eXistenz/Malevolent/B.Monkey (Miramax Triple Feature Blu-ray Review)

eXistenz/Malevolent/B.Monkey (Miramax Triple Feature Blu-ray Review)

📅28 March 2012, 14:50

eXistenz/Malevolent/B.Monkey (Miramax Triple Feature Blu-ray Review)
Where to get it: Echo Bridge
eXistenZ (1999)
Directed By: David Cronenberg

During the first closed-door demonstration of an amazing new virtual reality game called eXistenZ, the system’s brilliant designer, Allegra Geller (Jennifer Jason Leigh), is violently attacked by a crazed assassin intent on killing her and destroying her creation. Forced into hiding, Allegra enlists a young assistant (Jude Law) to help her in testing the damaged system…by convincing him to join her inside eXistenZ. The action explodes as their world’s real-life dangers begin to merge with the fantasy of the game.

David Cronenberg’s eXistenZ is the prize pf this collection easily. Not only does the transfer of this movie outshine the other two, but the film outshines those as well. eXistenZ mixes a world where we aren’t really sure whats real and what isn’t. That keeps you on your toes from start to finish. It also mixes in the weirdness that Cronenberg is known for. Bone guns, game ports in the skin, a appearance by William Defoe. This movie is an overlooked good time that is the main reason to own this blu-ray.


Malevolent (2002)
Directed By: John Terlesky

A maverick cop (Lou Diamond Phillips) under routine investigation for a job-related shooting, Jack finds himself being set up as the prime suspect in a killing spree. Sliding deeper into trouble and with few clues to go on, in desperation Jack teams up with an exotic dancer who may hold the secret to the motive behind this mystery. With time running out, Jack must do whatever it takes to put all the pieces together and prove his innocence before the real killer pulls off the perfect crime.

What we have here is a typical action film starring Lou Diamond Phillips. And I am sad to report that I found this one rather too typical and by the book for it’s own good. Plus, I’m not the biggest fan of Mr. Phillips, haven’t been since Young Gun. And rest a sure this isn’t a Young Guns. What we have here is your run of the mill action story, with all the elements every action film has. Only it’s a bit weaker.


B. Monkey (1998)
Directed By: Michael Radford

Tired of criminal activity, a wild and beautiful thief named B. begins to look for a way out of her dangerous profession. While trying to kick her addiction to crime, she finds love with a naive schoolteacher—until the dark secrets from B.’s past begin to creep into her new life. As ex-partners Paul and Bruno get back in the picture, you’ll feel the intensity build as B.’s harrowing balancing act threatens to come crashing down.

Legendary horror director Dario Argento’s daughter, Asia Argento, commands the screen in this action film that packs a nice pace. Some stuff seems to drag on just a bit long here and there, but you can’t deny that it packs entertaining moments. A crook trying to fly right has been done before. But when our crook in question is Asia Argento, it makes for a fun time for what it is. Not the best action movie ever, but fat from the worst. Be it the transfer here is a bit on the soft side.


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