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31 October 2013

Wild Eye Releasing enrolls in MURDER UNIVERSITY (review)

In this throwback to the eighties slashers, young Josh enrolls in Greensboro College and immediately fails to fit in.  His teachers hate him, his classmates hate him, and he witnesses a devil-masked killer murder three of his classmates.  Barely surviving the ordeal, he teams up with a detective and the man's daughter to catch the killer nicknamed "The Greensboro Devil" on the campus of "Murder U" where the tuition is killer and the alumni is six feet under.

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

MURDER UNIVERSITY DVD specs:
  • 16:9 anamorphic 1.78:1 widescreen
  • English Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo
  • Audio Commentary
  • Audio Commentary
  • Deleted Scene
  • Trailers

BFI wakes in the DEAD OF NIGHT (review)

Venture into the DEAD OF NIGHT with the British Film Institute as they rescue from the BBC vaults that three surviving episodes of this seventies TV chiller series.  In THE EXORCISM, two couples celebrating Christmas dinner in a renovated country cottage are chosen for centuries old supernatural retribution.  In RETURN FLIGHT, an aging airplane captain has an encounter in the sky with what might be a literal "phantom" aircraft.  In A WOMAN SOBBING, an unhappy housewife believes she is either going mad or the ghost of a woman is haunting the attic of her country home.  Anna Cropper, Clive Swift, Peter Barkworth, and Anna Massey star.

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

DEAD OF NIGHT DVD specs:
  • 4:3 non-anamorphic 1.33:1 fullscreen (original aspect ratio)
  • English Dolby Digital 2.0 mono
  • The three surviving episodes "The Exorcism", "Return Flight", and "A Woman Sobbing"
  • Photo galleries from two of the missing episodes
  • PDF screenplays for all seven episodes

29 October 2013

Scream Factory has CHILLING VISIONS: 5 SENSES OF FEAR (review)

Originally broadcast on the Chiller channel, CHILLING VISIONS: 5 SENSES OF FEAR features five short horror films by the makers of 2012 DOOMSDAY (Nick Everhart), YELLOWBRICKROAD (Jesse Holland and Andy Mitton), MADISON COUNTY (Eric England), and THE RETELLING (Emily Hagins), as well as the directorial debut of Miko Hughes (the creepy kid from PET SEMATARY).

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

CHILLING VISIONS: 5 SENSES OF FEAR Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.78:1 widescreen
  • English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and 2.0 stereo
  • Optional English SDH subtitles
  • Deleted Scene
  • Teasers and Trailers

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

Code Red peeks in on James Hong's THE GIRL NEXT DOOR (review)

Before he was KUNG-FU PANDA's Mr. Ping, prolific actor James Hong also dabbled in directing low budget sexploitation pictures including THE GIRL NEXT DOOR.  Carol and Neeley decide to volunteer for the police force rather than camp with their boyfriends for the summer and find themselves mixed up in prostitution, drugs, and more thanks to both their boyfriends and their randy cop trainers.  Kristin Baker (FRIDAY THE 13TH PART 2), Perry Lang (JOCKS), and Richard Singer (AMERICAN POP) star.

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

THE GIRL NEXT DOOR/TEEN LUST DVD specs:
  • 16:9 anamorphic 1.78:1 widescreen transfers of the director's cut THE GIRL NEXT DOOR and the re-release version TEEN LUST
  • English Dolby Digital 2.0 mono
  • Audio Commentary on TEEN LUST by director James Hong, moderated by Bill Olsen and Marc Edward Heuck
  • Trailers for THE GIRL NEXT DOOR
More Code Red reviews at Update the Tags: Code Red Releasing.

28 October 2013

Severin Films sweats out THE HOT NIGHTS OF LINDA (review)

Eager to get away from rainy, dreary Paris, Marie-France (Alice Arno) takes a position as a nurse to the paralyzed daughter of eccentric author Radeck (Paul Muller) who lives abroad in a Greek villa with his nymphomaniacal niece Olivia (Lina Romay) and mute servant (Pierre Taylou).  All are hot-to-trot but they are also guarding a devastating family secret, and Marie-France soon finds that THE HOT NIGHTS OF LINDA are full of sex and death.  Also known as BUT WHO RAPED LINDA and THE BRUTAL NIGHTS OF LINDA.

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

THE HOT NIGHTS OF LINDA Blu-ray/DVD combo specs:
  • Blu-ray:
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 2.35:1 widescreen
    • English DTS-HD Master Audio 1.0 mono
  • DVD:
    • 16:9 anamorphic 2.35:1 widescreen
    • English Dolby Digital 2.0 mono
  • Interview with Jess Franco
  • Jess Franco and Lina Romay on THE HOT NIGHTS OF LINDA
  • Interview with Franco expert Stephen Thrower
  • Jess Franco Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Outtakes
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • BONUS LIMITED THIRD DISC of the hardcore French version (quantities are limited so check with Severin's direct sale website for copies of the 3-disc version which will be replaced with a 2-disc combo when supplies are exhausted).
More Severin Films reviews at Update the Tags: Severin Films.

25 October 2013

Scream Factory takes in an ALL NIGHT HORROR MARATHON (review)

Take in a quartet of horror obscurities from the MGM vaults courtesy of Scream Factory.  In WHAT'S THE MATTER WITH HELEN?, Debbie Reynold and Shelly Winters flee New York for Hollywood after their sons are convicted of a grisly murder.  Soon they begin receiving threatening notes and phone calls, but it it all in Helen's mind?  In THE VAGRANT, Bill Paxton plays a young yuppie who buys his dream house only to be tormented by a psychotic vagrant no one else believes exists.  In THE GODSEND, a mysterious woman gives birth and leaves her child behind with an English family.  When their own children begin to die mysteriously, they start to wonder if sweet Bonnie is such a blessing.  In THE OUTING, six teenagers (and two uninvited rape-happy classmates) spend the night in a museum with a magic lamp housing a malevolent djinn that thinks up gory ways to torment and kill his victims.

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

ALL NIGHT HORROR MARATHON VOLUME ONE DVD specs:
  • Disc One:
    • "What's  the Matter with Helen" (1971)
      • 16:9 anamorphic 1.78:1 widescreen
      • English Dolby Digital 2.0 mono
    • "The Vagrant" (1992)
      • 16:9 anamorphic 1.85:1 widescreen
      • English Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo
  • Disc Two:
    • "The Godsend" (1980)
      • 16:9 anamorphic 1.66:1 widescreen
      • English Dolby Digital 2.0 mono
    • "The Outing" (1987)
      • 4:3 non-anamorphic 1.33:1 fullscreen
      • English Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo
More Scream Factory reviews at Update the Tags: Scream Factory.

23 October 2013

Mondo Macabro and Jess Franco teach you HOW TO SEDUCE A VIRGIN (review)

Fresh from a year-long stay in a mental institution, Martine de Bressac (Alice Arno) takes up where she left off procuring nude models for her museum of petrified victims.  Her husband (Robert Woods) has a housewarming gift for her in the form of a virgin (Tania Busselier) ripe for ravishment in Jess Franco's rarely seen Sadean exercise HOW TO SEDUCE A VIRGIN (aka PLAISIR A TROIS).  Lina Romay also stars.

REVIEW LINK: Mondo Macabro (US) Region 1 NTSC DVD (DVD Drive-in)

HOW TO SEDUCE A VIRGIN DVD specs:
  • 4:3 non-anamorphic 1.33:1 fullscreen (original aspect ratio)
  • French Dolby Digital 2.0 mono
  • Optional English subtitles
  • About the Film Text Essay
  • Interview with Franco Expert Stephen Thrower
  • Interview with screenwriter Alain Petit
  • Cast and Crew Profiles
  • More from Mondo Macabro

More Mondo Macabro reviews at Update the Tags: Mondo Macabro.

22 October 2013

Vinegar Syndrome's VIRGIN AND THE LOVER have LUSTFUL FEELINGS (review)

Golden age porn stars Jamie Gillis, Eric Edwards, Jennifer Welles, Terri Hall, Darby Lloyd Rains, and Richard Bolla star in this fleshy double bill of oddball films from Kemal Horulu.  In VIRGIN AND THE LOVER, Edwards has a bizarre fetish that no living woman can satisfy except possibly his psychiatrist's secretary.  In LUSTFUL FEELINGS, Gillis is a small-time cocaine dealer in debt with the mob.  When he puts his girlfriend to work as a nude model, he has no idea what her clients really demand of her.

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

VIRGIN AND THE LOVER/LUSTFUL FEELINGS DVD specs:
  • 16:9 anamorphic 1.85:1 widescreen transfers of both films from 2K masters
  • English Dolby Digital 2.0 mono
  • Trailers for both films

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

21 October 2013

MVD battles BATH SALT ZOMBIES


REVIEW LINK: MVD (US) Region 0 NTSC DVD (DVDBeaver)

BATH SALT ZOMBIES DVD specs:
  • 16:9 anamorphic 1.73:1 widescreen
  • English Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo
  • Audio Commentary by writer/director Dustin Mills and actor Brandon Salkil
  • Trailer

Jinga Films hears a SILENT CRY (review)

When single mother Rachel wakes up in the hospital to learn that her newborn baby has suddenly died during the night, she starts to suspect that someone has actually stolen her child.  It quickly turns out that she may be onto something as she finds herself being pursued by a relentless stalker and she can't call the police because he's one of them!  The only person she can rely on is the hospital's janitor who also finds himself framed and on the run when he helps her find the identity of a woman who might have her child.  This tense British thriller stars Emily Woof (PHOTOGRAPHING FAIRIES), Douglas Henshall (ANGELS & INSECTS), Frank Finlay (CASANOVA), Kevin Whately (TV's INSPECTOR MORSE and INSPECTOR LEWIS), and Clive Russell (OSCAR AND LUCINDA).  Directed by Julian Richards (DARKLANDS).

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

SILENT CRY DVD specs:
  • 16:9 anamorphic 2.35:1 widescreen
  • English Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Trailers
More Jinga Films reviews at Update the Tags: Jinga Films.

20 October 2013

Second Sight reveals THE PARANORMAL DIARIES: CLOPHILL (review)

In 1963, the ruin of St. Mary's Church in the village of Clophill was desecrated by devil worshipers.  Since then, the ruin has been host to paranormal activity with eerily consistent eye witness accounts from locals, hikers, and the many ghost seekers who visit the site at night.  When a film crew mount a three night investigation of the site, they experience for themselves the mystery of St. Mary's.

REVIEW LINK: Second Sight (UK) Region 2 PAL DVD (DVDBeaver)

THE PARANORMAL DIARIES: CLOPHILL DVD specs:
  • 16:9 anamorphic 2.35:1 widescreen
  • English Dolby Digital 5.1 and 2.0 stereo
  • Audio Commentary by writer/director Kevin Gates
  • Audio Commentary by actors Craig Stovin, Criselda Cabitac, and writer/director Kevin Gates
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Trailer

19 October 2013

Review Archive: Mondo Macabro

Here's another installment in my "Update the Tags" series of blog posts.  This one presents links to every Mondo Macabro title I have reviewed so far.  They've got some exciting releases coming out.  Hopefully, I'll be able to get caught up with them this year.

ALUCARDA at DVDBeaver
THE BLOOD ROSE at DVDBeaver
BOLLYWOOD HORROR Volume 2 at DVDBeaver
BOLLYWOOD HORROR Volume 3 at DVDBeaver
BORN OF FIRE at DVDBeaver
COUNTESS PERVERSE at DVDBeaver / DVD Drive-in
THE DEVIL'S BUSINESS Blu-ray/DVD combo at DVD Drive-in
DON'T DELIVER US FROM EVIL at DVDBeaver
OUT NOW! THE FAN Blu-ray/DVD combo at DVD Drive-in
THE GIRL IN ROOM 2A at DVD Drive-In
GRADIVA at DVDBeaver
HOW TO SEDUCE A VIRGIN at DVD Drive-in
LIFESPAN at DVDBeaver
MANSION OF MADNESS at DVDBeaver
SEVEN WOMEN FOR SATAN at DVDBeaver
THE SLAVE (Scacco alla Regina) at DVD Drive-in
THE SNAKE GOD (Il Dio Serpente) at DVD Drive-in
OUT NOW! TANGO OF PERVERSION at DVD Drive-in
OUT SOON! THE WIFE KILLER at DVD Drive-in 

17 October 2013

Olive Films enters the devil's doorway in WITCHBOARD 2 (review)

The board is back in WITCHBOARD 2: THE DEVIL'S DOORWAY.  Struggling artist Paige (Ami Dolenz, PUMPKINHEAD 2: BLOOD WINGS) moves into a spacious, fully-furnished loft and discovers that the previous tenant is still around in spirit form communicating with her through a left behind Ouija board.  The spirit is at first helpful to her but becomes more ominous, and anyone who tries to interfere is subject to strange and grizzly freak accidents as the spirit or demon seeks to possess Paige.  Timothy Gibbs (THE KINDRED), John Gatins (LEPRECHAUN 3), and SNL's Laraine Newman star.  Directed by Kevin S. Tenney (NIGHT OF THE DEMONS).

REVIEW LINK: Olive Films (US) Region A Blu-ray (DVD Drive-in)

WITCHBOARD 2: THE DEVIL'S DOORWAY Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.78:1 widescreen
  • English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 stereo
  • Audio Commentary by writer/director Kevin S. Tenney and actors Julie Michaels and John Gatins
  • Behind the Scenes Featurette including interviews with Ami Dolenz, Timothy Gibbs, Lorraine Newman, Julie Michaels, Kevin S. Tenney, and others
  • Two Deleted Scenes
  • Two Home Video Trailers
  • Three TV Spots
More Olive Films reviews at Update the Tags: Olive Films.

16 October 2013

Scream Factory celebrates the DAY OF THE DEAD (review)

The gruesome finale of George Romero' original "Dead" trilogy gets an HD rejuvenation in Shout! Factory's "Scream Factory" collector's edition of DAY OF THE DEAD.  Zombies outnumber the living four hundred to one, and an underground installation of scientists and the military are working at increasingly violent odds with one another and may destroy each other before the zombies bust their way in.  Lori Cardille, Joe Pilato, John Amplas, and Richard Liberty star.


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

DAY OF THE DEAD Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.78:1 widescreen
  • English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 mono
  • Audio Commentary with director/writer George A. Romero, special make-up effects artist Tom Savini, actress Lori Cardille, and production designer Cletus Anderson
  • Audio Commentary with filmmaker Roger Avery
  • "World's End: The Legacy of Day of the Dead" feature-length documentary
  • Behind the Scenes with special effects artist Tom Savini
  • Wampum Mine Promo
  • "Underground: A Look at Day of the Dead's Mines"
  • One Teaser and Three Theatrical Trailers
  • Three TV Spots
  • Still Galleries:
    • Behind the Scenes
    • Locations
    • Posters and Lobby Cards
    • Miscellaneous
  • Reversible Cover
More Scream Factory reviews at Update the Tags: Scream Factory.

15 October 2013

Vinegar Syndrome hops the NIGHT TRAIN TO TERROR

Vinegar Syndrome hops the NIGHT TRAIN TO TERROR for a trilogy of gory tales involving asylums of butchers, exotic games of Russian Roulette, and the son of Satan himself.  John Philip Law (DANGER: DIABOLIK) and Cameron Mitchell (NIGHTMARE IN WAX) star.  From Academy Award winning screenwriter Philip Yordan.

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

NIGHT TRAIN TO TERROR Blu-ray/DVD combo specs:
  • Blu-ray:
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 widescreen
    • English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 mono
  • DVD:
    • 16:9 anamorphic 1.85:1 widescreen
    • English Dolby Digital 2.0 mono
  • Feature-length Audio Interview with director Jay Schlossberg-Cohen
  • Audio Commentary by The Hysteria Continues
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Bonus Feature: Complete cut of the story "Gretta" (from 1" tape)
  • Audio Interview with assistant editor Wayne Schmidt
 More Vinegar Syndrome reviews at Update the Tags: Vinegar Syndrome.

Where life is cheap: Blue Underground's SNUFF (review)

One of the cinematic great outrages of the seventies, SNUFF comes to special edition Blu-ray courtesy of Blue Underground.  An actress and her wealthy friends run are in the crosshairs of a hippie guru and his murderous gang of girl bikers.  Infamous roughie filmmakers Michael and Roberta Findlay shot this Manson murders cash-in in Argentina in 1970 but were unable to find a distributor until Monarch Releasing's Allan Schackleton bought the film in 1975 and added a "snuff movie" sequence and turned it into his highest-grossing pic ever SNUFF which outraged critics and feminists alike (some of which were convinced that "the bloodiest thing that ever happened in front of a camera" was real.  Judge for yourself!

REVIEW LINK: Blue Underground (US) Region ALL Blu-ray (DVD Drive-in)

SNUFF Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.66:1 widescreen
  • English DTS-HD Master Audio 1.0 mono
  • Optional English SDH Subtitles
  • "Shooting SNUFF" - interview with filmmaker Carter Stevens
  • "Up to SNUFF" - interview with filmmaker Nicolas Winding Refn
  • "Porn Buster" - interview with retired FBI agent Bill Kelly
  • US Trailer
  • German Trailer
  • Poster and Still Gallery
  • Controversy Gallery
  • SNUFF: The Seventies and Beyond by Alexandra Heller-Nicholas
  • Introduction by Nicholas Winding Refn

11 October 2013

Severin Films invades the HOUSE ON STRAW HILL (review)

Udo Kier (ANDY WARHOL'S DRACULA), Linda Hayden (BLOOD ON SATAN'S CLAW), and Fiona Richmond (HARDCORE) star in this sexy, gory British thriller from the director of LET'S GET LAID and the producer of VAMPYRES.  A frustrated author is experiencing writer's block on his second novel and hires a sexy personal assistant who not only takes over the running of the house but also his life in both erotic and deadly ways.  Also known as EXPOSÉ.

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

HOUSE ON STRAW HILL Blu-ray/DVD combo specs:
  • Blu-ray:
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.66:1 widescreen
    • English DTS-HD Master Audio 1.0 mono
  • DVD:
    • 16:9 anamorphic 1.66:1 widescreen
    • English Dolby Digital 2.0 mono
  • Audio Commentary by director James Kenelm Clarke and producer Brian Smedley-Aston
  • "An Angel for Satan" interview with actress Linda Hayden
  • Theatrical Trailer
More Severin Films reviews at Update the Tags: Severin Films.

10 October 2013

Code Red makes a pact with the DEVIL'S THREE (review)

Marie Lee is Singapore Interpol agent Cleopatra Wong, and she makes a pact with Lucifer and becomes one of the DEVIL'S THREE.  When his men betray him and hold his daughter for ransom, criminal kingpin Lucifer Devlin must turn to the bane of his existence Cleopatra Wong to rescue her; but what does his enemy demand in return?  With the help of a flamboyantly gay ex-cop and a three-hundred-pound psychic, Cleopatra Wong scours Manila in search of the missing girl and a horde of karate-kicking pimps, loan sharks, and drug pushers.

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

DEVIL'S THREE DVD specs:
  • 16:9 anamorphic 1.78:1 widescreen
  • English Dolby Digital 2.0 mono
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Code Red Trailers
More Code Red reviews at Update the Tags: Code Red Releasing.

09 October 2013

Code Red Releasing dances with THE FACE WITH 2 LEFT FEET (review)

When is John Travolta not John Travolta?  When it's Italy's number one John Travolta impersonator.  Johnny Spezia plays a lowly hotel cook who falls for a sexy disco DJ (actress/singer-turned-pornstar-turned-politician Ilona Staller aka Cicciolina).  When his buddies discover his striking resemblance to John Travolta, they hatch a scheme for him to win his lady love.  The only problem is: he can't dance... oh, and the real John Travolta has made reservations at the hotel, requiring much comic maneuvering to keep the two apart.  Angelo Infanti (THE GODFATHER) also stars.

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

THE FACE WITH TWO LEFT FEET DVD specs:
  • 16:9 anamorphic 1.78:1 widescreen
  • English Dolby Digital 2.0 mono
  • Code Red Trailers

More Code Red reviews at Update the Tags: Code Red Releasing.

Strand Releasing hits BRANCA'S PITCH (review)

The shocking truth behind "The Shot Heard 'Round the World" is revealed in BRANCA'S PITCH, a documentary on the writing of the autobiography of Brooklyn Dodgers pitcher Ralph Branca as told by him and ghostwriter David Ritz.

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

BRANCA'S PITCH DVD specs:
  • 16:9 anamorphic 1.78:1 widescreen
  • English Dolby Digital 2.0 surround
  • English Closed Captioning
  • Trailer
  • Strand Releasing Trailers
More Strand Releasing reviews at Update the Tags: Strand Releasing.

Believe Limited visits TURTLE HILL, BROOKLYN (review)

Will's thirtieth birthday celebration starts off with a bang when his boyfriend Mateo learns that his family doesn't know he's gay and his conservative sister gets the shock of her life when she drops in unannounced.  As the evening progresses, it turns out that Will isn't the only one in the relationship and among his horde of birthday guests that are keeping secrets and lies that are bound to come out by the end of the night.

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

TURTLE HILL, BROOKLYN DVD specs:
  • 16:9 anamorphic 1.78:1 widescreen
  • English Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo
  • Audio Commentary by director Ryan Gielen, producers Ricardo Valdez and Holly Lynn Ellis, and actor/producer Brian W. Seibert
  • Photo Gallery
  • Trailer

Strand Releasing presents Ulrich Seidl's PARADISE: FAITH (review)

In the second part of Ulrich Seidl's "Paradise Trilogy" PARADISE: FAITH, unassuming nurse Anna Maria decides to stay home to do missionary work of a peculiar kind.  As one of the "assault troop of the church", she goes door to door in order to coerce her most socially marginalized neighbors to convert to Catholicism in order to save her beloved Austria.


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

PARADISE: FAITH DVD specs:
  • 16:9 anamorphic 1.85:1 widescreen
  • German/Arabic Dolby Digital 5.1
  • Burnt-in English Subtitles
  • Photo Gallery
  • Trailers for the PARADISE trilogy
  • Strand Releasing Trailers

More Strand Releasing reviews at Update the Tags: Strand Releasing.

08 October 2013

Breaking Glass Pictures stalks 4 DEAD GIRLS: THE SOUL TAKER (Review)

Four college coeds come upon a too-good-to-be-true offer in a cheap, fully-furnished house with all the amenities near campus.  Unfortunately their landlord is not only a creep, but a literal soul-sucker who preys on "evil women".  Soon the the women are trapped in the house with their very souls at stake.

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

4 DEAD GIRLS: THE SOUL TAKER DVD specs:
  • 16:9 anamorphic 1.96:1 widescreen
  • English Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo
  • Behind the Scenes
  • Special Effects
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Photo Gallery
  • Trailer
  • Breaking Glass Trailers
More Breaking Glass Pictures reviews at Update the Tags: Breaking Glass.

Review Archive: Strand Releasing

Check here periodically for review links for Strand Releasing product.

ABUSE OF WEAKNESS [Abus de Faiblesse] at DVDBeaver
ALL OF ME at DVDBeaver
THE AMAZING CATFISH [Los insólitos peces gato] at DVDBeaver

BABA JOON at DVDBeaver
BEYOND THE WALLS [Hors les Murs] at DVDBeaver
BICYCLING WITH MOLIÈRE at DVDBeaver
BIG IN JAPAN at DVDBeaver
THE BLUE HOUR at DVDBeaver
A BORROWED IDENTITY at DVDBeaver
BRANCA'S PITCH at DVDBeaver
THE BRIDE (LA NOVIA) at DVDBeaver
CEMETERY OF SPLENDOR Blu-ray at DVDCompare
CHEVALIER at DVDBeaver
CUPCAKES at DVDBeaver
THE CUT at DVDBeaver
DROWN at DVDBeaver
EDGE OF SEVENTEEN Blu-ray at DVDBeaver
EISENSTEIN IN GUANAJUATO at DVDBeaver
THE EMPTY HOURS at DVDBeaver
FINDING NEIGHBORS at DVDBeaver
FRAGMENTS OF LOVE at DVDBeaver
FROM AFAR at DVDBeaver
THE FUTURE [Il Futuro] at DVDBeaver
FUTURO BEACH at DVDBeaver
GERONTOPHILIA at DVDBeaver
GUIDANCE at DVDBeaver
I USED TO BE DARKER at DVDBeaver
IN THE BASEMENT [Im Keller] at DVDBeaver
IN THE FOG [V Tumane] at DVDBeaver
INTERIOR. LEATHER BAR. at DVDBeaver
LAND AND SHADE at DVDBeaver
LOVE AT FIRST FIGHT [Les Combattants] at DVDBeaver
OUT 16 MAY! LOVESONG at DVDBeaver
MARSHLAND at DVDBeaver
MAY ALLAH BLESS FRANCE! at DVDBeaver
OUT NOW! MIFUNE: THE LAST SAMURAI at DVDBeaver
THE MISSING PICTURE at DVDBeaver
THE MYSTERY OF HAPPINESS at DVDBeaver
OUR LAST TANGO at DVDBeaver
PARADISE: FAITH [Paradies: Glaube] at DVDBeaver
PARADISE: HOPE [Paradies: Hoffnung] at DVDBeaver
PARADISE: LOVE [Paradies: Liebe] at DVDBeaver
PARIS-MANHATTAN at DVDBeaver
POST TENEBRAS LUX at DVDBeaver
REFUGE at DVDBeaver
SALVATION ARMY at DVDBeaver
SCHOOLED: THE PRICE OF COLLEGE SPORTS at DVDBeaver
SET FIRE TO THE STARS at DVDBeaver
SEX, LOVE AND THERAPY at DVDBeaver
SPA NIGHT at DVDBeaver
OUT 30 MAY! STAYING VERTICAL at DVDBeaver
THE SUMMER OF SANGAILE at DVDBeaver
SUMMERTIME at DVDBeaver
OUT NOW! SUNTAN at DVDBeaver
SWORN VIRGIN at DVDBeaver
OUT NOW! THE TRANSFIGURATION at DVDBeaver

VALLEY OF DEATH at DVDBeaver
VOLLEY (Voley) at DVDBeaver
THE WAY HE LOOKS (Hoje Eu Quero Voltar Sozinho) at DVDBeaver
WEDDING DOLL at DVDBeaver
WETLANDS Blu-ray at DVDBeaver
A WOLF AT THE DOOR at DVDBeaver
OUT NOW! A WOMAN, A PART at DVDBeaver
XENIA at DVDBeaver
YOU AND THE NIGHT at DVDBeaver
ZAYTOUN at DVDBeaver

04 October 2013

Code Red guards Ornella Muti's VIRGINITY (review)

Vittorio Gassman's (BITTER RICE) life is at stake when the Sicilian mafia charges him with guarding the virtue of his delectable cousin (Ornella Muti, FLASH GORDON) on her first trip to London in this British/Italian sex comedy also starring Adolfo Celi (THUNDERBALL), Graham Stark (TRAIL OF THE PINK PANTHER) and Lou Castel (BULLET FOR THE GENERAL).

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

VIRGINITY DVD specs:
  • 4:3 non-anamorphic 1.33:1 fullscreen
  • English Dolby Digital 2.0 mono
More Code Red reviews at Update the Tags: Code Red Releasing.

Warner Archive is throttled by the HANDS OF A STRANGER (review)

"The Surgeon's Scalpel Writes a Thriller" in HANDS OF A STRANGER directed by Newt Arnold (BLOOD THIRST).  When a concert pianist's hands are mangled in a traffic accident, an innovative doctor transplants the hands of a John Doe onto him, but has the pianist inherited the donor's murderous impulses?  Paul Lukather (FRIDAY THE 13TH: THE FINAL CHAPTER), Irish McCalla (SHE DEMONS), and James Stapleton (THE KILLING JAR) star.

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

HANDS OF A STRANGER DVD specs:
  • 16:9 anamorphic 1.78:1 widescreen
  • English Dolby Digital 2.0 mono


01 October 2013

Arrow Films patronizes MAISON CLOSE: SEASON TWO (review)

The ladies of the brothel Paradis are back in season two of MAISON CLOSE battling the hypocritical Moral Order, the law, monarchists, the republic, pimps, streetwalkers, and a gang of thieves in eight harrowing episodes.

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

MAISON CLOSE: SEASON TWO DVD specs:
  • 16:9 anamorphic 2.35:1 widescreen
  • French Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo
  • Optional English subtitles
  • Eight episodes on two discs
More Arrow Films reviews at Update the Tags: Arrow Films.

Code Red suffers THE CURSE OF THE BLUE LIGHTS (review)

Ghouls require human sacrifices to resurrect an eons-old demon god in the Pueblo, Colorado-lensed regional horror flick CURSE OF THE BLUE LIGHTS.  Released direct to video in 1989, this neat flick gets the special edition courtesy of Code Red.

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

CURSE OF THE BLUE LIGHTS DVD specs:
  • 16:9 anamorphic 1.66:1 widescreen
  • English Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo
  • Audio Commentary by director John Henry Johnson and actor Brett Ritter
  • Two Still Galleries
  • Code Red Trailers
More Code Red reviews at Update the Tags: Code Red Releasing.

Warner Archive is TORMENTED (review)

Richard Carlson (CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON) stars as a man TORMENTED by the ghost of an old flame before his wedding in this supernatural thriller from Bert I. Gordon (FOOD OF THE GODS).  Also stars Lugene Sanders, Susan Gordon, Juli Reding, and Joe Turkel.

REVIEW LINK: Warner Archive (US) Region 1 NTSC DVD-R (DVD Drive-in)

TORMENTED DVD specs:
  • 16:9 anamorphic 1.78:1 widescreen
  • English Dolby Digital 2.0 mono


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