The Complete Third & Final Season
(2021/DC Comics/Warner Blu-ray set)/The
(1990/Sony/MVD/Arrow 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray w/Blu-ray)/Where
The Scary Things Are
Ultra HD Picture: A- Picture: B+/B+/B/X/B- Sound:
B+/B+/B/A-/B- Extras: C+/C+/C-/B/C- Main Programs:
one of our more unusual mix of genre thrillers and mysteries for you
series hasn't been without its own personal behind the scenes drama
over the years of its making that resulted in changing the lead a
whopping three times. Now, with Javicia Leslie (God
as the female captured crusader, and still taking place in the
Arrowverse, the show chugs to a halt here. In Batwoman:
The Complete Third & Final Season
the new Batwoman takes up against the Alice in Wonderland gang, which
includes The Mad Hatter, and a bunch of other Bat-related misfits.
With the help of Luke Fox (whose father was Lucius Fox, of course,
was a sidekick to Bruce Wayne), and others, she attempts to take
these deadly forces down against the backdrop of Gotham City.
have covered the past two seasons of Batwoman
on this site at these links as well:
final season spans three Blu-ray discs and includes thirteen
as a Hatter, Loose Tooth, Freeze, Antifreeze, A Lesson From Professor
Pyg, How Does Your Garden Grow?, Pick Your Poison, Trust Destiny,
Meet Your Maker, Toxic, Broken Toys, We're All Mad Here,
We Having Fun Yet?
stars Javicia Leslie, Rachel Skarsten (Birds
Meagan Tandy (unREAL,
Nicole Kang (You),
Camrus Johnson (The
Sun is Also a Star),
Victoria Cartagena (Gotham,
Nick Creegan (David
and Robin Givens (Riverdale,
series is presented in 1080p high definition on Blu-ray disc with an
MPEG-4 AVC codec, again a widescreen aspect ratio of 2.00:1, and a
lossless, English DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 5.1 (48kHz, 24-bit) mix.
The 1080p image looks and sounds fine for the Blu-ray format and is a
bit sharper and easier to watch than the original broadcast version.
There is obviously some money put in to the show and it looks
comparable to other DC shows such as Gotham
Batwing: A Hero's Journey.
Shudder / RLJE, Brendan Muldowney's The
(2022) is in the same vein as The
or Insidious films and is a slow burn mystery, supernatural, demonic
film. A family buys a big creepy house that used to belong to a
deranged Professor. When the teenage girl ends up missing after
walking down into the house's creepy cellar at night, her mother
starts to piece together bizarre clues all around the house, many
involving mathematics equations, to hopefully figure out where the
missing girl is. The house has a deadly satanic connection and starts
to lure the other family members to what could be a pathway to
stars Elisha Cuthbert, Eoin Macken, Abby Fitz, and Dylan Fitzmaurice
film is presented in 1080p high definition with a widescreen aspect
ratio of 2.39:1 and a lossless DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 5.1 mix, both
of which are of the norm for the format. The film has a great
atmospheric score that mimics The
and other creepy scores to help bring out the tension.
with The Cellar Cast & Crew
Cellar VFX Before & After
& Producer Commentary
"The Ten Steps" Short Film & Commentary
is pretty well done and certainly had some money behind it as the
production value and effects are pretty top notch. The scenes with
the demon are pretty realistic and creepy and some interesting
filmmaking choices are made here. I think it's certainly worth
checking out if you're a fan of the genre.
(2020) would at first seem like a comedy or drama with Jim Broadbent
and Helen Mirren playing an old couple in the U.K. in the early 1960s
whose life is quiet, until he decides he is sick of people having to
pay a tax to watch the BBC on airwaves that he believes should be
free. What is his protest? Goya's famous portrait of The Duke of
Wellington goes missing and at first, no one knows how or why, but
the shock is huge. Then he gets accused!
is humor throughout, much of it subtle, while the story is obvious
for the most part, even if you do not all of the actual history. The
locales are fine, recreating the period effectively (if digitally,
you get some obvious softness from that) and clothes seem accurate,
while the supporting cast does a good job. Its just that the
directing and script do not go that extra step to really deliver what
the film could have, playing it safe politically and otherwise. Yes,
the idea this older man with no financial or political power could
cause such a fuss is devilishly amusing, but that can only go so far.
If you are interested and have moderate expectations for this,
you'll be able to enjoy it enough.
1080p 2.35 X 1 digital High Definition image transfer is an HD shoot
that gets carried away with split-screen a little, but is
consistently fine for what it is, while the
DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 5.1 lossless mix has some good ambiance
surrounds and the music kicks in here and there, but this is still a
mostly dialogue-based film as you would imagine and you can only
expect so much from the sonics. The combination is fine as it is.
for this and a few other Sony Pictures Classics releases are the only
late Joel Schumacher's Flatliners
(1990) is an interesting science fiction film that challenges what
happens beyond death. Featuring an all-star cast including Kiefer
Sutherland, Julia Roberts, Kevin Bacon, William Baldwin, and Oliver
gets a nice 4K restoration on 4K UHD disc thanks to Arrow Video that
is pretty impressive and comes out nicely in this release.
group of scientists decide to push the limits of mortality and
flatline (die) for a few minutes and are then brought back to life.
The goal of the experiment is to see what lies beyond and to answer
one of man's biggest mysteries. However, each member of the team
that goes under experiences traumatic events from their life, and
once brought back these visions leak into their conscious lives as
well. Is today a good day to die?
is a beautifully shot film by Jan De Bont, who also directed Speed
and Twister, and his work has been captured nicely here in a HEVC /
H.265 codec, Dolby Vision / HDR 10, Native 4K resolution in 2160p, a
widescreen aspect ratio of 2.35:1 and audio mixes in English lossless
DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 5.1 and DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 2.0 Stereo
(both 48kHz, 24-bit) mixes. Orange and blue are predominant colors
in the film and it still has a bit of that Lost
Schumacher feel to some moments. This restoration is from the
original 35mm camera negative, approved by Director of Photography
Jan de Bont (Starship
new audio commentary by critics Bryan Reesman and Max Evry
Conquest of our Generation,
a brand new video interview with screenwriter Peter Filardi
a brand new video interview with director of photography Jan de Bont
and chief lighting technician Edward Ayer
a brand new video interview with first assistant director John
a brand new video interview with production designer Eugenio Zanetti
and art director Larry Lundy
a brand new video interview with composer James Newton Howard and
orchestrator Chris Boardman
a brand new interview with costume designer Susan Becker
trailer / Image gallery
sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Gary
Illustrated collector's booklet featuring new writing on the film by
Amanda Reyes and Peter Tonguette.
has an interesting concept and was a film that I only caught bits and
pieces of over the years, and so it was nice to finally sit down and
experience it in 4K. The film certainly has great performances and
talent behind the scenes as well. I can see how films like The
have been inspired by it, even if it's ever so slightly. This is a
great looking release with cool extras as well and shouldn't be
B. Harrison Smith's Where
the Scary Things Are
(2022) is a low budget monster movie involving a small group of teens
- one girl and five guys - who spend a lot of free time in an
abandoned amusement park. When they are given an assignment to
'Create Your Own Urban Legend' they end up coming across a real live
monster. They start to film videos of the monster and gain internet
popularity as a result. None of the kids are particularly likable
characters, which is what makes Stranger
and other movies of the like with a teen cast a bit more involving.
the Scary Things Are
is a movie essentially about how the real monsters are these
teenagers and not the scary monster itself.
film is presented in standard definition with an anamorphically
enhanced, 2.35:1 widescreen aspect ratio and a lossy 5.1 Dolby
Digital Audio track. The image is a bit compressed, but doesn't look
too bad on an HD upscale. The film is shot decently and has a pretty
cinematic influences behind Where
the Scary Things Are
is pretty apparent and it has a few good moments, but isn't without
some so-so acting and silly moments.
extras, except for a trailer.
Nicholas Sheffo (Duke)
and James Lockhart