The Righteous Blu-ray Review


  • Director ‏ : ‎ Mark O'Brien
  • Actors ‏ : ‎ Henry Czerny, Mark O'Brien, Mayko Nguyen
  • Media Format ‏ : ‎ Anamorphic, NTSC, Surround Sound, Widescreen
  • Studio ‏ : ‎ Arrow Video
  • Country of Origin ‏ : ‎ Canada
  • Number of discs ‏ : ‎ 1
  • Run time ‏ : ‎ 1 hour and 37 minutes
  • Release date ‏ : ‎ July 19, 2022


         The Canadian psychological thriller The Righteous isn’t so much frightening as it is a suspenseful meditation on faith and religion, which is what leads me to believe filmmaker Mark O'Brien was likely inspired by the work of Ingmar Bergman. There are also many narrative similarities to Carl Theodor Dreyer’s 1955 film, Ordet. While these are admirable reference points, they may not be solid selling points for the average modern film viewers, who often expect a bit more clarity and spectacle. But for those who enjoy thoughtful and ambiguous cinema, The Righteous may be a welcome relief from dumbed-down Hollywood blockbusters and entries into shared cinematic universes.


The Lost City 4K UHD Review


  • Director ‏ : ‎ Adam Nee, Aaron Nee
  • Actors ‏ : ‎ Sandra Bullock, Channing Tatum, Daniel Radcliffe, Da'Vine Joy Randolph, Brad Pitt
  • Studio ‏ : ‎ PARAMOUNT
  • Media Format ‏ : ‎ 4K Ultra HD
  • Country of Origin ‏ : ‎ USA
  • Number of discs ‏ : ‎ 1
  • MPAA rating ‏ : ‎ PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)
  • Release date ‏ : ‎ July 26, 2022


         There is something refreshing about seeing a blockbuster can still exist without being a part of a larger franchise or cinematic universe. For that reason, I was fully in support of The Lost City, even if the final product felt somewhat lazily constructed. Even with some fun adventure, The Lost City mostly feels formulaically reliant on the worst the romantic comedy has to offer. Star power is what moves the narrative forward, and audience enjoyment mostly depends on how much the audience likes the cast members. Unfortunately, even liking Sandra Bullock and Channing Tatum as individuals did little to convince me of their chemistry together. And the film needed much more from Brad Pitt’s character, who has always been underutilized as a comedic actor.