Thursday, February 23, 2017

Lionsgate's Vestron label opens THE GATE on February 28th!


LIONSGATE'S VESTRON COLLECTOR'S SERIES GIVES TIBOR TAKACS' CLASSIC "THE GATE," THE ROYAL TREATMENT ON BLU-RAY!

I unabashedly love THE GATE. Growing up, it was one of my favorite Horror movies (probably because it involved kids fighting against a supernatural evil), and I'm amazed at  how well the film's effects still hold up. So you can imagine how excited I was when this film was announced as part of the Vestron Collector's Series! Now, within days I will be able to enjoy this film in high-definition, with hours of extras covering every facet of its production! JOY!

Synopsis: When best friends Glen (Stephen Dorff) and Terry (Louis Tripp) stumble across a mysterious crystalline rock in Glen's backyard, they quickly dig up the newly sodden lawn searching for more precious stones. Instead, they unearth THE GATE — an underground chamber of terrifying demonic evil. The youngsters soon understand what forces they've unleashed, as they are overcome with an assortment of horrific experiences. With fiendish followers invading suburbia, it's now up to the kids to discover the secret that can lock The Gate forever . . . if it's not already too late!

Disc Specs:
Rated PG-13 | Color | 82 minutes | Region A
Video - 1080p Widescreen (1.85:1)
Audio - TBA

Extras:
  • Audio Commentary with Director Tibor Takacs, Writer Michael Nankin, and Special Effects Designer & Supervisor Randall William Cook! 
  • Audio Commentary with Special Effects Designer & Supervisor Randall William Cook, Special Make-up Effects Artist Craig Reardon, Special Effects Artist Frank Carere, and Matte Photographer Bill Taylor!
  • Isolated Score Selections and Audio Interview with Composers Michael Hoenig and J. Peter Robinson.
  • THE GATE: Unlocked – A Conversation between Director Tibor Takacs and Special Effects Designer & Supervisor Randall William Cook.
  • Minion Maker – An interview with Special Make-up Effects Artist Craig Reardon.
  • From Hell It Came – An Interview with Co-Producer Andras Hamori.
  • The Workman Speaks! – An Interview with Actor Carl Kraines.
  • Made In Canada – A series of interviews with many of the local Toronto-based cast & crew including Production Manager Robert Wertheimer, Costume Designer Trysha Bakker, Third Assistant Director Kathleen Meade, 'Minion' Performer Jonathan Llyr, Actor Scot Denton, and Post-Production Supervisor H. Gordon Woodside.
  • From Hell: The Creatures & Demons of THE GATE with Randall William Cook and Craig Reardon.
  • The Gatekeepers with Tibor Takacs and Michael Nankin.
  • Vintage Featurette: Making of 'THE GATE'
  • Teaser Trailer
  • Theatrical Trailers
  • TV Spot
  • Still Gallery
  • Behind-The-Scenes Still Gallery
If you're a fan of THE GATE, and you already own the previous DVD release from Lionsgate, I think it's safe to say that you can part with it and upgrade to this release! The cover art is better, the film has been remastered, and there are more special features than ever before! THE GATE comes out on Tuesday, February 28th and is available to buy at AMAZON, BULLMOOSE, and DIABOLIK DVD! If you shop around, you may get a decent price, but don't be shocked if you see this disc going for thirty dollars or more!



Scream Factory tucks you in for some DEADTIME STORIES on February 28th!


DEADTIME STORIES MAKES ITS BLU-RAY DEBUT ON FEBRUARY 28TH, COURTESY OF SCREAM FACTORY!

Honestly gang, I've never seen this one, but have always wanted to scope it out because I am a sucker for anthology flicks! The expendable income is low at the moment, so I'll have to wait for another kick-ass sale from Scream Factory to pick this bad boy up! But don't let that stop you!

Synopsis: Your favorite nightmares come to life in a horror/fantasy salute to the age-old bedtime story ritual. Travel on a mysterious journey to a medieval world populated by blood-crazed witches, evil experiments and captive maidens.

Then from the catacombs and dark caverns of medieval Europe you plunge into modern suburbia and the frolicsome adventures of a nubile lady jogger tracked by a savage werewolf. Finally, sensuality becomes macabre black comedy on the trail of three escaped mental patients who share a country house with a daffy murderess.

Disc Specs: 
Rated R | Color | 83 minutes | Region A/1
Video - 1080p Widescreen (1.85:1)
Audio - TBA

Extras:
  • NEW! Hi-Def Transfer From The Original Negative!
  • NEW! Audio Commentary With Co-writer/Director Jeffrey Delman!
  • NEW! I Like The Grotesque – An Interview With Co-writer/Director Jeffrey Delman.
  • NEW! Interviews With Actors Cathryn de Prume, Melissa Leo, and Scott Valentine!
  • The Black Forest – An Alternate Cut Of The First Story!
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Theatrical Trailers
  • Still Gallery
Packed with extras and restored in HD, DEADTIME STORIES is available everywhere in a Blu-ray/DVD combo pack on Tuesday, February 28th! Order it today from AMAZON, BULLMOOSE, DIABOLIK DVD, or directly from SHOUT! FACTORY, which will net you this release early!



Wednesday, February 22, 2017

On February 28th, go A*P*E with Kino Lorber in 3D!


ON FEBRUARY 28TH, SEE TEN TONS OF ANIMAL FURY LEAP ACROSS THE SCREEN (IN STARTLING 3D!), WITH KINO LORBER'S A*P*E BLU-RAY!

A*P*E is a hilariously awful, but I adore it! Featuring bargain basement special effects (which might actually look "better" in 3D), this low-budget Kong rip-off features a cheap gorilla costume, terrible miniatures, and the gut-bustingly funny desecration of a dead shark! It must be seen to be believed! (Man I wish I had a 3D TV so I could enjoy this in its intended format!)

Synopsis: A freighter peacefully glides the still waters of a soft Pacific night; their cargo: a recently captured 36-foot ape. A giant fist comes up through the deck sending the sailors sprawling and in a matter of seconds, the A*P*E (Attacking Primate monster) is loose!

The mighty A*P*E defies the JAWS of the Great White Shark, and then wades ashore and explores the Korean mainland. Meanwhile, American actress (Joanna Kerns, TV’s Growing Pains) arrives in South Korea to appear in a film, at the same time, A*P*E has also arrived and lays waste the city of Inchon and continues his march forward, destroying everything in his path. Paul Leder (I DISMEMBER MAMA) co-wrote and directed this cult classic which also co-stars Hollywood veteran Alex Nicol (THE MAN FROM LARAMIE, THE SCREAMING SKULL)!

Disc Specs:
Rated PG | Color | 87 minutes | Region A
Video - 1080p Widescreen (2.39:1)
Audio - TBA

Extras:
  • 2D and 3D versions of the movie!
  • Audio Commentary by Horror Cinema Historian Chris Alexander.
  • Trailers
A*P*E will be available wherever Blu-ray discs are sold on Tuesday, February 28th and will cost around twenty bucks. Order it today from AMAZON, BULLMOOSE, or DIABOLIK DVD! Also, if you plan on watching this in 3D, make sure that you already have a 3D Blu-ray player and TV!



STOCK YOUR VAULT: New DVDs & Blu-rays for 02/21/2017!


Vault Master's Pick of the Week!
Another week, another batch of new releases on DVD and Blu-ray Vault Dwellers! While last week boasted a lot of cool stuff, this week is considerably light on worthwhile purchases.

Kino Lorber brings NO RETREAT, NO SURRENDER to Blu-ray for the first time, featuring the international cut of the movie, plus an interview with the lead actor Kurt McKinney, audio commentary with screenwriter Keith W. Strandberg, and theatrical trailers!

Though that's a definite "must own" in my book, it gets blown away by Arrow Video's 2-Disc Special Edition of PSYCHOMANIA, which offers up a new 2K restoration of the film, new (and archival) cast and crew interviews, and various featurettes!

Honestly there isn't too much more to get excited for, so scroll on down for this week's tiny list of DVDs and Blu-rays!


NEW TO DVD & BLU-RAY
Beauty & The Beast (2014 - Shout! Factory)
Black Widows
Doctor Who: The Return of Doctor Mysterio


NEW TO BLU-RAY
Deluge
Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex Season 1
Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex Season 2
Karate Girl
No Retreat, No Surrender
Osamu Tezuka's Metropolis
Psychomania (2-Disc Special Edition)


NEW TO DVD
#Followfriday
42nd Street Pete's Busty Babe Bonanza
All the Kind Strangers (1974)
Black Bikers from Hell (aka Black Angels)
Blade of the Ripper (1972)
Fortune Cookie
Green Legend Ran
In Memorium
Isle of the Dead
It Watches
Kill Granny Kill
Model Combat
Tormented / House on Haunted Hill (Double Feature)
Viking Legacy
The Woman Hunter


RETRO DRIVE-IN DOUBLE FEATURES
Retro Drive-In: Fu Manchu Double Feature
Contains: The Adventures of Fu Manchu and The Castle of Fu Manchu.

Retro Drive In: Mexican Horror Double Feature
Contains: Attack of the Mayan Mummy and Robot vs. The Aztec Mummy


Thursday, February 16, 2017

Trailer Round-Up: BLOODRUNNERS, FABRICATED CITY, GHOSTS OF DARKNESS, SLICE OF LIFE, and THE VOID!


It's a new week Vault Dwellers, which means new trailers! This time around, I've got some cool previews to share with you, featuring vampire speakeasies, dueling ghost hunters, Korean gamers turned action stars, a BLADE RUNNER fan film, and an all new Horror flick that was heavily influenced by Lucio Fulci and John Carpenter! Scroll down to start watching!

TRAILER #1: BLOODRUNNERS
Release Date: March 7, 2017 (Blu-ray/DVD combo pack and Digital HD)

Set during tumultuous Prohibition Era America, BLOODRUNNERS features Ice-T as a vampire named Chesterfield that butts heads with Jack Malone, a corrupt cop that shakes down bootleggers and club owners for a "luxury tax." What was just business as usual for Jack turns into a vicious battle between the police and a clan of vampires who are looking to take over the town! For a low-budget film, it looks like they put a lot of effort into it - could be a good time! Check out the trailer below and consider giving BLOODRUNNERS some love when it's released!



TRAILER #2: FABRICATED CITY
Release Date: February 24, 2017 (U.S. limited theatrical release)

Kwon yoo (Ji Chang wook) is unemployed in the real world, but online, he's a respected gamer who can't be beat. But someone clearly has it out for Kwon when he is framed for murder and incarcerated. Now, he must team up with a fellow gamer, and a hacker to find out who framed him, and clear his name! This movie has definitely sparked my interest, as it seems to be partially adapted from Ernest Cline's READY PLAYER ONE. Even if that's not the case, FABRICATED CITY looks like it is going to be a pretty decent action movie!



TRAILER #3: GHOSTS OF DARKNESS
Release Date: March 7, 2017 (Digital HD)


Two paranormal investigators are unexpectedly thrown together in the hope of solving a hundred-year-old mystery. Locked for three nights in a house with a dark and unsettling past, the two investigators must put their differences aside and work together. They soon discover the myths and stories are nothing compared to what actually resides within the eerie walls of Richwood Manor. For once they have stumbled onto the real thing, but this time it’s their own lives at that are at stake. This upcoming release from Uncork'd Entertainment looks pretty polished, and I'm looking forward to giving it a look!



TRAILER #4: SLICE OF LIFE
Release Date: TBA


SLICE OF LIFE hasn't actually been made yet (the filmmakers are gearing up for a Kickstarter campaign, with a goal of completing the movie later this year) so this is actually a fan-made proof-of-concept trailer. Details about the Sci-Fi film are scant, but it will be a short film (unless they get some major backing on their crowdfunding campaign), and it will take place in the BLADE RUNNER universe. Watch the trailer below and prepare to be impressed!



TRAILER #5: THE VOID
Release Date: April 7, 2017

I've been a big fan of Astron-6 ever since I laid eyes on MANBORG (and subsequently FATHER'S DAY and THE EDITOR), so I am extremely excited for this new (and much more serious) Horror offering from Jeremy Gillespie and Steve Kostanski. With currently 100% on Rotten Tomatoes, this upcoming tale of cosmic horror begins when a police officer named Daniel Carter brings an injured man to a hospital late one night. Dan quickly discovers that the patients and staff are mutating into inhuman monstrosities from another dimension, and the only way to escape is to team up with the other survivors in the hospital! This looks super cool and I can't wait to see it in April!


That's it for now Vault Dwellers, but be sure to check back to the News Vault soon for more trailers, news, and updates on upcoming Blu-rays!


Wednesday, February 15, 2017

STOCK YOUR VAULT: New DVDs & Blu-rays for 02/14/2017!


Vault Master's Pick of the Week!
Happy (belated) Valentine's Day Vault Dwellers! This week is mostly full of direct-to-DVD fare, but there are some new titles worth picking up as well!

Kino Lorber gives ONE MILLION YEARS B.C. and 23 PACES TO BAKER STREET their Blu-ray debuts, Mondo Macabro brings the relatively unknown SUDDENLY IN THE DARK to the high-def format, and Universal brings us the original IT CAME FROM OUTER SPACE in a nice 2D/3D presentation!

In the mood for something more recent? Well ARRIVAL, STAKE LAND II, CITY OF DEAD MEN, are now available as well!

There's plenty more where that came from, so scroll on down to get the full list of this week's releases!


NEW TO DVD & BLU-RAY
Arrival
City of Dead Men
Comet Lucifer: The Complete Collection
Pig Pen
Stake Land II


NEW TO BLU-RAY
23 Paces to Baker Street
Busou Shinki: Armored War Goddess - The Complete Series
The Ghost and Mr. Chicken
It Came From Outer Space (2D & 3D!)
Killing Spree (Director's Cut)
King Cobra
One Million Years B.C.
Star Trek Enterprise: The Complete Series
Suddenly in the Dark
The Yakuza (1975)


NEW TO DVD
3 Sisters
Action-Horror Double Feature: MOLD! and Hotel Inferno
Backwater
Beavis & Butthead: The Complete Collection
Bigfoot: The Movie
Blood Brothers
Bloodline
Burningmore Deaths
Catatonia
Creature Lake
Crooked Man
Death Rot
Easter Bunny Bloodbath
The Eves
Evidence
Freshwater
Hap and Leonard
Harrigan
The Horde
House of Bad
I Heart U
The Inflicted
Khazana
Killer Clowns
The Lake on Clinton Road
Night of the Living Dead: Comic Book Collector's Edition
Oceans Rising
Pretty Dead
The Sacred
Sisters of the Plague
Sparrow
Stranglehold
Sugar Skull Girls
Trippin'
Tumbling Doll of Flesh
Voyage to the Planet of Prehistoric Women: Comic Book Collector's Edition
Zombie eXs


NEW MULTI-FILM COLLECTIONS ON DVD
Psycho Triple Feature
Contains: All Saint's Eve, Bad vs. Worse, and The Turnpike Killer.