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29 September 2021

Vinegar Syndrome tells a DEVIL STORY (review)

Honeymooners stranded in the middle of nowhere encounter a shotgun-toting deformed killer and an ancient Egyptian mummy in this French piece of eighties fantastique.

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

DEVIL STORY Blu-ray specs: 

  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 Widescreen
  • English and French DTS-HD Master Audio 1.0 Mono
  • English and French Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono
  • Optional English SDH and English Subtitles
  • "Once Upon a Time... DEVIL STORY" documentary
  • "Launois Story: Once Upon a Time... Bernard" interview with director Bernard Launois
  • Selected Scenes Audio Commentary by director Bernard Launois
  • 1984 TV Coverage
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Reversible Cover
  • The first 5,000 copies ordered directly from Vinegar Syndrome come with a special limited edition embossed slipcover designed by Earl Kessler Jr.

Vinegar Syndrome digs a SHALLOW GRAVE (review)

Four Catholic schoolgirls bound for Spring Break in Fort Lauderdale may just end up in a SHALLOW GRAVE when they witness a murder in a small Georgia town.

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

SHALLOW GRAVE 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 director Richard Styles
  • Audio Commentary by The Hysteria Continues!
  • "Looking for Magic" interview with director Richard Styles
  • "A Visual Storyteller" interview with producer George Edward Fernandez
  • Reversible Cover
  • The first 5,000 copies ordered directly from Vinegar Syndrome come with a special limited edition embossed slipcover designed by Earl Kessler Jr.

Vinegar Syndrome sharpens Troma's BLADES (review)

Just when you thought it was safe to put, a bloodthirsty killer lawnmowier starts mowing down golfers in the eighties horror comedy BLADES from Troma and Vinegar Syndrome.

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

BLADES 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 director Thomas R. Rondinella and writer William R. Pace
  • "Fore! Warning: The Making of Blades" making-of documentary
  • Still Gallery
  • Reversible Cover
  • The first 5,000 copies ordered directly from Vinegar Syndrome come with a special limited edition embossed slipcover designed by Earl Kessler Jr.

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
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