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31 December 2014

Vinegar Syndrome visits SEXWORLD (review)

Restored by Vinegar Syndrome in 4K from the original camera negative is one of the hardcore hits of golden age of porn: Anthony Spinelli's SEXWORLD.  A sexy take on WESTWORLD and FUTUREWORK, SEXWORLD caters to the deepest and darkest desires of its guests with their knowledgeable staff and unlimited resources.  Leslie Bovee, Kay Parker, John Leslie, Joey Silvera, Sharon Thorpe, and Annette Haven star.

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

SEXWORLD Blu-ray/DVD/CD Combo specs:
  • Blu-ray:
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.78:1 widescreen
    • English DTS-HD Master Audio 1.0 mono
  • DVD:
    • 16:9 anamorphic Dolby Digital 1.0 mono
    • English Dolby Digital 1.0 mono
  • Hardcore Version (Blu-ray and DVD)
  • Alternate Softcore Cut (DVD only)
  • Interviews:
    • actress Kay Parker
    • actor Joey Silvera
    • still photographer Joel Sussman
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Teaser Trailer
  • CD:
    • 16 Track Soundtrack CD by Berry Lipman
  • Reversible Cover with Italian Artwork
  • Limited to 1,500 Copies
The Limited Edition Blu-ray/DVD/CD Combo package of SEXWORLD is available exclusively through Vinegar Syndrome.

29 December 2014

RAM Releasing debuts APP (review)

In this Dutch technothriller, college student Anna finds a mysterious app installed on her phone: the personal assistant IRIS (spell it backwards) that quickly goes from making her life easier to a living nightmare as it alienates her from her friends, embarrasses her with video it secretly takes of her, interfacing with other devices, and killing anyone who tries to help her (talk about invasive privacy permissions).

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

APP DVD specs:
  • 16:9 anamorphic 2.35:1 widescreen
  • Dutch Dolby Digital 5.1 and 2.0 stereo
  • English Dolby Digital 5.1 and 2.0 stereo
  • Optional English subtitles
  • Audio Commentary by director Bobby Boermans
  • Special Effects Featurette
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • RAM Releasing Trailers

Canteen Outlaws invites THE THIRD ONE (review)

In this intimate chamber piece, a twenty-two year old college student agrees to an online hookup with an older couple.  Instead of hopping right into bed, he finds himself invited to dinner where polite conversation turns to confessions of insecurities, secrets, dissatisfaction, and resentments that prove enlightening and have the three looking on each other in new and exciting ways.

REVIEW LINK: Canteen Outlaws (US) Region 1 NTSC DVD (DVDCompare)

THE THIRD ONE DVD specs:
  • 16:9 anamorphic 1.78:1 widescreen
  • Spanish Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo
  • Burnt-in English subtitles
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Canteen Outlaws Trailers

28 December 2014

Scream Factory bids CANDYMAN: FAREWELL TO THE FLESH (review)

Clive Barker's urban legend phantom Candyman returns in CANDYMAN: FAREWELL TO THE FLESH to hack and slash his way through the Big Easy in this sequel from GODS AND MONSTERS' Bill Condon.  Tony Todd, Kelly Rowan, William O'Leary, Matt Clark, and Veronica Cartwright star.

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

CANDYMAN: FAREWELL TO THE FLESH 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 Bill Condon
  • "CANDYMAN Tales" interview with star Tony Todd 
  • "Down Memory Lane" interview with actress Veronica Cartwright
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Scream Factory Trailers
More Scream Factory reviews at Review Archive: Scream Factory.

26 December 2014

Canteen Outlaws dreams of FLOATING SKYSCRAPERS (review)

In Tomasz Wasilewski's FLOATING SKYSCRAPERS, a sexually-confused athlete starts a relationship with a college student while living with his girlfriend in his mother's apartment.  His attempts to juggle the two relationships lead to tragedy in a still socially and religiously-conservative Poland.

REVIEW LINK: Canteen Outlaws/TLA Releasing (US) Region 1 NTSC DVD (DVDCompare)

FLOATING SKYSCRAPERS DVD specs:
    • 16:9 anamorphic 2.35:1 widescreen
    • Polish Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo
    • Trailer
    • Previews

BTB Productions introduces THE GAYS (review)

REVIEW LINK: BTB Productions (US) Region 0 NTSC DVD (DVDCompare)

THE GAYS DVD specs:
  • 16:9 anamorphic 1.78:1 widescreen
  • English Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo
THE GAYS can be purchased direct from the producers at their website.

25 December 2014

Wild Eye Releasing goes analogue with HI-8 [HORROR INDEPENDENT 8] (review)

DIY filmmakers Ron Bonk, Donald Farmer, Marcus Koch, Tony Masiello, Tim Ritter, Chris Seaver, Todd Sheets, and Brad Sykes get back to their analogue roots with this cheap and gory anthology film in eight shorts featuring slashers, rapists, zombies, serial killers, aliens, ghosts, monsters, and various sick psychos.

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

HI-8 (HORROR INDEPENDENT 8) DVD specs:
  • 16:9 anamorphic 1.78:1 widescreen
  • English Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo
  • Audio Commentary by producers Brad Sykes and Josephina Sykes
  • Behind the Scenes
  • Promo Clips
  • Teaser Trailer
  • Trailer
  • Wild Eye Releasing Trailers
More Wild Eye reviews at Review Archive: Wild Eye Releasing.

24 December 2014

MVD Visual scales the DARK MOUNTAIN (review)

Three aspiring documentary filmmakers hike into Arizona's Superstition Mountains in search of the legendary Lost Dutchman Gold Mine, the multiple searches of which over the last century have claimed more than one hundred and fifty lives to accidents, starvation, disappearances, and murder.  Rumors of UFOs, Apache spirits, demons, time vortexes, and other phenomena surround this most remote location, and the three filmmakers are about to discover the true nature of the evil lurking within the mountains.

REVIEW LINK: MVD Visual (US) Region 0 NTSC DVD (DVDCompare)

DARK MOUNTAIN DVD specs:
  • 16:9 anamorphic 1.78:1 widescreen
  • English Dolby Digital 5.1
  • Extended Interiews

23 December 2014

Canteen Outlaws gets to know MY STRAIGHT SON (review)

Tragedy strikes just before commitment-phobic gay Venezuelan photographer Diego can propose to his boyfriend, but he must put aside his grief and anger when his estranged teenage son is placed in his care.  As he builds a relationship with his son and tries to help him with problems, he also comes to terms with his family and his close friends also find direction in their lives.

REVIEW LINK: Canteen Outlaws/TLA Releasing (US) Region 1 NTSC DVD (DVDCompare)

MY STRAIGHT SON DVD specs:
  • 16:9 anamorphic 2.35:1 widescreen
  • Spanish Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo
  • Burnt-in English subtitles
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Previews

Film Movement bids 1,000 TIMES GOOD NIGHT (review)

When war photographer Rebecca Thomas is injured documenting the ritual of a female suicide bomber, her husband gives her an ultimatum: stop covering war zones or lose her family.  When she agrees to cover a refugee camp in a no-conflict zone that is supposed to be safe enough to bring her teenage daughter along, she may be risking more than her own life.

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

1,000 TIMES GOOD NIGHT DVD specs:
  • 16:9 anamorphic 2.35:1 widescreen
  • English Dolby Digital 5.1 and 2.0 stereo
  • English Closed Captioning
  • Behind the Scenes
  • Cast and Crew Interviews
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Biographies
  • Film Movement Trailers
More Film Movement reviews at Update the Tags: Film Movement.

12 December 2014

Scream Factory dazzles the LORD OF ILLUSIONS (review)

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

LORD OF ILLUSIONS Blu-ray specs:
  • Disc One (Theatrical Cut):
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 widescreen
    • English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and 2.0 stereo
    • Optional English subtitles
    • Theatrical Trailer
  • Disc Two (Director's Cut):
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 widescreen
    • English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and 2.0 stereo
    • Optional English subtitles
    • Audio Commentary by writer/director Clive Barker
    • "A Gathering of Magic" behind the scenes featurette (17 mins)
    • "Illusions of Reality" behind the scenes featurette (61 minutes)
    • Deleted Scenes with Optional Commentary
    • Poster Gallery
    • Interview with storyboard artist Martin Mercer
  • Reversible Cover
More Scream Factory reviews at Review Archive: Scream Factory.

07 December 2014

Cinema Libre revels in FRENCH AFFAIRS (review)

Celine is in love with Olivier and feels guilty about the many secrets in her past that she has kept from him.  When Olivier grows distant because of stress from his business and concerns over his fertility tests, Celine suggests he see her therapist Astrid.  Astrid and Olivier begin an affair while her moody teenage son takes an interest in Celine who teaches him that he has a lot to learn about the complexities of adult relationships in this frothy French romantic comedy.

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

FRENCH AFFAIRS DVD specs:
  • 16:9 anamorphic 1.78:1 widescreen
  • French Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo
  • Burnt-in English subtitles
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Cinema Libre Trailers
More Cinema Libre reviews at Update the Tags: Cinema Libre.

Cinema Libre peeks into THE LITTLE BEDROOM (review)

Facing the loss of his independence when his son plans to take a job in America, reclusive Edmond refuses to stay in a nursing home.  When he has a fall and must stay in one for physical therapy, he returns home only to discover that his son has sold his apartment.  His caregiver Rose takes him home with her.  In taking care of him, she begins to open up to him about her own recent loss.

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

THE LITTLE BEDROOM DVD specs:
  • 16:9 anamorphic 2.40:1 widescreen
  • French Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo
  • Burnt-in English subtitles
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Cinema Libre Trailers
More Cinema Libre reviews at Update the Tags: Cinema Libre.

03 December 2014

For Warner Archive: NIGHT MUST FALL (review)

Fresh off of TOM JONES, Albert Finney tackles the role of a murderous madman in this 1964 remake of the play NIGHT MUST FALL.  An unstable young man charms his way into the household of a wheelchair bound old woman and her icy daughter as the fiance of their housekeeper.  As all three women fall for him and fight over him, the police have found a headless body in the nearby lake and there may be one more by the end of the film.

REVIEW LINK: Warner Archive (US) Region 0 NTSC DVD-R (DVD Drive-in)

NIGHT MUST FALL DVD specs:
  • 16:9 anamorphic 1.66:1 widescreen
  • English Dolby Digital 2.0 mono
  • Theatrical Trailer

01 December 2014

Film Chest warns: DON'T LOOK IN THE BASEMENT (review)

When a young nurse takes a position at an isolated sanitarium for a doctor with very unconventional methods for treating the mentally ill, she is sucked into a nightmare she can never escape in this seventies shocker.  Just remember: "it's only a movie!"

REVIEW LINK: Film Chest (US) Region 0 NTSC DVD (DVD Drive-in)

DON'T LOOK IN THE BASEMENT DVD specs:
  • 4:3 non-anamorphic 1.33:1 fullscreen
  • English Dolby Digital 2.0 mono

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