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08 December 2016

LionsGate presents Jackie Chan's SKIPTRACE (review)

Jackie Chan stars as a cop pursuing Hong Kong's notorious drug kingpin "The Matador" who gets sidetracked pursuing an American conman (Johnny Knoxville) who is on the run from the Russian mob and The Matador's men when he inadvertently witnesses a murder.  The pair travel across Russia, Mongolia, and China in a series of slapstick adventures and action sequences.  From director Renny Harlin.

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

SKIPTRACE Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 2.40:1 widescreen
  • English/Mandarin DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
  • Optional English, English SDH, and Spanish subtitles.
  • Audio Commentary by director Renny Harlin
  • "When Jackie Met Johnny" featurette
  • Previews

05 December 2016

Simply Media laughs with Spike Milligan's Q VOLUME 1 SERIES 1-3 (review)

Spike Milligan's revolutionary sketch comedy series comes to DVD from Simply Media, compiling the surviving episodes of series 1 an the complete series 2 and 3 in a three-disc set.

REVIEW LINK: Simply Media (UK) Region 2 PAL DVD (DVDBeaver)

Q VOLUME 1 SERIES 1-3 DVD specs:
  • The surviving episodes of series 1 and complete series 2 and 3 on three dual-layer DVDs
  • 4:3 non-anamorphic 1.33:1 fullscreen
  • English Dolby Digital 2.0 mono
  • Optional English HoH subtitles

02 December 2016

Criterion compiles the TRILOGIA DE GUILLERMO DEL TORO (review)

Criterion combines in a sumptuous boxed set Guillermo del Toro's three pre-CRIMSON PEAK works of Gothic horror: the Mexican CRONOS in which an antiques dealer becomes infected with vampirism through an alchemical device, the Spanish THE DEVIL'S BACKBONE in which a young boy discovers the dark secrets of a remote orphanage during the Spanish civil war, and the Spanish PAN'S LABYRINTH in which a young girl discovers a portal to an underground kingdom that offers escape from her war torn childhood.

REVIEW LINK: Criterion Collection (US) Region A Blu-ray (DVD Drive-in)

TRILOGIA DE GUILLERMO DEL TORO Blu-ray specs:
  • Cronos (1997):
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.78:1 widescreen
    • English/Spanish DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Surround
    • Optional English subtitles
    • Optional Spanish or English opening voiceover
    • Audio Commentary with director Guilermo del Toro
    • Audio Commentary with producers Arthur H. Gorson and Bertha Navarro and co-producer Alejandro Springall
    • "Geometria" short (6:53)
      • Interview with director Guillermo del Toro (6:27)
    • "Welcome to Bleak House" featurette (10:14)
    • Interview with Guilermo del Toro (17:36)
    • Interview with cinematographer Guillermo Navarro (12:36)
    • Interview with actor Ron Perlman (7:25)
    • Interview with actor Federico Luppi (5:25)
    • Stills Gallery
    • Theatrical Trailer (1:29)
  • The Devil's Backbone (2001):
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 widescreen
    • Spanish DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
    • Optional English subtitles
    • Audio Commentary with director Guillermo del Toro
    • Introduction by Guillermo del Toro
    • "Summoning Spirits" interview with Guillermo del Toro
    • "Spanish Gothic" interview with Guillermo del Toro
    • "Designing THE DEVIL'S BACKBONE" interview with Guillermo del Toro
    • "¿Que es un fantasma?" featurette
    • "Director’s Notebook" interactive feature
    • Deleted Scenes with optional audio commentary by Guillermo del Toro
    • "A War of Value" interview with scholar Sebastiaan Faber
    • "Sketch, Storyboard, Screen" featurette
    • "Del Toro's Thumbnails" interactive bonus view feature
    • Theatrical Trailer
  • Pan's Labyrinth (2006):
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 widescreen
    • Spanish DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and 7.1 tracks
    • Optional English subtitles
    • Audio Commentary with director/writer Guillermo del Toro
    • Director's Introduction
    • "Del Toro and Funke" interview with Guillermo del Toro and writer Cornelia Funke
    • "Director's Notebook" interactive feature
    • Documentaries:
      • "The Power of Myth"
      • "Pan and the Fairies"
      • "The Color and the Shape"
      • "The Melody Echoes the Fairy Tale"
    • Interview with actor Doug Jones
    • Ivana Baquero Audition
    • Prequel Comics
    • Video Comparisons
    • Trailers and TV Spots
  • 100-page hardcover book featuring an introduction by author Neil Gaiman, essays by critics Michael Atkinson, Mark Kermode, and Maitland McDonagh, production notes, and original sketches by Guillermo del Toro and illustrators Carlos Giménez and Raúl Monge.

Arrow Video USA tunes in to CREEPSHOW 2 (review)

George A. Romero and Stephen King return - if only on paper - for CREEPSHOW 2 directed by DAWN OF THE DEAD cinematographer Michael Gornick.  In "Old Chief Woodenhead" a cigar store Indian comes to life to avenge his slaughtered shopkeepers.  In "The Raft", a quartet of celebrating high school grads is trapped in the middle of a remote like by a flesh-eating oil slick.  In "The Hitchhiker" a woman in a hurry runs down a hitchhiker who refuses to die no matter how many times she runs him over.

REVIEW LINK: Arrow Video USA (US) Region A Blu-ray (DVD Drive-in)

CREEPSHOW 2 Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 widescreen
  • English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1, LPCM 2.0 stereo, and LPCM 1.0 mono
  • Optional English SDH subtitles
  • Audio Commentary with director Michael Gornick; moderated by Perry Martin
  • "Poncho’s Last Ride" interview with actor Daniel Beer
  • "The Road to Dover" interview with actor Tom Wright
  • "Screenplay for a Sequel" interview with screenwriter George A. Romero
  • "Tales from the Creep" interview with actor and make-up artist Tom Savini
  • "Nightmares in Foam Rubber" documentary
  • "My Friend Rick" interview with special effects artist Howard Berger
  • Behind-the-Scenes Footage
  • "Image Gallery" slideshow
  • 2 Theatrical Trailers
  • TV Spot
  • BD-ROM Content: Original Screenplay
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork
  • Limited Edition containing "Creepshow 2: Pinfall" a booklet featuring the never-before-seen comic adaptation of the unfilmed Creepshow 2 segment by artist Jason Mayoh and a collector’s booklet featuring a new writing on the film by Michael Blyth.

Lionsgate resurrects Vestron Video and C.H.U.D. II: BUD THE CHUD (review)

The CHUDs are loose again in this eighties teen comedy sequel to the original cult classic.  When prankster Steve and nerd Kevin lose a corpse meant for their biology class lecture, they rope best friend Katie into helping them steal a replacement body from the town's disease control center.  What they do not realize is that the corpse is a test subject for the CHUD enzyme to create super soldiers which has the unfortunate side effect of spreading communicable cannibalism.

REVIEW LINK: Vestron Video Collector's Series/LionsGate (US) Region A Blu-ray (DVD Drive-in)

C.H.U.D. II: BUD THE CHUD Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.78:1 widescreen
  • English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 mono
  • Optional English SDH subtitles
  • Audio Commentary by director David Irving
  • Interview with actor Gerit Graham
  • Interview with actress Tricia Leigh Fisher
  • Interview with effects artist Allan Apone
  • Stills Gallery
  • Video Trailer

30 November 2016

Vinegar Syndrome violates TABOO II/TABOO III (review)

The story of TABOO continues in this pair of linked sequels.  In TABOO II, Paul's girlfriend Sherry is shocked to learn about her boyfriend's relationship with his mother until her brother tries to get into her pants and she tries to get into dad's.  In TABOO III, Paul runs out on his mother Barbara and she finds herself getting jealous and possessive of her younger son Jimmy.  Kay Parker, Honey Wilder, Blake Palmer, Kevin James, Dorothy LeMay, Eric Edwards, and Jerry Butler star.

REVIEW LINK: Vinegar Syndrome (US) Region ALL Blu-ray/Region 0 NTSC DVD (DVD Drive-in)

TABOO II/TABOO III Blu-ray/DVD combo specs:
  • Blu-ray:
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 widescreen
    • English DTS-HD Master Audio 1.0 mono
  • DVD:
    • 16:9 anamorphic 1.78:1 widescreen
    • English Dolby Digital 1.0 mono
  • Interview with actor Blake Palmer
  • Theatrical Trailer for TABOO III
  • Kay Parker's Personal Script

Vinegar Syndrome arms DEATH MACHINES (review)

Madame Lee trains three unstoppable assassins as DEATH MACHINES to horn in on the professional mob hit business on the West Coast.  Using them to take out other assassins, she makes the mob an offer they cannot refuse but soon the killers are out of her control.

REVIEW LINK: Vinegar Syndrome (US) Region ALL Blu-ray/Region 0 NTSC DVD (DVD Drive-in)

DEATH MACHINES Blu-ray/DVD combo specs:
  • Blu-ray:
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 2.35:1 widescreen
    • English DTS-HD Master Audio 1.0 mono
  • DVD
    • 16:9 anamorphic 2.35:1 widescreen
    • English Dolby Digital 1.0 mono
  • Optional English SDH subtitles
  • Director's Introduction
  • Audio Commentary by director Paul Kyriazi
  • Interview with actor Michael Chong
  • Audio Interview with actor Joshua Johnson
  • Trims/Outtakes
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Teaser Trailer
  • Reversible Cover
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