Horror Story: Cult
DVD Set)/The Cyclops
With The Wind
(1988/Umbrella Region 4 PAL Import DVD)/Patient
(1978/*both Warner Archive Blu-rays)
B-/B+/C/B+/B+ Sound: B-/B/C/B+/B Extras: C-/C-/D/D/C-
Main Programs: C/C+/C/C/C
With The Wind
Region 4 locked Import DVD is now only available from our friends at
Umbrella Entertainment in Australia, can only play on 4K Blu-ray,
Blu-ray and DVD players that can handle Region 4 locked PAL DVDs,
while both The
are now only available from Warner Bros. through their Warner Archive
series. All can be ordered from the links below.
yet more horror releases for you to catch up on, no matter their many
the hit FX show American
Horror Story: Cult
hits disc just in time for Halloween. This season focusing heavily
on the Election of 2016 and many hot button topics of modern time.
Things run amok with the show's big ensemble cast this season, though
the absence of Jessica Lange is certainly felt.
huge cast including Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters, Cheyenne Jackson,
Billie Lourd, and Alison Pill to name a few.
season focuses on the various phobias that Ally Mayfair-Richards
(Paulson) has after Trump wins the election and a distraught liberal
college dropout (Lourde) and her weirdo brother (Peters). Creepy
clowns, phobias, anxieties, homosexuality, and other topics attempt
to scare and shock in this seventh season as these characters
intermingle in a small Michigan town.
consists of seven episodes that span three DVDs, which include:
Night, Don't Be Afraid of the Dark, Neighbors From Hell, 11/9, Holes,
Mid-Western Assassin, Valerie Solanas Died For Your Sins: Scumbug,
Winter of Our Discontent, Drink the Kool-Aid, Charles (Manson) in
presentation here is top notch for the aging SD DVD format and
presents the show in its original anamorphically
1.78:1 widescreen aspect ratio and paired with a 5.1 Dolby Digital
lossy audio mix. The compression issues are highly evident when
watching on a 4K TV, but you're watching it in less form they may not
be as noticeable. Still, it presents the show commercial and
watermark free which is ideal for fans to binge.
only extras are TV Promo Spots.
a huge fan of horror cinema, American
is a show that escapes me. When you get past its glossy exterior,
its main goal is to shock, and be politically correct as opposed to
actually being scary.
the special effects are pretty primitive to today's standards, Bert
I. Gordon's The
(1958) was likely an impressive piece of VFX work at the time. In a
plot line that sounds like a Jurassic
film, a plane crashes and an expedition is sent into the wild jungle
of Mexico to find a man's fiance. When they get there, they discover
giant bugs, mountains of uranium, and a huge 25-foot-tall human
Cyclops man. Can they escape this prehistoric hell before its too
stars James Craig, Gloria Talbott, Tom Drake, and Lon Chaney Jr.
black and white film has been restored to 1080p HD and is presented
in its original 1.85:1 widescreen aspect ratio and paired with a nice
sounding English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Mono lossless mix, both of
which update this classic to modern times. I happen to be a big fan
of watching older black and white films in HD as they usually look
fantastic and this title is no exception. If you're a fan of this
classic and only have it on DVD then this is definitely worth the
doubt literature and horror fans have heard of the story of that in
1816, Mary Shelley (Frankenstein),
Doctor John Polidori (The
Lord Byron and Percy Shelley decided to write the most shocking,
terrifying story they could and the two noted above resulted. A few
films have been made of these events, but Gonzalo Suarez's Rowing
With The Wind
(1988) is an art film that does not focus enough on the horror, but
tries to offer characters development with nice locales, costumes,
decent cast and more casual nudity than expected.
this Spanish/British co-production
tends to drag despite Suarez directing films like Oviedo
Of The Damned
but maybe it was in the search for a different approach to the tale
(Ken Russell had already tried his take in 1986) got the makers in
trouble. This is a curio with Hugh Grant as Byron, Elizabeth Hurley
as Claire Clairmont (not the co-star, she is not in the film as much
as I would have liked) and Lizzy McInnerny (currently on the hit
previously of The
telefilms) as Mary Shelley, you can see why its back on DVD.
had even handled some if its distribution pre-Weinstein scandal, so
unless it was a big hit, smaller films like this that were released
with limited success and many others that were barely released, not
as remembered or shelved have fallen through the cracks. The Spanish
actors (including Jose Luis Gomez as Polidori) are as solid.
However, this is a Region 4 locked PAL format Import DVD from
Umbrella, so you'll need a special DVD player to watch it.
transfer is very old, here in a letterboxed 1.85 X 1 image that does
only so much justice to the cinematography of DP Carlos Suarez,
including some scratches and dirt more than expected. The sound also
has issues here in lossy Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo with actual optical
flutter in the first few minutes of the film, which was originally
issued in Dolby old A-type analog Dolby System format. That means it
has Pro Logic surrounds, but they are on the weak side and can reveal
more weakness in the soundtrack we get.
are unfortunately, no extras.
(2018) is a sort-of zombie movie that has a great cast, impressive
production design, and an interesting story. Starring Game
alum Natalie Dormer and John Bradley, they are joined by Matt Smith
and Stanley Tucci (Hunger
global super-virus has turned mankind into rabid creatures and what's
left of humanity has gone into hiding. Set in a research facility,
an asymptomatic Victim (Smith), an ambitious Doctor (Dormer) and her
team attempt to communicate with a few imprisoned infected people.
Their goal is to find Patient Zero (Tucci), who may hold the chance
of a cure. However, they aren't prepared for this superior new race
and Patient Zero is a lot more unique than they bargained for...
film is nicely presented in 1080p high definition with a widescreen
aspect ratio of 2.39:1 and an English DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 5.1
lossless mix. The colors and character details are fine for the
format, with even some of the darker scenes coming across well on
disc here. No digital copy.
the only extra features on the disc are previews for other Sony
you're a fan of films like 28
or the Resident
films, then you'll probably enjoy Patient
While they could have done more in terms of the look of these
infected persons, the story is interesting, and I found it to be
better overall than I expected.
mutant killer bees are the enemy is this epic from Warner Bros circa
1978. Irwin Allen (Towering
big budget flick which stars Sir Michael Caine, Katharine, Ross,
Richard Widmark, Richard Chamberlain, and Ben Johnson.
and unintentionally funny watching it now, the film is a sort of
blueprint for big budget apocalyptic films in the years to come much
like the ones Roman Emmerich (Independence
makes. After the success of Hitchcock's The
(1963, reviewed elsewhere on this site), Warner wasn't the only
company that tried to capitalize on killer bees as the great English
Horror company Amicus also made their version which is worth looking
up called The
(1967), which came several years before.
film is presented in 1080p with a widescreen aspect ratio of 2.40:1
and an English DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 2.0 Stereo lossless mix, both
of which bring the film to life on Blu-ray disc. This film definitely
had a big budget for the time and it shows here as its cinemascope
transfer and bright colors have been nicely updated for HD.
only extra on both of these releases is a HD Trailer.
order either of the
Umbrella import DVD, Rowing
With The Wind,
go to this link for it and other hard to find releases at:
to order either of the Warner Archive Blu-rays, The
go to this link for them and many more great web-exclusive releases
Nicholas Sheffo (Rowing)