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Review Updates The Victim Etc…Part 1

Hi everyone. Just wanted to say Thanks for getting me over 10,000 hits on the site. You might have noticed I haven’t had a new post in awhile. The reasons vary from one being very sick (still am) to other things coming up in my life that has been stressful the past couple years. Another issue I’ve been having is Blu-ray player problems which I solved recently by getting a quality new one (knock on wood) at a cheap price. Also I have this annoying scratch on my Dell XPS Laptop that doesn’t allow me to see much of anything in my lower right hand of the screen (and I need my laptop for Blu-ray 3D reviews).  Hopefully people can make purchases if they are interested in the product through my links to Amazon which will get me some kickback to help either repair or replace my laptop so I can get back to doing what I love which is providing you all with movie reviews and other reviews on entertainment topics.

Here are some current review movies I have recieved and am in the process of watching/reviewing. –

The Victim

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Annie’s life is in jeopardy after she witnesses the horrific murder of her closest friend. Fleeing from two attackers she stumbles across Kyle, a recluse living in the middle of the woods. Two worlds collide in this grindhouse psychological thriller that will make you question your trust in mankind.  Written, directed and starring Michael Biehn (The Terminator, Aliens, Grindhouse:  Planet Terror, The Divide.)  Also starring Jennifer Blanc (Hatchet III), Danielle Harris (Halloween 4:  The Return of Michael Myers) and Tanya Newbould (X-Men:  The Last Stand.)

Genres: Horror, Thriller
Cast: Jennifer Blanc, Tanya Newbould, Michael Biehn, Danielle Harris

Mini Review – Watched this in it’s entirety twice last night once for the movie itself and the 2nd time for the commentary by Michael and Jennifer Biehn. Amazing work here. Michael has crafted a fun story and brought it to life in his Directorial debut. The real-life couple has amazing chemistry onscreen (also see The Divide for more from the pair) which is a rarity for real couples (see  Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez in Gili). I highly recommend this movie if you love horror, mystery, drama, action and suspense. Not for those who have an issue with nudity, sex or violence. I’m hoping for a sequel. Stay tuned for my full review on Movie-Vault.com and a partial excerpt of that here. You can pre-order The Victim on Blu-ray (release date – 9/18/12) by clicking the picture link (and showing much appreciated support for my reviews) and The Divide on Blu-ray by clicking my word link earlier in this post. DVD orders of both titles will be posted in picture links below.

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After Dark Horrorfest BD Review Movies

Hello, this entire post is about the four volume collection of After Dark Horrorfest films debuting on Blu-ray from Lionsgate.

Lionsgate –

After Dark Horrorfest Blu-ray Double-Feature : Volume 1  –

Buy Grave Dancers Wicked Little Things BD @ Amazon.comThe Gravedancers – After a drunken night of dancing on graves, a group of friends are haunted by three havoc-minded ghosts bent on revenge.

Special Features –

  • Commentary with Director Mike Mendez and Composer Joseph Bishara
  • “A Grave Undertaking” Making-of Featurette with Optional Commentary
  • “Making the Ghosts” Making-of Featurette
  • Original Trailer with Optional Commentary
  • Deleted Scenes with Optional Commentary
  • Storyboard Galleries
  • Trailers

Joe’s Thoughts – Interesting idea, though doubtful it has the making for a good film. Haven’t seen it yet so I really can’t judge.

Wicked Little Things – Recently widowed Karen Tunny and her two daughters, Sarah and Emma, move to a remote home which Karen has inherited from the family of her late husband. However, she is unaware that the home is situated near an old mine, the site of an early 20th century tragedy in which many children were buried alive…

Special Features –

Joe’s Thoughts – I’ve seen this before, a good little film that should spook, but not anywhere near great. Notable for actresses Lori Heuring and Scout Taylor-Compton (Rob Zombie’s Halloween)

After Dark Horrorfest Blu-ray Double-Feature : Volume 2 –

Buy Borderland/Crazy Eights BD @ Amazon.com

Borderland Unrated Director’s Cut – On the eve of their graduation, three Texas University students travel to a Mexican border town and fall prey to an ancient cult hell-bent on finding candidates for human sacrifice.

Special Features –

  • Rituales de Sangre – The True Story Behind the Cult Murder Investigation
  • Audio Commentary with Director Zev Berman, Actor Brian Presley, Director of Photography Scott Kevan and Producer Laure Moews
  • Inside Zev’s Head: A Filmmaker’s Diary
  • Miss Horrorfest Contest Webisodes

Joe’s Thoughts – Haven’t seen this yet. Interesting idea. Could be good or really lame.

Crazy Eights – Six people are united for a journey through their long-abandoned childhood home: a home with a terrible secret and a mysterious dead girl who will lead them to their strange fates.

Special Features –

  • Miss Horrorfest Webisodes

Joe’s Thoughts – Nice cast with Dina Meyer, Gabrielle Anwar, Frank Whaley and Traci Lords (yes the former porn star). Sounds like it could be a really good one. Looking forward to seeing this for the first time.

After Dark Horrorfest Blu-ray Double-Feature : Volume 3 –

Buy Broken/Butterfly Effect 2 @ Amazon.comThe Broken – A successful radiologist (Lena Headey) watches her life spiral out of control after she sees the spitting image of herself driving down a London street.

Special Features –

  • Miss Horrorfest Webisodes

Joe’s Thought’s – I saw this before. Like Wicked Little Things this is elevated by the star, namely Lena Headey (Terminator The Sarah Connor Chronicles, 300). A good mystery-thriller. Interested in seeing this again because it’s been awhile and I don’t remember too much about it.

The Butterfly Effect 3: Revelations – When a man with the ability to travel through time intervenes with the past, all hell breaks loose.

Special Features –

Miss Horrorfest Webisodes

Joe’s Thoughts – I thought this film was vastly underrated. It’s my favorite of this bunch (the one’s I have seen so far). In fact, I think the entire Butterfly Effect trilogy was overlooked by many because all three films sport interesting ideas and good-solid stories.  There is a very graphic sex scene in this one so maybe that hurt it somewhat. If you are a fan of mystery-thrillers you should check this one out.

After Dark Horrorfest Blu-ray Double-Feature : Volume 4 –

The Graves – After being lured to a mysterious mining town, two sisters must unleash their most primitive instincts to battle unspeakable horrors – both human and supernatural.

Special Features –

  • Audio Commentary with Brian Pulido
  • Audio Commentary with Francisca Pulido and Adam Goldfine
  • The Graves: Behind the Screams
  • Sound Designing The Graves
  • Plan to Actual
  • Spot the Gnome
  • Auditions
  • “Vampires Don’t Exist” Music Video by Calabrese
  • Producer’s Trailer

Zombies Of Mass Destruction – A conservative island community is under attack – from brain-eating zombies! Now it’s up to a ragtag group of rebels to repeal the hordes of the undead.

Special Features –

The Making of Zombies of Mass Destruction –

Overall I think Lionsgate did a very nice job here. My major complaint is a lack of extras as the volumes went on. I would have really liked to have seen some extras on The Broken and Butterfly Effect 3. Can’t complain too much. I’m just glad these are now on Blu-ray and hope for similar transfers for the other After Dark Horrorfest films.


New Review Movie Arrivals – 1-6-2011 – Buried BD & Nite Tales DVD

Hi got a couple of movies to review.

E One Entertainment –

Buy Nite Tales The Series @ Amazon.comNite Tales: The Series (DVD) – Five original horror tales, one devilish host. Prepare yourself for a whole new “flavor” of horror! Filled with twists and turns and packed with some of today’s hottest stars, Nite Tales is a thrilling, new anthology series that puts an urban twist on terror – all presented by the ultimate “master of scaremonies,” Flavor Flav – the “Time Keeper.”

Bonus Feature:

  • Making Of Featurette

Joe’s Thoughts – Looks interesting with stars like Gary Busey, Tiny Lister and Brigitte Nielsen among others. Not exactly an A list cast, but I’m a horror fan and love anthologies.

Lionsgate –

Buy Buried Blu-ray @ Amazon.comBuried Blu-ray Combo Pack (Blu-ray Disc plus DVD) – Paul Conroy (Ryan Reynolds) is not ready to die. Beaten and buried in a wooden box by Iraqi insurgents who attacked his civilian convoy, Conroy is left with only a cell phone, a lighter and 90 minutes to save his own life. He has only the voice of his kidnapper to help him piece together clues that could lean an elite team of special agents to his location and time is not on his side. Fighting despair, panic and delirium, Conroy focuses on his only link to the outside world – a cell phone with poor reception and a rapidly draining battery – to keep himself alive for himself and his family back home.

Disc One –

  • Blu-ray of Buried

“Unearthing Buried” – making of featurette

Disc Two –

  • Standard Definition DVD of the feature film

Joe’s Thoughts – Looks really good. One of the movies I have been looking forward to. Ryan Reynolds is becoming something approaching an A-list star and with upcoming films like Green Lantern his future looks bright……green. OK, that was tacky, but this film looks good and I’ve always been fascinated by the notion of being buried alive. Better seeing it fake on-screen though.


New Movie Arrival 1-4-2011 Machete BD

Hi, hope you all had a Merry Christmas and Happy New Years. Here are the first arrivals of the new year.

20th Century Fox

Machete (Blu-ray + Digital Copy) – From Director Robert Rodriguez (Grindhouse, Sin City) comes an action-packed, cutting-edge serving of carnage asada…and the sharpest way to see it is on Blu-ray, with killer deleted scenes that deliver more guns, more girls and more Machete action!

Set up, double-crossed and left for dead, Machete (Danny Trejo) is an ass-kicking ex-Federale who lays waste to anything that gets in his path. As he takes on hitmen, vigilantes and a ruthless drug cartel, bullets fly, blades clash and the body count rises. Any way you slice it, vengeance has a new name – Machete.

Disc 1 –

  • Blu-ray
  • Machete in High Definition
  • Audience Reaction Track
  • Exclusive Deleted Scenes

Disc 2 –

  • Digital Copy of Machete

Joe’s Thoughts – If you’ve seen the Machete fake trailer on Grindhouse you know you’re in for an action-packed thrill ride with women, blood and Danny Trejo at his best. This is probably the most-anticipated movie in quite awhile. If you think this is a bad movie, you just don’t get it. It is meant to be bad! Remember the movies from the days of drive-inn’s and Grindhouse theaters? This is supposed to be a throwback to those days. Filled with a stunning cast of who’s-who in Hollywood from De Niro to Alba, Michelle Rodriguez to Jeff Fahey and Steven Seagal to Cheech Marin and Lindsay Lohan all while “introducing” Don Johnson. This should be a film that will make you laugh and wow you with action and beautiful women. I can’t wait to view/review this one!


Review Movie – 12/10/2010

Anchor Bay Entertainment

And Soon The Darkness (Blu-ray) – In And Soon The Darkness Stephanie (Amber Heard) and Ellie’s (Odette Yustman) vacation to an exotic village in Argentina is a perfect ‘girl’s getaway’ to bask in the sun, shop and flirt with the handsome locals. After a long night of bar-hopping, the girls get into an argument, and Stephanie heads out alone in the morning to cool off. But when she returns, Ellie has disappeared. Finding signs of a struggle, Stephanie fears the worst, and turns to the police for help. But the local authorities have their hands full already – with a string of unsolved kidnappings targeting young female tourists. Skeptical of the sheriff’s competency, she enlists help from Michael (Karl Urban), an American ex-pat staying at their hotel. Together they go on a frantic search for Ellie, but Stephanie soon realizes that trusting his seemingly good intentions may drag her farther from the truth. With danger mounting, and time running out, Stephanie must find her friend before darkness falls.


Review Movies – Alien Anthology – 11-3-2010 Part 2

Here is a massive movie release that is deserving of it’s own posting

20th Century Fox

Alien Anthology (Blu-ray) – Get ready for a whole new breed of Blu-ray with the Alien Anthology Four powerful films…eight thrilling versions…together at last in dazzling, terrifying, high-def clarity and with the purest digital sound on the planet. Over 60 hours of special features and two bonus discs, including never-before-seen content and the totally immersive MU-TH-UR Mode Blu-ray interactive experience, make this the ultimate Alien movie collection your Blu-ray player has been begging for.

Alien – A space ship answers what they believe to be a distress call, and unwittingly let a vicious alien on board.

1979 Theatrical Version

2003 Director’s Cut with Ridley Scott Introduction

Audio Commentary by Director Ridley Scott, Writer Dan O’Bannon, Executive Producer Ronald Shusett, Editor Terry Rawlings, Actors Sigourney Weaver, Tom Skeritt, Veronica Cartwright, Harry Dean Stanton and John Hurt

Audio Commentary (for Theatrical Version only) by Ridley Scott

Final Theatrical Isolated Score by Jerry Goldsmith

Composer’s Original Isolated Score by Jerry Goldsmith

Deleted and Extended Scenes

MU-TH-UR Mode Interactive Experience with Weyland-Yutani Datastream

Aliens – Ripley (Sigourney Weaver), the sole survivor from the original ‘Alien’, is awakened after 57 years of drifting through space, her stories disbelieved by Company executives who tell her that the alien’s planet is now inhabited and colonized. When contact is suddenly lost with the colonists, Ripley returns to the planet with a squad of marines, an android (Lance Henriksen), and a Company executive (Paul Reiser) with a mission of his own. Once on the planet, no survivors can be found except for Newt, a little girl who awakens motherly instincts in Ripley just in time for the acid-blooded aliens to attack in what quickly becomes a one-sided battle for sheer survival.

1986 Theatrical Version

1991 Special Edition with James Cameron Introduction

Audio Commentary by Director James Cameron, Producer Gale Anne Hurd, Aliens Effects Creator Stan Winston, Visual Effects Supervisors Robert Skotak and Dennis Skotak, Minature Effects Supervisor Pat McClung, Actors Michael Biehn, Bill Paxton, Lance Henricksen, Jenette Goldstein, Carrie Henn and Christopher Henn.

Final Theatrical Isolated Score by James Horner

Composer’s Original Isolated Score by James Horner

Deleted and Extended Scenes

MU-TH-UR Mode Interactive Experience with Weyland-Yutani Datastream

Alien3 – A penal colony and its inhabitants, a religious brotherhood of ex- convicts, is infiltrated by an alien when a ship carrying Ripley crash lands there.

1992 Theatrical Version

2003 Special Edition (Restored Workprint Version)

Audio Commentary by Cinematographer Alex Thompson, B.S.C Editor Terry Rawlings, Alien Effects Designers Alec Gillis and Tom Woodruff, Jr, Visual Effects Producer Richard Edlund, A.S.C., Actors Paul McGann and Lance Henricksen

Final Theatrical Isolated Score by Elliot Goldenthal

Deleted and Extended Scenes

MU-TH-UR Mode Interactive Experience with Weyland-Yutani Datastream

Alien Resurrection – Ripley is brought back to life, from cloned DNA, by evil scientists who want to resurrect the alien that died inside her.

1997 Theatrical Version

2003 Special Edition with Jean-Pierre Jeunet Introduction

Audio Commentary by Director Jean-Pierre Jeunet, Editor Herve Schneid, A.C.E., Alien Effects Creator Alec Gillis and Tom Woodruff, Jr,  Visual Effects Supervisor Pitol, Conceptual Artist Sylvain Despretz, Actors Ron Perlman, Dominique Pinon and Leland Orser

Final Theatrical Isolated Score by John Frizzell

Deleted and Extended Scenes

MU-TH-UR Mode Interactive Experience with Weyland-Yutani Datastream

Disc 5 – Too many extras to list about all 4 Alien Films

Disc 6 – Too many extras to list about all 4 Alien Films


New Review Movies! – 11/3/2010 Part 1

Here are a couple new movies to review. I’m going to try to catch up on some other recent arrivals in the next couple days –

20th Century Fox

 

I Am (DVD) – The Ten Commandments, as you’ve never seen them before, provide the framework for this compelling drama set in the City of Angels. A desperate heiress. A beautiful reporter. A vengeful detective. A charismatic district attorney. In modern-day Los Angeles, all of their lives will intersect, leading to profound choices that will test each character’s morality and faith. With guidance from a mysterious stranger, these lost souls search for answers, only to discover that the path to salvation is closer than they ever could have imagined.

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (Blu-ray) – Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls – start your engines. You’re about to take an incredible ride with one of the most wonderful family films of all time! With it’s clever tunes (including the Oscar -Nominated* title song), marvelous cast and enchanting storyline, this delightful romp is lots of fun and simply “toot sweet” to pass up! Dick Van Dyke stars as eccentric inventor Caractacus Potts, who creates an extraordinary car called Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. It not only drives – but also flies and floats – as it leads him, his two children and his beautiful lady friend, Truly Scrumptious (Sally Ann Howes), into a magical world of pirates, castles and endless adventure.

* – 1968, Original Song


New Review Movies – Predators – 10/24/2010

 

20th Century Fox

 Predators (Blu-ray) – Adrien Brody (The Jacket) stars as Royce, a mercenary who reluctantly leads a group of elite warriors mysteriously brought together on a jungle planet. But when these cold-blooded human “predators” find themselves in all-out war against a new breed of alien Predators, it’s the ultimate showdown between hunter and prey.

Anchor Bay

(This is not a repost. I recieved a 2nd copy of Hunt To Kill, but on Blu-ray as I prefer)

Hunt to Kill (Blu-ray) – Steve Austin stars as U.S. Border Patrol agent Jim Rhodes, a tough divorceemourning the loss of his murdered partner while struggling to raise his rebellious daughter in the mountains of Montana. But when a crew of trigger-happy fugitives takes Rhodes and his daughter hostage, a rugged wilderness will explode in all-terrain vengeance. Is there any wounded animal more dangerous than a lawman left for dead?

 

 

    

 

    

 

    

 


New Review Movies – 10-23-2010

Hi, I will be making several posts in the next few days to catch up on some of my recent review movies. To make it easier for both you and me I am going to post between 3-5 movies at most unless it is a huge set or something and sets will get a separate post from now on.

MGM

Robocop Trilogy Blu-ray

Robocop – From the director of Total Recall comes a high-adrenalinem “sleek” (Time) sci-fi thriller about a policeman who’s half-man, half-machine. When a good cop (Peter Weller) is murdered by criminals, innovative scientists piece him back together as an unstoppable crime-fighting cyborg called Robocop. Tormented by the memory of his death, he is out for justice – and revenge.

Robocop 2 – Robocop (Peter Weller) returns to battle his toughest opponent yet: his replacement! But not only is the new cyborg’s weaponry more sophisticated than Robocop’s. it contains the brain of a madman! It will take everything Robocop has to save Detroit – and himself – from total destruction.

Robocop 3 – It’s Megacop vs. Megacop in this edge-of-your-seat sci-fi action film. When a ruthless corporation that has a stranglehold on Motor City begins kicking families out of their homes for a new real estate project, Robocop (Robert Burke) and a band of renegades fight to save them in an all-out battle for Detroit.


New Review Movies! 10-20-2010

20th Century Fox
Moulin Rouge (Blu-ray) – Nicole Kidman (The Hours, Australia) sizzles in her Oscar-nominated role as Satine, the seductive courtesan and star of a popular French nightclub that caters to society’s decadent elite. When she unwittingly draws Christian, a struggling writer played by Ewan McGregor (Amelia), into her spell, true love turns to tragedy, Moulin Rouge! Offers a kaleidoscopic ride through a world of song, dance, romance and drama that celebrates truth, beauty, freedom and above all things, love. William Shakespeare’s  Romeo+Juliet (Blu-ray) – Inventive, unconventional, controversial.

William Shakespeare’s Romeo+Juliet, in Luhrmann’s Oscar-nominated adaptation, finds Shakespeare’s star-crossed lovers in the modern created world of Verona Beach where Romeo drives a car and Juliet packs a gun. To a thumping soundtrack, and by turns the threat of gunfire through to the delicate embrace of forbidden love, the audience is invited to drink from an intoxicating cinematic cocktail that takes them on a ride from Romeo and Juliet’s budding love, their first kiss, through to their separation and ultimate demise.

The Rocky Horror Picture Show (Blu-ray) – A divine film adaptation from Richard O’Brien’s British musical horror comedy/rock opera, produced by Lou Adler and Michael White, The Rocky Horror Picture Show features revered performance by Tim Curry (Clue, Home Alone) as a bizarre and self-proclaimed “sweet transvestite from Transsexual, Transylvania,” and Susan Sarandon (Dead Man Walking, Thelma and Louise) and Barry Bostwick (“Spin City”), as Brad and Janet, a couple who find themselves lost on a cold, rainy night. The madcap, musical mayhem begins when the couple takes refuge in the castle of Dr. Frank-N-Furter as he is about to unveil his greatest creation – and have a bit of fun with his reluctant guests.