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Blood Feast 4K (2016/Synapse 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray w/Blu-ray*)/Born To Fly (2023/Well Go Blu-ray)/Dark Water 4K (2002/Arrow 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray/*both MVD)

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

Now for two Ultra High Definition upgrades of some recent thrillers and a new actioner...

A remake / homage to H.G. Lewis' Blood Feast (1963), the 2016 modernized version hits 4K UHD disc and Blu-ray from Synapse in an uncut release. The film is unintentionally funny in places and full of plot holes, but follows the same story as the original. The best aspect is certainly the special effects, which look realistic and vicious. This uncut version of the film is available for the first time in the USA with this release.

Blood Feast 4K (2016) stars Robert Rusler (A Nightmare on Elm Street 2), Caroline Williams (Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2), and Sophie Monk (The Hills Run Red.) The film is directed by Marcel Walz. The addition of Caroline Williams certainly helps the film as she is the strongest performer of the bunch.

A family of three have a Americanized diner in France that is struggling to keep fresh meat in stock. The store's owner, a bumbling pill popping buffoon, works night shift at a museum where a seductive Egyptian goddess haunts him and forces him to kill and create a cannibal blood feast, which will usher in her earthly resurrection. The man stops taking his pills, abandons all rationality, and ends up murdering folks around him in creative ways until the final banquet of human remains is served.

Blood Feast 4K is presented in 2160p on 4K UHD disc with HDR10, an HEVC / H.265 codec, a widescreen aspect ratio of 2.40:1 and an audio track in lossless, English DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 5.1 (48kHz, 24-bit) sound. The film looks fine in terms of presentation and a touch more detail than the also included 1080p Blu-ray disc (with identical sound mixes and widescreen aspect ratio). But the film is pretty shadowy and dark overall and show on a low budget, and the cinematography isn't bad, but not super impressive either.

Special Features include:

Indiegogo promotional teaser

Theatrical trailer

"Making Of" featurette

Chilli Con Curtis "Tonite" Music Video

Red Carpet Premiere 2018

and Scare Cam.

Blood Feast looks okay on 4K UHD, but nothing to really write home about. The film itself doesn't have much to offer except a few decently pulled off special effects sequences. I'd say stick to the original if you want to enjoy the now-franchise of Blood Feast.

Liu Xiaoshi's Born To Fly (2023) is trying to be like the Tom Cruise Top Gun films, but instead, lands up looking like one of the odd Iron Eagle sequels, minus any music by Queen or familiar Hollywood faces. Also taking cues from Clint Eastwood's odd and oddly aging Firefox, a new South Korean test pilot (Wang Yibo) is pushed into an unexpected crisis that forces him to push his experimental, state-of-the-art aircraft to its limits when a crisis strikes that he was not expecting.

What follows (with an unknown cast that is at least trying) has its share of energy, loudness and some punch, but it only adds up to so much (unless you are from South Korea, I guess) and is everything you have seen before (especially in the reactionary fighter plane films of the 1980s) and when all is said and done, barely offers nothing else new except fresh locations and those new faces. For the curious only, I was a little, oddly disappointed.

The 1080p 2.35 X 1 digital High Definition image is an HD shot, possibly Ultra HD save the CGI digital visuals being a mixed bag, has its share of slight softness and detail limits, plus a little slight motion blur. Money is on the screen, but it still can look dated and not as good as it could look. The Mandarin DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 5.1 lossless mix is professional and consistent, but has no major demo moments and at least retains a decent soundfield. The combination is good, but I wonder if this would work better in 4K.

A trailer for this and a few other Well Go USA releases are the only extras.

Hideo Nakada's original Dark Water 4K (2002) has been issued in a new Ultra HD version and fans will likely want to get it. You can read more about the original film from someone who liked it very much at this link:


I think it is still a good film and agree that it is better than its Hollywoodized remake which did not know totally what to do with star Jennifer Connolly, making it an unnecessarily obnoxious disaster, but this women trapped tale still does not offer too much new from what we have seen in the genre since silent movies. However, the location, look, acting and some style choices are nto bad. The result is either you'll like it, you'll be bored or you'll think it is only interesting sometimes when watching like I did. Now, you have the bets way to see it yourself.

The 2160p HEVC/H.265, 1.85 X 1, Dolby Vision/HDR (10; Ultra HD Premium)-enhanced Ultra High Definition image has some faint grain throughout, but that is part of the look of the film and it just edges out what I remember from the older Arrow Blu-ray, while the Japanese DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 5.1 lossless mix that is decent, but not spectacular.

Extras repeat those of the previous Blu-ray release, including some that were only part of the original Limited Edition run of that version.

- Nicholas Sheffo and James Lockhart (Feast 4K)



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