Saturday, October 21, 2017

Umbrella Entertainment's November 2017 New Releases!


This November, Umbrella Entertainment's got another great round of titles coming to DVD & Blu-ray! Based upon Michael Crichton's novel, THE ANDROMEDA STRAIN has humanity facing extinction when a virus from outer space makes landfall on Earth, CANNONBALL RUN II's crazy cast of characters race from coast to coast to win a huge cash prize, ATTACK FORCE Z's all-star cast (Mel Gibson, Sam Neill, John Philip Law, and... John Waters?!) goes on a rescue mission during the Pacific Theater in WWII, and HUNTING HUMANS is a new film where a rural desert town's residents literally hunt humans for sport! For full specs & extras on these titles, scroll down!

  • Umbrella's 40th Anniversary Blu-ray of SUSPIRIA was also due out on November 1st, but has since been pushed back at least three to four weeks in order to deal with an issue. While this is disappointing news, it is good to know that the folks at Umbrella are making sure fans get the best release possible!
  • RAZORBACK's Blu-ray release has been pushed back until February 7th! However, this disc will be absolutely loaded with awesome extras, including an audio commentary, interviews, deleted scenes, a "VHS cut" of the film, and more! 
  • Umbrella just announced the Blu-ray debut of FAIR GAME, yet another Ozploitation classic that I can't wait to check out! Release date and extras TBA!


Synopsis: Directed with clinical precision by Academy Award(R) winner Robert Wise, THE ANDROMEDA STRAIN is a compelling account of the earth's first biological crisis. After an errant satellite crashes to earth near a remote New Mexico village, the recovery team discovers that everyone in the town are victims of a horrible death, with the mysterious exception of an infant and an old homeless man.

The survivors are brought to a state-of-the-art underground laboratory, where the puzzled scientists race against time to determine the nature of the deadly alien virus before it wreaks havoc. A trailblazer in the areas of special effects and inventive sets, THE ANDROMEDA STRAIN is based on Michael Crichton's best-selling novel that created national paranoia for it's topical relevance to the first moon landing and is perhaps the most chillingly realistic science fiction thriller ever made.

Disc Specs:
Rated G | Color | 131 minutes | Region Free
Video - 480p Widescreen (16:9)
Audio - English Dolby Digital 2.0

  • None.
CLICK HERE to order Umbrella Entertainment's THE ANDROMEDA STRAIN DVD!

Synopsis: Mel Gibson commands an elite military team dispatched during WW II to locate and rescue the survivors of a shot down plane, stranded on a South Pacific island occupied by the Japanese. One of the castaways, a defecting Japanese official, holds the secret to ending the war, and must be saved at all costs.

Boasting a top-notch cast including Mel Gibson (MAD MAX), Sam Neill (THE DISH), John Phillip Law (BARBARELLA), and John Waters (BREAK MORANT). Attack Force Z is a fast moving, action-packed World War II adventure story in the tradition of "THE GUNS OF NAVARONE!"

Disc Specs:
Not Rated | Color | 95 minutes | Region Free
Video - 1080p Widescreen (16:9)
Audio - Original 2.0 Dual Channel Mono

  • Brand new 4K scan & restoration from the film's inter-positive!
  • The Z-Men Debriefed - Featurette with executive producer John McCallum & actors John Waters, and Chris Haywood! 
  • Original Theatrical Trailer
  • Photo Gallery
CLICK HERE to order ATTACK FORCE Z on Blu-ray today!


Synopsis: When a wealthy sheikh (Jamie Farr, M.A.S.H.) puts up $1 million in prize money for a cross-country car race, there is one person crazy enough to hit the road hard with wheels spinning fast. Legendary driver J.J. McClure (Burt Reynolds, THE LONGEST YARD) enters the competition along with his friend Victor (Dom DeLuise, BLAZING SADDLES) and together they set off across the American landscape in a madcap action-adventure destined to test their wits and automobile skills.

A fast-moving 80s comedy extravaganza, from legendary director Hal Needham (SMOKEY AND THE BANDIT), featuring an all-star cast, including: Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Telly Savalas, Shirley Maclaine, Jackie Chan, Sid Caesar, Marilu Henner, Don Knotts, Richard ‘Jaws’ Kiel, Jim Nabors, Ricardo Montalban and more, CANNONBALL RUN II is a smash-up trip down memory lane!

Disc Specs:
Rated PG | Color | 108 minutes | Region Free
Video - 1080p Widescreen (16:9)
Audio - English Dolby Digital 5.1 & 2.0

  • TBA
CLICK HERE to order Umbrella's Blu-ray of CANNONBALL RUN II now!


Synopsis: Winner of best film at the Fantastic Cinema Festival! Directed by Louie Gibson, son of acclaimed actor and director, Mel Gibson! HAPPY HUNTING follows Warren, a degenerate drifter, suffering from debilitating alcohol withdrawals on a daily basis. On his way down to Mexico, he becomes stranded in Bedford Flats, a one-horse town nestled deep in the American desert.

It was a once-prosperous hunting community that has been reduced to an impoverished dust bowl. Unfortunately for Warren, it turns out that the town’s pastime is rounding up drifters and hunting them as part of an elaborate sporting event. To make matters worse, he’ll go into alcoholic withdrawal unless he finds a way to stay loaded. It all builds to a blood-soaked, live-or-die showdown deep in the desert.

Disc Specs:
Rated R | Color | 91 minutes | Region Free
Video - 480p Widescreen (16:9)
Audio - English Dolby Digital 5.1

  • None.
CLICK HERE to get your copy of HAPPY HUNTING from Umbrella Entertainment!


Synopsis: Widely considered to be the most shocking and hallucinatory horror movie in history - and described by Argento as "an escalating experimental nightmare," SUSPIRIA stars Jessica Harper as a young American ballet student who arrives at a prestigious European dance academy and is confronted by a series of bizarre and horrific deaths.

Packed with vicious violence, ultra gory effects and dazzling cinematic set pieces, SUSPIRIA is a gruesomely gothic masterpiece of the macabre.

Disc Specs:
Rated R | Color | 99 minutes | Region Free
Video - 1080p Widescreen (16:9)
Audio - English & Italian 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio

  • Suspiria Told by Dario Argento: An Interview with Dario Argento and Nick Vivarelli on Suspiria's 40th Anniversary! 
  • 25th Anniversary Suspiria Documentary! 
  • Exclusive Interview with Dario Argento (2004).
  • Fear at 400 Degrees: The Cine-Excess of Suspiria Documentary.
  • An Eye For Horror Documentary
  • Dario Argento's World of Horror Documentary
  • Image Gallery
  • International Trailer
  • U.S. Theatrical Trailer
  • TV Spot
  • Radio Spots
  • Dario Argento Trailer Reel (1970-2009)
As mentioned earlier, Umbrella's 40th Anniversary Edition of SUSPIRIA has been pushed back until the end of November. But don't let that stop you from ordering yourself a copy! CLICK HERE to place your order now!

Also available on November 1st from UMBRELLA ENTERTAINMENT:
As per usual, all of the DVDs and Blu-rays mentioned in this post can be ordered directly from UMBRELLA ENTERTAINMENT, and are Region Free!

Friday, October 20, 2017

Sony wants you to enter THE OLD DARK HOUSE on October 24th!


I've never seen James Whale's THE OLD DARK HOUSE, but seeing as how I absolutely love the original FRANKENSTEIN and THE INVISIBLE MAN, I'm definitely going to have to watch it one day! Featuring Boris Karloff in his first Horror role, this classic is getting a Blu-ray release worth bragging about!

Synopsis: From the director of FRANKENSTEIN, and based on the novel Benighted (1927) by J. B. Priestleya, a group of stranded travelers stumble upon a strange old house, and find themselves at the mercy of the highly eccentric, and potentially dangerous, Femm family. This well-performed, atmospheric thriller features the first starring horror role for Boris Karloff, as the hulking, disfigured butler! The Cohen Film Collection is proud to present this stunning new 4K restoration!

Disc Specs:
Not Rated | Black & White | 72 minutes | Region A
Video - 1080p Fullscreen (1.375:1)
Audio - English: LPCM 2.0

  • Feature length audio commentary by actor Gloria Stuart!
  • Feature length audio commentary by James Whale biographer James Curtis!
  • Interview with director Curtis Harrington on the rediscovery of this once thought-lost film!
  • New interview with Sara Karloff!
  • Re-release trailer
THE OLD DARK HOUSE makes its Blu-ray debut on Tuesday, October 24th! Order a copy today from AMAZON or BULLMOOSE, and enjoy this film that was rescued from oblivion!

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Arrow Video invites you to partake of H.G. Lewis' BLOOD FEAST on October 24th!


Though I have seen BLOOD FEAST in 35mm, and briefly met and shook hands with the late H.G. Lewis, I have to admit that I'm not a huge fan of this film. That being said, I cannot deny that BLOOD FEAST served as a very important part of Horror film history, as it is the great grandaddy of splatter cinema! Arrow's release boasts an HD transfer of the film, plus a wealth of extra features. This is such a great-looking release, that even I wouldn't mind adding it to my collection!

Synopsis: The filmography of late movie maverick Herschell Gordon Lewis brims with the mad, macabre, and just downright bizarre. But perhaps the most unhinged of all his directorial efforts, and certainly the most influential, must surely be his original gore-fest BLOOD FEAST, the first ever splatter movie!

Dorothy Fremont is looking to throw a party unlike any other, and she gets just that when she hires the decidedly sinister Fuad Ramses to cater the event. Promising to provide her guests with an authentic Egyptian feast, Ramses promptly sets about acquiring the necessary ingredients the body parts of nubile young women!

Featuring a host of stomach-churning gore gags including the infamous tongue sequence and much more nastiness besides, Herschell Gordon Lewis' BLOOD FEAST more than lives up to its name and remains essential viewing for any self-respecting splatter fan.

Disc Specs:
Not Rated | Color | 67 minutes | Region A
Video - 1080p Widescreen (1.85:1)
Audio - LPCM Mono

  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard DVD presentations.
  • Scum of the Earth – Herschelll Gordon Lewis’ 1963 feature!
  • Blood Perspectives – Filmmakers Nicholas McCarthy and Rodney Ascher on Blood Feast!
  • Herschell’s History – Archival interview in which director Herschell Gordon Lewis discusses his entry into the film industry.
  • How Herschell Found his Niche – A new interview with Lewis discussing his early work.
  • Archival interview with Lewis and David F. Friedman.
  • Carving Magic – Vintage short film from 1959 featuring Blood Feast Actor Bill Kerwin!
  • Outtakes
  • Alternate “clean” scenes from Scum of the Earth!
  • Promo gallery featuring trailers and more!
  • Feature length commentary featuring Lewis and David F. Friedman, moderated by Mike Grady.
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly-commissioned artwork by Twins of Evil!
Yowza! They really went all out for this release! Arrow Video's 2-Disc Special Edition of BLOOD FEAST will be available on Tuesday, October 24th! Order your copy today from AMAZON, BULLMOOSE, or DIABOLIK DVD!

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Kino Lorber resurrects RAWHEAD REX and revs up ROLLING VENGEANCE on DVD & Blu-ray!


Both RAWHEAD REX and ROLLING VENGEANCE have been personal favorites of mine for decades! And though I already own them both (on DVD and DVD-R respectively), I do believe it is time for an upgrade!


Synopsis: "He’s pure evil… pure power… pure terror!" RawHead Rex is a demon, alive for millennia, trapped in the depths of hell, and waiting for release. He is held by an ancient seal, imprisoned for centuries in a barren field near the hamlet of Rathmore, Ireland. In time, this gruesome legacy has been forgotten, dismissed as an odd pre-Christian myth until Tom Garron (Donal McCann, DECEMBER BRIDE) decides to plow the field his ancestors knew better than to disturb.

The seal is broken and an unspeakable evil is unleashed - on a rampage of blood and lust. Howard Hallenbeck (David Dukes, GODS AND MONSTERS), an American historian on a working vacation with his family, discovers on the stained glass windows of a local church a series of scenes illustrating the reign of terror of RawHead Rex, but the one piece of glass depicting the defeat of the monster is missing.

RAWHEAD REX is on the loose, and he is insatiable as Howard desperately races against time for a way to stop the vicious monster. Directed by George Pavlou (TRANSMUTATIONS) with a screenplay by horror legend Clive Barker (HELLRAISER, CANDYMAN, NIGHTBREED, LORD OF ILLUSIONS).

Disc Specs:
Rated R | Color | 90 minutes | Region A
Video - 1080p Widescreen (1.85:1)
Audio - English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 & DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0

  • Brand New 4K Restoration from the Original Camera Negative!
  • Audio Commentary with Director George Pavlou, moderated by Stephen Thrower, the Author of Nightmare USA: The Untold Story of the Exploitation Independents, Murderous Passions: The Delirious Cinema of Jesús Franco, and Beyond Terror: The Films of Lucio Fulci! 
  • Interview with Actor Heinrich von Bünau (Rawhead Rex)!
  • Interview with Actor Ronan Wilmot (Declan O’Brien)!
  • Interview with SFX/MU Crew Members Gerry Johnston (SFX Supervisor), Peter Mackenzie Litten (SFX Creature Effects), John Schoonraad (SFX Mould Maker) & Rosie Blackmore (Makeup Artist)!
  • Interview with Cameraman Sean Corcoran.
  • Interview with Stephen R. Bissette, co-creator of John Constantine, instructor at the Center for Cartoon Studies.
  • Booklet Essay by Film Historian Kat Ellinger.
  • Animated Behind-the-Scenes Image Gallery.
  • Limited Edition Slipcase of the New Poster Art by Sean Phillips!
  • Reversible Cover Art.
  • Original Theatrical Trailer
I am astounded by the amount of live this film has been given - I can't wait to dig into my copy! RAWHEAD REX is now available everywhere Blu-ray discs and DVDs are sold! You can get yourself a copy now at AMAZON, BULLMOOSE, DIABOLIK DVD, or directly from KINO LORBER!


Synopsis: When a clan of drunken goons get off scot-free after senselessly killing a young trucker’s family, the trucker, Joey Rosso (Don Michael Paul, ROBOT WARS), takes matters into his own hands by building the ultimate monster truck to even the score. Spitting flames, and armed with a giant drill, his awesome rig is unstoppable as Joey pursues the clan leader Tiny Doyle (Ned Beatty, WHITE LIGHTNING) and his murderous offspring.

He tracks down the clan, one by one, crashing cars, flattening trucks, demolishing buildings and destroying anything or anyone that gets in his way. ROLLING VENGEANCE is heavyweight action, a powerful story of twisted emotion and mangled metal, the telling of which costs the lives of no less than 65 vehicles. Steven Hilliard Stern (THE PARK IS MINE) directed this action-packed revenge yarn with a screenplay by Michael Thomas Montgomery (EYE OF THE TIGER) and co-starring Lawrence Dane (SCANNERS).

Disc Specs:
Rated R | Color | 90 minutes | Region A
Video - 1080p Widescreen (1.85:1)
Audio - ?

  • Interview with Star Lawrence Dane.
  • Audio Commentary by Paul Corupe of and Film Historian Jason Pichonsky. 
  • Trailer Gallery
Hooray! I can't wait to retire my DVD-R of ROLLING VENGEANCE when I finally pick up this far superior Kino Classics release! Speaking of which, you can grab this tale of monster truck vengeance now at AMAZON, BULLMOOSE, DIABOLIK DVD, or from KINO LORBER's online store!

STOCK YOUR VAULT: New DVDs & Blu-rays for 10/17/2017!

Vault Master's Pick of the Week!
Greetings Vault Dwellers! We're just two weeks away from HALLOWEEN, can you believe it?! Yet oddly enough, there doesn't seem to be a major increase in new Horror titles on DVD & Blu-ray.

Wes Craven's SUMMER OF FEAR comes to Blu-ray courtesy of Doppelganger Releasing, and Mill Creek Entertainment releases MARY REILLY (a Jekyll & Hyde tale) to Blu-ray disc.

But it is Kino Classics that wins the week by giving ROLLING VENGEANCE its Blu-ray & DVD debut, plus they have just unleashed a great Special Edition of RAWHEAD REX! The disc boasts a new 4K remastered transfer made from the original negative, a new audio commentary, and a wealth ofcast & crew interviews!

As for the remainder of this week's releases, there are a slew of DVD & Blu-ray boxed sets, with several focusing entirely on DC's superheroes. (Not too shocking since JUSTICE LEAGUE is less than a month away from a theatrical release!) Also, many of Studio Ghibli's feature-length animated films are being re-released to DVD & Blu-ray, which might be of interest to some of you anime fans! To see the full list, start scrolling down!

American Gods: Season 1
Amityville: The Awakening
Batman vs. Two-Face
God of War
Howl's Moving Castle
Hunter x Hunter: Volume 3
Kiki's Delivery Service
My Neighbor Totoro
Princess Mononoke
Rawhead Rex (Special Edition)
Red Christmas
Rolling Vengeance
Samurai Jack: The Complete Fifth Season
Spaceship Terror
Spirited Away
Spider-Man: Homecoming
Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me (Criterion Special Edition)

The Amazing Spider-Man (Limited Edition Double Feature 4K UHD)
Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas (Grinchmas Edition - 4K UHD)
Garo: TV Collection Vol. 1
Hotel Transylvania / Hotel Transylvania 2 (Double Feature)
Mary Reilly
Samurai Jack: The Complete Series
Serenity (4K UHD)
Spider-Man: The Motion Picture Trilogy (Limited Edition 4K UHD)
Three O'Clock High (Collector's Edition - Shout Select)
Vice Versa
Wes Craven's Summer of Fear (Collector's Edition)

1,000 Year Princess
Black Ghosts
Dark Web
Deadly Jaws / Night of the Sharks (Double Feature)
A Devil's Wind
Don't Go Into the House Alone (4-Movie Collection)
Dreaming Purple Neon
Elsa: Fraulein SS
Escape Room
Fists of Fury
Flesh of My Flesh
Gore, Quebec
Gun Caliber
Hidden / The Gallows (Double Feature)
The Honor Farm
Inner Demons
Justice League: The Complete Series
Killjoy's Psycho Circus
Lake Fear Double Feature
Legend of the Werewolf
Lilith's Hell
MST3K: Volume VI
Revenge of the Dead
The Terror Within II

Alfred Hitchcock: The Ultimate Collection
Contains: Saboteur, Shadow of a Doubt, Rope, Rear Window, The Trouble With Harry, The Man Who Knew Too Much, Vertigo, North By Northwest, and Psycho. (Note: This boxed set is also available on DVD.) 

Batman / Superman Anthology
Contains: Superman - The Movie, Superman II, Superman III, Superman IV: The Quest for Peace, Superman Returns, Batman (1989), Batman Returns, Batman Forever, and Batman & Robin.

DC 4-Film Bundle
Contains: Wonder Woman, Suicide Squad (Extended Cut), Man of Steel, and Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice (Ultimate Edition).

Resident Evil 4-CG Movie Collection
Contains: Resident Evil - Damnation, Resident Evil - Degeneration, and Resident Evil - Vendetta.

3-Film Collection: Mad Max
Contains: Mad Max: Fury Road, The Road Warrior, and Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome.

5-Film Collection: Fantasy Adventures
Contains: Journey to the Center of the Earth, Journey 2: The Mysterious Island, Pan, The NeverEnding Story, and The NeverEnding Story II.

5-Film Collection: Swords & Sandals
Contains: 300, 300: Rise of an Empire, Clash of the Titans (1981), Clash of the Titans (2010), and Wrath of the Titans.

Silver Screen Icons: Sci-Fi
Contains: Forbidden Planet, The Time Machine, 2001: A Space Oddysey, and Soylent Green.

White Slave Collection
Contains: Naked Amazon, White Slave, and Sacrifice of the White Goddess.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Scream Factory "Punishes" Horror fans this December with SILENT NIGHT, DEADLY NIGHT: COLLECTOR'S EDITION!


SILENT NIGHT, DEADLY NIGHT is a mean-spirited little slasher flick that many of us have grown to love over the years. Initially pulled from theaters due to protests from angry parents, the film found an audience on home video, and built up a healthy cult following!

And though it has been released on DVD (and Blu-ray) by Anchor Bay in the past, this new release from Scream Factory looks to be the last copy of this film that any of us will ever have to buy!

Oh man, I hope this is under my tree this Christmas! That would be KILLER!

Synopsis: Community leaders tried to stop the release. The P.T.A. fought to ban it. Now one of the most controversial slasher films of all time is back in a new high-definition release! This new edition of the horror holiday favorite has been restored from the original vaulted film negative.

SILENT NIGHT, DEADLY NIGHT is the heartwarming story of little Billy Chapman who was traumatized by his parents' Christmas Eve murder, then brutalized by sadistic orphanage nuns. But when grown-up Billy is to dress as jolly St. Nick, he goes on a yuletide rampage to "punish the naughty!" Santa Claus is coming to town ... and this time he's got an axe! Robert Brian Wilson and Scream Queen Linnea Quigley star in this jaw-dropping horror classic that a nation of angry mothers still cannot stop!

Disc Specs:
Rated R | Color | 79 & 85 minutes | Region A
Video - 1080p Widescreen (1.85:1)
Audio - TBA

  • NEW! Original Theatrical And Unrated Versions Of The Film Taken From and all-new 4K Scan Of The Original Camera Negative!
  • NEW! Slay Bells Ring: The Story Of Silent Night, Deadly Night – Featuring Interviews With Writer Michael Hickey, Co-Executive Producers Scott J. Schneid And Dennis Whitehead, Editor/Second Unit Director Michael Spence, Composer Perry Botkin, And Actor Robert Brian Wilson!
  • NEW! Oh Deer! – An Interview With Linnea Quigley!
  • NEW! Christmas In July – Silent Night, Deadly Night Locations – Then And Now
  • NEW! Audio Commentary With Actor Robert Brian Wilson And Co-Executive Producer Scott J. Schneid!
  • Original Theatrical Trailer
  • Original TV Spots And Radio Spot
  • Audio Commentary By Michael Hickey, Perry Boykin, Scott J. Schneid, and Michael Spence.
  • Audio Interview With Director Charles E. Sellier, Jr.
  • Santa’s Stocking Of Outrage
  • Poster And Still Gallery
New cover art! Lots of new extras! An all new HD transfer of both cuts of the film! Could you ask for anything more? Well.... YES! Also coming out on December 5th (while supplies last), Scream Factory is also releasing a LIMITED EDITION release of this cult classic! (Only 2,000 copies available!) Not only will it come with an exclusive 18x24 rolled poster featuring Joel Robinson's new cover art, but it will also have a limited edition 8-inch Billy action figure from NECA! And holy cow, does this figure capture the likeness of Robert Brian Wilson perfectly! Take a look for yourself below!

Billy is here to PUNISH.... YOUR BANK ACCOUNT!

Once again, both editions of Scream Factory's SILENT NIGHT, DEADLY NIGHT are available on Tuesday, December 5th! You can order the standard Collector's Edition now at AMAZON, BULLMOOSE, DIABOLIK DVD, or from SHOUT! FACTORY (which will net you a poster and early delivery of your 2-disc Blu-ray).

However, the Limited Edition is only available directly from SHOUT! FACTORY's website! On the plus side though, shipping is FREE and you will receive your items a full week early! Either way, get this release pre-ordered gang because it is going to be incredible!