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29 September 2013

Arrow Video exposes THE LAST AMERICAN VIRGIN (review)

A trio of teen troublemakers maneuver their way through sex, drugs, and first love in an effort not to be THE LAST AMERICAN VIRGIN.  This Cannon Films teen sex comedy is a remake of Boaz Davidson's own Israeli series THE LEMON POPSICLE and stars Diane Franklin (AMITYVILLE II: THE POSSESSION) and Lawrence Monoson (FRIDAY THE 13TH: THE FINAL CHAPER).

REVIEW LINK: Arrow Video (UK) Region B Blu-ray and Region 2 PAL DVD (DVDBeaver)

THE LAST AMERICAN VIRGIN Blu-ray/DVD combo specs:
  • Blu-ray:
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 widescreen
    • English LPCM 2.0 stereo
  • DVD:
    • 16:9 anamorphic 1.85:1 widescreen
    • English Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo
  • Optional English SDH subtitles
  • Isolated Music and Effects track
  • Interviews:
    • director Boaz Davidson
    • actor Lawrence Monoson
    • actress Diane Franklin
    • cinematographer Adam Greenberg
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by The Red Dress
  • Collector s booklet featuring new writing on the film by critic and publisher Robin Bougie and an interview with The Last American Virgin super fan Eli Roth conducted by Calum Waddell, illustrated with original archive stills and posters
More ArrowDrome and Arrow Video reviews at Update the Tags: Arrow Video.

28 September 2013

MVM takes THE KICK (review)

A Thai family of Taekwondo fighters is targeted by vicious killers when their son inadvertently foils the theft of an ancient dagger in THE KICK, from the director of ONG BAK.

REVIEW LINK: MVM (UK) Region 2 NTSC DVD (DVDBeaver)

THE KICK DVD specs:
  • 16:9 anamorphic 1.78:1 widescreen
  • Korean and English-dubbed Dolby Digital 5.1 audio tracks
  • Optional English subtitles
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • MVM Trailers

Wild Eye peeks in on SHOWIRLS 2: PENNY'S FROM HEAVEN (review)

Down and out Penny Slot flees Vegas in hopes of making it big in Hollywood only to get tangled up in a web of murder, prostitution, backstabbing, and secret societies in SHOWGIRLS 2: PENNY'S FROM HEAVEN starring SHOWGIRLS' vets Glenn Plummer, Rena Riffel, Greg Travis, and Dewey Weber.

REVIEW LINK: Wild Eye Releasing (US) Region 0 NTSC DVD (DVDBeaver)

SHOWGIRLS 2: PENNY'S FROM HEAVEN DVD specs: 
  • 16:9 anamorphic 1.78:1 widescreen
  • English Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo
  • Audio Commentary by actress/director Rena Riffel
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Behind the Scenes
  • Hot Dog Scene Remix


27 September 2013

Strand Releasing IN THE FOG of war (review)

Three men running from the Nazis in the Belorussian forests reflect on the situations and difficult choices they have made in Sergei Loznitsa's IN THE FOG.

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

IN THE FOG DVD specs:
  • 16:9 anamorphic 2.35:1 widescreen
  • Russian Dolby Digital 5.1
  • Burnt-in English subtitles
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Strand Releasing Trailers
More Strand Releasing reviews at Update the Tags: Strand Releasing.

Scream Factory SCANNERS II/SCANNERS III (review)


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

SCANNERS II/SCANNERS III Blu-ray/DVD combo specs:
  • Blu-ray:
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.78:1 widescreen
    • English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 stereo
  • DVD:
    • 16:9 anamorphic 1.78:1 widescreen
    • English Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo

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

25 September 2013

Code Red IF HE HOLLERS, LET HIM GO (review)

INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS' Kevin McCarthy and Dana Wynter star with Raymond St. Jacques (THEY LIVE) and Barbara McNair (VENUS IN FURS) in the sixties racial thriller IF HE HOLLERS, LET HIM GO!  Railroaded and imprisoned for a murder of a white woman he didn't commit, James Lake (St. Jacques) escapes prison to expose the truth only to accept a ride from motorist Leslie Whitlock (McCarthy) who has very special plans for the accused murderer involving his wealthy wife.

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

IF HE HOLLERS, LET HIM GO DVD specs:
  • 16:9 anamorphic 1.78:1 widescreen
  • English Dolby Digital 2.0 mono 
  • Theatrical Trailer 
More Code Red reviews at Update the Tags: Code Red Releasing.

24 September 2013

Grindhouse Releasing travels with AN AMERICAN HIPPIE IN ISRAEL (review)

Grindhouse Releasing is back and with their first Blu-ray release with the long-awaited availability of cult rarity AN AMERICAN HIPPIE IN ISRAEL.  A burnt-out Vietnam vet embraces the hippie lifestyle and bums around the world, but his efforts to attain total freedom are hindered by a pair of mysterious creeps who track his every movie.  When he arrives in Israel, he finds others like himself looking for a leader to show them how to live free and do their own thing.  Escaping to a remote island, the group celebrate their freedom only for things to start going wrong very quickly and turning deadly.

REVIEW LINK: Grindhouse Releasing (US) Region ALL Blu-ray and Region 0 NTSC DVD (DVD Drive-in)

AN AMERICAN HIPPIE IN ISRAEL Blu-ray/DVD combo:
  • Blu-ray:
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.78:1 widescreen
    • English DTS-HD Master Audio 1.0
    • Vine Theater Experience Dolby Digital 5.1 audience track
    • Optional Hebrew subtitles (with English subtitles for Hebrew dialogue)
  • DVD:
    • 16:9 anamorphic 1.78:1 widescreen
    • English Dolby Digital 1.0 mono
    • Vine Theater Experience Dolby Digital 5.1 audience track 
    • Optional Hebrew subtitles (with English subtitles for Hebrew dialogue)
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Silent 16mm Screen Tests
  • Asher Tzarfati and Shmuel Wolf Q&A
  • Asher Tzarfati - An Israeli Actor in Israel
  • Asher Tzarfati Filmography
  • Amos Sefer Biography
  • "Be Careful Children The Ball is Not Just Yours" short 16mm film by Amos Sefer
  • Israeli Fans: A Cult is Born
  • Channel 10 Segment
  • Interviews:
    • producer Moshe Berman
    • singer Susan Devore
  • Shmuel's Still Show
  • Still Galleries:
    • Production Stills
    • Promotional Materials
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Previews of Coming Attractions: 
  • Bonus DVD with the unrated director's cut THE HITCHHIKER transferred from a rare Israeli Film Archive 35mm archival print with burnt-in Hebrew and French subtitles


21 September 2013

Breaking Glass Pictures says I DO (review)

Young British immigrant Jack has been living in New York for seven years to look after his sister-in-law and niece after the sudden tragic death of his brother.  When his work visa is declined, his lawyer advises him to get married as soon as possible.  His "girlfriend" agrees to the arrangement, but soon after he meets the love of his life who asks him to make a difficult choice.

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

I DO DVD specs:
  • 16:9 anamorphic 2.35:1 widescreen
  • English Dolby Digital 5.1
  • Audio Commentary by director Glenn Gaylord, producer/star David W. Ross, producer Stephen Israel, and cinematographer David Maurice Gil
  • Kitchen Confessionals:
    • director Glenn Gaylord
    • cinematographer David M. Gil
    • producer Stephen Israel
    • film editor James Cude
  • Extended Missing Scenes
  • Original Kickstarter Video
  • LA for NYC
  • DeVote Campaign, The DOMA Project
  • Photo Gallery
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Breaking Glass Trailers
More Breaking Glass Pictures reviews at Update the Tags: Breaking Glass.

20 September 2013

88 Films fears the KILLER CLOWN (review)

After letting the final girl of KILLJOY 3 get away, court jester of hell Killjoy is dragged down to hell to stand trial for incompetence and a lack of evilness.  As he attempts to prove that he's still got it, he may find plenty of fellow demons willing to stab him in the back.  From Full Moon Pictures and starring Trent Haaga (Troma's TERROR FIRMER).

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

KILLER CLOWN DVD specs:
  • 16:9 anamorphic 1.78:1 widescreen
  • English Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo
  • Trailers
More 88 Films and Full Moon reviews at Update the Tags: 88 Films.

Second Run takes a voyage to end of the universe in IKARIE XB 1 (review)

In this Czech sci-fi masterpiece - based on a novel by Stanislaw Lem (author of SOLARIS adapted into film by both Andrei Tarkovsky and Steven Soderbergh) - a multi-national team of explorers board a vessel to explore the Alpha Centauri star system in a journey that will last fifteen Earth years while only twenty-eight months elapse in space.  As they venture further from Earth, the crew start to face both interpersonal problems as well as threats from seemingly alien forces and a mysterious dark star.  Released in a re-edited version by American International as VOYAGE TO THE END OF THE UNIVERSE, IKARIE XB-1 is presented here in its original, uncut Czech version with English subtitles in a gorgeous widescreen transfer.

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

IKARIE XB 1 DVD specs:
  • 16:9 anamorphic 2.35:1 widescreen
  • Czech Dolby Digital 2.0 mono
  • Optional English subtitles
  • An Appreciation by critic Kim Newman
  • Liner Notes Booklet by Michael Brooke
 More Second Run DVD reviews at Update the Tags: Second Run DVD.

Vinegar Syndrome satiates a BLOOD THIRST for THE THIRSTY DEAD (review)

In this double bill of films shot in the Philippines by American directors, blood cults terrorize tourists and the locals alike.  In BLOOD THIRST, a New York writer on sex crimes is called to Manila to investigate the murders of beautiful young women drained of all their blood.  In THE THIRSTY DEAD, young women are abducted by a mountain cult who must consume human blood to retain their eternal youth.  The prolific Vic Diaz appears in both.


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





BLOOD THIRST/THE THIRSTY DEAD DVD specs:
  • 16:9 anamorphic 1.85:1 widescreen transfers of both films from 2K masters
  • English Dolby Digital 2.0 mono
More Vinegar Syndrome reviews at Update the Tags: Vinegar Syndrome.

18 September 2013

Review Archive: Arrow Video/ArrowDrome

As with the Shout! Factory/Scream Factory review index, I have decided to divide up Arrow Films and Arrow Video/ArrowDrome since the coverage has expanded considerably.  You can find Arrow Films review links HERE.

Arrow Video USA:
AMERICAN HORROR PROJECT (The Witch Who Came from the Sea/The Premonition/Malatesta's Carnival of Blood) Blu-ray/DVD combo at DVD Drive-in
Edgar Allan Poe's BLACK CATS (The Black Cat/Your Vice is a Locked Room and Only I Have the Key) Blu-ray/DVD combo at DVD Drive-in
BLIND WOMAN'S CURSE Blu-ray/DVD combo at DVD Drive-in
BLOOD RAGE Limited Edition 3-disc Blu-ray/DVD combo at DVD Drive-in
BLOODSTAINED BUTTERFLY Blu-ray/DVD combo at DVD Drive-in
BRIDE OF RE-ANIMATOR Limited Edition Blu-ray/DVD combo at DVD Drive-in
CEMETERY WITHOUT CROSSES Blu-ray/DVD combo at DVD Drive-in
OUT NOW! C.H.U.D. Blu-ray at DVD Drive-in
CRIMES OF PASSION Blu-ray/DVD combo at DVD Drive-in
DARK WATER Blu-ray/DVD combo at DVD Drive-in
DAY OF ANGER Blu-ray/DVD combo at DVD Drive-in
FEMALE PRISONER SCORPION: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION at DVD Drive-in
THE HERSCHELL GORDON LEWIS FEAST Blu-ray/DVD combo Limited Edition at DVD Drive-in
HIRED TO KILL Blu-ray/DVD combo at DVD Drive-in
OUT 8 NOV! THE INITIATION Blu-ray at DVD Drive-in
KILLER DAMES (THE NIGHT EVELYN CAME OUT OF THE GRAVE/THE RED QUEEN KILLS SEVEN TIMES) Blu-ray/DVD combo at DVD Drive-in
LA GRANDE BOUFFE Blu-ray/DVD combo at DVD Drive-in
MASSACRE GUN Blu-ray/DVD combo at DVD Drive-in
MICROWAVE MASSACRE Blu-ray/DVD combo at DVD Drive-in
THE MUTILATOR Blu-ray/DVD combo at DVD Drive-in
NIKKATSU DIAMOND GUYS VOLUME 2 (Tokyo Mighty Guy/Danger Pays/Murder Unincorporated) Blu-ray/DVD combo at DVD Drive-in
OUTLAW GANGSTER VIP: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION Blu-ray/DVD combo at DVD Drive-in
PIT STOP Blu-ray/DVD combo at DVD Drive-in
PRAY FOR DEATH Blu-ray at DVD Drive-in 
RAGE OF HONOR Blu-ray at DVD Drive-in
REQUIESCANT Blu-ray/DVD combo at DVD Drive-in
RETURN OF THE KILLER TOMATOES Blu-ray at DVD Drive-in
SLUGS Blu-ray at DVD Drive-in
SOCIETY Blu-ray/DVD combo at DVD Drive-in*
THE STRANGE CASE OF DR. JEKYLL AND MISS OSBOURNE Blu-ray/DVD combo at DVD Drive-in
STRAY CAT ROCK Blu-ray/DVD combo at DVD Drive-in
THE STUFF Blu-ray at DVD Drive-in
SUTURE Blu-ray/DVD combo at DVD Drive-in 
THE SWINGING CHEERLEADERS Blu-ray/DVD combo at DVD Drive-in
VAMP Blu-ray at DVD Drive-in
OUT NOW! WE ARE THE FLESH Blu-ray at DVD Drive-in

WHAT HAVE YOU DONE TO SOLANGE? Blu-ray/DVD combo at DVD Drive-in
THE ZERO BOYS Blu-ray/DVD combo at DVD Drive-in 
*Limited Edition of SOCIETY released in June, standard edition will be released in September.

Arrow Video:
BAISE-MOI at DVDBeaver
BATTLE ROYALE (Batoru Rowaiaru) at DVDBeaver
BARE BEHIND BARS (A Prisao) at DVDBeaver
BAY OF BLOOD (Ecologia del Delitto, Reazione a Catena) at DVDBeaver
THE BEYOND at DVDBeaver
BLIND WOMAN'S CURSE Blu-ray/DVD combo at DVDBeaver
CARD PLAYER (Il Cartaio) at DVDBeaver
CITY OF THE LIVING DEAD (Paura nella Citta dei Morti Viventi) at DVDBeaver
DAWN OF THE DEAD (Zombi) at DVDBeaver
DAY OF THE DEAD at DVDBeaver
DEADLY BLESSING at DVDBeaver
DEADLY OUTLAW: REKKA at DVDBeaver
DEADLY SPAWN at DVDBeaver
DEEP RED (Profondo Rosso) at DVDBeaver
DEMONS Blu-Ray at DVDBeaver
DEMONS 2 Blu-Ray at DVDBeaver
ERIK THE VIKING at DVDBeaver
THE FUNHOUSE Blu-Ray at DVDBeaver
HELL COMES TO FROGTOWN Blu-ray/DVD combo at DVDBeaver
INFERNO at DVDBeaver
ISLAND OF DEATH at DVDBeaver
THE LAST AMERICAN VIRGIN Blu-ray/DVD combo at DVDBeaver
MARTIN (Wampyr) at DVDBeaver
MIDNIGHT at DVDBeaver
NIGHT CHILD (Il Medaglione Insanguinato) at DVDBeaver
PIECES (Mil Gritos Tiene la Noche) at DVDBeaver
PIT STOP Blu-ray/DVD combo
at DVDBeaver
SAVAGE STREETS for DVDBeaver
SHIVERS Blu-ray/DVD combo at DVDBeaver
SLAUGHTER HIGH for DVDBeaver
SQUIRM Blu-ray/DVD combo at DVDBeaver
THE STENDHAL SYNDROME (La Sindrome de Stendhal) at DVDBeaver
THE STUFF Blu-ray/DVD combo
at DVDBeaver
SUPER BITCH (Si può essere più bastardi dell'ispettore Cliff?) at DVDBeaver
TENEBRAE (Tenebre) at DVDBeaver
TERROR AT THE OPERA (Opera) at DVDBeaver
TWO EVIL EYES at DVDBeaver
VAMP at DVDBeaver

ArrowDrome:
THE CHEERLEADERS at DVDBeaver
DEAD END DRIVE-IN at DVDBeaver
THE DEVIL'S KISS at DVDBeaver
DON'T GO IN THE HOUSE at DVDBeaver
THE INITIATION at DVDBeaver
THE MAN WITH THE SEVERED HEAD (Crimson) at DVDBeaver
PENITENTIARY at DVDBeaver
TOKYO DECADENCE at DVDBeaver
THE VINEYARD at DVDBeaver

17 September 2013

Arrow Video's SQUIRM slithers onto Blu-ray (review)

Some of nature's creepiest crawlies come surging to the surface in Jeff Lieberman's memorable gorefest SQUIRM.  When downed power lines send thousands of volts into the ground, carnivorous worms attack a Georgia town en masse.  Released theatrically by American International.

REVIEW LINK: Arrow Video (UK) Region B Blu-ray/Region 2 PAL DVD (DVDBeaver)

SQUIRM Blu-ray/DVD combo specs:
  • Blu-ray:
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 widescreen
    • English LPCM 2.0 mono
  • DVD
    • 16:9 anamorphic 1.85:1 widescreen
    • English Dolby Digital 2.0 mono
  • Optional English SDH subtitles
  • Audio Commentary by writer/director Jeff Lieberman
  • Q&A with Jeff Lieberman and star Don Scardino
  • Critic Kim Newman on director Jeff Lieberman and SQUIRM
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Reversible Cover
  • 34-page booklet with poster and archival stills, an essay on the film, and a text interview with the director
More ArrowDrome and Arrow Video reviews at Update the Tags: Arrow Video.

Arrow Video opens up MAISON CLOSE: SEASON ONE (review)

Step behind the walls of an exclusive nineteenth century brothel with innocent Rose as she searches for her long lost mother amidst political and social intrigues in the salacious Studio Canal series MAISON CLOSE: SEASON ONE.


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

MAISON CLOSE: SEASON ONE DVD specs:
  • 16:9 anamorphic 1.78:1 widescreen
  • French Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo
  • Optional English subtitles
  • All eight episodes on two discs
More Arrow Films reviews at Update the Tags: Arrow Films.

Vinegar Syndrome packs a DEATH FORCE for some VAMPIRE HOOKERS (review)

Vinegar Syndrome brings fans a double bill of Filipino exploitation courtesy of the prolific Cirio H. Santiago.  In DEATH FORCE (also known as FIGHTING MAD and VENGEANCE IS MINE), three Vietnam Vets smuggle cocaine to China on the way home for a tidy sum.  When his two buddies double cross him, stab him, and dump him in the ocean for dead, Doug (James Iglehart) is rescued by a Japanese samurai who trains him for vengeance against his buddies who have become Los Angeles drug kingpins.  Leon Isaac Kennedy (PENITENTIARY), Vic Diaz, and Jayne Kennedy also star.  In VAMPIRE HOOKERS, sailors stationed in the Philippines hit it big with a trio of voluptuous hookers who have digs in the cemetery.  They soon discover that "blood isn't all they suck"!  John Carradine stars.

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

DEATH FORCE/VAMPIRE HOOKERS DVD specs:
  • 16:9 anamorphic 1.85:1 widescreen transfers of both films from 2K masters
  • English Dolby Digital 2.0 mono
  • VAMPIRE HOOKERS Theatrical Trailer

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

16 September 2013

Code Red makes THE POLICE CONNECTION (review)

When a mad bomber starts striking around Los Angeles, a tough-as-nails cop discovers that a murderous rapist may be the only witness who can identify the bomber before his next catastrophic target.  Vince Edwards (TV's BEN CASEY), THE RIFLEMAN himself Chuck Connors, and EATEN ALIVE's Neville Brand star in this violent, exploitative thriller from Mr. "Big" himself Bert I. Gordon and distributor Jerry Gross.

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

THE POLICE CONNECTION (THE MAD BOMBER) DVD specs:
  • 16:9 anamorphic 1.78:1 widescreen transfer of the violent theatrical cut
  • English Dolby Digital 2.0 mono
  • Isolated Music Score
  • Code Red Trailers 
More Code Red reviews at Update the Tags: Code Red Releasing.

15 September 2013

Scream Factory presents THE AMITYVILLE HORROR TRILOGY (review)

America's most stigmatized property is the showcase of Shout! Factory's first "Scream Factory" box set with THE AMITYVILLE HORROR TRILOGY.  In THE AMITYVILLE HORROR (1979), James Brolin and Margot Kidder play a young couple who move their family into a too-good-to-be-true house where the previous tenant murdered his entire family.  AMITYVILLE II: THE POSSESSION (1982) goes back in time to the house's previous tenants whose dysfunctional relationships were further fractured by a demonic force lurking within the house.  Burt Young, Rutanya Alda, James Olsen, Diane Franklin, and Andrew Prine star.  In AMITVYILLE 3-D (1983), a skeptic buys the infamous house cheap only to discover the evil is real (and this time it's three dimensional).  Tony Roberts, Tess Harper, Lori Loughlin, Candy Clark, and Meg Ryan star.

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

THE AMITYVILLE HORROR TRILOGY Blu-ray specs:
  • "The Amityville Horror" (1979):
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 widescreen
    • English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and 2.0 mono
    • Optional English subtitles
    • Audio Commentary by parapsychologist Hans Holzer
    • "For Gods Sake, Get Out!" documentary with James Brolin and Margot Kidder
    • Interview with composer Lalo Schifrin
    • Theatrical Trailer
    • Radio Spots
  • "Amityville 2: The Possession"
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 widescreen
    • English DTS-HD 5.1 and 2.0 mono
    • Optional English subtitles
    • Audio Commentary by author Alexandra Holzer
    • Vintage Interview with director Damiano Damiani
    • Interviews with actors Andrew Prine, Diane Franklin, and Rutanya Alda, and screenwriter Tommy Lee Wallace
    • Still Gallery
    • Theatrical Trailer
  • Amityville 3D:
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 2.35:1 widescreen
    • English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and 2.0 stereo
    • Optional English subtitles
    • 3D and 2D versions
    • Interview with actress Candy Clark
    • Still Gallery
    • Theatrical Trailer

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14 September 2013

Strand Releasing peeks BEYOND THE WALLS (review)

When pianist Paolo meets Albanian bass guitarist Ilir, it's first love at first sight, but "love hurts".  When Ilir goes on tour for the weekend and doesn't come back, Paolo starts to make his own choices to change his life.  When Ilir finally contacts him and reveals that he is serving time in jail and needs his help with an illegal deal, will Paolo turn his back on his new relationship and secure job for his first love?


REVIEW LINK: Strand Releasing (US) Region 0 NTSC DVD (DVDBeaver)

BEYOND THE WALLS DVD specs:
  • 16:9 anamorphic 2.35:1 widescreen
  • French/Albanian Dolby Digital 5.1
  • Burnt-in English subtitles
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Strand Releasing Trailers
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Breaking Glass Pictures pays ALEKSANDR'S PRICE (review)

When his mother commits suicide and his older sister runs away with their life savings, immigrant Aleksandr finds him self on the dark side of male escorting and prostitution in a desperate attempt to survive.  Aleksandr tries to get away from the lifestyle, but his overwhelming loneliness and inability to forge meaningful relationships with people has him drifting into increasingly dangerous situations and losing his own grip on reality.

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

ALEKSANDR'S PRICE DVD specs:
  • 16:9 anamorphic 1.78:1 widescreen
  • English/Russian Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo
  • English Closed Captioning
  • Interview with writer/director/star Pau Maso
  • Photo Gallery
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Breaking Glass Pictures Trailers
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13 September 2013

88 Films tells AMAZONIA: THE CATHERINE MILES STORY (review)

English schoolgirl Catherine Miles travels down tot he Amazon to spend the holidays on her parents' rubber plant.  On a birthday trip up the Amazon river, their boat is ambushed and her parents are killed.  Abducted by a headhunting tribe, Catherine plots her escape even as she is ritually initiated into the tribe and develops a murderous hunger for revenge against her parents murderers.  Released by Charles Band's Empire Pictures in the United States as WHITE SLAVE, 88 Films' disc presents the film in its original European version in an anamorphic widescreen transfer.

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

AMAZONIA: THE CATHERINE MILES STORY DVD specs:
  • 16:9 anamorphic 1.78:1 widescreen
  • English Dolby Digital 2.0 mono
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Alternate "White Slave" Title Sequence
  • Full Moon Trailer Park
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10 September 2013

Jinga Films unleashes the SIMON RUMLEY TRILOGY (review)

British director Simon Rumley may be best known stateside for THE LIVING AND THE DEAD, RED, WHITE, AND BLUE and his entry in THE ABCS OF DEATH, but now Jinga Films brings his revolutionary first three films to DVD.  In STRONG LANGUAGE, sixteen young Londoners talk about everything from the club scene to Ecstasy to racism and AIDs while a narrator recounts a night of horror that changed his life forever.  THE TRUTH GAME is a comedy of bad manners in which an elegant dinner party quickly goes downhill with a series of revealed secrets, paranoia, inappropriate jokes, and bad behavior (and that's before they play "the truth fame").  Finally, in CLUB LE MONDE offers up a funny slice of life in a night of London's club scene.

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

STRONG LANGUAGE DVD specs:
  • 4:3 non-anamorphic 1.85:1 letterbox
  • English Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo
  • Behind the Scenes
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Trailer for CLUB LE MONDE
THE TRUTH GAME DVD specs:
  • 4:3 non-anamorphic 1.85:1 letterbox
  • English Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo
  • Audio Commentary by director Simon Rumley
  • Premiere Party
  • Trailers for CLUB LE MONDE and STRONG LANGUAGE
CLUB LE MONDE DVD specs:
  • 4:3 non-anamorphic 1.66:1 letterbox
  • English Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo
  • Audio Commentary by director Simon Rumley
  • Premiere
  • Outtakes
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Trailer for STRONG LANGUAGE
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Scream Factory is slashed by PSYCHO III (review)

"Norman Bates is back to normal. But mother's off her rocker again" in Anthony Perkins' directorial debut PSYCHO III.  Norman's got the motel running again and mother back in the upstairs window, when a drifter and an ex-nun (not to mention a whole gaggle of promiscuous homecoming revelers) upset the piece and unleash a bloodbath.  Anthony Perkins, Jeff Fahey, and Diana Scarwid star.

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

PSYCHO III Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 widescreen
  • English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and 2.0 stereo
  • Audio Commentary by screenwriter Charles Edward Pogue
  • "Watch the Guitar" interview with actor Jeff Fahey
  • "Patsy's Last Night" interview with actor Katt Shea
  • "Mother's Maker" interview with special make-up effects artist Michael Westmore
  • "Body Double" with Brinke Stevens
  • Theatrical Trailer and TV spot
  • Still Gallery
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Scream Factory welcomes back Norman Bates in PSYCHO II (review)

"It's 22 years later, and Norman Bates is coming home" in PSYCHO II.  Having been released from the asylum after being judged "restored to sanity", Norman Bates finds it hard enough to adjust to freedom without "mother" lurking in the shadows of his home and the Bates Motel.  Directed by Australian Richard Franklin (PATRICK and ROAD GAMES), PSYCHO II stars Anthony Perkins, Meg Tilly, Vera Miles, and Dennis Franz.

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

PSYCHO II Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 widescreen
  • English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and 2.0 stereo
  • Audio Commentary by screenwriter Tom Holland
  • Cast and Crew Interviews (EPK)
  • Vintage Audio Interviews
  • Two Trailers
  • Four TV Spots
  • Stills Gallery
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09 September 2013

Vinegar Syndrome sends THE DOLL SQUAD on MISSION: KILLFAST (review)

Director Ted V. Mikels is showcased in this double bill Blu-ray from Vinegar Syndrome.  In THE DOLL SQUAD, a group of elite female agents hunt a master criminal who has already blown up a space shuttle when he doesn't get the the microfilm plans for anti-ballistic missiles.  Francine York, Anthony Eisley, and Michael Ansara star.  In MISSION: KILLFAST, Tiger Yang is recruited by the CIA to find a missing pair of nuclear detonators.  Jewel Shepard also stars.

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

THE DOLL SQUAD/MISSION: KILLFAST Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 widescreen
  • English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 mono
  • Optional English subtitles
  • Audio Commentary on THE DOLL SQUAD by director Ted V. Mikels
  • Video Interview with Ted V. Mikels on MISSION: KILLFAST
  • Theatrical Trailer for THE DOLL SQUAD
  • Historical Video Interview with Ted V. Mikels
  • Video Interview with actress Francine York
  • Reversible MISSION: KILLFAST cover art

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05 September 2013

Anchor Bay investigates THE DYATLOV PASS INCIDENT (review)

In CLIFFHANGER director Renny Harlin's stab at the "found footage" genre, a team of Oregon university filmmakers travel to Russia's Ural Mountains to investigate "The Dyatlov Pass Incident" in which a group of nine hikers died mysteriously in 1959 in on the "Mountain of the Dead" (with theories ranging from radiation poisoning to hypothermia to the Yeti or aliens).  The team of filmmakers of course ignore the bad omens and find themselves being stalked by someone or something.


REVIEW LINK: Anchor Bay (UK) Region 2 PAL DVD (DVDBeaver)

THE DYATLOV PASS INCIDENT DVD specs:
  • 16:9 anamorphic 1.85:1 widescreen
  • English Dolby Digital 5.1 and 2.0 stereo
  • Behind the Scenes
  • Theatrical Trailer

03 September 2013

Scream Factory vs John Carpenter's PRINCE OF DARKNESS (review)

“Before man walked the earth… it slept for centuries” and now John Carpenter’s PRINCE OF DARKNESS is awakening in high definition courtesy of Shout! Factory’s Scream Factory collector’s edition Blu-ray!  Donald Pleasance (HALLOWEEN), Lisa Blount (NEEDFUL THINGS), BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA's Victor Wong and Dennis Dun, and Jameson Parker (TV's SIMON & SIMON) star.

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

PRINCE OF DARKNESS Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 2.35:1 widescreen
  • English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and 2.0 stereo
  • Optional English SDH subtitles
  • Audio Commentary by director John Carpenter and actor Peter Jason
  • "Sympathy for the Devil" interview with director John Carpenter
  • "Alice at the Apocalypse" interview with actor Alice Cooper
  • "The Messenger" interview with actor and special visual effects supervisor Robert Grasmere
  • "Hell on Earth" a look at the film's score with co-composer Alan Howarth
  • Alternate Opening for the TV version
  • "Horror's Hallowed Grounds" locations visit
  • Theatrical Trailer and Two Radio Spots
  • Still Gallery
  • Reversible Cover
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