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Bodyguard: Series One (2018/Via Vision Region Free Import Blu-ray Set)/Jimmy Zip Reloaded (2000/Boom! Cult DVD + Traction CD Motion Picture Soundtrack)/King Solomon's Mines (1950/MGM/Warner Archive Blu-ray)/Waterworld 4K (1995/Universal/Arrow 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray w/Blu-rays)

4K Ultra HD Picture: B+ Picture: B-/C+/X/B/B Sound: B-/C+ & B/C+/B Extras: C/C-/C-/C-/B- Main Programs: C+/B/C+/C+/C

PLEASE NOTE: The Bodyguard: Series One Import Blu-ray is now only available from our friends at Via Vision Entertainment in Australia and can play on all 4K and Blu-ray players, while King Solomon's Mines (1950) is now only available from Warner Bros. through their Warner Archive series. All can be ordered from the links below.

Here's a very wide-ranging and eclectic group of action thrillers....

Bodyguard: Series One (2018) has noting to do with the Kevin Costner/Whitney Houston hit feature film, but is a drama about terrorist attacks, this one taking place on a train, a locale I always like for mystery, suspense and action. Unfortunately, despite some good performances and leads Richard Madden and Keeley Hawes holding their own, the 'Middle Eastern Terrorist' angle is long beyond played out and I could not get into this show.

It is worth adding that even if this arrived a decade ago, I still would not have been that impressed and even as far as train thrillers of all kinds are concerned, it is just not that good. There have even been TV shows with episodes set on trains that were more effective, so this is only for the most curious only. I'll be curious to see where they went with the follow-up season.

Extras are listed at the link below.

Robert McGinley's Jimmy Zip Reloaded (2000) has been reissued under a new title for 2023 (the original film is simply called Jimmy Zip) and it was almost the beginning of a new cycle of independent films. To read more about my original coverage and impressions of the film, go to this link of a much older DVD version at:


Without ruining any of the storyline, some parts have aged remarkably well, while others are a little dated, but when you are taking risks and trying to do something different in what used to be raw filmmaking, that is what you get. Hard to believe Brendan Fletcher, who went on to become a very successful character actor, is really good here as he was from the start of his career. It is a massive loss for us that he did not become the lead actor star he should have, even after the even more remarkable Rollercoaster a year before. Still, all the actors are really good here and I like the look, feel and pace very much.

Extras include an Original Theatrical Trailer and vintage Director's Intro exactly what the older DVD had, but I wish we at least had a restoration featurette. You can read more about RollerCoaster in my DVD review of that gem at:


Also, a CD soundtrack for the film has been issued (its cover is the same picture as the old DVD) and it great to hear how well this music was recorded, produced, mixed and mastered. Geoff Levin recorded the instrumentals that worked so well, did the music with the director (who is actually credited as the last music artist on the ten tracks her) and the other six tracks are songs by six artists that are interesting enough that I would like to hear more of their work. This release is long overdue and a very, very pleasant surprise. I can just add that some of those tracks work better than others, yet again, all are ambitious and it all makes me miss this kind of filmmaking.

Compton Bennett & Andrew Martin's King Solomon's Mines (1950) is really a British film from a British genre of people from a first-world country (the U.K. in this case) going to a 'jungle' or 'third world country' that is 'wild' and you might not be able to 'tame' which we did have in the Tarzan films from Hollywood, but this is also what some people would consider 'imperialist' and some of this might now even be considered 'racist' if not all of it.

A Best Picture contender in its time, the undeniable Deborah Kerr is the woman who reaches out to Allan Quatermain (Stewart Grainger) to find her husband, who has gone missing in these lands so far away. Considered a solid adaption of the 1885 novel (versus the two action films with Richard Chamberlain and Sharon Stone that were dying to be Raiders Of The Lost Ark, but might get new respect after the recent fifth film release) won a Best Cinematography Oscar for its outdoor Technicolor work at a time when exposing film outdoors in color was very difficult. That does not make it Jean Renoir's The River either.

Still, it has it moments and Kerr was always great. Definitely see it if you never have before, but only have expectations so high.

Extras include an Original Theatrical Trailer and a vintage Behind-The-Scenes featurette on the making of the film.

Kevin Reynolds' Waterworld 4K (1995) is the Ultra High Definition release I was not expecting or at least this soon, of the controversial box office bomb (was it made on purpose to force the sale of the studio, et al) but this most-expensive Mad Max knock-off where everyone is somehow dirty despite the whole world being allegedly covered in water seems even worse and odder than ever. Dennis Hopper as the villain is almost a plus, but even he seems off in a way he has never been before. He had made a comeback at this point and Costner was still high on the A-list.

Some people love a train wreck and others obviously would find this a curio or one to revisit. We covered this same set with only a standard Blu-ray from Arrow at this link:


Once again, Arrow has left no stone unturned, so no one can say they are neglecting the film, nor can they say that of the studio that made it, Universal. The only other thing to say is, it was shocking when it lost so much money, but with so many movies losing big money just this summer of 2023 as we post, this is the one sad novelty it has now lost!

Extras repeat the previous set, which are more than you'll ever need.

Now for playback performance. The 2160p HEVC/H.265, 1.85 X 1, Dolby Vision/HDR (10; Ultra HD Premium)-enhanced Ultra High Definition image on Waterworld 4K looks as good as the film can, as I remembered the 35mm prints and this includes its limits and flaws. That includes some lesser shots and some very early CGI work (like putting gills on Coster's head) has aged in unexpected ways. Fortunately, color (as it is) is consistent enough, so this is the disc to get

When the film was originally released, It was considered a great, key demo for digital sound on film, specifically DTS as it was exclusive to the format and it sounded really good for its time. Now upgraded for lossless 12-track Dolby Atmos (with a Dolby TrueHD 7.1 mixdown for older systems,) the upgrade is a valiant effort, but I was only so convinced. Fortunately, a DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 5.1 lossless mix has also been included that is closer to the original film's sound mix and arrangement, but only expect so much sonically. Still, it is still best best-sounding release on the list.

The 1080p 2.00 X 1 digital High Definition image on Bodyguard uses more CGI than one would like and that becomes a problem, making the overall look just a little too soft, especially over all these episodes. The DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 5.1 lossless mixes on all the episodes are decent, but they lacked a consistent soundfield throughout and some aspect of the recording are a little off.

The 1080p 1.33 X 1 digital High Definition image transfer on Solomon can sometimes show the age of the materials used, but this is far superior a transfer to all previous releases of the film and once again, Warner has delivered a remarkable restoration. The film was originally issued in dye-transfer, three-strip Technicolor version of the film, so you can see how good the color was despite some stock-like footage. A theatrical monophonic film, the DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 2.0 Mono lossless mix has definitely had some fine work done to make this sound as good as possible and this is the best this film will ever sound. However, it has more than a few sonic limits and cannot escape its age.

The anamorphically enhanced 1.85 X 1 image on Jimmy Zip is more color-rich than the much older DVD we covered eons ago, so the upgrading was worth it. Shot on Eastman Color negative 35mm film, it holds up nicely and fortunately, the film was preserved properly, something smaller and independent film production made photochemically have a higher chance of survival with versus all digital video and HD productions. I like the look of this film and its too bad we did not see more films from the time with said look.

The soundtrack is here in both lossy Dolby Digital 5.1 and lossy Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo, with the 5.1 having a slight edge, but this was issued in the old, infamous, analog Ultra Stereo format, which had more harmonic distortion than Dolby's old A-type Dolby System noise reduction format and by then, Dolby had introduced the superior SR (Spectral Recording) noise reduction system. I wish this film could have afforded that one. Still, this is a little clearer and warmer than the old DVD's sound, so it too is an improvement. Too bad no Blu-ray with lossless sound of some kind has not been announced yet. However, the PCM 16/44.1 Stereo CD sounds really good for its age and gives us an idea of how good this film could still sound.

To order the Via Vision import Blu-ray Bodyguard: Series One, go to this link:


...and to order the King Solomon's Mines Warner Archive Blu-ray, go to this link for it and many more great web-exclusive releases at:


- Nicholas Sheffo


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