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19 June 2018

Arrow Video is hooked on THE ADDICTION (review)

On her way home from class one night, Kathleen Conklin (Lili Taylor) is assaulted by a woman (Annabella Sciorra) and bitten on the throat.  Over the next few days, she turns from heroin addiction to blood-drinking in desperation to satisfy the hunger within her.  Christopher Walken, Edie Falco, Michael Imperioli, Paul Calderon, Freddo Starr, and Kathryn Erbe also star in this indie vampire film from Abel Ferrara.

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

THE ADDICTION Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 widescreen
  • English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and LPCM 2.0 Stereo
  • Optional English SDH subtitles
  • Audio Commentary by director Abel Ferrara
    "Talking with the Vampires" documentary about the film made by Ferrara featuring actors Christopher Walken and Lili Taylor, composer Joe Delia, Ken Kelsch, and Ferrara himself
  • Interview with Abel Ferrara
  • Appreciation by Brad Stevens
  • "Abel Edits The Addiction" archival piece from the time of production
  • Gallery
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Peter Strain
  • The first pressing includes an illustrated collector s booklet containing new writing on the film by critic Michael Ewins

Arrow Video stands VIGIL (Review)

Living on an isolated farm in the middle of a wet valley, young Lisa experiences a rude awakening to the harshness of life when her father mysteriously dies and a strange drifter insinuates himself into the household in the directorial debut of New Zealand filmmaker Vincent Ward (THE NAVIGATOR).

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

VIGIL Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 widescreen
  • English LPCM 1.0 mono
  • Optional English SDH subtitles
  • Appreciation by film critic Nick Roddick
  • On-set report from the long-running New Zealand television programme "Country Calendar"
  • Extract from a 1987 Kaleidoscope television documentary on New Zealand cinema, focusing on "Vigil" and Vincent Ward
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • The first pressing comes with an illustrated collector s booklet featuring new writing on the film by critic Carmen Gray

88 Films feeds MIND RIPPER (review)

Wes Craven lends his name as presenter to this DTV sequel to THE HILLS HAVE EYES in which a group of scientists experimenting with a virus in a desert bunker accidentally create a brain-sucking monster.  Lance Henriksen, Clare Stansfield, John Diehl, Giovanni Ribisi, and Natasha Gregson-Wagner star.

REVIEW LINK: 88 Films (UK) Region B Blu-ray (DVD Drive-in)

MIND RIPPER Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.78:1 widescreen
  • English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Stereo
  • Optional English HoH subtitles
  • “Stories from the Outpost" an interview with Jonathan Craven
  • Original Trailer
  • 4-page liner notes booklet “Rip ‘Em Up” by Callum Waddell
  • Reversible sleeve with choice of artworks
  • Card sleeve with original artwork

MVD Visual slashes open THE VIOLENCE MOVIE (review)

In 1988, budding filmmaker Eric D. Wilkinson, his brother, and friends decided to put their love of slasher films on video with the VHS short film THE VIOLENCE MOVIE, a homage to everything from FRIDAY THE 13TH and A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET to LETHAL WEAPON and DIE HARD.  In 2003, they shot new footage for a fifteenth anniversary special edition.  Now on the thirtieth anniversary, THE VIOLENCE MOVIE comes to DVD in a special edition with its sequel, deleted and extended scenes, original credits sequences, behind the scenes video, audio commentary, and footage from the scrapped first shoot (also with commentary).

REVIEW LINK: MVD Visual (US) Region 0 NTSC DVD (DVD Drive-in)

  • 16:9 anamorphic 1.33:1 pillarboxed fullscreen
  • English Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo
  • Audio Commentary by director Eric D. Wilkinson, actor David E. Wilkinson, and friend Michael Kahn
  • "The Violence Movie 2" sequel with optional commentary by director Eric D. Wilkinson, actor David E. Wilkinson, and friend Michael Kahn
  • Deleted and Extended Scenes for both films
  • Original Credits for both films
  • "Violence in '03" behind the scenes of the 2003 reshoot
  • "Scrapped VIOLENCE MOVIE" outtakes from the abandoned version of film with optional commentary by director Eric D. Wilkinson, actor David E. Wilkinson, and friend Michael Kahn 
  • Photo Gallery
  • Trailer
  • Previews 

18 June 2018

Scorpion Releasing bids ALOHA, BOBBY AND ROSE (Review)

AMERICAN GRAFFITI's Paul Le Mat is a rebel with a '68 Camaro and GIRLS ON THE ROAD's Dianne Hull is a single mother with dreams.  A prank gone wrong puts them on the wrong side of the law and on the road in a story of young love with an inevitable tragic end set to a hit music from Elton John, Little Eva, The Temptations, and others from the director of AMERICAN HOT WAX.  Robert Carradine also stars.

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

ALOHA, BOBBY AND ROSE 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 actor Paul Le Mat
  • Interview with actor Robert Carradine
  • Interview with director Floyd Mutrux
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Preview

14 June 2018

When SAVANNAH SMILES for MVD Rewind (review)

Busted out of prison a few days shy of his parole by none-too-bright buddy Boots, Alvie flees the cops and the pair have the misfortune to steal a car in which runaway child Savannah is hiding to teach her neglectful parents a lesson.  Soon the three are on the run with a price on their heads in this heartwarming eighties comedy.

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

SAVANNAH SMILES Blu-ray/DVD combo specs:
  • Blu-ray:
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.78:1 widescreen
    • English LPCM 2.0 mono
  • DVD:
    • 16:9 anamorphic 1.78:1 widescreen
    • English Dolby Digital 2.0 mono
  • Making-of with actor/writer/producer Mark Miller, actor Donovan Scott, composer Ken Sutherland, and Teresa Anderson (mother of actress Bridgette Anderson)
  • Memories of Bridgette featurette
  • Interview with composer Ken Sutherland
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Trailers
  • Fold-out poster
  • Slipcover

13 June 2018

Umbrella Entertainment takes on DEATH WISH II and DEATH WISH 3 (review)

Charles Bronson has a double death wish with this Cannon Classics duo.  In DEATH WISH II, architect Paul Kersey turns vigilante again when his daughter is raped and murdered.  In DEATH WISH 3, Kersey returns to New York to help the residents of an apartment building being shaken down by a violent street gang.

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

  • Blu-ray:
    • Death Wish II (1982):
      • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 widescreen
      • English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 mono
    • Death Wish 3 (1985):
      • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 widescreen
      • English DTS-HD Master Audio 1.0 mono
    • Optional English SDH subtitles
    • Notes on the uncut version of "Death Wish II" by Paul Talbot (5 text pages that play before the film)
    • "Action! II" televison special with behind the scenes footage and interviews from the making of DEATH WISH 3, GRACE QUIGLEY, RUNAWAY TRAIN, INVASION USA, and HOUSE) (53 minutes)
    • "Cast & Crew Interviews" raw out takes from "Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films":
      • writer David Engelbach (13 minutes)
      • actress Robin Sherwood (26 minutes)
      • producer's son Todd Roberts (35 mninutes)
      • actor Alex Winter (26 minutes)
    • DEATH WISH II Theatrical Trailer and two TV Spots
    • DEATH WISH 3 Theatrical Trailer and TV Spot
    • Easter Egg featuring extended and deleted scenes from DEATH WISH 3
  • Bonus DVD:
    • R-rated cut of DEATH WISH II
    • Greek VHS cut of DEATH WISH II with additional scenes
    • TV version of DEATH WISH II with additional scenes
    • Notes on the versions by Paul Talbot
    • Subtitle track on the TV version noting differences
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