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31 August 2011

Review Archive: MTI Home Video

Here is an index of all of the MTI Home Video titles I have covered thus far.  Check back here for updates or click on the blog label "MTI Home Video" for individual review link posts.

1 IN THE GUN for DVDBeaver
CHAINED: CODE 207 at DVDBeaver
CLOSED FOR THE SEASON at DVDBeaver
NEW! COFFIN at DVDBeaver
CREATURE OF DARKNESS at DVDBeaver 
THE ECHO GAME at DVDBeaver
THE FRANKENSTEIN SYNDROME at DVDBeaver
THE HAUNTING OF AMELIA at DVDBeaver
HOAX FOR THE HOLIDAYS at DVDBeaver
HUNTED BY NIGHT at DVDBeaver
METAMORPHOSIS at DVDBeaver
(Red Rose of Normandy) at DVDBeaver
RESURRECTION COUNTY at DVDBeaver
SAVAGE at DVDBeaver
THE SHADOW WITHIN at DVDBeaver
THE UNDYING at DVDBeaver


29 August 2011

Shout Factory's SWORD AND SORCERY COLLECTION (review)

Shout Factory resurrects four of Roger Corman's memorable barbarian epics in the SWORD AND SORCERY COLLECTION including DEATHSTALKER, DEATHSTALKER II, THE WARRIOR AND THE SORCERESS, and BARBARIAN QUEEN.  Rick Hill (CYBORG 2), Lana Clarkson (FAST TIMES AT RIDGEMONT HIGH), John Terlesky (CHOPPING MALL), Toni Naples (HARD TO DIE), Monique Gabrielle (EMMANUELLE 5), Richard Brooker (FRIDAY THE 13TH 3D), Frank Zagarino (CY WARRIOR), Katt Shea (STRIPPED TO DIE), and David Carradine (CIRCLE OF IRON) star.  Previously released in long out of print fullscreen DVDs, all four films have been given new anamorphic widescreen transfers with new extras.


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

SWORD AND SORCERY COLLECTION DVD specs:
  • 1.78:1 widescreen 16:9 anamorphic transfers for all four films
  • English Dolby Digital 2.0 mono audio
  • Audio Commentary on DEATHSTALKER by producer/director James Sbardellati, make-up effects artist John Carl Buechler, and actor Richard Brooker
  • Audio Commentary on DEATHSTALKER II by director Jim Wynorski and actors Toni Naples and John Terlesky
  • Director's Cut of DEATHSTALKER II
  • Deleted and Extended Scenes for BARBARIAN QUEEN
  • Trailers for all four films plus other Roger Corman productions
  • Still Gallery

RELATED LINK: Update the Tags: Shout Factory

24 August 2011

Code Red and Maria Kanellis are HAUNTED (review)

WWE wrestler/singer Maria Kanellis hosts Code Red's new DVD of the obscure American horror pic HAUNTED starring Ann Michelle (VIRGIN WITCH), Virginia Mayo (CASTLE OF EVIL), Aldo Ray (HAUNTS), and Brad Rearden (SILENT SCREAM).  A British actress' car breaks down at an Arizona movie ranch haunted by the ghost of an Apache woman falsely accused of witchcraft and sent into the desert to die.  A bizarre seventies horror film with a cheesy soundtrack, including the unforgettable theme song "Indian Woman" by Billy Vera!  Read the review at the link below!

REVIEW LINK: Code Red Releasing (US) Region 0 NTSC DVD (DVDBeaver)

MARIA'S B-MOVIE MAYHEM: HAUNTED DVD specs:
  • 1.78:1 anamorphic 16:9 widescreen transfer
  • English Dolby Digital 2.0 mono
  • Interview with actor Jim Nagele
  • Watch with or without introduction and closing remarks by WWE's Maria Kanellis
  • "Fantasy" music video by Maria Kanellis
  • Code Red Trailers
RELATED LINK: Update the Tags: Code Red Releasing

Find MARIA'S B-MOVIE MAYHEM: HAUNTED at Boulevard Movies!

Scorpion Releasing rides a SILVER DREAM RACER (review)

Singer David Essex (STARDUST) plays a down and out motorcycle racer who discovers his dead brother was working on a prototype that will ensure that he can beat his chief rival (Beau Bridges).  Clarke Peters (THE WIRE) and Cristina Raines (THE SENTINEL) also star.  Theme song by David Essex and music score by John Cameron (PSYCHOMANIA).

REVIEW LINK: Scorpion Releasing (US) Region 1 NTSC DVD (DVDBeaver)

SILVER DREAM RACER DVD specs:
  • 2.35:1 anamorphic 16:9 widescreen transfer
  • English Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo audio
  • American Version Ending

RELATED LINK: Update the Tags: Scorpion Releasing

Scorpion Releasing visits GREASER'S PALACE (review)

Allan Arbus (you may remember him as the visiting shrink on the series M*A*S*H) plays Jesse, a zoot-suited messiah who parachutes into the middle of the wild, wild, west in Robert Downey Sr.'s bizarre GREASER'S PALACE.  Jesse heals the stick, raises the dead, and walks on water, but what he really wants to be is a star.  He's on his way to Jerusalem to meet his agent "Morris" who may just be the devil, but first he has to face Greaser who demands entertainment and shoots those who fail.  Luana Anders (DEMENTIA 13), Don Calfa (RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD), and a topless Toni Basil (remember the song "Hey Mickey") also star.

REVIEW LINK: Scorpion Releasing (US) Region 0 NTSC DVD (DVDBeaver)

GREASER'S PALACE DVD specs:
  • 1.78:1 anamorphic 16:9 widescreen transfer
  • English Dolby Digital 2.0 mono audio
  • Interview with director Robert Downey Sr.
RELATED LINK: Update the Tags: Scorpion Releasing

Arrow Films visits BLACK HEAVEN (review)

Director Gilles Marchand (WHO KILLED BAMBI?) and co-writer Dominik Moll (LEMMING) return to the thriller genre with BLACK HEAVEN.  When a pair of young lovers answer a lost cellphone, they become caught up in a mystery involving suicides and a mysterious online virtual world called Black Hole.  Grégoire Leprince-Ringuet (LA BELLE PERSONE), Pauline Etienne (PRIVATE LESSONS), Louise Bourgoin (THE EXTRAORDINARY ADVENTURES OF ADELE BLANC-SEC), and Melvil Poupaud (HIDEAWAY) star.

REVIEW LINK: Arrow Films (UK) Region 2 PAL DVD vs IFC/MPI (US) Region 1 NTSC DVD (DVDBeaver)

BLACK HEAVEN DVD specs:
  • 2.35:1 anamorphic 16:9 widescreen transfer
  • French Dolby Digtial 2.0 stereo audio
  • English subtitles
RELATED LINK: Update the Tags: Arrow Video

21 August 2011

Code Red is HAUNTED (review)

WWE wrestler/singer Maria Kanellis hosts Code Red's new DVD of the obscure American horror pic HAUNTED starring Ann Michelle (VIRGIN WITCH), Virginia Mayo (CASTLE OF EVIL), Aldo Ray (HAUNTS), and Brad Rearden (SILENT SCREAM).  A British actress' car breaks down at an Arizona movie ranch haunted by the ghost of an Apache woman falsely accused of witchcraft and sent into the desert to die.  A bizarre seventies horror film with a cheesy soundtrack, including the unforgettable theme song "Indian Woman" by Billy Vera!  Read the review at the link below!

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

MARIA'S B-MOVIE MAYHEM: HAUNTED DVD specs:
  • 1.78:1 anamorphic 16:9 widescreen transfer
  • English Dolby Digital 2.0 mono
  • Interview with actor Jim Nagele
  • Watch with or without introduction and closing remarks by WWE's Maria Kanellis
  • "Fantasy" music video by Maria Kanellis
  • Code Red Trailers
RELATED LINK: Update the Tags: Code Red Releasing

Find MARIA'S B-MOVIE MAYHEM: HAUNTED at Boulevard Movies!

More from Raro USA in 2011!

After an impressive roster of releases in the earlier half of the year, Raro Video USA/eOne is not done yet.  They've still got these tantalizing titles for the remainder of 2011!

Federico Fellini's CLOWNS (I Clowns) on Blu-Ray 9/13
Paolo Solvay's NUDE FOR SATAN (Nuda per Satana) 9/13
Riccardo Freda's MURDER OBSESSION 10/11
CRIME OF LOVE (Delitto D'Amore) 10/22
Lamberto Bava's BODY PUZZLE (Misteria) 11/22
COME HAVE COFFEE WITH US (Venga a Prendere il Caffe da Noi) 11/22
THE OVERCOAT (Il Cappotto) 12/6

I've already covered prior Raro titles here:
Update the Tags: Raro Video

18 August 2011

It's MIDNIGHT at Arrow Video (review)

On September 5, John Russo's slasher MIDNIGHT hits Region 0 PAL DVD in the UK totally uncut.  Nancy runs away from her handsy stepfather and gets picked up by two guys on their way to spring break in Florida.  They shoplift and get chased by the cops and hide out in the backwoods where they run into a family of Satanic rednecks.  John Amplas (George Romero's MARTIN) and Laurence Tierney (THE PROWLER) star.

REVIEW LINK: Arrow Video (UK) Region 0 PAL DVD (DVDBeaver)

MIDNIGHT DVD specs:
  • 1.33:1 original aspect ratio
  • English Dolby Digital 2.0 mono
  • Interview with actor John Amplas
  • Interview with writer/director John Russo
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Introduction by John Amplas
  • Easter Egg
  • Liner Notes Booklet by Stephen Thrower of NIGHTMARE USA
  • Double-sided cover
  • Fold-out, double-sided poster
RELATED LINK: Update the Tags: Arrow Video

Raro USA gets "the rage" with Pasolini and Guareschi's LA RABBIA (review)

Raro Video USA/eOne's NTSC Region 0 DVD of THE ANGER (LA RABBIA) has hit DVD in a packed special edition.  A left-wing filmmaker (SALO's Pier Paolo Pasolini) and a right-wing nutjob "humorist" (DON CAMILLO author Giovannino Guareschi) tackle the question of why "our lives are dominated by discontent, by anguish, by fear of war, by war" in two films made up entirely of footage from newreels and short film (Pasolini's segment is narrated by GARDEN OF THE FINZI CONTINI author Giorgio Bassani).  Pasolini cries out for the proletariat while Guareschi offends any and all pining for Nazis, fascists, the colonies, and decries the permissiveness of cinema and the existence of "the third sex."

REVIEW LINK: Raro Video/eOne (USA) Region 0 NTSC DVD (DVDBeaver)

LA RABBIA (THE ANGER) DVD specs:
  • 1.33:1 fullscreen 4:3 original aspect ratio transfer
  • Italian Dolby Digital 2.0 mono audio
  • Optional English subtitles
  • "The Anger 1, The Anger 2, The Anger 3... Arabia" documentary (71 minutes)
  • Short Film: The Walls of Sana'a
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Original Trailer
  • Original Trailer (color)
  • Pasolini Trailer
  • Guereschi Trailer
  • 21 page booklet
RELATED LINK: Update the Tags: Raro Video

Review Archive: Raro Video USA

Here is a list of all of my Raro USA/eOne reviews.  In addition to individual posts about new reviews of Raro production, keep checking back here for the master list.

THE ANGER (La Rabbia) at DVDBeaver
BODY PUZZLE (Misteria) at DVD Drive-In / DVDBeaver
THE BOSS (Il Boss/Murder Inferno/Wipeout) at DVDBeaver / DVD Drive-In
CALIBER 9 (Milano Calibro 9/The Contract) at DVDBeaver / DVD Drive-In
FERNANDO DI LEO CRIME COLLECTION (Caliber 9/The Boss/The Italian Connection/Rulers of the City) at DVDBeaver / DVD Drive-In
I CLOWNS at DVDBeaver
THE ITALIAN COLLECTION (La Mala Ordina/Manhunt/Black Kingpin/Hired to Kill) at DVDBeaver / DVD Drive-In
LIVE LIKE A COP, DIE LIKE A MAN (Uomini si nasce poliziotti si muore) at DVDBeaver / DVD Drive-In
MADNESS (Vacanze per un Massacro) at DVD Drive-In / DVDBeaver
MURDER OBSESSION (Follia Omicida) at DVD Drive-In / DVDBeaver
NIGHT OF THE DEVILS at DVDBeaver
PERFUME OF THE LADY IN BLACK (Il Profumo della signora in nero) at DVDBeaver / DVD Drive-In
PLOT OF FEAR (E Tante Paura) at DVD Drive-In / DVDBeaver
RULERS OF THE CITY (I Padroni della Citta/Mister Scarface) at DVDBeaver / DVD Drive-In
OUT NOW! SACRIFICE! (The Man from Deep River) Blu-ray at DVD Drive-in
THE SECRET OF DORIAN GRAY (Il Dio Chiamato Dorian) at DVDBeaver / DVD Drive-In
OUT MAY 27! SHOOT FIRST, DIE LATER at DVD Drive-in
TO BE TWENTY (Avere Vent'Anni) at DVD Drive-In / DVDBeaver
THE VANQUISHED (I Vinti) at DVDBeaver
WAVES OF LUST (Ondata di Piacere) at DVDBeaver / DVD Drive-In
OUT NOW! WEREWOLF WOMAN at DVDBeaver
YOUNG, VIOLENT, DESPERATE (Liberi, Armati, Pericolosi) at DVD Drive-In / DVDBeaver

17 August 2011

Arrow Video goes to PIECES (review)

It's exactly what you think it is!  Arrow Video's new Region 0 PAL DVD celebrates another film that would never have gotten through uncut in the video nasty days.  Juan Piquer Simon's absurdly gory Spanish slasher - produced by SLAUGHTER HIGH and DON'T OPEN TILL CHRISTMAS' Dick Randall and Steve Minasian - PIECES stars Christopher George  (CITY OF THE LIVING DEAD) and Lynda Day George (MORTUARY) as cops investigating a series of chainsaw dismemberments at a Boston college.  Edmund Purdom (THE FIFTH CORD), Frank Brana (RETURN OF THE EVIL DEAD) and Jack Taylor (GRAVEYARD OF HORROR) co-star.

REVIEW LINK: Arrow Video (UK) Region 0 PAL DVD vs Grindhouse Releasing (USA) Region 0 NTSC DVD at DVDBeaver

PIECES DVD specs:
  • 16:9 anamorphic 1.66:1 widescreen transfer
  • English and Spanish Dolby Digital 2.0 mono audio
  • Optional English subtitles
  • Introduction by actor Jack Taylor
  • Audio Commentary by Fangoria Magazine's Tony Timpone
  • Interview with Jack Taylor
  • Deconstructing PIECES featuring Fangoria's Michael Gingold, filmmaker Howard Berger, producer Scott Spiegel, and horror Santos J. Ellin
  • Liner Notes booklet by Stephen Thrower
  • Reversible Cover
  • Double-sided Fold-out Poster

RELATED LINK: Update the Tags: Arrow Video

16 August 2011

Cult Epics extends Radley Metzger's CAMILLE 2000(review)

Radley Metzger's erotic masterpiece CAMILLE 2000 has finally hit DVD in a transfer worthy of the format.  Mastered in high definition, Cult Epics DVD features an extended cut of the film in a new 16:9 transfer with an audio commentary by Metzger and a wealth of extras.  Nino Castelnuovo (STRIP NUDE FOR THE KILLER), Daniele Gaubert (SKIJOB), Silvana Venturelli (THE LICKERISH QUARTET), and Robert Bisacco (TORSO) star.

REVIEW LINK: Cult Epics (US) Region 0 NTSC DVD (DVD Drive-In)

CAMILLE 2000 (extended version) DVD specs:
  • Never-before-released extended version
  • Restored high definition transfer
  • 16:9 anamorphic 2.35:1 widescreen
  • English Dolby Digital 2.0 mono
  • Audio Commentary by Radley Metzger, moderated by Michael Bowen
  • On the set of CAMILLE 2000
  • Sylviana's bare striptease (cut from the final version)
  • Cube Love Scene - newly discovered alternate take
  • Restoration of CAMILLE 2000 featurette
  • Trailers
RELATED LINK: Update the Tags: Cult Epics

    15 August 2011

    Palisades Tartan's SWORD IN THE MOON (announcement)

    SWORD IN THE MOON on Region 2 PAL DVD August 15 from Palisades Tartan.  "From commercially successful Korean director Eui-seok Kim (THE MARRIAGE LIFE, HOLIDAY IN SEOUL) and starring, Jae-hyeon Jo (BAD GUY, THE ISLE) and Min-su Choi (LIBERA ME,
    PHANTOM: THE SUBMARINE), comes SWORD IN THE MOON, a historical martial arts saga featuring lush cinematography, spectacular fight choreography and masterfully orchestrated battlefield swordplay from Hong Kong’s prolific action choreographer Yuen Bin (THROW DOWN) and Korean martial arts legend Weon Jin (MY WIFE IS A GANGSTER).  The film also gained recognition and praise at Cannes as an Official Selection in the Un Certain Regard section."*


    * FROM PRESS RELEASE

    NOTE: stock of this title was damaged in the Sony DADC warehouse fire.  It has been re-pressed and a new street date is forthcoming.

    SWORD IN THE MOON DVD specs:
    • 2.35:1 16:9 anamorphic widescreen transfer
    • Korean Dolby Digital 5.1 surround
    • English subtitles

    Raro Video's LIVE LIKE A COP, DIE LIKE A MAN (review)

    Ray Lovelock (LIVING DEAD AT MANCHESTER MORGUE) and Marc Porel (THE PSYCHIC) are two badass cops with criminal tendencies who like to put perps away... permanently in CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST director Ruggero Deodato's LIVE LIKE A COP, DIE LIKE A MAN on Region 0 NTSC DVD from Raro Video USA/eOne.  Silvia Dionisio (MURDER OBSESSION), Renato Salvatori (TWO WOMEN), Adolfo Celi (THE BOSS), Franco Citti (OEDIPUS REX) and Marino Mase (LADY FRANKENSTEIN) also star.  Click on the review link below!

    REVIEW LINK: Raro Video USA/eOne (US) Region 0 NTSC DVD (DVDBeaver)

    LIVE LIKE A COP, DIE LIKE A MAN DVD specs:
    • 16:9 anamorphic 1.85:1 widescreen transfer
    • English and Italian Dolby Digital 2.0 mono audio
    • Optional English subtitles
    • "Violent Cops" featurette with Ruggero Deodato, Ray Lovelock, Al Cliver, Gilberto Galimberti, and others
    • Vintage TV commercials directed by Ruggero Deodato (with commentary)
    • Filmography/Biography
    • Liner Notes Insert 
    RELATED LINK: Update the Tags: Raro Video

      Raro Video's LIVE LIKE A COP, DIE LIKE A MAN (review)

      Ray Lovelock (LIVING DEAD AT MANCHESTER MORGUE) and Marc Porel (THE PSYCHIC) are two badass cops with criminal tendencies who like to put perps away... permanently in CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST director Ruggero Deodato's LIVE LIKE A COP, DIE LIKE A MAN on Region 0 NTSC DVD from Raro Video USA/eOne.  Silvia Dionisio (MURDER OBSESSION), Renato Salvatori (TWO WOMEN), Adolfo Celi (THE BOSS), Franco Citti (OEDIPUS REX) and Marino Mase (LADY FRANKENSTEIN) also star.  Click on the review link below!

      REVIEW LINK: Raro Video USA/eOne (US) Region 0 NTSC DVD (DVD Drive-In)

      LIVE LIKE A COP, DIE LIKE A MAN DVD specs:
      • 16:9 anamorphic 1.85:1 widescreen transfer
      • English and Italian Dolby Digital 2.0 mono audio
      • Optional English subtitles
      • "Violent Cops" featurette with Ruggero Deodato, Ray Lovelock, Al Cliver, Gilberto Galimberti, and others
      • Vintage TV commercials directed by Ruggero Deodato (with commentary)
      • Filmography/Biography
      • Liner Notes Insert 
      RELATED LINK: Update the Tags: Raro Video

        12 August 2011

        Code Red's JULIE DARLING (another review)

        New stempother Sybil Danning (CHAINED HEAT)  squares off against against "bad seed" stepdaughter Isabelle Mejias (SCANNERS II) in Paul Nicolas' JULIE DARLING (aka DAUGHTER OF DEATH).  Anthony Franciosa (TENEBRE) co-stars as "Daddy."

        REVIEW LINK: Code Red Releasing (US) Region 0 NTSC DVD (DVDBeaver)

        JULIE DARLING DVD specs:
        • 16:9 anamorphic widescreen transfer mastered in HD from the 35mm interpositive
        • English Dolby Digital 2.0 mono audio
        • Interview with Sybil Danning
        • Interview with Isabelle Mejias
        • Audio Commentary with Isabelle Mejias
        • Audio Commentary with Sybil Danning
        • Trailers for other Code Red titles
        RELATED LINK: Update the Tags: Code Red Releasing

        11 August 2011

        Raro Video's THE SECRET OF DORIAN GRAY (review)

        Raro Video USA and eOne continue their Italian exploitation releases with a new transfer of Massimo Dallamano's THE SECRET OF DORIAN GRAY (Il Dio Chiamato Dorian) starring Helmut Berger (SALON KITTY), Herbert Lom (COUNT DRACULA), Maria Rohm (DE SADE 70), Marie Liljedahl (INGA), Margaret Lee (VENUS IN FURS), Richard Todd (ASYLUM), and Beryl Cunningham (ISLAND OF THE FISHMEN).

        REVIEW LINK: Raro Video/eOne (USA) Region 0 NTSC DVD (DVD Drive-In)

        THE SECRET OF DORIAN GRAY DVD specs:
        • New high definition 16:9 transfer
        • 1.66:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer
        • English and Italian Dolby Digital 2.0 mono
        • Optoinal English subtitles
        • Assistant Director Interview
        • Liner Notes Booklet
        RELATED LINK: Update the Tags: Raro Video

          10 August 2011

          Eureka Video inaugurates Pedro Costa as one of the Masters of Cinema with COLOSSAL YOUTH (review)

          With their upcoming August 22 Region 0 PAL DVD release of COLOSSAL YOUTH in a special edition 2-disc set, Eureka Video have added Portuguese filmmaker Pedro Costa to their roster of "Masters of Cinema." Eureka's Masters of Cinema 2-disc edition features a wealth of supplemental material, including a fabulous 56-page critical booklet and a new 2-hour documentary on Costa.

          REVIEW LINK: Eureka Video/Masters of Cinema (UK) Region 0 PAL DVD (DVDBeaver)

          COLOSSAL YOUTH DVD specs:
          • 1.33:1 original aspect ratio transfer at director-approved 25 fps playback
          • Portuguese Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo
          • Optional English subtitles
          • Pedro Costa on COLOSSAL YOUTH (16:9; 16:08)
          • Theatrical Trailer
          • TARRAFAL short film (2007; 17 minutes)
          • THE RABBIT HUNTERS short film (2007; 22 minutes)
          • O NOSSO HOMEM short film (2010; 24 minutes)
          • FINDING THE CRIMINAL documentary by Craig Keller (2008; 117 minutes)
          • 56-page booket featuring writing by French philosopher Jacques Rancière, an essay by Joao Bénard da Costa, a facsimile reproduction of Ventura's letter from the film, and more

          Raro USA reveals THE SECRET OF DORIAN GRAY (review/comparison)

          Raro Video USA and eOne continue their Italian exploitation releases with a new transfer of Massimo Dallamano's THE SECRET OF DORIAN GRAY (Il Dio Chiamato Dorian) starring Helmut Berger (SALON KITTY), Herbert Lom (COUNT DRACULA), Maria Rohm (DE SADE 70), Marie Liljedahl (INGA), Margaret Lee (VENUS IN FURS), Richard Todd (ASYLUM), and Beryl Cunningham (ISLAND OF THE FISHMEN).  I've reviewed and compared the new disc with the Italian import.

          REVIEW LINK: Raro USA/eOne (USA) Region 0 NTSC vs Raro Video (IT) Region 2 PAL (DVDBeaver)

          THE SECRET OF DORIAN GRAY Raro USA DVD specs:
          • New high definition transfer
          • 1.66:1 anamorphic 16:9 widescreen
          • English and Italian Dolby Digital 2.0 mono tracks
          • Assistant Director Interview
          • Liner Notes Booklet

          IL DIO CHIAMATO DORIAN Raro Italy DVD specs:
          • 1.85:1 anamorphic 16:9 widescreen
          • English and Italian Dolby Digital 2.0 mono audio
          • Assistant Director Interview
          • Liner Notes Booklet
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            08 August 2011

            Sybil Danning vs JULIE DARLING (review)

            New stempother Sybil Danning (CHAINED HEAT)  squares off against against "bad seed" stepdaughter Isabelle Mejias (SCANNERS II) in Paul Nicolas' JULIE DARLING (aka DAUGHTER OF DEATH).  Anthony Franciosa (TENEBRE) co-stars as "Daddy."

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

            JULIE DARLING DVD specs:
            • 16:9 anamorphic widescreen transfer mastered in HD from the 35mm interpositive
            • English Dolby Digital 2.0 mono audio
            • Interview with Sybil Danning
            • Interview with Isabelle Mejias
            • Audio Commentary with Isabelle Mejias
            • Audio Commentary with Sybil Danning
            • Trailers for other Code Red titles
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            Arrow Academy explores THE GARDEN OF THE FINZI CONTINI (review)

            Out today on Region 0 PAL DVD in the UK is Arrow Academy's special edition DVD of Vittorio De Sica's Academy Award-winning* THE GARDEN OF THE FINZI CONTINI starring Lino Capolicchio (HOUSE WITH THE LAUGHING WINDOWS), Dominique Sanda (THE CONFORMIST), Fabio Testi (WHAT HAVE YOU DONE TO SOLANGE?), Helmut Berger (SALON KITTY), and Romolo Valli (THE LEOPARD).  As war approaches, the Italian Jewish community in Ferrara, Italy try to ignore their diminishing rights and growing persecution, particularly the wealthy Finzi Contini family who rarely leave their idyllic estate.


            *Best Foreign Film Winner, Nominated Best Screenplay

            REVIEW LINK: Arrow Academy (UK) Region 0 PAL DVD (DVDBeaver)


            THE GARDEN OF THE FINZI CONTINI DVD specs:
            • 1.85:1 anamorphic 16:9 widescreen transfer
            • Italian Dolby Digital 2.0 mono audio
            • Optional English Subtitles
            • Interview with star Lino Capolicchio
            • Interview with screenwriter Ugo Pirro
            • Interview with composer Manuel De Sica
            • Original Trailer
            • Booklet featuring an essay by Italian cinema expert Christopher Wagstaff, translated comments by Manuel De Sica and Ugo Pirro, and a reprinted 1972 interview with Vittorio De Sica
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              02 August 2011

              Deweyvision goes Sarno with MARCY (another review)

              Code Red and Deweyvision have rescued Joseph Sarno's little-seen 1969 feature MARCY
              Marcy's decision to take in pretty June to live with her on her father's farm sparks rumors of lesbianism in the community and she must choose between exploring her sexuality and rekindling a relationship with a married old flame.  Transferred from the only known surviving print of the film.

              REVIEW LINK: Deweyvision (US) Region 0 NTSC DVD (DVDBeaver)

              MARCY DVD specs:
              • 16:9 anamorphic widescreen 1.78:1 transfer
              • English Dolby Digital 2.0 mono audio
              • Audio Commentary with Sarno associate Gino Colbert, moderated by David DeCoteau

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              Encounter ghostly horrors in CLOSED FOR THE SEASON (review)

              Aimee Brooks (MONSTER MAN) and Damien Maffei (CHRISTMAS WITH THE DEAD) are trapped in a haunted amusement park in Jay Woefel's CLOSED FOR THE SEASON, coming in August from MTI Home Video.  Joe Unger (ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK) also stars. 

              REVIEW LINK: MTI Home Video (US) Region 1 NTSC DVD (DVDBeaver)

              CLOSED FOR THE SEASON DVD specs:*
              • 16:9 anamorphic 2.35:1 widescreen transfer
              • English Dolby Digital 5.1 audio
              • Optional Spanish subtitles
              • Trailers
              • Deleted Scenes
              • Behind the Scenes


              * my review source was a screener DVD which did not have the special features listed above
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