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19 August 2019

Kino Lorber is a party to BLACKMAIL (review)

A woman stabs a man who tries to force himself upon her in self-defense and runs from the scene.  Her detective boyfriend finds evidence of her presence but conceals it.  They then find themselves the subjects of BLACKMAIL in Alfred Hitchcock's first sound film.

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

BLACKMAIL Blu-ray specs:
  • Disc One:
    • Sound Version:
      • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.33:1 pillarboxed fullscreen
      • English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Mono
      • Optional English SDH Subtitles
      • Audio Commentary by film historian Tim Lucas
    • Silent Version:
      • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.33:1 pillarboxed fullscreen
      • Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra Score DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Stereo
    • Introduction by critic Noël Simsolo
    • "Hitchcock/Truffaut" audio excerpt
    • Theatrical Trailer
    • Bonus Trailers
  • Disc Two:
    • Sound Version at 1.20:1*:
      • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.12:1 pillarboxed fullscreen
      • English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Mono
      • Optional English SDH Subtitles
    • Audio Commentary by film historian Tim Lucas

Eureka Classics witnesses THE INCIDENT (Review)

Tony Musante and Martin Sheen make their feature debuts as the perpetrators of THE INCIDENT.  A desparate group of New Yorkers on their way home after midnight on the subway become the captive audience of a pair of violent hoodlums, and all pretense of civility is soon lost.  Ed McMahon, Ruby Dee, and Beau Bridges also star.t

REVIEW LINK: Eureka Classics (UK) Region B Blu-ray/Region 2 NTSC DVD (DVDCompare)

THE INCIDENT Blu-ray/DVD Combo specs:
  • Blu-ray:
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 widescreen
    • English LPCM 2.0 Mono
  • DVD:
    • 16:9 anamorphic 1.85:1 widescreen
    • English Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono
  • Optional English HoH subtitles
  • Audio Commentary by film critic and writer Alexandra Heller-Nicholas
  • Audio Commentary by director Larry Peerce, moderated by film historian Nick Redman
  • Isolated Music and Effects Track
  • Post-screening Q&A with director Larry Peerce, filmed at the 2017 Wisconsin Film Festival
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Collector's booklet featuring new writing by film writer Samm Deighan, and critic and journalist Barry Forshaw, as well as "Welcome to Fear City: A Survival Guide for Visitors to the City of New York," a reprint of the notorious pamphlet distributed at the height of New York's crime epidemic

17 August 2019

Scream Factory births THE CHOSEN (Review)

"He will destroy the world. No man can stop him. No man will even try.  He is THE CHOSEN."  Kirk Douglas, Agostina Belli, and Simon Ward star in an Italian cash-in on THE OMEN in which anyone who tries to stop the building of a nuclear power plant in The Holy Land meet with bizarre freak deaths as a Biblical prophecy starts to come true.

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

THE CHOSEN Blu-ray specs:
  • Holocuast 2000 - European Version:
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 2.35:1 Widescreen
    • English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Mono
    • Optional English SDH Subtitles
  • The Chosen - American Version:
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 Widescreen
    • English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Mono
    • Optional English SDH Subtitles
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • TV Spot
  • Reversible Cover

15 August 2019

Masters of Cinema at HIGH NOON (review)

Gary Cooper stars as a sheriff left in the lurch at HIGH NOON in one of the most iconic Hollywood westerns.  Grace Kelly, Katy Jurado, Lee Van Cleef, and Lloyd Bridges also star.

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

HIGH NOON Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.37:1 pillarboxed fullscreen
  • English LPCM 2.0 Mono
  • Optional English HoH Subtitles
  • Audio Commentary by historian Glenn Frankel, author of "High Noon: The Hollywood Blacklist and the Making of an American Classic"
  • Audio Commentary by western authority Stephen Prince
  • 1969 Audio Interview with writer Carl Foreman from the National Film Theatre in London (as an alternate audio track)
  • Interview with film historian Neil Sinyard, author of "Fred Zinnemann: Films of Character and Conscience"
  • "The Making of High Noon" 1992 documentary hosted by critic Leonard Maltin
  • "Inside High Noon" 2008 documentary narrated by actor Frank Langella
  • "Behind High Noon" 2007 featurette hosted by Gary Cooper's daughter Maria Cooper-Janis
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Hardbound Slipcase
  • Limited edition 100-page collector's book featuring:
    • "The Tin Star" original 1947 short story by John W. Cunningham
    • "The Power and the Politics of High Noon" by Philip Kemp (2019)
    • Review of High Noon" (retrospective) by Richard Combs (1986)
    • "When the Big Hand is on the Twelve... [or 7 Ambiguities of Time]" by Richard Combs (1986)
    • "Carl Foreman versus John Wayne" by Carl Foreman (1974)
    • Artwork Gallery
    • Viewing Notes
    • Production Credits & Special Thanks

Scorpion Releasing is TOO SCARED TO SCREAM (review)

MANNIX's Mike Connors and FATAL ATTRACTION's Anne Archer are on the trail of a slasher killing tenants of a New York apartment building in this eighties thriller directed by actor Tony Lo Bianco and co-starring DEADWOOD's Ian McShane.

REVIEW LINK: Scorpion Releasing (US) Region A Blu-ray (DVD Drive-in)

TOO SCARED TO SCREAM Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.78:1 Widescreen
  • English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Mono
  • Optional English SDH Subtitles
  • Interview with director Tony Lo Bianco
  • Interview with actor Leon Isaac Kennedy
  • Bonus Trailers

Arrow Video survives IN THE AFTERMATH (review)

New World Pictures presents this odd composite feature that took a half-hour of footage from the Japanese anime feature ANGEL'S EGG and built a post-apocalyptic science fiction film around it with American-lensed footage of survivors wandering a barren Earth in search of clean air and water.  Featuring music by Pink Floyd's Anthony Moore.

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

IN THE AFTERMATH Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 Widescreen
  • English LPCM 2.0 Stereo
  • Optional English SDH Subtitles
  • "The Path to Aftermath" interview with producer Tom Dugan
  • "Apocalypse Then" interview with actor Tony Markes
  • "Ghost in the Aftermath: The Influence of ANGEL'S EGG" appreciation by writer Andrew Osmand
  • Still and Poster Gallery
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Corey Brickley.
  • FIRST PRESSING ONLY: an illustrated collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film by Jon Towlson

Umbrella Entertainment doubles up DAY OF THE PANTHER/STRIKE OF THE PANTHER (review)

Australian exploitation maverick Brian Trenchard-Smith tacked the home video market with a back-to-back pair of martial arts quickies in which Jason Blade takes on criminals in Perth when his partner is murdered and then deals with their vengeance in the sequel.

REVIEW LINK: Umbrella Entertainment (AUS) Region ALL Blu-ray (DVD Drive-in)

DAY OF THE PANTHER/STRIKE OF THE PANTHER Blu-ray specs:
  • Day of the Panther (1988):
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 Widescreen
    • English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Mono 
    • Trailer
  • Strike of the Panther (1988):
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 Widescreen
    • English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Mono
    • Trailer
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