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01 February 2015

Severin Films gets the VIDEO NASTIES (review)

Severin Films brings Nucleus Films' informative and poignant documentaries about the eighties Video Nasties hysteria in which exploitation films were scapegoated by conservative politicians and the moral minority to explain juvenile delinquency, rising crime, and other violent acts.  The documentaries expose the arrogance of the politicians and the censors, the harassment against those who dared to criticize censorship, and the lives and reputations ruined by police raids and public prosecutions.  They also reveal the birth of fanzines, video trading, underground film festivals, and pre-internet social networks of fans, critics, filmmakers, and scholars whose lifelong love affair with the Grindhouse was spurred by those who tried to suppress the unwatchable.

REVIEW LINK: Severin Films (US) Region 0 NTSC DVD (DVD Drive-in)

VIDEO NASTIES: THE DEFINITIVE GUIDE DVD specs:
  • Disc 1:
    • Documentary "Video Nasties: Moral Panic, Censorship, and Videotape"
      • 16:9 anamorphic 1.78:1 widescreen
      • English Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo
    • Video Ident-a-Thon - alphabetical montage of video company logo intros
      Banned Video Cover Gallery
  • Disc 2:
    • Trailers for "The Final 39" banned titles (Absurd [Anthropophagus 2], Anthropophagous: The Beast, Axe, The Beast in Heat, Blood Bath [A Bay of Blood], Blood Feast, Blood Rites [The Ghastly Ones], Bloody Moon, The Burning, Cannibal Apocalypse, Cannibal Ferox, Cannibal Holocaust, The Cannibal Man, The Devil Hunter, Don't Go in the Woods, The Driller Killer, Evilspeak, ExposĂ© [House on Straw Hill], Faces of Death, Fight for Your Life, Flesh for Frankenstein [Andy Warhol's Frankenstein], Forest of Fear [Toxic Zombies], Gestapo's Last Orgy, The House by the Cemetery, The House on the Edge of the Park, I Spit on Your Grave, Island of Death, The Last House on the Left, Love Camp 7, Madhouse, Mardi Gras Massacre, Nightmares in a Damaged Brain [Nightmare], Night of the Bloody Apes, Night of the Demon, SS Experiment Camp, Tenebrae, The Werewolf and the Yeti, and Zombie Flesh Eaters [Zombie/ Zombi 2]) with optional introductions (4 hours)
    • Video Cover Gallery
  • Disc 3:
  • Trailers for "The Dropped 33" titles (The Beyond, The Bogey Man [The Boogeyman], Cannibal Terror, Contamination, Dead & Buried, Death Trap [Eaten Alive], Deep River Savages [The Man From Deep River], Delirium [Psycho Puppet], Don't Go in the House, Don't Go Near the Park, Don't Look in the Basement, The Evil Dead, Frozen Scream, The Funhouse, Human Experiments, I Miss You, Hugs and Kisses, Inferno, Killer Nun, Late Night Trains [Night Train Murders], The Living Dead at the Manchester Morgue [Let Sleeping Corpses Lie], Nightmare Maker [Night Warning/Butcher, Baker, Nightmare Maker], Possession, Pranks [The Dorm That Dripped Blood], Prisoner of the Cannibal God [Mountain of the Cannibal God/Slave of the Cannibal God], Revenge of the Bogey Man [Boogeyman II], The Slayer, Terror Eyes [Night School], The Toolbox Murders, Unhinged, Visiting Hours, The Witch Who Came From the Sea, and Women Behind Bars, Zombie Creeping Flesh [Hell of the Living Dead]) with optional introductions (3 1/2 hours)
  • Video Cover Gallery (3:32) 
VIDEO NASTIES: THE DEFINITIVE GUIDE 2 DVD specs:
  • Disc 1:
    • Documentary "Video Nasties: Draconian Days"
      • 16:9 anamorphic 1.78:1 widescreen
      • English Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo
    • "Fanzine Flashback" alphabetical galleries of British horror magazines
    • "DPP 72" cover gallery of the thirty-nine successfully prosecuted titles and the thirty-three titles successfully prosecuted but subsequently dropped from the DPP's list
    • "DPP 82" cover gallery of the eighty-two titles liable for seizure and prosecution
    • Start-up Trailer for "Video Nasties: The Definitive Guide"
  • Disc 2:
    • Trailers for "The Section 3 List: A-L" (Abducted [Schoolgirls in Chains], Aftermath, The Black Room, Blood Lust, Blood Song, The Blue Eyes of the Broken Doll, Brutes and Savages, Cannibal [Jungle Holocaust], Cannibals [White cannibal Queen], The Chant of Jimmy Blacksmith, The Child, Christmas Evil, Contamination [Alien Contamination], Dawn of the Mummy, Dead Kids [Strange Behavior], Death Weekend, Deep Red, Demented, The Demons, Don't Answer the Phone, Eaten Alive [Lenzi], Enter the Devil, The Erotic Rites of Frankenstein, The Evil, The Executioner, Final Exam, Foxy Brown, Friday the 13th, Friday the 13th Part 2, GBH; Grievous Bodily Harm, Graduation Day, Happy Birthday to Me, Headless Eyes, Hell Prison [Escape from Hell], The Hills Have Eyes, Home Sweet Home, Honeymoon Horror, Inseminoid, Invasion of the Blood Farmers, The Killing Hour, The Last Horror Film, The Last Hunter, The Love Butcher) with optional introductions (almost 5 hours)
    • Easter Eggs
  • Disc 3:
    • Trailers for "The Section 3 List: M-Z" (The Mad Foxes, Mark of the Devil, Martin, Massacre Mansion [Mansion of the Doomed], Mausoleum, Midnight, Naked Fist [Firecracker], the Nesting, The New Adventures of Snow White, Night of the Living Dead, Night Beast, Nightmare City, Oasis of the Zombies, Parasite, Phantasm, Pigs, Prey, Prom Night, Rabid, Rosemary's Killer [The Prowler], Savage Terror, Scanners, Scream for Vengeance, Shogun Assassin, Street Killers [Beast with a Gun], Suicide Cult [The Astrologer], Superstition [The Witch], Suspiria, Terror, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, The Thing [1982], Tomb of the Living Dead [Mad Doctor of Blood Island], The Toy Box [The Orgy Box], Werewolf Woman, Wrong Way [The Hitch Hiker], Xtro, Zombie Holocaust, Zombies [Dawn of the Dead], and Zombies' Lake [Zombie Lake]) with optional introductions (4 1/2 hours)
More Severin Films reviews at Review Archive: Severin Films.

23 January 2015

Arrow Films goes on a HONEYMOON (review)

COCKNEYS VS. ZOMBIES' Harry Treadaway and GAME OF THRONES' Rose Leslie star in this intriguing and creepy feature about a New York couple who go north to a Canadian cabin for their honeymoon.  The husband encounters strange phenomena including his wife's sudden habit of sleepwaking.  As she grows more distant from him, he begins to believe that she is literally a completely different person or thing.

REVIEW LINK: Arrow Films (UK) Region 2 PAL DVD (DVDBeaver)

HONEYMOON DVD specs:
  • 16:9 anamorphic 1.85:1 widescreen
  • English Dolby Digital 5.1
  • Behind the Scenes
  • Theatrical Trailer
 More Arrow Films reviews at Review Archive: Arrow Films.

22 January 2015

Canteen Outlaws presents TWO MOTHERS (review)

In this despairing German drama, lesbian couple Katja and Isabella decide the time is right to have a child.  Deciding to give birth via a sperm donation, they encounter bureaucratic obstruction, sketchy donors, suspicious doctors, and the disappointment of several unsuccessful inseminations.  As the challenges take an emotional and financial toll on the couple, their may be nothing left of their relationship if/when they succeed.

REVIEW LINK: Canteen Outlaws/TLA Releasing (US) Region 1 NTSC DVD (DVDCompare)

TWO MOTHERS DVD specs:
  • 16:9 anamorphic 1.78:1 widescreen
  • German Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo
  • Burnt-in English Subtitles
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Canteen Outlaws Trailers

12 January 2015

Vinegar Syndrome reaches SEXUAL HEIGHTS for UNDULATIONS (review)

In this latest double billing of Carlos Tobalina flicks starring John Holmes and Jamie Gillis.  In SEXUAL HEIGHTS, four divorced guys decide to get "revenge" on the babysitting tease who cost one of the guys his marriage with an elaborate hoax including a baby doll toy and two of them in drag.  In UNDULATIONS, Gillis and Holmes are interviewed on a sexually-explicit television show about their views on pornography and various sexual issues which give way to a number of hardcore vignettes before the panel turns into an all-out orgy.

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

SEXUAL HEIGHTS/UNDULATIONS DVD specs:
  • 2K restorations of both films
  • 16:9 anamorphic 1.78:1 widescreen
  • English Dolby Digital 1.0 mono
  • Trailers for both films
More Vinegar Syndrome reviews at Update the Tags: Vinegar Syndrome.

Inception Media Group avenges VIKTOR (review)

Getting out of prison in France after a seven year sentence, Viktor returns to Moscow to the news that his son was killed three months previous.  Learning that his son had fallen in with diamond smugglers, he pursues them in search of revenge.  Gerard Deardieu and Elizabeth Hurley star.

REVIEW LINK: Inception Media Group (US) Region 1 NTSC DVD (DVDBeaver)

VIKTOR DVD specs:
  • 16:9 anamorphic 2.35:1 widescreen
  • English/Russian Dolby Digital 5.1
  • Optional English subtitles for Russian dialogue and English SDH subtitles for all dialogue and sound effects/music
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Start-up Trailers

09 January 2015

Vinegar Syndrome picks THREE RIPENING CHERRIES for SENSUAL FIRE (review)

Vinegar Syndrome delves deep into their bottomless vaults for two more Carlos Tobalina flicks, this time showcasing the talents of Dorothy LeMay.  In THREE RIPENING CHERRIES, a trio of high school nymphets try to decide which of their classmates or teachers will be their first time (in the meantime, they always have each other... and a vibrator).  In SENSUAL FIRE, Jamie Gillis plays a wealthy man who gives up bachelorhood when he meets a hot widow.  Things are great until her horny teenage daughter comes home from school and he becomes obsessed with her.

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

THREE RIPENING CHERRIES/SENSUAL FIRE DVD specs:
  • 2K scans of the original 35mm camera negatives
  • 16:9 anamorphic 1.78:1 widescreen
  • English Dolby Digital 1.0 mono
  • Theatrical Trailers for both films
More Vinegar Syndrome reviews at Update the Tags: Vinegar Syndrome.

MVD Visual aides the ATTACK OF THE MORNINGSIDE MONSTER (review)

Nicholas Brendon, Robert Pralgo, and scream queen Tiffany Shepis star in this tale of a small town stalked by a masked butcher who starts with the town's undesirables but may be moving towards the seemingly innocent unless the sheriff can find out the terrible secret of "The Morningside Monster."

REVIEW LINK: Apprehensive Films/MVD Visual (US) Region 0 NTSC DVD (DVDCompare)

ATTACK OF THE MORNINGSIDE MONSTER DVD specs:
  • 16:9 anamorphic 1.78:1 widescreen
  • English Dolby Digital 5.1 and 2.0 stereo
  • Optional English subtitles
  • Audio Commentary by director Chris Ethridge, writer/actor Jayson Palmer, and producer Michael H. Harper
  • Teaser and Trailer
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