(2021/*both Lionsgate Blu-ray)/Honor
Kombat Legends: The Battle Of The Realms 4K
(2021/animated/Warner 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray w/Blu-ray)
Ultra HD Picture: A- Picture: B+/B/B+/B+/B-/B/B+ Sound:
B+/B/B+/B+/B-/B/B+ Extras: C/C+/C+/C-/C+/D/B Films:
up is a mix of action
and horror for for your consideration...
you are a fan of sports films, you might want to check out American
(2019), the film is about a college wrestler who needs cash to help
his dying mother and ends up boxing in the underworld fighting
circle. As in the common thread with movies of this type he starts
out a weak fighter but with the right trainer slowly becomes a
film stars George Kosturos, Allison Paige, Sean Patrick Flanery,
Tommy Flanagan, Bryan Craig, and Montanna Gilis. The film is directed
by Janell Shirtcliff.
is presented in 1080p high definition with an MPEG-4 AVC codec and a
widescreen aspect ratio of 2.39:1 and an audio mix in lossless
English DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 5.1 mix. The film obviously has a
decent budget behind it and the overall look is pretty high budget.
Features include a music video by ANDRY and a Trailer.
isn't a bad movie, but there isn't too much here we haven't seen
(2021) is a modern day Satanic horror movie that is a bit too heavy
on the dark arts to hit any major cineplexes. The dark film centers
on a family who realize their property is on sacred satanic grounds
and a family is forced to get off the sacred lands, which they have
an ancestral tie to. The battle between good and evil goes deep in
his deadly film that isn't for the squeamish.
film stars Colin Ward (Mank,
Giovanni Lombardo Radice (The
of the Living Dead,
and Nick Principe (Laid
is presented in 1080p high definition on Blu-ray disc with a 1080p
MPEG-4 AVC codec with a widescreen aspect ratio of 2.35:1 and an
audio mixes in lossy English Dolby Digital 5.1 and Dolby Digital 2.0
Stereo. Overall, there aren't any glaring issues and the
presentation looks and sounds fine.
and Extended Scenes
the Scenes Pictures
Filth Backstage Interview
Storyboards by Jason Millet.
a decent shark movie these days is not an easy task, but Great
(2021) isn't too bad actually for a film coming from Shutter. The
shark looks pretty good here and the tension is well thought out in
certain sequences where we see the main characters stuck stranded at
sea with the vicious shark nearby. At just about any moment the
vulnerable young pretty people could be attacked and eaten alive,
which isn't too bad of a spin on the killer shark movie and (mostly)
stays out of mimicking Jaws.
film stars Katrina Bowden, Aaron Jakubenko, Kimie Tsukakoshi, Tim
Kano, and Jason Wilder.
is presented in 1080p high definition on Blu-ray disc with an 1080p,
MPEG-4 AVC codec and a widescreen aspect ratio of 2.39:1 and paired
with a lossless DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 5.1 mix, both of which are
of a high standard for the format and for a film that takes place
mostly at night it looks pretty good.
is also pretty well photographed and interesting genre movie. And
not as cheesy or unoriginal as one might expect by looking at the
Features: Making of Featurette and BTS Still Gallery.
is a rising star in Hollywood, although she usually falls into that
sort of hot party girl gone wild character archetype. Playing to the
schtick again is her role in Habit
(2021), where she ends up going to L.A. in search of running away
from her mother and religion and runs head first into drugs. She
ends up involved in a drug deal gone wrong and dresses up as a nun
along with her hair-brained friends (one of which is a trans woman)
to escape being found by an evil lady drug lord. The film explores a
visually wide color palette and makes several attempts to make the
viewer feel like they are in a drug induced state along with the main
characters. The film is pretty funny at times though and oddly
watchable. There's a surprisingly gory kill at the end of the film
that I won't spoil, but was pretty effective. And all in all, you
feel like Bella's character might have learned something by the end
even if it isn't necessarily for the better.
also stars Paris Jackson, Gavin Rossdale, Libby Mintz, and Bria
film is presented in 1080p high definition on Blu-ray disc with an
1080p, MPEG-4 AVC codec and a widescreen aspect ratio of 1:85:1, and
an audio mix in lossless English DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 5.1. The
film is very nicely photographed and colorful as mentioned and the
filmmaking is interesting and cinematic. The voice over by Bella
Thorne is kind of a funny commentary as the film progresses that kind
of shows where her mental state is at any given scene.
Feature is only a trailer.
is shot and made well from a filmmaking perspective and Bella Thorne
plays this role with realism. The commentary here is about drugs,
religion, battling personal demons, overcoming addictions, and all
the while along with some funny characters, Habit
is worth a watch.
Entertainment presents the controversial indie film, Honor
(2018), directed by Mercedes The Muse, who is something of a
controversial figure herself. Honor
is a modern day revenge story that follows a young woman (played by
Mercedes The Muse herself), who disobeys her highly religious family
by going to a library and reading. On her way home, she gets
brutally raped by two young men. Ruining her purity, the young
woman's religious father is furious with her and shoots her in the
head point blank. He doesn't kill her, however, and she comes back
with an eye patch and appetite for bloody revenge.
far as no budget filmmaking goes, this movie isn't half bad.
Mercedes is a beautiful young lady, but not much of an actress. Her
delivery is mostly horrible. Of course, I think part of this is on
purpose to as the film is aiming to be a cheesy old grind house movie
in terms of style.
is presented in 1080p on Blu-ray disc with an MPEG-4 AVC codec and a
widescreen aspect ratio of 1.85:1 and a lossy English Dolby Digital
2.0 Stereo mix. The film is made to have a grind house style feel
with heavy grain in the image and scenes that have an effect that
replicates the old film look. Even though the film was shot
digitally, it has this grindhouse-style feel that is aided by old
sounding music mixed with metal and other tunes. In terms of
replicating this style, they did a pretty cool job. Of course, this
makes it harder to score the presentation as it is bad on purpose.
Kill: Early Test Footage
The Mop Boy
Grin Music Video
a Troma Trailer.
wild Spanish language post apocalyptic thriller, I
(2018) also known as Soy
lands on stateside DVD courtesy of MVD Visual. The film is a mix
between the desert landscapes similar to the Mad
films and an some zombie action you could compare to The
or the third Resident
stars Fini Bocchino, Gaston Cocchiarale, Esteban Pool, Horacio
Fontova, and Veroinic Intile.
themes of man vs man and man vs creature are overarching elements to
the story. A deserted man wakes up in a desolate desert landscape
and comes face to face with a bloodthirsty zombie. He soon comes in
contact with other humans, who at first imprison and threaten him.
After the zombies invade, the main character actually does get hung
and dies and comes back as a kind of badass zombie human hybrid. His
scenes are pretty cool!
reveals of the zombies are pretty tasteful overall and realistic
surprisingly when shown, however. In fact, the zombies are my
favorite thing about this movie. They really did a great job with
the look of them here and made them creepy and effective. You can
tell the filmmakers took a liking to movies like Shock
and Lucio Fulci Zombie
movies on their approach here. There's a twist towards the end
that's pretty morbid and gives a different perspective when watching
the film for a second time, which is always a good thing too.
special effects are pretty good here and the tone is definitely more
serious than a B-movie. Despite being a foreign film, it definitely
draws inspiration from a lot of American work as mentioned above.
The zombies look great and are a nice little throwback to some of the
drier looking zombies seen in films such as Burial
It's also worth noting that this movie has a great accidental kill
involving a guy falling backwards onto a hook. Ouch!
is presented in standard definition with an anamorphically enhanced
widescreen aspect ratio of 2.35:1 and a lossy Spanish 5.1 Dolby
Digital mix with English subtitles. This film will look far better
in HD as some of the common compression issues with DVD are evident
in some of the landscape shots. The score is drone-like and
atmospheric and appropriate for the film.
is a surprisingly fun little zombie post apocalyptic movie with some
more memorable zombies that make it stand out a bit. If you're
looking for a compassionate human story you're not going to find it
here. In fact, just about every human character is pretty
unlikeable. This movie is more about cool zombies and action. If
you want those two things then you have a winner.
from Warner Bros. Animation comes Mortal
Kombat Legends: Battle of the Realms 4K
(2021), which is the second animated film from the Mortal Kombat
universe. With a story more interesting than that of the live action
2021 film, this no holds barred action extravaganza brings your
favorite video game characters to life in animated form and captures
the essence of them from the game pretty well.
elite are besieged by the enemy forces of Shao Kahn - and force the
powerful Raiden and his group of warriors into a deal to compete in a
final Mortal Kombat that will determine the fate of the realms. Now
our heroes must travel to Outworld in order to defend Earthrealm and,
simultaneously, Scorpion must find the ancient Kamidogu before it's
used to resurrect the One Being. Expect loads of cartoon gore and
crazy fights in this video game turned cartoon!
voice cast includes Joel McHale (Community,
and Jennifer Carpenter (Dexter,
Gotham by Gaslight)
return to their lead roles as Hollywood star-turned-fighter Johnny
Cage and all-business warrior Sonya Blade. Also returning for the
sequel are Jordan Rodrigues (Lady
as Liu Kang; Patrick Seitz (Mortal
as Scorpion & Hanzo Hasashi; Artt Butler (Her,
Wars: The Clone Wars)
as Shang Tsung & Cyrax; Robin Atkin Downes (The
The Killing Joke)
as Shinnok & Reiko; Dave B. Mitchell (Call
of Duty franchise)
as Raiden, Kintaro & Sektor; Ike Amadi (Mass
as Jax Briggs & One Being; Grey Griffin (The
franchise) as Kitana, Satoshi Hasashi & Mileena; and Fred
as Shao Kahn.
Kombat Legends 4K
is presented in 1.78 X 1, 2160p Ultra High Definition on 4K UHD disc
with an HEVC / H.265 codec, HDR 10 (high dynamic range), and a
lossless English DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 5.1 mix (48kHz, 16-bit).
The animation looks a bit more detailed than it does in the also
included 1080p high deviation Blu-ray disc that is also included.
However this animation is kind of specific and the jump in quality
isn't as night and day as I've seen in other animated films. Still,
the 4K UHD is obviously the superior presentation.
God and the Dragon: Battling for Earthrealm
Gag Reel Featurette
Kombat Legends: Battle of the Realms
Feature-Length Audio Commentary
you are a Kombat
fan, this is worth checking out. I do think the story here is a bit
more fun than the live action movie that was released earlier this
year. I hope to see more of these films in the future.