(1939/MGM/Warner Archive Blu-ray)/Deep
(1997/Sony 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray w/Blu-ray)/Invisible
Man Vs. The Human Fly
Ultra HD Picture: A- Picture: B/B/B+/B+/B Sound:
C+/B-/A-/B+/B Extras: C+/C-/B/B/C+ Films: C+/C/B/C+/C
Blu-ray is now only available from Warner Bros. through their Warner
Archive series and can be ordered from the link below.
following films are from various genres, but offer suspense and
Van Dyke II's Another
(1939) is the third of six films in MGM's hit mystery film series of
the mystery adventures of Nick (William Powell) and Nora (Myrna Loy)
Charles, based on the books by Dashell Hammett. One of the most
respected of all the mystery series of the time, it was not the
longest-running or most intense (we would site the Charlie Chan films
at Fox or Rathbone Sherlock Holmes films for that title) and
obviously had its share of wit, comedy and as much money as any of
them. However, the series started to get a little too cutesy for its
own good as they have their first child.
it can be witty and have a few good moments, yet this tale of an old
mentor of Nora's (C. Aubrey Smith) being killed and his daughter
(Virginia Grey) hanging with some shady types when this film works
best in its 102 minutes. That is longer than average for films in
such series (65 to 70 minutes was the usual, though that made for
tighter mysteries) and supporting turns by Otto Kruger, Ruth Hussey,
Nat Pendleton, Tom Neal and Patric Knowles do not hurt. Now you can
really see for yourself in the only way to watch the film outside of
a mint-condition film print. I would start with the first film,
though, if you have not seen the series.
1080p 1.33 X 1 black & white digital High Definition image
transfer sometimes shows the age of the materials used, but this is
far superior a transfer to all previous releases of the film and
shows off the high quality, even glossy monochrome look of MGM films
and their labs. However, the
DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 2.0 Mono lossless mix cannot hide the age of
the optical mono soundmaster. This sounds as good as it ever will,
but expect some limits.
include an Original Theatrical Trailer, live action short Love
and Technicolor, animated MGM short The
celebrating books as they come alive with some comic results.
(1990) is a cheap, belated Jaws-takeoff (by 15 years?) with bad
acting, 1980s clothes and a strange sense of blood and gore for any
such imitator. A group of children listen to a old Native American
(???) about curses and when they become teenaged, a deadly shark
starts attacking (the Native is dead by then and never discussed
again, a good thing) and despite some deaths, no officials believe it
is a shark.
the teens (with the help of some of their parents) stop the killer
creature? You know you're in trouble when the shark, made up of
stock footage of several sharks (footage of different quality) plus
some 'models' (to be kind about it) is more convincing than most of
the actors. Mitzi McCall and Charles Ball, a comedy team that began
in the 1960s and also did everything from acting turns to game shows,
are here, but not enough to save this or steal the show.
is not even as good as Great
(the Italian Jaws
ripoff Universal successfully sued to have pulled) or Cruel
(reviewed elsewhere on this site) so it is for the most curious and
completists only. Still, expect some graphic violence, cheap or not.
1080p 1.33 X 1 digital High Definition image is a nice 2K scan from
the original 35mm camera negative and color looks best, even when a
few shots look a little soft and this looks like it was shot soft
matte so it could be projected at 1.85 X 1 or the like for theatrical
DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 2.0 Mono lossless mix is here in its
original English sound and an Italian dub that does not sound as good
or work as well, sounds like the one made for the film at the time
and sounds more compressed.
Original Theatrical Trailer is the only extra.
Andrew Niccols' (Lord
sci-fi cult hit, Gattaca
(1997), starring Ethan Hawke, Jude Law, and Uma Thurman is now
available in stunning 2160p on 4K UHD disc in a collectible steelbook
packaging which is prime for collectors like myself! In terms of
intellectual sci-fi cinema, this one is certainly on the top of many
lists. It also helped Ethan Hawke solidify himself as a leading man
and has Uma Thurman looking as beautiful as ever.
film also stars Alan Arkin and Gore Vidal.
the future, DNA cells, hair molecules, and stem cells are able to
determine everything about a human being even more so than today. A
brilliant yet weak man (Hawke) ends up stealing the fingerprints and
identity of another man (Law) in order to become a member of the
genetic elite to pursue his dream of traveling into space with the
prestigious Gattaca Aerospace Corporation. Shuttles are launched
several times a day and he is finally chosen due to his skills and
intellect which declare him the perfect mental candidate. However a
week before his mission, a murder marks Vincent as a suspect, and he
finds himself wrapped up with an investigator in pursuit and a woman
(Thurman) that he has fallen in love, who learns his true identity.
Thus, his goal of accomplishing his dream is in jeopardy.
is presented here in 2160p native 4K with an HEVC / H.265 with HDR10
and a widescreen aspect ratio of 2.40:1 and audio mixes in lossless
Dolby Atmos, Dolby TrueHD 7.1 (48kHz, 24-bit) and English DTS-HD MA
(Master Audio) 5.1 (48kHz, 24-bit). This is a new transfer was taken
from the original camera negative and certainly bests many of the
previous versions of the film that have been available over the
years. The HDR (high dynamic range) helps the color spectrum even
more and delivers a startling crisp image.
included is the original 1080p Blu-ray version of the film with a
2.39:1 widescreen aspect ratio and audio mixes in just lossless
DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 5.1. The image looks pretty good, but not
as nice as the 4K UHD.
is a bit slow at times, but is visually stunning, and full of
interesting ideas. It is nice to finally see it get the 4K UHD
treatment after seeing the film on several different formats over the
when the use of special effects was in its infancy in Japan, these
interesting Invisible Man movies were produced, The
Invisible Man Appears
(1949) and The
Invisible Man vs. The Human Fly
(1957). In Appears,
a group of jewel thieves become interesting in acquiring the
invisibility formula for obvious reasons. In the sequel, a serial
killer faces off against a police officer who has invisibly powers -
who will win?
films star Shz Nanbu, Ryji Shinagawa, Chizuru Kitagawa, Yoshir
Kitahara, Takiko Mizunoe, and Junko Kan.
Invisible Man Appears
Invisible Man Vs. The Human Fly
are presented in 1080p high definition black and white with full
frame aspect ratios of 1.37:1 and 1.33:1 with original LPCM lossless
Japanese mono audio on both films - both films have optional English
subtitles as well. The transfers are both pretty impressive.
a newly filmed interview with critic and genre scholar Kim Newman on
the history of the 'Invisible Man' in cinema
trailer for The
Invisible Man Appears
galleries for both films
sleeve featuring new and original artwork by Graham Humphreys
Illustrated collectors' booklet featuring new writing by Keith
Allison, Hayley Scanlon and Tom Vincent.
(1982) gets a new HD Blu-ray release from Troma Video and features
music by the iconic Hollywood director J.J. Abrams (listed here as
'Jeffrey Abrams'). This creature feature is silly fun and a
precursor to films like Predator
in some ways. The special effects are primitive but yet charming,
the monster himself has a cool look to him, but there isn't any
movement on its face or any range of expression, and so its obviously
a mask! In essence, an alien lands on earth and several shootouts
and murders ensue. That's about the jist in terms of plot. This
labor of love isn't as raunchy and gore-tastic and other Lloyd
Kaufman endorsed films, but that doesn't make it any less fun to
film stars Tom Griffith, Jamie Zemarel, Karin Kardian, George Stover,
Don Leifert, and Anne Frith.
is presented in 1080p high definition with a widescreen aspect ratio
of 1.78:1 and an audio mix in lossy English Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo.
Troma did a decent job with the transfer here, but it isn't anything
particularly jaw dropping outside of a standard Blu-ray presentation.
The soundtrack is synth and very '80s, and suits the film fine.
w Lloyd Kaufman
is pure B-movie monster silliness and nothing more.
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