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26 November 2013

Shout Factory gives George Romero's KNIGHTRIDERS a spin! (review)

Ed Harris gets his first leading role in George A. Romero's highly personal KNIGHTRIDERS as "King Billy" the leader of a gang of jousting motorcyclists fighting the dragons of commercialism and corruption.  Tom Savini, Patricia Tallman, Gary Lahti, Amy Ingersoll, Ken Foree, and many other Romero regulars star in this cult classic.

REVIEW LINK: Shout! Factory (US) Region A Blu-ray (DVD Drive-in)

KNIGHTRIDERS Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 widescreen
  • English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 mono
  • Optional English SDH subtitles
  •  Audio commentary by writer/director/co-editor George A. Romero, actor Tom Savini, actor John Amplas, actress Christine Romero, and film historian Chris Stavrakis
  • "Conscience of the King" interview with Ed Harris
  • "Code of Honor" interview with George Romero
  • "Memories of Morgan" interview with Tom Savini 
  • Behind the Scenes - The Stunts of "Knightriders"
  • Theatrical Trailer and Two TV Spots

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25 November 2013

Vinegar Syndrome votes for THE CANDIDATE with JOHNNY GUNMAN (review)

Ted Knight is THE CANDIDATE facing political scandal in the arms of Mamie Van Doren and June Wilkinson while JOHNNY GUNMAN faces off in a streetfight against a knife-wielding opponent challenging his inherited turf in this rare noir gangster pic.

REVIEW LINK: Vinegar Syndrome (US) Region 0 NTSC DVD (DVD Drive-in)

THE CANDIDATE/JOHNNY GUNMAN DVD specs:
  • The Candidate (1964)
    • 16:9 anamorphic 1.85:1 widescreen
    • English Dolby Digital 2.0 mono
  • Johnny Gunman (1957)
    • 4:3 non-anamorphic 1.33:1 fullscreen
    • English Dolby Digital 2.0 mono
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22 November 2013

Mill Creek has eight DEADLY SECRETS (review)

Mill Creek presents a two-disc, eight movie set of Sony chillers.  TWILIGHT's Kristen Stewart and HOSTAGES' Dylan McDermott are threatened on a remote farm by THE MESSENGERS.  Antonio Banderas investigates the origins of a crucified first century body found in a Jerusalem tomb in THE BODY.  A prank goes lethally wrong in the remake of APRIL FOOL'S DAY.  Ryan Reynolds' experiences upside down realities in THE NINES.  Julia Roberts is terrorized by John Malkovich in MARY REILLY.  A woman discovers terror at her aunt's remote country cottage in RING AROUND THE ROSIE.  Miguel Ferrer is stalked by organ harvesters in THE HARVEST.  Ron Eldard gets mad and then gets even in ALREADY DEAD.

REVIEW LINK: Mill Creek (US) Region 1 NTSC DVD (DVD Compare)

DEADLY SECRETS 8 MOVIE COLLECTION DVD specs:
  • Disc One:
    • "The Messengers"
      • 16:9 anamorphic 1.78:1 widescreen
      • English Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo
    • "The Body"
      • 16:9 anamorphic 2.40:1 widescreen
      • English Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo
    • "April Fool's Day"
      • 16:9 anamorphic 1.78:1 widescreen
      • English Dolby Digital 5.1
      • Unrated Version
    • "The Nines" 
      • 16:9 anamorphic 1.78:1 widescreen
      • English Dolby Digital 5.1
  • Disc Two:
    • "Mary Reilly"
      • 16:9 anamorphic 1.78:1 widescreen
      • English Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo
    • "Ring Around the Rosie"
      • 16:9 anamorphic 1.78:1 widescreen
      • English Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo
    • "The Harvest"
      • 4:3 non-anamorphic 1.33:1 fullscreen
      • English Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo
    • "Already Dead"
      • 16:9 anamorphic 2.35:1 widescreen
      • English Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo

Vinegar Syndrome spies on THE FIRST TIME with the ORIENTAL BABYSITTER (review)


REVIEW LINK: Vinegar Syndrome (US) Region 0 NTSC DVD (DVD Drive-in)

THE FIRST TIME/ORIENTAL BABYSITTER DVD specs:
  • 16:9 anamorphic 1.85:1 widescreen transfers of both films
  • English Dolby Digital 2.0 mono

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Vinegar Syndrome studies THE ORAL GENERATION (review)

The (ahem) "Family Studies Institute" decides to make an informative film about oral sex for liberated women in Vinegar Syndrome's odd pairing of THE ORAL GENERATION and four short subjects from the mysterious "Extraordinary Films".

REVIEW LINK: Vinegar Syndrome (US) Region 0 NTSC DVD (DVD Drive-in)

THE ORAL GENERATION DVD specs:
  • 4:3 non-anamorphic 1.33:1 fullscreen (original aspect ratio)
  • English Dolby Digital 2.0 mono
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Outtake
  • Shorts:
    • "Clinical Sex"
    • "Any Way You Like It"
    • "Naked Sexes"
    • "The Different Sex"

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21 November 2013

Tidepoint Pictures gets SANGUIVOROUS (Review)

In this avant-garde vampire story, a young woman suffering from mysterious ailments discovers that she comes from a line of Romanian vampires who infested Japan five hundred years ago.

REVIEW LINK: Tidepoint Pictures/MVD Visual (US) Region 0 NTSC DVD (DVDBeaver)

SANGUIVOROUS DVD specs:
  • 16:9 anamorphic 1.63:1 widescreen
  • Japanese Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo
  • Optional English subtitles
  • Making-of
  • Short film "Nowhere"

19 November 2013

Monster Pictures teaches THE ABCs OF DEATH (review)

Twenty-six directors come up with twenty-six ways to die in the massive anthology THE ABCs OF DEATH.

REVIEW LINK: Monster Pictures/Eureka Video (UK) Region 2 NTSC DVD (DVDBeaver)

THE ABCs OF DEATH DVD specs:
  • 16:9 anamorphic 1.78:1 widescreen
  • English Dolby Digital 5.1
  • Optional English subtitles (for foreign segments)
  • Audio Commentary by over thirty of the films' crew and cast
  • Behind the Scenes and Deleted Scenes featurettes for fourteen of the films
  • AXS TV look at THE ABCs OF DEATH
  • Greenband Trailer
  • Redband Trailer
  • Do You Know Your ABCs? (animated short)
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Shout! Factory takes in an ACTION PACKED MOVIE MARATHON VOLUME TWO

Shout! Factory delves into the MGM vaults for another quartet of action films in ACTION-PACKED MOVIE MARATHON VOLUME TWO.  Gary Busey heads south of the border to steal back an ambushed high-tech tank in BULLETPROOF.  Darlanne Fluegel, Henry Silva, and L.Q. Jones also star.  James Iglehart (DEATH FORCE) is stalked by assassins on his honeymoon in BAMBOO GODS AND IRON MEN.  Cowboy Jim Mitchum takes on seedy Los Angeles in search of his sister in TRACKDOWN.  Cathy Lee Crosby and Erik Estrada also star.  Connie Stevens is an undercover cop with a body as deadly as her gun in SCORCHY.  Cesare Danova, Greg Evigan, and William Smith also star.

REVIEW LINK: Shout! Factory (US) Region 1 NTSC DVD (DVD Drive-in)

4 ACTION-PACKED MOVIE MARATHON VOLUME TWO DVD specs:
  • Disc One:
    • "Bulletproof"
      • 16:9 anamorphic 1.85:1 widescreen
      • English Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo
    • "Bamboo Gods and Iron Men"
      • 16:9 anamorphic 1.85:1 widescreen
      • English Dolby Digital 2.0 mono
  • Disc Two:
    • "Trackdown"
      • 16:9 anamorphic 1.81:1 widescreen
      • English Dolby Digital 2.0 mono
    • "Scorchy"
      • 4:3 non-anamorphic 1.33:1 fullscreen
      • English Dolby Digital 2.0 mono

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17 November 2013

Breaking Glass Pictures comes OUT IN THE DARK (review)

Palestinian student Nimr meets Israeli lawyer Roy in a Tel Aviv nightclub.  Nimr is reluctant to start a relationship because of their cultural differences as well as his own academic aspirations to get out of the war-torn area.  When a gay friend staying illegally in Tel Aviv is sent back to his village on the other side of the border and murdered, Nimr finds himself caught between his own culture's rejection of his sexual identity and his lover's rejection of his nationality.  When his border-crossing permit is cancelled by Israeli security over suspicions involving his brother's shady activities, Nimr soon finds his life threatened by both sides as well.

REVIEW LINK: Breaking Glass Pictures (US) Region 1 NTSC DVD (DVDBeaver)

OUT IN THE DARK DVD specs:
  • 16:9 anamorphic 1.85:1 widescreen
  • Arabic/Hebrew Dolby Digital 5.1
  • Optional English subtitles
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Cast Interviews
  • Still Gallery
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Breaking Glass Trailers

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15 November 2013

Mill Creek takes flight with WINGS: SEASONS 1 & 2 (review)

NBC's Must See TV Thursday primetime comedy takes to the air in Mill Creek's complete season 1 & 2 disc set of WINGS featuring twenty-seven episodes.  Tim Daly (PRIVATE PRACTICE), Steven Bauer (SINGLE WHITE FEMALE), Crystal Bernard (SLUMBER PARTY MASSACRE II), Thomas Haden Church (SIDEWAYS), David Schramm (LET IT RIDE), and Rebecca Schull (SUITS) star.

REVIEW LINK: Mill Creek Entertainment (US) Region 1 NTSC DVD (DVD Compare)

WINGS SEASONS 1 and 2 DVD specs:
  • 4:3 non-anamorphic 1.33:1 fullscreen
  • English Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo
  • 27 episodes on three discs (10 hours 45 minutes)

Badlands and 1Kult present Lucile Hadzihalilovic's LA BOUCHE DE JEAN-PIERRE (review)

Lucile Hadzihalilovic's controversial short film from 1996 tells the story of young Mimi who goes to stay with her aunt after her mother attempts suicide.  Shot by Gaspar Noe (IRREVERSIBLE).

REVIEW LINK: Badlands (France) Region 0 PAL DVD (DVDBeaver)

LA BOUCHE DE JEAN PIERRE DVD specs:
  • 16:9 anamorphic 2.66:1 widescreen
  • French Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo
  • Optional English subtitles (only accessible from remote)
  • Featurette "Souvenirs de Jean Pierre" (French-only)
  • Fearutette "Les Amis de Jean Pierre" (French-only)
  • Trailer for the director's feature debut INNOCENCE
  • Short Film
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13 November 2013

Scream Factory launches an ASSAULT ON PRECINCT 13 (review)

The staff of a closing police station are in for a "white hot night of hate" when a street gang swears a blood oath to take vengeance on the police and anyone other unfortuante person who happens to literally stray into their crosshairs in John Carpenter's classic exploitation film.  Austin Stoker (HORROR HIGH), Darwin Joston (THE FOG), and Nancy Loomis (HALLOWEEN) star.

REVIEW LINK: Scream Factory/Shout! Factory (US) Region A Blu-ray (DVD Drive-in)

ASSAULT ON PRECINCT 13 Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 2.35:1 widescreen
  • English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and 2.0 mono
  • Optional English SDH subtitles
  • Audio Commentary by director John Carpenter
  • Audio Commentary by art director Tommy Lee Wallace
  • Q and A with John Carpenter and actor Austin Stoker
  • Interview with actor Austin Stoker
  • Interview with actress Nancy Loomis
  • Theatrical Trailer and TV spots
  • Radio Spots
  • Still Gallery
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12 November 2013

Vinegar Syndrome presents GAME SHOW MODELS and THE SEVENTH DWARF (review)

How does the story of an idealistic young writer's encounter with the ugly side of Hollywood show business become a sexploitation pic from Sam Sherman's Independent-Interntional starring Dick Miller?  See Vinegar Syndrome's double-disc set which includes GAME SHOW MODELS as well as its original, artier previously unseen version THE SEVENTH DWARF.

REVIEW LINK: Vinegar Syndrome (US) Region 0 NTSC DVD (DVD Drive-in)

GAME SHOW MODELS DVD specs:
  • Disc One:
    • 16:9 anamorphic 1.85:1 widescreen
    • English Dolby Digital 2.0 mono
    • Audio Commentary by director David Gottlieb
  • Disc Two: 
    • Original cut of the film titled THE SEVENTH DWARF
      • 16:9 anamorphic 1.85:1 widescreen
      • English Dolby Digital 2.0 mono
    • Outtakes
    • Still Gallery

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11 November 2013

Scream Factory sells tickets to THE HORROR SHOW (review)

Serial killer "Meat Cleaver Max" (BLADE RUNNER's Brion James) has over 110 victims to his credit, and he's not gonna let the electric chair stop him.  His evil spirit transformed into pure energy infiltrates the home of the detective (PUMPKINHEAD's Lance Henriksen) and starts terrorizing his family.  Also known as HOUSE III.

REVIEW LINK: Scream Factory/Shout! Factory (US) Region A Blu-ray/Region 1 NTSC DVD (DVD Drive-in)

THE HORROR SHOW Blu-ray/DVD combo:
  • Blu-ray:
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 widescreen
    • English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 stereo
  • DVD
    • 16:9 anamorphic 1.85:1 widescreen
    • English Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo
  • Audio Commentary by producer Sean S. Cunningham
  • Interview with stunt coordinator Kane Hodder
  • Interview with actress Rita Taggart
  • Theatrical Trailer

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10 November 2013

Vinegar Syndrome stays up for THE BLUE HOUR (review)

Vinegar Syndrome's latest 2-disc DVD set compiles a trio of disparate sexploitation releases from the mysterious distributor Grads Corp.  In THE BLUE HOUR, Greek farm girl Tania flees her home under a dark cloud and finds herself sexually exploited when she arrives in the states.  Making her way from Nevada to California, she fights off rapists and pimps.  When she finally finds happiness with an architect, the demons of her own past come back to haunt her.  In ONE NAKED NIGHT, a virginal schoolgirl flees her small town when she discovers that her mother - who committed suicide - was a call girl.  She starts a new life in New York only to discover that her roommates are prostitutes and the men she meets are either "deadly dull or rotten".  Finally, in THREE IN A TOWEL, a man who fancies himself to be the incarnation of Shakespeare's Romeo tries to get laid as much as possible on his yacht and then sends "thought waves" to attract more women to his apartment for an afternoon orgy.

REVIEW LINK: Vinegar Syndrome (US) Region 0 NTSC DVD (DVD Drive-in)

THE BLUE HOUR DVD specs:
  • Disc One:
    • 16:9 anamorphic 1.85:1 widescreen transfer of THE BLUE HOUR, mastered in 2K from the original 35mm negatives
    • English Dolby Digital 2.0 mono 
  • Disc Two:
    • 4:3 non-anamorphic 1.33:1 fullscreen transfers of ONE NAKED NIGHT and THREE IN A TOWEL mastered in 2K from the original negatives
    • English Dolby Digital 2.0 mono
    • Trailer for THREE IN A TOWEL

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07 November 2013

Scream Factory shows up for the EVE OF DESTRUCTION (review)

Gregory Hines (WHITE NIGHTS) and Renee Soutendijk (THE FOURTH MAN) race to stop the killing spree of a sophisticated android (also Soutendijk) whose circuitry has gone haywire in the nineties sci-fi thriller EVE OF DESTRUCTION.

REVIEW LINK: Scream Factory/Shout! Factory (US) Region A Blu-ray (DVD Drive-in)

EVE OF DESTRUCTION Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 widescreen
  • English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 stereo
  • Theatrical Trailer

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06 November 2013

Vicious Circle Films shivers AS NIGHT FALLS (review)

Eighty years ago, a young girl's psychotic parents put her to sleep... permanently.  Now they're back at their old homestead and the new owners (and their rocker groupies) are losing their heads and other body parts... but tonight, the victims fight back!

REVIEW LINK: Breaking Glass Pictures/Vicious Circle Films (US) Region 1 NTSC DVD (DVDBeaver)

AS NIGHT FALLS DVD specs:
  • 16:9 anamorphic 2.35:1 widescreen
  • English Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo
  • Video Diary
  • Music Video
  • Photo Gallery
  • Trailer
  • Breaking Glass Trailers

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Second Run's Czech double bill: THE WHITE DOVE/JOSEF KILIAN (Review)

Second Run presents double bill of Czech New Wave films.  In THE WHITE DOVE, a carrier pigeon gets lost in a storm on the way to a Baltic island and ends up in Prague where it is wounded by a young wheelchair-bound boy.  He nurses it back to health, but is he prepared to let it go when it's ready to fly free?  In JOSEF KILIAN, a mild-mannered man experiences a Kafka-esque bureaucratic hell when trying to return a cat to a "cat rental agency" that has mysteriously disappeared overnight.

REVIEW LINK: Second Run DVD (UK) Region 0 PAL DVD (DVDBeaver)

THE WHITE DOVE/JOSEF KILIAN DVD specs:
  • 4:3 non-anamorphic 1.33:1 fullscreen (original aspect ratio)
  • Czech Dolby Digital 2.0 mono
  • Optional English subtitles
  • Liner Notes Booklet
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05 November 2013

Code Red and Maria's B-Movie Mayhem play with JOCKS and CLASSROOM TEASERS (review)

JOCKS hit the tennis courts for some unsportsmanlike antics in Crown International's zany comedy while three girls are released from prison to take part in a college experimental drug program in the seventies exploitation pic CLASSROOM TEASERS (aka THE STUDENT BODY) from Gus Trikonis (THE EVIL).

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

JOCKS/CLASSROOM TEASERS DVD specs:
  • 16:9 anamorphic 1.78:1 widescreen
  • English Dolby Digital 2.0 mono
  • Audio Commentary on JOCKS by director Steve Carver
  • Maria's B Movie Mayhem Playback Mode
  • Code Red Trailers
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Scream Factory unzips John Carpenter's BODY BAGS (review)

John Carpenter's and Tobe Hooper's nineties Showtime anthology BODY BAGS gets a high definition resurrection - in its uncut, unrated version - in Scream Factory's special edition with all brand new extras.  Carpenter helms the first two stories in which a gas station attendant on her first night encounters a series of weirdos (one of which might be a serial killer) and the story of a man (Stacey Keach) resorting to an unusual miracle hair-growth treatment that gives his scalp a life of its own.  Tobe Hooper directs the third story in which a ball player (Mark Hamill) loses an eye in a car accident and gets an experimental transplant from a donor whose memories are still very much present in the eye.  Robert Carradine, David Warner, and Twiggy also star.

REVIEW LINK: Scream Factory/Shout! Factory (US) Region A Blu-ray/Region 1 NTSC DVD (DVD Drive-in)

BODY BAGS Blu-ray/DVD combo specs:
  • Blu-ray:
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.78:1 widescreen
    • English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and 2.0 stereo
    • Optional English Subtitles
  • DVD
    • 16:9 anamorphic 1.78:1 widescreen
    • English Dolby Digital 5.1 and 2.0 setreo
  • Audio Commentary by director John Carpenter, producer Sandy King, and actors Robert Carradine and Stacey Keach
  • "Unzipping BODY BAGS" cast/crew interview featurette
  • Trailer

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Code Red swings a MACE (review)

HILL STREET BLUES' Ed Marino plays a big screen detective in this rare eighties thriller released on home video as DEAD AIM.  A series of murders disguised as overdoses are plaguing Atlanta.  Corbin Bernsen (L.A. LAW), Isaac Hayes (SOUTH PARK), and John Hancock (BONFIRE OF THE VANITIES) also star.

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

MACE DVD specs:
  • 4:3 non-anamorphic 1.33:1 fullscreen
  • English Dolby Digital 2.0 mono
  • Audio commentary with director William VanDerKloot and associate producer Toby Murphy
  • Code Red Trailers
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01 November 2013

The BFI and the BBC dig up ROBIN REDBREAST (review)

Anticipating the folk horror of THE WICKER MAN, this long unseen "Play for Today" teleplay ROBIN REDBREAST tells the story of a script editor (Anna Cropper) who decides to clear her head by leaving the city for a country cottage in a quaint little village.  The locals are eccentric and prying, and soon she begins to realize that she has become part of a mysterious plot involving the local harvest festival.  Written by John Bowen, author of "A Woman Sobbing" for the series DEAD OF NIGHT as well as "The Treasure of Abbot Thomas" and "The Ice House" for A GHOST STORY FOR CHRISTMAS).

REVIEW LINK: British Film Institute (UK) Region 2 PAL DVD (DVDBeaver)

ROBIN REDBREAST DVD specs:
  • 4:3 non-anamorphic 1.33:1 fullscreen
  • English Dolby Digital 2.0 mono
  • English SDH subtitles
  • Interview with writer John Bowen
  • Short film "Around a Village Green" (1934)
  • Collector's Booklet


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