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Cemetery Man 4K (1993 aka Dellamorte Dellamore/Severin 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray w/Blu-ray)/Halloween II (1981/ViaVision Blu-ray Set)/Madame Web (2024/Marvel/Sony Blu-ray)

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

PLEASE NOTE: The Halloween II Limited Edition Import Blu-ray is now only available from our friends at ViaVision Entertainment in Australia, can play on all 4K and Blu-ray players and can be ordered from the link below.

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Michele Soavi's Cemetery Man 4K (1993) was part of a cycle of graphic horror comedies that Raimi's original Evil Dead helped set off, but is also known as the film that was an unusual choice in the acting career of already leading man Rupert Everett, who was mostly known for being the male lead in a series of respectable dramas. One of our writers is a big fan of the film and way back when Anchor Bay issued it on DVD, he expressed his frustration with finding a good copy or even any copy of the film. You can read more about that here...


Playing a man at a cemetery who has to keep killing the dead risen again as zombies becomes, as we see early on, too typical to living there to the point of being boring. Still, it is one of the better films from the cycle and still has not totally found the audience that is out there for it. He feels doomed and cannot find a way to leave on several levels, while the screenplay keeps the focus on his suffering, some of the only living human suffering going on here.

Severin has picked up the cult item and issued it in this 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray/Blu-ray set that far surpasses the old DVD with ease and might be the first time in its three decades of existence that it has received the deluxe treatment fans would have wanted from back in the day.

Though I do not love the film and am not a big fan of it, I can see its appeal, the supporting cast is good, as are the make-up effects and how it is show. Soavi knows her way around the genre, as she proved in Stage Fright and the two films she made before this one, The Church (both reviewed elsewhere on this site) and The Sect, so she was in full swing when she got to this one. Though it might not appeal to fans beyond the genre, Everett (more than still active, just appearing in Ridley Scott's underrated Napoleon film) has made it a curio since day one, so those interested should catchy it now all restored so well.

We get more extras this time and they include...

  • Audio Commentary By Director Michele Soavi And Screenwriter Gianni Romoli

  • At The Graves: Interview With Michele Soavi

  • Of Love And Death: Interview With Actor Rupert Everett

  • She: Interview With Actress Anna Falchi

  • and an Archival Making-Of program.

Rick Rosenthal's Halloween II (1981) is the first of what turned out to be many, many follow-ups to John Carpenter's 1978 classic Halloween and picks up immediately where the film was ending (in the pre-home video era, they repeat the last few minutes of the first film to 'remind' audiences of what they saw) and then it is that same night as Laurie (Jamie Lee Curtis) is still recovering from the brutal attack of the night before at a local hospital. Dr. Loomis (the late, great Donald Plesence) is not far behind, knowing 'The Shape' is still on the loose despite opening fire on him that resulted in multiple gunshot wounds.

Of course, he wants to finish killing Laurie and decides to get practice on unsuspecting hospital employees, et al, so here comes more bloodshed. The film does what all horror sequels should do, increase the murders and suspense, making them more vicious and shocking. Jaws 2 understood this, Exorcist 2 and many others did not. That does not mean the script needs to be as strong or original and the horror sequels get criticized for that and in this case, that a different actor playing the killer made a difference that did not help the film. Carpenter was just lucky his attempt to do an unofficial continuation of Bob Clark's remarkable, original Black Christmas (1974, reviewed elsewhere on this site) worked out as well as it did. This is easily the best of the Halloween films after and after so many and so many bad ones, it was great to see it again.

Extras are many and include the 3D lenticular cover and 6 art cards, while the discs add...

  • NEW Audio Commentary by Dustin McNeill, co-author of Taking Shape: Developing Halloween From Script to Scream (2024)

  • Audio Commentary by director Rick Rosenthal and actor Leo Rossi (2012)

  • Audio Commentary by stunt coordinator / actor Dick Warlock (2012)

  • ''The Nightmare Isn't Over!: The Making of Halloween II'' 2012 documentary

  • ''Horror's Hallowed Grounds: The Locations of Halloween II'' 2012 featurette

  • Alternate Ending

  • Deleted Scenes

  • Theatrical Trailer

  • TV Spots

  • Radio Spots

  • and a Still Gallery.

The film has had a 4K release in the U.S. we'll catch soon, while the original film has been one of the few to get TWO 4K releases, both sadly with issues. Even in the face of the many DVD and Blu-ray versions before it, several of which we have covered over the years, I prefer the out of print Anchor Bay 4K Halloween over the other, but the film needs more work. Halloween II has been mastered more correctly and accurately and now, everyone can really enjoy it!

Lastly, Dakota Johnson stars in Madame Web (2024) a Marvel superhero film produced by Sony (and which does not fall under Disney's Marvel Cinematic Universe, but Spider-Man's world). The film feels, like other Sony Marvel Spider-man films like Venom and Morbius, that it came out a few years too late as it's a bit too goofy for its own good, and is a prequel to the Spider-man series with only a baby Peter Parker present. One could say that this is in its own universe now that the whole multi-verse has happened.

Raised in the jungles of the Amazon by a group of Spider-people (yes really), Cassandra Web was moved there as a child and now (Johnson) lives in modern-day New York with no recollection of her previous life. Web starts to uncover her hidden super powers of being able to see glimpses into the future and possible outcomes which culminate into her meeting an unlikely group of young super ladies who plan to stop the evil Spider-Man look-a-like.

Admittedly, Madame Web does have a few fun characters and moments (including breakout star Sydney Sweeney as Julia Cornwall), and also stars Isabela Merced, Adam Scott, and Emma Roberts. I won't go as far as most online reviewers have in saying that the film is a total wash, but it certainly could have used a more solid direction overall and maybe stayed a bit closer to its source material in some regard.

Special Features include a Gag Reel, Easter Eggs, Deleted Scene and four featurettes: Future Vision, Casting the Web, Oracle of the Page and Fight Like a Spider.

Madame Web gets a few things right, but ultimately needed more connection to the overall Marvel Cinematic Universe to win over the majority of Marvel movie fans. It feels too far removed from the Spider-Man movie canon and has a lot of silly moments that equate to something you would see on a network like the CW instead of being able to stand aside previous Spidey film outings which were more crowd pleasing.

Now for playback performance. The 2160p HEVC/H.265, 1.66 X 1, Dolby Vision/HDR (10; Ultra HD Premium)-enhanced Ultra High Definition image on Cemetery Man shows some flaws missing on the 1080p 1.66 X 1 digital High Definition regular Blu-ray, but they are the same transfer and the film has not looked this good since its theatrical release. Save if those flaws could be removed with much more money spent, this is the best this film will ever look. Lossless soundtrack choices include a surprisingly good Dolby Atmos (Dolby TrueHD 7.1 mixdown for older systems) upgrade that is not bad for its age and a DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 5.1 mix that also works well. Guess the original sound materials were in better shape than most such indie productions and horror productions of their time, so fans should be very happy.

The 1080p 2.35 X 1 digital High Definition image transfer on Halloween II rarely shows the age of the materials used, is likely the same decent new master used for the U.S. Shout! Factory release and is a decent use of the scope frame to create suspense and follow the look of the first film. This is mostly color correct and we suspect would look better in its 4K edition, yet this still looks really good and better than all other previous home video versions.

The DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 5.1 and 2.0 Stereo lossless mixes are as good as this film will ever sound and that is a good thing. Those used to lesser sonic presentations over the years of the film will be pleasantly surprised, as it foes nto ring false too often.

Madame Web 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 Master Audio 5.1 (48kHz, 24-bit) mix. This review is only for the standard Blu-ray edition and not the 4K HDR edition which is also available on the market that we'll get to eventually. That being said, the high budgeted film looks great on Blu-ray disc and tests the limits of the format with a solid sound and picture presentation that few will complain about.

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- Nicholas Sheffo and James Lockhart (Madame Web)



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