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18 December 2018

Umbrella Entertainment charts THE ADVENTURES OF BARRY McKENZIE (review)

Before Bruce Beresford was DRIVING MISS DAISY, he took Dame Edna for a spin in THE ADVENTURES OF BARRY McKENZIE, a film adaptation of the bawdy comic strip in which Aussie yobbo Barry can only inherit money from his late father by traveling to England and spreading the family's intellectual and cultural tradition which includes plenty of beer drinking, brushes with willing and able sheilas, and deploying his one-eyed trouser snake to put out a blazing inferno!

REVIEW LINK: Umbrella Entertainment (AUS) Region 0 PAL DVD (DVDBeaver)

THE ADVENTURES OF BARRY McKENZIE DVD specs:
  • 16:9 anamorphic 1.66:1 widescreen
  • English Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono
  • Introduction by Dame Edna
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Bonus Trailers
  • PDF Screenplay

Umbrella Entertainment entertains on THE BALCONY (review)

As a revolution rages outside in an unnamed republic, the brothel of Madame Irma has its own private world of order in its deployment of fantasy and illusion to give power to its clients.  When the chief of police comes to Madame Irma for help, she concocts an illusion to restore authority to the outside world, but the invasion of a revolutionary leader who may not even exist threatens to visit brutal reality upon fantasy.  Shelly Winters, Lee Grant, Peter Falk, Ruby Dee, and Leonard Nimoy star.

REVIEW LINK: Umbrella Entertainment (AUS) Region 0 NTSC DVD (DVDBeaver)

THE BALCONY DVD specs:
  • 4:3 non-anamorphic 1.33:1 fullscreen
  • English Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono

Big World Pictures celebrates MARIE CURIE: THE COURAGE OF KNOWLEDGE (review)

This biopic of the first female winner of the Nobel Prize (twice) examines her struggles in the aftermath of her husband's death to continue pursuing the use of radium in treating cancer, dealing with the sexism of her colleagues at the Sorbonne and the Academy of Scienes, and the scandalous love affair that threatened her reputation purely based on her gender.

REVIEW LINK: Big World Pictures (US) Region 1 NTSC DVD (DVDBeaver)

MARIE CURIE: THE COURAGE OF KNOWLEDGE DVD specs:
  • 16:9 anamorphic 2.35:1 widescreen
  • French Dolby Digital 5.1 and 2.0 Stereo
  • Burnt-in English subtitles
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Previews 

Big World Pictures treats SCARRED HEARTS (review)

From the director of AFERIM! this loose depiction of the short life of Romanian writer Max Blecher follows his admission to a private clinic to treat tuberculosis requiring him to spend his days in a full body cast where he learns that his fellow patients have found ways to adapt to their situation and live life to its fullest.

REVIEW LINK: Big World Pictures (US) Region 1 NTSC DVD (DVDBeaver)

SCARRED HEARTS DVD specs:
  • 16:9 anamorphic 1.30:1 pillarboxed fullscreen
  • Romanian Dolby Digital 5.1 and 2.0 Stereo
  • Burnt-in English subtitles
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Previews 

Kino Lorber unveils CLOUZOT: THE EARLY WORKS (review)

Before he became known for thrillers like LES DIABOLIQUES and WAGES OF FEAR, director Henri-George Clouzot toiled away as a screenwriter for roughly a decade, learning cinematic grammar and honing his style on a series of melodramas, farces, and musicals of which six are included here along with his short film directorial debut.

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

CLOUZOT: THE EARLY WORKS Blu-ray specs:
  • Six films and one short on two BD50 discs
  • Disc One:
    • Dragnet Night (1931)
    • I'll Be Alone After Midnight (1931)
    • The Unknown Singer (1931)
    • Short - The Terror of Batignolles (1931)
  • Disc Two:
    • My Cousin from Warsaw (1931)
    • Tell Me Tonight (1932)
    • Dream Castle (1933)
  • Booklet Essay by film critic Peter Tonguette

13 December 2018

Eureka Classics defends KHARTOUM (Review)

Charlton Heston is a British general who goes up against Laurence Olivier's chosen one who wages a holy war in the Sudan in the epic KHARTOUM.  Also starring Richard Johnson and Ralph Richardson.

REVIEW LINK: Eureka (UK) Region B Blu-ray/Region 2 NTSC DVD (DVDCompare)

KHARTOUM Blu-ray/DVD combo specs:
  • Blu-ray:
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 2.76:1 widescreen
    • English LPCM 2.0 Stereo
  • DVD:
    • 16:9 anamorphic 2.76:1 widescreen
    • English Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
  • Optional English HoH subtitles
  • Audio Commentary by film historians Nick Reman, Julie Kirgo, and screenwriter Lem Dobbs
  • Interview with film historian Sheldon Hall
  • Theatrical Trailer

11 December 2018

Paramount cracks the code for SCORPION: THE COMPLETE SERIES (Review)

Based on the life of genius Walter O'Brien, the outlandishly entertaining series SCORPION follows a group of super geniuses, lead by a Homeland Security agent and a waitress who translates the normal world for them, as they fight crime, take on dramatic rescues, and avert catastrophe over four seasons.

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

SCORPION: THE COMPLETE SERIES DVD specs:
  • Ninety-three episodes on twenty-four dual-layer DVDs
  • 16:9 anamorphic 1.78:1 widescreen
  • English Dolby Digital 5.1 and 2.0 Surround
  • Optional English SDH (all seasons) and Portuguese (seasons 1 and 2) subtitles
  • Four audio commentaries
  • Four season overviews
  • Four season gag reels
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Featurettes on casting, crew, scoring, design, stunts, and visual effects
  • Slipcover
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