blu-ray review


Re-watched Snowpiercer on blu-ray today and I just wanted to post this. It’s the Korean blu-ray release, premium limited edition steelbook set includes a 188 page art book. And here’s a sneak peek at some pages from it. (The left one in the first pic. The right one is the steelbook case for size comparison) The book is filled with production drawings, pictures, behind the scenes snapshots, biographies and history of the film. Yep, it’s pretty sick


Ex Machina (2015) - dir. Alex Garland

A highly-intelligent sci-fi thriller and an overall breathtaking debut from Alex Garland. Garland is no stranger to the genre, having penned Sunshine and 28 Days Later, but Ex Machina shows a maturity and sophisticated level of filmmaking not found in his previous films. The script is tight, the effects are dynamic, and the performances from the three leads are outstanding. I don’t have a negative thing to say about this film, it’s a beautiful morality play, and if you could rig the costume correctly this would also make a brilliant stageplay.

Perhaps I’m a little biased since I love Domnhall Gleeson (but here he’s a blonde!) and Oscar Isaac (who perfectly acts as both the smartest and toughest person in the room), but I’m really floored by this film. I’ll need to see it again to know exactly where to place it, but know that it’s among the finest science fiction films I’ve ever seen.



THE DIARY OF A TEENAGE GIRL is now out on Blu-ray/DVD & Digital HD in the US. Entertainment Weekly listed it on their Must List this week [x

Alexander Skarsgård and Kristen Wiig offer standout support in this smart, poignant coming-of-age tale, evocatively set in ‘70′s San Francisco.

Here are some of the reasons why owning the Blu-ray is so beneficial:

1) You get to own the movie!! Duh, what could be better than watching it anytime you want in your own home! [Read me & Miss E.’s 10 reasons to watch it here]

2) The “making of” featurette called “Marielle’s Journey: Bringing the Diary to Life” - so many interviews with Marielle Heller, Bel Powley Alexander Skarsgård, Kristen Wiig, Madeline Samit, Jorma Taccone, Brandon Trost and Jonah Markowitz - this is NOT the same video[x] that was previously released for the UK DVD. There are tons of behind-the-scenes clips and interviews on set and also from July 2015 (I think). Lots of Skarsbrow action!  [23 minutes long]

3) The Q&A that was done at a SAG screening in July by moderator Jenelle Riley with Marielle Heller, Bel Powley & Alexander Skarsgård.  [25 minutes long]

4) 3 deleted scenes: one with Kristen Wiig, one scene with Minnie and her friends Chuck, Kimmie and Frankie and a clip that Minnie made of her cat Domino. (sorry, no Alex)

5) The trailer for Diary. (I always like what they include the trailer)

6) Probably my favorite thing - The COMMENTARY track of Marielle Heller, Bel Powley & Alexander Skarsgård talking through the ENTIRE movie (even past the last cartoon penis at the end of the credits!) You get to hear so much insight on how the film was made, the extras that you may not have caught when you saw the movie like Mari’s dad and Jorma’s grandma and find out why Alex joked he did not ice down his penis. All of the inside info on the fabulous music in the film from the fabulous Nate Heller and others…There is so much to enjoy!

PLUS!! The fabulous Miss E. is back to provide her third review on the Blu-Ray:

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Stu review: Cannibal Holocaust Blu ray.
Director: Ruggero Deodato
Released by: Shameless screen entertainment.

Stu kicks off Horror film month with the notorious Cannibal Holocaust -now on Blu ray with the new directors cut. Do you have the stomach for it - or indeed, the silverware? 

Who has a previously cut version of CH? Anyone? That 2 disc version with ‘House by the edge of the park’ released by VIPCO? Well that was my introduction to CH all those years ago - and it was a raw clever movie - one of the much better inductees into the 'British banned list’ -it has the power to shock, its handheld camera parts took away the safety net of conventional filming methods when the world had yet to deal with the true horror of reality tv and brought up the message that maybe we, the 'civilised’ people, can be just as barbaric. And I felt that way about the cut version, imagine my surprise at seeing the blu ray with Deodato’s new edit.

Cannibal Holocaust is the tale of a professor (Robert Kerman) who goes in search of a missing film crew who went into the Amazon jungle to film a documentary. Halfway through, the professor discovers the missing cans of film and sees just what really happened to the crew. So its a film of two halves, the trek to find them, and the watching of the film footage of Alan Yates (Carl Gabriel Yorke) and co.

So how does that re-edit sit? Well, for all the director’s claims that he’s toned down the animal violence, there is still alot of animal violence shown, so animal lovers be warned - its not pretty and part of why this movie stayed so heavily cut/ reviled for years. Deodato himself regrets the animal scenes as no animals should suffer for just a movie (He was given a suspended sentence and fined - all of which is explained in the special features.). If you’ve only viewed a heavily cut version of the movie previously (as had I with that VIPCO version) you’ll be in for a surprise. It was resubmitted to the bbfc in May 2011 and passed with even less cuts. I felt like i’d fallen asleep on previous watching of CH, wondering why I’d missed out on so much of the movie, (before brain kicked in and I realised the version I had before was cut- i’m clever like that) which shows that CH can still shock and is as powerful and full-on an experience than it ever was, which might be the best compliment to give any horror film. Its certainly not an easy film to watch by any means. 

So the Blu ray specs - yup, its a decent transfer, i’m not going to worry about picture too much unless it really is that awful that I cant see what’s happening and the sound is still there (always a bonus) - Riz Ortoland’s score still able to switch from beautiful to haunting at a moments notice.

Then there is the extras? The features 'long road back from hell’ and 'film and be damned’ give us insight into the filming of CH, to which the back story to the movie’s filming is just as interesting as the movie. Introductions by Deodato to both versions (his re-edit and the original) included on the disc appear before either movie starts, but dont add a huge amount.

Would I recommend? Depends on who to. Definitely to horror fans - like it or not it had an impact not only on films (Blair witch, Cloverfield, reality tv even?) but on the UK’s video viewing laws and has a message - not many films can boast doing all three. To those who’re curious? You’ve been warned, its not for the screamish. To my vet or local MP? Probably not.

4 organs out of 5. Its still one of the films ill pull out at Halloween.


The Fifth Element (1997) - dir. Luc Besson

If you made this film a hundred times, it would almost always be terrible. Somehow, someway, Luc Besson manages to juggle the saturated future, the laughably corny plot, and the over-use of props into a science fiction film that will probably only get better over the ages. There’s nothing overwhelmingly original about the Fifth Element, but that’s the beauty of it. The film plays to the strengths of its genre, actors, and to its crew.

From a purely aesthetic level, the film should astound you. And though the writing is chockfull of cliches, you have to respect the storytelling. It’s an ambitious film that set impossibly high standards for itself, and goes about achieving them in a myriad of palate-cleansing colors, characters and special effects. Bravo Mr. Besson, for successfully creating your own universe on screen. As I watch this film, I can’t help but think that if Besson had been the man behind the Hunger Games franchise… oh man.



[OUAT blu-ray review] It’s not easy to invest a lot of emotion in the sisters’ plight, but thankfully we get Elizabeth Mitchell as the Snow Queen (more of a throwback to the Hans Christian Andersen original story as opposed to the Disney version). Mitchell is excellent as the crafty villain and her back-story, as seen in episodes like “The Snow Queen,” provides a season highlight. [X]