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31 August 2013

Film Movement explores THREE WORLDS (review)

Al, a young man of a modest background is set to marry the boss' daughter and take a financial interest in his future father-in-law's car dealership.  When he hits an immigrant with his car after a night of celebration and is convinced to flee the scene by his accomplices, Al is wracked with guilt and follows up on the victim's treatment.  Student Juliette, who has witnessed the crime and recognizes Al, tries to convince him to turn himself in or help the man's family even as she becomes a trusted friend to the man's wife who cannot press charges or obtain aid for her husband's treatment because of their illegal status.  Soon, all three find that right-and-wrong is not always so clear cut and they must all make complex decisions and face the consequences.  Also includes the riveting short THE PIANO TUNER about the titular character who pretends to be blind to make larger tips and spy on the lives of his clients only to witness a horrible crime.

REVIEW LINK: Film Movement (US) Region 1 NTSC DVD (DVDBeaver)

THREE WORLDS DVD specs:
  • 16:9 anamorphic 2.35:1 widescreen
  • French Dolby Digital 5.1 and 2.0 stereo
  • Optional English subtitles
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Film Movement Catalog Trailers
  • Biographies
  • Short Film "The Piano Tuner"
More Film Movement reviews at Update the Tags: Film Movement.

Code Red sows SEEDS OF EVIL for THE TOUCH OF SATAN (review)

Maria's "B" Movie Mayhem hostess/WWE Diva of the Year Maria Kanellis plants SEEDS OF EVIL with a green thumb thanks to THE TOUCH OF SATAN.  In SEEDS OF EVIL, Joe Dallessandro (BLOOD FOR DRACULA) is the mysterious gardener who has a special and deadly talent for planting gardens of death, and Katherine Houghton (GUESS WHO'S COMING TO DINNER) is the latest desperate housewife to hire him.  In THE TOUCH OF SATAN, drifter Jody stumbles onto the farm of the Strickland family and falls for Melissa who the locals believe is a witch (and she believes it too).

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

SEEDS OF EVIL/TOUCH OF SATAN DVD specs:
  • 16:9 anamorphic 1.78:1 widescreen
  • English Dolby Digital 2.0 mono
  • Trailer for SEEDS OF EVIL
  • Optional "Maria's 'B' Movie Mayhem" playback modes
  • Code Red Trailers
More Code Red reviews at Update the Tags: Code Red Releasing.

30 August 2013

Breaking Glass Pictures presents FROM THE HEAD (review)

Based on the true story of writer/director/star George Griffith's experiences as a restroom attendant in a 1990's New York strip club, FROM THE HEAD follows "Shoes" on the night of his third anniversary as the usual parade of humanity - well, those who frequent strip clubs - pours through his restroom and cause him to reassess his own life choices in the face of their insanity, depression, and cynicism.

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

FROM THE HEAD DVD specs:
  • 16:9 anamorphic 2.35:1 widescreen
  • English Dolby Digital 5.1
  • English Closed Captioning
  • Audio Commentary by director/star George Griffith
  • Trailer
  • Breaking Glass Trailers
More Breaking Glass Pictures reviews at Update the Tags: Breaking Glass

Believe Limited plays deadly DRINKING GAMES (review)

On the eve of fall break, a group of students are in for a hell of a night when date-rapey fratboy Noopie decides to throw a party in the dorm room of a pair of freshman that quickly turns bad as alcohol, drugs, personal confessions, and secret fears become subjects for Noopie's brand of mind games.

REVIEW LINK: Believe Limited (US) Region 0 NTSC DVD (DVDBeaver)

DRINKING GAMES DVD specs:
  • 16:9 anamorphic 2.00:1 widescreen
  • English Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo
  • Audio Commentary by director Ryan Gielen, writer/actor/executive producer  Blake Merriman, and actors Rob Bradford, Adriana DeGirolami, Joshua Sterling Bragg, Nick Vergara, and Katy Wright-Mead
  • Drinking Games
  • Cast and Crew Interviews
  • Music Video 'Cocaine Saved My Life'
  • Photo Gallery

Jess Franco's swan song: AL PEREIRA VS. THE ALLIGATOR LADIES (review)

The daughters of Fu Manchu are after hard-boiled detective Al Pereira.  Fortunately, Pereira is after them too, and his only defenses are his machismo and his gun; which are pretty much the same thing when your enemy is using sex as a weapon (“I can see your alligators!”).  Antonio Mayans (REVENGE IN THE HOUSE OF USHER), Paula Davis (PAULA-PAULA), and Carmen Montes (SNAKEWOMAN) star in Franco's last edited film.

REVIEW LINK: Cameo (Spain) Region 0 PAL DVD (DVD Drive-in)

AL PEREIRA VS. THE ALLIGATOR LADIES DVD specs:
  • 16:9 anamorphic 1.78:1 widescreen
  • Spanish Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo
  • Optional English, Spanish, and Italian subtitles
  • Trailer
  • Filming (in Spanish with no subtitles):
    • Behind the Scenes
    • "The Anger of Jesús"
    • Testing the Camera
    • Interview with director Jesús Franco and actor Antonio Mayans
  • Premieres (Spanish with no subtitles):
    • "Pies de Gato TV" Barcelona premiere
    • "Cine Maldà" premiere
    • "The Night of the Alligator Ladies"
    • Festival de Málaga premiere
  • "Return of the Bloodsucking Nazi Zombies" web series (in English):
    • Episode 1: "Dr. Orloff's Monster"
    • Episode 2: "Factory of the Living Dead"
    • Episode 3: "The Sinister Dr. Orloff"
    • Episode 4: "Female Vampire"
  • Trailer for documentary "A Ritmo de Jess" (3:29)
  • Bizarre & Underground Film Festival shorts:
    • "Arrozzorra" by Naxo Fiol (Spanish with burnt-in English subtitles)
    • "Coños y Barro" by Naxo Fiol (silent)
    • "Horrormanía" by Juan Carlos Gallardo (Spanish with burnt-in English subtitles)
    • "Jenny" by Julio Cerrillo (Spanish with no subtitles)

Scream Factory wagers on COCKNEYS VS ZOMBIES (review)


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

COCKNEYS VS ZOMBIES Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 2.35:1 widescreen
  • English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
  • Optional English subtitles
  • Audio Commentary by director Matthias Hoene
  • Audio Commentary by writer James Moran
  • Behind the Scenes
  • Deleted Scenes (with two optional commentary tracks)
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Digital Copy Included
More Scream Factory reviews at Update the Tags: Scream Factory.

24 August 2013

Code Red's GAMES GUYS PLAY gets a WEEKEND PASS (review)

Three sailors have exactly seventy-two hours to forget what the navy taught them on their WEEKEND PASS to Los Angeles where they hope to get laid, hook up with old flames, and have a chance at stardom in Crown International's hit eighties comedy.  In GAMES GUYS PLAY, Robbie is moping over his ex until his exasperated roommate (BARNEY MILLER's Gregory Sierra) sets him up with his girlfriend's hot roommate (EAT MY DUST's Christopher Norris).  Things go swimmingly until his ex Jackie (Lana Wood) comes back into his life.

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

WEEKEND PASS/GAMES GUYS PLAY DVD specs:
  • 16:9 anamorphic 1.78:1 widescreen
  • English Dolby Digital 2.0 mono
  • Audio Commentary on WEEKEND PASS by director Lawrence Bassoff and star D.W. Brown
  • WEEKEND PASS Theatrical Trailer
  • Playable with optional Maria's B-Movie Mayhem introduction and post-script
  • Code Red Trailers
More Code Red reviews at Update the Tags: Code Red Releasing.

23 August 2013

Impulse Pictures files SCHOOLGIRL REPORT #10 (review)

The girls of the German SCHOOLGIRL REPORT series are back for some SEXY SCHOOLWORK in the tenth installment of the series.  They literally "flesh out" a dry class discussion of the place of the government in private affairs with a series of sexual vignettes including an uproarious parody of THE EXORCIST!

REVIEW LINK: Impulse Pictures (US) Region 0 NTSC DVD (DVD Drive-in)

SCHOOLGIRL REPORT #10 DVD specs:
  • 16:9 anamorphic 1.66:1 widescreen
  • German Dolby Digital 2.0 mono
  • Optional English subtitles
More Impulse Pictures reviews at Update the Tags: Synapse Films.

21 August 2013

Review Archive: Scream Factory

Since the Shout Factory review link list has grown substantially - especially with the introduction of Scream Factory product - I have decided to make Scream Factory a separate listing.  You can find links to Shout Factory reviews HERE:

ALL NIGHT HORROR MARATHON VOLUME 1 (What's the Matter with Helen?/The Vagrant/The Godsend/The Outing) at DVD Drive-in
THE AMITYVILLE HORROR TRILOGY Blu-ray at DVD Drive-in
ANIMAL Blu-ray at DVD Drive-in
ASSAULT ON PRECINCT 13 Blu-ray at DVD Drive-in
THE BATTERY Blu-ray at DVD Drive-in
BENEATH Blu-ray at DVD Drive-in
BODY BAGS Blu-ray/DVD combo at DVD Drive-in
CANDYMAN: FAREWELL TO THE FLESH Blu-ray at DVD Drive-in
CAT PEOPLE Blu-ray at DVD Drive-in
CELLAR DWELLER/CATACOMBS Blu-ray at DVD Drive-in
CHERRY FALLS Blu-ray at DVD Drive-in
CHILLING VISIONS: 5 SENSES OF FEAR Blu-ray at DVD Drive-in
COCKNEYS VS. ZOMBIES Blu-ray at DVD Drive-in
DARK ANGEL Blu-ray at DVD Drive-in
DARK HAUL Blu-ray at DVD Drive-in
DARKMAN Blu-ray at DVD Drive-in
DAY OF THE DEAD Blu-ray at DVD Drive-in
DEAD SHADOWS Blu-ray at DVD Drive-in
DEADLY BLESSING Blu-ray at DVD Drive-in
DEATH VALLEY Blu-ray+DVD combo at DVD Drive-in
DEEP IN THE DARKNESS Blu-ray at DVD Drive-in
DISTURBING BEHAVIOR Blu-ray at DVD Drive-in
DOLLS Blu-ray at DVD Drive-in
ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK Blu-ray at DVD Drive-in
EVE OF DESTRUCTION Blu-ray at DVD Drive-in
EVILSPEAK Blu-ray at DVD Drive-in
EXTERMINATORS OF THE YEAR 3000 Blu-ray at DVD Drive-in
FINAL EXAM Blu-ray at DVD Drive-in
THE FINAL TERROR Blu-ray+DVD combo at DVD Drive-in
THE FOG Blu-ray at DVD Drive-in
FROM BEYOND Blu-ray+DVD combo at DVD Drive-in
GHOST TOWN Blu-ray at DVD Drive-in
GHOSTHOUSE/WITCHERY Blu-ray at DVD Drive-in
GHOULIES/GHOULIES II Blu-ray at DVD Drive-in
GINGER SNAPS Blu-ray+DVD combo at DVD Drive-in
THE HORROR SHOW Blu-ray+DVD combo at DVD Drive-in
HOUSE IN THE ALLEY at DVD Drive-in
THE HOWLING Blu-ray at DVD Drive-in
I, MADMAN Blu-ray at DVD Drive-in
THE ISLAND Blu-ray+DVD combo at DVD Drive-in
LAKE PLACID Blu-ray at DVD Drive-in
LEVIATHAN Blu-ray at DVD Drive-in
LORD OF ILLUSIONS Blu-ray at DVD Drive-in
OUT NOW! MANHUNTER Blu-ray at DVD Drive-in
METAMORPHOSIS/BEYOND DARKNESS at DVD Drive-in
THE MONKEY'S PAW Blu-ray at DVD Drive-in
THE NEST Blu-ray+DVD combo at DVD Drive-in
NEW YEAR'S EVIL Blu-ray at DVD Drive-in
NIGHT OF THE DEMONS Blu-ray+DVD combo at DVD Drive-in
NIGHTBREED: THE DIRECTOR'S CUT Blu-ray+DVD combo at DVD Drive-in
NOMADS Blu-ray
at DVD Drive-in
THE OUTING/THE GODSEND Blu-ray at DVD Drive-in
THE PEOPLE UNDER THE STAIRS Blu-ray at DVD Drive-in
PHANTASM II Blu-ray at DVD Drive-in
PHANTOM OF THE OPERA Blu-ray at DVD Drive-in
PRINCE OF DARKNESS Blu-ray at DVD Drive-in
PRISON Blu-ray+DVD combo at DVD Drive-in
PSYCHO II Blu-ray at DVD Drive-in
PSYCHO III Blu-ray at DVD Drive-in
PUMPKINHEAD Blu-ray at DVD Drive-in
PUMPKINHEAD II: BLOOD WINGS Blu-ray at DVD Drive-in
RAVENOUS Blu-ray at DVD Drive-in
ROBOT JOX Blu-ray at DVD Drive-in
SCANNERS II/SCANNERS III Blu-ray+DVD combo at DVD Drive-in
SCARECROWS Blu-ray at DVD Drive-in
SLEEPAWAY CAMP Blu-ray+DVD combo at DVD Drive-in
SLEEPAWAY CAMP II: UNHAPPY CAMPERS Blu-ray/DVD combo at DVD Drive-in
SLEEPAWAY CAMP III: TEENAGE WASTELAND Blu-ray/DVD combo at DVD Drive-in
SLUMBER PARTY MASSACRE Blu-ray at DVD Drive-in
THE SQUAD Blu-ray at DVD Drive-in
STIGMATA Blu-ray at DVD Drive-in
SUPERNOVA Blu-ray at DVD Drive-in
TERRORVISION/THE VIDEO DEAD Blu-ray+DVD combo at DVD Drive-in
TOOLBOX MURDERS 2 Blu-ray at DVD Drive-in
TV TERRORS: THE INITIATION OF SARAH/ARE YOU IN THE HOUSE ALONE? at DVD Drive-in
VAMPIRE'S KISS/HIGH SPIRITS Blu-ray at DVD Drive-in
WITCHBOARD Blu-ray/DVD combo at DVD Drive-in
X-RAY/SCHIZOID Blu-ray/DVD combo at DVD Drive-in

20 August 2013

Vinegar Syndrome takes in a double bill of THE SEXUALIST/WENDY'S PALACE (review)

Vinegar Syndrome takes in a sexy, sleazy double bill.  Follow THE SEXUALIST into “the lustful world of the educational, astrological filmmaker” with Jennifer Welles, Tina Russell, Arlana Blue, and a gay gorilla!  Then stop by the skyscraper apartment brothel that is WENDY’S PALACE “where lust oozes from the open pores of a warm body”!


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


THE SEXUALIST/WENDY'S PALACE DVD specs:
  • 16:9 anamorphic 1.85:1 widescreen
  • English Dolby Digital 2.0 mono
  • Rare Outtakes for THE SEXUALIST
  • Theatrical Trailers for both films

More Vinegar Syndrome reviews at Update the Tags: Vinegar Syndrome.

18 August 2013

Breaking Glass Pictures tells AN AMERICAN GHOST STORY (review)

When struggling writer Paul (Stephen Twardokus, who also scripted) finally asks his girlfriend Stella (Liesel Kopp) to move in with him, it is into a known haunted house where he hopes to pen a bestseller about his own experiences with the paranormal.  Knowing that strange sounds, half-heard voices, moving objects, and the occasional human shape under a bedsheet does not a bestseller make, Paul presses for "something big"; not realizing that the ghosts that inhabit the house may not be so harmless.

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

AN AMERICAN GHOST STORY DVD specs:
  • 16:9 anamorphic 1.78:1 widescreen
  • English Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo
  • Audio Commentary by writer/director Derek Cole, producer Jon Gale, and actor Stephen Twardokus
  • Behind the Scenes
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Photo Gallery
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Breaking Glass Trailers

More Breaking Glass Pictures reviews at Update the Tags: Breaking Glass.

16 August 2013

ArrowDrome pledges THE INITIATION (review)

Sorority pledge Kelly (Daphne Zuniga, THE DORM THAT DRIPPED BLOOD) has been suffering from recurring nightmares, and she and her friends are about the get the fright of their lives when they steal the keys to her father's shopping mall for the ultimate "prank night".  James Read (TV's NORTH AND SOUTH), Clu Gulager (RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD), Vera Miles (PSYCHO), and soap star Hunter Tylo (THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL) star in this New World Pictures effort.

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

THE INITIATION DVD specs:
  • 16:9 anamorphic 1.85:1 widescreen
  • English Dolby Digital 2.0 mono
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Reversible Cover
  • Liner Notes Booklet
More ArrowDrome and Arrow Video reviews at Update the Tags: Arrow Video.

15 August 2013

Severin Films visits THE HOUSE OF SEVEN CORPSES (review)

John Ireland, John Carradine, and Faith Domergue star in the seventies chiller THE HOUSE OF SEVEN CORPSES.  The walls of the Beal Mansion have borne witness to murder, suicide, and black magic, and now the chilling family story is being made into a motion picture by a troupe of Hollywood filmmakers.  When the creative assistant director decides that the black magic scenes would be more convincing if the lead actress read more authentic passages from the Tibetan Book of the Dead, the cast and crew inadvertently arrange an unholy family reunion with the family's long dead murderer.

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

NOTE ABOUT THE DVD IN THE PACKAGE FROM SEVERIN FILMS!

THE HOUSE OF SEVEN CORPSES Blu-ray/DVD combo specs:
  • Blu-ray:
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.78:1 widescreen
    • English DTS-HD Master Audio 1.0 mono
  • DVD:
    • 16:9 anamorphic 1.78:1 widescreen
    • English DTS 1.0 mono
  • Audio Commentary by associate producer Gary Kent
  • Archival Interview with John Carradine
  • Theatrical Trailer

More Severin Films reviews at Update the Tags: Severin Films.

Vinegar Syndrome wishes GOOD LUCK, MISS WYCKOFF (review)

When thirty-five year old virginal college Latin teacher Evelyn Wyckoff learns that she is going through early menopause, her doctors advise her to take a lover, leading to a chain of tragic events involving racism, rape, and small-town intolerance in this 1979 adaptation of THE DARK AT THE TOP OF THE STAIRS playwright William Inge's first novel.  Anne Heywood, Donald Pleasance, Robert Vaughn, Carolyn Jones, Dorothy Malone, Doris Roberts, and Ronee Blakely star.

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

GOOD LUCK, MISS WYCKOFF Blu-ray/DVD combo:
  • Blu-ray:
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 widescreen
    • English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 mono
    • Original Cut (106 minutes)
  • DVD:
    • 16:9 anamorphic 1.85:1 widescreen
    • English Dolby Digital 2.0 mono
    • Original Version (106 minutes) and THE SIN reissue version (80 minutes)
    • Interview with actress Shirley Knight
    • Theatrical Trailers
    • TV Spots
    • Still Gallery
  • Soundtrack CD (17 tracks)
More Vinegar Syndrome reviews at Update the Tags: Vinegar Syndrome.

14 August 2013

88 Films fires up a LASERBLAST (review)

When a tormented California teenager stumbles upon the laser gun left behind by a dead alien, he undergoes a terrifying transformation that means death and destruction for his small town in this seventies drive-in classic.  Cheryl Smith (LEMORA), Roddy McDowall, and Keenan Wynn co-star.

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

LASERBLAST DVD specs:
  • 16:9 anamorphic 1.66:1 widescreen
  • English Dolby Digital 2.0 mono
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Full Moon Trailer Park
More 88 Films and Full Moon reviews at Update the Tags: 88 Films.

12 August 2013

Retromedia presents WONDER WOMEN (review)

Ross Hagen (ANGELS WILD WOMEN) is a Los Angeles police detective hired by an insurance company to find a missing athlete who has been abducted by the "Wonder Women" of Dr. Tsu, a mad doctor experimenting with total body transplants.  Nancy Kwan (NIGHT CREATURE), Maria de Aragon (BLOOD MANIA, STAR WARS), Roberta Collins (THE BIG DOLL HOUSE), and Vic Diaz also star.

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

WONDER WOMEN DVD specs:
  • 16:9 anamorphic 1.78:1 widescreen
  • English Dolby Digital 2.0 mono
  • Audio Commentary with director Robert Vincent O'Neill, moderated by Fred Olen Ray
  • Interview with second unit director Erik Cord
  • Missing Euro Scenes
  • Exclusive Scenes from the Unfinished Sequel "Warrior Women"
  • Super 8mm Location Movies
  • Trailers:
    • Theatrical Trailer
    • 60-second TV spot
    • 30-second TV spot
    • 10-second TV spot
  • Radio Spot
  • Image Gallery
More Retromedia reviews at Update the Tags: Retromedia Entertainment.

Barbi Benton gets an X-RAY from Klaus Kinski's SCHIZOID! (review)

Shout! Factory's Scream Factory line gives the HD treatment to two of Cannon's triad of slasher films.  In X-RAY, Playboy Playmate Barbi Benton (DEATHSTALKER) checks into a New York hospital for a routine examination, but a psychotic admirer doesn't want her to check out and is killing anyone who tries to help her.  In SCHIZOID, Klaus Kinski (CRAWLSPACE) plays a psychologist whose therapy group are falling victim to a scissor-wielding killer.  Donna Wilkes (ANGEL), Marianna Hill (MESSIAH OF EVIL), and Craig Wasson (BODY DOUBLE) co-star.

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

X-RAY/SCHIZOID Blu-ray/DVD combo specs:
  • Blu-ray:
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.78:1 widescreen
    • English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 mono
  • DVD:
    • 16:9 anamorphic 1.78:1 widescreen
    • English Dolby Digital 2.0 mono
  • Interview with X-RAY director Boaz Davidson
  • Interview with SCHIZOID co-star Donna Wilkes
  • SCHIZOID Theatrical Trailer

More Scream Factory reviews at Update the Tags: Scream Factory.

10 August 2013

Strand Releasing illuminates Carlos Reygadas' POST TENEBRAS LUX (review)

The fourth film of Mexican director Carlos Reygadas (SILENT LIGHT) channels a bit of Terence Malick in its exploration of the memories, nostalgia, dreams, nightmares, and subconscious fears of an upper class Mexican family who move to the countryside in search of an idealized way of life.

REVIEW LINK: Strand Releasing (US) Region 1 NTSC DVD (DVDBeaver)

POST TENEBRAS LUX DVD specs:
  • 16:9 anamorphic 1.30:1 pillarboxing
  • English/French/Spanish Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo
  • English subtitles (burnt-in)
  • Trailer
  • Strand Releasing Trailers
More Strand Releasing reviews at Update the Tags: Strand Releasing.

Second Run catches THE SUN IN A NET (review)

Slovakian New Wave director Stefan Uher's second feature film THE SUN IN A NET is an accomplished blending of neo-realism subject with Michelangelo Antonionian style in this coming of age story about n alienated youth is badgered into volunteering for the seasonal harvest collection.

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

THE SUN IN A NET DVD specs:
  • 4:3 non-anamorphic 1.33:1 fullscreen
  • Czech Dolby Digital 2.0 mono
  • Optional English subtitles
  • A Video Appreciation by Peter Strickland
  • Liner Notes Booklet by Peter Hames

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09 August 2013

Code Red's THE CLASS OF '74 has a reunion with GABRIELLA, GABRIELLA (review)

Innocent college coed Gabriella (Barbara Mills, THE LOVE GARDEN) learns from her classmates (POLICEWOMEN's Sandra Currie, THE BIG DOLL HOUSE's Pat Woodell, and SUGAR HILL's Marki Bey) how to even the playing field in the game of love in THE CLASS OF '74.  Code Red's DVD also includes GABRIELLA, GABRIELLA, the little seen 1972 film from which CLASS OF '74 director Arthur Marks lifted huge chunks of footage to illustrate Gabriella's past.  The original film has a film crew following virginal high school student Gabriella as she and her boyfriend react to the era's approaches to sexual freedom before consummating their own pure and innocent love.

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

CLASS OF '74/GABRIELLA, GABRIELLA DVD specs:
  • "Class of '74":
    • 16:9 anamorphic 1.78:1 widescreen
    • English Dolby Digital 2.0 mono
  • "Gabriella, Gabriella":
    • 16:9 anamorphic 1.66:1 widescreen
    • English Dolby Digital 2.0 mono
  • "Class of '74" Trailer
  • Textless "Gabriella, Gabriella" Trailer
  • Code Red Trailers 
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Jess Franco's NIGHTMARES COME AT NIGHT from Redemption Films (review)

Diana Lorys (AWFUL DR. ORLOF), Sodedad Miranda (VAMPYROS LESBOS), Jack Taylor (COUNT DRACULA), Paul Muller (A VIRGIN AMONG THE LIVING DEAD), and Collette Giacobine (WHAT THE PEEPER SAW) star in Jess Franco's intimate and sensual chamber drama NIGHTMARES COME AT NIGHT.  A striptease artist is tormented by dreams in which she seduces and kills her partners.  Is she going mad or is something more sinister afoot.

REVIEW LINK: Redemption Films/Kino Lorber (US) Region ALL Blu-ray (DVD Drive-in)

NIGHTMARES COME AT NIGHT Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.66:1 widescreen
  • French or English LPCM 2.0 mono
  • Optional English subtitles
  • Audio Commentary by Tim Lucas
  • "Eugenie's Nightmare of a Sex Charade" making-of documentary
  • Homage to Jess Franco
  • Visual Essay on the creation of the HD master
  • Trailers

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Shout! Factory follows A BOY AND HIS DOG (review)

Don Johnson and Jason Robards star in this cult classic adaptation of Harlan Ellison's famed novella.  Vic and his telepathic dog Blood roam the surface of post-apocalyptic Earth in 2024 in search of food and women.

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

A BOY AND HIS DOG Blu-ray/DVD combo specs:
  • Blu-ray:
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 2.35:1 widescreen
    • English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 mono
  • DVD:
    • 16:9 anamorphic 2.35:1 widescreen
    • English Dolby Digital 2.0 mono
  • Optional English subtitles
  • Audio Commentary by director L.Q. Jones, cinematographer John Morrill, and L.A. Times Critic Charles Champlin
  • In Conversation: director L.Q. Jones and writer Harlan Ellison
  • Trailer
  • Radio Spots
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07 August 2013

25 is the new dead in AMELIA'S 25TH (review)

Struggling actress Amelia discovers that 25 is the new dead as she blows auditions, suspects her boyfriend of cheating on her, gets bad advice from stoners, porn producers, and psychics about the meaning of life on her birthday.  Electra Avellan, Danny Trejo, Ashley Parker Angel, filmmaker Robert Rodriguez, comedian Margaret Cho, and Jennifer Tilly star.

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

AMELIA'S 25TH DVD specs:
  • 16:9 anamorphic 1.78:1 widescreen
  • English Dolby Digital 5.1 and 2.0 stereo
  • English Closed Captioning
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Photo Gallery
  • Teaser
  • Trailer
  • Breaking Glass Pictures Trailers
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06 August 2013

Breaking Glass Pictures is just 45 MINUTES FROM BROADWAY (review)

In Henry Jaglom's latest film, sisters Pandora and Besty return home for a family visit, but for very different reasons.  Actress Pandora is getting over a bad relationship while "civilian" Betsy is bringing her "normal" fiance James to meet her eccentric family of actors whose quirks quickly charm him (much to his fiancee's displeasure).  Tanna Frederick, Judd Nelson, Julie Davis, Jack Heller, Diane Salinger, David Proval, and Harriet Schock star.

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

45 MINUTES FROM BROADWAY DVD specs:
  • 16:9 anamorphic 1.78:1 widescreen
  • English Dolby Digtial 5.1 and 2.0 stereo
  • English Closed Captioning
  • Audio Commentary by director Henry Jaglom and actors Tanna Frederick, Judd Nelson, David Proval, Diane Salinger, Jack Heller, and Harriet Schock
  • Never Before Seen Outtakes
  • Selected Clips
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • The Films of Henry Jaglom Trailer Reel
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05 August 2013

THE AWFUL DR. ORLOFF stalks Redemption Films on Blu-ray (review)

The film that put Jess Franco on the international horror map THE AWFUL DR. ORLOF gets the HD treatment courtesy of Redemption Films.  Howard Vernon plays the titular role, stalking the streets with his blind henchman Morpho in search of skin donors to restore the beauty of his fire-scarred daughter.  Diana Lorys, Conrad San Martin, Perla Cristal, and Ricardo Valle also star.

REVIEW LINK: Redemption Films/Kino Lorber (US) Region ALL Blu-ray (DVD Drive-in)

AWFUL DR. ORLOFF Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.66:1 widescreen
  • French and English LPCM 2.0 mono
  • Optional English subtitles
  • Audio Commentary by Video Watchdog's Tim Lucas
  • "The Horror of Orloff" - interview with Jess Franco
  • "The Young Dr. Orloff Chronicles" making-of documentary
  • Homage to Jess Franco
  • American Trailer
  • Still Gallery
  • Redemption Films Trailers
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Redemption Films is A VIRGIN AMONG THE LIVING DEAD (review)

Jess Franco's A VIRGIN AMONG THE LIVING DEAD gets the HD treatment on Redemption Films' Blu-ray.  Christina comes to Portugal from her London boarding school after her father's death and finds herself surrounded by strange relatives, nightmarish dreams, and death herself.  Starring Christina Von Blanc, Howard Vernon, Anne Libert, Britt Nichols, and Jess Franco himself.

REVIEW LINK: Redemption Film/Kino Lorber (US) Region ALL Blu-ray (DVD Drive-in)

A VIRGIN AMONG THE LIVING DEAD Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.66:1 widescreen
  • French or English LPCM 2.0 mono
  • Optional English Subtitles
  • Audio Commentary by Tim Lucas
  • Erotic version "Christina, Princess of Eroticism" (79 minutes)
  • Horror version "A Virgin Among the Living Dead" (89 minutes)
  • Erotic Footage
  • "Mysterious Dreams" interview with director Jess Franco
  • "Three Faces of Christina" making-of documentary
  • Homage to Jess Franco
  • Still Gallery
  • French Trailer
  • Redemption Films Trailers
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01 August 2013

Scream Factory's DARK ANGEL comes in peace (review)

When an alien with a hankering for heroin and murder crash lands on Earth during the Christmas holiday, a police officer (Dolph Lundgren) and an FBI agent (Brian Benben) partner up to investigate the killings.  Classic eighties action/sci-fi goodness from director Craig R. Baxley (ACTION JACKSON).


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

DARK ANGEL Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 widescreen
  • English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and 2.0 stereo
  • Interviews with director Craig R. Baxley and actors Dolph Lundgren and Brian Benben
  • Trailer
  • Poster and Still Gallery
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Shout Factory under siege from Q: THE WINGED SERPENT (review)

New York is known for its good eating, and that's why ancient Aztec winged serpent Quetzacoatl is swooping in and picking off sunbathers, construction workers, and anyone else unlucky enough to be enjoying the view.  Michael Moriarty (TROLL), Candy Clark (THE MAN WHO FELL TO EARTH), David Carradine (KILL BILL), and Richard Roundtree (SHAFT) star in director Larry Cohen's quirky take on the creature feature.

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

Q: THE WINGED SERPENT Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.78:1 widescreen
  • English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 mono
  • Brand New Audio Commentary by writer/producer/director Larry Cohen
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Teaser
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