(2020/*both Film Movement DVD)/Legion
Of Superheroes 4K
(2023/DC Comics Animated/Warner 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray w/Blu-ray)
Ultra HD Picture: A- Picture: B+/B-/B-/C+/B-/B+ Sound:
B+/B-/B-/C+/B-/A- Extras: B/D/D/D/B/B Films: B/C+/C/B/C+/B
a new group of thrillers, plus a new animated hero genre release....
the Director of the Suspiria
remake and Call
Me By Your Name,
Luca Guadagnino's Bones
(2022) is a very well made and interesting horror romance drama that
paints a world where human cannibals are among us in modern society.
Told from the perspective of Maren (played by Taylor Russell) is
seemingly at first just a normal young woman until things soon become
pretty apparent that she's not, without giving too much away. Rising
superstar Timothee Chalamet (Dune)
does a great job in this as a very convincing cannibal drifter, of
whom Maren falls in love with mid-way through the story, which
centers on her search for her lost mother. Along the way, the duo
encounter over cannibals, most of which are unhinged and savage.
film has many ideas and meanings throughout it that make it a pretty
interesting watch. There was a mixed reaction to the film upon
release and it was unsurprisingly overlooked at the Oscars. This is
a slow, melodic, well composed and offbeat film that works for this
reviewer, but may not for others!
also stars Chloe Sevigny, Michael Stuhlbarg, and Mark Rylance.
looks fine on Blu-ray, but where is the 4K UHD? I hope it's coming
out later or else it would be a grave shame as this film is
stunningly beautiful to look at. The film here 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 lossless English Dolby Atmos
(Dolby TrueHD 7.1 (48kHz, 24-bit) mixdown for older systems)
Features include five featurettes:
look Inside - Luco Guadagino
Vision of Bones and All
Outlaws in Love.
beautiful Katja Herbers stars in The
(2019) which is an amusing Dutch dark comedy about a columnist/author
who tires of getting death threats over the internet and decides to
take matters into her own hands by tracking down and murdering her
offenders. Despite being a foreign film, it feels similar to
American dark comedies and could easily be translated to modern day
America with a re-write and an actress like Anne Hathaway in the
think the message of the film is pretty clever: ''why can't we just
disagree and be nice about it?,'' the main character pleads. And she
has a point. Online toxicity gets worse by the day and online
bullying is especially getting worse by the second Many Hollywood
celebrities in front of and behind the camera have had to sign off of
social media accounts due to death threats and verbal abuse due to a
performance they played or a film they were involved in. Of course
this toxicity has always existed before the internet, but now it's
very easy to hate, in fact, it spreads like wildfire. Although this
film is satire, I don't think it's that far fetched that a writer
would go this far to make a statement under the right circumstances.
We are all human after all and can only take so much.
film is directed by Ivo Van Aart and also stars Claire Porro, Merel
Westirk, and Matthijis van Nieuwkerk.
is presented in anamorphically enhanced, standard definition on DVD
with a 2,35:1 widescreen aspect ratio and a lossy Dutch 5.1 Dolby
Digital Audio mix with English subtitles. The film has a
professional and glossy look and suffers from compression limitations
of the DVD format.
Features: Trailers and an 'About Film Movement' statement.
lands on disc courtesy of Lionsgate. Directed by Daniel Zirilli, the
film centers on a military test subject who gets injected with
futuristic nano-bites and becomes an invincible killer not unlike
Wolverine. Yes, he can even heal when he gets shot with a bullet.
Its up a secret agent to track this unstoppable foe down before it's
too late. The film badly wants to be John
and is heavy on lens flares, fast cutting, and mediocre
cinematography. The result is a cookie cutter indie shot in LA that
feels like a bit too familiar.
film stars Johnny Strong, Marko Zaror, and Vladimir Kulich.
is presented in standard definition, anamorphically enhanced on DVD
with a 2.35:1 widescreen aspect ratio and a lossy 5.1 Dolby Digital
Audio mix. The film is shot without any real interesting use of
style or color, and feels pretty independent or shot for television.
The production design isn't bad, but the lack of a name celebrity as
the action lead isn't doing it many favors. Compression issues are
evident in the format.
only extra is a trailer for the film.
wants to be a superhero type action thriller, but isn't visually very
interesting and has some pretty tacky moments.
an Italian psychological thriller that tells the story of a murder
from the perspective of the accused perpetrator, as he recounts it
for his defense attorney, and the audience; actions that led up to
the crime. Riccardo Scamarcio portrays Italian entrepreneur Adriano
Doria, the alleged perpetrator, and Miriam Leone portrays Laura, his
mistress and the murder victim in question.
film toggles back and forth between the present, just hours before
Adriano Doria's arrest with defense attorney Virginia Ferrara
(portrayed by Maria Paiato) asking him questions, and the past, going
back as far as events that unfold three months prior, when Adriano
and Laura embark on a covert getaway.
the two leave their rendezvous, they end up in a precarious situation
that starts off as nothing more than an accident and turns into
something of criminal proportions that even the most painstaking
attempts to cover up can't undo. Ultimately, another victim, prior
to Laura, emerges. What has happened to him can't be discerned,
because no body has been recovered. Following these events are a
series of twists and turns where this initial victim's family rests
at nothing to determine what has happened to their son, and Adriano
and Laura rest at nothing to erase any trace of their involvement.
As Virginia continues to grill Adriano, the flashbacks portray a
number of what-if scenarios that can either be construed as a means
to project his innocence or as a way to demonstrate his guilt, in
regards to both victims.
viewers are left on the edges of their seats, playing out each
scenario in their own minds as they play out on the screen, trying to
connect the dots ahead of the plot and waiting to see if they're
right or not. The ending of the film leaves viewers satisfied, but
with questions: who was the ultimate victim? What is the ultimate
outcome? What 'should be' the ultimate outcome?
frequent use of flashbacks and intricate layering of the plot,
combined with the less-than-altruistic motivations of each of the
characters, gives this movie a film noir quality. This dark ambience
is heightened by a dramatic musical score, which stands out all the
more because the film is in Italian with English subtitles, so the
viewer is really cued into paying attention.
film is part of Icarus Video's Distrib Films US collection, bringing
acclaimed international movies to the US, and runs for a total of 102
anamorphically enhanced 1.78 X 1 image and the lossy Dolby Digital
sound are just fine for the older format. There
are no extras.
a pretty heavy and complex film that was a big winner at SXSW and
other film festivals and is now on disc from Film Movement.
Centering on a parallel present day, a struggling delivery guy trying
to take care of his sick brother ends up takes a job in the gig
economy that deals with a digital ponzi scheme. Featuring a standout
performance from Madeline Wise, the rest of cast struggles to keep up
with her in this slow moving and wordy film.
film stars Madeline Wise, Ivory Aquino, Dora Madison Burge, Arliss
Howard, James McDaniel and Pooya Mohseni.
is presented in anamorphically enhanced standard definition on DVD
with a 2.39:1 widescreen aspect ratio and lossy English 5.1 and 2.0
Dolby Digital audio mix options. The film is pretty nicely
photographed which shines through on the aging format.
Length Audio Commentary with Director and Producers
Bonus Short Film: Guts.
finally, our Ultra High Definition title this time around. The DC
Comics animated universe turns out another hit with Legion
4K (2023), which puts Supergirl in front and center stage with some
cameos by Superman and Batman. The animated film is a coming of age
story in which Supergirl goes into the future, thanks to Superman,
and ends up training at an academy for up and coming superheroes.
She ends up butting heads with a fifth incarnation of Brainiac, who
ends up to be a love interest later in the story. They end up
exposing The Dark Circle, a clever enemy brain trust that threatens
the fate of the universe and steals a powerful weapon from the
Academy's secret safe.
and Harry Shum Jr. (Crazy
lead a star-studded cast as the voices of Supergirl/Kara and Brainiac
5, respectively. Darren Criss (Glee,
Assassination of Gianni Versace),
Matt Bomer (Doom
and Jensen Ackles (Supernatural,
reprise their roles in this ongoing Justice League continuity as
Superman, The Flash and Batman, respectively.
of Superheroes 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 an audio track in
lossless, English DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 5.1 mix. The film is
nicely animated and is in a slightly different style than the normal
animation style the company has gone after in the past. Overall,
very well done and enjoyable. Also included is a 1080p version of
the film on Blu-ray with similar widescreen and sound specs and a
picture that isn't as sharp as the 4K UHD obviously.
Features include four new featurettes:
Legion Behind The Legion
Attack: The Intellect Behind the Super-Villain
Down to Earth: The Story of Supergirl.
Christen Stroh (Witness)
and James Lockhart