Thursday, May 16, 2019

STOCK YOUR VAULT: New DVDs & Blu-rays for 05/14/2019!

Vault Master's Pick of the Week!

Greetings Vault Dwellers, and welcome to yet another dose of STOCK YOUR VAULT! This week is actually packed full of good stuff from many of our favorite labels - I hope you've been saving your pennies!

Criterion Collection adds Michael Haneke's FUNNY GAMES to their line, Scream Factory rescues THE CHOSEN from obscurity, Mondo Macabro surprises with a new Blu of THE DEVIL'S NIGHTMARE, and Arrow Video introduces us to YAKUZA LAW!

MVD Rewind boasts a new 2-Disc Special Edition of BOOGIE BOY, Troma brings INDUSTRIAL ANIMALS to Blu-ray, Severin Films offers up SAINT BERNARD, and InterVision gives us the MASKED MUTILATOR in HD!

With GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS about to hit theaters in less than two weeks, Sony gives us a brand new 4K UHD of Roland Emmerich's oft-maligned GODZILLA, while Mill Creek Entertainment offers up THREE new titles this week including ANACONDA, EYES OF LAURA MARS, and John Carpenter's GHOSTS OF MARS.

In the end though, the title I'm most excited for is week is Kino Lorber Studio Classics' Special Edition Blu-ray of LINK. Along with giving this obscure killer ape flick a new 4K restoration, Kino has packed this disc with plenty of extras like a new audio commentary, deleted scenes, an interview with Director Richard Franklin, and more!

There's plenty of other good stuff out this week, ranging from blockbusters to mockbusters! Keep scrolling to see them all!

The Dragon Unleashed
Funny Games (Criterion Collection)
Happy Death Day 2U
Killing Spree
Life Like
Link (Special Edition - Kino Lorber Studio Classics)
Masked Mutilator (InterVision)
Mortuary (Filmrise)
Saint Bernard (Severin Films)
Triple Threat
Valentine: The Dark Avenger (Shout! Factory)

American Mummy (3D & 2D)
Anaconda (Mill Creek Entertainment)
The Annihilators (Arrow Video UK - Region B)
Armored Troopers Votoms OVA 1
The Bedroom Window (Kino Lorber Studio Classics)
Beer League
The Big Clock (Special Edition - Arrow Academy)
Boogie Boy (2-Disc Special Edition - MVD Rewind Collection)
Cherokee Creek
The Chosen (Scream Factory)
The Devil's Nightmare (Mondo Macabro)
Eyes of Laura Mars (Mill Creek Entertainment)
Ghosts of Mars (Mill Creek Entertainment)
Godzilla '98 (4K UHD)
Guilty Crown: The Complete Series
Hentai Heaven Volume 7: Two Fetish Freaks and The Psychic
Industrial Animals
Princess Mononoke (Collector's Edition)
South Park: Seasons 1 - 5
This Gun For Hire (Shout Select)
Yakuza Law (Arrow Video)

Alien Overlords
Bigfoot Blood Trap
Don't Look
Extreme Horror Video Vault
The Jinx
A Killer Awaits
Mio in the Land of Faraway
My Dead Girlfriend: A Halloween Love Story
Rocketman and Cargoboy
A Serbian Film
Standing Tall
Tomb Invader
Triassic World
The Witch in the Window

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Roland Emmerich's Infamous GODZILLA Tunnels its Way onto 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray!


I can still remember the excitement and anticipation I had for Sony's GODZILLA back when I was sixteen years old! Promising a brand-new redesign of my childhood hero in his first American feature film, I counted down the days until it hit theaters, saving very newspaper article and ad for it that I could find! To me, this was going to be an important moment in cinematic history and I was going to have all the documentation on it that I could scrape together!

And then the film finally came out and... the disappointment was crushing. But that was twenty years ago, and I've since moved on and don't quite hate this film nearly as much as I used to. In fact, I've recently defended the monster (not the movie) because I think that "Zilla" deserves more love! That being said... OF COURSE I'm going to be adding this to my Godzilla movie collection as soon as I get some more expendable income!

Synopsis: Following French atomic bomb tests in the South Pacific, an unknown creature is spotted passing through the Panama Canal. Scientist Niko Tatopolous (Matthew Broderick) is called in to investigate the matter, and he quickly arrives at the conclusion that a giant, irradiated lizard has been created by the explosions. "Godzilla" then makes its way north, landing in Manhattan to begin wreaking havoc in the big city.

Disc Specs:
Rated PG-13 | Color | 139 minutes | Region Free
Video - 2160p Widescreen (2.40:1)
Audio - English: Dolby Atmos, Dolby TrueHD 7.1, and DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1

Note: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 also available in the following languages - French, Spanish, Czech, German, Hindi, Hungarian, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, and Russian.

  • Visual Effects Commentary
  • Behind the Scenes of Godzilla with Charles Caiman!
  • All-Time Best-of Godzilla Fight Scenes
  • "Heroes" Music Video by The Wallflowers
While it's kind of light on extras (which seems to be an annoying trend with older films coming to the 4K UHD format), the greatly improved picture and audio quality are enough to make me consider double-dipping on this particular giant monster movie. GODZILLA '98 is currently available wherever 4K discs are sold, and should cost somewhere in the neighborhood of $20. If you're a Godzilla completionist and find yourself compelled to upgrade from your current DVD or Blu-ray, order a copy now from AMAZON or BULL MOOSE!

Elisabeth Shue Monkeys Around With LINK in Richard Franklin's Oft-Forgotten Horror Classic!


I haven't seen LINK in nearly two decades but recall very much enjoying this tale of an intelligent orangutan that becomes a vicious killer! In fact, I'd even go as far to say that it is far better than both MONKEY SHINES and SHAKMA, which have both recently seen a resurgence in popularity. Don't believe me? Then you'll just have to pick up a copy of LINK to see for yourself!

Synopsis: Elisabeth Shue (THE SAINT, LEAVING LAS VEGAS) and Terence Stamp (THE LIMEY, THE REAL MCCOY) co-star in this suspenseful horror film directed by Richard Franklin (ROAD GAMES, F/X 2) and featuring a chilling score by legendary composer Jerry Goldsmith (THE OMEN, THE SATAN BUG, 100 RIFLES).

Young graduate student Jane Chase (Shue) becomes the new assistant to an eccentric zoology professor (Stamp) at the remote home he shares with two brilliant chimpanzees and an elderly orangutan butler named Link. But when one of the chimps is found dead and the professor mysteriously disappears, Link becomes dangerously aggressive towards Jane. Now, the time for “monkey business” is over and the true terror is about to begin.

Disc Specs:
Rated R | Color | 103 minutes | Region A
Video - 1080p Widescreen (?)
Audio - ?

  • NEW! 4K Restoration of the film! 
  • NEW! Audio Commentary by Film Historian Lee Gambin and Film Critic Jarret Gahan!
  • Deleted workprint scenes in SD!
  • Audio interview with director Richard Franklin!
  • Jerry Goldsmith demo of the LINK theme!
  • French Theatrical Trailer
  • US Theatrical Teaser
  • US Theatrical Trailer
LINK is definitely on my list of new must-own titles and I look forward to adding this Special Edition to my collection down the road! But that doesn't mean YOU have to wait to own it! If you've got a spare $18 - $20 in your bank account, order your copy now from AMAZON, BULL MOOSE, DIABOLIK DVD, or directly from KINO LORBER!

Scream Factory has CHOSEN to Unleash HOLOCAUST 2000 on Blu-ray Disc!


I have never seen THE CHOSEN, but seeing as it has been compared to THE OMEN I'll most likely give it a look! It seems to mix the fears of nuclear disaster with supernatural shocks, which makes it rather  unique when compared to various other films involving world-ending scenarios and antichrists! If that sounds like your cup of tea, then read on to learn more about this movie and it's new Blu-ray release!

Synopsis: Kirk Douglas (THE FURY) stars as industrialist Robert Caine, who with his son Angel (Simon Ward - SUPERGIRL) is finally about to realize his biggest dream: a massive nuclear power plant in the Holy Land. But soon, Caine's dream becomes a horrific nightmare as person after person associated with the project meets a violent, gruesome death. When clues to this inexplicable turn of events point to the devil, Caine comes to the terrible realization that he might be linked to the Antichrist ... perhaps even through his unborn child.

Also known as HOLOCAUST 2000 and RAIN OF FIRE, this riveting thriller in the vein of THE OMEN "is probably the best made and best budgeted of the Italian occult films of the 1970s" (The Science Fiction, Horror and Fantasy Film Review) and was directed by cult filmmaker Alberto De Martino (THE ANTICHRIST, BLOOD LINK, and SHADOWS IN AN EMPTY ROOM).

Disc Specs:
Rated R | Color | 102 minutes | Region A
Video - 1080p Widescreen (2.35:1)
Audio - ?

  • Original International Cut Of The Film, Known As Holocaust 2000 (HD)!
  • Rare U.S. Cut Of The Film With Alternate Ending, Known As The Chosen (HD)!
  • Theatrical Trailers
I definitely have a keen interest in this new Scream Factory title Vault Dwellers, especially since there are TWO cuts of the film on this disc! THE CHOSEN is currently available wherever Blu-ray discs are sold and should cost between $20 - $24! Get yourself a copy now from AMAZON, BULL MOOSE, DIABOLIK DVD, or directly from SHOUT! FACTORY.

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

STOCK YOUR VAULT: New DVDs & Blu-rays for 05/07/2019!

Vault Master's Pick of the Week!
Greetings fellow collectors and welcome to another edition of the News Vault's STOCK YOUR VAULT column! We are FINALLY caught up after weeks of playing catch-up, and go figure... it's one of the poorest release slates we've seen in quite a while!

HELLBOY II: THE GOLDEN ARMY makes the leap to 4K UHD, director Jordan Downey's THE HEAD HUNTER makes its DVD debut, and Kino Lorber Studio Classics showers up with three new titles, namely THE MAN WHO HAUNTED HIMSELF, THE NIGHTCOMERS, and RHINOCEROS!

Along with a few anime releases and some direct-to-DVD offerings, there are some Region B releases that may interest those of you with Region Free players! Umbrella Entertainment brings the fantastic STEAMBOY to Blu-ray on Friday (May 10th), 101 Films gives CLASS OF 1984 a new standard Blu-ray release, Screenbound Pictures brings THE DEADLY BEES to Blu, and IRON SKY: THE COMING RACE finally arrives on physical media!

This week's headliner though has to be Arrow Video's Special Edition of THE GRAND DUEL! Along with a new 2K transfer, this release has an incredible number of new extras ranging from cast & crew interviews, a brand new audio commentary, and various featurettes! Fans of spaghetti westerns won't want to miss out on this one!

There's not much else to highlight so scroll on down to see the full roster of this week's new DVDs & Blu-rays!

The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part
The Man Who Haunted Himself (Kino Lorber Studio Classics)
My Hero Academia: Season 3 - Part 1
The Nightcomers (Kino Lorber Studio Classics)
The Prodigy
Rhinoceros (Kino Lorber Studio Classics)
Sex Madness Revealed
St. Agatha

Class of 1984 (101 Films - Region B)
The Deadly Bees (Screenbound Pictures)
The Grand Duel (Special Edition - Arrow Video)
Hellboy II: The Golden Army (4K UHD)
In the Aftermath (Arrow Video - Region B)
Iron Sky: The Coming Race (Region B)
Iron Sky & Iron Sky: The Coming Race (Double Feature - Region B)
Jorgamund & Jorgamund: Perfect Order - The Complete Series
Kakuriyo: Bed & Breakfast for Spirits - Part 1
Kamisama Kikss: Season Two
Steamboy (Umbrella Entertainment - 5/10)

Alternate Universe: A Rescue Mission
Amityville: Mt. Misery Road
Bundy and the Green River Killer
Death on Scenic Drive
Death Trench (Region 2)
The Head Hunter
Music Box
The Night Watchmen
Room For Rent
The Toys That Made Us: Seasons 1 & 2
Viking Blood

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Lee Van Cleef's Guns Are Blazing in Arrow Video's Special Edition of THE GRAND DUEL!


Along with Clint Eastwood, William Berger, and Franco Nero, Lee Van Cleef is one of my favorite stars of Spaghetti Western cinema! Having seen him as the hero in films like SABATA and FOR A FEW DOLLARS MORE (and as the memorable villain in THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE UGLY), I'm disappointed in myself for having never watched THE GRAND DUEL, which is now available on Special Edition Blu-ray thanks to the fine folks at Arrow Video!

Synopsis: THE GRAND DUEL is an archetypal spaghetti western which boasts many of the genre's classic hallmarks including action-packed gunfights, wild stunts and an impressive climactic showdown...

Genre stalwart Lee Van Cleef (THE BIG COMBO, DAY OF ANGER) stars as a gnarled ex-sheriff called Clayton who comes to the aid of young Philipp Wermeer (Alberto Dentice), a fugitive framed for the murder of a powerful figure called The Patriarch. Clayton helps Philipp fend off attacks from bounty hunters in a series of thrilling shootouts before the two make their way to Jefferson to confront three villains known as the Saxon brothers, and reveal who really killed The Patriarch.

A complex tale of revenge penned by prolific giallo writer Ernesto Gastaldi (TORSO, THE CASE OF THE SCORPION'S TAIL), THE GRAND DUEL benefits from a beguiling central performance from Lee Van Cleef and assured helmsmanship from Giancarlo Santi (assistant director to Sergio Leone on THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE UGLY and ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WEST). Add to this brew a memorable and tuneful score by composer Luis Bacalov (DJANGO, MILANO CALIBRO 9) and the stage is set for one of the grandest of all the Italian westerns!

Disc Specs:
Rated R | Color | 94 minutes | Region A
Video - 1080p Widescreen (2.35:1)
Audio - Uncompressed Mono 1.0 LPC

  • NEW! 2K restoration from the original 35mm camera negative!
  • Original English and Italian soundtracks, titles and credits!
  • NEW! Freshly translated English subtitles for the Italian soundtrack!
  • NEW! Audio commentary by film critic, historian and theorist Stephen Prince!
  • NEW! An Unconventional Western - An interview with director Giancarlo Santi!
  • NEW! The Last of the Great Westerns - An interview with screenwriter Ernesto Gastaldi!
  • NEW! Out of the Box - An interview with producer Ettore Rosboch!
  • NEW! The Day of the Big Showdown - An interview with assistant director Harald Buggenig!
  • NEW! Saxon City Showdown - A video appreciation by the academic Austin Fisher!
  • NEW! Two Different Duels - A comparison between the original cut and the longer German cut of the film! 
  • NEW! Game Over - An obscure sci-fi short film from 1984 directed by Bernard Villiot and starring The Grand Duel's Marc Mazza! 
  • NEW! Marc Mazza: Who was the Rider on the Rain? - A video essay about the elusive actor Marc Mazza by tough-guy film expert Mike Malloy.
  • Original Italian and international theatrical trailers
  • Extensive image gallery featuring stills, posters, lobby cards and home video sleeves, drawn from the Mike Siegel Archive and other collections!
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Matt Griffin!
  • First pressing only: Illustrated collector's booklet featuring new writing on the film by Kevin Grant and original reviews!
Arrow really went all out on this Special Edition release! Between the new transfer, new audio commentary, and plethora of interviews and featurettes, this Blu-ray disc is definitely a must-own for Spaghetti Western enthusiasts! THE GRAND DUEL costs between $24 - $28, and is currently available from AMAZON, BULL MOOSE, DIABOLIK DVD, and ARROW VIDEO!

Sunday, May 5, 2019

STOCK YOUR VAULT: New DVDs & Blu-rays for 04/30/2019!

Vault Master's Pick of the Week!
April is over with but I'm still playing catch-up from last month Vault Dwellers! (Sorry!) This past week had a relatively small release slate, but as is typically the case, there are definitely some great new releases worth adding to your collections!

Vinegar Syndrome debuted SKIN FLICKS and GRANDMOTHER'S HOUSE on Blu-ray, Criterion gave Jackie Chan's POLICE STORY & POLICE STORY 2 a pretty fantastic release, and Kino Lorber Studio Classics just unveiled a great Blu-ray set featuring all three FANTOMAS movies!

Severin Films surprises exploitation fans with a trio of new titles on Blu-ray and DVD, including DEATH WARMED UP, EMMANUELLE AND FRANCOISE, and ESCAPE FROM WOMEN'S PRISON, and Eureeka Classics dropped a gorgeous (Region B-locked) Limited Edition Blu of CUJO!

But the two Blu-ray discs that I was most excited for this past Tuesday were Scream Factory's THE BRAIN and TARANTULA! The former boasts a new 4K transfer and loads of new special features, while the latter has a new 2K transfer and audio commentary!

There's not much else worth bragging about this week, but if you're curious to see what else was released on DVD or Blu-ray, continue onward to scope out the full roster!

Death Warmed Up (Severin Films)
Emmanuelle and Francoise (Severin Films)
Escape from Women's Prison (Severin Films)
Even Lambs Have Teeth
Level 16
Police Story / Police Story 2 (Criterion Collection)
The Tutor

Absolute Duo: The Complete Series
The Brain (Scream Factory)
City of the Vampires
Cujo (Limited Edition - Eureeka Classics! - Region B)
Deadly Crush
Gatchaman (Collector's Edition)
Grandmother's House (Vinegar Syndrome)
Hakyu Hoshin Engi: The Complete Series
Hannibal (Blu-ray & 4K UHD)
High School DxD Hero: Season Four
Kuffs (Shout Select)
Lupin the 3rd Part IV: The Italian Adventure
The Rolling Girls: The Complete Series
Skin Flicks (Vinegar Syndrome)
Tarantula (Scream Factory)
Unlisted Owner

Appleseed: The Original OVA Series
The Best of Tobor the 8-Man: Volume 2
The Grim Reaper (1980 - Rogue Video)
The Hole in the Ground
Scream Bloody Murder (1974 - Rogue Video)

Fantomas: Three-Film Collection (Kino Lorber Studio Classics)
Contains: Fantomas, Fantomas Unleashed, and Fantomas vs. Scotland Yard.

X-Men Trilogy: Volume 1 (Limited Edition Steelbook)
Contains: X-Men, X2: X-Men United, and X3: The Last Stand.

X-Men Trilogy: Volume 2 (Limited Edition Steelbook)
Contains: X-Men: First Class, X-Men: Days of Future Past, and X-Men: Apocalypse.

Friday, May 3, 2019

THE BRAIN and TARANTULA Now Available on Blu-ray from Scream Factory!


While I'm not ecstatic over Scream Factory's price increases or steelbook double-dips, I do applaud them for their continued efforts in bringing classic sci-fi & Horror fare, as well as obscure 80's cult and exploitation titles, to Blu-ray! Along with their Hammer Horror offerings and IFC Midnight releases, Scream has truly cornered the market on the types of films that I love, and for that reason I continue to support them when I can. Speaking of which, I can't wait to add both THE BRAIN and TARANTULA to my Blu-ray collection!

THE BRAIN (1988)

Synopsis: Imagine a pulsating mass of gray matter, expanding in size and strength as it takes control of human minds and devours human bodies. It could never happen, right? Just watch Independent Thinking, starring Dr. Anthony Blakely (David Gale - RE-ANIMATOR, THE GUYVER, SYNGENOR), a hot new TV program. But as the show's ratings continue to soar, so does the suicide and murder rate among its viewers. What they don't know is that Dr. Blakely has teamed with an alien brain and plans to gain control of all humanity.

Disc Specs:
Rated R | Color | 94 minutes | Region A
Video - 1080p Widescreen (1.85:1)
Audio - DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0

  • NEW! 4K Scan Of The Original Negative!
  • NEW! Audio Commentary With Director Ed Hunt!
  • NEW! Audio Commentary With Composer Paul Zaza!
  • NEW! Audio Commentary With Actor Tom Bresnahan!
  • NEW! Canada On The Mind – An Interview With Actress Cynthia Preston!
  • NEW! From Monster Kid To Monster Man – An Interview With Actor George Buza!
  • NEW! Brain Art – An Interview With Assistant Art Director Michael Borthwick!
  • NEW! Food For Thought: A Love Letter To The Brain!
  • Still Gallery
What? No trailer?! (Just kidding!) WOW is all I have to say about this release Vault Dwellers! For decades I've watched a bootleg DVD-R of this film when the mood hit but now we've got a Blu-ray release that this Canadian Horror oddity can truly be proud of! A new 4K transfer, three audio commentaries, and cast & crew interviews made this one a must-own for yours truly, and I can't wait to watch my copy when it arrives in the mail! Get yours now from AMAZON, BULL MOOSE, DIABOLIK DVD, or directly from SHOUT! FACTORY.


Synopsis: Biochemist Gerald Deemer (Leo G. Carroll, who's over a barrel - NORTH BY NORTHWEST) has a plan to feed the world by using a growth formula on plants and animals. Instead he creates terror beyond imagining when his work spawns a spider of mammoth proportions!

Feeding on cattle and humans, this towering tarantula has the people of Desert Rock, Arizona running for their lives. Can this horrifying creature be stopped or will the world succumb to its giant claws? This classic sci-fi film from director Jack Arnold (CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON, IT CAME FROM OUTER SPACE) stars John Agar (THE MOLE PEOPLE, ATTACK OF THE PUPPET PEOPLE) and Mara Corday (THE BLACK SCORPION, THE GIANT CLAW), and features a cameo by Clint Eastwood as a jet squadron leader!

Disc Specs:
Not Rated | Black & White | 81 minutes | Region A
Video - 1080p Widescreen (1.85:1)
Audio - 2.0 Mono (?)

  • NEW! 2K Scan Of The Original Film Elements!
  • NEW! Audio Commentary With Film Historians Tom Weaver, Dr. Robert J. Kiss, And David Schecter!
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Still Gallery
Though rather light on extras, Scream Factory still gave this classic creature feature more love than Universal ever did! Get TARANTULA on Blu-ray today from AMAZON, BULL MOOSE, DIABOLIK DVD, or directly from SHOUT! FACTORY.

Saturday, April 27, 2019

STOCK YOUR VAULT: New DVDs & Blu-rays for 04/23/2019!

Vault Master's Pick of the Week!

My dear Vault Dwellers, please allow me to apologize for posting this super late - it's been a crazy busy week for yours truly! Speaking of this week... it is pretty light on new genre releases (Scream Factory took a week off it would seem), but as always there's a few titles of interest!

For you Marvel fans with 4K TVs and players, CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER and CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR have been released to that format, as has THE WITCH and Ridley Scott's ALIEN (in a new 40th Anniversary Edition)!

Meir Zarchi's I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE: DEJA VU is now available on DVD & Blu-ray, as is Doppelganger Releasing's HAGAZUSSA and the surprise Horror hit of 2019, ESCAPE ROOM!

Arrow Video dropped a brand-spanking new Special Edition release of SCARED STIFF, which features a new 2K transfer, uncompressed audio, and loads of new extras (including a collectible booklet available only during its first run)! But it is truly Kino Lorber who has won this week with new Blu-ray releases of THE HOUSE OF SEVEN GABLES, THE LAND UNKNOWN, SCREAM AND SCREAM AGAIN (Special Edition!), and THE STRANGE DOOR!

There are a few dozen other new titles out on various formats this week - to see them all, be sure to scroll on down!

1st Summoning
Doll Murder Spree
Escape Room
Hagazussa (Doppelganger Releasing)
I Spit on Your Grave: Deja Vu
Scream and Scream Again (Special Edition - Kino Lorber Studio Classics)
Strawberry Estates

Alien (40th Anniversary Edition - 4K UHD)
Backyard Epics: Movies From the Underground
Captain America: Civil War (4K UHD)
Captain America: The Winter Soldier (4K UHD)
Glass (Darkside Releasing)
The House of the Seven Gables (Kino Lorber Studio Classics)
Howard the Duck (Limited Edition - 101 Films - Region B)
The Land Unknown (Kino Lorber Studio Classics)
The Lightest Darkness
Maria the Virgin Witch: The Complete Series
Mikagura School Suite: The Complete Series
Noir Archive: 9-Movie Collection
Paradise Alley (Shout Select)
Pazucas: Island of Vomit and Despair
Please Teacher!: The Complete Collection
Reversed (Darkside Releasing)
Sankara: The Complete Series
Scared Stiff (Arrow Video)
Soviet Zombie Invasion
The Strange Door (Kino Lorber Studio Classics)
The Witch (4K UHD)
Yesterday (Darkside Releasing)

Book of the Dead
Dark Sister
Death is a Number
Deep Blood
Growing Up With I Spit On Your Grave (Documentary)
I Spit on Your Grave (1978)
Living Dark: The Story of Ted the Caver
Robot Ninja
Strangers at the Door

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Relive a Bygone Era with Dude Apparel's Collection of Awesome Video Store Staff T-Shirts!

Dude Apparel is an all-new clothing label from artist Tom Hodge aka The Dude Designs. If his name doesn't ring a bell, I guarantee you that you've seen his work Vault Dwellers! Along with creating the artwork for numerous Blu-ray covers (e.g. Vestron Collector's Series' WISHMASTER and WARLOCK collections, Scream Factory's THEY LIVE) and designing some fantastic movie posters (HOBO WITH A SHOTGUN, WOLFCOP, DEAR GOD NO!), Tom has also authored a book (VHS: Video Cover Art) and shot a short film entitled TEDDY BEAR'S PICNIC.

And now Tom is unveiling a mega-cool collection of totally unique shirts that will take you back to the good ole days when video rental stores reigned supreme! I myself actually worked in several mom & pop video stores for a number of years, but for those of you who never had the chance, you can partially live your fantasy thanks to Tom's VIDEO STORE STAFF COLLECTION 1!

Based on original 80s video stores for authenticity, Dude Apparel has revisited these bastions of the VHS rental boom and reinterpreted them with all new designs to create this collection of high-end fashion apparel for your viewing and wearing pleasure!  This new range of stylish video store staff tees, sweatshirts and women’s tank tops, come in ‘premium’ double-sided and ‘Standard’ single-sided options. 

Which video store will YOU run?







A few words from Tom Hodge:
“I’m very proud to launch Dude Apparel after a year's planning and organization, with an inaugural collection that combines a lot of my passions: VHS, Vintage, and 80s/90s fashion.

I wanted to create a collection that had a conceptual edge behind it, something I have dreamed of finding in a vintage store… RADICAL VIDEO STORE STAFF TEES! I did a lot of research into the wording and phrasing too, which was used in the old video store paraphernalia, to create fashion items that have some cultural meaning behind them.

‘VHS’ Video collecting has really exploded globally in the past 3 years since I released VHS Video cover art. With tapes tripling in value from an average of 20p to £20+ now!

There is a real connection to VHS tapes and Video stores, the act of browsing the shelves of numerous salacious tape artworks for such incredible titles like NEON MANIACS, SURF NAZIS MUST DIE, BRONX WARRIORS, and THE VIDEO DEAD…They REALLY don’t make em’ like that anymore!

A weekend's entertainment was defined by the excitement of going to the video store - these numerous independent ‘mom and pop’ video stores which appeared everywhere and always had these wicked names like Videostar or Video Edge. They WERE the entertainment hub for a generation growing up in the 80s/90s and consequently have been ingrained emotionally in our psyches as adults. So I wanted to celebrate that and I’m beyond excited present you with the righteous Video Store Staff Collection 1.

And if these shirts take off, I'll get people to send in their favorite old video stores and I'll give them a rebirth in t-shirt form!”

Now THAT is a cool idea! The mere thought of wearing the old Electric City Video logo on a shirt is definitely putting a big smile on my face, but the only way that can happen is if YOU buy Tom's new video store tees, so get to it Vault Dwellers! 

To see the full line of Video Store Staff tees and other Dude-related items, visit! Also be sure to follow The Dude Designs on Facebook or Twitter to keep up to date on all his latest projects and releases!

Some Things Shouldn't Be Found in Alex DiVincenzo's THE MISPLACED!


About three years ago I watched Alex DiVincenzo's THE HORRORS OF AUTOCORRECT and I got a huge kick out of it! Now Alex is back (after several more successful genre shorts) with THE MISPLACED, in which a young woman discovers why things have been going missing around the house.

I liked Alex's concept for this short film, and he builds some great tension during its short running time. But as unnerving as the little twist at the end is, I felt like it was lacking something. It's good, but didn't quite deliver that "gotcha!" moment that you expect at the end of most horror tales. My nitpicking aside, THE MISPLACED is definitely worth a look, so be sure to give it a shot if you've got four minutes to kill!

Additional Info: THE MISPLACED was directed, co-written, and edited by Alex DiVincenzo, whose previous effort, BE US, is currently nominated for Best Short Film at the Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Awards.

Jamie Lyn Bagley and co-writer T.J. Frizzi star in the film, which packs a chilling premise into a mere four minutes. It premiered to a sold-out audience at the 2018 Boston Underground Film Festival.

"I find horror to be most effective when it invades the home," explains DiVincenzo, "so I drew inspiration from films I love that embrace that atmosphere, like John Carpenter's Halloween and The Strangers, to tell what I hope to be a similarly unsettling story."

THE MISPLACED is the latest genre short from DiVincenzo and Lockbridge Productions, whose previous work includes THE HORRORS OF AUTOCORRECT (distributed by Eli Roth’s Crypt TV), CYBERSHOCK 1999 (distributed by Troma Entertainment), and the 48 Hour Film Project winner ROOT OF ALL EVIL.

To keep up with Alex DiVincenzo's future projects, be sure to follow Lockbridge Productions on Facebook, and subscribe to their YouTube Channel!

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

STOCK YOUR VAULT: New DVDs & Blu-rays for 04/16/2019!

Vault Master's Pick of the Week!

We're just over halfway through April 2019 fellow collectors, and while this week is pretty light on new releases, most of the new titles available today are definitely worth picking up!

Arrow Video gives spaghetti western fans a fantastic Special Edition Blu-ray of KEOMA, the original THE KARATE KID comes to 4K UHD just in time for the premiere of Season 2 of COBRA KAI, and Garagehouse Pictures rescued SUPERCOCK from obscurity and released it to Blu-ray for the first time ever!

Mill Creek Entertainment makes a big power move this week with all new Blu-ray discs of Andy Sidaris' HARD TICKET TO HAWAII and MALIBU EXPRESS, plus a double feature of BLACK GUNN & THE TAKE, and their SOUL TEAM SIX Blaxploitation collection on DVD!

Scream Factory also flexes some major muscle this week with a trio of Horror classics that are making their Blu-ray debuts! GRAVE OF THE VAMPIRE pits William Smith against his vampiric daddy, THE MANITOU features Tony Curtis and his duel with a pint-sized reincarnated Indian medicine man, and SUPERSTITION, a completely insane tale of supernatural revenge!

Other titles of interest this week include M. Night Shyamalan's GLASS, THE KID WHO WOULD BE KING (a new take on the Arthurian legends), and REPLICAS, a sci-fi thriller where Keanu Reeves makes the mistake of playing God when he attempts to make copies of his deceased family!

There's still a pretty good number of other new DVDs and Blu-rays out this week so be sure to scroll down to see the roster in its entirety!

Another Plan From Outer Space
Dragon Ball Super: Broly - The Movie
The Kid Who Would Be King
Master of Dark Shadows

The Ancient Magus Bride: Part Two
Black Gunn & The Take (Mill Creek Entertainment Double Feature)
Close Calls (Special Collector's Edition)
Grave of the Vampire (Scream Factory)
Hard Ticket to Hawaii (Mill Creek Entertainment)
Justice League vs. The Fatal Five
The Karate Kid (4K UHD)
Keoma (Special Edition - Arrow Video)
Mad Dog Morgan (Umbrella Entertainment)
Malibu Express (Mill Creek Entertainment)
The Manitou (Scream Factory)
Supercock (Garagehouse Pictures)
Superstition (Scream Factory)

The Amazing Mr. X (500 Studio)
Blackout (Mill Creek Entertainment)
Broken Star
Chimera Strain
Dementia (1963 - 500 Studio)
The Driller Killer (1979 - 500 Studio)
Highway Patrolman (Special Edition)
Manos: The Hands of Fate (500 Studio)
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Season One (Limited Edition Steelbook)
Mio in the Land of Faraway
Nova Seed (Special Edition)
Reefer Madness (1936 - 500 Studio)

The Edwin Brienen Collection
Contains: Lena Wants to Know Once and For All, God, Terrorama!, Exploitation, and Last Performance.

4-in1 Apocalypse Collection (Mill Creek Entertainment)
Contains: Arachnoquake, Ghostquake, Miami Magma, and Weather Wars.
Soul Team Six: 6-Movie Collection (Mill Creek Entertainment)
Contains: The Black Six, The Black Gestapo, Black Brigade, Black Fist, The Black Godfather, and Fighting Mad.

Mill Creek Entertainment Brings HARD TICKET TO HAWAII and MALIBU EXPRESS to Blu-ray!


I am quite familiar with the works of Andy Sidaris, and yet I don't believe I've ever seen any of his films in their entirety. (I just realized that I actually own a bargain-priced 12-movie collection of his films that I've never even opened! Yikes!) So imagine my utter surprise when Mill Creek announced that they were bringing two of Andy's most well-known films to Blu-ray disc, with new restorations and .... EXTRAS?! (A rarity for most Mill Creek releases!) Unfamiliar with these films? Then read on and prepare to spend a few bucks this week Vault Dwellers!


Synopsis: A Hawaiian drug kingpin plans to flood the islands with narcotics all financed by illegal diamond shipments to his private retreat. When his henchmen kill two DEA agents who were trying to stop the drug lord, the Agency sends in two of its best agents to break up the drug ring and take out the leader. Starring Hope Marie Carlton, Rodrigo Obregón, Rustam Branaman, Michael A. Andrews, and Kwan Hi Lim.

Disc Specs:
Rated R | Color | 96 minutes | Region A
Video - 1080p Widescreen (1.78:1)
Audio - DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0

  • Intro with director Andy Sidaris and actress Julie Strain.
  • Audio commentary with director Andy Sidaris and his wife Arlene!
  • Behind the scenes featurette.
  • A dozen trailers for Andy Sidaris' "Malibu Bay" films.
  • Digital copy of the film!
HARD TICKET TO HAWAII is now available and will cost you somewhere between $11 - $14. Order a copy now from AMAZON, BULL MOOSE, or DIABOLIK DVD!


Synopsis: What appeared to be a simple murder case for private investigator Cody Abilene becomes a complicated matter when you have to factor in all the beautiful women, including the widow, who are potential suspects. Starring Darby Hinton, Sybil Danning, Art Metrano, Shelley Taylor Morgan, and Brett Baxter Clark.
Disc Specs:
Rated R | Color | 101 minutes | Region A
Video - 1080p Widescreen (1.78:1)
Audio - DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0

  • Short intro with Andy Sidaris, Julie Strain, and John Brown.
  • Audio commentary with director Andy Sidaris and his wife Arlene!
  • Behind the scenes featurette!
  • A dozen trailers for Andy Sidaris' "Malibu Bay" films.
  • Digital copy of the film!
MALIBU EXPRESS is now available to purchase on Blu-ray and should cost you between $11 - $14! Get your copy now from AMAZON, BULL MOOSE, or DIABOLIK DVD!

Arrow Video Brings KEOMA to Blu-ray on April 16th With An All New 2K Restoration & Hours of Extras!


I was never a big fan of Westerns growing up (quite frankly I found them boring), but then I stumbled across Sergio Leone's ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WEST, and my life changed forever. After that I watched his "Man With No Name Trilogy," the SABATA films, DJANGO, the TRINITY series, and numerous others. And yet I've somehow missed out on KEOMA, which apparently is one of the best in the entire sub-genre. I think it's high time I check it out, now that Arrow Video has taken the trouble to release this amazing Special Edition Blu-ray of Enzo G. Castellari's highly-praised film!

Synopsis: A strikingly original spaghetti western with a unique elegiac tone, Keoma truly is a one-of-a-kind classic of its genre…

The legendary Franco Nero (DJANGO, THE FIFTH CORD) stars in the titular role as a half-breed gunfighter who returns from the killing fields of the civil war to find his hometown riddled with the plague, its inhabitants terrorized (with the help of Keoma’s own estranged half-brothers) by tyrannical gang leader Caldwell (Donald O'Brien - ZOMBIE HOLOCAUST).

Keoma’s father (Willian Berger - SABATA, SARTANA IN THE VALLEY OF DEATH) welcomes his prodigal son’s return, but when Keoma saves a vulnerable pregnant woman (Olga Karlatos - ZOMBIE FLESH EATERS) from Caldwell's thugs, the stage is set for a violent confrontation. With the help of his father and his friend, the freed slave George (Woody Strode - SPARTACUS), Keoma prepares to take a savage revenge on Caldwell and his gang.

Directed with immense flair and virtuosity by veteran Enzo G. Castellari (who channels Sam Peckinpah and Sergio Leone in equal measure), KEOMA is an epic film of Shakespearean and biblical proportions, which boasts compelling performances and thrilling violent action. Truly epic in scope, KEOMA is considered by many to be one of the greatest spaghetti westerns.

Disc Specs:
Rated R | Color | 101 minutes | Region A
Video - 1080p Widescreen (2.35:1)
Audio - Uncompressed 1.0 LPCM Mono (English & Italian)

  • NEW! 2K restoration from the original 35mm camera negative!
  • NEW! Audio commentary by spaghetti western experts C. Courtney Joyner and Henry C. Parke!
  • NEW! The Ballad of Keoma - An interview with the legendary star Franco Nero!
  • NEW! Ashes to Ashes, Dust to Dust - An interview with director Enzo G. Castellari!
  • NEW! Writing Keoma - An interview with actor and writer Luigi Montefiori (AKA George Eastman)!
  • NEW! Parallel Actions - An interview with editor Gianfranco Amicucci!
  • NEW! The Flying Thug - An interview with actor Massimo Vanni!
  • NEW! Play as an Actor - An interview with actor Volfango Soldati!
  • NEW! Keoma and the Twilight of the Spaghetti Western - A video appreciation by the academic Austin Fisher!
  • An Introduction to Keoma by Alex Cox, an archival featurette with the acclaimed director
  • Original Italian and international theatrical trailers
  • Gallery of original promotional images from the Mike Siegel Archive!
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Sean Phillips!
  • Collector's booklet featuring new writing on the film by Simon Abrams and Howard Hughes!
Arrow Video's fully-loaded Special Edition of KEOMA is currently available wherever Blu-ray discs are sold, and should cost between $24 - $28! Fill that empty spot in your high-def spaghetti western collection now by ordering a copy from AMAZON, BULL MOOSE, DIABOLIK DVD, or directly from ARROW VIDEO!

Monday, April 15, 2019

GRAVE OF THE VAMPIRE and THE MANITOU Debut on Blu-ray on April 16th!


Scream Factory is about to release two awesome movies to Blu-ray for the first time on Tuesday! GRAVE OF THE VAMPIRE has been on my radar for a number of years and I've never watched it... even though I actually own a copy on DVD. As for THE MANITOU, I've always been a big William Girdler fan so the Blu-ray release of this film has gotten me pretty excited! I've always had a soft spot for this bflick, which features one of the most insane endings you will ever witness! Still not sold on my enthusiasm alone? Then let's take a closer look at both of these new Scream titles!


Synopsis: The vampire Caleb Croft has awakened from his unholy slumber — with an insatiable lust for blood and the pleasures of the flesh. A brutal attack on a pair of lovers allows for his desire to be temporarily fulfilled ... but his unspeakable acts leave the woman pregnant with his child. Ignoring all advice, she gives birth to the progeny of their unwanted union: James — who will only drink blood from his mother's breast. As James matures, he learns of his father's true nature, and sets out to destroy him.

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

  • NEW! Commentary With Author/Historian Troy Howarth!
  • NEW! Commentary With Film Historians Nathaniel Thompson And Howard Berger!
  • Deleted Scenes (Sourced From Standard Definition VHS Tape)!
  • Theatrical Trailers
  • Image Gallery
GRAVE OF THE VAMPIRE will be available wherever Blu-ray discs are sold on Tuesday, April 15th and should cost between $20 - $25! You can order yourself a copy today from AMAZON, BULL MOOSE, DIABOLIK DVD, or directly from SHOUT! FACTORY.


Synopsis: What surgeons thought to be a tumor growing on the neck of patient Karen Tandy (Susan Strasberg) is actually a fetus growing at an abnormally accelerated rate. But when Karen reaches out to former lover and phony psychic Harry Erskine (Tony Curtis), she discovers that she is possessed by the reincarnation of a 400-year-old Native American demon.

Now with the help of a modern-day medicine man (Michael Ansara), Erskine must survive this ancient evil’s rampage of shocking violence and forever destroy the enraged beast known as THE MANITOU.

Stella Stevens, Ann Sothern and Burgess Meredith co-star in this infamous shocker produced and directed by William Girdler (GRIZZLY, DAY OF THE ANIMALS) from the best-selling novel by Graham Masterton.

Disc Specs:
Rated PG | Color | 85 minutes | Region A
Video - 1080p Widescreen (2.35:1)
Audio - DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0

  • NEW! 4K Scan Of The Original Film Elements!
  • NEW! Restored Stereo Soundtrack!
  • NEW! Interview With Author Graham Masterson!
  • NEW! Producing Girdler – An Interview With Executive Producer David Sheldon!
  • NEW! Audio Commentary With Film Historian Troy Howarth!
  • Original Theatrical Trailer
  • Original TV Spots
  • Still Gallery
With the promise of the absolute BEST audio & video quality we will probably ever see for this film, plus the inclusion of new extras, Scream Factory's Blu-ray of THE MANITOU is definitely a must-own for yours truly! It drops the same day (tomorrow) as GRAVE OF THE VAMPIRE and should be available at most e-tailers for between $24 - $27! Order your copy of this William Girdler classic now from AMAZON, BULL MOOSE, DIABOLIK DVD, or directly from SHOUT! FACTORY.

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Beware of THE IGUANA WITH THE TONGUE OF FIRE - Now available on Blu-ray Disc!


I am a neophyte when it comes to giallo films, but I'm always willing to give them a watch. (Argento's DEEP RED remains my all-time favorite, just in case you were wondering.) That being said, THE IGUANA WITH THE TONGUE OF FIRE (which is a totally bad-ass movie title) sounds like something I'd love to see! And thanks to Arrow Video, we can all experience this oft-forgotten giallo for the first time in crystal clear HD!

Synopsis: One of several 'animal-in-the-title' cash-ins released in the wake of Dario Argento's box-office smash THE BIRD WITH THE CRYSTAL PLUMAGE, THE IGUANA WITH THE TONGUE OF FIRE is a gloriously excessive giallo that boasts a rogues gallery of perverse characters; violent, fetishized murders, and one of the genre's most nonsensical, red-herring laden plots (which sees almost every incidental character hinted at potentially being the killer).

Set in Dublin (a rather surprising giallo setting), IGUANA opens audaciously with an acid-throwing, razor-wielding maniac brutally slaying a woman in her own home. The victim's mangled corpse is discovered in a limousine owned by Swiss Ambassador Sobiesky (Anton Diffring - WHERE EAGLES DARE) and a police investigation is launched, but when the murdering continues and the ambassador claims diplomatic immunity, tough ex-cop John Norton (Luigi Pistilli - A BAY OF BLOOD) is brought in to find the killer…

Benefiting from a sumptuous score by Stelvio Cipriani (NIGHTMARE CITY, DEATH WALKS ON HIGH HEELS) and exuberant supporting performances from Valentina Cortese (THE POSSESSED, THIEVES' HIGHWAY), and Dagmar Lassander (THE FRIGHTENED WOMAN, THE BLACK CAT), THE IGUANA WITH THE TONGUE OF FIRE is a luridly over-the-top latter-day entry in the filmography of acclaimed director Riccardo Freda (CALTIKI: THE IMMORTAL MONSTER, MURDER OBSESSION). An archetypal giallo from the genre's heyday, Freda's film is presented here in a stunning new restoration with a host of newly produced extras!

Disc Specs:
Not Rated | Color | 96 minutes | Region A
Video - 1080p Widescreen (1.85:1)
Audio - English & Italian DTS-HD Master Audio Mono

  • Original English and Italian soundtracks, titles and credits.
  • NEW! Audio commentary by giallo connoisseurs Adrian J. Smith and David Flint!
  • NEW! Of Chameleons and Iguanas - A newly filmed video appreciation by the cultural critic and academic Richard Dyer!
  • NEW! Considering Cipriani - A new appreciation of the composer Stelvio Cipriani and his score to The Iguana with the Tongue of Fire by DJ and soundtrack collector Lovely Jon!
  • NEW! The Cutting Game - A new interview with Iguana's assistant editor Bruno Micheli!
  • The Red Queen of Hearts - A career-spanning interview with the actress Dagmar Lassander!
  • Original Italian and international theatrical trailers!
  • Image gallery
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Graham Humphreys!
  • First pressing only: Collector's booklet featuring new writing on the film by Andreas Ehrenreich.
THE IGUANA WITH THE TONGUE OF FIRE has gotten a new lease on life, and to celebrate you should snap up a copy ASAP! This Arrow Video title should cost between $24 - $28 and is easily obtainable from AMAZON, BULL MOOSE, DIABOLIK DVD, or directly from ARROW VIDEO'S online store!

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

STOCK YOUR VAULT: New DVDs & Blu-rays for 04/09/2019!

Vault Master's Pick of the Week!

Greetings my friends! We're two weeks into April 2019 and all of our favorite genre labels have been pretty good to us thus far. While this week is a bit light on new releases, there's still plenty of cool stuff that you'll definitely want to add to your growing movie collection!

Kino Lorber Studio Classics surprises us this week with new Special Edition Blu-rays for EMMANUELLE, EMMANUELLE 2, and GOODBYE EMMANUELLE (aka EMMANUELLE 3), as well as two classic Charles Bronson flicks, namely COLD SWEAT and RIDER ON THE RAIN.

Cult Epics gives us a Limited 3-Disc Edition of MOON CHILD, the AGFA brings BLOOD LAKE to DVD, Arrow Video unleashes the obscure giallo THE IGUANA WITH THE TONGUE OF FIRE to Blu-ray, and Scream Factory gives us a pretty kick-ass release of THE LEGEND OF THE 7 GOLDEN VAMPIRES, which includes two cuts of the film, mastered in 2K with new extras!

And while THAT particular release is my pick for this week, Severin Films climbs to the top of the heap this week with their brand-spanking new HEMISPHERE BOX OF HORRORS, which features THE BLOOD DRINKERS, BRAIN OF BLOOD, CURSE OF THE VAMPIRES, and the boxed set exclusive double feature of THE BLACK CAT and THE TORTURE CHAMBER OF DR. SADISM!

The remainder of this week's new titles are the usual mix of anime and indie flicks - to see them all, be sure to keep scrolling Vault Dwellers!

The Amityville Murders
Boruto: NarutoNext Generations - Set 1
Brain of Blood (Severin Films)
Cold Sweat (Kino Lorber Studio Classics)
Curse of the Vampires (Severin Films)
Emmanuelle 2 (Special Edition - Kino Lorber Studio Classics)
The God Inside My Ear
The Golden Job
Goodbye Emmanuelle (Special Edition - Kino Lorber Studio Classics)
Grace is Gone
Mega Time Squad (Dark Sky Films)
Pokemon Diamond & Pearl: 4-Movie Collection
Rider on the Rain (Kino Lorber Studio Classics)

Black Clover: Season 1 - Part 4
The Blood Drinkers (Severin Films)
Devil Hunter (88 Films - Region B)
Emmanuelle (Special Edition - Kino Lorber Studio Classics)
Hemisphere Box of Horrors (Limited Edition - Severin Films)
The Iguana With the Tongue of Fire (Arrow Video)
Is It Wrong to Expect a Hot Spring in a Dungeon?
The Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires (Scream Factory)
Moon Child (3-Disc Limited Edition - Cult Epics)
My Hero Academia: Two Heroes (Limited Edition Steelbook)
Princess Resurrection: The Complete Collection
Sky Wizards Academy: The Complete Series
Strange Nature
Sword of the Stranger

8 Ball Clown
Apocalypse Day One
At the Drive-In
Blood Lake (AGFA)
Ichabod! The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
The La Llorona Curse
The Last House on Dead End Street
Pixy Dragons
The Power (Cheezy Flix)
Toxic Tutu
Virus of the Dead