(2016/Well Go Blu-ray w/DVD)/The
(1959/Sony/Columbia/Twilight Time Limited Edition Blu-ray)/The
(2017/MVD Visual DVD)/8
Assassins: The Beautiful, The Bad & The Ugly
(2014/MVD Visual DVD)/Evil
In A Time Of Heroes
Fall: Complete Collection
(2013 - 2015/Acorn Blu-ray Set)/Game
Of Thrones: The Complete Seventh Season
(2017/HBO Blu-ray Set)/Once
Upon A Time At Christmas
Osiris Child: Science Fiction Volume One
(1977/restored/Umbrella Import Blu-ray)/Wind
(2016/New Line/Warner Archive DVD)/Wolf
Warrior II (2017 aka Wolf
Warrior II/Well Go
B & C+/B/B/B/B-/B/B/B/B/B+/B/B-/A & B- Sound: B &
C+/C+/B/C+/B-/B/B/B+/B/B+/B/B-/B & C+ Extras:
C+/C+/C/D/C-/C/C+/B/D/C+/B/C/D/C Main Programs:
restored Import Blu-ray is now only available from our friends at
Umbrella Entertainment in Australia and can play on Blu-ray players,
Blu-ray is now only available from our friends at Twilight Time and
is limited to only 3,000 copies and can be ordered while supplies
last, plus Within
is now only available from Warner Bros. through their Warner Archive
series. All can be ordered from the links below.
the season for a slew of thrillers, mostly connected to murder,
including a few classics and a few possibly to be...
Chris Peckover's Better
(2016) is a deranged home invasion thriller with a twist that is set
during the Holiday season. The film is a good looking black comedy
that takes itself a bit too seriously and isn't quite as fun as it
wants to be.
features a strong young cast with Olivia DeJonge (The
Levi Miller (Pan), Virginia Madsen, Dacre Montgomery, Ed Oxenbould
and Patrick Warburton (Seinfeld).
seems like a normal night for Ashley (DeJonge) when she babysits Luke
(Miller) - a twelve year old (that has the hots for her) and that she
has known for many years. Tonight is going to be different as Luke
and his friend (Oxenbould) decide to scare her by staging a home
invasion in order for Luke to step in as the hero and impress her.
When the plan doesn't work out as expected, Luke turns into an
amateur psycho and ties her up. But when Ashley's boyfriend comes
looking for her, he soon ends up a prisoner too... but how far will
Luke go to make his plan work?
of the film are a bit far fetched as it's hard to believe that these
two wimpy kids could keep two older, stronger, teens captive. The
film itself has a dark humor to it with the only relatable character
being Ashley. The parents (Madsen and Warburton) are poorly written
characters, who squabble and bicker throughout their brief appearance
in the first act and at the film's climax.
moments mimic Wes
a bit too much. It has some moments of violence that it eludes to
instead of showing, which is tastefully done but again, the far
fetched lack of realism ultimately makes the film feel too long
despite its short run time.
a production standpoint, the film isn't badly produced with a 1080p
high definition transfer and a 2.35:1 widescreen aspect ratio and a
lossless DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 5.1 track that is clean and clear
throughout. This is a strong presentation on disc, as per usual with
Well Go USA films. Also included is a standard definition DVD with
similar but compressed specs.
incl. Red Band Trailer
is a one timer that doesn't quite hit the mark, despite the
relatively strong reception it's gotten online. While Olive Dejonge
does her best, Levi Miller simply isn't effective enough in the role
to be taken as the amateur Norman Bates that he strives to be.
(1959) is a post-Noir murder mystery set in Little Tokyo in Los
Angeles that wants to say something about racism and is not bad ay
juggling both, but the film is not able to totally resolve the two as
the detectives involved (James Shigeta, Glenn Corbett) both become
interested in the potential witness (Victoria Shaw), so the two sides
of the film land up becoming a bit melodramatic, slightly formulaic
and maybe a touch racist in the process. Still, it is smart
filmmaking and Sony has decided that this Columbia release became a
Twilight Time Limited Edition Blu-ray, a move that makes sense.
film can be dark visually and even thematically, but it is not a
total Noir and by 1959, the black and white film to make Noir had
pretty much come to pass, so much of the footage (when not shot in
unusual circumstances outdoors or for any crimes) looks a bit more
modern, but the actors are cast well, act well and Fuller digs into
the situation the best he can. Thus, this plays like a time capsule
of race relations at times, while also seeming a little newer than
its time of release.
had not seen this one for a long time and it was not a film that
stayed with me, but I caught a few things in different ways this time
and realize more of what Fuller was trying to say and do here. Like
any Fuller film, you should see it once. Otherwise, it is still
worth a look and its ambitions show.
1080p 1.85 X 1 black & white digital High Definition image
transfer can show the age of the materials used a little bit, but
this is far superior a transfer to all previous releases of the film,
though some shots seem a little bit off. Others have great depth and
detail. The DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 2.0 Mono lossless mix also
shows its age, but that is mostly because of the theatrical mono
recording technology used at the time, meaning this is about as good
as this will ever sound, though the isolated music score sounds a
include yet a nicely illustrated booklet on the film including
informative text and yet another excellent, underrated essay by the
great film scholar Julie Kirgo, while the Blu-ray adds that Isolated
Music Score noted, an Original Theatrical Trailer and two
Hanson: The Culture Of The Crimson Kimono.
think of all the horror sub-genres, the exorcism sub genre is the
toughest one to pull off. Nothing can simply add up to the frights
of the original Exorcist
and everything since feels like a pale imitation much like how Jaws
overshadows the shark horror sub genre.
paced but good looking, The
(2016) directed by Xavier Gens (of the failed Hitman
movie) offers up religious scares when its discovered that a demon
can possess the same person more than once. A young woman ends up
trying to connect with her Father - to whom she fears is losing a
never-ending battle with the demonic forces that be.
film stars Sophie Cookson, Corneliu Ulici, Brittany Ashworth, Matthew
Zajac, Diana Vladu, and Florian Voicu. The film is from a producer
and the writers of The
if that peaks your interest.
in 1080p high definition with a 2.35:1 widescreen aspect ratio and a
DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 5.1 lossless track, the film's presentation
on Blu-ray disc is up to standards. Full of detail and rich colors,
the film is shot and colored nicely with a clean mix that doesn't
have any distracting qualities. A digital HD version is also
Crucifixion: The Director's Vision
few creepy moments but all in all this movie is more likely to put
you to sleep before it attempts to scares you.
a femme fatal after crashing and stealing her boss' money (and
diamond) is on the run with her lover Ruslan from the mob. However,
after her news of her action reaching her former boss Mussa and he
wants his money and diamond back and sends the entire mob after them.
As she races for the boarder, she is not only chased by not only a
mob, but other assassins, mercenaries and former allies in Salamat
Aliya (Karlygash Mukhamedzhanova) was owned and bought by the
criminal boss Mussa (Armand Assante) and to be the mob's moll. She
was then trained to be an assassin and kill for the mob, but after 2
years of working for a man she hated, she wanted out of the mob and
decided to steal the mob's money and make a run for the boarder. It
becomes an epic road trip fill with dead bodies and bullets and a
final showdown for her and her lover as they reached the boarder.
movie was like a Quentin Tarantino movie crossed with the films The
As the story progress, there are flashbacks to the main character's
tragic past and what led up to the present. This movie was filed
with a bunch B-rated actors from action movies with cheesy one-liners
and a twist ending. Peter O'Toole (one of his last films, dubbed by
someone else!), Michael Madsen, Don Wilson and Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa
anamorphically enhanced 2.35 X 1 image looks as good as it can in the
format, but the lossy Dolby Digital sound comes up a bit short.
include a music video, slide show and trailer.
Said C. Nacriri's 8
Assassins: The Beautiful, The Bad & The Ugly
(2014) lands on DVD courtesy of MVD Visual. The film is definitely
inspired by the films of Robert Rodriguez mixed with modern day
desert epic. The money is definitely on the screen here, more than I
expected, as the film is impressively shot and directed as a whole.
Full of action, gunplay, and explosions this foreign film is
surprisingly impressive and is sure to entertain both action movie
fans and foreign film fans as well.
stars Mohamed Elachi, Michel Qissi, Sarah Kazemy, Affif Ben Badra,
Dioucounda Koma, and Karim Saidi.
film follows the classic heroes journey narrative structure as it
centers around Amir (Elachi), a thief and bank robber at the time of
his game, but when one job goes south, he ends up taking the loot and
going off into the desert to flee. Amidst the sand dunes, he ends up
meeting an Old Desert tribe in Morocco and eight assassins who are
eager to challenge him.
on standard definition DVD with an anamorphically enhanced widescreen
aspect ratio of 2.35:1 and a lossy, dubbed Dolby Digital 5.1 mix or
you can choose the Dolby 2.0 Stereo mix depending on your home
entertainment setup. The original Arabic track isn't an option to
listen to on the disc sadly. This film would definitely benefit from
an HD transfer as the colors are pretty murky and compressed here,
which is to be expected. No digital copy.
Features only include a slideshow and a trailer.
Zane stars in this fun Greek zombie movie that is finally making its
way onto disc. Evil
In A Time Of Heroes
(2009) is a zombie action comedy with that was definitely inspired by
of the Dead
and is directed by Yorgo Noussias. With solid effects and some
interesting low budget filmmaking tricks up its sleeve, the film is
pretty entertaining and fun to watch.
place in both Ancient Greece and modern day, it spans a war before
the living and the undead that has spanned centuries. At the center
of it is Billy Zane, who is an expert at mowing down the zombies by
the bunches and a handful of modern day survivors who do what they
can to stay breathing.
in standard definition with an anamorphically enhanced 1.78:1
widescreen aspect ratio and a lossy Dolby Digital 5.1 Greek track
with English subs. The film looks as good as it can in this
compressed format and would definitely benefit from a HD viewing.
Fall: Complete Collection
(2013 - 2015) is an amazing new U.K. psychological thriller series
with Gillian Anderson of X-Files
fame that lasted three seasons and is one of the best short-run U.K.
shows since The
I was so impressed by the debut season that I raved about the DVD
set at this link...
I have seen the entire series, successful enough to make it to
Blu-ray in the U.S. and I think the show has far from found the huge
audience it deserves. I had no idea what the makers would do after
the first series, but I have to say it surprised me how far they go
and that the twists and turns are not just to press buttons, but ask
us to think about the situations involved when a serial killer (James
Dornan, simply amazing here) is on the loose in ways you would not
is much character study here, honesty, moments of boldness and great
acting that very few TV series anywhere have been this good of late.
Anderson's work here is worth of Helen Mirren on Prime
and this is more than just a clever killer on the loose, but about
the society we live in now. Once I started watching the first scenes
of Season Two, I could not stop, instantly recaptured by what was
going on. This is habitual, compelling viewing and I cannot strongly
recommend it enough.
1080p 1.78 X 1 digital High Definition image is one of the best
HD-shot TV series anywhere to date and the discs here easily
outperform the decent
DVDs I covered a few years ago. Color, detail, depth, style and
visual intent are more stark, vivid and deliver more impact. As
impressive is the DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 5.1 lossless mix that
really delivers some of the best surround designs I have heard from
any TV series in a long time. I heard things I missed on the lossy
Dolby Digital DVDs and the sound design outdoes more feature films
that I already (thankfully) forgot than you would imagine. The
combination is as effective as Game
or any other series you can come up with.
include many Behind The Scenes clips, Photo Galleries and Deleted
Scenes, but you might want to wait until you've watched all three
seasons before looking at one second of any of them.
Of Thrones: The Complete Seventh Season
(2017) is here and though it follows the characters well (you really
have to start from the beginning to keep up with everything, no
matter what), the huge hit HBO series is now finally starting to show
some wear. Fans and big fans may disagree or not care, but as a
non-fan who at least is impressed with its scale and ambitions, the
series is reminding me at times of the lower budget footage from the
in that there is an unintended emptiness starting to develop and even
the opening scene is pushing it a bit.
new Blu-ray set is still of the highest quality and among the best TV
on Blu-ray technically released to date, but this is starting to get
a bit 'soap opera' in ways it was not before. Having Diana Rigg
(earning yet another
generation of fans) has been the biggest critical coup the series
came up with recently and it shows the smart people running the show.
But even HBO knows the series has peaked, it is starting to wind
down and we just found out as we were posting this coverage that the
next season will take few years to complete. Thus, this is what fans
will have until then. At least the money is still on the screen.
1080p 1.78 X 1 digital High Definition image looks just fine, though
always a little more digital in nature than I would like and color
schemes are toned down too often for my tastes, but the Dolby
Atmos 11.1/Dolby TrueHD 7.1 sound mix is well done and always has its
moments. It may not be the best 12-track I have ever heard, but it
is very solid.
include Digital HD Ultraviolet Copy for PC, PC portable and other
cyber iTunes capable devices, while the Blu-ray adds, in this great
slipcase packaging, the In Episode Guide feature, Histories and Lore
(both helping the viewer keep track of things), audio commentary
tracks, Behind The Scenes/Making Of featurettes From
Imagination To Reality: Inside The Art Department,
Steel: Creating The Invasion of Westeros
and our version came with the bonus Blu-ray disc Conquest
offering an animated look at the Seven Kingdoms. Get the set with
that disc if you can.
Upon a Time at Christmas
(2017) is a new holiday slasher flick that reimagines Mr. and Mrs.
Claus as a serial killing couple akin to the Joker and Harley Quinn.
Intermixing their brutal killings with a teenage-killing subplot and
procedural cop subplot, the film is a bit too derivative of other
slashers and doesn't pack enough of a punch to be a cult classic.
Upon a Time at Christmas
stars Barry Kennedy, Simon Philips, and Brook Fletcher to name a few.
The film is directed by Paul Tanter (He
Santa and Mrs. Claus: he's a one-eyed axe wielding manic and she's a
curvy, bat-swinging blonde. This serial-killer couple are
terrorizing the holidays in a quaint New York town and a mall with a
series of brutal slayings. Though the victims seem at first random,
a method behind the madness is soon uncovered as the days lead up to
Christmas. As the Police intervene as well an intuitive teen is it
too late to stop the killers in their tracks?
in standard definition DVD with an anamorphically enhanced widescreen
aspect ratio of 1.78:1 and a lossy 5.1 Dolby Digital track, the film
looks and sounds as good as it can on the DVD format. The film isn't
terribly shot or scored with a creepy Christmas song in the opening
titles that sets the tone pretty well.
odd Australian drama/sci-fi film, The
Osiris Child: Science Fiction Volume One
(2017), is directed by Shane Abess (Infini)
and looks surprisingly good on Blu-ray disc on a technical level but
in terms of storytelling is pretty bland and slow as a turtle in
places. The film does have a lot of the elements that make the genre
great including space ship dogfights, prison fights, and good looking
visual effects, but it can't seem to escape the feeling that
something seems missing.
film stars Teagan Croft, Kellan Lutz, Isabel Lucas, Daniel
MacPherson, Luke Ford, and Rachel Griffiths.
in a dark future ruled by a corporation housed in a huge complex in
the sky and the desolate world beneath it, Kane Sommerville
(MacPherson), is a former military hero who is on the hunt to find
his 11-year-old daughter, Indi (Croft), who dwells in a bunker that
protects her from external threats. Teaming up with Kane is Sy
(Lutz), an escaped convict and two dissolute step siblings (Lucas and
Ford) all of which attempt to save the girl.
in 1080p high definition with a widescreen aspect ratio of 2.35:1 and
a lossless DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 5.1 track, the film looks and
sounds great on Blu-ray disc. Character detail and an overall clean
cinematic image are on full display here, as this is an excellent
presentation of the film. As usual, RLJ Entertainment delivers a
prestige HD transfer. Also included is a standard definition DVD
with similar, but compressed colors and sound mix.
of The Osiris Child
I Miss You So''
it's a bit unclear if there will be more than one 'volume' in this
tries to be a profound genre film but lacks the charm and charisma to
pull it off.
year has seen a lot of great Dario Argento (Italian horror director
Bird with the Crystal Plumage,
and many others) films on high end Blu-ray disc with releases from
big labels such as Synapse, Blue Underground, and Arrow Films to name
horror fans like me have been hungry for what is arguably the
director's best work - Suspiria
that the year is about to come to an end, the film is finally landing
on disc... but there's a catch. Several different labels are
releasing different versions with different transfers and different
extras, so for fans, it can be a bit taxing trying to figure out
which version is the most accurate representation of what the
review covers the Umbrella Blu-ray release, which features a 1080p 4K
transfer from the original 35mm camera negative materials and
three-strip Technicolor version of the film.
just one year before John Carpenter's Halloween
is one of the most gorgeously lit films that I have ever seen and
certainly one of the most well crafted horror films of all time. The
Italian splatter fest stars Jessica Harper and centers around a young
girl named Suzy who travels to Germany to attend a prestige ballet
school. Even the moment she leaves the airport are creepy... and
things get more and more wicked as the film's progresses as there's a
sinister plot at this ballet school; a plot that is getting many
students viciously murdered. Could Suzy be the next target?
classic film also stars Stefania Casini, Joan Bennett, Alida Valli,
Flavio Bucci, and the one and one Udo Kier (Blade,
presentation on this disc is truly fantastic and leaps and bounds
better than previous releases on DVD and above all previous Blu-ray
editions. The 1080p transfer from the 4K scan of the film features
the original 2.40:1 widescreen aspect ratio and two 5.1 audio tracks
including the 2012 version of the mix. At this time, we don't have
the other two releases, including the must talked about Synapse
version, but we hope to reveal them soon.
transfer here is well worth the money with rich greens, reds, and
blues and some scenes with different color correction completely than
what was there before, namely the old Anchor Bay release. Comparing
it side by side to the original transfer is shocking and it is very
nice to FINALLY have a HD transfer of the film on Blu-ray. The
Goblin soundtrack is front and center in the mix, however it should
be noted that the version that Synapse is coming out with is 4.0 mix
as opposed to this 5.1 mix.
Told by Dario Argento:
An Interview with Dario Argento and Nick Vivarelli on Suspiria's 40th
Anniversary Suspiria Documentary
Interview with Dario Argento (2004)
at 400 Degrees: the Cine-Excess of Suspiria'
Eye For Horror'
Argento's World of Horror'
& U.S. Theatrical Trailers
Argento Trailer Reel (1970 - 2009)
disc is definitely worth the price tag!
more on the film, you can look at our coverage of the older Blu-ray
(2017) is one of the best, smartest thrillers of the year, but it has
the sad distinction of being the last Weinstein Company production
before the scandal broke that permanently ruined one of the greatest
names in top quality filmmaking since the 1980s. However, with all
the great work by people here who had nothing to do with that
madness, that should be ignored and the film be seen by many because
it is very, very well done.
young woman is found in the snow dead under very unusual
circumstances by a local game tracker (the easily underestimated
Jeremy Renner) who knows everyone around town, including Native
Americans and the murder victim is part of that world. It is such a
sickening, ugly crime that the FBI sends their closest agent to
investigate (Elizabeth Olsen, great as usual too) though she has
never dealt with such a snowy environment and has to deal with closed
communities, sexism and the surprise to some that a woman would be
investigating the murder of a woman.
Michael Apted's Thunderheart,
the film wants to look at that closed world after starting out as
what only seems like a straight-out thriller, but I think this film
is more effective and connects things together more than just the
clues and how the murder happened. It also shows that Olsen and
Renner are more than formidable beyond the Superhero genre they've
been so good in and this is yet more evidence of their capacities of
being first-rate actors. The buzz on this film is real, which is why
Wind River should be on your viewing list and will go down as one of
the top films of the year.
1080p 2.35 X 1 digital High Definition image is easily one of the
best HD shoots of the year with a fine consistent style that is very
effective and enveloping, while the DTS-HD
MA (Master Audio) 5.1 lossless mix is one of this year's most
well-recorded and effective, including music by Nick Cave. The
combination melds very well.
include Digital HD Ultraviolet Copy for PC, PC portable and other
cyber iTunes capable devices, while the Blu-ray adds a Behind The
Scenes Photo Gallery and Deleted Scenes, though more would have been
(2016) is a low budget supernatural home invasion movie that follows
a lot of the same story beats and techniques as several other haunted
house movies. Focusing on creepy sounds, fishy neighbors, and plenty
of jump scares, the film is fine considering what it is but isn't
anything too innovative or mind blowing. The film stars Michael
Vartan, Erin Moriarty, Ronnie Gene Blevins, and Nadine Velazquez.
The film is directed by Phil Claydon (Lesbian
widower John Alexander (Vartan) moves into a new house with his new
wife Melanie (Velazquez) and teenage daughter Hannah (Moriarty) and
finds himself the only one pleased with the move. The snoopy Hannah
soon discovers that the house is haunted and that the previous
occupants are very much present in the home. At the same time, a
creepy homeless guy named Ray (Blevins) comes snooping around and
stalking Hannah on his off time, even going as far as letting himself
in uninvited. However, the ghostly presence soon gets an infatuation
for Hannah and ends up killing anyone who gets in his way to win her
first act of the film isn't too bad of a setup, even if it is a bit
familiar in terms of narrative, however, the second act is when
things start getting silly when the ghost is revealed to have a human
form (complete with SFX makeup) that is laughable. Insidious
this is not.
in anamorphically enhanced standard definition with a 2.35:1
widescreen aspect ratio and a lossy 5.1 Dolby Digital mix, the film
looks as good as it can on DVD. The film isn't shot terribly nor
does it have a terrible soundtrack, however, the film has a slightly
desaturated look and not a very wide or interesting color palette.
we have Jing Wu's Wolf
(2017 aka Wolf
a new Chinese action thriller that serves as a big budget sequel to
the original hit of a few years ago. After
being wrongfully accused and dishonorably discharged (again), Leng
Feng is the Wolf Warrior, part of an elite special army. Now living
in Africa he seeks to live the quiet life protecting trade ships from
smugglers and pirates, but civil war breaks out he finds himself
called back into action when civilians and Chinese nationals are
trapped in a factory behind enemy lines ...and only Leng can rescue
can take the soldier out of the army, but you can never take the army
out of a soldier. After being betrayed by the country he loves and
protects, Leng is still a highly trained soldier, the Wolf Warrior.
A single Wolf Warrior is a one man army, he knows how to use a bullet
like a hundred bullets and is able to overcome impossible odds. But
Leng peaceful life is shattered when civil war rocks the country and
he learns Chinese civilians are trapped in a factory behind enemy
lines. He face an elite group of American mercenaries/terrorists,
out numbered, out gunned and without back up or support. Leng
discovers the War Lord is after a young child who is the key to the
cure of a recent epidemic outbreak.
was an action packed/martial arts movie. It was a Chinese version of
Rambo mixed with Vin Diesel action movie. Actor action martial
artist Wu Jing is like the next Jackie Chan/Jet Li, a Chinese super
star. It is nice to see more Chinese actors are getting to play the
hero role in modern movies.
1080p 2.35 X 1 digital High Definition, HD-shot image looks great
throughout with fine detail, color and depth, while the Mandarin DTS:
X 11.1 soundmix (also Dolby Atmos in some theatrical presentations)
is pretty good with some great sonic moments, but a little
inconsistent overall. The anamorphically enhanced DVD with lossy
Dolby Digital 5.1 is fine for what it is, but nothing more. Extras
include a four-part behind the scenes piece and trailers.
more on the first film, try this link...
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