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23 March 2012

88 Films dives into THE PIT AND THE PENDULUM (review)

Lance Henriksen, Jeffrey Combs, and Oliver Reed star in Stuart Gordon's THE PIT AND THE PENDULUM.  Spain's Grand Inquisitor falls in lust with a baker's wife and accuses her of witchcraft.  As her husband tries to infiltrate the castle dungeons to rescue her, the maiden endures tortures while plotting her escape with a white witch.  Frances Bay, Jonathan Fuller, Rona Di Ricci, Stephen Lee, and Tom Towles also star.

REVIEW LINK: 88 Films (UK) Region 0 PAL DVD (DVDBeaver)

THE PIT AND THE PENDULUM DVD specs:
  • 4:3 non-anamorphic 1.33:1 fullscreen (open matte)
  • English Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo
  • Videozone - Behind the Scenes Featurette
  • Bloopers
  • Trailer
  • Full Moon Trailer Park

88 Films and SORORITY BABES IN THE SLIMEBALL BOWL-O-RAMA (review)


Those thirty-year-old sorority pledges Brinke Stevens and Michelle Bauer are initiated into scream queen fame (along with Linnea Quigley) as SORORITY BABES IN THE SLIMEBALL BOWL-O-RAMA.  Two pledges and three dopey fratboys break into a bowling alley to steal a souvenir for an initiation and instead unleash a trapped imp who promises to grant each of them one wish (of course, you know what happens when people make wishes in horror movies...)

REVIEW LINK: 88 Films (UK) Region 0 PAL DVD (DVDBeaver)

SORORITY BABES IN THE SLIMEBALL BOWL-O-RAMA DVD specs:
  • 4:3 fullscreen 1.33:1 aspect ratio
  • English Dolby Digital 2.0 mono
  • Trailer
  • Full Moon Trailer Park (10 trailers)

21 March 2012

Mondo Macabro stalks THE GIRL IN ROOM 2A (review)i

Daniela Giordano (INQUISITION) takes a room in a creepy boardinghouse in THE GIRL IN ROOM 2A, where girls check in, but they don't check out!  An Italian-American co-production by producer Dick Randall (PIECES) and director William L. Rose (RENT-A-GIRL).  Also starring Raf Vallone, Angelo Infanti, Brad Harris, Karin Schubert, and Rosalba Neri.

REVIEW LINK: Mondo Macabro (US) Region 0 NTSC DVD (DVD Drive-In)

THE GIRL IN ROOM 2A DVD specs:
  • 16:9 anamorphic 1.78:1 widescreen
  • English and Italian Dolby Digital 2.0 mono
  • Optional English subtitles
  • Interview with Daniela Giordano
  • About the Film Liner Notes
  • US Theatrical Trailer
  • Biographies
  • Mondo Macabro Promo Reel
More Mondo Macabro reviews at Update the Tags: Mondo Macabro.

16 March 2012

Scorpion Releasing haunts THE SURVIVOR (DVDBeaver comparison)

Robert Powell, Jenny Agutter, and Joseph Cotten star in the big-budget Australian horror film THE SURVIVOR (based on the novel by James Herbert) directed by actor David Hemmings (DEEP RED).  A large airliner crashes in a small village and three hundred passengers are killed.  The only survivor is the pilot and he does not remember a thing.  A psychic contacts him and tells him that the dead want him to discover how the plane crash happened, and people connected to the crash start dying mysteriously as the dead take their revenge.

REVIEW LINK: Scorpion Releasing (US) Region 0 NTSC DVD vs BritFilms TV (UK) Region 0 PAL DVD (DVDBeaver)

THE SURVIVOR DVD specs:
  • 16:9 anamorphic 2.35:1 widescreen
  • English Dolby Digital 2.0 mono
  • Playable with optional KATARINA'S NIGHTMARE THEATER segments
  • Audio Commentary with producer Anthony Ginnane, moderated by Katarina Leigh Waters
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Other KATARINA'S NIGHTMARE THEATER trailers
More Scorpion Releasing and Katarina's Nightmare Theater reviews at Update the Tags: Scorpion Releasing.

15 March 2012

Scorpion Releasing terrifies SATAN'S SLAVE (DVDBeaver comparison)

A fetching lass discovers her evil heritage at a family reunion in Norman J. Warren's SATAN'S SLAVE starring Michael Gough, Candace Glendenning, Martin Potter, and Barbara Kellerman.  Sex and gore abound in this DVD of the uncut export version stuffed with extras.

REVIEW LINK: Scorpion Releasing (US) Region 0 NTSC DVD vs Anchor Bay (UK) Region 2 PAL DVD (DVDBeaver)

SATAN'S SLAVE DVD specs:
  • 16:9 anamorphic 2.35:1 widescreen
  • English Dolby Digital 2.0 mono
  • "All You Need is Blood" vintage making-of featurette
  • "Creating Satan" retrospective documentary
  • "Devilish Music" interview with composer John Scott
  • "Fragment" early short film by Norman Warren
  • Two Theatrical Trailers (US and UK)
  • Playable with optional KATARINA'S NIGHTMARE THEATER segments
  • Other KATARINA'S NIGHTMARE THEATER trailers
More Scorpion Releasing and Katarina's Nightmare Theater reviews at Update the Tags: Scorpion Releasing.

Eureka Video presents TAMMY AND THE BACHELOR (Review)

Debbie Reynolds plays a bayou backwoods girl whose world changes when she and her moonshine-making preacher grandfather rescue Peter Brent (Leslie Nielsen, AIRPLANE) from the wreckage of a crashed airplane.  She nurses him back to health and falls in love with him.  When her grandfather is arrested, she goes to stay at Peter's family home Brentwood and quickly exasperates and charms the household; but does she have a chance with Peter against his glamorous and sophisticated fiancee?  In Technicolor and CinemaScope!

REVIEW LINK: Eureka Video (UK) Region 0 NTSC DVD (DVDBeaver)

TAMMY AND THE BACHELOR DVD specs:
  • 16:9 anamorphic 2.35:1 widescreen
  • English Dolby Digital 2.0 mono
  • Optional English Subtitles
  • Theatrical Trailer
More Eureka Video reviews at Update the Tags: Eureka Video.

13 March 2012

Raro Video and Tomas Milian chase the YOUNG, VIOLENT, DANGEROUS (DVDBeaver review)

Tomas Milian is a police commissioner on the trail of a trio of killer youths and a comely hostage in Romolo Guerrieri's YOUNG, VIOLENT, DANGEROUS (Liberi, Armati, Pericolosi) scripted by Fernando Di Leo (CALIBER 9).  When a routine gas station robbery goes wrong, three youths create a bloodbath that results in three dead cops and a dead service station owner; but that's only the very bloody beginning... Stefano Patrizi (MURDER OBSESSION), Eleonora Giorgi (INFERNO), Max Delys (ANDY WARHOL'S L'AMOUR), Benjamin Lev (EYE IN THE LABYRINTH), Venantino Venantini (BLACK EMANUELLE AND THE WHITE SLAVE TRADE), and Tom Felleghy (CAT O'NINE TAILS) also star.

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

YOUNG, VIOLENT, DANGEROUS DVD specs:
  • 4:3 non-anamorphic 1.85:1 widescreen
  • English and Italian Dolby Digital 2.0 mono
  • Optional English subtitles
  • "Ragazzi Fuori" documentary
  • Director's Filmography
  • Director's Biography
More Raro Video reviews at Update the Tags: Raro Video.

12 March 2012

Scorpion Releasing stalks THE SURVIVOR (review)

Robert Powell, Jenny Agutter, and Joseph Cotten star in the big-budget Australian horror film THE SURVIVOR (based on the novel by James Herbert) directed by actor David Hemmings (DEEP RED).  A large airliner crashes in a small village and three hundred passengers are killed.  The only survivor is the pilot and he does not remember a thing.  A psychic contacts him and tells him that the dead want him to discover how the plane crash happened, and people connected to the crash start dying mysteriously as the dead take their revenge.

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

THE SURVIVOR DVD specs:
  • 16:9 anamorphic 2.35:1 widescreen
  • English Dolby Digital 2.0 mono
  • Playable with optional KATARINA'S NIGHTMARE THEATER segments
  • Audio Commentary with producer Anthony Ginnane, moderated by Katarina Leigh Waters
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Other KATARINA'S NIGHTMARE THEATER trailers
More Scorpion Releasing and Katarina's Nightmare Theater reviews at Update the Tags: Scorpion Releasing.

Scorpion Releasing is SATAN'S SLAVE (review)

A fetching lass discovers her evil heritage at a family reunion in Norman J. Warren's SATAN'S SLAVE starring Michael Gough, Candace Glendenning, Martin Potter, and Barbara Kellerman.  Sex and gore abound in this DVD of the uncut export version stuffed with extras.

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

SATAN'S SLAVE DVD specs:
  • 16:9 anamorphic 2.35:1 widescreen
  • English Dolby Digital 2.0 mono
  • "All You Need is Blood" vintage making-of featurette
  • "Creating Satan" retrospective documentary
  • "Devilish Music" interview with composer John Scott
  • "Fragment" early short film by Norman Warren
  • Two Theatrical Trailers (US and UK)
  • Playable with optional KATARINA'S NIGHTMARE THEATER segments
  • Other KATARINA'S NIGHTMARE THEATER trailers
More Scorpion Releasing and Katarina's Nightmare Theater reviews at Update the Tags: Scorpion Releasing.

06 March 2012

Raro Video USA gets YOUNG, VIOLENT, DANGEROUS (review)

Tomas Milian is a police commissioner on the trail of a trio of killer youths and a comely hostage in Romolo Guerrieri's YOUNG, VIOLENT, DANGEROUS (Liberi, Armati, Pericolosi) scripted by Fernando Di Leo (CALIBER 9).  When a routine gas station robbery goes wrong, three youths create a bloodbath that results in three dead cops and a dead service station owner; but that's only the very bloody beginning... Stefano Patrizi (MURDER OBSESSION), Eleonora Giorgi (INFERNO), Max Delys (ANDY WARHOL'S L'AMOUR), Benjamin Lev (EYE IN THE LABYRINTH), Venantino Venantini (BLACK EMANUELLE AND THE WHITE SLAVE TRADE), and Tom Felleghy (CAT O'NINE TAILS) also star.

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

YOUNG, VIOLENT, DANGEROUS DVD specs:
  • 4:3 non-anamorphic 1.85:1 widescreen
  • English and Italian Dolby Digital 2.0 mono
  • Optional English subtitles
  • "Ragazzi Fuori" documentary
  • Director's Filmography
  • Director's Biography
More Raro Video reviews at Update the Tags: Raro Video.

05 March 2012

Olive Films opens up THE HELLSTROM CHRONICLE (review)

Entomologist Dr. Nils Hellstrom tries to warn the world that insect species are destined to rule the world.  With stunning micro-photography, he reveals the beauty and savagery of the societies of ants, bees, termites, spiders, and butterflies who -- guided by brutal logic -- organize and maintain their worlds for the survival of the whole.

REVIEW LINK: Olive Films (US) Region 1 NTSC DVD (DVDBeaver)

THE HELLSTROM CHRONICLE DVD specs:
  • Non-anamorphic 1.33:1 fullscreen aspect ratio
  • English Dolby Digital 1.0 mono audio
More Olive Films reviews at Update the Tags: Olive Films.

Warner Archive presents CLEOPATRA JONES AND THE CASINO OF GOLD (review)

Cleopatra Jones (Tamara Dobson, CHAINED HEAT) jets off to Hong Kong to do some ass-kicking in CLEOPATRA JONES AND THE CASINO OF GOLD.  Norman Fell (TV's THREE'S COMPANY) and Stella Stevens (THE MANITOU) also star!

REVIEW LINK: Warner Archive (US) Region 1 NTSC Burn-on-Demand DVD-R (DVDBeaver)

CLEOPATRA JONES AND THE CASINO OF GOLD DVD specs:
  • 16:9 anamorphic 2.40:1 widescreen
  • English Dolby Digital 2.0 mono
More Burn-on-Demand DVD reviews from various companies at  Update the Tags: On Demand DVDs.

Arrow Films visits THE SHRINE (Review)

Investigative journalists in a foreign land are in for a Hell of a trip when they visit THE SHRINE.  Aaron Ashmore (TV's SMALLVILLE), Cindy Simpson (TV's SUPERNATURAL), and Megan Heffern (THE FOG remake) travel to Poland in search of a missing American backpacker and wind up in a mysterious village with unfriendly locals and a sinister standing fog in the woods.

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

THE SHRINE DVD specs:
  • 16:9 anamorphic 1.78:1 widescreen video
  • English Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo
  • Arrow Video Promo Reel
More Arrow Films/Arrow Video/ArrowDrome/Arrow Academy releases at Update the Tags: Arrow Video.

Review Archive: Olive Films

Here is a review index of all of the Olive Films titles I have covered thus far:

THE BOOGENS at DVD Drive-In
BREAKING GLASS at DVDBeaver
THE HELLSTORM CHRONICLE at DVDBeaver
LOVE EXPOSURE at DVDBeaver
MAMMUTH at DVDBeaver
OUT NOW! WITCHBOARD 2: THE DEVIL'S DOORWAY at DVD Drive-in
THE WORLD IS BIG AND SALVATION LURKS AROUND THE CORNER at DVDBeaver

Review Archive: On Demand DVDs (various companies)

Here is a review index of all of my Burn-on-Demand/Manufactured-on-Demand titles so far.

MGM:
ACT OF VENGEANCE at DVD Drive-In
BOBBIE JO AND THE OUTLAW at DVD Drive-In
BURIED ALIVE at DVD Drive-In
BUSTING at DVD Drive-In
KILL A DRAGON at DVD Drive-In
NEW YEAR'S EVIL at DVD Drive-In
OPERATION BIKINI at DVD Drive-In
A QUIET PLACE IN THE COUNTRY at DVD Drive-In
WINDOWS at DVD Drive-In
ZONE TROOPERS at DVD Drive-In

WARNER ARCHIVE:
CLEOPATRA JONES AND THE CASINO OF GOLD at DVDBeaver
OUT NOW! HANDS OF A STRANGER at DVD Drive-in
THE SPIRAL STAIRCASE at DVD Drive-in
OUT NOW! TORMENTED at DVD Drive-in 
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