(2019/Well Go Blu-ray)/The
100: The Seventh and Final Season
(2020/Warner Archive Blu-ray)/Scooby
Doo! And Guess Who?: The Complete First Season
(2019/Warner DVD Set)/Tales
Of The Uncanny
B-/B+/B+/C+/B/C+/B- Sound: B-/B+/B+/B+/B/C/B- Extras:
C+/C+/C+/D/D/D/B- Main Programs: C+/C/B/B/C/C+/B-
Blu-ray is now only available from Warner Bros. through their Warner
Archive series and can be ordered from the link below.
a mix of new genre releases, including some familiar names...
modern day possession film that uses social media as a tool for
broadcasting exorcisms, The
(2019) directed by Damien LeVeck, is an interesting film with a fun
premise that's available on disc and is a Shudder original.
as a fake show to drive social media attention, two entrepreneurs
perform ''Vatican approved'' exorcisms and broadcast over social
media for entertainment purposes. But once a real demon possesses
the girl live and threatens to kill her if they stop rolling, all
hell breaks loose!
film stars Ryan Guzman, Kyle Gallner, Alix, Angelis, and Giulia
is presented in standard definition on DVD with an anamorphically
enhanced 2.39:1 widescreen aspect ratio and a lossy Dolby Digital 5.1
mix. The film looks fine for the format and has the normal
compression issues evident in the aging format.
Set of The Cleansing Hour
(the hit or miss horror company) brings us The
(2020) - a remake that is catered towards a female teen audience and
takes the original 1996 film's premise and modernizes it with hipper
songs and the addition of iPhones and social media. The result is a
far more cheesy and ultimately forced film that is predictable and
silly. Had the pandemic not happened, I'm sure the film would have
been a bigger hit in theaters than what it became as it has a built
in audience. The film, however, doesn't seem to have been reviewed
too kindly online and after seeing it I can tell why.
put, the best part of the movie is the ending, which (SPOILERS: gives
us the return of Fairuza Balk's infamous character). Had this movie
STARTED with this scene and incorporated Neve Campbell, Robin Tunney
and Rachel True (the original cast) than this could have been a more
successful and more fun film than the mess it ultimately became.
Even if they couldn't get all four ladies at least using Miss Balk in
a larger role would have been more fun. Not to mention it would have
been nice to see her in something new again.
and directed by Zoe Lister-Jones, the film stars Cailee Spaeny,
Gideon Adlon, Lovie Simone, Zoey Luna, Nicholas Galitzine, with
Michelle Monaghan and David Duchovny (The
Overall, a bunch of odd casting choices on this one.
teen girls develop supernatural powers when they discover they are
powerful witches. Lily (Spaeny) is the main character who is
struggling with adapting to her new life living with her mom's
boyfriend and his three teen sons. (She also has a tendency on
walking in on people during awkward moments.) Looking a lot like
Millie Bobby Brown from Stranger
with her short haircut, Lily ends up embracing her powers but
discovers that a demon in disguise is close to her circle and
threatens her and her friends.
is presented in 1080p on Blu-ray disc with an MPEG-4 AVC codec and a
widescreen aspect ratio of 2.39:1 and an audio mix in lossless
English DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 5.1. The soundtrack is very
reminiscent of Twilight
if you ask me yet appropriate to fit the teen demographic. The
overall presentation of the film looks fine.
Story, Magical Director
and Alternate Scenes
is a subpar remake that ends just as it starts to get interesting.
known as Koi
ya koi nasuna koi,
the Japanese film The
(1962) directed by Tomu Uchida is available for the first time
outside of Japan and presented on Blu-ray disc from Arrow Academy.
If you ever are a fan of kabuki theater, then this film is certainly
one you want to check out as basically this is a filmed one. Telling
a story of a bizarre family centers around madness in the family of
film stars Hashizo Okawa, Michiko Saga, and Ryûnosuke Tsukigata,
is presented in 1080p high definition on Blu-ray disc with an MPEG-4
AVC codec and a widescreen aspect ratio of 2.35:1 and a Japanese LPCM
Mono 1.0 mix with English subtitles. The color restoration work here
is very nice and especially when you consider the age of the film.
The sets are amazing and the overall colors here are very nice and
interesting to watch for sure.
new audio commentary by Japanese cinema expert Jasper Sharp, recorded
exclusively for this release
a Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork
by Matt Griffin
is a gamer, that was until she was playing her favorite video game
and somehow gets sucked into the game and she is now a character in
the game. Now in order to get back the real world she must beat the
game ...or remain a 16-bit character forever.
Martin Owen's new film, Max
is a geek gamer and when she thought she found a secret easter egg in
a game, turns out to be another portal to that game's universe and
now she is stuck in it, in order to get out she has to beat the game
without resetting or dying. Fortunately (or unfortunately) she is
backed up by her best friend Cowboy, who is controlling her character
in real life. As she teams up with her hero 'Max Cloud' they will
have to use all her video gaming skills and knowledge to defeat the
galaxy's most wanted criminals, fight space ninjas and escape a
idea for this movie sounded promising. At first, I thought it was
going to be like the movie 'Ready Player One' being a kid stuck in
their favorite video game, but the movie was more like a mix of 80s
video games pop culture (it did not reference any specific game per
say, but you could tell what type of games it referenced) mixed with
Power Ranger's level special effects/costuming (no CGI characters).
The movie makes fun of the '80s culture and music.
know this is supposed to look like we are in a videogame, but the
1080p 2.35 X 1 digital High Definition image has flaws throughout and
that includes weakness and softness in the image that makes this
phonier than it needed to look, but the
DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 5.1 lossless mix is well mixed and
presented, more on par with what we expected. Extras
up is The
100: The Seventh and Final Season
(2020) often just called 'the hundred' apparently, it is one of those
boring hit TV genre shows like the endless
that somehow found a loyal audience and got to run as long as it
wanted. More of a soap opera than anyone might like to admit, trying
to explain this show at this point is pointless as you have to start
at the beginning to keep up with anything (and we have reviewed the
show many times elsewhere on this site) so refer to those postings to
get an idea if you never heard of the show.
the pandemic still in full swing as this posts, it makes this show
even less convincing in the crisis (or two, or three) it presents.
Needless to say the actors are all in sync with each other, but I
could not get into the show when it debuted and it is just as flat to
me now. At least it is on Blu-ray, something some shows do not get
to have in later seasons if they survive, so fans should be happy.
As for the rest of us, only watch while fully awake and do not
operate any heavy machinery while viewing.
1080p 1.78 X 1 digital High Definition image and DTS-HD MA (Master
Audio) 5.1 lossless mixes on each show look and sound good,
professional, are consistent and are fine, even if one like this
writer is not impressed with the actual show. This did not hurt its
success and is the only thing good I can say about this or any other
season of the show. There are no extras.
is a new show that is sort of a revival of an underrated old show.
Doo! And Guess Who?: The Complete First Season
(2019) is a shorter half-hourish version of the underrated The
New Scooby Doo Movies
(reviewed elsewhere on this site on Blu-ray) which was only the
second-ever Scooby show. The idea was it was an event because it was
almost an hour a show (unheard of then and now) and had a guest star
on each show. I had not heard about this new show and think is is
sad the revival has not been more successful because some of these
are not bad.
teams up with the gang (Robin was with him on the original show, but
is never discussed at all here, so I guess they forgot about him?) as
well as two more DC Superheroes: Wonder Woman and The Flash (having
Barry Allen be a giant food fan like Shaggy and Scooby is a nice
touch). There are some odd choices I will not get into, though
having Abraham Lincoln as a guest star is a strange one, but having
Sherlock Holmes makes sense.
solid choices include Urkle (actually voiced by Jaleel White) from
Whoopi Goldberg (in a nice nod to her Oscar-winning turn in Ghost),
NBA player Chris Paul (continuing the gang's connection to
basketball, as they had the original Harlem Globetrotters on the
original series), singer Sia, the brilliant music satirist 'Weird Al'
Yankovic, Wanda Sykes, Keenan Thompson, Steve Buscemi, George Takei,
Mark Hamill and even Malcolm McDowell!!!
Trebek shows up, but there are other surprises that I will not
reveal. The show could have been better overall, but the star power
they were able to secure is still more impressive than it first seems
and I will be curious to see who turns up for the second season. One
of the few good Scooby productions of any kind lately, you might want
to take a look at it.
anamorphically enhanced 1.78 X 1 image is not bad and you can see
some digital images slapped ont0o the animation at times that does
not match in color or definition (some Hanna-Barbera traditions
continue into the new century...) and though the show looks good, the
color is not as good as The
New Scooby-Doo Movies
or original series. Otherwise, this looks fine. Unfortunately, the
lossy Dolby Digital 5.1 sound is a bit weak and the mix seems
slightly off or subdued. As a result, be careful of high playback
volumes and volume switching.
David Gregory's Tales
Of The Uncanny
(2020) is a very decent look at the often neglected anthology feature
film (several stories in one film, sometimes tied together by
another), ambitiously trying to explain these films and their legacy
in 104 minutes. Despite the excellent amount of clips and interviews
with mostly informative fans and scholars, this film needed to be a
little longer, but is more than worth your time.
these kinds of films peaked in the 1970s, they have always been
produced somewhere, though not as many since the later 1980s thanks
to home video, hundreds of cable channels and now, the Internet.
However, they offer a great form of storytelling and have produced
some of the most interesting genre feature films. The documentary
does not discuss the rich history of such shows on TV (for which
there are many, including a few brilliant classics) and would be
worth making a separate documentary on, but there is more to say just
about such feature films.
several documentaries on filmmaking, TV show sand genres lately that
have fallen short or way short, this one is as fun as it is
college-level cinematic and was a pleasant surprise of the likes we
do not see enough. Greg Nicotero, Joe Dante, Ernest Dickerson, Kim
Newman, Tom Savini, Brian Trenchard-Smith, Roger Corman, Brian Yunza,
Richard Stanley and David Del Valle are among the best interviewees
and I was glad to see such a program finally get made. Maybe a true
revival of such films that work might arrive again. We'll see.
1080p 1.78 X 1 digital High Definition image is
well-edited and has some great choices of clips in solid shape, plus
stills and poster art throughout, while the newer HD-recorded
interviews look just fine. Well done. The DTS-HD MA (Master Audio)
2.0 Stereo lossless mix us simple and to the point, with some music,
but most of the film discussed are monophonic and the interviews are
include two very welcome additions of early anthology films: Eerie
(1919, Germany, silent) and Unusual
(1949, France) that make for surprisingly good viewing. Overall,
another solid release from Severin.
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Nicholas Sheffo (100,
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