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30 April 2013

Vinegar Syndrome visits the drive-in for DUNGEON OF HARROW/DEATH BY INVITATION (review)

Vinegar Syndrome gives us another obscure double bill with THE DUNGEON OF HARROW and DEATH BY INVITATION.  In THE DUNGEON OF HARROW, a nobleman is shipwrecked on the island of the Count de Sade who has a spot reserved for him in the dungeon alongside his insane wife!  In DEATH BY INVITATION, a young woman whose ancestor was executed for witchcraft takes revenge on the descendents of the man responsible for her death.  Seventies weirdness in the vein of MARK OF THE WITCH.

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

DUNGEON OF HARROW/DEATH BY INVITATION DVD specs:
  • The Dungeon of Harrow (1962)
    • 16:9 anamorphic 1.85:1 widescreen
    • English Dolby Digital 2.0 mono
  • Death by Invitation (1961)
    • 16:9 anamorphic 1.85:1 widescreen
    • English Dolby Digital 2.0 mono
    • Audio Commentary by The Hysteria Continues
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Retromedia resurrects I, MARQUIS DE SADE (review)

Long lost and only recently discovered from a lone print in Sweden, I, MARQUIS DE SADE tells the story of Donald, a bookish translator who learns that he is dying from cancer and decides to embrace the philosophies of the historical figure whose name was coined for the term sadism.  Setting himself up with a walrus of a sugar mama, Donald pursues a number of beautiful young women for his carnal and possibly murderous delights.  Written and directed by Richard Hilliard (THE LONELY SEX), writer and cinematographer of the Del Tenney productions CURSE OF THE LIVING CORPSE and HORROR OF PARTY BEACH.

REVIEW LINK: Retromedia/Bayview (US) Region 0 NTSC DVD (DVD Drive-in)

I, MARQUIS DE SADE DVD specs:
  • 4:3 non-anamorphic 1.66:1 letterbox
  • English Dolby Digital 2.0 mono
  • Trailer
  • "Hollywood Beauties" nudie short
More Retromedia reviews at Update the Tags: Retromedia Entertainment.

29 April 2013

Retromedia goes H.P. Lovecraft in THE DARK SLEEP (review)

 DTV old school effects auteur Brett Piper (BACTERIUM) tackles H.P. Lovecraft in THE DARK SLEEP.  Loosely based on "The Dreams of the Witch House", THE DARK SLEEP tells the story of a divorced woman whose new house inspires nightmares about creatures from another dimension.  Is she having a nervous breakdown or is are her dreams allowing the "crawling chaos" to come into this world?

REVIEW LINK: Retromedia/Bayview (US) Region 0 NTSC DVD (DVD Drive-in)

THE DARK SLEEP DVD specs:
  • 16:9 anamorphic 1.78:1 widescreen
  • English Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo
  •  Audio Commentary by writer/director Brett Piper, producer Mark Polonia, photographer Anthony Polonia, and actors Steve Diasparra and Ken VanSant
  • Making-of
  • Outtakes
  • CGI or not CGI featurette
  • Trailer

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Review Archive: Retromedia Entertainment (review)

Keep checking back at this post for links to my review coverage of Retromedia Entertainment releases (purchase links included below).

BIKINI DRIVE-IN at DVD Drive-in
THE BLONDE IN THE BLUE MOVIE at DVD Drive-in 
THE DARK SLEEP at DVD Drive-in
HOUSE OF TERROR at DVD Drive-in
I, MARQUIS DE SADE at DVD Drive-in
INDESTRUCTIBLE MAN at DVD Drive-in
MARK OF THE GUN at DVD Drive-in
OUT NOW! RETURN OF THE KILLER SHREWS at DVD Drive-in
WONDER WOMEN at DVD Drive-in

Phase 4 Films makes sure that BAD KIDS GO TO HELL (review)

In this screen adaptation of the popular graphic novel BAD KIDS GO TO HELL, a group of privileged dysfunctional students get to spend a Saturday in detention in Crestview Academy's brand new library.  When they start dropping like flies, the survivors try to escape while trying to figure out if the killer is one of them or really the ghost said to be haunting the land.  Judd Nelson (THE BREAKFAST CLUB) and Ben Browder (FARSCAPE) also star.

REVIEW LINK: Phase 4 Films (US) Region 1 NTSC DVD (DVDBeaver)

BAD KIDS GO TO HELL DVD specs:
  • 16:9 anamorphic 1.78:1 widescreen
  • English Dolby Digital 5.1 and 2.0 stereo
  • English Closed Captioning
  • Audio Commentary by director Matthew Spradlin and producer Barry Wernick
  • Galleries:
    • Comic Book Art by Anthony Vargas
    • Behind the Scenes by Dat Mai
    • FX Make-up
  • The Making of "Bad Kids Go to Hell":
    • Kids Introductions (3:27)
    • Craig vs. Ghost (2:17)
  • Visual FX Breakdowns by Element X Creative (4:10)
  • Trailer (1:35)

25 April 2013

Scorpion Releasing stalks THE FANTASIST (review)

Timothy Bottoms (IN THE SHADOW OF KILIMANJARO), Christopher Cazenove (TV's DYNASTY), and Moira Sinise star in WICKER MAN director Robin Hardy's stab at the stalker genre set in modern day Dublin.  Country girl Patricia takes a teaching position in the city and begins to suspect that one of her handful of odd suitors may be the "phone call killer" who romances women over the telephone, gives them increasingly kinky gifts, and then brutally murders them.


REVIEW LINK: Scorpion Releasing (US) Region 1 NTSC DVD (DVD Drive-in)

THE FANTASIST DVD specs:
  • 16:9 anamorphic 1.72:1 widescreen
  • English Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo
  • Optional Katarina's Nightmare Theater playback mode
  • Trailers
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22 April 2013

Scream Factory ventures FROM BEYOND (review)

Scream Factory brings FROM BEYOND, Stuart Gordon's follow-up to RE-ANIMATOR for Charles Band's Empire Pictures, to Blu-ray (and DVD combo) in high definition with even more extras than the out of print and pricey MGM DVD.


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

FROM BEYOND Blu-ray/DVD combo specs:
  • Blu-ray:
    • 1080p 24 fps 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 stereo
    • Optional English subtitles
  • Audio Commentary with director Stuart Gordon, producer Brian Yuzna, and actress Barbara Crampton, and actor Jeffrey Combs 
  • Audio Commentary with screenwriter Dennis Paoli
  • "Multiple Dimensions: A Look at the Film's Extensive Make-Up & Creature Effects with Special Effects John Buechler, Anthony Doublin, John Naulin, and Mark Shstrom" featurette
  • "Paging Dr. McMichaels" interview with actress Barbara Crampton
  • "A Tortured Soul" interview with actor Jeffrey Combs
  • "An Empire Productions" interview with executive producer Charles Band
  • "The Director's Perspective" featurette
  • "The Editing Room Lost an Found" featurette
  • Interview with composer Richard Band
  • Photo Gallery
  • Theatrical Trailer
More Scream Factory reviews at Update the Tags: Scream Factory.

20 April 2013

ArrowDrome takes in a flick at DEAD END DRIVE-IN (review)

The Star Drive-in lures the young and wild into a deadly trap in STUNT ROCK director Brian Trenchard-Smith's Ozploitation classic DEAD END DRIVE-IN.  When a young couple visit the local drive-in, they become stranded and spend the night only to discover that Australia's post-nuclear government has turned the place into a concentration camp for the country's undesirables.  Theatrically released in the United States by New World Pictures, this eighties cult classic is stuffed with punk rockers, neon lights, and a bangin' rock soundtrack.

REVIEW LINK: ArrowDrome (UK) Region 2 PAL DVD (DVDBeaver)

DEAD END DRIVE-IN DVD specs:
  • 16:9 anamorphic 2.35:1 widescreen
  • English Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Liner Notes Booklet
  • Reversible Cover
More ArrowDrome and Arrow Video releases at Update the Tags: Arrow Video.

19 April 2013

George Romero's KNIGHTRIDERS charges onto Arrow Video via Blu-ray/DVD combo (promo video)

You can find review coverage of Arrow Video's Blu-ray/DVD combo of George Romero's KNIGHTRIDERS at DVDBeaver, but check out this new promo from Arrow Video offering a sneak peek at: - An in-depth filmed interview with star Ed Harris. - Filmed interview with “Black Knight” Tom Savini. - Filmed interview with “The Fair Maiden” Patricia Tallman. - Audio commentary with George A. Romero.
- High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentations
- Uncompressed original Mono 2.0 PCM audio. - Optional English SDH subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
- Audio commentary with George Romero, Tom Savini, John Amplas and Christine Romero
- ‘The Genesis of a Legend’ – Star Ed Harris remembers his first leading role
- ‘A Date with Destiny’ – Co-star Tom Savini reflects on the film
- ‘Medieval Maiden’ – Interview with actress Patricia Tallman
- Theatrical Trailer
- TV Spots
- Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Nat Marsh. - Collector’s booklet featuring brand new writing on the film by author and critic Brad Stevens, an archival interview with Romero, and a new interview with composer Donald Rubinstein, illustrated with original archive stills and posters
More Arrow Video reviews at Update the Tags: Arrow Video.

17 April 2013

Vinegar Syndrome studies the ANATOMY OF A PSYCHO and THE LONELY SEX (review)

Vinegar Syndrome brings together a double bill of monochrome thrills in ANATOMY OF A PSYCHO and THE LONEY SEX.  In ANATOMY OF A PSYCHO, Chet swears revenge on the people responsible for sending his big brother to the gas chamber.  Ronnie Burns star.  In THE LONELY SEX, the Memorial Park killer is on the prowl and there are plenty of suspects: the loner who lives in the shack, the peeping tom, the kindly doctor.  Directed by Richard Hilliard (THE HORROR OF PARTY BEACH).


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


ANATOMY OF A PSYCHO/THE LONELY SEX DVD specs:
  • 4:3 non-anamorphic 1.33:1 fullscreen
  • English Dolby Digital 2.0 mono
More Vinegar Syndrome reviews at Update the Tags: Vinegar Syndrome.

Review Archive: Vinegar Syndrome

Blu-ray
THE BEES Blu-ray/DVD combo at DVD Drive-in
BLOOD MANIA/POINT OF TERROR Limited Edition Blu-ray/DVD combo at DVD Drive-in
BLUE ICE Blu-ray/DVD combo at DVD Drive-in
THE CANDY TANGERINE MAN/LADY COCOA Blu-ray/DVD combo at DVD Drive-in
CHINA AND SILK Blu-ray/DVD combo at DVD Drive-in
CHINA GIRL Blu-ray/DVD combo at DVD Drive-in
CHRISTMAS EVIL Blu-ray/DVD combo at DVD Drive-in
COUNT DRACULA'S GREAT LOVE Blu-ray/DVD combo at DVD Drive-in
CRYPT OF THE LIVING DEAD/HOUSE OF THE LIVING DEAD Limited Edition Blu-ray/DVD combo at DVDCompare
DEATH MACHINES Blu-ray/DVD combo at DVD Drive-in
DEMONOID Blu-ray/DVD combo at DVD Drive-in
DISCO GODFATHER Blu-ray/DVD combo at DVD Drive-in
DOLEMITE Blu-ray/DVD combo at DVD Drive-in
THE DOLL SQUAD/MISSION: KILLFAST at DVD Drive-in
DON'T ANSWER THE PHONE Blu-ray/DVD combo at DVD Drive-in
DON'T GO IN THE WOODS Blu-ray/DVD combo at DVD Drive-in
OUT 25 APRIL! DOUBLE EXPOSURE Blu-ray/DVD combo at DVD Drive-in
EROTIC ADVENTURES OF CANDY/CANDY GOES TO HOLLYWOOD Blu-ray at DVD Drive-in
EVILS OF THE NIGHT Blu-ray/DVD combo at DVD Drive-in
FANNY HILL/THE PHANTOM GUNSLINGER at DVD Drive-in
GOOD LUCK, MISS WYCKOFF Blu-ray/DVD combo at DVD Drive-in
GRADUATION DAY Blu-ray/DVD combo at DVD Drive-in
HOBGOBLINS Blu-ray/DVD combo at DVD Drive-in
HORROR HOUSE ON HIGHWAY 5 Blu-ray/DVD combo at DVD Drive-in
THE HUMAN TORNADO Blu-ray/DVD combo at DVD Drive-in
JACK FROST Blu-ray/DVD combo at DVD Drive-in
THE LOST FILMS OF HERSCHELL GORDON LEWIS Blu-ray/DVD combo at DVD Drive-in
LUTHER THE GEEK Blu-ray/DVD combo at DVD Drive-in
MADMAN Blu-ray at DVD Drive-in
THE MASSAGE PARLOR MURDERS (Blu-ray+DVD combo) at DVD Drive-in 
MURDER WEAPON/DEADLY EMBRACE Blu-ray/DVD combo at DVD Drive-in
NIGHT TRAIN TO TERROR Blu-ray/DVD combo at DVD Drive-in
NIGHTMARE SISTERS Blu-ray/DVD combo at DVD Drive-in
NIGHTMARE WEEKEND Blu-ray/DVD combo at DVD Drive-in
PETEY WHEATSTRAW Blu-ray/DVD combo at DVD Drive-in
PIGS Blu-ray/DVD combo at DVD Drive-in
PRETTY PEACHES Limited Edition Blu-ray/DVD Combo at DVD Drive-in
THE PRETTY PEACHES TRILOGY Blu-ray at DVD Drive-in
PSYCHIC KILLER Blu-ray/DVD combo at DVD Drive-in
OUT 25 APRIL! PSYCHO COP Blu-ray/DVD combo at DVD Drive-in
PUNK VACATION Blu-ray/DVD combo at DVD Drive-in
RAW FORCE Blu-ray/DVD combo at DVD Drive-in
RUNAWAY NIGHTMARE Limited Edition Blu-ray/DVD combo at DVD Drive-in
SEX WORLD Limited Edition Blu-ray/DVD/CD combo at DVD Drive-in
SUGAR COOKIES Blu-ray/DVD combo at DVD Drive-in
TABOO Blu-ray/DVD combo at DVD Drive-in
TABOO II/TABOO III Blu-ray/DVD combo at DVD Drive-in
TABOO IV Blu-ray/DVD combo at DVD Drive-in
THE TELEPHONE BOOK Blu-ray/DVD combo at DVD Drive-in
TRASHY LADY Blu-ray/DVD combo at DVD Drive-in
WITCHTRAP Blu-ray/DVD combo at DVD Drive-in

DVD:  
WAKEFIELD POOLE'S BIBLE! at DVD Drive-in
WAKEFIELD POOLE'S BIJOU at DVD Drive-in
AVON TRIPLE FEATURE (Savage Sadists/Den of Dominance/Daughters of Discipline) at DVD Drive-in
THE BLUE HOUR/ONE NAKED NIGHT/THREE IN A TOWEL at DVD Drive-in
BOTH WAYS at DVD Drive-in
THE CANDIDATE/JOHNNY GUNMAN at DVD Drive-in
CHAMPAGNE FOR BREAKFAST at DVD Drive-in
CORPORATE ASSETS at DVD Drive-in
THE CUT-THROATS Limited Edition at DVD Drive-in
DIXIE RAY HOLLYWOOD STAR at DVD Drive-in
DRACULA SUCKS at DVD Drive-in
EVIL COME EVIL GO/WIDOW BLUE!/OH, YOU BEAUTIFUL "DOLL" at DVD Drive-in
FLESH AND BULLETS at DVD Drive-in
THE FLYING ACQUAINTANCES at DVD Drive-in
GAME SHOW MODELS at DVD Drive-in
HOT AND SAUCY PIZZA GIRLS at DVD Drive-in
OUT NOW! HOT FLASHES at DVD Drive-in
INFRASEXUM at DVD Drive-in
JUNGLE BLUE at DVD Drive-in
A LABOR OF LOVE at DVD Drive-in
LONG JEANNE SILVER at DVD Drive-in
LUST FOR FREEDOM at DVD Drive-in
MARILYN AND THE SENATOR at DVD Drive-in
THE MUTHERS at DVD Drive-in
NIGHT OF THE STRANGLER at DVD Drive-in
THE ORAL GENERATION at DVD Drive-in
A PLACE BEYOND SHAME at DVD Drive-in
PRISONER OF PARADISE at DVD Drive-in
THE RIBALD TALES OF CANTERBURY/TASTY at DVD Drive-in
SENSUAL ENCOUNTERS OF EVERY KIND at DVD Drive-in
SEX AND ASTROLOGY at DVD Drive-in
SOMETIMES AUNT MARTHA DOES DREADFUL THINGS at DVD Drive-in
STAR VIRGIN at DVD Drive-in
STOREFRONT THEATRE COLLECTION VOL. 1: THE PO-NO at DVD Drive-in
STOREFRONT THEATRE COLLECTION VOL. 2: BIZARRE ART THEATRE at DVD Drive-in
SUPERSOUL BROTHER at DVD Drive-in
TAKE ONE/MOVING! at DVD Drive-in
TOO NAUGHTY TO SAY NO at DVD Drive-in
UNVEILED at DVD Drive-in
A WOMAN, A SAINT, A DEVIL (aka SYLVIA) at DVD Drive-in

ETIQUETTE PICTURES:
CATCH MY SOUL Blu-ray/DVD combo at DVD Drive-in
SOME CALL IT LOVING Blu-ray/DVD combo at DVD Drive-in

THE DRIVE-IN COLLECTION:
ANATOMY OF A PSYCHO/THE LONELY SEX at DVD Drive-in
BLOOD THIRST/THE THIRSTY DEAD at DVD Drive-in
CRY WILDERNESS/IN SEARCH OF BIGFOOT at DVD Drive-in
DEATH FORCE/VAMPIRE HOOKERS at DVD Drive-in
THE DUNGEON OF HARROW/DEATH BY INVITATION at DVD Drive-in
THE EXECUTIONER, PART II/FROZEN SCREAM at DVD Drive-in
EXPECTATIONS/ CONFESSIONS at DVD Drive-in
THE FILMS OF DON DAVIS (Marsha: The Erotic Housewife/For Single Swingers Only/Her Odd Tastes) at DVD Drive-in
THE FIRST TIME/ORIENTAL BABYSITTER at DVD Drive-in
THE JEKYLL AND HYDE PORTFOLIO/A CLOCKWORK BLUE at DVD Drive-in
JUDY/THE NIGHT HUSTLERS at DVD Drive-in
LITTLE MISS INNOCENCE/TEENAGE SEDUCTRESS at DVD Drive-in
SAVAGE WATER/ DEATH BY INVITATION at DVD Drive-in
THE SEXUALIST/WENDY'S PALACE at DVD Drive-in
THE SUCKERS/THE LOVE GARDEN at DVD Drive-in
SWEET TRASH/THE HANGUP at DVD Drive-in
VIRGIN AND THE LOVER/LUSTFUL FEELINGS at DVD Drive-in
THE VIXENS OF KUNG-FU/ORIENTAL BLUE at DVD Drive-in

PEEKARAMA series:
ABDUCTION OF AN AMERICAN PLAYGIRL/WINTER HEAT at DVD Drive-in
ALL NIGHT LONG/TAPESTRY OF PASSION at DVD Drive-in
ANTICIPATION/FLESH POND at DVD Drive-in
THE ALTAR OF LUST/ANGEL ON FIRE at DVD Drive-in
BABY ROSEMARY/HOT LUNCH at DVD Drive-in
OUT NOW! BODY GIRLS/LET'S GET PHYSICAL at DVD Drive-in
CARNAL HAVEN/HER LAST FLING at DVD Drive-in
COME UNDER MY SPELL/LADY DYNAMITE at DVD Drive-in
CRY FOR CINDY/TOUCH ME/AN ACT OF CONFESSION at DVD Drive-in
DEEP ROOTS/STARLET NIGHTS at DVD Drive-in
DEEP TANGO/YOUNG SECRETARIES at DVD Drive-in
OUT NOW! EAT AT THE BLUE FOX/TITILLATION at DVD Drive-in
EROTIC ADVENTURES OF CANDY/CANDY GOES TO HOLLYWOOD at DVD Drive-in
FANTASTIC ORGY/CHAMPAGNE ORGY at DVD Drive-in
FAST CARS FAST WOMEN/STARSHIP EROS at DVD Drive-in
HARLOT/TIJUANA BLUE at DVD Drive-in
HOT LEGS/CALIFORNIA GIGOLO at DVD Drive-in
LITTLE SISTERS/POWDER BURNS at DVD Drive-in
LUST INFERNO/MARATHON at DVDDrive-in
MAI LIN VS SERENA/ORIENTAL HAWAII at DVD Drive-in
MY SINFUL LIFE/LAS VEGAS GIRLS at DVD Drive-in
THE NEW EROTIC ADVENTURES OF CASANOVA/CASANOVA II at DVD Drive-in
PHYSICAL ATTRACTION/CLASSICAL ROMANCE at DVD Drive-in
PRETTY PEACHES 2/PRETTY PEACHES 3: THE QUEST at DVD Drive-in
PULSATING FLESH/SUPER SEX at DVD Drive-in
PURELY PHYSICAL/CATHOUSE FEVER at DVD Drive-in
RED HEAT/HOT VAMPIRE/PEEPING TOM at DVD Drive-in
ROBIN'S NEST/BELLA at DVD Drive-in
SADIE/THE SEDUCTRESS at DVD Drive-in
THE SENSUALLY LIBERATED FEMALE/HE AND SHE at DVD Drive-in
SEXUAL HEIGHTS/UNDULATIONS at DVD Drive-in
SILK SATIN AND SEX/TURN ON WITH KELLY NICHOLS at DVD Drive-in
THREE RIPENING CHERRIES/SENSUAL FIRE at DVD Drive-in
TROPIC OF DESIRE/FANTASY WORLD at DVD Drive-in
ULTIMATE PLEASURE/I AM ALWAYS READY at DVD Drive-in
THE YOUNG LIKE IT HOT/SWEET YOUNG FOXES Limited Edition Blu-ray at DVD Drive-in 
 

13 April 2013

Second Run presents POLISH CINEMA CLASSICS VOL. 2 (review)

In Andrzej Wajda's epic THE PROMISED LAND, three ambitious young men plunge into Poland's industrial revolution, ruthlessly outsmarting and double-crossing their rivals; but their own arrogance could be their downfall.  In ILLUMINATION, a physics student's quest for perfect knowledge is sidetracked the murkier aspects of life including love and mysticism.  Finally, in ESCAPE FROM THE 'LIBERTY' CINEMA, the local censor of Lodz is exasperated when the actors in an approved film rebel against the film's mundane plot and

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

POLISH CINEMA CLASSICS VOLUME II DVD specs:
  • The Promised Land (1974):
    • 16:9 anamorphic 1.66:1 widescreen
    • Polish Dolby Digital 2.0 mono
    • Interview with Andrej Wajda
    • Essay Booklet by David Thompson
  • Illumination (1973):
    • 16:9 anamorphic 1.66:1 widescreen
    • Polish Dolby Digital 2.0 mono
    • Interview with Krzysztof Zanussi
    • Short Film "A Trace"
    • Liner Notes Booklet by Michal Oleszczyk
  • Escape from the 'Liberty' Cinema (1990)
    • 16:9 anamorphic 1.85:1 widescreen
    • Interview with director Wojciech Marczewski
    • Liner Notes Booklet by Michael Brooke

More Second Run DVD reviews at Update the Tags: Second Run DVD.

10 April 2013

Vinegar Syndrome double bills THE SUCKERS/THE LOVE GARDEN (review)

Vinegar Syndrome continues their Drive-In Collection series with this very explicitly softcore double billing of THE SUCKERS - a sexed-up variation on THE MOST DANGEROUS GAME (with emphasis on the sex) - and THE LOVE GARDEN about a love triangle between a writer and a pair of lesbian lovers.  Jason Yukon (THE GODSON), Barbara Mills (FRAULEIN LEATHER), Linda York (CHAIN GANG WOMEN), and Richard Smedley (THE ABDUCTORS) star.

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

THE SUCKERS/THE LOVE GARDEN DVD specs:
  • The Suckers (1972)
    • 16:9 anamorphic 1.85:1 widescreen
    • English Dolby Digital 2.0 mono
  • The Love Garden (1971)
    • 4:3 non-anamorphic 1.33:1 fullscreen
    • English Dolby Digital 2.0 mono

09 April 2013

Scream Factory goes sphere-crazy with PHANTASM II (review)

The ball is back in Don Coscarelli's big budget Universal Pictures sequel to his 1979 cult classic.  Grown-up Michael is released from a sanitarium and sets about hunting The Tall Man with his friend Reggie and a girl who also has a psychic connection to the Tall Man.  This bigger sequel has more dwarves, more graves, more gore, and more balls!

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

PHANTASM II Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080p 24 fps MPEG-4 AVC 1.78:1 widescreen
  • English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and 2.0 stereo
  • Optional English Subtitles
  • Audio commentary with director Don Coscarelli, and actors Angus Scrimm and Reggie Bannister
  • "The Ball is Back" documentary
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Additional Scenes
  • Makeup & Effects featurette
  • On the Set featurette
  • The Gory Days featurette
  • Short film from the University of Illinois featuring Angus Scrimm as Abraham Lincoln
  • Stills Galleries: 
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • TV Spots 
  • Bonus Trailers for PHANTASM and PHANTASM III
More Scream Factory reviews at Update the Tags: Scream Factory.

03 April 2013

Vinegar Syndrome solves the MASSAGE PARLOR MURDERS (review)

A pair of detectives hunt a maniacal killer of prostitutes through the seedy massage parlors of New York in this long-unseen 1974 Film Ventures International pick-up featuring George Dzundza (BASIC INSTINCT), Chris Jordan (CONFESSIONS OF A YOUNG AMERICAN HOUSEWIFE), and Brother Theodore as himself.

REVIEW LINK: Vinegar Syndrome (US) Region ALL Blu-ray/Region 0 NTSC DVD (DVD Drive-in)

MASSAGE PARLOR MURDERS Blu-ray/DVD combo specs:
  • Blu-ray:
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 widescreen
    • English Dolby Digital 2.0 mono
  • DVD:
    • 16:9 anamorphic 1.85:1 widescreen
    • English Dolby Digital 2.0 mono
  • Play Original 1974 cut (80 minutes) and re-release cut (73 minutes)
  • Outtakes
  • Original Trailer
  • Re-release Trailer
  • Radio Spot

Scorpion Releasing presents THE INCUBUS (review/comparison)

LEGEND OF HELL HOUSE director John Hough mounts this Canadian-produced adaptation of Ray Russell's horror classic about a series of sexual assaults from a supernatural predator in a small American village.  John Cassavetes and John Ireland star.

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

THE INCUBUS DVD specs:
  • 16:9 anamorphic 1.85:1 widescreen
  • English Dolby Digital 2.0 mono
  • Trailer
  • Optional "Katarina's Nightmare Theater" playback mode
  • Scorpion Releasing trailers
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02 April 2013

Arrow Video exposes BAISE-MOI uncut (review)

BAISE-MOI, the French cause-celebre of 2000 (based on the 1995 bestselling novel by Virginie Despentes) finally hits DVD in the UK fully uncut in an anamorphic widescreen transfer (the original DVD release was non-anamorphic and cut).  Two marginalized French women snap and go on a killing spree/road trip towards an uncertain destination.  The film was quickly banned in its native France only to be championed by the likes of Catherine Breillat (ANATOMY OF HELL), Claire Denis (TROUBLE EVERY DAY), and Jean-Luc Godard (CONTEMPT).

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

BAISE-MOI DVD specs:
  • 16:9 anamorphic 1.66:1 widescreen
  • French Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo
  • Optional English Subtitles
  • Making-of featurette (English subtitles)
  • Q and A with the directors (in English)
  • Trailer
  • Liner Notes Booklet
  • Reversible Sleeve
More Arrow Video reviews at Update the Tags: Arrow Video.
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