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22 January 2019

Second Run shines with DIAMONDS OF THE NIGHT (review)

Two boys escape a train bound for a concentration camp into the forest.  Their struggle for survival includes weathering the elements and not knowing whether to trust those from whom they need shelter and food in Jan Nemec's visually-stunning feature debut.

REVIEW LINK: Second Run (UK) Region ALL Blu-ray (DVDCompare)

  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.33:1 pillarboxed fullscreen
  • Czech LPCM 2.0 Mono
  • Optional English Subtitles
  • Audio Commentary by film historian Michael Brooke
  • 1960 short film "A Lot of Bread" by Jan Nemec
  • Interview with Eva Lustigova, daughter of author Arnost Lustig
  • An Apprecation by film critic Peter Hames
  • Essay Booklet by Michael Brooke

21 January 2019

Film Movement screens BENT (review)

The 1997 screen adaptation of the 1979 Martin Sherman play looks at the forbidden intimacy between two gay men in a concentration camp during World War II.  Clive OWen, Lothaire Bluteau, Ian McKellan, and Mick Jagger star.

REVIEW LINK: Film Movement (US) Region ALL Blu-ray (DVDCompare)

BENT Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.78:1 widescreen
  • English LPCM 2.0 Stereo
  • Optional English SDH subtitles
  • Behind the Scenes
  • Interviews with 
  • 2018 Re-release Trailer
  • Original Trailer
  • Previews
  • Booklet by Steven Alan Carr

Arrow Video USA detonates WILLIE DYNAMITE (review)

New York pimp WILLIE DYNAMITE believes in free enterprise.  When his fellow pimps want to assign territories and he refuses, he has more than rival pimps going after his business and his life.  An ex-prostitute turned social worker, her assistant disrict attorney boyfriend, and ruthless detectives dog him at every turn.  Starring Roscoe Orman who landed a forty-year-long regular role on SESAME STREET the same year!

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

WILLIE DYNAMITE Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 widescreen
  • English LPCM 1.0 mono
  • Optional English SDH subtitles
  • Audio Commentary by critic and lecturer Sergio Mims
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Sean Phillips
    FIRST PRESSING ONLY: illustrated collector's booklet featuring writing on the film by Cullen Gallagher

Arrow Video hunts a DEADBEAT AT DAWN (review)

"He quit the gangs. They killed his girl. He became..." DEADBEAT AT DAWN.  Jim VanBebber's Dayton, Ohio-lensed gory indie actioner comes to Blu-ray.

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

DEADBEAT AT DAWN Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.33:1 pillarboxed fullscreen
  • English LPCM 1.0 Mono
  • Optional English SDH Subtitles
  • Audio Commentary by director/star Jim VanBebber, actor Paul Harper, and guest Cody Lee Hardin, moderated by filmmaker Victor Bonacore
  • "Deadbeat Forever" documentary by filmmaker Victor Bonacore (79 mins)
  • Archival 1986 Behind the Scenes documentary about the original failed shoot
  • Outtakes
  • Short Movies (with optional audio commentary by director Jim VanBebber):
    • "Into the Black" (1983)
    • "My Sweet Satan" (1993)
    • "Roadkill: The Last Days of John Martin" (1994)
    • "Gator Green" (2013)
  • Music Videos:
    • Pantera "Revolution is My Name (Long Version)"
    • Damien Storm "The Legend of Damine Storm"
    • Superjoint "Fuck Your Enemy"
    • Superjoint "The Alcoholik"
  • "Chunkblower" Promo Film (with optional commentary by Jim VanBebber)
  • Image Galleries
  • Reversible sleeve featuring newly commissioned artwork by Peter Strai
  • 24-page booklet by by Scott Gabbey and Graham Rae.

Umbrella Entertainment travels down LOST GULLY ROAD (Review)

Sent to the countryside to wait in a remote bed and breakfast to hide from an ex-lover by her sister, Lucy soon has more to worry about than going stir crazy when a sinister force makes itself known in this modern Australian chiller.

REVIEW LINK: Umbrella Entertainment (AUS) Region 0 PAL DVD (DVD Drive-in)

  • 16:9 anamorphic 2.35:1 widescreen
  • English Dolby Digital 5.1

Umbrella Entertainment parties down at OUIJA HOUSE (review)

Tara Reed and Mischa Barton, looking like they've lived hard, are among the unfortunates who decide holding a seance in a house with a history of brutal murder is a great party game.  Dee Wallace also stars.

REVIEW LINK: Umbrella Entertainment (AUS) Region 0 NTSC DVD (DVD Drive-in)


  • 16:9 anamorphic 1.78:1 widescreen
  • English Dolby Digital 5.1

Scorpion Releasing is mauled by GRIZZLY (review)

"The most dangerous JAWS on land" comes to Blu-ray as a national park is beset by a series of grisly grizzly killings of unsuspecting tourists.  the park ranger wants to shut the site down but the tourism-minded park supervisor puts more people in danger by making the grizzly hunt a hillbilly free-for-all.  Christopher George, Andrew Prine, Richard Jaeckel, and Joan McCall star.

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

GRIZZLY Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 2.35:1 widescreen
  • English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and 2.0 Stereo
  • Optional English SDH Subtitles
  • Audio Commentary by film historian Lee Gambin
  • Audio Commentary by producer David Sheldon and actress Joan McCall
  • Isolated Music & Effects Track
  • "Katarina's Fun Facts" introduction
  • "Jaws with Claws" retropsective with producer David Sheldon, producer Harvey Flaxman, actor Andrew Prine, and actress Joan McCall
  • "Making Movies in the Wilderness" vintage featurette with director William Girdler
  • New Beverly Q and A with producer David Sheldon and actor Andrew Prine 
  • 3 Trailers & 2 Radio Spots
  • Still Gallery
  • Reversible Cover
  • Limited Editon Slipcover
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