Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Want to be the Life of the Party? - Add APRIL FOOL'S DAY to Your Blu-ray Collection Today!


Cover art for Scream Factory's Collector's Edition of APRIL FOOL'S DAY (1986)!
SCREAM FACTORY BRINGS FRED WALTON'S CLASSIC 80S HORROR FLICK TO BLU-RAY WITH A SLEW OF NEW CAST & CREW INTERVIEWS!

During the big slasher boom of the 80s, filmmakers were constantly trying to up the body counts of their films, or find new ways to murder people onscreen. It was a wonderful era of "anything goes" with producers throwing money at just about any fright flick, no matter how absurd the premise, or outrageous the kills! In the midst of all of this, came Fred Walton's little mystery-chiller APRIL FOOL'S DAY. Once a black sheep of the slasher sub-genre, this low-budget whodunnit has since earned a faithful cult following! And now, thanks to Scream Factory, APRIL FOOL'S DAY has finally made the leap to Blu-ray disc! Let's take a closer look Vault Dwellers!

Synopsis: When Muffy St. John (Deborah Foreman - VALLEY GIRL) invited her college friends up to her parents' secluded island home for the time of their lives, she just forgot to tell them it just might be the last time of their lives.

As soon as the kids arrive on the island, someone starts trimming the guest list ... one murder at a time. And what starts out as a weekend of harmless "April Fool's Day" pranks turns into a bloody battle for survival.

It's just what you'd expect from the producer who brought you BODY PARTS, SPECIES, and three of the FRIDAY THE 13TH films!

Disc Specs:
Rated R | Color | 89 minutes | Region A
Video - 1080p Widescreen (2.35:1)
Audio - English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 & DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Mono

Extras:
  • NEW! Horror With A Twist – An Interview With Director Fred Walton!
  • NEW! Well Of Lies – An Interview With Actress Deborah Goodrich Royce!
  • NEW! Looking Forward To Dessert – An Interview With Actor Clayton Rohner!
  • NEW! Bloody Unforgettable – An Interview With Composer Charles Bernstein!
  • NEW! The Eye Of Deception – An Interview With Cinematographer Charles Minsky!
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Original TV Spots
Though a bit scanty on extras (especially for a Collector's Edition), this is still a disc I want to add to my growing collection of physical media as I kind of love this movie! APRIL FOOL'S DAY is now available wherever Blu-rays are sold and should cost between $28 - $31! Grab a copy today from AMAZON, BULL MOOOSE, DIABOLIK DVD, or get it direct from SHOUT! FACTORY.



Wednesday, March 18, 2020

STOCK YOUR VAULT: New DVDs & Blu-rays for 03/17/2020!


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Vault Master's Pick of the Week for 03/17/2020 is Kino Lorber's CANNIBAL APOCALYPSE!
Vault Master's Pick of the Week!
It's Tuesday again Vault Dwellers, which means it's time to Stock Our Vaults with some new DVDs, Blu-rays, and/or 4K Ultra HD discs! While last week was pretty light on new releases, this week makes up for it with a much larger roster of new titles to choose from!

Well Go USA brings the steampunk fantasy-adventure ABIGAIL to DVD & Blu-ray today, Scorpion Releasing gives RAW COURAGE its DVD & Blu-ray debut, and the holiday-themed slasher HANUKKAH comes to home video!

Scream Factory's lone release this week is their UNIVERSAL HORROR COLLECTION: VOLUME 4 set, which contains NIGHT KEY, NIGHT MONSTER, THE CLIMAX, and HOUSE OF HORRORS, Glenn Danzig's hot mess VEROTIKA arrives in a Blu-ray/DVD/CD combo release, and Mill Creek Entertainment brings another pair of Andy Sidaris classics to Blu-ray, namely FIT TO KILL and HARD HUNTED!

Dark Force Entertainment surprisingly found distribution outside of their own online store, and unleashed numerous new titles on Blu-ray today, including: FREEWAY 2: CONFESSIONS OF A TRICK BABY, THE LONERS & DRAGON VS. NEEDLE OF DEATH (double feature), MIRROR MIRROR, MIRROR MIRROR 2: RAVEN DANCE, and POINT DOOM! But the winner this week (in my opinion) is Kino Lorber Studio Classics, who have graced us with the first ever Blu-ray release of Antonio Margheriti's CANNIBAL APOCALYPSE! (As well as FORCE 10 FROM NAVARONE and MAN IN THE SHADOW!) This Italian exploitation shocker boasts a new 4K restoration, audio commentary, interviews, documentary, and more!

As always, there are plenty of other DVDs and Blu-rays to choose from, so be sure to scroll down to view the entire list!



NEW TO DVD & BLU-RAY
Abigail (Well Go USA)
Black Christmas (2019)
Burning Dog
Cannibal Apocalypse (Kino Lorber Studio Classics)
The Dustwalker
Hanukkah
Jumanji: The Next Levl
Nefarious
Raw Courage (Scorpion Releasing)
We Take the Low Road


NEW TO BLU-RAY
Aquarion Logos: Season 3
Attack on Titan: Season 3, Part 2
Bakerman
Fit to Kill (Mill Creek Entertainment)
Force 10 From Navarone (Special Edition - Kino Lorber Studio Classics)
Freeway 2: Confessions of a Trick Baby (Dark Force Entertainment)
Hard Hunted (Mill Creek Entertainment)
Jumanji: The Next Level / Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (Double Feature)
Ladyworld
The Loners & Dragon vs. Needle of Death (Double Feature - Dark Force Entertainment)
Man in the Shadow (Kino Lorber Studio Classics)
Mirror Mirror (Collector's Edition - Dark Force Entertainment)
Mirror Mirror 2: Raven Dance (Dark Force Entertainment)
One Piece: Stampede
Point Doom (Dark Force Entertainment)
Release the Spyce: Complete Collection
The Stalking Man (Warner Archive Collection)
Sudden Death
Superman: Red Son
Tales of the Abyss: The Complete Series
The Tom & Jerry Golden Collection: Volume 1
Ultraman Geed: The Movie - Connect the Wishes (Mill Creek Entertainment)
Ultraman Orb: The Movie - The Power of Bonds! (Mill Creek Entertainment)
Universal Horror Collection: Volume 4 (Scream Factory)
Verotika (Blu-ray/DVD/CD)


NEW TO DVD
47 Hours to Live
Amityville Island
Aquarions: The Complete Series
The Bastard Sword
Blonde Ambition (Full Moon Features)
Blood Soaked (Unrated)
A Bluebird in My Heart (Shudder)
Bone Breaker
Bunker of Blood: Chapter 1 - Puppet Master Blitzkrieg Massacre
Bunker of Blood: Chapter 2 - Deadly Dolls Deepest Cuts
By Day's End
City of the Vampires (SRS Cinema)
Clay Pigeon (MVD)
Landfall
Penance
Previews of Coming Attractions (Filmlandia)
The Sensuous Doll (Rogue Video)
Uncaged
Witch Hunters
Zombeavers


Tuesday, March 17, 2020

UNIVERSAL HORROR COLLECTION: VOLUME 4 Gives Another Quartet of Classic Fright Flicks A New Lease on Life!


Cover art for Scream Factory's UNIVERSAL HORROR COLLECTION: VOL. 4!
SCREAM FACTORY'S SERIES OF UNIVERSAL HORROR SETS FEATURES FOUR MORE CLASSIC FILMS FEATURING BELA LUGOSI, BORIS KARLOFF, AND RONDO HATTON!

Money has been tight lately, so I've abstained from adding any of Scream Factory's UNIVERSAL HORROR COLLECTIONS to my own personal collection. A pity, because they've been putting out some great stuff in these sets and this latest one is no exception! The four films in this UNIVERSAL HORROR COLLECTION features some of Horror's most iconic actors, including Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi, and Rondo Hatton (the namesake for a certain Classic Horror Award that I've been eying up for years)! If you enjoy chillers from a bygone era, then considering picking up this collection today!

Synopses: Volume 4 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, Lionel Atwill, and Rondo Hatton. Boris Karloff ignites the screen as an inventor who is kidnapped by a gang of burglars and forced to help them commit robberies in NIGHT KEY. Bela Lugosi stars in a creepy tale of strange characters, secret passages and a murderer who masters the art of "mind over matter" in NIGHT MONSTER. In THE CLIMAX, Karloff is terrifying as a mad doctor whose insane jealousy over a beautiful opera singer may drive him to murder. A giant of a man is used as an instrument of evil by a mad sculptor in HOUSE OF HORRORS.


Disc Specs:
DISC ONE - NIGHT KEY (1937)
Not Rated | Black & White | 68 minutes | Region A
Video - 1080p Widescreen (1.37:1)
Audio - English DTS-HD Master Audio Mono

DISC TWO - NIGHT MONSTER (1942)
Not Rated | Black & White | 72 minutes | Region A
Video - 1080p Widescreen (1.37:1)
Audio - English DTS-HD Master Audio Mono

DISC THREE - THE CLIMAX (1944)

Not Rated | Color | 86 minutes | Region A
Video - 1080p Widescreen (1.37:1)
Audio - English DTS-HD Master Audio Mono

DISC FOUR - HOUSE OF HORRORS (1946)
Not Rated | Black & White | 72 minutes | Region A
Video - 1080p Widescreen (1.37:1)
Audio - English DTS-HD Master Audio Mono


Extras:
DISC ONE - NIGHT KEY (1937)
  • NEW! 2K Scan Of A Fine Grain Film Element!
  • NEW! Audio Commentary With Film Historians Tom Weaver And Dr. Robert J. Kiss!
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Production Design Stills/Production Artwork Gallery
  • Still Gallery

DISC TWO - NIGHT MONSTER (1942)
  • NEW! 2K Scan Of A Fine Grain Film Element!
  • NEW! Audio Commentary With Film Historian Gary D. Rhodes!
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Still Gallery

DISC THREE - THE CLIMAX (1944)
  • NEW! 2K Scan Of The Interpositive!
  • NEW! Audio Commentary With Film Historians Kim Newman And Stephen Jones!
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Still Gallery

DISC FOUR - HOUSE OF HORRORS (1946)
  • NEW! Audio Commentary With Film Historian Scott Gallinghouse!
  • NEW! The Creeper – Rondo Hatton At Universal!
  • Still Gallery
Scream Factory's UNIVERSAL HORROR COLLECTION: VOLUME 4 is now available wherever Blu-ray discs are sold, and should cost between $56 - $60! If you're a fan of classic Horror fare, pick up a copy today from AMAZON, BULL MOOSE, DIABOLIK DVD, or directly from SHOUT! FACTORY.





Get Ready for More Bullets, Bombs, & Babes: FIT TO KILL and HARD HUNTED Are Now Available on Blu-ray!


Cover art for Mill Creek's new Blu-ray of Andy Sidaris' FIT TO KILL!
MILL CREEK ENTERTAINMENT ROLLS OUT TWO MORE ANDY SIDARIS CLASSICS ONTO BLU-RAY DISC!

Mill Creek has just gotten one step closer to releasing the entirety of Andy Sidaris' "Triple B" (Bullets, Bombs, & Babes) film series to Blu-ray disc! Previously they have put out Blus of HARD TICKET TO HAWAII, MALIBU EXPRESS, DO OR DIE, GUNS, SAVAGE BEACH, and PICASSO TRIGGER! And now that FIT TO KILL and HARD HUNTED have gotten an HD upgrade, only four more films in the L.E.T.H.A.L. Ladies franchise are left to bring to Blu-ray: ENEMY GOLD, THE DALLAS CONNECTION, DAY OF THE WARRIOR, and RETURN TO SAVAGE BEACH! Needless to say: It's a damned good time to be an Andy Sidaris fan!

FIT TO KILL (1993)

Synopsis: The eighth film in the Triple B franchise follows L.E.T.H.A.L. agents Donna and Nicole, as they do their best to protect a wealthy Asian businessman, and his rare diamond, from a sinister international jewel thief!

Disc Specs:
Rated R | Color | 97 minutes | Region A
Video - 1080p Widescreen (1.85:1)
Audio - English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1

Extras:
  • NEW! 4K transfer by the American Genre Film Archive!
  • Audio commentary with Director Andy Sidaris!
  • Introduction with Andy Sidaris and Julie Strain!
  • Behind-the-Scenes featurettes!
  • Trailers and Directory Commentary!
  • Digital redemption code included!
Mill Creek's FIT TO KILL Blu-ray is now available to own, and should cost between $12 - $14! Get a copy now from AMAZON, BULL MOOSE, or DIABOLIK DVD!




Cover art for Mill Creek's Blu-ray release of Andy Sidaris' HARD HUNTED!
HARD HUNTED (1993)

Synopsis: The seventh outing of the L.E.T.H.A.L. agents features R.J. Moore (the son of Roger) as gun-runner Kane, who becomes the target of three female super agents in this action film from Andy Sidaris.

Disc Specs:
Rated R | Color | 97 minutes | Region A
Video - 1080p Widescreen (1.85:1)
Audio - English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1

Extras:
  • NEW! 4K transfer by the American Genre Film Archive!
  • Audio commentary with Director Andy Sidaris!
  • Introduction with Andy Sidaris and Julie Strain!
  • Behind-the-Scenes featurettes! 
  • Trailers 
  • Digital redemption code included!
Mill Creek's Blu-ray of HARD HUNTED is also now available at most retailers and should cost between $12 - $14! Get yours now from AMAZON, BULL MOOSE, or DIABOLIK DVD!



Monday, March 16, 2020

Watch Out For Cannibals in the Streets! - Kino Lorber Brings CANNIBAL APOCALYPSE to Blu-ray on 03/17!


Cover art for Kino Lorber's new Blu-ray of CANNIBAL APOCALYPSE!
ANTONIO MARGHERITI'S EXPLOITATION CLASSIC FINALLY ARRIVES ON BLU-RAY DISC, THANKS TO THE EFFORTS OF KINO LORBER STUDIO CLASSICS!

2020, as awful as it's been so far, has been marked by an amazing series of Blu-ray announcements! And among the titles I've been most looking forward to was Antonio Margheriti's CANNIBAL APOCALYPSE. (Read my review for it HERE.) Featuring a great cast, a fantastic score, and one of the craziest character demises in film history, this Italian cannibal epic is finally coming back into print, with an all new 4K restoration and audio commentary! God Bless Kino Lorber Studio Classics for putting out this release!

Synopsis: The horrors of war take on a whole new meaning for Vietnam vet Norman Hopper (John Saxon - NIGHTMARE BEACH, EVIL EYE, QUEEN OF BLOOD), whose quiet domestic life in Atlanta is shattered by the return of Charlie Bukowski, a combat buddy who dredges up terrifying flashbacks of flesh eating and bloodshed in the war-torn jungles. Now on the run from the law after taking a bite out of an unwilling victim, Charlie begs Norman to help him get out of town with another fellow veteran, Tom (Tony King - REPORT TO THE COMMISSIONER, THE RAIDERS OF ATLANTIS).

Soon the ragtag team of cannibals are fighting for their lives, spreading a deadly contagion through the city before heading into the sewers for a gut-wrenching climax no one will soon forget! One of the most infamous Italian horror films of all time, CANNIBAL APOCALYPSE was heavily censored in many countries where it played under such titles as CANNIBALS IN THE STREETS and INVASION OF THE FLESH HUNTERS. Now you can finally experience this thrilling collision of action-packed combat and monstrous horror from cult director Antonio Margheriti (THE LONG HAIR OF DEATH, CASTLE OF BLOOD, TAKE A HAD RIDE, KILLER FISH) in its original gory splendor for the first time in fully restored HD! Not for the faint of heart or those with full stomachs!

Disc Specs:
Rated R | Color | 96 minutes | Region A
Video - 1080p Widescreen (1.66:1)
Audio - English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Mono

Extras:
  • NEW! 4K RESTORATION OF THE FILM!
  • NEW! Audio Commentary by Film Historian Tim Lucas!
  • CANNIBAL APOCALYPSE REDUX: Documentary Featuring John Saxon, John Morghen (Giovanni Lombardo Radice) and director Antonio Margheriti!
  • NEW! CANNIBAL KING: Interview with Actor Tony King!
  • APOCALYPSE IN THE STREETS: A Video Tour of Filming Locations
  • European Theatrical Trailer
  • Japanese Teaser
  • Alternate U.S. Opening Sequence
I'm super excited for this release, and am glad to see that the majority of the extras from the previous Image Entertainment DVD release have been ported over! Kino's CANNIBAL APOCALYPSE Blu-ray is due out on March 17th (i.e. tomorrow) and should cost between $18 - $25! If you enjoy Italian cannibal cinema, order yourself a copy of this flick today from AMAZON, BULL MOOSE, DIABOLIK DVD, or directly from KINO LORBER!



Tuesday, March 10, 2020

STOCK YOUR VAULT: New DVDs & Blu-rays for 03/10/2020!


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The Vault Masterrs Pick of the Week for 03/03/2020 is Scream Factory's Blu-ray of INSEMINOID!
Vault Master's Pick of the Week!

It's Tuesday, and you know what that means Vault Dwellers: New DVDs, Blu-rays, and 4K Ultra HD discs! Lucky for us, this particular week is pretty light on new titles so you can save some money before all of our favorite genre labels unload a flurry of must-have discs upon us in coming weeks!

Well Go USA offers up THE WITCH: SUBVERSION on DVD & Blu-ray today, the surprising 2018 hit A QUIET PLACE gets a nifty new 4K Limited Edition Steelbook, and Altered Innocence brings the German fright flick LUZ to Region A Blu-ray!

Kino Lorber Studio Classics squeaks out a trio of classic Westerns, including NIGHT PASSAGE, CANYON PASSAGE, and THE RARE BREED, Shout Select brings MASKED AND ANONYMOUS (starring Bob Dylan?!) to DVD & Blu-ray, and Elizabeth Banks' 2019 flop, CHARLIE'S ANGELS, makes its way to home video.

That leaves Scream Factory to carry the burden this week with two great new titles! First up is 1975's BUG, which comes to Blu-ray for the first time ever and offers up the theatrical trailer and a new audio commentary from film historian Troy Howarth as extras! Also available today is the British exploitation sensation INSEMINOID, which makes its North American Blu-ray debut in a disc that is loaded with hours of new and archival extras! I can't wait to get my paws on both releases!

The remainder of this week's offerings consist of indie and anime titles - to see the full list just keep on scrolling!


NEW TO DVD & BLU-RAY
The Assent
Charlie's Angels (2019)
Masked and Anonymous (Shout Select)
Shepard
The Witch: Subversion (Well Go USA)


NEW TO BLU-RAY
Bleach: Set 6
Bug (1975 - Scream Factory)
Canyon Passage (Kino Lorber Studio Classics)
Garo: Crimson Moon - The Complete Series
Inseminoid (Scream Factory)
King's Game: The Complete Series
Love, Chunibyo, & Other Delusions: Ultimate Collection
Luz (Altered Innocence)
Mysteria Friends: The Complete Collection
Nightflyers: The Complete Series (Region B Import)
Night Passage (Kino Lorber Studio Classics)
A Quiet Place (4K Limited Edition Steelbook)
The Rare Breed (Kino Lorber Studio Classics)


NEW TO DVD
The Alpha Test
Don't Speak
Drive-In Movie Memories
Exit 0
Ghost Killers vs. Bloody Mary
The Goonies: Making of a Cult Classic
Great Conquest: The Romance of the Three Kingdoms
John Henry (2020)
Jurassic Thunder
The Left Handed Gun (1958 - Warner Archive Collection)
Little Joe
Road Trip for Ralphie: A Christmas Story Documentary
Tail Sting
Technotise: Edit and I
The Tunnel of Bones
The Wolf Hour


Killer Roaches and Extraterrestrial Baby-Making: BUG and INSEMINOID Now Available on Blu-ray in North America!


Cover art for Scream Factory's new Blu-ray of BUG (1975)!
SCREAM FACTORY BRINGS JEANNOT SZWARC'S GIANT COCKROACH INVASION FLICK, AND WARREN J. NORMAN'S EXPLOITATION RIP-OFF OF "ALIEN" TO BLU-RAY DISC TODAY!

Though I haven't seen it in some time, BUG was one of the many "natural horror" films I grew up with back in the day, so naturally I have a soft spot for it. I am also equally excited for INSEMINOID, a film that has eluded me for decades. I mean come on: A British exploitation knock-off of Ridley Scott's ALIEN? I just gotta have it! Unfortunately, I have to cut way back on spending (since yours truly will be come a proud poppa six months from now), so I'll have to wait a while before I can add these to my collection. But that doesn't mean you do! Whether you're a longtime fan of these films, or are just now hearing about them, continue reading to get the full details of these newest inductees into Scream Factory's insane film catalog!

BUG (1975)

Synopsis: Legendary horror writer/producer/director William Castle (THE TINGLER, STRAIT-JACKET, ROSEMARY'S BABY) presents a creeping, crawling film nightmare that will have you screaming and squirming with fright! A massive earth tremor opens a crevasse in the California desert, releasing a plague of bizarre, fiery, foot-long cockroaches.

With their numbers multiplying and the death toll mounting, obsessive entomologist James Parmiter (Bradford Dillman - PIRANHA, THE SWARM) desperately seeks a way to eliminate the seemingly indestructible critters before they spread clear across the country ... and beyond! Joanna Miles (THE DARK SECRET OF HARVEST HOME) and Patty McCormack (THE BAD SEED) are among the terrorized cast in this suspenseful screamfest directed by Jeannot Szwarc (JAWS 2).

Disc Specs:
Rated PG | Color | 99 minutes | Region A
Video - 1080p Widescreen (1.85:1)
Audio - English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 (?)

Extras:
  • NEW! Audio Commentary With Film Historian Troy Howarth!
  • Theatrical Trailer
Though this release isn't overflowing with special features, the fact that BUG made the leap to HD is enough reason for yours truly to pick up a copy! Speaking of which, BUG should cost in the $23 - $24 range, and can be obtained from AMAZON, BULL MOOSE, DIABOLIK DVD, or directly from SHOUT! FACTORY.




Cover art for Scream Factory's new Blu-ray release of INSEMINOID (aka HORROR PLANET)!
INSEMINOID (1981)

Synopsis: An alien creature has been waiting millions of years for a chance to breed, and its time has finally come when a group of space explorers unwittingly lands on its home planet. The 12-member crew is investigating for possible origins for the planet's vanished civilization.

Instead, they awaken the planet's creature and discover that the horror to come is more terrifying than any nightmare that they could ever imagine!

Disc Specs:
Rated R | Color | 92 minutes | Region A
Video - 1080p Widescreen (2.35:1)
Audio - English LPCM 1.0 (?)

Extras:
  • NEW! A Very English Exploitation: INSEMINOID And The Shock Cinema Of Norman J. Warren – A 90-Minute Documentary On The Films Of Norman J. Warren, Featuring Contributions From Warren, INSEMINOID Star Jennifer Ashley, Visual Effects Artist Jez Harris, Screenwriter And Critic David McGillivray, Author Kim Newman, and Filmmaker Pete Walker!
  • NEW! Audio Interview With Norman J. Warren!
  • Alien Encounter – An Interview With Actor Trevor Thomas!
  • Q & A With Producer Richard Gordon and Norman J. Warren (Manchester Festival Of Fantastic Films – 2008)!
  • Q & A With Norman J. Warren (Manchester Festival Of Fantastic Films – 2011)!
  • Q & A With Norman J. Warren (Manchester Festival Of Fantastic Films – 2019)!
  • Theatrical Trailers
  • TV Spots
  • Still Gallery
For those of you wondering if Scream Factory was going to port over all the extras from the region free Indicator release, then wonder no more - they're all here with two new additions! This new Blu of INSEMINOID should cost between $23 - $28, and readily available from AMAZON, BULL MOOSE, DIABOLIK DVD, and SHOUT! FACTORY.



Wednesday, March 4, 2020

STOCK YOUR VAULT: New DVDs & Blu-rays for 03/03/2020!


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Vault Master's Pick of the Week for 03/03/2020 is Kino Lorber's SERGIO LEONE WESTERNS COLLECTION!
Vault Master's Pick of the Week!

Hey Vault Dwellers - welcome to March 2020! As far as DVDs & Blu-rays go, March is coming in like a lamb with a rather small release slate of new titles. But as is the case just about every week, there are some new discs you may want to pick up.

Well Go USA brings the animated adventure NE ZHA to all formats (including 4K!), Scorpion Releasing gives the obscure comedy BAD MANNERS (aka GROWING PAINS) its DVD & Blu-ray debut, and Scream Factory gives us two new indie titles: I AM FEAR and RADIOFLASH.

This is truly Kino Lorber Studio Classics' week though, as they rolled out a double feature of SWEENEY! & SWEENEY 2, PRAY FOR THE WILDCATS (which features Andy Griffith and William Shatner!), SUPERDOME, and the SERGIO LEONE WESTERNS: 5-FILM COLLECTION! This set features the previous Special Edition releases of A FISTFUL OF DOLLARS, FOR A FEW DOLLARS MORE, THE GOOD, THE BAD, & THE UGLY, A FISTFUL OF DYNAMITE (aka DUCK YOU SUCKER!), plus the addition of ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WEST!

The remainder of this week's new releases are made up of various anime series, plus a bunch of classic Horror titles on DVD, courtesy of Rogue Video! To see the entirety of this week's minuscule roster of new DVDs, Blu-rays, and 4K Ultra HD discs, continue scrolling!


NEW TO DVD & BLU-RAY
Bad Manners (aka Growing Pains - Scorpion Releasing)
I Am Fear (Scream Factory)
Impossible Monsters
Pray for the Wildcats (Kino Lorber Studio Classics)
Radioflash (Scream Factory)
The Sonata
Superdome (Kino Lorber Studio Classics)
Sweeney! / Sweeney 2 (Double Feature - Kino Lorber Studio Classics)
Titans: The Complete Second Season


NEW TO BLU-RAY
Afterlost: The Complete Series
Anemone: Eureka Seven Hi-Evolution
Aria: The Animation - The Complete Series
Black Clover: Season 2, Part 3
Chained for Life (Region Free Import - Power House)
Grimms' Notes - The Animation: The Complete Collection
Kamen no Maid Guy: The Complete Series (Discotek Media)
Konohana Kitan: The Complete Series
Monsters Inc. (4K UHD)
Monsters University (4K UHD)
Ne Zha (Well Go USA)
Ne Zha (4K UHD - Well Go USA)
Relaxer (Region Free Import - Power House)
Sergio Leone Westerns: 5-Film Collection (Kino Lorber Studio Classics)
Wall-E (4K UHD)
Yu Yu Hakusho: The Complete Fourth Season


NEW TO DVD
The Clinic
Dead Sound
Don't Let Them In
The Furies (Shudder)
JAWS Finatics
The Malevolent Queen
Primrose Lane
Scream Queen! - My Nightmare on Elm Street
Turnabout
A Wakefield Project


NEW ROGUE VIDEO TITLES ON DVD
Arcana
Crypt of Dark Secrets
Drive-In Massacre
Fangs of the Living Dead
Idaho Transfer
Kiss Me Monster
Magdalena: Possessed by the Devil
The Naked Witch
Night Tide (1961)
The Oval Portrait
The Terror (1963)


Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Now Available on Blu-ray From Scream Factory: I AM FEAR and RADIOFLASH!


Cover art for Scream Factory's new Blu-ray of I AM FEAR.
SCREAM FACTORY'S LATEST TITLES PROMISE TERRORISM, ANCIENT EVIL, AND SURVIVAL IN A WORLD GONE MAD!

I AM  FEAR is the latest production from Shout! Factory's production arm Shout! Studios, makers of such fine Scream fare like FENDER BENDER, ITSY BITSY, and the Soskas' RABID remake! This movie appears to be a supernatural Horror film disguised as a thriller involving a terrorist sleeper cell!

RADIOFLASH is an IFC Midnight title, that follows a father-daughter duo as they make their way to safety into the wilderness, while the rest of society tears itself apart after an electro-magnetic pulse knocks out the electricity in the Western half of the U.S.! If either of these films sound intriguing, then by all means continue onward to get the full details of both of these new Scream Factory releases!

I AM FEAR (2020)

Synopsis: Four Extremists. Two Prisoners. One Ancient Evil. Celebrity reporter Sara Brown (Kristina Klebe - HELLBOY, HALLOWEEN) is abducted by a domestic terrorist cell, led by the conflicted and enigmatic Asad (Faran Tahir - STAR TREK, IRON MAN). The cell plans to execute Sara before the entire world on July 4th: a defining act of terror too great to be ignored.

Before their plans are completed, however, secrets will be brought to light, and the true face of terror will be revealed. Co-starring William Forsythe (THE DEVIL'S REJECTS, HALLOWEEN), Eoin Macken (RESIDENT EVIL: THE FINAL CHAPTER, The Night Shift), and Bill Moseley (NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD 1990, THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE PART 2), this riveting thriller is a twisting and jolting journey into ever deepening levels of fear.

Disc Specs:
Not Rated | Color | 82 minutes | Region A
Video - 1080p Widescreen (2.35:1)
Audio - English DTS-Master Audio 5.1 (?)

Extras:
  • None.
Scream Factory's I AM FEAR is currently available wherever Blu-ray discs are sold, and should cost between $16 - $20! Give this new Shout! Studios release a shot and pick up a copy from AMAZON, BULL MOOSE, or directly from SHOUT! FACTORY.




Cover art for Scream Factory's Blu-ray release of RADIOFLASH!
RADIOFLASH (2019)

Synopsis: Teenager Reese (Brighton Sharbino - The Walking Dead) has a love for virtual reality roleplaying and a knack for beating even the toughest survival games. But when a nuclear strike causes an electromagnetic pulse that cuts off all power, water, and communication to the entire western United States, Reese finds herself plunged into an all-too-real fight to survive.

As pandemonium grips her city, Reese and her father (Dominic Monaghan - THE LORD OF THE RINGS series) set out on a desperate journey in search of safety — a perilous trek through a world gone mad where every encounter with a stranger could be their last. Propelled by the ingenuity and resilience of its young heroine, RADIOFLASH is a harrowingly unpredictable apocalyptic thriller that speaks to our precarious present.

Disc Specs:
Not Rated | Color | 102 minutes | Region A
Video - 1080p Widescreen (2.40:1)
Audio - English DTS-Master Audio 5.1 (?)

Extras:
  • None!
Ack! RADIOFLASH (much like I AM FEAR) is a bare bones affair, and should cost you between $18 - $19! If survival thrillers and/or apocalyptic flicks are your thing, then pick up a copy today from AMAZON, BULL MOOSE, or SHOUT! FACTORY.



If These Walls Could Talk... They'd Scream! - EXIT 0 Comes to DVD on March 10th!


DVD cover art for Breaking Glass Pictures' EXIT 0 - Due out on March 10th, 2020!
BREAKING GLASS PICTURES RELEASES E.B. HUGHES' INDIE THRILLER TO DVD ON NEXT WEEK!

Though many films before it have already done the whole "couple go on a retreat to repair their relationship" storyline, E.B. Hughes' EXIT 0 puts an interesting twist on things. Stopping off at the secluded hotel called The Doctors Inn (ha!) for a weekend excursion, Lisa (Augie Duke) and Billy (Gabe Fazio) attempt to reconnect.

But after making a horrifying discovery in their hotel room, things swiftly go off the rails in this indie thriller that takes some inspiration from the films of Alfred Hitchcock, as well as Stanley Kubrick's THE SHINING.

Synopsis: A young couple who set out on a weekend getaway in hopes of mending their failing relationship. However, a seemingly innocent weekend turns dark when the man discovers a videotape chronicling the events of a murder in his very own hotel room from years before.

Disc Specs:
Not Rated | Color | 95 minutes | Region 1
Video - 480p Widescreen (?)
Audio - English Dolby Digital 5.1(?)

Extras:
  • None. (At least as far as I could find out.)
EXIT 0 arrives on DVD on March 10th and will likely cost around $15 - order yourself a copy of this new release from Breaking Glass Pictures from AMAZON!

Stills & Trailer:
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Exit 0 - Screencap 01

Peter Green has a small role in E.B. Hughes' EXIT 0!

Augie Duke sitting alone at breakfast in EXIT 0!

Gabe Fazio having a cigarette in EXIT 0!

Gabe Fazio screaming like a banshee in EXIT 0!



Tuesday, February 25, 2020

STOCK YOUR VAULT: New DVDs & Blu-rays for 02/25/2020!


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Mondo Macabro's THE BEAST AND THE MAGIC SWORD is the Vault Master's Pick of the Week for 02/25/2020!
Vault Master's Pick of the Week!

Greetings fellow collectors of physical media, and welcome to the final STOCK YOUR VAULT post of February 2020! There were a lot of great releases in the past few weeks, but this week in particular is loaded with new titles!

Tokyo Shock comes out of nowhere with a new (DVD and) Blu-ray release of GAPPA: THE TRIPHIBIAN MONSTER, Synapse brings the Unrated Producer's Cut of HOT DOG... THE MOVIE to DVD & Blu-ray, and Vinegar Syndrome just dropped their standard Blu-ray release of SPOOKIES for those that missed out on the Limited Edition!

Scream Factory's lone release this week is their Collector's Edition Blu-ray of PET SEMATARY TWO, Arrow Video brings DEADLY MANOR and the ONE MISSED CALL TRILOGY to Blu-ray, and Severin Films brings a trio of new titles to DVD and Blu-ray disc, including THE ASTROLOGER, CRIES OF PLEASURE, and NIGHT OF OPEN SEX.

Mill Creek Entertainment delivers a double dose of Ultraman today with two series that have never been released in the U.S. - THE RETURN OF ULTRAMAN and ULTRAMAN ORB: THE ORIGIN SAGA, while SRS Cinema brings a pair of indie kaiju flicks to Blu-ray disc, namely REIGO: KING OF THE SEA MONSTERS, and RAIGA: GOD OF THE MONSTERS! Also out today is Richard Stanley's COLOR OUT OF SPACE starring Nicolas Cage, which is supposedly the start of a new H.P. Lovecraft trilogy!

But my pick of the week has to be Mondo Macabro's all new Region Free Blu-ray of THE BEAST AND THE MAGIC SWORD, which features Paul Naschy in his signature role of Waldemar Daninsky! The film has been restored in 4K from an original negative and comes with a variety of extras, including interviews, an audio commentary, an introduction from Paul Naschy, and more!

There's a lot of other new DVDs and Blu-rays out today so be sure to scroll down to see the full list Vault Dwellers!



NEW TO DVD & BLU-RAY
Alien Domicile 2: Lot 24
And Hope to Die (Kino Lorber Studio Classics)
The Astrologer (Severin Films)
Can't Kill This
Color out of Space
Cries of Pleasure (Severin Films)
Hot Dog... The Movie (Unrated Producer's Cut - Synapse Films)
Hudson River Massacre (MVD Classics)
Night of Open Sex (Severin Films)
Old Blood: Flamel's Legacy
Perfect Friday (Kino Lorber Studio Classics)
Porta Infernales


NEW TO BLU-RAY
The Beast and the Magic Sword (Mondo Macabro)
Casino Royale (4K UHD)
City Hunter: Season 1, Set 1
Code 8
Code Geass: LeLouch of the Re;surrection (Steelbook)
Code Realize - The Guardian of Rebirth: The Complete Series
Deadly Manor (Special Edition - Arrow Video)
Food Wars! The Third Plate (Sentai Filmworks)
Gappa: The Triphibian Monster (Tokyo Shock)
Hasta el Viento Tiene Miedo (aka Even the Wind is Afraid - VCI)
Hump Bang!
Kanojo x Kanojo x Kanojo / Aki Sora
Max and the Junkmen (Kino Lorber Studio Classics)
Mom & Dad (Kino Classics)
One Missed Call Trilogy (2-Disc Special Edition - Arrow Video)
Ouai des Orfeveres (aka Jenny Lamour - Kino Lorber Studio Classics)
Pet Sematary Two (Collector's Edition - Scream Factory)
Psycho Armor Govarian: The Complete TV Series
Quantum of Solace (4K UHD)
Raiga: God of the Monsters (SRS Cinema)
Reefer Madness / Sex Madness (Kino Classics / Something Weird Video)
Reigo: King of the Sea Monsters (SRS Cinema)
The Return of Ultraman (Standard & Steelbook Editions - Mill Creek Entertainment)
The Skeleton of Mrs. Morales (VCI)
Skyfall (4K UHD)
Spectre (4K UHD)
Spookies (Vinegar Syndrome)
Ultraman Orb: The Origin Saga (Mill Creek Entertainment)
Unashamed: A Romance / Elysia: Valley of the Nude (Kino Classics / Something Weird Video)
Victory (Warner Archive Collection)
Wanna Be the Strongest in the World: The Complete Series
Zombeavers


NEW TO DVD
2030
Blood River
Hole (Unrated - Wild Eye)
Savage Island
Shadows in the Garden
The Shadow Walkers
The Theatre of Terror
Zombie Rampage 2


NEW MULTI-FILM COLLECTIONS ON BLU-RAY (AND DVD)
Three Fantastic Journeys by Karel Zeman (Criterion Collection)
Contains: Journey to the Beginning of Time, Invention for Destruction, and The Fabulous Baron Munchausen.


NEW FROLIC PICTURES DVD DOUBLE FEATURES
Drop Dead Rock / Cyber Bandits
Humongous / Eagle Island
R.O.T.O.R. / Robo Vampire
Slashdance / Screamtime
Slasher / Absurd
Sledgehammer / The Love Butcher
Time Walker / The Day Time Ended
The Vals / The Hereafter
The Video Dead / The Laughing Dead


Ultramen, Triphibian Monsters, and Indie Kaiju Royalty Stomp Their Way to Blu-ray Disc Today!


Covert art for Tokyo Shock's Blu-ray release of GAPPA: THE TRIPHIBIAN MONSTER!
PREPARE TO HAVE YOUR BANK ACCOUNTS DESTROYED BY A CAVALCADE OF KAIJU FROM MILL CREEK ENTERTAINMENT, TOKYO SHOCK, AND SRS CINEMA!

Hot damn - what a time to be alive! Last year brought us the North American Blu-ray debut of Tsuburaya Productions' seemingly neverending Ultraman series and Criterion's GODZILLA: THE SHOWA ERA FILMS set! This year promises more Ultraman, a fantastic GAMERA set from Arrow Video, plus a few surprise titles! Speaking of which, this week is chock full of kaiju goodness!

Mill Creek Entertainment brings THE RETURN OF ULTRAMAN (in both standard and steelbook editions) and ULTRAMAN ORB: THE ORIGIN SAGA to Blu-ray disc, Tokyo Shock comes out of nowhere with GAPPA: THE TRIPHIBIAN MONSTER (aka MONSTER FROM A PREHISTORIC PLANET), and SRS Cinema brings Shinpei Hayashiya's two indie kaiju flicks to Limited Edition Blu-ray disc, namely RAIGA: GOD OF THE MONSTERS and REIGO: KING OF THE SEA MONSTERS! Let's take a closer look at all of this rubber monster goodness fellow kaiju fans!

GAPPA: THE TRIPHIBIAN MONSTER (1967)

Synopsis: Originally released directly to U.S. television in 1968 as THE MONSTER FROM THE PREHISTORIC PLANET (in a badly panned and scanned format), Gappa unfolds on a serene tropical island paradise untouched by modern civilization and technology where a dark secret lies dormant for centuries.

When a greedy business tycoon has grandiose plans to turn the island into the world’s largest resort and amusement park, a team of scientists stumble upon a mysterious dinosaur egg. When the egg hatches, GAPPA is born - a mythical giant reptilian bird that the indigenous island people worship as a god. Seeing dollar signs, the tycoon hurriedly ships the baby monster to Tokyo for commercial exploitation. Little does he know that the much larger, irate parents of the infant Gappa follow close behind to rescue their precious baby and wreak havoc upon monster-plagued Tokyo!

This historic rubber-suit epic rode the wave of Godzilla’s golden era and was the only kaiju produced by the prolific Nikkatsu studios. Long out of print on DVD, Media Blasters' Tokyo Shock label brings GAPPA to Blu-ray and remastered DVD in the only legitimate versions of the film officially licensed for North America, finally presented uncut in a fresh high-definition transfer to preserve all of its original widescreen glory!

Disc Specs:
Not Rated | Color | 84 minutes | Region A
Video - 1080p Widescreen (1.78:1)
Audio - English & Japanese PCM Mono 2.0

Extras:
  • None.
Tokyo Shock's GAPPA Blu-ray is now available to own (as is the DVD), though it appears that not all retailers will be carrying this title. GAPPA: THE TRIPHIBIAN MONSTER should cost between $15 - $20 and can be obtained from AMAZON, BULL MOOSE, DEEP DISCOUNT, or RIGHTSTUF.




Cover art for SRC Cinema's Blu-ray release of RAIGA: GOD OF THE MONSTERS!
RAIGA: GOD OF THE MONSTERS (2009)

Synopsis: Global warming leads to excessive melting of the southern polar ice cap, disrupting Earth’s ecosystem. The receding ice brings long dormant ancient sea creatures back to life, monsters that set their sights on Japan. Among the kaiju is an enormous sea beast the locals refer to as the legendary Raiga!

The monster attacks the city of Asakusa, bringing death and destruction as he tramples building and lays waste to the military. Can Raiga be stopped, or will all of Japan be destroyed by his fury?

Disc Specs:
Not Rated | Color | 80 minutes | Region Free
Video - 1080p Widescreen (?)
Audio - Japanese Dolby Digital (?)

Extras:
  • Making-of featurette (Japanese language only)
  • Trailers
SRS Cinema's Limited (to 1,000) Edition of RAIGA: GOD OF MONSTERS should cost you between $25 - $30, and can be obtained from either AMAZON or directly from SRS CINEMA.




Cover art for SRS Cinema's Limited Edition of REIGO: KING OF THE SEA MONSTERS!
REIGO: KING OF THE SEA MONSTERS (2005)

Synopsis: The battleship Yamato, the largest and strongest of its time, is on patrol when a lookout spots a massive shape half-submerged in the distance. Believing it to be an enemy submarine, they fire and score a direct hit. But they are shocked when the object emits a strange cry as it sinks beneath the waves.

Soon after, something much bigger arrives, the massive kaiju Reigo, seething with rage at the murder of its cub. The monster attacks the Combined Fleet with incredible ferocity and awesome destructive power. The naval forces are caught off guard, and Reigo is able to destroy the escort ships and damage the Yamato before returning to the ocean depths.

Now the stage is set for a final battle to unfold between the world’s largest battleship and the mysterious dragon-like monster - who will prevail?

Disc Specs:
Not Rated | Color | 81 minutes | Region Free
Video - 1080p Widescreen (?)
Audio - Japanese Dolby Digital (?)

Extras:
  • Trailers
  • Slideshow
The Limited (to 1,000) Edition of REIGO: KING OF THE SEA MONSTERS is now available at several online retailers and should cost between $25 - $30! Get yourself a copy now from AMAZON or directly from SRS CINEMA's online store!




Cover art for the Standard release of Mill Creek's THE RETURN OF ULTRAMAN Blu-ary set!
THE RETURN OF ULTRAMAN (1971 - 1972)

Synopsis: To Protect Justice and Peace - He Has Returned.

The crustal movement and the abnormal climate had occurred repeatedly on a global scale and dormant monsters started to awaken from sleep. A young man named Hideki Go, who was chasing his dream to be a race car driver, lost his life in saving a boy and a puppy that failed to escape in the midst of Monster Takkong's rampage.

However, the new Ultraman, who had come from Nebula M78 to defend Earth, was deeply touched by Go's brave action and resurrected him by uniting as one. After that, Go is determined to fight any enemy that threatens the freedom and happiness of humanity and joined MAT, the Monster Attack Team. While he struggles with his identity gap between Ultraman and Hideki Go, he grows through fighting against the monsters and aliens.

Note: THE RETURN OF ULTRAMAN is the first in the series to introduce the shared Ultra-universe, and was the first one to be produced after the passing of the late and great Eiji Tsuburaya.

Disc Specs:
Not Rated | Color | 1,530 minutes | Region A
Video - 1080p Fullscreen (1.33:1)
Audio - Japanese: DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 (w/English subs)

Extras:
  • All 51 episodes - Fully remastered and restored in high definition!
  • 28-page collectible booklet!
  • Digital Redemption on movieSPREE!
THE RETURN OF ULTRAMAN makes its North American debut on Blu-ray disc from Mill Creek Entertainment, and is easily obtainable from all of your favorite retailers! If you've been collecting the Standard releases, expect to pay $18 - $40 at AMAZON, BULL MOOSE, or directly from MILL CREEK! But if you're like me and all about those Steelbooks, prepare to spend anywhere from $24 - $50 at AMAZON, BULL MOOSE, or MILL CREEK!




Cover art for Mill Creek's ULTRAMAN ORB: THE ORIGIN SAGA!
ULTRAMAN ORB: THE ORIGIN SAGA (2016 - 2017)

Synopsis: THE ORIGIN SAGA is a prequel to the ULTRAMAN ORB series, detailing the early days of hero Gai Kurenai (Hideo Ishiguro) and his arch-enemy, Juggrus Juggler (Takaya Aoyagi), when they were friends and allies fighting together in their first mission against an alien threat.

This set also includes ULTRA FIGHT ORB: BORROW THE POWER OF FATHER AND SON – A sequel miniseries to ULTRAMAN ORB that introduces Lightning Attacker and Emerium Slugger, plus the debut of ULTRAMAN GEED.

Disc Specs:
Not Rated | Color | 318 minutes | Region A
Video - 1080p Widescreen (?)
Audio -  Japanese: DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0

Extras:
  • Complete, original Japanese broadcast edits!
  • Digital Redemption on movieSPREE
ULTRAMAN ORB: THE ORIGIN SAGA makes its North American debut today and should cost between $10 - $20! Fill in yet another gap in your personal Ultraman collection now by grabbing a copy from AMAZON, BULL MOOSE, or directly from MILL CREEK ENTERTAINMENT!



Monday, February 24, 2020

Waldemar Daninsky Tours 16th Century Japan in THE BEAST AND THE MAGIC SWORD!


Cover art for Mondo Macabro's THE BEAST AND THE MAGIC SWORD Blu-ray!
A SPANISH WEREWOLF CLASHES WITH JAPANESE SAMURAI AND MYSTICISM IN MONDO MACABRO'S NEWEST BLU-RAY RELEASE!

Until recently, I was completely unaware that there were any Japanese werewolf movies other than WOLF GUY and the two KIBAKICHI films, so you can imagine my utter surprise and delight when Mondo Macabro announced their upcoming release of nearly forgotten 1983 classic, THE BEAST AND THE MAGIC SWORD! Featuring Paul Naschy in his role as Waldemar Daninsky, a man forever in search of a cure for his lycanthropy, this film takes our tormented hero to the island nation of Japan where he hopes to end his monstrous curse! Promising werewolf hijinks, samurai battles, and even a duel with a real tiger, I am 100% sold on adding this film to my collection!

Synopsis: THE BEAST AND THE MAGIC SWORD is the last great film from Spanish horror legend Paul Naschy. Although he would go on making and planning films until his death in 2009, he never again attempted the epic sweep and grandeur of this 10th entry into the saga of Waldemar Daninsky, a man afflicted by the curse of lycanthropy.

In this film, we get for the first time an origin story of how the Daninsky curse began back in the 10th century. We then move forward to 16th century Japan where Daninsky has traveled in search of a cure to his affliction. Co-starring Japanese stage and screen veteran Shigeru Amachi, and shot in the studios of Toshiro Mifune, THE BEAST AND THE MAGIC SWORD is a highly successful and colorful melding of European werewolf legends and dark Japanese fantasy. It features a fight between werewolf and tiger, an evil scarlet-cloaked witch who imprisons Daninsky, a sword fight with a troupe of ghost samurai, and many other unforgettable scenes!

Disc Specs:
Not Rated | Color | 115 minutes | Region Free
Video - 1080p Widescreen (1.78:1) & Fullscreen (4:3)
Audio - PCM Mono

Extras:
  • NEW! 4k RESTORATION FROM A FILM NEGATIVE!
  • NEW! Cover art by artist Rick Melton!
  • The Smile of the Wolf – Interview with star Paul Naschy. 
  • Introduction to the film by Paul Naschy. 
  • Interview with the writer and critic Gavin Baddeley. 
  • Audio commentary with the Naschy cast. (Rod Barnett and Troy Guinn) 
  • Original trailer. 
  • Mondo Macabro previews.
Mondo Macabro's stellar Blu-ray release of THE BEAST AND THE MAGIC SWORD will be available on Tuesday, February 25th and should cost between $18 - $20! Add this awesome Horror mashup to your personal collection this week by ordering a copy from AMAZON, BULL MOOSE, DIABOLIK DVD, or directly from MONDO MACABRO!





Wednesday, February 19, 2020

STOCK YOUR VAULT: New DVDs & Blu-rays for 02/18/2020!


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X... THE UNKNOWN is Vault Master's Pick of the Week for 02/18/2020!
Vault Master's Pick of the Week!

Hello Vault Dwellers, and welcome to yet another edition of our world famous (not really) Stock Your Vault column! This week is a bit on the light side, but as always there are definitely a few titles you'll want to add to your growing personal collections!

MVD Rewind Collection kicks things off with their new Blu-ray releases of the animated classic THE POINT! and the psychological thriller MIND GAMES, Well Go USA released the martial arts epic WARRIORS OF THE NATION, and Scorpion Releasing just debuted the forgotten romantic comedy BEYOND THERAPY!

Mondo Macabro released DANGEROUS CARGO (making it's North American Blu-ray debut), SRS Cinema brings indie Horror anthology NECROLOGIES to Blu-ray disc, Panos Costmatos' MANDY gets a surprise steelbook release, and season one of the latest incarnation of THE TWILIGHT ZONE arrives on both DVD & Blu-ray!

Kino Lorber comes on strong this week with new Blus of THE DAY OF THE DOLPHIN and LIGHT AT THE EDGE OF THE WORLD, but I'm giving this week to Scream Factory for their latest Hammer titles: RASPUTIN - THE MAD MONK and X... THE UNKNOWN! RASPUTIN offers up the film in two different aspect ratios, and comes with a good number of extras, while X... THE UNKNOWN boasts a new 2K restoration and audio commentary!

There are plenty of other DVDs, Blu-rays, and 4K Ultra HD discs out today - to see the full roster, be sure to keep scrolling!


NEW TO DVD & BLU-RAY
The Blazing Cannons
The Criminal (aka The Concrete Jungle - Kino Lorber Studio Classics)
The Day of the Dolphin (Kino Lorber Studio Classics)
Hunter X Hunter: Set 7
The Man Who Was Sherlock Holmes (Kino Classics)
Mind Games (MVD Rewind Collection)
Munchausen (Kino Classics)
Snatchers
Submission
Twilight Zone (2019): Season One


NEW TO BLU-RAY
Another Day of Life (Shout! Factory)
Avatar: The Last Airbender - The Complete Series (15th Anniversary Limited Edition Steelbook)
Beyond Therapy (Scorpion Releasing)
Dangerous Cargo (Mondo Macabro)
Kino's Journey: The Beautiful World - The Complete Series
Light at the Edge of the World (Kino Lorber Studio Classics)
Mandy (Steelbook)
Necrologies (Limited Edition - SRS Cinema)
The Point! (MVD Rewind Collection)
Radiant: Season One, Part Two
Rasputin - The Mad Monk (Scream Factory)
Real Girl: The Complete Collection
Space Brothers #0
Star Blazers 2199: Space Battleship Yamato - The Complete Series
Tex Avery Screwball Classics: Volume 1 (Warner Archive Collection)
Warriors of the Nation (Well Go USA)
X... The Unknown (Scream Factory)


NEW TO DVD
American Zombieland
Backyard Blockbusters
Burke and Hare (1971 - Rogue Video)
Clown Fear
The Dawn
Extracurricular
The Girl in the Mirror
Killer Weekend
The Life Zone
Monsterwolf
Punch the Clock
Prayer for the Damned
Road to Hell
Suffering Bible 2: Dead Butterfly
Zombie Woman of Satan


Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Scream Factory Brings Two More Hammer Titles to Blu-ray: RASPUTIN - THE MAD MONK and X... THE UNKNOWN!


Cover art for Scream Factory's Blu-ray of RASPUTIN - THE MAD MONK!
CHRISTOPHER LEE'S MOST CELEBRATED (NON-DRACULA) FILM ROLE, AND THE (SORT OF) SEQUEL TO "THE QUATERMASS XPERIMENT" ARRIVE ON BLU-RAY DISC!

I really need to sit down and watch more classic Hammer flicks - to date, I've only seen maybe two dozen of them! And thanks to the continued efforts of Scream Factory, it seems that I'll be able to watch the bulk of Hammer's Horror and Sci-Fi offerings on Blu-ray disc before by the time 2021 rolls around!

Speaking of which, today Scream Factory unleashed two new Hammer Blus: RASPUTIN - THE MAD MONK, features Christopher Lee as the title character! I have not seen this one yet, but I have frequently heard that this was perhaps Lee's finest performance ever, second only to his famous reccuring role as Dracula! X... THE UNKNOWN is yet another Hammer title that has evaded me. While more of a sci-fi tale (which was supposed to be the first sequel to THE QUATERMASS XPERIMENT), this film features scientists battling a radioactive subterranean terror!

If either of these sound enticing to you (and they should) then continue onward to learn all the details of these two new Scream Factory releases!

RASPUTIN - THE MAD MONK (1966)

Synopsis: Hammer Films' dual reputation for screen shock and flamboyant costume adventure meld in this tale of the real-life "holy man" whose evil charm held the fate of an entire nation in its grip.

In Czarist Russia, Rasputin (Christopher Lee), a peasant monk, mysteriously demonstrates his healing powers by saving a woman's life and asking only for wine and a Bacchanalian celebration in return. But soon Rasputin uses his evil charm and powers to become increasingly manipulative and violent. Ferocious, devious and other-worldly, this uncouth peasant ingratiates himself bit by bit into the lives of the sophisticated royal class ... Christopher Lee's multi-layered performance as Rasputin rates as one of the best portrayals in any film.

Disc Specs:
Not Rated | Color | 92 minutes | Region A
Video - 1080p Widescreen (2.35:1 & 2.55:1)
Audio - English: DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0

Extras:
  • Presented In Two Aspect Ratios – 2.35:1 & 2.55:1!
  • NEW! Audio Commentary With Author/Film Historian Steve Haberman, Filmmaker/Film Historian Constantine Nasr, And Filmmaker/Film Historian Ted Newsom!
  • Tall Stories: The Making Of Rasputin The Mad Monk!
  • Brought To Book: Hammer Novelisations!
  • World of Hammer Episodes: COSTUMERS And CHRISTOPHER LEE!
  • Audio Commentary With Stars Christopher Lee, Barbara Shelley, Francis Matthews, And Suzan Farmer!
  • Theatrical Trailers
  • TV Spots
  • Still Gallery
Scream Factory's Blu-ray of RASPUTIN - THE MAD MONK is now available wherever Blu-ray discs are sold and should cost between $23 - $25! Add this movie to your collection today by ordering a copy from AMAZON, BULL MOOSE, DIABOLIK DVD, or directly from SHOUT! FACTORY.






Cover art for Scream Factory's X... THE UKNOWN Blu-ray Release!
X... THE UNKNOWN (1956)

Synopsis: Can anything escape this terror? British commandos on maneuvers become ill with mysterious symptoms and horrific burns. Dr. Adam Royston (Dean Jagger), an atomic scientist from a nearby research station, suspects lethal radiation ... but is mystified by the cause.

At a nearby hospital, the phenomenon reappears and engulfs more innocent people, including a hospital orderly whose skin melts away from his body!

Dr. Royston speculates that the unknown is on a quest to absorb radiation and expand in size and range as it claims more and more victims. As time runs short, he becomes desperate to trap the entity before its power overcomes mankind!

Disc Specs:
Not Rated | Black & White | 80 minutes | Region A
Video - 1080p Widescreen (1.75:1)
Audio -  English DTS-HD Master Audio 1.0

Extras:
  • NEW! 2K Scan Of A Fine Grain Film Element!
  • NEW! Audio Commentary With Film Historian/Filmmaker Ted Newsom!
  • NEW! The Men Who Made Hammer: Jimmy Sangster Featurette!
  • World Of Hammer: Sci-Fi
  • Theatrical Trailer
A new transfer and new extras? Sign me up! Scream Factory's Blu of X... THE UNKNOWN is currently available at most retailers, and should cost between $23 - $25! Add this quasi-Quatermass sequel to your growing collection today by ordering through AMAZON, BULL MOOSE, DIABOLIK DVD, or directly from SHOUT! FACTORY.