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30 June 2015

Blue Underground tangles with THE BRONX WARRIORS (review)

Enzo G. Castellari's trilogy of Italian Grindhouse exploitation drawing from both ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK and the MAD MAX series hits Blu-ray/DVD combo from Blue Underground.  In 1990: THE BRONX WARRIORS, an heiress escapes Manhattan into the "No Man's Land" of the Bronx and hooks up with The Riders.  A ruthless and sadistic cop enters the territory and turns the gangs against one another in an effort to retrieve her.  In ESCAPE FROM THE BRONX, the residents of the Bronx are being rounded up and executed in order to make room for the "New York of the Future" for the rich.  In THE NEW BARBARIANS, The Templars exterminate any survivors of the 2019 nuclear apocalypse until a lone soldier rises up against them.  The series features stars like Vic Morrow, Christopher Connelly, Fred Williamson, and Henry Silva with music by Walter Rizzati (HOUSE BY THE CEMETERY), Francesco de Masi (ESCAPE FROM THE BRONX), and Goblin's Claudio Simonetti (THE NEW BARBARIANS).

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

1990: THE BRONX WARRIORS Blu-ray/DVD combo specs:
  • Blu-ray:
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 2.35:1 widescreen
    • English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 mono
  • DVD:
    • 16:9 anamorphic 2.35:1 widescreen
    • English Dolby Digital 2.0 mono
  • Optional English SDH, Franch, and Spanish subtitles
  • Audio Commentary by director Enzo G. Castellari
  • "Enzo G. Castellari and producer Fabrizio de Angelis in Conversation" Part 1
  • Interview with actor Massimo Vanni
  • Visit to Weapons Designer Paolo Ricci's Warehouse
  • Italian and International Trailers
  • Still Gallery
ESCAPE FROM THE BRONX Blu-ray/DVD combo specs:
  • Blu-ray:
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 2.35:1 widescreen
    • English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 mono
  • DVD
    • 16:9 anamorphic 2.35:1 widescreen
    • English Dolby Digital 2.0 mono
  • Optional English SDH, French, and Spanish subtitles
  • Audio Commentary by director Enzo G. Castellari
  • "Enzo G. Castellari and Fabrizio de Angelis in Conversation" Part 3
  • Interview with super fan Lance Manley
  • Italian and International Trailers
  • Poster and Still Gallery
THE NEW BARBARIAN Blu-ray/DVD combo specs:
  • Blu-ray:
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 2.35:1 widescreen
    • English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 mono
  • DVD:
    • 16:9 anamorphic 2.35:1 widescreen
    • English Dolby Digital 2.0 mono
  • Optional English SDH, French, and Spanish subtitles
  • Audio Commentary by director Enzo G. Castellari 
  • "Enzo G. Castellari and Fabrizio de Angelis in Conversation" Part 2
  • Interview with Fred Williamson
  • Italian and International Trailers
  • Poster and Still Gallery

29 June 2015

Arrow Video USA purrs for STRAY CAT ROCK (review)

In the hastily-made, completely unpredictable, and thoroughly off-the-wall quintet of delinquent girl films from Nikkatsu just before its bankruptcy and reinvention as the go-to company for Roman Porno, future FEMALE CONVICT SCORPION/LADY SNOWBLOOD Meiko Kaji and a host of up and coming regulars fight shady organizations, racist male biker gangs, and other horny girl gangs.

REVIEW LINK: Arrow Video USA (US) Region A/B Blu-ray/Region 1/2 DVD (DVD Drive-in)

STRAY CAT ROCK Blu-ray/DVD combo specs:
  • Disc One (Blu-ray):
    • "Delinquent Girl Boss", "Wild Jumbo" and "Sex Hunter"
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 2.35:1 widescreen
    • Japanese LPCM 1.0 mono
    • Optional English subtitles
    • Trailers for "Wild Jumbo" and "Sex Hunter"
  • Disc Two (Blu-ray):
    • "Machine Animal" and "Beat '71"
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 2.35:1 widescreen
    • Japanese LPCM 1.0 mono
    • Optional English subtitles
    • Interviews with director Yasuharu Hasebe, and actors Tatsuya Fuji and Yoshio Harada
    • Trailers for "Machine Animal" and "Beat '71"
  • Disc Three (DVD):
    • "Delinquent Girl Boss" and "Wild Jumbo"
    • 16:9 anamorphic 2.35:1 widescreen
    • Japanese Dolby Digital 1.0 mono
    • Optional English subtitles
    • Trailer for "Wild Jumbo"
  • Disc Four (DVD):
    • "Sex Hunter" and "Machine Animal"
    • 16:9 anamorphic 2.35:1 widescreen
    • Japanese Dolby Digital 1.0 mono
    • Optional English subtitles
    • Trailers for "Sex Hunter" and "Machine Animal"
  • Disc Five (DVD):
    • "Beat '71"
    • 16:9 anamorphic 2.35:1 widescreen
    • Japanese Dolby Digital 1.0 mono
    • Optional English subtitles
    • Interview with director Yasuharu Hasebe, and actors Tatsuya Fuji and Yoshio Harada
    • Trailer for "Beat '71"
  • Liner Notes Booklet by Japanese film expert Jasper Sharp

27 June 2015

LionsGate travels BEYOND THE REACH (review)

When an arrogant corporate shark on the hunt for another trophy in the Mojave Desert accidentally kills a hermit, his guide becomes the prey in a 130 degree plus endurance test across the desert.  Michael Douglas and Jeremy Irvine star in this adaptation of the Robb White novel "Deathwatch".

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

BEYOND THE REACH Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 2.40:1 widescreen
  • English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1
  • Optional English, English SDH, French, and Spanish subtitles 
  • Audio Commentary by director Jean-Baptiste Leonetti, actor/producer Michael Douglas and producer Robert Mitas 
  • "The Making of BEYOND THE REACH"
  • "Six Wheeling: Inside and Outside the Ultimate Ride"
  • Digital HD Download of the Unrated Version (R-rated version on Blu-ray)

26 June 2015

Paramount Pictures soaks up THE SPONGEBOB MOVIE: SPONGE OUT OF WATER (review)

Nickelodeon's Spongebob Square Pants makes waves in our world in this animated/live action hybrid in which the Cotton Candy-brained fry cook and his pals battle pirate Burger Beard to recover the secret formula for Krabby Patties.  Antonio Banderas stars.

REVIEW LINK: Paramount Pictures (US) Region A Blu-ray/Region 1 NTSC DVD (DVDCompare)

THE SPONGEBOB MOVIE: SPONGE OUT OF WATER Blu-ray/DVD/Digital HD specs:
  • Blu-ray:
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.78:1 widescreen
    • English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1, English Descriptive Audio Dolby Digital 5.1, French Dolby Digital 5.1, Portuguese Dolby Digital 5.1, and Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1
    • "On the Surface" featurettes:
      • "SpongeBob SquarePants: Out of His World "
      • "When I Grow Up, I Want to Make Funny Sounds"
      • "Becoming Burger Beard"
      • "Making the Burger Mobile Chase Sequence"
      • "It's Hip to Be SquarePants"
      • "A Day in the Life of a Sponge" (2:33)
    • "Underwater Awesomeness" featurettes
      • "Plankton Rules the World!"
      • "Bikini Bottom Confidential: Rock Stars of the Sea"
      • "International Sponge of Mystery" multi-language montages:
        • Meeting Bubbles
        • The Speech
    • "Bikini Bottom Boogie"
      • "Thank Gosh It's Monday" short
      • "SpongeBob Sing-Alongs":
        • "Thank Gosh It's Monday"
        • "Teamwork"
      • "Theme Song/Rap Battle"
      • "Squeeze Me" music video by N.E.R.D (2:35)
    • Deleted/Extended/Alternate/Test Scenes
  • DVD:
    • 16:9 anamorphic 1.78:1 widescreen
    • English Dolby Digital 5.1, English Descriptive Audio Dolby Digital 5.1, French Dolby Digital 5.1, Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1
    • Optional English, English SDH, French, Portuguese, and Spanish subtitles
    • Previews
  • Digital HD Download Code

25 June 2015

Vinegar Syndrome digs up CRYPT OF THE LIVING DEAD and stays at HOUSE OF THE LIVING DEAD (review)

Vinegar Syndrome's limited edition Blu-ray/DVD combo brings together two memorable seventies grindhouse flicks.  In CRYPT OF THE LIVING DEAD, Chris travels to a Mediterranean Island after the death of his father and - along with failed writer Peter and his schoolteacher sister Mary - discovers the tomb of Hannah, the bride of Louis VII who was buried alive when she was turned into a vampire.  When Hannah is unleashed, she menaces the island and puts the bite on the locals.  Andrew Prine, Mark Damon, Paty Shepard, and Teresa Gimpera star.  In HOUSE OF THE LIVING DEAD, a madman who has found a way to separate souls from their bodies and trap them menaces a South African vineyard and its inhabitants.  Mark Burns stars.

REVIEW LINK: Vinegar Syndrome (US) Region ALL Blu-ray/Region 0 NTSC DVD (DVDCompare)

CRYPT OF THE LIVING DEAD/HOUSE OF THE LIVING DEAD Blu-ray/DVD combo:
  • 2K scan of CRYPT OF THE LIVING DEAD from the 35mm internegative
  • 2K scan of HOUSE OF THE LIVING DEAD from a 35mm archival print
  • Blu-ray:
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 widescreen (Crypt of the Living Dead)
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.78:1 widescreen (House of the Living Dead)
    • English DTS-HD Master Audio 1.0 mono
  • DVD:
    • 16:9 anamorphic 1.85:1 widescreen (Crypt of the Living Dead)
    • 16:9 anamorphic 1.78:1 widescreen (House of the Living Dead)
    • English Dolby Digital 1.0 mono
  • Optional English SDH subtitles
  • Alternate Title Card and Theatrical Trailer for CRYPT OF THE LIVING DEAD
Limited Edition available exclusively from Vinegar Syndrome!

    Vinegar Syndrome has ANTICIPATION in the FLESH POND (review)

    Carlos Tobalina is back in this duo of eighties adult films from Vinegar Syndrome.  In ANTICIPATION, the family that lays together stays together as two brothers find themselves inexplicably attracted to each others' wives.  In FLESH POND, a pair of escaped convicts hold up in a swingers club and demand entertainment, finding themselves to be the captive audience.

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

    ANTICIPATION/FLESH POND DVD specs:
    • 2K restorations from the original 35mm camera negatives
    • 16:9 anamorphic 1.78:1 widescreen
    • English Dolby Digital 1.0 mono
    • Trailers for both films
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    Scream Factory presents THE OUTING/THE GODSEND (Review)

    In this double feature, a group of teenagers run afoul of a malicious genie while trapped in a museum in THE OUTING (AKA The Lamp).  THE GODSEND is a beautiful blond baby left in the home of a happy family by a troubled single mother.  As little Bonny grows up, there's no room for the other kids in the family who start meeting with grisly accidents.

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

    THE OUTING/THE GODSEND Blu-ray specs:
    • The Outing (AKA The Lamp):
      • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.78:1 widescreen
      • English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 mono
      • Optional English SDH subtitles
    • The Godsend:
      • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.78:1 widescreen
      • English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 mono
      • Optional English SDH subtitles
      • Theatrical Trailer

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