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17 January 2021

Kino Lorber sings with the DEANNA DURBIN COLLECTION I (review)

The short career of Winnepeg's Sweetheart gets an overview in the DEANNA DURBIN COLLECTION I with the fourteen-year-old actress conniving to get conductor Leopold Stokowksi to audition a one-hundred man band in ONE HUNDRED MEN AND A GIRL, scheming for the romantic happiness of both of her older sisters in THREE SMART GIRLS GROW UP, and maturing into a screwball comedy dame in IT STARTED WITH EVE.

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

DEANNA DURBIN COLLECTION I Blu-ray specs:

  • Disc One - One Hundred Men and a Girl (1937):
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.33:1 Pillarboxed Fullscreen
    • English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Mono
    • Optional English SDH Subtitles
    • Audio Commentary by film historian Stephen Vogg 
    • Bonus Trailer
  • Disc Two - Three Smart Girls Grow Up (1939):
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.33:1 Pillarboxed Fullscreen
    • English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Mono
    • Optional English SDH Subtitles 
    • Theatrical Trailer
    • Bonus Trailers
  • Disc Three - It Started With Eve (1941):
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.33:1 Pillarboxed Fullscreen
    • English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Mono
    • Optional English SDH Subtitles
    • Audio Commentary by film historian Samm Deighan
    • Theatrical Trailer

 

11 January 2021

88 Films develops DARKROOM (review)

A family gathering turns murderous when an axe-wielding killer lurks in the DARKROOM in this eighties slasher from producer Nico Mastorakis.

REVIEW LINK: 88 Films (UK) Region ALL Blu-ray (DVD Drive-in)

DARKROOM Blu-ray specs:

  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 Widescreen
  • English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and 2.0 Stereo
  • Optional English HoH Subtitles
  • "Developing Fear" interview with actor Aarin Teich
  • "Exposing the Truth" interview with actor Jeff Arbaugh
  • Still Gallery
  • Theatrical Trailer 
  • Reversible Cover
  • The first 3,000 copies come with a limited edition slipcover and four collectible postcards

88 Films goes on a BLIND DATE (review)

Joseph Bottoms is a blind man who undergoes a surgery to implant him with a high-tech device that allows him to see by sonor, and he may have just come face to face with The Scalpel Killer in Nico Mastorakis' eighties thriller.  Kirstie Alley, Marina Sirtis, Lana Clarkson, Valeria Golino, and Keir Dullea also star.

REVIEW LINK: 88 Films (UK) Region ALL Blu-ray (DVD Drive-in)

BLIND DATE Blu-ray specs:

  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 Widescreen
  • English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and 2.0 Stereo
  • Optional English HoH Subtitles
  • "The Films of Nico Mastorakis" four-part feature-length documentary
  • Music Videos
  • Still Gallery
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Reversible Cover
  • The first 3,000 copies come with a limited edition slipcover and four collectible postcards

88 Films trades in KNOCK-OFF (review)

Jean Claude Van Damme, HK director Tsui Hark, and Rob Schneider(!) take on terrorists operating within Hong Kong's knock off industry in the nineties action flick KNOCK OFF.

REVIEW LINK: 88 Films (UK) Region B Blu-ray (DVD Drive-in)

KNOCK OFF Blu-ray specs.

  • Strictly limited to 3,000 copies (no standard edition)
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 2.35:1 Widescreen
  • English/Russian/Cantonese DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
  • Optional English HoH Subtitles
  • Audio Commentary by action cinema experts Mike Leeder and Arne Venema
  • Interview with writer Steven E. de Souza
  • The Making of KNOCK OFF
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Reversible cover
  • Numbered slipcover
  • A3 Poster
  • Four postcards

Arrow Video transgresses YAKUZA LAW (review)

From JOYS OF TORTURE director Teruo Ishii comes an anthology of Yakuza warfare and depravity in three different time periods where the strict laws of Yakuza mean brutal and dire consequences for those who break them and those who manipulate them.

REVIEW LINK: Arrow Video USA/MVD Visual (US) Region ALL Blu-ray (DVD Drive-in)

YAKUZA LAW Blu-ray specs:

  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 2.35:1 Widescreen
  • Japanese LPCM 1.0 Mono
  • Optional English Subtitles
  • Audio Commentary by author and critic Jasper Sharp
  • "Erotic-Grotesque and Genre Hopping: Teruo Ishii Speaks" interview
  • Image Gallery
  • Reversible Cover
  • FIRST PRESSING ONLY: collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film by Tom Mes

 

Arrow Video ignites an INFERNO OF TORTURE (Review)

From the director of HORRORS OF MALFORMED MEN Teruo Ishii comes a series of intertwining stories of torture and depravity during Japan's Edo period focusing on a geisha house and warring tatoo artists.

REVIEW LINK: Arrow Video/MVD Visual (US) Region ALL Blu-ray (DVD Drive-in)

INFERNO OF TORTURE Blu-ray specs:

  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 2.35:1 Widescreen
  • Japanese LPCM 2.0 Mono
  • Optional English Subtitles
  • Audio Commentary by Japanese film expert Tom Mes
  • "Erotic Grotesque Nonsense & the Foundations of Japan’s Cult Counterculture" condensed version of Jasper Sharp's Miskatonic Institute lecture
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Reversible Cover
  • FIRST PRESSING ONLY: collector's booklet featuring new writing on the film by Chris D (Desjardins)

 

Umbrella Entertainment goes on WALKABOUT (review)

When their father suddenly tries to murder them, a British teenager and her younger brother escape into the Outback and meet an Aboriginal boy who shows them how to survive.  The journey changes all three of them, but not in ways one would expect in Nicolas Roeg's second feaure film starring Jenny Agutter, Luc Roeg, and David Gulpilil.

REVIEW LINK: Umbrella Entertainment (AUS) Region ALL Blu-ray (DVD Drive-in)

WALKABOUT Blu-ray specs:

  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.78:1 Widescreen
  • English/Aboriginal DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Mono
  • Audio Commentary by director Nicolas Roeg and actress Jenny Agutter

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