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Time for a 4K Whiplash in this upgrade package!

18 Sep

Release Date:
Sept 22, 2020

The modern classic, written and directed by Academy Award®-winner Damien Chazelle and starring Miles Teller and J.K. Simmons in an Oscar®-winning performance, is newly remastered in stunning 4K with High Dynamic Range and Dolby Atmos audio. Andrew Neyman is an ambitious young jazz drummer, single-minded in his pursuit to rise to the top of his elite east coast music conservatory. Terence Fletcher, an instructor known equally for his teaching talents and his terrifying methods, discovers Andrew and transfers him into his band. Andrew’s passion to achieve perfection soon spirals into obsession, as his ruthless teacher continues to push him to the brink of both his ability and his sanity.


  • Commentary with Writer/Director Damien Chazelle and J.K. Simmons
  • An Evening at the Toronto International Film Festival with Miles Teller, J.K. Simmons and Damien Chazelle
  • Timekeepers: Famous Drummers Discuss Their Craft and Passion for Drumming
  • Whiplash Original Short Film with Optional Commentary
  • Deleted Scene
  • Theatrical Trailer


  • Run Time: Approx. 107 minutes
  • Rating: 14A
  • Feature: 2160p Ultra High Definition/2.40:1
  • Audio: English Dolby Atmos (Dolby TrueHD 7.1 compatible), English 5.1 DTS-HD MA, French (Par), English Audio Description Track 5.1 Dolby Digital

There’s no Shortage of Shorts at Fantasia 2020 on the Last Two Days…

1 Sep

By Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

If you haven’t checked out Fantasia’s many movie shorts, there’s not a lot of time left! A few works caught my eye late Monday night and they can not go unnoticed without some kind of mention.

This year’s virtual edition is great! I hope the producers will continue to offer some parts of this show online. Eventually, when the pandemic is over, some events will have to consider how to carry on going forward. Those used to waiting in line for entry to the theatre should still get that aspect of what a film festival represents. Those who have come to love just logging into a website and streaming the content to their big screen television shouldn’t be cut short either.

However this event (and any other) progresses will require time to tell, and either way, I think going online is perfect for all the shorts that are out there. Film Festivals who think they aren’t popular and put them in low seating arrangements are quite literally cutting themselves short! Fair play gets those filmmakers noticed. Of the shorts I’ve seen, the following are worth watching! They are listed in no particular order.

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When “Jumbo” is a Tilt-a-Hurl in this Quirky Romance

31 Aug

Jumbo (2020) By Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

Playing at Fantasia Digital Film Festival 2020 on Aug 31, 23:15 EST. Buy your virtual ticket here.

Spielberg doesn’t really need to mentor the talented Zoé Wittock. Her shorts offer great ideas featuring female protagonists struggling with their identity, and her feature film debut certainly shines. It’s Close Encounters of the Third Kind and Iron Giant. We will never know the origins of the park ride attraction that Jeanne (Noémie Merlant) finds a connection with.

Her rambunctious mother (Emmanuelle Bercot) and beau of the week don’t make for a simple home life. She’s not really connected with her peers either. Her only escape is when she’s at work, alone with her amusement park rides. One night, she checks out the latest installation, a high-flying hurl-a-whirl (as shown in the movie poster) she calls “Jumbo.”

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Fly Me to Saitama and Let Me Play Among the Stars

31 Aug

Fly Me to the Saitama - WikipediaBy Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

Playing at Fantasia Digital Film Festival 2020 On Demand till Sept 2. Buy your virtual ticket here.

Fly Me To Saitama does more than take inspiration from a certain Frank Sinatra song. This film easily extols why Japanese anime and manga content producers are in love with the Baroque. The Rose of Versailles anime and manga is perhaps the most well-known example. The extraordinary detail in the art and acute sense of grandeur is part of the style which spanned from the 17th-18th century. When realized in live action, you can’t help but marvel at the attention to detail in the costume and set design.

Traditionally, the term is used to describe art and music more than society (where the plot lays). The lifestyle is not about flamboyance, but rather exuberance. The hubris lays with how people changed in an era which followed the Renaissance. Societal norms were being challenged, and there was an awakening.

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