Commander (2019/Lionsgate DVD)/I Am The Night
(2019/TNT/Warner DVD Set)/Killing Eve: Season Two (2019/BBC
Video Blu-ray Set)/Krull (1983/Sony/Umbrella Region B Import
Blu-ray)/London Kills: Series 1 (2019/Acorn Blu-ray Set)/US
(2019/Universal 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray w/Blu-ray)
Ultra HD Picture: B+ Picture: B/C+/B-/B-/B/B- Sound:
C+/C+/B-/B-/B/B+ Extras: D/C/C-/C+/C/C+ Main Programs:
Import Blu-ray is now only available from our friends at Umbrella
Entertainment in Australia, can only play on Blu-ray players that
handle Region B Blu-rays and can be ordered from the link below.
a big cross-section of new genre releases, thrillers of all kinds....
a CIA mission went south, team leader Jake Alexander (Steven Seagal)
loses one of his agents and HQ orders all of them to fall back.
However, Jake and his entire team feels like the CIA brass at HQ got
cold feet, and they aren't going back down from a fight or just walk
away from their team member's death. Jake and his entire team quits
and forms their own private task force and goes after the syndicate
that was responsible for their friend's death in Ross W. Clarkson and
Philippe Martinez's General
and all his team goes rogue when one of their own gets killed while
on a mission. While headquarters denies everything (including
responsibility) they rather cut their losses than finish the mission,
to stop an illegal organization responsible for worldwide black
market organ harvests. Jake and his team use their old connections to
help fund and rebuild their own private hit squad, but at the same
time they also have to watch out for assassins sent from the CIA to
a was your typical action packed spy movie with Steven Seagal. Also
on a side note, all the female characters looked like beautiful
models. The movie looked like it was mainly filmed in Asia. The
plot was fair obvious, it is the age old story of revenge, and where
the good guys must go rogue to stop the bad guys, while large
organizations leaders are just bureaucratic felchers who don't care
about the mission when things go wrong, they don't care about those
in the field and try to avoid responsibility and to blame others.
Extras include trailers.
few years ago, Brian De Palma took over a film at the last minute
about the Black Dahlia Murders and had zero control over it
creatively, so it bombed and was not convincing. It is still one of
the ugliest murder cases and many feel much of the story remains
untold. It is also one of the worst examples of the opposite of what
Hollywood wants to be and sell itself to be. Patty Jenkins has
produced a new mini-series (including doing some directing) that
reunites her with her Wonder
actor Chris Pine that approaches the case from a new angle.
Am The Night
(2019) has Pine as a photographer trying to turn a quick buck in
scandals, et al, when he unexpectedly finds himself crossing into
that actual case in the time period it takes place. India Easley is
a light-skinned young lady in an African American family experiencing
all the discrimination she would if she were 'fully black' but starts
to question her situation and lands up trying to find who she really
is. Then the infamous murder happens and the story really kicks in.
a little slow to start, the six episodes just take their time to
develop what is really going on and it is an approach that works for
the most part. The underrated Carl Franklin directs later shows and
save a few mixed moments in each show that might not work, it is one
of the better limited series of late and one that there has to be a
larger audience for. Too bad this was not a huger hit in its debut,
but this is solid TV work that we do not see enough of, especially on
U.S. TV and the supporting cast is a convincing plus.
print episode guide and five Behind The Scenes clips are the extras.
Eve: Season Two
(2019) has Sandra Oh and Jodie Comer as investigator and serial
killer getting to unusually close a frenemies, in a darkly comic
novelty that has turned apparently novel idea as the long-running
serial killer cycle starts to taper off. The show is a surprise hit,
though it does not do too much we have not already seen, so the
chemistry of the leads and viewers apparently OK with the dark humor
are keeping it going (its in a third season) and Oh's star power
continues to grow.
Video gives us all 8 episodes over two Blu-ray discs and that works
just fine. The supporting cast (including Fiona Shaw) are good
enough to keep up the suspension of disbelief, but the surprise to me
is that the underrated actress Emerald Fennell is actually a
co-producer, so that can only be a good thing. Guess you should
start at the beginning, but this should be most worth it for the most
Making Of featurettes, including a recap of the previous season, are
(1983) was Columbia Pictures then-big budget gamble ($20 Million!) to
make a hit fantasy film that might spawn a franchise. At a time when
studios took more risks and money machine sequels were a fresher
idea, every major director in Hollywood and the U.K. landed up
directing a film like this after the first Star
(1977) made insane amounts of money and more were made that did not
make it than many now seem to remember.
Marshall is a prince fighting evil forces led by a character named
Beast, getting help by obtaining a fancy flying blade with five
points that destroys things, is magical and flies back and forth to
him like a boomerang. Nice gimmick. In waiting for him is a
beautiful woman (Lysette Anthony) who Beast has captured. Can the
prince free her?
vert British production, the matte paintings look good and the model
work is not bad, holding up much better than 90% of the horrid CGI
we've suffered through of late, but the film has a reliance on
optical printing and some bad matte work for too many of its visual
effects, but most visual effects houses were just too behind
LucasFilm's then-innovate Industrial, Light & Magic unit and few
houses did better work than this and none as good as ILM.
new Umbrella Region B Import Blu-ray is really just a reissue of the
old U.S. Blu-ray edition from a long time ago, but its passable and
has all the extras that had. At this point, the first three Star
Wars films (et al) had made so much money, pretty much every single
working director of any major name and credibility was able to land
such a project and the great gentleman director Yates got this one.
I am not a fan of it, but it holds up better than most such Fantasy
genre films since and he loved it. The supporting cast including the
great Freddie Jones are good and there is a following of sorts for
the film. This disc should help that cause.
include feature length audio commentary tracks (one with Yates,
Marshall & Anthony, the other cast/crew off of a magazine article
that is not bad), the Marvel Comics adaptation, Journey
To Krull featurette
and an Original Theatrical Trailer.
to killers and maybe serial killers, London
Kills: Series 1
(2019) is a police procedural series that is one of the few I believe
anyone will remember in a few decades, smart like Lydia La Plante's
best and as involving with the investigators wondering why a murder
was made to look like a suicide when any serious investigating team
would figure out otherwise. The lead casting of actors still not
known in the U.S. enough (Hugo Speer, Sharon Small, Bailey Patrick,
Tori Allen-Martin) works right off the bat and the show is rightly a
whether you want to follow the intertwining developments as the
episodes go on is another story and this kind of storytelling is so
overdone at this point, one can understand why you might bail out.
However, like Gillian Anderson's incredible limited series The
(also on Acorn Blu-ray, reviewed elsewhere on this site) is smartly
done and if you still really need to watch this kind of fiction, this
is one of the current best.
include a 47 minutes Behind The Scenes featurette and Acorn trailers.
but absolutely not least is Jordan Peele's US
(2019, note it is often spelled in all caps, if not all the time)
which proves Get
(reviewed elsewhere on this site) was no fluke and that Peele's work
in the horror genre is serious and just beginning. Starting out as a
creepy doppelganger thriller and getting more twisted from there,
Peele uses intertextual ideas to make everything even more disturbing
as we flashback to a young lady at an amusement area where she goes
into a haunted house place dubbed 'Vision Quest' (it has a different
name later; look for many such changes as you watch) and in there,
she lands up coming face to face with an exact duplicate of herself!
to the mid-1980s when the real life event Hands Across America is
about to take place (it happened in real life, but they cheated (the
film does not get into this) by using ribbons where people could not
stand) is is going on. Now an adult, she (Lupita Nyong'o in one of
the year's best performances) now had two children and a great
husband (Winston Duke) who are successful and have a nice home and
great life together. But something starts to go wrong near them they
are unaware of, then things start to close in on them. Then out of
nowhere, a family all wearing the same outfit, shows up outside of
their house. Why are they there? What do they want? Who are they?
stop there as not to ruin anything else, but no moment is wasted here
as Peele and company build up things more and more and more and more.
We have not seen a major Hollywood horror film this well thought out
in years and just when you think it will get predictable or you know
what will happen next, a new turn. I reminds me of when Hollywood
used to always be this ambitious.
to all the actors who pull this off (I'll save anything on that for
more surprises) and now that it has arrived in this Universal 4K
Ultra HD Blu-ray/Blu-ray set, everyone can try to piece together all
the things the film is trying to say. Don't miss this one!
are not bad either, but they have spoilers just in their description,
so you might want to skip this section (partly per the press release)
if you have not seen the film. Exclusive to the two discs in this
set are Scene
- The making of three iconic scenes from the film including the Tyler
house massacre, Jason's abduction and Adelaide's underground
Just Want My Little Girl Back
included on all version of the film are...
Duality of US
- Jordan Peele goes in-depth on some of the key themes and imagery in
US - including Doppelgangers, Hands Across America, The Nutcracker
dance scene, rabbits and the infamous 11:11 coincidence.
Monsters Within US
- Examine how the great cast were able to find their characters,
whether they were playing one of the Wilsons or their sinister
Together: Making US Twice
- Making of a movie is hard. Making a movie where all the main cast
play dual roles can be downright mind-bending. In this piece,
filmmakers, cast, and crew discuss some of the technical challenges
to making the film, as well as some of the design choices for the
a Genre: Jordan Peele's Brand of Horror
- In the space of two films, Jordan Peele has set himself apart as an
invaluable artistic voice. Hear cast and filmmakers highlight what
makes him so unique, as well as Jordan's own thoughts on his
inspirations and the relationship between horror and comedy.
Using behind-the-scenes footage from between takes, we take a closer
look at Lupita Nyong'o's intense and mesmerizing performance as
Am Not Even Near You
P is Silent
Wanna Go Home
- Hilarious outtakes from the conversation between Winston Duke and
Tim Heidecker on the beach.
As Above, So Below: Grand Pas de Deux
- An extended version of the dance sequence from the film, cutting
between adolescent Adelaide at her recital to Red in the Underpass.
2160p HEVC/H.265, 2.35 X 1 Dolby Vision/HDR (10; Ultra HD
Premium)-enhanced Ultra High Definition image on
is easily the best in playback quality here, Peele showing yet again
he is as much a master of making HD look good as he is making
suspense films. Though it may not be a total 4K production, it still
looks fine and of course, not showing everything (darkness, et al)
makes this constantly effective to watch. The 1080p 2.35 X 1 regular
HD image on the Blu-ray is good, but it misses some detail, depth and
better Video Black that gives the 4K edition its impact.
is also the sound champ, offering Dolby Atmos 11.1 (Dolby TrueHD 7.1
mixdown for older systems) lossless sound that is very well recorded,
thought out and mixed for maximum impact, music included. Subtly, it
just ups the suspense and creepiness.
anamorphically enhanced image on General
looks as good as it could on DVD, but the lossy Dolby Digital 5.1
sound is uneven and not consistent, including the soundfield at
anamorphically enhanced 1.78 X 1 image on Night
was shot on film and has some nice shots throughout (where's the
Blu-ray) and the lossy Dolby Digital 5.1 is more well recorded and
mixed than expected.
1080p 1.78 X 1 digital High Definition image on Eve
has some good color for an HD shoot and is solidly consistent, so no
problem there with very little in the way of detail issues.
1080p 2.35 X 1 digital High Definition image transfer on Krull
can show the age of the master and materials used, but this is the
older transfer used by Sony in the U.S., so that's to be expected.
DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 5.1 lossless mix is also showing its age,
but the film was shot on 35mm film with real anamorphic Panavision
lenses and holds up well as a result, even here. 70mm blow-up prints
were apparently also produced with 4.1 sound featuring Dolby's old
A-type analog noise reduction. This will do, but Sony really needs
to consider a 4K upgrade for this.
we have the 1080p 1.78 X 1 digital High Definition image transfer
shot on HD for London
looking decent and
as good as not only any TV production, but any regular Blu-ray on the
list. It and Eve
both offer DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 5.1 lossless mixes that actually
tie as second best sonic performers on the list with consistent
soundfields and are among the better Tv releases on Blu-ray in that
respect of late.
Umbrella import Blu-ray, go to this link for it and other hard to
find releases at:
Nicholas Sheffo and Ricky Chiang (General)