Hush 4K (2019/DC Comics
4K Ultra HD Blu-ray w/Blu-ray*)/Curse
Of La Llorona
(2019/Blu-ray w/DVD/*both Warner)/Daredevil
Delirium: Dead At Dawn + With A Vengeance
(2019 compilations/Umbrella Region Free Import Blu-rays)/Vanishing
Ultra HD Picture: A Picture: B+/B+ & B-/C/B/B/B/C+ Sound:
A & B+/B+ & B-/C/C+/C+/C+/C Extras: B/C+/D/C-/C-/C-/C-
Main Programs: C+/B-/C/B/B/C+/C-
Import Blu-rays are now only available from our friends at Umbrella
Entertainment in Australia and can play on all Blu-ray players, while
DVD is now only available from Warner Bros. through their Warner
Archive series. All can be ordered from the links below.
have plenty of action ahead in these new releases...
start with the new animated DC Comics release, Batman
(2019) and is
based on one of the Dark Knight's most notable graphic novels of the
same name, which features incredible art by Jim Lee and is a must
read if you're a fan of Batman.
animated film directed by Justin Copeland (Reign of the Supermen)
isn't too bad or kid friendly as its a PG-13 entry in DC's darker
direct to video animated film series. This two disc set includes
both the 4K Ultra HD presentation and the 1080p Blu-ray presentation
of the film, complete with digital copy.
Hush features the voices of Jason O'Mara, Jennifer Morrison, Jerry
O'Connell, Rebecca Romijn, and Rainn Wilson.
faces many of his old adversaries along with a new one named Hush, a
man to whom Bruce Wayne shares a troubled past with. While he
attempts a relationship with Selina Kyle (Catwoman), he ends up
facing off against Superman, Joker, Harley Quinn, Poison Ivy, Bane,
and others along the way, all the while uncovering the mystery behind
Hush's identity and motives.
thing about these animated adaptations that I think could be improved
would be to literally animate the existing artwork and panels from
the graphic novel. The impact of the story isn't the same without
the trademark Jim Lee artwork despite being the story being similar.
I'm sure this animated style/method is more economic and likely
faster but bringing that original artwork to life would make more
sense and be more interesting. Just a thought.
digital copy is also included.
Features (per the press release) include:
Showcase: Sgt. Rock (Animated Short) - From executive producer
and director Bruce Timm comes the first new DC Showcase animated
short since 2011's Catwoman, bringing DC Comics' gritty World
War II hero to animated life in an all-new adventure.
Love in Time of War (Featurette) - Dangerous. Seductive.
Villain. Hero. This is the story of Selina Kyle and the
relationship she has forged with the world's greatest detective.
Commentary - Executive Producer James Tucker, Director Justin
Copeland and screenwriter Ernie Altbacker share their thoughts and
insights on Batman: Hush.
Sneak Peek at the next DC Universe Movie, Wonder Woman: Bloodlines
- An advanced look at the next animated film in the popular DC
Universe Movies collection.
the DC Vault - The Batman/Superman Hour: The Underworld Underground
the DC Vault - The Batman/Superman Hour: Partners in Peril
Hush is a pretty fun animated feature, but isn't quite the
strongest entry amongst other Bat movies. I still think The Dark
Knight Returns and Batman:
Gotham at Gaslight are a bit stronger and closer to the
books so I would start there if you're new to these animated
a producer of The
series comes The
Curse of La Llorona
(2019), a spooky new R-rated fright fest that is a bit more
interesting than you might expect. While the story is pretty similar
to other films of the like, there are a few pretty effective
sequences that make it stand out. One scene in particular features
two kids trapped in a car with the locks coming undone by the spirit
film stars Linda Cardellini, Roman Christou, Jaynee-Lynne Kinchen,
Raymond Cruz, and Marisol Ramirez.
in 1973 Los Angeles, a social worker (Cardellini) ends up
investigating a case where a mother is attempting to protect her kids
from a cursed spirit, but is obviously misunderstood as abusing them.
As the curse spreads to her own children, Cardellini ends up facing
off against the supernatural curse. Raymond Cruz does a good job of
playing a priest that helps her along the way.
Myth of La Llorona
Making of a Movie Monster
completely original, but better than The Insidious series and
The Conjuring sequels, I'd give The Curse of La Llorona
a spin if you like ghost stories.
Reeves Eason's Daredevil
(1938) is a quickie B-movie about reckless racing car track drivers
who get into trouble off the track as well, but feel they are so
good, they can get away with anything. Dick Purcell is the excellent
driver and Charley Foy his expert mechanic. They get involved in a
feud between bus companies which includes one sabotaging the other,
plus Purcell gets a potential love interest.
story is basic, but the car racing, down to amusing model work and
obvious back projection work all over the place, is a hoot and the
cast has enough energy to make this worth a look if interested.
Warner Archive has issued this on DVD and Gloria Blondell, sister of
Joan Blondell, one-time voice of Daisy Duck and co-star of the 1953
early hockey movie White Lightning, makes her feature film debut
here. She more than holds her own.
are sadly no extras.
a good while, first on DVD and now on Blu-ray, the Umbrella label has
been issuing the most ambitious collections of movie trailers for
many years now. They have added two new volumes, running of six
hours each and worth checking out. Drive-In
Delirium: Dead At Dawn
(with sci-fi, horror, mystery, Ken Russell, William Castle, slasher,
psychological thrillers, supernatural, British, counterculture,
comedies, B-movies and exploitation films) and With
(reactionary action, blaxploitation, tough cops, gangsters, Cold War,
chase, exotic lands, spaghetti westerns, apocalyptic films, bad 1980s
films) deliver 120+ glimpses into films when they were more
ambitious, fun and exciting.
lean towards newer films more than previous collections we've
covered, but that's fine. One might think that mighty be it, but as
long as they can find more trailers, and more than a few here are
European trailers, we might just get more of these fun, handy sets.
TV commercials and vintage animation designed to speak to drive-in
customers, a listing of all the trailers in small print on the inside
of the Blu-ray case cover is the only extra each disc offers.
(1944) is a Saturday Morning Serial/Chapter Play that Universal
released during the WWII years, but never gets into the war itself.
Instead, it is about an invention that renders the user invisible
(love the easy visual effect they came up with that is somehow more
charming and fun than most digital effects we get now) and becomes a
device everyone wants and our lead hero needs when he is falsely
accused of murder. The cliffhanger endings of most of the chapters
are not bad and we get a killer iron robot (no advanced substances
then) in the last few chapters.
not to love?
was issuing these serials when most home video companies could have
cared less and now they are getting them all on one or two discs, one
Blu-ray in this case and it is an amusing romp worth your time,
cheesy effects, bad acting, sped up fights, rear projection and wacky
music included. Hope we get more of them.
the case lists more, the only extras we get are a Poster/Photo
Gallery, recently discovered Original Theatrical Trailer and brief
liner notes on the inside of the sleeve by Ralph Tribbey.
(2019) looks promising in some ways with two unknown leads, Don
Johnson and a not-there-enough Chazz Palminteri in a story about New
England Italian gangsters from the 1970s, but after a decent set-up.
It goes bad quickly and never recovers in its 99 minutes. Palminteri
is the real life head of the crime syndicate at the time, who gets
arrested, but he is hardly in the film and Johnson as well as Vincent
Pastore of The
(et al), cannot save this low-budget romp that goes nowhere fast,
hardly feigns its decade and is quickly forgotten.
logo and packaging ape a recent HBO Scorsese series that was not
about the mob, but that does not help either. This one is better
Scenes, a Behind The Scenes featurette, and audio commentary by
DeNucci and Director of Photography Sam Ellertsen are the extras.
for playback performance. Batman Hush is presented here in
2160p HEVC/H.265, HDR (10; Ultra HD
Premium)-enhanced Ultra High Definition image on 4K Ultra HD
disc with a widescreen aspect ratio of 1.78:1 and a superb English
DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 (48kHz, 16-bit) track. While the difference
between the 4K UHD and the also included 1080p Blu-ray disc aren't as
night and day as live action films, there is still a difference in
sharpness and a bit more color depth. (The audio track is the same
on both discs.)
Curse of La Llorona is presented in 1080p high definition on
Blu-ray disc with a widescreen aspect ratio of 2.40:1 and several
audio tracks including English Dolby Atmos 11.1 lossless sound, (a
Dolby True HD 7.1 mixdown for older systems; both 48kHz, 16-bit), and
lossy English Dolby Digital. The detailed sound design shows through
nicely on this release and is pretty effect on a nice sound system.
Also included is a lesser (and highly compressed) standard definition
DVD release of the film and a digital HD copy.
1.33 X 1 black & white on Drivers is in aged shape, though
I like the look of the film and even the editing is interesting, but
this and its lossy Dolby Digital 2.0
Mono sound are down a generation and a little weak. Though a
B-movie, I hope this gets restored at some point.
get various aspect ratios with in 1080p 1.78 X 1 digital High
Definition image on both Delirium Blu-rays as expected for all
the trailers shown and they do look good, but in both cases, they use
lossy Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono (and
maybe simple stereo in a few later cases) sound instead of a lossless
codec and it is an odd choice.
1080p 1.33 X 1 black & white digital High Definition image
transfer on the chapters of Vanishing Shadow can vary in
quality with some print flaws, frame jumps and oddly weak black and
white in more than a few shots, but it looks decent overall
accompanied by PCM 2..0 Mono that shows its age a bit more. This is
about what I expected and its fine for its age and under the
anamorphically enhanced 2.35 X 1 image on the Vault DVD starts
out looking good in the beginning, but after a nice intro, becomes a
more generic HD shoot and never recovers. The lossy Dolby Digital
5.1 mix is dialogue-based and lacks a consistent soundfield, even
sounding too low in volume for its own good. It makes for an odd
combo, but does not work.
order either of the
Import Blu-rays or any past entries in the growing series, go to this
link for them and more hard to find releases at:
to order the Daredevil
Warner Archive DVD, go to this link for them and many more great
web-exclusive releases at:
Nicholas Sheffo and James