Of Darkly Noon
(1995/Arrow/**both MVD Blu-rays)/Titans:
The Complete Second Season
(2019/DC Comics/Warner Blu-ray Set)/The
(2018/*both Well Go Blu-rays)
B-/B/B+/B+/B+ Sound: B-/C/B+/B+/B+ Extras: C-/D/B/C/C
Main Programs: C/C+/B/C/B
for more action and thrills, even if some are not as convincing as
start with another release allegedly 'based on a true story' except
that Andrew Lau's The
(2019) takes unnecessary liberties with a real-life event in 2018
when a May flight on an Airbus A319 gets shocking dicey when the
windshield of the cockpit of the plane breaks up (!!!) and that
should mean the death of everyone on board. However, the title
character, with the moral support of all and some help by certain
people, mighty be able to quickly restore things temporarily and just
enough to bring them all in for a safe landing... or will he?
at 111 minutes, I found this to strain disbelief early on, get stuck
on itself too early and never recover, even if the plane in the
narrative somehow might. It just felt too gaudy and forced
throughout, phony and tired very quickly. The actors were mostly
unknown to me and they did not even gel, so see this one at your own
1080p 2.35 X 1 digital High Definition image is an HD shoot that is
almost consistent, but has motion blur and bad CGI effects issues
that make it look even more fake than it should, while the
DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 5.1 Mandarin lossless mix has some good
moments, but also offers an inconsistent soundfield and a few sounds
that are off.
trailer is the only extras and I can see why.
up is another Saturday Morning Movie Serial, this time is one we have
never reviewed before, Universal Pictures unintentionally wacky
(1945) where the title woman (Ruth Roman as Lothel) rules a spot in
Africa where another woman (Lois Collier) is looking for her father
while the Allies are trying to smash the Nazis on the 'mysterious'
continent. When Lothel decides to help the Allies and their reps
(Eddie Quillan and Edward Norris), the Nazis go after her. Boy, will
they be sorry!
to say you get as many stereotypes as you get cliches and other
unintentionally amusing and funny moments, so expect little political
correctness or brilliant realism, but some anti-Axis WWII propaganda
filling in some of the dead spaces. Having just watched some WWII
U.K. Ealing films, even the stock footage here is secondary, but all
13 chapters just keep rolling on, cliffhanger after cliffhanger.
Co-directed by the studio's team of Lewis D. Collins and Ray Taylor,
this runs 219 minutes, so be ready for a long sit. It is definitely
worth a look and Roman steals the film.
1080p 1.33 X 1 black & white digital High Definition image has
some flaws from the older materials, but the new 2K scan is nice
enough and maybe a tad lighter than some might like. Otherwise, it
is fine, but the sound is lossy Dolby
Digital 2.0 Mono and is transferred a little lower than it ought to
be. Wish it were PCM Mono at a better volume. Turn it up, but just
be very careful of volume switching.
are no extras, but anything more would have been interesting.
Fraser, known typically for his comedic/adventure type roles, took a
dramatic and intense turn in this 1995 thriller The
Passion of Darkly Noon.
Co-starring a sultry Ashley Judd and a mute Viggo Mortensen, this
unusual film is directed by British filmmaker Philip Ridley (The
acting and filmmaking is bold with some of the later scenes a bit
experimental. Fraser plays an unhinged and lost character pretty
well and is very expressive with his eyes and movements. This isn't
his first serious role, however, as he was also in 1994's With
(with Joe Pesci and a hit Madonna song) and later 1998's Gods
before doing The
trilogy. Taking course over several days, which run through the film
like chapters. The first half of the piece is definitely its
strongest while some of the later sequences feel a bit long and drug
out. Still, this is an exceptional release from Arrow that's worth
Noon (Fraser) is an escapee from a bizarre cult by which his deceased
parents were the leaders. Callie (Judd) takes him in and nurses him
back to health after he's found nearly dead by the roadside in the
woods. Once he wakes up, he starts to have feelings for Callie,
which is strictly against his religious beliefs, however, Callie is
basically married to a mute (Mortensen) who is coming back home from
a trip 'any day now'. As time passes and he returns, Darkly gets
very jealous and starts losing his mind as he loses the attention of
Callie whose more absorbed in Viggo's character. Instead of feeling
welcomed into their family, he feels neglected and soon adapts a
fierce personality that becomes monstrous and obsessive.
Passion of Darkly Noon
is presented in 1080p high definition with a 2.35:1 widescreen aspect
ratio and a lossless DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 5.1 mix. A 2.0 DTS-HD
MA (Master Audio) lossless Stereo mix is on the disc as well. The
film has interesting color correction with highly saturated colors
that make the character of Callie appear almost angelic when Darkly
first wakes up and interacts with her. This 2K restoration from the
original elements (and approved by the Director) comes across very
nice in this Blu-ray release. The score is tense and offbeat and
certainly helps adds to the level of uneasiness during the later part
of the film.
audio commentary by writer/director Philip Ridley
score track in lossless stereo, including never-before-heard extended
and unused cues, and the two songs from the film
a newly filmed interview with editor Leslie Healey
a newly filmed interview with composer Nick Bicat
an archive featurette from 2015 featuring interviews with Ridley,
Bicat and star Viggo Mortensen
unreleased demos of the music score, written and performed by Bicat
before filming started
reversible sleeve featuring new and original artwork/shiny cover art.
The Complete Second Season
series is here. In some ways it follows the formula of the label's
DC Comics series like Arrow,
and others only the exception here is that they say (too naughty for
TV) bad language. Which feels forced and out of place here. There's
plenty of familiar characters in this such as Robin, Starfire, Jason
Todd, and Raven with other familiar comic book characters like
Deathstroke thrown in the mix. The problem for me is that it's too
angsty and dramatic and feels more like a teenie bopper TV series
than a superhero series to be taken seriously. Some of the special
effects here and there are pretty cool, but all in all, it just feels
inferior compared to any of DC's cinematic works.
of the stars of the show include Teagan Croft, Brenton Thwaites, Anna
Diop, Ryan Potter, Minka Kelly, and Alan Ritchson to name a few.
darker take on the Teen
comic book series, the show follows the Titans, a band of younger
superheroes who have come together against evil doers independent of
the more famous hero counterparts. In this season, they go up
against Deathstroke, whose own son inherits unique abilities despite
losing his voice. Other classic characters appear along the way as
this band of angsty heroes struggle to make sense of it all.
episodes include Trigon,
Rose, Ghosts, Aqualad, Deathstroke, Conner, Bruce Wayne, Jericho,
The Complete Season 2
is presented here in 1080p high definition across two Blu-ray discs
with a widescreen aspect ratio of 2.00:1 and an audio mix in lossless
DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 5.1, both of which are standard for the
format. The initial premiere of the show was through HD streaming
through the DC Universe streaming label and is presented here nicely
with no commercial breaks or interruptions.
Features only offer the Jason Todd: Fate by the Fans featurette.
you are a fan of the series then this is a nice collection of the
we have The
new foreign action thriller from Director Park Hoon-Jung that borrows
elements from other action films in the same vein such as Hanna, Dark
Angel, Black Widow, and the John Wick series with a little dash of
X-Men and The Matrix. Full of interesting photography, choreography,
and action sequences, this film isn't half bad and definitely worth
checking out if you're a fan of the American films I just mentioned.
film stars Choi Woo-shik, Kim Da-mi, Cho Min-soo, and Park Hee-soon.
This is a Warner Bros production, however, despite being a foreign
film and is directed by Hoon-jung Park (I
Saw The Devil).
(Woo-shik) escapes from a government testing facility as a kid. An
old couple find her on their small farm as a child and take care of
her and give her a seemingly ordinary life with a sister and all.
Flash forward to the future and she is now a teenager. While her
life seems normal, she participates in a singing competition and
appears on TV. She starts having problems when it's revealed she
needs a bone marrow transplant from her biological parents or she
will die. She has painful flashbacks and memories of being a
to say, it's not long until the bad guys spot their super weapon
after seeing her on television. Having amnesia and not remembering
anything of what happened to her, she soon strikes back her enemies
with a vengeance when she unlocks her true potential and abilities.
is presented here in 1080p high definition on Blu-ray disc with a
widescreen aspect ratio of 2.39:1 and two great sounding Korean audio
mixes in both lossless DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 5.1 and lossy Korean
Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo (both with English subtitles.) One thing I
found strange was that at certain points in the film, the characters
do say things in English. In terms of presentation, the film looks
great with interesting color correction. There's predominate blue
hues in many sequences, particularly many scenes that were shot day
Features are minimal with just Trailers and Previews being it. Kind
of a shame as it would have been nice to see some of the behind the
scenes video on how some of the stunts and choreography were pulled
you don't mind its borrowing from stronger sources, The
is fine popcorn munching fun.
Nicholas Sheffo (Captain,