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31 October 2014

88 Films investigates THE PIGMAN MURDERS (review)

When seven friends and a hired cameraman travel up into the Connemara wilderness to pay tribute to a friend lost the year before to cancer, they encounter unknown horrors in the night in this found footage film from Ireland.

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

THE PIGMAN MURDERS DVD specs:
  • 16:9 anamorphic 1.78:1 widescreen
  • English Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo
  • Trailer
  • Still Gallery
  • Short Film "Curse of the Banshee"
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30 October 2014

Wild Eye Releasing and Pollygrind PLAY HOOKY (review)

Five high school kids learn the worst that could happen when they PLAY HOOKY at an abandoned mental hospital in this "found footage" horror film.  An old hospital rumored to be the site of grotesque experiments, Satanic rituals, and ghost sitings following a tragic fire seems to be the perfect place for a bit of pot-smoking and casual sex, but something else lurks in the dark corridors wanting to play a deadly game with the young quintet.

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

PLAY HOOKY DVD specs:
  • 16:9 anamorphic 1.78:1 widescreen
  • English Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo
  • Audio Commentary by director Frank S Petrilli, cinematographer Jason Chester, co-writer/actor Vincent Kulish, editor Peter Jay Gould, and Pollygrind Film Festival's Chad Freeman
  • Pollygrind Introduction
  • Promo
  • Alternate Ending
  • Dickerson's Interview
  • Heather's Interview
  • "The Sister's Interview
  • Pollygrind Presents Short Films:
    • "The Bet"
    • "Kuriosity Killz"
  • Trailer
  • Wild Eye Releasing Trailers
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Strand Releasing contemplates THE MYSTERY OF HAPPINESS (review)

In this thoroughly charming Argentinian comedy, Eugenio and Santiago are business partners who seem to share everything in their lives for six days of every week.  When Eugenio disappears suddenly, Santiago believes something has happened to him while his wife - who is intent to sell the business - believes he has just walked out on both of them.  At first they gain satisfaction as they argue over who knew Eugenio better; but, as they look deeper into his life, they discover that his dreams and hopes for the future involved neither of them.  As they start filling in the holes in each others lives left by Eugenio, they might no longer want to discover what happened to him.

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

THE MYSTERY OF HAPPINESS DVD specs:
  • 16:9 anamorphic 2.35:1 widescreen
  • Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1
  • Optional English Subtitles
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Strand Releasing Trailers
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29 October 2014

Revolver Entertainment finds a SOULMATE (review)

In the feature debut of director Axelle Carolyn, Audrey retreats to the Welsh countryside after a failed suicide attempt.  Soon it becomes apparent that she is not alone in her rented cottage.  The previous owner still lingers on even though he has been dead for thirty years, and she forms a bond with him over their shared loss despite the warnings of the local caretaker that ghosts feed off of negative energy.

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

SOULMATE DVD specs:
  • 16:9 anamorphic 2.40:1 widescreen
  • English Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo
  • Q and A with director Axelle Carolyn
  • Short films "The Halloween Kid" and "The Last Post"

Kino Lorber lands on the PLANET OF THE VAMPIRES (review)

Mario Bava's classic sci-fi gothic horror film - which anticipates Ridley Scott's ALIEN - makes its high definition Blu-ray bow courtesy of Kino Lorber.  Two ships answering a distress call on a mysterious planet.  Upon landing, the crews are possessed by a strange force that cause them to behave violently towards one another.  Those who survive will have more to worry about when trying to escape the planet when the dead start rising again to kill the living.

REVIEW LINK: Kino Lorber (US) Region A Blu-ray (DVDBeaver)

PLANET OF THE VAMPIRES Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 widescreen
  • English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 mono
  • Audio Commentary by Video Watchdog's Tim Lucas
  • Alternate Music Score Highlights
  • Italian Opening and Closing Credits
  • Original Source Story Text (translated from Italian)
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • "Trailers from Hell" featurette with Joe Dante and Josh Olson
  • Stills Gallery

28 October 2014

Vinegar Syndrome finds a CARNAL HAVEN for HER LAST FLING (Review)

Vinegar Syndrome's latest Peekarama release brings us another pairing from the inexhaustible Carlos Tobalina (aka Troy Benny).  In CARNAL HAVEN, dissatisfied couples undergo orgy therapy to repair their dysfunctional relationships and learn the Gypsy Grip and the Inca Knot.  In HER LAST FLING, a woman with a terminal illness decides to cash in her rainy day fund and live out all of her fantasies.  John Leslie, Paul Thomas, Sharon Thorpe, John Holmes, Leslie Bovee, Annette Haven, and a host of other recognizable seventies porn faces star.


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

CARNAL HAVEN/HER LAST FLING DVD specs:
  • 2K high definition scans from the original camera negatives
  • 16:9 anamorphic 1.78:1 widescreen
  • English Dolby Digital 1.0 mono
  • Trailers for both films
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26 October 2014

Cult Epics digs up NEKROMANTIK (review)

Jorg Buttgereits eighties underground art shocker NEKROMANTIK gets its ultimate treatment in a Blu-ray Limited Edition of 10,000 copies from Cult Epics.  Body bagger Rob has developed a sexual fascination and brings home a corpse to form a threesome with his equally perverse girlfriend.  When he loses his job and the ability to acquire more stiff sexual partners to satisfy his girlfriend, he undergoes a downward spiral of sex, mutilation, and death.

REVIEW LINK: Cult Epics (US) Region A Blu-ray (DVD Drive-in)

NEKROMANTIK Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.33:1 original aspect ratio from the original Super 8 elements
  • German Dolby Digital 5.1 and 2.0 stereo
  • Optional English subtitles
  • Audio Commentary by director Jorg Buttgereit and writer Franz Rodenkirchen
  • Grindhouse Version from 35mm Blow-up (8mm to 16mm internegative to 35mm)
    • Introduction by director Jorg Buttgereit
  • Q&A with Jorg Buttgereit
  • The Making of NEKROMANTIK
  • NEKROMANTIK Featurette
  • Still Photo Gallery
  • 1985 Short Film HOT LOVE
    • Audio Commentary by director Jorg Buttgereit
    • HOT LOVE featurette
  • Jorg Buttgereit Trailers
  • Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (74 minutes)

24 October 2014

Scream Factory plays with DOLLS (review)

On a dark and stormy night, motorists seeking shelter in a creepy old house are about to learn what happens to naughty people when they don't want to play with DOLLS.  From Stuart Gordon, director of RE-ANIMATOR.

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

DOLLS Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 widescreen
  • English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and 2.0 stereo
  • Optional English SDH subtitles
  • Audio Commentary by director Stuart Gordon and writer Ed Naha
  • Audio Commentary by actors Carolyn Purdy-Gordon, Carrie Lorraine, Ian Patrick Williams, and Stephen Lee
  • "Toys of Terror: The Making of DOLLS"
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Film-to-Storyboard Comparisons
  • Still Gallery
  • Scream Factory Trailers
  • Reversible Artwork
  • Cardboard Slipcover
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22 October 2014

Scream Factory restores Clive Barker's NIGHTBREED (review)

Much maligned in its recut and reshot theatrical release, Clive Barker's NIGHTBREED has been fully restored to its director's cut for new audiences.  Mechanic Boone suffers from nightmares of brutal murder and soothing dreams of a city where monsters live.  When he becomes the suspect in a series of real serial murders, he seeks out the mysterious land of Midian, but he is being hunted by men who are far worse than monsters.  Craig Sheffer, Anne Bobby, Doug Bradley, and David Cronenberg star.

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

NIGHTBREED: THE DIRECTOR'S CUT DVD specs:
  • 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 subtitles
  • Audio Commentary by director Clive Barker and restoration producer Mark Miller
  • "The Tribes of the Moon" 72 minute documentary with actors Craig Sheffer, Anne Bobby, Simon Bamford, Hugh Ross, Catherine McCorkindale, and Doug Bradley
  • "Making Monsters" interviews with the effects creatures
  • "Fire! Fights! Stunts!" interview with second unit director Andy Armstrong
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Reversible Cover
  • Slipcover
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21 October 2014

88 Films dances with THE GIRL IN GOLD BOOTS (review)

In the film that SHOWGIRLS only wishes it could be, waitress Michelle takes to the road with small time thief Buz and drifter "Critter" to Hollywood where she hopes to become a dancer at the club where Buz's sister headlines the show.  The lopsided love triangle spirals into a web of drugs, corruption, and betrayal as Michelle questions what she is willing to do to take center stage.

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

GIRL IN GOLD BOOTS DVD specs:
  • 16:9 anamorphic 1.78:1 widescreen
  • English Dolby Digital 2.0 mono
  • Audio Commentary by director Ted V. Mikels
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Viewing Notes and Gallery
  • 88 Films Trailer Park
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Film Movement serves up CANNIBAL (review)

Carlos is an esteemed tailor in Granada who has a cannibalistic taste for female flesh.  When the sister of one of his latest victims come searching for her, he assists her investigation and finds it increasingly difficult to maintain his distance.  Is he falling in love for the first time or lining up his next meal.

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

CANNIBAL DVD specs:
  • 16:9 anamorphic 2.35:1 widescreen
  • Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1 and 2.0 stereo
  • Optional English subtitles
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Biographies
  • Short Film "Ogre"
  • Film Movement Trailers
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Film Movement's ode FOR A WOMAN (review)

When her mother dies, filmmaker Anne looks into her belongings and tries to piece together the lives of her parents just after the war when they were happy.  She discovers the existence of her father's brother who has never been mentioned before, but the story of his involvement with her parents may never be uncovered since her father is dying and her older sister does not want to stir up the past.  Directed by Diane Kurys with an all-star cast including Sylvie Testud, Benoit Magimel, NIcolas Duvauchelle, and Michelle Thiery.

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

FOR A WOMAN DVD specs: 
  • 16:9 anamorphic 2.35:1 widescreen
  • French Dolby Digital 5.1 and 2.0 stereo
  • Optional English Subtitles
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Biographies
  • Short Film "Le Ballon de Rouge"
  • Film Movement Trailers
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20 October 2014

SGL Entertainment takes in a double bill of HELLINGER and HOLY TERROR (Review)

In this double bill from low budget direct to video auteur Massimiliano Cerchi, HELLINGER comes back from the darkness to steal the eyes of the damned while horny party goers face off against a possessed nun in HOLY TERROR.

HELLINGER: SGL Entertainment/MVD Visual (US) Region 1 NTSC DVD (DVDCompare)

HOLY TERROR: SGL Entertainment/MVD Visual (US) Region 1 NTSC DVD (DVDCompare)

DOUBLE FEATURE FROM HELL DVD specs:
  • Hellinger (1997):
    • 16:9 anamorphic 1.55:1 widescreen
    • English Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo
  • Holy Terror (2002):
    • 16:9 anamorphic 1.55:1 widescreen
    • English Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo

88 Films dismembers THE SPANISH CHAINSAW MASSACRE (review)

An obnoxious Spanish metal band and their manager get exactly what they deserve when their tour van breaks down in a remote Galician village celebrating the feast of their patron saint in THE SPANISH CHAINSAW MASSACRE.

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

THE SPANISH CHAINSAW MASSACRE DVD specs:
  • 16:9 anamorphic 1.78:1 widescreen
  • Spanish Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo
  • Optional English subtitles
  • Still Gallery
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88 Films becomes UNHINGED (review)

Three college students on the way to a music festival crash on a rainy and lonely road.  They find themselves the guests of a wheelchair bound woman and her put-upon daughter, but someone else also lurks on the grounds determined to give them a night to dismember in this obscure eighties slasher.

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

UNHINGED DVD specs:
  • 4:3 non-anamorphic 1.33:1 fullscreen and 16:9 anamorphic 1.70:1 widescreen versions
  • English Dolby Digital 2.0 mono
  • Audio Commentary by director Don Gronquist
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • 88 Films Trailer Park
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16 October 2014

Scorpion Releasing hunts THE GIRL HUNTERS (review)

Writer Mickey Spillane plays his famous alter ego Mike Hammer in THE GIRL HUNTERS.  Coming off a seven year drunk after the mysterious death of his secretary Velda, Mike Hammer is on the hunt for a mysterious killer known as The Dragon.

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

THE GIRL HUNTERS DVD specs:
  • 16:9 anamorphic 2.35:1 widescreen
  • English Dolby Digital 2.0 mono
  • Audio Commentary by author and Mickey Spillane expert Max Alan Collins
  • Interview with Mickey Spillane
  • Interview with Shirley Eaton
  • Theatrical Trailer
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Second Run follows SOFIA'S LAST AMBULANCE (review)

In Ilian Metev's award-winning documentary, we follow a doctor, nurse, and ambulance driver - one of only thirteen servicing the needs of two million citizens in Sofia, Bulgaria - as they deal with patients, frustrating relatives, indifferent dispatchers, and their personal lives.

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

SOFIA'S LAST AMBULANCE DVD specs:
  • 16:9 anamorphic 1.78:1 widescreen
  • Bulgarian Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
  • Optional English Subtitles
  • Short Film "Goleshovo"
  • Interview with director Ilian Metev and sound recordist Tom Kirk
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Vinegar Syndrome serves up HOT AND SAUCY PIZZA GIRLS (review)

That PRETTY PEACHES girl Desiree Cousteau gets a protein fix from John Holmes in Bob Chinn's outrageous comedy HOT AND SAUCY PIZZA GIRLS.  The employees of Country Girl Pizza Parlor deliver pizzas and get a little something on the side from their customers, but they are also under threat of violation from "The San Francisco Night Chicken" and a group of fried chicken restaurant owners who want to put the pizza parlor out of business for good.

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

HOT AND SAUCY PIZZA GIRLS DVD specs:
  • 16:9 anamorphic 1.78:1 widescreen
  • English Dolby Digital 1.0 mono
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Interview with producer Damon Christian
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15 October 2014

Arrow Films in the HOUR OF THE LYNX (review)

A priest (THE KILLING's Sofie Grabol) is called in by a psychiatrist carrying out an experimental program with dangerous inmates when a young man who brutally murdered an elderly couple attempts to kill himself according to God's plan.  As she attempts to get through to the young man, she discovers inconsistencies in the story of his treatment she has been told by the psychiatrist and the story he tells her as she delves into his past.

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

THE HOUR OF THE LYNX DVD specs:
  • 16:9 anamorphic 2.35:1 widescreen
  • Danish/Swedish Dolby Digital 5.1
  • Optional English Subtitles
  • Start-up Trailers
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14 October 2014

Scream Factory stalks THE SQUAD (review)

When communication with the fog-shrouded Knife's Point base goes silent and the bridges are blown up by guerrillas, a unit treks on land to the base and discover a lot of blood but no bodies.  The only survivor is a feral woman who they learn the previous team believed to be a witch when they started dying mysteriously.  As the unit starts to dwindle, they start to believe the same thing, but is there someone else or something else lurking within the base?


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

THE SQUAD Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 2.35:1 widescreen
  • Spanish DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and 2.0 stereo
  • Optional English subtitles
  • Making-of featurette
  • Theatrical Trailer
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Vinegar Syndrome gets in RED HEAT with a HOT VAMPIRE PEEPING TOM (review)

In this trio of rarely seen Ray Dennis Steckler hardcore efforts, a porn starlet hopeful develops a blood lust and slices her way along the Vegas strip in RED HEAT.  In HOT VAMPIRE, Count Dracula settles down in Arizona and sends his female acolytes to collect blood from the members of unsuspecting horny johns.  In PEEPING TOM, a voyeur spies on various couples on a nightly basis.

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

RED HEAT/HOT VAMPIRE/PEEPING TOM DVD specs:
  • 2K scans of 35mm and 16mm archival elements
  • 4:3 non-anamorphic 1.33:1 fullscreen transfers 
  • English Dolby Digital 1.0 mono
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13 October 2014

Vinegar Syndrome unleashes RAW FORCE (review)

The Burbank Karate Club and a female LAPD cop are pitted against Kung Fu zombies and cannibal monks in Ed Murphy's ultimate exploitation epic RAW FORCE.  Warriors Island is a place where disgraced warriors go to commit suicide and be resurrected from the dead by the island's monks to redeem themselves by protecting the island.  When a cruise to the island threatens a jade dealer's trade with the monks, the vacationers are marked for death.  Cameron Mitchell, Jillian Kessner, Hope Holiday, and Vic Diaz star (along with cameos from Camille Keaton and Jewel Shepard).

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

RAW FORCE Blu-ray/DVD specs:
  • Blu-ray:
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.78:1 widescreen
    • English LPCM 1.0 mono
  • DVD:
    • 16:9 anamorphic 1.78:1 widescreen
    • English Dolby Digital 1.0 mono
  • Interview with writer/director Edward Murphy and producer/director of photography Frank Johnson
  • Audio Interview with finishing editor Jim Wynorski
  • Theatrical Trailer
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09 October 2014

Mondo Macabro liberates THE SLAVE (review)

COUNT DRACULA'S GREAT LOVE's Haydee Politoff, THE KILLER RESERVED NINE SEATS' Rosanna Schiaffino, THE LEOPARD's Romolo Valli, and EMANUELLE IN AMERICA's Gabrielle Tinti star in this sexy slice of sixties erotica about a wealthy young woman who takes a job as an actress' personal companion and submits to all of her caprices but craves even further abuse.  Music by Piero Piccioni (CAMILLE 2000) and directed by Pasquale Festa Campanile (THE LIBERTINE).

REVIEW LINK: Mondo Macabro (US) Region A Blu-ray/Region 1 NTSC DVD (DVD Drive-in)

THE SLAVE Blu-ray/DVD combo specs:
  • Blu-ray:
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 2.35:1 widescreen
    • Italian DTS-HD Master Audio 1.0 mono
    • Non-removable English subtitles
  • DVD:
    • 16:9 anamorphic 2.35:1 widescreen
    • Italian Dolby Digital 1.0 mono
    • Optional English subtitles
  • Interview with critic Roberto Curti
  • Interview with critic Justin Harries
  • About the Film (Text Essay)
  • Cast and Crew Profiles
  • More from Mondo Macabro
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06 October 2014

Arrow Video gets a case of the SHIVERS (review)

In David Cronenberg's feature debut, a modern apartment building with all the amenities becomes a giant petrie dish as a strange parasite drives the residents to violent sexual acts.  Barbara Steele and Lynn Lowry star.

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

SHIVERS Blu-ray/DVD combo specs:
  • Blu-ray:
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.78:1 widescreen
    • English LPCM 1.0 mono
  • DVD:
    • 16:9 anamorphic 1.78:1 widescreen
    • English Dolby Digital 2.0 mono
  • "Parasite Memories"
  • On Screen! - The Making of SHIVERS 
  • From STEREO to VIDEO
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Promotional Gallery

Revolver Entertainment takes a look at THE INSIDE (review)

Corina and her friends make the mistake of celebrating her birthday in an abandoned warehouse where they attract not only the unwanted presence of three rapists, but also something very evil and very hungry. Actor Eion Macken (SIREN) writes, directs, edits, photographs, and co-stars.

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

THE INSIDE DVD specs:
  • 16:9 anamorphic 1.78:1 widescreen
  • English Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo
  • Picture-in-Picture Commentary by director Eion Macken, producer Franco Noonan, and actress Vanessa Matias Fahy
  • Making-of
  • Theatrical Trailer

Inception Media investigates A HAUNTING AT PRESTON CASTLE (review)

Three young people learn that the legends are all true when they decide to spend the night in Preston Castle, California's oldest reform school which has been uninhabited since the 1960's following the beating death of a young inmate.

REVIEW LINK: Inception Media Group (US) Region 1 NTSC DVD (DVDBeaver)

A HAUNTING AT PRESTON CASTLE DVD specs:
  • 16:9 anamorphic 1.78:1 widescreen
  • English Dolby Digital 5.1
  • Optional English SDH subtitles and Closed Captioning
  • Trailer
  • Start-up Trailers

Scorpion Releasing hunts KILLER FISH (review)

Lee Majors, Karen Black, James Franciscus, Margaux Hemingway, Marisa Berenson, and Gary Collins star in Antonio Margheriti's KILLER FISH.  A group of jewel thieves execute a heist on a Brazilian mine and hide the loot in a dam until the heat dies down.  When some of the robbers get antsy and try to retrieve the jewels, the discover that something deadly lurks beneath the waters.

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

KILLER FISH DVD specs:
  • 16:9 anamorphic 1.78:1 widescreen
  • English Dolby Digital 2.0 mono
  • Interview with actor Frank Pesce
  • Theatrical Trailer
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Redemption Films takes THE LAST STEP DOWN into BLOOD LUST (review)

Two prostitutes take a virginal newcomer to a Satanic mass to take THE LAST STEP DOWN while Carmilla and Dracula shed their cloaks (and everything else) in search of a virgin bride.

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

THE LAST STEP DOWN/BLOOD LUST DVD specs:
  • 16:9 anamorphic 1.66:1 widescreen
  • English Dolby Digital 2.0 mono
  • Short 8mm Bonus Feature "Blood Lust"
  • Redemption Films Trailers
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05 October 2014

88 Films mutates THE TOXIC AVENGER (review)

A ninety-eight pound weakling is the victim of a cruel and painful prank that transforms him into THE TOXIC AVENGER.  The mutant superhero starts to clean up the corrupt town, ripping criminals limb from limb and falling in love on the side.

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

THE TOXIC AVENGER DVD specs:
  • 16:9 anamorphic 1.78:1 widescreen
  • English Dolby Digital 2.0 mono
  • Audio Commentary by co-director Lloyd Kaufman
  • 15th Anniversary Introduction
  • 30th Anniversary Introduction
  • "The Radiation March"
  • Intro from the "Toxic Crusaders" cartoon
  • "Toxie - 15 Years Later"
  • "Tromaville Cafe: The Death of Toxie"
  • Troma Studio Building Tour
  • "Mopboy Secrets" with actor Mark Torgl
  • "Why is Lloyd Kaufman Living in a Refrigerator Box"
  • Public Service Announcement
  • "Aroma Du Troma"
  • Toxic Slide Show
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Toxic Trailer Reel
  • 88 Films Trailer Park
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02 October 2014

Strand Releasing invites YOU AND THE NIGHT (review)

If Alain Robbe-Grillet directed THE BREAKFAST CLUB as an orgy of broody French sophisticates, the result would be something like Yann Gonzalez's YOU AND THE NIGHT.  Beautiful sensory vampires Ali and Matthias (and their crossdressing gypsy maid Udo) invite a series of sexually excited guests - The Star, The Teen, The Stud, and The Slut - to an orgy.  To the rhythms of the M83 soundtrack, their guests shed their facades and reveal the reasons why they seek escape in anonymous sexual encounters, but the specter of death looms over the festivities.

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

YOU AND THE NIGHT DVD specs:
  • 16:9 anamorphic 1.66:1 widescreen
  • French Dolby Digital 5.1
  • Optional English subtitles
  • Short film "We Will Never Be Alone Again"
  • Alternate Artwork Gallery
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Strand Releasing Trailers
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Cinema Libre celebrates the HERO OF THE DAY (review)

In this fictional documentary, filmmaker Allen wants to do a "where are they now" piece on former NFL player Mark Chambers.  Discovering that his idol has fallen on hard times, Allen finds himself losing control of the documentary's focus as Mark leads them on what he promises will be an unforgettable day.  As Mark embarks on a series of first experiences and pursues a possible criminal, Allen is torn between seeing what happens next and his concern for a man that he has come to care about.

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

HERO OF THE DAY DVD specs:
  • 16:9 anamorphic 1.78:1 widescreen
  • English Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo
  • Interview with producer Jeff Rogers
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Production Stills
  • Cinema Libre Trailers 
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Screen Media exposes LIVE NUDE GIRLS (review)

When Wall Street burnout Shane inherits his uncle's Las Vegas strip club, he is disheartened to learn that the wonderland of his adolescent imagination has fallen on hard times.  With the not-too-helpful input of the club's manager (Dave Foley), Shane's manchild best friend Tommy, and a brainy and sexy waitress he attempts to reverse the club's fortunes.  Meanwhile, his stripper aunt plots against him in an effort to take over the club herself.

REVIEW LINK: Screen Media (US) Region 1 NTSC DVD (DVDBeaver)

LIVE NUDE GIRLS DVD specs:
  • 16:9 anamorphic 1.78:1 widescreen
  • English Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo
  • Deleted Scenes

01 October 2014

Strand Releasing falls in love with PARIS-MANHATTAN (review)

In this fluffy romantic comedy, the only man in pharmacist Alice's life is Woody Allen with whom she carries on a private dialogue about life and love through his films.  Just when she seems to be hitting it off with a jazz-loving financier, she also finds herself inexplicably drawn to an alarm specialist whose offers a fresh and blunt perspective on all of the petty dysfunctions of her family that prove that being the black sheep might not be such a bad thing.  Alice Taglioni, Patrick Bruel, Marine Delterme, and Michel Aumont star.

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

PARIS-MANHATTAN DVD specs:
  • 16:9 anamorphic 1.85:1 widescreen
  • French Dolby Digital 5.1
  • Optional English subtitles
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Short film "Woody Before Allen"
  • Strand Releasing Trailers
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