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31 July 2023

Vinegar Syndrome becomes entangled in DELIRIUM (review)

Slip into DELIRIUM with a criminal psychologist (BLOODY PIT OF HORROR's Mickey Hargitay, father of Mariska) who can no longer resists his impulses as a sex killer... but every time he is about to be caught, another killer strikes in his style in this bizarre thriller from Renato Polselli.

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

DELIRIUM Blu-ray specs: 

  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 Widescreen
  • Italian DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Mono
  • Optional English Subtitles
  • Audio Commentary on the Italian version by film historians Troy Howarth and Eugenio Ercolani
  • Alternate 86-minute American version of DELIRIUM sourced from video
  • "Gothic Polselli" interview with screenwriter Ernesto Gastaldi
  • "The Polselli Clan" interview with director Renato Polselli's daughter Vanessa Polselli
  • "The Polselli Factor" interview with filmmaker and film historian Luca Rea
  • "Fear and Delirium in Cinecittà" archival never-before-seen archival interview with actor Mickey Hargitay
  • "The Theorem of Delirium" interview with director Renato Polselli and actor Mickey Hargitay
  • Reversible Cover
  • The first 6,000 copies ordered directly from Vinegar Syndrome include a special limited edition embossed and spot gloss slipcover designed by Robert Sammelin (a standard edition without slipcover can also be purchased for a lower price).

30 July 2023

Severin Films laughs with THE COMPLETE COMIC STRIP PRESENTS... CHANNEL 4 FILMS (review)

The alternative comics that became the punk rockers of British comedy THE COMIC STRIP bring in the laughs in this set of the first three series and five specials starring Peter Richardson, Nigel Planer, Rik Mayall, Keith Allen, Robbie Coltrane, Alexei Sayle Jennifer Saunders, and Dawn French.

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

THE COMPLETE COMIC STRIP PRESENTS... CHANNEL 4 FILMS Blu-ray specs: 

  • Disc One - Series 1 and 2:
    • Twelve episodes from the first two series including the famous "Bad News Tour"
    • 1080i60 MPEG-4 AVC 1.33:1 Pillarboxed Fullscreen
    • English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Mono
    • Optional English SDH Subtitles
  • Disc Two - Series 3:
    • Six episodes from the third series including "The Strike" and "More Bad News"
    • 1080i60 MPEG-4 AVC 1.33:1 Pillarboxed Fullscreen
    • English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Mono
    • Optional English SDH Subtitles
  • Disc Three - Specials and Bonus Features:
    • Five specials that aired between 1984 and 2000 including the buddy cop show sendup "The Bullshitters" and the gothic romance parody "Consuela"
    • 1080i60 MPEG-4 AVC 1.33:1, 1.66:1, and 1.78:1 Widescreen
    • English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Mono and Stereo
    • Optional English SDH Subtitles
    • "The Rise of THE COMIC STRIP" documentary (93 minutes)
    • "The Comic Strip" 1981 short film by Julien Temple
    • "30 Years of Comic Strip" 2012 documentary (96 minutes)
    • "Bad News: The Whole Sordid Story"
    • "Bad News' Bohemian Rhapsody" Music Video
    • Behind The Scenes Of "Bohemian Rhapsody"
    • "More Bad News Tour Stories"
    • "Bad News" Photo Gallery
    • Series Trailer

24 July 2023

Full Moon unveils SUBSPECIES V: BLOODRISE (review)

Discover the origins of Radu the vampire in the prequel SUBSPECIES V: BLOODRISE...

REVIEW LINK: Full Moon Features (US) Region ALL Blu-ray (DVDCompare)

SUBSPECIES V: BLOODRISE Blu-ray specs:

  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 2.40:1 Widescreen
  • English Dolby Digital 5.1 and 2.0 Stereo
  • Optional English SDH Subtitles
  • Audio Commentary by writer/director Ted Nicolaou
  • Behind the Scenes
  • Photo Gallery
  • Series Trailers

Cinephobia Releasing is SUBLIME (review)

The closest of friends since childhood, Manu and Felipe find their relationship changing in unexpected ways during a long summer while they try to form a band and navigate romantic relationships.


SUBLIME DVD specs:
  • 16:9 anamorphic 2.39:1 widescreen
  • Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1 and 2.0 Stereo
  • Optional English Subtitles
  • Audio Commentary by director Mariano Biasin and actor Martín Miller
  • Music Videos
  • "The Making of SUBLIME" documentary
  • Photo Reel
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Cinephobia Trailers

Vinegar Syndrome is SICK OF MYSELF (review)

Jealous of the attention her artist boyfriend is getting, Signe goes to grisly extremes of clout chasing by giving herself a skin infection that starts to transform her body inside and out in unpredictable ways in this biting "body horror" critique of narcissism and attention-seeking.

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

SICK OF MYSELF Blu-ray specs: 

  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 Widescreen
  • Norwegian DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and 2.0 Stereo
  • Optional English Subtitles
  • Audio Commentary by writer/director/editor Kristoffer Borgli
  • "Negative Impulses" interview with writer/director/editor Kristoffer Borgli
  • "So, So, So Toxic" interview with actress Kristine Kujath Thorp
  • "A Skewed View" interview with actor Eirik Sæther
  • "Living Sculptures" interview with prosthetic makeup artist Izzi Galindo
  • "Eer" short film by Kristoffer Borgli
  • "Abject Bodies in Transgressive Arthouse Cinema" video essay by film historian Samm Deighan
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Reversible cover
  • 16-page booklet with essay by Sabina Stent

Available directly from Vinegar Syndrome.

17 July 2023

Powerhouse Films and Indicator experience THE SHIVER OF THE VAMPIRES (review)

Hippie vampires have plans for a virginal bride when newlyweds visit an ancestral castle in Jean Rollin's THE SHIVER OF THE VAMPIRES.

REVIEW LINK: Powerhouse Films (US/UK) 4K UltraHD (CineVentures Blog)

THE SHIVER OF THE VAMPIRES 4K UltraHD specs:

  • 2160p24 HEVC 1.66:1 Widescreen
  • French and English LPCM 2.0 Mono
  • Optional English and English SDH Subtitles
  • Audio Commentary by director Jean Rollin
  • Audio Commentary by film historian Jeremy Richey
  • 1998 Introduction by director Jean Rollin
  • "Rouge Vif" updated documentary featuring interviews with actress/costume designer Natalie Perrey and assistant director Jean-Noël Delamarre
  • "Fear and Desire" 2004 interview with director Jean Rollin by Patricia MacCormack
  • "Macabre Psychedelia: Virginie Sélavy on THE SHIVER OF THE VAMPIRES"
  • Export Sex Scenes
  • French Theatrical Trailer
  • English Theatrical Trailer
  • Image Galleries
  • Limited edition of 3,000 Copies.
  • Comes with an 80-page book with a new essay by David Hinds, an archival introduction by Jean Rollin, an archival interview with the director by Peter Blumenstock, an archival interview with actor Marie-Pierre Castel, Andy Votel on Acanthus, the mysterious group behind the film’s soundtrack, and full film credits.

 

Also available on Blu-ray:

 

16 July 2023

Acorn Media enters THE LAIR (review)

It's DOG SOLDIERS meets THE DESCENT in Neil Marshall's return to low budget horror as a British air force pilot shot down in the desert evades insurgents and discovers an abandoned Soviet bunker that is not so empty.

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

THE LAIR Blu-ray specs:

  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 2.40:1 Widescreen
  • English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
  • Optional English SDH, French, and Spanish Subtitles
  • Behind the Scenes
     

15 July 2023

Acorn Media and Shudder get under the skin of SKINAMARINK (review)

In this house... two young children become convinced that something else lurks in the dark of their home that their parents cannot (or will not) protect them from in the lo-fi viral sensation SKINAMARINK.

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

SKINAMARINK 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/editor Kyle Edward Ball and cinematographer Jamie McRae
     

Dark Force Entertainment lets out a SCREAM (review)

A rafting trip down the Rio Grande becomes a nightmare when campers get stuck in a ghost town with a vicious killer.

REVIEW LINK: Dark Force Entertainment (US) Region ALL 4K UltraHD (DVDCompare)

SCREAM 4K UltraHD specs: 

  • 2160p24 HEVC 1.85:1 Widescreen
  • English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Mono
  • Audio Commentary by director Byron Quisenberry, moderated by Marc Edward Heuck and Bill Olsen
  • WARNING: The theatrical trailer and "Maria's B-Movie Mayhem" introduction mentioned on the back cover are not included on the disc.

06 July 2023

Radiance Films and SHE DIES TOMORROW (review)

A woman dealing with loss and addiction suddenly become certain that she is going to die the next day.  What seems like a delusion becomes more serious when everyone she tells starts thinking the same thing about themselves in this film from Amy Seimetz.

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

SHE DIES TOMORROW Blu-ray specs: 

  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.78:1 Widescreen
  • English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
  • Optional English HoH Subtitles
  • Audio Commentary by critic and programmer Anna Bogutskaya
  • Behind the Scenes with director Amy Seimetz and cinematographer Jay Keitel
  • Interview with stars Kate Lynn Sheil and Jane Adams
  • "SHE DIES TOMORROW and The Viral Apocalypses of the Future" visual essay on contagion in modern horror by Anton Bitel
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Reversible Cover
  • The first pressing includes a removable OBI strip leaving packaging free of certificates and markings and a 28-page booklet featuring new writing on the film by Lillian Crawford and Isabel Millar and an interview with Seimetz from the original press book.
  • While supplies last, copies purchased directly from Radiance Films include three postcards of original promotional imagery.

03 July 2023

Blue Underground illuminates DAUGHTERS OF DARKNESS in 4K (review)

A young honeymooning couple stranded at an off-season resort in Ostend become the prey of a beautiful vamp who may be Countess Elizabeth Bathory herself in Harry Kumel's arty lesbian vampire film DAUGHTERS OF DARKNESS starring LAST YEAR IN MARIENBAD's Delphine Seyrig and DARK SHADOWS' John Karlen.

REVIEW LINK: Blue Underground (US) Region ALL 4K UHD (DVDCompare)

DAUGHTERS OF DARKNESS 4K UHD specs:

  • 2160p HEVC 1.66:1 Widescreen (DolbyVision/HDR10)
  • English Dolby Atmos, DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and 1.0 Mono
  • French DTS-HD Master Audio 1.0 Mono
  • Optional English HoH, French, Spanish, and English (for French dub) subtitles
  • Audio Commentary by co-writer/director Harry Kümel, moderated by filmmaker David Gregory
  • Audio Commentary by actor John Karlen, moderated by journalist David Del Valle
  • Audio Commentary by author Kat Ellinger
  • "Locations of Darkness" interviews with co-writer/director Harry Kumel and producer Pierre Drouot
  • "Playing the Victim" interview with actress Danielle Ouimet
  • "Daughter of Darkness" interview with actress Andrea Rau
  • U.S. "Daughters of Darkness" Theatrical Trailer
  • International "Promise of Red Lips" Theatrical Trailer
  • French "Les Lèvres Rouges" Theatrical Trailer
  • 4 Radio Spots
  • Alternate U.S. Main Titles
  • Poster & Still Gallery
  • Easter Egg

Second Run purrs with MORGIANA (review)

The director of THE CREMATOR brings us MORGIANA, the tale of two sisters, one beautiful, one bitter, and the plot of murder that comes between them.

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

MORGIANA Blu-ray specs:

  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.37:1 Pillarboxed Fullscreen
  • Czech LPCM 2.0 Mono
  • Optional English Subtitles
  • The Projection Booth podcast (9/16/2020) with Mike White, Kat Ellinger, and Ben Buckingham (as secondary audio track over the film) 
  • Interview with director Juraj Herz
  • Comes with a 20-page booklet featuring writing on the film by Daniel Bird and Dr. Ian Conrich.