Series 1 (2018*)/The
(1969/Fox/Twilight Time Limited Edition Blu-ray)/Conflict
(1955/both Juno Select MVD DVDs)/Master
Z: The Ip Man Legacy
(2018/Well Go Blu-ray w/DVD)/Murdoch
Mysteries Collection: Season 9 - 12
(2016 - 2018/*both Acorn Blu-rays)/The
B+/B/C/C/A- & C+/B/B- Sound: B+/B-/C/C/B+ & C+/B/B
Extras: B/B/D/D/C/C+/C Main Programs: B+/C+/C/C+/A-/C+/C
Blu-ray is now only available from our friends at Twilight Time, is
limited to only 3,000 copies and can be ordered while supplies last
from the links below.
a interesting mix of old and new genre releases, some of which are
new, but set in the past, on TV as well as from theaters.
Hogan returns to her hometown after the death of her mother for the
funeral, but when details don't add up to her mother's death that she
slipped and fell and her father's whereabouts at the time, she begins
to suspect her father murdered her. Her father is the town doctor,
the man which everyone in town respects and thinks he is the greatest
and kindest man in the world. Nobody would ever suspect him for
murder, but as Cat digs deeper she soon learns that small towns are
good at keeping secrets ...and burying the dead in Blood:
is also the prodigal daughter, estranged from her family and
hometown. After returning home for her mother's funeral she
discovers, nobody knows where her father was during the time of her
mother's 'accidental' death. Her father is in the perfect position
to get away with murder, he knows exactly how to get rid of evidence
and he can influence others to help him. Her father said he was out
on call during the incident, she discovers he lied and he has been
sleeping with his assistant and maybe he killed her mother to make
way for his new mistress. As Cat investigates further she discovers
she's not the only one been lied to, she begins recruiting others to
her cause to help her prove her father is a murderer, but she must be
careful and first discover who she can trust and who is under the
influence of her father. The truth is her mother's death wasn't an
accident, but it may not be what Cat expected either.
was a mystery filled series with a paranoid daughter (with a
traumatic past/daddy complex) who thinks her father is a cold blooded
murderer. Everything her father tells her turns out to be a lie
(which makes him look more guilty) and she becomes more paranoid. In
the end, every lie her father told her turns out to be white lies and
to protect someone or something from hurting themselves. Extras
include cast and crew interviews, behind the scenes and trailers.
Lee Thompson's The
(1969) finally arrives on Blu-ray, a very well-shot Panavision spy
thriller from Fox, now issued as a Twilight Time Limited Edition
Blu-ray. We reviewed the DVDs with several solid extras years ago
and here is that review:
and sound improve (see below) and extras are about the same with many
of the same extras
including alternate scenes from the International Edition (though it
should be said that this is the full-length 98 minutes long version),
an original promo film for is release and an excellent feature length
audio commentary by Eddie Friedfeld and Lee Pfeiffer that holds up as
well as all of their work. New additions include an abbreviated
version of the film (17 minutes), an Isolated Music Score track with
some sound effects and illustrated booklet with technical info and
essay by Mike Finnegan.
up are two more British films from the nice Juno
Select DVD series, this time being John Eldridge's Conflict
(1964) with John Gregson, Kieron Moore and Niall MacGuinness in this
change-of-pace tale of locals fighting the British military from
taking over a bird sanctuary to use for military shelling. Running
84 minutes, it is a bit long, but not bad, if uneven, but worth a
look for being so British. Anthony Squire's Doublecross
(1955) is even more of a curio with Donald Houston, Anton Diffring,
Allan Cuthbertson, Fay Compton and Delphi Lawrence in this mystery
spy thriller about fisherman Houston picking up two people to help
them get somewhere, not knowing they just stole government secrets.
land up taking a trip by ship (airplanes were still not as common
yet) when he finds out they are up to no good, but can he fool them
before they find out he knows and they kill him?
a 77-minutes-long programmer, it looks more modern than you might
expect thanks to cinematography by Kenneth Talbot and editing by
future James Bond series editor (and later director himself) Peter
Hunt, so all this makes it a curio worth a look and your time,
especially if you are any kind of spy fan.
are sadly no extras on either release, but maybe they could find
ago, Cheung Tin Chi was defeated by Master Ip Man. Now he sets aside
his fighting skills to raise his son in Hong Kong working as a server
in bars and to never fight again, but Hong Kong is changing with the
times with all the foreigners, drugs, illegal trade and gangsters can
he afford to not to fight when it comes to protecting his family and
Woo-Ping Yuen's Master
Z: The Ip Man Legacy
Cheung Tin Chi is a Kung-fu master, but all that changed when he was
defeated by Ip Man. Now, he only cares about his son and works to
provide for him. Even still, Hong Kong is still a dangerous place,
foreigners importing drugs, corrupt police and the streets are
controlled by the triad mob. Tin Chi home is burned down by
gangsters, and then they discover drugs are being sold on the streets
and killing people, but when Cheung Tin Chi's friends and family get
hurt he must find the courage to fight for justice and protect the
innocent once more. The cast includes Jin Zhang, Dave Bautista,
Michelle Yeoh and Tony Jaa.
is another chapter/side story to the IP Man legacy, the story of
martial artists who didn't fight for fame or fortune, but to protect
the people and country he loves. Like so many martial artists they
question what is a true warrior, is it to fight and be the strongest
or is martial arts use to bring balance and peace to the world?
Extras include behind the scenes and trailers.
up is Murdoch
Mysteries Collection: Season 9 - 12
(2016 - 2018) giving us the latest of several eras of the hit series
we covered when it debuted and covered on and off since. Of this
set, we covered Season
think the new shows are not bad, but not as good as the first few
seasons, though it has gained a bit of its edge after losing it to
cast changes (and going to HD) a few seasons in. The ninth, tenth
and twelfth seasons are pretty much like eleven, so they found a way
to settle on a formulaic approach that is working for its current
audience, yet it is not as fun as the early shows were when they were
starting out, so I just cannot get into the show as much as I'd like
to in its later stage. Still, fans of it will love this set, a high
quality box more solid and thick than many on the market, so its a
great way to own this era of the show.
include almost two hours of Making Murdoch featurettes, over an hour
of After Murdoch Show featurettes and a Photo Gallery.
we have Timothy Woodward Jr.'s The
(2019), the latest in a cycle of highly cliched, unconvincing,
Neo-Westerns that never work, may get violent and 'realistic' while
being exploitive and never plays well. The dirty West looks dirty in
parts, but far too clean in others and this is made worse when it is
an obvious HD shoot like this one is. The title refers to both the
lawman (singer Trace Adkins with one of the only convincing accents
here) as well as a highly disrespected man from China (Jon Foo, who
knows some martial arts, but hardly get s to use them) in this very
cliched, predictable romp.
Patrick Flannery is the boo-hiss villain who rapes the disrespected
man's wife in a very poor sequence that drags on and has too many
issues to go into here and this happens early on. There is little
character development and even Danny Trejo turning up cannot add
anything to improve this dud. Unless you are a total devotee to the
genre, skip this one.
include two short behind the scenes featurettes.
for playback quality. The 1080p 1.78 X 1 digital High Definition
image on Blood
is pretty consistent for a TV production and looks better than most
of the releases on the list with good color and stability, while the
1080p 2.35 X 1 digital High Definition image transfer can show the
age of the materials used on Chairman,
but this is far superior a transfer to the older DVD and has
does not possess.
1080p 2.35 X 1 digital High Definition image transfer on Master
certainly has the money in it, but despite being the visual champ
here for the most part, it still cannot totally pass up Chairman
in overall quality, yet it impresses in its own right. The
anamorphically enhanced 1.85 X 1 image DVD on Master
passable at best.
1080p 1.78 X 1 digital High Definition image on the four Murdoch
seasons are solid and about on par with each other, but it misses
some of the character, darkness and edge the original seasons had,
but the 1080p 2.35 X 1 digital High Definition image transfer of the
HD shoot Outsider
is has darkness issues, detail issues and disappoints.
1.33 X 1 black & white image transfers on both Juno DVDs can show
the age of the materials used, but the print sources are not bad.
Wonder why they are on the soft side?
for sound, Master
offers Dolby Atmos 11.1 (Dolby TrueHD 7.1 mixdown for older systems)
lossless on its Blu-ray edition and it sounds as good as anything
here, though that is in Mandarin, leaving a lesser English dub in
DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 5.1 lossless mix. The DVD has just as poor
lossy Dolby Digital 5.1 sound. DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 5.1 lossless
mixes on Blood
follow as the next best sonically, then were left with the competent
DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 5.1 lossless mix on Outsider,
its default highlight.
offers DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 2.0 Stereo and 2.0 Mono lossless
mixes with the Stereo much nicer, and both warmer, fuller and more
articulate than the DVD's old lossy Dolby Digital tracks. Even the
isolate music score is in lossless DTS-MA.
leaves both Juno DVDs with lossy Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono that is a
little low and aged sounding, so be careful of volume switching and
high playback volumes in these cases.
limited edition Blu-ray, buy it while supplies last at these links:
Nicholas Sheffo and Ricky Chiang (Blood,