Blu-ray)/Fugitive From The
Blu-ray*)/I Am Alfred
PAL Import DVD)/Preman:
Silent Fury (2021/Well Go
Blu-ray)/Village In The
Media Unlimited DVD/*both MVD)
B-/B+/C+/B+/B- Sound: B/B+/C+/B+/B- Extras: D/B/D/D/C-
PAL DVD Import is now only available from our friends at ViaVision
Entertainment in Australia, can only play on 4K, DVD and Blu-ray
players that can handle the PAL format and can be ordered from the
for a new set of suspense, action and thrillers...
C. Clayton's Bullet
(2021) is another pointless thriller with no thrills (Vinnie Jones
plays a 'mob boss' but this is miles away from, any serious kind of
gangster genre film, including the many great British gangster films
we've seen over the decades) as a young new group of criminals what
to challenge his power and wealth (of course, they're all idiots) and
he will have to take them on single-handedly. Oh, and his wife
happens to be pregnant, though he is an old school gangster (aka OG)
in all this.
a long, long, long, unfortunate 92 minutes, the real problem was
seeing a talent like Jones wasted for over 1.6 hours when he deserves
better. Staying 'in the game' cinematically while playing a
character doing the same in a fictional crime world has irony, but
that is one of many, many things the screenplay is oblivious too.
Too bad the print copies were not gunned down, as I doubt they were
'bullet proof' as any semblance of a plot or story is only by barely
existing, though the cliches keep flying like a repeatedly-loaded
2.00 X 1 digital High Definition image transfer has its share of
motion blur, bad shots and an unusual aspect ratio that makes this
look as bad as it sounds, though the
DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 5.1 lossless mix is not bad and is the
default highlight of this dud.
are no extras, unless you count Digital Copy, but we do not.
Fugitive From The Past
is from acclimated Japanese filmmaker Tomu Uchida (Bloody
Spear at Mount Fuji,
and is even hailed by the prestigious Cinema Junpo magazine's poll in
1999 for one of the top Japanese films of its kind of the 20th
epic movie that is over three hours in length, tells the story of a
man who escaped a passenger ferry crash at sea, leaving him
responsible for many deaths. He flees to the mainline and finds a
friend in a prostitute. Ten years past, and he finds himself with a
new life... until she sees the woman from his past. The film stars
Rentaro Mikuni, Sachiko Hidari, Koji Mitsui, Yoshi Kato, Sadako
Sawamura, and Susumu Fujita.
Fugitive From The Past is presented in black and white, 1080p
high definition on Blu-ray disc with an MPEG-4 AVC codec, a
widescreen aspect ratio of 2.40:1 (original aspect ratios apparently
2.66:1 and originally shot in 16mm negative film!) and a Japanese
LPCM Mono mix with English subtitles. The black and white film has
been nicely restored and is up to the high standards set by Arrow.
by scholar, writer and curator Jasper Sharp
commentaries from leading Japanese film scholars Aaron Gerow, Irene
González-Lopez, Erik Homenick, Earl Jackson, Daisuke Miyao and
sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Tony
First Pressing Only: Fully illustrated
collector's booklet featuring writing on the film by David Baldwin
and Inuhiko Yomota.
you are a fan of Japanese cinema, then this film is recommended, even
if it is a bit long.
Am Alfred Hitchcock
(2021) is another solid, fine and decent attempt to deliver a
documentary biography on The Master Of Suspense, though it has under
90 minutes to do it, it is not bad and obviously has to squeeze all
kinds of biography, filmography, interviews and other derails
throughout and does a decent job. Yes, there is overlap with the
many other looks at Hitchcock's work and career, including the dozens
of featurettes by now issued with so many of his films on home video,
U.K. was the original producer of this one and the best quotes come
from the stars who worked with the director, plus the informed likes
of Edgar Wright, Ben Mankiewicz, John Landis and more. Fans will
enjoy this one, while it also makes for a great crash course for
those less familiar, there are too many spoilers here to recommend it
of the bat, so save it after you've seen most of his films if you are
new to his work.
anamorphically enhanced 1.78 X 1 image looks fine for the most part,
with the vast majority of the older clips looking good and new
footage fine. With several Hitchcock films now in 4K, even if this
were issued on Blu-ray, it is not going to stack up to that. The
lossy Dolby Digital 5.1 and lossy Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo sound are
not bad for the old codec formats, but the 5.1 has an edge and it is
better to go with that mix, though you can experiment yourself when
you get the disc.
are sadly no extras.
you're looking for a violent romp then the Indonesian film, Preman:
Silent Fury (2022) should whet your appetite and leave you
feeling a bit dirty inside. The martial arts action movie was a big
winner at Fantastic Fest and is now. The film centers on a Preman,
an Indonesian crime boss, who comes to tell the truth to his son, to
whom he must protect for a gang of killers out to get them. The film
stars Khiva Iskak, Muzakki Ramdhan, & Kiki Narendra and is
directed by Randolph Zaini.
film 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,
Indonesian DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 5.1 mix with English subtitles.
The presentation on Blu-ray disc looks and sounds fine and is up to
standards of the format.
Silent Fury isn't bad for what it is, but doesn't bring much new
to the table either.
Village In The Woods
out on DVD and is a British Horror Movie set in a fog covered
countryside, and is a sort of folk horror film inspired by Blood
on the Satan's Claw
(1971) and others.
by Raine McCormack, a couple breaks down in the woods and soon come
across an abandoned village where the inhabitants have an insidious
plan for them steeped in ritual. The film stars Therese Bradley,
Chloe Bailey, Rebecca Johnson, Richard Hope, Phil Martin, and Katie
Alexander to name a few.
film is presented in anamorphically enhanced, standard definition on
DVD with a 2.39:1 widescreen aspect ratio and a lossy 2.0 and 5.1
Dolby Digital Audio mixes. The film isn't shot badly, but the
transfer is lacking and pushes the limits of the aging DVD format.
only special feature is a trailer.
Village in the Woods isn't bad, but it takes a while to get going
and is sort of predictable at times. Still, considering the horror
sub-genre that it's taking on, it does a good job of delivering.
ViaVision PAL import DVD, go to this link to order and be sure to
explore more hard-to-get titles form the company as well:
Nicholas Sheffo (Hitchcock, Proof) and James Lockhart