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13 January 2016

Severin Films takes an AXE to KIDNAPPED COED (review)

The two North Carolina-lensed regional exploitation efforts of Frederick R. Friedel (picked up by Harry Novak's Box Office International) get an HD overhaul courtesy of Severin Films.  In AXE, three psychopaths on the run invade the home of virginal Lisa and her paralyzed grandfather.  When they violate the girl, she stops butchering chickens and takes her axe to human flesh.  In KIDNAPPED COED, a criminal abducts an heiress and holds her for ransom.  As they encounter danger and bizarre situations at every turn, the nature of their relationship changes.

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

AXE/KIDNAPPED COED Blu-ray specs:
  • Axe (1974):
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.78:1 widescreen
    • English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 mono
    • German Dolby Digital 2.0 mono
    • Audio Commentary by director Frederick R. Friedel, production manager Phil Smoot, Rick Helmes, and make-up artist Worth Keeter
  • Kidnapped Coed (1976):
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.78:1 widescreen
    • English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 mono
    • German Dolby Digital 2.0 mono
    • Audio Commentary by director Frederick R. Friedel, camera assistant Phil Smoot, and make-up artist Worth Keeter
  • "Bloody Brothers" (90 minutes), director Frederick R. Friedel's feature composite recut of both films
    • Introduction by Frederick R. Friedel
    • Audio Commentary by NIGHTMARE USA's Stephen Thrower
  • "At Last... Total Terror: The Amazing True Story of the Making of AXE and KIDNAPPED COED (61 minutes)
  • "Moose Magic: The George Newman Shaw & John Wilhelm Story" (38 minutes)
  • Stephen Thrower on AXE and KIDNAPPED COED (9:15)
  • AXE Trailers:
    • "Axe"
    • "Lisa, Lisa"
    • "Virgin Slaughter"
    • TV Spot
    • Radio Spots
  • KIDNAPPED COED Trailers:
    • "Kidnap Lover"
    • "Kidnapped Coed" TV spots
  • Comes with a bonus soundtrack CD with tracks from both films.

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