With A Clock In Its Walls 4K
(2018/Universal 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray w/Blu-ray)/Ouija
House (2018/PAL DVD*)/Pet
Shop (1994/MVD/Full Moon
(1992/Sony/Blu-ray/*both Umbrella Region Free Imports)
Ultra HD Picture: A Picture: B/B+/B-/B/B Sound: B/A/B-/B/B
Extras: C-/B/D/C/D Films: C/B/C/C/B
PAL DVD (plays only on 4K Blu-ray, Bu-ray and DVD layers that can
handle the format) and Single
Blu-ray imports are now only available from our friends at Umbrella
Entertainment in Australia and can be ordered from the link below.
now some horror and thriller material for the holidays, but a few are
for larger 'family' audiences...
Reinert Kiil (The
(2017) which is also known as Juleblod, a Norwegian holiday horror
film that has some fun aspects to it, but is far from perfect. Set
in a Norwegian town where there is no sunlight for months on end, a
killer dressed as Santa hacks and slashes his way into their
film stars Thomas Felberg, Stig Henrik Hoff, Solje Bergman, Sondre
Krogtoft Larsen, and May Lydia Eidsto.
is presented on standard definition DVD with a widescreen aspect
ratio of 2.35:1 and a lossy Dolby Digital 5.1 surround mix in
Norwegian with English subtitles. The overall look of the film is
dark and is lit appropriately as the town is supposed to be without
sunlight... but it makes for a disorienting feeling while watching
the lot of the film. Overall, the cinematography by Benjamin Mosli
isn't without merit, and captures the essence of a town deprived of
only extra on the disc is the Trailer.
isn't terrible and has an interesting atmosphere, but isn't bound to
be a cult classic by any means.
Eli Roth steps out of his R/NC-17-rated comfort zone, and attempts
PG fantasy with
The House with a Clock in its Walls
(2018), which stars Jack Black and Cate Blanchett. Aimed at the
Harry Potter/Goosebumps crowd, the film is a bit silly and cooky, but
more fun than I expected it to be and is even, a bit dark. The money
is on the screen, and Roth managed to get some solid performances out
of his cast, while the film could have easily been a disaster.
Universal does another grand 4K UHD treatment in this recommended new
film also stars Owen Vaccaro, Kyle MacLachlan, Colleen Camp, and
Renee Elise Goldsberry and is based on the beloved children's classic
book written by John Bellairs and illustrated by Edward Gorey.
(Vaccaro) is a social outcast yet oddly brilliant young boy. He goes
to live with his Uncle Jonathan (Black) in his highly unusual mansion
that's full of oddities, and an equally odd neighbor named Mrs.
Zimmerman (Blanchett). It doesn't take long for Lewis to figure out
that the two are magic-folk and both possess otherworldly abilities.
At the center of the mansion is a beating clock that brings with it
imagination and wonder... what will Lewis find as he unlocks the
mystery of this clock?
film is presented with a stunning 2160p
HEVC/H.265, HDR (10; Ultra HD Premium)-enhanced Ultra High Definition
UHD disc and its original 2.39:1 widescreen aspect ratio. Paired
with exquisite tracks in Dolby Atmos (Dolby True HD 7.1 mixdown for
older systems) lossless sound, this is a high end presentation of the
film that's nothing short of marvelous. The CG in the film is
textured and realistic for the most part, and the production design
is lavish and captured nicely here. Also included is a 1080p Blu-ray
edition with similar sound and widescreen specs, and a digital copy.
Features are packed in this edition and (per the press release)
- Go behind the scenes with the enchanting cast of The House with a
Clock in Its Walls
- A look at the casting of Owen Vaccaro
- A look at the unique dynamism and magic that Jack Black brings to
the character of Jonathan Barnavelt
- The cast discuss Cate Blanchett's wonderful performance as Florence
Terrifying Isaac Izard
- Watch Kyle MacLachlan's creepy evolution from living icon to
undead-warlock Movie Magic
Ultimate Haunted House
- Join filmmakers for a guided tour through the incredible house at
the center of the film
- A behind-the-scenes look at the mechanical horrors involved in this
- Behind the scenes with the cast and an army of spooky, snarling,
- Filmmakers and cast discuss the amazing clock room set
- A behind-the-scenes look at the creepy Baby Jack sequence
Tock: Bringing the Book to Life
- Filmmakers discuss how they adapted the book for the big screen
Roth: Director's Journals
- Director Eli Roth takes viewers behind the scenes at Candler
Mansion, Newnan, GA, The Chair, Comrade Ivan, New Zebedee Elementary,
and Wrap Day
Goes Behind the Scenes
- Armed with his own camera, Owen guides viewers on his own journey
behind-the-scenes of the movie, Around the Set, Behind the Camera,
The Big Interview, and Downtime on Set
- Eli Roth and the cast are challenged to come up with a theme song
for the film
You Know Jack Black?
- The cast compete with each other to see who knows Jack Black the
- Eli Roth performs a magic trick for Owen Vaccaro
Black's Greatest Fear
- Eli Roth and Owen Vaccaro play a prank on Jack Black
- Composer Nathan Barr discusses how he created the film's unique and
is a surprisingly solid kids film that will appeal to just about
anyone. Hopefully, a sequel is in order! Either way, this is a high
end presentation on 4K Ultra HD, that is the proper way to see the
film if not in theaters.
(2018) is just another average killer ouija board movie. While it
could have taken its indie filmmaking roots to a more violent
extreme, the film plays it safe and sticks with jump scares, pretty
(and a few recognizable) faces, and loud noises that audiences have
come to expect. At the end of the day, it just isn't very scary,
film stars Tara Reid (American
Mischa Barton (The
Dee Wallace (E.T.,
Carly Schroeder (Eye
of the Dolphin)
and scream queen Tiffany Shepis. (Abominable).
graduate student (Schroeder) is trying to complete her research on a
book that she hopes will help save her down-on-her-luck mother
(Wallace) from financial ruin. Going on a weekend getaway with
friend, they enter a spooky house with a mysterious past, where the
group unwittingly summon an evil entity who puts their lives into
film is presented in anamorphically
definition on DVD with a 1.78:1 widescreen aspect ratio and a lossy
5.1 Dolby Digital mix. The film isn't terribly shot and shows
compression issues in this edition that is evident with the format.
the same level of fear as an Insidious
is a tame haunted house popcorn muncher that follows the slasher
formula to a predictable degree, and wastes some of the few decent
cameos it has.
a Moonbeam and Full Moon (Puppet
series) production that wants to be a Spielberg film so very badly.
Presented here in its best looking presentation yet in 1080p, the
film is for B movie fans solely and certainly not for an over
critical crowd. This is the first time this film has been available
on any format since its initial 1994 VHS debut.
odd alien couple (dressed like cowboys) that look human land on
earth, and take over a pet shop. Populating it with bizarre
creatures, their main goal is to lure in tasty Earth children. When
the lovable kids step into the picture, the alien animals (disguised
as earth animals) tend to bond with them, and less to their alien
film stars Terry Kiser, Leigh Ann Orsi, Spencer Vrooman, and Joanna
Baron with direction by Hope Perello.
film has the standard Blu-ray treatment and is presented in 1080p
high definition with its original 1.78:1 widescreen aspect ratio, and
is paired with both a Dolby Digital 5.1 and a Dolby Digital 2.0 lossy
mix when we should have lossless sound. While it claims to be a scan
from the original 35mm negative, the film wasn't lit perfectly, and
has some scenes that look better than others. Some of the scenes in
the pet shop have a blue color to them which looks a little over
saturated here and some problematic blown out exteriors that are a
little overexposed. The puppets are however pretty detailed and look
fine in closeups.
Entertainment Video Zone - a collection of old trailers
looks like it was made in the 1980s, but it was made around the same
time that the original Jurassic
movies were just coming out. While made a budget considerably less
than those films, Pet
is a fun PG entry in the Full Moon catalog that's over the top and
VERY campy. While a little dated, it can still appeal to most kids.
It does make me miss an age where puppets were more predominant on
the silver screen.
that leaves us with a psychological thriller that was a hit in its
(1992) gets the deluxe Blu-ray treatment thanks to Umbrella. Bridget
Fonda and Jennifer Jason Leigh star in the infamously sexy thriller
thats still frighteningly relevant today. While it's been parodied
(namely by the Mike Myers' So
I Married An Axe Murderer),
and remade countless times under different names, this film still
holds up well and looks good in HD.
film also stars Steven Weber, Peter Friedman, and Stephen Tobolowsky
to name a few.
to the city and split from her fiance, Allison (Fonda) ends up
getting a new roommate named Hedra (Leigh) thanks to an innocent ad
that she puts in the paper. While the two at first form a close
friendship, Allison decides to give her ex another chance. This
infuriates Hedy, who ends up becoming a totally different person than
she was before, as shes consumed with jealousy and grows an unhealthy
obsession with Allison.
film is presented in 1080p high definition with a widescreen aspect
ratio of 1.77:1 and a nice sounding 2.0 DTS-HD MA (Master Audio)
English Stereo lossless mix (with Pro Logic surrounds from its
original Dolby System analog theatrical release). The film is pretty
sharp looking, and is shot very cinematically. There is some grain
in the image, but clarity and smoothness is consistent throughout.
Howard Shore's score is very intense and comes across nicely on this
release. A similar looking transfer was also released on Blu-ray by
Shout! Factory also recently, and while I haven't personally seen
that release, we'll see how they compare at some point. I'm
surprised it took this long for this film to get released on Blu-ray
extras unfortunately. In contrast, the Shout! Factory release has
several extras including new interviews and commentaries.
remains a strong thriller with great acting, direction, and an
overall great cinematic feel. While you may think you have it
figured out in the first act, the film will certainly keep you on the
edge of your seat in its third act! The 'high heel' kill is still
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