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21 June 2018

Eureka Classics hangs with IRON MONKEY (review)

When his son is held prisoner by a corrupt governor, physician/martial artist Wong Kei-ying must track down the masked Iron Monkey who he believes to be a villain but who is actually a hero stealing from the rich to feed and heal the poor.  Donnie Yen stars in this Tsui Hark production.

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

IRON MONKEY Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 widescreen
  • Cantonese DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and LPCM 1.0 mono, Mandarin LPCM 2.0 Stereo, English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and LPCM 1.0 mono
  • Optional English subtitles (for the Cantonese track) and English HoH subtitles (for the English dub)
  • Interview with Donnie Yen
  • Interview with producer Tsui Hark
  • Interview with Yu Rong-kwong
  • Interview with Angie Tsang
  • Interview with stuntwoman and actress Li Fai
  • "Iron Fist" behind-the-scenes look at the film's action choreography
  • "Shadow Boxing" featurette on Hong Kong action choreography featuring Alex Yip
  • Footage of Li Fai and Angie Tsang competing at the 2003 Wu Shu Championships
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • First run comes with a limited O-card and a collector's booklet featuring a new essay on the film

Film Movement Classics outs EDWARD II (review)

Celebrated gay filmmaker Derek Jarman takes the homoerotic Christopher Marlowe play EDWARD II and turns it into a avant garde rallying cry for gay rights in conservative eighties Britain.  Steven Waddington, Andrew Tiernan, Nigel Terry, and Tilda Swinton star.

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

EDWARD II Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.78:1 widescreen
  • English LPCM 2.0 Stereo
  • Optional English HoH subtitles
  • "Derek's Edward" featurette with actor Steven Waddington, producers Anthony Root and Steve Clark-Hall, cinematographer Ian Wilson, and Outrage activist Peter Tatchell
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Trailers
  • Booklet featuring "Queenie Queens on Top" a new essay by filmmaker Bruce LaBruce with a prologue by star Tilda Swinton

19 June 2018

Arrow Video is hooked on THE ADDICTION (review)

On her way home from class one night, Kathleen Conklin (Lili Taylor) is assaulted by a woman (Annabella Sciorra) and bitten on the throat.  Over the next few days, she turns from heroin addiction to blood-drinking in desperation to satisfy the hunger within her.  Christopher Walken, Edie Falco, Michael Imperioli, Paul Calderon, Freddo Starr, and Kathryn Erbe also star in this indie vampire film from Abel Ferrara.

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

THE ADDICTION Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 widescreen
  • English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and LPCM 2.0 Stereo
  • Optional English SDH subtitles
  • Audio Commentary by director Abel Ferrara
    "Talking with the Vampires" documentary about the film made by Ferrara featuring actors Christopher Walken and Lili Taylor, composer Joe Delia, Ken Kelsch, and Ferrara himself
  • Interview with Abel Ferrara
  • Appreciation by Brad Stevens
  • "Abel Edits The Addiction" archival piece from the time of production
  • Gallery
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Peter Strain
  • The first pressing includes an illustrated collector s booklet containing new writing on the film by critic Michael Ewins

Arrow Video stands VIGIL (Review)

Living on an isolated farm in the middle of a wet valley, young Lisa experiences a rude awakening to the harshness of life when her father mysteriously dies and a strange drifter insinuates himself into the household in the directorial debut of New Zealand filmmaker Vincent Ward (THE NAVIGATOR).

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

VIGIL Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 widescreen
  • English LPCM 1.0 mono
  • Optional English SDH subtitles
  • Appreciation by film critic Nick Roddick
  • On-set report from the long-running New Zealand television programme "Country Calendar"
  • Extract from a 1987 Kaleidoscope television documentary on New Zealand cinema, focusing on "Vigil" and Vincent Ward
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • The first pressing comes with an illustrated collector s booklet featuring new writing on the film by critic Carmen Gray

88 Films feeds MIND RIPPER (review)

Wes Craven lends his name as presenter to this DTV sequel to THE HILLS HAVE EYES in which a group of scientists experimenting with a virus in a desert bunker accidentally create a brain-sucking monster.  Lance Henriksen, Clare Stansfield, John Diehl, Giovanni Ribisi, and Natasha Gregson-Wagner star.

REVIEW LINK: 88 Films (UK) Region B Blu-ray (DVD Drive-in)

MIND RIPPER Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.78:1 widescreen
  • English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Stereo
  • Optional English HoH subtitles
  • “Stories from the Outpost" an interview with Jonathan Craven
  • Original Trailer
  • 4-page liner notes booklet “Rip ‘Em Up” by Callum Waddell
  • Reversible sleeve with choice of artworks
  • Card sleeve with original artwork

MVD Visual slashes open THE VIOLENCE MOVIE (review)

In 1988, budding filmmaker Eric D. Wilkinson, his brother, and friends decided to put their love of slasher films on video with the VHS short film THE VIOLENCE MOVIE, a homage to everything from FRIDAY THE 13TH and A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET to LETHAL WEAPON and DIE HARD.  In 2003, they shot new footage for a fifteenth anniversary special edition.  Now on the thirtieth anniversary, THE VIOLENCE MOVIE comes to DVD in a special edition with its sequel, deleted and extended scenes, original credits sequences, behind the scenes video, audio commentary, and footage from the scrapped first shoot (also with commentary).

REVIEW LINK: MVD Visual (US) Region 0 NTSC DVD (DVD Drive-in)

  • 16:9 anamorphic 1.33:1 pillarboxed fullscreen
  • English Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo
  • Audio Commentary by director Eric D. Wilkinson, actor David E. Wilkinson, and friend Michael Kahn
  • "The Violence Movie 2" sequel with optional commentary by director Eric D. Wilkinson, actor David E. Wilkinson, and friend Michael Kahn
  • Deleted and Extended Scenes for both films
  • Original Credits for both films
  • "Violence in '03" behind the scenes of the 2003 reshoot
  • "Scrapped VIOLENCE MOVIE" outtakes from the abandoned version of film with optional commentary by director Eric D. Wilkinson, actor David E. Wilkinson, and friend Michael Kahn 
  • Photo Gallery
  • Trailer
  • Previews 

18 June 2018

Scorpion Releasing bids ALOHA, BOBBY AND ROSE (Review)

AMERICAN GRAFFITI's Paul Le Mat is a rebel with a '68 Camaro and GIRLS ON THE ROAD's Dianne Hull is a single mother with dreams.  A prank gone wrong puts them on the wrong side of the law and on the road in a story of young love with an inevitable tragic end set to a hit music from Elton John, Little Eva, The Temptations, and others from the director of AMERICAN HOT WAX.  Robert Carradine also stars.

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

ALOHA, BOBBY AND ROSE Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.78:1 widescreen
  • English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 mono
  • Optional English SDH subtitles
  • Interview with actor Paul Le Mat
  • Interview with actor Robert Carradine
  • Interview with director Floyd Mutrux
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Preview

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