Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood 4K
(4K Ultra HD Blu-ray w/Blu-ray)/Frankie
(Blu-ray/both Sony 2019)/Good
Karma Hospital: Series 3
Ultra HD Picture: A Picture: B+/B/B/C/C+ Sound: A &
B+/B/B/C+/C+ Extras: B/C+/C+/C-/C- Main Programs: B/C+/C/B-/B
following releases are documentaries, docudramas or honest takes on
life we do not seem to see enough...
Fred Rogers was truly an American icon even beyond the realms of pop
Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood
(2019) is a biopic about him was inevitable after his death a few
years ago, and especially in the wake of a successful 2018
You Be My Neighbor.
Oscar-nominated for his performance here, Tom Hanks plays the role
of Fred Rogers perfectly in this big screen adaptation that's
inspired by an article "Can
You Say... Hero?";
by Tom Junod and based on a true story.
film also stars Matthew Rhys, Enrico Colantoni, Susan Kelechi Watson,
and Chris Cooper.
was a Pittsburgh-based children's television host who delights the
world and brings warmth to children and adults alike, made at the
first-ever U.S. public television network, WQED, it became a national
hit and classic. This was before PBS had changed its name from NET.
Lloyd Vogel (Rhys), an investigative journalist from New York, gets
an important assignment to write for an article about Mr Rogers and
is initially skeptic. However, after meeting and getting to know
Rogers more intimately, discovers a softer side of himself that he
didn't think still existed.
Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood
is presented in 2160p HEVC/H.265, HDR (10; Ultra HD Premium)-enhanced
Ultra High Definition image on 4K UHD disc with a widescreen aspect
ratio of 1.85:1 and some 1.33:1 with a great sounding, lossless DTS:X
Master Audio 11.1 track and also boasts IMAX enhancement. The
narrative of the film is very nicely photographed here and works as a
nice contrast to the reenactments of the Mr.
TV Show Program, which the production went as far as using the same
cameras to pull off. Also on the disc is a sound mix in DTS-HD MA
(Master Audio) lossless 7.1 (48kHz, 24-bit), which includes is a
lesser 1080p Blu-ray disc with similar visual and audio specs. A
digital copy is also included.
feature-length audio commentary track
15 Minutes of Additional Scenes
Hanks as Fred Rogers
People Who Make a Neighborhood: The Making Of
Big, Building Small: The Puppets & Miniatures
Daniel Tiger Explains: Practice Makes Perfect
(2019) is the kind of film we used to see all the time,
character-driven, simple, to the point, smart and well-written,
frankly the world of the now-blacklisted Woody Allen and other such
mature writer/directors who have been cast aside for soulless
digitally-plastered blockbusters. This may not be the best film of
its kind, but it has some great actors, nice scenes and ambition,
which is more than I can say for most major releases of late.
acting icon Isabelle Huppert (Heaven's
is the title character, an actress living in a beautiful part of
Portugal (this is shot on location very effectively) dealing with her
family, an acting friend (the great Marissa Tomei) is going to visit,
but all kinds of things are already going on with her friends and
family, plus, she has a few things on her mind. Brendan Gleeson is
here in rare form as her husband, Greg Kinnear comes along with
Tomei's actress unbeknownst to Frankie and the rest of the cast is as
solid, including Jeremie Rennier, Pascal Gregory, Vinette Robinson
and more. If this is your kind of film and you feel like you have
not seen one or enough like it lately, than this is for you to try
out. For the most part, you will not be disappointed.
1080p 1.66 X 1 digital High Definition image is an HD shoot with nice
color and composition throughout, taking advantage of the location
shooting and is one of the nicest HD shoots you'll see to date on the
naturalism level, while the DTS-HD
MA (Master Audio) 5.1 lossless mix is dialogue-heavy, but well
recorded and mixed. A trailer and Q&A with Huppert and Sachs are
Karma Hospital: Series 3
(2019) continues to be a hit and in the same mode we found it in its
previous season when we covered it on Blu-ray at this link:
of being challenging like St.
or melodramatic like E.R.
or overly serious like U.S. and U.K. medical TV shows of the 1950s
and 1960s, it is a more pleasant series with fairly good character
development that is not character-study rich, but fits the world
established early on. There is also relationship involvement as the
medical cases come in, but it is just not my kind of show. The
actors really carry it as a result, so if interested, start with the
debut season and see if you get this far.
1080p 1.78 X 1 digital High Definition image transfer of the HD-shot
series is as smooth and solid as the previous seasons, though it is
not too memorable or has much in the way of memorable shots, while
DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 5.1 lossless mix is professional and
competent, sometimes reserved, but nothing unusual or out of the
ordinary. Extras include previews for other Acorn releases and
17-minutes Behind-The-Scenes featurette.
of the worst things happening in the U.S. is how badly since the
Vietnam-era we have been treating war veterans, including many who
keep trying to say we could have 'won' Vietnam and all the way to a
President who disrespects those who served while doing everything he
could to avoid doing so himself. Why no one has been able to correct
this is a real problem, even after 9/11, so Paula J. Caplan also had
a father who served. A writer and psychologist, even she had to ask
why her father had not told her more about his life and experiences.
she looked into things, she discovered these decades of abuse has
caused people who finished their service to not even want to talk or
feel no one would hear them or understand the impact besides PTSD or
other upsets. This has resulted in a short but important, impressive
documentary entitled Is
(2020) where she discovers how disturbingly widespread this certain
kind of loneliness and isolation is.
this issue has been addressed several times before and comes up in
horrible news stories of abused and neglected veterans, homeless
veterans and the failure of the government to keep their obligations
to those who delivered time and again, risking their lives and not
getting anywhere near the thanks they deserve. Caplan has created a
key program that can help correct that and let's hope it is not the
last one. This is definitely worth your time.
anamorphically enhanced 1.78 X 1 image can be rough as the real life
footage is lower-def digital, et al, but is as good as can be
expected, while the surprise lossless PCM 2.0 Stereo sound is as good
as it can get, with only some location audio issues. A paper piece
in the DVD case for more information is the only extra.
but not least, narrated by Woody Harrelson, Bill Haney's Jim
(2019) is the story of how a young man's life experience and
curiosity led him to tackle the ever-horrid disease of cancer and
actually come up with an honest, authentic treatment that works for
many people and opened up a new branch of science. The biography
portion is thorough, but then we get the science part and how long
and varied the hunt for answers was and still is, with one big
pharmaceutical giant giving up early, others and established medical
researchers coming to conclusions that did not ring true for Allison
and the amazing outcome that more people should know about and so
many have benefitted from already.
was skeptical of this when I first heard of it because occasionally,
we get offered titles that are speculative, corny, exploitive and
politically motivated in the worst way, but this was NOT one of them
and I highly recommend it.
anamorphically enhanced 1.78 X 1 image has some older footage, home
movie film, video and stills, but looks pretty good overall with the
majority new digitally-shot footage, while the lossy Dolby Digital
5.1 is fine enough to hear everyone talking with occasional music. A
trailer is the only extra.
Nicholas Sheffo and James