Blu-ray Review: Hannibal

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Distributor: Kino Lorber

Release Date: April 30, 2019

Region: Region A

Length: 02:11:45

Video: 1080P (MPEG-4, AVC)

Main Audio: 5.1 English DTS-HD Master Audio

Subtitles: English SDH

Ratio: 1.85:1

Notes:This package also contains a DVD disc and a digital copy of the film. UHD/Blu-ray Combo and DVD editions of the film are also available for purchase.

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Silence was so well done I couldn’t forget it, but Hannibal takes on a life of its own. It goes in such a different direction… It’s really a psychological thriller and even a love story…” –Ridley Scott (Interview, February 2001)

Fans of Silence of the Lambs had waited nearly an entire decade for a reunion between Clarice Starling and Hannibal Lecter before Thomas Harris made this dream a reality. However, it seems doubtful that any of these people expected the lurid tale that they were given, and there were those who…

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4K UHD Blu-ray Review: The Witch

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Distributor: Lionsgate Films

Release Date: April 23, 2019

Region: Region A

Length: 92 min

Video: 2160P (HEVC, H.265)

Main Audio: 5.1 English DTS-HD Master Audio

Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish

Ratio: 1.66:1

Notes:This package also contains a Blu-ray disc and a digital copy of the film. UHD/Blu-ray Combo and DVD editions of the film are also available for purchase.

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“I was interested in witches and the witch trials, though I was disappointed as a kid that the witches weren’t real. Also, in Salem, people were just so over-the-top at Halloween. But it’s just the way they talked about the trials in school—you just couldn’t understand what the hell was going on. It wasn’t until I did the research that I really understood how this could happen. In school, it just seemed like, “Oh, superstitious people were stupid and backward, and how terrible is that?” But it’s much more interesting than that.”

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Blu-ray Review: Audition

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Distributor: Arrow Video

Release Date: February 12, 2019

Region: Region A

Length: 01:55:27

Video: 1080P (MPEG-4, AVC)

Main Audio: 5.1 Japanese DTS-HD Audio

Subtitles: English

Ratio: 1.85:1

Notes:This title was previously released on Blu-ray in the US by Shout! Factory, and this new Arrow disc is also available in a Steel Book edition. The two Arrow releases are superior to the earlier Shout! Factory release.

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“All of the elements that people say are a little too much in my films, I never believe is too much. I just think they are supposed to be that way and I don’t want to stop to worry about how people think about my ideas about life. I believe that’s how life is.” –Takashi Miike (IGN, July 22, 2004)

Takashi Miike’s Audition is a polarizing film that has divided horror audiences since it first hit the festival circuit at the turn of…

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Blu-ray Review: Halloween (2018 Sequel)

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Distributor: Universal Studios

Release Date: January 15, 2019

Region: Region A

Length: 01:45:47

Video: 1080P (MPEG-4, AVC)

Main Audio:

7.1 English DTS-HD Master Audio (48kHz, 24-bit)

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Alternate Audio:

5.1 Spanish DTS

5.1 French (Canadian) DTS

Subtitles: English SDH, French, Spanish

Ratio: 2.39:1

Notes:A 4K UHD/Blu-ray release of this title is also available and both releases come with an Ultraviolet copy of the film.

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“It just brought us back to the first one and how simple it was. Carpenter didn’t spend the first 45 minutes of the movie explaining how Michael Myers was still alive, and what cult he’s part of, and what bloodline he’s from, and what relative he wants to go after. All of that was gone, and instead he set up this relatable, grounded, realistic world that leaves you filled with dread at the thought of him coming back and destroying it all. For…

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Offbeat Blu-ray Review: Sisters – The Criterion Collection

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Distributor: Criterion Collection (USA)

Release Date: October 23, 2018

Region: Region A

Length: 01:32:42

Video: 1080P (MPEG-4, AVC)

Main Audio: English Mono Linear PCM Audio (48 kHz, 1152 kbps, 24-bit)

Subtitles: English SDH

Ratio: 1.85:1

Bitrate: 34.71 Mbps

Notes:The Criterion Collection had previously released a DVD edition, but this is the film’s Blu-ray debut.

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WARNING:This article contains spoilers. We prefer not to discuss a film’s plot in intricate detail so that spoilers aren’t an issue, but it was necessary to compare very specific elements in Sisters to those found in Alfred Hitchcock’s work. We apologize in advance.

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“I have found that people who like and are knowledgeable about Hitchcock also like Sisters—they know the references I am making to his films and they seem to appreciate it all the more for that. Which is good, because you could so easily…

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Blu-ray Review: Strait-Jacket / Berserk!

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Distributor: Mill Creek Entertainment

Release Date: September 25, 2018

Region: Region A

Length:

Strait-Jacket – 01:32:52

Berserk! – 01:36:18

Video: 1080P (MPEG-4, AVC)

Main Audio: 1.0 English Mono Uncompressed PCM Audio

Subtitles: English SDH

Ratio: 1.85:1

Notes:“Strait-Jacket” was recently given its own individual release from Shout! Factory (which used a slightly different encoding of the same transfer). The biggest difference between the two discs is that Shout! Factory included supplemental features and this disc includes “Berserk!”

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Strait-Jacket proves once again that William Castle has nothing in common with Alfred Hitchcock. Robert Bloch was commissioned to write the screenplay, but it never approaches the brilliance of Psycho. Alfred Hitchcock’s cinematic prowess elevated the material contained within Bloch’s novel, and Castle simply doesn’t have what it takes to elevate the pedestrian nature of Bloch’s screenplay for Strait-Jacket. They are obviously making a terrific effort to capitalize on…

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4K UHD Blu-ray Review: Halloween

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Distributor: Lionsgate Films

Release Date: September 25, 2018

Region: Region A

Length: 01:30:56

Video: 2160P (HEVC, H.265)

Main Audio: 7.1 English Dolby TrueHD (48kHz, 24-bit)

Alternate Audio: Mono English Dolby Digital Audio

Subtitles: English, English SDH, Spanish

Ratio: 2.35:1

Notes:This title has seen many DVD releases and two Blu-ray releases. This marks the film’s UHD debut. Special features are never consistent when it comes to this particular title, and this creates a problem for anyone who wishes for a clean upgrade. The transfer for the UHD disc was sourced from different elements than the included Blu-ray (see below for a more detailed analysis).

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“Well, you call it a slasher film. I guess the original slasher film was Psycho. That was the film that all of these things are kind of based on… Psycho was the big daddy of them all. And it had a literal slashing scene in…

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