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Book Club: The Next Chapter (2023/Universal Blu-ray w/DVD)/Boy With The Green Hair (1948/RKO/Warner Archive Blu-ray)/I Am T-Rex (2023/Well Go Blu-ray)

Picture: B- & C/B/B Sound: B & C+/C+/B Extras: C/C-/D Films: C/C+/D

PLEASE NOTE: The Boy With The Green Hair Blu-ray is now only available from Warner Bros. through their Warner Archive series and can be ordered from the link below.

These comedies are somewhat to mostly also intended for families, but....

Bill Holderman's Book Club: The Next Chapter (2023) is a standard, even dull, sequel to a film I had already forgot about. It may bring together four great actresses in Jane Fonda, Diane Keaton, Candice Bergen and Mary Steenburgen, but the screenplay is very weak and does nothing we have not seen or done before. They and their talent are way above this formulaic bore as their title organization takes them to Italy. I would have just settled for a pizza.

Craig T. Nelson, Giancarlo Giannini, Don Johnson and Andy Garcia also show up leading the supporting cast and they try to help, but even they cannot make any more of this. So, this is for fans only if that and I hope this is the final chapter.

Extras include Digital Copy, (and per the press release) BOOK CLUB: Back in Session: The Book Club is back and better than ever! Sit down with the filmmakers and cast, including our four leading ladies, as they chat about what made the first film such a mega success, why they're excited to be back, and the journey these characters take in the sequel.

  • Still Stylish: Costume designer Stefano De Nardis was overjoyed to take on the task of dressing these legends of fashion and cinema! Learn how each character's style was created and how it melds with the actress portraying them.

  • and The Women in Italy: The Book Club is going global and taking the audience with them! Filmmakers and cast discuss shooting in some of the most iconic locations on earth, how the idea of shooting in Italy came to be and what it was like making a movie in Rome and Venice amongst the actual tourists.

Joseph Losey's The Boy With The Green Hair (1948) is a Dore Schary-produced tale of the title character (a very young Dean Stockwell) who finds peace and happiness in a small town, until his hair turns that unusual color. Instead of just finding it odd, the whole town starts to single him out and pick on him! A cautionary tale, this is not bad for what it is and has some good moments, though it has also dated in some ways, yet interestingly in others.

This was an unusual project for Losey, as well as actors Robert Ryan (who did endless tough guy roles,) Pat O'Brien and Barbara Hale among others and is a curio worth a good look. I have to add the use of Technicolor is more clever than it seems and the original camera materials have held up very well.

The live-action short A Very Important Person is the only extra.

Lastly, Cai Shangming & Chen Silin's I Am T-Rex (2023) is a Chinese digitally animated film that feels more like an animation student's graduation project than a marketable feature. The plot is clearly pulled from Disney's classic The Lion King with many similar characters, and almost exact plot points. Obviously, the filmmakers here weren't trying to hide their influences. The dinosaurs themselves were definitely inspired by Jurassic Park in terms of their design and the trailer to the film clearly uses sound effects from that genre classic too in its marketing material. With traits tied so closely to two Hollywood mega-hits, it's a bit surprising that this film had the legs to reach it to the states, but I guess if you copy someone's homework, but change it just enough it will pass!

The film features the voice talents of Yi Nuo, Lin Lang, Wen Chi Yu. Zhao Fu Gang, and Li Xin.

The plot centers on a young T-Rex who loses Green Valley, a kingdom where his father was the rule. A group of evil dinosaurs step in and take over the land while the young Dino is forced into the jungle where he reclaims his strength and returns to the homeland to face off and reclaim his family claim and restore peace.

This would be a fine film for very small children to enjoy, but I wouldn't take it to a much older audience. The film is simply too close to the above mentioned blockbusters and the animation isn't very solid and still seems on the lower budgeted spectrum. The animation lacks another layer of detail and refinery that you see in Hollywood animation films and feels in some ways like a film that could use more work put into its details.

I Am T-Rex isn't the next Land of the Lost and steals more than one page from The Lion King, to the point where it's almost comical how similar the two films are and cannot hide the fact that it's a complete knockoff of well known Hollywood properties, but would deliver if placed in front of a young child who just wants to see some animated talking dinosaurs.

The only extra is a Trailer.

Now for playback performance. The 1080p 1.85 X 1 digital High Definition image on Book Club is an HD shoot that is a bit soft throughout and color can be limited, though the anamorphically enhanced 1.85 X 1 image is really worse and the poorest on this list. The DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 5.1 lossless mix is at least competent and consistent for a dialogue-based comedy, but don't expect much sonically. The lossy Dolby Digital 5.1 mix on the DVD version is very weak and not that great.

The 1080p 1.33 X 1 digital High Definition image transfer on Boy With The Green Hair can sometimes show the age of the materials used, but this is superior to all previous home video editions and any versions I have seen, recently restored and a really good representation of a dye-transfer, three-strip 35mm Technicolor version of the film. Very nice. The DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 2.0 Mono lossless mix has also been restored well and is as good as this film will likely ever sound.

Finally, I Am T-Rex 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 Master Audio 5.1 (48kHz, 24-bit) mix. Well Go USA did a fine job in bringing this film to disc with no issues in terms of presentation.

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- Nicholas Sheffo and James Lockhart (T-Rex)



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