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30 September 2019

Vinegar Syndrome goes BEYOND EVIL (review)

John Saxon and Lynda Day George go BEYOND EVIL as a married couple who move into an old mansion in the Philippines where a witch was murdered and comes back for vengeance.  From the director of GRADUATION DAY and HAUNTS.

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

BEYOND EVIL Blu-ray/DVD combo specs:
  • Blu-ray:
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 widescreen
    • English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Mono
  • DVD:
    • 16:9 anamorphic 1.85:1 widescreen
    • English Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono
  • Optional English SDH subtitles
  • "Origins of Evil" interview with director Herb Freed
  • "Evil in Paradise" interview with producer David Baughn
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Reversible Cover

The first 2,000 copies ordered directly from Vinegar Syndrome
comes with a special limited edition embossed slipcover by Earl Kessler Jr.

Vinegar Syndrome harvests THE VINEYARD (review)

James Hong (BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA, BLADE RUNNER) directs and stars in this gory, sleazy slice of eighties horror from New World Pictures.  Hong plays a winemaker who sustains his own immortality with a formula that requires the blood of human victims.  He invites a group of actors and a journalist to his island under the pretense of auditioning them for a movie.  While he courts one of them to be his bride (Playboy Playmate Karen Witter), he wreaks magical and grisly havoc on the other guests.

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

THE VINEYARD Blu-ray/DVD combo specs:
  • Blu-ray:
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 Widescreen
    • English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Stereo
  • DVD:
    • 16:9 anamorphic 1.85:1 widescreen
    • English Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
  • Optional English SDH subtitles
  • "Welcome to the Vineyard" interview with director/actor James Hong and producer/actor Harry Mok
  • "Zombies From San Jose" interview with co-director William Rice
  • "Sacred Earth and Restless Souls" interview with cinematographer John Dirlam
  • Theatrical Trailer

A limited edition of 2,000 copies ordered directly from Vinegar Syndrome
comes with an embossed slipcover designed by Earl Kessler Jr.

Severin Films hunts KILLER CROCODILE (review)

Ecology students, a grizzled hunter, a corrupt mayor, and a slimy businessman are all on the hunt for a massive crocodile that has been munching on the denizens of a Santo Domingo island in this Italian nature strikes back film from ZOMBIE producer Fabrizio de Angelis.

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

KILLER CROCODILE Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 Widescreen
  • English and Italian DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Mono
  • Optional English SDH subtitles (for English dub) and English subtitles (for Italian dub)
  • “The Fearless Crocodile Hunter” interview with actor Pietro Genuardi
  • “It Crawls” interview with cinematographer Federico Del Zoppo
  • “In the Jaws of the Crocodile” interview with special makeup effects artist Giannetto De Rossi
  • “Of Crocodiles and Men” interview with actor Richard Anthony Crenna
  • Theatrical Trailer

Also available in limited 2-disc edition with the sequel and a slipcover:

29 September 2019

Vinegar Syndrome is initiated into SECTA SINIESTRA (review)

A couple who want to start a family have to pursue artificial insemination, unfortunately the donor is Satan himself in the Spanish ROSEMARY'S BABY pastiche SECTA SINIESTRA.

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

SECTA SINIESTRA Blu-ray/DVD Combo specs:
  • Blu-ray:
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 widescreen
    • Spanish DTS-HD Master Audio 1.0 Mono
  • DVD:
    • 16:9 anamorphic 1.85:1 widescreen
    • Spanish Dolby Digital 1.0 mono
  • Optional English Subtitles
  • Audio Commentary by film historian and author Kat Ellinger
  • Image Gallery
  • Reversible Cover

The first 2,000 units ordered directly from Vinegar Syndrome
comes with a special limited edition embossed slipcover by Earl Kessler Jr.

Vinegar Syndrome starts Hell Week with PLEDGE NIGHT (review)

The legend of fraternity hazing prank gone wrong "Acid Sid" lives on when a fraternity pledges Hell Week in the old frathouse where Sidney Snyder (Anthrax's Joey Belladonna) met his sticky end and is out for revenge in PLEDGE NIGHT.

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

PLEDGE NIGHT Blu-ray/DVD combo specs:
  • Blu-ray:
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 widescreen
    • English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Mono
  • DVD:
    • 16:9 anamorphic 1.85:1 widescreen
    • English Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono
  • Optional English SDH Subtitles
  • “Hell Weeks” interview with director Paul Ziller
  • “Graduating to Horror” interview with writer/producer Joyce Snyder
  • “Hazing From Hell” interview with actor Robert Lentini
  • “The Bad Man” interview with actor Arthur Lundquist
  • Locations Featurette
  • Theatrical Trailer 
  • Reversible Cover

The first 2,000 copies ordered from Vinegar Syndrome
comes with a embossed slipcover by Earl Kessler Jr.

25 September 2019

Paramount and CBS team up with SEAL Team: Season 2 (review)

BONES' David Boreanaz is back on TV for the CBS series SEAL TEAM in its second season.  In the aftermath of season one's events, the team returns to duty by leader Jason Hayes faces family tragedy, 21C Ray deals with his drinking, Sonny and Davis get closer as Davis gets a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that migth take her away from the team, Mandy gets close to Jason but her own professional career goals get in the way, and Clay faces career-threatening injuries and finds a cause to champion.

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

SEAL TEAM: Season 2 DVD specs:
  • 22 episodes on five dual-layer DVDs
  • 16:9 anamorphic 1.78:1 widescreen
  • English Dolby Digital 5.1 and 2.0 Surround
  • Optional English SDH Subtitles
  • Deleted and Extended Scenes for seven episodes
  • "The Only Easy Day Was Yesterday" Season 2 Overview
  • "Operation: Puerto Rico"
  • "Nothing Fake About It: The Props of SEAL Team"
  • Gag Reel

24 September 2019

Scream Factory and Hammer's STRAIGHT ON TILL MORNING (Review)

Desperate to have a baby, sheltered Brenda leaves Liverpool for London and finds a handsome young man who promises her a child if she looks after him.  Little does she know in playing Wendy, that her Peter Pan is a psychopathic serial killer. A love story from Hammer... with a twist!

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

STRAIGHT ON TILL MORNING Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 and 1.66:1 widescreen versions
  • English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Mono
  • Optional English SDH Subtitles
  • Audio Commentary by actress Rita Tushingham, moderated by author/film historian Jonathan Sothcott
  • "The Morning After" interview with author/film historian Kim Newman
  • “Dream Lover: Inside Straight on Till Morning”
  • Theatrical Trailer

19 September 2019

Arrow Video stalks THE PREY (review)

Unsuspecting sexy campers vacation deep in the mountains and are stalked by a vicious killer in the eighties slasher THE PREY.  "It's not human, and it's got an axe!"

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

THE PREY Blu-ray specs:
  • DISC ONE:
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 widescreen transfer of the director's approved theatrical cut
    • English LPCM 1.0 Mono
    • Optional English SDH Subtitles
    • Audio Commentary with Amanda Reyes & Ewan Cant 
    • Audio Interview with producer Summer Brown
    • Audio Interview with director Edwin Scott Brown
    • Texas Frightmare Weekend 2019 Experienc:
      • The film Texas Frightmare Weekend 2019 audience track
      • Texas Frightmare Weekend 2019 Q&A with actors Lori Lethin, Jackson Bostwick, and Carel Struycken
    • "Gypsies, Camps & Screams" interview with actress Debbie Thureson
    •  "Babe In The Woods" interview with actress Lori Lethin
    • "Gayle On Gail" interview with actress Gayle Gannes
    • "The Wide-Mouthed Frog & Other Stories" interview with actor Jackson Bostwick
    • "Call Of The Wild" interview with actor Carel Struycken
    • "In Search of The Prey" location featurette with Ewan Cant and actress Debbie Thureson
    • TV Spot
    • Home Video Trailer
    • BD-ROM Content: Original Script
  • DISC TWO:
    • 108024 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 Widescreen transfers of the extended international cut (96 minutes) and a composite cut (102 minutes)
    • English LPCM 1.0 Mono
    • Optional English SDH Subtitles
    • Outtakes
  • Reversible cover
  • Limited edition booklet featuring a new writing on the film by Ewan Cant

17 September 2019

Surfs up with Paramount's HAWAII FIVE-0: SEASON 9 (review)

Season nine of the long-running cop show HAWAII FIVE-0 includes Chinese and Russian spies, new and old enemies, and bizarre cases involving mermaids, drug dealers, hackers, the CIA, the FBI, and the NSA.

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

HAWAII FIVE-0 SEASON 9 DVD specs:

Unearthed Classics makes a NIGHTWISH (review)

"In your dreams, no one can hear you scream" when the eighties direct-to-video shocker NIGHTWISH comes to Blu-ray.  A group of students participating in a dream experiment are brought by their professor to a haunted mansion over a collapsed mineshaft to summon up a malevolent entity that is capable of manipulating their waking life.

REVIEW LINK: Unearthed Films/MVD Visual (US) Region ALL Blu-ray (DVD Drive-in)

NIGHTWISH Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.78:1 Widescreen
  • English LPCM 2.0 Stereo
  • Audio Commentary by producer Paul White, moderated by Unearthed Films' Stephen Biro
  • Image Gallery
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Bonus Trailer
  • Booklet by Art Ettinger
  • Slipcover

12 September 2019

Scorpion Releasing commits an ACT OF VENGEANCE (review)

When the police are unhelpful in tracking down a rapist who makes his victims sing "Jingle Bells", his victims form a "rape squad" first aimed at helping others deal with the police and learn self-defense.  When one victim fights back and is killed, the squad turn vigilante and start cleaning up the streets, but the rapist is watching them and plans to hunt them one by one in this American International thriller from the director of COUNT YORGA, VAMPIRE.  Jo Ann Harris and Peter Brown star.

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

ACT OF VENGEANCE 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 actress Jennifer Pryor
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Alternate RAPE SQUAD Title Sequence
  • Bonus Trailers
Available from Ronin Flix or DiabolikDVD.

Scorpion Releasing makes THE WICKED DIE SLOW (review)

Before he directed REVENGE OF THE NERDS, editor-turned-director Jeff Kanew wrote and co-starred in a late sixties New Jersey-lensed western that was one of the earliest Cannon Films releases.  Teaming with violence and sexual savagery from a director known for his entries in the "roughie" softcore sex genre.

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

THE WICKED DIE SLOW Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 2.35:1 Widescreen
  • English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Mono
  • Interview with co-star/writer Jeff Kanew
  • Bonus Trailers
Available from Ronin Flix and DiabolikDVD.

10 September 2019

Kino Lorber and THE SPOILERS (review)

Marlene Dietrich, Randolph Scott, and John Wayne all have Alaskan goldrush fever in THE SPOILERS!

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

THE SPOILERS 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 Toby Roan
  • Animated Image Gallery
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Bonus Trailers

07 September 2019

Kino Lorber visits PITTSBURGH with The Duke (Review)

Coal miners John Wayne and Randolph Scott realize their greatest ambitions and fall in love and out of their friendship when they meet Marlene Dietrich in the Universal melodrama PITTSBURGH.

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

PITTSBURGH Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.37:1 pillarboxed fullscreen
  • English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Mono
  • Optional English SDH Subtitles
  • Animated Image Gallery
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Bonus Trailers

Vinegar Syndrome and Sam HELL COMES TO FROGTOWN (review)

Rowdy Roddy Piper stars in his other eighties cult film as Sam Hell, a scavenger in the wastelands of a nuclear war that have left much of the population sterile.  When it is discovered that he is very potent, he is wrangled into a government operation to infiltrate Frogtown where Captain Toady is holding a harem of fertile babes.

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

HELL COMES TO FROGTOWN Blu-ray/DVD Combo specs:
  • Blu-ray:
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 Widescreen
    • English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Remastered Stereo and 1.0 Mono
  • DVD:
    • 16:9 anamorphic 1.85:1 Widescreen
    • English Dolby Digital 2.0 Remastered Stereo and 1.0 Mono
  • Optional English SDH Subtitles
  • Audio Commentary by director Donald G. Jackson and writer Randall Frakes
  • ”Mean and Green" interview with writer Randall Frakes
  • "Grappling with Green Gargantuans" interview with actor Roddy Piper
  • "Creature Feature Creator" interview with effects wizard Steve Wang
  • "Amphibian Armageddon" interview with actor Brian Frank
  • Alternate Scene
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Reversible Cover

 The first 3,000 copies ordered directly from Vinegar Syndrome
come with a special limited edition V-shaped splitcover designed by Earl Kessler Jr.

Vinegar Syndrome pleads LET MY PUPPETS COME (review)

In the first erotic puppet feature film from the makers of the first erotic puppet theater show KUMQUATS, the three CEOs of a company decide to make some quick money producing a porn film when mobster Mr. Big comes to collect on his loan.

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

LET MY PUPPETS COME 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 film historians Heatehr Drain and Samm Deighan
  • Audio Conversation with puppeteer and puppet designer James Racioppi, moderated by film historian Casey Scott
  • Rare audio from a production of the musical “Kumquats”, the inspiration for Let My Puppets Come"
  • Audio Conversation with "Kumquats" director Nicolas Coppola, moderated by film historian Casey Scott
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Reversible Cover
The first 2,000 copies ordered directly from Vinegar Syndrome come with a special limited edition embossed slipcover designed by Earl Kessler Jr.

Vinegar Syndrome details 9 LIVES OF A WET PUSSYCAT (review)

Before Abel Ferrera became THE DRILLER KILLER he put a different kind of drill to a woman's psyche with a mob-financed porn film about a witch's supernatural stalking of her lesbian lover.

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

9 LIVES OF A WET PUSSY 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 Commenary by film historian Samm Deighan
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Reversible Cover
The first 2,000 copies ordered directly from Vinegar Syndrome
come with a special limited edition die-cut X slipcover designed by Kristopher M. Knight.

03 September 2019

Arrow Video witnesses WHO SAW HER DIE? (review)

ON HER MAJESTY'S SECRET SERVICE's George Lazenby plays an artist working in Venice whose young daughter is the latest victim of a killer stalking red-haired girls.  As he carries out his own investigation, he discovers the suspects are much closer than he expected.  Anita Strindberg, Adolfo Celi, and Dominique Boschero also star.

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

WHO SAW HER DIE? Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 2.35:1 Widescreen
  • English or Italian Credits and Text Inserts
  • English and Italian LPCM 1.0 Mono
  • Optional English subtitles (for Italian dub) and English SDH (for English dub)
  • Audio Commentary by film historian Troy Howarth
  • "I Saw Her Die" interview with director Aldo Lado
  • "Nicoletta, Child of Darkness" interview with actress Nicoletta Elmi
  • "Once Upon a Time in Venice" interview with co-writer Francesco Barilli
  • "Giallo in Venice" interview with author and critic Michael Mackenzie
  • Italian Theatrical Trailer
  • English Theatrical Trailer
  • Poster and Fotobusta Gallery
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Haunt Love 

Vinegar Syndrome weaponizes DECODER (review)

In a dystopian Hamburg, a punk musician discovers a nefarious plot by the government to control human behavior with Muzak.  He then arms a cult of rebels with tape recorders with manpulated sounds to stir up revolution.  FM Einheit and Christiane F. herself star.  With music by Soft Cell.

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

DECODER Blu-ray/DVD Combo Specs:
  • Blu-ray:
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.33:1 pillarboxed fullscreen
    • German/English DTS-HD Master Audio 1.0 Mono
  • DVD:
    • 4:3 non-anamorphic 1.33:1 fullscreen
    • German/English Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono
  • Optional English subtitles (for German dialogue) and English SDH (for all dialogue)
  • Audio Commentary by critic, author and film programmer Kier-La Janisse
  • "Sound as a Weapon” interview with writer/producer Klaus Maeck
  • Archival Audio Interview with writer/producer Klaus Maeck
  • Excerpts from "Pirate Tape" filmmaker Derek Jarman films William S. Burroughs on set
  • Video Footage from the 1982 Berlin Riots
  • Locations "Then and Now" Comparison
  • Italian "Decoder Collective" Documentary
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Stills Gallery
  • Reversible cover
The first 2,000 copies ordered directly from Vinegar Syndrome come with a special limited edition embossed slipcover designed by Derek Gabryszak.

01 September 2019

Film Movement follows THE MAD ADVENTURES OF RABBI JACOB (review)

A case of mistaken and assumed identities has an Arab revolutionary and a bigoted French industrialist posting as Hassidic Jewish Rabbis to escape counterrevolutionary killers, the police, and the Frenchman's violently jealous wife in this seventies comedy starring Louis de Funès.

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

THE MAD ADVENTURES OF RABBI JACOB Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.66:1 Widescreen
  • French/Hebrew/English LPCM 2.0 Mono
  • Optional English Subtitles
  • Interview with co-screenwriter Danièle Thompson
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Bonus Trailers
  • Booklet by Phoebe Maltz Bovy
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