(Blu-ray*)/Legend Of The
Demon Cat (2017/Well Go
Blu-ray)/Strange But True
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man was found in a car accident with a dead girl and he wakes up in
the hospital with no ID, who he was or where he came from. The
police and the FBI believe this 'John Doe' is a serial killer,
however, Diana the hospital nurse believes 'John' is innocent. After
breaking out, John and Diana returns to the scenes of the crime to
try and find out who he was, but as they uncover the past and the
truth is John truly innocent ...or the killer?
(2019), 'John' wakes up in the hospital with amnesia and an
FBI agent thinks he is the perfect suspect for the serial killer they
have been after, but IS he the suspect or has he been framed? The
only person who believe him is Diana the lonely nurse who saved his
life and ends up working together to help solve the murders. To the
police and FBI, John is guilty until proven innocent, but John isn't
going to wait on their incompetence and escapes. As police and FBI
chase after John, they fail to notice that he is revisiting the crime
scenes and he is trying solve the murders. However, as John dig
deeper all evidence continues to points to himself, but what if all
the evidence was planted and he was the perfect patsy? While the
police and FBI are too busy chasing John, they fail to realizes the
real serial killer was someone within their ranks, but 'John' and his
nurse is determined to prove his innocence and find the serial killer
who framed him.
as your typical murder mystery story with it's usually twists and
turns. A man with amnesia but is still determined to solve a mystery
in which he is still a suspect and all the while being hunted down.
The movie sorta reminded me of the movie The Fugitive with
Harrison Ford. The audience wonders and decides on if the main
character is innocent or guilty, but to the trained eye you can
guess/realize early on the main character was really a detective with
amnesia because what kind of criminal tries to solve his own murder
mystery? Extras include trailers, if you want to count that.
and Molly are the school representative and the class valedictorian
who are straight laced and academic overachievers who done nothing
but get into their ideal colleges and nothing else. And on
graduation night, they realized the missed out on all the fun in high
school, so to make up everything they will crash the biggest party of
the year and finally do something crazy and out of character in
and Molly are best friends and the school's biggest 'nerds'. Molly
is the fat girl who believes life is more than just looks and her
grades and smarts will secure her future. Amy is a closet lesbian
and has always followed Molly and her best (and only) friend.
However, after finding out all the other jocks, beauty queens and
other idiots (in their perspectives) are attending the same colleges
they have to ask themselves who is the bigger idiots? Their
classmates or them for never having fun and always being the
teacher's pets. So they want to crash their class graduation party
but first have to find out 'where' it is (because no one told them).
Molly wants to confess to a boy she secretly has a crush on and Amy
wants to come out the closet and lose her virginity with another
girl, but after crashing several parties, getting high and trying to
get laid, they begin to learn that life is rarely what it seems (as
well as their fellow classmates).
was a coming of age film of two girls trying to go wild on the last
day in high school. As they go on a crazy and ridiculous adventure
they learn and realize grades don't matter as much enjoying life with
friends and classmates. Extras include Booksmart the next "Best
High School Comedy", Plies and Jazz Hands: The Dance Fantasy,
dressing Booksmart, gallery, audio commentary, deleted scenes and
Empire falls into chaos when the Emperor mysteriously dies and people
continue to die and rumors of a demon cat are preying on humans. A
Japanese monk and the Imperial scribe however believes the is more
the murders and mystery. To stop this demon cat they will have to
uncover it's secrets, the past and why it killing, is it just random
...or was there a reason?
Kaige Chen's Legend Of The
Demon Cat (2017),
a Japanese monk was summoned to exorcise a demon and the Imperial
scribe need to write a poem of the Emperor and all his 'wonderful'
life, but something has caused this demon cat to start killing,
specially since it's last words are that their payment now comes due.
Everyone made a 'deal' with the demon cat had a secret and is now
dead. The monk and scribe learns that everything goes back to the
death of the Empress years earlier, that all the Empire's glory was
based on a lies, illusions and deceptions. The Empress was once the
most beautiful woman in the land, but was sacrificed in return for
the Emperor's reign. Through illusions and lies, the demon cat is
now avenging for the past lies and the Empress he loved.
was an amazing beautiful movie with amazing costumes and special
effects, however it seemed like what was a supernatural murder
mystery turns out to be a tragic revenge story, how a beautiful woman
died and then spirit of those who loved her possessed a cat and now
this demon cat wants revenge for those who didn't keep their
promises. Extras include trailers, if again you count that.
Hartnett (30 Days of Night) and Samuel L. Jackson star in
Resurrecting the Champ (2007), which is loosely based on a
true story. While it tries to be an inspirational Oscar vehicle, it
never hits the mark and instead is pretty predictable. If you're a
fan of the film, however, then this is a nice Blu-ray edition and a
presentation that proves the film hasn't aged much since its initial
I'm a fan of Samuel L. Jackson in many films, I just don't buy his
performance here as he plays a drugged out homeless boxing champ
whose story gets told thanks to a newspaper reporter (Hartnett).
Jackson is hamming it up big time here with a performance that feels
like a Saturday Night Live sketch. Because of this, it's kind
of hard to root for him or have much interest in his journey, and
took me right out of it. He is surrounded by plenty of recognizable
faces, though, all of which are trying here.
film co-stars Alan Alda (What Women Want), Kathryn Morris
(Minority Report), Teri Hatcher (Desperate Housewives),
David Paymer (Get Shorty) and Peter Coyote (E.T.).
Audio Commentary from Director Rod Lurie
the Champ Behind the Scenes Featurette
with the Cast and Crew of Resurrecting the Champ
an Original Theatrical Trailer.
(2019) is a mixed attempt to do a thriller going the old-fashioned
route as a young woman (Margaret Qualley) claims she is pregnant with
the child of a man who died five years ago and is not talking about
artificial insemination or other new scientific ways to bring it to
life. She's also not into black magic, new age religion or
suggesting anything supernatural, necessarily.
odder is going on and the survivors of the dead man (Amy Ryan as the
mom, Nick Robinson as his brother) want to know what is really going
on. Though this gets harder and harder to believe as it gets towards
the end, it at least is trying and turns by Greg Kinnear (Auto
Blythe Danner (Futureworld)
and Brian Cox (Manhunter)
make this more watchable. I just did not buy it all at the end, but
the ambition was welcome over all the sloppiness we've suffered
through in the genre in recent years, so see it yourself if you are
curious and like any of the actors.
include Digital Copy, trailers and a Making Of featurette: Grounded
we have Michael Dowse's Stuber
(2019), an off-base attempt to spoof action films using a faint form
of the cop/buddy formula to no avail while wasting a bunch of good
actors, some good songs
and more money than it should have used. The film pairs Kumail
Nanjianio from the Beatles-satire Yesterday
(reviewed in 4K elsewhere on this site) and rising star Dave Bautista
Of The Galaxy
films) where the former is driving people around for a living when he
picks up a man (Bautista) who turns out to be a cop looking for a
there, we are supposed to laugh at al the fighting mistakes, any kind
of culture clash (they have different understandings of cell phones?)
and that they are both out of their elements by crossing into each
others space. The script is a mess, nothing is really funny here, it
assumes a one-joke romp aimed at some kind of youngish audience that
barely exists. This is rated R but is as silly as a PG-13 throwaway
film. After 10 minutes, I lost tracks of all the missed
opportunities and was very disappointed. For the very, very curious
include Digital Copy, Deleted Scenes, a Gag Reel, Joke-O-Rama,
Georgia Film Works piece, Feature Length Audio Commentary by Michael
Dowse and Kumail Nanjiani, Stills Gallery, Theatrical Trailer and
2160p HEVC/H.265, 2.35 X 1, HDR (10+; Ultra HD Premium)-enhanced
Ultra High Definition image on Stuber
is a bit of a disappointing HD shoot with some detail and blur at
points and just not that inspired overall, especially for trying to
spoof action films. That is why some of the other regular Blu-rays
here have some edge on this transfer, which has more of the same
issues in the 1080p Blu-ray edition also sold separately.
1080p 1.85 X 1 digital High Definition image on Awake is an HD
shoot that is more stable and has a decent style to it, while the
1080p 2.35 X 1 digital High Definition image transfer on Booksmart
is the most naturalistic of the HD shoots and the 1080p 2.35 X 1
digital High Definition image transfer on Cat the most
stylized here and very successfully so.
The Champ is presented in 1080p on Blu-ray disc with a widescreen
aspect ratio of 2.35:1 (Original - 2:39:01) and multiple audio mixes
include English Dolby Digital 5.1 (448 kbps) and LPCM 2.0 (48kHz,
16-bit). The presentation is pretty standard and looks and sounds
fine. This is the first release on Blu-ray for it, which obviously is
better looking than the DVD. The color overall is mainly natural with
some desaturation during some of the flashback moments. The film is
finely made and it holds up on Blu-ray here many years later.
leaves the 1080p 2.35 X 1 digital High Definition image transfer on
Strange having some softness and detail issues at times, but
some of this is from the style attempted to be a thriller in HD and
just not working out.
the case of the other films, Stuber in 4K has a Dolby Atmos
11.1 (Dolby TrueHD 7.1 for older systems) and is better than the
DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 7.1 lossless mix on the regular Blu-ray, but
this is too dialogue and joke-based to completely take advantage of
the extra tracks and only kicks in during action sequences.
are all offered in only DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 5.1 lossless mixes,
is too quiet and underwhelming for the most part, too often and some
audio is better than other spots in the soundmix and soundmaster.
well mixed and presented in a DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 5.1 lossless
mix that understands the thriller genre and may not be bombastic and
powerful, but smart and more than holds its own against the other
Nicholas Sheffo (Stuber,
Ricky Chiang and James