The Boy 2
(2020/Universal Blu-ray w/DVD)/Carnival
(1981 with film Lost/Severin
Iceland To Eden
(2020/Cinema Libre DVD)/Postcard
(1941 - 1983/Flicker Alley Blu-ray 3D w/Blu-ray 2D)
Picture: B+ Picture: B+ & B-/C+/B-/B-/B+/B Sound: B+ &
B-/C+/B-/B-/B+/B- Extras: C/A/B/C/C/B Films: C/B+/C+/C/C+/B
a good mix of genre and special interest releases, including some odd
films you really should know about...
The Boy 2
about as paint by numbers as you can get with a horror film,
specifically one about a creepy doll. Almost identical in
storytelling to any Child's
The Boy 2
stars Katie Holmes who does the best she can with the material, and
genuinely looks a bit freaked out in some scenes. Overall, the film
is safe and boring, with plot points that you can see coming from a
film also stars Ralph Ineson, Owain Yeoman, Anjali Jay, and Oliver
Holmes plays a mother who gets robbed in a lonely house with her
young son while her husband is at work. The boy goes mute after the
attack and it becomes apparent to the family that some changes have
to be made. When they move to a new place outside of the city,
called the Heelshire Mansion, the boy finds a bizarre doll named
Brahms buried in the woods. After they clean the doll off, it starts
communicating to the boy telepathically (presumably) and the two form
a bizarre and creepy friendship. It soon becomes apparent that this
doll is a killing machine hell bent on manipulating the boy for his
own dastardly deeds... and of course this isn;t the first time it's
are several scenes in this film that have become essential in every
'killer doll movie'. Long pauses of the parent looking at the doll
and the doll moving just in time as they are caught unseen. Many
moments where the kid is blamed for things the doll does. And of
course, the doll defying all logic and doing things there;s no
possible way they could do. Here, it's flipping over a heavy wooden
table... no way even this spooky porcelain doll could do that.
The Boy 2
is presented in 1080p high definition on Blu-ray disc with a
widescreen aspect ratio of 2.39:1 and a nice sounding English DTS-HD
MA (Master Audio) 5.1 (48 kHz, 24-bit) lossless mix. The film is
nicely shot with a creepy score and some unique looking set pieces.
Also included is a lesser, compressed, standard definition DVD with a
lossy 5.1 Dolby Digital mix.
Deleted / Extended Scenes.
is a double feature film from Severin Films of Carnival
(1981) and Lost.
is about a talking monkey taken center stage in a circus, but when a
jealous star feels a monkey stole his spot light he has plans to get
rid of the monkey. Lost
is about a young girl and her family moves from the city to the
countryside to start over a new life, but then she gets lost in the
wilderness and must somehow find her way home.
save a dying circus Marcus reveals his talking monkey Alex to save
everyone's jobs. Except the jealous tiger tamer feels Alex has
stolen his spot light and plot sells him to a doctor who wants to
dissect Alex to find out how he can talk. However, Marcus and the
circle considers Alex to be part of the circus family they all decide
to rescue Alex.
a young city girl gets lost in the vast countryside with only her dog
and her wits. While her parents search for her she must somehow
survive the elements, wild animals and befriends a crazy old man who
lives in the hills.
was a double feature from the 1980s and it was a rough transfer
looking like it was from something like VHS to Blu-ray. It is
children theme movies, Carnival
was like E.T.
except with a monkey instead of an alien. Lost
was like Pippi Longstocking meets Little
House on the Prairie.
Extras include Boon
audio commentary, outtakes, TV spots and trailers. The picture and
sound show their age and are similar to the older Blu-ray we reviewed
at this link:
having plenty of bombs in his career, especially after trying to make
serious films (Victory,
Sylvester Stallone has coasted on his politics (right of center
populism) and his franchises Rocky and Rambo. When Rambo
(1988) became one of the biggest bombs of all time, hurt Columbia
Pictures, TriStar Pictures and Carolco Pictures, those companies took
a few years to recover and the smallest one eventually folded. After
a surprise comeback with Cliffhanger
a few years later, he was searching for more hits.
had a few, but one film was such a speed bump that most have not
heard of it and it barely opened in the United States. I
Know What You Did Last Summer director
Jim Gillespie was given more money, a formula script and more good
actors than expected, but the film landed up going under FOUR title
changes and several cuts, none of which took hold. Now being issued
on Blu-ray under one of its latter titles, Eye
has Stallone as a cop taunted by a serial killer who eventually
drives him so insane, one last ugly act causes him to have a nervous
has him landing up in a mental institute that happens to be located
in a very isolated part of the world with a giant snowstorm that
ranks with Kubrick's The
(1980, now on a solid 4K disc) and yes, the killer has followed him
get Kris Kristofferson, Charles Dutton, Tom Berenger, Robert Patrick,
Dina Meyer, Courtney B. Vance, Sean Patrick Flannery, Jeffrey Wright
(just before the Westworld
revival and Craig Bond films), Robert Prosky, Steven Lang, Polly
Walker and others in what is simply NOT your typical slasher film
cast and all lensed by the brilliant Director of Photography Dean
Semler, A.C.S, A.S.C., so there were high hopes for this one.
Universal and Imagine Entertainment originally backed it and though
it was not masterwork of cinema, it could have worked and been a hit.
Stallone was not happy that the film did not feature him enough and
that landed up backfiring and sending him back to the B-movie world
when that did not have to happen. The cut of the film we get here is
not as clear as it could be and trying to favor him more
unnecessarily ruins the pace, suspense, consistency the film
originally had and looks like someone tampered with it and did not
know what they were doing.
cut is supplied here by the director in a very, very rough low def
version with better opening credits, better editing and color that
looks far more like Semler's superior work. Outside of this, I have
seen two other cuts (and not using up the titles not used here) and
can tell you this film could look even better if someone went to the
original director's cut 35mm negative (or dupe, if it exists) and did
a 4K scan supervised by Semler, but that sadly is not in the cards at
this time. The HD cut has bad imitation of Fincher's Se7en
credits that too many films, TV shows and music videos were doing at
the time, making it seem, more dated than it needed to be. The film
is a belated relic of bad 1980s formula filmmaking, but has aged in
interesting ways and has some interesting moments, so I was glad to
revisit it in more versions. It is a failure you have to see to
believe, choc full of missed opportunities. Also, Stallone could
have tried a few different tones in certain scenes that would have
1080p 2.35 X 1 digital High Definition image transfer can show the
age of the materials used, namely that they look second generation
versus the original 35mm camera negative and color grading lacks
range and depth, making it look cheaper than it should, thus you'll
see more color in the very rough low def director's cut that should
DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 5.1 lossless mix
is a little rough too, which I remember sounding a little smoother in
imports discs I saw of the film and it was a multi-channel digital
sound recording. The film was well recorded enough on set, et al,
but I have a feeling some of this is second-generation off the
original soundmaster to do the recut.
that director's cut, plus 8 Deleted Scenes (also in rough low def),
photo gallery, original theatrical trailer and eight interview clips
made at the time with various members of the cast. Wish I could have
done an audio commentary on this one.
very similar cover/poster
art, the Icelandic thriller, From
Iceland to Eden
(2020), is a wild and colorful drugged out love story that's
exchanges experimental and artistic for realism. A 'Bonnie and
Clyde' type love story, the film has some interesting filmmaking
techniques, but is ultimately not too original.
and Loa are two druggies who end up falling in love and end up
involved in a dangerous scheme with a crime syndicate. As they lose
grasp of reality, they end up digging a hole deeper and deeper for
themselves as the Syndicate starts to pursue them. They dream of
paradise and a means to escape, but put it all on the line in the
name of love.
film features a strong foreign cast in Huld Johannesdottir, Hansel
Eagle, and Arnar Jonsson.
Iceland to Eden
is presented in anamorphically enhanced standard definition on DVD
with a widescreen aspect ratio of 2.35:1 and a fine sounding lossy
audio mix in Icelandic Dolby Digital 5.1 with English subtitles.
There are moments of noticeable compression, but ultimately it looks
fine for the format.
Dean Morgan is known to horror fans as Negan from The Walking Dead as
well as a host of other genre characters in film and TV. Here he
leads a talented cast in the action/drama The
(2018), which is an interesting murder mystery worth checking out on
film also stars the underrated Famke Janssen (Taken,
series), Liza Marklund, and Cush Jumbo. The film is directed by
Dania Tanovic and based upon a bestselling novel by James Patterson
and Liza Marklund.
Detective Jack Kanon (Morgan) loses his daughter and her husband in a
grisly murder where the murderer mutilated the bodies and posed them
in bed together. He and his wife (Janssen) explore London as they
attempt to solve the mystery behind the murder. Once on the case,
Jack learns that there are other murders that are similar and
pre-marked with a postcard to authorities before the killings happen.
is presented in 1080p high definition on Blu-ray disc with a
widescreen aspect ratio of 2.35:1 and a nice sounding mix in English
DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 5.1 (48kHz, 24-bit) lossless sound. The
film has a nice color palette with blue tones predominant in most of
the London are more solemn scenes with a bit more color for the
flashbacks. Some details would be brought out better in 4K UHD, but
what we get is not bad.
Features: The Making of the Postcard Killings.
is an interesting drama and if nothing else proves that Jeffrey Dean
Morgan is a fine (if not underrated) actor that's perfectly capable
of being a leading man.
though I love photochemical film, large frame formats, 4K, 8K and
advance color formats, I also still love 3D (or 3-D is you prefer)
and think it is sad it did not take hold this time with Blu-ray 3D
since the format worked even when many of the 3DTVs were substandard,
a big mistake on the part of the manufacturers. Still, it has its
diehard fans in the U.S. and did better overseas, so great titles are
still being made and that includes 3-D
(1941 - 1983) following the impressive first installment from Flicker
Alley. This is more than worthy of that first one, reviewed
elsewhere on this site.
I will explain the contents by extrapolating on the well-written
press release a but because it is very on the money.
main programs include the long-lost film A
Day in the Country;
3-D master Raymond Spottiswoode's The
Stereoscopic Anthropologist Hillary Hess' presentation of Mid-Century
in Kodachrome Stereo (save possible shrinkage in some cases, the
color in Kodachrome holds up incredibly well and it sure does here);
the mysterious Polaroid-filmed Games
(one of the companies rare delvings into movie film, like the later
ill-faded instant Super 8 movie film format Polavision); a prologue
a West German-Spanish co-production originally filmed in Hi-Fi Stereo
70 (this needs its own release, as does Paul Morrissey's Flesh
and a trailer for the 1983 documentary The
which serves as a brief historical showcase for a wide swath of
classic 3-D films and offers a collection of clips of 3-D films going
back for decades.. Wonder if that could get its own release, give or
take copyright clearances.
we get a feature-length film starting with the historical
romance/adventure El Corazon y la Espada (1953, aka The
Heart and the Sword, aka The Sword of Granada). The first
3-D movie ever produced in Mexico, the original Spanish version of El
Corazon y la Espada has not been viewed in its intended format
since 1955. Scanned in 4K and restored frame-by-frame from the
original left/right 35mm camera negatives, the film stars Cesar
Romero (longtime romantic lead who later became the first live-action
The Joker in the Adam West 1960s Batman series and movie) and
Katy Jurado (High Noon and Broken Lance among so many
others) with other top starts of Mexican cinema of the day. They are
great together, with the expected chemistry and the film is plenty of
if you know what stereo still pictures are about (most today know
what that is from the View-Master toy (some of those were featured on
the previous 3-D Rarities Blu-ray) with its circular picture
discs or the earlier Tru-Vue format (those were in rectangles) you
could buy them pre-made or make your own with various 3D still 35mm
cameras. The great comedy film star Harold Lloyd loved the format
and shot thousands of pictures this way, so we get some amazing shots
(some of his Hollywood friends) stereoscopic images, supplied by
Lloyd's granddaughter, Suzanne Lloyd Hayes. Its great they held up
so well and more than worth your time here.
with all of that on one disc, you should buy this one even if you can
only see it in 2D.
3-D - Full Resolution digital High Definition image is here in
several aspect ratios, but this is the best performer on the list,
any ghosting and alignment issues are limited and it is another gem
for anyone who loves 3D and is building a serious library. The 22D
1080p versions of each of the films and stills are also just fine and
can look great, so great care has been taken here as much as in
Flicker Alley's original volume of this hopefully continuing series
to make this a true treasury.
DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 2.0 lossless sound mix is usually
monophonic, though some newer audio is simple stereo and just fine,
sounding as good as it ever likely will. I ti impressive that some
of this has held up as well as it has.
two feature length audio commentary tracks. One for El
Corazon y la Espada
with author David Wilt and film historian Dr. Robert J. Kiss, the
other on The
with 3-D film expert Mike Ballew. We also get yet another high
quality Souvenir Booklet (14 pages long on the usual high quality
paper) featuring rare photographs and extensively researched liner
notes from (again) 3-D expert Mike Ballew.
Nicholas Sheffo (Eye,
Ricky Chiang (Magic)