Fantastico: Four Italian Tales Of Terror
(1963 - 66/Arrow/both MVD Blu-rays)/Minute
You Wake Up Dead
Season Four The Choice 4K
(2022/HBO/Warner 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray w/Blu-ray)
Ultra HD Picture: B+ Picture: B+/B+/B-/B Sound: B+/B+/B/B+ &
B Extras: C+/B/C-/C+ Main Programs: C/B/C/B
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is interesting that MVD is releasing 5-25-77
(2007) onto Blu-ray around the same time that Steven Spielberg's The
is in theaters. Both films are about young passionate filmmakers in
the 1970s that live and breathe the art of making movies.
gets wrong is that it's marketed as a sort of Star
parody when the overly long film is more of a coming of age drama
akin to Freaks
with some jokes peppered in for good measure. The film gets pretty
heavy at times too as if it’s trying to be a Kevin Smith movie or
something and the actors portraying these dramatic characters don't
really excel in these moments. The fact that its based loosely on a
true story gives it some weight, but all in all the film feels like a
miss. I think with a stronger cast this could have been better.
film stars John Francis Daley, Emma Chen, and Colleen Camp to name a
few with direction by Patrick Read Johnson (Angus,
which was the Napoleon
of its time).
young filmmaker is inspired by sci-fi classics of the 1960s - 70s and
starts chasing the filmmaking dream. Along the way he struggles with
romance and growing pains as the release of the original 1977 Star
film looms and will seemingly help usher in a new stage of his life.
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 lossless, English
DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 5.1 (48kHz, 24-bit) and LPCM 2.0 mixes as
well. The transfer isn't too bad but there are some scenes that are
a bit grainy or noisy.
Commentary with writer/director Patrick Read Johnson, moderated by
Seth Gaven, founder of the A.V. Squad and editor of the film Spaced
from the 2013 Fantasia Film Festival with director Patrick Read
three Photo Galleries.
Italian horror films come together in a great new box set from Arrow
Fantastico: Four Italian Tales Of Terror
(1963 - 66).
I wasn't aware of any of these films from the 1960s era before
checking out this box set and was pleasantly surprised how eerie and
well crafted they are. All of which deal with revenge in some way
and most feature a young woman as the lead character. If you're a
fan of Italian horror films by Mario Bava or the like then I would
suggest checking this out.
(1965) is a ghost revenge story about a woman who comes back as a
vengeful spirit after her husband murders her. Directed by Massimo
Pupillo and starring Gordon Mitchell, Erika Blanc, and Paul Muller.
(1963) a young woman who fears she will be made a sacrifice due to a
curse held by her lineage. Directed by Alberto De Martino and
starring Gerard Tichy, Leo Anchoriz, and Ombretta Colli.
(1966) is also a very interesting thriller in the same vein as
in some regards. A jealous maid to a rich family attempts to take
over by inspiring two murders, but finds that the son (Franco Nero in
an early role) is bonkers with a devious agenda of his own. The film
has many twists and turns and highlights obsession, necrophilia,
lust, and cold blooded murder. Recommended. Directed by Mino
Guerrini and starring Gioia Pascal and Erika Blanc.
(1966) centers on a historian who goest to a castle library to
translate some erotic literature but instead encounters unholy
spirits. Directed by Damiano Damiani and starring Richard Johnson,
Rosanna Schiaffino, Gian Maria Volonte.
set is presented in 1080p high definition on Blu-ray disc with an
MPEG-4 AVC codec, a widescreen aspect ratio of 1.85:1 with English
and Italian LPCM Mono with optional English subtitles. All of the
restorations are beautifully done and present these films in
significant clarity. Another worthy restoration done by the folks at
new video introductions to each film by Italian film devotee Mark
edition 80-page book featuring new writing on the films by Roberto
Curti, Rob Talbot, Jerome Reuter, Rod Barnett and Kimberly Lindbergs
edition packaging with reversible sleeves featuring original and
newly commissioned artwork by Colin Murdoch
ONE: LADY MORGAN'S VENGEANCE
new audio commentary by author and critic Alexandra Heller-Nicholas
new video essay on the film by author and producer Kat Ellinger
new video interview with actress Erika Blanc
edited video interview with actor Paul Muller
edited audio interview with director Massimo Pupillo
complete original cineromanzo, published in Suspense in April 1971
TWO: THE BLANCHEVILLE MONSTER
new audio commentary by filmmaker and film historian Paul Anthony
new video essay on the film by writer and pop culture historian Keith
new video interview with author and filmmaker Antonio Tentori
credits for the US release of the film
THREE: THE THIRD EYE
new audio commentary by author and critic Rachael Nisbet
new video essay on the film by author and filmmaker Lindsay Hallam
edited video interview with actress Erika Blanc
FOUR: THE WITCH
new audio commentary by author and producer Kat Ellinger
new video essay on the film by author and academic Miranda Corcoran
a Brand new video interview with author and filmmaker Antonio Tentori
Minute You Wake Up Dead
(2022) is another Grindstone production, this time with Cole Hauser
as a stockbroker who may get framed for murder, or be murdered, after
getting involved with a supposedly introverted waitress. Turns out
the killing was no crime or passion or mere bit of revenge, but a
monied hit and several criminal elements around are or want to be
involved for whatever reasons.
Freeman shows up as the police, but he is not enough or in it enough
to save this thin script from breaking down early as the film barely
gets in any character development or developed ideas before it
becomes unusually crude, bloody and violent. All of that seems as
desperate as it is unnecessary, so if you fall asleep watching it,
don't worry about waking up at all. You won't be missing much.
1080p 2.35 X 1 digital High Definition image transfer is a new HD
shoot that is softer than expected or should be, especially at this
point in time when we are in the 4K era of Ultra High Definition
video. Colors can be poor and this is not just some style choice,
with some shots just plain sloppy, while the
DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 5.1 lossless mix is at least professional
and competent enough. Still, it is nothing special.
include Digital Copy and a trailer.
but absolutely not least, Westworld:
Season Four The Choice 4K
(2022) as what has sadly become the last season (for now) of one of
the best science fiction TV series anywhere since early seasons of
(few shows since have not been more than comedies, space operas or
knock-offs of better, earlier shows) as the show keeps its edge, it
amazing cast, its sharp writing, great production values and has gone
about as far as it could dealing with a future of computer artificial
intelligence gone wild that lost it is audience more than the makers
might have expected. It does not mean they made any major mistakes.
show is so involved by this time, taking its place with McGoohan's
and Lynch's Twin
as among the most complex and challenging TV shows ever made with
ideas audiences still have not caught up with yet. Why this is not
celebrated more with Westworld
is strange, but that has been the case so far. Like Disney's
(1982,) a much more commercial enterprise decades ago, some of this
will make more sense as the world catches up with it.
the original Westworld
was issued by MGM in 1973 in theaters, the studio had zero hopes it
would be a hit, but it turned out to be their biggest hit that year.
The idea of machines turning on people, when they were supposed to be
for people to use and enjoy (especially at an expensive amusement
park for adults) was a step forward in examining the human
relationship with technology and at a time when it was far more
unusual (the analog era) than it is now. The series has recaptured
that terror very well, extrapolating upon it as effectively as any
science fiction made and along with the underrated 1976 Futureworld
sequel, now stands as the most underrated examination of these ideas.
makes this show, despite being a hit all this time, still underrated
and the makers had at least one more season planned. I hope we see a
revival, but if anything, these eight episodes do not let up and the
cast (including Ed Harris, Tessa Thompson, Thandiwe Newton, Aaron
Paul, Jeffrey Wright, Luke Hemsworth, James Marsden and more) have
achieved (including former cast members) a very special show that is
always realistic, smart, palpable and very rare in how it works and
holds up. I would start from the first season (and actually, with
the 1973 and 1976 films for maximum impact) before getting to this
season, but the show is enough of a classic that we'll be talking
about it years from now and those talking will be as amazed as us
looking now at the 1973 and 1976 films. Yes, its that good.
2160p HEVC/H.265, 1.78 X 1 (with occasional variances), Dolby
Vision/HDR (10; Ultra HD Premium)-enhanced Ultra High Definition
image is the best-looking presentation on the list and even in its
(for now?) final season, is the best-looking show on TV today with
more than a few amazing shots above my letter grade. The combination
of shooting on 35mm film (and very well) with state-of-the-art CGI
that is not fake or overdone, though some CGI cannot help but soften
some shots (especially when compared to the sharpness and clarity of
the Kodak Vision3 full color negative films used here) and the whole
series will hold up for decades to come and consistently so. The
1080p 1.78 X 1 digital High Definition image on the Blu-ray episodes
are fine, but no match for what the 4K discs can deliver.
for sound, the 4K discs offer Dolby Atmos 11.1 (Dolby TrueHD 7.1
mixdown for older systems) lossless mixes, while the Blu-ray offer
lossless DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 5.1 mixdowns that are not bad and
have some weight to them, but are not a match for the impact of the
Atmos mixes. That makes this one of the best-sounding TV series ever
include Digital Code, while the discs add Westworld
on the Road
(Exclusive to 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and even DVD editions)
An Exploration of Humanity
(Exclusive to Home Entertainment)
Temperance: A Set Tour
Westworld's Reality Episodes 1-8
Nicholas Sheffo (Minute,
and James Lockhart