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Nefarious (2023/Mill Creek Blu-ray)/Ride On (2023/Well Go Blu-ray)/Shredder Orpheus (1990/AGFA Blu-ray)/The Warriors 4K (1979, 2005/Paramount/MVD/Arrow 4K Ultra HD Blu-rays + Blu-rays Limited Edition sets)

4K Ultra HD Picture: B+ Picture: B+/B+/B-/B Sound: B+/B+/B-/B- Extras: C+/C/B-/B Films: C/B-/B-/B & B-

Now for more genre and cult films, old and new, all of which you should know about...

Nefarious (2023) is an interesting psychological thriller that reminds me a lot of Fred Vogel's indie feature The Final Interview (2019) in more ways than one. And if you are not familiar with the former, I suggest you track a copy of it down if you like unique movies about serial killers.

In the film, Sean Patrick Flannery (Young Indiana Jones, Boondock Saints) plays a serial killer who claims to be possessed by a demon on the night of his execution. Upon which all hell, literally, breaks loose.

Nefarious also stars Jordan Belfi, Robert Peters, Cameron Arnett, and Stelio Savante.

Special Features include:

Filmmaker Commentary (Directors and Producer)

Cast Commentary (Flannery and Belfi)

Interview With An Exorcist with Father Carlos Martins

Speak of the Devil

and Nefarious Easter Eggs.

Jackie Chan returns in Ride On (2023), which is an ode to Jackie Chan films of old with a new age spin and a lot of impressive stuns mixed with off the wall humor. In the film, Jackie Chan has a new protege: a stunt horse who is very gifted, intelligent, and has a sense of humor as well (paging Mr Ed!) The film is fun for the whole family and shows that Jackie Chan only gets better at his craft with his age!

The film also stars Haocun Liu, and Kevin Guo.

Special Features include the Behind the Scenes Oh My Horse featurette and a Trailer.

Robert McGinley's Shredder Orpheus (1990) is the writer/director's first feature film, taking more than a few liberties with Greek Mythology, but creating a very interesting film set in a near future in this sci-fi/horror film about a (then analog) TV station run by Satan (!) and only Rock Music and Skateboards can break their hold on evil control. Taking cues from films like John Carpenter's They Live, Brian Trenchard-Smith's Dead-End Drive-In, a little of Walter Hill's The Warriors, New Wave music from bands like Split Enz and even the Weird Al Yankovic comedy UHF, it is a wild combo of things and the skateboard culture and rising Grunge Rock are also here as the 1980s gave way to the 1990s.

The acting is mixed and genre visuals and aspects are pure B-movie, but the whole film is supposed to be from a low-fi punk perspective, so that only ads to its authenticity as a time capsule and is even trying to make a statement about media brainwashing, which is goes out of its way to do and does well without being stupid about it. But the director is also the star, playing singer/guitarist Shredder (no Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reference intended, but somehow from the same culture, sort of) and he goes for broke playing the character, from being beat up to his physical objectification (he is nearly nude in several scenes, including with the female lead) and is pretty fearless, knowing this film might work and put him on the map. It is more of a success than expected and there are other surprises, including visual, that do work and I will not ruin. Needless to say it has a great love of music, pop culture, skateboarding and Seattle.

This is why I recommend it and that his next directorial effort was the underrated Jimmy Zip with Brendan Fletcher (reviewed on Blu-ray elsewhere on this site) and was an even better, stronger film shows what a talented filmmaker he was becoming and stands for so many such talents we never get to see because the system does not encourage such talent like it did in the late 1960s and 1970s. The new music here is also interesting and authentically period.

Peter Hyams' Stay Tuned was made, takes place in a hellish cable TV system (with John Ritter and Pam Dawber) and issued a few years later and I would not be surprised if this film did not at least partly inspire it. Shredder Orpheus deserves to be rediscovered and now is as good a time as any.

Extras include a Feature Length Audio Commentary with director Robert McGinley and AGFA's Bret Berg, Bombshelter Video promo from 1993, Behind the scenes photo gallery, presentation of the original VHS version, Original home video trailer and a quality booklet with a Robert McGinley interview by David J. Moore and writing by Amy Rose.

Walter Hill's The Warriors 4K (1979, 2005) was only the writer/director's third feature film when it arrived and in the same year, he was co-producer on Ridley Scott's Alien, so a golden era of filmmaking continued and this hit film with its share of fans and critical acclaim has only gained in popularity. During a graphic novel craze cycle, a 2005 version was made with some comic book art inserted into the film, but it was very unneeded, yet it is also a cut that many were introduced to the film with, so it is here in both the 4K and regular Blu-ray sets. The original cut is still more realistic and has a better pace, though no one knew it at the time, its realistic portrayal of gangs and gang violence would be considered optimistic versus where we are in society now with violence.

The title gang is led by Swan (Michael Beck, a big, upcoming star off of this until he unfortunately co-starred with Olivia Newton-John in the musical bomb Xanadu a few years later) as his group is accused of killing the head of another gang, but we know this is a lie. Nevertheless, they have to stay alive all night and run and fight, or be killed. Also a film out of the late Disco era, an anonymous female radio DJ keeps (without a police or FCC inquiry) updating where to find and get them for revenge. It is a strange pre-Internet/pre-iPhone twist all the more interesting all these decades later.

Well, the mostly unknown actors are good here (though James Remar, Deborah Van Valkenburgh (later know as one of the two sisters on the underrated TV sitcom Too Close For Comfort), David Patrick Kelly and others did have notable careers) and they are joined in solid turns buy the likes of Mercedes Ruehl and Lynne Thigpen. Up there with Kubrick's A Clockwork Orange (1971) as one of the best fictional films about gangs ever made, it was a larger production to pull off than many realized at the time, but Hill would visit these themes again in 1986's Streets Of Fire and this still remains one of his best films. That's why its great that Paramount and Arrow have given this at least minor classic a stellar upgrade.

Extras for the 2-DISC 4K ULTRA HD LIMITED EDITION are many and include:

  • Exclusive new 4K remasters of both the Theatrical Cut and the 2005 Alternate Version of the film sourced from the original camera negative, supervised by Arrow Films and approved by director Walter Hill

  • 4K Ultra HD (2160p) Blu-ray presentation in Dolby Vision (HDR10 compatible) of both versions of the film

  • Theatrical Cut presented in original aspect ratio of 1.85:1 for the first time on home video

  • Original uncompressed mono, plus stereo 2.0 and Dolby Atmos audio options for the Theatrical Cut, plus stereo 2.0 and lossless DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 5.1 for the 2005 Alternate Version

  • 100-page collector's book containing new writing by film critic Dennis Cozzalio plus select archival material

  • Limited Edition packaging with reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Laurie Greasley

  • Double-sided fold-out poster with original and newly commissioned artwork by Laurie Greasley

  • 6 postcard-sized artcards

  • Gang logo stickers


  • New commentary by film critic Walter Chaw, author of A Walter Hill Film

  • War Stories, a new interview with director Walter Hill

  • New roundtable discussion in which filmmakers Josh Olson (A History of Violence), Lexi Alexander (Green Street), and Robert D. Kryzkowski (The Man Who Killed Hitler and then Bigfoot) discuss their love of The Warriors and the work of Walter Hill

  • Battling Boundaries, new interview with editor Billy Weber

  • Gang Style, new interview with costume designer Bobbie Mannix

  • Armies of the Night, new exclusive look at costume designs and photographs from the archive of designer Bobbie Mannix

  • Sound of the Streets, new appreciation of composer Barry De Vorzon and the music of The Warriors by film historian Neil Brand

  • Isolated music score option

  • Come Out to Play, new look at the iconic locations of the Warriors' Coney Island home turf

  • The Beginning, archive extra looking back on how The Warriors came to be

  • Battleground, archive extra in which director Walter Hill and assistant director David O. Sosna look back at the difficulties of shooting on location in New York City

  • The Way Home, archive extra on the look of film with director of photography Andrew Laszlo

  • The Phenomenon, archive extra

  • Theatrical trailer

  • Image gallery.


  • Archive introduction by director Walter Hill.

The Limited Edition regular Blu-ray set also has these extras.

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 both cuts of The Warriors 4K comes from a brand new 4K restoration approved by director Walter Hill and looks great and as good as the 35mm print I saw eons ago. As a reminder, this was all shot at the time on 35mm color negative film and even then, being able to shoot a film at night like this was a very new thing, so you get plenty of grain here. Because the light-sensitivity of the film stocks of the time, it took much light to get the look here and you can compare to Argento's original Suspiria from the same year (see our 4K review elsewhere on this site) to see the common denominators in look and image. Both directors also pushed vivid color and it paid off in both cases. This applies to the 2005 Alternate Version cut too, but you can see the newer comic book panel inserts are much newer and have far less grain. Director of Photography Andrew Laszlo, A.S.C., does some of his most memorable and distinctive work here, which says something because he was excellent at what he did. I expect he'd love this 4K upgrade if he were still with us.

The 1080p 1.85 X 1 digital High Definition image on the regular Blu-ray versions of both cuts look good for the format, but the color is not as rich or solid, the definition not as sharp or depth not as palpable. Still, they are fine for the format, but just cannot match the 4Ks. All four versions offer the film sound in PCM 2.0 Mono and PCM 2.0 Stereo, but the big surprise here is the lossless Dolby Atmos 11.1 (Dolby TrueHD 7.1 mixdown for older systems) upgrade. It sounds pretty good and better than the 5.1 mixes from the 2005 upgrade, but it is not quite as good as the few other monophonic films that have had their theatrical mono sound upgraded the way Hitchcock's Psycho 4K, the original The Exorcist 4K or Enter The Dragon 4K, is a little better than the also just released Barbarella 4K and is better than Anatomy Of A Murder 4K, so the effort was worth it here and when seen with the 4K original version in particular, is very impressive.

Nefarious 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 a lossless, English DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 5.1 (48kHz, 24-bit) mix. The Blu-ray presentation looks pretty good for the format.

Ride On 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 a lossless Mandarin DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 (48kHz, 24-bit) and lossy Mandarin Dolby Digital 2.0 mix (both with English subtitles.) The Blu-ray presentation is up to standards and you can tell a lot of money was put into this film as it looks and sounds great. I could see this being worthy of a 4K UHD upgrade in the future!

That leaves us with a very interesting 1080p 1.85 X 1 digital High Definition image transfer on Shredder Orpheus, which can show the age of the materials used, but is unusual in that it is a 35mm blow-up print (Ganja & Hess is another rare example of such a film on Blu-ray) but this version was created not only from the original 16mm color film, but parts of the movie were also shot on Beta SP, and 1" videotape, making for three master elements. That also happens to be the formats less-expensive Music Videos were being produced in by then, so this is as authentic a presentation as you can get, though who knows what happened to the older elements or if the tapes in particular even survived. Still, it is a rare, interesting mix worth seeing, especially now that we are deep into the digital Ultra HD era and the VHS version is here in 1.33 X 1, so you can see more of the image in other ways. The DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 2.0 Stereo lossless mix is simple stereo, but not bad for its age, though you get no particular surrounds to speak of, you can experiment if you have a home theater system to try various surround formats to see how these tracks might decode. All serious filmmakers should see this for it just being so different and what the makers tried here.

- Nicholas Sheffo (4K, Shredder) and James Lockhart



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