Apocalypse: The Complete 8th
Season (2019/Fox DVD
C+/B/C/B-/B+ Sound: C+/B/C/B/B+ Extras: C/C/C-/C/B+ Main
Halloween upon us, here comes the horror and thriller releases timed
to go with it, so we start with a continuation, revival, upgrade of a
classic and two new entries in the genres of horror and the
Apocalypse: The Complete 8th
(2019) is the latest new series of American
but they've tried for a post-apocalyptic tale this season and it
easily is their poorest showing after a set of seasons that were
creepy and challenging more so than most TV shows made anywhere (of
many) that were more hyper than substance (especially Supernatural,
soon thankfully over) so instead of doing something different or
more challenging, it plays like a bad sci-fi show (some of which are
in production now) and is easily the nadir of the series.
a show that tried to avoid cliches, this one gave up this time around
and formula abounds. Save Kathy Bates, underused and not used to
full effect here, Sarah Paulson is the only really known name and the
10 episodes here just drag on and on and on and on and on and on and
on and on. For die hard fans only.
are no extras.
(2019) is yet another revival of the played-out killer doll
franchise, but this time, we get a cyber/Internet version named Buddi
whose eyes change color (red means death, and boredom and
predictability) voiced by Mark Hamill, who does his best to overcome
a lame script. Then this has zero suspense, new ideas and is just
boring and pointless all the way. Why anyone thought this was a good
idea to restart this this soon smacks of desperation, but any murder
here is even boring.
to retire this doll for the next 20 to 30 years when it makes sense
to go back, maybe. Otherwise, this 'play' is a dull boy.
include Digital Copy, plus
Making of Child's Play,
Child's Play's Chucky to Life,
Soundtrack Trailer and a Stills Gallery.
(2019) at first seems like a drama about mental illness, but it is a
horror film where Lily is not helped by anyone in her family (they
are actually dead, it seems), her daughter or her therapist. From
there, this thing just drones on and on and she has delusions on top
of that. Coming very close to trivializing serious mental health
issues, the script is a wreck saying only this the writer/director
understands and this is one family you'll be glad you are not part
trailer is the only extra.
(2018) has another female protagonist who also has a failed family
(father gone, mother sick) and villagers think it makes her and her
home faire game to take over or destroy. She has a sister who tries
to help, but the film suggests something supernatural may also be at
play. Unfortunately, that is not well integrated into the plot and
ultimately does not matter as much of the predictable happenings here
happen no matter what the young gals do against trashy villagers who
you'll hope burn themselves to death by accident when they try to
hurt and kill defenseless others.
Peake and Eleanor Worthington-Cox are good here as are the other
actors for what they are given to do and the makers are hoping the
naturalism of the period and its isolation will pay off and make this
creepy, but that cannot combat the failed parts of the script and
this barely even works as a mood piece. We've even seen this kind of
thing before and it didn't work then either. Oh well.
with co-stars Peake and Worthington-Cox are the only extras.
from the creator of the most '80s-riffic films of all time such as
Bueller's Day Off,
John Hughes' classic comedy, Weird
(1985), gets a brand new remastered edition on Blu-ray courtesy of
Arrow video. Looking and sounding superior to any prior release,
this version has been restored by Arrow Films and is presented in its
original aspect ratio of 1.85:1 with 5.1 and a Stereo 2.0 DTS-HD MA
(Master Audio) audio mixes. The original 35mm camera negative was
scanned in 4K resolution with a new color pass done on the overall
film in Burbank that makes the contrast pop more notably from before.
There's also audio options in lossless stereo audio and an
additional 5.1 DTS-HD MA surround option (theatrical version only).
If you're a fan, then you'll want to check this version out for sure
as it's almost like watching the movie for the first time again.
Frankenstein-esque '80s comedy centers around Gary (Anthony Michael
and Wyatt (Ilan Mitchell-Smith), who are two hopeless high school
nobodies that are sick of their status at the bottom of the social
food chain. Using Wyatt's 'high tech' computer, the two create the
jaw dropping Lisa (Kelly LeBrock) - a living breathing supermodel
that worships them. Being highly intelligent, persuasive, and
irresistible to everyone around her, Lisa whips the two boys in shape
and gives them the confidence they need to become strong willed men.
film also stars a very young Robert Downey Jr., Vamp's
Robert Rusler, and the late Bill Paxton in a very funny performance.
Of course, we can't forget the Oingo Boingo title track of the same
name that's one of the greatest tunes in the history of ever.
version of the film (SD only, 95 mins), plus comparison featurette
highlighting the alternate dubs and takes
to watch additional scenes from the Extended Version separately
interview with special makeup creator Craig Reardon
interview with composer Ira Newborn (Real
interview with supporting actor John Kapelos
interview with casting director Jackie Burch
Alive: Resurrecting Weird Science,
an archive documentary featuring interviews with cast, crew and
admirers, including star Anthony Michael Hall
trailers and TV spots
sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Tracie
Illustrated collectors' booklet featuring new writing on the film by
Alexandra Heller-Nicholas and Amanda Reyes
is completely silly, impossible, and a bit dated, but it's essential
'80s movie viewing. I'm surprised it's title and formula hasn't been
retooled in modern cinema yet and starring The Rock in a gender
swapped edition, but this amazing new release from Arrow is very
detailed and certainly worth the price tag. Recommended.
for the rest of the playback performance, the 1080p 2.35 X 1 digital
High Definition image on the Play
revival is an HD shoot that is not bad, second only to Science
in overall quality. Too bad it is generic and nothing special or as
good looking as the original.
1080p 2.35 X 1 digital High Definition image transfer on Gwen
does make the HD look naturalistic enough for an HD shoot, but too
bad the script did not have the same energy, though editing is not
bad. Too bad it is not too memorable and has motion blur more than
anamorphically enhanced 1.78 X 1 image on AHS
is and anamorphically enhanced 2.35 X 1 image on Family,
both decent HD shoots, also have motion blur (Family
is softer throughout, unfortunately) and play as well as they can for
the older standard definition format. Both also offer lossy Dolby
Digital 5.1 soundtracks, but Family is weak on this account too,
though both are not great. Maybe lossless versions would have
have DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 5.1 lossless mixes that at least offer
consistent soundfields and are not bad, though they could have been a
bit better too.
Nicholas Sheffo and James