Friday, January 12, 2018

Robot Wars (1993)
Reviewed By Jason S. Lockard

 
Full Moon Features were known for the sci-fi and horror movies and one such movie was 1989's Robot Jox. Well, in 1993 it was time for a sequel to Robot Jox and we got Robot Wars! Now the Robot action comes a HD TV on Full Moon blu-ray.

The years is 2041. After the great toxic gas scare of 1993, a group of raiders known as The Centros have heard of a hidden Megarobot and they want to raise it up. It is up to a renegade Megarobot pilot and an archaeologist must team up (despite their disdain for one another) to thwart the Centro's attempts.

While Robot Wars is in the same cannon of the first film Robot Jox, it is a stand alone film on it's own right. I love these old films with the stop motion special effects. I am a huge fan of Ray Harryhausen films! The stop motion effects in this film are brought to us by the late, great David Allen! And I am sure would make Ray proud.

These old films are just so much fun to watch! They're not Casablanca or Citizen Kane, they are just entertaining! And after all that is what we watch movies for, to be entertained! Besides seeing two humongous robots going at it in the middle of the desert! Who doesn't love that?!

This single disc blu-ray release features the film digitally remastered in HD from its original 35mm camera negative. And what a beautiful remastering job it is! Than there is the special features which include: The Wizard of Wars: Remembering David Allen (A brand new feature), Vintage 1997 Full Moon Promo and Original Videozone program.

This release would make any sci-fi fan happy! Whether they are a Full Moon fan or not! So if you would like to pick up a copy of Robot Wars for yourself you can do so by visiting www.FullMoonDirect.com


Moral Rating: violence and some brief language
Audience: Teen and Adults
Length: 1 hour 12 Minutes
Blu-ray Release: 2017
Blu-ray Rating: A
Puppet Master Axis Termination (2016)
Reviewed By Jason S. Lockard


One of Full Moon's most loved movie series is Puppet Master. Full Moon began a new trilogy of Puppet Master Movies and this is the final chapter in the trilogy that started with "Axis of Evil", lead to "Axis Rising" and now concludes with "Axis Termination". Now this final chapter is on Blu-ray! 

The film follows Toulon's puppets; Blade, Jester, Leech, Woman, Pinhead and the rest as the join forces with the psychic masters to stop the Third Reich and the Nazi war machine from winning World War II and affecting the outcome of the free world.

If you are reading this you more than likely already know what to expect with Puppet master movies! They are violent, cheesy, sometimes gory horror fare. And this one is no exception to the rest! The story is a little slow at time, but all in all it is not a bad little film. This film is not for the young ones!

This Blu-ray release features the HD version of Axis Termination. The picture quality is beautiful and the audio is great. Than the bonus features include; A director's spotlight on Charles Band, Monstercraft: Inside 1313FX, Actor's Spotlight: Jean Louise O'Sullivan, Things actors say, On set with the Indiegogo contributors and Full Moon trailers.

As you can see this single disc  blu-ray is loaded with bonus feature and for Puppet master fans and Full Moon Feature fans this will be a dream come true.  If you would like to pick up a copy of Axis Termination your can do so here or pick up all of the Axis Trilogy by visiting www.FullMoonDirect.com


Moral Rating: language, violence and brief nudity
Audience: Adults
Length: 1 hour 15 Minutes
Blu-ray Release: 2017
Blu-ray Rating: B
Barbed Wired Dolls (1976)
Reviewed By Jason S. Lockard


Jess Franco was a Spanish writer actor and director of films that were more geared toward the adult audiences. His most popular series of movies were the "Women-in-Prison” series! Full Moon Features has released Frauengefängnis on Blu-ray.

The film premise is a simple one. At a women's prison on an island fortress, which is run by a sadomasochistic female warden. She tortures and starves the prisoners. There is not a whole lot more to the story than that.

As far as the print of the movie goes it is a very clear and has been digitally restored. The English language dubbing is good. Than there is the bonus features; There is an audio interview with director Peter Strickland discussing the films of Jess Franco. There is also a vintage VHS Franco trailer reel.

These films are for a niche audience only. And I have to be totally honest here! I am not a fan of these kind of films! Do they have their fans? Of course they do! But me no! If you love the films of Jess Franco this is a good looking print of this film! But unless your a fan of Jess Franco I would have to caution against this one!

You can get a copy of this film on Blu-ray at www.FullMoondirect.com.


Moral Rating: Extremely offensive violence and nudity
Audience: Adults only
Length: 1 hour 21 Minutes
Blu-ray Release: 2017
Blu-ray Rating: D

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

American Treasures
Reviewed by: Jason S. Lockard


Many people travel the world to see the beautiful sights that this world has to offer, but America has many just as gorgeous sights to behold! In America's Treasures were taking on a journey to see some of the great sights from around the good old USA. Now the fine folks at Mill Creek Entertainment is brought us theses amazing sights in HD on blu-ray!

America’s Treasures is a 12-part documentary series highlighting America’s greatest monuments and parks. The series revolves around the treasures directly related to Teddy Roosevelt's Antiquities Acts of 1906. Which Roosevelt to save natural beauty for the benefit of the American people.

Each episode in this 12 part series runs over 25 minutes in length. The episodes in this series include the following:

DISC 1: Fossil Worlds / Ancient Cemeteries / The Anasazi Homeland / The Fur Trade / Subtropical Florida / The Great Indian Wars

DISC 2: Symbols of Liberty / Road to Equality / The Incredible Pacific Coast / Canyon Country / The Southern Rockies / Monuments That Became Great Parks.

The video quality of the episodes on these blu-rays are stunning! There is no other word to describe it than that! But that's not all! Not only do we see the beautiful sights of this great country! But we get a little history lesson about each of these locations! I really enjoyed these episodes.

So if you'd like to see the beauties of America but don't have the time or money to do so! Pick of this blu-ray! And take a trip without leaving the comfort of your couch!

America's Treasures is just under $20 and is stunning! Head over to www.MillCreekEnt.com or your local video provider and pick this one up today!


Moral Rating: nothing offensive
Audience: all ages
Genre: documentaries
Length: Over 5 hours
Blu-ray Release: 2018
Blu-ray Rating: A

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Yor The Hunter from the Future (1983)
Reviewed by: Jason S. Lockard


In the 1980's there was a lot of sword and sorcery films around! One such film was the Italian-French-Turkish co-production film; Yor, The hunter from the future! Now for the 35 anniversary of this film it's getting a Blu-ray release thanks to Mill Creek Entertainment!

Yor, the hunter from the future was a film based on the Argentinian comic Yor the Hunter. It was originally planned as a four part miniseries, to be broadcast on Italy television.

The film follows Yor (Reb Brown, Captain America), a blond prehistoric warrior, who is questioning his origins. When he learns that a desert goddess wears the same kind of mysterious medallion he wears. To unlock the truth to his past he goes on a journey to find this goddess. On the way he encounters ape-men, dinosaurs, and a strange futuristic society.

There are some films that are just so bad that there good! And this film has a lot of bad in it, but it is so entertaining. And in the end isn't that what we watch movie for, to be entertained?
I am so glad Mill Creek has given this film a blu-ray release for the 35th Anniversary! On this blu-ray you get the widescreen version of this cheesy sci-fi adventure. The film has some slight blemishes in it, but nothing that would take away from the viewing of the film.

Now let's take a look at the special bonus features. You get the theatrical trailer as well as an audio commentary featuring Yor himself, the legend Reb Brown. He give us behind the scenes information about the making of this feature as well as about the weather and the costumes and more! That is such a cool bonus feature!

The blu-ray comes housed in a standard blu-ray case. The blu-ray cover features the original U.S. theatrical poster art. But the really nice part is the slipcover! It features a comic illustration of Yor himself! I love that you get two different pieces of artwork here!

So if your a fan of 80s movies, Reb Brown or cheesy entertainment this is one you have to check out! Head over to www.MillCreekEnt.com or your local video provider and pick this one up today!


Moral Rating: violence
Audience: teens and adults
Genre: scifi, action, drama
Length: 1 hour 29 minutes
Blu-ray Release: 2018
Blu-ray Rating: A
S.W.A.T. (2003)
Reviewed by: Jason S. Lockard


Hollywood has been rebooting and remaking movies based on classic TV shows for a years now! Sadly rarely if ever do they capture the magic of the original series. One such movie based on a series was S.W.A.T. Now thanks to Mill Creek Entertainment fans can own this movie on Blu-ray.

The film follows S.W.A.T. commander Dan "Hondo" Harrelson (Samuel L. Jackson) and his team who are thrown into action when a notorious drug lord, offers a $100 million bounty to anyone who can free him from police custody. As they escort the kingpin out of Los Angeles into the hands of the Feds, the S.W.A.T. team is pursued by a ruthless and well-armed band of mercenaries.

The film does suffer a little from a long backstory that leads to the main story. Also the film is nothing like the original series! Which is
available on DVD through Mill Creek as well! The action and violence is a lot more pronounced and there is a good amount of profanity in the film! That may or may not be a big deal depending on the viewer.

The film on this blu-ray release has amazing audio and video quality. The colors leap off the screen and the gunshots will have you ducking for cover. Than there is the bonus features not one but two audio commentaries. One with the director and members of the cast and the other with the screenwriters. 

For fans of action films this one would make a great addition to any collection.
And for less than $15 its a great deal. Head over to www.MillCreekEnt.com or your local video provider and pick this one up today!


Moral Rating: violence
Audience: teens and adults
Genre: action, drama
Length: 1 hour 58 minutes
Blu-ray Release: 2018
Blu-ray Rating: B+

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Star Wars: Rogue One (2017)
Reviewed by: Jason S. Lockard


Adaptions are a hard thing to get right! Whether it's adapting a book to film or a film to book! Most of the time people will say, "The original media was better!" IDW Publishing has adapted one of the biggest films in recent years; Star Wars Rogue One, into a comic book! But is it good? That's the million dollar question!

The first thing you see when you open this book is an introduction to all the major characters of the story. I love this! We get a glimpse into the characters we will soon fall in love with!

The story itself follows a groups of rebels whose scheme is to procure the plans for The Evil Empire's greatest weapon, known as The Death Star. This is the film that bridges the gap between Star Wars III: Revenge of the Sith and Star Wars IV: A New Hope.

This book is 80 pages long and I know what everyone reading this is thinking! How in the world do they pack all that action from a over 2 hour film into 80 pages. Well, simple answer is some scenes were cut from the book adaption! That is a necessary thing to do! But the meat of the story is there. You really don't miss anything of importance!

The adaption was written by Alessandro Ferrari and is a masterful job. Than there is the vibrant artwork that has an ultra cool anime feel to it! The artists should be commended on the great job they did bringing these characters from the big screen to the pages of this graphic novel!

This book is such a page turner you can have it finished in no time flat! So if your a fan of Star Wars this is an absolute must add to your collection! Head over to www.IDWPublishing.com or your local comic book provider and get your copy today!

Moral Rating: mild comic book violence
Audience: all ages
Genre: comic book
Released: 2017
Rating: A