Fulvue Drive-In.com
Current Reviews
In Stores Soon
In Stores Now
DVD Reviews, SACD Reviews Essays Interviews Contact Us Meet the Staff
An Explanation of Our Rating System Search  
Category:    Home > Reviews > Drama > Relationships > Melodrama > Period > Politics > War > Space Program > Cable TV Mini-Series > Kidna > Aftermath (2018/Fox Blu-ray w/DVD)/Behold A Pale Horse (1964*)/From The Earth To The Moon (1998 4K Remaster/HBO Blu-ray Set)/Furie (2019/Well Go Blu-ray w/DVD)/Man Who Found Himself (1937/RKO/Warner A

Aftermath (2018/Fox Blu-ray w/DVD)/Behold A Pale Horse (1964*)/From The Earth To The Moon (1998 4K Remaster/HBO Blu-ray Set)/Furie (2019/Well Go Blu-ray w/DVD)/Man Who Found Himself (1937/RKO/Warner Archive DVD)/10 North Frederick (1958/*both Sony/Columbia/Twilight Time Limited Edition Blu-rays)

Picture: B+ & B-/B-/B/A- & B-/C/B Sound: B+ & B-/C+/B/B & C+/C+/B- Extras: B/C/C+/C/D/C Main Programs: C+/C+/B/B+/B-/C+

PLEASE NOTE: The Behold A Pale Rider and 10 North Frederick Blu-rays are now only available from our friends at Twilight Time, are limited to only 3,000 copies each and can be ordered while supplies last, while The Man Who Found Himself DVD is now only available from Warner Bros. through their Warner Archive series. All can be ordered from the links below.

Next up are a set of dramas with a difference...

The Aftermath (2018) is an interesting period drama starring Kiera Knightley that could translate well as a play as it does a feature film. It also stars Alexander Skarsgard and Jason Clarke as two men lusting after Knightley along with Kate Phillips, and Alexander Scheer.

Set in 1946, the film centers around Rachael Morgan (Knightley), whose colonel husband (Jason Clarke) is charged with rebuilding war-ravaged Hamburg, Germany. When she joins him there, she learns they will be sharing their home with a German widower (Skarsgard) and his daughter. As politics and sex enter the mix, the love triangle thickens against this dark time in history.

Special Features include:

Deleted Scenes with optional commentary by Director, James Kent

VFX Progressions with optional commentary by Director, James Kent

First Look

Feature Audio Commentary by Director James Kent


The Aftermath is nicely made but nothing really too special past a first time viewing.

Fred Zinnemann's Behold A Pale Horse (1964) is one of those older Hollywood productions where at least one actor is highly miscast as a character or real person that he or she is absolutely NOT the same ethnicity of. Zapater is a guerrilla fighter played by Gregory Peck, who may be good in the role, but never convinces us he is from that part of the world. His nemesis is played by Anthony Quinn, who is easier to believe in the role, so that helps. Add Omar Sharif as a passive priest and the film (based on a novel by the great filmmaker Emeric Pressburger of all people) and the film seems to be trying for awards season.

The opponents battled against each other during The Spanish Civil War and now, two decades later, they finally meet again. This is not a thriller, but somewhat of a character study and maybe it does not go far enough (not enough screen time versus the book?) but seeing these actors in a little-seen film that did not do well makes it worth a look and note is was released as the three main actors were having much critical and commercial success in their careers at the time.

It starts out like a documentary and continues to be shot like one when the actors arrive, which is one of the most impressive things about it. Nothing glossy here in this black and white production, but it is just uneven throughout (even without the Peck casting) and never pays off. Still, it has a fine director and those interested should give it a look.

Extras include an illustrated booklet on the film including informative text and essay by Mike Finnegan, while the disc adds only an Original Theatrical Trailer.

Another release that did a good job of blurring documentary and drama (though this qualifies more as a docudrama than Horse above does), From The Earth To The Moon (1998) was a huge hit mini-series for HBO, is still talked about and remains an impressive work. With so many anniversaries about the U.S. space program upon us and here as we post, HBO decided to go all out to clean, upgrade and remaster the entire series in 4K (it was shot on 35mm film) so they now offer it widescreen and have upgraded the sound from its original Dolby Stereo with mono surrounds to 12-track Dolby Atmos from the original soundmasters.

With multiple directors, Tom Hanks opens up each episode on camera to set us up for each segment on how NASA had to take a giant leap forward when President Kennedy saw the USSR making it to space first as a call for the U.S. to go much further and go to the moon. This is well written, well directed and impressive in how al the work from different people on each show melds so well into one non-stop journey into a vital history of the U.S. and humans overall.

To its credit, it has amazing casting that has only gained in value and impressiveness over the years including the underrated Stephen Root, who plays mission control head Chris Craft, who just passed away as we received this set. We also get Tim Daly, Lane Smith, Daniel Hugh-Kelly, Rita Wilson, Cary Elwes, Robert John Burke, Chris Isaak, Bryan Cranston, Ann Cusack, Tony Goldwyn, Clint Howard, John Carroll Lynch, Ted Levine, Mason Adams, Dylan Baker, Bart Braverman. Adam Baldwin, Gary Cole, Dave Foley, Mark Harmon, Ronny Cox, Sally Field, Al Franken, Zeijlo Ivanek, Elizabeth Perkins, Jay Mohr, Diana Scarwid, JoBeth Williams, Kevin Pollack, Ethan Philips, James Rebhorn, Graham Yost, John Slatterly, Steve Zahn, Peter Scholari and some narration by Blythe Danner.

That is truly one of the great casts in all of TV mini-series history and that is not even all the actors there. The teleplays a thorough, get to the point, never waste time and always make for compelling viewing. If anything, the series has appreciated in value and its impact as relevant as ever. We hear The Right Stuff, the great feature film, is being remade as a mini-series too. I'll be curious to see how that compares to this series and its own film.

Extras include Digital Copy, a vintage Behind The Scenes featurette and a new one of the trouble they went through to save, preserve, remaster and reissue the series.

A young girl is kidnapped off the streets by an illegal human trafficking ring, but what they didn't count on was her mother, a former/reformed gangster. Now hot on the trail she will stop at nothing to find her daughter and bring vengeance to all who stand in her way in Le-Van Kiet's Furie (2019).

Hai Phuong is a former gangster looking to start over life in the country after giving birth to her daughter Mai, but even being a single mother out of wedlock is not easy, she is still looked down by her peers and her current job as debt collector isn't helping her to make friends or get respect from her daughter either. But when Mai gets kidnapped by an illegal human trafficking ring, Phuong is forced to use her former skills to find and save her daughter.

She follow the trail and returns to the city she left and finding no one willing to help she goes to the police. There she learns that the police already knows about the kidnappers but is currently observing them and waiting to catch them all at once. Not willing to wait Phuong almost single handily takes down the entire gang with her bare hands, the police only showing up at the last minute saving Phuong from a kill shot. Afterward, Phuong returns home with her daughter with renewed respect and her daughter asks her to train her to fight too.

Move over Liam Neeson, it not only fathers who can fight gangsters, stop an illegal human trafficking ring and rescue their daughter. This was an action and violence packed movie and once again shows the most dangerous place in the world is to be is between a mother and her child. Extras include behind the scenes and trailers.

Lew Landers' The Man Who Found Himself (1937) tells the tough, brisk and more hard-hitting than expected story of a young doctor (John Beal) whose father (Philip Houston) and are very respectable, but he is unhappy with his father's efforts to thwart his airplane flying and just about anything else deemed as not fitting into the prestige, upper class, quiet way of life is looked down on.

Taking a trip from New York City to Philadelphia, he allows a married lady friend to join him because she is heading there for a family emergency and bad weather has grounded most flights. This turns out to be a mistake that sends his life spiraling out of control figuratively and literally. Leaving the big city, he tries to find work as anything but a medical person and under another name, but lands up with vagrants doing road work. That is until he is seen by a friend all the way across the country, then the story takes more twists.

For running only 67 minutes, it is a remarkable work of narrative economy and then, no less than a very young, energetic Joan Fontaine shows up in one of her very first lead roles as a nurse who takes a liking to our incognito man, not knowing what is really going on. She's amazing here and steals many parts of the movie, but it has a good cast, I had not seen it in eons and is a real gem (unintended laughs included) worth going out of your way for.

There are no extras.

Lastly, we have Philip Dunne's 10 North Frederick (1958) with Gary Cooper as an unhappily wedded lawyer who is being pushed into the politics of his small town in this melodrama that unexpectedly finds him in the arms of a younger Suzy Parker, but all kinds of family troubles and other entanglements await in this black and white major release based on John O'Hara's novel.

The upside of this is that it is a melodrama that is a cut above a 'woman's film' or soap opera as they were usually called since it does not wallow in its events quite as much as soapers did (and still do), so its still long 102 minutes taking place in a small town somewhere in eastern Pennsylvania drags, but not as much as it might. Cast performances by Geraldine Fitzgerald, Tom Tully, Ray Strictland, John Emery, Philip Ober, Linda Watkins, Barbara Nichols and Stuart Whitman keep it more interesting, but even they cannot save it from what it is and trying to be.

With TV soap operas a new reality, this might have been an attempt to upgrade the genre for theaters to save it and still have it be a money maker, but it was only a transitional work at best and soap opera movies simply transmuted as the genre became big on daytime TV and feature films soon had a freedom the then small screen did not. At least this looks good and is worth a look for those curio and interested.

Extras include an illustrated booklet on the film including informative text and essay by Mike Finnegan, while the disc adds only an Isolated Music Score.

Now for playback quality. The Aftermath is presented in 1080p high definition on Blu-ray disc with a widescreen aspect ratio of 1.85:1 and audio tracks in DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 5.1 lossless and lossy Dolby Digital 5.1 foreign language tracks. This combo pack also comes with an anamorphically enhanced standard definition DVD with the same widescreen specs and a lesser lossy Dolby Digital 5.1 mix. The film is beautifully photographed and captures the period setting well. You can tell a lot of money was put into this production. A digital copy is also included.

The 1080p 1.85 X 1 black & white digital High Definition image transfer on Horse is a new HD master and looks good in its attempt to recreate the documentary look it chooses, but this means that sometimes, detail is lost in the Video Black area. Otherwise, this is very impressive throughout.

The 1080p 1.78 X 1 digital High Definition image on Earth is a brand new 4K scan form the original 35mm negative, shot soft matte 1.33 X 1 at the time because TV had not gone totally widescreen yet. Some fans and purists will not be happy or used to the wider image, but IO think it looks really good and is as correct as the older block style frame. Color, detail and depth are as good as intended for its period look down to the color and looks as good as it can in this format. Visual effects using models in its original release were deemed too weak for HD (maybe they lacked detail or were gone), so new HD recreations are in their place and are not bad. Can't wait to see a 4K version.

The 1080p 2.35 X 1 digital High Definition image transfer on Furie is an HD shoot that manages to be gritty and surprisingly authentic, though not to be mistaken for film. This should be one of Well Go's next 4K candidates and color is consistent. You would not know this from the anamorphically enhanced DVD with lossy Dolby Digital 5.1 also included in the set.

The 1080p 2.35 X 1 black & white digital High Definition image transfer on North rarely shows the age of the 35mm real anamorphic Panavision shoot that makes this one of the rare monochrome scope films and this new HD master is about as good as the film is going to get in the format, even looking glossy,

The 1.33 X 1 black and white image on Man is a rough print of a film that is shot well and looks good throughout, even when they cheat with location footage in an early montage sequence (printing buildings backwards does not mean we cannot read what they say) and it is a film that deserves a full restoration. The lossy Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono has background noise, but sounds good for its age.

Then when it comes to sound, Earth has been upgraded from old Dolby analog A-type (stereo with mono surrounds) noise reduction to lossless Dolby Atmos 12-track sound and that kicks in when it needs to and presents the many dialogue-based moments as well as possible. This follows Westworld and Game Of Thrones as HBO series on Blu-ray getting this treatment and is a welcome upgrade.

Furie is also sounding really good in its Vietnamese DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 7.1 lossless mix (better than the English DTS-MA 5.1 dub mix) that is very well thought out and impressive with its consistent soundfield. Horse and North both offer DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 2.0 Mono lossless mixes, but Horse sounds more aged than North and this is likely due to budget and style of filmmaking. It is probably the best either will sound, though the isolated lossless DTS-MA score for North is impressive and sounds a bit better than the film itself.

To order Behold A Pale Rider and 10 North Frederick limited edition Blu-rays, buy them while supplies last at these links:




and to order The Man Who Found Himself Warner Archive DVD, go to this link for them and many more great web-exclusive releases at:


- Nicholas Sheffo, Ricky Chiang (Furie) and James Lockhart (Aftermath)



 Copyright © MMIII through MMX fulvuedrive-in.com