(2019/Cleopatra Blu-ray w/CD*)/Ray
Harryhausen Double Feature: First Men In The Moon
Million Miles To Earth
Ringu Collection/Ring Trilogy
(1998, 1999, 2000/Arrow Blu-ray*)/Malevolence
(2003, 2010, 2018/Mena/Arrow Blu-ray/*all MVD)/Young
(1990/Morgan Creek/**All Umbrella Blu-rays)
B-/B/B/B/B Sound: B-/B/B+/B/B Extras: C-/D/B/C+/D Films:
C-/B-/B/C C+ C/C-
Import Blu-rays are now only available from our friends at Umbrella
Entertainment in Australia, can play on all Blu-ray players and can
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for our latest look at genre releases...
alums William Shatner and Jeri Ryan star in the forgettable low
budget satanic thriller The
(2019). Directed by Jared Cohn (Evil
who has done his fair share of direct to video schlock, this film is
nothing original or new and not without many cringe-worthy moments of
acting, especially from William Shatner, whose hamming it up as per
usual. Poor Jeri Ryan tries here, but she can't break through a
screenplay that doesn't offer her many challenges.
film also stars Jason Brooks, Jackie Dallas, and Ciara Hanna.
couple archaeologists go cave hunting and one of them, John (Brooks),
finds a relic and a portal to Hell. After they flee the cave, John
is overcome with demonic visions that soon start to affect his
personal life with his wife (Ryan) and family. He goes into a deep
study and discovers that the relic must be destroyed before The Devil
can resurface his revenge.
is presented in 1080p high definition with a 2.35:1 widescreen aspect
ratio and a lossy English 5.1 Dolby Digital mix, both of which are
standard to the format. The film isn't terribly shot for being low
budget, but the sound design and editing at times is a bit hokey and
flashy for the sake of being flashy. Colors aren't oversaturated or
stylized, but pretty normal for the most part. Overall, this is a
loud and obnoxious film that you can't exactly fall asleep to. (Even
though you might try....)
CD soundtrack of the film's score is also included.
only extras are a Slideshow and a Trailer.
you're looking for Shatner going up against the Devil, you should
check out The
(1975, directed by Robert Fuest), which is available from disc from
Severin Films and reviewed elsewhere on this site. This film plays
it a bit safe and is more concerned with flashy images and typical
filmmaking tropes than making something actually suspenseful.
up is a new release dubbed The
Ray Harryhausen Double Feature,
but this time we get an import with no extras that features First
Men In The Moon
Million Miles To Earth
(1957). This disc features the same solid transfers, picture and
sound, that our previous coverage of these films offered. That
includes a limited edition of Moon from the limited edition Twilight
Time label and we covered it here:
we covered Earth
several times, including in this amazing DVD box set here, but linked
to the Blu-ray set we also reviewed:
like that the ugly, colorized version of earth is left out and this
makes for a nice release.
audiences were first introduced to The
franchise back in the early 2000s. The first remake film, The
(2000) was the film Gore Verbinksi made before he set sail to the
waters for the Pirates
of the Caribbean
trilogy, and as far as remakes go, not half bad. Led by Naomi Watts,
that film was inspired by this unique Japanese horror film known as
(1998). That original film and its sequel and prequel that followed
are collected here in this limited edition boxset that contains both
new and archival bonus material. To my knowledge, this set is the
most extensive and nicely restored look at this landmark Japanese
horror trilogy to date.
set includes four films: Ringu,
(1999), and Ringu
(2000) and the bonus documentary feature Spiral. The films center
around an evil urban legend involving a creepy long haired girl, a
well, and a videotape. Anyone who watches this tape has one week to
pass it onto someone else, or they die.
is presented here in 1080p high definition with a widescreen aspect
ratio of 1.85:1 and two Japanese audio tracks: DTS-HD Master Audio
5.1 (48kHz, 24-bit) lossless sound and Japanese LPCM 2.0 (48kHz,
24-bit), both with English subtitles.
George Iida's 1998 sequel to Ring
audio commentary on Ring
by film historian David Kalat
audio commentary on Ring
author and critic Alexandra Heller-Nicholas
a series of new interviews from critics and filmmakers on their
memories of the Ring series and ints enduring legacy
a new video interview with author and critic Kat Ellinger on the
career of Hideo Nakata
a new video essay by critic Jasper Sharp on the J-horror phenomenon
Psychology of Fear,
a newly edited archival interview with author Koji Suzuki
behind-the-scenes featurette on Ring
multiple theatrical trailers for the Ring
to me isn't scary when all you do is torture people. It's obviously
fake and has been done to death (pun intended.) While 'torture'
certainly has its own sub-genre in cinema that many subscribe to,
after you've seen the most extreme of the extreme (such as The
trilogy for example), everything else seems pretty tame.
train of thought is the main seed of the problem with the Malevolence
for this reviewer, all of which are nicely presented individually in
1080p Blu-ray here.
films are: Malevolence
(2010) and Malevolence
(2018). Even though it advertises itself as something pretty
extreme, it's really not.
a pretty big horror fan and I've seen and heard about these films
only in brief mention. Probably because they don't really bring
anything new to the table that hasn't been done a million times
before... and better. Don't tell that to Director Steven Mena
though, as you'll see his name pop up about 25 times during the
credits for each position he attempted... yeah, we get it. You want
to be Robert Rodriguez... you're not.
Mena's first film, Malevolence
(2003) wants so desperately to be equal to a Friday
film, it never comes close. The plot is at first interesting with a
bank robbery gone awry and a hooded Jason knock off killer stalking
people, but the acting is so god awful that its pretty inexcusable at
times. To a trained eye, it's evident that he was learning and
experimenting with filmmaking at the time too and that most of it
didn't work. Even though it didn't do much for me, it's still a
second film, Bereavement
(2010), is considerably better on a technical level (he must have
hired a good DP this time) and stars (somehow) both Michael Biehn
and other genre classics) and the drop dead gorgeous Alexandra
who has to be one of the most beautiful women on the planet. (This
was most certainly one of her earlier roles.) Both of these fine
actors do their best with what they are given, but let's just say
that the plot doesn't match the strong cinematography. The third
brings the franchise back more towards the grounds of the first and
features Adrienne Barbeau in a bit part.
three of the Malevolence
films are presented in 1080p high definition on Blu-ray disc with a
2.40:1 widescreen aspect ratio for the second film and 1.85:1
widescreen aspect ratio for the first and third. Audio tracks in
lossy English Dolby Digital 5.1 and Dolby Digital 2.0, which is fine
considering these are lower budgeted films. Also included in them is
a standard (and compressed) DVD with similar video and audio specs.
The second is by far the most stylized and cinematic looking of the
bunch while the other two look fine but not as overly stylized.
Cut with additional footage
with Steven Mena
Look: On the Set
the Score featurette
Making Of featurettes
more on the original film, try this coverage of an early special
leaves us with the ever-poor Geoff Murphy film Young
(1990), the unnecessary sequel to the surprise hit Western, the only
one to make money 0outside of a few Eastwood releases since Heaven's
killed the genre by being one of the biggest bombs of all time,
albeit one of the most ambitious epics ever made. This wants to tell
us the 'untold' story of Billy The Kid (Emilio Estevez returning for
the role he played in the first film) but it is one you never buy and
the film has barely any of the energy that made the original
is interesting is the cast making this barely a curio, but you do
have James Coburn, Balthazar Getty, Alan Ruck, Viggo Mortensen and
William Petersen (the last two barely credited here!!!) between his
great two films (Manhunter,
Live & Die In L.A.)
and his huge hit TV franchise (CSI),
so there is talent in front of the camera, but the script and flat
pace kill all. Even two Jon Bon Jovi songs (including the hit Blaze
don't help, but at least he tried. For the very curious only, just
don't watch when tired.
1080p 1.85 X 1 digital High Definition image transfer can show the
age of the materials used, but this is far superior a transfer to all
previous releases of the film and looks better than I expected.
Originally a Dolby A-type analog stereo release, the sound has been
upgraded to a DTS-HD
MA (Master Audio) 5.1 lossless mix that sounds better than expected
are no extras.
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