(1975, 1978 - 2013/Time Life DVD Set)/Beetlejuice
(1985) + The
(1985/both Warner 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray w/Blu-ray)/Kentucky
(1996/both Warner Archive Blu-rays)
Ultra HD Picture: A- Picture: C+/B+/B+/B/B+ Sound:
C+/A-/A-/B-/B+ Extras: B/C+/B/C/C- Main Programs:
Blu-rays are now only available from Warner Bros. through their
Warner Archive series and can be ordered from the link below.
comes a big new set of comedy releases, sometime offering even more,
all restored and look and sounding better than even we expected...
start with Cher, at the point she was totally solo. Even in the
beginning, she was cutting solo records, but her partnership and
marriage with Sonny Bono was the main act and it was that way for
years, until they had an ugly divorce at the height of their
popularity on TV and the charts. CBS was the #1 TV network and it
was a big hit for them, but they were not going to continue together
after what had happened. However, they both decided to continue
separate variety shows, so Sonny landed up at ABC and Cher launched
her own solo show in 1975 on CBS. Some people blamed her (sexist
stereotypes) for the breakup and did not watch the show, but it still
fared better than Sonny's show did. She also had more star power in
they eventually, temporarily reunited to relaunch their show when
both shows did not fare as well as expected, her show was stronger.
Now, you can see 10 episodes of it and much more in the new 9-DVD set
The Best Of Cher.
Not seen in 4 decades, she dopes just fine on her own with more
skits, more amazing Bob Mackie outfits and guest stars like
Charo, Ray Charles, Elton John, The Muppets (before their hit TV
series), Linda Ronstadt, Raquel Welch, Flip Wilson, Teri Garr, Tatum
O'Neal, The Pointer Sisters, Liberace, Nancy Walker, Tim Conway, Ike
& Tina Turner, Lily Tomlin, Jimmy Webb, Art Garfunkel, Gregg
Allman, Dennis Weaver, Kate Smith, McLean Stevenson, Art Carney, The
Hudson Brothers, David Groh, Freddie Prinze, Carol Burnett and The
Jackson 5. Each show now plays like a pop culture event and has
great, fun and very amusing moments.
found her way and without a regular ensemble cast like Carol Burnett
had, is truly breaking ground here as a female lead for such a grand
variety show like no other before or since. In that, it is at least
a minor classic in TV history.
for these first 5 discs include exclusive new interviews with Cher,
Designer Bob Mackie, comedy icon Lily Tomlin and Cher executive
producer George Schlatter, TV appearances on The
Dick Cavett Show
(both 1975) and Cher CBS Promo and the newly produced featurette,
Then & Now.
of more episodes of the show and its brief run, the second set of
discs includes concerts, specials she made after the series folded
and new programming. So here, we get both of Cher's legendary TV
Specials from the '70s: Cher...Special
(1979), two unforgettable concerts in Vegas after more hit records,
live from the Mirage (1991) and MGM Grand (1999), as well as
exclusive extras including backstage home movies, rehearsal songs and
more, the full-length documentary Dear
Mom, Love Cher
offering a rare peek into Cher's fascinating family history and bonus
features including a 2018 appearance on The
Late, Late Show
with James Corden.
hits CDs here or an all-audio DVD, but you get plenty of her singing
sounding good still, including earlier hits you may have forgotten or
never heard. It is a great, long-overdue set by an ever-underrated
talent and how she kept building up and building up her career
against all odds and (often petty) criticism (and this set does not
even include any of her theatrical feature films) but she proved them
all wrong again and again. This set of lesser-seen, classic
materials is more than a testament to that.
1.33 X 1 image transfers on the original episodes of the variety show
series and its specials can show the age of the materials used, but
the NTSC master tapes were stored well and remastered here very well
with good color for the format and few flaws. The
lossy Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono sound is also good for its time, but
there are moments I kept wishing for at least simple stereo. Still,
this plays as well as any other variety show of the time we have
reviewed on DVD and is very watchable.
programs and new supplements are all in lossy Dolby Digital 2.0
Stereo, simple in the least and solid in newer cases. The earlier
1991 concert has slightly weaker audio than the 1999 show as
expected, but they decided to try and fix that by adding a lossy
Dolby Digital 5.1 Option, the only one in this entire set, to help
it. It is a very slight improvement and still sounds a little better
than the stereo-only track. Wonder what this newer live music would
sound like in a lossless presentation from the best available
own solo show has yet to surface, but we guess that will happen at
some point. In the meantime, you can see more
on Cher in her series with Sonny, try this DVD set we recently
covered called I
Got You Babe:
Bros. continues to release the classics on 4K Ultra HD disc, this
time with Tim Burton's Beetlejuice
(1988) and Richard Donner's The
you have any sort of movie collection at home then there's a very
good chance that you've already bought these films in multiple
iterations and formats over the years. While the extras on these
releases are nothing new, the sound and picture quality is vastly
improved even from the previous Blu-ray releases. To date, these are
the best these films have ever looked or sounded at home, and so they
are worth buying again if you're a hardcore fan with a 4K UHD Home
is one of the greatest horror comedies of all time and the first time
that Tim Burton pushed his unique style into the world, which was
briefly seen in some sequences of his debut feature, Pee
Wee's Big Adventure.
Keaton is hilarious as Beetlejuice, a 'bio-exorcist for hire' that
helps a newly deceased couple (Alec Baldwin and Geena Davis) scare
away a new family (Winona Ryder, Jeffrey Jones, and Catherine O'Hara)
who have recently moved into their home. Along the way the ghostly
couple end up bonding with Lydia (Ryder) and learn to cope with the
after life and its many complexities.
is presented in 2160p HEVC/H.265, HDR (10; Ultra HD Premium)-enhanced
Ultra High Definition image on 4K UHD disc, a 1.85:1 widescreen
aspect ratio and audio mixes in lossless Dolby Atmos 12-track sound
and a Dolby TrueHD 7.1 mixdown (both 48kHz, 24-bit). The HDR10 is
where the difference really comes into play as more details are
noticeable before and the image overall is considerably sharper, the
same goes for The
The iconic score by Danny Elfman remains one of his best to date,
and comes across beautifully here.
included is a compressed 1080p high definition Blu-ray version with
an MPEG-4 AVC codec and the same audio and extras.
Features for Beetlejuice:
episodes of the animated Beetlejuice
retrospective documentary interview of any sort or some archival BTS
footage would be more than welcome. But oh well.
for the film itself, I think Beetlejuice
is what I would consider a near perfect film. It has the perfect
ingredient of horror and comedy, and there simply never has or ever
will be a film quite like it. I hope they don't make a sequel to it
in all honesty. It's one of those films that deserves to stand
alone. Tim Burton is one of my favorite filmmakers of all time
despite some of his recent fair to not stand as strong as his
is just another example (much like Edward
Nightmare Before Christmas)
of his fun style (heavily influenced by German Expressionism)
executed onscreen flawlessly.
is a childhood favorite if you were a kid in the 1980s and still
remains a timeless and fun family adventure. The crew behind the
camera here is monumental as it was produced by Steven Spielberg and
Kathleen Kennedy (now head of Lucasfilm), written by Chris Columbus
(Harry Potter films), and Directed by Richard Donner (Superman).
film follows a group of young boys (Sean Astin, Josh Brolin, Jeff
Cohen, Corey Feldman, Kerri Green, Martha Plimpton, and Jonathan Ke
Huy Quan) who are on a mission to follow an old pirate map that leads
to lost treasure and a pirate ship. Along the way they encounter a
bizarre family, a monster named Sloth, bats, booby traps, and plenty
of other obstacles along the way.
is presented in 2160p Ultra High Definition with HDR on 4K UHD disc
with a HVEC/H.265 codec, a 2.40:1 widescreen aspect ratio, and a
lossless audio mix in English DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 5.1 (48kHz,
24-bit). Also included is a compressed 1080p high definition
Blu-ray version with an MPEG-4 AVC codec and the same audio and
extras. The image is overall quite sharper on the 4K UHD 2160p than
the 1080p version and you can see the difference plain as day when
looking at both of them closely. The High Dynamic Range option
enhances the overall image and brings to life textures I never
noticed watching the film before on lesser formats.
with Director Richard Donner and Select Cast Members
Making of The Goonies
Goonies 'r' Good Enough'
and a Theatrical Trailer
is a very fun family action film that hit at the height of
Spielberg's rise in the '80s. Keep in mind that this came out the
same year as The
to the Future!
He was very busy that year.
cast is very fun and the special effects still hold up after 35
years. Very much an inspiration to Stranger
and J.J. Abrams' Super
is a unique kids movie that will live on and be passed down for
generations to come.
is George Stevens' Kentucky
(1934) with the comedy team of Bert Wheeler and Robert Wooster, as
two Vaudeville performers currently unemployed. The film tries hard
to establish them and launch them as a team, but was not successful
in doing this, though they are funny here and the movie has some
laughs despite becoming a little ridiculous along the way of its
short 75 minutes. The thing that makes this a curio besides it being
the early work of a famous director is that is co-stars 'Spanky'
McFarland, one of the main stars of The
plays an orphan our duo finds out has inherited a farm in the title
locale and figure out a way to adopt him, but none of them know the
land is stuck in the middle of a feud between two families in the
Hatfields/McCoys mode. Fans of Mama's
will get a kick out of this one, while Spanky steals some scenes as
he is in the earlier part of his career. With a supporting cast that
includes Noah Berry Jr., Lucille La Verne, Margaret Dumont and Willie
Best, it is worth a look if you have never seen it and great it has
been restored. Spanky fans will want to add it to their collection
as they wait for his famous shorts to arrive on Blu-ray.
1080p 1.33 X 1 black & white image transfer can sometimes show
the age of the materials used, but this is far superior a transfer to
all previous releases of the film and is surprisingly sharp and clear
throughout, meaning it looks as good as almost any monochrome RKO
film out there. I was very happy and surprised this survived as well
as it did and you would not think it was as old as it is. The
DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 2.0 Mono lossless mix shows its age a little
more, yet is also somehow more clean and clear sonically than
are not listed on the back of the Blu-ray case and may be missing any
kind of teaser or trailer, or even any Little
shorts despite Warner Archive issuing a set of them on DVD, but
include three restored, animated black and white cartoon shorts. In
the absence of not having any RKO might have distributed, a Looney
Tunes shorts from the Buddy series entitled Buddy's
plus two classic Popeye Fleischer shorts (originally distributed by
one of John Travolta's most underrated performances is the heavenly
comedy Michael (1996), which finally gets a 1080p Blu-ray release
courtesy of Warner Archive Collection. The film was directed by the
acclaimed late filmmaker Nora Ephron (Sleepless
This was long before Travolta tarnished his career with Battlefield
and several other stink bombs, and he was still in good graces with
audiences after Pulp
this film, Travolta plays Michael, a cigarette smoking, drunk
Archangel who has lost his way and is living in the middle of hick
town with an old woman. In the film, William Hurt, Andie MacDowell
and Robert Pastorelli are writers for a tabloid sent by boss Bob
Hoskins to get an exclusive on the heavenly visitor.
is presented in 1080p high definition on Blu-ray disc with a
widescreen aspect ratio of 1.85:1 and a new audio mix in English
DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 5.1 (48kHz, 24-bit) lossless sound. The
film looks and sounds fine and hasn't aged too terribly over all of
these years. Some of the special effects with his wings and such
still holds up and was very well executed for the time.
only extra is a trailer.
order either of the Warner Archive Blu-rays, Kentucky
go to this link for them and many more great web-exclusive releases
Nicholas Sheffo (Cher,