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30 June 2019

Second Run inspects A CASE FOR A ROOKIE HANGMAN (review)

After losing control of his car and running over a hare wearing a suit and trousers, Gulliver finds himself in a strange land that resembles the communist Czechoslovakia in the satire A CASE FOR A ROOKIE HANGMAN.

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

A CASE FOR A ROOKIE HANGMAN Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.33:1 fullscreen
  • Czech LPCM 2.0 Mono
  • Optional English Subtitles
  • The Projection Booth podcast with Mike White Kat Ellinger, Kevin Heffernan and Peter Hames
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • New 4K restoration of the short feature "Josef Kilián" directed by Pavel Juracek and Jan Schmidt
  • Short films written by Pavel Jurácek and directed by Jan Schmidt:
    • "Cars Without a Home [Auta bez domova]"
    • "Black and White Sylva [Cernobílá Sylva]"
  • 23-page essay booklet by Michael Brooke

Second Sight checks into the ASYLUM (Review)

Come to the ASYLUM and get killed in the fifth Amicus horror anthology starring Peter Cushing, Herbert Lom, Robert Powell, Barry Morse, Charlotte Rampling, Britt Eklund, Herbert Lom, Patrick Magee, and more.  A man murders his wife and cuts up her body, but the parts won't stay dead.  An institutionalized young woman's best friend goes to deadly extremes to free her.  A man commissions a suit from a tailor with a material that can raise the dead.  A mental patient makes tiny mannikins that he animates with his mind to do his deadly bidding.

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

ASYLUM Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 widescreen
  • English LPCM 1.0 mono
  • Optional English HoH Subtitles
  • Audio Commentary by director Roy Ward Baker, camera operator Neil Binney, moderated by Marcus Hern
  • "Two's a Company" 1972 BBC set report
  • "David J. Schow on Robert Bloch"
  • "Fiona Subotsky Remembers Milton Subotsky"
  • "Inside the Fear Factory" documentary
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • LIMITED EDITION CONTENTS:
    • rigid slipcase featuring new artwork by Graham Humphreys
    • 40-page booklet with new essays by Allan Bryce, Jon Towlson and Kat Ellinger
    • reversible poster featuring new and original artwork by Graham Humphreys

Severin Films is stalked by NIGHT KILLER (review)

A lonely housewife is stalked by a Freddy Krueger-masked and -clawed killer.  After her attack she loses her memory and hooks up with a man who may or may not be the killer.  Tara Buckman and Peter Hooten star.  Directed by Claudio Fragasso (TROLL 2).

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

NIGHT KILLER Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.78:1 widescreen
  • English and Italian DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Mono
  • Optional English SDH (for English track) and English (for Italian dub) subtitles
  • "The Virginia Claw Massacre" interview with director Claudio Fragasso
  • "Mindfuck" interview with screenwriter Rossella Drudi
  • Theatrical Trailer

27 June 2019

Second Sight provokes with ROMANCE (review)

A young schoolteacher whose boyfriend no longer physically desires her explores the line between sex and love in Catherine Breillat's anti-pornographic provocation ROMANCE.  Rocco Siffredi co-stars.

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

ROMANCE Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.66:1 widescreen
  • French DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and LPCM 2.0 Stereo
  • Optional English Subtitles
  • "Hard for Art's Sake" interview with director Catherine Breillat
  • "The Loneliness of a Young Relay Runner" interview with actress Caroline Ducey
  • "Getting the Picture" interview with producer Jean-Francoise Lepetit

Severin Films declares a ROBOWAR (review)

A band of a anti-guerilla mercenaries and a scientist enter the Phillipine jungle in search of a robot supersoldier that is out of control and hunting them down one by one.  Directed by Bruno Mattei.

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

ROBOWAR Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 Widescreen
  • English and Italian DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Mono
  • Optional English SDH (for English dub) and English subtitles (for Italian audio)
  • "Robo Predator" interview with Co-Director/Co-Writer Claudio Fragasso
  • "Italian Rip-Off" interview with Co-Writer Rossella Drudi
  • "Violence She Wrote" career interview with Screenwriter Rossella Drudi
  • "Robo-Lady" interview with Actress Catherine Hickland
  • "Papa Doc’s War" interview with Actor John P. Dulaney
  • "The Robowarrior" interview with Actor Jim Gaines Jr.
  • "War in the Philippines" interview with Actor/Stuntman Massimo Vanni
  • Catherine Hickland’s Behind The Scenes Home Movies
  • Theatrical Trailer

Limited Edition with Soundtrack CD:

Severin Films experiments on THE BEAST IN HEAT (review)

One of the most outrageously absurd Nazisploitation films THE BEAST IN HEAT hits Blu-ray.  Partisans plot the downfall of the Germans in an occupied Italian town where a sadistic female scientist is conducting virility experiments.

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

THE BEAST IN HEAT Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 Widescreen
  • English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Mono
  • Optional English SDH Subtitles
  • "Fascism On A Thread: The Strange Story of Nazisploitation Cinema" documentary (91 minutes)
  • "Nazi Nasty" interview with film historian Stephen Thrower
  • Theatrical Trailer

Scorpion Releasing hits a high note with OPERA (review)

Dario Argento takes to the opera stage for an aria of violence in his 1987 gory thriller about a young understudy who makes her debut in the female lead of Verdi's Macbeth, a play that brings bad luck.  Soon after, her friends are being murdered by a vicious killer who makes her watch them die.

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

OPERA Blu-ray specs:
  • Disc One:
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 2.35:1 widescreen
    • English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and 2.0 Stereo (official soundtrack), English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Stereo (Cannes Soundtrack), Italian DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Mono
    • Optional English SDH and English subtitles (listed as for the Italian soundtrack but they are English dubtitles)
    • Audio Commentary with author Nathaniel Thompson
    • "Blood-Red Curtain" interview with director Dario Argento
    • Interview with actress Coralina Cataldi Tassoni
    • International Trailer
  • Disc Two:
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.78:1 widescreen
    • English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and 2.0 Stereo (official soundtrack), English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Stereo (Cannes Soundtrack), Italian DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Mono
    • Optional English SDH and English subtitles (listed as for the Italian soundtrack but they are English dubtitles)
    • Audio Commentary with film historian Troy Howarth
    • Interview with actor William McNamara
    • Interview with actress Barbara Cupisti
    • "Opera" music video by Daemonia
  • Disc Three:
    • The Orion Cut of the film in 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 2.35:1 Widescreen 
    • English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Stereo
    • "Notes and Nightmares" interview with composer Claudio Simonetti
    • "Who Did This and Who Am I?" interview with screenwriter Franco Ferrini\
    • "Revenge of the Crows" interview with FX make-up artist Sergio Stivaletti
    • Interview with makeup artist Franco Casagni
    • "To Catch a Killer" interview with actor Urbano Barberini
    • "The Curse of Macbeth" interview with film's publicist Enrico Lucherini
    • "With Open Eyes" interview with film critic Fabrizio Spurio
    • Opera Backstage: Behind the Scenes Footage
    • U.S. Theatrical Trailer
  • Reversible Cover
  • Slipcover
  • Fold-out poster
Available directly from Ronin Flix and DiabolikDVD.

Scorpion Releasing hits the slopes with SHREDDER (review)

A ski-masked killer declares "death to snowboarders" in the 2003 slasher SHREDDER in which five twenty-somethings hit the slopes of a derelict ski chalet rumored to be haunted by the ghost of a little girl killed by snowboarders.

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

SHREDDER Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 widescreen
  • English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Stereo
  • Optional English SDH Subtites
  • Audio Commentary by director Greg Huson
  • Interview with actress Lindsey McKeon
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Trailers
Available directly from Ronin Flix and DiabolikDVD.

24 June 2019

Arrow Video resurrects AMERICAN HORROR PROJECT VOLUME TWO (review)

Arrow Video's second volume of the AMERICAN HORROR PROJECT presents a trio of 1970s American gothic horrors.  In DREAM NO EVIL, orphan Grace grows into a troubled adult in search of her long-lost father who reacts violently to those who wish to steal her purity.  In DARK AUGUST, a New York adman goes back to basics in upstate Veromont but is haunted by a hex after a car accident involving a little girl.  In THE CHILD, young Rosalie's imaginary friends in the cemetery prove not so imaginary and very, very hungry.

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

AMERICAN HORROR PROJECT VOLUME TWO Blu-ray specs:
  • Dream No Evil:
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 Widescreen 
    • English LPCM 1.0 Mono
    • Optional English SDH Subtitles
    • Audio Commentary by film historians Kat Ellinger and Samm Deighan
    • "Melancholy Dreamer" filmed appreciation by Stephen Thrower
    • "Hollywood After Dark: The Early Films of John Hayes, 1959-1971" video essay by Stephen Thrower
    • "Edmund O'Brien: An Actor for All Seasons" writer Chris Poggiali on the prodigious career of celebrated character actor Edmond O'Brien
    • Audio interview with actress Rue McClanahan
  • Dark August:
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 Widescreen
    • English LPCM 1.0 Mono
    • Optional English SDH Subtitles
    • Audio Commentary by writer/director Martin Goldman
    • "Revisiting Dark August" filmed appreciation by Stephen Thrower
    • "Mad Ave to Mad Dogs" interview with writer/director Martin Goldman
    • "Don't Mess with the Psychic" interview with producer Marianne Kanter
    • "The Hills Are Alive: Dark August and Vermont Folk Horror" author and artist Stephen R. Bissette on Dark August and its context within the wider realm of genre filmmaking out of Vermont
  • The Child:
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 widescreen and 1.33:1 pillarboxed fullscreen presentations
    • English LPCM 1.0
    • Optional English SDH Subtitles
    • Audio Commentary by director Robert Voskanian and producer Robert Dadashian, moderated by Stephen Thrower
    • "The Zombie Child" filmed appreciation by Stephen Thrower
    • "Fathers of The Child" interviews with Robert Voskanian and Robert Dadashian
    • Original Theatrical Trailer - 1.33:1 and 1.85:1 options
  • Reversible sleeves for each film featuring original and newly-commissioned artwork by The Twins of Evil
  • "American Horror Project Journal Vol. II" a limited edition 60-page booklet featuring new writing on the films by Stephen R. Bissette, Travis Crawford and Amanda Reyes

21 June 2019

Indiepix celebrates the return of MOKO JUMBIE (review)

Born and raised in England, Indian college student Asha travels to Trinidad where she spent her childhood holidays to stay with her aunt and becomes embroiled in a feud between her aunt's family and a voodoo practicing matriarch and enters into a starcrossed affair with the woman's son.

REVIEW LINK: Indiepix (US) Region 1 NTSC DVD (DVDCompare)

MOKO JUMBIE DVD specs:
  • 16:9 anamorphic 1.73:1 widescreen
  • English Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
  • Burnt-in English Subtitles
  • Audio Commentary by writer/director Vashti Anderson and cinematographer Shlomo Godder
  • Theatrical Trailer

Omnibus Entertainment conducts RITUAL: A PSYCHOMAGIC STORY (Review)

After being pressured by her dominating boyfriend into having an abortion, Lia travels to the country to spend some time with her faith healer aunt.  As she tries to relax, she is forced to confront her own half-remembered past and the curse she believed in her childhood that shaped her adulthood.  Alejandro Jodorowsky co-stars.

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

RITUAL: A PSYCHOMAGIC STORY DVD specs:
  • 16:9 anamorphic 2.35:1 widescreen
  • Italian Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
  • Optional English Subtitles
  • Start-up Trailers 

18 June 2019

Eureka gives a LAST HURRAH FOR CHIVALRY with a HAND OF DEATH (review)

Before John Woo became an international name for his "heroic bloodshed" gunplay movie, he labored under the studio system directing comedies before given a change to direct action with the martial arts swordplay films LAST HURRAH FOR CHIVALRY and HAND OF DEATH (featuring early supporting roles by Jackie Chan and Sammo Hung).

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

LAST HURRAH FOR CHIVALRY/HAND OF DEATH Blu-ray specs:
  • Last Hurrah for Chivalry:
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 2.35:1 Widescreen
    • Cantonese LPCM 2.0 Stereo and 1.0 Mono, Mandarin LCPM 2.0 Stereo, and Englsih LPCM 1.0 Mono
    • Optional English Subtitles
    • Audio Commentary by martial-arts cinema authority Mike Leeder and Arne Venema
    • Interview with director John Woo
    • Theatrical Trailer
  • Hand of Death:
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 2.35:1 Widescreen
    • Mandarin LPCM 2.0 Stereo and 1.0 Mono, Cantonese LPCM 2.0 Stereo, English (new dub) LPCM 2.0 Stereo, and English (classic dub) LPCM 1.0 Mono
    • Optional English Subtitles
    • Audio Commentary by martial-arts cinema authority Mike Leeder and Arne Venema
    • "From Hong Kong to Hollywood" interview with director John Woo
    • Theatrical Trailer
  • Reversible Cover
  • Collector's booklet featuring new writing by film writer Matthew Thrift

17 June 2019

Kino Lorber and Redemption bestow the DEVIL'S KISS (review)

A spiritualist and a scientist experiment with cellular regeneration and bodily "reanimation" in this Lovecraftian Spanish/French horror production starring Silvia Solar and Olivier Mathot.

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

DEVIL'S KISS Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.78:1 widescreen
  • English LPCM 2.0 Mono and French Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono
  • Optional English Subtitles

Cult Epics spends MY NIGHTS WITH SUSAN, SANDRA, OLGA AND JULIE (review)

Cult Epics brings "The Erotic Four Play" MY NIGHTS WITH SUSAN, SANDRA, OLGA AND JULIE to Blu-ray.  Model Susan lives on a remote country farm with three other sexually predatory young women and the voyeur Albert.  Studly Anton rides into the countryside and becomes a guest at the farm only to be come entangled in a bizarre murder and multiple sexual couplings

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

MY NIGHTS WITH SUSAN, SANDRA, OLGA, AND JULIE Blu-ray/DVD Combo specs:
  • Blu-ray:
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 2.35:1 Widescreen
    • Dutch and English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Mono
  • DVD:
    • 16:9 anamorphic 2.35:1 widescreen
    • Dutch and English Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono
  • Optional English Subtitles
  • Optional Introduction by director Pim de la Parra
  • Scorpio Short Films
  • Scorpio Theatrical Trailers
  • Poster and Photo Gallery

Blue Underground hunts THE NEW YORK RIPPER (review)

Lucio Fulci takes a slice out of the Big Apple in high definition with the new 4K-mastered Blu-ray/DVD/CD combo of THE NEW YORK RIPPER.

REVIEW LINK: Blue Underground (US) Region ALL Blu-ray/Region 0 NTSC DVD/CD (DVD Drive-in)

THE NEW YORK RIPPER Blu-ray/DVD/CD Combo specs:
  • Blu-ray:
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 2.35:1 Widescreen
    • English DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 and 1.0 mono; Italian DTS-HD Master Audio 1.0 mono; French and Spanish Dolby Digital 1.0 mono
  • DVD:
    • 16:9 anamorphic 2.35:1 Widescreen
    • English Dolby Digital 5.1 EX and 1.0 mono, Italian, French, and Spanish Dolby Digital 1.0 mono
  • Optional English SDH, English (for Italian track), French, and Spanish subtitles
  • Audio Commentary by film historian Troy Howarth
  • "The Art of Killing" interview with co-writer Dardano Sacchetti
  • "Three Fingers of Violence" interview with star Howard Ross
  • "The Second Victim" interview with co-star Cinzia de Ponti
  • "The Broken Bottle Murder" interview with co-star Zora Kerova
  • "I'm an Actress" 2009 interview with co-star Zora Kerova
  • "The Beauty Killer" interview with Stephen Thrower, author of "Beyond Terror: The Films of Lucio Fulci"
  • "Paint Me Blood Red" interview with poster artist Enzo Sciotti
  • "NYC Locations Then and Now" 2009 featurette
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Poster & Still Gallery
  • CD:
    • 29-track stereo soundtrack CD by Francesco De Masi with bonus tracks
  • Reversible Cover
  • Limited Edition Holographic Slipcover

Vinegar Syndrome visits EVIL TOWN (review)

Campers and tourists disappear in EVIL TOWN "where only the dead survive" in this eighties home video patchwork of new footage added to an obscure seventies sleeper horror film about bizarre medical experiments in an idyllic seaside town.

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

EVIL TOWN Blu-ray specs:
  • Limited edition of 2,500 copies
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 widescreen
  • English DTS-HD Master Audio 1.0 Mono
  • Optional English SDH Subtitles
  • Audio Interview with director Larry Spiegel
  • Compare and Contrast featurette between EVIL TOWN and EVILS OF THE NIGHT
  • Reversible Cover
  • Bottom-loading hard slipcase 
A limited amount of copies are available directly from Vinegar Syndrome while an allocation is available from select brick and mortar stores.

16 June 2019

Omnibus Entertainment falls OUT OF LOVE (review)

Greek caregiver/singer Varya and Russian chef Nikolai are foreigners in Holland who learn all too late that they are a bad match in OUT OF LOVE.

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

OUT OF LOVE DVD specs:
  • 16:9 anamorphic 1.78:1 widescreen
  • English Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo
  • Start-up Trailers

Omnibus Entertainment enters a NUDE AREA (Review)

Two lonely teenage girls, one alienated by her sexuality and the other by her ethnicity, explore a mutual forbidden attraction in the wordless NUDE AREA.

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

NUDE AREA DVD specs:
  • 16:9 anamorphic 2.35:1 widescreen
  • Music/Effects Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
  • English Closed Captions
  • Start-up Trailers

Film Movement proclaims YOU WILL BE MINE (Review)

It's "SINGLE WHITE FEMALE meets THE PAGE TURNER" when a country girl moves in with her city friend to attend music school.

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

YOU WILL BE MINE DVD specs:
  • 16:9 anamorphic 1.85:1 widescreen
  • French Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
  • Burnt-in English Subtitles
  • Start-up Trailers

12 June 2019

Umbrella Entertainment makes house calls with DR. KNOCK (review)

Swindler Knock escapes from a loan shark aboard a cruise ship where he poses as a medic tricking rich old ladies with miracle cures.  After the war, he takes a job as a doctor in a small village but his past catches up with him at the same time he must find a cure for the woman he loves.

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

DR. KNOCK DVD specs:
  • 16:9 anamorphic 2.35:1 widescreen
  • French Dolby Digital 5.1

Umbrella Entertainment sets about TRAVELLING NORTH for THE MANGO TREE (review)

A duo of classic Australian stories includes TRAVELLING NORTH in which a retired man and a widow quit the city for the seaside but his failing health and general bitterness towards life threaten their happiness.  In THE MANGO TREE, a young man comes of age in an outback town fraught by war, famine, and disease.


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

TRAVELLING NORTH/THE MANGO TREE DVD specs:
  • Travelling North:
    • 16:9 anamorphic 1.78: 1 widescreen
    • English Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
    • "From Stage to Screen: Travelling North" interview with writer David Williamson & actors Julia Blake and Szeps
    • Original Cast Screen Tests with actors Leo McKern & Julia Blake
    • Photo Gallery
    • Cast Profiles
    • "Compulsive Playwright" interview with writer David Williamson
    • Theatrical Trailer
    • Bonus Trailers
  • The Mango Tree:
    • 4:3 non-anamorphic 1.33:1 fullscreen
    • English Dolby Digital 2.0 mono
    • Interview with actor Christopher Pate
    • Trailers

Strand Releasing cooks with THE CAKEMAKER (review)

After his Israeli lover is killed in a car accident, a lonely German baker moves to Israel and starts working in the cafe of his lover's wife, becoming more involved and entangled in her life than he had anticipated.

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

THE CAKEMAKER DVD specs:
  • 16:9 anamorphic 2.40:1 Widescreen
  • Hebrew/German/English Dolby Digital 5.1
  • Optional English (for foreign dialogue) and English HoH subtitles
  • Music Video
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Bonus Trailer

11 June 2019

Vinegar Syndrome liberates SATAN'S SLAVE (review)

When Catherine's parents are killed in a car wreck, she finds herself in the care of an uncle and cousin she never met before in a gothic mansion with a past of witchcraft and Satanism in Norman J. Warren's notorious seventies occult film SATAN'S SLAVE.  Candace Glendenning, Michael Gough, Barbara Kellerman, and Martin Potter star.

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

SATAN'S SLAVE Blu-ray/DVD Combo specs:
  • Blu-ray:
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 2.30:1 Widescreen
    • English DTS-HD Master Audio 1.0 Mono
  • DVD:
    • 16:9 anamorphic 2.20:1 Widescreen
    • English Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono
  • Optional English SDH Subtitles
  • Audio Commentary by director Norman J. Warren and composer John Scott
  • Audio Commentary by Diabolique Magazine's Kat Ellinger and Samm Deighan
  • "All You Need is Blood" vintage making-of featurette
  • "Creating Satan" behind the scenes featurette
  • "Devilish Music" interview with composer John Scott
  • Deleted Scenes with commentary by director Norman J. Warren
  • Two Theatrical Trailers
  • "Fragment" Short Film by Norman J. Warren
  • Reversible Cover
  • Limited Edition Slipcase

Vinegar Syndrome checks into MOUNTAINTOP MOTEL MASSACRE (review)

"Don't disturb Evelyn.  She already is" when unlucky guests check in for a MOUNTAINTOP MOTEL MASSACRE.

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

MOUNTAINTOP MOTEL MASSACRE Blu-ray/DVD combo specs:
  • Blu-ray:
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 widescreen
    • English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Mono
  • DVD:
    • 16:9 anamorphic 1.85:1 widescreen
    • English Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono
  • Optional English SDH Subtitles
  • "Mountaintop Motel Memories" interview with production designer Drew Edward Hunter
  • "Under the Influence" interview with assistant cameraman David Akin
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Behind the Scenes Still Gallery
  • Achival Article Gallery
  • Reversible Cover
  • Limited Edition Slipcase

09 June 2019

Film Movement reveals ALL ABOUT LILY CHOU-CHOU (review)

A young student is one of the many Japanese youths who seek escape in their worship of pop singer Lily Chou Chou but the pressures of the real world including bullying, theft, prostitution, and murder may be too much.  Director Sunji Iwai's masterpiece.

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

ALL ABOUT LILY CHOU-CHOU Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.78:1 widescreen
  • Japanese DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and Dolby Digital 5.1
  • Optional English Subtitles
  • Feature-length making-of (88 minutes)
  • About Film Movement
  • Booklet by Stephen Cremin

05 June 2019

Eureka Classics goes UNDER FIRE (review)

Nick Nolte, Gene Hackman, and Joanna Cassidy are reporters in Nicaragua during the revolution who find themselves having to choose between their objective stance as journalists and picking sides amidst violence, corruption, and personal interests.  Ed Harris and Richard Masur also star.  Directed by Roger Spottiswoode.

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

UNDER FIRE Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 widescreen
  • English LPCM 2.0 Stereo
  • Optional English HoH Subtitles
  • Audio Commentary by director Roger Spottiswoode, assistant editor Paul Seydor, and photo-journalist Matthew Naythons, moderated by film historian Nick Redman
  • Audio Commentary by music mixer-producer Bruce Botnick, music editor Kenny Hall, moderated by film historians Jeff Bond, Julie Kirgo, and Nick Redman
  • "Joanna Cassidy Remembers Under Fire" interview
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Limited edition collector’s booklet featuring new writing by author Scott Harrison (first 2,000 copies)

04 June 2019

Second Sight answers WHEN A STRANGER CALLS (review)

BLACK CHRISTMAS may have done it first, but everyone remembers "the call is coming from inside the house" from WHEN A STRANGER CALLS with Carol Kane as the babysitter terrorized by creepy phone calls and Charles Durning as the detective on the hunt for a deranged killer.  Kane and Durning join THE STEPFATHER's Jill Schoelen in the sequel WHEN A STRANGER CALLS BACK on the hunt of another madman.

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

WHEN A STRANGER CALLS Blu-ray specs:
  • "When a Stranger Calls" (1979):
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 widescreen
    • English LPCM 1.0 Mono
  • "When a Stranger Calls Back" (1993):
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.33:1 pillarboxed fullscreen
    • English LPCM 2.0 Stereo
  • Optional English SDH subtitles
  • 1977 short film "The Sitter" that inspired "When a Stranger Calls"
  • Interview with director Fred Walton
  • Interview with actress Carol Kane
  • Interview with actress Rutanya Alda
  • Interview with composer Dana Koproff

02 June 2019

Umbrella Entertainment sculpts RODIN (Review)

Vincent Lindon stars in Jacques Doillon's biopic of the sculptor Rodin taking on his greatest endeavor in the sculpture The Gates of Hell.

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

RODIN DVD specs:
  • 16:9 anamorphic 2.40:1 widescreen
  • French Dolby Digital 5.1
  • Burnt-in English Subtitles
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