“Mandy” Blu-Ray Prize Drawing – 0:17
“The 7th Day” Review – 1:03
“Distant Voices, Still Lives” Review – 6:10
“The Unnamable” Review – 11:24
“Nightwing” Review – 18:07
“Shadow of the Hawk” Review – 23:04
“Code Name: Dynastud ” Review – 28:34
The VHS Voyage “Death Moon” Review – 34:53
“Brute Force” Pick a movie Review – 42:18
Pick a movie drawing – 47:45
Question of the Week Answers– 57:28
Question of the Week – One film you want need on Blu-Ray? – 1:02:50
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"The 7th Day" Blu-Ray Review (Olive Films)
Written by MrParka
Olive Films brings the 2004 Spanish drama film “The 7th Day” to Blu-Ray stateside for the first time. “The 7th Day” packs a powerful punch and resonates in a world where mass shootings have become a staple of the 24 hour news cycle.
“The 7th Day” story is told by Isabel Jiménez a young girl discovering love in a small town. Her opening narration and demeanor suggest great tragedy. Isabel soon tells the story of the past before and after she was born. Isabel’s family has a feud with the Fuentes family they have a long a troubled past together involving murder and secrecy. The entire town has seemed to turn against the Fuentes family and their mental illness. When the patriarch of the Fuentes dies in prison, being incarcerated for crimes he committed against the Jiménez family, the remaining Fuentes decide to get revenge on the entire town. What follows is a grueling and gut wrenching finale that tests your endurance for violence and drama.
“The 7th Day” is based on a true story about a mass shooting that took place in the early 90s. The film introduces nearly all of its characters with a sense of realism and compassion, painting a small town as somewhere where everyone is known and their roles are already determined. Through gossip and whispers we understand as an audience how things work here. Locals seem to be stuck here, but unmotivated to leave. The revenge storyline feels similar to the Hatfield’s and McCoy’s; a famous case where two American families started a blood feud that ended in a substantial body count. Instead of a similar, almost expected, situation our human compassion is thrashed and totaled when the Fuentes decide to carry their rifles and shotguns into the center of town. “The 7th Day” isn’t only a statement about mental illness and violence, but a look at a small town way of life and the impact such violence can have on it. The entire film lets the audience see the finale coming, it builds by cutting back between the Fuentes’s growing anger and the Jiménez’s frustrations on selling the family company and moving. The whole film is moving towards an explosion and while we wait for this bomb, we are shown glimpses of the lives of these families. Sometimes they are moments of loveliness and other times cruelty. Together, these opposing moments help impact the climax.
Olive Films has done a great job on the timing on this release making a statement of its own, similar to what they did with their release of the 1970 “Joe”. “The 7th Day” isn’t an easy film to watch, but it’s good for a world to understand that violence isn’t always something to cheer on and the mass shootings on TV aren’t fiction; each number is a person.
From master filmmaker Carlos Saura (Cría Cuervos) comes a story of love, betrayal and revenge. Set in the Spanish village of Extremadura, and based on a true account, The 7th Day (El 7º Día) is a tale of warring families and bloodshed that would stain the region.
The festering hatred between the Jiménez and Fuentes households, born out of a broken marriage vow, will unleash a vengeful wrath that engulfs an entire village, leaving no one unscathed. The 7th Day features riveting performances from a cast that includes Victoria Abril (High Heels), José Garcia (Now You See Me), Juan Diego (All is Silence), José Luis Gómez (Broken Embraces), Yohana Cobo (Volver), Oriol Vila (Blancanieves), Eulàlia Ramon (Girl Gets Girl), Juan Sanz (One Word from You) and Carlos Hipólito (Crazy Loves).
The 7th Day is directed by Carlos Saura, written by Ray Loriga (Live Flesh), photographed by François Lartigue (Black Really Suits You), edited by Julia Juaniz (Goya in Bordeaux), with music composed by Roque Baños (Don’t Breathe).
Olive Films – https://olivefilms.com/
“The 7th Day” Blu-Ray – https://olivefilms.com/product/the-7th-day/
"Distant Voices, Still Lives" Blu-Ray Review (Arrow Academy)
Winner of the International Critics' Prize at the 1988 Cannes Film Festival, Terence Davies' feature debut heralded one of Britain's finest filmmaking talents. Loosely based on the director's own family and upbringing, Distant Voices, Still Lives presents an evocative account of working-class life in Liverpool, England during the 1940s and 50s. Births, marriages and deaths - and an expressive use of music - provide the underpinning for a film that is beautiful, heartbreaking, resonant but never sentimental. Now regarded as a masterpiece of British cinema, and boasting a startling performance from Pete Postlethwaite (Romeo + Juliet, Inception) as the head of the family, Distant Voices, Still Lives has been treated to a glorious 4K restoration by the British Film Institute.
Brand new 4K restoration, carried out by the British Film Institute
High Definition (1080p) Blu-ray presentation
Original mono audio (uncompressed LPCM)
Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing
Commentary by writer-director Terence Davies
Interview with Davies
Interview with art director Miki van Zwanenberg
More to be announced
Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Jennifer Dionisio
FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film by critic Christina Newland plus archive essays
Arrow Video – http://www.arrowvideo.com/
“Distant Voices, Still Lives” Blu-Ray – https://mvdshop.com/products/distant-voices-still-lives-blu-ray
"The Unnameable" Blu-Ray Review (Unearthed Films)
There are things on God's Earth that we can't explain and we can't describe. From the depths of Hell comes...
College students from Miskatonic University who retreat to an early 18th-century mansion for a weekend of lust are stalked by a fatalistic female in this horror film taken from a story by H.P. Lovecraft. The demon delights in tearing the limbs off her human victims to carry out a centuries-old family curse.
4K Scan with color correction and restoration from the original negative.
5.1 DTS-HD Surround Sound, 2.0 PCM
Video Interview with actors Charles Klausmeyer & Mark Kinsey Stephenson
Video Interview with actor Eben Ham
Video Interview with actress Laura Albert
Video Interview with Mark Parra
Video Interviews with R. Christopher Biggs special makeup effects artist & make up artist Camille Calvet
Audio Commentary with Charles Klausmeyer, Mark Stephenson, Laura Albert, Eben Ham, Camille Calvet, R. Christopher Biggs
Unearthed Films – http://www.unearthedfilms.com/news.htm
“The Unnamable” Blu-Ray – https://mvdshop.com/products/unnamable-the-blu-ray
"Nightwing/Shadow of the Hawk" Blu-Ray Review (Mill Creek Entertainment)
It’s a killer creature double feature as two terrifying tales take flight with fright!
First time either film has been available in HIGH DEFINITION!
A wave of mysterious deaths on a Native American reservation in New Mexico are being investigated and…it's killer bats!
"Nightwing gives bats their scary turn" - Vincent Canby, The New York Times
SHADOW OF THE HAWK
An old Native American shaman trains his skeptical grandson as a Medicine Man who must battle enemies and black magic.
"Vincent is one of the more engaging young American actors" - Roger Ebert
Mill Creek Entertainment – https://www.millcreekent.com/
“Nightwing/ Shadow of the Hawk” Blu-Ray – https://www.amazon.com/Nightwing-Shadow-Hawk-Feature-Blu-ray/dp/B07DKVRBX6/
"Code Name: Dynastud" Screener Review (Scorpio Film Releasing)
In the year 2024, homosexuality has been outlawed by an extreme right-wing government. Only one extraordinary man can stop this wave of terror and repression, a superhero for our troubled times.
Scorpio Film Releasing – http://scorpiofilmreleasing.squarespace.com/
“Code Name: Dynastud” Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/dynastud
The VHS Voyage "Death Moon" VHS Review (VCL Communications)
A man is terrorized by a recurring dream in which a pagan ritual centered around a wolf takes place. To make matters worse, every time he awakes, an unexplained murder has occurred.
“Death Moon” VHS - https://www.amazon.com/Deathmoon-Robert-Foxworth-Charles-Debralee/dp/B000BH2BEA
“Death Moon” YouTube – https://youtu.be/u7rTOV2ytCc
Pick a Movie "Brute Force" Streaming Review (FilmStruck)
As hard-hitting as its title, BRUTE FORCE was the first of Jules Dassin’s forays into the crime genre, a prison melodrama that takes a critical look at American society as well. Burt Lancaster is the timeworn Joe Collins, who, along with his fellow inmates, lives under the heavy thumb of the sadistic, power-tripping guard Captain Munsey (a riveting Hume Cronyn). Only Collins’s dreams of escape keep him going, but how can he possibly bust out of Munsey’s chains? Matter-of-fact and ferocious, BRUTE FORCE builds to an explosive climax that shows the lengths men will go to when fighting for their freedom.
“Brute Force” FilmStruck Streaming - https://www.filmstruck.com/us/watch/detail/1300002734
Criterion Collection – https://www.criterion.com/
Arrow Academy – https://arrowfilms.com/
“Brute Force” Blu-Ray – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Brute-Force-Dual-Format-Blu-ray/dp/B00KHRI1FM/
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Question of the Week
One film you want need on Blu-Ray?
1. The Mummy
2. Night Game
The 7th Day – 2004 – Carlos Saura
Distant Voices, Still Lives – 1988 – Terence Davies
The Unnamable – 1988 – Jean-Paul Ouellette
Nightwing – 1979 – Arthur Hiller
Shadow of the Hawk – 1976 – George McCowan/Daryl Duke
Code Name: Dynastud – 2018 – Richard Griffin
Death Moon – 1978 – Bruce Kessler
Brute Force – 1947 – Jules Dassin