(2020*)/Children Of The
Corn 4K (1984/4K Ultra HD
(2021/Universal Blu-ray w/DVD)/Irezumi
(2020/*all MVD/Arrow Blu-ray)
Ultra HD Picture: B+ Picture: B+/X/B+ & B-/B+/B+/B+
Sound: B+/B+/B+ & B-/B+/B+/B+ Extras: B/B/C+/B/B/B Films:
for more thrillers, including some with exploitation...
an independent thriller you may not have heard of, but is worth
checking out on Blu-ray disc from Arrow. The moody thriller is based
on the Edgar Allan Poe story,
The Fall of the House of Usher,
and is from first time feature director Patrick Picard. The film is
quite interesting from a filmmaking perspective and features a
limited cast and very dark cinematography and eerie music that adds
to the overall disturbed mood. This take on the Poe story centers on
a young man who is summoned to the secluded home of a wealthy
childhood friend and his twin sister, where several bizarre events
film stars Liam Aiken, Annalise Basso, Joe Adler, McNally Sagal,
Kimleigh Smith, and Gaby Santinelli.
Bloodhound is presented in 1080p high definition on Blu-ray disc
with an MPEG-4 AVC codec, a 1.66:1 widescreen aspect ratio, and audio
mix in DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 5.1 (48kHz, 24-bit) lossless sound.
As mentioned, the film is pretty dark, but it comes across nicely on
disc. I'm sure a 4K transfer would help boost the details even more.
new audio commentary by director Patrick Picard and editor David
experimental short films by director Patrick Picard: bad dream, the
muffled hammerfall in action, the mosaic code and wiggleworm
the Trail of The Bloodhound: Behind the Scenes of a Modern Chiller,
exclusive 45-minute making-of featurette
Illustrated booklet featuring new writing on the film by Anton Bitel.
the first time on 4K UHD, despite a similar Blu-ray release last year
listed elsewhere on this site... Based on the short story of the
same name from author Stephen King, Children of the Corn 4K
(1984) is a cult classic horror film that is finally getting the
deluxe Ultra HD treatment that it deserves thanks to Arrow Video. A
member of the same sub-genre as Village of the Damned
(including the John Carpenter remake) and its sequel, Children of
the Damned (original versions both out in restored editions by
Warner Archive), Children of the Corn is a franchise that,
despite its many direct to video sequels, has somehow been overlooked
for a heavy handed Hollywood reboot (as of the time of this writing)
but this original film is still a favorite amongst horror fans.
Looking back, however, there isn't anything necessarily
groundbreaking in Corn in terms of its filmmaking,
cinematography, and certainly not its primitive digital effects.
Though it's strongest assets are its creepy story, production design
and chilling score.
film stars Terminator franchise co-star Linda Hamilton, Peter
Horton (thirtysomething), R.G. Armstrong, John Franklin,
Courtney Gains, and Robby Kiger. The film is directed by Fritz
Kiersch, who didn't go on to direct anything else too notable
film centers around a young couple (Hamilton and Horton) who are
romantically traveling cross-country together, but things go south
when they get stranded in a creepy small town called Gatlin, where a
demonic cult of children holds reign with not a single adult in
sight. Under the possession of Cult Leader Isaac and Malachi, the
couple must fend for their lives in this literal hell on earth!
of the Corn is presented in 2160p on 4K UHD disc with an HEVC /
H.265 codec and a widescreen aspect ratio of 1.85:1 paired with mixes
in English DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 5.1 (48kHz, 24-bit) and English:
LPCM 2.0 (48kHz, 24-bit) lossless sound, which sound the same as the
previous Arrow Blu-ray release. The image is significantly better in
this edition with HDR (Dolby Vision & HDR10) and has been sourced
directly from the original camera negative.
length audio commentary with horror journalist Justin Beahm and
Children of the Corn historian John Sullivan
length audio commentary with director Fritz Kiersch, producer
Terrence Kirby and actors John Franklin and Courtney Gains
Horror: The Making of Children of the Corn, retrospective piece
featuring interviews with director Fritz Kiersch and actors John
Franklin and Courtney Gains
Was the Eighties!, an interview with actress Linda Hamilton
to Gatlin featurette revisiting the film's original Iowa shooting
King on a Shoestring, an interview with producer Donald Borchers
to Gatlin: The Sights and Sounds of Children of the Corn,
an interview with production designer Craig Stearns and composer
from the Cornfield, an interview with the actor who played "The
Blue Man" in the fabled excised sequence
Disciples of the Crow, a 1983 short film adaptation of
Stephen King's short story.
fifth entry in the Purge franchise from Universal and
Blumhouse, The Forever Purge (2021), expands the palette to a
more western setting as opposed to previous installments which have
been more rural and city based. The premise of The Purge is
that in a dark future, the government allows murder to be legal for
one day of the year, and on this day people go crazy and murder as
many people as they can. Previous installments include the 2013
original film, The Purge: Anarchy (2014), The Purge:
Election Year (2016), and The First Purge (2018). This
time, a wealthy ranch in the western countryside is attacked and two
families must band together to survive the day as all kind of creepy
masked people purge it out. This time the concept of 'Forever
Purge' is declared, which isn't necessarily a reasonable or
great outcome for anyone!
film stars Ana de la Reguera, Tenoch Huerta, Josh Lucas, Cassidy
Freeman, Leven Rambin, Alejandro Edda, and Will Patton.
Forever Purge is presented in a Blu-ray/DVD combo pack and
presents the film in 1080p high definition with an MPEG-4 AVC codec,
a 1.85:1 widescreen aspect ratio, and audio mix in lossless Dolby
Atmos 11.1 (and Dolby TrueHD 7.1 mixdown, both 48kHz, 24-bit). There
is also an anamorphically enhanced,
standard definition DVD with a 1.85:1 widescreen aspect ratio and a
lossy 5.1 Dolby Digital audio mix, both of which are the norm for the
format. Both presentations are up to standards for both aging
the System: Behind The Forever Purge
Purge franchise is undoubtedly a successful one for Universal,
but it seems the formula is getting a bit tired at this point. That
being said, The Forever Purge isn't necessarily a terrible
movie to shut your brain off and watch, but it won't change your life
bloody revenge tale from by the infamous Japanese writer Junichiro
Tanizaki (A Fool's Love, The Makioka Sisters), Irezumi
(1966) is a stylish tale of lust, betrayal and revenge directed by
Yasuzo Masumura (Giants and Toys, Blind Beast).
woman does geisha work and ends up with a horrible looking spider
tattooed on her back. She then goes into revenge mode and ends up
slaying any man that tries anything funny.
stars Ayako Wakao, Akio Hasegawa, Gaku Yamamoto, and Kei Sato.
for the first time out of Japan, the film is presented in 1080p high
definition with an MPEG-4 AVC codec, a widescreen aspect ratio of
2.35:1 and a lossless Japanese DTS-HD Master Audio Mono mix. This 4K
restoration is from the original 35mm camera negative, looking and
sounding great throughout.
new audio commentary by Japanese cinema scholar David Desser
filmed introduction by Japanese cinema expert Tony Rayns
of the Darkness, a brand new visual essay by Asian cinema scholar
sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Tony
First Pressing Only: Illustrated collectors' booklet
featuring new writing by Thomas Lamarre and Daisuke Miyao.
Director Park Chan-work (Oldboy) comes the intense thriller,
Joint Security Area or JSA (2000), which is available
on Blu-ray disc from Arrow Video in this nice collector's edition.
The film offers impressive photography and performances and is a war
epic that feels quite real.
an intense shooting incident at the Northern / Southern Korean border
(DMZ) leaves 2 North Korean soldiers dead, and a neutral
Swiss/Swedish team is sent out to investigate and piece together the
puzzle of what actually happened. Easily, this is the best film and
thriller of these releases.
film stars Song Kang-ho, Shin Ha-kyun, Lee Byung-hun, Kim Tae-woo, Gi
Ju-bong, and Christoph Hofrichter.
is presented in 1080p high definition on Blu-ray disc with an MPEG-4
AVC codec and a widescreen aspect ratio of 2.39:1 and paired with
lossless Korean DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1/2.0 and a lossless Korean
LCPM 2.0 Stereo track as well. The film looks highly cinematic and
quite impressive here, and is a great example of exquisite
audio commentary by writer and critic Simon Ward
music and effects track
recorded video interview with Asian cinema expert Jasper Sharp
JSA Story and Making the Film, two archival featurettes on the
JSA, a series of archival introductions to the film by members of
the scenes montage
music videos: Letter from a Private and Take the Power Back
sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Colin
First Pressing Only: Illustrated collector's booklet
featuring new writing by Kieran Fisher
(2020) is the second feature from co-directors Powell Robinson and
Patrick R. Young (Bastard
(2015)), was completely improvised and shot on two iPhones over the
course of a 12-day road trip with a crew of just three. Sounds
pretty wild eh? The film follows a sister, claiming to be cursed, as
she persuades her brother to embark on a cross country road trip to
break her spell. What at first sounds ridiculous soon becomes
film stars Joey Millin, Madison West, Daniel Abraham Stevens, and
John Canada Terrell.
is presented in 1080p high definition with an MPEG-4 AVC codec, a
widescreen aspect ratio of 2.00:1 and an English DTS-HD MA (Master
Audio) 5.1 lossless mix. For being shot on iPhones, the film has an
incredibly cinematic look and on point color correction.
new audio commentary with directors Powell Robinson & Patrick R.
Young, producer Lauren Bates and lead actors Joey Millin and Madison
new audio commentary with directors Powell Robinson & Patrick R.
Young, and editor William Ford-Conway
the Threshold, a feature-length documentary on the making of
iPhone Footage: Color Correction Breakdown
from Nothing: Indie Genre Director roundtable moderated by Scott
Weinberg with directors Powell Robinson & Patrick R. Young
(Threshold), Brandon Espy (We Follow You), James Byrkit
(Coherence), Zach Donohue (The Den) and Elle Callahan
Power of Indie Horror - Acting for Unconventional Film roundtable
discussion moderated by Zena Dixon with the actors Madison West and
Joey Millin (Threshold), Kelsey Griswold (Followed),
Gabrielle Walsh (Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones) and
Ryan Shoos (The Gallows)
Sounds of Threshold original soundtrack
original outline script
and original teaser
sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Coffee
First Pressing Only:
Illustrated Collector's booklet featuring new writing on the film by