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19 July 2018

AGFA challenges LADY STREET FIGHTER (review)

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Enterprising female exploitation filmmaker Renee Harmon made her debut in front of and behind the camera with director James Bryan in this ultra low-budget thriller about a prostitute on the run from assassins and the FBI.  The story behind the film is even more interesting and there's an audio commentary to tell it.

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

LADY STREET FIGHTER Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.78:1 widescreen
  • English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 mono
  • Optional English SDH subtitles
  • Audio Commentary by director James Bryan and the AGFA Team
  • Unreleased sequel REVENGE OF LADY STREET FIGHTER
  • Trailers
  • Liner Notes Booklet by Bleeding Skull's Anne Choi

17 July 2018

Arrow Video asks WHAT HAVE THEY DONE TO YOUR DAUGHTERS? (review)

The discovery of the body of a pregnant fifteen year old girl whose apparent suicide turns out to be murder uncovers a teenage prostitution ring that those in power will kill to cover up in Massimo Dallamano's follow up to WHAT HAVE YOU DONE TO SOLANGE?  Claudio Cassinelli, Giovanna Ralli, Mario Adorf, and Farley Granger star.

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

WHAT HAVE THEY DONE TO YOUR DAUGHTERS Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 2.35:1 widescreen
  • English and Italian LPCM 1.0 mono
  • Optional English subtitles for the Italian track and English SDH subtitles for the English track
  • Audio Commentary by film historian Troy Howarth
  • Video Essay by Diabolique Magazine's Kat Ellinger
  • "Eternal Melody" interview with composer Stelvio Cipriani
  • "Dallamano's Touch" interview with editor Antonio Siciliano
  • Unused Hardcore Footage
  • Italian Theatrical Trailer
  • Image Gallery
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Adam Rabalais.
  • FIRST PRESSING ONLY: An illustrated collector s booklet featuring new writing on the film by Michael Mackenzie

Arrow Video enters the DOOM ASYLUM (review)

Ten years after her mother and her sleazy divorce lawyer were killed in a car crash near an abandoned asylum, the woman's daughter, her boyfriend, and pals decide to investigate the local legend of a killer called "The Coroner" who murders the curious with autopsy equipment.  They become distracted with a turf war with a lesbian communist punk band to notice that the killer has taken a special interest in one of them.


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

DOOM ASYLUM Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC presentations of the film in 1.78:1 widescreen and 1.33:1 pillarboxed fullscreen
  • English LPCM 1.0 mono
  • Optional English HoH subtitles
  • Audio Commentary by screenwriter Rick Marx
  • Audio Commentary by The Hysteria Continues
  • Interview with actress Ruth Collins
  • Interview with director of photography Larry Revene
  • Interview with effects artist Vincent J. Guastini
  • Archival Interviews with director Richard Friedman, production manager Bill Tasgal, and producer Alex Kogan
  • Stills Gallery
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Justin Osbourne.
  • FIRST PRESSING ONLY: a fully-illustrated collector’s booklet featuring new writing by Amanda Reyes.

Scream Factory spawns PIRANHA II (Review)

James Cameron made his inauspicious debut with a sequel to Joe Dante's PIRANHA in which the mutant strain have grown wings and attack a Jamaican resort. From the producer of such ripoffs as TENTACLES and BEYOND THE DOOR.

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

PIRANHA II: THE SPAWNING Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 widescreen
  • English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 mono
  • Optional English SDH subtitles
  • Interview with actor Ricky Paull Goldin
  • Interview with effects artist Brian Wade
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Reversible Cover

12 July 2018

Kino Lorber documents THE RETURN (review)

Brothers Andrey and Ivan have always been close, but their relationship is tested when their father returns after a twelve year absence and expects them to treat him as if no time has passed.  On a fishing trip, elder brother Andrey hangs on his father's every word, incurring the resentment of younger brother Ivan who becomes openly defiant in the face of his father's increasingly unfeeling and brutal attempts to secure their respect in the debut feature of Andrey Zvyagintsev.

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

THE RETURN Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 widescreen
  • Russian DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and 2.0 Stereo
  • Optional English subtitles
  • Interview with director Andrey Zvyagintsev
  • "The Return: A Film About the Film" documentary (63:31)
  • Reversible Cover
  • Digital Copy Code

11 July 2018

Rooster Teeth colors in RWBY: VOLUME 5 (review)

Team RWBY (pronounced "Ruby") are back to prevent an all-out assault on the kingdom of Mistral in the fifth volume of RWBY.

REVIEW LINK: Rooster Teetch/Cinedigm (US) Region A Blu-ray (DVDCompare)

RWBY: VOLUME FIVE Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.78:1 widescreen
  • English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
  • Optional English SDH Subtitles
  • Directors' Commentary Track
  • Crew Commentary Track
  • "5 Years of RWBY" featurette
  • 14 CRWBY Behind the Episode featurettes
  • Photo Gallery
  • Trailers

09 July 2018

Second Sight explores BERLIN ALEXANDERPLATZ (review)

Rainer Werner Fassbinder's epic fifteen-hour, fourteen-part adaptation of Alfred Döblin's novel BERLIN ALEXANDERPLATZ comes to limited edition Blu-ray.  Released from prison after a four year sentence for the murder of his lover, Franz Biberkof struggles to stay honest in Weimar Germany.

REVIEW LINK: Second Sight (UK) Region B Blu-ray (DVDCompare)

BERLIN ALEXANDERPLATZ Blu-ray specs:
  • Thirteen episodes and an epilogue on four Blu-ray discs with a fifth bonus disc
  • 1080i50 MPEG-4 AVC 1.37:1 pillarboxed fullscreen
  • German LPCM 1.0 mono
  • Forced English subtitles
  • "Fassbinder: Love Without Demands" feature-length documentary (107 minutes)
  • An Appreciation by Tony Rayns (44 minutes)
  • "Fassbinder Phantasmagoria" a visual essay by Daniel Bird
  • "Berlin Alexanderplatz: A Mega Movie and Its Story" featurette (65 minutes)
  • "The Making of Berlin Alexanderplatz" (44 minutes)
  • Restoration Notes by Juliane Lorenz (32 minutes)
  • Restoration: Before and After
  • Original Broadcast Recaps
  • Berlinale 2007 Trailer
  • 60-page perfect bound booklet featuring new essay by Cahiers Du Cinema's Stephane du Mesnildot and archive material by Wim Wenders, Thomas Elsasser and Christian Braad Thomsen
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