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Rememory (a J!-ENT Blu-ray Disc Review)

November 18, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

While Mark Palansky’s “Rememory” may not be a groundbreaking film, but I enjoyed the concept and also Dinklage’s performance.  And while the film does have its faults, I did enjoy “Rememory”.

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TITLE: Rememory

DATE OF FILM RELEASE: 2017

DURATION: 112 Minutes

BLU-RAY INFORMATION: 1080p (2:40:1 Aspect Ratio), English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio, English SDH/Spanish Subtitles

COMPANY: Lionsgate

RATED: PG-13

RELEASE DATE: November 28, 2017


Directed by Mark Palansky

Written by Mike Vukadinovich and Mark Palansky

Produced by Daniel Bekerman, Lee Clay

Co-Producer: Ethan Lazar, Tyler Nelson

Executive Producer: Jim Reeve

Music by Gregory Tripi

Cinematography by Gregory Middleton

Edited by Jane MacRae, Tyler Nelson

Casting by Tineka Becker: Tiffany Mak

Production Design by Hank Mann

Costume Design by Patricia Hargraves


Starring:

Peter Dinklage as Sam Bloom

Matt Ellis as Dash Bloom

Jordana Largy as Freddie

Martin Donovan as Gordon Dunn

Evelyne Brochu as Wendy

Henry Ian Cusick as Lawton

Anton Yelchin as Todd

Julia Ormond as Carolyn Dunn

Gracyn Shineyi as Jane Dunn


The film explores the unexplained death of Gordon Dunn (Martin Donovan), a visionary scientific pioneer whose body is found shortly after the unveiling of his newest work: a device able to extract, record and play a person’s memories. Gordon’s wife, Carolyn (Julia Ormond), retreats into her house and cuts off contact with the outside world when a mysterious man (Peter Dinklage) shows up. After stealing the machine, he uses it to try and solve the mystery, beginning an investigation of memories that lead him to unexpected and dangerous places.


From the director of “Penelope” and “A Series of Unfortunaate Events” comes the film “Rememory”.

The film stars Peter Dinklage (“Game of Thrones”, “X-Men: Days of Future Past”, “The Station Agent”), Matt Ellis (“Final Destination 3”, “Undead Union: The Making Of”), Jordana Largy (“Once Upon a Time in Wonderland”), Martin Donovan (“Ant-Man”, “Insomnia”, “Weeds”), Evelyne Brochu (“Cafe de Flore”, “Tom at the Farm”, “X Company”), Henry Ian Cusick (“Lost”, “Hitman”, “The 100”), Anton Yelchin (“Star Trek”, “Terminator Salvation”, “Fright Night”), Julia Ormon (“The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”, “Legends of the Fall”, “My Week with Marilyn”) and more.

And now “Rememory” will be released on Blu-ray courtesy of Lionsgate.

The film begins with Sam Bloom (portrayed by Peter Dinklage) at the bar with his brother Dash Bloom (portrayed by Matt Ellis).  As the two drive home, singing out loud, their car is smashed into by another car and when Sam Bloom comes to, Dash is bleeding and dying, while Sam screams for help.

Fastforward to the future and the accident still haunts Sam.  While he is watching Gordon Dunn (portrayed by Martin Donovan), a scientific pioneer who created new technology that allows for one to extract memories and watch them on an external device.

Later, the doctor is approached by a woman named Wendy (portrayed by Evelyne Brochu) who wants something back from the scientist.  We then see Todd (portrayed by Anton Yelchin) who confronts Gordon for ruining his life and bringing up something that should have stayed in the past.  Meanwhile, Cortex CEO, Lawton (portrayed by Henry Ian Cusick) listening in on their conversation.

We then see Wendy coming in and access Gordon Dunn’s Cortex device, Sam parked in the parking lot alone watching Todd, and then later Wendy leave Gordon’s office and then we also see Gordon laying on the ground, dead.

The next morning, Sam learns that Gordon Dunn is dead and when he comes to bring flowers to his widow, he manages to steal keys inside the house and manages to use it to break into his home and steal one of the Cortex prototype devices along with recordings of memories from other test users.

And through these memories, what will Sam discover?


VIDEO:

“Rememory” is presented in 1080p High Definition (2:40:1 aspect ratio)

AUDIO & SUBTITLES:

“Rememory” is presented with English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio.

Subtitles are in English SDH and Spanish.

SPECIAL FEATURES:

“Rememory” comes with following special features:

  • Audio Commentary – Featuring audio commentary by Mark Palansky and actor Peter Dinklage
  • The Memories We Keep – (31:59) A featurette about the concept and making of the film, as well as the evolution of the script and casting for the film.  Also, remembering actor Anton Yelchin.

EXTRAS:

The Blu-ray comes with an UltraViolet Digital HD code.


“Rememory” is a film directed and written by filmmaker Mark Palansky and created around actor Peter Dinklage and a film that looks into the extraction of memories.

The film revolves around a man named Sam Bloom (portrayed by Dinklage) who had a tragic past three years and watching scientific pioneer, Gordon Dunn, introduce his Cortex device that allows people to extract memories and watch them on an external device.

But when Gordon Dunn is found dead, we see numerous people along with Samuel who happen to be near the scene of the crime.

When Sam reads that Dunn had died, it leads him to stealing Gordon’s Cortex device in hoping he can find answers of who or what is responsible for his death but most of all, helping him come to terms with his tragic past.

If there was one issue with the film is that Cortex would go through any means of finding the stolen Cortex device and are quite aware that Sam Bloom is possibly involved.  While there are those in the company that are aware of Sam, there is buildup to painting the Cortex Corporation as a big, bad corporation and its leader, Lawton (portrayed by Henry Ian Cusick) being the film’s main antagonist.  But there was no element of danger as Sam was able to go around and accomplish things quite easily.

There is also not much time to establish the other characters in the film, they are merely subjects of tests conducted by Gordon but we don’t feel much impact with these characters at all.  If anything, the film hinges on the shoulders of Sam and Carolyn Dunn (portrayed by Julia Ormond).

I will also add that for the short moments that Anton Yelchin was in the film, you can’t help but feel sad that this young talented actor is no longer with us.  He had an emotional performance in the film and “Rememory” was among the last three films that Yelchin would make before dying in a fatal accident in the summer of 2016.

As for the Blu-ray release, picture quality is good, especially on close-ups.  Lossless audio is primarily dialogue-driven and the audio commentary and featurette were entertaining.  I like the fact that Palansky gave people a chance to send in their own HD memories and they included a few of those selected, for their memory footage to be part of the film.

Overall, while Mark Palansky’s “Rememory” may not be a groundbreaking film, but I enjoyed the concept and also Dinklage’s performance.  And while the film does have its faults, I did enjoy “Rememory”.

Pixels (a J!-ENT Blu-ray Disc Review)

October 25, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

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If you are a fan of Adam Sandler films, one who grew up in the ’80s playing video games in the arcades or just someone who enjoys popcorn sci-fi action films, then definitely give “Pixels” a try!


TITLE: Pixels

FILM RELEASE: 2015

DURATION: 106 Minutes

BLU-RAY DISC INFORMATION: 1080p High Definition (2:40:1 Aspect Ratio), English 7.1 Dolby Atmos (Dolby TrueHD 7.1 compatible), Portuguese 5.1 DTS-HD MA, French, Spanish, Thai 5.1 Dolby Digital, English Audio Description Dolby Surround, Subtitles: English SDH, Cantonese, Chinese Simplified, Chinese Traditional, French, Indonesian/Bahasa, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish, Thai

COMPANY: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

RATED: PG-13 (Some Langue and Suggestive Comments)

Release Date: October 27, 2015


Directed by Chris Columbus

Screenplay by Tim Herlihy, Timothy Dowling

Short Film by Patrick Jean

Executive Producers: Johnny Alves, Barry Bernardi, Matias Boucard, Benjamin Darras, Jack Giarraputo, Seth Gordon, Tim Herlihy, Patrick Jean, Steve Koren, Heather Parry, Ben Waisbren

Produced by Michael Barnathan, Chris Columbus, Allen Covert, Mark Radcliffe, Adam Sandler

Co-Producer: Kevin Grady

Associate Producer: Yuka Kato, Lyn Lucibello

Music by Henry Jackman

Cinematography by Amir mokri

Edited by Peck Prior, Hughes Winborne

Casting by John Buchan, Angela Demo, Jason Knight, Barbara J. McCarthy

Production Design by Peter Wenham

Art Direction: Ramsey Avery, Steve Christensen, Luke Freeborn, Peter Grundy, Richard L. Johnson

Set Decoration by Leor boshi, Rosemary Brandenburg

Costume Design by Christine Wada


Starring:

Adam Sandler as Brenner

Kevin James as Cooper

Michelle Monaghan as Violet

Peter Dinklage as Eddie

Josh Gad as Ludlow

Matt Lintz as Matty

Brian Cox as Admiral Porter

Sean Bean as Corporal Hill

Jane Krakowski as First Lady Jane Cooper

Dan Aykroyd as 1982 Championship MC

Ashley Benson as Lady Lisa


When aliens misinterpret video-feeds of classic arcade games as a declaration of war against them, they attack the Earth, using the games like PAC-MAN, Donkey Kong, Galaga, Centipede and Space Invaders as models for their various assaults. President Will Cooper (Kevin James) has to call on his childhood best friend, ’80s video game champion Sam Brenner (Adam Sandler) to lead a team of old-school arcaders (Peter Dinklage and Josh Gad) to defeat the aliens and save the planet.


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In 2015, the sci-fi action-comedy “Pixels” hit theaters and grossing over $237 million worldwide.

Based on French filmmaker Patrick Jean’s 2010 short film, “Pixels” is directed by Chris Columbus (“Home Alone” films, the first two “Harry Potter” films, “Mrs. Doubtfire”) and a screenplay by Tim Herlihy (“The Wedding Singer”, “Saturday Night Live”) and Timothy Dowling (“Role Models”, “This Means War”, “Just Go With It”).

The film stars Adam Sandler (“Happy Gilmore”, “Big Daddy”, “Grown Ups” films), Kevin James (“Her Comes the Boom”, “Hitch”, “Paul Blart: Mall Cop”, “The King of Queens”), Michelle Monaghan (“Eagle Eye”, “Gone Baby Gone”, “Source Code”), Peter Dinklage (“Game of Thrones”, “X-Men: Days of Future Past”, “The Station Agent”) and Josh Gad (“21”, “Jobs”, “Love & Other Drugs”).

And now, “Pixels” will be released on Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray and DVD in October 2015.

The film begins in 1982 as 13-year old Sam Brenner and his good friend Will Cooper go to the arcade and Sam would dominate various video games such as “Pac-Man”, “Centipede”, “Astroids” to name a few.  They meet an 8-year old conspiracy theorist/video gamer named Ludlow Lamonsoff (who is addicted to Lady Lisa of “Dojo Quest”) to join their crew and eventual Sam does so well that he is encouraged to enter the arcade game world championships.  The announcer (potrayed by Dan Aykroyd) tells participants that the video of the competition will be beamed to out of space.

The competition begins and Sam would eventually go on to the finals to take on the conceited fan favorite, Eddie Plant in “Donkey Kong” and ends up coming short.

But Will tries to boost his confidence that he will go to MIT and become a better person.

Fast forward to the present-time and Sam (portrayed by Adam Sandler) is working for a home theater installation company and his friend Will (portrayed by Kevin James) is the President of the United States.   Unfortunately, the President has a low approval rating and with his mistakes caught on camera, people look at him as worthless as a leader.

As Brenner takes on a call for another installation job, he enters the home of Violet Van Patten (portrayed by Michelle Monaghan) and her son Matty (portrayed by Matt Lintz).  Violet is going through difficult times as her husband left her for another woman.

As Sam goes to get her to sign the work completed contract, he hears her crying in the closet and he tries to comfort her.  But after talking, he tries to make a move on her which she is shocked and pushes him away.  Needless to say, their first introduction to each other didn’t go quite well and Sam thinks of her as a snob that goes after men who makes great money and status.

As Sam is called on Will to come to the White House, he sees Violet also going to the same location (thinking she is a stalker) but Violet turns out to be a Lt. Col. and a unique weapons developer and military specialist.

Meanwhile in Guam, a base is attacked by aliens that resemble the video game “Galaga”.

Will has asked Sam to get his thoughts on the attack and Sam recognizes the attack pattern from the original “Galaga” arcade game.  But when Sam tries to tell his staff of the National Defense that the attack is not from another country and the pattern is of a video game, he is not taken seriously and told to leave.

As Sam leaves the White House, he finds out that Ludlow (portrayed by Josh Gad) has snuck into his van because he needs to show him of signals he had intercepted of a pending attack on the US and that second attack will take place in India.

Once again, Sam tries to warn Will, this time with Ludlow’s help, but no one is listening until it happens.

Now, Sam, Ludlow and Sam’s video game nemesis, Eddie Plant must protect the world from the video game alien onslaughts.  Win the game, they will save the planet from destruction, lose the game and the planet will be decimated.

Can these old video gamers win the game?


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VIDEO:

“Pixels” is presented in 1080p High Definition (2:40:1 aspect ratio). The film features amazing clarity, plenty of colors and vibrancy.  CG elements looked wonderful and for the most part, most of it looks very good in the realistic setting.  Picture quality is absolutely fantastic! I did not see any major banding, macroblocking issues during my viewing of the film.

AUDIO & SUBTITLES:

“Pixels” is presented in English 7.1 Dolby Atmos (Dolby TrueHD 7.1), Portuguese 5.1 DTS-HD MA, French, Spanish, Thai 5.1 Dolby Digital,  English Audio Description Track 2.0. The lossless soundtrack is fantastic!  Great use of the surround channels and LFE.  Dialogue, music and even the ’80s sounds are crystal clear that audiophiles should be thrilled with the overall soundtrack.

Subtitles are in English SDH, Cantonese, Chinese Simplified, Chinese Traditional, French, Indonesian/Bahasa, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish, Thai

SPECIAL FEATURES

“Pixels” comes with the following special features:

  • Pac-Man – (4:31) The making of the “Pac-Man” action sequence.
  • Donkey Kong– (4:07) The making of the “Donkey Kong” action sequence
  • Centipede – (3:34) The making of the “Centipede” action sequence.
  • Galaga – (3:30) The making of the “Galaga” action sequence.
  • Dojo Quest – (4:15) How “Dojo Quest” was created for the film and hiring of Amy Benson as Lady Lisa.
  • QBert – (2:27) A featurette on the creation of the Qbert character.
  • God of the Machine – (1:35) A featurette about having “Pac-Man” creator Toru Iwatani in the film.
  • Game On Music Video – (3:59) Featuring Waka Flocka flame ft. Good Charlotte
  • The Space Invader – (1:38) A short featuretted of the “Pixar” arcade at “San Diego Comic Con” and a winner of the game getting to appear on the “Pixels” film.
  • Photo Gallery – A photo gallery of stills from “Pixels”.

EXTRAS:

“Pixels” comes with a slipcover and an Ultraviolet code.


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I happened to grow up during the time of video game arcades, going along with my then-teenage aunt and using quarters given to me by my grandmother to play “Pac-Man”, “Donkey Kong”, “Centipede”, “Astroids”, “Berzerk” and “Sinistar” and thinking as a child, how awesome to hear the song “Pac-Man” fever was.

The arcade scene was an important time for those who grew up in the ’80s and video games were a form of entertainment that was much better than what we could ever have on our “Odyssey”, “Atari 2600” and “Intelivision” because of the audio and better graphics.

It was no doubt an escape and all your friends could be seen at the local arcade.  And if not there, you can find the games at a variety of areas such as the bowling alley, super market, pizza restaurant, etc.

So, when I first saw trailers for the Happy Madison film “Pixels”, I couldn’t help but laugh and wanting to see this film and see what kind of comedy both Adam Sandler and Kevin James can bring to the film.

Of course, it’s a bit farfetched seeing Kevin James play a bumbling President of the United States and seeing Adam Sandler’s as the home theater repair guy getting access in the White House so easily.  But for those who are familiar with Happy Madison, let alone Adam Sandler or Kevin James films, its best to let all thoughts of realism and throw it out the window and just enjoy the film for the next 106 minutes.

Seeing how these video gamers now in their ’40s trying to stop aliens fashioned after popular ’80s video games is amusing and entertaining and of course, there is a lot of moronic situations but again, if you watched a Sandler/James film, it’s something that you are used to and you either enjoy the comedy or you don’t.

“Pixels” looks absolutely gorgeous on Blu-ray.  The vibrant colors of the film is fantastic, the lossless soundtrack is wonderfully immersive and there are quite a few special features included that give you insight on the making of various scenes in the film.

I know I am a bit biased because I did play video games like crazy at the arcades during the ’80s and I did compete with friends many times as a youngster.  I’m also a fan of Happy Madison films and no matter how obnoxious or crazy the films are, I managed to find amusement and ways to enjoy the film, no matter how silly or farfetched situations can be.

Overall, if you are a fan of Adam Sandler films, one who grew up in the ’80s playing video games in the arcades or just someone who enjoys popcorn sci-fi action films, then definitely give “Pixels” a try!

Knights of Badassdom (a J!-ENT Blu-ray Disc Review)

March 30, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

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Joe Lynch’s comedy/horror film has its humorous moments but in terms of the storyline as a whole, “Knights of Badassdom” is a campy independent film that is reminiscent of the campy summer film of the ’80s.  Whether or not that is a good or bad thing is up to you.  But for me, it was OK.

Images courtesy of © Knights of Badassdom Productions, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

TITLE: Knights of Badassdom

FILM RELEASE: 2013

DURATION: 86 Minutes

BLU-RAY DISC INFORMATION: 1080p High Definition, 2:40:1 aspect ratio, English 5.1 DTS-HD MA, Subtitles: English SDH

COMPANY: eOne Entertainment

RATED: R (Horror Violence Language Throughout, Some Drug Use and Sexuality)

Release Date: April 1, 2014

Directed by Joe Lynch

Screenplay by Kevin Dreyfuss, Matt Wall

Produced by Mark Burton, Kevin Dreyfuss, Matt Wall

Executive Producer: Rich Cowan, MikeElizalde, Daniel  J. Heffner, Ketura Kestin, Rizwan Virk

Music by Bear McCreary

Cinematography by Sam McCurdy

Edited by Howard E. Smith

Casting by Nancy Nayor

Production Design by Vincent DeFelice

Set Decoration by Dan Beyer

Costume Design by Lisa Caryl-Vukas

Starring:

Peter Dinklage as Hung

Ryan Kwanten as Joe

Steve Zahn as Eric

Summer Glau as Gwen

Margarita Levieva as Beth

Khanh Doan as Andie

Michael Gladis as King Diamond 

Danni Pudi as LAndo

Brian Posehn as Gilberto

Jimmi Simpson as Ronnie Kwok

Douglas Tait as Abominog

Joshua Malina as Travis

Tom Hpper as Gunther

A group of costumed “Live Action Role Players,” dressed as knights, elves and other medieval characters, take to the woods for “The Battle of Evermore.” But when a make-believe wizard casts a spell from an ancient book, purchased on eBay, fantasy becomes reality as a powerful demon manifests itself. Can these pretend warriors muster the courage to save themselves and the rest of humanity?

From first-time director Joe Lynch and screenwriters Kevin Dreyfuss and Matt Wall comes  the horror/comedy/action independent film titled “Knights of Badassdom”.

Filmed back in 2010, the film would star Ryan Kwanten (“True Blood”, “Summerland”, “Home and Away”), Steve Zahn (“Dallas Buyers Club”, “Sahara”, “A Perfect Getaway”), Peter Dinklage (“The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince of Caspian”, “Game of Thrones”, “The Station Agent”), Summer Glau (“Angel”, “Firefly”, “Serenity”, “Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles”), Danny Pudi (“Community”, “Captain America: The Winter Soldier”), Jimmi Simpson (“Date Night”, “White House Down”, “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter”), Margarita Levieva (“Revenge”, “Adventureland”), Joshua Malina (“The First Time”, “The West Wing”, “Scandal”) and many more.

And now the film will be released on Blu-ray courtesy of eOne Entertainment.

“Knights of Badassdom” revolves around three friends, Joe (portrayed by Ryan Kwanten), Eric (portrayed by Steve Zahn) and Hung (portrayed by Peter Dinklage).  While Eric and Hung are hardcore among the Live Action Role Play (LARP) community, they try to help their buddy Joe out.

Joe (an aspiring death metal singer) recently broke up with his girlfriend Beth (portrayed by Margarita Levieva).

Down in the dumps, his friends who all enjoyed “Dungeons and Dragons” with him, try to pull him into a LARP contest.

With other major LARP in attendance including hardcore’s such as Ronnie (portrayed by Jimmi Simpson) and always serious Gunther (portrayed by Brett Gipson), for Joe, it seems like it’s going to be a long weekend.  But fortunately, a beautiful Gwen, sister of Gunther is also taking part in her first LARP.

And while everyone expects to act out a game of mythical Middle Ages, unbeknown to many of the contestants is that real magic from a spell book was being used and Joe’s ex-girlfriend Beth has been turned into a Succubus and she’s out for blood.

As the group tries to enjoy a weekend of LARP’ing, who will survive by the end of the day to stop the succubus?

VIDEO:

“Knights of Badassdom” is presented in 2:40:1 aspect ratio and in 1080p High Definition. With a lot of the shots done outdoors, lighting is very well-done, the film is colorful with skintones being natural, closeups including the bloody organs are also well-detailed, while black tones are nice and dark.  I didn’t notice any banding issues or artifacts during my viewing of the film.

For the most part, picture quality for “Knights of Badassdom” looked very good in HD!

AUDIO & SUBTITLES:

“Knights of Badassdom” is presented in English 5.1 DTS-HD MA. While the film is primarily a dialogue-driven film, once you get towards the more horror/action elements towards the end of the film, then there is good use of the surround channels.  But for the most part, the lossless soundtrack is good.

Subtitles are in English SDH.

SPECIAL FEATURES:

“Knights of Badassdom” comes with the following special features:

  • Audio Commentary – Featuring short interviews with Peter Dinklage, Summer Glau, Steve Zahn, Director Joe Lynch.
  • Horr-o-medy – Featuring two very short promos for “Knightsof Badassdom”.
  • San Diego Comic-Con Panel – (48:34) Featuring the SDCC panel with director Joe Lynch, Ryan Kwanten, Jimmi Simpson, Danny Pudi, Michael Gladis, Margarita Laviva and Summer Glau and Peter Dinklage.
  • Theatrical Trailer – Theatrical trailer for “Knights of Bassdom”.

Many years ago, I created a convention in California that is still ongoing today.

I remember when I was asked by a group of men to invest in a room for LARP (Live Action Role Play).  At the time, I had no idea and so they wanted to do a visual stage version of LARP in order for me to consider of having a LARP room at the convention.

While I was not necessarily won over, because I enjoy RPG video games and realize that perhaps there are people who enjoy LARP-ing despite the fact that I wasn’t at all into it, I gave it a chance.  And sure enough, people came out to fill the seats during the convention and it was my first foray into seeing the following of LARP.

And so, when I heard that a film was being made on the subject and it would star quite a few notable names, suffice to say, I was amused and fascinated to see how the film would be.

“Knights of Badassdom” is not an easy film for me to review.  To use RPG’s as an example, It’s like a “Final Fantasy” fan playing “Legend of Morrowind”.  You understand the aspect of the game and you are entertained by elements of the game but yet there are things that go over your head.

There is no doubt that the film portrays LARP as a popular geek game of men and women who want to re-enact the Middle Ages and some who may go as far as to believing they are from the Middle Age (I actually knew a person who I went to school with that was too hardcore into LARP’ing that he insisted that he spoke with a British accent all his life).  The whole LARP part of the film which is the first half was something I was not really getting into at all.  It was like watching Steve Zahn’s bad “Strange Wilderness”film and while you chuckle a few times, you either enjoy it or you don’t. I on the other hand, was not enjoying it.

From watching actor Ryan Kwanten trying to be a death metal singer (which is actually quite funny, when you think about it) and a group of adults LARP’ing, the problem was the first half portrays itself like an ’80s summer camp comedy films minus the sex.  By the second half, the film becomes more like the summer camp horror films with the bloody organs and succubus sucking the blood out of LARP’ers.

But as a fan who is into geek things myself, you can’t help but be supportive of the film if you have been a fan of the work of Ryan Kwanten, Steve Zahn, Summer Glau, Peter Dinklage and many others.  Part of the fascination was to see all these talent in this campy film.

The Blu-ray for the most part looks gorgeous.  A lot of shots were done outdoor and closeups feature great detail, skin tones look natural and colors were perfect.  I didn’t notice any problems with picture quality and as for its lossless soundtrack, it’s not super immersive but it worked.  Especially for the more action-intense scenes in the film.  You also get a few interviews plus the very cool 2011 SDCC Q&A panel that made everyone excited about the film, until any news for it became silent, as the film awaited for a distributor for the next few years.

Overall, “Knights of Badassdom” may not be for everyone, but it does reach out to a niche group.  Afterall, if there are films about Trekkers, Star Wars fans to even the game of chess, why not have film about people who LARP?

Joe Lynch’s comedy/horror film has its humorous moments but in terms of the storyline as a whole, “Knights of Badassdom” is a campy independent film that is reminiscent of the campy summer film of the ’80s.  Whether or not that is a good or bad thing is up to you.  But for me, it was OK.

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