(1951/Monogram/Film Detective Blu-ray)/Mortal
(2021/Warner 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray w/Blu-ray)/Occupation:
(2020/Umbrella Region Free Import Blu-ray)/Pennyworth:
The Complete Second Season
(2020 - 2021/DC Comics/Warner Archive Blu-ray Set)/Silat
Warriors: Deed Of Death
(2019/Well Go Blu-ray)/Star
Trek Discovery: Season Three
(2020 - 2021/Paramount/CBS Blu-ray
Ultra HD Picture: A- Picture: B/B+/B+/B/B+/B Sound:
C+/A-/B+/B/B+/B Extras: C+/B/B/D/D/C+ Main Programs:
region free import Blu-ray is now available from our friends from
Umbrella, while Pennyworth
Blu-ray set is now only available from Warner Bros. through their
Warner Archive series and both can be ordered from the links below.
a new batch of action and science fiction releases...
start with a rare color film from the very low budget studio
Monogram, Lesley Selander's Flight
(1951) is in a color format that does not even have blue in it, but
more on that later. Cameron Mitchell and Margaret Chapman lead the
cast who land up taking a rocket ship for a spin, then land up on the
title planet by accident!
surprise there is a bit much, but this was ambitious by that studio's
standards and some moments are unintentionally funny. The visual
effects were not even that good by standards of the time, but I give
the makers and Producer Walter Mirisch (who later became a huge
producer at United Artists, et al) for going all the way to make this
work as much as they could.
classic, the film at least attempts to take the idea of space flight
somewhat seriously, but it has a small following and now you can see
for yourself how the film plays and without the likes of a Mystery
1080p 1.33 X 1 image is restored in 4K from the Cinecolor negative, a
two-strip process that again did not have any blue in it and one
major studios used to release cheaper color prints of full color
films (some cartoons in three-strip Technicolor got this cheaper
treatment form major studios so they could save money) and the
results are as accurate as they are odd. Some shots are sharper than
others, but this is not bad. The optical monophonic theatrical sound
is here in a DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 2.0 Mono lossless mix, but the
film shows its age and low budget, so that only goes so far.
include a booklet with some illustrations, stills and essay Mars
At The Movies
by Don Stradley, while the disc adds a feature length audio
commentary track by Justin Humphreys and two featurettes: Walter
Mirisch: From Bombs To Body Snatchers
Travelogues: Cinema's First Space Race.
franchise has always been a popular one since the video games rolled
out in the 1990s, followed by two mediocre films from the era. Now
that time has passed and the franchise is still strong in video game
sales, a 2021 feature film reboot has been unleashed with the promise
of more tales to come. The result is a mixed bag. The two most
beloved characters in the universe, Scorpion and Sub Zero, get
centralized and an origin story here which is good, and we meet
several other characters from the game reimagined in live action as
well. The special effects aren't bad, but the film still leaves
something to be desired after its final frames.
biggest complaint that is Mortal
is a lead-up to this huge battle and then the battle doesn't happen,
and we have to wait for the next film. I would have rather gotten a
smaller taste of the action to come or a film that felt more
standalone than a first act. I also would have liked to have seen
even more gore, as the trailers and previews seemed to promise, and
the video games are known for. Not to say that the film isn't gory
now, as it is, but I think more fans than me wanted to see the
fatalities be a littler closer to the game. I was hoping an unrated
version would come out on disc but, as of this writing, that has not
been the case, and nothing teased or announced on the subject.
stars Lewis Tan (Deadpool
as Cole Young; Jessica McNamee (The
as Sonya Blade; Josh Lawson (Bombshell)
as Kano; Tadanobu Asano (Midway)
as Lord Raiden; Mehcad Brooks (TV's Supergirl)
as Jackson Jax Bridges; Ludi Lin (Aquaman)
as Liu Kang; with Chin Han (Skyscraper)
as Shang Tsung; Joe Taslim (Star
as Bi-Han and Sub-Zero; and Hiroyuki Sanada (Skyscraper)
as Hanzo Hasashi and Scorpion. Also featured are Max Huang as Kung
Lao; Sisi Stringer as Mileena; Matilda Kimber as Emily Young and
Laura Brent as Allison Young.
film centers around an MMA fighter named Cole (Tan), who was born
with a mysterious mark on his body that is basically his ticket into
an intergalactic fighting match. He soon finds the infamously deadly
Sub Zero on his trail, and he must meet others of his kind to save
his family. Soon, he finds himself at the temple of Lord Raiden, an
Elder God and the protector of Earth realm, who grants sanctuary to
those who bear the mark. Here, Cole trains with experienced warriors
Liu Kang, Kung Lao and rogue mercenary Kano, as he prepares to stand
with Earth's greatest champions against the enemies of Outworld in a
high stakes battle for the universe. But will Cole be pushed hard
enough to unlock his arcana, an immense power from within his soul,
in time to save not only his family, but to stop Outworld once and
is presented in 2160p native 4K with an HEVC/H.265 codec, a
widescreen aspect ratio of 2.39 X 1, and audio mixes in lossless
English Dolby Atmos and Dolby TrueHD 7.1 (48kHz, 24-bit) mixes.
Being a newer film, it looks stunning on the 4K UHD format, and
leaves little to be desired in terms of presentation with beautiful
cinematography and high end sound mixing and special effects.
is also a 1080p Blu-ray version of the film included as well.
Game to Screen: The Making of Moral Kombat
Kombat: Fan Favorite Characters
- 11 featurettes
the Krypt: Easter Eggs of Mortal Kombat
of a Scene
- 7 Feaurettes
isn't a masterpiece of genre cinema, but it is entertaining for the
most part and promises a bigger scope and story in the films to come.
It really looks great on the 4K UHD format, though.
Australian made Occupation:
(2020) tries SO HARD to be like other famous American Sci-Fi
franchises that it loses sight of what it's supposed to be in the
first place. It throws so many poor special effects at it, that the
story is hard to follow and too convoluted for its own good. I give
them credit for obtaining the budget and getting a few recognizable
faces thrown in, but this is about as unforgettable as something you
would see on network TV or SyFy Channel at four in the morning.
has been invaded by intergalactic forces and a resistance must band
together to stop them... I guess is how I would summarize the plot.
The film stars Jet Tranter, Daniel Gillies, Dan Ewing, Izzy Stevens,
Dena Kaplan, Temuera Morrison (who deserves better) and Ken Jeong.
is presented in 1080p high definition on all region (A,B,C) Blu-ray
disc with a widescreen aspect ratio of 2.39 X 1 and a lossless
English 5.1 DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) mix, both of which are of the
norm for the format. The film itself looks fine and tries (as
mentioned) to look like an American Sci-Fi film, and Umbrella does
the best that it can with the material presented.
with Cast and Crew
the Scenes featurette
Invasion of Sydney featurette
Scenes with optional Director Commentary
Carpet Premiere featurette
Spots and Trailers
you are a fan of the film then this is a nicely put together edition
of it on Blu-ray disc from Umbrella Entertainment.
The Complete Second Season
(2020 - 2021) continues the supposed early adventures of the Wayne
Family's butler from back in the day that we originally covered in
its debut season at this link:
storyline of him fighting a secret fascist society trying to take
over England and kidnapping the queen is way too over the top to be
believed and I did not buy it for a minute. This tries way too hard
and the real Alfred from back in the day offers just enough material
about his past that this could have been a much better show.
Instead, we get V
lite and it tends to trivialize some important things in the process.
As much as the cast tries, including Jack Bannon and Jason Flemyng,
in the 10 hourish-long episodes, it is a disappointment. For fans
1080p 2.00 X 1 digital High Definition image transfer and DTS-HD
MA (Master Audio) 5.1 lossless mix are rich enough and play well
together, but they offer nothing visually new or special. There are
young gambler who enjoys illegal street racing, betting and
underground fighting luck finally runs out when he bets against the
mob. The mob tired of losing comes after his family's land and deed.
However, the one thing the mob didn't count on was their entire
family decides to fight back and protect their home in Areel Abu
Warriors: Deed Of Death
brother is addicted to illegal gambling but the mob is tired of him
winning and tricks him into betting his family's land and then fixes
the bet. When the mob comes to take the family land, the family
tells them Pak's brother had no rights to the family deed and does
not acknowledge the debt and literally kicks them out, but when the
they take Pak's brother as ransom, Pak (Namron) takes it personally
and all bets are off the table, and he fights to free his brother.
was an action filled movie, with martial arts and mixed fighting.
The film makes it seem fighting and illegal gambling is Malaysian's
national past time and the mob makes people pay their debts but is
unwilling to pay the debt when they lose and tricks people into
getting into more debt more afterwards.
1080p 2.35 X 1 digital High Definition image transfer and DTS-HD
MA (Master Audio) Malaysian 5.1 lossless mix look really good and
meld well together, so playback performance is as good as it can get
for this format. Extras
we have Star
Trek Discovery: Season Three
(2020 - 2021)
with its in progress storyline of yet another corner of the
(belatedly?) expanding Trek universe that is not necessary, but keeps
getting pumped out. I had barely caught the early seasons when I
finally got a chance to give a good look at this show. Bottom line,
good cast in glutted genre at least has some money in it, but I think
there is some potential here for the show to be better and Jenny
Lumet is obviously a plus for this production.
get 13 hourish-long episodes are dealing with wormholes, the possible
collapse of the Federation (which you never believe for a minute will
perish as they keep making these spinoffs) and
is supposed to take place a decade before
Kirk and Spock's adventures, but I never bought that either. At
least the case including Sonequa Martin-Green, Doug Jones, Anthony
Rapp, Mary Chieffo, Jason Isaacs and Shazad Latif have some talent,
chemistry and energy, so they are as much a reason for its success so
far as anything or anyone. If you are going to watch, start with the
1080p 1.78 X 1 digital High Definition image looks fine for the genre
and not as choppy as some of the earlier shows, but isa still too
digital for its own good, while the
DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 5.1 lossless mixes can have off moments, but
are fine for what they are.
include Deleted Scenes, Gag Reel and six behind the scenes
featurettes that add up to two hours length.
Umbrella region free import Blu-ray Operation:
go to this link:
to order the Warner Archive Pennyworth
Blu-ray set, go to this link for it and many more great web-exclusive
Nicholas Sheffo, Ricky Chiang (Silat)
and James Lockhart (4K, Rainfall)