Sunday, April 22, 2018

Larry Cohen's IT'S ALIVE TRILOGY Comes to Blu-ray on May 15th from Scream Factory!


LARRY COHEN'S TRIO OF KILLER MUTANT BABY FLICKS IS COMING OUT IN AN ALL NEW BOXED SET FROM SCREAM FACTORY!

"There's only one thing wrong with the Davies baby.... IT'S ALIVE!" So says one of the taglines for Larry Cohen's unforgettable horror classic, IT'S ALIVE. Growing up, I discovered this cult oddity in the Horror section of my local Blockbuster Video, then saw the subsequent sequels pop up on television on TNT'S MonsterVision (with Joe Bob Briggs)! Though it's been a while since I've revisited them, I am completely ecstatic that Scream Factory has broken into the Warner Bros. vaults in order to give these movies a proper Blu-ray release!

IT'S ALIVE (1974)

Synopsis: It's newborn and ... IT'S ALIVE ... and murder is what it knows best! A proud couple's bundle of joy is really a newborn terror in filmmaker Larry Cohen's cautionary cult hit that tapped into environmental fears.

Lenore (Sharon Farrell) and Frank Davies (John Ryan) are horrified to learn that their newborn child is a murderous mutant that escapes from the hospital shortly after murdering the doctors in the delivery room. With the cops busy seeking the violent newborn, Frank and his wife struggle to come to terms with their monstrous offspring, and unlock the dark secret behind its origins!

Disc Specs:
Rated R | Color | 91 minutes | Region A
Video - 1080p Widescreen (1.85:1)
Audio - ?

Extras:
  • NEW! 2K Scan Of The Original Film Elements!
  • NEW! Cohen’s Alive: Looking Back At The It’s Alive Films - Featuring Interviews With Writer/Producer/Director Larry Cohen, Actors James Dixon, Michael Moriarty And Laurene Landon, And More!
  • NEW! It’s Alive At The Nuart: The 40th Anniversary Screening - With Larry Cohen
  • Audio Commentary with Writer/Producer/Director Larry Cohen!
  • Radio Spots
  • TV Spots
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Still Gallery




IT LIVES AGAIN (1978)

Synopsis: Two brave parents, Eugene and Jody Scott (Frederic Forrest and Kathleen Lloyd) try to evade the authorities when it is suspected that they are about to give birth to a mutant! With the aid of Frank Davies, they escape from a hospital and end up joining an underground organization that is studying the monstrous infants, and believes they are the next step in human evolution.

Hot on their heels are a government task force, and a group of anti-mutant baby fanatics whose goal it to wipe out the miniature abominations! Will the Scott's tiny terror survive, or will IT share the same fate as all those that came before it? Watch IT LIVES AGAIN to find out!


Disc Specs:
Rated R | Color | 91 minutes | Region A
Video - 1080p Widescreen (1.85:1)
Audio - ?

Extras: 
  • NEW! 2K Scan Of The Original Film Elements!
  • Audio Commentary With Writer/Producer/Director Larry Cohen!
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Still Gallery




IT'S ALIVE III: ISLAND OF THE ALIVE (1987)

Synopsis: Stephen Jarvis (Michael Moriarty) pleads in court, for the life of his mutant son. Eventually he succeeds in winning the case, and the court orders the creatures to be dropped off on a deserted island. Five years later, Jarvis joins an expedition to study the creatures' growth, only to become a captive on the boat after the rest of the team is either killed or left behind.

As the creatures sail back towards the coast of the United States, Jarvis must figure out what they want in order to save them, and himself. Discover their fates when you watch this bizarre capper to Larry Cohen's IT'S ALIVE TRILOGY!

Disc Specs:
Rated R | Color | 95 minutes | Region A
Video - 1080p Widescreen (1.85:1)
Audio - ?

Extras:
  • NEW! 2K Scan Of The Original Film Elements
  • NEW! Interview With Special Effects Makeup Designer Steve Neill!
  • Audio Commentary With Writer/Producer/Director Larry Cohen!
  • Trailer
  • Still Gallery


Scream Factory's IT'S ALIVE TRILOGY is due out on Tuesday, May 15th and is reasonably priced, costing approximately $32 - $40! Don't miss out on this trilogy of crazy flicks from the director of GOD TOLD ME TO, Q: THE WINGED SERPENT, and THE STUFF! Order your set now from AMAZON, BULLMOOSE, DIABOLIK DVD, or directly from SHOUT! FACTORY if you want it two weeks early!


Saturday, April 21, 2018

On May 22nd, Scream Factory Brings Long Out of Print Cult Classic OF UNKNOWN ORIGIN to Blu-ray!


PETER WELLER BATTLES A GIANT RAT IN GEORGE P. COSMATOS' "OF UNKNOWN ORIGIN!"

I was extremely excited to hear that Scream Factory had picked up this title Vault Dwellers! The film has been out of print for far too long, and is just one of several awesome films directed by the late George Cosmatos (who also directed TOMBSTONE, COBRA, RAMBO: FIRST BLOOD PART II, and LEVIATHAN)! Never heard of this movie? Well then by all means continue reading so you can get as excited as I am!

Synopsis: When not mired in the corporate rat race, Wall Street executive Bart Hughes is king of his sleek Manhattan brownstone ... until he finds his castle under siege by the most determined of home intruders. Forced to enter a rat race of an entirely different sort, Bart takes a stand, with his survival and sanity at stake.

Peter Weller (ROBOCOP, Sons of Anarchy) stars in Of Unknown Origin, an eerie and nerve-tingling suspense thriller directed by George P. Cosmatos and the winner of Paris International Film Festival Awards for Best Picture and Actor. Cleverly and compellingly, the film draws you into a battle of wits, namely one with an intruder that's formidable, persistent and clever enough to lure Bart (Weller) along on an unwitting path to self-destruction. In the battle of man vs. beast, push has come to scream.

Disc Specs:
Rated R | Color | 89 minutes | Region A
Video - 1080p Widescreen (1.85:1)
Audio - ?

Peter Weller is RodentCop!
Extras:
  • NEW! 2K Scan From The Interpositive!
  • NEW! The Origins Of Unknown Origin – An Interview With Executive Producer Pierre David!
  • NEW! That Rat Movie – An Interview With Writer Brian Taggert!
  • NEW! Hey, Weren't You In Scanners? – An Interview With Actor Louis Del Grande!
  • Audio Commentary With Director George P. Cosmatos And Actor Peter Weller!
  • Theatrical Trailers
  • Still Gallery
OF UNKNOWN ORIGIN will be released on Tuesday, May 22nd and will cost between $20 - $24. If you are a fan of Peter Weller, George P. Cosmatos, and/or movies featuring killer rats, then you NEED to pick this up. Order yourself a copy now at AMAZON, BULLMOOSE, DIABOLIK DVD, or directly from SHOUT! FACTORY if you want it two weeks early!



Friday, April 20, 2018

On April 24th, Scream Factory Gives You Three More Reasons to Love Them!


TROLLS, GOBLINS, CYBORGS, AND VENGEFUL WITCHES LURK WITHIN SCREAM FACTORY'S UPCOMING BLU-RAY OFFERINGS!

I've got to admit that Scream Factory has been on fire this year! And this upcoming Tuesday is no exception as they finally release the long-delayed Collector's Edition of Albert Pyun's CYBORG, along with DAUGHTERS OF SATAN, and a re-release of their TROLL & TROLL double feature (sans the BEST WORST MOVIE documentary)! Scroll onward to get the full specs & extras for these three upcoming titles!

CYBORG (1989)

Synopsis: Jean-Claude Van Damme stars as the future's most fearsome warrior in this adrenaline-charged sci-fi thriller! Deteriorating from a deadly plague, 21st-Century America is descending into a barbaric nightmare. Only Pearl Prophet (Dayle Haddon), a beautiful half human/half cyborg, has the knowledge necessary to develop a vaccine.

But during her quest to gather data and bring the cure to the world, Pearl is captured by cannibalistic Flesh Pirates who plot to keep the antidote for themselves and rule the world. Now, only saber-wielding hero Gibson Rickenbacker (Van Damme) can rescue her and save civilization.

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

Prepare yourself for some late 80s Van Damage!
 Extras:
  • NEW! 4K Scan From The Original Film Elements!
  • NEW! Audio Commentary With Writer/Director Albert Pyun!
  • NEW! A Ravaged Future – The Making Of CYBORG – Featuring Interviews With Writer/Director Albert Pyun, Actors Vincent Klyn, Deborah Richter, And Terrie Batson, Director Of Photography Philip Alan Waters, And Editor Rozanne Zingale!
  • NEW! Shoestring Fantasy – The Effects Of CYBORG – Featuring Interviews With Visual Effects Supervisor Gene Warren Jr., Go-Motion Technician Christopher Warren, And Rotoscope Artist Bret Mixon!
  • Extended Interviews From Mark Hartley’s Documentary ELECTRIC BOOGALOO: THE WILD, UNTOLD STORY OF CANNON FILMS With Writer/Director Albert Pyun And Sheldon Lettich!
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Still Gallery
CYBORG (COLLECTOR'S EDITION) will be available everywhere on Tuesday, April 24th and will cost in the neighborhood of $16 - $25. Order your copy now from AMAZON, BULLMOOSE, DIABOLIK DVD, or directly from SHOUT! FACTORY (which will net you a free 18x24 rolled poster, while supplies last)!




DAUGHTERS OF SATAN (1972)

Synopsis: Be careful what you witch for with this spellbinding thriller that delves into the realms of ancient covens and the conquistadors who loathe them. Tom Selleck delivers a commanding performance as James Robertson, an antique dealer living in Manila. James buys a Spanish painting dating back to 1592 from an art gallery ... because the painting depicts three witches being burned at the stake and one of the witches has an uncanny resemblance to James' wife, Chris.

But the similarity turns out to be much more than a coincidence when Chris becomes possessed by the spirit of her evil doppelganger. She soon meets two local women who resemble the other two witches from the painting. The three decide to murder James, as he may be a descendant of the conquistador responsible for the burning of the original coven.

Disc Specs:
Rated R | Color | 90 minutes | Region A
Video - 1080p Widescreen (1.85:1)
Audio - ?

Extras:
  • None.
DAUGHTERS OF DARKNESS will also be available on April 24th wherever Blu-ray discs are sold and should cost you around $20 - $24. Order a copy now from AMAZON, BULLMOOSE, DIABOLIK DVD, or directly from SHOUT! FACTORY.




TROLL (1986) & TROLL II (1990)

TROLL Synopsis: Lock the doors and pull out the weed-wacker for this house party of horror! One family is about to find out there's no place like home when a troublesome troll starts taking over their building, transforming each apartment into an overgrown garden of ancient evil and turning tenants into a horde of hairy hobgoblins!

Michael Moriarty and Julia Louis-Dreyfus star in this super-slimy scare-fest that's "a special-effects pig-out" (Daily News)!

TROLL 2 Synopsis: Those greedy goblins are back and hungrier than ever in this gourmet gross-out! Disguised as friendly country folk, a pugnacious posse of people-eating trolls lures visitors to their town. But a family of four is about to discover this place is a real tourist trap ... and now, the no-good gnomes must be destroyed before the family gets flambĂ©ed ... and the world becomes a buffet in this feeding frenzy of fear!

Disc Specs:
TROLL
Rated PG-13 | Color | 82 minutes | Region A
Video - 1080p Widescreen (1.85:1)
Audio - DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0

TROLL II
Rated PG-13 | Color | 95 minutes | Region A

Video - 1080p Widescreen (1.85:1)
Audio - 2.0 Mono


Extras:
TROLL
  • The Making Of Troll Featuring Director John Carl Buechler, Producer Charles Band, Writer Ed Naha, Composer Richard Band, And More!
  • Still Gallery Of Behind-The-Scenes Photos
  • Theatrical Trailer
TROLL II
  • Audio Commentary With Actors George Hardy And Deborah Reed
  • Theatrical Trailer
 TROLL & TROLL II also comes out on the 24th and costs about $16 - $20. If you missed out on the previous release (which contained the excellent BEST WORST MOVIE doc) then here's your second chance troll fans! Secure your copy now at AMAZON, BULLMOOSE, DIABOLIK DVD, or directly from SHOUT! FACTORY.




Wednesday, April 18, 2018

STOCK YOUR VAULT: New DVDs & Blu-rays for 04/17/2018!


Vault Master's Pick of the Week!

We're halfway through April Vault Dwellers, and this week has probably one of the weakest release slates I have seen in some time. There's really not much at all to get excited for (unless you're a HUGE fan of DC animated shows and films).

Shout! Factory gives MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER 3000's 11TH SEASON a nice Blu-ray set, Arrow Video brings Volume 2 of SEIJUN SUZUKI: THE EARLY YEARS to Blu-ray, and DEEP BLUE SEA 2 is now available on DVD & Blu-ray!

Other than that, there's a few direct-to-DVD titles, plus a smattering of animated DC fare, including movies and classic animated TV series! (The Superfriends!) Honestly gang, unless you need some movie-riffing or killer sharks in your life, save your money for next week's flood of awesome titles!

To see the entirety of this week's dismal list of releases, continue scrolling!


NEW TO DVD & BLU-RAY
Deep Blue Sea 2
Killjoys: Season 3
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Season 11


NEW TO BLU-RAY
Day of the Reaper (Limited Edition)
Interviews with Monster Girls: The Complete Series
Seijun Suzuki: The Early Years Volume 2 - Border Crossings: The Crime & Action Movies


NEW TO DVD
The All New Super Friends: Season 1, Vol.1
The All new Super Friends: Season 1, Vol. 2
The Batman / Superman Movie & Super Villains: Worlds at War (Double Feature)
Bloodfight
Challenge of the Super Friends: The Complete First Season
Creature in the Woods
Deep Blue Sea (2-Film Collection)
A Demon Within
Hentai Heaven Vol. 2.5: Dishonor Student & Sexual Sacrifice
I Am Alone
Let Her Out
The Mighty Orbots: The Complete Series
Night Caller From Outer Space
Rave Party Massacre
Super Friends: Volume 2
Superman: The Animated Series (Volumes 1, 2, & 3)
Superman: Last Son of Krypton & Super-Villains: Brainiac (Double Feature)
The Super Powers Team: Galactic Guardians
Writers Retreat


Scream Factory's Latest Trio of Terrors: CRUCIBLE OF HORROR, FULL MOON HIGH, and SUPERBEAST!


SCREAM FACTORY'S THREE NEWEST TITLES ARE NOW AVAILABLE TO ADD TO YOUR HORROR BLU-RAY COLLECTION!

This past Tuesday, Scream Factory gave CRUCIBLE OF HORROR, Larry Cohen's FULL MOON HIGH, and the super obscure SUPERBEAST their Blu-ray debuts! I've never seen any of these movies before, so I am super excited to check them out! Continue reading below to get the full details on these new titles, and consider adding them to your ever-growing collections Vault Dwellers!

CRUCIBLE OF HORROR (1971)

Synopsis: This horrifying film tells the story of Edith (Yvonne Mitchell, George Orwell's 1984), a terrorized wife, who, along with her daughter, plots to kill her husband, Walter (Michael Gough, BATMAN (1989), SLEEPY HOLLOW), to end his abusive treatment of them. They poison him and make his death look like a suicide. But they didn't count on one thing: Walter isn't ready to die...

Hmm.... you know, it seems to me that this would make a GREAT double feature with THE LEGEND OF HELL HOUSE. Heck, it almost seems like CRUCIBLE OF HORROR could act as a prequel to it!

Disc Specs:
Rated R | Color | 91 minutes | Region A
Video - 1080p Widescreen (1.66:1)
Audio - ?

Extras:
  • NEW! HD Master From The Best Surviving Original Film Elements!
  • NEW! Interview With Assistant Director Nicholas Granby!
  • Theatrical Trailer
CRUCIBLE OF HORROR is now available wherever Blu-ray discs are sold! Get your copy now from AMAZON, BULLMOOSE, DIABOLIK DVD, or directly from SHOUT! FACTORY.




FULL MOON HIGH (1981)

Synopsis: The problems of a typical high-school teenager take on monstrous proportions in this comical send up of horror movies!

The most important thing to quarterback Tony Walker (Adam Arkin, HALLOWEEN H20) is to win the big game against archrival Simpson High. But this plan soon changes when Tony is bitten by a werewolf – and that's when things really start to get hairy!

Now, whenever there's a full moon, he transforms into a growling beast that hungrily chases down beautiful girls. Cursed to live forever as a teenager with uncontrollable urges, Tony realizes he must find a way to end this cycle of animalistic excess.

Disc Specs:
Rated PG | Color | 92 minutes | Region A
Video - 1080p Widescreen (1.85:1)
Audio - ?

Extras:
  • NEW! Audio Commentary With Writer/Producer/Director Larry Cohen, Moderated By King Cohen Filmmaker Steve Mitchell!
  • Theatrical Trailer
FULL MOON HIGH is currently available at any of these online retailers: AMAZON, BULLMOOSE, DIABOLIK DVD, and SHOUT! FACTORY.




SUPERBEAST (1972)

Synopsis: Dr. Alix Pardee (Antoinette Bower, PROM NIGHT) travels to the Philippines when she hears some people have been attacked by a humanoid creature. Once there, she finds that these beasts are the product of Dr. Bill Fleming (Craig Littler).

Fleming is trying to cure criminals by genetically engineering their brains. These experiments are creating half-man, half-beasts. In a nod to The Most Dangerous Game, the beasts are set loose and hunted by the doctor's evil benefactor.

Disc Specs:
Rated R | Color | 93 minutes | Region A
Video - 1080p Widescreen (1.85:1)
Audio - ?

Extras:
  • None.
SUPERBEAST can currently be procured from any of these fine sellers of physical media: AMAZONBULLMOOSE, DIABOLIK DVD, and SHOUT! FACTORY.



Monday, April 16, 2018

DEEP BLUE SEA's Sequel Strikes Without Warning on April 17th!


THE FOLLOWUP TO RENNY HARLIN'S "DEEP BLUE SEA" IS COMING STRAIGHT TO DVD & BLU-RAY DISC!

DEEP BLUE SEA is definitely a guilty pleasure for many, with its infamous "stirring survival speech interrupted by killer shark" scene and cheesy (but awesome) theme song by L.L. Cool J. This unexpected sequel definitely seems to lack the charm of its predecessor, but dammit, it's a new killer shark flick, so naturally I'm drawn to it like a moth to a flame!

Synopsis: Carl Durant (Micheal Beach), a pharmaceutical entrepreneur, tests drugs on bull sharks in hopes to extract their antibodies to cure human diseases. Before he can continue with his experiment, he tries to enlist Misty Calhoun (Danielle Savre), a shark conservationist, and other scientists to lead and endorse this project. The drug-enhanced sharks quickly begin to adapt and learn new hunting skills. The humans lose control over the laboratory and now they have to fight to survive.

Disc Specs:
Rated R | Color | 92 minutes | Region A
Video - 1080p Widescreen (1.78:1)
Audio - DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1

Extras:
  • Returning to the Deep – The Making of Deep Blue Sea 2 Featurette
  • Deep Blue Sea 2: Death by Shark Featurette
  • Gag Reel
  • Deleted Scenes

DEEP BLUE SEA 2 will be available on DVD, Blu-ray, and digital HD on Tuesday, April 17th! Order yourself a copy now at AMAZON (DVD / BLU-RAY / DOUBLE FEATURE DVD) or BULLMOOSE (DVD / BLU-RAY / DOUBLE FEATURE DVD)!