Friday, February 2, 2024

STOCK YOUR VAULT: New Blu-rays & 4K Discs for 01/30/24!

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Hey gang! I'm back with another weekly dose of Blu-ray & 4K releases! But before I get into the good stuff, I just want to announce that Arrow Video's Limited Edition THE CONAN CHRONICLES 2-Film set has been pushed back until February 20th! However, the standalone Limited Edition releases of both CONAN THE BARBARIAN and its sequel (on both 4K & Blu-ray) are available to own right this very minute!

The final week of January 2024 was absolutely loaded with great releases from all of your favorite boutique labels - so if you are trying not to spend money on new discs, I urge you to look away now! Haha!

Severin Films kicks things into high gear with 4K releases of Frank Henenlotter's BAD BIOLOGY, NIGHTMARETHE PSYCHIC, and their multi-film DANZA MACABRA: VOLUME 2 boxed set which features CASTLE OF BLOOD, JEKYLL, THEY HAVE CHANGED THEIR FACE, and THE DEVIL'S LOVER!

Vinegar Syndrome's 4K UHDs of D.A.R.Y.L., eXistenZ, FATAL GAMES, and THE PROPHECY trilogy are now available, CUTTING CLASS arrives on 4K UHD for the first time thanks to MVD, and Deaf Crocodile's new restoration of the Czech film THE MYSTERIOUS CASTLE IN THE CARPATHIANS has arrived on Blu-ray disc! And, as stated above, Arrow Video's CONAN THE BARBARIAN and CONAN THE DESTROYER are now available as well, in gorgeous limited editions!

Numerous Vinegar Syndrome partner label titles hit the mainstream today as well, including Degausser Video's REDNECK ZOMBIES (one of my all-time favorite shot-on-video gems), Umbrella Entertainment's bonkers Ozploitation classic SONS OF STEEL, AGFA's TAKE IT OUT IN TRADE and THE VIOLENT YEARS, SCRAPBOOK (from Saturn's Core), and many more! I should also mention that Eli Roth's surprisingly fun THANKSGIVING is also out on Blu-ray this week, courtesy of Sony Pictures!

As you can see, there's a lot to love this week, but (seeing as how Arrow fumbled the ball) the coveted title of "Pick of the Week" goes to Kino Lorber Studio Classics' new Special Edition of THE BOOGENS! Lovingly restored in 4K, the film gets two audio commentaries, a featurette with creature creator William Munns, multiple trailers, and reversible cover art (and slipcover)! Not too shabby for what was once a forgotten film!

As always, there are numerous titles I didn't mention, so be sure to scroll down through the list below to take in the pure majesty of this week's slate of new Blu-ray and 4K discs!

Bad Biology (4K UHD, 2-Disc Special Edition - Severin Films)
The Boogens (4K UHD Special Edition - Kino Lorber Studio Classics)
Conan the Barbarian (4K UHD Limited Edition - Arrow Video)
Conan the Destroyer (4K UHD Limited Edition - Arrow Video)
Cutting Class (4K UHD Collector's Edition - MVD LaserVision Collection)
Danza Macabra: Volume Two - The Italian Gothic Collection (4K UHD - Severin Films)
D.A.R.Y.L. (4K UHD - Vinegar Syndrome)
eXistenZ (4K UHD - Vinegar Syndrome)
Nightmare (4K UHD Special Edition - Severin Films)
The Prophecy I - III (4K UHD - Vinegar Syndrome)
The Psychic (4K UHD, 2-Disc Special Edition - Severin Films)
Trainspotting (4K UHD - Criterion Collection)

The Black Room (Vinegar Syndrome)

The Boogens (Special Edition - Kino Lorber Studio Classics)
The Case Study of Vanitas: Season One, Part Two (Crunchyroll)
Conan the Barbarian (Limited Edition - Arrow Video)
Conan the Destroyer (Limited Edition - Arrow Video)
Dark Waves (Allied Vaughn)
The Dog Who Stopped the War (Canadian International Pictures)
Doll Syndrome (Rising Sun Media)
Fatal Frame (Live-Action Movie - Discotek Media)
Fatal Games (Vinegar Syndrome)
Giant Beasts of ARS: The Complete Collection (Image/Sentai)
Helld0se (Allied Vaughn)
He Walked By Night (Special Edition - Kino Lorber Studio Classics)
Joe's Apartment (Warner Archive Collection)
King on Screen (Dark Star Pictures)
Kurokami: The Animation - Complete TV Series (Discotek Media)
Loaded Guns (aka Colpo in Canna - Raro Video)
Lupin the 3rd: Sweet Lost Night (Discotek Media)
Mind Melters 22 (Acid Bath Productions)
The Mysterious Castle in the Carpathians (Deaf Crocodile)
Naruto Shippuden: Set 2 (VIZ)
Ningen Fushin: Adventurers Who Don't Believe in Humanity Will Save the World - The Complete Season (Crunchyroll)
Redneck Zombies (Degausser Video)
Rover Dangerfield (Warner Archive Collection)
Sexy Time 7 (Acid Bath Productions)
Sailor Moon SuperS: The Complete 4th Season (Warner Bros.)
Scrapbook (Saturn's Core)
Silent Night (2023 - Lionsgate)
Skateboard (Factory 25)
Sons of Steel (Umbrella Entertainment)
Surf Reality: Movie of the Month Club Collection (Art Label)
Take it Out in Trade (AGFA/Something Weird Video)
Tales to Tell in the Dark (Allied Vaughn)
Terror Zone (Allied Vaughn)
Thanksgiving (Sony Pictures)
Trainspotting (Criterion Collection)
Urusei Yatsura: TV Series Collection 4 (Discotek Media)
Vile 21 (VHSHitfest)
The Violent Years (AGFA/Something Weird Video)

Monday, January 29, 2024



Vinegar Syndrome's partner label Deaf Crocodile has been doing a stellar job of restoring obscure cinema from around the world (e.g. SOLOMON KING, SAMPO, et al.), and one of their latest titles is a little Czech number called THE MYSTERIOUS CASTLE IN THE CARPATHIANS. Loosely based upon a Jules Verne novel, this difficult-to-categorize film has been given a great release from the fledgling boutique label. Along with the much-touted restoration, there's also a pretty good number of bonus features included on this release! Let's pull out our collective magnifying glasses and take a closer look at this one Vault Dwellers!

Synopsis: A unique and almost indescribable mix of Gothic fiction, steampunk gadgetry (designed by Czech animation wizard Jan Švankmajer), slapstick comedy and romantic opera, director Oldřich Lipský's wonderfully bonkers delight has elements of THE FEARLESS VAMPIRE KILLERS, Terry Gilliam, Mel Brooks and "The Benny Hill Show." Based on an 1892 Jules Verne novel The Carpathian Castle (which partially inspired Bram Stoker to write Dracula), the film follows Count Teleke of Tölökö (Michal Dočolomanský) on the trail of the count's lost lover, opera singer Salsa Verde (Evelyna Steimarová) – only to discover she's been abducted by fiendish Baron Gorc of Gorceny (Miloš Kopecký), whose castle home is filled with the bizarre inventions of mad scientist Orfanik (Rudolf Hrušínský).

Littered with puns, sight gags and non-sequiturs – "Later, in Werewolfston", an invented dialect, a detached golden ear for eavesdropping, a staff topped by an enormous TV eyeball – MYSTERIOUS CASTLE was the third fantastical film from the team of director Lipský and writer Jiří Brdečka after their much-loved musical western spoof LEMONADE JOE (1966) and their detective/horror satire ADELA HAS NOT HAD SUPPER YET (1977), both major Czech cult hits. (Note that actor Miloš Kopecký and Jiří Brdečka worked on the supernatural anthology PRAGUE NIGHTS, also released by the Národní filmový archív, Deaf Crocodile, and Comeback Company.)

Disc Specs:
Not Rated | Color | 98 minutes | Region A
Video - 1080p (1.37:1)
Audio - Czech LPCM 2.0 (w/ English subtitles)


  • NEW! Restoration of the film by Craig Rogers for Deaf Crocodile!
  • NEW! Video interview with Czech film critic and screenwriter Tereza Brdečková on her father, Jiří Brdečka, writer of MYSTERIOUS CASTLE. (In English)
  • NEW! Essay by film historian and expert on Eastern European cinema Jonathan Owen
  • NEW! Audio commentary by Tereza Brdečková and Czech film expert Irena Kovarova of Comeback Company.
  • Two eerie and stunningly beautiful Jiří Brdečka animated short films:
    • Vzducholoď a láska (Love and the Dirigible) (1948, 9 min.)
    • Třináctá komnata prince Měděnce (Prince Copperslick aka Prince Měděnec's Thirteenth Chamber) (1980, 9 min.)
  • UNIVERSUM BRDEČKA (2017, 84 min., dir. Miroslav Janek) - A feature length documentary on the life and career of filmmaker, animator, screenwriter and illustrator Jiří Brdečka, covering his childhood, his work as a screenwriter with Jiří Trnka, Karel Zeman and Oldřich Lipský, and his own acclaimed work as an animator and director. In Czech with English subtitles.

Reviews seem overly positive about the film itself ('s review called it a "laugh riot"), and the restoration work done by Deaf Crocodile is reportedly top-notch, so this is looking like another win for them! For titles like this, I typically adopt a "try before you buy approach" these days (especially with the skyrocketing price boutique Blu-ray releases) but if you've been keeping pace with Deaf Crocodile up to this point, and enjoy eccentric international cinema, this will definitely be a must-own for you! THE MYSTERIOUS CASTLE IN THE CARPATHIANS arrives on Blu-ray tomorrow (January 30th!) and should cost between $21 - $30! Order a copy today from AMAZON, BULL MOOSE, DIABOLIK DVD, VINEGAR SYNDROME, or directly from DEAF CROCODILE!

Sunday, January 28, 2024

No One Said Surviving High School Would Be Easy - CUTTING CLASS Arrives on 4K UHD!

I missed out on CUTTING CLASS when Vinegar Syndrome released it back in 2018, but did manage to see it in 35mm at The Mahoning Drive-In Theater during one of their big weekend events! (I also got to meet Jill Schoelen and have her sign a D.C. CAB mini poster! She was a total sweetheart!) While the movie didn't exactly blow me away, I had a fun time with it and would probably give it another go.

And now I'll have the chance to do so thanks to the efforts of MVD, who are releasing this title as part of their ongoing LaserVision Collection, which also currently includes SWAMP THING and GHOULIES! If you missed out on the previous Vinegar Syndrome release, then you'll definitely want to snap this one up. But if you already VinSyn's disc, will you want this new release instead/as well? Let's take a quick glance at what this new 4K offers up before you spend any money!

Synopsis: High school can be murder. Just ask Paula (Jill Schoelen - THE STEPFATHER, POPCORN). Her overprotective father disappears during a weekend hunting trip. She's being romantically pursued by Brian Woods (Donovan Leitch - THE BLOB '88), a creepy classmate who recently graduated from a mental institution. Her jealous jock boyfriend Dwight (Brad Pitt - MONEYBALL, WORLD WAR Z) is looking for any reason to release his juvenile rage.

The lecherous school principle Mr. Dante (Roddy McDowall - FRIGHT NIGHT, CLASS OF 1984) is after her student body, and her friends and teachers are rapidly falling victim to a silent, shadowy mass-murder. As the body count rises, Paula begins to suspect that any one of her reckless suitors could be the twisted killer. But unless she learns his identity soon, her high school education will quickly come to a nasty end.

Disc Specs:
Rated R | Color | 91 minutes | Region Free (4K) & Region A (Blu-ray)
Video - 2160p & 1080p Widescreen (1.85:1)
Audio - English LPCM 2.0 Mono & Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo

  • Original Theatrical Trailer

  • Interview with star Jill Schoelen!
  • Interview with star Donovan Leitch!
  • "Kill Comparisons" featurette!
  • "Find The Killer and Win" VHS Video Store Retailer Promo!
  • R-Rated / Edited Version of CUTTING CLASS (presented in standard definition)
  • Original Theatrical Trailer
  • Collectible LaserVision Mini-Poster!
  • Reversible artwork (reverse side features MVD Rewind Collection Artwork and Rewind number sequence)
  • Limited Edition Slipcover (First Pressing Only with Rewind number sequence on right spine!)

Picking up this release is going to come down to your personal preference Vault Dwellers. If picture and audio quality are paramount in your decision making process, then you'll likely want to get MVD's new 4K release, especially since most of the bonus features have been ported over from the limited edition Vinegar Syndrome Blu-ray. (All that seems to be missing are the two audio interviews with the Director and the Cinematographer.) CUTTING CLASS will be available at most retailers on January 30th and should cost between $27 - $40! Secure your copy now from AMAZON, BULL MOOSE, DIABOLIK DVD, or MVD's online shop!

Saturday, January 27, 2024

Some Things Shouldn't Be Disturbed.... THE BOOGENS Arrives on 4K UHD on January 30th!


Some Things Shouldn't Be Disturbed... THE BOOGENS!

Originally released to Blu-ray by the now defunct Olive Films label (good riddance!), THE BOOGENS returns to the realm of physical media with an all-new 4K restoration from Kino Lorber on Tuesday, January 30th! Initially I was not a fan of this low-budget creature feature, but after seeing it at a past Exhumed Films 24-Hour Horrorthon with a crowd, I had a complete change of heart!

With its unique carnivorous cave-dwelling critters, likeable cast, and talented canine actor (Tiger!), THE BOOGENS hits all the right notes and has rightfully earned a cult following over the past few decades! And now the time has come for those of us who already own the previous Olive Films' disc to make the important decision on whether to upgrade or be content with what we already have. Is THE BOOGENS worth the leap to 4K? Well, let's examine what this new disc offers up and then make an informed decision fellow collectors!

Synopsis: In a small town near Denver, two young men explore a long-abandoned mine recently re-opened by a group of miners, leading to horrifying consequences. Unaware of the evil that has been unleashed, soon, one by one, people begin to disappear! The grisly truth is eventually revealed and a young couple is forced to confront the unknown in order to save their lives… and the entire town! After 100 years they have reawakened… Prepare to meet THE BOOGENS!

Disc Specs:
Rated R | Color | 96 minutes | 4K UHD: Region Free - Blu-ray: Region A
Video - 4K UHD: 2160p (HDR10) - Blu-ray: 1080p Widescreen (1.85:1)
Audio - English 5.1 Surround & Lossless 2.0 Audio


Reversible cover art for Kino Lorber's Limited Edition 4K/Blu-ray release of THE BOOGENS!
Reversible Cover Art.

  • NEW! Audio Commentary by Actor Jeff Harlan and Film Historian Howard S. Berger!
  • 2012 Audio Commentary by Director James Conway, Writer David O'Malley, and Actress Rebecca Balding, Moderated by Jeff McKay!


  • NEW! Audio Commentary by Actor Jeff Harlan and Film Historian Howard S. Berger!
  • 2012 Audio Commentary by Director James Conway, Writer David O'Malley, and Actress Rebecca Balding, Moderated by Jeff McKay!
  • William Munns: The Man Who Made The Boogens: Featurette by Howard S. Berger with Boogens Creature Designer William Munns!
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Two TV Spots

NOTE: The first run of this Limited Edition release of THE BOOGENS will also include reversible cover art and an O-Card Slipcase!

Kino's shiny new 2-disc 4K UHD/Blu-ray combo of THE BOOGENS should cost between $25 - $40 and (as stated earlier) will be available on January 30th! While I think there's enough new stuff to warrante an upgrade, I'm likely going to hold off on getting a copy at the moment (biding my time until the next big Kino sale). But don't let that stop you from adding THE BOOGENS to your personal movie collection gang! Treat yourself and order a copy now from AMAZON, BULL MOOSE, DIABOLIK DVD, or directly from KINO LORBER

And for those of you who don't yet own a 4K player, don't sweat it: THE BOOGENS will be also be released on Blu-ray disc on the same day!

Tuesday, January 23, 2024

STOCK YOUR VAULT: New Blu-rays & 4K Discs for 01/23/24!


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Vault Master's Pick of the Week!

Hey Vault Dwellers! You probably thought you'd seen the last of me eh? Well I'm still around, haunting the darkest recesses of the Vault... when I'm not working lots of overtime and raising the future heir to the Vault crown that is! 

 While it is likely too optimistic to say "I'M BACK!," yours truly is slowly getting back to somewhat regular updates here at the News Vault, while creating new content for the main site, and maintaining a presence on my social media accounts.

Anyway, for the first new Stock Your Vault post of 2024 I jumped in on a week that doesn't have much to offer. Kino Lorber Studio Classics brings the Arnold Schwarzenegger comedy classic KINDERGARTEN COP to 4K, and Scream Factory brings JENNIFER 8 and Stephen King's THINNER to Blu-ray disc. The latter is my pick of the week and comes complete with three audio commentaries (two of which are brand new), a trio of new cast & crew interviews, & more!

To see the full list of new Blu-rays and 4K UHDs, just scroll down an inch or so!

Blood and Lace (Shoreline Entertainment)
Jennifer 8 (Special Edition - Scream Factory)
Justice League: Crisis on Infinite Earths, Part One (Warner Bros.)
Justice League: Crisis on Infinite Earths, Part One (4K UHD - Warner Bros.)
Karate Kids U.S.A. (Shoreline Entertainment)
Kindergarten Cop (4K UHD - Kino Lorber Studio Classics)
Project Dorothy (Gravitas Ventures)
RahXephon: Complete Collection (Image/Sentai)
Thinner (Collector's Edition - Scream Factory)

Saturday, September 30, 2023

STOCK YOUR VAULT: New Blu-rays & 4K Discs for 09/26/23!


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Vault Master's Pick of the Week!

Greetings fellow collectors, and welcome to another (late) edition of  Stock Your Vault! This week is filled with new titles on Blu-ray and 4K disc, so hopefully you've been prepping for a few weeks, squirreling away a little extra expendable income to help grow your physical media collection!

There were a lot of new 4K titles released this week: Sony Pictures released I STILL KNOW WHAT YOU DID LAST SUMMER, as well as new 4K steelbooks of CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON, THE FIFTH ELEMENT, and a "reprinting" of their Limited Edition double feature of GHOSTBUSTERS & GHOSTBUSTERS II!

Blue Underground added to the 4K flood with THE GIRL FROM RIO, Paramount (who seems to be vying to be the most popular studio with collectors) with their new 4K steelbook of HALLOWEEN H20, Arrow Video with CARLITO'S WAY, Criterion with MOONAGE DAYDREAM (starring David Bowie!), and Synapse Films with their standard edition of Argento's TENEBRAE.

On the Blu-ray side, we got two shot-on-video titles from Visual Vengeance, namely THE ABOMINATION and REPLIGATOR, AMAZON JAIL 1 & 2 (a Brazilian exploitation double feature) from Vinegar Syndrome, Kino Lorber's DEATH WISH 4: THE CRACKDOWN and DEATH WISH V: THE FACE OF DEATH, and a classic b-movie double feature of THE GIANT GILA MONSTER and THE KILLER SHREWS from Film Masters!

Disney released season one of Marvel's above average LOKI TV series (also available on 4K), Strand Releasing unveiled their long-awaited "remixed and remastered" Blu of THE DOOM GENERATION, and Severin Films gave us DRACULA AND SON starring Christopher Lee!

With so many great titles out this week, I was hard-pressed to choose one to be my "pick of the week!" In the end I settled on Scream Factory's new 3-Disc 4K Collector's Edition of George Mihalka's Canadian slasher, MY BLOODY VALENTINE. While it is essentially a repackaging of the previous Collector's Edition Blu-ray, this release does feature an all new 4K restoration of the uncut version of the movie, plus new (but old) cover art!  

Believe it or not, even after rattling off all of those titles, there's still plenty of other new discs out this week, so be sure to scroll down to see the full list of new Blu-rays and 4Ks!

Carlito's Way (4K UHD - Limited Edition - Arrow Video)
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (4K UHD - Limited Edition Steelbook - Sony Pictures)
The Fifth Element (4K UHD - Steelbook - Sony Pictures)
Ghostbusters 1 & 2 (4K UHD - Limited Edition Steelbook "Reprint" - Sony Pictures)
The Girl from Rio (4K UHD - Blue Underground)
Halloween H2O: 20 Years Later (4K UHD Steelbook - Paramount)
I Still Know What You Did Last Summer (4K UHD - Sony Pictures)
Loki: Season 1 (4K UHD - Collector's Edition - Disney)
Moonage Daydream (4K UHD - Criterion Collection)
My Bloody Valentine (1981 - 4K UHD - Collector's Edition - Scream Factory)
Natural Born Killers (4K UHD - Collector's Edition - Shout Select)
Tenebrae (4K UHD - Special Edition - Synapse Films)
Thunderbolt and Lightfoot (4K UHD - Kino Lorber Studio Classics)
The Train (4K UHD - Kino Lorber Studio Classics)


The Abomination (Limited Edition - Visual Vengeance)
Amazon Jail 1 & 2 (Vinegar Syndrome)
Death Wish IV: The Crackdown (Kino Lorber Studio Classics)

Death Wish V: The Face of Death (Kino Lorber Studio Classics)
The Doom Generation (Remixed and Remastered - Strand Releasing)
Dracula and Son (Severin Films)
Gatchaman: The Complete Collection (Sentai)
The Giant Gila Monster (w/ bonus film The Killer Shrews - Special Edition - Film Masters)
Goodbye Mr. Loser (Bayview Entertainment)
I'll Always Know What You Did Last Summer (Sony Pictures)
Interview With the Vampire: Season 1 (RLJ/Image Entertainment)
Jeans Blues: No Future (Discotek Media)
Loki: Season 1 (Collector's Edition - Disney)
Moonage Daydream (Criterion Collection)
Natty Knocks (Vertical Entertainment)
Pennyworth: The Complete Series (HBO/Warner Bros.)
Pennyworth: The Third and Final Season (HBO/Warner Bros.)
RepliGator (Limited Edition - Visual Vengeance)
Ruby Gillman, Teenage Kraken (Universal)
Sgt. Frog: Seasons 3 & 4 (Discotek Media)
Star Trek Prodigy: Season One (Episodes 11 - 20, Paramount)
What is Buried Must Remain (Bayview Entertainment)
Willie Wonka & The Chocolate Factory / Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2-Film Collection - Warner Bros.)