Wednesday, March 10, 2021

WHICH TEAM ARE YOU ON?! - ENTER NOW TO WIN A GODZILLA VS. KONG PRIZE PACK!

UPDATE (04/02/2021): Our GODZILLA VS. KONG-TEST ended on March 31st! The three randomly selected winners of the KING KONG VS. GODZILLA/SONS OF KONG set prize packs were Rod Chavez, Marcos Carway, and Richard Cabe! Congrats to our trio of champions - stay tuned for more cool giveaways down the road!

To celebrate the upcoming release of Adam Wingard's GODZILLA VS. KONG (in theaters and available to stream on HBO Max on March 25th!), yours truly is having a cool giveaway! Three lucky Vault Dwellers will win a copy of the original 1962 throwdown, KING KONG VS. GODZILLA, as well as a 10-Film "SONS OF KONG" DVD set which features THE APE, BELA LUGOSI MEETS A BROOKLYN GORILLA, THE GORILLA, THE APE MAN, BRIDE OF THE GORILLA, THE SAVAGE GIRL, THE WHITE GORILLA, LAW OF THE JUNGLE, WHITE PONGO, and NABONGA! The best part? It's super easy to enter!

GODZILLA VS. KONG GIVEAWAY PRIZES!
PLEASE NOTE: MY SON'S TOYS & MY "DESTROY ALL MONSTERS" POSTER ARE NOT PART OF THE GIVEAWAY!

Which Team are YOU on? - Drop us an e-mail at vault_master[at]bmoviefilmvault[dot]com with either TEAM GODZILLA or TEAM KONG in the subject line - please include your full name (no aliases please) in the body of the e-mail! There is only ONE entry per person BUT you can earn additional entries by following The Vault on our various social media platforms! If you follow/subscribe to us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Letterboxd, Patreon, Reddit, or YouTube, send us some proof (e.g. screenshots) in your e-mail entry to increase your chances of winning!

Important but boring information: This giveaway is only open to folks living in the continental U.S. (sorry Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Guam, and rest of the world)! Three winners will be chosen at random and announced on March 31st of this year, and have a full week to respond with their mailing address. If you do not get back to us, we will choose another victor in your place. Prizes will be shipped via USPS and you will be supplied with a tracking number! If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to ask!

Thanks ahead of time for taking part in this giveaway everyone and may the biggest Godzilla or King Kong fan win! And don't forget to mark March 25th on your calendars for the biggest, most anticipated rematch in cinematic history!

Monday, March 1, 2021

STOCK YOUR VAULT: New DVDs & Blu-rays for 02/23/2021!

 

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Vault Master's Pick of the Week for 02/23/2021 is Lionsgate's Blu-ray release of WRONG TURN (2021)!
Vault Master's Pick of the Week!
Greetings fellow collectors and welcome to another (late) installment of the News Vault's STOCK YOUR VAULT column! While February 2021 didn't hold too many surprises for us, its final week does have some titles worth noting. Let's take a closer look!

Scream Factory brought IFC Midnight's CENTIGRADE to DVD & Blu-ray, Media Blasters gives HAKAIDER a re-release, Warner Archive brings PUMP UP THE VOLUME to Blu-ray for the first time, and Darkside Releasing gave MOTORPSYCHO MANIACS (aka SEX TERRORISTS ON WHEELS) its Blu-ray debut!

Arrow Video's final release of the month is SHOGUN'S JOY OF TORTURE (their steelbook of AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON got pushed to the end of March) and Severin Films drops three new titles on Blu-ray, namely THE ATTIC EXPEDITIONS, CASTLE OF THE CREEPING FLESH, and PLAGUE TOWN!

Imprint just released a slew of Region Free titles this past Tuesday, including SORRY, WRONG NUMBER, WATERLOO, I MARRIED A MONSTER FROM OUTER SPACE, the original WAR OF THE WORLDS, and THE DUELISTS, Umbrella Entertainment added BAD BOY BUBBY to their Beyond Genres label, and Lionsgate just dropped their WRONG TURN reboot (which I chose as my pick of the week because... sure, why not?) which comes with Director's commentary, trailer, deleted & extended scenes, and making-of-featurette!

To peep out the full roster of this week's new DVD, Blu-ray, and 4K releases, continue scrolling Vault Dwellers!


NEW TO DVD & BLU-RAY
Centigrade (Scream Factory)
Hakaider (Hyper Destroyer Edition - Media Blasters)
An Horror Anthology
John Hughes 5-Movie Collection
Late Fee (Unrated)
Puppet Princess
Pure Hearted Girl Etcetera
Rage (Gravitas Ventures)
Wrong Turn (2021 - Lionsgate)


NEW TO BLU-RAY
Acrobunch: The Complete Series (Discotek Media)
The Allnighter (Kino Lorber Studio Classics)
The Attic Expeditions (Severin Films)
Bad Boy Bubby (Beyond Genres Vol. 7 - Umbrella Entertainment)
Brave 10: The Complete Series (Discotek Media)
Castle of the Creeping Flesh (Severin Films)
The Duelists (Imprint - Region 0 Import)
Fairy Tail: Final Season - Part 26
The Full Treatment (aka Stop Me Before I Kill - Indicator)
I Married a Monster From Outer Space (Imprint - Region 0 Import)
Konosuba! 2: The Complete Second Season & OVA
Lupin the 3rd: The Columbus Files
Motorpsycho Maniacs (aka Sex Terrorists of Wheels - Darkside Releasing)
The New Adventures of Pippi Longstocking (Sony Pictures)
Nightbeast (Troma)
Nina of the Woods
Plague Town (Severin Films)
Pump Up the Volume (Warner Archive Collection)
Red Woods
Shogun's Joy of Torture (Arrow Video)
The Snorkel (Indicator)
Sorry, Wrong Number (Imprint - Region 0 Import)
Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season One
To Tokyo
Venus Wars
The War of the Worlds (Imprint - Region 0 Import)
Waterloo (Imprint - Region 0 Import)


NEW TO DVD
The Beast Within
Binding Souls
College Pranks
The Demon Inside
Demon Mother
From Dusk Till Dawn Trilogy
The Jungle Jim Movie Collection 3 (Umbrella Entertainment)
Kecksburg
Legion of the Night
Lord of Tears
Naked Woman Murdered in the Park
Only the Good Parts
The Phoenix Project
Saga (Bayview Films)
Scooby-Doo: The Sword and the Scoob
Shriek Pack: Flesh for the Beast & Dead Riot
Unleashed (Bayview Films)

Saturday, February 27, 2021

No One Is Coming To Save You: CENTIGRADE Now Available on DVD & Blu-ray from Scream Factory!

Cover art for Scream Factory's new Blu-ray of CENTIGRADE!
BRENDAN WALSH'S SURVIVAL THRILLER WILL MAKE YOU THINK TWICE ABOUT PARKING YOUR RIDE IN THE SNOWY MOUNTAINS OF NORWAY!

Loosely based upon multiple accounts of people being trapped in their vehicles by snow, CENTIGRADE attempts to do for vacationing in Norway what Adam Green's FROZEN did for skiing. Shot in sequence inside an ice cream freezer with two half-starved leads, director Brendan Walsh wanted this film to feel as realistic as possible. But did his efforts create a good film? The only way to know for sure is to pick up a Blu-ray (or DVD) copy of CENTIGRADE now that it is currently available to occupy that teensy bit of empty space in your ever-growing Scream Factory collection!

Synopsis: Inspired by real events, this harrowing film follows a young American couple, Matt and Naomi, as they travel through the Arctic mountains of Norway. After pulling over during a snowstorm, they wake up trapped in their SUV, buried underneath layers of snow and ice. As if the stakes aren't high enough for the pair, Naomi is eight months pregnant as they contemplate how to escape their frozen prison.

With few resources, a dwindling food supply, and nothing but time, the couple endure mounting tension, blame, and personal secrets bubbling to the surface. Matt and Naomi realize they must work together to survive in a crippling battle against the elements, hypothermia, disturbing hallucinations, and plunging temperatures reaching far below zero. Will they make it out of this alive?

Disc Specs:
Not Rated | Color | 89 minutes | Region A
Video - 1080p Widescreen (2.38:1)
Audio - English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 & 2.0

Extras:
  • Trailer

Chill out with IFC Midnight/Scream Factory's CENTIGRADE, which is now available wherever Blu-ray discs are sold, and should cost between $16 - $19. Order yourself a copy today from AMAZON, BULL MOOSE, or directly from SHOUT! FACTORY.


Monday, February 22, 2021

WANTED ON BLU-RAY: BRAIN SMASHER... A LOVE STORY (1993)

 

WANTED ON BLU-RAY:
BRAINS SMASHER... A LOVE STORY (1993)

Rated PG-13 | Color | 88 minutes

While many of you reading this were introduced to Andrew Dice Clay through his stand up (gotta love those dirty nursery rhymes), or perhaps his lead role in THE ADVENTURES OF FORD FAIRLANE (which earned him a Razzy Award for Worst Actor!), my first brush with "the Diceman" was in the mid-90s when I caught BRAIN SMASHER... A LOVE STORY late one night on Cinemax.

Suffice it to say, I was looking for ahm.... other entertainment on that particular cable channel that fateful night, but what I found turned out to be so much better! In BRAIN SMASHER, Andrew Dice Clay is a nightclub bouncer who ends up battling ("We are NOT") ninjas to rescue a beautiful model  and stop a martial arts madman from becoming (possibly) immortal! Directed by Albert Pyun (ARCADE, CAPTAIN AMERICA), this fun little romantic Action-Comedy quickly became a personal favorite in my early teenage years, but just as quickly vanished once the VHS-era came to a close.

We're now heading towards the 30th anniversary of this low-budget gem, and it still hasn't had a DVD release here in the United States (though it did briefly pop up on NetFlix around 2012), and doesn't seem to be high on anyone's list for a Blu-ray debut. So once again I find myself fighting the good fight and taking up the cause for a movie that deserves more love!

Synopsis: An adventurous botanist discovers a rare (and legendary) red lotus flower and mails it off to her supermodel sister Samantha Crain (Teri Hatcher), in Portland, Oregon. Hot on the trail of said lotus (whose petals can allegedly imbue anyone who eats them with special powers.... or immortality... or... something...) is a clan of murderous Shaolin monks (in Kato masks) who can catch bullets with their bare hands and hate being called ninjas! 

WE ARE NOT NINJAS! WE ARE CHINESE SHAOLIN MONKS!
"For the one millionth time: We are NOT Ninjas!"
 
With the monks hot on her heels, Samantha runs for her life and into Ed Malloy (Andrew Dice Clay), a nightclub bouncer dubbed The Brain Smasher. Not one to ignore a pretty face, the trash-talking, wise-cracking Ed is dragged into the chase and uses his innate ability to brutally knock people out to protect the beautiful Samantha. As Ed and Sam flee from the tenacious villains, they start to develop feelings for one another. Will their blossoming love survive the kung fu onslaught of the power hungry murder monks?! The only way to find out is to watch BRAIN SMASHER.... A LOVE STORY... if you can find a copy that is.

Availability: This movie has been out of print in the U.S. since it's (straight to) VHS release in the late-1990s. While is has received DVD releases in Australia and the UK, BRAIN SMASHER has never enjoyed a wide release. If you want to check out this film, you can order a DVD-R from VHSPS.COM for $15 or watch a VHS-rip on YouTube HERE.

Current Rights Holder: This may be an easy one to figure out Vault Dwellers - follow me down this little rabbit hole, won't you? BRAIN SMASHER was released by Vidmark Entertainment, a company that was created in 1984 to distribute films internationally. In 1988, they started producing their own movies, starting with the unexpectedly profitable DEMONWARP, and would eventually (by 1991) change over to Trimark Entertainment, which later merged with Lionsgate less than a decade later. Therefore.... unless Albert Pyun somehow got the rights to the film, BRAIN SMASHER is still with Lionsgate. So if you really want this movie on Blu-ray, you know who to bother first!

Teri Hatcher as Samantha Crain in BRAIN SMASHER... A LOVE STORY!
And for those of you still wondering... "they're real and they're spectacular!"

Blu-ray Wishlist:

  • A new 2K (or 4K) transfer made from the original camera negatives.
  • Multiple audio options (i.e. Dolby Digital 2.0 and 5.1)
  • Director's commentary with Albert Pyun! Would be cool to have Andrew Dice Clay sit in on this as well!
  • Interviews with cast & crew: Primarily Andrew Dice Clay, Teri Hatcher, Albert Pyun, Tim Thomerson, Yuji Okumoto, and maybe one or two of the film's many stunt coordinators.
  • Making-of-Featurette
  • Theatrical trailer & VHS Promos

BRAIN SMASHER... A LOVE STORY is a time capsule from the portion of my life when I was making that awkward transition from child to teenager, and was one of the numerous cult gems I discovered as my love of cinema grew with me. While it certainly isn't some long-forgotten classic that the world has unjustly ignored, Albert Pyun's little direct-to-video production is a lot of fun and deserves to be seen by more people - it's on the cusp of being a cult classic I tell ya! So if I've ignited your curiosity, or dredged up fond memories of this film, then please spread the word around and maybe, just maybe, we can convince the powers that be at (I'm assuming) Lionsgate to give BRAIN SMASHER a new shot at finding its audience!


STOCK YOUR VAULT: New DVDs & Blu-rays for 02/16/2021!

 

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Vault Master's Pick of the Week for 02/16/2021 is Image Entertainment's ARCHENEMY!
Vault Master's Pick of the Week!

Greetings fellow collectors and welcome to another edition of the News Vault's weekly STOCK YOUR VAULT! I'm know I'm super llate in posting this (sorry!) but hey, better late than never right? This past week was a bit light on new titles but as is typically the case, there are some definite gems you may want to add to your growing collections!

Full Moon Pictures brought THE HAND THAT FEEDS THE DEAD to DVD & Blu-ray, Image Entertainment gave RANDOM ACTS OF VIOLENCE its physical media debut, and HBO dropped season one of LOVECRAFT COUNTRY on DVD & Blu-ray disc!

Well Go USA's lone release this past week was THE SWORDSMAN, Lionsgate released FEAR OF RAIN and THE VERY EXCELLENT MR. DUNDEE (the latter should be a real treat for all you Paul Hogan fans out there), Paramount debuted GOOD BURGER on Blu-ray disc, and Kino Lorber once again makes a show of force with the largest number of Blu-ray releases, including JETSONS: THE MOVIE, THE UNDERNEATH, THE UNSEEN (distributed on behalf of Scorpion Releasing), and SLITHIS (in conjunction with Code Red)!

Honestly, there wasn't really a big/important Blu-ray release this week, so I had a tough time choosing my "pick of the week." I settled on Image Entertainment's new Blu of ARCHENEMY starring Joe Manganiello because it sounds interesting, and because Joe recently liked a tweet of mine when I promoted the film a week or two ago. (Thanks Joe - you rock!)

There are some titles I haven't yet mentioned (like the new Limited Edition "Titans of Cult" 4K Steelbook of PACIFIC RIM) - to peep them all out just continue scrolling down! You might find a few things you want but I'd personally suggest saving your money because much more worthwhile releases are on the horizon!


NEW TO DVD & BLU-RAY
Archenemy (Image Entertainment)
Bad Impulse (Gravitas Ventures)
Breaking Surface (Music Box Films)
Death Trip (Gravitas Ventures)
Fear of the Rain (Lionsgate)
The Heads That Feed The Dead (Full Moon Pictures)
Horizon Line (Universal)
Lovecraft Country: The Complete First Season (HBO)
Paranormal Prison
Random Acts of Violence (Shudder/Image Entertainment)
The Swordsman (Well Go USA)
The Very Excellent Mr. Dundee (Lionsgate)


NEW TO BLU-RAY
Filmworker (Kino Lorber Studio Classics)
Good Burger (Paramount)
Harley Quinn: The Complete First & Second Seasons (Warner Bros.)
Jetsons: The Movie (Kino Lorber Studio Classics)
JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Golden Wind 2 (Limited Edition - Warner Bros.)
Motto To Love Ru: Season 2
My Hero Academia: Season 4, Part 2
Naruto: Set 2 (Warner Bros.)
Pacific Rim ("Titans of Cult" Limited Edition 4K Steelbook)
Slithis (aka Spawn of the Slithis - Code Red/Kino Lorber)
Toilet-Bound Hanako-Kun: The Complete Series (Funimation)
The Underneath (Kino Lorber Studio Classic)
The Unseen (Scorpion Releasing/Kino Lorber)


NEW TO DVD
Blood Demon Rising
Harley Quinn: The Complete Second Season (Warner Bros.)
The Leprechaun's Game
Mask of Thorn
Nuns: An Italian Horror Story
Play Dead (Darkside Releasing/Pink Eiga)
Snow Woman (Darkside Releasing/Pink Eiga)
Stranded on Mars
Zombitatos: The End of the PC Master Race

Thursday, February 18, 2021

Vault Master's Collector's Corner: Just Added the HAMMER 20-FILM ULTIMATE COLLECTION to My Blu-ray Shelves!

 

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Welcome back to Vault Master's Collector's Corner gang! Today I just wanted to share one of the newest additions to my collection with ya'll - Mill Creek Entertainment's awesome 20-film Collection of Hammer flicks! This 10-disc Blu-ray set offers up a little bit of everything from classic Hammer Horror (e.g. THE GORGON, CURSE OF THE MUMMY'S TOMB) to swashbuckling adventures (e.g. THE PIRATES OF BLOOD RIVER, SWORD OF SHERWOOD FOREST), and comes with a 12-page booklet, multiple audio commentaries, and several featurettes & retrospectives! Peep out a few pictures of it below from my Instagram feed!

 
The following films are included in the collection.
Note: Titles with a * next to them have audio commentaries.

  • THE REVENGE OF FRANKENSTEIN (1958) *
  • THE TWO FACES OF DR. JEKYLL (1960)
  • THE CURSE OF THE MUMMY'S TOMB (1963)
  • THESE ARE THE DAMNED (1962)
  • THE OLD DARK HOUSE (1963) *
  • THE GORGON (1964) *
  • THE SNORKEL (1958) *
  • MANIAC (1963)
  • DIE! DIE! MY DARLING (1965)
  • SCREAM OF FEAR (1961) *
  • STOP ME BEFORE I KILL! (1961)
  • NEVER TAKE CANDY FROM A STRANGER (1960) *
  • CASH ON DEMAND (1961)
  • THE STRANGLERS FROM BOMBAY (1960)
  • THE TERROR OF THE TONGS (1961)
  • THE PIRATES OF BLOOD RIVER (1962)
  • SWORD OF SHERWOOD FOREST (1964)
  • THE CAMP ON BLOOD ISLAND (1958)
  • YESTERDAY'S ENEMY (1959)
  • CREATURES THE WORLD FORGOT (1971)

Deep Discount mistakenly placed this Blu-ray set on sale for $20 (and at one point even less) a while back and didn't honor the price for most of their customers. (Many of us got an apology and a $5 coupon code.) However, I lucked out because I found the set marked for $30 on Amazon through Deep Discount days later - this time the order went through! Currently, the cheapest you can find Mill Creek's 20-Film HAMMER ULTIMATE COLLECTION is $45.99 - snag a copy now from AMAZON or BEST BUY or wallow in regret!

That's it for the moment Vault Dwellers, but stay tuned for more new content and be sure to follow The Vault on Facebook and/or Twitter to keep up to date on sales, limited time offers, and great deals on Blu-ray and 4K discs!