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Front Row Reviews http://www.frontrowreviews.co.uk Film & Cinema Reviews, News, Interviews, AV and Live Event Coverage Tue, 21 Nov 2017 20:58:44 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8.3 http://www.frontrowreviews.co.uk/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/cropped-favicon2-32x32.png Front Row Reviews http://www.frontrowreviews.co.uk 32 32 Annabelle : Creation DVD Review http://www.frontrowreviews.co.uk/dvdblu-ray/annabelle-creation-dvd-review/42676 http://www.frontrowreviews.co.uk/dvdblu-ray/annabelle-creation-dvd-review/42676#respond Tue, 21 Nov 2017 20:58:44 +0000 http://www.frontrowreviews.co.uk/?p=42676 Another doll delivers scares and slashes its way through an orphanage. When the orphans from Sister Charlotte’s (Miss Bala’s Stephenie Sigman) are moved to a new home, they might have been really excited. The home belongs to the Mullins. He is a toy maker and loves to hand craft dolls. She is bed bound and […]

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Another doll delivers scares and slashes its way through an orphanage. When the orphans from Sister Charlotte’s (Miss Bala’s Stephenie Sigman) are moved to a new home, they might have been really excited. The home belongs to the Mullins. He is a toy maker and loves to hand craft dolls. She is bed bound and lives in a small room at the back of the house. They both had a daughter who died in a tragic accident. Cue the expected dark closet, evil spirits and a case of ‘the worlds worst place to send orphans!’

From the people who brought you some film that Haunted you in the cinema and then later on DVD or Blu Ray or On demand. Horror series are once again in Vogue (along with superheros…and reboots…). Okay so I am being facetious and that is very unfair.  Annabelle : Creation is a better film than I may have suggested above. How you may ask? Well I will tell you.

Its well directed. A rare skill for a horror film but this has nuances and clever visual plays. The direction gets the tone and in truth that is half the battle there. Horror lives on tonal hues and here it is well shaped. I think this is a mammoth achievement and one that deserves recognition. It is well edited, with pacing and this is also key to its fright induced scenes. The score is haunting and not a barrage of sound akin to villeneuve work. Acting is good enough to sustain a film like this. Then finally I have to mark out its successes in scaring the viewer. It works all round. Very much a film you will watch on a night in. Then be unable to open a cupboard or door without wondering….

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The Hitman’s Bodyguard DVD Review http://www.frontrowreviews.co.uk/dvdblu-ray/the-hitmans-bodyguard-dvd-review/42669 http://www.frontrowreviews.co.uk/dvdblu-ray/the-hitmans-bodyguard-dvd-review/42669#respond Sun, 19 Nov 2017 11:07:38 +0000 http://www.frontrowreviews.co.uk/?p=42669 A non stop rolling news action film with awful plotting, dull visuals and the occasional laugh out loud moment. Michael Bryce is a triple A rated bodyguard. He is hired to protect the worlds biggest and best. So when he is hired to protect Takashi Kurosawa, a Japanese arms dealer, all seems easy enough. However when […]

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A non stop rolling news action film with awful plotting, dull visuals and the occasional laugh out loud moment. Michael Bryce is a triple A rated bodyguard. He is hired to protect the worlds biggest and best. So when he is hired to protect Takashi Kurosawa, a Japanese arms dealer, all seems easy enough. However when Kurosawa is shoot through an airplane window, its the end of his career. Two years later Bryce might have found to redeem himself. Vladislav Dukhovich, a dictator from Belarus is on trial and the world famous hitman Darius Kincaid is to testify. All Bryce has to do is get him there!

Oh god! Oh dear sweet lord. It is rare to find such a film that is unfunny, over written and a barrage of pointless action but today you have found it. Director Patrick Hughes is unsure at what he wants to remove from a script over filled with loud bangs that he leaves it all in and in doing so misses so much value. Its as if he felt that the scenery and the car crashes make up for chemistry.

The choice of two great comedy actors playing off each other was hard for me to miss but after 30 minutes and one pointless plot line and gun battle after another, I was deadened to it. When you want to drop in humour but still maintain a momentum, that is fine. Eddie Murphy did this in 48hrs and Beverly hills cop. However both films and their directors knew, let the actors have time and not barrage them with pointless and expensive set pieces on top of each other. Its sad really. Very very sad indeed. Dont watch.

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The Haunting Dual review http://www.frontrowreviews.co.uk/dvdblu-ray/the-haunting-dual-review/42661 http://www.frontrowreviews.co.uk/dvdblu-ray/the-haunting-dual-review/42661#respond Sat, 18 Nov 2017 23:03:46 +0000 http://www.frontrowreviews.co.uk/?p=42661 Taking us to the edge of sanity and then flinging us over, this is the psychological horror classic which though dated is still a thrilling watch. Dr. John Markway has been granted access to the often said haunted and even more often seen death Hill House. Markway wishes to study Hill House and its paranormal activity, so […]

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Taking us to the edge of sanity and then flinging us over, this is the psychological horror classic which though dated is still a thrilling watch. Dr. John Markway has been granted access to the often said haunted and even more often seen death Hill House. Markway wishes to study Hill House and its paranormal activity, so he invites a group of people to the place. In the end only three agreed to attend. Once they arrive and settle down for the night, everything goes bang and bump in the night…

Coming off the back of a best picture win fro West Side Story, Robert Wise made this contained and controlled thriller. Its a real skill to see a director take what is an above average script and imbibe it with a malevolence, so creeping that you feel it on your skin. The Haunting can cut either way in fairness. For some they might not commit to the house and its unsettling aura. They might not get the dark hues of female desire and despair. If not then, that’s you. For me bar the sluggish pacing, it is a great film.

The disc has some issues. The print is pretty much the same as the one on the previous disc bar it is on Blu ray. Blu helps the black and white sing but wear is evident and its not great. The commentary has been heard before. Though it is very good, with Wise a real charming presence.

Commentary by Julie Harris, Claire Bloom, Richard Johnson, Russ Tamblyn, Director Robert Wise and Screenwriter Nelson Gidding.
Theatrical Trailer

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House of Wax 3D Dual format edition review http://www.frontrowreviews.co.uk/dvdblu-ray/42653/42653 http://www.frontrowreviews.co.uk/dvdblu-ray/42653/42653#respond Sat, 18 Nov 2017 21:55:06 +0000 http://www.frontrowreviews.co.uk/?p=42653 This slice of shlock and gore returns in a ramped up version for blu ray that explains why some films are more about nostalgia than quality. When sculptor and self confessed mad man Professor Henry Jarrod (Vincent Price) tries to find a backer to buy out his business partner Matthew Burke in their Wax Museum. […]

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This slice of shlock and gore returns in a ramped up version for blu ray that explains why some films are more about nostalgia than quality. When sculptor and self confessed mad man Professor Henry Jarrod (Vincent Price) tries to find a backer to buy out his business partner Matthew Burke in their Wax Museum. He thinks he finds it but then Burke says he cant wait and has to act. A fire and insurance will cover him and let Jarrod work with this new backer. When Jarrod refuses, he goes ahead anyway. The Museum is destroyed but what happened to Jarrod?

Can we accept a few things prior to me beginning this. One that the transfer is going to be often weak even in the Blu Ray. Two the 3D is often pointless and three Price is the king of horror for a multitude of reasons. So what about House of Wax as a film? Well its 90 minutes of genre fun and games. Taking a classic unpublished story, flexing that technology with 3 Dee and sprinkling some bitter revenge, its sufficient for most viewers. For some of those in the hipster fold, the audience will sneer and Jeer for the film is copy + paste script but they (and if you) miss the point. It is more than the sum of its pieces. Its about physical ownership of a body. Its about sensationalism, spectacle and classic old school curiosity. Prices Jarrod is a man about art who becomes obsessed with gore and how.

So audiences can be fickle and also can be rather obsessive over films like this. So the Blu ray is the first outing for the film. As said its not clean and that’s how 3D ages from the 50s. A commentary helps a film to open up and come alive. The commentary here is excellent and adds strokes of information and comment that help the film feel more than it is. For me in all this I found the real gem here to be the first film. Mystery of the Wax Museum is such a thrilling incarnation. Its clever and swaps an assassin for Voltaire. Outside of that it is plotted better, directed with a vigour (Curtiz is a great director). The choice is clear buy…for the old film first and then the next.

House of Wax: Unlike Anything You’ve Seen Before! Commentary by David Del Valle and Constantine Nasr Newsreel Theatrical Trailer 1933 Warner Bros. Feature Mystery of the Wax Museum

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The Eyes of Laura Mars Blu Ray review http://www.frontrowreviews.co.uk/dvdblu-ray/the-eyes-of-laura-mars-blu-ray-review/42645 http://www.frontrowreviews.co.uk/dvdblu-ray/the-eyes-of-laura-mars-blu-ray-review/42645#respond Fri, 17 Nov 2017 12:34:00 +0000 http://www.frontrowreviews.co.uk/?p=42645 From Irvin Kershner (the guy who made The Empire Strikes Back brilliant) comes this slasher, mystery, giallo slap up. All from a script from the ultra talented John Carpenter. Laura Mars (Faye Dunaway) who just to note is no relation to Bruno! is an ultra talented photographer. She has a gift for the visual and […]

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From Irvin Kershner (the guy who made The Empire Strikes Back brilliant) comes this slasher, mystery, giallo slap up. All from a script from the ultra talented John Carpenter. Laura Mars (Faye Dunaway) who just to note is no relation to Bruno! is an ultra talented photographer. She has a gift for the visual and controversy. Her latest venture captures violence and in particular murders from her native New York. All imagined of course, well almost imagined. You see she dreams these deaths and they are her nightmares maybe? however to the public at large its just too much. When however see witnesses a murder of a friend via a psychic episode, she becomes worried. When police detective Lieutenant John Neville points out that some of her images are exactly like the murders of an unsolved serial offender, it spooks her. When she witnesses the murder of another woman, it provides her with proof. She can see what the murderer can…

Legend has it that George Lucas hired director Kershner for The Empire Strikes Back because he was very impressed after seeing an early rough cut of the film. Why would he do this? Well I could only guess that it was simply how Kershner (and have no mistake this is his film and he is what makes it) crafted performances from actors know for rigidity, excess and a lack of empathy. He makes the film warm enough to buy into but dark enough to work on its themes of consumerism as a consumptive force, the brutal power of fashion (more relevant now then ever) and the blur between what is gained and lost by the taking of a fashion photo. Or to put it directly, how we lose our personal space forever within the frame and allow ourselves to be compared and commented on forever.Its flawed. Boy is it so. I mean it lacks a solid plot, which slip slides and throws up occasionally absurd red herrings. It has no ending of which to appease it viewer and it feels like often the cast might be in on a joke that we aren’t. This is me sating that its played more as a black comedy about a mad woman blaming a patsy for her blood lust? All this said when the strings of Native New Yorker ring out, much is forgiven.

Extras are grand so here goes. The remaster is an improvement on that DVD which had wears and light issues. The commentary has been around before but works wonderfully and since his passing, it is now we see what a great director Kershner was. Kat Ellinger piece is worth some investing in but I feel it not her best nor her most developed work. The photo feature is great. Rebecca Nicole Williams and the booklet is very, very good indeed. Rebecca Nicole Williams or the Celluloid Sorceress delves into the fashion aspects of the film and in doing so, opens it up to the world…somewhat.

INDICATOR LIMITED EDITION SPECIAL FEATURES:
• High Definition remaster
• Original mono audio
• Audio commentary with director Irvin Kershner
• The Eyes Have It (2017, 14 mins): an appreciation by critic Kat Ellinger
• Visions (1978, 7 mins): original ‘making of’ documentary
• Eyes on Laura Mars (1999, 8 mins): on-set photography with commentary
• Original theatrical trailer
• David DeCoteau trailer commentary (2013, 4 mins): a short critical appreciation
• Image gallery: on-set and promotional photography
• New and improved English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing
• Limited edition exclusive booklet with a new essay by Rebecca Nicole Williams, an overview of contemporary critical responses, and historic articles on the film
• World premiere on Blu-ray
• Limited Blu-ray Edition of 3,000 copies

 

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The Big Sleep Premium Collection Duel Review http://www.frontrowreviews.co.uk/dvdblu-ray/42643/42643 http://www.frontrowreviews.co.uk/dvdblu-ray/42643/42643#respond Thu, 16 Nov 2017 11:35:28 +0000 http://www.frontrowreviews.co.uk/?p=42643 Howard Hawks film noir masterwork sees a welcomed return to the small screen in two versions and to be honest both look better than ever. Based on the Hammett novel this is the complex and confusing delight. When Philip Marlowe (Humphrey Bogart) takes on a blackmail case, it leads to a dark trial. From the […]

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Howard Hawks film noir masterwork sees a welcomed return to the small screen in two versions and to be honest both look better than ever. Based on the Hammett novel this is the complex and confusing delight. When Philip Marlowe (Humphrey Bogart) takes on a blackmail case, it leads to a dark trial. From the lives of the super rich and spoiled and the gambling debts of a General Sternwood. He has lost out on something else however. When Marlowe meets General Sternwood’s older daughter, Mrs. Vivian Rutledge (Lauren Bacall), the jigsaw puzzle seems to be falling into place. As Marlowe goes to Geiger’s rare book shop he meets Agnes Louzier. Following her to her house, he hears a gunshot shatter the night calm. Breaking in he finds a dead body and the story is about to become complicated.

Ok, if you know film and have studied it at any capacity you would have either heard of or seen this film. Its a film once again with a great legacy and legend. The films director Hawks was a wonderful film maker who covered a variety of genres with skill and ease.  Complex and occasionally convoluted in plotting, it is a joy for film noir, Bogart and Bacall or classic cinema fans. Take for example its wonderful use of dialogue which is both funny, satirical and often sardonic but always played dead pan. This is always joyful to listen to. Then you have the astonishing black and white hues. The deep rich blacks (that the Blu Ray really brings to the fore.) For a fan of the visual image and cinema of the Black and White cinematography vein, the joys of deep focus, shadow, light and shade is excellent. Then you again have those performances that zing with chemistry and charisma. Above all for me is that plotting. In the 1945 version you get to see the more standard version. A version that would work for everyone but would also leave you without seeing those lovely undertones of menace and sexuality.

To the disc. Yep the visuals are utter lovely visually. The others extras have been seen before and I was less interested in them. However it is well worth paying for!

 

1945 Alternate VersionThe Big Sleep Comparisons 1945/1946
Introduction by Robert Gitt
Theatrical Trailer

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The Maltese Falcon Dual DVD / Blu Ray review http://www.frontrowreviews.co.uk/dvdblu-ray/the-maltese-falcon-dual-review/42631 http://www.frontrowreviews.co.uk/dvdblu-ray/the-maltese-falcon-dual-review/42631#respond Thu, 16 Nov 2017 10:25:39 +0000 http://www.frontrowreviews.co.uk/?p=42631 From the great Premium Collection, a series that releases the best films from cinema past and present comes this film noir masterpiece. Now actually it would be better to say stand out genre film or should I say THE film noir to judge all others by. John Huston writes and directs, Bogart stars and shines, […]

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From the great Premium Collection, a series that releases the best films from cinema past and present comes this film noir masterpiece. Now actually it would be better to say stand out genre film or should I say THE film noir to judge all others by. John Huston writes and directs, Bogart stars and shines, Gregg Toland crafts deep focus visual joy and well the rest as they say is film lore. Based on London born Dashiell Hammett’s elusive detective. When Sam Spade (Bogart) a tough and rough private detective. He has seen it all and with his partner, Miles Archer has made a name for himself solving crimes. When Archer is murdered while investigating the case of a missing statue. it means he has to become embroiled in a dark game of cat and mouse. Joel Cairo (Peter Lorre) offers $5,000 for a little black bird statue.  Kasper Gutman (Sidney Greenstreet) know as the Fat Man also wants the bird and will pay some $25,000 for it. However it seems that they might know more than they let on at first. Not only about the bird but about his murdered partner.

Ok, so lets get the history out of the way. It was nominated for best picture, screenplay and supporting actor at the oscars. It was the first major studio motion picture film that launched the film noir genre. It also arguably lead to the rise of cult cinema, crime fiction and the magnificent Giallo genre. So the film itself is that rare thing, it matches much of the legend around it. It is well plotted, a little laboured for today’s taste in pacing but still works for performance and chemistry. It oozes style and sex. Literally leaving the film of it on the screen (as well as a slight smoke haze). It just works and is astonishing in that it hasn’t aged. This might be because it tells a moral timeless tale. A tale of greed, desire and the murder. This might be because it was directed and written by a man who loved to examine the human condition. Huston also loved to add sardonic wit and layered intrigue in his work. It also might be that the film is filled with great performances and chemistry as mentioned. Lorre and Greenstreet are great together. Bogart and Astor work well together and to be fair anyone works as Bogarts cutting dialogue, slashes and slices the air which make it all the more fun.

So to the disc and well to the question we all asked. Does it look any different? In the Blu Ray it is noticeable to the trained eye but to the amateur like me only the depth of the blacks was what I drolled over.  the extras are pretty solid. With the best things on the disk being the studio blooper reel for the film fan and the excellent commentary by Lax being the highlight for anyone else.

Commentary by Bogart Biographer Eric Lax
Featurette The Maltese Falcon: One Magnificent Bird
Breakdowns of 1941: Studio Blooper Reel
Makeup Tests
Becoming Attractions: The Trailers of Humphrey Bogart
Warner Night at the Movies 1941 Short Subjects Gallery – Newsreel, Musical Short The Gay Parisian, 2 Classic Cartoons: Hiawatha’s Rabbit Hunt and Meet John Doughboy, Trailers of This Movie, 1941’s Sergeant York and 1936’s Previous Falcon Movie Adaptation, Satan Met a Lady
Audio-Only Bonus: 3 Radio Show Adaptations – 2 Featuring the Movie’s Original Stars, Plus Another Starring Edward G. Robinson

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Metalhead Film Review http://www.frontrowreviews.co.uk/reviews/metalhead-film-review/42625 http://www.frontrowreviews.co.uk/reviews/metalhead-film-review/42625#respond Wed, 15 Nov 2017 16:41:22 +0000 http://www.frontrowreviews.co.uk/?p=42625 When her brother is killed in a freak on a farm in deepest rural Iceland, Hera Karlsdottir (Thora Bjorg Helga) is devastated. Not only did she see it actually happen but now she can’t reconcile why it did. Her brother was her hero and she loved him.  She was born into a family of farmers […]

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When her brother is killed in a freak on a farm in deepest rural Iceland, Hera Karlsdottir (Thora Bjorg Helga) is devastated. Not only did she see it actually happen but now she can’t reconcile why it did. Her brother was her hero and she loved him.  She was born into a family of farmers who ask no questions and follow the ordinary. She however wants to honour her brother, the rebel, the rocker. When Hera starts to explore his music collection, he finds that her grief can be overcome. The sound of metal, drowns out the sound of pain and as she listen so she becomes convinced. She will become a rock star. She will become the rock god her brother should have been and the one to save many others from the pain of the past. However how will her family take it?

Grief is truly a thief of the self. It steals all that you cling to. From the values of identity to the political ideology we bind our thoughts to. Within director Ragnar Bragason film you have a discourse that suggests it can also give. That it might be able to give as much or maybe more to the person on its end. Give back your life, identity and hope. He is  one of Iceland’s most popular and critically acclaimed filmmakers and if this film is anything to go by, Hollywood shall be calling very soon.  It is by turns funny, irreverent and also slightly angry. It gets what it wants to say and the position it needs to take in order to do this. Somewhat rarely it lacks the problems inherent with a film that could be seen as a black comedy or a coming of age drama. That is both tonally and direction. Here that is tender and sardonic in places while remaining truthful also. The direction is tight, without making the thing seem closed in. It makes the whole feel solid enough to take what is being given to us. Which works perfectly for me in cementing the film’s core. That to put simply is, a young girl coming to terms with the death of her brother and a person she revered. He comes back to her in the performance of his love.

Metalhead will be available on iTunes, Google, Sony, Microsoft and Amazon Instant Video.

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SAO JORGE (Saint George) Film review http://www.frontrowreviews.co.uk/reviews/sao-jorge-saint-george-film-review/42621 http://www.frontrowreviews.co.uk/reviews/sao-jorge-saint-george-film-review/42621#respond Wed, 15 Nov 2017 15:26:22 +0000 http://www.frontrowreviews.co.uk/?p=42621 Director Marco Martins reunites with Nuno Lopes for this slice of social realism and social violence. When unemployed boxer Jorge (Nuno Lopez) is deep in debt thanks to the bail out horrors. The economy is in free fall and he is desperate. His wife wants out and he is on the verge of losing the only hope […]

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Director Marco Martins reunites with Nuno Lopes for this slice of social realism and social violence. When unemployed boxer Jorge (Nuno Lopez) is deep in debt thanks to the bail out horrors. The economy is in free fall and he is desperate. His wife wants out and he is on the verge of losing the only hope he has, his son. This forces his hand and he makes a very tough decision. The local hood needs an enforcer and he knows what to do. He looks like the sort of person trouble is scared of and accepts the offer of work. When fists are thrown and blood spilled, Jorge must decide if he can take this or not?

Marco Martins first film was ‘Alice’ (2005), it was a hit but in truth it was in the tradition of European cinema of the period. Its meditative and layers malise with measures of doubt and social commentary. In Saint George he is again exploring the social commentary with which he made his previous film saturated in. Here the tones of despair brought on by money worries are counterbalanced with the violence that social change. This created much deeply complex issue, none more so than the nasty financial response of big business that forced governments to pay for their mis management. The criminals that draw in Jorge are not just horrible but they are also a very thinly veiled dig at someone else. They represents the EU/ IMF / Governments etc as the bully boys. The aspects Marco Martins seems deeply interested in is that. Why we must challenge what has happened and not misdirect the events or misread them and harm the most vulnerable.  Nuno Lopes is the most amazing choice of actor for the role of Jorge. Bar the fact that the role of boxer Jorge was awarded with Best Actor en the Venice Horizon Award 2016, it is an award worth performance. He gives his tense physical frame, a warmth when with his son. a darkness when on his work and a causal jackal like state when prowling around for the next score. He is a weak person but also a special one. He works for those he loves and fights for those he hates. However his performance is so good that you are utterly mesmerized. Its a very good film that might be paced poorly but is visually stunning and has tones that are powerful and prescient for today.

Saint George will be available on iTunes, Google, Sony, Microsoft and Amazon Instant Video.

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THE WONDERFUL WORLDS OF RAY HARRYHAUSEN, VOLUME TWO: 1961-1964 Blu Ray review http://www.frontrowreviews.co.uk/dvdblu-ray/the-wonderful-worlds-of-ray-harryhausen-volume-two-1961-1964-blu-ray-review/42610 http://www.frontrowreviews.co.uk/dvdblu-ray/the-wonderful-worlds-of-ray-harryhausen-volume-two-1961-1964-blu-ray-review/42610#respond Tue, 14 Nov 2017 12:18:45 +0000 http://www.frontrowreviews.co.uk/?p=42610 The worlds of creatures from ancient myths, mysterious isle and the surface of the moon all come together in this extraordinary second release of the great mans work. Ray Harryhausen was an enigma and a revelation. He crafted fantasy images of dinosaurs, giant crabs, skeletons (a personal favourite) and so much more. He did it […]

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The worlds of creatures from ancient myths, mysterious isle and the surface of the moon all come together in this extraordinary second release of the great mans work. Ray Harryhausen was an enigma and a revelation. He crafted fantasy images of dinosaurs, giant crabs, skeletons (a personal favourite) and so much more. He did it with dedication and with amazing amounts of skill (and massive amounts of hard work.) He also made many a childhood the better for his vision and his brilliance!

JASON AND THE ARGONAUTS leads us off into ancient Greece and the legends of the golden fleece. From the world of the gods to the land of the great steel giant Talos. To the sea and the rocks of destruction to the land where evil skeletons roam. Its so wonderful and yes it has been released before but I would recommend dropping that HMV premium collection and upgrading to this! 4K makes the epic feel even more so and adds delightful warmth to the animated scenes. The film shines on the screen and even with a little wear in the print, still is top notch. Then we have the amazing audio commentary that sees Peter Jackson turn into the inner child of everyone watching and makes it so worth listening to again just for the sheer delight in his voice.

FIRST MEN IN THE MOON takes us H G Wells creation and the surface of the moon and a landing ahead of time. Its not a faithful adaptation but delivers on effects galore. I will say that it deserves  viewing and is possibly the most under seen and under appreciated film of its type and from its period. The 4k makes the task easier (to watch that is) and when you settle into it, you find it a valuable addition to the set.  In my opinion the extras add some texture but little detail or bite to the set.

However MYSTERIOUS ISLAND which sees the American Civil War soldiers escape from prison via a air balloon only to land on a long lost island, is amazing. Its value from both sides. The film is a superb take on the lost on an island idea but then adds delicious everyday creatures in. These become great fun and you can hear kids and adults screaming with joy as it plays out. The 2K restoration is good enough but i wish it was colour corrected in areas. I suspect that is age of the print rather than the team, who are amazing at all they do. I love the extras. Kim Newman is fantastic and explodes with detail and comments. Harryhausen also adds such youthful charm for a man of his age at the time and also gravity to his ideas. Its overall a wonderful set that i would be hard pressed not to say, buy, buy and buy again.

 

ANNOUNCEMENT!

BFI members only evening on the 23rd of November
INDICATOR have a stall with an 5% extra discount for members.  Great selections of films, t shirts and tote bags
SO GET DOWN TO LONDON!!!

INDICATOR LIMITED EDITION SPECIAL FEATURES:
• 4K restorations of Jason and the Argonauts and First Men in the Moon from the original camera negatives
• 2K restoration of Mysterious Island from the original camera negative
• Mono and 5.1 surround sound audio options
• Ray Harryhausen audio commentaries
• Additional Mysterious Island audio commentary with film historians Randall William Cook, C. Courtney Joyner and Steven C. Smith
• Additional Jason and the Argonauts audio commentary with filmmaker Peter Jackson and Randall William Cook
• ‘Jason and the Argonauts’ Original Skeleton Fight Storyboards
• Ray Harryhausen on ‘Mysterious Island’
• Actor Michael Craig on ‘Mysterious Island’
• Hal Hickel on ‘Mysterious Island’ (2017): new interview with the special effects maestro
• Kim Newman on ‘Mysterious Island’ (2017): new appreciation by the author and genre-film expert
• Islands of Mystery: vintage featurette
• Randall William Cook Introduces ‘First Men in the Moon’
• Tomorrow the Moon: vintage featurette
• New and exclusive interviews with crew members, including camera assistant Ray Andrew (Mysterious Island) and production manager Ted Wallis (First Men in the Moon)
• Back to Mysterious Island comic-book
• Archival documentaries and interviews
• Super 8 version of Mysterious Island
• Isolated scores: experience the music of Bernard Herrmann (Mysterious Island) and Laurie Johnson (First Men in the Moon)
• Original trailers, teasers, TV spots and promotional films
• John Landis trailer commentary for First Men in the Moon
• Image galleries: extensive promotional and on-set photography, poster art and archive materials
• Limited edition exclusive 80-page book with new essays by film experts Kim Newman and Tim Lucas, an in-depth oral history of all three films, and full film credits
• UK Blu-ray premieres of Mysterious Island and First Men in the Moon
• Limited Dual Format Edition Box Set of 6,000 numbered units
…AND MORE!

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