Friday, December 6, 2019

SEVEN! SEVEN! SEVEN! - The Complete ULTRASEVEN Series Arrives on Blu-ray on December 10th!


Cover art for Mill Creek's ULTRASEVEN Blu-ray Collection!
MILL CREEK ENTERTAINMENT DEBUTS TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS' THIRD ULTRA-SERIES ON BLU-RAY IN NEW STANDARD AND STEELBOOK EDITIONS!

Growing up, ULTRASEVEN was the last of the classic Ultra-series that I saw a few episodes of, so it is with great excitement that I announce Mill Creek's upcoming Blu-ray release of this show! Featuring a new incarnation of everyone's favorite red and silver space giant and his variety of special abilities (like the deadly Eye Slugger, Emerium Ray, Wide Shot, and Ultra Psychic techniques!), this show also introduced us to the "Capsule Monsters," a trio of kaiju that can be called upon to save the day when Ultraseven's human host Dan Moroboshi (Kohji Moritsugu) is incapable of transforming! If any of that fanboy rambling piqued your interest, then please continue onward Vault Dwellers!

Synopsis: In the Age of Interplanetary Wars, Earth is in danger from those who would threaten its very existence. From their massive underground complex near Mt. Fuji the Ultra Guard, an elite unit of the Terrestrial Defense Force, stands vigilant as our decisive first-line of defense. But unbeknownst to his teammates, Dan Moroboshi is secretly an extraterrestrial aiding them in their fight to preserve the future of humanity. Dubbed Ultraseven, he aides the Ultra Guard in fighting back alien hordes that would doom the world to conquest.

A far greater threat emerges, though, as Ultraseven sees the consequences of his power: can he maintain his soul in the face of constant violence, even when that is necessary to protect his newfound friends?

Cover art for Mill Creek's Limited Edition Steelbook of ULTRASEVEN!
Produced by the creative team behind ULTRAMAN, ULTRASEVEN is the third entry in the Ultra Series. One of the best of the long-running franchise, its science fiction themes range from the cruelty of war to social and racial injustices in the grand tradition of Star Trek and The Twilight Zone. For the first time in High-Definition, ULTRASEVEN features the colossal monsters and spectacular visual effects the Tsuburaya team is known for across the galaxy.

Disc Specs:
Not Rated | Color | 1,208 minutes | Region A
Video - 1080p Fullscreen (1.33:1)
Audio - Japanese DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0

Extras:
  • Complete, original Japanese broadcast edits – fully remastered and restored in HD!
  • 28-page collectible booklet!
  • Available in Standard and Steelbook editions! 
Mill Creek's new ULTRASEVEN Blu-ray sets will be available on Tuesday, December 10th (but unlike its predecessors, does not come with a digital copy)! The Standard ULTRASEVEN Collection will cost us Ultra-fans between $20 - $24 and can be ordered now from AMAZON, BULL MOOSE, or DIABOLIK DVD! The Steelbook is a bit more expensive, costing in the neighborhood of $25 - $32, and can also be purchased through AMAZON, BULL MOOSE, and DIABOLIK DVD!



Thursday, December 5, 2019

On December 10th, A Mister Becomes a Sister When DR. JEKYLL AND SISTER HYDE Arrives on Blu-ray!


Cover art for Scream Factory's Blu-ray of DR. JEKYLL AND SISTER HYDE!
SCREAM FACTORY BRINGS ROY WARD BAKER'S GENDER-BENDING HAMMER HORROR CLASSIC TO BLU-RAY WITH NEW EXTRAS!

There have been so many film adaptations of the tale of Dr. Henry Jekyll, and his alter ego Mr. Hyde! Aside from the various remakes of the original story there's been a blaxploitation version (DR. BLACK, MR. HYDE), a bizarro sadomasochistic version starring Anthony Perkins (EDGE OF SANITY), plus various comedic takes on the character (ABBOTT AND COSTELLO MEET DR. JEKYLL & MR. HYDE, THE NUTTY PROFESSOR)!

But long before DR. JEKYLL & MS. HYDE, there was Roy Ward Baker's DR. JEKYLL AND SISTER HYDE! Scream Factory brings this Hammer Horror classic to Blu-ray for the first time in North America, porting over all the extras from the Region B release, and adding a few of their own! So whether you're all about collecting everything Scream Factory puts out, or are looking to collect the entirety of Hammer's filmography, you'll definitely want to pick this one up Vault Dwellers!

Synopsis: In Victorian London, young Dr. Jekyll attempts to create an "Elixir of Life" using female hormones stolen from the glands of fresh corpses. But when Jekyll drinks the experimental potion himself, he is transformed into a beautiful woman with an unstoppable taste for mayhem. Can both fiendish personalities share a rampage of ghastly murder and perverse desire, or will the ultimate battle of the sexes rage within?

Ralph Bates (HORROR OF FRANKENSTEIN, LUST FOR A VAMPIRE) and Martine Beswick (ONE MILLION YEARS B.C.) star in this gender-bending twist on the classic tale that horror fans consider one of the most provocative shockers in Hammer history.

Disc Specs:
Rated PG | Color | 97 minutes | Region A
Video - 1080p Widescreen (1.66:1)
Audio - English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Mono

Extras:
  • NEW! Becoming Sister Hyde – An Interview With Actress Martine Beswick!
  • NEW! Audio Commentary With Author/Film Historian Bruce G. Hallenbeck!
  • Ladykiller: Inside Dr. Jekyll And Sister Hyde
  • Audio Commentary With Martine Beswick, Director Roy Ward Baker, Writer Brian Clemens, Moderated By Hammer Film Historian Marcus Hearn!
  • Radio Spots
  • Theatrical Trailer
Scream Factory's new Blu-ray release of DR. JEKYLL AND SISTER HYDE arrives on Blu-ray on Tuesday, December 10th and should cost between $23 - $25! You can place your order for this Hammer Horror film now at AMAZON, BULL MOOSE, DIABOLIK DVD, or directly from SHOUT! FACTORY.



Wednesday, December 4, 2019

STOCK YOUR VAULT: New DVDs & Blu-rays for 12/03/2019!


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The Vault Master's Pick of the Week for 12/03/2019 is Scream Factory's Steelbook of BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA!
Vault Master's Pick of the Week!

Greetings Vault Dwellers and welcome to the first Stock Your Vault post of December 2019! This week is a bit on the light side, but there are definitely some big must-have titles to add to your collection!

The final season of GAME OF THRONES is now available on all formats (as is THE COMPLETE COLLECTION), 2019's READY OR NOT arrives on DV & Blu-ray, and Shudder brings BOAR (the second best giant killer pig movie I've ever seen) to both DVD & Blu-ray!

Arrow Video blasts us with a trio of Special (standard) Edition titles, including JAKE SPEED, SLAUGHTER-HOUSE FIVE, and WATERWORLD (sans the second disc that contains the extended and European cuts), while Kino Lorber Studio Classics gives us new Special Edition Blus of KONGA, THE MAGIC SWORD, and SHE (starring Sandahl Bergman)!

But it is truly Scream Factory that holds sway over all this week, with their fantastic new Collector's Edition (and Limited Edition Steelbook) of John Carpenter's BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA! Featuring electrifying new cover art, this 2-Disc release contains the previous 2009 HD transfer but makes up for that with HOURS of new special features, including two new audio commentaries, and TWELVE new cast & crew interviews! And for you big spenders, Scream Factory is also offering up exclusive bundles that contain posters and a 7" vinyl record that contains two tracks from the film's amazing soundtrack!

There are a slew of indie horror titles out today, several (likely) bootlegs of out of print Horror titles (e.g. GRIZZLY 2: THE PREDATOR and both original SLEEPAWAY CAMP sequels), and a bunch of animated fare! To see the full roster, just keep on keeping on Vault Dwellers!


NEW TO DVD & BLU-RAY
1 Must Fall
Boar (Shudder)
Game of Thrones: The Complete Series (Collector's & Standard Editions)
Game of Thrones: Season 8
Jack Hunter: The Quest for Akhenatan's Tomb
Konga (Special Edition - Kino Lorber Studio Classics)
Ready or Not (2019)
SHE (Special Edition - Kino Lorber Studio Classics)


NEW TO BLU-RAY
Angel Blade Collection
Big Trouble in Little China (Collector's Edition & Limited Edition Steelbook - Scream Factory)
Bleach: Set 5
Chain Chronicle: Light of Haecceitus - The Complete Series + 3-Movies
Doctor Who: Colin Baker - The Complete Season 2
Is This a Zombie? & Is This a Zombie? - Of the Dead: Seasons 1 & 2
Jake Speed (Special Edition - Arrow Video)
Koro Sensei Quests: Shorts Collection
The Magic Sword (Special Edition - Kino Lorber Studio Classics)
Meiji Tokyo Renka: The Complete Series
Portals
Savage
Slaughter-House Five (Special Edition - Arrow Video)
Spider-Man Collection: Homecoming / Far from Home / Into the Spiderverse / Venom (2018)
Teen Titans: The Complete Second Season (Warner Archive Collection)
Teen Titans: The Complete Third Season (Warner Archive Collection)
Teen Titans: The Complete Fourth Season (Warner Archive Collection)
Teen Titans: The Complete Fifth Season (Warner Archive Collection)
Teen Titans: The Complete Series (Warner Archive Collection)
Teen Titans: Trouble in Tokyo (Warner Archive Collection)
Waterworld (Special Edition - Arrow Video)


NEW TO DVD
Amazons (Kino Lorber Studio Classics)
American Hunt
The Beast From Beyond
Blood Bags
Blood Myth
Break
Christmas Presence
Crime Boss (Rogue Video)
Ellipse
Grizzly 2: The Predator (Retrosploitation)
Killerman
Marla
Red Handed
She-Ra and the Princesses of Power: Seasons 1 - 3
The Simpsons: Season 19
Sleepaway Camp 2 (Redux Edition - Retrosploitation)
Sleepaway Camp 3 (Uncut Edition - Retrosploitation)
Space Ship One: Season One
Tower of Silence


Shake the Pillars of Heaven With the Collector's Edition Blu-ray of BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA!


SCREAM FACTORY GOES ALL OUT FOR JOHN CARPENTER'S CLASSIC FANTASY-ADVENTURE, FEATURING HOURS OF NEW SPECIAL FEATURES SPREAD ACROSS TWO DISCS!

Scream Factory inches ever closer to owning the entire John Carpenter library with their impressive release of BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA! With its amazing cast, hilarious (and highly quotable) bumbling hero Jack Burton, and awesome score by John Carpenter (and The Coupe De Villes!), its no secret why this movie has been a longtime favorite all of us here at Vault HQ! While the transfer on this disc is the same as the previous 2009 Blu-ray release (as are a lot of the extras on disc one), Scream Factory really upped the ante by loading their 2-disc Collector's Edition (and Limited Edition Steelbook) with two new audio commentaries and a dozen new cast & crew interviews! (Are you drooling yet Vault Dwellers? I definitely am!)

Brace yourself gang, because it's time to run through the mystic night, through the rollin' fire, through the burnin' blade, through the crawling snakes, through the midnight flame, until they take us away! Cause we've got BIG TROU-BLE, IN LIT-TLE CHI-NA!

Synopsis: Kurt Russell (THE THING, ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK) stars as Jack Burton, a tough-talking truck driver whose life goes into a supernatural tailspin when his best friend's fiancée is kidnapped in John Carpenter's BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA. Jack suddenly finds himself in a murky, danger-filled world beneath San Francisco's Chinatown, where Lo Pan (James Hong - THE GOLDEN CHILD, THE VINEYARD), a 2,000-year-old magician, mercilessly rules an empire of spirits. Facing down a host of unearthly terrors, Jack battles through Lo Pan's dark domain in a full-throttle, action-riddled ride to rescue the girl. Also starring Victor Wong (PRINCE OF DARKNESS, TREMORS), Kim Cattrall (MANNEQUIN, SEX AND THE CITY: THE MOVIE), and Dennis Dun (PRINCE OF DARKNESS, THE LAST EMPEROR), this special effects-filled spectacle is a non-stop thrill ride to an incredible finish!

Disc Specs:
Rated PG-13 | Color | 100 minutes | Region A
Video - 1080p Widescreen (2.35:1)
Audio - English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1

Extras:

Artwork for Scream Factory's Limited Edition Steelbook of BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA!
DISC ONE
  • NEW! Audio Commentary With Producer Larry Franco!
  • NEW! Audio Commentary With Special Effects Artist Steve Johnson, Moderated By filmmaker Anthony C. Ferrante!
  • Audio Commentary With Director John Carpenter And Actor Kurt Russell!
  • Isolated Score
  • Theatrical Trailers
  • TV Spots
  • Vintage Audio Interview With John Carpenter
  • Electronic Press Kit – Interviews And Profiles
  • Gag Reel
  • Music Video
  • Deleted And Extended Scenes
  • Extended Ending
  • Photo Galleries – Movie Stills, Posters, Lobby cards, Publicity Photos, And Behind-the-scenes Photos!

DISC TWO
  • NEW! You’re The Hero – An Interview With Actor Dennis Dun!
  • NEW! The Soul Of Lo Pan – An Interview With Actor James Hong!
  • NEW! Able To Be Myself – An Interview With Actor Donald Li!
  • NEW! The Tao Of Thunder – An Interview With Actor Carter Wong!
  • NEW! The Tao Of Rain – An Interview With Actor Peter Kwong!
  • NEW! The Hatchet Man Speaks – An Interview With Actor Al Leong!
  • NEW! Damn Wiley Prescott – An Interview With Writer W.D. Richter!
  • NEW! It Was A Western Ghost Story – An Interview With Writer Gary Goldman!
  • NEW! The Poetry Of Motion – An Interview With Associate Producer/Martial Arts Choreographer James Lew!
  • NEW! Into The Mystic Night – An Interview With The Coupe De Ville’s Member Nick Castle!
  • NEW! Since We Were Kids – An Interview With Second Unit Director/The Coupe De Ville’s Member Tommy Lee Wallace!
  • NEW! Love And Art – A Conversation With Movie Poster Artist Drew Struzan!
  • Return To Little China – An Interview With Director John Carpenter!
  • Being Jack Burton – An Interview With Actor Kurt Russell!
  • Carpenter And I – An Interview With Director Of Photography Dean Cundey!
  • Producing Big Trouble – An Interview With Producer Larry Franco!
  • Staging Big Trouble – An Interview With Stuntman Jeff Imada!
  • Interview With Visual Effects Artist Richard Edlund!
  • Vintage Featurette



EXCLUSIVE SCREAM FACTORY BUNDLES:

BUNDLE #1 - $51.98 - ORDER HERE!
  • BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA (2-Disc Collector's Edition) with slipcover!
  • An exclusive 18” x 24” rolled poster of the new Collector’s Edition artwork by Laz Marquez!
  • A 7” green vinyl (via Sacred Bones) featuring music composed by John Carpenter and recorded by John, Cody Carpenter, and Daniel Davies. The A-side includes the 2017 version of the main theme, "Porkchop Express" and the B-side contains a never-before-released recording of "The Alley War," recorded by the trio in 2019. Limited to 2,500 copies and housed in a lavish slipcase with new art by frequent Carpenter collaborator Chris Bilheimer!

BUNDLE #2 - $53.98 - ORDER HERE!
  • BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA (2-Disc Limited Edition Steelbook)!
  • An exclusive 28.5” x 16.5" rolled lithograph of the new Steelbook artwork by Nat Marsh!
  • A 7” green vinyl (via Sacred Bones) featuring music composed by John Carpenter and recorded by John, Cody Carpenter, and Daniel Davies. The A-side includes the 2017 version of the main theme, "Porkchop Express" and the B-side contains a never-before-released recording of "The Alley War," recorded by the trio in 2019. Limited to 2,500 copies and housed in a lavish slipcase with new art by frequent Carpenter collaborator Chris Bilheimer!

BUNDLE #3 - $71.98 - ORDER HERE!
  • BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA (2-Disc Collector's Edition) with slipcover!
  • BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA (2-Disc Limited Edition Steelbook)!
  • An exclusive 18” x 24” rolled poster of the new Collector’s Edition artwork by Laz Marquez!
  • An exclusive 28.5” x 16.5" rolled lithograph of the new Steelbook artwork by Nat Marsh!
  • A 7” green vinyl (via Sacred Bones) featuring music composed by John Carpenter and recorded by John, Cody Carpenter, and Daniel Davies. The A-side includes the 2017 version of the main theme, "Porkchop Express" and the B-side contains a never-before-released recording of "The Alley War," recorded by the trio in 2019. Limited to 2,500 copies and housed in a lavish slipcase with new art by frequent Carpenter collaborator Chris Bilheimer!
Egads! Those bundles are a bit rich for my blood (I personally settled on the plain ole steelbook!) but since we're in the thick of the Christmas season, any of these three packages could be an amazing gift for that BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA fan in your life! However, if spending $50+ is not an option, you can get the Collector's Edition of the film for between $23 - $28 from AMAZON, BULL MOOSE, DIABOLIK DVD, or directly from SHOUT! FACTORY. The Steelbook costs between $25 - $30 and can also be obtained from AMAZON, BULL MOOSE, DIABOLIK DVD, or SHOUT! FACTORY.



An Urban Legend Reborn: Jeremy Sumrall's Supernatural Slasher PICKAXE is Now Available to Rent or Own!


DVD cover art for Wild Eye Releasing's DVD release of PICKAXE.
THE FURY OF ALEX BLACK HAS BEEN UNLEASHED UPON THE MASSES, WITH THE DVD & DIGITAL RELEASE OF "PICKAXE!"

I adore MY BLOODY VALENTINE, and really enjoyed its remake, but both films never quite deliver on the promise of an undead miner with a (pick)axe to grind! (Sorry for spoilers!) That's where Jeremy Sumrall comes in, with this ode to 80s Horror!

Featuring Tiffany Shepis (SHARKNADO 2: THE SECOND ONE, ABOMINABLE, VICTOR CROWLEY ) and A. Michael Baldwin (the PHANTASM series), PICKAXE delivers on a marauding miner seeking bloody vengeance from beyond the grave! To learn more about Jeremy Sumrall's PICKAXE (formerly THE PICK-AXE MURDERS PART III: THE FINAL CHAPTER) and where you can obtain a copy, continue reading Vault Dwellers!

Synopsis: 1982 - The survivors of a series of brutal killings in a small town thought mass murderer Alex Black was dead and buried after the townspeople put an end to him. But teenagers experimenting with the occult awaken the monster from his grave and he begins another rampage of terror with his favorite tool: A pickaxe! Only those who have faced him before have any chance of stopping Alex Black once and for all.

Disc Specs:
Not Rated | Color | 87 minutes | Region 1
Video - 480p Widescreen (16:9)
Audio - English Dolby Digital

Extras:
  • None.

As stated above, PICKAXE is actually a repackaging of Jeremy Sumrall's 2014 film, THE PICK-AXE MURDERS PART III: THE FINAL CHAPTER (which was not a sequel to anything - apparently some people missed that joke!) and features plenty of boobs and blood to sate most horror and slasher film fans!

The DVD from Wild Eye Releasing is bare bones and currently available for $12.99 at AMAZON! But if you want to try it before you buy it (or prefer digital streaming/downloading) you can watch PICKAXE on AMAZON PRIME VIDEO: It's $4.99 to rent and $9.99 to own! (Note: The digital version is listed as 76 minutes long. I don't know if it is actually shorter, or if that was a mistake on Amazon's part. I'll update this post when I find out for sure!)

Stills & Trailer:
(Click on images to enlarge them.)

Tiffany Shepis in PICKAXE!

A. Michael Baldwin in A Movie Called PICKAXE!

Taking out the trash has never been so terrifying!

"We should probably go find a place to have sex until this all blows over."

Mo' Pentagrams Mo' Problems in PICKAXE!

This can't end well....



Wednesday, November 27, 2019

STOCK YOUR VAULT: New DVDs & Blu-rays for 11/26/2019!


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Arrow Video's Limited Edition Blu-ray of ROBOCOP is the Vault Master's Pick of the Week!
Vault Master's Pick of the Week!

Happy early Thanksgiving Vault Dwellers! This is the last week of November 2019, and while it's a little on the light side, there are some absolutely awesome new discs out this week!

The Film Detective & Something Weird Video teamed up to bring EEGAH to Blu-ray (but hurry, because it is limited to 1,500!), Media Blasters reminds us that they are still around with their new Deluxe Edition of THE MACHINE GIRL: JACKED!, and Shout! Factory brings MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER 3000: SEASON 12 - THE GAUNTLET to both DVD & Blu-ray (which is bittersweet because NetFlix just canceled the show)!

UK's Indicator label just released a bunch of Region Free titles this week including EXPERIMENT IN TERROR, FIRST MEN IN THE MOON, MYSTERIOUS ISLAND, THE STONE KILLER, and their HAMMER VOL. 4: FACES OF FEAR Limited Edition Collection, which contains THE REVENGE OF FRANKENSTEIN, TASTE OF FEAR, THE TWO FACES OF DR. JEKYLL, and THE DAMNED.

After a few delays, Darkside Releasing just put out new Blus of PICTURE OF BEAUTY, SHOCK, and VIRGIN CHEERLEADERS IN CHAINS, while Scream Factory gives us a double-dose of 1979 goodness with their brilliant new Blu-rays of John Badham's DRACULA starring Frank Langella, and John Frankenheimer's PROPHECY, which is coming to Blu-ray for the first time ever!

But as great as those Scream Factory discs are, Arrow Video reigns supreme this week with their amazing release of ROBOCOP! Available in both a 2-Disc Limited Edition (with TONS of extras) and collectible Steelbook, this Blu-ray release contains three cuts of the film (director's cut, theatrical, and TV edit), and hours of special features! But hurry because this release is selling super fast and once it's gone, the theatrical version of ROBOCOP will out of print again!

There are still plenty of other new DVDs and Blu-rays out this week (mostly anime and direct-to-DVD titles) - to see them all, just keep on scrolling down!


NEW TO DVD & BLU-RAY
CoinCoin and the Extra-Humans (Kino Lorber Studio Classics)
Hentai Heaven Volume 9: A Nympho and a Couple of Perverts
The Machine Girl: Jacked! (Deluxe Edition - Media Blasters)
Mary (Image Entertainment)
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Season 12 - The Gauntlet (Shout! Factory)
Space Princess
Young Justice Outsiders: The Complete Third Season


NEW TO BLU-RAY
07 Ghost: The Complete Collection
Conception: The Complete Series
Dracula (1979 - Collector's Edition - Scream Factory)
Eegah (Special Limited Edition - The Film Detective & Something Weird Video)
Experiment in Terror (Indicator - Region Free Import)
First Men in the Moon (Indicator - Region Free Import)
Hammer Volume 4: Faces of Fear (Limited Edition Collection - Indicator - Region Free Import)
Juni Taisen: Zodiac War - Season One
Kyo Kora Ma Oh! R: The Complete OVA Collection
Mysterious Island (Indicator - Region Free)
Nanbaka: The Complete Series
Nutcracker Fantasy (Discotek Media)
One Piece: Episode of Skypiea
Picture of Beauty (Darkside Releasing)
Prophecy (1979 - Scream Factory)
RoboCop (2-Disc Limited Edition - Arrow Video)
Robocop (2-Disc Steelbook - Arrow Video)
SeaQuest DSV: The Complete Series (Region B Import)
Shock (Darkside Releasing)
Star Blazers 2202: Space Battleship Yamato - Part 2
The Stone Killer (Indicator - Region Free Import)
Virgin Cheerleaders in Chains (Darkside Releasing)
Zillion: The Complete Series


NEW TO DVD
Animal Among Us
Anya
The Banana Splits Movie
Cry of the Werewolf Redux (Rogue Video)
Dark Frontier
Deal With the Devil
The Driver (2019)
The Dwelling
Erotic Nights of the Blind Dead (Wild Eye Raw - Unrated)
First Person Shooter (Wilde Eye Raw - Unrated)
Reigo: King of the Sea Monsters
Retro Afrika: Phase 2
Sum of Existence
The Zombie Apocalypse in Apartment 14F