Friday, January 27, 2017

On January 31st, Lionsgate's Vestron Collector's Series releases THE LAIR OF THE WHITE WORM and PARENTS on Blu-ray!


JANUARY 31ST MARKS THE BLU-RAY DEBUTS OF "THE LAIR OF THE WHITE WORM" AND "PARENTS," COURTESY OF LIONSGATE'S VESTRON COLLECTOR'S SERIES!

I've been a Scream Factory fan for a while now, and have just recently begun digging into Arrow Video's catalog. But Lionsgate's Vestron Blu-ray label hasn't quite caught on with yours truly just yet. It's not that I don't like the titles they are releasing (I made sure to grab CHOPPING MALL and the WAXWORK double feature as soon as they were available), but the cost of each release is well... a bit expensive.

Still, they have been doing a bang-up job on all their cult Blu-ray releases, and I look forward to playing catch-up when I get some more expendable income! And now I'll have two more cult faves (that I haven't seen!) to add to my growing list of discs that I plan on adding to my collection.

THE LAIR OF THE WHITE WORM
Synopsis: James D'Ampton (Hugh Grant) returns to his country castle in England. Legend has it that James' distant ancestor once slayed the local dragon- a monstrous white worm with a fondness for the sweet flesh of virgins. The young Lord dismisses the legend as folklore, until archaeology student, Angus Flint, unearths a massive reptilian skull and the ancient worship site of a pagan snake god on James' property.

When James' virtuous girlfriend, Eve (Catherine Oxenburg), suddenly disappears, he and Angus set out to investigate the foreboding cavern said to be the worm's lair where a centuries-old mystery begins to uncoil.

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

Extras:
  • NEW! Audio commentary with Director Ken Russell!
  • NEW! Audio commentary with Lisi Russell in conversation with Film Historian Matthew Melia.
  • NEW! Worm Food: The Effects of THE LAIR OF THE WHITE WORM featurette
  • NEW! Cutting for Ken - An Interview with Editor Peter Davies.
  • NEW! Mary, Mary - An interview with Actress Sammi Davis.
  • Trailers from Hell segment featuring Producer Dan Ireland.
  • Theatrical Trailers
  • Still Gallery
THE LAIR OF THE WHITE WORM will be available wherever Blu-rays are sold on Tuesday, January 31st! You can order a copy now at AMAZON, BULLMOOSE, or DIABOLIK DVD!





PARENTS
Synopsis: Meet the Laemles, and taste the terror in this black comedy, Dad's (Randy Quaid) got a great job, Mom (Mary Beth Hurt) has all the modern conveniences a happy homemaker could ask for, and ten-year-old Michael (Brian Madorsky) has neat new friends, and two parents that kill him with kindness. They're the all-American family of 1954... with one small exception.

Disc Specs:
Rated R | Color | 81 minutes | Region A
Video - 1080p Widescreen (1.85:1)
Audio - TBA

Extras:
  • NEW! Audio commentary with Director Bob Balaban and Producer Bonnie Palef!
  • NEW! Isolated score selections & audio interview with Composer Jonathan Elias.
  • NEW! Leftovers To Be - An interview with Screenwriter Christopher Hawthorne.
  • NEW! Mother’s Day - An interview with Actress Mary Beth Hurt.
  • NEW! Inside Out - An interview with Director of Photography Robin Vidgeon.
  • NEW! Vintage Tastes - An interview with Decorative Consultant Yolando Cuomo.
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • Radio Spots
  • Still Gallery
PARENTS also comes out on January 31st and can be ordered right now at AMAZON, BULLMOOSE, or DIABOLIK DVD



Scream Factory raises Kane with new Blu-rays of POLTERGEIST II & III!


ON JANUARY 31ST, REVEREND KANE RETURNS IN SCREAM FACTORY'S NEW COLLECTOR'S EDITIONS OF BOTH "POLTERGEIST" SEQUELS!

POLTERGEIST is a timeless classic that still holds up quite well today. It's sequels... maybe not so much, but there's still plenty to love about them. And now you can enjoy both films in all new 2K transfers, with tons of cool extras! Yup, it looks like it's time for me to retire my current POLTERGEIST II & III double feature set for these bad boys!

POLTERGEIST II: THE OTHER SIDE
Synopsis: In this thrilling follow-up to the smash hit POLTERGEIST, the Freeling family (JoBeth Williams, Craig T. Nelson, Heather O'Rourke, Oliver Robins) settles into a new home following the annihilation of their former residence by terrifying visitors from the netherworld. 

But the spirits of the dead are still hell-bent on luring the family's clairvoyant daughter Carol Anne to "the other side." This chilling sequel, directed by Brian Gibson (BREAKING GLASS) also stars Will Sampson (ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST), Julian Beck (THE COTTON CLUB) and Zelda Rubinstein (ANGUISH) returns as Tangina.

Disc Specs:
Rated PG-13 | Color | 91 minutes | Region A

Video - 1080p Widescreen (2.35:1)
Audio -  TBA

Extras: 
  • NEW! 2K Scan Of The Interpositive!
  • NEW! Audio Commentary With Writer/Producer Michael Grais.
  • NEW! Audio Commentary With POLTERGEIST II Webmaster David Furtney.
  • NEW! Robbie's Return – An interview with Oliver Robins.
  • NEW! The Spirit World – An interview with special effects designers Richard Edlund, Steve Johnson, and Screaming Mad George.
  • NEW! Ghosts Of Giger – A look at the contributions of Artist H.R. Giger featuring rare photos and illustrations, as well an interview with Giger's friend and agent Les Barany, and Special Effects Designers Steve Johnson, Richard Edlund And Screaming Mad George!
  • Vintage Featurettes: They're Back: The Making Of Poltergeist II, Monster Shop, and Ghostmakers: The Magic Of Poltergeist II!
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • TV Spots
  • Still Galleries (Behind-The-Scenes Photos, Stills, Posters And Script Pages)
POLTERGEIST II: THE OTHER SIDE will be available at all retailers on Tuesday, January 31st! Between the new 2K transfer, and the multitude of new extras, I think it's safe to say that this is a must own title for fans of the POLTERGEIST series! Order it today from AMAZON, BULLMOOSE, DIABOLIK DVD, or directly from SHOUT! FACTORY! If you order from Shout!, you will have your copy shipped ASAP and get a cool 18 x 24 poster with the newly commissioned artwork!


POLTERGEIST III
Synopsis: They are back….again! And they're looking for Carol Ann in this riveting finale to the POLTERGEIST trilogy. Sent by her parents to live in a Chicago highrise with her aunt (Nancy Allen, CARRIE) and uncle (Tom Skeritt, ALIEN), Carol Ann discovers she must now face demons more frightening than ever before. 

Led by the Reverend Kane (now played by Nathan Davis), the spirits have moved from invading homes to taking over an entire skyscraper. They are lurking behind every mirror… waiting. Fortunately, Tangina (Zelda Rubinstein) returns to battle these malevolent forces.

Disc Specs:
Rated PG-13 | Color | 97 minutes | Region A
Video - 1080p Widescreen (2.35:1)
Audio - TBA

Extras:
  • NEW! 2K Scan Of The Interpositive!
  • NEW! Audio Commentary with director Gary Sherman.
  • NEW! Audio Commentary with POLTERGEIST III webmaster David Furtney.
  • NEW! High Spirits – An interview with screenwriter Brian Taggert.
  • NEW! Reflections – An interview with actress Nancy Allen.
  • NEW! Mirror Images – An interview with special effects creator John Caglione, Jr.
  • Alternate Ending
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • TV Spots
  • Still Galleries (Behind-The-Scenes Photos, Stills, Posters And Script Pages)
POLTERGEIST III will be released simultaneously with POLTERGEIST II on January 31st, and you can order your copy now from AMAZON, BULLMOOSE, DIABOLIK DVD, OR SHOUT! FACTORY! As is the case with POLTERGEIST II, if you order directly from Shout!, you will get your Blu-ray shipped ASAP, and receive a poster!





Thursday, January 26, 2017

Trailer Round-Up: AMERICAN FABLE, COLOSSAL, THE DISCOVERY, LOGAN, POWER RANGERS, and PRIMAL RAGE!


This week's edition of the B-Movie News Vault's Trailer Round-Up features six upcoming feature films hailing from a variety of genres. Creepy fairytales, giant monsters, superhero squads, creatures of legend, a journey into the afterlife, and Hugh Jackman's swan song as Wolverine await those of you who are brave enough to scroll down!

TRAILER #1: AMERICAN FABLE
Release Date: February 2, 2017

This movie seems like it'd make a great companion piece to Gullermo del Toro's PAN'S LABYRINTH. An 11-year old girl named Gitty (Peyton Kennedy), discovers that her father is hiding a wealthy man in her family's silo, in an attempt to save their farm. Seems pretty straight-forward right? Well watch the trailer and you won't be so sure. Either all of the film's fantastical elements are in Gitty's mind (allowing her to cope with harsh realities), or something supernatural is going on! Check out the trailer and decide for yourself!



TRAILER #2: COLOSSAL
Release Date: April 4, 2017

I remember hearing about this movie last year when Toho threatened to sue the filmmakers for using Godzilla's likeness on COLOSSAL's promotional material. But apparently that has all been rectified, because this bizarro giant monster movie is coming to U.S. theaters in April! In the film, Anne Hathaway plays down-on-her luck Gloria, a woman that finds herself suffering through a chain of abusive relationships and alcoholism. Then one day, she awakens to news that a giant monster is attacking Seoul, South Korea! What's even weirder is that it seems to respond to any motions she is making! What does it all mean?!



TRAILER #3: THE DISCOVERY
Release Date: March 3, 2017 (NetFlix Original)

I'm not quite sure what to make of this film. I thought it was perhaps a time travel movie of some sort, but apparently it's not. THE DISCOVERY takes place in a world that has just discovered that "the afterlife" actually exists. I'm guessing that the film probably chronicles a group of scientists that try to break through the barrier into that other world, in order to be reunited with lost love ones. And then something more than likely goes horribly wrong! It looks interesting, and since I already have NetFlix, I'll definitely give it a shot!



TRAILER #4: LOGAN
Release Date: March 3, 2017

This is supposedly the final time we'll see Hugh Jackman portray Wolverine in a live-action Marvel film. Set in a bleak Dystopian future, Logan and Charles Xavier are dragged out of hiding when a young girl is being pursued by a group of militants. Said girl turns out to be a mutant with similar powers to Wolverine, who does his very best to reign in her feral nature, and protect her from "dark forces." It's an odd tonal shift for the character, but I have to say that I am definitely looking forward to it!



TRAILER #5: POWER RANGERS
Release Date: March 24, 2017

When I first heard that Lionsgate was doing a gritty reboot of Saban's Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, I was dubious. But now here I am, faced with the reality that someone created a darker version of the goofy Americanized Japanese kid's show I grew up with. Five teens are endowed with special powers after discovering an alien ship. They then become The Power Rangers, and fight to protect the Earth (and Angel Grove of course) from the evil Rita Repulsa (Elizabeth Banks). I'm kind of torn on seeing this, but part of me knows that I'll be sitting in the theater on opening weekend because of nostalgia.



TRAILER #6: PRIMAL RAGE - THE LEGEND OF OH-MAH
Release Date: TBA

With the resurgence in low-budget Bigfoot fare, it's nice to see a Sasquatch flick come along that has a really polished look! When a couple reunites for a trip through the Pacific Northwest, they run afoul of some gun-toting yokels, and the legendary Oh-Mah! (aka Bigfoot) Naturally things do not go well for anyone, as the massive ape-like creature goes on a killing spree! PRIMAL RAGE seems different from most other films in its sub-genre as it appears to include supernatural elements, plus the first ever* mask-wearing Sasquatch in film history. (*Citation needed.)


That's all I've got for you this week Vault Dwellers! Check back again soon for more new Blu-ray release updates, trailers, and more here at The B-Movie News Vault!


Tuesday, January 24, 2017

STOCK YOUR VAULT: New DVDs & Blu-rays for 01/24/2017!


Vault Master's Pick of the Week!
Greetings Vault Dwellers! January is just about over, and it seems like mass hysteria has gripped America! But instead of focusing on the political flamewars raging across social media, let's take a much-needed break and look at this week's slate of genre releases, shall we?

Arrow Video conquers this week with their 2-Disc Special Editions of BLOOD RAGE and Takashi Miike's BLACK SOCIETY TRILOGY, Lionsgate gives THE MAN WHO FELL TO EARTH a deluxe 3-disc Limited Collector's Edition,  and The Warner Archive Collection gives WAIT UNTIL DARK its Blu-ray debut!

There are a few other titles of note (SHERLOCK: SERIES FOUR, THE MONSTER, and season one of ATTACK ON TITAN), so scroll on down to see the full roster of this week's new titles!


NEW TO DVD & BLU-RAY
The Black Society Trilogy (2-Disc Special Edition)
The Monster
Sherlock: Season Four
Triage X


NEW TO BLU-RAY
Attack on Titan: The Complete Season 1
Blood Rage (2-Disc Special Edition)
Infinite Stratos 2
The Man Who Fell to Earth (3-Disc Limited Collector's Edition)
Wait Until Dark


NEW TO DVD
Apt. 3D
Attack of the Herbals
Beauty Queen Butcher
Chained Heat 2
Everything You Know is Wrong! - The Declassified Firesign Theatre (1968 - 1975)
The Frankenstein Syndrome
The Harrow
Interplanetary
Messiah of Evil
Truth or Dare


NEW MULTI-FILM COLLECTIONS ON DVD
The Stephen King Collection
Contains: The Dead Zone (Special Collector's Edition), Pet Sematary (Special Collector's Edition), Silver Bullet, and Graveyard Shift.


On January 24th, David Bowie Falls to Earth and into your Blu-ray collection!


ON JANUARY 24TH, THE DELUXE LIMITED COLLECTOR'S EDITION OF "THE MAN WHO FELL TO EARTH" LANDS IN STORES!

Just over a year ago, David Bowie passed away, shocking fans across the globe. But now he has returned (in a manner of speaking) in this all new 3-disc set of THE MAN WHO FELL TO EARTH! Admittedly, I've haven't watched this movie (yet), but if you're a fan of the film, or just Bowie himself, I think you'll definitely want to pick this up!

Synopsis: David Bowie makes his unforgettable feature film debut as a visitor from a dying planet who becomes a reclusive multimillionaire, only to lose himself in an earthbound abyss of decadence, self-destruction and alienation. Candy Clark, Rip Torn and Buck Henry co-star in this enigmatic masterpiece directed by Nicolas Roeg (DON'T LOOK NOW, PERFORMANCE) that remains an extraordinary combination of sci-fi epic and mind-blowing allegory, as well as one of the most provocative motion picture events of our time.

Thomas Jerome Newton (David Bowie) is a humanoid alien who comes to Earth from a distant planet on a mission to take water back to his home planet in the midst of a catastrophic drought. Using the advanced technology of his home planet to patent many inventions on Earth, Newton, aided by leading patent attorney Oliver Farnsworth (BUCK HENRY, THE GRADUATE, GET SMART), acquires incredible wealth as the head of a technology-based conglomerate that he intends to use to finance the construction of a space vehicle to ship water back to his planet.

Newton embarks on a relationship with hotel maid Mary-Lou (Candy Clark, AMERICAN GRAFFITI, ZODIAC) and makes progress with the construction of his vehicle, but soon finds his true identity at risk via his roguish colleague and confidant Dr. Nathan Bryce (Rip Torn, MEN IN BLACK, MARIE ANTOINETTE) who threatens not only his relationship with Mary-Lou, but his freedom and chances of making it home to the family he yearns for.

Disc Specs:
Rated R | Color | 139 minutes | Region A
Video - 1080p Widescreen (2.35:1)
Audio - DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0

Extras: 
  • 4K Restoration made from the original camera negative, approved by Cinematographer Anthony Richmond.
  • NEW! 72-page "Introspective Booklet."
  • NEW! Interview with Costume Designer May Routh Featuring Original Costume Sketches.
  • NEW! Interview with Stills Photographer David James Featuring Behind-the-Scenes Stills.
  • NEW! Interview with fan Sam Taylor-Johnson.
  • NEW! Interview with Producer Michael Deeley.
  • NEW! "The Lost Soundtracks" Featurette, Featuring Interviews with Paul Buckmaster and Author Chris Campion.
  • David Bowie Interview – French TV 1977.
  • Interview with Candy Clark.
  • Interview with Writer Paul Mayersberg.
  • Interview with Cinematographer Tony Richmond.
  • Interview with Director Nicolas Roeg.
This 3-disc set is available Tuesday, January 24th, and apparently has even more surprises in store for those who buy it. (At the very least, a poster and/or collectible art of some nature is included!) You can order it now from AMAZON, BULLMOOSE, or DIABOLIK DVD!



Friday, January 20, 2017

Duel of the Phantasms: A comparison between the two upcoming Phantasm Boxed Sets!


WELL GO USA AND ARROW VIDEO DUKE IT OUT WITH THEIR OWN UNIQUE PHANTASM BLU-RAY SETS IN APRIL 2017! 

UPDATED ON MARCH 10TH, 2017: First off, I never thought I'd see a complete PHANTASM boxed set in any format! And now I'm talking about two distinctly different ones from two separate companies! How crazy is that? But which one should Phans purchase?

Well, that's entirely up to your price-range, and if you own a region free Blu-ray player. Well Go USA's set has the dual benefits of being Region A locked, and cheaper than the Arrow set. However, presentation is everything, and the Arrow release blows Well Go USA's set out of the water in that respect.

But I'm totally jumping the shark here, so let's stop for a moment and take a closer look at both releases, and see if we can come to a final conclusion.

Both sets (I'm assuming) have utilized the same exact masters, so this important decision (for Phans) is going to come down to the special features and the packaging. And that may even change as both companies have said that more extras will be announced as we get closer to their respective release dates. For now though, let's do a quick comparison utilizing the information we have so far.

PHANTASM: REMASTERED
Synopsis: At a funeral, Mike (A. Michael Baldwin), watches as a tall mortician clad in black (Angus Scrimm) tosses the unburied coffin into a waiting hearse as if it were nothing. Seeking the truth behind this unusual sight, Mike breaks into the mortuary, where he comes face-to-face with the sinister Tall Man. After barely managing to escape with his life, Mike enlists the help of his brother, Jody (Bill Thornbury), and their friend Reggie (Reggie Bannister). Together they set out to uncover the secrets of the Tall Man and those who dwell in his hellish world.

Disc Specs:
Rated R | Color | 89 minutes | Region A (Well Go USA) / Region B (Arrow Video)
Video - 1080p Widescreen (1.78:1)
Audio - DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1, Dolby Digital 2.0, and Dolby Digital Mono.


Well Go USA Extras:
  • Audio Commentary with Writer/Director Don Coscarelli and Stars Michael Baldwin, Angus Scrimm, and Bill Thornbury.
  •  NEW! Audio commentary with writer/director Don Coscarelli, co-producer Paul Pepperman and visual consultant Roberto Quezada!
  • Graveyard Carz
  • Interviews with Don Coscarelli and Angus Scrimm.
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Phantasm: Actors Having a Ball - Cast interviews.
  • Phantasm Behind-the-Scenes Home Movies with commentary by Don Coscarelli and Reggie Bannister.
  • Additional Home Movie Footage
  • TV Spots
  • Radio Spots
  • Angus Scrimm Introduction
  • Fangoria TV Spot
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Still Gallery

Arrow Video Extras:
  • PHANTASM: REMASTERED 2016 Los Angeles Premiere Audience Track – Join the audience of die-hard fans as they experience the restored classic for the first time!
  • Archival audio commentary with director/writer Don Coscarelli and actors A. Michael Baldwin, Bill Thornbury, and Angus Scrimm.
  • Reflections of Fear: Realising Phantasm – A brand new pheaturette looking back at the making of PHANTASM, including new interviews with cast and crew!
  • Behind-the-Scenes footage with commentary by Don Coscarelli and Reggie Bannister.
  • 1979 TV interview with Don Coscarelli and Angus Scrimm.
  • 6 Deleted Scenes
  • Original Trailer 
  • TV Spots
  • 5 Radio Spots
  • Still Gallery
Hmmm.... tough call here Vault Dwellers, because both discs are similar. Well Go USA's release boasts an intro by Angus Scrimm, a Fangoria TV Spot, and a "Graveyard Carz" featurette. However, Arrow Video tops that with an all new featurette about the making of the original PHANTASM, plus a groovy audience reaction track! I think I have to give Arrow the edge on this one gang!



PHANTASM II
Synopsis: Released after seven years in a mental hospital, Mike convinces his old pal Reggie to join forces with him to hunt down and destroy the Tall Man once and for all. Mike’s visions lead the two to a quiet little town where a horde of flying killer balls aim to slice and dice their gruesome way through everyone. Exploding with special effects, unparalleled thrills, horror and suspense, PHANTASM II climaxes with a blood-curdling conclusion that you have to see to believe.

Disc Specs:
Rated R | Color | 97 minutes | Region A (Well Go USA) / Region B (Arrow Video)
Video - 1080p Widescreen (1.85:1)
Audio - DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0

Well Go USA Extras:
  • Audio Commentary with Don Coscarelli, actors Angus Scrimm, and Reggie Banister.
  • The Ball is Back – Documentary on the making of Phantasm II.
  • The Gory Days – An interview with Special Make-up Effects Artist Greg Nicotero.
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Workprint Scenes
  • TV Spots
  • Theatrical Trailers
  • Behind the Scenes
  • Still Galleries

Arrow Video Extras:
  • Audio commentary with director/writer Don Coscarelli and actors Angus Scrimm, and Reggie Bannister.
  • Reflections of Fear: Realising Phantasm II – A brand new pheaturette looking back at the making of Phantasm II, including new interviews with cast and crew!
  • Angus Scrimm 1989 Convention Appearance
  • Fangoria TV Spot
  • Original Trailer
  • TV Spots
  • Still Gallery
Though Arrow's PHANTASM II disc has a new featurette, and a few cool archival extras, it is sadly lacking the deleted and workprint scenes, and documentary that are included on Well Go USA's release. Point goes to Well Go USA.



PHANTASM III: LORD OF THE DEAD
Synopsis: The mutant dwarf creatures are attacking, the silver spheres are flying, and the Tall Man is back with a vengeance! Fifteen years after the original horror classic, writer/producer/director Don Coscarelli reunites brothers Mike (A. Michael Baldwin) and Jody (Bill Thornbury) to help their friend Reggie (Reggie Bannister) destroy the Tall Man (Angus Scrimm) once and for all.

Disc Specs:
Rated R | Color | 91 minutes | Region A (Well Go USA) / Region B (Arrow Video)
Video - 1080p Widescreen (Aspect ratio TBA, but most likely 1.85:1)
Audio - TBA

Well Go USA Extras:
  • Audio Commentary with Stars A. Michael Baldwin and Angus Scrimm.
  • NEW!  Audio Commentary with writer/director Don Coscarelli and editor Norman Buckley!
  • NEW!  Balls of Steel: Bob Ivy’s Stunt for the Ages - The Phantasm III Car Stunt
  • NEW!  It’s Never Over: The Making of PHANTASM III: LORD OF THE DEAD
  • NEW! Behind the Scenes Compilation
  • Deleted Scene
  • Radio Spot
  • Still Gallery
  • Trailer

Arrow Video Extras:
  • Audio commentary with actors A. Michael Baldwin and Angus Scrimm. 
  • Reflections of Fear: Realising Phantasm III – A brand new pheaturette looking back at the making of Phantasm III, including new interviews with cast and crew.
  • Original Trailer
  • Stills Gallery
Another tough call here fellow phans. Both releases have similar special features, so I'm leaning towards a tie on this disc, if only because I don't know how in-depth Well Go USA's behind the scenes featurette is.



PHANTASM: OBLIVION
Synopsis: 13 years after the original nightmare began, Mike must cross dark dimensions of time and space to discover his origins and those of his nemesis, the evil Tall Man. With only his loyal friend Reggie at his side, and the spirit of his dead brother to guide him, Mike must finally confront this malevolent embodiment of death. Prepare to be scared witless as the fine line between the living and the dead snaps with a vengeance!

Disc Specs:
Rated R | Color | 90 minutes | Region A (Well Go USA) / Region B (Arrow Video)
Video - 1080p Widescreen (Aspect ratio TBA, but most likely 1.85:1)
Audio - TBA

Well Go USA extras:
  • Audio Commentary with Director Don Coscarelli and Actors Reggie Bannister and Angus Scrimm.
  • NEW! Death is No Escape: The Making of PHANTASM IV: OBLIVION
  • NEW! Behind the Scenes Compilation 
  • Phantasm sequels Conceptual Art Gallery by Justin Zaharczuk.
  • Trailer

Arrow Video Extras:
  • Audio commentary with director/writer Don Coscarelli and actors Angus Scrimm and Reggie Bannister. 
  • Reflections of Fear: Realising Phantasm IV – A brand new pheaturette looking back at the making of Phantasm IV, including new interviews with cast and crew.
  • Original Trailer
  • Stills Gallery
Yet another close match-up here gang that I will, for now, declare as a tie because I just don't know how Well Go USA's behind the scenes featurette stacks up against Arrow Video's.



PHANTASM: RAVAGER
Synopsis: After battling with the Tall Man in Phantasm: Oblivion, a battered Reggie wanders through the desert in search of his missing friend, Mike. After recovering his 1971 Hemi ‘Cuda, Reggie is targeted by two of the Tall Man’s Sentinel Spheres and destroys them. He awakens suddenly to find himself sitting in a wheelchair pushed by none other than the elusive Mike! Although overjoyed by their reunion, Reggie is in this alternate dimension an aged and weary old patient in a psychiatric ward.

And only he remembers their battled and bloodied past with the Tall Man. Reggie must travel between dimensions and discern what is reality in order to confront the mysteries at the heart of a decades-long struggle against evil. He is met with new and familiar faces along the way, and an epic showdown on the Tall Man’s home world awaits!

Disc Specs:
Not Rated | Color | 86 minutes | Region A (Well Go USA) / Region B (Arrow Video)
Video - 1080p Widescreen (1.78:1)
Audio - DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and Dolby Digital 2.0

Well Go USA Extras:
  • Audio Commentary with co-writer/director David Hartman and co-writer/producer Don Coscarelli.
  • NEW! The Making of PHANTASM V: RAVAGER 
  • NEW! Interview with actor A. Michael Baldwin.
  • NEW! Interview with actress Kat Lester.
  • NEW! Interview with actor Stephan Jutras.
  • NEW! Behind the Scenes Promo with Angus Scrimm Tribute!
  • NEW! Phantasm V Red Credit Sequence
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Phuntasm: Bloopers and Outtakes
  • Theatrical Trailer

Arrow Video Extras: 
  • PHANTASM: RAVAGER 2016 Los Angeles Premiere Audience Track – Join the audience of die-hard fans as they experience Ravager for the first time!
  • Audio commentary with director David Hartman and writer/producer Don Coscarelli.
  • Reflections of Fear: Realising Phantasm: Ravager – A brand new pheaturette looking at the making of Ravager, including new interviews with cast and crew!
  • Deleted scenes with optional audio commentary by David Hartman and Don Coscarelli.
  • Phuntasm - Bloopers and Outtakes
  • Phantasm and You - A lighthearted recap of the Phantasm franchise directed by David Hartman.
  • Original Trailer
Up to this point, it has been pretty even between both PHANTASM boxed sets. But in my opinion, Arrow Video just pulled into the lead because they offer up a bit more here than Well Go USA. Arrow boasts yet another "audience reaction" audio track, a new making-of featurette, deleted scenes with optional commentary, and the neat little "throwaway" Phantasm and You series recap. But Well Go USA can pull off a tie (or maybe even a win) if their sixth Blu-ray disc delivers phans more than Arrow's! Let's take a look!



WELL GO USA'S BONUS DISC:
  • Phantasmagoria: A documentary featuring interviews with cast and crew.
  • Phantasmagorical Mystery Tour with your host, Reggie Bannister.
  • Phantasm Genesis
  • Phandom
  • Fangoria TV Commercial with Angus Scrimm
  • Angus Scrimm 1989 Convention Appearance
  • NEW! Flashback Weekend Chicago Convention Panel Discussion (2008)
  • NEW! Flashback Weekend Chicago Convention Cast Panel (2014)
  • NEW! Flashback Weekend concert performance by Kat Lester
  • NEW! 2016 Fantastic Fest Premiere and Q&A

    ARROW VIDEO'S BONUS DISC:
    • Phantasmagoria - A pheature-length documentary covering the original Phantasm through to Phantasm IV: Oblivion, including interviews with key cast and crew members. 
    •  Phantasmagorical Tour - Actor Reggie Bannister hosts a tour of some of the key filming locations from Phantasm.
    Ok, so clearly the Well Go USA bonus disc is superior, but in the end, both sets end up being more or less the same. (Though Well Go USA has recently added even more bonus material on almost every disc!) I guess this will finally come down to overall presentation....

    Click for a closer look!

    When it comes to packaging, I actually prefer Well Go USA's set, which seems to be a large box that contains each film in its own Blu-ray amaray case, complete with REVERSIBLE COVER ART! The set will also contain the 120-page PHANTASM COMPENDIUM, as well as a reversible 21 x 27 poster!

    Arrow Video's set seems to have all six of their discs stored within (what appear to be) cardboard sleeves (Booooo!) that feature new artwork by artist Gary Pullin. Their set comes with a 152-page book about the PHANTASM series, plus a replica of the "Phantasm Sphere." (Which you have to lift up and out of the box to get to the movies!)

    So to sum everything up: Both sets seem to feature the same exact transfers, and basically the same special features (though it seems that Well Go USA has really beefed up their discs since the first announcement). The only huge difference is that Arrow put more effort into their packaging - the sphere and collectible book are a nice touch!

    It's really close, but in my opinion, Well Go USA is the winner. But honestly, this is all personal preference, and I think everyone's final decision will boil down to pricing and availability. While Arrow's set is impressive, it is currently in the ballpark of $93.00 U.S. dollars (and that's before international shipping), as opposed to the $80.00 price tag for Well Go USA's release. Also, Arrow's PHANTASM COLLECTION is Region B locked, meaning you'll have to purchase a region free Blu-ray player to enjoy it.

    Ultimately, what set you choose is up to you Vault Dwellers, but I sincerely hope that I've helped your decision making process a little bit easier by digging into the details of both PHANTASM sets.

    Well Go USA's PHANTASM COLLECTION is due out in stores on April 11th, wherever Blu-rays are sold! You can order it now from AMAZON or DIABOLIK DVD! Arrow Video's LIMITED EDITION PHANTASM COLLECTION is due out on April 24th, and can be purchased directly from ARROW VIDEO, or from ZAVVI.COM!


    On January 24th, Arrow Video's got a BLOOD RAGE that cannot be sated!


    NEXT TUESDAY, ARROW VIDEO RELEASES "BLOOD RAGE" IN A 2-DISC SPECIAL EDITION!

    If you missed out on Arrow Video's Limited 3-Disc release of BLOOD RAGE, then take heart because you can still enjoy the film with a large selection of extras in this 2-Disc Special Edition. I'm down for this, because it's one of the few slasher flicks from the '80s that I've missed out on!

    Synopsis: What do you get if you combine Thanksgiving, American TV star Louise Lasser (Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman), killer '80s synths, and some truly gruesome special effects courtesy of Ed French (TERMINATOR 2: JUDGEMENT DAY)? Why, it's BLOOD RAGE of course!

    Twins Todd and Terry seem like sweet boys that is, until one of them takes an axe to the face of a fellow patron at the local drive-in. Todd is blamed for the bloody crime and institutionalized, whilst twin brother Terry goes free. Ten years later and, as the family gathers around the table for a Thanksgiving meal, the news comes in that Todd has escaped. But has the real killer in fact been in their midst all along?

    Shot in 1983 but not released until 1987, BLOOD RAGE is a gloriously gruesome slice of '80s slasher heaven now restored from the original negative for its world Blu-ray debut!

    Disc Specs:
    Rated R | Color | 84 minutes | Region A
    Video - 1080p Widescreen (1.78:1)
    Audio - LPCM 2.0 English Audio

    Extras:
    • Brand new 2K restoration of the ''hard'' home video version, transferred from the camera negative and featuring the original title card SLASHER!
    • Audio commentary with director John Grissmer. 
    • Both Sides of the Camera - An interview with producer/actress Marianne Kanter.
    • Double Jeopardy - An interview with actor Mark Soper.
    • Jeez, Louise! - An interview with actress Louise Lasser.
    • Man Behind the Mayhem - An interview with special make-up effects creator Ed French.
    • Three Minutes with Ted Raimi - An interview with actor Ted Raimi.
    • Return to Shadow Woods featurette revisiting the original locations in Jacksonville, Florida.
    • Alternate opening titles.
    • Motion still gallery featuring rare behind-the-scenes make-up photos.
    • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Marc Schoenbach!
    Essentially, this release is missing the second disc from the 3-Disc Limited Edition that came out in November 2016. Because of that, you're only getting one version of this slasher flick, rather than three (shorter theatrical cut and composite cut). Still you get the "hard" home video version, and a plethora of extras, so this is still a worthwhile release. Arrow's 2-Disc Special Edition of BLOOD RAGE streets on Tuesday, January 24th, so be sure to order it now from AMAZON or BULLMOOSE!






    Thursday, January 19, 2017

    Scream Factory's 2017 Release Calendar!



    I'm a devout fan of Scream Factory, and am still a huge supporter of this ever-growing genre label. Last year they released definitive editions of THE THING, RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD, and various other genre titles, debuted a new animated film (HOWARD LOVECRAFT AND THE FROZEN KINGDOM, which is now getting a sequel), and released their first original feature film (FENDER BENDER).

    Yes, 2016 was a stellar year for Scream Factory, and 2017 is looking pretty damned fabulous as well! They've got a lot of amazing titles scheduled this year, and once again, I am going to keep tabs on them all! So be sure to bookmark this post Vault Dwellers, because between now and December of this year, I'll be updating the following list with every new Scream Factory title that is announced!

    Note: This list is a work in progress, and will also contain some titles from Shout! Factory and Shout Select that meet certain criteria.

    JANUARY 2017
    01/10
    DEAD OF WINTER


    01/17
    SLUMBER PARTY MASSACRE II & III (DOUBLE FEATURE)


    01/31 
    POLTERGEIST II: THE OTHER SIDE (COLLECTOR'S EDITION)
    POLTERGEIST III (COLLECTOR'S EDITION)


    FEBRUARY 2017
    02/07
    ANTIBIRTH


    02/23
    DEADTIME STORIES (DVD/BLU-RAY COMBO PACK)


    MARCH 2017
    03/07
    THE LESSON


    03/14
    FIRESTARTER (COLLECTOR'S EDITION)
    RED DAWN (COLLECTOR'S EDITION - SHOUT SELECT)


    03/21
    EVOLUTION
    ROBOCOP 2 (COLLECTOR'S EDITION)
    ROBOCOP 3 (COLLECTOR'S EDITION)


    03/28
    MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER 3000 COLLECTION: VOLUME XXXVIII
    WHAT'S THE MATTER WITH HELEN?


    APRIL 2017
    04/04
    INVASION OF THE BEE GIRLS
    TANK 432


    04/11
    DEMENTED
    THE VAMPIRE


    04/18
    CONTAMINATION .7
    TALES FROM THE HOOD (COLLECTOR'S EDITION)


    04/25
    EXTERMINATOR 2 (Shout! Factory)
    I BURY THE LIVING
    THE SCREAMING SKULL


    MAY 2017
    05/02
    BEYOND THE GATES
    THE NAKED CAGE
    STREETS OF FIRE (COLLECTOR'S EDITION - SHOUT SELECT)
    VIRUS (1999)


    05/09
    A FANTASTIC FEAR OF EVERYTHING (SHOUT SELECT)
    PSYCHO (1998)
    SERIAL MOM (COLLECTOR'S EDITION)


    05/16
    BEN
    GAME OF DEATH (COLLECTOR'S EDITION - SHOUT SELECT)
    MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER 3000: VOLUME V (SHOUT! FACTORY)
    RETURN OF THE DRAGON (COLLECTOR'S EDITION - SHOUT SELECT)
    WILLARD


    05/23
    THE VAGRANT


    05/30
    TBA
      
    JUNE 2017
    06/06
    THE AXE MURDERS OF VILLISCA
    WHERE THE BUFFALO ROAM (SHOUT SELECT)


    06/13
    ALIENATOR
    CHEECH AND CHONG'S NEXT MOVIE (SHOUT SELECT)


    06/20
    CAR WASH (SHOUT SELECT)
    ISLAND OF TERROR
    THE LAWNMOWER MAN (COLLECTOR'S EDITION)
    THE PAUL NASCHY COLLECTION


    06/27
    THE ANGRY RED PLANET 
    THE AUTOPSY OF JANE DOE
    THE EVICTORS
    THE FOUR SKULLS OF JONATHAN DRAKE
    THE PINK PANTHER FILM COLLECTION (SHOUT! FACTORY)
    TRESPASS (SHOUT SELECT)


    JULY 2017
    07/04
    A SHOCK TO THE SYSTEM (SHOUT SELECT)
    WINDOWS

    07/11
    THE MAN FROM PLANET X
    SPECIES (COLLECTOR'S EDITION)


    07/18
    THE BAT PEOPLE
    NIGHT OF THE SORCERERS / THE LORELEY'S GRASP (DOUBLE FEATURE)


    07/25
    BILLY JACK: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION (SHOUT SELECT)
    SCORCHY (SHOUT! FACTORY)
    SLITHER (COLLECTOR'S EDITION)



    AUGUST 2017
    08/01
    ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK (LIMITED EDITION STEELBOOK)
    THE FOG (LIMITED EDITION STEELBOOK)
    HOUSE ON WILLOW STREET
    THEY LIVE (LIMITED EDITION STEELBOOK

    08/08
    TEEN WOLF (COLLECTOR'S EDITION)
    TEEN WOLF TOO (COLLECTOR'S EDITION)

    08/15


    08/22
    THE ADVENTURES OF HERCULES II
    HERCULES

    08/29
    THE MANSTER
    TIMEBOMB
    VICIOUS LIPS


    SEPTEMBER 2017
    09/05
    A DARK SONG
    MR. MOM (COLLECTOR'S EDITION - SHOUT SELECT)
    THE SPELL
    TEEN WOLF: THE COMPLETE ANIMATED SERIES (SHOUT! FACTORY)

    09/12
    THE RESURRECTED

    09/19
    DUDES (COLLECTOR'S EDITION - SHOUT SELECT
    THE MODERNS (COLLECTOR'S EDITION - SHOUT SELECT)
    A QUIET PLACE IN THE COUNTRY

    09/26
    AFTER MIDNIGHT
    SGT. PEPPER'S LONELY HEARTS CLUB BAND (SHOUT! FACTORY)



    OTHER TITLES TBA



    STOCK YOUR VAULT: New DVDs & Blu-rays for 01/17/2017!


    Vault Master's Pick of the Week!
    Sorry for being a few days late Vault Dwellers, but I got sidetracked with working on my upcoming review for Scream Factory's fantastic (and downright definitive) Blu-ray of John Carpenter's THE THING. This week doesn't boast any major heavy hitters, but there are a few new titles worth mentioning. For those of you looking for modern thrills, QUIJA: ORIGIN OF EVIL and TRAIN TO BUSAN are now out on DVD and Blu-ray.

    Raro Video reminds us that they are still alive with a new Blu-ray release of REVENGE OF THE BLOOD BEAST, Scream Factory finishes off your high-def SLUMBER PARTY MASSACRE collection with the release of their new double feature of parts II and III, and the Corman-produced DEATH RACE 2050 makes its debut on DVD and Blu-ray! Also, with RESIDENT EVIL: THE FINAL CHAPTER hitting theaters soon, all of the previous films have been re-released to Blu-ray!

    There are plenty of other genre titles that might interest you, so scroll down to the see the entire list of this week's new releases!


    NEW TO DVD & BLU-RAY
    12 Monkeys: Season 2
    Death Race 2050
    Laundry Man
    Quija: 2-Movie collection
    Quija: Origin of Evil
    Train to Busan


    NEW TO BLU-RAY
    Battleship (4K UHD)
    The Fast & The Furious Collection: The Fast & The Furious / 2 Fast, 2 Furious
    The Fast & The Furious Collection: Fast & the Furious: Tokyo Drift / Fast & Furious
    The Fast & The Furious Collection: Fast Five / Fast & Furious 6
    Resident Evil
    Resident Evil: Afterlife (4K UHD)
    Resident Evil: Apocalypse
    Resident Evil: Extinction
    Resident Evil: Retribution
    Revenge of the Blood Beast
    Slumber Party Massacre II & III (Double Feature)


    NEW TO DVD
    24 Hours to Die
    All I Need
    Backstabber
    Blood Farm
    Bubba the Redneck Werewolf
    Capsule
    Consequences
    Conspiracy Theory
    Disciple of Death
    Grindhouse Double Featuer: Dirty Diary & Diamond Head
    Love Letters of a Portuguese Nun
    The Misty Green Sky
    Mountain Devil
    Normal
    Space Clown
    The Snuff Tape Anthology
    Souleater
    Vampyre
    Wolf House


    Tuesday, January 17, 2017

    Trailer Round-Up: FISTS OF FURY, GUARDIANS, NEVER HIKE ALONE, PARASITES, and SADAKO V KAYAKO!


    Buckle in and hold on tight Vault Dwellers, because this week's trailer round-up is chock full of action, adventure, thrills, and chills! We've got Russian superheroes, a new look at a FRIDAY THE 13TH fan film, martial arts mayhem, dueling Japanese spirits, and an urban nightmare! Scroll down, start watching, and get excited!

    TRAILER #1: FISTS OF FURY
    Release date: January 20, 2017 (DVD & Full Moon Streaming)

    Martial arts superstar Cynthia Rothrock hosts this trailer reel of awesome kung-fu classics! Watch action-packed previews of chop-sockey favorites, featuring femme fatales, Bruce Lee clones, ninjas, and more! If you love kung-fu flicks, and movie trailers as much as I do, then this is a must see (or must own)!



    TRAILER #2: GUARDIANS
    Release Date: February 23, 2017 (In Russia. International release dates TBA.)

    When a supervillain threatens Moscow, four superhumans must rise to defend Mother Russia. This is sort of like Russia's version of the Fantastic Four: One hero is mini-gun toting were-bear who can transform at will, another can encase himself (and control?) stone, a third can turn invisible, and the fourth has superhuman speed, and scythe-like blades that can cut through just about anything! INJECT THIS MOVIE INTO MY EYEBALLS NOW!



    TRAILER #3: NEVER HIKE ALONE (TRAILER 2)
    Release Date: Summer 2017

    I shared the teaser trailer for this upcoming fan film before, but I couldn't help but revisit it once the new trailer dropped! NEVER HIKE ALONE looks pretty damned cool, and features a lone adventurous hiker stumbling upon the remains of Camp Crystal Lake, which is still haunted by everyone's favorite cinematic slasher: Jason Voorhees! Scope out the new and improved trailer below, then consider making a pledge to the NEVER HIKE ALONE KICKSTARTER CAMPAIGN!



    TRAILER #4: PARASITES
    Release Date: January 24, 2017 (Video on Demand)

    A trio of lost college students stumble across a band of bloodthirsty vagrants who rule the underpasses and alleyways of downtown LA. After two of them are picked off by the killer hobos, the final, desperate teenager runs for his life. He must then fend for himself against the depraved transients, who are always just a few steps behind! Check out the trailer for this Carpenter-esque thriller below!



    TRAILER #5: SADAKO VS. KAYAKO 
    Release Date: January 26, 2017 (Exclusively streaming on Shudder.)

    What started out as an April Fool's prank has now become a major motion picture! When the accursed tape from "The Ring" begins circulating on the web, a plan is forged to defeat the evil Sadako permanently, by pitting her against another evil spirit: Kayako from THE GRUDGE films! Who will win, and will the curse(s) be lifted?! Find out in a few weeks... if you subscribe to Shudder that is.


    That's it for this edition of the trailer round-up! Check back again soon for more cool trailers, Blu-ray news, and more, right here at The B-Movie News Vault!


    Saturday, January 14, 2017

    On January 17th, Scream Factory delivers a Killer Driller Double Thriller!


    POLISH OFF YOUR "SLUMBER PARTY MASSACRE" COLLECTION ON JANUARY 17TH, WITH SCREAM FACTORY'S UPCOMING BLU-RAY DOUBLE FEATURE!

    Though I already own the SLUMBER PARTY MASSACRE trilogy on DVD, it's about time for an upgrade. Thankfully Scream Factory was up to the task, and gave us fans the closest thing we'll probably ever have to a definitive release for these fun Horror sequels!

    Synopsis for Slumber Party Massacre II: The only sane survivor of SLUMBER PARTY MASSACRE, Courtney (Crystal Bernard), dreams of the drill murderer returning. She can't shake the horrible feeling that she and her friends will be viciously tormented and brutally butchered. Again and again the nightmare returns. Dazed, Courtney loses control. And her nightmare crosses into reality. No one believes her, until it's too late. The driller killer returns, reincarnated as an evil rocker. He methodically stalks them; then violently gores them to death...one by one.

    Disc Specs:
    Rated R & Unrated | Color | 76 minutes (theatrical) & 85 minutes (extended) | Region A
    Video - 1080p Widescreen (1.85:1)
    Audio - TBA

    Extras:
    • Original 76 Minute R-Rated Version (HD) And Extended 85 Minute Unrated Cut (Standard Definition).
    • Audio Commentary With Writer/Director/Producer Deborah Brock, Producer Don Daniel, And Story Editor Beverly Gray.
    • Sleepless Nights: Revisiting The Slumber Party Massacres – A Three-Part Documentary!
    • Theatrical Trailer And Video Trailer
    • Still Gallery

    Synopsis for Slumber Party Massacre III: Seven California co-eds are dresses to kill... and a murderer is, well, dressed to drill. He's an insomno-maniac looking for luscious bods to bore and it looks like he'll find them at the Slumber Party Massacre. The Driller Killer is back in Part III of the classic horror fest. This time Jackie, Diane, and Martia are three high school girls who love a good time. When they party, they bust out of their bikinis and break out the brews – but the driller killer's out for a thrill with his drill...and he's ready to kill!

    Disc Specs:
    Rated R & Unrated | Color | 75 minutes (theatrical) & 86 minutes (extended) | Region A
    Video - 1080p Widescreen (1.85.1)
    Audio - TBA

    Extras:
    • Original 75 Minute R-Rated Version (HD) And Extended 87 Minute Unrated Cut (HD With Standard Definition Inserts).
    • Audio Commentary With Director Sally Mattison, Actress Hope Marie Carlton, Brandi Burkett, and Story Editor Beverly Gray!
    • Theatrical Trailer
    • Still Gallery
    Scream Factory's highly-anticipated double feature of SLUMBER PARTY MASSACRE II & III is available everywhere on Tuesday, January 17th! You can order your copy now from AMAZON, BULLMOOSE, DIABOLIK DVD, or directly from SHOUT! FACTORY!





    Friday, January 13, 2017

    Roger Corman Takes Another Lap With DEATH RACE 2050!


    ON JANUARY 17TH, THE SPORT OF THE  
    FUTURE RETURNS, IN 
     ROGER CORMAN'S
    "DEATH RACE 2050!"

    I get an absolute kick out of the original DEATH RACE 2000 (which I just watched in 35mm at Hudson Horror Show this past December)! While I don't think this reboot will hold a candle to the original classic, I feel pretty confident that it'll be worth watching. What can I say? I'm a Corman fan!

    Synopsis: Legendary filmmaking icon, Roger Corman, is back with his most outrageous film yet in this sensational, action-packed and darkly humorous reboot of the original DEATH RACE 2000! It's the year 2050 and America is controlled by an all-powerful corporate government ruled by The Chairman (Malcolm McDowell).

    The masses have been brainwashed with violent virtual-reality entertainment. The event of the year is the "Death Race," in which a motley crew of violent drivers compete in a cross-country road race, scoring points for shamelessly running people over and driving each other off the road. The reigning champion and fan favorite, Frankenstein (Manu Bennett), who's half-man half-machine, wants to take the crown, but his rebel spy co-pilot threatens his legacy.

    Disc Specs:
    Rated R | Color | | 93 minutes | Region A
    Video - 1080p Widescreen (1.78:1)
    Audio - English, French, & Spanish DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1

    Extras:
    • The Making of Roger Corman’s Death Race 2050 - Featuring interviews with cast, crew, and the legendary Roger Corman himself!
    • The Look of 2050 - Short featurette about the film's costumes and shooting locations.
    • Cars! Cars! Cars! - A look at the "Death Race" contestants' vehicles.
    • Cast Car Tours  - A more in-depth look at the cars and the actors who drive them.
    • Deleted Scenes 
    Corman's DEATH RACE 2050 will be available wherever discs are sold on Tuesday, January 17th! You can order a copy now from AMAZON or BULLMOOSE! Wait, what's that? You haven't seen the original 1975 classic?! Remedy that ASAP!



    Wednesday, January 11, 2017

    Kansas Bowling's B.C. BUTCHER makes its Blu-ray debut from Troma (of course)!


    KANSAS BOWLING'S 16MM PREHISTORIC EPIC NOW AVAILABLE ON TROMATIC BLU-RAY!

    Four years ago I interviewed a teenage girl who wanted to make her own movie. With an amazing knowledge of the Horror genre and a "can do" spirit, young Kansas Bowling did the impossible and shot her first film, B.C. BUTCHER, in 16mm and got it distributed! Congrats Kansas!

    Now, let's take a closer look at this release!

    Synopsis: When a tribe of cavewomen imparts cruel justice on one of their own, their fate takes a turn for the worst. After discovering and falling in love with the corpse sacrificed by the girl-gang, a lone wandering giant of pre-historic mythos is inspired to homicide.

    Consequently the cavewomen are menaced by the heartbroken and bloodthirsty cave-brute with a grudge, and the prophetess among them is ignored when she predicts the tragic outcome. “BC Butcher” is hailed as the first pre-historic slasher film to ever be made. Shot on brilliant 16mm film, the movie features actor Kato Kaelin, a cameo from Rodney Bingenheimer of KROQ Radio, and a performance by Southern California rock group “The Ugly Kids!"

    Disc Specs:
    Not Rated | Color | 51 minutes | Region A(?)
    Video - N/A
    Audio - N/A

    Extras:
    • Intro by Lloyd Kaufman (president of Troma Entertainment and creator of The Toxic Avenger).
    • Cavegirl Commentary (with director Kansas Bowling and Lloyd Kaufman 
    • Lloyd Kaufman's tell-all interview with director Kansas Bowling.
    • Pre-historic first scene. 
    • B.C. Butcher goes apesh*t in Hollywood! 
    • 2 music videos directed by Kansas Bowling! 
    • Theatrical trailer 
    • Troma Now! Xtreme Edition 
    • Radiation March 
    • Tromatic trailers 
    B.C. BUTCHER is now available wherever discs are sold, and it won't break the bank! You can pick up a copy now at AMAZON or BULLMOOSE. But if you're the type of person that would prefer to preview this film first, you can always watch it HD, exclusively at TROMA!



    Scream Factory will warm you up in the DEAD OF WINTER!


    KATIE MCGOVERN WILL DO ANYTHING TO BECOME AN ACTRESS.... EVEN IF IT KILLS HER, IN SCREAM FACTORY'S NEW "DEAD OF WINTER" BLU-RAY!

    I've honestly never heard of this classic Horror tale before, so now that it is out on Blu-ray, it's high time I remedy that! Anything with Roddy McDowall is okay in my book, and I've always had a little crush on Mary Steenburgen, so this is a definite must-own for me!

    Synopsis: Academy Award winner Mary Steenburgen and Roddy McDowall (FRIGHT NIGHT, PLANET OF THE APES) star in the chilling DEAD OF WINTER! When struggling actress Katie (Steenburgen) is offered the opportunity to replace an actress who has suffered an emotional breakdown during a film shoot, she jumps at the chance for the role of a lifetime.

    Arriving at the filming location – an isolated mansion in upstate New York – and getting to know her two mysterious benefactors, Dr. Lewis (Jan Rubes, WITNESS), and Mr. Murray (McDowell), she begins to suspect there's more to the story… but she can't quite put her finger on it. As the pieces fall into place and the weather outside turns frightful, Katie's quest for stardom becomes a fight for survival in this twisty thriller from the director of BONNIE AND CLYDE.

    Disc Specs:
    Rated R | Color | 100 minutes | Region A
    Video - 1080p Widescreen (1.85:1)
    Audio - DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0

    Extras:
    • NEW! Interview With Actress Mary Steenburgen!
    • Original Theatrical Trailer 
    • TV Spots
    • Still Gallery
    DEAD OF WINTER is currently available wherever Blu-ray discs are sold! Pick up your copy today from AMAZON, BULLMOOSE, DIABOLIK DVD, or directly from SHOUT! FACTORY!



    STOCK YOUR VAULT: New DVDs & Blu-rays for 01/10/2017!


    Vault Master's Pick of the Week!
    Welcome to week two of 2017 Vault Dwellers, and yet another dismal week of genre releases on DVD and Blu-ray. Softcore porn and public domain releases rule the roost this week, but there are a few diamonds in the rough worth spending your hard-earned money on.

    Scream Factory gives us a new Blu-ray of DEAD OF WINTER, that comes complete with trailers, still gallery, and a new interview with actress Mary Steenburgen.

    Severin Films comes out of nowhere with THE SURVIVOR (on Blu-ray and DVD), Kino Lorber debuts the star-studded comedy classic, SCAVENGER HUNT, Troma delivers Blu-ray releases for THE B.C. BUTCHER and HONKY HOLOCAUST!

    For documentary fans, there's also a new double feature out that contains CRYSTAL LAKE MEMORIES and NEVER SLEEP AGAIN, two of the best (and most in-depth) Horror docs you'll ever watch!

    There's not much else to get excited for, so scroll down to see what's new!



    NEW TO DVD & BLU-RAY
    Max Steel
    The Survivor
    The Unholy Four


    NEW TO BLU-RAY
    Band of the Hand
    The B.C. Butcher
    Crystal Lake Memories & Never Sleep Again (Double Feature)
    Dead of Winter
    Honky Holocaust
    Scavenger Hunt
    The Summoning
    XXX: 15th Anniversary Edition


    NEW TO DVD
    Batbabe: The Dark Nightie
    The Breast Around: Electric Boobaloo
    The Breastford Wives
    The Clutching Hand
    Fog Island
    The Inheritor
    Maniac
    Murderlust
    The Phantom from 10,000 Leagues
    Track of the Moon Beast
    Under the Shadow
    Voyage to the Planet of Prehistoric Women


    NEW MULTI-FILM COLLECTIONS ON DVD
    80s's Beat - 8 Films
    Contains: Flatliners, The New Kids, True Believer, Little Nikita, The Legend of Billie Jean, Private Resort, Like Father, Like Son, and Side Out.

    The Bavarian Sex Comedy Collection
    Contains: I Like the Girls Who Do, Bottoms Up, Inn of 1,000 Sins, and Run, Virgin, Run.


    Saturday, January 7, 2017

    Arrow Video Brings Down the HOUSE (Collection) in March!


    BRING HOME THE "HOUSE" COLLECTION FROM ARROW VIDEO UK ON MARCH 27TH, OR "HOUSE: TWO STORIES" ON MARCH 21ST!

    Egads! I never thought I'd see the day where fans would get complete sets of ANY Horror franchise, let alone the likes of FRIDAY THE 13TH and HALLOWEEN. And now here I am telling you about Arrow Video's upcoming HOUSE: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION, which contains ALL FOUR "HOUSE" FILMS!

    HOUSE and HOUSE II: THE SECOND STORY have primarily been available in North America on DVD (originally released by Anchor Bay), and HOUSE III (aka THE HORROR SHOW) was recently brought to Blu-ray by Scream Factory! HOUSE IV has, to my knowledge, never seen a legit release since it's VHS days! So you can imagine how freakin' excited I am right now!

    Btw, it's important to note that this release is Region B-locked! So if you don't have a region free player, get one before the end of March! Otherwise, Arrow Video's U.S. label is offering up a nice double feature of HOUSE and HOUSE II for those that aren't completionists! But enough chatter! Scroll down to see all the juicy details of this incredible 8-disc set (4 DVDs & 4 Blu-rays!), and be sure to pre-order it ASAP from ARROW VIDEO'S WEBSITE!

    Synopsis for HOUSE (1986): In the original HOUSE, William Katt (Carrie) stars as Roger Cobb, a horror novelist struggling to pen his next bestseller. When he inherits his great aunt’s creaky old mansion, Roger decides that he might just have found the ideal place in which to get some writing done. Unfortunately, the house’s vindictive supernatural residents have other ideas…

    Disc Specs:
    Rated R | Color | 93 minutes | Region B/2
    Video - 1080p Widescreen (1.85.1)
    Audio - TBA

    HOUSE Extras: 
    • Audio commentary with director Steve Miner, producer Sean S. Cunningham, actor William Katt and screenwriter Ethan Wiley.
    • Ding Dong, You’re Dead! The Making of House – Brand new documentary featuring interviews with Steve Miner, Sean S. Cunningham, Ethan Wiley, story creator Fred Dekker, stars William Katt, Kay Lenz, and George Wendt, composer Harry Manfredini, special make-up and creature effects artists Barney Burman, Brian Wade, James Belohovek, Shannon Shea, Kirk Thatcher, and Bill Sturgeon, special paintings artists Richard Hescox and William Stout, and stunt coordinator Kane Hodder!
    • Stills Gallery 
    • Theatrical Trailers

    Synopsis for HOUSE II: THE SECOND STORY (1987): Young Jesse (Arye Gross) moves into an old family mansion where his parents were mysteriously murdered years before. Plans for turning the place into a party pad are soon thwarted by the appearance of Jesse’s mummified Great Grandpa (Royal Dano), his mystical crystal skull, and a zombified cowboy named Slim Razor, who’ll stop at nothing to lay his hands on it!

    Disc Specs:
    Rated R | Color | 88 minutes | Region B/2
    Video - 1080p Widescreen (1.85.1)
    Audio - TBA

    HOUSE II Extras: 
    • Audio commentary with writer-director Ethan Wiley and producer Sean S. Cunningham.
    • It’s Getting Weirder! The Making of House II: The Second Story – Brand new documentary featuring interviews with Ethan Wiley, Sean S. Cunningham, stars Arye Gross, Jonathan Stark, Lar Park Lincoln, and Devin DeVasquez, composer Harry Manfredini, special make-up & creature effects artists Chris Walas, Mike Smithson, visual effects supervisor Hoyt Yeatman, and stunt coordinator Kane Hodder!
    • Stills Gallery 
    • Theatrical Trailer

    Synopsis for HOUSE III: THE HORROR SHOW (1989): Lance Henriksen (ALIENS) stars as a detective who sends a sadistic serial killer to the electric chair, only to find himself stalked by the maniac from beyond the grave. Released six months before SHOCKER, this HOUSE sequel-in-name-only failed to attain the cult status of Wes Craven's oddball Horror film.

    Disc Specs:
    Rated R | Color | 95 minutes | Region B/2
    Video - 1080p Widescreen (1.85.1)
    Audio - TBA

    HOUSE III Extras:
    • Uncut Version, for the first time on Blu-ray!
    • Audio commentary with producer Sean S. Cunningham. 
    • The Show Must Go On – interview with actor/stuntman Kane Hodder. 
    • House Mother – interview with actress Rita Taggart. 
    • Slaughter Inc. – brand new featurette with special make-up effects creators Robert Kurtzman, Greg Nicotero and Howard Berger.
    • Behind-the-Scenes Footage 
    • Stills Gallery 
    • Theatrical Trailer


    Synopsis for HOUSE IV: THE REPOSSESSION (1992): William Katt reprises his role as Roger Cobb, and returns to the fold for one last terrifying tale mixing seedy mobsters, Native American spirits, and a singing pizza! Released direct-to-VHS in 1992, this is the Blu-ray debut of this final addition to the HOUSE saga!

    Disc Specs:
    Rated R | Color | 94 minutes | Region B/2
    Video - 1080p Widescreen (1.85.1)
    Audio - TBA

    HOUSE IV Extras:
    • Audio commentary with director Lewis Abernathy.
    • Home Deadly Home: The Making of House IV – Brand new documentary featuring interviews with director Lewis Abernathy, producer Sean S. Cunningham, stars Terri Treas and William Katt, actor/stunt coordinator Kane Hodder, and composer Harry Manfredini. 
    • Still Gallery 
    • Theatrical Trailer

    Once again this awesome set is REGION B locked, and currently only available through ARROW VIDEO and ZAAVI. Each film has been newly restored in 2K, plus this set boasts a  set also comes with The House Companion, a collectible limited edition 60-page book featuring new writing on the entire HOUSE franchise by researcher Simon Barber, alongside a wealth of archive material!

    Now for those of you who aren't ready to purchase a new player and have this bad boy shipped from overseas, Arrow Video is also releasing HOUSE: TWO STORIES, a double feature Blu-ray set that contains the first two films. (Due out on March 21, 2017!) The extras and specs for this 2-disc set are identical to their UK counterpart, and this double feature will include the The House Companion. Order this Arrow U.S. release today, from AMAZON, DIABOLIK DVD, or BULLMOOSE.COM!