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29 June 2011

Saturn Productions goes WHERE TIME BEGAN and has an ENCOUNTER WITH THE UNKNOWN (review)

Saturn Productions brings us another EXPLOITATION CINEMA duo of Saturday Matinee classics with WHERE TIME BEGAN/ENCOUNTER WITH THE UNKNOWN.  Narrated by Rod Serling, ENCOUNTER WITH THE UNKNOWN is a trio of eerie tales.  A grieving mother curses the three fratboys who caused the accidental death of her son, a young boy discovers the entrance to a subterranean cave from which monstrous noises emanate, and a motorist picks up a ghostly girl on a bridge.  In WHERE TIME BEGAN, a professor, his niece, and her suitor join an explorer and a shepherd on a FABULOUS JOURNEY TO THE CENTER OF THE EARTH.  Directed by Juan Picquer Simon (PIECES, SLUGS), WHERE TIME BEGAN stars Kenneth More (A NIGHT TO REMEMBER), Frank Brana (RETURN OF THE EVIL DEAD), and Jack Taylor (GHOST GALLEON).

REVIEW LINK: Saturn Productions (USA) Region 0 NTSC DVD (DVDBeaver)

EXPLOITATION CINEMA: WHERE TIME BEGAN/ENCOUNTER WITH THE UNKNOWN DVD specs:
  • 1.78:1 16:9 anamorphic widescreen transfers for both films
  • English Dolby Digital 2.0 for both films
  • More Exploitation Cinema trailers

ORDER EXPLOITATION CINEMA: WHERE TIME BEGAN/ENCOUNTER WITH THE UNKNOWN HERE!


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26 June 2011

Inception has EVIL THINGS in August! (review)


In the tradition of QUARANTINE and PARANORMAL ACTIVITY comes Dominic Perez's EVIL THINGS (on NTSC Region 1 DVD on August 9, 2011).  Cassy, Mark, Tanya, Leo, and Miriam head out to a remote country home in the snowy wilderness for Miriam's 21st birthday party.  48 hours later, they have all vanished, and the only clue is what was captured on Leo's video camera.

REVIEW LINK: Inception Media Group (USA) Region 1 NTSC DVD (DVDBeaver)

EVIL THINGS DVD specs:*
  • 16:9 anamorphic 1.78:1 transfer
  • English Dolby Digital 5.1 audio
* No extra features have been confirmed as of this date.



23 June 2011

Icon Entertainment unleashes THE PACK on DVD (review)

On July 4, Icon Entertainment will release Franck Richard's THE PACK (La Meute) on Region 2 PAL DVD.  Emilie Dequenne (FISSURES) and hitcher Benjamin Biolay take a wrong turn and wind up at La Spack, the backwoods diner where proprietor Yolande Moreau (MICMACS) serves up unsuspecting motorists to "The Pack."  Part torture porn, part monster siege, all gory!


REVIEW LINK: Icon Home Entertainment (UK) Region 2 PAL DVD (DVDBeaver)


THE PACK DVD specs:
  • 16:9 anamorphic widescreen 1.85:1 transfer
  • French Dolby Digital 5.1 audio
  • Burnt-in English subtitles
  • "The Artist at Work: Creating THE PACK" featurette
  • Theatrical Trailer

21 June 2011

Another WOMEN IN PRISON TRIPLE FEATURE review (DVDBeaver)

This July, Panik House returns with a 2-disc triple feature of women in prison!  Linda Blair (HELL NIGHT) stars in CHAINED HEAT (presented for the first time uncut on US DVD) as a woman sentenced to 18 months in a federal prison run by a sadistic warden (John Vernon, ANIMAL HOUSE).  Sybil Danning, Stella Stevens, and Tamara Dobson also star.  Linda Blair returns in RED HEAT as a tourist wrongly confined to an East German prison.  This time EMMANUELLE's Sylvia Kristel is the warden.  Finally, in JUNGLE WARRIORS, Sybil Danning and a group of models face off against a jungle drug lord (Paul Smith, PIECES).  Marjoe Gortner (BOBBIE JO AND THE OUTLAW) and John Vernon also star.


DVD REVIEW: Panik House Entertainment (USA) Region 0 NTSC DVD (DVDBeaver)

WOMEN IN PRISON TRIPLE FEATURE DVD specs:
  • 16:9 1.78:1 widescreen presentations for all 3 films!
  • English Dolby Digital 2.0 mono audio
  • Theatrical Trailers
  • Video Interviews with Stella Stevens and Sybil Danning
  • Introductions by Mr. Skin

Arrow Video TENEBRAE (review)

On June 28, Arrow Video will release a Region 0 PAL DVD and Region Free Blu-Ray of Dario Argento's 1982 return to the giallo TENEBRAE.  Anthony Franciosa (JULIE DARLING) plays a crime writer promoting his book in Rome when a killer starts slicing and dicing women in a bizarre tribute to the writer.  Daria Nicolodi (INFERNO), Giuliano Gemma (DAY OF ANGER), John Saxon (NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET), Carola Stagnaro (OPERA), Mirella D'Angelo (CALIGULA), and Christian Boromeo (HOUSE ON THE EDGE OF THE PARK) star.  SUSPRIA's cinematographer Luciano Tovoli lends TENEBAE a very different look and Goblin members Claudio Simonetti, Fabio Pignatelli, and Massimo Morante contribute the memorable score.

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

TENEBRAE DVD specs:
  • 16:9 anamorphic 1.85:1 widescreen transfer
  • English Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo and Italian Dolby Digital 2.0 mono
  • Audio Commentary by Alan Jones and Kim Newman
  • Audio Commentary by Thomas Rostock
  • Daria Nicolodi Remembers TENEBRAE
  • Interview with Dario Argento
  • Interview with Claudio Simonetti
  • Goblin perform TENEBRAE and PHENOMENA live at the Glasgow Arches
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Four Sleeve Art Options
  • Double-sided fold-out poster
  • Collector's Booklet by Alan Jones

More Arrow Video reviews at Update the Tags: Arrow Video.

20 June 2011

Severin Films has a BLOODY BIRTHDAY (2nd review)

On June 28, Severin Films will release Ed Hunt's killer kid flick BLOODY BIRTHDAY (1981) starring Lori Lethin (RETURN TO HORROR HIGH), Elizabeth Hoy (HOSPITAL MASSACRE), Billy Jacoby (SUPERSTITION), Andy Freeman (BEYOND WITCH MOUNTAIN), Susan Strasberg (THE MANITOU), Jose Ferrer (THE BEING), and Julie Brown (CLUELESS).  Joe Penny (TV's JAKE AND THE FATMAN) and Michael Dudikoff (AMERICAN NINJA) also star.  Julie Brown pops her top in this bit of eighties drive-in horror.  I have reviewed Severin's DVD (and compared it with the old VCI release) over at DVD Drive-In.

REVIEW LINK: Severin Films (US) Region 0 NTSC DVD (DVD Drive-In)

BLOODY BIRTHDAY DVD specs:
  • 16:9 anamorphic 1.78:1 widescreen transfer
  • English Dolby Digital 2.0 mono audio
  • Audio Interview with director Ed Hunt
  • Interview with actress Lori Lethin
  • Other Severin Films Trailers
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17 June 2011

Severin Films has NIGHTMARES (2nd review)

On June 28, Severin Films will release John Lamond's Australian slasher film NIGHTMARES (released in the US as STAGE FRIGHT, not to be confused with the Italian Michele Soavi slasher).  Jenny Neumann (HELL NIGHT) plays an American actress auditioning for a play in Australia.  Soon the cast and crew are being stalked by a killer wielding shards of glass.  Max Phipps (THIRST), Gary Sweet (TV's BLUE MURDER), and Briony Behets (LONG WEEKEND) co-star.

REVIEW LINK: Severin Films (USA) Region 0 NTSC DVD (DVD Drive-In)

NIGHTMARES DVD specs:
  • 16:9 anamorphic 2.35:1 widescreen transfer
  • English Dolby Digital 2.0 mono
  • Audio Commentary by director John Lamond and NOT QUITE HOLLYWOOD's Mark Hartley
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • "A Brief History of Slasher Films" featurette
  • John Lamond Trailer Reel
  • Trailers for BLOODY MOON, HORROR EXPRESS, and PSYCHOMANIA

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15 June 2011

Severin is having THE BABY (review)

On June 28, Severin Films will release Ted Post's disturbing PG psychodrama THE BABY on DVD.  It has already come out once from Image Entertainment, but Severin's edition is a new 16:9 anamorphic transfer with audio interviews with the film's director and star.  I have reviewed Severin's DVD over at DVDBeaver (and compared it to the fullscreen edition from Geneon).  Anjanette Comer (DEAD OF NIGHT), Ruth Roman (STRANGERS ON A TRAIN), Michael Pataki (GRAVE OF THE VAMPIRE), and Marianna HILL (MESSIAH OF EVIL) star.

REVIEW LINK: Severin Films (US) Region 0 NTSC DVD (DVDBeaver)

THE BABY DVD specs:
  • 16:9 anamorphic 1.78:1 widescreen transfer
  • English Dolby Digital 2.0 mono audio
  • Audio Interview with director Ted Post
  • Audio Interview with actor David Manzy
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Other Severin Films Trailers
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Linda Blair is badass (again) in SAVAGE STREETS (review)

On June 20, Arrow Video will release Danny Steinmann's SAVAGE STREETS on DVD, uncut for the first time in the UK.  Linda Blair (CHAINED HEAT) plays Brenda, the leader of the girl gang The Satins who cross paths with the rape-happy guy group The Scars.  When The Scars beat and rape Brenda's sister (Linnea Quigley, NIGHT OF THE DEMONS), Brenda picks up the crossbow (and other deadly weapons) and hunts The Scars down one by one.  Arrow's DVD features a ton of extras including three commentaries, five interviews, the film's theatrical trailer, and a collector's booklet.

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

SAVAGE STREETS DVD specs:
  • 16:9 anamorphic 1.84:1 widescreen transfer
  • English Dolby Digital 2.0 mono
  • Audio Commentary with director Danny Steinmann
  • Audio Commentary with producer John Strong and actors Robert Dryer and Johnny Venocour
  • Audio Commentary with cinematographer Stephen Posey and actors Robert Dryer and Sal Landi
  • Confessions of a Teenage Vigilante: interview with Linda Blai
  • Heather Speaks: interview with Linnea Quigley
  • Producer John Strong interview
  • Actor Johnny Venocur interview
  • Actor Robert Dryer interview
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Collector's Booklet
  • Reversible Sleeve
  • Double-sided fold-out poster
More Arrow Video reviews at Update the Tags: Arrow Video.

13 June 2011

Severin has a BLOODY BIRTHDAY (review)

On June 28, Severin Films will release Ed Hunt's killer kid flick BLOODY BIRTHDAY (1981) starring Lori Lethin (RETURN TO HORROR HIGH), Elizabeth Hoy (HOSPITAL MASSACRE), Billy Jacoby (SUPERSTITION), Andy Freeman (BEYOND WITCH MOUNTAIN), Susan Strasberg (THE MANITOU), Jose Ferrer (THE BEING), and Julie Brown (CLUELESS).  Joe Penny (TV's JAKE AND THE FATMAN) and Michael Dudikoff (AMERICAN NINJA) also star.  Julie Brown pops her top in this bit of eighties drive-in horror.  I have reviewed Severin's DVD (and compared it with the old VCI release) over at DVDBeaver.

REVIEW LINK: Severin Films (US) Region 0 NTSC DVD vs VCI Home Video (US) Region 0 NTSC DVD (DVDBeaver)

BLOODY BIRTHDAY DVD specs:
  • 16:9 anamorphic 1.78:1 widescreen transfer
  • English Dolby Digital 2.0 mono audio
  • Audio Interview with director Ed Hunt
  • Interview with actress Lori Lethin
  • Other Severin Films Trailers
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EATERS: RISE OF THE DEAD (reviewed)

On June 13th, Chelsea Films will release the Uwe Boll-presented Italian zombie gore film EATERS: RISE OF THE DEAD on Region 2 PAL DVD in the UK.  The world has been devastated by a global outbreak caused by a terrorist called The Plague Spreader.  The victims have all become zombies.  Zombie hunters Igor and Alen, and infected but still living Alexis, seek shelter with mad scientist Gyno.  In return for food and shelter, they scour the countryside for zombie candidates for Gyno's search for a cure, but there may be something more sinister to his experiments.  Music by Skinny Puppy's Justin Bennett and Bahntier's Stefano Rossello.

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

EATERS: RISE OF THE DEAD DVD specs:
  • 16:9 anamorphic 2.40:1 widescreen transfer
  • Italian Dolby Digital 5.1 and 2.0 stereo audio
  • Optional English subtitles
  • Behind the Scenes
  • VFX Breakdown
  • Theatrical Trailer

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