Shelley's Frankenstein 4K
(1994/Sony/MVD/Arrow 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray)/John
And The Hole
(2021/Well Go Blu-ray)/Shattered
Ultra HD Picture: A- Picture: B-/B+/X/B+/B+/B+ Sound:
B-/B+/A-/B+/B+/B+ Extras: D/D/B+/D/D/C+ Films: C-/C/B/D/C+/C
for more horror and thrillers, including an unexpected 4K upgrade...
a modern Italian horror film that has an interesting premise, but a
not so great execution. The slow moving religious supernatural
thriller attempts to be a cross between The
Taking place on a farm, a priest is haunted by a failed exorcism
that occurred years before and is now being taunted by demonic
creatures. Is it really happening or all in his head?
film stars Andrea Zirio, Ortensia Fioravanti, and Fabio Tarditi with
direction by Nicolo Fumero.
is presented in anamorphically enhanced, standard definition DVD with
a widescreen aspect ratio of 2.39:1 and a lossy Dolby Digital 5.1
mix. The look of the film is a bit drab and very dark which isn’t
helped by compression native to the aging DVD format. That being
said the presentation is passable for the format.
extras on the disc.
though modern day Hollywood rarely makes westerns nowadays, they
still do get made. The
Last Shoot Out
(2021) is a newer film from Lionsgate that is now out on Blu-ray
disc. The film is pretty fun and has a classic western revenge
storyline. The cinematography utilizes modern techniques, such as
drone shots, to beautifully show off locations and even though the
most recognizable face in the cast is Bruce Dern, it feels bigger
than its budget likely was even if the acting from most of the cast
is hit and miss.
woman (Skylar Witte) overhears that her newly married husband had her
father killed in the old west times. She leaves him high and dry and
runs into the desert. There she comes across Billy Tyson (Brock
Harris) who protects her from her crooked husband and his bizarre
film also stars Bruce Dern, Cam Gigandet, Caia Coley, and Michael
is presented in 1080p high definition on Blu-ray disc with an MPEG-4
AVC codec, a widescreen aspect ratio of 1.78:1, and a lossless,
English DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 5.1 (48kHz, 24-bit) resulting in a
decent Blu-ray transfer. The film has some cool western locations
that come across nicely on disc in this passable presentation.
Francis Ford Coppola's version of Bram
(1992) is held in high regard, you don't hear too many folks looking
back as fondly on Kenneth Branagh's version of Mary
Shelley's Frankenstein 4K
(1994), which was released two years after the former. Well, after
watching this brand new Arrow remaster you will begin to question why
Robert De Niro, Helena Bonham Carter, and Kenneth Branagh himself,
this adaptation is more accurate to the original novel and is a
grisly and very real take on the material. Unlike the B Monster
Movie charm of Universal's classic starring Boris Karloff, De Niro's
take on the Frankenstein monster is very realistic and gross
looking, as it would be if it really existed!
being desperately in need of an upgrade on home video for years and
actually pretty hard to track down unless you were really looking,
this new 4K UHD from Arrow Video upgrades the presentation of the
film and is a vast improvement over previous lackluster versions. As
usual with Arrow, the disc is packed with many extras and goodies as
well including the first Frankenstein film ever made, which makes
this edition all the more desirable!
all know the classic story of Frankenstein, a mad scientist creates a
living breathing man using electricity and his scientific brain. In
this version, Branagh plays the title role and sacrifices the perfect
life with this childhood love (a young and very attractive Helena
Bonham Carter) in order to create the monster (De Niro). Once he
succeeds in his scientific breakthrough, he finds that his creation
isn't as perfect as he thought it would be and soon the Monster goes
rogue, learning lessons the hard way about humanity in its own
bizarre and often cruel way.
classic story feels very R rated and adult in this version, and is
very well done. Mr. Branagh has had a very vast and interesting
career when you stop and take a look at it. He's done everything
from Shakespeare to classic literature to Marvel/Disney movies and we
aren't forgetting his villainous turn in the infamous stinker Wild
remake with Will Smith! The fact of the matter is that this man is
pretty underrated in this reviewer's opinion and creates beautiful
looking films regardless of the subject matter.
enjoys a new 2160p 4K remaster from Sony Pictures from the original
camera negative with a Dolby Vision / HDR-10 presentation of the film
with a 1:85.1 widescreen aspect ratio in an HEVC / H.265 codec, and
audio mixes in English, lossless DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 5.1 (48kHz,
24-bit) and LPCM 2.0 (48kHz, 24-bit). The film has certainly never
looked or sounded better than it does in this impressive new master
of the film. The film has beautiful production design throughout
that shows up nicely here and many scenes that were darker looking on
previous releases have more clarity and warmth here. Very impressive
new audio commentary by film historians Michael Brooke and Johnny
new interview with composer Patrick Doyle
new interview with costumer designer James Acheson
new interview with make-up designer Daniel Parker
Shelley and The Creation of a Monster,
a brand new documentary featurette on the origins and evolution of
the Frankenstein story, featuring Gothic specialists David Pirie,
Jonathan Rigby and Stephen Volk
Mary Shelley's Frankenstein,
a brand new featurette with David Pirie, Jonathan Rigby and Stephen
Volk on the differences between the novel and Kenneth Branagh's
A Liberal Adaptation from Mrs. Shelley's Famous Story for Edison
(1910): The first screen adaptation of Shelley's story in a 2K
restoration by the Library of Congress, with music by Donald Sosin
sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Laz
Illustrated collector's booklet featuring new writing by Jon Towlson
and Amy C. Chambers
are sure to rejoice over this collectible 4K edition of this
overlooked adaptation of the classic tale.
And The Hole
one of the worst films I have seen this year, if not in a decade.
For one, the film is so painstakingly slow that you can watch it on
fast forward and still understand the story. Now I don't usually
knock a film for being long if warranted, but this is intentionally
long just to annoy the audience and prove that this devil child is
methodical. Yawn. The film goes on and on and after you sit there
for 90 wasted minutes, there is no resolution whatsoever. Michael C
plays a pathetic father in this terrible attempt at filmmaking that
should be avoided if you value your free time. Why does the little
boy bury his family in the hole? Nobody knows because the little kid
has everything he could want. Maybe the point is to prove that
parents nowadays are too soft on their self entitled children? What
was the point of this project other than to annoy and infuriate its
film starts out with showing a quiet rich young boy named John, who
is awkward yet intelligent and lives with his sister and parents in
an upscale home in the woods. He finds a hole in the ground that was
supposed to be a bunker, drugs the gardener, and then drugs his
family. Now this is where the believability goes completely out the
window. We are asked to believe that a 90lb, scrawny, 10-year-old
drags Michael C. Hall (who has to be at least 250 lbs or more) AND
his adult wife and teenage sister to this hole in the ground and
leaves them there. This hole is not close to the house either. So
this small wimpy kid dragged these adult sized humans out of their
beds, down the stairs of a huge house, through the backyard and deep
into the woods... and they never once woke up? What's even dumber is
that it insinuates that this sleeping pill is taken by the mother
every night before she goes asleep. Must be some pretty high powered
family wake up the next morning in this giant hole with no memory of
this scrawny child dragging them through the home, through a field,
and into this hole, and with few scratches on them, just a little
dirt. I stopped caring around this point. Sadly, this all happens
before the title card even hits the screen.
the next hour, the viewer is tortured with extremely slow scenes of
this little brat kid taking advantage of adult things, like driving a
car, stealing his parents ATM card and taking out money, nearly
killing his best friend for again no reason, lying to people about
where his family is, etc., and then of course he taunts the family in
the hole, who can't put their dumb heads together to find a way out.
The kid is a terrible actor too. He just stares at them and says
hardly anything. Oh... so scary. Then, spoiler
in the third act, they just get out of the hole and eat dinner. Film
ends. What the heck did I just watch and how did it get
and the Hole
is complete and utter garbage and a waste of anyone's time. Of
course it was a film festival darling because they eat up this kind
of garbage. Avoid like the plague!
film also stars Charlie Shotwell, Jennifer Ehle, and Taissa Farmiga.
and the Hole
at least has a fine HD presentation, however, and is presented in
1080p high definition on Blu-ray disc with an MPEG-4 AVC codec, a
full frame aspect ratio of 1.33:1, and a lossless English DTS-HD MA
(Master Audio) 5.1 (48kHz, 24-bit) that rounds out a nice HD transfer
that's up to standards. Despite having a pointless story, the film
is actually photographed quite well, but its editing is long and
drawn out, likely to fill a feature film runtime.
don't normally hate a film as much as I hated John
and the Hole.
But let's hope all copies of it get buried in a large hole similar
to the one in the film along with all surviving prints.
a time loop horror film that's a mix of It
(with a horror spin.) A passionate couple end up going to a remote
island for a vacation, however, at the end of their seemingly perfect
day, they both get brutally murdered by a strange looking assassin.
Waking back up in their beds at 6:45 am each day, the couple live out
the terrifying ordeal (only the woman has no clue of what is going
on, but the guy does.) He soon tries different options at altering
the day only to see it tragically end the same way, which ironically
was the fate of another couple that visited this location it is later
revealed. Does this time loop have to do with a dark secret that the
man is hiding from his girlfriend? Will they escape the loop or end
up in a forever hell?
film stars Augie Duke, Thomas G. Waites, and Remy Ma with direction
by Craig Singer.
is presented in 1080p high definition on Blu-ray disc with an MPEG-4
AVC codec, a widescreen aspect ratio of 1.78:1 and ab lossless,
English DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 5.1 (48kHz, 24-bit) that rounds out
a nice HD transfer that's easy on the eyes. The digitally shot film
is nicely photographed and the editing is tight and intense in the
places that it needs to be. Some surreal POV sections of the film,
including a sequence where the main character gets drunk, is
effective and pretty neat. No extras on the disc.
is an interesting time-loop horror film with decent acting and
direction that deserves a watch. It kind of falls apart towards the
end, but it's a fun journey up until then.
one last film. Shattered
Cameron Monaghan, which sci-fi geeks will know as the main character
in the video game Star
Wars Jedi: Fallen Order.
Here in Shattered
(2022), a mystery/thriller inspired by Basic
where he plays a tech billionaire who yearns for companionship. He
soon meets Sky (Lilly Krug), who is everything he's ever wanted. But
are things too good to be true? Sadly he learns the hard way as she
imprisons him in a cabin and tortures him for his passwords, along
with a few other sinister helpers that all need his fortune for their
master plan. The film isn't too bad even if it's sort of a rip-off
of films like Basic
also features John Malkovich, Frank Grillo, and Sasha Less.
film is presented in 1080p high definition on Blu-ray disc with an
MPEG-4 AVC codec, a widescreen aspect ratio of 2.40:1 and an audio
mix in lossless English DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 5.1 sound. Overall,
this looks and sounds great on the Blu-ray format and the film feels
high budget, even though it is pretty minimal in terms of production
in the Mountains: The Story of Shattered
with Director Luis Prieto