Thursday, December 14, 2017

COMET TV December GIVEAWAY: Tank Girl Exclusive Swag And CultClassic Goodness!

LOOK! We have a cool new TANK GIRL themed giveaway for December thanks to the folks at COMET TV, just email your name and address to mcbastard2000@gmail.com by January 1st to be entered for the drawing! 
Dec prizepack horiz
Look, it's been swell, but the swelling's gone down.
-Tank Girl
It’s December, the time when you think of a rolling fire, having dinners with friends, and… Tank Girl! I mean, come on we’re not getting sentimental now are we? This month COMET TV has some of the cult-iest movies of all time. Earth Girls Are Easy, Tank Girl, Leviathan… and that’s just what I could remember off the top of my head! Think of what I could talk about if I looked it up!
There are also Cult Classic Theater films like Attack of the Puppet People, Dolls and more, plus we have the Martian Holiday Movie Marathon! This holiday season, prepare to head to another world. If you say that in an ominous inner voice, it sounds awesome!
And we want to give you the opportunity to have an awesome December of your own all month long! The COMET TV December Prize Pack is perfect for that kick butt adventure you’re planning, or just kicking back and watching COMET TV!
We’re giving you a chance to do a giveaway for a lucky reader to win one! Say wha? I know! You can run the contest anyway you like, a lot of people use rafflecopter, etc…
The Comet TV December Pack has:
1 - Limited Edition Tank Girl x COMET TV T-shirt: "Look, if you want to torture me, spank me, lick me, do it." .... Lock and load with this exclusive Tank Girl goggle-eye tee and get ready to break necks next time you're stocking up on ammo.
1 - Tank Girl 4"x9" UV Print: SPLOSH, BAM! If you're a true Tank Girl fan like we are, you couldn't get enough of the film's animated sequences. We're paying homage with two variant UV prints pulled right from the film and custom made for this kit.
1- Stargate Atlantis x COMET TV SnowGlobe: Tis the season to be Stargate! Bring home the bubble city trapped in this limited edition SnowGlobe... where else are you gonna snag this?
1 - COMET TV Collectable Card: You’ll get one of two collectable COMET TV cards featuring Earth Girls Are Easy & Tank Girl.

About Comet TV - Dec 2017

FILMS ON COMET IN DECEMBER
Tank Girl (1995)
Want to warm up this holiday season? Take a trip to the year 2033, where cold isn't an issue but an apocalyptic lack of water is. Starring Lori Petty as the titular hero, and Malcolm McDowell as the villainous Kesslee, Tank Girl is an action-packed adventure that's so explosive you might just end up putting jetpacks at the top of your holiday gift list.
Friday, December 29 at 8P/7C
Saturday, December 30 at 8P/7C
Earth Girls Are Easy (1989)
If you thought Jeff Goldblum was charming in human form, just wait until you see him when he's an alien. Also starring Geena Davis, Jim Carrey, and Damon Wayans, 'Earth Girls are Easy' sees a trio of aliens crash land on Earth and take the California dating scene by storm. Even the hardest to please Valley girl is no match for the charms of these furry Cassanovas.
Friday, December 15 at 8P/7C
Saturday, December 16 at 8P/7C
Saturday, December 30 at 6P/5C
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Martian Holiday Movie Marathon
Sunday, December 25 starting at NOON/11C
Mars Needs Women (1968)
Starting at NOON/11C
The Angry Red Planet (1960)
Starting at 2P/1C
Queen of Blood (1966)
Starting at 4P/3C
Red Planet Mars (1952)
Starting at 6P/5C
Santa Claus Conquers the Martians (1964)
Starting at 8P/7C
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December FRIDAY NIGHT MOVIES
Friday Primetime Movie 8P/7C
Saturday Encore Presentation 8P/7C
Leviathan (1989)
Friday, December 8 at 8P/7C
Earth Girls Are Easy (1989)
Friday, December 15 at 8P/7C
Supernova (2000)
Friday, December 22 at 8P/7C
Tank Girl (1995)
Friday, December 29 at 8P/7C
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December Weekly Themes
Airing weekdays at 4P/3C throughout December, check schedule at CometTV.com
Haunted House Movies (12/4 – 12/8)
Vincent Price Movies (12/11 – 12/15)
Creature Features (12/18 – 12/22)
Cult Sci-fi Movies (12/26 – 12/29)

DUNKIRK (2017) (4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Review)

DUNKIRK (2017)
4K Ultra HD Combo Pack 
Label: Warner Bros.
Region Code: A
Rating: PG-13
Duration:  106 Minutes 
Audio: English DTS-HD MA Surround 5.1 with Optional English Subtitles 
Video: 4K 2160p UHD/1080p HD Widescreen 2.20:1/1.78:1 
Director: Christopher Nolan
Cast: Fionn Whitehead, Tom Glynn-Carney, Jack Lowden, Harry Styles, Aneurin Barnard, James D'Arcy, Barry Keoghan, Kenneth Branagh, Cillian Murphy, Mark Rylance, Tom Hardy

Synopsis: “Dunkirk” opens as hundreds of thousands of British and Allied troops are surrounded by enemy forces.  Trapped on the beach with their backs to the sea they face an impossible situation as the enemy closes in. The story unfolds on land, sea and air. RAF Spitfires engage the enemy in the skies above the Channel, trying to protect the defenseless men below. Meanwhile, hundreds of small boats manned by both military and civilians are mounting a desperate rescue effort, risking their lives in a race against time to save even a fraction of their army.

Christopher Nolan's Dunkirk (2017) is not your average WWII epic, it's a non-linear web of suspense and dread, as 400,000 Allied soldiers find themselves trapped on a beach in Dunkirk, France  surrounded by German artillery with no hope of a proper military evacuation. We follow three three cross-threaded narrative lines, first we have a low-ranking British soldier named Tommy, the sole survivor of a German ambush in Dunkirk who only just makes his way to the beach, hoping to find a way off the sand through any means necessary, a few are bear successful, but somehow he keeps landing back at the beach. Then we have British a father and teenage son who along with a teenage friend sail their pleasure yacht towards Dunkirk across the English Channel as part of a civilian evacuation contingency enacted by the Royal Navy, along the way they pick-up a British soldier stranded on the hill of a sunk boat, the soldier is shell-shocked and is less than thrilled to discover hat the trio are headed back to Dunkirk from which he just came! Lastly, we have three British Spitfire fighter pilots en route to France, along the way encountering various enemy dog fights and Nazi bombers, they are all running low on fuel, but are charged with providing as much air support as they can muster. Eventually all three stories converge allowing for several epic set pieces to be seen from various vantage points. These include an amazing aerial fight that is breathtaking, captured vividly using real Spitfires planes with IMAX cameras strapped to them, it's impressive and dizzying, this film puts you in the pilot seat like few before it. 


For me part of the beauty here is the non-reliance on digital effects to recreate the scenes, it's shot during the same time of the year on the same beachfront as the historical event, Nolan and crew went to great lengths to achieve period authenticity, including a massive rebuild the mole which extends into the sea for what looks like forever, crammed with desperate soldiers awaiting evacuation, sitting like ducks waiting for an aerial attack. They used real Spitfires for the aerial battles, they also used the real little boats used during the historic evacuation, all adding up to a film that has some serious depth and weight to it, so many films are made using CGI which just doesn't have the weight of reality, this suffers non of that, this is epic from start to finish. I don't think my wife was too keen on the non-linear narrative structure, or the fact that the characters aren't deep and developed, but as an epic tone-poem of a sort this really is steeped in nail-biting suspense and dread, a great war film through and through. 

Audio/Video: Dunkirk (2017) arrives on three-disc 4K UHD Blu-ray, Blu-ray, and Digital format. The film is presented separate 4K UHD Blu-ray and Blu-ray discs containing the main feature with the extras dedicated to a third Blu-ray disc containing only the extras. The main feature is framed in stunning (and alternating) 1.78:1 and 2.20:1 widescreen, this is an image I first saw on large format IMAX, so without dinging the 4K presentation I will say it loses a little in translation, downgraded to mere home video, but the 4K is stunning all the same. The visuals are deep and detailed, the grey tone looks wonderfully crisp, the image as some serious depth, from the claustrophobic shots of the crowded mole, to the interiors of a doomed destroyer, to the spitfire dog fights above the waters, everything here is stunning. 

No Atmos here folks, just Nolan's preferred DTS-HD MA Surround 5.1 audio, and it's sound great, the dive-bombing planes and Zimmer's anxiety inducing score are crisp, powerful and bombastic. Scenes of eerie quietness are immersive while the scene of a beach bombing is appropriately deep, the opening scene of British soldiers coming under fire is crisp and startling, both during by IMAX viewing ad during the home viewing. Optional English subtitles are provided.

Now onto the tasty extras, there's a second Blu-ray disc dedicated to just extras, which add to nearly two hours worth of in-depth featurettes, divided into the following categories: Creation, Land, Air, Sea, and Conclusion, they go deep into the crafting of the film, my favorite stuff being how the actual little boats from the Dunkirk extraction were used during the filming, the rebuilding of the mole, and Zimmer's use of the Shepard's tone to create unease and ramping tension with the score, it's all fantastic stuff. 

Special Features: 
- Creation: Revisiting the Miracle (8 min) HD 
- Creation: Dunkerque (5 min) HD 
- Creation: Expanding the Frame (4 min) HD 
- Creation: The In-Camera Approach (6 min) HD 
- Land: Rebuilding the Mole (6 min) HD 
- Land: The Army On the Beach (5 min) HD 
- Land: Uniform Approach (5 min) HD 
- Air: Taking to the Air (13 min) HD 
- Air: Inside the Cockpit (6 min) HD 
- Sea: Assembling the Naval Fleet (4 min) HD 
- Sea: Launching the Moonstone (6 min) HD 
- Sea: Taking to the Sea (14 min) HD 
- Sea: Sinking the Ships (4 min) HD 
- Sea: The Little Ships (6 min) HD 
- Conclusion: Turning Up the Tension (7 min) HD 
- Conclusion: The Dunkirk Spirit (8 min) HD 
- Coast Guard Promo (2 min) HD

Dunkirk was one of my favorite cinema experiences this year at the IMAX, and I am glad to see it translate well to the small screen with a stunning 4K/Blu-ray release. This will absolutely go down as one of my favorite war films of all-time, I loved the non-linear, cross-threaded storytelling, the visuals are simply stunning, this is such a deeply suspenseful war movie that is both epic, 
grand and frightfully claustrophobic, it definitely lives up to the hype, and this 4K presentation is phenomenal, it wowed me at the IMAX and it wowed me at home. 


The Trap Is Set When Jigsaw Returns on Digital January 9th and 4K Ultra HD™, Blu-ray™ Combo Pack and DVD on January 23 rd from Lionsgate

JIGSAW (2017) 

4K Ultra HD™ to include both Dolby Vision™ and Dolby Atmos®

The Jigsaw Killer is back and taking his signature brand of twisted scenarios to the next level when Jigsaw arrives on Digital January 9 and on 4K Ultra HD (plus Blu-ray and Digital), Blu-ray Combo Pack (plus DVD and Digital), DVD, and On Demand January 23 from Lionsgate. Renown genre directors Michael and Peter Spierig (Daybreakers, Undead) and writers Josh Stolberg and Peter Goldfinger reinvigorate one of the most successful horror franchises of all time with their latest installment starring Tobin Bell (Manson Family Vacation, The Firm, The SAW franchise), Laura Vandervoot (TV’s “Smallville” and “V”), Callum Keith Rennie (TV’s “The Man in the High Castle,” “Californication,” Memento), Brittany Allen (It Stains the Sands Red), Matt Passmore (TV’s “The Glades”), and Hannah Emily Anderson (TV’s “Lizzy Borden Took an Ax”).

In the latest terrifying installment of the legendary SAW series, law enforcement find itself chasing the ghost of a man dead for over a decade, embroiled in a diabolical new game that’s only just begun.  Has John Kramer, the infamous Jigsaw Killer, returned from the dead to commit a series of murders and remind the world to be grateful for the gift of life?  Or is this a trap set by a different killer with designs of their own?

Immerse yourself within Jigsaw’s world with the release’s extensive Special Features, including an all-new 7-Part Documentary, an Audio Commentary with Producers Mark Burg, Oren Koules, and Peter Block, and “The Choice is Yours: Exploring the Props” featurette. The 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray versions feature Dolby Atmos audio mixed specifically for the home, to place and move audio anywhere in the room, including overhead. The 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray also features Dolby Vision high dynamic range (HDR), growing Lionsgate’s library of titles featuring both Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos. Dolby Vision transforms the TV experience in the home by delivering greater brightness and contrast, as well as a fuller palette of rich colors. Together with the captivating sound of Dolby Atmos, consumers will experience both cutting-edge imaging and state-of-the-art sound technology for a fully immersive entertainment experience.

The must-see Jigsaw will be available on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack, and DVD for the suggested retail price of $42.99, $39.99, and $29.95, respectively.




4K UHD / BLU-RAY SPECIAL FEATURES

- Audio Commentary with Producers Mark Burg, Oren Koules, and Peter Block
-  “I Speak for the Dead: The Legacy of Jigsaw” 7-Part Documentary

  • -  “A New Game”
  • -  “You Know His Name”
  • -  “Survival of the Fittest”
  • -  “Death by Design”
  • -  “Blood Sacrifice”
  • -   “The Source of Fear”
  • -  “The Truth Will Set You Free”

-  “The Choice is Yours: Exploring the Props” Featurette


DIGITAL SPECIAL FEATURES
-       “I Speak for the Dead: The Legacy of Jigsaw” 7-Part Documentary

  • -   “A New Game”
  • -   “You Know His Name”
  • -   “Survival of the Fittest”
  • -   “Death by Design”
  • -   “Blood Sacrifice”
  • -  “The Source of Fear”
  • -  “The Truth Will Set You Free”

-  “The Choice is Yours: Exploring the Props” Featurette

DVD SPECIAL FEATURES
- Audio Commentary with Producers Mark Burg, Oren Koules, and Peter Block
- “The Choice is Yours: Exploring the Props” Featurette

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PROGRAM INFORMATION
Year of Production:  2017
Title Copyright: Jigsaw © 2017, Artwork and Supplementary Materials © 2018 Lions Gate Entertainment Inc. All Rights Reserved.
Type: Theatrical Release
Rating: R for sequences of grisly bloody violence and torture, and for language
Genre: Horror
Closed-Captioned: N/A
Subtitles: Spanish, English SDH
Feature Run Time: 91 minutes
4K Ultra HD™ Format: Dolby Vision, 2160p Ultra High Definition 16x9 Widescreen 2.40:1 Presentation
BD Format: 1080p High Definition 16x9 Widescreen 2.40:1 Presentation
DVD Format: 16x9 Widescreen 2.40:1 Presentation
4K Ultra HD™ Audio: English Dolby Atmos, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital, French 5.1 Dolby Digital, English 2.0 Dolby Digital Audio Optimized for Late-Night Listening, English Descriptive Audio 
BD Audio: English Dolby Atmos, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital, English 2.0 Dolby Digital Optimized for Late-Night Listening, English Descriptive Audio 
DVD Audio: English 5.1 Dolby Digital, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital, English Descriptive Audio 

Monday, December 11, 2017

Own Geostorm on Blu-ray combo pack and DVD on January 23RD or Own It Early on Digital on January 16TH!


GET READY TO RIDE OUT THE STORM WHEN
GEOSTORM (2017)
ARRIVES ON BLU-RAY™ COMBO PACK, DVD AND DIGITAL FROM
WARNER BROS. HOME ENTERTAINMENT

Own it early on Digital on January 16th
Blu-ray debuts on January 23rd


Uncover the world’s biggest conspiracy when “Geostorm” arrives onto Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and Digital. Dean Devlin (writer/producer, “Independence Day”) makes his feature film directorial debut with suspense thriller “Geostorm,”

The film stars Gerard Butler (“Olympus Has Fallen,” “300”), Jim Sturgess (“Cloud Atlas”), Abbie Cornish (“Limitless”), Alexandra Maria Lara (“Rush”), Daniel Wu (“The Man with the Iron Fists,” “Warcraft: The Beginning”), Eugenio Derbez (“How to Be a Latin Lover”), with Oscar nominees Ed Harris (“The Hours,” “Apollo 13”) and Andy Garcia (“The Godfather: Part III”).

Butler stars as Jake, a scientist who, along with his brother, Max, played by Sturgess, is tasked with solving the satellite program’s malfunction. Cornish stars as Secret Service agent Sarah Wilson; Lara as Ute Fassbinder, the ISS astronaut who runs the space station; Wu as Cheng, the Hong Kong-based supervisor for the Dutch Boy Program; Derbez as space station crew member Hernandez; with Garcia as U.S. President Andrew Palma; and Harris as Secretary of State Leonard Dekkom. The film also stars Zazie Beetz (upcoming “Deadpool 2,” TV’s “Atlanta”), Adepero Oduye (“The Big Short,” “12 Years a Slave”), Amr Waked (“Lucy,” “Syriana”), Robert Sheehan (“The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones,” “Season of the Witch”) and Eugenio Derbez (“Instructions Not Included”).

The film, written by Dean Devlin & Paul Guyot, is produced by Skydance’s David Ellison, Devlin, and Skydance’s Dana Goldberg. Herbert W. Gains, Electric Entertainment’s Marc Roskin and Skydance’s Don Granger are the executive producers. Rachel Olschan of Electric Entertainment and Cliff Lanning co-produce.

“Geostorm” will be available on Blu-ray Combo Pack for $35.99 and DVD for $28.98. The Blu-ray Combo Pack features the theatrical version of the film in hi-definition on Blu-ray and the DVD features the theatrical version in standard definition. The Blu-ray Combo Pack includes a digital version of the movie. Fans can also own “Geostorm” via purchase from digital retailers beginning January 16th.


Additionally, all the special features, including interviews with filmmakers, featurettes and deleted scenes can be experienced in an entirely new, dynamic and immersive manner on tablets and mobile phones using the Warner Bros. Movies All Access App, available for both iOS and Android devices. When a Combo Pack is purchased and the digital movie is redeemed or the digital movie is purchased from an UltraViolet retailer, the Warner Bros. Movies All Access App allows users to watch the movie and simultaneously experience synchronized content related to any scene simply by rotating their device. Synchronized content is presented on the same screen while the movie is playing, thus enabling users to quickly learn more about any scene, such as actor biographies, scene locations, fun trivia, or image galleries. Also, users can share movie clips with friends on social media and experience other immersive content. The Movies All Access app is available for download on the iTunes App Store and Google Play Store.

The Blu-ray discs of “Geostorm” will feature a Dolby Atmos® soundtrack remixed specifically for the home theater environment to place and move audio anywhere in the room, including overhead. To experience Dolby Atmos at home, a Dolby Atmos enabled AV receiver and additional speakers are required, or a Dolby Atmos enabled sound bar. Dolby Atmos soundtracks are also fully backward compatible with traditional audio configurations and legacy home entertainment equipment.

“Geostorm” will also be available on Movies Anywhere. Using the free Movies Anywhere app and website, consumers can access all their eligible movies by connecting their Movies Anywhere account with their participating digital retailer accounts.

SYNOPSIS
After an unprecedented series of natural disasters threatened the planet, the world’s leaders came together to create an intricate network of satellites to control the global climate and keep everyone safe. But now, something has gone wrong—the system built to protect the Earth is attacking it, and it’s a race against the clock to uncover the real threat before a worldwide geostorm wipes out everything...and everyone along with it.

BLU-RAY AND DVD ELEMENTS
- “Geostorm” Blu-ray Combo Pack contain the following special features:
- “Wreaking Havoc: Cutting edge visual effects, research and technology create the world of Geostorm.
- Search for Answers: Inspired by his daughter’s question of why can’t global warming be stopped, Director Dean Devlin retraces the creative journey that led to Geostorm.
- An International Event: A global cast opens up about the secrets behind Geostorm.
- “Geostorm” Standard Definition DVD contains the following special features:
-         Search for Answers: Inspired by his daughter’s question of why can’t global warming be stopped, Director Dean Devlin retraces the creative journey that led to Geostorm.

DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION ELEMENTS
On January 16, “Geostorm” will be available to own for streaming and download to watch anywhere in high definition and standard definition on favorite devices from select digital retailers including Amazon, CinemaNow, FandangoNow, iTunes, PlayStation, Vudu, Xbox and others. On January 23, “Geostorm” will be made available digitally on Video On Demand services from cable and satellite providers, and on select gaming consoles.
About Movies Anywhere
Movies Anywhere simplifies and enhances the digital movie collection and viewing experience by allowing consumers to access their favorite digital movies in one place when purchased or redeemed through participating digital retailers. Movies Anywhere brings together the movies from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, Twentieth Century Fox Film, The Walt Disney Studios (including Disney, Pixar, Marvel Studios and Lucasfilm), Universal Pictures and Warner Bros. Participating digital retailers at launch are Amazon Video, Google Play, iTunes and Vudu. Movies Anywhere offers a library of over 7,300 digital movies at launch, including new releases, and will continue to expand the consumer experience as more content providers, digital retailers and platforms are added. Using the free Movies Anywhere app and website, consumers can connect their Movies Anywhere account with participating digital retailers and enjoy their favorite digital movies from the comfort of their living room and across multiple devices and platforms, including Amazon Fire devices; Android devices and Android TV; Apple TV; Chromecast; iPhone, iPad and iPod touch; Roku® devices and popular browsers. Consumers can also redeem digital codes found in eligible Blu-ray and DVD disc packages from participating studios and enjoy them through Movies Anywhere. Movies Anywhere is available to residents of the United States, its territories, and certain associated states. For more information, visit www.moviesanywhere.com.

BASICS
PRODUCT SRP
Blu-ray Combo Pack $35.99
DVD Amaray (WS) $28.98
Standard Street Date: January 23, 2018
EST Street Date: January 16, 2018
DVD Languages: English, Latin Spanish, Canadian French
BD Languages: English, Latin Spanish, Canadian French, Brazilian Portuguese
DVD Subtitles: English SDH, Latin Spanish, Parisian French, Canadian French
BD Subtitles: English, Latin Spanish, Parisian French, Canadian French, Brazilian Portuguese
Running Time: 109 minutes
Rating: Rated PG-13 for destruction, action and violence
Dolby ATMOS [CC]

OPERATION PETTICOAT (1959) (Olive Signature Blu-ray Review)

OPERATION PETTICOAT (1959)

Label: Olive Films/Olive Signature
Rating: Unrated 
Region Code: A
Duration: 120 Minutes
Audio: English DTS-HD MA Mono with Optional English Subtitles
Video: 1080P HD Widescreen (1.85:1)
Director: Blake Edwards
Cast: Cary Grant, Tony Curtis, Dina Merrill Joan O'Brien, Gene Evans
Operation Petticoat (1959) is a WWII naval-comedy that opens with a framing device, we have  U.S. Navy Rear Admiral Matt Sherman (Cary Grant, North By Northwest) arriving to send-off the obsolete submarine USS Sea Tiger which he formerly captained, sitting down with his log book and reminiscing about his time on the submarine in 1941, when it was sunk during a Japanese air raid on the Philippines island of Cavite, before it ever had a chance to properly fight in the war.

With his ship sunk he is left with just a skeleton crew and is allowed by his superiors to make repairs to the sub, repairing it enough so that they can re-float it and sail to a naval base in Darwin, Australia. As most of his crew have been reassigned to serve on other naval ships Sherman is assigned a crew of less-than-awesome replacements, including the slick careerist Lieutenant Nick Holden (Tony Curtis, Some Like It Hot), an admiral's aide without any submarine training or experience, however, his skills in scrounging scarce items (like toilet paper) makes him an ideal supply officer, and through illicit means, also known as "midnight requisitions", the crew are able to make the necessary repairs to the sub, also with the spiritual help of a Filipino witch doctor, they just barely able to leave port under the power of one belching (and very smokey) engine. 

En route they reluctantly evacuate five stranded female Army nurses from an overrun base, much to the chagrin of sub's mechanical engineer, who firmly believes that women are a curse on a sub, and he's not exactly wrong about that. Of course the presence of ladies on the sub ruffle some feathers, plus we have some developing romantic situations with Curtis's Holden perusing  the pretty Second Lieutenant Barbara Duran (Dina Merrill), while Sherman himself is pursued by Second Lieutenant Dolores Crandall (Joan O'Brien), who proves to be the most curse-worthy of the women, managing to accidentally fire off a torpedo at an inopportune moment, causing the captain to jokingly question in his whether the buxom beauty could possible be a Japanese spy.  

There's plenty of the expected 50's era sexist jokes, submarine-humor and comedic happenings, including the sub being preposterously painted pink, which captures the unwanted attention of both the enemy and some friendly fire, leading to the crew being subjected to a series of depth charges by U.S. forces who believe the pink sub is an enemy ploy, a fun scenario that culminates with some water-logged bras saving the day!   

This sub-comedy is a fun watch, it goes by fast, but it's 50's era sexist humor is sorely dated, but as a relic of a bygone era it is not without it's charms, the onscreen chemistry of Grant and Curtis is undeniable. It's also fun as someone who grew up on a steady diet of 70's TV to spot actors like Dick Sargent (Bewitched), Gavin MacLeod (The Love Boat) and Marion Ross (Happy Days) in various roles throughout. 

Audio/Video: Operation Petticoat 91959) arrives on Blu-ray for a second time from olive Films, this Olive Signature Edition is sourced from the same HD master as the first bare-bones release with some additional digital restoration applied. Not having seen the other release all I can say is that the other release must have looked very bad, because what we have here is not great. Presented in 1080p HD and framed in 1.85:1 widescreen the image is at times very soft, unnaturally grainy and full of scratches, dirt and debris. It's watchable but it's not an attractive looking Blu-ray by any means. The English DTS-HD MA Mono audio sounds clean and balanced, no issues, but it's not remarkable either. The fun score from David Rose complements the sea-faring/sexist comedy  shenanigans, optional English subtitles are provided. 

Onto he extras, this is where this release shines, beginning with an audio commentary from Aussie films critic Adrian Martin, which is very dry, I honestly didn't make it through it till the end. Then onto 
a 21-min interview with the director's daughter Jennifer Edwards and actress Lesley Ann Warren. Edwards recalls being on certain sets of her father, while actress Warren who worked on Edward's Victor Victoria (1982) speaks of how she was cast by the director, both speaking of his style of directing, and his process. There are also new interviews with actors Gavin MacLeod (of TV's The Love Boat) and Marion Ross, Ross (the mom from Happy Days!) tells a fun tale about encountering Audrey Hep[burn in a dressing room and the impression that left on her as a young actress. 

Cary Grant biographer Marc Eliot shows up for a half-hour interview, detailing Grant's early life in a port town, his early career in cabaret, and the strange tale of his mother's "death" and rediscovering her in an asylum year's later! Of course his it also touches on his career and various roles, and the actor's dabbling in LSD. 

This single-disc Blu-ray comes in a clear Blu-ray keepcase with a 2-sides sleeve of artwork, not reversible, but with a b-side illustration of Curtis and Grant. There's an 8-page booklet with a detailed essay on the film from with images from critic/author Chris Fujiwara, a good read but the white on  pink lettering was murder on the eyes! The essay is also presented as a text extra on the disc, which I found easier to read. The release also comes with a cardboard stock slipcase, or o-ring, featuring the same artwork as the release, with the spine logo also appearing on three-sides, it's an attractive release all around. As part of the olive signature Series this release is limited to 3500 units only. 

Special Features:
- Audio commentary by critic Adrian Martin
- “That’s What Everybody Says About Me” – with Jennifer Edwards and actress Lesley Ann Warren (11 min) HD
- “The Brave Crew of the Petticoat” – with actors Gavin MacLeod and Marion Ross (20 in) HD
- “The Captain and His Double: Cary Grant’s Struggle of the Self” – with Marc Eliot, author of Cary Grant: A Biography (20 min) HD
- Universal Newsreel footage of Cary Grant and the opening of Operation Petticoatat the Radio City Music Hall (4 min) HD
- Archival footage of the submarine USS Balao, which doubled as the USS Sea Tiger in Operation Petticoat (17 min) HD
- Eight-Page Collector's Booklet with an essay by critic/author Chris Fujiwara

Operation Petticoat (1959) is a fun, light-hearted WWII submarine-comedy, Curtis and Grant are fantastic fun, it's light and breezy stuff, but if you're a fan of the film Olive have really stuffed this one with some great extras that might make this worth a double-dip if you already own it. 

Friday, December 8, 2017

VICTOR CROWLEY FAN-FAVORITE SLASHER FRANCHISE WILL BE RELEASED ON VOD, DIGITAL, BLU-RAY and DVD on FEBRUARY 6th, 2018


VICTOR CROWLEY
FAN-FAVORITE SLASHER FRANCHISE WILL BE RELEASED ON VOD, DIGITAL, BLU-RAY and DVD on FEBRUARY 6th, 2018
 
Dark Sky Films today announced the official release date of VICTOR CROWLEY, the surprise fourth film in the fan-favorite Hatchet franchise. The film will be released on VOD, Digital and Blu-ray and DVD on February 6, 2018. Kept tightly under wraps for over two years, the slasher reboot unexpectedly debuted this past August. The highly anticipated release was shown in theaters across the country in October  as part of the "Victor Crowley Road Show."
 
Set a decade after the events of the series' first three films, VICTOR CROWLEY reunites Hatchet mainstays Kane Hodder (Friday the 13th 7 -X's Jason Voorhees) and Parry Shen (Better Luck Tomorrow) for an all-new, horrifying journey into the haunted, blood-drenched bayou.
 
In 2007, over forty people were brutally torn to pieces in Louisiana's Honey Island Swamp. Over the past decade, lone survivor Andrew Yong's claims that local legend Victor Crowley was responsible for the horrific massacre have been met with great controversy, but when a twist of fate puts him back at the scene of the tragedy, Crowley is mistakenly resurrected and Yong must face the bloodthirsty ghost from his past. 
 
VICTOR CROWLEY's ensemble cast also features Laura Ortiz (2006's The Hills Have Eyes), Dave Sheridan (Scary Movie), and Brian Quinn (truTV's "Impractical Jokers"). Writer/director Adam Green proudly returns to the director's chair of his series that, upon debuting in 2007, was energetically touted as a return to "old school American horror," and whose maniacal fan-favorite villain quickly secured a place among slasher royalty.

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The Vestron cult classic horror series continues with Class of 1999, coming to Blu-ray on January 30th with all new special features!


CLASS OF 1999 (1990) 

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION
The ultimate teaching machine spirals out of control when the Vestron Video Collector’s Series releases the sci-fi thriller Class of 1999, arriving for the first time on limited edition Blu-ray™ on January 30 from Lionsgate. A high school principal employs robotic teachers to keep order in an inner-city school, but when the androids become deadly, opposing teenage gangs must unite to save their own lives. Starring Pam Grier, Stacy Keach, and Malcolm McDowell, Class of 1999 is packed with all-new special features, including audio commentaries with director Mark L. Lester, interviews with the crew and more! Restored and remastered, the Class of 1999 Blu-ray will be available for the suggested retail price of $39.97.

OFFICIAL SYNOPSIS
The time is the future, and youth gang violence is so high that the areas around some schools have become “free fire zones” into which not even the police will venture. When Miles Langford

(Malcolm McDowell), the principal of Kennedy High School, decides to take his school back from the gangs, robotics specialist Dr. Robert Forrest (Stacy Keach) provides “tactical education units.” These human-like androids have been programmed to teach and are supplied with weapons to handle discipline problems. These kids will get a lesson in staying alive!


BLU-RAY SPECIAL FEATURES
- Audio Commentary with Producer-Director Mark L. Lester
- “School Safety” Interviews with Producer-Director Mark L. Lester and Co-Producer Eugene Mazzola
-  “New Rules” Interview with Screenwriter C. Courtney Joyner
- “Cyber-Teachers from Hell” Interviews with Special Effects Creators Eric Allard and Rick Stratton
-  “Future of Discipline” Interview with Director of Photography Mark Irwin
- Theatrical Trailer
- TV Spots
- Still Gallery
- Video Promo

CAST
Pam Grier - Jackie Brown, Coffy, Scream Blacula Scream, Foxy Brown
Stacy Keach - American History X, The Bourne Legacy, Cell
Malcolm McDowell-A Clockwork Orange, Halloween, Rob Zombie’s 31