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What’s new in Inglourious Basterds 4K release?

12 Oct

Inglourious Basterds (4K Ultra HD + Blu-ray)Just when Universal Pictures thought they couldn’t top their Special Blu-ray edition of Tarantinos’ Inglourious Basterds, they are tweaking their 4K release. Between this and an exclusive to HMV (UK), there’s also a Cine edition.

This region specific release includes:

  • Slipcase with Spot Gloss finish
  • 36-Page Photo booklet
  • 4 x Art Cards
  • 8 x Character Cards

It’s been twelve years since the release of the special edition, and this film is worth revisiting since it helped make Christoph Waltz the star. He plays Nazi Colonel Hans Landa, a ruthless interrogator whom Lieutenant Aldo “The Apache” Raine (Brad Pitt) and his team are after. Well, sort of. There’s actually two plots by different organizations trying to do away with the leadership as the war continues on. It’s tough to decide who is worse, and that’s part of the joy of why this film is considered quintessential Tarantino. 

The bonus material includes:

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Who Is The Puppet Master in The Suicide Squad?

11 Aug

The Suicide Squad official poster.jpegBy Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

Warner Brothers
Playing at theatres and HBO Max

Spoiler Alert

James Gunn has topped himself since he was given complete freedom to redo Suicide Squad. That 2016 film was great at introducing villains to do the dirty work that Uncle Sam doesn’t want to acknowledge, but isn’t all that memorable. This 2021 soft reboot that adds The to the title surpasses everything David Ayer attempted, and ups the ante. James‘ eccentric vision even includes a crazy build up to the finale typical for a Troma film (where this filmmaker got his start). Whether Ayer had to abide by the rules the Warner Bros and DC established with this franchise or he just did not understand the characters at all, Gunn makes the motley crew (from beginning to end instead of those who survived) rootin’, tootin’ hilarious

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Could War for the Planet of the Apes Be The End of the Saga?

13 Jul

By Ed Sum (The Vintage Tempest)
*Spoiler Alert

No previous knowledge is required to get up to speed before War for the Planet of the Apes. This third and possibly final film of the trilogy recaps the essential bits of lore needed to show that life on Earth is bad not only for ape-kind but also the humans. The Simian virus has taken its toll on humanity and it’s an ongoing threat which is evolving before the survivor’s very eyes. Those who are still around have banded together in enclaves and think extermination is key to reclaiming their position in the animal hierarchy.

Caesar (Andy Serkis) is the leader and he just wants his tribe to be left alone. They are not at completely at fault for the calamity. However, there are soldiers who think otherwise. Colonel (Woody Harrelson) leads a nearby army faction thinking he can do what’s best. Unfortunately, his motives do not jibe with other groups, and he’s considered a renegade. After he killed the wrong apes in a midnight raid, these two leaders are going to face each other head on. Well, that’s if nothing else gets in their way. Both are facing their own demons.

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Time is Against the Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part One Movie Review

21 Nov

By Ed Sum (The Vintage Tempest)

MockingjayPerhaps the biggest argument against The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part One is the decision by Lionsgate Studio to split the film up. Is there enough narrative to make the 390 page book fit into two films? Usually one page of dialogue in screenplay equates to one minute of screen time. A basic formula to book writing suggests that 50 to 70% of what’s written be spoken. Based on that math, there’s enough content for one movie. Ever since Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows started the trend (that book has about 600 pages), Twilight Breaking Dawn followed (629) — just how many more young adult book series must imitate this cash cow formula? Sadly, most of this film felt very drawn out before the story that matters finally takes flight near the end of the second act.

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Cheech and Chong: Show Appears Tough All Over

23 Jul

By Ed Sum (The Vintage Tempest)
and James Robert Shaw (The Wind up Geek)

cheech and chong music 2014 tour.wideaUp In Smoke Tour w/
Cheech & Chong and War

The Royal Theatre
Victoria, BC

July 20, 2014

J: After 30 years of watching their films and listening to their comedy albums, I was ecstatic to finally be able to see Cheech and Chong live on stage. I will say that the years have not been kind to their low-brow style of comedy, which served them better in its heyday during the 1970’s.

It doesn’t mean they’re any less funny (goodness knows they are) but that does make it tough for Cheech and Chong to find a new generation of fans. That much was self-evident in the make-up of the audience. Except for one youth, the rest of the attendees I saw were at my age or older.

The reason may be due to the demand for a Cheech and Chong reunion hit its peak a decade ago.

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