad to
worse as past demons resurface.
film stars Jon Hurtas, Jennifer Blanc, Jade Tailor, and Matthew Ziff.
feels like a stage play at times and aims to be controversial with
its varied views on drugs, homosexuality, and violence but is
ultimately held back by mediocre acting and filmmaking. The
performances feel a little flat at times and the idea that has been
done better in other films such as Enter
film is presented in anamorphically
definition with a widescreen aspect ratio of 1.78:1 and a lossy 5.1
Dolby Digital mix. The colors seem fine for the format and the look
only extras are trailers for similar films Followers
better, if based on a sillier storyline, Del Tenney's Horror
Of Party Beach
(1963) is actually back, getting an unexpected upgrade to high
definition in a decent new Blu-ray from the savvy people at Severin
Home Video. The story of nuclear waste accidentally spilling into
local waterways onto human bones and turning them into killer sea
creatures (?!?) at least is consistent in its illogic. Campy,
sometimes politically incorrect and wacky all around, (white) teens
dance and party to (bad) pop/rock music, so many of them are doomed
creatures look more at home on The
the acting is almost as non-existent as the budget and its not very
memorable, yet it is amusing when viewing. The makers were
determined to make this work somehow and it made a profit by default.
That the film survived at all in an age where so many orphan films
(i.e., not tied to major studios, though this was distributed by one)
are not surviving as well if at all. All fans of Horror monster,
music and campy films should see this one at least once, though so
much of it is bad. I give it points for ambition by default.
1080p 1.85 X 1 black & white digital High Definition image
transfer can show the age of the materials used, but this is far
superior a transfer to all previous releases of the film via a 2K
scan of what is convincingly identified as the original camera
negative that shows how surprisingly good the film has held up
visually. Detail and depth of the monochromatic 35mm stock will
surprise many. The
DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 2.0 Mono lossless mix is unfortunately
limited, slightly compressed and cannot hide its age or limited
an archival interview with Director Tenney, an Original Theatrical
to Party Beach:
Documentary on The Horror of Party Beach, It's
the Living End: An Encounter with The Del-Aires
interview with band members Bobby Osborne and Ronnie Linares and
Filmmaker Tim Sullivan on Rock & Roll Horror Movies.
series has always been a favorite of mine and now we have the new
sequel and fifth entry, Jurassic
World: Fallen Kingdom
(2018) out on 4K UHD disc. The film gets right about as much as it
gets wrong in terms of how it measures up to previous installments.
While it delivers the goods in terms of special effects and action,
it suffers in plot logistics and moments of groan-worthy acting. At
the end of the day, this popcorn flick is big loud fun and should be
taken for the blockbuster entertainment that it is.
stars Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, James Cromwell, Ted Levine,
Justice Smith, Geraldine Chaplin, Daniella Pineda, Toby Jones, Rafe
Spall and Isabella Sermon, B.D. Wong and a cameo by Jeff Goldblum.
The film is directed by J.A. Bayona and produced by Colin Trevorrow
(director of the first Jurassic
the prior film).
sequel/follow-up to 2015's Jurassic
takes place several years later and the island where the (now closed)
park sat is now a free-for all for the dinosaurs. When its
discovered that a volcano is going to erupt on the island and kill
wipe out the creatures, a group of freedom fighters (led by Pratt and
Howard) end up on the island in an attempt to help save them.
However, as always with a Jurassic film, the rich have a plan of
their own for the dinos.
have to hand it to this sequel for trying to take things in a
different direction, especially with the ending that sets up a
promising third film. However, some characters (especially Pratt's)
are almost too 'strong' in the film and never really seem to be in
danger despite being in danger. You know that despite the stakes
presented... there will always be some way for these heroes to be
one step ahead of death. Still, the dinosaurs make up for some of
the false reality, though the finale's Indo-raptor sequence is a bit
too long and drawn out for its own good.
is a great looking 2160p HECV/H.265, Dolby Vision/HDR (10; Ultra HD
Premium)-enhanced Ultra High Definition image presentation, brought
to us in its original 2.40:1 widescreen aspect ratio and a choice of
several top notch audio mixes including a cutting edge English DTS:X
Master Audio 11.1 lossless mix (DTS-MA 7.1 mixdown) and other tracks
in lossy Dolby Digital 2.0, Spanish and French DTS-HD High Resolution
Audio 7.1. The film shows the strength of detail possible in this
new format with impeccable and lifelike details on the dinosaurs at
all times. Colors are at nice level and no visible issues are
evident. The fantastic score and vibrant sound mix is on full display
and help make this a demo-worthy disc to show off a high end home
included in the set is a 1080p Blu-ray disc with similar specs ( and
a digital copy. When comparing these versions of the film to the 4K,
the changes are plain as day.
is also worth noting that if you're a fan of this and the other
Jurassic Park/Jurassic World films, then you should
definitely check them in their full picture and sound clarity out now
on 4K UHD disc as well. They are definitely worth the upgrade (see
the end of this section of review link).
- Filmmakers discuss how the second chapter in the Jurassic
pushes the franchise in a new direction.
- Cast and crew discuss shooting the film in Hawaii.
- A behind-the-scenes look at the bunker scene and runaway gyrosphere
the Arcadia - Cast and crew discuss working with the animatronic
- A behind-the-scenes look at the auction scene.
Set with Chris & Bryce
- Go behind the scenes with Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard.
of the Indoraptor
- An inside look at the genetically designed monstrosity known as the
- Go behind the scenes as the Indoraptor faces off with a key
in a Mansion
- Director J.A. Bayona discusses how Jurassic
and John Badham's Dracula
(1979) influenced his approach to directing the monster in a mansion
- A look at the terrifying showdown on the rooftop of the Lockwood
- Behind the scenes with the one & only Jeff Goldblum.
- The team at ILM discuss their cutting-edge approach to creating
Kingdom: The Conversation
- Filmmakers and cast sit down for a candid and casual conversation
World: Fallen Kingdom.
Pratt's Jurassic Journals
Baker, Makeup Artist
Mastro, Hair Stylist
Murphy, 1st Assistant Sound
Bailey, Stunt Edge Car Driver
Pineda and Justice Smith, Actors
Wiltshire, Set PA
Krieg, Assistant Script Supervisor
Cox, Stunt Performer
Beinart, Stunt Double
Dallas Howard interviews Chris Pratt, Actor
Song for the Kingdom
- Justice Smith sings for the cast and crew of Jurassic World: Fallen
Then and Now
(presented by Barbasol) Key moments from the Jurassic saga that tie
into Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.
it doesn't hold up to the first two Spielberg Jurassic
films in terms of quality, I'd say Fallen
is better than Jurassic
and a tie with Jurassic World. While one can't help but wonder how
it would be if Spielberg was still in the director's chair, the
franchise is at least still trying new things this time instead of
spending too much time with fan service and homaging the original.
can read more about the original film and rest of the series in their
4K releases at this link...
Comics' Justice League is one of the most coveted of all superhero
franchises and is glorified here in this beautiful new hardcover
League: 100 Greatest Moments
some of the best moments over the span of the brand's existence and
making note of the ups and downs, Robert Greenberger's book is highly
detailed and a must have companion piece for DC fans. Whether you
are a hardcore comic nerd or a fan whose intrigued with the franchise
through the films and curious to dive into the comic world, or even
if you just want some background on the characters, then this is
worth checking out.
Superman, Wonder-Woman, Green Lantern, The Flash, Cyborg and MANY
others make up the Justice League, which clearly give Marvel's
Avengers a run for their money. While we are just now seeing some of
these heroes on the big screen, this book highlights their humble
beginnings to epic crossovers and team-ups over the years.
book weighs in at 304 full color pages with beautiful DC artwork on
each page. While flipping through it, its evident to see how many
different incarnations of the characters that there have been over
the years and how many great stories could still lend themselves to
translation in further movies and animated films.
isn't simply a book made to cash in and random events picked out of a
hat... this is an trustworthy list that consists of nominations from
larger Facebook fan groups as well as former JLA scribes Mark Waid,
Kurt Busiek, J.M. DeMatteis, Bob Rozakis, Gerry Conway, Marv Wolfman
and former DC editors Michael Eury and KC Carlson. Researcher and
comics historian John Wells and current JLA editor Brian Cunningham
also offered input on the most book in an effort to make it as
accurate as possible.
for one, found it easy to get lost in the pages of this great new
book on the World's Greatest Super-Heroes and would recommend it to
anyone who loves DC.
but not least, an early film by a star lost too soon, but on his way
to greatness. Brandon Lee (son of Bruce) stars in the fast paced
action film Rapid
(1992), which was made just before his iconic role in The
is directed by Dwight H. Little, who horror fans know also directed
the much maligned Halloween
with Powers Boothe (Sin
this all but forgotten film finds new life in this fantastic new
release from Twilight Time. It really is tragic that we lost Lee
right as he was starting to get very good at his craft as is evident
here. There are many impressive pieces of stunt work done by Brandon
here and his acting was better than most! Plot-wise there isn't
anything too innovative or groundbreaking, and the film is slightly
dated in some respects... but recommendable.
Fire also stars Nick Mancuso, Raymond J. Barry, Tzi Ma, Kate Hodge,
and Tony Longo.
Lee plays a talented art student who also just so happens to be
trained in martial arts. When he sees a mafia gangster get murdered
by his Chinese gang rival, all hell breaks loose as Lee gets stuck
between a gang feud. With the help of a police officer (Boothe), Lee
kicks all kinds of butts and takes names!
in 1080p high definition with a 1.85:1 widescreen aspect ratio and a
English 2.0 DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) Stereo lossless mix, the film
has been nicely restored to Blu-ray. This is the film's first release
in HD domestically and the colors and condition of the film is in top
condition. Levels are properly saturated and detailed and the mix is
Brandon Lee original featurette
a Color Insert Booklet with great essay by Julie Kirgo.
it's totally a '90s action flick, this is worth checking out for
Brandon Lee's performance and his innovative fight choreography.
order the Rapid
limited edition Blu-ray, buy it and other great exclusives while
supplies last at these links:
Nicholas Sheffo (Beach)