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19 October 2020

Flicker Alley swelters in SPRING NIGHT, SUMMER NIGHT (Review)

A forbidden affair ruptures relationships in an Appalachian town in the long-lost regional art film SPRING NIGHT SUMMER NIGHT that once played on the grindhouse circuit with X-rated inserts as MISS JESSICA IS PREGNANT.

REVIEW LINK: Flicker Alley (US) Region ALL Blu-ray/Region 0 NTSC DVD (DVDCompare)

SPRING NIGHT, SUMMER NIGHT Blu-ray/DVD Combo specs:

  • Disc One (Blu-ray):
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.66:1 Widescreen
    • English LPCM 1.0 Mono
  • Disc Two (DVD):
    • 16:9 anamorphic 1.66:1 Widescreen
    • English Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono
  • Optional English SDH Subtitles
  • "Spring Night Summer Night: 50 Years Later" retrospective
  • "I'm Goin' to Straitsville" locations revisit
  • "In the Middle of the Nights: From Arthouse to Grindhouse and Back Again" featurette about the film's distribution history
  • Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque Q&A: 17 April 2016
  • Behind-the-Scenes footage with optional commentary by writer Franklin Miller and Peter Conheim
  • Joseph Anderson Short Films:
    • "Football as it is Played Today" (1961)
    • "How Swived" (1962)
    • "Cheers" (1963)
  • Image Gallery
  • Booklet with a new essay by Ian Mantgani, Glenn Litton’s memories of director Joseph Anderson, Peter Conheim on the film’s restoration, a look at the career of distributor Joseph L Brenner, an overview of critical responses, and film credits.

 

Eureka Classics retells the ONCE UPON A TIME IN CHINA TRILOGY (review)

The 4K restorations of Tsui Hark's epic series on Chinese folk hero Wong Fei Hung from Eureka Video's limited edition ONCE UPON A TIME IN CHINA TRILOGY are back on Blu-ray in an economically-priced standard edition.  Jet Li plays the traditional doctor and martial artist whose code of honor is tested by foreign powers, violent isolationalist sects, corrupt officials, and true love in the series first three films and the Sammo Hung-directed sixth entry (Li having sat out the fourth and fifth entries).  Rosalind Kwan also stars.

REVIEW LINK: Eureka Video (UK) Region B Blu-ray (DVDCompare)

ONCE UPON A TIME IN CHINA TRILOGY Blu-ray specs:
  • Once Upon a Time in China (1991):
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 2.35:1 widescreen
    • Cantonese LPCM 1.0 mono and 2.0 Stereo, Mandarin LPCM 2.0 Stereo, and English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
    • Optional English subtitels
    • Audio Commentery by martial-arts cinema authority Mike Leeder and filmmaker Arne Venema
    • The Legend of Wong Fei-hung Part 1
    • Interview with Yen Shi-Kwan
    • Interview with Jet Li
    • Theatrical Trailer
  • Once Upon a Time in China II (1992):
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 2.35:1 widescreen
    • Cantonse LPCM 1.0 mono and 2.0 Stereo, Mandarin LPCM 2.0 Stereo, English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
    • Optional English Subtitles
    • Audio Commentary by martial-arts cinema authority Mike Leeder and filmmaker Arne Venema
    • Mike Miller: Memories of Once Upon A Time in China 2
    • The Legend of Wong Fei-hung Part 2
    • An Audience with Jet Li
    • Interview with Donnie Yen
    • Theatrical Trailer
  • Once Upon a Time in China III (1993):
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 2.35:1 widescreen
    • Cantonese LPCM 1.0 mono, Mandarin LPCM 2.0 Stereo, and English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
    • Optional English subtitles
    • Audio Commentary by martial-arts cinema authority Mike Leeder and filmmaker Arne Venema
    • John Wakefield: Memories of Once Upon A Time in China 3
    • The Legend of Wong Fei-hung Part 3
    • Interview with Tsui Hark
    • Interview with John Wakefield
    • Behind-the-Scenes Montage
    • Theatrical Trailer
  • Once Upon a Time in China and America (1997):
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 2.35:1 widescreen
    • Cantonese LPCM 1.0 mono, Mandarin LPCM 2.0 Stereo, and English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
    • Optional English subtitles tracks for both the Cantonese track and Mandarin tracks
    • The Making of Once Upon a Time in China and America
    • Two Theatrical Trailers
  • Four Blu-ray discs housed in a single case, with slim cardboard packaging featuring new artwork by Darren Wheeling.

    18 October 2020

    Vinegar Syndrome grooves with OLD DRACULA (review)

    Dracula discovers "black is beautiful" when his old bride has a new change of color in the British comedy OLD DRACULA aka VAMPIRA starring David Niven, Teresa Graves, Nicky Henson, and Jennie Linden.

    REVIEW LINK: Vinegar Syndrome (US) Region A Blu-ray (DVD Drive-in)

    OLD DRACULA Blu-ray specs:

    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 Widescreen
    • English DTS-HD Master Audio 1.0 Mono and Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono
    • Optional English SDH Subtitles
    • "A Shot in the Dark" interview with cinematographer Anthony Richmond
    • Image Gallery
    • Reversible Cover
    • The first 2,500 copies ordered directly from Vinegar Syndrome include a limited edition slipcover designed by Earl Kessler Jr.

     

    Scorpion Releasing surfs on CALIFORNIA DREAMING (Review)

    Chicago nerd Dennis Christopher hits the California beach in search of a new surfing lifestyle in the comic drama CALIFORNIA DREAMING.

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

    CALIFORNIA DREAMING Blu-ray specs:

    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.78:1 Widescreen
    • English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Mono
    • Optional English SDH Subtitles
    • Audio Commentary by director John Hancock
    • Interview with actor Dennis Christopher
    • Theatrical Trailer
    • Bonus Trailers 

    Available directly from Ronin Flix.

    13 October 2020

    Eureka Classics has THIS GUN FOR HIRE (review)

    Although he had already been acting in Hollywood in second string roles for ten years, Alan Ladd became an acting legend when he was introduced in the role of icy hitman Raven in THIS GUN FOR HIRE alongside Veronica Lake in the first of four pairings.

    REVIEW LINK: Eureka Video (UK) Region B Blu-ray (DVDCompare)

    THIS GUN FOR HIRE Blu-ray specs:

    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.37:1 Fullscreen
    • English LPCM 2.0 Mono
    • Optional English HoH Subtitles
    • Audio Commentary by film critic Adrian Martin
    • Lux Radio Theater radio adaptation (episode #380; 25 January 1943) with the voices of Alan Ladd and Joan Blondell
    • The Screen Guild Theater radio adaptation (2 April 1945) with the voices of Alan Ladd and Veronica Lake
    • Theatrical Trailer
    • Stills Gallery
    • Collector’s booklet featuring new writing by film writer and journalist Barry Forshaw, and film writer Craig Ian Mann.

    Film Movement gets a bite from CARMILLA (review)

    A lonely girl living on a remote estate finds a new friend who might be a vampire in this British adaptation of CARMILLA.

    REVIEW LINK: Film Movement (US) Region 0 NTSC DVD (DVDCompare)

    CARMILLA DVD specs:

    • 16:9 anamorphic 2.40:1 widescreen
    • English Dolby Digital 5.1 and 2.0 Stereo
    • English Closed Captioning
    • Behind the Scenes
    • Theatrical Trailer
    • Short film "Three Towers"
    • Bonus Trailers
    • About Film Movement

     

    09 October 2020

    88 Films studies under THE MASTER (review)

    THE MASTER was supposed to be Jet Li's big film but it sat on the shelf for three years, coming out only after the success of ONCE UPON A TIME IN CHINA.  In his real Golden Harvest debut, Li comes to Los Angeles searching for his master (Yuen Wah) who is being terrorized by a gang lead by a former pupil (kickboxing champion Jerry Trimble).

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

    THE MASTER Blu-ray specs:

    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 Widescreen
    • Cantonese DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1, Cantonese DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 mono (original), Cantonese DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 mono (2020 remaster), English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 mono (export dub), and English DTS 5.1 (TV dub)
    • Optional English HoH and English subtitles
    • Audio Commentary by Hong Kong cinema experts Mike Leeder and Arne Venema
    • Audio Commentary by artist R.P. “Kung Fu Bob” O’Brien
    • 2020 interview with actor/stuntman John Kreng
    • "The Insider" interview with actor/stuntman John Kreng
    • "Crystal Clear" interview with actress Crystal Kwok
    • "The Master" interview with actor Yuen Wah
    • Hong Kong Theatrical Trailer
    • English Theatrical Trailer
    • Reversible Cover
    • LIMITED EDITION CONTENTS:  original Hong Kong poster art, a limited slipcover, A3 poster, and 4x postcards.
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