(2019/Well Go DVD)/Genesis
The Complete Fourth Season
(2019 - 2020/DVD/*both Warner Archive)/Sherlock
A Game Of Shadows
(2011/Warner 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray w/Blu-ray)
Ultra HD Picture: A- Picture: B+/B-/B/C+/B+ Sound:
B+/B-/C+/C+/B+ Extras: D/C-/D/C/C+ Main Programs:
B/C+/C+/C+/B+ & B
DVD and Genesis
Blu-ray are now only available from Warner Bros. through their Warner
Archive series and can be ordered from the links below.
next are more murder, horror, mystery thrillers, plus a sci-fi double
feature you may have missed...
RLJ and Shudder comes a fresh zombie story, Blood
(2019). While the world is overrun by zombies, there's a reserve on
Red Crow that's a safe place from the zombie pandemic. In the
hundred or so residents there, some of which are immune, battle
against the undead that threaten their land. It's not often that you
see a Zombie movie from the perspective of Native Americans and it
makes for an interesting and different feel.
film stars Michael Greyeyes, Elle-Maija Tailfeathers, Devery Jacobs,
and Natalie Liconti.
is presented in 1080p on Blu-ray disc with an MPEG-4 AVC Codec and an
original widescreen aspect ratio of 2.35:1 and paired with a lossless
English DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 5.1 (48kHz, 16-bit) mix. The film
definitely had a decent budget behind it and it comes across nicely
onscreen here on Blu-ray disc.
feels at times like a Walking
episode and has some cinematic moments here and there. The special
effects and makeup aren't bad (Walking
does has the advantage there), and the drama isn't too overbearing.
If you're craving some zombie action this isn't a bad film on the
also known as Stray
is a Russian horror film that can be summed up by the title. After
losing their son, a young couple end up adopting a feral and very
creepy little boy. Similar to other films where children are killers
that we have reviewed recently on this site such as Mikey
the young child appears to be at first innocent, but soon proves to
be creepy and downright evil. It isn't long before it kills
everything in sight with bizarre animalistic force and begins to
transform into the image of their dead child. Is this Evil Boy
human? Or some kind of demonic hell spawn?
film stars Elena Lyadova, Vladimir Vdovichenkov, Anna Ukolova, and
is presented in standard definition on DVD with an anamorphically
enhanced widescreen aspect ratio of 2.35:1 and a lossy Russian Dolby
Digital 5.1 mix, there's also an English language mix on the disc
with optional English subtitles. The film is very nicely shot yet
and likely has a budget of a few million. The money is on the screen
and the colors and compositions are very professional. Compression
issues that are the norm for the format.
all in all, this is not a bad film and is akin to something you would
see on Shudder.
the 1970s, TV audiences finally caught up with Gene Roddenberry's
a show that bombed in the late 1960s, only to become one of the most
successfully syndicated TV shows in TV rerun history. People at the
time were highly underestimating and even laughing at the following.
How times change.
the middle of that, Roddenberry had signed a deal with Warner Bros.
Television in an attempt to launch another such series, thinking the
market would be interested and not thinking Trek would ever be making
any kind of comeback. Among the many things Roddenberry tried at the
time, two TV movies were made: John Llewellyn Moxey's Genesis
(1973) and Marc Daniels' Planet
(1974). Both had been previously issued on DVD, but now they have
this fine Blu-ray double feature edition. We reviewed the first film
on DVD at this link:
not a sequel or too directly connected, Planet
has some of the same ideas, John Saxon takes over the main lead role
from Alex Cord, sets and one of the characters from the first film
turns up as an older man, but that is the extent of the connections.
Still, this was ambitious for the time and like the first film, has
(Saxon) leads a group to a strange, hidden place dominated by women
with dicatorship leanings (think a rougher version of Zardoz)
and have to play stupid to figure out what is going on and to stop
anything bad there from getting worse. Janet Margolin, Ted Cassidy,
Christopher Clay and Diana Muldaur are among the supporting cast. I
like elements of both films, with Cord in the original being a bit
wilder-looking, suggesting more possibilities at the time, yet Saxon
comes up with a take that also works, even if it might remind one a
little more of a Captain Kirk.
telefilm launched a series, but it shows how ambitious Warner and TV
of the time could be, even suggesting smart, challenging thoughts and
ideas along the way. These were also a part of a cycle of
post-apocalyptic movies and TV projects being made in the aftermath
of films like Kubrick's 2001,
Truffaut's film of Bradbury's Fahrenheit
and Godard's Alphaville,
was doing it for TV.
other space shows were thriving at this time (Space:
the original Doctor
and even Star
will also remind people of,) most of the post-apocalyptic TV was not
doing well. Most surprising were the ambitious live action TV
versions of Planet
Of The Apes
yet the one series that was a big hit set in such a world was the
underrated live action Saturday Morning hit Ark
which definitely owes something to Roddenberry. In all that, these
two telefilms are definitely worth a look and to me, play better than
many of the later Trek
1080p 1.33 X 1 digital High Definition image transfers can sometimes
show the age of the materials used. As shot on 35mm film, this is
far superior a transfer to the previous DVD release of Genesis
and is even more revealing than expected. Planet
looks as good, though both also have their share of old-looking matte
work and some optical printing here and there. Both also were
originally monophonic productions and are both here in
DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 2.0 Mono lossless mixes.
are sadly no extras, though this arrives as John Saxon's passing has
happened as we post, so we should dedicate this to him.
we finally catch up with the dark revision of the Archie Comics
universe by way of David Lynch (albeit in a lite way) with Riverdale:
The Complete Fourth Season
(2019 - 2020) as the title suburb that has made many generations
laugh for many, many decades is suddenly a semi-death trap. Back in
the day, it would have looked like a spoof on a TV skit show, but
now, this kind of dowdy revisionism plays to a young audience and the
result here is a hit.
(AJ Apa) now had to deal with being haunted by dead people, having
bizarre dreams that tell him of things happening in his real life and
the rest of the gang is still here, even if the soda shop is not. I
have to admit I was not impressed with what little I saw when this
debuted and more now than then, keep laughing unintentionally at the
writing and storylines because versus the fun and true humor of the
original comic books, the so-so radio comedy from back in the day and
the several animated series the sadly defunct Filmation Studios made
series (like several of the series, reviewed elsewhere on this site)
made the #1 hit record ''Sugar,
possible and that song is still
getting airplay to this day.
fairness to this show, even if Filmation had limited budgets, the
reason this show can be a hit is because the animated series
(especially the first one) were so dead on about the original comic
books, no series of any kind was going to outdo them or even be able
to pick up where they left off. They had great energy and are still
hilarious for fans of all ages, and still have more energy than this
new live-action show. However, it is consistent enough for what it
is, so if the gang has to clothe themselves in the horror genre for a
generation, oh well. That makes this show for new fans only.
anamorphically enhanced 1.78 X 1 image is not bad for the older
format and you can see the use of subtle color range, but it is still
a dark show visually and it resolves itself better in its native HD
playback where available. The lossy Dolby Digital 5.1 has some
ambience and sound effects, but is often still dialogue-based. We
are certain this would be at least a bit better in a lossless codec.
include three featurettes: Agent
At Stonewall Prep
and Riverdale; 2019 Comic-Con Panel.
hard to believe, but we are covering these two for the first time.
Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law are Sherlock Holmes and Watson in the
two hit films from Director Guy Ritchie, Sherlock
(2009) and Sherlock
Holmes: A Game of Shadows
(2011). (A rumored third film is in the works as of this writing.)
Looking back on these flicks now that they are on the 4K UHD format,
they are a lot of fun to watch and have definitely aged well. These
two new discs look undoubtedly better image wise in 2160p, but in
terms of sound and extras on these discs there isn't anything new.
re-imagines the characters in a period set yet humorous way as they
face off against the evil occultist: Lord Blackwood (Mark Strong).
As Watson attempts to get married, Holmes ends up tirelessly on the
track of Blackwood who has seemingly risen from the dead. Holmes
also encounters a femme fatale Irenne Adler (Rachel McAdams), whom he
has a fling with. Ritchie portrays Holmes as a scattered brained but
brilliant Detective, one who isn't afraid to get into a burly brawl
or seclude himself for months on end.
Game of Shadows,
is a worthy follow-up to the original and has Holmes and Watson face
off against the infamous villain Professor Moriarty (Jared Harris)
who is finally a mental match to Holmes. The film also features
Noomi Rapace (Prometheus,
with the Dragon Tattoo
films), Rachel McAdams, and Stephen Fry.
films are both presented in 2160p on 4K UHD disc with HDR (High
Dynamic Range) a widescreen aspect ratio of 1.78:1 (A
Game of Shadows
has a 2.40:1 widescreen aspect ratio) and an HEVC / H.265 codec that
had to be upscaled 4K because of all the digital work to make the
films look period and paired with a lossless English DTS-HD MA
(Master Audio) 5.1 mix (48kHz, 24-bit) mixes. It is curious why they
didn't upgrade the audio mix on these to Dolby Atmos or 7.1, but the
image is far improved with much more detail in the image than in
1080p. The films have a very stylized look and rich colors that are
slightly desaturated and help craft a dirty period setting that's a
mix of practical and digital effects. Hans Zimmer's theme is
fantastic and definitely helps propel the action throughout both
included on these is the original 1080p Blu-ray discs with feature
the same widescreen aspect ratio and audio mixes as the 4Ks. Also
note that there are no new extras on the 4K discs and that these
extras are on the 1080p Blu-ray disc from the past release and
Features for Sherlock
Features for A
Game of Shadows
Game of Shadows Movie App
in all, the image is much improved on the 4K UHD releases of these
films. If you are a fan and have the home entertainment system, they
are a noticeable improvement from the already nice looking Blu-ray
discs. Aside from the boost of quality in picture, however, there
isn't much new here sound or extras-wise.
order either of the Warner Archive releases, the Riverdale
DVD and/or Genesis
Blu-ray, go to this link for them and many more great web-exclusive
Nicholas Sheffo (Genesis,