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20 September 2023

Eureka Classics brings China's own James Bond FROM BEIJING WITH LOVE (review)

A Chinese James Bond-wannabe is sent by the government to Hong Kong to find a stolen dinosaur skull in Stephen Chow's comic thriller FROM BEIJING WITH LOVE.

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

FROM BEIJING WITH LOVE Blu-ray specs:

  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 Widescreen
  • Cantonese/Mandarin and English LPCM 2.0 Mono
  • Optional English Subtitles
  • Audio Commentary by Frank Djeng (NY Asian Film Festival) 
  • "Wong Kam Kong on From Beijing With Love" 2023 interview with actor Wong Kam Kong 
  • "Wong Kam Kong in Conversation" 2023 interview 
  • Archival interview with actor Lee Lik-chi 
  • Hong Kong Theatrical Trailer 
  • The first pressing of 2,000 copies comes with a limited edition O-Card slipcase featuring new artwork by Grégory Sacré (Gokaiju) and a collector's booklet featuring new writing by James Oliver.
     

19 September 2023

MVD Visual goes under the big top with GHOULIES II (review)

The ghoulies escape a priest's attempt to destroy them and hide out in the fun house of a traveling circus, attracting publicity and big business when they start murdering visitors in this horror comedy from the director of ZOLTAN, HOUND OF DRACULA.

REVIEW LINK: MVD Visual (US) Region A Blu-ray (DVDCompare)

GHOULIES II Blu-ray specs:

  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 Widescreen
  • English LPCM 2.0 Stereo 
  • Optional English, French, and Spanish Subtitles 
  • Optional introduction by screenwriter Dennis Paoli 
  • "More Toilets, More Terror: The Making of GHOULIES II" documentary 
  • "Under a Magic Moon" interview with screenwriter Dennis Paoli 
  • Alternate Scenes 
  • Theatrical Trailer 
  • Still Gallery 
  • Bonus Trailers 
  • Comes with a slipcover and foldout poster
     

18 September 2023

MVD Visual brings GHOULIES to 4K (review)

When a young man inherits his long-lost father's mansion, he discovers his inheritance includes occult powers and pint-sized demons that will eventually "get you in the end" in Charles Band's first Empire Picture release.

REVIEW LINK: MVD Visual (US) Region ALL 4K UltraHD/Region A Blu-ray (DVDCompare)

GHOULIES 4K UltraHD/Blu-ray Combo specs:

  • Disc One (4K UltraHD):
    • 2160p24 HEVC 1.85:1 Widescreen (DolbyVision) 
    • English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Mono 
    • Optional English Subtitles 
    • Audio Commentary by director Luca Bercovici 
    • Audio Commentary by director Luca Bercovici, moderated by Jason Andreasen of Terror Transmission
  • Disc Two (Blu-ray):
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 Widescreen 
    • English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Mono 
    • Optional English Subtitles 
    • Audio Commentary by director Luca Bercovici 
    • Audio Commentary by director Luca Bercovici, moderated by Jason Andreasen of Terror Transmission 
    • Introduction by director Luca Bercovici 
    • "Editing an Empire" interview with editor Ted Nicolou 
    • "The Mind is Terrible Thing to Waste" interview with actor Scott Thomson 
    • "Just Cos of the Chick, Man!" interview with director Luca Bercovici 
    • "From Toilets to Terror: The Making of Ghoulies" documentary 
    • Still Gallery 
    • Theatrical Trailer 
    • 4 TV Spots 
    • "GHOULIES II" Theatrical Trailer
  • Foldout Poster
  • Collector's Slipcover

88 Films munches on a ZOMBI HOLOCAUST (review)

A series of grisly organ thefts from a New York teaching hospital is linked to an extinct cannibal tribe.  When a Health Department investigator, a doctor, and two journalists mount an expedition to the island, they discover that there is something far worse than cannibals and even zombies in this eighties Italian gorefest starring Ian McColluch (ZOMBIE) and Alexandra delli Colli (THE NEW YORK RIPPER).

REVIEW LINK: 88 Films (UK) Region ALL 4K UltraHD/Blu-ray (DVDCompare)

ZOMBI HOLOCAUST Blu-ray specs: 

  • Disc One (4K UltraHD):
    • 2160p24 HEVC 1.85:1 Widescreen (DolbyVision HDR) 
    • English and Italian DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Mono 
    • Optional English Subtitles 
    • Audio Commentary by film historians David Flint and Adrian Smith 
    • English Export Trailer
  • Disc Two (Blu-ray):
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 Widescreen 
    • English and Italian DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Mono 
    • Optional English Subtitles 
    • Audio Commentary by film historians David Flint and Adrian Smith 
    • "Girolami Holocaust" interview with editor Alberto Moriani and assistant director Enzo G. Castellari 
    • "Our Life, Our Music" interview with composers Giacomo Dell'Orso and singer Edda Dell'Orso 
    • "To Die and Rise in Rome" interview with assistant director Marcello Avellone 
    • "Eaten Alive!: The Rise and Fall of the Italian Cannibal Film" 2015 documentary by Callum Waddel 
    • 2009 Q&A with actor Ian McCulloch at the Manchester Festival of Fantastic Films 
    • Restoration Reel 
    • English Export Trailer 
  • The first pressing comes in a limited edition Slipcase with artwork by Devon Whitehead along with an A3 fold-out poster with artwork by Devon Whitehead and original Italian poster artwork, and booklet notes with new writing on the film by Martin Beine and Rachael Nisbet.

14 September 2023

Ignite Films is attacked by INVADERS FROM MARS (review)

A child's world is turned upside down when he witnesses a UFO landing and no one will believe him even as his loved ones are taken over by mysterious forces in INVADERS FROM MARS.

REVIEW LINK: Ignite Films (US) Region ALL 4K UltraHD (DVDCompare)

INVADERS FROM MARS 4k UltraHD specs: 

  • 2160p24 HEVC 1.37:1 Pillarboxed Fullscreen (HDR10)
  • English and Spanish DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Mono
  • Optional English SDH, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese Subtitles
  • "William Cameron Menzies: The Architect of Dreams" interview with James Curtis, author of "William Cameron Menzies: The Shape of Films to Come" and Menzies' granddaughter Pamela Lauesen
  • "Jimmy Hunt Saves the Planet" actor interview
  • "Terror from Above" documentary with filmmakers Joe Dante and John Landis, editor Mark Goldblatt, visual effects artist Robert Skotak, and preservationist Scott MacQueen
  • "Restoring the Invasion" interview with preservationist Scott MacQueen
  • TCM Festival Intro
  • European Observatory Sequence
  • European Ending
  • Image Gallery
  • Restored Original 1953 Theatrical Trailer
  • 2022 Re-release Trailer
  • 20-page booklet "Invaders From Mars: A Nightmare of Restoration" by Scott MacQueen.

11 September 2023

Blue Underground undrapes THE GIRL FROM RIO (review)

A playboy with a million dollars in stolen cash attracts the attention of Rio gangsters as well as Sunanda, a sadistic femme fatale with an all-woman army bent on world domination in Jess Franco's sixties comic strip film starring Shirley Eaton (GOLDFINGER), Richard Wyler (THE STRANGE DOOR), and George Sanders (REBECCA).

REVIEW LINK: Blue Underground (US) Region ALL 4K UltraHD/Blu-ray combo (DVDCompare)

THE GIRL FROM RIO 4K UltraHD/Blu-ray Combo specs:

  • DISC ONE (4K UltraHD):
    • 2160p24 HEVC 1.66:1 Widescreen (DolbyVision) 
    • English DTS-HD Master Audio 1.0 Mono
    • Optional English SDH, French, and Spanish subtitles 
    • Audio Commentary by film historians Nathaniel Thompson and Troy Howarth
  • DISC TWO (Blu-ray):
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.66:1 Widescreen 
    • English DTS-HD Master Audio 1.0 Mono
    • Optional English SDH, French, and Spanish subtitles 
    • Audio Commentary by film historians Nathaniel Thompson and Troy Howarth 
    • "Rocking in Rio" interview with Stephen Thrower, author of "Murderous Passions: The Delirious Cinema of Jesus Franco" 
    • "Rolling in Rio" interviews with director Jess Franco, producer Harry Alan Towers, and star Shirley Eaton 
    • Scenes from the German Version 
    • Trim Reel 
    • Poster and Still Gallery 
    • "RiffTrax Edition - THE GIRL FROM RIO" riffed by Mike Nelson, Bill Corbett, and Kevin Murphy
  • First pressing slipcover.

10 September 2023

Masters of Cinema meets the Devil during the third part of the night on the Silver Globe in ANDRZEJ ZULAWSKI: THREE FILMS (review)

Polish maverick filmmaker Andrzej Zulawski (POSSESSION) had one of his films banned and another halted three-quarters into production and was asked to leave the country twice... and also invited back twice.  In his debut THE THIRD PART OF THE NIGHT, a young man witnesses the murders of his mother, wife, and child by the German occupation and joins the resistance movement.  When a man is shot and captured in his place, he discovers that the man's pregnant wife is a double for his wife.  As he tries to redeem himself by helping her, he starts to reflect on his marriage and disturbing things he did not want to acknowledge.

In THE DEVIL, a young man captured for an attempted assassination of the King is freed by a mysterious man who then shows him that his family and friends have betrayed him.  The cost of his revenge may be his soul.

In ON THE SILVER GLOBE, astronauts land on another planet hoping to start civilization over again only to make the same mistakes.  When another astronaut arrives years later to investigate, he finds himself held up by the people as a living god with all that entails when he cannot answer their questions about life and death.  An epic with a notoriously-troubled production history, the film's year-long production was halted in 1977, finished in 1986, and released in 1988.  A delirious precursor to DUNE (Jodorowsky's and Lynch's).

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

ANDRZEJ ZULAWSKI: THREE FILMS Blu-ray specs:

  • Disc One - The Third Part of the Night (1971):
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.66:1 Widescreen
    • Polish LPCM 2.0 Mono
    • Optional English Subtitles
    • "Michael Brooke on THE THIRD PART OF THE NIGHT" interview
  • Disc Two - The Devil (1972):
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.66:1 Widescreen
    • Polish LPCM 2.0 Mono
    • Optional English Subtitles
    • "Michael Brooke on THE DEVIL" interview 
    • "Lukasz Żulawski on THE DEVIL" interview
  • Disc Three - On the Silver Globe (1988):
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.66:1 Widescreen 
    • Polish LPCM 2.0 Mono 
    • Optional English Subtitles 
    • Audio Commentary by film historian Daniel Bird 
    • "Adam Żulawski on Jerzy Żulawski" interview with the author's grandson 
    • "Return to the Silver Globe" locations visit with cinematographer Andrzej Jaroszewicz 
    • "The Cinematography of ON THE SILVER GLOBE" documentary by film historian Daniel Bird 
    • "Lunar Futurism" documentary by film historian Daniel Bird
  • Disc Four - Bonus Disc:
    • "Escape to the Silver Globe" documentary by Kuba Mikurda
  • The first 3,000 copies come in a limited edition hardbound slipcase.
  • Comes with a 60-page collector’s book featuring "The Enigmas of Żulawski", a new essay by Philip Kemp; "Unidentified Film Object", Daniel Bird’s revised and edited notes for a presentation on the production history and restoration of "On the Silver Globe"; a new essay by Andrew Graves; a transcription from a 1979 samizdat journal criticising the official Polish coverage of "On the Silver Globe"; and an archival letter written by the crew of "On the Silver Globe".
     

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