The following Blu-ray was provided to me by Warner Brothers for review. Thoughts and opinions are my own.
The DC Universe is in my opinion not the huge mess that people make it out to be. First off I am a comic collector, but I know that collectors like myself make up about 2% of the target audience. These films, and I mean Marvel as well are geared towards the mainstream family audience. I don’t pick them apart as bad as some. I just want to be entertained. I enjoyed Suicide Squad, Wonder Woman was ok, Man of Steel was ok, and I really enjoyed Justice League. I hated Batman v Superman, and Green Lantern. Aquaman fell somewhere in between for me. I didn’t hate it, but I didn’t like it either in some aspect.
Aquaman stars Jason Mamoa as Arthur Curry aka Aquaman. Before I go any farther I will say he did a fantastic job. The film starts out in 1985 where Thomas Curry, a lighthouse keeper finds a lady washed up on the rocks during a storm. He brings her in and nurses her back to health. They fall in love and she gives birth to their son Arthur. Turns out though that the lady, Atlanna is the queen of Atlantis and she eventually goes back home because the king send his troops out looking for her and she doesn’t want to endanger her family. She does however tell her royal advisor Vulko (William Defoe) about Arthur so he begins go to the surface to train him in the ways of Atlantis. Se Arthur can communicate with fish. He also has super strength to a degree, and can swim fast. When he grows up he begins using these powers to fight the bad guys who terrorize the Ocean Seas. In fact one of the bad guys he runs into in the beginning is the Black Manta. A high tech pirate who works side by side with his father. They are attempting to steal nuclear warheads from a submarine. Aquaman stops them and kills Mantas father in the process.
Turns out these warheads were being stolen for an Atlantean named Orm (Patrick Wilson), Arthur’s half-brother. He wants to start a war with the surface and plans on having the warheads launched at Atlantis to frame the surface dwellers thus uniting everyone to his plans for war. Mera (Amber Heard) the Queens daughter does not agree with this and heads to the surface to find Arthur in the hopes that he can unite the surface people with the Atlantis as he comes from both worlds. He is reluctant at first as he believes his mother was executed upon her return to Atlantis. But he does go after the first attack from Orm nearly kills his father. Arthur challenges Orm to combat and is almost killed until Mera saves him. They escape to try and find the ancient trident that Arthur will be able to yield in battle. While they are off to multiple spots on earth to find this Orm gives Black Manta some Atlantiean weapons to help him hunt down and kill Arthur. This sets a very long long sequence of globe hopping and fighting before returning to Atlantis for the final battle.
This film looks like a million dollars, actually between 160-200 million dollars as that was the production cost of this epic. James Wann did an amazing job of directing this film as it is beautiful on every level. The score is great and sets the tone for all the pulse pounding underwater battles. I will be honest and say that I have never seen a better looking superhero film. The final underwater battle is truly a thing of beauty. The visuals are amount the best in film. Mamoa is fantastic as I stated before. He's funny, sympathetic, and bad ass everything you want in a hero. The supporting cast is great. Black Manta is one of the coolest bad guys I've seen in film.
The problem for me lies with the structuring. The film is based off of the amazing animated film, and story arc of the same name, Throne of Atlantis. It's of course "Movied up" to make it more streamlined but the film goes on to long. Aquaman losing his battle to Orm and retreating to fight another day is ok, but he's gone to long doing to much. We see him going to the Sahara Desert, to Italy, back to Atlantis, and more. For me it was too much. It was a story that could have had a good 25min cut out. It seemed for me that it just kept going and going to simply to introduce things to set up the inevitable sequel.
As Ive said it looks great and the transfer on the Blu-ray is great, as is the sound. The film is worth watching just for the visuals alone. It looks like a comic book come to life and it's easy to get completely engrossed in the world that Wann has created.
Is it worth watching? Of course. It's not a bad film. It's just a bit stretched out. It's a good film, that in my opinion if it we're a bit shorter would have been a great film. It is fun for the entire family and kids will love it. Go ahead and pick it up.
Overall 2.5 out of 5 Stars!
Martial Arts movies hold a very special place in my heart. I have been a fan since I was about 5 years old. Now, 40 years later I still watch them. The styles have changed but the films remain the same in many aspects. When I a kid I was always a huge fan of the old Ninja Movies. The violence was always mind blowing. Sure all martial arts films were violent but these ninja movies were rated R. Then one day when reading a karate magazine I saw an ad to buy an uncut (Bootleg I’m sure) copy of a film called The Street Fighter. It was, according to the ad the first film to receive an X rating for violence. Now this was before the internet so I had to do my research the hard way. It was a legit movie so I dropped 15.00 and got a film that was clearly edited. I was pretty upset. Many many years later The Street Fighter got a VHS re-release and it was in fact the Uncut print. I bought it and immediately fell in love. Sure the print was not that great but I saw things that blew me away. Throats getting ripped out, heads breaking, even a guy getting his testacies ripped off. I had never seen a movie like it. When I found out there were a few sequels I became even more captivated. I had to see them all. Well now thanks to the amazing folks at Shout Factory, under there Shout Select Banner we can all enjoy these films uncut, and on Blu-ray in a special Collector’s edition box set.
I’m going to break down these films just a little bit for you. The first is of course the one I have just praised, The Street Fighter. Sonny Chiba stars as Takuma (Terry) Tsurugi he’s essentially a mercenary for hire, at least that’s what I always got out of it. He is the Street Fighter. He is a martial arts master who in the beginning breaks a death row inmate named Shikenbaru out of prison. He was hired by this man’s brother and sister. Problem here is they don’t have all the money they owe Terry, so as he is the hero of the film he kills the brother and sells the sister to a human trafficker. As he is so good at his job he get hired to kidnap an oil millionaires daughter. He refuses the job as the people who want to hire him are the Yakuza, and due to his heritage he wants nothing to do with them. The Yakuza do not like to be turned down, and they plan to kill Terry for his refusal. They hire the man he broke out of prison in the beginning to kill him.
This film really is a violent as it claims to be. Sure the blood looks a bit goofy by todays standard but this does have it all. A punch in the mouth causing teeth to spill from an attackers mouth. A throat is ripped clean out on a boat battle. A head is caved in from a blow to the top. A man falls from a window and splatters on the cement. And yes I can say the legend is true as Terry does indeed rip off a man’s testicles and hand them to him.
Chiba oozes charisma and simply chews each and every scene in this film. He’s a man of few words, but a man of many facial expressions and grunts. He became a huge grindhouse star in America with this film, and was an instant legend in Japan. Quinten Tarentino is a huge fan and even cast Chiba as Hitori Hanzo in his Kill Bill films. I’ve probably seen close to 20 of his films (he’s made a lot more) and I can honestly say this is my favorite. It really is a cult classic that deserves the reputation it has earned over the years. The fact Chiba holds black belts in Karate, Ninjutsu, Kempo, Judo, and Kendo all add, even though its over the top, to the realist down and dirty fight scenes. Not to spoil anything but the scene where Chiba takes on an entire dojo is one of the best fight scenes I’ve seen in films. This film alone is worth the price of the box set. It looks and sounds simply amazing. It looks like it was just made yesterday. And it’s loaded up with special features.
Up next we have the follow up The Return of the Street Fighter. Chiba is back as Takuma (Terry) Tsurugi. He’s also back to create problems for the Yakuza. Terry is hired by a mob boss named Otaguru. He needs Terry to take out a couple of his men who he is afraid may tell the local police about his criminal operations. Terry agrees to this but becomes conflicted when one of these men is an old friend of his. Not wanting to off his old buddy the Yakuza, who this time are working with the American mob put a hit on Terry causing him to again fight for his life. Now I don’t want to spoil the first film but one of the men Terry killed buy ripping his throat out has been hired by the Yakuza to kill him. How you ask? Well its simple. He now has a robotic throat.
Obviously this one is a bit cornier than the first but its still fantastic. And yes very violent. A punch to the head causing eyeballs to pop out, slashing by pins, and the old fashioned throat rips make this one a must see for the violence crowd. My only complaint is that a nice chunk of this film is a flashback to the first one, and there are a good handful of scenes that Chiba is not even in. It’s still a great film, and Chiba is outstanding, and yes it looks great and contains special features as well.
Finally we come to the last film in the collection The Street Fighters Last Revenge! Chiba returns as Terry Tsurugi and this time he has a sweet James Bond type set up for his Street Fighter for hire business. This time he is hired to save a man named Owada during a chemical plant riot. He retrieves the man with no problem but when he gets his payment he finds it to be newspaper instead of actual cash money. He’s not happy and after beating up a handful of men steals a tape from the family. The tape, as it turns out contains a formula to make heroine. They don’t take kindly to their drug recipe being stolen and go after Terry. They even hire a Mexican hitman named Frankie Black to help kill Terry. Terry realizes that he needs to learn a few new tricks for this fight and heads to an old master he knows for some new training.
This one is full of multiple twists and turns. Unfortunately the multiple turns are the same, they just happen multiple times. Terry has the tape stolen, gets it back, stolen again, gets it back, rinse repeat. The film really does throw lots of over the top characters your way James Bond style. In fact the Frankie Black charter wears a giant sombrero, dresses like a mariachi, and shoots laser beams when he fights. There is a lot of action including a great fight sequence containing a coffin and some fire and yes it is very violent, but not near as much as the others. This one, to me plays out like a kung fu spy film. That’s not a bad thing by any means just different then what you may expect from this series. It’s still a fun watch and it also has a nice amount of bonus features. The American version and the original Asian version are a bit DIFFERENT BUT shout Factory is providing you with both.
So overall this is a must own box set. The prints of all these films are amazing. They are all presented fully uncut. The artwork on the box is fantastic, and if you order from Shout Factory you even get one of their great posters for this release. It’s 3 classic films in the martial arts genre that will never be duplicated again. If you are a fan of these films, or even if you have never seen any of them I cannot recommend this set highly enough. Do yourself a favor and order it today.
Overall Box Set Review 4 out of 5 Stars!
“This was the day that engulfed the world in terror!, so read the tagline for 1957’s The Deadly Mantis! In case the title hasn’t tipped you off it’s a sci-fi monster movie, which as I have stated before, is a genre I am quite fond of. I would watch all of these films on Creature Feature on Saturday nights when I was a child. Sadly those films began getting teased a lot in the 90’s on Mystery Science Theater. At first that used to annoy me as they were insulting my childhood memories. Then something magical happened, interest was created for these films, and they started popping up on DVD’s and now Blu-ray’s. The latest to get the Blu-ray treatment is of course The Deadly Mantis
Millions of years ago, I assume during the time of the dinosaurs a giant 200 foot praying mantis roamed the lands. Well, he got frozen and when a volcano blows it starts to melt the ice cap he is frozen in. He awakens and heads over to a military outpost not far from him. When no one there starts answering there calls Col. Parkman (Craig Steven) heads over to investigate and finds everything destroyed and all the people have disappeared.
Later the Col picks up a strange sighting on the radar and sends a pilot out to investigate. That pilot is then attacked by the Deadly Mantis who slashes the plane up but during the attack breaks off a piece of his foot. A paleontologist from the local museum is called in to examine it and comes to the conclusion it belongs to a giant praying mantis who has been eating people. By the time this discovery is made the creature is on a rampage taking out a village, a few military basis, and basically anything else that gets in its way. Bullets, missiles, flame throwers, nothing can stop it.
This film is very fun to say the least. Sure it looks corny as all hell and the Blu-ray transfer only helps make the effects look even more goofy but to me that only adds to the charm. I personally love watching these old films. The acting is so over the top (not bad) that it really sells the film. Watching everyone scream in terror at a clearly rubber half built mantis is hilarious. I also dig the fact that the monster in this film was not the product of radiation from government testing. That element was so overly used it began to get old. Simply having the creature thaw from a different era, to me, helped to make this one stand out a bit more. It uses all practical and stop motion effects that are good for their time. And yes, this one was also featured on an episode of Mystery Science Theater. And now it cis getting the Scream Factory Treatment.
The print is, as all there print amazing. The film looks great, and yes it looks so crisp it does make the mantis look a bit cheap at times, but as I stated that is all part of the charm. The sound is fantastic as you would expect from Scream Factory. It even has special features
Overall 2.5 out of 5 Stars!
In the 90's countless films we're released straight to video. Sure they all had a small theatrical run but nothing big so we all just identified them as Straight To Video. Action, especially martial arts films came out on a weekly basis. Many of them were actually quit good. The story's we're always basic which is what you want in an action film. The fight scenes were usually very good, and a lot of the better films from this genre started Billy Blanks. One of the best of this time was a little film called Showdown
Showdown stars Billy Blanks as Billy, see he's not trying to stretch anything already. He's cop who accidentally kills a kid during a scuffle at a party he and his partner go to break up. The kids brother vows revenge. Kind of, he just yells for a few seconds. Billy runs off, and turns in his badge. Beat's doing all the paperwork I guess.
Flash forward about 6 months and we meet Ken, a kid at a new high school. Turns out Ken has just smiled at the high school bully's girlfriend, played by a young Christine Taylor. Can you guess where this is going? Ken gets beat up by Tom the Bully, who just happens to be a Karate master. Luckily Billy, who is now the school janitor helps clean him up. Ken gets beat up the next day, then the day after that. Pretty violent beating actually, but the film is rated R.
Finally....wait for it.....Billy agrees to train Ken in martial arts to stop this bully. I know, I know your already groaning, but here's the cool twist. The evil sense training Tom, is the kid who swore revenge against Billy when his brother was killed. Ok so not really a shock, but I forgot to mention, there not fighting in a tournament. They fight in a underground arena where there are no rules! I thought that was a cool twist.
The film is cool, the acting is suprisingly very good. Billy Blanks did the choreography, and the fight scenes are very well done. The film was made before Tae Bo, but when Tae Bo hit big it was repacked as starring the Tae Bo Master. It didn't help sales. It had a cut version DVD release here in North American but now thanks to the great folks at MVD it's getting the Blu-ray treatment it deserves under there Rewind Lable.
The transfer looks great, and I should know as in own this on dvd, and German Blu-ray. The colors are great and the sound transfer is amazing. All of the fight scenes sound so crisp when coming from your speakers. It even has special features
High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation of the main feature in 1.78:1 aspect ratio
Audio: English 5.1 Surround, 2.0 Stereo
Original Theatrical Trailer
I highly recommend picking this one up. It's mindless fun, and only like 90 minutes long, so you have nothing to lose. If your a fan of 90's action films then this is for you. It's yet another fantastic release from MVD Rewind to add to your collection
Overall 4 out of 5 Stars!
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The following Blu-ray was provided to me by Warner Brother for review. Thoughts and opinions are my own.
The Harry Potter franchise including all it's spin off titles is one of the highest grossing franchise of all time. It's Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald was the 10th highest grossing film of 2018 proving the magic so to speak is still going strong.
The film starts with the title character Gellert Grindelwald on his way to prison. He is able to escape and flees the country. The film then picks up a few months later with Newt Scamander trying to get his travel rights reinstated by the Department of Magic Enforcement. They agree but only of Newt will help Theasus Leatrange find a blood wizard named Credence Barebone. I must say real quick these names are just insane. He refuses this at first but after some proding by Dumbledore is finally persuaded to do so.
What follows is an unbelievable amount of twists and turns and I don't mean that in a great way. From wizard Circus shows to the rights of wizards and muggles being allowed to marry to baby switching this film has more turns than a year's worth of daytime soap operas.
I will admit I am very hit or miss when it comes to watching these films so I was basically confused and overwhelmed with backstory in the beginning. As I get further into the story I began to enjoy it more. I love Johnny Depp and seeing him in any role is always a plus as he brings such a wealth of amazing acting to any story.
The special effects are out of this world. This is a true big budget heavy cgi movie. I would say that zero effects in this are of the practical variety. It's all cgi but it looks amazing and never manages to overdue it to the fact it hurts the story.
Warner Brothers has done a great job on this transfer. The colors flow out of your television and the sound, and score for that matter are amazing. It echos from your surround sound and you feel like you are inside this film.
If your a fan of this series of films then it's a no brainier you will enjoy it. If your not familiar it's definitely worth watching. As I said i had a bit of a learning curve but it was a fun watch and a good one for the entire family.
Overall 3 out of 5 Stars!
The following Blu-ray was provided to me by Warner Brother for review. Thoughts and opinions are my own.
Superman has always had a long relationship with television. The original George Reeves show from the late 50's, Superboy in the 80's, Lois and Clark in the 90's, Smallville in to 2000's and various cartoons during this entire time. Now in 2018 we we're treated to not only a version of Superman on the CW Arrowverse shows but we also got an alternate version before his birth on the Sy-Fy Channel entitled Krypton.
Krypton takes place on the planet Krypton 200 years before it's destruction and the subsequent birth of Superman. It follows the House of El which are of course part of Kal El's (Superman) family. It's his grandparents to be more specific. It focus's on Seg-El Superman's grandfather.
Krypton is under the rule of a corrupt government who frames the House of El for treason and executes Seg-El's father. Most of this is due to the House of Zod. Yes the Zod from Superman 2 fame. Years after Seg and his family have been stripped of their wealth and power they are given a chance to get it back if Seg will marry into the Chancellor's family. As Seg is contemplating this he is visited by Adam Strange from our Earth's future. Adam explains to him of the future where Krypton is destroyed and Kal-El is sent to earth to become Superman.
Adam tells Seg he must find the Fortress of Solitude and use the research it holds to stop an impending attack from Braniac. Apparently in the future someone is trying alternate the timeline causing Superman to never be born.
The show features many great references for Superman, and comic book fans in general to enjoy. Seeing the grandparents of Superman and Zod is.a lot of fun. And we are also introduced to Braniac, The Phantom Zone, and Doomsday. The latter was a huge positive for me as I feel that the Doomsday introduced in Superman v Batman was a horrible version of the character. The story is heavy on science fiction and a lot less on superhero lore so that could upset some comic book readers.
The acting is very good Cameron Cuffe as Seg-El is fantastic in his leading role as is Shaun Sipos as Adam Strange, a character I'm glad to finally see on television. The effects are fantastic as well. The show is clearly made on a high production value and looks fantastic.
Warner Brothers has released the first season on Blu-ray and like I always say this is the way to binge watch. It looks fantastic and way better then if you were to simply stream it. Blu-ray is still the way to go and this set is great. It has special features and included all 10 episodes
Krypton: 2017 Comic-Con Panel
Krypton: Bringing the Home World to Life
A Lost Kingdom: Life on Krypton
House of El
The Rankless Initiative
The Word of Rao
House of Zod
The Phantom Zone
Although it does now contain Superman it's a great show for fans of the character to learn more about his heritage. If your a sci-fi fan it's definitely a must watch. Superhero fans may be a bit let down that it means more to the science fiction element but they should enjoy enough of the references to make it worth there watching. I definitely recommend picking it up
Overall 3.5 Stars out of 5
In 1984 Cheech and Chong released an album entitled "Get out of my Room" it contained a parody song of Bruce Springsteen's Born in the USA called Born in East LA. It was performed by Cheech and it became a hit spawning a heavy rotation music video. It was also the only song written solely by Cheech. He and Chong were starting to have animosity which all came to ahead in 1987 when Cheech was offered a solo film in which he would write, direct, and star in. That film was Born In East LA.
Cheech stars as Rudy Robles a Latino who was Born in East LA. He lives there with his family and one morning is asked by his mom to pick up his cousin Javier (Paul Rodriguez in a great supporting role) he's coming from Mexico and will be arriving at a local factory known for employing illegal immigrants.
Rudy leaves in a hurry and forgets to grab his wallet. Once there the place is raided by immigration, and unable to answer a few questions, and without ID he is arrested for being here illegally. His cousin manages to get out and arrives at Rudy's home where is is all by himself. Rudy gets allowed a phone call and calls home to reach his mother or sister so they can bring his identification to clear him but only Javier is home. The phone is by a painting of Jesus and when is reached the answering machine Javier, who speaks no English assumes Jesus is speaking to him. With no one to verify Rudy was born in America he is deported to Tijuana.
Once in Tijuana Rudy makes one desperate attempt after another to get home. He ends up making friends along they way. One of them is a street hustler named Jimmy (Daniel Stern).Jimmy offers to hook Rudy up with a coyote to take him back home in return for working for him to pay off the debt.
The film was a modest hit when it came out and did make a solo star out of Cheech. I remember seeing it in a packed theatre on opening night and the crowd was on fire through the entire film. The jokes come fast and range from slapstick to satire. The film, as silly as it is does contain a message about America and Immigration. It was a very well written screenplay to say the least.
Born in East LA developed a cult following over the years and received a huge boost after Cheech and Chong got back together to perform. Shout Factory, under there Shout Select lable have picked this up and are releasing it in a Blu-ray collector set. The transfer looks great. It's one of the best looking ones they have done to date. It is loaded with special features, and yes for fans it does have the longer alternate tv ending
NEW Audio Commentary By Director/Writer/Star Cheech Marin And Film Historian Marc Edward Heuck
NEW Interview With Cheech Marin
NEW Interview With Actress Kamala Lopez
NEW Interview With Actor Paul Rodriguez
Extended Television Cut Of Born In East L.A. (Standard Definition)
Although some of the jokes are a tad dated the film is still funny and does still have a story that holds up to this very day. It's definitely a must own for fans and worth watching if you have never seen it. Go ahead and pick this one up.
Overall 2.5 out of 5 Stars!
As we have covered the 90’s featured a huge boom in horror films. Tons of great ones came out during this time and most received theatrical releases. One of these films was called Man’s Best Friend. Its stars Ally Sheedy and Lance Henriksen. It’s an odd blend of horror and science fiction that manages to cram a lot into a short 90min run time. It was a Cujo for the 90’s if you will and was, like a lot of films from this time successful at the box office, and over the years has developed a cult following.
Lance Henriksen is Dr Jaret. He works for a company called EMAX. It’s a research company that is conducting experiments on dogs. Jaret is working on gene splicing with the animal and manages to give a Mastiff named Max human like abilities. Max can understand human language, has almost superhuman strength, heightened senses, and can move faster than most animals. He also gets angry very easily and explodes it fits of rage. Dr Jaret controls this by injecting Max with a form of relaxers. One of the employees of the facility does not agree with animal testing and goes to television news reporter Lori Tanner (Ally Sheedy) to run an expose. Lori breaks into the facility to film the conditions of the animal and ends up taking Max hoe with her.
Max is really good to Lori. He loves her, protect her, heck when someone steals her purse he tracks the guy down, kills him, then returns the purse. See the drugs the Dr was giving him to keep him calm have worn off at this point. So even though Max is loving to Lori he is not exactly good when she is at work. He does little things like eat a cat, rape a collie, kill a mailman, try to kill Loris Boyfriend, all kinds of nasty stuff which does eventually all come to a head.
The film works well. Sheedy, best known for her sting of teen age films does a great job as Lori. I personally am an animal lover so seeing Max being abused in some scenes was very hard for me to take back then and even today as the film has held up really well. The score is fantastic in this film. It’s actually one of the best horror scores of this era and really helps set the tone
Scream Factory has done there usual amazing job with this one. The video and audio transfer are spotless. The film is nicer looking all these years later then it was in the theatre. And as it's Scream Factory there is a nice amount of special features to go along with that transfer
NEW 2K Scan Of The Original Film Elements
NEW Audio Commentary With Writer/Director John Lafia
A good film that holds up well to this day. Good effects, good acting, a great score, and the Scream Factory touch male this a must have.
Overall 3 out of 5 Stars!
One of my favorite films from the 90’s was easily The Craft. To me it was the perfect mixture of the oh so popular teen angst films being made during that era and a horror film. It just clicked on many levels when I saw it in the theater and after watching it again I can honestly say it holds up perfectly. This, to me is going to go down as a timeless horror film. Sure the lack of blood and gore may make some of the hardcore gore hounds think my statement is silly, but horror fans can’t deny this is a great film. It was a box office success when it came out and still maintains a rabid following today.
The Craft stars Robin Tunney as Sara. She’s the new girl in town who upon going to her new private school becomes friends with a group of girls that are essentially outcasts. Nancy (Fairuza Balk), Bonnie (Neve Campbell), and Rochelle (Rachel True). Al of these girls has “Issues” so to speak. Nancy is basically white trash, Bonnie has burns throughout her body, and Rochelle is simply African-American in an all-white school. The other thing these girls have in common is that they are all practicing witchcraft. Sara, as luck would have it has practiced witchcraft (Its alluded that her mother was a witch) and the others welcome her into their group hoping she can complete there circle, thus enabling them to gain full power.
This does work for them. They start small casting simple glamor spells and floating during a game of light as a feather stiff as a board. Then after Sara has a horrible date with schoolmate Chris (Skeet Ulrich) and he proceeds to spread rumors that she is a slut the group decides to perform different spells using their collective power. Sara casts a love spell on Chris, Nancy casts a spell to gain wealth and power. Bonnie casts one to have her scars go away, and Rochelle casts a revenge spell on one of her main tormentors. The respective spells work but Nancy becomes almost insane with power. Here and the other girls turn on Sara and it sets the stage for a battle among the four.
Simply put this film is fantastic. For me it fires on all cylinders. The acting and chemistry between the girls is great. Fairuza Balk steals not only ever scene she is in, but she steals the film as well. She is one of the best villainesses of any horror film I have seen. In fact her and Robin Tunney won Best Fight at the MTV Movie Awards that year, and she herself was nominated for a Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress. She is simply terrifying yet beautiful at the same time. The film merits a watch for her performance alone.
Scream Factory has finally given this film the special treatment it deservers with their new Blu-ray collectors release. The video and audio are amazing. The film looks and sounds better than it did over 20 years ago. They even loaded it with special features
· NEW Directing The Craft – An Interview With Co-writer And Director Andrew Fleming
· NEW Producing The Craft – An Interview With Producer Douglas Wick
· NEW Writing The Craft – An Interview With Co-writer Peter Filardi
· NEW Effecting The Craft – An Interview With Makeup Effects Supervisor Tony Gardner
· Audio Commentary With Director Andrew Fleming
· Vintage Featurette – Conjuring The Craft
· Vintage Featurette – The Making Of The Craft
· Deleted Scenes With Optional Audio Commentary
· Theatrical Trailer
The Craft has achieved a cult status over the years and rightfully so. It’s just as effective today as it was back then. It’s an amazing film to watch on every lever. If you liked it when it came out you will still love it to this day. If you have never seen it and you like horror you will enjoy it. And even if you’re not a horror fan, the film hits all the teen angst drama on point so it worth checking out for that as well. The Craft has been one of my all-time favorite films for years and that has not changed. Go ahead and pick this up right away.
Overall 4 out of 5 Stars
Rat's freak me out. There gross little rodents that carry disease and give me the chills. Crispin Glover creeps me out as well. Mix the two together and you have Willard. A movie that creeps me out to the point its hard to watch. The rats in it make me squirm and I just want to shower when the film is over.
Willard is actually Willard Stiles (Crispin Glover) he is an outcast wierdo who lives with his mom in a huge dank old home. The home may be big, its a mansion in fact but its so dank that about 400 rats live there as well. Willards father used to own a huge company but when he killed himself his old partner took it over. Willard works for the company now and his boss really hates him. He treats him like utter crap to be honest. Rather then find another job he just puts up with the mental abuse. As he is a total weirdo no one likes him enough to stand up for him. There is one girl who feels sorry for him, Cathryn, who ends up going out with Willard.
One day Willard finds a rat he names Socrates. Turns out he can actually communicate with the rat. He trains it and quickly begins training the other rats. He finds a giant sized one he names Ben who becomes the rats leader.
Willard does what any nut job would then do and begins to have his rats start getting revenge for him. However after a string of bad luck, and the death of his favorite rat Socrates Willard finally goes full on crazy and beings having his rats kill for him. Writing this just makes we want to shower.
Although the film is a remake of the movie Ben it was never promoted as such. It has always simply been promoted as a stand alone horror film. Although it failed to make money at the box office it became a huge cult favorite thanks in part to the performance of Crispin Glover. It nothing to say that the film belongs to him.
Glover gives one hell of a performance as Willard. He looks and acts the part perfectly as a shy introvert who obviously has some serious mental issues. Simple and quiet in the beginning to fully on scary when he finally snaps he gives his best performance since Back to the Future. He was even nominated for the Best Actor Award in the 2004 Saturn Awards. His performance
really has become something of legend amongst horror fans. And luckily for those fans Scream Factory Has picked this one up.
AS its Scream Factory you know it looks and sounds fantastic. To fantastic in my opinion as It sounded like rats were crawling around as the sound came through my speakers The dark colors and tones add to the horror as the house that severs as the rats backdrop looks truly frightening. If that transfer is not enough look at all the special features they have included.
NEW 2K Scan Of The Original Film Elements
If you are a fan this is the definitive print to get. If you have never seen it do yourself a favor and go and add this to your collection. It may give me the creeps and make me slightly nauseous but I have to admit it is one fine film that deserves all the praise it gets. I highly recommend picking this one up.
Overall 3 out of 5 Stars