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24 March 2022

Vinegar Syndrome takes a SCHIZOID for an X-RAY in 4K! (review)

In this duo of Cannon slashers, a poison pen writer starts stalking and killing members of a therapy group in SCHIZOID starring Klaus Kinski and Marianna HIll while Playmate Barbi Benton gets terrorized by a mad surgeon in X-RAY.

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

SCHIZOID/X-RAY UHD/Blu-ray Combo specs: 

  • Disc One - Schizoid (UHD):
    • 2160p24 HEVC 1.85:1 Widescreen
    • English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Mono
    • Optional English SDH Subtitles
  • Disc Two - X-ray (UHD):
    • 2160p24 HEVC 1.85:1 Widescreen
    • English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Mono
    • Optional English SDH Subtitles
  • Disc Three - Schizoid/X-Ray (Blu-ray):
    • Schizoid
      • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 Widescreen
      • English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Mono
      • Optional English SDH Subtitles
      • "Shooting by March" interview with writer/director David Paulsen
      • "Hide the Scissors" interview with actress Donna Wilkes
      • "Blood in the Jacuzzi" interview with makeup artist Erica Ueland
      • "A Wellesley Graduate" interview with actress Flo Lawrence
      • Theatrical Trailer
    • X-Ray:
      • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 Widescreen
      • English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Mono
      • Optional English SDH Subtitles
      • "Ultra Violet Vengeance: The Talent & Technicians of X-RAY" making-of documentary
      • "Bad Medicine" interview with director Boaz Davidson
  • Reversible Cover
  • The first 5,000 copies ordered directly from Vinegar Syndrome comes with a special limited edition embossed slipcover designed by Earl Kessler Jr.

23 March 2022

Vinegar Syndrome and HARD ROCK ZOMBIES play at SLAUGHTERHOUSE ROCK (review)

Punk rockers are targeted for slaughter but come back as HARD ROCK ZOMBIES in this eighties everything-but-the-kitchen sink horror comedy, while Alcatraz becomes SLAUGHTERHOUSE ROCK when vivid nightmares bring a college student and his friends to the abandoned prison in search of evil.

REVIEW LINK: Vinegar Syndrome (US) Region ALL (Hard Rock Zombies)/Region A (Slaughterhouse Rock) Blu-ray (DVDCompare)

HARD ROCK ZOMBIES/SLAUGHTERHOUSE ROCK Blu-ray specs:

  • Disc One - Hard Rock Zombies:
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 Widescreen
    • English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Mono
    • Optional English SDH Subtitles
    • "Never Say Die" 2022 making-of documentary with actors EJ Curse, Sam Mann, Geno Andrews, Mick McMains, Ted Wells, Richard Vidan, and David O’Hara 
    • "Popcorn Farts and Low Budget Cheese" interview with special effects artists Chris Biggs and Everett Burrell
    • "From Bit Player to Band Leader" interview with actress Susette Boggs
    • "The Bible of Holy Moses: Watching HARD ROCK ZOMBIES Through a Fanatic's Eye" interview with author Lucy Hall
  • Disc Two - Slaughterhouse Rock:
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 Widescreen
    • English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Stereo
    • Optional English SDH Subtitles
    • "Low-key Horror" interview with cinematographer Nicholas Josef von Sternberg
    • "The Girl That Lives" interview with actress Tammy Hyler
    • "Wearing the Right Clothes" interview with actor Nicholas Celozzi
    • "Lunch Break with Claws" interview with make-up artist/actor Al Fleming
    • Theatrical Trailer
  • Reversible Cover
  • The first 5,000 units ordered directly from Vinegar Syndrome includes a limited edition slipcover designed by Earl Kessler Jr.

20 March 2022

The Film Detective battles MONSTER FROM GREEN HELL (review)

When an experimental rocket carrying insect species goes off-course and is exposed to massive doses of space radiation before crashing back to Earth, reports out of Africa about monsters in the volcanic region "Green Hell" bring a pair of American scientists to the African Interior in this poverty row variation on the fifties studio creature features MONSTER FROM GREEN HELL.

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

MONSTER FROM GREEN HELL Blu-ray Specs:

  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 Widescreen and 1.33:1 Fullscreen Versions
  • English DTS-HD Master Audio and Dolby Digitla 2.0 Mono
  • Optional English SDH and Spanish subtitles (feature, commentary, and extras)
  • Audio Commentary by film historian Stephen R. Bissette
  • "Missouri Born: The Film Career of Jim Davis"
  • 10-page booklet by Don Stradley

Acorn and Shudder discover a CAVEAT (review)

In need of quick money after an accident, Isaac accepts an odd proposal from his landlord: to babysit the man's mentally-unstable niece at the island cottage where her father committed suicide and her mother mysteriously disappeared.  The CAVEAT is that he must wear a chained harness that restricts his movements for the young woman's sense of safety.  While the niece is unstable, it appears that there is something even more dangerous lurking in the cellar in this Irish horror film presented by Shudder.

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

CAVEAT Blu-ray specs:

  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 2.40:1 Widescreen
  • English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
  • Optional English SDH and Spanish subtitles
  • Audio Commentary by writer/director/editor Damian McCarthy
  • Audio Commentary by producer Justin Hyne
  • "Storyboards" split-screen comparison

16 March 2022

Second Run falls into THE DEVIL'S TRAP (review)

A local landowner working his subjects relentlessly during a draught, a miller using unusual methods to search for water, and a priest in search of the Devil clash in THE DEVIL'S TRAP from the director of MARKETA LAZAROVA.

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

THE DEVIL'S TRAP Blu-ray specs:

  • 1080p24 MPEG-2 1.37:1 Pillarboxed Fullscreen
  • Czech LPCM 2.0 Mono
  • Optional English Subtitles
  • "In the Web of Time" 1989 documentary portrait of director Frantisek Vlácil by cinematographer František Uldrich
  • "The Week Starts on Friday" 1962 short film by Elmar Kloss
  • 20-page booklet featuring a new essay on the film by author and Czechoslovak cinema specialist Peter Hames

Acorn Media celebrates QUEENS OF MYSTERY (review)

A young detective sergeant starts her new job in the quaint British village of her birth, but her trio of crimewriting aunts cannot help getting involved in her cases in THE QUEENS OF MYSTERY.

REVIEW LINK: Acorn Media (UK) Region 2 PAL DVD (DVDCompare)

QUEENS OF MYSTERY: SERIES 1 DVD specs:

  • Six episodes on two dual-layer DVDs
  • 16:9 anamorphic 1.78:1 widescreen
  • English Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
  • Optional English HoH and French subtitles
  • Behind the Scenes segments for each episode
  • Easter Eggs

06 March 2022

Montage Pictures goes out at MIDNIGHT (review)

When a deaf mother and sister interrupt a serial killer with his latest victim, he wages a deadly game of cat and mouse with them and the cop brother of the victim; however, he may have grossly underestimated his prey in the South Korean thriller MIDNIGHT featuring the star of the series "Squid Game".

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

MIDNIGHT Blu-ray specs:

  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 2.40:1 Widescreen
  • Korean DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
  • Optional English Subtitles
  • Audio Commentary by film historian Kat Ellinger
  • "Korean Horror Cinema" visual essay by film historian Travis Crawford
  • The first pressing of 2,000 copies comes with a limited edition silver laminate O-card slipcase featuring new artwork by Grégory Sacré (Gokaiju) as well as a collector's booklet featuring new writing by author and critic Alexandra Heller-Nicholas.

Vinegar Syndrome gets Southern Gothic with SISTER, SISTER (Review)

Sweltering passions deep in the bayou turn deadly when a fraught relationship between sisters is ruptured by the arrival of a handsome stranger in Bill Condon's directorial debut SISTER, SISTER starring Eric Stoltz, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Judity Ivey, and Benjamin Mouton.

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

SISTER, SISTER Blu-ray specs: 

  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 2.35:1 Widescreen
  • English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Stereo and Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
  • Optional English SDH Subtitles
  • Audio Commentary by co-writer/director Bill Condon
  • Audio Commentary by author & critic Alexandra Heller-Nicholas
  • "Being an Outsider" interview with actor Benjamin Mouton
  • "Staying Honest" interview with actress Natalija Nogulich
  • "Orchestrating Altered States" interview with composer Richard Einhorn
  • "Going to War" interview with cinematographer Stephen Katz
  • Deleted Scenes with optional audio commentary by co-writer/director Bill Condon
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Reversible Cover
  • 12-page booklet with the essay "Drawn to a Flame: Bill Condon's SISTER, SISTER Plays With Fire" by film programmer/historian Cristina Cacioppo.
  • The first 5,000 copies ordered directly from Vinegar Syndrome include a special limited edition embossed slipcover designed by Haunt Love.

05 March 2022

Vinegar Syndrome warns BEWARE! CHILDREN AT PLAY (review)

When children go missing in the New Jersey Pine Barrens and adults turn up mutilated, the locals suspect a pervert but an investigating horror writer suspects that superstitious talk of cannibalistic goblins may have an even darker truth in the outrageous regional flick BEWARE! CHILDREN AT PLAY from Troma (of course).

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

BEWARE! CHILDREN AT PLAY 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 Mik Cribben
  • "Why I Don't Have Children" making-of documentary featuring interviews with the cast and crew
  • New interview with director Mik Cribben
  • Archival interview with director Mik Cribben
  • Reversible Cover
  • The first 5,000 copies ordered directly from Vinegar Syndrome come with a special limited edition embossed slipcover designed by Richard Hilliard.
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