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31 March 2017

Severin Films resurrects CATHY'S CURSE (Review)

A French-Canadian take on CARRIE and THE EXORCIST, CATHY'S CURSE is about a girl who becomes possessed by a creepy doll that belonged to her father's sister who died in a fiery car crash thirty years before.

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

CATHY'S CURSE Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 widescreen
  • Director's Cut (91 minutes) and US version (80 minutes)
  • English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 mono
  • Optional English SDH subtitles
  • Audio Commentary on the US version by BirthMoviesDeath's Brian Collins and filmmaker Simon Barrett
  • Interview with director Eddy Matalon
  • Interview with actress Randi Allen and costume designer Joyce Allen
  • Cinematic Void Screening Introduction
  • Theatrical Trailer

Cinema Epoch conducts PRIVATE LESSONS (review)

EMMANUELLE's Sylvia Kristel comes to America to give an Arizona teenager PRIVATE LESSONS in the eighties sex comedy classic.  Eric Brown (MAMA'S FAMILY) and Howard Hesseman (WKRP IN CINCINNATI) also star.  Featuring an eighties soundtrack by Rod Stewart, Eric Clapton, Earth Wind and Fire, Air Supply, and John Cougar Mellencamp.

REVIEW LINK: Cinema Epoch (US) Region ALL Blu-ray (DVD Drive-in)

PRIVATE LESSONS Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.78:1 widescreen
  • English Dolby Digital 5.1 and 2.0 mono
  • Audio Commentary by director Alan Meyerson, writer Dan Greenberg, and actor Howard Hesseman
  • Comedy Audio Commentary Track
  • TV Spots

27 March 2017

Wild Eye Releasing investigates WOLF HOUSE (review)

When six former high school friends take a weekend trip to the woods, they bring back the carcass of what they think is bigfoot.  The creature isn't dead, however, and it is far from the only supernatural force they have to worry about when a suburban home becomes the WOLF HOUSE.

REVIEW LINK: Wild Eye Releasing (US) Region 0 NTSC DVD (DVDCompare)

WOLF HOUSE DVD specs:
  • 16:9 anamorphic 1.78:1 widescreen
  • English Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo
  • Audio Commentary by actor/director Ken Cosentino and actors Elizabeth Houlihan and Marcus Ganci-Rotella
  • Behind the Scenes
  • "Making the Monster" (85 mins)
  • Trailer
  • Previews

Arrow Video USA presents WE ARE THE FLESH (review)

A brother and sister wandering a post-apocalyptic world come upon the lair of a mysterious hermit who encourages them to embrace the darkness beyond the void in a taboo-bursting orgy of incest, blood-drinking, and cannibalism.

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

WE ARE THE FLESH Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.90:1 widescreen
  • Spanish DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and LPCM 2.0 stereo
  • Optional English subtitles
  • "Dentro" short film by Emiliano Rocha Minter
  • "Videohome" short film by Emiliano Rocha Minter
  • "Virginie Salévy on We Are the Flesh" interview
  • Interviews:
    • Emiliano Rocha Minter
    • Noé Hernández
    • Maria Ivoli
    • Diego Gamaliel
  • Behind the Scenes Stills Gallery
  • Trailer

Vinegar Syndrome trails CHINA GIRL (Review)

Annette Haven is a government scientist developing a formula for total memory recall, and the CHINA GIRL is an international criminal bent on using sexual torture to extract the information from her.  James Hong (BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA) guest stars.

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

CHINA GIRL 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 Interview with actress Annette Haven
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Reversible Cover

Vinegar Syndrome takes on the younger generation with TABOO IV (review)

In the fourth entry in the TABOO series, psychiatrist Jeremy Lodge discovers his wife and brother having an affair and divorces her.  He sends promiscuous daughter Naomi to live with her mother and uncle (actually her biological father) and his innocent daughter Robin to live with him, but the daughters find themselves lusting after father and uncle.

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

TABOO IV Blu-ray 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 director Kirdy Stevens and writer/producer Helene Terrie
  • Audio Commentary by actress Ginger Lynn
  • Interview with actress Ginger Lynn
  • Interview with actress Karen Summer
  • Script Gallery

26 March 2017

Breaking Glass Pictures crosses DEATH PASSAGE (review)

This Australian horror film explores the urban legend of the Lemon Tree Passage as three Americans and two Australians decide to see if they can document the mysterious ghost light that shines on motorists traveling the road at night.

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

DEATH PASSAGE DVD specs:
  • 16:9 anamorphic 1.78:1 widescreen
  • English Dolby Digital 5.1
  • Cast Interviews
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • The Real Death Passage Ghost
  • Alternate Ending
  • Rehearsals
  • Previews

Breaking Glass Pictures follows CLAIRE IN MOTION (review)

When mathematician Claire's husband Paul goes hiking and does not come back, her life ruled by certainty and objectivity falls into chaos as she and her son hold onto the hope of finding him while everyone around them tries to help them move forward.

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

CLAIRE IN MOTION DVD specs:
  • 16:9 anamorphic 2.40:1 widescreen
  • English Dolby Digital 5.1
  • English Closed Captioning
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Trailer
  • Previews

Omnibus Entertainment finds love SOMEWHERE IN THE MIDDLE (review)

The lives of a handful of creative New Yorkers become intertwined by love in SOMEWHERE IN THE MIDDLE.  Developed from a series of improvisation workshops, the film finds paralegal Kofi dating graphic artist Sofia while trying to repair his marriage to executive Billie who starts to fall for her co-worker Alex.

REVIEW LINK: Omnibus Entertainment (US) Region 1 NTSC DVD (DVDBeaver)

SOMEWHERE IN THE MIDDLE DVD specs:
  • 16:9 anamorphic 1.85:1 widescreen
  • English Dolby Digital 5.1 and 2.0 stereo
  • English Closed Captioning
  • Trailer

Vinegar Syndrome is snared by WITCHTRAP (review)

Kevin S. Tenney's follow-up to WITCHBOARD and NIGHT OF THE DEMONS finds a paranormal investigation team and three security professionals investigating the hauntings of Lauterhouse which quickly earns its nickname "Slauterhouse" with a series of bizarre and grisly deaths.  Linnea Quigley star.

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

WITCHTRAP 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
  • Optional English SDH subtitles
  • Audio commentary with Director Kevin Tenney, Producer Dan Duncan, Cinematographer Tom Jewett and Actor Hal Havins
  • Video Interviews
    • Director Kevin Tenney
    • Actress Linnea Quigley
    • Cinematographer Tom Jewett
    • SFX Supervisor Tassilo Baur
  • Audio Interviews with SFX Makeup Artist Judy Yonemoto and Music Composer Dennis Michael Tenney
  • "Book of Joe" a short film Directed by Kevin Tenney
  • Alternate ending for "Book of Joe"
  • Production/Promotional Still Gallery
  • Original 4:3 video trailer

23 March 2017

Code Red spies THE HILLS HAVE EYES III (MIND RIPPER) (review)

Wes Craven presents this in-name-only sequel to his HILLS HAVE EYES films in which Lance Henriksen plays a scientist whose cell regenerating virus causes a gruesome transformation in its human guinea pig.  Giovanni Ribisi and Natasha Wagner co-star.

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

THE HILLS HAVE EYES III: MIND RIPPER Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.78:1 widescreen
  • English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 stereo
  • Theatrical Trailer 
This Blu-ray is available exclusively from Diabolik DVD and Ronin Flix.

Kino Lorber sets up TROUBLE MAN (review)

Robert Hooks is a one man army in TROUBLE MAN - from the screenwriter of SHAFT and actor-turned-director Ivan Dixon (HOGAN'S HEROES) - as Mr. T, a private eye who gets caught up in the gang war between three rival gambling operations.  Paul Winfield, Julius Harris, and Ralph Waite also star.

REVIEW LINK: Kino Lorber (US) Region A Blu-ray (DVD Drive-in)

TROUBLE MAN Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 widescreen
  • English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 mono
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Previews 

19 March 2017

Fox vistis SLEEPY HOLLOW: THE COMPLETE THIRD SEASON (review)

Eighteenth century British double agent Ichabod Crane and modern day cop Abbie Mills battle more supernatural terrors in season three of the Fox series SLEEPY HOLLOW.

REVIEW LINK: Twentieth Century Fox (US) Region 1 NTSC DVD (DVDCompare)

SLEEPY HOLLOW: THE COMPLETE THIRD SEASON DVD specs:
  • Eighteen episodes on six dual-layer DVDs
  • 16:9 anamorphic 1.78:1 widescreen
  • English and Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1
  • Optional English SDH, French, and Spanish subtitles
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Gag Reel

17 March 2017

Code Red Releasing survives IN THE AFTERMATH (review)

New World Pictures presents this odd composite feature that took a half-hour of footage from the Japanese anime feature ANGEL'S EGG and built a post-apocalyptic science fiction film around it with American-lensed footage of survivors wandering a barren Earth in search of clean air and water.  Featuring music by Pink Floyd's Anthony Moore.

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

IN THE AFTERMATH Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.78:1 widescreen
  • English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 stereo
  • Previews
Available directly from Code Red's Big Cartel and Ronin Flix.

Code Red Releasing wages COCAINE WARS (review)

THE DUKES OF HAZZARD's John Schneider takes on South American drug dealers in the Argentinian-lensed Roger Corman production COCAINE WARS.  An undercover DEA agent's plans to destroy a Las Palmas drug operation are disrupted when his journalist girlfriend starts investigating and he is tasked with assassinating a local presidential candidate.

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

COCAINE WARS Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.78:1 widescreen
  • English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 mono
  • "Katarina's Bucket List" introduction and post-script
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Previews
Available directly from Code Red's Big Cartel and Ronin Flix.

12 March 2017

Time Life spends time with MAMA'S FAMILY: MAMA'S FAVORITES COLLECTION (review)

Vicki Lawrence handpicks her favorite thirty-seven episodes from the six seasons of MAMA'S FAMILY.  A spin-off of "The Family" sketches from THE CAROL BURNETT SHOW, the sitcom shifts the focus from Burnett's delusional and long-suffering Eunice to her cranky and embittered widowed mother Thelma Harper and her nutty family.  Ken Berry, Rue McClanahan, and Betty White also star.

REVIEW LINK: Star Vista (US) Region 1 NTSC DVD (DVDCompare)

MAMA'S FAMILY: MAMA'S FAVORITES COLLECTION DVD specs:
  • 37 episodes on 6 DVDs
  • 4:3 non-anamorphic 1.33:1 fullscreen
  • English Dolby Digital 2.0 mono (discs 1 and 2) and stereo (discs 3-6)
  • Introductions by Vicki Lawrence for each episode on discs 1 and 2

10 March 2017

Maison Rouge unveils THE BARE BREASTED COUNTESS (review)

Jess Franco gave his muse and future wife Lina Romay her first starring role in FEMALE VAMPIRE as Countess Irina of Karlstein who is cursed to drain her lovers of their lifeforces after having sex with them.  Jack Taylor, Monica Swinn, and Jess Franco himself also star.

REVIEW LINK: Maison Rouge/Screenbound (UK) Region 2 PAL (DVDBeaver)

BARE BREASTED COUNTESS DVD specs:
  • 16:9 anamorphic 2.35:1 widescreen
  • English and French Dolby Digital 2.0 mono
  • Optional English subtitles
  • Alterenate Horror Version EROTIKILL
  • "Destiny in Soft Focus" interview with director Jess Franco
  • "Words for Lina" interview with Jean-Pierre Bouyxou
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Previews

Maison Rouge unleashes HELGA: SHE WOLF OF STILBERG (review)

HELGA, SHE WOLF OF STILBERG gives Ilsa a run for her money as the warden of a South American concentration camp put in charge of breaking female political dissidents.  Malissa Longo and Patrizia Gori star.

REVIEW LINK: Maison Rouge/Screenbound (UK) Region 2 PAL DVD (DVDBeaver)

HELGA, SHE WOLF OF STILBERG DVD specs:
  • 16:9 anamorphic 1.66:1 widescreen
  • English and French Dolby Digital 2.0 mono
  • Optional English subtitles
  • Alternate Covered Takes
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Previews

Black House skinny dips in ZOMBIE LAKE (review)

Take a skinny dip in ZOMBIE LAKE with nubile women who are being pawed and drained by Nazi zombies in one of Eurocine's efforts to cash in on DAWN OF THE DEAD and the Italian zombie craze by way of SHOCK WAVES.  Directed by Jean Rollin and starring Howard Vernon.

REVIEW LINK: Black House/Screenbound (UK) Region 2 PAL DVD (DVDBeaver)

ZOMBIE LAKE DVD specs:
  • 16:9 anamorphic 1.66:1 widescreen
  • English and French Dolby Digital 2.0 mono
  • Optional English subtitles
  • Alternate Covered Scene
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Previews

06 March 2017

Magnet peers through THE EYES OF MY MOTHER (Review)

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

THE EYES OF MY MOTHER Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 2.40:1 widescreen
  • English/Portuguese DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
  • Optional English SDH and Spanish subtitles
  • Interview with director Nicolas Pesce
  • Behind the Scenes Still Gallery
  • Previews

Scorpion Releasing warns DON'T GO IN THE HOUSE (review)

You have been warned!  DON'T GO IN THE HOUSE where traumatized Donny grew up under the thumb of his abusive mother and learned to "burn the evil" out of wicked women.  THE SOPRANO's Dan Grimaldi makes his film debut in this disturbing eighties horror film.

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

DON'T GO IN THE HOUSE Blu-ray specs:
  • Original pre-release 92 minute cut with the original title THE BURNING
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.78:1 widescreen
  • English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 mono
  • Audio Commentary by star Dan Grimaldi
  • Interview with actor Dan Grimaldi
  • Interview with actor Robert Osth
  • "Don't Go in the House... Again" Strauss Mansion Tour
  • "Ghost Hunting in the Strauss Mansion" featurette
  • Alternate Title and Additional Scene
  • Theatrical Trailer and TV Spot
Scorpion's rights to DON'T GO IN THE HOUSE have lapsed so this limited edition will not be re-pressed.  Remaining copies are available from Code Red/Scorpion's Ronin Flix store and Diabolik DVD.

Code Red captures SCHOOLGIRLS IN CHAINS (review)

Two psychotic brothers hold women captive to "play doctor" and be punished by "mother" in the seventies sicko classic SCHOOLGIRLS IN CHAINS from director Don Jones (THE LOVE BUTCHER) and star Gary Kent (THE FOREST).

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

SCHOOLGIRLS IN CHAINS 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 R.A. The Rugged Man
  • Audio Commentary by director Don Jones and actor Gary Kent
  • Audio Commentary by director Don Jones and cinematographer Ron Garcia
  • Behind the Scenes featurette
  • Trailer
Available directly from Code Red's Big Cartel shop.

03 March 2017

Lightyear sings an ARIA (review)

International filmmakers Robert Altman, Bruce Beresford, Bill Bryden, Jean-Luc Godard, Derek Jarman, Frank Rodham, Nicolas Roeg, Ken Russell, Charles Sturridge, and Julien Temple pay tribute to three hundred years of opera with ten unique visualizations of famous aria.  Theresa Russell, John Hurt, Sophie Ward, Buck Henry, Beverly D'Angelo, Elizabeth Hurley, and Bridget Fonda star.

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

ARIA: 30TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.78:1 widescreen
  • English/Italian/French LPCM 2.0 stereo
  • Still Galleries
  • Theatrical Trailer

02 March 2017

Vestron Video and LionsGate grow up with PARENTS (Review)

The eighties cult horror comedy PARENTS hits Blu-ray.  Randy Quaid, Mary Beth Hurt, and Sandy Dennis star in this tale of cannibalism in 1950s midwestern suburbia from actor/director Bob Balaban.

REVIEW LINK: Vestron Video/LionsGate (US) Region A Blu-ray (DVD Drive-in)

PARENTS Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 widescreen
  • English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 stereo
  • Optional English SDH subtitles
  • Audio Commentary by director Bob Balaban
  • Audio Interview with composer Jonathan Elias with isolated score selections
  • "Leftovers to Be" interview with screenwriter Christopher Hawkins
  • "Mother's Day" interview with actress Mary Beth Hurt
  • "Inside Out" interview with cinematographer Robin Vidgeon
  • "Vintage Tastes" interview with decorative consultant Yolanda Cuomo
  • Stills Gallery
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Radio Spots

LionsGate and Vestron Video enter THE LAIR OF THE WHITE WORM (review)

Ken Russell's witty and psychedelic take on the Bram Stoker novel THE LAIR OF THE WHITE WORM hits Blu-ray.  Amanda Donohoe, Hugh Grant, Catherine Oxenberg, Sammi Davis, and Peter Capaldi star in this eighties cult classic.

REVIEW LINK: Vestron Video/LionsGate (US) Region A Blu-ray (DVD Drive-in)

THE LAIR OF THE WHITE WORM Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 widescreen
  • English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 stereo
  • Optional English SDH subtitles
  • Audio Commentary by director Ken Russell
  • Audio Commentary by Lisi Russell
  • "Worm Food: The Effects of THE LAIR OF THE WHITE WORM"
  • "Cutting for Ken" interview with editor Peter Davies
  • "Mary Mary" interview with actress Sammi Davis
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • "Trailers from Hell" with producer Dan Ireland
  • Stills Gallery

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