|Vault Master's Pick of the Week(s)!
Happy Valentine's Day Vault Dwellers! Since the release slate is still a little sparse this early in the year, I doubled up on the first two weeks of February! While there isn't a huge number of new titles to brag about, there are some definite must-owns sprinkled over the first half of the month that would be perfect gifts for the cult and exploitation film aficionado that you love and cherish!
Last week Scream Factory dropped their new 4K Collector's Edition of BUBBA HO-TEP, Disney released BLACK PANTHER: WAKANDA FOREVER onto all formats, Arrow Video gave us Special Edition Blu-rays of .COM FOR MURDER and THE VAGRANT, and Unearthed Films surprised us all with THE GRAND TOUR on Blu-ray disc!
Ronin Flix released BECKY and a double feature of FIST OF LEGEND & TAI CHI MASTER, Severin Films' long delayed Blu of MARDI GRAS MASSACRE was finally unleashed upon the world, and Kino Lorber Studio Classics put out THAT MAN BOLT onto Blu-ray! It's also important to note that new boutique label Terror Vision debuted ATTACK OF THE KILLER REFRIDGERATOR and THE HOOK OF WOODLAND HEIGHTS on Blu-ray, and Aussie label Umbrella Entertainment released a 3-film THIS IS ART collection featuring ALL HALLOW'S EVE, and both TERRIFIER films!
This week has a really small roster of new releases, but there are some real gems that you'll want to add to your growing/evolving collections. Indicator enters the Region A Blu-ray market with their cool new ENTER SANTO: THE FIRST ADVENTURES OF THE SILVER MASKED MAN, Shout! Factory brings two martial arts classics to Blu-ray, namely IRON MONKEY and ZU: WARRIORS FROM THE MAGIC MOUNTAIN, and Arrow Video just released their new GIALLO ESSENTIALS set, which contains THE NIGHT EVELYN CAME OUT OF HER GRAVE, THE IGUANA WITH THE TONGUE OF FIRE, and THE SUSPICIOUS DEATH OF A MINOR.
Well Go USA released the new blood-soaked action-horror film PROJECT WOLF HUNTING, and Mill Creek Entertainment (who just recently won a contract to release Disney titles to Blu-ray!) dropped two multi-film collections: The SCI-FI VAULT COLLECTION is a four-film set that contains 20 MILLION MILES TO EARTH, CREATURE WITH THE ATOM BRAIN, IT CAME FROM BENEATH THE SEA, and THE 30 FOOT BRIDES OF CANDY ROCK! THRILLERS FROM THE VAULT is an 8-film set that contains THE BLACK ROOM, THE MAN THEY COULD NOT HANG, BEFORE I HANG, THE MAN WITH NINE LIVES, THE BOOGIE MAN WILL GET YOU, THE DEVIL COMMANDS, THE RETURN OF THE VAMPIRE, and FIVE!
But my pick of the week(s) is being awarded to Lightyear Entertainment's new 4K release of THE RETURN OF SWAMP THING. Along with the big upgrade in the audio and picture quality, the disc has quite a few bonus features. All of the previous extras from MVD Rewind's release seem to be included (including a fantastic commentary from Director Jim Wynorski), as are two new surprises: A Rifftones music video (Your Ever-Lovin' Swamp Thing) and a new interview with producer Michael E. Uslan!
There are plenty of other new titles out now that I haven't mentioned, so be sure to keep scrolling to see the full roster for the first half of February!
NEW TO 4K ULTRA HD BLU-RAY (02/07/23)
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever (4K UHD - Disney)
Bubba Ho-Tep (4K UHD - Collector's Edition - Scream Factory)
Legion of Super-Heroes (4K UHD - Warner Bros.)
The Return of Swamp Thing (4K UHD - Lightyear Entertainment)
NEW TO BLU-RAY (02/07/23)
.Com for Murder (Special Edition - Arrow Video)
Attack of the Killer Refridgerator / The Hook of Woodland Heights (Terror Vision)
Becky (Special Edition - Ronin Flix)
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever (Disney)
Fist of Legend & Tai Chi Master (Jet Li Double Feature - Ronin Flix)
The Grand Tour (1991 - Unearthed Films)
Kamen Rider Ryuki: The Complete Series (Shout! Factory)
Legion of Super-Heroes (Warner Bros.)
Mardi Gras Massacre (Severin Films)
The Retaliators (Quiver Films)
That Man Bolt (Kino Lorber Studio Classics)
This is Art (Collector's Edition - Umbrella Entertainment Exclusive - All Hallow's Eve, Terrifier 1 & 2)
The Vagrant (Special Edition - Arrow Video)
V/H/S/ 99 (Shudder)
Waitress! - Director's Cut (Troma)
A Woman Kills (Special Edition - Radiance)
NEW TO BLU-RAY (02/14/23)
3 Days of the Condor (Blu-ray/Digital - Paramount)
Dark Glasses (RLJE Films)
Enter Santo: The First Adventures of the Silver Masked Man (Limited Edition - Indicator)
Giallo Essentials: White Edition (3-Disc Limited Edition - Arrow Video)
Iron Monkey (1993 - Shout! Factory)
Project Wolf Hunting (Well Go USA)
Sci-Fi From the Vault: 4-Classic Films (Mill Creek Entertainment)
Strange World (Disney)
Thrillers from the Vault: 8-Classic Horror Films (Mill Creek Entertainment)
Zu: Warriors from the Magic Mountain (Shout! Factory)