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25 May 2015

Blue Underground takes aim at MAN, PRIDE, AND VENGEANCE (review)

Franco Nero and Tina Aumont star in this spaghetti western take on Prosper Merimee's "Carmen" from director Luigi Bazzoni (THE FIFTH CORD).  Stripped of his rank after allowing Carmen to escape, soldier Jose becomes obsessed with the gypsy and commits murder to possess her.  Becoming an outlaw and falling in with a gang run by Carmen's husband, Jose plots a daring gold heist in hopes of escaping to America with Carmen; but is she only setting him up to take the fall?

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

MAN, PRIDE AND VENGEANCE Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 2.35:1 widescreen
  • English and Italian DTS-HD Master Audio 1.0 mono
  • Optional English SDH, English (for the Italian track), French, and Spanish subtitles
  • Interview with actor Franco Nero and camera operator Vittorio Storaro
  • International Trailer
  • Italian Trailer
  • Photo and Still Gallery

Twilight Time worships ZARDOZ (review)

Sean Connery stars in the arty science fiction epic ZARDOZ as Zed, an Exterminator on the Outlands who keeps the Brutals in check.  Transported to the Vortex, he discovers that his overlords are the psychic and immortal Eternals who live lives of leisure and boredom.  Charlotte Rampling also stars.  Directed by John Boorman (EXCALIBUR, DELIVERANCE).

REVIEW LINK: Twilight Time (US) Region ALL Blu-ray (DVD Drive-in)

ZARDOZ Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 2.35:1 widescreen
  • English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
  • Optional English SDH subtitles
  • Audio Commentary by director John Boorman
  • Audio Commentary by film historians Jeff Bond, Joe Fordham, and Nick Redman
  • Isolated Music Score (in DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0)
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Radio Spots
  • Liner Notes by Julie Kirgo

Vinegar Syndrome tracks THE CUT-THROATS (review)

In this oddball WWII quickie from John Hayes (GRAVE OF THE VAMPIRE), a military unit infiltrate a German country club in search of war intelligence and instead find willing wenches instead.

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

THE CUT-THROATS DVD specs:
  • 16:9 anamorphic 1.78:1 widescreen
  • English Dolby Digital 1.0
  • Still Gallery
  • Theatrical Trailer
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Second Run DVD unveils POLISH CINEMA CLASSICS VOLUME 3 (review)

Second Run DVD's third volume of Polish Cinema Classics includes three comic and chilling masterworks about life in the shadow of communism.  In THE CRUISE, a boat trip down the Vistula River turns into a parody of the People's Republic.  In CAMOUFLAGE, a young professor comes under the sinister influence of an older colleague as becomes mixed up in the petty corruption of academia.  In SHIVERS, a boy enters the Polish Youth Association camp and is bullied until he stumbles upon ways to fit in that may cost him his spiritual freedom.

REVIEW LINK: Second Run DVD (UK) Region 0 PAL DVD (DVDBeaver)

POLISH CINEMA CLASSICS VOLUME III DVD specs:
  • The Cruise (Rejs):
    • 16:9 anamorphic 1.78:1 widescreen
    • Polish Dolby Digital 5.1 and 1.0 mono
    • Optional English subtitles
    • Liner Notes Booklet by Daniel Bird
  • Camouflage (Barwy ochronne):
    • 16:9 anamorphic 1.66:1 widescreen
    • Polish Dolby Digital 5.1 and  1.0 mono
    • Optional English subtitles
    • Interview with director Krzysztof Zanussi
    • Liner Notes Booklet by Michal Oleszczyk
  • Shivers (Dreszcze)
    • 4:3 non-anamorphic 1.42:1 letterbox
    • Polish Dolby Digital 5.1 and 1.0 mono
    • Optional English subtitles
    • Interview with director Wojciech Marczewski
    • Liner Notes Booklet by Michael Brooke
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Vinegar Syndrome drives FAST CARS FAST WOMEN and pilots STARSHIP EROS (review)

In this duo of hardcore quickies from former stuntman Scott McHaley, racing babes investigate deadly sabotage in FAST CARS FAST WOMEN and Commander Venus pilots STARSHIP EROS in search of the horny Amazoids.

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

FAST CARS FAST WOMEN/STARSHIP EROS DVD specs:
  • Fast Cars Fast Women:
    • 16:9 anamorphic 1.78:1 widescreen
    • English Dolby Digital 1.0 mono
    • Softcore Outtakes
    • Theatrical Trailer
  • Starship Eros
    • 16:9 anamorphic 1.78:1 widescreen
    • English Dolby Digital 1.0 mono
    • Introduction by producer Wesley Emerson
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20 May 2015

Omnibus Entertainment meets MY MISTRESS (review)

When he finds out his mother is having an affair and his father hangs himself, young suburban rebel Charlie becomes drawn to the enigmatic French neighbor who turns out to be a dominatrix. Guaranteeing his discretion, he secures a job as her gardener and they enter in a relationship in which they seek to help each other with their inner pain in this Australian coming of age drama.

REVIEW LINK: Omnibus Entertainment (US) Region 1 NTSC DVD (DVDBeaver)

MY MISTRESS DVD specs:
  • 16:9 anamorphic 2.35:1 widescreen
  • English Dolby Digital 5.1 and 2.0 stereo
  • English Closed Captioning
  • Behind the Scenes
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Additional Trailers

LionsGate advertises ROOMMATE WANTED (review)

"Misery seeks company" in this hysterical of an odd couple of roommates - studious Janie and slutty Dee - whose competition for a fifty thousand dollar offer to donate eggs turns their home into a warzone.

REVIEW LINK: LionsGate (US) Region 1 NTSC DVD (DVDCompare)

ROOMMATE WANTED DVD specs:
  • 16:9 anamorphic 1.78:1 widescreen
  • English Dolby Digital 5.1
  • Optional English and Spanish subtitles
  • English Closed Captioning
  • Trailer
  • UltraViolet Copy
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