(2019/Well Go Blu-ray)/Django
(2019/Lionsgate Blu-ray w/DVD)/Joker
(2019/Warner 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray w/Blu-ray)/The
Ultra HD Picture: A Picture: B+ (B- DVD) Sound: B+/B+/B/B+ &
B-/A-/B+ Extras: D/C+/C+/C+/B/D Films: C/C+/C/C+/B+/C
films look like genre films and are, but some of them go a bit
further as you are about to see...
Lundgren returns again to the action genre, this time in Acceleration
(2019), which is a low budget romp that's definitely inspired by
Michael Bay movies and the TV show 24,
in terms of its style. Neon colors, lens flares, and gunfights are
aplenty here, but that isn't necessarily a bad thing for the audience
it's aiming for. Some of the acting is a bit patchy, but overall is
fast paced enough to capture a modern action viewer's attention.
film also stars Sean Patrick Flanery (Boondock
Natalie Burn (The
Chuck Liddell (D-Day),
and Danny Trejo (Machete).
centers around a bad ass driver named Rhona (Burn) who must complete
a dangerous five part mission in one night in order to rescue her
kidnapped son from her former boss (and crime lord) Vladik
film is presented in 1080p high definition with a 1.78:1 widescreen
aspect ratio and an audio mix in DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 5.1
lossless. The film has a very neon look to it in the beginning that
comes across nicely on disc with its vibrant pinks and blues.
Despite being a lower budgeted production, the cinematography isn't
half bad, and the production value is there to match.
isn't anything groundbreaking, but its fun and stylized enough to
stand out from the crowd more than other contenders.
on a true story, Battle
of Jangsari (2019)
lands on disc courtesy of Well Go USA and Warner Bros. Megan Fox
plays a woman of intelligence here rather than the usual sex symbol
figure she normally plays and is joined with Kim Myung-Min, Minho
Choi, and George Eads.
during the Korean War, a small, inexperienced battalion of student
soldiers are tasked with liberating the strategic location of
Incheon. With little ammunition, low food supplies, and second-hand
weapons, the soldiers head for the frontlines of Jangsari beach with
their wits being their best asset.
Battle of Jangsari
is presented in 1080p on Blu-ray disc with a widescreen aspect ratio
of 2.39:1 and an audio mix in lossless Korean DTS-HD MA (Master
Audio) 5.1 with English subtitles. Most of the film is in Korean
with the exception of the scenes with Megan Fox, which are primarily
film has a very cinematic look and nice color correction with a heavy
yellow tones in many of the scenes. There's some lackluster CGI here
and there that sticks out, but otherwise the film looks pretty good.
Also included is a standard definition DVD with a 2.39:1 widescreen
aspect ratio and a lossy Korean 5.1 mix with English subtitles.
Features include a Making of Featurette and Trailers.
has some cinematic moments and isn't a half bad watch. However, it
falls into many cliques with the war movie genre and has some
lackluster digital effects that take away from some of its good
known as Stranger's
(1969) gets a new HD transfer on Blu-ray disc courtesy of Synapse
Films. Directed by Sergio Garrone, the film centers around a Union
soldier who comes back from the dead to take revenge on three
officers that betrayed his unit in battle. The result is pure
film stars Anthony Steffen, Paolo Gozlino, Luciano Rossi, and Carlo
makes this Django film unique is that it has more of gothic element
to it by making Django a spirit of death almost. He places a cross
in the middle of the street with his victim's name and death date
before extracting his revenge, which I thought was a nice touch.
Synapse notes on the back on the cover that this film was also an
inspiration for Clint Eastwood's High
So if you're a fan of that film you may want to check this one out!
is presented on Blu-ray in an all new 2K scan from the original 35mm
film elements that comes across nicely here. The film features a
2.40:1 widescreen aspect ratio and an audio mix in DTS-HD MA (Master
Audio) 2.0 Mono lossless mix that nicely compliments. Considering
the age and the fact that this was a low budget Italian production,
Synapse has done a fine job of restoring the film here with little
signs of wear on the print.
Features include a Feature Length Audio Commentary from film
historian and author Troy Howarth.
it doesn't have Franco Nero and isn't the best Django film, it's nice
to see another Italian Spaghetti Western restored in HD.
Gallows Act II
(2019) is the inevitable slasher follow-up to the mediocre 2015
original film and is more of the same formula as the first but a far
better film. In case you're unfamiliar, the cursed stage play of The
haunts anyone who dares read it (similar to the MacGuffin of The
films). This time, it attacks an attractive YouTuber who reads a
verse of it on her YouTube page. Once she becomes famous because of
reading the cursed passage and doing the 'Charlie Challenge', she
ends up challenged by The Hangman (the sinister entity of the
franchise), who gives her a deadly ultimatum.
film stars Chris Milligan, Brittany Falardeau, Dennis Hurley, Jono
Cota, and Anthony Jensen. It is directed by Travis Cluff and Chris
Lofing, who also created the first film.
Gallows Part II
is presented in 1080p high definition with a 2.39:1 widescreen aspect
ratio and a lossless audio mix in DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 5.1, both
of which capture the film fine. The overall look of the film is
pretty cinematic and it's definitely a mid level budget considering
it's a Blumhouse production. Also included is a standard definition
DVD with similar (yet compressed) specs. The audio mix is in lossy
5.1 Dolby Digital on the anamorphically enhanced DVD. A digital copy
Length Audio Commentary with Writers and Directors Travis Cluff &
the Hangman: Staging The Gallows Act II"
Gallows Act II
isn't necessarily groundbreaking, but it's a fun supernatural slasher
that was better than I was expecting. It starts to go into Nightmare
on Elm Street
territory a little bit towards the end of the second act but is still
Comics' The Joker is a hard character for even the best actors to
grasp. Even harder due to the fact that the late Heath Ledger did
such a haunting and incredible performance in Christopher Nolan's The
(2008) that it's hard for any actor since to compete. Before then we
had Jack Nicholson do a fine job in Tim Burton's Batman
(1989) and Mark Hamill doing incredible voice work years later in
The Animated Series.
Jared Leto did a bizarre spin on the character in David Ayer's The
(2016), which imagined the character as a tattooed gangster and the
result was mixed. Leto's version may have had a similar sounding
voice to Ledger, but he pushed the character too far over the top
that it become silly both on and off screen. As a result, his
character drastically got screen time cut from the film, and plans
for his appearance in future installments became pretty dim. They
even had a spin-off with Leto as Joker and Margot Robbie returning
again as Harley planned on the DC film slate, but after Leto went
over the deep end, the studio backed out.
came Todd Phillips' Joker
(2019), where the leading man is so perfect for the part that even
fans of Ledger applauded. Joaquin Phoenix IS the Joker in this
incredible one-off origin film. Whether Phoenix and Phillips return
to this version of Gotham City in future sequels or spin-offs
(Phoenix has said no in advance) is unknown at the writing of this
review, but I don't think many would oppose to the idea. They even
abandoned the traditional 'purple jacket' look for the character
here, giving his face paint a subtle nod to some of its more classic
incarnations. This Joker film is completely original and doesn't
follow any comics or other films, and doesn't intend to be followed
up with a franchise. Inspired by early Martin Scorsese films like
King of Comedy
(1983) and Taxi
(1976), this Joker only had the mission of being R-rated and hard
hitting. In that respect, it's one of the better films of 2019.
plays Arthur Fleck, a broken man without a father figure, who cares
for his elderly Mother, and only wants to be a clown (or a comedian)
and make people laugh. But as society grinds on him harder and
harder, Arthur starts to lose his optimism and slowly becomes his
alter ego - The Joker. At the same time, Thomas Wayne runs for
political office while his son, Bruce, is only a small boy.
Unbeknownst to the Waynes or anyone else, a tragedy is about to occur
and Gotham City will be forever transformed because of it.
film also stars Robert De Niro, Zazie Beetz, Frances Conroy, Marc
Maron, Bill Camp, Glenn Fleshler, Shea Whigham, Brett Cullen, Douglas
Hodge, and Josh Pais.
is presented in 2160p HEVC/H.265, Dolby Vision/HDR (10; Ultra HD
Premium)-enhanced Ultra High Definition image and a 1.85:1 widescreen
aspect ratio. The audio mixes are top notch in lossless Dolby Atmos,
Dolby TrueHD 7.1 (48kHz, 24-bit), and lossy English Dolby Digital 5.1
(448 kbps). Also included is a 1080p Blu-ray version with similar
specs. The film is brilliantly photographed with a great score and
really comes across nice on disc, especially in 4K UHD. A digital
copy is also included.
Vision & Fury
A Chronicle of Chaos
this is possibly the darkest comic book inspired film to date. Joker
was a huge success for Warner Bros and everyone involved and the
project really came out of left field in terms of the 'norm' for the
genre. The bar is set pretty high for other filmmakers and even
Phillips himself to come back with something equally as compelling to
follow this up. For now, we can just enjoy this great film in
from one of the producers of the Saw
franchise comes The
(2019), a new creature feature that resides in, you guessed it, a
troubled teen named Stan (Jay Jay Waren) has a complicated school
life and lives with his cruel Grandfather. One day when walking his
dog, he finds a vampire-like creature living in the shed that kills
his dog. Locked in the shed and allergic to sunlight, the only way
this creature can survive is in the darkness of the shed. Soon, the
creature takes Stan's Grandfather, and leaves Stan on his own.
Bullied at school as well, his friend Dommer discovers this monster
and launches a plan to get revenge on his bullies.
film also stars Sofia Happonen, Frank Whaley, and Timothy Bottoms.
is directed by Frank Sabatella.
is presented in 1080p high definition with a widescreen aspect ratio
of 2.39:1 and an audio mix in lossless DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 5.1.
The film isn't badly shot and has a few day for night shots that are
very blue. The soundtrack is very new age with a few rock covers of
some famous tunes, including House
of the Rising Sun.
has a little bit of a Donnie
vibe and some surprising bursts of gore from time to time. Some of
the teenage angst gets a bit tiresome, and some scenes where
characters just yell obscenities at each other seem highly
improvised. The base concept of The
is interesting, but overall the film is a mixed bag.