That Jack Built
(2018/Umbrella Region B Import Blu-ray)/Killer
(1979/Arrow Blu-ray/*all MVD)/Record
Of Sweet Murder
B+/B/B/B/B-/B+ Sound: B+/B/B/B/B-/C+ Extras: D/D/B/C/C-/B
House That Jack Built
Import Blu-ray is now only available from our friends at Umbrella
Entertainment in Australia, can only play on 4K and Blu-ray players
that can handle Region B-locked discs and can be ordered from the
a new group of horror releases trying to be terrifying. Do they
work? Read on...
German Zombie film Ever
(2018) features fast moving zombies akin to the 28
series rather than the slower moving ones we come to love in the
works of George A. Romero. A drama at its core, the film has a few
nail bitting scenes with zombies and a whole lot of walking around
and drama between two sisters that weighs it down a bit. Still, Ever
is a bit better than your normal episode of The
so it may be worth checking out if you're hungry for zombie action.
Otherwise, there's nothing too new here unfortunately.
years after the zombie outbreak occurred in nearly every German city,
two sisters their once peaceful community of Weimar in an attempt to
reach another safe place in Jena. However, the trek to the safe
place is a rough one... and they may not make it their alive.
film stars Marco Albrecht, Trine Dyrholm, and Gro Swantje Kohihof.
is presented in 1080p high definition on Blu-ray disc with a 2.40:1
widescreen aspect ratio and a German 5.1 DTS-HD MA (Master Audio)
lossless mix, as well as a 2.0 LPCM stereo mix. The film is nicely
shot and colorful with a lot of stylistic liberties taken that
elevates it above others.
Matt Dillon stars in Lars Von Trier's The
House That Jack Built
(2018) which is a dark, realistic, sadistic, and twisted serial
killer film that's quite well made despite its drastically disturbing
content. Divided into five dark incidents, the film shows the
progression of the serial killer's homicidal career from humble to
experienced that pushes the envelope in a way only Von Trier could
conjure. Relating his murderous work to work of art, Jack tells his
story to an unknown voice in the after life that judges his sick
actions, which he finds commendable and artistic.
film has several recognizable stars including Uma Thurman, Siobhan
Fallon Hogan, Riley Keough, Bruno Ganz, and Jeremy Davies to answer a
few. This is definitely not your normal slasher and was surrounded
in controversy upon its initial release and didn't go wide because of
it. (Most likely for a low sequence where Jack hunts down two
children and their mother in brutal fashion.)
House That Jack Built
is presented in 1080p high definition is a 2.35:1 widescreen aspect
ratio and a 5.1 DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) lossless mix. The film is
shot very well and looks fine on Blu-ray disc and realistic in tone.
The one song that's played repeatedly throughout the film is 'Fame'
by David Bowie. While I'm not sure how much different the eventual
American release will look on disc to compare it to, I'd say this
Umbrella release is a fine way to watch the film.
its content is pretty extreme and it's definitely not for the faint
of heart, The
House That Jack Built
is a stunningly realistic look at what it might be like to climb
inside the head of a serial killer similar to Man
(1992). Matt Dillon is certainly an underrated actor and really
pulls off the part here well. The last act tends to drag as the
movie is way too long at over two hours and thirty minutes, but
there's a lot of weird and evil stuff in there for horror/true crime
fans to bite into. Lars Von Trier films are certainly not for
everyone and some may find his style a bit too self serving. I did
enjoy this film more than some of his others that I've seen.
is a bizarre sub-genre that many have embraced with some films as
(which are on disc from Severin Films.) Killer
(1979) was on the Video Nasties list, and gets a new restoration on
disc from Arrow that's easily the best the picture has ever looked.
Full of sex, violence, and everything that you would expect from a
movie called 'Killer Nun', this film doesn't disappoint in the
'exploitation weirdness' department.
known as Suor
the film stars the great Anita Ekberg, Paola Morra, Alida Valli, Lou
Castel, Massimo Serato, and others with direction by Giulio Berruti.
The film centers around a Killer Nun who tortures and kills patients,
while having a sexual affair with another nun. But that's just the
sports a new 2K restoration from the original 35mm camera negative in
this 1080p high definition Blu-ray presentation. The original
widescreen aspect ratio is 1.85:1 and the audio is a nice
uncompressed Mono 1.0 LPCM audio mix. The film also features
original English and Italian soundtracks, titles, and credits.
audio commentary by Italian genre film connoisseurs Adrian J. Smith
and David Flint
a new video essay on nunsploitation and Killer
by critic Kat Ellinger
a new interview with director Giulio Berruti
a new interview with editor Mario Giacco
Mother of Hell,
a new interview with actress Ileana Fraia
Italian and international theatrical trailers
Reversible Sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork
by Daryl Joyce
Record Of Sweet Murder
lands on Blu-ray courtesy of Unearthed Films and is directed by Koji
Shiraishi. While the film has a semi-original concept, it relies a
bit too much on the found footage angle which works at some points
and grows tiresome at others.
Korean journalist and her cameraman uncover a sinister video tape of
a killer who has killed 25 people and claims that if he kills two
more that his dead friend and the rest of his victims will be
resurrected. Seeing this from the perspective of an interview type
scenario that the reporter and her cameraman set up. Things turn
zany when they catch some of his murderous actions on tape and a
weird apparition appears in the sky...
Record of Sweet Murder
is presented in 1080p high definition with a 1.78:1 widescreen aspect
ratio and a lossy Japanese/Korean 2.0 Dolby Digital Stereo mix with
optional English subtitles. The lot of the film is found footage
which adds to the uneasy feeling it gives to the viewer. If you have
a problem with the camera shaking all around then you may want to
reconsider this film.
extras aside from a still gallery and a trailer for this and other
from Argentina comes Terror
(2016), which is an interesting genre horror vision that fans will
want to check out. Five urban legends become true in Buenos Aires
featuring the undead, evil spirits, and other sinister conjurings
following a building collapse.
tries a little too hard to be controversial by throwing bondage,
torture, zombies, and snuff films into a mix and seeing if they all
work together and the result is a film that tries way too hard for
its own good and just isn't scary. The film is a commentary on how
sexual addiction and primal urges distract away from the bigger
picture, but hits you over the head a bit too hard with the concept
in the third act.
film stars Airas Alban, Augusto Alvarez, and Naiara Awada with
direction by Sebastian Rotstein and Federico Rotstein.
presented on an anamorphically
definition DVD with a widescreen aspect ratio of 2.39:1 and a lossy
Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1 surround mix with optional English
subtitles. The compressed image would obviously look better in HD,
especially some of the digital enhanced effects, but it looks as good
as it can.
only bonus material is a trailer.
the zombie apocalypse (again!?!?!?!) has ravaged the land and the
government's solution is to evacuate the healthy people and
quarantine those in the infected zones. Ryouihi as a young boy was
separated from his friends and family during the evacuation. Now,
years later, he works as an 'undertaker', a person who is hired to
'take care' of people's loved one in the infected zones and to bring
them peace and closure in Naoyoshi Kawamatsu's Undertaker
as a boy was forced to leave his mother behind and watch his best
friend die and turn into a zombie. He was rescued by an undertaker
and years later he also decides to become one. People hire
'undertakers' for jobs to kill zombie family members they left behind
and bring them proof of their 'deaths'. An aging older couple comes
to him to find and take care of their daughter they left behind.
Armed with his shovel axe he enters the quarantine zone, but Ryouichi
has to deal with his own fears and PTSD, the most trouble he has are
with zombies are those who still have bits of their consciousness and
can speak a few words.
was a low budget zombie movie, while the characters and costume were
not bad, each time there is an action scene, a car crash, a zombie
fight it the screen turns black and then jumps to the next scene.
1080p 1.78 X 1 digital High Definition image transfer and DTS-HD MA
(Master Audio) 7.1 or 5.1 lossless mix look and sound as good as they
can for a release with this genre style, but I don't think we'll see
a 4K version anytime soon. Extras include making of the movie, On
- short film, deleted scenes, still gallery and trailer.
House That Jack Built
Umbrella import Blu-ray, go to this link for it and other hard to
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Ricky Chiang (Undertaker)