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25 April 2018

LionsGate takes on BRAVEN (review)

Jason Momoa stars in this thriller as a logging company manager whose trip with his father and daughter to the family cabin turns into a war when heroin runners surround the property in search of a hidden stash of drugs.  Stephen Lang, Jill Wagner, and Garret Dillahunt star.

REVIEW LINK: Lionsgate (US) Region A Blu-ray (DVDCompare)

BRAVEN Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 2.40:1 widescreen
  • English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
  • Optional English SDH and Spanish subtitles
  • "The Braven's Views" featurette
  • Trailers

23 April 2018

Kino Lorber becomes STAGE STRUCK (Review)

Gloria Swanson plays a waitress who decides to become a big star when her pancake flipping crush falls for a riverboat performer in the comedy STAGE STRUCK featuring two-color Techicolor sequences.

REVIEW LINK: Kino Lorber (US) Region A Blu-ray (DVDCompare)

STAGE STRUCK Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.33:1 pillarboxed fullscreen
  • Andrew Simpson Piano Score DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Stereo
  • Audio Commentary by film historian Frederic Lombadi
  • Essay booklet by film historian Farran Smith Nehme

Universal Pictures infiltrates DEN OF THIEVES (review)

Gerard Butler, Pablo Schrieber, O'Shea Jackson Jr., and Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson star in the heist thriller DEN OF THIEVES in which the Los Angles County Sheriff's Department are on the hunt for armored car thieves after a shootout that leaves four of their own dead.

REVIEW LINK: Universal Pictures (US) Region A Blu-ray/Region 1 NTSC DVD (DVDCompare)

DEN OF THIEVES Blu-ray/DVD combo specs:
  • Blu-ray:
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 2.40:1 widescreen
    • English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
  • DVD:
    • 16:9 anamorphic 2.40:1 widescreen
    • English Dolby Digital 5.1
  • Optional English SDH and Spanish subtitles
  • Audio Commentary
  •  with Director Christian Gudegast and Producer Tucker Tooley
  • Alternate Ending
  • Featurettes:
    • Alpha MalesI
    • Into the Den
    • Alameda Corridor
  • Outtakes - Deleted and Extended Scenes
  • Two Theatrical Trailers

Vinegar Syndrome reels in BLOOD HOOK (review)

At the height of Muskie Madness season, one fisherman is out to hook more than fish as he reels in innocent victims with a giant fish hook in this eighties Troma slasher.

REVIEW LINK: Vinegar Syndrome (US) Region ALL Blu-ray/Region 0 NTSC DVD (DVD Drive-in)

BLOOD HOOK Blu-ray/DVD combo specs:
  • Blu-ray:
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.66:1 widescreen
    • English DTS-HD Master Audio 1.0 mono
  • DVD:
    • 16:9 anamorphic 1.66:1 widescreen
    • English Dolby Digital 1.0 mono
  • Optional English SDH subtitles
  • Interview with director Jim Mallon
  • Interview with actress Lisa Todd
  • Interview with effects artist Jim Suthers
  • Audio Interview with cinematographer/editor Marsha Kahm
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Revesrible Cover

Kino Lorber tells the LEGEND OF THE MOUNTAIN (review)

From A TOUCH OF ZEN's King Hu comes the ghost story LEGEND OF THE MOUNTAIN in which demons and ghosts menace a scholar tasked with copying a sacred Buddhist sutra that allows its owner to navigate the realms of life and death.  Long available only in a version running over eighty minutes shorter, Kino Lorber presents the film in its orignial three hour director's cut.

REVIEW LINK: Kino Lorber (US) Region A Blu-ray (DVDCompare)

LEGEND OF THE MOUNTAIN Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 2.35:1 widescreen
  • Chinese DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 mono
  • Optional English subtitles
  • Interview with film historian Tony Rayns
  • Video Essay by Travis Crawford
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Still Gallery
  • Booklet by Grady Hendrix

19 April 2018

Paramount and Comedy Central visit BROAD CITY: SEASON 4 (Review)

Ilana and Abbi return for season 4 of BROAD CITY confronting new challenges from jobs and relationships to orgasms and witches!

REVIEW LINK: Comedy Central/Paramount Pictures (US) Region 1 NTSC DVD (DVDCompare)

BROAD CITY: SEASON 4 DVD specs:
  • Ten episodes on two dual-layer DVDs
  • 16:9 anamorphic 1.78:1 widescreen
  • English Dolby Digital 5.1 and 2.0 stereo
  • Optional English SDH subtitles
  • "Hack into BROAD CITY" web shorts
  • "Behind BROAD CITY" featurettes
  • Deleted and Extended Scenes/Outtakes

Paramount and Netflix list 13 REASONS WHY (review)

When high school student Hannah Baker suddenly commits suicide, she leaves behind seven tapes citing thirteen reasons for her decision that rock the lives of those who were close to her and set them against each other in an effort to keep the reasons a secret in this Netflix series based on the novel by Jay Asher and executive produced by Selena Gomez.

REVIEW LINK: Netflix/Paramount Pictures (US) Region 1 NTSC DVD (DVDCompare)

13 REASONS WHY: SEASON 1 DVD specs:
  • Thirteen episodes on three dual-layer DVDs
  • 16:9 anamorphic 1.78:1 widescreen
  • English Dolby Digital 5.1 and English Descriptive Audio Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
  • Optional English and English SDH subtitles
  • Featurettes:
    • "Hannah & Clay: An Unfinished Love Story"
    • "Justin Foley: Not Your Typical Jock"
    • "Discovering Jessica Davis"
    • "Bringing the Book of Life"
    • "13 Things About Me: Dylan Minnette"
    • "13 Things About Me: Justin Prentice"
    • "Beyond the Reasons" Netflix Special

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