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Category:    Home > Reviews > Action > Crime > Drama > Animation > Comedy > Fairy Tales > Satire > CGI > Spoof > Cable TV > Thriller > Serial > The Doorman (2020*)/Red Shoes and The Seven Dwarfs (2019/*both Lionsgate Blu-ray)/Rick and Morty: Season Four (2020/Adult Swim Blu-ray**)/Spree (2020/RLJ Blu-ray)/We Bare Bears: The Movie (2020 DVD/**

The Doorman (2020*)/Red Shoes and The Seven Dwarfs (2019/*both Lionsgate Blu-ray)/Rick and Morty: Season Four (2020/Adult Swim Blu-ray**)/Spree (2020/RLJ Blu-ray)/We Bare Bears: The Movie (2020 DVD/**both Warner)

Picture: B/A-/A-/C+/C+ Sound: B/A-/C+/B-/C+ Extras: C-/B/A/C-/A Main Programs: C/A-/C+/C-/B-

Dark humor (and smart-alec humor) shows up in all kinds of way today, even if some of it is now obvious and in more young adult-aimed programming than ever...

Ryuhel Kitamura's The Doorman (2020) is trying to be The Professional and Jean Reno even shows up, but the star is Ruby Rose (who just left the Batwoman series) as a soldier protecting her sister's family from well-armed terrorists. She also used to have the title occupation, but now, for some harder work.

Too bad the script and film find little new or different for her or the rest of the cast to do, I was not impressed by the repetition or predictability or with Rose here, many, many missed opportunities. Yet, I like her and think a film or TV vehicle that can give her talents a better character and situations could really mesh because she is good and the camera likes her. This is an average curio at best, but now serves as a release that keeps her in the public eye until the next release.

Digital Copy and a Making Of featurette are the only extras.

Once upon a time, the Seven Heroes fought a fairy (mistaking her for a witch), the fairy then cursed them to become green little dwarfs and their curse would only be lifted if they are kissed by the most beautiful girl in the land. Snow Wh-, ehem, Red Shoes becomes on the run from her step-mother who is after her for her magic shoes, can the Seven Dwarfs help Red Shoes and prove they are really the Seven Heroes?

Red Shoes and The Seven Dwarfs (2019,) what if Snow White was really over weight and because of a pair of magic shoes turned her into a beautiful young woman? And what if the Seven Dwarfs were seven handsome young heroes who were curse after beating up a fairy for mistaking her for an ugly witch? Now, in order to break the curse, they seek to help 'Red Shoes' for a kiss by saving her from her stepmother who wants her magic shoes to young and beautiful once more. Chloe Grace Moritz, Patrick Warburton and Gina Gershon are among the English-language cast.

All I can say is Disney better watch out, or other companies will be start make 'Princess' movies too. This was a funny twist on the Snow White story, in how not to judge others by appearances or care about only your own appearances. Extras include Making of Red Shoes and the Seven Dwarfs, music videos, story board to animation and trailer gallery and trailers.

As popular as ever, we now have Rick and Morty: Season Four (2020) following them as they travel through the multiverse having epic adventures as they try to takeover, save, or destroy the universe to find a bit of meaning and maybe even the point to their existence.

Rick is a flatulent, burping, crude and rude grandpa, but he is also the multi-verse's greatest genius. Marty is Rick's lame loser of a grandson, but he hangs out with Rick to go on adventures to make up for this lame life (and to hit on the girl he likes). Both Rick and Marty travels through multi-verse more often saving the universe (from themselves) fighting monsters, aliens or even God because mostly because they need to clean up after themselves because of Rick's omnipotent inventions.

This series was and is like watching The Simpsons crossed with King of the Hill with Invader Zim. The series is a parody of parodies making fun of all other genres, pop culture mixed in with tons of violence and macabre scenes, but it's all OK because it's a cartoon. Extras include A Day with Rick and Morty: Inside Season 4, Inside every episode of Season 4, Creating Snake Jazz: directing Rick and Morty, Samurai & Shogun, character creation, prop process and animation challenges.

Episodes this time include:

Edge of Tomorty: Rick Die Rickpeat - Morty turns into a omnipotent being. Rick

The Old Man and the Seat - Rick tries to find out who used his secret toilet.

One Grew Over the Crewcoo's Morty - Rick and Morty goes on a heist competition in who can pull off the ultimate heist.

Claw and Hoarder: Special Ricktim's Morty - Rick gets Morty a dragoon, but Morty learns that dragons are horny as hell.

Rattlestar Ricklactica - Morty causes a Terminator future with snake robots taking over the world from the future.

Never Ricking Morty - Rick and Morty gets stuck on a never-ending train story about them and must somehow break the storyline to escape the train.

Promortyus - Rick and Morty bodies get taken over mind controlling alien parasites.

The Vat of Acid Episode - Rick tries to teach Marty why his vat of acid idea is clever. Rick invents an invention that 'resets' time each time Marty makes mistakes.

Childrick of Mort - Rick has an 'affair' with a planet and has 'kids' with a planet and challenges God.

and Star Mort: Rickturn of the Jerri - Rick's space bounty hunter daughter Beth discover Rick had cloned her, but which one is the REAL Beth and which one is a clone?

Eugene Kotlyarenko's Spree (2020) wants to be some kind of serial killer film, but unfortunately, it has its inspiration from the worst ones and tries to be even worse. Proving how boring looking at multiple phone screens and/or laptop screens is always boring and this 92 minutes sets new low for this as ride share driver Kurt (a highly uninspired Joe Keery) picks people up alive, only to drip them off dead as corpses. Too bad it is not even half as smart as that description.

Add the bad camerawork that we occasionally do get and you too will be wishing for a very, very violent car accident to end this disaster early. Could even hardcore horror fans like this one? Can anyone be so desperate? Yawn!!!

Extras include an odd kurtsworld 96 featurette and very lame feature length audio commentary track with the director.

Finally we have We Bare Bears: The Movie (2020). Grizz, Panda and Ice Bear aren't very popular these days, and after cause one too many mistakes, the town and the Department of Wildlife Control decides they might be better to go back to nature. Arrested and forced to go on the run with Agent Trout hot on their tails the three bears go on an adventure of a lifetime to find a new home.

As fans already know, Grizz, Panda and Ice Bear are a brown bear, panda bear (technically a panda isn't a bear) and a polar bear, three brother bears living together in the heart of San Francisco. But when they cause too many accidents the become 'un-bearable' and the law decides to ship them back to their natural habitats. At first, Grizz gets the idea they can be saved if they become popular again on social media and get followers, but when it totally backfires instead, they get an angry Agent Trout after them and determined to separate them, to ship Panda back to China and Ice Bear back to the Arctic. They decide to make a run for Canada but they get lost, can the 3 bears find old and new friends to help them out?

This was a cute movie, good for kids of all ages about 3 cute but odd ball bears all living and working together. The show teaches the meaning of friendship and accepting others despite differences. Extras include commentary, early sketches, movie pitches, animatics & pencil tests and deleted scenes.

Now for playback performance. The 1080p 2.35 X 1 digital High Definition image on Doorman is not a bad HD shoot with some good composition at times, but to much is what we have seen before and color is only so impressive.

The 1080p 1.85 X 1 digital High Definition image on Shoes looks great, is impressive CGI for not coming from one of the big animation houses and the color is not bad either.

The 1080p 1.78 X 1 digital High Definition image transfers on Morty are among the best in animated TV today with good color, detail and definition, with the animation style considered.

The 1080p 1.78 X 1 digital High Definition image transfer on Spree is a mess, the mix of small phone (and would-be phone) screens is sloppy, silly, obnoxious and never adds up to anything.

All four Blu-ray offers DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 5.1 lossless mixes, with Morty a simpler mix than one would like and Spree barely better and much, sloppier, while Shoes sounds better than anything on this list and Doorman is a distant second with a consistent soundfield that does not offer much more than competence.

The anamorphically enhanced 1.78 X 1 image on Bears is as good as the previous DVD we covered, making us wonder why no Blu-ray release, while the lossy Dolby Digital 5.1 is also sufficient, yet it would be more fun in a lossless format. The combination is passable for this older format.

- Nicholas Sheffo (Doorman, Spree) and Ricky Chiang


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