House: The Complete Fifth & Final Season
(1986/Umbrella Region-Free Import Blu-ray)/My
Stepmother Is An Alien
(1982/Blu-ray/*both Warner Archive)/Where
The Red Fern Grows
(2003/**both MVD Blu-rays)
B-/C+/B+/B+/B- Sound: B-/C+/B+/B+/B- Extras: D/C/B/D/C
Main Programs: A-/C+/C/B/C
DVD and Night
Blu-ray are now only available from Warner Bros. through their Warner
Archive series, while the Malcolm
import Blu-ray comes from Umbrella Entertainment in Australia and
will play on all 4K and Blu-ray players and both can be ordered from
the links below.
a group of comedies, some with drama, some with melodrama and some
with items better skipped...
start with Fuller
House: The Complete Fifth & Final Season
Baby Danielle is a new addition is added to the growing families of
Fuller/Tanner/Gibbler house hold. As DJ, her sister Stephanie and
their best friend Kimmy raise their families together, now they are
having a triple wedding together. It's the end of an age (or is it
the beginning of a new one?), as Steve, Jimmy and Fernando tie the
knot are the guys ready? As they move towards the future it seems
like everyone planning a new future, DJ become worried that everyone
is planning to move out.
Stephanie and Kimmy are strong, independent and responsible
(arguably) parents that care about their family and friends, and they
all live together in the same house they grew up in the beautiful
house in central San Francisco. After struggling for five years, it
seems like they are finally ready to tie the knot with their life
long loves. It's been a crazy ride, but are they ready to finally
settle down? With the help of families and friends will they get
ready in time for the perfect wedding? Hopes, dreams and well wishes
from the past (along with the original cast of Full
to bid farewell to Fuller
is a funny TV series about family, friends and love as three
generations of family all live together in the same house. In the
final season, it's the last chance for laughs, surprises, songs,
dance and plenty of guest appearances from the original cast. The
anamorphically enhanced 1.78 X 1 picture and lossy Dolby Digital 5.1
sound are as good as they can be for this older format and there are
no extras, though you can read about all the previous seasons
elsewhere on this site.
this time are:
Home, Baby-to-Be-Named-Later - Stephanie returns home with the new
baby, but has yet to decide what the baby's name is.
- DJ learns that there are more surprises to Steve than she knows
- Jimmy, Fernando and Steve decides to go into business together and
buy Uncle Monty's ...without telling the girls.
- The She-Wolf Pack return to their partying days at Club Euphoria,
but the club has totally changed.
- DJ learns to play with Jackson in an online video game, but what
happens when he discovers his new online best friend is actually his
- While on the job, DJ has a series of revelations about herself and
Amazing 40th Birthday Race
- Steve plans a surprise party for DJ, but is he really going to
Dates With Kimmy Gibbler
- Kimmy goes on speed dating to test herself to see if Fernando is
really the 'one' for her.
- DJ helps Fernando plan a proposal for Kimmy, but it turns out to be
even a greater surprise.
the Suit Fits
- DJ, Stephanie and Kimmy plan their triple wedding.
Weddings and a Musical
- DJ, Stephanie and Kimmy attend a wedding convention to get ideas
for their wedding.
- It's Thanksgiving at the Fuller House, DJ and Stephanie clash as DJ
wants a traditional family Thanksgiving diner, but Stephanie wants to
try some new things.
- DJ take Jackson on a tour of her old college and gets into some
- Max skips a grade but he is made fun of for being different.
Yourself, Free Yourself
- As the wedding approaches there is some difficulty with deciding on
the guy's wedding tux and the wedding dresses.
- Max, Ramona and Jackson put on a game show to test DJ, Stephanie
and Kimmy's relationship with their fiancée.
- DJ, Stephanie and Kimmy looking for something borrowed for the
Very Last Show, Again
- The wedding is finally here, where will everyone go after the
(Colin Friels) is a tinkerer that got recently fired the local tram
and he takes on two questionable boarders to make ends meet, Judith
and Frank. Turns out Frank is a crook and Judith is a waitress, and
after discovering Malcolm's ability to create and invent gadgets out
of toys and machine they decide to pull off the heist of the century,
to rob a bank without ever stepping inside it.
we discover in Nadia Tass' Malcolm
Malcolm loves toys and loves building remote controlled devices and
has them all over his house, and he is a genius when it comes to
modifications. Frank is a petty low-level criminal who just got out
and is looking for the next score along with Judith a simple bar
waitress. All of them are considered unimportant lowlifes, that is
until Frank and Malcolm comes up with idea to use Malcolm's various
inventions to rob a bank, a plan so crazy no one would believe it (if
James Bond and all his gadgets there was Malcolm, Malcolm was one of
the earlier films in which featured mechanical devices in film which
were designed to stun the audience with ingenious applications, a
remote car with a camera and gun built into it, a car that could
split into two. Now on Blu-ray as a Region-Free Import
I am told this is an improvement from the old DVD we covered years
ago, but the 1080p 1.85 X 1 image and lossless DTS-HD MA (Master
Audio) 2.0 Mono did not impress me much, but you may find it better.
include a short featurette "A
interview, feature length audio commentary, and trailer, which is
less and different than the DVD. You can reads more about that and a
couple of other Australian comedies in our older coverage at this
Dan Aykroyd and Kim Basinger star in My
Stepmother is an Alien
(1988), a forgotten '80s sci-fi comedy that has received a 2K
restoration on Blu-ray disc from Arrow Video. The film is a mixed
bag and severely dated, and will likely appeal to those who grew up
watching it for nostalgic reasons. Watching it now in retrospect and
for the first time, it's a bit painful to watch. The film is a rip
on the same formula we saw in Weird
only with an alien spin this time, but still has that wacky fish out
of water; 'gosh, she is so hot why is she with this nerd' kind of
feel. At the time, the producer joked that he was though to be the
but that obviously fell short of expectations.
leading stars try their best, but they can't get past the stale
script that doesn't always work. The film also stars Saturday
and comedy movie alum: Jon Lovitz, who is always good for a few gags
and a very young Alyson Hannigan, who would later go on to be in the
series. You can spot a young Seth Green here too!
loser widow Scientist Dad (Aykroyd) gets a visit from a beautiful
human-looking alien named Celeste (Basinger) who is on a mission to
save her home planet. When she meets Aykroyd, she finds love and
experiences it for the first time as a human would. She loses sight
of the mission and starts to get a bit TOO comfy on Earth, while her
home planet suffers. She must choose between the life that she wants
Stepmother is an Alien
is presented in 1080p high definition on Blu-ray disc with a
widescreen aspect ratio of 1.85:1 and lossless English DTS-HD MA
(Master Audio) 2.0 Stereo mix, both of which give us a fresh and
clear look at this film that is certainly the best attention that
it's gotten on home video to date. This is again, a 2K restoration
from the original 35mm camera negative.
new audio commentary by critic Bryan Reesman
Encounters: Directing My Stepmother is An Alien,
a brand new interview with director Richard Benjamin
sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Colin
Illustrated collector's booklet featuring new writing on the film by
Kim Basigner looking simply amazing in this film, and just before her
next breakout performance in Tim Burton's Batman 1989 no less
(following hits like 9
Say Never Again),
Stepmother is an Alien
is simply put, pretty bad. This release from Arrow video though, is
a definitive one, and if you have a soft spot for it, then it may be
worth picking up!
by Ron Howard, Night
(1982) gets a long overdue release on the Blu-ray format courtesy of
Warner Archive. Starring Henry Winkler, Shelley Long, Nita Talbot,
Richard Belzer, horror icon Joe Spinell, Vincent Schiavelli, Pat
Corley, Ola Ray, an uncredited Michael Pataki, Kevin Costner, Shannon
Doherty (both in small roles) and a young Michael Keaton years before
he was Beetlejuice
Quite a few other familiar faces pop up in the film as well
including the director's brother, Clint Howard in a hilarious role.
film is a sort of romantic comedy centered around Chuck (Winkler) who
works at a morgue and is bored with his mundane life and weight
conscious fiance. When Chuck gets pushed to the night shift, he
pairs up with Bill (Keaton,) who is a wild guy and the opposite of
Chuck in many ways. Chuck ends up getting intertwined with Belinda,
whose pimp has recently been murdered and is in a lot of hot water.
Belinda and Chuck start to form a bond he ends up being her temporary
pimp along with Bill, and they use the morgue as a brothel. The cash
starts to come in, but Chuck can't deny his love for Belinda and must
take necessary steps to fix his life before it spirals out of
is presented in 1080p high definition on Blu-ray disc with an MPEG-4
AVC codec, a widescreen aspect ratio of 1.85:1, and a lossless,
English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Stereo mix with Pro Logic surrounds,
all of which are up to Blu-ray standards. The transfer here looks
really good for Blu-ray and is a great film restoration.
extra is an HD Trailer.
we have Lyman Dayton
and Sam Pillsbury's Where
The Red Fern Grows
(2003) which is a very mixed bag of bad feel-good film, flat faith
film, drama and corny family film. Joseph Ashton plays a young boy
who wants a hunting dog, gets two of them, goes hunting, then danger
and an idiot plot ensue. Should he have such dogs at this age?
Should he have a gun?
runs a very long 88 minutes and has an adult cast that includes no
less than Dabney Coleman, Kris Kristofferson, Ned Beatty, Mac Davis
and Dave Matthews, though the latter two do not really sing. Wynonna
Judd and Allison Krause do, but even all that talent cannot save this
highly questionable curio. Very odd, though.
1080p 1.85 X 1 digital High Definition image was shot on what looks
like 35mm film, but this is a little too soft, so it is either an old
HD master or something got slightly lost in the digitizing process,
while we get two soundtracks: a decent-but-limited PCM
2.0 Stereo and much poorer, lossy Dolby Digital 5.1 mix. Why no
lossless 5.1 mix? The fidelity of the recording just might be too
include an Original Theatrical Trailer
and two short Making Of/Behind The Scenes featurettes: The
Roots Of A Classic
a montage of animals in the film.
Umbrella import Blu-ray, go to this link:
to order the
Warner Archive Fuller
DVD and/or Night
Blu-ray, go to this link for them and many more great web-exclusive
Nicholas Sheffo (Fern),
Ricky Chiang (House,
and James Lockhart