Historical Blu-ray Release Dates

This page lists all available information for new and upcoming releases in the Blu-ray format.
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Anthony Perkins stars in and directs the most shocking Psycho film of all: Psycho III. After years in prison, Norman Bates returns home to the Bates Motel. When a pretty young woman (Diana Scarwid) runs to the motel - and Norman's open arms – to escape a scandalous secret, he finally gets a chance at a new life. But he has one murderous skeleton in his closet that will do anything not to share him. It's a new day at the Bates Motel, but the nightmares are just beginning...

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Anthony Perkins, Henry Thomas and Olivia Hussey star in this chilling prequel to the classic Hitchcock thriller. A seemingly rehabilitated Norman Bates (Perkins) is drawn to a late night radio show where the host (CCH Pounder) encourages him to share his views on the topic of matricide – the murder of a mother by her own child. Reliving his childhood, Norman recounts his trials as a young boy (Thomas) living with his widowed schizophrenic mother (Hussey). These haunting memories are more than just disturbing visions of the past; they threaten to rekindle his killing urge in this spine-tingling thriller.

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Brace yourself for a hardboiled, sci-fi thriller from the creator of Madoka Magica and the studio that brought you Ghost in the Shell. 

Welcome to a world where just thinking about a crime is enough to make you guilty. Bad intentions can no longer be hidden, and the police know exactly which tainted minds are about to cross over to the wrong side of the law. The great equalizer in the war on thugs is the Dominator, a futuristic weapon that can read minds and assess the risk that a citizen will turn criminal. Cops work in teams made up of Enforcers and Inspectors. Enforcers take out the bad guys, Inspectors stop their partners from going rogue, and the all-powerful Sibyl System keeps a watchful eye on us all. Society is paralyzed by its deepest, darkest desires, and trial by jury has been replaced by the wrath of the Dominator. Welcome to the future. How guilty are you?

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At the age of 85, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has developed a breathtaking legal legacy while becoming an unexpected pop culture icon. But, without a definitive memoir, the unique personal journey of this diminutive, quiet warrior's rise to the nation's highest court has been largely unknown, even to some of her biggest fans – until now. RBG is a revelatory documentary exploring Ginsburg's exceptional life and career from Betsy West and Julie Cohen, and produced by Storyville Films and CNN Films.

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Get ready for the seventh spellbinding entry in Full Moon's iconic Puppet Master series: Retro Puppet Master! Directed by insanely prolific genre legend David DeCoteau (Puppet Master III, Creepozoids) and produced by Charles Band (Puppet Master, Hideous!), Retro Puppet Master dials back the clock, serving as both a thrilling prequel to Puppet Master III and as one of the most unique, evocative films in the franchise. Actor and author Greg Sestero (The Room) stars as the young Andre Toulon, living a peaceful life as a puppeteer in pre-World War I Paris and courting the lovely Ilsa, the Swiss ambassador's beautiful young daughter. But the strings of fate that guide Toulon's destiny are about to pull him into an unexpected direction after he encounters the renegade sorcerer Afzel, who has stolen the mysterious secrets of life from the dark god Sutekh. When Sutekh's sinister servants arrive, and make Ilsa a part of their diabolical plans, it's up to Toulon and his army of custom made puppets to stop them at any cost! Featuring the final appearance of actor Guy Rolfe as the elder Toulon and boasting rich production values, a fine score by John Massari and a much stronger emphasis on human drama, Retro Puppet Master is a trip back in time with a very different pack of puppets. Full Moon is proud to premiere this picture on Blu-ray completely remastered from the original 35mm camera negative. Bonus features include: Original Retro Puppet Master Videozone, 2 hours of rare behind-the-scenes footage with optional Directors commentary, New directors commentary with director David DeCoteau & actor Greg Sistero, Full Moon Features Trailers

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The killer doll is back! Glen is the orphan doll offspring of the irrepressible devilish-doll-come- to-life Chucky and his equally twisted bride Tiffany. When production starts on a movie detailing the urban legend of his parents' lethal exploits, Glen heads for Hollywood where he brings his bloodthirsty parents back from the dead. The family dynamics are far from perfect as Chucky and Tiffany go Hollywood and get rolling on a new spree of murderous mayhem--much to gentle Glen's horror. Chucky can't believe that his child doesn't want to walk in his murdering footsteps, and star-struck Tiffany can't believe that the movie will star her favorite actress, Jennifer Tilly, who soon becomes an unwitting hostess to this new family in more ways than one.

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Semi-urban detective duo Ross and Wilson have been charged with taking down local drug kingpin, Blasi. After busting a low-level pusher, they convince his girlfriend, Sheila, to start working for them as an undercover operative in exchange for avoiding prison. But as Ross finds himself becoming romantically interested in his new, perpetually spaced out informant, Blasi continues to strengthen his crime empire, setting his sights on even loftier, and deadlier, ambitions.

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The night started out harmlessly enough, with three restless young men going out on the town. A little drinking, some horsing around, an impromptu visit to an older acquaintaince whom none of them really know. By the end of the night a catastrophe has occurred and the lot of them are in jail. What happened?

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From Alex Cox, the director of Repo Man. In this director's cut of the 1987 cult classic, four hapless bank robbers bury their loot and attempt to hide out in a deserted desert town, but very soon find out that the town is not really deserted. Norwood (Sy Richardson), Simms (Joe Strummer) and Willy (Dick Rude) are three black-suited killers-for-hire. After missing their intended target and trying to escape the wrath of their employer (Jim Jarmusch), they head for the desert and rob a bank en-route. As their car dies in a ravine, the trio bury their money and head for a lonely town to hide out till the heat blows over. The insane cast includes Courtney Love, The Pogues, Grace Jones, Dennis Hopper, Elvis Costello, Kathy Burke and Xander Berkeley.

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For one month every year, five highly competitive friends hit the ground running in a no-holds-barred game of tag they've been playing since the first grade—risking their necks, their jobs and their relationships to take each other down with the battle cry: "You're It!" This year, the game coincides with the wedding of their only undefeated player, which should finally make him an easy target. But he knows they're coming…and he's ready. Based on a true story, the New Line Cinema comedy "Tag" shows how far some guys will go to be the last man standing.

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In Season Four, the mission of Barry Allen, aka The Flash (Grant Gustin), is once more to protect Central City from metahuman threats. First, he'll have to escape the Speed Force. With Barry trapped, the job of protecting Central City falls to his family – Detective Joe West (Jesse L. Martin); his fiancée, Iris West (Candice Patton); and Wally West/Kid Flash (Keiynan Lonsdale) – and the team at S.T.A.R. Labs – Dr. Caitlin Snow/Killer Frost (Danielle Panabaker), Cisco Ramon/Vibe (Carlos Valdes) and brilliant scientist Harrison Wells (Tom Cavanagh). When a powerful villain threatens to level the city if The Flash doesn't appear, Cisco risks everything to break Barry out of the Speed Force. But this is only the first move of a life-or-death chess game with Clifford DeVoe aka The Thinker (Neil Sandilands), a mastermind who's always ten steps ahead of Barry, no matter how fast he's running.

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The Fourth Season doldrums trip up the scarlet speedster in this latest season of The Flash. A rough combination of nonsensical plotting and a season that runs entirely too long means there are a number of stale episodes that distract from the few genuinely great episodes this season had to offer. But there's still hope for Barry Allen to outrun the bad writing hole the series has dug itself into with a hell of a teaser ending. On the whole, The Flash The Complete Fourth Season is still fun and features another terrific Blu-ray presentation with terrific A/V quality and a bunch of solid bonus features. At this point, you're either a fan of The Flash or you're not, this season isn't the place to start watching so this one is For The Fans. 

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If you've been keeping up with the CW's DC Television Universe (or at least trying your best) you wouldn't be alone in feeling as if this little "Arrowverse" is starting to burst at the seams. Each of these combined programs suffers from too much show and not nearly enough story. This was distressingly apparent with Season Four of The Flash. After two great early seasons, a fun but mediocre third, this latest season is starting to show some serious cracks in the foundation. Even with the presence of a signature villain like The Thinker, this season feels too shortsighted to justify this very bloated episode count.

After sacrificing himself to the Speed Force, Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) is quickly rescued by his STAR Labs pals Caitlin (Danielle Panabaker), Cisco (Carlos Valdes), and Wally (Keiynan Lonsdale) and Joe (Jesse L. Martin). Even half mad, it doesn't take him long to regain his footing and race to glory once again saving Central City as The Flash. As he plans to wed his love Iris (Candice Patton), Barry will have to deal with a host of new issues including Space Nazis from Earth-X, as well as a new villain known as The Thinker (Neil Sandilands) who is always ten steps ahead and ready to unleash a diabolical evil plan upon the world. 

The Flash

I once had a professor who had an interesting theory that most television shows shouldn't last longer than three seasons. In that time you have a great amount of time to establish characters, set up and execute a long-form story arc, and then get the hell out of the way before things become too stale and repetitive. While I think three may be selling some shows short, it might have been decent advice for The Flash. If you look back at my review for The Complete Third Season, I was perhaps a bit overly forgiving and positive in the face of some glaring issues. I didn't mind the darker turn as it was a change of pace and I appreciated that it put Flash and his cohorts on their heels. But bloat was starting to take its toll and it is the principal problem plaguing Season Four.

23 episodes including the diversions for the uniformly solid Crisis on Earth-X crossover is a lot even for the fastest man alive. Entire episodes could have been dropped completely and you wouldn't miss them. The plot of The Flash on trial for murder while intriguing and pulled from a great series of comics ultimately fell kinda flat and proved pointless in the end. Mostly because it was simple logic stuff that any genuine detective looking at evidence would prove Barry's innocence - especially considering who the victim was. And then there's The Thinker's ultimate plan which when you actually look at it when it's finally revealed doesn't seem like he put much thought into it.

The Flash

In addition to the bloat, the other problem I had with this season was what felt like an over-correction from the darker tone of Season Three. While you don't want to go too dark with a show like The Flash, you don't want to go too silly either - and it feels like they went pretty stupidly silly for a few episodes. A case in point, tiny Ralph (Hartley Sawyer) and Cisco in the season's 12th episode while humorous just felt too silly and led to a limply convenient conclusion of the episode.

However, while there were some truly forgettable episodes, there were several episodes that showcase how The Flash still has some legs to it. Like I mentioned earlier the Crisis on Earth-X Crossover episodes bringing Arrow, Supergirl, Legends of Tomorrow, and The Flash all together was a real highlight (and is thankfully presented here in full in this set on Disc 2). I loved the structuring of the arc as things just kept getting worse in a way that was slightly comical and entertaining while posing a decent threat to the heroes without taking their presence for granted. Plus, it brought back Wentworth Miller's Leonard Snart A.K.A. Captain Cold which was a welcome turn of events. There were several other great episodes throughout but often the convenience of science hokum or doozy lines like Tom Cavanagh's Dr. Wells telling Cisco he needs to "hack harder" to save Barry undermine those genuinely decent efforts.

The Flash is still good fun. I still enjoy it and will continue to give it some leeway, but I'm starting to roll in the rope I'd given it in the past. Grant Guston continues to be a terrific Flash/Barry Allen and it was nice to see Candice Patton's Iris actually have something to do this time around. But I will say Season Five has its work cut out for itself - especially with where this season ends things. Fingers crossed we're getting something better than a new comics-accurate costume -- as cool as that is I want an exciting, more satisfying plot more than a Flash-y new suit to keep my interest in the show going. 

Vital Disc Stats: The Blu-ray

The Flash The Complete Fourth Season arrives on Blu-ray courtesy of Warner Brothers in a four-disc Blu-ray + Digital set. Pressed onto four region free BD-50 discs, the discs are housed in a sturdy case with identical slipcover artwork. Each disc enjoys its own tray to rest on without being stacked on top other discs. The discs load to a static image main menu with traditional navigation features. All of the bonus features are spread throughout the four discs. 

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The Flash

While story and plot for The Flash have varied from season to season, it's nice to see that the quality of the video for the 1080p 1.78:1 transfers. Details remain excellent with the only softness to report during the heavy CGI sequences - but thankfully those aren't too distracting. Clothing, facial features - including Barry's goofy crazy man beard at the start of the season - look generally great. Colors are robust as ever allowing the Speed Force lightning to brighten any scene - especially the ones at night. Black levels are desirably inky with good shadow separations to give the image a nice sense of depth. Free of any serious or noteworthy artifacts, The Complete Season Four of The Flash maintains this show's uniformly excellent visual presentation. 

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The Flash

Like the video, The Flash enjoys a robust English DTS-HD MA 5.1 audio track for each episode. I've always been impressed at how much life and spacing they are able to give each episode and that remains the case here. Action sequences get the most range allowing for effects and scoring to fill the soundscape. Dialogue is clean and clear in any situation whether there be Nazis, a crazy guy in a cyber chair, or if some of the cast is at Jitters for a cup of coffee. Levels are spot on, a couple of times whenever Tom Cavanagh would do his dramatic whisper speak I would have to touch the volume up briefly, but that was really the only issue of note. Free of any major issues, the audio for The Flash remains a highlight of the series on Blu-ray.

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The Flash

Another nice reoccurring aspect of The Flash on Blu-ray is the robust assortment of bonus features. While most of them are simple deleted scenes cut from individual episodes, the material surrounding the Crisis On Earth-X crossover is pretty good and the Comic-Con panel discussions are always lively. 

Disc One:

  • S04E03 Deleted Scenes
  • S04E04 Deleted Scenes
  • S04E05 Deleted Scenes
  • Gag Reel

Disc Two:

  • S04E12 Deleted Scenes
  • Inside The Crossover: Crisis on Earth-X Featurette

Disc Three:

  • S04E17 Deleted Scenes
  • S04E20 Deleted Scenes
  • The Elongated Man Featurette
  • Flash Time On Amunet Black With Katee, Eric, and Sterling

Disc Four:

  • S04E21 Deleted Scenes
  • S04E26 Deleted Scenes
  • The Fastest Man Alive: The Thinker Featurette 
  • The Best of DC TV's Comic-Con Panels San Diego 2017
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The Flash

While TV shows can have up and down seasons, The Flash The Complete Season Four was a bit of a roller coaster and not in a good way. One episode you could be hitting a series high point, the next you could be witnessing one of the shows most inane and limply executed. I don't believe The Flash is past the point of redemption, I did still have some fun with this season, but I don't think this show can afford another low round with fans. Let's all hope Season Five is a true return to form. Warner Bros. brings The Flash The Complete Season Four to Blu-ray in tried and true top-shelf form for this series. The A/V quality remains uniformly excellent. Bonus features may be a tad light but overall they're a pretty good behind the scenes look at the show. If you're new to The Flash, this isn't the place to start. Season Four really is For The Fans. 

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Coming from a director like Francis Ford Coppola, and focusing on a man whose story could have been grandiose, Tucker is a mild disappointment. The story of a dreamer and underdog in terms of revolutionizing automobiles could have been endlessly fascinating, particularly given the logistical challenges and political antagonism.  I expected something approaching greatness in terms of cinematic artistry (perhaps not the level of Apocalyse Now or The Godfather movies - and yes, I am including Part III), but instead ended up with mainstream entertaiment peppered with pure Hollywood schlock, including stodgy, old corporate executives and politicians who are only slightly less caricaturized than Mr. Potter from It's a Wonderful Life, and a climactic court room scene where treacly, but eloquent speeches by Tucker himself substitute for closing arguments, and the court erupts in cheers when the verdict is delivered.  

Tucker is played with exuberance by Jeff Bridges, though the screenplay does not allow him to show much in the ways of flaws or any darker side to the character.  We are told that Tucker spends more money than he makes, but are never shown any negative affect on his homelife.  Joan Allen plays his supportive and strong-willed wife, and Christian Slater plays his wise-beyond-his-years older son.  . Their family unit seems to have less conflict than the Brady Bunch, and while it may be an accurate portrayal, it sanitizes the main character considerably.  We like Tucker and we're on his side, but never get a true feel for the man himself.  It's like seeing a high school kid's book report come to life. Balancing out these shortcomings are the performances of the supporting cast, including Martin Landau is very good as his financier, as are Mako and Frederick Forrest as members of Tucker's crew.  Dean Stockwell also puts a memorable and curious appearance as Howard Hughes, an unlikely advisor to Tucker.

What elevates Tucker from becoming just another cable TV biography is the stylish direction of Mr. Coppola, greatly aided and abetted by the photography of Vittorio Storraro.  As explained by the director in the supplemental materials, the film relies on sweeping camera work, split screens, and smoothly edited transitions to tell the story.  Some segments border on camp (the car chase scene between the police and Tucker in his "car of the future" scored lightheartedly by Joe Jackson seemed particularly out of place) while others could use some more details (the government and business conspiracy to shut Tucker down does't have the urgency it needs because we're not quite sure who the main villains are), but again, the movie never fails to keep our attention.  I just wish that for a movie made with such ambition and with top-notch production skills, the end result was something more than just another "feel good" film.

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Upgrade is a thrilling and hyper violent vision of the future from the producers of Get Out and The Purge, and the creator of Saw and Insidious.

After his wife is killed during a brutal mugging that also leaves him paralyzed, Grey Trace (Logan Marshall-Green, Spider-Man: Homecoming, Prometheus) is approached by a billionaire inventor with an experimental cure that will "upgrade" his body. The cure–an Artificial Intelligence implant called STEM–gives Grey physical abilities beyond anything experienced, and the ability to relentlessly claim vengeance against those who murdered his wife and left him for dead.

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Leigh Whannell's Upgrade presents a brutal tale of grindhouse vengeance. When a paralyzed man is implanted with an experimental AI chip, he's turned into a deadly weapon and sets out to hunt down the criminals who killed his wife. Marked by cyberpunk style, dark humor, and kinetic action, the film blends sci-fi plotting with exploitation thrills. And backing up the story, this disc from Universal offers near-reference quality video and audio, providing an enveloping home theater experience. Sadly, however, there are absolutely no supplements included. Still, the film and technical presentation are strong enough to stand on their own. Recommended.

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Smart assistant AI platforms are becoming an increasingly common and helpful perk of 21st century living. But while Alexa and Siri are great for simple tasks like playing music, checking the weather, and turning off the kitchen lights, neither one can integrate with your brain, control your body, and protect you from harm by turning you into a deadly killing machine. No, for that kind of functionality you're going to need STEM, the advanced artificial intelligence at the center of Leigh Whannell's Upgrade. A brutal and kinetic sci-fi revenge flick, the movie offers a dark and thrilling exploration of dystopian tech.

Set in the near-future, the story focuses on a grieving man named Grey Trace (Logan Marshall-Green) as he attempts to track down the criminals who killed his wife and left him paralyzed. Though initially confined to a wheelchair, Grey is given a chance to walk again through the use of an experimental AI chip called STEM. But once implanted into his spine, STEM not only restores Grey's body but also offers to enhance it. Now armed with his own internal AI bodyguard, Grey heads out to enact vengeance on those who ruined his life. 

Giving us just enough of a preamble to become invested without stretching out the runtime, the film sets up Grey's happy pre-accident life with solid emotion, creating a genuine sense of loss when it's all brutally stripped away. Of course, it isn't long before we're properly introduced to STEM, and that's when things kick into high gear. More than just a fix for Grey's spine, STEM is a fully integrated artificial intelligence complete with a voice and a separate consciousness. And if Grey gives the go ahead, STEM can even control the man's physical actions entirely, turning him into a deadly weapon.  

This leads to some surprisingly funny interplay between Grey and his new "friend" as they get to know each other and Grey begins to discover the full potential of his upgrade. Marshall-Green does particularly good work in this regard, selling Grey's shocked, excited, and sometimes disgusted reactions as STEM takes the wheel and starts kicking ass -- fully selling the fact that his body has a mind of its own and it's not exactly a fan of restraint.

As Grey goes into full "Neo" mode with his enemies, we're treated to some frenzied and kinetic fight sequences, presenting a stylized sense of action that is both slick and gritty at the same time. Fast, fluid camera movements tilt and twist in tandem with Grey's superhuman maneuvers, evoking the visceral intensity of traditional shaky cam techniques while still, you know, actually allowing viewers to see all the cool choreography in the frame. And though not a non-stop gore-fest, the filmmakers don't shy away from some graphic moments of brutality, punctuating all of Grey's fancy footwork with some decidedly messy results.

On that bloody note, the evolving dichotomy between Grey's more humane perspective and STEM's conscience-free approach to killing leads to a few interesting dilemmas, examining intriguing concepts related to personal responsibility, morality, and the loss of control in the age of automated-tech and AI. Though Grey might not have the stomach to torture or kill his foes himself, he can simply let STEM take over and follow through without hesitation. "I can do it for you," STEM even chillingly says at one point in the film as Grey begins to back down. While grindhouse action is the film's main focus, the deeper themes hinted at in scenes like this help to elevate the movie above its otherwise superficial thrills.  

Mixing elements of action, exploitation, sci-fi, and even body horror, Upgrade makes the most of its low-budget to weave a thrilling cyberpunk tale of revenge. Clear influences from films like Robocop, The Matrix, The Crow, Death Wish, and the works of David Cronenberg are evident throughout, but Whannell ultimately leaves his own stamp on the proceedings, resulting in a surprisingly original flick destined to become a cult favorite for grindhouse genre fans.    

Vital Disc Stats: The Blu-ray

Universal presents Upgrade on a BD-50 Blu-ray disc housed in a keepcase with a cardboard slipcover. A code for a MoviesAnywhere digital copy is included as well. After some skippable trailers, the disc transitions to a standard menu. 

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The film is presented with a 1080p/AVC MPEG-4 transfer in the 2.39:1 aspect ratio. Marked by a slick sci-fi aesthetic, the film looks great on Blu-ray.

Shot on the Arri Alexa XT and Alexa Mini, the digital source is clean and crisp with only some marginal grain-like noise visible in some shots. Overall detail is strong, resulting in a sharp image with a great sense of fine texture, rendering every hair on Grey's beard and every drop of blood spilt during the film's gruesome action scenes. Colors are nicely rendered as well, bringing the gritty futuristic city to life. Eerie red and purple lighting also crops up in a few scenes, lending some moody saturation to the proceedings. Contrast is balanced well with bright whites and deep black levels with no problems related to crush or clipping. Finally, I didn't detect any notable artifacts or issues with compression.

Nicely detailed, free from any technical quirks, and marked by an enveloping aesthetic, Upgrade features a genuinely impressive transfer.

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The film is presented with an English DTS-HD MA 5.1 track, along with optional English SDH, Spanish, and French subtitles. Fueled by lively design work, this is a deep and punchy mix. 

Dialogue is clean and crisp throughout with no balance issues to report. Conversations in spacious indoor locations even carry an appropriate echo that delicately reverberates beyond the center channel. Overall ambiance is wide and layered, creating a convincing sense of atmosphere in different settings while engaging the entire soundscape. To this end, directionality, imaging between speakers, and surround use are all very strong -- spreading passing cars and flying drones from the left and right, and front and back. STEM's voice also emanates from every direction, creating an all-encompassing feeling as if the AI is in the audience's head as well. Action scenes step things up even more with engaging dynamics and solid LFE. Car crashes result in deep thuds, gun blasts create permeating shots, and every punch and kick carries a commanding presence.

Immersive and dynamic, Upgrade arrives on Blu-ray with a stellar 5.1 mix. Though the lack of an object-based Dolby Atmos or DTS:X track is a little disappointing (especially since effects like the drones and various computer voices seem ideally suited for overheard placement), the film is still sure to give your home theater system a nice workout.      

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Unfortunately, this is a completely barebones release. We don't even get a trailer. What gives, Universal?

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Leigh Whannell's Upgrade is a thrilling and kinetic cyberpunk tale of revenge. The movie blends grindhouse violence with visceral action, dark humor, and slick sci-fi visuals. On the technical front, the video transfer and audio mix are both fantastic, offering an immersive experience. Unfortunately, Universal has decided not to include any special features. But despite the disappointingly barebones nature of this release, this is still a strong disc. Recommended.   

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An intense, slow-burning thriller, Western follows a group of German construction workers installing a hydroelectric plant in remote rural Bulgaria. The foreign land awakens the men's sense of adventure, but tensions mount when, Meinhard, the strong, silent and newcomer to the group, starts mixing with the local villagers. The two sides speak different languages and share a troubled history. Can they learn to trust each other — or is the stage being set for a showdown?

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Filmed on the beautiful islands of Greece, “With a Kiss I Die” is a dark love story about Juliet Capulet (Romeo & Juliet) who is forced to live for all eternity without her soul mate, Romeo. Broken and numb, she meets a young woman who captures her heart again but Juliet’s new family, headed by a blood-thirsty patriarch, disapproves of the romance. Juliet must once again choose between love and family obligations, terrified that repeating her past mistakes will once again lead to tragedy.

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Based on true events, Woman Walks Ahead tells the story of Catherine Weldon (Jessica Chastain), a widowed artist from New York who, in the 1880s, traveled alone to North Dakota to paint a portrait of Chief Sitting Bull (Michael Greyeyes). Her arrival at Standing Rock is met with open hostility by a US Army officer (Sam Rockwell), who has stationed troops around the Lakota reservation to undermine Native American claims to the land. As Catherine and Sitting Bull grow closer, and as their friendship — and his life — are threatened by government forces, Catherine must stand up and fight for what is most important to her.

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While traveling to Australia, American detective Mike Harber (Ross Hagen) finds himself stranded in The Philippines and obliged to assist in solving the mysterious disappearance of a famous Jai alai athlete. After hearing from a witness that the man might have been kidnapped by a group of beautiful, hearse driving women, Mike quickly finds himself a new target of the Wonder Women, a group of martial arts fighting assassins who work for the mysterious Dr. Tsu (Nancy Kwan); an evil genius scientist who's been collecting able-bodied men for use in her bizarre body part transplant experiments!

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ZATOICHI is the twenty-sixth and final chapter in the iconic samurai film franchise that starred Shintaro Katsu and spanned nearly three decades. Known in Japan as Zatoichi 26 or Zatoichi '89, this lavish production was the last to star Katsu, who originated the title role of "the Blind Swordsman" in 1962 and the only entry where he served as writer and director. Older, wiser but still a wandering loner, the blind, peace-loving masseur Ichi seeks a peaceful life in a rural village. When he's caught in the middle of a power struggle between two rival Yakuza clans, his reputation as a deadly defender of the innocent is put to the ultimate test in a series of sword-slashing showdowns. Tokyo Shock presents ZATOICHI for the first time on blu-ray Japanese language with English subtitles. Widescreen. 116 mins. Not Rated.

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Anthony Perkins stars in and directs the most shocking Psycho film of all: Psycho III. After years in prison, Norman Bates returns home to the Bates Motel. When a pretty young woman (Diana Scarwid) runs to the motel - and Norman's open arms – to escape a scandalous secret, he finally gets a chance at a new life. But he has one murderous skeleton in his closet that will do anything not to share him. It's a new day at the Bates Motel, but the nightmares are just beginning...

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Anthony Perkins, Henry Thomas and Olivia Hussey star in this chilling prequel to the classic Hitchcock thriller. A seemingly rehabilitated Norman Bates (Perkins) is drawn to a late night radio show where the host (CCH Pounder) encourages him to share his views on the topic of matricide – the murder of a mother by her own child. Reliving his childhood, Norman recounts his trials as a young boy (Thomas) living with his widowed schizophrenic mother (Hussey). These haunting memories are more than just disturbing visions of the past; they threaten to rekindle his killing urge in this spine-tingling thriller.

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Brace yourself for a hardboiled, sci-fi thriller from the creator of Madoka Magica and the studio that brought you Ghost in the Shell. 

Welcome to a world where just thinking about a crime is enough to make you guilty. Bad intentions can no longer be hidden, and the police know exactly which tainted minds are about to cross over to the wrong side of the law. The great equalizer in the war on thugs is the Dominator, a futuristic weapon that can read minds and assess the risk that a citizen will turn criminal. Cops work in teams made up of Enforcers and Inspectors. Enforcers take out the bad guys, Inspectors stop their partners from going rogue, and the all-powerful Sibyl System keeps a watchful eye on us all. Society is paralyzed by its deepest, darkest desires, and trial by jury has been replaced by the wrath of the Dominator. Welcome to the future. How guilty are you?

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At the age of 85, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has developed a breathtaking legal legacy while becoming an unexpected pop culture icon. But, without a definitive memoir, the unique personal journey of this diminutive, quiet warrior's rise to the nation's highest court has been largely unknown, even to some of her biggest fans – until now. RBG is a revelatory documentary exploring Ginsburg's exceptional life and career from Betsy West and Julie Cohen, and produced by Storyville Films and CNN Films.

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Get ready for the seventh spellbinding entry in Full Moon's iconic Puppet Master series: Retro Puppet Master! Directed by insanely prolific genre legend David DeCoteau (Puppet Master III, Creepozoids) and produced by Charles Band (Puppet Master, Hideous!), Retro Puppet Master dials back the clock, serving as both a thrilling prequel to Puppet Master III and as one of the most unique, evocative films in the franchise. Actor and author Greg Sestero (The Room) stars as the young Andre Toulon, living a peaceful life as a puppeteer in pre-World War I Paris and courting the lovely Ilsa, the Swiss ambassador's beautiful young daughter. But the strings of fate that guide Toulon's destiny are about to pull him into an unexpected direction after he encounters the renegade sorcerer Afzel, who has stolen the mysterious secrets of life from the dark god Sutekh. When Sutekh's sinister servants arrive, and make Ilsa a part of their diabolical plans, it's up to Toulon and his army of custom made puppets to stop them at any cost! Featuring the final appearance of actor Guy Rolfe as the elder Toulon and boasting rich production values, a fine score by John Massari and a much stronger emphasis on human drama, Retro Puppet Master is a trip back in time with a very different pack of puppets. Full Moon is proud to premiere this picture on Blu-ray completely remastered from the original 35mm camera negative. Bonus features include: Original Retro Puppet Master Videozone, 2 hours of rare behind-the-scenes footage with optional Directors commentary, New directors commentary with director David DeCoteau & actor Greg Sistero, Full Moon Features Trailers

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The killer doll is back! Glen is the orphan doll offspring of the irrepressible devilish-doll-come- to-life Chucky and his equally twisted bride Tiffany. When production starts on a movie detailing the urban legend of his parents' lethal exploits, Glen heads for Hollywood where he brings his bloodthirsty parents back from the dead. The family dynamics are far from perfect as Chucky and Tiffany go Hollywood and get rolling on a new spree of murderous mayhem--much to gentle Glen's horror. Chucky can't believe that his child doesn't want to walk in his murdering footsteps, and star-struck Tiffany can't believe that the movie will star her favorite actress, Jennifer Tilly, who soon becomes an unwitting hostess to this new family in more ways than one.

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Semi-urban detective duo Ross and Wilson have been charged with taking down local drug kingpin, Blasi. After busting a low-level pusher, they convince his girlfriend, Sheila, to start working for them as an undercover operative in exchange for avoiding prison. But as Ross finds himself becoming romantically interested in his new, perpetually spaced out informant, Blasi continues to strengthen his crime empire, setting his sights on even loftier, and deadlier, ambitions.

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The night started out harmlessly enough, with three restless young men going out on the town. A little drinking, some horsing around, an impromptu visit to an older acquaintaince whom none of them really know. By the end of the night a catastrophe has occurred and the lot of them are in jail. What happened?

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From Alex Cox, the director of Repo Man. In this director's cut of the 1987 cult classic, four hapless bank robbers bury their loot and attempt to hide out in a deserted desert town, but very soon find out that the town is not really deserted. Norwood (Sy Richardson), Simms (Joe Strummer) and Willy (Dick Rude) are three black-suited killers-for-hire. After missing their intended target and trying to escape the wrath of their employer (Jim Jarmusch), they head for the desert and rob a bank en-route. As their car dies in a ravine, the trio bury their money and head for a lonely town to hide out till the heat blows over. The insane cast includes Courtney Love, The Pogues, Grace Jones, Dennis Hopper, Elvis Costello, Kathy Burke and Xander Berkeley.

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For one month every year, five highly competitive friends hit the ground running in a no-holds-barred game of tag they've been playing since the first grade—risking their necks, their jobs and their relationships to take each other down with the battle cry: "You're It!" This year, the game coincides with the wedding of their only undefeated player, which should finally make him an easy target. But he knows they're coming…and he's ready. Based on a true story, the New Line Cinema comedy "Tag" shows how far some guys will go to be the last man standing.

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In Season Four, the mission of Barry Allen, aka The Flash (Grant Gustin), is once more to protect Central City from metahuman threats. First, he'll have to escape the Speed Force. With Barry trapped, the job of protecting Central City falls to his family – Detective Joe West (Jesse L. Martin); his fiancée, Iris West (Candice Patton); and Wally West/Kid Flash (Keiynan Lonsdale) – and the team at S.T.A.R. Labs – Dr. Caitlin Snow/Killer Frost (Danielle Panabaker), Cisco Ramon/Vibe (Carlos Valdes) and brilliant scientist Harrison Wells (Tom Cavanagh). When a powerful villain threatens to level the city if The Flash doesn't appear, Cisco risks everything to break Barry out of the Speed Force. But this is only the first move of a life-or-death chess game with Clifford DeVoe aka The Thinker (Neil Sandilands), a mastermind who's always ten steps ahead of Barry, no matter how fast he's running.

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The Fourth Season doldrums trip up the scarlet speedster in this latest season of The Flash. A rough combination of nonsensical plotting and a season that runs entirely too long means there are a number of stale episodes that distract from the few genuinely great episodes this season had to offer. But there's still hope for Barry Allen to outrun the bad writing hole the series has dug itself into with a hell of a teaser ending. On the whole, The Flash The Complete Fourth Season is still fun and features another terrific Blu-ray presentation with terrific A/V quality and a bunch of solid bonus features. At this point, you're either a fan of The Flash or you're not, this season isn't the place to start watching so this one is For The Fans. 

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If you've been keeping up with the CW's DC Television Universe (or at least trying your best) you wouldn't be alone in feeling as if this little "Arrowverse" is starting to burst at the seams. Each of these combined programs suffers from too much show and not nearly enough story. This was distressingly apparent with Season Four of The Flash. After two great early seasons, a fun but mediocre third, this latest season is starting to show some serious cracks in the foundation. Even with the presence of a signature villain like The Thinker, this season feels too shortsighted to justify this very bloated episode count.

After sacrificing himself to the Speed Force, Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) is quickly rescued by his STAR Labs pals Caitlin (Danielle Panabaker), Cisco (Carlos Valdes), and Wally (Keiynan Lonsdale) and Joe (Jesse L. Martin). Even half mad, it doesn't take him long to regain his footing and race to glory once again saving Central City as The Flash. As he plans to wed his love Iris (Candice Patton), Barry will have to deal with a host of new issues including Space Nazis from Earth-X, as well as a new villain known as The Thinker (Neil Sandilands) who is always ten steps ahead and ready to unleash a diabolical evil plan upon the world. 

The Flash

I once had a professor who had an interesting theory that most television shows shouldn't last longer than three seasons. In that time you have a great amount of time to establish characters, set up and execute a long-form story arc, and then get the hell out of the way before things become too stale and repetitive. While I think three may be selling some shows short, it might have been decent advice for The Flash. If you look back at my review for The Complete Third Season, I was perhaps a bit overly forgiving and positive in the face of some glaring issues. I didn't mind the darker turn as it was a change of pace and I appreciated that it put Flash and his cohorts on their heels. But bloat was starting to take its toll and it is the principal problem plaguing Season Four.

23 episodes including the diversions for the uniformly solid Crisis on Earth-X crossover is a lot even for the fastest man alive. Entire episodes could have been dropped completely and you wouldn't miss them. The plot of The Flash on trial for murder while intriguing and pulled from a great series of comics ultimately fell kinda flat and proved pointless in the end. Mostly because it was simple logic stuff that any genuine detective looking at evidence would prove Barry's innocence - especially considering who the victim was. And then there's The Thinker's ultimate plan which when you actually look at it when it's finally revealed doesn't seem like he put much thought into it.

The Flash

In addition to the bloat, the other problem I had with this season was what felt like an over-correction from the darker tone of Season Three. While you don't want to go too dark with a show like The Flash, you don't want to go too silly either - and it feels like they went pretty stupidly silly for a few episodes. A case in point, tiny Ralph (Hartley Sawyer) and Cisco in the season's 12th episode while humorous just felt too silly and led to a limply convenient conclusion of the episode.

However, while there were some truly forgettable episodes, there were several episodes that showcase how The Flash still has some legs to it. Like I mentioned earlier the Crisis on Earth-X Crossover episodes bringing Arrow, Supergirl, Legends of Tomorrow, and The Flash all together was a real highlight (and is thankfully presented here in full in this set on Disc 2). I loved the structuring of the arc as things just kept getting worse in a way that was slightly comical and entertaining while posing a decent threat to the heroes without taking their presence for granted. Plus, it brought back Wentworth Miller's Leonard Snart A.K.A. Captain Cold which was a welcome turn of events. There were several other great episodes throughout but often the convenience of science hokum or doozy lines like Tom Cavanagh's Dr. Wells telling Cisco he needs to "hack harder" to save Barry undermine those genuinely decent efforts.

The Flash is still good fun. I still enjoy it and will continue to give it some leeway, but I'm starting to roll in the rope I'd given it in the past. Grant Guston continues to be a terrific Flash/Barry Allen and it was nice to see Candice Patton's Iris actually have something to do this time around. But I will say Season Five has its work cut out for itself - especially with where this season ends things. Fingers crossed we're getting something better than a new comics-accurate costume -- as cool as that is I want an exciting, more satisfying plot more than a Flash-y new suit to keep my interest in the show going. 

Vital Disc Stats: The Blu-ray

The Flash The Complete Fourth Season arrives on Blu-ray courtesy of Warner Brothers in a four-disc Blu-ray + Digital set. Pressed onto four region free BD-50 discs, the discs are housed in a sturdy case with identical slipcover artwork. Each disc enjoys its own tray to rest on without being stacked on top other discs. The discs load to a static image main menu with traditional navigation features. All of the bonus features are spread throughout the four discs. 

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The Flash

While story and plot for The Flash have varied from season to season, it's nice to see that the quality of the video for the 1080p 1.78:1 transfers. Details remain excellent with the only softness to report during the heavy CGI sequences - but thankfully those aren't too distracting. Clothing, facial features - including Barry's goofy crazy man beard at the start of the season - look generally great. Colors are robust as ever allowing the Speed Force lightning to brighten any scene - especially the ones at night. Black levels are desirably inky with good shadow separations to give the image a nice sense of depth. Free of any serious or noteworthy artifacts, The Complete Season Four of The Flash maintains this show's uniformly excellent visual presentation. 

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The Flash

Like the video, The Flash enjoys a robust English DTS-HD MA 5.1 audio track for each episode. I've always been impressed at how much life and spacing they are able to give each episode and that remains the case here. Action sequences get the most range allowing for effects and scoring to fill the soundscape. Dialogue is clean and clear in any situation whether there be Nazis, a crazy guy in a cyber chair, or if some of the cast is at Jitters for a cup of coffee. Levels are spot on, a couple of times whenever Tom Cavanagh would do his dramatic whisper speak I would have to touch the volume up briefly, but that was really the only issue of note. Free of any major issues, the audio for The Flash remains a highlight of the series on Blu-ray.

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The Flash

Another nice reoccurring aspect of The Flash on Blu-ray is the robust assortment of bonus features. While most of them are simple deleted scenes cut from individual episodes, the material surrounding the Crisis On Earth-X crossover is pretty good and the Comic-Con panel discussions are always lively. 

Disc One:

  • S04E03 Deleted Scenes
  • S04E04 Deleted Scenes
  • S04E05 Deleted Scenes
  • Gag Reel

Disc Two:

  • S04E12 Deleted Scenes
  • Inside The Crossover: Crisis on Earth-X Featurette

Disc Three:

  • S04E17 Deleted Scenes
  • S04E20 Deleted Scenes
  • The Elongated Man Featurette
  • Flash Time On Amunet Black With Katee, Eric, and Sterling

Disc Four:

  • S04E21 Deleted Scenes
  • S04E26 Deleted Scenes
  • The Fastest Man Alive: The Thinker Featurette 
  • The Best of DC TV's Comic-Con Panels San Diego 2017
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The Flash

While TV shows can have up and down seasons, The Flash The Complete Season Four was a bit of a roller coaster and not in a good way. One episode you could be hitting a series high point, the next you could be witnessing one of the shows most inane and limply executed. I don't believe The Flash is past the point of redemption, I did still have some fun with this season, but I don't think this show can afford another low round with fans. Let's all hope Season Five is a true return to form. Warner Bros. brings The Flash The Complete Season Four to Blu-ray in tried and true top-shelf form for this series. The A/V quality remains uniformly excellent. Bonus features may be a tad light but overall they're a pretty good behind the scenes look at the show. If you're new to The Flash, this isn't the place to start. Season Four really is For The Fans. 

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Coming from a director like Francis Ford Coppola, and focusing on a man whose story could have been grandiose, Tucker is a mild disappointment. The story of a dreamer and underdog in terms of revolutionizing automobiles could have been endlessly fascinating, particularly given the logistical challenges and political antagonism.  I expected something approaching greatness in terms of cinematic artistry (perhaps not the level of Apocalyse Now or The Godfather movies - and yes, I am including Part III), but instead ended up with mainstream entertaiment peppered with pure Hollywood schlock, including stodgy, old corporate executives and politicians who are only slightly less caricaturized than Mr. Potter from It's a Wonderful Life, and a climactic court room scene where treacly, but eloquent speeches by Tucker himself substitute for closing arguments, and the court erupts in cheers when the verdict is delivered.  

Tucker is played with exuberance by Jeff Bridges, though the screenplay does not allow him to show much in the ways of flaws or any darker side to the character.  We are told that Tucker spends more money than he makes, but are never shown any negative affect on his homelife.  Joan Allen plays his supportive and strong-willed wife, and Christian Slater plays his wise-beyond-his-years older son.  . Their family unit seems to have less conflict than the Brady Bunch, and while it may be an accurate portrayal, it sanitizes the main character considerably.  We like Tucker and we're on his side, but never get a true feel for the man himself.  It's like seeing a high school kid's book report come to life. Balancing out these shortcomings are the performances of the supporting cast, including Martin Landau is very good as his financier, as are Mako and Frederick Forrest as members of Tucker's crew.  Dean Stockwell also puts a memorable and curious appearance as Howard Hughes, an unlikely advisor to Tucker.

What elevates Tucker from becoming just another cable TV biography is the stylish direction of Mr. Coppola, greatly aided and abetted by the photography of Vittorio Storraro.  As explained by the director in the supplemental materials, the film relies on sweeping camera work, split screens, and smoothly edited transitions to tell the story.  Some segments border on camp (the car chase scene between the police and Tucker in his "car of the future" scored lightheartedly by Joe Jackson seemed particularly out of place) while others could use some more details (the government and business conspiracy to shut Tucker down does't have the urgency it needs because we're not quite sure who the main villains are), but again, the movie never fails to keep our attention.  I just wish that for a movie made with such ambition and with top-notch production skills, the end result was something more than just another "feel good" film.

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Upgrade is a thrilling and hyper violent vision of the future from the producers of Get Out and The Purge, and the creator of Saw and Insidious.

After his wife is killed during a brutal mugging that also leaves him paralyzed, Grey Trace (Logan Marshall-Green, Spider-Man: Homecoming, Prometheus) is approached by a billionaire inventor with an experimental cure that will "upgrade" his body. The cure–an Artificial Intelligence implant called STEM–gives Grey physical abilities beyond anything experienced, and the ability to relentlessly claim vengeance against those who murdered his wife and left him for dead.

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Leigh Whannell's Upgrade presents a brutal tale of grindhouse vengeance. When a paralyzed man is implanted with an experimental AI chip, he's turned into a deadly weapon and sets out to hunt down the criminals who killed his wife. Marked by cyberpunk style, dark humor, and kinetic action, the film blends sci-fi plotting with exploitation thrills. And backing up the story, this disc from Universal offers near-reference quality video and audio, providing an enveloping home theater experience. Sadly, however, there are absolutely no supplements included. Still, the film and technical presentation are strong enough to stand on their own. Recommended.

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Smart assistant AI platforms are becoming an increasingly common and helpful perk of 21st century living. But while Alexa and Siri are great for simple tasks like playing music, checking the weather, and turning off the kitchen lights, neither one can integrate with your brain, control your body, and protect you from harm by turning you into a deadly killing machine. No, for that kind of functionality you're going to need STEM, the advanced artificial intelligence at the center of Leigh Whannell's Upgrade. A brutal and kinetic sci-fi revenge flick, the movie offers a dark and thrilling exploration of dystopian tech.

Set in the near-future, the story focuses on a grieving man named Grey Trace (Logan Marshall-Green) as he attempts to track down the criminals who killed his wife and left him paralyzed. Though initially confined to a wheelchair, Grey is given a chance to walk again through the use of an experimental AI chip called STEM. But once implanted into his spine, STEM not only restores Grey's body but also offers to enhance it. Now armed with his own internal AI bodyguard, Grey heads out to enact vengeance on those who ruined his life. 

Giving us just enough of a preamble to become invested without stretching out the runtime, the film sets up Grey's happy pre-accident life with solid emotion, creating a genuine sense of loss when it's all brutally stripped away. Of course, it isn't long before we're properly introduced to STEM, and that's when things kick into high gear. More than just a fix for Grey's spine, STEM is a fully integrated artificial intelligence complete with a voice and a separate consciousness. And if Grey gives the go ahead, STEM can even control the man's physical actions entirely, turning him into a deadly weapon.  

This leads to some surprisingly funny interplay between Grey and his new "friend" as they get to know each other and Grey begins to discover the full potential of his upgrade. Marshall-Green does particularly good work in this regard, selling Grey's shocked, excited, and sometimes disgusted reactions as STEM takes the wheel and starts kicking ass -- fully selling the fact that his body has a mind of its own and it's not exactly a fan of restraint.

As Grey goes into full "Neo" mode with his enemies, we're treated to some frenzied and kinetic fight sequences, presenting a stylized sense of action that is both slick and gritty at the same time. Fast, fluid camera movements tilt and twist in tandem with Grey's superhuman maneuvers, evoking the visceral intensity of traditional shaky cam techniques while still, you know, actually allowing viewers to see all the cool choreography in the frame. And though not a non-stop gore-fest, the filmmakers don't shy away from some graphic moments of brutality, punctuating all of Grey's fancy footwork with some decidedly messy results.

On that bloody note, the evolving dichotomy between Grey's more humane perspective and STEM's conscience-free approach to killing leads to a few interesting dilemmas, examining intriguing concepts related to personal responsibility, morality, and the loss of control in the age of automated-tech and AI. Though Grey might not have the stomach to torture or kill his foes himself, he can simply let STEM take over and follow through without hesitation. "I can do it for you," STEM even chillingly says at one point in the film as Grey begins to back down. While grindhouse action is the film's main focus, the deeper themes hinted at in scenes like this help to elevate the movie above its otherwise superficial thrills.  

Mixing elements of action, exploitation, sci-fi, and even body horror, Upgrade makes the most of its low-budget to weave a thrilling cyberpunk tale of revenge. Clear influences from films like Robocop, The Matrix, The Crow, Death Wish, and the works of David Cronenberg are evident throughout, but Whannell ultimately leaves his own stamp on the proceedings, resulting in a surprisingly original flick destined to become a cult favorite for grindhouse genre fans.    

Vital Disc Stats: The Blu-ray

Universal presents Upgrade on a BD-50 Blu-ray disc housed in a keepcase with a cardboard slipcover. A code for a MoviesAnywhere digital copy is included as well. After some skippable trailers, the disc transitions to a standard menu. 

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The film is presented with a 1080p/AVC MPEG-4 transfer in the 2.39:1 aspect ratio. Marked by a slick sci-fi aesthetic, the film looks great on Blu-ray.

Shot on the Arri Alexa XT and Alexa Mini, the digital source is clean and crisp with only some marginal grain-like noise visible in some shots. Overall detail is strong, resulting in a sharp image with a great sense of fine texture, rendering every hair on Grey's beard and every drop of blood spilt during the film's gruesome action scenes. Colors are nicely rendered as well, bringing the gritty futuristic city to life. Eerie red and purple lighting also crops up in a few scenes, lending some moody saturation to the proceedings. Contrast is balanced well with bright whites and deep black levels with no problems related to crush or clipping. Finally, I didn't detect any notable artifacts or issues with compression.

Nicely detailed, free from any technical quirks, and marked by an enveloping aesthetic, Upgrade features a genuinely impressive transfer.

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The film is presented with an English DTS-HD MA 5.1 track, along with optional English SDH, Spanish, and French subtitles. Fueled by lively design work, this is a deep and punchy mix. 

Dialogue is clean and crisp throughout with no balance issues to report. Conversations in spacious indoor locations even carry an appropriate echo that delicately reverberates beyond the center channel. Overall ambiance is wide and layered, creating a convincing sense of atmosphere in different settings while engaging the entire soundscape. To this end, directionality, imaging between speakers, and surround use are all very strong -- spreading passing cars and flying drones from the left and right, and front and back. STEM's voice also emanates from every direction, creating an all-encompassing feeling as if the AI is in the audience's head as well. Action scenes step things up even more with engaging dynamics and solid LFE. Car crashes result in deep thuds, gun blasts create permeating shots, and every punch and kick carries a commanding presence.

Immersive and dynamic, Upgrade arrives on Blu-ray with a stellar 5.1 mix. Though the lack of an object-based Dolby Atmos or DTS:X track is a little disappointing (especially since effects like the drones and various computer voices seem ideally suited for overheard placement), the film is still sure to give your home theater system a nice workout.      

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Unfortunately, this is a completely barebones release. We don't even get a trailer. What gives, Universal?

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Leigh Whannell's Upgrade is a thrilling and kinetic cyberpunk tale of revenge. The movie blends grindhouse violence with visceral action, dark humor, and slick sci-fi visuals. On the technical front, the video transfer and audio mix are both fantastic, offering an immersive experience. Unfortunately, Universal has decided not to include any special features. But despite the disappointingly barebones nature of this release, this is still a strong disc. Recommended.   

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Looking for the next terrific Jackie Chan film? Unfortunately, you should pass by Bleeding Steel. A strange cyber punk sci-fi action film, Jackie stars as a cop trying to stop a mysterious cyborg from capturing his estranged daughter who has a mechanical heart and super blood that makes her heal fast. The film struggles with time, pace, and basic exposition and yet is still weirdly entertaining but not for good reasons. Chan's still good for a few impressive stunts, but that's about all this film has to offer. Lionsgate brings Bleeding Steel to Blu-ray with an okay video transfer and an audio mix that has some dialogue clarity issues. Bleeding Steel has a couple good moments, but the plot is a near-incomprehensible mess. Skip It. 

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Remember when Jackie Chan could do no wrong? There was a great period there from the late 80s and through the 90s where almost every Jackie Chan movie was an action/comedy gem. By the time the Rush Hour franchise petered out, things started to slip. It certainly isn't age or the numerous injuries the action star endured that are the problem - it's the overall quality of the scripts and uneven direction that repeatedly sinks his latest outings. After the excellent The Foreigner, I'd hoped that Chan had found his kung-fu mojo again, but unfortunately, Bleeding Steel is proof that the man is willing to sign up for just about anything - no matter how flat-out bonkers it may be.

Usually, at this point, I try to do a one or two paragraph recap to give you all a sense of what the film's plot is without giving away any spoilers. With Bleeding Steel, I honestly don't really know where to start as the film is a near-incomprehensible mess -- but I'm going to do my best. Believe me, this isn't going to be easy.

As his daughter is dying in a hospital bed from Leukemia, special agent Lin Dong (Jackie Chan) is called in to protect and transport bio-scientist Dr. James (Kim Gyngell) to a safe location. When a powerful cyborg by the name of Andre (Callan Mulvey) and his cybernetic henchmen ambush the convoy, Lin is wounded and nearly killed saving Dr. James. Years later, Lin shadows his teenage daughter Nancy (Na-Na OuYang) who was given a cybernetic heart and an advanced bio-roid that enables her to heal quickly. He watches from afar protecting her from Andre's agents who tacks her aboard his spaceship.

Bleeding Steel

Hopefully at some point reading that plot breakdown you started laughing because it was about 10 minutes into the film when my logical center gave up and I couldn't help but laugh. This bizarre cyberpunk sci-fi action film feels like all of the Resident Evil movies and generic Anime character cliches smashed into one film. You have to suppose the story takes place in the future, but it's impossible to tell in what future when all of the technology looks like it came from last week's Best Buy sale catalog. Where the film takes place is also a bit of a mystery as it interchangeably jumps from Hong Kong and Sydney Australia on a whim leaving you to guess where the hell you are. When (in terms of continuity) things take place is also problematic as flashbacks have a tendency to float in and out without warning -- making you wonder if you didn't accidentally hit the chapter skip button with your rear end. Like I said, Bleeding Steel is a mess. But even at it's weirdest worst, it's kinda entertaining.

Even as much of the plot lacks any sense of cognitive cohesion, Jackie Chan gives the movie everything he's got. Even into his 60s after decades of rough mileage and physical damage, the man can always be counted on for a good stunt. The opening shootout is a doozy as it's difficult to know what is happening and who is shooting who, but Chan is still out there running, jumping, and sliding all over the place. When it comes to fast-flying fisticuffs, Chan can still keep up with the youngsters in the cast and bring the same level of humorous intensity to the moment - even when humor is very much out of place. 

By the time we get to the android bad guy's super spaceship -- yes he has a spaceship that apparently no one ever sees flying around -- you're either on board for this weird movie or you're not. Even if you're having a good time with Bleeding Steel, the movie still feels like a mishmash of different films that were cobbled together with some very loose editing. Little in the film makes any genuine sense and the story has an over-reliance on out of place flashbacks to fill in essential exposition. This is not a good movie. At all. However, I was weirdly entertained by it. From the nonsensical plot to the great action set pieces to Jackie Chan's magnetic energy, somehow this movie isn't a complete bore and leaves you in an entertained stupified state. While I hope Chan goes back to being an unrelenting badass as he was in The Foreigner, diehard Jackie fans should get a kick out of this silly mess of a sci-fi action movie. But if you're looking for the classic Jackie Chan action fest, you should spend more time exploring his deep catalog. 

Vital Disc Stats: The Blu-ray

Bleeding Steel arrives on Blu-ray courtesy of Lionsgate in a single disc Blu-ray + Digital set. Pressed onto a Region A BD-50 disc, the disc is housed in an eco-friendly Blu-ray case with identical slipcover. The disc loads to trailers for other Lionsgate releases before arriving at an animated main menu with traditional navigation options. 

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Bleeding Steel

Bleeding Steel suffers from an over-processed 1080p 2.39:1 transfer. Shot digitally, when the image is stable and at its best, it exposes terrific details with rich vibrant colors and a great sense of image depth. Unfortunately, this is not a uniform viewing experience. Frequently the image looks like it was sped up to get a little extra punch out of action sequences and car chases resulting in a lot of motion blur and some pixelation. Heavy CGI sequences are often met with softness and loss of image clarity resulting in a flat drab image that also comes packed with skewed colors. Disjointed editing doesn't help matters as the camera frequently cuts to alternate angles with different lighting schemes. An action scene with Jackie Chan fighting on top of the Sydney Opera House is a key example of shots not matching up leading to various visual anomalies. Banding is also apparent. Some scenes are truly spectacular with great details and everything you could want from a modern piece of filmmaking, but there are numerous instances where this is a pretty rough looking film that is a victim of too much post-production tinkering for its own good. 

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Bleeding Steel

Bleeding Steel also has a rather odd English/Mandarin DTS-HD MA 5.1 mix. I did some reading after viewing the film and it would appear that the audio mix was altered for the English markets dropping a lot of the Mandarin in favor of English dubbing. As a result, spoken dialogue can be a bit of a mess. One minute you can hear everything perfectly fine, the next voices drop out and you are forced to crank the volume only to be met by a loud noise effect that forces you to crash the volume back down. It was frustrating, to say the least, and you pretty much have to keep your thumb on the volume at all times. About the only thing in this mix that works is sound effects. During the big action bits where no one is saying anything, the mix is great with terrific spacing and a nice sense of imaging to coincide with what is happening on screen. Like its video presentation, this is a serviceable audio track that gets the job done, but it's still very rough and inconsistent. 

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Bleeding Steel

Bleeding Steel is virtually void of any bonus features. Nothing to explain the film's bonkers plot or any kind of EPK feature for Chan to talk about why he signed up for this. Just a trailer.

  • Theatrical Trailer (HD 2:13)
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Bleeding Steel

I go into every Jackie Chan movie hopeful for one thing - fun. More often than not I get that. Bleeding Steel is hardly a good movie let alone even a decent film to showcase the physical presence Jackie Chan brings to his films. However, because the film is such a weird cyberpunk mess of a sci-fi action film, I'd be lying if I said I wasn't entertained, albeit probably for the wrong reasons. Just don't go into it expecting anything great -- if you go into it at all. If you're looking for classic Jackie, you're not going to find it here and probably should look elsewhere. Lionsgate brings Bleeding Steel to Blu-ray with a rough transfer and an inconsistent audio mix to match. While I enjoyed myself, I can't honestly recommend Bleeding Steel. It's probably best that you Skip It. 

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Cult filmmaker Richard Rush (The Stunt Man, Freebie and the Bean, Psych-Out) directed this sexy murder-mystery starring screen legend Bruce Willis (Die Hard). Color of Night is the thrill-packed story of a psychologist haunted by the brutal murder of a friend and colleague. While hunting for the killer, he finds himself romantically entangled with a mysterious beauty (Jane March, The Lover) who leads him through a web of passion and intrigue. Lance Henriksen (Aliens), Lesley Ann Warren (The Limey), Rubén Blades (Disorganized Crime), Scott Bakula (TV’s Quantum Leap), Brad Dourif (Wise Blood), Kevin J. O’Connor (Deep Rising), Eriq La Salle (Coming to America), Jeff Corey (Jennifer) and Shirley Knight (The Rain People) co-star in this steamy and erotic thriller. 

Special Features:

• Includes the 122-minute theatrical cut and the 140-minute director's cut

• Audio Commentary by Director Richard Rush (Director's Cut)

• Audio Commentary by Screenwriter Matthew Chapman (Theatrical Cut)

• 5.1 Surround and 2.0 Stereo Audio

• Theatrical Trailer

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The Razzie Award-winning Worst Picture for 1994, Color of Night has not gotten any better with age – if judged on the basis of good writing, good directing, or good anything, really. However, it's a very fun type of bad movie to scoff at while watching. Kino Lorber's new 2-disc Special Edition attempts to better the film's prior Blu-ray release from Mill Creek, but sadly may not be enough of an improvement to merit the higher asking price. For Fans Only.

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The early 1990s were a very erratic time in the career of Bruce Willis. 1994 in particular saw him starring in both the best movie of the year (Pulp Fiction, of course) and the worst – at least according to the Golden Raspberry Award voters. The erotic thriller Color of Night features a ridiculous, idiotic plot and a lazy, disinterested performance from its star. Almost nothing about it works as intended, but it can be great fun as camp if watched in the right frame of mind.

The blockbuster success of Basic Instinct a couple years earlier begat a host of imitators. Suddenly, everyone from Madonna to Jim Belushi felt the need to hop on the erotic thriller bandwagon. For Madonna's Body of Evidence, this was arguably a natural extension of her career phase at the time, which also saw the release of the album Erotica and the naughty coffee table book called Sex. For the male stars, Bruce Willis in this picture especially, it seemed a lot more like a transparent excuse to rub their body parts against female costars willing to remove their clothes on camera. Judging by the results on screen, nothing else about the role held Willis' attention very much.

The plot of Color of Night, such as it is, concerns arrogant psychologist Bill Capa (Willis), who becomes so distraught after a patient commits suicide in front of him that he instantly goes colorblind. Specifically, he can no longer see the color red, because he's afraid of blood or something. Already, you may be questioning the script's plausibility. It won't be the last time you do so.

Attempting to get away from all his woes, Capa leaves New York on a trip to Los Angeles to visit his friend Bob (Scott Bakula), a fellow psychologist currently leading a group therapy session attended by a diverse bunch of nutcases. When Bob is murdered in his own office, Bill takes over the group, only to soon suspect that one of its members may be the killer. But which one? Could it be the grizzled guy with anger issues (Lance Henriksen), the prissy lawyer with OCD (Brad Dourif), the nymphomaniac (Lesley Ann Warren), or the obnoxious artist with an S&M fetish (Kevin J. O'Connor)? Or perhaps it's the weirdo named Ritchie who supposedly has a "gender identity problem" and rarely speaks? Funny how the actor playing that one isn't listed in the credits…

Question: How did this particular cross-section of patients with such wildly different problems wind up in the same therapy group? I'm no psychologist, but I'm skeptical that this is really how group therapy works.

Just as he starts to get involved in that investigation, Capa is sidetracked by the attentions of a flirtatious young woman named Rose (Jane March) who practically throws herself at him. Considering how quickly and frequently she strips off all her clothes while doing so, Capa doesn't mind so much. He probably ought to find her timing a little suspicious, though. And isn't it weird how everybody else in the group – except Ritchie – have also recently found love with mysterious young women who pretty much match Rose's description?

What a conundrum! How will anyone ever solve this mystery?

Color of Night - Jane March & Bruce Willis

Despite being co-written by future Oscar nominee Billy Ray (Captain Phillips) and directed by another Oscar nominee (Richard Rush) whose last film 14 years earlier was the genuinely good cult classic The Stunt Man, Color of Night is a very dumb movie with a plot that doesn't make a lick of sense. The colorblindness premise is silly, and the resolution of the mystery is almost as obvious as it is needlessly convoluted. Willis looks very bored in any scene where he isn't fondling March's breasts or licking the sweat off her midriff. The film's pacing is slack and its suspense set-pieces, including two utterly pointless car chases and a howler where a rattlesnake plays hide-and-seek inside a mailbox, are alternately boring or ludicrous (or both).

It should go without saying that the movie's sex scenes are entirely gratuitous. Jane March's only previous acting credit was the smutty softcore art film The Lover, in which she gained a moment's worth of attention for being very naked and allegedly (though she denied it) having actual intercourse on camera. That set her on an unfortunate career path of being Hollywood's first choice when searching for a young starlet willing to bare some flesh. Just 21-years-old at the time of filming Color of Night opposite the 39-year-old Bruce Willis, March jumps into the nude scenes with seemingly equal eagerness, unafraid to show everything, top to bottom, and let Willis grab and grope and grind against every part of her. The scenes serve no actual narrative purpose, of course, but they are legitimately steamy (literally so in the shower scene!), and ensured that the movie would become a big rental hit on home video even though it flopped in theaters.

To that end, director Richard Rush was apparently incensed that the film's producers cut its length down to a mere 122 minutes and demanded that his own longer cut be released on video. The unrated Director's Cut adds more skeevy sex, including a pretty clear peek at Bruce Willis' little willis, though ironically the R-rated theatrical cut actually has more explicit footage of March in the centerpiece pool-sex scene. In addition to the lascivious bits, the Director's Cut also restores or extends several scenes that help make the plot marginally more coherent. It is, in most respects, the better version ("better" being a relative term considering that both versions are pretty bad), so long as you can forgive it for padding an already dull movie to an almost unconscionable 2 hours and 20 minutes.

The Blu-ray: Vital Disc Stats

Color of Night first appeared on Blu-ray as part of a Mill Creek double feature, paired with the unrelated thriller Playing God. That budget disc had pretty poor picture quality and no extras, but was at least the extended Director's Cut version of the film. Nevertheless, it seemed like shoddy treatment for such an esteemed motion picture.

Recognizing some cult potential in the property, Kino Lorber has stepped up and licensed it from Disney. (The movie originated under Disney's Hollywood Pictures banner.) The new 2-disc Special Edition contains the 122-minute Theatrical Cut and the 140-minute Director's Cut on separate discs. In fact, this may be the first time the Theatrical Cut has been released on home video. As I understand it, all prior DVD and even VHS copies of the movie were the Director's Cut. Both discs are single-layer and have a simple static menu that plays the film's cheesy (yet Golden Globe nominated!) end credits theme song in a loop.

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I made the mistake of watching the Director's Cut first. For a movie whose raisons d'être are its explicit sex scenes, which are promised to be longer and more explicit in the unrated extended version, that seemed like a natural thing to do. Unfortunately, the Director's Cut both looks and sounds absolutely terrible. On the video side, the 1080p/AVC MPEG-4 encode is unmistakably a very old transfer. The picture is soft, grainy and dim. Colors are dull and muddy. Persistent speckles and other damage also mar the source elements. A quick comparison against the old Mill Creek disc shows negligible difference, and I wouldn't be surprised if it's a direct port. It's awful.

Only after finishing that did I put in the Theatrical Cut disc, expecting it to look much the same. Color me surprised to find that it's actually noticeably better – not perfect, mind you, but better. Small differences in framing and picture geometry point to the two versions of the movie having different video transfers, which would probably explain why Kino didn't try to seamlessly branch them from one video file. The Theatrical Cut's 1.85:1 image is decidedly brighter and more colorful. It's also less grainy, but that may be due to the application of some Digital Noise Reduction.

Color of Night Brad Dourif Comparison - Director's Cut

Color of Night Brad Dourif Comparison - Theatrical Cut

The Theatrical Cut is still quite soft. A side-by-side comparison shows little difference in fine object detail between the two transfers. I doubt either Kino or Disney have performed a new film scan. Regardless, the Theatrical Cut is slightly less of an eye sore than the Director's Cut.

Color of Night Bruce Willis in the Window Comparison - Director's Cut

Color of Night Bruce Willis in the Window Comparison - Theatrical Cut

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Not only is the audio on Kino's Director's Cut disc much worse than the Theatrical Cut disc in the same case, it's somehow actually worse than the older Mill Creek Blu-ray. I'd describe it as sounding like listening to a cassette tape recording played back through speakers submerged underwater. The overall volume is weak, music is dull, any loud sounds (like yelling) are shrill, and the bass is terribly bloated. Despite being offered in both DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and 2.0 options, neither has any surround activity at all and both sound equally poor.

As with the video, the Theatrical Cut has much better sound quality. Also provided in 5.1 or 2.0 versions, the audio in both is louder, clearer and richer than the Director's Cut, and has a fair amount of surround activity (mostly music bleed to the rear speakers). This still isn't much of a slam-bang soundtrack; dynamic range is mediocre. However, it takes something awful and raises it to the level of listenable.

The Mill Creek disc didn't have 5.1 at all, just a matrixed 2.0 surround track. When I played the opening scene through the Dolby Surround Upmixer in my receiver and heard activity in the surround channels, I knew this was not the same soundtrack from the Kino Director's Cut. It sounds much more like the Theatrical Cut audio. I'm left perplexed by what could have happened to Kino's copy.

Color of Night - Peek-a-Boo!

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As a notorious flop, Color of Night had never previously been granted the benefit of bonus features on home video. Kino rectifies that with a few new items.

  • Audio Commentary by Director Richard Rush (Director's Cut) – An elderly man now who apparently feels that he has nothing to lose, the filmmaker comes prepared to dish the dirt on this troubled production. He starts with a shockingly frank description of the assessment and decision-making behind Jane March's casting. He also suggests that Bruce Willis let his fame go to his head, but Rush reserves most of his ire for producer Andrew Vajna, with whom he has considerable bad blood. Rush runs out of prepared comments after about half an hour and the commentary loses steam as he spends the rest of the track responding to questions from a moderator.
  • Audio Commentary by Screenwriter Matthew Chapman (Theatrical Cut) – The co-writer of the film opens his commentary by, in a polite and respectful way, trash-talking the original script by Billy Ray and calling his own draft more believable. At the same time, he acknowledges that the movie perhaps didn't turn out as well as hoped. Disappointingly, Chapman seems forgetful and needs repeated prompting by his moderator. The track is kind of dull on the whole.
  • Trailer (SD, 2 min.) – Available only in terrible 4:3 standard-def, the cheeseball preview tries very hard to make the movie look exciting.
  • Animated Image Gallery (HD, 2 min.) – A brief montage of behind-the-scenes photos and poster art.


Color of Night - Sexy Sex

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Color of Night was (most would say rightly) savaged by critics during its release in 1994 and has not exactly experienced any sort of re-appreciation in the meantime – nor does it deserve to. The film is best watched ironically with a mind to mock it. On those terms, it's actually pretty entertaining and has developed a cult following, as absurdly bad movies often do.

Kino Lorber attempts to serve that audience with a Special Edition Blu-ray reissue that offers both versions of the movie and a couple of new commentary tracks. Sadly, the core video and audio quality are lacking, which greatly tempers my enthusiasm for it.

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Foul-mouthed mutant mercenary Wade Wilson (AKA. Deadpool), brings together a team of fellow mutant rogues to protect a young boy of supernatural abilities from the brutal, time-traveling mutant, Cable.

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The sequel to the first one! (That’s just lazy writing)
 
But wait…there’s more! If your second time wasn’t enough, your second, second time will blow you away. The Deadpool 2 Super Duper [email protected]%!#& Cut gives you even more of everyone’s favorite red-spandexed superhero now with 15 minutes of brand-new action and jokes lovingly inserted throughout. That’s a whole lotta D in a surprisingly small package!

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The Merc with a Mouth returns in Deadpool 2 and takes aim right in the feels with another plot driven by an emotional core that places the irreverent mutant hero in a journey of self-discovery. But overlooking all that mopey, mawkish fluff, the sequel delivers more of the same cheeky, raunchy humor with the action visuals to match while also feeling wholly original. Deadpool unleashes his hot load of teenage angst on Blu-ray with a fantastic, near-reference HD video and an outstanding, demo-worthy DTS-HD presentation. Packing a satisfying sack of supplemental material, Deadpool's hefty package is Highly Recommended for the whole family. 

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The biggest surprise of Deadpool 2 is that it even exists at all. The first movie, based on the Marvel comics, was a dicey venture for a major Hollywood studio, releasing an R-rated superhero movie at a time when the subgenre continues to be highly profitable with families. Despite the excited anticipation from comic book fans everywhere, the raunchy irreverence of the title character, knavishly and fittingly nicknamed the Merc with a Mouth, had the odds stacked against him, especially after his first screen appearance practically neutered him and Ryan Reynolds later starred in a disastrous adaptation of another comic hero. But to everyone's amazement, the gamble paid off at the box office, making a sequel pretty much inevitable. Although some minor changes to the character toned down his other, potentially-lewd and gorily-obscene behavior, the movie perfectly captured the salacious, derisive spirit of the comics, turning Deadpool into an overnight cultural phenomenon. 

Picking up two years after the events of the first movie, this direct follow-up sees Wade Wilson (Reynolds) turning his mutant powers into a career, a mercenary for hire killing bad guys. But a brief flashback before attempting suicide reveals a failed assassination causing a chain of events that have him reconsidering his life choices — an unexpected tragedy arguably considered a spoiler, but I must bite my lip at all costs. This poignant plot element becomes a significant driving force behind the story, similar to its predecessor, largely responsible for the attractive charm of both films. The unforeseen drama allows Reynolds the freedom to do what he does best — acting the fool amid a personal crisis, awesomely balancing the comedy with just enough of a serious tone to elevate the material. The actor's natural cheeky sarcasm is a perfect match for the character's cynical sass, which here, blatantly guards against his softer, gooier side, one that only his girlfriend Vanessa (Morena Baccarin) managed to bring out of him. But before becoming a complete moping sad-sack, he's recruited by the X-Men. 

Technically, he's more like forced to the X-Mansion to lick his wounds and rediscover a sense of purpose by joining Colossus (Stefan Kapi?i?) and Negasonic Teenage Warhead (Brianna Hildebrand) on recruiting missions. One such assignment establishes the film's central conflict when placed into a battle of wits with the young hot-headed, pyrokinetic Russell (Julian Dennison), a terrifically memorable scene that nicely couples Deadpool's own personal strife while sporting a nifty trainee outfit. And again, this is ultimately the production's magical allure, quickly undermining its own seriousness with an unpredictable mockery. We know exactly where their relationship will go because it's a familiar trope, yet by scoffing at itself, audiences are left in suspense of how it all eventually connects. Josh Brolin's Cable, a time-traveling cybernetic soldier from the future hell-bent on killing the temperamental Russell, further complicates matters with his own personal agenda and terrifically adds to the plot's emotional force with his sourpuss attitude and a charred Teddy bear dangling from his belt. 

Of course, after the success of the first movie setting up certain expectations, no one is really walking into Deadpool 2 craving all this mawkish histrionics and friggin' schmaltziness. We're in this for the offensive crass and absurd action, and the sequel definitely delivers a full load at the audiences, reaching a hilarious climax that guarantees everyone will walk away completely satisfied. For comic fans, Deadpool organizing his own superhero team he calls the X-Force is perhaps the film's highlight, especially when his good intentions end in catastrophe, serving as a hilarious wry commentary on each of the characters. The über-lucky mercenary Domino (a wonderful Zazie Beetz) is the standout, however, explaining her mutant abilities as fortune simply favoring her. When seeing her in action, director David Leitch (John WickAtomic Blonde) is arguably at his most creative with several visually stunning moments that seamlessly blend with the rest of the production's absurdity. By film's end, audiences are left exhausted from laughter, making this sequel as equally surprising and satisfying as the first.

Vital Disc Stats: The Ultra HD Blu-ray

20th Century Fox Home Entertainment brings Deadpool 2 to Blu-ray as a two-disc combo pack dubbed the "Super Duper [email protected]%!#& Cut." The accompanying flyer is a code for a Digital HD Copy, which can be redeemed via FoxDigitalMovies, Movies Anywhere and VUDU. The 119-minute theatrical version and the 134-minute extended cut are spread between a pair of dual-layered Region A locked, BD50 discs with the first disc containing all the special features. The added fifteen minutes are a variety of extended sequences, like Deadpool's samurai fight in the bathhouse, or new never-before-seen scenes, like the different ways Deadpool tries to commit suicide.

Both are housed inside the standard blue, eco-elite keepcase on opposing panels and a glossy slipcover. At startup, both discs hilariously commence like a badly-aged VHS tape that's been recorded over a few times and in 4:3 aspect ratio while a-ha's "Take on Me" plays in the background. With full-motion clips and the usual options along the bottom, the effect lasts for about a minute before switching to a more traditional appearance in 16:9 aspect ratio. 

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Deadpool unloads the hilariously gory violence on Blu-ray with an outstanding, near-reference 1080/AVC MPEG-4 encode. 

Shot on a combination of digital cameras and traditional 35mm film, the freshly-minted transfer shows distinct, sharp clarity of the most minute aspects in the background. The tiniest piece of furniture and the unique features of each room is plainly visible in the distance, even during the many fast-paced action sequences. Some of the CG imagery, on the other hand, can look a tad less appealing and arguably shoddy, such as Domino's attack on the convoy. Nevertheless, the coarse, ridged fabric and stitching in Deadpool's uniform, is detailed, clearly showing the tiniest smudge, grime and scratch, while the smallest attribute and characteristic of Cable's cybernetic arm is exposed. Also, facial complexions are highly revealing with lifelike textures in the cast, and the even extensive makeup work has a realistic, very well-defined quality. 

Presented in its original 2.39:1 aspect ratio, the presentation also parachutes in with inky-rich blacks and superb gradational details within the darkest shadows and gloomiest of scenes. The entire prison segment is a great, potentially demo-worthy example, providing the image with an appreciable three-dimensional quality. The contrast is noticeably and deliberately subdued, giving the sequel a gloomier, more grayish tone to match the plot's darker themes. Still, whites remain crisp and brilliant throughout. Jonathan Sela's teal-orange cinematography also produces a slightly muted palette, but primaries are animated and vibrant, particularly the energetic reds in blood and Deadpool's outfit. Secondary hues may not impress, but they're nonetheless accurate and full-bodied. (Video Rating: 92/100)

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With a sharp tongue and cheeky attitude, raunchy sass has never sounded better than it does on this exceptional, reference-quality DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 soundtrack. Nearly every scene is layered with a variety of ambient noises, from the commotion of city traffic and the crowded mutant prison to helicopters and planes flawlessly panning from the surrounds and into view. The debris from explosions or ricocheting bullets bounce between the sides and rears, convincingly falling all around the listening area and placing the viewer in the middle of the comedic thrills. Quieter sequences are also busy with various atmospherics, generating an outstandingly immersive 360° soundfield. 

The front soundstage is continuously expansive and broad, as many of those same atmospherics travel between the three channels with excellent directionality. The mid-range exhibits marvelous, room-penetrating clarity and separation, displaying superb detailing and distinction in the loudest, ear-piercing segments as well as in the song selections and musical score. Amid the bumbling mayhem and blundering chaos, dialogue reproduction remains crisp and precise from beginning to end. A powerfully robust low-end not only delivers room-shaking oomph and impact to the action, but it also provides the music with awesome weight and presence, making this lossless mix a fantastic crowd pleasure. (Audio Rating: 96/100)

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  • Audio Commentary: Star Ryan Reynolds and director David Leitch join writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick for a delightfully funny and highly amusing discussion on the production. Naturally, with Reynolds' presence, the chat is filled with lots of sarcasm and silly wisecracks while the other three share various anecdotes and technical details.
  • Deadpool Family Values (HD, 15 min): EPK-style piece with cast & crew interviews and lots of BTS footage centering around the characters, performances and the plot's themes. 
  • Deadpool's Lips Are Sealed (HD, 13 min): Everyone shares their thoughts on the studio's extreme measures for maintaining absolute secrecy and the work on visual effects. 
  • David Leitch not Lynch (HD, 12 min): The director is given a few minutes to talk about his involvement with the production, his aspirations and tons of praise from cast & crew. 
  • The Deadpool Prison Experiment (HD, 11 min): As the title suggests, interviews talk about the "Ice Box" scenes, its production design and its role in the overall plot. 
  • Until Your Face Hurts (HD, 9 min): An amusing discussion on the script's genesis, various ideas considered, the aspirational focus on the comedy and Ryan Reynolds heavy involvement. 
  • Roll with the Punches (HD, 7 min): A closer look at the fight choreography, the action sequences, praising the stunt performers and the preference for practical effects over CGI. 
  • The Most Important X-Force Member (HD, 2 min): A brief but funny chat on the specially ordinary Peter, who joins the team despite a lack of abilities, and actor Rob Delaney. 
  • Swole and Sexy (HD, 2 min): Praise for Josh Brolin's physique and friendly nature on set. 
  • "3-Minute Monologue" (HD, 2 min): Watch Brolin joking around as makeup is applied. 
  • Deadpool's Fun Sack 2 (HD): Two separate collections of various media, starting with one titled "Videos" (35 min), which stockpiles all the theatrical previews & international promos, an IMAX PSA, the music video for Celine Dion's "Ashes," BTS featurette for said video, another music video for Diplo, French Montana & Lil Pump ft. Zhavia's "Welcome to the Party," and a pair of hysterical videos making fun of the movie. The second is titled "Stills," which is an assortment of promotional material.  
  • Deleted & Extended Scenes (HD, 3 min): A pair of excised scenes. 
  • Gag Reel (HD, 3 min). 
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The Merc with a Mouth returns in Deadpool 2 and takes aim right in the feels with another plot driven by an emotional core that places the irreverent mutant hero in a journey of self-discovery. But overlooking all that mopey, mawkish fluff, the sequel delivers more of the same cheeky, raunchy humor with the action visuals to match while also feeling wholly original. Deadpool unleashes his hot load of teenage angst on Blu-ray with a fantastic video presentation and an awesome, reference-quality DTS-HD MA soundtrack. Packing a satisfying sack of supplemental material, Deadpool's hefty package is highly recommended for the whole family. 

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B-movie water monster movie lovers can celebrate the 20th Anniversary of Deep Rising with a new Blu-ray from Kino Lorber Studio Classics. The film -- about a crack crew led by swashbuckling Treat Williams trapped on a cruise ship infested with tentacle sea monsters -- is just as much gooey gory fun as it was when it first hit theaters in 1998. This new Blu-ray features a strong image transfer with a terrific audio mix and a barrage of fantastic bonus features to keep fans busy. If you loved this movie, it's an easy one to call Highly Recommended. 

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"Now what?"

Nothing about Deep Rising should be taken seriously. It a was a poorly marketed big budget B-movie filled to the brim with CGI tentacle monsters who devoured and regurgitated the passengers and crew of a state-of-the-art luxury cruise ship. Thankfully the film's developed a bit of a following with a loyal legion of fans - at least enough like myself - to encourage Kino Lorber Studio Classics to release a deluxe collector's edition Blu-ray. Directed by Stephen Sommers and starring Treat Williams, Famke Janssen, Wes Studi, Kevin J. O'Connor, and Anthony Heald - the film is truly the best sort of turn off your brain gory fun that never fails to entertain.

"If the cash is there, we don't care." is the life motto for Captain John Finnegan (Treat Williams) who will lease out his boat and services to anyone with the coin. Along with his engineer Joey (Kevin J. O'Connor), Finnegan has been contracted to ferry Hanover (Wes Studi) and his band of heavily-armed mercs out into the middle of the South China Sea to hijack the luxury cruise ship the Argonautica that is sailing on its maiden voyage. It was supposed to be a simple job that becomes infinitely more complicated when they discover the ship has become infested from bow to stern with tentacle sea monsters hungry for human flesh that already ate the crew and passengers. 

Deep Rising

I discovered Deep Rising by accident. My Dad and I had gone to the local theater to see something else -- I think Phantoms because I'd just read the book -- but when we got there we learned that movie was no longer showing because of a print problem. So, we were given free passes to see something else. Going off the weird poster of a screaming woman, we decided to check out Deep Rising. In the end, I'm glad I saw Deep Rising in the theater instead of Phantoms. While the movie may have ended up a soggy financial flop, it became an instant favorite for me and my Dad. I have great memories of us cringing at the gore while laughing our heads off at the ridiculousness of the flick. It's a big dumb B-movie designed to entertain, and it succeeds at doing just that.

While the gore is great and the CGI tentacle monsters are a lot of fun and Jerry Goldsmith's score is a treat, the film's success hinges on its cast. Treat Williams is great as the swashbuckling Han Solo-style rogue entrepreneur. For an a-typical lead, he holds the screen and knows how to play a snarky badass with a machine gun. At his side is Kevin J. O'Connor as Joey - whose good for a wisecrack even if the joke doesn't always stick. Famke Janssen is nice in a pre-X-Men role as a cat thief who isn't useless or requires constant saving from one of her male costars. Wes Studi is awesome as always bring menace to his part with a simple glance. Anthony Heald delivers another slimy rich guy performance as the ship's designer and chews plenty of scenery. They're a lot of fun and their commitment to the bonkers story and creatures keeps things grounded and moving forward.

Under the stewardship of director Stephen Sommers, you can watch this film and then chart a course for every film Sommers made afterward. His two outings with The Mummy and the attempt to make Van Helsing a viable franchise can all be traced back to Deep Rising. This film works because it knew what it was and just went for broke. It's an audience pleaser that failed to find its audience in the theater. After coming out of The Meg over the weekend, I couldn't help but wish Deep Rising had gotten more love back in its day. The Meg was a good bit of shark-munching human fun, but it really should have taken a page from the playbook for Deep Rising and went for broke and embraced the carnage and over-the-top nature it had going for it. Deep Rising is hardly the greatest film ever made, but it knows what it is and what the audience wants out of that sort of movie.

Vital Disc Stats: The Blu-ray

Deep Rising makes its second arrival on Blu-ray this time courtesy of Kino Lorber and their Studio Classics Label. Pressed onto a Region A BD-50 disc, the disc is housed in a standard sturdy Blu-ray case with identical slipcover artwork. The case artwork is reversible to reflect the original theatrical poster art. The disc loads directly to a static image main menu featuring traditional navigation options. 

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Deep Rising

Originally when Deep Rising was announced for this release from Kino Lorber it was reported to be getting a fresh new 4K scan of the negative. Nowhere on the artwork does it say that is still the case, but regardless - this new 1080p 2.35:1 transfer is a nice step up over the previous compressed transfer that was used for the 2-Pack release with The Puppet Masters from Mill Creek. Sadly I can not find my copy of that disc to offer screenshot comparisons; I fear it's lost in a random moving box. Even if the same scan was used, this transfer offers up many notable positives - along with only a couple negatives.

For starters, fine film grain is apparent and film-like, but never overly distracting or intrusive. Details are sharp allowing facial features and costuming and set texturing to become apparent. I felt like I was seeing little details in the costuming or the casino of the ship that I'd never seen or noticed before. Colors are robust while still keeping the film's dark and drab styling. Primaries have some great pop, Janssen's red party dress or Williams' blue shirt, for example, are standouts. The gore and viscera are nice and icky looking giving extra pop. Flesh tones are even and healthy throughout. The only problem is the image can appear a bit too dark in a few places. Scenes, where the cast is walking down dark corridors, can lose a lot of shadow separation and drift towards crush. Thankfully it doesn't get that far, but it gets awful close in spots. Depth is readily appreciable. Contrast is even with crisp whites. The print is in great shape without any visible wear and tear to speak of. A couple of soft spots remain, but a lot of that is baked in effects template stuff in keeping with the CGI effects of the era. All in all, as a longtime fan of this flick I'm very happy with this transfer. 

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Deep Rising

Deep Rising also comes packed with a pair of terrific audio tracks for fans to chose from; an English DTS-HD MA 5.1 track as well as an English DTS-HD MA 2.0 mix. Both are great but I generally tip my hat to the 5.1 track. Again, as I don't have my Mill Creek copy handy, I can't swear whether or not this is the same 5.1 mix as that disc, but I feel this sounds a bit more aggressive than before - that opening with the monster swimming through the various shipwrecks it caused through the centuries is a real sonic treat giving great LFE that rattles the bass while exhibiting some fantastic imaging. The rest of the mix follows that track with some great element spacing and atmosphere. Gunshots and explosions are great while the guttural roars of the creatures really punch up the mix. Dialogue is clean and clear throughout and Jerry Goldsmith's score kicks up the action and even cribs some of the tonal progressions of Alien to add a nice sense of dread to the few quiet spots. The 2.0 stereo mix is perfectly good on its own, but I feel you lose that essential spacing as everything becomes more front/center. Both tracks have great levels so once you set it you can forget it - but I suggest you keep it loud for the fun of it. 

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Deep Rising

When Kino Lorber goes all out on some of their releases, they really make a moment of it. Deep Rising sports one hell of an aggressive bonus features package filled with new cast and crew interviews, director audio commentary, and behind the scenes material. There's a lot of great stuff to dig through here so if you're a fan, you've got your work cut out for you.

  • Audio Commentary featuring director Stephen Sommers and editor Bob Ducsay.
  • Kevin J. O'Connor Interview (HD 14:15)
  • Wes Studi Interview (HD 8:21)
  • Anthony Heald Interview (HD 13:14)
  • Cinematographer Howard Atherton Interview (HD 14:03)
  • Second Unit Director Dean Cundey Interview (HD 11:46)
  • The Visual Effects of Deep Rising (HD 16:48)
  • The Practical Effects of Deep Rising (HD 9:23)
  • ILM Effects: Animatic Final Sequence (SD 7:43) Creature One (SD 18:59) Creature Two (SD 3:45) DR Tests (SD 2:04) DR16 Breakdown (SD 2:24) Mason (SD 3:28)
  • Sill Gallery (2:30)
  • Theatrical Trailer (SD 1:25)
  • The Puppet Masters Trailer (SD 1:45)
  • Rawhead Rex Trailer (HD 1:05)

 

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Deep Rising

For pure and simple turn off your brain entertainment, it doesn't get much better than Deep Rising. A classic B-movie style story with a blockbuster budget, the film may have sunk at the box office but its heart will go on thanks to a loyal legion of fans. It's the kind of B-movie junk food viewing I turn to again and again because it doesn't take itself seriously. Turn off your brain and just go with the flow. Kino Lorber Studio Classics does right by this film giving it a clear transfer improvement, a great pair of audio tracks to chose from a couple hours worth of quality and worthwhile bonus features to pick through. If you're a fan of Deep Rising, this is a safe one to call Highly Recommended

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Disc 1 - God's Not Dead:

  • Behind the Scenes
  • Chasing the Sun Official Music Video by Safe Haven
  • What I Know Official Music Video by Tricia Brock
  • Student Rights on University Campuses
  • Trailer: Upcoming Releases by Pure Flix

Disc 2 - God's Not Dead 2:

  • Deleted Scenes
  • Man, Myth, Messiah with Rice Broocks
  • Between Heaven and Hollywood with David A.R. White
  • Visual Effects of God's Not Dead 2
  • Filming in Arkansas
  • First Liberty
  • Trailers

Disc 3 - God's Not Dead: A Light in Darkness:

  • Includes a digital copy of God's Not Dead: A Light in Darkness (Subject to expiration. Go to NBCUCodes.com for details.)
  • Deleted Scenes
  • The Heart of God's Not Dead: A Light in Darkness
  • Rice Broocks Discusses the Film and Book
  • Newsboys United
  • Music Videos
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A church destroyed. A congregation silenced. A relationship shattered. Yet even in life’s darkest valleys, a small flame can light the way toward healing and hope. A deadly fire rips through St. James Church, devastating the congregation and Pastor Dave. Adjoining Hadleigh University uses the tragedy to kick the congregation off campus. The escalating controversy creates a dilemma for the small church—can Christians fight for their rights and be the light for Christ at the same time? Facing a court case and his own struggle to see Christ’s light in heartbreak, Dave asks for help from Pearce, his estranged brother—a big-city lawyer and an atheist—to fight for the church’s right to exist. The family reunion opens old wounds, as the brothers wrestle with the questions that pulled them apart years ago: Is God really good all the time? Where is God when bad things happen? Can Christ really heal the brokenhearted? Pure Flix presents God’s Not Dead: A Light in Darkness—featuring a star-studded cast, including David A.R. White, John Corbett, Ted McGinley, Shane Harper, Jennifer Taylor, Benjamin Onyango, with special appearances by Dr. Cissy Houston and Tatum O’Neal.

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Horror fills the streets as season four of Gotham witnesses the emergence of the criminal landscape for which Gotham City is best known while Bruce Wayne begins the path to vigilantism, showing signs of the caped crusader to come. Gotham City Police Department Captain Jim Gordon and Detective Harvey Bullock remain at the forefront of the fight against the most depraved and unhinged villains from Penguin to The Riddler and numerous others in between. Detective Gordon also finds himself fighting personal demons like never before.

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Deceased turn-of-the-century playboy Henry Van Cleve (Don Ameche) presents himself to the outer offices of Hades, where he asks a bemused Satan for permission to enter through the gates of hell. Though the devil doubts that Henry’s sins qualify him for eternal damnation, Henry proceeds to recount a lifetime of wooing and pursuing women, his long, happy marriage to Martha (Gene Tierney) notwithstanding. Ernst Lubitsch’s Heaven Can Wait, nominated for Academy Awards for best picture and director, is an enduring classic that showcases his trademark blend of wit, urbanity, and grace.

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High School DxD contains episodes 1-12 of the anime directed by Tetsuya Yanagisawa. A war between heaven and hell is raging on Earth—and hormonal fury is raging in Issei’s pants. Enter curvy redhead Rias. She’s president of The Occult Research Club, a club that doesn’t actually research the occult. They are the occult—and Rias is a Devil. If Issei can improve his mystical skills, he’ll be able to help his hotter-than-hell master and her schoolgirl friends defeat their foes! Special Features: Episode 01 Commentary, Episode 07 Commentary, Fantasy Jiggles Unleashed, New Material from Ichiei Ishibumi! Fantasy Full-blast Gentleman's Disc Club Promos, Promotional Video, Commercial Collection, Textless Opening & Closing Songs, U.S. Trailer, Trailers

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Jealousy threatens to destroy the love of these very different gay couples in Season Three of the acclaimed anime drama. Romantica: As Misaki's final year in university begins, his time living at Usagi's apartment is ending. But while Usagi might not be ready for Misaki move out, his constant jealousy might just push Misaki out of his life altogether. Egoist: Now seven years into their relationship, Kamijou and Nowaki barely see each other thanks to their busy schedules. When Nowaki discovers Kamijou has been sent a marriage offer, doubts begin to creep into the relationship. How would their lives have been changed if they had made different choices? Terrorist: Shinobu and Miyagi are finally dating, but Shinobu's constant doubts are straining the relationship. It doesn't help that Miyagi keeps offering to break up with him, claiming he's too old for Shinobu. When Miyagi's ex suddenly shows up, Shinobu is sure the two will get back together. Is the age gap between Shinobu and Miyagi really just too big for them to maintain a relationship? Contains the Complete Season 3 - Episodes 1-12. Bonus features: clean opening, clean closing, commercials, promo video. Audio: Japanese LPCM Stereo, English Subtitles; Video: 1080i 16 x 9 widescreen.

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A female vampire rises from her crypt every night in search of children as her victims. Cinematography by Luciano Tovoli (Dario Argento's Suspiria). Soundtrack by the legendary Italian maestro Ennio Morricone (Once Upon a Time in America).

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Their work is their passion.

William Masters and Virginia Johnson are known as pioneers of the science of human sexuality. Their research shoots them to fame on a trajectory that takes them from humble beginnings in the Midwest to the cover of Time magazine. Masters is a brilliant scientist who is out of touch with his own feelings. Johnson is a divorced mother who is ahead of her time on many fronts, including her determination to have a meaningful career. The pair's relationship isn't just professional, as it evolves into a three-way "marriage" with Masters' wife, Libby. "Masters of Sex" is based on Thomas Maier's book of the same name, which profiled the pair.

Popular guest stars include Annaleigh Ashford, Teddy Sears, Camryn Manheim, Rich Sommer, Barry Watson, Tate Donovan, Barry Bostwick, Peri Gilpin, Greg Grunberg, Josh Charles, Sterling K. Brown, Judy Greer, Mae Whitman, Sara Silverman and more!

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The year is P.D. 323. Three centuries after the Calamity War, a new world order is maintained by the military organization Gjallarhorn, but the seeds of a new conflict are being sown on Mars. A private security company accepts a mission to escort the revolutionary leader Kudelia Aina Bernstein to Earth, and the company's child soldiers rise up in revolt against the adults who betrayed them. Among them is Mikazuki Augus, who becomes the pilot of the Gundam Barbatos, a dreadful relic left over from the Calamity War.

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Algiers, Bab el Oued, 2016.16-year-old Habib dreams of becoming a veterinary. But as he didn’t study, he decided to train a ram named "El Bouq" to become a sheep fight champion. Samir, 42, doesn’t have dreams anymore, other than surviving the hardships of his daily life by selling sheep and try to make some money. As the Eid celebration approaches, Samir has the unique opportunity to maximize his profits, as the whole country will buy a sheep to be slaughtered. But for Habib, it’s another story. Will "El Bouq » become a champion? Or will he face a more tragic destiny?

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The film that introduced Brandon Lee (son of the one and only Bruce) as an action star, Rapid Fire (1992) focuses on Jake Lo (Lee), a Los Angeles art student who unwittingly gets involved with a deadly Mafia drug distributor (the marvelous Nick Mancuso). He is then recruited by a police lieutenant (Powers Boothe) and his tough but attractive partner (Kate Hodge) to help nab both the Mafioso and his deadly associate, Kinman Tau (Tzi Ma). Directed by Dwight H. Little and jam-packed with martial arts sequences choreographed by Lee, the film also features a spectacular Christopher Young score, available on this Twilight Time release as an isolated track.

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Hyde is a heartsick Kentuckian running from his demons in the City of Angels. He crosses paths with a smooth-talking, but mercurial, drug runner named Sal at a highend poker party in the Hollywood Hills hosted by Hyde's ex, Charlotte. What follows is a journey that seals Sal's fate, exposes Hyde's history and reveals there is nowhere to run that will save you from yourself.

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After being rejected from nearly thirty jobs, Yoshino Koharu’s career prospects are looking dire. That is, until an offer to become queen of the rural town of Manoyama falls into her lap. But what she thought was a one day gig turns into a year-long commitment—crown and all! With an entire township’s expectations on her shoulders, it’s up to Queen Yoshino to boost the struggling tourism industry of this small country town. However, not everyone is on board with seeing change in their charming home. Can she win the hearts of those in her quaint kingdom? It’s not easy being the queen.

From selling Chupakabura Manju to learning all about specialty wood carving, Yoshino takes time to absorb everything that makes Manoyama special to its people. Together, with her ministers—four young women with their own reasons for being in the rural town—they’re going to show the world what a hidden gem this spot in the country truly is!

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In a world overrun with vampires, humans have been hunted to the brink of extinction. The only way they can fight back is with a series of demonic weapons known as Cursed Gear. Reserved for soldiers with exceptional talent, these weapons require humans to form pacts with ancient demons in exchange for their power.

Yuichiro Hyakuya is a young member of the Moon Demon Company, a prestigious army squadron armed with Cursed Gear and tasked with exterminating vampires. After the blood-sucking monsters killed his family when he was a child, Yuichiro vowed he wouldn't stop fighting until every last one was dead. But when a familiar face from his past appears sporting a new set of fangs, the line drawn between good and evil begins to blur. There's something special about Yuichiro—a dark power that the vampires call the Seraph of the End. When that power is unleashed, will he be the key to humanity's salvation or its complete destruction?

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From the director of Beverly Hills Chihuahua and Scooby-Doo, comes a family comedy about the unlikely pairing of a human detective (Will Arnett) and his canine partner (voiced by Chris "Ludacris" Bridges), who must go undercover at the world's most exclusive dog show and recruit an all-star cast of animal helpers to solve their biggest case yet. Starring Will Arnett, Chris "Ludacris" Bridges, Natasha Lyonne, Jordin Sparks, Gabriel Iglesias, Shaquille O'Neal, Alan Cumming, and Stanley Tucci. The Daily Beagle says Show Dogs is "A Mutt-See!"

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Susan Seidelman established her distinctive vision of 1980s New York with this debut feature, the lo-fi original for her vibrant portraits of women reinventing themselves. After escaping New Jersey, the quintessentially punk Wren (Susan Berman)—a sparkplug in fishnets who lives dangerously downtown—moves to the city with the mission of becoming famous. When not pasting up flyers for herself or hanging at the Peppermint Lounge, she’s getting involved with Paul (Brad Rijn), the nicest guy to ever live in a van next to the highway, and Eric (Richard Hell), an aloof rocker. Shot on 16 mm film that captures the grit and glam of the setting, with an alternately moody and frenetic soundtrack by the Feelies and others, Smithereens—the first independent American film to compete for the Palme d’Or—is an unfaded snapshot of a bygone era.

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Old punks and hipsters can finally celebrate the Blu-ray arrival of Smithereens from The Criterion Collection. Susan Seidelman’s debut feature about an aimless groupie in NYC trying to make it big feels just as relatable now as it did in the early 80’s. The Criterion Collection brings this raw film to Blu-ray with a fantastic 2k restoration, a solid mono audio mix, and a bonus feature package ready for those willing to dig deeper into this gritty punk film. Recommended for fans.

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“Got a better place to spend your time?”

There is an energy with first-time directors that inhabits their messy, thrown together, passion project debut. Eventually a vision emerges through maxed-out credit cards, favors, and borrowed equipment. Before Susan Seidelman made a name for herself with Desperately Seeking Susan she directed the first American independent film to compete for the Palme d’Or. That film Smithereens is a gritty portrait of a misguided woman lost in the waning days of punk. It’s an honest film with unlikeable characters and a raw unfiltered style that may not appeal to those looking for something safe and conventional. 

Working in a dingy copy center, the aimless Wren (Susan Berman) spends her evenings planting Xerox copies of her face across NYC hoping to catch a break and become famous. Sporting bright red Converse high tops, fishnets, and a pair of checkered sunglasses, Wren bounces across the underbelly of the city trying to chat up rockers and anyone with “connections”. While on the subway, aspiring artist Paul (Brad Rijn) spots our self promoting groupie and becomes obsessed with her. Wren shakes him off but eventually finds him endearing as a gullible guy who has a place for her to sleep when she gets evicted. Soon she abandons him when aloof rocker Eric (Richard Hell) falls out of a cab, yells at a model, and stumbles into a cheap bar. Like Wren, Eric is selfishly assured that he is on the cusp of fame and fortune. He’s a true rocker with a band on the brink of cutting a recording deal. Wren not surprisingly has no musical talent at all and doesn’t seem to care either way. She drifts between Paul’s warm embrace in his rusted out van and Eric’s basement hovel where he dangles the promise of an LA rocker lifestyle. Vulnerable, and done with all the lying, Wren chooses the one who will break her out of this endless loop. Unfortunately the decision was already made for her long before she crashed into reality. 

Smithereens may be a rough take on the idealistic Jersey girl who wants to make it in the big city, but deep down the film plays around with more substantial themes to its success. Alienation and self-preservation fuel the narcissistic sense of detachment running rampant in Seidelman’s unglamorous perspective. Latching onto anything that is going her way, Wren will burn any bridge necessary to further herself. From one moment to the next, she is dodging her grim reality and the future she wants just out of reach. “I’m really rotten” she tells Paul once he’d had enough of her. “I’m really disgusting.” This vulnerable admission from any other character would seem to win over the viewers hearts and warrant our sympathies. Unfortunately, Wren is not a likable character! How can we invest ourselves in this story? This is where most audiences will lose their interest in Smithereens and just regard it as an art film with no real direction or purpose. Ironically, the original tagline for the film was “She was a legend in her own mind”. 

In my favorite part of the movie, Paul gets a visit from a hooker looking for a warm place to escape the cold night air. She offers him the same “menu” she sells to all her customers. Eventually he settles for sharing a chicken salad sandwich and some small talk. After swapping pleasantries he reveals to her that his business is portraits. “Not for the art, just the money” he assures her, hoping to retain a grounded sensibility to his labors. In this exchange we’re given the heart of Smithereens. Propping ourselves up for art, money, or fame leaves us with just our humanity holding up the flashing lights and loud noises we perceive as our vision. It’s my favorite scene because the awkwardness and humor gives way to genuine human contact. Smithereens may be wholly concerned with Wren’s limited journey but through Paul’s everyman the audience gets a character to sympathize with as a young person trying to make sense of it all in a chaotic world. 

Susan Berman carries the film nicely as Wren leading with her playful hold on the character. Thankfully, there isn’t an ounce of pretension in her acting as to keep this film from veering into camp. Richard Hell and Brad Rijn look the part and mostly overcook their performances but remain within the film’s realistic textures. I may be painting a rather dismal portrait, but the film has a lot of humor. Some jokes may not land until your second viewing but there are some genuinely funny moments that give some levity. Featuring a solid pop-punk soundtrack, Smithereens offers an uncelebrated view of American indie cinema that deserves to be seen.  

Vital Disc Stats: The Blu-ray

Smithereens lands on Region A Blu-ray courtesy of The Criterion Collection with a single BD-50 Disc housed in a typical Criterion-style keepcase. Included inside the case is a film booklet with an essay by critic Rebecca Bengal. Disc loads to the Main Menu screen with scenes from the film cycling. Typical navigation options available. 

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Smithereens rocks onto Blu-ray in a 1080p/AVC MPEG-4 encode from a new 2k restoration. The film has never looked better.  Originally shot on 16mm and blown up to 35mm, Criterion’s transfer looks fantastic and retains the organic qualities present in the original presentation. With full film grain intact, rich primary colors, and lots of character oozing from the image. It's quite impressive given the film’s guerilla roots. Watching this feels like its 1982 and I should be seeing this projected on a bedsheet in some dude’s garage or in a grindhouse with a bunch of loud punk kids. Colors are vivid and balanced throughout the feature with good saturation. Image is stable and doesn’t look worn at all. Where Smithereens falters is in some slight inconsistencies with black levels during nighttime scenes in low light. It’s not a big deal given the film’s gritty aesthetic, but it’s worth mentioning here. 

I lob a great deal of praise at this visual presentation because I bet this was one hell of a restoration job for Criterion. A gritty 16mm punk film doesn’t stand the test of time very well. To see this restoration bring out the film’s exciting visual statements allows it to shine even more for new audiences.  

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Smithereens rocks onto Blu-ray with an effective PCM Mono audio track that remains faithful to the original recording elements. Music from bands like the Feelies, The Nitecaps, and Richard Hell pulsate through the mono with clarity and drive. Dialogue is recorded at lower levels but is supplied clear and clean with no hiss or buzz evident. Though the proceedings are a bit flat at times the mix opens up enough to keep from sounding too congested. Plenty of natural elements creep into the background audio further deepening your sense of location. I kept the volume levels up in order to catch all the indistinct dialogue and enjoy the killer music. 

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The Criterion Collection provides a good bonus feature package for Smithereens. The audio commentary is the highlight of the disc as it allows you to dig deeper into this raw debut feature. The short films are a lovely addition for those seeking more of Seidelman’s work. 

  • Audio Commentary: Appearing initially on the 2004 Blue Underground DVD release of the film, this archival audio commentary with Susan Seidelman is moderated by David Gregory.  

  • Susan Seidelman and Susan Berman (HD 2:00) In this short segment the director and lead actress explain the film’s influences and the creative freedom they experienced while making the film in NYC. Produced by The Criterion Collection in 2018.

  • And You Act Like One Too (1976) (HD 26:00) A short film Seidelman made during film school about an unfaithful wife and a hitchhiker. 

  • Yours Truly, Andrea G. Stern (1979) (HD 38:00) A short film from Seidelman about a young girl examining her mother’s relationship with a new man.

  • Film Booklet: An illustrated insert with an essay from critic Rebecca Bengal. 

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As a time capsule of early 80’s NYC, it doesn’t get any better (or more real) than Smithereens. Seidelman’s honest portrait of a delusional yet ambitious woman seeking fame in the East Village is a rough around the edges examination of self-interest and alienation. The film’s guerilla execution and resilient Wren providef a refreshing take on what could’ve been an otherwise campy tale of groupies gone wrong. The Criterion Collection brings Smithereens to Blu-ray with a fantastic 2k restoration, a solid Mono sound mix, and an array of bonus features that will please any fan of the fim. Recommended for fans. 

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A crew of a Royal Naval expedition is sent to find the Arctic's treacherous Northwest Passage but instead discovers a monstrous predator, a cunning and vicious Gothic horror that stalks the ships in a desperate game of survival, the consequences of which could endanger the region and its native people forever.

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AMC makes a dramatic, thrilling, and horrifying foray into anthology television with The Terror. Based on the novel the novel by Dan Simmons, audiences are thrust into the deadly world of arctic exploration aboard the doomed vessels the HMS Erebus and the HMS Terror. The show is ten episodes of perfectly blended historical fact and fictionalized horror bringing together all of the theories of what possibly happened to the fateful expedition into the unknown northern reaches of the planet. Lionsgate brings The Complete First Season of The Terror to Blu-ray in terrific order featuring a stellar A/V presentation that is, unfortunately, extremely light on meaningful bonus features. This show is the perfect companion for a cold, dark winter's evening -- Recommended

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"Tell those who come after us not to stay." 

Historical films and shows are rarely to-the-letter accurate. Some leeway for dramatic license to make events and characters more cinematic and ultimately entertaining to an audience must be made. This is especially the case when dealing with events such as the doomed Franklin Expedition to explore the final reaches of the Northwest Passage with the royal naval vessels the HMS Terror and the HMS Erebus. As both ships were lost sometime around 1848 and remained lost for the next 160 years, dramatic license had to be taken. While there are various elements and events that are historically accurate, others should be taken with a grain of salt. However, even at the show's most fantastic; episode by episode it builds an ever-growing sense of dread and horror recalling the various theories about what possibly could have happened to the ships and their crew.

The Northwest Passage is nearly within reach. Only a few thousand miles of uncharted territory remains and man will have conquered the arctic. Under the command of Rear-Admiral Sir John Franklin (Ciarán Hinds) aboard the HMS Erebus and his second Captain Francis Crozier (Jared Harris) of the HMS Terror, with 129 men set sail for the arctic leaving their homes and families behind. Fitted with the latest steam engine turbine propellers, they believed they will beat the ice flows and complete their expedition in a matter of weeks. But when the ships became jammed in the ice, the two captains must find a way to survive the onslaught of sub-zero temperatures, tainted food, disease, mutiny, and an ancient spectral force that hunts the men.

The Terror

For those looking for an honest and earnest retelling of events of the ill-fated Franklin Expedition and what happened to the two ships' captains and their crew, at best you're going to get about half of what you're looking for from The Terror. Everything that can be verified as accurate is presented in some way along with the speculative theories about lead poisoning, scurvy, tuberculosis, and exposure. These scenes are often horrifying on their own and there are enough moments like this to keep the mood of each episode grim with an appropriate level of tension to match. The fantastical elements surrounding an ancient demon may be a bit much for some to swallow. 

Admittedly, the demon that takes the form of a gigantic Polar Bear was a bit tough to take in initially. It's a sudden break from everything that is to some extent historically verifiable. As my wife and I picked through each episode and this demonic presence became more prominent we went from feeling like it was a bit too much of a stretch to appreciate it as a terrifically creepy thematic element that buttresses the idea that these men should never have been there and their expedition was doomed to failure. I can see some folks getting hung up on this point, but it ends up working better than one would normally think. 

The Terror

Between the terrific cast and the show's exceptional production design, The Terror proves to be one hell of a creepy and often disturbing endeavor. With a runtime just under eight hours, the show doesn't overstay its welcome while also feeling complete -- which isn't easy to do considering there aren't any definite conclusions as what caused the deaths of the crew members. As there is only anecdotal evidence and speculation to fall on, the show does a terrific job of covering all the possible theories from the most likely to the absolute extreme. Each episode just keeps building and building at a breathless pace that makes clearing the series an easy task. That eight hours flies by. Each episode ends with a "you're not going to end it there?" moment that forces you to keep going -- even when you should have long gone to bed. Alongside The Thing and The Shining, I now have a new favorite piece of entertainment to pull out in the dead of winter when the snow is packed high and the temperatures are blisteringly low. I can't wait for Season 2 and I'm hopeful it's just as successful.

Vital Disc Stats: The Blu-ray

The Terror arrives on Blu-ray courtesy of Lionsgate in a three disc set. All ten episodes are pressed onto three Region A BD-50 discs and housed in a sturdy three-disc case with identical slipcover. Each disc gets its own tray without being stacked on top of one another. The discs load to static image main menus with traditional navigation options. Discs Two and Three load an option to continue with the "play all" function subverting the main menu if you're planning on binging a number of episodes without having to select and play them individually. 

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The Terror

The Terror arrives with a pleasing 1080p 1.78:1 transfer that really brings the image to life. As much of the series was filmed inside a refrigerated studio, it really is an impressive visual undertaking. I appreciate that the first episode really allows you to take in the incredible details of the two ships, the crew, costuming, and the impressive production design work. For the few brief flashbacks to England prior to the sailing of the expedition, the Victorian era clothing and design is tremendous and the image allows you to fully appreciate intricate details and the impressive colors. Once the two ships become ice-logged and trapped, the image becomes notably more drab with muted colors as much of the lighting is used to evoke flickering candles or oil lamps. As such details can falter a little bit and become a bit softer but it fits the scene. When the men are out on the ice contrast is spectacular allowing for brilliant whites without any blooming troubles.

Colors are adequately robust, reds get a particular prominence considering the number of wounds and horrifying amputations. Flesh tones are accurate and healthy. The only trouble spots occur during some heavy CGI sequences, a scene underwater and a chase scene later in the series lead to some iffy softness coupled with skewed colors, but that is really the only negative to speak of. The series as a whole is pretty great looking and it's very clear a lot of work went into creating intricate practical sets and effects so as not to rely entirely on digital trickery. 

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The Terror

Each episode of The Terror enjoys a fairly robust and active Dolby TrueHD 5.1 mix. Dialogue is clean and clear throughout without any issue with the score or sound effects dominating big moments of conflict. Atmospherics are impressive as inside the ships there is a constant creaking of wood beams under pressure while outside there is a constant whipping wind that makes the vast icy landscape just as foreboding. Through it all there are terrific dissonant low tones that keep the sense of dread alive. Ice storms, blizzards, a carnival, the roars of the bear all add to the creepy tone of the show as each episode makes terrific use of sound - or the lack thereof. As a whole, each episode gets underwater audio mix without any problems. It would have been something if this show had been given an object-based mix, but as is it's pretty damn impressive. 

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The Terror

The unfortunate lack of any genuinely meaningful bonus features is the only true failing of this Blu-ray set. Three features barely totaling nine minutes is hardly enough when you consider everything that went into the making of the show and the continued mystery surrounding what happened to the Franklin Expedition. All bonus feature content is found on Disc Three of this set. 

  • A Look at the Characters (HD 3:40)
  • A Look at the Series (HD 3:02)
  • Ridley Scott on The Terror (HD 2:27)
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The Terror

The Terror is a hell of a television series. By taking a true life event shrouded in mystery and spinning a few horror elements into the mix, AMC has managed to create a tight and riveting survival horror story. With a terrific cast and exceptional direction, the series breezes by fast making for some terrific binge-worthy entertainment. We'll just have to see how well Season 2 fares to see if AMC's foray in anthology television is worth the ongoing journey. Lionsgate delivers the Complete First Season of The Terror to Blu-ray with a technically excellent video and audio presentation. Sadly the bonus features are extraordinarily lacking and may inspire viewers to do some Wikipedia reading to learn more about the Franklin Expedition. It's a hell of a series and you're going to want to watch it with the lights low on a cold dark night. Recommended

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Looking for the next terrific Jackie Chan film? Unfortunately, you should pass by Bleeding Steel. A strange cyber punk sci-fi action film, Jackie stars as a cop trying to stop a mysterious cyborg from capturing his estranged daughter who has a mechanical heart and super blood that makes her heal fast. The film struggles with time, pace, and basic exposition and yet is still weirdly entertaining but not for good reasons. Chan's still good for a few impressive stunts, but that's about all this film has to offer. Lionsgate brings Bleeding Steel to Blu-ray with an okay video transfer and an audio mix that has some dialogue clarity issues. Bleeding Steel has a couple good moments, but the plot is a near-incomprehensible mess. Skip It. 

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Remember when Jackie Chan could do no wrong? There was a great period there from the late 80s and through the 90s where almost every Jackie Chan movie was an action/comedy gem. By the time the Rush Hour franchise petered out, things started to slip. It certainly isn't age or the numerous injuries the action star endured that are the problem - it's the overall quality of the scripts and uneven direction that repeatedly sinks his latest outings. After the excellent The Foreigner, I'd hoped that Chan had found his kung-fu mojo again, but unfortunately, Bleeding Steel is proof that the man is willing to sign up for just about anything - no matter how flat-out bonkers it may be.

Usually, at this point, I try to do a one or two paragraph recap to give you all a sense of what the film's plot is without giving away any spoilers. With Bleeding Steel, I honestly don't really know where to start as the film is a near-incomprehensible mess -- but I'm going to do my best. Believe me, this isn't going to be easy.

As his daughter is dying in a hospital bed from Leukemia, special agent Lin Dong (Jackie Chan) is called in to protect and transport bio-scientist Dr. James (Kim Gyngell) to a safe location. When a powerful cyborg by the name of Andre (Callan Mulvey) and his cybernetic henchmen ambush the convoy, Lin is wounded and nearly killed saving Dr. James. Years later, Lin shadows his teenage daughter Nancy (Na-Na OuYang) who was given a cybernetic heart and an advanced bio-roid that enables her to heal quickly. He watches from afar protecting her from Andre's agents who tacks her aboard his spaceship.

Bleeding Steel

Hopefully at some point reading that plot breakdown you started laughing because it was about 10 minutes into the film when my logical center gave up and I couldn't help but laugh. This bizarre cyberpunk sci-fi action film feels like all of the Resident Evil movies and generic Anime character cliches smashed into one film. You have to suppose the story takes place in the future, but it's impossible to tell in what future when all of the technology looks like it came from last week's Best Buy sale catalog. Where the film takes place is also a bit of a mystery as it interchangeably jumps from Hong Kong and Sydney Australia on a whim leaving you to guess where the hell you are. When (in terms of continuity) things take place is also problematic as flashbacks have a tendency to float in and out without warning -- making you wonder if you didn't accidentally hit the chapter skip button with your rear end. Like I said, Bleeding Steel is a mess. But even at it's weirdest worst, it's kinda entertaining.

Even as much of the plot lacks any sense of cognitive cohesion, Jackie Chan gives the movie everything he's got. Even into his 60s after decades of rough mileage and physical damage, the man can always be counted on for a good stunt. The opening shootout is a doozy as it's difficult to know what is happening and who is shooting who, but Chan is still out there running, jumping, and sliding all over the place. When it comes to fast-flying fisticuffs, Chan can still keep up with the youngsters in the cast and bring the same level of humorous intensity to the moment - even when humor is very much out of place. 

By the time we get to the android bad guy's super spaceship -- yes he has a spaceship that apparently no one ever sees flying around -- you're either on board for this weird movie or you're not. Even if you're having a good time with Bleeding Steel, the movie still feels like a mishmash of different films that were cobbled together with some very loose editing. Little in the film makes any genuine sense and the story has an over-reliance on out of place flashbacks to fill in essential exposition. This is not a good movie. At all. However, I was weirdly entertained by it. From the nonsensical plot to the great action set pieces to Jackie Chan's magnetic energy, somehow this movie isn't a complete bore and leaves you in an entertained stupified state. While I hope Chan goes back to being an unrelenting badass as he was in The Foreigner, diehard Jackie fans should get a kick out of this silly mess of a sci-fi action movie. But if you're looking for the classic Jackie Chan action fest, you should spend more time exploring his deep catalog. 

Vital Disc Stats: The Blu-ray

Bleeding Steel arrives on Blu-ray courtesy of Lionsgate in a single disc Blu-ray + Digital set. Pressed onto a Region A BD-50 disc, the disc is housed in an eco-friendly Blu-ray case with identical slipcover. The disc loads to trailers for other Lionsgate releases before arriving at an animated main menu with traditional navigation options. 

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Bleeding Steel

Bleeding Steel suffers from an over-processed 1080p 2.39:1 transfer. Shot digitally, when the image is stable and at its best, it exposes terrific details with rich vibrant colors and a great sense of image depth. Unfortunately, this is not a uniform viewing experience. Frequently the image looks like it was sped up to get a little extra punch out of action sequences and car chases resulting in a lot of motion blur and some pixelation. Heavy CGI sequences are often met with softness and loss of image clarity resulting in a flat drab image that also comes packed with skewed colors. Disjointed editing doesn't help matters as the camera frequently cuts to alternate angles with different lighting schemes. An action scene with Jackie Chan fighting on top of the Sydney Opera House is a key example of shots not matching up leading to various visual anomalies. Banding is also apparent. Some scenes are truly spectacular with great details and everything you could want from a modern piece of filmmaking, but there are numerous instances where this is a pretty rough looking film that is a victim of too much post-production tinkering for its own good. 

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Bleeding Steel

Bleeding Steel also has a rather odd English/Mandarin DTS-HD MA 5.1 mix. I did some reading after viewing the film and it would appear that the audio mix was altered for the English markets dropping a lot of the Mandarin in favor of English dubbing. As a result, spoken dialogue can be a bit of a mess. One minute you can hear everything perfectly fine, the next voices drop out and you are forced to crank the volume only to be met by a loud noise effect that forces you to crash the volume back down. It was frustrating, to say the least, and you pretty much have to keep your thumb on the volume at all times. About the only thing in this mix that works is sound effects. During the big action bits where no one is saying anything, the mix is great with terrific spacing and a nice sense of imaging to coincide with what is happening on screen. Like its video presentation, this is a serviceable audio track that gets the job done, but it's still very rough and inconsistent. 

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Bleeding Steel

Bleeding Steel is virtually void of any bonus features. Nothing to explain the film's bonkers plot or any kind of EPK feature for Chan to talk about why he signed up for this. Just a trailer.

  • Theatrical Trailer (HD 2:13)
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Bleeding Steel

I go into every Jackie Chan movie hopeful for one thing - fun. More often than not I get that. Bleeding Steel is hardly a good movie let alone even a decent film to showcase the physical presence Jackie Chan brings to his films. However, because the film is such a weird cyberpunk mess of a sci-fi action film, I'd be lying if I said I wasn't entertained, albeit probably for the wrong reasons. Just don't go into it expecting anything great -- if you go into it at all. If you're looking for classic Jackie, you're not going to find it here and probably should look elsewhere. Lionsgate brings Bleeding Steel to Blu-ray with a rough transfer and an inconsistent audio mix to match. While I enjoyed myself, I can't honestly recommend Bleeding Steel. It's probably best that you Skip It. 

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Cult filmmaker Richard Rush (The Stunt Man, Freebie and the Bean, Psych-Out) directed this sexy murder-mystery starring screen legend Bruce Willis (Die Hard). Color of Night is the thrill-packed story of a psychologist haunted by the brutal murder of a friend and colleague. While hunting for the killer, he finds himself romantically entangled with a mysterious beauty (Jane March, The Lover) who leads him through a web of passion and intrigue. Lance Henriksen (Aliens), Lesley Ann Warren (The Limey), Rubén Blades (Disorganized Crime), Scott Bakula (TV’s Quantum Leap), Brad Dourif (Wise Blood), Kevin J. O’Connor (Deep Rising), Eriq La Salle (Coming to America), Jeff Corey (Jennifer) and Shirley Knight (The Rain People) co-star in this steamy and erotic thriller. 

Special Features:

• Includes the 122-minute theatrical cut and the 140-minute director's cut

• Audio Commentary by Director Richard Rush (Director's Cut)

• Audio Commentary by Screenwriter Matthew Chapman (Theatrical Cut)

• 5.1 Surround and 2.0 Stereo Audio

• Theatrical Trailer

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The Razzie Award-winning Worst Picture for 1994, Color of Night has not gotten any better with age – if judged on the basis of good writing, good directing, or good anything, really. However, it's a very fun type of bad movie to scoff at while watching. Kino Lorber's new 2-disc Special Edition attempts to better the film's prior Blu-ray release from Mill Creek, but sadly may not be enough of an improvement to merit the higher asking price. For Fans Only.

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The early 1990s were a very erratic time in the career of Bruce Willis. 1994 in particular saw him starring in both the best movie of the year (Pulp Fiction, of course) and the worst – at least according to the Golden Raspberry Award voters. The erotic thriller Color of Night features a ridiculous, idiotic plot and a lazy, disinterested performance from its star. Almost nothing about it works as intended, but it can be great fun as camp if watched in the right frame of mind.

The blockbuster success of Basic Instinct a couple years earlier begat a host of imitators. Suddenly, everyone from Madonna to Jim Belushi felt the need to hop on the erotic thriller bandwagon. For Madonna's Body of Evidence, this was arguably a natural extension of her career phase at the time, which also saw the release of the album Erotica and the naughty coffee table book called Sex. For the male stars, Bruce Willis in this picture especially, it seemed a lot more like a transparent excuse to rub their body parts against female costars willing to remove their clothes on camera. Judging by the results on screen, nothing else about the role held Willis' attention very much.

The plot of Color of Night, such as it is, concerns arrogant psychologist Bill Capa (Willis), who becomes so distraught after a patient commits suicide in front of him that he instantly goes colorblind. Specifically, he can no longer see the color red, because he's afraid of blood or something. Already, you may be questioning the script's plausibility. It won't be the last time you do so.

Attempting to get away from all his woes, Capa leaves New York on a trip to Los Angeles to visit his friend Bob (Scott Bakula), a fellow psychologist currently leading a group therapy session attended by a diverse bunch of nutcases. When Bob is murdered in his own office, Bill takes over the group, only to soon suspect that one of its members may be the killer. But which one? Could it be the grizzled guy with anger issues (Lance Henriksen), the prissy lawyer with OCD (Brad Dourif), the nymphomaniac (Lesley Ann Warren), or the obnoxious artist with an S&M fetish (Kevin J. O'Connor)? Or perhaps it's the weirdo named Ritchie who supposedly has a "gender identity problem" and rarely speaks? Funny how the actor playing that one isn't listed in the credits…

Question: How did this particular cross-section of patients with such wildly different problems wind up in the same therapy group? I'm no psychologist, but I'm skeptical that this is really how group therapy works.

Just as he starts to get involved in that investigation, Capa is sidetracked by the attentions of a flirtatious young woman named Rose (Jane March) who practically throws herself at him. Considering how quickly and frequently she strips off all her clothes while doing so, Capa doesn't mind so much. He probably ought to find her timing a little suspicious, though. And isn't it weird how everybody else in the group – except Ritchie – have also recently found love with mysterious young women who pretty much match Rose's description?

What a conundrum! How will anyone ever solve this mystery?

Color of Night - Jane March & Bruce Willis

Despite being co-written by future Oscar nominee Billy Ray (Captain Phillips) and directed by another Oscar nominee (Richard Rush) whose last film 14 years earlier was the genuinely good cult classic The Stunt Man, Color of Night is a very dumb movie with a plot that doesn't make a lick of sense. The colorblindness premise is silly, and the resolution of the mystery is almost as obvious as it is needlessly convoluted. Willis looks very bored in any scene where he isn't fondling March's breasts or licking the sweat off her midriff. The film's pacing is slack and its suspense set-pieces, including two utterly pointless car chases and a howler where a rattlesnake plays hide-and-seek inside a mailbox, are alternately boring or ludicrous (or both).

It should go without saying that the movie's sex scenes are entirely gratuitous. Jane March's only previous acting credit was the smutty softcore art film The Lover, in which she gained a moment's worth of attention for being very naked and allegedly (though she denied it) having actual intercourse on camera. That set her on an unfortunate career path of being Hollywood's first choice when searching for a young starlet willing to bare some flesh. Just 21-years-old at the time of filming Color of Night opposite the 39-year-old Bruce Willis, March jumps into the nude scenes with seemingly equal eagerness, unafraid to show everything, top to bottom, and let Willis grab and grope and grind against every part of her. The scenes serve no actual narrative purpose, of course, but they are legitimately steamy (literally so in the shower scene!), and ensured that the movie would become a big rental hit on home video even though it flopped in theaters.

To that end, director Richard Rush was apparently incensed that the film's producers cut its length down to a mere 122 minutes and demanded that his own longer cut be released on video. The unrated Director's Cut adds more skeevy sex, including a pretty clear peek at Bruce Willis' little willis, though ironically the R-rated theatrical cut actually has more explicit footage of March in the centerpiece pool-sex scene. In addition to the lascivious bits, the Director's Cut also restores or extends several scenes that help make the plot marginally more coherent. It is, in most respects, the better version ("better" being a relative term considering that both versions are pretty bad), so long as you can forgive it for padding an already dull movie to an almost unconscionable 2 hours and 20 minutes.

The Blu-ray: Vital Disc Stats

Color of Night first appeared on Blu-ray as part of a Mill Creek double feature, paired with the unrelated thriller Playing God. That budget disc had pretty poor picture quality and no extras, but was at least the extended Director's Cut version of the film. Nevertheless, it seemed like shoddy treatment for such an esteemed motion picture.

Recognizing some cult potential in the property, Kino Lorber has stepped up and licensed it from Disney. (The movie originated under Disney's Hollywood Pictures banner.) The new 2-disc Special Edition contains the 122-minute Theatrical Cut and the 140-minute Director's Cut on separate discs. In fact, this may be the first time the Theatrical Cut has been released on home video. As I understand it, all prior DVD and even VHS copies of the movie were the Director's Cut. Both discs are single-layer and have a simple static menu that plays the film's cheesy (yet Golden Globe nominated!) end credits theme song in a loop.

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I made the mistake of watching the Director's Cut first. For a movie whose raisons d'être are its explicit sex scenes, which are promised to be longer and more explicit in the unrated extended version, that seemed like a natural thing to do. Unfortunately, the Director's Cut both looks and sounds absolutely terrible. On the video side, the 1080p/AVC MPEG-4 encode is unmistakably a very old transfer. The picture is soft, grainy and dim. Colors are dull and muddy. Persistent speckles and other damage also mar the source elements. A quick comparison against the old Mill Creek disc shows negligible difference, and I wouldn't be surprised if it's a direct port. It's awful.

Only after finishing that did I put in the Theatrical Cut disc, expecting it to look much the same. Color me surprised to find that it's actually noticeably better – not perfect, mind you, but better. Small differences in framing and picture geometry point to the two versions of the movie having different video transfers, which would probably explain why Kino didn't try to seamlessly branch them from one video file. The Theatrical Cut's 1.85:1 image is decidedly brighter and more colorful. It's also less grainy, but that may be due to the application of some Digital Noise Reduction.

Color of Night Brad Dourif Comparison - Director's Cut

Color of Night Brad Dourif Comparison - Theatrical Cut

The Theatrical Cut is still quite soft. A side-by-side comparison shows little difference in fine object detail between the two transfers. I doubt either Kino or Disney have performed a new film scan. Regardless, the Theatrical Cut is slightly less of an eye sore than the Director's Cut.

Color of Night Bruce Willis in the Window Comparison - Director's Cut

Color of Night Bruce Willis in the Window Comparison - Theatrical Cut

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Not only is the audio on Kino's Director's Cut disc much worse than the Theatrical Cut disc in the same case, it's somehow actually worse than the older Mill Creek Blu-ray. I'd describe it as sounding like listening to a cassette tape recording played back through speakers submerged underwater. The overall volume is weak, music is dull, any loud sounds (like yelling) are shrill, and the bass is terribly bloated. Despite being offered in both DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and 2.0 options, neither has any surround activity at all and both sound equally poor.

As with the video, the Theatrical Cut has much better sound quality. Also provided in 5.1 or 2.0 versions, the audio in both is louder, clearer and richer than the Director's Cut, and has a fair amount of surround activity (mostly music bleed to the rear speakers). This still isn't much of a slam-bang soundtrack; dynamic range is mediocre. However, it takes something awful and raises it to the level of listenable.

The Mill Creek disc didn't have 5.1 at all, just a matrixed 2.0 surround track. When I played the opening scene through the Dolby Surround Upmixer in my receiver and heard activity in the surround channels, I knew this was not the same soundtrack from the Kino Director's Cut. It sounds much more like the Theatrical Cut audio. I'm left perplexed by what could have happened to Kino's copy.

Color of Night - Peek-a-Boo!

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As a notorious flop, Color of Night had never previously been granted the benefit of bonus features on home video. Kino rectifies that with a few new items.

  • Audio Commentary by Director Richard Rush (Director's Cut) – An elderly man now who apparently feels that he has nothing to lose, the filmmaker comes prepared to dish the dirt on this troubled production. He starts with a shockingly frank description of the assessment and decision-making behind Jane March's casting. He also suggests that Bruce Willis let his fame go to his head, but Rush reserves most of his ire for producer Andrew Vajna, with whom he has considerable bad blood. Rush runs out of prepared comments after about half an hour and the commentary loses steam as he spends the rest of the track responding to questions from a moderator.
  • Audio Commentary by Screenwriter Matthew Chapman (Theatrical Cut) – The co-writer of the film opens his commentary by, in a polite and respectful way, trash-talking the original script by Billy Ray and calling his own draft more believable. At the same time, he acknowledges that the movie perhaps didn't turn out as well as hoped. Disappointingly, Chapman seems forgetful and needs repeated prompting by his moderator. The track is kind of dull on the whole.
  • Trailer (SD, 2 min.) – Available only in terrible 4:3 standard-def, the cheeseball preview tries very hard to make the movie look exciting.
  • Animated Image Gallery (HD, 2 min.) – A brief montage of behind-the-scenes photos and poster art.


Color of Night - Sexy Sex

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Color of Night was (most would say rightly) savaged by critics during its release in 1994 and has not exactly experienced any sort of re-appreciation in the meantime – nor does it deserve to. The film is best watched ironically with a mind to mock it. On those terms, it's actually pretty entertaining and has developed a cult following, as absurdly bad movies often do.

Kino Lorber attempts to serve that audience with a Special Edition Blu-ray reissue that offers both versions of the movie and a couple of new commentary tracks. Sadly, the core video and audio quality are lacking, which greatly tempers my enthusiasm for it.

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