(2020/Well Go Blu-ray)/Godzilla
(2014/Warner 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray w/Blu-ray)/Harley
Quinn: The Complete First and Second Seasons
(2019 - 2020/DC Comics/*both Warner Archive Blu-rays)/Isle
Of The Dead
Ultra HD Picture: A- Picture: B+ Sound: B+/A-/B+/B+/B+/B+
Extras: C/B/D/B-/B/B Main Programs: C+/B/B/B/B/B
Of The Dead
Blu-rays are only available from Warner Bros. through their Warner
Archive series and can be ordered from the link below.
next group of genre releases covers some classic characters and new
ones, all looking really good....
we have the Russian made film Cosmoball
(2020) is influenced by several other genre movies including Alita:
(both the great original and hideous remake,) and the Tron
series. The film in a way imitates the Hollywood blockbuster formula
with high budget visual effects and a story similar to the heroes'
journey seen in many genre tentpoles.
film features an all Russian cast including Viktoriya Agalakova,
Svetlana Ivanova, Valeriya Dmitrieva, Evgeniy Romantsov, and Mikhail
Efremov with direction by Dzhanik Fayziev.
in an alternative future, a huge spaceship hovers over Earth that
houses a stadium, which hosts sports events involving a dangerous
ball known as Cosmoball that is a mix of soccer and football in some
respects. An unwilling hero is drawn into the game with the odds
against him and the fate of the world held in balance.
is presented in 1080p high definition with an MPEG-4 AVC codec and a
widescreen aspect ratio of 2.39:1 with audio mixes in lossless
Russian DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 5.1 and Dolby Digital 2.0 and
English DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 5.1 and Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo.
only extra is the trailer.
he helmed the successful Star
standalone film, Rogue One, Director Gareth Edwards entered the
Hollywood fold with his take on Godzilla
(2014). Fast forward to now the year 2021 and we have a sequel, The
King of Monsters
(2019) - which is reviewed elsewhere on this site, and we are in the
wake of the theatrical and digital release of King
Kong vs. Godzilla
(2021) after many delays.
have to say having seen Godzilla
(2014) so many times over the years on various formats, that watching
it on 4K UHD disc this time was akin to watching it again for the
first time. With the enhanced HDR image, you can now see much more
detail and specifically darker environments than the previously
released 1080p Blu-ray version, which is also included here. If
you're a fan of this film then you will want to upgrade. Sadly,
there isn't much new in the way of extras, but the cover art is
pretty nifty this time!
in a style similar to Jaws
(the main character is even named Brody), we don't fully see the
towering creature until about the midway through the film, focusing
more on the human characters and a developed back story on Godzilla
and the MUTO (Massive Ultra Terrestrials) that are both creatures
that have been lying dormant for quite some time. The battle
sequences are expertly choreographed and staged and the final reveal
of Godzilla is pretty epic in scope. Some of the films flaws deal
with the casting of Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Avengers:
Age of Ultron
who delivers a dead-pan performance and doesn't quite fit into the
mold of his character. His dialogue and the way his character was
written was also slightly generic. Note that we haven't seen much of
him in much in recent years and he got kind of a bad deal in Avengers
as his character barely stayed alive for one movie!
rest of the cast is fine though some may argue that Bryan Cranston's
presence in the film is too brief however, he is in the moment and
captures his character fine. I love Elizabeth Olsen in just about
everything, and this role occurred right around the time she was just
becoming Scarlet Witch aka Wanda in the Marvel Studios Avengers
series (and now Disney Plus series Wandavision.)
And of course Ken Watanabe and Sally Hawkins (Shape
are fantastic in their Scientist roles, which carried over into the
the basic rundown of the film - in 1954, the United States Armed
Forces are assembled to witness a secret nuclear test. A hydrogen
bomb, decorated with a monster insignia, is detonated when a giant
creature emerges from the ocean. In 1999, Project Monarch scientists
Ishiro Serizawa (Ken Watanabe) and Vivienne Graham (Sally Hawkins)
investigate a colossal skeleton in a collapsed mine in the
Philippines. They find two chrysalises; one dormant, one broken
open, and whatever hatched has made a trail through the forest to the
sea. In Japan, the Janjira Nuclear Power Plant experiences unusual
seismic activity. Joe Brody (Bryan Cranston), the plant's
supervisor, sends his wife Sandra (Juliette Binoche) and a team of
technicians into the reactor. While the team is inside, the reactor
is breached, releasing radioactive steam. Sandra and her team are
unable to escape and the plant collapses into ruin.
years later, Joe's son Ford (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) is a US Navy
explosive ordnance disposal officer, living in San Francisco with his
wife Elle (Elizabeth Olsen) and son Sam (Carson Bolde). After Joe is
detained for trespassing in the Janjira quarantine zone, Ford returns
to Japan. Convinced of a cover-up of the cause of the disaster, Joe
convinces Ford to help him retrieve vital data at their old home.
They find the zone is not contaminated, but after recovering the
data, soldiers detain them in a secret facility within the plant's
ruins. Inside, a giant winged creature emerges from a massive
chrysalis and escapes, destroying the facility. Joe is injured and
later dies. The incident is reported as an earthquake.
Graham and Ford join a US Navy task force led by Admiral William
Stenz on the aircraft carrier USS Saratoga to search for the
creature, dubbed Massive Unidentified Terrestrial Organism, or MUTO.
To Ford, the scientists reveal how a 1954 deep sea expedition
triggered the appearance of Godzilla, a prehistoric alpha predator;
how early nuclear tests were really attempts to kill it; that Project
Monarch was formed secretly to study Godzilla; and that the MUTO
caused the Janjira destruction. Ford reveals that Joe had monitored
echolocation signals that indicated the MUTO was communicating with
MUTO is found feeding off the wreckage of a Russian nuclear submarine
it deposited in a forest in Hawaii. The military attacks and the
battle shifts to Honolulu airport where Ford is waiting for a flight
home. Godzilla arrives, causing a tsunami that devastates Waikiki.
After briefly fighting Godzilla, the MUTO flies away, and Honolulu is
left in ruin. Meanwhile, at a Nevada nuclear waste facility, a
second, larger and wingless MUTO, emerges and devastates Las Vegas.
The scientists deduce that the second MUTO is female, the two were
communicating and will meet to breed.
task force follows Godzilla, projecting that the monsters will meet
in San Francisco Bay. Stenz approves the use of a nuclear explosion
to kill the monsters, over the scientists' objections. Ford returns
with the military to California and joins a team delivering warheads
to San Francisco by train. The female MUTO destroys the train and
devours one of the warheads. The remaining warhead is airlifted to
San Francisco and activated. It is taken by the MUTOs, who construct
a nest around it in the downtown area. People are evacuating across
the Golden Gate Bridge when Godzilla arrives and the final showdown
begins! Let them fight.
transfer on this 4K UHD disc is fantastic in 2160p Ultra High
Definition with an HEVC / H.265 codec that looks as sharp as it did
on the big screen and preserves the 2.39:1 aspect ratio in anamorphic
widescreen. The HDR presentation as mentioned earlier really
enhances the image and made me notice things that I hadn't seen in
the previous version.
sound is also FANTASTIC in glorious, lossless English Dolby Atmos
which is an improvement over the DTS HD-MA (Master Audio) 7.1 mix on
the previous disc and a new Dolby TrueHD 7.1 (48kHz, 24-bit) mix
which also sounds quite nice as well. I'm not sure if they went back
and improved on the visual effects, but the texture on Godzilla and
the MUTOs looks quite impressive and very realistic. Gareth Edwards'
cinematography is very top notch as he has a beautiful eye for things
and a way of shooting that's original. All of which is captured
beautifully on this recommendable update.
score by Alexandre Desplat has some great themes that should have
carried over to the previous Godzilla movies, but didn't. What I
like about his score is that he didn't try to spin a variation on the
Toho theme like Brear McCartney and Junkie XL scores have done with
later films in the series. Desplat's score is epic and stands on its
own without the film as a visual aide.
include the same as the previous Blu-ray release. Literally nothing
Declassified - Discover explosive new evidence not contained in the
film that unravels the massive cover-up to keep Godzilla's existence
The M.U.T.O. File
Legendary Godzilla - Go behind the scenes with filmmakers and cast
for an even deeper look at the larger than life monsters in the film:
Force of Nature
Whole New Level Of Destruction
The Void: The H.A.L.O. Jump
Enemy: The M.U.T.O.s
a Godzilla fan, it is nice to finally own the 2014 version on 4K UHD,
and the film looks and sounds fantastic, and is a bit better now to
watch now that there has been the sequel film. It may not be a
perfect, but the monster scenes are really fun and the scope and
cinematography is really top notch. Being the second American
Godzilla movie, (the 1998 version is also in 4K UHD and reviewed
elsewhere on this site), it will always hold a place in movie monster
foul mouthed and adult oriented animated Harley
series lands in a collectible three disc Blu-ray set - The
Complete Seasons 01 and 02
(2019 - 2020) courtesy of Warner Bros. and DC. Similar to the Harley
Quinn comics in terms of silly over the top style and zany execution,
the new show is pretty funny and true to the character, and again is
NOT for children.
villainess Harley Quinn (voiced by Big
star Kaley Cuoco), the main romantic interest of The Joker, stars in
this TV-MA-rated series that has her facing off against Gotham.
she breaks it off with The Joker, she moves in with her friend Poison
Ivy and tries to make a name for herself outside of just her
association with the King of Crime. Along the way she encounters
Batman (voiced by Diedrich Bader), Robin, Calendar Man, Scarecrow,
Poison Ivy, Jim Gordon, Penguin, Bane, Lex Luthor, and many other
iconic DC characters. The tone of this show is akin to the goofiness
of Deadpool and doesn't hold back on the swear words, gore, and
sexual content despite its animated exterior. The voice cast also
includes Lake Bell, Alan Tudyk, Jacob Tremblay, Briana Cuoco, and
episodes make up the Complete
and include Til
Death Do Us Part, A High Bar, So, You Need A Crew?, Finding Mr.
Right, Being Harley Quinn, You're a Damn Good Cop, Jim Gordon, The
Line, L.O.D.R.S.V.P., A Seat at the Table, Bensonhurts, Harley Quinn
Highway, Devil's Snare,
includes 13 episodes as well including New
Gotham, Riddle U, Trapped, Thawing Hearts, Batman's Back, Man, The
Best Inmates Have Daddy Issues, There's No Place To Go But Down,
Inner (Para) Demons, Bachelorette, Dye Hard, A Fight Worth Fighting
For, Lovers' Quarrel,
is presented in 1080p on Blu-ray disc with a codec of MPEG-4 AVC
(25.90 Mbps) and a 1.78 X 1 widescreen aspect ratio with a lossless
English DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 5.1 mix, which is an improvement
over the previously released DVD version. The animation in the
upscale looks perfectly fine and is quite colorful and detailed.
you liked Suicide
then you will want to check out this series. It's pretty funny and
well done in my opinion. It will definitely appeal to Batman fans as
its pretty creative and features so many familiar characters - many
of which haven't gotten proper live action treatment yet.
Boris Karloff stars in Isle
of the Dead
(1945) which has a shockingly great looking new 4K from the original
nitrate camera negative on 1080p Blu-ray thanks to Warner Archive.
The film also stars Ellen Drew, Katherine Emery, Alan Napier, and
Helene Thimig with direction by Mark Robson. It is also another
horror classic produced by the great Val Lewton.
film centers around Gen. Nikolas Pherides (Karloff) who leaves the
1912 Balkan War to visit a small island where his deceased wife is
buried. Upon arrival on the island, he realizes that Madame Kyra
(Thimig) is really a Vampire with a sinister scheme.
of the Dead
is presented in 1080p high definition on Blu-ray disc with an MPEG-4
AVC codec in black and white and a widescreen aspect ratio of 1.37 X
1 that's paired with a lossless English DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 2.0
Mono mix. Its remarkable how well this film still looks after all of
these years here (another remarkable restoration of an RKO Pictures
film!) and is recommended for fans. I wish this was on 4K UHD, but I
will happily take this version for now.
by Screenwriter/Film Historian Dr. Steve Haberman
an Original Theatrical Trailer with Spanish Subtitles
movie superstar Bruce Campbell stars in Running
(1997) which is actually one of my favorite films of his outside of
series. Shot in black and white and seemingly shot in one continuous
shot ala Alfred Hitchcock's Rope
is a heist thriller that looks better than ever thanks to a clean new
scan by Synapse Films.
film also stars Jeremy Roberts, Anita Barone, William Stanford Davis,
and Art LaFleur with direction by Josh Becker (Alien
- which also stars Bruce Campbell).
(Campbell) gets out of prison after a five year sentence only to plan
a new and improved heist. As the crime gets out of way and time
running against them, Carl and his incompetent crew members
ultimately enter a fight for survival.
is presented in 1080p high definition black and white with a 1.37 X 1
full frame presentation and DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) English 2.0
Stereo, both of which are a massive improvement over the original
master on standard definition DVD. A lot of care was put into this
release and it really is a great achievement in remastering.
for the first time on video with the original theatrical stereo mix
commentary with writer/director Josh Becker and star Bruce Campbell
and Gun with Bruce Campbell"
- All-new interview/featurette (22 mins.)
footage from the Freaky Film Festival Premiere at the University of
reversible cover art from artists Wes Benscoter and Gerry Kissell
finally, superstars Nicole Kidman and Hugh Grant star in the HBO
limited series The
(2020) which is now available on two disc Blu-ray from HBO. The
series also stars Edgar Ramirez and Donald Sutherland. The show is
directed by Susanne Bier (Bird
and the show runner is David E. Kelley (Big
episodes in this limited series include The
Undoing, The Missing, Do No Harm, See No Evil, Trial by Fury,
is a murder mystery of sorts where Kidman plays a Manhattan
psychologist whose married to Grant, whose an oncologist. At an
auction event Kidman meets a woman named Elena who soon ends up
murdered. After this woman is murdered she discovers her husband's
connection to this woman to which she wasn't aware, and things get
even more intense...
is presented in 1080p high definition with an MPEG-4 AVC codec and a
widescreen aspect ratio of 2.00 X 1 and paired with a lossless
English DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 5.1 mix. As with all HBO series,
the look is very professional and highly cinematic and with the
talent in front of the screen it's to be expected. The show looks
fabulous here and is comparable to the original streaming. No news
of a 2160p version as of this writing.
six one-hour episodes
Kidman and Hugh Grant Introduce The Undoing
The Undoing Revelation
can order either of the Warner Archive Blu-rays, Isle
Of The Dead
by going to this link for them and many more great web-exclusive