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24 June 2019

Arrow Video resurrects AMERICAN HORROR PROJECT VOLUME TWO (review)

Arrow Video's second volume of the AMERICAN HORROR PROJECT presents a trio of 1970s American gothic horrors.  In DREAM NO EVIL, orphan Grace grows into a troubled adult in search of her long-lost father who reacts violently to those who wish to steal her purity.  In DARK AUGUST, a New York adman goes back to basics in upstate Veromont but is haunted by a hex after a car accident involving a little girl.  In THE CHILD, young Rosalie's imaginary friends in the cemetery prove not so imaginary and very, very hungry.

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

AMERICAN HORROR PROJECT VOLUME TWO Blu-ray specs:
  • Dream No Evil:
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 Widescreen 
    • English LPCM 1.0 Mono
    • Optional English SDH Subtitles
    • Audio Commentary by film historians Kat Ellinger and Samm Deighan
    • "Melancholy Dreamer" filmed appreciation by Stephen Thrower
    • "Hollywood After Dark: The Early Films of John Hayes, 1959-1971" video essay by Stephen Thrower
    • "Edmund O'Brien: An Actor for All Seasons" writer Chris Poggiali on the prodigious career of celebrated character actor Edmond O'Brien
    • Audio interview with actress Rue McClanahan
  • Dark August:
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 Widescreen
    • English LPCM 1.0 Mono
    • Optional English SDH Subtitles
    • Audio Commentary by writer/director Martin Goldman
    • "Revisiting Dark August" filmed appreciation by Stephen Thrower
    • "Mad Ave to Mad Dogs" interview with writer/director Martin Goldman
    • "Don't Mess with the Psychic" interview with producer Marianne Kanter
    • "The Hills Are Alive: Dark August and Vermont Folk Horror" author and artist Stephen R. Bissette on Dark August and its context within the wider realm of genre filmmaking out of Vermont
  • The Child:
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 widescreen and 1.33:1 pillarboxed fullscreen presentations
    • English LPCM 1.0
    • Optional English SDH Subtitles
    • Audio Commentary by director Robert Voskanian and producer Robert Dadashian, moderated by Stephen Thrower
    • "The Zombie Child" filmed appreciation by Stephen Thrower
    • "Fathers of The Child" interviews with Robert Voskanian and Robert Dadashian
    • Original Theatrical Trailer - 1.33:1 and 1.85:1 options
  • Reversible sleeves for each film featuring original and newly-commissioned artwork by The Twins of Evil
  • "American Horror Project Journal Vol. II" a limited edition 60-page booklet featuring new writing on the films by Stephen R. Bissette, Travis Crawford and Amanda Reyes

21 June 2019

Indiepix celebrates the return of MOKO JUMBIE (review)

Born and raised in England, Indian college student Asha travels to Trinidad where she spent her childhood holidays to stay with her aunt and becomes embroiled in a feud between her aunt's family and a voodoo practicing matriarch and enters into a starcrossed affair with the woman's son.

REVIEW LINK: Indiepix (US) Region 1 NTSC DVD (DVDCompare)

MOKO JUMBIE DVD specs:
  • 16:9 anamorphic 1.73:1 widescreen
  • English Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
  • Burnt-in English Subtitles
  • Audio Commentary by writer/director Vashti Anderson and cinematographer Shlomo Godder
  • Theatrical Trailer

Omnibus Entertainment conducts RITUAL: A PSYCHOMAGIC STORY (Review)

After being pressured by her dominating boyfriend into having an abortion, Lia travels to the country to spend some time with her faith healer aunt.  As she tries to relax, she is forced to confront her own half-remembered past and the curse she believed in her childhood that shaped her adulthood.  Alejandro Jodorowsky co-stars.

REVIEW LINK: Omnibus Entertainment/Film Movement (US) Region 1 NTSC DVD (DVDCompare)

RITUAL: A PSYCHOMAGIC STORY DVD specs:
  • 16:9 anamorphic 2.35:1 widescreen
  • Italian Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
  • Optional English Subtitles
  • Start-up Trailers 

18 June 2019

Eureka gives a LAST HURRAH FOR CHIVALRY with a HAND OF DEATH (review)

Before John Woo became an international name for his "heroic bloodshed" gunplay movie, he labored under the studio system directing comedies before given a change to direct action with the martial arts swordplay films LAST HURRAH FOR CHIVALRY and HAND OF DEATH (featuring early supporting roles by Jackie Chan and Sammo Hung).

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

LAST HURRAH FOR CHIVALRY/HAND OF DEATH Blu-ray specs:
  • Last Hurrah for Chivalry:
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 2.35:1 Widescreen
    • Cantonese LPCM 2.0 Stereo and 1.0 Mono, Mandarin LCPM 2.0 Stereo, and Englsih LPCM 1.0 Mono
    • Optional English Subtitles
    • Audio Commentary by martial-arts cinema authority Mike Leeder and Arne Venema
    • Interview with director John Woo
    • Theatrical Trailer
  • Hand of Death:
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 2.35:1 Widescreen
    • Mandarin LPCM 2.0 Stereo and 1.0 Mono, Cantonese LPCM 2.0 Stereo, English (new dub) LPCM 2.0 Stereo, and English (classic dub) LPCM 1.0 Mono
    • Optional English Subtitles
    • Audio Commentary by martial-arts cinema authority Mike Leeder and Arne Venema
    • "From Hong Kong to Hollywood" interview with director John Woo
    • Theatrical Trailer
  • Reversible Cover
  • Collector's booklet featuring new writing by film writer Matthew Thrift

17 June 2019

Kino Lorber and Redemption bestow the DEVIL'S KISS (review)

A spiritualist and a scientist experiment with cellular regeneration and bodily "reanimation" in this Lovecraftian Spanish/French horror production starring Silvia Solar and Olivier Mathot.

REVIEW LINK: Kino Lorber (US) Region A Blu-ray (DVD Drive-in)

DEVIL'S KISS Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.78:1 widescreen
  • English LPCM 2.0 Mono and French Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono
  • Optional English Subtitles

Cult Epics spends MY NIGHTS WITH SUSAN, SANDRA, OLGA AND JULIE (review)

Cult Epics brings "The Erotic Four Play" MY NIGHTS WITH SUSAN, SANDRA, OLGA AND JULIE to Blu-ray.  Model Susan lives on a remote country farm with three other sexually predatory young women and the voyeur Albert.  Studly Anton rides into the countryside and becomes a guest at the farm only to be come entangled in a bizarre murder and multiple sexual couplings

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

MY NIGHTS WITH SUSAN, SANDRA, OLGA, AND JULIE Blu-ray/DVD Combo specs:
  • Blu-ray:
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 2.35:1 Widescreen
    • Dutch and English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Mono
  • DVD:
    • 16:9 anamorphic 2.35:1 widescreen
    • Dutch and English Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono
  • Optional English Subtitles
  • Optional Introduction by director Pim de la Parra
  • Scorpio Short Films
  • Scorpio Theatrical Trailers
  • Poster and Photo Gallery

Blue Underground hunts THE NEW YORK RIPPER (review)

Lucio Fulci takes a slice out of the Big Apple in high definition with the new 4K-mastered Blu-ray/DVD/CD combo of THE NEW YORK RIPPER.

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

THE NEW YORK RIPPER Blu-ray/DVD/CD Combo specs:
  • Blu-ray:
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 2.35:1 Widescreen
    • English DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 and 1.0 mono; Italian DTS-HD Master Audio 1.0 mono; French and Spanish Dolby Digital 1.0 mono
  • DVD:
    • 16:9 anamorphic 2.35:1 Widescreen
    • English Dolby Digital 5.1 EX and 1.0 mono, Italian, French, and Spanish Dolby Digital 1.0 mono
  • Optional English SDH, English (for Italian track), French, and Spanish subtitles
  • Audio Commentary by film historian Troy Howarth
  • "The Art of Killing" interview with co-writer Dardano Sacchetti
  • "Three Fingers of Violence" interview with star Howard Ross
  • "The Second Victim" interview with co-star Cinzia de Ponti
  • "The Broken Bottle Murder" interview with co-star Zora Kerova
  • "I'm an Actress" 2009 interview with co-star Zora Kerova
  • "The Beauty Killer" interview with Stephen Thrower, author of "Beyond Terror: The Films of Lucio Fulci"
  • "Paint Me Blood Red" interview with poster artist Enzo Sciotti
  • "NYC Locations Then and Now" 2009 featurette
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Poster & Still Gallery
  • CD:
    • 29-track stereo soundtrack CD by Francesco De Masi with bonus tracks
  • Reversible Cover
  • Limited Edition Holographic Slipcover

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