(1997/Marvel Comics/Warner 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray w/Blu-ray)/G-Loc
(2020/*both Lionsgate DVDs)/King
(1976/Umbrella Region B Import Blu-ray)/Last
Son: Season One
(2019/Warner Archive Blu-ray)/Warning
(1956/**both MVD/Arrow Blu-rays)
Ultra HD Picture: B+ Picture: B-/C+/B/B-/B+/A-/B Sound:
B-/C+/B+ & B/B-/B+/B+/B Extras: C/C/B/C/B/D/B Main
Blu-ray is now only available from Warner Bros. through their Warner
Archive collection and can be ordered from the links below.
next are more genre releases, including upgrades on three older
favorites, the latest (belated) would-be entry in a sort-of series
and some new items...
Vampire movie in disguise of an Amityville film, The
(2020) is a low budget spook show that never quite hits the mark
beyond normal vampire faire. The premise is pretty interesting - a
camera crew ends up going to and interviewing a Vampire at his spooky
mansion - which holds some history behind it. Therein, a lot of
unusual things start to happen... they can't capture his image or
voice on video and many of the crew members start to fall under the
Vampire's spell. It's only a matter of time before the crew becomes
a ghoulish snack for the Vampire and his minions. The film stars
Sadie Katz, Paul Logan, Kyle Lowder, Eileen Dietz, and Julie Ann
Prescott. It is directed by Thomas J. Churchhill.
is presented in anamorphically enhanced, standard definition with a
widescreen aspect ratio of 1.78:1 and a lossy Dolby Digital 5.1 mix.
There are compression issues as evident on other films of the format.
The movie was shot on video and looks most professional. There are a
few shots that are a bit boring and some of it that shows it was a
bare bones production, despite their being four or five indie studios
shown at the head of the film.
Features? Only a Trailer.
sounds good on paper, but the execution is a bit dicy. The film is
certainly low budget and makes a few amateur mistakes therein that
showcase it. There are few moments of creativity that make it worth
a watch, but I feel like this was a different film that the
Amityville title was slapped on for marketing purposes.
Beckman (David A.R. White) was a former hitman who got out of the
game. Saved by a preacher he is now a man of god and of peace, but
when his adopted daughter gets kidnapped by a cult, he will have to
rely on his old skills and former connection to find her, but what
will do, what will he be willing to do to get her back and to get his
(2020), the retired hitman for the underworld, but when he was at
death's door, he saved by a dying preacher he gave up his gun and
live the quiet life. Barely a year later he takes in and saves a
runaway girl Tabetha to become his adopted daughter, but the past has
a way of catching up to both of them, his 'daughter' turns out to be
from running from a cult she was in and they take her back. Now,
Beckman will do anything to get her back and has to fight other
assassins and bounty hunters ...but is it worth the cost of his soul
and breaking his vow to never kill again?
movie was like a mix of the movies John
(including their sequels) but with a lower budget. A hitman on
revenge and killing a lot of people to get his daughter back. The
film had plenty of fight scenes, shoot outs and a lot of one liners.
Only difference was the surprise twist ending, by NOT killing the
last boss (he killed everybody else) only then was he able to save
his daughter (which was oddly the most unrealistic part of the
movie). William Baldwin and Jeff Fahey also star.
anamorphically enhanced 2.35 X 1 image and lossy Dolby Digital 5.1
sound mix are as good as they can be for this older format, but play
well enough, but a Blu-ray would be nice at some point. Extras
include commentary with writer/director, Making
of Beckman: Faith and Hope Amidst the Storm
is a hit that is now a classic in many ways. Blade
(1997) became the first-ever hit theatrical feature film of any
Marvel Comics character (James Cameron's Spider-Man project might
have beat it, but it never made it) and at the time, it looked like
Director Stephen Norrington was going to be the next big director,
but that fizzled. However, Wesley Snipes was on a roll and was
excellent as the half-human/half-vampire 'daywalker' vampire hunter
with revenge on his mind and a trying past.
influence on The
films and one of the few interesting, early uses of CGI that has not
always aged well, but works in its narrative context and was
surprising in its time, it was technically innovative in a few other
ways we'll get to in a minute, but most of all, its energy, action,
great music score, editing and extensive use of martial arts is a
combination that holds up well as Blade goes after Deacon Frost
(Stephen Dorff in a fine performance) and this should have resulted
in a long-running series instead of only three films that did not
connect well with each other.
turns out the vampires are now well-organized, using the latest
technology and are preying on humans at night as they mix it up with
illegal business dealings. Blade is out there on the hunt, seeming
alone, but has the backing of mechanical wizard and the very wise
Whistler (Kris Kristofferson in perfect casting) to help him bring
down the unknown gang. The film holds up and was ahead of its time
in several ways (Snipes almost played Black Panther, but when they
could not get that one off the ground, he and Stan Lee discussed
Blade and this series happened instead) and its success surprised
everyone at the time. I was glad.
now we have the new set from Warner with a new 4K upgrade and the
older Blu-ray, as well as extras worth revisiting. It is also one of
the few Superhero films made between the mostly bad ones and the now
mostly huge and successful ones that are big hits and usually liked
by fans and critics that are gritty (the Thomas Jane Punisher,
also now in 4K) that were realistic and gritty (with some humor) that
the studios seem to be afraid to make, unless directed by Christopher
for the tech performance, which is just as important in this case.
HEVC/H.265, 2.35 X 1, HDR (10; Ultra HD Premium)-enhanced Ultra High
Definition image is a new 4K scan from the original elements, 35mm
negative apparently and it looks great all around for the most part,
save the older CGI digital effects, but some of them were done to be
funny and most to advance the narrative. The film was shot on 35mm
Kodak color negative, but with a new kind of lighter anamorphic scope
lens that was new at the time, but made the cameras easier to move
around, so the action was faster.
everyone wants to use Hawk Scope lenses and for good reason. They
look as good as the best on the market (from Panavision, Todd-AO 35,
J-D-C Scope, Arri-Scope, 2.35 Research, some older lenses you might
experiment with and even Clairmont Scope, as Clairmont supplied the
cameras for this film.
can cheat by using regular lenses, whether you shoot on film (Super
35 or techniscope gives you a fake, albeit weaker scope image) or HD
(ditto on the often weaker appearance in most instances as of this
posting) which has happened before and especially since Blade,
but there is nothing like the real thing and this film was very
groundbreaking in that respect too. I'll add that some shots are so
good, they exceed my final rating, so expect some great demo material
in 4K too.
1080p 2.35 X 1 digital High Definition image on the regular Blu-ray
is fine for its age and the format, but it cannot compete with the
4K, especially in the Video Red, Black and White senses and the new
scan can be as impressive as the 35mm print I saw in its original
theatrical release, all new and fresh itself.
there is sound. As Sony was introducing 8-track sound with its
SDDS/Sony Dynamic Digital Sound format (which I always liked better
than old Dolby Digital) and was one of the three digital formats for
theaters at the time, Dolby and DTS tried launching 6.1 formats.
Dolby had EX, but the back channel was not separate and discrete, but
DTS ES had that going for it and Blade was one of the ket feature
films to introduce and push that format. It is exclusively on the
Blu-ray only, but you can hear how ambitious it was and is in its
DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 6.1 ES lossless mix here. They also pushed
the envelope on the first sequel (read more about that at the link
below) and that makes the films sonically unique.
because the sound is definitely there, Warner has upgraded that
amazing soundtrack to lossless Dolby Atmos 11.1 (Dolby TrueHD 7.1 for
older systems) and the results are a new take that includes a little
more punch, clarity and impact for the action in the film. There are
a few points where there are slight sonic limits that give the sound
of the film away, but the soundmaster is mostly in amazing shape and
fans of the film will really want to go out of their way to hear it
include Digital Copy, while both discs add Cast & Crew audio
commentaries and the older Blu-ray offers an Original Theatrical
Trailer and featurettes La
Magra, Designing Blade, The Origins Of Blade: A Look At Dark Comics
more on this film and its first sequel, you can look at our coverage
at these links:
DTS DVD Import
star Stephen Moyer stars in the Lionsgate Sci-Fi feature G-Loc
(2020) which is now available on DVD. While the story and overall
quality of the film isn't bad, G-Loc
can't escape its overly ambitious story aided by mediocre digital
effects. The film is high concept, however, and not quite as bad as
one might expect.
also stars Casper Van Dien (Starship
Emily Haigh, Tala Gouveia, Alan Wallace, and veteran actor John
of the Rings).
The film is directed by Tom Paton (Stairs,
stars as Bran Marshall is a young man who has fled from Earth through
The Gate to find a new home on Rhea. Things aren't so easy when the
early human settlers of Rhea have decided that they will no longer
accept incoming refugees from Earth, and Bran is forced to team up
with a Rhean woman (Gouveia) to stop her ship from killing thousands
of Earth Refugees.
film is presented in anamorphically enhanced standard definition on
DVD with a widescreen aspect ratio of 2.39:1 and a lossy English 5.1
Dolby Digital mix. The film has a cinematic look despite its lower
budget and feels like a bigger production on the Earth set scenes as
opposed to those that take place in space which rely on more digital
trickery to pull off. Compression issues are evident and I'm sure
the film looks much better in HD than it does here.
Making of G-Loc
and a Trailer Gallery
Kong is one of Hollywood's most infamous characters and still a
favorite of many genre fans is this 1976 version, which still holds
up after all of these years. Finally available in HD, even though it
is a Region B disc, is this nice new transfer from Umbrella that will
hold us over until the inevitable American HD release. While limited
to the effects of the time, this practical King
won several awards for its groundbreaking special effects and its
dramatic performances, however criticized for its differences to the
original. It was also a bigger hit than many remember.
film stars Jessica Lange (who was bashed at the time for her
performance), Jeff Bridges, Charles Grodin, and John Randolph to name
a few with direction by John Guillermin (The
the 1978 Death
On The Nile),
who also went on to direct the less successful King
in 1986 with Linda Hamilton.
research ship is sent to explore an island rumored to be rich in oil,
paleontologist Jack Prescott (Bridges) sneaks aboard, having heard
strange rumors he can't ignore. During the massive journey, the crew
rescues Dwan (Lange), who is the sole survivor of a shipwreck.
(instead of being a struggling actress as in the original) When they
arrive, they find the natives who fear a humungous ape named Kong.
The natives kidnap Dwan and sacrifice her to Kong, although the pesky
Americans plan to port Kong back to the mainland, and show him off in
an exhibit in an attempt to cash in on the mystical creature. They
underestimate the monster's love for Dwan and it ends up causing
havoc in New York City just to find her.
script (by Lorenzo Semple, Jr.) is different in many ways to the
landmark original film and different from Peter Jackson's more recent
Hollywood version. While Jackson made some interesting choices and
in my opinion, made an interesting film, I still feel that there are
some aspects to this 1976 version that makes it a classic. Although
the film has been bashed over the years by some critics, there is
just something so cool about seeing a guy in a Kong suit crashing
models and getting shot by model airplanes that the CGI in Peter
Jackson's version can't replicate. The end sequence is more brutal
than any other version with Kong getting bloody by the incoming fire
power. The scale of this film and all of the extras involved in some
of the sequences is still a big accomplishment and makes for
interesting genre cinema.
is presented in 1080p high definition on Blu-ray disc with a
widescreen aspect ratio of 2.35:1 and a DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 mix,
both of which look fine on disc and is a vast improvement over the
original SD DVD version that was previously available. There is more
detail overall in the image and the scope of the film is captured
better in HD.
on Blu-ray with beautiful packaging is the Arrow release of The
(1984), which is a genre favorite. Remastered and looking better
than ever, fans will certainly want to pick up this special edition
set. Similar in story to movies like Tron
of the Navigator,
centers on an average teen named Alex (Lance Guest) that plays a
video game at the trailer park he lives in and becomes a high scoring
champion. One night, a man shows up and brings him into the world of
the video game which happens to be a real intergalactic war.
Alex comes to grips with his new calling, he becomes an hero.
Directed by Nick Castle (Halloween),
the film also stars Robert Preston, Dan O'Herlihy, Catherine Mary
Stewart, Barbara Bosson, and Norman Snow. While the film doesn't
have the production power of Star
it has some interesting characters and practical effects. Of course
the visual effects are dated and really stick out as so on a release
with this sharp an image. The acting overall is pretty solid and
there's a lot of interesting ideas and creativity at play here that
makes the film definitely worth checking out again.
is presented on 1080p Blu-ray with an MPEG--4 AVC (31.94 Mbps) codec
and an anamorphic widescreen aspect ratio of 2.40:1 and paired with
audio mixes in Uncompressed PCM2.0 Stereo, 5.1 DTS-HD MA (Master
Audio) lossless and 4.1 audio. Some notes on this release, this is a
4K scan of the original negative and features a 4.1 mix originally
created for the film's 70mm release – never included on previous
home video formats!
Features include a brand new audio commentary with Mike White of The
Last Projection Booth podcast Archival audio commentary with
director Nick Castle and production designer Ron Cobb Heroes of the
Screen - archival featurette Crossing
the Frontier: The Making of The Last Starfighter
- archival 4-part documentary Image Galleries Theatrical and Teaser
Trailers Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned
artwork by Matt Ferguson Limited Edition O-Card (first
Reversible Poster featuring original and newly commissioned artwork
Collector's Booklet featuring new writing by Amanda Reyes and sci-fi
author Greg Bear's never-before-published Omni Magazine article on
Digital Productions, the company responsible for the CGI in The
is a fun genre film that I'm surprised hasn't seen a remake or sequel
in recent years. It certainly has a lot of imagination behind it and
some fun moments of comedy and '80s modern life seen in some of
Spielberg's films of the time.
Bright (Tom Payne) is a disgraced former FBI profiler who now works
for the police helping them to solve murders. However, his unique
insight comes from his 'father' who also so happens to be 'The
Surgeon' the serial killer. While he and the police catch murderers,
Malcolm must also deal with his own personal demons and repressed
memories, what really happened and was he part of those murderers?
But as his memories begin to return, is the reason he is so good a
profiling criminal because he is the really the same as those serial
killer, like his father ...a murderer at heart?
Son: Season One
Malcolm Bright has night terrors and can't sleep, at night he needs
to be chained to the bed just so he can't hurt himself. He works as a
profiler for the police, he gets into the mind of serial killers to
help Captain Gil and his team of detectives solve high profile
murders/serial killers for New York's elite. However, his greatest
fear is that he and his family live in the shadow of his father, The
Surgeon, a serial killer/former world class doctor in which has been
locked away for 20 years in a psychiatric hospital (in which he still
consults with cases). His mother is an alcoholic rich socialite
trying to find a way back into New York's social elite, his sister is
the young beautiful and ambitious news reporter who reports murder
cases. However, his father being a genius and a serial killer, even
behind bars, is he continuing to orchestrate murders and manipulate
Bright? Malcom fears his father trained him to become the next
serial killer, and perhaps he is more like his father than he knows?
series is a psychological murder thriller, the main characters sees
ghost and his own repressed memories, he both hates his serial killer
father and yet yearns for his love. As the character tries to solve
cases and remember his past, each case seems bring back more memories
and blames his father why he is psychologically damaged. At first,
it seemed like his greatest foe would be his own father, but what
there was even a bigger serial killer out there? If both of them are
to survive, they must work together. Lou Diamond Philips and Michael
Sheen also star.
- Malcolm is brought in to consult a case in which the serial killer
is copying his infamous father 'The Surgeon"
- The police discovers an entire family murdered and the dead
patriarch has live snakes in his body.
- Malcolm must uncover a killer who wants revenge for social
experiment that ended up with someone dead.
- A celebrity is found murdered and clues point to a stalker, but
Malcolm suspects there is someone else.
- A gangster is found murdered, but the suspect has close ties with
detective Dani in which she doesn't believe he did it.
Souls and Sadists
- A man is stabbed over a hundred times to death and the police
thinks it is the wife, but is the wife protecting the son... or is it
the other way around?
- Malcolm discovers a junkyard with several bodies and the murderer
escapes, but discovers he may have ties with his father and maybe his
- As Malcolm chases after the 'Junkyard Killer', the killer remember
Malcolm's past and he is somehow connected to him.
- The police discovers a dead body and uncovers a secret polyamorous
society for the rich and powerful, Malcolm goes undercover.
- The Chief of Detectives is found murdered with a dead hooker,
Malcolm investigates with a former disgraced detective but ends up
- As the Police search for Malcolm, Malcolm plans his escape, unaware
he is locked up in a secret tunnel beneath his own mother's home.
- Malcolm gets psychologically profiled to see if he is fit to work
with the police, but he turns the table when he reveals it is a trap
to catch profiler who kill cult members because of their own past.
- Malcolm and the police must catch a killer who is mimicking the
revenge killings based on 'The Count of Monte Cristo'.
of the Needle
- Malcolm investigates a murderer who maybe a former victim of his
father and now want him to kill 'The Surgeon' or he will kill more in
- As 'The Surgeon' lies at death's door on the operating table, he
has nightmares, but what does a serial killer dream to be a
Malcolm is reunited with his old high school friend in a high-profile
robbery and homicide, and they were once known as 'The Bad Seeds'.
- Malcolm and the police must discover who is a murderer when a
baby's life hangs in the balance.
- A ballet dancer is murdered in a middle of a socialite party, but
all the suspects are in the ballet company, and everyone is trained
to hide their emotions.
- Eve, Malcolm's girlfriend is found murdered, but then the murder is
caught and he is then murdered too. Bright is framed becomes the
primary suspect and he goes on the run.
- Malcolm and his entire family is being set up, framed for murder
(including his father). His father however knows who it is and says
the only way they can save themselves is for them to kill him first.
1080p 1.78 X 1 digital High Definition image transfers look really
good an d are shot very well, more top rate than expected, while the
DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 5.1 lossless mixes are almost as impressive
and well recorded and mixed well. There are no extras.
Arrow Video has unearthed a bizarre and quite fun 1950s Japanese
sci-fi flick, Warning
(1956) that is from Toho, the infamous studio that brought you
Godzilla, that turns out to be the country's first full color science
fiction film of any kind, in this new edition that's presented in HD
with two different cuts of the film. This is definitely worth
checking out if you're a retro sci-fi fan like myself, and is similar
in a lot of ways to the classic The
Day The Earth Stood Still.
The film stars Toyomi Karita, Keizo Kawasaki, Isao Yamagata, Shozo
Nanbu, Mieko Nagai, and Kiyoko Hirai; the film is directed by Koji
star shaped one-eyed aliens make contact and warn the citizens of
Earth. Will the people of Tokyo be able to work together with these
strange beings (who can also shape shift) to help save Earth from
hitting a flaming planet?
is presented in 1080p high definition on Blu-ray disc with a MPEG-4
AVC codec and a full frame aspect ratio of 1.33:1 and a Japanese LPCM
Mono mix with optional newly translated English subtitles. Due to
the condition of the print there are some photochemical issues that
forever remain such as a slight flicker and some density fluctuation,
but overall the film is certainly watchable. If anything, it kind of
adds to the experience. Warning
definitely has some of the most bizarre aliens I've seen in any film
- the unique star shaped aliens with one eye in the center. As we
usually think of aliens being more humanoid in appearance, I found
this to be an interesting spin - even though they look kinda silly.
Features: Brand new commentary by Stuart Galbraith IV, author of
Are Attacking Tokyo!,
First-ever HD transfer of the American release version of the film,
including a newly restored English dub track, Theatrical trailers,
Image galleries, a reversible sleeve featuring newly commissioned
artwork by Matt Griffin, First
Illustrated collector's booklet featuring an essay on artist Taro
Okamoto by Japanese art historian Nick West, and an essay on the
production of the American edit of the film by David Cairns. That
adds up to another amazing, collectible release of a key film by
(1976) Umbrella import Blu-ray, go to this link for it and other
hard-to-find titles at:
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Nicholas Sheffo (Blade
Ricky Chiang (Beckman,