Monday, December 16, 2019

Scream Factory Ends 2019 on a High Note with FOUR New Blu-ray Releases!


Bluray cover for Scream Factory's MURDERS IN THE RUE MORGUE!
MAD SCIENTISTS, HOLY WEREWOLVES, SATANISTS, HAUNTED CASTLES, AND MORE AWAIT YOU IN SCREAM FACTORY'S END OF YEAR GRAND FINALE BLU-RAY TITLES!

Egads! Just when I thought that maybe I could get an extended break from posting about upcoming Blu-rays, Scream Factory dumps four new titles on my lap! (Figuratively, not literally... sadly.) Bela Lugosi stars in MURDERS IN THE RUE MORGUE, where he plays a mad scientist that injects gorilla blood into his victims, SILVER BULLET is an adaptation of Stephen King's novelette Cycle of the Werewolf, and pits Gary Busey and Corey Haim against a vicious lycanthrope, and Christopher Lee leads a Satanic cult in TO THE DEVIL... A DAUGHTER, which seems to be ROSEMARY'S BABY by way of Hammer Horror!

And as if that weren't enough awesome to pack into one week, Scream Factory is also dropping the third volume of their continuing series of UNIVERSAL HORROR COLLECTION boxed sets. Their latest release contains four Universal classics, including TOWER OF LONDON, THE BLACK CAT, HORROR ISLAND, and MAN-MADE MONSTER! All four releases arrive at retailers on Tuesday, December 17th - for the full details please read onward Vault Dwellers!

MURDERS IN THE RUE MORGUE (1932)

Synopsis: Based (loosely) on the story by Edgar Allan Poe, MURDERS IN THE RUE MORGUE is a haunting atmospheric thriller heavily influenced by the German Expressionist classic, THE CABINET OF DR. CALIGARI, and features Bela Lugosi in one of his most sinister roles!

A deranged scientist, Dr. Mirakle (Lugosi), searches Paris for a "prospective bride" for his pet gorilla. Inviting young ladies to his laboratory, he injects his victims with gorilla blood and then disposes of their ravaged bodies through a trapdoor. Mirakle finally settles on a beautiful woman to be the mate of the gorilla, kidnapping her from her fiancé, Pierre Dupin. But just as the young lady is about to be sacrificed in the name of unholy science, a frantic Dupin locates his betrothed and tries to rescue her from Mirakle’s unspeakable evolutionary experiments.

Disc Specs:
Not Rated | Black & White | 61 minutes | Region A
Video - 1080p Fullscreen (1.37:1)
Audio - English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 mono

Extras:
  • NEW! Audio Commentary By Author/Film Historian Gregory William Mank!
  • NEW! Audio Commentary By Author/Film Historian Gary D. Rhodes!
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Still Gallery
Originally running at 80 minutes, Robert Florey's take on the Edgar Allen Poe tale was heavily edited for content. And since that footage is likely gone forever, at least we still have the hour-long release in HD courtesy of Scream Factory! Speaking of which MURDERS IN THE RUE MORGUE is available on December 17th and should cost between $18 - $19! You can order a copy now from AMAZON, BULL MOOSE, DIABOLIK DVD, or directly from SHOUT! FACTORY.




Blu-ray cover art for Scream Factory's Collector's Edition of SILVER BULLET!
SILVER BULLET (1985 - COLLECTOR'S EDITION)

Synopsis: In Stephen King's thrilling adaptation of his novelette, Cycle Of The Werewolf, a peaceful town is suddenly terrorized by a maniacal killer. The townsfolk think a madman is on the loose, but a wheelchair-bound 13-year-old (Corey Haim - THE LOST BOYS) knows the truth ... a werewolf is on the hunt.

With the help of his Uncle Red (Gary Busey - LETHAL WEAPON, THE GINGERDEAD MAN), young Marty Coslaw sets out to stop the half-man/half-beast before he sinks his teeth into another innocent victim. Now, time is ticking ... and the full moon is about to rise.

Disc Specs:
Rated R | Color | 94 minutes | Region A
Video - 1080p Widescreen (2.35:1)
Audio - English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Mono

Extras:
  • NEW! Audio Commentary With Producer Martha De Laurentiis!
  • NEW! Cutting To The Bone – An Interview With Editor Daniel Loewenthal!
  • NEW! A Little Private Justice – An Interview With Actor Kent Broadhurst!
  • The Wolf Within – An Interview With Actor Everett McGill!
  • Full Moon Fever – The Effects Of Silver Bullet – An Interview With Special Effects Artists Matthew Mungle And Michael McCracken!
  • Audio Commentary With Director Daniel Attias!
  • Isolated Score Selections And Audio Interview With Composer Jay Chattaway!
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • TV Spot
  • Radio Spot
  • Still Gallery
Already released a ways back by Australia's Umbrella Entertainment, SILVER BULLET finally comes to Region A Blu-ray! This release likely contains the same HD transfer as the Umbrella disc (which makes sense, seeing as how most of the extras have been ported over) but Scream Factory's disc has way better cover art and more extras! Scream's Collector's Edition Blu of SILVER BULLET arrives on December 17th and should cost between $25 - $29! If you're a fan of Stephen King, or just werewolf films in general, order this one now from AMAZON, BULL MOOSE, DIABOLIK DVD, or directly from SHOUT! FACTORY (which will also net you an 18 x 24 poster - while supplies last)!




Cover art for Scream Factory's Blu-ray of TO THE DEVIL... A DAUGHTER!
TO THE DEVIL... A DAUGHTER (1976)

Synopsis: First, ROSEMARY'S BABY. Then, THE EXORCIST. And now a motion picture that probes further into the mysteries of the occult!

A heretic priest (Christopher Lee) plots to use a teenage nun (Nastassja Kinski) in a depraved pact with the forces of darkness. But when an American occult novelist (Richard Widmark) uncovers the conspiracy, he must battle an international cabal of evil for the body and soul of the Devil's child-bride!

Honor Blackman and Denholm Elliott co-star in this notorious shocker directed by Peter Sykes (DEMONS OF THE MIND) and based on the best-selling novel by Dennis Wheatley (THE DEVIL RIDES OUT).



Disc Specs:
Not Rated | Color | 93 minutes | Region A
Video - 1080p Widescreen (1.66:1)
Audio - English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0

Extras:
  • NEW! Audio Commentary With Author/Film Historian Steve Haberman And Filmmaker/Film Historian Constantine Nasr!
  • Dark Arts: Inside To The Devil…A Daughter
  • To The Devil – The Death Of Hammer
  • Theatrical Trailer
The Satanically-themed classic TO THE DEVIL... A DAUGHTER arrives on Blu-ray December 17th and should cost between $20 - $23! Add it to your growing Hammer Horror collection by ordering a copy from AMAZON, BULL MOOSE, DIABOLIK DVD, or directly from SHOUT! FACTORY.




Cover art for Scream Factory's UNIVERSAL HORROR COLLECTION: VOLUME 3!
UNIVERSAL HORROR COLLECTION: VOLUME 3

Synopses: Volume 3 of the Universal Horror Collection includes four tales of terror from the archives of Universal Pictures, the true home of classic horror. This collection includes such horror stars as Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi, Vincent Price, Lon Chaney Jr. and Basil Rathbone.

A ruthless king rises to power with the help of his mad and murderous executioner in TOWER OF LONDON. A mad scientist transforms a carnival performer into a murderous monster in MAN-MADE MONSTER. In THE BLACK CAT, a group of greedy heirs find themselves stuck in a creepy mansion where, one by one, people turn up dead. What started out as a treasure-making scheme ends up deadly for a group of people stuck in a haunted castle with a killer known as "the Phantom" in HORROR ISLAND.

Disc Specs:
DISC ONE - TOWER OF LONDON (1939)
Not Rated | Black & White | 93 minutes | Region A
Video - 1080p Fullscreen (1.33:1)
Audio - English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0

DISC TWO - MAN MADE MONSTER (1941)
Not Rated | Black & White | 60 minutes | Region A
Video - 1080p Fullscreen (1.33:1)
Audio - English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0

DISC THREE - THE BLACK CAT (1941)
Not Rated | Black & White | 71 minutes | Region A
Video - 1080p Fullscreen (1.33:1)
Audio - English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0

DISC FOUR - HORROR ISLAND (1941)
Not Rated | Black & White | 61 minutes | Region A
Video - 1080p Fullscreen (1.33:1)
Audio - English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0


Extras:
DISC ONE - TOWER OF LONDON (1939)
  • NEW! 2K Scan Of A Fine Grain Print!
  • NEW! Audio Commentary With Author/Film Historian Steve Haberman!
  • Still Gallery
 DISC TWO - MAN MADE MONSTER (1941)
  • NEW! Audio Commentary With Author/Film Historian Tom Weaver And Filmmaker/Film Historian Constantine Nasr!
  • Still Gallery

DISC THREE - THE BLACK CAT (1941)
  • NEW! Audio Commentary With Author/Film Historian Gary D. Rhodes!
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Still Gallery

DISC FOUR - HORROR ISLAND (1941)
  • NEW! Audio Commentary By Filmmaker/Film Historian Ted Newsom
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Still Gallery
Scream Factory's all-new UNIVERSAL HORROR COLLECTION: VOLUME 3 will also be available on December 17th! This four-movie set should cost you between $50 - $58 and is available to purchase from AMAZON, BULL MOOSE, DIABOLIK DVD, or directly from SHOUT! FACTORY.



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