Britt-Marie Was Here Blu-ray Review

  • Actors: Pernilla August, Peter Haber, Anders Mossling, Malin Levanon, Stella Oyoko Bengtsson, Lancelot Ncube
  • Director: Tuva Novotny
  • Writers: Tuva Novotny, Anders Frithiof August, Oystein Karlsen
  • Producers: Gustav Olden, Nicklas Wikstrom Nicastro
  • Disc Format: NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: Swedish (Dolby Digital 5.1), Swedish (DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region A/1 
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.39:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: 
     NR 
     Not Rated
  • Studio: Universal Pictures Home Entertainment
  • Release Date: January 14, 2020
  • Run Time: 97 minutes


         Too often when American audiences think of foreign film, they imagine the kind of stuffy films that critics tend to praise, the types that end up on best-of lists despite the average audience’s inability appreciate the artistry. Britt-Marie Was Here is not that kind of film, instead resembling the kind of crowd-pleasing, feel-good films that tend to do well in the American independent film industry. Quirky films with heart may not surpass the blockbusters in the box office, but they have an audience that translates across borders. All it would take for this film to translate to English-speaking audiences is the willingness to read subtitles.

The Knight of Shadows Blu-ray Review

  • Actors: Jackie Chan, Elane Zhone, Ethan Juan
  • Directors: Vash
  • Disc Format: Dolby, Subtitled, Surround Sound, Widescreen
  • Language: Mandarin Chinese (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region A/1 
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: 
     NR 
     Not Rated
  • Studio: Well Go Usa
  • Release Date: January 21, 2020
  • Run Time: 109 minutes



        While somewhat confusing prior to seeing the film, it makes sense that The Knight of Shadows Blu-ray release has two contrasting characters portrayed on the cover. Along with Jackie Chan smiling in a white outfit, Ethan Juan is scowling in all black, representing the two sides of this film. Chan’s character provides most of the lighthearted humor and slapstick action, while Juan takes up the melodramatic role of tragic hero. Unfortunately, this mash-up is often as poorly planned and as jarringly inconsistent as the cover art for the Blu-ray.


Judy Blu-ray Review

  • Actors: Rufus Sewell, Michael Gambon, Renée Zellweger
  • Director: Rupert Goold
  • Disc Format: NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: 
     PG-13 
     Parents Strongly Cautioned
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • Release Date: December 24, 2019





         If it’s award season, you can be sure that there will be a number of performance-driven biopics. It is a genre that has continued without much alteration over the years, often focusing on romantic troubles, substance addiction, traumatic childhoods, and careers either on the rise or fall. Judy is no exception, and if it weren’t for Renée Zellweger’s performance as Hollywood legend Judy Garland, I would have little reason to recommend it.