Eagle (1988/MVD Visual
(2017/DC Comics/Warner 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray w/Blu-ray)/Kickboxer:
Retaliation (2017/Well Go
Texas Chain Saw Massacre III
(1990/New Line/Warner Archive Blu-ray)/The
Man From Earth: Holocine
(2017/MVD Visual Blu-ray)/Suspiria
(1977 4K Restoration/Synapse Blu-ray Set)
Ultra HD Picture: A Picture: B/B+/A & B-/B/B-/B- Sound:
B/A/B & C+/B/B/B Extras: B/B/C/C+/B/B Films:
Blu-ray is now only available from Warner Bros. through their Warner
Archive series and can be ordered from the link below.
the latest action and genre films to know about...
you yearn for the VHS videotape era (or Betamax days) even today,
you'll be wanting to take note of MVD's new Rewind Collection, which
highlights some all but forgotten B-movies from decades past. Last
month we reviewed the Attack
of the Killer Tomatoes
Blu-ray from the label and this month we are covering the
resurrection of a VHS cult hit, Jean Claude Van Damme in Eric
film also stars Sho Kosugi, Bruce French, William Bassett, and Kane
the U.S. Air Force's most modern tactical aircraft, an F-111 Aardvark
with a new laser guidance system, crashes into the sea near Malta - a
region where the Soviet forces are highly present, times become dire.
The CIA immediately sends out their best secret agent, Ken Tami
(Kosugi), to salvage the system before it falls into enemy hands...
however his opponent KGB agent Andrei (Van Damme) aka Black Eagle has
in 1080p high definition with a widescreen aspect ratio of 1.78:1 and
a lossy Dolby Digital 5.1 English surround sound track (though PCM
2.0 sound is also included), the film looks improved on Blu-ray disc
in comparison to the also included DVD edition and no doubt older
versions in several formats. There's also no doubt that this is the
best that the film has looked since its original release and the
natural look and lighting holds up pretty well.
Kosugi: Martial Arts Legend
(HD, 21:26) (featuring new interviews with Sho Kosugi and Shane
Kosugi and more).
Making of Black Eagle
(HD, 35:50)(featuring new interviews with Director / Producer Eric
Karson, Screenwriter Michael Gonzalez and stars Sho Kosugi, Doran
Clark, Shane Kosugi and Dorota Puzio).
of Jean-Claude Van Damme
(HD, 19:20) (Brand new interviews with cast and crew tell stories
about working with the legendary action star).
Script and the Screenwriters (HD, 27:14) (featuring Michael Gonzales,
Eric Karson and more).
Theatrical Trailer (SD)
Limited Vintage Slipcover: FIRST PRESSING ONLY (see image below)
the film has some fun fight sequences, overall it's pretty stale with
performances that are less than exciting and some pretty cheesy
moments. A product of its time and fun to look back on, this isn't
among even Van Damme's best. However, if you're one of the many
action fans that digs on this, then this is the edition to get. Look
for Van Damme's latest below.
no secret that comic book fans have always drawn a line in the sand
between Marvel and DC, especially when it comes to film and
television. Over the years both companies have had hits and misses
but no case has been quite as unique as the one for Zack Snyder's
(2017), which was also co-directed (but not credited) by Joss Whedon
The Vampire Slayer,
first two Avengers
is the first time that the Justice League characters (minus the Green
and arguably the likes of Hawkman or the Martian Manhunter) have
shared cinematic space together and is the fourth entry in DC's new
cinematic franchise which includes Man
v Superman: Dawn of Justice,
and the blockbuster smash Wonder
(all of which are reviewed elsewhere on this site). I would highly
recommend watching those films in order to get all of the references
before watching this one, however, this film is more of a popcorn
muncher than the others and can be enjoyed regardless.
features returning stars Henry Cavill (Superman), Ben Affleck
(Batman), and Gal Gadot (Wonder Woman). New characters in the film
(although they were teased very briefly in BvS)
include Ray Fisher (Cyborg), Ezra Miller (The Flash), and a highly
entertaining performance by Jason Momoa as Aquaman. The film also
features supporting roles by Amy Adams (Lois Lane), Amber Heard
(Mera), J.K. Simmons (Commissioner Gordon), Jeremy Irons (Alfred),
Connie Nielsen (Hippolyta), Diane Lane (Martha Kent), Billy Crudup
(Henry Allen) and of course, the underrated Ciaran Hinds, villainous
death has affected the world as we know it and an apocalyptic threat
is looming over the planet. It's up to Batman (Affleck) and Wonder
Woman (Gadot) to form what meta-humans they are aware of the world
over in order to prevent the supernatural villain Steppenwolf (Hinds)
from obtaining all of the Mother Boxes (each of which is hidden in
different realms), in order to call down upon Darkseid and bring
about the end of humanity. With the help of The Flash (Miller),
Aquaman (Momoa), and Cyborg (Fisher) the Justice League is formed...
however it quickly becomes apparent that Superman's death may not be
permanent. Can they bring back Superman from the grave in order to
stop this unstoppable threat and save the day?
case you're not up to date with Hollywood drama behind the scenes,
the production for Justice League was a little rushed and insane for
all parties involved. Zack Snyder's superhero films (all of which I
personally have enjoyed) have been met with harsh criticism from
fanboys and movie-goers with a lot of gripes and complaining despite
the impressiveness of all of the films from a production standpoint.
Snyder clearly has a love for the characters and over his three films
brought a dark style that helped evolve the brand to a more faithful
comic adaptation than the (mostly) grounded reality of Christopher
Snyder's daughter unfortunately passed on during the film's
production and Warner Bros. had to bring on Joss Whedon to finish the
film. This affected Snyder's original version (which was reportedly
three hours long as opposed to this two hour version) and expensive
reshoots made the production even longer and more challenging.
Taking all of this into consideration, this version of Justice League
isn't half bad (and could have been way worse) with great onscreen
chemistry among its cast, beautiful costume and production design,
and very expensive visual effects sequences.
film's biggest problem is its weak villain Steppenwolf, who is really
only a challenge until (spoiler) Superman shows up in the last act
but I can forgive it for that. The film could have gone a million
different directions considering its rich history in comic book
mythology and I think many of the decisions made here were safe
choices. Is it the best superhero movie ever made? Not at all. But
is it fun, imaginative, and pretty to look at? Absolutely.
film is presented here in 2160p HEVC/H.265, Dolby Vision/HDR (10;
Ultra HD Premium)-enhanced Ultra High Definition image on the new 4K
UHD format and looks absolutely gorgeous. The film has a widescreen
aspect ratio of 1.85:1 (shot on 35mm film with some 65mm film and HD)
and a crystal clear, lossless Dolby Atmos 11.1 track that captures
the rich sound design at home perfectly. Also on the disc are
lossless 5.1 Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) tracks that
I'm sure work line on older systems. Also included is the 1080p
Blu-ray with similar but less impressive specs. There are a few
moments that really shine in 2160p, namely a scene where the League
are talking to Gordon on a rooftop and its raining. You can see
every rain drop on Batman's cowl despite the costume's darkness.
Perhaps even demo disc worthy.
included is a digital copy of the film.
- Journey alongside DC comic creators as they explore over fifty
years of the Justice League, from comic books to animated adventures
to their cinematic debut.
- Discover the heart, soul and mind of the Justice League, as the
cast and filmmakers share their admiration for DC's iconic Trinity:
Superman, Wonder Woman and Batman.
of the Justice League
- From Batman's arsenal to Cyborg's alien tech, interface with the
Justice League database to learn their most advanced secrets.
League: The New Heroes
- Join Ray Fisher on a personal tour to meet the newest members of
the Justice League: Aquaman, the Flash and Cyborg.
Return of Superman
- Bonus scenes not seen in theaters.
- Join actor Ciaran Hinds and the filmmakers as they reveal the story
behind mankind's ancient enemy and the Justice League's greatest
Studies: Revisiting the Amazons/Wonder Woman's Rescue/Heroes Park/The
Tunnel Battle -
Take a closer look at the filmmaking process behind Justice League's
most visually exciting and action-packed sequences in these four
Up: The Look of the League
- Costume Designer Michael Wilkinson explores the innovation and
artistry that goes into creating the costumes of DC's iconic heroes.
two Deleted Scenes
the severe lack of deleted scenes, this release isn't too bad and
it's nice to finally have the film on disc to add to the collection.
I'd recommend this film to anybody that yearns for escapism,
especially in these crazy modern times. Now you can see the new
4-hour version on 4K (released in 2021) at this link:
fighter Kurt Sloane finds himself kidnapped and forced to fight in an
illegal underground death match against drug fueled and enhanced
fighter, but in order to prepare for this ultimate fight he trained
by the legendary Master Durand (Jean-Claude Van Damme) and prison
fighter Briggs (Mike Tyson) in Kickboxer:
Durand and Briggs teach him what he needs to survive?
Sloane is a champion prize fighter in the states, but he finds
himself recruited to into the illegal world of underground fighting,
to fight a 400-lb drug fueled and enhanced fighter, Mongkut because
he has no other challengers. He is kidnapped and his wife is held at
ransom to for him to fight. Locked in a prison controlled by the
Moore (Christopher Lambert) the Kingpin he is given the choice of
fight or die. He is then given time to be trained former legendary
master Durand, a blind master fighter and the toughest man in prison,
Briggs. As he trains, Durand and Briggs teaches him how it isn't
always the strongest that win, and before the end he will have to use
everything he learned if he wants to survive the fight.
was like a mix of kickboxing fighting with a Jackie Chan movie, there
was a lot of blood letting fights, but also also a lot of amusing
training and fighting scenes. Most the movie was building up to the
final fight and how the main character used what he learned to win.
1080p 2.35 X 1 digital High Definition image looks as good as this HD
shoot can, while the DTS-HD
MA (Master Audio) 5.1 lossless mix is very well recorded and offers
fine accompaniment, it is not as impressive as the image. Ditto for
the anamorphically enhanced DVD with lossy Dolby Digital 5.1 sound,
which cannot match the Blu-ray, but is OK. Extras
Texas Chain Saw Massacre III
(1990) is the (very belated, making it one sequel per decade since
the original) third entry in the Texas
franchise and is definitely worth revisiting in this new Blu-ray
edition from Warner Archive. While not as iconic as the first two
Texas Chainsaw films but better than the much maligned fourth
installment, Leatherface features R.A. Mihalioff as the iconic killer
and a very young Viggo Mortensen, William Butler, Kate Hodge, and
of the Dead's
Ken Foree in a film by Jeff Burr (Stepfather
It's also worth noting that the film was written by author David J.
Schow, who was a close friend of Psycho
author Robert Bloch and who brings his own unique narrative to the
yuppy college kids (Hodge and Butler) end up on a backroad in Texas
and soon become the prey of Leatherface and his demented new family
of cannibalistic misfits. As they witness the horror and atrocities
that the new Sawyer family has in store, they must gather their wits
and attempt to get out alive before Leatherface's new chainsaw (with
the clever inscription 'The Saw Is Family') ends their lives early.
in 1080p high definition on the Blu-ray format with a widescreen
aspect ratio of 1.78:1 (original aspect ratio - 1.85:1) and an
English DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 5.1 lossless track, the film
certainly looks better here than on previous standard definition DVD
versions of the past. The image is much cleaner, with less grain and
more detail on the characters. Originally shot on 35mm, the film
hasn't aged too terribly.
of the extras are carted over from the DVD version, and in standard
def, nonetheless and include:
Saw is Family: Making of Featurette
Know What To Do With Them Parts: Deleted Scenes
it's a bummer that the unrated scenes are a bonus feature instead of
back in to the film itself, this release is superior to previous ones
in terms of presentation. While this certainly isn't the strongest
entry in the franchise, it's still better than the past three latest
indie Sci-Fi drama, The
Man From Earth: Holocene
(2017) is a follow-up to The
Man From Earth
(2007). The slow paced film has a theatrical feel similar to a play,
mainly in part due to its abundance of dialogue. I haven't seen the
first, but from what I can gather it's similar in tone to this.
enough, the filmmakers Director Richard Schenkman and Producer
Emerson Bixby put the film out for free download on the internet upon
its completion many months ago. Now out in a proper release, and
packed with bonus materials, the heavy themed film is scientific and
philosophical but nothing groundbreaking in terms of filmmaking.
Oldman (Smith), now 14,000 years old and teaching in Northern
California, realizes that not only is he finally starting to age, but
four students have discovered his deepest secret. The students soon
contact Art Jenkins, whose career fell apart after publishing a book
about John's story, and from there things start to get a bit
film stars David Lee Smith, William Katt, Vanessa Williams, Michael
Dorn, Sterling Knight, Brittany Curran, Carlos Knight, Akemi Look,
and John Billingsley.
film is presented in 1080p high definition with a 1.78:1 widescreen
aspect ratio and a 5.1 English surround mix. While the sound mix is
fine, the image is a bit compressed looking coming from the digital
source. Considering this is a low budget film, that could be part of
the reason for the lackluster presentation.
Man From Earth: Legacy
- 86 min documentary
Script to Screen
Trek: Jerome Bixby's Sci-Fi Legacy
Story Of The Story
Man From Earth: Holocene Trailers (Teaser/Theatrical)
- A Micro-Short Film
more on the original film try our coverage in this link...
finally, the second U.S. Blu-ray
release of Dario Argento's Suspiria
(1977) in the second variant of a new 4K Restoration of the film.
This one is by Synapse, though the other has hit other markets,
including by Umbrella in Australia, which we reviewed here...
makes it the fifth time and fifth version of the film we've covered
since the site launched. Now we are happy with the sound, a DTS-HD
MA (Master Audio) 4.0 lossless mix reflecting the original magnetic
stereo surround the film was issued in, as well as a DTS-HD MA
(Master Audio) 5.1 lossless mix upgrade that is also not bad. I do
have issues with the transfer, but before getting to that, the fine
for this double Blu-ray set include...
audio commentaries by authors and Argento scholars, Derek Botelho,
David Del Valle and Troy Howarth.
You Know Anything About Witches?
- 30 minute SUSPIRIA visual essay written, edited and narrated by
in Nazi Germany
- Featurette on the German locations from SUSPIRIA.
Sigh from the Depths: 40 Years of SUSPIRIA
- All-new anniversary retrospective on the making of the film and its
influence on cinema.
- Interview with star Barbara Magnolfi.
theatrical trailers, TV spots and radio spots.
Classics" English "Breathing Letters" opening credit
sequence from U.S. release.
All-English opening and closing credits sequences, playable via
Reversible Cover Art created by Joel Robinson.
1080p 2.35 X 1 digital High Definition image transfer is credited as
a ''color correction supervised and approved by Suspiria
Director of Photography, Luciano Tovoli'' and 'exclusive;y for
Synapse, but that is to to suggest the two different 4K masters are
two contradictory scans. All markets releasing the 4K master on
regular Blu-ray can claim exclusivity. However, something is a bit
off here as even versus older Blu-rays of the film, it looks like
someone at Synapse took a few liberties, leaving the intentionally
three-strip Technicolor version from original European 35mm prints
too toned down and even more subtle scenes a shade too dark. What
and Tovoli not on went all out for richer, more complex color, they
used hard to expose (read lower light sensitivity) Eastman Color
Kodak 35mm negative to further that end. Someone apparently did not
like their vision and we get a flawed presentation, with the
additional issue of it lacking the striking detail and depth the
newer Umbrella Blu-ray has. We've seen this practical 'Technicolor
phobia' before of late (the 4K scan of The
Good, The Bad and The Ugly
on regular Blu-ray from Kino in the U.S. is too sepia gold, also NOT
reflecting how the film is supposed to look) so it is not just an
issue with one classic film.
the Synapse edition may have solid sound and the great extras still
make it worth it for fans, but the integrity of the image is
compromised and I hope any 4K 2160p Ultra High definition Blu-ray
version of the film in any market does not run into this problem.
Those with older Blu-ray versions of the film should hold on to the
comments on this are welcome.
order the Warner Archive Leatherface
Blu-ray, go to this link for it and many more great web-exclusive
Nicholas Sheffo (Suspiria),
Ricky Chiang (Kickboxer)