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30 December 2015

Scorpion Releasing blus GRIZZLY (review)

Christopher George, Andrew Prine, and Richard Jaecek star in William Girdler's JAWS-on-land drive-in picture GRIZZLY, one of the highest grossing independent horror films until HALLOWEEN broke the record two years later.  A giant killer grizzly bear is picking off the campers during tourist season at a national park.

REVIEW LINK: Scorpion Releasing (US) Region ALL Blu-ray (DVD Drive-in)

GRIZZLY Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 2.35:1 widescreen
  • Filtered and Unfiltered Encodes
  • English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 mono and 5.1 remix (on both versions)
  • Isolated Music and Effects Track (on both versions)
  • "Jaws with Claws" featurette
  • Q&A with Andrew Prine and David Sheldon
  • Katarina's Fun Facts and Triva
  • Theatrical Trailer 
Available exclusively from Screen Archives!  Limited to 3,000 copies.

Scream Factory presents THE DUNGEONMASTER/ELIMINATORS (review)

Scream Factory's double feature includes two thriller Empire Pictures productions from the eighties.  In THE DUNGEONMASTER, tech wiz Paul and his fiancee Gwen are transported to a netherworld dimension and challenged by the demonic Mestema to a series of challenges for their freedom.  In ELIMINATORS, a half-human, half-robot mandroid seeks revenge against his creator's murderer.  Denise Crosby, Roy Dotrice, and Andrew Prine star.

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

THE DUNGEONMASTER/ELIMINATORS Blu-ray specs:
  • The Dungeonmaster (1984):
    • Unrated international RAGEWAR version
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.78:1 widescreen
    • English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 mono
  • Eliminators (1986):
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.78:1 widescreen
    • English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 stereo
  • Optional English subtitles
  • Interview with director Peter Manoogian
  • Theatrical Trailer for THE DUNGEONMASTER

Etiquette Pictures tries to CATCH MY SOUL (review)

Singers Richie Havins and Tony Joe White, Season Hubley, Susan Tyrrell, and THE A TEAM's Lance LeGault star in this rare seventies rock opera adaptation of Shakespeare's OTHELLO set in a New Mexico commune.  A Manson-esque Iago tries to drive a wedge between wandering preacher Othello and his bride Desdemona, leading to tragedy and murder.

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

CATCH MY SOUL Blu-ray/DVD combo specs:
  • Blu-ray:
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.78:1 widescreen
    • English DTS-HD Master Audio 1.0 mono
  • DVD:
    • 16:9 anamorphic 1.78:1 widescreen
    • English Dolby Digital 1.0 mono
  • Optional English subtitles
  • "Drink the Wine, Eat the Bread" making-of featurette
  • "The Deacon Speaks" Interview with actor Tony Joe White
  • "True Soul" featurette on cinematographer Conrad Hall
  • Promotional Still Gallery
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • TV Spot
 


25 December 2015

Time Life salutes CPO SHARKEY: SEASON 2 (review)

Don Rickles is back as the foul-tempered CPO SHARKEY in season two of this short-lived sitcom.  The chief petty officer tries to keep his recruits out of trouble, please the new captain, and step up his love life amidst visiting officers, marine brawls, the integration of female officers, and the various schemes of his recruits.

REVIEW LINK: Time Life (US) Region 0 NTSC DVD (DVDCompare)

CPO SHARKEY: SEASON 2 DVD specs:
  • 22 episodes on three dual-layer DVDs
  • 4:3 non-anamorphic 1.33:1 fullscreen
  • English Dolby Digital 2.0 mono
  • English Closed Captioning
  • 2015 Cast Reunion

23 December 2015

LionsGate gets infected with COOTIES (review)

Elijah Wood, Rainn Wilson, Jack McBrayer, Nasim Pedrad, and Jorge Garcia star in this horror comedy as beleaguered elementary school teachers whose fourth grade students have been infected with a virus that has turned them into flesh-eating ghouls.  From the co-creators of GLEE and SAW!

REVIEW LINK: LionsGate (US) Region A Blu-ray (DVDCompare)

COOTIES Blu-ray specs: 
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 2.40:1 widescreen
  • English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
  • Optional English, English SDH, and Spanish subtitles
  • Audio Commentary by Elijah Wood, Rainn Wilson, Allison Pill, Ian Brennan, Leigh Whannell, Jonathan Milott, and Cary Murnion
  • "Circle, Circle, Dot, Dot. . .Catching Cooties" featurette
  • Deleted/Alternate/Extended Scenes
  • Gag Reel
  • Alternate Ending with Optional Commentary
  • "Talking Cooties" featurette
  • Digital HD Download Code

19 December 2015

Scorpion Releasing yanks its JOYSTICKS (review)

Greydon Clark's naughty and hysterical sex comedy JOYSTICKS hits Blu-ray courtesy of Scorpion Releasing.  When a conservative businessman wants to shut down the local video arcade, the geeks, the girls, and the jocks must band together against his nefarious schemes.

REVIEW LINK: Scorpion Releasing (US) Region ALL Blu-ray (DVD Drive-in)

JOYSTICKS Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.78:1 widescreen
  • English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 mono
  • Audio Commentary by director Greydon Clark
  • Interview with director Greydon Clark
  • Theatrical Trailer 
Available exclusively from Screen Archives!

Scorpion Releasing goes WHERE THE BOYS ARE (review)

Flamboyant producer Allan Carr (GREASE) heads to the beach with this eighties sex comedy remake of the sixties film WHERE THE BOYS ARE.  Four East Coast college girls head to Fort Lauderdale for Spring Break in search of parties, sex, and love.  Lorna Luft, Wendy Schaal, Lynn Holly Johnson, Lisa Hartman, Christopher McDonald, and Russell Todd star.

REVIEW LINK: Scorpion Releasing (US) Region ALL Blu-ray (DVD Drive-in)

WHERE THE BOYS ARE '84 Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.78:1 widescreen
  • English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 stereo
  • Interviews with actors Russell Todd and Wendy Schaal
  • Theatrical Trailer 
Limited to 2000 copies and available exclusively through Screen Archives!

Scorpion Releasing gazes into THE WILD EYE (review)

Philippe Leroy, Gabriel Tinti, Lars Bloch, and Delia Boccardo star in this semi-autobiographical expose of the Italian Mondo films and the shock tactics of their filmmakers.

REVIEW LINK: Scorpion Releasing (US) Region ALL Blu-ray (DVD Drive-in)

THE WILD EYE Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 2.35:1 widescreen
  • English and Italian DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 mono
  • Optional English subtitles
  • Interview with actor Lars Bloch
  • Theatrical Trailer
Available exclusively from Screen Archives!

18 December 2015

Arrow Video USA sets an alarm to WAKE UP AND KILL (review)

Robert Hoffman (SPASMO), Lisa Gastoni (SUBMISSION), and Gian Maria Volonte (A FISTFUL OF DOLLARS) star in this noir thriller from Carlo Lizzani (BANDITS IN MILAN) about the true life exploits of Italian thief Luciano Lutring.

REVIEW LINK: Arrow Video USA (US) Region A/B Blu-ray/Region 1/2 NTSC DVD (DVD Drive-in)

WAKE UP AND KILL Blu-ray/DVD combo specs:
  • Blu-ray:
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 widescreen transfers of two cuts of the film
    • Italian LPCM 2.0 mono (Italian version)
    • English LPCM 2.0 mono (English version)
  • DVD
    • 16:9 anamorphic 1.85:1 widescreen transfers of two cuts of the film
    • Italian Dolby Digital 2.0 mono (Italian version)
    • English Dolby Digital 2.0 mono (English version)
  • Optional English and English SDH subtitles
  • Italian Theatrical Cut (123 minutes) and English export version (97 minutes)
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Reinhard Kleist.
  • Illustrated collector’s booklet containing new writing on the film by Robert Curti, author of Italian Crime Filmography, 1968-1980.


17 December 2015

Arrow Video asks WHAT HAVE YOU DONE TO SOLANGE? (review)

Fabio Testi (HEROIN BUSTERS), Karin Baal (DEAD EYES OF LONDON), Joachim Fuchsberger (FELLOWSHIP OF THE FROG), Christina Galbo (LET SLEEPING CORPSES LIE), and Camille Keaton (I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE) star in this seminal Italian giallo/German krimi hybrid about grisly murders at a Catholic girls school in London that are related to the disappearance of a French girl named Solange.

REVIEW LINK: Arrow Video USA (US) Region A/B Blu-ray/Region 1/2 NTSC DVD (DVD Drive-in)

WHAT HAVE YOU DONE TO SOLANGE? Blu-ray/DVD specs:
  • Blu-ray:
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 2.35:1 widescreen
    • English and Italian LPCM 1.0 mono
  • DVD:
    • 16:9 anamorphic 2.35:1 widescreen
    • English and Italian Dolby Digital 1.0 mono
  • Optional English subtitles for the Italian track and English SDH for the English track
  • Branching Options to watch the film with English or Italian credits
  • Audio Commentary by critics Alan Jones and Kim Newman
  • Interviews:
  • star Karin Baal
  • star Fabio Testi
  • producer Fulvio Lucisano
  • "Innocence Lost" visual essay by Michael Mackenzie
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Comes with a reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by MALLEUS and a booklet featuring brand new writing on the film, illustrated with original stills

13 December 2015

Severin Films unearths COUNT DRACULA (review)

Christopher Lee stars in Jess Franco's attempted faithful retelling of the Bram Stoker novel in COUNT DRACULA.  A London lawyer travels to Transylvania to close a real estate deal with Count Dracula only to bring the vampire plague back with him to England, threatening his fiancee and others.  Herbert Lom, Klaus Kinski, Maria Rohm, Soledad Miranda, Jack Taylor, and Fred Williams star.

REVIEW LINK: Severin Films (US) Region ALL Blu-ray (DVDCompare)

COUNT DRACULA Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.33:1 fullscreen
  • English LPCM 2.0 mono
  • Audio Commentary by actress Maria Rohm, moderated by David Del Valle
  • "Beloved Count" interview with director Jess Franco
  • A Conversation with actor Jack Taylor
  • "Handsome Harker" interview with actor Fred Williams
  • "Stake Holders" an appreciation by French director Christophe Gans
  • Christopher Lee reads "Bram Stoker's DRACULA" Alternate German, French, Italian, and Spanish Title Sequences
  • German Theatrical Trailer
  • Pere Portabella's avant-garde behind the scenes documentary CUADECUC, VAMPIR (66 minutes)


12 December 2015

Well Go USA trains THE GOLDEN CANE WARRIOR (review)

REVIEW LINK: Well Go USA (US) Region A Blu-ray (DVDCompare)

THE GOLDEN CANE WARRIOR Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 2.35:1 widescreen
  • Indonesian DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo
  • Optional English subtitles
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Previews

LionsGate activates AMERICAN ULTRA (review)

THE SOCIAL NETWORK's Jesse Eisenberg and TWILIGHT's Kristen Stewart star in this stoner spy thriller about a convenience store clerk who discovers that he is a lethal weapon when CIA assassins set out to eliminate him.  NASHVILLE's Connie Britton, ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT's Tony Hale, THAT 70'S SHOW's Topher Grace, ICE AGE's John Leguizamo, and LOST HIGHWAY's Bill Pullman also star.

REVIEW LINK: LionsGate (US) Region A Blu-ray/Region 1 NTSC DVD/Digital HD combo (DVDCompare)

AMERICAN ULTRA Blu-ray/DVD/Digital HD combo specs:
  • Blu-ray:
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 widescreen
    • English DTS:X (DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 core), English DTS 2.0 stereo (optimized for late night listening), Spanish DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1, English Descriptive Audio Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo
    • Optional English SDH, English, and Spanish subtitles
  • DVD:
    • 16:9 anamorphic 1.85:1 widescreen
    • English and Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1 
    • Optional English and Spanish subtitles
  • Audio Commentary with Director Nima Nourizadeh
  • "Activating American Ultra" documentary
  • "Assassinating on a Budget" featurette
  • Gag Reel
  • Digital HD code

09 December 2015

Simply Media presents THE BROTHERS: SERIES 2 (review)

Series two of THE BROTHERS charts the fortunes of the Hammond brothers as they try to run their late father's transport company (with his mistress on the board) as they deal with shady rivals, ruthless clients, lovers, exes, and the schemes of their domineering mother.

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

THE BROTHERS: SERIES 2 DVD specs:
  • Thirteen episodes on four dual-layered discs
  • 4:3 non-anamorphic 1.33:1 fullscreen
  • English Dolby Digital 2.0 mono
  • Optional English HoH subtitles

Strand Releasing seeks GUIDANCE (Review)

Former Canadian child actor Pat Mills stars in this semi-autobiographical comedy as an ex-child actor and all-around trainwreck who gets fired from his latest non-union voiceover job and fakes a resume to become a high school guidance counselor.

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

GUIDANCE DVD specs:
  • 16:9 anamorphic 1.85:1 widescreen
  • English Dolby Digital 5.1
  • Optional English SDH subtitles
  • Interview with star/writer/director Pat Mills
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Previews

Film Movement attends THE DINNER (review)

Alessandro Gassman and Giovanna Mezzogiorno star in this Italian adaptation of the best-selling novel by Herman Koch.  The ideological gulf between the convictions of a doctor and his high-powered attorney brother are tested when they suspect that their own children are responsible for a hate crime against a homeless woman.

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

THE DINNER DVD specs:
  • 16:9 anamorphic 2.35:1 widescreen
  • Italian Dolby Digital 5.1 and 2.0 stereo
  • Optional English subtitles and English Closed Captioning
  • Behind the Scenes
  • Production Montage
  • Theatrical Trailer

Videonomicon resurrects SCIENCE CRAZED (review)

When the Shelley Institute cuts off funding for his unusual growth experiments, Dr. Wilbur Frank injects a woman with his growth serum and she gives birth overnight to a deformed child who soon grows into a hulking full-grown man.  As Frank's creature goes on a murderous rampage throughout the corridors of the institute, his assistants and a hard-boiled detective may be the only help for people too stupid to run away from the monster.

REVIEW LINK: Videonomicon (Canada) Region 0 NTSC DVD (DVDBeaver)

SCIENCE CRAZED DVD specs:
  • 4:3 non-anamorphic 1.33:1 fullscreen
  • English Dolby Digital 2.0 mono
  • Audio Commentary by Canuxploitation.com's Paul Corupe and Rewind This!'s Josh Johnson 
  • "I Survived Science Crazed: Terry Jones Speaks" interview with actor Cameron Klein
  • "Cameron Klein's Science Crazed Q&A" audio interview with still gallery
  • "Cameron's Grim Stitch Factory" interview with Cameron Scholes 
  • "Science Crazed Changes Everything" interview with Pontypool author Tony Burgess
  • Home Video Trailer
  • Trailer for "Ryan's Babe"
  • DVD-ROM features include two promotional stills, a sell sheet, and an .mp3 music cue.
  • Liner Notes Booklet by Ben Ruffett and Josh Johnson 
  • Easter Eggs

07 December 2015

LionsGate investigates MR. HOLMES (review)

Ian McKellen reunites with GODS AND MONSTERS director Bill Condon in this intriguing speculation on the great detective's retirement and his eagerness to recall the details of his final case.  Laura Linney also stars.

REVIEW LINK: LionsGate (US) Region 1 NTSC DVD (DVDCompare)

MR. HOLMES DVD specs:
  • 16:9 anamorphic 2.40:1 widescreen
  • English Dolby Digital 5.1
  • Optional English, English SDH, and Spanish subtitles
  • English Closed Captioning
  • Behind the Scenes Clips
  • Theatraical Trailer
  • Digital Download Code

01 December 2015

Olive Films has A BLACK VEIL FOR LISA (review)

John Mills, Luciana Paluzzi, and Robert Hoffmann star in this sixties Italian/German thriller from Massimo Dallamano.  A Hamburg narcotics detective pursuing an elusive underworld figure is driven to distraction and jealousy by his much younger wife.  When he captures the assassin who has been taking out witnesses on his case, he hires the man to kill his wife but her charms could cause the killer to double cross him.

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

A BLACK VEIL FOR LISA Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.78:1 widescreen
  • English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 mono

Arrow Video USA blesses REQUIESCANT (review)

Lou Castel (ORGASMO), Mark Damon (THE DEVIL'S WEDDING NIGHT), and filmmaker Pier Paolo Pasolini (SALO) star in this political western from director Carlo Lizzani (HOUSE OF THE YELLOW CARPET).  The only survivor of a massacre of Mexican revolutionaries double-crossed in a government land deal, Requiescant grows up with a traveling Protestant couple.  When the couple's daughter runs away with a dancing troupe, Requiescant goes to find her and his natural born sharpshooting abilities help him when up against the corrupt George Bellow Ferguson and his dissolute hired guns.

REVIEW LINK: Arrow Video USA (US) Region A/B Blu-ray/Region 1,2 NTSC DVD (DVD Drive-in)

REQUIESCANT Blu-ray/DVD combo specs:
  • Blu-ray:
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 widescreen
    • English and Italian LPCM 1.0 mono
  • DVD:
    • 16:9 anamorphic 1.85:1 widescreen
    • English and Italian Dolby Digital 1.0 mono
  • Optional English subtitles (for Italian audio) and English SDH subtitles (for English audio)
  • Interview with actor Lou Castel
  • Interview with director Carlo Lizzani
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Reversible Cover
  • Liner Notes Booklet

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