(1991/Film Movement Blu-ray)/Cool
Lakes Of Death
(1982/Cult Epics Blu-ray)/French
(2019/Mill Creek/MVD Blu-ray)/Quick
(1990/Warner Archive Blu-ray)/Resurrection
(2020/AMC Blu-ray Set)/Wild
B/B/C+/B/B+/B+/B/B/B- Sound: B-/B-/C+/A-/B+/B+/B/B/B- Extras:
C+/C/C-/C/C/D/D/C-/D Main Programs: B-/B-/C/B+/B/B/C/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 are a group of dramas, though some might try some comedy,
or add something unusual to the mix, but also expect even more
unusual items as follows...
(1991) is a long, filmmaking industry-heavy, biopic looking at the
too-short life of actress and big screen sensation Ruan Lingyu
(Maggie Cheung, who is very convincing here) during the silent era of
Chinese Cinema. Done in a way that bounces back from the past to
admirers in the present, that can break up anything that gets started
in this 154-minutes-long work that still does justice to the star
somewhat lost to time and we see why she was such a big deal.
best parts to me are seeing Lingyu in front of and behind the camera
(some rare actual footage of her is shown throughout) and it is worth
a look, but just be ready for a long and involving viewing. Wish we
sam more ambitious dramas like this now, because we used to all the
1080p 1.85 X 1 digital High Definition image transfer is from a new
4K transfer of original camera materials that includes some
monochromatic moments, but the film is otherwise in color and looks
as good as it can in the format. The
PCM 2.0 Mono shows its age a little more and I wanted at least stereo
badly, but this is warm and sounds as good as it probably ever will.
include an illustrated booklet on the film with text (including an
essay by Aliza Ma, Head of Programming at Metrograph) in tech info,
while the disc adds a new Stanley Kwan intro, Kwan and Hong Kong
cinema expert Paul Fonoroff interviewed on camera about the film and
connected cinematic history.
Van Brakel's Cool
Lakes Of Death
(1982) has the sensational, sensuous, sexy actress Renee Soutendijk
(later of hits like Paul Verhoeven's The
as a woman who goes from young abused woman, to loveless marriage, to
wild sex and sadly, deep mental illness. Sometimes hard to watch,
sometimes beautiful to see, it was a big deal at the time and I can
some would argue that it fits into the cycle of woman losing it'
films that seem to be more prominent in a male-dominated cinema, so
having a female director with a feminist bent makes a big difference
and makes this the best of the films on our list. Some things here
are sadly predictable, but that is also the point, especially when a
good woman is trapped and has no place to go. Derek De Lint co-stars
and they are backed by a solid supporting cast.
1080p 1.66 X 1 digital High Definition image transfer can show the
age of the materials used, but this is far superior a transfer to all
previous releases of the film and many shots are stylized to be
diffused or lite, so that is the way the film is often supposed to
look and it looks good off of a new 4K transfer. The
Dutch Mono sound is here in both PCM 2.0 and DTS-HD MA (Master Audio)
lossless sound that are similar often, but the PCM has some moments
that work better.
include a 1982 Polygoon
from 1982 in HD showing the film being made, the Original Theatrical
Trailer and aa Poster & Photo Gallery.
(2021) has Michelle Pfeiffer as an older socialite in Manhattan who
is in shock when she finds out she is broke, despite the fortune her
long-deceased husband left, so she picks up her cat, herself and her
adult son (Lucas Hedges) and heads for a borrowed place in Paris.
The film wants to be a drama with a dark sense of comedy, but it
never finds itself despite fine performances all around.
144 minutes, it does not offer anything truly funny and I was never
totally convinced at what I was watching, though Pfeiffer gives a
particularly consistent performance. The problem is not the ability
for the script and makers to get the audience to sympathize with
fallen people of means, but there is simply not enough character
development or other exposition to make this work. There are a few
ways this could have come to life and it was poised to be a potential
awards season release, but it simply is not memorable and
anamorphically enhanced 2.35 X 1 image is a consistent HD shoot that
looks good and is convincing in being in areas of the wealthy, though
the format might be holding it back, which I can also say about the
well-recorded dialogue handled by the old, lossy Dolby Digital 5.1
codec. Bet this sounds better lossless.
& Extended Scenes are the only extra.
overnight janitor is mistaken for a suicide prevention line, as fate
has brought the two together it soon becomes evident that both their
lives will be changed forever. Shot in one take and dual screens, no
cuts, two stories soon become one in Gavin
Michael Booth's Last
is just an overnight school janitor trying to make a few extra bucks,
worrying about why her son isn't home yet. Until Scott accidentally
calls her thinking he's calling a suicide prevention hotline. As
they share their woes, Beth is thankful for someone to talk to, she
empathizes with Scott while being a lonely mother working alone in
the night, but she only realizes too late Scotts is suicidal and his
very life is in her hands. As Scott tells his story, Beth learns of
his tragedy and must somehow convince Scott to change his mind. What
if one call is the difference between life and death ...and you are
holding that phone?
was a very dramatic film, about suicide. The character, Beth's woes
soon pale to the character Scott. She realizes is under qualified,
but she also has no choice and everything she says, does she is
unable change Scott's mind. It reveals that suicides are not
unreasonable, they are just people who have lost and somehow
everything they do, done has led them to conclude life, the world
would be better if they didn't exist.
1080p 1.85 X 1 digital High Definition image transfer is nothing
special, but very consistent, while the
DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 5.1 lossless mix is also not showy, but is
exceptionally clean and clear.
include making of a split screen film and trailer.
Murray (who also co-directs here), Geena Davis, and Randy Quaid star
in the hilarious crime comedy, Quick
(1990), gets a new Warner Archive Collector's Edition Blu-ray with a
clean HD transfer. The film stars out in a way that you don't quite
expect as Bill Murray appears in a full clown costume walking through
various places in '90s New York City, only to take a turn and rob a
bank at gunpoint. After an elaborate and effective robbery, Murray,
Davis, and Quaid (the former two in on the robbery as well), flee the
scene and attempt to jump a plane and start a new life... with the
money strapped to their bodies under their clothes!
the film shows its age in many moments that today would be solved by
an Uber or a cellphone, the film is pretty funny and has great
onscreen chemistry between Bill Murray and Geena Davis which works.
It's interesting that Murray co-directed the film as well, even if it
may not have been one of his most financially successful outings
despite Warner having a decent ad campaign for it at the time.
film also stars several familiar faces including Jason Robards, Tony
Shalhoub, Philip Bosco, Stanley Tucci, the late Phil Hartman, and
Kurtwood Smith (Robocop).
is presented in 1080p High Definition on Blu-ray disc with an MPEG-4
AVC codec, a widescreen aspect ratio of 1.85 X 1, and a lossless
English DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 2.0 Stereo mix with Pro Logic
surrounds. It was originally issued theatrically with older Dolby
A-type analog noise reduction, so expect it to show a little age, but
it plays very well otherwise. The film looks pretty clean throughout
and the presentation is fine for the Blu-ray format.
only extra sadly is a trailer.
from Discovery's A.D. The
(et al), Resurrection
(2020) is set after Christ's Crucifixion, the film deals with the
aftermath of the tragic event which leaves many feeling lost and
hopeless. The cinematic film deals with Christ's resurrection as
well and features hope in the face of uncertainty.
film stars Joanne Whalley (Daredevil),
Greta Scacchi (Presumed
Jodhi May (The
Last of the Mohicans),
Vincent Regan (Clash
of the Titans),
and Juan Pablo Di Pace (Fuller
is produced by Roma Downey, Mark Burnett and "The Bible"
showrunner Richard Bedser.
is presented in 1080p high definition with an MPEG-4 AVC codec and a
widescreen aspect ratio of 1.78 X 1 widescreen aspect ratio and a
lossless DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 5.1 mix. The soundtrack is by
acclaimed composers Hans Zimmer and Lorne Balfe.
film is great for those who enjoy religious programming and is
educational to those who may not be as familiar.
(2021) is one of the more subtle works of a director whose
once-promising career has gone off the tracks as Willem Dafoe plays a
bartender who cannot understand the native language, et al, in the
title locale. Once again, like many Dafoe films of late, he gets
lost in another world in an abstract way, a sort of hallmark of his
career at this point, but unlike The
this is not that memorable. At least Dafoe is always will to take
risks and get his hands dirty, but it does not pay off here,
especially after 92 minutes.
1080p 2.35 X 1 digital High Definition image transfer has the
isolated look intended, so no problem here and since the film is one
the silent side, the
DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 5.1 lossless mix has no problem handling the
sound. Yet, it has a consistent soundfield.
is Digital Copy, but no extras.
(2020) is a new science fiction cable TV series about how a new
innovation that tells you who your mate for life can be determined by
a new technology still does not seem to lead to happiness and joy as
some expect. The six episodes offer six different stories, so this
is an anthology series, but none of them did much, worked well or
delivered any thing new or any kind of profound commentary that they
could and should have. Co-creator/writer Will Bridges worked on the
so I expected much more than we got.
you watch British and/or European TV shows, you will likely not
recognize some of the cast, but Charles Heaton (from Stranger
et al) and Bill Skarsgard will be the most familiar actors here. See
for yourself, but don't expect much.
1080p 1.78 X 1 digital High Definition image transfer is a sometimes
colorful shoot per episode and they are consistent and clear enough
with their subtle 'in the future' look, but nothing we have not seen
DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 5.1 lossless mixes on each show have good
soundfields and work well enough.
Look At Soulmates
featurette is the only extra.
storybook like romance film, Wild
(2020), has an all-star cast and beautiful cinematography. The film
is lighthearted and fun and paints an interesting picture of Ireland
if you can get past the slightly forced accents from the stars and
Hallmark Channel movie moments. From director John Patrick Shanley
(writer of Moonstruck),
the film is an adaptation of his own play entitled Outside
and is a safe bet for a compromising date night movie.
film stars Emily Blunt, Jamie Dornan, Jon Hamm, and Christopher
farmer named Rosemary (Blunt) is in love with her neighbor Anthony
(Dornan) set against a beautiful Ireland landscape. Anthony is
oblivious to Rosemary's feelings and must deal with his Father
(Walken) who wants to sell his property to his American nephew. As
love blossoms and life begins to change, Anthony must choose a new
is here reviewed on standard definition DVD with an anamorphic
widescreen aspect ratio of 1.85 X 1 and a lossy Dolby Digital 5.1
mix, both of which are of the norm for the format. With a film as
beautiful looking as this, it definitely needs the 4K UHD treatment
as this version suffers from compression issues native in the aged
order either of the Warner Archive DVDs, go to this link for them and
many more great web-exclusive releases at:
Nicholas Sheffo, Ricky Chiang (Last
and James Lockhart (Quick,