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21 February 2017

LionsGate investigates THE 9TH LIFE OF LOUIS DRAX (Review)

Based on the novel by Liz Jensen, THE 9TH LIFE OF LOUIS DRAX explores the mystery of the most accident prone boy who has survived electrocutions, drownings, poisonings, and other freak accidents but now lies in a coma after a fatal fall.  As a neurologist seeks to find a way to communicate with him, Louis goes on a journey of his own in his brain and reaches out to the living in strange and miraculous ways.

REVIEW LINK: LionsGate (US) Region A Blu-ray (DVDCompare)

THE 9TH LIFE OF LOUIS DRAX Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 2.40:1 widescreen
  • English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
  • Optional English, English SDH, and Spanish subtitles
  • Making-of
  • Previews

16 February 2017

Vinegar Syndrome is teased by BABYFACE (Review)

Alex deRenzy pushes the envelope again with BABYFACE.  When dock worker Dan is caught with teenage tease Priscilla, he is left for dead and takes shelter in a male brothel.  When Priscilla's stabby mother learns of his whereabouts, she plans to crash the party.

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

BABYFACE Blu-ray/DVD combo specs:
  • Blu-ray:
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 widescreen
    • English DTS-HD Master Audio 1.0 mono
  • DVD:
    • 16:9 anamorphic 1.78:1 widescreen
    • English Dolby Digital 1.0 mono
  • "Parochial Passion Princess" short film
  • Audio Interview with actress Molly Seagrim (109 minutes)

Vinegar Syndrome visits the SLAUGHTERHOUSE (Review)

Hulking buddy has an axe to grind and he turns teenagers into Bacon Bits in SLAUGHTERHOUSE.  When the county tries to foreclose on Lester Bacon's run-down slaughterhouse, he and his son start taking out those who try to profit from the sale and anyone else who wanders along.

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

SLAUGHTERHOUSE Blu-ray/DVD combo specs:
  • Blu-ray:
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 widescreen
    • English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo
  • DVD:
    • 16:9 anamorphic 1.78:1 widescreen
    • English Dolby Digital 5.1 and 2.0 stereo
  • Optional English SDH subtitles
  • Audio Commentary by writer/director Rick Roessler, producer Jerry Encoe, and production designer Michael Scaglione
  • Interview with actress Sherry Bendorf Leigh
  • "Making A Low Budget Indie" interview with Rick Roessler
  • "Producing Slaughterhouse" interview with Jerry Encoe
  • "The Making of Slaughterhouse" archival interview with Rick Roessler
  • "Financing and Distribution of Independent Horror Films" with producer Jerry Encoe
  • Behind the Scenes Featurette
  • Outtakes
  • "Epilogue: 30 Years After the Slaughter" featurette
  • Theatrical Trailers
  • TV Spots
  • Radio Spots
  • 1987 Radio Interview with actor Joe Barton
  • Local News Coverage
  • "Slaughterhouse Shooting Script" slideshow
  • "No Smoking" Trailer

Kino Lorber takes on STRYKER (Review)

Filipino action hack Cirio H. Santiago takes on ROAD WARRIOR in this cut-rate ripoff in which water is scare and those who have a source have the power.  A late release by Roger Corman's New World Pictures.

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

STRYKER Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.78:1 widescreen
  • English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 mono
  • Optional English subtitles
  • Audio Commentary by filmmaker Jim Wynorski
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Previews

14 February 2017

Severin Films haunts THE SURVIVOR (Review)

James Herbert's best-selling horror novel hits the screen as the Ozploitation classic THE SURVIVOR.  When an airline crashes into an Australian village, the only survivor of three hundred casualties is the pilot who emerges unscathed but without his memory.  As bad thing start happening to people involved in the investigation and those who seek to prophet from it, it becomes apparent that the spirits of the restless dead want the pilot to discover who was behind the crash.

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

THE SURVIVOR Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 2.35:1 widescreen
  • English LPCM 2.0 mono
  • Optional English SDH subtitles
  • Extended Scenes
  • TV Spot
  • Extended Interviews with producer Anthony Ginnane and director of photography John Seale from NOT QUITE HOLLYWOOD
  • Archival TV Interviews with Joseph Cotten, Peter Sumner, Ralph Cotterill, Angela Punch-McGregor, and Jenny Agutter
  • Archival TV Interview with David Hemmings
  • Archival TV Interview with David Hemmings and Robert Powell
  • Anthony Ginnane Trailer Reel

Redemption Films resurrects DR. ORLOFF'S MONSTER (review)

The awful Dr. Orloff is back (briefly) in DR. ORLOFF'S MONSTER as the mentor of Dr. Fisherman who has created a robot from the reanimated corpse of the brother he murdered for sleeping with his wife.  Using ultrasonic transmitters, Dr. Fisherman commands his creation to do away with the women in his life until his niece comes to the castle to visit looking for information about her dead father.

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

DR. ORLOFF'S MONSTER Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.66:1 widescreen
  • English and French LPCM 2.0 mono audio tracks
  • Optional English subtitles
  • Audio Commentary by Video Watchdog's Tim Lucas
  • Alternate Erotic Footage
  • French Theatrical Trailer
  • Italian Theatrical Trailer

12 February 2017

Films2C presents THE AMERICAN TRILOGY (review)

Composer turned filmmaker Cyril Morin explores themes of love, sacrifice, and redemption in the three films that comprise AN AMERICAN TRILOGY.  In THE ACTIVIST, a lawyer for the AIM movement and his brother-in-law are held in a remote two man precinct at the height of the occupation of Wounded Knee for mysterious reasons.  In NY84, singer Kate, photographer Anton, and poet Keith complete each other but their world of bohemian artists, drugs, and nightclubbing is about to be shattered by the emergency of the AIDS crisis in the eighties New York.  Finally, in HACKER'S GAME, hackers Soyan and Loise fall in love but their relationship is manipulated by an unscrupulous corporation with wide-ranging and corrupt interests.

REVIEW LINK: Films2C/Media in Sync (US) Region ALL BD-R (DVDCompare)

AN AMERICAN TRILOGY BD-R specs:
  • Disc One:
    • "The Activist" (2014)
      • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 2.40:1 widescreen
      • English Dolby Digital 5.1 and 2.0 stereo
      • Optional French and Spanish subtitles
    • "NY84" (2016)
      • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 2.40:1 widescreen
      • English Dolby Digital 5.1 and 2.0 stereo
      • Optional French and Spanish subtitles
    • Trailers for Both Films
  • Disc Two:
    • "Hacker's Game" (2015)
      • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 2.40:1 widescreen
      • English Dolby Digital 5.1 and 2.0 stereo
      • Optional French and Spanish subtitles
    • Theatrical Trailer (with optional French subtitles)
    • "An American Trilogy" featurette

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