Ride (1944/Warner Archive
(1991/Fine Line/Umbrella Region Free Import Blu-ray)/Longmire:
Season Six/Final Season
(2017 - 2018/Warner DVD Set)/The
Nun 4K (2018/Warner 4K
Ultra HD Blu-ray w/Blu-ray)/Ride
Ultra HD Picture: A Picture: C/B-/B-/B+/B Sound: C/C+/B-/A/B
Extras: D/B-/D/B/C Main Programs: C+/B-/B/B/C+
Import Blu-ray is now only available from our friends at Umbrella
Entertainment in Australia and can play on all Blu-ray players, while
DVD is now only available from Warner Bros. through their Warner
Archive series. All can be ordered from the links below.
next thrillers start out with normal circumstances that are soon
start with a film that seems like a normal drama at first, D. Ross
(1944) as two young couples go out for an evening car ride. However,
one of the cars has had its tires stolen! Fortunately, despite WWII
war rationing, one of the guys 'knows
who he can call to get a brand new set for a price. This happens as
does the drive, but disaster follows and it turns out the name tires
(wait until you see the name they come up with) were fakes that had
new-looking coverings plastered over bad, torn, shot tires.
out it is an organized crime plot and this brings two police men who
are also brothers onto the case. Fir running under an hour, this is
very efficient, sometimes intense storytelling that holds up well for
its age and is not hindered by its age. The acting all around is not
bad, led by a cast that includes Charles Lang, Richard Travis and
Eleanor Parker, but also reflects how Warner knew how to make a
low-budget programmer that would work. I had not seen this one for
decades, but it is fun and a film all film fans should check out at
least once. It shames similar films with much larger budgets.
like the way the film is shot and edited, but the
1.33 X 1 black & white image and lossy
Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono are a bit rough at times and the source could
use some work, so the transfer
can show the age of the materials used. I hope this gets fixed up.
In the near future, because it deserves it.
are unfortunately no extras, but I wonder if an Original Theatrical
Trailer would have been unintentionally amusing.
(1991) is not the filmmaker's greatest film, but it is one of his
most interesting and underrated just the same as Willem Dafoe (To
Live And Die In L.A.)
as a run runner for a dealer (Susan Sarandon in an interesting turn)
about to fold her drug distribution set-up before it is too late.
Too bad for him, her legman, others are onto him from the cops to the
other dealers to other junkies and opportunists. The title refers to
the state of their work and serving their customers, especially him.
sometimes it has flat moments, this is still very believable and the
great supporting cast (Dana Delany, Sam Rockwell, Victor Garber,
David Spade, Paul Jabara, Mary Beth Hurt, David Clennon, Jane Adams)
make it more interesting and convincing. Schrader is one of the few
filmmakers then and now who could pull this off, worthy of the best
urban crime cinema, yet so smoothly without trying and without
overdoing any gunplay to the point where it becomes a spoof of
itself, goes over the top and is no longer convincing. It is a
character study that asks questions not asked enough and that is why
it is as good now as ever, relevant as ever and proves some things
never change. Definitely see it if you missed it or re-see it if its
been a while. You won't be sorry.
1080p 1.85 X 1 digital High Definition image transfer can show the
age of the materials used, but this is far superior a transfer to all
previous releases of the film versus DVD copies, yet it needs and
deserves a new 4K version eventually. Looking like an older HD
of Photography Ed Lachman (The
delivers a great, unique, atmospheric look to the film that is a
little different than what you've seen before, yet in line with the
kind of gritty filmmaking Schrader (and similarly, Scorsese) are
known for. Even with the detail issues here and there, the look
still comes through.
DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 2.0 Stereo lossless mix is from the original
Dolby SR (Spectral Recording) advanced analog noise reduction
soundmaster that is a little weak here and could sound better, but
plays just fine otherwise. It is likely a generation down, but not
by much, though don't expect strong surrounds, even considering it is
a dialogue-driven film.
include a feature length audio commentary track by film scholars Emma
Westwood & Sally Christie, Q&A with Schrader and DP Ed
Lachman, VHS Promo and an Original Theatrical Trailer.
ends with a bang with its Sixth
& Final Season
that premiered on Netflix in 2017 now landing on disc thanks to
Warner Bros. Similar in some regards to Walker Texas Ranger,
Longmire (2012 - 2018) is based on the Walt Longmire mystery novels
by Craig Johnson, and is a western set in modern times.
Robert Taylor as Sheriff Longmire, the series explores various crimes
in the small town that vary from racially charged to murder and
crime. The character of Longmire is bright but damaged, as he is
still in recovery of his wife's death and does his best to maintain
his tough as nails persona. Longmire
also stars Katee Sackhoff, Lou Diamond Philips, Cassidy Freeman, and
Adam Bartley to name a few.
episodes span two DVDs and include The
Eagle and the Osprey, Fever, Thank You, Victoria, A Thing I'll Never
Understand, Burned Up My Tears, No Greater Character Endorsement,
Opiates and Antibiotics, Cowboy Bill, Running Eagle Challenge,
and the series finale, Goodbye,
is a Always Implied.
show is presented on anamorphically
definition DVD with its original 1.78:1 widescreen aspect ratio and a
lossy Dolby Digital 5.1 mix, both of which are of the norm. It has a
nice and clean look that pretty natural, though as progressed since
its 2012 debut.
continues to expand with The
(2018), which is the franchise's darkest R-rated entry yet. First
introduced as a bit character in The
(much like the other star of the series - Annabelle) is a
supernatural demon that's spooked out audiences in theaters earlier
in the year to huge success.
stars Taissa Farmiga, Demian Bichir, Bonnie Aarons, Charlotte Hope,
Ingrid Bisu, and Jonny Coyne. The film is directed by Corin Hardy
and produced by Conjuring
creator James Wan.
film centers around a priest with a past (Bichir), and a novitiate
(Farmiga) go to Romania to investigate a mysterious death. Once they
get there, of course, they uncover the secrets of The Nun, who kills
and terrorizes them while they attempt to slay the demon. This story
was mentioned briefly in the first Conjuring
film and is told here in its full glory.
moves along a bit quicker than most other religious demonic films and
is in some ways like a haunted house movie with spooks around each
turn. The production design is on point and the film looks
especially detailed thanks to the 4K UHD presentation. There are a
lot of jump scares as there are with all Conjuring
films, but this one is a bit darker which helps.
film is presented in eye popping 2160p HEVC/H.265, HDR (10; Ultra HD
Premium)-enhanced Ultra High Definition image with a widescreen
aspect ratio of 2.39:1 and a great sounding audio tracks in lossless
English Dolby Atmos 11.1 (and a Dolby TrueHD 7.1 mixdown). The film
has a gothic feel and is rich in production value and detail, which
with the help of the HDR (high dynamic range) is on full display
here. Also included is a 1080p high definition Blu-ray with similar
sound specs and a fine image, but not as much detail as the 2160p
digital UV copy is also included.
we have Jeremy Ungar's Ride
film set primarily in a car and more of a psychological thriller
similar to the Tom Cruise film Collateral.
A cautionary tale of the dark side of being a Uber driver,
struggling actor James (Jessie T. Usher) is a L.A. uber driver who
has a weird night on the job. What starts as a great night, giving
the beautiful Bella Thorne a lift (and her actually liking him), he
then ends up at the will of a criminal named Bruno (Will Brill).
also stars Hailee Keanna Lautenbach, and Sara Lindsey.
film is presented in 1080p high definition with a 2.35:1 widescreen
aspect ratio and a DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 5.1 lossless mix, both of
which are of the standard for the format. The film takes place at
night and is heavy in grain throughout, but nicely color corrected.
The overall style of the film is sleek and clean and the presentation
comes across fine to compliment it.
original short film, Ride,
that inspired the feature.
a Photo Gallery
the film isn't completely original, it has some not so subtle social
commentary that's a mixed bag and some interesting cinematography.
For taking place mostly in a car and having a relatively small cast,
the film remains pretty interesting throughout. The film certainly
will make those who drive uber a little wary, as this could clearly
happen to just about anyone in real life that's as gullible as the
lead is here.
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