Friday, September 15, 2017

One Million B.C. (1940) - Reviewed by: Jason S. Lockard


Hal Roach was the comedy king producing many of the great short films of all time. But in 1940 he took a huge gamble to make a full length adventure feature film set in the year "100 Million B.C.". Now the fine folks at The Sprocket Vault have given this 1940's classic a blu-ray release. Let's check it out!

The film starts off in modern-day 1940, when a group of hikers caught in a storm seek shelter in a cave. They encounter an anthropologist (Conrad Nagel) who interprets prehistoric carvings that introduce the story of a young caveman.

The film than goes back 100 million years to tell the story of two cave tribes the uncivilized Rock tribe and the peaceful Shell tribe. Tumak played by Victor Mature is the son of Rock tribe leader Akhoba played by Lon Chaney Jr. There is a struggle between father and son as Tumak wants to be taken seriously as a warrior.

Tumak after the struggle and a horrific fall finds himself in the midst of the Shell tribe. Tumak tries to adjust to the different lifestyle of the peaceful Shell tribe, he soon falls in love with Shell tribe leader's daughter Loana played by Carol Landis. No matter how hard he tries he just can not seem to fit in with the Shell tribe. After an altercation he is banished by the Shell tribe leader. So Tumak and Loana break out onto there own. This is when the adventure truly begins. Will Tumak and Loana survive? You got to check out the film to find out.

The film was written by Mickell Novack, George Baker and Joseph Fricket and directed by Hal Roach and Hal Roach Jr. The film was nominated for two Academy Awards for its special effects and musical score. Between the erupting volcano and it's destruction and the stop motion effects of the dinosaurs this movie is something special. I am a sucker for that kind of monster effects. The stop motion dinosaurs are great no wonder they were nominated for the special effects.  

This blu-ray release features the full 80 minute film in aspect ratio 1:37:1  and audio mono. The bonus features on this blu-ray includes a commentary track by film expert Toby Roam, which is a nice bonus giving us insight into the film and there is a bonus photo gallery featuring stills and movie posters.

So the transfer of the movie is really nice. Granted it's a full screen version so you have the black bars on the side of your high definition TV. But that is because the film was shot in full screen so there is not really much you can do about that!

I really enjoyed this film many of you may have only seen the 1966 remake of this film starring Raquel Welch. Well, I think it's time you check out the original! The 1940 version. It's a pretty good little classic.

So if your a fan of classic adventure films this is one who have to check out. Head over to www.amazon.com and get your copy today! Also don't forget to check out more great releases from The Sprocket Vault at: www.thesprocketvault.com.

Moral Rating: mild violence
Audience: family
Genre: action adventure
Length: 80 Minutes
Blu-ray Released: 2017
Rating: A

Friday, August 25, 2017

Star Trek New Visions Volume 5 (2017) - By: Jason S. Lockard

Sci-fi fans love Star Trek and most will tell you the best of all the series is The Original Series. But sadly we only got 3 seasons of William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, Deforest Kelly and the others playing the iconic characters we have learned to love.


Now there is no need to fret! The good people at IDW Publishing along with John Byrne has decided to bring us brand new adventures with the original Star Trek crew with what are called "photonovels". This new series is entitled Star Trek New Visions. Let's take a look at what is included in Volume 5. 


John Byrne takes stills from the original TV series and crafts new stories from those stills. The stories that he puts together belong right there along side the great stories of the original 3 seasons.

In this Volume 5 of this series we get three full length adventures. In the first entitled “Swarm” the Enterprise faces an alien threat that numbers in the millions. Than in the second advnetures “The Hidden Face” a chance encounter with a drifting ship leads the crew to a world where the most obscene thing imaginable is the human face. In the final full length adventure “Sam” Captain Kirk must face one of the greatest moral challenges of his life, proving the innocence of a confessed killer–Sam, his own brother! Now that seems like a lot but there is more! There is a bonus short story "More of the Serpent Than the Dove."


I love what John Byrne is doing with this new series! They are not comic books there photonovels. It has the same feel as a comic book yet without the drawn art. These adventures kind of transport you right onto the Enterprise. The stories are engaging!  


I can not say enough how that Star Trek New Visions is a series that all Trekkies should be reading. The cool thing about these volumes are these are stand alone stories and you don't have to get Volume 1-5 to follow the series! Though I would higly recommend getting the entire series! You can get Star Trek Volume 5 for just under 20 buck! That is a steal!


So if your a fan of Star Trek the original series and long for more adventures, this is the series for you. Head over to www.Amazon.com and order your copy today!


Moral Rating: Nothing offensive
Audience: teens and adults
Genre: comic book
Length: 152 pages
Released: 2017
Rating: A+

Monday, August 21, 2017

The Nutty Professor (1963) – By Jason S. Lockard

I was truly sadden by the passing of one of my favorite comedians yesterday (8/20/2017) when we lost Jerry Lewis. Now most of you people probably know him just as the host of The Memorial Day Muscular Dystrophy Telethon but what some of you probably don’t know is that Jerry Lewis was one of the greatest comedians all time.

He started his career as partner to Crooner Dean Martin and the two had instant success playing to sold out night clubs, they also starred in a Colgate Comedy Hour and multiple hilarious films! But after a falling out the comedy duo split up and the world lost one of the greatest comedy teams ever. Dean went on to be a best selling singer and star in the Dean Martin Variety Show and Dean Martin Celebrity Roast where Jerry Lewis went on to make some of the greatest comedy films of all time! One of those films was The Nutty Professor.

The Nutty Professor a spoof film of the novel by Robert Louis Stevenson’s Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde. Jerry Lewis says that he had been "enthralled” with Spencer Tracey in Jekyll and Hyde since he was a kid. So it’s only logical that eventually he’d create his "Jekyll and Hyde comedy". In that era of filmmaking only Jerry Lewis and Walt Disney were making films that were considered for children. And when Paramount Pictures got the script of The Nutty Professor the executives had fears that it would scare children to which Jerry Lewis replied, “If Snow White and the 7 Dwarfs didn‘t scare them The Nutty Professor won’t!”

Long before Eddie Murphy took the reigns of the character Buddy Love; Jerry Lewis invented the character of the accident prone, geeky, buck-toothed, introverted, socially inept professor Julius Kelp in 1963. Jerry gave Julius Kelp one of the funniest and most irritating voices ever. Jerry Lewis said that the voice of Professor Kelp came to him in 1955 when he and Dean met a man on a train with that very voice and it stuck with Jerry all those years till he created the character Julius Kelp!

Julius Kelp who longs to be the life of the party and spoons after his student Stella Purdy. So in love is he that he decides to invent a magical potion that changes him into The SauvĂ© Debonair Lounge Singer and girl chaser Buddy Love. Keep your ears open for Lewis’ rendition of "That Old Black Magic". As Buddy Love he is so obnoxious but people are drawn to him like flies to honey! Many have said that Buddy Love was a dig at his former partner Dean Martin but Jerry responded to that by saying “I loved Dean! Buddy Love was every bad person I ever knew. The Man who steals a cab from a lady, the man in the hotel who called for room service to find out what’s taking so long and the person says there’s been a delay but it’s on it’s way up now and the man say drop dead you and your family!” That is Buddy Love!

The Swinger Buddy Love enters The Purple Pit [A nightclub where students hangout] and once he’s in there he saunters over to the bartender [played flawlessly by Buddy Lester] and orders an Alaskan Polar Bear Heater! At one point during the instructions, the bartender quips "You going to drink this here, or are you going to take it home and rub it on your chest?" Love instructs the bartender to "mix it nice" and pour it into a tall glass. The bartender asks if he can try some; after doing so, he completely freezes like a statue. While the drink started as a fictional beverage, it has made the list of many real mixed drinks.


One of the funniest scenes as Buddy Love is with Del Moore [Dr. Hamius R. Warfield: Dean of the college] as Buddy plays him like a fiddle convincing Del to perform Shakespeare with his pants down in the office! Film Critic Danny Peary has made the claim in his 1981 book Cult Movies that the character of Love is actually the real Jerry Lewis.

The film also stars the beautiful Stella Stevens as Stella Purdy, The character was originally called Stella Pain but Stevens said to Jerry “I don‘t want to be a pain” so he changed it! Also gracing the film is the extremely talented and very funny Kathleen Freeman as the secretary. She starred in 13 Jerry Lewis films. Jerry in an interview said how great she was saying that one morning he rewrote a scene [two pages long] and gave it to her while she was in the make-up chair. She read over it and shot it! Lewis commented “I printed take one…. That‘s the best I can say about her…. I printed take one!”

Also in the cast is Howard Morris [Ernest T. Bass of Andy Griffith Show] as Julius Kelp’s Henpecked Father and is accentuated by the music of Big Band Great Les Brown and his band of Renown! Although the hilarity is epic it is not the only reason to watch the film. The cinematography is amazing… The colors and set are beautiful and the music is great plus it has a great moral. Which is be happy with who you are cause if your not no one else will be! As much as Eddie Murphy is a comic legend Eddie Murphy’s version of The Nutty Professor [1996] falls short of The Classic Jerry Lewis’ Buddy Love!

In 2000 The American Film Institute honored Jerry Lewis’ The Nutty Professor with the honor of naming it #99 in AFI 100 years… 100 laughs! To which Jerry joked, “Just Made It!” For decades Jerry said he wanted to do a sequel to The Nutty Professor but has to settle for Eddie Murphy’s versions of the film, but his dream came true on November 25, 2008 when the Animated Direct to DVD production of The Nutty Professor Starring The Comic Legend and Drake Bell [of TV‘s Drake and Josh and Superhero Movie] was released. In the film Julius Kelp’s teenage grandson Harold Kelp discovering his grandfather’s secret formula and unleashing his alter-ego. This sequel was directed by Paul Taylor!

So if your in the mood for a great comedy or just want to discover a classic check out Jerry Lewis’ The Nutty Professor! I will never forget Jerry Lewis! His comedy! His Love for the MDA children. He was an amazing guy! Rest In Peace Jerry! We will Never Forget you!



Moral Rating: Nothing Offensive
Audience: Family
Genre: Musical Comedy
Length: 107 min.
Released: 1963
Our Rating: A

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Jack the Giant Killer (1962) - Reviewed By Jason S. Lockard

Movie goers love to take the thrill rides of action and adventure. In the 1950s and 60s people marveled at movies such as The Seventh Voyage of Sinbad and Jason and the Argonauts. In 1962 Jack The Giant Killer was released to little fanfare. Over 50 years ago! Now thanks to Legend Films you to can relive this classic adventure on DVD.

Jack the Giant Killer follows a farm boy who heroically rescues Princess Elaine from a sorcerer named Pendragon by slaying his bloodthirsty giant. But Pendragon would not stop there Jack must continue on his quest crossing the ocean, battle dragons, fight two-headed ogres and an army of ghouls to save his lady love!

The movie features great stop motion animation, but it was not done by the legendary Ray Harryhausen, but by Jim Danforth. In a world that is inundated with CGI I love seeing the stop motion animation! It is so classy. The DVD features an absolute beautiful copy of this classic film. Sadly no bonus features are found, but movie lovers will be ecstatic with the film.

So if you love adventure films of yesteryear as much as me this is one you have to own. Head over to www.LegendFilms.net and pick up a copy today!

Moral Rating: Violence
Audience: Teens and Adults
Genre: Suspense
Length: 92 Minutes
DVD Released: 2013
DVD Rating: A
Kingstone Bible (2016) – Reviewed by Jason S. Lockard

The bible is considered by many the greatest story ever told, but it can be at times hard for readers to grasp the depth of the entire story. Now Kingstone Comics has released The Kingstone Bible the most complete graphic novel adaption of the bible ever published.

The Kingstone Bible took seven years and more than 45 of the best illustrators in the comic book industry to bring this three volume set to fruition. Trying to understand the bible can be a hard task. But when you see the stories played out in front of your in comic book form it makes it much easier.


Even though the bible is broken up into 66 books the bible is one complete story. The artwork in the Kingstone Bible literally leaps off the page. You feel as though you are living in the story.

If you have always wanted to read the bible but were afraid to get bogged down by names you can’t pronounce and stories to hard to understand, now there is no need to fear, the Kingstone bible is here!


The Kingstone bible is broken up into 12 volumes and would make a great addition for anyone’s personal library. The hardcover edition comes in at 12 pounds and at under $75 is a great deal.

So if you would like to give the gift of the bible to someone special in your life. Give the gift of The Kingstone Bible. Head over to kingstone.co/ You won’t regret it!


Moral Rating: Violence and adult situations
Audience: Teens and adults
Genre: Historical, Adventure
Release: 2016
Our Rating: A+

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Krull (1983) – By Jason S. Lockard

Sci-fi films are just cool! They take us to places we never will be able to go! One such film was the 1983 British-American heroic fantasy-science fiction film directed by Peter Yates entitled Krull. Now thanks to Mill Creek Entertainment we can see the sci-fi adventure in stunning HD on Blu-ray.


The film follows Prince Colwyn as he sets out on a dangerous journey to rescue his young bride who is held captive by a creature called the Beast. If that isn’t enough along the way he must find a weapon called the glave, fight slayers and alien beings under the Beast’s command. Will Colwyn triumph and rescue the Princess? You’ll have to watch the film to find out!


This film was more or less an attempt to cash in on all the hype of Star Wars. But Krull is not without it’s charm. The acting can be a bit plastic at times and the story a little hard to follow, but the film score is awesome and the special effects for 1983 was some of the best.


Krull is one of those films you either love or hate. As far as this blu-ray release goes, the transfer is beautiful. Sadly there is no bonus features, but your getting a B-movie classic in HD for less than 10 bucks come on!


So if you remember fondly the movie Krull and you want to relive your childhood all over again! I highly recommend you head over to www.MillCreekEnt.com and find out how you can get your copy today!


Moral Rating: violence
Audience: teens and adults
Genre: Sci-fi
Length: over 2 hours
DVD Released: 2014
DVD Rating: A+
Cult Horror Collection (1959-66) - Reviewed By Jason S. Lockard

In the 60s movie goes like today liked to be scared! It’s harder to be scared today with us being desensitized by all the violence in the world, but we still loved scary movies. Well, Legend Films 3 Disk DVD release The Cult Horror Collection. We all can relive three horror films from the days of yesteryear. Let’s take a brief look at these films.


Our Rating System:
****=Don’t Miss it!
***=Worth a look.
**=An Ok way to spend an evening.
*=You haven’t missed anything.


Disk 1: The Man Who Could Cheat Death (1959): Dr. Georges Bonnet (Anton Diffring), a man with an obsession to live forever… all he needs are the glands of some very unwilling donors. ***

Disk 2: The Skull (1965): Dr. Christopher Maitland (Peter Cushing) purchases the infamous skull of the Marquis de Sade, a decision that he was warned against by his good friend – and previous skull owner – Matthew Phillips (Christopher Lee). ***

Disk 3: The Deadly Bees (1966) Trouble strikes when an exhausted pop singer, sent on a vacation to a farm, realizes that the farm’s owner grows deadly bees. **

This is one great box set! The only bonus feature in this collection is a trailer for The Skull! That’s a little disappointing, but to me three old horror films makes this collection a must have! So if your a fan of 60’s horror cinema as much as I am, this is a great one for you! So by all means head over to www.LegendFilms.net or your local DVD provider and get a copy for yourself. You won’t be disappointed!

Moral Rating: Violence
Audience: Parental Guidance
Genre: Horror
Length: Over 4 hours
DVD Released: 2008
Our DVD Rating: A-