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27 February 2018

Arrow Video sheds light on SEIJUN SUZUKI: THE EARLY YEARS VOLUME ONE (review)

Before Seijun Suzuki became known for his offbeat yakuza films and his later art films, he was a journeyman director at Nikkatsu going with the flow as they attacked different genres to attract post-war youth audiences.  These five films have never been released outside of Japan on home video and represent a sampling of his early work with "The Boy Who Came Back" in which a caseworker gets too close to a boy whose juvenile delinquency may turn to serious crime, "The Wind of Youth Group Crosses the Mountain Pass" in which a wandering student helps a magic troupe against the yakuza, "Teenage Yakuza" in which an idealistic student is betrayed by his own friends and neighbors as he tries to stand up to the invasion of his village by gangsters, "The Incorrigible" in which an expelled student finds distraction with a pretty girl when he must enroll in a country school, and "Born Under Crossed Stars" in which a young delivery boy tries to rise about his background but becomes the object of obsession, jealousy, and a target of the yakuza.

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

SEIJUN SUZUKI Blu-ray/DVD combo specs:
  • Five early films: "The Boy Who Came Back", "The Wind of Youth Group Crosses the Mountain Pass", "Teenage Yakuza", "The Incorrigible", and "Born Under Crossed Stars"
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 2.35:1 widescreen
  • Japanese LPCM 1.0 mono
  • Optional English subtitles
  • Audio Commentary on "Born Under Crossed Stars" by Jasper Sharp
  • Appreciation by Tony Rayns
  • Theatrical Trailers
  • Image Galleries
  • Lmited edition of 3000 copies includes a sixty-page illustrated collector's book featuring new writing by critic and author Jasper Sharp

22 February 2018

VCI visits ONE MILLION B.C. (review)

Before Raquel Welch donned the leopard skin bikini for the stone age, Victor Mature, Carole Landis, and Lon Chaney Jr. battled oversized lizards in ONE MILLION B.C. from father-son producing/directing team Hal Roach and Hal Roach Jr.

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

ONE MILLION B.C. Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.33:1 pillarboxed fullscreen
  • English LPCM 2.0 mono
  • Optional English SDH subtitles
  • Audio Commenary by film historian Toby Roan
  • Still Gallery

Kino Lorber sails with SINBAD AND THE SEVEN SEAS (review)

THE INCREDIBLE HULK's Lou Ferrigno played Hercules and now he's the great sailor of SINBAD AND THE SEVEN SEAS journeying through peril to track down sacred jewels that the evil wizard Jaffar has banished from the kingdom in order to control the destiny of its people and its princess.

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

SINBAD AND THE SEVEN SEAS Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 widescreen
  • English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 stereo
  • Optional English SDH subtitles
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Previews

Kino Lorber's PLATOON LEADER trains SOLDIER BOYZ (review)

AMERICAN NINJA Michael Dudikoff headlines this pairing of action flicks from the eighties and nineties.  In PLATOON LEADER, West Point graduate Jeff Knight is dropped right into the leadership of a Vietnam platoon and goes from inexperienced by-the-book placeholder to battle-hardened leader in this gritty Cannon production.  In SOLDIER BOYZ, retired major Howard Toliver is working as a California Youth Authority counselor when he is approached to retrieve an heiress whose UN supply plane was shot down over the Vietnamese jungle.  He takes with him a group of juvenile lifers with nothing to lose and everything to gain.

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

PLATOON LEADER/SOLDIER BOYZ Blu-ray specs:
  • Platoon Leader (1988):
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 widescreen
    • English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Stereo
    • Theatrical Trailer
  • Soldier Boyz (1995):
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 widescreen
    • English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Stereo
    • Theatrical Trailer
  • Previews

17 February 2018

Kino Lorber rides THE COVERED WAGON (review)

Two large caravans meet in Kansas City to take the treacherous journey to Oregon together.  The hardships of the journey are compounded by jealousy between two men over a young woman, and a ruthless act leads to a fullscale Indian attack in this epic silent western from actor/director James Cruze.

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

THE COVERED WAGON Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.33:1 pillarboxed fullscreen
  • Wurlitzer Score by Gaylord Carter in DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Stereo
  • Audio Commentary by film historian Toby Roan
  • 1923 one reeler spoof "The Pie-Covered Wagon" with Shirley Temple
  • Essay Booklet by Matt Hauske
  • Reversible Cover

Time-Life socks it to ROWAN AND MARTIN'S LAUGH-IN: SEASON 2 (review)

From beautiful downtown Burbank comes the landmark second season of ROWAN AND MARTIN'S LAUGH-IN featuring The Flying Fickle Finger of Fate Awards, the cocktail party, Gladys and Tyrone, Here Comes the Judge, and guest appearances from Kirk Douglas, Jack Lemmon, Eve Arden, Rosemary Clooney, and more.

REVIEW LINK: Time-Life (US) Region 1 NTSC DVD (DVDCompare)

ROWAN AND MARTIN'S LAUGH-IN DVD specs:
  • Twenty-six episodes on seven DVDs
  • 16:9 anamorphic 1.33:1 pillarboxed fullscreen
  • English Dolby Digital 2.0 mono
  • Optional English SDH subtitles
  • Closed Captioning
  • Interviews:
    • Dan Martin
    • Gary Owens
    • Ruth Buzzi
  • Episode Guide

16 February 2018

Universal celebrates A BAD MOM'S CHRISTMAS (review)

Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell, and Kathryn Hahn are moms behaving badly in their quest to take back Christmas from their own controlling mothers (Christine Baranski, Cheryl Hines, and Susan Sarandon).

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

A BAD MOM'S CHRISTMAS Blu-ray/DVD combo specs:
  • Blu-ray:
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 2.40:1 widescreen
    • English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
  • DVD:
    • 16:9 anamorphic 2.40:1 widescreen
    • English Dolby Digital 5.1
  • Optional English SDH and Spanish subtitles
  • Gag Reel
  • Additional Scenes
  • Crew Music Video
  • Two Red Band Trailers
  • Previews

Masters of Cinema paints MICHAEL (review)

Carl Theodor Dreyer's silent film MICHAEL is the tale of an artist whose love for his male model is threatened by a Russian princess who comes to pose for a portrait.

REVIEW LINK: Masters of Cinema/Eureka Video (UK) Region B Blu-ray (DVDCompare)

MICHAEL Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.33:1 pillarboxed fullscreen
  • Pierre Osser score LPCM 2.0 Stereo
  • German Intertitles with optional English subtitles
  • Audio Commentary by scholar Casper Tybjerg
  • Video Essay by David Cairnes
  • Audio Interview with Carl Theodor Dreyer
  • Collector's booklet featuring a new essay by Philip Kemp; a reprint of Tom Milne's The World Inside Me from 1971; Jean Renoir s 1968 tribute, Dreyer's Sin; a translation of the original 1924 Danish programme; a reprint of Nick Wrigley's essay from the film s 80th anniversary DVD release; and a selection of archival imagery

15 February 2018

Vinegar Syndrome hunts down PREY (review)

Long before Stuart Gordon's FROM BEYOND, British-accented aliens discovered that humans are high in protein and "easy PREY" in Norman J. Warren's sex and gore pre-ALIEN sci-fi flick about an alien who takes the form of a man who becomes embroiled in a psychosexual triangle with two women.

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

PREY Blu-ray/DVD combo specs:
  • Blu-ray:
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.66:1 widescreen
    • English DTS-HD Master Audio 1.0 mono
  • DVD:
    • 16:9 anamorphic 1.66:1 widescreen
    • English Dolby Digital 1.0 mono
  • Optional English SDH subtitles
  • Audio Commentary by director Norman J. Warren and actress Sally Faulkner
  • "Directing the Prey" interview with director Norman J. Warren
  • "Being the Prey" interview with actress Sally Faulkner
  • "Producing the Prey" interview with producer Terry Marcel
  • Thatrical Trailer
  • Reversible Cover

Vinegar Syndrome praises MARY! MARY! (review)

John Leslie makes a Faustian pact for stamina to make it with MISTY BEETHOVEN's Constance Money in MARY! MARY!

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

MARY! MARY! 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
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Reversible Cover

12 February 2018

Mondo Macabro unveils THE BLOOD SPATTERED BRIDE (Review)

Repressive Catholic Franco-era Spain spawns this feminist adaptation of Sheridan Le Fanu's lesbian vampire story "Carmilla" with THE BLOOD SPATTERED BRIDE.  When newlyweds Susan and her husband come to his family estate, she soon tires of his voracious and brutal sexual appetite and starts having dreams of a mysterious bride who might be the ghost of one of her husband's ancestors who murdered her husband on his wedding night when he tried to make her do unspeakable things.

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

THE BLOOD SPATTERED BRIDE Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 widescreen
  • English and Spanish DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Mono
  • Optional English subtitles
  • English or Spanish opening and closing credits through seamless branching
  • Audio Commentary by Diabolique Magazine's Kat Ellinger and Samm Deighan
  • Interview with star Simon Andreu:
    • Part 1: "The Blood Spattered Bride"
    • Part 2: "On His Career"
  • Interview with cinematographer Fernando Arribas
  • Interview with historian Jonathan Rigby
  • Alternate, Extended Ending
  • Alternate Scenes
  • Spanish Theatrical Trailer
  • English Theatrical Trailer
  • American "Frenzy of Blood" Trailer
  • "Frenzy of Blood" Radio Spot

Severin Films gets EATEN ALIVE! (Review)

When her sister disappears from Greenwich Village, Georgia cotton queen Sheila discovers that she has fallen in with Jim Jones-esque ecology cult who have retreated to a cannibal infested jungle in New Guinea.  Hiring a Vietnam deserter to help her reach the compound, they plot an escape with her sister but may be initiated into the cult if they are not eaten alive by the cannibals.  Robert Kerman, Janet Agren, Paola Senatore, Me Me Lai, and Ivan Rassimov star.

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

EATEN ALIVE! Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.66:1 widescreen
  • English, Italian, and Spanish DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 mono
  • Optional English subtitles for the Italian track and English SDH subtitles for the English dub
  • "Welcome to the Jungle" interview with director Umberto Lenzi
  • "Me Me Lai Bites Back" feature-length documentary on the Queen of Cannibal Movies (80 minutes)
  • "The Sect of the Purification" interview with production designer Antonello Geleng
  • Archive Interviews with actors Ivan Rassimov and Robert Kerman
  • 2013 Q&A With Umberto Lenzi from the Festival of Fantastic Films, UK
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Reversible Cover
  • LIMITED EDITION includes a slipcover and CD soundtrack
Limited Edition with CD soundtrack:

Standard Edition:

Scream Factory plays GAMES (review)

DIABOLIQUE's Simone Signoret, James Caan, Katherine Ross, and Don Stroud star in Curtis Harrington's GAMES.  A rich young couple wile away their days with parties and unusual games until they meet a charming French saleswoman who introduces more psychologically manipulative mind games to them.  When one of their games winds up with a very real dead body, the survivors are no longer playing... or are they?

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

GAMES Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 2.35:1 widescreen
  • English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 mono
  • Optional English SDH subtitles
  • Still Gallery
  • Theatrical Trailer

Severin Films unravels THREADS (Review)

The BBC TV movie that traumatized a generation depicting the very accurate after effects of a nuclear explosion over Sheffield comes to Blu-ray as a relentlessly grim warning to the new generations. 

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

THREADS Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.33:1 pillarboxed fullscreen
  • English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Mono
  • Optional English SDH subtitles
  • Audio Commentary by director Mick Jackson Moderated By film writer Kier-La Janisse and Severin Films’ David Gregory
  • "Audition for the Apocalypse" interview with actress Karen Meagher
  • "Shooting the Annihilation" interview with director of photography Andrew Dunn
  • "Destruction Designer" interview With production designer Christopher Robilliard
  • Interview with film writer Stephen Thrower
  • US Trailer
  • Re-release Trailer

Crimson Forest absorbs SHOCK WAVE (Review)

Andy Lau stars in this tense thriller as a bomb disposal expert who must battle an explosives expert who takes over a tunnel with a 1000 kilos of plastic explosives.

REVIEW LINK: Crimson Forest/Cinedigm (US) Region 1 NTSC DVD (DVDCompare)

SHOCK WAVE DVD specs:
  • 16:9 anamorphic 2.40:1 widescreen
  • Mandarin and Chinese Dolby Digital 5.1
  • Optional English subtitles
  • Making-of
  • Trailer
  • Previews 

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10 February 2018

Umbrella Entertainment wards off VISITORS (review)

Radha Mitchell and Dominic Purcell star in this Australian thriller about a young woman who wants to join the ranks of people who have circumnavigated the globe solo in a yacht.  Isolated at sea, the traumas of her childhood start to literally haunt her, but the ghosts of the past may blind her to some very real dangers that have made their way aboard.

REVIEW LINK: Umbrella Entertainment (AUS) Region 0 PAL DVD (DVDBeaver)

VISITORS DVD specs:
  • 16:9 anamorphic 2.35:1 widescreen
  • English Dolby Digital 5.1 and 2.0 stereo
  • Cast and Crew Biographies
  • Photo Gallery
  • Theatrical Trailers
  • Previews

Film Movement inspires MY ART (Review)

Artist Laurie Simmons steps behind the camera in this semi-autobiographical journey as an art teacher who has produced a number of great modern artists but has not had a show in decades.  Spending the summer in the country, she searches for new inspiration and a new direction for her art with the help of two ex-actors, the father of one of her pupils, and a lifetime of great movies.

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

MY ART DVD specs:
  • 16:9 anamorphic 1.78:1 widescreen
  • English Dolby Digital 5.1 and 2.0 Stereo
  • English Closed Captioning
  • Audio Commentary by director Laurie Simmons
  • Trailer
  • Previews

Samuel Goldwyn Films goes IN SEARCH OF FELLINI (review)

Growing up shielded from anything bad by her mother Claire, Lucy is unprepared for real life when her mother falls ill.  Enraptured by the films of Federico Fellini, Lucy takes life by the horns and heads to Italy in search of the great director unprepared for the dangers she will face as well as the possiblity of love at first sight in this semi-fictional/semi-autobiographical story from actress Nancy Cartwright (voice of Bart on THE SIMPSONS).

REVIEW LINK: Samuel Goldwyn Films (US) Region 1 NTSC DVD (DVDBeaver)

IN SEARCH OF FELLINI DVD specs:
  • 16:9 anamorphic 2.35:1 widescreen
  • English Dolby Digital 5.1 and 2.0 stereo
  • English Closed Captioning
  • Audio Commentary by writer/producer Nancy Cartwright and director Taron Lexton
  • Behind the Scenes
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Preview

Cinedigm presents INOPERABLE (review)

Amy wakes up in a hospital after a car crash with no memory of how she got there only to learn that the hospital has been evacuated for the coming hurricane.  Those that remains have a propensity for violence and unnecesssary surgery, and Amy soon realizes that those who don't escape the hospital before the hurricane comes may not leave at all.  Danielle Harris star.

REVIEW LINK: ITN Distribution/Cinedigm (US) Region 1 NTSC DVD (DVDBeaver)

INOPERABLE DVD specs:
  • 16:9 anamorphic 1.85:1 widescreen
  • English Dolby Digital 5.1
  • Audio Commentary by director Christopher Lawrence Chapman, writer Jeff Chapman, and actors Jeff Denton & Katie Keene
  • Trailer

08 February 2018

Kino Lorber goes UNDERGROUND (review)

After the international success of TIME OF THE GYPSIES and the notorious production of ARIZONA DREAM, Emil Kusturica mounted this fourteen million dollar tragicomic history of Yugolsavia from World War II through the Cold War to the Yugoslav Wars of the ninties.

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

UNDERGROUND Blu-ray specs:
  • Blu-ray:
    • Theatrical Cut (170 minutes)
      • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 widescreen 
      • Serbo-Croat DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and 2.0
      • Optional English subtitles
    • Theatrical Trailer
  • DVD 1:
    • Miniseries Version: Episodes 1-4
      • Serbo-Croat Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
      • Optional English subtitles
  • DVD 2:
    • Miniseries Version: Episodes 5-6 
      • Serbo-Croat Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
      • Optional English subtitles
    • "Shooting Days" 75 minute making-of documentary
    • B-Roll of the Wedding Party
    • Cannes Celebration
    • Interviews with director Emir Kusturica: Director, Lazar Ristovski: "Blacky", Mirjana Jokovic: "Natalija", Miki Manojlovic: "Marko", and Miljen "Kreka" Kljakovic: Production Designer
    • Theatrical Trailer
  • Liner Notes Booklet

07 February 2018

Crimson Forest mounts an EXTRAORDINARY MISSION (Review)

From the director of INFERNAL AFFAIRS comes EXTRAORDINARY MISSION in which a rookie cop goes deep undercover to bust a drug ring only to discover that his own colleagues are part of the criminal operation and he does not know who to trust.

REVIEW LINK: Crimson Forest/Cinedigm (US) Region A Blu-ray (DVDCompare)

EXTRAORDINARY MISSION Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 2.40:1 widescreen
  • Mandarin DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
  • Optional English subtitles
  • Making-of
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Previews

Umbrella Entertainment plays at FAIR GAME (review)

When a trio of kangaroo hunters get board with animal prey, they turn their attentions to Jessica who runs an animal sanctuary deep in the outback.  As they move from poaching to terrorizing and raping the young woman, the hunters become the hunted in a deadly, booby-trapped game of cat and mouse.


REVIEW LINK: Umbrella Entertainment (AUS) Region ALL Blu-ray (DVD Drive-in)

FAIR GAME Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 widescreen
  • English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Stereo
  • Audio Commetnary by director Mario Andreacchio and writer Rob George
  • Interview with actress Cassandra Delaney
  • "On Location with FAIR GAME" video
  • Two TV news segments on the film
  • Behind the Scenes with stuntman Dean Bennett (52 minutes)
  • Image Gallery
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Five Mario Andreacchio Short Films (90 minutes total)
  • Reversible Cover without Rating Sticker

Umbrella Entertainment forges a SILVER BULLET (Review)

In the Spring of 1975, the small town of Tarker's Mills is beset by a series of brutal murders.  Only paraplegic boy Marty suspects that the killer is actually a werewolf, and he must convince his sister and uncle when the killer (in both human and beast form) targets him.  Corey Haim, Gary Busey, Megan Follows, and Everett McGill star in this Stephen King adaptation.

REVIEW LINK: Umbrella Entertainment (AUS) Region ALL Blu-ray (DVD Drive-in)

SILVER BULLET Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 2.35:1 widescreen
  • English LPCM 2.0 mono
  • Optional English HoH subtitles
  • Audio Commentary by director Daniel Attias
  • Interview with actor Everett McGill
  • Interview with effects artists Michael McCracken and Matthew Mungle
  • Interview with producer Martha De Laurentiis
  • Isolated Score Selections and Audio Inteview with composer Jay Chattaway
  • Still Gallery
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • TV Spot
  • Radio Spot

Vinegar Syndrome is sentenced to PENITENTIARY (Review)

Wrongfully imprisoned after a bar fight that left a man dead, Martel "Too Sweet" Gordone finds himself on the wrong side of his fellow inmates when he stands up for the weak.  His only hope of early release is by joining the prison's boxing team and winning, but that is if he survives the planned attempts on his life.

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

PENITENTIARY 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 Commetnary by writer/producer/director Jamaa Fanaka
  • Audio Commentary by second assistant director Sergio Mimms
  • Interview with actor Leon Isaac Kennedy
  • Interview with cinematographer Marty Olstein
  • Interview with associate producer Alicia Dhanifu
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Reversible Cover

04 February 2018

Zeitgeist Films documents DADDY AND THE MUSCLE ACADEMY (review)

The life, art, and times of Tom of Finland are revealed in his own words in this 1991 documentary that looks at the early life of the artist in Finland, his inspirations, his celebrity in the United States when homosexuality was still illegal in Finland, and the influence he has had on perceptions of gay masculinity.

REVIEW LINK: Zeitgeist Films/Kino Lorber (US) Region A Blu-ray (DVDCompare)

DADDY AND THE MUSCLE ACADEMY Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.40:1 pillarboxed widescreen
  • English/Finnish DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
  • Optional English and English SDH subtitles
  • Interview with Tom of Finland (93 mins)
  • Tom of Finland Sketchbook (100 images)
  • Trailer
  • Trailer for the TOM OF FINLAND film

Strand Releasing sings for FELICITE (Review)

Felicite sings arias for an orchestra by day and nightclubs by night.  When her son is injured in a motor accident, she must raise the money for his treatment, forcing her to alienate friends and confront old resentments before trying to recapture the joy in her life.

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

FELICITE DVD specs:
  • 16:9 anamorphic 1.65:1 widescreen
  • Lingala/French Dolby Digital 5.1
  • Optional English subtitles
  • Trailer
  • Previews

03 February 2018

Strand Releasing decodes WOODPECKERS (review)

Awaiting sentance, getaway driver Julian is sent to an overcrowded jail where he must use his smarts just to find a decent place to sleep and protect himself from abuse.  Falling in with a fellow prisoner who runs a smuggling operation, he becomes the unwilling go-between communicating messages through the woodpecker code with the other man's woman in the women's jail across courtyard.  As the two find themselves falling for one another, Julian is targeted for deadly vengeance.

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

WOODPECKERS DVD specs:
  • 16:9 anamorphic 2.73:1 widescreen
  • Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1
  • Optional English subtitles
  • Trailer
  • Previews

01 February 2018

Kino Lorber plays an INTERMEZZO (review)

Ingrid Bergman and Leslie Howard play doomed lovers in INTERMEZZO, the 1939 remake of a Swedish film that brought Bergman to Hollywood.  A composer returns home from world touring and falls in love with his daughter's piano teacher, but can they build happiness upon the unhappiness of others?

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

INTERMEZZO Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.33:1 pillarboxed fullscreen
  • English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 mono
  • Optional English SDH subtitles
  • Audio Commentary by film historian Kat Ellinger
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Previews

Kino Lorber celebrates TOM OF FINLAND (review)

Before he became the gay icon known as erotic artist TOM OF FINLAND, he was Touko, an ad agency graphic artist whose sexuality was confined to his imagination in his repressive home country.  His artwork would soon spread without his knowledge building up a fanbase and changing perceptions of sexuality and masculinity that would provide him with a voice and newfound freedom in the West.

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

TOM OF FINLAND Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 2.40:1 widescreen
  • Finnish/German/English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and 2.0 Stereo
  • Optional English and English SDH subtitles
  • Deleted Scenes
  • A Discussion at Tom's House
  • Interview with Tom of Finland Company co-founder Durk Denher
  • "I Am Tom of Finland" Campaign
  • Television Special
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Trailer for DADDY AND THE MUSCLE ACADEMY
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