Happening Of Monumental Proportions
Of Me (1988/MVD
Ultra HD Blu-ray w/Blu-ray + Blu-ray/DVD Sets)/The
Orville: The Complete First Season
(2017/Fox DVD Set)/Topper
Takes A Trip (1938/United
Ultra HD Picture: A Picture: B-/B/B+ & C+/B-/B- Sound:
B-/B/A & C+/B-/C+ Extras: C/C+/B/B/C- Main Programs:
next are a very mixed set of comedies...
times goofy and other times dramatic, A
Happening of Monumental Proportions
(2017), takes the Weekend
formula only applies it to school. The ensemble piece centers around
a group of Administrators at an elementary school that hide the body
of the school groundskeeper from the school that's gearing up for
Career Day. This is one of many stories that takes place in the
school, where the story follows a lovesick little boy, a teacher
grieving over a breakup, a shop teacher struggling to maintain
control of his class, and other vignettes. Across town, an account
manager (Common), who drops his daughter off at the school in the
opening, deals with office drama, and a very rough day that gets him
in hot water.
impressive cast includes Common, Bradley Whitford, Anders Holm, Rob
Riggle, Katie Holmes, John Cho, Alison Janney, Jennifer Garner, and
Keanu Reeves to name a few. The film is directed by the success
Hollywood actress Judy Greer (Ant
series or hit and miss, the film has too many characters to juggle
and some jokes that fall flat. Attempting to do a narrative
structure akin to something like Love
the film will have you laughing one minute and scratching your head
film is presented in standard definition on DVD disc with a 2.39:1
widescreen aspect ratio and an anamorphically enhanced standard lossy
5.1 Dolby Digital mix, both of which look and sound as good as the
format allows. Compression issues are evident throughout, but is
common for the format.
Feature includes A
Sneak Peak at A Happening of Monumental Proportions.
has an interesting concept, but is ultimately a one-timer to see.
Crystal stars in the heart-warming family drama Memories
(1988), which gets a new HD transfer in this Blu-ray release from MVD
Marquee Collection. This is the first time I've seen the film and
immediately drew many similarities between it and Tim Burton's Big
Both films deal with a grown man reconnecting with his father, both
of which had trouble with each other over the course of life, and
both films have a quite similar ending sequence. What works most in
the film is Alan King, who plays Crystal's father in the film and how
well both of them work together on the big screen.
film also stars Janet Caroll, Phil Fondacaro, and JoBeth Williams.
It's also directed by Henry Winkler, yes, 'The Fonz' himself!
(Crystal) is a brilliant and successful surgeon in New York and his
father Abe (King) is a struggling actor in Hollywood whose mainly
known as an extra. Both living out their own lives, they end up
seeing each other again for the first time in years and immediately
butt heads. But when Abe has a heart attack, it becomes clear that
Abbie needs to put the past behind him and settle his life long feud
with his pops.
in 1080p high definition with a 1.85:1 widescreen aspect ratio and a
nice sounding DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 2.0 Mono mix (one of the last
analog theatrical movie releases with major name actors), the film
looks stunning on his new HD transfer. The colors are nicely
balanced and natural in his new remaster that makes the film look
like new. This is definitely the best that this film has looked or
sounded since its theatrical debut.
the Scenes Featurette
an HD Theatrical Trailer
(2018) is the new comedy featuring Kevin Hart and Tiffany Haddish,
and delivers more of the trademark humor you would come to expect
with those names. While it's not always funny, the plot is paper
thin and mostly predictable. If you want a comedy that you can shut
your brain off to then this is a good candidate. The film is
directed by Michael D. Lee (Girls Trip).
story centers around Teddy Walker (Hart) who almost gets handed a
nice restaurant, but causes a huge mishap at work and gets fired.
Forced to go back and get his GED to get a real job in order to keep
his mega hot girlfriend (Megalyn Echikunwoke) and life in check, he
attends a night school run by Carrie (Haddish) and spearheaded by his
high school nemesis Principal Stewart (Taran Killam). Also attending
the class are a group of knuckleheads including Rob Riggle (The
and Romany Malco (The
Like a Man
film is presented in 2160p HEVC/H.265, HDR (10; Ultra HD
Premium)-enhanced Ultra High Definition image on 4K UHD disc with a
widescreen aspect ratio of 2.39:1 and great sounding audio mixes in
DTS-X 11.1 lossless (DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 (48kHz, 24-bit) mixdown
for older systems). The overall style of the film is pretty natural
and nothing too flashy, but you can immediately see photo realism on
the characters and style with eye catching details.
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 UHD. Also included is a
standard digital copy. That disc appears with an anamorphically
enhanced standard definition DVD and a 5.1 lossy Dolby Digital mix
that is on the very weak side, but then, that is like the film
itself. This is easily Director Malcolm D. Lee's poorest film.
Features (per the press release) include...
CUT OF THE FILM
Commentary with Director Malcolm D. Lee
Reel - Prepare to laugh (or cry) yourself silly through this
hilarious montage of behind-the-scenes antics performed by the cast
of NIGHT SCHOOL.
SCHOOL'S In Session - Ring the bell as we introduce you to NIGHT
SCHOOL's band of misfits.
the Student? Who's the Teacher? - Fans were thrilled to see friends
Kevin Hart and Tiffany Haddish starring in their first film together.
In this piece, the comedy titans give us their backstory on how they
became ride-or-die friends more than a decade ago.
Night Revisited - Take a trip down memory lane as the cast of NIGHT
SCHOOL looks back at their own high school proms. You'll never guess
who dressed up as a famous movie character and who never made it to
the dance at all.
'n Gown 'n Giggles - Teddy may deliver a heartfelt graduation speech,
but behind the scenes cast and crew were exploding with laughter as
Kevin Hart's speech turned into a full blown standup comedy show.
of the Dance Battle - Take a sneak peek into the dance rehearsal of
the infamous prom night dance battle.
Chicken - When Teddy gets a sign from the Lawd to sell precious
poultry, it only makes sense that he take it global. Check out this
never before seen Christian Chicken commercial that was simply too
delicious to air.
Over - Our favorite misfit, Teddy may be the class clown but he's not
fooling the ladies who keep him in check. Watch as Kevin Hart joins
cast-mates Yvonne Orji and Megalyn Echikunwoke to discuss the
complicated relationship between Maya and Teddy.
Extended Performance "El Sueno" - Every prom needs a hit
song and this extended version of Luis's original "El Sueno"
is sure to make you swoon.
mastermind Seth MacFarlane stars in the new Sci-Fi comedy The
Orville: The Complete First Season
(2017), which takes a page out of Star
book, but twists it with humor similar to Galaxy
The show has great looking special effects, and while it could have
easily been an animated piece like MacFarlane's other shows, it ends
up working well as live action and has a surprisingly entertaining
follows Capt. Ed Mercer (MacFarlane), who is the new captain of the
Orville - a ship similar to Star Trek's USS Enterprise. While at
first the mission seems to go accordingly, he soon finds his ex-wife
Kelly Grayson (Palicki) is his first captain. Along with a crew of
aliens and misfits, the crew of The Orville face intergalactic
challenges set 400 years from now.
also stars Adrianne Palicki, Penny Johnson, Haiston Sage, Scott
Grimes, Peter Macon, J. Lee, Chad Coleman, and Mark Jackson.
Episodes span four DVDs and include Old
Wounds, Command Performance, About a Girl, If the Stars Should
Appear, Pria, Krill, Majority Rule, Into the Fold, Cupid's Dagger,
Firestorm, New Dimensions,
show is presented here in an anamorphically enhanced standard
definition DVD with a 1.78:1 widescreen aspect ratio and a 5.1 lossy
Dolby Digital mix. The sound looks and sounds fine for the format,
but is a bit compressed overall which is expected with DVD. It is
nice to see the show uninterrupted and without commercials, though.
One cool aspect to the series is that its music composers are pretty
top notch with Bruce Broughton (Tombstone,
(1998)), Joel McNeeley (Star
Wars: Shadows of the Empire),
and John Debney (Iron
of this posting, The
is not available on Blu-ray or 4K UHD, but DVD only.
and A with the Creative Team
First Six Mission
Orville Takes Flight
Science of the Orville: Quantum Drive and Alien Drive
is an entertaining change of pace for MacFarlane, and is about to
continue in its second season.
we have Norman Z. McLeod's Topper
Takes A Trip
(1938) the odd first sequel to the comedy classic Topper with Roland
Young reprising his title role, but it gets twisted because the Hal
Roach Studios that made it switched from MGM distribution to United
Artists, or form the #1 studio of the classic Hollywood period to one
of this then-smallest distributors. Not a major studio yet (later to
go bankrupt in 1980), the film has a bad case of pre-home video
sequelistis as the film recycles way too much from the first film.
of this is courtesy of Cary Grant, the biggest name from the first
film, who agreed to allow the makers to do this, but the retread done
in flashbacks as Cosmo Topper lands up in a courtroom, takes a nice
early chunk of the film, so the actual new film is barely an hour
long from its 84 minutes running time. That's called a cheat and it
only helps those who never saw the original film, though you could
probably wing it anyhow.
Bennett is back as the other main ghost from the first film, Billie
Wizard Of Oz)
is back as Mrs. Cosmo and at least this has a few interesting
moments. Too bad its only so good, but the supporting cast
(including Franklin Pangborn) are not bad to watch and you could do
worse. For the very curious only.
1080p 1.33 X 1 black & white digital High Definition image
transfer is better than I've seen the film before, but even at its
best, the older footage that is repeated was re-transferred in 1940,
so it is second-rate and has some grain and generational transfer
issues, so this is not going to look great throughout. We're lucky
its this good.
DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 2.0 Mono lossless mix can only do so much
and shows the age of the original recording and materials used, but
is audible at best.
the other VCI Topper
sequel Blu-ray, the only extras are Original Theatrical Trailers for
the three films in the series.
Nicholas Sheffo (Night