Wednesday, October 26, 2016

'Janet King, Series 2: The Invisible Wound' DVD Review

Janet King (Marta Dusseldorp) a former prosecutor is about to take on a new assignment. She still is hurting from the unsolved murder of her partner Ash. A rash of murders that have taken place over the last 15 months are all connected due to the fact that all the guns used were illegal. The attorney general has asked Janet to lead a royal commission into what is becoming a serious problem. Janet brings on her old team from the public prosecutors office, Owen (Damian Walshe Howling), Richard (Hamish Michael), Lina (Andrea Demetriades), and Andy (Christopher Morris) to help with the new commission.

The team begin to make some headway on how the illegal guns are getting into the country. What kind of surprises Janet is when the commission finds some evidence that is linked to Ash's murder. This really hits home as this event tore her family apart and they really just haven't gotten over his murder. What becomes a problem is that since this commission has become very high profile it leads to everyone wanting to get their hands involved, politician and criminal alike. It's a hard thing to investigate when your somewhat emotionally involved. Janet has really been having a hard time with Ash's death and since she is just coming off of a maternity leave you would think that this new assignment may just be more than she can handle. Janet does very well by getting her old team by her side.

Acorn brings this exciting drama to us on DVD on October 25th, 2016. The DVD quality is excellent and the sights and sounds are wonderful. This drama is very nicely done and will keep you on the edge of your seat as you are watching it. So pick this DVD up and enjoy the action and entertainment. It will be a wonderful addition to your personal library. Enjoy.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

'Agatha Raisin Series One' DVD Review

Agatha Raisin (Ashley Jensen) has been working as a London Public Relations Executive and has grown tired of the hustle and bustle of life in the fast lane. She has always wanted to live a quiet life in a small village but never thought she would actually do it. So one day she ups and moves and life at first is good. The village is having a quiche bake off, so wanting to fit in she decides to enter. Unfortunately she is not the best quiche maker so she stops at the local bakery, picks one up, and enters it. The judges come around to taste all the entries and one judge tastes her quiche and ends up dead.

Agatha is blamed for the death but knows that she didn't do it. She is torn at first at having to admit that she didn't bake the quiche because that would make her a cheater. When you compare being a cheater to a murderer she goes for cheater. Agatha decides that she has to clear her name and calls some of the people that she used to work with in London.

Agatha gets her assistant Roy (Mathew Horne), and her former house cleaner Gemma (Katy Wix) to come to help her. Agatha also gets Detective Constable Bill Wong (Matt McCooey) to give a hand in solving the murder. What's really funny about all this is that Agatha realizes she actually enjoys trying to be a crime solver and that she might have a talent for it.

Acorn brings this comedy/mystery to DVD on October 25th, 2016. The quality of the DVD is excellent and the sights and sounds are wonderful. This is definitely one for your personal library. So don't waste any time and pick one up and find out who used a delicious quiche to commit the crime of murder. Enjoy.

'The Id' Blu-Ray Review

The bond between a parent and a child is one of the most beautiful that we know. Meredith Lane (Amanda Wyss) loves her father, she literally takes care of him both day and night. The problem is she has been doing this all her life. Meredith is no longer a young girl and has for decades been there for her loving father. Oops, did I say loving father? I meant to say her abusive, uncaring, controlling beast of a father. That's right Meredith's father played by Patrick Peduto controls everything she does. It's been of late that Meredith is finally wanting to spread her wings and fly away from this nut job. Unfortunately she simply doesn't know how to do it.

A person from Meredith's past stops by one day and it's from this moment on that Meredith wants to get away. She knows that she has to finally stand up against his cruel ways but how after all her life can she figure out a way to do it. What doesn't help is that the neighbors begin to take notice of what is taking place inside the house and this just makes things worse.

Meredith begins to slip away into a land of fantasy and reality and doesn't really have a clue as to what to do. She hopelessly falls into paranoia and truthfully she is simply going mad. Her father has controlled her all her life and without this she doesn't know how to handle it.

Hutson Ranch Media and Panic Ventures bring this thriller to us on Blu-Ray on October 25th, 2016. The Blu-Ray  quality is magnificent and the sights and sounds are exquisite. This is going to be one of those Blu-Ray's that you will want to add to your personal library. The horror of trying to live your life but when you never really had one to begin with makes the struggle even worse. So take the time and watch how Meredith overcomes her father and his tyrannical ways. Enjoy.  

'Doc McStuffins: Toy Hospital' DVD Review

Doc McStuffins (Laya DeLeon Hayes) wants to take her practice to new headquarters. She feels that the backyard is simply just not big enough anymore and wants to move the practice to the magical new town of McStuffinsville. The Doc feels this would be a good move to carry on the family tradition and she would be the head doctor of the McStuffins toy hospital. Wait a minute did I just say toy hospital?  Yup, that's right the Doc is able to fix toys. Grandma McStuffins (Dawnn Lewis) let the Doc know that she had the ability to bring toys back to life.

Grandma takes the gang magically to the new town and the gang sets up shop. Lambie (Lara Jill Miller) is in charge of the toy nursery. Stuffy (Robbie Rist) is doing vet duty. Chilly (Jess Harnell) is the office receptionist. Hallie (Loretta Devine) has the job of head nurse. The fun begins and it's a laugh a minute and entertainment galore.

Wait you also get more on the DVD when Mom and Dad McStuffins announce they are going to adopt a new baby. This brings many feelings into the picture and young children may actually learn something especially when their own parents may bring a new baby into the house. Life at a young age can be so difficult with changes and the four extra stories may be a help.

Walt Disney Studios brings this lovable group of characters to us on DVD on October 18th, 2016. The quality of the DVD is excellent and the sights and sounds are out of this world. This will make a fine addition to your personal library and your children will love you for it. You have two hours of excellent entertainment and the whole family will enjoy it. So sit back and watch the Doc do her magic in the new practice and enjoy the laughter and song that goes along with it. Enjoy

Monday, October 24, 2016

'Tales Of Poe' DVD Review

Edgar Allan Poe left us with some timeless works and this anthology featuring 'The Tell Tale Heart', 'The Cask of Amontillado', and 'Dreams' brings to life the pure elegance and horror of his stories. Bart Mastronardi and Alan Rowe Kelly co-directed this wonderful journey into the madness and the macabre that makes Poe the master of classical horror.

Some of best of the legendary scream queens lend their talent to this production. Adrienne King, Caroline Williams, Amy Steel, Debbie Rochon, and Lesleh Donaldson excite us with their raw talent and their own quality for the horror genre.

'The Tell Tale Heart' is our first story and brings together just how far guilt and a beating heart can lead to unbelievable trouble. From the very get go our story goes for the jugular and never lets up the intensity all the way through the piece.

Our next story is 'The Cask of Amontillado', and it allows us to see first hand two of our worst of human frailties, greed and lust. The locations and the signs of wealth allow us the viewer to see what is at stake. Unlike our protagonist of the story we are able to leave and the horror comes together like a fine bloody wine.

Our final story 'Dreams' comes together through a variety of psychedelic lights and shades. 'Dreams' brings to us the bleakness of Poe's version of the world. The hope for a better place but the acceptance of just what life is all about.

Wild Eye Releasing brings to us a DVD that is simply worth the time to pick it up. Poe's wonderful stories come to life and can be seen for your viewing pleasure on October 11th, 2016. This is simply a must have for your personal library. The quality of the DVD is excellent and the sights and sounds are right on. This is an enjoyable adventure into one of man's greatest minds. So sit back some fall evening and enjoy horror at its classical best.

Monday, October 17, 2016

'Skiptrace' DVD Review

Benny Chan (Jackie Chan) is a Hong Kong detective who has a heavy heart. He wasn't able to prevent his partners murder. Bai Yung (Eric Tsang Chiwai) was blown up and Chan believes that a drug lord that goes by the name The Matador is the guilty party. Chan is troubled that he wasn't there for his partner and he desperately wants to avenge his death. Chan gets word that an American gambler called Connor Watts (Johnny Knoxville) has some information about his partners murder.

Watts is staying at the Macau Casino which is also where Yung's daughter Samantha (Bingbing Fan) works. Chan has raised Samantha since his partners death and still feels like he has to protect her. The casino's owner Victor Wong (Winston Chao Wen Hsuan) is a shady character at best.
Chan and Watts finally get together and he has info that makes Wong the dreaded triad drug dealer The Matador. It's about this time that the two learn they are targeted by Wong to be killed. What makes this a little more interesting is the two men have to depend on each other even when they don't like each other.

Yes, this is a crime drama but with a remarkable twist. It's a slapstick comedy and it's hilarious. Jackie Chan is a little older and the physical slapstick is a little more tame than in some of his earlier movies but he's still right on. Jackie and Johnny work very well together and you will definitely enjoy this movie.

Lionsgate brings this hilarious movie to us on DVD on October 25th, 2016. The DVD quality is excellent and the sights and sounds are fantastic. This will be a great addition to that personal library.
Jackie Chan still is great to watch and with Johnny Knoxville as his sidekick this makes for one great movie. So enjoy the slapstick comedy as they run for their lives as they try to solve Chan's partners murder. Enjoy.

'What We Become' DVD Review

 This Danish thriller features the Johansson family and the horrors that would overtake their idyllic life. Our story takes place in a small suburban town in Denmark. Pernille (Mille Dinesen) plays the mother to son Gustav (Benjamin Engell) and daughter Maj (Ella Solgaard) and the wife to Dino (Troels Lyby). The family has just moved in and were looking for a nice quiet summer but it just wasn't meant to be. A flu began to overtake the country and within a very short period of time it turns into a plaque.

The government sends soldiers to keep the citizens inside their homes but Dino begins to hear gunfire, and the family gets very nervous. A short time later members of the community begin to turn into zombie like creatures so truthfully the family is fighting against everybody. It turns out that yes, the government had been killing some of the citizens infected with the bug but in the end it's too little too late. Gustav is the one that Pernille worries about the most as he is a little rebellious. Okay, he's very rebellious. His actions could very easily put the whole family at risk.

The blood and gore are adequate but could have been a little more ghoulish. The movie is very nicely done. Your interest is there and you will want to see the outcome of the Johansson family and whether or not they make it.

IFC Midnight and Scream Factory bring this wonderful import to us on DVD on October 18th, 2016. The DVD quality is excellent and the sights and sounds are exquisite. Those of you who enjoy a good horror/thriller will love this movie. You will want to add it to that personal library.

It's kind of funny, but with all that is taking place in Europe with the number of refugee's moving in that something as simple as a plague could easily devastate the entire region. You simply might want to pick this one up and maybe just maybe learn something. Enjoy.