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31 May 2016

Code Red Releasing ventures into THE FOREST (review)

"If you go into the woods today, you might not get out ALIVE!"  Director Don Jones (SCHOOLGIRLS IN CHAINS) takes on the slasher genre in this story of two Los Angeles couples who go camping and are stalked by a cannibalistic killer.  Gary Kent stars.

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

THE FOREST Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.78:1 widescreen
  • English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 mono
  • Audio Commentary by director Don Jones and cinematographer Stuart Asbjornsen, moderated by Greg Goodsell
  • Audio Commentary by director Don Jones and actor Gary Kent
  • Interview featurette with director Don Jones, cinematographer Stuart Asbjornsen, and actor Gary Kent
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Code Red Trailers

Intervision exposes CHRISTINA (review)

Jewel Shepard fully embodies Christina Van Bell, jet-setting heroine of over fifty Berkeley/Playboy paperbacks in the seventies and eighties, in the softcore CHRISTINA.  Zipping around the globe in search of fast cars and hot men, Christina is abducted and held for ransom by two different groups who are just as interested in her body as they are in her money.

REVIEW LINK: Intervision Picture Corp. (US) Region ALL Blu-ray (DVD Drive-in)

CHRISTINA Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.78:1 widescreen
  • English LPCM 2.0 mono

Scream Factory stalks MANHUNTER (review)

Before Jonathan Demme's award-winning SILENCE OF THE LAMBS, Michael Mann brought Hannibal Lector to the screen in MANHUNTER based on Thomas Harris' earlier novel RED DRAGON.  CSI's William Peterson stars as retired FBI profiler Will Graham brought back to work to discover the identity of "The Tooth Fairy Killer" before he claims the lives of another entire family.  To find the killer, Graham must think like him, taking him back into dark places he inhabited when he was hunting Hannibal Lector whose help he seeks on the case.  Joan Allen, Tom Noonan, Dennis Farina, Stephen Lang, and Brian Cox also star.

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

MANHUNTER Blu-ray specs:
  • Disc One (Theatrical Cut):
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 2.35:1 widescreen
    • English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and 2.0 stereo
    • Optional English SDH subtitles
    • New interviews with actors William Peterson, Joan Allen, Tom Noonan, and Brian Cox as well as director of photography Dante Spinotti
    • "The Music of MANHUNTER" featurette with composer Michel Rubini, Barry Andrews of Shriekback, Gary Putnam of The Prime Movers, Rick Shaffer of The Reds, and Gene Stashuk of Red 7
    • Theatrical Trailer
    • Still Gallery
  • Disc Two (Director's Cut):
    • Director's Cut in HD with SD
      • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 2.35:1 widescreen
      • English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and 2.0 stereo 
      • Optional English SDH subtitles
      • Audio Commentary by writer/director Michael Mann
    • Director's Cut in SD in Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo
    • "The MANHUNTER Look" vintage featurette with cinematographer Dante Spinotti
    • "Inside MANHUNTER" vintage featurette with actors William Peterson, Joan Allen, Brian Cox, and Tom Noonan
  • Slipcover and reversible cover

Arrow Films investigates HINTERLAND: SERIES 2 (review)

Richard Harrington returns as DCI Tom Mathias, a London detective who has banished himself to Wales after a personal tragedy.  In the New Year's Special and second series, Mathias deals with the fallout from "The Girl in the Water" case including an internal investigation and the doubts of his superiors and colleagues about his focus.  In the five episodes in this set, Mathias investigates murders, unearthing family tragedies and long buried secrets; but his own past may be catching up with him in the fiery finale.

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

HINTERLAND: SERIES 2 DVD specs:
  • New Year's Special and four series two episodes on three dual-layer discs
  • 16:9 anamorphic 1.78:1 widescreen
  • English/Welsh Dolby Digital 5.1
  • Forced English subtitles for the Welsh dialogue

30 May 2016

Simply Media bets on THE LADY GAMBLES (review)

Barbara Stanwyck, Robert Preston, Edith Barrett, and Stephen McNally star in this obscure film noir.  On honeymoon in Las Vegas while her husband works on a news story, Joan Booth becomes addicted to gambling and enters a downward spiral into illegal activities and heartbreak.  A young Tony Curtis makes one of his first appearances here as a bell boy.

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

THE LADY GAMBLES DVD specs:
  • 4:3 non-anamorphic 1.33:1 fullscreen
  • English Dolby Digital 2.0 mono

Vinegar Syndrome probes the PSYCHIC KILLER (Review)

Former actor Ray Danton tackles the parapsychological horror in PSYCHIC KILLER.  Wrongfully convicted and confined to an asylum, Arnold Master is taught astral projection by a fellow inmate.  When he is released, he sets about engineering the telekinetic deaths of those responsible for railroading him and killing his mother.  Jim Hutton, Paul Burke, Julie Adams, Mary Wilcox, Aldo Ray, Della Reese, and Neville Brand star.

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

PSYCHIC KILLER Blu-ray/DVD combo specs:
  • Blu-ray:
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 widescreen
    • English DTS-HD Master Audio 1.0
  • DVD:
    • 16:9 anamorphic 1.78:1 widescreen
    • English Dolby Digital 1.0
  • Optional English SDH subtitles
  • "The Danton Force" interview with Steve and Mitchell Danton, actress Julie Adams, and assistant director Ron Smith
  • "The Aura of Horror" interview with producer Mardi Rustam
  • "The PSYCHIC KILLER Inside Me" interview with writer/associate producer Greydon Clark
  • TV Spots
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Reversible Cover

27 May 2016

Arrow Video USA is HIRED TO KILL (review)

George Kennedy, Jose Ferrer, Oliver Reed and Brian Thompson star in Nico Mastorakis' quirky action thriller HIRED TO KILL.  A soldier of fortune is hired to pose as a gay fashion designer and lead an army of women disguised as fashion models into a dictatorship to bust out a leftist rebel and start a revolution.

REVIEW LINK: Arrow Video USA (US) Region ALL Blu-ray/Region 0 NTSC DVD combo (DVD Drive-in)

HIRED TO KILL Blu-ray/DVD combo specs:
  • Blu-ray:
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 widescreen
    • English LPCM 2.0 stereo and Dolby Digital 5.1
  • DVD
    • 16:9 anamorphic 1.85:1 widescreen
    • English LPCM 2.0 stereo and Dolby Digital 5.1
  • Optional English SDH subtitles
  • Audio Commentary by editor Barry Zetlin
  • "Hired to Direct" interview with director Nico Mastorakis
  • "Undercover Mercentary" interview with actor Brian Thompson
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Stills Gallery
  • BD-ROM and DVD-ROM: Original "Freedom or Death" Screenplay (.pdf)
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Graham Humphreys
  • Fully-illustrated collector’s booklet featuring new writing by critic James Oliver

26 May 2016

Arrow Video USA dives into BLOOD BATH (review)

Roger Corman co-produced this Yugoslavian thriller (with English dubbing supervised by Francis Ford Coppola) that began life as the crime film OPERATION TITIAN that was recut and rescored for US television as PORTRAIT IN TERROR before Jack Hill and Stephanie Rothman were variously hired to utilize scenic footage from the film for a horror film that mutated into the vampire thriller BLOOD BATH and its television expansion TRACK OF THE VAMPIRE.

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

BLOOD BATH Limited Edition Blu-ray specs:
  • Disc One:
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.66:1 widescreen presentations of OPERATION TITIAN (a 2K reconstruction with standard definition inserts) and PORTRAIT IN TERROR
    • English LPCM 1.0 mono
    • Optional English SDH subtitles
  • Disc Two:
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.66:1 widescreen presentations of BLOOD BATH and TRACK OF THE VAMPIRE
    • English LPCM 1.0 mono
    • Optional English SDH subtitles
    • "The Trouble with Titian Revisited" visual essay by Tim Lucas on the versions of OPERATION TITIAN and BLOOD BATH (81 minutes)
    • Interview with actor Sid Haig
    • Archival Interview with director Jack Hill
    • Still Gallery
  • Double-sided fold-out poster featuring original and newly commissioned artworks
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Dan Mumford
  • Limited edition booklet containing new writing on the film and its cast by Anthony Nield, Vic Pratt, Cullen Gallagher and Peter Beckman

25 May 2016

Vinegar Syndrome opens the STOREFRONT THEATRE COLLECTION VOL. 1: THE PO-NO (review)

Vinegar Syndrome brings contemporary viewers a taste of the Los Angeles storefront theaters of the early seventies.  While chains like The Pussycat Theatre were showing 35mm films, the storefront theatres were showing no-budget 16mm films on a projector screen to an audience in folding chairs.  These twelve features and two shorts offer a sampling of the grungy, down-and-dirty works cast and crewed by largely unknowns apart that also showcase a couple future stars at their lowest and cheapest including John Holmes, Ric Lutze, Rene Bond, and Sandy Dempsey.

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

STOREFRONT THEATRE COLLECTION VOL. 1: THE PO-NO DVD specs:
  • Twelve films and two shorts on three dual-layer DVDs
  • 4:3 non-anamorphic 1.33:1 fullscreen
  • English Dolby Digital 1.0 mono
  • Disc One:
    • Short film "Girl Acrobatics"
    • "Homer - The Late Comer" (1970)
    • "Erotic Point of View" (1972)
    • "Mondo Porno" (1971)
    • "Sex Before Marriage" (1970)
  • Disc Two:
    • Short film "Orgy in the Woods"
    • "Swinging Playboys" (1970)
    • "Suckula" (1973)
    • "The Big Snatch" (1972)
    • "The Erotic Adventures of Hercules" (1971)
  • Disc Three: 
    • "Shot on Location" (1972)
    • "The Touch" (1972)
    • "Carnal Go-Round" (1970)
    • "All American Hustler" (1972)

23 May 2016

Omnibus Entertainment gazes into THE MIRROR (review)

In this British example of the found footage genre, a trio of flatmates buy a cursed mirror off of eBay in order to take on the James Randi paranormal challenge and win one million dollars.  Outfitting the apartment and themselves with cameras, they hope to capture evidence of the paranormal but the mysterious happenings turn out to be more than they can handle.

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

THE MIRROR DVD specs:
  • 16:9 anamorphic 1.78:1 widescreen
  • English Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo
  • English Closed Captioning
  • Start-up Trailers

Simply Media tends THE GINGER TREE (review)

Samantha Bond (007's Moneypenny) plays Scottish girl Mary who goes to Manchuria to marry a dashing but cold-blooded English soldier only to have an affair with a Japanese military attache.  When her husband throws her out, she travels to Japan only to discover more hardships as an outcast considered no better than a concubine.

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

THE GINGER TREE DVD specs:
  • Four episodes on two dual-layer DVDs
  • 4:3 non-anamorphic 1.33:1 fullscreen
  • English Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo

20 May 2016

LionsGate gets into a STANDOFF (review)

Laurence Fishburne and Thomas Jane face off in a STANDOFF.  When an orphaned girl accidentally photographs a professional hit, she flees to the safety of a remote farmhouse and must rely on a injured but resourceful ex-soldier to protect her.

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

STANDOFF 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-of featurette
  • Start-up Trailers

18 May 2016

LionsGate investigates MISCONDUCT (review)

Josh Duhamel and award-winning actors Al Pacino and Anthony Hopkins star in this twisty thriller about a lawyer who is sucked into a world of corruption, kidnapping, and murder when he takes on an amoral pharmaceutical CEO.

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

MISCONDUCT 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 Making of MISCONDUCT"
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Trailer
  • Previews
  • Digital Download Code

16 May 2016

LionsGate dates GRACE AND FRANKIE: SEASON ONE (review)

Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin reunite in the Netflix Original Series GRACE AND FRANKIE as two wives whose husbands (Martin Sheen and Sam Waterston) leave them after forty years in order to be with each other.  Over the thirteen episodes of season one, the pair deal with divorce, dating, and sex after seventy.

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

GRACE AND FRANKIE DVD specs:
  • Thirteen episodes on three dual-layer DVD
  • 16:9 anamorphic 1.90:1 widescreen
  • English Dolby Digital 5.1
  • Optional English subtitles
  • Audio Commentaries on three episodes by actors Jane Fonda & Lily Tomlin and co-creators Marta Kauffman and Hoard J. Morris
  • "The Beginning of the End" interview with co-creator Marta Kaufmann and actors Jane Fonda & Lily Tomlin
  • Gag Reel
  • Season 2 Preview

Arrow Video USA stalks KILLER DAMES (review)

The two giallo of Emilio P. Miraglia come to special edition Blu-ray/DVD combo from Arrow Video.  In THE NIGHT EVELYN CAME OUT OF THE GRAVE, Lord Alan Cunningham has a kink that involves picking up red headed hookers for bondage and murder.  Haunted by the specter of his red-headed wife Evelyn, Alan thinks to cure his blackouts and torments by marrying blonde Gladys, but the ghost of his wife or a scheming relative starts knocking off members of the household and Evelyn's tomb is discovered to be empty.  In THE RED QUEEN KILLS SEVEN TIMES, sisters Kitty and Evelyn are destined to carry out a centuries-old family curse in which one sister will kill the other and the dead one will rise from the grave and murder seven people.  Erika Blanc, Marina Malfatti, Anthony Steffen, Barbara Bouchet, Sybil Danning, and Marino Mase star.

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

KILLER DAMES: TWO GOTHIC CHILLERS Blu-ray/DVD combo specs:
  • Restored in 2K from the original 35mm Techniscope camera negatives
  • The Night Evelyn Came Out of the Grave (1971):
    • Blu-ray:
      • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 2.35:1 widescreen
      • English and Italian DTS-HD Master Audio 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 subtitles for the English dub
    • Optional Introduction by Erika Blanc
    • Audio Commentary by critic Troy Howarth
    • "Remembering Evelyn" interview with critic Stephen Thrower
    • "The Night Erika Came Out of the Grave" interview with actress Erika Blanc
    • Archival Special Features:
      • 2006 Introduction by Erika Blanc
      • "The Whip and the Body" interview with Erika Blanc
      • "Still Rising from the Grave" interview with production designer Lorenzo Baraldi
    • Italian Theatrical Trailer
    • English Theatrical Trailer
  • The Red Queen Kills Seven Times (1972):
    • Blu-ray:
      • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 2.35:1 widescreen
      • English and Italian DTS-HD Master Audio 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 subtitles for the English dub
    • Optional Introduction by production designer Lorenzo Baraldi
    • Audio Commentary by critics Alan Jones and Kim Newman
    • "The Red Reign" interview with critic Stephen Thrower
    • "Life of Lulu" interview with actress Sybil Danning
    • Alternative Opening
    • Archival Special Features:
      • "Dead à Porter" interview with production desigener Lorenzo Baraldi
      • "Round Up the Usual Suspects" interview with actor Marino Mase
      • "If I Met Emilio Miraglia Today..."
      • "My Favorite... Films" convention footage with actress Barbara Bouche
    • English Theatrical Trailer
    • Italian Theatrical Trailer
  • Limited edition boxed set of 3000 copies
  • Reversible Covers
  • 60-page booklet containing new writing by James Blackford, Kat Ellinger, Leonard Jacobs and Rachael Nisbet

Arrow Video USA presents OUTLAW GANGSTER VIP: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION (review)

Long unavailable even in its native Japan, Nikkatsu's OUTLAW GANGSTER VIP collection features six films covering the adventures of Goro the Assassin, an ex-yakuza who wanders from town to town trying to go straight and ending up in the middle of clan wars, ill-fated love affairs, and betrayals.

REVIEW LINK: Arrow Video USA (US) Region ALL Blu-ray/Region 0 NTSC DVD (DVD Drive-in)

OUTLAW GANGSTER VIP: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION Blu-ray/DVD combo specs:
  • Six films on three Blu-rays and three DVDs each from 2K scans of 35mm camera negatives
  • Blu-ray:
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 2.35:1 widescreen
    • Japanese LPCM 1.0 mono
  • DVD:
    • 16:9 anamorphic 2.35:1 widescreen
    • Japanese Dolby Digital 1.0 mono
  • Optional English subtitles
  • Outlaw: Ganster VIP (1968), Outlaw: Gangster VIP 2 (1968), Outlaw: Heartless (1968), Goro the Assassin (1968), Black Dagger (1968), and Kill! (1969)
  • Audio Commentary by Japanese film expert Jasper Sharp on Outlaw: Gangster VIP
  • "An Outlaw's Odyssy" featurette
  • Theatrical Trailers for all films
  • Still Gallery for all films
  • Booklet featuring an interview with director Toshio Masuda by Mark Schilling, plus new writing by Schilling, Chris D and Kevin Gilvear
  • Limited to 3,000 Copies

10 May 2016

Simply Media frees NATURE BOY (Review)

Having lived in foster care for as long as he can remember, sixteen year old David starts having memories of his long absent father who fostered his love of nature.  With his situation at home becoming more intolerable and even dangerous, runaway David hits the road on a cross country search for his father, getting caught up in a town's battle with a toxic plant and a protest against an airplane runaway.  Lee Ingleby and Paul McGann star.

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

NATURE BOY DVD specs:
  • Four episodes on two dual-layer DVDs
  • 16:9 anamorphic 1.78:1 widescreen
  • English Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo

Simply Media investigates CHARTERS AND CALDICOTT (review)

The stuffy cricket fan comic relief characters of Alfred Hitchcock's THE LADY VANISHES step into the eighties with a mystery of their own to solve when the body of a woman shows up in their London flat.  No sooner is the body identified as the daughter of a recently departed school chum than they get a call from another woman claiming to be the real daughter with a tale of murder and intrigue that may lead to a literal pot of gold.  From the writer of BILLY LIAR.

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

CHARTERS AND CALDICOTT DVD specs:
  • Six episodes on two dual-layer DVDs
  • 4:3 non-anamorphic 1.33:1 fullscreen
  • English Dolby Digital 2.0 mono

Strand Releasing negotiate LOVE, SEX AND THERAPY (review)

Sophie Marceau (THE WORLD IS NOT ENOUGH) and singer Patrick Bruel (PARIS-MANHATTAN) star in this French romantic comedy about a celibate couples therapist and his sex-mad trainee.

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

SEX, LOVE AND THERAPY DVD specs:
  • 16:9 anamorphic 2.35:1 widescreen
  • French Dolby Digital 5.1
  • Optional English subtitles
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Previews

Strand Releasing and Peter Greenaway visit EISENSTEIN IN GUANAJUATO (review)

Peter Greenaway (THE PILLOW BOOK) gives us his interpretation of what happened to Soviet filmmaker Sergei Eisenstein when he went south of the border to make the film QUE VIVA MEXICO after the Red Scare made him unpopular in Hollywood.  During his ten day stay in Guanajuato, Mexico, he is seduced and terrified by the daily representations of sex and death, one of which he is more at ease simulating onscreen while the other has bedeviled him offscreen.

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

EISENSTEIN IN GUANAJUATO DVD specs:
  • 16:9 anamorphic 2.35:1 widescreen
  • English/Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1
  • Optional English subtitles (for Spanish audio) and English SDH subtitles (for all dialogue)
  • Interview with actors Elmer Beck and Luis Alberti
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Previews

Review Archive: Simply Media

AN ACTOR'S LIFE FOR ME at DVDBeaver
THE BROTHERS: SERIES TWO at DVDBeaver
CHARTERS AND CALDICOTT at DVDBeaver
EMPRESSES IN THE PALACE at DVDBeaver
EYEWITNESS at DVDBeaver
FATHER'S CHAIR [A Busca] at DVDBeaver
GET WELL SOON at DVDBeaver
THE GINGER TREE at DVDBeaver
GOING BERSERK at DVDBeaver
THE GREEN MAN at DVDBeaver
HAPPY EVER AFTER: THE COMPLETE SERIES at DVDBeaver
HERE COME THE WAVES at DVDBeaver
HIRED WIFE at DVDBeaver
HUGH AND I: SERIES 1 AND 2 at DVDBeaver
JOE BUTTERFLY at DVDBeaver
OUT NOW! JOINT ACCOUNT: SERIES 1 AND 2 at DVDBeaver
THE LADY GAMBLES at DVDBeaver
THE LADY TAKES A FLYER at DVDBeaver
MASQUERADE IN MEXICO at DVDBeaver
MELVIN AND HOWARD at DVDBeaver
OUT NOW! MEET THE WIFE: SURVIVING EPISODES at DVDBeaver
MY WIFE NEXT DOOR at DVDBeaver
NATURE BOY at DVDBeaver
NEVER SAY GOODBYE at DVDBeaver
ON BROADWAY at DVDBeaver
ONE DESIRE at DVDBeaver
THE PROPOSITION at DVDBeaver
OUT NOW! Q VOLUME 1 SERIES 1-3 at DVDBeaver
SABINA RIVAS at DVDBeaver
SLEEPERS: THE COMPLETE SERIES at DVDBeaver
OUT NOW! TANDOORI NIGHTS: SERIES 1 AND 2 at DVDBeaver
THE WEATHER STATION at DVDBeaver

08 May 2016

Paramount Pictures and Showtime present EPISODES: SEASON 4 (review)

Matt LeBlanc is back in the fourth season of EPISODES playing a sleazy comic version of himself as an actor trapped in a dead end sitcom having lost of half of his wealth to his crooked accountant.

REVIEW LINK: Paramount Pictures (US) Region 1 NTSC DVD (DVDCompare)

EPISODES: THE FOURTH SEASON DVD specs:
  • Nine episodes on two dual-layer discs
  • 16:9 anamorphic 1.78:1 widescreen
  • English Dolby Digital 5.1 and Spanish Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo
  • English Closed Captioning
  • Pilot for the series BILLIONS with Damian Lewis and Paul Giamatti 

03 May 2016

Second Run investigates a MYSTERIOUS OBJECT AT NOON (review)

The director of UNCLE BOONMEE WHO CAN RECALL HIS PAST LIVES made his debut with the experimental documentary MYSTERIOUS OBJECT AT NOON.  Transposing the surrealist game "the exquisite corpse" from art and literature to film, he and his crew travel across Thailand seeking contributors to the story of a paraplegic boy and his teacher whose lives are alternately threatened and enriched by an alien child.


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

MYSTERIOUS OBJECT AT NOON Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.78:1 widescreen
  • Thai DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and LPCM 2.0 stereo
  • Burnt-in English subtitles
  • "Nimit (Meteorites)" 2007 short film by Apichatpong Weerasethakul
  • Apichatpong Weerasethakul in conversation with Mehelli Modi
  • About the Restoration
  • Essay Booklet by Tony Rayns

Arrow Video USA champions THE ZERO BOYS (review)

It's survivalists versus backwoods psychos in Nico Mastorakis' THE ZERO BOYS, his first American-lensed production.  After winning the Weekend Warriors Survivor Games, The Zero Boys and their gals head out camping and stumble upon a farmhouse that turns into a death trap.  Kelli Maroney and Joe Estevez star.

REVIEW LINK: Arrow Video USA (US) Region ALL Blu-ray/Region 0 NTSC DVD (DVD Drive-in)

THE ZERO BOYS Blu-ray/DVD combo:
  • Blu-ray:
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 widescreen
    • English LPCM 2.0 stereo
  • DVD: 
    • 16:9 anamorphic 1.85:1 widescreen
    • English Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo
  • Optional English SDH subtitles
  • Audio Commentary by actress Kelli Maroney
  • Interviews with Nico Mastorakis, Kelli Maroney, and Nicole Rio
  • Music Videos
  • Still Gallery
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Graham Humphreys
  • Fully-illustrated collector’s booklet featuring new writing by critic James Oliver

Severin Films asks Roman Polanski's WHAT? (review)

Roman Polanski's obscure sexy comedy WHAT? aka DIARY OF FORBIDDEN DREAMS comes to Blu-ray courtesy of Severin Films.  Sydne Rome plays a naive American traveler who escapes Italian rapists and finds herself in a villa where time runs in circles and perverts are out for her innocence.  Marcello Mastroianni, Romolo Valli, and even Polanski himself co-star.

REVIEW LINK: Severin Films (US) Region ALL Blu-ray (DVD Drive-in)

WHAT? Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 2.35:1 widescreen
  • English and Italian LPCM 2.0 mono
  • Interview with actress Sydney Rome
  • Interview with composer Claudio Gizzi
  • Interview with cinematographer Marcello Gatti
  • Theatrical Trailer

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