Thursday, January 23, 2020

There Is Nothing Silent About Nights in Paddock County: EDGE OF THE AXE Comes to Blu-ray on January 26th!

Cover art for Arrow Video's EDGE OF THE AXE Blu-ray!

One of my favorite sub-genres of Horror has to be the slasher film. From the mighty franchises filled with increasingly ridiculous sequels (e.g. FRIDAY THE 13TH and HALLOWEEN), to the one hit wonders (e.g. THE BURNING, INTRUDER, MY BLOODY VALENTINE), I feel like I've seen just about all of them. Leave it to Arrow Video to burst my bubble with their recent announcement of EDGE OF THE AXE! I have never seen this Spanish slasher flick before (though I do vaguely recall seeing its minimalist VHS cover art at my local mom & pop video store back in the day), but the more I read about it, the more I need to see it! And once next week rolls around, I will finally have my chance to experience this rarely-mentioned slasher flick in startling HD clarity!

Synopsis: From cult Spanish filmmaker José Ramón Larraz (VAMPYRES, SYMPTOMS) comes this long-neglected late 80s slasher classic, finally unleashed on Blu-ray for the first time ever!

The rural community of Paddock County is being rocked by the crazed exploits of an axe-wielding psychopath, who stalks the night in a black trenchcoat and mask. As the victims pile up, the authorities attempt to keep a lid on the situation, whilst computer whizz-kid Gerald and girlfriend Lillian seek to unmask the killer before the town population reaches zero.

Nominally set in Northern California but shot primarily in Madrid, giving the film an off-kilter, American/European atmosphere akin to the likes of PIECES, Edge of the Axe is a late entry hack-and-slash masterpiece from one of the titans of Spanish terror.

Disc Specs:
Not Rated | Color |  91 minutes | Region A
Video - 1080p Widescreen (1.85:1)
Audio - English & Spanish LPCM Mono

Reverse cover art for Arrow Video's Blu-ray of EDGE OF THE AXE!
  • NEW! 2K restoration from the original camera negative!
  • NEW! Audio commentary with actor Barton Faulks!
  • NEW! - Audio commentary with The Hysteria Continues!
  • NEW! - Interview with actor Barton Faulks!
  • NEW! The Pain in Spain - An nterview with special effects and make-up artist Colin Arthur!
  • Image Gallery
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly-commissioned artwork by Justin Osbourn!
  • First pressing only: Collector's booklet featuring new writing by Amanda Reyes!

Hot damn that's a lot of love for a movie that most of us had forgotten about - good on Arrow Video for taking the time to give EDGE OF THE AXE a new lease on life! Speaking of which, their Blu-ray release of this title is scheduled for release on Tuesday, January 28th and should cost between $24 - $28! Take the leap of faith now fellow slasher film fans and get yourself a copy from AMAZON, BULL MOOSE, DIABOLIK DVD, or directly from ARROW VIDEO!

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

STOCK YOUR VAULT: New DVDs & Blu-rays for 01/21/2020!

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Blue Underground's 3-Disc Limited Edition of HOUSE BY THE CEMETERY is Vault Master's Pick of the Week!

As January 2020 heads towards it's conclusion, we get a slight reprieve this week. The release slate of new DVDs, Blu-rays, and 4K Ultra HD discs isn't very big - probably because our pals at Scream Factory and Arrow Video seem to have taken a week off. And honestly that's not a bad thing because February is shaping up to be a really expensive month!

Kino Lorber Studio Classics has the most new releases today with their new Blu-rays of HIGH-BALLIN', SEMI-TOUGH, TOBRUK, ULTZANA'S RAID, and THE WAR LORD, and VCI is a close second with their new releases of THE PHANTOM CREEPS and GORDON OF GHOST CITY serials, as well as their new 25th Anniversary double feature of MOMMY & MOMMY 2!

Universal brings KITTEN WITH A WHIP to Blu-ray for the first time along with last year's horror flop COUNTDOWN, Lionsgate debuts Kevin Smith's JAY & SILENT BOB REBOOT, and for fans of "zombedy" flicks, you get your choice of ZOMBIELAND 2: DOUBLE TAP and last year's LITTLE MONSTERS (Region A Import) which features Lupita Nyong'o and Josh Gad!

But this week's big winner simply has to be Blue Underground's stellar 3-Disc Limited Edition Blu-ray of Lucio Fulci's HOUSE BY THE CEMETERY! The final portion of The Maestro's GATES OF HELL TRILOGY boasts a new 4K scan, a bunch of new extras, and a soundtrack CD! It goes without saying that if you're a fan of Fulci, or a fan of Italian Horror in general, you absolutely need this release in your collection!

The remainder of this week's slim pickings is made up of direct-to-DVD junk and anime (as usual) - to see the full list just continue scrolling!

The Addams Family (2019)
Boruto: Naruto Next Generations Set 4
Countdown (2019)
Ever After (aka Endzeit)
Gordon of Ghost City (VCI)
High-Ballin' (Kino Lorber Studio Classics)
In Search of the Last Action Heroes
Jay & Silent Bob Reboot (Lionsgate)
The Knight of Shadows (Well Go USA)
The Phantom Creeps (VCI)
Semi-Tough (Kino Lorber Studio Classics)
SuperHell: The Johnny Walker Collection
Zombieland 2: Double Tap

Alice & Zoroku: The Complete Series
Bad Reputation
D-Frag!: The Complete Series
Grace is Gone
House by the Cemetery (3-Disc Limited Edition - Blue Underground)
Kitten With a Whip (Universal)
Little Monsters (2019 - Region A Import)
Mommy & Mommy 2 (25th Anniversary Edition - VCI)
Monster Masume (Collector's Edition)
The Morose Mononokean II: Season 2
The Phantom Creeps (Special Edition - VCI)
Summer Days with Coo (Shout! Factory)
Ten Questions
Tobruk (Special Edition - Kino Lorber Studio Classics)
Ulzana's Raid (Special Edition - Kino Lorber Studio Classics)
The War Lord (Special Edition - Kino Lorber Studio Classics)

Bad CGI Sharks
Castle Freak (Remastered - Full Moon Pictures)
I See You
No Sin Unpunished
One Night Only
Paranormal Whacktivity
Phil the Alien
Relative Evil
Ritual (Screen Media Darkside)
Rock My World
Self Storage (Screen Media Darkside)
Strange Events 3
Succubus: Hell-Bent
Sweatshop (Unrated)
The White Storm 2: Drug Lords

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

On February 25th, PET SEMATARY TWO Claws Its Way Out of a Shallow Grave and Onto Blu-ray Disc!

Cover art for Scream Factory's Collector's Edition Blu-ray of PET SEMATARY TWO!

Growing up, I had a fascination with the written works of Stephen King, and the film adaptations that resulted from them. So when PET SEMATARY TWO suddenly appeared one day on the shelves at a local Blockbuster Video, I was psyched!

But despite being directed by Mary Lambert (who previously directed the original PET SEMATARY) and having an amazing cast (which included post-TERMINATOR 2: JUDGMENT DAY Edward Furlong, the REVENGE OF THE NERDS series' Anthony Edwards, and "The Kurgan" himself, Clancy Brown!), this film just never clicked with me, and I still have yet to revisit it nearly three decades later. That being said, Scream Factory really went all-in on this release, so maybe PET SEMATARY TWO is worth giving another chance?

Synopsis: Sometimes dead is better. But the shocking terror that plagued Ludlow, Maine, in Pet Sematary is still very much alive in this sequel to the 1989 hit film.

After the death of his wife, veterinarian Chase Matthews (Anthony Edwards - ZODIAC) and his 13-year-old son, Jeff (Edward Furlong - TERMINATOR: DARK FATE), move to Ludlow to rebuild their lives. Antagonized by the neighborhood kids, Jeff befriends another outsider, Drew Gilbert, who lives in fear of his cruel stepfather, Gus (Clancy Brown - JOHN DIES AT THE END). After Gus cold-bloodedly shoots Drew's beloved dog, the boys bury the body in the local Indian burial grounds – a place rumored to have the powers of resurrection. But when evil is awakened, the boys realize that sometimes you should just let dead dogs lie.

Disc Specs:
Rated R | Color | 100 minutes | Region A
Video - 1080p Widescreen (1.85:1)
Audio - English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 (?)

  • NEW! 4K Scan Of The Original Camera Negative Approved By Director Mary Lambert!
  • NEW! Audio Commentary With Director Mary Lambert!
  • NEW! Young And Brooding – An Interview With Actor Edward Furlong!
  • NEW! Playing Over The Top – An Interview With Actor Clancy Brown!
  • NEW! My First Film – An Interview With Actor Jason McGuire!
  • NEW! A Thousand Dollar Bet – An Interview With Special Makeup Effects Creator Steve Johnson!
  • NEW! Orchestrated Grunge – An Interview With Composer Mark Governor!
  • Original Theatrical Trailer
Scream Factory's awesome Collector's Edition Blu-ray of PET SEMATARY TWO will be available at all Blu-ray retailers on Tuesday, February 25th and should cost between $25 - $29! Whether you're a fan of the film, or just a completionist, order a copy today from AMAZON, BULL MOOSE, DIABOLIK DVD, or directly from SHOUT! FACTORY (which will net you an 18 x 24 poster featuring the new cover art while supplies last)!

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

On January 21st, Own the Definitive Release of Lucio Fulci's HOUSE BY THE CEMETERY!

Cover art for Blue Underground's 3-Disc Limited Edition of Lucio Fulci's HOUSE BY THE CEMETERY!

Out of all the Italian Horror filmmakers that were cranking out movies in the 70s and 80s, I always liked Lucio Fulci the best. I enjoyed the bold absurdity of ZOMBI 2's shark vs. zombie sequence, and gawked at the gore in THE BEYOND and CITY OF THE LIVING DEAD (aka GATES OF HELL) while I tried to figure out just what the hell was going on! And though it isn't my favorite of Fulci's "Gates of Hell trilogy" (though it does have quite a memorable bat attack) I am quite glad to see HOUSE BY THE CEMETERY get the royal treatment from Blue Underground! Boasting a new 4K restoration from the original camera negative, plus new special features and other goodies, this 3-Disc release is easily a must-have for fans of Italian Horror cinema!

Synopsis: A young family moves from their cramped New York City apartment to a spacious new home in New England. But this is no ordinary house in the country: the previous owner was the deranged Dr. Freudstein, whose monstrous human experiments have left a legacy of bloody mayhem. Now, someone-or something-is alive in the basement, and home sweet home is about to become a horrific hell on earth.

Disc Specs:
Not Rated | Color | 86 minutes | Region Free
Video - 1080p Widescreen (2.35:1)
Audio - English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 & 1.0 and Italian DTS-HD Master Audio 1.0

Reverse cover art for Blue Underground's 3-Disc release of HOUSE BY THE CEMETERY!
  • NEW! Audio Commentary with Troy Howarth, Author of Splintered Visions: Lucio Fulci and His Films!
  • Deleted Scene
  • Theatrical Trailers
  • TV Spot
  • Poster & Still Galleries

  • NEW! House Quake – Interview with Co-Writer Giorgio Mariuzzo!
  • NEW! Catriona MacColl Q&A!
  • NEW! Calling Dr. Freudstein – Interview with Stephen Thrower, Author of Beyond Terror: The Films of Lucio Fulci!
  • Meet the Boyles – Interviews with Stars Catriona MacColl and Paolo Malco!
  • Children of the Night – Interviews with Stars Giovanni Frezza and Silvia Collatina!
  • Tales of Laura Gittleson – Interview with Star Dagmar Lassander!
  • My Time With Terror – Interview with Star Carlo De Mejo!
  • A Haunted House Story – Interviews with Co-Writers Dardano Sacchetti and Elisa Briganti!
  • To Build a Better Death Trap – Interviews with Cinematographer Sergio Salvati, Special Make-Up Effects Artist Maurizio Trani, Special Effects Artist Gino De Rossi, and Actor Giovanni De Nava!

  • The House by the Cemetery Original Motion Picture Soundtrack by Walter Rizzati!

  • Illustrated collectible booklet featuring a brand new essay by Michael Gingold!
  • Reversible sleeve!
  • 3D lenticular slipcover (First Pressing Only)!
Blue Underground's fantastic 3-Disc set of HOUSE BY THE CEMETERY will be available on Tuesday, January 21st wherever Blu-ray discs are sold, and should cost between $32 - $50! If you are a Fulci fan, or just enjoy classic Italian Horror, you need to pick up a copy of this release as soon as possible from AMAZON, BULL MOOSE, DIABOLIK DVD, or direct from BLUE UNDERGROUND!

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

STOCK YOUR VAULT: New DVDs & Blu-rays for 01/14/2020!

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Vault Master's Pick of the Week!

Welcome back to your weekly dose of STOCK YOUR VAULT goodness fellow collectors of physical media! 2020 started off strong, but this week is pretty light on new genre fare, which is fine because I highly recommend saving your money for February! But, if you simply must add to your ever-growing collection, there are some new releases you should be aware of Vault Dwellers!

Kino Lorber Studio Classics adds Special Editions of HOUSE BY THE RIVER and THE WHISPERERS to their giant catalog, Shout Select just released BREWSTER'S MILLIONS in a nifty new Collector's Edition which also comes with the 1945 original, and Scorpion Releasing gives the oft-forgotten NIGHT PATROL its Blu-ray debut!

The bonkers sequel IRON SKY: THE COMING RACE makes its Region A Blu-ray debut today, as does the low-budget Action Sci-Fi Comedy THE PSYBORGS, and Ang Lee's much maligned Will Smith vehicle GEMINI MAN comes to all home video formats. Finally, Scream Factory tops off this week's release slate with two classic Hammer Horror titles, namely DEMONS OF THE MIND and THE MUMMY'S SHROUD!

There's a bunch of anime and indie / direct-to-DVD titles out today as well, so be sure to scroll down to see the full roster of new DVDs, Blu-rays, and 4K Ultra HD discs that have just been released!

Dragon Ball Super: Part 10
Gemini Man
Home With a View of the Monster
House by the River (Special Edition - Kino Lorber Studio Classics)
Krypton: The Complete Second & Final Season
Krypton: The Complete Series
Paranormal Farm 3: Halloween
She Walks in the Woods
The Whisperers (Special Edition - Kino Lorber Studio Classics)

Beverly Hills Cop: 3-Movie Collection
Brewster's Millions (Collector's Edition - Shout Select)
Clockwork Planet: The Complete Series
Creep (Limited Edition - SRS Cinema)
The Color of Magic / The Hogfather
Demons of the Mind (Scream Factory)
Gamers!: The Complete Series
Iron Sky: The Coming Race
Knight's & Magic: The Complete Collection
Magical Girl Spec-Ops Asuka: The Complete Series
The Mummy's Shroud (Scream Factory)
Night Patrol (Scorpion Releasing)
The Price of Smiles
The Psyborgs (Limited Edition - Scream Team Releasing)

42nd Street Forever: The Peep Show Collection Volume 35
Angels Fallen
Code 8
Inside Out (Bayview Films)
The Jogger
Pi Day Die Day

Canada's Greatest Slasher Film Gets a Definitive Blu-ray Release Just in Time For Valentine's Day!

Cover art for Scream Factory's Amazing Collector's Edition Blu-ray of MY BLOODY VALENTINE!

I grew up on a steady diet of heavily-edited slasher films when I was a kid, and typically gravitated toward the usual suspects. (i.e. Michael Meyers, Jason Voorhees, Freddy Krueger, Leatherface, etc.) I eventually got out of my slasher comfort zone in my early teens, and finally got to see many classics in their R-rated glory, while also discovering numerous non-franchise slasher gems like MY BLOODY VALENTINE! This film in particular became an instant favorite, and I was filled with excitement when Lionsgate released it to Blu-ray back in 2009 with various gory bits edited back into the movie! With a new HD transfer, restored footage (thought lost for many years), and new extras, clearly there was no way anyone could top that long out of print Blu-ray release.... UNTIL NOW.


Synopsis: On Valentine's Day, someone always loses their heart. Twenty years ago, this small town lost more than that. When supervisors abandoned their posts to attend the town's annual holiday dance, a tragedy claimed the lives of five miners. The sole survivor, Harry Warden, was institutionalized, but returned for a vengeful massacre on the disaster's first anniversary.

Nineteen years later, the town is gearing up for another Valentine's Day party. Teen sweethearts T.J. and Sarah, along with their friend Axel, are among the excited partygoers. But when a box of candy containing an eerie warning and blood-soaked heart arrive, the townsfolk realize that romance is as good as dead. And so are they ...

Disc Specs:
Rated R | Color | 90 minutes | Region A
Video - 1080p Widescreen (1.85:1)
Audio - English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 & Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo (?)

  • NEW! 4K Scan Of The Original Camera Negative!
  • NEW! An Anemic Valentine – An Interview With Director George Mihalka!
  • NEW! From The Heart – An Interview With Actor Paul Kelman!
  • NEW! Friends Of Mine – An Interview With Actress Lori Hallier!
  • NEW! Axel, Be My Valentine – An Interview With Actor Neil Affleck!
  • NEW! Becoming Sylvia – An Interview With Actress Helene Udy!
  • NEW! The Secret Keeper – An Interview With Actor Rob Stein!
  • NEW! Broken Hearts And Broken Bones – An Interview With Special Makeup Effects Designer Tom Burman!
  • NEW! Holes In The Heart – A Look At The Difference Between The Theatrical Version And The Uncut Version!
  • Original Theatrical Trailer
  • Original TV Spots
  • Original Radio Spots
  • Still Gallery

  • NEW! 4K Scan Of The Uncut Original Camera Negative!
  • NEW! Audio Commentary With Director George Mihalka!
  • MY BLOODY VALENTINE 35th Anniversary Cast Reunion Panel At The Bay Of Blood Convention In Florida Featuring Director George Mihalka, Cast Members Lori Hallier, Helene Udy, Rob Stein, Peter Cowper, Thomas Kovacs, Jim Murchison, Alf Humphreys, And Hosted By Brian Singleton!
  • Thomas Kovacs Performs “The Ballad Of Harry Warden” At The Bay Of Blood Convention With Peter Cowper And Jim Murchison!

Though it is a little more expensive, buying MY BLOODY VALENTINE directly from Shout! Factory's online store will net you some collectible items that cannot be procured from any other retailer. Here's what you get with Scream Factory's exclusive package:
  • The collector's edition 2-disc Blu-Ray with slipcover!
  • A limited edition 18" x 24" rolled poster of the newly-designed art from artist Joel Robinson!
  • A second slipcover — made exclusively for this promotion — featuring newly-designed art from artist Laz Marquez !
  • A limited edition 18" x 24" rolled poster of the newly-designed art from artist Laz Marquez!
Here's what you get with Scream Factory's Deluxe Limited Edition Release of MY BLOODY VALENTINE!
Boasting an incredible new transfer and tons of new extras, Scream Factory's impressive Collector's Edition of MY BLOODY VALENTINE will be mine when it is released on Tuesday, February 11th! If you buy this release from SHOUT! FACTORY (for approximately $35), you get two 18 x 24 posters and two slipcovers (pictured above) while supplies last! However, if you just want the movie by itself, you can snag it for $28 from AMAZON, BULL MOOSE, or DIABOLIK DVD!

The only question left on my mind is this: Has the lost footage of Harry Warden impaling a horny couple with a gigantic drill bit been discovered and incorporated into the uncut version of the film? Because that would be absolutely incredible!