Wednesday, May 23, 2018

STOCK YOUR VAULT: New DVDs & Blu-rays for 05/22/2018!


Vault Master's Pick of the Week!
Greetings Vault Dwellers! May 2018 is nearly over, but there's no end to the awesome titles we're getting from all of our favorite genre labels! Though this week doesn't have a huge number of new releases, the quality surely makes up for the quantity!

Shout! Factory released what could very well be the last MST3K boxed set ever with their Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Singles Collection! This set contains some old favorites that have only had single-disc releases in the past, including: EEGAH!, THE CRAWLING HAND, I ACCUSE MY PARENTS, HELLCATS, SANTA CLAUS CONQUERS THE MARTIANS, and SHORTS: VOL. 3!

Kino Lorber just dropped a nice shiny Special Edition of Sergio Leone's A FISTFUL OF DOLLARS, and Scream Factory gives both OF UNKNOWN ORIGIN and THE VAMPIRE AND THE BALLERINA their Blu-ray debuts! But this week the champion is clearly Arrow Video with their Special Edition of DEATH SMILES ON A MURDERER, and Toho's THE BLOODTHIRSTY TRILOGY, which features LAKE OF DRACULA, EVIL OF DRACULA, and THE VAMPIRE DOLL!

There's a few other titles of interest this week, so be sure to scroll down and see the full roster of new DVDs & Blu-rays!


NEW TO DVD  & BLU-RAY
Daphne and Velma
I Kill Giants
Red Sparrow


NEW TO BLU-RAY
The Bloodthirsty Trilogy (2-Disc Special Edition)
Death Smiles on a Murderer (Special Edition)
A Fistful of Dollars (Special Edition)
He Takes and Returns
Jurassic Park: 25th Anniversary Collection (4K UHD)
Last Showing
The Matrix (4K UHD)
Of Unknown Origin
The Vampire and the Ballerina


NEW TO DVD
Bikini Airways (15th Anniversary Edition)
Condemned
Dark Vale
Devil's Weekend
Doll Syndrome (Unrated)
Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde (1941 - Warner Archive Collection)
Genesis
The Golden Bat
The Ice Cream Truck
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Singles Collection
The October Flowers
Soft Matter
Suit 313 (Special Edition w/ CD)


Tuesday, May 22, 2018

The Last Release of THE LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT You'll Ever Need is Coming to Blu-ray on July 3rd!


ARROW VIDEO'S LIMITED EDITION BLU-RAY OF WES CRAVEN'S CONTROVERSIAL DIRECTORIAL DEBUT IS THE DEFINITIVE EDITION WE'VE ALL BEEN WAITING FOR!

Back when I was a flourishing young Horror fan, I began to work my way through the earlier films of Wes Craven after I had my fill of the NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET franchise. I distinctly remember my shocked reactions as I watched THE LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT for the first time, and gazed wide-eyed as Krug & The Gang did terrible things to a pair of young girls, before getting their comeuppance in the film's final act.

And now, thanks to Arrow Video, I can revisit this film in HD with THREE different cuts of the movie, plus a plethora of awesome extras! Though the price is a bit steep, methinks it is time to upgrade from my old MGM DVD release of this Wes Craven classic!

Synopsis: The directorial debut of Wes Craven, the man behind such horror favorites as A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET, THE HILLS HAVE EYES, SWAMP THING, and SCREAM, THE LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT justly retains its reputation as one of the most harrowing cinematic experiences of all time, nearly half a century on from its original release.

Where's Swamp Thing when you need him?
On the eve of her 17th birthday, Mari and friend Phyllis set off from her family home to the big city to attend a concert by shock-rockers Bloodlust. Attempting to pick up some marijuana on the way, the pair run afoul of a group of vicious crooks, headed up by the sadistic and depraved Krug (David Hess). Gagged and bound, the young women are bundled into a car trunk and driven to the woods, where the gang subject them to a terrifying ordeal of sexual humiliation, torture, and murder.

Unleashed on an unsuspecting public in 1972, THE LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT shocked audiences with its graphic and unflinching portrayal of interpersonal violence, paving the way for a whole host of cheap imitators looking to capitalize on its success. It is Wes Craven's original alone, however, that remains one of the true watershed moments in horror (and indeed, film) history.

Disc Specs:
Unrated & R-Rated | Color | 84 minutes (R-Rated cut) | Region A
Video - 1080p Widescreen (1.85:1)
Audio - 1.0 Mono

Extras:

DISC ONE
  • NEW! 2K restoration of the Uncut Version!
  • NEW! Audio commentary by podcasters Bill Ackerman and Amanda Reyes!
  • Archival audio commentary with writer/director Wes Craven and producer Sean S. Cunningham!
  • Archival audio commentary with stars David Hess, Marc Sheffler, and Fred Lincoln!
  • NEW! Junior's Story - Annterview with actor Marc Sheffler!
  • Marc Sheffler in Conversation at the American Cinematheque.
  • NEW! Interview with wardrobe and make-up artist Anne Paul!
  • Songs in the Key of Krug - Never-before-seen archive interview with David Hess!
  • Celluloid Crime of the Century - Archival documentary featuring interviews with Wes Craven, Sean S. Cunningham, actors David Hess, Fred Lincoln, Jeramie Rain, Marc Sheffler, and Martin Kove!
  • Still Standing: The Legacy of The Last House on The Left - Archival interview with Wes Craven.
  • Scoring Last House on the Left - Archival interview with actor/composer David Hess.
  • It's Only a Movie: The Making of The Last House on the Left - Archival documentary.
  • Forbidden Footage - The cast and crew of Last House on the film's most controversial sequences.
  • Deleted Scene
  • Outtakes and Dailies
  • Trailers, TV Spot, & Radio Spots
  • Image Gallery 
The saw is family.
DISC TWO
  • NEW! 2K restoration of the Krug and Company & R-Rated cuts of the film!
  • NEW! The Craven Touch - Faturette bringing together interviews with a number of Wes Craven s collaborators, including Sean S. Cunningham, composer Charles Bernstein, producer Peter Locke, cinematographer Mark Irwin, and actress Amanda Wyss!
  • Early Days and 'Night of Vengeance' - Filmmaker Roy Frumkes remembers Wes Craven and Last House on the Left!
  • Tales That'll Tear Your Heart Out - Excerpts from an unfinished Wes Craven short! 

DISC THREE
  • Exclusive CD featuring the film's original soundtrack!

ADDITIONAL EXTRAS
  • Double-sided poster featuring original and newly commissioned artwork!
  • 6 lobby card reproductions!
  • Limited edition perfect-bound book featuring new writing on the film by author Stephen Thrower!
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Paul Shipper!

Arrow Video's must-own limited edition release of THE LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT will be available on Tuesday, July 3rd, and retails for $31 - $35! You can order it today from AMAZON, BULLMOOSE, or DIABOLIK DVD, but hurry because this title will probably sell out fast! If it does, you'll have to wait until later this year for the Special Edition release which will not contain the second disc!



Wednesday, May 16, 2018

STOCK YOUR VAULT: New DVDs & Blu-rays for 05/15/2018!


Vault Master's Pick of the Week!

Greetings Vault Dwellers, and welcome to your weekly fix DVD & Blu-ray news! This week has a pretty good assortment of new releases from all of our favorite labels, along with a smattering of double-feature DVDs from Frolic Pictures!

PROBLEM CHILD 2 and THE WIZARD get their Blu-ray debuts from Universal, MVD Rewind Collection gives THE RETURN OF SWAMP THING a beautiful Blu-ray release, and Arrow Video brings H.G. Lewis' classic TWO THOUSAND MANIACS to high-definition in an all new Special Edition.

Scream Factory unleashes DOCTOR BLOOD'S COFFIN and Larry Cohen's IT'S ALIVE TRILOGY to Blu-ray for the first time, while sister company Shout Select dishes out Limited Edition Steelbooks of THE ADVENTURES OF BUCKAROO BANZAI: ACROSS THE EIGHTH DIMENSION and BILL & TED'S EXCELLENT ADVENTURE! Also out today: Marvel's BLACK PANTHER, Season Three of RICKY & MORTY, and 4K releases of DIE HARD (30TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION), BRAVEHEART, and GLADIATOR.

For the complete list of this week's new DVDs & Blu-rays, continue scrolling!


NEW TO DVD & BLU-RAY
Apartment 212
Black Panther
The Monkey King 3
Rick & Morty: Season 3
Samson
The Shannara Chronicles: Season 2


NEW TO BLU-RAY
The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension (Limited Edition Steelbook)
Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure (Limited Edition Steelbook)
Braveheart (4K UHD)
Die Hard (30th Anniversary Edition - 4K UHD)
Doctor Blood's Coffin
Gladiator (4K UHD)
The It's Alive Trilogy
Platoon of the Dead
Poison Sweethearts
Problem Child 2
The Return of Swamp Thing (Special Edition)
Space Truckers (05/18 - Import)
This is Cinerama (Authorized Restoration)
Two Thousand Maniacs! (Special Edition)
Vampires / Ghosts of Mars (Double Feature - 05/18 - Import)
The Wizard (1989)
Yona Yona Penguin


NEW TO DVD
The Devil and Father Amorth
FM (Universal Vault Series)
Forbidden Films
The Manor
Mastermind
Moma's Spirit
One Piece: Season Nine, Voyage Five


FROLIC FEATURE DOUBLE FEATURES (DVD)
All the Kind Strangers / Savage Weekend
Blood Freak / The Pyx
Carnival of Souls / Spider Baby
Fright Night / Karate Kids U.S.A.
Get Christy Love / Children of the Night
Hollywood Man / Maybe I'll Come Here in the Spring
Joshua / The Swap
Last Woman on Earth / Nightmare Castle
The Lazarus Syndrome / Against a Crooked Sky
Santa Clause vs. The Devil / A Christmas Without Snow
Scream Bloody Murder / Track of the Moon Beast


Thursday, May 10, 2018

Umbrella Entertainment's May 2018 New Releases!


UMBRELLA RELEASES ANOTHER "CANNON CLASSICS" DOUBLE FEATURE, FEATURING DEATH WISH 4 & 5! 

More Charles Bronson is always a good thing and Umbrella Entertainment has delivered unto us the much-needed (for our collections) DEATH WISH sequels that we've been missing. Sadly, this is pretty much the only new release that we'll be covering this month as the rest of Umbrella's slate is made up of more normal fare. Those titles will be listed at the bottom of this post, as we typically do here at The Vault.

ANNOUNCEMENTS:
* Umbrella is unveiling their new BEYOND GENRES line next month (06/06), and kickstarting it with awesome new editions of DAGON, RE-ANIMATOR (which will contain the Integral Cut), as well as its two sequels, BRIDE OF RE-ANIMATOR and BEYOND RE-ANIMATOR.

* They are also bringing THE BEASTMASTER to Blu-ray on June 6th! The disc will have an audio commentary with director Don Coscarelli and an hour-long making-of featurette!

* RAZORBACK is going to be part of Umbrella's BEYOND GENRES line - still no release date, but I'm thinking August at the latest!


CANNON CLASSICS DOUBLE FEATURE: DEATH WISH 4: THE CRACKDOWN (1987) & DEATH WISH 5: THE FACE OF DEATH (1994)

DEATH WISH 4 Synopsis: Four times the action, four times the suspense - notorious crusader Paul Kersey (Charles Bronson) returns to settle old scores and make new enemies in DEATH WISH 4: THE CRACKDOWN, from veteran action director J. Lee Thompson (THE GUNS OF NAVARONE, CAPE FEAR).

With the tragic cocaine-induced death of his girlfriend's teenage daughter Kersey steps into the breach and faces-off against two rival drug gangs waging war in the blood-drenched inner city.

Even at the best of times the streets of LA are never safe - run by pimps and ruthless drug traffickers, they remain a melting-pot of crime and violence. But when original urban vigilante and one-man justice machine Paul Kersey reaches into his extensive arsenal of weapons to take check, it's time to run for cover.

Disc Specs:
Rated R | Color | 99 minutes | Region Free
Video - 1080p Widescreen (1.85:1)
Audio - ?

That look on your face when you're given the script to Death Wish 6.

DEATH WISH 5 Synopsis: After battling on the streets in cities from coast to coast, vigilante Paul Kersey has moved back to New York. But when his beautiful fiancee, Olivia (Lesley-Anne Down), is killed and her daughter kidnapped by a kingpin of the underworld, Kersey finds himself back in the war.

Kersey's plan to live anonymously is shattered when he learns that his fiancee was the victim of a protection racket run by her ex-husband, criminal Tommy O'Sheay. One by one Kersey hunts down the criminals. Once again upholding the law becomes his way of life... And this time it's for good.

DEATH WISH 5 was one of the final films produced by 21st Century Film Corporation, a company owned by former Cannon Group boss, Menahem Golan.

Disc Specs:
Rated R | Color | 95 minutes | Region Free
Video - 1080p Widescreen (1.85:1)
Audio - ?

Extras:
  • AUDIO COMMENTARIES BY PAUL TALBOT.
  • THEATRICAL TRAILERS
  • TV SPOT
  • TV BROADCAST PROMO
  • VHS PREVIEWS
  • IMAGE GALLERY




These new titles are also currently available from Umbrella Entertainment:
As always, all of the titles listed above are REGION FREE and exclusively available from Umbrella Entertainment's website!


Severin Films Offers up a Double Dose of Laura Gemser with EMANUELLE AND THE LAST CANNIBALS and VIOLENCE IN A WOMEN'S PRISON!


Limited Edition Artwork.
SEVERIN FILMS BRINGS TWO ITALIAN EXPLOITATION CLASSICS TO BLU-RAY DISC!

Laura Gemser portrays "Black Emanuelle" in Severin Films' Standard & Limited editions of Joe D'Amato's EMANUELLE AND THE LAST CANNIBALS, and Bruno Mattei's VIOLENCE IN A WOMEN'S PRISON!

I've never seen either film, but out of the two, I (quite shockingly) would rather watch Joe D'Amato's cannibal flick! While I would typically approach any D'Amato production with some trepidation (mostly because I haven't seen a film of his that I haven't groaned and grumbled through), I have to admit that the trailer for EMANUELLE AND THE LAST CANNIBALS makes it look pretty damned entertaining!

These definitely seem like a pair of must-owns for fans of exploitation cinema, so if the titles (and directors) alone have caught your eye, be sure to continue reading for the full specs & extras on both Severin releases!

EMANUELLE AND THE LAST CANNIBALS (1977 - LIMITED & STANDARD EDITIONS)

Synopsis: While doing undercover work in a mental hospital, Emanuelle (Laura Gemser) discovers a girl who seems to have been raised by a tribe of Amazonian cannibals. Intrigued, Emanuelle and friends travel deep into the Amazon jungle, where they find that the supposedly extinct tribe of cannibals is still very much alive, and Emanuelle and her party are not welcome visitors.

Standard Edition Artwork.
Disc Specs:
Rated R | Color | 85 minutes | Region A
Video - 1080p Widescreen (1.85:1)
Audio - English & Italian DTS-HD Master Audio Mono

Extras:
  • NEW! 2K REMASTER OF THE FILM prepared for this release!
  • The World of Nico Fedenco - An interview with the composer. (27 min.)
  • A Run Among the Cannibals - An interview with actress Annamaria Clementi. (23 min.)
  • Dr. O'Brien MD - An interview with actor Donald O'Brien. (19 min.)
  • From Switzerland to Mato Grosso - An interview with actress Monica Zanchi. (19 min.)
  • I Am Your Black Queen - An audio commentary by actress Laura Gemser. (11 min.)
  • Original trailer
  • Reversible Cover Art
  • Note: The Limited (to 3,000) edition includes a remastered CD copy of the film's original soundtrack!
Both Standard & Limited Editions of EMANUELLE AND THE LAST CANNIBALS are currently available wherever Blu-ray discs are sold! The Limited Edition Blu-ray (with soundtrack CD) costs between $25 - $35, while the Standard copy costs between $20 - $24! You can order a copy now at AMAZON (LIMITED, STANDARD, DVD), BULLMOOSE (LIMITED, STANDARD, DVD), DIABOLIK DVD (LIMITED, STANDARD), or directly from SEVERIN FILMS (LIMITED, STANDARD, DVD, LAURA GEMSER BUNDLES).


VIOLENCE IN A WOMEN'S PRISON (1982)

Synopsis: Planning to expose the corrupt practices of a woman's prison, Emanuelle (Laura Gemser) goes undercover as an inmate. She is shocked by the guard's brutal treatment of the inmates, but she never gets a chance to report these horrors.

When her actual identity is revealed, Emanuelle finds herself on the receiving end of even worse. Directed by Bruno Mattei (HELL OF THE LIVING DEAD, RATS: NIGHT OF TERROR), and also starring Gabriele Tinti, Maria Romano, Ursula Flores, Lorraine De Selle, Franca Stoppi, and Antonella Giacomini.

Disc Specs:
Not Rated | Color | 90 minutes | Region Free
Video - 1080p Widescreen (1.78:1)
Audio - English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0


Extras:

  • Brawl In Women’s Block: Interview With Co-Director/Co-Writer Claudio Fragasso and Co-Writer Rossella Drudi.
  • Archival Interview With Director Bruno Mattei.
  • Radio Spot
  • Reversible Cover Art
Severin's VIOLENCE IN A WOMEN'S PRISON Blu-ray is now available to purchase at most online retailers, and currently costs between $20 - $23! Get your copy now at AMAZON (BLU-RAY, DVD), BULLMOOSE (BLU-RAY, DVD), DIABOLIK DVD, or directly from SEVERIN FILMS (BLU-RAY, DVD)!



Wednesday, May 9, 2018

STOCK YOUR VAULT: New DVDs & Blu-rays for 05/08/2018!


Vault Master's Pick of the Week!

Another week, another list of new DVDs and Blu-ray discs! The second week of May holds many treasures Vault Dwellers, and I hope you have the expendable income to enjoy the latest Cult, Horror, Exploitation, and B-Movie titles that were released yesterday!

Kino Lorber gives us a double dose of action with SPECIAL DELIVERY and (Andy Sidaris') SEVEN, while Severin Films gifts exploitation fans VIOLENCE IN A WOMEN'S PRISON, plus a Limited Edition Blu-ray of EMANUELLE AND THE LAST CANNIBALS.

Troma gives us GUTBOY: A BEDTIME STORY and SICK SOCK MONSTERS FROM OUTER SPACE, Full Moon brings THE CREEPS and PUPPET MASTER: THE LEGACY to Blu-ray, VCI gives Brucesploitation fans a real treat with BRUCE'S DEADLY FINGERS, and Mondo Macabro gives THE DEVIL INCARNATE a nice high-def release!

But I do believe that it is Scream Factory that wins out this week, with a trio of cool titles, namely CAGED FURY, DOCTOR BLOOD'S COFFIN, and THE HOUSE THAT DRIPPED BLOOD! For more info on these Blu-ray discs, CLICK HERE!

There's not too much else to rave about this week, but be sure to scroll down to see the full list of this week's new DVDs & Blu-rays!


NEW TO DVD & BLU-RAY
Batman Ninja
Defective
Emanuelle and the Last Cannibals
Paradox
Seven
Special Delivery
Violence in a Women's Prison
Wraith


NEW TO BLU-RAY
Bruce's Deadly Fingers
Caged Fury
The Creeps
The Devil Incarnate
Disembodied
Doctor Blood's Coffin
Enter the Devil (Limited Edition - Massacre Video)
Gutboy: A Bedtime Story
The House That Dripped Blood
Motorrad
Parasyte: Parts 1 & 2 (Live-Action)
Puppet Master: The Legacy
Sick Sock Monsters From Outer Space
Source Code (4K UHD)


NEW TO DVD
42nd Street Pete Presents: Bad Barbara Double Feature
Bizarre
Cthulhu
Dark Beacon
Edgar Allen Poe's The Raven
Force of Impact
House of Evil
Human Experiments
Killer Bash
Maniacal
Never Leave Alive
Point B
The Sky Calls
Tomboys
True Fear: The Making of Psycho
Us & Them
The Violence Movie: Parts 1 & 2 (Limited Edition)