Sunday, August 23, 2020

STOCK YOUR VAULT: New DVDs & Blu-rays for 08/18/2020!

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Vault Master's Pick of the Week for 08/18/2020 is Arrow Video's 4K Limited Edition of FLASH GORDON!
Vault Master's Pick of the Week!

Greetings Vault Dwellers! Once again I find myself falling behind on my duties as I inch ever so closer to fatherhood - my apologies! So let's not waste any more time and leap right into this week's list of awesome Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD titles!

Shudder brings both PREVENGE and season one of their CURSED FILMS series to DVD & Blu-ray, Scorpion Releasing gives DEATH BEFORE DISHONOR its Blu-ray debut, and the indie kaiju parody NOTZILLA arrives on DVD & Blu-ray disc!

Scream Factory adds yet another Hammer Horror title to their catalog, namely FRANKENSTEIN AND THE MONSTER FROM HELL, Kino Lorber Studio Classics drops numerous classic war films onto Blu-ray disc (e.g. THE RED BALL EXPRESS, RAID ON ROMMEL), as well as THOSE WHO DESERVE TO DIE, and Paramount gives us a 4-MOVIE THRILLS & CHILLS COLLECTION that contains the PET SEMATARY remake, A QUIET PLACE, CRAWL, and OVERLORD! (Not too shabby a set eh?)

But Arrow Video destroys all of the competition this week with their Blu-ray releases of PITCH BLACK and THE LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT, their mighty GAMERA: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION Limited Edition set, and their awesome new 4K Ultra HD release of FLASH GORDON! The Gamera set is ridiculously impressive and loaded up with all twelve films, comic reproductions, and books about Japan's other famous monster! The only reason I didn't make it my pick of the week is because the Region A release is (shockingly) SOLD OUT EVERYWHERE! (Word is, another run is in the works, but it'll be a "standard" release with just the films. Stay tuned for more details!)

Therefore, Arrow's FLASH GORDON 4K wins the week with its outstanding audio & video presentation, and hours of extras including: cast & crew interviews, archival commentaries, behind-the-scenes featurettes, deleted scenes, original endings, documentaries, 35th anniversary reunion featurettes, easter eggs, and more!

To see the entire roster of this weeks new DVDs, Blu-rays, and 4K Ultra HD discs, just keep on scrolling my friends!

The Barge People
Batwoman: The Complete First Season
Cursed Films (Shudder)
Looks That Kill
The Mongolian Connection
Open 24 Hours
Prevenge (Shudder)
The Terror: Infamy - The Complete Second Season
Those Who Deserve to Die (Kino Lorber Studio Classics)

Backlash (Kino Lorber Studio Classics)
Beyond the Boundary: Collector's Edition (Section 23)
Death Before Dishonor (Scorpion Releasing)
Deathstroke: Knights & Dragons (DC/Warner Bros.)
Dreamworks' Six Spooky Stories Collection
The Eagle and the Hawk (Kino Lorber Studio Classics)
Flash Gordon (2-Disc Limited Edition - Arrow Video)
Flash Gordon (2-Disc Limited Edition 4K UHD - Arrow Video)
Flash Gordon (Special Edition - 4K UHD - Arrow Video)
Fragtime (Section 23)
Frankenstein and the Monster From Hell (Scream Factory)
ISLAND: The Complete Series
The Last House on the Left (Standard Edition - Arrow Video)
Old Boyfriends (Kino Lorber Studio Classics)
Out on a Limb
Pitch Black (Arrow Video)
Raid on Rommel (Kino Lorber Studio Classics)
The Red Ball Express (Kino Lorber Studio Classics)
She Shoulda Said "No!" / The Devil's Sleep: Forbidden Fruit Vol. 6 (AGFA)
Soldier Blue (Kino Lorber Studio Classics)
Wake Island (Kino Lorber Studio Classics)

Acid Bath Productions: Volume 3 (Unrated)
Bad Nun: Deadly Vows
Cannibal Corpse Killers
The Crew (Gemini Entertainment)
Elusive: Bigfoot Abroad
Escape: Puzzle of Fear
Ghosts of War
Jack vs. Lanterns
Radio Samurai

Gamera: The Complete Collection (Limited Edition Set - Arrow Video)
Contains: Gamera - The Giant Monster / Gamera - The Invincible, Gamera vs. Barugon, Gamera vs. Gyaos, Gamera vs. Viras, Gamera vs. Guiron, Gamera vs. Jiger, Gamera vs. Zigra, Super Monster Gamera, Gamera - Guardian of the Universe, Gamera 2: Attack of Legion, Gamera 3: Revenge of Iris, and Gamera the Brave! This set also comes with two large books and hours of extras!

Thrills & Chills: 4-Movie Collection
Contains: Pet Sematary (2019), A Quiet Place, Crawl, and Overlord.

Saturday, August 22, 2020

TALES FROM THE DARKSIDE: THE MOVIE Comes to Blu-ray on August 25th!

Cover art for Scream Factory's upcoming Collector's Edition Blu-ray of TALES FROM THE DARKSIDE: THE MOVIE!

I've always been a big fan of horror anthologies because I've always felt that you get more bang for your buck, and honestly, TALES is probably one of the better ones I've seen! Often eclipsed by the likes of CREEPSHOW, CREEPSHOW 2, TWILIGHT ZONE: THE MOVIE, and BODY BAGS, it's great to see TALES FROM THE DARKSIDE: THE MOVIE finally getting a little love!

All previous archival extras are included in this release (along with new cover art), as are a new audio commentary and a brand new feature-length making-of documentary! (Woohoo!) I'm pretty excited for this release, but I'll have to hold off on picking it up for a bit. But don't let that stop you! If you love horror anthologies and have somehow missed out on this one, then by all means give it a look! For more details on this upcoming Scream Factory title, read on fellow collectors of physical media!

Synopsis: To keep from being eaten by a modern-day witch (Deborah Harry - VIDEODROME), a young paperboy weaves three twisted stories to distract her. In "Lot 249," a vengeful college student (Steve Buscemi - FARGO) resuscitates an evil mummy to teach unsuspecting student bodies (Julianne Moore - KINGSMAN: THE GOLDEN CIRCLE, Christian Slater - THE WIZARD, Mr. Robot) a lesson in terror. Then, "The Cat From Hell" is a furry black feline who cannot be killed … he may have nine lives, but those who cross his path are not so lucky. Finally, in "Lover's Vow," a stone gargoyle comes to life … to commit murder. In this classic cult favorite, fear comes in threes!

Disc Specs:
Rated R | Color | 93 minutes | Region A
Video - 1080p Widescreen (1.85:1)
Audio - English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 & 2.0

  • NEW! Audio Commentary with Co-Producer David R. Kappes!
  • NEW! Tales Behind the Darkside: The Making of Four Ghoulish Fables – a six-chapter, feature-length documentary featuring director John Harrison, producer Mitchell Galin, director of photography Robert Draper, production designer Ruth Ammon, special make-up & creature effects artists Robert Kurtzman, Greg Nicotero, and Howard Berger, creature performer Michael Deak, actors James Remar and Rae Dawn Chong and editor Harry B. Miller!
  • Audio Commentary with Director John Harrison and Co-Screenwriter George A. Romero!
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • TV Spots
  • Radio Spots
  • Stills Gallery
  • Behind-the-Scenes Gallery
  • Behind-the-Scenes Footage Compilation
  • Optional English subtitles for the main feature
TALES FROM THE DARKSIDE: THE MOVIE is yet another film that has been rescued from Paramount's vaults by Scream Factory! Here's hoping this trend continues because I have a short-list of movies I'd love to see released over the next year (e.g. EXPLORERS and KING KONG '76). If you're ready to add TALES to your collection you can order now from AMAZON, BULL MOOSE, DIABOLIK DVD, or directly from SHOUT! FACTORY - it should cost between $25 - $28!

Thursday, August 13, 2020

STOCK YOUR VAULT: New DVDs & Blu-rays for 08/11/2020!

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Vault Master's Pick of the Week for 08/11/2020 is MVD Rewind Collection's New SPLIT SECOND Blu-ray!
Vault Master's Pick of the Week!

As the countdown to my son's arrival continues, I'm trying to get things back to somewhat normal at The Vault and News Vault while I can! Though it's a few days late, here's yet another addition to our weekly Stock Your Vault column! I hope you've been able to put some spare cash aside fellow collectors because there's some cool stuff to buy this week!

Mill Creek Entertainment brought both EUREKA: THE COMPLETE SERIES and NEO ULTRA Q to Blu-ray, Scorpion Releasing gave A DIFFERENT STORY its Blu-ray debut, Tempe Digital returned to the realm of physical media with their release of OZONE, and Kino Lorber Studio Classics gave us a few new titles, including DATE WITH AN ANGEL, DIVA (SPECIAL EDITION), and THE QUEST (aka FROM DREAMING).

Scream Factory delivered a stellar new release of the Hammer classic THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA and 88 Films gifted us Jackie Chan fans (who own Region Free players) a pair of Limited Edition Blu-rays of FEARLESS HYENA and DRAGON LORD! But it's MVD Rewind Collection that rules the roost this week Vault Dwellers - Along with a double feature of Bolo Yeung films (BLOODFIGHT & IRONHEART), they've also put out Collector's Edition releases of cult favorites MIKEY (complete with new feature-length making-of documentary!) and SPLIT SECOND, which got a new 4K restoration and hours of new extras!

There's actually a lot of other cool stuff out today - to make sure you don't miss out on any of it, be sure to check out the roster below!

Bloodfight & Ironheart (Bolo Yeung Double Feature - MVD Rewind Collection)
I am Vengeance: Retribution
Max Reload and the Netherblasters
The Quest (aka Frog Dreaming - Special Edition - Kino Lorber Studio Classics)
Skin Walker
Valley of the Gods (Well Go USA)
The Wretched

Armored Trooper VOTOMS: The Complete Collection
Brutal Massacre: A Comedy
Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card - The Complete Series
Date With an Angel (Kino Lorber Studio Classics)
A Different Story (Scorpion Releasing)
Diva (Special Edition - Kino Lorber Studio Classics)
Dragon Lord (Limited Edition - 88 Films - Region B)
Eureka: The Complete Series (Mill Creek Entertainment)
Fearless Hyena (Limited Edition - 88 Films - Region B)
Final Space: The Complete First & Second Seasons
Gemini (Mondo Macabro)
Inuyasha: Set 2
The Lady Kills / Pervertissima (Mondo Macabro)
Legend of the Galactic Heroes: Die Neue These - Season 2
Michael (1996 - Warner Archive Collection)
Mikey (Collector's Edition - MVD Rewind Collection)
Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans - Season 2
Neo Ultra Q: The Complete Series (Mill Creek Entertainment)
The Offerings (Ultimate Director's Edition)
Ozone (Tempe Digital)
The Phantom of the Opera (1962 - Collector's Edition - Scream Factory)
Serial Killer Collection (Bill Zebub)
Split Second (Collector's Edition - MVD Rewind Collection)
The Vampires Night Orgy (Re-Mastered Gothic Collection)

Aggressive Behavior
American Sasquatch
Are You Afraid of the Dark? (2019)
The Barghest
The Deeper You Dig (Dark Sky Films)
Evil Brain From Outer Space (Rogue Video)
The Evil Rises
Horror Box!
Love Bites
Mondo Balordo (Severin Films)
Mork & Mindy: The Complete Series
Sinner's Blood
Star Light
Tales from the Darkside: The Complete Series
Tales from the Drive-In
Thor: End of Days
Trailers From the Hood
Vampire War
The Waiting Room
Watch Me Die (Unrated)

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

MVD Rewind Collection Brings Cult Faves MIKEY and SPLIT SECOND to Blu-ray!

Cover art for MVD Rewind Collection's new Collector's Editio Blu-ray of MIKEY.

I've never seen MIKEY before (though I recall perusing the VHS cover a few times way back in the day) but I am super stoked to see that SPLIT SECOND (once a candidate for our WANTED ON BLU-RAY column) has finally made the leap to Blu-ray disc! Both films of these blasts from the past have built up a cult following, and gotten a lot of love from MVD Rewind Collection: MIKEY gets a brand new feature-length making-of documentary, while SPLIT SECOND gets a new 4K restoration plus hours of new cast & crew interviews! Want the full details of each? Then keep on reading Vault Dwellers!


Synopsis: Mikey Kelvin (Brian Bonsall - BLANK CHECK, Family Ties) has been a bad boy, only nobody knows exactly how bad. Tragic and deadly "accidents" seem to happen all around Mikey. So, from foster family to foster family and from school to school he goes, leaving a trail of unanswered questions. Of course, everyone knows Mikey is just a sweet, misunderstood little boy. But… remember… Jason and Freddy were once kids too!

From the producers of POINT BREAK comes this cult classic horror film in the tradition of THE GOOD SON with an all-star supporting cast that includes Ashley Laurence (HELLRAISER & HELLBOUND: HELLRAISER II), Josie Bissett (Melrose Place), Mimi Craven (A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET), John Diehl (A TIME TO KILL), Whit Hertford (A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET 5: THE DREAM CHILD), and Lyman Ward (FERRIS BUELLER'S DAY OFF).

Disc Specs:
Rated R | Color | 92 minutes | Region Free
Video - 1080p Widescreen (1.78:1)
Audio - English LPCM 2.0 & Dolby Digital 2.0

  • NEW! The Making of Mikey - Feature Length Making of Documentary with star Brian Bonsall, Director Dennis Dimster-Denk, Editor and Producer Natan Zahavi and Director of Photography Thomas Jewett!
  • NEW! Mikey: Anatomy of a Scene with Director Dennis Dimster-Denk!
  • Theatrical Trailer (SD, 02:15)
  • Collectible Mini-Poster
  • Optional English subtitles for the main feature
MIKEY is now available wherever Blu-ray discs are sold, and should cost between $22 - $35! If you're a fan of this one (like Chad from THE HORROR MOVIE BBQ is) then pick up a copy right now from AMAZON, BULL MOOSE, DIABOLIK DVD, or directly from MVD REWIND COLLECTION'S online store!

Cover art for MVD Rewind Collection's new Blu-ray release of SPLIT SECOND!

Synopsis: In the year 2008, the cops are better armed than before, but nothing has prepared them for this. Swift, sharp-clawed and deadly, something moves among them on the streets, in the alleyways, on the rooftops, tearing out human hearts and devouring them. Maverick cop ''Harley'' Stone (Rutger Hauer - BLADE RUNNER, BLIND FURY, THE HITCHER) lost his partner to the beast, and now it looks like his girlfriend Michelle (Kim Cattrall - MANNEQUIN, BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA) is next on the killer's list.

Even in the future, there aren't guns big enough to stop the creature's deadly force, but Stone has no choice. Teamed with rookie detective Durkin (Alastair Duncan - THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO), Stone must stalk the edge of his own sanity if he is to destroy the rampaging Evil on the outside and banish the very real demons within . . . It could all be over in a SPLIT SECOND.

Featuring special effects by Stephen Norrington (BLADE) and written by Gary Scott Thompson (THE FAST AND THE FURIOUS), along with an all-star supporting cast that includes Academy Award Nominees Michael J. Pollard (TANGO & CASH) and Pete Postlethwaite (INCEPTION), this cult classic sci-fi thriller will have you on the edge of your seat!

Disc Specs: 
Rated R | Color | 90 & 95 minutes | Region A
Video - 1080p Widescreen (1.85:1)
Audio - English LPCM 2.0

  • NEW! Audio Commentary by action film historian Mike Leeder and filmmaker Arne Venema!
  • NEW! ''Great Big Bloody Guns!'' Producer Laura Gregory & Actor Alastair (Neil) Duncan on Split Second! (HD, 27:25)
  • NEW! Call Me Mr. Snips! -  An Interview with Composer Stephen W. Parsons!
  • NEW! Stay In Line! - An Interview with Line Producer Laurie Borg!
  • NEW! More Blood! - An Interview with Creature Effects Designer Cliff Wallace!
  • NEW! Shoot Everything! - An Interview with Cinematographer Clive Tickner!
  • Original 1992 Split Second Making of featurette that includes interviews with stars Rutger Hauer, Kim Cattrall, Alastair (Neil) Duncan, Michael J. Pollard, Writer Gary Scott Thompson and more!
  • Original 1992 behind the scenes featurette with effects creator Stephen Norrington, cast and crew.
  • Split Second Japanese Cut, full frame with burnt-in Japanese subtitles (Standard-definition - 95 minutes)
  • Deleted Scenes from the Japanese Cut (English, burnt-in Japanese subtitles)
  • 7 Promotional TV Clips
  • U.S. VHS Home Video Promo
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by The Dude Designs created exclusively for this release!
  • Collectible Mini-Poster featuring original style VHS artwork!
SPLIT SECOND (featuring the kick-ass artwork of Thomas "The Dude Designs" Hodge) is now available wherever Blu-rays are sold and currently costs between $22 - $40! If you love over-the-top action movies and creature features (and Rutger Hauer!), you'll definitely want to pick up a copy of this one gang! Order SPLIT SECOND now from AMAZON, BULL MOOSE, DIABOLIK DVD, or directly from the MVD SHOP!

Friday, August 7, 2020

STOCK YOUR VAULT: New DVDs & Blu-rays for 08/04/2020!

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Vault Master's Pick of the Week for 08/04/2020 is Scream Factory's Blu-ray release of THE SOUL COLLECTOR.
Vault Master's Pick of the Week!

Yikes! It's almost been a month since my last post - sorry about that gang! After vacation I kind of took a little more time to recharge the ole batteries and catch up on some reading (currently polishing off Matt Ruff's Lovecraft Country) and movie/TV show watching (I just recently saw STARMAN for the first time in its entirety and blasted through HBO's The Outsider in three nights).

But between work (which has never stopped being crazy busy since the pandemic started) and the imminent birth of my son [Action] Jackson (a mere thirty-eight days away) I can't guarantee that I'll be updating regularly for a while. But hey, we'll cross that bridge when we get there. For now let us ignore our uncertain futures and focus on this week's new DVD & Blu-ray titles!

This is a relatively light week for new releases Vault Dwellers, so I would strongly consider saving what expendable income you have on what's coming later this month. But if you can't fight the urge to spend money, there are a few titles worth picking up. Shudder brought the remake of SATAN'S SLAVES to DVD & Blu-ray, Shout! Factory released SWALLOW and a limited edition Steelbook of PROMARE, and the first season of HBO's His Dark Materials arrived on both DVD & Blu-ray disc this week.

Arrow Academy gave TOTO THE HERO its Blu-ray debut, and Kino Lorber Studio Classics unleashed a trio of Blu-ray sets celebrating the films of Tony Curtis, Audie Murphy, and Carole Lombard. As the remainder of this week's release slate is made up of anime and direct-to-DVD junk, I settled on Scream Factory's lone release (on DVD & Blu-ray) of THE SOUL COLLECTOR for my pick of the week. This South African horror tale has gotten some decent reviews and sounds intriguing - sadly the disc is bare bones.

To see the full roster of this week's slim pickins, just continue scrolling!

Dispatches from Elsewhere: Season 1
His Dark Materials: The Complete First Season
Nigel Hartwell Triple Threat Collection
Nothing But the Blood
Shanghai Triad
Satan's Slaves (Shudder)
The Soul Collector (Scream Factory)
Swallow (Shout! Factory)

Astra - Lost in Space: The Complete Series
Candie's Harem
Coma (Limited Edition Steelbook)
Doctor Who: Tom Baker - The Complete Season 3
Fairy Tail: Final Season - Part 23
Galaxy Angel AA+ S: The Complete Collection
Gundam Build Fighters: Special Build Disc
Hematic Web
Is it Wrong to Try to Pick Up a Girl in a Dungeon? - Season 2
Promare (Collector's Edition Steelbook - Shout! Factory)
Toto the Hero (Arrow Academy)
Undefeated Bahamut Chronicle: The Complete Collection

Aliens Stole My Body
City of the Dream Demons
Crazy Weapons 5: Back for the First Time
Death List
The Dubbed and Dangerous Trilogy
Gates of Darkness
The Haunting of Molly Bannister
House Arrest
Maximum Impact
Night Driver
The Rebels
Sexy Time
Silent Night, Bloody Night 2: Revival
The Suppressor
Thrift Shop of Horrors

Audie Murphy Collection (Kino Lorber Studio Classics)
Contains: The Duel at Silver Creek, Ride a Crooked Trail, and No Name on the Bullet.

Carole Lombard Collection (Kino Lorber Studio Classics)
Contains: Fast and Loose, Man of the World, and No Man of Her Own.

Naruto: 4-Movie Collection
Contains: Naruto Shippuden - The Movie: Blood Prison, Naruto - The Movie: Road to Ninja, Naruto - The Movie: The Last, and Naruto - The Movie: Boruto.

Nigel Hatwell Triple Threat Collection
Contains: Insight of Evil, The Expedition, and Insight of Evil 2: Vengeance (Director's Cut).

Tony Curtis Collection (Kino Lorber Studio Classics)
Contains: The Perfect Furlough, The Great Imposter, and 40 Pounds of Trouble.