Wednesday, July 1, 2020

ORCA Finally Gets Its North American Blu-ray Debut Thanks to Scream Factory!


Cover art for Scream Factory's Blu-ray release of ORCA: THE KILLER WHALE!
PREPARE TO BE TRAUMATIZED ALL OVER AGAIN WHEN YOU REVISIT ONE OF CINEMA'S GREATEST REVENGE TALES!

ORCA: THE KILLER WHALE is often lumped in with the slew of films that followed in JAWS' wake, and unfairly so because it has more in common with DEATH WISH than it does with Spielberg's eternal classic. ORCA has previously been released on (Region Free) Blu-ray by Umbrella Entertainment (read my review of that release HERE), so I'm guessing that this Scream Factory disc is basically a carbon copy as the only thing missing is the short 5-minute chat with Martha De Laurentiis. If you've been pining to revisit the dreaded "Orcabortion" scene in HD, well now is certainly the time to upgrade Vault Dwellers!

Synopsis: Sleek, intelligent, beautiful ... and hell-bent on revenge. Producer Dino De Laurentiis (KING KONG, RAGTIME) and director Michael Anderson (AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS, LOGAN'S RUN) join forces to present the rousing action-adventure tale of ORCA: THE KILLER WHALE. It's the story of one powerful being against another: a strong, determined fisherman by the name of Captain Nolan (Richard Harris - UNFORGIVEN) versus an equally determined killer whale.

When the giant whale's pregnant mate is maimed and killed by Nolan, the whale seeks vengeance: smashing boats, attacking a seacoast village, and eventually luring his human adversaries to a final confrontation in the marine creature's own arctic turf. Charlotte Rampling, Will Sampson, and Bo Derek (in her feature film debut) also star in this seafaring epic brimming with nail-biting suspense and spectacular special effects!

Disc Specs:
Rated PG | Color | 82 minutes | Region A
Video - 1080p Widescreen (2.35:1)
Audio - English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 & 2.0 Mono

Extras:
  • Audio Commentary With Author/Film Historian Lee Gambin
  • Theatrical Trailer
Scream Factory's Blu-ray of ORCA: THE KILLER WHALE is now available wherever Blu-ray discs are sold and should cost between $23 - $26! Get yourself a copy now from AMAZON, BULL MOOSE, DIABOLIK DVD, or directly from SHOUT! FACTORY.



Wednesday, June 24, 2020

STOCK YOUR VAULT: New DVDs & Blu-rays for 06/16/2020 & 06/23/2020!


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Vault Master's Pick of the Week for 06/16/2020 is Scream Factory's Blu-ray of THE HILLS RUN RED.
Vault Master's Pick of LAST Week!

Hey Vault Dwellers! Sorry for the delay in updating all of you on last week's new DVDs, Blu-rays, and 4K discs! To make up for it, I'm going to do a double shot of STOCK YOUR VAULT today so, to quote Samuel L. Jackson in JURASSIC PARK (forgot he was in that, didn't you?): "Hold onto your butts!"

06 - 16 - 2020
Last week Paramount hit us with a steelbook of FRIDAY THE 13TH (which was just a repackage of the previous Blu-ray release), Severin unleashed their slightly delayed Blu-rays of HORRORS OF SPIDER ISLAND and SATAN'S SLAVE, and Dark Force Entertainment hit us with three new releases: CHAOS, THE GIANT SPIDER INVASION, and PRIMAL SCREAM!

THE MARSHES (a Shudder exclusive) arrived on DVD & Blu-ray disc, both BRAVEHEART and GLADIATOR made their 4K steelbook debuts, and Darkside Releasing unveiled DEADLY CRUSH and HYDE'S SECRET NIGHTMARE.

But Scream Factory won the week with their new UNIVERSAL HORROR COLLECTION: VOLUME 5 (which contains four classic fright flicks from the Universal vaults!) and their stellar Blu-ray of THE HILLS RUN RED, which is loaded with hours of new extras and multiple new audio commentary tracks! Fans of this indie slasher NEED this disc!

The rest of last week's release roster was made up of a variety of oddball DVD titles - scroll down to see them all (and continue on to this week's list of new releases)!

NEW TO DVD & BLU-RAY
Impractical Jokers: The Movie
Kill Mode
Lego DC Shazam: Magic & Monsters
The Marshes (Shudder)
Morgan, A Suitable Case for Treatment (Kino Lorber Studio Classics)


NEW TO BLU-RAY
Braveheart (4K UHD Steelbook)
Braveheart / Gladiator (4K UHD Double Feature)
Candy Corn
Chaos (2005 - Dark Force Entertainment)
The Claire Sinclair Show (Cult Epics)
Deadly Crush (Darkside Releasing)
Friday the 13th (40th Anniversary Limited Edition Steelbook)
The Giant Spider Invasion (Collector's Edition - Dark Force Entertainment)
Gladiator (4K UHD Steelbook)
The Hills Run Red (Scream Factory)
Horrors of Spider Island (Severin Films)
Hyde's Secret Nightmare (Darkside Releasing)
Lieutenant Jangles (Scream Team Releasing)
Mysteria Friends (Limited Edition Collection)
Pretty in Pink (Paramount Presents)
Primal Scream (Dark Force Entertainment)
Satan's Slave (Severin Films)
Tales of Zesteria the X: The Complete Series
YU-NO: A Girl Who Chants Love at the Sound of This World: Part I
YU-NO: A Girl Who Chants Love at the Sounds of This World: Part 2


NEW TO DVD
Amazon Goddess
Bundy Reborn
Bunker of Blood 7: Killjoy's Carnage Caravan
Dracula vs. Frankenstein
Driven (Uncork'd Entertainment)
Hatchet for the Honeymoon (Rogue Video)
Horror Rises from the Tomb (Rogue Video)
House of Psychotic Women (1974 - Rogue Video)
The Jonestown Haunting
Laurel & Hardy: The Definitive Restorations
The Luring
The Mermaid's Curse
The Nemesis Sequel Trilogy (MVD Rewind Triple Feature)
Project: Metalbeast
Sukiyaki Western Django (MVD Marquee Collection)
Super Vixens (Trionic Entertainment)
Vampire Dad
Voodoo (Unrated)
Werewolves (WowNow Entertainment)
Wrestlemassacre


NEW MULTI-FILM COLLECTIONS ON BLU-RAY
Universal Horror Collection: Volume 5 (Scream Factory)
Contains: The Monster and the Girl, Captive Wild Woman, Jungle Woman, and Jungle Captive.



Vault Master's Pick of the Week for 06/23/2020 is Arrow Video's new Blu-ray of DREAM DEMON!
Vault Master's Pick of THIS Week!
06 - 23 - 2020
Ah, here we go! Back on track! Welcome to the current week fellow film collectors! If you thought last week's slate of new DVDs, Blu-rays, and 4K Ultra HD discs was disappointing, well I have news for you: This week is way worse! But on the plus side, it looks like we'll all be saving some money!

Scream Factory's lone new release this week is Bert I. Gordon's THE SPIDER (aka EARTH VS. THE SPIDER), Arrow Academy brings THE MAD FOX to Blu-ray for the first time, and Kino Lorber Studio Classics delivers multiple new titles, including THE LAST VALLEY (featuring a very young Michael Caine), a Special Edition Blu of MURDER BY DECREE, and CARAVANS (featuring Christopher Lee)!

The Warner Archive Collection brings the Vincent Price classic HOUSE OF WAX 3D back into print, but this week I'm giving the glory to Arrow Video's new Blu-ray release of DREAM DEMON. This film has been out of print for a very long time, and has received the royal treatment from the fine folks at Arrow! This disc contains two cuts of the film, a new 2K restoration, new audio commentary, a ton of new cast & crew interviews, a new making-of documentary, and MORE!

There really isn't much else to get excited for this week Vault Dwellers - scroll down to see the paltry list of new releases if you dare!

NEW TO DVD & BLU-RAY
Immortality or Bust
The Last Valley (Kino Lorber Studio Classics)
A Ship of Human Skin
South Park: The Complete 23rd Season


NEW TO BLU-RAY
Caravans (Kino Lorber Studio Classics)
Cleanin' Up the Town: Remembering Ghostbusters (Import)
Dream Demon (Arrow Video)
Eureka Seven AO
Eureka Seven: The Complete Series
Fairy Gone: Season One, Part One
House of Wax 3D (Warner Archive Collection)
Insight of Evil
Karneval: The Complete Series
The Mad Fox (Arrow Academy)
Murder By Decree (Special Edition - Kino Lorber Studio Classics)
Sarazanmai: The Complete Series
Senran Kagura: Ninja Flash!
The Spider (aka Earth vs. the Spider - Scream Factory)
The Tent
The Vampire Conspiracy


NEW TO DVD
For We Are Many
A Good Woman is Hard to Find
The Haunted
Immaculate Possession
Inheritance (Lionsgate)
The Legion (Paramount)
The Son of Dr. Jekyll (Rogue Video)
Wood Witch


Wednesday, June 17, 2020

You Will Utter a PRIMAL SCREAM During the CHAOS of THE GIANT SPIDER INVASION!


DARK FORCE ENTERTAINMENT JUST RELEASED THREE NEW TITLES TO BLU-RAY FEATURING FUZZY EIGHT-LEGGED VOLKSWAGENS, DEADLY SPACE FUEL, AND A RIP-OFF OF "LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT!"

I'm more or less interested in two of these new Dark Force Entertainment releases Vault Dwellers: THE GIANT SPIDER INVASION (which was released on Blu-ray by VCI years ago and loaded with cool extras... that aren't on this release) and PRIMAL SCREAM, which is making its Blu-ray debut! As for CHAOS (which is based on "an original idea" by David DeFalco and Steven Jay Bernheim. HA!)... I already own LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT so I don't really need this pale imitation of Wes Craven's notorious film.

If any of these three titles have managed to pique your curiosity, then please continue onward to learn more about this trio of new Dark Force Entertainment Blu-rays fellow collectors of physical media!

CHAOS (2005)

Synopsis: Based upon "an original idea" from writer/director David DeFalco, CHAOS (which features the late Sage Stallone) follows two teenage girls on a mission to find drugs at a rave get more than they bargained for. One is sexually assaulted and they are both tortured in horrific ways. The attackers seek refuge in the home of one of the victims' parents, leading to a violent chain of events.

Disc Specs:
Unrated | Color | 77 minutes | Region Free
Video - 1080p Widescreen (1.78:1)
Audio - English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0

Extras:
  • NEW! HD scan of the original uncut 35mm negative with extensive scene correction!
  • NEW! Interviews with co-producer Marc Sheffler of LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT and Stephen "Frankie" Wozniak!
  • Director and Producer Commentary 
  • Original Theatrical Trailer
CHAOS is now available wherever Blu-ray discs are sold, and should cost approximately $18.00! If a cheap knock-off of LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT sounds like a good time, pick up a copy today from AMAZON, BULL MOOSE, or directly from the DARK FORCE SUPERSTORE!




Cover art for Dark Force Entertainment's new Blu-ray of THE GIANT SPIDER INVASION!
THE GIANT SPIDER INVASION (1975)

Synopsis: After a black hole strikes, it opens up another dimension in a rural Wisconsin town, and soon there is an invasion of gigantic arachnids who crave human flesh. NASA scientists Dr. Vance (Steve Brodie - THE WIZARD OF SPEED AND TIME) and Dr. Jenny Langer (Barbara Hale) try their best to save humanity as a romance blooms between them. Meanwhile, local Dan Kester (Robert Easton - THE TOUCH OF SATAN) squabbles with his wife, Ev (Leslie Parrish), and has a dalliance with local bartender Helga (Christiane Schmidtmer).

Disc Specs:
Not Rated | Color | 80 minutes | Region Free
Video - 1080p Widescreen (1.78:1)
Audio - English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0

Extras:
  • NEW! HD scan of an original camera negative!
  • Giant Spider Music Video
  • Interview with Director Bill Rebane
  • Interview with Actor Robert Easton
While it may have a better transfer than VCI's previous release (which was featured in the original 1.85:1 aspect ratio), Dark Force's disc lacks the great extras that populated VCI's 3-disc release! But seeing as how that set is currently out of print, this disc is the only way to watch Bill Rebane's notorious feature film, which had the distinct honor of appearing on one of the funniest episodes of Mystery Science Theater 3000! THE GIANT SPIDER INVASION costs between $18 - $22, and can be obtained from AMAZON, BULL MOOSE, or DIABOLIK DVD!




Cover art for Dark Force Entertainment's Blu-ray of PRIMAL SCREAM!
PRIMAL SCREAM (1987)

Synopsis: The year is 1993. Earth's fuel sources are rapidly decaying. A recently established top-secret government project regarding the deep space mining of a revolutionary new energy source is under way- independently financed and protected at any cost by a mysterious corporation who motives may not be as pure as the gullible public is lead to believe.

Code named: HELLFIRE, this new energy source in its stable form is 100% manageable - no fallout, no acid rain, no ill effects. In its unstable form, however, HELLFIRE is capable of igniting human flesh and completely disintegrating the body.

After underground protests its use result in the brutal murder of a high ranking corporate executive, the corporation's own motives come under investigation. And Corby McHale is caught right in the middle... Up against the rich and ruthless whose power has no limit and who will do anything to protect their deadly secret. The closer McHale gets to the solution, the deadlier the game becomes!

Disc Specs:
Rated R | Color | 90 minutes | Region Free
Video - 1080p Widescreen (1.78:1)
Audio - English: DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0

Extras:
  • Made A Movie, Lived To Tell making of featurette.
  • Audio commentary with director William Murray and crew members.
  • Hellfire 1981 Promo Reel
PRIMAL SCREAM arrives on Blu-ray for the first time from Dark Force Entertainment and should cost between $18 - $20! If you like films featuring evil corporations, coverups, and spontaneously combusting victims, then pick up a copy of PRIMAL SCREAM today from AMAZON, BULL MOOSE, DIABOLIK DVD, or directly from THE DARK FORCE SUPERSTORE!



Wednesday, June 10, 2020

STOCK YOUR VAULT: New DVDs & Blu-rays for 06/09/2020!


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Severin Films' AL ADAMSON: THE MASTERPIECE COLLECTION is Vault Master's Pick of the Week for 06/09/2020!
Vault Master's Pick of the Week!

Hey Vault Dwellers! As I stated last week, June is NOT a great month for new releases, and will  be pretty light overall. Just look at this week's release slate for proof! That being said, this week's thin release roster actually contains a few hidden gems.

The controversial Universal/Blumhouse film THE HUNT is now available on DVD & Blu-ray disc, as are WE SUMMON THE DARKNESS, and THE DINNER PARTY.

Kino Lorber dropped their third FILM NOIR: THE DARK SIDE OF CINEMA collection, and Mill Creek floods the home video market with various new titles, including the highly anticipated double feature of THE H-MAN & BATTLE IN OUTER SPACE, plus two 10-Film DVD sets (SWEATING BULLETS and A DEADLY PLACE).

But this week's champ is hands-down Severin Films. Along with DVD releases of THE STRANGE VICE OF MRS. WARDH and CARNIVAL MAGIC, Severin finally unleashed their impressive AL ADAMSON: THE MASTERPIECE COLLECTION boxed set. Featuring thirty-two films and a slew of extras, this is likely the definitive release for the (almost) entirety of the late exploitation filmmakers' directorial career!

There's honestly not much else worth mentioning this week gang (just a bunch of direct-to-DVD junk and anime), but if you want to see the full roster, just scroll on down!


NEW TO DVD & BLU-RAY
The Dinner Party
Doctor Who: The Complete Twelfth Series
The Hunt
We Summon the Darkness


NEW TO BLU-RAY
Al Adamson: The Masterpiece Collection (Limited Edition - Severin Films)
Bungo Stray Dogs: Dead Apple
Bungo Stray Dogs: Season Three
The H-Man & The Battle in Outer Space (Toho Double Feature - Mill Creek Entertainment)
Heroic Age: The Complete Series
Michiko & Hatchin: The Complete Series
Mob Psycho 100 II (Limited Edition - Funimation)
ReZERO: Starting Life in Another World - The Complete Series
White Crane Chronicles: Kung Fu Killer & Kung Fu Killer II (Mill Creek Entertainment)


NEW TO DVD
Arcana (Rogue Video)
The Astral Factor
Blood & Flesh: The Reel Life & Ghastly Death of Al Adamson (Severin Films)
The Candy Witch
Carnival Magic (Severin Kids)
A Deadly Place: 10 Frightening Films (Mill Creek Entertainment)
One Piece: Season 10 - Voyage One
Outback (2019)
Remy's Demons
Return of the Evil Dead (Rogue Video)
Spider Baby (Rogue Video)
The Strange Vice of Mrs. Wardh (Severin Films)
The Strangler of Blackmoor Castle (Rogue Video)
Stupidman
Sweating Bullets: 10 Action-Packed Movies (Mill Creek Entertainment)


NEW MULTI-FILM COLLECTIONS ON BLU-RAY
Film Noir: The Dark Side of Cinema III (Kino Lorber Studio Classics)
Contains: Abandoned, The Lady Gambles, and The Sleeping City.


Tuesday, June 9, 2020

The Most Controversial Film of the Year is Here: THE HUNT is Now Available on DVD & Blu-ray!


Blu-ray cover for THE HUNT (2020)!
HUNTING HUMANS IS ALL THE RAGE IN THIS (NOT-SO) POLITICALLY CHARGED THRILLER FROM BLUMHOUSE PRODUCTIONS!

I remember all the hoopla when the first trailers for THE HUNT hit the web, and I for one was more than ready to scope out this darkly humorous contemporary version of THE MOST DANGEROUS GAME. Surprisingly the film was shelved due to outrage caused by its perceived anti-conservative bent (which apparently isn't the case), and didn't get released in theaters until March of this year.

And then the global pandemic happened, theater chains shut down, and the film just didn't have enough time to find its audience. But now that THE HUNT is available on DVD & Blu-ray disc, those of us that missed it on the big screen can finally give it a look (if we haven't already rented it digitally that is)!

Synopsis: In this subversive satire, a group of elites gather for the very first time at a remote Manor House to hunt ordinary Americans for sport. But the elites' master plan is about to be derailed because one of The Hunted, Crystal (Betty Gilpin, Glow), knows The Hunters' game better than they do. She turns the tables on the killers, picking them off one by one as she makes her way toward the mysterious woman (two-time Oscar® winner Hilary Swank) at the center of it all.

Disc Specs:
Rated R | Color | 90minutes | Region A
Video - 1080p Widescreen (2.39:1)
Audio - English DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1
            French & Spanish DTS 5.1 Surround Sound

Extras:
  • Crafting The Hunt Featurette
  • Death Scene Breakdowns Featurette
  • Athena vs. Crystal: Hunter or Hunted? Featurette
THE HUNT is now available on Blu-ray (and DVD), and should cost between $22 - $23!  You can order yourself a copy right now from either AMAZON or BULL MOOSE!



Thursday, June 4, 2020

STOCK YOUR VAULT: New DVDs & Blu-rays for 06/02/2020!


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Vault Master's Pick of the Week for 06/02/2020 is the new 4K Ultra HD release of JAWS!
Vault Master's Pick of the Week!

Welcome to June 2020 Vault Dwellers! Believe it or not, this month is going to be relatively light on new DVD, Blu-ray, and 4K Ultra HD titles! That being said, there will still be multiple new releases that are going to make your collective mouths water, and this week is no exception!

Scream Factory's only new title this week is WITCHES IN THE WOODS, their parent company Shout! Factory released TOKYO GODFATHERS and THE BLACKOUT: INVASION EARTH, and Severin Films' slightly delayed THE STRANGE VICE OF MRS. WARDH has finally arrived on Blu-ray disc!

Kino Lorber Studio Classics released LET'S KILL UNCLE and THEY CAME FROM BEYOND SPACE to DVD & Blu, Shudder's ONE CUT OF THE DEAD and first season of CREEPSHOW: THE SERIES are both readily available from most online retailers, as is Dark Sky Films' 1BR.

For those of you who dabble in collecting imports, there are several new titles worth mentioning: Powerhouse's Indicator label out of the UK just dropped new Region Free Blu-rays of NIGHT TIDE and SEE NO EVIL, while Australia's new [Imprint] label dropped stellar new Blus of I MARRIED A MONSTER FROM OUTER SPACE and the original THE WAR OF THE WORLDS (which is coming to the U.S. via Criterion in July)!

But the big title this week has to be Universal's new 45th Anniversary Limited Edition 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray of Steven Spielberg's JAWS! Along with new packaging (which comes with a 44-page booklet and lenticular cover), the disc contains all of the previous extras from Univeral's previous Blu-ray release, and promises the best picture and audio presentation of this classic film yet!

There are still quite a few DVDs, Blu-rays, and 4K discs I didn't mention, so be sure to scroll down to see the full list of new releases!


NEW TO DVD & BLU-RAY
1 BR (Dark Sky Films)
Agony
The Blackout: Invasion Earth (Shout! Factory)
Extra Ordinary
Hillbilly Horror: Volumes 1 & 2
Hillbilly Horror: Volumes 3 & 4
Let's Kill Uncle (Kino Lorber Studio Classics)
One Cut of the Dead (Shudder)
Red Dwarf: The Promised Land (Region B Import)
Star Trek: Short Treks!
They Came From Beyond Space (Kino Lorber Studio Classics)
Witches in the Woods (Scream Factory)


NEW TO BLU-RAY
Classes in Seduction
Creepshow: The Series - Season 1 (Shudder)
Demon Lord, Retry!: The Complete Series
Entrapped: A Day of Terror
I Married a Monster From Outer Space ([Imprint] - Region B Import)
JAWS (45th Anniversary Limited Edition 4K UHD)
Night Tide (Indicator - Region Free)
Parasite (2019 - 4K UHD)
Phantom: Requiem for Phantom - The Complete Series
Robotics;Notes: The Complete Series
See No Evil (Indicator - Region Free)
The Strange Vice of Mrs. Wardh (Severin Films)
Strike Witches: 501st Joint Fighter Wing Take-Off! - The Complete Series
The Three Lances Horror Collection: Volume 1
Tokyo Godfathers (Shout! Factory)
Valhalla Rising
The War of the Worlds (1953 - [Imprint] - Region B Import)
Watchmen: The Complete HBO Limited Series


NEW TO DVD
Clickbait
Finder's Keepers
Harley Quinn: The Complete First Season
Pandamonium
Parasites
The Source of Shadows
Star Trek: 3-Movie Collection (Kelvin Timeline)
The Unborn
Vampire Burt's Serenade