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23 July 2017

Well Go USA probes BUSTER'S MAL HEART (review)

MR. ROBOT's Rami Malek stars as a down-trodden family man whose encounter with a mysterious conspiracy theorist (DJ Qualls) triggers a chain of events that puts him on the run from a police manhunt in mind-bending BUSTER'S MAL HEART from director Sarah Adina Smith (THE MIDNIGHT SWIM).

REVIEW LINK: Well Go USA (US) Region A Blu-ray (DVDCompare)

BUSTER'S MAL HEART Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 2.40:1 widescreen
  • English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo
  • Optional English SDH subtitles
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Trailer
  • Previews

Second Run's THE FABULOUS BARON MUNCHAUSEN (review)

Before there was Terry Gilliam the animator turned director, there was Karel Zeman, before there was Gilliam's THE ADVENTURES OF BARON MUNCHAUSEN, there was Zeman's THE FABULOUS BARON MUNCHAUSEN combining live action and animation into a visually stunning comic adventure of moon men, sultans, princesses, pirates, and sea monsters.

REVIEW LINK: Second Run (UK) Region ALL Blu-ray (DVDCompare)

THE FABULOUS BARON MUNCHAUSEN Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.33:1 pillarboxed fullscreen
  • Czech LPCM 2.0 mono
  • Optional English subtitles
  • "Karel Zeman - Film Adventurer" 108 minute documenary
  • "Baron Munchausen: Fibs and Facts" analysis by Michael Brooke
  • Featurettes:
    • "Karel Zeman and the World"
    • "The Birth of a Film Legend"
    • "Why Zeman Made the Film"
    • "The Cast"
    • "Zeman's Special Effects Techniques"
    • "Karel Zeman: The Legend Continues"
    • "Museum Karel Zeman"
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Sixteen-page booklet by critic Graham Williamson

20 July 2017

Broadgreen Pictures explores THE LOST CITY OF Z (review)

Charlie Hunnum, Robert Pattinson, Sienna Miller, and Tom Holland star in this cinematic adaptation of the best-selling true story of Percy Fawcett who was sent to Bolivia to map the border with Brazil in the early twentieth century only to come to believe in myths of a legendary city that predates white civilization and his efforts against all odds to find it.

REVIEW LINK: Broadgreen Pictures (US) Region A Blu-ray (DVDCompare)

THE LOST CITY OF Z Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 2.40:1 widescreen
  • English and Spanish DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
  • Optional English SDH and Spanish subtitles
  • Audio Commentary by director James Gray
  • Featurettes:
  • "From Novel to Screen"
  • "Adventure in the Jungle"
  • Expedition Journal

Kino Lorber raises the curtain on VARIETE (review)

E.A. Dupont's Expressionist classic VARIETE comes to Blu-ray in a new 2K restoration of the original lascivious German theatrical cut which was censored by roughly twenty minutes when released in America by Paramount.  THE BLUE ANGEL's Emil Jannings plays a trapeze artist who abandons his wife and child for a young dancing girl.  Reestablishing himself and the girl as a trapeze act, they catch the eye of a more popular artist who turns them into a famous trio and then a love triangle destined for a tragic ending.

REVIEW LINK: Kino Lorber (US) Region A Blu-ray (DVDCompare)

VARIETE Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.33:1 fullscreen
  • Score by the Berklee Silent Film Orchestra in DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Stereo
  • Score by Tiger Lilies in DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Stereo
  • German Intertitles with Optional English subtitles
  • Visual Essay by Bret Wood
  • Making of the Berklee Silent Film Orchestra Score
  • Bonus film OTHELLO from 1922 with Emil Jannings and Lya de Putti

19 July 2017

Vinegar Syndrome romances MY CHAUFFEUR (review)

When restaurant dishwasher Casey Meadows lands a job as the only female chauffeur in a stuffy Hollywood limousine service, she proves up to the challenge with difficult clients and a boss looking to fire her, but she soon discover the real thin line between love and hate with an arrogant, icy, and handsome executive.  Deborah Foreman, Sam Jones, and E.G. Marshall star.

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

MY CHAUFFEUR 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
  • Audio Commentary by writer/director David Beaird and co-star Lance Crooke
  • Audio Commentary by production assistant Jeff McKay
  • "License to Drive" interview with actress Deborah Foreman
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • TV Spots
  • Still Gallery
  • Reversible Cover

Vinegar Syndrome auditions MATINEE IDOL (review)

John Leslie and Jesie St. James play porn power couple Lance Hardy and Linda Hand who have had it with one another and walk off the set.  As the producers scramble to find replacements, Linda conspires to turn her poolboy into her new onscreen leading man while Lance hits things off with a new starlet-in-the-making.  Herschel Savage, Colleen Brennan, Kay Parker, and Angel also star.

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

MATINEE IDOL 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
  • Audio Interview with producer David F. Friedman
  • Theatrical Trailer

Vinegar Syndrome vows to NEVER SLEEP ALONE (review)

Tina Marie and John Leslie star as a couple with an open marriage suddenly beset by jealousy and betrayal in this early eighties masterwork from porn auteur Kemal Horulu.  Joey Silvera, Honey Wilder, and Joanna Storm also star.

REVIEW LINK: Vinegar Syndrome (US) Region 0 NTSC DVD (DVD Drive-in)

NEVER SLEEP ALONE DVD specs:
  • 16:9 anamorphic 1.78:1 widescreen
  • English Dolby Digital 1.0 mono
  • Audio Interview with actress Joanna Storm
  • Theatrical Trailer


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