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29 April 2023

Vinegar Syndrome stalks 5 WOMEN FOR THE KILLER (review)

A writer whose wife dies in childbirth discovers that he is sterile and is the prime suspect in a series of murders of pregnant women in this giallo from action director Stelvio Massi.

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

5 WOMEN FOR THE KILLER Blu-ray specs:

  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 2.40:1 Widescreen
  • Italian DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Mono
  • Optional English Subtitles
  • Audio Commentary by film historians Eugenio Ercolani and Troy Howarth 
  • "My Name is Howard" interview with actor Renato Rossini 
  • "The Massi Touch" interview with filmmaker Danilo Massi, son and frequent collaborator of director Stelvio Massi 
  • "Working with Stelvio" portrait piece on Stelvio Massi with actor Luc Merenda 
  • "Five Women for a Giallo" filmmaker and film historian Luigi Cozzi on "Five Women for the Killer" and the evolution of the giallo film 
  • "Cinematographers in Arms" portrait piece on Stelvio Massi with friend and fellow director/cinematographer Roberto Girometti 
  • Gore Inserts from the Re-edited Video Version 
  • Reversible cover 
  • The first 6,000 units ordered directly from Vinegar Syndrome include a special limited edition spot gloss slipcover designed by Dani Manning.

Shudder and Acorn Media ring in Y2K with V/H/S/99 (review)

The V/H/S franchise rings in Y2K with a quintet of horror shorts involving haunted underground clubs, creepy game shows, a girl next door with a monstrous secret, a sorority initiation gone wrong, and a trip to hell and back.

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

V/H/S/99 Blu-ray specs: 

  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.78:1 Widescreen
  • English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
  • Optional English SDH Subtitles
  • Audio Commentary by directors Maggie Levin, Johannes Roberts, Flying Lotus, Tyler MacIntyre, and Vanessa Winter & Joseph Winter, moderated by Trevor Shand and Leone D'Antonio of The Boo Crew Podcast
  • Exclusive Panel from Reedpop's 2022 New York Comic Con
  • "Ozzy's Dungeon" extras:
    • Deleted Scene 1
    • Deleted Scene 2
  • "Shredding" extras:
    • Deleted Scene
    • Bitchcat Music Video
  • "The Gawkers" extras:
    • Deleted Scene
    • Bloopers
    • Camera Tests (with audio commentary by director Tyler MacIntyre)
    • "The Making of Medusa"
  • "To Hell and Back" extras:
    • Raw Footage
    • Location Scouting
    • Storyboards and Blocking Rehearsals
  • Gag Reel

26 April 2023

Severin gets frisky with THREE BETWEEN THE SHEETS (review)

THREE BETWEEN THE SHEETS brings three late night eighties erotic flicks to Blu-ray.  In ECSTASY (aka LOVE SCENES), an actress explores her sexuality when she takes a role requiring her to do her first nude scene.  In BLACK VENUS, a sculptor becomes infatuated with a model but her attempts to keep them from starving lead to tragedy.  In MELODY OF PASSION, a German girl inherits a Spanish castle which she discovers is a den of desire and deceit.

REVIEW LINK: Severin Films (US) Region ALL Blu-ray (DVDCompare)

THREE BETWEEN THE SHEETS Blu-ray specs:

  • Disc One - Ecstasy:
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.78:1 Widescreen
    • English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Mono
    • Optional English SDH Subtitles
    • Video Trailer
  • Disc Two - Black Venus:
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.66:1 Widescreen
    • English, French, and German DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Mono
    • Optional English SDH Subtitles
    • Video Trailer
  • Disc Three - Melody of Passion:
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.66:1 Widescreen
    • English and German DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Mono
    • Optional English SDH Subtitles

23 April 2023

Cult Epics comes down with AMNESIA (review)

A photographer returns to his family home and becomes entangled in the dark secrets of his mother, his twin brother, and a mysterious beauty in this Dutch black comedy masquerading as a thriller starring Carice Van Houten from the director of WARTIME IN WINTER and BRIMSTONE.

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

AMNESIA Blu-ray specs:

  • Disc One - Amnesia:
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.66:1 Widescreen 
    • Dutch DTS-HD Master Audio and Dolby Digital 5.1 
    • Dutch LPCM 2.0 Stereo 
    • Optional English Subtiltes 
    • Introduction by writer/director Martin Koolhoven 
    • Audio Commentary by writer/director Martin Koolhoven and actor Fedja van Huêt, moderated by Peter Verstraten 
    • "A Conversation with Martin Koolhoven and Carice Van Houten" 
    • "The Making of Amnesia" interview with director Martin Koolhoven by critic Dana Linssen 
    • Behind the Scenes with Carice Van Houten
    • Theatrical Trailer 
    • Bonus Trailers
  • Disc Two - Limited Edition Disc:
    • "Suzy Q" 1999 TV Movie 
      • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.78:1 Widescreen 
      • Dutch Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo 
      • Optional English Subtitles 
      • Trailer 
    • "Dark Light" 1997 TV Movie 
      • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.66:1 Widescreen 
      • Dutch Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo 
      • Optional English Subtitles 
      • Trailer
  • Slipcover

17 April 2023

Severin Films spins a DANZA MACABRA VOLUME ONE: THE ITALIAN GOTHIC COLLECTION (review)

Severin Films explores the Italian gothic with a quartet of chillers.  In MONSTER OF THE OPERA, a dance troupe encounters vampires in a haunted theater.  In THE SEVENTH GRAVE, heirs to a vast fortune are stalked by a killer.  In SCREAM OF THE DEMON LOVER, a female biochemist accepts a job at a castle for a baron suspected of the murders of local village girls.  In LADY FRANKENSTEIN, the baron's daughter carries on her father's work and creates a create that can satisfy her strange desires!

REVIEW LINK: Severin Films (US) Region A/ALL Blu-ray (DVDCompare)

DANZA MACABRA VOLUME ONE - THE ITALIAN GOTHIC COLLECTION Blu-ray specs: 

  • Disc One - Monster of the Opera:
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.66:1 Widescreen 
    • Italian DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Mono 
    • Optional English Subtitles 
    • Audio Commentary by author of "Daughters Of Darkness" Kat Ellinger 
    • "Terror at the Opera" interview with screenwriter Ernesto Gastaldi 
    • "Capodimonte Gothic" interview with Italian film devotee Mark Thompson-Ashworth 
    • "Radio Polselli" archival audio interview with director Renato Polselli 
    • French Theatrical Trailer 
    • Region A-Locked
  • Disc Two - The Seventh Grave:
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.66:1 Widescreen 
    • Italian DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Mono 
    • Optional English Subtitles 
    • Audio Commentary by film critic and co-host of "Fragments Of Fear" Rachael Nisbet 
    • "Seven Graves and a Mystery" interview with film historian Fabio Melelli 
    • "English Aesthetic with Giallo Blood" video essay by gothic scholar and author Rachel Knightley 
    • Region ALL
  • Disc Three - Scream of the Demon Lover:
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 Widescreen 
    • English and Italian DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Mono 
    • Optional English SDH Subtitles 
    • Audio Commentary by film historian and co-host of NaschyCast Rod Barnett and writer and editor of "I'm in a Jess Franco State of Mind" Robert Monell 
    • "Scream Erna Scream!" interview with actress Erna Schurer 
    • "In the Castle of Blood" video essay by author Stephen Thrower 
    • "The Killers of the Castle of Blood" Export Trailer 
    • Region A-Locked
  • Disc Four - Lady Frankenstein:
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 Widescreen 
    • English and Italian DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Mono 
    • Optional English and English SDH Subtitles 
    • Audio Commentary by author of "Daughters Of Darkness" Kat Ellinger and film scholar and host of "Girls, Guts, Giallo" Annie Rose Malamet 
    • Audio Commentary by author of "Dario Argento: The Man, The Myths & The Magic" Alan Jones and author of "Nightmare Movies" Kim Newman 
    • "Meet the Baroness" interview with actress Rosalba Neri by film historian Fabio Melelli 
    • "Piecing Together Lady Frankenstein" featurette with critic Julian Grainger 
    • "The Lady and the Orgy" featurette on director Mel Welles in Australia 
    • "The Truth About Lady Frankenstein: A Factual Report" German TV special with director Mel Welles and actors Rosalba Neri, Paul Müller, and Herbert Fux 
    • Alternate Clothed Insert Shots 
    • BBFC Film Cuts 
    • Italian Opening Credits 
    • Bigfilm Magazine: 1975 "Lady Frankenstein" Photo Novel 
    • Extensive Image Gallery 
    • Home Video Gallery 
    • 60-second and 30-second 
    • Radio Spots TV Spot 
    • English Export Trailer 
    • U.S. Theatrical Trailer 
    • Region ALL

11 April 2023

Second Sight takes a bite out of MARTIN (review)

He could be the boy next door, but MARTIN may also be an 82-year old vampire who makes a dying steel town his feeding ground in George A. Romero's favorite and most personal masterwork.

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

MARTIN Blu-ray specs:

  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.37:1 Pillarboxed Fullscreen
  • English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1, 2.0 Stereo, and 1.0 Mono
  • Optional English HoH Subtitles
  • Audio Commentary by writer/director George A Romero, actor John Amplas, and actor/make-up effects artist Tom Savini 
  • Audio Commentary by writer/director George A Romero, producer Richard P Rubinstein, actor/make-up effects artist Tom Savini, cinematographer Michael Gornick, and composer Donald Rubinstein 
  • Audio Commentary by film historian Travis Crawford 
  • Audio Commentary by film historian Kat Ellinger 
  • "Taste the Blood of MARTIN" documentary (69 minutes) 
  • "Scoring the Shadows" interview with composer Donald Rubinstein 
  • "J Roy - New And Used Furniture" 1974 short film by Tony Buba 
  • "Making MARTIN: A Recounting" 
  • Trailers, TV, and Radio Spots

10 April 2023

Unearthed Classics slithers with CALAMITY OF SNAKES (review)

When a ruthless developer kills thousands of snakes and builds a luxury apartment building over them, a vengeful boa leads even more of his slithery buddies to crash the opening party in this gory Taiwanese mix of THE TOWERING INFERNO and JAWS.

REVIEW LINK: Unearthed Films (US) Region A Blu-ray (DVDCompare)

CALAMITY OF SNAKES Blu-ray specs:

  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 2.39:1 Widescreen presentations of the theatrical version (86 minutes) and a cruelty-free version (76 minutes)
  • Cantonese, Mandarin, and English LPCM 2.0 Mono Audio Options
  • Optional English Subtitles
  • Audio Commentary by film historians Nathan Hamilton and Brad Slaton
  • Standard Definition Presentation of the English Export Version (87 minutes)
  • "From Shaw to Snakes: The Venom and Violence of Early Chinese Language Horror Cinema" feature-length documentary
  • "Reptilian Recollections: Lin Kuang-Yung in Conversation with Chui-Yi Chung" interview
  • Alternate Credits
  • Gallery
  • Collector's Slipcover

08 April 2023

Intervision flies in on WINGS OF DISASTER: THE BIRDEMIC TRILOGY (review)

DIY filmmaker James Nguyen struck gold with the cult hit BIRDEMIC: SHOCK AND TERROR and followed it up with two sequels full of jaw-dropping romantic thrills, CGI birdy kills, and odes to Hitchcock and Billy Wilder.

REVIEW LINK: Intervision Picture Corp. (US) Region ALL Blu-ray (DVDCompare)

WINGS OF DISASTER: THE BIRDEMIC TRILOGY Blu-ray specs:

  • Disc One - Birdemic - Shock and Terror:
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.78:1 Widescreen
    • English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
    • Audio Commentary by director James Nguyen 
    • Audio Commentary by stars Alan Bagh and Whitney Moore 
    • Deleted Scenes 
    • "Birdemic Experience Tour" 
    • "James Nyugen on Movie Close Up" 
    • "MOVIEHEAD: The James Nguyen Story" Teaser 
    • Trailers: 
      • "Birdemic Experience" 
      • Teaser Trailer 
      • Theatrical Trailer 
      • Electronic Press Kit 
    • Severin Trailers
  • Disc Two - Birdemic 2 - The Resurrection:
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.78:1 Widescreen 
    • English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and 2.0 Stereo 
    • Optional English SDH Subtitles 
    • Audio Commentary by director James Nguyen 
    • Audio Commentary by producer Jeff Gross and actors Alan Bagh and Thomas Favaloro 
    • Audio Commentary by cinematographer Bobby Hacker and actress Whitney Moore 
    • Cast and Crew Interviews 
    • Behind The Scenes 
    • Theatrical Trailer
  • Disc Three - Birdemic 3 - Sea Eagle:
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 2.00:1 Widescreen 
    • English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Stereo 
    • Optional English SDH Subtitles 
    • Audio Commentary by director James Nguyen 
    • Audio Commentary by cast members Ryan Lord, Julia Culbert, and Alan Bagh 
    • Audio Commentary by "Birdemic 2: The Resurrection" background actor/four-time "Jeopardy" champion Andy Wood and his neighbor Tony 
    • Introduction by director James Nguyen 
    • Festival Highlights 
    • Theatrical Trailer