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30 September 2020

Vinegar Syndrome Archive weaves a SPELLCASTER (review)

A group of music fans win a contest to spend a weekend in an Italian castle with a pop superstar searching for a million dollar check, but the devil is in the deatils... literally in SPELLCASTER, an eighties Empire Pictures creature feature starring Adam Ant, Bunty Bailey (the girl in a-ha's "Take on Me" video), and Gail O'Grady.

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

SPELLCASTER Blu-ray specs:

  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 Widescreen
  • English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Stereo
  • Optional English SDH Subtitles
  • "Casting a Spell" interview with actor Richard Blade
  • "Slime Jockies" interview with effects artists/actors William Butler and Michael Deak
  • Still Gallery 

Available directly from Vinegar Syndrome in a limited edition of 4,000 copies with a reversibel cover, double-sided foldout poster, and VHS-style bottom-loading thick cardboard slipcase.

Vinegar Syndrome digs up GRAVE ROBBERS (review)

A band of young grave robbers accidentally awaken the vengeful spirit of a Satan-worshipping Inquisition executioner searching for a virgin womb for the son of Satan in this eighties Mexican supernatural slasher.

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

GRAVE ROBBERS Blu-ray specs:

  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 Widescreen
  • Spanish DTS-HD Master Audio 1.0 and Dolby Digital 2.0 mono
  • Optional English Subtitles
  • Audio Commentary by The Hysteria Continues
  • "Unearthing the Past" interview with director Rubén Galindo Jr.
  • Reversible Cover

The first 3,000 copies ordered directly from Vinegar Syndrome come with a special limited edition embossed slipcover designed by Richard Hilliard.

Vinegar Syndrome plucks KILLING BIRDS (review)

Birdwatchers watch the skies... and your eyes in this Joe D'Amato-produced haunted house story in which the KILLING BIRDS are as incidental as the walking dead.

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

KILLING BIRDS Blu-ray specs:

  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 Widescreen
  • English and Italian DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 and Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono audio
  • Optional English SDH Subtitles
  • Audio Commentary by film historian Samm Deighan
  • "Talons" interview with director Claudio Lattanzi
  • "Birds of a Feather" interview with sound recordist Larry Revene
  • Reversible Cover
  • The first 3,000 copies ordered directly from Vinegar Syndrome come with a limited edition embossed slipcover designed by Earl Kessler Jr.

 

Vinegar Syndrome holidays with MEMORIAL VALLEY MASSACRE

Tourists roughing it during Memorial Day weekend at a new campground have more to worry about than snakes and bears in MEMORIAL VALLEY MASSACRE.

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

MEMORIAL VALLEY MASSACRE Blu-ray specs:

  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 Widescreen
  • English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 and Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
  • Optional English SDH Subtitles
  • "Welcome to Memorial Valley" interview with director Robert C. Hughes
  • "Ranger Danger" interview with actor John Kerry
  • Still Gallery
  • Reversible Cover
  • The first 3,000 copies ordered directly from <b><A href="https://vinegarsyndrome.com/collections/vinegar-syndrome/products/memorial-valley-massacre">Vinegar Syndrome</a></b> come with a special limited edition embossed slipcover designed by Earl Kessler Jr.

 

Lionsgate and Vestron are invaded by SHIVERS (review)

Horror comes from within in David Cronenberg's feature debut SHIVERS in which an upscale apartment building is a Petri dish for invasion and infection by parasites which violently inflame the libidos of their hosts.

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

SHIVERS Blu-ray specs:

  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.78:1 Widescreen
  • English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Mono
  • Optional English, English SDH, and Spanish subtitles
  • Audio Commentary by director David Cronenberg
  • Audio Commentary by co-producer Don Carmody
  • "Mind Over Matter" interview with director David Cronenberg
  • "Good Night Nurse" interview with actress Lynn Lowry
  • "Outside and Within" interview with special make-up effects creator Joe Blasco
  • "Celebrating Cinepix: The Legacy of John Dunning" interview with producer's son Greg Dunning
  • 1998 archival video interview with director David Cronenberg
  • Image Gallery with audio intervie with producer John Dunning
  • Canadian and U.S. Theatrical Trailers
  • TV Spot
  • Radio Spots
  • Collector's Slipcover

 

Scorpion Releasing has a DEATH WISH 3 (Review)

Everyone around Charles Bronson has a death wish, and they should have realized that by DEATH WISH 3 when architect-turned-vigilante turns professional killer, returning to New York (actually a New York borough recreated in London) to rid a neighborhood and its residents of the terror of a violent street gang.

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

DEATH WISH 3 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 author Paul Talbot
  • Interview with actor Kirk Taylor
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Bonus Trailers
  • Collector's Slipcover 

Available directly from Ronin Flix and DiabolikDVD.

Fun City Editions takes on ALPHABET CITY (review)

Johnny is the king of ALPHABET CITY, collecting protection money from business and drug money from his dealers. This night, however, he is forced to chose between getting out or sinking deeper in this stylish eighties take on the crime genre starring Vincent Spano.

REVIEW LINK: Fun City Editions (US) Region A Blu-ray (DVD Drive-in)

ALPHABET CITY Blu-ray specs:

  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 Widescreen
  • English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Mono
  • Optional English SDH Subtitles
  • Optional Introduction by actor Vincent Spano
  • Audio Commentary by director Amos Poe and writer Luc Sante
  • "Prince of Alphabet City" interview with actor Vincent Spano
  • "East Side Stories" video essay by Chris O'Neill
  • Image Gallery
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Reversible Cover

Special limited edition embossed slipcover is limited to 2,000 units and is only available here at VinegarSyndrome

 

Mondo Macabro gets perverse with THE LADY KILLS and PERVERTISSIMA (review)

In this odd double bill of French seventies sexploitation, a woman stalks five men for seduction and death in THE LADY KILLS and a young virgin is hired to do a story on "Love in Paris" in the mondo film PERVERTISSIMA, both from the director of THE SADIST WITH RED TEETH.

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

THE LADY KILLS/PERVERTISSIMA Blu-ray specs:

  • The Lady Kills:
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.66:1 Widescreen
    • French DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Mono
    • Optional English Subtitles
  • Pervertissima:
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.66:1 Widescreen
    • French DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Mono
    • Optional English Subtitles
  • Introductions to both films by writer Christophe Bier
  • "Who is Jean-Louis Van Belle?" Cinematheque presentation
  • 1983 television commercial by Jean-Louis Van Belle
  • More from Mondo Macabro

 

27 September 2020

Indiepix peers into THE BLUE EYES (Review)

Paul and Karen travel to Mexico to trace the travels of his late anthropologist grandfather and have a run-in with fate in the form of a shape-shifting witch.

REVIEW LINK: IndiePix (US) Region 0 NTSC DVD-R (DVDCompare)

THE BLUE EYES DVD-R specs:

  • 16:9 anamorphic 1.78:1 widescreen
  • English/Spanish/Tzotzil LPCM 2.0 Stereo
  • Burnt-in English Subtitles
  • Trailer 

 

23 September 2020

Severin Films explores PRIMITIVES (review)

A trio of ethnological students are out to get a taste of primitive life in the jungle but it may just get a taste of them in the Indonesian response to the Italian cannibal genre PRIMITIVES from the director of SATAN'S SLAVE and starring Indonesian action star Barry Prima.

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

PRIMITIVES Blu-ray specs:

  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 2.35:1 widescreen
  • English and Indonesian DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Mono
  • Optional English SDH subtitles for the English track and English subtitles for the Indonesian track
  • "Producing PRIMITIVES" interview with producer Gope T. Samtani
  • "Way Down in the Jungle Deep" interview with screenwriter Imam Tantowi
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Alternate UK Opening and Closing Credits
  • Reversible Cover

 

Scorpion Releasing gatecrashes THE MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH (review)

A magazine photographer looking for a major scoop is not the only unwelcome guest at a lavish masquerade ball in a Bavarian castle when a figure dresses as The Red Death starts slashing and hacking their way through the guestlist in this Poe-themed slasher from the director of KILLER'S MOON.

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

THE MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH Blu-ray specs:

  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.78:1 widescreen
  • English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Stereo
  • Optional English SDH Subtitles
  • Audio Commentary by Mondo Digital's Nathaniel Thompson
  • Bonus Trailers

Severin Films tries to survive a MASSACRE IN DINOSAUR VALLEY (Review)

A bone hunter, a paleontolist, his lovely daughter, two fashion models, a photographer, and a Nam vet and his wife are stuck in the jungle surrounded by cannibals in the Italian adventure MASSACRE IN DINOSAUR VALLEY.

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

MASSACRE IN DINOSAUR VALLEY Blu-ray specs:

  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 Widescreen
  • English and Italian DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Mono
  • Engilsh SDH subtitles (for English) and English subtitles (for Italian) 
  • Interview with actor Michael Sopkiw
  • Interview with co-screenwriter Dardano Sachetti
  • Deleted and Extended Scenes Reel (in English or Italian)
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Italian Credits
  • Reversible Cover

 

Scorpion Releasing inflicts TORMENT (Review)

An old woman who has a habit of crying wolf and her potential daughter-in-law experience TORMENT in this eighties New World Pictures sleeper from the crew of THE DORM THAT DRIPPED BLOOD and THE POWER.

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

TORMENT 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 composer Christopher Young
  • TV Spot
  • Bonus Trailers 

 

17 September 2020

Blue Underground undresses CECILIA (review)

In this slice of Jess Franco erotica, Cecilia decides she wants an open marriage, but will she be the one to violate the rule of never falling in love with any partner other than her husband?

REVIEW LINK: Blue Underground (US) Region ALL Blu-ray (DVD Drive-in)

CECILIA Blu-ray specs:

  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.66:1 Widescreen presentations of the original Spanish version (88 mins) and the expanded French version (105 mins)
    • Spanish Version:
      • Spanish Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono with optional English Subtitles
    • French Version: 
      • English and French DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Mono with optional English subtitles (for French) and SDH subtitles (for English)
      • "Franco-Philes: Musings on Madrid's B-Movie Maverick" feature-length documentary examining the career of Jess Franco
  • Interview with director Jess Franco
  • Interview with author Stephen Thrower
  • Stills Gallery
  • Theatrical Trailer

Severin Films is posssessed by DEMONIA (Review)

In 1990, Lucio Fulci took a stab at a return to his classic Gothic horror with DEMONIA in which a Canadian archaeological expedition in Sicily uncovers a dark secret in a medieval hilltop convent.

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

DEMOINIA Blu-ray specs:

  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.66:1 Widescreen
  • English and Italian DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Mono
  • Optional English SDH (for English) and English subtitles (for Italian)
  • Audio Commentary by film historian Stephen Thrower
  • "Holy Demons" interview with uncredited co-writer and assistant director Antonio Tentori
  • "Of Skulls and Bones" interview with camera operator Sandro Grossi
  • "Fulci Lives!!! by M. F. Laurgnini" 1990 camcorder set visit
  • Theatrical Trailer

 

09 September 2020

Vinegar Syndrome answers THE CALLER (Review)

A woman in an isolated cottage on a stormy night.  A motorist asking to use the telephone.  Both have secrets.  One might be a murderer.  Malcolm McDowell and Madolyn Smith star in this Empire Pictures thriller.

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

THE CALLER Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 Widescreen
  • English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 and Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
  • Optional English SDH Subtitles
  • "Boiling Over" interview with director Arthur Allan Seidelman
  • Audio Interview with screenwriter Michael Sloan
  • Photo Gallery
  • Reversible Cover


The first 2,500 copies ordered directly from Vinegar Syndrome
include a special limited edition embossed slipcover designed by Ralf Krause.

88 Films monkeys around with THE FEARLESS HYENA (review)

Jackie Chan monkeys around in his directorial debut as his grandfather's only student, getting into trouble gambling, fighting, and swindling until he must train for revenge.

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

THE FEARLESS HYENA Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 2.35:1 Widescreen
  • Cantonese DTS-HD Master Audio 1.0 mono, Cantonese DTS 1.0 mono (with Japanese "Crazy Monkey" theme song), English DTS-HD Master Audio 1.0 mono, and English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
  • Optional English Subtitles
  • Audio Commentary by Hong Kong cinema experts Mike Leeder and Arne Venema
  • Hong Kong Theatrical Trailer
  • Japanese Theatrical Trailer
  • Japanese TV Spot
  • Reversible sleeve with alternative Hong Kong poster artwork
  • LIMITED EDITION (first print run) CONTENTS: Gloss O-Card slipcase with new artwork from R.P. “Kung Fu Bob” O’Brien, and limited edition booklet by Andrew Staton featuring rare stills, posters, lobby cards, behind- the-scenes photos, production stills and more.
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