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Cosmoball Blu-ray Review

 


  • Director : Dzhanik Fayzie
  • Actors : Viktoriya Agalakova, Svetlana Ivanova, Mikhail Efremov
  • Aspect Ratio : 2.35:1
  • MPAA rating : Not Rated
  • Media Format : Dolby, Subtitled, Widescreen, Surround Sound
  • Run time : 1 hour and 55 minutes
  • Release date : March 23, 2021
  • Subtitles: : English
  • Language : Russian (DTS 5.1), English (DTS 5.1)
  • Studio : Well Go Usa



         Where to start with this one… At first glance, I expected Cosmoball to be a bit more family-oriented, and to have a lot more to do with the title game. While there are elements of a family film, and scenes of the sport, this film is more interested in a larger sci-fi narrative that has closer resemblance to a superhero narrative. You may come to Cosmoball expecting Ready Player One or Alita, but you will end up with something closer to Green Lantern.

 

Crazy Samurai 400 vs. 1 Blu-ray Review

 

  • Director : Yuji Shimomura
  • Actors : Kento Yamazaki, Yousuke Saito, Ben Hiura, Fuka Hara, Tak Sakaguchi
  • Aspect Ratio : 2.35:1
  • MPAA rating : NR (Not Rated)
  • Media Format : Dolby, Subtitled, Surround Sound, Widescreen
  • Run time : 1 hour and 32 minutes
  • Release date : March 2, 2021
  • Subtitles: : English
  • Language : Japanese (DTS 5.1)
  • Studio : Well Go Usa


  •          Gimmicks can be great for marketing a film, and often terrible for the actual experience of watching the movie. Crazy Samurai 400 vs. 1 (alternatively titled Crazy Samurai Musashi) features a 77-minute long-take action sequence at the center of the narrative, which sounds far more impressive than it is enjoyable to actually watch. While one may marvel at the technical planning and execution needed to complete this sequence, it is also undeniably repetitive and often visually dull. The emphasis on action within this sequence also means that plot and character development suffer as well.

     

Horizon Line Blu-ray Review

 

  • Director : Mikael Marcimain
  • Actors : Allison Williams, Alexander Dreymon, Keith David
  • Writers : Josh Campbell, Matthew Stuecken
  • Producers : Fredrik Wikstrom Nicastro
  • Aspect Ratio : 2.39:1
  • MPAA rating : s_medPG13 PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)
  • Media Format : Digital_copy, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Run time : 1 hour and 32 minutes
  • Release date : February 16, 2021
  • Subtitles: : Spanish
  • Language : English (DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1)
  • Studio : Universal Pictures Home Entertainment
  • Number of discs : 1


 

         Simple survival stories can be extremely effective in cinematic form, but it is all about execution. The suspense and intensity of the sequences of survival are the essence of the narrative, and there isn’t much to fall back on if that doesn’t work. Horizon Line contains all of the expected twists and turns of a survival story, but I couldn’t have been less involved. Every moment felt rote and obvious, and I was just waiting for the next predictable moment to arrive.

 

Freaky Blu-ray Review

 

  • Director : Christopher Landon
  • Actors : Vince Vaughn, Kathryn Newton, Katie Finneran, Celeste O'Connor, Alan Ruck
  • Writers : Michael Kennedy, Christopher Landon
  • Producers : Jason Blum
  • Language : English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French Canadian (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1), French Canadian (DTS 5.1), Spanish (DTS 5.1)
  • Studio : Universal Pictures Home Entertainment
  • Subtitles: : French Canadian, Spanish
  • Aspect Ratio : 2.39:1
  • MPAA rating : R (Restricted)
  • Media Format : NTSC, Subtitled, Digital_copy
  • Run time : 1 hour and 42 minutes
  • Release date : February 9, 2021


 

         Nostalgia has been a big moneymaker for Hollywood in recent decades, pillaging the successes of the past for reboot and repurposing. Although never explicitly said, it is quite clear that Freaky is a mash-up of two unrelated film classics from the past: Freaky Friday and Friday the 13th. Beyond the shared word in the title of each film, there is nothing connecting a family body-swap to a bloody slasher, and it often feels as though the filmmakers stopped trying to do anything else clever after coming up with the unique premise. What we get is a perfunctory horror comedy with a lazy script and none of the references to the two films which inspired it that might have given the entire outing more nuance. At the very least, it would have been nice to see some stylistic references, but this is filmed in the blandest way possible.

 

The Swordsman Blu-ray Review

 

  • Director : Choi Jae-Hoon
  • Actors : Jang Hyuk, Jeong Man-Sik, Kim Hyeon-soo
  • Subtitles: : English
  • Language : Korean (DTS 5.1)
  • Studio : Well Go Usa
  • Aspect Ratio : 2.35:1
  • MPAA rating :(Not Rated)
  • Media Format : Dolby, Surround Sound, Widescreen
  • Run time : 1 hour and 41 minutes
  • Release date : February 16, 2021




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             Upon seeing the title and poster for The Swordsman, I automatically assumed it to be a Japanese film. Although it has all of the icons and narrative distinctions for it to belong in the samurai genre, this is actually a South Korean film. Here is what makes The Swordsman truly fascinating; it has all of the markers of trends in modern Korean cinema, including themes of revenge, making it a compelling hybrid of cultures. Revenger had a similar approach to combine Indonesian action with a South Korean production, proving fascinating case studies, as well as solid genre entertainment.

     

Sudden Fear DVD Review

 


  • Director : David Miller
  • Media Format : Anamorphic, Dolby, NTSC
  • Run time : 1 hour and 50 minutes
  • Release date : January 12, 2021
  • Actors : Joan Crawford, Jack Palance, Gloria Grahame, Bruce Bennett, Virginia Huston
  • Studio : Cohen Media Group



 

        Film noir narratives rarely relied on sympathetic female protagonists, typically resigning them to either an innocent supporting character or a devious femme fatale. While there is a femme fatale in the 1952 noir, Sudden Fear, the main character is unusual enough just being a woman, but also has the added distinction of ending in a place of moral superiority. Star Joan Crawford had previously bent this male-driven movement of post-war cinema by blending the woman’s picture (now referred to as melodrama) and the film noir with the 1945 classic, Mildred Pierce.

 

 

Jiang Ziya Blu-ray Review


 


  • Director : Teng Cheng, Wei Li
  • Actors : Zheng Xi, Yang Ning, Tute Hameng
  • Media Format : Dolby, Surround Sound, Widescreen
  • Run time : 1 hour and 50 minutes
  • Aspect Ratio : 2.35:1
  • MPAA rating : (Not Rated)
  • Subtitles: : English, Mandarin Chinese
  • Language : Mandarin Chinese (DTS 5.1), English (DTS 5.1)
  • Studio : Well Go Usa
  • Release date : February 9, 2021




         Prior to the release of Ne Zha, I had little experience with Chinese animation, more familiar with the more commonly distributed Japanese and French variety. Ne Zha was distinctly Chinese in the adaption of a classic folk legend, but it was also widely distributed with broad appeal. It also follows the recently popular trend of Hollywood, creating a shared cinematic universe for a series of animated films, with the second being Jiang Ziya.

 

Come Play Blu-ray Review

 

  • Director : Jacob Chase
  • Writers : Jacob Chase
  • Producers : Andrew Rona, Alex Heineman
  • Actors : Gillian Jacobs, John Gallagher, Jr., Azhy Robertson, Winslow Fegley
  • Media Format : Digital_copy, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Subtitles: : French Canadian, Spanish
  • Language : English (DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1), French Canadian (DTS 5.1), Spanish (DTS 5.1)
  • Studio : Universal Pictures Home Entertainment
  • Aspect Ratio : 2.39:1
  • MPAA rating : PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)
  • Run time : 1 hour and 37 minutes
  • Release date : January 26, 2021
  • Number of discs : 1


 

        Prior to the pandemic, there were a few rising trends in the themes of American horror films. Along with the rise in occult and witchcraft narratives, we saw an increased anxiety over society’s dependence on technology and social media. Some of these films involve the supernatural, as seems to be the case in the Unfriended franchise, or an addition to the previously mentioned witchcraft subgenre, like Friend Request. Even the supernatural serial killer doll Chucky was reinvented as a smart device with disabled safety features. The terror comes from social media, apps (Countdown), or in the case of Come Play, the devices themselves.

 

Synchronic Blu-ray Review

 



  • Director : Justin Benson, Aaron Moorhead
  • Actors : Anthony Mackie, Jamie Dornan, Katie Aselton
  • Media Format : Dolby, Surround Sound, Widescreen
  • Run time : 1 hour and 41 minutes
  • Release date : January 26, 2021
  • MPAA rating : R (Restricted)
  • Studio : Well Go Usa
  • Number of discs : 1


 

        The news that indi filmmakers Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead have just been hired as directors for a new Marvel show on Disney Plus shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone who has seen Synchronic, particularly after having followed the progression of their career prior to their latest low budget science fiction thriller. There are distinct differences in their latest film, most notably being the casting of name actors and an unambiguous sci-fi premise. This is easily their most accessible film, and at times it feels like a calling card to Hollywood to prove that it is possible to make Christopher Nolan films with a fraction of the budget and half the plot holes.

 

Max Cloud Blu-ray Review

 

  • Director : Martin Owen
  • Actors : Scott Adkins, Tommy Flanagan, John Hannah, Lashana Lynch
  • Aspect Ratio : 2.35:1
  • MPAA rating : Not Rated
  • Media Format : Dolby, Surround Sound, Widescreen
  • Run time : 1 hour and 29 minutes
  • Release date : January 19, 2021
  • Language : English (DTS 5.1)
  • Studio : Well Go Usa



 

         Campiness used to be a kind way to justify the enjoyment of poor filmmaking, but now it is an intentional stylistic choice. Max Cloud is so over-the-top that one hopes it to be an example of the latter, but the intention of the campiness does not equate to quality or enjoyment of it. And it does not equate to originality, which this film has little of. The budget is obviously low, but it doesn’t take a lot of money for halfway decent humor.

 

Love and Monsters 4K Ultra HD Review

 

  • MPAA rating : PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)
  • Media Format : Widescreen, 4K
  • Run time : 1 hour and 48 minutes
  • Release date : January 5, 2021
  • Actors : Dylan O'Brien, Michael Rooker, Ariana Greenblatt
  • Studio : PARAMOUNT
  • Number of discs : 2


 

         You might think that a film about an apocalypse which forces all of humanity underground would be relatable during the current pandemic, but Love and Monsters has themes that ultimately feel tone deaf. Fortunately, this is not the type of film that demands deep analysis. Even if the message of getting out in the world and taking some risks doesn’t perfectly align with the current climate, we can all use this type of escapist entertainment. Derivative and predictable as it may be, Love and Monsters is an easy view during a time when everything seems more difficult than it should be.