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19 April 2015

Well Go USA battles for SUPREMACY (Blu-ray review)

Inspired by true events, SUPREMACY is the story of Garrett Tully (Joe Anderson), a white supremacist out just one day from his fifteen year prison stint when he murders a black police officer.  He and his girlfriend (Dawn Olivieri) ditch their truck and take a black family hostage, but the father (Danny Glover) is also an ex-con and has an insight into the racist mindset and attempts to protect his family without violence.  Evan Ross and Anson Mount also star.

REVIEW LINK: Well Go USA (US) Region A Blu-ray (DVDCompare)

SUPREMACY Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 2.40:1 widescreen
  • English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo
  • Behind the Scenes
  • Theatrical Trailer

18 April 2015

Entertainment One reads THE BOOK OF NEGROES (review)

In BET and CBC's epic six part miniseries adaptation of the Lawrence Hill novel THE BOOK OF NEGROES, young Aminata is stolen from Africa and enslaved in South Carolina.  As she escapes to New York and is caught up in the Revolutionary War, her intellect, compassion, and desire to return home influence the lives of others determined not to become slaves again on an exodus to Nova Scotia and then to Sierra Leone as they endeavor to live free.  Louis Gossett Jr., Cuba Gooding Jr., and Jane Alexander guest star.

REVIEW LINK: Entertainment One (US) Region 1 NTSC DVD (DVDCompare)

  • 16:9 anamorphic 1.78:1 widescreen
  • English Dolby Digital 5.1
  • English Closed Captioning
  • Disc One:
    • Episodes 1-3
    • Featurettes: "Amistad" and "The Black Loyalists"
  • Disc Two:
    • Episodes 4-6
    • Deleted Scenes (30 minutes)
  • Disc Three:
    • Interviews with the Cast and Crew (2 1/2 hours)
    • Behind the Scenes
    • Conversation with author Lawrence Hill
  • Booklet by author Lawrence Hill

16 April 2015

Tribeca Film rests BESIDE STILL WATERS (review)

In actor Chris Lowell's warm and comic directorial debut BESIDE STILL WATERS, Daniel has tragically lost both of his parents in a car accident and seeks to recapture more innocent days with his childhood friends during a weekend get-together at his family's lake house before it is foreclosed.  When his first love shows up with a fiance, his friends conspire to help him win her back only for secrets and resentments to rise to the surface as the booze flows and the party games get more aggressive.

REVIEW LINK: Tribeca Film/Cinedigm (US) Region 0 NTSC DVD (DVDCompare)

  • 16:9 anamorphic 1.85:1 widescreen
  • English Dolby Digital 5.1 and 2.0 stereo
  • English Closed Captioning
  • Audio Commentary by director Chris Lowell and producer Mohit Narang
  • Behind the Scenes featurette
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Alternate Ending (with optional commentary)

14 April 2015

Revolver Entertainment's ANGELS OF DARKNESS (review)

In this modern day telling of J. Sheridan Le Fanu's vampire story "Carmilla", an art historian and his troubled daughter Lara travel to the communist-controlled province of Styria to rescue a series of murals from a medieval castle about to be demolished.  When Lara rescues gypsy girl Carmilla from a car crash, the two begin a chaotic friendship that riles up local superstitions when crops whither and the local maidens go mad and become suicidal.

REVIEW LINK: Revolver Entertainment (US) Region 0 NTSC DVD (DVDBeaver)

  • 16:9 anamorphic 1.73:1 widescreen
  • English Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo

Second Run DVD tastes Vera Chytilova's FRUIT OF PARADISE (DVD review)

Vera Chytilova's follow-up to DAISIES is an experimental retelling of the story of Adam and Eve (with a side of Bluebeard) in which Ewa and her husband Josef are wiling away holiday time at a boarding house when they encounter temptation from Robert, a devilishly charming fellow guest who may also be a literal ladykiller.

REVIEW LINK: Second Run DVD (UK) Region 0 PAL DVD (DVDBeaver)

  • 4:3 non-anamorphic 1.33:1 fullscreen
  • Czech Dolby Digital 2.0 mono
  • Optional English subtitles
  • Short film "Ceiling (Strop)"
  • 20-page booklet by author/film programmer Peter Hames
More Second Run DVD reviews at Update the Tags: Second Run DVD.

Scream Factory mounts an ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK (review)

Snake Plissken blasts his way back onto Blu-ray in this Scream Factory special edition.  When Air Force One is hijacked and the President's escape pod crashes in the middle of the Manhattan Island prison, outlaw Snake Plissken is sent in to rescue him and recover a valuable audio tape recording to avert nuclear war.  Kurt Russell, Adrienne Barbeau, Lee Van Cleef, Ernest Borgnine, Harry Dean Stanton, Tom Atkins, Charles Cyphers, and Isaac Hayes star in John Carpenter's action classic.

REVIEW LINK: Scream Factory/Shout! Factory (US) Region A Blu-ray (DVD Drive-in)

  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 2.35:1 widescreen
  • English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and 2.0 stereo
  • Optional English subtitles
  • Audio Commentary by actress Adrienne Barbeau and director of photography Dean Cundey
  • Audio Commentary by director John Carpenter and actor Kurt Russell
  • Audio Commentary by producer Debra Hill and production designer Joe Alves
  • "Big Challenges in Little Manhattan: The Visual Effects of ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK"
  • "Scoring the Escape: A Discussion with composer Alan Howarth"
  • "On Set with John Carpenter: The Images of ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK"
  • "I Am Taylor" an interview with actor Joe Unger
  • "My Night on Set" interview with filmmaker David DeCoteau
  • Deleted Scene: The Original Opening Bank Robbery Sequence (with optional audio commentary by
  • John Carpenter and Kurt Russell)
  • "Return to Escape from New York" featurette
  • 2 Theatrical Trailers
  • Movie Stills and Behind the Scenes Photos Gallery
  • Posters and Lobby Cards Gallery
  • Slipcover
  • Reversible Cover
More Scream Factory reviews at Review Archive: Scream Factory.

13 April 2015

Vinegar Syndrome treats LITTLE SISTERS' POWDER BURNS (review)

In this double billing of extremely rare Alex de Renzy (PRETTY PEACHES) films, a mother encounters lesbians, gay monks, crossdressers, and more as she attempts to rescue her daughters from pirates in the hippie fairy tale LITTLE SISTERS.  POWDER BURNS is a meta-western in which the Sewerpipe Creek sheriff hits upon a plan to fleece the outlaw McNasty Brothers of their money and collect the reward on them for their capture with the help of a topless dancer.

REVIEW LINK: Vinegar Syndrome (US) Region 0 NTSC DVD (DVD Drive-in)

  • 4:3 non-anamorphic 1.33:1 fullscreen
  • English Dolby Digital 1.0 mono
More Vinegar Syndrome reviews at Update the Tags: Vinegar Syndrome.
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