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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.

13 April 2014

Feature Resources assists the DEMON RESURRECTION (review)

In this entertainingly grisly bit of shot-on-video horror, a group of friends descend upon a farmhouse in the woods to carry out an intervention for one of their friends.  The problem is that she isn't on drugs, she's being pursued by a cult of demon worshipers who want her to give birth to a whole new race of ancient demons.

REVIEW LINK: Feature Resources (US) Region 0 NTSC DVD (DVDBeaver)

  • 4:3 non-anamorphic 1.33:1 fullscreen
  • English Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo
  • Audio Commentary
  • Behind the Scenes
  • Interview with director William Hopkins
  • Interview with producer Frank Cilla

08 April 2014

Update the Tags: Film Movement

DEFLOWERING OF EVA VAN END (De Ontmaagding van Eva van End) at DVDBeaver
GARIBALDI'S LOVERS (Il comandante e la cicogna) at DVDBeaver
OUT 15 APRIL! IN THE NAME OF (W imie...) at DVDBeaver
KEY OF LIFE (Kagi-dorobĂ´ no mesoddo) at DVDBeaver
THREE WORLDS (Trois Mondes) at DVDBeaver

Scream Factory hides in DEAD SHADOWS (review)

A shut-in since he witnessed his father murder his mother on the night a comet passed the Earth ten years before, IT tech Chris' forebodings about another comet that might pass into Earth's atmosphere prove justified when the Parisian locals start behaving oddly and the city descends into an all-out apocalypse.

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

DEAD SHADOWS Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 2.00:1 widescreen
  • French DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and 2.0 stereo
  • English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and 2.0 stereo
  • Optional English subtitles
  • Interview with director David Cholewa
  • Making-of Special Effects
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Unfinished Visual Effects Scene
  • Trailer
  • Teaser
  • Reversible Cover
  • Slipcover

More Scream Factory reviews at Update the Tags: Scream Factory.
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