Wednesday, February 20, 2019

STOCK YOUR VAULT: New DVDs & Blu-rays for 02/19/2019!


Vault Master's Pick of the Week!

We're now in the third week of February and it seems that we have hit a lull Vault Dwellers. This week is pretty light on genre fare, but as always there's still plenty of new titles that are worth picking up!

Sony has just re-released the 1979 DRACULA featuring Frank Langella (while their new FRIGHT NIGHT Blu has seemingly vanished without a trace), Severin Films brings SKINNER to Special Edition DVD & Blu-ray, Paramont unleashes OVERLORD on all formats, and Mill Creek Entertainment gives us BARB WIRE and THE LEGEND OF BILLIE JEAN in new VHS-style packaging!

Arrow Video brings COLOR ME BLOOD RED to Blu-ray (having previously released it in their mighty impressive HERSCHELL GORDON LEWIS FEAST boxed set), Redemption Films gives us a double feature Blu featuring DRACULA'S FIANCEE & LOST IN NEW YORK, and Scream Factory caps off this week's somewhat vampiric theme with THE RETURN OF THE VAMPIRE!

There's honestly not much else that deserves a special mention, but please be sure to scroll down to see the full roster of this week's DVD & Blu-ray releases!


NEW TO DVD & BLU-RAY
Antidote
Backtrace
Blue My Mind
Dracula's Fiancee / Lost in New York (Redemption Films Double Feature)
Dr. Who: Resolution
Duke
Iceman: The Time Traveler
Mazinger Z: Infinity
Overlord
Robin Hood (2018)
Skinner (Special Edition - Severin Films)


NEW TO BLU-RAY
Barb Wire (Mill Creek)
Color Me Blood Red (Arrow Video)
Cry-Baby
Dracula (1979 - Sony)
The Legend of Billie Jean (Mill Creek - Retro VHS-style Packing)
Nightmare Vacation (Limited Edition)
Parasyte - The Maxim: The Complete Collection
The Return of the Vampire (Scream Factory)
The Third Secret (Indicator - Region Free)
Tokyo Drifter (The Criterion Collection - Region B)
Touken Ranbu: Hanamaru - Season Two
Year of the Dragon (Warner Archive Collection)
Youngblood (Special Edition - Kino Lorber Studio Classics)


NEW TO DVD
Babylon 5: The Gathering & In the Beginning
Babylon 5: The Lost Tales
Bigfoot!
Captain Morten and the Spider Queen
Creature from the Green Mist
Dream Nightmare (2016)
Fancypants
KKKillers / Election Night / Prank Week / Tiny Terrors
Let it Bleed
The Mysterious Monroe House
Paranormal Farm


On April 23rd, Kino Lorber Will Let You SCREAM AND SCREAM AGAIN!


A SERIAL KILLER IS LOOSE ON THE STREETS OF LONDON IN THIS 1970 CLASSIC!

Somehow I have failed to see Gordon Hessler's SCREAM AND SCREAM AGAIN, which boasts the amazing talent of Vincent Price, Christopher Lee, and Peter Cushing! (Which reminds me.... I still haven't seen HOUSE OF THE LONG SHADOWS either! Doh!) Out of print since Twilight Time's Limited Edition in 2015, SCREAM AND SCREAM AGAIN returns to Blu-ray (after being pushed back twice) courtesy of Kino Lorber Studio Classics!

Synopsis: A serial killer who drains his victims' blood is on the loose in London! They hunger for power, thirst for blood–and make each helpless, pleading victim SCREAM AND SCREAM AGAIN! Horror legends Vincent Price (TALES OF TERROR), Christopher Lee (HOUSE OF THE LONG SHADOWS) and Peter Cushing (MADHOUSE) star in this masterwork of style and suspense about a group of sadistic madmen plotting to take over the world–one severed body part at a time.

Directed by cult filmmaker Gordon Hessler (THE OBLONG BOX) with a screenplay by Christopher Wicking (CRY OF THE BANSHEE) and based on a novel by Peter Saxon (Murder at Site 3). Co-starring Judy Huxtable (THE PSYCHOPATH).

Disc Specs:
Rated R | Color | 95 minutes | Region A
Video - 1080p Widescreen (1.85:1)
Audio - English DTS-HD Master Audio Mono

Extras:
  • NEW! Audio Commentary by Film Historian Tim Lucas!
  • Trailers From Hell with Mick Garris!
  • Reversible Blu-ray Art
  • Trailer Reel
SCREAM AND SCREAM AGAIN is now going to be released on Tuesday, April 23rd wherever Blu-ray discs are sold and should cost approximately $20. Order a copy now from AMAZON or DIABOLIK DVD and start counting down the days!



Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Now Available on Blu-ray: Bela Lugosi Rises from the Grave in THE RETURN OF THE VAMPIRE!


SCREAM FACTORY DEBUTS THIS CLASSIC HORROR TALE ON BLU-RAY WITH THREE NEW AUDIO COMMENTARIES! 

Intended to be a followup to DRACULA, this oft-forgotten Horror classic features Lugosi as a "different" vampire, who is accidentally freed during a Nazi bombing raid! I've been meaning to see this one for a while (mostly to see Lugosi's werewolf servant in action), and it looks like Scream Factory's new Blu is the way to go!

Synopsis: Bela Lugosi rises from the crypt in this blood-curdling horror classic! In 1918, Armand Tesla (Bela Lugosi), a 200-year-old Hungarian Vampire, prowls the English countryside, feeding from the jugulars of the villagers. But Tesla's reign of terror is interrupted when a pair of scientists, Lady Jane (Frieda Inescort) and Sir John Ainsley (Roland Varno), drive a railroad spike through his heart.

The "un-dead" Tesla remains safely entombed for two decades until the impact from a stray Nazi bomb accidentally releases him. Along with his werewolf servant Andreas Obry (Matt Willis), the resurrected vampire now plots vengeance on the family that put a halt to his nocturnal feasting!

Disc Specs:
Not Rated | Black & White | 70 minutes | Region A
Video - 1080p Fullscreen (1.33:1)
Audio - ?

Extras:
  • NEW! Audio Commentary with film historian Troy Howarth!
  • NEW! Audio Commentary with author/film historian Gary Don Rhodes!
  • NEW! Audio Commentary with film historian Lee Gambin!
  • Silent 8mm presentation!
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Still Gallery
Holy cow! At the most, I expected this release to be bare bones with a trailer at most! The inclusion of an 8mm version plus a trio of audio commentaries (I bet the Lee Gambin is worth the price of admission alone) makes this a must-have in my book! Scream's THE RETURN OF THE VAMPIRE Blu-ray is now available and should cost between $23 - $25! Order a copy now from AMAZON, BULL MOOSE, DIABOLIK DVD, or directly from SHOUT! FACTORY.



OVERLORD Now Available on Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD!


JAMES AVERY'S WORLD WAR II-ERA HORROR FILM NOW AVAILABLE ON ALL FORMATS!

I missed out on OVERLORD when it came to theaters last year, but finally got to see this J.J. Abrams production the other day, and I was pleasantly surprised by it! While its not the first film to tackle the Horror genre in war-torn 1940's Germany (see also FRANKENSTEIN'S ARMY), this movie did it better than most. It has likeable characters, great effects, and edge-of-your-seat action sequences - I'm definitely going to be adding it to my movie collection!

Synopsis: With only hours until D-Day, a team of American paratroopers (Wyatt Russell, Iain DeCaestecker, Jovan Adepo, and John Magaro) drop into Nazi-occupied France to carry out a mission that's crucial to the invasion's success. Tasked with destroying a radio transmitter atop a fortified church, the desperate soldiers join forces with a young French villager to penetrate the walls and take down the tower.

But, in a mysterious Nazi lab beneath the church, the outnumbered G.I.s come face-to-face with enemies unlike any the world has ever seen. From producer J.J. Abrams, Overlord is a thrilling, pulse-pounding action adventure with a twist!

Blu-ray Disc Specs:
Rated R | Color | 110 minutes | Region A
Video - 1080p Widescreen (2.40:1)
Audio - English: Dolby Atmos & Dolby TrueHD 7.1
             German, Spanish, French, Japanese, Italian, Portuguese: Dolby Digital 5.1

4K UHD Disc Specs:
Rated R | Color | 110 minutes | Region Free
Video - 2160p Widescreen (2.40:1)
Audio - English: Dolby Atmos & Dolby TrueHD 7.1
German, Spanish, French, French Canadian, Russian, Polish, Japanese, Italian, Portuguese: Dolby Digital 5.1

Extras:
  • The Horrors of War - Featurettes
    • Creation
    • Death Above
    • Death on the Ground
    • Death Below
    • Death No More
    • Brothers in Arms
 
OVERLORD is now available wherever discs are sold! The Blu-ray costs around $20, while the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray is more expensive: $24 - $28! Order yourself a copy now from AMAZON (Blu-ray | 4K UHD) or BULL MOOSE (Blu-ray | 4K UHD)!



Monday, February 18, 2019

John Badham's DRACULA Once Again Rises from its Blu-ray Tomb on February 19th!


THE 1979 ADAPTATION OF BRAM STOKER'S NOVEL RETURNS TO BLU-RAY, SANS A DIGITAL COPY.

Since the 1930s, there has been so many iterations of Count Dracula on film: From Bela Lugosi, to William Marshall, to John Carradine, and Duncan Regher I've just about seen them all. And yet I've never taken the time to watch Frank Langella in the role as the immortal Count. I've definitely gotta knock this one off my (eternally growing) list of films I need to watch!

Also, I must note that this Blu-ray disc seems to just be a cheaper re-release with the same specs & extras as the last DRACULA Blu. The only noticeable difference is the lack of a digital Ultraviolet copy of the film. (Which is no big loss seeing as how Ultraviolet will be going extinct this April.)

Synopsis: Throughout history, Dracula has filled men's hearts with fear – and the hearts of women with desire. In this stylish production of Bram Stoker's classic tale, Frank Langella (MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE) gives an electrifying performance as the bloodthirsty Count Dracula in search for his ultimate bride. Meanwhile, the renowned and relentless vampire hunter, Van Helsing (Laurence Olivier - CLASH  THE TITANS), seeks to end the Dark Prince's reign of terror over the citizens of Transylvania. Featuring a mesmerizing cast, fine direction and a superbly atmospheric musical score, Dracula is an unforgettable adaptation of one of the most enduring horror legends of all time.

Disc Specs:
Rated R | Color | 109 minutes | Region A
Video - 1080p Widescreen (2.35:1)
Audio - DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 and Dolby Digital 2.0

Extras:
  • The Revamping of Dracula featurette.
  • Feature Commentary with Director John Badham!
  • Universal Classic Monsters Trailer 
  • Dracula TV Series Trailer
DRACULA (1979) returns to Blu-ray on Tuesday, February 19th and should cost around $10! Order yourself a copy now from AMAZON or BULL MOOSE!



COLOR ME BLOOD RED Comes to Blu-ray on February 19th!


ARROW VIDEO BRINGS THE FINAL INSTALLMENT OF H.G. LEWIS' "BLOOD TRILOGY" TO BLU-RAY!

After releasing the incredible HERSCHELL GORDON LEWIS FEAST boxed set back in October of 2016, Arrow has slowly been putting each of H.G. Lewis' gore-flicks out separately. And this week, COLOR ME BLOOD RED gets its due with this really solid Blu-ray release from Arrow Video!

Synopsis: For the third and final installment in his infamous 'Blood Trilogy', COLOR ME BLOOD RED, splatter movie pioneer Herschell Gordon Lewis turned to the world of fine art for this tortured tale of a troubled artist turned homicidal maniac. Painter Adam Sorge has found himself in a bit of a creative lull. But when his girlfriend accidentally cuts her finger, he realizes what his work has been missing all this time - human blood!

With pressure mounting from local gallery owner Farnsworth to deliver his next masterpiece, Adam sets about procuring as much glorious hemoglobin as he can muster - first from himself, and then from anyone unfortunate enough to pass by his sickening studio of slaughter. The final filmic collaboration between H.G. Lewis and producer/master exploiteer David F. Friedman (who collectively delivered the equally demented BLOOD FEAST and TWO THOUSAND MANIACS!) COLOR ME BLOOD RED is a crazed creation that truly puts the pain in painting!

Disc Specs:
Not Rated | Color | 79 minutes | Region A
Video - 1080p Widescreen (1.85:1)
Audio - LPCM Mono

Extras:
  • Bonus Feature - 1967’s SOMETHING WEIRD!
  • Introductions to the films by H.G. Lewis.
  • Audio commentary on Color Me Blood Red with H.G. Lewis and David Friedman!
  • Audio commentary on Something Weird with H.G. Lewis and David Friedman!
  • The Art of Madness – A video essay on the recurring motif of mad artists as killers in horror films.
  • Weirdsville – Film scholar Jeffrey Sconce on Something Weird.
  • H.G. Lewis on Jimmy, The Boy Wonder.
  • A Hot Night at the Go Go Lounge! – 1966 dance short.
  • Color Me Blood Red Outtakes
  • Color Me Blood Red Trailer
  • Something Weird Trailer
  • Jimmy, The Boy Wonder Trailer
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly-commissioned artwork by The Twins of Evil!
COLOR ME BLOOD RED comes to Blu-ray on Tuesday, February 19th and should cost between $22 - $24. Add this H.G. Lewis classic to your collection this week - pick up a copy from AMAZON, BULL MOOSE, or DIABOLIK DVD!