(1934/Universal/Umbrella Region Free PAL Import DVD)/Forever
DVD)/Girl In The Fog
(2017/both Well Go Blu-rays)
B-/B-/C+/A-/B+ Sound: B-/B-/C/B/B+ Extras: D/B/D/D/D
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a group of old and new thrillers for your consideration...
Boris Karloff/Bela Lugosi 1934 classic The Black Cat, based on
the story by Edgar Allan Poe, is one of Universal's most underrated
classics. While it was just released on Blu-ray in the states as
part of a multi-disc collection, its presented here solo on DVD in a
new transfer by Umbrella Corp. For being a standard definition
presentation, the film looks and sounds great.
at the early height of their fame, The Black Cat stars Karloff
and Lugosi (without monster attire) in a film directed by Edgar G.
Ulmer (Detour, reviewed on Criterion Blu-ray elsewhere on this
site). The film starts with two stranded Budapest honeymooners who
get into a bit of bad luck when they follow a mad doctor (Lugosi) to
a black-lipped architect's (Karloff) Art Deco manor. There, they
discover a series of horrors centering around a black cat.
film also stars David Manners, Julie Bishop, Lucille Lund, Harry
Cording, and Egon Brecher. It is produced by Carl Laemmle Jr, and
extras on the disc... over even a menu for that matter.
it hasn't been included in any of the Universal Monsters box sets or
collections, it definitely should be. (It has a part of the
collection during the VHS days.) The Black Cat is an absolute
classic and everyone should take the time to see it. This edition
isn't as sharp as a 1080p version, but is fine nevertheless.
1987 low budget horror feature, Forever Evil (1987), gets a
two disc DVD treatment from VCI. Directed by Roger Evans (Ghosted),
is about some college kids who end up resurrecting an ancient god
named Yog Kothag, who wrecks havoc on them.
Evil stars Tracey Huffman, Charles L. Trotter, and Red Mitchell.
and Writer's Commentary
Versions: Never before seen Director's Cut and the original Home
Video Premiere Cut
Evil is a pretty generic '80s horror flick and nothing too
terribly special. I'm not sure why they didn't put this out on
Blu-ray instead of DVD, but nevertheless, this is as close as an
ultimate edition to the film as fans are going to get right now.
In The Fog
(2017) wants to be a police procedural murder mystery that is a cut
above the endless TV series in the cycle, but despite some star power
and some effort, it does not quite work out that way and if you
really know mystery stories, it will be obvious what is going on
half-way mark when the so-so screenplay walks itself back into a
corner it cannot get out of.
Saervillo and Alessio Boni are joined by Jean Reno in this mystery of
a 16-year-old girl who disappears from a town in the Italian Alps and
no one knows how or if she is even alive or dead. At first, we do
get some good scenes and some shots look good, but this eventually
gets repetitive and then obvious if you know the genre. For the
curio only, if the makers just tried to do more with the source book
(wonder how it compares to the book?), this could have been a nice
surprise. Instead, its just average at best.
are no extras.
a world ending prediction of a meteorite to strike earth, a small
company takes a company trip to de-stress and relax. But rather than
a world ending meteorite, they are caught in a storm and tsunami and
they all end up on an island. What was to be a team building
vacation turns into an island survival ...but can they survive each
Huang Bo's The Island
(2018), Ma Jin was just your typical company man, on the day
of his company trip he discovers he had the winning lottery ticket in
his pocket (just as they left port). Now along with his co-workers
(which he has a crush on one of the girls, Shanshan) they are stuck
on an island in the middle of the sea. Immediately, all the guys
start fighting to decide who would be the alpha male/leader, while
the girls use their wiles and sexuality to get the guys to do/give
things for them.
started out as one group, but soon broke into 2 groups because Group
1 was just a bunch of bullies forcing those at the bottom to do all
the work. The Group 2 finds a wreaked cargo ship and makes it their
base, the ship is loaded with food and supplies and other comforts of
civilization. Group 2 then uses trade and barter system to get Group
1 to do the menial labor on the island. Ma Jin and his brother
eventually break away and form a 3rd group and he realize to truly
find a way to escape the island everyone must work together instead
of fighting to be King of the Island.
many months, their escape from the island comes in the form of the
mysterious noise they keep hearing every few weeks, turns out to be a
cruise liner that passes nearby the island and it was it's horn.
However, in order to get a signal big enough for the cruise liner to
see them, they have to burn/sacrifice their 'home' with all their
food, supplies, and tools. Ma Jin sets their home on fire, and he is
chased all over the island by a lynch mob.
was a comical movie of a group of people trying to survive on a
beautiful island paradise. It was like a mix of Lord of the Flies
and Robinson Crusoe, but with a Chinese cast and a bit of
comedy. It basically explores human nature in how do we value and
interact with others if we take away our money, position and rank in
society. Would we still even work as a society or would we revert
back to survival of the fittest? Bo is among the cast.
legendary con man steals $300 million dollars, but after 8 years of
escaping with the loot is rumored to be alive and well after faking
his own death. Prosecutor Park has decided in order to catch the
ultimate con man to use a team of con artists. He assembles an
illegal and off-the-books team to bait and catch the legendary
bandit. Their newest recruit, Ji-sung has a past with master thief
and seeks revenge for the death of his father. But everyone has
their secrets and the last thing a con man does is reveal the tricks
of his trade in Chang Won Yang's Swindlers
is a young con artist with much potential, but he finds himself
reluctantly recruited by Prosecutor Park to find the man who was
responsible for his father's death. Prosecutor has given each of his
'teammates' a choice, work for him or go to jail. While they all work
together to catch the Legendary Bandit, they goals are very
different. Truth is, the government helped the Legendary Bandit and
Prosecutor Park was hired to clean up all evidence job, but now they
want the Legendary Bandit's score. But secretly, Prosecutor Park
wants to steal the money for himself and then kill the rest of his
team in a heist gone wrong. Ji-sung and his fellow con artists are
conning the con within the con, they knows more than Prosecutor Park
thinks, they know how the government help covered up the and fake the
Bandit's death (that's why Ji-sung's father was killed). Ji-sung and
his team seek to find proof and evidence to bring those involved with
the heist to bring justice for all the pain they caused.
and scamming is a way of life in Korea and politics, the only
difference between a con man and a politician is the nice suits they
wear. This is a con job movie about con artists trying to bait and
catch another con artist, while their employer only cares about the
money, between the con artists they still have a code of honor among
thieves, they know their boss plans to get rid of them after the job,
but they instead turn the tables on them with a con within the con.
Extras include trailers.
in black and white and a 1.33:1 full frame aspect ratio and lossy
Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono English mix, The Black Cat looks and
sounds as good as it can in this release. While there are instances
of compression, the film being older looks passable on DVD.
Evil is presented on standard definition DVD with a 1.33:1 full
frame aspect ratio and features a newly enhanced, lossy Dolby Digital
5.1 (and 2.0) mixes of the film. Compression issues are evident, as
is the norm with the format, but the older lower budgeted film looks
as good as to be expected here. The soundtrack by Rod Slane is a
highlight and helps boost production value but overall, the film
would look much better in 1080p.
anamorphically enhanced 2.35 X 1 image on Fog is not an awful
HD shoot, but has softness and flaws throughout, a combo of the
format and production, while the lossy Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo mix
is on the weak side and it is not just because this is dialogue-based
1080p 2.35 X 1 digital High Definition image transfers on Island
are HD shoots and the best performers on the list, not always by
default either. It is not to say they are perfect and minor flaws
can be found, but they should be interesting 4K contenders. Both
also offer DTS-HD
MA (Master Audio) 5.1 lossless mixes in Mandarin and Korean
respectively and lesser English dubs that do no0t play as well. They
both have fine soundfields, but Swindlers
is simply better.
Umbrella import DVD, go to this link for it and other hard to find
Nicholas Sheffo (Fog),
Ricky Chiang (Well Go) and James