Wednesday, December 2, 2020

Arrow Video Collects Seven of William Grefe's Exploitation Classics in One Fantastic Limited Edition Blu-ray Set!

Cover art for Arrow Video's HE CAME FROM THE SWAMP Boxed Set!
SHARK TELEPATHY, PARTYING TEENS, VOODOO MUMMIES, KILLER JELLYFISH MEN, & MORE AWAIT YOU IN THIS AWESOME EXPLOITATION FESTIVAL IN-A-BOX FROM ARROW VIDEO!

Arrow once again proves that their boxset-fu is extremely powerful with the release of HE CAME FROM THE SWAMP: THE WILLIAM GREFE COLLECTION. Featuring seven feature films, a(n extended) feature-length documentary, new & archival extras, a collectible booklet, and reversible poster & sleeves, this set is a real treat for fans of the notorious king of Everglades exploitation filmmaking! Speaking of which: I've only seen a smidgen of William Grefe's filmography over the years including STING OF DEATH, DEATH CURSE OF TARTU, and MAKO: THE JAWS OF DEATH, but what's odd is that I never realized all three of those films were from the same guy! So naturally, when I saw that this absolutely gorgeous set was coming out, I jumped on it (mainly for MAKO), and I'm sure you'll follow suit after taking a closer look at what Arrow's new set has to offer Vault Dwellers!

About the Set: Killer sharks and human jellyfish and living mummies, oh my! Arrow Video is proud to present the first ever collection of works by William "Wild Bill" Grefé, the maverick filmmaker who braved the deep, dark depths of the Florida everglades to deliver some of the most outrageous exploitation fare ever to go-go dance its way across drive-in screens!

Bringing together seven of Grefé's most outlandish features, all new to Blu-ray, HE CAME FROM THE SWAMP: THE WILLIAM GREFE COLLECTION packs in a macabre menagerie of demented jellyfish men (STING OF DEATH), zombified witch doctors (DEATH CURSE OF TARTU), homicidal hippies (THE HOOKED GENERATION), and seductive matrons (THE NAKED ZOO) – not to mention the ubiquitous go-go dancing college kids – to create one of the most wildly entertaining box-sets of all time!


DISC ONE: STING OF DEATH (1966) & DEATH CURSE OF TARTU (1966)

Disc Specs:
STING OF DEATH
Not Rated | Color | 80 minutes | Region Free
Video - 1080p Widescreen (1.85:1)
Audio - English LPCM 1.0 Mono

DEATH CURSE OF TARTU
Not Rated | Color | 88 minutes | Region Free
Video - 1080p Widescreen (1.85:1)
Audio - English LPCM 1.0 Mono

Extras:
  • NEW! 2K restoration of both movies from original film elements!
  • NEW! Introductions to the films by director William Grefé!
  • Archival audio commentaries for both films with William Grefé and filmmaker Frank Henenlotter!
  • NEW! Beyond the Movie – Monsters a-Go Go! – a look into the history of rock 'n' roll monster movies with author/historian C. Courtney Joyner!
  • NEW! The Curious Case of Dr. Traboh: Spook Show Extraordinaire – a ghoulish look into the early spook show days with monster maker Doug Hobart!
  • Original Trailers
  • Reversible cover art by The Twins of Evil!
 




DISC TWO: THE HOOKED GENERATION (1968) & THE PSYCHEDELIC PRIEST (1971)

Disc Specs:
THE HOOKED GENERATION
Rated R | Color | 94 minutes | Region Free
Video - 1080p Fullscreen (1.33:1)
Audio - English LPCM 1.0 Mono

THE PSYCHEDELIC PRIEST
Not Rated | Color | 81 minutes | Region Free
Video - 1080p Fullscreen (1.33:1)
Audio - English LPCM 1.0 Mono

Extras:

  • NEW! 2K restoration of both movies from original film elements! 
  • NEW! Introductions to both films with William Grefe!
  • Archival audio commentaries for both films with director William Grefé and filmmaker Frank Henenlotter!
  • NEW! Beyond the Movie: That's Drugsploitation! - A look inside the counter-culture films that inspired The Hooked Generation with author/film historian Chris Poggiali.
  • NEW! Beyond the Movie: The Ultimate Road Trip - The story behind The Psychedelic Priest with Chris Poggiali!
  • Tje Hooked Generation behind-the-scenes footage!
  • The Hooked Generation still gallery.
  • Reversible cover art by The Twins of Evil!



 
DISC THREE: THE NAKED ZOO (1971) & MAKO: THE JAWS OF DEATH (1976)

Disc Specs:
THE NAKED ZOO
Rated R | Color | 92 & 87 minutes | Region Free
Video - 1080p Widescreen (1.85:1)
Audio - English DTS-HD Master Audio 1.0 Mono (director's cut)
             English Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono (Barry Mahon cut)

MAKO: THE JAWS OF DEATH
Rated PG | Color | 86 minutes | Region Free
Video - 1080p Widescreen (1.85:1)
Audio - English DTS-HD Master Audio 1.0 Mono

Extras:
  • NEW! 2K restoration of both movies from original film elements!
  • NEW! Audio commentaries for both films with Director William Grefe!
  • NEW! Introductions for both films with Director William Grefe!
  • NEW! The 92-minute Director's Cut of The Naked Zoo, painstakingly reassembled from various source materials!
  • Alternate version of The Naked Zoo, as reedited by its original theatrical distributor, featuring added gratuitous nudity and a performance by blues-rockers Canned Heat - 100% non-director approved!
  • NEW! Beyond the Movie: That's Sharksploitation! - A deep dive into the history of shark films with author/film journalist Michael Gingold!
  • NEW! The Aquamaid Speaks! - An audio interview with Mako actress Jennifer Bishop!
  • NEW! Sharks, Stalkers, and Sasquatch - An audio interview with Mako writer Robert Morgan!
  • Mako - The Super-8 Digest Version!
  • Original Mako: Jaws of Death Trailers and Promos
  • Still and Promotion Galleries 
  • Reversible cover art by The Twins of Evil!





 
DISC FOUR: WHISKEY MOUNTAIN (1977) & THEY CAME FROM THE SWAMP: THE FILMS OF WILLIAM GREFE (2016)

Disc Specs:
WHISKEY MOUNTAIN
Rated PG | Color | 90 minutes | Region Free
Video - 1080p Widescreen (2.49:1)
Audio - English LPCM 1.0 Mono


THEY CAME FROM THE SWAMP....
Not Rated | Color | 127 minutes | Region Free
Video - 1080p Widescreen (1.78:1)
Audio - English LPCM 2.0 Stereo

Extras:
  • NEW! 2K restoration of Whiskey Mountain from original film elements!
  • NEW! Extended cut of They Came From the Swamp: The Films of William Grefe!
  • NEW! Audio commentary for Whiskey Mountain with Director William Grefe!
  • NEW! Introduction to Whiskey Mountain with Director William Grefe!
  • NEW! The Crown Jewels - A featurette on indie film studio and distribution company, Crown International Pictures!
  • Short film - Bacardi and Coke Bonanza (1981)
  • On Location: Grefe in Miami - An archival tour of filming locations with Director William Grefe.
  • Whiskey Mountain trailer & promo gallery.
  • They Came From the Swamp deleted scenes.
  • Bonus Exploitation Trailer Gallery!
  • Reversible cover art created by The Twins of Evil!




 
Exclusive Limited Edition Bonus Extras:
  • Double-sided reversible poster featuring newly commissioned artwork by The Twins of Evil!
  • Fully illustrated collector’s booklet featuring an extensive, never-before-published interview with William Grefé and a new foreword by the filmmaker!
Arrow Video's stellar limited edition HE CAME FROM THE SWAMP boxed set is now available wherever Blu-ray discs are sold, and let me tell you it is absolutely gorgeous! From the wonderful rigid box the films are housed in, to the reversible cover art, plethora of bonus features, and exhaustive work that went into restoring the films (mostly from 16mm prints!), this collection of William Grefe drive-in classics was truly given an unexpected amount of tender loving care!

HE CAME FROM THE SWAMP: THE WILLIAM GREFE COLLECTION will cost you between $50 - $87 and can be obtained directly from ARROW VIDEO, AMAZON, BULL MOOSE, or DIABOLIK DVD!

A look at the complete contents of Arrow's HE CAME FROM THE SWAMP Blu-ray Set!

Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Blue Underground Celebrates the 50th Anniversary of DAUGHTERS OF DARKNESS With a Definitive 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Release!

 

Cover art for Blue Underground's new Limited Edition DAUGHTERS OF DARKNESS 4K release!"DAUGHTERS OF DARKNESS" GETS A NEW 4K RESTORATION, HOURS OF EXTRAS, AND A SOUNDTRACK CD IN THIS 3-DISC LIMITED EDITION!

I've gotta admit Vault Dwellers, I'm kind of out of my element on this one as I've never seen DAUGHTERS OF DARKNESS before, but if it's good enough for Bill Lustig to release, then I guess it's good enough for me to watch! Harry Kumel's artsy tale of vampirism truly received the royal treatment for this release, which boasts a 4K restoration struck from an original negative, various new & existing bonus features, a lenticular cover, collectible booklet, and the soundtrack CD! If any of that piqued your curiosity or made you drool a tad, then keep reading to learn more about this latest addition to Blue Underground's catalog!

Synopsis: International screen icon Delphine Seyrig (LAST YEAR AT MARIENBAD) stars as Elizabeth Bathory, an ageless Countess with a beautiful young companion (Goth goddess Andrea Rau) and a legendary legacy of perversion. But when the two women seduce a troubled newlywed couple (Canadian beauty Danielle Ouimet and John Karlen of Dark Shadows and Cagney & Lacey), they unleash a frenzy of sudden violence and depraved desire that shocked both art house audiences and grindhouse crowds worldwide.

Co-written and directed by Harry Kümel, DAUGHTERS OF DARKNESS remains one of the most exquisitely mesmerizing adult horror films ever made. Blue Underground is now proud to present the uncensored Director s Cut of this classic psychosexual shocker in a gorgeous restoration, scanned in 4K 16-bit from its long-lost original 35mm camera negative, with Dolby Vision HDR and a new Dolby Atmos audio mix, packed with revealing extras!

Disc Specs:
Not Rated | Color | 100 minutes | Region Free
Video - 2160p & 1080p Widescreen (1.67:1)
Audio - English Dolby Atmos, Dolby TrueHD 7.1, DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 & Mono
             French: DTS-HD Master Audio Mono

Extras:
  • NEW! 4K 16-BIT RESTORATION FROM THE 35MM CAMERA NEGATIVE SUPERVISED AND APPROVED BY DIRECTOR HARRY KUMEL!
  • NEW! DOLBY VISION/HDR PRESENTATION OF THE RESTORATION!
  • NEW! ENGLISH DOLBY ATMOS TRACK, plus French DTS-HD Master Audio 1.0 track
  • NEW! Audio Commentary #3 with Kat Ellinger, Author of Devil's Advocates: Daughters of Darkness!
  • NEW! Alternate U.S. Main Titles!
  • NEW! Poster & Still Gallery!
  • NEW! Theatrical Trailers!
  • Audio Commentary #1 with Co-Writer/Director Harry Kümel!
  • Audio Commentary #2 with Star John Karlen and Journalist David Del Valle!
  • Locations of Darkness - Interviews with Co-Writer/Director Harry Kümel and Co-Writer/Co-Producer Pierre Drouot!
  • Playing the Victim - Interview with Star Danielle Ouimet!
  • Daughter of Darkness - Interview with Star Andrea Rau!
  • Radio Spots
  • NEW! Original Motion Picture Soundtrack CD with music by François de Roubaix!
  • NEW! Collectible Booklet with new essay by Michael Gingold!
  • Limited Edition Lenticular Slipcover on First Pressing Only!

Regardless of your feelings towards DAUGHTERS OF DARKNESS, you can't help but admit that this is likely the best the film has ever looked or sounded! Blue Underground's impressive limited edition 4K UHD / Blu-ray / CD combo pack is currently available wherever movies are sold and should cost between $39 - $53! (Pricey? Yes, but damned worth it for the restoration work alone I'd say!) If you're a fan of this film, or just enjoy collecting Blue Underground titles, then snap up a copy of DAUGHTERS OF DARKNESS today from AMAZON, BULL MOOSE, or DIABOLIK DVD!



On October 27th, a New Documentary Proves That WOLFMAN'S GOT NARDS!

 

Blu-ray cover for the WOLFMAN'S GOT NARDS documentary!THE 2018 DOCUMENTARY ABOUT THE BELOVED CULT CLASSIC "THE MONSTER SQUAD," FINALLY MAKES ITS WAY TO BLU-RAY DISC!


Fred Dekker's THE MONSTER SQUAD is one of the few films from my childhood that has held up to my adult scrutiny - honestly I think I love it more now than I did then. In fact, I just watched it the other day after putting it on for two of my visiting tween nieces. They seemed to like what they saw... in between the moments they weren't glued to their phones or fussing over their baby cousin.

And now, the ultimate companion piece to THE MONSTER SQUAD is here with the Blu-ray release of Andre Gower's WOLFMAN'S GOT NARDS, a feature-length documentary about the making of the film and it's gradual rise from a box-office flop, to a full-fledged classic with a massive fan-base! The disc seems to be bare bones, but I truly do not care and cannot wait until this upcoming Halloweekend to inject this massive dose of nostalgia into my eyeballs!

Synopsis: When it was released in 1987, THE MONSTER SQUAD was deemed a failure by critics and was, according to the box office, a film no one cared about. But over the last three decades, word of mouth has turned this sleeping hit into a cultural phenomenon.

Disc Specs:
Not Rated | Color | 88 minutes | Region A
Video - 1080p Widescreen (1.78:1)
Audio - English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0

Extras:

  • None.

WOLFMAN'S GOT NARDS arrives on Blu-ray today and should cost between $14 - $20! If you're a fellow MONSTER SQUAD fan like yours truly, then pick up a copy of this fantastic-looking doc now from AMAZON or BULL MOOSE!


Thursday, October 22, 2020

STOCK YOUR VAULT: New DVDs & Blu-rays for 10/20/2020!

 

The B-Movie News Vault's STOCK YOUR VAULT Logo!

Vault Master's Pick of the Week for 10/20/2020 is Kino Lorber's KILLDOZER!
Vault Master's Pick of the Week!
Greetings Vault Dwellers and welcome to your weekly fix of all things DVD, Blu-ray, and 4K Ultra HD disc-related! This week (especially in comparison to the previous and upcoming release slates) is pretty light, but there definitely some cool new titles to add to your growing collections!

Scream Factory just re-released PUMPKINHEAD in a beautiful new steelbook, Universal released their latest entry into the "graboid" franchise, namely TREMORS: SHRIEKER ISLAND, and the Shudder original SCARE PACKAGE just made its debut on DVD & Blu-ray!

Shout! Factory delivered two new Studio Ghibli steelbooks for PRINCESS MONONOKE and MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO, Unearthed Films' delayed Blu-ray of THE UNTOLD STORY is now available, as are THE OWNERS, SPREE, and the second season of NOS4A2. And for you BACK TO THE FUTURE fans, don't forget to upgrade to the new 4K ULTIMATE TRILOGY (which is available in both a standard edition and a limited edition gift set with collectible mini-hoverboard)!

This week's big winner simply has to be Kino Lorber Studio Classics. Along with the classic 1940 thriller THE APE, a Louis Jourdan double feature of FEAR NO EVIL & RITUAL OF EVIL, and PICTURE MOMMY DEAD, they've also managed to bring a blast from our collective pasts to Blu-ray for the first time ever: KILLDOZER! This made-for-TV cult classic has received a new 2K transfer, and a pair of new audio commentaries, and even comes complete with a cardboard slipcover!

There are plenty of other new titles out this week - scroll down to peep 'em all out my friends!


NEW TO DVD & BLU-RAY
Alone
Chop Chop
Expulsion
Fear no Evil / Ritual of Evil (Double Feature - Kino Lorber Studio Classics)
The Gunfighter (Criterion Collection)
Killdozer (Kino Lorber Studio Classics)
Myth (Indie Rights)
NOS4A2: Season Two
The Owners
Picture Mommy Dead (Kino Lorber Studio Classics)
Samhain (Gravestone Films)
Scare Package (Shudder)
Spree
Tremors: Shrieker Island


NEW TO BLU-RAY
The Ape (1940 - Kino Lorber Studio Classics)
Back to the Future: The Ultimate Trilogy (4K UHD)
Back to the Future: The Ultimate Trilogy (4K UHD Giftset)
The Captains Collection (Shout! Factory)
Drifting / White Tiger (Double Feature - Kino Lorber Studio Classics)
The Haunting (1999 - Paramount Presents)
Lord of Vermillion: The Complete Series
Mickey's Christmas Carol (30th Anniversary Edition - Disney)
My Neighbor Totoro (Limited Edition Steelbook - Shout! Factory)
Negima! and Negima!?: The Complete Collections
Princess Mononoke (Limited Edition Steelbook - Shout! Factory)
Pumpkinhead (Limited Edition Steelbook - Scream Factory)
The Untold Story (Unearthed Films)
Your Name. (Limited Edition Steelbook - Shout! Factory)


NEW TO DVD
The Amityville Harvest
Amulet
Blood Immortal
Bram Stoker's Shadowbuilder (MVD Rewind Collection)
Bunny the Killer Thing
Doctor Who: The Faceless Ones
Female Werewolf
House of Shadows
If He Hollers
Keep Rosy
Murders in the Rue Morgue (Universal Vault Series)
No Escape
Problem Child Trilogy (Region B Import)
Psycho-Therapy
Ravenstein
Re-Animator / Bride of Re-Animator (Double Feature)
Redwood Massacre: Annihilation
Rumble Strip
The Sect
Toro Loco - Bloodthirsty
Tremors: 7-Movie Collection

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

For Each of Man's Evils, A Special Demon Exists - Get Scream Factory's Limited Edition Blu-ray Steelbook of PUMPKINHEAD Today!

 

Scream Factory's Limited Edition Steelbook of PUMPKINHEAD!
PREPARE TO DOUBLE-DIP ON STAN WINSTON'S "PUMPKINHEAD" - NOW WITH A NEW 4K TRANSFER AND GORGEOUS STEELBOOK PACKAGING!

I keep joking that Scream Factory has become the new Anchor Bay because they keep re-releasing certain titles with new packaging and/or transfers - case in point, their new steelbook of PUMPKINHEAD. Originally released by Scream Factory as a perfectly acceptable Collector's Edition back in September of 2014, this beloved creature feature has been given a noticeable video upgrade, contains all of the previous Blu-ray's special features, and comes housed in a beautifully-designed Steelbook case! Whether you already own this film on Blu-ray yet or not, you have to admit that this is definitely pretty damned enticing! Let's take a closer look, shall we?

Synopsis: When a group of teenagers inadvertently kill his only son, Ed Harley (Lance Henriksen - ALIENS) seeks the powers of a backwoods witch to bring the child back to life. But instead, she invokes "Pumpkinhead" – a monstrously clawed demon which, once reborn, answers only to Ed's bloodlust. But as the creature wreaks its slow, unspeakable tortures on the teens, Ed confronts a horrifying secret about his connection to the beast – and realizes that he must find a way to stop its deadly mission before he becomes one with the creature forever. A terrifying parable of revenge and possession, PUMPKINHEAD also stars Jeff East (DEADLY BLESSING), Joel Hoffman (SLUMBER PARTY MASSACRE II), and Kerry Remsen (A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET 2: FREDDY'S REVENGE).

Disc Specs:
Rated R | Color | 86 minutes | Region A
Video - 1080p Widescreen (1.85:1)
Audio - English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 & 2.0 Stereo

Extras:
  • NEW! 4K Scan From The Interpositive Film Element!
  • Audio Commentary With Co-Screenwriter Gary Gerani And Creature & FX Creators Tom Woodruff, Jr. And Alec Gillis, Moderated By Filmmaker Scott Spiegel!
  • Night Of The Demon – An Interview With Co-Writer Richard Weinmann!
  • The Redemption Of Joel – An Interview With Actor John D’Aquino!
  • The Boy With The Glasses – An Interview With Actor Matthew Hurley!
  • Pumpkinhead Unearthed – A Six-Part Documentary On The Making Of The Film!
  • Remembering The Monster Kid – A Tribute To Stan Winston!
  • Demonic Toys – A Look At The Creation Of A Pumpkinhead Action Figure!
  • Behind-The-Scenes Footage
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Still Gallery

Though it doesn't bring much else new to the table other than a new transfer and packaging (which will likely be eclipsed by the inevitable 4K Ultra HD release), Scream Factory's limited edition steelbook of PUMPKINHEAD is perty to look at, and a definite must-own title in its own right! This re-release is currently going for prices between $23 - $29, and can be ordered right now from AMAZON, BULL MOOSE, DIABOLIK DVD, or directly from SHOUT! FACTORY!



Everyone Knows a Machine Can't Kill... Except the Machine! KILLDOZER Makes Its Big Blu-ray Debut on October 20th!


Blu-ray cover for Kino Lorber Studio Classics' KILLDOZER!
 
JERRY LONDON'S MADE-FOR-TV CULT CLASSIC GETS A NEW 2K TRANSFER AND BONUS FEATURES FROM KINO LORBER!

Well chalk up yet another film that I never thought would never get a proper Blu-ray release! Though I missed out seeing it back in 1974 (mostly because I was born in '83), I eventually saw KILLDOZER maybe a decade ago thanks to a bootleg obtained at a horror con and... it was kinda neat! And now this made-for-TV cult classic will be widely available for all to see thanks to the efforts of Kino Lorber Studio Classics!

The film has received a brand new 2K transfer (meaning it will look a thousand times better than it did when it first appeared on television in '74!) and contains some great new extras featuring director Jerry London! If you're a KILLDOZER fan, then just stop here and order a copy ASAP. But if you need a little more of a push to add this one to your collection, then read onward Vault Dwellers!

Synopsis: A small construction crew battles the ultimate assassin in the cult classic KILLDOZER. Stationed on a small island off the coast of Africa, six men find themselves terrorized when a ruthless life-form takes over a bulldozer and then sets off on a killing rampage. Despite limited fuel, the renegade machine methodically hunts down the men one by one in a full-throttle drive to death. Buckle up and hold on tight in this turbo-charged thriller! Directed by Jerry London (Shogun) and starring screen and TV legend Clint Walker (THE DIRTY DOZEN, Cheyenne) with Robert Urich (Vega$, THE ICE PIRATES) and Neville Brand (STALAG 17, KANSAS CITY CONFIDENTIAL). KILLDOZER is based on a novel by acclaimed television writer Theodore Sturgeon (Star Trek, The Twilight Zone) and features a rousing score by Gil Mellé (THE ANDROMEDA STRAIN, Night Gallery).

Disc Specs:
Not Rated | Color | 74 minutes | Region A
Video - 1080p Fullscreen (1.33:1)
Audio - English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Mono

Extras:
  • NEW! 2K RESTORATION OF THE FILM!
  • NEW! Audio Commentary by Director Jerry London with Film Historian Lee Gambin!
  • NEW! Audio Commentary by Film Historian Lee Gambin and Film Critic Jarret Gahan!
  • NEW! Audio Interview with Director Jerry London!
  • Limited Edition O-Card Slipcase
  • Image Gallery
  • Trailers

Kino's Blu-ray of KILLDOZER arrives on Tuesday, October 20th and should cost between $15 - $20! Relive your childhood, or experience KILLDOZER for first time  by adding it to your collection today! Order it now from AMAZON, BULL MOOSE, DIABOLIK DVD, or directly from KINO LORBER!