Chernobyl 1986 is new on VOD and screening theatrically in select markets, 9/24.

In April 1986, the USSR (now Ukraine) experienced one of the most horrific man-made disasters of all time, when the the Nuclear Power Plant’s #4 reactor exploded, irradiating the region and forcing the evacuation of the people populating the area, including the small but thriving city of Pripyat.

The new film Chernobyl 1986 (aka Chernobyl Abyss in some markets) tells the story of the disaster, but channeled through the eyes of some fictional characters (similar to, say, Titanic or Pearl Harbor). The film’s story mixes historical fact with a fictional plot elements, which, it turns out, is a sword that…


See how it fares against the prior 2011 Blu-ray from HD Cinema Classics! (Spoiler Alert: VERY WELL)

Lionsgate’s Vestron Video edition of Dementia 13 is new on Blu-ray this week . This article contains several comparisons which contrast Mill Creek’s earlier Blu-ray transfer with the new release from Arrow. The frames aren’t necessarily exact matches, but should give a solid indication of the visual differences.

Viewing tips: For gauging clarity and resolution, these images are best viewed on a large monitor with widescreen aspect ratio — if viewing on a mobile device, pinch-zoom for closer inspection. Elements like color, brightness, and contrast are more easily compared in a narrow window or upright mobile.

This week the Vestron…


The overdue solo film is a fitting sendoff that peels back some of the layers of the most mysterious Avenger

While some folks have experienced superhero fatigue from the ever-expanding and box-office-dominating Marvel Cinematic Universe, I’ve found it just keeps getting better. I still enjoy all the earlier movies like Iron Man and Avengers, but to me the more recent entries like Guardians of the Galaxy, Black Panther, Thor: Ragnarok, and the 2-part Avengers saga of Infinity War and Endgame, handily blow away the early stuff in terms of fun, originality, and quality.

But as the more expansive and weird facets of the MCU are explored, something I’ve heard expressed from time to time is “When will we get another…


Available now digitally from Terror Films, the South African horror tale Tokoloshe: The Calling has the interesting premise of featuring a cryptid generally unknown to the west.

In researching the tokoloshe mythology (ie Googling for a few minutes), I found quite a wide spectrum of how it’s defined or what form it takes. But to summarize in the broadest strokes, the tokoloshe is a fast, vaguely humanoid, gremlin-like creature, often attributed with supernatural powers. …


This mediocre mashup is the empty marketing ploy that A NEW LEGACY was cynically accused of being

Teen Titans Go! See Space Jam is a TV movie which premiered on Cartoon Network on June 20, 2021 to hype the coming of Space Jam: A New Legacy. It later released to digital platforms on July 27.

My kids (6 and 4) are big fans of both Teen Titans Go! and of the original Space Jam film which they recently discovered, so it was a no-brainer for us to check out their new crossover movie. I was excited to show it to them and maybe blow their minds by the film’s crossover aspect.


The stakes are raised in WB Animation’s new sequel to the excellent SCORPION’S REVENGE

Last year Warner Bros Animation surprised fans with an incredible new animated film in the vein of their successful DC Universe lineup. The framework of Mortal Kombat Legends: Scorpion’s Revenge approximated the same tournament as the original game and the 1995 Paul W. S Anderson film, but told from a unique perspective: that of Hanzo Hasashi — the tragic hero/antihero known as Scorpion.


Arrow Video’s new edition of Brotherhood of Satan released this week . This article contains several comparisons which contrast Mill Creek’s earlier Blu-ray transfer with the new release from Arrow. The frames aren’t necessarily exact matches, but should give a solid indication of the visual differences.

Viewing tips: For gauging clarity and resolution, these images are best viewed on a large monitor with widescreen aspect ratio — if viewing on a mobile device, pinch-zoom for closer inspection. Elements like color, brightness, and contrast are more easily compared in a narrow window or upright mobile.

Brotherhood of Satan fits into a…


DUNE is back on Blu and new on 4K UHD. Here’s how it compares to the earlier Blu-ray edition

This article contains several comparisons which contrast Universal’s 2010 Blu-ray transfer with the new Arrow Video restoration. The frames aren’t necessarily exact matches, but should give a solid indication of the visual differences.

Please note that, as I don’t have the means to capture the 4K disc, the Blu-ray version of Arrow’s disc was used for this article. While both formats use the same restoration, the actual 4K disc has a higher true resolution and color palette than what is captured here.

Dune is back in a big way. Denis Villeneuve’s fiercely anticipated remake has finally been dated for an…


Singaporean comedy Tiong Bahru Social Club (中峇鲁俱乐部) played both the New York Asian Film Festival and Fantasia International Film Festival, which ran more or less concurrently.


Turning out big belly laughs at both Fantasia and New York Asian Film Festivals, Yernar Nurgaliyev’s riotous Kazakhstani film Sweetie, You Won’t Believe It (Жаным, ты не поверишь!) is an energetic and very funny madcap comedy about the escalating insanity of two groups of morons placed at odds with each other. It’s similar in tone to R-rated buddy comedies like Horrible Bosses or This is The End, but from a foreign perspective.

As the birth of his child nears, henpecked Das is completely frustrated by his nagging wife and hits up his two best pals to take a day trip…

Austin Vashaw

Film yakker, wisecracker, tact lacker. Contributing Editor at Cinapse. http://letterboxd.com/VforVashaw

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