During the early 80’s a strange little sub-genre of horror films came out in Italy. Cannibal Films. Nasty, little pieces of exploitation that all featured heavy amounts of gore, violence, and nudity. Cannibal Holocaust was the most infamous, with Cannibal Ferox coming in a close second. Horror fans embraced these films and they are considered classics to this day. One horror fan in particular was clearly inspired by these types of films, that being Eli Roth. Well in 2013 Roth paid homage to these films with The Green Inferno, HIS cannibal film that is heavily inspired by Cannibal Holocaust. In my opinion this is his best film to date. He stayed true to the original films of that genre and really did a fantastic job with this one. Its by no means a remake, I will say that right now upfront. It’s a nasty little film that every horror fan should enjoy.
The Green Inferno focuses on a girl named Justine. She’s a college freshman who starts hanging around a protest group. Standard yuppie kids who protest poverty, save the forest, stuff like that. The group is planning on flying down to the Amazon Rainforest to protest the destruction of the forest by loggers who are destroying the natives homeland. Justine is important to their plan as her dad is part of the United Nations. There plan is simple, chain themselves to some trees and when the loggers arrive with their bulldozers film them with their cellphones. They will upload it to the internet to go viral and Justine will show it to her dad. The plan works to well when a local army shows up almost shoots Justine, and then arrests all the kids. They get released thanks to their benefactor Carlos, a drug dealer who pays the cops off. The group heads back to their plane, but shortly after takeoff it runs out of gas and crashes into the middle of the jungle.
From there is all goes bad. As the group (or what’s left of them after the crash) begin walking through the jungle they are jumped by a group of painted villagers who drug them and take them back to their village. Their all imprisoned in cages out in the middle of the village where everyone can see them. Then they start to be tortured, killed, and used for food in no particular order. As more and more of them began to get picked off they must find a way to escape back to civilization.
Eye gouging, decapitations, broken bones, even some genital mutilation for good measure is throw in. This film is to put it, simply gross. Sure there is some type of underlined message about society, and the rainforest or something, but it means nothing. This is a gross cannibal film, made by a man who loved the original gross cannibal films of the 80’s. I liked the gross cannibal films of the 80’s, and I really like this one as well. The acting is great, the special effects are tremendous, and it has just enough of a plot, and plot twist to tie everything together. It takes about 40min or so to really get going, but once the kids are captured its just a gore fest till the end. Also keep watching it does come back to tease a possible sequel.
As stated the film is very violent and bloody. It’s definitely not for the faint of heart. And now thanks to Scream Factory its getting a Blu-ray collectors release. I have the original Blu-ray that cam out years ago, and I can tell you that this version does have a superior transfer. The blood and guts are even more colorful and disgusting on this transfer as are the screams from the kids as they are being gutted. Loaded with special features, this set even comes with the original soundtrack.
· Includes The Exclusive Original CD Soundtrack By Manuel Riveiro With Bonus Tracks
· NEW Into The Green Inferno – An Interview With Co-writer/Producer/Director Eli Roth
· NEW Uncivilized Behavior: Method Acting In The Green Inferno – Featuring Interviews With Actors Lorenza Izzo, Daryl Sabara, And Kirby Bliss Blanton
· Behind The Scenes Footage – Nearly An Hour Of Never-Before-Seen Footage
· Audio Commentary With Co-writer/Producer/Director Eli Roth, Producer Nicolás López, And Cast Members Lorenza Izzo, Aaron Burns, Kirby Bliss Blanton, And Daryl Sabara
· Original Publicity Featurettes Including The Making of The Green Inferno
· Theatrical Trailer
· TV Spots
· Still Galleries – Storyboards And Makeup Tests, Behind-The-Scenes Photos, Village Construction, Publicity, Movie Stills
I really enjoy this film. Its my favorite of Roth’s films. A great score, a tense plot, and tons of over the top graphic gore really make this one feel like what an exploitation film should be. Its definitely right up there with the films of the 80’s that inspired it and its definitely one to add to your collection. Pick this one up right away.
Overall 3.5 out of 5 Stars
“Thrill Me!” well that’s about the only way to start a review for the 1986 Cult Classic Night of the Creeps directed by Fred Dekker and starring Tom Atkins. It’s a very weird, yet cool blend of horror, comedy, and sci-fi. While not a theatrical hit by any means it blew up in popularity over the years with constant showings on HBO and of course through VHS rentals. It had a DVD release a while back, but now the great folks over at Scream Factory are giving it the full collector treatment is so deserves.
Night of the Creeps starts off in the 50’s on an alien spaceship. You see a couple of little weird looking aliens running with a canister when they are shot at by another alien. During the shootout the canister is hit and fly’s out of the ship and falls to earth. Two teenagers notice the falling object and go to check it out. Unfortunately it lands by an escaped psychopath who murders the girl while her boyfriend is looking for what fell to earth. He finds the canister, but an alien worm like creature pops out and goes into the kids mouth.
We cut to the present at a college campus where friends Chris and JC are pledging a frat. There asked to steal a body from the campus morgue and leave it on the steps of another house. They break in no problem but find a hidden room that contains a frozen corpse. They manage to awaken it and it proceeds to kill one of the workers in the building. Turns out it’s the kid from the 50’s who had the alien thing go in his mouth. It remembers picking up his date all those years ago so it walks on over to the sorority house where its head cracks open, releasing tons of little alien worms. The other problem is when your killed one of the little things goes into you, you come back to life as a zombie. This is very bad news as we learn from Det. Cameron (Atkins) the cop on the case of these mishaps reveals that back in the 50’s the escaped lunatic from the beginning killed his girlfriend during his escape and in a fit of rage he hunted him down and killed him finally burring him under what is now the sorority house where all the slugs have been released. This combined with a bus load of dead frat guys who have been infested leads to big trouble not to mention a fantastic 3rd and 4th act.
An absolute gem of a film that is a must watch for horror and science fiction fans alike. There is a reason this film has garnered so much love over the years, because its simply a good time. Scream Factory has done a remarkable job with the transfer. I have the DVD from years ago and it looked barley a step above a VHS tape. This transfer looks and sounds fantastic. It looks so fresh and colorful and the sounds come right out at you. The slip cover art work is very good, and if you were able to pre order the Deluxe edition you even got a Tom Atkins figure from NECA. Now aside of all of this awesomeness the set is loaded with special features.
DISC ONE: THEATRICAL VERSION
· Thrill Me!: The Making Of Night Of The Creeps – A Five-Part Documentary On The Making Of The Film Featuring Interviews With Writer/Director Fred Dekker, Actors Tom Atkins, Jason Lively, Steve Marshall, Jill Whitlow, Producer Charles Gordon, And More
· Tom Atkins: Man Of Action – A Look At The Actor's Career
· Deleted Scenes
· Theatrical Trailer
DISC TWO: DIRECTOR'S CUT
· NEW Horror's Hallowed Grounds – A Look At The Film's Locations Today With Host Sean Clark, Director Fred Dekker And Actor Jason Lively
· NEW Real Good Plan – An Interview With Actor Jason Lively
· NEW The Bradster – An Interview With Actor Alan Kayser
· NEW I Vote For That One – An Interview With Actor Ken Heron
· NEW Worst Coroner Ever – An Interview With Actor Vic Polizos
· NEW Answering The Door – An Interview With Actress Suzanne Snyder
· NEW Final Cut – An Interview With Editor Michael N. Knue
· Audio Commentary With Writer/Director Fred Dekker
· Audio Commentary With Actors Tom Atkins, Jason Lively, Steve Marshall And Jill Whitlow
An amazing film from top to bottom. If you have seen it your no doubt already a fan. If you have lived under a rock or are only about 10 years old you need to watch this. Head on out and add this one to your collection today
Overall 4out of 5 Stars!
The following 4K was provided to me by Warner Brothers for review. Thoughts and opinions are my own.
Following the massive success of 1995’s Batman Forever Warner Brothers fast tracked the next installment of the series Batman and Robin for a 1997 release. Joel Schumacher returned to direct with Chris O’Donnell returning as Robin, but as Val Kilmer was filming The Saint George Clooney stepped into the role of Batman / Bruce Wayne. Alicia Silverstone was added to the cast as Batgirl to help battle Poison Ivy, played by Uma Thurman, and Mr. Freeze played by Arnold Schwarzenegger. Joel Schumacher once again piled on the action sequences but also decided to make the film much more campier than the others. This film, was much more in tune with the 1966 Adam West version.
IN this one Batman and Robin are after Mr. Freeze, who is stealing diamonds to help power his freeze suite. Batman and Robin, in the beginning interrupt him robbing a museum of its diamonds. Why a museum has diamonds on display is beyond me but luckily Batman and Robin have ice skates built into there boots so whey can battle Mr. Freeze’s gang on the ice. They also have Bat Hockey Stick to help them as well. My Freeze, after a daring air capsule escape freezes Robin, but Batman has Bat Ice Thaw things to cure that. Freeze is working on a cure to save his wife who he has frozen until he can find a cure for MacGregors syndrome.
As the ice battle in Gotham continues we cut to Brazil to one of the Wayne Enterprises labs where Pam Isley (Thurman) is working with a growth drug called Venom. Well it turns out the Dr she is working with is injecting the venom into people to make them super soldiers. He then plans on selling them to the highest terrorist bidder. For an example he injects the drug into a serial killer who he names Bane. Pam find out but is thrown into a mixture of poison which causes her to come back to life with plant venom in her veins and the ability to make plants do her bidding. She calls herself Poison Ivy, and takes Bane with her to Gotham as she blames Wayne Enterprise for the dangerous experiments on plants. Its only natural that they team up with Mr. Freeze leaving Batman and Robin to stop them. Luckily for the Dynamic Duo, Alfred’s niece has arrived in town (Silverstone) and she’s ready to be Batgirl.
Is the film good? Sort of. Is this film bad? Sort of. Its more like watching a jumbled mess unfold. Personally I don’t hate it like a lot of fans do. Its action packed, its really fun, Its just a rushed production and you can tell. Parts of the film seem like they don’t even belong. Arnold does a serviceable job as Freeze, and clearly the character was written for him specifically, as Joel Schumacher thought Freeze should be a hulking Ice Monster as opposed to a frail old man like in the comics. Its just the part was written badly. His character is essentially just given one-lines to spout off. Of course that’s what Arnold is known for during his action films. But this time his lines ae bad. “Your not taking me to the cooler” “Chill out” “The Iceman commeth” its just bad writing. Clooney is a good Bruce Wayne. Very smooth and debonair but as Batman it was a little of. I mean at one point he pulls of a Batman Credit Card and says “Never leave home without it” I still cant figure out how Batman, whose identity is secret even filled out a credit card application. It’s just plain silly. And I’ll just say that the addition of Silverstone as Batgirl added absolutely nothing to this film. If her character was edited out it would not skip a beat. But as I stated the action is good, and lets be honest this film is geared towards kids. That claim can be denied but this was clearly an attempt to make a family fun Batman film, and on that level it really worked.
The transfer, like the others is fantastic. The 4K really brings out the ice gun effect from Mr. Freeze. It really and truly shines and looks like real ice. You can see every speck of silver, white, and blue in it. Its just breath taking. All the costumes look amazing. You can see every glisten from every bend of the outfits. The city is done much more colorful this time around with tons of reds and blues. Its probably the best example out of all the films of what 4K can really do as this has the most amount of contrast between dark and colorful. The audio is fantastic, the freeze gun is just amazing to hear over your surround sound. It’s definitely a beautiful film to watch unfold. And like the others it has special features like commentary, making of featurettes, and trailers. It’s a loaded set to say the least.
Overall its not a horrible film. It doesn’t deserve the flack it gets. Its just a more family friendly version of Batman that didn’t fit the mold of the other films. Its got more action then the Burton films so for that I give it a plus, and I wont lie, I find it good campy fun.
Overall 3out of 5 Stars for the Film!
Overall 5 out of 5 Stars for the transfer!
The following 4K was provided to me by Warner Brothers for review. Thoughts and opinions are my own.
It’s no secret how much I love the DC Animated films. Those are the cream of the crop as far as superhero stories go. If they could translate that formula to live action they would be unstoppable. There newest offering brings an exciting mix of humor, and violence. Inspired by the series of comic book mini-series Batman vs Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is the latest masterpiece to come out of the DC Animated Universe. Now before I get into the plot I want to stress a few things. Although the Turtles are a Nickelodeon brand this is still a PG-13 film. Yes, the turtles still love there pizza, Michelangelo still cracks all kinds of great jokes, and yes they are still very fun loving, but Batman is kept very true to character. The film is very dark in spots. There is blood, there is murder. No bad language I will point that out, but the violence and action sequences are much more DC style than the Nickelodeon style that you are used to seeing the turtles in. Don’t get me wrong it’s a fun cartoon, one of the best I’ve seen to be honest but it is PG-13 so parents with really young kids may want to take a peek at it first and use their discretion. With that said lets get to the plot of the film.
The story begins with Batman investigating a series of industrial robberies. When Barbara (Batgirl) is taking a tour of a Powers plant a group of Foot Soldiers attack in an attempt to steal a power generator that’s on display. There are fought off by the Ninja Turtles. Barbara informs Batman about the robbery and he figures out Wayne Enterprises will be the next target. Sure enough the Penguin and his gang are there but they are taken out by the Ninja Turtles. However The foot clan are already inside but they are stopped by Batman who manages to fight them off before being beaten by The Shredder. As the Turtles are leaving the spot the Batmobile but after a brief fight they are defeated by Batman. Both Batman and the Turtles realize after the fight that both party were holding back.
Donatello figures out the location of the Batcave after studying up online about Batman and the Turtles head there where they encounter Robin, Batgirl, and finally Batman. The Turtles explain they are in Gotham trying to stop the shredder from stealing multiple power sources. Robin reveals that he spotted Ra’s al Ghul and the league of assassins with Shredder and The Foot. The Shredder is helping Ras steal these components and providing him mutagen. Ra’s plans to combine the mutagen with venom that the Joker has. He is going to use all the equipment that Shredder has been stealing to build a machine to launch the chemical into the sky causing a rain that will turn all of Gotham’s citizens to mutated monsters. In return the Shredder will get the knowledge of the Lazarus Pit. As a for the Joker, for his part he will get a vile of mutagen which he uses to turn himself, Poison Ivy, Harley Quinn, Mr. Freeze, Bane, and Two-Face in to animal mutations of themselves. Batman must team up with the Turtles to stop all of them from Destroying Gotham.
Amazing, top to bottom amazing, that’s the best way to describe this film. The way it perfectly combines the dark gritty tones of Batman with the pizza eating silliness of the Turtles is so well done. You will go from watching Mikey smash into Alfred with his skateboard in a rush to get pizza to a scene of Ra’s and Shredder decapitating a guard at Arkham then using the hand they cut off of him to free the Joker. Batman having a knock down drag out bloody fight with Shredder while the turtles battle the Penguin gang all while Mikey says how much he loves the Umbrella gun of the Penguin, while wondering aloud why Gotham has so many blimps flying around. Its such an amazing mixture word do not do it justice. And in case your worried, no Batman never gets silly, he is portrayed spot on as he is in all of the animated films from DC.
The 4K transfer is stunning. It’s a darker cartoon as it takes place in Gotham, so its not as bright as you are accustomed to seeing the Turtles in but it looks amazing. The dark colors really make the smallest things pop out. The colored masks of the Turtles, much like the cowl of Batman are bright and vibrant. As the battles wear on you really see every little smudge, or rip in the costumes. The Shredder and Joker both really look bright in the transfer as well. The audio is outstanding you can hear every single movement in the fight scenes. From the weapons flying to the fist flying it sounds great. Its also got an amazing assortment of special features.
This really is one of the most exciting and fun animated films I have ever seen. Fans of both Batman and the Turtles will absolutely love this one. Amazing action, humor, and a very good plot make this another fantastic animated film from the DC Universe. Everyone should pick this one up. I can’t recommend it enough. My only regret is that it was not longer.
Overall 4out of 5 Stars
The following 4K was provided to me by Warner Brothers for review. Thoughts and opinions are my own.
Finally A Batman movie I loved. Yes, I can admit that the Burton ones looked great, but as I stated they were boring and had pretty much no action. Well that changed when Joel Schumacher took over the directing chair in 1995 with Batman Forever. Michael Keaton did not return so Val Kilmer has taken over as Batman / Bruce Wayne. He is joined by Robin / Dick Grayson played by Chris O’Donnell as they battle Two Face (Tommy Lee Jones) and The Riddler (Jim Carrey). The love interest in this film is Dr Chase Meridian played by Nicole Kidman. So as you can see this was an all star cast as all of these actors were red hot at the time.
Batman Forever starts out with a bang as Batman must thwart a robbery being pulled off by Two-Face and his gang. He dispatches of the gang members but after a thrilling escape from a vault that is hooked to a helicopter Two-Face is able to escape. During this ordeal we are introduced to Dr. Chase Meridian. She’s a psychiatrist who is in town researching Batman, which we later find out is due to her sexual attraction to him. We meet our other villain the next day in the form of Jim Carrey as Edward Nygma. He works at Wayne Enterprises and has developed a device that can transmit television directly into people minds. Bruce Wayne isn’t really big on mind control so when he doesn’t greenlight the project Ed goes a little nuts and decides to kill his supervisor and stat not only his own company, but to become the evil villain known as The Riddler.
With all the bad guys out there Bruce decides to take in the circus when Two Face and his gang show up to rob the place. The plant a bomb during the Flying Grayson trapeze act. They Grayson’s decide to be heroes so Dick Grayson grabs the bomb and does manages to get rid of it. Unfortunately the rest of his family is murder in the process. Bruce, just like in the comic takes Dick into his home, and after finding out Bruce Wayne is really The Batman convinces him to become his partner aka Robin. And Batman will need his help as Two Face and The Riddler have teamed up.
I love this film. It manages to keep the industrial look of Burtons films (The only good quality) and add an almost comic book like feel to them. The action is ramped up as this film features multiple fight sequences and car chases. With Carrey and Jones both hamming it up like villains from the 1966 version the film also offers many laughs. This is hands down my favorite Batman film. Kilmer does a great job, as do everyone for that matter. This truly is a movie that fans young and old will enjoy. It was definitely a series that an action director needed to take the reins on and Joel Schumacher did a fantastic job with this one (and the next one to follow). The look of the costumes was a great mix of old and new and to me everything just clicked.
Now as for the transfer. This is another amazing 4K transfer from Warner Brothers. All of these Batman films have looked amazing. This one really shows off the color schemes as it’s a brighter film. You can see every aspect of green in The Riddler’s mind machine. Just as you can see the shine and sometimes smudges on the Batman costume. One thing I really noticed more in 4K was the make up effect on Two-Face. It really makes it op out with the pink and red shaded scarred half of his face. The Riddler costume is so defined in this transfer you can see every line and stretch mark in it.. This hands down is a great looking transfer. The audio is great as well. This is a loud action packed movie with plenty of gun shots and you can hear all of those bullets fly through your speakers. From the fantastic score to all the explosions and crashed this sounds and looks better then when I saw it in the theater. It’s, like the others, loaded with Special Features. Trailers, Commentary Track, Featurettes, the works.
Hands down this is my favorite Batman Film so far. Action packed and fun. I enjoyed it so much, and it was so refreshing to finally see a Batman film that not only had a lot of comic book action, but that actually had Batman in it. This is one that I still enjoy to this day. And I can’t recommend it enough. Add this one to the collection today
Overall 4 out of 5 Stars for the Film!
Overall 5 out of 5 Stars for the transfer!
The following 4K was provided to me by Warner Brother for review. Thoughts and opinions are my own.
Following the massive success of 1989’s Batman Tim Burton returned to the directors chair along with Michael Keaton as Batman in 1992’s Batman Returns. Like the first film there was lots of fan fair for this one as well. Toys, cloths, Happy Meals from McDonalds you name it. To further cement the A-list acting Danny DeVito was cast as The Penguin, along side Michelle Pfeiffer as Catwoman, and Christopher Walken as Max Shreck. The casting as you can see was top notch. But the movie itself…….
Batman Returns opens with a couple who have a baby with deformed hands. He looks like a half human half penguin. There rich and don’t want it, so they merely throw it down the sewer where it is raised by penguins. We flash forward about 30 years as Max Shreck is giving a speech about his new proposed power plant when they crowd is attacked by the Red Triangle gang. Luckily Batman is there to help and we get a really good action sequence to kick start the film. Batman however is to late to save Shreck from being kidnapped. Shreck is taken to see the gangs leader, The Penguin who tells Shreck he knows of his chemical dumping and blackmails him with the hopes of returning to the surface of Gotham and living a high society life he feels he was robbed of. Shreck Agrees and even concocts a plan for the Penguin to be a hero and run for Mayor so he can win and push the Power Plant Shreck is proposing through.
As this is taking place we meet Shreck’s assistant, Selina Kyle (Michelle Pfeiffer) who figures out the power plant is actually going to drain the city’s power thus giving Shreck control over Gotham. Shreck learns she has discovered his secret and confronts her in her apartment, throwing her out a window and presumably killing her. Luckily she is nursed back to health by some cats, or the cats just find her or something. She then becomes the criminal known as Catwoman and vows to kill Max Shreck. She even teams up with the Penguin to take out Batman. Sound like action aplenty right? You would think, but you would be wrong.
This is truly the most boring convoluted superhero film I’ve ever seen. Nothing happens, the plot just slowly creeps along. Hardly any action and or character development. The film is just dull. It looks great. Tim Burton had the vision and the look down pat, but he just was not an action director. Keaton was great again but he could do nothing to save this film. In fact my main issue was that this one focused more on him as Bruce Wayne and very little as Batman. DeVito was a good choice for the Penguin but was a far cry from the comic book version. Pfeiffer was serviceable as Catwoman although her story had nothing to do with the comic books either. No keep in mind, this is my opinion, lots of people love this film. I’m just not one of them.
Movie aside I have to give it up to Warner Brothers for the 4K Transfer. As I stated Burton had the perfect look for Gotham, and the characters themselves. The film was once again very industrial looking and the transfer really brings that out. Words cannot do this transfer justice. The Catwoman and Batman costumes shine in this transfer. You can see every little nick and tear in the Catwoman outfit towards the end, as well as every speck of dirt on Batman’s. The snow covered scenes are bright white while the background is very dark. I can also say this film has no grain which is something as so many scenes are shot outdoors. It’s a fantastic looking film that this transfer just exemplifies. The audio is crisp and clear as you hear every little pin drop. And yes this one is packed with special features as well. Trailers, Commentary track, and even featurettes.
This film did not cut it for me, but I can appreciate the significance it has. The entire comic book come to life look does come from these Burton films, as they still influence the look and sounds of Gotham City today. If you’re a fan of the film you will want this 4K edition. If you’re a superhero fan it’s a piece of history you must own as well. Go ahead and pick this one up.
Overall Movie 2 out of 5 Stars!
Overall Transfer 5 out of 5 Stars!
The following 4K was provided to me by Warner Brothers for review. Thoughts and opinions are my own.
“Have you ever danced with the devil by the pale moonlight?” If for some odd reason you have never heard that line before it’s from the 1989 Batman film directed by Tim Burton. Starring Michael Keaton as Batman and Jack Nicholson as the Joker the film was quiet the event when it came out. Music videos by Prince, who actually did all the songs on the soundtrack. There were toys, cereal, fast food cross overs, books, shirts, you name it. The movie was a hit before it ever opened. They hype surrounding it was huge. As a life long comic book reader, with Batman being my favorite hero I could not wait to see it. Then I did.
Batman tells the story of Batman’s early years as a crime fighter. When Mobster Carl Grissom finds out his girlfriend is sleeping with one of his captains, a man named Jack Napier (Jack Nicholson) he decides to set him up during a job at the Axis Chemical plan. He plans on having a cop who is on the take murder him during a botched robbery attempt. Problems arise however when Batman shows up and knocks Napier into a vat of chemicals. Of course he survives but comes out with pale skin, green hair, and a permanent smile on his face. This makes him go completely insane and he takes on the persona of The Joker.
As he is completely nuts he hatches a plan to spray Smilex gas over all of Gotham during the big Bicentennial Parade. The gas will cause people to laugh until they die. Of course Batman has to put a stop to this. During the course of this film, which I am really giving a short summary as most people have seen it, Batman find out that his parents were murdered by the Joker years ago when he hears him as “Have you ever danced with the devil by the pale moonlight”. Apparently he said that right after he shot them dead in Crime Alley years ago.
A great industrial look for Gotham, probably the best Batmobile in film to this day, the Bat-Plane, a fantastic performance from Keaton as Batman, and a great supporting cast like Kim Basinger as Vickie Vale, and Robert Wuhl as Alexander Knox, Billy Dee Williams as Harvey Dent and more the film had it all. Except two things. Batman, and action. Yes I’m sorry but the film really only has Batman, as Batman in it for about 25min. And for the most part only about 15-20min of action. The majority of it is Jack Nicholson hamming it up as the Joker. He does a great job, but I wanted to see Batman
But enough about the film itself, you want to know how the transfer is. I have to say it’s a thing of beauty. This is 4K at its best. The film is dark and this transfer really deepens the look. Never to dark, and not the dreaded blue tint dark, but just a smooth dark image with he standing colors popping out at every spec. The film looks amazing the Bat suite shines and when the light hits it. All the lights flash in the perfect tone. Even the smiley glass pops out in a green mist. The audio if amazing as well. The soundtrack, which I could not stand bellows through the speakers. Every bullet crackles when fired and you can hear every movement of the body during a fight scene. This is one of the best sounding films I’ve ever heard. Its even loaded with special features. Commentary with Tim Burton, trailers, and multiple featurettes.
Now even though I was disappointed in the lack of action for the film it should be seen for not only the performance of Michael Keaton, but for the sheer look of the film. As a comic guy I hate that they did it where the Joker was the killer of Bruce Wayne’s parents, but I loved how they incorporated the look and backstories of multiple comic books. Dark Knight Returns, and The Killing Joke being two of them. This is one of the best looking 4K transfers I have ever seen. And it’s also an important piece of Batman History. Pick this one up for your collection today
Overall 2.5 out of 5 stars for the movie!
Overall 5 out of 5 Stars for the transfer!
The following Blu-ray was provided to me by Warner Brothers for review. Thoughts and opinions are my own.
I man be all man, but I wont lie, I enjoy a good romantic comedy now and again. I mean sure they are all pretentious, and let face it the same thing. Woman meets boy they fall in love, she has a rival, they break up, they fall in love again all while wacky things happen to them. You seen one you seen em all. Well another thing I love is Rebel Wilson. I thinks she’s funny, pretty, talented, you name it. I enjoy her films so when I heard she was making her version of a romantic comedy I was excited. When I heard it was essentially a spoof of romantic comedies I became even more excited.
Isn’t It Romantic stars Wilson as Natalie who we meet when she is still a little girl watching Pretty Woman with her mom. She’s loving the film but her alcoholic mom tells her that romantic comedies are not believable and that a girl like her will never have a fairy tale love life. This essentially ruins her life and makes her cynical of romance. She grows up and becomes an architect for a big NY firm. Her life still isn’t going that great s her co-workers treat her like crap, she cant figure out her friend is in love with her, and to make matters worse she catches her assistant watching the Wedding Singer, which re-triggers her hatred for romantic comedies. She leaves the office and gets jumped by a mugger on the subway. She takes no crap and beats the hell out of him. However as she’s escaping she runs into a pole and gets knocked out.
She awakens in the hospital to find herself being cared for by an extremely attractive doctor who is constantly flirting with her. She gets checked out and low and behold everything is bright, and colorful, and according to Natalie smells much better as well. Everything is sunshine, flowers, and song. And yes, everyone looks perfect. It doesn’t take Natalie to long to realizes she has been trapped in a romantic comedy.
The jokes are so clever in this film, yet so apparent at the same time. Natalie’s co-worker has become her romantic rival. Everything she wears is designer. I love the bit where a sound blares every time Natalie tries to use a swear word, indicating her comedy is only PG-13. The sex jokes are hilarious, and I wont give3 any away as not to spoil, although one of the best ones is in the trailer. Wilson is fantastic as always. She makes every scene funnier just with her delivery alone. Betty Gilpin as Whitney, her assistant / rival is a stand out, as is Liam Hemsworht as Blake. In the Romantic Comedy world he is hilarious more so than in the real world. The chemistry between all of them is great.
Warner Brothers has done a great job on the Blu-ray transfer. The film looks amazing. In fact the romantic comedy world looks almost like a cartoon come to life its so bright and colorful. The audio is top notch, and its even got the usual assortment of extras.
Fans of as well as haters of romantic comedies will have a great time watching this as it manages to not only skewer the genre but embrace it at the same time. It’s the best date night film to come out in years and I would recommend it to anyone who is a fan of comedy.
Overall 3.5 out of 5 Stars!
Hammer Films made a lot of great film. Using classic horror characters like Dracula, and Frankenstein was a great touch. There films included a more modernized (at the time) version then their American Counterparts and offered much more in terms of violence, nudity, and gore. They also offered fantastic acting, amazing scores, and atmosphere that has yet to be matched. Frankenstein was always a top character for them, and in 1967 the released Frankenstein Created Women which was one of the more interesting ones to say the least.
In the beginning we are introduced to a young boy named Hans. He has to stand by and watch his father be executed. We then cut to Hans as an adult now working with Baron Von Frankenstein. This time the good Baron is working on collecting souls of the recently deceased. He wants to take the soul from someone who has died and transfer it into another body. When Hans is not helping the Baron he is spending time with his girlfriend Christina. She deformed on one side of her body but that doesn’t stop Hans from loving her any less. She’s the daughter of the local innkeeper. One night a few young men come in and begin harassing Christina. This angers Hans, who beats them up and throws them out. They return that night only to be caught stealing by Christina’s father. The 3 men beat him to death and flee. Because he was there earlier, and because his father was a criminal the police arrest Hans for the murder and execute him.
This is good for Frankenstein as he quickly steals Han’s fresh body and doe manages to capture his soul. In another plus for him, Christina, distraught over losing both her father and Hans commits suicide. Frankenstein gets her body as well and with the help of the local doctor is able to transfer Han’s soul into her body. He’s also able to fix her deformities, and after a few months he has an beautiful woman with no memory of her past life. Everything seems to be successful until she begins to be possessed by the evil side of Hans soul and sets out for revenge against the men who killed her father.
The film is fantastic, its truly the best of both worlds. Classic Love/horror film with the gore turned up for the third act. Peter Cushing is fantastic as Frankenstein, and Susan Denberg is not only stunning, but marvelous as Christina. She plays her part perfectly, never to campy, and never to vengeful. The special effect for the gore scenes look amazing, which is no surprise as it’s a Hammer Film. I loved the score, and like all Hammer Films the atmosphere is fantastic. They really capture everything with the lighting and fog in the night shots. Hammer Films, simply put, always look and sound amazing.
Previously released on DVD Scream Factory is giving this the Blu-ray treatment with a great collectors edition. A great slipcover is only the beginning. The video and audio are immaculate. This is one of the best looking Hammer Films I have seen on Blu-ray to this day. Scream Factory really did an amazing job with the transfer especially in the audio department as the score, as well as the screams bellow through your speakers. Its also loaded up with a fantastic assortment of special features
· NEW 2K Scan From The Original Film Elements
· NEW Audio Commentary With Author/Film Historian Steve Haberman And Filmmaker/Film Historian Constantine Nasr
· NEW Interview With Actor Robert Morris
· NEW Interview With Camera Assistant/Clapper Loader Eddie Collins And 2nd Assistant Director Joe Marks
· Audio Commentary By Actors Derek Fowlds, Robert Morris, And Film Historian Jonathan Rigby
· World Of Hammer Episode The Curse Of Frankenstein
· World Of Hammer Episode Hammer Stars: Peter Cushing
· Hammer Glamour Featurette
· Theatrical Trailers
· TV Spots
· Radio Spots
· Still Galleries – Movie Stills, Posters, And Lobby Cards
One of the most unique horror films made. This one has it all. From story to special effects this is a must own. Its another great title to add to your collection. Pick this one up right away.
Overall 4 out of 5 Stars!
Back in 1974 a stranger called, then in 1993 a stranger called back. Don’t worry he called somebody different this time. A Stranger Calls Back is a 1993 made for Showtime film that has Carol Kane and Charles Durning returning from the first film, along with Fred Walton directing this sequel.
When a Stranger Calls Back stars Jill Schoelan as Julie Jenz. When the film begins she is babysitting for two young kids. She gets a knock on the door from a man saying his car has broken down and he would like to use the phone. She’s doesn’t let him in and says she will call for him. Unfortunately the phone is dead, but she’s not going to let this guy know so she just tells him the mechanic is on the way. Of course as she didn’t actually call no one comes and the stranger starts becoming a bit more aggressive in his nature. As Julie is avoiding this guy she starts to find tings are being moved around. She finally puts two and two together and realizes he is coming and going from the house. He finally just comes to get her but she manages to get away, problem is the two kids she was babysitting are gone.
We flash forward about 5 years and Julie is now attending college. She’s still traumatized by everything that happened to her and has become pretty much a loner. She lives by herself and one day starts to notice things being moved around in her apartment. It begins to really freak her out as she thinks that the man who stalked her and kidnapped the children she was babysitting has come back to get her.. Luckily for her Jill Johnson (Carole Cane from the first film) is now a counselor at the college and when Julie tells her what’s going on she contacts John Clifford (Charles Durning from the first film) to help catch the person responsible for stalking Jill.
This film is quiet a bit different from the first one. Sure it has the same premise but this new stalker can throw his voice, and even paint himself to blend into the rooms of the apartment when he’s in full stalking mode. As silly as it sounds on paper it actually plays off very well. The suspense in this one is actually very good, and it offers quiet a few jump scares especially during the final act. Even though this one doesn’t get near as much love as the first its still a great film. The pacing is tighter in the one as things unfold at a much more frantic pace. The acting is strong by all involved and bringing back our two main characters from the first added a great touch.
The film was given a really bad DVD release years back, but now Scream Factory has stepped in and they are giving this one a fine Blu-ray transfer. The film looks great. All the dark colors look crisp and clear, with never much of that dreaded blue tint to them. The audio was amazing, this is one loud film when its playing in surround sound. And as its Scream Factory its got an ample amount of special features
· NEW 2019 2K Scan Of The Original Film Elements – In Two Aspect Ratios – 1.33:1 (Original TV Broadcast) And An Alternate 1.78:1 Version
· NEW Directing A Stranger – An Interview With Director Fred Walton
· NEW Process Is Everything – An Interview With Actress Carol Kane
· NEW A Stranger’s Prey – An Interview With Actress Jill Schoelen
· Fred Walton’s Original Short Film The Sitter
· TV Spot
Fans of the original as well as fans of good old fashioned suspense based horror will enjoy this one. Its another great addition to the Scream Factory library, and it’s definitely one to add to your collection.
Overall 3 out of 5 Stars!