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30 May 2018

Kino Lorber resurrects THE REINCARNATION OF PETER PROUD (review)

A Harvard professor starts having nightmares that are clues to a past life of a murdered man in THE REINCARNATION OF PETER PROUD.  Michael Sarrazin, Jennifer O'Neill, and Margot Kidder star in a J. Lee Thompson film.

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

THE REINCARNATION OF PETER PROUD Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 widescreen
  • English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 mono
  • Optional English SDH subtitles
  • Audio Commentary by film historian Lee Gambin
  • Spanish Super 8mm Bathtub Sequence
  • US and Spanish Super 8mm Bathtub Sequence side-by-side comparison
  • Image Galleries
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • German Trailer
  • TV Spots
  • Radio Spots
  • Reversible Cover

29 May 2018

Kino Lorber challenges MASTERMIND (review)

When parties unknown try to steal an advance toy robot named Schatzi, delusional Inspector Ichihara (Zero Mostel) is on the case with his long suffering assistant and all clues pointing to the love of his life in this send-up of Hollywood's wise oriental detectives.

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

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

28 May 2018

Breaking Glass takes a suicidal VOYAGE (review)

Controversial filmmaker explores love, loss, and suicide in this loose anthology filmed in Hong Kong, Taiwan, Germany, Australia, and other countries.

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

VOYAGE DVD specs:
  • 16:9 anamorphic 2.35:1 widescreen
  • English/Chinese/German Dolby Digital 5.1 and 2.0 Stereo
  • Optional English subtitles
  • Making-of
  • Showreel for Chicago International Film Festival
  • Trailer
  • Original Trailer
  • Previews

Wolfe Video courts SEBASTIAN (review)

When his boyfriend must go on a business trip, graphic artist/barista Alex is relieved to get some space; that is, until his boyfriend's charming Argentinian cousin Sebastian needs an escort around town.  Things heat up quickly, but Alex has more to worry about than his boyfriend's jealousy as the past trauma that has made him skittish about commitment comes back in an unexpected manner.  Katya Zamolodchikova of RU PAUL'S DRAG RACE guest stars.

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

SEBASTIAN DVD specs:
  • 16:9 anamorphic 1.78:1 widescreen
  • English/Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1 and 2.0 Stereo
  • Optional English SDH subtitles
  • Outtake Reel
  • Trailer
  • Previews 

Breaking Glass Pictures attends THE REVIVAL (Review)

The repressed pastor of a conservative town church has his world opened up when he shows kindness to a drifter and meth addict, but his betrayal of his wife and his flock spells tragedy for all concerned.

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

THE REVIVAL DVD specs:
  • 16:9 anamorphic 2.35:1 widescreen
  • English Dolby Digital 5.1
  • Audio Commentary by director Jennifer Gerber, writer Samuel Brett Williams, and producer Sophie Finkelstein
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Alternate Ending
  • Trailer
  • Previews

88 Films arms THE ONE-ARMED SWORDSMAN (review)

The son of a servant raised by his Master Swordsman mentor, Fang Kang hides his abilities from the wealthy students who disdain him, including the master's smitten daughter.  When he bests one of them yet loses his arm in a show of bad sportsmanship, Fang thinks he is useless until a fisherwoman nurses him back to health and gives him a book of left-handed sword-fighting techniques, which is convenient since his master's mortal enemy has perfected a weapon capable of disabling right-handed swordsmen with a plan to massacre him and his students in a final confrontation.

REVIEW LINK: 88 Films (UK) Region B Blu-ray (DVD Drive-in)

THE ONE-ARMED SWORDSMAN Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 2.35:1 widescreen
  • Mandarin LPCM 2.0 Mono and English LPCM 2.0 Mono
  • Optional English subtitles
  • Audio Commentary by Hong Kong film expert Bey Logan
  • Interview with Asian film expert David West
  • Booklet by Calum Waddel
A limited run of copies ordered directly from 88 Films comes with an exclusive slipcover.

88 Films is GIFTED (Review)

An office worker laid off after eight years finds it difficult to get a new job.  When his fiancee takes out a loan in his name, he is desperate to find work wherever possible and discovers that he is GIFTED when it comes to the art of murder in this slow-burn South Korean thriller.

REVIEW LINK: 88 Films (UK) Region B Blu-ray (DVD Drive-in)

GIFTED Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 widescreen
  • Korean DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and 2.0 Stereo
  • Optional English subtitles
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Reversible Cover

25 May 2018

Vinegar Syndrome unleashes PETS (review)

Fleeing her abusive brother onto the streets of Los Angeles, country girl Bonnie makes friends with a hooker and then becomes the muse of a lesbian artist before finding herself caged by an art collector with a zoo of all female animals in this seventies sexploitation obscurity starring Candice Rialson.

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

PETS 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
  • "Brotherly Love" interview with actor/production assistant Mike Cartel
  • Alternate "One Night Stand" Title Sequence
  • Archival Still Gallery
  • Theatrical Trailer

Vinegar Syndrome aides DEADLY DAPHNE'S REVENGE (review)

A rape-revenge thriller marketed as a slasher, DEADLY DAPHNE'S REVENGE is the story of a hitchhiker raped by two members of a hunting party quartet.  When she files charges against them, threats turn to terror and then to murder in this Troma Films pickup.

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

DEADLY DAPHNE'S REVENGE 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
  • Isolated Score by composer John Banning (in Dolby Digital 1.0)
  • “Answering the Call” interview with actress Jody Jaress
  • Alternate "Deadly Daphne's Revenge" Opening Title Sequence
  • Archival Still Gallery
  • Reversible Cover
  • Limited edition slipcover designed by Earl Kessler Jr

Kino Lorber takes on BIG BUSINESS (review)

Bette Midler and Lily Tomlin take on Lily Tomlin and Bette Mider in this tale of switched at birth twins, mistaken identities, and BIG BUSINESS from Jim Abrahams (HOT SHOTS!).

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

BIG BUSINESS Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 widescreen
  • English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and 2.0 Stereo
  • Optional English SDH subtitles
  • Audio Commentary by director Jim Abrahams, moderated by Elijah Drenner
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Trailers

24 May 2018

Paramount Pictures faces ANNIHILATION (review)

An all-female team of scientists enters The Shimmer, an electromagnetic field emanating from an asteroid that crashed in a Florida national park and has been expanding in a radius and changing the biological properties of all living things within in unpredictable ways.  From the director of EX MACHINA, Natalie Portman and Jennifer Jason Leigh star.

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

ANNIHILATION Blu-ray/DVD combo specs:
  • Blu-ray:
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 2.40:1 widescreen
    • English Dolby Atmos, English Descriptive Audio Dolby Digital 5.1, French Dolby Digital 5.1, and Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1
    • Optional English, English SDH, French, and Spanish subtitles
  • DVD:
    • 16:9 anamorphic 2.40:1 widescreen
    • English Dolby Digital 5.1, English Descriptive Audio Dolby Digital 5.1, French Dolby Digital 5.1, and Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1
    • Optional English, French, and Spanish subtitled
    • Start-up Trailers

Second Sight rebirths XTRO (review)

Three years ago, Tony's father Sam vanished into the sky in the middle of the English countryside.  Now he's back, but he is not the same.  In fact, he's no longer human in this gory eighties British horror sci-fi film where "not all extraterrestrials are friendly."

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

XTRO Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.78:1 widescreen
    • Original Version
    • Version with Alternate Ending
    • UK Video Version
    • 2018 Director's Version
  • English DTS-HD Master Audio 1.0 mono (original and alternate ending versions), English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 mono (UK Video Version and 2018 Version)
  • Introduction to the director's version
  • "Xploring Xtro" documentary featuring interviews with Harry Bromley-Davenport, Mark Forstater, Bernice Stegers, Susie Silvey, Tim Dry, Sean Crawford, Robert Pereno, Alan Jones, and Craig Lapper
  • "The World of Xtro" featurette with Dennis Atherton, Harry Bromley-Davenport, and Mark Forstater
  • "Beyond Xtro" featurette with Harry Bromley-Davenport and Mark Forstater looking ahead to new reboot "Xtro – The Big One', including excusive test footage
  • "Xtro Xposed" featurette
  • "Loving The Alien: A Tribute to Philip Sayer" featuring exclusive Brian May music tribute
  • Limited Edition Soundtrack CD
  • Limited edition softcover booklet with new writing by Kevin Lyons plus behind-the-scenes stills and promo material
  • Rigid slipcase featuring original UK video and UK theatrical artwork

Film Movement screams into THE GREAT SILENCE (review)

Jean-Louis Trintignant and Klaus Kinski star in Sergio Corbucci's brutal and tragic spaghetti western about bounty hunters who kill outlaws for reward money and the mysterious man called Silence who hunts them down.  Frank Wolff, Vonetta McGee, and Luigi Pistill also star.

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

THE GREAT SILENCE Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 widescreen
  • Italian DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 mono and English Dolby Digital 2.0 mono
  • Optional English subtitles
  • "Cox on Corbucci" filmmaker Alex Cox on director Sergio Corbucci and THE GREAT SILENCE
  • "Western, Italian Style" 1968 documentary on Italian spaghetti westerns with behind the scenes footage of THE GREAT SILENCE
  • Alternate Ending 1 (with optional commentary by Alex Cox)
  • Alternate Ending 2
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • 2018 Theatrical Trailer
  • Booklet by Simon Abrams 

21 May 2018

Severin Films takes a bite out of ZOMBIE 3 (review)

When an ill Lucio Fulci was unable to finish his return to the zombie genre, Bruno Mattei and Claudio Fragasso stepped in to deliver this crazy Filipino-set gorefest in which a bacteriological weapon has a side effect of turning the dead into flesh-eating zombies.  Future Aaron Spelling director Deran Sarafian and Beatrice Ring star.

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

ZOMBIE 3 Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.78:1 widescreen
  • English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 mono
  • Optional English SDH subtitles
  • Audio Commentary by actors Beatrice Ring and Deran Sarafian
  • "The Last Zombies" interview With co-director/co-writer Claudio Fragasso and co-writer Rossella Drudi
  • "Tough Guys" interview with actors/stuntmen Massimo Vanni and Ottaviano Dell’Acqua
  • "The Problem Solver" interview with replacement director Bruno Mattei
  • "Swimming with Zombies" interview with actress Marina Loi
  • "In the Zombie Factory" interview with FX artist Franco Di Girolamo
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • The first 3000 copies come with a limited edition soundtrack CD by Stefano Mainetti.

Severin Films illuminates SHOCKING DARK (review)

In the year 2000, Venice is a dead city due to toxic contamination, and a team of scientists working to clean the water suddenly lose contact with the mainland.  The military team along with a scientist and a suspicious corporate representative infiltrate the city to discover whether the monsters stalking and killing them one by one are alien invaders or the mutant offspring of scientific experiments.  Directed by Bruno Mattei.

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

SHOCKING DARK Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.78:1 widescreen
  • English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 mono, Italian Dolby Digital 2.0 mono, German Dolby Digital 2.0 mono, Spanish Dolby Digital 2.0 mono, and Chinese Dolby Digital 2.0 mono
  • Optional English SDH subtitles
  • "Terminator in Venice" interview with co-director/co-screenwriter Claudio Fragasso and co-screenwriter Rossella Drudi
  • "Once Upon A Time in Italy" interview with actress Geretta Geretta
  • Alternate Italian Titles
  • Japanese Theatrical Trailer

Severin Films finds out what is AFTER DEATH with ZOMBIE 4 (review)

Before TROLL 2, Claudio Fragasso tackled the Italian zombie genre with this gorefest shot in the Philippines.  After escaping a zombie-infested island as a girl, Jenny returns by chance on a boat trip with friends just as a group of adventurers discover a temple in a volcano and read from the Book of the Dead.  Porn star Jeff Stryker and and soap star Candice Daly star.

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

ZOMBIE 4: AFTER DEATH Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 widescreen
  • English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 mono
  • "Run Zombie Run!" interview with director Claudio Fragasso and screenwriter Rossella Drudi
  • "Jeff Stryker in Manila" interview with actor Chuck Peyton
  • "Blonde vs Zombies" interview With actress Candice Daly
  • Behind-The-Scenes Footage
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • The first 3000 copies come with a limited edition CD of Al Festa's previously-unreleased soundtrack.

Vinegar Syndrome presents HER NAME WAS LISA (review)

LAST HOUSE ON DEAD END STREET director Roger Watkins' porn debut is the story of a massage parlor girl who becomes a model only for her life to spiral downwards into drug use an degradation.  Samantha Fox and Vanessa del Rio star.

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

HER NAME WAS LISA Blu-ray 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
  • “His Name Was Roger” interview with Art Ettinger, Roger Watkins’ historian and friend
  • Still Gallery
  • Theatrical Trailer

Vinegar Syndrome chews on BLOOD SUCKERS FROM OUTER SPACE (Review)

When an invisible alien force invades a small Texas town, its denizens become bloodthirsty vampires in this regional horror comedy.

REVIEW LINK: Vinegar Syndrome (US) Region ALL Blu-ray/Region 0 NTSC DVD (DVD Drive-in)
  • Blu-ray:
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.78:1 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 by writer/director Glen Coburn, actor Thom Meyers, and cinematographer Chad D. Smith
  • “34 Years Later” making-of documentary (51 mins)
  • “Back To Bloodsucker Town” locations featurette
  • “Bloody Arm Rip 101” special effects featurette
  • Stills Gallery
  • Reversible Cover
BLOOD SUCKERS FROM OUTER SPACE Blu-ray/DVD combo:

17 May 2018

Arrow Video approves as DEATH SMILES ON A MURDERER (review)

When a carriage overturns in front of a villa, the residents get a lovely and beguiling new guest who may already be dead.  Is she a vengeful spirit or the product of an experiment to reanimate the dead.  Ewa Thulin and Klaus Kinski star in this delirious gothic horror film from Joe D'Amato.

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

DEATH SMILES ON A MURDERER Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 widescreen
  • English and Italian LPCM 1.0 mono
  • Optional English subtitles for the Italian track and SDH subtitles for the English track
  • Audio Commentary by Video Watchdog's Tim Lucas
  • Archival Interview with Joe D'Amato
  • New Interview with actress Ewa Thulin
  • Video Essay by Kat Ellinger
  • Still and Promo Gallery
  • English and Italian Theatrical Trailer
  • Reversible Cover
  • Collector's booklet featuring new writing on the film by critic Stephen Thrower and film historian Roberto Curti included with the FIRST PRESSING ONLY.

Scorpion Releasing revisits THE HOUSE ON SORORITY ROW (Review)

A sorority's final prank goes seriously wrong and they wind up with a body in the pool just before their big bash.  They may be getting an earlier sendoff than intended as a killer starts stalking them.

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

THE HOUSE ON SORORITY ROW Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.78:1 widescreen
  • English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and 2.0 mono
  • Optional English SDH subtitles
  • Isolated Music Score
  • Audio Commentary by director Mark Rosman
  • Audio Commentary by direcotr Mark Rosman and stars Kathryn McNeil and Eileen Davidson
  • Interview with actress Harley Jane Kozak
  • Interview with actress Eileen Davidson
  • Interview with actress Kathryn McNeil
  • Interview with composer Richard Band
  • Interview with co-producer Igo Kanter
  • Alternate Ending and Storyboards
  • Theatrical Trailer and TV Spots
  • Reversible Cover
  • Limited Edition Slipcover
Available directly from Ronin Flix.

88 Films launches THE DRAGON MISSILE (review)

When the corrupt governor needs a special root to cure a disease that will kill him in a week, he sends Suma Jin to recover the herb by force.  Killing those who stand up to him, Suma Jin soon is pursued by a vengeful son and daughter as well as a band of thieves sent to kill him by the governor's plotting courtier.

REVIEW LINK: 88 Films (UK) Region B Blu-ray (DVD Drive-in)

THE DRAGON MISSILE Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 2.35:1 widescreen
  • Mandarin and English LPCM 2.0 mono
  • Optional English subtitles
  • Audio Commentary by film historian David West
  • Audio Commentary by Hong Kong Cinema Expert Bey Logan
  • Reversible Cover
  • Limited Edition slipcover on copies ordered directly from 88 Films.

88 Films flies with THE SUPER INFRAMAN (review)

When Mount Devil erupts after two thousand years, Princess Dragon Mom and her demon mutants threaten to destroy the Earth unless humans surrender.  Professor Liu of Science Headquarters unleashes his impervious weapon The Super Inframan in this Chinese take on the Japanese Kaiju films.

REVIEW LINK: 88 Films (UK) Region B Blu-ray (DVD Drive-in)

THE SUPER INFRAMAN Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 2.35:1 widescreen
  • Mandarin and English LPCM 2.0 mono
  • Optional English subtitles
  • Stills Gallery
  • Booklet by Calum Waddel
  • Limited Slipcover on copies ordered directly from 88 Films.

16 May 2018

Masters of Cinema enters THE OLD DARK HOUSE (review)

Fast on the heels of the success of FRANKENSTEIN, James Whale showcased Boris Karloff and future BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN star Ernest Thesiger along with starlet Gloria Stuart, Raymond Massey, and Charles Laughton, Lillian Bond, Eva Moore, and Melvyn Douglas in a blackly comic adaptation of the psychological novel "Benighted" about two sets of motorists lost in the Welsh countryside during a storm and forced to take shelter with a very eccentric family with plenty of dark secrets.


REVIEW LINK: Masters of Cinema/Eureka Video (UK) Region B Blu-ray/Region 2 NTSC DVD (DVDCompare)

THE OLD DARK HOUSE Blu-ray/DVD combo:
  • Blu-ray:
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.37:1 pillarboxed fullscreen
    • English LPCM 2.0 mono
  • DVD:
    • 4:3 non-anamorphic 1.33:1 fullscreen
    • English Dolby Digital 2.0 mono
  • Optional English HoH subtitles
  • Audio Commentary by Kim Newman and Stephen Jones
  • Audio Commentary by James Curtis
  • Audio Commentary by Gloria Stuart
  • "Meet the Femms" video essay
  • "Daughter of Frankenstein" a conversation with Sara Karloff and Dean Otto
  • "Curtis Harrington Saves THE OLD DARK HOUSE" featurette
  • 2018 UK Re-release Theatrical Trailer
  • Still Gallery
  • Collector’s booklet featuring new essay by critic Philip Kemp, as well as an abundant selection of archival imagery and ephemera
  • FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Exclusive O-card featuring artwork by Graham Humphreys created especially for the 2018 UK theatrical release

14 May 2018

Breaking Glass Pictures takes HOUSE OF EVIL off the market (review)

A young couple purchase a large house in the middle of nowhere and quickly fall victim to hallucinations and possession in this Italian horror film produced by Uwe Boll.

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

HOUSE OF EVIL DVD specs:
  • 16:9 anamorphic 2.35:1 widescreen
  • English Dolby Digital 5.1
  • English Closed Captioning
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Previews

Breaking Glass Pictures crashes RAVE PARTY MASSACRE (Review)

On the eve of the 1992 presidential election, a group of party goers find themselves trapped in a hospital after being drugged at a rave.  As they try to find a way out, an axe-wielding killer stalks them.

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

RAVE PARTY MASSACRE DVD specs:
  • 16:9 anamorphic 1.85:1 widescreen
  • English Dolby Digital 5.1
  • English Closed Captioning
  • Audio Commentary by director Jason Winn and producer Maggie D. Hickman
  • Behind the Scenes
  • Birth of an Idea
  • The Morgue Drawer
  • Slide Gallery
  • Trailer
  • Previews

Strand Releasing's HAVE A NICE DAY (review)

A mob driver impulsively steals a million dollars from his boss to pay for his girlfriend's plastic surgery in HAVE A NICE DAY.  On the run from mob hitmen, he also discovers that there is no one else he can trust when heis carrying a sack of cash.

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

HAVE A NICE DAY DVD specs:
  • 16:9 anamorphic 1.78:1 widescreen
  • Mandarin Dolby Digital 5.1
  • Optional English subtitles
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Previews

Umbrella Entertainment opens the curtain on COSI (review)

An inexperienced theatre director gets a job teaching drama therapy to the inmates of a mental hospital and gets roped into directing an ambitious Mozart comic opera in this 1990's Australian award winner.

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

COSI DVD specs:
  • 16:9 anamorphic 1.85:1 widescreen
  • English Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo

13 May 2018

Masters of Cinema administers Kiyoshi Kurosawa's CURE (Review)

A detective on the verge of a breakdown investigates the seemingly motiveless killings committed by several people and suspects that one person may be controlling them through hypnosis in Kiyoshi Kurosawa's first arthouse horror film.

REVIEW LINK: Masters of Cinema/Eureka Video (UK) Region B Blu-ray/Region 2 NTSC DVD (DVDCompare)

CURE Blu-ray/DVD combo specs:
  • Blu-ray:
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 widescreen
    • Japanese DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and LPCM 2.0 stereo
  • DVD:
    • 16:9 anamorphic 1.85:1 widescreen
    • Japanese Dolby Digital 5.1 and 2.0 Stereo
  • Optional English subtitles
  • Archival Interview with director Kiyoshi Kurosawa
  • "Kiyoshi Kurosawa on CURE" new interview
  • Kim Newman Video Appreciation
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • 24-page booklet by Tom Mes
  • Exclusive Slipcover on the first pressing

Kino Lorber offers THE SACRIFICE (review)

Ingmar Bergman regular Erland Josephson stars in Andrei Tarkovksy's final film THE SACRIFICE as an intellectual who experiences a spiritual crisis when he, his family, and friends are isolated in the country as the world seems to be approaching nuclear annihilation.

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

THE SACRIFICE Blu-ray specs:
  • Disc One:
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.66:1 widescreen
    • Swedish DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 mono
    • Optional English subtitles
    • Audio Commentary by Layla Alexander-Garrett, Andrei Tarkovksy’s translator on the set
    • Interview with editor Michał Leszczyłowski
    • Theatrical Trailer
    • Trailer for NOSTALGHIA
  • Disc Two (Bonus DVD):
    • Feature-length behind the scenes documentary "Directed by Andrei Tarkovsky" by Michał Leszczyłowski (101 minutes)
    • Theatrical Trailers for THE SACRIFICE and NOSTALGHIA
  • Booklet featuring excerpts from Tarkovksy's diary and an essay by Robert Bird

10 May 2018

Kino Lorber enters THE MAZE (review)

Enter the third dimension of terror with THE MAZE with Richard Carlson and Veronica Hurst who discover the secret terrors of a foggy Scottish castle and its forbidden garden maze.

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

THE MAZE Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 MVC 1.37:1 pillarboxed widescreen vieweable in 3D or 2D
  • English DTS-HD Master Audio 3.0 Stereo (restored) and English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 mono
  • Audio Commentary
  • Inteview with actress Veronica Hurst
  • 3D Theatrical Trailer
  • Reversible Cover

Severin Films documents VIOLENCE IN A WOMEN'S PRISON (review)

Black Emanuelle goes to prison undercover in Bruno Mattei's VIOLENCE IN A WOMEN'S PRISON with Laura Gemser, Gabriele Tinti, Lorraine de Selle, and Franca Stoppi.

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

VIOLENCE IN A WOMEN'S PRISON Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.78:1 widescreen
  • English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 mono
  • Optional English SDH subtitles
  • Archival Interview with director Bruno Mattei
  • Interview with co-writers Claudio Fragasso and Rosella Drudi
  • Radio Spot
  • Reversible Cover

Vinegar Syndrome metes out BLUE VENGEANCE (review)

A disgraced detective goes after the escaped serial murderer he put away ten years before as he returns to New York to hunt down the members of a seventies metal band who pledged their souls to Satan in order to collect the devil's due.


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

BLUE VENGEANCE 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 by director/actor J. Christian Ingvordsen
  • Audio Commentary by actor/co-writer John Weiner
  • "Making of BLUE VENGEANCE" retrospective featurette
  • J. Christian Ingvordsen in conversation with Michael Gingold
  • Co-writer/producer Danny Kuchuck's unreleased surreal science fiction film THE LAST MAN (83 minutes)
  • Reversible Cover

07 May 2018

Second Run illuminates INTIMATE LIGHTING (Review)

The directorial debut of Ivan Passer is a comic study of contrasts as a musician returns to the village of his birth as a guest soloist in a local amateur orchestra and reunites with his married schoolmate.  As they both try to impress one another, they both become envious of one another's imperfect lifestyles as they perceive them.

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

INTIMATE LIGHTING Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.37:1 pillarboxed fullscreen
  • Czech LPCM 2.0 mono
  • Optional English subtitles
  • Interview with director Ivan Passer
  • Short film "A Boring Afternoon" (1964)
  • Booklet by Trevor Johnson and Phillip Bergson.

Second Run glows with NEON BULL (review)

In the feature debut of documentary filmmaker Gabriel Mascaro, the makeshift family of a Brazilian rodeo troupe becomes fractured as they travel a landscape ravaged and renewed by industrial development.

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

NEON BULL Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 2.40:1 widescreen
  • Portuguese DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and LPCM 2.0 Stereo
  • Optional English subtitles
  • Interview with director Gabriel Mascaro
  • Extended Making-of featurette
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Liner Notes Booklet featuring director Gabriel Mascaro in conversation with Little White Lies editor David Jenkins

Umbrella Entertainment explores the NIGHTS OF CABIRIA (Review)

Federico Fellini's wife Giulietta Masina plays a prostitute in search of true love in the masterful, tragic, and comical NIGHTS OF CABIRIA.

REVIEW LINK: Umbrella Entertainment (AU) Region 0 NTSC DVD (DVDBeaver)

NIGHTS OF CABIRIA DVD specs:
  • 4:3 non-anamorphic 1.33:1 fullscreen
  • Italian Dolby Digital 2.0 mono
  • Optional English subtitles

Arrow Video puts the bite on THE BLOODTHIRSTY TRILOGY (review)

In the seventies, Toho tried its hand a westernized variation on the vampire genre with specific reference to the Hammer Dracula and Karnstein lesbian vampire trilogy with THE BLOODTHIRSTY TRILOGY.  In THE VAMPIRE DOLL, a man returns from abroad and travels to the countryside to discover that his fiancee is dead but her apparition wanders the night drinking blood.  In LAKE OF DRACULA, an artist's childhood nightmare starts to come true when a coffin is delivered to her lakeside home and those around her start behaving strangely and violently.  In EVIL OF DRACULA, a teacher takes a position at a private girls school where one or two girls vanish yearly and the latest student bodies are turning up a few pints low.

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

THE BLOODTHIRSTY TRILOGY Blu-ray specs:
  • Disc One:
    • The Vampire Doll (1970):
      • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 2.35:1 widescreen
      • Japanese LPCM 1.0 mono
      • Optional English subtitles
    • Kim Newman on the Bloodthirsty Trilogy
    • Theatrical Trailers for all three films
    • Still Galleries for all three films
  • Disc Two:
    • Lake of Dracula (1971):
      • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 2.35:1 widescreen
      • Japanese and English LPCM 1.0
      • Optional English subtitles for the Japanese track and English SDH subtitles for the English dub
    • Evil of Dracula (1974): 
      • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 2.35:1 widescreen
      • Japanese and English LPCM 1.0
      • Optional English subtitles for the Japanese track and English SDH subtitles for the English dub
      •  
  • Reversible Cover
  • Booklet by Japanese film expert Jasper Sharp

88 Films reads ADULT FAIRY TALES (review)

Before the days of Empire Pictures and Full Moon, producer Charles Band tried his hand at seventies sexploitation with the erotic musical ADULT FAIRY TALES in which a twenty-one year old prince must lose his virginity or lose his kingdom.  He takes to the road in search of the missing Princess Beauty but finds himself  trapped in the brothel of the Little Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe with Snow White and her seven horny dwarves, Little Bo Peep who is allergic to her sheep (and her underwear), and more.

REVIEW LINK: 88 Films (UK) Region B Blu-ray (DVD Drive-in)

ADULT FAIRY TALES Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 2.55:1 widescreen
  • English LPCM 2.0 Mono
  • Optional English HoH subtitles
  • Audio Commentary by producer/writer Frank Ray Perelli and producer Charles Band
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Reversible Cover
  • Limited Edition O-Card

05 May 2018

Second Sight pilots SPACE TRUCKERS (review)

Dennis Hopper, Stephen Dorff, and Debi Mazar are on the run from the law and space pirates with cargo that could destroy the Earth in Stuart Gordon's nineties comic sci-fi film SPACE TRUCKERS.

REVIEW LINK: Second Sight (UK) Region B Blu-ray (DVD Drive-in)

SPACE TRUCKERS Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 2.35:1 widescreen
  • English LPCM 2.0 Stereo
  • Optional English HoH subtitles
  • Interview with director Stuart Gordon
  • Interview with art director Simon Lamont
  • Interview with composer Colin Towns

02 May 2018

Mondo Macabro births THE DEVIL'S INCARNATE (review)

In Paul Naschy's most personal film as a director, he becomes THE DEVIL'S INCARNATE following in the footsteps of Christ by incarnating himself as a human and preying on the sins while also making sure that no good deed goes unpunished.

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

THE DEVIL'S INCARNATE Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.66:1 widescreen
  • Spanish LPCM 1.0 mono
  • Optional English subtitles
  • Audio Commentary by film historian Troy Howarth
  • Introduction by actor/director Paul Naschy
  • Interview with actor David Rocha
  • Interview with Naschy's son Sergio Molina
  • Tour of Naschy's office with his other son Bruno Molina
  • More from Mondo Macabro

Scorpion Releasing deconsecrates THE CHURCH (review)

"In this unholy sanctuary, you haven't got a prayer," in the Dario Argento-produced THE CHURCH from director Michele Soavi.  A gothic church is erected over the sight of the mass slaughter of a medieval village suspected of demonic possession.  In the modern day, an ancient failsafe device traps several unsuspecting victims inside the church as the evil is unleashed.

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

THE CHURCH Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.66:1 widescreen
  • English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 mono
  • Interview with director Michele Soavi
  • Interview with actress Asia Argento
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Previews 

88 Films in the "jaws" of GRIZZLY (review)

"The most dangerous JAWS on land" comes to Blu-ray as a national park is beset by a series of grisly grizzly killings of unsuspecting tourists.  the park ranger wants to shut the site down but the tourism-minded park supervisor puts more people in danger by making the grizzly hunt a hillbilly free-for-all.  Christopher George, Andrew Prine, Richard Jaeckel, and Joan McCall star.

REVIEW LINK: 88 Films (UK) Region B Blu-ray (DVD Drive-in)

GRIZZLY Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 2.35:1 widescreen
  • English LPCM 2.0 mono
  • Optional English HoH subtitles
  • David Del Valle remembers Christopher George
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Liner Notes Booklet by Calum Waddel
  • Reversible Cover
  • A limited run of copies ordered directly from 88 Films comes with a limited slipcover.

Code Red takes in an ALL NIGHT GRINDHOUSE MARATHON (review)

Code Red's All Night Grindhouse Marathan treats you two a two-disc, six film sexploitation trip.  In THE TALE OF THE DEAN'S WIFE, a group of sex-mad college protestors decide to slip the crusty dean some LSD only to find out that his wife is a swinger like them.  In THE VELVET TRAP, a waitress falls for a photographer who swindles her of her savings and leaves her to fend for herself as a prostitute.  In HOT NIGHTS ON THE CAMPUS, a young coed shares an apartment in the city with her loose friends and gets into "trouble".  In MARCY, a single woman farmer sparks rumor of lesbianism when she hires a female worker, exposing the secret sexual desires of her neighbors.  In SEX AND THE COLLEGE GIRL, two college girls go to Puerto Rico and become involved with a girl-chasing lounge lizard and his mopey best friend.  Finally, in SHUT UP AND DEAL, a man takes it upon himself to get his younger brother a special kind of sex education at a stag party when he proposes to a girl who is too good to be true.

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

ALL NIGHT GRINDHOUSE MARATHON Blu-ray specs:
  • Disc One:
    • The Tale of the Dean's Wife (1970):
      • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.78:1 widescreen
      • English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 mono
    • The Velvet Trap (1966):
      • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.78:1 widescreen
      • English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 mono
    • Hot Nights on the Campus (1966):
      • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.78:1 widescreen
      • English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 mono
  • Disc Two:
    • Marcy (1970):
      • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.78:1 widescreen
      • English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 mono
    • Sex and the College Girl (1964):
      • 16:9 anamorphic 1.78:1 widescreen (standard definition)
      • English Dolby Digital 2.0 mono
    • Shut Up and Deal (1969):
      • 16:9 anamorphic 1.66:1 widescreen (standard definition)
      • English Dolby Digital 2.0 mono
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