(2018/Well Go Blu-ray w/DVD)/MidSomer
Murders: Series 20
The Complete Season One
(2018/Fox DVD Set)/The
(1973/Fox/Twilight Time Limited Edition Blu-ray)/Television's
Lost Classics, Volume Two
(1948 - 1959/MVD Visual/VCI Blu-ray)
B+ & C+/B/B-/B/B- Sound: B+ & C+/B+/B-/B-/C+ Extras:
B/D/D/B+/C- Main Programs: C+/B+/B/B-/B-
Blu-ray is now only available from our friends at Twilight Time, is
limited to only 3,000 copies and can be ordered while supplies last
from the links below.
a set of old and new dramas, even offering some action, you should
(Anne Curtis) is a good cop, but after losing her last team, she has
joined the anti-narcotics squad and they sent to find and capture the
drug lord 'Biggie Chen' (Arjo Atayde). They are sent into the slum
city of Manila but instead then find themselves trapped and
surrounded Biggie Chen's men with angry mob who are out for their
blood. They were sent in to make an arrest, now they fight their way
out ....or die trying in Erik Matti's BuyBust
is also a tough cop, yet a maverick, after being the sole survivor of
her previous squad she does not trust anyone ...including her current
team and superiors. She and anti-drug operatives set up a 'buy' to
lure out the biggest drug lord Biggie Chen, but it turns out Biggie
Chen has lured them out and trapped them in the slums and turned the
slums into a kill box. They find out too late that the entire slum
has been bought out by Biggie Chen and is under his control. Every
man, woman and even child has orders to kill the police. They must
now fight their way out of a labyrinth, as they die one by one, Nina
realized there is corruption within their own ranks, and the police
chiefs had sold them out and are using the drug cartel to line their
was an action movie filled with violence, guns, mixed martial arts
and showed corrupt of the Philippine cops and government. It creates
a world in which police use police brutality or whatever is necessary
to get the job done and people hate and distrust the cops because of
their corruption and brutality (also because the drug lords were the
ones paying for their daily livelihoods).
1080p 2.35 X 1 digital High Definition image transfer is
an extremely shaky HD shoot, but whether that annoys you or not, it
is faithfully reproduced and consistent in looking as it does. The
DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 5.1 lossless mix is as surreal as its image,
so the odd fakeness of both match well, sounding better in its
original Filipino soundtrack than the English version. A poor DVD
with an anamorphically enhanced 2.35 X 1 image and lossy Dolby
Digital 5.1 mixes that are passable at best.
include making of the film, 2018 Comic Con Panel and trailers.
up is the show about murder that just won't die, MidSomer
Murders: Series 20
takes us back to that small county in England with the highest murder
count. But have no fear, DCI Barnaby and DCI Winter are more than a
match for those with murderous intent. This season they are joined
with a new pathologist, Dr. Fleur as they solve Britain's most
is a quiet and beautiful county in England that seems to be the home
of murderers and killers where the murders are macabre and bodies are
dropping faster than flies. DCI Barnaby doesn't use a gun or kick
down doors but with his quick wit, intelligence and powers of
observations to uncover clues, suspects and deduce who is his
murderer. DCI Winter is more like Barnaby's plucky sidekick/partner
and at times help with more physical tasks (such as chasing down the
suspects). Their newest team member is Dr. Fluer with a no nonsense
attitude old biddy and contempt for males if they think being a
detective is only boys job. But regardless of team relationships,
they all work together to uncover the truth behind the murders.
is a popular English murder mystery series, it is set in a small but
beautiful county in England (in which no one seems alarmed they are
living in a county withe the highest murder rate). As the series
progresses, each new episode has multiple suspects and the murderer
turns out to be the last person you expect.
1080p 1.78 X 1 digital High Definition image transfer is
a digital shoot and looks better than earlier digital seasons, but is
still missing the darker character of the early seasons, but the
DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 5.1 lossless mix us easily the show has ever
sounded and was surprising in its consistent sonics.
include behind the scenes for each episode.
this time include...
Ghost of Causton Abby
- A murder happens at an ancient brewery where a legend of a curse
was pasted down from centuries ...could the curse be true and the
of the Small Coppers
- A murder happens in a high IQ society. How is Barnaby and Winter
to find the murderer when all their suspects are smarter than them
(and seem to know more than them too)?
- A murder happens during a comic book convention where everyone is
in a costume and anyone could be the murderer. DCI Barnaby and
Winter only lead is a comic book.
Lions of Causton
- A rugby team owner is found murdered. Barnaby relives his glory
days of sports and discovers he is a bit out of shape.
Death Do Us Part
- A bride is found murdered. Barnaby and Winter must find a murderer
who seems to favor young brides-to-be as his targets.
in the Clowns
- A sting of murders happen while the circus is in town. DCI Barnaby
must face his greatest fear ...clowns.
new procedural drama, 9-1-1:
The Complete Season One
sheds some light on what its like to be a first responder. Each
episode outlines the various cases and things that these brave men
and women take on. Everything from a snake unwilling to tighten its
grasp around a young woman's neck, to attempted suicide, to small
disasters... the show balances drama and humor well and makes for an
show stars Connie Britton, Angela Bassett, Peter Krause, Oliver
Stake, Aisha Hinds, Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Tim Minear.
in an anamorphically
widescreen aspect ratio and a lossy 5.1 English Dolby Digital track,
the show looks and sounds fine for the DVD format.
is comprised of ten episodes including Pilot,
Let Go, Next of Kin, Worst Day Ever, Point of Origin, Heartbreaker,
Full Moon (Creepy AF), Karma's a Bitch, Trapped,
Whole New You.
(1973) concludes a sort of loose trilogy of realistic police dramas
that started with Peter Yates' Bullitt
(1968) and William Friedkin's The
(1971, all produced by D'Antoni) that ushered in a new realism to
police crime dramas, taking us behind the hard work the police have
to do to get criminals, the special means they use and it included a
new realism in situations, stories, sex, money and violence. But in
all three cases here, it also included the promise of a car chase
that you would never forget and all three films delivered that,
remaining in the top car chase films of all time on any serious list.
on the real life work of Sonny Grosso, who advised and co-wrote in
this film among others, Roy Scheider leads the title secret
organization going after the bigger criminals in stakeouts and
through tips and other resources that made police dramas to the
mid-1960s seem dated. The ratings system and a new wave of
filmmaking in the U.S. helped, but which led to all kinds of police
film hits (Dirty
becomes a series that outlasts this cycle) and though it did well
initially, the film did not have the legs of its predecessors at the
box office, but it remains a key film in the genre and has aged very
well. It is also some of the bets work all involved ever made.
(Scheider, not playing the same character he did in French
but close in many ways) has a strange case where mobster bosses are
being kidnapped for money and dumped by corrupt police, but that is
just a trick to fool the local mobsters. Its a more complicated mess
made possible by an old friend and key informant (SPOILER ALERT!!!)
of Sonny (Tony Lo Bianco) who is playing both ends just for the
money. However, the cozy, yet dangerous easy money arrangement soon
goes beyond the plotter's control and Sonny gets angry enough to
start breaking protocol to get to the truth.
there are a few conventions here that are dated, but the film is as
relevant and palpable as ever and deserves rediscovery for a film
that really was very popular in its time, kept alive by more hits by
Scheider (like Jaws)
so it is a shame it is not as remembered as it should be. Wish
Tarantino talked about it more often. Ken Kercheval and Richard
Lynch lead the fine supporting cast.
1080p 1.85 X 1 digital High Definition image transfer can show a bit
of the age of the materials used with some grain and darkness, but
this is far superior a transfer to all previous releases of the film
and look fine throughout, while the
DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 2.0 Mono lossless mix is
good for its age and will likely not sound much better than the
remastered results we get here.
extras are extensive and include two Isolated Music Tracks: one of
the final Don Ellis Film Score, the other of the Unused Johnny Mandel
Score, a Feature-Length Audio Commentary with Film Historian Richard
Harland Smith, Introduction by Director-Producer Philip D'Antoni,
Lo Bianco Type,
and vintage Anatomy
of a Chase:
Behind the Scenes of the Filming of The Seven-Ups, Randy Jurgensen's
Scrapbook, a Super 8mm film digest version of the film for U.S.
markets & home use (with magnetic mono soundtrack), Lobby Cards,
Stills and Media Gallery, Original Theatrical Trailers and yet
another great illustrated
booklet on the film including informative text with yet another
excellent, underrated essay by the great film scholar Julie Kirgo.
we have the next installment of what might be developing into one of
the most important series of classic TV releases on Blu-ray yet,
Lost Classics, Volume Two.
While the first disc offered two rarely seen live TV programs from
anthology series with actor John Cassavettes, this features four
pilots for TV shows that mostly did not get picked up. There are
four of them and they are interesting curios that are sometimes
remarkable and ambitiously intending to sell series that could be
hits or eventually were,
Of The Sure Thing
(1951) is the original pilot for the hit TV series Racket
a genre classic not based on a hit radio show like many early TV
programs were. A little different from what finally appeared weekly,
this is not bad and worth a look, holding up well even against
today's often formulaic police procedurals.
(1958) are two more characters by Perry Mason creator Erle Stanley
Gardner in this half-hour pilot (these dramas were not commonly an
hour long until the early 1960s) directed by no less than Jacques
Tourneur. A somewhat comical detective series with Bertha Cool
(Benay Venuta) making sure the office stays on budget as they break
cases and Donald Lamb (Billy Pearson) doing the legwork. It is not
bad and we would see this kind of detective show succeed more down
the line (all the way to Hart
but maybe the lack of time hurt this one. Too bad they did not try
Life Of Riley
(1948) is a pilot where Riley is played by Lon Chaney, Jr. of all
people and he is good here, substituting for the great actor William
Bendix, who played him on the hit radio version. The next TV version
would have Jackie Gleason in the role, but many thought that only
worked so well. This is an interesting 'what if' piece to see what
could have been if it had been picked up this way.
(1959) follows a few feature films of Rex Stout's detective on film
and was thought to be really lost (apparently, a few episodes were
filmed, so lets hope they are all found) with the underrated
character actor Kurt Kasznar as the legendary detective. The real
curio here is a young William Shatner as Archie Goodwin, as good as
Lee Horsley or Tim Hutton were in the later Wolfe series that
actually got produced, picked up and broadcast. Again, the half-hour
time constraint did not help, but this is entertaining with a new
tech plot for them to crack and it is a shame this was not a series.
1080p 1.33 X 1 black & white digital High Definition image
transfers this time are mostly from film prints (16mm, 35mm) with
patches of old analog
videotape here and there, but they are looking good for their age and
centered in a 1.78 X 1 frame, even offer some surprisingly good shots
throughout. Al the original mono sound here has been cleaned up
without compression tricks and are presented in PCM 2.0 Mono.
only extra is a vintage CBS Gag Reel from the early 1960s worth your
limited edition Blu-ray, buy it and other great exclusives while
supplies last at these links:
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