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Billy Idol: Live At The... Hoover Dam (2023/MVD/Vertigo/Kaleidoscope Blu-ray)/Prince And the Pauper (1937/Warner Archive Blu-ray)/Trolls Band Together 4K (2023 aka Trolls 3/DreamWorks Animation/Universal 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray w/Blu-ray)

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

PLEASE NOTE: The Prince And The Pauper (1937) Blu-ray is now only available from Warner Bros. through their Warner Archive series and can be ordered from the link below.

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Billy Idol: Live At The... Hoover Dam (2023) remains one of the survivors of the New Wave of the 1980s and coming directly out of Punk Rock, is still popular and has never sold himself or his audience out. The new show has the gimmick of taking place outdoors at the title locale and I really like that they not only did this, but that it worked so well. They start in daylight and play into the night. Wish more music acts would do this kind of thing.

The 16 songs in the show are:

Cradle Of Love
Dancing With Myself
Flesh For Fantasy
Bitter Taste
Eyes Without A Face
Mony Mony
To Be A Lover
John Wayne
Running From The Ghost
One Hundred Punks
Blue Highway
Rebel Yell
Hot In the City
and White Wedding.

Not bad and the equal of the concert we covered of his 15 years ago, mixing up the playlist a bit since that show, but still playing all the hits. He can still sing and still has his act together, plus the band is really pretty good. Rock may be getting older, but it is far from dead. He also tries to do some variant vocal phrasing on his hits without trashing the older vocal approach altogether. All in all, he has survived so many of his competitors (some of whom are sadly gone already) and it is a show worth a look, even if you are not a fan. Yep, he was just a little bit better than his detractors thought.

Extras (per the press release) include an exclusive Q&A: Steve Stevens, Acoustic Dam performance: ''To Be A Lover,'' ''Eyes Without a Face,'' and ''Rebel Yell'' and a 6-panel concert booklet.

For more on the New Wave icon, try our coverage of the (out of print and expensive as we post) Billy Idol In Super Overdrive Live on Soundstage Blu-ray:


William Keighley's The Prince And the Pauper (1937) remains one of the best live action versions of the Mark Twain classic set in the 16th Century about the title characters, who happen to be dead ringers for each other, though not biological brothers, changing places to see what life is like on the other side of a class system, even if they are not that articulate to think that. As relevant as ever, they are played by real life twins Bobby and Billy Mauch, who do a better job than they got credit for.

The twist here is that Warner Bros. has Errol Flynn as the lead, Miles Hendon, who is not sure of what is initially happening. Flynn's star was on the rise and the result was another early hit, backed with a supporting cast that includes Claude Rains as the villain, Alan Hale, Eric Portman, Henry Stephenson, Murray Kinnell, Rex Evans, Montagu Love, Fritz Leiber, Ian Wolfe and Robert Warwick as Lord Warwick.

Twain actually appeared in a 1902 short version of the book, Alexander Korda did a silent version in 1920, plus several animated versions were so so. This is the best sound version still, though there have been a few more attempts, some of which were ambitious and included TV adaptions. Oddly, it has not been remade as much as some of Twain's other classics. Either way, this one is definitely worth a look and I'm glad its been restored and preserved.

Extras include an Original Theatrical Trailer and three Warner animated classic shorts: Plenty Of Money And You, Streamlined Greta Green and Sunbonnet Blue.

Lastly, we have Walt Dohrn's Trolls Band Together 4K (2023 aka Trolls 3) bringing back the gang from the previous two films for songs, jokes and apparently, fun adventures... at least if you are very young or a huge fan of the franchise.

Voice acting Anna Kendrick, Zooey Deschanel, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Kenan Thompson, Kunal Nayyar, Anderson .Paak and Justin Timberlake are joined by Camila Cabello, Amy Schumer, Eric Andre, Troye Sivan, Andrew Rannells, Kid Cudi, Daveed Diggs, Zosia Mamet and RuPaul. That makes it as strong a cast as any of the films have had, but getting all of them together for a romp that is very similar to the last ones only goes so far. I am not the audience for this release and though it is professionally done, it also has some mixed moments that do not help it.

Thus, it is for fans only and the money is on the screen, but we have seen this kind of massive romp before and though it has its moments, once will be enough for most people. Still, it did well enough, so expect more sequels.

Extras include Digital Code, while the discs (mostly per the press release) includes:

  • Sing-Along version

  • It Takes Three: In this original short, Poppy, Viva, and Tiny Diamond get sucked into the Hustle-verse, only to discover that it is devoid of hustle. The trio decides to sing their way out hopefully generating enough harmony to re-ignite the Hustle-verse and escape.

  • Deleted Scenes with intro by Head of Story Colin Jack

    • Wall Climb - Broken Tooth

    • Bridget Gristle Honeymoon

    • Crimp and Tiny Romance

  • Fun in the recording booth

  • Hi, Hi, Hi: Join *NSYNC in the studio as they reunite for the first time in 20 years to record an all-new song for TROLLS BAND TOGETHER.

  • Building the Band: The band is coming back together for another volume of Trolls based fun! Meet the new characters and the cast members behind them and catch up with your returning favorites!

    • Broppy

    • Brozone

    • Viva

    • Velvet and Veneer

    • Bridget and King Gristle

    • Tiny Diamond

  • Together Again: Learn the backstory behind *NSYNC's involvement in Trolls Band Together and how their Troll personas came to life.

  • Animating Trolls: In this BTS piece, filmmakers and crew dive deep into their animation process to show how the unique locations and textures of the film were created.

  • How to Draw: Step into the BroZone green room with story artist Wendy Sullivan and learn how to draw your own BroZone album cover featuring John Dory, Spruce, Clay, Floyd, and of course, Baby Branch! Plus, we'll learn how to draw Viva!

    • Baby Branch

    • John Dory

    • Spruce

    • Clay

    • Floyd

    • Viva

  • How to: Hug Time Bracelets: Poppy and Viva LOVE their Hug Time Bracelets and now you can make your own! Follow the simple steps and let your artistic side shine with two different bracelet options that you can make for all your friends and family.

  • And a Feature Length Commentary Track with Producer Gina Shay, Co-Director Tim Heitz, Head of Story Colin Jack, Production Designer Ruben Perez Reynoso and Visual Effects Supervisor Marc J. Scott.

For more Trolls, try these links of our coverage of the previous feature film releases:

Trolls 4K (4K w/Blu-ray)


Trolls World Tour Blu-ray w/DVD


Now for playback performance. The 2160p HEVC/H.265, 2.35 X 1, Dolby Vision/HDR (10; Ultra HD Premium)-enhanced Ultra High Definition image on Trolls has some great color and for the scheme they settle on, fits the previous films and original toys very well. The 1080p 2.35 X 1 digital High Definition image on the regular Blu-ray is passable, but not as color rich and softer than the 4K, but is included for convenience if nothing else. The Dolby Atmos 11.1 (Dolby TrueHD 7.1 mixdown for older systems) lossless mixes on both discs are just fine and have some fun moments,but nothing that stuck with me either. The DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 5.1 lossless mix

The 1080p 1.78 X 1 digital High Definition image transfer on Idol is a solid HD shoot and slightly richer than the 2009 concert we covered from 15 years earlier, also showing the limits of 1080i and HD video of the time. The disc has three soundtracks, but the Dolby Atmos 11.1 (Dolby TrueHD 7.1 mixdown for older systems) lossless mix is a disappointment, sounding compressed, off and like a last-minute addition the release did not need, while the DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 5.1 and even PCM 2.0 Stereo lossless mixes sound much better.

The 1080p 1.33 X 1 black & white digital High Definition image transfer on Pauper can show the age of the materials used a little bit, but this is far superior a transfer to all previous releases of the film. Because of its age, it shows softness a little more than one might like, but has survived very well otherwise and warner Archive has done their best as usual to restore the film to pristine condition. The DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 2.0 Mono lossless mix from the original theatrical monophonic sound is as good as this film will ever sound, but it is just older-sounding than expected and has its sonic limits for sure. Its still clearer than the Dolby Atmos on the the Idol concert.

To order the Warner Archive Prince And The Pauper (1937) Blu-ray, go to this link for it and many more great web-exclusive releases at:


- Nicholas Sheffo


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