‘Prehysteria’ Re-issue Is An Enjoyable Offering For The Whole Family

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Dinosaurs are big business for Hollywood.  From the Jurassic Park franchise to Disney Pixar’s The Good Dinosaur to Blue Sky Studios’ Ice Age franchise and more, dinosaurs have brought in big bucks for Hollywood throughout the years.  Now thanks to MVD Distribution, a slightly lesser-known dino-centric flick has been brought back to light in the form of Prehysteria for audiences to enjoy again for the first time.  Originally released as a direct-to-VHS flick more than 25 years ago from Moon Beam Pictures – an imprint of Full Moon Features – it was re-issued on Blu-ray/DVD combo pack Oct. 9 via Full Moon Features, and is a welcome offering for most families even today.  That is proven in part through the nearly 90-minute movie’s story.  The story will be discussed shortly.  The movie’s bonus material adds to the movie’s presentation, and will be discussed a little later.  Its average price point rounds out its most important elements.  Each item is important in its own way to the whole of Prehysteria.  All things considered, Prehysteria proves to be a work that while maybe not as well-known as other dino-centric flicks, is still a fun family flick.

Moon Beam Pictures’ newly re-issued indie dino flick Prehysteria is a welcome, fun family flick.  It is an underrated and underappreciated addition to Hollywood’s much hyped prehistoric realm (and yes, that awful pun was intended).  That is proven in part through the story at the center of the movie.  The story centers on the Taylor family — Jerry (Austin O’Brien — The Last Action HeroMy Girl 2The Lawnmower Man), his sister Monica (Samantha Mills — Step By StepCalifornia Dreams, The Family Man) and their father Frank (Brett Cullen — Ghost RiderThe Dark Knight RisesPerson of Interest) as they deal with a group of newborn dinosaurs brought home by their family dog, Ruby, who is clearly mourning the loss of her puppies.  As is explained through the movie, Frank gave away Ruby’s last litter of puppies, so she takes on the pigmy dinos as her own.  Plenty of hilarity ensues in the Taylor household after the dinosaurs — named after the family’s favorite musicians – are born.  From the little dinos making a mess of the Taylor family’s kitchen, to the adorable little creatures finding the beat as Elvis plays just outside their room and more, the smiles and “awwwws” are plentiful.  Meanwhile, an evil museum curator named Rico Sarno (Stephen Lee — War GamesThe NegotiatorBurlesque) is out to get the tiny dinos back, leading to even more laughs, and some action in the process.  What’s interesting here is that plot point involving Sarno trying to get the little dinosaurs is somewhat similar to one of the plot points of Jurassic Park, which actually came out after this movie.  So to that end, it makes that plot point even more interesting when added to the whole of the story.  Of course, the whole thing has a happy ending, though the ending is left somewhat up in the air.  Not too much will be given away here, but the story is left rather open-ended in its very last scene.  The result is that audiences will be left feeling uncomfortable because it does not leave viewers with that full sense of closure that a finale needs.  Director Charles Band and star Austin O’Brien talk about this and much more in the bonus audio commentary, which, as one of the movie’s bonus features, adds its own interest to the movie’s presentation.

Getting back to the movie’s story, there are some plot holes, not the least of which being the issue of how the dinos survived in the Taylor’s house for such a long time if they in fact needed a very hot, humid climate in order to survive – according to Vicki (Colleen Morris) late in the movie.  In retrospect, it leaves one scratching one’s head even more.  Even with that and other plot issues in mind, the movie is still a fun flick that the whole family will enjoy taking in every now and then.

While the story, even with its plot holes and other issues, does plenty to make this little-known family flick well worth at least one watch, it is only part of the movie’s success in its recent re-issue.  The bonus material included in the movie’s new home release adds even more interest to the presentation.  The bonus commentary, noted above, offers just as much entertainment as the story at the movie’s center.  Throughout the movie, director Charles Band and lead star Austin O’Brien share plenty of insight and entertainment.  O’Brien reveals that one of the scenes involving the family truck was so hot that ice had to be put into the truck bed for “Ruby” to sit on so that the dog could stay cool.  That was because the movie was shot largely in Los Angeles.  Another interesting tidbit to learn is that the very first appearance of the dinosaurs was shot on a stage placed five feet above the ground.  That was so as to allow all of the puppeteers to do their jobs controlling the dinosaurs from below.  Staying on that same note, Band also reveals during that noted sequence that he is – even in August, 2018 – against studios’ use of CG.  This is a rare view from film makers today, even despite the cost.  As noted above, the duo also takes on the movie’s rather odd, uncomfortable ending, actually pointing out how bad that final scene was.  Again, that final scene won’t be revealed here, but it really does ruin the otherwise happy closure offered just before that scene.  It’s just one more interesting note shared throughout the course of the movie’s 83-minute run time.  There is also a note from O’Brien himself that prior to the movie, he himself was unfamiliar with Elvis and Elvis’ career, so he had to do a lot of cramming in order to get familiar with Elvis for the movie.  Band also notes, surprisingly, that prior to watching the movie with O’Brien back in August of this year for the commentary, that he had not actually watched Prehysteria in full since its debut.  That is kind of odd, considering the movie’s cult following.  One would have thought he would have had more pride in the movie.  That aside, that revelation, the others noted here and so much more offers plenty for audiences to appreciate.  Keeping this in mind, the audio commentary is just one of the bonuses worth discussing here.  The bonus “Videozone” featurette offers its own interest to the movie’s presentation.

The “Videozone” featurette included in the movie’s re-issue is important to discuss because it is, for all intents and purposes, a “making of” featuerette.  Audiences get in this featurette a vintage look back in time at the original cast interviews that are in themselves eye-opening.  There are notes about which cast members did and did not have that much fun making the movie.  Band also offers his own thoughts in the vintage interviews alongside his father and Prehysteria co-director Albert Band that gives even more insight into the movie’s creation.  As if these interviews are not enough, audiences are also treated to a companion feature that shows how the dinosaurs were created, using wires and special modeling clay.  The whole of the features here shows even more, the importance of the movie’s bonus material.  Between everything offered throughout the “Videozone” featurette and the bonus feature-length commentary, the bonus material included in this re-issue makes the movie so much more entertaining and in turn worth the money spent.  Speaking of money, the movie’s average price point rounds out its most important elements.

The average price point for Prehysteria’s re-issue is $27.15.  That price is determined using prices from Amazon, Walmart, Best Buy, Target, Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million and MVD Entertainment’s online store.  MVD is included as it is the company handling the movie’s distribution.  On the surface, some might say that this price is a little high.  However, taking into consideration everything noted in this review, and that the bonus commentary and “Videozone” featurette are included not just on Blu-ray, but also on DVD, that price actually becomes quite affordable.  It is actually on par with prices for movies that are far more well-known and released in their own BD/DVD combo packs.  In other words, audiences will not break the bank at such a cost.  Keeping this in mind, along with the entertainment and insight offered through the movie and its bonus material, and that dual availability through the packaging, this presentation proves to be one that proves well worth the money and being added to any family’s movie library.

Full Moon Features/Moon Beam Pictures’ recent re-issue of Prehysteria is an enjoyable presentation for families seeing it for the first time and for those seeing it for the first time again.  As has been discussed here, that is due in part to a story that even despite its plot holes, is still fun and endearing.  In turn, it is sure to keep the whole family entertained from start to finish.  The bonus material included in the movie’s new re-issue adds to that enjoyment.  When the main feature and secondary material is taken collectively into consideration, they make the average price point of just under $30 well-spent.  Keeping that in mind, the package in whole proves to be a positive presentation that the whole family will enjoy.  It is available now.  More information on this and other titles being distributed via MVD Entertainment Group is available online now at:

 

 

 

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Shout! Factory’s ‘City Slickers’ Re-Issue Is Entertaining, But Priced Poorly

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Three years after its most recent re-issue, Shout! Factory has re-issued MGM’s classic comedy City Slickers again as part of its ongoing Shout! Select series.  City Slickers: Collector’s Edition was released Oct. 16 on Blu-ray.  This latest re-issue of the classic buddy comedy/western is a good fit for anyone who might not already own the movie from its 2015 re-issue.  That is due in no small part to the movie’s writing, which will be discussed shortly.  The bonus material included in this re-issue plays into that, too.  It will be discussed a little later.  The Blu-ray’s average price point is another reason that this latest re-issue of City Slickers will appeal to fans of the movie who might not already own the movie in its previous releases.  Each item is key in its own way to the whole of the movie’s latest release.  All things considered, Shout! Factory’s new re-issue of City Slickers is another welcome offering at least for those who do not already own this timeless story of friendship and personal growth.

Shout! Factory’s brand new re-issue of MGM’s 1991 buddy comedy City Slickers is a welcome addition to the home library of any fan of the timeless movie that might not already own the movie.  That is due in part to the movie’s writing.  The writing includes the story itself, which finds three longtime friends go on an “adventure vacation” following the 39th birthday of the movie’s main character, Mitch (Billy Crystal – Monsters, Inc., Monsters University, Parental Guidance).  Once the trio heads out west to New Mexico for its vacation, plenty of hilarity ensues and plenty of male bonding, too.  What’s really good here is that the male bonding in question never goes over the top.  Rather, that bonding is something to which plenty of male viewers can relate, making it that much more entertaining.  That is thanks to plenty of jokes about sports, life and some totally random subjects and general dialogue, certain to put a smile on any viewer’s face.

The story at the center of City Slickers is just one of the key portions of the writing that makes the writing so notable.  The story’s pacing is just as important to consider in examining the writing as the story itself.  The movie clocks in at just under two hours (one hour, 54 minutes), yet even considering that run time, the story moves relatively swiftly.  That is especially important to note being that the story, which was originally the idea of its lead star, is supposed to follow Mitch and his friends Phil (Daniel Stern – Home Alone, Home Alone 2, Bushwacked) and Ed (Bruno Kirby – Good Morning, Vietnam, When Harry Met Sally, Sleepers) on a two-week long cattle drive.  The writing team of Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel deserves its share of credit for this and for how it whittled down the original group of 12 to just three in the process.  The manner in which the pair addressed that part of the story and the very journey itself did an excellent job of keeping the story moving forward, even in some of the less action packed moments.  To that end, the writing that went into this movie forms a solid foundation for City Slickers.  It is just one part of what makes the movie’s latest re-issue so entertaining.  The bonus material included in this new re-issue ads to that enjoyment.

The bonus material included in Shout! Factory’s brand new re-issue of City Slickers is important to note because it is exactly the same bonus material included in the movie’s 2015 Blu-ray re-issue from MGM.  That includes even the feature-length audio commentary from Crystal, Stern and director Ron Underwood.  That content is also the same as the bonus material included in the movie’s 2011 “Collector’s Edition” Blu-ray, also re-issued via MGM.  On the surface, some might argue that is a bad thing, but on a deeper level, it is clearly important.  That is because it does not force audiences to choose between one re-issue and another.  From the primary bonus feature, “Back in the Saddle: City Slickers Revisited,” which takes audiences through a series of discussions on the movie’s story, the importance of the movie in Hollywood’s history and other related topics, to an equally in-depth discussion on the movie’s script to the even funnier (and shorter) discussion on the unlikely star that was Norman the calf, to even the discussions on the deleted scenes, the bonus material included with the movie offers so much entertainment.  In turn, that entertainment (and insight) adds even more appreciation for the movie.  Case in point is the discussion on the movie’s original final scene, which saw Mitch and company actually release the cattle from the farm as one of the deleted scenes.  Underwood reveals that this scene, which is presented as a bonus, was the original finale for the movie, but was cut because of audience response and concerns from the movie’s creative heads.  Knowing that this scene was cut from the final presentation actually presents a smoother and happier ending.  “A Star is Born: An Ode To Norman” is interesting as it reveals how the cast and crew shot the now famous scene of Mitch birthing Norman.  As it turns out, that scene was shot in three separate locations due to weather and scheduling.  The full explanation will be left for those who have yet to see the movie.  “Back in the Saddle: Revisiting City Slickers” reveals as one of its most intriguing notes that Jack Palance (Sudden Fear, Batman, Shane) was allegedly so nervous on his first day of filming that he had a rather loud outburst against Underwood, but later apologized for it to Underwood and to Crystal.  Even more interesting is the revelation from Crystal that he believed he might have in fact lived a prior life, and that life may have had some connection to the old west.  That discussion is certain to create its own share of discussions.

The items noted here and plenty of others presented in the movie’s primary bonus material offers plenty of its own entertainment and interest for audiences.  It certainly is not the only interesting information shared through the bonus material.  The bonus feature-length commentary reveals that Mitch’s Mets outfit was the result of a connection with the New York Mets.  Crystal reveals that as a Yankees fan, he wanted to wear Yankees gear in the running of the bulls scene, but because of some charity work from the Mets, he ended up wearing their apparel.  That’s early on in the movie, of course.  He later reveals that the inspiration for the movie’s initial development came after watching a program on television about adventure vacations.  Going back to his discussion about his sense of déjà vu from being out west, one cannot help but wonder if in fact, he might have lived before.  Even later on, the discussion turns to Crystal’s friendship with Palance.  Hearing the emotion in his voice (and that of Stern and Underwood) is a moving moment from the trio who is otherwise light-hearted throughout the movie.  When one considers all of this and more along with the entertainment and insight offered through the movie’s main bonus material, the whole of the movie’s bonus material proves integral in its own right to its new re-issue.  When it is considered along with all of the positives in the movie’s writing, the two elements give audiences more than enough reason to add this re-issue to their home library.  For all of the positives offered through this latest re-issue, the movie’s price the movie’s only con.

At the time of this review, Shout! Factory’s new re-issue of City Slickers is listed only on its own website.  It is not listed at the websites of Walmart, Best Buy, Target or even Amazon.  The 2015 re-issue is the most recent re-issue listed.  Its average price point is $9.97.  That is determined using prices from Amazon, Best Buy and Wal-Mart.  The movie is listed at Target only as DVD.  The price listed on Shout! Factory’s store for this new re-issue is $24.99.  Considering this, that pricing is a bit high since all of the material is exactly the same as those previous re-issues.  The only thing that makes this price acceptable is the bonus poster that comes with the movie in its online store.  To that end, the price is still somewhat high, and being that the 2011 and 2015 re-issues can also be ordered online at a far lower price (even with shipping & handling), it just makes the price that much more questionable.  To that end, one can only wonder what the outcome will be for this addition to Shout! Factory’s ongoing Shout! Select series.

Shout! Factory’s new re-issue of MGM’s City Slickers is an interesting new offering in its Shout! Select series of movies.  That is because it offers audiences the exact same presentation put forth in the movie’s past two re-issues from 2015 and 2011.  Audiences who do not already own one or the other of those re-issues would be recommended to pick up this copy, if not for the movie’s price, as it is currently listed only on Shout! Factory’s website.  That price is not competitive in comparison to the movie’s previous re-issues.  Keeping that in mind, one cannot help but be at least somewhat disappointed, if only for that pricing.  Other than that, it is an enjoyable presentation.  Hopefully this will lead to a price reduction that is more affordable for consumers.  More information on this and other titles from Shout! Factory is available online now at:

 

 

 

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Shout! Factory Announces Release Date, Specs For ‘Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey’ Re-Issue

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Shout! Factory is bringing back Bill & Ted again.

The company announced Friday that it will re-issue Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey in a special steelbook packaging on Nov. 20.  Originally the last of the movies in the Bill & Ted franchise (now a third movie apparently looks to be officially in the works), the movie sees the title figures have to find their way through the afterlife after being killed by two look-a-like androids programmed to kill and replace them.

The evil robot twins were sent by the nefarious Chick De Nomolos (Joss Ackland — Watership DownThe Hunt For Red OctoberLethal Weapon 2), who wants to keep Bill and Ted from leading society to peace with their music.  Along the way, the pair ends up befriending the one and only Grim Reaper (William Sadler — The Shawshank RedeptionDie Hard 2The Mist) who ends up helping out the hapless duo against De Nomolos as the story  progresses.

The forthcoming steelbook re-issue of the cult classic movie comes complete with Alex Winter (who played Bill S. Preston Esquire) and producer Scott Kroopf and a second, separate feature-length commentary from writers Chris Matheson and Ed Solomon.  Additionally, the movie also will feature a retrospective on the movie that features interviews with Winter, Sadler and Keanu Reeves as well as the movie’s creative team in the form of “Bill & ted Go To Hell: Revisiting A Bogus Journey.”

 Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey (Limited Edition Steelbook).  More information on this and other titles from Shout! Factory is available online now at:

 

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Shout! Factory Announces ‘Dragnet’ Re-Issue Release Date

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Shout! Factory is adding another modern classic flick to its Shout! Select series.

The company announced this week that it will release Dragnet on Oct. 30 on Blu-ray.  Originally released June 26, 1987 via Universal Pictures, the movie was an adaptation of the classic TV series, which rose to popularity in the 1950s and again in the ’60s. Webb (Dragnet, Adam-12Emergency!) starred as Sgt. Joe Friday in both series.  He was joined by Ben Alexander (Scotty of the ScoutsFlirtationAll Quiet on the Western Front) as Officer Frank Smith in the series’ initial run, and by Harry Morgan (M.A.S.H.The Cat From Outer SpaceInheriti The Wind) as Bill Gannon in its 1960s run.

The big-screen adaptation saw Dan Akroyd (Ghosbusters 1-2The Blues BrothersThe Blues Brothers 2000) filling Webb’s shoes as Sgt. Friday while Tom Hanks (Toy Story 1-3PhiladelphiaThe Polar Express) takes on the part of Friday’s latest partner, Officer Pep Streebek. The odd couple style story finds the two men working to solve a series of robberies and bizarre ritual-style murders that ultimately leads to a much bigger story involving a group that is working to undermine all authority in Los Angeles.

Morgan reprises his role of Bill Gannon in this update on the TV series.  He is joined by co-stars Christopher Plummer (A Beautiful MindBeginnersAll The Money in the World), Dabney Coleman (WarGamesYou’ve Got MailStuart Little) and Alexandra Paul (ChristineSpy HardThe B Team.

Speaking of Alexandra Paul, included in the movie’s forthcoming Blu-ray re-issue is an interview with her as a brand new addition.  The movie also includes a feature-length audio commentary from pop culture historian Russell Dyball.  The full list of the movie’s bonus material is noted below.  It can be pre-ordered online now via Shout! Factory’s online store.  The collector’s edition will ship two weeks early and will include a free 18X24 poster featuring new artwork from the movie.

Special Features:
 
  • NEW “A Quiet Evening in the Company of Connie Swail”: An Interview With Co-Star Alexandra Paul
  • NEW Audio Commentary with Pop Culture Historian Russell Dyball
  • “Just the Facts!”: A Promotional Look at Dragnet with Dan Aykroyd and Tom Hanks
  • Original Theatrical Trailers & Promos
  • Photo Gallery

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MVD Entertainment Going “Prehysteric” Next Month

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Dinosaurs are taking over this fall, but they’re not the dinosaurs one might think!

Full Moon Features announced this week that it will release the family-friendly 1993 live action/stop motion hybrid dino flick Prehysteria! on Blu-ray/DVD combo pack next month through MVD Entertainment.  The movie, released originally through its imprint Moonbeam Entertainment, is scheduled to be re-issued Oct. 9.

The story centers on the Taylor family — Jerry (Austin O’Brien — The Last Action HeroMy Girl 2The Lawnmower Man), his sister Monica (Samantha Mills — Step By StepCalifornia Dreams, The Family Man) and their father Frank (Brett Cullen — Ghost RiderThe Dark Knight RisesPerson of Interest) as they deal with a group of newborn dinosaurs brought home by their family dog.  Plenty of hilarity ensues in the Taylor household after the dinosaurs — named after the family’s favorite musicians — but that’s not all.  An evil museum curator named Rico Sarno (Stephen Lee — War GamesThe NegotiatorBurlesque) is out to get the tiny dinos back, leading to even more laughs.

The re-issue comes a little more than 25 years after it originally premiered on VHS on June 1, 1993.  A trailer for the movie is streaming online now herePre-orders for the movie are open now.

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Say Hello To ‘Bye Bye Germany,’ America

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Hollywood has dried up, ladies and gentlemen.  That goes without saying. It’s been a while since American audiences have seen anything original from Hollywood’s “Big Six.”  Thankfully though, independent studios such as Level 33 Entertainment, Cohen Media Group, IFC Films, Anchor Bay Entertainment and Film Movement have taken over time and again over the past decade or so where Hollywood has failed, with so many enjoyable offerings.  Film Movement offered audiences one of the most recent of those standout offerings early this past August when it released the German import Bye Bye Germany.  The 102-minute (1-hour, 42-minute) dramedy is takes place in Post World War II-era Germany, but is not another one of those run-of-the-mill stories based on actual events or even some author’s book.  Rather, it is its own work that SF Weekly writer Sherilynn Connelly accurately compared to works from the famed Cohen Brothers.  With its original story, engaging acting from its cast, and a look that pulls viewers in just as much as those noted elements, Bye Bye Germany  proves to be a work that will appeal equally to fans of WWII-era stories, dramedies and anyone simply looking for an alternative to Hollywood’s seemingly endless ocean of forgettable flicks.

Independent movie studio Film Movement’s recently released German import Bye Bye Germany likely will never get the attention that its American counterparts get, but the fact of the matter is that it is actually quite the entertaining offering, even being another WWII-era tale.  That is thanks in part to the movie’s story.  Unlike so many movies churned out by Hollywood’s “Big Six” Bye Bye Germany’s story is not another run-of-the-mill overly embellished work based on actual events.  Rather, it is its own original story.  The story takes audiences to Germany, 1946, just after the end of the war.  A group of German Jews who survived the Holocaust have come up with a plan to get the money they need to get to America, and it involves tricking former Nazis who currently live in the region.  It is complimented by a secondary story involving the group’s leader, David Bermann (Moritz Bleibtreu – Run Lola Run, In July, Atomised) being accused of conspiring with the Nazis.  When one of his friends follows him to an interrogation session one day, he reports back to the others, leading to suspicion among the group.  The final outcome won’t be revealed here, for the sake ok those who have not yet seen the movie, but the story overall will certainly keep audiences engaged.  It is expertly balanced with the movie’s primary story to make a presentation in whole that forms a solid foundation for this movie and gives audiences plenty of reason in itself to watch.  The movie’s dual-plot story is just one of the elements that makes Bye Bye Germany such an interesting presentation.  The work of the movie’s cast adds even more interest to its whole.

The work of the movie’s cast stands out because of the subtlety in each actor’s work.  Again, viewers should take note that this is another World War II movie, so even being  dramedy, it would have been so easy for Bleibtreu and his cast mates to go over the top at any given point, but they didn’t do that.  Case in point is Bleibtreu’s interrogation room scenes with co-star Antje Traue (Man of Steel, Pandorum, Woman in Gold).  There were moments in which Sara (Traue) asked David questions that would have allowed David to become irate, yet he never did.  Rather, he responded, again, with that noted subtlety each time.  The less is more approach in these tense moments adds to much depth to the scenes, and pulls audiences in even more when coupled with the story that unfolds throughout.  The same can be said of the revelations from David’s friends about their own past interactions with the Nazis.  One reveals how an SS officer corralled his parents and a group of other Jews into a synagogue and burned them alive, while another reveals he lost his sight when another SS officer hit him repeatedly in the eye in a bar in China.  Both men could have so easily hammed it up and overly emoted, but instead used a similar subtlety as they told their stories.  The result is that each story makes each character that much more sympathetic, and in turn ensures even more viewers’ engagement.  Even Antje Traue adds her own touch as she intently listens to David’s recollections of his efforts to survive in the POW camp.  Whether in the more emotional moments of his testimony or some of the more lighthearted moments, Traue’s reactions to David’s testimony is spot on.  Considering this and the other noted cast members’ work on camera (including that work not noted here), it can be said with ease that the work of the movie’s cast adds its own depth to the story; depth that in turn ensures even more, viewers’ engagement.  Considering this along with the engagement insured through the movie’s story, and audiences see even more why Bye Bye Germany is well worth the watch.  These elements are not the last of the movie’s most important elements.  Its overall look rounds out its most important elements.

IMDB.com notes in its outline for Bye Bye Germany that in making sure the look of the movie was fully believable, the set design crew made certain to only use certain material that were period accurate, right down to the concrete and wood.  That applied to the movie’s main set, the crossroad.  Just as important to note is the look of Bermann’s store.  The broken windows and dimly lit interior, with its empty floors and walls, collectively do a good job of showing what the Nazis did to the store.  In the final act, Elsa (Jeanne Werner – Tied, Before The Winter Chill, Invisible Sue) sits on a bombed out part of the crossroad that looks just like the pictures taken from the war.  Even here, it is obvious that the set/art design crew wanted to get things right so as to ensure even more, viewers’ engagement through suspension of disbelief.  As if all of that is not enough, the cinematic effects used in the movie’s post production add their own interesting element to the movie’s look.  It seems like there is a slight sepia-tone effect similar to that used in The Cohen Brothers’ hit movie O Brother, Where Art Thou? Used here to add to the general effect and look.  That subtle addition to the movie’s presentation makes for even more interest.  When it is considered along with the other general effect items noted here (and those not directly noted), the overall result is a presentation that is just as visually enjoyable as it is for the rest of its content.  When it is all joined together, the noted elements make Bye Bye Germany a surprisingly enjoyable presentation whose overall appeal makes it one of this year’s hidden cinematic gems.

Bye Bye Germany is one of the most welcome cinematic surprises of this year.  While it originally debuted in its home nation in 2017, its domestic debut this past April – and home domestic release in August – makes it a new release for American audiences.  Keeping that in mind, it is one of this year’s best new imports and independent offerings at the same time.  That is proven through an original two-part story that is certain in itself to keep audiences fully engaged from start to finish.  The work of the movie’s cast does just as much to keep viewers engaged and entertained, as has been noted already.  The work of the movie’s art/set design crew rounds out the movie’s most important elements.  Their work does just as much to pull audiences into the movie as that of the writers and cast.  Each item is important in its own right to the movie’s overall presentation.  All things considered, they make Bye Bye Germany a movie to which so many audiences will want to say, “hello.”

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CMG Announces Release Date For New Rodin Biopic

Courtesy: Cohen Media Group

Cohen Media Group is bringing a powerful new biopic to audiences this fall.

Rodin is currently scheduled to be released Oct. 2 on DVD and Blu-ray.  The nearly two-hour movie centers on the life of the famed sculptor and features Vincent Lindon (The Measure of a ManDiary of a ChambermaidAnything For Her) in the starring role. It is the latest offering from Jacques Doillon, the award-winning director of PonetteLa droless and many other famed European films.

The story presented in this movie starts in Paris, 1880.  Rodin has just received his first state commission, “The Gates of Hell.”  It will include The Kiss and his famed The Thinker.  He is joined by a handful of other figures including his partner Rose (Severine Caneele — When The Sea RisesA Piece of SkyHumanite) and his mistress Camille Claudel (SambaBad GirlSummertime).

Rodin has just dealt with a painful breakup, and now has to focus on his sculptures.  The starting point of his focus is his equally famed sculpture Balzac.

Rodin will retail for MSRP of $19.99 (DVD) and $25.99 (Blu-ray).  More information on Rodin and other titles from Cohen Media Group is available online now at:

 

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