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20 June 2024

Eureka and Masters of Cinema celebrate THE VALIANT ONES in 4K (review)

Japanese ronin and Chinese bandits ravage the coasts of China during the 16th century.  The emperor sends a new governor to the province who ruffles feathers when he employs a skilled strategist and his unconventional team to lure the pirates into a trap in King Hu's lesser-seen THE VALIANT ONES.

REVIEW LINK: Eureka Video (US/UK) Region ALL 4K UltraHD (DVDCompare)

THE VALIANT ONES 4K UltraHD specs:

  • 2160p24 HEVC 2.35:1 Widescreen (Dolby Vision)
  • Mandarin LPCM 1.0 Mono
  • Optional English Subtitles
  • Audio Commentary by Asian film expert Frank Djeng (NY Asian Film Festival) 
  • "Tony Rayns on THE VALIANT ONES" 
  • "Tsar of All Wuxia" video essay by film historian David Cairns 
  • "The Life of a Lucky Stuntman" interview with stuntman Billy Chan 
  • "My Father and I" interview with actor Ng Ming-choi 
  • "Memories of Hu" interview with Roger Garcia (Hong Kong International Film Festival Society) by Frédéric Ambroisine 
  • Interview with actress Hsu Feng by Frédéric Ambroisine 
  • Interview with actor Ng Ming-choi by Frédéric Ambroisine 
  • First pressing of 2000 copies also includes a slipcase featuring new artwork by Grégory Sacré (Gokaiju) and a collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film by Jonathan Clements.

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18 June 2024

88 Films takes on the ABSURD Italian slasher (review)

Joe D'Amato and George Eastman take on the slasher genre an ABSURD rip-off of HALLOWEEN in which a small town is terrorized by a mad killer whose path of carnage eventually settles on a house in the countryside where a nurse, a babysitter, a bratty little boy, and a paraplegic girl have been left alone for the night.  George Eastman, Annie Belle, and Edmund Purdom star.

REVIEW LINK: 88 Films (UK) Region ALL 4K UltraHD/Blu-ray Combo (DVDCompare)

ABSURD 4K UltraHD/Blu-ray Combo specs:

  • Disc One (4K UltraHD):
    • English Version (94 minutes): 
      • 2160p24 HEVC 1.85:1 Widescreen (HDR10) 
      • English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Mono 
      • Optional English SDH Subtitles 
      • Audio Commentary by film historians Eugenio Ercolani and Nanni Cobretti 
      • Audio Commentary by The Hysteria Continues 
    • Italian Version (88 minutes): 
      • 2160p24 HEVC 1.85:1 Widescreen (HDR10) 
      • Italian DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Mono 
      • Optional English Subtitles 
    • "Absurd" Export Trailer
  • Disc Two (Blu-ray):
    • English Version (94 minutes): 
      • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 Widescreen 
      • English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Mono 
      • Optional English SDH Subtitles 
      • Audio Commentary by film historians Eugenio Ercolani and Nanni Cobretti 
      • Audio Commentary by The Hysteria Continues 
    • Italian Version (88 minutes): 
      • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 Widescreen 
      • Italian DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Mono 
      • Optional English Subtitles 
    • "When Luigi Met George" interview with actor/screenwriter Luigi Montefiori 
    • "The Absurd Factor" interview with actor/screenwriter Luigi Montefiori 
    • "The Sound of Filmirage" interview with composer Carlo Maria Cordio 
    • "An Uncredited Biker" interview with filmmaker Michele Soavi 
    • "How ABSURD: An Italian Slasher" visual essay by film historian Mike Foster 
    • "Absurd" Export Trailer
  • Comes with a reversible sleeve featuring new art by Graham Humphreys and original Italian poster. 
88 Films website exclusive edition includes a rigid slipcase with original VHS artwork, doublesided A3 poster, and a 40-page perfectbound book featuring: - "Absurd - Joe D'amato and the Outer Limits of Bad Taste" by David Flint; - "Rosso Sangue" by Johnny Mains; - "No Saints Day - Absurd, the Italian Halloween" by Jon Dear; - "Slasher Italian Films …and No Sex Please" by Pier Maria Bocchi; - and "Absurdly Awesome" by Mia Boffey.

13 June 2024

88 Films takes a bite out of ANTHROPOPHAGUS (review)

It's not the fear that tears you apart, it's ANTHROPOPHAGOUS.  ZOMBIE's Tisa Farrow accompanies a group of friends to a Greek island only to discover that it has been deserted and the only other living thing is a beast that craves human flesh.  George Eastman also stars.

REVIEW LINK: 88 Films (UK) Region ALL 4K UltraHD/Blu-ray Combo (DVDCompare)

ANTHROPOPHAGUS 4K UltraHD/Blu-ray Combo specs:

  • Disc One (4K UltraHD):
    • 2160p24 HEVC 1.66:1 Widescreen (HDR10) 
    • English or Italian DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Mono 
    • Optional English SDH Subtitles (for English audio) and English Subtitles (for Italian audio) 
    • Audio Commentary by film historians Eugenio Ercolani and Nanni Cobretti 
    • Italian Theatrical Trailer
  • Disc Two (Blu-ray):
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.66:1 Widescreen 
    • English or Italian DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Mono 
    • Optional English SDH Subtitles (for English audio) and English Subtitles (for Italian audio) 
    • Audio Commentary by film historians Eugenio Ercolani and Nanni Cobretti 
    • "Resurrecting the Monster" interview with filmmaker Dario Germani 
    • "The Sacrificial Lamb" interview with actress Zora Kerowa 
    • "The Grim Reaper" interview with actor Luigi Montefiori 
    • "Joe, The Monster and Me" archival interview with actor Luigi Montefiori 
    • Deleted Scene with introduction by film historian Eugenio Ercolani 
    • "The Guts of It All" visual essay by film historian Eugenio Ercolani 
    • Italian Theatrical Trailer 
    • English Export Trailer 
    • U.K. Video Trailer 
    • U.S. VHS Trailer
  • Comes with a reversible sleeve featuring new art by Graham Humphreys and original Italian poster.
  • 88 Films Website Exclusives include a rigid slipcase with original VHS artwork, doublesided A3 poster, and a 40-page perfectbound book featuring:
    - "Islands Of Death: Horrors Of The Greek Archipelago" by John Llewellyn Probert;
    - "Devouring the Innocent: Women and Children as Cannibalistic Prey in <i>Anthropophagous</i>" by Zoë Rose Smith;
    - "So Horrific It Must Be Real: The Trials and Tribulations of <i>Anthropophagous the Beast</i>" by David Flint;
    - and "The Savage Island" by Daniel Burnett.
     

12 June 2024

Celluloid Dreams investigates THE CASE OF THE BLOODY IRIS (review)

Jennifer and fellow model Marilyn move into a modern apartment building into the unit where the previous tenant was murdered.  It turns out that is not the only murder that has plagued the building, and Jennifer soon wonders if it is her violent ex, her new lover, or one of her neighbors that is stalking her through the corridors in this giallo starring George Hilton and Edwige Fenech.

REVIEW LINK: Celluloid Dreams (US) Region ALL 4K UltraHD/Blu-ray (DVDCompare)

THE CASE OF THE BLOODY IRIS 4K UltraHD/Blu-ray Combo specs:

  • Disc One (4K UltraHD):
    • 2160p24 HEVC 2.39:1 Widescreen (HDR10) 
    • English and Italian DTS-HD Master Audio 1.0 
    • Optional English SDH and English Subtitles 
    • English or Italian Opening Credits via Seamless Branching
    • Audio Commentary by film historian Guido Henkel 
  • Disc Two (Blu-ray):
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 2.39:1 Widescreen 
    • English and Italian DTS-HD Master Audio 1.0 
    • Optional English SDH and English Subtitles 
    • English or Italian Opening Credits via Seamless Branching 
    • Audio Commentary by film historian Guido Henkel 
  • "Drops of Giallo" interview with screenwriter Ernesto Gastaldi and director Giuliano Carnimeo 
  • "Flowers of Blood" interview with actor George Hilton 
  • "Marilyn" interview with actress Paola Quattrini 
  • International Trailer 
  • Italian Theatrical Trailer 
  • Image Gallery 
  • Outtakes Reel
  • Comes with a slipcover and insert with credits, information about the restoration, and a promotion for the next release.

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11 June 2024

Second Run returns home with HEIMAT (review)

Edgar Reitz's epic German television saga chronicles the changes to a German village from 1919-1982 as seen through the eyes of the Simon family torn apart and brought together by war, compassion, greed, love, and lust.

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

HEIMAT Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080i50 MPEG-4 AVC 1.66:1 widescreen
  • German LPCM 2.0 mono
  • Optional English subtitles
  • Eleven episodes on five Blu-ray discs
  • Bonus Blu-ray disc featuring:
    • "HEIMAT - The Hunsrück Villages: Stories From The Film Locations" Edgar Reitz's 2-hour documentary 'prologue' to HEIMAT
    • Interview with Edgar Reitz
    • "Maria's Story: Marita Breuer on Heimat" featurette
    • "Christian Reitz: Restoring HEIMAT" featurette
    • "Showing Not Talking: Jan Harlan on HEIMAT" featurette
    • Visual Essay by Daniel Bird

Fun City Editions hits the road with RADIO ON (review)

When a radio DJ discovers his brother has mysteriously died, he takes to the road from London to Bristol to find out way and encounters a number of odd personalities along the way in this British/German "road movie" with music by David Bowie, Kraftwerk, Devo, and more.

REVIEW LINK: Fun City Editions (US) Region A Blu-ray (DVDCompare)

RADIO ON 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 film historian Kier-La Janisse 
  • "Before the Explosion of the Image Bank" interview with director Chris Petit 
  • "A Little Bit Kitsch, But Ice Cold: Retro-futurism in Focus" audio discussion with Vic Pratt and director Chris Petit 
  • Interview with Chris Petit & Keith Griffiths 
  • "Radio On (Remix)" video essay 
  • Image Gallery 
  • Theatrical Trailer 
  • Reversible cover 
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10 June 2024

Wild Eye Releasing and Visual Vengeance give voice to SCREAM QUEEN (review)

When scream queen Malicia Tombs (Linnea Quigley) perishes in a car explosion, the crew of her latest film - and the suspects in her death - are invited to a remote mansion to finish her film by a mysterious host and a killer stalking the halls.  From the director of CAMP BLOOD.

REVIEW LINK: Wild Eye Releasing (US) Region ALL Blu-ray (DVDCompare)

SCREAM QUEEN Blu-ray specs: 

  • Director's Cut (74 minutes):
    • 1080i60 MPEG-4 AVC 1.33:1 Pillarboxed Fullscreen 
    • English Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono 
    • Optional English SDH Subtitles 
    • Audio Commentary by writer/director Brad Sykes
  • Producer's Cut (79 minutes):
    • 1080i60 MPEG-4 AVC 1.33:1 Pillarboxed Fullscreen 
    • English Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono 
  • "Once Upon a Time in Horrorwood" interview with writer/director Brad Sykes 
  • Interviews: 
    • actress Linnea Quigley 
    • editor Mark Polonia 
  • Behind the Scenes Image Gallery 
  • Linnea Quigley Image Gallery 
  • Original Script Excerpts 
  • Original Trailer 
  • Visual Vengeance Trailer 
  • Comes with a slipcover, reversible cover, video rental store card, sheet of twelve stickers, and foldout poster.

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09 June 2024

Wild Eye Releasing and Visual Vengeance knock on THE WRONG DOOR (review)

When a radio mystery drama student and part-time singing telegram knock on THE WRONG DOOR, he becomes entangled in a murder and may just be the next victim in this Super 8-lensed regional thriller.

REVIEW LINK: Wild Eye Releasing (US) Region ALL Blu-ray (DVDCompare)

THE WRONG DOOR Blu-ray specs: 

  • Original Cut (74 minutes):
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.37:1 Pillarboxed Fullscreen
    • English Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
    • Optional English SDH Subtitles
    • Audio Commentary on the original cut by co-directors Bill Weiss and Shawn Kerby 
    • Audio Commentary on the original cut by co-director James Groetsch and producer John Schonebaum
  • Director's Cut (67 minutes):
    • 1080i60 MPEG-4 AVC 1.37:1 Pillarboxed Fullscreen
    • English Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
  • "Men Make Movie, If Not Million$: The Making of THE WRONG DOOR" documentary 
  • Interviews with co-directors James Groetsch, Shawn Korby, and Bill Weiss, and actor Matt Felmlee 
  • "Distributing THE WRONG DOOR" interview with "Film Threat" magazine writer Chris Gore 
  • Super 8 Short Films: 
    • "Raiders of the Lost Bark" (1983) 
    • "The Pizza Man" (1988) 
  • "The Gale Whitman Show" TV episode 
  • Original MUTHER Video VHS Intro 
  • Image Gallery 
  • Original Storyboards Gallery 
  • Film Threat Review 
  • "Now Hiring" Trailer 
  • Visual Vengeance Trailer 
  • Comes in a slipcover with a reversible sleeve, "The Wrong Door" door tag, foldout poster, and a sheet of twelve stickers.

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Severin Films rebirths BAD BIOLOGY (review)

What happens when a woman with a mutant sex drive meets a man whose genitals have a life of their own... death, disaster, and multiple orgasms in the comeback film of BASKET CASE's Frank Henenlotter BAD BIOLOGY.

REVIEW LINK: Severin Films (UK) Region ALL 4K UltraHD/Blu-ray (DVDCompare)

BAD BIOLOGY 4K UltraHD/Blu-ray specs: 

  • Disc One (4K UltraHD):
    • 2160p24 HEVC 1.78:1 Widescreen (HDR10) 
    • English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and 2.0 Stereo 
    • Optional English SDH Subtitles 
    • Audio Commentary by director Frank Henenlotter, director of photography Nick Deeg and actor Anthony Sneed 
    • Audio Commentary by director Frank Henenlotter and producer R.A. Thorburn
  • Disc Two (Blu-ray):
    • 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 Frank Henenlotter, director of photography Nick Deeg and actor Anthony Sneed 
    • Audio Commentary by director Frank Henenlotter and producer R.A. Thorburn 
    • "Spook House" documentary
    • "In the Basement with Charlee Danielson"
    • "Deeg and Sneed" conversation with director of photography Nick Deeg and actor Anthony Sneed
    • "Swollen Agenda" interview with makeup effects artist Gabe Bartalos
    • "Beyond Bad" documentary
    • "F**k Face: The Man Behind the Lens"
    • "Suck" short film by Anthony Sneed
    • "Legendary Loser" music video by R.A. The Rugged Man 
    • Thorburn Image Gallery

03 June 2024

MVD bares it all with the Skinmax Double Feature of FORBIDDEN PASSIONS and LURID TALES: THE CASTLE QUEEN (review)

Virtual reality gets sexy with this Skinmax double feature.  In FORBIDDEN PASSIONS, software designer Mara dies in a fire while hooked up to her VR program and is given the chance to help her users with their sexual problems on the virtual plane.  In LURID TALES: THE CASTLE QUEEN, a stressed out college student tries a VR rig and wakes up in medieval England as the guest of a sexy widow and her sisters who use their charms to fend off enemies who try to steal their land.

REVIEW LINK: MVD Visual (US) Region 0 NTSC DVD (DVDCompare)

FORBIDDEN PASSIONS/LURID TALES: THE CASTLE QUEEN DVD specs:

  • 16:9 Anamorphic 1.33:1 Pillarboxed Fullscreen
  • English Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
  • Optional English SDH Subtitles
  • Video Trailers

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Acorn Media solves whodunits with HARRY WILD: SERIES 1 AND 2 (review)

Jane Seymour is retired literature professor Harry Wild who takes a troubled teen under her wing as she turns into an amateur detective investigating crimes under the nose of her detective son in this AcornTV original series.

REVIEW LINK: Acorn Media (UK) Region 0 PAL DVD (DVDCompare)

HARRY WILD - SERIES 1 AND 2 DVD specs:

  • Twelve episodes on four dual-layer DVDs
  • 16:9 anamorphic 2.00:1 widescreen
  • English Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
  • Behind the Scenes featurettes
  • Picture Gallery

02 June 2024

88 Films salutes YES, MADAM! (review)

Michelle Yeoh is a Hong Kong cop who teams up with an American copy played by Cynthia Rothrock to track down the killer of their mentor with the unwelcome help of a trio of bumbling thieves.

REVIEW LINK: 88 Films (US) Region A Blu-ray (DVDCompare)

YES, MADAM! Blu-ray specs:

  • Hong Kong Version:
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 Widescreen 
    • Cantonese DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Mono (theatrical mix), Cantonese DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Mono (home video mix), and English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 (home video mix)
    • Optional English Subtitles 
    • Audio Commentary by Hong Kong film expert Frank Djeng
  • Export Version:
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 Widescreen 
    • English Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono (classic dub) 
  • Select Scene Commentary by actress Cynthia Rothrock and Frank Djeng on the Airport Scene 
  • Select Scene Commentary by actress Cynthia Rothrock and Frank Djeng on the Final Fight Scene 
  • Introduction by actress Cynthia Rothrock 
  • "Battling Babes" featurette 
  • Interview with actress Michelle Yeoh 
  • "Ladies First" interview with actor Mang Hoi 
  • "A Team Player" interview with actress Cynthia Rothrock 
  • Hong Kong Theatrical Trailer
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88 Films goes on duty with ROYAL WARRIORS (review)

A Japanese cop bent on avenging his slain partner teams up with a Hong Kong female police officer in pursuit of a pair of deadly Japanese thieves in this early example of the "Girls with Guns" genre starring Michelle Yeoh.

REVIEW LINK: 88 Films (US) Region A Blu-ray (DVDCompare)

ROYAL WARRIORS Blu-ray specs: 

  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 Widescreen
  • Cantonese/Japanese DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Mono (theatrical mix), Cantonese/Japanese DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Mono (alternate mix), English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 (new dub), and English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Mono (classic dub) 
  • Optional English Subtitles 
  • Audio Commentary by Asian film expert Frank Djeng 
  • English "In the Line of Duty" Title Sequence 
  • Missing Airplane Scene Inserts 
  • Hong Kong Theatrical Trailer 
  • English Theatrical Trailer

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Acorn Media investigates WHITSTABLE PEARL: SERIES 1 AND 2 (review)

Having given up her dream of being a police officer in London when she got pregnant, Pearl Nolan has been running a restaurant in her home village of Whitstable for the last twenty years with her mother.  With her son about to go off to college, Pearl decides her second act will be as a private detective but she becomes the chief suspect when her seafood supplier is found dead and tangled in his nets.  Over two series of twelve episodes, Pearl butts heads with "down from London" police detective Mike McGuire in a battle of professionally-honed instincts versus insider knowledge.

REVIEW LINK: Acorn Media (UK) Region 0 PAL DVD (DVDCompare)

WHITSTABLE PEARL SERIES 1 AND 2 DVD specs:

  • Twelve episodes on four dual-layer DVDs
  • 16:9 Anamorphic 2.00:1 Widescreen
  • English Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
  • Optional English HoH Subtitles
  • Behind the Scenes for both series
  • Image Galleries

Fun City Editions aims a handgun DEEP IN THE HEART of Texas (review)

Kathleen moves from Boston to Dallas to teach high school where she is introduced to Larry, a handsome attorney whose love of guns is more than a hobby.  When he rapes her at gunpoint, Kathleen decides to take revenge on her own terms in this atypical deconstruction of the rape-revenge film and satire of American gun culture.

REVIEW LINK: Fun City Editions (US) Region A Blu-ray (DVDCompare)

HANDGUN 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 film historians Erica Shultz and Chris O'Neill 
  • Archival interview with producer/writer/director Tony Garnett 
  • Image Gallery 
  • Theatrical Trailer 
  • Comes with a booklet featuring a new essay by Alexandra Heller-Nicholas. 
  • The first pressing includes and a limited edition slipcover with newly-commissioned front and back artwork by Tom Ralston.

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Film Movement and Rainer Werner Fassbinder crack the case of KAMIKAZE 89 (review)

Filmmaker Rainer Werner Fassbinder had his first film lead and final acting role in 1982's KAMIKAZE '89.  Loosely based on Per Wahlöö's "Murder on the 31st Floor", the film finds Fassbinder as alcoholic police lieutenant Jansen investigating a bomb threat against The Combine, the monolithic company that controls all arts, news, and entertainment for The Federal Republic of Germany.  He's got "ninety six hours to crack his last case... his time's already up."

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

KAMIKAZE 89 Blu-ray specs:

  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.66:1 widescreen
  • German LPCM 2.0 mono
  • Optional English subtitles
  • Audio Commentary by producer Regina Ziegler
  • Hour documentary "Rainer Werner Fassbinder: The Last year"
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • John Cassavetes' Radio Spots for KAMIKAZE 89
  • Previews
  • Booklet by Nick Pinkerton and Samuel B. Prime

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28 May 2024

Full Moon swelters in Jess Franco's DOWNTOWN HEAT (review)

When two cops and a jazz musician who has lost his wife to drugs discover corruption within the force, they pair up with an American federal agent to take on gangsters in Jess Franco's eighties action film starring Mike Connors and Craig Hill.

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

DOWNTOWN HEAT Blu-ray specs:

  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.66:1 Widescreen
  • English Dolby Digital 5.1 and 2.0 Stereo
  • Full Moon Trailers
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24 May 2024

88 Films gets snatched by THE BODY STEALERS (review)

When paratroopers vanish right out the sky, man of action Bob Megan suspects a conspiracy but everything else points to an alien invasion in Tigon's Bond-ian sci-fi thriller.

REVIEW LINK: 88 Films (UK) Region B Blu-ray (DVDCompare)

THE BODY STEALERS Blu-ray specs:

  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 Widescreen
  • English LPCM 2.0 Mono
  • Optional English HoH Subtitles
  • Audio Commentary by film critics David Flint and Allan Bryce 
  • Audio Commentary by actor Patrick Allen, moderated author John Hamilton 
  • "The Making of THE BODY STEALERS" 
  • "Invasion of THE BODY STEALERS" introduction by film historian Jon Dear 
  • "A Career Man - Will Fowler on George Sanders and THE BODY STEALERS" 
  • Theatrical Trailer 
  • The first pressing includes a limited edition glossy O-ring slipcover and booklet notes by John Hamilton.
     

22 May 2024

For Dark Force Entertainment's ALL THE YOUNG WIVES, MY PLEASURE IS MY BUSINESS (review)

In this grindhouse double feature, a young wife with a cheating older husband falls for a studly horse trainer in ALL THE YOUNG WIVES while "The Happy Hooker" herself Xavier Hollander shows horny moral hypocrites that MY PLEASURE IS MY BUSINESS.

REVIEW LINK: Dark Force Entertainment (US) Region ALL Blu-ray (DVDCompare)

ALL THE YOUNG WIVES/MY PLEASURE IS MY BUSINESS Blu-ray specs:

  • All The Young Wives:
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 Widescreen 
    • English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Mono
  • My Pleasure is My Business:
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.66:1 Widescreen
    • English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Mono
  • "Drive-in Theater" Playback Mode 

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Second Run gets dizzy in MERRY-GO-ROUND (review)

A farm girl in love with a field worker is promised to an older landowner by her father without her consent, and her love for another man will lead her to challenge his authority and her village's entire way of life in this Hungarian masterwork from Zoltan Fabri.

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

MERRY-GO-ROUND Blu-ray specs:

  • 1080p24 AVC MPEG-4 1.37:1 Pillarboxed Fullscreen 
  • Hungarian LPCM 2.0 Mono 
  • Optional English Subtitles
  • "We're Flying, Mari" interview with filmmaker István Szabó 
  • Screen Tests 
  • Restoration Demo 
  • Theatrical Trailer 
  • Comes with a 20-page booklet with an essay by Hungarian cinema specialist John Cunningham.
     

88 Films spreads its (bat)wings with COUNT DRACULA in 4K (review)

Spanish provocateur director Jess Franco, cunning producer Harry Alan Towers, and Hammer horror great Christopher Lee set out to produce the most faithful adaptation of Bram Stoker's novel with COUNT DRACULA, and the results were... interesting.

REVIEW LINK: 88 Films (UK) Region ALL 4K UltraHD/Blu-ray Combo (DVDCompare)

COUNT DRACULA 4K UltraHD Blu-ray specs:

  • Disc One (4K UltraHD):
    • 2160p24 HEVC 1.37:1 Pillarboxed Fullscreen 
    • English and Spanish LPCM 2.0 Mono 
    • Optional English SDH Subtitles 
    • Audio Commentary by film critics Kim Newman and Sean Hogan 
    • Audio Commentary by film experts Troy Howarth and Nathaniel Thomson 
    • Audio Commentary by actress Maria Rohm, moderated by David Del Valle Theatrical Trailer
  • Disc Two (Blu-ray):
    • 1080p24 AVC MPEG-4 1.37:1 Pillarboxed Fullscreen 
    • English and Spanish LPCM 2.0 Mono 
    • Optional English SDH Subtitles 
    • Audio Commentary by film critics Kim Newman and Sean Hogan 
    • Audio Commentary by film experts Troy Howarth and Nathaniel Thomson 
    • Audio Commentary by actress Maria Rohm, moderated by David Del Valle 
    • "Bloodsucker - David Pirie on COUNT DRACULA" 
    • "The State of Dracula" 1973 illustrated Christopher Lee audio interview with filmmaker Donald Glut 
    • "Dracula in the South" interview with film historian Troy Howarth 
    • "Beloved Count" interview with director Jess Franco and producer Harry Alan Towers 
    • "Handsome Harker: Actor Fred Williams Interviewed" 
    • "A Conversation with Jack Taylor" 
    • "Stake Holders" appreciation by French director Christophe Gans
    • "Jess Franco's Bram Stoker's COUNT DRACULA" interview with Franco biographer Stephen Thrower
    • "In the Land of Franco" bonus sequence with film historians Alain Petit and Stephen Thrower 
    • Alternate French, German, Italian, and Spanish Title Sequences 
    • Theatrical Trailer
  • The first pressing includes a limited edition slipcase with artwork by Graham Humphreys and booklet notes with new writing on the film by Barry Forshaw.
     

Severin Films puts the magnifying glass on SHERLOCK HOLMES (review)

After Hammer's THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES, Peter Cushing returned to the role of SHERLOCK HOLMES for BBC's second series - replacing Douglas Wilmer - with Nigel Stock as his Watson for series of eleven cases comprising twelve episodes including the two-part "The Hound of the Baskervilles."  Unfortunatley, only six episodes survive and are presented here along with remaining lost segments recovered from foreign television archives with commentaries and a rare Cushing interview.

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

SHERLOCK HOLMES Blu-ray specs:

  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.24:1 Pillarboxed Fullscreen
  • English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Mono 
  • Optional English SDH Subtitles 
  • Six surviving episodes on two Blu-ray discs including optional opening countdowns 
  • Audio Commentary on "A Study in Scarlet" and "The Sign of Four" by film and television historians Kim Newman and David Stuart Davies 
  • Audio Commentary on both parts of "The Hound of the Baskervilles" by film and television historians Barry Forshaw and David Stuart Davies 
  • Audio Commentary on "The Boscombe Valley Mystery" and "The Blue Carbuncle" by film and television historians Kim Newman and Barry Forshaw 
  • "Looking for Holmes: Author David Stuart Davies Interviews Peter Cushing on 29th August 1974 at Pinewood Studios, During the Filming of LEGEND OF THE WEREWOLF" 
  • Lost Segments with optional audio commentary by film and television historians Jonathan Rigby and Kevin Lyons

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20 May 2024

Unearthed Films rescues THE ABANDONED (review)

Marie comes to Russia in search of her past which has been shrouded in legal bureaucracy and learns that she has inherited a family farm that has been uninhabited for forty years since the murder of her mother.  When she arrives at the old farm, she discovers that ghosts of the past are very much still active and planning a deadly homecoming in the feature debut of Nacho Cerda.

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

THE ABANDONED Blu-ray specs: 

  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 2.35:1 Widescreen
  • English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and 2.0 Stereo
  • Optional English SDH Subtitles
  • "Circling Back" interviews with co-writer/director Nacho Cerdà, co-writer Karim Hussein, and co-writer Richard Stanley 
  • "The Making of THE ABANDONED" 
  • "In the THE ABANDONED's Den" interview with co-writer/director Nacho Cerdà 
  • "Nacho Cerdà: Facing Death" 
  • "The Little Secrets of Nacho Cerdà" 
  • "When Buck Meets Cerdà: A Dialogue Between Friends" 
  • Alternate Cuts 
  • Alternate Endings 
  • Deleted and Extended Scenes 
  • Outtakes 
  • Photo Gallery 
  • Storyboards 
  • Trailers 
  • Bonus Trailers 
  • BD-ROM: Storyboard Collection

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19 May 2024

Second Run seeks a HAPPY END (review)

"Oldřich Lipský's one-of-a-kind Czech black comedy employs an ingenious twist - telling the life story of a condemned murderer entirely in reverse: from his 'birth' at the guillotine, to his departure as an infant. Utilising the techniques of silent cinema, the film plays with the flow of cinematic time to audacious effect."

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

HAPPY END Blu-ray specs:

  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.37:1 Pillarboxed Fullscreen
  • Czech LPCM 2.0 Mono
  • Optional English Subtitles
  • Audio Commentary by the Projection Booth film historians Mike White, Kat Ellinger and Ben Buckingham 
  • Video essay by film critic and Program Director of the Melbourne Queer Film Festival Cerise Howard 
  • Comes with a booklet featuring a substantial new essay by writer and commentator Jonathan Owen.

16 May 2024

Blue Underground resurrects DEATHDREAM in 4K (review)

Future A CHRISTMAS STORY and PORKY'S director Bob Clark and writer Alan Ormsby followed up CHILDREN SHOULDN'T PLAY THINGS with this supernatural take on the effects of the Vietnam War as a soldier supposedly killed in action shows up on his family's doorstep with a very special kind of craving.

REVIEW LINK: Blue Underground (US) Region ALL 4K UltraHD/Blu-ray Combo (DVDCompare)

DEATHDREAM 4K UltraHD/Blu-ray Combo Specs:

  • Disc One - 4K UltraHD:
    • 2160p24 HEVC 1.85:1 Widescreen (Dolby Vision) 
    • English DTS-HD Master Audio 1.0 Mono 
    • Optional English SDH, French, and Spanish Subtitles 
    • Audio Commentary by director Bob Clark, moderated by David Gregory 
    • Audio Commentary by screenwriter Alan Ormsby, moderated by David Gregory 
    • Audio Commentary by film historians Troy Howarth and Nathaniel Thompson 
    • DEAD OF NIGHT Theatrical Trailer
  • Disc Two - Blu-ray:
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 Widescreen 
    • English DTS-HD Master Audio 1.0 Mono 
    • Optional English SDH, French, and Spanish Subtitles 
    • Audio Commentary by director Bob Clark, moderated by David Gregory 
    • Audio Commentary by screenwriter Alan Ormsby, moderated by David Gregory 
    • Audio Commentary by film historians Troy Howarth and Nathaniel Thompson 
    • "The First Andy" interview with actor Gary Swanson 
    • "Notes for a Homecoming" interview with composer Carl Zittrer 
    • A Recollection with star Anya Liffey and writer/make-up artist Alan Orsmby 
    • "Flying Down to Brooksville" interview with production manager John Bud Cardos 
    • Tom Savini: The Early Years 
    • "Deathdreaming" interview with star Richard Backus 
    • Gary Swanson Screen Test 
    • "3:45" Alan Ormsby Student Film 
    • Still Galleries 
    • DEATHDREAM Alternate Opening Titles 
    • DEAD OF NIGHT Theatrical Trailer
  • Comes with a reversible cover.
  • The first pressing includes a slipcover.
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15 May 2024

Acorn Media investigates with HARRY WILD: SERIES 2 (review)

Jane Seymour is back in the second series of HARRY WILD as a retired college professor turned private detective partnered with student Fergus in a race to solve cases ahead of her police detective son involving murder mystery weekends gone wrong, devil worshipers in the countryside, body parts strewn along the coast, and a bridezilla who cares more about her wedding than her dead maid of honour.

REVIEW LINK: Acorn Media (UK) Region 0 PAL DVD (DVDCompare)

HARRY WILD - SERIES 2 DVD specs:

  • Six episodes on two dual-layer discs
  • 16:9 Anamorphic 2.00:1 Widescreen
  • English Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
  • Optional English HoH Subtitles
  • Behind the Scenes
  • Image Gallery

14 May 2024

Cult Epics exposes TINTO BRASS: MAESTRO OF EROTIC CINEMA 2 (review)

Works from the peak of Tinto Brass' tenure as "maestro of erotic cinema" come together in a Blu-ray set (with bonus DVD).  In PAPRIKA, a girl is tricked into prostitution by her fiance and soon learns the ropes and turns her talents to her advantage.  In ALL LADIES DO IT, a bored housewife inherits a Venetian apartment from a scandalous aunt and has a sexual awakening.  In P.O. BOX TINTO BRASS, Brass depicts erotic stories from the letters sent to him by female fans.  In FRIVOLOUS LOLA, young Lola does not want to get married without discovering the delights of erotic experience.

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

TINTO BRASS - MAESTRO OF EROTIC CINEMA 2 Blu-ray specs:

  • Disc One - Paprika:
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.66:1 Widescreen 
    • Italian Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono 
    • Optional English Subtitles 
    • "Welcome to the Whorehouse" interview with director Tinto Brass 
    • Theatrical Trailer 
    • Lobby Card Image Gallery 
    • Bonus Trailers
  • Disc Two - All Ladies Do It:
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 Widescreen 
    • English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Stereo and Mono 
    • Italian DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Stereo and Mono 
    • Optional English Subtitles 
    • Audio Commentary by critics Eugenio Ercolani and Troy Howarth 
    • Interview with director Tinto Brass 
    • Outtakes 
    • Still Gallery 
    • Tinto Brass Trailers
  • Disc Three - P.O. Box Tinto Brass:
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 Widescreen 
    • Italian DTS-HD Master Audio and Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono 
    • English Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono 
    • Optional English Subtitles 
    • Interview with director Tinto Brass 
    • Theatrical Trailer 
    • Still Gallery
  • Disc Four - Frivolous Lola:
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 Widescreen 
    • English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and 2.0 Stereo 
    • Italian DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and 2.0 Stereo
    • Optional English Subtitles 
    • Audio Commentary by film historians Eugenio Ercolani and Nathaniel Thompson 
    • Interview with director Tinto Brass 
    • Photo Gallery 
    • Tinto Brass Trailers
  • Disc Five - Bonus DVD:
    • Tinto Brass Trailers and Rare Clips 
    • Outtakes:
      • PAPRIKA 
      • P.O. BOX TINTO BRASS 
      • ALL LADIES DO IT
  • Four poster postcards and slipcover. 
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13 May 2024

Severin Films probes NIGHTMARES IN A DAMAGED BRAIN (review)

The unrated gorefest NIGHTMARES IN A DAMAGED BRAIN comes to 4K as uncut as possible.  A madman on an experimental drug murders his way from New York to Florida and the only person who knows is a boy who has cried wolf too many times.

REVIEW LINK: Severin Films (UK) Region ALL 4K UltraHD/Blu-ray Combo (DVDCompare)

NIGHTMARES IN A DAMAGED BRAIN 4K UltraHD/Combo Blu-ray specs: 

  • Disc One (4K UltraHD):
    • 2160p24 HEVC 1.85:1 Widescreen (HDR10) 
    • English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and 2.0 Mono 
    • Optional English SDH Subtitles 
    • Audio Commentary by actor Baird Stafford and effects artist Cleve Hall, moderated by Lee Christian and David DeCoteau from 2011 
    • Audio Commentary by associate producer Bill Paul from 2015 
    • Two Theatrical Trailers
  • Disc Two (Blu-ray):
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 Widescreen 
    • English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and 2.0 Mono 
    • Optional English SDH Subtitles 
    • Audio Commentary by actor Baird Stafford and effects artist Cleve Hall, moderated by Lee Christian and David DeCoteau from 2011 
    • Audio Commentary by associate producer Bill Paul from 2015 
    • "Kill Thy Father and Thy Mother" interview with director Romano Scavolini (72 minutes) 
    • "Dreaming Up a NIGHTMARE" documentary featuring former president Of 21st Century Distribution Arthur Schweitzer, actor/unit production manager Mik Cribben, production supervisor Simon Nuchtern, Florida producer/special effects artist William Milling, uncredited editor Jim Markovic and archival interviews with actor Baird Stafford and special effects artists Edward French and Cleve Hall 
    • "The Nightmare of NIGHTMARE" interview with erroneously credited special effects director Tom Savini 
    • "The Stuff That Nightmares Are Made Of" interview with makeup artist Robin Stevens 
    • "A Nightmare on Many Streets" locations visit with Fangoria's Michael Gingold 
    • Open Matte Peep Show Sequence 
    • Deleted Scenes 
    • Still Gallery 
    • Two Theatrical Trailers
  • Slipcover

Eureka's Masters of Cinema stalks THE CAT AND THE CANARY (review)

On a dark and stormy night, a young heiress is threatened by greedy relatives and an escaped maniac in the OG "old dark house" film THE CAT AND THE CANARY.

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

THE CAT AND THE CANARY Blu-ray specs: 

  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.37:1 Pillarboxed Fullscreen
  • Robert Israel Score in DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
  • Original English Intertitles
  • Audio Commentary by author Stephen Jones and author/critic Kim Newman 
  • Audio Commentary by film historians Kevin Lyons and Jonathan Rigby 
  • "Mysteries Mean Dark Corners" video essay by David Cairns and Fiona Watson 
  • Interview with writer and film critic Pamela Hutchinson 
  • Interview with film critic Phuong Le 
  • Extracts from John Willard's Original Play 
  • "Lucky Strike" Paul Leni Cigarette Brand Endorsement 
  • Comes with a collector's booklet featuring new writing on the film by Richard Combs, Craig Ian Mann, and Imogen Sara Smith. 
  • The first pressing of 2,000 copies includes a limited edition O-Card slipcase featuring new artwork by Graham Humphreys.

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09 May 2024

Full Moon enters the SHADOWZONE (review)

Louise Fletcher (EXORCIST II), James Hong (BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA), and David Beecroft (TV's FALCON CREST) star in this Full Moon monster flick from J.S. Cardone (THE SLAYER).  A NASA captain investigates a grisly death associated with the secret ShadowZone project, a deep sleep study that takes its subjects beyond normal levels of dreaming that has allowed something from another dimension to cross the border and use the fears of the scientific team against them.

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

SHADOWZONE Blu-ray specs:

  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.78:1 Widescreen
  • English Dolby Digital 5.1 and 2.0 Stereo
  • Optional English SDH Subtitles
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Full Moon Trailers

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07 May 2024

Radiance Films takes on BLACK TIGHT KILLERS (reviews)

A simple date with a stewardess turns into a web of murder and intrigue for a debonair photographer in this wild and wacky Japanese thriller from the director of STRAY CAT ROCK and MASSACRE GUN.

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

BLACK TIGHT KILLERS Blu-ray specs: 

  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 2.35:1 Widescreen
  • Japanese DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Mono
  • Optional English Subtitles
  • Audio Commentary by film historian Jasper Sharp
  • Archival interview from 2000 with director Yasuharu Hasebe 
  • Theatrical Trailer 
  • Comes with a reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Time Tomorrow and a booklet featuring writing by Japanese cinema expert Chris D. 
  • Limited edition of 3000 copies, presented in full-height Scanavo packaging with removable OBI strip leaving packaging free of certificates and markings.

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06 May 2024

Radiance Films explores THE SHAPE OF NIGHT (review)

Yoshie goes to the city to study dressmaking and works part-time in a bar where she meets a handsome businessman.  Unfortunately, he turns out to be a low-level gangster who manipulates her into a life of prostitution.  When one of regular clients falls for her and offers her a new chance at a happy life, it may all be too late for her and she may have to take drastic measures to truly free herself.

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

THE SHAPE OF NIGHT Blu-ray specs:

  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 2.35:1 Widescreen
  • Japanese LPCM 2.0 Mono
  • Optional English Subtitles
  • Interview with Yoshio Nakamura, son of director Noboru Nakamura 
  • "Major Changes" visual essay film historian by Tom Mes 
  • Easter Egg 
  • Includes a reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Time Tomorrow. 
  • Initial pressing of 3,000 copies also includes a booklet featuring new writing by Chuck Stephens, and presented in full-height Scanavo packaging with removable obi strip leaving packaging free of certificates and markings.

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Arrow Video explores CRIMSON PEAK (review)

Guillermo del Toro tells a tale of gothic romance on an epic scale (at least an epic budget) when a young American woman is swept off her feet by a British aristocrat and taken to his ancestral home, the forbidding CRIMSON PEAK where the dead are not quiet.

REVIEW LINK: Arrow Video (US/UK) 4K UltraHD (DVDCompare)

CRIMSON PEAK 4K UltraHD specs:

  • 2160p24 HEVC 1.85:1 Widescreen (Dolby Vision HDR/HDR10)
  • English DTS:X and DTS Headphone:X 2.0 Stereo
  • English Audio Descriptive Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround
  • Optional English SDH Subtitles
  • Audio Commentary by co-writer/director Guillermo del Toro 
  • "The House is Alive: Constructing CRIMSON PEAK" documentary 
  • Spanish-language Interview with co-writer/director Guillermo Del Toro 
  • Allerdale Hall - Four Featurettes:
    • "The Gothic Corridor"
    • "The Scullery"
    • "The Red Clay Mines"
    • "The Limbo Fog Set" 
  • "A Primer on Gothic Romance" interview with co-writer/director Guillermo del Toro on the film's literary elements 
  • "The Light and Dark of CRIMSON PEAK" featurette about the film's use of color 
  • "Hand Tailored Gothic" featurette on the film's costumes 
  • "A Living Thing" featurette on the modelling and construction of the Allerdale Hall sets 
  • "Beware of CRIMSON PEAK" walking tour of Allerdale Hall with actor Tom Hiddleston 
  • "Crimson Phantoms" featurette on the film's ghosts 
  • "Kim Newman on CRIMSON PEAK and the Tradition of Gothic Romance" interview with the author and critic 
  • "Violence and Beauty in Guillermo del Toro's Gothic Fairy Tale Films" video essay by writer Kat Ellinger 
  • Deleted Scenes 
  • International Trailer 
  • Theatrical Trailer 
  • 2 TV Spots 
  • Image Galleries:
    • Production Stills 
    • Behind the Scenes 
  • Comes in limited edition packaging designed by Crimson Peak concept artist Guy Davis with four double-sided postcards and an 80-page, hard-bound book featuring writing by David Jenkins and Simon Abrams, an archival interview with Guillermo del Toro, and original conceptual design illustrations by artists Guy Davis and Oscar Chichoni.

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05 May 2024

Vinegar Syndrome braves the blonde fury of LADY REPORTER (review)

In her first lead role, Cynthia Rothrock plays an FBI agent who infiltrates an Hong Kong newspaper that is a front for counterfeiting in LADY REPORTER.

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

LADY REPORTER Blu-ray specs:

  • Hong Kong Version:
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 Widescreen 
    • Cantonese DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 and Mandarin Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono 
    • Optional English Subtitles 
    • Audio Commentary by Asian film expert Frank Djeng (NY Asian Film Festival)
  • English Export Version:
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 Widescreen 
    • English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Mono 
    • Optional English SDH Subtitles
  • "No Mediocre Action" interview with actress Cynthia Rothrock 
  • "Playing the Villain" interview with actor Vincent Lyn 
  • Image Gallery 
  • Hong Kong Theatrical Trailer 
  • English Export Trailer
  • Reversible Cover
  • 16-page booklet with the essay "Skirt-Wearing Inspectors: Action and Cultural Barriers in Mang Hoi's LADY REPORTER" by historian Francesco Massaccesi.

Also available with a special limited edition spot gloss and embossed slipcover designed by Robert Sammelin at Vinegar Syndrome and select indie retailers, limited to 6,000 copies.

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Film Movement and Vinegar Syndrome cherish THAT MOST IMPORTANT THING: LOVE (review)

A down on his luck photographer meets a failed actress on a porn set and tries to foster her talent with tragic results in Polish exile Andrzej Zulawski's first French film.  Romy Schneider, Fabio Testi, Jacques Dutronc, and Klaus Kinski star.

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

L'IMPORTANT C'EST D'AIMER Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.66:1 Widescreen
  • French and English LPCM 2.0 Mono
  • Optional English Subtitles
  • Interview with director Andrzej Zulawski
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • About Film Movement
  • Booklet by film historian Kat Ellinger 

Available directly from VINEGAR SYNDROME with a 1,000-copy special limited edition slipcover designed by Steak Mtn.

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30 April 2024

Radiance Films explores the shadow world of PLANET OF THE VAMPIRES (review)

Before ALIEN, Mario Bava's PLANET OF THE VAMPIRES was the original "haunted house in space" as two ships land on a strange planet to answer a distress call only to confront a supernatural entity intent on taking over their bodies one by one.

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

PLANET OF THE VAMPIRES Blu-ray specs:

  • Italian Version:
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 Widescreen
    • Italian DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Mono
    • Optional English Subtitles
  • English Version with Original Score by Gino Marinuzzi Jr.:
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 Widescreen
    • English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Mono
    • Optional English SDH Subtitles
    • Audio Commentary on the English Versions by Video Watchdog's Tim Lucas
  • English Version with Home Video Score by Kendall Schmidt:
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 Widescreen 
    • English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Mono 
    • Optional English SDH Subtitles
  • "Transmissions from a Haunted World: Mario Bava and the Space Gothic" documentary 
  • "Shadow World" interview with assistant director Lamberto Bava 
  • Recreated German Super 8 Version (in English or Italian with optional English subtitles) 
  • "Trailers from Hell" introduction by filmmaker Joe Dante 
  • "Trailers from Hell" introduction by filmmaker Josh Olson 
  • U.S. Theatrical Trailer 
  • Image Gallery 
  • Limited edition of 5,000 copies. 4K scan of the film from the original negative under the supervision of Lamberto Bava and carried out at Fotocinema in Rome in collaboration with CSC Cineteca Nazionale. 
  • Comes with: 
    • a reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Time Tomorrow; 
    • an 80-page book featuring new writing by Kyle Anderson, Martyn Conterio, Barry Forshaw, George Daniel Lea and Jerome Reuter; 
    • a 20-page booklet featuring a new translation of Renato Pestriniero’s original short story; 
    • and a collection of six exclusive postcards featuring promotional material. 
  • Presented in rigid box and full-height Scanavo packaging with removable OBI strip leaving packaging free of certificates and markings.

29 April 2024

Eureka votes for CHINA O'BRIEN (review)

Cynthia Rothrock made her name as an action star in Hong Kong before being introduced in her homeland with the duo CHINA O'BRIEN and its sequel as a martial artist and cop who attempts to restore order to her home town when her sheriff father is murdered.  Richard Norton and Keith Cooke also star.

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

CHINA O'BRIEN 1 and 2 Blu-ray specs:

  • Disc One - China O'Brien:
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 Widescreen 
    • English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Mono 
    • Optional English SDH Subtitles 
    • Audio Commentary by action cinema experts Mike Leeder and Arne Venema 
    • Select-scene Commentary by actress and martial artist Cynthia Rothrock and Asian cinema expert Frank Djeng, NY Asian Film Festival 
    • "Made in China" interview with actress and martial artist Cynthia Rothrock 
    • Interview with actor and martial artist Richard Norton by A.J. Richardi and Gavin Kelley of The Martial Arts Mania Podcast 
    • "Leon Hunt on China O'Brien" interview with the author of "Kung Fu Cult Masters: From Bruce Lee to Crouching Tiger" 
    • Theatrical Trailer
  • Disc Two - China O'Brien II:
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 Widescreen 
    • English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Stereo 
    • Optional English SDH Subtitles 
    • Audio Commentary by action cinema experts Mike Leeder and Arne Venema 
    • Audio Commentary by Asian cinema expert Frank Djeng, NY Asian Film Festival 
    • Select-scene Commentary by actress Cynthia Rothrock and Asian cinema expert Frank Djeng, NY Asian Film Festival 
    • "Enter Dakota" interview with actor and martial artist Keith Cooke 
    • "James Mudge on China O'Brien" interview with filmmaker and critic James Mudge 
    • Theatrical Trailer
  • The first pressing of 2,000 copies includes an O-card slipcase featuring new artwork by Grégory Sacré, a reversible poster, and a collector’s booklet featuring new essays by James Oliver and film scholar Eddie Falvey.

25 April 2024

88 Films and THE INSPECTOR WEARS SKIRTS 2 (review)

The all-female Banshee Squad is back and pranking newbies while fighting and flirting with the all-male Tiger Squad before they have to band together to take on terrorists in the POLICE ACADEMY-inspired THE INSPECTOR WEARS SKIRTS 2.

REVIEW LINK: 88 Films (US/UK) Region A/B Blu-ray (DVDCompare)

THE INSPECTOR WEARS SKIRTS 2 Blu-ray specs:

  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 Widescreen
  • Cantonese and English LPCM 2.0 Mono
  • Optional English Subtitles
  • Audio Commentary by Asian film expert Frank Djeng 
  • "Leading the Top Squad" interview with director Wellson Chin 
  • Interview with stuntman Go Shut Fung 
  • Interview with stuntman Mars 
  • Hong Kong Theatrical Trailer 
  • Stills Gallery 
  • Comes with a reversible cover with new artwork by Sean Longmore and original HK poster art. 
  • The first pressing includes a double-walled O-ring slipcover featuring new artwork by Sean Longmore and a double-sided foldout poster featuring new and classic poster art.

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Cult Epics gets cheeky with FRIVOLOUS LOLA (review)

In Tinto Brass' FRIVOLOUS LOLA, young Lola is on the verge of getting married when she starts to wonder what delights she might be wishing if she does not get rid of her innocence before the wedding day.

REVIEW LINK: Cult Epics (US) Region ALL 4K UltraHD/Blu-ray Combo (DVDCompare)

FRIVOLOUS LOLA 4K UltraHD/Blu-ray Combo specs: 

  • Disc One (4K UltraHD):
    • 2160p24 HEVC 1.85:1 Widescreen (HDR10) 
    • English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and 2.0 Stereo 
    • Italian DTS-HD Master Audio and 2.0 Stereo 
    • Optional English Subtitles 
    • Audio Commentary by film historians Eugenio Ercolani and Nathaniel Thompson 
    • Tinto Brass Trailers
  • Disc Two (Blu-ray):
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 Widescreen 
    • English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and 2.0 Stereo 
    • Italian DTS-HD Master Audio and 2.0 Stereo 
    • Optional English Subtitles 
    • Audio Commentary by film historians Eugenio Ercolani and Nathaniel Thompson 
    • 2004 interview with director Tinto Brass 
    • Photo Gallery 
    • Tinto Brass Trailers
  • The first pressing comes in a slipcover with a reversible cover, four Italian lobby card reproductions (UHD combo only), and 20-page booklet by Eugenio Ercolani and Domenico Monetti.

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24 April 2024

Eureka Classics and Joseph Kuo's THE SWORDMEN OF ALL SWORDSMEN solves THE MYSTERY OF CHESS BOXING (review)

In Joseph Kuo's first martial arts film THE SWORDSMAN OF ALL SWORDSMEN, a boy grows into adulthood training to avenge the murders of his family by five men.  Also included is THE MYSTERY OF CHESS BOXING, the film that inspired Wu Tang Clan and the rappers Ghostface Killah and Ol' Dirty Bastard!

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

THE SWORDSMAN OF ALL SWORDSMEN Blu-ray specs: 

  • Disc One - The Swordsman of All Swordsman:
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 2.39:1 Widescreen 
    • Mandarin and English LPCM 2.0 Mono 
    • Optional English Subtitles 
    • Audio Commentary by Asian film expert Frank Djeng and film writer John Charles 
    • "The Return of the Master" archival interview with director Joseph Kuo
  • Disc Two (Bonus Blu-ray) - The Mystery of Chess Boxing:
    • Only surviving 35mm print 
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 2.32:1 Widescreen 
    • Mandarin, Cantonese, and English LPCM 2.0 Mono 
    • Burnt-in Chinese and English Subtitles 
    • Audio Commentary by Asian film expert Frank Djeng and martial artist/filmmaker Michael Worth 
    • Audio Commentary by action cinema experts Mike Leeder and Arne Venema
  • Limited edition of 2,000 copies comes with bonus disc, O-Card slipcase featuring new artwork by Grégory Sacré (Gokaiju), collector’s booklet featuring new writing on both films by James Oliver, set of facsimile lobby cards and Double-sided poster featuring original release posters, and reversible artwork by Darren Wheeling.