Space: The Complete First and Second Seasons
(2018 - 2019/Adult Swim/Warner Blu-ray)/Pitch
(1992/*all MVD Blu-ray)
Ultra HD Picture: A- Picture: B/B/B+/X/B Sound: B/B/B+/A-/B
Extras: D/D/C-/B+/B Main Programs: C/C/C/B/C
usually with science fiction, define this next set of new releases...
you're a fan of Z-grade martial arts films then you may want to pick
up this double feature of Blood
(1989) and Ironheart
(1992), both of which star Bolo Yeung (Jean Claude Van Damme's final
opponent in Bloodsport
and Bruce Lee's opponent in Enter
films also feature Yasuaki Kurata, Britton K. Lee, Meg Lam, Simon
Yam, and Richard Norton.
centers around a free fighting martial arts combat game where Bolo
Yeung takes center stage and isn't afraid to tear down anyone in his
way. The film is okay with plenty of fighting to satisfy most. The
story here is next to non-existent.
Yeung stars as a LA cop who goes mano a mano with some vicious drug
dealers. This film was directed by Robert Clouse (Enter
This one feels VERY '90s and was definitely a film you would see in
a '90s video store. It has that feel, which is fun for nostalgia.
films are presented in 1080p high definition on Blu-ray disc with an
MPEG-4 AVC codec and widescreen aspect ratios of 1.85:1 and 1.78:1.
The films are paired with English LPCM 2.0 mixes and both presented
on the same BD-50 disc. The quality isn't too compromised as they
films never looked that great to begin with. Fans will be happy to
see these in HD as this is definitely the best they films have looked
(2018 - 2019) is an Adult Swim animated series that has an okay
looking animated style and some imagination behind it, but is
ultimately too silly for its own good. Unlike the far superior space
themed animated series, Futurama,
the humor here is geared more towards a teen audience.
Space: The Complete First and Second Seasons
cast includes Olan Rogers, Fred Armisen, Tom Kenny, Conan O'Brien,
Ashly Burch, Tika Sumpter, David Tennant (Doctor
Steven Yeun, and Keith David to name a few.
Astronaut named Gary (Rogers) is working off a prison sentence but
ends up battling through space against the sinister Lord Commander
with a bizarre group of alien characters including Mooncake - a
planet destroying alien.
1 episodes include Chapters One through Ten.
2 episodes include The
Toro Regatta, The Happy Place, The Grand Surrender, The Other Side,
The Notorious Mrs. Godspeed, Arachnitects, The First Times They Met,
The Remembered, The Closer You Get, The Lost Spy, The Set Up, Descent
These episodes span three Blu-ray discs in this set.
seasons are presented in 1080p on Blu-ray disc with an MPEG-4 AVC
codec and a widescreen aspect ratio of 1.78:1 and is paired with an
English DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 5.1 (48kHz, 24-bit) lossless mix.
Presented commercial and watermark free of course, this is definitely
the best way to view the show uninterrupted. The animation comes
across nicely in HD here as well and you can tell has some budget
Feature: BTS of Final Space featurette.
remember when the unrated version of Pitch
(2000) was first available on DVD from Universal in early 2000 and
nobody knew much about it, and Vin Diesel was just starting to become
popular thanks to the first Fast
and the Furious
being a fan of dark sci-fi, I bought the DVD on a blind buy and ended
up watching it dozens of times. The sequels are interesting in their
own right, but don't quite capture the sci-fi/horror essence of this
first outing directed by David Twohy, who also wrote and directed the
Chronicles of Riddick
(2004) and Riddick
(2013), and is the mastermind behind the series. Now, 20 years
later, Arrow Video has released a no holds barred definitive version
of the film on 4K UHD disc packed with extras. Needless to say, this
is certainly worth the upgrade if you're a fan.
edition includes both the R-rated and Unrated versions.
from Mr. Diesel as Riddick, the film stars Radha Mitchell (Phone
Cole Hauser, Keith David, Lewis Fitz-Gerald, and Claudia Black.
docking pilot (Mitchell) lands her vessel on a hot planet with a
small crew and with a convict bounty hunter named Riddick (Diesel) on
board. At first, the planet seems lifeless, but when the night
falls, vicious aliens show themselves. Able to see in the dark and
camouflage themselves in the darkness, the crew is helpless against
these beings that are keen on murdering every last one of them as
soon as they leave the light. However, Riddick, a unique man with
surgically altered eyes and cunning strength, steps up to the task of
helping the dwindling crew as they attempt to drag the fuel cells
they need back to their estranged ship at night.
has been remastered in 4K by Arrow Films and approved by director
David Twohy. The film is presented in 2160p on 4K UHD disc with a
2160p HEVC/H.265, Dolby Vision/HDR (10; Ultra HD Premium)-enhanced
Ultra High Definition image codec (68.04 Mbps) and a widescreen
aspect ratio of 2.35:1 and an original DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 5.1
surround mix. The level of detail here is MUCH improved over every
prior release of the film on disc.
that this was one of the films at the time that has some of its 35mm
theatrical film prints issued in the bleach bypass format, offered by
two competing labs at the time. You may have seen it on Alien
(Technicolor) or Se7en
(DeLuxe), but this film was a special situation and was created by a
one-time teaming of the great Atlab QLD in Queensland, Australia, and
legendary Consolidated Film Industries (CFI) in Hollywood. There is
a featurette on this in the extras.
film has excellent sound design throughout especially with the unique
noises that the creatures make. The use of color is also very
interesting here too with oranges, blues, greens, and whites that
show different shades of the planet and lights that they use. All in
all, I feel like I can see a lot more in this film than before from
previous versions. It really looks and sounds fantastic here on 4K
note, this film is part of a short list of films that were issued by
Polygram Filmed Entertainment, a semi-major studio the record label
Mercury/Polygram had launched after years of co-producing films with
Universal under the Gramercy name. However, the company lasted only
a few years as the men running it started fighting with all the
talent in town and Universal bought out the other record company.
That makes this film one of its few true hits.
feature length audio commentary with director David Twohy and stars
Vin Diesel and Cole Hauser
feature length audio commentary with director David Twohy, producer
Tom Engelman and visual effects supervisor Peter Chiang
The Making of Pitch Black,
a newly filmed interview with director/co-writer David Twohy
Box: Jackie's Journey,
a newly filmed interview with actor Rhiana Griffith
Box: Shazza's Last Stand,
a newly filmed interview with actor Claudia Black
Box: Bleach Bypassed,
a newly filmed interview with cinematographer David Eggby
a newly filmed interview with visual effects supervisor Peter Chiang
Box: Primal Sounds,
a newly filmed interview with composer Graeme Revell
Making of Pitch Black,
a short behind-the-scenes featurette
a comparison between early CG tests and the final footage
behind-the-scenes footage from the making of the film
archive bonus features, including an introduction by Twohy, A View
Into The Dark, and Chronicles of Riddick Visual Encyclopedia
Chase Log, a short prequel narrated by Cole Hauser detailing the
character's hunt for Riddick
Chronicles of Riddick: Dark Fury
(in 16:9 widescreen with DTS-HD MA 5.1 audio), an animated short film
directed by Peter Chung (TV's Aeon
that acts as a bridgepoint between Pitch
Chronicles of Riddick,
featuring vocal performances by Vin Diesel, Keith David and Rhiana
Griffith reprising their roles
bonus features including Bridging
The Gap, Peter Chung: The Mind of an Animator,
A View Into The Light, and a "pre-animation" version of the
a motion comic from the film's official website
a TV special offering an alternative non-canon glimpse into what
happened before and after the events of the film
Pitch Black Event, footage of a dance music event held to promote the
trailers, plus trailers for the two sequels and video game
sleeve featuring newly commissioned "night" and "day"
artwork by Luke Preece
Collectors' Booklet featuring new writing by Simon Ward on the film's
creature designs (including a new interview with creature designer
Patrick Tatopolous), original production notes and information from
the film's official website, and an archive interview with Vin Diesel
from Starlog Magazine; plus collectable O-card with "night"
variant artwork by Luke Preece
definitely cool that Arrow was able to include the animated film,
into this package as that was back in the DVD era its own separate
release. Let's hope Arrow ends up doing a collector's edition of the
sequels in the near future!
release of Pitch
is fantastic and I highly recommend!
the late, great Rutger Hauer stars in the mediocre sci-fi noir, Split
(1992), which is a sort of a cross between a lower-budgeted Alien,
and a dark comic book style. Co-Starring Kim Cattrall (Big
Trouble in Little China,
as the femme fatale, the film centers on a futuristic London, which
flooded due to global warming and a monumental rain storm. While it
may not be a classic like Blade
there's some cool stuff in Split
that makes it worth revisiting, notably a fine performance Hauer.
the sunken streets are all kinds of low-lifes and dark corners. Hauer
plays a rogue cop named Harley Stone, who is out to avenge his dead
partner by facing off against mysterious night demons. Smoking a
cigar and always armed to the teeth, Stone is essentially a post
apocalyptic cowboy, which sounds really cool on paper. The monsters
are cool looking when you see them and might resemble the Giger
Xenomorph from Alien a bit too much, but they are mostly seen
quickly. A dumb choice made was to make the monsters sound like
someone is choking and gasping for air. Not very scary, but more
annoying than anything. You can however tell a lot of the budget was
put towards production design as there are many interesting set
pieces. All in all, the film is a mixed bag.
film also stars Michael J. Pollard (Tango
Pete Postlethwaite (Inception),
Alastair Duncan, and Alun Armstrong. Special Effects are by Stephen
Norrington, who went on to direct the cult classic and groundbreaking
(1998) with Wesley Snipes.
is presented in 1080p high definition with a MPEG-4 AVC codec, 1.78:1
widescreen aspect ratio and an MPEG-4 AVC codec, paired with an
English: LPCM 2.0 mix. This transfer is from a new 4K restoration of
the film that looks fine on Blu-ray. The film still has a 'straight
to video' sort of feel to it despite being fully restored here, which
may have something to do with the film it was shot on. Some of the
sound in the last act is frankly annoying with some rat noises that
dominate the mix in a few scenes. What was this sound designer was
smoking at the time of post production we will never know. Also
notable is that the main title theme heard in the opening credits is
a complete rip off of the Blade Runner music by Vangelis and doesn't
hold back from doing so.
Commentary by action film historian Mike Leeder and filmmaker Arne
Big Bloody Guns!''
Producer Laura Gregory & Actor Alastair (Neil) Duncan on Split
Second (HD, 27:25)
Me Mr. Snips!''
An Interview with Composer Stephen W. Parsons (HD, 22:21)
An Interview with Line Producer Laurie Borg (HD, 23:02)
An Interview with Creature Effects Designer Cliff Wallace (HD, 32:03)
An Interview with Cinematographer Clive Tickner (HD, 18:57)
Making of featurette that includes interviews with stars Rutger
Hauer, Kim Cattrall, Alastair (Neil) Duncan, Michael J. Pollard,
Writer Gary Scott Thompson and more! (Low Def, 6:26)
1992 behind the scenes featurette with effects creator Stephen
Norrington, cast and crew (Low Def, 3:41)
Japanese Cut, full frame with burnt-in Japanese subtitles (Low Def,
Scenes from the Japanese Cut (English, burnt-in Japanese subtitles)
(Low Def, 4:42)
Promotional TV Clips (Low Def)
VHS Home Video Promo (Low Def, 2:34)
Trailer (Low Def, 2:15)
sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by The Dude
Designs created exclusively for this release
Collectible Mini-Poster featuring original style VHS artwork
had all of the right ingredients, but isn't very original or overly