Demon: Director's Cut
Dark Materials: The Complete First Season
Outsider: The Complete First Season
(2020/**both HBO/Warner Blu-ray)/Leg
(1980/VCI w/DVD/*both MVD Blu-ray)/S.W.A.T.:
The Complete Third Season
(revival/2019 - 2020/Sony DVDs)/Wild
(2019/Film Movement Blu-ray)
B+/B+/B+/B & B-/C+/C+ Sound: B+/B+/B+/B & B-/C+/C+
Extras: B/B/B/B/C/B Main Programs: C/B/B/C/C/B
next genre releases come from all over...
Redgrave stars in the thought to be lost film. Dream
(1988), which has been resurrected in all its gory glory on Blu-ray
thanks to Arrow Video. Not having been seen by human eyes since the
VHS era, the unearthed film has an interesting '80s horror element to
it and several interesting and surreal moments, but a plot line that
can at times be a bit confusing.
Demon: Director's Cut centers
around a young couple that's about to get married, however, the bride
has horrifying visions of the wedding gone awry, namely at the hands
of mischievous demons. As she wakes up from horrible nightmares, she
realizes that the demons are real and killing those around her.
film stars Kathleen Wilhoite, Jimmy Nail, and legendary character
actor Timothy Spall (who in later life worked on Harry Potter and
many Tim Burton films.)
is presented in 1080p on Blu-ray disc with an MPEG-4 AVC codec and a
widescreen aspect ratio of 1.85:1 paired with an English LPCM 2.0
mix, both of which are of high quality for the format. This Arrow
exclusive transfer is a brand new 2K restoration from the original
camera negative, supervised and approved by director Harley Cokeliss.
This is no doubt the best this film has looked at any time.
new scene-select audio commentary with director Harley Cokeliss and
producer Paul Webster
versions of the film (Theatrical + Director's Cut)
interview with director Harley Cokeliss
interview with producer Paul Webster
interview with actress Jemma Redgrave
interview with actor Mark Greenstreet
interview with actor Nickolas Grace
interview with actress Annabelle Lanyon
interview with composer Bill Nelson
of Nightmare: The Making of Dream Demon
- contemporary documentary taking a look behind the scenes of the
production of Dream Demon, featuring on-set interviews with director
Harley Cokeliss, producer Paul Webster, actors Timothy Spall, Jemma
Redgrave, Kathleen Wilhoite, composer Bill Nelson and many more
sleeve featuring original and newly-commissioned artwork by
Collector's booklet featuring new writing on the film by Anne Bilson,
author of the Dream
novelization, and director Harley Cokeliss
Reversible poster featuring exclusive newly-commissioned artwork by
2007 big screen adaptation The
with Nicole Kidman was a flop but also a sort of test drive for His
Dark Materials: The Complete First Season
the new HBO mini-series that is a more serious and faithful companion
to the bestselling novel series by acclaimed genre author Philip
cross between some of the fantasy elements of Lord
of the Rings
the money is on the screen here, and the content is much more family
friendly than Thrones
of course. This HBO adaptation of the series is definitely a fun
series to binge and get sucked into, although it can be a bit slow at
times. There's definitely a bright acting future for teen actress
Dafne Keen, who captivated genre fans opposite Hugh Jackman's
Wolverine in Logan,
and plays the lead character here.
world where humans have spirit animals (known as Daemons), a young
woman named Lyra (Dafne Keen) must liberate her world from the
Magisterium, a group which threatens to repress this bond that humans
have with these creatures. However, the young woman becomes a force
of change as she uncovers many sinister plots of corruption
thereabouts, while on a search for her missing friend.
series also stars James McAvoy (Split,
prequels), Ruth Wilson, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Clarke Peters, and
Anne-Marie Duff. The biggest named director of the series is Tom
Hooper, whose had a mostly successful career with The
and a strike out with the abysmal 2019 adaptation of CATS.
episodes comprise Season
and span 2 Blu-ray discs and
Jordan, The Idea of North, The Spies, Armour, The Lost Boy, The
Daemon-Cages, The Fight to the Death,
is presented in 1080p high definition on Blu-ray disc with a 1.78:1
widescreen aspect ratio and a DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 5.1 lossless
mix, both of which are of a high standard for the format and
comparable to the original HD broadcast on HBO. A digital copy is
also included. For a show of this magnitude and scope, let's hope
that a 2160p 4K UHD version will be available in the near future.
Keen: Bringing Lyra Belacqua to Life
Wilson: Bringing Mrs. Coulter to Life
Miranda: Bringing Lee Scoresby to Life
McAvoy: Bringing Lord Asriel to Life
Daemons of His
is a well made and interesting series that I'm surprised has yet (as
of this writing) grabbed more attention from young audiences.
Hopefully, the show will continue and up its ante with even more epic
battles. It definitely makes me want to read the books again.
on the gripping Stephen King novel, The
Outsider: The Complete First Season
a HBO limited series that's definitely worth checking out if you're a
fan of King and/or modern day crime thrillers. Presented here in
1080p high definition on Blu-ray disc, the haunting series stars Ben
and Jason Bateman in a more serious role than you've seen him in
Anderson (Mendelsohn) is investigating the brutal murder of a young
boy in a small town with many suspects. Who could murder such an
innocent child? Ralph dives deep into the case and picks apart every
piece of the puzzle.
series also features Cynthia Erivo, Mare Winningham, and Julianne
Nicholson to name a few.
Outsider: Season One
has ten one hour episodes which span 3 Blu-ray discs and include Fish
in a Barrel, Roanoke, Dark Uncle, Que Viene el Coco, Tear-Drinker,
The One About The Yiddish Vampire, In the Pines, In the Pines,
Foxhead, Tigers and Bears,
is presented in 1080p on Blu-ray disc with a MPEG-4 AVC and has a
widescreen aspect ratio of 2.00:1 and a DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 5.1
(48kHz, 16-bit) lossless mix. Both of which are of a high standard
for the format and a tad better than the original digital streaming
through an HBO subscription service. A digital copy is also
included. The show is shot beautifully like a high end feature film
with gorgeous muted yet natural colors and very stylistic filmmaking.
Cuco, The Baby Yaga. The Outsider
- All New Featurette
King and The
Bateman and The
Outsider: Inside Episodes 1-10
(1980) gets a new HD Blu-ray release courtesy of VCI and is a fun
blast to the past for Japanese kung fu/martial arts film lovers.
This low budget production has plenty of chop socky action and was
likely last seen at drive-in back in the early '80s. Pretty silly to
watch by today's standards and full of many cliches that you find in
just about every kung-fu movie, The
is a fun watch and this multi-disc release has some interesting
extras to boot.
a Kung Fu Master, trains a bratty princess and her servant, while
being tracked down as part of a revenge plot by the brother of a man
he killed. The film stars Kuang-Li Hsia, Tao-Liang Tan, Kang Peng,
and Tso Nam Lee.
is presented in 1080p on Blu-ray disc with a MPEG-4 AVC codec and a
widescreen aspect ratio of 2.35:1 and two audio mixes - one in
English LPCM 2.0 and Mandarin LPCM 2.0 with English subtitles. Also
included is an anamorphically
standard definition on DVD with a similar yet compressed transfer.
This is struck from a new 2K restoration of the original 35mm Chinese
Print. The film itself looks okay on disc here with not too much
detail in the image, no doubt due to the age of the source print. It
adds to the overall fun experience of the film, though, and still has
film artifacts that make it suitable for its content.
commentary by filmmaker, actor and Kung Fu Film fan Michael Worth
Worth visits with director Lee Tso Nam
Theatrical Trailer to Nam's The Hot, The Cool and The Vicious
with Dan Halsted, curator of Portland's Hollywood Theater Kung Fu
film memorabilia and behind the scenes photos
an original illustration was commissioned from popular genre artist,
The Complete Third Season
(2019 - 2020) is part of a surprising cycle of revivals of older hit
TV shows (think Hawaii
that are somehow doing some good ratings despite not being as good as
their original counterparts. The odd case here is that this series
is not always as well-remembered (save its classic #1 hit
instrumental theme song) and first saw a feature film revival that
wasted the likes of Samuel L. Jackson and Colin Farrell. Now in the
thick of things is TV-host-turned-actor Shemar Moore leading the new
title team against very bad criminals and dangerous situations in our
get 21 episodes (more than usual for any season anywhere these days)
over 5 DVDs and save fans of the show, it is not easy to sit through
this revival. The acting is as mixed as the writing and directing,
it plays like the glut of almost every other police show on U.S. TV
and it features more cliches than bullets and bad one-liners. The
original show was considered a revelation for being more realistic
and part of showing a new generation of younger actors in the world
while thi9s new show offers nothing we have not seen before. There
is some money in it, to the producer's credit, but I was more bored
than expected and a little goes a long way here.
anamorphically enhanced 1.78 X 1 image and lossy Dolby Digital 5.1
soundmix are also nothing special, generic, professional at best and
not very memorable. The feature film was the same, yet the original
show actually had a better look. Extras include a Blooper Reel and
when gangster Zhou Zenong (Ge Hu) accidentally kills a cop during a
mob turf war, he suddenly finds himself on the lam from both the law
and the mob. He goes on the run he hides out at Wild Goose Lake, a
small rural town with no law or law enforcement, but with a bounty on
his head every cop, crook and citizen is looking to collect. Zhou
only chance is a mysterious woman say she wants to help him ...but
who side is she really
Yi'nan Diao's The
Wild Goose Lake
start heating up for Zhou Zenong when he accidentally kills a cop in
the middle of a turf war. Now, there is bounty on him that is too
good to pass up and he is on the run from the law and the mob. He
hides out at Wild Goose Lake and tries to get his estranged ex-wife
to meet him there, but instead he meets Liu Aiai (Gwei Lun-Mei), a
beach beauty (prostitute) who tells him she can't make it.
realizing he can't get away, Zhou tells Liu-Aiai to turn him in
collect the reward and give it to his former wife. But then Zhou and
Liu-Aiai discovers they both been set up by a rival family and they
don't have plans for either of them to live and they were going to
kill them both and collect the bounty. Zhou fights back and gets
revenge on those who set him up and kills all of them, but in the
process, he is mortally wounded and eventually the cops catch him and
kill him. Liu Aiai was a prostitute for the mob, but she betrays them
when she discovers they had double crossed her. Liu Aiai tries to
remain neutral between the cops and the mob but she...
won't spoil the rest.
film was filled drama and back stabbing violence, there are no 'good'
guys, the cops in the film were just as corrupt as the mobsters. The
story takes place as the 2 protagonists tell their stories of how
each of them got involved. But as things go from bad to worst, they
have no choice but to trust one another if either of them is going to
have a chance to live.
1080p 1.85 X 1 digital High Definition image is a little softer and
less defined than expected (was this really originally 1.90 X 1 as
one source lists?) and color is not consistent, while the Mandarin
(Master Audio) 5.1 lossless mix is dialogue-based and does not have
the most consistent soundfield.
include behind the scenes, interviews, bonus short film and trailers.
Nicholas Sheffo (S.W.A.T.),
Ricky Chiang (Lake)