Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Scream Factory Delivers a Trio of Horrible Horrors on Blu-ray, Just in Time for Christmas!


MURDEROUS MACHINES, CHRISTMAS KILLERS, AND A CANNIBALISTIC MATTHEW MCCONAUGHEY POPULATE SCREAM FACTORY'S NEWEST BLU-RAY TITLES! 

Egads! As 2018 nears its end, Scream Factory is bombarding us with a final trio of fright flicks on December 11th and boy are they... something! I recall renting THE MANGLER on VHS after its failed theatrical run in 1995, mainly because of he big names that were attached. Needless to say, I was not impressed and never revisited it. SILENT NIGHT, DEADLY NIGHT PART 2 is a definite guilty pleasure that won me over after a few viewings, and I'm truly happy to see that it has built up enough of a cult following to warrant a Collector's Edition Blu-ray.

Sadly I cannot say the same for TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE: THE NEXT GENERATION which I haven't seen since its cable TV premiere on (I believe) Cinemax. But now that a few decades have passed... maybe it's time to sit down and give it another shot? (NAAAAAAAAAAAHHHH! Hahahaha!) If you're as excited as I am(?) about these new titles, continue onward for all the juicy details on their new specs and extras!

THE MANGLER (1995)

Synopsis: The masters of horror Tobe Hooper (POLTERGEIST, THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE), Robert Englund (A NIGHTMARE ON FILM STREET franchise) and Stephen King (CREEPSHOW, MISERY) join forces to bring you a shocking tale of terror.

Based on King's short story, this white-knuckle chiller follows a cop (Ted Levine - THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS, THE HILLS HAVE EYES) as he investigates a series of grisly accidents ... and uncovers a deadly town secret that has been hidden for years – a terrifying entity that threatens to destroy everything in its path. With time running out and a young girl's life in the balance, he races to destroy the beast before it’s too late!

Disc Specs:
Rated R | Color | 106 minutes | Region A
Video - 1080p Widescreen (1.85:1)
Audio - ?

Extras:
  • NEW! 4K REMASTER STRUCK FROM THE CAMERA NEGATIVE FOR THE UNCUT VERSION!
  • NEW! Audio Commentary with co-writer Stephen David Brooks!
  • NEW! Hell's Bells – an interview with actor Robert Englund!
  • Rare behind-the-scenes footage
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • TV Spot
Scream Factory's Blu-ray of THE MANGLER is due out on Tuesday, December 11th, and also features reversible cover art (something not always offered on their non-Collector's Edition releases). As is the case with many of Scream's recent titles, this one is rather expensive, with a $28.00 price tag. If that doesn't scare you off, then pick up a copy from AMAZON, BULL MOOSE, DIABOLIK DVD, or directly from SHOUT! FACTORY.




SILENT NIGHT, DEADLY NIGHT PART 2 (COLLECTOR'S EDITION - 1987)

Synopsis: IT'S GARBAGE DAY! Ricky is being released from a mental hospital. He takes with him the terrifying memory of his brother Billy's death and the memory of Mother Superior who brought about his brother's demise.

For Ricky, starting a new life means avenging his brother's death, which sets him on a blind journey of relentless revenge, leading ultimately to Mother Superior. And when he gets to her, not even her faith will be enough to stop Ricky as he follows in the family tradition of Christmas carnage.

Disc Specs:
Rated R | Color | 88 minutes | Region A
Video - 1080p Widescreen (1.85:1)
Audio - ?

Extras:
  • NEW! 2K Scan Of An Archival Theatrical Print
  • NEW! Audio Commentary With Director Lee Harry, and Actors Eric Freeman and James Newman!
  • NEW! Slay Bells Ring Again: The Story Of Silent Night, Deadly Night 2 – Featuring Interviews With Co-Writer/Director Lee Harry, Actors Eric Freeman, James Newman, Elizabeth Kaitan, Darrel Guilbeau, And Kenny McCabe, and Makeup Effects Artist Christopher Biggs!
  • NEW! Garbage Days Are Here Again – A Look At The Film’s Locations!
  • NEW! Ricky Today – A short Film Featuring A 2018 Interview With Ricky Caldwell!
  • NEW! I Don’t Sleep – An Extended Interview With Makeup Effects Artist Christopher Biggs!
  • Audio Commentary By Co-Writer/Director Lee Harry, Co-Writer Joseph H. Earle, And Actor James Newman!
  • Theatrical Trailer
SILENT NIGHT, DEADLY NIGHT PART 2 will also be available on Tuesday, December 11th and should cost between $28 - $30! You can pick up a copy now from AMAZON, BULL MOOSE, DIABOLIK DVD, or directly from SHOUT! FACTORY (which will also net you a Limited Edition poster)!

But if you REALLY love this movie and have more money to burn, may I suggest to you the DELUXE LIMITED EDITION release? Your Blu-ray will come with the poster plus an official NECA action figure of Eric Freeman's Ricky! Supplies are limited (only 2,000 exist!) so CLICK HERE to get yourself and early Christmas treat!




TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE: THE NEXT GENERATION (COLLECTOR'S EDITION - 1994)

Synopsis: When a helpful family invites two lost couples in for a good ol' down-home massacre, the prom night teens find themselves all dressed up ... with no place to escape. Renée Zellweger and Matthew McConaughey star in this hilarious bone-chilling remake of the horror classic.

Disc Specs:
Rated R | Color | 87 & 94 minutes | Region A
Video - 1080p Widescreen (1.85:1)
Audio - ?

Extras:
  • TWO CUTS OF THE FILM! – The Theatrical Cut (87 Minutes - HD) And The Director’s Cut (93 Minutes - HD With Standard Definition Inserts)!
  • NEW! Audio Commentary With Writer/Director Kim Henkel (On Director's Cut)!
  • NEW! The Buzz Is Back – An Interview With Director Of Photography Levie Isaacks!
  • NEW! Marked For Death – An Interview With Actor Tyler Shea Cone!
  • NEW! If Looks Could Kill: The Return Of A "Chainsaw Massacre" – An Interview With Special Makeup Effects Artist J.M. Logan, and Production Designer Deborah Pastor!
  • Theatrical Trailer
You can finally complete your TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE collection on December 11th Vault Dwellers for the (not so) low price of $25 - $35! While that is pricey, I'll admit that the new interviews, audio commentary, plus two cuts of the film does take the sting out of it a bit! Get yours now from AMAZON, BULL MOOSE, DIABOLIK DVD, or directly from SHOUT! FACTORY.




Monday, December 10, 2018

On December 11th, Get Yourself a Fistful of Westerns from Arrow Video and Shout Select!


Limited Edition Cover Art.
CELEBRATE FIVE DECADES OF NERO AND EASTWOOD WITH THESE NEW BLU-RAY RELEASES! 

UPDATE: 12/10/2018: Arrow's DJANGO discs are currently ON HOLD (so if you somehow got one, count yourself lucky!) There is a review embargo in place, and the disc is not being shipped due to (from what I've ascertained from several sources) rights issues! I'll post more info as I receive it!

Because I'm quite possibly insane, I task myself with owning the best possible edition for just about every movie in my personal collection. That means that I am constantly double-dipping on titles I already own on DVD or Blu-ray.

And now here I am once again, on the cusp of upgrading two of my favorite Westerns: DJANGO and HANG 'EM HIGH, a pair of films warning of the dangers of leaving someone for dead! While DJANGO fares better (4K restoration, lots of extras, and a bonus film!), HANG 'EM HIGH's Blu-ray does offer up a pair of new audio commentaries! For a closer look a these new releases, please continue reading pardners. :: tips hat ::

DJANGO (1966)

Synopsis: In this definitive Spaghetti Western, Franco Nero (KEOMA, THE FIFTH CORD) gives a career-defining performance as Django, a mysterious loner who arrives at a mud-drenched ghost town on the Mexico-US border, ominously dragging a coffin behind him. After saving imperiled prostitute Maria (Loredana Nusciak), Django becomes embroiled in a brutal feud between a racist gang and a band of Mexican revolutionaries...

With DJANGO, director Sergio Corbucci (THE GREAT SILENCE) upped the ante for sadism and sensationalism in Westerns, depicting machine gun massacres, mud-fighting prostitutes and savage mutilations. A huge hit with international audiences, Django’s brand of bleak nihilism would be repeatedly emulated in a raft of unofficial sequels.

Disc Specs:
Not Rated | Color | 91 minutes | Region A
Video - 1080p Widescreen (1.66:1)
Audio - English & Italian DTS-HD Master Audio Mono

Limited Edition Steelbook Cover Art.
Extras: 
  • NEW! Restoration from a 4K scan of DJANGO from the original camera negative!
  • Audio commentary by film critic, historian and theorist Stephen Prince.
  • NEW! Interview with star Franco Nero!
  • NEW! Interview with assistant director Ruggero Deodato!
  • NEW! Interview with co-writer Franco Rossetti!
  • NEW! Interview with Sergio Corbucci’s wife Nora Corbucci!
  • Archival interview with co-writer Piero Vivarelli.
  • Archival interview with stuntman and actor Gilberto Galimberti.
  • NEW! Discovering Django - An appreciation by Spaghetti Westerns scholar Austin Fisher!
  • An Introduction to Django by Alex Cox - An archival featurette with the acclaimed director.
  • Gallery of original promotional images from the Mike Siegel Archive 
  • Original trailers

TEXAS, ADIOS (1966) 

Synopsis: Released as DJANGO 2 in some territories, TEXAS, ADIOS features Franco Nero as a Texan sheriff who travels across the frontier into Mexico with his younger brother to confront the man that killed their father!

Disc Specs:
Not Rated | Color | 93 minutes | Region A
Video - 1080p Widescreen (2.35:1)
Audio - English & Italian DTS-HD Master Audio Mono

Extras:
  •  NEW! Restoration from a 2K scan of TEXAS, ADIOS from the original camera negative!
  • Audio commentary for by spaghetti western experts C. Courtney Joyner and Henry C. Parke!
  • NEW! Interview with star Franco Nero!
  • NEW! Interview with co-star Alberto Dell'Acqua!
  • NEW! Interview with co-writer Franco Rossetti!
  • NEW! Hello Texas! - An appreciation by Spaghetti Westerns scholar Austin Fisher!
  • Gallery of original promotional images from the Mike Siegel Archive 
  • Original trailer

ADDITIONAL LIMITED EDITION BONUS MATERIALS:
  • NOTE: The majority of these extras features only apply to the "standard" Limited Edition, and not the Steelbook!
  • Six double-sided collector's postcards! 
  • Double-sided fold-out poster! 
  • Limited edition 60-page perfect-bound book featuring new writing on the film by Howard Hughes and Roberto Curti, and original reviews! 
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Sean Phillips! 
  • (STEELBOOK ONLY) Limited edition fully illustrated booklet featuring new writing on the film by Howard Hughes and original review!

Arrow Video's stellar Limited Edition of DJANGO is due out on Tuesday, December 11th! Both the "standard version" and the Steelbook cost between $35 - $40 and will probably sell out FAST. So hurry up and get a copy ASAP! The regular Limited Edition can be procured from AMAZON, BULLMOOSE (in store only), or directly from ARROW VIDEO. The Limited Edition Steelbook is readily available from AMAZON, BULLMOOSE (in store only), and ARROW VIDEO!






HANG 'EM HIGH (1968)
Synopsis: They strung him up. They left him to die. But they made two fatal mistakes: they hanged the wrong man ... and they didn't finish the job.

Oklahoma, 1873: Jed Cooper (Clint Eastwood), mistaken for a rustler and killer, is lynched on the spot by crooked lawman Captain Wilson (Ed Begley) and a rampaging band of vigilantes. But as Wilson and his gang flee the scene, there's one very important detail they've overlooked — Cooper is still alive!

Saved in the nick of time by a marshal, Cooper takes on the job of deputy marshal in order to bring hard-handed justice to the Oklahoma territory ... and to the nine men who "done him wrong." Co-starring Inger Stevens and Pat Hingle, HANG 'EM HIGH is a savage and action-packed western adventure, presented to you in this celebratory 50th Anniversary Edition!

Disc Specs:
Rated PG-13 | Color | 115 minutes | Region A
Video - 1080p Widescreen (1.85:1)
Audio -  English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 & Dolby Digital Mono

Extras:
  • NEW! Audio Commentary With Western Film Historians Lem Dobbs And Nick Redman!
  • NEW! Audio Commentary With Film Historian Jim Hemphill!
  • Theatrical Trailer
Shout Select's 50th Anniversary Blu-ray of HANG EM' HIGH is also available on Tuesday, December 11th, and should cost around $30! (Ack! HANG 'EM HIGH? More like PRICE 'EM HIGH!) Yeah that's a bit steep, especially considering that it seems like they just ported over the previous transfer from the much cheaper MGM Blu-ray, but the two new audio commentaries might just be worth it? If you have your heart set on owning this 50th Anniversary release, get it now from AMAZON, BULLMOOSE, DIABOLIK DVD, or directly from SHOUT! FACTORY.


Sunday, December 9, 2018

On December 11th, DEATH SHIP Sails Again on Blu-ray!


SCORPION RELEASING'S NEW BLU-RAY OF "DEATH SHIP" IS A DEFINITE UPGRADE FROM ALL PREVIOUS RELEASES!

I've never seen DEATH SHIP (or DEATH SHIT as the webmaster of Badmovies.Org "lovingly" refers to it), but always remember seeing its cool poster design in the Horror section of my local mom & pop video store. Even after Scream Factory put it out on Blu-ray, I failed to obtain a copy before it went out of print. But thanks to Scorpion Releasing, DEATH SHIP is back and better than ever before, with a new 2K transfer, and a new 5.1 audio mix!

Synopis: Academy Award winner George Kennedy (CREEPSHOW 2) stars with Richard Crenna (the RAMBO series), Nick Mancuso (UNDER SIEGE), and Saul Rubinek (TRUE ROMANCE, UNFORGIVEN) in this terrifying tale of a possessed ship searching for new victims on the high seas! An ocean liner carrying vacationing passengers collides with a mysterious freighter. The handful of survivors seek refuge aboard the sinister ship, which turns out to be a Nazi torture vessel that is possessed by the evil that once commanded it! It has a life of its own.... pray you are never rescued by the DEATH SHIP!

Disc Specs:
Rated R | Color | 93 minutes | Region A
Video - 1080p Widescreen (1.78:1)
Audio - English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and 2.0

Extras:
  • NEW! 2016 2K scan of the original camera negative, which features the longer cut with the deleted scene included
  • NEW! 5.1 surround sound audio mix!
  • Audio commentary with director Alvin Rakoff.
  • Featurette including interviews with George Kennedy, Nick Mancuso, Jack Hill, Alvin Rakoff and more!
  • The original script of Jack Hill!
  • Watch the film in "Nightmare Theater mode."
  • Isolated music track (DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0)
  • Learn What the Ship Says featurette
  • Stil gallery
  • Theatrical trailer
DEATH SHIP will be available to own on Tuesday, December 11th, and should cost between $18 - $25! You can grab a copy of the standard edition of DEATH SHIP from AMAZON or BULLMOOSE. I say "standard edition" because earlier this year (in May) a Limited (to 1,500) Edition came out, that was Region Free and had a collectible slipcover. If that makes any difference to you, then you'll be happy to know that you can still procure a copy (for $25) from DIABOLIK DVD and RONIN FLIX.



Thursday, December 6, 2018

STOCK YOUR VAULT: New DVDs & Blu-rays for 12/04/2018!


Vault Master's Pick of the Week!

Greetings Vault Dwellers, and welcome to December 2018! There's just twenty days left until Christmas, and there's plenty of new DVDs & Blu-rays that you might just want to add to your wishlists!

Arrow Video UK dropped their highly-anticipated (Region B locked) Blu-ray of ELVIRA: MISTRESS OF THE DARK, Shout! Factory released their animated sequel HOWARD LOVECRAFT AND THE KINGDOM OF MADNESS, and their sister label Scream Factory gives us a double dose of IFC Midnight titles on DVD and Blu-ray, namely ELIZABETH HARVEST and WHAT KEEPS YOU ALIVE.

Kino Lorber put every other distribution label to shame this week, with a whopping SIX new titles, including: THE BLACK WINDMILL, THE PUPPET MASTERS (SPECIAL EDITION), NATIONAL LAMPOON'S CLASS REUNION, RACE FOR THE YANKEE ZEPHYR, THE REVOLT OF THE SLAVES, and ATOMIC CAFE.

For those of you looking for A-list thrills, MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: FALLOUT, THE NUN, and THE HAPPYTIME MURDERS are now available on all formats, plus Alex Garland's ANNIHILATION makes its 4K UHD debut! And if you're in the mood for some holiday horror flicks, you have your choice of ALL THE CREATURES WERE STIRRING, CHRISTMAS BLOOD, DEAD BY CHRISTMAS, and ELVES!

There's still plenty of other titles to peruse, so be sure to scroll down for the full list of this week's new DVDs, Blu-rays, and 4K UHD discs!


NEW TO DVD & BLU-RAY
Attraction
The Black Windmill (Special Edition)
Castlevania: Season One
Death Kiss
Digimon Adventure tri.: Future
Edge
The Happytime Murders
Highlander: The Watcher
Howard Lovecraft and the Kingdom of Madness
Mission Impossible: Fallout
Mobile Fighter G-Gundam: Part One Collection
National Lampoon's Class Reunion
The Nun
The Puppet Masters (Special Edition)
Race for the Yankee Zephyr (aka Treasure of the Yankee Zephyr)
Viking Destiny
Westworld: Season Two - The Door


NEW TO BLU-RAY
Akame Ga Kill: The Complete Collection
All the Creatures Were Stirring
Annihilation (4K UHD)
Atomic Cafe (Kino Classics)
Corpse Prison Part 2
Doctor Who: Peter Davidson - The Complete Season 1
Elizabeth Harvest
Elvira: Mistress of the Dark (Arrow Video - Region B)
Mission Impossible: 6-Movie Collection
The Revolt of the Slaves
The Silver Guardian: The Complete Series
'Til Death Do Us Part
Welcome to the Strange
What Keeps You Alive


NEW TO DVD
American Scary
Backyard Blockbusters
Banner of the Stars: The Complete Series
Blood Alley
Bloody Ballet
Call of the Undead
Christmas Blood
Crest of the Stars: The Complete Series
Curse of the Scarecrow
Dead by Christmas
Elves
Ewok Adventures: The Battle For Endor
Ewok Adventures: Caravan of Courage
Family Guy: Season 16
The Ghost Beyond
The Hitman Never Dies
The House That Never Dies: Reawakening
The Killing House
Naruto Shippuden Uncut Set 36
Nightshift
Obamaland
Rellik
Remote Viewing
Satan's School For Lust & Satan's Daughter (Double Feature)
Zombies of the Living Dead


Monday, December 3, 2018

Discover the Dark Secret of ELIZABETH HARVEST on December 4th!


SCREAM FACTORY AND IFC MIDNIGHT BRING SEBASTIAN GUTIERREZ' SCI-FI THRILLER TO DVD & BLU-RAY!

In an effort to put some money back into my personal coffers, yours truly has drastically cut back on collecting Scream Factory titles in the past year. Though temptation does rear its head every now and again, it has been easier to say "no thanks" to many of Scream's newer releases because of recent (some would even say drastic) price increases. And typically I don't really bat an eye when a new IFC Midnight title appears on their release slate, but I've gotta say... I really want to see ELIZABETH HARVEST! It has a hell of a cast, and looks like it could have an interesting plot, and some very intense moments! I'm getting kind of an EX MACHINA vibe from it, and that's not a bad thing!

Synopsis: Nothing is as it seems in this brain-bending plunge into our darkest desires. Elizabeth (Abbey Lee - THE NEON DEMON), a beautiful young newlywed, arrives at the palatial estate of her brilliant scientist husband Henry (Ciarán Hinds - JUSTICE LEAGUE, The Terror). Ensconced in modernist luxury with an obedient — if slightly unsettling — house staff (Carla Gugino - GERALD'S GAME and Matthew Beard - THE IMITATION GAME), she has seemingly everything she could want.

But one mystery tantalizes her: what is behind the locked door to Henry's laboratory that he has forbidden her to enter? When an inquisitive Elizabeth dares to find out, everything she thought she knew about her husband — and about herself — will change. Elizabeth Harvest casts a spell of creeping Gothic menace as it unravels a disturbing tale of identity, obsession, and twisted love.

Disc Specs:
Rated R | Color | 109 minutes | Region A
Video - 1080p Widescreen (2.40:1)
Audio - ?

Extras:
  • The Making of Elizabeth Harvest - Featurette
  • Original Trailer
ELIZABETH HARVEST will be available Tuesday, December 4th wherever Blu-rays are sold and should cost between $15 - $19. Order a copy today from AMAZON, BULLMOOSE, or directly from SHOUT! FACTORY.



On December 18th, Arrow Video Celebrates Ed Hunt's BLOODY BIRTHDAY!


ARROW VIDEO'S SPECIAL EDITION RELEASE OF THIS MINOR HORROR CLASSIC BOASTS A NEW 2K TRANSFER AND LOADS OF NEW EXTRAS!

I have heard about BLOODY BIRTHDAY from numerous friends, but I have yet to actually sit down and watch it. And once I do, I believe that I'll invest in Arrow Video's new Special Edition, which looks to be a notch or two above Severin Films' 2014 BLOODY BIRTHDAY Blu-ray! Let's take a closer look!

Synopsis: THE BAD SEED meets HALLOWEEN in this deliciously twisted early '80s slasher offering directed by Ed Hunt (THE BRAIN) and starring the always lovable Lori Lethin (RETURN TO HORROR HIGH, THE PREY).

Debbie, Curtis and Steven may seem cute as buttons. But their angelic facade conceals the wicked, murderous streak given to them having all been born under the same solar eclipse. With the grown-ups around them blissfully unaware of their little darlings' homicidal tendencies, the evil brats begin to bump off the adults one-by-one. By gun. By arrow. By cake. Bye-bye!

Mixing the killer-kid subgenre with elements of the then-booming slice-and-dice movie, 1981's BLOODY BIRTHDAY shocks and appalls with its scenes of young children shooting, strangling and bludgeoning their way through the local population. They sure don't (and can't!) make 'em like this anymore.

Disc Specs:
Rated R | Color | 85 minutes | Region A
Video - 1080p Widescreen (1.85:1)
Audio - Original Uncompressed mono audio

Extras:
  • NEW! 2K restoration from original film elements!
  • NEW! Audio commentary with director Ed Hunt!
  • NEW! Audio commentary with The Hysteria Continues!
  • NEW! Interview with actress Lori Lethin!
  • NEW! Bad Seeds and Body Counts – A video appreciation of Bloody Birthday and the killer kid sub-genre by film journalist Chris Alexander!
  • Archival interview with producer Max Rosenberg.
  • Original Theatrical Trailer
  • Reversible sleeve featuring newly commissioned artwork by Timothy Pittides!
  • First pressing only: Collector's booklet featuring new writing by Lee Gambin!
Arrow's Special Edition Blu-ray of BLOODY BIRTHDAY will be available at all Blu-ray retailers on Tuesday, December 18th and should cost between $22 - $28! Order yourself a copy now from AMAZON, BULLMOOSE, or DIABOLIK DVD!