Wednesday, February 20, 2019

STOCK YOUR VAULT: New DVDs & Blu-rays for 02/19/2019!


Vault Master's Pick of the Week!

We're now in the third week of February and it seems that we have hit a lull Vault Dwellers. This week is pretty light on genre fare, but as always there's still plenty of new titles that are worth picking up!

Sony has just re-released the 1979 DRACULA featuring Frank Langella (while their new FRIGHT NIGHT Blu has seemingly vanished without a trace), Severin Films brings SKINNER to Special Edition DVD & Blu-ray, Paramont unleashes OVERLORD on all formats, and Mill Creek Entertainment gives us BARB WIRE and THE LEGEND OF BILLIE JEAN in new VHS-style packaging!

Arrow Video brings COLOR ME BLOOD RED to Blu-ray (having previously released it in their mighty impressive HERSCHELL GORDON LEWIS FEAST boxed set), Redemption Films gives us a double feature Blu featuring DRACULA'S FIANCEE & LOST IN NEW YORK, and Scream Factory caps off this week's somewhat vampiric theme with THE RETURN OF THE VAMPIRE!

There's honestly not much else that deserves a special mention, but please be sure to scroll down to see the full roster of this week's DVD & Blu-ray releases!


NEW TO DVD & BLU-RAY
Antidote
Backtrace
Blue My Mind
Dracula's Fiancee / Lost in New York (Redemption Films Double Feature)
Dr. Who: Resolution
Duke
Iceman: The Time Traveler
Mazinger Z: Infinity
Overlord
Robin Hood (2018)
Skinner (Special Edition - Severin Films)


NEW TO BLU-RAY
Barb Wire (Mill Creek)
Color Me Blood Red (Arrow Video)
Cry-Baby
Dracula (1979 - Sony)
The Legend of Billie Jean (Mill Creek - Retro VHS-style Packing)
Nightmare Vacation (Limited Edition)
Parasyte - The Maxim: The Complete Collection
The Return of the Vampire (Scream Factory)
The Third Secret (Indicator - Region Free)
Tokyo Drifter (The Criterion Collection - Region B)
Touken Ranbu: Hanamaru - Season Two
Year of the Dragon (Warner Archive Collection)
Youngblood (Special Edition - Kino Lorber Studio Classics)


NEW TO DVD
Babylon 5: The Gathering & In the Beginning
Babylon 5: The Lost Tales
Bigfoot!
Captain Morten and the Spider Queen
Creature from the Green Mist
Dream Nightmare (2016)
Fancypants
KKKillers / Election Night / Prank Week / Tiny Terrors
Let it Bleed
The Mysterious Monroe House
Paranormal Farm


On April 23rd, Kino Lorber Will Let You SCREAM AND SCREAM AGAIN!


A SERIAL KILLER IS LOOSE ON THE STREETS OF LONDON IN THIS 1970 CLASSIC!

Somehow I have failed to see Gordon Hessler's SCREAM AND SCREAM AGAIN, which boasts the amazing talent of Vincent Price, Christopher Lee, and Peter Cushing! (Which reminds me.... I still haven't seen HOUSE OF THE LONG SHADOWS either! Doh!) Out of print since Twilight Time's Limited Edition in 2015, SCREAM AND SCREAM AGAIN returns to Blu-ray (after being pushed back twice) courtesy of Kino Lorber Studio Classics!

Synopsis: A serial killer who drains his victims' blood is on the loose in London! They hunger for power, thirst for blood–and make each helpless, pleading victim SCREAM AND SCREAM AGAIN! Horror legends Vincent Price (TALES OF TERROR), Christopher Lee (HOUSE OF THE LONG SHADOWS) and Peter Cushing (MADHOUSE) star in this masterwork of style and suspense about a group of sadistic madmen plotting to take over the world–one severed body part at a time.

Directed by cult filmmaker Gordon Hessler (THE OBLONG BOX) with a screenplay by Christopher Wicking (CRY OF THE BANSHEE) and based on a novel by Peter Saxon (Murder at Site 3). Co-starring Judy Huxtable (THE PSYCHOPATH).

Disc Specs:
Rated R | Color | 95 minutes | Region A
Video - 1080p Widescreen (1.85:1)
Audio - English DTS-HD Master Audio Mono

Extras:
  • NEW! Audio Commentary by Film Historian Tim Lucas!
  • Trailers From Hell with Mick Garris!
  • Reversible Blu-ray Art
  • Trailer Reel
SCREAM AND SCREAM AGAIN is now going to be released on Tuesday, April 23rd wherever Blu-ray discs are sold and should cost approximately $20. Order a copy now from AMAZON or DIABOLIK DVD and start counting down the days!



Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Now Available on Blu-ray: Bela Lugosi Rises from the Grave in THE RETURN OF THE VAMPIRE!


SCREAM FACTORY DEBUTS THIS CLASSIC HORROR TALE ON BLU-RAY WITH THREE NEW AUDIO COMMENTARIES! 

Intended to be a followup to DRACULA, this oft-forgotten Horror classic features Lugosi as a "different" vampire, who is accidentally freed during a Nazi bombing raid! I've been meaning to see this one for a while (mostly to see Lugosi's werewolf servant in action), and it looks like Scream Factory's new Blu is the way to go!

Synopsis: Bela Lugosi rises from the crypt in this blood-curdling horror classic! In 1918, Armand Tesla (Bela Lugosi), a 200-year-old Hungarian Vampire, prowls the English countryside, feeding from the jugulars of the villagers. But Tesla's reign of terror is interrupted when a pair of scientists, Lady Jane (Frieda Inescort) and Sir John Ainsley (Roland Varno), drive a railroad spike through his heart.

The "un-dead" Tesla remains safely entombed for two decades until the impact from a stray Nazi bomb accidentally releases him. Along with his werewolf servant Andreas Obry (Matt Willis), the resurrected vampire now plots vengeance on the family that put a halt to his nocturnal feasting!

Disc Specs:
Not Rated | Black & White | 70 minutes | Region A
Video - 1080p Fullscreen (1.33:1)
Audio - ?

Extras:
  • NEW! Audio Commentary with film historian Troy Howarth!
  • NEW! Audio Commentary with author/film historian Gary Don Rhodes!
  • NEW! Audio Commentary with film historian Lee Gambin!
  • Silent 8mm presentation!
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Still Gallery
Holy cow! At the most, I expected this release to be bare bones with a trailer at most! The inclusion of an 8mm version plus a trio of audio commentaries (I bet the Lee Gambin is worth the price of admission alone) makes this a must-have in my book! Scream's THE RETURN OF THE VAMPIRE Blu-ray is now available and should cost between $23 - $25! Order a copy now from AMAZON, BULL MOOSE, DIABOLIK DVD, or directly from SHOUT! FACTORY.



OVERLORD Now Available on Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD!


JAMES AVERY'S WORLD WAR II-ERA HORROR FILM NOW AVAILABLE ON ALL FORMATS!

I missed out on OVERLORD when it came to theaters last year, but finally got to see this J.J. Abrams production the other day, and I was pleasantly surprised by it! While its not the first film to tackle the Horror genre in war-torn 1940's Germany (see also FRANKENSTEIN'S ARMY), this movie did it better than most. It has likeable characters, great effects, and edge-of-your-seat action sequences - I'm definitely going to be adding it to my movie collection!

Synopsis: With only hours until D-Day, a team of American paratroopers (Wyatt Russell, Iain DeCaestecker, Jovan Adepo, and John Magaro) drop into Nazi-occupied France to carry out a mission that's crucial to the invasion's success. Tasked with destroying a radio transmitter atop a fortified church, the desperate soldiers join forces with a young French villager to penetrate the walls and take down the tower.

But, in a mysterious Nazi lab beneath the church, the outnumbered G.I.s come face-to-face with enemies unlike any the world has ever seen. From producer J.J. Abrams, Overlord is a thrilling, pulse-pounding action adventure with a twist!

Blu-ray Disc Specs:
Rated R | Color | 110 minutes | Region A
Video - 1080p Widescreen (2.40:1)
Audio - English: Dolby Atmos & Dolby TrueHD 7.1
             German, Spanish, French, Japanese, Italian, Portuguese: Dolby Digital 5.1

4K UHD Disc Specs:
Rated R | Color | 110 minutes | Region Free
Video - 2160p Widescreen (2.40:1)
Audio - English: Dolby Atmos & Dolby TrueHD 7.1
German, Spanish, French, French Canadian, Russian, Polish, Japanese, Italian, Portuguese: Dolby Digital 5.1

Extras:
  • The Horrors of War - Featurettes
    • Creation
    • Death Above
    • Death on the Ground
    • Death Below
    • Death No More
    • Brothers in Arms
 
OVERLORD is now available wherever discs are sold! The Blu-ray costs around $20, while the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray is more expensive: $24 - $28! Order yourself a copy now from AMAZON (Blu-ray | 4K UHD) or BULL MOOSE (Blu-ray | 4K UHD)!



Monday, February 18, 2019

John Badham's DRACULA Once Again Rises from its Blu-ray Tomb on February 19th!


THE 1979 ADAPTATION OF BRAM STOKER'S NOVEL RETURNS TO BLU-RAY, SANS A DIGITAL COPY.

Since the 1930s, there has been so many iterations of Count Dracula on film: From Bela Lugosi, to William Marshall, to John Carradine, and Duncan Regher I've just about seen them all. And yet I've never taken the time to watch Frank Langella in the role as the immortal Count. I've definitely gotta knock this one off my (eternally growing) list of films I need to watch!

Also, I must note that this Blu-ray disc seems to just be a cheaper re-release with the same specs & extras as the last DRACULA Blu. The only noticeable difference is the lack of a digital Ultraviolet copy of the film. (Which is no big loss seeing as how Ultraviolet will be going extinct this April.)

Synopsis: Throughout history, Dracula has filled men's hearts with fear – and the hearts of women with desire. In this stylish production of Bram Stoker's classic tale, Frank Langella (MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE) gives an electrifying performance as the bloodthirsty Count Dracula in search for his ultimate bride. Meanwhile, the renowned and relentless vampire hunter, Van Helsing (Laurence Olivier - CLASH  THE TITANS), seeks to end the Dark Prince's reign of terror over the citizens of Transylvania. Featuring a mesmerizing cast, fine direction and a superbly atmospheric musical score, Dracula is an unforgettable adaptation of one of the most enduring horror legends of all time.

Disc Specs:
Rated R | Color | 109 minutes | Region A
Video - 1080p Widescreen (2.35:1)
Audio - DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 and Dolby Digital 2.0

Extras:
  • The Revamping of Dracula featurette.
  • Feature Commentary with Director John Badham!
  • Universal Classic Monsters Trailer 
  • Dracula TV Series Trailer
DRACULA (1979) returns to Blu-ray on Tuesday, February 19th and should cost around $10! Order yourself a copy now from AMAZON or BULL MOOSE!



COLOR ME BLOOD RED Comes to Blu-ray on February 19th!


ARROW VIDEO BRINGS THE FINAL INSTALLMENT OF H.G. LEWIS' "BLOOD TRILOGY" TO BLU-RAY!

After releasing the incredible HERSCHELL GORDON LEWIS FEAST boxed set back in October of 2016, Arrow has slowly been putting each of H.G. Lewis' gore-flicks out separately. And this week, COLOR ME BLOOD RED gets its due with this really solid Blu-ray release from Arrow Video!

Synopsis: For the third and final installment in his infamous 'Blood Trilogy', COLOR ME BLOOD RED, splatter movie pioneer Herschell Gordon Lewis turned to the world of fine art for this tortured tale of a troubled artist turned homicidal maniac. Painter Adam Sorge has found himself in a bit of a creative lull. But when his girlfriend accidentally cuts her finger, he realizes what his work has been missing all this time - human blood!

With pressure mounting from local gallery owner Farnsworth to deliver his next masterpiece, Adam sets about procuring as much glorious hemoglobin as he can muster - first from himself, and then from anyone unfortunate enough to pass by his sickening studio of slaughter. The final filmic collaboration between H.G. Lewis and producer/master exploiteer David F. Friedman (who collectively delivered the equally demented BLOOD FEAST and TWO THOUSAND MANIACS!) COLOR ME BLOOD RED is a crazed creation that truly puts the pain in painting!

Disc Specs:
Not Rated | Color | 79 minutes | Region A
Video - 1080p Widescreen (1.85:1)
Audio - LPCM Mono

Extras:
  • Bonus Feature - 1967’s SOMETHING WEIRD!
  • Introductions to the films by H.G. Lewis.
  • Audio commentary on Color Me Blood Red with H.G. Lewis and David Friedman!
  • Audio commentary on Something Weird with H.G. Lewis and David Friedman!
  • The Art of Madness – A video essay on the recurring motif of mad artists as killers in horror films.
  • Weirdsville – Film scholar Jeffrey Sconce on Something Weird.
  • H.G. Lewis on Jimmy, The Boy Wonder.
  • A Hot Night at the Go Go Lounge! – 1966 dance short.
  • Color Me Blood Red Outtakes
  • Color Me Blood Red Trailer
  • Something Weird Trailer
  • Jimmy, The Boy Wonder Trailer
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly-commissioned artwork by The Twins of Evil!
COLOR ME BLOOD RED comes to Blu-ray on Tuesday, February 19th and should cost between $22 - $24. Add this H.G. Lewis classic to your collection this week - pick up a copy from AMAZON, BULL MOOSE, or DIABOLIK DVD!



Wednesday, February 13, 2019

STOCK YOUR VAULT: New DVDs & Blu-rays for 02/12/2019!


Vault Master's Pick of the Week!

Happy early Valentine's Day Vault Dwellers! This week has a lot of great titles that you fellow collectors of physical media will absolutely LOVE!

Scream Factory comes out swinging with two very appropriate releases for this "holiday" week, namely VALENTINE (Collector's Edition) and THE POISON IVY COLLECTION, Troma debuts REVENGE OF THE SPACEMEN on Blu-ray disc, and Flicker Alley comes out of nowhere with a new Blu for DER HUND VON BASKERVILLE (aka THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES).

Kino Lorber delivers new Special Editions of THE REAL MCCOY and SUMMER LOVERS, 88 Films adds HIDE AND GO SHRIEK to their Slasher Classics Line, and also brings the giallo film A BLACK VEIL FOR LISA to Blu-ray!

Synapse Films released their Limited Edition Steelbook of POPCORN (the backstory of which is far more interesting the film itself, which is saying something because I very much enjoy POPCORN) and Arrow wins the week (in my opinion) with their new Blu-rays of HORROR EXPRESS and Takashi Miike's AUDITION!

The rest of this week's titles are made up of various anime shows and indie Horror flicks so be sure to scroll down to see the full roster of new DVDs & Blu-ray discs!

NEW TO DVD & BLU-RAY
American Nightmares
The Appearance
Nightflyers: Season 1
Pull
Purgatory Road


NEW TO BLU-RAY 
Ace Attorney: Season One
Audition (Arrow Video)
A Black Veil for Lisa (88 Films - Region B)
Der Hund von Baskerville (Flicker Alley)
Grimgar, Ashes & Illusions: The Complete Series
The Haunted Castle / Finances of the Grand Duke (Double Feature)
Haruchika: The Complete Series
Hide and Go Shriek (88 Films - Region B)
Horror Express (Arrow Video)
My Girlfriend is Shobitch
Popcorn (Limited Edition Steelbook - Synapse Films)
The Real McCoy (Special Edition - Kino Lorber Studio Classics)
Revenge of the Spacemen (Troma)
Rick & Morty: Seasons 1 - 3
Savage Vows (Limited Edition)
She Was So Pretty 1 & 2 (Double Feature)
Shinobi Girl: The Movie / Death Trance (Tokyo Shock Double Feature)
Summer Lovers (Special Edition - Kino Lorber Studio Classics)
Valentine (Collector's Edition)


NEW TO DVD
American Vandal: Season One
Blood Mania
Bloody Scum (Unrated)
The Bouncer
Channel Zero: The Complete Collection
Channel Zero: Dream Door - Season 4
Doom Room
Engine Trouble
Forever Emmanuelle
Haunted Hospital: Heilstatten
Killer Campout (Unrated)
Malevolent Shadows
The Meg / Deep Blue Sea / Deep Blue Sea 2 (Triple Feature)
Nova Seed
Possum
Real Naughty Virtual Virgins (Full Moon Features)
VHS Lives 2: Undead Format
Virgin Hunters 3: Agents of Passion (Full Moon Features)


NEW MULTI-FILM COLLECTIONS ON BLU-RAY
The Conjuring Universe Collection
Contains: Annabelle, Annabelle: Creation, The Conjuring, The Conjuring 2, and The Nun.

Hentai Heaven: Volume 6
Contains: Foxy Lady, Erotic Encounter of the Alien Kind, and Raunchy Role Play.

The Poison Ivy Collection
Contains: Poison Ivy, Poison Ivy 2: Lily, Poison Ivy: The New Seduction, and Poison Ivy: The Secret Society.


Now Available on Blu-ray: Hitch a Ride on Arrow Video's HORROR EXPRESS!



EUGENIO MARTIN'S FILM ADAPTATION OF "WHO GOES THERE?" GETS A NEW 2K TRANSFER AND EXTRAS!

I first saw HORROR EXPRESS in its native format (35mm!) at Hudson Horror Show 8, and my mind was blown! I immediately ordered the Severin Blu-ray after seeing the film and have been actively sharing Eugenio Martin's Horror classic with everyone I can! And now Arrow Video has given the film a noticeable upgrade, which means I may have to double-dip! If you're on the fence about "upgrading" to this new release, continue to reading to see if Arrow's HORROR EXPRESS Blu-ray is right for you!

Synopsis: Horror royalty and Hammer alumni Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee reunite for this tale of mad monks, primitive humanoids and bloodthirsty zombies set aboard a train bound for Moscow – all aboard the HORROR EXPRESS!

Renowned anthropologist Saxton (Lee) boards the Trans-Siberian Express with a crate containing the frozen remains of a primitive humanoid which, he believes, may prove to be the missing link in human evolution. But all hell breaks loose when the creature thaws out, turning out to be not quite as dead as once thought!

Directed by Spanish filmmaker Eugenio Martín, HORROR EXPRESS remains one for the most thrilling (and, quite literally!) chilling horror efforts of the early 1970s.

Disc Specs:
Rated PG | Color | 91 minutes | Region A
Video - 1080p Widescreen (1.66:1)
Audio - Uncompressed LPCM Mono

Extras:
  • NEW! 2K restoration from original film elements!
  • NEW! Audio commentary with Stephen Jones and Kim Newman!
  • Introduction to the film by film journalist and Horror Express super-fan Chris Alexander.
  • Murder on the Trans-Siberian Express – An interview with director Eugenio Martín.
  • Notes from the Blacklist – Horror Express producer Bernard Gordon on working in Hollywood during the McCarthy Era.
  • Telly and Me – An interview with composer John Cacavas.
  • Original Theatrical Trailer
  • Reversible sleeve featuring newly commissioned artwork by Graham Humphreys!
  • First pressing only: Fully-illustrated collector's booklet with new writing by Adam Scovell!
Arrow's HORROR EXPRESS Blu-ray is now available and should cost between $24 - $28! Experience it for the first time, or upgrade from your previous release and order this title from AMAZON, BULL MOOSE, or DIABOLIK DVD!



Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Prepare to be Seduced into Adding the POISON IVY Films to Your Blu-ray Collection!


SCREAM FACTORY BRINGS ALL FOUR UNRATED "POISON IVY" FILMS TOGETHER IN ONE COMPLETE SET! 

I've honestly never seen any of the POISON IVY films, even in my early teenage years when I was watching a healthy amount of softcore flicks on Cinemax that dealt with similar themes. But now I've been reminded of their existence thanks to Scream Factory's latest release, which offers up all four films and features both the R-Rated and Unrated versions of each one! (Except for POISON IVY: THE SECRET SOCIETY.)

If you're excited to watch Drew Berrymore, Alyssa Milano, and Jamie Pressly using their feminine wiles to manipulate people and destroy families, then this boxed set may be right for you!

Synopses: Tempestuous young Ivy (Drew Barrymore) befriends introverted teen Sylvie (Sara Gilbert) and seduces her way into the lives of Sylvie's wealthy family in POISON IVY. In the piquant follow-up, POISON IVY 2: LILY, a sheltered art student (Alyssa Milano) finds Ivy's diaries and, after reading them, is lured into uninhibited risk-taking to become a wild woman!

Then Ivy's sister (Jaime Pressly) visits the Greer residence in POISON IVY: THE NEW SEDUCTION, and it doesn't take long for her to use her skills of manipulation to throw the household into a slate of panic and deceit. A college freshman (Miriam McDonald) is invited to join an exclusive campus sisterhood, where cold blooded ambition causes the group to seduce, blackmail or do away with anyone that gets in their way in POISON IVY: THE SECRET SOCIETY!


Disc Specs:
POISON IVY (1992)
Rated R & Unrated | Color | 91 minutes | Region A
Video - 1080p Widescreen (1.85:1)
Audio - ?

POISON IVY 2: LILY (1996)
Rated R & Unrated | Color | 106 minutes | Region A
Video - 1080p Widescreen (1.85:1)
Audio - ?

POISON IVY: THE NEW SEDUCTION (1997)
Rated R & Unrated | Color | 94 minutes | Region A
Video - 1080p Widescreen (1.85:1)
Audio - ?

POISON IVY: THE SECRET SOCIETY (2008)
Unrated | Color | 95 minutes | Region A
Video - 1080p Widescreen (1.85:1)
Audio - ?


Extras:

DISC ONE
  • R-Rated Version Of The Film
  • Unrated Version (With Standard Definition Inserts)
  • NEW! Audio Commentary With Co-writer/Director Katt Shea (Theatrical Version)!
  • Trailer

DISC TWO
  • R-Rated Version Of The Film
  • Unrated Version (With Standard Definition Inserts)
  • Trailer

DISC THREE
  • R-Rated Version Of The Film
  • Unrated Version (With Standard Definition Inserts)
  • Trailer

DISC FOUR
  • Unrated Version Of The Film
  • Trailer
THE POISON IVY COLLECTION is now available wherever discs are sold and costs between for $41 - $48! Get yours now from AMAZON, BULL MOOSE, DIABOLIK DVD, or directly from SHOUT! FACTORY.









Lock Your Doors and Windows Tight - Sony Pictures is About to Make February 19th a Most Frightening Night!


TOM HOLLAND'S CLASSIC HORROR-COMEDY "FRIGHT NIGHT" FINALLY RETURNS TO 
BLU-RAY! 

UPDATE (02/19/2019): It appears that Sony's FRIGHT NIGHT Blu-ray is hard to come by for some reason. It's not currently available on Amazon, and Bull Moose seems to be out of copies as well, though they have it listed as a "Made on Demand" title. This makes me wonder if Sony is using Warner Archive's model of burning discs and shipping them directly to customers. I'll post more info as I get it!

I missed out on the extremely limited Twilight Time Blu-ray release of FRIGHT NIGHT (which is now going for ridiculous prices), and never got around to picking up a region free import, so this is GREAT news! FRIGHT NIGHT is easily one of my favorite flicks and I'm excited to see it get a decent 'Region A' Blu-ray release! Hurray! Now I can finally retire my DVD!

Synopsis: Teenage Charley Brewster (William Ragsdale - FRIGHT NIGHT PART 2) is a horror-film junkie, so it's no surprise that, when a reclusive new neighbor named Jerry Dandridge (Chris Sarandon - THE PRINCESS BRIDE, CHILD'S PLAY) moves next-door, Brewster becomes convinced he is a vampire. It's also no surprise when nobody believes him. However, after strange events begin to occur, Charlie has no choice but to turn to the only person who could possibly help: washed-up television vampire killer Peter Vincent (Roddy McDowall - CLASS OF 1984, THE PLANET OF THE APES Series).

Disc Specs:
Rated R | Color | 106 minutes | Region A
Video - 1080p Widescreen (2.40:1)
Audio - DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1

Extras:
  • Audio Commentary with Writer/Director Tom Holland, Actors Chris Sarandon & Jonathan Stark, Moderated by Filmmaker Tim Sullivan!
  • Audio Commentary with Writer/Director Tom Holland, Actors William Ragsdale & Stephen Geoffreys, FX Artist Randall Cook, and Moderated by Journalist Jeremy Smith and Filmmaker Tim Sullivan!
  • You're So Cool, Brewster! Documentary
  • What Is Fright Night Featurette
  • Tom Holland: Writing Horror Featurette
  • Rowdy McDowall: From Apes to Bats Featurette
  • 1st Ever Fright Night Reunion Panel - Fear Fest 2 Shock Till You Drop Presents Choice Cuts with Tom Holland and Ryan Turek!
  • Vintage EPK with Behind the Scenes Raw Footage
  • 2 Trailers
Sony's new FRIGHT NIGHT Blu-ray will be available everywhere on Tuesday, February 19th, and should cost between $20 - $30! If you've missed out on the Twilight Time and Eureeka! releases in the past, now is your chance to own what is arguably one of the best vampire films of all-time! Secure your copy now from AMAZON, BULL MOOSE, or from DIABOLIK DVD!



Scream Factory Wants to Be Your VALENTINE on February 12th!


JAMIE BLANKS' FORGOTTEN SLASHER MOVIE FROM THE EARLY 2000S ARRIVES JUST IN TIME FOR VALENTINE'S DAY!

I remember seeing VALENTINE on the big screen back in 2001, but aside from the little twist at the end I don't remember much else about it. In fact this seems like a movie that isn't discussed very often among horror fans, which is why I was extremely shocked to see VALENTINE get so much love from Scream Factory! Guess it's time to revisit this (possible) gem, which arrived a little late to the game after the slasher boom of the 90s!

Synopsis: Revenge is sweet, just like Valentine's Day chocolates. At least, that is what a vengeful, Cupid-masked killer thinks. Be my Valentine ... or else! Broken hearts and other mortal wounds await a cast of contemporary young stars when they play dating-scene veterans dying for love in this humor-laced, twist-filled thriller cleverly directed by Jamie Blanks (URBAN LEGEND) and starring David Boreanaz (Angel, Bones), Denise Richards (STARSHIP TROOPERS), Marley Shelton (SCREAM 4, PLANET TERROR), Katherine Heigl (Grey's Anatomy) and more. Cards, candy and flowers are nice. But for fans of stalker-shocker terror, there's nothing like a VALENTINE.

Disc Specs:
Rated R | Color | 96 minutes | Region A
Video - 1080p Widescreen (2.35:1)
Audio - ?


Extras:
  • NEW! 2K Scan Of The Original Film Elements Supervised And Approved By Director Jamie Blanks And Director Of Photography Rick Bota!
  • NEW! Audio Commentary With Director Jamie Blanks And Filmmaker Don Coscarelli, Moderated By Author Peter Bracke!
  • NEW! Thrill Of The Drill – An Interview With Actress Denise Richards!
  • NEW! The Final Girl – An Interview With Actress Marley Shelton!
  • NEW! Shot Through The Heart – An Interview With Actress Jessica Cauffiel!
  • NEW! Writing Valentine – An Interview With Co-writers Gretchen J. Berg And Aaron Harberts!
  • NEW! Editing Valentine– An Interview With Editor Steve Mirkovich!
  • NEW! Scoring Valentine – An Interview With Composer Don Davis!
  • NEW! Almost 2 Hours Of Never-Before-Seen Behind-The-Scenes Footage From Director Jamie Blanks’ Personal Archive!
  • Audio Commentary With Director Jamie Blanks
  • Vintage “Making Of” Featurette Featuring Cast And Crew
  • Extended Interviews And Behind-The-Scenes Footage From The Electronic Press Kit
  • Deleted Scenes Including Extended Death Scenes
  • Music Video
  • Teaser Trailer
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • TV Spots
  • Still Gallery
  • Hidden Easter Egg
WOW! Just.... wow! After nearly two decades, VALENTINE makes its Blu-ray debut with a Collector's Edition worth bragging about! This stacked release should cost between $25 - $28 and will be available everywhere on February 12th! Order yourself a copy now from AMAZON, BULL MOOSE, DIABOLIK DVD, or directly from SHOUT! FACTORY. (Note: The limited edition poster offered by Scream Factory is officially sold out as of February 6th.)



Friday, February 8, 2019

Umbrella Entertinament's February & March 2019 New Releases!


UMBRELLA'S FEBRUARY SLATE IS PRETTY SPARSE, BUT MARCH IS CHOCK FULL OF WEREWOLVES! 
Umbrella's February titles are now available (as of 02/06), but sadly there really weren't any new Cult, Horror, or Ozploitation films released. However, that doesn't mean that there's nothing worth mentioning! IN LIKE FLYNN has future movie star Errol Flynn (Thomas Cocquerel) on a quest for gold in Papau, New Guinea while WALKABOUT has two orphaned kids being rescued by a young Aborigine boy.

March is much more promising with the release of the completely bonkers HOWLING III: THE MARSUPIALS (which was recently released here in the States by Scream Factory) along with the HOWLING COLLECTION on DVD (which contains HOWLING III, IV, V, and VI: THE FREAKS)!

Also coming to DVD & Blu-ray in March are two family classics: STORM BOY, the enchanting story of a kid and his pet pelican, and WATERSHIP DOWN, which is a (not so) cute tale of warring bunnies! To learn more about these Umbrella titles, and two see the full list of all their new February and March releases, please continue reading! 

ANNOUNCEMENTS:
* On April 3rd, Umbrella is bringing THE NAVIGATOR: A MEDIEVAL ODYSSEY to Blu-ray with an audio commentary, an interview featurette with director Vincent Ward, trailer, and still gallery! This film will also be available on a bare bones DVD release.

* Also due out on April 3rd is DEATH WARMED OVER! This forgotten cult revenge flick comes to Blu-ray with a smattering of cool extras, including: Director's commentary, cast & crew interviews, the original New Zealand VHS cut, trailers, and more! This title will also be available on (bare bones) DVD.

* MAD DOG MORGAN joins Umbrella's Ozploitation Classics line on April 3rd, and gets the royal treatment on Blu-ray! Two audio commentaries, a making-of featurette, interviews, trailers, and more! 

FEBRUARY 6, 2019 

IN LIKE FLYNN (2018)

Synopsis: In 1930, before Errol Flynn (Thomas Cocquerel) became one of the biggest movie stars in Hollywood, a young Errol, braving cannibals and crocodiles, searched the jungles of Papua New Guinea for his Eldorado. While serving as a guide for a Hollywood producer, Errol discovers a map on a dead prospector that he believes will lead to a fortune in gold.

Back on the streets of Depression-era Sydney, Flynn rounds up a ragtag crew to help him find the gold, including Rx, a Canadian ex-bootlegger, Dook, an English gentleman handy with a pistol and Charlie, a grizzled old salt. After stealing the Sirocco, a yacht belonging to Chinese Opium smugglers, Flynn and crew set sail.

They quickly learn just how perilous a voyage up the Australian east coast can be, running afoul of drunken cowboys, corrupt cops and local thugs before being intercepted by the Chinese smugglers, who are hell-bent on retrieving their Sirocco and the several pounds of opium stashed in the hold.

As Flynn and crew make a final dash for New Guinea they encounter their greatest foe yet, nature itself and sail straight into a treacherous reef. IN LIKE FLYNN is a mythical and satirical coming-of-age story about four men on a journey to find hope, adventure and fortune in an age when the world was spiralling into despair.

Disc Specs:
Rated MA | Color | 98 minutes | Region 4
Video - 480p Widescreen (16:9)
Audio - 5.1 Dolby Digital

Extras: 
  • None.
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WALKABOUT (1971)

Synopsis: Under the pretence of having a picnic, a geologist (John Meillon - CROCODILE DUNDEE) takes his teenage daughter (Jenny Agutter - The Avengers) and 6-year-old son (Lucien John - WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN) into the Australian outback and attempts to shoot them.

When he fails, he turns the gun on himself, and the two city-bred children must contend with harsh wilderness alone. They are saved by a chance encounter with an Aborigine boy (David Gulpilil - STORM BOY) who helps them survive, and in the process underscores the disharmony between nature and modern life.

Disc Specs:
Rated M | Color | 101 minutes | Region B
Video - 1080p Widescreen (16:9)
Audio - 2.0 DTS-HD Master Audio

Extras:
  • Audio commentary.
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Also available this month from UMBRELLA ENTERTAINMENT:


MARCH 6TH, 2019


HOWLING III: THE MARSUPIALS (1987)

Synopsis: A strange race of human-like marsupials appears suddenly in Australia and begins to create havoc. A sociologist who studies these strange creatures falls in love with a beautiful woman who happens to be marsupial.

Could this be a combination far too dangerous for the world to see? The "Howling" terror continues...

Disc Specs:
Rated M | Color | 98 minutes | Region Free
Video - 1080p Widescreen (16:9)
Audio - 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio

Extras:
  • Audio Commentaries with Director Philippe Mora.
  • COLONIAL LYCANTHROPY: A Conversation with Philippe Mora.
  • Extended NOT QUITE HOLLYWOOD interviews with Director Philippe Mora and Special Effects Artist Bob McCarron.
  • Trailers
  • TV Spot
  • Image gallery
ORDER HOWLING III: THE MARSUPIALS ON BLU-RAY NOW FROM UMBRELLA ENTERTAINMENT!




THE HOWLING COLLECTION (1987, 1988, 1989, 1991)

Synopses: This four-disc set contains the remainder of the original HOWLING franchise!

HOWLING III: THE MARSUPIALS - A strange race of human-like marsupials appear suddenly in Australia, and a sociologist who studies these creatures falls in love with a female one. Is this a dangerous combination?
HOWLING IV: THE ORIGINAL NIGHTMARE - A successful author moves to a new town after suffering a mental breakdown and is tormented by demons and werewolves.      
HOWLING V: THE REBIRTH - A group of strangers visit an ancient Hungarian castle and bring along a werewolf.  
HOWLING VI: THE FREAKS - A villainous carnival owner traps a young werewolf to include in his growing menagerie of inhuman exhibits.

Disc Specs:
Rated M | Color | 390 minutes (total run-time) | Region Free
Video - 480p Widescreen (16:9)
Audio - ?

Extras:
  • None.
GET "THE HOWLING COLLECTION" ON DVD FROM UMBRELLA ENTERTAINMENT!








STORM BOY (1976)

Synopsis: Storm Boy (Greg Rowe - BLUE FIN) lives with his recluse father, Tom (Peter Cummins - RETURN TO SNOWY RIVER) on South Australia's lonely and beautiful coast. Here his free spirit roams with his pet pelican, Mr. Percival, and his secret Aboriginal friend, Fingerbone Bill (David Gulpilil - CARGO).

He knows no other world. Suddenly there are intruders, the local school teacher who wants him to take lessons, a resentful wild-life ranger, duck shooters...

STORM BOY, growing up is forced to choose between a life of continued isolation and the challenges of the outside world.

Disc Specs:
Rated G | Color | 88 minutes | Region Free
Video - 1080p Widescreen (16:9)
Audio - 2.0 DTS-HD Master Audio

Extras:
  • STORM BOY theatrical trailer
  • STORM BOY VHS trailer.
  • Story Makers: Colin Thiele - 1988 documentary on the authour of Storm Boy.
  • BLUE FIN (1978) Bonus Feature Film!
  • Wild Reel: Hardy Kruger & Greg Rowe
  • Hardy Kruger Profile
  • BLUE FIN theatrical trailer
ORDER "STORM BOY" FROM UMBRELLA ENTERTAINMENT (DVD | BLU-RAY) OR AMAZON.COM (BLU-RAY)! 




WATERSHIP DOWN (1978)

Synopsis: The timeless animation classic based on the best-selling novel by Richard Adams. Nestled among the peaceful meadows of country England lives an idyllic community of rabbits but when warned that their warren will be destroyed, a small group escapes into the unknown countryside in search of a new home.

Led by the visionary Fiver, the courageous Bigwig, the clever Blackberry, and the honourable Hazel, the rabbits face daunting challenges as they struggle to pursue their dream, battling the vicious General Woundwort, the cruel leader of another warren, but also making an unlikely friend - a batty seagull named Kehaar.

Director Martin Rosen brilliantly frames the tale from the rabbits' point of view, while the affecting, painterly animation style further allows the viewer to identify with each character's engrossing journey. Over 40 years since its initial release, WATERSHIP DOWN remains a compelling tale of courage, loyalty and thrilling adventure.

Disc Specs:
Rated PG | Color | 92 minutes | Region B
Video - 1080p Widescreen (16:9)
Audio -  2.0 Mono DTS-HD Master Audio

Extras:
  • None.
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Also available in March from UMBRELLA ENTERTAINMENT:
As usual, all of the DVDs and mentioned in this post can be ordered directly from UMBRELLA ENTERTAINMENT, and are typically Region Free (unless otherwise noted)!


Thursday, February 7, 2019

STOCK YOUR VAULT: New DVDs & Blu-rays for 02/05/2019!


Vault Master's Pick of the Week!

Greetings fellow collectors, and welcome to February 2019! The shortest month of the year kicks off with a decent release slate that has a little bit of everything, from anime, to indie Horror, to bargain-priced film collections!

Scream Factory's lone new release this week is MERMAID: LAKE OF THE DEAD, Kino Lorber brings ZACHARIA to Special Edition DVD & Blu-ray, and NetFlix's THE CLOVERFIELD PARADOX finally gets a physical release (on its own, and as part of a three-film collection)!

Mill Creek gives you more bang for your buck with their QUEENS OF SCREAM triple feature and cool POP CULTURE BENTO BOX, MVD Rewind Collection gives DOUBLE DRAGON a solid Collector's Edition, and Arrow Video releases THE FIFTH CORD and THE POSSESSED to Blu-ray disc!

There's plenty of other new titles of interest, so be sure to scroll down to see them all!


NEW TO DVD & BLU-RAY
Cloverfield: 3-Movie Collection
The Cloverfield Paradox
The Girl in the Spider's Web
Havana Darkness
Mermaid: Lake of the Dead (Scream Factory)
You Might Be the Killer
Zacharia (Special Edition - Kino Lorber Studio Classics)


NEW TO BLU-RAY
Anthem of a Teenage Prophet
Baron Von Laugho's Halloween Spook-a-Thon (Special Restored Edition)
Breakout (Indicator - Region B)
Deadman Wonderland: The Complete Series
Double Dragon (Collector's Edition - MVD Rewind Collection)
The Fifth Cord (Arrow Video)
FLCL: The Complete Series
Gundam Thunderbolt: Bandit Flower
Hostel & Hostel Part II (Double Feature)
John Wick 1 & 2 (Double Feature)
The Possessed (Arrow Video)
The Ranger
ReZERO: Staring Life in Another World - Season 1, Part 2
Samurai 7: The Complete Series
Samurai Champloo: The Complete Series
Sexsquatch & Sexsquatch 2: Return to Blood Stool Creek (Double Feature)
Space Runaway Ideon
Star Trek: The Stardate Collection
Steins;Gate: The Complete Series


NEW TO DVD
65th
The A-Team: The Complete Series
American Poltergeist: The Curse of Lilith Ratchet
Arthur 2: On the Rocks
Astro Boy: The Complete Series
Black Magic
Clown Footage & Don't Go Into the House by the Woods (Double Feature)
Death on Scenic Drive
The Dolls (Dead Body Edition)
Fighting the Sky
Ghost Hunter
Loophole
Lost in Space: The Complete Original Series
Metropolis & Memories (Double Feature)
Nazi Overlord
Power Rangers Super Ninja Steel: The Complete Season
Prank Week
Scarecrows (2019)
Secret Agent Club
Slasher Night (Chainsaw Edition)
Sleeping Dogs Lie
Survival
Viking Siege
The Viking War


NEW MULTI-FILM COLLECTIONS ON BLU-RAY
Queens of Scream Triple Feature 
Contains: I Know What You Did Last Summer, Vacancy, and When a Stranger Calls.


NEW MULTI-FILM COLLECTIONS ON DVD
No Tell Motel: 8-Film Collection
Contains: Hostel, Hostel Part II, Identity, Vacancy, Terror at Red Wolf Inn, It Happened at Nightmare Inn, The Devil's Nightmare, and Legacy of Blood.

Pop Culture Bento Box
Contains: The Little Prince and the Eight-Headed Dragon, The Battle in Outer Space, Mothra, Memories, 4 episodes of Hanna Barbera's Godzilla, 4 episodes of Astro Boy, and 4 episodes of Viper's Creed.


DOUBLE DRAGON is Now Part of the MVD Rewind Collection!


THE INFAMOUS FILM ADAPTATION OF THE BELOVED VIDEO GAME GETS A COLLECTOR'S EDITION BLU-RAY!

DOUBLE DRAGON is definitely on the shortlist of films vying for the title of "worst adaptation of a video game property ever," alongside MORTAL KOMBAT: ANNIHILATION, STREET FIGHTER: THE MOVIE, and my personal favorite, SUPER MARIO BROS. - THE MOVIE. (I'm proud to say I actually own a Limited Edition Steelbook of that one!) And yet, DOUBLE DRAGON has apparently garnered enough of a cult following to warrant the Collector's Edition Blu-ray that we're looking at today!

Synopsis: EVIL HAS JUST MET ITS MATCH! From producers Don Murphy (the TRANSFORMERS franchise), Jane Hamsher (NATURAL BORN KILLERS), Alan Schechter (SHOWDOWN), writers Michael Davis (SHOOT 'EM UP) and Emmy Award Winner Peter Gould (Better Call Saul, Breaking Bad) comes the cult classic movie based on the video game smash!

DOUBLE DRAGON roars to life with amazing special effects, spectacular action sequences, and a knock-about sense of humor. It's the year 2007, and what remains of L.A. is now "New Angeles," a city ravaged by earthquakes, tidal waves and vicious gangs. The evil tycoon Koga Shuko (Robert Patrick - TERMINATOR 2: JUDGMENT DAY) is obsessed with finding the two halves of a talisman known as the "Double Dragon," which will give him awesome mystical powers.

Two teenage brothers, Jimmy (Mark Dacascos - ONLY THE STRONG, BROTHERHOOD OF THE WOLF) and Billy Lee (Scott Wolf - Party of Five) find themselves in possession of the amulet's missing half, thrusting them into the adventure of their lives. With the help of Maria (Alyssa Milano - Charmed) and her vigilante group "The Power Corps," Jimmy and Billy must summon all of their courage, resourcefulness and martial-arts skills to stop the villain's malevolent plan. Crackling with the energy and humor of its two heroes, Double Dragon is a high-octane action spectacular. Buckle your seatbelt and enjoy the ride!

Yup, Abobo looks JUST like he does in the classic NES game! #nailedit

Disc Specs:
Rated PG-13 | Color | 96 minutes | Region A
Video - 1080p Widescreen (1.78:1)
Audio - English 5.1 & 2.0 Stereo, German 2.0 Stereo

Extras:
  • NEW! "The Making of Double Dragon" (full length documentary featuring interviews with stars Scott Wolf and Marc Dacascos, writers Peter Gould & Michael Davis and producer Don Murphy)!
  • NEW! "Don Murphy: Portrait of a Producer" featurette!
  • Archival ''Making of'' featurette.
  • Behind the Scenes featurette.
  • 1993 Double Dragon Animated Series Pilot Episode #101: "The Shadow Falls."
  • Storyboard Gallery
  • Press Photos, Marketing and Behind The Scenes Photo Galleries.
  • TV Spots
  • VHS Home Video Trailer
  • Original Theatrical Trailer
  • Collectible Mini-Poster
  • Reversible Sleeve Featuring Alternate Artwork
MVD Rewind Collection's new Blu of DOUBLE DRAGON is currently available and costs around $28! Take a trip down memory lane (either because you love this movie, or are just really eager to see if it's as bad as you recall) and order yourself a copy now from AMAZON, BULL MOOSE, or DIABOLIK DVD!