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26 May 2017

Vinegar Syndrome celebrates "Halfway to Black Friday" with RED MOB (review)

Vinegar Syndrome steps behind the iron curtain to unearth this 1993 American-styled action flick.  When his son is kidnapped, veteran Oleg must agree to lead a caravan of weapons smugglers to get him back.  With the help of his war buddy, he wages war against the mob.

REVIEW LINK: Vinegar Syndrome (US) Region ALL Blu-ray/Region 0 NTSC DVD (DVD Drive-in)

RED MOB Blu-ray/DVD combo specs:
  • Blu-ray:
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 widescreen
    • English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 stereo
  • DVD:
    • 16:9 anamorphic 1.78:1 widescreen
    • English Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo
  • Full-length Russian-language version in Russian Dolby Digital 1.0 mono with optional English and Russian SDH subtitles
  • Optional English SDH subtitles for the English version
  • "Producing RED MOB" interview with associate producer Arthur Schweitzer
  • "Shooting from the Hip" interview with associate producer Arthur Schweitzer
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Stills Gallery
  • Reversible Cover
  • Limited Slipcover
  • Limited to 1,000 copies available directly from Vinegar Syndrome.

Vinegar Syndrome celebrates "Halfway to Black Friday" with SWEET SUGAR (review)

Entrapped by the Mexican authorities and railroaded into agreeing to cut cane on a private farm for two years, prostitute Sugar rallies her fellow captives to rise up against the mad doctor who runs the farm and his sadistic guards.  Phyllis Davis stars.

REVIEW LINK: Vinegar Syndrome (US) Region ALL Blu-ray/Region 0 NTSC DVD (DVD Drive-in)

SWEET SUGAR Blu-ray/DVD combo specs:
  • Blu-ray:
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 widescreen
    • English DTS-HD Master Audio 1.0 mono
  • DVD:
    • 16:9 anamorphic 1.78:1 widescreen
    • English Dolby Digital 1.0 mono
  • Optional English SDH subtitles
  • Interview with screenwriter Don Spencer
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Reversible Cover
  • Limited Slipcase
  • Limited to 1,500 copies
  • Available exclusively from Vinegar Syndrome.

24 May 2017

Paramount and Comedy Central untap DRUNK HISTORY: SEASON 4 (review)

Derek Waters is back for a fourth season as the "Drunk Whisperer" hosting inebriated storytellers who give us their skewed takes on the friendship of Marilyn Monroe and Ella Fitzgerald, the original Ponzi scheme, the friendship of FDR and Winston Churchill, and much more.  Hosts include Bob Odenkirk and Jenny Slate.

REVIEW LINK: Paramount Pictures/Comedy Central (US) Region 1 NTSC DVD (DVDCompare)

DRUNK HISTORY: SEASON 4 DVD specs:
  • 10 episodes on two dual-layer DVDs
  • 16:9 anamorphic 1.78:1 widescreen
  • English Dolby Digital 5.1 and 2.0 stereo
  • Optional English SDH subtitles
  • "Election Special"
  • Deleted and Extended Scenes

23 May 2017

Arrow Academy's THE JACQUES RIVETTE COLLECTION: DUELLE/NOROIT/MERRY-GO-ROUND (review)

THE JACQUES RIVETTE COLLECTION collects three of Rivette's transitional and wildy-experimental films.  In DUELLE, a hotel porter, her neerdowell brother, and his lover become entangled in a supernaturally-tinged mystery involving two bewitching women.  Juliet Berto and Bulle Ogier star.  In NOROIT, Morag swears revenge against the pirates who murdered her brother and infiltrates the castle of pirate queen Giulia.  Geraldine Chaplin and Kika Markham star.  In MERRY-GO-ROUND, a French woman urgently summons her American boyfriend and her sister to France for help and they become involved in a delirious mystery of faked deaths and stolen cash.  Maria Schneider and Joe Dallesandro star.

REVIEW LINK: Arrow Academy (US) Region ALL Blu-ray (DVDCompare)

THE JACQUES RIVETTE COLLECTION Blu-ray/DVD combo specs:
  • Duelle (1976):
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 widescreen
    • French LPCM 1.0 mono
    • Optional English subtitles
    • "Remembering DUELLE" inteview with actresses Bulle Ogier and Hermine Karagheuz
  • Noroît (1976):
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 widescreen
    • French/English LPCM 1.0 mono
    • Optional English subtitles for the French dialogue
  • Merry-Go-Round (1981):
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.33:1 pillarboxed fullscreen
    • English/French LPCM 1.0 mono
    • Optional English subtitles for the French dialogue
    • "Scenes from a Parallel Life: Jacques Rivette Remembers" archive interview with the director
    • "Rosenbaum on Rivette" interview with critic Jonathan Rosenbaum
  • Exclusive perfect-bound book containing new writing on the films by Mary M. Wiles, Brad Stevens, Ginette Vincendeau and Nick Pinkerton
  • Reversible sleeves with original and newly commissioned artwork by Ignatius Fitzpatrick
  • Limited to 3000 copies

Also available in the UK from Arrow with the addition of Region B Blu-rays and Region 2 NTSC DVDs of the films OUT 1 and OUT: SPECTRE:

All-region Blu-rays and Region 0 NTSC DVDs of OUT 1 and OUT: SPECTRE are available separately from Kino Lorber:

Arrow Video USA howls with WOLF GUY (review)

Sonny Chiba stars as a reporter by day, werewolf by night in Toei's crazy anime adaptation WOLF GUY.  When he sees a man torn apart in public by invisible claws, reporter Inugami starts looking into a series of murders and a sinister government organization.

REVIEW LINK: Arrow Video USA (US) Region A/B Blu-ray/Region 1/2 NTSC DVD (DVD Drive-in)

WOLF GUY Blu-ray/DVD combo specs:
  • Blu-ray:
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 2.35:1 widescreen
    • Japanese LPCM 1.0 mono
  • DVD:
    • 16:9 anamorphic 2.35:1 widescreen
    • Japanese Dolby Digital 1.0 mono
  • Optional English subtitles
  • Interview with star Sonny Chiba
  • Interview with producer Toru Yoshida
  • Interview with director Kazuhiko Yamaguchi
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Wes Benscoter
  • FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film by Patrick Macias and a history of Japanese monster movie mashups by Jasper Sharp.

22 May 2017

Sony holidays with MAD FAMILIES (review)

Charlie Sheen, Leah Remini, and Naya Rivera star in this comedy about three families who wind up fighting over the same campsite for the Fourth of July weekend after a computer mix-up.  Insults lead to fighting and to all-out war as the three dysfunctional families engage in a series of competitions to determine who will be sent home, but they may all be losers when winning becomes more important than family.

REVIEW LINK: Sony Pictures (US) Region 1 NTSC DVD (DVDCompare)

MAD FAMILIES DVD specs:
  • 16:9 anamorphic 1.78:1 widescreen
  • English Dolby Digital 5.1
  • Optional English, English SDH, and French subtitles
  • Start-up Trailers

The Film Detective conjures up VOODOO BLACK EXORCIST (review)

Entombed alive for his forbidden love for the chief's daughter, a Haitian mummy rises one thousand years later to find the reincarnation of his long lost love.  Utterly absurd, schlocky seventies Spanish horror take on THE MUMMY with Aldo Sambrell, Eva Leon, Alfredo Mayo, and Fernando Sancho.

REVIEW LINK: The Film Detective (US) Region ALL BD-R (DVD Drive-in)

VOODOO BLACK EXORCIST BD-R specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 2.35:1 widescreen
  • English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 mono
  • Optional English SDH subtitles

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