House: The Complete Third Season
(2018/Warner DVD Set)/The
Hate U Give 4K (2018/Fox
4K Ultra HD Blu-ray w/Blu-ray)/I
Am Not A Witch (2018/Film
(2004/MVD Visual Blu-ray)
Ultra HD Picture: B+ Picture: B-/B/C+/B Sound: B-/B/C+/B
Extras: D/B+/C/B Main Programs: C/B/C+/C+
teen years (or close enough to them) mean different things for
different people, especially where genre, race, socio-economic class
and other factors enter, so we brought together this unusual set of
releases on the subject...
squeaky clean family friendly series, Fuller House, returns for a
Complete Third Season
(2018) and features many familiar faces from the original
show. Geared towards a young audience and complete with coming of
age themes and life lessons, the show delivers more of the same humor
that fans have come to know and love in its third season.
House stars Candace Cameron Bure, Jodie Sweetin, Andrea Barber,
Michael Campion, Elias Hager, Soni Bringas, Dashiell Messitt, Fox
Messitt, Bob Saget, Lori Loughlin, John Stamos, and Dave Coulier to
name a few.
(Bure) is now a widowed mother of three. In order to help her with
the kids, her best friend Kimmy (Barber), and sister Stephanie Tanner
(Sweetin) end up helping her. The show explores each character's
growing pains and trails and tribulations through daily life.
One - Best Summer Ever, Break a Leg, Declarations of Independence,
My Little Hickey, Uncle Jesse's Adventures in Babysitting, M-M-M-My
Ramona, Say Yes To The Dress, Maybe Baby, and Wedding or Not
Here We Come.
Two - My Best Friend's Japanese Wedding, Troller Coasters, Fast
Times at Bayview High, A Tommy Tale, Surrogate City, Soul Sisters,
Happily Ever After, Fullers in a Fog, and Here
Comes The Sun.
House is very much in the same tradition as Full House and
is a fine sitcom for what it is. While pretty cheesy and mainly
predictable, the show hasn't quite run out of popularity or gas yet.
the more realistic side of life, there are always books that get
released that you hear about somehow, despite the world of
multi-media we live in and the buzz is as highly critically good as
any sales might be. Some of those books might make solid feature
films or even TV mini-series, but too many likely don't get ought or
bought and shelved. One such book is by Angie Thomas, which may be a
landmark from the point-of-view and discourse of a young African
American female finding herself somewhat torn in several directions
because of her unusual life situation.
we have George Tillman, Jr.'s film of that book. The
Hate U Give 4K
(2018) is easily one of the years' best films and it just may have
made a breakout star of Amandla
Stenberg, who is remarkable as Starr Carter, who offers honest voice
over pf her life and more, transforming into the character as she
grows quickly in the face of almost unreal situations that are not as
impossible or unlikely as they used to be. She lives in a tough
urban neighborhood predominantly African American, but her father
runs the local grocery store and a bad incident at a local school has
the parents sending her to a fancier school with interesting results.
is some humor here, but things get quickly ore serious as several
subplots start to criss-cross at the same time and it all becomes
very involving very quickly. It's
remarkable such a key, important book that has been selling so well
and has such critical acclaim has a feature film more than worthy of
it, especially at this time in our country's history when female
discourses are so vital, while issues of racism and sexism are as
relevant as ever.
this is not some propaganda film or overt political film, but a very
well-acted, well-cast slice of life we are not hearing enough about
from anywhere! Not film, music, TV, the news or the Net. The
supporting cast is outstanding (Anthony Mackie, now a big star, so
great as The Falcon in the Marvel Comics films, had the guts to play
a horrible, awful gang leader here proving how serious he is about
his acting still) and to get this much chemistry going in any film is
so easy. I'm glad they pulled it off.
also great that Fox respected the film enough that it is giving the
film a deluxe 4K Ultra
HD Blu-ray with Blu-ray set release. It deserves it. You know the
film is good when you get involved, love the characters and hate to
see it end. Let's hope this is the beginning of something new and
important, because it is smart, healthy and long overdue.
are fine, many and include...
and Seven Protecting Their Home
Heart of Georgia
Shine Your Light (4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray only)
a terrific Feature Length Audio Commentary track by George Tillman,
Jr., Amandla Stenberg, Russell Hornsby, Angie Thomas and Craig Hayes.
Am Not A Witch
(2018) is a film that is dubbed a 'fairy tale' on the packaging, but
I had some issues with it being potentially exploitive. A very young
preteen is accused of being a witch in present day Zambia, tied to a
white ribbon and told if she flees, she'll be turned into a goat.
Stupid but potentially scary to a young child, at the hands of a man
with political power, she becomes a local star when this starts to
backfire, but the odds of that happening in real life are extremely
get the point (though it struck me with what is going on in the U.S.
these days, this kind of thing happens here more often than we know)
and this seems a stretched out idea at 93 minutes, yet the sexism and
hatred of women of any age worldwide is as real as it has ever been
and the film will at least spark discussion that can be valuable.
This would likely never fly or happen as any kind of Hollywood
only extra is Rungano Nyoni's short film Mwansa
running 23 minutes and playing as a sort of spiritual companion to
the main film.
the PG family friendly film Sleepover (2004), gets an HD
upgrade and plenty of extras for those who still remember it. I had
never heard of it before, but it's funny to look back on now, as
there are several familiar faces (then struggling actors) that have
since become mega-stars including Steve Carrell, Evan Peters, and
Brie Larson (now Marvel Comics new Captain Marvel). However, the
Spice Girls references, any scene that involves the internet, and
cell phones make it hilariously out dated. At the end of the day,
though, the film is fine for what it is, even if it doesn't pack the
staying power of similar genre entries Clueless or Mean
Alexa Vega (Spy Kids), the film is about four best girl
friends who are struggling to get through high school. When the
'popular' and 'unpopular' girls participate in an all night scavenger
hunt, they discover true friendship, love, and more.
mentioned, much of the cast you'll recognize now including Mika
Boorem (Hearts in Atlantis), Jane Lynch (Glee), Sara
Paxton (The Last House on the Left), Jeff Garlin (The
Goldbergs, Curb Your Enthusiasm), Scout Taylor-Compton
(Rob Zombie's Halloween), Summer Glau (Terminator: The
Sarah Connor Chronicles), Scoot McNairy (Argo), Sean Faris
(Never Back Down), Hunter Parrish (Weeds) and Sam
commentary by Director Joe Nussbaum and actors Alexa Vega, Scout
Taylor-Compton, Mika Boorem and Kallie Flynn Childress
Guide to the Perfect Sleepover'' making-of featurette
the Girls'' actress profiles
Set, Action!'' featurette
The Scenes Photo Gallery
Sleepover Original Theatrical Trailer
HEVC/H.265, HDR (10; Ultra HD Premium)-enhanced 2.35 X 1 Ultra High
Definition image on Hate
may have some slight limits and is not necessarily a 4K shoot, but it
looks good and is the best performer on the list. The HD-shoot never
looks generic, has some character and is a pleasure to watch. The
1080p 2.35 X 1 digital High Definition image on the blu-ray is not as
rich or detailed, but is not bad, though not as alive somehow. The
DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 7.1 mix on both format versions is well
recorded, features its music without cutting into the narrative and
is as well mixed as it is edited. I could always hear what was going
in standard definition on DVD with an anamorphic widescreen aspect
ratio of 1.78:1 and a lossy Dolby Digital 5.1 mix, Fuller House
looks and sounds fine for the format. Compression issues evident
(especially when comparing directly to HD), and is comparable to the
original streaming broadcast on Netflix.
is presented in 1080p on Blu-ray disc with a widescreen aspect ratio
of 1.85:1 and a nice sounding tracks in DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 5.1
lossless mix (48kHz, 16-bit) and English LPCM 2.0 mix, depending on
your home theater setup. The presentation is fine considering the
nature of the film and doesn't have any overly visible flaws. The
look and feel of the production design is similar to something you'd
see on The Disney Channel nowadays.
with an anamorphically enhanced 2.35 X 1 image that is soft, but some
of that is intended and it is only going to look so good in the older
format, Sound is here in both lossy Dolby Digital 5.1 and lossy
Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo, with the 5.1 just slightly edging out the
other soundtrack. There are location audio issues a little bit, but
this is good otherwise.
Nicholas Sheffo (Give