Tuesday, April 25, 2017

STOCK YOUR VAULT: New DVDs & Blu-rays for 04/25/2017!


Vault Master's Pick of the Week!

Holy cow Vault Dwellers! This is the 300TH POST since The B-Movie News Vault went live! And I can think of no better way to celebrate this milestone, than a nice, meaty STOCK YOUR VAULT entry!

This week is chock full of awesome stuff: Severin Films brings DARK WATERS and THE OTHER HELL to Blu-ray and DVD, Arrow Video gives us new Special Editions of CALTIKI: THE IMMORTAL MONSTER and DJANGO PREPARE A COFFIN, and Scream Factory gives two '50s classics a new lease on life, namely I BURY THE LIVING and THE SCREAMING SKULL!

Also worth mentioning are Warner Archives' Blu-ray of FROM HELL IT CAME, Garagehouse Pictures release of the long-forgotten (and never before released!) fright flick THE DISMEMBERED, Shout! Factory's EXTERMINATOR 2, and a cool new documentary called 24x36: A MOVIE ABOUT MOVIE POSTERS!

There are a lot of other cool DVDs and Blu-rays out today, so scroll down for the full list!


NEW TO DVD & BLU-RAY
24x36: A Movie About Movie Posters
Daredevils of The Red Circle
Dark Waters
Dragon Ball Z Kai: The Final Chapters Part One
Freedom: The Complete OVA Series
The Girl With All the Gifts
The Marine 5: Battleground
One-Punch Man: Season One
The Other Hell
The Pied Piper (1972)
Underworld: Blood Wars


NEW TO BLU-RAY
Blood of the Tribades (Release date: 4/30/17)
Caltiki: The Immortal Monster (2-Disc Special Edition)
The Dismembered
Django Prepare a Coffin (2-Disc Special Edition)
Exterminator 2
From Hell It Came
I Bury the Living
Man of La Mancha
Rumble Fish (Criterion Collection)
The Screaming Skull
Tampopo (Criterion Collection)
Underworld: The Ultimate Collection
The Vampire Bat (Special Edition)


NEW TO DVD
Abandoned Dead
Bokeh
Crusher Joe: The Movie
Fritghtmares
Goregasm
Mammoth Kong vs. Gekko Kamen
Mifune: The Last Samurai
Naked Lunch (Criterion Collection)
Portal
Power Rangers: Gekisou Sentai Carranger - The Complete Series
True Crime Triple Feature
The Wicked One


Trailer Round-Up: Hollywood Blockbuster Edition Volume 3!


It's been quite a while since I posted a new Trailer Round-Up, so it's high time I get things back on track! Hollywood has been churning out some quality entertainment this year, and it looks like this trend will continue right up until December! Take a few minutes to peep the four trailers below and get excited for films featuring gladiatorial duels (in space!), secret British spy organizations, wisecracking hitmen, and the next chapter of the ongoing STAR WARS saga!

TRAILER #1 - THE HITMAN'S BODYGUARD
Release Date: August 18, 2017

Ryan Reynolds is a skilled bodyguard that is tasked with protecting the world's most-wanted hitman, portrayed by Samuel L. Jackson. Explosions, violence, death, and hilarity ensue as they struggle to stay alive, and maybe even become friends! In a year crowded with great action films, it'll be curious to see if this particular one holds its own. Scope out the mothaf*ckin' trailer for THE HITMAN'S BODYGUARD below!




TRAILER #2 - KINGSMAN 2 - THE GOLDEN CIRCLE
Release Date: September 29th, 2017

This sequel to the surprise hit, KINGSMAN: THE SECRET SERVICE, has the surviving members of Britain's spy organization teaming up with the American "Statesmen" to battle an all new threat! The trailer doesn't give away too much, but I'm definitely excited to see it later this year!




TRAILER #3 - STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI
Release Date: December 17, 2017

The next chapter of the STAR WARS saga continues the story of the Rebellion's efforts to defeat The First Order and its Sith leader. If they use the typical trilogy template, this will be a very dark entry into the series. Luke Skywalker appears to train Rey in the ways of The Force (though he seems pretty intent on ending the Jedi gig altogether), Kylo Ren heads further down the path to the Dark Side, and lots of cool space battles ensue!

I was a pretty big fan of THE FORCE AWAKENS (though rather lukewarm towards ROGUE ONE), so I'm eager to see what happens next. I just hope it isn't a lazy retread of THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK.




TRAILER #4 - THOR: RAGNAROK
Release Date: November 3, 2017

The third entry into Marvel's THOR franchise looks to push further into the cosmic realm of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. When the evil goddess Hela (hot, emo Cate Blanchett) destroys Mjolnir and casts Thor out of Asgard, our hero must find  a way back in order to prevent Ragnarok. (i.e. The Norse Apocalypse) Thor finds himself stranded on an alien world, where he's forced to battle in a gladiatorial arena for the entertainment of the planet's ruler. But as luck would have it, he also ends up running into an old friend....


That's all I got for you today Vault Dwellers! Make sure you mark all of these cool-looking flicks down on your calendars, and be sure to check back to the News Vault soon for more trailers, Blu-ray news, and more!

Monday, April 24, 2017

This trio of Blu-rays will make you SCREAM & SHOUT on April 25th!


TOMORROW, SHOUT! FACTORY SERVES UP SOME VIGILANTE JUSTICE, WHILE SCREAM FACTORY DELIVERS CLASSIC HORROR TALES IN HIGH-DEF!

It's a good time to be a fan of Horror and Exploitation cinema, as well as a collector of physical media! Shout! Factory and its subsidiaries (i.e. Scream Factory and Shout Select) are doing a bang-up job in keeping a constant flow of awesome titles coming to Blu-ray. Speaking of which, here's three more for your ever-growing movie collections!

EXTERMINATOR 2 (1984)

Synopsis: The Exterminator is back… and he's burning with vengeance! John Eastland (Robert Ginty) is back! The torch-wielding outlaw vigilante is cleaning up the urban jungle again. Drug lord X and his army of thugs have declared war on New York City, but they have yet to meet someone like The Exterminator. This fiery sequel also stars Mario Van Peebles (NEW JACK CITY), Frankie Faison (Banshee) and Deborah Geffner (ALL THAT JAZZ).

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

Extras:
  • Audio Commentary With Director Mark Buntzman And Actor Mario Van Peebles!
  • Original Radio Spots
  • Theatrical Trailers
  • Photo Gallery
Order EXTERMINATOR 2 now at AMAZON, BULLMOOSE, DIABOLIK DVD, or directly from SHOUT! FACTORY




I BURY THE LIVING (1958)

Synopsis: A Creature to Freeze Your Blood! A Story to Chill Your Soul! Through a series of chilling coincidences, the newly-elected director of a cemetery (Richard Boone) begins to believe that he can cause the deaths of living owners of burial plots by merely changing the push-pin color from white (living) to black (dead) on a large wall map of the cemetery.

This chilling tale is co-produced and director by cult filmmaker, and father to Empire/Full Moon founder Charles, Albert Band (DRACULA'S DOG, GHOULIES II).

Disc Specs:
Not Rated | Black & White | 76 minutes | Region A
Video - 1080p Widescreen (1.85:1)
Audio - TBA

Extras:
  • NEW! High-Definition Film Transfer From A Fine Grain Print!
  • Original Theatrical Trailer
  • Photo Gallery
Order I BURY THE LIVING now from AMAZON, BULLMOOSE, DIABOLIK DVD, or directly from SHOUT! FACTORY!




THE SCREAMING SKULL (1958)

Synopsis: Get ready for such a fright when the Screaming Skull arises! When widower Eric (John Hudson) bring his mentally fragile new bride Jenni home to the palatial estate of his first wife, strange things begin to happen. Jenni is certain she is being tormented by Eric's former wife who died under mysterious circumstances.

But no one else seems to hear the ominous screams or see the rolling skull that comes knocking at the front door. Much like master showman William Castle, the producers of the film promised a free burial service for anyone who died while watching the film. Of course, this never happened.

Disc Specs:
Not Rated | Black & White | 68 minutes | Region A
Video - 1080p Widescreen (1.85:1)
Audio - TBA

Extras:
  • NEW! High-Definition Film Transfer From A Fine Grain Print!
  • MST3K Episode
  • This Film May Kill You: The Making Of The Screaming Skull 
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Still Gallery
You can order THE SCREAMING SKULL now from AMAZON, BULLMOOSE, DIABOLIK DVD, or direclty from SHOUT! FACTORY!



See Sonny Chiba as a crimefighting lycanthrope in WOLF GUY! Available on Special Edition Blu-ray on May 23rd!


ON MAY 23RD, SONNY CHIBA UNLEASHES HIS LYCANTHROPE RAGE IN STUNNING HD, COURTESY OF ARROW VIDEO!

I have known about the existence of WOLF GUY for some time now, but have been unable to procure a decent copy of it.... until now! Thanks to those magnificent folks at Arrow Video, WOLF GUY will finally be making its international debut! As a devout lover of all things Sonny Chiba, I simply must add this film to my personal collection!

Synopsis: Shinichi ‘Sonny’ Chiba is a martial arts ‘manimal’ in the ultra-70’s, 100% bizarre mixture of horror, action and sci-fi that is WOLF G UY, one of the rarest and most sought-after cult films produced by Japan’s Toei Studio. Based on a manga by Kazumasa Hirai (creator of 8 MAN), and never before released outside of Japan, it’s a genre film classic waiting to be discovered and a completely unclassifiable trip into phantasmagoric funk.

Chiba stars as Akira Inugami, the only survivor of a clan of ancient werewolves who relies on his supernatural powers to solve mysterious crimes. After a series of bloody killings perpetrated by an unseen force, Inugami uncovers a conspiracy involving a murdered cabaret singer, corrupt politicians, and a plot by the J-CIA to harvest his blood in order to steal his lycanthropic powers! At the same time, Inugami also discovers the truth behind his family heritage, and that he may not be the last of his kind.

Directed by B-movie genius Kazuhiko Yamaguchi (SISTER STREETFIGHTER, WANDERING GINZA BUTTERFLY, KARATE BEAR FIGHTER), WOLF GUY truly is one-of-a-kind, with Chiba in full effect as the part-man, part-wolf, all-karate action hero and a collection of familiar 1970’s Toei actors in support. Violence, action, nudity, real surgical footage, and a psychedelic musical score all work together to create an unforgettable trip to the heights of Japanese cinematic weirdness.

Disc Specs:
Rated R | Color | 86 minutes | Region A
Video - 1080p Widescreen (1.85:1)
Audio - Japanese (and English?) LPCM Mono

Extras:
  • Original uncompressed mono audio and new optional English subtitle translation!
  • NEW! Video interview with actor Shinichi ‘Sonny’ Chiba!
  • NEW! Video interview with director Kazuhiko Yamaguchi!
  • NEW! Vdeo interview with producer Tatsu Yoshida!
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Wes Benscoter!
  • FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film by Patrick Macias and a history of Japanese monster movie mashups by Jasper Sharp!
Initially planned for release on April 25th, WOLF GUY will now be available on Tuesday, May 23rd! Order your copy of this never-before-seen (outside of Japan) Action/Horror mash-up featuring the legendary Sonny Chiba now, from AMAZON, BULLMOOSE, DIABOLIK DVD, or directly from ARROW VIDEO!


Arrow Video awakens CALTIKI: THE IMMORTAL MONSTER on April 25th!


WHAT IS CALTIKI? FIND OUT FOR YOURSELF ON APRIL 25TH, WITH ARROW VIDEO'S SPECIAL EDITION RELEASE OF THIS SCI-FI CLASSIC!

It's been decades since I caught a late-night airing of CALTIKI on television. While I don't recall much about the film overall, I do have fond recollections about the movie's antagonist. A big thanks to Arrow Video for giving this film so much TLC. I can't wait to eventually add it to my collection!

Synopsis: A team of archaeologists led by Dr John Fielding (John Merivale, CIRCUS OF HORRORS) descends on the ruins of an ancient Mayan city to investigate the mysterious disappearance of its inhabitants. However, the luckless explorers get more than they bargained for when their investigation of a sacrificial pool awakens the monster that dwells beneath its waters – the fearsome and malevolent god Caltiki!

Though Riccardo Freda received sole directing credit, a significant portion of the film was in fact the work of Mario Bava, who also served as its cinematographer and was responsible its striking special effects. Drawing on a diverse array of influences, from THE QUATERMASS EXPERIMENT to the works of HP Lovecraft, CALTIKI: THE IMMORTAL MONSTER is a unique and unforgettable sci-fi chiller which showcases these two legendary filmmakers at their most inventive. Presented here for the first time in a newly restored high definition transfer, Caltiki shines – and terrifies! – like never before.

Disc Specs:
Not Rated | Black & White | 76 minutes | Region A
Video - 1080p Widescreen (1.66:1)
Audio - English and Italian LPCM Mono

Extras:
  • Brand new 2K restoration of the film from the original camera negative!
  • Original mono Italian and English soundtracks (lossless on the Blu-ray Disc), plus newly translated English subtitles for the Italian soundtrack!
  • NEW! Audio commentary by Tim Lucas, author of Mario Bava: All the Colors of the Dark.
  • NEW! Audio commentary by Troy Howarth, author of The Haunted World of Mario Bava and So Deadly, So Perverse: 50 Years of Italian Giallo Films. 
  • From Quatermass to Caltiki, a new discussion with author and critic Kim Newman on the influence of classic monster movies on Caltiki.
  • Riccardo Freda, Forgotten Master - An archival interview with critic Stefano Della Casa.
  • The Genesis of Caltiki - An archival interview with filmmaker Luigi Cozzi!
  • Archival introduction to the film by Stefano Della Casa.
  • Alternate opening titles for the US version.
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Graham Humphreys!
  • FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collector’s booklet featuring new writing by Kat Ellinger and Roberto Curti!
Arrow Video once again delivers the goods, and hopefully finds an all new audience for this classic Italian Sci-Fi effort! This Special Edition release of CALTIKI will be available wherever discs are sold on Tuesday, April 25th! You can order it right now from AMAZON, BULLMOOSE, or DIABOLIK DVD!



Wednesday, April 19, 2017

STOCK YOUR VAULT: New DVDs & Blu-rays for 04/18/2017!


Vault Master's Pick of the Week!

Greetings Vault Dwellers, and welcome to another edition of our weekly STOCK OUR VAULT posts. This is an extremely light week for genre releases, so plan accordingly, because I assure you there are some really cool titles coming out over the Summer!

This week, Scream Factory gives us a Blu-ray release of the godawful CONTAMINATION .7 (aka THE CRAWLERS) and a Collector's Edition of the urban Horror anthology film, TALES FROM THE HOOD, which is easily one of the best Horror flicks to come out of the '90s!

Arrow Video currently rules the roost with their Limited 4-Disc release of DONNIE DARKO, as well as Special Edition Blu-rays of THE NIGHT EVELYN CAME OUT OF HER GRAVE and THE RED QUEEN KILLS SEVEN TIMES. Kino Lorber also leaps into the fray this week, with their Blu-ray of THE MEPHISTO WALTZ, and RatPac gives us THE ROMAN POLANSKI COLLECTION, which contains THE FEARLESS VAMPIRES KILLERS, ROSEMARY'S BABY, CHINATOWN, THE TENANT, FRANTIC, and THE PIANIST.

To see the remainder of this week's short release roster, scroll down!


NEW TO DVD  & BLU-RAY
Arbor Demon
Killjoys: Season 2
The Night Evelyn Came out of the Grave (Special Edition)
The Red Queen Kills Seven Times (Special Edition)
Soldiers of the Damned
Split
Teen Titans: The Judas Contract
Undefeated Bahamut Chronicles


NEW TO BLU-RAY
Contamination .7
Donnie Darko (4-Disc Limited Edition)
The Mephisto Waltz
Tales from the Hood (Collector's Edition)


NEW TO DVD
Attack of the Lederhosen Zombies
Blood of the Tribades
Gatchaman II
The Roman Polanski Collection
Shock Festival: Coming Attractions Extravaganza
The Watcher