From Rio 4K (1969/Blue
Underground 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray w/Blu-ray**)/Goodbye
Monster (*both 2022/Well
Go Blu-ray)/RWBY Volume 9
Radiant Is The Blood Of The Baboon Heart
(***both 2023/Warner Blu-ray)/What
The Waters Left Behind: Scars
(2022/Cleopatra Blu-ray/**both MVD)
Ultra HD Picture: B+ Picture: B+/B-/B+/B/B+/B+ Sound:
B+/B-/B+/B/B+/B+ Extras: C-/B/D/C+/C+/C- Main Programs:
interesting and key genre releases in time for Halloween, et al....
set in Kaiko City, a dark Japanese city where a corrupt businessman
decides to run for mayor and starts eliminating opponents from the
rival mafia, a former police captain serving time for murder is
secretly released and put in charge of a special task force to arrest
and bring him to justice. It stars Hitoshi Ozawa, Akane Sakanoue,
and Katsuya Takagi with direction by Kensuke Sonomura.
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 English and
Japanese lossless DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 5.1 (48kHz, 24-bit) mixes,
plus a lesser, lossy Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo mix depending on your
preference. It is beautifully colored and photographed and has a
very stylized and professional look. The Blu-ray presentation isn't
half bad and looks as a good as the aged format can.
City is a violent but entertaining thriller that is well crafted
and executed, but may not be for everyone.
Girl From Rio 4K
part of a cycle of very, very colorful genre films that came out of
the insane success of the counterculture, the spy movie & TV
cycle, the arrival of color Tv with a boom of more full color feature
films and some great fashions. Producer Harry Alan Towers managed to
get no less than 'golden girl' herself (before it was a term
associated with a 1980s TV sitcom about elderly women) the
ever-great-looking Shirley Eaton from the third James Bond film,
Here, she plays the title character also named Sumuru, who intends
to enslave all the men of the world.
influence on the Austin Powers films, but also joined by films like
the Matt Helm films, the Derek Flint films and even Danger:
it is one of the best-looking films any of the participants ever
made. Richard Stapley (under the name Richard Wyler) plays a playboy
on the run that she decides to kidnap to help her cause, but she and
her powers to organize are challenged by an elite mob boss (one time
Saint/Simon Templar and Mr. Freeze, George Sanders) the battle of the
sexes on several levels follows, though you also get a battle of
fashions, production design and much more.
the screenplay is not too strong, but it is quite the visual
spectacle and is always a pleasure to watch, especially in Blue
Underground new 4K version, delivering the film as it was seen in its
very best film prints (a great use of Eastman Kodak 35mm color
negative) that will challenge the best 4K Ultra HDTVs and 4K
projectors to there. However, it is not just a demo piece, but a
really fun film to catch that is more for adults than anyone else, so
expect more sex than expected. Maria Rohm, Beni Cardoso and German
actor Herbert Fleischmann (in a rare English-language film) head the
rest of the very effective cast.
HEVC/H.265, 1.66 X 1, Dolby Vision/HDR (10; Ultra HD
Premium)-enhanced Ultra High Definition image on Rio
the best-looking release on the list, Blue Underground once again
delivering one of the best 4K discs on the market, with a picture
shockingly consistent in color, depth and detail. Versus the 1080p
1.66 X 1 digital High Definition image on the regular Blu-ray with
its slightly softer-than-expected transfer, only a few aged shots
here and there hold this back. Otherwise, be prepared to be
surprised and to ask yourself, when are the older Bond films coming
DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 1.0 Mono lossless mix on both discs does a
good job of recreating the original theatrical monophonic sound from
the film, though I always like 2.0 Mono better, this is decent and
better than the film has ever sounded.
are expanded and (per the press release) include NEW! Audio
Commentary with Film Historians Nathaniel Thompson and Troy Howarth
on both disc versions, while the regular Blu-ray adds...
Rocking in Rio: Interview with Stephen Thrower, Author of
''Murderous Passions: The Delirious Cinema of Jesus Franco''
in Rio: Interviews with Director Jess Franco, Producer Harry
Alan Towers and Star Shirley Eaton
Additional Scenes from German Version
& Still Gallery
NEW! RiffTrax Edition: THE GIRL FROM RIO Riffed by Mike
Nelson, Bill Corbett & Kevin Murphy (78 Minutes).
a Chinese animated film that seems to be inspired by the Kung Fu
Panda series or the Avatar:
The Last Airbender
in more ways than one. In the fictional world of Kunlun, thousands
of islands are haunted by the Dark Spirits, a form of poisonous
essence that would cause irreversible damage to one's mind. Our
hero, Bai Ze, in an attempt to defend the healing island from the
Dark Spirits, ends up destroying the whole island instead and is
expelled. Fast forward seven years and he must reclaim his honor and
defend the island as he first intended.
international voice talent includes Wang Kai, Zhang Lei, Zhe Zhang,
Cong Liu, Yaohan Zhang, Yi-ai Ai, Lei Zhang, Ziping Chen, Guannan
Wang, and Lan Lin.
Monster 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
DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 5.1 (48kHz, 24-bit)
lossless tracks in Mandarin (with English subtitles) and English
dubs. The animation isn't as detailed as Hollywood animated
productions like Pixar, Illumination, and DreamWorks to name a few.
The best detail in the animation is the clothing, which looks pretty
realistic and flows nice with the character. The blocking and style
of the animation isn't terrible, but some of the character designs
seem a bit generic and leave something to be desired. Still, it's
not terrible by any means, but maybe not as polished as we Americans
are used to in high budget animated features. The Blu-ray
presentation, however, is fine for the limitations of the format and
doesn't have anything that necessarily detracts from the
Monster isn't terrible, but maybe leaves a little to be desired
continues the hit Rooster Teeth-produced TV shows adventures with the
action team getting lost in 'The Ever After' zone and then trying
everything they can to get back home. Running ten episodes this time
around, the shows stand out decently on their own but unless you have
seen the earlier shows and/or are fans of the show and its
characters, you might get lost or not be able to get as involved.
Still, the show has a surprisingly good amount of energy considering
how long it has been running, so I want to give it credit where it is
without that, the quality of the animation and sound is consistent
and that aspect of the show will not let you down, unless you are not
a fan of the animation's style. Now you can see for yourself, but
others might want to start with the original episodes that started
back in 2012!
1080p 1.78 X 1 digital High Definition image transfers are solid
throughout, as is the DTS-HD MA
(Master Audio) 5.1 lossless mixes on each show sound good and have
consistent soundfields, some of the best in the series.
include Crew Commentary on All Episodes
RWBY: Fairy Tales:
Includes All 6 Episodes; Approx. Runtime 37-Minutes.
RWBY: Chibi Season 4: Includes 8 Episodes; Approx. Runtime
can read about most of the seasons, plus the new Justice
League/RWBY 4K feature film at:
Bros.: Radiant Is The Blood Of The Baboon Heart
a new animated feature that is a superhero parody / thriller. I have
to admit that I am not too familiar with the franchise and so I am
viewing this title as a complete novice. The
movie isn't horrible, but not very funny nor brings anything too new
to the table. The characters are obviously inspired by more famous
characters in the Marvel and DC Universe. And while this is an adult
swim produced title, it didn't do much for me personally. However,
if you are a fan, you are sure to enjoy this Blu-ray edition which
features a collectible poster in it as well. The series ran for
seven season and was successful to the adult swim crowd. It reminds
me of The
only without as clever puns and characters.
in their original series roles are James Urbaniak (The Fabelmans)
as Dr. Venture, Patrick Warburton (Lemony Snicket's A Series of
Unfortunate Events) as Brock Samson, Michael Sinterniklaas
(Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) as Dean Venture, Chris
McCulloch (Superjail!) as Hank Venture and Doc Hammer as Dr.
Mrs. The Monarch.
Venture Brothers 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 an English DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 5.1 (48kHz, 24-bit) lossless
mix. The animation isn't particularly impressive or unique and I
imagine close to what the animation of the show. The Blu-ray
presentation itself is fine with no glaring issues.
fan of the series may enjoy The Venture Brothers: Radiant is the
Baboon Heart more than this reviewer did.
Length Audio Commentary by co-creators Jackson Publick and Doc Hammer
and Doc Answer Fan Questions (Commentary)
Hodgman and Friends (featurette): John Hodgman digs deep with Jackson
Publick and Doc Hammer to learn more about the making of Radiant
Is the Blood of the Baboon Heart and untold tales about their
to conclude, What
The Waters Left Behind: Scars
a bleak horror sequel to the original 2017 film. If you are looking
for a film with a happy ending this is not the one for you.
indie goth metal band goes to the middle of nowhere in a foreign
country and performs a small live show. One arrogant band member
ends up hooking up with a strange yet beautiful goth girl and she
leads them to an abandoned town that was a victim of a flood that
demolished it. She promises to give the band a comfortable place to
stay and a barbecue, but the group gets split up and in the process
of looking for their friend in this desolate town, they get captured
and tortured to death by some of the town citizens. The family is
unbalanced and each member has a power struggle and sadistic quality
to them. The first act does a decent job of making you like a few of
the characters, but that is soon dismissed when they are stripped
away from their pride and killed.
film stars Magui Bravi, Maria Eugenia Rigon, David Michigan, Mario
Alarcon, Paul Brasca, and Matias Desiderio. The film is directed by
the Waters Left Behind: Scars is presented in 1080p high
definition on Blu-ray disc with an MPEG-4 AVC codec, a widescreen
aspect ratio of 2.40:1 and an English DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 5.1
(48kHz, 24-bit) lossless mix and an Spanish foreign language track
that is accompanied by onscreen English subtitles. The film is very
nicely photographed with some beautiful color correction and nicely
composed drone photography that's mixed with a strong cinematic look.
This is definitely a better looking film than one might expect when
reading the synopsis. The subtitles do have some weird grammatical
errors and characters in them which proves the QC process of the disc
creation wasn't solid, however.
only special features are trailers and an image slideshow.
the Waters Left Behind: Scars doesn't leave you with a good
feeling inside and is bleak, tiring, and ultimately a sadistic
thriller in the vein of The Hills Have Eyes or Texas
Chainsaw Massacre in that there's an evil dysfunctional family of
sadists that torture innocents. Its strongest points are its acting
and photography, which are both pretty solid. But is it
recommendable? Probably not.
Nicholas Sheffo (4K, RWBY) and James Lockhart