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29 January 2017

Vinegar Syndrome explores A PLACE BEYOND SHAME (review)

Famed porn star Seka plays a computer programmer who has come to loathe the touch of men (and touching them back).  Her friend recommends her to a hypnotherapist who takes her on a tour through her own fantasies, first loves, past lives, and childhood traumas in search of A PLACE BEYOND SHAME.  Paul Thomas and Veri Knotty also star.

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

A PLACE BEYOND SHAME DVD specs:
  • 16:9 anamorphic 1.78:1 widescreen
  • English Dolby Digital 1.0 mono
  • Theatrical Trailer

Vinegar Syndrome warns DON'T ANSWER THE PHONE (review)

Nicholas Worth (DARKMAN) delivers a tour-de-force disturbing performance as a serial killer in the gritty and sleazy Crown International thriller DON'T ANSWER THE PHONE.  A Vietnam Vet turned pornographer photographs women by day and strangles them by night.  Loosely based on the real life Hollywood Strangler case.

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

DON'T ANSWER THE PHONE Blu-ray/DVD combo specs:
  • Disc One (Blu-ray):
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 widescreen
    • English DTS-HD Master Audio 1.0 mono
  • Disc Two (DVD):
    • 16:9 anamorphic 1.85:1 widescreen
    • English Dolby Digital 1.0 mono
  • Optional English SDH subtitles
  • Audio Commentary by director Robert Hammer
  • Isolated Score (in Dolby Digital 1.0)
  • Interview with actor Nicholas Worth
  • "For What It's Worth" Retrospective Nicholas Worth Filmography
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • TV Spots
  • Promotional Gallery
  • Collector's Booklet by Michael Gingold
  • Reversible Cover

Vinegar Syndrome's BLOOD MANIA reaches the POINT OF TERROR (review)

The mysterious Peter Carpenter made a bid for stardom with two star grindhouse vehicles.  In BLOOD MANIA, Carpenter is a doctor who is being blackmailed for performing abortions but soon finds himself embroiled in murder when the nymphomaniac daughter of his mentor murders her father for money.  In POINT OF TERROR, Carpenter is a lounge singer who lands a contract by bedding the wife of a record producer only to become entangled in another murder plot.  Dyanne Thorne, Maria de Aragon, Leslie Simms, Alex Rocco, and Playboy Playmates Vickey Peters and Reagan Wilson co-star.

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

BLOOD MANIA/POINT OF TERROR Blu-ray/DVD combo specs:
  • Disc One (Blu-ray):
      • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 widescreen
      • English DTS-HD Master Audio 1.0 mono
  • Disc Two (DVD):
      • 16:9 anamorphic 1.78:1 widescreen
      • English Dolby Digital 1.0 mono
    • Optional English SDH subtitles
    • Audio Commentary on BLOOD MANIA by director Robert Vincent O'Neil, actress Leslie Simms, and actress Vicky Peters
    • Interview with director Robert Vincent O'Neil
    • Interview with actress Leslie Simms
    • Theatrical Trailers for both films
    • TV Spots for both films
    • Promotional Galleries for both films
  • Disc Three (Limited Edition DVD):
    • TV versions of BLOOD MANIA and POINT OF TERROR with exclusive footage
    • 4:3 non-anamorphic 1.33:1 fullscreen
    • English Dolby Digital 1.0 mono
    • Optional English SDH subtitles

28 January 2017

Acorn Media searches for THE MISSING: SERIES 2 (review)

In series two of THE MISSING, the reappearance of a British girl missing for eleven years in a German town becomes even more urgent when it appears that she may be the key to finding a girl that disappeared a year before her.  Julien Baptiste comes out of retirement again to solve the case but finds opposition from the girl's parents and brother who want to shield her from further trauma.  When tragedy strikes, the parents start to wonder whether the girl they have welcomed back into their house really is their daughter.  David Morrissey, Keeley Hawes, and Tcheky Karyo star.

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

THE MISSING: SERIES 2 DVD specs:
  • Eight episodes on two dual-layer DVDs
  • 16:9 anamorphic 1.78:1 widescreen
  • English Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo
  • Optional English HoH subtitles
  • Behind the Scenes (43 minutes)
  • Still Gallery

Acorn Media hunts THE MISSING: SERIES 1 (review)

A British family's trip to the South of France becomes a nightmare when five year old Oliver Hughes goes missing.  Eight years later, his mother Emily is trying to move on but his father Tony has never stopped searching at the cost of everything else in his life.  When he stumbles upon a clue, French inspector Julien Baptiste comes out of retirement to reopen the investigation, unearthing buried secrets and more hidden crimes.  James Nesbitt, Frances O'Connor, and Tcheky Karyo star.

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

THE MISSING: SERIES 1 DVD specs:
  • Eight episodes on three dual-layer DVDs
  • 16:9 anamorphic 1.78:1 widescreen
  • English/French Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo
  • Optional English HoH subtitles
  • Behind the Scenes Slideshow
  • Picture Slideshow

Uncork'd Entertainment seeks THE SHELTER (review)

STREETS OF FIRE's Michael Pare stars in this odd religious horror film as a down on his luck drifter who seeks shelter from the cold in a strange house and soon finds himself trapped inside and assailed by memories of his past regrets and visions of the live he never lived, but too what end: to confront his past and move on or to damn himself to hell.

REVIEW LINK: Uncork'd Entertainment (US) Region 1 NTSC DVD-R (DVDBeaver)

THE SHELTER DVD-R specs:
  • Manufactured on demand DVD-R
  • 16:9 anamorphic 2.35:1 widescreen
  • English Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo
  • Optional English SDH subtitles
  • Audio Commentary by director John Fallon
  • Interview with actor Michael Paré
  • Storyboards
  • Teaser
  • Trailer

Film Movement worships MY KING (review)

HIGH TENSION actress turned director Maiwenn follows up her feature debut POLICE with MY KING, a tale of mad love after marriage.  Attorney Tony falls head over heels for playboy chef Georgio who wants to settle down and have a child, but their marriage is fraught with insecurity, jealousy, and near madness.  Vincent Cassel and Emmanuelle Bercot star.

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

MY KING DVD specs:
  • 16:9 anamorphic 2.35:1 widescreen
  • French Dolby Digital 5.1 and 2.0 stereo
  • Optional English subtitles
  • English Closed Captioning
  • Deleted Scene
  • Outtakes
  • Trailer
  • Short Film "I Am an Actress"
  • Previews

Videonomicon gets mutilated by OGROFF (review)

The demented woodsman OGROFF is stalking the Orleans forest mutilating and eating anyone he comes across in this 8mm-lensed eighties French oddity with a special appearance by THE AWFUL DR. ORLOFF's Howard Vernon.

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

OGROFF DVD specs:
  • Original Tape Transfer and Regraded 2016 Master
  • 4:3 non-anamorphic 1.33:1 fullscreen
  • French Dolby Digital 2.0 mono
  • Optional English, French, and Spanish subtitles
  • Still Gallery
  • Trailer
  • Previews
  • DVD-ROM PDF extras
  • Booklet by Andy Bolus and Joseph Ziemba
OGROFF: MAD MUTILATOR is available directly from Videonomicon.

Wolfe Video grows up with JONATHAN (review)

Jonathan has no memories of his mother who died when he was young and his ailing father thwarts his attempts to take care of him and rebuffs any kind of affection.  His aunt proves just as cold for different reasons.  When his father's childhood friend shows up and his father's health improves, Jonathan starts to suspect that what little he knows of his family's past has been a lie.

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

JONATHAN DVD specs:
  • 16:9 anamorphic 2.35:1 widescreen
  • German Dolby Digital 5.1 and 2.0 stereo
  • Burnt-in English subtitles
  • Trailer
  • Previews

26 January 2017

Paramount Pictures hires WORKAHOLICS: SEASON SIX (review)

Adam, Ders, and Blake are back in season six of WORKAHOLICS lampooning THE WOLF OF WALL STREET, men's rights, and catfishing while undertaking a museum heist, going viral, and searching for a legendary porn tape.

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

WORKAHOLICS DVD specs:
  • Ten episodes on two dual-layer discs
  • 16:9 anamorphic 1.78:1 widescreen
  • English Dolby Digital 5.1 and 2.0 stereo
  • Optional English SDH subtitles
  • Drunkumentary Commentary on all episodes
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Bloopers

25 January 2017

Magnolia Pictures befriends LITTLE MEN (review)

In the indie family drama LITTLE MEN, Brian inherits his estranged father's home above a dress shop rented for years by a family friend and her son.  When the issue of raised rent comes between the two families, their sons swear an oath of silence against their parents but also find their friendship tested in other ways.

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

LITTLE MEN DVD specs:
  • 16:9 anamorphic 1.66:1 widescreen
  • English Dolby Digital 5.1
  • Optional English SDH and Spanish subtitles
  • Making-of
  • Audition Tapes
  • Trailer

21 January 2017

Mondo Macabro revels in PRIVATE VICES, PUBLIC VIRTUES (review)

Miklos Jancso's arthouse historical erotic take on the Mayerling Affair finds the hedonistic, nudist Crowned Prince of Austria and his half-siblings (via the king's mistress) inviting the sons and daughters of the kingdom's elite to a drug-fueled orgy with the intent of scandalizing the empire.  Corrupt political forces, however, are conspiring to silence the outspoken prince and cover up the scandal.

REVIEW LINK: Mondo Macabro (US) Region ALL Blu-ray (DVD Drive-in)

PRIVATE VICES, PUBLIC VIRTUES Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.78:1 widescreen
  • English and Italian LPCM 1.0 mono
  • Optional English subtitles
  • "Michael Brooke on Miklos Jancso" featurette
  • Interview with writer/assistant director Giovanna Gagliardo
  • Interview with actress Patrizia Villoresi
  • Theatrical Trailer

Vial of Delicatessens unleashes the REVENGE OF THE ALLIGATOR LADIES (Review)

The film of Jess Franco, not completed by the director and no more finished by star/co-director Antonio Mayans, finds P.I. Al Pereira sucked into another piece of Jess Franco delirium as he travels to Germany to retrieve an actress to star in Franco's "Little Butts in the Night" alongside the Alligator Ladies who continue to haunt and taunt Pereira.

REVIEW LINK: Vial of Delicatessens (Spain) Region 2 PAL DVD (DVD Drive-in)

REVENGE OF THE ALLIGATOR LADIES DVD specs:
  • 16:9 anamorphic 1.78:1 widescreen
  • Spanish Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo
  • Optional English and German subtitles
  • Audio Commentary by co-director Antonio Mayans (in Spanish with no subtitles)
  • Jess Franco's Unfinished Assembly (45 minutes)
  • Alternate Scenes
  • Introduction by Antonio Mayans
  • Introduction by editor Victor Olid
  • Trailer
  • Short Films
Available directly from Vial of Delicatessens.

16 January 2017

Paramount Pictures gets its GOAT (review)

Ben Schnetzer and Nick Jonas learn the values of fraternity, cruelty, and brutality in GOAT.  Based on the memoir of Brad Land, the victim of a brutal assault who then found himself immersed in the sadistic rituals of hell week initiation when he pledged his brother's fraternity.  Tired of feeling like a victim, Brad tries to soldier through the challenges, but the violence soon hits too close to home.

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

GOAT DVD specs:
  • 16:9 anamorphic 1.78:1 widescreen
  • English and Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1
  • Optional English SDH, French, and Spanish subtitles

13 January 2017

Strand Releasing attends SPA NIGHT (Review)

When his family's restaurant business goes under, closeted Korean-American teenager David takes a job without their knowledge at a men's spa.  While his parents want him to go to college, his test scores start to suffer but he is drawn to explore and possibly realize his long-suppressed desires at the expense of the future his family has envisaged for him.

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

SPA NIGHT DVD specs:
  • 16:9 anamorphic 2.35:1 widescreen
  • English/Korean Dolby Digital 5.1
  • Optional English SDH subtitles (all dialogue) and English subtitles (for Korean dialogue)
  • Director Andrew Ahn/actor Joe Seo interview
  • Alternate/Deleted Scenes
  • Joe Seo Audition Tape
  • Trailer
  • Previews

Strand Releasing seeks shelter in LAND AND SHADE (Review)

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

LAND AND SHADE DVD specs:
  • 16:9 anamorphic 1.78:1 widescreen
  • Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1
  • Optional English subtitles
  • Trailer
  • Previews

Wolfe Video presents GIRLS LOST (review)

A magical realism take on the coming of age story, GIRLS LOST is the story of childhood friends Kim, Momo, and Bella who are ostracized and bullied as lesbians by their schoolmates.  Discovering a strange root, they plant it and it grows a mysterious black flower that secretes a nectar that transforms them into boys.  When they transform back, they learn to stand up for themselves against their tormentors.  For Kim, however, the nectar has helped her realize that she may have been born with the wrong gender and she is eager to explore life as a boy with a newfound crush.

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

GIRLS LOST DVD specs:
  • 16:9 anamorphic 1.85:1 widescreen
  • Swedish Dolby Digital 5.1 and 2.0 stereo
  • Burnt-in English subtitles
  • Trailer
  • Previews

09 January 2017

Drafthouse Films presents KLOWN FOREVER (Review)

Frank and Casper are back in the second spinoff of the Lars Van Trier-produced raunchy Danish sitcom.  When Casper decides to break into Hollywood, Frank follows him from Denmark to Los Angeles to try to convince him to come home.  As Casper pursues fame, he and Frank get involved in a series of (mostly sexual) misadventures that threaten their friendship and Frank's marriage.

REVIEW LINK: Drafthouse Films (US) Region A Blu-ray/Region 1 NTSC DVD (DVDCompare)

KLOWN FOREVER Blu-ray/DVD combo specs:
  • Blu-ray:
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 widescreen
    • Danish/English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and 2.0 stereo
  • DVD:
    • 16:9 anamorphic 1.78:1 widescreen
    • Danish/English Dolby Digital 5.1 and 2.0 stereo
  • Optional English subtitles
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Three episodes of the KLOWN TV series in Danish with English subtitles
  • Digital Download Code

08 January 2017

Arrow Video gets drilled by THE DRILLER KILLER (review)

As much inspired by Roman Polanski's REPULSION as Martin Scorcese's TAXI DRIVER, Abel Ferrara's first dark night of the soul gets a Blu-ray bump up in Arrow Video's release of his arty grindhouse classic THE DRILLER KILLER.  Laboring to finish his masterpiece, artist Reno Miller's mind slowly deteriorates under the pressures of his personal life, financial issues, and vulgar displays of material success coming at him from all angles (including a punk band that has moved into the apartment upstairs).

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

THE DRILLER KILLER Blu-ray/DVD combo specs:
  • Blu-ray:
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 widescreen and 1.33:1 fullscreen transfers of the pre-release (99 minute) and theatrical (95 minute) versions
    • English LPCM 1.0 mono
  • DVD:
    • 16:9 anamorphic 1.85:1 widescreen transfer of the theatrical version
    • 4:3 non-anamorphic 1.37:1 fullscreen transfer of the pre-release version
    • English Dolby Digital 1.0 mono
  • Optional English SDH subtitles
  • Audio commentary by director and star Abel Ferrara, moderated by Brad Stevens (author of Abel Ferrara: The Moral Vision)
  • "Laine and Abel: An Interview with the Abel Ferrara" featurette
  • "Willing and Abel: Ferraraology 101" visual essay guide to the films and career of Ferrara by Alexandra Heller-Nicholas
  • "Mulberry St." feature-length 2010 documentary portrait of the New York location that has played a key role in his life and work
  • Trailer
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by the Twins of Evil

06 January 2017

Arrow Video USA is damned by HELLRAISER: THE SCARLET BOX (review)

Arrow Video's mammoth HELLRAISER: THE SCARLET BOX combines the first three entries in the HELLRAISER franchise along with copious extras.  See the origin of Pinhead and the Cenobites as agents facilitating the extreme desires for intermingled pain and pleasure for the flawed characters of HELLRAISER and HELLBOUND: HELLRAISER II before the Black Pope of Hell himself reigns terror upon the outside world in HELLRAISER III: HELL ON EARTH.

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

HELLRAISER: THE SCARLET BOX Limited Edition Blu-ray specs:
  • Disc One - Hellraiser (1986):
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 widescreen
    • English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and LPCM 2.0 stereo
    • Optional English SDH subtitles
    • Audio Commentary with writer/director Clive Barker
    • Audio Commentary with writer/director Clive Barker and actress Ashley Laurence; moderated by screenwriter Peter Atkins
    • "Leviathan – The Story of Hellraiser" feature-length documentary
    • "Being Frank: Sean Chapman on Hellraiser"
    • "Soundtrack Hell: The Story of the Abandoned Coil Score"
    • "Hellraiser: Resurrection" featurette
    • "Under the Skin: Doug Bradley on Hellraiser"
    • Original Electronic Press Kit
    • Theatrical Trailer
    • Red Band Trailer
    • International Trailer
    • Four TV Spots
    • Image Gallery
    • Easter Egg
  • Disc Two - Hellbound: Hellraiser II (1988):
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 widescreen extended director's cut
    • English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and LPCM 2.0 stereo
    • Audio Commentary with director Tony Randel and writer Peter Atkins
    • Audio Commentary with director Tony Randel, writer Peter Atkins and actress Ashley Laurence
    • "Leviathan: The Story of Hellbound: Hellraiser II" feature-length documentary
    • "Being Frank: Sean Chapman on Hellbound"
    • "Hellbound: Hellraiser II - Lost in the Labyrinth"
    • "Under the Skin: Doug Bradley on Hellbound: Hellraiser II"
    • On-set Interview with Clive Barker
    • On-set Interview with Cast and Crew
    • Deleted Surgeon Scene
    • Behind the Scenes Footage
    • Theatrical Trailer
    • Red Band Trailer
    • Two TV Spots:
    • Storyboards Gallery
    • Alternate Ending Storyboards
    • Stills and Promo Material
    • Easter Egg
  • Disc Three - Hellraiser III: Hell on Earth (1992):
    • R-rated theatrical version
      • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 widescreen
      • English LPCM 2.0 stereo
      • Optional English SDH subtitles 
      • Audio Commentary with writer Peter Atkins (Theatrical Cut only)
    • Unrated Version
      • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 widescreen with fullscreen standard definition inserts
      • English LPCM 2.0 stereo
      • Optional English SDH subtitles
      • Audio Commentary with director Anthony Hickox and actor Doug Bradley (Unrated Cut only)
    • "Hell on Earth: The Story of Hellraiser III" documentary
    • "Time with Terri: With Paula Marshall" interview
    • Raising Hell on Earth: An Interview with director Anthony Hickox
    • "Under the Skin: Doug Bradley on Hellraiser III: Hell on Earth" featurette
    • Original Electronic Press Kit
    • FX Dailies
    • Theatrical Trailer
    • Comic Adaptation
    • Stills and Promo Material
  • Limited Bonus Disc Four- Clive Barker Legacy:
    • Clive Barker Short Films (with optional introductions and interviews):
      • "Salome"
      • "The Forbidden"
    • "Books of Blood and Beyond" featurette
    • "Hellraiser: Evolutions" documentary on the sequels
    • "The Hellraiser Chronicles: A Question of Faith" web short (with optional commentary)
  • Exclusive 200-page hardback book with new writing from Clive Barker archivists Phil and Sarah Stokes
  • 20-page booklet featuring never-before-seen original Hellraiser concept art
  • Limited Edition packaging with new artwork from Gilles Vranckx
  • Set of 5 exclusive art cards
  • Fold-out reversible poster

05 January 2017

Breaking Glass Pictures wanders ESTEROS (review)

Having grown up together spending summers in the countryside estuaries, Jeronimo and Matias are just beginning to experience sexual yearnings when Matias' father takes him away to the city for a new start.  Ten years later, Matias comes back to his home village with his girlfriend for Carnival and runs into Jeronimo again.  Agreeing to travel with him to back to Jeronimo's famly farm, Matias begins to experience the same yearnings.

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

ESTEROS DVD specs:
  • 16:9 anamorphic 2.35:1 widescreen
  • Spanish/Portuguese Dolby Digital 5.1 and 2.0 stereo
  • Optional English subtitles
  • Behind the Scenes
  • Trailer
  • Previews

Wolfe Video reflects on ME, MYSELF AND HER (review)

Architect Federica is still very much in the closet to all but her girlfriend Marina, her ex-husband, and her teenage son.  When ex-actress Marina gives a candid interview and accepts another movie role, Federica is concerned about the light the publicity will shed on their relationship.  When she runs into a handsome old flame, she starts to question her sexuality again and throws her relationship with Marina into turmoil.

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

ME, MYSELF AND HER DVD specs:
  • 16:9 anamorphic 2.35:1 widescreen
  • Italian Dolby Digital 5.1 and 2.0 stereo
  • Burnt-in English subtitles
  • Trailer
  • Previews

Breaking Glass Pictures has a LAZY EYE (Review)

Approaching middle age, Los Angeles graphic artist Dean finds the worsening of his lazy eye less distracting to his work than a certain world weary dissatisfaction with life.  When he receives an email out of the blue from the first love of his life, he yearns to relive that short New York summer in a reunion out in the Joshua Tree desert.  Dean and Alex resume their passionate affair but their attempts to reconnect bring out revelations about just how much things have changed in life for them and the impossibility of recapturing the past.

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

LAZY EYE DVD specs:
  • Extended Director's Cut
  • 16:9 anamorphic 2.35:1 widescreen
  • English Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo
  • English Closed Captions
  • Audio Commentary by director Tim Kirkman
  • Behind the Scenes
  • Deleted Scene
  • 'A Closer Look at Lazy Eye'
  • Photo Gallery
  • Post Screening Q&A
  • Trailer
  • Previews 

Strand Releasing experiences love in SUMMER TIME (Review)

Delphine can imagine nothing more than being a farmer and running her family's farm until her secret female lover is married off to a man.  Heading to the city to work in a factory, she falls in with a provocative women's rights group and falls for heretofore straight Spanish teacher Carole.  When her father falls ill, Delphine returns to the countryside and Carole follows her, but can their relationship survive amidst the more conservative climate?

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

SUMMER TIME DVD specs:
  • 16:9 anamorphic 2.35:1 widescreen
  • French Dolby Digital 5.1
  • Optional English subtitles
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Previews

Embrem Entertainment thrills with KISS ME, KILL ME (review)

AS THE WORLD TURNS' Van Hansis and QUEER AS FOLK's Gale Harold star in this campy gay variation on BASIC INSTINCT with nods to FATAL ATTRACTION and Hitchcock's SPELLBOUND.  Waking up in the hospital to discover that his unfaithful but rich boyfriend has been murdered in an apparent drugstore robbery, Dusty finds himself increasingly scrutinized by the police.  Is he the victim of an elaborate setup or an amnesiac psychopathic killer?

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

KISS ME, KILL ME DVD specs:
  • 16:9 anamorphic 2.35:1 widescreen
  • English Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo
  • Optional English, Chinese, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Russian, Spanish, and Swedish subtitles
  • Audio Commentary by director Casper Andreas and producer David Michael Bartlett
  • Behind the Scenes
  • FilmOut San Diego Opening Night
  • Music Video by SIRPAUL
  • Kickstarter Promo
  • Two Trailers
  • Casper Andreas Trailers



Big World Pictures births VIKTORIA (review)

Born at the height of communism in Bulgaria and unwanted by her mother, Viktoria is held up as the socialist baby of the decade for being born without a navel (symbolizing her lack of dependence on the past).  Spoiled and praised for her bad behavior, Viktoria finds herself outcast and in search of a new identity when communism crumbles and democracy takes over.  As she grows up in the next decade, she finds herself emotionally torn between her mother's hatred and indifference and her discovery of her own womanhood.

REVIEW LINK: Big World Pictures (US) Region 1 NTSC DVD (DVDBeaver)

VIKTORIA DVD specs:
  • 16:9 anamorphic 2.35:1 widescreen
  • Bulgarian Dolby Digital 5.1 and 2.0 stereo
  • Burnt-in English subtitles
  • Trailer
  • Previews 

Film Movement is lost in NEITHER HEAVEN NOR EARTH (Review)

Stationed in a calm sector near a village of shepherds, Captain Antares begins to suspect Taliban sympathizers when his men start inexplicably disappearing, but the enemy is also losing men to something in the nearby valley that does not take sides, only human lives.

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

NEITHER HEAVEN NOR EARTH DVD specs:
  • 16:9 anamorphic 1.85:1 widescreen
  • French Dolby Digital 5.1 and 2.0 stereo
  • Optional English subtitles
  • English Closed Captioning
  • Audio Commentary by director Clément Cogitore
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Short Film "Among Us"
  • Trailers 

Second Sight's I DIDN'T KNOW YOU CARED: THE COMPLETE SERIES (Review)

Peter Tinswood's comic novels about the Brandon family came to British airwaves in four seasons of hilarity between 1975 and 1979.  When his wife falls off a double decker and dies, Uncle Mort is looking forward to a life of bowling and nights at the pub until his sister Annie insists he move in with her, her husband Les, and son Carter.  While Annie and Carter's fiancee Pat conspire and bully Carter into a trip down the aisle, Mort and Les are pushing him in the direction of saucy Linda Preston.  Over the course of four series, the family experiences upheavals including the men being laid off and the women going to work, Mort's joy at discovering he has a terminal illness (and Annie insisting he have his funeral while he's still alive to enjoy it), Pat and Carter's marital strife, and Les' newfound obsession with cleaning and cooking. A young Stephen Rea (THE CRYING GAME) played Carter for the first two series.

REVIEW LINK: Second Sight (UK) Region 2 PAL DVD (DVDBeaver)

I DIDN'T KNOW YOU CARED: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION DVD specs:
  • Four series on four dual-layer discs
  • 4:3 non-anamorphic 1.33:1 fullscreen
  • English Dolby Digital 2.0 mono
  • Optional English HoH subtitles

04 January 2017

Full Moon Features haunts HOLLYWOOD HORROR HOUSE (review)

Miriam Hopkins and Gale Sondergaard star alongside John David Garfield (son of silver screen legend John Garfield) in this gory psychedelic take on SUNSET BOULEVARD.  When faded actress Katherine Packard breaks her leg, she is forced to hire handsome, charismatic, and psychotic nurse Vic who has a mother fixation and may be responsible for the dismemberment murders of a number of middle-aged Hollywood women.

REVIEW LINK: Full Moon Features (US) Region 0 NTSC DVD (DVD Drive-in)

HOLLYWOOD HORROR HOUSE DVD specs:
  • 4:3 non-anamorphic 1.33:1 fullscreen
  • English Dolby Digital 2.0 mono
  • David Del Valle's "Haunted Hollywood" interview

Mondo Macabro's NIGHT HAS A THOUSAND DESIRES (review)

Jess Franco's early eighties period when he returned to his native Spain unfettered by the censorship of the Franco regime and given creative freedom by a company with more money than production know-how lead to a series of slick and erotic works showing the director at his most experimental.  NIGHT HAS A THOUSAND DESIRES is a riff on film noir incorporating elements of mind control and stage acts from his earlier filmography including works like LORNA THE EXORCIST, SUCCUBUS, NIGHTMARES COME AT NIGHT, and THE DIABOLICAL DR. Z.  Lina Romay stars.

REVIEW LINK: Mondo Macabro (US) Region ALL Blu-ray (DVD Drive-in)

NIGHT HAS A THOUSAND DESIRES Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 2.35:1 widescreen
  • Spanish LPCM 2.0 mono
  • Optional English subtitles
  • Interview with Stephen Thrower
  • "The Diabolical Mr. Franco" Eurotika TV Special
  • More from Mondo Macabro
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