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for a new group of thrillers, sometimes horror and supernatural, for
you to be in the know about...
released on Blu-ray from Severin Films, Bloody
(1981) gets a new 2K remaster and a few new extras in this deluxe
Arrow release. A cult classic directed by Ed Hunt (The
you can tell that it was made around the time of the original Friday
film and they were aiming to get the same crowd as the music and the
slasher formula of teenagers having sex before their gruesome deaths
are a tad similar. However, this has got to be one of the better
'child murderer' films that I've seen, even if it tends to be a bit
unrealistic at times.
little kids share the same birthday - (the height of the eclipse of
the sun)... and all share a love of bloodlust and murder! While
innocent on the outside, on the insides of these little darlings is
pure evil! In this cult romp, on the children's tenth birthday they
start this vicious cycle of murder, and even their own families
become the victims! How many will have to die until their murderous
plot will be exposed?
film stars Lori Lethin, Melinda Cordell, Julie Brown, Joe Penny, and
is presented in 1080p high definition with a 1.85:1 widescreen aspect
ratio and is that new 2K restoration from the original film elements
thanks to Arrow. Paired with an original uncompressed mono audio
mix, the film does look a tad bit better here than the previous
release. Colors are vibrant and really pop, preserving the film look
perfectly on disc.
new audio commentary with director Ed Hunt
new audio commentary with The Hysteria Continues
new interview with actress Lori Lethin
Seeds and Body Counts - a brand new video appreciation of Bloody
Birthday and the killer kid sub-genre by film journalist Chris
interview with producer Max Rosenberg
sleeve featuring newly commissioned artwork by Timothy Pittides and
the original (and very awesome) one sheet art
First Pressing Only: Collector's booklet featuring new writing by Lee
movie is truly freaky at times and is a lot of fun to watch. If you
haven't seen it before, then I would definitely check out this Arrow
release. There's a few new extras here and the stellar looking
transfer make it recommendable to anyone pondering an upgrade.
Halloween saga continues with Halloween
(2018, but titled Halloween with no other suffix and could have used
a more unique title), is in celebration of the original film's 40th
anniversary. While a bit better than Halloween:
which celebrated the film's 20th anniversary, this reboot features
Jamie Lee Curtis back again in her iconic role as Laurie Strode and
ignores every sequel made after the first film, which had some fans
in an uproar. Overly hyped online and throughout the horror
community until its initial release, the end product seems like there
were one too many cooks in the kitchen and gets more wrong than
right, unfortunately. That's not to say that there aren't a few good
moments and a fine performance by Jamie Lee, however, its not enough
to not make this feel like a misfire and make one wonder what could
by David Gordon Green (George
the film also stars Judy Greer, Andi Matichak, James Jude Courtney,
and a cameo by original Michael Myers actor Nick Castle. The film is
produced by Hollywood heavyweight Jason Blum (Blumhouse), co-written
by Danny McBride, and the score by the saga's creator John Carpenter.
that Halloween night in 1978, Michael Myers was eventually captured
and contained in a heavily monitored mental facility. Forty years to
the night, The Shape overcomes his keepers and escapes back into the
sleepy suburban town of Haddonfield, IL. However, a no-holds-barred
Laurie Strode (Curtis) is now ready for Michael and has an entire
house dedicated tailored as one big trap for him. She doesn't have
as tight of a leash on her daughter (Greer) or her granddaughter
(Matichak), both of whom are running amok whilst this supernatural
madman is on the loose and the bodies continue to stack up.
film is presented in 2160p HEVC/H.265, HDR (10; Ultra HD
Premium)-enhanced Ultra High Definition image disc with a widescreen
aspect ratio of 2.40:1 and great sounding audio mixes in lossless
DTS-X 11.1 (DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 7.1 (48kHz, 24-bit) mixdown for
older systems). When comparing the look of this film to previous
sequels in the series, there isn't much of a contest as this is
easily the best shot Halloween
film since the original. Colors are vivid and crisp and more details
are apparent with the HDR (high dynamic range).
Carpenter's new score is center channel at all times and makes the
film even creepier and more effective. It is worth mentioning
though, that Carpenter didn't use many of the infamous 'stingers'
that make Michael's sudden appearances so unnerving in the original.
There's also quite a few scenes where Carpenter restrained himself of
making the music as dominating as he did in the original, but I guess
it boils down to a matter of preference. Overall, I wanted a little
more about of this new Carpenter soundtrack, but I would definitely
like to see him do more composing in the future.
included is a 1080p Blu-ray version of the film with the same
widescreen and audio specs, though some compression issues evident
when placing it side by side to the 4K Ultra HD. Also included is a
standard digital copy.
in Haddonfield: Making Halloween
Original Scream Queen
Sound of Fear
of the Mask
Legacy of Halloween
there are a good number of featurettes, none of them are very long or
go into any real detail about anything you can't find on the film's
IMDb page. A few of the deleted scenes should have likely stayed in
and made for a new un-rated version. In fact, I'm surprised they
didn't do that with this as an extra cash grab. (Perhaps that's
later as I've read there are more deleted scenes than featured on the
disc) There's also plenty of advertising for the new 4K Ultra HD
release of the original film, which is worth checking out if you
it's better than the past several films in the franchise, Halloween
is fun, but could have been much better. Still, I remain optimistic
about the franchise's future as this is the closest to capturing the
cinematic essence of the first two original films. Let's hope the
next sequel spends less time paying homage to previous installments
and focuses more on Michael doing what he does best.
the franchise really needs, however, is John Carpenter to come back
one more time and the studio to give him complete control... but who
knows if that will ever happen.
another classic franchise gets a reboot... and isn't much better.
(1997) is now a curio because it features Russell Crowe before he
became a big star (as was the film
reviewed on DVD elsewhere on this site, with a much younger Crowe)
putting him in the middle of trouble when he accepts money for being
the waiting driver in a bank heist down under that goes very wrong.
Before we meet him, we meet a Japanese couple where the wife (Youki
Kudoh) runs away from her shocked husband after reporting she was
kidnapped, but that becomes a reality when she turns out to be in the
bank the crew Crowe is waiting for. Then he becomes interested in
there it is a sometimes unintentionally hilarious, late Oz-Ploitation
film (most of the films form the cycle ended by the later 1980s) and
even when the film has dull moments, they do not last for long thanks
to several twists, turns or outright riotous moments you cannot tell
if the filmmakers intended certain things or not. Sometimes it is
budget limits, but other times, who knows. Of course, this cycle is
politically incorrect, so those having low tolerance for ignorance by
some of the characters might not be able to handle this.
to say Crowe more than holds his own and the film has aged in
interesting ways. The rest of the cast is not bad and the action is
not bad either. I like the locales and though there are mandatory
scenes and formula here, that does not last for long spells. I
definitely would recommend it for all those interested.
I saw a great Agfa Film sign on one of the buildings towards the end
of the film in one of its last action sequences, that was not an ad
placement as might be typical of a cynical Hollywood production.
1080p 2.35 X 1 digital High Definition image transfer was shot in the
Super 35mm format on Kodak Vision 35mm color negative film stocks on
Arri cameras and looks pretty good throughout. This has been
restored a bit, but still has the intended grit and some surprisingly
good shots otherwise. Those who never saw the film before or for a
long time will be surprised.
DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 5.1 lossless mix of the theatrical Dolby
Digital 5.1 release is not bad, but this was an early digital sound
release and for a low-budget film, so there are still some limits and
flaws here and there. A DTS-MA 2.0 Stereo version is also included,
but is not as good.
include a feature length AUDIO COMMENTARY with writer Louis Nowra and
Producer Helen Leake, CAST & CREW INTERVIEWS w/Russell Crowe,
Yuki Kudoh, Craig Lahiff, Al Clark and Helen Leake, DELETED SCENES w/
OPTIONAL COMMENTARY from director Craig Lahiff, SCRIPT TO SCREEN
STORYBOARDS w/ OPTIONAL COMMENTARY from director Craig Lahiff, a
BEHIND THE SCENES featurette, THEATRICAL TRAILER and CRAIG LAHIFF
SHORTS & TRAILERS: LABRYNTH (1979), THE JOGGER (1980), CODA
(Trailer, 1987), FEVER (Trailer, 1988), BLACK & WHITE (Trailer,
2002) and SWERVE (Trailer, 2011).
also a 'heist goes awry' thriller about a trio of teenage thieves who
get more than what they bargained for. Whilst attempting to pose as
waiters at a mansion dinner party, they realize that the people they
robbed are psychotic maniacs. The battle for survival begins once
the heist goes wrong and the teenage thieves are locked inside…
film stars Julian McMahon, Robin Tunney (End
Sam Strike, Virginia Gardner, and Brandon Micheal Hall. Monster
is directed by Chris von Hoffmann.
on 1080p Blu-ray with a widescreen aspect ratio of 2.40:1 and a nice
sounding DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 5.1 lossless mix, the presentation
is standard and looks consistent throughout. The film was obviously
shot digitally, but well, and has a pretty cinematic feel that's
kind of has a Get
of vibe and certainly has a fare bit of gore. Some of the acting is
a little iffy with many scenes too full of characters yelling
obscenities to one another and lots and lots of begging and crying,
however the overall concept isn't terrible. I was expecting the
party guests to be vampires or something supernatural instead of just
cold blooded killers, as that could have added a little more to their
characters. Robin Tunney does what she can with the material and is
a highlight of the film, though. Overall, it's a one timer.
Jennifer Garner steps back up as the badass female lead with
which is from the director of the original Taken
film, Pierre Morel. While Garner has had a career full of family
films and just plan bad films, she holds her own here in this action
thrill ride not completely unlike Charlize Theron did last year with
While it's not as jaw dropping as the John
films (or Atomic
for that matter), Peppermint
will do if you're in the mood for some action.
film also stars John Gallagher Jr., John Ortiz, Richard Cabral, and
Juan Pablo Raba.
is a revenge thriller that pits a young mother named Riley North
(Garner) whose forced into kicking butt and taking names when her
family is gunned down by a drive by shooting in front of her.
Desperate to find the tattoo faced killers responsible, Riley will do
whatever it takes to avenge her family that was taken from her too
soon. Smartly hiding right under the noses of the Police, Riley
becomes a ruthless killer that isn't afraid to pull the trigger!
the first half of the film is pretty standard revenge origin movie,
the second act ups the ante with the violence with Garner blowing
away any bad guy that gets in her way. One sequence where she
invades their hideout is especially gory with her sounding off
headshot after headshot.
film is presented is 1080p high definition with a widescreen aspect
ratio of 2.40:1 and a nice sounding English DTS-HD MA (Master Audio)
7.1 lossless and lossy Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo tracks, both of which
are of a high quality for the format. Also included is an
standard definition DVD with the same widescreen spec and a lossy 5.1
Dolby Digital mix and a digital copy. The HD transfer is strong and
has a fair share of texture and detail, which captures the film fine.
by Director Pierre Morel
Justice - BTS Featurette
nice to see Jennifer Garner back in an action role after she has been
in so many other films in lesser parts as of late. This demonstrates
that she can still carry a film, and a return to her Alias days. As
far as the film goes, it's nothing special plot wise, and
stylistically akin to Taken
with flash cuts and shaking action scene camerawork. That being
is a fine action flick, but nothing too groundbreaking.
Umbrella import Blu-ray, go to this link for it and other hard to
Nicholas Sheffo (Heaven's