Blu-ray Review: A Quiet Place

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Blu-ray CoversDistributor: Paramount Pictures

Release Date: July 10, 2018

Region: Region A

Length: 01:30:14

Video: 1080P (MPEG-4, AVC)

Main Audio:

English Dolby Atmos

Alternate Audio:

5.1 Spanish Dolby Digital
5.1 French Dolby Digital
5.1 Portuguese Dolby Digital
English Audio Description

Subtitles: English, English SDH, French, Portuguese, Spanish

Ratio: 2.40:1

Notes:This package includes a DVD an Ultraviolet copies of the film.

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It’s rare for films produced in this day and age to feature such a simple idea with such an overwhelmingly cinematic vision. A Quiet Place is a film told only with images and sound with only the occasional exception. There is very little dialogue. It was not only unnecessary to tell the story via an endless stream of expository dialogue, it was essential to the film’s story that they didn’t. Other filmmakers could learn a thing or two from the success of this film and make more of an effort…

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Blu-ray Review: Unsane

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Distributor: Universal Studios

Release Date: June 19, 2018

Region: Region A

Length: 01:38:11

Video: 1080P (MPEG-4, AVC)

Main Audio: 5.1 English DTS-HD Master Audio

Subtitles: English SDH, French, Spanish

Ratio: 1.56:1

Note:This release comes with a DVD copy of the film as well as an Ultraviolet version for those who insist on streaming movies.

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“I think this is the future… Anybody going to see this movie who has no idea of the backstory to the production will have no idea this was shot on the phone. That’s not part of the conceit… People forget, this is a 4k capture. I’ve seen it 40 feet tall. It looks like velvet. This is a game changer to me.” –Steven Soderbergh (indiewire.com)

Did anyone really believer Steven Soderbergh when he announced his retirement all those years ago? Side Effects (2013) was planned as his last film, but this was soon…

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Blu-ray Review: Killer Klowns from Outer Space

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Distributor: Arrow Video

Release Date: April 24, 2018

Region: Region A & B

Length: 86 min

Video: 1080P (MPEG-4, AVC)

Main Audio:

5.1 English DTS-HD Master Audio

2.0 English Linear PCM Audio

Subtitles: English SDH

Ratio: 1.85:1

Bitrate: 37.57 Mbps

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The ridiculous plot (if you can call it that) of Killer Klowns from Outer Space involves a pair of teenagers who look like they are in their twenties named Mike and Debbie. The couple warns the local police that a gang of homicidal alien-clowns have landed in the nearby area (in a spaceship shaped like a circus tent), but the cops are naturally skeptical and borderline retarded. Reports begin coming in from other anxious residents detailing similar run-ins with the large-shoed assailants. There can no longer be any doubt—the “Klowns” have indeed invaded earth and are terrorizing earthlings in increasingly ridiculous and not even remotely scary ways. They’re out to…

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Blu-ray Review: My Friend Dahmer

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Distributor: FilmRise

Release Date: April 10, 2018

Region: Region A

Length: 01:47:32

Video: 1080P (MPEG-4, AVC)

Main Audio:

5.1 English Dolby Digital Audio

2.0 English Dolby Digital Audio

Subtitles: English

Ratio: 2.40:1

Notes:This title is also available in the DVD format.

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“There are no great ‘lessons’ in the book. But it is certainly a cautionary tale, because people like Dahmer keep popping up with depressing regularity; Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold at Columbine, Seung-ho Cho at Virginia Tech, most recently Jared Loughner in Tucson…” –John ‘Derf’ Backderf (Book Reporter)

A lot of critics and audiences seem to be missing the point of My Friend Dahmer. It still surprises me that critics and audiences seem unable to digest certain films that do not answer complicated questions. If one reads reviews for the film, this becomes readily apparent. Carla Meyer’s annoying review for the San Francisco Chronicle is…

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Blu-ray Review: Night of the Living Dead – The Criterion Collection

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Distributor: Criterion Collection (USA)

Release Date: February 13, 2017

Region: Region A

Length: 01:36:36

Video: 1080P (MPEG-4, AVC)

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

Subtitles: English SDH

Ratio: 1.37:1

Bitrate: 35.67 Mbps

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“Well, the question of race was the furthest thing from my mind. When I was writing that character, I was thinking about the disintegration of family, the whole idea that people can’t cooperate, even when faced with a disastrous situation they just stick to their own agendas, arguing about whether to go upstairs or downstairs instead of facing the problem. When John Russo and I wrote the screenplay, [the character] was a white guy… So when Dwayne [Jones] agreed to play the role, we all had a conversation and decided that it was a bold move to not change the script. That was it. The same things happened to him…

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Blu-ray Review: Basket Case

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Distributor: Arrow Video

Release Date: February 27, 2018

Region: Region A & B

Length: 91 min

Video: 1080P (MPEG-4, AVC)

Main Audio: English Mono Linear PCM Audio

Subtitles: English SDH

Ratio: 1.37:1

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Basket Case (1982) was the feature film debut of Frank Henenlotter—the mastermind behind a number of schlocky genre titles including Brain Damage (1988), Frankenhooker (1990), and the two completely unnecessary sequels to Basket Case. The most infamous of these is undoubtedly this debut effort. Many will be surprised to learn that the film has earned the privilege of a 4K restoration by the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). Wonders never cease…

The story is as simple as it is ridiculous as it follows the adventures of an oddball named Duane Bradley (when you see the word “oddball,” read “bat-shit crazy guy”). The back of the Blu-ray case claims that he is a “pretty ordinary guy,” but this…

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Blu-ray Review: 78/52 – Hitchcock’s Shower Scene

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Distributor: Shout Factory

Release Date: February 27, 2018

Region: Region A

Length: 01:31:46

Video: 1080P (MPEG-4, AVC)

Main Audio:

5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio

2.0 DTS-HD Master Audio

Subtitles: English, Spanish

Ratio: 1.78:1

Note:This release comes with a DVD disc that is housed in the same case.

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“Of course, you can’t talk about the shower scene without talking about PSYCHO, and you can’t talk about Psycho without talking about Hitchcock, and you can’t talk about Hitchcock without talking about other films that influenced him, or films that he influenced, and so on. But everything in 78/52 was very carefully designed to be always, always, always about the shower scene.” -Alexandre O. Philippe (Michael Gingold, Rue-Morgue.com, October 18, 2017)

A lot of people may be asking themselves why anyone would devote a ninety-minute documentary to a single scene, but ninety minutes wasn’t nearly enough to do a proper…

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