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23 September 2016

Scream Factory is haunted by LADY IN WHITE (review)

In 1962, nine-year-old Frankie Scarlatti grows up more than he is supposed to when his friends play a prank on him and lock him in the school cloakroom on Halloween night.  He not only witnesses the ghostly reenactment of the murder of a little girl but also himself barely survives an attack when the living killer shows up.  Haunted by the girl's ghost who begs him to find her mother, Frankie discovers that she was the first of a series of child murders and resolves to discover the killer's identity.  Alex Rocco, Len Cariou, and Katherine Helmond star.

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

LADY IN WHITE Blu-ray specs:
  • Disc One:
    • Director's Cut (118 minutes)
      • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 widescreen
      • English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and 2.0 stereo
      • Optional English subtitles
    • Audio Commentary by director Frank LaLoggia 
    • Introduction with Frank LaLoggia
    • Behind-The-Scenes Footage (with introduction and optional commentary by Frank LaLoggia)
    • Deleted Scenes (with introduction and optional commentary by Frank LaLoggia)
    • Extended Behind-The-Scenes Production and Post-Production Footage (73 minutes)
    • Promotional Short Film
    • Theatrical Trailer
    • Alternate Trailers
    • TV Spots
    • Radio Spots
    • Behind-The-Scenes Photo Montage
    • Extended Photo Gallery
  • Disc Two:
    • Theatrical Cut (112 minutes) and Extended Director's Cut (126 minutes)
      • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 widescreen
      • English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and 2.0 stereo
      • Optional English SDH subtitles
  • Reversible Cover 


Future Empire Pictures/Full Moon producer/director Charles Band hit the big time when Universal Pictures needed a 3D pick-up for the theaters they had outfitted to screen JAWS 3D.  METALSTORM: THE DESTRUCTION OF JARED-SYN takes place on a desert planet where warlord Jared-Syn incites war among the nomadic Cylcopeans and ranger Dogen is tasked with capturing him.  Jeffrey Bryon, Michael Preston, Kelly Preston, Tim Thomerson, and Richard Moll star.

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

  • Disc One (2D version): 
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 2.35:1 widescreen
    • English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and 2.0 stereo
    • Optional English SDH subtitles
    • "High Noon at the End of the Universe" featurette with director Charles Band, actor Jeffrey Byron, actor Richard Moll, actor Tim Thomerson, screenwriter Alan J. Adler, composer Richard Band, and more
    • Promotional and Behind the Scenes Still Gallery
    • Theatrical Trailer
    • Radio Spot
  • Disc Two (3D version):
    • 1080p24 MVC 2.35:1 widescreen
    • English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and 2.0 stereo
    • Optional English SDH subtitles 

Criterion Collection purrs for CAT PEOPLE (review)

Val Lewton's and Jacques Tourneur's classic of suggestive horror CAT PEOPLE comes to Blu-ray from The Criterion Collection.  A young woman fears that physical intimacy will change her into a panther woman who will kill those she loves, but it seems as though jealousy over another woman pursuing her husband can just as easily bring out the animal inside.

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

CAT PEOPLE Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.33:1 fullscreen
  • English LPCM 1.0 mono
  • Optional English SDH subtitles
  • Audio Commentary from 2005 by historian Gregory Mank with excerpts from an audio interview with actress Simone Simon
  • "Val Lewton: The Man in the Shadows" feature-length documentary
  • 1979 Interview with director Jacques Tourneur
  • CAT PEOPLE remake cinematographer John Bailey on the look of the film
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Fold-out poster and liner notes

Reel Gore Releasing dons MASKS (review)

Reel Gore Releasing's second release is Andreas Marschall's visually striking homage to Dario Argento's SUSPIRIA.  Aspiring actress Stella applies to the summer program at the mysterious Mateusz Gdula stage school and encounters a teaching style that takes method acting to the extreme.

REVIEW LINK: Reel Gore Releasing (US) Region ALL Blu-ray/Region 0 NTSC DVD (DVD Drive-in)

MASKS Blu-ray/DVD/CD combo specs:
  • Blu-ray:
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 2.35:1 widescreen
    • German DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and 2.0 stereo
  • DVD:
    • 16:9 anamorphic 2.35:1 widescreen
    • German Dolby Digital 5.1 and 2.0 stereo
  • Optional English and Spanish subtitles
  • Behind the Scenes
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Music Video Clip
  • Original Trailer
  • 2016 Trailer
  • CD Soundtrack (21 tracks)
  • Booklet with director interview and review of the film

20 September 2016

Vinegar Syndrome on Wakefield Poole's TAKE ONE/MOVING! (review)

The fourth volume of Vinegar Syndrome's The Films of Wakefield Poole series brings two features the director mounted after moving to the West Coast and settling in San Francisco.  TAKE ONE is a "docufantasy" in which Poole visualizes the sexual fantasies of a series of gay men in explicit and visually dazzling surreal sequences.  MOVING! is a loop featurette Poole approached without much care in order to take care of a cash flow problem that nevertheless made a splash theatrically and on the home entertainment market for if groundbreaking and taboo-bursting sequences.  Casey Donovan from Poole's BOYS IN THE SAND headlines the the film.

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

  • New 2K restorations of surviving 16mm materials
  • 4:3 non-anamorphic 1.33:1 fullscreen
  • English Dolby Digital 1.0 mono
  • Optional director's introductions and audio commentaries on both films by director Wakefield Poole
  • Deleted Scenes from TAKE ONE
  • Short films ROGER and FREEDOM DAY PARADE
  • "Wakefield Poole in San Francisco" featurette
  • "More on MOVING!" featurette
  • Theatrical Trailer for MOVING!

Arrow Video USA gets slimey with SLUGS (review)

PIECES director Juan Piquer Simon's gory and cheesy adaptation of the grisly Shaun Hutson novel SLUGS comes to high definition in Arrow Video's special edition Blu-ray.  A small upstate New York town is rocked by a series of deaths that lead the town's Health Department officer to suspect that the culprits are giant mutant slugs breeding below in the sewers and coming up for meals.

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

SLUGS Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 widescreen
  • English LPCM 1.0 mono
  • Optional English SDH subtitles
  • Audio Commentary by source novel author Shaun Hutson
  • Audio Commentary by filmmaker Chris Alexander
  • Interview with actor Emilio Linder
  • Interview with effects artist Carlo de Marchis
  • Interview with art director Gonzalo Gonzalo
  • Interview and location tour with production manager Larry Ann Evans
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Reversible Cover
  • Collector's Booklet

Vinegar Syndrome rocks Hyapatia in BODY GIRLS/LET'S GET PHYSICAL (Review)

Vinegar Syndrome brings us more Hyapatia Lee in this double bill of the back-to-back 1983 features BODY GIRLS and LET'S GET PHYSICAL.  In BODY GIRLS, Jackie Le Lay and her girls train for an international women's body building contest and deal with the unscrupulous competition in creative ways.  In LET'S GET PHYSICAL, choreographer Maria wants to try modern dance but her husband wants her to be a prima ballerina.  Eric Edwards and Paul Thomas also star.

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

  • 2K scan and restorations of 35mm pre-print materials
  • 16:9 anamorphic 1.78:1 widescreen
  • English Dolby Digital 1.0 mono

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