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24 September 2021

Severin Films strikes MIDNIGHT (review)

A hitchhiker and two college students run into a family of backwoods Satanists in MIDNIGHT, from NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD writer John A. Russo.

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

MIDNIGHT Blu-ray specs:

  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.66:1 Widescreen
  • English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and 2.0 Stereo
  • Optional English SDH Subtitles
  • Isolated Score Selections featuring a 2021 audio interview with composer Mike Mazzei and actor John Hall, introduced by Red Shirt Pictures' Michael Felsher
  • "Making Midnight" interview with writer/director John Russo
  • "Producing Midnight" interview with producer/distributor Samuel M. Sherman 
  • "The Midnight Killer" 2021 interview with actor John Amplas
  • "Small Favors" 2021 interview with special make-up effects artist Tom Savini 
  • Alternate "The Backwoods Massacre" Title Card
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Radio Spot

Severin Films stalks THE FOURTH VICTIM (review)

Carroll Baker is an American heiress who falls in love but may become THE FOURTH VICTIM in this giallo about a serial widower whose three previous wive have all died mysteriously and left behind large life insurance polices.  From the director of HORROR EXPRESS.

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

THE FOURTH VICTIM Blu-ray specs:

  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 2.39:1 widescreen
  • English and Italian DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Mono
  • Optional English SDH Subtitles
  • "Eugenio Martín: An Auteur for All Genres" interview with biographer Carlos Aguilar
  • Deleted Scene from the Spanish Version
  • International Theatrical Trailer

Severin Films shouts but NO ONE HEARD THE SCREAM (review)

When a high class callgirl spends the long weekend alone in her apartment building, she stumbles upon her neighbor disposing of his wife's body.  Instead of trying to kill her, he plans to secure her silence by making her an accomplice in his efforts to get rid of his wife's body.  From the director of CANNIBAL MAN.

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

NO ONE HEARD THE SCREAM Blu-ray specs:

  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 Widescreen
  • Spanish DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Mono
  • Optional English Subtitles
  • "Eloy de la Iglesia and the Spanish Giallo" interview with film historian Dr. Andy Willis

Severin Films reaps A DAY OF JUDGMENT (review)

The Grim Reaper comes to a small town to collect sinful souls in the "Christian slasher" A DAY OF JUDGMENT from the folks at Earl Owensby Studios.

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

A DAY OF JUDGMENT Blu-ray specs:

  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.78:1 Widescreen
  • English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Mono
  • Optional English SDH Subtitles
  • "The Atheist's Sin" interview with NIGHTMARE USA author Stephen Thrower
  • "Tales of Judgment" interview with producer Worth Keeter and screenwriter Thom McIntyre

22 September 2021

Acorn Media conjures BELZEBUTH with Shudder (review)

SAW's Tobin Bell plays a sinister ex-priest pursued by the Vatican and a Mexican detective as inexplicable possessions and tragedies target young children in this Mexican horror film picked up by Shudder.

REVIEW LINK: Acorn Media (UK) Region ALL Blu-ray (DVDCompare)

BELZEBUTH Blu-ray specs:

  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 2.40:1 Widescreen
  • English/Spanish DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
  • Optional English SDH and Spanish SDH Subtitles

Acorn Media gets TERRIFIED with Shudder (review)

Increasingly bizarre and violent paranormal events effect a quiet neighborhood in this Argentinian horror flick from Shudder.

REVIEW LINK: Acorn Media (UK) Region ALL Blu-ray (DVDCompare)

TERRIFIED Blu-ray specs:

  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 2.41:1 Widescreen
  • Spanish and English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Stereo
  • Optional English SDH or French subtitles
  • Start-up Trailer

19 September 2021

Second Sight experiences PARANORMAL ACTIVITY (Review)

PARANORMAL ACTIVITY, the film that rebooted the "found footage" genre comes to limited edition special edition Blu-ray with a host of new extras.

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

PARANORMAL ACTIVITY Blu-ray specs:

  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.78:1 Widescreen
  • English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and 2.0 Stereo
  • Optional English HoH Subtitles
  • Audio Commentary by writer/director Oren Peli
  • Audio Commentary by Scarred for Life and Gayly Dreadful podcasters Mary Beth McAndrews and Terry Mesnard
  • "Breaking Normal" interview with writer/director Oren Peli
  • "The Marked One" interview with actress Katie Featherston
  • "The Man with the Camera" interview with actor Micah Sloat
  • "The Possessed" interview with actress Ashley Palmer
  • Alternative Ending
  • The Festival Cut Ending
  • Deleted Scene
  • Trailer and TV Spots
  • Packaged in a rigid slipcase with new artwork by James Neal, along with a softcover book with new essays by Sarah Appleton, Anton Bitel, Shellie McMurdo, and Pete Turner, as well as six collectors' art cards.

Eureka finds Masters of Cinema in EARLY UNIVERSAL VOL. 1 (review)

Eureka explore a studio's early years with EARLY UNIVERSAL VOL. 1.  In SKINNER'S DRESS SUIT, an office worker lies to his wife about getting a raise and is thrown into a series of mishaps when she spends it all.  In THE SHIELD OF HONOR, a father and son family of cops face different challenges at beginning and ends of their careers when they get involved in a jewelry heist.  In THE SHAKEDOWN, a boxer who throws fights must decide between making money and the love of a woman and a needy orphan.

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

EARLY UNIVERSAL VOL. 1 Blu-ray specs: 

  • Disc One:
    • "Skinner's Dress Suit" (1926):
      • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.33:1 Pillarboxed Fullscreen
      • Leo Birenberg Score in LPCM 2.0 Stereo
      • English Intertitles
      • Audio Commentary by film historian and writer David Kalat
  • Disc Two:
    • "The Shield of Honor" (1927): 
      • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.33:1 Pillarboxed Fullscreen
      • Alex Kovacs Score in LPCM 2.0 Stereo
      • English Intertitles
      • Audio Commentary by professor and film scholar Jason A. Ney
    • "The Shakedown" 
      • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.33:1 Pillarboxed Fullscreen
      • Michael Gatt Score in LPCM 2.0 Stereo
      • English Intertitles
      • Audio Commentary by film writer Nick Pinkerton
  • The first 2,000 copies come with a limited edition O-Card slipcase and a 27-page collector's booklet featuring writing by Richard Combs and Andrew Graves.

10 September 2021

American Genre Film Archive shines the spotlight on SHE FREAK (review)

Exploitation mavericks David Friedman and Byron Mabe reimagine Tod Browning's FREAKS for the grindhouse in the sixties flick SHE FREAK about a waitress who aims high when she joins a carnival.

REVIEW LINK: American Genre Film Archive (US) Region ALL Blu-ray (DVD Drive-in)

SHE FREAK 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 David F. Friedman, moderated by Mike Vraney
  • "Asylum of the Insane" bootleg inserts filmed by Donn Davison
  • "The Laughing, Leering, Lampooning Lures of David F. Friedman" feature-length compilation of trailers from the Something Weird vaults
  • Vintage Carnival Shorts and Newsreel
  • Promotional Photo Gallery
  • Reversible Cover
  • Booklet with an essay by Something Weird’s Lisa Petrucci
  • The first 2,500 units ordered directly from Vinegar Syndrome come with a special limited edition embossed slipcover.  

Umbrella Entertainment gets stage fright with NIGHTMARES (review)

On June 28, Severin Films will release John Lamond's Australian slasher film NIGHTMARES (released in the US as STAGE FRIGHT, not to be confused with the Italian Michele Soavi slasher).  Jenny Neumann (HELL NIGHT) plays an American actress auditioning for a play in Australia.  Soon the cast and crew are being stalked by a killer wielding shards of glass.  Max Phipps (THIRST), Gary Sweet (TV's BLUE MURDER), and Briony Behets (LONG WEEKEND) co-star.

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

NIGHTMARES Blu-ray specs:

  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 2.39:1 Widescreen
  • English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Mono
  • Optional English HoH Subtitles
  • Audio Commentary by director John Lamond, moderated by filmmaker Mark Hartley
  • "Not Quite Hollywood" extended interviews with director John Lamond, actress Nina Landes, and cinematographer Garry Wapshott
  • Deleted Scenes
  • "Confessions of an R-Rated Filmmaker" interview with director John Lamond
  • Stills and Poster Gallery
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • TV Spot
  • John D. Lamond Trailer Reel

Vinegar Syndrome tutors GIRLS SCHOOL SCREAMERS (review)

Seven Catholic school girls get finished off at finishing school in the eighties supernatural slasher GIRLS SCHOOL SCREAMERS from Troma and Vinegar Syndrome.

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

GIRLS SCHOOL SCREAMERS Blu-ray specs:

  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 Widescreen
  • English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 and Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono
  • Optional English SDH Subtitles
  • Audio Commentary by writer/director/producer John P. Finegan
  • Audio Commentary by editor/assistant director Tom Rondinella and second assistant camera/second assistant director Bill Pace
  • "28 Seconds of Violence: The Making of Girls School Screamers" 2021 extended making-of documentary
  • Reversible Cover
  • The first 5,000 copies ordered directly from Vinegar Syndrome come with a special limited edition embossed slipcover designed by Earl Kess.

Vinegar Syndrome dines on AUNTIE LEE'S MEAT PIES (review)

Young men who accept rides from Auntie Lee's gorgeous and insatiable nieces wind up as AUNTIE LEE'S MEAT PIES in this nineties horror comedy starring Karen Black, Pat Morita, and Michael Berryman.

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

AUNTIE LEE'S MEAT PIES Blu-ray specs:

  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 Widescreen
  • English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Stereo
  • Optional English SDH Subtitles
  • "Express with Less" interview with actor Michael Berryman
  • "Blood in the Pool" interview with makeup effects artist Roy Knyrim
  • "So Bad it’s Good" interview with actor Richard Vidan
  • "Say Yes" interview with actor Grant Cramer
  • "Recipe for Auntie Lee’s Meat Pies" by The Homicidal Homemaker
  • Reversible Cover
  • The first 5,000 copies ordered directly from Vinegar Syndrome come with a special limited edition embossed slipcover designed by Tom Hodge of The Dude Designs.

American Genre FIlm Archive hunts the TREASURE OF THE NINJA AND THE FILMS OF WILLIAM LEE (Review)

Running on more ambition that resources, DIY filmmaker William Lee broke out the Super 8 camera and lensed a martial arts epic with TREASURE OF THE NINJA, starring as agent Magneta Faze who must protect an expedition from a mad millionaire, ninjas, an zombie ninjas!

REVIEW LINK: American Genre Film Archive/Bleeding Skull (US) Region ALL Blu-ray (DVD Drive-in)

TREASURE OF THE NINJA AND THE FILMS OF WILLIAM LEE Blu-ray specs:

  • Treasure of the Ninja (1988):
  • 1080i60 MPEG-4 AVC 1.33:1 fullscreen
  • English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Mono
  • Optional English SDH Subtitles
  • Audio Commentary by writer/director/star William Lee
  • Dragon vs Ninja (1984):
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.33:1 fullscreen
    • English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Mono
    • Optional English SDH Subtitles
  • 1980 short film THE NEW CHINESE CONNECTION
  • 4 WILLIE JACK Super 8 short films
  • Reversible cover
  • A special embossed slipcover limited to
    2,000 units is only available from Vinegar Syndrome.

Severin Films dives OVERBOARD (review)

When socialite Goldie Hawn falls OVERBOARD and loses her memory, grudge-carrying carpenter Kurt Russell tricks her into believing she is his working class wife and the mother of his quartet of out of control children in this quintessential eighties romantic comedy from Garry Marshall and the writer of MRS. DOUBTFIRE and THE THOMAS CROWN AFFAIR.

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

OVERBOARD Blu-ray specs:

  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 Widescreen
  • English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Stereo
  • French DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Stereo
  • Spanish DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Mono
  • Optional English SDH Subtitles
  • "Writing OVERBOARD" interview with screenwriter Leslie Dixon
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Slipcover

27 August 2021

Mondo Macabro targets THE DESIGNATED VICTIM (Review)

Tomas Milian and Pierre Clementi plot the perfect crime in this giallo riff on STRANGERS ON A TRAIN.

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

THE DESIGNATED VICTIM Blu-ray specs:

  • Theatrical Version (100 minutes):
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 2.35:1 Widescreen
    • English and Italian LPCM 1.0 Mono
    • Optional English Subtitles
    • Audio Commentary by giallo experts Rachael Nisbet and Peter Jilmstad
  • Extended Version (105 minutes):
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 2.35:1 Widescreen
    • Italian LPCM 1.0 Mono 
    • Optional English Subtitles
  • Interview with co-writer/assistant director Aldo Lado
  • "Pierre Clémenti: Pope of Counterculture" interview with Pierre Clémenti's son Balthazar Clémenti
  • Trailers:
    • International Trailer
    • "Slam-Out" Trailer
    • Italian Theatrical Trailer
  • Alternate English Titles
  • Limited numbered edition of 1,500 copies comes with a reversible cover, set of lobby card reproductions, and a 16-page booklet with brand new writing on the film by Italian film expert Roberto Curti.
  • Available directly from Mondo Macabro.

Mondo Macabro plays IT'S NOTHING MAMA, JUST A GAME (review)

David Hemmings goes from the boyish hero of BLOW-UP to the mentally-unstable childlike landowner of a Venezuelan plantation who likes hunting game, if the game are beautiful girls destined to be torn apart by his hunting dogs.  Alida Valli and Andrea Rau also star.

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

IT'S NOTHING MAMA, JUST A GAME Blu-ray specs:

  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 Widescreen
  • English and Spanish DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Mono
  • Optional English Subtitles
  • Audio Commentary by film historian Kat Ellinger
  • "Absolutely Power Corrupts Absolutely" video essay on the career of David Hemmings by Chris O'Neill
  • Spanish Title Sequence
  • Theatrical Trailers
  • Numbered limited edition of 1,200 copies comes with a reversible cover sleeve with original ad art on each side, B side featuring the alternate "Beyond Erotica" title, a set of lobby card reproductions, and a 24-page booklet with brand new writing on the film by Spanish film expert Ismael Fernández.
  • Available directly from Mondo Macabro.

Mondo Macabro grooms HUMAN ANIMALS (review)

After a nuclear holocaust, two men and a woman wake up in a vast desert wasteland with no memory of their prior existence.  A German Shepherd leads them to a virtual Garden of Eden, but as they address their creature comforts, lust and jealousy set in, leading to violence and the woman getting cozy with her canine companion.

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

HUMAN ANIMALS Blu-ray specs: 

  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 Widescreen
  • Spanish LPCM 2.0 Mono
  • Optional English Subtitles
  • Interview with director Elgio Herrero
  • More from Mondo Macabro
  • Numbered edition of 1,200 copies comes with a reversible cover sleeve with original ad art for the film on each side and a 24-page booklet with brand new writing on the film by Spanish film expert Ismael Fernández.
  • Available directly from Mondo Macabro.

Umbrella Entertainment rides with STONE (Review)

When a biker gang is targeted for assassination after one of them witnesses a political assassination, a police officer goes undercover in the gang to track down the killer only to find the lines of his identity of cop and biker blurred in the ultimate Australian biker film STONE.

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

STONE Blu-ray specs:

  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 Widescreen
  • English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Mono
  • Optional English HoH Subtitles
  • "Stone Forever" 1999 25th Anniversary documentary
  • "Tarantino on Stone"
  • "The Making of STONE" 1974 documentary
  • Forty minutes of scenes deleted after the original theatrical release
  • Two hours of NOT QUITE HOLLYWOOD extended interviews with writer/director/actor Sandy Harbutt, actors Ken Shorter, Rebecca Gilling, and Roger Ward, executive producer David Hannay, and editor Ian Barry
  • Make-up Tests
  • Still Gallery with audio commentary by Sandy Harbutt
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • CD Soundtrack included with the first 3,000 copies
  • Slipcover

Umbrella Entertainment hits the surf with WINDRIDER (review)

Hot shot engineer P.C. Simpson's greatest passion is windsurfing until a shark encounter throws off his game and he takes an interest instead in up-and-coming rock singer Nicole Kidman in this Ozploitation eighties romantic comedy/drama.

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

WINDRIDER Blu-ray specs:

  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.78:1 Widescreen
  • English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Mono
  • Optional English HoH Subtitles
  • Audio Commentary by director Vincent Monton and writer Everett De Roche, moderated by Mark Hartley
  • "Running Hot" interview with director Vincent Monton and writer Everett De Roche
  • Nicole Kidman Music Promo
  • "Young Days" Music Video
  • Extended and Uncut Bedroom Scene
  • Windsurfing Promo
  • Stills and Promotional Gallery
  • TV Spot
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Slipcover

25 August 2021

Kino Lorber wonders WHERE'S POPPA? (review)

George Segal stars as an attorney who is being driven mad by his senile mother (Ruth Gordon).  When she and the new love of his life (Trish Van Devere) violently clash, he must decide between breaking his promise to his dead father and putting her in a home or "taking care" of her once and for all in this oddball comedy directed by Carl Reiner.

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

WHERE'S POPPA? Blu-ray specs:

  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 Widescreen
  • English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Mono
  • Optional English SDH Subtitles
  • Alternate Ending
  • 2 Teaser Trailers
  • Theatrical Trailer

18 August 2021

Second Run gets gothic with BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (Review)

The director of THE CREMATOR Juraj Herz gives us a gothic horror take on BEAUTY AND THE BEAST.

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

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST Blu-ray specs: 

  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.37:1 Fullscreen
  • Czech LPCM 2.0 Mono
  • Optional English Subtitles
  • Audio Commentary by Projection Booth podcasters Mike White, Samm Deighan, and Kat Ellinger
  • "František Hrubín" 1964 short film on the film's screenwriter
  • Reversible Cover
  • 20-page booklet featuring an essay by film historian Jonathan Owen.

Second Run ponders ADOPTION (Review)

Widowed, forty-two year old Kata has decided that she wants to have a baby, her married boyfriend refuses but she soon finds her loneliness filled by a juvenile delinquent who very much needs some kind of compassion and guidance in this realist drama for which Márta Mészáros who became the first female Berlin Film Festival Golden Bear winner for director.

REVIEW LINK: Second Run (UK) Region ALL Blu-ray (DVD Drive-in)

ADOPTION Blu-ray specs:

  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 Widescreen
  • Hungarian LPCM 2.0 Mono
  • Optional English Subtitles
  • Introduction by director Márta Mészáros
  • A Conversation with director Márta Mészáros
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • 14-page booklet by film critic Carmen Gray

16 August 2021

Umbrella Entertainment revives PATRICK (review)

Before he directed ROAD GAMES, PSYCHO II, and LINK, Aussie film director Richard Franklin helmed this classic piece of Ozploitation: PATRICK.  A nurse goes to work in a mysterious clinic where a comatose patient seems to be capable of wreaking telekinetic havoc.  Susan Penahligon (BBC's DRACULA), Robert Helpmann (THE RED SHOES), and Rod Mullinar (THIRST) star.

Also included is the 2013 remake starring Charles Dance and Rachel Griffiths.

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

PATRICK Blu-ray specs:

  • Disc One - Patrick (1978):
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.78:1 Widescreen
    • English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Mono
    • Audio Commentary by director Richard Franklin
    • Extended Interviews with director Richard Franklin, screenwriter Everett de Roche, producer Antony Ginnane, and stars Susan Penhaligon and Rod Mullinar from "Not Quite Hollywood"
    • "A Coffee Break with Antony I. Ginnane" 
    • On Set Interview with Richard Franklin
    • 1981 Interview with Richard Franklin
    • "Where Was It Filmed?"
    • Excerpt from Dubbed US version
    • Stills and Poster Gallery
    • US Theatrical Trailer
    • TV Spots
    • "Patrick vive Ancora" Trailer
    • Theatrical Trailer
    • Antony I. Ginnane Trailer Reel
  • Disc Two - Patrick (2013):
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 2.40:1 Widescreen
    • English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
    • Optional English HoH Subtitles
    • Audio Commentary by director Mark Hartley, cinematographer Garry Richards, and writer Justin King
    • "The Spit, The Stunts, The Sex, The Gore" making-of
    • Cast & Crew On-Set Interviews
    • Mark & Garry's Production Diary
    • VFX Before & After Showcase
    • Radio interviews with director Mark Hartley
    • "Phase 4" viral video
    • Stills and Poster Gallery
    • Theatrical Trailer
  • Slipcover

Eureka Classics fulfills PROPHECY (Review)

A scientist and his wife travel up to Maine to do an ecological investigation during a land dispute between a logging company and a Native American tribe and discover toxic horrors in John Frankenheimer's monster movie PROPHECY.

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

PROPHECY Blu-ray specs:

  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 2.35:1 Widescreen
  • English LPCM 2.0 Stereo
  • Optional English HoH Subtitles
  • Audio Commentary by film historian Richard Harland Smith
  • Audio Commentary by film writers Lee Gambin and Emma Westwood
  • "Truth in Fiction" interview with screenwriter David Seltzer
  • "Katahdin Speaks" interview with mime artist Tom McLoughlin
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • TV Spot
  • Radio Spots
  • Still Galleries:
    • Production Still Gallery
    • Posters & Lobby Cards
    • Archival Articles and Print Ads
  • The first 2,000 copies come with a limited edition O-Card slipcase featuring new artwork by Darren Wheeling as well as a collector's booklet featuring "If You Go Down to the Woods Today..." by Craig Ian Mann and "Stories from the Set: A Young Trainee Gets Her Big Break on Prophecy" an interview with Venita Ozols-Graham by John Campopiano.

14 August 2021

Arrow Video hears DEATH SCREAMS (review)

Teenagers fall victim to a machete-wielding killer in DEATH SCREAMS, a North Carolina-lensed slasher from OZZIE AND HARRIET actor David Nelson.

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

DEATH SCREAMS Blu-ray specs:

  • 1080p24 MEPG-4 AVC 1.85:1 Widescreen
  • English LPCM 1.0 Mono
  • Optional English SDH Subtitles
  • Audio Commentary by producer Charles Ison and special effects artist Worth Keeter, moderated by filmmaker Phil Smoot
  • Audio Commentary by The Hysteria Continues
  • "All the Fun of the Scare: The Making of Death Screams" documentary
  • Alternate "House of Death" VHS Opening Titles
  • TV and Radio Spots
  • Image Galleries
  • BD-ROM: Two versions of the screenplay under the original title of "Night Screams" (.pdf)
  • Reversible cover featuring original artwork and a newly-commissioned reimagining of the original VHS artwork by Sadist Art Designs.
  • The first pressing includes a die-cut slipcover and a fully-illustrated collector's booklet featuring new writing by Brian Albright.

Severin Films munches with CANNIBAL MAN (review)

When slaughterhouse worker Marcos is involved in a fight that winds up with a man accidentally killed, his attempts to cover up the crime lead to corpses piling up in his shack and his mind beginning to fracture in the Spanish thriller THE CANNIBAL MAN from Eloy de la Iglesia.

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

CANNIBAL MAN Blu-ray specs:

  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 widescreen transfers of the international cut (98 minutes) and an extended version (107 minutes) featuring scenes exclusive to both the English and Spanish versions of the film
  • English and Spanish DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Mono (both versions)
  • English and English SDH subtitles (both versions)
  • "Cinema at the Margins: Stephen Thrower and Dr. Shelagh Rowan-Legg on Eloy de la Iglesia" 2021 interview
  • "The Director and The Cannibal Man" 2021 interview with film scholar Carlos Aguilar
  • Deleted Scenes
  • English Theatrical Trailer
  • Reversible Cover
  • A limited edition available exclusively from Severin Films includes a slipcover with two artwork motifs from the original advertising.

Vinegar Syndrome rubs THE LAMP (review)

Teeangers spending the night in a museum get more than they bargained for when they discover a magical lamp with a malevolent genie who collects souls rather than granting wishes in this gory eighties horror pic released in the US as THE OUTING.

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

THE LAMP Blu-ray specs:

  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 Widescreen
  • English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Stereo
  • Audio Commentary by writer/producer Warren Chaney, actress Deborah Winters, and actor Barry Coffing, moderated by Zack Carlson (2021)
  • "All in the Family: Taking an Outing in the Lamp" 2021 extended making-of documentary with writer/producer Warren Chaney, executive producer Fred T. Kuehnert, along with actors Deborah Winters, Andra St. Ivanyi, André Chimène, Hank Amigo, Michelle Watkins and Barry Coffing
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Reversible Cover
  • The first 5,000 copies available directly from Vinegar Syndrome include a  special limited edition embossed slipcover designed by Earl Kess.

Vinegar Syndrome passes THROUGH THE FIRE (review)

A woman searching for her missing sister and an off-duty cop take on Texas satanists in the regional flick THROUGH THE FIRE.

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

THROUGH THE FIRE Blu-ray specs:

  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 widescreen transfer of the original theatrical version (88 minutes)
  • English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Mono
  • Optional English SDH Subtitles
  • Alternate Home Video Version titled THE GATES OF HELL PART II: DEAD AWAKENING (87 minutes) sourced from VHS
  • Audio Commentary by writer/director Gary Marcum, moderated by Vinegar Syndrome's Brad Henderson
  • Audio Commentary by writer/director Gary Marcum, co-writer/associate producer Brad Potter, and editor Jay Helton, moderated by Zack Carlson
  • "Lighting the Spark" interview with co-writer/director Gary Marcum and co-writer/associate producer Brad Potter
  • "A Labor of Love" interview with special makeup effect artist Gregor Punchatz
  • Behind-the-Scenes Special Effects Video Footage
  • Reversible Cover
  • The first 5,000 copies ordered directly from Vinegar Syndrome include a special limited edition embossed slipcover designed by Robert Sammelin.

Severin Films is BORN FOR HELL (review)

The horrific true life crimes of mass murderer Richard Speck are moved to Belfast, Ireland in this grim Canadian/French/West German/Italian dramatization.

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

BORN FOR HELL Blu-ray specs:

  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 widescreen transfers of the original version (92 minutes) and the American home video version titled NAKED MASSACRE (86 minutes)
  • English and French DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Mono
  • Optional English Subtitles
  • "The Other Side of the Mirror" interview with actor Mathieu Carrière
  • "Nightmare In Chicago: Remembering the Richard Speck Crime Spree" interview with local filmmakers John McNaughton and Gary Sherman
  • "A New Kind Of Crime: The Richard Speck Story" interview with Once Upon A Crime podcaster Esther Ludlow
  • "Bombing Here, Shooting There" video essay by filmmaker Chris O’Neill
  • "Artist Joe Coleman on Speck"
  • "Inside the Odditorium"
  • Italian Theatrical Trailer

Severin Films stalks INVADERS OF THE LOST GOLD (review)

Stuart Whitman, Edmund Purdom, and Laura Gemser brave the jungle in search of World War II Japanese gold in this lowrent adventure pic from trash producer Dick Randall also known as HORROR SAFARI and GREED.

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

INVADERS OF THE LOST GOLD Blu-ray specs:

  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 Widescreen
  • English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Mono
  • "Rumble in the Jungle" interview with director Alan Birkinshaw
  • "Machete Maidens Unleashed" documentary outtakes with director Alan Birkinshaw and wife of producer Dick Randall, Corliss Randall
  • A limited edition available directly from Severin Films includes an exclusive slipcover.

Arrow Video gets touched by BLIND BEAST (review)

A model is abducted by a blind sculptor who wants to use her body to innovate a new art form, but their relationship moves from cat and mouse into even deadlier transgressive territory in this Japanese exploitation film based on the works of Edogawa Rampo.

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

BLIND BEAST Blu-ray specs:

  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 2.35:1 Widescren
  • Japanese LPCM 1.0 Mono
  • Optional English Subtitles
  • Audio Commentary by Asian cinema scholar Earl Jackson
  • Introduction by Japanese cinema expert Tony Rayns
  • "Blind Beast: Masumura the Supersensualist" visual essay by Japanese literature and visual studies scholar Seth Jacobowitz
  • Japanese Theatrical Trailer
  • Image Gallery
  • Reversible cover featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Tony Stella
  • The first pressing includes an illustrated booklet featuring new writing by Virginie Sélavy.

26 July 2021

Eureka Classics initiates a WILD SEARCH (review)

A weapons sale bust leaves a four year old girl orphaned an in danger in Ringo Lam's WILD SEARCH, loosely based on Peter Wier's WITNESS.  Chow Yun-Fat and Cherie Chung star.

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

WILD SEARCH Blu-ray specs:

  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 Widescreen
  • Cantonese and English LPCM 1.0 Mono
  • Optional English Subtitles
  • Audio Commenary by Frank Djeng, NY Asian Film Festival
  • "Roy Cheung on Fire" actor interview
  • "The Doyen of Dubs" audio interview with English dubbing artist Simon Broad
  • Collector's booklet by David West (NEO Magazine)

17 July 2021

Arrow Video experiences the YEARS OF LEAD: Five Classic Italian Crime Thrillers 1973–1977 (review)

Arrow Video presents five idiosyncratic Italian crime films that encompass the cultural anxiety of the "Years of Lead" marked by a spike in crime and domestic terrorism in Italy from the late sixties to the early eighties.  In SAVAGE THREE, a trio of workers for a computer company embark on a crime spree and the police are baffled at the lack of discernable motive connecting the crimes.  In LIKE RABID DOGS, three well-to-do students go on a robbery, rape, and murder spree and the only cop who suspects them runs repeatedly into red tape because of the lead suspect's social connections.  In COLT 38 SPECIAL SQUAD, a cop whose wife has been murdered by a master criminal heads a special squad to combat crime just in time for a spate of bombings all over the city.  In HIGHWAY RACER, a hotheaded cop may be the police force's only hope of infiltrating a criminal gang that use racing car maneuvers to evade capture.  In NO, THE CASE IS HAPPILY RESOLVED, a railway worker witnesses a mild-mannered schoolteacher brutally murder a prostitute.  He does not want to get involved until he discovers that the killer has gone to the cops and fingered him as the killer.

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

YEARS OF LEAD: FIVE CLASSIC ITALIAN CRIME THRILLERS 1973–1977 Blu-ray specs:

  • Disc One:
    • Savage Three (1975):
      • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 Widescreen
      • Italian DTS-HD Master Audio 1.0 Mono
      • Optional English Subtitles
      • "Rat Eat Rat" interview with director Vittorio Salerno and actress Martine Brochard
      • "The Savage One" interview with actor Joe Dallesandro
      • Poster Gallery
    • Like Rabid Dogs (1976):
      • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 2.35:1 Widescreen
      • Italian DTS-HD Master Audio 1.0 Mono
      • "When a Murderer Dies" interview with film historian Fabio Melelli and cinematographer Romano Albani
      • "It's Not a Time for Tears" interview with assistant director Claudio Bernabei
      • Theatrical Trailer
      • Music Sampler
      • Poster Gallery
  • Disc Two:
    • Colt 38 Special Squad (1976):
      • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 2.35:1 Widescreen
      • English and Italian LPCM 1.0 Mono
      • Optional English and English SDH Subtitles 
      • Archival introduction by composer Stelvio Cipriani
      • "Always the Same Ol’ 7 Notes" interview with composer Stelvio Cipriani
      • "A Tough Guy" interview with editor Antonio Siciliano
      • Theatrical Trailer
      • Poster Gallery
    • Highway Racer (1977):
      • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 Widescreen
      • English and Italian LPCM 1.0 Mono
      • Optional English Subtitles
      • "Faster Than a Bullet" interview with film historian Roberto Curti
      • Poster Gallery
  • Disc Three:
    • No, the Case is Happily Resolved (1973):
      • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 Widescreen
      • Italian LPCM 1.0 Mono
      • Optional English Subtitles
      • "Mother Justice" interview with director Vittorio Salerno and actress Martine Brochard
      • Alternate Ending
      • Italian Theatrical Trailer
      • Poster Gallery
    • "Poliziotteschi: Violence and Justice in the Years of Lead" visual essay by critic Will Webb
  • Comes with reversible sleeves featuring original artwork for all five films and a limited edition collector's booklet featuring new writing on the films by Troy Howarth, Michael Mackenzie, Rachael Nisbet, Kat Ellinger, and James Oliver.

Severin Films goes behind enemy lines with STRIKE COMMANDO 2 (review)

In STRIKE COMMANDO 2, Mike Ransom must deliver a cache of diamonds to a drug lord who is ransoming his former commanding officer.  As he makes his way through the jungle, it seems as if everyone wants to get their hands on the jewels, including a sexy bar owner and a sadistic KGB officer.  Brent Huff, Richard Harris, Mary Stavin, and Vic Diaz star.

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

STRIKE COMMANDO 2 Blu-ray specs:

  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 Widescreen presentations of the theatrical cut (90 minutes) and extended cut (96 minutes)
  • English and Italian LPCM 2.0 Mono
  • Optional English SDH Subtitles
  • "Gureilla Zone" interview with writer Claudio Fragasso
  • "Michael Ransom Strikes Back" interview with actor Brent Huff
  • Theatrical Trailer

Severin Films avenges STRIKE COMMANDO (Review)

Reb Brown is STRIKE COMMANDO, an elite soldier who gets trapped behind enemy lines when one of his superiors makes a bad decision.  When he is rescued, he volunteers to go back into the jungle to rescue some villagers and obtain proof that the Russians are involved in the Vietnam War.  Christopher Connelly also stars.

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

STRIKE COMMANDO Blu-ray specs:

  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 Widescreen presentations of the theatrical cut (92 minutes) and the extended cut (102 minutes)
  • English and Italian LPCM 2.0 Mono
  • Optional English SDH Subtitles
  • "War Machine" interview with writer Claudio Fragasso
  • "All Quite on the Philippine Front" interview with co-writer Rossella Drudi
  • In-Production Promo Trailer
  • Theatrical Trailer

Arrow Video is marked by IREZUMI (review)

When a tattoo artist inks his masterpiece on a girl sold into sexual slavery, he unleashes predatory vegeance on all men in this adaptation of a Janichuro Tanizaki short story scripted by the director of ONIBABA and directed by the filmmaker behind HANZO: THE RAZOR.

REVIEW LINK: Arrow Video USA/MVD Visual (US) Region ALL Blu-ray

IREZUMI Blu-ray specs:

  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 2.35:1 Widescreen
  • Japanese LPCM 1.0 Mono
  • Optional English Subtitles
  • Audio Commentary by Japanese cinema scholar David Desser
  • Introduction by Japanese cinema expert Tony Rayns
  • "Out of the Darkness" visual essay by Asian cinema scholar Daisuke Miyao
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Image Gallery
  • Reversible cover featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Tony Stella.
  • The first pressing includes an illustrated collectors' booklet featuring new writing by Thomas Lamarre and Daisuke Miyao.

MVD Rewind parties at THE HOUSE ON SORORITY ROW (review)

A sorority's final prank goes seriously wrong and they wind up with a body in the pool just before their big bash.  They may be getting an earlier sendoff than intended as a killer starts stalking them.

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

THE HOUSE ON SORORITY ROW Blu-ray specs:

  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.78:1 Widescreen Presentations of the theatrical version with tinted prologue and the director's preferred version with black and white prologue
  • English LPCM 2.0 Stereo (theatrical version)
  • English Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono (director's version)
  • Optional English SDH Subtitles (theatrical version only)
  • Audio Commentary by director Mark Rosman, moderated by Katarina Leigh Waters
  • Audio Commentary by writer/director Mark Rosman & actresses Eileen Davidson and Kathryn McNeil
  • Interviews:
    • actress Harley Jane Kozak (41:39)
    • actress Kate McNeil, conducted by Katarina Leigh Waters
    • actress Eileen Davidson, conducted by Katarina Leigh Waters
    • director Mark Rosman, conducted by Katarina Leigh Waters
    • composer Richard Band
    • co-producer Igo Kantor
  • Original Black & White Pre-credits Sequence
  • Alternate Ending with Audio Commentary by writer/director Mark Rosman, Storyboard Comparisons, and Production Stills
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • 3 TV Spots
  • Bonus Trailers
  • Reversible Cover
  • Foldout Poster
  • Collectors slipcover

Severin Films hunts GRIZZLY (review)

"The most dangerous JAWS on land" comes to Blu-ray as a national park is beset by a series of grisly grizzly killings of unsuspecting tourists.  the park ranger wants to shut the site down but the tourism-minded park supervisor puts more people in danger by making the grizzly hunt a hillbilly free-for-all.  Christopher George, Andrew Prine, Richard Jaeckel, and Joan McCall star.

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

GRIZZLY Blu-ray specs:

  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 2.35:1 Widescreen
  • English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Mono
  • Optional English SDH Subtitles
  • Audio Commentary by Mondo Digital's Nathaniel Thompson and film writer Troy Howarth
  • Audio Commentary by producer David Sheldon and actress Joann McCall
  • "Making Movies with Girdler" audio interview with business parneter and friend J. Patrick Kelly III
  • "The Grizzly Details" interview with producer David Sheldon and actress Joan McCall
  • "Towering Fury" interview with actor Tom Arcuragi
  • NIGHTMARE USA author Stephen Thrower on William Girdler
  • "Movie Making in the Wilderness" 1976 vintage behind-the-scenes making-of
  • "Jaws with Claws" archival making-of featurette
  • Radio Spots
  • Two Theatrical Trailers
  • Reversible Cover
  • A limited run of copies ordered directly from Severin Films includes an exclusive slipcover.

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