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30 June 2017

Code Red Releasing has a TWISTED NIGHTMARE (review)

A high school reunion at a remote summer camp where one of their classmates died in a mysterious accident is the setting for slaughter by an ancient evil in TWISTED NIGHTMARE, a lesser-know eighties slasher with a supernatural twist.

REVIEW LINK: Code Red (US) Region ALL Blu-ray (DVD Drive-in)

TWISTED NIGHTMARE Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.78:1 widescreen
  • English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 mono
  • Audio Commentary by actor/effects artist Cleve Hall
  • Interview with Cleve Hall
  • Interview with actor Brad Bartrum
  • New Beverly Screening Intro
  • Code Red Trailers
Available directly from DiabolikDVD, Code Red's Big Cartel shop, and Ronin Flix.

Code Red crosses JULIE DARLING (review)

New stempother Sybil Danning (CHAINED HEAT) squares off against against "bad seed" stepdaughter Isabelle Mejias (SCANNERS II) in Paul Nicolas' JULIE DARLING (aka DAUGHTER OF DEATH). Anthony Franciosa (TENEBRE) co-stars as "Daddy."

REVIEW LINK: Code Red (US) Region ALL Blu-ray (DVD Drive-in)

JULIE DARLING Blu-ray specs:
  • 2K scan of the original 35mm interpositive
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.78:1 widescreen
  • English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 mono
  • Audio Commentary by actress Sybil Danning
  • Audio Commentaryby actress Isabelle Mejias
  • Introduction and interview with actress Sybil Danning
  • Introduction and interview with actress Isabelle Mejias
  • Previews
Available through Code Red's Big Cartel shop, Ronin Flix, and DiabolikDVD.

Scorpion Releasing resurrects HUMONGOUS (review)

Paul Lynch's follow-up to PROM NIGHT was the atmospheric Canadian slasher HUMONGOUS in which six young people are shipwrecked on Dog Island with a hulking, hungry killer.  David Wallace, Janet Julian, and Janit Baldwin star.

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

HUMONGOUS Blu-ray specs:
  • High definition transfer of the R-rated version and HD/SD hybrid of the unrated version
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.78:1 widescreen
  • English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 mono
  • Audio Commentary by director Paul Lynch, writer William Gray, and historian Nathaniel Thompson
  • Interview with actor David Wallace
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Playable with "Katarina's Nightmare Theater" option
  • Reversible Cover
Available with limited edition slipcover from Ronin Flix and standard version from DiabolikDVD.

Shameless paints ALL THE COLOURS OF THE DARK (review)

They're coming to get you in ALL THE COLOURS OF THE DARK, Sergio Martino's occult-tinged giallo starring Edwige Fenech as a woman who lost her unborn child in a car accident and has been having hallucinations of a knife-wielding stalker since them.  When her boyfriend cannot help her, a sexy neighbor takes her to a Satanic cult to help rid her of her fears, but there is a price to be paid.  George Hilton, Mariana Malfati, Susan Scott, Julian Ugarte, Jorge Rigaud, and Ivan Rassimov also star.

REVIEW LINK: Shameless Screen Entertainment (US) Region B Blu-ray (DVD Drive-in)

ALL THE COLOURS OF THE DARK Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 2.35:1 widescreen
  • English and Italian LPCM 2.0 mono
  • Optional English subtitles
  • Audio Commentary by Diabolique Magazine's Kat Ellinger and Samm Deighan
  • "Dark is the Color" interview with Sergio Martino (32 mins)
  • "Doors" 2012 short film by Michele De Angelis 
  • "Shameless Trailer Reel" short compilation of shots from various Shameless releases
  • Start-up Trailers

28 June 2017

Paramount Pictures investigates FATHER DOWLING MYSTERIES (Review)

Tom Bosley and Tracy Nelson star in FATHER DOWLING MYSTERIES as a crime-solving priest and nun in a Chicago parish.  From the producers of MATLOCK, JAKE AND THE FATMAN, PERRY MASON RETURNS, and DIAGNOSIS MURDER.

REVIEW LINK: Paramount Pictures/CBS (US) Region 1 NTSC DVD (DVDCompare)

FATHER DOWLING MYSTERIES: THE COMPLETE SERIES DVD specs:
  • Three seasons (42 episodes and one pilot movie) on ten dual-layer DVDs
  • 4:3 non-anamorphic 1.33:1 fullscreen
  • English Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo
  • Optional English SDH subtitles
  • Episode Promos for forty-one episodes

27 June 2017

National Geographic sets foot on MARS (review)

From Ron Howard and National Geographic comes the science fact adventure MARS, part cinematic speculation on the first manned mission to Mars in 2033 and 2016 documentary of our current efforts to get there.

REVIEW LINK: National Geographic (US) Region A Blu-ray (DVDCompare)

MARS Blu-ray specs:
  • Six episodes on two Blu-ray discs with a third Bonus Blu-ray
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.78:1 widescreen
  • English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1; French and German DTS 5.1; Spanish Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround (for episodes only, other extras have English Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo only)
  • Optional English SDH, French, Spanish, German, Danish, Finnish, Norwegian, and Swedish subtitles (for episodes only, other extras have all subtitles except for Spanish)
  • "Making Mars" bonus episode
  • "Before Mars: A Prequel"
  • "Before Mars" behind the scenes
  • "Getting to Mars" featurettes
  • "Living on Mars" featurettes
  • "More Mars" featurettes
  • Behind the Scenes featurettes
  • Cast and Crew Interviews

24 June 2017

Paramount and Comedy Central bid adieu to WORKAHOLICS: THE FINAL SEASON (review)

Adam, Blake, and Ders are back for ten more adventures in the final season of WORKAHOLICS.

REVIEW LINK: Paramount Pictures/Comedy Central (US) Region 1 NTSC DVD (DVDCompare)

WORKAHOLICS: THE FINAL SEASON DVD specs:
  • Ten episodes on two dual-layer DVDs
  • 16:9 anamorphic 1.78:1 widescreen
  • English Dolby Digital 5.1 and 2.0 stereo
  • Optional English SDH subtitles
  • Outtakes and Deleted Scenes for each episode
  • Wrap Party Reel
  • The Final Shot featurette

23 June 2017

Vinegar Syndrome rubs A TOUCH OF GENIE (Review)

Joseph Sarno took a stab at the hardcore market with this reflexive comedy in which nerdy Melvin frees a genie (Chris Jordan) by "rubbing" the inside of her jar.  She grants him five wishes that allow him to experience erotic encounters with his favorite pron starlet Tina Russell in the bodies of Eric Edwards, Harry Reems, Mark Stevens, and Levi Richards, but will he use his fifth wish on his loving genie?

REVIEW LINK: Vinegar Syndrome (US) Region ALL Blu-ray/Region 0 NTSC DVD (DVD Drive-in)

A TOUCH OF GENIE Blu-ray/DVD combo specs:
  • Blu-ray:
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 widescreen
    • English DTS-HD Master Audio 1.0
  • DVD:
    • 16:9 anamorphic 1.78:1 widescreen
    • English Dolby Digital 1.0 mono
  • Optional English SDH subtitles
  • Interview with actor Eric Edwards
  • Interview with Sarno biographer Michael Bowen
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Reversible Coer

Rooster Teeth teams up with RWBY: VOLUME 4 (review)

In the aftermath of the attack on the kingdom of Vale and the fall of the Beacon Academy, team RWBY is scattered and Ruby Rose joins with the remains of team JNPR on a journey to the kingdom of Mistral fraught with monsters and a malevolent goddess on the hunt for Ruby to prevent her from achieving her destiny.

REVIEW LINK: Rooster Teeth (US) Region A Blu-ray/Region 1 NTSC DVD (DVDCompare)

RWBY: VOLUME 4 Blu-ray/DVD combo specs:
  • Blu-ray:
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.78:1 widescreen
    • English Dolby Digital 5.1
  • DVD:
    • 16:9 anamorphic 1.78:1 widescreen
    • English Dolby Digital 5.1
  • Optional English SDH subtitles
  • Movie Mode (188 minutes) or Episode-by-Episode (210 minutes total) Playback
  • Audio Commentary by directors Gary Haddock, Miles Luna, and Kerry Shawcross
  • Blu-ray exclusive crew commentary featuring lead animator Joel Mann , visual effects artist Quentin Holtz, compositor Brian Arndt, and sound designer Chris Kokkinos
  • "World of Remnant" featurettes (29 minutes)
  • CRWBY Photos
  • Blu-ray exclusive featurettes "A Grimm Inroduction" and "RWBY Production Diary"
  • Collectible Crescent Rose Action Card

22 June 2017

eOne deals in ICE: SEASON ONE (review)

Donald Sutherland, Jeremy Sisto, Cam Gigandet, and Ray Winstone star in the series ICE from Antoine Fuqua.  A respectable family-run diamond business falls in with smugglers, blood diamonds, and betrayal.

REVIEW LINK: eOne (US) Region 1 NTSC DVD (DVDCompare)

ICE: SEASON ONE DVD specs:
  • Ten episodes on three dual-layer DVDs
  • 16:9 anamorphic 1.78:1 widescreen
  • English Dolby Digital 5.1
  • Optional English SDH subtitles
  • "Premise" featurette
  • "Jeremy Sisto and Cam Gigandet" featurette
  • Rachele Royale "Diamond Girl" Music Video

Second Sight finds LOVE ON A BRANCH LINE (review)

Based on the comic novel by John Hadfield, LOVE ON A BRANCH LINE finds mild-mannered civil servant Jasper Rye in need of adventure.  Intending to quit his job and move to Paris to become a painter, Jasper's intentions are derailed when he is sent to the Norfolk border to dismantle a long overlooked statistics outpost housed in a baronial manor.  Seduced by village life and the local aristocrat's three daughters, Jasper starts to have doubts about his mission but there are two statisticians who are also bent on making sure things stay as they are.  Michael Maloney and Graham Crowden star.


REVIEW LINK: Second Sight (UK) Region 2 PAL DVD (DVDBeaver)

LOVE ON A BRANCH LINE DVD specs:
  • Four episodes on a one dual-layer DVD
  • 4:3 non-anamorphic 1.33:1 fullscreen
  • English Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo
  • Optional English HoH subtitles

Wolfe Video returns to HEARTLAND (review)

After her girlfriend dies after a long hospital stay, Lauren is forced to return to her family home and her intolerant mother.  Grieving and lonely, she confides in her brother's fiancée but their estrangement from the conservative and bigoted locals pushes them closer together and in danger of making a decision that will impact the family and the community.

REVIEW LINK: Wolfe Video (US) Region 1 NTSC DVD (DVDBeaver)

HEARTLAND DVD specs:
  • 16:9 anamorphic 2.35:1 widescreen
  • English Dolby Digital 5.1 and 2.0 stereo
  • Optional English SDH subtitles
  • Trailer
  • Previews

Strand Releasing gets a SUNTAN (review)

A lonely doctor new to a Greek pleasure island finds his inhibitions tested when the tourist season hits.

REVIEW LINK: Strand Releasing (US) Region 1 NTSC DVD (DVDBeaver)

SUNTAN DVD specs:
  • 16:9 anamorphic 2.66:1 widescreen
  • Greek/German/English Dolby Digital 5.1
  • Optional English subtitles
  • Interview with the Director
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Previews

Vinegar Syndrome possesses NURSE SHERRI (review)

An occultist who dies on the operating table possesses a nurse to take revenge on the doctors who treated him in Al Adamson's NURSE SHERRI (released on video as HOSPITAL OF TERROR).

REVIEW LINK: Vinegar Syndrome (US) Region ALL Blu-ray/Region 0 NTSC DVD (DVD Drive-in)

NURSE SHERRI Blu-ray/DVD combo specs:
  • Blu-ray:
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 widescreen
    • English DTS-HD Master Audio 1.0 mono
  • DVD:
    • 16:9 anamorphic 1.78:1 widescreen
    • English Dolby Digital 1.0 mono
  • Optional English SDH subtitles
  • Audio Commentary by producer Sam Sherman
  • Alternate Sexy Version (DVD only)
  • "Nurses' Confessions" interviews with Jill Jacobson and Marilyn Joi
  • Locations: Then and Now
  • Still Gallery
  • Theatrical Trailer and TV Spot

21 June 2017

Arrow Video USA hunts THE BIRD WITH THE CRYSTAL PLUMAGE (review)

The film that dubbed Dario Argento "the Italian Hitchcock" comes to Blu-ray in a new 4K restoration.  Tony Musante stars as a writer in Rome who witnesses an assault on a gallery owner by the killer responsible for the slashing deaths of three other women.  As he carries out his own investiation, he and his girlfriend are targeted by the killer.  Suzy Kendall also stars.

REVIEW LINK: Arrow Video USA (US) Region A/B Blu-ray/Region 1/2 NTSC DVD (DVD Drive-in)

THE BIRD WITH THE CRYSTAL PLUMAGE Blu-ray/DVD combo:
  • Blu-ray:
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 2.35:1 widescreen
    • English and Italian DTS-HD Master Audio 1.0 mono
  • DVD:
    • 16:9 anamorphic 2.35:1 widescreen
    • English and Italian Dolby Digital 1.0 mono
  • Optional English SDH and English subtitles for the Italian track
  • Audio Commentary by film historian Troy Howarth
  • "Black Gloves and Screaming Mimis" analysis by critic Kat Ellinger
  • "The Power of Perception" visual essay by Alexandra Heller-Nicholas
  • "Crystal Nightmare" interview with writer/director Dario Argento
  • "An Argento Icon" interview with actor Gildo Di Marco
  • "Eva's Talking" archival interview with actress Eva Renzi
  • Trailers
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Candice Tripp
  • Limited edition 40-page booklet illustrated by Matthew Griffin, featuring an appreciation of the film by Michael Mackenzie, and new writing by Howard Hughes and Jack Seabrook

Universal Pictures searches for A DOG'S PURPOSE (review)

A dog learns the meaning of life in a number of successive lives with different owners as he tries to make his way back to his original owner.  Dennis Quaid, Britt Robertson, and Josh Gad star.

REVIEW LINK: Universal Pictures (US) Region ALL Blu-ray/Region 1 NTSC DVD/Digital HD (DVDCompare)

A DOG'S PURPOSE Blu-ray/DVD/Digital HD specs:
  • Blu-ray:
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 2.40:1 widescreen
    • English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1; English Descriptive Audio Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo; French DTS 5.1; Spanish DTS 5.1
  • DVD:
    • 16:9 anamorphic 2.40:1 widescreen
    • English Dolby Digital 5.1; English Descriptive Audio Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo; French Dolby Digital 5.1; Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1
  • Optional English SDH, French, and Spanish subtitles
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Outtakes
  • "Lights, Camera, Woof!" featurette
  • "A Writer's Purpose" featurette
  • Digital HD Code

17 June 2017

Disney remakes BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (review)

Disney's remake of their 1991 animated musical hit features an all-star cast in both live action and voicing dazzling digitally-animated characters.  Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Luke Evans, Kevin Kline, Emma Thompson, Josh Gad, Ewan McGregor, and Stanley Tucci star.

REVIEW LINK: Walt Disney Home Entertainment (US) Region ALL Blu-ray/Region 1 NTSC DVD (DVDCompare)

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST Blu-ray/DVD combo specs:
  • Blu-ray:
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 2.35:1 widescreen
    • English DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1; English Dolby Digital 2.0 Descriptive Audio; French Dolby Digital 5.1; Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1
    • Optional English SDH, French, and Spanish subtitles
    • Optional Sing-Along Playback
    • Optional Overture
    • "Enchanted Table Read" featurette
    • "A Beauty of a Tale" featurette
    • "The Women Behind Beauty and the Beast"
    • "From Song to Screen: Making the Musical Sequences" featurettes
    • Extended Song: “Days In The Sun” with Introduction By Bill Condon
    • Deleted Scenes with Introduction by Bill Condon
    • "Making a Moment with Celine Dion" featurette
    • “Beauty and the Beast” Music Video by Ariana Grande and John Legend
    • "Making the Music Video: “Beauty And The Beast”" featurette
    • Disney Song Selection
  • DVD:
    • 16:9 anamorphic 2.35:1 widescreen
    • English Dolby Digital 5.1; English Dolby Digital 2.0 Descriptive Audio; French Dolby Digital 5.1; Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1
    • Optional English SDH, French, and Spanish subtitles
  • Digital Download Code 

15 June 2017

Paramount and Comedy Central visit BROAD CITY: SEASON 3 (review)

Abbi and Ilana are back for another cheerfully vulgar season taking on fads and navigating their codependent friendship.

REVIEW LINK: Paramount Pictures/Comedy Central (US) Region 1 NTSC DVD (DVDCompare)

BROAD CITY: SEASON 3 DVD specs:
  • Ten episodes on two dual-layer DVDs
  • 16:9 anamorphic 1.78:1 widescreen
  • English Dolby Digital 5.1 and 2.0 stereo
  • Optional English SDH subtitles
  • "Hack into BROAD CITY" webisodes
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Extended Scenes
  • Behind the Scenes
  • "Nomo-Fomo" an art exhibit about BROAD CITY

13 June 2017

Vinegar Syndrome's HERE COMES THE BRIDE to PUSSYCAT RANCH (review)

Vinegar Syndrome pairs up two efforts from lesser known New York-based adult filmmaker John Christopher.  In PUSSYCAT RANCH, Ma Belle decides the only way she can pay off her mortgage is to take her three daughters and rob a bank.  Unfortunately, the bank has already been robbed by Billy the Kid (Eric Edwards) who suggests they turn the farm into a brothel.  In HERE COMES THE BRIDE, nymphomaniac Rhonda wants to settle down and get married.  She abstains from sex with Tom who is courting her, but that does not mean she can't have fun with just about anyone else she finds.  Samantha Fox, Joey Silvera, Roger Caine, Arcadia Lake, and Molly Malone also star.

REVIEW LINK: Vinegar Syndrome (US) Region 0 NTSC DVD (DVD Drive-in)

PUSSYCAT RANCH/HERE COMES THE BRIDES DVD specs:
  • 2K restorations of the original 35mm camera negatives
  • 16:9 anamorphic 1.78:1 widescreen
  • English Dolby Digital 1.0
  • Theatrical Trailer for HERE COMES THE BRIDE

Vinegar Syndrome takes LOVE SLAVES (review)

John Leslie stars as a narcotics investigator in San Francisco looking into the link between the abduction of a number of beautiful young women and a spike in drug activity.  Sharon Thorpe, Alain Patrick, Ken Scudder, Turk Lyon, and Desiree West also star.

REVIEW LINK: Vinegar Syndrome (US) Region 0 NTSC DVD (DVD Drive-in)

LOVE SLAVES DVD specs:
  • 2K master of 35mm archival elements
  • 16:9 anamorphic 1.78:1 widescreen
  • English Dolby Digital 1.0 mono
  • Introduction and Interview with director Bob Chinn 

Vinegar Syndrome's LOVE CHAMPIONS have BOILING DESIRES (Review)

Carlos Tobalina is back with another mind-numbing double bill of eighties adult cinema.  In BOILING DESIRES, inexperienced Leslie and naughty Alice go on a double date with equally inexperienced Warren and wild Doug, learning about the language of love in a series of alternating pairings before they all get together for a foursome.  In LOVE CHAMPIONS, Tobalina himself and Colleen Brennan (aka Sharon Kelly) play sex therapists who help potential divorcees put some zap back into their love lives through swinging. 

REVIEW LINK: Vinegar Syndrome (US) Region 0 NTSC DVD (DVD Drive-in)

BOILING DESIRES/LOVE CHAMPIONS DVD specs:
  • 2K restorations of 35mm camera negatives
  • 16:9 anamorphic 1.78:1 widescreen
  • English Dolby Digital 1.0 mono

Arrow Video USA gets BRAIN DAMAGE (review)

Mild-mannered Brian's life take a turn for the weird when a euphoria-inducing parasite attaches itself to him and only offers him a fix in exchange for feeding him the brains of innocent victims in Frank Henenlotter's follow-up to BASKET CASE.

REVIEW LINK: Arrow Video USA (US) Region A/B Blu-ray/Region 1/2 NTSC DVD (DVD Drive-in)

BRAIN DAMAGE Blu-ray/DVD combo specs:
  • Blu-ray:
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 widescreen
    • English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and English LPCM 1.0 mono
    • Isolated Score in LPCM 2.0
  • DVD:
    • 16:9 anamorphic 1.85:1 widescreen
    • English Dolby Digital 5.1 and 1.0 mono
    • Isolated Score in Dolby Digital 2.0
  • Optional English subtitles
  • Audio Commentary with Frank Hennenlotter & Mike Hunchback
  • "Listen to the Light: The Making of BRAIN DAMAGE" documentary (55 mins)
  • "Gabe Bartalos talks about...the Effects of BRAIN DAMAGE" featurette
  • "Animating Elmer" featurette
  • "Karen Ogle: Set Photographer, Script Supervisor and Assistant Editor" featurette
  • "Elmer's Turf: The NYC Locations of Brain Damage" featurette
  • "Tasty Memories: A Brain Damage Obsession" featurette
  • "Brain Damage Q&A with Frank Hennenlotter: Offscreen Film Festival, 13th March 2016"
  • Original Theatrical Trailer
  • "Bygone Behemoth" (2010) (animated short film by Harry Chaskin
  • Image Galleries
  • Easter Eggs
  • First pressings come with a slipcase and a 32-page booklet with liner notes by Michael Gingold
  • Limited to 1,500 copies, comes with an exclusive badge

11 June 2017

Arrow Academy shines a SPOTLIGHT ON A MURDERER (review)

Jean-Louis Trintignant stars in SPOTLIGHT ON A MURDERER, Georges Franju's idiosyncratic take on the old dark house mystery film as the heirs to a fortune fall victim to murder in a medieval Brittany castle.  Pierre Brasseur, Marianne Koch, Dany Saval, Philippe Leroy, Jean Babilee, and Georges Rollin star.

REVIEW LINK: Arrow Video USA (US) Region ALL Blu-ray/Region 0 NTSC DVD (DVD Drive-in)

SPOTLIGHT ON A MURDERER Blu-ray/DVD combo specs:
  • Blu-ray:
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.37:1 pillarboxed fullscreen
    • French LPCM 1.0 mono
  • DVD
    • 16:9 anamorphic 1.37:1 pillarboxed fullscreen
    • French Dolby Digital 2.0 mono
  • Optional English subtitles
  • Vintage TV featurette on the making of the film featuring interviews with director Georges Franju and actors Jean-Louis Trintignant, Marianne Koch, Dany Saval, Pascal Audret, and Pierre Brasseur (30 mins)
  • Theatrical Trailer

09 June 2017

Kino Lorber is MAKING CONTACT (Review)

Before STARGATE and INDEPENDENCE DAY, German filmmaker Roland Emmerich comes this eighties era bid at Spielbergian wonder and fright.  After his father dies, Joey is bullied when he tells people he still talks to him on his toy phone.  Joey soon discovers that he has the ability to make objects move, animating his robot as well as a creepy ventriloquist's dummy that warns him that it is not his father he is talking to but something evil and powerful.  Also known as JOEY.

REVIEW LINK: Kino Lorber (US) Region A Blu-ray (DVD Drive-in)

MAKING CONTACT Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 2.35:1 widescreen transfer of the American version
  • English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 stereo
  • Optional English SDH subtitles
  • Theatrical Trailers
  • Previews

Arrow Video visits the MADHOUSE (Review)

From Ovidio G. Assonitis, the rip-off maestro who brought you BEYOND THE DOOR and TENTACLES comes this atypical take on the slasher genre.  Julia have lived in fear of her evil twin sister Mary since they were children.  Now Mary is lying in the hospital as an invalid with a skin disease that has hideously disfigured her.  When Mary breaks free of the hospital, Julia's friends start getting killed as someone plans a very special birthday for the twins.


REVIEW LINK: Arrow Video USA (US) Region A/B Blu-ray/Region 1/2 NTSC DVD (DVD Drive-in)

MADHOUSE Blu-ray/DVD combo specs:
  • Blu-ray:
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 2.35:1 widescreen
    • English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and LPCM 2.0 Stereo
  • DVD:
    • 16:9 anamorphic 2.35:1 widescreen
    • English Dolby Digital 5.1 and 2.0 stereo
  • Optional English SDH subtitles
  • Audio Commentary by The Hysteria Continues
  • Interview with actress Edith Ivey
  • Interview with cinematographer Roberto D'Ettore Piazzolli
  • Interview with director Ovidio G. Assonitis
  • Alternate Opening Titles
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Marc Schoenbach
  • FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Booklet featuring new writing on the film

06 June 2017

Film Chest Media tails DECOY: THE COMPLETE SERIES (Review)

Beverly Garland stars as policewoman Casey Jones in this groundbreaking series.  The first to feature a policewoman in a lead role, the first cop show to shoot on location in New York City, and one of the first to deal with real life issues from drug addiction and prostitution to rape and psychosis.  Guest stars include Suzanne Pleshette, Dianne Ladd, Frank Sutton, John Cassavetes, Peter Falk, Lois Nettleton, and more.

REVIEW LINK: Film Chest Media (US) Region 0 NTSC DVD (DVDCompare)

DECOY DVD specs:
  • Thirty-nine episodes on three dual-layer DVDs
  • 4:3 non-anamorphic 1.33:1 fullscreen
  • English Dolby Digital 2.0 mono
  • English Closed Captioning
  • Fourteen-page booklet

Paramount Pictures canonizes JOAN OF ARCADIA (review)

Joe Mantegna, Mary Steenburgen, Amber Tamblyn, Jason Ritter, and Michael Welch star in this CBS drama from the mid-2000s as a family trying to move on after a tragedy.  When God starts appearing and talking to Joan, she finds herself given tasks without explanation that are intended to help her realize her true nature while maneuvering the teenage experience of school, friendships, and relationships.


REVIEW LINK: Paramount Pictures/CBS (US) Region 1 NTSC DVD (DVDCompare)

JOAN OF ARCADIA DVD specs:
  • Forty-five episodes on twelve dual-layer DVDs
  • 16:9 anamorphic 1.78:1 widescreen
  • English Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround
  • English Closed Captioning
  • Nine audio commentaries featuring creator Barbara Hall, producers Jim Hayman, Hart Hanson, Stephen Nathan, Tom Garrigus, David Grae, & Jim Gregory, and cast members Amber Tamblyn, Joe Mantegna, Mary Steenburgen, Jason Ritter, and Michael Welch
  • Deleted Scenes for Season One
  • "The Creation of JOAN OF ARCADIA" featurette
  • "A Look at Season One" featurette
  • "A Look at Season Two" featurette
  • "God Gallery" featurette
  • "The Making of 'Queen of the Zombies'" episode featurette
  • "Common Thread" episode table read
  • A Tour of Joan's High School featurette

Vinegar Syndrome French kisses to THAT'S OUTRAGEOUS (review)

Jamie Gillis plays an American fashion photographer in Paris who is separately romancing two sisters (covergirls Natasha and France Lomay) with thehope of talking them into a threesome.  Things go awry as he tries to keep them from discovering one another with the help of his long-suffering assistant (Joey Silvera).  Tiffany Clark and Mai Lin also star.

REVIEW LINK: Vinegar Syndrome (US) Region 0 NTSC DVD (DVD Drive-in)

THAT'S OUTRAGEOUS DVD specs:
  • 16:9 anamorphic 1.78:1 widescreen
  • English/French Dolby Digital 1.0 mono
  • Optional English subtitles for the French dialogue
  • Interview with actor John Mozzer
  • Still Gallery 

04 June 2017

Film Movement's PELLE THE CONQUEROR comes of age (Review)

Bille August's Best Foreign Film Academy Award-winning PELLE THE CONQUEROR comes to Blu-ray in a thirtieth anniversary restoration.  Oscar-nominated Max Von Sydow plays Lasse, a Swedish widower who emigrates to Denmark with his young son Pelle in search of better prospects.  Taking work on the estate of a gentleman farmer, they face abuse from their Swedish superiors.  Lasse encourages his son to get an education, but the boy has big dreams of seeing  the rest of the world.

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

PELLE THE CONQUEROR Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 widescreen
  • Danish/Swedish LPCM 2.0 Stereo
  • Optional English subtiltes
  • Audio Commentary by film historian Peter Cowie
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Previews
  • Booklet by Terrence Rafferty

02 June 2017

Mondo Macabro is persecuted by INQUISITION (review)

Paul Naschy makes his directorial debut with this brutal and compelling take on WITCHFINDER GENERAL and THE DEVILS.  As the plague sweeps through sixteenth century France, the inquisition follows to sweep the Earth clean of heretics and witches.  The head inquisitor Bernard de Fossey finds himself desiring Catherine, the daughter of a landowner, but she has given herself over to Satan in order to discover the identity of her lover's murderer and is willing to burn at the stake to wreak her vengeance.  Daniela Giordano, Julia Saly, Monica Randall, and Tony Isbert co-star.

REVIEW LINK: Mondo Macabro (US) Region ALL Blu-ray (DVD Drive-in)

INQUISITION Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 widescreen
  • English and Spanish LPCM 2.0 mono
  • Optional English subtitles
  • Audio Commentary by the Naschycast's Rod Barnett and Troy Guinn
  • "Blood and Sand" Eurotika special on Spanish horror
  • Interview with actor/director Paul Naschy
  • Interview with actress Daniela Giordano
  • More from Mondo Macabro

Screen Media crosses into THE VOID (review)

A boring night in a small town turns apocalyptic when a sheriff's deputy rushes a bleeding man into a hospital scheduled for closure and the inhabitants find themselves trapped inside by cultists outside and people undergoing monstrous transformations on the inside.

REVIEW LINK: Screen Media (US) Region A Blu-ray (DVD Drive-in)

THE VOID Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 2.40:1 widescreen
  • English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and 2.0 stereo
  • Optional English SDH subtitles
  • Audio commentary by directors Jeremy Gillespie and Steven Kostanski
  • Audio commentary by the visual effects artists Steven Kostanski, Michael Walsh, and Nicola Bendry
  • "Nightmare Logic: The Making of The Void" featurette
  • Theatrical Teaser Trailer
  • Theatrical Trailer
Available exclusively from DiabolikDVD.

Paramount takes to THE STREETS OF SAN FRANCISCO: THE COMPLETE SERIES (review)

The complete five seasons of the Quinn Martin hit THE STREETS OF SAN FRANCISCO finds detectives Stone (Karl Malden) and Keller (Michael Douglas) solving cases in the Bay Area with a slew of guest stars and gritty capers.  Douglas left in the fifth season and was replaced by Richard Hatch.  All 120 episodes are contained in one set (previously issued with each season split into two volumes each).

REVIEW LINK: Paramount Pictures/CBS (US) Region 1 NTSC DVD (DVDCompare)

THE STREETS OF SAN FRANCISCO: THE COMPLETE SERIES DVD specs:
  • Five seasons (120 episodes) on thirty-two DVDs (31x DVD9, 1x DVD5)
  • 4:3 non-anamorphic 1.33:1 fullscreen
  • English Dolby Digital 2.0 mono (seasons 1-5) and Spanish Dolby Digital 2.0 mono (seasons 1-2)
  • Optional English SDH (seasons 1-5) and Spanish (seasons 1-2) subtitles
  • English Closed Captioning
  • Pilot Presentation
  • Army Archerd Interview

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