Strike: Lethal White: Season Two
(2020/HBO/Warner Archive DVD)/Halloween
(2021/Universal 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray w/Blu-ray + Blu-ray w/DVD
(1997/Cult Epics Blu-ray w/DVD)/Tailgate
(1999/Film Movement DVD)
Ultra HD Picture: B+ Picture: B-/B B & C/B/B- Sound:
B-/B+ B C/B/B- Extras: D/C+/C+/D Main Programs: C/C+/C-/B
are some thrillers, old, new and revived....
Strike: Lethal White: Season Two
based on a novels by Robert Galbraith (aka J.K. Rowling). Originally
broadcast on the BBC, HBO brings the series stateside for this
stars as private detective Cormoran Strike, who is a former war
veteran now working out of a cramped London who works with his
assistant, Robin Ellacott, to solve the cases that baffle even the
Silkworm: Parts one and two,
are 240 minutes in running time are presented here on standard
definition DVD with a widescreen aspect ratio of 1.78:1 and a lossy
5.1 Dolby Digital Audio mix. It has a very cinematic look and feel
and the money is on the screen with this series.
is well made, but I think you really need to see the series from the
beginning to really put together all of the pieces. The pacing is a
bit slow and the feeling is that of a British police procedural.
Gordon Green's Halloween
(2021) is the third installment (unless you want to cut out a key
revelation in the original Halloween
but keep Dana Carvey's cameo) of the third version of the battle
between the seemingly unkillable 'The Shape' and young people who
must die. Unlike the original films where Jamie Lee Curtis' Laurie
is related to him and the two Rob Zombie films where all is a fiasco,
this version has Laurie NOT a relative of the killer and Curtis is
here, though not as often as she should be.
is in the hospital (again!) after her harrowing reunion encounter
with her nemesis, so her daughter and grand-daughter (Judy Greer,
Andi Matichak) have to deal with him as many local Haddonfield police
(in 1978 and 2021) keep underestimating what it will take to take him
out, if they even can. We get two cuts of the film (105 and 109
minutes, respectively as the box also touts an 'Alternate Ending'
than was moot to me) seem longer than their running time as this
drags out for all kinds of reasons. Between the music score being a
little off in the worst way, the suspense sequences not really
working or being everything we've seen before (a 'boo movie' that
does not work) and a very mixed script, this 'kills' more time
unnecessarily than it should and is a let down after the last film
did a decent job of revival.
Patton, Thomas Mann and Anthony Michael Hall are among the supporting
cast who do try to get this to work and are among those who keep the
film going when other things keep falling through. Green is a good
director and I am glad to see him having commercial success, but in
real life, he is capable of delivering much stronger, more realistic
material and I hope he gets back to those kind fo films, even if he
helms any more of these sequels.
2160p HECV/H.265, 2.35 X 1, Dolby Vision/HDR (10; Ultra HD
Premium)-enhanced Ultra High Definition image passes the regular, but
still decent 1080p 2.35 X 1 digital High Definition image transfer
with better colors, better Video Black, better range in the darkness
and more depth and a little more detail overall. The attempts to
look like the original film are not always bad, but not unflawed
4K and Blu-ray versions all offer lossless Dolby Atmos 11.1 (Dolby
TrueHD 7.1 mixdown for older systems) sound fine and have some good
sonic moments, but it has moments of quiet and softer sound by
necessity to try and develop suspense, so expect that too.
anamorphically enhanced 2.35 X 1 image and lossy Dolby Digital 5.1
sound are on the weak side and the disc is only here for convenience
include Digital Code for both versions,
while the discs add (per the press release) a GAG REEL,
OPEN WOUNDS: Those who die at the hands of Michael Myers are not his
only victims. We look at some of the returning characters, and why
their past traumatic encounters with The Shape made them natural
candidates to try and defend Haddonfield against him.
KILL TEAM: It takes a big team to create a film the scale of
HALLOWEEN KILLS, especially when part of the task is raising the bar
for Michael's gruesome kills. We hear the people behind the mayhem
discuss how they continue to push the franchise to new heights.
FAMILY VALUES: Filmmakers and cast discuss the three generations of
Strode women that have been terrorized by The Shape, and the roles
Laurie, Karen and Allyson play in trying to vanquish his evil.
TRANSFORMATIONS: Shooting new footage that matches the feel of the
iconic 1978 footage is no easy task, and even takes a little bit of
luck. We reveal some of the secrets of how filmmakers achieved
these stunning sequences.
POWER OF FEAR: The impact of Michael Myers' pure evil extends far
beyond his victims. We examine how fear of The Shape changed the
psychology of the people of Haddonfield.
a FEATURE COMMENTARY with Director/co-writer David Gordon Green and
stars Jamie Lee Curtis and Judy Greer.
(1997) is a bizarre Spanish thriller that follows a psychic talk show
host who learns that her boyfriend was killed in a Spanish Village.
As she attempts to piece together the mystery, she finds out he was
conducting experiments dealing in toying with supernatural energy
from tortured souls. The film is well made but a bit hard to follow
at times and is a bit of torture to watch. The filmmaking is
interesting, but the constant shift between a grainy blue VHS-like
look and a cleaner 35mm cinematic look is a bit jarring and tiresome.
film stars Maria Barranco, Terele Pavez, Ruth Gabriel, Angel de
Andres Lopez, and Gustavo Salmeron.
is presented in 1080p on Blu-ray disc with an MPEG-4 AVC codec, a
widescreen original aspect ratio of 1.85:1, and Spanish audio mix in
lossless LPCM 2.0, lossless DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 5.1, and lossy
Dolby Digital 2.0 with English subtitles. There are no English
dubbed audio tracks on either the Blu-ray or the also included DVD of
the film. This is a 2K transfer from the original 35mm camera
negative and certainly the best looking presentation on disc this
side of the country. The image looks fine but the film has a kind of
dark and unusual look, with some scenes more vivid and others dark
and grainy for the purpose of the narrative.
Making of 99.9
score by Javier Navarette
Agusti Villaronga Trailers (Moon
+ In a
also known as Bumperkleef is a highway thriller from the Netherlands
that is an interestingly and well shot film that sticks its audience
in a car from a road raging family man who who picks the wrong guy to
hash out his road rage with. With his wife and two little girls in
the car, the film uses efficient editing and cinematography to craft
a highway cat and mouse thriller that feels a bit inspired by
Spielberg's classic Duel
(1971, reviewed elsewhere on this site) in some moments and a slasher
formula in others, with the killer attacking his victims with
chemicals as their pursuit goes beyond the highway.
film is directed by Lodewijk Crijns and stars Willem de Wolf, Anniek
Pheifer, and Jeroen Spitzenberger.
is presented in standard definition on DVD with a 2.35:1 widescreen
aspect ratio in English dubbed 5.1 Dolby Digital mix and an original
Dutch language 5.1 mix with English subs as well. Compression issues
are evident as is the norm the format, but looks and sounds good all
things considered for the DVD format.
is surprisingly interesting and pretty original, even if some of its
inspirations are a bit clear.
Nicholas Sheffo (Halloween
and James Lockhart