Tuesday, February 19, 2019

TBS PROGRAMMING ALERT WEEK OF MARCH 10

TBS PROGRAMMING ALERT
WEEK OF MARCH 10
American Dad!
 

"Twinanigans"
Monday Mar. 11 at 10:00pm ET/PT

Steve and Roger restart their career as a twin brother acting duo. The family becomes addicted to a novelty gift shop.
CONAN
 

Monday Mar. 11 through Thursday Mar. 14 at 11:00pm ET/PT
Miracle Workers
 

"3 Days"
Tuesday Mar. 12 at 10:30pm ET/PT

Rosie meets with a competitor while Craig, Eliza, and Sanjay try to dupe God.
Full Frontal with Samantha Bee
 

Wednesday Mar. 13 at  at 10:30pm ET

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Win a copy of Overlord on Blu-ray Disc Courtesy of Paramount

Simply send your name and mailing address to genreonline@gmail.com from now through the end of the week and winner will be chosen at random to receive a copy of Overlord on Blu-ray Disc Courtesy of Paramount and GenreOnline.net. Good Luck!

A look at Arrow Films, Waterworld: Limited Edition Blu-ray Disc







Waterworld was at the time of it’s theatrical release consider d to be one of the most expensive genre films ever produced and the press at the time had a lot to state about the film that depicted it in such a negative way that everyone was expecting a a terrible movie and when it was finally released, the same press begrudgingly had to acknowledge that the film was not so bad. In fact Waterworld was entertaining. The damage was done even though it did just make back over it’s budget, the expected box office was not achieved. Subsequently Waterworld would go on to become a popular cult film and while the film has not aged as well in terms of what was acceptable in the 1990s for a popcorn film has become a bit more campy by modern standards with some characters saying or doing things that just make no sense. Yet I admit that back in the 1990s, I liked Waterworld and I was impressed by how much of science fiction world was created and I liked Kevin Costner’s portrayal of the mutant mariner, the Mad Max inspired reluctant hero of the film and Dennis Hopper brought just enough scene chewing wherever he appeared that he was fun to “boo” so to speak internally, but still enjoy him.

This review is not a normal Blu-ray Disc Set review because I reviewed it from check discs, which I usually never do and only two of the three discs were received and despite questions I made about the film’s packaging and physical materials, what I ended up receiving was a reply that said “I only had two discs.” None of my other questions were answered and while for the record I was the one who made the request to review the film because I had a soft spot in my heart for it and so I willingly accepted the check discs, I will never again do that because for an independent reviewer who has been covering genre films for over twenty years, it is not worth the extra trouble. 

So based on what I received, both the theatrical cut and the extended cut look great, but not fantastic. I asked if those copies were the last produced before Arrow went to press and again I received no answer. So I cannot say with any certainty if the picture is the same as the final product because it might look much better than what I reviewed. If Arrow should want me to update this review in the future by sending me actual final product, I will be happy to look it over, but since one of the versions remains unseen and I do not want to give an opinion one something that could actually not be an accurate judging, I am focusing on what is the reason why despite what I have noted above, I would still recommend Waterworld fans buy this limited edition set and that is because the extra value features are worth the purchase of the set alone.

Everything I ever wanted to know and all the rumors I ever wondered were true are addressed in the fantastic feature length documentary (1:42:32) that covers the film from it’s origins as a b-movie knock off to it’s epic scale that attracted Costner, the production and everything afterwards and since. The interview clips with the screenwriter, Director and Producer are informative and enlightening. Regardless of what you may think, it truly makes buying the set worth the price of admission. I loved it. Thank you Arrow films for shining an overdue light on the making of this legendary epic genre film.

This is supported by extensive preproduction art and production photo galleries, a terrific look at the evolution of post ecological disaster films with Film Critic Glenn Kenny (22:21). An archival production featurette (9:20, visual effects still galleries, and the teaser (2:00), trailer (2:15)and a reel of TV spots (9:00) wrap up this awesome package. English Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound and Stereo Sound as well as English Subtitles for the Deaf and Hearing Impaired are encoded onto the two check discs I received while both versions, the American theatrical cut, extended TV cut with over forty minutes of additional footage and the sight unseen extended international “Ulysseses” cut.

Despite not being happy with the way the check Disc situation worked out, the extra value features found on the Blu-ray set are the reason why I am recommending Arrow Films’ Waterworld: Limited Edition Blu-ray Disc Set for fans of the film now that it is available at retailers on and offline.

(C) Copyright 2019 By Mark A. Rivera
All Rights Reserved.


Friday, February 15, 2019

TNT PROGRAMMING ALERT Week of March 10, 2019

TNT PROGRAMMING ALERT
Week of March 10, 2019

Drop the Mic
"Jason Mitchell vs. Adina Porter & David Faustino vs. Joey Lawrence" 

Wednesday, March 13 – 10:00p.m. ET/PT

Straight Outta Compton’s Jason Mitchell channels Eazy-E against American Horror Story’s chilling Adina Porter. Then 90’s TV teens are grown up as Married With Children’s David Faustino and Blossom’s Joey Lawrence duke it out with bars.

Snoop Dogg Presents The Joker’s Wild
“If You Don’t Know, Now You Know” 

Wednesday, March 13 – 10:30p.m. ET/PT

Ice Cube gets “hangry,” Pittsburgh Steeler Antonio Brown is “ballin’,” and Cheech & Chong discuss “who’s highest.” We find out “who’s hottest” with Hot Ones and a dancer and a banker are quizzed on classic “Mommas.” The winner gets a chance to play for $50,000 on Snoop’s big-ass slot machine.

Sony Music Shares 'Ultimate Superheroes - Music To Save the World To'

ULTIMATE SUPERHEROES - MUSIC TO SAVE THE WORLD TO
FEATURING EPIC ORCHESTRAL RECORDINGS OF WELL-LOVED THEMES FROM 
THE DARK KNIGHT RISES, SPIDER-MAN, BLACK PANTHER, GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXYANT-MANTHE AVENGERSTHORSUICIDE SQUAD AND MORE  

WITH GREAT POWER COMES... GREAT MOVIE SCORES!
A PULSE-POUNDING COLLECTION OF THE GREATEST SUPERHERO THEMES OF ALL TIME - A SENSES-SHATTERING FEAST FOR TRUE BELIEVERS THROUGHOUT THE UNIVERSE!

Available February 15th from Sony MasterWorks.

   

NEW YORK, NY - February 2019 - Sony Music announces the release of ULTIMATE SUPERHEROES - MUSIC TO SAVE THE WORLD TO - available February 15, 2019.This super collection of metahuman music features sensationally-spectacular film themes from some of the mightiest titans of film scores, including JOHN WILLIAMS, HANSZIMMER, ALANSIVESTRI, LUDWIGGÖRANSSON, TYLERBATES and CHRISTOPHEBECK, as performed by the legendary CZECH PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA under internationally acclaimed conductor ROBERT ZIEGLER in mind-blowing sound quality.
 
Listeners can thrill to the pulsating power of The King of Wakanda, T'Challa, THE BLACK PANTHER, scourge the denizens of the underworld with Batman, THE DARK KNIGHT, soar through interstellar space with THE GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, battle the fierce Frost Giants with THOR, the Thunder God, strike down the enemies of freedom with the Star-Spangled Sentinel of Liberty, CAPTAIN AMERICA, defeat the legions of Dormammu with the Master of the Mystic Arts, DOCTOR STRANGE.  All this and more awaits on this epic album - unleash your latent mutant power with these stunning classic themes! 

ULTIMATE SUPERHEROES - MUSIC TO SAVE THE WORLD TO
TRACKLIST - 
  1. Theme (From "Ant-Man")    
  2. Theme (From "The Dark Knight Rises")    
  3. United Nations / End Titles (From "Black Panther")    
  4. Main Theme (From "Captain America: The First Avenger")    
  5. The Master of The Mystic End Credits (From "Doctor Strange")
  6. Main Title Theme (From "Guardians of the Galaxy")    
  7. Main Title Theme (From "Iron Man")    
  8. Main Title Theme (From "Spider-Man")    
  9. March (From "Superman")   
  10. Task Force X (From "Suicide Squad")    
  11. Assemble (From "The Avengers")    
  12. Ragnarok Suite (From "Thor")    
  13. Suite From X2 (From "X-Men 2")

Thursday, February 14, 2019

"21 Years: Quentin Tarantino" -- Director Tara Wood Reclaims Rights to Authorized Docu from Weinstein Co.; Seeking New Distributor

Los Angeles, CA February 14, 2019—Director Tara Wood has successfully reclaimed the rights to the authorized Quentin Tarantino documentary feature, “21 Years: Quentin Tarantino”. The film, a celebration of Tarantino’s works-to-date, looks at the passion behind the worldwide box office dominator. The lightening rod that is Tarantino’s career illuminates the discussion of changes in the industry.

In 2017, Wood, co-director of 2014’s acclaimed “21 Years: Richard Linklater”, asked The Weinstein Co. to release the documentary following the onslaught of sexual harassment allegations against company founder Harvey Weinstein. “TWC should respectfully release us from our deal,” Wood said in a statement at the time, “To allow the project to be handled with the care and consideration it, Mr. Tarantino, and all the participants deserve.” The company refused, and Wood embarked on a prolonged legal battle.

Now, Wood is proud to announce that the film has returned to the creative team at Wood Entertainment, and is ready to find the right home for distribution.

“We are thrilled, and eager to conduct our final interviews and complete the documentary, free from Harvey Weinstein and his complicit cohorts” said Wood last week. “We look forward to finding a new distribution partner, timed with the July 2019 release of Quentin’s next film, ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD.”

Quentin Tarantino’s career is unmatched in its wellspring of talent and the diversity of subjects in his eight films to date. In the trendsetting RESERVOIR DOGS and the ground-breaking PULP FICTION, Tarantino revolutionized the status quo. He reworked genre and celebrated badass women in films like JACKIE BROWN, KILL BILL and the gasoline-charged DEATH PROOF. He took on issues of race in America in DJANGO UNCHAINED and boldly rewrote history in INGLORIOUS BASTARDS, leaving us snowbound in the ultimate “who done it” murder mystery, THE HATEFUL 8. His films reap as much controversy as they do accolades. The documentary coincides with the end of an era – the collaboration of Tarantino with the now disgraced Harvey Weinstein.

Longtime staple Tarantino collaborators speak to the essence of his passion and the success of his career: Michael Madsen, Samuel L. Jackson, Tim Roth, Christoph Waltz, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Jamie Foxx, Eli Roth, Zoë Bell, Robert Forster, Diane Kruger, Kurt Russell, Louis Black, Richard Gladstein, Scott Speigel, and Stacey Sher.

Wood concluded, “This project has always been in honor of Mr. Tarantino's career, and as a woman, creator and protector of that vision, I am grateful to have it back in caring, respectful hands.”



21 YEARS: QUENTIN TARANTINO
Genre: Documentary
Rating: NR
Language:English
Year: 2019
Status: Post Production
Production Co.: Wood Entertainment

Featuring:
Zoë Bell
Louis Black
Robert Forster
Jamie Foxx
Richard Gladstein
Samuel L. Jackson
Jennifer Jason Leigh 
Diane Kruger
Lucy Liu
Michael Madsen
Tim Roth
Eli Roth
Kurt Russell
Stacey Sher
Scott Speigel
Christoph Waltz

Directed by: Tara Wood
Produced by: Tara Wood, Jake Zortman
Executive Produced by: Veronica “Riki” Rushing, Robert C. McGirr, 
Lorraine Lamb
Cinematography by: Jake Zortman
Edited by: May Kuckro, Eric Myerson, Jeremy Ward

BUMBLEBEE arrives on Digital March 19th and on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray & DVD April 2nd


“The best TRANSFORMERS movie yet”

--Pete Hammond, Deadline

 

 

EVERY ADVENTURE HAS A BEGINNING:

BRAND-NEW ACTION-PACKED FILM ROLLS OUT 
FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY TO ENJOY

BUMBLEBEE

Coming to Earth on Digital March 19 
 
4K Ultra HD & Blu-ray Combo Packs Arrive April 2 with Exclusive, All-New 
Print and Motion Comic!

 

 

HOLLYWOOD, Calif.  – Hailed as “fun, action-packed and exciting” (Scott Mantz, Collider), director Travis Knight’s thrilling new film BUMBLEBEE lands on Digital March 19, 2019 and on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, and DVD April 2 from Paramount Home Media Distribution.

 

Boasting an impressive 93% Fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes, BUMBLEBEE is filled with “personality, wit [and] imagination” (David Fear, Rolling Stone).  The Digital*, 4K Ultra HD, and Blu-ray releases are packed with over an hour of exciting special features, including an all-new BUMBLEBEE motion comic following the beloved AUTOBOT on his next adventure. Plus, check out deleted and extended scenes you didn’t see in theaters, including the original opening of the movie, enjoy hilarious outtakes, and see G1 (Generation 1) TRANSFORMERS robots on CYBERTRON through the eyes of BUMBLEBEE with exciting Bee Vision. 

 

The perfect gift this Easter, BUMBLEBEE on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack or Blu-ray Combo Pack also includes an exclusive printed version of the new motion comic featuring BUMBLEBEE in a standalone side story (for a limited time only). 

 

The 4K Ultra HD disc and 4K Ultra HD Digital releases** feature Dolby Vision®, which brings entertainment to life through ultra-vivid picture quality with spectacular colors, highlights that are up to 40 times brighter, and blacks that are 10 times darker.  The film also boasts a Dolby Atmos® soundtrack remixed specifically for the home to place and move audio anywhere in the room, including overhead***.  In addition, both the 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray Combo Packs include access to a Digital copy of the film.

 

Synopsis

CYBERTRON has fallen. When OPTIMUS PRIME sends BUMBLEBEE to defend Earth, his journey to become a hero begins. Charlie Watson (Hailee Steinfeld), a teenager trying to find her place in the world, discovers and repairs the battle-scarred robot, who’s disguised as a Volkswagen Beetle. As the DECEPTICONS hunt down the surviving AUTOBOTS with the help of a secret agency led by Agent Burns (John Cena), BUMBLEBEE and Charlie team up to protect the world.

 

BONUS FEATURES ON 4K ULTRA HD COMBO, BLU-RAY COMBO & DIGITAL*

·         Sector 7 Archive

o   Agent Burns: Welcome to Sector 7

o   Sector 7 Adventures: The Battle at Half Dome (All-New Motion Comic)

·         Deleted and Extended Scenes

·         Outtakes

·         Bee Vision: The Transformers robots of Cybertron

·         Bringing Bumblebee to the Big Screen

o   The Story of Bumblebee

o   The Stars Align

o   Bumblebee Goes Back to G1

o   Back to the Beetle

o   California Cruisin’ Down Memory Lane

 

                          

The BUMBLEBEE DVD includes the feature film in standard definition.

 

BUMBLEBEE will also be available as part of a BUMBLEBEE & TRANSFORMERS 6-Movie Blu-ray Collection arriving on April 2.

 

 

TBS PROGRAMMING ALERT WEEK OF MARCH 3

TBS PROGRAMMING ALERT
WEEK OF MARCH 3
CONAN
 

Monday Mar. 4 through Thursday Mar. 7 at 11:00pm ET/PT
American Dad!
 

"The Legend of Old Ulysses"
Monday Mar. 4 at 10:00pm ET/PT

Steve gets competitive during the father-son events at Possum Lake. Roger learns how to ride a bike.
Miracle Workers
 

"6 Days"
Tuesday Mar. 5 at 10:30pm ET/PT

Craig helps God recruit a prophet while Sanjay heads to the basement to help save Earth.
Full Frontal with Samantha Bee
 

Wednesday Mar. 6 at  at 10:30pm ET/PT

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

McFarlane Toys and DC Team Up to Create Collector Figures Starting in 2020

Tempe, Ariz., - February 12,  2019, 2019 – Batman, Superman and the entire roster of DC’s iconic characters have a new place to hang up their capes and cowls. McFarlane Toys, an award-winning toy company, announced today they have entered into a three-year global licensing agreement with Warner Bros. Consumer Products, on behalf of DC, to release DC Multiverse collector figures in both mass and specialty retail spaces. Beginning early 2020, McFarlane Toys will bring dozens of the iconic DC comic books, video games and feature films’ near-endless stable of characters to life with 6” – 12” ultra-posable action figures, corresponding accessories and vehicles branded DC Multiverse.

 “This partnership with Warner Bros. Consumer Products and DC will be great fun for my company, and a chance to deliver products that millions of fans of the DC brand have been asking for,” said Todd McFarlane, Owner and CEO of McFarlane Toys. “The DC universe has captivated the world and to be able to play in that ‘sandbox’ now makes me feel like a kid all over again. I can’t wait to see what we can accomplish together.” 

The DC Multiverse collector figures and related toys will be available at major retail locations beginning in 2020.  Fans of both McFarlane Toys and DC can check www.mcfarlane.com and the McFarlane Toys social media channels for updates and news, www.mcfarlane.comwww.instagram.com/mcfarlane_toys_official; and www.facebook.com/mcfarlanetoys.

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ABOUT MCFARLANE TOYS 
Grammy-and Emmy-winning producer/director Todd McFarlane, creator of Spawn, is the creative force behind McFarlane Toys, one of America’s top action figure manufacturers. McFarlane Toys has become an industry leader, redefining the standards within the action figure market. For complete information on this pop-culture powerhouse, visit www.mcfarlane.com

ABOUT WARNER BROS. CONSUMER PRODUCTS 
Warner Bros. Consumer Products (WBCP), a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, extends the Studio’s powerful portfolio of entertainment brands and franchises into the lives of fans around the world.  WBCP partners with best-in-class licensees globally on an award-winning range of toys, fashion, home décor, and publishing inspired by franchises and properties such as DC, the Wizarding World, Looney Tunes and Hanna-Barbera. The division’s successful global themed entertainment business includes groundbreaking experiences such as The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi. With innovative global licensing and merchandising programs, retail initiatives, promotional partnerships and themed experiences, WBCP is one of the leading licensing and retail merchandising organizations in the world. 

ABOUT DC
Home to iconic brands DC (Superman, Batman, Green Lantern, Wonder Woman, The Flash), DC Vertigo (Sandman, Fables) and MAD, DC is the creative division charged with strategically integrating its content across Warner Bros. Entertainment and Warner Media. DC works in concert with many key Warner Bros. divisions to unleash its stories and characters across all media, including but not limited to film, television, consumer products, home entertainment and interactive games. Publishing thousands of comic books, graphic novels and magazines each year, DC is the largest English-language publisher of comics in the world. 

*DC and all related characters and elements © & ™ DC Comics

AtGames Announces Classic Disney and Star Wars Video Games to Be Featured in Products

AtGames Digital Media Inc. has announced that iconic video games from Disney and Lucasfilm will be featured in their upcoming products. Fans can expect classic games from beloved properties like Disney’s Donald Duck, Tron, Walt Disney Animation Studios’ The Jungle Book, The Lion King and Wreck-It Ralph, as well as games from Lucasfilm’s legendary Star Wars games portfolio. 

The games will appear on AtGames products including the full-size Legends Ultimate Home Arcade machine, Blast! family plug-n-play micro-console and wireless controller bundles, retro consoles, and portables. More details, including pricing, full game lineup and availability will be announced soon.

The Legends Ultimate Home Arcade features more than 250 built-in arcade and home games, including a range of classic Disney and Star Wars game properties and other legends from iconic publishers. As a full-sized home arcade machine, the Legends Ultimate Home Arcade offers a gameplay experience like no other. Each game plays just like at the arcade thanks to an authentic control panel that features a matching set of premium joysticks and six buttons for two player fun, a trackball controller, and a built-in, low latency, high definition LCD. The built-in software is similarly impressive, with scan line filtering, an intuitive menu system, save and resume game functionality, and the ability to rewind a game in progress to recover from a play misstep.

The Blast! series of plug-n-play micro-console and wireless controller bundles feature a curated selection of classic titles unique to each model. Every Blast! includes high definition video output, an intuitive menu system, save and resume game functionality, and the ability to rewind a game in progress to recover from a play misstep.

“These new products offer families everywhere a way to experience some of the greatest classic Disney and Star Wars games in unique ways,” says Dr. Ping-Kang Hsiung, CEO of AtGames. “We’re delighted that Disney and Lucasfilm’s iconic properties are a key part of this exciting line-up of family-friendly products.”

If you have any questions, please let me know. Thanks!

Monday, February 11, 2019

TBS Lands Chad Pilot from SNL Alum Nasim Pedrad

TBS Lands Chad Pilot from SNL Alum Nasim Pedrad

#1 Comedy Network Continues to Attract Diverse Creative Talent
LOS ANGELES  February 11, 2019 – TBS has picked up Chad to pilot, a single-camera comedy that follows a 14-year-old Persian boy (played by Nasim Pedrad) during high school as he desperately tries to fit in, cope with his mother’s dating life, and reconcile his cultural identity.
 
The teenaged boy in the throes of puberty is played by Pedrad, who made her mark on Saturday Night Live. The Iranian-American actress is also creator, writer, executive producer and co-showrunner. Hayes Davenport is executive producer and co-showrunner. Oly Obst (3 Arts) andRob Rosell serve as executive producers. Production on the pilot will begin this spring.
 
“I’m so grateful to TBS for believing in Chad and giving an adult Middle-Eastern woman the opportunity to play a teenage boy while also running the show behind the camera,” says Pedrad, whose relationship with TBS goes back to People of Earth.
 
“Nasim embodies this role so perfectly, you forget you’re watching a woman playing a young boy,” says Thom Hinkle, TBS’ Executive VP of Original Programming. “It’s such a funny, endearing script that evokes a modern-day Wonder Years centered around a Middle Eastern family. We can’t wait to shoot it.”
 
TBS, which leads the TV industry with more top comedies than any other network, continues to attract fresh, award-winning talent. The #1 comedy network’s series include Miracle Workers, a heaven-set comedy that premieres February 12, and The Last O.G., both of which star diverse, powerhouse casts.

The 1998 Monster Spectacle Returns! GODZILLA® The Action-Packed Event Film Debuts on 4K Ultra HD™ May 14

The 1998 Monster Spectacle Returns!

 

GODZILLA®

 

The Action-Packed Event Film Debuts on 4K Ultra HD May 14

 

 

CULVER CITY, Calif. (February 11, 2019) –GODZILLA®, the action-packed 1998 monster spectacle from Roland Emmerich and Dean Devlin, the filmmaking team behindIndependence Day, debuts on 4K Ultra HDMay 14 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. Matthew Broderick 
(Ferris Bueller’s Day Off) and Jean Reno (Léon: The Professional) team up as the unlikely heroes out to save New York City from the giant, fire-breathing monster and its babies hatching in Madison Square Garden. Fully remastered in 4K from the original camera negative with High Dynamic Range, GODZILLA® on 4K Ultra HD also includes new earth-shaking Dolby Atmos sound. The 4K Ultra HD disc also includes three trailers, including the original iconic teaser!

 

Synopsis:

Following French atomic bomb tests in the South Pacific, an unknown creature is spotted passing through the Panama Canal. Scientist Niko Tatopolous is called in to investigate the matter, and he quickly arrives at the conclusion that a giant, irradiated lizard has been created by the explosions. Godzilla® then makes its way north, landing in Manhattan to begin wreaking havoc in the big city.

 

Bonus Materials on Blu-ray Include:

§  Visual Effects Commentary

§  Behind the Scenes of Godzilla with Charles Caiman

§  All-Time Best-of Godzilla Fight Scenes

§  “Heroes” Music Video by The Wallflowers

 

GODZILLA® has a run time of approximately 139 minutes and is rated PG-13 for sci-fi monster action/violence.

 

Saturday, February 9, 2019

Overlord 4K Ultra HD + Blu-ray + Digital Set Review


I think Overlord was originally going to be the fourth Cloverfield anthology movie, but after the straight to Netflix film was released, they removed any references to Cloverfield, which is a good thing because this movie did not need it.

Basically Overlord is sort of like From Dusk Till Dawn in that film the first half is a crime thriller and the second half was a vampire schlock flick. Only here Overlord never goes over the top and plays it straight throughout.

The effects are top of the line as the first half is a WW2 D-Day invasion film in that paratroopers land in France with a mission to take out a German radio tower in a church so the allies can land on the beach with air support.

After about 45 minutes to an hour it turns into a horror film where the Nazis had found a mysterious substance deep beneath the church and have been using it to create super soldiers that don't die easily and can reanimate. The film has a definitive ending that explains why this story is not in the history books and that is that. Overlord is a solid flick worth seeing.

This combination 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc + Blu-ray Disc + Digital Copy Set features virtually more language options for both the 4K BD and the BD versions than I can list because some are listed in the language they are spoken in and I simply cannot tell what they are so if I left out some options, I am sorry. Both versions feature English Dolby ATMOS Soundtracks as well as an English DSV Track for the visually impaired. I believe a German Dolby ATMOS Soundtrack as well as Spanish, French, Italian, Japanese, Polish and Brazilian Portuguese Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Soundtracks. English Subtitles and English Subtitles for the Deaf and Hearing Impaired are also encoded onto both discs along with Malaysian, Cantonese, Dutch, Danish, Spanish, Latin American Spanish, French, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, and Suomi Language Subtitles are encoded as options. 

The 4K widescreen has an impressive color palette with deep blacks and lush greens despite the at times monochromatic nature of the film given the setting and so forth. When bursts of red occur whether it is blood, gun fire, flames and military machines blowing up they take up an even more impressive look that just pops on screen. Unconverted the 1080p edition might have certain viewers preferring it over the 4K HDR version if only for what it lacks in deep color saturation it make up for in brightness that for some might be preferential over the more shadow evocative 4K Disc presentation. 

Within the black 4K Ultra HD single size Two Disc BD Case is an insert with a limited time only numeric code allowing for the redemption of a digital copy of the film for iTunes or select other providers. The Blu-ray Disc also features a series of featurettes that can be viewed individually or as one reel (51:28) and covers in impressive detail the development of the story, the visual effects, which were mostly practical and casting as well as the experience the actors had working with each other. While Mr. Abrams says the casting choices were not for historical accuracy so much as to find the best person for the part, which I find to be admirable, Wyatt Russell, who looks and sounds so much like his father it is uncanny, stated the film takes place in an alternate universe, which made me wonder again about whether or not this was going to be a part of the Cloverfield Anthology of films even though I have read that when J.J. Abrams was asked at SDCC 2018 regarding the connection, he said it was not. Personally I do not think it matters because the film stands well by itself and yet I hope they never try and make a sequel because having watched this film three times now, I have noticed so much subtle touches and clues that create a sense of wonder in that as I have stated, less is more, I don’t want to see someone take this up in twenty or more or less years and make an unnecessary sequel. Overlord is a gem. Please enjoy it, but leave it alone.  I love the soundtrack by Jed Kurzel. It sounds like what I imagine Goblin and Carmine Coppola working together might sound like if they had ever collaborated.

While both films are very, very different in their approach and style, I want to mention Richard Raaphorst’s Frankenstein’s Army as a film that might make for a good splatter filled double feature in part because I think Frankenstein’s Army deserves to be viewed beyond the cult audience it has attracted as an independently produced WW2 period horror film, but the films share similar themes as well as I like seeing a film that tells a story of Soviet soldiers entering Germany toward the end of the Second World War because there are not a lot of English language films that cover this and they were allies instrumental in the defeat of the NAZIs in WW2 so they deserve their due just as the American and British Soldiers do because it could not have been down without any of them and make no mistake, the AXIS powers were in my opinion some of the most vile and malevolent threats to humanity the world has ever faced.

Anyway, Frankenstein’s Army is available on Blu-ray and streaming and has been for five years now, but the Overlord: 4K + Blu-ray + Digital will debut along with a Blu-ray and DVD edition sold separately and on Tuesday, February 19, 2019 at retailers on and offline courtesy of Paramount Home Media Distribution.

(C) Copyright 2019 By Mark A. Rivera
All Rights Reserved.