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28 August 2022

Second Sight pieces together FRANKENSTEIN AND THE MONSTER FROM HELL (review)

Frankenstein is one of the inmates taking over the asylum as he and a new acolyte attempt to perfect his experiments in man-making with the body of a lunatic and the brain of vengeful genius in the last Hammer Frankenstein film FRANKENSTEIN AND THE MONSTER FROM HELL.

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

FRANKENSTEIN AND THE MONSTER FROM HELL Blu-ray specs: 

  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.66:1 widescreen and 1.37:1 pillarboxed fullscreen versions
  • English LPCM 1.0 Mono
  • Optional English HoH Subtitles
  • Audio Commentary by film historian Kat Ellinger 
  • Audio Commentary by Hammer historian Marcus Hearn & stars Shane Briant and Madeline Smith 
  • Appreciation by film historian David Huckvale 
  • "The Music of FRANKENSTEIN AND THE MONSTER FROM HELL" 
  • "Taking Over the Asylum: The Making of FRANKENSTEIN AND THE MONSTER FROM HELL" 
  • "Charming Evil: Terence Fisher" 
  • Photo Gallery 
  • Comes in a rigid slipcase with new artwork by Graham Humphreys, a softcover book with new essays by Kevin Lyons, Kelly Robinson and Emma Westwood plus production stills, and five collectors' art cards.

Second Sight resurrects THE MUMMY (review)

When an archaeological expedition desecrates an ancient tomb of a high priestess, her protector rises from the dead to wreak vengeance in Hammer Films' THE MUMMY.

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

THE MUMMY Blu-ray specs:

  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.66:1 widescreen and 1.37:1 open-matte presentations
  • English LPCM 1.0 Mono
  • Optional English HoH Subtitles
  • Audio Commentary by film academic Kelly Robinson
  • Audio Commentary by Hammer historian Marcus Hearn and film critic/actor Jonathan Rigby
  • Appreciation by film historian David Huckvale
  • "The Music of The Mummy"
  • "Unwrapping The Mummy: The Making of a Hammer Classic"
  • "The Hammer Rep Company"
  • "The House of Horror: Memories of Bray" 
  • Original Promo Reel
  • Still Gallery
  • Comes in a rigid slipcase with new artwork by Graham Humphreys, a softcover book with new essays by film historians Kat Ellinger, Lindsay Hallam, and Kevin Lyons plus production stills, as well as five collectors' art cards.

26 August 2022

Second Sight in the trenches with DOG SOLDIERS (review)

A training mission in the Scottish Highlands turns very real and very deadly when soldiers encounter werewolves in DOG SOLDIERS, from the director of THE DESCENT.

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

DOG SOLDIER Blu-ray specs: 

  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 Widescreen
  • English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and 2.0 Stereo
  • Optional English HoH Subtitles
  • Audio Commentary by director Neil Marshall 
  • Audio Commentary by producers David Allen and Brian O'Toole 
  • Audio Commentary by writer and Associate Professor of Film Alison Peirse 
  • "Werewolves, Crawlers, Cannibals and More" interview with director Neil Marshall 
  • "A History of Lycanthropy: author Gavin Baddeley on Werewolf Cinema" video essay 
  • "Werewolves, Folklore and Cinema" video essay by author Mikel J. Koven 
  • "Werewolves vs Soldiers: The Making of DOG SOLDIERS" documentary 
  • "A Cottage in the Woods" interview with production designer Simon Bowles 
  • "Combat" 1999 short film by Neil Marshall 
  • Deleted Scenes and Gag Reel (with optional audio commentary by director Neil Marshall) 
  • 4 Teaser Trailers
  • Photo Gallery

23 August 2022

Vinegar Syndrome thaws THE INCREDIBLE MELTING MAN (review)

When a mission to Saturn goes horribly wrong, THE INCREDIBLE MELTING MAN wreaks terror upon the Earth in this seventies gore classic with effects by Rick Baker.

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

THE INCREDIBLE MELTING MAN UHD/Blu-ray Combo specs:

  • DISC ONE (UHD):
    • 2160p24 HEVC 1.85:1 Widescreen
    • English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Mono
    • Optional English SDH Subtitles
       
  • DISC TWO (Blu-ray):
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 Widescreen
    • English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Mono
    • Optional English SDH Subtitles
       
  • Audio Commentary by writer/director William Sachs
  • "It's a War" interview with writer/director William Sachs
  • "Just Show Up" interview with script supervisor Sandy King
  • Interview with make-up effects artist Greg Cannom In
  • Interview with writer/director William Sachs and make-up effects artist Rick Baker
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Photo Gallery
  • Reversible Cover
  • The first 6,000 copies ordered directly from Vinegar Syndrome come with a special limited edition embossed and spot gloss slipcover designed by Chris Barnes.

12 August 2022

Second Sight dines on RAW (review)

Raised a vegetarian and sheltered by domineering parents, Justine is in for a rude awakening when she goes away to veterinary school and undergoes a hazing that includes her first taste of meat that develops into an insatiable hunger for human flesh.  From the director of TITANE.

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

RAW Blu-ray specs:

  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 2.39:1 Widescreen
  • French DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
  • Optional English Subtitles
  • Audio Commentary by writer/director Julia Ducournau and film critic Emma Westwood
  • Audio Commentary by film critic Alexandra West
  • "The Girl Can't Help It" interview with actress Garance Marillier
  • "Making Ends Meat" interview with producer Jean des Forets
  • "In the Name of Raw" interview with writer/director Julia Ducournau
  • "A Family Affair" video essay by film critic Alexandra Heller-Nicholas
  • "Raw À Votre Goût" discussion with writer/director Julia Ducournau and film critic Emma Westwood
  • Quick Bites with Julia Ducournau and Alexandra Heller-Nicholas
  • "Genre Matters" 2016 Women Genre Filmmakers Panel with Julia Ducournau, Briony Kidd, Mattie Do, Marisa Brown, Heidi Lee Douglas, Donna McRae, and Isabel Peppard
  • Australian Premiere Introduction with Monster Fest Director Kier-La Janisse and filmmaker Julia Ducournau
  • Australian Premiere Q&A with writer/director Julia Ducournau and Monster Fest Director Kier-La Janisse
  • Deleted Scenes

Vinegar Syndrome sets about RIGHTING WRONGS (review)

When a key witness and his family are brutally murdered allowing a rackateer to go free, Prosecutor Ha (Yuen Biao) has decided enough is enough and takes the law into his own hands with extreme prejudice in the vigilante thriller RIGHTING WRONGS also starring Cynthia Rothrock and produced by Sammo Hung.

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

RIGHTING WRONGS Blu-ray specs:

  • DISC ONE:
    • The Hong Kong Cut (97 minutes)
      • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 Widescreen
      • Cantonese, Mandarin, and English DTS-HD Master Audio 1.0 Mono Tracks
      • Optional English and English SDH Subtitles
      • 2022 Audio Commentary by actress Cynthia Rothrock
      • 1998 Audio Commentary by actress Cynthia Rothrock
    • "Fighting Wrongs" interview with actress Cynthia Rothrock
    • "Unscripted Justice" interview with actress Karen Sheperd
    • "Kung Fu was the Equalizer" interview with actor Melvin Wong
    • "Fighting For Success" interview with actor Peter Cunningham
    • "The Vigilante" interview with actor Yuen Biao
    • "Action Overload" interview with actress Cynthia Rothrock
    • "From the Ring to the Silver Screen" interview with actor Peter Cunningham
    • Video Essay by film historians Samm Deighan and Charles Perks
    • Hong Kong Theatrical Trailer
    • English Export Trailer
    • Photo Gallery
  • DISC TWO:
    • The English Export Version (92 minutes)
      • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 Widescreen
      • English DTS-HD Master Audio 1.0 Mono
      • Optional English SDH Subtitles
    • The Mainland Chinese Version (100 minutes)
      • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 Widescreen
      • Mandarin DTS-HD Master Audio 1.0 
      • English and English SDH Subtitles
      • Audio Commentary on the Chinese Version by martial arts film historians Mike Leeder and Arne Venema
  • DISC THREE:
    • "The Best of Martial Arts Films" 1990 documentary by Sandra Weintraub (91 minutes)
      • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 2.35:1 Widescreen
      • English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Mono
      • Optional English SDH Subtitles
    • Theatrical Trailer
  • Comes with a reversible cover in a hard slipcase/slipcover combo designed by Tony Stella & Earl Kessler Jr. and includes a 40-page perfectbound book featuring essays by film programmer Pearl Chan, author and martial arts historian Grady Hendrix, and filmmaker/fan Simon Barrett.
  • Limited to 6,000 copies and only available at Vinegar Syndrome.

10 August 2022

Universal Pictures ushers in DOWNTON ABBEY: A NEW ERA (review)

Motion pictures come to Downton Abbey and the older set flee to the South of France to solve a half-century-old mystery involving the Dowager Countess in DOWNTON ABBEY: A NEW ERA.

REVIEW LINK: Universal Pictures (Canada) Region ALL Blu-ray/DVD Combo (DVDCompare)

DOWNTON ABBEY: A NEW ERA Blu-ray/DVD Combo specs:

  • DISC ONE (Blu-ray):
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 2.39:1 Widescreen
    • English Dolby Atmos, French and Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1
    • Optional English SDH, French, and Spanish Subtitles
       
  • DISC TWO (DVD):
    • 16:9 anamorphic 2.39:1 Widescreen
    • English, French, and Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1
    • English Descriptive Audio Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
    • Optional English SDH, French, and Spanish subtitles
       
  • Audio Commentary by director Simon Curtis
  • Behind the Scenes:
    • "Good to Be Back"
    • "Return to Downton Abbey: The Making of a New Era"
    • "A Legendary Character"
    • "Creating the Film... Within the Film"
    • "Her Majesty's Yacht Britannia"3
    • "Spill the Tea(time)"
  • Digital Copy Code
  • Embossed Slipcover

08 August 2022

Dark Star Pictures has POTATO DREAMS OF AMERICA (review)

During the fall of the Soviet Union, Potato and his mother Lena imagine a better life in America.  Writing to a mail order bride service, Lena meets and marries the mysterious John who moves them to Seattle where Potato's growing sexual awareness is threatened by John's religiosity and controlling nature which is harboring a secret of its own. 

REVIEW LINK: Dark Star Pictures (US) Region ALL Blu-ray (DVDCompare)

POTATO DREAMS OF AMERICA Blu-ray specs: 

  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.78:1 Widescreen
  • English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1, Dolby Digital 5.1 and 2.0 Stereo
  • Optional English SDH Subtitles
  • Audio Commentary by writer/co-producer/director Wes Hurley
  • Behind the Scenes featurettes:
    • "American School Day"
    • "Soviet Russia"
    • "John and Hersh Dancing"
    • "Extended Dance Sequence"
    • "Recording the Score"
    • "Breakdown Scene"
  • Introduction by the Actors
  • Actor Interviews:
    • Dan Lauria
    • Hersh Powers
    • Jonathan Bennett
    • Lea DeLaria
    • Marya Sea Kaminski
    • Tyler Bocock
    • "The Boys"
  • Deleted Scene: "Potato at Pride"
  • Outtake: "School Dance"
  • "Little Potato (The Story Begins...)" documentary
  • Short Films: 
    • "Rachels Don't Run"
    • "Rusalka"
  • "Capitol Hill" Web Series: Season 1 (10 episodes)
  • Trailers
  • Comes with a reversible cover and a poster insert with an essay by filmmaker Guinevere Turner on the back.
  • The first 1,000 copies ordered directly from Vinegar Syndrome come with a special limited edition slipcover designed by Jess Rotter.

03 August 2022

Cult Epics' exposes NAKED OVER THE FENCE (review)

A pinball arcade owner, a karate champion, and a schoolteacher become entangled in a web of pornography, blackmail, and murder when they become involved with a TV singer (EMMANUELLE's Sylvia Kristel) in the Dutch sex comedy thriller NAKED OVER THE FENCE.

REVIEW LINK: Cult Epics (US) Region ALL Blu-ray (DVDCompare)

NAKED OVER THE FENCE Blu-ray specs: 

  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.37:1 Pillarboxed Fullscreen
  • Dutch DTS-HD Master Audio and LPCM 2.0 Mono
  • Optional English Subtitles
  • Audio Commentary by biographer Harry Hosman
  • Behind the Scenes with Sylvia Kristel 
  • KRO Radio Interview with director Frans Weisz
  • B-Movie Orchestra and VPRO interview with composer Ruud Bos
  • Promotional Gallery
  • Theatrical Trailer 
  • Sylvia Kristel Film Trailers
  • Limited edition of 1,000 copies includes a slipcover and a CD soundtrack of the film's score including "A Letter Came Today" performed by Sylvia Kristel
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