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29 November 2018

Film Movement and LA FAMILIA (review)

When twelve-year-old Pedro is not in school, he is rough-housing with his wannabe gangster pals.  When another kid tries to rob him and his friend of their phones, a fight ensues and the other kid is accidentally killed.  Fearing retaliation, his hard-working father Andres packs them up and they go on the run, but Pedro sees only cowardice in his father's actions but he will soon be forced to grow up quickly.

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

LA FAMILIA DVD specs:
  • 16:9 anamorphic 1.85:1 widescreen
  • Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1 and 2.0 Stereo
  • Optional English subtitles
  • Short film "Les Miserables"
  • Trailers

Strand Releasing scales GABRIEL AND THE MOUNTAIN (review)

The tragically short life of a Portuguese college student on a year of sustainable travel who disappeared in the mountains of Malawi is traced by his director friend Fellipe Barbosa and the people he met along the way in GABRIEL AND THE MOUNTAIN.

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

GABRIEL AND THE MOUNTAIN DVD specs:
  • 16:9 anamorphic 2.35:1 widescreen
  • Portuguese/English/French Dolby Digital 5.1
  • Optional English and English SDH subtitles
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Trailers

Altered Innocence inspires THE POET AND THE BOY (review)

A married poet floundering as a teacher in a South Korean village finds creative inspiration and his sex life with his wife reinvigorated when he meets the son of the village's new bakery.

REVIEW LINK: Altered Innocence (US) Region 1 NTSC DVD (DVDBeaver)

THE POET AND THE BOY DVD specs:
  • 16:9 anamorphic 1.85:1 widescreen
  • Korean Dolby Digital 5.1
  • Optional English and Spanish subtitles
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Trailers
  • Reversible Cover

Film Movement paints EGON SCHIELE: DEATH AND THE MAIDEN (review)

The short life of painter Egon Schiele and his search for his muse is detailed in this German biopic.

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

EGON SCHIELE: DEATH AND THE MAIDEN DVD specs:
  • 16:9 anamorphic 2.35:1 widescreen
  • German Dolby Digital 5.1 and 2.0 Stereo
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Interview with director Dieter Berner and writer Hilde Berger
  • Casting
  • Rehearsal
  • Short Film 'Nothing Happens'
  • Trailers

Film Movement proposes a THREE-WAY WEDDING (review)

A modern French farce in which playwright Auguste invites his producer, his ex, and her new lover to brunch to work on his play and tries to get back with his ex by making her jealous of his new secretary.  Pascal Greggory, Julie Depardieu, and Louis Garrel star.

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

THE THREE-WAY WEDDING DVD specs:
  • 16:9 anamorphic 1.85:1 widescreen
  • French Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
  • Burnt-in English subtitles
  • Previews

Second Sight discovers TOM'S MIDNIGHT GARDEN (Review)

When his brother contracts the measles, Tom is sent off to stay with his uncle in the country in a large manor house converted into flats.  In quarantine with no friends, Tom wanders about in the night and discovers that the tiny back yard turns into a sprawling Victorian garden when the grandfather clock strikes thirteen.

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

TOM'S MIDNIGHT GARDEN DVD specs:
  • Six episodes on one dual-layer DVD
  • 4:3 non-anamorphic 1.33:1 fullscreen
  • English Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono
  • Optional English HoH subtitles

27 November 2018

Severin Films gets shipwrecked with THE BLOOD ISLAND COLLECTION (review)

Take a pleasure cruise to Blood Island where you will encounter man-to-animal transformations, mutations created by the atomic bomb, tribal ceremonial rites, and victims torn limb from limb in THE BLOOD ISLAND COLLECTION.

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

THE BLOOD ISLAND COLLECTION Blu-ray specs:
  • Disc One (Terror is a Man):
      • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.33:1 pillarboxed fullscreen
      • English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Mono
      • Optional English SDH subtitles
      • "Man Becomes Creature" interview with Hemisphere marketing consultant Samuel M. Sherman
      • "Dawn of Blood Island" interview with co-director Eddie Romero
      • "Terror Creature" interview with Pete Tombs, co-author of "Immoral Tales"
      • "When the Bell Rings" interview with critic Mark Holcomb
      • Theatrical Trailer
      • Poster & Stills Gallery
  • Disc Two (Brides of Blood):
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.33:1 pillarboxed fullscreen
    • English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Mono
    • Optional English SDH subtitles
    • Audio Commentary by Hemisphere marketing consultant Samuel M. Sherman (first 44 minutes of the film)
    • "Jungle Fury" interview with co-director Eddie Romero
    • "Here Comes the Bride" interview with Hemisphere marketing consultant Samuel M. Sherman
    • "Beverly Hills on Blood Island" interview with actress Beverly Powers
    • Alternate "Brides of Blood Island" Title Sequence and "Jungle Fury" Title Card
    • Teaser Trailer
    • Theatrical Trailer
    • Poster & Stills Gallery
  • Disc Three (Mad Doctor of Blood Island):
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.33:1 pillarboxed fullscreen
    • English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Mono
    • French DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Mono
    • Optional English SDH subtitles
    • Audio Commentary by Hemisphere marketing consultant Samuel M. Sherman (first 50 minutes of the film)
    • Audio Commentary by film historians Nathaniel Thompson and Howard S. Berger
    • "Tombs of the Living Dead" interview with Pete Tombs, co-author of "Immoral Tales"
    • "A Taste of Blood" interview with critic Mark Holcomb
    • "The Mad Director of Blood Island" interview with co-director Eddie Romero
    • Theatrical Trailer
    • "Chiller Carnival of Blood" Shock Show Trailer featuring "The Mad Doctor of Blood Island", "The Blood Demon", and "Curse of the Vampires"
    • Poster & Stills Gallery 
    • Limited Edition CD Soundtrack (34 tracks)
  • Disc Four (Beast of Blood):
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.33:1 pillarboxed fullscreen
    • English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Mono
    • Optional English SDH subtitles
    • Audio Commentary by Hemisphere marketing consultant Samuel M. Sherman (first 55 minutes of the film)
    • "Celeste and the Beast" interview with actress Celeste Yarnall
    • "Dr. Lorca's Blood Devils" interview with actor Eddie Garcia
    • "Blood Devils" Super 8 Digest Version
    • Theatrical Trailer
    • Radio Spot 1
    • Radio Spot 2
    • Poster & Stills Gallery
  • Reversible Covers featuring the UK Video Artwork

Limited to 3,500 copies, housed in a slipcase.  Also available as The Blood Oath Bundle
with a Blood Island treasure map, the beast enamel pin, Beast of Blood swizzle stick, 4 Beast of Blood coasters, and the Blood Oath recipe card, or Dr. Lorca’s Head Bundle with all of the above plus a Beast of Blood mask.

26 November 2018

Film Movement investigates THE THIRD MURDER (review)

A cyncial attorney is tasked with defending a murder case in which the defendent has not only already confessed but has only recently been released after a thirty-year sentence for two previous murders.  As the defendant's story keeps changing, the attorney's need to understand the truth behind the killing supersedes his need to win the case in this award-winning film from Hirokazu Koreeda.

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

THE THIRD MURDER Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 2.40: 1 widescreen
  • Japanese DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and Dolby Digital 5.1
  • Optional English Subtitles
  • Making-of
  • Messages from the Cast
  • Short Film "A Gentle Night" by Yang Qio
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Previews

25 November 2018

Arrow Video partakes in the ORGIES OF EDO (review)

Beneath the pomp and ceremony of the Edo era is a world of depravity explored in ORGIES OF EDO from Teruo Ishii (HORRORS OF MALFORMED MEN).

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

ORGIES OF EDO Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 2.35:1 widescreen
  • Japanese LPCM 1.0 Mono
  • Optional English Subtitles
  • "Orgies of Ishii" interview with film historian Patrick Macias
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Matt Griffin
  • FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collector's booklet featuring new writing on the film by author Tom Mes

88 Films showcases THE BEST OF 80s SCREAM QUEENS (Review)

THE BEST OF 80s SCREAM QUEENS features a trio of sexy horror flicks starring Linnea Quigley.  In NIGHTMARE SISTERS, Quigley, Michelle Bauer, and Brinke Stevens play a trio of homely(!) sorority sisters who are transformed into sexy succubi by a crystal ball to take a bite out of their hunky frat co-pledges.  In MURDER WEAPON, two mob princesses just out of the sanitarium throw a "hell of a party" with their hunky exes and a mad killer.  In DEADLY EMBRACE, a businessman wants to marry his mistress and hopes to pay a studly college student/hired poolboy to seduce his wife, but she already has plans of her own for the young man.

REVIEW LINK: 88 Films (UK) Region B Blu-ray (DVDCompare)

THE BEST OF 80s SCREAM QUEENS Blu-ray specs:
  • Disc One:
    • "Nightmare Sisters" (1987)
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 widescreen
    • English DTS-HD Master Audio 1.0 mono
    • Optional English HoH subtitles
  • Disc Two:
    • "Murder Weapon" (1989)
      • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.78:1 widescren
      • English DTS-HD Master Audio 1.0 mono
      • Optional English HoH subtitles
    • "Deadly Embrace" (1989)
      • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.78:1 widescreen
      • English DTS-HD Master Audio 1.0 mono
      • Optional English HoH subtitles
  • Collector's Slipcover (first print run)

Kino Lorber confesses I BOUGHT A VAMPIRE MOTORCYCLE (Review)

I BOUGHT A VAMPIRE MOTORCYCLE drives a stake through the heart of British horror when a hapless biker buys a vintage bike that belonged to a murdered Satanist.  Neil Morrissey stars.


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

I BOUGHT A VAMPIRE MOTORCYCLE 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 Dirk Campbell, writers John Wolskel & Mycal Miller, and actor Alan Frank
  • "We Made a Vampire Motorcycle" retrospective documentary
  • "The Vampire´s Lair" featurette
  • "Where Are They Now?" featuerette
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Trailers
  • Reversible Cover

Film Movement pledges FOREVER MY LOVE (review)

Romy Schneider made an international splash as Sissi, Queen Elizabeth of Austria, with the Sissi film trilogy, (1955-1957) however, Americans did not get to see her in her signature role until 1962 with the English-dubbed series condensation FOREVER MY LOVE with a theme song by Burt Bacharach.

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

FOREVER MY LOVE DVD specs:
  • 4:3 non-anamorphic 1.33:1 fullscreen
  • English Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono
  • "From Romy to Sissi" featurette
  • "Sissi's Great-Grandson at the Movies" featurette
  • Trailers

17 November 2018

Shout Select hunts down DRAGNET (review)

Dan Ackroyd and Tom Hanks bring Jack Webb's crime series DRAGNET into the eighties with an action-packed comedy.  Alexandra Paul, Harry Morgan, Elizabeth Ashley, and Christopher Plummer co-star.

REVIEW LINK: Shout! Factory (US) Region A Blu-ray (DVDCompare)

DRAGNET 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 pop culture historian Russell Dyball
  • Interview with actress Alexandra Paul
  • "Just the Facts" 1987 documentary
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • TV Spots
  • Reversible Cover
  • Slipcover

Artsploitation Films baptises LUCIFERINA (review)

After her mother is killed and her father injured in a mysterious accident, novice Natalia travels into the jungle with her sister and her friends to participate in a soul-cleansing ritual, but the influence of drug opens up her memories to a terrifying secret in this Argentinian horror film.

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

LUCIFERINA Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 2.40:1 widescreen
  • Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1 and 2.0 Stereo
  • Optional English and English SDH subtitles
  • Theatrical Trailer

16 November 2018

Eureka gets LUCKY (Review)

Harry Dean Stanton's final film finds the titular LUCKY facing his own mortality and inadvertenly stumbling upon the meaning of life.  David Lynch, Beth Grant, Ron Livingston, James Darren, Ed Begley Jr. co-star.

REVIEW LINK: Eureka Video (UK) Region B Blu-ray (DVDCompare)

LUCKY Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 2.40:1 widescreen
  • English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and LPCM 2.0 Stereo
  • Optional English SDH subtitles
  • Interview with dirctor John Carroll Lynch
  • Interview with writer Logan Sparks and producer Drago Sumonja
  • Seventy-five minute documentary "Harry Dean Stanton: Partly Fiction"

15 November 2018

Wild Eye Releasing enters THE FOREST OF LOST SOULS (Review)

An old man and a young woman enter Portugal's Forest of Lost Souls to commit suicide.  Only one of them will leave, but the ones they leave behind are not long for this world either.

REVIEW LINK: Wild Eye Releasing (US) Region ALL Blu-ray (DVDCompare)

FOREST OF LOST SOULS Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.78:1 widescreen
  • Portuguese Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
  • Burnt-in English subtitles
  • Audio Commentary by director José Pedro Lopes
  • "Fight Rehearsal"
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Short Film "St. John"
  • Teaser
  • Start-up Trailers

Film Movement Classics revisits MIDAQ ALLEY (Review)

Based on the novel by Nahguib Mahfouz, MIDAQ ALLEY looks at the interlocking lives of the residents of a Mexico City back alley in love, lies, betrayal, and tragedy.  Salma Hayek stars.

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

MIDAQ ALLEY Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 widescreen
  • Spanish LPCM 2.0 Stereo
  • Optional English subtitles
  • Behind the Scenes
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Film Movement Trailers
  • Booklet by Carlos A. Guitierrez with intros by Salma Hayek and director Jorge Fons

14 November 2018

Twilight Time braves the SHORT NIGHT OF THE GLASS DOLLS (Review)

An American reporter stationed in Prague plans to smuggle his girlfriend out of Eastern Europe with him when he transfers to London.  When he is called away on a false tip, he returns to discove that she is missing.  His friends believe she has run off and the police warn him not to interfere, but he comes to believe that her kidnappers are responsible for a series of disapperances of young women who all had in common a love of music, a fondness for butterflies, and membership in a mysterious club in this giallo from Aldo Lado starring Jean Sorel, Ingrid Thulin, Barbara Bach, and Mario Adorf.

REVIEW LINK: Twilight Time (US) Region ALL Blu-ray (DVD Drive-in)

SHORT NIGHT OF THE GLASS DOLLS Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 2.35:1 widescreen
  • English and Italian DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Mono
  • Optional English subtitles
  • Audio Commentary by film historian David Del Valle and Matteo Molinari
  • Isolated Score Track
  • English Theatrical Trailer
  • Italian Theatrical Trailer
  • Liner Notes Booklet by Julie Kirgo
  • Limited to 3,000 copies

Umbrella Entertainment seeks out NEXT OF KIN (review)

There is no place like home, bloody home in this Ozploitation old dark house tale.  Linda inherits her mother's estate which has been turned into an old folks' home.  She discovers through her mother's journals that the old woman was afraid of something evil lurking within the house, and soon Linda too comes to fear things that go bump in the night.

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

NEXT OF KIN Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 widescreen
  • English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and 2.0 Mono
  • Optional English HoH subtitles
  • Audio Commentary by director Tony Williams and producer Tim White
  • Audio Commentary by actors Jackie Kerin, John Jarratt, and Robert Ratti moderated by NOT QUITE HOLLYWOOD's Mark Hartley
  • NOT QUITE HOLLYWOOD interview outtakes with Tony Williams and John Jarratt
  • "Return to Montclare" Location Revisit, 2018
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Alternate German Opening Credits
  • "Before the Night Is Out" Ballroom Footage 1978
  • Image Gallery
  • Two Tony Williams shorts from 1971
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • UK VHS Trailer
  • German Theatrical Trailer
  • Reversible Cover

Shameless investigates THE CASE OF THE BLOODY IRIS (review)

Jennifer and fellow model Marilyn move into a modern apartment building into the unit where the previousy tenant was murdered.  It turns out that is not the only murder that has plagued the building, and Jennifer soon wonders if it is her violent ex, her new lover, or one of her neighbors that is stalking her through the corridors in this giallo starring George Hilton and Edwige Fenech.

REVIEW LINK: Shameless Screen Entertainment (UK) Region B Blu-ray (DVD Drive-in)

THE CASE OF THE BLOODY IRIS Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 2.35:1 widescreen
  • English and Italian LPCM 2.0 Mono
  • Optional English Subtitles
  • Interview with actor George Hilton
  • Interview with actress Paola Quattrini

Scorpion Releasing unseals 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:
  • Disc One (The Film):
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.66:1 widescreen
    • English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Stereo and Italian DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Mono
    • Optional English Subtitles
    • Audio Commentary by actress Barbra Cupisti, moderated by Nathaniel Thompson
    • "The Mystery of the Cathedrals" interview with director Michele Soavi
    • "Alchemical Possession" interview with producer with Dario Argento
    • "Lotte" interview with actress Asia Argento
  • Disc Two (Extras):
    • Interview with actor Tomas Arana
    • Interview with actress Barbra Cupisti
    • "Father Giovanni" interview with actor Giovanni Radice
    • "Building The Church" interview with set designer Massimo Geleng
    • "Demons 3" interview with screenwriter Franco Ferrini
    • "Holy Ground" interview with makeup artist Franco Casagni
  • Reversible Cover
  • Slipcover
Exclusively available from Ronin Flix and DiabolikDVD.

11 November 2018

Unearthed Films sees THE UNNAMABLE (review)

H.P. Lovecraft steps into the eighties with this body count variation on his short story THE UNNAMABLE in which a group of university students explore an eighteenth century house and are stalked by an ancient evil.

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

THE UNNAMABLE Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 widescreen
  • English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1, LPCM 2.0 Mono, LPCM 2.0 Mono (Grindhouse Audio)
  • Audio Commentary by cast members Charles Klausmeyer, Mark Stephenson, Laura Albert & Eben Ham, special makeup effects artist R. Christopher Biggs, and effects artist Camille Calvet
  • Horror Happens Interviews with Jay Kay:
    • actors Charles Klausmeyer and Mark Kinsey Stephenson (78 minutes)
    • actor Eben Ham (30 minuets)
    • actress Laura Albert (46 minutes)
    • actor Mark Parra (33 minutes)
    • special makeup effects artist Christopher Biggs and make-up artist Camille Calvet (60 minutes)
  • Photo Gallery
  • Trailers
  • Slipcover

09 November 2018

AGFA and Something Weird TAKE IT OUT IN TRADE (review)

The long lost smut film of Ed Wood, TAKE IT OUT IN TRADE, comes to Blu-ray from the American Genre Film Archive.  When the daughter of a well-to-do family runs away to Los Angeles, they hire a private detective to find her, but he is more interested in racking up expenses on the father's dime rather than finding the girl who is plying her trade in one of the city's exclusive brothels.

REVIEW LINK: AGFA/Something Wrid Video (US) Region ALL Blu-ray/Region 0 NTSC DVD (DVD Drive-in)

TAKE IT OUT IN TRADE Blu-ray/DVD combo specs:
  • Blu-ray:
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.33:1 pillarboxed fullscreen
    • English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Mono
  • DVD:
    • 16:9 anamorphic 1.33:1 pillarboxed fullscreen
    • English Dolby Digital 2.0 mono
  • Audio Commentary by filmmaker Frank Henenlotter and Ed Wood biographer Rudolph Grey with AGFA's Joseph Ziemba
  • Seventy minutes of outtakes from TAKE IT OUT IN TRADE newly scanned in 2K
  • Bonus film LOVE FEAST starring Ed Wood
  • Booklet by Rudolph Grey

Warner Archive unleashes THE SWARM (review)

Irwin Allen's disastrous disaster movie THE SWARM is coming... from Warner Archive.  When African killer bees attack a Texas town, an entomologist, a team of scientists, and the military try to destroy the swarm before it reaches the cities.  Michael Caine, Richard Widmark, Katherine Ross, Henry Fonda, and Bradford Dillman star.

REVIEW LINK: Warner Archive (US) Region ALL Blu-ray (DVD Drive-in)

THE SWARM Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 2.35:1 widescreen
  • English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Stereo
  • Optional English SDH subtitles
  • "Inside THE SWARM" behind the scenes featurette
  • Theatrical Trailer

05 November 2018

Paramount and CBS reboot DYNASTY: SEASON 1 (review)

The CW's reboot of iconic primetime soap DYNASTY moves the Carrington family business to power and the setting to Atlanta, a hotbed of high society, hypocrisy, betryal, and murder.

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

DYNASTY: SEASON ONE DVD specs:
  • Eighteen episodes on six dual-layer DVDs
  • 16:9 anamorphic 1.78:1 widescreen
  • English Dolby Digital 5.1 and 2.0 Stereo
  • Optional English SDH subtitles
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Gag Reel

04 November 2018

Fox and NBC present THIS IS US: SEASON 2 (review)

Season two of NBC's THIS IS US finds the three Pearson siblings celebrating their thirty-seventh birthday and facing new and old challenges.  Milo Ventimiglia and Mandy Moore star.

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

THIS IS US: SEASON 2 DVD specs:
  • Eighteen episodes on five dual-layer DVDs
  • 16:9 anamorphic 1.78:1 widescreen
  • English Dolby Digital 5.1
  • Optional English SDH, French, and Spanish subtitles
  • Aftershow discussions for each episode

03 November 2018

Kino Lorber unearths YOU NEVER KNOW WOMEN (review)

The film that landed director William A. Wellman the reigns on the Academy Award-winning WINGS was the little melodrama YOU NEVER KNOW WOMEN about a love triangle set against the backdrop of a Russian circus revue.

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

YOU NEVER KNOW WOMEN Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.33:1 pillarboxed fullscreen
  • Donald Sosin Score DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Stereo
  • English Intertitles
  • Audio Commentary by director's son William Wellman Jr.
  • Booklet by writer and archivist Gina Teleroli

Universal serenades MAMMA MIA! HERE WE GO AGAIN (review)

Sophie and her mother's baby daddies are back in this sequel to the Broadway jukebox musical turned theatrical box office hit.

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

MAMMA MIA! HERE WE GO AGAIN Blu-ray/DVD combo specs:
  • Blu-ray:
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 2.40:1 widescreen
    • English Dolby Atmos, French and Spanish Dolby Digital Plus 5.1, and English Descriptive Audio Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround
  • DVD:
    • 16:9 anamorphic 2.40:1 widescreen
    • English, French, and Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1, and English Descriptive Audio Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround
  • Optional English SDH, French, and Spanish subtitles
  • Audio Commentary with Director/Screenplay Writer Ol Parker
  • Audio Commentary with Producer Judy Craymer
  • Deleted Songs and Scenes with optional commentary by director and screenplay writer Ol Parker
  • Extended Songs and Scenes with optional commentary by director and screenplay writer Ol Parker (Blu-ray exclusive)
  • Enhanced Sing Alongs
  • Featurettes:
    • "High Jinks" (Blu-ray exclusive)
    • "The Story"
    • "Mamma Mia! Reunited"
    • "Playing Donna"
    • "Sophie's Story" (Blu-ray exclusive)
    • "Meeting Cher"
    • "Costumes and the Dynamos"
    • "Choreographing Mamma Mia!: Here We Go Again" (Blu-ray exclusive)
    • "Cast Meets Cast" (Blu-ray exclusive)
    • "Curtain Call"
    • "Dancing Queen: Anatomy of a Scene" (Blu-ray exclusive)
    • "Cast Chats" (BLu-ray exclusive)
    • "Performing for Legends" (Blu-ray exclusive)
    • "Class of '79" (Blu-ray exclusive)
  • Today show interview with Cher and Judy Craymer
  • Slipcover

Also available in UltraHD/Blu-ray Combo:

02 November 2018

Second Run plucks DAISIES (review)

Convinced that the world has gone rotten, two young woman decide to go rotten right alone with it in this anarchic fantasy from Czech New Wave director Vera Chytilová.

REVIEW LINK: Second Run (UK) Region ALL Blu-ray (DVD Drive-in)

DAISIES Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.33:1 pillarboxed fullscreen
  • Czech LPCM 2.0 Mono
  • Audio Commentary by film historians Kat Ellinger and Samm Deighan
  • Audio Commentary by film historians Daniel Bird and Peter Haines
  • "Journey" a documentary about Vera Chyltilova
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Twenty-page booklet with an essay by Peter Haines

Vinegar Syndrome courts THE KILLING KIND (review)

Forced to participate in a gang rape, twenty-year-old Terry returns to his home town after a two year prison sentence and girls start dropping dead.  Is Terry realizing his violent fantasies or is his domineering mother or one of the other adoring and obsessive women in his life avenging him?  Curtis Harrington directs.  Ann Sothern, Ruth Roman, Cindy Williams, and John Savage star.

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

THE KILLING KIND 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
  • Historical Audio Commentary by filmmaker David DeCoteau and film historian David Del Valle
  • "Harrington on Harrington" featurette on director Curtis Harrington
  • Archival Interview with director Curtis Harrington
  • Reversible Cover
  • The first 1,500 copies ordered directly from Vinegar Syndrome include a slipcover.

Vinegar Syndrome becomes DEF BY TEMPTATION (review)

Hiding behind typically tacky Troma artwork on the video store shelves was the stylish, black supernatural flick DEF BY TEMPTATION in which an evangelical student is tested by a seductive demon.  James Bond III, Kadeem Hardison, and Samuel L. Jackson star.

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

DEF BY TEMPTATION 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 Interview with writer/director/star James Bond III
  • Interview with cinematographer Ernest Dickerson by Troma's Lloyd Kaufman
  • Appreciation by Fangoria's Michael Gingold
  • Still Gallery
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Reversible Cover

Vinegar Syndrome conducts THE BRIDE'S INITIATION (review)

In need of a witches brew to restore his immortality and virility, Count Dracula has his chauffeur kidnap a newlywed couple, but true love and a missing person's detective might screw up his plans in this Florida hardcore cheapie.

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

THE BRIDE'S INITIATION DVD specs:
  • 4:3 non-anamorphic 1.33:1 fullscreen
  • English Dolby Digital 1.0 mono
  • "The Mystery of Emilio" Gallery

Vinegar Syndrome sets up a SCHOOL GIRL REUNION with THE SENSUOUS FLY GIRLS (review)

A duo of Shaun Costello flicks finds a jock and a mysterious woman reflecting on their tragic choices in SCHOOL GIRL REUNION while a psychologist screens stewardesses to be the first woman in space to keep the astronauts company on long missions in THE SENSUOUS FLY GIRLS.

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

SCHOOL GIRL REUNION/THE SENSUOUS FLY GIRLS DVD specs:
  • School Girl Reunion (1976):
    • 4:3 non-anamorphic 1.33:1 fullscreen
    • English Dolby Digital 2.0 mono
    • Theatrical Trailer
  • The Sensuous Fly Girls (1976) 
    • 4:3 non-anamorphic 1.33:1 fullscreen
    • English Dolby Digital 2.0 mono
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