Wednesday, August 8, 2018

STOCK YOUR VAULT: New DVDs & Blu-rays for 08/07/2018!

Vault Master's Pick of the Week!

We're on the final lap of Summer 2018 Vault Dwellers, and this month is a BIG one for DVD & Blu-ray releases! And August is starting off strong with a variety of new titles from all of our favorite genre labels!

With Shane Black's THE PREDATOR on the horizon, 20th Century Fox (now a subsidiary of the Disney empire) has released a new 4K transfer of PREDATOR, as well as a PREDATOR COLLECTION boxed set, while Arrow Video gives STREET MOBSTER a nice Special Edition Blu-ray release.

But this week Severin Films and Scream Factory are at the top of their game! Severin's Limited (and Standard) Edition Blu-ray release of THE CHANGELING is now available, and boasts a new 4K transfer, lots of new extras, and a soundtrack CD!

Scream Factory offers up quantity over quality with a whopping FOUR new Blu-rays this week, including John Carpenter's SOMEONE'S WATCHING ME, plus three new IFC Midnight titles: LOWLIFE, PYEWACKET, and WILDLING. I should also note that Scream's parent company Shout! Factory just released MAC & ME on Collector's Edition Blu-ray because it apparently has a big enough cult following to warrant such a thing! (Who knew?!) And I'd be remiss if I didn't alert you all that Umbrella's definitive Blu-ray release of Russell Mulcahey's RAZORBACK is also getting released this week as well!

There are some other cool titles out this week on DVD & Blu-ray! Scroll down to see the full roster!

2036: Origin Unknown
Cartel 2045
The Day After
The Dead Shack
The Death of Superman
Digimon Adventures Tri: Coexistence
Gehenna: Where Death Lives
Mobile Suit Gundam 00: Season Two
Predator (3-Movie Collection)

The Changeling (Standard & Limited Editions)
Garo: Season 2 - Collection 1
Mac & Me (Collector's Edition)
Predator (4K UHD)
Predator (Steelbook)
Razorback (Beyond Genres Vol. #4 - 08/10)
Someone's Watching Me!
Street Mobster (Special Edition)
Transporter 3 (4K UHD)

Alien Code
Beast Legends
Black Wake
Bunker: Project 12
Global Meltdown
Hostel / Hostel 2 (Double Feature)
Inferno: Skyscraper Escape
The Keeping Hours
Mandy: The Haunted Doll
The Messenger
The Nursery
Quija Seance: The Final Game

The Roger Corman Russian Sci-Fi Collection
Contains: Battle Beyond the Sun, Planet of the Storms, Voyage to the Prehistoric Planet, and Voyage to the Planet of Prehistoric Women.

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Scream Factory Brings Three New IFC Midnight Titles to Blu-ray on August 7th!


Scream Factory's IFC releases are hit and miss for me, but this latest batch actually looks quite promising. LOWLIFE is the feature film debut of director Ryan Prows and follows a motley group of people caught up in an organ-harvesting scheme, PYEWACKET tells the tale of a girl that accidentally places a curse on her mother, and WILDLING is a coming-of-age story with a mythological twist. Learn more about this new releases below, and get your credit cards ready Vault Dwellers!

LOWLIFE (2017)

Synopsis: What happens when you throw together one fallen Mexican wrestler with serious rage issues, one just-out-of-prison ex-con with a regrettable face tattoo, and one recovering junkie motel owner in search of a kidney? That's the premise of the berserk, blood-spattered, and wickedly entertaining feature debut from Ryan Prows.

Set amidst the seedy underbelly of Los Angeles, LOWLIFE zigzags back and forth in time as it charts how fate — and a ruthless crime boss — connects three down-and-out reprobates mixed up in an organ harvesting scheme that goes from bad to worse to off-the-rails insane. Careening from savagely funny to just plain savage to unexpectedly heartfelt, this audacious thriller serves up nonstop adrenaline alongside hard-hitting commentary about the state of contemporary America.

I was sold on this film as soon as I saw this guy.

Disc Specs:
Not Rated | Color | 96 minutes | Region A
Video - 1080p Widescreen (2.40:1)
Audio - ?

  • Audio Commentary With Director Ryan Prows And Cinematographer Benjamin Kitchens
  • Audio Commentary With Director Ryan Prows And Writers Tim Cairo, Jake Gibson, And Shaye Ogbonna
  • Making-of Featurette
  • Short Films
LOWLIFE hits DVD & Blu-ray on Tuesday, August 7th, and will cost you about $18! Get yourself a copy now from AMAZON, BULLMOOSE, DIABOLIK DVD, or directly from SHOUT! FACTORY.


Synopsis: When you're dealing with demons, be careful what you wish for. In this ultra-unsettling occult nightmare, teenage Leah (Nicole Muñoz, Once Upon A Time) finds solace from the recent death of her father — and from her strained relationship with her mother (Laurie Holden, The Walking Dead) — by dabbling in the dark arts.

It all seems like harmless fun at first ... until an argument leads Leah to do the unthinkable: put a death curse on her mother. Leah immediately regrets her decision, but it may be too late: An evil presence known as Pyewacket has risen — and threatens to destroy both mother and daughter.

BACKCOUNTRY director Adam MacDonald creates hair-raising tension and a complex mother-daughter dynamic in this frightening fable about our darkest desires come to life.

Disc Specs:
Not Rated | Color | 88 minutes | Region A
Video - 1080p Widescreen (2.40:1)
Audio - ?

  • Making-of Featurette
  • Theatrical Trailer
PYEWACKET is also an August 7th release (on DVD & Blu-ray) and should cost between $17 - $19! Order your copy now from AMAZON, BULLMOOSE, DIABOLIK DVD, or directly from SHOUT! FACTORY.

WILDING (2018)

Synopsis: A teenage girl's coming-of-age arrives with a terrifying twist in this spellbinding take on the werewolf legend. Since birth, Anna (Bel Powley) has been raised in isolation by a man she knows only as Daddy (Brad Dourif - CHILD'S PLAY franchise, Rob Zombie's HALLOWEEN and HALLOWEEN 2). He has done everything possible to conceal the truth about her origins from her.

But when the teenage Anna is suddenly thrust into the real world under the protection of no-nonsense police officer Ellen (Liv Tyler - THE STRANGERS), it soon becomes clear that she is far from ordinary. Unable to adjust to a normal life, Anna finds herself drawn instead to the wild freedom of the forest while struggling to resist the growing bloodlust that has awakened inside her. This moodily atmospheric thriller combines supernatural scares with a myth-like tale of self-discovery.

Disc Specs:
Rated R | Color | 92 minutes | Region A
Video - 1080p Widescreen (2.40:1)
Audio - ?

  • Deleted Scenes
  • Outtakes
  • Trailer
WILDLING will be released on August 7th like the aforementioned IFC Midnight titles and should cost you between 18 - $20! Order one now from AMAZON, BULLMOOSE, DIABOLIK DVD, or directly from SHOUT! FACTORY.

Monday, August 6, 2018

Severin Films Brings Supernatural Classic THE CHANGELING to Blu-ray on August 7th!


THE CHANGELING is one of my all-time favorite supernatural fright flicks. It's quite atmospheric, and pulls you right in as George C. Scott's John Russell begins to unravel a mystery that started nearly a century before he moved into a haunted house. I'm very excited about this release and look forward to eventually watching this film in glorious high-definition! If you're a fan of THE CHANGELING, read on Vault Dwellers and rejoice!

Synopsis: The 1980 horror classic in HD for the first time ever in America! It is perhaps the most chilling supernatural thriller of our time and remains a career peak for star George C. Scott and director Peter Medak (THE RULING CLASS, THE KRAYS). Now the film that Martin Scorsese calls, "One of the scariest movies ever made," finally comes to Blu-ray.

Academy Award winner Scott stars as a Manhattan composer consumed by grief after his wife and daughter are killed in a shocking accident. But when he moves to a secluded Victorian mansion, he will find himself haunted by a paranormal entity that may unleash an even more disturbing secret.

Trish Van Devere (THE HEARSE), two-time Oscar winner Melvyn Douglas (BEING THERE) and Jean Marsh (FRENZY) co-star in one of the most unsettling ghost stories ever made. THE CHANGELING was the winner of 8 Genie Awards, including Best Foreign Actor, Best Foreign Actress and Best Canadian Film, and is based on actual events.

This wheelchair would go on to have a major cameo in A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET 3!

Disc Specs:
Rated R | Color | 97 minutes | Region Free
Video - 1080p Widescreen (1.85:1)
Audio - ?

  •  Audio Commentary With Director Peter Medak and Producer Joel B. Michaels Moderated By Severin Films’ David Gregory!
  • The House On Cheesman Park: The Haunting True Story Of The Changeling.
  • The Music Of The Changeling: Interview With Music Arranger Kenneth Wannberg.
  • Building The House Of Horror: Interview With Art Director Reuben Freed!
  • The Psychotronic Tourist: The Changeling 
  • Master of Horror Mick Garris On The Changeling
  • Poster & Still Gallery
  • Trailer
  • TV Spot
  • Only 5,000 copies of the Limited Edition will include embossed slipcover and a soundtrack CD!
Severin's Standard and Limited Editions of THE CHANGELING have a street date of Tuesday, August 7th, and should cost you between $21 and $25! Boasting a new 4K transfer, the soundtrack CD, and a plethora of new extras, this is definitely a must-have release! Get your copy now from AMAZON, BULLMOOSE, or DIABOLIK DVD! You can also get THE CHANGELING directly from SEVERIN FILMS, either by itself or in a cool bundle that includes additional items! (e.g. an enamel pin, replica ball, and movie poster!)

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Scream Factory Gives You a Triple-Dose of John Carpenter Goodness on Blu-ray!


To date, Scream Factory has released the following John Carpenter films to Blu-ray: HALLOWEEN (and its sequels), THE FOG, ASSAULT ON PRECINCT 13, ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK, THEY LIVE, PRINCE OF DARKNESS, THE THING, and VILLAGE OF THE DAMNED. They also have a Collector's Edition of STARMAN coming to Blu-ray later this year, and have released Carpenter's ELVIS under their Shout Select label.

Now, with the release of three more Carpenter films to Blu-ray, Scream Factory need only get their hands on DARK STAR, CHRISTINE (coming soon to 4K UHD from Sony Pictures), BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA, ESCAPE FROM L.A., VAMPIRES, GHOSTS OF MARS, and THE WARD. And that's just the films that John Carpenter has directed....

In any case, I'm jumping the gun because let's take a minute to focus on Scream Factory's latest Carpenter entries into their ever-expanding catalog.


Synopsis: Sutter Cane (Jürgen Prochnow - DUNE, THE SEVENTH SIGN) is the best-selling author whose newest novel is literally driving readers insane. When he inexplicably vanishes, his publisher (Charlton Heston - SOYLENT GREEN, PLANET OF THE APES) sends special investigator John Trent (Sam Neill - JURASSIC PARK, DAYBREAKERS, DEAD CALM) to track him down. Drawn to a town that exists only in Cane's books, Trent crosses the barrier between fact and fiction and enters a terrifying world from which there is no escape.

Inspired by the tales of H.P. Lovecraft, this shocking story is, in the words of its acclaimed director, "horror beyond description!"

Disc Specs:
Rated R | Color | 95 minutes | Region A
Video - 1080p Widescreen (2.35:1)
Audio - English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1

  • NEW! 4K Scan Of The Original Film Elements!
  • NEW! Audio Commentary With Director John Carpenter And Producer Sandy King Carpenter!
  • NEW! Horror’s Hallowed Grounds – A Look At The Film’s Locations Today!
  • NEW! The Whisperer Of The Dark – An Interview With Actress Julie Carman!
  • NEW! Greg Nicotero’s Things In The Basement – A New Interview With Special Effects Artist Greg Nicotero Including Behind The Scenes Footage!
  • NEW! Home Movies From Hobb’s End – Behind The Scenes Footage From Greg Nicotero!
  • Audio Commentary With Director John Carpenter And Cinematographer Gary B. Kibbe.
  • Vintage Featurette – The Making Of In The Mouth Of Madness.
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • TV Spots
Scream Factory's IN THE MOUTH OF MADNESS Blu-ray blows away the previous release, and is currently available wherever Blu-rays are sold for approximately $22 - $25. Order yourself a copy of (what is arguably) one of Carpenter's best films now from AMAZON, BULLMOOSE, DIABOLIK DVD, or directly from SHOUT! FACTORY.


Synopsis: Just a quick nap and weary stock analyst Nick Halloway is sure he'll emerge as good as new. Instead, he wakes up as good as gone. Vanished. A nuclear accident has made Nick ... invisible!

The laughs and visual effects are out of sight when Chevy Chase (NATION LAMPOON'S VACATION films, CADDYSHACK) headlines MEMOIRS OF AN INVISIBLE MAN. Invisibility makes it easier to spy on agents (particularly chief adversary Sam Neill) who've put him in his predicament.

And he can romance a lovely documentary producer (Daryl Hannah - HIGH SPIRITS) in a way she's never "seen" before. John Carpenter (HALLOWEEN, THE THING) directs and Industrial Light and Magic create eye-opening effects as Nick embarks on his manic quest. Seeing is believing!
Disc Specs:
Rated PG-13 | Color | 99 minutes | Region A
Video - 1080p Widescreen (2.35:1)
Audio - English: DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0

  • NEW! 2K Scan Of The Original Film Elements!
  • How To Become Invisible: The Dawn Of Digital F/X
  • Vintage Interviews With Director John Carpenter And Actors Chevy Chase And Daryl Hannah.
  • Behind The Scenes Footage
  • Outtakes
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • TV Spots
MEMOIRS OF AN INVISIBLE MAN is also now available to purchase, and should cost between $20 - $24! Get your copy now from AMAZON, BULLMOOSE, DIABOLIK DVD, or directly from SHOUT! FACTORY.


Synopsis: Los Angeles newcomer Leigh Michaels moves into a chic high-rise apartment building. She loves the view. So does the Peeping Tom who lives somewhere in the adjacent tower.

John Carpenter writes and directs this thriller where the breath-catching suspense starts at the moment Leigh (Lauren Hutton - AMERICAN GIGOLO, ONCE BITTEN) is framed in the lens of a telescope. For Leigh, it's the beginning of terrors that escalate from anonymous calls and gifts to lights that mysteriously flicker to prove that someone watches every moment of her life.

Leigh fights back, matching her tormentor's obsession with her own relentless drive to uncover his identity. The prey is now predator – and that escalates the stalker's game to a deadly new level. Someone is watching.

Disc Specs:
Not Rated | Color | 97 minutes | Region A
Video - 1080p Widescreen (1.85:1)
Audio - English DTS-HD Master Audio Mono and Dolby Digital 2.0

  • NEW! 2K Scan Of The Original Film Elements – In Both 1.85:1 And 1.33:1 Aspect Ratios!
  • NEW! Audio Commentary With Author Amanda Reyes (Are You In The House Alone?: A TV Movie Compendium 1964-1999)
  • NEW! Adrienne Barbeau: Looking Back At Someone’s Watching Me
  • NEW! Carpenter’s Enforcer An Interview With Charles Cyphers On His Career In John Carpenter’s Films!
  • NEW! Horror’s Hallowed Grounds – A Look At The Film’s Locations Today!
  • John Carpenter: Director Rising
  • TV Promo
  • Still Gallery
Carpenter's oft-overlooked made-for-TV thriller gets the royal treatment from Scream Factory, and will be released on Tuesday, August 7th! You can order yourself a copy now (which retails for $20 - $24) from AMAZON, BULLMOOSE, DIABOLIK DVD, or directly from SHOUT! FACTORY.