(2018/Well Go Blu-ray w/DVD)/800
Words: Season 3, Part One
(2018/Acorn DVD Set)/Murdoch
Mysteries: The Christmas Cases
(2015 - 2017/Acorn DVD Set)/The
(1972/Sony/Columbia/Twilight Time Limited Edition Blu-ray)/The
Resident: Season One
(2018/Fox DVD Set)
B+ & C+/B-/C+/B/B+ Sound: B- & C+/B-/C+/C+/B+ Extras:
D/C/C/B/D Main Programs: B-/C/C+/B-/A-
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.
for a wide-ranging group of police and crime thrillers...
catch the devil, do you have to make a deal with the devil? An
ambitious detective is determined to catch Korea's the biggest drug
kingpin, Mr. Lee. But no one has ever seen seen or met Mr. Lee, the
only lead they have is a low level drug dealer Rak (Jun-yeol Ryu)
whom they make a deal with. If Rak helps them catch Mr. Lee, the
police in turn will help protect him and let him live in Hae-young
detective Won-ho and his team of undercover detectives after finding
a survivor in drug factory fire decide pose as dealers and use the
survivor 'Rak' to help them catch the drug kingpin known only as 'Mr.
Lee'. Rak helps the police get into the drug underworld and shows
them how Mr. Lee runs his drug operation without ever being seen or
directly involved. As Rak explains who to talk to and where to go,
he also tells them the story of how he came to be working for the
organization. Problem is... no one in the drug cartel seems to knows
what Mr. Lee looks like either and there are a bunch of fakes wannabe
dealers posing as 'Mr. Lee' too. To the cartel "Mr. Lee"
is a title of whoever is currently in charge of the cartel or...
greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing the world he
didn't exist." This movie was like a Korean version of The
(Spoiler alert) About a 1/3 of the way through the movie I guessed
the drug kingpin to be the low level drug dealer at the start of the
movie. The character seemed like he was not significant but then he
also knew too much to not be not important, and all the half-true
stories he told felt more like he was using it to lead and manipulate
others. Extras include trailers.
is a New Zealand-made drama that follows a recently widowed father,
who quits his job as a popular 800 word columnist for a top selling
Sydney newspaper and, over the internet, he buys a house on an
impulse in a remote New Zealand seaside town. While he dreams a
fresh start, the cities in Weld get drawn into various dramatic
stars Erik Thomson, Melina Vidler, Benson Jack Anthony, Rick Donald,
Bridie Carter, Emma Leonard, Alexander Tarrant, Michelle Langstone,
Anna Jullienne, and Cian Elyse White.
3, Part One
(2018) is comprised of eight episodes that span two DVD discs.
Special Features include a Behind the Scenes Featurette (3 min) and
Cast Interviews (8 min).
Mysteries: The Christmas Cases
(2015 - 2017) collects three annual holiday episodes in a new Limited
Edition box for fans who like the show and might not want/need entire
seasons. Several genre shows have been doing this (including Doctor
with amusing in-jokes) and the series know for solving mysteries with
yesterday's 'hot new' technology and they made three here: A
Merry Murdoch Christmas,
Upon a Murdoch Christmas
for the Holidays.
They are amusing, but like the show, it can be either very
entertaining or a little goes a long way. I'm in-between on its
overall quality (these specials and the entire series to date), but
it is a set that makes sense as a holiday gift for fans. Some will
even find its very existence amusing.
featurettes (16 min.) and a collectible Christmas card with a holiday
greeting from Yannick Bisson.
(1972) is yet another remarkable feature film from one of the best
journeyman filmmakers in Hollywood history, on a roll at this time
(other films included The
and even Mandingo)
dealing with crime in the modern day. An early adaptation of a work
by Joseph Wambaugh (script penned by Stirling Silliphant before he
started to get silly with the likes of The
George C. Scott is a cop about to retire, helping out as he can and
working with new cops on the potential rise, including dealing with
cases that we're very raw and real for the time of this film's
Keach is one of those cops we get to know well, but he is having
trouble on the job, at home and might not be as strong as his
predecessor, though the new generation faces new challenges of
violence that is bolder than before, so some of this is relative.
Save a young Eric Estrada as one of the new cops (we get a training
sequence opening the film that was ripped off later comically for the
opening of the hit TV series Charlie's
and seen more seriously in the likes of Police
series) showing it is not just going to be white male cops, but the
'us and them' split in the storyline dates this and might be
conceived as racist to some. It is racial, but I found it not to be
so black and white.
if you can get past that, it is a well made film that takes its
audience and its intelligence seriously. It certainly helped the
supporting cast be seen including
Scott Wilson, Jane Alexander, Rosalind Cash, Clifton James, James B.
Sikking, Isabel Sanford, Ed Lauter, Roger E. Mosley, Dolph Sweet and
William Atherton. Look too for uncredited turns by Anne Ramsey and
Gerald S. O'Laughlin, so it is that kind of a movie loaded with all
kinds of talent they did not know they had at the time.
underrated gem of Sony's
Columbia Pictures catalog, it has become lost in the shuffle of so
many hit films and so, the company had decided to license it and it
is now a Twilight Time
Limited Edition Blu-ray. Like a Criterion Collection release, the
company focuses on classics and films you should know more about and
this is definitely no exception, especially in this era of police
procedural overload on TV. At 46-years-old and going (taking place
the at about the same time a Spike Lee's excellent new film
the questions its asks about law, order and the stress of being an
officer are as relevant as ever, maybe even more so.
include an illustrated booklet on the film including informative text
and yet another excellent, underrated essay by the great film scholar
Julie Kirgo, while the Blu-ray adds an Isolated Music Track, a great
Feature-Length Audio Commentary Track with Actor Scott Wilson and
Film Historian Nick Redman, another solid Audio Commentary with Film
Historians Lee Pfeiffer & Paul Scrabo and an Original Theatrical
Trailer. With all that, this is a release worth going out of your
way for, so get it while copies last.
to Chastain Hospital, one of the best hospital in country. Devon, a
young doctor arrives at Chastain for his residency and he learns
there is more to being a doctor than curing people and saving lives,
and he learns of the darkside of the hospitals. Behind closed
curtains, the resident doctors must deal with the red tape and
corrupt CEOs, lawyers, media spin doctors and senior doctors who
rather let patients die if they can't afford the hospital in The
Resident: Season One
is a first year resident doctor at Chastain, and on the very first
day he is placed under wing of a genius but arrogant 3rd year
resident Doctor Conrad and Nurse Nic. At first they clash, but they
quickly bond and he learns Conrad and Nic are still trying to save
lives unlike their boss Randolph Bell, the Chief of Surgery and CEOs
of the hospital, who care more about profit and their hospital's
reputations than saving lives. Randolph Bell suffers from tremors in
his hands and is no longer able to perform surgery but continues to
keep it a secret and causes more deaths, but because of his pride, he
continues to cover up the deaths as 'accidents'. In Season
they fight against another corrupt doctor, Lane Hunter, Conrad's
mentor who using patients in highly dangerous illegal radiation
treatments in experiments for curing cancer and will do anything to
cover up her 'mistakes' ...including destroying the residents of
was your typical medical drama, it is the stories and personal lives
of doctors. Along with saving patient's lives it is also about the
secrets, dramatic relationships, rivalries, love and lost between the
doctors and patients.
- Devon arrives at Chastain for his first day and meets Conrad and
Nic and learns there more to being a doctor than high scores.
Conrad fights against Bell for a heart transplant from giving it to
wealthy congressman instead of a teacher. Devon runs the ER for the
first time without the help of Conrad.
- Devon learns of the hospital policy of over treating patients in
order to charge them more. Chastain discovers one of their workers
is an illegal resident but is need of an expensive treatment to save
- A John Doe is discovered during a mass accident. Bell secretly
takes medicine to his hands from trembling but has side effects. Nic
begins to suspect Dr. Hunter's clinic is hurting patients than curing
- Dr. Bell's side effects begin to catch up to him and cause multiple
deaths and the doctors are under review from the morbidity and
Matter the Cost
- Conrad must solve a medical mystery to the cause of one man's pain
to prevent other doctor's from running more useless tests on him.
- A terminal man wants to spend his remaining days with his wife,
instead the CEOs wants him to get expensive treatment to try and
extend his life but die alone in the hospital.
- A homeless woman wanders into Chastain during a charity event, but
turns out to be a wealthy heiress. Davon's parents meets his
- Chastain's newest patient is Conrad's ex-fiancee. Lane secretly
kills a beloved patient Lily and frames Nic for it.
- Dr. Bell tremor causes him to hurt a VIP and gets suspended. Lane
manipulates the board for a new CEO, Claire. Conrad is haunted by
the Nurses Get Screwed...
- Lane continues to frame Nic for Lily's death. Bell is reinstated
after proving Claire was trying to save the hospital money instead of
lives. Nic gets fired.
Awakenings and the Raptor
- Nic discovers Lane has another identity and suddenly find
mysterious man threatening her from investigating Lane further.
- Nic continues to dig further into Lane only realizing too late Lane
framed her again to be arrested and sent to jail.
Eclipse of the Heart
- Nic, Conrad and Devon contact the FBI about Lane and go to Bell for
help, telling him of Lane's experiments and her patients. Bell
pretends to help Lane to help her escape and destroy the evidence but
instead he helps the FBI catch her with the evidence red handed. Nic
is exonerated and rehired.
1080p 2.35 X 1 digital High Definition image on Believer
is shot on Arri Alexa HD cameras and looks just fine throughout for
the format, but the popular camera always had flaws and the Ultra HD
era is starting to make its limits more obvious. The
anamorphically enhanced DVD is much weaker and hard to watch.
the other hand, the 1080p 2.35 X 1 digital High Definition image
transfer on Centurions
can show the age of the materials used, but this is far superior a
transfer to all previous releases of the film on video and as shot in
real 35mm anamorphic Panavision, has shots nothing else reviewed here
Director of Photography Ralph Woolsey, A.S.C., just passed away in
2018 at age 104 (!!!) and lensed everything from huge hit TV shows
Takes A Thief,
Of The Game)
to feature films like Lifeguard,
Jugs & Speed.
He had an amazing eye when it came to filming and his work holds up
well all around, including here in his mastery of the scope frame.
More of his work needs Blu-ray release.
is presented on standard definition DVD with a widescreen aspect
ratio of 1.78:1 and a lossy Dolby Digital 5.1 mix. Compression
issues are evident, but the show certainly has high production values
and it comes across well, even in this highly compressed state. An
HD presentation would be a vast improvement.
anamorphically enhanced 1.78 X 1 image on Murdoch
is a little soft, some of it from style, while the same presentation
fares better, looking as good as any DVD on the list.
for sound, the DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 5.1 Korean lossless mix on
is good and well mixed enough, yet too refined or limited at times to
take total advantage of the multi-channel possibilities, while the
DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 2.0 Mono lossless on Centurions
shows its age as expected. Too bad it could have not been simple
stereo, especially since the isolated music score sounds so good.
leaves the lossy Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo on Murdoch
is a little soft, some of it from style, but passable, while the
Dolby Digital 5.1
by being more active, but is held back by the limits of the old
limited edition Blu-ray, buy it and other great exclusives while
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