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30 April 2016

LionsGate is haunted by BACKTRACK (review)

Adrien Brody and Sam Neill star in this Australian supernatural thriller.  A psychologist who has recently lost his daughter in a traffic accident comes to the realization that all of his patients are ghosts, and these restless spirits are drawing him into a mystery rooted in his own past.

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

BACKTRACK 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
  • "The Psychology of BACKTRACK" featurette
  • Previews 
  • Digital HD Download Code

28 April 2016

Vinegar Syndrome appreciates a TRASHY LADY (review)

Harry Reems, Ginger Lynn, Amber Lynn, and Herschel Savage star in this ambitious and visually stunning pornographic take on thirties gangster films.  After his gun moll leaves him, Dutch sets his eyes on cigarette girl Katherine, but he requires rival Big Louie's moll Rita to turn Katherine from innocent broad to TRASHY LADY.

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

TRASHY LADY Blu-ray/DVD combo specs:
  • Blu-ray:
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 widescreen
    • English DTS-HD Master Audio 1.0 mono
  • DVD:
    • 16:9 anamorphic 1.78:1 widescreen
    • English Dolby Digital 1.0 mono
  • Audio Commentary by cinematographer Tom Howard and director Steve Scott's personal assistant David McCabe
  • Audio Commentary by actor Herschel Savage and XRCO co-founder William Margold
  • Bonus Feature Film: Steve Scott's 1971 film COMING WEST

Vinegar Syndrome is UNVEILED (reviewed)

Playboy/Penthouse photographer Suze Randall switches from stills to hardcore motion with UNVEILED in which two wives turn the tables on their unfaithful husbands at a masked sex club.

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

UNVEILED DVD specs:
  • 16:9 anamorphic 1.78:1 widescreen
  • English Dolby Digital 1.0 mono
  • Interview with actor Mike Horner
  • Theatrical Trailer

26 April 2016

Wolfe Video crashes HENRY GAMBLE'S BIRTHDAY PARTY (review)

Gay Chicago playwright/actor/filmmaker Stephen Cone helms this thoughtful semi-autobiographical story of a preacher's son's seventeenth birthday and the underlying tensions and emotional baggage brought to it by guests invited, unexpected, and unwelcome.

REVIEW LINK: Wolfe Video (US) Region 1 NTSC DVD (DVDBeaver)

HENRY GAMBLE'S BIRTHDAY PARTY DVD specs:
  • 16:9 anamorphic 2.35:1 widescreen
  • English Dolby Digital 5.1 and 2.0 stereo
  • Optional English SDH subtitles
  • Audio Commentary by director Stephen Cone
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Short Film "Baby"
  • Previews

Arrow Films goes noir with FOLLOW THE MONEY (review)

Thomas Bo Larsen (THE CELEBRATION) and Nikolaj Lie Kaas (OPEN HEARTS) headline the cast of this Danish thriller set in the world of renewable energy, corporate intrigue, industrial espionage, and murder.  When the body of a Ukranian workman washes up on the shore near a wind farm, detective Mads starts looking into the business practices of the farm's parent company Energreen with the fraud squad.  Meanwhile, Energreen attorney Claudia starts to rise in the ranks under the guiding hand of CEO Alexander only to find her integrity compromised and her freedom threatened.

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

FOLLOW THE MONEY DVD specs:
  • 10 episodes on four dual-layer DVDs
  • 16:9 anamorphic 2.20:1 widescreen
  • Danish Dolby Digital 5.1 and 2.0 stereo
  • Optional English subtitles

Raro Video scents the PERFUME OF THE LADY IN BLACK (review)

AUTOPSY's Mimsy Farmer stars in Francesco Barilli's delirious and grisly take on ROSEMARY'S BABY and REPULSION as a chemist who pricks herself on a nail and begins to believe that she is the victim of voodoo or witchcraft.

REVIEW LINK: Raro Video USA (US) Region ALL Blu-ray (DVD Drive-in)

THE PERFUME OF THE LADY IN BLACK Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 widescreen
  • English and Italian DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 mono
  • Optional English subtitles
  • Interview with director Francesco Barilli
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Short Film "The Errant Knight"
  • Essay/filmography insert

24 April 2016

Mondo Macabro gets stoned by MEDOUSA (review)

In this rare nineties example of Greek horror, thief Percy and his crew break into a country mansion and discover not jewelry and artwork but mysterious stone statues.  The same statues have been turning up all over Athens in place of missing men, and Percy discovers that his destiny lies in a face-off with the gorgon.

REVIEW LINK: Mondo Macabro (US) Region 0 NTSC DVD (DVD Drive-in)

MEDOUSA DVD specs:
  • 16:9 anamorphic 1.66:1 widescreen
  • Greek Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo
  • Optional English subtitles
  • Interview with director George Lazopoulos
  • Interview with actor Thanos Amorginos
  • Trailer
  • Mondo Macabro Promo Reel

Curzon Artificial Eye nurses CHRONIC (review)

Tim Roth plays home care nurse David devotes his entire being to the care of his patients to point that he needs them perhaps even more than they need him in this compelling character study.

REVIEW LINK: Curzon Artificial Eye (UK) Region 2 PAL DVD (DVDBeaver)

CHRONIC DVD specs:
  • 16:9 anamorphic 1.85:1 widescreen
  • English Dolby Digital 5.1 and LPCM 2.0 stereo
  • Theatrical Trailer

Outsider Pictures plants SUGAR KISSES (review)

In this gritty yet occasionally warm and hilarious coming of age story, wrong-side-of-the-tracks Nacho falls for gangster Ms. Lety's daughter Mayra.  The burgeoning relationship between the two is tested by the unforgiving environment of crime, corruption, and intimidation.

REVIEW LINK: Outsider Pictures/Strand Releasing (US) Region 0 NTSC DVD (DVDBeaver)

SUGAR KISSES DVD specs:
  • 16:9 anamorphic 1.78:1 widescreen
  • Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1
  • Optional English subtitles
  • Behind the Scenes
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Previews


Strand Releasing realizes THAT'S NOT US (Review)

A promising and attractive ensemble cast play three couples (straight, gay, lesbian) at different stages in their relationships but find themselves having to face doubts and unexpressed resentments during a weekend stay at an island cottage in this compelling, funny, and engaging character drama.

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

THAT'S NOT US DVD specs:
  • 16:9 anamorphic 2.35:1 widescreen
  • English Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Improv on Film
  • Film Festival Featurette
  • Trailer
  • Previews

Mondo Macabro gazes into MEDOUSA (review)

In this rare nineties example of Greek horror, thief Percy and his crew break into a country mansion and discover not jewelry and artwork but mysterious stone statues.  The same statues have been turning up all over Athens in place of missing men, and Percy discovers that his destiny lies in a face-off with the gorgon.

REVIEW LINK: Mondo Macabro (US) Region 0 NTSC DVD (DVDBeaver)

MEDOUSA DVD specs:
  • 16:9 anamorphic 1.66:1 widescreen
  • Greek Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo
  • Optional English subtitles
  • Interview with director George Lazopoulos
  • Interview with actor Thanos Amorginos
  • Trailer
  • Mondo Macabro Promo Reel

19 April 2016

LionsGate boards FLIGHT 7500 (review)

TRUE BLOOD's Ryan Kwanten and ENTOURAGE's Jerry Ferrara star in this "ghosts on a plane" horror film from the creator of the JU-ON and THE GRUDGE series.  Passengers aboard a Los Angeles to Tokyo have more to worry about than turbulence when a passenger suddenly dies and something evil is unleashed on the plane.

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

FLIGHT 7500 DVD specs:
  • 16:9 anamorphic 1.78:1 widescreen
  • English Dolby Digital 5.1
  • Optional English SDH and Spanish subtitles
  • "Inside FLIGHT 7500" featurette
  • Previews
  • Digital Download Code

Magnolia Entertainment investigates THE LADY IN THE CAR WITH GLASSES AND A GUN

In this visually dynamic adaptation of the novel by Sebastien Japrisot, mousey secretary Dany's decision to play hooky from work with her boss' sports car vaults her into a bizarre adventure in the French countryside as she encounters people who claimed to have seen her before, a violent attack by an unseen assailant, and the sudden appearance of a body in the trunk.

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

THE LADY IN THE CAR WITH GLASSES AND A GUN Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 2.40:1 widescreen
  • French and English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
  • Optional English, English SDH, English Narrative, and Spanish subtitles
  • "The Man in the Car with a Pen and a Camera" interview with director Joann Sfar
  • "The Paintings of director Joann Sfar"
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Previews

Scream Factory revs up THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE 2 (review)

Tobe Hooper's over the top sequel to his cult classic THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE finds Dennis Hopper on the hunt for the cannibalistic Sawyer clan who have gone commercial and are operating a rolling grill during the Red River Showdown.  With unrated gore effects by Tom Savini.

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

THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE PART 2 Blu-ray specs:
  • Disc One:
    • Brand New 2016 High Definition Scan from the Original Interpositive
      • 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 with co-writer/co-producer/director Tobe Hooper and filmmaker David Gregory
    • Audio Commentary with actor Bill Moseley, actress Caroline Williams, special makeup effects artist Tom Savini, and DVD producer Michael Felsher
    • Audio Commentary with director of photography Richard Kooris, production designer Cary White, script supervisor Laura Kooris, and property master Michael Sullivan
    • Extended Outtakes from the "It Runs In The Family" documentary
    • Still Galleries (Black and White Stills/Behind-The-Scenes/Personal Collection of Jason Guy/Color Stills/Posters And Lobby Cards/Special Effects)
    • U.S. and Japanese Theatrical Trailers
    • Six U.S. and One Japanese TV Spots
    • Behind-The-Scenes Footage Compilation (43 minutes)
    • Alternate Opening Credit Sequence
    • Four Deleted Scenes
  • Disc Two:
    • Original MGM High Definition Master (color corrected by director of photography Richard Kooris)
      • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 widescreen
      • English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and 2.0 stereo
      • Optional English SDH subtitles
    • "House Of Pain" interview with makeup effects artists Bart Mixon, Gabe Bartalos, Gino Crognale, and John Vulich
    • "Yuppie Meat" interview With actors Chris Douridas and Barry Kinyon"Cutting Moments" interview with editor Alain Jakubowicz
    • "Behind The Mask" interview with stunt man Bob Elmore
    • "Horror's Hallowed Grounds: Revisiting The Locations Of The Film" featurette
    • "It Runs In The Family" documentary (81 minutes)
  • Reversible Cover

LionsGate gets stranded in MOJAVE (review)

Oscar Isaac, Garrett Hedlund, Louise Bourgoin, Walton Goggins, and Mark Wahlberg star in this Hitchcockian satire of Hollywood from the screenwriter of THE DEPARTED.  A burnt-out, suicidal screenwriter flees into the desert and discovers his doppelganger in a murderous drifter.

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

MOJAVE Blu-ray:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 2.40:1 widescreen
  • English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
  • Optional English, English SDH, and Spanish subtitles
  • "A Doppelganger and the Desert: Making MOJAVE"
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Previews

18 April 2016

Cult Epics appreciates SEX MURDER ART: THE FILMS OF JORG BUTTGEREIT (review)

Cult Epics combines the major features and shorts of outrageous German cult director Jorg Buttgereit together in one four Blu-ray/two CD set.  In NEKROMANTIK, a forensic janitor brings home the ideal partner for a threesome with his girlfriend, only this one's dead and rotting.  In DER TODESKING, Buttgereit presents an essay on suicide with seven vignettes taking place over the course of a week.  In NEKROMANTIK 2, a female necrophiliac is torn between a tender relationship with a living man and the caresses of a dead mate.  In SCHRAMM, taxi driver turned serial killer Lother's mind comes unraveled in a series of surrealistic and nightmarish hallucinations and real bloodbaths.  Also included are several short films, commentaries on all four films, making-of featurettes (including the underground outrage CORPSE FUCKING ART), and the full soundtracks on CD along with the full scores and additional cues as Blu-ray extras.

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

SEX MURDER ART: THE FILMS OF JORG BUTTGEREIT Blu-ray specs:
  • Disc One (Blu-ray): Nekromantik (1987)
    • HD transfer from 8mm
      • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.33:1 fullscreen
      • German Dolby Digital 5.1 and 2.0 mono
      • Optional English subtitles
      • Audio Commentary by Jorg Buttgereit and Franz Rodenkirchen
      • Optional Introduction by director Jorg Buttgereit
    • Grindhouse Transfer from 35mm Blow-up (8mm to 16mm internegative to 35mm)
      • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.33:1 fullscreen
      • German Dolby Digital 2.0 mono
      • Burnt-in English subtitles
    • Q&A with Jorg Buttgereit (40 minutes)
    • "The Making of Nekromantik" featurette
    • The Building of the Corpse Prop
    • Still Photo Gallery
    • 1985 Short Film "Hot Love" with optional audio commentary by director Jorg Buttgereit
    • "Hot Love" featurette
    • Jorg Buttgereit Trailers:
    • Original Motion Picture Soundtrack in Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo (74 minutes)
  • Disc Two (Blu-ray): Der Todesking (1990)
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.33:1 fullscreen
    • German Dolby Digital 5.1 and 2.0 mono
    • Audio Commentary by Jorg Buttgereit and co-atuhor Franz Rodenkirchen
    • Optional Introduction by director Jorg Buttgereit
    • Making of featurette
    • Still Gallery
    • "Corpse Fucking Art" documentary (58 minutes)
    • Trailers
    • Original Motion Picture Soundtrack in Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo (28 minutes)
  • Disc Three (Blu-ray): Nekromantik 2 (1991)
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.33:1
    • German Dolby Digital 5.1 and 2.0 mono
    • Audio Commentary by director Jorg Buttgereit, co-author Franz Rodenkirchen, and actors Monika M. and Mark Reeder
    • Optional Introduction by director Jorg Buttgereit
    • "The Making of Nekromantik 2"
    • Photo Gallery
    • Outtakes
    • Jorg Buttgereit Trailers
    • "20th Anniversary Live Concert" performed by Monika M. and Friends 
    • "A Moment of Silence at the Grave of Ed Gein" short film
    • "Half Girl - Lemmy, I'm a Feminist" music video
    • Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (57 minutes)
    • Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Live (47 minutes)
  • Disc Four (Blu-ray): Schramm (1993)
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.33:1
    • German DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo
    • Optional Introduction by director Jorg Buttgereit
    • Audio Commentary by director Jorg Buttgereit and Franz Rodenkirchen
    • Audio Commentary by Florian Von Gustorf and Monika M
    • "The Making of Schramm"
    • Still Gallery
    • "Horror Heaven" short film wwith optional commentary by Jorg Buttgereit
    • "Blutige Exzesse im Fuhrerbunker short film
    • "Mein Papi" short film
    • Jorg Buttgereit Trailers
    • Soundtrack in Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo (54:08)
  • Disc Five (CD):
    • Soundtracks for Nekromantik (19 tracks) and Der Todesking (11 tracks)
  • Disc Six (CD):
    • Soundtracks for Nekromantik 2 (16 tracks) and Schramm (21 tracks)
  • Forty-page booklet featuring interviews with director Jörg Buttgereit and filmographies
  • Cardboard Slipcase

Scream Factory drives DESTROYER to the EDGE OF SANITY (review)

Scream Factory presents this double bill of eighties horror films featuring Anthony Perkins (PSYCHO).  In DESTROYER, a film crew shoots a women-in-prison epic in a closed-down prison haunted by a serial murderer who survived his appointment with the electric chair.  Deborah Foreman (APRIL FOOL'S DAY) and Clayton Rohner (I, MADMAN) also star.  In EDGE OF SANITY, Perkins plays both Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, slashing his way through London's East End in the style of Jack the Ripper.

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

DESTROYER/EDGE OF SANITY Blu-ray specs:
  • Destroyer (1988):
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.78:1 widescreen 
    • English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 stereo
    • Optional English SDH subtitles
    • Theatrical Trailer
  • Edge of Sanity (1989)
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 widescreen
    • English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 stereo
    • Optional English SDH subtitles
    • Theatrical Trailer

11 April 2016

Vinegar Syndrome busts out DOLEMITE (review)

Vinegar Syndrome restores Rudy Ray Moore's iconic Blaxploitation film DOLEMITE for Blu-ray/DVD combo release.  Framed by the cops and sentenced to hard time, pimp Dolemite is sprung by his partner Queen Bee and the prison warden to discover who is behind the crime wave afflicting his old neighborhood.  No sooner is he out of prison than the cops and the henchmen of competing pimp Willie Green are trying to kill him.  Dolemite, however, is more than ready with his army of Kung-Fu fighting prostitutes to help him take back what's his.

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

DOLEMITE Blu-ray/DVD combo specs:
  • Restored in 2K from the newly-discovered 35mm original camera negative
  • Blu-ray:
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 widescreen
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.33:1 fullscreen alternate "Boom Mic" version
    • English DTS-HD Master Audio 1.0 mono
  • DVD:
    • 16:9 anamorphic 1.85:1 widescreen
    • 4:3 non-anamorphic 1.33:1 fullscreen alternate "Boom Mic" version 
    • English Dolby Digital 1.0 mono
  • Optional English SDH subtitles
  • Audio Commentary by film historian James Murray
  • "I, Dolemite" featurette with Rudy Ray Moore, Lady Reed, Ben Taylor, John Kerry, and Nicholas Joseph von Sternberg
  • "Lady Reed Uncut" interview with Queen Bee herself
  • Locations: Then and Now
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Trailer for THE HUMAN TORNADO

LionsGate is EXPOSED (review)

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

EXPOSED 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
  • "Making Exposed" featurette
  • Cast Interviews with Keanu Reeves, Mira Sorvino, Ana De Armas, Chris McDonald, Michael Rispoli, and Big Daddy Kane
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Previews
  • Digital Download Code

10 April 2016

Second Run DVD goes Blu with Pedro Costa's HORSE MONEY (review)

Pedro Costa and Ventura, the protagonist of COLOSSAL YOUTH, probe the dark depths of Portugal's troubled political past and ailments of the soul in the pseudo-documentary HORSE MONEY.

REVIEW LINK: Second Run DVD (UK) Region ALL Blu-ray (DVDCompare)

HORSE MONEY Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080i50 MPEG-4 AVC 1.33:1 pillarboxed widescreen
  • Portuguese/Kabuverdianu DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and LPCM 2.0 stereo
  • Optional English subtitles
  • Introduction to the film by filmmaker Thom Andersen
  • Pedro Costa in conversation with Laura Mulvey 
  • UK Trailer
  • International Trailer
  • Teasers
  • Short film "O Nosso Homem"

07 April 2016

Film Movement Classics traces ANTONIA'S LINE (review)

The 1996 Academy Award Winner for Best Foreign Film ANTONIA'S LINE comes to Blu-ray from Film Movement's Classic line.  On the day she feels she is destined to die, Antonia looks back on fifty years of her life returning to her home town after the war with her teenage daughter and endearing herself to a found family while refusing to bow down to social and moral conventions.

REVIEW LINK: Film Movement (US) Region ALL Blu-ray (DVDCompare)

ANTONIA'S LINE Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.78:1 widescreen
  • Dutch Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo
  • Optional English subtitles
  • Vintage Interview with director Marleen Gorris
  • Booklet by Thelma Adams

05 April 2016

Warner Home Video invades FALLING SKIES: SEASON FIVE (review)

FALLING SKIES returns for its fifth and final season as the 2nd Mass finally gets a temporary upper hand on the invading Espheni, but inner divisions may prove just as dangerous as the alien technology and new species of mutations that seek to enslave the human race.  ER's Noah Wyle stars.

REVIEW LINK: Warner Home Video (US) Region A Blu-ray (DVDCompare)

FALLING SKIES: SEASON FIVE Blu-ray specs:
  • Ten episodes on two Blu-ray discs
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.78:1 widescreen
  • English Dolby TrueHD 5.1
  • Optional English HoH, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, Norwegian, Spanish (Latino), and Swedish subtitles
  • "Farewell to the Skies" featurettes
  • "Cast Goodbyes"
  • "A Look Back"
  • 2015 WonderCon Panel (49 minutes)
  • Digital HD Download Code

Arrow Video USA can't get enough of THE STUFF (review)

Michael Moriarty and Andrea Marcovici star in Larry Cohen's comic and horrific send-up of consumer culture and health food crazes as a popular sweet treat called THE STUFF eats its victims from the inside out.  Paul Sorvino, Patrick O'Neal, and Garrett Morris also star.

REVIEW LINK: Arrow Video USA (US) Region ALL Blu-ray (DVD Drive-in)

THE STUFF Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 widescreen
  • English LPCM 2.0 stereo
  • Optional English SDH subtitles
  • "Can't Get Enough of The Stuff" documentary
  • Darren Bousman Trailer Commentary
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Reversible sleeve with original and newly commissioned artwork by Gary Pullin
  • 24-page booklet featuring an essay by Joel Harley

Arrow Video USA resurrects BRIDE OF RE-ANIMATOR (review)

Herbert West, Daniel Cain, and Dr. Hill's head are back in producer Brian Yuzna's sequel to cult classic RE-ANIMATOR.  Having survived the Miskatonic Massacre, West and Cain refine their reagent with the goal of creating life using a few spare parts from the hospital.  Kathleen Kinmont also stars.

REVIEW LINK: Arrow Video USA (US) Region ALL Blu-ray/DVD combo (DVD Drive-in)

BRIDE OF RE-ANIMATOR Blu-ray/DVD combo:
  • Disc One (Blu-ray):
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.78:1 widescreen
    • English LPCM 2.0 stereo
  • Disc Two (DVD):
    • 16:9 anamorphic 1.78:1 widescreen
    • English Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo
    • Unrated Version Restored in 2K
    • Optional English SDH subtitles
    • Audio Commentary by Brian Yuzna
    • Audio Commentary by star Brian Yuzna, star Jeffrey Combs, special effects co-ordinator Thomas Rainone and the effects team including John Buechler, Mike Deak, Robert Kurtzman, Howard Berger and Screaming Mad George
    • Audio Commentary by stars Jeffrey Combs and Bruce Abbott
    • "Brian Yuzna Remembers Bride of Re-Animator"
    • "Splatter Masters: The Special Effects Artists of Bride of Re-Animator" interviews with Robert Kurtzman of KNB, Screaming Mad George, Tony Doublin and John Buechler
    • "Getting Ahead in Horror" archival making-of featurette
    • Deleted Scenes:
      • "Meg is Re-Animated" deleted scene with behind-the-scenes footage
      • "Carnival Sequence" the cast and crew discuss this excised sequence
    • Theatrical Trailer (1:53)
  • Limited Edition Exclusive Bonus Blu-ray of the R-rated version along with a behind the scenes reel
  • Limited Edition Exclusive Book of Stuart Gordon's comic book prequel to RE-ANIMATOR

01 April 2016

Omnibus Entertainment reels in a SUCKER (review)

YouTube sensation John Luc and British character actor Timothy Spall star in this Australian comic thriller about an Asian-Australian teenager whose dreams of medical school are dashed when he is caught cheating on college entrance exams.  Taking up with a "professional liar" and his magnetic daughter, he learns the tricks of the trade as they gear up towards the con of the century.

REVIEW LINK: Omnibus Entertainment (US) Region 0 NTSC DVD (DVDBeaver)

SUCKER DVD specs:
  • 16:9 anamorphic 2.40:1 widescreen
  • English Dolby Digital 5.1 and 2.0 stereo
  • Behind the Scenes
  • Previews 

Omnibus Entertainment spends NIGHTS WITH THEODORE (review)

After meeting at a party, Parisians Thedore and Anna hop the fence of a local historical park for a one night stand.  They continue this series of rendez-vous nightly, making secret discoveries about the park's buildings and other nightly inhabitants.  As they strive for normality in their relationship, they discover that they are drawn back to the park by mysterious forces.

REVIEW LINK: Omnibus Entertainment (US) Region 0 NTSC DVD (DVDBeaver)

NIGHTS WITH THEODORE DVD specs:
  • 16:9 anamorphic 1.78:1 widescreen
  • French Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo
  • Optional English subtitles
  • Previews

Omnibus Entertainment takes on THE ENTITY (review)

In this Peruvian example of the found footage genre, documentary film college students decide to make a documentary about reaction videos.  After viewing a particularly intense one, they discover that the people in it are all dead.  Tracing the film they watched to an old cemetery, they begin to believe that whatever killed the others is now stalking them.

REVIEW LINK: Omnibus Entertainment (US) Region 0 NTSC DVD (DVDBeaver)

THE ENTITY DVD specs:
  • 16:9 anamorphic 1.78:1 widescreen
  • Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1 and 2.0 stereo
  • Optional English subtitles
  • Previews

Eureka Video lodges with GRACE AND FAVOUR: ARE YOU BEING SERVED? AGAIN! (review)

The staff of the Ladies and Gentlemens ready-to-wear department are back in GRACE AND FAVOUR (released stateside on TV as ARE YOU BEING SERVED? AGAIN!) as the Grace Brothers department store closes down and they find their pension invested in a country house that they must operate as a hotel in order to make ends meet.  Hilarity ensues as they deal with the locals, randy guests, and each other.

REVIEW LINK: Eureka Video (UK) Region 2 PAL DVD (DVDBeaver)

GRACE AND FAVOUR DVD specs:
  • Twelve episodes on four single-layer DVDs
  • 4:3 non-anamorphic 1.33:1 fullscreen
  • English Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo
  • Optional English SDH subtitles 

Strand Releasing in THE BLUE HOUR (review)

Two young men made outcasts by their sexuality meet and bond at an abandoned, haunted swimming pool, but there are greater threats to them among the living rather than the ghosts who have claimed many victims at the pool.

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

THE BLUE HOUR DVD specs:
  • 16:9 anamorphic 1.85:1 widescreen
  • Thai Dolby Digital 5.1
  • Optional English subtitles
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Previews
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