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28 February 2022

Vinegar Syndrome resurrects MADMAN in 4K (review)

The eighties slasher sleeper classic MADMAN hits Blu-ray from Vinegar Syndrome.  The legend of Madman Marz has terrified campers at the North Sea Cottages camp for gifted children for generations.  When one brazen kid challenges the mad killer to come and get him, the counselors start to vanish one by one.  Starring Gaylen Ross of DAWN OF THE DEAD.

REVIEW LINK: Vinegar Syndrome (US) Region ALL UHD/Blu-ray combo (DVDCompare)

MADMAN UHD/Blu-ray Combo specs: 

  • Disc One (UHD):
    • 2160p24 HEVC 1.85:1 Widescreen
    • English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Mono and Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono
    • Optional English SDH Subtitles 
    • Audio Commentary by co-writer/director Joe Giannone, co-writer/producer Gary Sales, and stars Tony Fish and Paul Ehlers
    • Audio Commentary by podcasters The Hysteria Continues!
  • Disc Two (Blu-ray):
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 Widescreen
    • English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Mono and Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono
    • Optional English SDH Subtitles 
    • Audio Commentary by co-writer/director Joe Giannone, co-writer/producer Gary Sales, and stars Tony Fish and Paul Ehlers
    • Audio Commentary by podcasters The Hysteria Continues!
    • Optional introduction by producer Gary Sales
    • "I’m Not a Screamer" interview with actress Gaylen Ross
    • "MADMAN: Alive at 35!" 2015 documentary
    • "The Legend Lives: 30 Years of MADMAN" 2010 documentary
    • DEADPIT Interviews
      • producer Gary Sales
      • actor Paul Ehlers
    • "The Early Career of Gary Sales"
    • "In Memorium"
    • "Music Inspired by MADMAN"
    • Theatrical Trailer
    • TV Spots
    • Still and Artwork Gallery
  • Reversible Cover
  • The first 6,000 copies ordered directly from Vinegar Syndrome include a special limited edition embossed slipcover designed by Tom Hodge of The Dude Designs.

Swordplay and hospitality in Arrow's COME DRINK WITH ME (review)

King Hu's trendsetting wuxia film COME DRINK WITH ME tells the story of swordswoman Golden Swallow who enters a den of thieves to rescue her brother and finds help from a drunken beggar.

REVIEW LINK: Arrow Video (US) Region A Blu-ray (DVDCompare)

COME DRINK WITH ME Blu-ray specs: 

  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 2.35:1 Widescreen
  • Mandarin and English DTS-HD Master Audio 1.0 Mono
  • Optional English Subtitles for Mandarin audio and English SDH for English audio
  • Audio Commentary by film critic and historian Tony Rayns
  • Interview with actress Cheng Pei-pei, filmed by Frédéric Ambroisine
  • Interview with actor Yueh Hua, filmed by Frédéric Ambroisine
  • Interview with actor Chen Hung-lieh, filmed by Frédéric Ambroisine
  • "Talk Story with Cheng Pei-pei" 2016 Q&A at the University of Hawaii moderated by George Chun Han Wang
  • "Cinema Hong Kong: Swordfighting" Celestial Pictures documentary
  • Hong Kong Theatrical Trailer
  • Digital Reissue Trailer
  • "Golden Swallow" Trailer
  • Image Gallery
  • Comes with a reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Tony Stella.
  • The first pressing includes an illustrated collector's booklet featuring new writing on the film by Anne Billson, and a 2010 essay by George Chun Han Wang about the relationship between director King Hu and producer Run Run Shaw.
  • A limited edition with a theatrical artwork O-card can be ordered directly from Arrow Video.

Eureka duels with an ODD COUPLE (review)

Sammo Hung and Lau Kar-wing play dual roles as masters of the sword and spear whose battles always end in draws.  They then decide to take on younger pupils to prove who is the best through training and combat between the younger men in this martial arts comedy hybrid.

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

ODD COUPLE Blu-ray specs:

  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 2.35:1 Widescreen
  • Cantonese LPCM 1.0 mono and English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
  • Optional English Subtitles
  • Audio Commentary by Asian film expert Frank Djeng (NY Asian Film Festival) and martial artist/actor Robert “Bobby” Samuels
  • Audio Commentary by action cinema experts Mike Leeder & Arne Venema
  • "Master and Student" interview with director Lau Kar-wing
  • "Natural Born Killer" interview with actor Bryan "Beardy" Leung Kar-yan
  • Hong Kong Theatrical Trailer
  • Home Video Trailer
  • The first 2,000 copies include a limited edition O-Card slipcase featuring new artwork by Darren Wheeling, and a collector's booklet featuring new writing by James Oliver.

23 February 2022

Eureka investigates SKINNY TIGER AND FATTY DRAGON (Review)

Karl Maka and Sammo Hung star in the buddy cop comedy SKINNY TIGER AND FATTY DRAGON as a pair of plainclothes cops who get into hot water with their unconventional methods in trying to apprehend a cocaine kingpin.

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

SKINNY TIGER AND FATTY DRAGON Blu-ray specs: 

  • Disc One:
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 Widescreen
    • Cantonese LPCM 1.0 Mono, English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and LPCM 1.0 Mono
    • Optional English Subtitles
    • Audio Commentary by Asian film expert Frank Djeng (NY Asian Film Festival) and martial artist/actor Robert “Bobby” Samuels
    • Audio Commentary by action cinema experts Mike Leeder & Arne Venema
    • Audio interview with stuntman and martial artist Mark Houghton
    • "The Weapon Master" interview with director Lau Kar-wing
    • "Partner in Crime" interview with actor, stuntman, and action choreographer Ridley Tsui
    • Extended Fight Scene from the Taiwanese Cut
    • International Trailer
  • Disc Two (Bonus Disc):
    • "Mark Hougton: I am the White Tiger" documentary
  • The first pressing is a limited edition of 3,000 copies that includes the aformentioend bonus disc, an O-Card slipcase featuring new artwork by Darren Wheeling, and a collector's booklet.

18 February 2022

Vinegar Syndrome reanimates DEAD HEAT (review)

You can't keep a dead cop down in New World Pictures' eighties zombie horror comedy thriller hybrid starring Treat Williams, Joe Piscopo, and Vincent Price.

REVIEW LINK: Vinegar Syndrome (US) Region ALL UHD/Blu-ray Combo (DVDCompare)

DEAD HEAT UHD/Blu-ray Combo specs:

  • Disc One (UHD):
    • 2160p24 HEVC 1.85:1 Widescreen
    • English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Stereo
    • Optional English SDH Subtitles
    • Audio Commentary by director Mark Goldblatt, producers David Helpern and Michael Meltzer, and writer Terry Black
  • Disc Two (Blu-ray):
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 Widescreen
    • English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Stereo
    • Optional English SDH Subtitles
    • Audio Commentary by director Mark Goldblatt, producers David Helpern and Michael Meltzer, and writer Terry Black
    • "The Building Blocks of Movies" interview with director Mark Goldblatt
    • "A Thousand Feet of Lightning" interview with visual effects artist Ernest Farino
    • "Seizing the Opportunity" interview with second unit director Patrick Read Johnson
    • "How to Edit for an Editor" interview with editor Harvey Rosenstock
    • "Happy Accidents Happen" interview with composer Ernest Troost
    • "Dead and Alive!" interview with makeup effects creator Steve Johnson
    • Deleted Scenes
    • Archival EPK featurette
    • MIFED Promotional Piece
    • Still Gallery
    • Theatrical Trailer
    • TV Spot
  • Reversible Cover
  • The first 6,000 copies ordered directly from Vinegar Syndrome come with a special limited edition embossed slipcover designed by Earl Kessler Jr.

16 February 2022

Vinegar Syndrome breaks CURFEW (review)

Having fought off Michael Myers, watchers in the woods, and killer crocodiles, Kyle Richards realizes she should have broken CURFEW when her home is invaded by escaped killers in this eighties thriller from New World Pictures.

REVIEW LINK: Vinegar Syndrome (US) Region ALL Blu-ray (DVDCompare)

CURFEW 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
  • "Mind Games" interview with actor Wendell Wellman
  • "Still Scary" 2022 interview with editor Carole Kravetz Aykanian
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Reversible Cover
  • The first 5,000 copies ordered directly from Vinegar Syndrome include a special limited edition embossed slipcover designed by Haunt Love.

Second Run interrogatesTHE PARTY AND THE GUESTS (Review)

A group of picnickers looking forward to an evening dinner party become the captive guests of a strange host in Jan Nemec's "banned forver" absurdist critique of authorian power THE PARTY AND THE GUESTS.

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

THE PARTY AND THE GUESTS Blu-ray specs:

  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.37:1 Pillarboxed Fullscreen
  • Czech LPCM 1.0 Mono
  • Optional English Subtitles
  • Audio Commentary by author Jonathan Owen
  • Audio Commentary by Projection Booth podcast film historians Mike White, Samm Deighan, and Kat Ellinger
  • An Appreciation by Czechoslovak cinema specialist Peter Hames
  • "The Hand [Ruka]" 1965 short film by Jiří Trnka
  • 24-page booklet featuring Michael Brooke's substantial essay on the film and Jan Němec

15 February 2022

Masters of Cinema excavates THE INDIAN TOMB (review)

Based on the novel by Thea von Harbou with Fritz Lang originally in the director's chair before producer Joe May took over, THE INDIAN TOMB is the epic of a British architect hired to erect a tomb for an Indian price's lost love.  Only when he arrives in India does he discover that he is building the tomb for a living woman and her lover.  Remade by Fritz Lang himself in 1959.

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

THE INDIAN TOMB Blu-ray specs:

  • Disc One - The Mission of the Yoghi:
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.37:1 Pillarboxed Fullscren
    • Irena and Vojtěch Havel score in LPCM 2.0 Stereo
    • German Intertitles with English subtitles
  • Disc Two - The Tiger of Eschnapur:
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.37:1 Pillarboxed Fullscreen
    • Irena and Vojtěch Havel score in LPCM 2.0 Stereo
    • German Intertitles with English subtitles 
    • "Turbans Over Waltersdorf" video essay by David Cairns & Fiona Watson
  • Comes with a collector's booklet featuring "A Passage to India?: Von Harbou’s Indische Grabmal on Screen" by Philip Kemp.

04 February 2022

Acorn Media and Shudder attend a SEANCE (Review)

The new student at Evaldine Academy has more to worry about than mean girls when a seance conjures up a killer.  From the writer of YOU'RE NEXT and BLAIR WITCH.

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

SEANCE Blu-ray specs: 

  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 2.39:1 Widescreen
  • English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
  • Optional English SDH, French, and Spanish subtitles
  • Audio Commentary by writer/director Simon Barrett
  • Deleted Scenes with optional audio commentary by writer/director Simon Barrett
  • Behind the Scenes
  • Outtakes
  • Decapitation Pre-Viz
  • Photo Gallery
  • Start-up Trailers

02 February 2022

Eureka takes on WARRIORS TWO with THE PRODIGAL SON (review)

Sammo Hung puts his spin on the Wing Chun fighting style - previously used by Bruce Lee - in a pair of directorial efforts WARRIORS TWO and THE PRODIGAL SON in which he plays two different comic roles in the otherwise dramatic tales of young heroes seeking vengeance.

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

WARRIORS TWO/THE PRODIGAL SON Blu-ray specs:

  • Disc One - Warriors Two:
    • Hong Kong Version:
      • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 2.35:1 Widescreen
      • Cantonese and English LPCM 1.0 Mono
      • Optional English Subtitles
      • Audio Commmentary by Asian film expert Frank Djeng (NY Asian Film Festival) and martial artist/actor Robert “Bobby” Samuels
    • English Export Version:
      • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 2.35:1 Widescreen
      • English LPCM 1.0 Mono
      • Audio Commentary by action cinema experts Mike Leeder & Arne Venema
    • "The Way of the Warrior: The Making of WARRIORS TWO" documentary
    • Still Gallery
    • Hong Kong Theatrical Trailer
    • International Trailer
  • Disc Two - The Prodigal Son:
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 2.35:1 Widescreen
    • Cantonese and English LPCM 1.0 Mono 
    • Optional English Subtitles
    • Audio Commentary by Asian film expert Frank Djeng (NY Asian Film Festival) and martial artist/actor Robert “Bobby” Samuels
    • Audio Commentary by action cinema experts Mike Leeder & Arne Venema
    • "Wing Chun 101" interview with Sifu Alex Richter by Frank Djeng
    • "The Heroic Trio" interview with actors Sammo Hung, Yuen Biao, and Frankie Chan
    • "Life Imitating Art" interview with producer Guy Lai with martial arts demonstrations by Sifu Austin Goh and Jude Poyer
    • Alternate English Credits
    • Stills Gallery
    • Hong Kong Theatrical Trailer
    • International Trailer
    • U.S. Home Video Trailer
  • Limited edition of 3,000 copies comes with an O-Card slipcase featuring new artwork by Darren Wheeling, a reversible poster featuring original Hong Kong artwork, and a collector's booklet illustrated with rare archival imagery and featuring new writing by James Oliver; a reprint of Frank Djeng’s original liner notes for "The Prodigal Son" from the US laserdisc release; and reprints of "Warriors Two" original sales notes and theatrical flyer.
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