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24 June 2016

Jezebel screens FOR MEN ONLY Pete Walker's SCHOOL FOR SEX (review)

After a prolific career shooting 8mm glamour loops, Pete Walker moved into independent film production at a time when British mainstream cinema was in a slump.  In FOR MEN ONLY, a writer for Women's Vogue is urged by his jealous fiancee to take a job for a more serious conservative magazine only to discover that it is a front for girly magazines.  In SCHOOL FOR SEX, an aristocrat five times divorced and swindled of his fortune opens a school for sex to teach young women how to con men out of their fortunes in exchange for a hefty commission.

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

FOR MEN ONLY/SCHOOL FOR SEX Blu-ray specs:
  • For Men Only (1968):
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.33:1 pillarboxed fullscreen
    • English Dolby Digital 2.0 mono
  • School for Sex (1969):
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 widescreen
    • English Dolby Digital 2.0 mono
    • Alternate Continental Footage
    • Theatrical Trailer
  • "Getting Cheeky with Pete Walker" interview
  • Vintage Pete Walker Glamour Loops (63 minutes)

Synapse Films is bewitched by SORCERESS

Linda Blair and Julie Strain star in this nineties softcore erotic horror film from Jim Wynorski.  After he discovers his wife using witchcraft against his rival for a law partnership, Larry tries to leave her and accidentally kills her in a struggle.  As he tries to get over her death, he is haunted by ghostly and erotic visions and his new girlfriend starts to act more and more like his dead wife.  Larry Poindexter, Edward Albert, Rochelle Swanson, and Michael Parks also star.

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

SORCERESS Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.78:1 widescreen
  • English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 stereo
  • Optional English SDH subtitles
  • Audio Commentary by director Jim Wynorski
  • Audio Commentary by director Jim Wynorski and effects artist Tom Savini

Vinegar Syndrome buys a HARLOT for TIJUANA BLUE (review)

Before FLESH GORDON, director Howard Ziehm and producer Bill Osco moved up from hardcore loops with HARLOT in which bad girl Mary schools good girl Melody in hitching and hooking.  In TIJUANA BLUE, herion user Jamie agrees on a Tijuana drug trafficking assignment when he learns his girlfriend is pregnant.  Traveling south of the border with fun-loving friend Rick, Jamie is given the runaround from whorehouse to whorehouse in search of his contact "Oddball".

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

HARLOT/TIJUANA BLUE DVD specs:
  • 2K masters from 16mm elements of uncut versions
  • 4:3 non-anamorphic 1.33:1 fullscreen
  • English Dolby Digital 1.0 mono
  • Audio Commentary on HARLOT by director Howard Ziehm

18 June 2016

Film Movement Classics has THE BEST INTENTIONS (review)

In Bille August's take on a biographical script by Ingmar Bergman, theology student Henrik Bergman and aristocratic nursing student Anna form a tempestuous relationship that leads to a marriage full of unhappiness in nineteenth century Sweden.

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

THE BEST INTENTIONS Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.78:1 widescreen
  • Swedish Dolby Digital 2.0 mono
  • Optional English and French subtitles
  • Ingmar Bergman short "Karin's Face"
  • Previews
  • Essay by critic Peter Cowie

Scorpion Releasing challenges FORCE: FIVE (review)

When a young heiress is recruited into a religious cult, secret agent Jim Martin recruits a team of four (including THE OCTAGON's Richard Norton) to rescue her from the clutches of its corrupt leader and his karate kicking minions. From the people who brought you ENTER THE DRAGON and BLACK BELT JONES.

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

FORCE: FIVE Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.78:1 widescreen
  • English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 mono
  • Theatrical Trailer
Limited Edition available exclusively from Screen Archives.

Code Red hitches with TRUCK STOP WOMEN (review)

Seventies playmate turned tragic exploitation icon Claudia Jennings stars in TRUCK STOP WOMEN as the truckjacking daughter of a woman who runs a New Mexico truck stop/brothel to gather intelligence about the cargo of trucks in order to hijack them, selling off the trucks to a dealer in Los Angeles and profiting from the stolen cargo.  When the New York mob try to move in on their business, betrayal and double crosses give way to an old west standoff.

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

TRUCK STOP WOMEN Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 2.35:1 widescreen
  • English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 mono
  • Audio Commentary by director Mark Lester
  • Interview with director Mark Lester
  • Code Red Trailers 
Limited Edition available directly from Code Red.

16 June 2016

Simply Media deals with JOE BUTTERFLY (review)

Audie Murphy, George Nader, Keenan Wynn, and Burgess Meredith star in JOE BUTTERFLY where a quintet of war correspondents race against a deadline and a rival to publish the first issue of their magazine in Tokyo after surrender and are forced to rely on the resources of a houseboy turned black market smuggler.

REVIEW LINK: Simply Media (UK) Region 2 PAL DVD (DVDBeaver)

JOE BUTTERFLY DVD specs:
  • 4:3 non-anamorphic 2.23:1 letterbox
  • English Dolby Digital 2.0 mono

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