Of The Tiger
(1957/MGM/Warner Archive Blu-ray)/After
(2020/*both Umbrella Import PAL DVDs)/Famine
(2011 aka Detention
(2020/Universal 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray w/Blu-ray)/Ip
Man 4: The Finale (2019/Well
Go Blu-ray w/DVD)
Ultra HD Picture: B+ Picture: B/B-/B+/B-/B+/B/B+ & B-
Sound: B-/B-/B+/B-/B/B/B+ & B- Extras: C-/D/B/D/C-/C/B
Import DVDs are now only available from our friends at Umbrella
Entertainment in Australia and can only play on Blu-ray, 4K and DVD
players that can handle the PAL DVD format, while the Action
Of The Tiger
Blu-ray is now only available from Warner Bros. through their Warner
Archive series. All can be ordered from the links below.
wide variety of genre films includes a few that try something
start with an interesting release, Terence Young's Action
Of The Tiger
(1957), a bold-for-the-time action thriller from the future James
Bond director with Van Johnson as a for-hire captain with his own
boat who will do anything and take you anywhere for a large chunk of
money. In walks a beautiful blonde lady (Martine Carol, in a racy
role that was an attempt to launch her career, including some
shocking frontal nudity definitely in the face of the then-dying
Hollywood Production Code) to take her to Communist Albania!
has a brother trapped there and the free world has no easy way for
her to get to him, so they go, only to encounter political guerrillas
led by a hard, tough leader (Herbert Lom, not necessarily the
ethnicity he is cast in, but taking on the role with his usual
intensity) leaving them with a whole new problem. More are to
more action and violent-rich than most films of its time, it is
definitely the old MGM trying to have a hit with some then-cutting
edge elements. Director Young knows how to keep things going and the
other thing that makes this a curio is that a very young Sean
Connery, just breaking into acting, plays a drunk who helps them out,
but is a little sex-crazed for her. He does not have much dialogue,
but is good here with what he has to work with and amusing to boot.
Five years later, Young would direct Connery in the first James Bond
then two of the next three in the series (From
Russia With Love
(1963) and Thunderball
(1965)) establishing the most successful feature film franchise of
all time. You can see a few hints of those films here, even when
some of this comes across as dated.
1080p 2.35 X 1 digital High Definition image transfer is restored,
looks good in MetroColor (Eastman
Color/Kodak 35mm negative) and was shot in the older CinemaScope
format, so you get the usual distortions and flaws, but looks good
save some aged parts and transitions (typical of the time) where the
color and definition get faded and thinner for a few seconds.
sound is listed as DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 2.0 Mono lossless, but
the film was actually issued in Perspecta Sound, a format that
actually tried to imitate true stereo without being true stereo and
was also used on almost all VistaVision feature films (with those of
Alfred Hitchcock being a highly notable exception) and that is
actually the tracks here. By playing with the frequency range, the
soundtrack tries to imitate stereo and is not bad, better than flat
mono, so you will get more clarity and with a home theater system,
can experiment with various modes until you get the presentation you
think is the clearest. Purists will play it back like regular
only extra is an Original Theatrical Trailer.
(2019) is a horror/romance that's been getting some buzz and is now
available on DVD from Umbrella. More of a romance than horror, After
focuses on a couple Hank and Abby (Jeremy Gardner, Brea Grant) who
are seemingly in love. One morning Hank wakes up and Abby has gone
missing with only a letter left behind. Set against a wooded and
isolated area, he finds himself being tormented by a monster during
the night hours. It is not too long before Abby returns, but things
aren't the same.
film stars Henry Zebrowski, Justin Benson, and Nicola Masciotra. It
is directed by Jeremy Gardner and Christian Stella.
is presented in standard definition on DVD with a widescreen aspect
ratio of 2.35:1 and a lossy 5.1 Dolby Digital mix. The presentation
is compressed, but the film is shot nice and the presentation is fine
considering the aging format. The film was obviously shot digitally
with some minor color tweaks that aren't too overly stylized.
has a strong beginning, but ultimately relies a bit too heavily on
flashbacks and its tacky love story, which drag the film down. I was
a bit disappointed by the monster too, frankly, which looks cool on
the cover but looked to me more like a cosplay of the monster from M.
Night Shymalan's The
a hot item for fellow Horror Blu-ray collectors, the original Beyond
(1974) has been unearthed from Arrow Films in this deluxe edition
that's packed with extras and other cool goodies. Sporting a brand
new 2K restoration and 2 versions of the film, this is infamously the
biggest rip off of The
you'll ever see. So much so that Warner Bros. sued the producers for
copyright infringement upon its initial release! Being that it came
out a year after the William Friedkin masterpiece, it was likely
trying to live off the hype of that film's success and cash in.
is the first installment in a trilogy of films, with the third film
the Door III
- 1989) also released recently on Blu-ray from Vinegar Syndrome.
the Door II
- 1977 - doesn't seem to be available on disc as of this writing.)
the film only rips off The
heavily in its later acts, it centers around a woman named Jessica
(Emmy award winning actress Juliet Mills) who ends up pregnant with
the spawn of Satan. A part of a satanic ritual that she doesn't
remember, Jessica soon goes full Regan, green eyes and pea soup
colored vomit and all, on those that attempt to save her soul.
film also stars Richard Johnson, Gabriele Lavia, Nino Segurini,
Elizabeth Turner, and Barbara Fiorini.
is presented in 1080p high definition with a widescreen aspect ratio
of 1.85:1 and a nice sounding remastered audio mix in English LPCM
Mono (48kHz, 24-bit). The film looks and sounds fantastic
considering its age and the fact that it's a lower budgeted
production. Both versions of the film are comparable
presentation-wise and are each on their own Blu-ray disc. I haven't
seen the Code Red edition of the film, which was released on Blu-ray
in 2017 and has a DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 2.0 Mono mix as opposed to
this mix, but I'm pretty confident that this Arrow version is
Features (per the press release) include:
ONE - UNCUT ENGLISH EXPORT VERSION
new 2K restoration of the Uncut English Export Version, released as
uncompressed mono audio
English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
Devil and I
- a newly-filmed interview with director/producer Ovidio G. Assonitis
- a newly-filmed interview with cinematographer Roberto D'Ettorre
- a newly-filmed interview with composer Franco Micalizzi
- a newly-filmed interview with camera operator Maurizio Maggi
- a newly-conducted audio interview with actor Gabriele Lavia
Italian Chi Sei? opening titles
Behind the Door VHS opening titles
Japanese Diabolica opening and ending sequence
TV and Radio Spots
TWO - US THEATRICAL VERSION (LIMITED EDITION EXCLUSIVE)
new 2K restoration of the US Theatrical Version, released as Beyond
- a brand new feature-length documentary on the history of Italian
rip-offs, including interviews with key filmmakers such as Sergio
Martino, Alberto De Martino, Pupi Avati, Marcello Avallone, Ovidio G.
Assonitis and many more!
Booklet with insert notes
a reversible sleeve and cool outer box.
has done another great job of restoring a cult classic in this soon
to be very hard to find edition.
(2020) also known as Two
is a low budget zombie movie that has some decent ideas behind it,
but ultimately falls into many of the problems that most low budget
movies suffer from... big ideas executed poorly.
film revolves around two cute 20-something girls (Milena Gorum and
Alice Tantayanon) who live alone in an Asian style retreat in the
middle of nowhere at the end of the world. While zombies coming to
their camp is inevitable, they have been able to survive by using
their wits and what weapons they have. However, they don't stay
film also stars Brian Migliore, Michael S. New, and Lee Mason with
direction by Wych Kaosayananda.
first twenty minutes or maybe longer of the film just has the two
girls going about their various day to day routine albeit taking
extra precautions. (Something I think we can all relate too in this
the day of the the pandemic.) Despite the end of the world, they are
still able to eat, swim, watch movies, and do most things normally.
Once some people encounter the estate they are crashing at, we get a
bit more backstory on how the two came together... and how they may
even be romantically involved? Things start to fall apart (plot-wise
and film-wise) when the zombies finally show up around the end of the
second reel, and the girls narrowly escape zombie attack after zombie
attack. Of course, there's a scene where they shoot the zombies and
have infinite ammo because why not. The film ends in a kind of bland
fashion, with the idea being there may be another one someday.
(After reading up online, I can see they planned this to be a
problems lie mainly between the two leads acting and lack of onscreen
chemistry for the later scenes of the film where that emotion is
undoubtedly needed. Some of the normal day to day acting seems fine,
but the girls hardly display any emotion even when their lives are
threatened. The romantic element in the script is only really
brought up once with a decently staged love scene and then never
revisited, which is also puzzling to the story. The zombies
themselves are a bit patchy as well. Some look okay while others are
a bit sloppy and amateur with performances a bit on the nose. These
are fast moving zombies as opposed to the classic Romero slow moving
zombies, which I personally prefer. There isn't much gore here
either if that is what you are hoping for... an ingredient that could
have made the film stand out a bit more.
is presented in standard definition on DVD with a 2.35:1 widescreen
aspect ratio and a lossy Dolby Digital 5.1 mix. Both of which are
standard for the format and a bit compressed, especially when
watching on a 4K TV.
extras on the disc.
interesting camerawork and locations aside, Dead
feels like it could have been a much more powerful film than what it
ended up being and likely looked better on the page than it does on
the near death prank on high school teacher Mr. Balszack, 2 year
later the same group of students that caused the prank are reunited
at same exact event. But what they thought was another night of
partying soon turns into a night of horror, when someone wearing the
school mascot outfit starts killing them one by one in Ryan
(2011 aka Detention
that prank gone wrong, a school teacher is mutilated and nearly
killed with acid. Two years later the same group of misfits are
brought together again for the over night school famine event for
extra credit (because they are all failing). What they thought night
of drugs and under aged sex soon become a story of revenge and
betrayal, but by the time they noticed they are trapped and locked in
the school ...and one of them is a killer.
was your stereotyped high school horror movie with big boobed
anorexic mean girls with horny jocks that all deserved gruesome
deaths. The movie your classic psycho murderer killing all the
characters as they are trying to have sex. The cast of unknowns
include Beth Cantor, Karyn Halpin and director Ryan Nicholson.
1080p 1.78 X 1 digital High Definition image looks really good for a
low budget production down to some good color, while the
DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 2.0 Stereo lossless mix may show its low
budget limits, but has some Pro Logic-like surrounds and is not bad.
include gallery and other trailers.
(2020) brings the director yet again back to the British Crime
Gangster films that put him on the map (Lock,
Stock & Two Smoking Barrels,
but it is not back to form as all he can do is deconstruct these
films, even to over-referencing his own work and despite the talented
cast, the film is all over the place and never works. It is one of
those films where just as something starts to work, it is interrupted
by stupidity and cliches.
McConaughey is a gangster from the U.S. (or 'the states') who now
lives and is happily married in the U.K. (no Brexit issues here) who
has built a fortune on pot (before the legalization wave, apparently)
who is shot to death in the opening sequence, so not only is the rest
of the film in flashback, but it is narrated by a man (Hugh Grant)
who speaks of the story as if it is fiction (no comment) form a movie
screenplay he has written that he wants to sell, so he narrates THE
ENTIRE film as if he is relaying the script. At least Grant has the
talent to do that, for what its worth.
the film spends its 114 minutes drifting between formula,
near-smugness and being coy, but never figuring out what it is or
wants to be, so it just drifts on and on and on and on and on. The
supporting cast is not bad, with Colin Farrell stealing the movie at
first by outacting the rest of the restrained cast, until the
mechanics of the script undermine him too. Charlie Hunnam, Michele
Dockery, Henry Golding, Jeremy Strong and the always-welcome Eddie
Marsan are all welcome additions, but even all combined cannot save
this project form itself. That's a shame, because this had
potential, but the underlying problem is the cash crop should have
been something more illegal and dangerous than 'weed' and that makes
this just seem very dated.
2160p HEVC/H.265, 2.35 X 1, HDR (10; Ultra HD Premium)-enhanced Ultra
High Definition image is not bad, just edges out everything else on
this list as the best presentation on the list and has some good,
consistent definition and color, which is not as wide-ranging on the
1080p 2.35 X 1 digital High Definition regular Blu-ray also included.
It still looks decent, but is no match for the 4K overall.
disc versions offer Dolby Atmos 11.1 lossless sound (Dolby TrueHD 7.1
mixdowns for older systems) and the sound mix is very dialogue-based,
so the full number of tracks are not as engaged as much as one might
like or even expect for some of the action we get, but Ritchie gets
to have his hard-to-hear accents come across clearer if nothing else.
include Digital Copy and (per the press release) Behind-the-Scenes
of THE GENTLEMEN
- Get up close with the talented cast of THE GENTLEMEN as they give
an inside look at the making of the film and share their experiences
working with legendary director Guy Ritchie, Best
- A selection of some of the funniest lines from THE GENTLEMEN that
spotlights the witty writing behind the film, Glossary
- Viewers are given a fun educational montage highlighting the
numerous nicknames of Marijuana shown throughout the film and a Photo
Superstar Donnie Yen stars in the explosive final chapter of the epic
Man 4: The Finale
(2019) which has landed on disc courtesy of Well Go USA. If you're a
fan of martial arts action then the Ip
series is definitely worth checking out as Donnie Yen is a master of
the craft and incredible to watch. The film is from the director of
all three previous entries in the series, Wilson Yip.
film also stars Yue Wu, Scott Adkins, Chris Collins (LV), Vanness Wu,
and Kent Cheng.
Ip Man (Chen) travels to the U.S. in order to seek a better life for
his son. Once he gets there, he is constantly challenged by racial
attacks and clashes with one of his past students who has opened a
Wing Chun school. He also makes a fine example out of a talented
young girl who is learning self defense.
note that there is a 4K UHD version of the film also on disc from
Well Go USA. We are just covering the Blu-ray/DVD edition for now,
but hope to see the 4K at a later date.
is presented in 1080p high definition on Blu-ray with a widescreen
aspect ratio of 2.39:1 and several different audio mixes in Cantonese
Dolby Atmos (a Cantonese Dolby TrueHD 7.1 mixdown for older systems,
both with optional English subtitle options). There's also a dubbed
version in English DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 5.1 lossless mix if you
prefer to hear it dubbed. The cinematography and production value
here is quite impressive and captured well on disc. There's also a
standard definition, anamorphically enhanced DVD version included
that's of a more compressed quality, lossy Dolby Digital 5.1 sound,
but with similar specs.
of Featurettes - The
10 Year Legend
to the John
series in terms of being a successful pop culture force, the Ip
series is full of impressive action sequences and fight choreography
along with the charisma of Donnie Yen as icing on the cake.
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Of The Tiger
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