This 80s cult horror film gets as good a spruce up as it can on Blu-ray, but don’t expect any miracles for this low budget, 16mm B-movie.
Archives for September 2011
Despite the video and audio being passable at best, the included features and quality of the film still make this one worth recommending.
The Hour resembles Broadcast News with a thriller interwoven, but its plot tends to get a bit confusing. Even so, it is an interesting and sleekly produced BBC drama well worth a look.
This musical comedy from Australia, based on a stage musical, doesn’t quite transition well to big screen, seeming a bit clumsy and superficial, but it is still an aural and visual treat on Blu-ray.
Scream 4 seems formulaic at this point in the franchise, but t still manages to offer up some scares and unlikely twists.
Emma may be a pleasant adaptation of Jane Austen’s work, but as a Blu-ray it is a major disappointment, showing very little effort on the part of StudioCanal.
Airplane is as funny as I remember it, if not even more so. With solid video and audio, a few features and a great price, fans will want to scoop this one up immediately.
Michael Mann’s stylish film Manhunter marked the first appearance of the frightening character Hannibal Lecktor on the big screen, this time as played by Brian Cox (Troy; The Bourne Identity), and while it isn’t quite as chilling as The Silence of the Lambs, it is thrilling in its own right.
Claude Chabrol’s second feature, Les cousins, was a mirror image of his first, Le beau Serge. More successful than the former, the complex morality play that mixed elements of farce, romance, thriller, and film noir would go on to help define and vindicate the nouvelle vague.
The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad arrives with good video and decent audio but with no features. Due to this, I’d have to recommend a rental for this one.