Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Want to be the Life of the Party? - Add APRIL FOOL'S DAY to Your Blu-ray Collection Today!


Cover art for Scream Factory's Collector's Edition of APRIL FOOL'S DAY (1986)!
SCREAM FACTORY BRINGS FRED WALTON'S CLASSIC 80S HORROR FLICK TO BLU-RAY WITH A SLEW OF NEW CAST & CREW INTERVIEWS!

During the big slasher boom of the 80s, filmmakers were constantly trying to up the body counts of their films, or find new ways to murder people onscreen. It was a wonderful era of "anything goes" with producers throwing money at just about any fright flick, no matter how absurd the premise, or outrageous the kills! In the midst of all of this, came Fred Walton's little mystery-chiller APRIL FOOL'S DAY. Once a black sheep of the slasher sub-genre, this low-budget whodunnit has since earned a faithful cult following! And now, thanks to Scream Factory, APRIL FOOL'S DAY has finally made the leap to Blu-ray disc! Let's take a closer look Vault Dwellers!

Synopsis: When Muffy St. John (Deborah Foreman - VALLEY GIRL) invited her college friends up to her parents' secluded island home for the time of their lives, she just forgot to tell them it just might be the last time of their lives.

As soon as the kids arrive on the island, someone starts trimming the guest list ... one murder at a time. And what starts out as a weekend of harmless "April Fool's Day" pranks turns into a bloody battle for survival.

It's just what you'd expect from the producer who brought you BODY PARTS, SPECIES, and three of the FRIDAY THE 13TH films!

Disc Specs:
Rated R | Color | 89 minutes | Region A
Video - 1080p Widescreen (2.35:1)
Audio - English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 & DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Mono

Extras:
  • NEW! Horror With A Twist – An Interview With Director Fred Walton!
  • NEW! Well Of Lies – An Interview With Actress Deborah Goodrich Royce!
  • NEW! Looking Forward To Dessert – An Interview With Actor Clayton Rohner!
  • NEW! Bloody Unforgettable – An Interview With Composer Charles Bernstein!
  • NEW! The Eye Of Deception – An Interview With Cinematographer Charles Minsky!
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Original TV Spots
Though a bit scanty on extras (especially for a Collector's Edition), this is still a disc I want to add to my growing collection of physical media as I kind of love this movie! APRIL FOOL'S DAY is now available wherever Blu-rays are sold and should cost between $28 - $31! Grab a copy today from AMAZON, BULL MOOOSE, DIABOLIK DVD, or get it direct from SHOUT! FACTORY.



Wednesday, March 18, 2020

STOCK YOUR VAULT: New DVDs & Blu-rays for 03/17/2020!


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Vault Master's Pick of the Week for 03/17/2020 is Kino Lorber's CANNIBAL APOCALYPSE!
Vault Master's Pick of the Week!
It's Tuesday again Vault Dwellers, which means it's time to Stock Our Vaults with some new DVDs, Blu-rays, and/or 4K Ultra HD discs! While last week was pretty light on new releases, this week makes up for it with a much larger roster of new titles to choose from!

Well Go USA brings the steampunk fantasy-adventure ABIGAIL to DVD & Blu-ray today, Scorpion Releasing gives RAW COURAGE its DVD & Blu-ray debut, and the holiday-themed slasher HANUKKAH comes to home video!

Scream Factory's lone release this week is their UNIVERSAL HORROR COLLECTION: VOLUME 4 set, which contains NIGHT KEY, NIGHT MONSTER, THE CLIMAX, and HOUSE OF HORRORS, Glenn Danzig's hot mess VEROTIKA arrives in a Blu-ray/DVD/CD combo release, and Mill Creek Entertainment brings another pair of Andy Sidaris classics to Blu-ray, namely FIT TO KILL and HARD HUNTED!

Dark Force Entertainment surprisingly found distribution outside of their own online store, and unleashed numerous new titles on Blu-ray today, including: FREEWAY 2: CONFESSIONS OF A TRICK BABY, THE LONERS & DRAGON VS. NEEDLE OF DEATH (double feature), MIRROR MIRROR, MIRROR MIRROR 2: RAVEN DANCE, and POINT DOOM! But the winner this week (in my opinion) is Kino Lorber Studio Classics, who have graced us with the first ever Blu-ray release of Antonio Margheriti's CANNIBAL APOCALYPSE! (As well as FORCE 10 FROM NAVARONE and MAN IN THE SHADOW!) This Italian exploitation shocker boasts a new 4K restoration, audio commentary, interviews, documentary, and more!

As always, there are plenty of other DVDs and Blu-rays to choose from, so be sure to scroll down to view the entire list!



NEW TO DVD & BLU-RAY
Abigail (Well Go USA)
Black Christmas (2019)
Burning Dog
Cannibal Apocalypse (Kino Lorber Studio Classics)
The Dustwalker
Hanukkah
Jumanji: The Next Levl
Nefarious
Raw Courage (Scorpion Releasing)
We Take the Low Road


NEW TO BLU-RAY
Aquarion Logos: Season 3
Attack on Titan: Season 3, Part 2
Bakerman
Fit to Kill (Mill Creek Entertainment)
Force 10 From Navarone (Special Edition - Kino Lorber Studio Classics)
Freeway 2: Confessions of a Trick Baby (Dark Force Entertainment)
Hard Hunted (Mill Creek Entertainment)
Jumanji: The Next Level / Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (Double Feature)
Ladyworld
The Loners & Dragon vs. Needle of Death (Double Feature - Dark Force Entertainment)
Man in the Shadow (Kino Lorber Studio Classics)
Mirror Mirror (Collector's Edition - Dark Force Entertainment)
Mirror Mirror 2: Raven Dance (Dark Force Entertainment)
One Piece: Stampede
Point Doom (Dark Force Entertainment)
Release the Spyce: Complete Collection
The Stalking Man (Warner Archive Collection)
Sudden Death
Superman: Red Son
Tales of the Abyss: The Complete Series
The Tom & Jerry Golden Collection: Volume 1
Ultraman Geed: The Movie - Connect the Wishes (Mill Creek Entertainment)
Ultraman Orb: The Movie - The Power of Bonds! (Mill Creek Entertainment)
Universal Horror Collection: Volume 4 (Scream Factory)
Verotika (Blu-ray/DVD/CD)


NEW TO DVD
47 Hours to Live
Amityville Island
Aquarions: The Complete Series
The Bastard Sword
Blonde Ambition (Full Moon Features)
Blood Soaked (Unrated)
A Bluebird in My Heart (Shudder)
Bone Breaker
Bunker of Blood: Chapter 1 - Puppet Master Blitzkrieg Massacre
Bunker of Blood: Chapter 2 - Deadly Dolls Deepest Cuts
By Day's End
City of the Vampires (SRS Cinema)
Clay Pigeon (MVD)
Landfall
Penance
Previews of Coming Attractions (Filmlandia)
The Sensuous Doll (Rogue Video)
Uncaged
Witch Hunters
Zombeavers


Tuesday, March 17, 2020

UNIVERSAL HORROR COLLECTION: VOLUME 4 Gives Another Quartet of Classic Fright Flicks A New Lease on Life!


Cover art for Scream Factory's UNIVERSAL HORROR COLLECTION: VOL. 4!
SCREAM FACTORY'S SERIES OF UNIVERSAL HORROR SETS FEATURES FOUR MORE CLASSIC FILMS FEATURING BELA LUGOSI, BORIS KARLOFF, AND RONDO HATTON!

Money has been tight lately, so I've abstained from adding any of Scream Factory's UNIVERSAL HORROR COLLECTIONS to my own personal collection. A pity, because they've been putting out some great stuff in these sets and this latest one is no exception! The four films in this UNIVERSAL HORROR COLLECTION features some of Horror's most iconic actors, including Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi, and Rondo Hatton (the namesake for a certain Classic Horror Award that I've been eying up for years)! If you enjoy chillers from a bygone era, then considering picking up this collection today!

Synopses: Volume 4 of the UNIVERSAL HORROR COLLECTION includes four tales of terror from the archives of Universal Pictures, the true home of classic horror. This collection includes such horror stars as Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi, Lionel Atwill, and Rondo Hatton. Boris Karloff ignites the screen as an inventor who is kidnapped by a gang of burglars and forced to help them commit robberies in NIGHT KEY. Bela Lugosi stars in a creepy tale of strange characters, secret passages and a murderer who masters the art of "mind over matter" in NIGHT MONSTER. In THE CLIMAX, Karloff is terrifying as a mad doctor whose insane jealousy over a beautiful opera singer may drive him to murder. A giant of a man is used as an instrument of evil by a mad sculptor in HOUSE OF HORRORS.


Disc Specs:
DISC ONE - NIGHT KEY (1937)
Not Rated | Black & White | 68 minutes | Region A
Video - 1080p Widescreen (1.37:1)
Audio - English DTS-HD Master Audio Mono

DISC TWO - NIGHT MONSTER (1942)
Not Rated | Black & White | 72 minutes | Region A
Video - 1080p Widescreen (1.37:1)
Audio - English DTS-HD Master Audio Mono

DISC THREE - THE CLIMAX (1944)

Not Rated | Color | 86 minutes | Region A
Video - 1080p Widescreen (1.37:1)
Audio - English DTS-HD Master Audio Mono

DISC FOUR - HOUSE OF HORRORS (1946)
Not Rated | Black & White | 72 minutes | Region A
Video - 1080p Widescreen (1.37:1)
Audio - English DTS-HD Master Audio Mono


Extras:
DISC ONE - NIGHT KEY (1937)
  • NEW! 2K Scan Of A Fine Grain Film Element!
  • NEW! Audio Commentary With Film Historians Tom Weaver And Dr. Robert J. Kiss!
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Production Design Stills/Production Artwork Gallery
  • Still Gallery

DISC TWO - NIGHT MONSTER (1942)
  • NEW! 2K Scan Of A Fine Grain Film Element!
  • NEW! Audio Commentary With Film Historian Gary D. Rhodes!
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Still Gallery

DISC THREE - THE CLIMAX (1944)
  • NEW! 2K Scan Of The Interpositive!
  • NEW! Audio Commentary With Film Historians Kim Newman And Stephen Jones!
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Still Gallery

DISC FOUR - HOUSE OF HORRORS (1946)
  • NEW! Audio Commentary With Film Historian Scott Gallinghouse!
  • NEW! The Creeper – Rondo Hatton At Universal!
  • Still Gallery
Scream Factory's UNIVERSAL HORROR COLLECTION: VOLUME 4 is now available wherever Blu-ray discs are sold, and should cost between $56 - $60! If you're a fan of classic Horror fare, pick up a copy today from AMAZON, BULL MOOSE, DIABOLIK DVD, or directly from SHOUT! FACTORY.





Get Ready for More Bullets, Bombs, & Babes: FIT TO KILL and HARD HUNTED Are Now Available on Blu-ray!


Cover art for Mill Creek's new Blu-ray of Andy Sidaris' FIT TO KILL!
MILL CREEK ENTERTAINMENT ROLLS OUT TWO MORE ANDY SIDARIS CLASSICS ONTO BLU-RAY DISC!

Mill Creek has just gotten one step closer to releasing the entirety of Andy Sidaris' "Triple B" (Bullets, Bombs, & Babes) film series to Blu-ray disc! Previously they have put out Blus of HARD TICKET TO HAWAII, MALIBU EXPRESS, DO OR DIE, GUNS, SAVAGE BEACH, and PICASSO TRIGGER! And now that FIT TO KILL and HARD HUNTED have gotten an HD upgrade, only four more films in the L.E.T.H.A.L. Ladies franchise are left to bring to Blu-ray: ENEMY GOLD, THE DALLAS CONNECTION, DAY OF THE WARRIOR, and RETURN TO SAVAGE BEACH! Needless to say: It's a damned good time to be an Andy Sidaris fan!

FIT TO KILL (1993)

Synopsis: The eighth film in the Triple B franchise follows L.E.T.H.A.L. agents Donna and Nicole, as they do their best to protect a wealthy Asian businessman, and his rare diamond, from a sinister international jewel thief!

Disc Specs:
Rated R | Color | 97 minutes | Region A
Video - 1080p Widescreen (1.85:1)
Audio - English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1

Extras:
  • NEW! 4K transfer by the American Genre Film Archive!
  • Audio commentary with Director Andy Sidaris!
  • Introduction with Andy Sidaris and Julie Strain!
  • Behind-the-Scenes featurettes!
  • Trailers and Directory Commentary!
  • Digital redemption code included!
Mill Creek's FIT TO KILL Blu-ray is now available to own, and should cost between $12 - $14! Get a copy now from AMAZON, BULL MOOSE, or DIABOLIK DVD!




Cover art for Mill Creek's Blu-ray release of Andy Sidaris' HARD HUNTED!
HARD HUNTED (1993)

Synopsis: The seventh outing of the L.E.T.H.A.L. agents features R.J. Moore (the son of Roger) as gun-runner Kane, who becomes the target of three female super agents in this action film from Andy Sidaris.

Disc Specs:
Rated R | Color | 97 minutes | Region A
Video - 1080p Widescreen (1.85:1)
Audio - English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1

Extras:
  • NEW! 4K transfer by the American Genre Film Archive!
  • Audio commentary with Director Andy Sidaris!
  • Introduction with Andy Sidaris and Julie Strain!
  • Behind-the-Scenes featurettes! 
  • Trailers 
  • Digital redemption code included!
Mill Creek's Blu-ray of HARD HUNTED is also now available at most retailers and should cost between $12 - $14! Get yours now from AMAZON, BULL MOOSE, or DIABOLIK DVD!



Monday, March 16, 2020

Watch Out For Cannibals in the Streets! - Kino Lorber Brings CANNIBAL APOCALYPSE to Blu-ray on 03/17!


Cover art for Kino Lorber's new Blu-ray of CANNIBAL APOCALYPSE!
ANTONIO MARGHERITI'S EXPLOITATION CLASSIC FINALLY ARRIVES ON BLU-RAY DISC, THANKS TO THE EFFORTS OF KINO LORBER STUDIO CLASSICS!

2020, as awful as it's been so far, has been marked by an amazing series of Blu-ray announcements! And among the titles I've been most looking forward to was Antonio Margheriti's CANNIBAL APOCALYPSE. (Read my review for it HERE.) Featuring a great cast, a fantastic score, and one of the craziest character demises in film history, this Italian cannibal epic is finally coming back into print, with an all new 4K restoration and audio commentary! God Bless Kino Lorber Studio Classics for putting out this release!

Synopsis: The horrors of war take on a whole new meaning for Vietnam vet Norman Hopper (John Saxon - NIGHTMARE BEACH, EVIL EYE, QUEEN OF BLOOD), whose quiet domestic life in Atlanta is shattered by the return of Charlie Bukowski, a combat buddy who dredges up terrifying flashbacks of flesh eating and bloodshed in the war-torn jungles. Now on the run from the law after taking a bite out of an unwilling victim, Charlie begs Norman to help him get out of town with another fellow veteran, Tom (Tony King - REPORT TO THE COMMISSIONER, THE RAIDERS OF ATLANTIS).

Soon the ragtag team of cannibals are fighting for their lives, spreading a deadly contagion through the city before heading into the sewers for a gut-wrenching climax no one will soon forget! One of the most infamous Italian horror films of all time, CANNIBAL APOCALYPSE was heavily censored in many countries where it played under such titles as CANNIBALS IN THE STREETS and INVASION OF THE FLESH HUNTERS. Now you can finally experience this thrilling collision of action-packed combat and monstrous horror from cult director Antonio Margheriti (THE LONG HAIR OF DEATH, CASTLE OF BLOOD, TAKE A HAD RIDE, KILLER FISH) in its original gory splendor for the first time in fully restored HD! Not for the faint of heart or those with full stomachs!

Disc Specs:
Rated R | Color | 96 minutes | Region A
Video - 1080p Widescreen (1.66:1)
Audio - English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Mono

Extras:
  • NEW! 4K RESTORATION OF THE FILM!
  • NEW! Audio Commentary by Film Historian Tim Lucas!
  • CANNIBAL APOCALYPSE REDUX: Documentary Featuring John Saxon, John Morghen (Giovanni Lombardo Radice) and director Antonio Margheriti!
  • NEW! CANNIBAL KING: Interview with Actor Tony King!
  • APOCALYPSE IN THE STREETS: A Video Tour of Filming Locations
  • European Theatrical Trailer
  • Japanese Teaser
  • Alternate U.S. Opening Sequence
I'm super excited for this release, and am glad to see that the majority of the extras from the previous Image Entertainment DVD release have been ported over! Kino's CANNIBAL APOCALYPSE Blu-ray is due out on March 17th (i.e. tomorrow) and should cost between $18 - $25! If you enjoy Italian cannibal cinema, order yourself a copy of this flick today from AMAZON, BULL MOOSE, DIABOLIK DVD, or directly from KINO LORBER!



Tuesday, March 10, 2020

STOCK YOUR VAULT: New DVDs & Blu-rays for 03/10/2020!


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The Vault Masterrs Pick of the Week for 03/03/2020 is Scream Factory's Blu-ray of INSEMINOID!
Vault Master's Pick of the Week!

It's Tuesday, and you know what that means Vault Dwellers: New DVDs, Blu-rays, and 4K Ultra HD discs! Lucky for us, this particular week is pretty light on new titles so you can save some money before all of our favorite genre labels unload a flurry of must-have discs upon us in coming weeks!

Well Go USA offers up THE WITCH: SUBVERSION on DVD & Blu-ray today, the surprising 2018 hit A QUIET PLACE gets a nifty new 4K Limited Edition Steelbook, and Altered Innocence brings the German fright flick LUZ to Region A Blu-ray!

Kino Lorber Studio Classics squeaks out a trio of classic Westerns, including NIGHT PASSAGE, CANYON PASSAGE, and THE RARE BREED, Shout Select brings MASKED AND ANONYMOUS (starring Bob Dylan?!) to DVD & Blu-ray, and Elizabeth Banks' 2019 flop, CHARLIE'S ANGELS, makes its way to home video.

That leaves Scream Factory to carry the burden this week with two great new titles! First up is 1975's BUG, which comes to Blu-ray for the first time ever and offers up the theatrical trailer and a new audio commentary from film historian Troy Howarth as extras! Also available today is the British exploitation sensation INSEMINOID, which makes its North American Blu-ray debut in a disc that is loaded with hours of new and archival extras! I can't wait to get my paws on both releases!

The remainder of this week's offerings consist of indie and anime titles - to see the full list just keep on scrolling!


NEW TO DVD & BLU-RAY
The Assent
Charlie's Angels (2019)
Masked and Anonymous (Shout Select)
Shepard
The Witch: Subversion (Well Go USA)


NEW TO BLU-RAY
Bleach: Set 6
Bug (1975 - Scream Factory)
Canyon Passage (Kino Lorber Studio Classics)
Garo: Crimson Moon - The Complete Series
Inseminoid (Scream Factory)
King's Game: The Complete Series
Love, Chunibyo, & Other Delusions: Ultimate Collection
Luz (Altered Innocence)
Mysteria Friends: The Complete Collection
Nightflyers: The Complete Series (Region B Import)
Night Passage (Kino Lorber Studio Classics)
A Quiet Place (4K Limited Edition Steelbook)
The Rare Breed (Kino Lorber Studio Classics)


NEW TO DVD
The Alpha Test
Don't Speak
Drive-In Movie Memories
Exit 0
Ghost Killers vs. Bloody Mary
The Goonies: Making of a Cult Classic
Great Conquest: The Romance of the Three Kingdoms
John Henry (2020)
Jurassic Thunder
The Left Handed Gun (1958 - Warner Archive Collection)
Little Joe
Road Trip for Ralphie: A Christmas Story Documentary
Tail Sting
Technotise: Edit and I
The Tunnel of Bones
The Wolf Hour