This Drama 4-in-1 Collection is another fine compilation from Mill Creek especially considering the low SRP and getting some at least okay John Travolta movies, though I believe these all were already released on Blu-ray in the past.
Life on the Line is a misfire of a movie if only that they could’ve told a great story of the unsung heroes who work to keep the power on in some of the most difficult circumstances. Instead, this film tosses in a terrible B-plot with unnecessary characters making this just another poor release starring an actor relegated to direct-to-video status.
I Am Wrath is hardly a great action flick and although Travolta is a shell of what he once was, he at least possessed some charm to make the thin plot enjoyable, along with some nice scenes with Christopher Meloni as well. This is the quintessential rental type movie and one where you shouldn’t expect anything profound.
Savages isn’t a complete waste of time but it was a waste of potential. The main characters aren’t very well developed though it’s not helped that the actors don’t deliver better performances and the use of voice over from Blakely was annoying. There are a couple glimmers of light: the film looks great thanks to director of photographer Dan Mindel and Benicio Del Toro is fantastic in a small but integral role.
Phenomenon is a well acted and finely dramatic film that seemed primed to be Oscar bait, especially in the acting category if you see a few of the scenes. However, it doesn’t hold much replay value because while the story is well done and features some fine direction by Jon Turteltaub, it’s just one of those movies that’s only worth one viewing every few years, despite a fine performance from John Travolta.
If not for the lack of features, Bolt on Blu-ray could’ve easily been a 4.5 star release. The audio and video are both fantastic and the movie itself is one of the better non-Pixar animated movies I’ve seen in a while (CG and traditional alike). The great thing about these recent Disney releases is, if you have kids the bonus DVD copy is an excellent bonus and can go to friends’ homes and watch it there if you like without having to come across as a snob that you only own a Blu-ray player…
While Pulp Fiction isn’t a masterpiece of filmmaking as some might contend, it’s still a very well made picture with the sharp writing we expect from Tarantino and one of the better ensemble casts put together. When it comes to the Blu-ray, it boasts strong audio and video transfers and a decent set of features including a nicely put together retrospective documentary.
Unnecessary sequels isn’t a new concept but what is new is when one of them, in this case Be Cool, actually acknowledges the fallacy of doing one as noted in probably the best part of the film, after which it’s all downhill, or at least a ho-hum plot. The video and audio transfers are both fine and slight upgrades over the DVD version and all the features, as limited as they may be, are also included.