Monday, October 11, 2021

VAULT MASTER'S COLLECTOR'S CORNER: MY KINO LORBER ROCKTOBER 2021 HAUL!

 

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Just got my latest Blu-ray haul (after I promised myself I wouldn't splurge for the remainder of the year) from Kino Lorber, who is currently having a ROCKTOBER SALE (ends on October 26th, 2021), with some really great prices on hundreds of classic titles! There's a lot of Code Red reissues (e.g. CONQUEST, JUST BEFORE DAWN, PANIC, SLITHIS, DEVIL'S EXPRESS), a bunch of Film Noir boxed sets, and more for some really hard to beat prices!

I myself just blew in BURIED ALIVE (a staple of my childhood that used to play on USA Network all the time!), CONQUEST (Fulci does sword & sorcery), DEVIL'S EXPRESS, GOG (in 3D!), JUST BEFORE DAWN (which contains two cuts of the film), THE MASK (in 3D!), THE MAZE (in 3D!), THE QUEST (aka FROG DREAMING), and SEPTEMBER STORM (in 3D!)! As an added bonus, I pre-ordered the complete KOLCHAK: THE NIGHT STALKER TV series (it's currently cheapest if you order direct from Kino) and it showed up early! 

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Tuesday, September 28, 2021

50% COMMANDO. 50% NINJA. 100% AMERICAN. Get Ben Combes' COMMANDO NINJA on Blu-ray Today!

 

Cover art for ETR Media's upcoming Blu-ray of COMMANDO NINJA!
BEN COMBES' THROWBACK TO 80'S ACTION CINEMA IS COMING TO BLU-RAY DISC FROM ETR MEDIA!

With the success of several no-budget proof of concept trailers-turned hit indie films like KUNG FURY and TURBO KID, it was no surprise that other indie filmmakers would be inspired to do their own over-the-top takes on 80s action fare as well! Case in point, Ben Combes' 2018 fan favorite: COMMANDO NINJA! Available for free on YouTube for years (so you can try before you buy!), this irreverent love letter to films like KICKBOXER, COMMANDO, RAMBO: FIRST BLOOD PART II, and others arrives on Blu-ray disc for the first time with some really cool bonus features!

Synopsis: 1986: John Hunter is a Vietnam veteran, half commando, half ninja, 100% American. He is forced back into action when his young daughter is kidnapped by a secret ninja organization, led by a Central American dictator who wants to create a new world order through time... Unfortunately for them, she is the only thing he would kill again for. Hunter will have to fight his way through an army of ninjas, vietcongs, punks, dinosaurs, mutants, one of his former commandos and a fully equipped private army. With the help of his old friend Hopkins, Hunter will have to combine the arts of ninjutsu and guerilla warfare to become the ultimate soldier and rescue his daughter.

Disc Specs:
Not Rated | Color | 68 minutes | Region Free
Video - 1080p Widescreen (1.78:1)
Audio - English Dolby Digital 2.0

Extras:

  • Feature Length Making of Documentary
  • Hopkins: A Commando Ninja Short Film
  • Trailer
  • Character Biographies
  • Theme Song

COMMANDO NINJA is now available from Vinegar Syndrome's partner label ETR Media! The disc should cost between $20 - $28 and you can order it now from AMAZON, BULL MOOSE, DIABOLIK DVD, or directly from VINEGAR SYNDROME (which will also net you a limited edition slipcover if you act now)!



Wednesday, September 22, 2021

STOCK YOUR VAULT: New Blu-rays and 4K Discs for 09/21/2021!

 

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Vault Master's Pick of the Week for 09/21/2021 is Kino Lorber Studio Classics' Blu-ray release of GOLDEN NEEDLES!
Vault Master's Pick of the Week!
Greetings Vault Dwellers and welcome to another new edition of the News Vault's STOCK YOUR VAULT column! This week has a pretty good mix of new must-own titles on Blu-ray and 4K disc, but as we get closer to the Halloween season, I urge you to plan accordingly because October is going to be expensive! Moving on then....

Lionsgate's Vestron Video label released the director's cut of DEMENTIA 13 to Blu-ray (sadly the theatrical cut is not included), Ronin Flix gives modern Horror favorite HAUNT a nice Special Edition Blu-ray release, and Shudder hits us with two new fright flicks, namely BOYS FROM COUNTY HELL and VIOLATION.

Severin Films has re-released their massive DUNGEON OF ANDY MILLIGAN Blu-ray set which features well over a dozen films on 9 discs (and comes with a soundtrack CD), Arrow Video brings IMMORAL TALES back into print in a new 2-Disc set, and Scream Factory brings IFC Midnight's THE VIGIL to Blu-ray disc.

On the 4K front, Warner Bros. finally gives A CLOCKWORK ORANGE its own standalone release, Studiocanal brings Joe Dante's THE HOWLING to 4K UHD for its 40th anniversary (note: the 4K disc is region free, however the Blu-rays are Region B locked), and the latest installment of the increasingly ridiculous FAST & THE FURIOUS series has just arrived on both 4K UHD & Blu-ray!

And while I'm super stoked to own the CROCODILE DUNDEE TRILOGY on Blu-ray (thanks Paramount!), and even though Kino Lorber has multiple new titles out as of yesterday, my choice as the Pick of the Week goes to Kino's new Blu of Robert Clouse's obscure GOLDEN NEEDLES! This film has been given a new 2K restoration and comes complete with a new audio commentary, image gallery, and more!

There's a bunch of other Blu-rays and 4Ks out this week - scroll on down to peep out the list!

NEW TO 4K ULTRA HD BLU-RAY
A Clockwork Orange (4K UHD - Warner Bros.)
F9: The Fast Saga (4K UHD - Universal)
The Howling (40th Anniversary Edition - 4K UHD - Studiocanal)


NEW TO BLU-RAY
Assault Lily Bouquet: The Complete Season (Funimation)
Batwoman: The Complete Second Season (Warner Bros.)
Bird on a Wire (Kino Lorber Studio Classics)
Boruto: Naruto Next Generations - Boruto Back in Time (Warner Bros.)
Boys from County Hell (Shudder/Image Entertainment)
Breakdown (Paramount Presents)
The Crocodile Dundee Trilogy (Paramount)
Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid (Kino Lorber Studio Classics)
Dementia 13: Directors' Cut (Vestron Video Collector's Series - Lionsgate)
Dr. Who: The Complete Sylvester McCoy - Season One (BBC)
The Dungeon of Andy Milligan Collection (9-Disc Collector's Edition w/CD - Severin Films)
Dusk Maiden of Amnesia: The Complete Collection (Discotek Media)
F9: The Fast Saga (Universal)
From Up on Poppy Hill (Limited Edition Steelbook - Shout! Factory)
God of War II (Well Go USA)
Golden Needles (Kino Lorber Studio Classics)
The Gymnastics Samurai: The Complete Season (Funimation)
Haunt (Special Edition - Ronin Flix)
Immoral Tales (2-Disc Special Edition - Arrow Video)
Macho Callahan (Kino Lorber Studio Classics)
Masquerade (Kino Lorber Studio Classics)
Muhyo and Roji's Bureau of Supernatural Investigation: Season 1 (Funimation)
Porco Rosso (Limited Edition Steelbook - Shout! Factory)
Pufnstuf (1970 - Code Red DVD/Kino Lorber)
Resident Alien: Season One (Universal)
Secrets of Sweet Sixteen / Wacky Taxi (Drive-In Double Feature #11 - Dark Force Entertainment)
Skullduggery (Kino Lorber Studio Classics)
Star Trek Enterprise: The Complete Series (Paramount)
The Vigil (Scream Factory)
Violation (Shudder)


Now Available on Blu-ray Disc: The One Who Owns the GOLDEN NEEDLES Can Rule the World!

Cover art for Kino Lorber Studio Classics' Special Edition Blu-ray of GOLDEN NEEDLES!
KINO LORBER STUDIO CLASSICS GIVES ROBERT CLOUSE'S OBSCURE MARTIAL ARTS ADVENTURE ITS BLU-RAY DEBUT!

Up until recently, I never even knew of the existence of GOLDEN NEEDLES, but having just watched the trailer, I can safely say that I need to grab a copy of this! Directed by Robert Clouse, the man who gave us such martial arts classics as ENTER THE DRAGON, BLACK BELT JONES, and GYMKATA, GOLDEN NEEDLES follows the exploits of various factions vying for the titular seven "Golden Needles."

If used correctly, these acupuncture tools will grant someone superhuman sexual prowess (and possibly eternal life). But if used incorrectly, the needles will cause instant, agonizing death! This movie looks like a total blast and has a fantastic cast - I think we all owe Kino Lorber a big thanks for scooping up this title and giving it a brand new 2K restoration! Never heard of this one yourself? Well Vault Dwellers, pull up a chair and let's you and I take a closer look at this new Kino release!

Synopsis: From Robert Clouse, the sensational director of ENTER THE DRAGON, DARKER THAN AMBER, GAME OF DEATH, FORCE: FIVE, GYMKATA, and THE AMSTERDAM KILL, comes this suspense story of a priceless ancient Chinese statue that is pursued halfway across the world. The legend of the golden statue (which contains seven youth-restoring acupuncture needles) promises the owner health and incredible vigor... but can also deliver a painful death!

Joe Don Baker (THE PACK, WALKING TALL, FRAMED), Elizabeth Ashley (THE GREAT SCOUT AND CATHOUSE THURSDAY), Ann Sothern (THE WHALES OF AUGUST), Burgess Meredith (BURNT OFFERINGS), Roy Chiao (BLOODSPORT), Frances Fong (HELLFIGHTERS), and martial arts legend Jim Kelly (BLACK BELT JONES, THREE THE HARD WAY) are seven desperate people on one desperate chase to find the Golden Needles. Legendary composer Lalo Schifrin (BULLITT, DIRTY HARRY) provides the groovy score!

Disc Specs:

Rated PG | Color | 72 minutes | Region A
Video - 1080p Widescreen (2.39:1)
Audio - English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Mono

Extras:

  • NEW! 2K restoration of the film!
  • NEW! Audio Commentary by critics Howard S. Berger and Chris Poggiali!
  • Radio Spots
  • TV Spot
  • Image Gallery
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Newly Commissioned Art by Vince Evans!
  • Reversible Art
  • Limited Edition O-Card Slipcase!

Kino Lorber's GOLDEN NEEDLES is currently available wherever Blu-ray discs are sold and should cost between $15 - $18! If this seems like it'd be up your alley, you can order a copy right this very minute from AMAZON, BULL MOOSE, DIABOLIK DVD, or directly from KINO LORBER!


Thursday, September 16, 2021

STOCK YOUR VAULT: New Blu-rays and 4K Discs for 09/14/2021!

 

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Vault Master's Pick of the Week for 09/14/2021 is Scream Factory's ALONE IN THE DARK: COLLECTOR'S EDITION!
Vault Master's Pick of the Week!
Egads! I can't believe that the last STOCK YOUR VAULT entry was back on March 1st! Becoming a parent has altered my life in so many ways, and I knew that my ability to generate content here (and elsewhere) would be somewhat limited but.... damn.

And seeing as how free time has become a precious commodity that I don't have much of these days, I've decided to streamline things a bit and focus this column entirely on new Blu-ray and 4K UHD releases. I know, I know... this is a bit of a slap in the face to the "direct-to-DVD" crowd, but for the time being there isn't much I can do about that.

With all that said, let's take a look at this week's new Blu-ray and 4K releases, of which there are plenty!
 
Mill Creek Entertainment delights Ultraman fans this week with their new (DVD only?!) releases of ULTRAMAN 80 and ULTRAMAN: THE ANIMATED SERIES, while Code Red once again teams with Kino Lorber, this time to bring THE FRENCH CONSPIRACY (aka THE ASSASSINATION) to Blu-ray disc!

Shout! Factory dropped the new post-apocalyptic film HUNTERS to Blu-ray, along with some great animated offerings including Laika's KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS & PARANORMAN, as well as a limited edition steelbook of the anime classic PERFECT BLUE! Meanwhile our pals at Arrow Video have released the wonderful new COLD WAR CREATURES: FOUR FILMS FROM SAM KATZMAN limited edition boxed set, which contains HD transfers, and a plethora of extras, for CREATURE WITH THE ATOM BRAIN, THE WEREWOLF, ZOMBIES OF MORA TAU, and THE GIANT CLAW!

Scream Factory released a new fright flick called MASQUERADE, but our choice pick of this week is easily their new Collector's Edition release of Jack Sholder's ALONE IN THE DARK! Long out of print, this overlooked 80s slasher classic makes its big Blu-ray debut with a new 2K transfer and a variety of new and archival bonus features! While there is currently a delay on getting this disc out to everyone that pre-ordered a copy, before this month is through we should all have our ALONE IN THE DARK Blu-rays in hand!

There's a smattering of other new titles out on Blu-ray and 4K UHD from various other companies (e.g. Epic Pictures, Kino Lorber Studio Classics, Funimation) this week. To see the full foster, just continue scrolling!


NEW TO 4K ULTRA HD BLU-RAY

Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters (4K UHD - Paramount)
The Shawshank Redemption (4K UHD - Warner Bros.)


NEW TO BLU-RAY
Alone in the Dark (1982 - Collector's Edition - Scream Factory)
Arabesque (Kino Lorber Studio Classics)
Black Clover: Season 3, Part 5 (Funimation)
Black Clover: Season 3, Part 5 (w/ art book - Funimation)
Bluebeard (aka Landru - Kino Lorber Studio Classics)
Blue Panther (aka Marie-Chantal vs. Doctor Ka - Kino Lorber Studio Classics)
Cold War Creatures: Four Films from Sam Katzman (Limited Edition - Arrow Video)
The Devil in Maddalena (One 7 Movies)
Eli Roth's History of Horror: Season 2 (AMC)
The French Conspiracy (aka The Assassination - Code Red/Kino Lorber)
The Highlander (Lionsgate/Studiocanal)
Howling Village (Epic Pictures)
Hunters (Shout! Factory)
Kubo and the Two-Strings (Shout! Factory)
Magical Girl Site: Complete Collection (Section 23)
Masquerade (1965 - Kino Lorber Studio Classics)
Masquerade (2021 - Scream Factory)
ParaNorman (Shout! Factory)
Perfect Blue (Limited Edition Steelbook - Shout! Factory)
Rififi in Paris (aka The Upper Hand - Kino Lorber Studio Classics)


NEW TO DVD
The Ultraman: The Complete Animated Series (Mill Creek Entertainment - DVD only)
Ultraman 80: The Complete Series (Mill Creek Entertainment - DVD only)

 

Sunday, September 12, 2021

He Wants Your Body... In Pieces! DEATH SCREAMS Makes Its Blu-ray Debut on September 28th!

Cover art for Arrow Video's Limited Edition Blu-ray of DEATH SCREAMS!
ARROW VIDEO GIVES DAVID NELSON'S LONG FORGOTTEN SLASHER FLICK A NEW LEASE ON LIFE WITH THEIR NEW LIMITED EDITION RELEASE!

I'm an absolute sucker for slasher flicks! From the major franchises, to the multitude of international standalone films featuring psychotic killers, I've seen just about everything the sub-genre has to offer. But every now and again, some rare or obscure slasher movie claws its way up from the depths to be rescued by a boutique Blu-ray label. Which brings me of course to DEATH SCREAMS! The folks at Arrow Video got their hands on the only existing 35mm print of this film and have given it a new 2K restoration, along with a variety of new bonus features (which include two audio commentaries and a making-of documentary)! I have to admit that I'm totally in the dark on this one Vault Dwellers, but that didn't stop me from blindly pre-ordering a copy once I learned of its existence! If you're on the fence about picking up a copy of DEATH SCREAMS, continue onward to learn more about this (mostly) forgotten slice of slasher film history!

Even more limited edition O-Card artwork for Arrow Video's DEATH SCREAMS Blu-ray!

Synopsis:
In one of the most unlikely cinematic pairings of all time, David Nelson (who rose to fame as a child star playing alongside his real-life family in the wholesome TV show The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet) directs Playboy Playmate and adult star Susan Kiger in this bodycount-heavy, long overlooked slice of Southern fried hack-and-slash – 1982's DEATH SCREAMS!

Late one night, a young couple are brutally murdered at a make-out spot by an unseen assailant, their bodies tossed into the nearby river. As the lifeless lovers drift slowly downstream, the residents of the town excitedly prepare themselves for their annual carnival, unaware that a machete-wielding maniac with a twisted grudge is lurking in their midst. When a group of teen revelers plan a late-night after party down in the local cemetery, they unwittingly set the stage for a bloodbath.

DEATH SCREAMS, which was released on US VHS as HOUSE OF DEATH (and on UK DVD with the reels in the wrong order!) oozes early '80s regional slasher charm from its every pore, boasting an everything-but-the-kitchen-sink final reel featuring slashed throats, bisected bodies, and exploding heads. At long last arriving on Blu-ray and lovingly restored from the only-known existing 35mm print, this little-seen slasher classic is ready to carve its way into the bleeding hearts of horror fans everywhere!


Disc Specs:
Not Rated | Color | 88 minutes | Region A
Video - 1080p Widescreen (1.85:1)
Audio - English DTS-HD Master Audio Mono 

Extras:

  • NEW! 2K restoration from an archival 35mm print!
  • NEW! Audio commentary with producer Charles Ison and special effects artist Worth Keeter moderated by filmmaker Phil Smoot!
  • NEW! Audio commentary with The Hysteria Continues!
  • NEW! All the Fun of the Scare: The Making of Death Screams – A newly-produced making-of documentary featuring interviews with producer Charles Ison, special effects artist Worth Keeter, writer Paul Elliott, actors Hanns Manship and Curt Rector, actor/producer's assistant/assistant supervising editor Sharon Alley, and actor/talent wrangler Robert "Billy Bob" Melton!
  • TV and Radio Spots
  • Image Galleries
  • House of Death Alternate VHS Opening Titles
  • Two versions of the screenplay under the original title of Night Screams! [BD-ROM content]

 
Limited Edition Exclusives:

  • Reversible sleeve featuring original artwork and a newly-commissioned reimagining of the original VHS artwork by Sadist Art Designs presented with die-cut slipcover!
  • Fully-illustrated collector's booklet featuring new writing by Brian Albright!

Arrow's Limited Edition of DEATH SCREAMS is due out on Tuesday, September 28th and should cost between $25 - $30! You can order the "standard" limited edition Blu-ray of this film from AMAZON, BULL MOOSE, DIABOLIK DVD, ZAVVI, or directly from ARROW VIDEO! However, there is a secondary release of DEATH SCREAMS that comes with an exclusive limited edition O-Card that reproduces the original theatrical poster art, and you can only obtain this version from ZAVVI or ARROW VIDEO!