Plan: The Extractors
(2019/Lionsgate Blu-ray w/DVD)/The
(2019/Acorn TV Blu-ray)/Manifest:
The Complete First Season
(2018 - 2019/Warner DVD Set)/The
Alive! (1988, 1993/Arrow
B+ & C+/B+/B-/B+/C+/B/B Sound: B+ & C+/B+/B-/B+/C+/B-/B
Extras: C+/B/C+/C/C-/C/B Main Programs: C-/B/C/B+/C/C+/C+
Blu-ray is now only available from Warner Bros. through their Warner
Archive series and can be ordered from the link below.
a wide variety of new genre releases, many of which are ambitious,
but most with so-so results...
(2013) was a pretty solid action movie and finally united two of
Hollywood's biggest names in Sly Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger.
The second film, Escape
Plan 2: Hades
(2018) which is reviewed elsewhere on this site, was a lackluster
follow-up with Dave Bautista (Guardians
of the Galaxy)
replacing Arnold for second lead billing. This third film,
(2019), is an unnecessary entry and about as bland and boring as an
action movie can get. In fact, it will likely be an endurance test
for most of its audiences to see who can sit through it until the
end. You know when a film with two big leads such as this doesn't
get theatrical that something has gone awry...
film also stars Jaimie King (Sin
Curtis '50 Cent' Jackson, and Devon Sawa (Final Destination).
Security expert Ray Breslin (Stallone) is back again and this time he
is hired to rescue the kidnapped daughter of a Hong Kong tech mogul
from a formidable Latvian prison, as well as his girlfriend (Jaime
King) who is also captured. That doesn't stop a generic villain
(Sawa) from witty one liners and shaking his gun around at anyone who
crosses his path. Can Breslin and his team (Bautista and 50 Cent)
save the girl and kill the bad guy?
film is presented in 1080p high definition on Blu-ray disc with a
widescreen aspect ratio of 2.39:1 and audio mix in DTS-HD MA (Master
Audio) 5.1 lossless sound. The film looks fine and has some decent
production value for being a lower budgeted direct to video film.
Also included is a DVD standard definition copy and a digital copy,
which are both lesser than the Blu-ray.
Features include (from the press release):
commentary with director John Herzfeld, Sylvester Stallone, Devon
Sawa, and Daniel Bernhardt
Making of Escape Plan: The Extractors"
- featuring never-before-seen cast and crew interviews that explain
what it took to make this white-knuckle film.
has gone on record as saying that this was one of the worst
productions he ever had been on and by seeing the mixed end product,
I'm not too shocked.
some reason in 2006 two dark period magician films were released,
Christopher Nolan's The
and Neil Burger's The
and there hasn't been a film like either of them since. While The
is the winner in my book, there's still plenty to like about The
(2006), which has a solid screenplay by the director himself (Neil
Burger - Limitless
series director in years prior) and a solid cast in Edward Norton,
Paul Giamatti, Rufus Sewell, (a very young) Aaron Taylor-Johnson, and
Jessica Biel Timberlake. MVD has remastered the film and presents it
in 1080p Blu-ray, making this the fourth time that it has been
released on the Blu-ray format.
(Norton) is a bizarre stage performer like no other in early 1900
Vienna. As his popularity grows, so do the strength of his illusions.
As the crowds gaze in awe at his otherworldly talents, he ends up
rekindling his lost love from his youth, Sophie von Teschen (Biel).
The only catch is that she is to marry the Crown Prince Leopold
(Sewell). As Eisenheim and Sophie fall back in love, Leopold strikes
back with a plot to expose him. Eisenheim has a master plan of his
own though, and raises the stakes with each act including an illusion
that involves communicating with the dead. As the plot to expose him
grows thicker, Eisenheim must pull off the ultimate trick to escape
this negative attention and imprisonment.
film is presented in 1080p high definition with a widescreen aspect
ratio of 1.85:1 and audio mixes in DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 5.1 and
English LPCM 2.0 Stereo lossless sound. The film is shot like an old
fashioned film and interestingly colored with rich brown hues and a
soft vignette that comes in at times that adds to the old fashioned
tone. Costuming and production design are all top notch and captured
nicely here. The notable film score is by maestro Phillip Glass and
is a beautiful aid to this great looking film!
by writer/director Neil Burger
Making of The Illusionist
Biel on The Illusionist
an Original Trailer
is a very cool film and would be a nice candidate for 4K Ultra HD
disc. For a 1080p presentation, however, this one is just fine. It
would have been nice to have the soundtrack included with the movie
or something to make this edition stand out.
(2019) is a formula film we've seen plenty of times before,
especially when the likes of Fatal
were all the rage. In this case, it is the invasive stranger who is
either a fellow tenant, landlord or in this case, next-door neighbor.
Megan Good and Michael Ealy are a happily married couple and buy a
new house like so many lucky enough to be in love with some cash do,
but they immediately encounter a rifle-wielding neighbor (Dennis
Quaid) shows up, you know they're in trouble.
this case, he's the seller, as if that made this 102-minutes yawner
original. Maybe someone will enjoy seeing this kind of thing
repeated and the actors are not bad, but the script is lame and
you'll feel more intruded on than anyone else.
1080p 2.35 X 1 digital High Definition image is a passable shoot and
MA (Master Audio) 5.1 lossless mix is a mix of dialogue that is not
loud enough and music that is sometimes too loud. It only makes this
duller. Extras include a Gag Reel, Alternate Ending that could not
come fast enough (like any ending that would cut the running time),
Deleted & Alternate Scenes, feature length cast/crew audio
commentary and a Behind The Scenes featurette still using the film's
previous title? Next!!!....
a murder rocks the quiet town of Twickenham Green in London, DCI
Colin Sutton (Martin Clunes) is appointed as the lead detective to
solve a high profile murder. With little evidence and no witnesses
they search the area for clues and missing articles on the victim.
As the case carries on, media pressure, the stress and frustration
takes a toll on the detectives on the case, but DCI Colin Sutton
doesn't believe in giving up and that their case maybe linked with
several others cases with similar MO ...and they may have serial
killer on their hands in Manhunt
Colin Sutton is a veteran on the force and is finally given a high
profile case in where losing is not an option. They begin by
searching for trace evidence and viewing all CCTV footage of the
area. Through hard work and determination they discover a lead in
the vehicle in which the killer took, but are frustrated when the
vehicle is discovered missing. As they build a profile on their
suspect, DCI Colin soon discovers over the years, every place the
suspect lived a girl has been murdered and each time his 'vehicle'
has been sighted in the area, but it always goes missing afterwards.
by lack of evidence they cannot arrest their suspect until forensic
evidence is found. Colin and his team clash with their superiors who
think they are wasting time and money on red herrings, as well as
other police agencies who aren't willing to share their evidence from
their cases afraid of Colin's team of solving the murder (after
failing for two years) and stealing all the glory. But in the end,
Colin discovers the lost evidence to finally prove their suspect is a
was another British murder mystery series based on a true story. It
was refreshing because it showed real murders aren't solved by just
one single detective or even a team of detectives, but an entire
company of officers. It isn't just about kicking down doors, but
finding evidence and it may take days, weeks or months before they
catch the suspect(s). But just as much as dealing with a murderer,
they also have to deal with internal office politics and media sharks
who could easily contaminate, lose or destroy the precious evidence
they have. Looks like more of this show is on the way.
1080p 1.78 X 1 digital High Definition image transfer and
DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 5.1 lossless mix are as good as they can get
for a TV series like this and shames many a feature film, so you'll
enjoy the playback. Extras
include interview with Martin Clunes and producer Phillippa
Braithwaite and trailers.
The Complete First Season
(2018 - 2019) is a new TV series where the characters go on a simple
airplane flight, but when they return, it is five YEARS later and
they are as confused as those who are shocked by their return. What
happened? A time slip? A trick kidnapping? Alien intervention?
is important that this has been the plot of half-hour episodes of the
TV series, the plot of spy shows like Department
(solved in an hour) and even a few old radio dramas, so the idea of
making this into a TV series already on its second season means they
need a different approach. Will it be mystery, suspense or formulas?
Sadly, they just want to follow the Lost
style and that makes the show drag on and on and on and on.
get 16 hour-ish shows that really poor on the melodrama and makes
everyone look too puzzled for our own good, plus the usual and many
scenes of upset and shock that is beyond predictable. The cast is
just doing their job, but the teleplays are as flat and dull as this
is all stretched out and I had not really heard of the show and then
watching it, I can see why.
on 4 DVDs, you get a small paper episode guide as the extra, while
the anamorphically enhanced 1.78 X 1 image and the lossy Dolby
Digital 5.1 sound is also nothing to write home about, so don't be
too tired trying to take this one on if you are actually interested
and don;t operate heavy equipment. Otherwise, it might be five years
before anyone sees you!
(1963) goes way out of its way to be like a Hitchcock film and this
was all the rage in A-movie releases at all the studios, especially
after hits like Psycho
MGM was determined to do a smart thriller that included suspense,
mystery and a trick plot, so they got a screenplay by the writer of
that latter Hitchcock hit, Ernest Lehman, to pen this one built
around the Nobel Prize.
Newman is the rather alcoholic writer who has won the literature
award, while Kevin McCarthy has to reluctantly share his science
award with a young Italian he thinks stole from him, and Edward G.
Robinson is the physics winner, but Newman's Andrew Craig is just
there for the prize money and has already openly criticized the award
in the press. However, that takes a backseat when he may be onto
something he should not know and someone wants him dead!
to the potential fun are Diane Baker as Robinson's sexy relative and
Elke Sommer as Craig's assigned guide, both looking very glamorous
and Sommer oozing with sex without even trying. Too bad the script
is clueless on what to do with that, nor is the director or
producers, so the film comes across as a dated Hitchcock imitator
the same year fared better, but Newman's own actual Hitchcock film
three years later (Torn
in 1966) was not that
much better than this) among so many. This one just has more money,
though it is an old Hollywood production with plenty of obvious rear
projection and some other effects that are mixed.
least they tried and the music and cinematography help, but This is a
curio at nest and runs over two hours, so be prepared for a long one.
1080p 2.35 X 1 digital High Definition image transfer has some
softness here and there, but seems to be from a new HD master from
Warner Archive and the MetroColor
(shot in real anamorphic 35mm Panavision) is accurate for the most
part. The DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 2.0 Mono lossless mix shows the
age of the recording (save the music, which was recorded separately
and sounds better if you can hear the CD) and this includes some
flaws. Otherwise, the combination is fine for its age.
Original Theatrical Trailer is sadly the only extra, but for more on
the music, try my review of the limited edition soundtrack I covered
in the early years of this site at this link that has even better
conclude with a little-known film that is that way via its subject
(1988/1993) is an obscure indie horror flick that isn't too talked
about when you mention horror films of the late 1980s-early 1990s
era, but one that you should check out. Arrow has done a fantastic
job of restoring and revamping the film in this new Blu-ray release
that's packed with never before seen extras. While it is an '80s
film, it wasn't released until 1993, and by that time the horror
craze was on the verge of a resurgence. However, now is a great time
to revisit as Arrow has been unearthing many lesser known horror
films as of late and giving them new life on disc.
film stars Jay Leggett, Cameron Mitchell, Laura Kallison, Mark
Witsken, Michael Nash, and Sullivan Hester. It's directed by Leszek
beautiful teens, Rhonda and Monica are on their way to a party when
they get carjacked by a group of escaped convicts. Things should
turn even more hopeless, when their car gets stuck in a mineshaft...
which also happens to be home to a mutant cannibal!!
film has been restored and scanned in 2K high definition from the
original camera negative and presented here on 1080p Blu-ray disc
with a widescreen aspect ratio of 1.85:1 and an original mono audio
mix. The film hasn't aged hardly at all and really looks great here,
with even dark scenes popping out more than before with new color
correction. I think it's safe to say that this is the best looking
and sounding version of the film out there.
new audio commentary with director Leszek Burzynski
new audio commentary with special effects artist Hank Carlson and
horror writer Josh Hadley
new audio commentary with The Hysteria Continues
- brand new making-of documentary featuring interviews with director
Leszek Burzynski, cinematographer Nancy Schreiber, production manager
Alexandra Reed and actors Alex Kubik and Sullivan Hester
- 1988 television documentary on Windsor Lake Studios, featuring
footage from behind the scenes of Trapped
and contemporary interviews with director Leszek Burzynski, producer
Christopher Webster and production designer Brian Savegar
Burzynski: The Early Years
- the Trapped
director discusses his early forays into genre movie-making
reversible sleeve featuring newly commissioned artwork by Justin
FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Collector's booklet featuring new writing by
Warner Archive Blu-ray, go to this link for them and many more great
web-exclusive releases at:
Nicholas Sheffo (Intruder,
Ricky Chiang (Manhunt)