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28 May 2024

Full Moon swelters in Jess Franco's DOWNTOWN HEAT (review)

When two cops and a jazz musician who has lost his wife to drugs discover corruption within the force, they pair up with an American federal agent to take on gangsters in Jess Franco's eighties action film starring Mike Connors and Craig Hill.

REVIEW LINK: Full Moon Features (US) Region ALL Blu-ray (DVDCompare)

DOWNTOWN HEAT Blu-ray specs:

  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.66:1 Widescreen
  • English Dolby Digital 5.1 and 2.0 Stereo
  • Full Moon Trailers
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24 May 2024

88 Films gets snatched by THE BODY STEALERS (review)

When paratroopers vanish right out the sky, man of action Bob Megan suspects a conspiracy but everything else points to an alien invasion in Tigon's Bond-ian sci-fi thriller.

REVIEW LINK: 88 Films (UK) Region B Blu-ray (DVDCompare)

THE BODY STEALERS Blu-ray specs:

  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 Widescreen
  • English LPCM 2.0 Mono
  • Optional English HoH Subtitles
  • Audio Commentary by film critics David Flint and Allan Bryce 
  • Audio Commentary by actor Patrick Allen, moderated author John Hamilton 
  • "The Making of THE BODY STEALERS" 
  • "Invasion of THE BODY STEALERS" introduction by film historian Jon Dear 
  • "A Career Man - Will Fowler on George Sanders and THE BODY STEALERS" 
  • Theatrical Trailer 
  • The first pressing includes a limited edition glossy O-ring slipcover and booklet notes by John Hamilton.
     

22 May 2024

For Dark Force Entertainment's ALL THE YOUNG WIVES, MY PLEASURE IS MY BUSINESS (review)

In this grindhouse double feature, a young wife with a cheating older husband falls for a studly horse trainer in ALL THE YOUNG WIVES while "The Happy Hooker" herself Xavier Hollander shows horny moral hypocrites that MY PLEASURE IS MY BUSINESS.

REVIEW LINK: Dark Force Entertainment (US) Region ALL Blu-ray (DVDCompare)

ALL THE YOUNG WIVES/MY PLEASURE IS MY BUSINESS Blu-ray specs:

  • All The Young Wives:
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 Widescreen 
    • English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Mono
  • My Pleasure is My Business:
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.66:1 Widescreen
    • English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Mono
  • "Drive-in Theater" Playback Mode 

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Second Run gets dizzy in MERRY-GO-ROUND (review)

A farm girl in love with a field worker is promised to an older landowner by her father without her consent, and her love for another man will lead her to challenge his authority and her village's entire way of life in this Hungarian masterwork from Zoltan Fabri.

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

MERRY-GO-ROUND Blu-ray specs:

  • 1080p24 AVC MPEG-4 1.37:1 Pillarboxed Fullscreen 
  • Hungarian LPCM 2.0 Mono 
  • Optional English Subtitles
  • "We're Flying, Mari" interview with filmmaker István Szabó 
  • Screen Tests 
  • Restoration Demo 
  • Theatrical Trailer 
  • Comes with a 20-page booklet with an essay by Hungarian cinema specialist John Cunningham.
     

88 Films spreads its (bat)wings with COUNT DRACULA in 4K (review)

Spanish provocateur director Jess Franco, cunning producer Harry Alan Towers, and Hammer horror great Christopher Lee set out to produce the most faithful adaptation of Bram Stoker's novel with COUNT DRACULA, and the results were... interesting.

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

COUNT DRACULA 4K UltraHD Blu-ray specs:

  • Disc One (4K UltraHD):
    • 2160p24 HEVC 1.37:1 Pillarboxed Fullscreen 
    • English and Spanish LPCM 2.0 Mono 
    • Optional English SDH Subtitles 
    • Audio Commentary by film critics Kim Newman and Sean Hogan 
    • Audio Commentary by film experts Troy Howarth and Nathaniel Thomson 
    • Audio Commentary by actress Maria Rohm, moderated by David Del Valle Theatrical Trailer
  • Disc Two (Blu-ray):
    • 1080p24 AVC MPEG-4 1.37:1 Pillarboxed Fullscreen 
    • English and Spanish LPCM 2.0 Mono 
    • Optional English SDH Subtitles 
    • Audio Commentary by film critics Kim Newman and Sean Hogan 
    • Audio Commentary by film experts Troy Howarth and Nathaniel Thomson 
    • Audio Commentary by actress Maria Rohm, moderated by David Del Valle 
    • "Bloodsucker - David Pirie on COUNT DRACULA" 
    • "The State of Dracula" 1973 illustrated Christopher Lee audio interview with filmmaker Donald Glut 
    • "Dracula in the South" interview with film historian Troy Howarth 
    • "Beloved Count" interview with director Jess Franco and producer Harry Alan Towers 
    • "Handsome Harker: Actor Fred Williams Interviewed" 
    • "A Conversation with Jack Taylor" 
    • "Stake Holders" appreciation by French director Christophe Gans
    • "Jess Franco's Bram Stoker's COUNT DRACULA" interview with Franco biographer Stephen Thrower
    • "In the Land of Franco" bonus sequence with film historians Alain Petit and Stephen Thrower 
    • Alternate French, German, Italian, and Spanish Title Sequences 
    • Theatrical Trailer
  • The first pressing includes a limited edition slipcase with artwork by Graham Humphreys and booklet notes with new writing on the film by Barry Forshaw.
     

Severin Films puts the magnifying glass on SHERLOCK HOLMES (review)

After Hammer's THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES, Peter Cushing returned to the role of SHERLOCK HOLMES for BBC's second series - replacing Douglas Wilmer - with Nigel Stock as his Watson for series of eleven cases comprising twelve episodes including the two-part "The Hound of the Baskervilles."  Unfortunatley, only six episodes survive and are presented here along with remaining lost segments recovered from foreign television archives with commentaries and a rare Cushing interview.

REVIEW LINK: Severin Films (US) Region A Blu-ray (DVDCompare)

SHERLOCK HOLMES Blu-ray specs:

  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.24:1 Pillarboxed Fullscreen
  • English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Mono 
  • Optional English SDH Subtitles 
  • Six surviving episodes on two Blu-ray discs including optional opening countdowns 
  • Audio Commentary on "A Study in Scarlet" and "The Sign of Four" by film and television historians Kim Newman and David Stuart Davies 
  • Audio Commentary on both parts of "The Hound of the Baskervilles" by film and television historians Barry Forshaw and David Stuart Davies 
  • Audio Commentary on "The Boscombe Valley Mystery" and "The Blue Carbuncle" by film and television historians Kim Newman and Barry Forshaw 
  • "Looking for Holmes: Author David Stuart Davies Interviews Peter Cushing on 29th August 1974 at Pinewood Studios, During the Filming of LEGEND OF THE WEREWOLF" 
  • Lost Segments with optional audio commentary by film and television historians Jonathan Rigby and Kevin Lyons

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20 May 2024

Unearthed Films rescues THE ABANDONED (review)

Marie comes to Russia in search of her past which has been shrouded in legal bureaucracy and learns that she has inherited a family farm that has been uninhabited for forty years since the murder of her mother.  When she arrives at the old farm, she discovers that ghosts of the past are very much still active and planning a deadly homecoming in the feature debut of Nacho Cerda.

REVIEW LINK: Unearthed Films (US) Region ALL Blu-ray (DVDCompare)

THE ABANDONED Blu-ray specs: 

  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 2.35:1 Widescreen
  • English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and 2.0 Stereo
  • Optional English SDH Subtitles
  • "Circling Back" interviews with co-writer/director Nacho Cerdà, co-writer Karim Hussein, and co-writer Richard Stanley 
  • "The Making of THE ABANDONED" 
  • "In the THE ABANDONED's Den" interview with co-writer/director Nacho Cerdà 
  • "Nacho Cerdà: Facing Death" 
  • "The Little Secrets of Nacho Cerdà" 
  • "When Buck Meets Cerdà: A Dialogue Between Friends" 
  • Alternate Cuts 
  • Alternate Endings 
  • Deleted and Extended Scenes 
  • Outtakes 
  • Photo Gallery 
  • Storyboards 
  • Trailers 
  • Bonus Trailers 
  • BD-ROM: Storyboard Collection

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