Assassins (2021/Well Go
Complete Series (1984 -
1986/Via Vision PAL Import DVD Set)/Eraser:
Blu-ray)/God Told Me To 4K
(1975 aka Demon/MVD/Blue
Underground 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray w/Blu-ray)/Murder
At Yellowstone City
Ultra HD Picture: A- Picture: C+/C/B+/B+/B- Sound:
C+/C+/B+/B/B- Extras: C-/C/C/B+/C+ Main Programs: B/C+/D/B/C+
Import DVD set is now only available from our friends at Via Vision
in Australia, can only play on 4K, DVD and Blu-ray players that can
handle the PAL DVD and can be ordered from the link below.
genre releases are a blast from the past, even if they are new
high school assassins, upon graduation, discover they must now get
part time jobs and live together as roommates and pretend to have a
'normal' life as their cover. But can they hide their true nature
and skills when they run into problems?
(2021, originally a Japanese telefilm)
Chisato (Akari Takaishi) and Mahilo (Saori Izawa) are two Japanese
high school assassins, that's all they know is how to kill ...and
they are lazy and bored. And now they have to face their greatest
challenge ever, to fit into society and be 'normal'. As they
interview for part time jobs, they struggle not to get annoyed by
their co-worker and not kill their bosses. When the yakuza invades
their 'normal' (questionably) lives, all bets are off the table.
was just an action-packed movie about two female high school assassin
fight and kick Yakuza butt. They try to fit into a 'normal' life,
but whenever they run into problems their solution is just kill them
and let the cleaning man clean it up later. After finally landing a
job in a maid cafe, the Yakuza show up to destroy everything they
worked for and... you'll have to see the film for the rest. Extras
The Complete Series (1984
- 1986) has three sets of half-hour show based on the books by author
John Wyndham, whose other books inspired classics like Village
Of The Damned and Day
Of The Triffids. Aimed
more towards a family/child audience, Matthew (Andrew Ellams) is a
normal, happy, healthy young boy with a caring family when he starts
acting odd and starts to seeming talk to himself. Instead, he is
being visited by the title character, an alien force that talks to
him and appears as a light source. When things get bad early, his
parents take evasive action to get him protected and saved, with the
government quickly intervening.
successful was this for the great, sadly defunct Thames Television,
that they created a sequel series called Chocky's
Children and in a great
coup of casting, landed both actors Ed Bishop (Gerry
and Jeremy Bullock (For
Your Eyes Only, Boba Fett
in the original Star Wars
sequels) in major roles that kept the story going nicely. The final
Challenge, lacked the
energy, pace, excitement and budget of the previous two sets and the
show was finished, but it is worth a good look for what was the
tail-end of such creative, innovative British TV that began with the
likes of Dr. Who,
SuperMarionation and much more.
some of the technology has dated, but it can also be charming to
watch, so those interested will definitely want to give it a look.
(not listed anywhere on the packaging or the website listing for the
DVDs) include stills galleries for all three seasons on each
respective disc, plus text interviews with one of the principles of
each season, including lead Andrew Ellams on DVD One, Michael
Crompton on DVD Two and 'Chocky' voice Glynis Brooks on DVD Three,
who did that voice for the entire series. I like how you can select
specific questions and see the answers.
the director of the forgettable Deep Blue Sea 3, comes another
needless sequel that nobody asked for: Eraser: Reborn (2022)
which quietly sneaks onto Blu-ray disc from Warner Bros. The film is
quite a predictable bore, although it looks and sounds big budget, I
guess some valued crew members owed the studio a favor. It's almost
as if the movie stars stand-ins, the acting is so silly and bored.
The plot is familiar and it mainly seems like a feature length
procedural police drama more than anything. At least that's how I
would compare the performances and overall feel, despite some flashy
film stars Dominic Sherwood (Shadowhunters), Jacky Lai
(V-Wars), McKinley Belcher III (Marriage Story), and
Eddie Ramos (Animal Kingdom).
U.S. Marshall (Sherwood) is tasking with 'erasing' people, or erasing
their personal records to save them and give them a new identity. A
crime boss' wife (Lai) steals some of his valued possessions, gets
him killed, and gets apprehended by the police. They then erase her
and the Marshall is tasked with protecting her as they flee to
Africa. Both another gangster is hot on their trail and will stop at
nothing to get her.
Features (per the press release):
Warrior and the Witness: The Making Eraser: Reborn: Go behind the
scenes on set in Capetown, South Africa for an all-access look at the
fast-paced filmmaking approach used to capture the action-packed tale
of a witness on the run and the agent tasked with keeping her alive.
Includes Interviews with the filmmakers, cast and crew.
Told Me To 4K
(1975, aka Demon)
is one of the late, great, innovative, independent genre director's
best films and we reviewed the previous Blue Underground Blu-ray
edition years ago at this link:
Underground has reissued the film as a 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray w/Blu-ray
set and that includes a new 4K scan of the original 35mm negative of
the film that has aged very well and is a creepy and unexpected as
ever. Tony Lo Bianco is the cop who has to investigate why people
are killing other people out of nowhere, then say the title of the
film when they are caught.
Cohen's best films, the movie follows no cliches, even breaks them
and comes up with new angles and ideas most filmmakers have yet to
catch up with after all these decades. The look, editing, pace and
suspense just keeps building and building with some wild twists and
turns. One of the best horror films to get upgraded to 4K yet, it is
one fo the must see/must haves for all serious film collectors and
still has yet to
be fully rediscovered with shocking moments that rise above my letter
grade for the film. Nice to see it get such deluxe treatment.
the extras from the older Blu-ray disc are repeated, per Blue
Underground's policy, but they have added a new, second
feature-length audio commentary track by film historians Steve
Mitchell and Troy Howarth that makes for a nice new addition.
my interview with Writer/Director Larry Cohen, go to this link:
we have Richard Gray's Murder
At Yellowstone City
(2022) and it is the most ambitious feature film western I have seen
in a while, even if it ultimately does not work. A man strikes gold
and flaunts it, until he is killed. Everyone is a suspect and more
murders occur. Thomas Jane is a preacher who tries to figure out
who, as well as Gabriel Byrne, who might know more than he is saying.
The rest of the cast is not bad, nor are the sets, but the costumes
and script are more par for the course and even Richard Dreyfus
showing up can only do so much.
it is a revenge western of sorts with a murder mystery which I
thought might work early on if they could get on track and try
something new or different, but the makers simply do not understand
the genre entirely, so it becomes a disappointment when all is said
and done. At least it was not the total bore too many of these
releases in the last decade or so have been, so those interested
might want to give it a look just the same.
Scenes, Audio Commentary and Behind The Scenes/Making Of featurette
are the extras.
for playback performance on all the discs. The 2160p HECV/H.265,
1.85 X 1, Dolby Vision/HDR (10; Ultra HD Premium)-enhanced Ultra High
Definition image on God Told Me To 4K has some great color,
depth, detail and definition throughout with a thick look perfect for
the genre, though some have noticed is it slightly different in look
form the older edition, while both disc versions here use the new
scan. For the regular 1080p 1.85 X 1 digital High Definition version
of the film, it is about a draw. However, I just like the 4K that
much better than both. Sound has also been upgraded to lossless
Dolby Atmos (Dolby TrueHD 7.1 for older systems) and it is not a bad
upgrade, but nothing too shocking or dramatic. The DTS HD-MA
(Master Audio) 5.1 upgrade is still richer, but some might like how
the Atmos opens up the original theatrical monophonic sound.
Reborn is presented in 1080p high definition on Blu-ray disc with
an MPEG-4 AVC codec, a widescreen aspect ratio of 2.39:1, and a
lossless, English DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 5.1 (48kHz, 24-bit).
Though the film looks and sounds like a bigger budgeted project,
there isn't anything really new or inventive in the filmmaking.
1080p 2.35 X 1 digital High Definition image transfer on Baby
can be a little on the weak and plain side, despite some consistency
and the Japanese DTS-HD MA (Master
Audio) 5.1 lossless mix can be audible for the most part, but the
soundfield is inconsistent and has some weak moments too.
1080p 2.35 X 1 digital High Definition image transfer on Yellowstone
can be soft more than it should be throughout beyond any style
choices, while the DTS-HD MA (Master
Audio) 5.1 lossless mix can be a little more hit and miss than
leaves the 1.33 X 1 color image transfer on all Chocky
episodes, showing the age of the materials used, with outdoors shot
on 16mm film and indoor shots on PAL analog videotape. At times, we
get some analog
videotape flaws including video noise, video banding, telecine
flicker, tape scratching, PAL cross color, faded color and tape
damage to the point that it could not overcome its age and looked a
little older to me than 1970s
Bakers episodes form a decade earlier. Sadly, the 16mm film
materials are probably lost, so this might be the best this will ever
look, but who knows. The lossy Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono fortunately
fares a bit better and is clearer than expected.
Via Vision import DVD set, go to this link:
Nicholas Sheffo, Ricky Chiang (Baby) and James Lockhart