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Category:    Home > Reviews > Documentary > Biography > Art > Artist > Surrealism > TV Talk Show > Journalism > News > Comedy > Politics > I > Bloodlines: The Art & Life Of Vincent Castiglia (2018/Waterfront DVD*)/Dick Cavett Show: ''And That's The Way It Is...'' + Inside The Minds Of... V. 1, 2 & 3 (1969 - 1995/S'More DVD*)/Free Lunch Socie

Bloodlines: The Art & Life Of Vincent Castiglia (2018/Waterfront DVD*)/Dick Cavett Show: ''And That's The Way It Is...'' + Inside The Minds Of... V. 1, 2 & 3 (1969 - 1995/S'More DVD*)/Free Lunch Society (2017/Icarus DVD)/Gamechangers: Dreams Of BlizzCon (2018/FilmRise/Blu-ray/*all MVD)

Picture: B-/C+/B-/B Sound: B-/C+/B-/B Extras: B/D/C+/C Main Programs: B/B/B+/B

Next up are the latest documentary and special interest releases, including the return to DVD of one of the greatest of all TV talk shows...

Vince Castiglia's unique art is highlighted in this great documentary Bloodlines: The Art & Life Of Vincent Castiglia (2018). If you're an artist yourself or simply a fan of art, then you will want to check out of this artist's unique work as he paints in human blood! The surreal imagery is both haunting and impressive, as the level of detail and realism is on point.

The film features interviews with not only Vincent Castiglia himself, but several others including Martin Eric Ain (Musician, Celtic Frost), Michael Anthony Alago (Record Executive), Gregg Allman, (Musician, Allman Brothers Band), Sandra Baretta (Motion Designer, SFX), Alf Battig, (Graphic Designer), Jeff Beverly (Collector), Randy Blythe (Musician, Lamb of God), and many more. The documentary is a highlight of Castiglia's work and some of the perceptions that others have about his portfolio and philosophies.

The documentary is presented on anamorphically enhanced standard definition DVD with a widescreen aspect ratio of 1.78:1 and a lossy Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo mix. The film is nicely filmed on video and everything looks as good as it can on the compressed format.

Special Features include...

H.R. Giger Museum, Bar and Ghost Train

Damien Echols Extended Interview

Drawing John Borowski's Blood

John Borowski visits Facebook

Production Photos Slideshow

and Film and Web Series Trailers

To find out more information on this documentary visit:


Next up, we have a new company taking over one of the moist underrated talk shows of all time, smarter than just about anything being made today. The Dick Cavett Show: ''And That's The Way It Is...'' and three volumes of Inside The Minds Of... are the first of a new wave of releases form the vault spanning about 30 years. The first title compiles newscasters is a 2-DVD set including two contrasting Walter Cronkite interviews (he's retired from the CBS Evening News by the second one), Mike Wallace (Robert Klein shows up in the first of) has two shows, then we get Barbara Walters (Gig Young and Frank Reynolds show up), Don Hewitt/Morley Safer/Diane Sawyer for 60 Minutes, Tom Brokaw and Dan Rather round out DVD 2..

The Minds DVDs are selections of comedy talent, with V.1 offering a solid Robin Williams turn, Bobcat Goldwater his usual out-of-control self, Richard Lewis being insightful and Gilbert Gottfried in rare form being funny but also revealing more than expected. V.2 offers two shows with George Carlin never holding back, Steve Martin great as usual and Martin Mull with rarely-heard thoughts from the sometimes forgotten talent. V.3 is a double DVD set with a pre-Sanford & Son Redd Foxx (1969) and Dick Gregory on DVD 1, joined by Eddie Murphy and Richard Prior (both 1985) on DVD 2.

I always enjoy the show, even if I like some guests more than others, in part because you never know what Cavett will come up with. Are the current talk show hosts trying too hard or just being too commercial? We do not have any who go out of their way to be understated and funny in a constantly smart way that does not pander or water-down what they do. Guess Cavett is better than he veer got credit for, so we hope more DVDs are on the way and soon!

The 1.33 X 1 color image on the Cavett DVDs come from old NTSC videotape over the decades and include analog videotape flaws including video noise, video banding, telecine flicker, tape scratching, cross color, faded color and tape damage. The newer shows offer lossy Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo, while the older ones have lossy Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono (the change happening by the 1980s) and they also sound as fine as they can with that old codec, but I bet lossless versions with some cleaning up would be even better.

There are no extras, but here are links to two older DVDs we reviewed of the series...

John Lennon & Yoko Ono Collection


Comic Legends (the generation older than this from the three DVDs above)


Imagine a world where the Government paid you basic income for just being an American citizen... and yes, that's on top of your work salary. Wouldn't that be nice? This unconventional income movement is discussed in depth in the documentary The Free Lunch Society (2017). The film brings up a lot of interesting sides on the subject and most surprising is that this practice was actually tried in Alaska and other places to much avail. The film goes in depth from political perspectives, interesting clips from popular culture, and well conducted interviews.

Presented in standard definition on DVD with an anamorphic widescreen aspect ratio of 2.35:1 and a lossy Dolby Digital 5.1 mix, the film looks and sounds fine for the format. Compression issues evident (especially when comparing directly to HD), but the overall presentation doesn't have any noticeable issues outside of its limitations.

Special Features include The Free Lunch Society Talk Show with Michael Bohmeyer and three Promotional Web Clips.

This is a very interesting documentary that everyone should check out.

Esports (electronic sports) are a big deal in other countries and one such sport BlizzCon, which centers around the computer game StarCraft 2, is one such event. This interesting sports central documentary, Gamechangers: Dreams of BlizzCon (2018), highlights two star players MC and MMA throughout a year of the World Championship series and, like any other sport, what sacrifices it takes to earn the top title.

Directed by John Keating, the film stars Seong Won Mun, Min Chul Jang, and Dan Stemoski to name a few.

In 1998, StarCraft became a groundbreaking video game and would go on to become the foundation of esports and the force behind the online streaming medium Twitch. This global phenomenon began in the modest South Korean internet cafes known as PC bangs. It was from these humble beginnings that our characters "MC" and "MMA" became prodigies. The documentary follows the two lives of these players and the toll that the game takes on their personal lives.

The film is presented in 1080p on Blu-ray disc with a widescreen aspect ratio of 1.78:1 and audio tracks in both lossy Dolby Digital 5.1 and 2.0 surround mixes. Some different languages pop up and are accompanied by English subtitles. Being a documentary, there were obviously different formats at play in its creation including HD video and news clips, etc. There are some beautiful time-lapse photography shots and sweeping images of the competition when the event is taking place. Overall, the visuals are solid and the editing and overall filmmaking behind this is very well done.

The only extra is an HD trailer.

- Nicholas Sheffo (Cavett) and James Lockhart



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