What a lot of people don't realize is how much energy, creative effort, time and money are required to produce a movie/film. Being a video creator myself, it's a ton of work....but the final results are incredibly rewarding. Producing movies is a natural passion; It's an art; It's a visual form of storytelling, be it true or fictional. Ever wonder why these made-for-web projects are getting all the viewership and praise? Peek through the over-hyped movies marketed every 6 yoctoseconds, and you'll find that there are a chock full of independent, low-budget and under-recognized movies that the film industry *wishes* they made. Ladies and gentlemen of all ages, I present to you this: Trouble Is My Business.
The story is about a detective named Roland Drake, played by Thomas Konkle, whose sexy client Katherine Montemar asks for help in snatching a diamond—the Orlov Diamond—that belonged to her family. Along with detering the corrupt, mob-laden black market, Drake contacts those who may have connections as to where this may lead to while keeping innocent and anonymous. During his journey are a bunch of people intercepting his path trying to get him killed, like corrupt police officer Detective Tate, played by Vernon Wells. The movie overall gives off that classic film noir—the early days when the story and the dark life of gangsterism were the goings-on (still goes on today).
There's a bunch of things that go on in this movie that mentioning some parts are enough to ruin the entire thing. While, yes, movie/TV/video game reviews generally contain spoilers, it is a rare instance that a movie this good challenges us not to spill the beans too much. A mention of one or two things can ruin the next plot, but however, if you've watched enough gangster films, murder mysteries and/or the James Bond series, you'll find that this isn't just another movie in contrast to those titles. It's a story with sudden twists and hairpin turns, it'll drop your jaw. I was in awe at the transition from scene to scene.
"Well, I can't say no to a lady."
— Roland Drake
This is likely one of the classic lines in this movie—a modest detective reluctantly accepting the meeting with a beautiful woman needing his help. This happened twice to Mr. Drake with two women who happen to be sisters. I won't say anymore beyond that.
"I don't like a man with a sense of humor. I find it almost as unattractive as a woman with one."
— Evelyn Montemar
This made me smirk, but should inform you the kind of people—family—who are incredibly serious protecting prized possessions in the underworld. Gangsters do not have a sense of humor, since their operations involve not saying anything to where CIA or FBI could spot suspicious activity going on.
However, in my world above, women love men with a sense of humor and vice versa. Laughter is the best medicine, and is part of the universal language around the world.
"Just because you read accusations in the newspaper doesn't make them true."
— Jennifer Montemar
I feel this should tie to the skepticism people ought to adopt in the real world. Ever wonder why some news reports are served as "distractions?" Think about that.
As for the movie, you can tell the budget put into making this. It uses a lot of green screen, but remember, that this isn't focused on special effects compared to, say, space movies or scenes featuring explosions and flying (hello, Transformers, Star Wars and Superman fans). This movie is heavily focused on the story giving homage to the old, black & white movies when technology was so limited, movie producers worried more about the story and the acting. It's not like that today—promoting A-list actors to give low-rated movies some financial leverage. Give me a break....
The story overall is like a roller coaster ride: Once you're in it, buckle up because there'll be some surprising twists and turns. Just don't fall off the ride.
Blu-ray Disc Features review:
There's only two options on the Blu-ray menu: Play Movie and Play Trailer. There's no option for Scene Selections which may bother some Blu-ray fans. Whether you want that option or not, it gives the viewer a requirement to completely watch the film from start to finish, and there should be nothing wrong with that.
You may wonder why there are two discs: One for color and one for B&W. Why not put the same on one disc? I figured that they wanted to preserve the video quality putting them in separate discs. Putting two of them in one disc sacrifices the quality of the film which, as you know, will turn off a lot of movie/Blu-ray fans (let's not forget that a Blu-ray holds 25GB of data and a DVD only holds 4GB). The Black & White version of the movie gives that authentic mid-1900s feel, catering to those who dig the classic film library. As for the audio, there is no option on the Blu-ray as it is strictly 5.1 Surround. Majority of movie fans, depending on your audio system, prefer 5.1 audio anyway, but if you have a simple stereo system, it works just as well.
A movie specializing in detecting lives of crime finding truth in-between the lines while extracting secrets from a bunch of sketchy people and a family is what makes this a unique story-telling experience. I really want to talk about the film but, again, it'll spoil too much. It was so good we screened the film twice (perhaps again, after this review).
I want you, the viewer/fan, to enjoy the roller coaster ride this film brings especially when you arrive at the ending. The best way to describe it—I can't believe I'm doing this—I'll quote the bridge and chorus from the hit song "I Knew You Were Trouble" by Taylor Swift:
And he's long gone
When he's next to me
And I realize the blame is on me
'Cause I knew you were trouble when you walked in
So shame on me now
Flew me to places I'd never been
So you put me down
— Lyrics from "I Knew You Were Trouble" by Taylor Swift
Enjoy that scene as it will raise eyebrows.
While this movie just released on Blu-ray as recent as this month of June (2018), some of you may have obtained this packaging:
I've personally never seen this packaging. From all the Blu-rays we own in our SHOWSOTROS video library collection, this is a huge first. I thought it was an imitation but after doing research, this Blu-ray case is by a company brand Scanavo. I feel these cases are uncommon, but unveiling it on this review, expect studios and networks to invest and do business with them showing up more frequently at your local video and electronics stores. (Yeah, I was scared for a second fearing I got a pirated copy. You'd have to be a serious low life to still produce pirated copies in this modern age.)
It's been a long while, for me at least, to finally watch and enjoy something that grips you from start to finish. Now that we've brought this amazing piece into the spotlight, we'll likely see more of this story-telling style. Because of how much the story stacks up, it's good enough to turn into a TV series (you heard it from us first, Netflix, Hulu, YouTube, Amazon and many of you TV writers/producers reading this). Actually, you know, turn this movie into a TV series because we'll definitely tune in.
This Blu-ray release is still hot, fresh and new. Grab your copy as we strongly recommend this movie!
|Title||Trouble Is My Business|
2-Disc Special Edition COLOR and BLACK & WHITE in HI-DEF
PASSION MURDER BETRAYAL... JUST ANOTHER DAY ON THE JOB
Private Investigator Roland Drake falls for two sisters of the Montemar family.
One may be dead and the other wants to kill him.
In 1940's Los Angeles, Roland Drake (Thomas Konkle) cracks cases and romances femme fetales, while corrupt cops rule the underworld of the city. Drake has fallen on hard times - evicted from his office, ruined in the public eye and watched by the police. Redemption walks in - with curves - a sexy, dark haired beauty named Katherine Montemar, begging for help. The chemistry is immediate and Drake is pulled into her case - and into bed. Drake wakes up to a pool of blood where Katherine used to be. After a nervous encounter, with the skilled but unscrupulous Lew MacDonald (David Beeler). Drake is confronted by Katherine's icy blonde sister, Jennifer (Brittany Powell) - a dangerous beauty who knows more than she should about everything. Their destiny becomes entwined in a dark descent that leads them on a hunt for a priceless gem. Dogged by the corrupt police in the form of Detective Tate,(Vernon Wells) [sic] Drake must navigate a sinister world of betrayal, murder and secrets that might lay buried forever.
|ISBN / Bar Code number||8 10162 03402 3|
|Blu-ray Amaray Movie Credits||A Random Media RELEASE OF A LUMEN ACTUS PRODUCTION "TROUBLE IS MY BUSINESS"
VERNON WELLS BRITTNEY POWELL TOM KONKLE
STEVE TOM DAVID BEELER BEN PACE JORDANA CAPRA
CASTING BY THOMAS KONKLE COSTUME DESIGNER ERIC SHANE JOHNSON
SOUND YANCY PON & CHUCK ROCKFORD ORIGINAL MUSIC BY HAYDEN CLEMENT & THOMAS CHASE
ART DIRECTORS REED JOHNS AND MICHAEL J. SMITH
EDITED BY THOMAS KONKLE & MICHAEL J. SMITH DIRECTORS OF PHOTOGRAPHY JESSE ARNOLD & P.J. GAYNARD
EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS THOMAS KONKLE & MICHAEL J. SMITH WRITTEN BY THOMAS KONKLE & BRITTNEY POWELL
DIRECTED BY THOMAS KONKLE
|HD Video Format||1.90:1 (16:9) / Widescreen (Letterbox) / 1080p|
|Audio Format||DOLBY AUDIO
|Disc Count||Two (2) - Color & Black & White|
|Features||Play Movie, Play Trailer|
|Genre||Drama / Thriller / Action / Adventure / Crime|
|Run Time||112 Minutes
Disc 1: Color Feature: FBI Anti-Piracy Warning - :10, Random Media presentation clip - :12, Menu - 05:19, Play Movie - 1:52:57, Play Trailer - 02:04. Total disc time: 2:00:42
Disc 2: Black & White Feature: FBI Anti-Piracy Warning - :10, Random Media presentation clip - :12, Menu - 05:19, Play Movie - 1:54:56, Play Trailer - 02:04. Total disc time: 2:02:41
Total time for both discs: 4:03:23
|Region||Region A - NTSC|
|Original Film Release||April 03, 2018|
|Blu-ray Release||June 05, 2018
(DVD Release: April 05, 2018)
|Production||Lumen Actus Production|
|Company||Random Media / Lumen Actus, LLC|
|Distributed by||Allied Vaughn|
|Specification||Color and Black & White|
|Blu-ray Product Number||????|
|Copyright||© 2018 Lumen Actus. All Rights Reserved. Art and Design © Lumen Actus. All Rights Reserved. Manufactured and Distributed by Allied Vaughn, 7600 Parklawn Ave. Ste #300 Edina, MN 55435.
© 2018 LUMEN ACTUS, LLC
|Other Formats||DVD, Digital Stream (YouTube, Google Play Movies & TV, iTunes, Vudu, FandangoNOW, Xbox)|
"The phrase 'they don't make them like this anymore' could not be more apt..." — Chris Olson, UK Film Review
"Trouble Is My Business means business... it doesn't mind having a good chuckle as it walks the dark and winding path of double-crosses, corruption, and death" —Tim Cogshell, Rotten Tomatoes, Alt-Film Guide
"It's a stylish love poem, really, lifting many of the timeless elements that made noirs so powerful..." —Dan Franzen, FrothyRuminations.com
"Trouble is to film noir what Once Upon a Time in the West was to the western: the final word." —Kevin Ranson, MovieCrypt.com
|Other||WARNING: Federal Law provides severe penalties for the unauthorized reproduction, distribution or exhibition of copyrighted motion pictures, video tapes or video discs. Criminal copyright is investigated by the FBI and may constitute a felony.
|Movie Awards||The Noir Fest (2018)
New York Film Critics Circle Awards (1995) <Second place>
Best Screenplay — Amy Heckerling
Hollywood Reel Independent Film Festival (2018)
L.A. Noir Film Festival (2017)
Best Film — Narrative Feature
Valley Film Festival (Los Angeles) 
Best Narrative Feature
Culver City Film Festival (2017)
Best Director — Narrative Feature
L.A. Noir Film Festival (2017)
Best Actress — Brittney Powell