Thursday, April 18, 2019

Relive a Bygone Era with Dude Apparel's Collection of Awesome Video Store Staff T-Shirts!


Dude Apparel is an all-new clothing label from artist Tom Hodge aka The Dude Designs. If his name doesn't ring a bell, I guarantee you that you've seen his work Vault Dwellers! Along with creating the artwork for numerous Blu-ray covers (e.g. Vestron Collector's Series' WISHMASTER and WARLOCK collections, Scream Factory's THEY LIVE) and designing some fantastic movie posters (HOBO WITH A SHOTGUN, WOLFCOP, DEAR GOD NO!), Tom has also authored a book (VHS: Video Cover Art) and shot a short film entitled TEDDY BEAR'S PICNIC.

And now Tom is unveiling a mega-cool collection of totally unique shirts that will take you back to the good ole days when video rental stores reigned supreme! I myself actually worked in several mom & pop video stores for a number of years, but for those of you who never had the chance, you can partially live your fantasy thanks to Tom's VIDEO STORE STAFF COLLECTION 1!

Based on original 80s video stores for authenticity, Dude Apparel has revisited these bastions of the VHS rental boom and reinterpreted them with all new designs to create this collection of high-end fashion apparel for your viewing and wearing pleasure!  This new range of stylish video store staff tees, sweatshirts and women’s tank tops, come in ‘premium’ double-sided and ‘Standard’ single-sided options. 

Which video store will YOU run?

ORDER HCS VIDEO TEE


ORDER S & R VIDEO TEE



ORDER VIDEO CLUB TEE



ORDER VIDEO EDGE TEE



ORDER VIDEO HITS TEE



ORDER VIDEOSTAR TEE


A few words from Tom Hodge:
“I’m very proud to launch Dude Apparel after a year's planning and organization, with an inaugural collection that combines a lot of my passions: VHS, Vintage, and 80s/90s fashion.

I wanted to create a collection that had a conceptual edge behind it, something I have dreamed of finding in a vintage store… RADICAL VIDEO STORE STAFF TEES! I did a lot of research into the wording and phrasing too, which was used in the old video store paraphernalia, to create fashion items that have some cultural meaning behind them.

‘VHS’ Video collecting has really exploded globally in the past 3 years since I released VHS Video cover art. With tapes tripling in value from an average of 20p to £20+ now!

There is a real connection to VHS tapes and Video stores, the act of browsing the shelves of numerous salacious tape artworks for such incredible titles like NEON MANIACS, SURF NAZIS MUST DIE, BRONX WARRIORS, and THE VIDEO DEAD…They REALLY don’t make em’ like that anymore!

A weekend's entertainment was defined by the excitement of going to the video store - these numerous independent ‘mom and pop’ video stores which appeared everywhere and always had these wicked names like Videostar or Video Edge. They WERE the entertainment hub for a generation growing up in the 80s/90s and consequently have been ingrained emotionally in our psyches as adults. So I wanted to celebrate that and I’m beyond excited present you with the righteous Video Store Staff Collection 1.

And if these shirts take off, I'll get people to send in their favorite old video stores and I'll give them a rebirth in t-shirt form!”
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Now THAT is a cool idea! The mere thought of wearing the old Electric City Video logo on a shirt is definitely putting a big smile on my face, but the only way that can happen is if YOU buy Tom's new video store tees, so get to it Vault Dwellers! 

To see the full line of Video Store Staff tees and other Dude-related items, visit DudeDesigns.com! Also be sure to follow The Dude Designs on Facebook or Twitter to keep up to date on all his latest projects and releases!



Some Things Shouldn't Be Found in Alex DiVincenzo's THE MISPLACED!


THE DIRECTOR OF "BE US," "ROOT OF ALL EVIL," AND "TROUSER SNAKE" DELIVERS ANOTHER COOL HORROR SHORT!

About three years ago I watched Alex DiVincenzo's THE HORRORS OF AUTOCORRECT and I got a huge kick out of it! Now Alex is back (after several more successful genre shorts) with THE MISPLACED, in which a young woman discovers why things have been going missing around the house.

I liked Alex's concept for this short film, and he builds some great tension during its short running time. But as unnerving as the little twist at the end is, I felt like it was lacking something. It's good, but didn't quite deliver that "gotcha!" moment that you expect at the end of most horror tales. My nitpicking aside, THE MISPLACED is definitely worth a look, so be sure to give it a shot if you've got four minutes to kill!


Additional Info: THE MISPLACED was directed, co-written, and edited by Alex DiVincenzo, whose previous effort, BE US, is currently nominated for Best Short Film at the Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Awards.

Jamie Lyn Bagley and co-writer T.J. Frizzi star in the film, which packs a chilling premise into a mere four minutes. It premiered to a sold-out audience at the 2018 Boston Underground Film Festival.

"I find horror to be most effective when it invades the home," explains DiVincenzo, "so I drew inspiration from films I love that embrace that atmosphere, like John Carpenter's Halloween and The Strangers, to tell what I hope to be a similarly unsettling story."

THE MISPLACED is the latest genre short from DiVincenzo and Lockbridge Productions, whose previous work includes THE HORRORS OF AUTOCORRECT (distributed by Eli Roth’s Crypt TV), CYBERSHOCK 1999 (distributed by Troma Entertainment), and the 48 Hour Film Project winner ROOT OF ALL EVIL.

To keep up with Alex DiVincenzo's future projects, be sure to follow Lockbridge Productions on Facebook, and subscribe to their YouTube Channel!


Tuesday, April 16, 2019

STOCK YOUR VAULT: New DVDs & Blu-rays for 04/16/2019!


Vault Master's Pick of the Week!

We're just over halfway through April 2019 fellow collectors, and while this week is pretty light on new releases, most of the new titles available today are definitely worth picking up!

Arrow Video gives spaghetti western fans a fantastic Special Edition Blu-ray of KEOMA, the original THE KARATE KID comes to 4K UHD just in time for the premiere of Season 2 of COBRA KAI, and Garagehouse Pictures rescued SUPERCOCK from obscurity and released it to Blu-ray for the first time ever!

Mill Creek Entertainment makes a big power move this week with all new Blu-ray discs of Andy Sidaris' HARD TICKET TO HAWAII and MALIBU EXPRESS, plus a double feature of BLACK GUNN & THE TAKE, and their SOUL TEAM SIX Blaxploitation collection on DVD!

Scream Factory also flexes some major muscle this week with a trio of Horror classics that are making their Blu-ray debuts! GRAVE OF THE VAMPIRE pits William Smith against his vampiric daddy, THE MANITOU features Tony Curtis and his duel with a pint-sized reincarnated Indian medicine man, and SUPERSTITION, a completely insane tale of supernatural revenge!

Other titles of interest this week include M. Night Shyamalan's GLASS, THE KID WHO WOULD BE KING (a new take on the Arthurian legends), and REPLICAS, a sci-fi thriller where Keanu Reeves makes the mistake of playing God when he attempts to make copies of his deceased family!

There's still a pretty good number of other new DVDs and Blu-rays out this week so be sure to scroll down to see the roster in its entirety!


NEW TO DVD & BLU-RAY
Another Plan From Outer Space
Dragon Ball Super: Broly - The Movie
Glass
The Kid Who Would Be King
Master of Dark Shadows
Replicas
Stray


NEW TO BLU-RAY
The Ancient Magus Bride: Part Two
Black Gunn & The Take (Mill Creek Entertainment Double Feature)
Close Calls (Special Collector's Edition)
Grave of the Vampire (Scream Factory)
Hard Ticket to Hawaii (Mill Creek Entertainment)
Justice League vs. The Fatal Five
The Karate Kid (4K UHD)
Keoma (Special Edition - Arrow Video)
Mad Dog Morgan (Umbrella Entertainment)
Malibu Express (Mill Creek Entertainment)
The Manitou (Scream Factory)
Supercock (Garagehouse Pictures)
Superstition (Scream Factory)


NEW TO DVD
The Amazing Mr. X (500 Studio)
Blackout (Mill Creek Entertainment)
Broken Star
Chimera Strain
Cynthia
Dementia (1963 - 500 Studio)
The Driller Killer (1979 - 500 Studio)
Highway Patrolman (Special Edition)
Manos: The Hands of Fate (500 Studio)
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Season One (Limited Edition Steelbook)
Mio in the Land of Faraway
Nova Seed (Special Edition)
Reefer Madness (1936 - 500 Studio)
Willow


NEW MULTI-FILM COLLECTIONS ON BLU-RAY
The Edwin Brienen Collection
Contains: Lena Wants to Know Once and For All, God, Terrorama!, Exploitation, and Last Performance.


NEW MULTI-FILM COLLECTIONS ON DVD
4-in1 Apocalypse Collection (Mill Creek Entertainment)
Contains: Arachnoquake, Ghostquake, Miami Magma, and Weather Wars.
Soul Team Six: 6-Movie Collection (Mill Creek Entertainment)
Contains: The Black Six, The Black Gestapo, Black Brigade, Black Fist, The Black Godfather, and Fighting Mad.


Mill Creek Entertainment Brings HARD TICKET TO HAWAII and MALIBU EXPRESS to Blu-ray!


TWO OF ANDY SIDARIS' MOST INFAMOUS FILMS MAKE THEIR WAY TO BLU-RAY WITH 4K RESTORATIONS AND SPECIAL FEATURES!

I am quite familiar with the works of Andy Sidaris, and yet I don't believe I've ever seen any of his films in their entirety. (I just realized that I actually own a bargain-priced 12-movie collection of his films that I've never even opened! Yikes!) So imagine my utter surprise when Mill Creek announced that they were bringing two of Andy's most well-known films to Blu-ray disc, with new restorations and .... EXTRAS?! (A rarity for most Mill Creek releases!) Unfamiliar with these films? Then read on and prepare to spend a few bucks this week Vault Dwellers!

HARD TICKET TO HAWAII (1987)

Synopsis: A Hawaiian drug kingpin plans to flood the islands with narcotics all financed by illegal diamond shipments to his private retreat. When his henchmen kill two DEA agents who were trying to stop the drug lord, the Agency sends in two of its best agents to break up the drug ring and take out the leader. Starring Hope Marie Carlton, Rodrigo Obregón, Rustam Branaman, Michael A. Andrews, and Kwan Hi Lim.

Disc Specs:
Rated R | Color | 96 minutes | Region A
Video - 1080p Widescreen (1.78:1)
Audio - DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0

Extras:
  • Intro with director Andy Sidaris and actress Julie Strain.
  • Audio commentary with director Andy Sidaris and his wife Arlene!
  • Behind the scenes featurette.
  • A dozen trailers for Andy Sidaris' "Malibu Bay" films.
  • Digital copy of the film!
HARD TICKET TO HAWAII is now available and will cost you somewhere between $11 - $14. Order a copy now from AMAZON, BULL MOOSE, or DIABOLIK DVD!




MALIBU EXPRESS (1985)

Synopsis: What appeared to be a simple murder case for private investigator Cody Abilene becomes a complicated matter when you have to factor in all the beautiful women, including the widow, who are potential suspects. Starring Darby Hinton, Sybil Danning, Art Metrano, Shelley Taylor Morgan, and Brett Baxter Clark.
Disc Specs:
Rated R | Color | 101 minutes | Region A
Video - 1080p Widescreen (1.78:1)
Audio - DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0

Extras:
  • Short intro with Andy Sidaris, Julie Strain, and John Brown.
  • Audio commentary with director Andy Sidaris and his wife Arlene!
  • Behind the scenes featurette!
  • A dozen trailers for Andy Sidaris' "Malibu Bay" films.
  • Digital copy of the film!
MALIBU EXPRESS is now available to purchase on Blu-ray and should cost you between $11 - $14! Get your copy now from AMAZON, BULL MOOSE, or DIABOLIK DVD!



Arrow Video Brings KEOMA to Blu-ray on April 16th With An All New 2K Restoration & Hours of Extras!


ONE OF THE GREATEST SPAGHETTI WESTERNS OF ALL TIME GETS A STELLAR BLU-RAY RELEASE!

I was never a big fan of Westerns growing up (quite frankly I found them boring), but then I stumbled across Sergio Leone's ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WEST, and my life changed forever. After that I watched his "Man With No Name Trilogy," the SABATA films, DJANGO, the TRINITY series, and numerous others. And yet I've somehow missed out on KEOMA, which apparently is one of the best in the entire sub-genre. I think it's high time I check it out, now that Arrow Video has taken the trouble to release this amazing Special Edition Blu-ray of Enzo G. Castellari's highly-praised film!

Synopsis: A strikingly original spaghetti western with a unique elegiac tone, Keoma truly is a one-of-a-kind classic of its genre…

The legendary Franco Nero (DJANGO, THE FIFTH CORD) stars in the titular role as a half-breed gunfighter who returns from the killing fields of the civil war to find his hometown riddled with the plague, its inhabitants terrorized (with the help of Keoma’s own estranged half-brothers) by tyrannical gang leader Caldwell (Donald O'Brien - ZOMBIE HOLOCAUST).

Keoma’s father (Willian Berger - SABATA, SARTANA IN THE VALLEY OF DEATH) welcomes his prodigal son’s return, but when Keoma saves a vulnerable pregnant woman (Olga Karlatos - ZOMBIE FLESH EATERS) from Caldwell's thugs, the stage is set for a violent confrontation. With the help of his father and his friend, the freed slave George (Woody Strode - SPARTACUS), Keoma prepares to take a savage revenge on Caldwell and his gang.

Directed with immense flair and virtuosity by veteran Enzo G. Castellari (who channels Sam Peckinpah and Sergio Leone in equal measure), KEOMA is an epic film of Shakespearean and biblical proportions, which boasts compelling performances and thrilling violent action. Truly epic in scope, KEOMA is considered by many to be one of the greatest spaghetti westerns.


Disc Specs:
Rated R | Color | 101 minutes | Region A
Video - 1080p Widescreen (2.35:1)
Audio - Uncompressed 1.0 LPCM Mono (English & Italian)

Extras:
  • NEW! 2K restoration from the original 35mm camera negative!
  • NEW! Audio commentary by spaghetti western experts C. Courtney Joyner and Henry C. Parke!
  • NEW! The Ballad of Keoma - An interview with the legendary star Franco Nero!
  • NEW! Ashes to Ashes, Dust to Dust - An interview with director Enzo G. Castellari!
  • NEW! Writing Keoma - An interview with actor and writer Luigi Montefiori (AKA George Eastman)!
  • NEW! Parallel Actions - An interview with editor Gianfranco Amicucci!
  • NEW! The Flying Thug - An interview with actor Massimo Vanni!
  • NEW! Play as an Actor - An interview with actor Volfango Soldati!
  • NEW! Keoma and the Twilight of the Spaghetti Western - A video appreciation by the academic Austin Fisher!
  • An Introduction to Keoma by Alex Cox, an archival featurette with the acclaimed director
  • Original Italian and international theatrical trailers
  • Gallery of original promotional images from the Mike Siegel Archive!
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Sean Phillips!
  • Collector's booklet featuring new writing on the film by Simon Abrams and Howard Hughes!
Arrow Video's fully-loaded Special Edition of KEOMA is currently available wherever Blu-ray discs are sold, and should cost between $24 - $28! Fill that empty spot in your high-def spaghetti western collection now by ordering a copy from AMAZON, BULL MOOSE, DIABOLIK DVD, or directly from ARROW VIDEO!



Monday, April 15, 2019

GRAVE OF THE VAMPIRE and THE MANITOU Debut on Blu-ray on April 16th!


A VAMPIRE IS HUNTED BY HIS BASTARD SON & TONY CURTIS BATTLES AN EVIL PINT-SIZED MEDICINE MAN IN SCREAM FACTORY'S TWO NEWEST TITLES!

Scream Factory is about to release two awesome movies to Blu-ray for the first time on Tuesday! GRAVE OF THE VAMPIRE has been on my radar for a number of years and I've never watched it... even though I actually own a copy on DVD. As for THE MANITOU, I've always been a big William Girdler fan so the Blu-ray release of this film has gotten me pretty excited! I've always had a soft spot for this bflick, which features one of the most insane endings you will ever witness! Still not sold on my enthusiasm alone? Then let's take a closer look at both of these new Scream titles!

GRAVE OF THE VAMPIRE (1972)

Synopsis: The vampire Caleb Croft has awakened from his unholy slumber — with an insatiable lust for blood and the pleasures of the flesh. A brutal attack on a pair of lovers allows for his desire to be temporarily fulfilled ... but his unspeakable acts leave the woman pregnant with his child. Ignoring all advice, she gives birth to the progeny of their unwanted union: James — who will only drink blood from his mother's breast. As James matures, he learns of his father's true nature, and sets out to destroy him.

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

Extras:
  • NEW! Commentary With Author/Historian Troy Howarth!
  • NEW! Commentary With Film Historians Nathaniel Thompson And Howard Berger!
  • Deleted Scenes (Sourced From Standard Definition VHS Tape)!
  • Theatrical Trailers
  • Image Gallery
GRAVE OF THE VAMPIRE will be available wherever Blu-ray discs are sold on Tuesday, April 15th and should cost between $20 - $25! You can order yourself a copy today from AMAZON, BULL MOOSE, DIABOLIK DVD, or directly from SHOUT! FACTORY.




THE MANITOU (1978)

Synopsis: What surgeons thought to be a tumor growing on the neck of patient Karen Tandy (Susan Strasberg) is actually a fetus growing at an abnormally accelerated rate. But when Karen reaches out to former lover and phony psychic Harry Erskine (Tony Curtis), she discovers that she is possessed by the reincarnation of a 400-year-old Native American demon.

Now with the help of a modern-day medicine man (Michael Ansara), Erskine must survive this ancient evil’s rampage of shocking violence and forever destroy the enraged beast known as THE MANITOU.

Stella Stevens, Ann Sothern and Burgess Meredith co-star in this infamous shocker produced and directed by William Girdler (GRIZZLY, DAY OF THE ANIMALS) from the best-selling novel by Graham Masterton.

Disc Specs:
Rated PG | Color | 85 minutes | Region A
Video - 1080p Widescreen (2.35:1)
Audio - DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0

Extras:
  • NEW! 4K Scan Of The Original Film Elements!
  • NEW! Restored Stereo Soundtrack!
  • NEW! Interview With Author Graham Masterson!
  • NEW! Producing Girdler – An Interview With Executive Producer David Sheldon!
  • NEW! Audio Commentary With Film Historian Troy Howarth!
  • Original Theatrical Trailer
  • Original TV Spots
  • Still Gallery
With the promise of the absolute BEST audio & video quality we will probably ever see for this film, plus the inclusion of new extras, Scream Factory's Blu-ray of THE MANITOU is definitely a must-own for yours truly! It drops the same day (tomorrow) as GRAVE OF THE VAMPIRE and should be available at most e-tailers for between $24 - $27! Order your copy of this William Girdler classic now from AMAZON, BULL MOOSE, DIABOLIK DVD, or directly from SHOUT! FACTORY.