Sweat and Terrors
(2018/RLJ DVD)/The Darkest
Minds (2018/Fox 4K Ultra
HD Blu-ray w/Blu-ray)/The
Gifted: The Complete First Season
(2018/Marvel/Fox DVD Set)/The
Originals: Final Season/Five
(2018/Warner DVD Set)/Spontaneous
Visual/Cheezy Flicks Blu-ray)
Ultra HD Picture: A Picture: B-/B+/B-/B-/C+ Sound:
B-/A/B-/B-/C+ Extras: D/B/D/B/C- Main Programs: C+/C+/B/C/C
thrills, sometimes crossing into the superhero genre, are up next...
start with the new action/horror anthology film Blood,
Sweat, and Terrors
(2018) lands on Blu-ray courtesy of R.L.J.E. Nine short films have
been fused together with a wraparound story that showcases grisly and
diverse works from all over the globe.
shorts include "Get Some," "Empire of Dirt,"
"Turncoat," Fetch," "Express Delivery,"
"Olga," and "Awesome Runaway." The anthology is
curated from Rue Morgue and Unstable Ground's Little Terrors Short
of the film's stars include John Hannah, David Leitch, Paul Sloan,
Warren Brown, and Rodney Rowland. Indie/foreign directors include
Daniel Bernhardt, Adam Mason, Joe Horton, Adam Horton, Alexandre
Carriere, Shelagh Rowan-Legg, Banjamin de Los Santos, William Gilbey,
Olaf Svenson, and Beau Fowler.
anamorphically enhanced standard
definition DVD with a widescreen aspect ratio of 2.35:1 and a lossy
Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo mix, the films are primarily in English.
The image is a bit compressed but all of the films look pretty
professional, though it's clear that some had more of a budget than
is a nice compilation of short films, and some of them particularly
Hollywood's latest attempt at adapting a YA book series to the big
screen. While better than expected, there's nothing too terribly
special about the film, which is basically a mash-up of elements from
James Cameron's Dark
The first part of a trilogy, The
is directed by Kung
director Jennifer Yuh Nelson.
disease kills 98% of America's children, the surviving 2% develop
superpowers and are placed in internment camps. A 16-year-old girl
named Ruby (Amandla Stenberg) escapes her camp and joins a group of
other powerful teens who are all on the run from the government and
each has their own unique ability. The film also stars Mandy Moore,
Gwendoline Christie, Harris Dickinson, and Wallace Langham.
on 4K UHD disc, the 2160p HEVC/H.265, HDR (10; Ultra HD
Premium)-enhanced Ultra High Definition image transfer and a
widescreen aspect ratio of 2.40:1 are paired with an English Dolby
Atmos 11.1 lossless (or Dolby TrueHD 7.1 (48kHz, 24-bit) mixdown)
mix, the film looks and sounds fantastic here. There's plenty of
special effects to help bring out the best in your home surround
sound system. The overall look of the film isn't as visually
stylized as it could have been, but rather has a fairly natural look
with nicely saturated colors that have great detail. Also included
is the 1080p Blu-ray version of the film with the same audio specs
(and aspect ratio). A digital copy is also included.
- A Look Beyond Ruby and Liam's Last Kiss (Original Animatic by
Jennifer Yuh Nelson)
Yuh Nelson: Heroine at the Helm
A Complicated Relationship
Crafting a Possible Future
to Screen Comparison
Commentary by Jennifer Yuh Nelson, Dan Levine and Dan Cohen
Power of Georgia
the Scenes in Georgia
a Theatrical Trailer
a teen audience, The
is fine and its clear that Fox has some faith in the franchise as the
money is on the screen here. At the end of the day though, there
isn't much here that hasn't been done before.
a similar themed title also from Fox...
spinoff for the small screen, The
debuts in its first season thanks to Fox. While it doesn't feature
any of the main X characters (which might have helped gain a wider
audience), the show centers around a family that discovers they are
anything but ordinary and, of course, mutants who are on the run from
the law. While better than Marvel's Agent
series and not as frantic as Legion,
isn't too bad (on par with some of the DC CW Network shows), even if
some of its writing isn't too innovative.
stars Emma Dumont, Natalie Alyn Lind, Stephen Moyer, Jamie Chung, Amy
Acker, Blair Redford, Coby Bell, and Sean Teale to name a few. The
series has some pretty big names behind the camera including Stan Lee
himself, Len Wiseman (Underworld),
Bryan Singer (Director of many of the X-Men
films), and X-Men
movie producer Simon Kinberg.
spans three DVD discs and include the following episodes: eXposed,
rX, eXodus, eXit strategy, boXed in, got your siX, eXtreme measures,
threat of eXtinction, outfoX, eXploited, 3X1
here in anamorphically enhanced standard definition with a 1.78:1
widescreen aspect ratio and a lossy 5.1 Dolby Digital mix, both of
which are of the norm for the format. The show is shot in a
cinematic fashion and definitely has a considerable budget around it.
An HD scan would certainly clear up some of its compression issues
seen here on DVD. At least the show is commercial and watermark
free, so it makes it easier to get into and binge watch without
concludes with its Fifth
and Final Season,
now available uncut and commercial free (versus its CW Network
broadcasts) on DVD. A spin-off of the highly successful Vampire
Diaries, the show centers around Klaus whose a vampire/werewolf who
tries to constantly stay one step ahead of the competition...
stars Joseph Morgan, Daniel Gillies, Phoebe Tonkin, Charles Michael
Davis, and Claire Holt.
You Left Your Heart, One Wrong Turn on Bourbon, Ne Me Quitte Pas,
Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea, Don't It Just Break Your
Heart, What Will I Have Left, God's Gonna Trouble The Water, The
Kindness of Strangers, We Have Not Long Enough To Love, There in the
Disappearing LIght, Til the Day I Die, The Tale of Two Wolves,
and the season/series finale: When
The Saints Go Marching In.
is presented on anamorphically enhanced standard definition DVD with
a widescreen aspect ratio of 1.78:1 and a lossy Dolby Digital 5.1
mix, both of which are the norm for the format. Compression issues
aside, the show looks and sounds as good as it can for the format.
Originals: Come Visit Georgia PSAs
Panel San Diego 2017
a Gag Reel
you're a fan of Twilight
and/or other Vampire dramas, then this show will likely appeal to
you. It gets a little soapy at times and feels a little cheesy, but
it obviously has its fan base and some fans will get emotional
towards the final episodes here.
the Director of Poltergeist
Texas Chainsaw Massacre,
Tobe Hooper, comes one of his less celebrated works, Spontaneous
(1990), which stars genre favorite Brad Dourif (voice of Chucky from
of the Rings)
and some ultra cheesy looking special effects. This is the second
time that this film has been released on the Blu-ray format, with the
latter being a Code Red release that was limited to 3,000 units.
film also stars Cynthia Bain, Jon Cypher, Melinda Dillion, William
Prince, and Dev Young.
(Dourif) parents were part of a top secret atomics weapon experiment
and as a result spontaneously combusted shortly after his birth. Now
coming to an adult age, Sam starts to find out that his parent's
experiments have made some lasting effects to his body... Flames and
other unusual things start to burst from his body, and it quickly
becomes clear that Sam is some sort of a mutant.
film starts out alright but grows more and more ludicrous about it
goes on, with the last act being about as schlocky and predictable as
you can imagine. If you're able to shut your brain off and not take
it too seriously, there's some cheesy fun to be had with this flick.
in 1080p on Blu-ray disc with a widescreen aspect ratio of 1.85:1
and, oddly, a lossy Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo mix, when the Blu-ray
format really should have lossless sound to go with the HD Image.
The transfer here isn't terrible but is heavy in contrast with some
clarity missing on some of the finer character details. While I
haven't seen the Code Red version (which has lossless DTS-HD MA 2.0
Stereo) to compare the two, this is likely the best the low budgeted
film is going to look until someone (if anyone) does a 2K remaster of
it at some point.
only extras on the disc are Trailers.
have always been a big fan of both Hooper and Brad Dourif so it was
nice to check this film out for the first time on this new release
from Cheezy Flicks. It's a shame that the transfer isn't a bit
better and that the extras are lacking, but all in all this film is a