THE HONEYMOON KILLERS from @arrowvideo – 5/10
This is opera composer Leonard Kastle’s only ever venture into cinema as writer / director of THE HONEYMOON KILLERS, a story of nurse Martha (Shirley Stoler) who finds companionship and romance through lonely hearts pen-pal Ray Fernandez (Tony Lo Bianco). They end up working together to lure in lonely singles, kill them and take their money. It’s an intriguing premise, based loosely on the real-life case of the ‘Lonely Hearts Killers’, but I have to admit the film never sucked me in; I can’t put my finger on what it was but something turned me off very early and the movie never got me back. It may me the low-budget, DIY aesthetic or the ‘slightly wooden’ acting but I know this is a big favourite for many, including Francois Truffaut, so I’ll have to give it another chance in the future.
This is the same 4k restoration used by Criterion in their 2015 release of the movie and it’s an overall excellent transfer. Both picture and audio are as good as they are probably ever going to be and represent the intended cinematography well. ArrowVideo have included a really interesting and informative bunch of extras on this disc too with several retrospective docs & mini featurettes as well as a booklet featuring two nice essays.
25/02 Blu-Ray Watches Part 2: Might as well watch the second instalment whilst I wait for the third:
- The Expendables 2 kicks up the action to another level. A much better improvement over its predecessor in nearly all areas. Stallone purely focussing on the acting and partially the writing was a smart move, doing the directing as well was just too much for him last time. Barney and his gang of mercenaries are employed once again to stop a megalomaniac from unleashing a deadly weapon. Bigger action, badder weapons and brisker pacing, improvements improvements improvements! That's what I like to see. Alas, the plot is one dimensional and incredibly dull again. The dialogue is either cringey or boring, but atleast there is more characterisation here. It isn't the "Stallone and Statham show", the other members feel more integrated which was great to see. The opening action sequence immediately had me hooked, the sound of pounding guns obliterating baddies (literally shredding them to pieces) and the exciting explosions harked back to classic action films. It's mindless, numbing and will make your eyes bleed. More muscles and testosterone than a can of 'Mr Muscle', bulging biceps in every scene as I count how many veins are popping out on Stallone's arm (the answer is three by the way). Acting is serviceable with more focus on the stunt work, which is fine for this type of flick. Throwing blades, raging tanks and gigan...WAIT! Stop! Guys, Chuck Norris waltzes in and steals the film!? "I was bitten by a poisonous cobra, five agonising days later the cobra died". Life...complete! The constant cheesy lines were cringeworthy to say the least, particularly when Willis and Schwarzenegger were on screen together. "I'm back", "I'll terminate you", "yippee-kiyay"...we get it. Nostalgia is beautiful, but don't force these quotes in. It's so out of place. Despite the bland plot and horrific dialogue, it's a fun entertaining time that'll keep you occupied. More of an 80s throwback than the first instalment, so atleast I got something I was promised this time (finally!).
The Expendables 2 = 6/10
Nightmare on Elm Street Collection on Blu-ray
1. Nightmare on Elm Street
2. Freddy's Revenge
3. Dream Warriors
4. The Dream Master
5. The Dream Child
6. Freddy's Dead The Final Nightmare
7. New Nightmare
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So I got an early digital copy of Justice League and watched it again for the first time since the theater and while I was great disappointed in it the first time around I will admit to having more fun with the second viewing. It’s still got a ton of problems but the humor worked more and the action was more impressive once I quit judging it and just watched it. Affleck is still the bomb, Gal is still perfect and Ezra is a great Flash. I also like the fact that Snyder opened up the camera and got away from the scope aspect ratio as I feel like it really lets the colors of these comic book films flow off the screen. All in all, definitely worth a second trip even if you hated it the first time through.