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31 July 2014

Vinegar Syndrome visits the TROPIC OF DESIRE in a FANTASY WORLD (review)

In this pair of Bob Chinn XXX epics shot back-to-back, THE DEVIL IN MISS JONES' Georgina Spelvin runs a Honolulu brothel in the last days of World War II while sailors on shore leave and vacationing switchboard operators live out their unspoken fantasies at the mysterious San Francisco sex show club FANTASY WORLD.

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

TROPIC OF DESIRE/FANTASY WORLD DVD specs:
  • 16:9 anamorphic 1.78:1 widescreen
  • English Dolby Digital 1.0 mono
  • 2K scans of the original 35mm camera negatives
  • Theatrical Trailers for both films
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30 July 2014

Cinema Libre is WET BEHIND THE EARS (review)

Fresh out of college, Samantha dreams of living in the big city with her best friend Vicky.  Putting all of her eggs into one basket, she interviews at an advertising firm belonging to a vague acquaintance of her father.  When she doesn't get the job because of her inexperience, she is forced to move back home and take a job in a friend's ice cream shop.  Mortified by having to serve her catty old school friends, she strikes up a friendship with a kid who was unpopular but is now an aspiring (read: unemployed) filmmaker.  Together they hit upon a shady scheme to solve their problems.

REVIEW LINK: Cinema Libre (US) Region 0 NTSC DVD (DVDBeaver)

WET BEHIND THE EARS DVD specs:
  • 16:9 anamorphic 1.78:1 widescreen
  • English Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo
  • Official Trailer
  • Strand Releasing Trailers
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29 July 2014

Strand Releasing catches THE AMAZING CATFISH (review)

In Claudia-Sainte-Luce's award winning film, lonely grocery clerk Claudia winds up in the hospital with appendicitis.  She shares a room with single mother Martha and her disruptive family of four.  When she gets out of the hospital, Claudia finds herself invited by Martha into her home and throw into the thick of a family who are finding ways to cope with their mother's illness.  When things take a downward turn, will Claudia lose the only family she has ever known or will they need her more than ever?

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

THE AMAZING CATFISH DVD specs:
  • 16:9 anamorphic 1.85:1 widescreen
  • Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1
  • Optional English subtitles
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Strand Releasing Trailers
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28 July 2014

It's CURTAINS for Synapse Films (review)

It's the role of a lifetime, and someone will literally kill to get it in the Canadian sleeper horror film CURTAINS.  Sadistic director Jonathan Stryker invites six actresses to his snowbound country house for a weekend of rigorous auditions that will push them to the limit.  One doesn't even make it here, but that spot is subsequently filled by the famous Samantha Sherwood who went into an asylum to research the role and was left there by the director.  There's also a sickle-wielding killer in a hag mask literally slashing the competition.  Samantha Eggar, John Vernon, Linda Thorson, Lynne Griffin, and Lesleh Donaldson star.

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

CURTAINS Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.78:1 widescreen
  • English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and 2.0 mono
  • Optional English SDH subtitles
  • Audio Commentary by actresses Lesleh Donaldson and Lynne Griffin, moderated by Edwin Samuelson
  • Vintage Audio Interviews with producer Peter Simpson and star Samantha Eggar
  • "The Ultimate Nightmare: The Making of CURTAINS"
  • Vintage featurette "Ciupka: A Filmmaker in Transition" (Blu-ray exclusive)
  • Theatrical Trailer

25 July 2014

Cinema Libre puts on the GREASEPAINT (review)


REVIEW LINK: Cinema Libre (US) Region 0 NTSC DVD (DVDBeaver)

GREASEPAINT DVD specs:
  • 16:9 anamorphic 1.78:1 widescreen
  • English Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo
  • Featurettes:
    • "Tyler's Gradution"
    • "A Clowning Tradition"
  • Slideshow
  • Trailers

Cinema Libre is DRIVEN: FROM WHEELCHAIR TO RACE CAR (review)


REVIEW LINK: Cinema Libre (US) Region 0 NTSC DVD (DVDBeaver)

DRIVEN: FROM WHEELCHAIR TO RACE CAR DVD specs:
  • 16:9 anamorphic 1.78:1 widescreen
  • English Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo
  • Featurettes:
    • "The Car Build"
    • "Mike's Test Lap"
  • Slideshow
  • Trailer
  • Cinema Libre Trailers

24 July 2014

88 Films stars in THE LAST HORROR FILM (review)

MANIAC's Caroline Munro and Anthony Spinell reunite in Cannes to shoot THE LAST HORROR FILM.  New York cabbie Vinny dreams of making a horror film starring scream queen Jana Bates.  Camera-in-hand, he jets off to Cannes to find her but is blocked at every turn.  When people around her start dying and disappearing, everyone believes it to be an elaborate publicity stunt to promote her new slasher film; but has Vinny been pushed too far?

REVIEW LINK: 88 Films (UK) Region ALL Blu-ray (DVDBeaver)

THE LAST HORROR FILM Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 widescreen
  • English LPCM 2.0 mono
  • Audio commentary with associate producer Luke Walter, moderated by Evan Husney
  • Optional Introduction by Lloyd Kaufman, president of Troma Studios and creator of Toxic Avenger
  • 'My Best Maniac' conversation with Joe Spinell's friend Luke Walter
  • Interview with 'Maniac' director William Lustig
  • Caroline Munro Q+A
  • 'Mister Robbie' promotional trailer for the never produced 'Maniac II: Mister Robbie'
  • 'Fanatic' TV spots
  • 88 Films Trailer Reel
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Revolver Entertainment hooks THE ADDICTED (review)

The Manor was the premiere clinic for drug addictions until a patient hung himself in 1987.  Since then there have been reports of paranormal activity and disappearances of those daring enough to spend the night in the abandoned clinic.  When would-be investigative reporter Nicola, her boyfriend, and their friends break into the hospital to capture evidence of the paranormal, they discover something even more horrifying and may never be able to leave.

REVIEW LINK: Revolver Entertainment (US) Region 1 NTSC DVD (DVDBeaver)

THE ADDICTED DVD specs:
  • 16:9 anamorphic 2.35:1 widescreen
  • English Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo

Revolver Entertainment is a LUCKY BASTARD (review)

In this sexy thriller, the producer of the porn site Lucky Bastard selects unassuming Dave as the subscriber lucky enough to get to have sex onscreen with starlet Ashley Saint, but the troubled shoot starts out awkward and becomes deadly as petty jealousies, lies, and humiliations push someone to the breaking point.

REVIEW LINK: Revolver Entertainment (US) Region 1 NTSC DVD (DVDBeaver)

LUCKY BASTARD DVD specs:
  • 16:9 anamorphic 1.78:1 widescreen
  • English Dolby Digital 5.1 and 2.0 stereo
  • Audio Commentary by co-writer Lucas Kendall and co-writer/director Robert Nathan
  • Promo Reel
  • Advance Trailer
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • VOD Trailer
  • TV Spot

21 July 2014

Scream Factory takes a bite out of GINGER SNAPS (review)

GINGER SNAPS, the 2000 Canadian horror sleeper classic hits Blu-ray/DVD combo from Scream Factory with a host of extra features and high definition video and audio.  The close relationship of outcast Goth sisters Ginger and Bridget is disturbed one night when Ginger is attacked by a werewolf. As Bridget scrambles to find a cure, Ginger's lycanthropy combined with her monthly cycle make for a fiercely sexy and deadly new popular girl in school who is a literal maneater.

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

GINGER SNAPS Blu-ray/DVD combo:
  • Blu-ray:
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.78:1 widescreen
    • English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and 2.0 stereo
  • DVD:
    • 16:9 anamorphic 1.78:1 widescreen
    • English Dolby Digital 5.1 and 2.0 stereo
  • Optional English SDH subtitles
  • Audio Commentary by director John Fawcett
  • Audio Commentary by writer Karen Walton
  • "Ginger Snaps - Blood, Teeth and Fur", new interviews with director John Fawcett, writer Karen Walton, actors Emily Perkins and Jesse Moss, producer Steve Hoban, make-up effects artist Paul Jones, composer Mike Shields, and editor Brett Sullivan (66 minutes)
  • "Growing Pain: Puberty in Horror Films", Women in Horror panel discussing Ginger Snaps (27 minutes)
  • The Making of GINGER SNAPS
  • Cast Auditions and Rehearsals
  • "Creation of the Beast"
  • Being John Fawcett
  • 25 Minutes of Deleted Scenes (with separate optional commentary by John Fawcett and Karen Walton)
  • Two Trailers
  • Two TV Spots
  • Production Design Work
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19 July 2014

Wild Eye Releasing presents ADJUST YOUR TRACKING

The untold story of the world of VHS collectors is finally revealed in the documentary ADJUST YOUR TRACKING.  Collectors scour thrift shops, moldy attics, closed down video stores, and the net in search of the rarest tapes from Jess Franco, Paul Naschy, to shot-on-video American slasher films to TALES FROM THE QUADEAD ZONE and BLACK DEVIL DOLL FROM HELL.

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

ADJUST YOUR TRACKING DVD specs:
  • Disc One:
    • 4:3 non-anamorphic 1.33:1 fullscreen
    • English Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo
    • Audio Commentary by directors Dan Kimen and Levi Peretic
    • Audio Commentary by producers Josh Schafer and Matt Desiderio
    • Short Films:
      • "Video Shelf"
      • "It Wasn't in Vain, It Was in Staten Island"
      • "The Ballad of Chester Novell Turner"
    • Teaser and Theatrical Trailers
  • Disc Two:
    • Behind the Scenes:
      • "Foggy Mountain Breakdown"
      • "Alamo Drafthouse Q&A"
      • "Back Alley Film Series Q&A"
    • Extended Interviews (134 minutes)
    • Deleted Scenes (26 minutes)
  • Insert booklet by producer Josh Schafer

16 July 2014

Grindhouse Releasing unleashes a high definition CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST (review)

The Italian cannibal film that "goes all the way" makes its stateside Blu-ray debut in a stunning HD transfer: Ruggero Deodato's CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST.  Four ruthless American documentary filmmakers trek into the Amazon jungle in search of the cannibalistic "Tree People" and are never seen again.  Two years later, the film cans from their shoot turn up and an NYU anthropologist takes them back to New York to discover the fates of the missing filmmakers.  What he finds is more horrible than you can imagine.  "Don't look away.  These are men.  Men like you!"

REVIEW LINK: Grindhouse Releasing (US) Region ALL Blu-ray (Grindhouse Releasing)

CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST Blu-ray specs:
  • Disc One (Blu-ray):
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 widescreen
    • English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Stereo Remix
    • English DTS-HD Master Audio 1.0 Original Mono
    • Audio Commentary by director Ruggero Deodato and actor Robert Kerman
    • Audio Commentary by actors Carl York and Francesca Ciardi
    • Uncut Original and Animal Cruelty Free Versions
    • Alternate "Last Road to Hell" Sequence
    • Trailers:
      • International Trailer
      • Italian Trailer
      • German Trailer
      • U.S. Original Trailer
      • U.S. Re-Release Trailer
    • Easter Eggs
  • Disc Two (Blu-ray):
    • Interviews:
      • director Ruggero Deodato on LAST CANNIBAL WORLD/JUNGLE HOLOCAUST, CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST, and CUT AND RUN (58 minutes)
      • actor Robert Kerman (35 minutes)
      • actor Carl Yorke (56 minuets)
      • actress Francesca Ciardi (38 minutes)
      • actor Salvatore Basile (30 minutes)
      • composer Riz Ortolani
      • camera operator Robert Forges Davanzati
      • director Ruggero Deodato at the Cinema Wasteland Panel (28 minutes)
      • actress Francesca Ciardi Glasgow Q and A
      • actor Carl Yorke and director Ruggero Deodato Reunion
      • actor Robert Kerman and director Ruggero Deodato Reunion
    • Still Galleries:
      • Production Stills (97 images)
      • Behind the Scenes (34 images)
      • Promotional Materials (108 images)
      • Video Releases (65 images)
      • Mondo Cannibal (70 images)
    • Grindhouse Releasing Trailers
    • Blu-ray Production Credits
  • Disc Three: 
    • Original Soundtrack CD by Riz Ortolani (10 tracks)
  • Liner Notes Booklet
  • Reversible Cover
  • Cardboard Slipcover

08 July 2014

Scream Factory takes a dip in LAKE PLACID (review)

A thirty foot eating machine lurks in the placid waters of Black Lake, eating unsuspecting man and beast.  When a sheriff, a game warden, a paleontologist, and a kooky professor set out to trap and kill the monster, they may end up being its next meal.  Bill Pullman, Bridget Fonda, Oliver Platt, Brendan Gleeson, Meredith Salenger, and Betty White star in this memorable horror comedy from ALLY McBEAL's David E. Kelly and FRIDAY THE 13TH PART 2's Steve Miner, with creature effects by Stan Winston.

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

LAKE PLACID Blu-ray:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 2.35:1 widescreen
  • English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and 2.0 stereo
  • Optional English subtitles
  • "The Making of LAKE PLACID"
  • Vintage Behind the Scenes Featurette
  • Croc Test Footage
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • TV Spots
  • Stills Gallery
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Vinegar Syndrome goes ALL NIGHT LONG on a TAPESTRY OF PASSION (review)

John Holmes takes center stage (or close to it) in this Peekarama double feature.  In ALL NIGHT LONG, Holmes competes with Ric Lutze on an all night tour of seduction to win the "Golden Rod Mascot" award for best lover.  In TAPESTRY OF PASSION, private detective Johnny Wadd (Holmes) investigates a series of sex murders of men linked the the mysterious "Black Widow's Nest" and its femme fatale proprietress.  Leslie Bovee, Annette Haven, and John Leslie also star.

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

ALL NIGHT LONG/TAPESTRY OF PASSION DVD specs:
  • 2K Scans from the Original 35mm Camera Negatives
  • 16:9 anamorphic 1.78:1 widescreen transfers
  • English Dolby Digital 1.0 mon
  • Trailers for both films
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07 July 2014

Scorpion Releasing fights SHAME (review)

When lawyer Asta Cardell's motorcycle breaks down in the outback, she discovers the dirty secrets of a small town where the local boys have been getting away with rape due to the influence and intimidation of their parents and the damage gossip does to the reputations of the victims.  When she convinces one of the victims to press charges, some people in the town will stop at nothing to silence them in this eighties Australian outback thriller.

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

SHAME DVD specs:
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06 July 2014

Wild Eye Releasing gets BLOOD SOAKED (review)

It's lesbians vs Nazis vs zombies in the brutal BLOOD SOAKED when college students Piper and Ashley hang out in the desert after a kegger to get to know each other better only to wind up in the sights of the daughters of a Nazi scientist who bring victims back to their bunker to feed to their zombie minions!

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

BLOOD SOAKED DVD specs:
  • 16:9 anamorphic 1.78:1 widescreen
  • English Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo
  • Audio Commentary by writer/director Peter Grendle and cinematographer/editor Tyler King
  • Audio Commentary by actors Laina Grendle and Heather Wilder
  • Audience Track from the Polygrind Film Festival
  • Short film inspiration for BLOOD SOAKED "This Side of Nightmare"
  • Two Drunk Girls Introduction
  • Introduction Outtake
  • Two Trailers for the Film
    Other Trailers

Vinegar Syndrome follows the EROTIC ADVENTURES OF CANDY when CANDY GOES TO HOLLYWOOD (review)

Carol Connors (DEEP THROAT) stars in this Peekarama double bill of EROTIC ADVENTURES OF CANDY and CANDY GOES TO HOLLYWOOD as a twenty year old virginal college student who learns all about sex in hilarious and unconventional ways and then learns the ropes of making it big in Hollywood under the tutelage of the likes of Georgina Spelvin (THE DEVIL IN MISS JONES), John Leslie (NOTHING TO HIDE), John Holmes (INSATIABLE), and others.

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

EROTIC ADVENTURES OF CANDY/CANDY GOES TO HOLLYWOOD DVD specs:
  • 2K scans from the original 35mm camera negative (EROTIC ADVENTURES OF CANDY) and original 35mm interpositive (CANDY GOES TO HOLLYWOOD)
  • 16:9 anamorphic 1.78:1 widescreen transfers of both films
  • English Dolby Digital 1.0 mono
  • Trailers for both films
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Acorn Media and BBC present THE LIVER BIRDS: COLLECTION TWO (review)

"Whats got four legs, walks peculiar, talks with all the choicest words? What's got four arms, loves to grab you? Answer is: two Liver Birds!"  The complete third series of the famous British sitcom THE LIVER BIRDS hits DVD in the UK with this two disc set.  Watch the hilarity as single, working class Liverpudlians Sandy and Beryl juggle family, babies, boyfriends, and work in a comedy that anticipated everything from LAVERNE & SHIRLEY to 2 BROKE GIRLS!  Created by BUTTERFLIES' Carla Lane.

REVIEW LINK: Acorn Media (UK) Region 2 PAL DVD (DVDBeaver)

THE LIVER BIRDS: COLLECTION TWO DVD specs:
  • 4:3 non-anamorphic 1.33:1fullscreen
  • English Dolby Digital 2.0 mono
  • Optional English SDH subtitles
  • 13 Episodes on Two DVDs
  • "The Original LIVER BIRDS" Text Essay
  • Photo Gallery

05 July 2014

Wild Eye Releasing moves into THE PERFECT HOUSE (review)

SLEEPAWAY CAMP's Felissa Rose and Jonathan Tiersten, RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD's John Philbin, TENDER FLESH's Monique Parent, and VIVA LA BAM's Chris Raab get more than they bargained for when they move into THE PERFECT HOUSE, a three story anthology film that reveals the bloody and brutal history of the house's previous owners and its plans for the new buyers!

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

THE PERFECT HOUSE DVD specs:
  • 16:9 anamorphic 2.40:1 widescreen
  • English Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo
  • Behind the Scenes:
    • Meet the Crew
    • Meet the Crew 2
    • Meet Monique Parent
    • Meet Chris Raab
    • Meet John Philbin
  • Featurettes:
    • Tour Teaser
    • Creation of THE PERFECT HOUSE RV
    • On the Road
    • Basement Walkthrough
    • Buffalo: Countdown to Facebook Premiere
    • Buffalo: TV Press
    • Q&A Highlight Reel (103 minutes)
  • Alternate Ending
  • Release Trailer
  • Original Spec Trailer
  • Audience Trailer
  • Other Trailers

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