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28 April 2011

Intervision's SLEDGEHAMMER (reviewed)


On May 10, 2011, Intervision Pictures Corp. in association with Severin Films will release a special edition DVD of the eighties shot-on-video slasher SLEDGEHAMMER, directed by David A. Prior (FELONY) and starring his brother Ted Prior (KILLER WORKOUT).  A group of kids in a backwoods house partying and screwing.  Just throw in a killer with a novel weapon, a synth score, eighties hair and clothes, and you've got a slasher with a cult following rediscovered on DVD.  One of the early shot-on-video slashers produced to take advantage of the of the burgeoning video rental market, SLEDGEHAMMER makes its digital debut loaded with special features!

REVIEW LINK: Intervision Pictures Corp. (USA) Region 0 NTSC (DVDBeaver)


SLEDGEHAMMER DVD specs:
  • 4:3 fullscreen (original aspect ratio) transfer
  • English Dolby Digital 2.0 mono audio
  • Audio Commentary with director David A. Prior
  • Audio Commentary with Bleeding Skull creators Joseph A. Ziemba and Dan Budnik
  • "Hammertime" featurette with Destroy All Movies! author Zack Carlson
  • "SledgehammerLand" featurette with Cinefamily programmers Hadrian Belove and Tom Fitzgerald
  • Interview with director David A. Prior
RELATED LINK: Intervision has a SLEDGEHAMMER!

More "Intervision Pictures Corp." titles at my Amazon aStore.


27 April 2011

MGM digs up Edgar Allan Poe's BURIED ALIVE on MOD DVD (review)

I've reviewed MGM's MOD (manufactured-on-demand) DVD-R of Edgar Allan Poe's BURIED ALIVE over at DVD Drive-In (review link HERE).  Former Playboy Playmate Karen Witter (THE VINEYARD) plays a psych grad who has taken a job teaching at the Ravenscroft School for troubled girls.  Her boss (Robert Vaughn, THE STATUE) does not seem too concerned that girls have a habit of mysteriously disappearing (maybe he isn't aware that a psycho in a Nixon mask is abducting them and walling them up in the corridors of the former insane asylum beneath the school grounds?).  Soon she's hallucinating breathing walls, ant attacks, and gratuitous raving John Carradine (THE HOWLING) appearances.  Donald Pleasance (HALLOWEEN) pops up as his own kooky self, along with porn-queen Ginger Lynn Allen, horror effects artist/actor William Butler (the NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD remake, LEATHERFACE: TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE III), and Nia Long (STIGMATA) - who would probably like to forget this early credit.  Jess Franco editor Gerard Kikoine (EDGE OF SANITY) directs.

REVIEW LINK: MGM (USA) MOD DVD-R Region 0 NTSC (DVD Drive-In)

BURIED ALIVE DVD-R specs:
  • 4:3 open-matte aspect ratio
  • English Dolby Digital 2.0 mono audio

26 April 2011

Intervision has a SLEDGEHAMMER!

On May 10, 2011, Intervision Pictures Corp. in association with Severin Films will release a special edition DVD of the eighties shot-on-video slasher SLEDGEHAMMER, directed by David A. Prior (FELONY) and starring his brother Ted Prior (KILLER WORKOUT).  A group of kids in a backwoods house partying and screwing.  Just throw in a killer with a novel weapon, a synth score, eighties hair and clothes, and you've got a slasher with a cult following rediscovered on DVD.  One of the early shot-on-video slashers produced to take advantage of the of the burgeoning video rental market, SLEDGEHAMMER makes its digital debut loaded with special features!

REVIEW LINK FORTHCOMING!!!

SLEDGEHAMMER DVD specs:
  • 4:3 fullscreen (original aspect ratio) transfer
  • English Dolby Digital 2.0 mono audio
  • Audio Commentary with director David A. Prior
  • Audio Commentary with Bleeding Skull creators Joseph A. Ziemba and Dan Budnik
  • "Hammertime" featurette with Destroy All Movies! author Zack Carlson
  • "SledgehammerLand" featurette with Cinefamily programmers Hadrian Belove and Tom Fitzgerald
  • Interview with director David A. Prior

More "Intervision Pictures Corp." titles at my Amazon aStore.

25 April 2011

Shout Factory's THE RON HOWARD ACTION PACK (2nd review)

I've reviewed Shout Factory's RON HOWARD ACTION PACK over at DVDBeaver (review link HERE).  In EAT MY DUST!,small town boy Howard steals a race car to impress a girl (Christopher Norris, AIRPORT '75).  Corman scripter Charles B. Griffith directs.  In GRAND THEFT AUTO, Howard and Nancy Morgan  are star-crossed lovers who steal her father's limousine and hightail it to Vegas to get hitched before their parents, a jealous boyfriend, a P.I., and bounty hunters can stop them.  Howard's Happy Days mother Marion Ross co-stars along his with real life brother Clint (EVILSPEAK) and father Rance in this rip-roaring family affair.  The late Gary Graver (DOCTOR DRACULA) served as cinematographer, Joe Dante (PIRANHA) edited, and THE TERMINATOR's Jon Davison produced.  Both previously released in old fullscreen transfers by New Concorde and Beuna Vista, Shout Factory's 2-disc set is the only way to really enjoy these!

REVIEW LINK: Shout Factory (USA) Region 0 NTSC DVD at DVDBeaver

RELATED POST:  Shout Factory's THE RON HOWARD ACTION PACK (reviewed)

RELATED POST: Shout Factory unleashes THE RON HOWARD ACTION PACK

EAT MY DUST! DVD specs:
  • 16:9 Anamorphic Widescreen Transfer
  • English Dolby Digital 2.0 mono audio
  • Interview with Ron Howard
  • Leonard Maltin Interviews Roger Corman
  • The Making of EAT MY DUST!
  • Interview with Corman poster artist John Solie
  • Theatrical Trailer

GRAND THEFT AUTO DVD specs:
  • 16:9 Anamorphic Widescreen Transfer
  • English Dolby Digital 2.0 mono audio
  • Audio Commentary by Ron Howard and Roger Corman
  • Audio Commentary with co-writer/actor Rance Howard, Second Unit Director Allan Arkush, Editor Joe Dante, and Key Grip Ben Haller
  • Interview with Rance and Clint Howard
  • Interview with Ron Howard and Roger Corman
  • Leonard Maltin Interviews Roger Corman
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • TV Spots

EISENSTEIN COLLECTION VOL. 1 from Palisades Tartan (reviewed)

I've reviewed Palisades Tartan's SERGEI EISENSTEIN COLLECTION VOLUME ONE featuring his silent masterpieces STRIKE, OCTOBER, and BATTLESHIP POTEMKIN.  STRIKE and BATTLESHIP POTEMKIN feature new scores by Ed Hughes in DTS, Dolby Digital 5.1, and stereo.  The extras include two extra versions of BATTLESHIP POTEMKIN with the Edmund Meisel score and the Nikolai Kryukov score.  Tartan Video originally released the Eisenstein set before they went into administration and the out of print version started commanding high prices.  Now it is back in print from Palisades Tartan.

REVIEW LINK: Palisades Tartan (UK) Region 0 PAL DVDs (DVDBeaver)



STRIKE DVD specs:
  • 4:3 fullscreen original aspect ratio
  • New Ed Hughes Orchestral Score in DTS 5.1, Dolby Digital 5.1 and 2.0 stereo
  • PAL Region 0

BATTLESHIP POTEMKIN DVD specs:
  • 4:3 fullscreen original aspect ratio
  • New Ed Hughes Orchestral Score in DTS 5.1, Dolby Digital 5.1 and 2.0 stereo
  • Behind the Scenes at the Score Recording Sessions
  • Full BATTLESHIP POTEMKIN with the Nikolai Kryukov score (63 minutes)

OCTOBER DVD specs:
  • 4:3 fullscreen original aspect ratio
  • Dimitri Shostakovich Score in Dolby Digital 2.0 mono
  • Full BATTLESHIP POTEMKIN with Edmund Meisel Score (66 minutes)

 RELATED POST: Update the Tags: Palisades Tartan

"Palisades Tartan" releases at my Amazon UK aStore.

23 April 2011

Shout Factory's THE RON HOWARD ACTION PACK (reviewed)

I've reviewed Shout Factory's RON HOWARD ACTION PACK over at DVD Drive-In (review link HERE).  In EAT MY DUST!,small town boy Howard steals a race car to impress a girl (Christopher Norris, AIRPORT '75).  Corman scripter Charles B. Griffith directs.  In GRAND THEFT AUTO, Howard and Nancy Morgan  are star-crossed lovers who steal her father's limousine and hightail it to Vegas to get hitched before their parents, a jealous boyfriend, a P.I., and bounty hunters can stop them.  Howard's Happy Days mother Marion Ross co-stars along his with real life brother Clint (EVILSPEAK) and father Rance in this rip-roaring family affair.  The late Gary Graver (DOCTOR DRACULA) served as cinematographer, Joe Dante (PIRANHA) edited, and THE TERMINATOR's Jon Davison produced.  Both previously released in old fullscreen transfers by New Concorde and Beuna Vista, Shout Factory's 2-disc set is the only way to really enjoy these!

REVIEW LINK: Shout Factory (USA) Region 0 NTSC DVD at DVD Drive-In

RELATED POST: Shout Factory unleashes THE RON HOWARD ACTION PACK

EAT MY DUST! DVD specs:
  • 16:9 Anamorphic Widescreen Transfer
  • English Dolby Digital 2.0 mono audio
  • Interview with Ron Howard
  • Leonard Maltin Interviews Roger Corman
  • The Making of EAT MY DUST!
  • Interview with Corman poster artist John Solie
  • Theatrical Trailer

GRAND THEFT AUTO DVD specs:
  • 16:9 Anamorphic Widescreen Transfer
  • English Dolby Digital 2.0 mono audio
  • Audio Commentary by Ron Howard and Roger Corman
  • Audio Commentary with co-writer/actor Rance Howard, Second Unit Director Allan Arkush, Editor Joe Dante, and Key Grip Ben Haller
  • Interview with Rance and Clint Howard
  • Interview with Ron Howard and Roger Corman
  • Leonard Maltin Interviews Roger Corman
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • TV Spots
RELATED LINK: Update the Tags: Shout Factory

    19 April 2011

    Code Red's THE BEING/COP KILLERS (reviewed)

    Over at DVD Drive-In, I've reviewed Code Red Releasing's Region 0 NTSC Bill Osco double feature of Jackie Kong's THE BEING and Walter R. Cichy's COP KILLERS.  In THE BEING, Osco (as Rexx Coltrane) plays a detective in the small town of Pottsvill, which has been besieged by a ferocious creature making meals of the town citizens.  Is it an alien?  Is it a mutant?  Martin Landau, Jose Ferrer, Dorothy Malone, and Ruth Buzzi star.  In COP KILLERS, Osco and Jason Williams (CHEERLEADERS WILD WEEKEND) play two drug dealing hippies who go on a killing rampage.

    REVIEW LINK: Code Red Releasing (USA) Region 0 NTSC DVD (DVD Drive-In)

    THE BEING/COP KILLERS DVD specs:
    • Audio Commentary on THE BEING by comedian/co-star Johnny Dark (moderated by Marc Edward Heuck)
    • THE BEING theatrical trailer
    • Audio Commentary on COP KILLERS by star Jason Williams (moderated by Adam Trash)
    • Interview with Jason Williams
    • COP KILLERS theatrical trailer
    • Trailers for other Code Red Releasing titles

    Order THE BEING / COP KILLERS HERE!

    RELATED POST: Update the Tags: Code Red Releasing

    "Code Red Releasing" titles at my Amazon aStore.

    15 April 2011

    Shout Factory unleashes THE RON HOWARD ACTION PACK!

    With THE RON HOWARD ACTION PACK, Shout Factory brings two of Ron Howard's "vehicles" for Roger Corman's New World Pictures back onto DVD in new 16:9 anamorphic widescreen transfers loaded with extras.  Forget that DA VINCI CODE crap (see, I didn't do an Amazon link to it, that's how much I dislike the film and the book).  In EAT MY DUST!,small town boy Howard steals a race car to impress a girl (Christopher Norris, AIRPORT '75).  Corman scripter Charles B. Griffith directs.  In GRAND THEFT AUTO, Howard and Nancy Morgan  are star-crossed lovers who steal her father's limousine and hightail it to Vegas to get hitched before their parents, a jealous boyfriend, a P.I., and bounty hunters can stop them.  Howard's Happy Days mother Marion Ross co-stars along his with real life brother Clint (EVILSPEAK) and father Rance in this rip-roaring family affair.  The late Gary Graver (DOCTOR DRACULA) served as cinematographer, Joe Dante (PIRANHA) edited, and THE TERMINATOR's Jon Davison produced.  Both previously released in old fullscreen transfers by New Concorde and Beuna Vista, Shout Factory's 2-disc set is the only way to really enjoy these!

    REVIEW LINK 1: DVDBeaver

    REVIEW LINK 2: DVD Drive-In

    EAT MY DUST! DVD specs:
    • 16:9 Anamorphic Widescreen Transfer
    • English Dolby Digital 2.0 mono audio
    • Interview with Ron Howard
    • Leonard Maltin Interviews Roger Corman
    • The Making of EAT MY DUST!
    • Interview with Corman poster artist John Solie
    • Theatrical Trailer


    GRAND THEFT AUTO DVD specs:
    • 16:9 Anamorphic Widescreen Transfer
    • English Dolby Digital 2.0 mono audio
    • Audio Commentary by Ron Howard and Roger Corman
    • Audio Commentary with co-writer/actor Rance Howard, Second Unit Director Allan Arkush, Editor Joe Dante, and Key Grip Ben Haller
    • Interview with Rance and Clint Howard
    • Interview with Ron Howard and Roger Corman
    • Leonard Maltin Interviews Roger Corman
    • Theatrical Trailer
    • TV Spots
    RELATED LINK: Update the Tags: Shout Factory
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