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26 May 2011

Eureka Video goes FACCIA A FACCIA (review)

I've reviewed Eureka Video's Region 2 PAL DVD of Sergio Sollima's western FACCIA A FACCIA (FACE TO FACE) streeting on June 20, 2011.

REVIEW LINK: Eureka Video (UK) Region 2 PAL DVD (DVDBeaver)



A FISTFUL OF DOLLARS' Gian Maria Volante plays Brad Fletcher, a mild-mannered New England schoolteacher who moves to Texas for his health.  He is taken hostage by wounded outlaw Bennet (Thomas Milian, DJANGO KILL).  Rather than letting him die, Fletcher nurses him back to health and ends up joining him in his efforts to get his gang back together.


FACCIA A FACCIA (FACE TO FACE) DVD specs:
  • 16:9 anamorphic 2.35:1 widescreen transfer
  • Italian Dolby Digital 2.0 mono audio
  • Optional English subtitles
  • Interview with director Sergio Sollima
  • 2 Theatrical Trailers
  • Booklet

25 May 2011

Bounty Films has gotta DEAD HOOKER IN A TRUNK!

I have reviewed Bounty Film's Region 2 PAL DVD of the Soska Sisters' DEAD HOOKER IN A TRUNK streeting May 23rd.  When four quirky characters find a dead hooker in the trunk of their car, they decide to ditch the body, but they are being tracked by the killer.  So begins a surreal road-trip involving necrophilia, bestiality, disembowling, bloody headshots, knocked-out eyeballs, ripped limbs, chainsaws, a cowboy pimp, and God himself!

REVIEW LINK: Bounty Films (UK) Region 2 PAL DVD (DVDBeaver)

DEAD HOOKER IN A TRUNK DVD specs:
  • 16:9 Anamorphic 2.35:1 widescreen transfer
  • English Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo audio
  • Director's Commentary
  • Production Commentary
  • Behind the Scenes
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Conversation with actor Carlos Gallardo
  • Festival Trailer
  • Preview Trailer
  • Theatrical Trailer



    Shout Factory's GIANT ROBOT ACTION PACK (reviewed)

     I have reviewed Shout Factory's GIANT ROBOT ACTION PACK double feature of the Full Moon productions ROBOT WARS and CRASH AND BURN for DVDBeaver.

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



    On June 14, Shout Factory will release the GIANT ROBOT ACTION PACK featuring a double bill of Full Moon Entertainment's ROBOT WARS (with Don Michael Paul, RE-ANIMATOR's Barbara Crampton, and Lisa Rinna) and CRASH AND BURN (with Paul Ganus, Megan Ward, and TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE PART II's Bill Moseley).  In CRASH AND BURN, powerful conglomerate Unicorn has engineered a global economic collapse in 2030 and have sent the murderous human-like robot Synthoid after any dissenters.  Directed by Charles Band.  In ROBOT WARS (a sequel to ROBOT JOX), a foreign dignitary hijacks mega-robot MRAS-2 to crush all opposition.  A pilot, engineer, and archaeologist must revive the  MEGA-1 robot to save the earth.

    GIANT ROBOT ACTION PACK (ROBOT WARS/CRASH AND BURN) DVD specs:
    • 4:3 1.33:1 original aspect ratio transfers
    • English Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo audio
    • Single-sided dual-layer disc
    RELATED LINK: Update the Tags: Shout Factory

      23 May 2011

      Eureka Video's WHO CAN KILL A CHILD (reviewed/compared)

      I have reviewed Eureka Video's DVD of Narcisco Ibanez Serrador's WHO CAN KILL A CHILD (aka ISLAND OF THE DAMNED/DEATH IS CHILD'S PLAY) for DVDBeaver (review HERE) and compared it to the US Dark Sky DVD.

      REVIEW LINK: Eureka Video (UK) Region 2 PAL at DVDBeaver

      WHO CAN KILL A CHILD? (Eureka Video Region 2 PAL) DVD specs:
      • 1.81:1 anamorphic 16:9 transfer
      • English/Spanish Dolby Digital 2.0 mono audio
      • English subtitles for the Spanish dialogue
      • English SDH subtitles
      • Director Interview
      • Cinematographer Interview

      WHO CAN KILL A CHILD? (Dark Sky Region 1 NTSC) DVD specs:
      • 16:9 anamorphic 1.82:1 widescreen transfer
      • English/Spanish Dolby Digital 2.0 mono audio
      • Spanish Dolby Digital 2.0 mono audio
      • English subtitles for the Spanish dialogue
      • Full English subtitles
      • Director Interview
      • Cinematographer Interview
      • Still Gallery

      U.K. Eureka DVD


      U.S. Dark Sky DVD

      18 May 2011

      Shout Factory's GIANT ROBOT ACTION PACK: ROBOT WARS/CRASH AND BURN

      On June 14, Shout Factory will release the GIANT ROBOT ACTION PACK featuring a double bill of Full Moon Entertainment's ROBOT WARS (with Don Michael Paul, RE-ANIMATOR's Barbara Crampton, and Lisa Rinna) and CRASH AND BURN (with Paul Ganus, Megan Ward, and TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE PART II's Bill Moseley).  In CRASH AND BURN, powerful conglomerate Unicorn has engineered a global economic collapse in 2030 and have sent the murderous human-like robot Synthoid after any dissenters.  Directed by Charles Band.  In ROBOT WARS (a sequel to ROBOT JOX), a foreign dignitary hijacks mega-robot MRAS-2 to crush all opposition.  A pilot, engineer, and archaeologist must revive the  MEGA-1 robot to save the earth.

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


      GIANT ROBOT ACTION PACK (ROBOT WARS/CRASH AND BURN) DVD specs:
      • 4:3 1.33:1 original aspect ratio transfers
      • English Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo audio
      • Single-sided dual-layer disc
      RELATED LINK: Update the Tags: Shout Factory


        14 May 2011

        FIGHTING MAD/MOVING VIOLATION from Shout Factory (2nd review)

        I've reviewed Shout Factory's ACTION-PACKED DOUBLE FEATURE of FIGHTING MAD/MOVING VIOLATION for DVDBeaver (review HERE).

        In Jonathan CAGED HEAT Demme's FIGHTING MAD, Peter Fonda plays a farmer who goes to war with corrupt land developers.  Lynn Lowry (SHIVERS) and Scott Glenn (SILENCE OF THE LAMBS) co-star.  In Charles S. Dubin's MOVING VIOLATION, drifter Eddie (Stephen McHattie, PONTYPOOL) and waitress Cam (Kay Lenz, BREEZY) witness a murder and are set up by the local sheriff (Lonny Chapman, THE REIVERS).  Previously available on DVD in unauthorized, inferior PD DVD editions, Shout Factory has brought both these Roger Corman features to DVD in new transfers with new extras!

        FIGHTING MAD/MOVING VIOLATION DVD specs:
        • 16:9 anamorphic 1.78:1 widescreen transfers for both films
        • English Dolby Digital 2.0 mono audio on both films
        • Audio Commentary on FIGHTING MAD with producer Roger Corman, director Jonathan Demme, and actors Peter Fonda and Lynn Lowry
        • Audio Commentary on MOVING VIOLATION with director Charles S. Dublin, producer Julie Corman, and actor Stephen McHattie*
        • Theatrical Trailers and TV spots for both films
        *Roger Corman is listed as a participant in the MOVING VIOLATION commentary, but the covers were printed before the track was recorded.

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

        RELATED LINK: Update the Tags: Shout Factory


        13 May 2011

        Shout Factory's FIGHTING MAD/MOVING VIOLATION (reviewed)

        I've reviewed Shout Factory's ACTION-PACKED DOUBLE FEATURE of FIGHTING MAD/MOVING VIOLATION for DVD Drive-In (review HERE).

        In Jonathan CAGED HEAT Demme's FIGHTING MAD, Peter Fonda plays a farmer who goes to war with corrupt land developers.  Lynn Lowry (SHIVERS) and Scott Glenn (SILENCE OF THE LAMBS) co-star.  In Charles S. Dubin's MOVING VIOLATION, drifter Eddie (Stephen McHattie, PONTYPOOL) and waitress Cam (Kay Lenz, BREEZY) witness a murder and are set up by the local sheriff (Lonny Chapman, THE REIVERS).  Previously available on DVD in unauthorized, inferior PD DVD editions, Shout Factory has brought both these Roger Corman features to DVD in new transfers with new extras!

        FIGHTING MAD/MOVING VIOLATION DVD specs:
        • 16:9 anamorphic 1.78:1 widescreen transfers for both films
        • English Dolby Digital 2.0 mono audio on both films
        • Audio Commentary on FIGHTING MAD with producer Roger Corman, director Jonathan Demme, and actors Peter Fonda and Lynn Lowry
        • Audio Commentary on MOVING VIOLATION with director Charles S. Dublin, producer Julie Corman, and actor Stephen McHattie*
        • Theatrical Trailers and TV spots for both films
        *Roger Corman is listed as a participant in the MOVING VIOLATION commentary, but the covers were printed before the track was recorded.

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

        RELATED LINK: Update the Tags: Shout Factory

        05 May 2011

        Shout Factory is FIGHTING MAD! (Fighting Mad/Moving Violation Action Packed-Double Feature)

        Along with THE RON HOWARD ACTION PACK (review links HERE), Shout Factory is also releasing the action-packed double feature of the Fox pickups FIGHTING MAD/MOVING VIOLATION on May 24, 2011.  In Jonathan CAGED HEAT Demme's FIGHTING MAD, Peter Fonda plays a farmer who goes to war with corrupt land developers.  Lynn Lowry (SHIVERS) and Scott Glenn (SILENCE OF THE LAMBS) co-star.  In Charles S. Dublin's MOVING VIOLATION, drifter Eddie (Stephen McHattie, PONTYPOOL) and waitress Cam (Kay Lenz, BREEZY) witness a murder and are set up by the local sheriff (Lonny Chapman, THE REIVERS).  Previously available on DVD in unauthorized, inferior PD DVD editions, Shout Factory has brought both these Roger Corman features to DVD in new transfers with new extras!

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

        FIGHTING MAD/MOVING VIOLATION DVD specs:
        • 16:9 anamorphic 1.78:1 widescreen transfers for both films
        • English Dolby Digital 2.0 mono audio on both films
        • Audio Commentary on FIGHTING MAD with producer Roger Corman, director Jonathan Demme, and actors Peter Fonda and Lynn Lowry
        • Audio Commentary on MOVING VIOLATION with director Charles S. Dublin, producer Julie Corman, executive producer Roger Corman, and actor Stephen McHattie
        • Theatrical Trailers and TV spots for both films
        REVIEW LINKS FORTHCOMING!

        RELATED LINK: Update the Tags: Shout Factory



        02 May 2011

        Intervision's SLEDGEHAMMER at the (DVD) Drive-In (2nd review)


        I've reviewed Intervision Pictures Corp./Severin Films' will special edition DVD of the eighties shot-on-video slasher SLEDGEHAMMER for DVD Drive-In (review HERE).  Directed by David A. Prior (FELONY) and starring his brother Ted Prior (KILLER WORKOUT), SLEDGEHAMMER follows a group of kids who have come to an isolated 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 DVD (DVD Drive-In)

        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's SLEDGEHAMMER (reviewed - DVDBeaver)

        RELATED LINK: Intervision has a SLEDGEHAMMER!

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