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31 October 2014

88 Films investigates THE PIGMAN MURDERS (review)

When seven friends and a hired cameraman travel up into the Connemara wilderness to pay tribute to a friend lost the year before to cancer, they encounter unknown horrors in the night in this found footage film from Ireland.

REVIEW LINK: 88 Films (UK) Region 0 PAL DVD (DVDBeaver)

  • 16:9 anamorphic 1.78:1 widescreen
  • English Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo
  • Trailer
  • Still Gallery
  • Short Film "Curse of the Banshee"
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30 October 2014

Wild Eye Releasing and Pollygrind PLAY HOOKY (review)

Five high school kids learn the worst that could happen when they PLAY HOOKY at an abandoned mental hospital in this "found footage" horror film.  An old hospital rumored to be the site of grotesque experiments, Satanic rituals, and ghost sitings following a tragic fire seems to be the perfect place for a bit of pot-smoking and casual sex, but something else lurks in the dark corridors wanting to play a deadly game with the young quintet.

REVIEW LINK: Wild Eye Releasing (US) Region 1 NTSC DVD (DVDBeaver)

  • 16:9 anamorphic 1.78:1 widescreen
  • English Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo
  • Audio Commentary by director Frank S Petrilli, cinematographer Jason Chester, co-writer/actor Vincent Kulish, editor Peter Jay Gould, and Pollygrind Film Festival's Chad Freeman
  • Pollygrind Introduction
  • Promo
  • Alternate Ending
  • Dickerson's Interview
  • Heather's Interview
  • "The Sister's Interview
  • Pollygrind Presents Short Films:
    • "The Bet"
    • "Kuriosity Killz"
  • Trailer
  • Wild Eye Releasing Trailers
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Strand Releasing contemplates THE MYSTERY OF HAPPINESS (review)

In this thoroughly charming Argentinian comedy, Eugenio and Santiago are business partners who seem to share everything in their lives for six days of every week.  When Eugenio disappears suddenly, Santiago believes something has happened to him while his wife - who is intent to sell the business - believes he has just walked out on both of them.  At first they gain satisfaction as they argue over who knew Eugenio better; but, as they look deeper into his life, they discover that his dreams and hopes for the future involved neither of them.  As they start filling in the holes in each others lives left by Eugenio, they might no longer want to discover what happened to him.

REVIEW LINK: Strand Releasing (US) Region 1 NTSC DVD (DVDBeaver)

  • 16:9 anamorphic 2.35:1 widescreen
  • Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1
  • Optional English Subtitles
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Strand Releasing Trailers
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29 October 2014

Revolver Entertainment finds a SOULMATE (review)

In the feature debut of director Axelle Carolyn, Audrey retreats to the Welsh countryside after a failed suicide attempt.  Soon it becomes apparent that she is not alone in her rented cottage.  The previous owner still lingers on even though he has been dead for thirty years, and she forms a bond with him over their shared loss despite the warnings of the local caretaker that ghosts feed off of negative energy.

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

  • 16:9 anamorphic 2.40:1 widescreen
  • English Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo
  • Q and A with director Axelle Carolyn
  • Short films "The Halloween Kid" and "The Last Post"

Kino Lorber lands on the PLANET OF THE VAMPIRES (review)

Mario Bava's classic sci-fi gothic horror film - which anticipates Ridley Scott's ALIEN - makes its high definition Blu-ray bow courtesy of Kino Lorber.  Two ships answering a distress call on a mysterious planet.  Upon landing, the crews are possessed by a strange force that cause them to behave violently towards one another.  Those who survive will have more to worry about when trying to escape the planet when the dead start rising again to kill the living.

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

  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 widescreen
  • English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 mono
  • Audio Commentary by Video Watchdog's Tim Lucas
  • Alternate Music Score Highlights
  • Italian Opening and Closing Credits
  • Original Source Story Text (translated from Italian)
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • "Trailers from Hell" featurette with Joe Dante and Josh Olson
  • Stills Gallery

28 October 2014

Vinegar Syndrome finds a CARNAL HAVEN for HER LAST FLING (Review)

Vinegar Syndrome's latest Peekarama release brings us another pairing from the inexhaustible Carlos Tobalina (aka Troy Benny).  In CARNAL HAVEN, dissatisfied couples undergo orgy therapy to repair their dysfunctional relationships and learn the Gypsy Grip and the Inca Knot.  In HER LAST FLING, a woman with a terminal illness decides to cash in her rainy day fund and live out all of her fantasies.  John Leslie, Paul Thomas, Sharon Thorpe, John Holmes, Leslie Bovee, Annette Haven, and a host of other recognizable seventies porn faces star.

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

  • 2K high definition scans from the original camera negatives
  • 16:9 anamorphic 1.78:1 widescreen
  • English Dolby Digital 1.0 mono
  • Trailers for both films
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26 October 2014

Vinegar Syndrome goes below the belt when DRACULA SUCKS (review)

Vinegar Syndrome brings to DVD the late Phillip Marshak's hardcore vampire homage DRACULA SUCKS.  Dracula has risen from the grave and sexually terrorizes the residents of a remote mental hospital.  Only Van Helsing may be able to stop the vampire menace before he can claim his bride.  Jamie Gillis, John Leslie, Annette Haven, Serena, Seka, Mike Ranger, John Holmes, William Margold, and Reggie Nalder star.

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

  • 16:9 anamorphic 1.78:1 widescreen
  • English Dolby Digital 1.0 mono
  • Audio Commentary by writer/co-star William Margold
  • "Lust at First Bite" alternate cut (74 minutes)
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • "Return to Castle Ranch" featurette
  • German Artwork Slideshow
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