Tuesday, February 14, 2023

STOCK YOUR VAULT: New Blu-rays & 4K Discs for 02/07 & 02/14!


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Vault Master's Pick of the Week(s)!

Happy Valentine's Day Vault Dwellers! Since the release slate is still a little sparse this early in the year, I doubled up on the first two weeks of February! While there isn't a huge number of new titles to brag about, there are some definite must-owns sprinkled over the first half of the month that would be perfect gifts for the cult and exploitation film aficionado that you love and cherish!

Last week Scream Factory dropped their new 4K Collector's Edition of BUBBA HO-TEP, Disney released BLACK PANTHER: WAKANDA FOREVER onto all formats, Arrow Video gave us Special Edition Blu-rays of .COM FOR MURDER and THE VAGRANT, and Unearthed Films surprised us all with THE GRAND TOUR on Blu-ray disc!

Ronin Flix released BECKY and a double feature of FIST OF LEGEND & TAI CHI MASTER, Severin Films' long delayed Blu of MARDI GRAS MASSACRE was finally unleashed upon the world, and Kino Lorber Studio Classics put out THAT MAN BOLT onto Blu-ray! It's also important to note that new boutique label Terror Vision debuted ATTACK OF THE KILLER REFRIDGERATOR and THE HOOK OF WOODLAND HEIGHTS on Blu-ray, and Aussie label Umbrella Entertainment released a 3-film THIS IS ART collection featuring ALL HALLOW'S EVE, and both TERRIFIER films!

This week has a really small roster of new releases, but there are some real gems that you'll want to add to your growing/evolving collections. Indicator enters the Region A Blu-ray market with their cool new ENTER SANTO: THE FIRST ADVENTURES OF THE SILVER MASKED MAN, Shout! Factory brings two martial arts classics to Blu-ray, namely IRON MONKEY and ZU: WARRIORS FROM THE MAGIC MOUNTAIN, and Arrow Video just released their new GIALLO ESSENTIALS set, which contains THE NIGHT EVELYN CAME OUT OF HER GRAVE, THE IGUANA WITH THE TONGUE OF FIRE, and THE SUSPICIOUS DEATH OF A MINOR.

Well Go USA released the new blood-soaked action-horror film PROJECT WOLF HUNTING, and Mill Creek Entertainment (who just recently won a contract to release Disney titles to Blu-ray!) dropped two multi-film collections: The SCI-FI VAULT COLLECTION is a four-film set that contains 20 MILLION MILES TO EARTH, CREATURE WITH THE ATOM BRAIN, IT CAME FROM BENEATH THE SEA, and THE 30 FOOT  BRIDES OF CANDY ROCK! THRILLERS FROM THE VAULT is an 8-film set that contains THE BLACK ROOM, THE MAN THEY COULD NOT HANG, BEFORE I HANG, THE MAN WITH NINE LIVES, THE BOOGIE MAN WILL GET YOU, THE DEVIL COMMANDS, THE RETURN OF THE VAMPIRE, and FIVE!

But my pick of the week(s) is being awarded to Lightyear Entertainment's new 4K release of THE RETURN OF SWAMP THING. Along with the big upgrade in the audio and picture quality, the disc has quite a few bonus features. All of the previous extras from MVD Rewind's release seem to be included (including a fantastic commentary from Director Jim Wynorski), as are two new surprises: A Rifftones music video (Your Ever-Lovin' Swamp Thing) and a new interview with producer Michael E. Uslan!

There are plenty of other new titles out now that I haven't mentioned, so be sure to keep scrolling to see the full roster for the first half of February!

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever (4K UHD - Disney)
Bubba Ho-Tep (4K UHD - Collector's Edition - Scream Factory)
Legion of Super-Heroes (4K UHD - Warner Bros.)
The Return of Swamp Thing (4K UHD - Lightyear Entertainment)


NEW TO BLU-RAY (02/07/23)
.Com for Murder (Special Edition - Arrow Video)
Attack of the Killer Refridgerator / The Hook of Woodland Heights (Terror Vision)
Becky (Special Edition - Ronin Flix)
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever (Disney)
Fist of Legend & Tai Chi Master (Jet Li Double Feature - Ronin Flix)
The Grand Tour (1991 - Unearthed Films)
Kamen Rider Ryuki: The Complete Series (Shout! Factory)
Legion of Super-Heroes (Warner Bros.)
Mardi Gras Massacre (Severin Films)
The Retaliators (Quiver Films)
That Man Bolt (Kino Lorber Studio Classics)
This is Art (Collector's Edition - Umbrella Entertainment Exclusive - All Hallow's Eve, Terrifier 1 & 2)
The Vagrant (Special Edition - Arrow Video)
V/H/S/ 99 (Shudder)
Waitress! - Director's Cut (Troma)
A Woman Kills (Special Edition - Radiance)

NEW TO BLU-RAY (02/14/23)
3 Days of the Condor (Blu-ray/Digital - Paramount)
Dark Glasses (RLJE Films)
Enter Santo: The First Adventures of the Silver Masked Man (Limited Edition - Indicator)
Giallo Essentials: White Edition (3-Disc Limited Edition - Arrow Video)
Iron Monkey (1993 - Shout! Factory)
Project Wolf Hunting (Well Go USA)
Sci-Fi From the Vault: 4-Classic Films (Mill Creek Entertainment)
Strange World (Disney)
Thrillers from the Vault: 8-Classic Horror Films (Mill Creek Entertainment)
Zu: Warriors from the Magic Mountain (Shout! Factory)


Tuesday, February 7, 2023

New From Arrow Video: Bill Paxton Is Not Home Alone in THE VAGRANT!


Cover art for Arrow Video's New Blu-ray of THE VAGRANT!

As a collector of other than fine film, I find myself frequently picking up discs that I often don't get to watch until months (or even years) later. Such was the case with my Scream Factory Blu-ray of THE VAGRANT, which I randomly chose one night as I agonized over what to watch. Deciding that I should try something I hadn't already seen before, I settled on THE VAGRANT and ended up loving this bizarre movie!

It's a lot of fun, has a great cast, and has a truly unique twist - needless to say, it almost instantly became  new favorite of mine! And now it looks like I'll have to double-dip on this movie because Arrow Video's release of the film is a big step up from the previous Blu-ray release! Join me Vault Dwellers as I take a closer look at this disc to see if it is worth picking up!

The 90s cult classic is back! Directed by Chris Walas - FX genius of GREMLINS and THE FLY - THE VAGRANT is a demented black comedy starring cult icons Bill Paxton (ALIENS, PREDATOR 2, NEAR DARK), Michael Ironside (SCANNERS, STARSHIP TROOPERS, TURBO KID), Colleen Camp (DEATH GAME, CLUE: THE MOVIE), and Marshall Bell (A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET 2: FREDDY'S REVENGE, TOTAL RECALL) in a grimy blend of satire and grisly terror.

Mild-mannered financial clerk Graham Krakowski (Paxton) buys a run-down starter home only to discover a vagrant, living in the empty lot across the street, keeps appearing inside. Attempts to remove the homeless man lead to a feud that spirals out of control and tests Graham's sanity as the vagrant engages him in twisted mind games, defiling his home, and framing him for gruesome murders.

Beloved character actor Bill Paxton stepped up to leading man status in THE VAGRANT and proved his extraordinary range in a role that runs the gamut of emotions and climbs to stratospheric heights of craziness. Newly restored from the original camera negative THE VAGRANT is a one of a kind movie that deserves a place in any cult film collection.

Disc Specs:
Rated R | Color |  91 minutes | Region A
Video - 1080p Widescreen (1.85:1)
Audio - English LPCM 2.0


  • NEW! 2K Restoration by Arrow Films from a new scan of the original camera negative!
  • NEW! Vagrant Memories - An interview with director Chris Walas!
  • NEW! You are in Hell - An interview with star Marshall Bell!
  • NEW! Barfus, Homicide - An interview with star Michael Ironside!
  • NEW! Handling His Property - An interview with star Colleen Camp!
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Image gallery
  • NEW! Reversible sleeve featuring original commissioned artwork by Robert Hack!
  • First pressing only: Illustrated collector's booklet featuring new writing by film critic Chris Hallock and Vagrant super-fan James Pearcey!

Wow! That's a whole lot of love for a relatively obscure film - looks like I'm definitely going to upgrade when the time (i.e. price) is right! Currently THE VAGRANT costs between $26 - $40 (yowza!) and is readily available from AMAZON, BULL MOOSE, DIABOLIK DVD, and ARROW VIDEO! The price is a little steep at the moment, but don't be afraid to wait a bit because Arrow Video titles go on sale several times a year! Still not sold on adding this one to your collection? Give the trailer a look!

Saturday, February 4, 2023

STOCK YOUR VAULT: New Blu-rays & 4K Discs for 01/31/23!

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Vinegar Syndrome's ROAD HOUSE 4K is Vault Master's Pick of the Week for 01/31/23!
Vault Master's Pick of the Week!

Before we officially welcome February 2023, we've gotta say goodbye to January Vault Dwellers! The final week of last month had yet another small release slate, but as is usually the case, there were some definite must-owns in the mix!

Scream Factory brought the James Gunn-penned DAWN OF THE DEAD remake to 4K, and Severin Films dropped BLOOD FOR DRACULA, LEGACY OF BLOOD, and two Christopher Lee Euro-Horror classics, namely CASTLE OF THE LIVING DEAD CRYPT OF THE VAMPIRE! Kino Lorber Studio Classics leaped into the fray with a new Blu of THE ASPHYX as well as a new 4K release for the original THE ITALIAN JOB, featuring Michael Caine!

Warner Bros. brought the critically acclaimed BONES AND ALL to Blu-ray, Paramount continues their excellent (recent) track record of bringing catalog titles to Blu-ray with their new Steelbook of YOUNG SHERLOCK HOLMES, and Vinegar Syndrome earns the crown of "pick of the week" with their standard edition of ROAD HOUSE on 4K!

Featuring the best audio & video presentation of this classic action flick to date, the disc is absolutely loaded with special features! Along with all of the previous extras from Shout Select's release from back in 2016, this new edition of Rowdy Herrington's perennial favorite tacks on an additional five new cast & crew interviews, plus new artwork from Thomas "The Dude Designs" Hodge!

There wasn't too much else released this past Tuesday - to see the full list just keep on scrolling!

Crimes of the Future (4K UHD - Decal/Neon Films)

Dawn of the Dead (2004 - 4K UHD - Collector's Edition - Scream Factory)

The Italian Job (4K UHD - Kino Lorber Studio Classics)

Road House (4K UHD - Vinegar Syndrome)


The Asphyx (Kino Lorber Studio Classics)

Blood for Dracula (Special Edition - Severin Films)
Bones and All (Warner Bros.)
The Castle of the Living Dead (Special Edition - Severin Films)
City Hunter: Movie & TV Specials Collection (Discotek Media)
Crypt of the Vampire (Severin Films)

Karate Ghost (Acid Bath)
The Killer Robots! Crash & Burn (Lushy Lemming)
The King of Braves GaoGaigar: The Complete TV Series (Discotek Media)
Legacy of Blood (Severin Films)
Raven Van Slender Saves Christmas (Acid Bath)
Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse (Paramount)
Shaman King: Complete Collection (Original Uncut Japanese Language Version - Discotek Media)
Slice (Acid Bath)
Young Sherlock Holmes (Limited Edition Steelbook - Paramount)
Yu Yu Hakusho: 30th Anniversary Boxed Set (Crunchyroll)


Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Crypts & Castles: Severin Films Delivers a Double Dose of Christopher Lee on Blu-ray Disc!

Cover art for Severin Films' CASTLE OF THE LIVING DEAD Blu-ray!


I snapped up Severin's fantastic 9-disc EUROCRYPT OF CHRISTOPHER LEE COLLECTION back in 2021, and at the time it was the only way to watch CASTLE OF THE LIVING DEAD and CRYPT OF THE VAMPIRE on Blu-ray (along with four other feature films and 24 television episodes of THEATRE MACABRE)! But now, nearly two years later, Severin has finally released these two films on their own, which is great news for collectors that wanted them but didn't want to throw down coin for an expensive boxed set (even if it was well worth the price)! If the mere presence of Christopher Lee somehow isn't enough to get you to purchase these two movies immediately (did I mention CASTLE also features Donald Sutherland as a hunchback?!), then perhaps taking a closer look will help you make up your mind!


In the final film of his early ‘60s European period, Christopher Lee stars as a 19th century Count who invites a theatrical troupe for a weekend of horrors that boasts an enthusiastically creepy performance by Lee, startling locations in Lazio, Italy’s Orsini-Odescalchi Castle and ‘Park of the Monsters’, second-unit direction by Michael Reeves (WITCHFINDER GENERAL) and the screen debut of Donald Sutherland as both a doofus gendarme and a hunchbacked hag.

Philippe Leroy (THE NIGHT PORTER) and Jacques Stany (VIOLENCE IN A WOMEN’S PRISON) co-star in this 1964 French-Italian co-production from American producer Paul Maslansky – who would go on to produce DEATH LINE and the POLICE ACADEMY movies – and fellow expat writer/director Warren Kiefer – after whom Sutherland would name his son – now scanned in 4K from the Italian negative for the first time ever!

Disc Specs:
Not Rated | Black & White | 90 minutes | Region Free
Video - 1080p Widescreen (1.66:1)
Audio - English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Mono

  • Audio Commentary with Mondo Digital's Nathaniel Thompson & Film Writer Troy Howarth!
  • Audio Commentary with Film Writer Kat Ellinger!
  • From the Castle to the Academy – Interview with Master Producer Paul Maslansky!
  • The Castle of The Mystery Man – Roberto Curti, Author of Mavericks of Italian Cinema, on Writer / Director Warren Kiefer!

Severin's CASTLE OF THE LIVING DEAD Blu-ray is now available to purchase through most online retailers and should cost between $20 - $24! Get a copy now from AMAZON, BULL MOOSE, DIABOLIK DVD, or directly from SEVERIN FILMS!

Cover art for Severin Films' Blu-ray of CRYPT OF THE VAMPIRE!

Synopsis: In a lavish gothic shocker inspired by Sheridan Le Fanu’s immortal novella Carmilla, Christopher Lee delivers a rare ‘hero’ turn as nobleman Count Karnstein whose foreboding castle teems with ancestral curses, unnatural desires, philosophical hunchbacks and grisly acts of vengeance!

Adriana Ambesi (FANGS OF THE LIVING DEAD) co-stars in this 1964 Spanish-Italian co-production – also known as TERROR IN THE CRYPT and CRYPT OF HORROR – directed by Camillo Mastrocinque (AN ANGEL FOR SATAN) as Thomas Miller & Robert Spafford from a screenplay by giallo master Ernesto Gastaldi (ALL THE COLORS OF THE DARK) as Julian Berry and Sergio Leone protégé Tonino Valerii (MY NAME IS NOBODY) as Robert Bohr, now featuring a 2k scan from a fine-grain 35mm master print!

Disc Specs:

Not Rated | Black & White | 85 minutes | Region A
Video - 1080p Widescreen (1.85:1)
Audio - English & Italian DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Mono

  • Theatrical trailer

This bare bones Severin release of CRYPT OF THE VAMPIRE is now available to purchase wherever Blu-rays are sold, and should cost between $20 - $24! Order yourself a copy now from AMAZON, BULL MOOSE, DIABOLIK DVD, or directly from SEVERIN FILMS!

Tuesday, January 24, 2023

STOCK YOUR VAULT: New Blu-rays & 4K Discs for 01/10 - 01/24/23!

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Vault Master's Pick of the Week(s)!

Hello there fellow collectors and welcome to another edition of our handy STOCK YOUR VAULT column! As was the case with the last post, we're tripling up because there are so few titles of interest in the first month of the year! But that doesn't mean there aren't a bunch of cool discs that will have you scrambling to click those order buttons on Amazon and other retailer sites!

January 10th wasn't too shabby and gave us Arrow Video's new Blu-ray releases of THE DUNWICH HORROR (starring Dean Stockwell) and THE EXECUTIONER COLLECTION (a two-film set featuring the late Sonny Chiba!), Sony's new 4K UHD of the beloved Bill Murray comedy GROUNDHOG DAY, and Scream Factory's new 4K release of OUIJA.

The following week was once again light on new releases but boasted Paramount's new 4K steelbook of CLOVERFIELD, Arrow Video's 2-disc double feature of LADY WHIRLWIND & HAPKIDO, and Scream Factory's limited edition 4K steelbook of John Carpenter's (still very relevant) sci-fi classic THEY LIVE! I should also note that Kino Lorber Studio Classics dropped PROGRAMMED TO KILL (aka THE RETALIATOR), as well as a Blu-ray set of Cannon's classic MISSING IN ACTION TRILOGY!

Finally, this week fares a bit better with a larger mix of titles from many of our favorite labels: Kino Lorber Studio Classics gives iconic Charles Bronson revenge flick DEATH WISH its 4K debut, Shout Select brings seven martial arts classics to Blu-ray in the new JACKIE CHAN COLLECTION: VOLUME I, and MVD Rewind Collection adds MEN AT WORK to their Blu-ray catalog! Ronin Flix brings NIGHTMARE MAN to Blu-ray for the first time ever, and Scream Factory adds another modern Horror title to their 4K collection, namely the surprisingly fun FREAKY!

But I'm giving the mantle of "Pick of the Week" to Lionsgate's latest addition to their Vestron Video Collector's Series, namely THE DENTIST COLLECTION! Starring the fantastic Corbin Bersen as the titular villain of these two direct-to-video Horror essentials, this new set offers up new transfers of the films and lots of cool extras, such as feature-length commentaries with director Brian Yuzna and special f/x supervistor Anthony C. Ferrante, isolated score tracks with commentary by Alan Howarth, trailers, cast & crew interviews, and more!

Scroll down to see what came out over the past three weeks, and maybe add a few new discs to your already overflowing shelves with whatever leftover holiday gift cards and cash you have left!

Amber Road (Koa Aloha Media)
The Dunwich Horror (Arrow Video)
The Executioner Collection (Arrow Video)
Fear the Walking Dead: Season Seven (AMC)
Groundhog Day (4K UHD - 30th Anniversary Steelbook - Sony Pictures)
A Haunted Turkish Bathhouse (Mondo Macabro)
Ouija (4K UHD - Scream Factory)
Rancho Notorious (Warner Archive Collection)
Vesper (IFC)

Warning Shot (Kino Lorber Studio Classics)

Anvil: The Story of Anvil (Ultimate Edition - Utopia)
Cloverfield (4K UHD - Limited Edition Steelbook - Paramount)
Detective Knight: Redemption (Lionsgate)
Lady Whirlwind & Hapkido (2-Disc Special Edition - Arrow Video)
The Menu (2022 - Fox Searchlight)
Missing in Action 2: The Beginning (Special Edition - Kino Lorber Studio Classics)
The Missing in Action Trilogy (Kino Lorber Studio Classics)
Mobile Suit Gundam Seed C.E. 73: Stargazer (Right Stuf)
Programmed to Kill (aka The Retaliator - Kino Lorber Studio Classics)
They Live (4K UHD - Limited Edition Steelbook - Scream Factory)

The Barn: Part II (Scream Team Releasing)
Death Wish (4K UHD - Kino Lorber Studio Classics)
The Dentist Collection (Vestron Video Collector's Series/Lionsgate)
Freaky (4K UHD - Scream Factory)
The Jackie Chan Collection: Volume 1 [1976 - 1982] (Shout Select)
Men at Work (MVD Rewind Collection)
Metal Skin Panic MADOX-01 (AnimEigo)
Mindcage (Lionsgate)
Nightmare Man (Ronin Flix)
Playing With Fire (Special Edition - Cult Epics)
The Scorpion With Two Tails (Full Moon Pictures)
Stuck on You! (Troma)
Violent Night (Collector's Edition - Universal)


Monday, January 23, 2023

They Made Her the Perfect Killing Machine... Then They Lost Control! PROGRAMMED TO KILL is Now Available on Blu-ray Disc!

Cover artwork for Kino Lorber's PROGRAMMED TO KILL Blu-ray!

Honestly Vault Dwellers, I never knew this movie existed until about a month ago, and I'm hoping to get my paws on it sooner rather than later now that Kino Lorber gave it the physical media release it deserves! The trailer definitely makes this one look like its a good time (low IMDB score be damned) and I could totally see myself double-featuring it with EVE OF DESTRUCTION (another killer female-cyborg on-the-loose film that doesn't get nearly enough love)! If you saw this movie once on VHS as a kid and kinda liked it, or never heard of it before (like me) then continue reading to get all the details of this new Blu-ray release!

Synopsis: Captured in a daring raid by ex-CIA agent Eric Mathews (Robert Ginty - THE EXTERMINATOR, EXTERMINATOR 2), the merciless terrorist hit-woman Samira (Sandahl Bergman - CONAN THE BARBARIAN) is brought to the U.S., where she undergoes experimental brain surgery. Transformed into an unstoppable bionic warrior, she returns to the Middle East, where she obediently wipes out all of her former comrades. But when a malfunction reactivates Samira's human memories, she launches into a frenzy of cold-blooded vengeance.

As she methodically terminates her CIA adversaries, only Mathews can halt her murderous onslaught! Directed by Allan Holzman (FORBIDDEN WORLD), PROGRAMMED TO KILL (a.k.a. THE RETALIATOR) is a gripping, futuristic action thriller that also stars James Booth (AVENGING FORCE) and a young Paul Walker (THE FAST & THE FURIOUS franchise).

Reversibile "THE RETALIATOR" cover art for Kino Lorber's PROGRAMMED TO KILL Blu-ray release!

Disc Specs:

Rated R | Color | 91 minutes | Region A
Video - 1080p Widescreen (1.85:1)
Audio - English 2.0 Mono (?)


  • NEW! Audio Commentary by Director Allan Holzman, Moderated by Filmmaker Douglas Hosdale!
  • NEW! Interview with Screenwriter Robert Short!
  • Alternate Opening Title Credit
  • Theatrical Trailer (Newly Mastered in 2K!)
  • Reversible "Retaliator" Art and Spine!
  • Limited Edition O-Card Slipcase!

We are truly living in a golden age where almost anything is likely to get a Blu-ray or 4K UHD release, including obscure stuff that vanished after VHS went bust. So even if it isn't all that great (it at least has to be better than R.O.T.O.R., right?) I'm happy to see PROGRAMMED TO KILL getting a second chance at finding an audience over three decades after its theatrical release! Also known as THE RETALIATOR, this sci-fi actioner is currently available on Blu-ray from Kino Lorber Studio Classics and should cost between $15 - $18! Snap up a copy now from AMAZON, BULL MOOSE, DIABOLIK DVD, or get it directly from KINO LORBER!