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20 January 2022

Second Sight probes the reality of CENSOR (review)

A young censor driven to protect the viewing public by her own childhood trauma discovers that "you can't edit reality" in the British horror film CENSOR, feature debut of Prano Bailey-Bond.

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

CENSOR Blu-ray specs: 

  • Disc One:
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 2.39:1 Widescreen
    • English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
    • Optional English HoH Subtitles
    • Audio Commentary by director and co-writer Prano Bailey-Bond and executive producer Kim Newman
    • Audio Commentary by director and co-writer Prano Bailey-Bond, director of photography Annika Summerson, editor Mark Towns, and sound designer Tim Harrison
    • Audio Commentary by film historians Kat Ellinger, Lindasay Hallam, and Miranda Corcoran
    • "Nasty" short film by Prano Bailey-Bond
    • "The Making of Censor" documentary
    • "My Nasty Memories" interview with filmmaker David Gregory
    • "Ban the Sadist Videos" two-part documentary by filmmaker David Gregory:
  • Disc Two:
    • "My Own Nasty" interview with co-writer and director Prano Bailey-Bond
    • "The Censor" interview with actress Niamh Algar
    • "Penning a Nasty" interview with co-writer Anthony Fletcher
    • "Nasty Images" interview with director of photography Annika Summerson
    • "I'm Cutting It" interview with editor Mark Towns
    • "Nasty Sounds" interview with composer Emilie Levienaise-Farrouch
    • "Enid's Gaze: Alexandra Heller-Nicholas on Censor" visual essay
    • 2021 Screening Q&A with Prano Bailey-Bond and Emilie Levienaise-Farrouch, hosted by Jed Shepherd
    • Prano Bailey-Bond in conversation with BBFC compliance Officer David Hyman
    • Deleted Scenes
  • Comes in a rigid slipcase with new artwork by James Neal, a softcover book with new essays by Anna Bogutskaya, Kat Ellinger, Tim Murray, Alison Peirse, and Hannah Strong plus production photos, as well as six collectors' art cards.

15 January 2022

The Film Detective sheds noir light on THE AMAZING DR. X (review)

A young widow who believes she is haunted by her dead husband falls under the influence of a spiritualist, but is THE AMAZING MR. X a conman or a vessel for the voices of The Beyond?

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

THE AMAZING MR. X Blu-ray specs:

  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.37:1 Fullscreen
  • English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Mono
  • Optional English SDH Subtitles
  • Audio Commentary by film scholar Dr. Jason Ney
  • "Mysteries Exposed: Inside the Cinematic World of Spiritualism" documentary by Ballyhoo Pictures
  • 10-page booklet with an essay by Don Stradley

 

The Film Detective births FRANKENSTEIN'S DAUGHTER (review)

The grandson of Dr. Frankenstein is trying to replicate his grandfather's experiments in the suburbs of Southern California, but the female of the species definitely is deadlier than the male.

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

FRANKENSTEIN'S DAUGHTER Blu-ray specs: 

  • 1080p24 MPEG-2 AVC 1.85:1 Widescreen
  • English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Mono
  • Optional English SDH and Spanish subtiltes (for film, commentary, and extars)
  • Audio Commentary by film historians Tom Weaver and David Schecter & filmmaker Larry Blamire
  • "Filmmaker of the Unknown" 1983 interview with director Richard E. Cunha
  • "John Ashley: Man from the B's" interview with filmaker/film historian C. Courtney Joyner
  • 10-page booklet by Tom Weaver

13 January 2022

AGFA screens a BLOOD-A-RAMA TRIPLE FRIGHTMARE (Review)

Stay inside and get the "Full Drive-in Experience" with the BLOOD-A-RAMA TRIPLE FRIGHTMARE!  In HELP ME... I'M POSSESSED, a mad doctor in the Nevada desert is the only danger when a series of mutilation murders attracts attention to his strange experiments.  In NIGHT OF THE STRANGLER, a wealthy Louisiana famly is targeted for death after the daughter gets pregnant with a black man's child.  In CARNIVAL OF BLOOD, a Coney Island carnvial is beset by gory murders.

REVIEW LINK: American Genre Film Archive (US) Region ALL Blu-ray (DVDCompare)

BLOOD-A-RAMA TRIPLE FRIGHTMARE Blu-ray specs:

  • Help Me... I'm Possessed (1974):
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 Widescreen
    • English DTS-HD Master Audio 1.0 Mono
    • Optional English SDH Subtitles
  • Night of the Strangler (1972):
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 Widescreen
    • English DTS-HD Master Audio 1.0 Mono
    • Optional English SDH Subtitles
  • Carnival of Blood (1970)
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 Widescreen
    • English DTS-HD Master Audio 1.0 Mono
    • Optional English SDH Subtitles
    • Partial Audio Commentary by Bleeding Skull's Annie Choi and AGFA + Bleeding Skull's Joseph A. Ziemba
  • Drive-in Snipes
  • Optionl "Full Drive-in Experience" Playback Mode
  • The first 4,000 copies ordered directly from Vinegar Syndrome come with a special limited edition embossed slipcover.

Scream Factory bites back with THE VAMPIRE LOVERS (review)

Hammer lunges into the perissive seventies with thrusting stakes and heaving bosoms in their iconic adaptation of the lesbian vampire novella "Carmilla" in THE VAMPIRE LOVERS starring Ingrid Pitt and Peter Cushing.

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

THE VAMPIRE LOVERS 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 actress Ingrid Pitt, director Roy Ward Baker, and screenwriter Tudor Gates, moderated by Jonathan Sothcott
  • Audio Commentary by critics Jonathan Rigby and Marcus Hearn
  • Audio Commentary by film historian/author Dr. Steve Haberman and film historian/filmmaker Constantine Nasr
  • "The Rapture of Cruelty: Carmilla in Classic Cinema" audio essay by Steve Haberman, read by actress Madeline Smith
  • "To Love a Vampire" introduction by actress Madeline Smith
  • "Carnal Crimson" interview with critic Kim Newman
  • "Fangs for the Memories" interview with film historian/author Jonathan Rigby
  • "Feminine Fantastique: Resurrecting THE VAMPIRE LOVERS”
  • "New Blood: Hammer Enters the ‘70s"
  • "Madeline Smith: Vampire Lover"
  • "Carmilla by Sheridan LeFanu (1872)" excerpts read by Ingrid Pitt
  • Deleted Shot of the Opening Beheading
  • Trailers From Hell with filmmaker Mick Garris
  • U.S. Theatrical Trailer
  • U.S. Radio Spots
  • Photo Galleries
  • Reversible Cover
  • Collector's Slipcover (with the first pressing)

11 January 2022

Emmanuelle exposed by Cult Epics in the SYLVIA KRISTEL 1970s COLLECTION (review)

Although she never escaped the shadow of her starmaking turn as Emmanuelle, Sylvia Kristel worked in a variety of genres and daring works including Alain Robbe Grille's PLAYING WITH FIRE as one of many caught up in a plot involving sex trafficking, extoration, sadism, and murder.  In PASTORALE 1943, she had a small role as a teacher ostracized by her peers during the Nazi occupation of Holland.  In MYSTERIES, she and Rutger Hauer face off cruelly and erotically.  Finally, in JULIA, she is the sexual ideal of a teenage virgin spending the summer in Switzerland with his father and kooky family.

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

SYLVIA KRISTEL 1970s COLLECTION Blu-ray specs:

  • Disc One - Playing with Fire (1975):
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 2.35:1 Widescreen
    • French DTS-HD Master Audio and LPCM 2.0 Mono
    • Optional English Subtitles
    • Audio Commentary by film historian Tim Lucas
    • Interview with Catherine Robbe-Grillet
    • Photo Gallery 
    • Bonus Trailers
  • Disc Two - Pastorale 1943 (1978):
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.66:1 Widescreen
    • Dutch/German/English DTS-HD Master Audio and LPCM 2.0 Mono
    • Optional English Subtitles
    • Audio Commentary by film historian Peter Verstraten
    • Interview with actors Sylvia Kristel and Frederik de Groot
    • Interview with actress Sylvia Kristel
    • Poster and Photo Gallery
    • Promo Trailer
    • Theatrical Trailer
    • Bonus Trailers
  • Disc Three - Mysteries (1978):
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.66:1 Widescreen
    • Dutch/English DTS-HD Master Audio and LPCM 2.0 Mono
    • Optional English Subtitles
    • Audio Commentary by film historian Peter Verstraten
    • Audio Commentary by Sylvia Kristel biographer Jeremy Richey
    • Cast and Director Interview
    • Poster and Photo Gallery
    • Theatrical Trailer
    • Bonus Trailers
  • Disc Four - Julia (1974):
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.66:1 Widescreen
    • German DTS-HD Master Audio and LPCM 2.0 Mono
    • English LPCM 2.0 Mono
    • Optional English Subtitles
    • Audio Commentary by Sylvia Kristel biographer Jeremy Richey
    • Poster and Still Gallery
    • U.S. Theatrical Trailer
    • Bonus Trailers
  • Collector's Slipcase
  • Foldout Poster
  • Forty-page booklet by Sylvia Kristel biographer Jeremy Richey

09 January 2022

Second Run introduces HUNGARIAN MASTERS to the west (review)

Three essential films from Hugarian cinema and three prominent directors are showcased in HUNGARIAN MASTERS.  In Zoltán Fábri's MERRY-GO-ROUND, a farm girl in love with a field worker is promised to an older landowner by her father without her consent.  In CURRENT, eight youths go for an excursion to the river on a hot summer day, but only seven come back.  In AGNUS DEI, villagers are abused and abuse their power in the midst of the power struggle between the communists and the loyalists in 1919 Hungary.

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

HUNGARIAN MASTERS: THREE FILMS BY ZOLTÁN FÁBRI, ISTVÁN GAÁL AND MIKLÓS JANCSÓ Blu-ray specs:

  • Disc One - Merry-Go-Round (Körhinta):
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.37:1 Pillarboxed Fullscreen
    • Hungarian LPCM 2.0 Mono
    • Optional English Subtitles 
    • "We're Flying, Mari" interview with filmmaker István Szabó
    • Screen Tests
    • 2017 Restoration Demo
    • Theatrical Trailer (1:21)
  • Disc Two - Current (Sodrásban):
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 Widescreen
    • Hungarian LPCM 2.0 Mono
    • Optional English Subtitles 
    • Appreciation by author Gareth Evans
    • "Tisza - Autumn Sketches (Tisza - Őszi vázlatok)" 1962 short film by István Gaál
    • Theatrical Trailer
  • Disc Three - Agnus Dei (Égi bárány):
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.66:1 Widescreen
    • Hungarian LPCM 2.0 Mono
    • Optional English Subtitles 
    • Interview with director Miklós Jancsó
  • Booklet for each film with essays by Hungarian cinema specialist John Cunningham, authors Peter Hames and Gareth Evans, and curator and critic Tony Rayns. 
  • Limited edition slipcase.


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