(2019/Marvel/Disney 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray w/Blu-ray)/Frankenstein
(1962/MGM/*both Warner Archive Blu-rays)/Lost
In Space: The Complete First Season
(2018 revival/Fox Blu-ray Set)/Sagrada
Reset: Complete Collection
Ultra HD Picture: B+ Picture: B-/B/B/B-/B+ Sound: B+ &
B/B/B-/B/C+ Extras: C+/C/C-/C/C Main Programs: C+/B/C/C/B+
Blu-rays are now only available from Warner Bros. through their
Warner Archive series and can be ordered from the link below.
a new group of genre releases, but before we get started, a primer
for those unaware or even confused about who Captain Marvel is, or
was. In the late 1930s, Fawcett Comics wanted to get in on the
superhero genre and even loved how popular Popeye was. Taking a cue
from Superman, they created the original character with that name.
All a young newspaper seller name Billy Batson had to do was say
'Shazam!' and he became the character. The result was a massive hit
at the newsstand with unique villains, other members of the Captain's
family and tie-ins that also sold very well. Captain Marvel Jr. even
influenced the look of a new kind of singer in Elvis Presley.
even made a Saturday Morning Movie serial of the character and it is
considered one of the greatest ever made (reviewed elsewhere on this
site), but DC Comics thought he was too much like Superman, managed
to prove this in court and not only got the character, but brought
about the end of the the entire Fawcett Comics company!
the 1960s, Marvel Comics invented their own Captain Marvel, but the
character and costume did not catch on, then DC revived Captain
Marvel/Shazam! with a new comic book series tied into a huge hit live
action series with the Filmation Company on the CBS-TV network and
that also led to new toys, new fans and a later animated series by
the early 1980s. Marvel Comics revived their own Captain Marvel and
he was a moderate hit with a look that worked and though not as
successful, well done.
Captains at the two largest comic book companies would resurface here
and there, but Marvel sued DC saying they were Marvel, owned the
Marvel name and needed to stop calling their Captain Marvel 'Marvel'
anything. When this was recently settled in Marvel's favor, he
simply became Shazam! and that will be his name from now on.
in one last twist, Marvel Comics (lacking female heroes?) decided to
not have a male Captain Marvel (for now) for their growing line of
movie studio characters and decided that his comic book companion
from the 1970s, the dynamic (and similarly outfitted) Ms. Marvel
would become Captain Marvel for the late 2010s and that is where we
new film Captain
(2019) just starts all over again and forgets 80 years of superhero
print history (et al) with Brie Larson as a military pilot who
accidentally finds herself in an outer space civil war, superhero
mega-war and with powers she cannot believe she has. With all the
madness happening in flashback and now, she has plenty to find out
and learn fast. She has forgotten some of what happened and we start
piecing together the past with her as we both (re)learn what happened
and how she got to where she is, but time is tight and who knows what
will happen next.
Law, Ben Mendelsohn, Djimon Hounsou, Annette Benning and Samuel L.
Jackson as an earlier version of Nick Fury lead the cast in a film
that goes on a bit longer than it needs too, does not have enough of
a new look to stand out and plays it safe as Larson is well cast
looking like the earliest drawings of her character, whose original
identity is Carol Danvers. Part of the problem is that it needs to
fit into the current Marvel films, so it cannot go out and have its
own look like Aquaman
but money is still on the screen.
of its timing in the Marvel films series and this particular cultural
moment, the film did as well as Wonder
in the worldwide box office, has some fun and added fans with
characters to the universe, but it is a film with some issues just
the same. Having co-directors (Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck) means the
film lacks some focus and vision. Like Wonder
Danvers discovery of her powers is not handled with the wonderment,
amazement or good thought it could have been. The film has too many
down spots, but the introduction of a cat in the plot turns out to be
an unexpected plus, but I will say no more there.
has issued this as a 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray/Blu-ray set as expected and
4k is the only way to go to see this one, so we'll get into the
technical playback below.
include Digital Copy, Deleted Scenes, Gag Reel, a feature length
audio commentary track, Big Hero Moment, Origins
Of Nick Fury
Skrulls & The Kree
in 1958 and starring Boris Karloff, the unusual Frankenstein
is unearthed and remastered on Blu-ray in a web-exclusive thanks to
Warner Archive. Perhaps a pre-cursor for the infamous Nosferatu
of the Vampire,
there is a film crew making a fictional horror film within the
fictional horror film here as well.
of playing the monster this time around, Karloff plays the Mad Doctor
who is also a Igor character of sorts. Reportedly, this low budget
monster flick used almost all of its budget to secure Karloff, and
this ended up being one of his last performances. While the acting
(aside from Boris) and the story is a bit stale, this is an
interesting Franken film that fans should check out.
also stars Tom Duggan, Jana Lund, Don 'Red' Barry, Charlotte Austin,
and Irwin Berke. Directed by Howard W. Koch, the longtime producer
who became a good journeyman director.
Victor von Frankenstein (Karloff) has suffered at the hands of Nazis
punishment for not cooperating with them during World War II and now
lives in exile. Horribly disfigured, he nevertheless continues his
work as a scientist. Needing funds to support his experiments, the
Baron allows a television crew to shoot a made-for-television horror
film about his monster-making family at his castle in Germany.
However, the crew ends up stumbling across some of Frankenstein's
deadly experiments and all hell breaks loose.
Features include an Audio Commentary by film historians Charlotte
Austin, Bob Burns, and Tom Weaver.
up is a fantasy comedy with Tab Hunter as a dashing bandit in the
Middle East who may have found powers he could not have imagined in
Antonio Margheriti's The
(1962), an Italian production MGM backed hoping for some kind of hit,
but oddest of all is that it is in the expensive-to-shoot large-frame
format Technirama, one of the last films to use the format and the
last of only four MGM ever was involved with. Seems like a lot of
trouble and expense for making what is a B-movie, but Hunter was a
big star at the time and this made sense to enough executives that it
win the hand of a beautiful princess, the man who deserves her must
shoot the title bolt through a series of open circles, not hit them
and hit the bullseye, which seems impossible. Most of the men are
oafs and few can barely pick up the arrow, but our hero does and hits
the mark, only for a massive fight to follow. What follows are bad
visual effects (especially bad matte work), animation, a magic trio
shows up to help him and more magic is ahead, even if it is
non-Arab actors playing Arabs is more painful to watch than ever, the
production design and costumes are certainly a plus, but this also
gets very campy very quickly (even if you don't know much about
Hunter in real life) and the writing is never coherent enough to make
us suspend disbelief in the ideas of magic the film presents. It is
also short at 91 minutes, so one might think it was longer
considering the format used, but I cannot see where more footage
would have helped.
results in one of the widest of curios and Warner Archive has
restored this as well as possible for Blu-ray as can be expected.
Some of this will at least look good on a big screen HDTV or Ultra
HDTV, but the film is a silly mess aimed at children apparently,
despite a few adult moments. You can also see why Hunter was a real
movie star and was able to carry this, despite its many flaws.
Original Theatrical Trailer is the only extra.
up is the new 2018 revival of the hit Irwin Allen TV series from the
In Space: The Complete First Season
is still about the Robinson Family and company getting lost with
their Jupiter 2 space ship and the adventures that result, but
despite a good cast that includes Toby Peters, Parker Posey and as a
new character, Bill Mumy, who looks half his age and secretly may
have found a fountain of youth (being in a rock band?) that is is not
going to be sharing with anyone anytime soon. At least the cast is
likable, but a new series had to get away from the hideous 'no one
pays their electric bills in space' look of the horrendous feature
film the 1990s, yet could not expect to be a retro imitator of the
what did the makers do? Still stuck with a variant of that lame
movie and the results are a very dull show that has people trying to
make it work, but working against a foundation of failure that also
makes it look and feel like everything
we've seen before and too much of late. We get a new robot, but like
the rest of this, you forget anything about it as soon as it is over,
so it is amazing that it was renewed for a second season. Also, why
is this show and the older movie stuck on the second theme song for
the series John Williams composed? There is nothing wrong with the
original theme. In this age of electronica, no one has the brains,
heart, soul or guts to remake the original in a clever way that might
make this seem more ambitious.
get 10 episodes on three Blu-ray discs, so that is about as much room
as they need without being more compressed and anyone who lands up
liking this revival will be happy with that at least.
include Deleted Scenes, an ugly and unnecessarily colorized version
of the ''No
Place to Hide''
Unaired Pilot Episode from the Original Series (Blu-ray Exclusive)
that plays much better in black and white not available here, Bill
and Max: Lost and Found in Space,
Mumy Visits the Jupiter 2,
and a Sizzle Reel.
the small town Sakurada, there is a big secret, nearly everyone has
special abilities/powers. You would think the ultimate power would
be to turn back time and fix things, but Misora Haruki as one slight
problem, she can't remember what she needs to fix when she travels
back in time. That is until she she teams up with Kei Asai, who has
the ability to remember all the timelines they have ever been in.
Together, the work as the 'Service Club' helping people and saving
lives ...but when you are 'resetting' time there is always cause and
effect in Sagrada
Reset: Complete Collection
Haruki has the ability to turn back time, however her time limit is
only 3 days, she can have only one 'save point' at a time ...and she
can't remember why she traveled back in time. That is until she
meets and teams up with Kei Asai, who's ability is to remember
everything. Alone their powers aren't much, but together they are
able to help others and change fate. They are recruited into their
school's 'Service Club' to help solve problems, from lost cats to
even bring back the dead. However, the club is closely monitored by
a shadowy agency known only as the 'Bureau'. The Bureau's purpose is
monitor all those with powers in town and to make sure no one is
abusing their powers.
with Misora and Kei's powers, are they being tested or is someone
trying to use them for their powers? As Misora and Kei work together
they DO help other people with powers including a girl who can make
anything disappear, a girl who can talk to cats, a girl who turned
into a ghost, etc... BUT each case or 'job' seem testing them, Kei
uncovers a plot where someone or something is planing to either steal
everyone's powers or to forever seal them away.
series was like a mix of X-Men
(minus all the fighting) with The
Butterfly Effect and
solving mysteries. Each case starts off with a 'normal' day but then
when they 'reset' each time there are slight variations of the
same/previous day, proving the smallest things can cause large
changes for the future. However, with a power that can change the
future, in the hands of the wrong people that power could become the
most dangerous ability of all. Extras include clean opening and
closing animation and trailers.
2160p HEVC/H.265, 2.35 X 1 HDR (10; Ultra HD Premium)-enhanced Ultra
High Definition image on Captain
is the best here as expected, though it is not perfect, but offers
more detail, color range and depth than the 1080p 2.35 X 1 digital
High Definition Blu-ray also included, which is watchable enough, but
lacking in several shots.
1080p 2.35 X 1 digital High Definition image on Golden
was shot in the large frame format Technirama, one of the last films
to do so, but is in a 35mm reduction presentation here. The image
can be waxy at times and detail challenging, but color can be as
impressive as anything on the list and some shots look really good.
However, there are no major demo shots here, so when it is a
of a 35mm dye-transfer, three-strip Technicolor version of the film,
that is with limits.
is presented in 1080p black and white high definition with a
widescreen aspect ratio of 2.35:1 (for the first time) and an
English: DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 2.0 Mono lossless, this is
certainly the best that this film has ever looked or sounded. Even
considering its low budget, the film has held up pretty well over the
years and is definitely worth checking out in this Blu-ray edition.
1080p 2.00 X 1 AVC @ 20 MBPS digital High Definition image transfer
on new Lost
episodes look too much like the awful feature film and cannot compete
with the best-looking episodes of the original 1960s show. It looks
good enough in many shots, but not enough for this viewer.
leaves the 1080p 1.78 X 1 digital High Definition image transfer on
is the better of the two TV series here and as good as any Blu-ray
with great color, detail and depth throughout.
for sound, Captain
has a decent Dolby
Atmos 11.1 (Dolby TrueHD 7.1 for older systems) lossless mix that
will not always stun, but has a good enough flow about it, while the
Blu-ray offers a DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 7.1 lossless mixdown that
is just fine, if not as complete, but works well enough.
is addressed above, so we next have the DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 5.1
lossless mix on Lost
that is good, but not very memorable or stunning, especially as this
is more dialogue-based than you might expect. The feature film was
praised for its sound mix, but it needed FAR more help in other
Japanese DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 2.0 Stereo lossless mixes on
is a bit of a disappointment despite a great picture, just not being
very lively or delivering the best sonics. Too bad it is not in 5.1
or higher, as that would have helped.
leaves the DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 2.0 Mono lossless mix on Golden
sounding a little better by default, but one wonders if this one ever
had any kind of stereo track.
order either of the Warner Archive Blu-rays, Frankenstein
go to this link for them and many more great web-exclusive releases
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