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23 January 2015

Arrow Films goes on a HONEYMOON (review)

COCKNEYS VS. ZOMBIES' Harry Treadaway and GAME OF THRONES' Rose Leslie star in this intriguing and creepy feature about a New York couple who go north to a Canadian cabin for their honeymoon.  The husband encounters strange phenomena including his wife's sudden habit of sleepwaking.  As she grows more distant from him, he begins to believe that she is literally a completely different person or thing.

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

HONEYMOON DVD specs:
  • 16:9 anamorphic 1.85:1 widescreen
  • English Dolby Digital 5.1
  • Behind the Scenes
  • Theatrical Trailer
 More Arrow Films reviews at Review Archive: Arrow Films.

22 January 2015

Canteen Outlaws presents TWO MOTHERS (review)

In this despairing German drama, lesbian couple Katja and Isabella decide the time is right to have a child.  Deciding to give birth via a sperm donation, they encounter bureaucratic obstruction, sketchy donors, suspicious doctors, and the disappointment of several unsuccessful inseminations.  As the challenges take an emotional and financial toll on the couple, their may be nothing left of their relationship if/when they succeed.

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

TWO MOTHERS DVD specs:
  • 16:9 anamorphic 1.78:1 widescreen
  • German Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo
  • Burnt-in English Subtitles
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Canteen Outlaws Trailers

12 January 2015

Vinegar Syndrome reaches SEXUAL HEIGHTS for UNDULATIONS (review)

In this latest double billing of Carlos Tobalina flicks starring John Holmes and Jamie Gillis.  In SEXUAL HEIGHTS, four divorced guys decide to get "revenge" on the babysitting tease who cost one of the guys his marriage with an elaborate hoax including a baby doll toy and two of them in drag.  In UNDULATIONS, Gillis and Holmes are interviewed on a sexually-explicit television show about their views on pornography and various sexual issues which give way to a number of hardcore vignettes before the panel turns into an all-out orgy.

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

SEXUAL HEIGHTS/UNDULATIONS DVD specs:
  • 2K restorations of both films
  • 16:9 anamorphic 1.78:1 widescreen
  • English Dolby Digital 1.0 mono
  • Trailers for both films
More Vinegar Syndrome reviews at Update the Tags: Vinegar Syndrome.

Inception Media Group avenges VIKTOR (review)

Getting out of prison in France after a seven year sentence, Viktor returns to Moscow to the news that his son was killed three months previous.  Learning that his son had fallen in with diamond smugglers, he pursues them in search of revenge.  Gerard Deardieu and Elizabeth Hurley star.

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

VIKTOR DVD specs:
  • 16:9 anamorphic 2.35:1 widescreen
  • English/Russian Dolby Digital 5.1
  • Optional English subtitles for Russian dialogue and English SDH subtitles for all dialogue and sound effects/music
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Start-up Trailers

09 January 2015

Vinegar Syndrome picks THREE RIPENING CHERRIES for SENSUAL FIRE (review)

Vinegar Syndrome delves deep into their bottomless vaults for two more Carlos Tobalina flicks, this time showcasing the talents of Dorothy LeMay.  In THREE RIPENING CHERRIES, a trio of high school nymphets try to decide which of their classmates or teachers will be their first time (in the meantime, they always have each other... and a vibrator).  In SENSUAL FIRE, Jamie Gillis plays a wealthy man who gives up bachelorhood when he meets a hot widow.  Things are great until her horny teenage daughter comes home from school and he becomes obsessed with her.

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

THREE RIPENING CHERRIES/SENSUAL FIRE DVD specs:
  • 2K scans of the original 35mm camera negatives
  • 16:9 anamorphic 1.78:1 widescreen
  • English Dolby Digital 1.0 mono
  • Theatrical Trailers for both films
More Vinegar Syndrome reviews at Update the Tags: Vinegar Syndrome.

MVD Visual aides the ATTACK OF THE MORNINGSIDE MONSTER (review)

Nicholas Brendon, Robert Pralgo, and scream queen Tiffany Shepis star in this tale of a small town stalked by a masked butcher who starts with the town's undesirables but may be moving towards the seemingly innocent unless the sheriff can find out the terrible secret of "The Morningside Monster."

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

ATTACK OF THE MORNINGSIDE MONSTER DVD specs:
  • 16:9 anamorphic 1.78:1 widescreen
  • English Dolby Digital 5.1 and 2.0 stereo
  • Optional English subtitles
  • Audio Commentary by director Chris Ethridge, writer/actor Jayson Palmer, and producer Michael H. Harper
  • Teaser and Trailer

08 January 2015

Second Run DVD visits KINETTA (review)

In the rarely-seen feature directorial debut by Yorgos Lanthimos (DOGTOOTH), an ex-cop, a photo processor, and a hotel maid while away the time in the crumbling resort town of Kinetta by restaging in obsessive detail local murders and road accidents for unknown purposes.

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

KINETTA DVD specs:
  • 16:9 anamorphic 1.78:1 widescreen
  • Greek Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo
  • Optional English subtitles
  • Interview with director Yorgos Lanthimos
  • 12-page booklet by critic Michael Ewin
More Second Run DVD reviews at Update the Tags: Second Run DVD.

Scream Factory witnesses a SUPERNOVA (review)

James Spader, Angela Bassett, Robert Forster, Lou Diamond Phillips, and Peter Facinelli star in this troubled Hollywood production started by Walter Hill, re-edited by Jack Sholder, with reshoots by Francis Ford Coppola about an emergency medical rescue ship summoned to the far end of the galaxy to answer a distress call from an abandoned mining ship in the debris field of a rogue moon.

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

SUPERNOVA Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 2.35:1 widescreen
  • English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and 2.0 stereo
  • Optional English subtitles
  • Making of SUPERNOVA with actors Lou Diamond Phillips and Robert Forster, producer Daniel Chuba, and post-production supervisor Jack Sholder
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Alternate Ending
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Scream Factory Trailers
More Scream Factory reviews at Review Archive: Scream Factory. 

04 January 2015

Breaking Glass Pictures visits THE DARK PLACE (review)

When Keegan Dark and his boyfriend Wil visit his estranged mother at The Dark Vineyards, Keegan is shocked to discover that his mother has remarried and is reinventing the family business.  As he starts to feel like a stranger in his own home, Keegan - who is gifted or cursed with the ability to recall every moment of his life in videographic detail - starts to suspect that his stepfather and stepbrother (who is unnaturally close to his mother) are up to no good, but his own impulsive and erratic behavior makes him suspect when his mother falls into a coma and his boyfriend mysteriously disappears.

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

THE DARK PLACE DVD specs:
  • 16:9 anamorphic 1.78:1 widescreen
  • English Dolby Digital 5.1
  • English Closed Captioning
  • Audio Commentary by writer/director Jody Wheeler and actress Allison Lane
  • Alternate Opening Scene
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Kickstarter Videos
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Breaking Glass Trailers
More Breaking Glass reviews at Update the Tags: Breaking Glass Pictures.

Vinegar Syndrome tells THE RIBALD TALES OF CANTERBURY to TASTY (review)

In two of the last adult films to receive theatrical release, Hyapatia Lee showcases her considerable talents.  In THE RIBALD TALES OF CANTERBURY, pilgrims traveling to Canterbury bet on who can tell the most erotic story.  Sharon Kelly co-stars.  In TASTY, DJ Tasty Tastums and her horny crew realize that the sounds of sex are the only way to raise the ratings to keep their station from closing.

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

THE RIBALD TALES OF CANTERBURY/TASTY DVD specs:
  • Mastered from the original 35mm camera negatives
  • 16:9 anamorphic 1.78:1 widescreen transfers of both films
  • English Dolby Digital 1.0 mono
  • Audio Commentary by director Bud Lee on THE RIBALD TALES OF CANTERBURY
  • Video Interview with Bud Lee on TASTY
  • Theatrical Trailers for Both Films
More Vinegar Syndrome reviews at Update the Tags: Vinegar Syndrome.

03 January 2015

Film Movement presents SALVO (review)

In the Cannes hit SALVO, a Palermo body guard kills the man who set up a botched hit on his boss but strangely spares the man's blind sister.  Keeping her hidden in an abandoned factory as her vision starts to return, neither she nor Salvo himself can understand what he really wants of her or why he will face off against his own boss to keep her.

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

SALVO DVD specs:
  • 16:9 anamorphic 2.40:1 widescreen
  • Italian Dolby Digital 5.1 and 2.0 stereo
  • Optional English subtitles
  • English Closed-Captioning
  • Interviews with the director and star
  • Behind the Scenes
  • Filmographies
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Short Film "Rita"
  • Film Movement Trailers
More Film Movement reviews at Update the Tags: Film Movement.

Film Movement ventues into THE DARK VALLEY (review)

Sam Riley (CONTROL) stars in this Austrian/German western - Austria's submission for the 2014 Academy Awards - about an American stranger who comes to a remote Alpine village claiming to be a photographer.  The town patriarch - who enforces his rules over the townspeople with the brute force of his six sons - allows him to stay.  When the man's sons start meeting deaths in strange accidents, the stranger disappears.  As they hunt him down, they start to realize that he is not hiding but playing a deadly game of hide and seek with them.

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

THE DARK VALLEY DVD specs:
  • 16:9 anamorphic 2.35:1 widescreen
  • German Dolby Digital 5.1 and 2.0 stereo
  • English Dolby Digital 5.1 and 2.0 stereo
  • Optional English subtitles
  • English Closed Captioning
  • Behind the Scenes
  • Three Deleted Scenes
  • Filmographies
  • Theatrical Trailers
  • Bonus Short Film "The Gunfighter"
  • Film Movement Trailers
More Film Movement reviews at Update the Tags: Film Movement.
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