Big Trouble in Little China Blu-Ray review

Big Trouble in Little China Blu-Ray Review

Big Trouble In Little China is one of my favorite movies of all time. It may be a guilty pleasure to some but to me this ultimate Kurt Russell and John Carpenter at their best. Some of the special effects are campy sure, but it’s so much to watch and this new transfer from Scream Factory/ Shout Factory! Is brilliant. The video quality is the best I’ve ever seen it on Blu-ray it pretty much looks like 4K quality which is big kudos to Scream Factory on the reason why they are simply the best at upgrading cult classics. The audio on Blu is simply breathtaking it sounds fantastic in surround sound.

Kurt Russell probably gives one of his best performances of his career and since the launch of Disney+ you can check him out in titles like The Computer That wore tennis shoes to see how far he came under John Carpenter’s direction they are simply an amazing team.

The new Blu-ray is packed with special features that will keep you occupied and pleased for hours.

Overall grade:

5/5

Written by:

AJ Friar

The Fly Collection 2019 Review

The Fly Collection Shout Factory 2019 Review

Whew, this is why we love movies. It never ceases to amaze me what Shout Factory and Scream Factory can do with their catalog of films. This time we review the epic The Fly Collection which features all of The Fly films including The Fly 2 on Blu-ray Disc for the first time and it is worthy of the wait. I personally have never seen the original sequels to the original Fly before or the sequel to the remake so this was a real treat.

It took me a while to review this because it came with 5 films and I wanted to watch them in their entirety before I gave my review. The picture transfer is brilliantly stunning the sound transfer in this new collection is out of this world. I believe that it only helps I have a 75” QLED Samsung 4K TV.

The Fly: The original masterpiece is one of my favorite all-time Vincent Price movies. I haven’t seen it in years and this new transfer was amazing to see if you never seen The Fly and are a newbie to the genre I highly recommend this film collection to add to your library.

”When scientist Andre Delambre (Al Hedison) tests his matter transporter on himself, an errant housefly makes its way into the transportation chamber, and things go horribly wrong. As a result, Delambre’s head and arm are now that of the insect. Slowly losing himself to the fly, Delambre turns to his wife, Helene (Patricia Owens), for help. But when tragedy strikes, Delambre’s brother (Vincent Price) and Inspector Charas (Herbert Marshall) are forced to pick up the investigation.”

The Return Of The Fly: While this is not as great as the original The Return of the Fly is still an awfully fun movie to watch with your brain checked at the door it’s just a fun simple schlock theater entertainment.

”Philippe Delambre (Brett Halsey) has been wrestling with his family legacy for years, knowing that his father perished as a result of his experiments in teleportation. Though warned by his uncle Francois (Vincent Price), Philippe insists on refurbishing his father’s laboratory and continuing his investigations. The idea would be bad enough on its own, but Philippe hires an assistant who calls himself Alan Hinds (David Frankham) but is actually a wanted criminal.”

The Curse of the Fly: The third installment of the original franchise is the oddball out of the bunch, which means it felt like a made for TV movie and wasn’t up to par with the first two but it is still serviceable to the fans of the original franchise especially if you haven’t seen it before or haven’t seen it in decades ago.

”Scantily clad Patricia Stanley (Carole Gray) breaks out of a mental hospital and is picked up by passing motorist Martin Delambre (George Baker). The two do not reveal much about themselves to each other, but nevertheless decide to get married. At the Delambre family mansion, Patricia meets Martin’s father, Henri (Brian Donlevy), an eccentric scientist. Snooping about the grounds, she discovers evidence of the family’s strange experiments in teleportation and the grisly results thereof.”

The Fly(REMAKE): The Fly remake starring the one and only Jeff Goldblum, is such a fantastic science fiction remake of the original The Fly. Jeff is simply flat out amazing in his role for the film. Fans of this will also enjoy the new transfer along with the stellar extras on the disc which is jammed packed. The special features include new interviews with producers Mel Brooks and Stuart Cornfeld. Deleted scenes, Alternate Ending, New Audio commentary, 3-Part documentary: The cinema of David Cronenberg.

The Fly 2: The Fly 2 is definitely a product of its time the VFX looks really campy like they had the same team from Clive Barker’s Nightbreed and Spawn. The acting is good however, that is what mainly keeps the sequel afloat, the plot is tried and true at this point so I can see why they never committed to making a third installment of the remake.

”Anton Bartok (Lee Richardson), the CEO of a research laboratory, acts as the self-appointed guardian of orphan Martin Brundle, whose father had been a researcher at the lab. Though Martin is scarcely five, he has the appearance of a 20-year-old (Eric Stoltz) because of mutant insectoid genes in his system. Martin grows up confined to the laboratory, unaware of his true nature, with only pretty scientist Beth Logan (Daphne Zuniga) to call a friend. Soon, the fly within begins to emerge.”

Overall grade for the release:

5/5 stars

In Bright Axiom Review 2019

In Bright Axiom 2019 Review

In Bright Axiom is a unique mocumentary which is a fake documentary given to us like a real documentary. It’s such a weird and bizarre experience to really give a straight forward review to for those who want to see it you just have to see to fully believe it. It is one of the best mocumentaries in recent years. The synopsis for the film is weird itself.

Synopsis:

a docu-fantasy adventure to explore the unique and unusual House of the Latitude, where participants are forced to expand their notion of reality and their ability to trust the unknown in order to fully participate in this social experiment.

Now as strange as that seems it’s stranger than fiction mentality really pays off it’s a bold move for the director to attempt something like this and for it to pay off the way it did was fascinating to see.

Overall grade:

4/5

Mary 2019 Blu-Ray review

Mary Blu-Ray Review

MARY stars Academy Award winner Gary Oldman (Darkest Hour, The Dark Knight), Emily Mortimer (Mary Poppins Returns, Lars and the Real Girl), Manuel Garcia-Rulfo (Murder on the Orient Express, The Magnificent Seven), Stefanie Scott (Beautiful Boy, Insidious: Chapter 3), Chloe Perrin (“Single Parents,” The Diabolical), Douglas Urbanski (RoboCop, The Social Network), with Jennifer Esposito (“The Boys,” “NCIS”) and Owen Teague (It, It Chapter 2). The film was directed by Michael Goi (“American Horror Story,” “Scream Queens”) and was written by Anthony Jaswinski (The Shallows, “Kristy”).

Mary tells the story of David (Academy Award Winner Gary Oldman) is a struggling blue-collar captain looking to make a better life for his family. Strangely drawn to an abandoned ship that is up for auction, David impulsively buys the boat, believing it will be his family’s ticket to happiness and prosperity. But soon after they embark on their maiden journey, strange and frightening events begin to terrorize David and his family, causing them to turn on one another and doubt their own sanity. With tensions high, the ship drifts off course, and it becomes horrifyingly clear that they are being lured to an even greater evil out at sea.

The suspense is very well-grounded here and I thought the acting was up to par as far as independent horror movies go. Sometimes when they usually get a name like Gary Oldman involved with the production you can tell if the actor is up for the part of the paycheck. Here he really does a good job of keeping the audience interested in the story. The supporting cast also does an excellent job of carrying the script which can be clunky at times but still exceptional.

As far as the Blu-ray Disc the sound and picture transfer is stunning. There are hardly any extras to speak on which is my only knock on the release.

Overall grade:

4/5

Road Games(1981) Blu-Ray Review

Road Games(1981) Blu-Ray Review

Scream Factory has done it again and this why I compare them to Criterion. They simply handpick movies that are some unknown and lesser-known film starring well-known actors and this is no different. I have honestly never heard of Road Games until they sent me the movie to review and it was very stunning. The transfer was spot on and gorgeous the audio was also amazing to hear on my 7.1 surround system. The movie itself was a great slow-burn movie that is kind of a unique spin o ’Duel’ and ’Wake in Fright’ you could tell movies like this influenced current greats like The Coen Brothers.

If you are not already familiar with the movie the synopsis is as follows.

An Australian trucker (Stacy Keach) picks up a hitchhiking heiress (Jamie Lee Curtis) and the trail of a killer in a green van.

There are tons of new special features on the Scream Factory release including tons of interviews featuring Stacy Keach. 1980 Script Read with Stacy Keach and Marion Edwards. Composer Brian May Music Demos accompanied by stills and poster gallery, Kangaroo Hitchcock the making of Road Games, Audio interviews with Richard Franklin, Stacy Keach and Grant Page.

Overall grade:

5/5 another stunner from Scream Factory!!!

The Shed 2019 Review

The Shed 2019 Review

The Shed is a phenomenal movie that features a lot of suspense thrills and dread amongst its characters that is reminiscent of Rivers Edge. Jay Jay Warren is flat out awesome as Stan he carries the movie with a demanding emotionally driven role that is stunning to watch.

After the death of his parents, teenager Stan is living with his strict grandfather in his farmhouse and life isn’t exactly going great. The girl he fancies at school is now hanging out with the school bully, Marble, who just so happens to torment Stan and his mate Dommer on a near-daily basis. So when he comes home to find something or someone lurking in his grandfather’s shed, he sends in the dog to go get it with bone-crunching consequences. Freaking out, he has no choice but to tell his abusive grandfather Ellis who decides to venture into the shed and sort it out himself despite Stan’s pleas. As you can imagine, this doesn’t end well for Ellis and suddenly Stan finds himself more alone than he’s ever felt. Unable to tell the authorities, as that would result in him being taken into care or back to borstal, he’s stuck with a ticking time bomb in his shed that he must conceal whilst trying to cover the fact that his sole guardian has been ripped to shreds.

The cast is really good here, with very few bumps along the way. Sure, it isn’t a perfect movie but it is recommended especially if you have ever read the book called A God In The Shed. It’s a cool little flick that goes a long way.

3/5 stars.

The Fare 2019 review

The Fare Review 2019  
The Fare is a new movie from Dread Centeral it plays off like Chasing Amy meets Twilight Zone. It is a really cool movie to watch if your a fan of science fiction and Romance. 
Gino Pesi gives a star turning peformance as Harris. Gino is really chairsmatic here as the cab driver. The way the movie plays out its like he is stuck in own pugatory. 
As he keeps meeting Penny(Brinna Kelly) over and over again and she pleads with him to remember her next time. 
Brinna Kelly also is really screen comanding in this film there hasn’t been many great science fiction romance films in a long time The Fare makes up for the missteps of the genre. 
I do want to warn audiences however it is a slow burn but if you like films like A Ghost Story you should really dig The Fare a lot. 
It’s a film your rather going to get a lot from or very little. I’m one of the people that got a lot from viewing The Fare. 
The synopsis is as follows for The Fare: 
When a charming fare named Penny climbs into his taxi cab, Harris, her world-weary driver, finds himself engaged in the only kind of courtship he can have with a passenger — one that lasts as long as her trip. That is, right up until she disappears from the back seat without a trace. When confusion gives way to reality, he resets his meter and is instantaneously transported back to the moment when she climbed into his cab. As he and Penny find themselves trapped in an endless nighttime cab ride, with only each other for company, secrets will be revealed, truths will come to light, and Harris’ entire life will be changed forever
Final grade:
4/5

Primal 2019 Review

Primal 2019 Review

Primal is a new movie from Lionsgate starring Nicholas Cage in top form this brings back us back to his career redeeming role in Mandy last year. There is now chewing up the scenery that he is infamous for. Here in Primal he is pretty much grounded and for those who like his adventure films like Con-Air will love this film. There are some horror elements to keep the genre fans interested in this film. Kevin Durand plays a dangerous killer named Richard and he plays it like Silence of The Lambs here which is why I think horror fans can let this be a popcorn movie and pure entertainment they can really like this film because Kevin Durand is really special here. Michael Imperioli has a great small part in this film as well most know him from his star turning role on HBO’s The Sopranos.

Famke Janssen is also a real treat to watch in Primal it’s probably her most entertaining role in a really long time.

The synopsis is a little bit of a run of the mill typical adventure film.

Hunter and collector Frank Walsh expects a big payday after bagging a priceless white jaguar for a zoo. But the ship bearing Frank’s precious cargo has another predator. A political assassin facing extradition to America.

There’s something about the casts chemistry to keep this thing afloat.

5/5 stars

Jason Goes to Hell documentary: Hearts of Darkness: The Making of The Final Friday indiegogo going strong.

The Final Friday the 13th Jason Goes To Hell documentary “Hearts of Darkness: The Making of The Final Friday”

Over the years, Jason Goes To Hell has divided fans of the Friday the 13th franchise and has since gained a cult following. Adam Marcus, Allie Rivera, TJ Bowser and Nick Hunt have been really hard at this campaign, which began last month and is ending in 25 days.

Their main focus on making this film is to tell the untold story of why a major studio would let a first-time director direct the biggest horror franchise in film history and allow them to kill Jason in the first 10 minutes of the film.

Our friend Adam Marcus, the director of Jason Goes To Hell, recently launched a campaign for a documentary for Jason Goes To Hell The Final Friday, the most controversial installment of the franchise. It is now sitting at 68% funded, which is an impressive achievement, but we need your help to get it completely funded. There’s plenty of amazing perks that diehard Friday the 13th fans would love, including one-of-a-kind Bill Hunt-drawn pictures exclusive to the campaign, the iconic Jason is Dead 2 for 1 Burger sale sign, a custom Diana Kimble doll and other exclusives to the campaign. Also, a really amazing perk is the ultimate Hock stand, as well as an incredible dagger replica from the film.

Whether you’re a fan of the film or not, Adam Marcus has said that he is not making a fluff piece. There will be honesty in the documentary that will make him cringe. It will be the perfect documentary whether you’re a fan or not.

$10 dollars will help the Indiegogo campaign a lot!

Here is the link to the Indiegogo campaign.

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/hearts-of-darkness-the-making-of-the-final-friday#/

Eegah Blu-Ray Review

Eegah Blu-Ray Review

Eegah is a 1962 schlock theater type horror movie that is best watched with a group of people like The Room and Velocipastor it’s a wild ride that even Mystery Science Theater 3000 had to get in on in its hay day. It has to be seen to be believed it was made with the rebel without a crew style that made Robert Rodriguez famous and paved the way for Drive in horror films that became our favorites so now we take a look back on Eegah that tells the following storie.

After Roxy Miller (Marilyn Manning) encounters enormous caveman Eegah (Richard Kiel) while driving down a remote California road, her writer father, Robert (William Watters), heads out to the desert to prove his daughter’s claims are true. Once there, Robert is knocked unconscious and trapped in Eegah’s cave, where he gains some insight into prehistoric life. But, when Roxy and her boyfriend, Tom (Arch Hall Jr.), come to rescue Robert, Eegah grows fond of the girl and refuses to let her leave.

Now yes this is a movie you should know what to expect when there’s a mystery science theater 3000 episode on it so take it as it may it is actually quite enjoyable the 4K restoration is phenomenally well executed the color just pops off the screen now I had the privilege of watching this off my 75” Inch Samsung QLED TV and it was just incredible eye popping visually on this Blu-Ray release.

The sound however has its struggles throughout dipping in and out at some points of the transfer though I cannot fully fault the studio on that it was probably filmed that way and that was the best they could do with such a shoestring budgeted film like Eegah I really did have fun watching this late Saturday night it was really a blast to see it for the first time on this format.

The Special features included

The Mystery Science Theater 3000 episode

A retrospective interview with Arch Hall Jr where he talks about keeping the film inside the family and how his family members made cameos throughout the film.

Also an retrospective interview with Joel Hodsson where he takes a look back at the Mystery Science Theater 3000 episode and talks about meeting Arch Hall Jr.

Overall grade for the Blu-Ray release

5/5 stars