Blu-ray Review: The Untold Story

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Distributor: Unearthed Films

Release Date: October 20, 2020

Region: Region Free

Length: 01:35:49

Video: 1080P (MPEG-4, AVC)

Main Audio: 2.0 Cantonese Linear PCM Audio

Alternate Audio: 2.0 Mandarin Linear PCM Audio

Subtitles: English

Ratio: 1.78:1

Bitrate: 29.99 Mbps

Notes: This is the North American Blu-ray debut of the uncut version of this title.

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“Actually the response—how the film was received—was out of my expectation. At the time I treasured the chance to make the film. When Danny Lee approached me and asked me if I would like to make the film, after 3 seconds I said yes, even though I didn’t know my salary! So I worked on the project. I think you know it is based on the real life story, and in this way I think The Untold Story is the portrait of a murderer.” –Herman Yau (City on Fire, January 02, 2018)

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Blu-ray Review: Psycho – 60th Anniversary Edition

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Distributor: Universal Pictures

Release Date: September 08, 2020

Region: Region A

Length —

Psycho (Original Theatrical Version): 01:49:04

Psycho (Censored Re-release Version): 01:48:51

Video: 1080P (MPEG-4, AVC)

Main Audio:

English DTS X

7.1 English DTS-HD Master Audio

Alternate Audio:

2.0 Mono Spanish DTS Audio

2.0 Mono French DTS Audio

Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish, French

Ratio: 1.85:1

Bitrate: 24.43 Mbps

Notes: This disc is included in The Alfred Hitchcock Classics Collection boxed set, and the title has received a variety of previous Blu-ray releases (each with the same transfer). However, this is a brand new scan of the film that includes the original theatrical cut of the film (aka the “Uncut” version). The package also includes a code to redeem a digital copy of the movie.

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Alfred Hitchcock Master is honored to present the following exclusive article by John Billheimer (author of Hitchcock and the Censors):

Psycho, Hitchcock, and the…

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Blu-ray Review: Dahmer

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Distributor: MVD Visual

Release Date: September 15, 2020

Region: Region Free

Length: 01:42:01

Video: 1080P (MPEG-4, AVC)

Audio:

5.1 English DTS-HD Master Audio

2.0 English Mono Linear PCM Audio

Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish

Ratio: 1.85:1

Notes: This is the film’s Blu-ray debut.

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Jeffrey Lionel Dahmer was one of the most notorious serial killers in history. His crimes were at once horrendous, grotesque, and baffling. There is almost certainly an incredible film hidden in the details of his life and crimes, but that film hasn’t been made yet.

David Jacobson’s character study manages to maintain the viewer’s interest, but it never forces the audience to interact with it in any way. Scenes that should generate unheralded levels of suspense, tension, or fear instead play like tepid drama. We are never made to forget that the outcome is a forgone conclusion. He keeps the audience at a distance so that they can objectively…

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4K UHD Blu-ray Review: The Alfred Hitchcock Classics Collection

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Distributor: Universal Pictures

Release Date: September 08, 2020

Region —

4K UHD: Region Free

BLU-RAY: Region A

Length —

Rear Window: 01:52:27

Vertigo: 02:08:27

Psycho (Original Theatrical Version): 01:49:04

Psycho (Censored Re-release Version): 01:48:51

The Birds: 01:59:31

Video —

4K UHD:2160P (HEVC, H.265)

BLU-RAY (Rear Window + Psycho + The Birds):1080P (MPEG-4, AVC)

BLU-RAY (Vertigo): 1080P (VC-1)

Audio (4K UHD) —

Rear Window:

2.0 Mono English DTS-HD Master Audio

2.0 Mono Spanish (Latin American) DTS Digital Audio

2.0 Mono French European DTS Digital Audio

Vertigo:

English DTS X

2.0 Mono English Digital Audio

2.0 Mono Spanish (Latin American) DTS Digital Audio

2.0 Mono French (European) DTS Digital Audio

Psycho:

English DTS X

2.0 Mono English DTS Digital Audio

2.0 Mono French (European) DTS Digital Audio

2.0 Mono Spanish (Latin American) DTS Digital Audio

The Birds:

2.0 Mono English DTS-HD Master Audio

2.0 Mono Spanish (Latin American) DTS Digital…

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Blu-ray Review: Hounds of Love

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Distributor: Gunpowder & Sky

Release Date: January 08, 2019

 Region: Region A

Length: 01:48:09

Video: 1080P (MPEG-4, AVC)

Main Audio: 5.1 English DTS-HD Master Audio

Subtitles: English SDH

Ratio: 2.39:1

Notes: A DVD edition of this title is also available.

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“I’ve seen movies that were called thrillers, but they weren’t really thrillers at all… I’m not on the edge of my seat watching them because although they are really violent, there is no suspense and I don’t care about them as there is no character development.  So I started to re-watch movies that I thought were great psychological thrillers such as Silence of the Lambs and you will be surprised when you go back about how lacking in violence they all are.  In The Silence of the Lambs there are only three scenes of violence in the whole film.  I thought in thrillers it’s about developing the characters and having…

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Blu-ray Review: The Wailing

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Distributor: Well Go USA

Release Date: October 04, 2016

Region: Region A & B

Length: 02:36:08

Video: 1080P (MPEG-4, AVC)

Main Audio: 5.1 Korean DTS-HD Master Audio

Alternate Audio: 2.0 Korean Dolby Digital Audio

Subtitles: English

Ratio: 2.39:1

Bitrate: 33.00 Mbps

Notes: A DVD edition of this title is also available.

“I started out with the image of someone far away, indistinguishable, gradually coming towards you and the moment they are right in front of your face, when you can see their pores, smell them and feel their sweat, and what it must feel like when evil attacks and invades you. I started with that image – of evil approaching from far away to show its identity to you.” —Na Hong-jin (Screen Daily, May 28, 2016)

This particular image never actually appears in The Wailing, but this quote provides the perfect description of the film’s tone and pace…

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Blu-ray Review: When a Stranger Calls

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Distributor: Mill Creek Entertainment

Release Date: February 11, 2020

Region: Region A

Length: 01:37:22

Video: 1080P (MPEG-4, AVC)

Main Audio: 2.0 English DTS-HD Master Audio

Subtitles: English SDH

Ratio: 1.85:1

Notes:Mill Creek Entertainment previously released this film on Blu-ray with Happy Birthday to Me occupying the same disc. However, this is the first time that it has received its own release on this format in North America.

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“Instead of building toward a climax, Stranger strings together three awkward, vaguely related segments.” –Robert Hughes (Time, November 12, 1979)

It is telling that When a Stranger Calls was expanded from an earlier short that was co-written and directed by Fred Walton and released in 1977. The film was entitled The Sitter and was based on a famous urban legend about a babysitter who is menaced by creepy phone calls that eventually become threatening. It turns out that the calls are…

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Blu-ray Review: The Thing (2011)

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Distributor: Mill Creek Entertainment

Release Date: October 29, 2019

Region: Region A

Length: 01:42:56

Video: 1080P (MPEG-4, AVC)

Main Audio: 5.1 English DTS-HD Master Audio

Subtitles: English SDH

Ratio: 2.40:1

Notes:Universal previously released this title on Blu-ray using the VC1 codec. Mill Creek offers a marginally superior transfer than those earlier discs.

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“I saw John Carpenter’s version when I was about 16, and it just blew me away. It was one of those movies that sparked the filmmaker in me, when I was young. It was always a special movie. And when they approached me, the fact that they wanted to do a take on this Norwegian story as being European, was sort of interesting to me. To make a sort of American movie with strong European influences, that was tempting.” –Matthijs van Heijningen Jr. (Io9, October 13, 2011)

I refused to watch this film for the longest…

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Blu-ray Review: Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark

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Distributor: Lionsgate Films

Release Date: November 05, 2019

Region: Region A

Length: 01:47:57

Video: 1080P (MPEG-4, AVC)

Main Audio: 5.1 English Dolby TrueHD

Alternate Audio:

English Descriptive Audio
5.1 Spanish Dolby Digital

Subtitles: English SDH, English, Spanish

Ratio: 2.39:1

Notes:4K UHD and DVD editions of this title are also available. This package comes with a DVD disc and a code to redeem a digital copy of the film.

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WARNING:THIS ARTICLE CONTAINS SPOILERS. THOSE WHO WISH TO VIEW THIS MOVIE WITH FRESH EYES ARE ENCOURAGED NOT TO READ THIS UNTIL THEY HAVE SEEN THE FILM.

“When we started talking about this about five years ago, I had to think about it… Anthology films are always as bad as the worst story in them—they’re never as good as the best story… Then I remembered in Pan’s Labyrinth, I created a book called the ‘Book of Crossroads.’ I…

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Blu-ray Review: Ringu (Ring)

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Ringu Blu-ray Cover

Distributor: Arrow Video

Release Date: October 29, 2019

Region: Region A & B

Length: 01:35:16

Video: 1080P (MPEG-4, AVC)

Main Audio:

2.0 Japanese Linear PCM Audio

5.1 Japanese DTS-HD Master Audio

Subtitles: English

Ratio: 1.85:1

Notes:Arrow was forced by trademark restrictions to release this Blu-ray using the transliteration “Ringu” (an erroneous title that J-Horror fanatics tend to despise) on the packaging in the US. They are also releasing a boxed set that includes Rasen, Ringu 2, and Ringu… entitled “The Ringu Collection.”

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“The remake thing did not happen just for Asian horror remakes, Hitchcock remade [one of] his own British thrillers. Kurosawa’s Seven Samuraiand Yojimbo were well re-made—or cleverly adapted. In that sense, I am honored that three of my films, Jyoyu-rei, Ringu, and Dark Water were re-made. At the same time, I did have mixed feelings like, ‘Why can’t my Japanese…

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