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03 August 2015

Strand Releasing tries to SET FIRE TO THE STARS (review)

Based on John Malcolm Brinnin's DYLAN THOMAS IN AMERICA, SET FIRE TO THE STARS follows academic Brinnin's account of his attempt to tour Irish poet Thomas in American venues as they each confront their inner demons.  Elijah Wood and Celyn Jones star.

REVIEW LINK: Strand Releasing (US) Region 1 NTSC DVD (DVDBeaver)

SET FIRE TO THE STARS DVD specs:
  • 16:9 anamorphic 2.35:1 widescreen
  • English Dolby Digital 5.1
  • Optional English subtitles
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Poetry Readings
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Previews

Strand Releasing praises MAY ALLAH BLESS FRANCE! (review)

In this gritty offering from France, Congolese immigrant Regis and his family and friends try to adjust to life in the ghettos of France.  Their dreams of forming a rap group are complicated by Regis' promising academic career and their involvement in various levels of criminal activity to raise funds for recording their music.  Directed by Abd Al Malik from his autobiographical novel.

REVIEW LINK: Strand Releasing (US) Region 1 NTSC DVD (DVDBeaver)

MAY ALLAH BLESS FRANCE! DVD specs:
  • 16:9 anamorphic 2.35:1 widescreen
  • French Dolby Digital 5.1
  • Optional English subtitles
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Previews

30 July 2015

Vinegar Syndrome's SWEET TRASH gets THE HANGUP (review)

This double feature represents two rarely seen works from director John Hayes (GRAVE OF THE VAMPIRE).  In SWEET TRASH, a longshoreman in debt with a loan shark goes on the run and becomes entangled in an increasingly surreal and debauched nightmare world controlled by data spit out by a super computer.  In THE HANGUP, a cynical vice cop disgusted with the scum of the Earth becomes involved with a young stripper and vulnerable to manipulation by a master criminal.

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

SWEET TRASH/THE HANGUP DVD specs:
  • 16:9 anamorphic 1.78:1 widescreen presentations
  • English Dolby Digital 1.0 mono
  • Theatrical Trailers for both films
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Vinegar Syndrome reflects on MY SINFUL LIFE with LAS VEGAS GIRLS (review)

Vinegar Syndrome's new double feature brings another duo of Carlos Tobalina epics.  In MY SINFUL LIFE, Jill tires of having sex with her parents so she goes to live with her aunt to enroll in college.  When her new best friend turns out to be a hooker in a local brothel, Jill sees a way to make cash and find out the identities of her birth parents.  In LAS VEGAS GIRLS, two New York detectives go search for a Texas billionaire's missing daughter who may be turning tricks on the strip.

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

MY SINFUL LIFE/LAS VEGAS GIRLS DVD specs:
  • 2K scans of the original 35mm camera negatives
  • 16:9 anamorphic 1.78:1 widescreen presentations
  • English Dolby Digital 1.0 mono
  • Theatrical Trailers for both films
More Vinegar Syndrome reviews at Update the Tags: Vinegar Syndrome.

28 July 2015

Second Run mounts a study in WAR AND PEACE (review)

Not based on the Tolstoy novel, Anand Patwardhan's stirring documentary WAR AND PEACE looks at the ways in which the arms race between India and Pakistan was not a security issue but a nationalistic statement that had the effect of destabilizing the region, mobilizing religious extremist movements (although it also inspired peace and anti-nuclear movements), poisoned their own people, and created martyrs out of soldiers in battles that resolved nothing.

REVIEW LINK: Second Run (UK) Region 0 PAL DVD (DVDBeaver)

WAR AND PEACE DVD specs:
  • 4:3 non-anamorphic 1.33:1 fullscreen
  • Hindi/Urdu/Japanese/English Dolby Digital 2.0 mono
  • Optional English subtitles
  • Interview with driector Anand Patwardhan
  • Pakistan TV Debate
  • Deleted Scenes

More Second Run DVD reviews at Update the Tags: Second Run DVD.

Omnibus Entertainment presents STILL (review)

Aidan Gillen plays a man who has reached his limit when he becomes the target of a street gang in the British psychological drama STILL.

REVIEW LINK: Omnibus Entertainment (US) Region 1 NTSC DVD (DVDBeaver)

STILL DVD specs:
  • 16:9 anamorphic 2.35:1 widescreen
  • English Dolby Digital 5.1 and 2.0 stereo
  • Interviews with director Simon Blake and actor Aidan Gillen
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Filmographies
  • Trailer
  • Previews

22 July 2015

Scream Factory visits GHOST TOWN (review)

When a sheriff's deputy ventures into the desert in search of a runaway bride, he stumbles upon a ghost town in which the residents are neither fully living or dead, suspended in time and terrorized by the sadistic outlaw Devlin.  Tasked by the townspeople with getting justice for Devlin's victims, the deputy and the missing girl may be fated to join the town's ghosts.

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

GHOST TOWN Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.78:1 widescreen
  • English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 stereo
  • Optional English SDH subtitles
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