Wednesday, July 18, 2018

STOCK YOUR VAULT: New DVDs & Blu-rays for 07/17/2018!


Vault Master's Pick of the Week!

July is halfway over Vault Dwellers! And though this week will serve as a bit of a breather before Scream Factory unloads a heavy dose of John Carpenter next week, as always there are some titles of interest for us collectors.

The long-touted Collector's Edition of TERMINATOR 2: JUDGMENT DAY with "EndoArm" is finally available, though it is relatively pricey. (Ack! It's nearly $200!) It's Limited to 6,000 units, and each one apparently has James Cameron's signature on the base!

Massacre Video's Limited Edition ENTER THE DEVIL premieres on Blu-ray, Scream Factory released IFC Midnight's THE HOUSEMAID to DVD & Blu-ray, and Warner Archive Collection gives THE LIFE AND TIMES OF JUDGE ROY BEAN its Blu-ray debut!

Arrow Video tops the competition this week with two stellar Special Edition Blu-rays for Sergio Martino's THE CASE OF THE SCORPION'S TAIL and Richard Friedman's once forgotten DOOM ASYLUM! Both releases boast 2K transfers, and loads of new extras!

The rest of this week's release slate is rounded out by some bargain-priced DVDs (and collections), as well as some new Hollywood fare, including RAMPAGE and Blumhouse's TRUTH OR DARE. To see the entire list of this week's new DVDs & Blu-rays, scroll on down!


NEW TO DVD & BLU-RAY
Andover
Blumhouse's Truth or Dare (Unrated Director's Cut)
Capps Crossing
Corbin Nash
Danny Trejo Double Feature: Border Cross & Cage of Glory
The Expanse: Season 3
Frank McKlusky, C.I.
Isle of Dogs
Modus: Season 1
Rampage (2018)
Super Troopers 1 & 2 Collection
Super Troopers 2
You Were Never Really Here


NEW TO BLU-RAY
The Case of the Scorpion's Tail (Special Edition)
Church of the Damned / Bad Magic (Double Feature)
Doom Asylum (Special Edition)
Enter the Devil (Limited Edition)
The Housemaid
Isle of Dogs & The Fantastic Mr. Fox (Double Feature)
The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean
The Quick & The Dead (4K UHD)
Terminator 2: Judgment Day (Limited Collector's Edition with "Endoarm")


NEW TO DVD
Amityville Prison
The Antithesis
Bear With Us
Kung Fu Traveler 2
Son of Zorn: The Complete Series
Stiffed
Wayward Pines: The Complete Second Season
Young Dillinger (1965 - Warner Archive Collection)


NEW DVD TITLES FROM "FILMS AROUND THE WORLD"
Bloodthirsty Butchers
Cut-Throats Nine
Flesh-Eating Mothers
The Inheritor
Stigma
The Suckling


NEW MULTI-FILM COLLECTIONS ON DVD 
4-Film Collection: Disaster
Contains: 10,000 Days, Metal Tornado, 10.0 Earthquake, and Seattle Superstorm.

4-Film Collection: Horror
Contains: Spliced, Frozen, Greystone Park, and John Carpenter's The Ward.

4-Film Collection: Western
Contains: Sweetwater, Echoes of War, Gunless, and Autumn Blood.


Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Arrow Video Brings THE CASE OF THE SCORPION'S TALE & DOOM ASYLUM to Blu-ray on July 17th!


SLASHER AND GIALLI FANS WILL DEFINITELY WANT TO OWN ARROW VIDEO'S LATEST SPECIAL EDITION BLU-RAYS! 

Chalk up two more great Arrow releases for films that  I'm not super familiar with. I'm a fan of some of Sergio Martino's other films (e.g. THE GREAT ALLIGATOR, ISLAND OF THE FISHMEN), and I do enjoy the occasional giallo film, so THE CASE OF THE SCORPION'S TALE is a must-see for yours truly! And I love slasher movies in general, so I'm definitely interested in DOOM ASYLUM as well! Continue reading Vault Dwellers to find out more about this duo of stellar releases!

THE CASE OF THE SCORPION'S TALE (1971)

Synopsis: One of the major consequences of Western Europe s post-war Economic Miracle was the proliferation of international travel. Eager to tap into audiences desire to experience the glamor of the jet set lifestyle, the popular filmmakers of the day rushed to make the most of the exotic locales at their disposal.

Arguably no other giallo captured this trend as vividly as The Case of the Scorpion s Tail. The film begins in London, where Lisa Baumer (Evelyn Stewart - THE PSYCHIC) learns that her husband has died in a freak plane accident. Summoned to Athens to collect his generous life insurance policy, she soon discovers that others besides herself are keen to get their hands on the money and are willing to kill for it.

Meanwhile, private detective Peter Lynch (George Hilton - THE STRANGE VICE OF MRS. WARDH) arrives to investigate irregularities in the insurance claim. Teaming up with a beautiful reporter, Cléo Dupont (Anita Strindberg - YOUR VICE IS A LOCKED ROOM AND ONLY I HAVE THE KEY), Lynch resolves to unearth the truth... before he too ends up on the wrong end of the murderer s straight razor.

The second giallo by genre master Sergio Martino (TORSO, THE SUSPICIOUS DEATH OF A MINOR), THE CASE OF THE SCORPION'S TAIL combines stunning views of Athens and the Greek coastline with brutal bursts of violence, a typically tangled script by Ernesto Gastaldi (DEATH WALKS ON HIGH HEELS), and a cast overflowing with Euro cult talent, including Alberto de Mendoza (A LIZARD IN A WOMAN'S SKIN), Janine Reynaud (Jess Franco's SUCCUBUS) and Luigi Pistilli (A BAY OF BLOOD).


Disc Specs:
Not Rated | Color | 90 minutes | Region A
Video - 1080p Widescreen (2.39:1)
Audio - Enlish & Italian LPCM Mono

Extras:
  • NEW! 2K restoration of the film from the original camera negative!
  • Newly translated English subtitles for the Italian soundtrack 
  • Audio commentary with writer Ernesto Gastaldi, moderated by filmmaker Federico Caddeo (in Italian with English subtitles)!  
  • NEW! Interview with star George Hilton  
  • NEW! Interview with director Sergio Martino  
  • NEW! Analysis Sergio Martino s films by Mikel J. Koven, author of La Dolce Morte: Vernacular Cinema and the Italian Giallo Film!  
  • NEW! Video essay by Troy Howarth, author of So Deadly, So Perverse: 50 Years of Italian Giallo Films. 
  • Theatrical trailer 
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Chris Malbon
  • FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collector's booklet featuring new writing on the film by Rachael Nisbet and Howard Hughes, and a biography of star Anita Strindberg by Peter Jilmstad!
Arrow's Special Edition Blu-ray of THE CASE OF THE SCORPION'S TAIL arrives at retailers Tuesday, July 17th and should cost between $24 - $28! You can order Sergio Martino's classic giallo now from AMAZON, BULLMOOSE, or DIABOLIK DVD!




DOOM ASYLUM (1987)

Synopsis: If you thought SEX AND THE CITY 2 was a stomach-churner, you ain't seen nothing yet! Long before playing one of Carrie Bradshaw's best gal pals, actress Kristen Davis found herself up against an altogether different kind of horror in 1987's DOOM ASYLUM: a riotous mix of gore, gags and goth girl groups galore!

When a group of horny teens wind up on the grounds of a creepy abandoned asylum, they think they've found the perfect place to party. Little do they know that inside the building's crumbling walls lurks a freakishly deformed maniac, driven to madness by the tragic loss of his fiancée in a car accident. With an array of grisly surgical tools at his disposal, it's only a matter of time before the youngsters begin meeting various splattery ends at the hands of the ghoulish Coroner.

Helmed by director Richard Friedman (SCARED STIFF, PHANTOM OF THE MALL: ERIC'S REVENGE), and also starring Penthouse Pet of the Year 1988 Patty Mullen (FRANKENHOOKER), DOOM ASYLUM combines outlandish gore and a wise-cracking villain to create one of the most wildly entertainingly blood-spattered slashers of the late '80s

Disc Specs:
Not Rated | Color | 77 minutes | Region Free
Video - 1080p Widescreen (1.85:1 & 1.33:1)
Audio - English  LPCM Mono

Extras:
  • NEW! 2K restoration from the original camera negative! (Featuring both 1.85:1 and 1.33:1 versions of the film!)
  • NEW! Audio commentary with screenwriter Rick Marx! 
  • NEW! Audio commentary with The Hysteria Continues! 
  • NEW! Tina’s Terror – An interview with actress Ruth Collins! 
  • NEW! Movie Madhouse – An interview with director of photography Larry Revene! 
  • NEW! Morgues & Mayhem – An interview with special make-up effects creator Vincent J. Guastini!
  • Archival Interviews with producer Alexander W. Kogan, Jr., director Richard Friedmanm and production manager Bill Tasgal. 
  • Still Gallery 
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Justin Osbourne. 
  • FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Fully-illustrated collector’s booklet featuring new writing by Amanda Reyes.
Arrow Video's Special Edition Blu-ray of DOOM ASYLUM is also coming out on Tuesday, July 17th, and should cost between $24 - $28! Order your copy of this once obscure slasher flick now from AMAZON, BULLMOOSE, or DIABOLIK DVD!



Thursday, July 12, 2018

Umbrella Entertainment's July 2018 New Releases!


KILL GIANTS, VISIT LOVECRAFTIAN WORLDS, AND ESCAPE A TROPICAL ISLAND PRISON IN UMBRELLA'S LATEST RELEASES!

After unveiling their "Beyond Genres" label last month, it would seem that Umbrella would have a tough time topping the RE-ANIMATOR films (and Region Free Blu-ray of Don Coscarelli's THE BEASTMASTER). However it seems they have done just that with their latest batch of new titles that were released on July 4th! (Yeah... I'm a bit behind.)

Stuart Gordon's DAGON is the latest addition to Umbrella's Beyond Genres series and is based upon the writings of H.P. Lovecraft. (Primarily Dagon and The Shadow Over Innsmouth.) Also available are ESCAPE FROM ABSOLON (aka NO ESCAPE to us Yanks), THE ENDLESS (a trippy "Lovecraftian" Sci-Fi/Horror film), and the modern fantasy tale I KILL GIANTS.

To learn more about these new releases, and see the remainder of Umbrella's new DVD & Blu-ray releases for the month of July, continue reading!

ANNOUNCEMENTS:
* After months of delays it is finally happening: RAZORBACK is finally coming to Blu-ray on August 1st with a new 4K transfer and loads of new extras! This one is a definite must-own Vault Dwellers! Also out on the same day: Universal's classic creature-feature TARANTULA!

* Umbrella's September roster is full of cult classics and new films you'll want to check out! Here's what's coming on 09/05: CARGO, HEATHERS, THE IMMORTAL WARS, SPIRIT OF THE AIR - GREMLINS OF THE CLOUDS, and TO CATCH A KILLER!


DAGON (2001)

Synopsis: Based on the short story by the undisputed master of the macabre, H. P. Lovecraft. A boating accident off the coast of Spain sends Paul and his girlfriend to the dilapidated fishing village of Imboca looking for help. As night falls people start to disappear and things not quite human start appearing.

Paul finds himself pursued by the entire town and discovers Imboca's  dark secret whilst running for his life... Freakish half-human creatures populate the town, and they pray to Dagon, a monstrous God of the sea. All outsiders are sacrificed, the men are skinned alive and the women offered as unwilling brides to bear Dagon's unholy children.


Disc Specs:
Rated R | Color | 95 minutes | Region B
Video - 1080p Widescreen (16:9)
Audio - 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio

Extras:
  • Making-of featurette
  • Interviews with: Macarena Gomez, Director Stuart Gordon, Raquel Meroño, and Ezra Godden.
  • Interviews from the set: Stuart Gordon, Julkio Fernández, Raquel Meroño, Ezra Godden, and Francisco "Paco"Rabal.
  • Trailer
  • Teaser
  • TV spots
ORDER DAGON NOW EXCLUSIVELY FROM  
(NOTE: If you do not have a region free Blu-ray player, CLICK HERE to order the upcoming Vestron Collector's Series' release!)




THE ENDLESS (2017)

Synopsis: Living in poverty in a shared studio apartment in Los Angeles, two brothers (Justin and Aaron) receive a mysterious videotape in a box that seems to have been shipped through a hundred countries before arriving on their doorstep. On it, a Heaven’s Gate-esque cult member talks about an impending “Ascension.” We learn that the brothers were raised in this cult, and fled from it a decade ago because Justin pulled Aaron out when he became aware of an impending mass suicide.

But this tape seems to say otherwise their old family is alive and well, which opens a crack in the brothers’ relationship: Why did Justin pull Aaron away from the only family he’s ever known, lie about their mass suicide, and have him live this destitute life? On Aaron’s insistence, they go back to their homestead in order to get some closure. But when they arrive, they discover that the “cult” might not really be a cult at all, and they’re not certain just how welcome back they are. There seems to be a dark truth to the commune’s otherworldly beliefs that suggest the laws of the natural world may be very different than we assume, which propels THE ENDLESS into a Lovecraftian tale about brotherhood, giving up your personal autonomy, and history’s weird, malevolent tendency to repeat itself.

Disc Specs:
Not Rated | Color | 111 minutes | Region Free
Video - 480p Widescreen (16:9)
Audio - 5.1 Dolby Surround

Extras:
  • None.
ORDER THE ENDLESS FROM 




ESCAPE FROM ABSOLOM (1994)

Synopsis: In the year 2022, society has created the ultimate solution for it's most ruthless criminals. Absolom, a remote jungle island where prisoners are abandoned and left to die. For most, Absolom means no escape, no hope and virtually no chance of survival.

But for convicted Marine Captain, John Robbins (Ray Liotta - SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR), the ultimate prison becomes the ultimate challenge - to clear his name, he'll have to first escape from Absolom...

Disc Specs:
Rated R | Color | 118 minutes | Region Free
Video - 1080p Widescreen (16:9)
Audio - Dolby Digital 2.0

Extras:
  • Making-Of Featurette 1 (28mins)
  • Making-Of Featurette 2 (6mins)
  • Trailer
  • 4 TV Spots
ORDER ESCAPE FROM ABSOLOM FROM




I KILL GIANTS (2017)

Synopsis: Barbara Thorson (Madison Wolfe - THE CONJURING 2) is a teenage girl who chooses to escape the realities of school and a drab family life by retreating into her magical world of Titans and Giants.
With the help of her new friend Sophia (Sydney Wade) and her school therapist (Zoe Saldana - GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY), Barbara will learn to battle her Giants and face her fears – tackling the mean bullies at school, her sister (Imogen Poots) and her difficult home life and eventually her biggest dread of the unknown.
I KILL GIANTS is an adaptation of Joe Kelly and Ken Niimura's Man of Action/Image Comics internationally acclaimed graphic novel is directed by Academy Award-winning director Anders Walter (Best short film. Helium).

Disc Specs:
Not Rated | Color | 104 minutes | Region 4
Video - 480p Widescreen (16:9)
Audio - 5.1 Dolby Digital

Extras:
  • None.
ORDER I KILL GIANTS FROM


Also available on July 4th from UMBRELLA ENTERTAINMENT:

As usual, all of the DVDs and mentioned in this post can be ordered directly from UMBRELLA ENTERTAINMENT, and are (typically) Region Free!


Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Scream Factory Adds Two New IFC Midnight Titles to Their Catalog: THE CURED and MIDNIGHTERS!


SCREAM FACTORY'S NEWEST RELEASES FEATURE RECOVERING ZOMBIES AND A MARRIAGE STRAINED BY MURDER AND DECEPTION!

IFC Midnight titles are often a mixed bag, but both of these new ones seem pretty interesting! THE CURED deals with people being integrated back into society after being cured of their former cannibalistic state, while MIDNIGHTERS follows a married couple that are guilty of involuntary manslaughter! Continue onward to learn more about these two films, which are now available to purchase!

THE CURED (2017)

Synopsis: What happens when the undead return to life? In a world ravaged for years by a virus that turns the infected into zombie-like cannibals, a cure is at last found and the wrenching process of reintegrating the survivors back into society begins. Among the formerly afflicted is Senan (Sam Keeley - THIS MUST BE THE PLACE), a young man haunted by the horrific acts he committed while infected.

Welcomed back into the family of his widowed sister-in-law (Ellen Page - JUNO, SUPER), Senan attempts to restart his life — but is society ready to forgive him and those like him? Or will fear and prejudice once again tear the world apart? Pulsing with provocative parallels to our troubled times, THE CURED is a smart, scary, and hauntingly human tale of guilt and redemption.

Disc Specs:
Rated R | Color | 95 minutes | Region A
Video - 1080p Widescreen (2.40:1)
Audio - ?

Extras:
  • Behind The Scenes Featurette
  • Theatrical Trailer
You can obtain a copy of THE CURED on DVD or Blu-ray today from AMAZON, BULLMOOSE, or directly from SHOUT! FACTORY's online store!




MIDNIGHTERS (2017)

Synopsis: December 31st becomes a long day's journey into dread for one seriously unlucky couple in this nerve-twisting wild ride. On their way home from ringing in the new year, Lindsey (Alex Essoe) and Jeff (Dylan McTee) accidentally run down a man in the middle of the road.

Things look bad when they panic and stash the body in the backseat of their car. Things look worse when they discover that the stranger they hit had sinister intentions involving them and their family. And things go off the rails when a certain psychotic detective (Ward Horton) comes calling ...

This frightening and gripping feature debut from director Julius Ramsay (The Walking Dead) careens with hairpin twists and genre-defying surprises.

Disc Specs:
Rated R | Color | 93 minutes | Region A
Video - 1080p Widescreen (2.40:1)
Audio - ?

Extras:
  • None.
You can own MIDNIGHTERS on DVD or Blu-ray today! Pick up a copy now from AMAZON, BULLMOOSE, or directly from SHOUT! FACTORY.



STOCK YOUR VAULT: New DVDs & Blu-rays for 07/10/2018!


Vault Master's Pick of the Week!

It's Tuesday again Vault Dwellers and you know what that means: New DVDs & Blu-rays! This week is a little light on genre fare, but there are a few titles that you may just want to add to your collection!

John Krasinski's A QUIET PLACE is now available, and comes highly recommended - It is easily one of the best movies I have seen this year! Shout! Factory gives THE BORN LOSERS a new Blu-ray release (though for about ten bucks more you can have Shout Select's complete BILLY JACK COLLECTION!), while Mondo Macabro delivers a new Blu for WHO CAN KILL A CHILD?

Full Moon gives PUPPET MASTER 4 and PUPPET MASTER 5 separate Blu-ray discs (for those of you who are collecting the series piecemeal instead of getting the full set), SPIDARLINGS gets its Blu-ray debut from Troma, and the American Genre Film Archive teamed with Something Weird to give GODMONSTER OF INDIAN FLATS a 4K transfer for its new Blu-ray release!


The rest of this week's releases are a mix of indie titles, several Film Noir sets, a couple of TV series, two cool documentaries, and a heavy dose of Burt Reynolds! Scroll down to see the entire roster of this week's new DVDs and Blu-rays!

NEW TO DVD & BLU-RAY
The Assassin's Code
Before Someone Gets Hurt
Dragon Inn (Criterion Collection)
Fire Birds
Future World
The Magicians: Season Three
A Quiet Place
Who's Watching Oliver?


NEW TO BLU-RAY
The Born Losers
Detective Bureau 2-3: Go to Hell Bastards (Special Edition)
Garo: Divine Flame
Godmonster of Indian Flats
Puppet Master 4
Puppet Master 5
Spidarlings
Who Can Kill a Child?


NEW TO DVD
24x36: A Movie About Movie Posters
42nd Street Pete Presents: Hot For Teacher
2069: A Sex Odyssey
All Strippers Must Die!
Belly Timber
Black Candles
Buzzard Hollow Beef
Blue Desert
Die Gest: Flesh Eater
The Exorcist: The Complete First Season
The Exorcist: The Complete Second Season
Flesh & Blood: The Hammer Heritage of Horror
Hitler's Hollywood
Hooper (1978)
Johnny Mysto: Boy Wizard
Killing Joan
Lionheart / Black Eagle (Double Feature)
The Man With Two Heads
Reckless Kelly
Scarecrows of the Third Reich
Sharkey's Machine
Stroker Ace


NEW MULTI-FILM COLLECTIONS ON DVD
Hammer Film Noir Collector's Set: Vol. 1
Contains: Bad Blonde, Blackout, The Gambler and the Lady, Heat Wave, Man Bait, and Stolen Face.
Hammer Film Noir Collector's Set: Vol. 2
Contains: Terror Street, Wings of Danger, The Glass Tomb, Paid to Kill, The Black Glove, The Deadly Game, The Unholy Four, and A Race for Life.

Forgotten Noir: Collector's Set 2
Contains: Man From Cairo, Mask of the Dragon, FBI Girl, Tough Assignment, I'll Get You, and Fingerprints Don't Lie.


Tuesday, July 10, 2018

AGFA and Something Weird Unveil Their GODMONSTER OF INDIAN FLATS Blu-ray on July 10th!


"GODMONSTER OF INDIAN FLATS" EXITS OBSCURITY AND ARRIVES ON BLU-RAY WITH A 4K TRANSFER AND NEW EXTRAS!

In the long list of things I never thought I'd hear myself say.... GODMONSTER OF INDIAN FLATS hits Blu-ray tomorrow! Holy. Hell. I first discovered this cult oddity years ago when I picked up a cheap copy of Something Weird's DVD release of the film. To this day I'm not entirely sure how I feel about this tale of mutant sheep on the loose near a town that is forcibly trapped in the past by its mad mayor. Guess it's time to revisit it!

Synopsis: Gaseous vapors from an ancient mine cause the birth of a huge squealing embryo that is taken to the laboratory of a local mad doctor where it grows into a monstrous 8-foot mutant sheep. Got that? An 8-Foot Mutant Sheep! Meanwhile, the racist mayor of a historic Wild West tourist town attempts to thwart the efforts of a black man buying real estate by attempting to lynch him! Plans go awry, however, when the giant, wool-covered Lamb from Hell escapes from the doctor's lab and starts waddling across the countryside.

Spewing an orange phosphorous gas, the semi-prehistoric GODMONSTER OF INDIAN FLATS terrifies the population, blows up a gas station, and even "dances" with a deranged hippie chick until it's lassoed by cowboys. The mayor then startles everyone by putting "the damaged mongoloid beast" on display as "The 8th Wonder Of The World!"

"Dear God! WHAT am I? WHY am I?!"

Starring cult favorite Stuart Lancaster (MANTIS IN LACE) as the malignant Mayor Silverdale, filmed in Virginia City, Nevada (an actual U.S. national historical monument!), and mixing science fiction, satire, and politics, the ultra-obscure GODMONSTER OF INDIAN FLATS is easily one of the weirdest, wackiest, oddballest monster movies ever made!

Disc Specs:
Not Rated | Color | 89 minutes | Region A
Video - 1080p Widescreen (1.85:1)
Audio - 2.0 Mono (?)

Extras: 
  • NEW! 4K Restoration of the film from the only surviving 35mm theatrical print!
  • Rampaging monster trailers from the AGFA vaults!
  • Berserker shorts from the Something Weird vaults!
  • Bonus Movie: THE LEGEND OF BIGFOOT (1975), a new 2K scan from an original theatrical print!
  • Reversible cover art with illustration by Shana Cleveland!
GODMONSTER OF INDIAN FLATS hits retailers on Tuesday, July 10th and should cost you $20! Get yourself a copy now from AMAZON, BULLMOOSE, or DIABOLIK DVD!