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01 January 2020

CineVentures Best of 2019 Blu-rays


With over three hundred reviews this year and even more worthy product, it was hard to narrow down my favorites to just ten.  The two top ten releases consist of films making their Blu-ray debut while worthy upgrades are listed among the honorable mentions.

Top Ten Exploitation Releases:
SPOOKIES, Vinegar Syndrome (US) Region ALL Blu-ray – Available from Vinegar Syndrome.
THE PREY, Arrow Video (US/UK) Region A/B Blu-ray – Available from Amazon.
EMANUELLE IN AMERICA, Mondo Macabro (US) Region ALL Blu-ray – Available from Amazon.
BLOOD HUNGER: THE FILMS OF JOSE RAMON LARRAZ, Arrow Video (US/UK) Region A/B Blu-ray – Available from Amazon.
DRACULA'S FIANCEE/LOST IN NEW YORK, Redemption Films/Kino Lorber (US) Region A Blu-ray – Available from Amazon.
THE CORRUPTION OF CHRIS MILLER, Vinegar Syndrome (US) Region ALL Blu-ray/Region 0 NTSC DVD - Available from Amazon.
THE DEVIL'S NIGHTMARE, Mondo Macabro (US) Region ALL Blu-ray – Available from Amazon.
AMERICAN HORROR PROJECT VOLUME 2, Arrow Video (US/UK) Region A/B Blu-ray – Available from Amazon.
BEYOND THE DOOR III, Vinegar Syndrome (US) Region ALL Blu-ray/Region 0 NTSC DVD
TIE: THE WILD PUSSYCAT/THE DESERTER, Mondo Macabro (US) Region ALL Blu-ray + EMANUELLE AND FRANCOISE, Severin Films (US) Region ALL Blu-ray
  • The Wild Pussycat/The Deserter available from Amazon.
  • Emanuelle and Francoise available from Amazon.
Honorable Mentions:
THE MUMMY'S REVENGE, Scorpion Releasing (US) Region ALL Blu-ray – Available from Ronin Flix and Diabolik DVD.
EEGAH, The Film Detective (US) Region ALL Blu-ray – Available from Amazon.
SCARED STIFF, Arrow Video (US/UK) Region A/B Blu-ray – Available from Amazon.
BERSERKER, Vinegar Syndrome (US) Region ALL Blu-ray/Region 0 NTSC DVD – Available from Vinegar Syndrome.
EDGE OF THE AXE, Arrow Video (US) Region A/B Blu-ray – Available from Amazon.
VIY, Severin Films (US) Region ALL Blu-ray – Available from Amazon.
THE FIFTH CORD, Arrow Video (US/UK) Region A/B Blu-ray – Available from Amazon.
THE KILLER OF DOLLS, Mondo Macabro (US) Region ALL Blu-ray – Available from Amazon.
WEREWOLF IN A GIRLS' DORMITORY, Severin Films (US) Region ALL Blu-ray – Available from Amazon.
OPERA, Scorpion Releasing (US) Region ALL Blu-ray - Available from Ronin Flix and DiabolikDVD.

Top Ten Arthouse/Mainstream Releases:
THE GOLEM, Eureka Video/Masters of Cinema (UK) Region B Blu-ray - Available from Amazon (import)
THE EAR, Second Run (UK) Region ALL Blu-ray - Available from Amazon (import)
MURDER!, Kino Lorber (US) Region A Blu-ray – Available from Amazon.
CASE FOR A ROOKIE HANGMAN, Second Run (UK) Region ALL Blu-ray - Available from Amazon (import).
THE POSSESSED, Arrow Video (US/UK) Region A/B Blu-ray – Available from Amazon.
THE MAFU CAGE, Scorpion Releasing (US) Region ALL Blu-ray.  Available from Ronin Flix and DiabolikDVD.
THE CHAMPAGNE MURDERS, Kino Lorber (US) Region A Blu-ray – Available from Amazon.
ALL ABOUT LILY CHOU CHOU, Film Movement (US) Region A Blu-ray – Available from Amazon.
THE QUEEN OF SPADES, Kino Lorber (US) Region A Blu-ray – Available from Amazon.
TIE: UN COEUR EN HIVER, Kino Lorber (US) Region A Blu-ray + NELLY AND MONSIEUR ARNAUD, Kino Lorber (US) Region A Blu-ray
  • Un Coeur en Hiver available from Amazon
  • Nelly and Monsieur Arnaud available from Amazon.
Honorable Mentions:
THE WHITE REINDEER, Eureka Video/Masters of Cinema (UK) - Available from Amazon (import).
HIGH NOON, Eureka Video/Masters of Cinema (UK) Region B Blu-ray - Available from Amazon (import).
THE FATE OF LEE KHAN, Eureka Video/Masters of Cinema (UK) Region B Blu-ray - Available from Amazon (import).
THE MAD ADVENTURES OF RABBI JACOB, Film Movement (US) Region ALL Blu-ray – Available from Amazon.
DAWSON CITY: FROZEN TIME, Second Run (UK) Region ALL Blu-ray - Available from Amazon (import).
A FISTFUL OF DYNAMITE, Eureka Video/Masters of Cinema (UK) Region B Blu-ray - Available from Amazon (import).
DIAMONDS OF THE NIGHT, Second Run (UK) Region ALL Blu-ray - Available from Amazon (import).
LEON MORIN, PRIEST, Kino Lorber (US) Region A Blu-ray – Available from Amazon.
LE DOULOS, Kino Lorber (US) Region A Blu-ray – Available from Amazon.

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