Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Lon Chaney Jr. is Your Guide into the INNER SANCTUM MYSTERIES!

Cover art for Mill Creek Entertainment's INNER SANCTUM MYSTERIES: THE COMPLETE FILM SERIES Blu-ray set!


In 1943, Universal Pictures obtained the rights to adapt six tales from the then popular Inner Sanctum Mystery radio plays into feature-length motion pictures. Starring the late Lon Chaney Jr., these six tales of murder and intrigue remained largely forgotten. But with every "boutique" label raiding the vaults of the big studios these days (e.g. Kino Lorber Studio Classics' Film Noir collections and Scream Factory's Universal Horror Collections), it was only a matter of time before someone dug these up - and that someone turned out to be Mill Creek Entertainment! Now all six Inner Sanctum Mystery films have made their Blu-ray debut and come complete with a number of great special features including audio commentaries, interviews, and an hour-long documentary, and some super cool digital extras! Read onward to find out more about this new release Vault Dwellers!

Synopses: Death, dementia, dark arts... it's just another day in the forbidding and fascinating world of the Inner Sanctum! Get ready for unlimited thrills and chills as all six classic Inner Sanctum Mysteries come to Blu-ray for the first time ever. Based on the popular radio shows of the 1940's, this collectible set is a must-own for every classic mystery and horror fan. You'll have a hauntingly good time with horror icon Lon Chaney, Jr., as he gives timeless performances in these spooky feature-length films:

Calling Dr. Death (1943) - A doctor is not sure if he murdered his wife and has his nurse try to find the truth by hypnotizing him.

Weird Woman (1944) - While on a trip, a professor falls in love with an exotic native woman who turns out to be a supernatural being.

Dead Man's Eyes (1944) - When an artist is blinded, an operation to restore his sight depends on another person willing to donate their eyes.

The Frozen Ghost (1945) - A stage mentalist and a discredited plastic surgeon are involved in mysterious goings-on in an eerie wax museum.

Strange Confession (1945) - Flashbacks reveal the events leading up to a man's revenge on the racketeer who took advantage of his wife.

Pillow of Death (1945) - A lawyer in love with his secretary is suspected of suffocating his wife, among others.

Disc Specs:
Not Rated | Black & White | 382 minutes | Region A
Video - 1080p "Fullscreen" (1.37:1)
Audio - Mono (?)


  • NEW! This is the Inner Sanctum: Making a Universal Mystery Series, produced by Daniel Griffith of Ballyhoo Motion Pictures! (55 mins)
  • NEW! The Creaking Door: Entering the Inner Sanctum - The history of the Radio Series with author/radio historian Martin Grams Jr. (15 mins)
  • NEW! Mind Over Matter: An Archival Interview with actor Martin Kosleck from The Frozen Ghost - Never Before Viewed by the Human Eye! (20 mins)
  • NEW! Feature-length audio commentary for Calling Dr. Death from screenwriter/film historian C. Courtney Joyner and Regina LeBorg (daughter of director Reginald LeBorg)!
  • NEW! Feature-length audio commentary for Weird Woman from author Justin Humphreys (The Dr. Phibes Companion) and Del Howison (Dark Delicacies Horror)!
  • NEW! Feature-length audio commentary for Strange Confession from screenwriter Peter Atkins (HELLRAISER II, III, & IV) and screenwriter/film historian C. Courtney Joyner.

Digital Bonus Features (all featured in standard definition):

  • Lady of Burlesque (1943) - 91 minutes
  • Inner Sanctum (1948) - 62 minutes 
  • 3 Radio Play Episodes of Inner Sanctum Mystery
    • The Tell-Tale Heart featuring Boris Karloff!
    • The Black Sea Gull featuring Peter Lorre!
    • Melody of Death featuring Mary Astor!

I gotta say Vault Dwellers, Mill Creek has certainly stepped up their game in the past few years. Between their INNER SANCTUM MYSTERIES set, their ongoing releases of the ULTRAMAN series, Andy Sidaris' entire film catalog, and their upcoming HAMMER FILMS: ULTIMATE COLLECTION, they are absolutely killing it right now!

If you want to get your paws on Mill Creek's INNER SANCTUM MYSTERIES set, you're in luck because it just got released today! This 2-disc set goes for between $40 - $43 (pretty cheap, no?) and can easily be obtained from AMAZON, BULL MOOSE, or DIABOLIK DVD! Go ahead and treat yourself to this set Vault Dwellers, and while you wait, feel free to click below and listen to dozens of episodes of the classic Inner Sanctum Mysteries radio play via a handy YouTube playlist I stumbled across!

Monday, September 21, 2020

STOCK YOUR VAULT: New DVDs & Blu-rays for 09/15/2020!

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Vault Master's Pick of the Week for 09/15/2020 is Vestron Video Collector's Series Blu-ray of LITTLE MONTERS (1989)!
Vault Master's Pick of the Week!

Greetings Vault Dwellers and welcome to your weekly dose of all things DVD, Blu-ray, and 4K disc related! Sorry I'm a little late in posting last Tuesday's new titles - it's probably going to be the new norm until I get my son "Action" Jackson on a more normalized sleep schedule. (Ah yes. Sleep... those little slices of death... how I miss them.)

This past Tuesday Kino Lorber Studio Classics released THE GHOST BREAKERS and THE CAT AND THE CANARY to Blu-ray disc, Arrow dropped their Blu of JESUS SHOWS YOU THE WAY TO THE HIGHWAY, Scorpion Releasing unveiled their new Blu-ray of DEF-CON 4, and Warner Bros. gave RED DWARF: THE PROMISED LAND its North American debut!

For you tokusatsu/kaiju fans, Mill Creek released yet another Ultra-set to Blu-ray featuring both UTLRAMAN GINGA and ULTRAMAN GINGA S, MVD Marquee Collection gave the forgotten DAHMER a nice Collector's Edition release on both DVD and Blu-ray, and Paramount released a 5-Movie STEPHEN KING COLLECTION, which features PET SEMATARY and its 2019 remake, SILVER BULLET, THE STAND (TV Mini-Series), and for the first time ever, THE DEAD ZONE featuring Christopher Walken!

But this week totally goes to Lionsgate's Vestron Video Collector's Series label, which has returned with a vengeance after remaining quiet for almost a full year! Vestron kicks things off with new Blu-ray discs of LITTLE MONSTERS (1989) and Cronenberg's SHIVERS (aka THEY CAME FROM WITHIN). Both movies come with slipcovers and a slew of new (and archival) extras, and amazingly both releases are surprisingly cheap, which is great news for us collectors!

To see the full list of this past week's new DVDs, Blu-rays, and 4K Ultra HD discs, just keep scrolling Vault Dwellers!

Becky (2020)
Bodacious Space Pirates: The Complete Collection
Dahmer (Collector's Edition - MVD Marquee Collection)
Death of a Vlogger
Def-Con 4 (Scorpion Releasing)
Easy Does It
Edge of Extinction
Jesus Shows You the Way to the Highway (2-Disc Special Edition - Arrow Video)
The Last Laugh
Prison School: The Complete Series
Red Dwarf: The Promised Land
Skin Traffik
Tokyo Home Stay Massacre
Trauma Therapy
Weathering With You
Z/x Code Reunion: The Complete Collection

Bodacious Space Pirates: The Complete Collection
The Cat and the Canary (Kino Lorber Studio Classics)
Cowboy Bebop: The Complete Series (Steelbook)
Def-Con 4 (Scorpion Releasing)
The Ghost Breakers (Kino Lorber Studio Classics)
Jesus Shows You the Way to the Highway (2-Disc Special Edition - Arrow Video)
Little Monsters (Vestron Video Collector's Series)
Prison School: The Complete Series
Shivers (Vestron Video Collector's Series)
Tokyo Home Stay Massacre
Ultraman Ginga / Ultraman Ginga S: The Complete Series & Movies (Mill Creek Entertainment)
Vampire In Brooklyn
Weathering With You (Limited Edition Steelbook)
Z/x Code Reunion: The Complete Collection

10/31 Part II
Alice, Sweet Alice (Special Edition - Arrow Video)
Amityville Clownhouse
And Then You Die
Bad Magic (SRS Cinema)
Batman: Arkham Asylum Re-Cast
The Blue Eyes
Cruising (Special Edition - Arrow Video)
A Dark Path
Evil Takes Root: The Curse of the Batibat
Fear Pharm
Ilsa: The Wicked Warden / Ilsa: Harem of the Oil Sheiks (Double Feature)
In Search Of: Season One
In Search Of: Season Two
Instant Death
Killer Therapy
Luz: The Flower of Evil
The Man From Earth
My Pure Joy
Pet Sematary (1989) / Pet Sematary (2019)
Ride Scare
Running From the Dead
Unearthly Harvest

4-Film Film Noir Collection (Warner Bros.)
Contains: Out of the Past, The Setup, Murder My Sweet, and Gun Crazy.

Alejandro Jodorowsky: 4K Restoration Collection (ABCKO)
Contains: Fando Y Lis, El Topo, The Holy Mountain, Psychomagic, and A Healing Art.

Stephen King: 5-Movie Collection (Paramount)
Contains: Pet Sematary (1989), Pet Sematary (2019), Silver Bullet, The Stand (TV Mini-Series), and The Dead Zone.

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

The Vestron Video Collector's Series Finally Returns With Two New Titles: LITTLE MONSTERS & SHIVERS!

Cover art for Vestro Video Collector's Series' Blu-ray release of LITTLE MONSTERS!

Rejoice for Lionsgate's Vestron label is back with two really solid titles! LITTLE MONSTERS has been a favorite of mine since I was a kid - I've always felt that it was a spiritual successor to NIGHTBREED. And speaking of David Cronenberg.... SHIVERS is the other new Vestron release this week! I've never seen it (I plan on rectifying that this weekend) but I'm definitely looking forward to this early body-horror tale that sounds like a mixture of NIGHT OF THE CREEPS and RABID! Both new Blu-ray releases come with a variety of new special features (including audio commentaries and cast & crew interviews) and are remarkably cheap - you'd be a fool not to add them to your collections ASAP Vault Dwellers!


Synopsis: Brian (Fred Savage - THE PRINCESS BRIDE, THE WIZARD) isn't scared of the monster living under the bed. On the contrary, when he gets to know the wild-eyed boogeyman, Maurice (Howie Mandel - WALK LIKE A MAN, voice of Gizmo in GREMLINS), the pair become fast friends. During the night, Maurice takes his young charge into the netherworld of monsters, where they have a great time making mischief in the lives of sleeping children. But Brian's opinion of Maurice and his freewheeling lifestyle changes when he discovers that he himself is turning into a monster.

Disc Specs:
Rated PG | Color | 101 minutes | Region A
Video - 1080p Widescreen (1.85:1)
Audio - English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0

  • NEW! Audio Commentary with Jarret Gahan, Editor-in-Chief of CultofMonster.com!
  • NEW! Isolated Score Selections and Audio Interview with Composer David Newman!
  • NEW! "Call Him Maurice" – An Interview with Actor Howie Mandel!
  • NEW! "Beneath the Bed" – An Interview with Producer Andrew Licht!
  • NEW! "Monsters Big & Small" – An Interview with Special Makeup Effects Creator Robert Short! 
  • NEW! Vintage Interviews with Actors Fred Savage, Ben Savage, Special Makeup Effects Creator Robert Short, and Director Richard Alan Greenberg!
  • Behind-the-Scenes Footage
  • "Making Maurice" – Vintage Footage of Howie Mandel's Makeup Transformation
  • Vintage EPK & VHS Promo
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Still Gallery 
LITTLE MONSTERS is now available on Blu-ray and is shockingly cheap: The introductory price is between $13 - $15! That amazes me because of all the new extras included with this release, and also because all of the previous Vestron titles were in the $20 - $25 range! So relieve this (somewhat traumatic) late 80s children's classic today and get yourself a copy from AMAZON, BULL MOOSE, or DIABOLIK DVD!

Cover art for the Vestron Video Collector's Series Blu-ray release of David Cronenberg's SHIVERS!

Synopsis: After a scientist living in a posh apartment complex slaughters a teen girl and kills himself, investigators discover that the murderer had been carrying on experiments involving deadly parasites. Roger St. Luc (Paul Hampton - WOMEN OF THE PREHISTORIC PLANET, HIT!), a doctor living in the building, and his aide, Nurse Forsythe (Lynn Lowry - THE CRAZIES, THE CAT PEOPLE), then realize that the parasites are on the loose, attacking fellow tenants. And those who become hosts turn into erotically obsessed maniacs who pass the bugs on through violent sex.

Disc Specs:
Rated R | Color | 88 minutes | Region A
Video - 1080p Widescreen (1.78:1)
Audio - English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0

  • NEW! Audio Commentary with Writer-Director David Cronenberg and Co-Producer Don Carmody!
  • NEW! "Mind Over Matter" – An Interview with Writer-Director David Cronenberg!
  • NEW! "Good Night Nurse" – An Interview with Actress Lynn Lowry!
  • NEW! "Outside and Within" – An Interview with Special Make-Up Effects Creator Joe Blasco!
  • NEW! "Celebrating Cinépix" – An Interview with Greg Dunning!
  • Archival 1998 David Cronenberg Interview
  • Still Gallery with Optional Archival Audio Interview with Executive Producer John Dunning
  • Theatrical Trailers
  • TV Spot
  • Radio Spots 
The Vestron Blu-ray release of SHIVERS is also currently available wherever Blu-ray discs are sold and goes for between $13 - $15! Again, this price point is mind-blowing considering previous Vestron title pricing, plus the number of new extras created for this release - I really hope this is a continuing trend! Get your copy of SHIVERS now from AMAZON, BULL MOOSE, or DIABOLIK DVD!

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

The Battle For the Future Has Begun: DEF-CON 4 is Now Available on Blu-ray!

Cover art for Scorpion Releasing's new Blu-ray of DEF-CON 4!

DEF-CON 4 doesn't seem to get mentioned much these days, and yet this film's theatrical one-sheet is easily one of the most memorable, and iconic pieces of art from the long-lost VHS rental era. I never got around to watching this movie back in the day (though I definitely perused the VHS sleeve numerous times in my youth) so I'm excited to see it finally get a Blu-ray release here in the U.S.! (Prior to this disc, it was released by Arrow Video in a Region B-locked release.) The film has been newly remastered in high-definition, contains a handful of special features, reversible cover art, and comes packaged in a collectible slipcover, which should excite some of you collectors! To get the full details of this new release, read onward!

Synopsis: Three astronauts, Tim Choate (THE FIRST TIME, GHOST STORY), Kate Lynch (MEATBALLS), John Walsch (BODY PARTS), in a secret spaceship lose all contact with the ground and observe what appears to be a nuclear exchange between the USA and Russia! Two months later, the spacecraft’s guidance system is mysteriously reprogrammed, forcing the crew’s return to a vastly changed Earth, where they encounter crazed cannibals, paranoid survivalists, and a sadistic despotic ruler! Hang on tight, DEF-CON 4 is a sci-fi survival thriller that will leave you breathless!

Disc Specs:
Rated R | Color | 88 minutes | Region A
Video - 1080p Widescreen (1.85:1)
Audio - English LPCM 1.0 (?)

  • NEW! HD remaster of the film!
  • NEW! Interview with Composer Chris Young!
  • Newly Commissioned Reversible Artwork!
  • Limited Edition Slipcase
  • Theatrical Trailer
Scorpion Releasing's new Blu of DEF-CON 4 is now readily available to own and should cost you somewhere between $18 - $23! If you're a post-apoc sci-fi junkie, you may just want to add this one to your personal collection Vault Dwellers - Get a copy of DEF-CON 4 today from AMAZON, BULL MOOSE, DIABOLIK DVD, or directly from KINO LORBER!

Thursday, September 10, 2020

STOCK YOUR VAULT: New DVDs & Blu-rays for 09/08/2020!

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Vault Master's Pick of the Week for 09/08/2020 is Universals 4K Ultra HD "The Alfred Hitchcock Classics Collection!"
Vault Master's Pick of the Week!

Greetings Vault Dwellers! Sorry for the lack of news posts lately, but it has been a crazy couple of weeks here at Vault HQ! The Vault Mistress and I welcomed our son into the world back on August 27th during a lengthy hospital visit. Long story short: There were medical concerns for momma, so they tried to induce labor. Our kid didn't want to come out, so the doctors had to go in.

And now, two weeks later, I'm trying to settle into my role as a parent as I return to my normal schedule at the day job, and somewhere in between all of that, I'll be devoting any little bit of spare time I have left to maintaining this blog and main website. Wish me luck gang, because I am definitely going to need it!

But enough about me: Ya'll came here to find out what's new on DVD, Blu-ray, and 4K Ultra HD disc! Well, there's honestly not a lot to get excited about this week Vault Dwellers, but as always, there's a handful of titles worth adding to your growing collections!

Arrow Video brought both THE COMIC and Takashi Miike's GRAVEYARDS OF HONOR to Blu-ray disc this week, Kino Lorber Studio Classics debuted DR. WHO AND THE DALEKS and DALEKS' INVASION EARTH 2150 A.D. (both featuring the fantastic Peter Cushing as the titular character) on Blu-ray disc, and the classic GHOST IN THE SHELL anime made the leap to 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray!

Along with a slew of Frolic Pictures triple (and double) feature DVDs (scroll down to see the entire list of them), DC/Warner Bros.' SUPERMAN: MAN OF TOMORROW, and a 60th anniversary edition Blu-ray of PSYCHO, there isn't much else to really shine the spotlight on, except for Universal's new THE ALFRED HITCHCOCK CLASSICS COLLECTION. This four film set features 4K restorations of REAR WINDOW, VERTIGO, (two different cuts of) PSYCHO, and THE BIRDS - naturally each disc comes with a variety of special features.

That's all the news that's fit to print - if you want to see the full roster of this week's new releases, just scroll on down Vault Dwellers! And please bear with me as I navigate this new (anxiety-riddled) world of fatherhood - my presence may be sporadic for a while!

A Deadly Legend
Night into Day
Supergirl: The Complete Fifth Season
The True History of the Kelly Gang (Shout! Factory)

The Comic (Arrow Video)
Daleks' Invasion Earth 2150 A.D. (Kino Lorber Studio Classics)
Diabolik Lovers: The Complete Collection
Dr. Who and the Daleks (Kino Lorber Studio Classics)
Ghost in the Shell (4K UHD)
Graveyards of Honor (2-Disc Special Edition - Arrow Video)
Psycho (60th Anniversary Edition)
Sakura Quest: The Complete Series
Superman: Man of Tomorrow (Blu-ray & 4K UHD)

Asylum (1972)
Evil Boy
Evil Under the Skin
Hands of a Stranger (Rogue Video)
Hitman City
Invasion Earth
Lake Artifact
Men in Black: 4-Movie Collection
One Piece: Season 10, Voyage 2
Range Runners
Samurai Johnny Frankenstein
Vampire Abstracta
Vampire Cleanup Department

Atomic Rules of the World / Crash of the Moons / Planet Outlaws
Blood Thirst / The Devil's Hand / The Ghost of Hanley House
The Brain That Wouldn't Die / Evil Brain From Outer Space / The Mad Monster
The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari / The Golem
Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde / Nosferatu
Face of the Screaming Werewolf / The Wasp Woman / The Bat
His Majesty, the Scarecrow of Oz / The Lost World / Wolf Blood
The Invisible Ghost / Voodoo Man / The Phantom Creeps
King of the Zombies / Revolt of the Zombies / Teenage Zombies
One Body Too Many / The Ghost Walks / Torture Ship
Phantom Planet / Killers From Space / Night of the Blood Beast
The Sadist / Daughter of Horror / The Yesterday Machine
Teenagers From Outer Space / Teenagers vs. The Thing / The Killer Shrews
This is Not a Test / Snow Creature / The Screaming Skull

The Alfred Hitchcock Classics Collection (Universal)
Contains: Rear Window, Vertigo, Psycho, and The Birds.

Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Peter Cushing Battles the Daleks in Kino Lorber's Two Newest Blu-ray Titles!

Cover art for Kino Lorber's Blu-ray of DR. WHO AND THE DALEKS!

I have yet to really delve into the realm of Dr. Who, but I am familiar with the vast majority of actors who have portrayed the character over the decades. But imagine my surprise years ago when I attended a 35mm film festival and got a rare chance to see DR. WHO AND THE DALEKS on the big screen, featuring Peter Cushing as the titular sci-fi hero! And now this oft-forgotten film, and it's followup, DALEKS' INVASION EARTH 2150 A.D., are available to own on Region A Blu-ray disc thanks to the efforts of Kino Lorber Studio Classics! Both films appear to feature the same transfer and extras as their Region B counterparts, however, the audio track for DR. WHO AND THE DALEKS has been newly restored, and now features dialogue, sound effects, and music that has been missing from previous releases! Whether you're a "Whovian," or a Peter Cushing completist, you'll definitely want to add these two flicks to your collection ASAP!


Synopsis: Screen legend Peter Cushing (THE SKULL, THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES, MADHOUSE) plays everyone’s favorite Timelord, and having invented the TARDIS, a strange machine capable of traveling into other dimensions, the Doctor and his three young accomplices set forth on a quest through time and space. Their journey takes them into the dark, undiscovered depths of the universe and to the planet of Skaro, a primitive world devastated by nuclear war and populated by two warring species: a peaceful tribe known as the Thals and a life form heavily mutated by radiation, encased in protective machines... a merciless force of destruction known as the Daleks!

Now fully restored, DR. WHO AND THE DALEKS, directed by Gordon Flemyng (THE SPLIT, GREAT CATHERINE), was the first big-screen film adaptation of British TV’s most iconic sci-fi hero, and was the first time Doctor Who was ever seen in color! Screenplay by Milton Subotsky (THEY CAME FROM BEYOND SPACE), based on the original BBC TV serial by Terry Nation (The Avengers).

Disc Specs:
Not Rated | Color | 83 minutes | Region A
Video - 1080p Widescreen (2.35:1)
Audio - English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Mono

DR. WHO AND THE DALEKS is now available on Blu-ray disc and should cost you somewhere between $18 - $20! Order yourself a copy now from AMAZON, BULL MOOSE, DIABOLIK DVD, or directly from KINO LORBER!

Blu-ray cover for Kino Lorber's DALEKS' INVASION EARTH 2150 A.D.!

Synopsis: The Earth of 2150 A.D. is a desolate and hostile ruin of a planet, crumbling at the edge of civilization, slowly disappearing into the darkness of space. For the future of planet Earth now belongs to the Daleks, a destructive army of alien invaders who have turned the human race into cowering slaves. Meanwhile deep within the London Underground a group of resistance freedom fighters are planning an attack.

But there’s only one man who could possibly help them succeed in destroying their extraterrestrial enemies and take back control of planet Earth. A man of mystery, a man of time and space, a man known only as… The Doctor. Now fully restored, DALEKS' INVASION EARTH 2150 A.D., directed by Gordon Flemyng, stars screen legend Peter Cushing (HOUSE OF THE LONG SHADOWS) in his return to the big screen as British TV’s most iconic sci-fi hero!

Disc Specs:
Not Rated | Color | 84 minutes | Region A
Video - 1080p Widescreen (2.35:1)
Audio - English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Mono

DALEKS' INVASION EARTH 2150 A.D. is now available to own on Blu-ray disc and should cost between $18 - $20. Order your copy now from AMAZON, BULL MOOSE, DIABOLIK DVD, or get it directly from KINO LORBER!