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Undercover Punch & Gun Finds Its Way to Home Video June 8th

6 Jun

Blu-ray, DVD & Digital release: 'Undercover Punch and Gun' - Far East FilmsBy Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

Well GO USA
Streaming now on Hi-YAH!, and available to pre-order on Amazon.com.

The hottest talents from Hong Kong are the highlight in Undercover Punch and Gun (潜行者), and the eye-candy this film offers is very pleasing, even for the martial arts enthusiast. This movie originally came out in 2019 as Undercover vs Undercover. I doubt the producers were intending to make a play on Mad Magazine’s Spy vs Spy even though the concept is almost similiar.

As for which title is better, I’m glad the rename is used. This bare bones release is appropriate. The standard trailers and English dub (I watched in Mandarin myself) make up this home video edition.

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Just Rewriting the Canon in Disney’s Cruella

31 May

Cruella (film) - WikipediaBy Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

On Disney Plus
(additional fees may apply)

Very few origin stories are going to live up to the stylish path that Disney’s Cruella is known for. When trying to deliver the goods, namely in creating an arc we can care for, this film nicely dodges some uneasy truths from past takes. In the animated version, she wore the soft furs of slain Dalmatians. In this live-action film’s case, she won’t touch an ounce of their fur, and it was an accusation made by her rival. The tables are turned as the story is more about who is the the alpha female. The black and white is more suggestive of which of the two personalities define this titular character.

Props go to director Craig Gillespie for having a solid vision in reveling in the punk rock subculture of London. The early 70s focus was a time of uncertainty and change, even though I sensed more of a 60s vibe. This backdrop does a little jump in time since it goes from showing how a very young Estella (Tipper Seifert-Cleveland) loses her mom to that of a young woman (played by Emma Stone).

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When Sherlock Holmes Turns Hound (Again)

29 May

Sherlock Holmes And The Great Escape - - DVD | Shout! FactoryBy Ed Sum 
(The Vintage Tempest)

Shout! Factory
Available to order on Amazon USA or stream on YouTube or Google Play

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The bigger mystery concerning Sherlock Holmes and the Great Escape lay in whether Hong Kong-based writer and directors Matthew Chow and Toe Yuen knew of the animated anthropomorphic take made many decades ago. Sherlock Hound featured everything I loved about this famous detective as a caring humanitarian. This series had a charm which I adored. The theme song from the localized French television broadcast had lyrics to which I still remember to this day.

It’s rare to transform the sleuth into a canine again, and I suspect Chow and Yuen knew what they were doing. They didn’t bank on everyone knowing the previous work. The character designs of other figures are similar enough, and what’s done art-wise was a change on costumes to avoid law-suits. Plus, a few moments may have been copied from the original. I’d have to search the episodes to verify, but I’m sure I saw this film’s bicycle chase before!

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“You Have My Word” Dark Horse Comics Will Continue Expanding Cyberpunk 2077

11 May

By Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

Dark Horse Comics
Available now

Spoiler Alert

Cyberpunk 2077’s continuing comic book series, “You Have My Word,” has gone Hispanic in this second miniseries about life in Night City. This time, the setting is with how one particular gang is running business. To see that the Valentino’s are involved has me pulling out the Art of book from this publisher (review can be found here) to remind myself of what’s going on. The intro page has a lot to pack in. The art style from the team of Jesús Hérvas (artist) and Giulia Brusco (colourist) suggest something meso-American and ancient to come if the murals are telling.

Usually including old world folklore don’t always work with this genre. Anything mystical can be imagined through tech. All any creative hacker needs are devices to project hard light holograms to create whatever he or she imagines.

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Chino Moya’s Undergods Invades Theatres & VOD May 7th!

5 May

By Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

Please check local listings for screenings near you.
Read our movie review here.

After a successful run at (virtual) film festivals, Undergods is now headed to theatres near you, and also arrive on VOD the same day.

This unique European work is certainly worth the look on the big screen to find what K (Johann Myers) and Z (Géza Röhrig) are trying to find amongst the misery, horror and sadness that is the human condition. Their dystopian future doesn’t have to be ours in the tales they tell each other to keep each other company. They are about the human condition in this science fiction and sometimes crime thriller. Continue reading

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