Wednesday, August 23, 2017

STOCK YOUR VAULT: New DVDs & Blu-rays for 08/22/2017!


Vault Master's Pick of the Week!

As August 2017 nears its end, the list of genre titles on DVD and Blu-ray has slimmed down dramatically. This week boasts a lot of TV shows on Blu-ray (e.g. ASH VS. EVIL DEAD, DAREDEVIL, JESSICA JONES, LUCIFER, SUPERGIRL, and THE WALKING DEAD), plus a few cool titles from some of our favorite genre labels.

Shout! Factory gives us a double dose of Lou Ferrigno in HD with their release of HERCULES and THE ADVENTURES OF HERCULES II, Arrow Video delights SOCIETY fans with a gorgeous new limited edition Steelbook, and the American Genre Film Archive gives quasi-snuff thriller EFFECTS some love on Blu-ray!

Also worth noting is Marvel's release of James Gunn's GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, VOL. 2. Not only is it out on DVD and Blu-ray, but Marvel also made it their first ever 4K UHD title! (Way to go James!)

There are a handful of other releases this week, so scroll down to scope 'em all out!


NEW TO DVD & BLU-RAY
Ash vs. Evil Dead: Season 2
Blood Ransom
Daredevil: The Complete Second Season
Funny Bones
Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2
Jessica Jones: The Complete First Season
Kill Switch
Lucifer: The Complete Second Season
Supergirl: The Complete Second Season
Visit to a Small Planet
The Walking Dead: Season 7


NEW TO BLU-RAY
The Adventures of Hercules II
Beyond the Boundary - I'll Be Here
Effects
Hercules
Jezebeth
My Blue Heaven (Warner Archive Collection)
Society (Limited Edition Steelbook)


NEW TO DVD
Dark Silence
Dead Story
The Domicile
Hitler's Last Train
Naughty Nymphs
Root of Darkness
A Wrinkle in Time
Zombies Have Fallen


NEW MULTI-FILM COLLECTIONS ON DVD
Holiday Horrors Triple Feature
Contains: Paranormal Halloween, Deadly XMas, and Summer Camp Massacre.


The VAULT-CAST returns with two new episodes!


It's been a long time coming, but THE VAULT-CAST has finally returned! We're trying to maintain a new monthly schedule (as opposed to, "whenever"), and so far we are off to a good start with two new consecutive episodes!

EPISODE 13: SHIN GUARDS
Released on July 29th, our "Shin Guards" cast features an in-depth review and analysis of SHIN GOJIRA... while we drove home from the theater and avoided potholes! This latest entry into the Godzilla series has been pretty divisive, but we both enjoyed it and went to bat for what is likely the most realistic kaiju political drama ever made! You can download this episode now from LibSyn, or stream it below!





EPISODE 14: VAULT-CAST VS. VERSUS
Our newest episode (released today!) is a short one that focuses on VERSUS films! We discuss the major players (e.g. KING KONG VS. GODZILLA, FREDDY VS. JASON, ALIEN VS. PREDATOR) and the fundamental flaws inherent to cinematic crossovers. Are versus films all broken, and if so, is there a way to fix them? The answer to both questions is a definite YES! Enjoy this short (but sweet) Vault-Cast as your hosts toss back some cold ones, take potshots at each other, and somehow once again go off on a Godzilla tangent. (Like we do every episode!) Stream it below or download it HERE.




Thanks for listening Vault Dwellers, and be sure to tune in next month for our long-planned show focusing on dinosaur movies! From its primeval cinematic roots (THE LOST WORLD, KING KONG) to its modern day resurgence (JURASSIC WORLD), we plan on covering the entire history of dino-cinema in one mega-cast!


Tuesday, August 15, 2017

STOCK YOUR VAULT: New DVDs & Blu-rays for 08/15/2017!


Vault Master's Pick of the Week!

We're halfway through August (and yours truly is now officially another year older) and we've hit a dry spell Vault Dwellers! This week doesn't have much to brag about, but as always, there are several diamonds in the rough!

Shout! Factory gives MISSING IN ACTION a Collector's Edition release, Code Red heaps love upon ONE DARK NIGHT in their new Special Edition Blu-ray (and DVD), and Kino Lorber has released a new 50th Anniversary Blu-ray for THE GOOD, THE BAD, & THE UGLY that you need to have in your spaghetti western collection!

There's also a few Stephen King re-releases (not surprising, with THE DARK TOWER being in theaters) and 20th Century Fox's ALIEN: COVENANT makes its 4K UHD and Blu-ray debut!

There's a bit more to get excited for, so scroll on down for this week's meager offering of genre releases!


NEW TO DVD & BLU-RAY
Alien: Covenant
DC's Legends of Tomorrow: The Complete Second Season
Once Dark Night (Special Edition)
Once Upon A Time: The Complete Sixth Season
Orion
Shakes the Clown


NEW TO BLU-RAY
Alien: 6-Film Collection
Bluebeard
Children of Dune (Region Free Import from Umbrella Entertainment!)
The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly (50th Anniversary Edition)
Missing in Action (Collector's Edition)
Pet Sematary
Promethues (4K UHD)
The Scarehouse


NEW TO DVD
The Dead Zone (1983)
Pet Sematary Two
Rogue Warrior: Robot Fighter
Sheena: Queen of the Jungle Collection


Monday, August 14, 2017

Umbrella Entertainment's September Genre Releases!


UMBRELLA'S SEPTEMBER ROSTER PROMISES WASHED-UP SUPERHEROES, GIANT CROCODILES, AND RAPEY GHOSTS!

Umbrella's August releases were impressive, but their September lineup is looking absolutely fantastic! Out of all of their upcoming titles, I am personally most excited for DARK AGE, which hasn't seen a legitimate release here in North America since the halcyon days of VHS! I'm also mega-excited for their new DVD of THE RETURN OF CAPTAIN INVINCIBLE, a superhero musical starring Alan Arkin and Christopher Lee that was directed by Philippe Mora (director of HOWLING III: THE MARSUPIALS and other cult favorites!).

But enough celebrating: Continue onward to learn more about the following titles, which will be available on September 6th!



DARK AGE (1987)

Synopsis: A classic tale of terror from the golden age of Aussie exploitation, DARK AGE features outback stalwart John Jarratt (WOLF CREEK) as Northern Territory wildlife ranger Steve Harris, a stoic survivor charged with conserving the ever diminishing crocodile population from encroaching hunters, hell-bent on destruction of the species.

Faced with formidable opposition from gung-ho hunter John Besser (Max Phipps, MAD MAX 2),
Steve is joined by girlfriend Cathy (Nikki Coghill, THE TIME GUARDIAN) and sets out to relocate a giant crocodile to a breeding ground sanctuary, well out of harm’s way. Aided by expert tracker Oondabund (Burnham
Burnham, GROUND ZERO) and Adjaral (David Gulpilil, THE TRACKER) the intrepid foursome risk life and limb in a terrifying journey that will test their nerves and transform the tranquil Territory waters into a raging red torrent of death!

Disc Specs:
Not Rated | Color | 90 minutes | Region Free
Video - 1080p Widescreen (16:9)
Audio - Dolby Digital 2.0

Extras:
  • Audio Commentary with Actor John Jarratt
    and Executive Producer Antony I. Ginnane.
  • A Bicentenary with Bite: Revisiting Dark Age
  • Panel discussion with film historians Lee Gambin, Alexandra Heller-Nicholas, Emma Westwood, and Sally Christie.
  • Uncut Not Quite Hollywood Interviews with John Jarratt and Antony I. Ginnane,
  • Living With Crocodiles 
  • Original Trailer Remastered in HD
  • More extras TBA!







THE ENTITY (1982)
Synopsis: After single mother Carla Moran (Academy Award® nominee Barbara Hershey, BEACHES) is violated and attacked by a seemingly invisible force, she seeks the help of therapist Dr. Phil Sneiderman (Ron Silver, TIMECOP).

Convinced Carla’s traumatic past is more akin to self-harm than anything supernatural, Sneiderman dismisses the wild claim. However, an insistent Carla invites two college students with an interest in the paranormal to visit her house in order to help her foil another visit from her terrifying invisible attacker.

This title will also be available on DVD!

Disc Specs:
Rated R | Color | 125 minutes | Region Free
Video - 1080p Widescreen (16:9)
Audio - Dolby Digital 5.1

Extras:
  • Finding a Voice: A Conversation composer Charles Bernstein.
  • Robert McNaughton Remembers The Entity.
  • Theatrical Trailer.
  • Poster and Stills Gallery.





OUT OF THE SHADOWS (2017)

Synopsis: "Welcome to your new home... moving in was the easy part." Unaware of its dark and sinister history, a detective and his pregnant wife move into their dream home, sparking a chain of events destined to haunt them beyond their wildest nightmares.

Fearing their baby is being tormented by a supernatural force they seek the help of a renegade demonologist who must investigate the past to save the family.

OUT OF THE SHADOWS  is a terrifying tale of suburban mayhem in the creepy tradition of INSIDIOUS, THE CONJURING, and THE BABADOOK!


Disc Specs:
Not Rated | Color | 89 minutes | Region Free DVD
Video - 480p Widescreen (16:9)
Audio - Dolby Digital 5.1

Extras:
  • TBA





THE RETURN OF CAPTAIN INVINCIBLE (1987)

Synopsis: Starring Alan Arkin (EDWARD SCISSORHANDS) as the most unusual of superheroes, and Christopher Lee (THE LORD OF THE RINGS TRILOGY) as his devilish archnemesis, this is a classic superhero satire! WWII Veteran Captain Invincible (Alan Arkin) was a national hero until labelled a socialist during the anti-communist witch hunts of the 1950s.

Now an overweight alcoholic hiding in Australia - Who’s forgotten how to fly! - Invincible learns his arch
enemy Mr. Midnight (Christopher Lee) is back, and has stolen the US Government’s latest super weapon. Can the Captain get on the wagon and learn again to soar? Or will Mr. Midnight and his army of henchmen destroy the world?

Disc Specs:
Rated PG | Color | 101 minutes | Region Free DVD
Video - 480p Widescreen (16:9)
Audio - Dolby Digital 5.1

Extras:
  • TBA



Also available on September 6th from UMBRELLA ENTERTAINMENT:
  • CLASSIC AUSTRALIAN STORIES: ROBBERY UNDER ARMS (1985)
  • CLASSIC AUSTRALIAN STORIES: THE SHIRALEE (1987) 
  • THE KOJAK COLLECTION (1973-87)
  • LOOKING FOR INFINITY: EL CAMINO (2017)
  • THE RANDOLPH SCOTT COLLECTION (1946-60)
  • SIX SHOOTER CLASSICS: DRUMS ACROSS THE RIVER (1954)
  • SIX SHOOTER CLASSICS: THE MAN FROM COLORADO (1948)
  • TOKYO GODFATHERS (2003)
  • WORLD CLASSICS COLLECTION: STEPPENWOLF (1974)
All of the DVDs and Blu-rays mentioned in this post can be ordered directly from UMBRELLA ENTERTAINMENT, and are Region Free!


Sunday, August 13, 2017

ALIEN: COVENANT will hug your face on August 15th!


RIDLEY SCOTT'S SEQUEL TO 'PROMETHEUS' ARRIVES ON HOME VIDEO THIS TUESDAY (8/15)!

I was not a huge fan of PROMETHEUS, but I did enjoy its followup quite a bit. ALIEN: COVENANT is a solid entry into the franchise, and Michael Fassbender steals the show both as David, and a new synthetic human called Walter.

Also, if you plan on picking this up, but for some reason don't have all the other movies, there is a groovy new set featuring all six films be released Tuesday as well! You can order it HERE.

Synopsis: The crew of the colony ship Covenant, bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy, discovers what they think is an unchartered paradise, but is actually a dark, dangerous world. When they uncover a terrifying threat beyond their imagination, they must attempt a harrowing escape.

Featuring an all-star cast including Academy Award Nominee Michael Fassbender (The X-MEN franchise, STEVE JOBS), Katherine Waterston (FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM), Billy Crudup (JACKIE), Danny McBride (THIS IS THE END) and Demián Bichir (THE HATEFUL EIGHT), ALIEN: COVENANT is loaded with bonus material!

Disc Specs:
Rated R | Color | 122 minutes | Region A
Video - 1080p Widescreen (2.39:1)
Audio - English DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1, Dolby Digital 5.1, and Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1

Extras:
  • Deleted and Extended Scenes - Prologue (Extended), Walter in Greenhouse, Oram and Daniels (Extended), Walter Visits Daniels, Daniels Bedroom Flashback, Jacob's Funeral (Extended), Ledwards Fall, Crossing the Plaza (Extended) , Daniels Thanks Walter, Rosenthal Prayer, Walter Reports Back, and Stairs to Eggroom (Extended).
  • USCSS Covenant (Featurettes) - Meet Walter, Phobos, and The Last Supper.
  • SECTOR 87 - PLANET 4 (Featurettes) - The Crossing, Advent, and David's Illustrations – Image Gallery. 
  • Master Class: Ridley Scott - Documentary on the making of Alien: Covenant.
  • Director Commentary by Ridley Scott
  • Production Gallery
Fans can also pick up exclusive editions of this title at Walmart, Target and Best Buy!
  • Walmart – Includes "Alien Day" fan art designed t-shirt!
  • Target – Comes with a 36-page book, featuring an inside look at David's Lab and the creatures of ALIEN COVENANT, plus behind-the-scenes photography and concept sketches!
  • Best Buy – Alien baby Xenomorph SteelBook!
ALIEN: COVENANT is available everywhere on Tuesday, August 15th on 4K UHD and on a Blu-ray/DVD/Digital HD combo pack! The film is guaranteed to have the best audio & video available, and has plenty of extras, so fans of the ALIEN series will definitely want to add it to their collection! Order it now from AMAZON or BULLMOOSE!



Spend ONE DARK NIGHT with Meg Tilly in Code Red's Newest Release!


CODE RED 
GIVES TOM MCLOUGHLIN'S "ONE DARK NIGHT" A WHOLE LOT OF LOVIN' IN THEIR NEW SPECIAL EDITION BLU-RAY!

While I am familiar with Tom McLoughlin, I must admit that anything past FRIDAY THE 13TH PART VI and his band The Sloths is unknown territory for yours truly. So I'm very curious about Tom's ONE DARK NIGHT, especially since Code Red put so much effort into this release! Along with a new transfer and reversible cover art, they packed this Special Edition with tons of extras!

Synopsis: A world famous psychic is found dead along with several victims of his bizarre experiments. One the same day his body is interred in a mausoleum, high-schooler Julie Wells (Meg Tilly, PYSCHO II, THE BIG CHILL, BODY SNATCHERS) agrees to spend the night there all alone  as part of a hazing to join the clique, "The Sisters" (Robin Evans, E.G. Daily, Leslie Speights). Later that night, the sisters secretly return to torment Julie in an attempt to scare her out of her mind. But the girls are not alone.

The psychic s experiments continue even after death - on his own body and on the dozen resident corpses in various stages of decay. Soon they're exhumed and looking for fresh bodies! ONE DARK NIGHT haunts audiences' psyches with its claustrophobic setting, moody cinematography, foreboding score and ultra-realistic makeup effects. Tom McLoughlin (DATE WITH AN ANGEL, FRIDAY THE 13TH PART VI: JASON LIVES) directed this terrifying chiller which co-stars the great Adam West (Batman, Family Guy).

Disc Specs:
Rated R | Color | 89 minutes | Region A
Video - 1080p Widescreen (1.78:1)
Audio - DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0

Extras:
  • Brand New HD Master!
  • Audio Commentary with Director Tom McLoughlin and Writer Michael Hawes!
  • Work Print Version of the Film!
  • NEW! Commentary with Director Tom McLoughlin and Producer Michael Schroeder!
  • NEW! On-camera interviews with McLoughlin, Schroeder, Actress E.G. Daily, Make-up Person Paul Clemens, DP Hal Trussell, and Production Designer Craig Steams!
  • Original Theatrical Trailer
Undead psyhics, zombies, and Adam West?! Sign me up! ONE DARK NIGHT is currently available for purchase at BULLMOOSE and DIABOLIK DVD. It will also be available on AMAZON this coming Tuesday (August 15th)!