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21 January 2017

Mondo Macabro revels in PRIVATE VICES, PUBLIC VIRTUES (review)

Miklos Jancso's arthouse historical erotic take on the Mayerling Affair finds the hedonistic, nudist Crowned Prince of Austria and his half-siblings (via the king's mistress) inviting the sons and daughters of the kingdom's elite to a drug-fueled orgy with the intent of scandalizing the empire.  Corrupt political forces, however, are conspiring to silence the outspoken prince and cover up the scandal.

REVIEW LINK: Mondo Macabro (US) Region ALL Blu-ray (DVD Drive-in)

PRIVATE VICES, PUBLIC VIRTUES Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.78:1 widescreen
  • English and Italian LPCM 1.0 mono
  • Optional English subtitles
  • "Michael Brooke on Miklos Jancso" featurette
  • Interview with writer/assistant director Giovanna Gagliardo
  • Interview with actress Patrizia Villoresi
  • Theatrical Trailer

Vial of Delicatessens unleashes the REVENGE OF THE ALLIGATOR LADIES (Review)

The film of Jess Franco, not completed by the director and no more finished by star/co-director Antonio Mayans, finds P.I. Al Pereira sucked into another piece of Jess Franco delirium as he travels to Germany to retrieve an actress to star in Franco's "Little Butts in the Night" alongside the Alligator Ladies who continue to haunt and taunt Pereira.

REVIEW LINK: Vial of Delicatessens (Spain) Region 2 PAL DVD (DVD Drive-in)

REVENGE OF THE ALLIGATOR LADIES DVD specs:
  • 16:9 anamorphic 1.78:1 widescreen
  • Spanish Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo
  • Optional English and German subtitles
  • Audio Commentary by co-director Antonio Mayans (in Spanish with no subtitles)
  • Jess Franco's Unfinished Assembly (45 minutes)
  • Alternate Scenes
  • Introduction by Antonio Mayans
  • Introduction by editor Victor Olid
  • Trailer
  • Short Films
Available directly from Vial of Delicatessens.

16 January 2017

Paramount Pictures gets its GOAT (review)

Ben Schnetzer and Nick Jonas learn the values of fraternity, cruelty, and brutality in GOAT.  Based on the memoir of Brad Land, the victim of a brutal assault who then found himself immersed in the sadistic rituals of hell week initiation when he pledged his brother's fraternity.  Tired of feeling like a victim, Brad tries to soldier through the challenges, but the violence soon hits too close to home.

REVIEW LINK: Paramount Pictures (US) Region 1 NTSC DVD (DVDCompare)

GOAT DVD specs:
  • 16:9 anamorphic 1.78:1 widescreen
  • English and Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1
  • Optional English SDH, French, and Spanish subtitles

13 January 2017

Strand Releasing attends SPA NIGHT (Review)

When his family's restaurant business goes under, closeted Korean-American teenager David takes a job without their knowledge at a men's spa.  While his parents want him to go to college, his test scores start to suffer but he is drawn to explore and possibly realize his long-suppressed desires at the expense of the future his family has envisaged for him.

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

SPA NIGHT DVD specs:
  • 16:9 anamorphic 2.35:1 widescreen
  • English/Korean Dolby Digital 5.1
  • Optional English SDH subtitles (all dialogue) and English subtitles (for Korean dialogue)
  • Director Andrew Ahn/actor Joe Seo interview
  • Alternate/Deleted Scenes
  • Joe Seo Audition Tape
  • Trailer
  • Previews

Strand Releasing seeks shelter in LAND AND SHADE (Review)

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

LAND AND SHADE DVD specs:
  • 16:9 anamorphic 1.78:1 widescreen
  • Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1
  • Optional English subtitles
  • Trailer
  • Previews

Wolfe Video presents GIRLS LOST (review)

A magical realism take on the coming of age story, GIRLS LOST is the story of childhood friends Kim, Momo, and Bella who are ostracized and bullied as lesbians by their schoolmates.  Discovering a strange root, they plant it and it grows a mysterious black flower that secretes a nectar that transforms them into boys.  When they transform back, they learn to stand up for themselves against their tormentors.  For Kim, however, the nectar has helped her realize that she may have been born with the wrong gender and she is eager to explore life as a boy with a newfound crush.

REVIEW LINK: Wolfe Video (US) Region 1 NTSC DVD (DVDBeaver)

GIRLS LOST DVD specs:
  • 16:9 anamorphic 1.85:1 widescreen
  • Swedish Dolby Digital 5.1 and 2.0 stereo
  • Burnt-in English subtitles
  • Trailer
  • Previews

09 January 2017

Drafthouse Films presents KLOWN FOREVER (Review)

Frank and Casper are back in the second spinoff of the Lars Van Trier-produced raunchy Danish sitcom.  When Casper decides to break into Hollywood, Frank follows him from Denmark to Los Angeles to try to convince him to come home.  As Casper pursues fame, he and Frank get involved in a series of (mostly sexual) misadventures that threaten their friendship and Frank's marriage.

REVIEW LINK: Drafthouse Films (US) Region A Blu-ray/Region 1 NTSC DVD (DVDCompare)

KLOWN FOREVER Blu-ray/DVD combo specs:
  • Blu-ray:
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 widescreen
    • Danish/English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and 2.0 stereo
  • DVD:
    • 16:9 anamorphic 1.78:1 widescreen
    • Danish/English Dolby Digital 5.1 and 2.0 stereo
  • Optional English subtitles
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Three episodes of the KLOWN TV series in Danish with English subtitles
  • Digital Download Code
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