The Long Halloween 4K
(2021/DC Comics/Warner 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray w/Blu-ray)/Evil
Dead Trap 2: Hideki
Blu-ray)/Night Of The
Living Dead 4K
(1968/Criterion 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray w/Blu-ray)/They
Crawl Beneath (2022/Well
Ultra HD Picture: A- Picture: B+ Sound: B+/B+/B+/B-/B+
Extras: C+/C-/C+/B+/C- Films: B/C/B/B+/C+
horror, old and new, just in time for the latest Halloween season....
previously as two separate Blu-rays only, the animated version of the
classic Batman graphic novel, Batman:
The Long Halloween 4K
(2021), comes to the 4K UHD format in a combined double
presentation. The story itself is an inspiration to Christopher
Nolan's The Dark Knight, and features many of the Dark
Knight's most infamous villains including Joker, Solomon Grundy,
Calendar Man, Catwoman, Harvey Dent, and more. This tale fuses the
dangerous Gotham City Mobs and the creation of Two Face into an
interesting narrative, and is known as one of the greatest Batman
stories ever told.
by Chris Palmer (Superman: Man of Tomorrow), the film also
stays pretty close to the original graphic novel by Jeph Loeb and Tim
Sale, and features eye popping animation that is pretty beautiful
(including Gotham City itself), even if its more akin to the style of
the '90s animated series than directly mimicking the style from the
book. Simply put, if you're a Bat-Fan then you won't want to miss
features the voice cast of Jensen Ackles as Batman, the late Naya
Rivera as Catwoman, Josh Duhamel, Billy Buke, Titus Welliver, David
Dastmalchian, and more.
The Long Halloween 4K is presented in 2160p on 4K UHD disc with
HDR10, an HEVC / H.265 codec, a widescreen aspect ratio of 1.78:1 and
a lossless audio track in English DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 5.1 sound.
The transfer does look a bit sharper and more defined than the
previously released Blu-ray editions (reviewed elsewhere on this
site.) And the animation is clean and professionally done as
Features: BATMAN: THE LONG HALLOWEEN - EVOLUTION OF EVIL (New
Featurette): The mystery surrounding the Holiday Killer shrouds
Gotham in a sinister darkness forcing Batman to stop the villain's
assault on the city. This is a comprehensive look at The Long
Halloween with original writer, Jeph Loeb, and filmmakers.
Dead Trap 2: Hideki
a controversial Japanese horror film that is geared towards people
with strong stomachs. The film centers on several characters with
disturbing pasts that are haunted by a ghost that looks like a child.
They soon learn they are pawns of the ghost that are used to carry
out horrible acts that lead them down a path of madness.
film stars Shoko Nakajima, Shiro Sano, Sei Hiraizumi, Kitaro, Jun
Maeda, & Ryo Iwamatsu and is directed by Izo Hashimoto.
Dead Trap 2 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
nice sounding, lossless audio mix in Japanese DTS-HD MA (Master
Audio) 2.0 Stereo with optional English subtitles. Unearthed has
done a fine job of handing the restoration and it looks nice on disc.
Features: Photo Gallery and Trailers.
Zombie is a filmmaker and musician that you either love or hate, and
depending on how deep down the horror pop culture rabbit hole you
are, the more you will pick up on some of the many subtle references
throughout his body of work to other (often obscure) horror classics.
20 years in the making (just to obtain the rights to make the film),
is his most watchable and polished film yet, The
(2022) is actually a lot better than most film critics will give it
Munsters is unlike anything else that Zombie has made as there is
no foul language or gore in any of it, which I am sure was a slight
challenge for him, as that has been a crutch he seems to weigh on.
While nobody living could ever replace the original cast of The
Munsters television series, this film does a good job with
seeking less popular names for its cast and utilizing them in a fun
and interesting way, partly due to restrictions of making this film
during the pandemic. There are several times in the film where you
can see that just about every actor played multiple roles, which is
kinda fun. While The Munsters isn't for everyone, and it may
be easy for some to dismiss it out the gate, and it's actually a film
that this reviewer enjoyed more than most things out this year.
of doing a direct translation of the show to screen, Zombie decided
to tell a prequel story of how Herman and Lilly first met and fell in
love, and gives a little insight on some burning questions about how
The Munsters got to be who they are, and how they ended up on
Mockingbird Lane in California to begin with. The film sets out with
Richard Brake (a fabulous and underrated actor in his own right)
playing a Mad Scientist who, along with his quirky assistant (Jorge
Garcia), end up digging up various pieces to create his masterpiece
(which ends up being Herman Munster played by Jeff Daniel Phillips).
Meanwhile, Lilly (Sherri Moon Zombie) and her father The Count (the
amazing Daniel Roebuck) are at odds with one another as Lilly needs
to find a suitable mate. After some zany incidents, Lilly and Herman
meet and fall in love, much to the dismay of The Count, and they end
up becoming an odd ball family and have to soon leave their spooky
home of Transylvania and head to Hollywood thanks to Lilly's cousin
Lester (Tomas Boykin), who made a bum deal with a gypsy.
film also features Elvira herself Cassandra Peterson, Butch Patrick
(the original Eddie Munster as The Tin Can Man), Pat Priest (who was
also in the original cast), Sylvester McCoy, Dee Wallace, and others.
Munsters 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).
The film is quite colorful and vibrant and I hope a 4K UHD version
gets released in the near future as the film is quite beautifully
photographed. The Blu-ray does what it can and is definitely a
better option than streaming the film, and will do for now.
Features (per the press release):
commentary with Director/Writer/Producer Rob Zombie
Munsters: Return To Mockingbird Lane - From the mind of Rob
Zombie, this hour-long look behind the scenes of The Munsters gives
an intimate window into his filmmaking process. Watch as he weaves
his way through the production and collaborates with a dedicated team
to bring his unique vision to life.
Munsters 2022 is innocent and intentionally corny and silly as
that is the essence of what The Munsters are and always have been.
There have been various Munsters flops since the original series
aired and this film should be given a chance despite your
preconceived notions of Rob Zombie as a filmmaker and artist. I
actually really think this film is a lot of fun and I hope that Mr.
Zombie returns to this world in the future and explores further
adventures with this cast and characters. Go into it with an open
mind and enjoy the fun in the spirit of the Halloween season.
Of The Living Dead 4K
(1968) manages to just edge out the already shockingly impressive
regular Blu-ray edition Criterion issued in a strong set we reviewed
at this link not too long ago...
the same extras since this has the two Blu-rays from the the previous
set, along with the same PCM 2.0 Mono sound from the movie from that
1.33 X 1, black & white, 2160p HECV/H.265, Ultra High Definition
image may not have any HDR of any kind, but it is STILL an amazing
upgrade of the classic with even more detail, depth, better Video
White, better Video Black and better gray scale, as well as sharpened
detail that never looks fake. Why it has no kind of HDR is odd and a
shame, but this is the best non-HDR 4K image I have ever seen and
along with the U.K. version of the 1979 Dawn
Of The Dead 4K
(unreviewed, but stunning and highly recommended; skip any other 4K
edition until we see what comes to the U.S. market) are easily the
best George Romero films on 4K at this time. I hope more follow.
is even more impact seeing it in 4K and outside of some
mint-condition film print... somewhere, this is the best way to see
this film now.
but not necessarily least, They
a modern creature feature in the vein of Tremors
or other killer worm movies of the like but on a lower budget.
Instead of showing thousands of worms running amok as you may see in
a bigger budgeted version of this concept, this film is much more
contained and intimate. An earthquake awakens a dormant worm-like
species that lives underground. As the worms start to grow, they
become a threat to anyone who comes in contact with them. Danny
(Jospeh Almani) gets stuck next to his dead friend in a garage while
repairing a car and comes face to face with one of the growing deadly
worms in a race for his life.
film stars Joseph Almani, Michael Pare, Arthur Roberts, Karlee
Eldridge, & Brian DeRozan, and is directed by Dale Fabrigar.
film isn't too bad, but shows its budget with some bad digital visual
effects here and there, and the fact that you don't see the worms
much and they sometimes feel a little too puppet-like. The general
concept of the movie isn't completely original, but it works fine
here. The acting overall isn't terrible, but feels a bit dialed back
and could've made for a stronger film with a better or more
recognizable cast overall.
Crawl Beneath 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 an English DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 5.1 (48kHz, 24-bit). The
film looks and sounds pretty good for the Blu-ray format and the film
is nicely shot with vibrant colors and a good sound mix.
Crawl Beneath (again) isn't a terrible film, but nothing to
really write home about.
Nicholas Sheffo (Dead 4K) and James Lockhart