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22 April 2014

Redemption Films suffers THE BLACK TORMENT (review)

In this classic slice of British horror from the sixties, an English lord and his new bride return to their country estate only to discover that he is suspected of a number of rapes and murders in the area during his absence.  When he starts seeing apparitions of his dead first wife and the chambermaids begin disappearing, he wonders if he is going mad or if there is some deviltry afoot.

REVIEW LINK: Redemption Films/Kino Lorber (US) Region 1 NTSC DVD (DVDBeaver)

  • 16:9 anamorphic 1.66:1 widescreen
  • English Dolby Digital 2.0 mono
  • Interview with director Robert Hartford Davies
  • Redemption Films Trailers
More Redemption Films reviews at Update the Tags: Redemption Films/Kino Lorber.

20 April 2014

Breaking Glass Pictures presents the HENRY JAGLOM COLLECTION 3: THE WOMEN'S QUARTET (review)

Henry Jaglom's quartet of films looks at issues that figure into the lives of women.  In EATING, a birthday party for three women entering new decades (30, 40, and 50) proves revealing about their attitudes about food and how it is used to control their tumultuous lives.  In BABYFEVER, a career woman's fear that she has gotten pregnant and may have to settle down with her safe boyfriend (rather than her exciting movie star ex played by Eric Roberts) is compounded by attending a baby shower in which she learns how her friends truly feel about motherhood.  In GOING SHOPPING, a spoiled boutique owner must mount the mother's day sale of her life when she learns she may lose her shop when her husband stops paying the rent.  IRENE IN TIME looks at the complex relationships between women and their fathers and how it colors their subsequent relationships with men.

REVIEW LINK: Breaking Glass Pictures (US) Region 1 NTSC DVD (DVDBeaver)

  • "Eating" (1990)
    • 16:9 anamorphic 1.78:1 widescreen
    • English Dolby Digital 2.0 mono
    • Audio Commentary by director Henry Jaglom
    • EPK Clips
    • The Cast on the Phil Donahue Show
    • Trailer
    • Henry Jaglom Colleciton Trailers
  • "Babyfever" (1995) 
    • 4:3 non-anamorphic 1.33:1 fullscreen
    • English Dolby Digital 2.0 mono
    • Introduction by Henry Jaglom
    • Theatrical Trailer
    • Henry Jaglom Collection Trailers
    • Filmographies
    • Weblinks
  • "Going Shopping" (2005)
    • 4:3 non-anamorphic 1.85:1 letterbox
    • English Dolby Digital 2.0 mono
    • Audio Commentary by director Henry Jaglom and actress Victoria Foyt
    • IFILM@IFC: Henry Jaglom and Shopping
    • Theatrical Trailer
    • Biographies
    • Trailers
  • "Irene in Time" (2009)
    • 16:9 anamorphic 1.78:1 widescreen
    • English Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo
    • Optional English subtitles
    • Audio Commentary by director Henry Jaglom and actress Tanna Frederick 
    • Trailer
    • Short film "First Date" by Sabrina Jaglom

More Breaking Glass reviews at Update the Tags: Breaking Glass Pictures.

Eureka Video presents THE BRITTAS EMPIRE: THE COMPLETE SERIES (review)

RED DWARF's Chris Barrie stars in this seven season Britcom as the thoroughly oblivious manager of a leisure center who drives the staff and members often to the brink of violence with his well-intentioned advice.

REVIEW LINK: Eureka Video (UK) Region 2 PAL (DVDBeaver)

  • 4:3 non-anamorphic 1.33:1 fullscreen
  • English Dolby Digital 2.0 mono
  • Optional English SDH subtitles (only on series three, six, and seven)
  • Seven series (49 episodes) on seven discs
  • 1996 Royal Variety Performance
  • Star Profiles
  • TV interviews
  • Two Christmas Specials
  • Series Four Outtakes
  • Still Galleries
 More Monster Pictures reviews at Update the Tags: Eureka Video.

15 April 2014

Strand Releasing cruises INTERIOR. LEATHER BAR. (review)

Part time provocateur/Hollywood actor James Franco paired up with indie filmmaker Travis Mathews to "imagine" the forty minutes William Friedkin claims to have cut from his film CRUISING to appease the MPAA, and he drags a host of "Playhouse West" actors, models, drag queens, dancers, and people who just want to be James Franco-adjacent in on his fantasy in INTERIOR. LEATHER BAR., a semi-documentary/semi-fictional story of an actor (Val Lauren) searching for meaning in an outrageous project in which he has been cast in the lead.

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

  • 16:9 anamorphic 1.78:1 widescreen
  • English Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo
  • Optional English SDH subtitles
  • Interviews with co-directors James Franco and Travis Mathews
  • Short Films by James Franco and Travis Mathews
  • Trailer
  • Strand Releasing Trailers
More Strand Releasing reviews at Update the Tags: Strand Releasing.

14 April 2014

Vinegar Syndrome double bills THE JEKYLL AND HYDE PORTFOLIO with A CLOCKWORK BLUE (review)

In this obscure double bill of softcore films from Eric Jeffrey Haims, THE JEKYLL AND HYDE PORTFOLIO follows the series of ritualistic murders of nurses at the "Florence Nightingale Institute for Nursing" while A CLOCKWORK BLUE takes a bumbling research assistant on a time travel tour of sexual history.

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

  • 16:9 anamorphic 1.78:1 widescreen transfers of both films
  • English Dolby Digital 1.0 mono
More Vinegar Syndrome reviews at Update the Tags: Vinegar Syndrome.

Grindhouse Releasing takes a dip with THE SWIMMER (review)

Burt Lancaster stars in this sixties studio-funded, turbulently-produced cult film as a man who decides to swim a path through the swimming pools of Connecticut's suburban hell crashing hangovers, lazy afternoons, assignations, and orgiastic parties towards a devastating revelation.  Based on the New Yorker story by John Cheever.

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

THE SWIMMER 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 1.85:1 widescreen
    • English Dolby Digital 1.0 mono
  • Optional English SDH subtitles
  • Isolated Stereo Music Score Track
  • "The Story of THE SWIMMER" documentary (~140 minutes)
  • Allison Anders interviews Marge Champion
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • TV Spots
  • 7 Stills Gallery
  • Talent Bios
  • Title Sequence Outtakes (Blu-ray only)
  • Grindhouse Releasing Trailers (Blu-ray only)
  • Easter Egg
  • Liner Notes Booklet by Stuart Gordon

88 Films unleashes Blu BLOODSUCKING FREAKS on the Brits! (review)

Joel Reed's infamous BLOODSUCKING FREAKS finally gets an HD upgrade courtesy of British company 88 Films in this "extreme uncut collector's edition" in association with Troma Films.

REVIEW LINK: 88 Films (US) Region ALL Blu-ray (DVDBeaver)

  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 
  • English LPCM 2.0 mono
  • Audio Commentary By Hostel Director Eli Roth
  • Introduction By Troma President Lloyd Kaufman
  • Original Trailer
  • Tour Of Troma
  • Interviews With The Cast And Crew
  • Aroma Du Troma
  • Lloyd Kaufman s Autobiography Promotional Video
  • Radiation March
  • 2 Troma Public Service Announcements
  • Troma Trailers
  • Liner Notes Booklet
More 88 Films and Full Moon reviews at Update the Tags: 88 Films.
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