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13 December 2019

Scream Factory transfuses DRACULA (review)

Dracula is back and sexier than ever when Frank Langella steps off the Broadway stage and onto the screen in the 1979 version of DRACULA directed by SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER's John Badham and co-starring Laurence Olivier.

REVIEW LINK: Scream Factory/Shout! Factory (US) Region A Blu-ray (DVD Drive-in)

DRACULA Blu-ray specs:
  • Disc One (John Badham's Preferred Desaturated Color Timing Version):
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 2.35:1 widescreen
    • English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Stereo
    • Optional English SDH Subtitles
    • Audio Commentary with director John Badham
    • Introduction by director John Badham
    • "King Of My Kind" Interview With John Badham
    • "What Sad Music" interview with writer W.D. Richter
    • Interview with Editor John Bloom
    • Interview with assistant director Anthony Waye
    • Interview with production manager Hugh Harlow
    • "Dracula's Guest" interview with camera assistant Jim Alloway
    • Interview with make-up artist Peter Robb-King
    • Interview with hair stylist Colin Jamison (HD, 4:36)
      "The Revamping of Dracula" documentary
  • Disc Two (Original Theatrical Color Timing):
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 2.35:1 Widescreen
    • English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Stereo
    • Optional English SDH Subtitles
    • Introduction by director John Badham
    • Theatrical Trailer
    • Still Gallery
    • Radio Spots
  • Reversible Cover
  • Collector's Slipcover

Scream Factory fulfills the PROPHECY (review)

A scientist and his wife travel up to Maine to do an ecological investigation during a land dispute between a logging company and a Native American tribe and discover toxic horrors in John Frankenheimer's monster movie PROPHECY.

REVIEW LINK: Scream Factory/Shout! Factory (US) Region A Blu-ray (DVD Drive-in)

PROPHECY Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 2.35:1 widescreen
  • English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Stereo
  • Optional English SDH Subtitles
  • "All of Our Sins" interview with actress Talia Shire
  • "Bearing Up" interview with actor Robert Foxworth
  • "Bear and Grin It" interview with screenwriter David Seltzer
  • "Hard to Bear" interview with special make-up effects designer Tom Burman
  • "Prophecy Prodigy" interview with special make-up effects artist Allan Apone
  • "The Man Behind the Mask" interview with mime artist Tom McLoughlin
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Radio Spots
  • Still Gallery
  • Reversible Cover

Scream Factory fires SILVER BULLET (review)

In the Spring of 1975, the small town of Tarker's Mills is beset by a series of brutal murders.  Only paraplegic boy Marty suspects that the killer is actually a werewolf, and he must convince his sister and uncle when the killer (in both human and beast form) targets him.  Corey Haim, Gary Busey, Megan Follows, and Everett McGill star in this Stephen King adaptation.

REVIEW LINK: Scream Factory/Shout! Factory (US) Region A Blu-ray (DVD Drive-in)

SILVER BULLET Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 2.35:1 Widescreen
  • English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Mono
  • Optional English SDH Subtitles
  • Audio Commentary by director Daniel Attias, moderated by Michael Felsher
  • Audio Commentary by producer Martha De Laurentiis, moderated by Michael Felsher
  • Isolated score selections and audio interview with composer Jay Chattaway 
  • "A Littel Private Justice" interview with actor Kent Broadhurst
  • "Cutting to the Bone" interview with editor Daniel Lowenthal
  • "The Wolf Within" interview with actor Everett McGill
  • "Full Moon Fever: The Effects of Silver Bullet" interviews with special effects artists Michael McCracken, Jr. and Matthew Mungle
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • TV Spot
  • Radio Spot
  • Image Gallery
  • Reversible Cover
  • Slipcover 

07 December 2019

Film Movement unveils FRITZ LANG'S INDIAN EPIC (review)

A forbidden love triangle between a maharaja, a temple dancer, and a German architect paves the way for tragedy on a grand scale in Fritz Lang's Indian Epic pairing of THE TIGER OF ESCHNAPUR and THE INDIAN TOMB, restored from a 4K master on Blu-ray from Film Movement.


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

FRITZ LANG'S INDIAN EPIC Blu-ray specs:
  • Disc One - The Tiger of Eschnapur:
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.33:1 Pillarboxed Fullscreen
    • German LPCM 2.0 Mono
    • Optional English Subtitles
    • Audio Commentary by film historian David Kalat
    • "The Indian Epic" documentary
    • Theatrical Trailer
    • About Film Movement
  • Disc Two - The Indian Tomb:
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.33:1 Pillarboxed Fullscreen
    • German LPCM 2.0 Mono
    • Optional English Subtitles
    • Audio Commentary by film historian David Kalat
    • "Debra Paget, For Example" documentary by film historian Mark Rappaport
    • Theatrical Trailer
  • Essay booklet by film scholar Tom Gunning

Second Run interrogates THE EMPEROR'S NAKED ARMY MARCHES ON (review)

Daring documentary filmmaker Kazuo Hara follows the intense quest of political provocateur Kenzo Okuzaki as he endeavors to find out the truth about the two soldiers in New Guinea who were executed several days after Japan surrendered during World War II.

REVIEW LINK: Second Run (UK) Region ALL Blu-ray (DVDCompare)

THE EMPEROR'S NAKED ARMY MARCHES ON Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.55:1 pillarboxed widescreen
  • Japanese LPCM 2.0 Mono
  • Optional English Subtitles
  • Interview with director Kazuo Hara
  • Kazuo Hara Masterclass
  • Booklet with essays by Tony Rayns, Jason Wood, and Abé Mark

04 December 2019

Cult Epics rides the DUTCH SEX WAVE COLLECTION (review)

Before Paul Verhoeven's TURKISH DELIGHT and SPETTERS, the Dutch Sex Wave was kicked off by upstart filmmakers Pim de la Parra and Wim Verstappen who turned the stodgy Dutch filmmaking industry and its censors on their sides with a series of taboo-breaking low-budget mainstream dramas and thrillers.  In teh Hitchcockian OBSESSIONS, a young medical student discovers a peephole into the next door apartment and gets entangled in the strange goings-on involving sex, prostitution, and illicit drug use that turns deadly when the watcher becomes the watched. . In FRANK AND EVA, married couple Frank and Eva are "living together apart" in a one-sided open marriage upset by alcoholism, womanizing, betryal, and death.  In BLUE MOVIE, a young man gets out of prison after serving five years for a "social offense" and tries to live a respectable life only to find ennui and sexual distraction in his apartment block where he hits upon a profitable new line of work.  Finally, in MY NIGHTS WITH SUSAN, SANDRA, OLGA AND JULIE, a drifter gets a handyman job on a farm populated by a reclusive model and sex-starved and possibly murderous "family" of runaway girls and a peeping tom lover.

REVIEW LINK: Cult Epics (US) Region ALL Blu-ray (DVD Drive-in)

SCORPIO FILMS: THE DUTCH SEX WAVE COLLECTION Blu-ray specs:
  • Disc One - Obsessions:
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.33:1 Pillarboxed Fullscreen
    • English Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono 
    • Introduction by director Pim de la Parra
    • Introduction by actor/producer Dieter Geissler
    • Interview with actor/producer Dieter Geissler
    • Interview with director Pim de la Parra
    • Scorpio Films featurette
    • Text interview with screenwriter Martin Scorsese conducted by Bor Beekman for Volkskrant
    • Original Script Notes by Martin Scorsese
    • Still Gallery
    • Theatrical Trailer
  • Disc Two - Frank and Eva:
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.33:1 Pillarboxed Fullscreen
    • Dutch DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Mono
    • Optional English Subtitles
    • Audio Commentary by director Pim de la Parra
    • Introduction by director Pim de la Parra
    • "Up Front & Naked: Sex in Dutch Films" video conversation with actress Willeke van Ammelrooy and filmmaker Eddy Terstall
    • Photo Gallery
    • Sylvia Kristel Film Poster Video Gallery
    • Theatrical Trailer
    • Bonus Trailer
  • Disc Three - Blue Movie:
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.33:1 Pillarboxed Fullscreen
    • Dutch/German DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Mono
    • Optional English Subtitles
    • 1971 interview with director Wim Verstappen
    • 2018 Cinémathèque Française introduction and interview with producer Pim de la Parra
    • 2018 interview with actor's son Hugo Metsers Jr.
    • Eye Film Institute featurette
    • Poster and Photo Gallery
    • Theatrical Trailer
    • Scorpio Trailers
  • Disc Four - My Nights with Susan, Sandra, Olga and Julie
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 2.35:1 Widescreen
    • Dutch and English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Mono
    • Optional English Subtitles
    • Introduction by director Pim de a Parra
    • Scorpio Short Films:
      • "Heart Beat Fresco"
      • "Joop"
      • "Joop Strikes Again"
    • Theatrical Trailer
    • Scorpio Films Theatrical Trailers
    • Poster & Photo Video Gallery
  • 16-Page Booklet "Scorpio Films & The Dutch Sex Wave" with essay by journalist Guido Franken
  • Slipcover designed by Gilles Vranckx

Blue Underground spies TWO EVIL EYES: 3-DISC LIMITED EDITION (review)

Masters of horror George A. Romero and Dario Argento tackle the maestro Edgar Allan Poe with a duo of terror tales.  In THE FACTS IN THE CASE OF MR. VALDEMAR, a trophy wife and her husband's doctor scheme to gain her dying husband's fortune but the doctor's experiments with hypnotism take an undead turn.  In THE BLACK CAT, a crime photographer is persecuted by the cat his wife has just adopted and begins to psychologically unravel.  Special effects by Tom Savini.

REVIEW LINK: Blue Underground (US) Region A Blu-ray (DVD Drive-in)

TWO EVIL EYES Blu-ray specs:
  • Disc One:
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.78:1 widescreen
    • English DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 and 2.0 Stereo
    • French Dolby Digtial 1.0
    • Optional English SDH, French, and Spanish subtitles
    • Audio Commentary by film historian Troy Howarth
    • Theatrical Trailer
  • Disc Two:
    • "Two Masters' Eyes" interview with directors Dario Argento and George Romero, special make-up effects supervisor Tom Savini, executive producer Claudio Argento, and actress Asia Argento
    • "Savini's EFX" behind the scenes video
    • "At Home With Tom Savini" personal tour of Tom Savini's home
    • "Adrienne Barbeau on George Romero" interview
    • "Before I Wake" interview with actor Ramy Zada
    • "Behind the Wall" interview with actress Madeleine Potter
    • "One Maestro and Two Masters" interview with composer Pino Donaggio
    • "Rewriting Poe" interview with screenwriter Franco Ferrini
    • "The Cat Who Wouldn't Die" interview with assistant director Luigi Cozzi
    • "Two Evil Brothers" interview with special make-up effects assistant Everett Burrell
    • "Working with George" interview with costume designer Barbara Anderson
  • Disc There (CD):
    • 21-track CD soundtrack by Pino Donaggio
  • Booklet by FANGORIA's Michael Gingold
  • Reversible Cover
  • Holographic Slipcover

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