Train: Book Two
(2021/Cartoon Network/Warner DVD)/Lilly's
Light: The Movie
Wonka & The Chocolate Factory
(1971/Warner 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray w/Blu-ray)
Ultra HD Picture: B+ Picture: C+/B/B- Sound: C+/B/B & B-
Extras: C/C+/B- Main Programs: B+/C+/B-
for some new family releases, including the restoration of a
Tulip continues on the Infinity Train to search for a way off. Along
the way she meets Jesse and a magical deer, now they journey together
and learn the 'rules' of the train, but can they discover the secrets
of the train? But the mirror police is after Mirror Tulip and will
do anything to stop and from learning the 'truth' in Infinity
Train: Book Two (2021).
is a silicon girl born on the Infinity Train where people come and go
with mysterious numbers on their arms. Each train cart contains a
mysterious door with its own rules in order to be opened to the next
cart. She meets friends and enemies, some don't care and some want
to use her, but the deeper secret of the infinity train is that the
train never ends, never stops, and is meant to teach the 'passengers'
a lesson, but Mirror Tulip herself is part of the system and the
train itself, she was meant to guide those on board, but she herself
can never leave. Tulip has free will of her own and she going
against the system, she is being hunted down by the mirror police who
can move through anything reflective. Can she and her friends ever
find a way off?
was another weird Western animation, it was like Adventure Time
or Rick and Morty series, a macabre world with mysterious
characters and even stranger world. It had a mix of sci-fi-ish world
with main characters that the audience could relate to with themes of
friendship, freedom and free will.
enhanced 1.78 X 1 image and the lossy Dolby Digital 5.1 look and
sound as good as they can in this older format, but obviously,
Blu-ray fans would prefer a version that way. Extras
at least include commentary.
live action children's fantasy film Lilly's Light: The Movie
(2010) gets a new Blu-ray release courtesy of FilmRise. It's always
difficult to a make a film of this nature that has well intentions
and such ambition and imagination on a limited budget, but led by
Sherry Hursey (Home Improvement), Mindy Sterling (Austin
Powers) and the late Fred Willard, the film has some charm along
with several inventive characters and filmmaking choices, including
using animation as a way of storytelling.
curious members of Lilly's crew discover 'The Big Book of
Little Adventures' in the lighthouse basement which adds to
the enchantment of this wonderful lighthouse. Major curious
characters present themselves such as a Royal Pig, a Wizard, a young
boy who needs some new friends, and of course, a Stork.
Light is presented in 1080p high definition on Blu-ray disc with
a MPEG-4 AVC codec and a widescreen aspect ratio of 1.78 X 1 paired
with a lossless English DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 2.0 Stereo mix. The
animated and green screen segments remind me of Teletubbies or
something of the like, and purposely (?) unrealistic. Some of the
cartoony segments are groan-worthy, but you have to remember that is
for young children who probably will love it regardless.
with the cast
a Digital Activity Book.
ambitious project for sure that isn't without some fun musical
numbers and characters. However, Lilly's Light is definitely
for a young audience.
and absolutely not least is Mel Stuart's hit feature film version of
Willy Wonka & The
Chocolate Factory 4K
(1971) from the Roald Dahl book, adapted into a screenplay by Dahl
himself, though he apparently was still not happy with the final
film. I think it is a combination of maybe throwing out too much of
the book in places and maybe not feeling or thinking the songs do not
mesh, but the film is more successful than not and its endurance is
further evidenced by how badly the recent remake has aged so badly.
have reviewed the film on an older Blu-ray edition, but it needed a
better transfer for its picture and audio. From a solid 4K transfer
Warner Bros. made a few years ago, we now have a fine new 4K Ultra HD
Blu-ray edition. About 3/5ths of the film is about the contest for
children to find golden tickets to get to visit Wonka's factory and
then when we get there, Gene Wilder gives one of his greatest
performances as the title character.
there are flaws or issues here, his performance just powers right by
all that and then you have the parts of the film that work. Its
spoof of media and television is as timely as ever, the movie itself
an interesting blend of British, Hollywood and German filmmaking as
the latter is where the film was shot, yet the other two centers of
production that brought the film to life are also here. The result
is a unique synergy that makes this film one of a kind.
still have to say the film has its down moments and maybe it takes
longer to get to the Factory than I would have liked, but it is one
of the more successful fantasy films of the time out of a cycle where
artifice was somewhat embraced (think Chitty,
Chitty Bang Bang, the
original musical Doctor
Dolittle with Rex
Harrison) and was competing with the live action side of Disney.
supporting cast, including Jack Albertson, Roy Kinnear, Leonard Stone
and the child actors who became names thanks to the film are fine,
but it is Wilder who puts it over. In 4K, you can see subtle, even
brilliant things he does with his performance you could only see from
a mint 35mm or 16mm film print, injecting so much heart and soul that
you can see why this has been an evergreen moneymaker and classic
with millions of fans.
of the visual effects look dated, as optical printing is grainier,
for instance, than other such effects, though there is a moment using
early full color analog video and that still holds up well.
Otherwise, its the sets and they were well built with color richness
in mind. So how much better is this in 4K?
2160p HECV/H.265, HDR (10; Ultra HD Premium)-enhanced 1.85 X 1, Ultra
High Definition image loses the older 1080p Blu-ray version's (the
same as the one included here) motion blur and small detail issues.
This now plays very smoothly and the color has a wider range and
scale than most people have likely ever seen the film before.
Outside of a high quality 35mm or even 16mm dye-transfer,
three-strip Technicolor print (if you can afford one,) this is the
best way to now see the film.
DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 5.1 lossless mix on the new 4K version is
also an improvement over the previous Blu-ray and its Dolby TrueHD
5.1 lossless mix that was always a bit compressed and limited. You
can tell some audio was recorded monophonically, especially as
compared to the stereophonic music, but that is typical of all
musicals of the time.
include Digital Copy, while both discs repeat the feature length
audio commentary track by the child cast in adulthood, and the older
Blu-ray repeats the other extras from older releases including 4
sing-a-long segments, an Original Theatrical Trailer, the documentary
'Pure Imagination: The Story Of Willy Wonka & The Chocolate
Factory' and a vintage Making Of featurette.
Nicholas Sheffo (4K), Ricky Chiang (Infinity) and James