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28 August 2015

Strand Releasing experiences LOVE AT FIRST FIGHT (review)

In this quirky romantic comedy, Arnaud is trying to keep his family's building business afloat in a dead-end town after their father's death.  He becomes fascinated with a young woman who is enlisting in the army and discovers that she is really gearing up for the end of the world.

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

  • 16:9 anamorphic 1.85:1 widescreen
  • French Dolby Digital 5.1
  • Optional English subtitles
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Strand Releasing Previews
More Strand Releasing reviews at Review Archive: Strand Releasing.

Scream Factory wanders with NOMADS (review)

REMINGTON STEELE's Pierce Brosnan and NORTH AND SOUTH's Lesley-Anne Down star in this eighties supernatural thriller which was also the directorial debut of John McTiernan (DIE HARD and PREDATOR).  An ER doctor psychically experiences the final days of a French anthropologist who became obsessed with a gang of street punks that might actually be malevolent spirits.

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

NOMADS Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 widescreen
  • English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 mono
  • Optional English subtitles
  • Interviews with actress Lesley-Anne Down and composer Bill Conti
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Radio Spot
  • Still Gallery 

27 August 2015

Kino Lorber gives A REASON TO LIVE, A REASON TO DIE! (review)

James Coburn, Telly Savalas, and Bud Spencer star in this Civil War twist on THE DIRTY DOZEN greenlighted to explosively demolish the massive Mexican fort sets built in Spain for EL CONDOR.  A disgraced Union Colonel saves himself and a group of criminals from hanging by proposing the recapture of Fort Holman and the Santa Fe territory from Confederate Major Ward, but he's also got five-hundred thousand dollars in gold stashed within the walls of the fort to secure the outlaws' help.

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

  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 2.35:1 widescreen
  • English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 mono
  • Trailer for NAVAJO JOE 

Vinegar Syndrome lubes up PULSATING FLESH for SUPER SEX (review)

Vinegar Syndrome brings us another mind-numbing double feature from Carlos Tobalina.  In PULSATING FLESH, a man's super sperm has the misfortune of impregnating any woman he sleeps with.  When his girlfriend suggests he start making money off of the "service", he becomes an overnight celebrity.  In SUPER SEX, Drs. Rosenberg and Stein are very hands-on in treating the various sexual dissatisfactions and dysfunctions of their attractive female clientele (ethics be damned).  Harry Reems and Nina Hartley star.

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

  • 2K scans of the original 35mm negatives
  • 16:9 anamorphic 1.78:1 widescreen
  • English Dolby Digital 1.0 mono
  • Trailers for Both Films
More Vinegar Syndrome reviews at Review Archive: Vinegar Syndrome.

26 August 2015

Mr. Bongo unleashes FELLINI'S CASANOVA (review)

Donald Sutherland stars in Federico Fellini's epic portrait of the world's greatest lover in a series of visually dazzling vignettes of his conquests, failures, and erotic misadventures.

REVIEW LINK: Mr. Bongo (UK) Region ALL Blu-ray (DVDCompare)

  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 widescreen
  • Italian and English LPCM 2.0 mono
  • Optional English subtitles

Raro Video USA checks into the PLAY MOTEL (review)

What happens at the Play Motel doesn't always stay at the Play Motel when hookers are being murdered and businessmen are being blackmailed.  When a socialite's corpse ends up in their truck, an actor and his wife play detective.  Ray Lovelock (QUEENS OF EVIL), Anna Maria Rizzoli, Antony Steffen (THE NIGHT EVELYN CAME OUT OF THE GRAVE), Patrizia Webley (MALABIMBA), Marina Hedman (SATAN'S BABY DOLL), Marino Mase (NIGHTMARE CASTLE), and Antonella Antinori (BURIAL GROUND) star.

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

PLAY MOTEL Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.66:1 widescreen
  • English and Italian LPCM 2.0 mono tracks
  • Optional English subtitles
  • "The Midia's Touch" featurette
  • Alternate Hard Scenes
  • Credits

24 August 2015

Severin Films' DEVIL HUNTER munches on CANNIBAL TERROR (review)

Two of French sexploitation house Eurocine's most oddball attempts to cash in on the Italian cannibal genre hit Blu-ray courtesy of Severin Films.  In DEVIL HUNTER, a Hollywood actress is held for ransom on an island where the locals worship a cannibal god who likes female sacrifices.  In CANNIBAL TERROR, two thieves and a prostitute bungle the kidnapping of a little girl and hide out in the jungle where cannibals are waiting to much on them.

REVIEW LINK: Severin Films (US) Region ALL Blu-ray (DVD Drive-in)

  • Devil Hunter (1980):
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.66:1 widescreen
    • English and Spanish LPCM 2.0 mono
    • Interview with Jess Franco
    • Interview with actor Bertrand Altmann
  • Cannibal Terror (1980):
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.66:1 widescreen
    • English and French LPCM 2.0 mono
    • Interview with director Alain Deruelle
    • Spicy Deleted Scene
    • Theatrical Trailer
    • Easter Egg

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