Saturday, August 31, 2019

Mickey Rourke Projects NIGHTMARE CINEMA to Your Blu-ray Player on September 3rd!


NIGHTMARE CINEMA Bluray Cover
NEW HORROR ANTHOLOGY OFFERS UP FIVE NEW TALES OF THE MACABRE FROM SEVERAL LEGENDARY DIRECTORS!

I've probably said this before in a previous post, but I am a huge sucker for Horror anthologies - It just feels like you're getting more bang for your buck! And what really caught my eye with NIGHTMARE CINEMA (other than Mickey Rourke as "The Projectionist") is the talent behind the camera!

Joe Dante (GREMLINS, THE HOWLING, THE 'BURBS), Mick Garris (CRITTERS 2, PSYCHO IV, RIDING THE BULLET), Ryuhei Kitamura (GODZILLA: FINAL WARS, VERSUS, MIDNIGHT MEAT TRAIN), Alejandro Brugues (JUAN OF THE DEAD, From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series), and David Slade (30 DAYS OF NIGHT, HARD CANDY, Hannibal) all contributed a segment to this new anthology and that simply means that I MUST SEE IT!

Synopsis: In this twisted horror anthology, five strangers are drawn to an abandoned theater and forced to watch their deepest and darkest fears play out before them. Lurking in the shadows is the Projectionist (Rourke), who preys upon their souls with his collection of disturbing films. As each reel spins its sinister tale, the characters find frightening parallels to their own lives.

Disc Specs:
Rated R | Color | 119 minutes | Region A
Video - 1080p Widescreen (1.85:1)
Audio - ?

Extras:
  • None.
NIGHTMARE CINEMA comes to DVD & Blu-ray on Tuesday, September 3rd, and is relatively cheap: It should only cost between $12 - $14! Though it appears to be a bare bones disc, the price is right and word on the street is that it is actually pretty decent. However, if you're still on the fence then watch the trailer below. If that convinces you, order a copy of NIGHTMARE CINEMA today from AMAZON, BULL MOOSE, or DIABOLIK DVD!



Thursday, August 29, 2019

STOCK YOUR VAULT: New DVDs & Blu-rays for 08/27/2019!


GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS (2019) 4K UHD cover!
Vault Master's Pick of the Week!

August 2019 is coming to end, but it is leaving us with a nice little treasure trove of new titles on DVD, Blu-ray, and 4K Ultra HD disc! I hope you still have some expendable income left after your Summer vacations Vault Dwellers, because you're gonna need it!

Henstooth Video brings the riotous softcore porn parody FLESH GORDON to Blu-ray, Discotek Media gives the complete series of MEGABEAST INVESTIGATOR JUSPION its North American Blu-ray debut, and THE BANANA SPLITS MOVIE arrives on both DVD & Blu-ray disc!

Warner Archive unveiled their new Blu of V: THE ORIGINAL MINI-SERIES and reissued a few classic Horror titles on DVD, namely THE HAND, DRACULA HAS RISEN FROM HIS GRAVE, and WOLFEN!

Scream Factory's THE LEECH WOMAN and FEAR IN THE NIGHT are now available, as are a trio of crazy Vinegar Syndrome releases, including 9 LIVES OF A WET PUSSY, the highly-anticipated Blu of HELL COMES TO FROGTOWN, and LET MY PUPPETS COME!

Despite all of that good stuff, I'm shining the spotlight this week on the new 4K release of GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS! With over two hours of extras, a director's commentary, and the best audio & picture quality on the market, Michael Dougherty's big budget love letter to kaiju cinema is a must-have!

There are plenty of other gems, oddities, and direct-to-DVD junk out this week, so be sure to keep scrolling to see the full list!


NEW TO DVD & BLU-RAY
The 16th Episode
The Banana Splits Movie
Big Top Evil
The Flash: The Complete Fifth Season
Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019)
Into the Badlands: The Complete Third Season


NEW TO BLU-RAY
9 Lives of a Wet Pussy (Vinegar Syndrome)
Apocalypse Now: Final Cut (4K UHD)
Danganronpa: The Animated Series - Season One
Danganronpa 3: The End of Hope's Peak High School - The Despair Arc
Day of the Outlaw (Kino Lorber Studio Classics)
Devil's Line: The Complete Collection
Fear in the Night (1974 - Scream Factory)
Flesh Gordon (Henstooth Video)
The Leech Woman (Scream Factory)
Hell Comes to Frogtown (Vinegar Syndrome)
Insomnia (The Criterion Collection)
Let My Puppets Come (Vinegar Syndrome)
Man Without a Star (Kino Lorber Studio Classics)
MegaBeast Investigator Juspion: The Complete Series (Discotek Media)
RWBY: Volumes 1 - 6
Sorcerer Hunters: The Complete Series
Stand By Me (4K UHD)
V: The Original Series (Warner Archive Collection)
The Vanishing Shadow (VCI)


NEW TO DVD
Child's Play (1954 - Juno Films)
Clown (The Asylum)
Doll Factory
Dracula Has Risen From the Grave (Warner Archive Collection)
Family Covenant
The Hand (Warner Archive Collection)
Jack Hunter's Paranoia Tapes 3 & 4: Siren & Kennel House
Lupin the 3rd: Blood Seal of the Eternal Mermaid
Mystikal
New Cutie Honey: The Complete OVA Series
Radar Men From the Moon (Reel Vault)
Red Rings of Fear (Rogue Video)
The Return of Chandu (VCI)
Safe Space
Skateboard
Sleepaway Camp IV: The Survivor (Unrated)
Super Hero Central
Wolfen (Warner Archive Collection)
Zombiellenium


Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Long Live The King! - GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS Now Available on All Physical Media Formats!


Cover art for 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray release of Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019)!
MICHAEL DOUGHERTY'S EPIC GODZILLA SEQUEL STOMPS ITS WAY TO 4K UHD, BLU-RAY, AND DVD!

GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS was easily my favorite film of 2019, and kicked off a fantastic year of Godzilla-themed festivities and surprises, ranging from a trip to G-FEST in Chicago, to an all-weekend 35mm Godzilla film fest at The Mahoning Drive-In in Lehighton, PA, to The Criterion Collection's insane announcement of their GODZILLA: THE SHOWA ERA Blu-ray boxed set! Needless to say, 2019 was truly the year of Godzilla!

Though far from perfect, GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS was an incredible experience for yours truly - my inner child shrieked with joy to see some of my favorite movie monsters of all time on the big screen in a mega-budget Hollywood film! And now I can revisit it anytime I want to in glorious high-definition, while simultaneously bringing my Godzilla movie collection ever closer to completion!

Synopsis: The story follows the heroic efforts of the crypto-zoological agency Monarch as its members face off against a battery of god-sized monsters, including the mighty Godzilla, who collides with Mothra, Rodan, and his ultimate nemesis, the three-headed King Ghidorah. When these ancient super-species - thought to be mere myths - rise again, they all vie for supremacy, leaving humanity’s very existence hanging in the balance.

Disc Specs:
Rated PG-13 | Color | 132 minutes | Region Free / Region A
Video - 2160p (4K) / 1080p (Blu-ray) Widescreen (2.40:1)
Audio - English Dolby Atmos, Dolby TrueHD 7.1, & Dolby Digital 5.1
             French & Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1

Extras:
  • DOLBY VISION/HDR 10 PRESENTATION OF THE FILM!
  • Audio Commentary by Director Michael Dougherty!
  • Monsters 101: Short multi-part featurette that gives a brief overview of the films monsters. Includes: Godzilla: Nature's Fearsome Guardian, Mothra: Queen of the Monsters, King Ghidorah: The Living Extinction Machine, and Rodan: Airborne God of Fire!
  • Evolution of the Titans: Multi-part featurette covering the creation of the visual effects and designs of the films four main creatures. (Godzilla 2.0, Making Mothra, Creating Ghidorah, Reimagining Rodan)
  • Monarch in Action: Featurette covering the multiple settings and filming locations of Godzilla: King of the Monsters. (The Yunnan Temple, Castle Bravo, The Antarctic Base, The Isla de Mara Volcano, The Undersea Lair.)
  • Millie Bobby Brown: Force of Nature
  • Monster Tech: Monarch Joins the Fight
  • Monsters Are Real
  • Welcome to the Monsterverse: A short featurette that looks at Godzilla (2014) and Kong: Skull Island.
  • Deleted Scenes
With over two hours of extras, an audio commentary, and the best audio & video presentation you can possibly get, the new 4K (and plain ole Blu-ray) of GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS is a must-own in my book! The 4K UHD goes for $30, while the Blu-ray costs around $25 - both are readily available wherever movies are sold including AMAZON and BULL MOOSE! Grab a copy today and immerse yourselves in the growing Monsterverse!



Friday, August 23, 2019

WANTED ON BLU-RAY: THE LAST SHARK (1981)


WANTED ON BLU-RAY: THE LAST SHARK (1981)
WANTED ON BLU-RAY:
THE LAST SHARK (1981)

Rated PG | Color | 88 minutes

UPDATE (09/06/2019): Rumors of a possible Blu-ray release of this title from Severin Films were the result of a miscommunication in a recent Shock Waves podcast.

Also just learned today that Universal Pictures owns the rights to THE LAST SHARK lock, stock, & barrel. And so, the wait for a legit release continues....

THE LAST SHARK (aka GREAT WHITE, aka L'ULTIMO SQUALO) never got a chance to be fully embraced here in the U.S. Released briefly in the Summer of 1982, THE LAST SHARK was quickly pulled from theatrical distribution after turning a profit being deemed too derivative of JAWS.

And as we get closer to its 40th anniversary, I strongly feel that the time is right to lift Universal's ban on THE LAST SHARK so that it can finally find an audience! And what better way to reintroduce this lost film to a new generation than to give it a Blu-ray release that features a new HD restoration and oodles of extras about the making of the film, its infamous legal battle with Universal Pictures, and the growing cult following THE LAST SHARK has generated since then!

Synopsis: A Great White Shark stakes a claim off the coast of Port Harbor, and threatens the annual regatta and the reelection of Mayor William Wells. After maiming and devouring several victims, author Peter Benchley err... Benton (James Franciscus - THE VALLEY OF GWANGI) and shark hunter Ron Hamer (Vic Morrow - HUMANOIDS FROM THE DEEP) go after the finned fiend, leading to an explosive climax!

Plus a guest appearance by The Marlboro Man.

Availability: For a film that's been banned, it is remarkably easy to see THE LAST SHARK these days. You can watch it on YouTube or Amazon Instant Video (with Rifftrax Commentary even!), and there are several cheap DVDs floating around the web (like THIS ONE and THIS ONE) though their legitimacy is questionable. The only (allegedly) legit DVD release was back in 2015 from now defunct label called RetroVision Entertainment who put out a limited run of 500 copies. They announced that they were going to bring THE LAST SHARK to Blu-ray about a year later, but it never materialized.

Current Rights Holder: THE LAST SHARK was distributed by Edward L. Montoro's Film Ventures International (henceforth FVI), a company that produced and released multiple cult and exploitation favorites like GRIZZLY, THE DARK, PIECES, VIGILANTE, HOUSE ON SORORITY ROW, MUTANT, and others. The lawsuit with Universal unfortunately helped sink FVI and during the bankruptcy proceedings that followed, Montoro took a million bucks and vanished. But who has the rights now? The short answer: Damned if I know!

In 1984 FVI was purchased by the INI Entertainment Group which is no longer an active corporate entity. However, former INI President Irv Holender started a new company called Multicom Entertainment Group Inc. in 2010, which has a large library of films including the vast majority of FVI's titles. Though THE LAST SHARK isn't listed on their website, there's a slight possibility that Mr. Holender could retain some sort of say in distribution if the film's banned status were to change?

And if I was a betting man, I'd say Code Red DVD, Scorpion Releasing, Kino Lorber, or possibly even  Grindhouse Releasing would have dibs on the film if it got a legit North American Blu-ray release!

Which would truly be "JAW-SOME!"
UPDATE: Universal owns THE LAST SHARK. This was told to me by Hudson Horror Show's Chris Alo a while, but officially confirmed today by David Gregory from Severin Films. If you want this to get a Region A Blu-ray release here in North America, then you best start hammering Universal on social media with polite requests, pleas, and/or demands!

Blu-ray Wishlist:
  • New 4K or 2K restoration from best source available!
  • Two audio tracks: Original Italian with English subs & English dubbed!
  • Audio Commentary and/or interview with Director Enzo G. Castellari!
  • Interviews with surviving cast members: Micaela Pignatelli, Joshua Sinclair, Stefania Goodwin, etc.
  • Interview with composers Guido and Maurizio De Angelis!
  • Interview with special effects artist Antonio Corridori!
  • Deleted scenes (If they exist.)
  • Poster & still gallery.
  • Trailers
Though I own RetroVision's out of print DVD, and have even seen a 35mm print of THE LAST SHARK (thanks to Exhumed Films!), it would be supremely awesome to own this lost piece of cinematic history on Blu-ray disc! While I don't have high hopes, Scream Factory's recent Blu-ray releases of SCREAM FOR HELP and PROPHECY have proven that we should never say never!



Wednesday, August 21, 2019

STOCK YOUR VAULT: New DVDs & Blu-rays for 08/20/2019!


STOCK YOUR VAULT!

Blu-ray cover for DINOSAURUS! - Released by Kino Lorber Studio Classics!
Vault Master's Pick of the Week!
Hey gang! Summer is coming to a close but there's still no end in sight to the weekly stream of physical media being released by all of our favorite labels! While this week's release slate is a bit on the light side, there are still plenty of new discs that you'll want to add to your collections!

For those of you wanting to traumatize your children: Warner Archive Collection finally delivers unto us the Blu-ray debut of THE WITCHES, BRIGHTBURN comes to DVD, Blu-ray, and 4K UHD, and Second Sight Films unveils a Region Free Limited Edition release of FLIGHT OF THE NAVIGATOR!

Arrow Video quietly brings CRUISING out in a Special Edition Blu-ray release while Scream Factory brings Hammer's HORROR OF FRANKENSTEIN and IFC Midnight's I TRAPPED THE DEVIL to Blu-ray, but Kino Lorber trounces them all with the triple threat of 4D MAN, BILLY THE KID VS. DRACULA, and DINOSAURUS! Both 4D MAN and DINOSAURUS! received new 4K restorations, and all three have new audio commentaries!

The rest of this week's new releases are made up of anime, direct-to-DVD fare, and a few TV show seasons! To see the full list, be sure to keep scrolling!


NEW TO DVD & BLU-RAY
American Gods: Season Two
Arrow: The Complete Seventh Season
Brightburn
Camp Wedding
I Trapped the Devil (Scream Factory)
Lego Batman: Family Matters
The Walking Dead: Season 9


NEW TO BLU-RAY
4D Man (Special Edition - Kino Lorber Studio Classics)
ACCA: The Complete Series
Attack on Titan: Junior High - The Complete Series
Big O: The Complete First Season (Limited Edition Steelbook)
Billy the Kid Vs. Dracula (Kino Lorber Studio Classics)
Cruising (Special Edition - Arrow Video)
Dinosaurus! (Special Edition - Kino Lorber Studio Classics)
Flight of the Navigator (Limited Edition - Second Sight Films - Region Free)
Frightworld (Limited Edition - Sub Rosa Studios)
The Harder They Come (Collector's Edition - Shout Select)
Hellboy (2019 - Lionsgate - 4K UHD Steelbook - Region B)
Horror of Frankenstein (Scream Factory)
Keijo!!!!!!!!! - The Complete Series
Red Scream Vampyres
Ronja, the Robber's Daughter: The Complete Series (Shout! Factory)
Sorcerous Stabber Orphen: The Complete Series
The Witches (Warner Archive Collection)


NEW TO DVD
Blood 13
Creepy Tales of Pizza and Gore
Doctor Who: Black Orchid
Doctor Who: Invasion of the Dinosaurs
Doctor Who: Paradise Towers
Doctor Who: Revenge of the Cybermen
Doctor Who: The Web Planet
The Halloween Tree
Iron Sky: The Coming Race
Mind Melters
Play or Die
Pokemon Diamond & Pearl: The Complete Season
Prison of the Psychotic Damned
Purge of Kingdoms
Rutabaga
Star Wars Resistance: Season One
Wronged


Kino Lorber Studio Classics Debuts 4D MAN, BILLY THE KID VS. DRACULA, and DINOSAURUS! on Blu-ray Disc!


4D MAN Blu-ray cover - Released by Kino Lorber Studio Classics!
MAD SCIENCE, DUELING LEGENDS, AND PREHISTORIC MONSTERS ARE ON THE MENU IN KINO LORBER'S LATEST TRIO OF BLU-RAY RELEASES!

I've gotta admit that Kino Lorber has really been doing a stellar job of bringing overlooked, unknown, and forgotten classics to Blu-ray over the past several years! And their latest batch of new Blu-ray titles is no exception! I've never seen 4D MAN, but it sounds like a great supervillain origin story, while BILLY THE KID VS. DRACULA was something I watched (and typically snoozed through) on late night TV when I was a kid! And DINOSAURUS! has long been a favorite "dinosaur on the loose" flick of mine so naturally I'm super stoked to upgrade from my old Image DVD of the film! Let's take a closer look at these three new Kino titles, shall we?

4D MAN (SPECIAL EDITION - 1959)

Synopsis: Two brothers, scientists Scott and Tony Nelson, develop an amplifier which enables a person to enter a 4th dimensional state, allowing him to pass through any object. Scott experiments on himself and discovers that each time he passes through something he ages rapidly. He begins killing people, sucking out their life energies and regaining his youth as a result. It falls to Tony and Scott's girlfriend, Linda, to try to put a stop to his murderous rampage.

Disc Specs:
Unrated | Color | 85 minutes | Region A
Video - 1080p Widescreen (1.85:1)
Audio - ?

Extras:
  • NEW! 4K RESTORATION FROM THE ORIGINAL CAMERA NEGATIVE!
  • NEW! Audio Commentary by Film Historian Richard Harland Smith!
  • NEW! Audio Commentary by Kris Yeaworth (son of director Irvin S. Yeaworth Jr.)!
  • Reflections from The 4D Man - On-camera Interview with Producer Jack H. Harris!
  • On-camera Interview with Co-star Lee Meriwether!
  • Theatrical Trailer
Kino's Special Edition of 4D MAN is now available wherever Blu-rays are sold, and should cost you between $18 - $20! Add this newly restored sci-fi thriller now by picking up a copy from AMAZON, BULL MOOSE, DIABOLIK DVD, or directly from KINO LORBER's online store!




BILLY THE KID VS. DRACULA Blu-ray cover - Released by Kino Lorber Studio Classics!
BILLY THE KID VS. DRACULA (1966)

Synopsis: BILLY THE KID VS. DRACULA is an outrageous low-budget horror-western directed by cult filmmaker William Beaudine (THE APE MAN, VOODOO MAN).

Traveling by stagecoach, Dracula (the great John Carradine) plots to convert Billy the Kid's (famed stuntman Chuck Courtney) fiancĂ©e, Betty Bentley (Melinda Casey), into his vampire bride. When the sinister bloodsucker kidnaps Betty and takes her to an abandoned silver mine, Billy must confront the Count, but soon realizes his six-shooters' bullets are no match for the undead—and an all-out battle of good vs. evil ensues.

Filmmaker Carl K. Hittleman (36 HOURS) wrote the screenplay for this wild cult classic, beautifully shot by Lothrop B. Worth (GOG) and featuring Marjorie Bennett (WHAT EVER HAPPENED TO BABY JANE?) and Harry Carey Jr. (CHERRY 2000).

Disc Specs:
Not Rated | Color | 73 minutes | Region A
Video - 1080p Widescreen (1.85:1)
Audio - ?

Extras:
  • NEW! Audio Commentary by Film Historians Lee Gambin and John Harrison!
  • Trailers
BILLY THE KID VS. DRACULA is now available and should cost between $15 - $20! See it for the first time, or relive your childhood memories by snapping up a copy today from AMAZON, BULL MOOSE, DIABOLIK DVD, or directly from KINO LORBER!




DINOSAURUS! Blu-ray cover - Released by Kino Lorber Studio Classics!
DINOSAURUS! (SPECIAL EDITION - 1960)

Synopsis: Alive with thrills that started a million years ago! From legendary producer Jack H. Harris and director Irvin S. Yeaworth Jr., the team behind sci-fi classics THE BLOB and 4D MAN, comes this cult fantasy-adventure starring Ward Ramsey, Paul Lukather and Kristina Hanson.

Building a new harbor off the coast of a Caribbean island, an American engineer (Ramsey) sets off a blast on the ocean floor that uncovers the frozen bodies of a Brontosaurus, a Tyrannosaurus Rex and a Neanderthal Man. The dinosaurs are hauled ashore by the construction crew, who are unaware that the giants are still alive. Struck by lightning during a fierce tropical storm, the monsters awaken and prowl the island jungles!

Also restored to life is the caveman (Gregg Martell), an amiable brute who joins the island boy Julio (Alan Roberts) in a series of wacky misadventures. A merry grab-bag of sci-fi, action and comedy, Dinosaurus! features stop-motion dinosaur animation by the legendary Projects Unlimited effects team (THE TIME MACHINE, The Outer Limits). Beautifully shot in Scope by the great Stanley Cortez (SINCE YOU WENT AWAY, THE NIGHT OF THE HUNTER).

Disc Specs:
Not Rated | Color | 85 minutes | Region A
Video - 1080p Widescreen (2.35:1)
Audio - ?

Extras:
  • NEW! 4K RESTORATION FROM THE ORIGINAL CAMERA NEGATIVE!
  • NEW! Audio Commentary by Kris Yeaworth (son of director Irvin S. Yeaworth Jr.)!
  • Dinosaurus!: A Monstrous Story - Interviews with Producer Jack H. Harris, Co-star Paul Lukather and Film Historians Donald F. Glut and Bill Warren!
  • Reversible Blu-ray Art!
  • Theatrical Trailer
DINOSAURUS! is definitely a must-have for yours truly (especially now that it's gotten a 4K makeover!) - it is super cool to see it getting some love after being out of print for so many years! This film is now available on Blu-ray (and DVD!) and should cost between $18 - $20! Get yourself a copy of this fun dinosaur romp now from AMAZON, BULL MOOSE, DIABOLIK DVD, or KINO LORBER!



Wednesday, August 14, 2019

STOCK YOUR VAULT: New DVDs & Blu-rays for 08/13/2019!


Stock Your Vault... with new DVDs & Blu-rays!
Cover art for Scream Factory's VICE SQUAD (COLLECTOR'S EDITION) Blu-ray!
Vault Master's Pick of the Week!

Greetings Vault Dwellers! Today marks the 36th year of my existence, and to celebrate we're going to look at this week's newest DVD, Blu-ray, and 4K UHD releases! Hooray!

Mill Creek Entertainment adds two more titles to their "Retro VHS" Blu-ray lineup, namely THE NEW KIDS (making its Blu-ray debut!) and WHITE LINE FEVER, Synapse brings DJANGO THE BASTARD to DVD  & Blu-ray, and Kino Lorber gives noir and Euro-crime thriller fans some love with Special Editions of MURDER!, BLACKMAIL, PORT OF SHADOWS, RAZZIA SUR LA CHNOUF, and TOUCHEZ PAS AU GRISBI!

For all you Marvel maniacs, AVENGERS: ENDGAME has finally arrived on all formats, while other older Marvel titles have made their way to 4K UHD, including IRON MAN, IRON MAN 2, IRON MAN 3, THOR, and THOR: THE DARK WORLD!

Scream Factory caps off the week with three groovy new releases: Both FORBIDDEN WORLD and GALAXY OF TERROR get new Limited Edition Steelbooks with new 4K scans of both films (plus a 2K scan of FORBIDDEN WORLD'S Director's Cut!), and VICE SQUAD comes to Blu-ray for the first time with a new 4K transfer and loads of new special features!

There's not too much more to brag about but if you feel so inclined, keep scrolling to see the full roster of this week's new DVDs, Blu-ray's, and 4K UHDs!


NEW TO DVD & BLU-RAY
Avengers: Endgame
The Brink
Django the Bastard (Synapse Films)
Hunter x Hunter: Volume 6
Port of Shadows (Kino Lorber Studio Classics)
Razzia Sur La Chnouf (Special Edition - Kino Lorber Studio Classics)
Riverdale: The Complete Third Season
Shadow
Touchez Pas Au Grisbi (Special Edition - Kino Lorber Studio Classics)
The Velocipastor


NEW TO BLU-RAY
Blackmail (Special Edition - Kino Lorber Studio Classics)
Forbidden World (Limited Edition Steelbook - Scream Factory)
Galaxy of Terror (Limited Edition Steelbook - Scream Factory)
Iron Man (4K UHD)
Iron Man 2 (4K UHD)
Iron Man 3 (4K UHD)
Murder! (Special Edition - Kino Lorber Studio Classics)
The New Kids (VHS-style packaging - Mill Creek Entertainment)
Sakura Wars: The Complete TV Series
Thor (4K UHD)
Thor: The Dark World (4K UHD)
Vice Squad (Collector's Edition - Scream Factory)
White Line Fever (VHS-style packaging - Mill Creek Entertainment)


NEW TO DVD
42-66: The Origin of Evil
Apache Point: Zombies Gone Wild!
AvZ: Angels vs. Zombies
Blindsided
Blitzkrieg: Escape from Stalag 69
Cucuy: The Boogeyman
Devil Music
Double Dragon: The Complete Animated Series
Dude Bro Party Massacre III
From the Dead
The Hidden (1993 - Sub Rosa Studios)
Ironhorse
Is That You?
L.A.'s Most Haunted
Manson Family Movies (2-Disc Limited Edition - Cult Epics)
The Masked Saint
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Complete Third Season (Limited Edition Steelbook)
Murder Made Easy
Ryde or Die
Tarzan the Ape Man / Tarzan Escapes (Warner Archive Collection Double Feature)
Tarzan and His Mate / Tarzan Finds a Son (Warner Archive Collection Double Feature)


Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Journey to a FORBIDDEN WORLD in a GALAXY OF TERROR or Join the VICE SQUAD with Scream Factory's Newest Releases!


"VICE SQUAD" MAKES ITS BLU-RAY DEBUT, WHILE TWO ROGER CORMAN CLASSICS GET NEW 4K TRANSFERS AND COLLECTIBLE STEELBOOK PACKAGING!

The worst part of being a collector of physical media is that there is always a better version of something you already own just around the corner. Case in point, Scream Factory's two latest Limited Edition Steelbook offerings of FORBIDDEN WORLD and GALAXY OF TERROR.

While some previous Scream steelbooks have included some new extras, these discs only offer up new 4K scans (2K in the case of FORBIDDEN WORLD'S Director's Cut!) of the films. If you're not in the mood to upgrade from what you already have, Scream Factory also dropped VICE SQUAD onto Blu-ray today with a new 4K restoration and tons of new extras!

Not sure about adding these new releases to your collection? Then let's take a closer look!

FORBIDDEN WORLD (1982 - LIMITED EDITION STEELBOOK)

Synopsis: The seed is planted ... the nightmare grows. On planet Xarbia, an experimental life form known as "Subject 20" has been created by an elite group of scientists in hopes of preventing a major galactic food crisis. However, instead of prolonging life, Subject 20 is destroying it, and the organism poses a double threat because it constantly changes its genetic structure. Mike Colby, a bounty hunter, is called in to investigate. Suspecting that the scientists are keeping something from him, Colby soon discovers why ...

Disc Specs:
Rated R | Color | 77 & 82 minutes | Region A
Video - 1080p Widescreen (1.85:1)
Audio - English: DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0

Extras:
  • NEW! 4K Scan Of Original Film Elements (Theatrical Cut)!
  • NEW! 2K Scan Of The Only Existing Film Print (Director's Cut)!
  • The Making Of Forbidden World – Featuring Interviews With Director/Editor Allan Holzman, Special Visual Effects Artist/Production Designer Robert Skotak, Actor Jesse Vint, Composer Susan Justin And More!
  • Interview With Producer Roger Corman.
  • Interview With Special Effects Artist John Carl Buechler.
  • Audio Commentary By Director Allan Holzman (Director's Cut).
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Photo Galleries
I'm not a gigantic fan of FORBIDDEN WORLD personally, BUT if I was I would snap this release up in a heartbeat. The new packing has gorgeous artwork, and though there aren't any new extras, the new transfers alone would be worth the upgrade in my eyes. If you feel the urge to double-dip on this one (which will cost you about $20), get it now from AMAZON, BULL MOOSE, DIABOLIK DVD, or directly from SHOUT! FACTORY, which will also get you a rolled lithograph of the new steelbook artwork. (While supplies last of course!)




GALAXY OF TERROR (1981 - LIMITED EDITION STEELBOOK)

Synopsis: The mind's innermost fears become reality for the crew members of the Quest when they land on a barren planet to rescue survivors from the starship Remus. The crew investigates a giant pyramid on the planet, hoping to find the missing crew members ... only to find something deadly waiting for them instead.

Each crew member must come face to face with their darkest fears or perish. The crew of the Quest includes Edward Albert (THE HOUSE WHERE EVIL DWELLS), Erin Moran (Happy Days), Ray Walston (POPCORN), Robert Englund (the A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET series), Zalman King (BLUE SUNSHINE), and Sid Haig (THE DEVIL'S REJECTS).

The film had its share of new, emerging talents behind the camera as well, including James Cameron, who did the production design, and Bill Paxton, who worked as a set decorator.

Disc Specs:
Rated R | Color | 82 minutes | Region A
Video - 1080p Widescreen (1.85:1)
Audio - English: DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0

Extras:
  • NEW! 4K Scan Of The Original Film Elements!
  • Audio Commentary With Cast And Crew!
  • Tales From The Lumber Yard: The Making Of Galaxy Of Terror" – A Six-Part Documentary Featuring Interviews With Producer Roger Corman, Director/Co-Writer Bruce D. Clark, Co-Writer Marc Siegler, Actors Robert Englund, Sid Haig, Taaffe O’Connell, and more!
  • Theatrical Trailers
  • TV Spots
  • Photo Galleries
Much like FORBIDDEN WORLD this release only offers up a new 4K scan, plus beautiful new packaging. If you feel that it is worth the $20 double-dip, then by all means make the upgrade now! You can get GALAXY OF TERROR's new Limited Edition steelbook from AMAZON, BULL MOOSE, DIABOLIK DVD, or directly from SHOUT! FACTORY (which also comes with a rolled lithograph while supplies last).




VICE SQUAD (1982 - COLLECTOR'S EDITION)

Synopsis: Season Hubley (Hardcore) stars as Princess, a single mom by day, a Hollywood prostitute by night. A volatile cop, Tom Walsh (Gary Swanson - THE GUARDIAN) uses her to trap a sadistic pimp named Ramrod (Wings Hauser - MUTANT), who murdered one of her friends.

But when Ramrod escapes police custody, Princess is in grave danger. No matter which way she turns, Ramrod is coming for her. Walsh and the entire police force are out looking to catch him. Tonight, the neon slime will be on full display and the city of Los Angeles will explode with furious vengeance and violence!
Disc Specs: 
Rated R | Color | 97 minutes | Region A
Video - 1080p Widescreen (1.85:1)
Audio - English: DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0

Extras:
  • NEW! 4K Scan Of The Negative!
  • NEW! Audio Commentary With Director Gary Sherman And Producer Brian Frankish!
  • NEW! Tracking The Beast – An Interview With Actor Gary Swanson!
  • NEW! Of Poltergeist And Neon Lights – An Interview With Director Gary Sherman!
  • NEW! Hollywood Magic – An Interview With Producer Brian Frankish!
  • NEW! The Roots Of Reality – An Interview With Actress Beverly Todd!
  • NEW! Catching A Killer – An Interview With Actor Pepe Serna!
  • NEW! Princess Driver – An Interview With Actor Michael Ensign!
  • NEW! Hollywood Streetwalking – A Look At The Locations!
  • Audio Commentary With Director Gary Sherman!
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Radio Spots
  • TV Spots
  • Still Galleries – Poster And Lobby Cards, Publicity Stills, Press Kit
Scream Factory's new Collector's Edition of VICE SQUAD is $25 - $30, and available wherever discs are sold! Get a copy now at AMAZON, BULL MOOSE, DIABOLIK DVD, or directly from SHOUT! FACTORY, which will also net you a limited edition poster!



Wednesday, August 7, 2019

STOCK YOUR VAULT: New DVDs & Blu-rays for 08/06/2019!


Vault Master's Pick of the Week!

Greetings Vault Dwellers! It's another new week, and that means another new batch of DVDs, Blu-rays, and 4K UHD discs! And though this week is pretty light on the stuff we typically get excited for, there's a few cool titles hiding among the anime collections and direct-to-DVD fare!

Scream Factory's lone release this week is CHARLIE SAYS, Raro Video brings Lucio Fulci's TOUCH OF DEATH to Blu-ray disc, and 88 Films just dropped their new Blu of THE ELIMINATORS (which is also readily available on Region A disc from Scream Factory)!

The two most notable releases this week though, have to be Arrow Video's Special Edition of ALICE, SWEET ALICE (which boasts a new 2K restoration, an additional cut of the film, and numerous extras) and Studiocanal's hefty 4-Disc Collector's Edition of DON'T LOOK NOW, which contains an all new 4K restoration of the film, soundtrack CD featuring the music of Pino Donaggio, and lots of other cool goodies!

There are plenty of other flicks out now on DVD, Blu-ray, and 4K UHD - scroll down to see the full roster!


NEW TO DVD & BLU-RAY
Attack on Titan: Season 3, Part 1
Charlie Says (Scream Factory)
The Curse of La Llorona
Perception
Pokemon: Detective Pikachu
Project Ithica
The Reflecting Skin
St. Agatha
What We Left Behind: Looking Back at Star Trek - Deep Space Nine


NEW TO BLU-RAY
Alice, Sweet Alice (Special Edition - Arrow Video)
Assassination Classroom: Season Two
Batman: Hush
Bps: Battle Programmer Shirase - The Complete Collection
Deadsight
Don't Look Now (Collector's Edition - Studiocanal)
elDLIVE: The Complete Series
The Eliminators (88 Films - Region B)
Galaxy Angel A: The Complete Collection
Inari Kon Kon: The Complete Series
Record of Lodoss War: OVA & Chronicles of the Heroic Knights - The Complete Series
RErideD: Derrida, Who Leaps Through Time - The Complete Series
Touch of Death (Raro Video)
Trinity Blood: The Complete Series


NEW TO DVD
3 Lives
American Killing
Among the Shadows
Bat Outta Hell
Blood, Sweat, and Terrors
Blue Water, White Death
Cleavers: Killer Clowns
Deep Murder
Descendants 3 
Division 19
DOE
A Haunting at Park Hotel
The Inherited
The Manson Family Massacre
One Remains
Pentagram
Portmanteau
Psycho Circus (Rogue Video)
Red Tears
Re-Generator
Room for Rent
Slavemen
Transmigration
Xenophobia


Now On Blu-ray: DON'T LOOK NOW - It's ALICE, SWEET ALICE!


Cover art for Arrow Video's Blu-ray of ALICE, SWEET ALICE!
"ALICE, SWEET ALICE" AND ITS PRECURSOR, "DON'T LOOK NOW" BOTH GET STELLAR NEW BLU-RAY RELEASES!

Though things were briefly touch and go for a few weeks, Arrow Video succeeded in bringing Alfred Sole's oft-overlooked ALICE, SWEET ALICE to Blu-ray for the first time, and it is a fantastic release! Also out today is Studiocanal's 4-Disc Collector's Edition of Nicholas Roeg's DON'T LOOK NOW, which includes a 4K Ultra High-Def Blu-ray disc and soundtrack CD! Both releases boast a TON of extras and are guaranteed must-haves - let's take a closer look, shall we?

ALICE, SWEET ALICE (1976)

Synopsis: A young Brooke Shields meets an untimely end in this religious-themed proto slasher par excellence from director Alfred Sole.

On the day of her first communion, young Karen (Brooke Shields) is savagely murdered by an unknown assailant in a yellow rain mac and creepy translucent mask. But the nightmare is far from over. As the knife-wielding maniac strikes again and again, Karen's bereaved parents are forced to confront the possibility that Karen's wayward sister Alice might be the one behind the mask.

Bearing influences from the likes of Hitchcock, the then-booming Italian giallo film and more specifically, Nicolas Roeg's DON'T LOOK NOW, ALICE, SWEET ALICE is an absolutely essential – if often overlooked – entry in the canon of 1970s American horror.

Disc Specs:
Rated R | Color | 107 minutes | Region A
Video - 1080p Widescreen (1.85:1)
Audio - English: DTS-HD Master Audio Mono


Who's behind the mask in ALICE, SWEET ALICE?!
That look on your face when you're deciding if you should buy ALICE, SWEET ALICE on Blu-ray.
Extras:
  • NEW! 2K restoration of the theatrical version from the original camera negative!
  • NEW! Audio commentary with Richard Harland Smith!
  • Archival audio commentary with co-writer/director Alfred Sole and editor Edward Salier!
  • NEW! First Communion: Alfred Sole Remembers Alice, Sweet Alice – Director Alfred Sole looks back on his 1976 classic!
  • NEW! In the Name of the Father – Interview with actor Niles McMaster!
  • NEW! Sweet Memories: Dante Tomaselli on Alice, Sweet Alice – Filmmaker Dante Tomaselli, cousin of Alfred Sole, discusses his longtime connection to the film!
  • NEW! Lost Childhood: The Locations of Alice, Sweet Alice – A tour of the original Alice Sweet Alice shooting locations hosted by author Michael Gingold!
  • Alternate Holy Terror Television Cut!
  • Deleted scene
  • Alternate Opening Titles
  • Trailer and TV Spot
  • Original screenplay
  • Image gallery
Arrow's Special Edition of ALICE, SWEET ALICE Blu-ray is now available wherever discs are sold and should cost between $24 - $28! With a bunch of new extras, two cuts of the film, and a new 2K restoration of the theatrical version, this is totally worth picking up! Secure your copy now by ordering from AMAZON, BULL MOOSE, or DIABOLIK DVD!




Cover of Studiocanal's Collector's Edition of DON'T LOOK NOW!
DON'T LOOK NOW (1972)

Synopsis: Starring Donald Sutherland and Julie Christie, this is a brilliant adaptation of a Daphne Du Maurier short story. On a cold, bright autumn day in Suffolk, England, a little girl in a red mackintosh drowns in a pond – the daughter of John and Laura Baxter. Trying to recover from the tragedy, the couple arrive in Venice, Italy, where John has been commissioned to restore a church.

In the eerie atmosphere of the lagoon city in winter, they encounter two strange sisters. Laura is suddenly released from her grief when one of them, a blind psychic, tells her that she is in contact with her dead daughter. Angered and skeptical, John carries on with his work, but witnesses an unsettling vision of his own: a little girl in a red mackintosh disappearing into the Venetian alleys.

As Venice and his fate closes in on John, illusion, reality and sudden terror spiral the story to its grotesque climax, as the design in director Nicolas Roeg’s mosaic becomes unforgettably clear.

Disc Specs:
Not Rated | Color | 110 minutes | Region Free & Region B
Video - 1080p Widescreen (1.85:1)
Audio - English Dolby Digital 2.0

Studiocanal's Collector's Edition of DON'T LOOK NOW comes with all you see here!

Extras:
  • NEW! 4K restoration color graded and approved by Cinematographer Anthony B. Richmond!
  • NEW! Pass the Warning: Taking A Look Back at Nic Roeg’s Masterpiece!
  • NEW! A kaleidoscope of meaning: Color in Don’t Look Now featurette!
  • NEW! 4k Restoration featurette!
  • Archival audio Commentary with Director Nicolas Roeg!
  • Death in Venice: An interview with composer Pino Donaggio!
  • Archival interviews with Donald Sutherland, Allan Scott, Tony Richmond, and Danny Boyle!
  • Don’t Look Now: Looking Back featurette!
  • Behind the scenes stills gallery!
  • EXCLUSIVE TO THIS SET: 5 artcards, theatrical poster, booklet with essays and original articles, and Soundtrack CD featuring Pino Donnagio's score for the film!
This four-disc set is now available at most online retailers, but will cost you a pretty penny - somewhere in the neighborhood of $46 - $67! However, you get the best-looking presentation of the film EVER, and plenty of cool extras! (That soundtrack CD should be a clincher for fans of this film!) Treat yourself now and order a copy from AMAZON, BULL MOOSE, or DIABOLIK DVD today!

Important Note: The 4K UHD disc is Region Free (as they all are) but the two Blu-ray discs included in the set which feature the movie and the bulk of the extras respectively, are listed as Region B locked. That being said, do not order this if you don't have a 4K UHD player or at the very least a region free Blu-ray player.



Thursday, August 1, 2019

STOCK YOUR VAULT: New DVDs & Blu-rays for 07/30/2019!


Vault Master's Pick of the Week!

Greetings Vault Dwellers! As we say goodbye to July 2019 (damn these Summer days are just flying by, aren't they?) we get a really fond farewell from several of our favorite genre labels.

Kino Lorber Studio Classics brings the Vic Morrow vehicle TARGET: HARRY to DVD & Blu-ray disc, Well Go USA takes us to THE ISLAND, Warner Archive brings WHATEVER HAPPENED TO BABY JANE? to Blu-ray, and Arrow Video UK gives SCHRAMM a new (Region B locked) Limited Edition release.

Vinegar Syndrome has a really strong lineup this week featuring four titles I am completely unfamiliar with (which is never a bad thing), including MASCARA, THE PINK LADIES, PLAY DEAD, and HELLMASTER. But that all pales in comparison to Scream Factory's newest additions to their impossibly huge catalog.

The Roger Corman-produced HUMANOIDS FROM THE DEEP received a new Limited Edition Steelbook that boasts a new 4K transfer and the oft-overlooked classic THE LEOPARD MAN comes to Blu-ray with a new 4K scan (from the original nitrate film print!) and extras! Four Hammer Horror classics also received the royal treatment from Scream Factory, namely LUST FOR A VAMPIRE, QUATERMASS II, QUATERMASS AND THE PIT, and THE REPTILE!

There's also a slew of cult and exploitation double feature DVDs out now from Frolic Features, plus a small number of new titles on DVD and Blu-ray disc. To see the full roster, be sure to keep scrolling!


NEW TO DVD & BLU-RAY
Body at Brighton Rock
Deadly Class: Season One
El Chicano
The Intruder (2019)
Target: Harry (Kino Lorber Studio Classics)


NEW TO BLU-RAY
Elfen Lied: The Complete Series (Limited Edition)
Hellmaster (Vinegar Syndrome)
Humanoids from the Deep (Limited Edition Steelbook - Scream Factory)
The Island (Well Go USA)
Lupin the 3rd: Blood Seal of the Eternal Mermaid
Lust for a Vampire (Scream Factory)
Maken-Ki!: Season One
Mascara (Vinegar Syndrome)
New Cutey Honey: The Complete OVA Series
Noragami Aragoto: Season Two
Pink Ladies (Vinegar Syndrome)
Play Dead (Vinegar Syndrome)
Quatermass II (Scream Factory)
Quatermass and the Pit (Scream Factory)
The Reptile (Scream Factory)
Schramm (Arrow Video UK)
Space Battleship Tiramisu Zwei: Season Two
Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie (Shout! Factory)
Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? (Warner Archive Collection)


NEW TO DVD
Chain of Death
Death of Evil
Double Danger (Warner Archive Collection)
Johnny Cypher in Dimension Zero: The Complete Series
Lamp Light
Psychedelic Nudes (Frolic Features)
Vampiro


NEW FROLIC DOUBLE FEATURES ON DVD
Bail Out / The Big Fight
A Bell From Hell / Delirium
Cathy's Curse / Virus
Deadtime Stories / Deadly Harvest
Drive-In Massacre / Captive
Funeral for an Assassin / Funeral Home
Gameshow Models / CB Hustlers
Guess What We Learned in School Today / Poor Pretty Eddie
Haunts / The Hanging Woman
Keep My Grave Open / The Ghost Galleon
Lord Shango / Isle of the Snake People
Love Me Deadly / Momma Dracula
Metamorphosis / The Uranium Conspiracy
Night Train to Terror / Legacy of Blood
Star Pilot / UFO Target Earth
The Thirsty Dead / The Vampire Happening
 The Witches Mountain / Crucible of Horror