Well the movie centers around someone posing as long lost Uncle Fester in order to obtain the fortune of the Addams Family.
What the movie lacks in script is more than made up for in the looks of the film, the sound and the casting. Julia, Huston and Lloyd are all in top form as the three main adult characters with Cristina Ricci also holding her own as Wednesday.
The script has some funny moments, but does not really rise about the standard television episode of the famed series. Also in here Lurch doesn't speak, just a few barely audible moans.
The picture quality is not bad and at times exhibits a bit of grain along with the clarity.
The big star of the show is the audio mix. it is done well for surround sound as music along with the sound effects come out of each speaker placing you right in the middle of this fun filled household.
Only the trailer is to be found on the disc as extras.
It is an MGM title therefore has no title menu.
All in all if you like the move, and I do, despite the faults with the script, it is well worth picking up.
*Note*: This is the U.K. edition and it says Regions ABC, but when I attempted to play it in my all region player set on region A it would not play. had to set it to region B.
This HBO film tells the story of the tumultuous relationship between Liberace and his young lover Scott Thornsen. It follows their courtship from beginning to end.
Liberace is excellently portrayed by the great Michael Douglas with the equally effective Matt Damon as his boyfriend.
There are some, what I would consider, mild sexual scenes, so this warning should be heeded by the most sensitive of viewers.
The picture quality is excellent with all the sparkle and pizazz of an authentic Liberace show.
The audio is quite good as well. During the performance scenes, the sound surrounds you as if you were in the audience. Also you can make out all other sounds including car tires driving on rocky pavement and such.
the only bonus is a small segment about the making of this fine HBO drama.
All in all a great film. If you only know about the flamboyant pianist from his numerous television appearances or stage shows, hold on to your candelabra!
When young Bastian borrows a mysterious, ornately-bound book, he never dreamed turning a page would draw him into a shimmering fantasy world of racing snails, hang-glider bats, soaring luckdragons, puckish elves, a Childlike...
At last we have the extended version of my all time favorite film and in English with removable subtitles to boot.
The differences which amount to about seven minutes will probably not be known by the casual viewer. In the U.S.(international) version the cuts are just this: No missing scenes, just scenes trimmed down and some dialogue missing.
The coloring is fixed I am happy to report, no orange tint. Other minor coloring adjustments have also been made to the film. Still is somewhat dark in scenes, but nowhere near as bad as the version Warner pawned off on us here in the states. So this makes me wonder if this remastered release is truer to the original intent of the filmmakers.
The only really bad thing I hate about this version is involving Deep Roy's character, the man with the racing snail. He comes from the south part of Fantasia so they gave him a southern accent and it does not work in the slightest.
No Georgio Moroder here, so no title song. The score, done instrumentally different, is still easily recognizable.
One extra feature is all that is found. A featurette about the making of the film, but is in German with no English subtitles. Though you can hear Petersen talking with the actors as he directs them, in English of course.
The international release, is the same that Warner already gave us, orange tint, darkness and all. Only difference is, it includes the theatrical trailer.
Both versions actually work, as the shorter version has no plot points or story lines missing. So it just boils down to a personal preference as to which one you like better. For the time being I will watch the extended one.
Peccadillo Pictures | 2011 | 82 min | Rated BBFC: U | Region B (A, C untested) | Mar 05, 2012
Laure is moving into a new neighborhood with her little sister Jeanne. Because she is in need of new friends and does not know anybody, Laure decides to dress and act as a boy. She becomes close to Lisa, who does not know her new...
Great movie about a family who just moved and the young girl pretending to be a boy. The reasons for her doing this are not stated, but that is one great thing about the film along with what the movie ultimately deals with. And the end of the movie is not clear cut as you get to draw your own conclusions. I often enjoy a movie like this where everyone who sees it will walk away with different ideas and opinions.
I guess I relate to the film on a different level myself because I am gay and have to, for necessity, hide that fact from my co workers. Both me and Mickael are hiding our true identities, me for certain reasons, his/hers untold. So I can see lots of parallels in our lives.
I thought the video was great, a little soft, but I feel maybe this was the director's intention as to kind of blur the lines of truth and reality. Also to show the differences between the clear cut pragmatic views of some and the uncertainty of others.
The audio is good as well with very sharp easy to read subtitles in this non dubbed feature.
Extras are okay, butnot many. The interview with the director repeats many things found in the featurette, but not all.
I loved this film and due to the above stated reasons I will be watching it many times.
Thank you Criterion for releasing this version of Lord Of The Flies on blu ray. It is the story of how some young boys are stranded on a desert island by themselves and how they are reduced to savages.
I was very happily surprised with the PQ as knowing this was made very inexpensively I was not expecting it to be this good. The image is sharp and well defined. A treat for your eyes.
The audio is very clear also.
Nice set of extras. In one segment they show some deleted footage: Some that was of the boys just being boys before the savagery set it. This would have been good to have been left in the final cut to show that their deterioration took some time to come about. Great audio commentaries as well.
If you love this movie, this Criterion release needs to be in your collection.
I feel that this film is Tom Conti's best. It is the story of a poet past his prime, after all he hasn't written a poem in five years, and his affairs with several women. It is cleverly written and at times makes you think. I especially loved the scene at the dinner table when the discussion centers on speed reading and he tells how he would pay someone great sums of money if they could teach him to read slower.
The picture quality is average, somewhat soft at times with the clearest scenes being the ones filmed outdoors. A very subdued color scheme, but that helps invoke the feeling of the blustery fall days in New England.
The audio is good for a film of this age.
Sadly, as with All Olive releases, no extras are to be found whatsoever.
This movie is void of a lot of action, but I still found it to be a very satisfying outing.
Shout Factory | 1977 | 83 min | Rated R | Region A, B (C untested) | Jul 02, 2013
From the director of Animal House and the creators of Airplane and The Naked Gun, comes the original madcap, most out-of-control spoof of all time. The one that started it all! The Kentucky Fried Movie!
A funny, sometimes offense early outing, from the ones who late were responsible for the likes of Airplane and the Naked Gun films. It is a bunch of skits put together with no storyline to speak of. Somewhat like Saturday Night Live, with T & A. As with all movies or shows of like this, the comedy is hit and miss. Not all of it works. Some may be put off by it's political incorrectness and others may just find it offensive.
Kind of hard to rate the picture quality as each segment varies wildly. But with this being a low budget feature it is highly watchable as long as you know what to expect.
The mono audio is clear and easy to understand.
The extras are average, but probably were hard to come by for this feature to begin with.
This was a pleasant blind buy for. Me. If you remember The Groove Tube than you'll love this. By the way when with Groove Tube hit blu? These two would make a great double feature
A memorable line...well to me anyways from The Producer's which is a great comedy that Roger Ebert considers to be one of the best comedies ever made. It is one of Mel Brooks' finest films. Zero Mostel and Gene Wilder are in top form.
I have seen this film in various film formats and this version from The Shout Factory is near perfection. the only quibble I have is around the twenty minute mark you see the black circle at the top right of the screen which was a cue to projectionists to get ready for a reel change. I am surprised to have found that on a blu ray.
Audio is not bad. I am usually a purist, but tried the 5.1 mix, which was okay, but not that encompassing. Next time I think I'll stay with the original mono version.
Not a bad set of extras either.
All in all a fabulous comedy, with a great video and audio presentation to boot.
"Just one more thing", intones Peter Falk as the great rumpled detective in Dawn's Early Light which centers around a a supposed murder at a military school. Falk plays the title character to perfection and one wonders why the Levinson and Link originally wanted Bing Crosby.
The picture quality is surprisingly good for a television movie of this age. It is very clear and well defined. The only thing that stops me from giving it a full five rating is it seems that the colors are a bit faded.
The audio is very well too and very clear and easy to understand.
Only two small bonus features to speak of with one being a few stills. the other being the original NBC Mystery Movie theme which certainly does bring back a lot of memories.
NOTE: This is stated as a region B release, but plays on region A players as well
If you love good 1970's mysteries the only mystery to me would be is, why haven't you got this one yet?
Warner Bros. | 1968 | 105 min | Rated G | Region free
| Jun 04, 2013
Story about two divorced men who decide to share a New York apartment. Felix is fussy and fastidious to a fault. He proves that cleanliness is next to insanity. Oscar wreaks havoc on a tidy room with the speed and thoroughness of...
Odds are if you love The Odd Couple you will love this blu ray edition released by warner thru their partnership with Paramount.
If you are like me and love the television series and have watched it over and over it may take you awhile to warm up to Lemmon as Felix. I know it did for me.
The picture quality for a film this age is superb. Clarity and detail is excellent. Either they used a new copy of the film or cleaned it up because in all previous video versions I've always noticed a big scratch at the beginning when you first see the buildings and all. now the scratch has disappeared. The colors also look very vibrant.
Audio is crisp and easy to hear.
Great extras accompany this fine blu ray release.
Very seldom do I give a blu ray five across the board, but this one truly deserves it.
Rope is in dire need of a remaster, but I'll get to that in a moment. The movie was based on the famous Leopold and Loeb murder case. In this version, the two men, which it doesn't take rocket science to figure out they are a couple, murder a friend just to see what it is like and what happens right after those grisly proceedings. The great James Stewart is in fine form as usual as is the rest of the cast. See if you eagle eyes can find Hitch's cameo.
This was Hitch's first color film and also was an experiment as he wanted it to appear seamless, thus the reason for the close ups on black objects such as the back of a dark jacket. It was filmed in the early three strip Technicolor process and the uneven shrinkage of each of the color separations is clearly evident by the ever present halos in the picture. This fine film is in dire need of being remastered. The great work via computers, with such Technicolor elements, is quite evident in Gone With the Wind. Granted Rope may not be on the same level as GWTW, but doesn't it deserve to be seen in the truest form possible?
The audio is quite clear for a film of it's age.
Extras are not all that exciting.
Rope is not the worst blu I have seen, by far, but it sure could use some TLC in the video department.
Fabulous Films | 1978 | 114 min | Rated BBFC: PG | Region B, A (C untested) | Feb 28, 2011
The story of one of rock ‘n’ roll’s first legends, Buddy Holly. Holly’s career is followed from his high school days in Lubbock, Texas and his rise above the disaproval of his music by the locals and his conservative family,...
Great biopic with Busey in top form as the great early rock and roll musician.
Very poor picture quality. It is badly faded and not that detailed. If you have the dvd hang onto it until Sony, who is known for great blu ray picture quality, releases a proper version here in the U.S.
Audio is okay at best.
Extras...ehhh why bother as I had trouble watching this horrendous presentation to begin with.
Universal Studios | 1974 | 122 min | Rated PG | Region free
| Jun 04, 2013
This prime example of the Seventies cycle of disaster movies centres on the repercussions of a massive earthquake that rips Los Angeles apart. Amongst those attempting to restore order are construction engineer Stewart Graff...
This was one of those great disaster films along with Poseidon Adventure, towering Inferno and Airport that had many famous actors involved. The title is self explanatory and follows he usual pattern of someone predicting a disaster and no one else believing them. Great special effects for it's time considering there was no CGI! The video quality is okay, but not the greatest as Universal's catalogue titles are a hit and miss proposition.
The audio was originally done in sensurround, but the disc's audio is somewhat less spectacular, with the voices being lower in volume than the music or sound effects. To get a glimpse of what sensurround was like crank up your subwoofer.
No extras, not even the trailer.
If you love those older disaster films certainly add it to your collection.
An ex-Marine finds himself thrust into hostilities on an alien planet filled with exotic life forms.
As an Avatar, a human mind in an alien body, he finds himself torn between two worlds, in a
desperate fight for his own...
A very simple and short review.
If you love this movie, like I do and have a 3d blu ray system, this is a must for your collection. This is truly a 3D demo disc and is the next best thing to seeing it in the theater. Not a lot of eye popping 3D effects, but is more there to help immerse you into the story, but they do it beautifully.
Colors are vivid as is the sound.
No extras, so hold onto your three disc blu ray set for now.
The world of Pandora could not look any better.
Winkler gvies a fine performance as Slade, a depression era Scrooge in this version of Dicken's A Christmas Carol, which has been out of print for several years. Same story, same outcome, of course, but with a newer setting. Slade helps pave the way for paying with credit in this version set around the time of the depression. Winkler does what he can with the character playing Slade as both a young and older man.
The video, for a made for television movie, is actually quite good. I was not expecting a whole lot, but was pleasantly surprised. Audio, is mono, but good considering the age of the film.
A few extras, with a somewhat forgettable interview with Winkler, when he tells us how he turned down the lead in the film Grease because it was too close to his Fonzie character. Surprising I never heard that story before.
All in all, not a bad piece of entertainment for the holidays and one that can be enjoyed by the whole family.
Schindler's List can arguable be considered Spielberg's best film. It is hard for me to say I loved this film, due to the subject matter, but it is great and everyone should view it at least once. I cannot say enough good things about this masterpiece. Yes I cried at the ending just like I did with my Mom when we first watched it many years ago an VHS.
One of the best looking blus I have in my collection, and the black and white cinematography comes to life due to the higher resolution.
Audio also packs a wallop.
Spielberg did not want many extras from what I understand. He wanted the movie to speak for itself, and it does.
All in all a perfect looking and sounding blu, thanks to Stephen supervising it's release. Thank you Mr. Spielberg, thank you.
This film is basically a vehicle for Carmen Miranda with Groucho, IMO, used in name recognition only. He plays a seedy agent who has Miranda play two parts so he gets twice the commission. Sounds ok in theory, but the makers didn't quite pull it off.
It is more musical numbers than anything else and the story is threadbare, to say the least. This was Groucho's first movie without his brothers, but I expected better. None of the familiar Groucho is to be found here. He is even given a musical number to perform with his famous greasepaint mustache, but it is not memorable at all. He is really not in this film all that much.
No extras are to be found.
Unless you are a big huge fan of Miranda and/or Marx, don't go to the Copacabana.
Now if Rufus T. Firefly or Captain Spaulding were to hit blu ray I would really shout,"HOORAY!"
The Atomic Kid on blu ray? It is surprising that this unforgettable Mickey Rooney vehicle has seen the light of day on blu ray. Was it perhaps a package deal that Olive Films made that included some duds being released in order to get higher profile titles?
The premise of someone, in this case the great Mickey Rooney, surviving an atomic blast should have lent itself to some great comedy, but the script shows otherwise.
The picture quality leaves a lot to be desired, but since it is from Olive films, I am sure the problems lie within the master itself and no tinkering was applied. Lots of the dark scenes are very dark and much of the image is lost. The lighter scenes fair better with detail and clarity. Speckles can be found throughout.
The audio is no better with lots of hissing and some warbling in the musical portions of the soundtrack.
No extras whatsoever, not even the trailer.
I recommend this title only for die hard fans of Mickey. Anyone else should proceed with great caution.
Love this film even though Walter Mathau's singing leaves a bit to be desired. I laugh out loud when he sings about husky women in the "It Takes A Woman", number. And yes, most are in agreement about Streisand being too young for the part. But those two things aside it is a very entertaining musical and perhaps the last of what I call the "old time feel good musicals". My favorite part is the short sequence with Streisand and the great Louis Armstrong.
The picture quality for a film of this age is very very good, with lots of detail and clarity. I have seen it in all the other video formats and this is, to say the least, stunning. Almost like watching it again for the first time.
The audio is sumptuous as well.
Very light in the extras department though.
So pop this in and say hello to Dolly all over again.
Well Go USA | 2011 | 82 min | Not rated | Region A (B, C untested) | Mar 26, 2013
It’s 1990, and the child, Manit, has just witnessed the killing of his parents by corrupt cops. Shot at point-blank range, Manit survives, but with a bullet in his skull that prevents him from experiencing emotion.
I felt this martial arts film had it's fair share of action, but I do wish some of the fighting scenes lasted a bit longer.
The premise is not a new one: A child sees his parents get murdered then when he grows up exacts revenge on the evildoers. Jon Foo did nicely as Manit, the grown up who gets his revenge.
The video was very clear and defined. Only thing I found was the the night scenes were a bit dark which made it a little harder to view all the intense action.
The audio is very dynamic when using the 5.1 mix. My only complaint was that both Thai and English were used together. Even though there is basis for it in the story, this time, unlike Inglorious Basterds, it didn't work for me.
The trailer for the film and like titles are the only extras to be found.
I took a chance on this title, after reading the review here, and paid only about eleven bucks for it, including shipping, but I got my money's worth and a bit more.
You'll be smiling while watching the first of the two Flint movies starrring James Coburn as the super suave, super smart, Bond type spy.
The plot is also a Bond take off with tongue in cheek humor, maybe not belly laugh material, but very very amusing. Lee J. Cobb is in charge of gettig Flint to work for the president and his dislike of Flint aides the humor effectively.
The picture quality for a Twilight Time release is not what we have come to expect from this company compared to say the likes of The Blue Lagoon and Magnificent Men In Their Flying Machines. Probably due to what Fox gave them to begin with. Yes the picture is soft at times, but most noticable is the washed out color. It looks like the elements have not been kind to Flint and some color correction could have helped solve this problem.
Audio is very good and I love the Goldsmith score, it fits the flavor of this film beautifully.
Love the extras too, including a couple of screen tests.
So if you don't want to wait for another three years to buy this fun film get it while you can.
Warner Bros. | 1927 | 89 min | Not rated | Region A (B, C untested) | Jan 08, 2013
For five generations, men in the Rabinowitz family have been Cantors in the synagogue, but Jakie is more interested in jazz and ragtime music. Jakie leaves his New York home for good. After years on his own, now calling himself...
That line made iimmortal by the great Al Jolson, was a foreshadowing of things to come. The Jazz Singer helped usher in the sound era of motion pictures.
I gave the film five stars, partly due to it's historical significance, which I will get to shortly. The story, simply put, is about a son who craves his father's acceptance and the father refusing to give it.
The picture quality, for a film of it's age is exceptional, and I am sure Warner has kept this in great condition due to what it did for the studio
Audio is quite good too, considering it originated from records.
Extras..wow! Such an extensive set.They are sadly, in standard format and not blu. But it has been a pleasure to watch these fine treasures, which I understand were also found on the standard dvd set of The Jazz Singer as well. There are many including a documentary about the advent of sound in motion pctures, a cartoon explaining sound on film and not to mention several Vitaphone short subjects that were thought to have been lost. I have just one very minor quibble with the Vitaphoe shorts: I just wish each one had the exact year of it's release.
The Jazz Singer was the first feature length film to incorporate sound. If Warner decided not to go with sound who knows how long it would have been before the movies learned to talk? They would have eventually, but ti just boggles my mind to think how the motion picture landscape of today woud have been different. Just think, if there was no sound for say ten years, there probably would have been no Walt Disney as Snow White came out in 1937. That animated masterpiece is what put Walt on the map, so no Jazz Singer means maybe no Disneyland etc. And what about the classic Universal horror films of the early 30's? They would, more than likely have been made, but without sound, and I doubt they would have had the mpact that they still have today. What about all the Warner gangster pictures? Also no Marx Brothers etc... the list can go on and on. Today's movies would be different too as many of today's filmmakers have been and still are influenced by many of the older films from the days of the studio system.
So even though it was a financial decision on the part of Warner, without any inkling of how films would, from that year on, be changed, I thank you from the bottom of my heart for giving the world The Jazz Singer.
Pier Paolo Pasolini was a celebrated poet, writer, and all-around intellectual, but it was his maverick, controversial filmmaking that distinguished him as an influential artistic force. The director's last film, '120 Days Of...
I won't get into a description of Salo here because I'm quite sure how to describe it as a film.
Many have been greatly horrified and shocked by this movie, but I wasn't and I have three theories for that:
1) I read a lot of what the film entailed and quite frankly I was expecting a lot of worse/sickening things.
2) If what was depicted in the film really happened and not just faked for the camera it may have had more of an impact, but it's like when someone gets shot and killed in a movie you know they really did not get shot and killed and the same goes for this and you can tell just by the editing that what was happening was just special effects and the like.
3) Since the advent of home video, I have seen many many things and Salo is ...well...sort of tame by comparison.
Now I am not implying that you or someone else will be able to watch ths and not be bothered by it in some fashion, Many will be disturbed.
Picture and audio is quite good for a film of this age and that was a very nice surprise.
Nice set of extras too.
Before viewing I would still recommend caution and doing some research beforehand.
The Blue Lagoon loos as magnificent an lush as it's island scenery. Twilight Time/ Sony have hit another home run with this fine release.
It is as good as I remember when I first saw it on television many many years ago. Some'people's views have changed on this film, but mine have not. I still find the innocence, the natural exploration of love etc. still as emotional and effectual as ever.
PQ and AQ are awesome. Natural film grain is found along with great detail. Some of which I never noticed before including the hair on Atkin's face and legs.
If you like this film get it before it's 3,000 copies sell out.
Many call this film a dark comedy and a cult classic. Well on my first viewing I didn't see either. I just didn't get it. Maybe I need to view it a few more times as I had to with Oh Brother Where Art Thou? When I do, if my views towards this film changes, so will my review.
PQ not bad but could have been a bit better. Not surprising as this title is from Universal and they have a spotty track record for PQ and AQ.
Extras not too shabby.
A science professor's untraditional hypotheses have made him the laughing stock of the academic community. But on an expedition in Iceland, he and his nephew stumble upon a major discovery that launches them on a thrilling...
Journey was a fum popcorn flick in the theater and courtesy of a 3D, for 3D television upgrade, is just as good in your home.
The film is loosely based on the Jules Verne novel with Fraser and all doing a great job with their characters. Funny linea abound in the film too.
3D video is awesome. I have close to 20 3D titles in my collection and this one is one of the best by far. I used to think the version with the red and blue glasses was good, but it doesn't even come close to this one.
Audio is nice with great stereo effects.
Sadly, just the few extras that were on the earlier release are the only ones found here.
If you have a 3D television this is one title that is a must have.
20th Century Fox | 1970 | 115 min | Rated R | Region A (B, C untested) | Sep 01, 2009
One of the world's most acclaimed comedies, M*A*S*H focuses on three Korean War Army surgeons brilliantly brought to life by Donald Sutherland, Tom Skerritt and Elliott Gould. Though highly skilled and deeply dedicated, they...
A marvelous blu ray to add to your collection. No need to tell you the story as y'all know it by now. Some prefer the television series more as they are used to seeing Alda and company in the roles. But this is just as great'
I've read that it was filmed with filters to make it a bit softer, maybe because the realities of war are so harsh, but the video quality is exceptional. It is head and shoulders above all the other formats this title has been released on as I have seen 'em all.
Great audio for it's time.
Lovely set of extras to boot.
Glad to have this titlein within my vast blu ray library.
The line is from my favorite piece in Paul Bartel's wickedly funny dark comedy. If the premise of this couple killing sexual swingers to get money to open their restaurant, isn't enough for you, just keep watching. It gets funnier and funnier. Great Cameos to from the likes of Buck Henry, Ed Begley Jr., etc.
I have seen this film on VHS and dvd and Criterion's blu does not disappoint, hence the 5 star video rating. It has never, and probably cannot, look much better than it does. Kudos once again Criterion!!!!!
Extras are mouth watering, including two of Bartel's short fims.
Eating Raoul is a complete feast for the eyes, ears and brain.
A quest that begins as a personal vendetta for the fierce Cimmerian warrior soon turns into an epic battle against hulking rivals, horrific monsters, and impossible odds, as Conan realizes he is the only hope of saving the great...
First of al the film itself is ,IMO, not all that bad with Ron Pearlman as his dad and Leo Howard ( Disney XD's Kickin" It) as a young Conan). It is a bit bloody, but all in good fun for this title.
The problem I have with this blu is the slipshot, hurry up 3D conversion. True they weren't going to do it like Cameron did with his Titanic. All there is basically are some great depth/distance pieces. The coversion team really dropped the ball with, what should have been, some great eye popping 3D effects. There are instances where swords, knives and arrows should have been right in your face, but they just lay there like the 2D presentation.
Audio is fine as well as the extras.
Glad I only spent a total of about 12 bucks, including shipping, for this one.
Shout Factory | 2011 | 112 min | Not rated | Region A (B, C untested) | Aug 21, 2012
Speed-loving motorcycle courier Ki Soo is the bane of every traffic cop's existence. Nothing can stop Ki Soo on the road, until his latest delivery blows up a building. A mysterious caller tells Ki Soo that there is a bomb...
Great action flick involving a motorcyclist and his girlfriend. It involves many crashes and explosions along with great chase sequences involving his motorcycle helmet and what will happen if he tries taking it off.
Video is excellent for a title put out from The Shout Factory. A 100% upgrade from their disappointing Sailor Who Fell From Grace With The Sea blu ray.
Wasn't quite sure where to put this complaint, but I figured this is a good a place as any. The only quibble I have is with the subtitles. The OAR is 2.35:1 and part of the subtitles appear in the black bar below the picture. Minor yes, but I still hate it. That is why I deducted .5 from the video qualty.
Audio is also quite well with good seperation.
Extras are ok, but nothing too too special.
Overall a solid release from The Shout Factorry and an excellent addition to one's blu ray library if a fan of the genre.
Sony Pictures | 2009 | 120 min | Rated PG-13 | Region A (locked) | Aug 03, 2010
Jake Taylor has it all: friends, fame, a basketball scholarship and the hottest girl in school. What could be better? Enter Roger Dawson. Roger has nothing. No friends. No hope. Nothing but putdowns and getting pushed aside....
Great film concerning teen suicide and sexuality mixed in with them trying to find themselves and how God fits into their lives. Not a movie for everyone, but if you are in a receptive mood it will touch you on many levels. Even though it deals with God and Christianity you don'thave tob e overly religious to get meaning from this film. It is geared for teens and their families and everything does not end up in a nice tidy ending but with a dose of reality.
Video is much better than expected for what is considered a lower tiered title. Audio sparkles as well.
Extras are well worth viewing.
Well worth a family viewing and one that can help teenagers to start talking with each other and their parents about the things contained within this fine disc.
The classic fantasy/comedy based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning play starring James Stewart in one of his finest performances as the good-natured Elwood P. Dowd, whose constant companion is Harvey, a six-foot tall rabbit that only...
This great Jimmy Stewart classic finally comes to blu ray. It is as charming as it ever was. It is one of Stewart's best loved films. Harvey is a gigantic rabbit ( 6 feet 3 1/2 inches to be exact) whom it sems that only Elwood P. Dowd (Stewart) can see.
Video for a film of it's age is great and so is the audio.
Extras are not too great though.
This title is a must for all Stewart's fans. Make this movie visible in your blu ray collection.
Great classic horror/suspense film with the excellent Kevin McCarthy as Dr. Bunnell. IMO much better than the Sutherland or Kidman remakes. Still packs a wallop. Wish they had the version without the tagged on begginning and ending.
Video quality is not bad as one can see a lot of clarity and detail. Also grain can be found. A few pieces seem soft, but this film has never looked better and most fans will not be disappointed.
Sound for a film of this period is good also.
Alas, no extras not even the theatrical trailer.
A fine release from Olive films that gets a gigantic thumbs up from me.
This extraordinary comic version of the historic 1910 London-to-Paris air race features the
greatest aviators from around the world. They all come together when a stuffy, but very rich,
newspaper publisher decides to sponsor...
This 60's comedy is finally on blu. Not as slapsticky as I had hoped, but still tons 'o' fun. Reminds me of Around The World In 80 Days and It's A Mad Mad Mad Mad World. Great aerial antics abound.
I think the video was awesome, and I saw no signs of reds bleeding thru. One of the best blus I have video wise.
Audio is not too shabby either.
Extras are okay, but wish there were more. I did notice, for the first time for me anyways, that the TV spots were in black and white.
Yes this was a bit more than I would have normally payed for a single blu ray, but considering it is from Twilight Time with only 3,000 being made I feel it was money well spent.
A great great motion picture about the last days of the silents and the beginning of talkies. It is a drama, a comedy and a romance all rolled into one, which is not an easy feat to pull off, and besides there is Uggie the dog. If you know Singin' In The Rain and A Star Is Born you have the basic story. I love the fact that it was done as a silent film in black and white which helped give it it's period flavor. I cannot single out one performance as being better than the other as everyone in the cast was excellent and totally believable. The musical score, also, is a character in the film itself.
Video was great and in the original Academy aspect ratio.
Audio is also quite good.
Extras are not bad, but wish there were a few more.
All I can say is I loved this film. Before seeing it The NeverEnding Story was my favorite movie of all time, but now it is tied with this multi Oscar winner.
Boy what a trip watching this flick. I believe Fonda was married to the director at the time she made this. And she must have been truely in love with him to make this mess, but what a lovely bad mess it is. It is so bad it's good. Don't pay much attention to the plot, thought there is a meger one. The sets, the acting are subpar, but that is the charm of this movie. Just watch and enjoy.
The video and audio are not to shabby, but without a top notch restoration the results are probably the best we will see.
Sadly, the trailer is the only extra found.
Get a big bag 'o' popcorn, a big soda and prop your feet up or a trp down campy lane.
The story centers around a boy and how he reacts when his widowed mother becomes romantic and sexual with a sailor. Some have suggested the ending is a big surprise, but I found it predictable and consistant with the characters.
The video is very bad. It is very soft and washed out. That may be how the film was shot, but considering the damage to the print used I question even that. There are scratches and specks galore, enough that they hinder the enjoyment of the film. The presentation reminds me of how television stations, a long time ago, would show movies directly from a worn out 16mm print. There are a few instances, and I mean a few, where grain is present. Perhaps the lack of grain and the softness in the quality suggests DNR was used. One other strange thing I noticed during the beginning credits: A couple of times in between individual credits it looks as if the picture is frozen for a few seconds, but the timer on my player keeps on counting. At first I thought perhaps a defect in the disc, but after the credits are through so is the brief image freezing. I cannot compare this blu to the dvd as I have never seen that version.
Audio is not much better.
No extras at all.
This is my first Shout Factory blu ray and if all others are similar in nature I wil refrain from buying more from them.
Legend | 1975 | 127 min | Rated R | Region A, B (C untested) | Sep 14, 2010
Mede is a slave whose master, Hammond Maxwell intends on keeping him as a prizefighter. As Maxwell focuses his attention on his wenches and Mede's brutal training, his neglected wife turns her passions towards Mede himself.
Mandingo is one film I cannot say I loved watching, but I loved the experience of seeing it and will do many more times. Why I say this is due to the unflinching view of slavery and bigotry that was portrayed and probably very acurately at that.
The source material was not really restored, but you have a true sense of seeing the film elements in the presentation. The colors are soft and somewhat faded looking. I am sure much of this was attributed to the makers of the movie and a restoration may have bought out just a bit more color from the film.
The audio is just as one might expect from such an older release.
The extras are not very good. Would have been nice to have some people talking about Mandingo's impact and what it says to today's audiences.
This is a movie, that if you know nothing about slavery, you should view. Even though the story is ficticious, the views, thoughts and ideas along with the treatment of slaves is pretty accurate.
Great performances from Hopkins and Pitt in this variation of Death Takes A Holday. Some may think it is a bit long, but the time is needed for the story to unfold in a relaxing yet watchable way. Pitt is great as Death with Hopkins as his somewhat unwilling subject.
The PQ is adaquete, but could have been better. Since it shows grain there is probably a lack of or very little DNR used. Some nice detail is also evident. Audio is not bad either.
Sadly not many extras.
A good movie, that takes it's time to fully show it's characters, but is worth your time.
20th Century Fox | 1971 | 104 min | Rated R | Region A (locked) | Feb 24, 2009
Tough-talking New York City detective Popeye Doyle and his partner uncover an international drug smuggling ring, but it's Doyle's feverish and relentless pursuit of the suspects that drives the investigation forward.
Great 70's police drama with Hackman in his well deserved Academy Award role as Popeye Doyle.
Many people complain about the film grain, but that is what the original film was like and that means I am all for it. Friedkin adjusted the colors to make it look like what it was in it's original unreeling and that is great. You may see some bleeding of red as in Doyle's Santa suit, but that is what was originally intended. Also the big grain paticles make the film look gritty just like the subject matter which helps to get one more immersed in the story and it's characters.
Audio is just as fitting with a wonderfully haunting score.
Extras are exceptional as well.
The French Connection looks just like what it did when it first came out and what the director wanted so to me that is al I ask for in a blu ray.