Girl (1980/Film Movement
Blu-ray)/Iron Fists and
Kung-Fu Kicks (2019*)/The
(2018/*both Umbrella Region 4 PAL Import DVDs)/The
Simpsons: The Complete Nineteenth Season
(2007 - 2008/Fox DVD Set)/Veep:
The Complete Seventh Season
B/B-/C+/B/B+ Sound: C+/B-/C+/B/B+ Extras: B-/D/D/B/C+
Main Programs: B-*/B/C+/B+/B
Import DVDs are now only available from our friends at Umbrella
Entertainment in Australia, can only play on Blu-ray, 4K and DVD
players that can handle Region 4-locked PAL DVDs and can be ordered
from the link below.
for a new set of comedies, including a documentary we hope more
people get to see...
a sea of mostly bad recent teen films, especially bad comedies, Bill
(1980) is suddenly 40 years old (!!!) and has aged better than many
might have expected, though it was a hit in its time with a solid
following through the years. A group of voyeuristic young early
teens in Scotland have a healthy interest in women, but hardly
understand what they are dealing with in an earlier, kinder time.
Gregory (John Gordon Sinclair) is quirky, shy and sees the world a
little differently than most, but has friends. He also loves soccer
(or football in Europe).
guy thing, everyone goes into shock when young Dorothy (Dee Hepburn)
decides to not only try out for the team, especially male-dominated
for the time, but is as good as just about anyone who tries out.
Will she be on the team? Gregory sure hopes so and fall in love with
her immediately, then spends all kinds of time trying to get to know
her, get close to her and do anything else that makes sense.
is uncertain at first, but they seem to hit it off, but its hard to
tell what will happen next, including how Gregory and everyone else
will handle her subversive-by-default presence. Half the fun will be
getting to all the answers.
proves to be a solid journeyman director, especially having directed
this and That
(see link below) back to back and has a knack for humor, but the cast
is also very good here and the flow and pace are just fine, honest
and believable, with some nice surprises in storyline and in the ways
the characters act. I saw this film at first with its 'clarity dub'
and did not like it as much, then I discovered I was passed a
secondary soundtrack and though it might take more effort to
concentrate and hear what is being said, the film works best with its
original dialogue recording down o the humor of all the awkward
moments and how the characters actually are. Nice to see the film
saved and out in such a fine new special edition.
1080p 1.85 X 1 digital High Definition image is
from a fine new HD scan that delivers color better than any version
(or clips or stills) of the film that I have seen over the years,
though age shows at times, I liked the results here. Though I hoped
for lossless sound, both the original and enhanced/dubbed English
soundtracks are only here in lossy Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo that is
fine and though dialogue is clearer on the dub, it does not sound as
hood or authentic as the originally recorded accents.
include an illustrated booklet on the film including informative text
and an essay by film scholar Jonathan Murray, while the disc adds a
feature length audio commentary track by Director Forsyth and Mark
Kermode, two on-camera Forsyth interviews (one vintage) and Gregory's
on camera interview with Clare Grogan (also a successful pop song
more from director Forsyth, see our coverage of the great import
Blu-ray of That
at this link:
Fists and Kung-Fu Kicks
a fun documentary that explores Hong Kong martial arts cinema, its
evolution, and a focus on its icons. There's large sections on Bruce
Lee, David Carradine, and others, and how the genre has gone through
its ups and downs over the years. There is also sections on
Australian martial arts movies that's pretty interesting and another
on Suburbia and how Hong Kong martial arts movies playing on
television captured a new audience.
it descends into Hollywood and how martial arts mixed over into
gymnastics and of course into movies. For a while in the '90s, there
was a crisis in Hong Kong where there weren't as many Hong Kong
movies being made in the country and how many of the best Hong Kong
filmmakers moved to LA. It is good at talking about the cinema
industry too. It also cites the first Matrix
film as a groundbreaking point for Americans to accept Hong Kong
style martial arts in cinema and how it lead to further
collaborations. Then into the YouTube culture and how young people
have been inspired to make their own indie films inspired by classic
martial arts and even independent filmmakers in other countries.
interviews include Jessica Henwick, Scott Adkins, JuJu Chan, Amy
Johnston, Cecil Arif Rahman, and James Young to name just a few.
in anamorphically enhanced standard definition with a 2.35:1
widescreen aspect ratio and a fine sounding 5.1 English lossy Dolby
Digital mix. Though compression issues are evident, the film looks
and sounds passable on this aging format.
is an informative documentary that's cleverly made and produced.
(2018) is a high concept comedy that could go wrong in so many ways
and has some issues, but it also has some real laughs and never gets
really stupid as it might have had it come from Hollywood. Angus
Mclaren plays Jake, a man who is certain he has fallen in love with
his girlfriend (Meagan Hajjar) that after some diving, he brings out
a ring to propose to her. Too bad she was panning to break up with
him later that day!
he gets down in the dumps, then comes up with an idea: accept a crazy
challenge by a big media mogul (John Cleese, a bit out of it here) to
walk across Australia for charity... and naked! Well, pretty much
almost. So he goes to it and of course, gets the expected attention
and comments, but enough support to keep going on. He also meets
another woman, but that Ex also shows up as do plenty of problems and
complications. Still, he keeps hanging in there, but some of the
incidents are really bad and it is the hot season. Can he make it?
film gets a bit ridiculous at times and does not hold together
overall, but with some trims and alterations, this could have easily
been better. Still, the cast is a plus with some good energy and I
was glad I saw it for what did work. Those interested might want to
go out of their way for it too.
anamorphically enhanced 2.35 X 1 image is not bad for an HD shoot and
takes advantage of the many outdoor locations (sadder to see after
the catastrophic wildfires that just happened since this was made)
and the lossy Dolby Digital 5.1 well recorded enough to enjoy, if not
a sonic stunner. It is a comedy, after all.
are sadly no extras.
Groening's classic cartoon, The
(1989 - current), finally releases its 19th season on DVD courtesy of
Fox after keeping fans waiting for two years. This season originally
aired on Fox between 2007 and 2008, and the animated show (as of this
writing) is currently in its 31st
This one is the Nineteenth.
in Springfield, The
follows the Simpsons family of Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa, and Maggie
and the family's many misadventures. A pop culture milestone, the
show manages to maintain being fresh with its social commentary that
appeals to adults and kids alike.
voice cast all return with Dan Castellaneta, Nancy Cartwright, Julie
Kavner, Yeardley Smith, Hank Azaria and Harry Shearer to name a few.
guest voices include Kelsey Grammer, David Hyde Pierce, Glenn Close,
Stephen Colbert, Matt Dillon, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Jack Black and
''Weird Al'' Yankovic.
Loves to Fly and He D'ohs, The Homer of Seville, Midnight Towboy, I
Don't Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Treehouse of Horror XVIII,
Little Orphan Millie, Husbands and Knives, Funeral for a Fiend,
Eternal Moonshine of the Simpson Mind, E Pluribus Wiggum, That '90s
Show, Love, Springfieldian Style, The Debarted, Dial 'N' for Nerder,
Smoke on the Daughter, Papa Don't Leech, Apocalypse Cow, Any Given
Sundance, Mona Leaves-A,
Simpsons: Season 19
is presented in standard definition on DVD with its original 1.33:1
full screen aspect ratio and lossy 5.1 Dolby Digital mix. The
animation translates fine onto DVD and reflects its original
television broadcast. Having no commercials and watermarks makes for
a much more enjoyable watch.
on every episode with writers, actors, directors
Plea for Sanity
collectible packaging with a full color insert booklet.
is available to stream and is certainly on cable, there is an
advantage to getting the show on DVD if you're a big fan. Each set
has very unique original artwork and loads of interesting
commentaries and extras. While not in HD, this set is still worth
the price tag.
Julia Louis-Dreyfuss (Seinfeld)
in the Seventh
and Final Season,
HBO's political comedy series Veep.
The show looks at the behind the scenes worlds of politics through
the eyes of Selina Meyer who has had a controversial career. The
show celebrates her rises and falls in the political world as she
runs for President. We have covered previous seasons on this series
elsewhere on this site.
episodes are on one Blu-ray disc and include Iowa,
Discovery Weekend, Pledge, South Carolina, Super Tuesday, Oslo,
and the series finale - Veep.
The show also stars Timothy C. Simons, Matt Walsh, Reid Scott, and
is presented in 1080p high definition with a 1.78:1 widescreen aspect
ratio and a DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1. The show is nicely shot and on
the level with other HBO productions even though it is a comedy, the
money is certainly on the screen. A digital copy is included. A
digital copy is also included.
Invitation to Set
is a funny political satire that makes you feel as if you are behind
the scenes of a political event. While it may make more sense to
someone aware of the inner workings of politics, it has enough quirky
humor to entertain.
order either of the
Umbrella import DVDs, Iron
go to this link for them and more hard to find releases:
Nicholas Sheffo (Girl,