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16 December 2017

Film Movement predicts the TIME TO DIE (review)

Fresh off assisting Luis Bunuel on EXTERMINATING ANGEL, director Arturo Ripstein made his directorial debut with this fatalistic western written by Columbian novelist Gabriel Garcia Marquez with dialogue by Mexican novelist Carlos Fuentes.  Just released after an eighteen year sentence for murder, Juan returns to his home to make up for lost time with the woman he loves only to discover that the two sons of the man he killed have sworn revenge on him.  While one of the brothers starts to question the truth of events that happened before he was born, the other's obsession with the vow he made to his father drives him to repeat the tragedies of the past.  Marga Lopez, Jorge Martinez de Hoyos, Enrique Roch, and Alfredo Leal star.

REVIEW LINK: Film Movement (US) Region ALL Blu-ray (DVDCompare)

TIME TO DIE Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.33:1 pillarboxed fullscreen
  • Spanish LPCM 2.0 mono
  • Optional English subtitles
  • Audio Commentary by director Arturo Ripstein and actor Enrique Rocha (in Spanish with English subtitles)
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Previews
  • Essay Booklet by Carlos A. Gutierrez

Kino Lorber under the CHINA MOON (review)

Small town Florida homicide detective Kyle Bodine finds himself on the wrong side of the law when his lover Rachel shoots her abusive husband in self-defense and he must hide the body and cover up their tracks.  Ed Harris, Madeleine Stowe, Benicio del Toro, and Charles Dance star.

REVIEW LINK: Kino Lorber (US) Region A Blu-ray (DVDCompare)

CHINA MOON Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 2.35:1 widescreen
  • English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Stereo
  • Optional English HoH subtitles
  • Audio Commentary by director John Bailey and co-editor Carol Littleton
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Previews

13 December 2017

Kino Lorber takes Bob Hope on a PARIS HOLIDAY (review)

Bob Hope is an American comedian in Paris to snag the rights to a hot script and falls in with a murderous group of counterfeiters.  His only hope is a beautiful state department agent, French comic Fernandel, and buxom Zara who may be trying to kill him.  Martha Hyer and Anita Ekberg also star.

REVIEW LINK: Kino Lorber (US) Region A Blu-ray (DVDCompare)

PARIS HOLIDAY Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 2.35:1 widescreen
  • English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 mono
  • Anita Ekberg Promotional Shampoo Ad
  • Bob Hope Clip Reel

Vinegar Syndrome pulls KINKY TRICKS and CHINA LUST for REVEREND STAR (review)

In this trio of films of films from Nixon campaign filmmaker turned San Francisco adult filmmaker Charles DeSantos, THE SINFUL PLEASURES OF REVEREND STAR is about a cult who hypnotize innocent girls on the streets and turn them into sex slaves.  Candida Royale turns KINKY TRICKS to help her novelist boyfriend pay the rent, and Linda Wong tries to get her hands and thighs on a jade dildo called CHINA LUST.

REVIEW LINK: Vinegar Syndrome (US) Region 0 NTSC DVD (DVD Drive-in)

  • 2K restorations of 16mm archival elements
  • 4:3 non-anamorphic widescreen
  • English Dolby Digital 1.0
  • Audio Interview with filmmaker Charles DeSantos on SINFUL PLEASURES, continued on KINKY TRICKS

Vinegar Syndrome and TEENAGE MASSEUSE give MORE to MY MASTER MY LOVE (review)

In this trio of films from porn jack-of-all-trades Ralph Ell, Darby Lloyd Rains is MY MASTER MY LOVE whose sex slave falls for her master's younger brother.  In TEENAGE MASSEUSE, Nancy Dare is a bored housewife who starts turning tricks when her husband Bobby Astyr is too tired to satisfy her.  In MORE, Harry Reems is a detective investigating the death of an undercover agent and uses his prostitute girlfriend to find the killer.

REVIEW LINK: Vinegar Syndrome (US) Region 0 NTSC DVD (DVD Drive-in)

  • 2K scans of 16mm archival elements
  • 4:3 non-anamorphic 1.33:1 fullscreen
  • English Dolby Digital 1.0

Scorpion Releasing witnesses THE RETURN (Review)

Jan-Michael Vincent, Cybill Shepard, Martin Landau, and Raymond Burr witness THE RETURN of an alien force to a small New Mexico town where cattle mutilations soon give way to human ones.  Vincent Shiavelli, Brad Reardon, and Neville Brand also star.

REVIEW LINK: Scorpion Releasing (US) Region A Blu-ray (DVD Drive-in)

THE RETURN Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.78:1 widescreen
  • English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 mono
  • Audio Commentary by director Greydon Clark
  • Interview with actor Greydon Clark
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Previews
  • Katarina's Nightmare Theater Playback Mode

101 Films wishes you a BLACK CHRISTMAS (Review)

Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the sorority house, something was stirring, but it wasn't a mouse in Bob Clark's groundbreaking proto-slasher BLACK CHRISTMAS.  Olivia Hussey, Margot Kidder, John Saxon, and Kier Dullea star.

REVIEW LINK: 101 Films (UK) Region ALL Blu-ray/Region 2 PAL DVD combo (DVD Drive-in)

BLACK CHRISTMAS Blu-ray/DVD combo specs:
  • Blu-ray:
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 widescreen
    • English LPCM 5.1 and 2.0 mono
  • DVD:
    • 16:9 anamorphic 1.85:1 widescreen
    • English Dolby Digital 5.1 and 2.0 mono
  • "Films and Furs" interview with actor Art Hindle
  • "Victims and Virgins" interview with actress Lynne Griffin
  • "Black Christmas Legacy" forty-minute featurette 
  • 40th Anniversary Q and A (Blu-ray exclusive)
  • TV and Radio Spots
  • Reversible Cover
  • Foldout Poster
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