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28 February 2019

Kino Lorber graduates with THE GROUP (review)

Candice Bergen, Joan Hackett, Elizabeth Hartman, Shirley Knight, Joanna Pettet, Mary-Robin Redd, Jessica Walter, and Kathleen Widdoes are part of the ensemble cast of THE GROUP, based on the best-selling novel about the 1933 class of a women's college as they go out into the world with ambitions and encounter hurdles in love and work.  James Broderick, James Congdon, Larry Hagman, Hal Holbrook, and Richard Mulligan also star in this film from Sidney Lumet.

REVIEW LINK: Kino Lorber (US) Region A Blu-ray (DVDCompare)

THE GROUP Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.66:1 widescreen
  • English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Mono
  • Optional English SDH Subtitles
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Previews

27 February 2019

Scream Factory reincarnates THE VENGEANCE OF SHE (review)

Ayesha, the ultimate female, takes a new form in Hammer's THE VENGEANCE OF SHE when an amnesiac young woman is compelled to the lost city of Kuma by a power-mad magician.  Olinka Berova, Edward Judd, John Richradson, Andre Morell, and Derek Godfrey star.


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

THE VENGEANCE OF SHE 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 Monster Party Podcast hosts Matt Weinhold, Shawn Sheridan, Larry Strothe, and James Gonis
  • Interviews:
    • assistant director Terence Clegg
    • visual effects artist Joy Cuff
    • clapper/loader Trevor Coop
  • "World of Hammer: Lands Before Time" TV special
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • TV Spots
  • Image Gallery

Vinegar Syndrome hooks up on the PARTY LINE (review)

A hotheaded vice cop and an assistant district attorney clash when they are paired up to find a connection between several straight razor murders.  A bored babysitter may have the clue to the killings when she makes a connection on the local party line looking for kicks.  Richard Hatch, Shawn Weatherley, Richard Roundtree, Leif Garrett, and Greta Blackburn star in this eighties sexy thriller.

REVIEW LINK: Vinegar Syndrome (US) Region A Blu-ray/Region 1 NTSC DVD (DVD Drive-in) 

PARTY LINE 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 1.85:1 widescreen
    • English Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono
  • Optional English SDH Subtitles
  • Interview with screenwriter Richard Brandes
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Reversible Cover

Vinegar Syndrome goes a bit WACKO (review)

Exactly thirteen years after she saw her sister mowed down by a pumpkin-masked killer with a lawnmower during the Halloween Pumpkin Patch Dance, Mary is attending the dance with plans to lose her virginity when her friends start mysteriously disappearing.  Julia Duffy, Joe Don Baker, George Kennedy, Stella Stevens, Anthony James, Elizabeth Daily, and Charles Napier star.

REVIEW LINK: Vinegar Syndrome (US) Region A Blu-ray/Region 1 NTSC DVD (DVD Drive-in)

WACKO 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 1.85:1 widescreen
    • English Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono
  • Optional English SDH Subtitles
  • Audio Commentary by director Greydon Clark
  • Interview with cinematographer Nicholas Von Sternberg
  • Silent Outtakes and Deleted Scenes
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Reversible Cover
A limited run of 2000 units available directly from Vinegar Syndrome includes an exclusive slipcover designed by Earl Kessler Jr.

Scream Factory goes underground with THE MOLE PEOPLE (review)

A quartet of archaeologists are onto the find of a lifetime when they uncover evidence suggesting that the children of Ishtar survived the biblical flood atop a forbidding mountain range.  After a treacherous hike, they find themselves drawn underground and captured in an ancient Sumerian City of albino people who rule over the hideous Mole People.  John Agar and Hugh Beaumont star.

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

THE MOLE PEOPLE Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 and 2.00:1 SuperScope viewing options
  • English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Mono
  • Optional English SDH Subtitles
  • Audio Commentary by film historians Tom Weaver and David Schecter
  • "Of Mushrooms and Madmen: The Making The Mole People“ documentary
  • Mystery Science Theater 3000 episode of "The Mole People”
  • Poster and Lobby Cards Still Gallery
  • Photo Gallery
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Reversible Cover

Vinegar Syndrome gets chewed up by TINSELTOWN (review)

Porn auteur Carter Stevens weaves together three tales of hopeful starlets who come to Hollywood.  Midwestern Mary Jo leaves her farmer boyfriend and falls in with a sleazy agent.  Southern California drama student Pat falls for a sadistic executive with networking connections.  New York high-priced hooker Dominique isn't interested in acting at all, but she's got the right look to take her far.

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

TINSELTOWN 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 1.85:1 widescreen
    • English Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono
  • Optional English SDH Subtitles
  • Audio Commentary by director Carter Stevens
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Reversible Cover

Scream Factory births HOWLING III: THE MARSUPIALS (review)

Just when you thought it was safe to go Down Under, werewolves are throwing more than just shrimp on barbie as the American government travels to Australia to hunt down a species of werewolves with marsupial pouches before they can crossbreed with a Russian species.

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

HOWLING III: THE MARSUPIALS Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 widescreen
  • English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Stereo
  • Optional English SDH Subtitles
  • Audio Commentary by director Philippe Mora moderated by filmmaker Jamie Blanks
  • New Interview with director Philippe Mora
  • NOT QUITE HOLLYWOOD Interview Outtakes with director Philippe Mora and effects artist Bob McCarron
  • Video Trailer

Vinegar Syndrome achieves A CLIMAX OF BLUE POWER (review)

Rejected by the police force for his height, nigthtwatchman Eddie dresses up as a cop and travels around in a police cruiser to bust prostitutes and take advantage of them.  When he believes he has witnessed a murder, he thinks he can show up the police by forcing a confession out of the suspect, or punish her if she refuses.  A sick slice of seventies adult cinema from Lee Frost.

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

A CLIMAX OF BLUE POWER 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 1.85:1 widescreen
    • English Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono
  • Optional English SDH Subtitles
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Stills Gallery
  • Reversible Cover

Eureka Classics throws a PICNIC (review)

On Labor Day 1955, hunky William Holden arrives in a small Kansas town to shake things up and wrest Kim Novak away from Cliff Robertson in Joshua Logan's big screen Cinemascopeand Technicolor adaptaion of William Inge's Pulitzer Prize-winning play PICNIC.

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

PICNIC Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 2.55:1 widescreen
  • English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and LPCM 2.0 Stereo
  • Optional English SDH Subtitles
  • "Kim Novak's Hollywood Picnic" audio interview conducted by Stephen Rebello
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Collector's Booklet with an essay by Travis Crawford

24 February 2019

Second Sight inherits NEXT OF KIN (review)

There is no place like home, bloody home in this Ozploitation old dark house tale.  Linda inherits her mother's estate which has been turned into an old folks' home.  She discovers through her mother's journals that the old woman was afraid of something evil lurking within the house, and soon Linda too comes to fear things that go bump in the night.

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

NEXT OF KIN Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 widescreen
  • English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and LPCM 1.0 mono
  • Optional English HoH Subtitles
  • Audio Commentary by director Tony Williams & producer Tim White
  • Audio Commentary by cast members John Jarratt, Jackie Kerin, Robert Ratti & 'Not Quite Hollywood' director Mark Hartley
  • Extended Interviews from "Not Quite Hollywood" with Tony Williams and John Jarratt
  • "Return to Montclare: Location Revisit, 2018" featurette
  • Deleted Scenes (Slideshow Presentation)
  • "Before the Night Is Out: Ballroom Footage 1978"
  • Tony Williams shorts from 1971:
    • "The Day We Landed on the Most Perfect Planet in the Universe"
    • "Getting Together"
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • UK VHS Trailer
  • German Theatrical Trailer
  • Alternate German Opening Credits
  • Image Gallery
  • Reversible Cover

Arrow Video peeps when you STRIP NUDE FOR YOUR KILLER (review)

An abortion gone wrong sends a killer on a castrating killing spree through a fashion magazine agency in which models, photographers, and executives all have kinky secrets.  Edwige Fenech and Nino Castelnuovo star.  Directed by BURIAL GROUND's Andrea Bianchi.

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

STRIP NUDE FOR YOUR KILLER Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 2.35:1 widescreen
  • English and Italian LPCM 1.0 Mono
  • Optional English SDH (for English) and English (for Italian) subtitles
  • Tinted or Untinted Opening Options
  • Audio Commentary by Horrorpedia.com's Adrian J. Smith and David Flint
  • "Sex and Death with a Smile" video essay by author and critic Kat Ellinger on giallo and sex comedy icon Edwige Fenech
  • "A Good Man for the Murders" interview with actor Nino Castelnuovo
  • "The Blonde Salamander" interview with actress Erna Schurer
  • "The Art of Helping" interview with assistant director Daniele Sangiorgi
  • "Jack of All Trades" interview with actor and production manager Tino Polenghi
  • Italian Theatrical Trailer
  • English Theatrical Trailer
  • Image Gallery
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Graham Humphreys
  • FIRST PRESSING ONLY: an illustrated collector's booklet featuring new writing on the film by critic Rachael Nisbet.

Umbrella Entertainment quests for FROG DREAMING (review)

E.T.'s Henry Thomas trades aliens for mythical monsters as an American orphan living in Australia with his guardian and investigating the legendary aboriginal beast that lurks in a quarry pond.  Brian Trenchard-Smith directs.  Released in the US as THE QUEST and the UK as THE GO-KIDS.

REVIEW LINK: Umbrella Entertainment (AUS) Region ALL Blu-ray (DVD Drive-in)

FROG DREAMING Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 widescreen
  • English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Stereo
  • Optional English SDH Subtitles
  • Audio Commentary by director Brian Trenchard-Smith, editor Brian Kavanagh, costume designer Aphrodite Kondos, and Not Quite Hollywood's Mark Hartley
  • Extended Interviews from "Not Quite Hollywood" with writer Everett de Roche, actor Henry Thomas, and director Brian Trenchard-Smith
  • "The Depths of a Legend: Looking Back on Frog Dreaming (with Henry Thomas & Brian Trenchard-Smith)"
  • "The Go-Kids: Looking Back on Frog Dreaming (with Rachel Friend & Tamsin West)"
  • "The Dream Quest: Shooting Locations Revisited"
  • Image Gallery
  • Trailer
  • Reversible Cover

Arrow Video carves up KOLOBOS (Review)

Fame-starved hopefuls think they are participating in a REAL WORLD-style experimental film but they are really soon to be victims of a brutal killer in the nineties gorefest KOLOBOS.

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

KOLOBOS 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 co-writers and co-directors Daniel Liatowitsch and David Todd Ocvirk
  • "Real World Massacre: The Making of Kolobos" featurette with Daniel Liatowitsch, David Todd Ocvirk and co-writer/producer Nne Ebong
  • "Face to Faceless" interview with Faceless actor Ilia Volok
  • "Slice & Dice: The Music of Kolobos" interview with composer William Kidd
  • Image Gallery
  • "Superheiden" Super 8 short film by Daniel Liatowitsch (with optional audio commentary)
  • "Rediscovering Kolobos" 2018 screening introduction
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • 2018 Trailer
  • FIRST PRESSING ONLY: illustrated collector's booklet with new writing on the film by Phillip Escott

Umbrella Entertainment poses FELICITY for a CENTRESPREAD (review)

In this Oz Erotica Double Feature, the "Australian Emmanuelle" FELICITY travels from Catholic School to Hong Kong to become a woman in a variety of erotic encounters.  In CENTRESPREAD, a photographer in a futuristic society must find the perfect fresh face for magazine that combines sex and violence to rein in society's destructive impulses.

REVIEW LINK: Umbrella Entertainment (AUS) Region ALL Blu-ray (DVD Drive-in)

FELICITY/CENTRESPREAD Blu-ray specs:
  • Felicity (1978):
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.78:1 widescreen
    • English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Mono
    • Audio Commentary by director John D. Lamond and actress Glory Annen
    • "Not Quite Hollywood" interview outtakes with director John D. Lamond, actress Glory Annen, and director of photography Gary Wapshott 
    • "Confession of an R-rated Filmmaker" interview with director John D. Lamond
    • Image Gallery
    • Theatrical Trailer
  • Centrespread (1980):
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 widescreen
    • English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Mono
    • "Behind the CENTRESPREAD" vintage television documentary on the film and casting
    • Interview with producer Greg Lynch
    • Alternate UK Cut of the Film
    • 2 Theatrical Trailers
    • Image Gallery
  • Reversible Cover

Severin Films flays SKINNER (review)

Unassuming young man Dennis Skinner (Ted Raimi) wanders from town to town flaying prostitutes.  He is enjoying the cat and mouse game he plays with his one surviving victim (Traci Lords) who is on the hunt for him while he has set his sights on a young housewife (Ricki Lake) in this nineties serial killer gorefest from the nineties.

REVIEW LINK: Severin Films (US) Region ALL Blu-ray (DVD Drive-in)

SKINNER Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.78:1 widescreen
  • English and French DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Stereo
  • Optional English SDH Subtitles
  • "Director Ivan Nagy: A Touch of Scandal" 2007 interview
  • "Under His Skin" interview with actor Ted Raimi
  • "Bargain Bin VHS" interview with screenwriter Paul Hart-Wilden
  • "Cutting Skinner" interview with editor Jeremy Kasten
  • Outtakes & Extended Takes: Flaying Sequence
  • Theatrical Trailer

23 February 2019

Second Run defrosts DAWSON CITY: FROZEN TIME (review)

Five hundred and thirty-three film reals rescued from the permafrost of a demolished hockey ice rink in Dawson City tell the story of the city's rise in the Gold Rush and its people through the cinema, newsreels, and educational films that shaped their view of the outside world as woven together by documentary filmmaker Bill Morrison.

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

DAWSON CITY: FROZEN TIME Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.33:1 pillarboxed fullscreen
  • English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and 2.0 Stereo
  • Optional English SDH Subtitles
  • "Dawson City: Postscript" featurette
  • Interview with Bill Morrison
  • "The Letter" 2018 Short Film
  • Original Dawson City Film Reels:
    • "British Canadian Pathe News 81A, 1919"
    • "International News Vol. 1 - Issue 52, 1919"
    • "The Montreal Herald – Screen Magazine, 1919"
    • "Pathe's Weekly #17, 1914"
    • "The Butler and the Maid – Thomas A. Edison, Inc., 1912"
    • "Brutality – D.W. Griffith, Biograph Company, 1912"
    • "The Exquisite Thief – Tod Browning, Universal Film Manufacturing Company Inc., 1919"
    • "The Girl of the Northern Woods – Thanhouser, 1910"
  • Trailer 
  • 24-page booklet with writing on the film by Kristin Thompson and a new essay by curator Gareth Evans

19 February 2019

Badlands goes punk with THE NEEDLE (review)

Late Russian punk legend Victor Tsoi of the band Kino is immortalized on film as Moro, a young rebel who returns to Leningrad after an absence and discovers his former buddy up to his neck with the local drug trade and his ex-girlfriend a heroin addict under the thumb of a corrupt doctor.

REVIEW LINK: Badlands (FR) Region ALL Blu-ray/Region 0 PAL DVD (DVDCompare)

THE NEEDLE Blu-ray/DVD combo specs:
  • Blu-ray:
    • 1080i50 MPEG-4 AVC 1.33:1 pillarboxed fullscreen 
    • Russian DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Mono
  • DVD:
    • 16:9 anamorphic 1.33:1 pillarboxed fullscreen
    • Russian Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono
  • Optional English, French, German, Korean, and Spanish subtitles
  • Optional Introduction by Eugénie Zvonkine (in French without subtitles)
  • "Yahha" 1986 Short Film by director Rashid Nugmanov (in Russian with burnt-in French subtitles)
  • BLU-RAY EXCLUSIVE: "The Needle Remix" 2010 version with new footage and score (86:32, in Russian DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and 2.0 Stereo with forced French subtitles)
  • "Souvenir de Vague" Kazakh New Wave documentary (in French and Russian with burnt-in French subtitles for Russian dialogue)
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Badlands Éditions Trailers
Available exclusively from La Chat Qui Fume
.

18 February 2019

Masters of Cinema explores HUMAN DESIRE (review)

Fritz Lang brings out the human beast in all of us with the film noir HUMAN DESIRE in which a Korean War vet becomes involved with a woman whose husband has murdered a man in a jealous rage and is holding blackmail over her head.  Glenn Ford, Gloria Grahame, and Broderick Crawford star.

REVIEW LINK: Eureka Video (UK) Region B Blu-ray/Region 2 NTSC DVD (DVDCompare)

HUMAN DESIRE Blu-ray/DVD Combo specs:
  • Blu-ray:
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 widescreen
    • English LPCM 2.0 Mono
  • DVD:
    • 16:9 anamorphic 1.85:1 widescreen
    • English Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono
  • Optional English HoH Subtitles
  • "Tony Rayns on HUMAN DESIRE" appreciation
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • 40-page collector's booklet featuring new writing on the film by film historian Travis Crawford, critic and author Richard Combs, and writer Adam Batty, alongside rare archival imagery

17 February 2019

Severin Films harvests the INVASION OF THE BLOOD FARMERS (review)

Nothing much happens in a picturesque upstate New York town until blood-drinking ancient druids settle down in search of a host to resurrect their queen in the seventies grindhouse classic INVASION OF THE BLOOD FARMERS.

REVIEW LINK: Severin Films (US) Region ALL Blu-ray (DVD Drive-in)

INVASION OF THE BLOOD FARMERS Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 widescreen
  • English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Mono
  • Audio Commentary by director Ed Adlum and actress/costume designer Ortrum Tippel, moderated by Kier-La Janisse (author of "House of Psychotic Women")
  • "Nothing You’d Show Your Mom: Eddie Adlum’s Journey through Exploitation, Coin-Op & Rock n’ Roll" interview
  • "Harvesting the Dead" interview with actor Jack Neubeck
  • "Painful Memories" interview with camera assistant Frederick Elmes
  • Theatrical Trailer

Also available in the Invasion of the Blood Bundle with a limited edition patch and an 12x24 poster signed by the director, or the Severin Films February Bundle with the Blu-ray of NEXT OF KIN featuring an exclusive slipcover, Blood Farmer Patch, and a 12×24 Blood Farmer Poster Signed by Director Ed Adlum (Rolled in Tube)

Severin Films bequeathes a NEXT OF KIN (review)

There is no place like home, bloody home in this Ozploitation old dark house tale.  Linda inherits her mother's estate which has been turned into an old folks' home.  She discovers through her mother's journals that the old woman was afraid of something evil lurking within the house, and soon Linda too comes to fear things that go bump in the night.

REVIEW LINK: Severin Films (US) Region ALL Blu-ray (DVD Drive-in)

NEXT OF KIN Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 widescreen
  • English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and 2.0
  • Optional English SDH Subtitles
  • Audio Commentary by director Tony Williams & producer Tim White
  • Audio Commentary by cast members John Jarratt, Jackie Kerin, Robert Ratti & 'Not Quite Hollywood' director Mark Hartley
  • House Of Psychotic Women introduction by author Kier-La Janisse for Morbido TV 
  • Extended Interviews from "Not Quite Hollywood" with Tony Williams and John Jarratt
  • "Return to Montclare: Location Revisit, 2018" featurette
  • Deleted Scenes (Slideshow Presentation)
  • "Before the Night Is Out: Ballroom Footage 1978"
  • Tony Williams shorts from 1971:
    • "The Day We Landed on the Most Perfect Planet in the Universe"
    • "Getting Together"
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • UK VHS Trailer
  • German Theatrical Trailer
  • Alternate German Opening Credits
  • Image Gallery
  • Reversible Cover

Available directly from Severin with an exclusive slipcover or in the Severin Films February Bundle with the slipcover, Blu-ray of INVASION OF THE BLOOD FARMERS, Blood Farmers patch, and an 12x24 poster signed by the director.

13 February 2019

Scorpion Releasing scales the TOWER OF EVIL (review)

Things go bump and people go bang in the night in the British slasher precursor TOWER OF EVIL.  A girl in a catatonic stupor is suspected of slaughtering her three friends on deserted Snape Island.  A private investigator and a quartet of archaeologists intersted in a golden ceremonial spear used on one of the victims travel to the island and are soon cut off from the mainland with someone or something lurking in and above the island's lighthouse.

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

TOWER OF EVIL 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 producer Richard Gordon moderated by Tom Weaver
  • Inteview with actress Seretta Wilson
  • Interview with composer Kenneth V. Jones
  • Interview with editor Henry Richardson
  • Katarina's Nightmare Theater Introduction and Post-script
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Trailers
  • Reversible Cover
  • Limited Edition O-Card
  • Mini-poster
Available directly from Ronin Flix or DiabolikDVD.

Scorpion Releasing foretells THE PSYCHIC (review)

Virginia has had haunting telepathic visions since childhood.  When one of them is all too real and she unearths a body behind a brick wall, her investigation reveals that more horrors are to come in her future.  Jennifer O'Neill, Gianni Garko, Evelyn Stewart, and Marc Porel star in Lucio Fulci's fourth giallo film.

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

THE PSYCHIC Blu-ray specs:
  • 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 historian Troy Howarth
  • Interview with screenwriter Dardano Sacchetti
  • Still Gallery
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Reversible Cover
  • Limited Edition O-Card
  • Mini-Poster
Available from Ronin Flix and DiabolikDVD.

Scorpion Releasing goes on a BLIND DATE (review)

Joseph Bottoms is a blind man who undergoes a surgery to implant him with a high-tech device that allows him to see by sonor, and he may have just come face to face with The Scalpel Killer in Nico Mastorakis' eighties thriller.  Kirstie Alley, Marina Sirtis, Lana Clarkson, Valeria Golino, and Keir Dullea also star.

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

BLIND DATE Blu-ray specs:
  • Director's Cut (105 minutes)
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 widescreen
  • English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and 2.0 Stereo
  • Optional English SDH subtitles
  • Theatrical Cut in Standard Definition (101 minutes)
  • "The Films of Nico Mastorakis: Part 1" documentary
  • Music Videos
  • Still Gallery
  • Three Trailers for the Film
  • Bonus Trailer

08 February 2019

KIno Lorber sails with THE ROVER (review)

Anthony Quinn plays a bucaneer on the run from the French and the British in the aftermath of the French Revolution.  He hides out in a coastal town and becomes the guest of unstable beauty Arlette (Rosanna Schiaffino) and her auth Catherine (Rita Hayworth).  A visit from a French soldier (Richard Johnson) threatens to tear him away from the freedom he seeks.  An Italian production directed by Terence Young (THUNDERBALL).

REVIEW LINK: Kino Lorber (US) Region A Blu-ray (DVDCompare)

THE ROVER Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.66:1 widescreen
  • English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Mono
  • Audio Commentary by film historians Lee Gambin and Dr. Eloise Ross
  • Trailers

Kino Lorber enters THE HAUNTED CASTLE and investigates THE FINANCES OF THE GRAND DUKE (Review)

Although well known for masterpieces like NOSFERATU and THE LAST LAUGH, F.W. Murnau also turned his talents to lighter subjects like the potboiler THE HAUNTED CASTLE and the comic adventure THE FINANCES OF THE GRAND DUKE.

REVIEW LINK: Kino Lorber (US) Region A Blu-ray (DVDCompare)

THE HAUNTED CASTLE/THE FINANCES OF THE GRAND DUKE Blu-ray specs:
  • The Haunted Castle (1921):
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.33:1 pillarboxed fullscreen
    • Music LPCM 2.0 Stereo
    • German Intertitles with optional English subtitles
  • The Finances of the Grand Duke (1924):
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.33:1 pillarboxed fullscreen
    • Music LPCM 2.0 Stereo
    • German Intertitles with optional English subtitles
    • Audio Commentary by film historian David Kalat

06 February 2019

Severin Films slashes JACK THE RIPPER (review)

Hammer rivals Baker and Berman try their hand at the Whitechapel Murders in the first British horror film allowed by the British censors to use the name JACK THE RIPPER.

REVIEW LINK: Severin Films (US) Region ALL Blu-ray (DVD Drive-in)

JACK THE RIPPER Blu-ray specs:
  • British Version:
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.33:1 pillarboxed fullscreen
    • English LPCM 2.0 Mono
    • Optional English SDH Subtitles
  • American Version (with Technicolor finale):
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.66:1 pillarboxed widescreen
    • English LPCM 2.0 Mono
  • Audio Commentary on the British version by co-editor/co-director/co-cinematographer Robert S. Baker, screenwriter Jimmy Sangster, and assistant director Peter Manley, moderated by Marcus Hearn
  • Continental Version: Alternate & Extended Takes
  • "Denis Meikle on Jack the Ripper"
  • "Gentleman Jack: The Whitechapel Murders Revisited"
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Poster and Stills Gallery


Screenbound forges the CRUCIBLE OF THE VAMPIRE (review)

A young archaeological student travels to rural England to examine half of an ancient cauldron used in necromancy in this throwback to British folk horror.

REVIEW LINK: Screenbound (UK) Region ALL Blu-ray/Region 0 PAL DVD (DVD Drive-in)

CRUCIBLE OF THE VAMPIRE Blu-ray/DVD combo specs:
  • Blu-ray:
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 2.40:1 widescreen
    • English Dolby Digital 5.1, LPCM 2.0 Stereo, and Descriptive Audio Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
  • DVD:
    • 16:9 anamorphic 2.40:1 widescreen
    • English Dolby Digital 5.1 and 2.0, English Descriptive Audio Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo

05 February 2019

Second Sight strings a WORLD ON A WIRE (review)

A scientist who has helped develop a virtual world populated by artificial beings starts to question the very nature of reality and identity amidst a strange series of deaths and disappearances in Rainer Werner Fassbinder's intellectually stimulating and thrilling science fiction miniseries WORLD ON A WIRE.  The same source novel was later adapted as THE THIRTEENTH FLOOR.

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

WORLD ON A WIRE Blu-ray specs:
  • Disc One:
    • Part One (101 minutes)
      • 1080i50 MPEG-4 AVC 1.33:1 fullscreen
      • German LPCM 1.0 mono
      • Optional English Subtitles
    • "Fassbinder’s World on a Wire: Looking Ahead to Today" documentary
    • "Observing Fassbinder" a Tribute to photographer Peter Gauhe
    • On-set Featurette
  • Disc Two:
    • Part Two (103 minutes)
      • 1080i50 MPEG-4 AVC 1.33:1 fullscreen
      • German LPCM 1.0 mono
      • Optional English Subtitles
    • "No Strings Attached" interview with assistant director Renate Leiffer
    • "The Simulation Argument" interview with professor Nick Bostrom
    • Original Broadcast Recap
  • Rigid slipcase packaging
  • 50-page perfect-bound booklet featuring new essays by Anton Bitel and Daniel Bird and archival writing by Daniel Oberhaus and Christian Braad Thomsen

03 February 2019

Cult Epics screens a BLUE MOVIE on Blu-ray (review)

Imprisoned for five years for a "social offense," twenty-five year old Michael is releaesed into a Holland at the height of the sexual revolution.  Although encouraged to go on the straight and narrow, he finds himself distracted by a lot of free love and the complications that come with it in one of the pivotal films of the Dutch Sex Wave.

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

BLUE MOVIE Blu-ray/DVD combo specs:
  • Blu-ray:
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.37:1 pillarboxed fullscreen
    • Dutch/German DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Mono
  • DVD:
    • 16:9 anamorphic 1.33:1 pillarboxed fullscreen
    • Dutch/German Dolby Digital 2.0 mono
  • Optional English Subtitles
  • 1971 interview with director Wim Verstappen
  • 2018 Cinémathèque Française introduction and interview with producer Pim de la Parra
  • 2018 interview with actor's son Hugo Metsers Jr.
  • Eye Film Institute featurette
  • Poster and Photo Gallery
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Scorpio Trailers:
    • "Obsessions"
    • "Frank & Eva"
    • "My Nights with Susan, Sandra, Olga & Julie"


Redemption Films weds DRACULA'S FIANCÉE and gets LOST IN NEW YORK (review)

In one of the final films of French fantastique director Jean Rollin, a pair of vampire hunters hope a woman touched by madness will lead them to the lair of Count Dracula.  Included with the feature is the LOST IN NEW YORK in which a woman reflects back on the imaginary adventures with a childhood friend and a moon goddess who transported them into various adventures and intrigues.


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

DRACULA'S FIANCÉE/LOST IN NEW YORK Blu-ray specs:
  • Dracula's Fiancée (2002):
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.66:1 widescreen
    • French LPCM 2.0 Stereo
    • Optional English Subtitles
    • Audio Commentary by Diabolique Magazine's Samm Deighan
  • Lost in New York (1989):
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.66:1 widescreen
    • French LPCM 2.0 Mono
    • Optional English Subtitles

Kino Lorber resurrects THE HOUSE THAT WOULD NOT DIE (review)

DOUBLE INDEMNITY's Barbara Stanwyck and THE EXORCIST's Kitty Winn move into a New England cottage already inhabited by a Revolutionary War ghost or two in this creepy 1970's Aaron Spelling made-for-TV movie.

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

HOUSE THAT WOULD NOT DIE Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.33:1 pillarboxed fullscreen
  • English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Mono
  • Optional English SDH subtitles
  • Audio Commentary by film historian Richard Harland Smith
  • Interview with director John Llewelyn Moxey
  • Trailers

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