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23 August 2016

Vinegar Syndrome goes BOTH WAYS (review)

Donald is a successful lawyer with a house in Connecticut, a beautiful wife, a young son, and a virile male lover kept in a New York apartment.  As his two worlds collide, he goes to extreme measures to keep having it BOTH WAYS in this controversial, dramatic, and suspenseful pornographic drama starring Gerald Grant (SCORE), disco singer Andrea True ("More More More"), and Dean Tait (THE DEVIL INSIDE HER).

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

BOTH WAYS DVD specs:
  • 4:3 non-anamorphic 1.33:1 fullscreen
  • English Dolby Digital 1.0 mono
  • Audio Commentary by director Jerry Douglas
  • Theatrical Trailer

21 August 2016

The Film Detective explores THE RED HOUSE (review)

Edward G. Robinson (DOUBLE INDEMNITY) and Judith Anderson (REBECCA) live in fear of THE RED HOUSE in Ox Tail Woods in the gothic noir mystery.  Allene Roberts, Lon McCallister, Julie London, and Rory Calhoun are the youths whose lives become intertwined with the mysterious screams emanating from the forbidden farmhouse.

REVIEW LINK: The Film Detective (US) Region ALL BD-R (DVDCompare)

THE RED HOUSE BD-R specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.33:1 pillarboxed widescreen
  • English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 mono
  • Optional English SDH subtitles

Arrow Video USA nets a BLOODSTAINED BUTTERFLY (review)

Duccio Tessari's stylish and underrated thriller THE BLOODSTAINED BUTTERFLY comes to Blu-ray from a new 4K restoration.  When a French schoolgirl is murdered in a Lombardy public park, suspicion points to the sportscaster father of her best friend.  As the evidence mounts against him and he is found guilty, similar murders have the police doubting that they caught the right man.  Helmut Berger, Carole Andre, and Silvano Tranquilli star.

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

THE BLOODSTAINED BUTTERFLY Blu-ray/DVD combo specs:
  • Blu-ray:
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 2.35:1 widescreen
    • English and Italian LPCM 1.0 mono
  • DVD:
    • 16:9 anamorphic 2.35:1 widescreen
    • English and Italian Dolby Digital 1.0 mono
  • Optional English subtitles for Italian audio and for the English dub
  • Audio Commentary by critics Alan Jones and Kim Newman
  • "Murder in B-Flat Minor" appreciation by historian Troy Howarth
  • "A Butterfly Named Evelyn" interview with actress Ida Galli (54 minutes)
  • "Me and Duccio" interview with actress Lorella de Luca on her husband Duccio Tessari
  • "Mad Dog Helmut" interview with actor Helmut Berger
  • Italian and English Theatrical Trailers
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Matthew Griffin
  • 36-page booklet illustrated by Tonci Zonjic, containing a writing by James Blackford, Howard Hughes, and Leonard Jacobs

Scream Factory investigates SESSION 9 (review)

The underrated turn-of-the-millennium horror sleeper SESSION 9 comes to Blu-ray to show fans of "subtle" horror what it's really about.  When a five-man crew of asbestos abatement workers starts work on the long abandoned Danvers State Hospital, ghosts from the hospital's past as well as their own demons merge and turn the hospital into a nightmares mind trap.

REVIEW LINK: Scream Factory/Shout! Factory (US) Region A Blu-ray (DVD Drive-in)

SESSION 9 Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 2.35:1 widescreen
  • English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 stereo
  • Optional English SDH subtitles
  • Audio Commentary by director Brad Anderson and co-writer/actor Stephen Gevedon
  • "Return to Danvers" retrospective making-of featurette
  • Deleted and Alternate Scenes with optional commentary
  • Storyboard-to-Screen Comparisons
  • "The Haunted Palace" featurette on the location
  • "Horror's Hallowed Grounds" location visit
  • Theatrical Trailer

Vinegar Syndrome trades in CORPORATE ASSETS (review)

Eric Edwards and Tish Ambrose lead an irresistible cast in this sexy, suspenseful, and compelling take on eighties yuppie corporate corruption as the leader of a corporate harem risks her life for true love.  Jamie Gillis, Paul Thomas, Amber Lynn, Herschel Savage, and Harry Reems also star.

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

CORPORATE ASSETS DVD specs:
  • 16:9 anamorphic 1.78:1 widescreen
  • English Dolby Digital 1.0 mono
  • Interview with actor Eric Edwards
  • Theatrical Trailer

Simply Media plots with EMPRESSES IN THE PALACE (review)

Intrigue in the Forbidden City's imperial harem abounds in eighteenth century China in this lavish but juicy soap opera as a reluctant new courtesan learns to maneuver her way through the various levels of society within the kingdom and survive backstabbing plots, attempted murders, and the machinations of others for advancement.  Seventy-six forty-five minute episodes have been edited down to six ninety-minute episodes for English audiences.

REVIEW LINK: Simply Media (UK) Region 2 PAL DVD (DVDBeaver)

EMPRESSES IN THE PALACE DVD specs:
  • Six ninety-minute episodes on three dual-layer DVDs
  • 16:9 anamorphic 1.78:1 widescreen
  • Mandarin Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo
  • Optional English subtitles

18 August 2016

Arrow Video USA heats up a MICROWAVE MASSACRE (review)

Comedian Jackie Vernon (TV's FROSTY THE SNOWMAN) plays a henpecked husband who murders his nagging wife and develops a taste for human flesh in the cheesy eighties shocker MICROWAVE MASSACRE.

REVIEW LINK: Arrow Video USA (US) Region ALL Blu-ray/Region 0 NTSC DVD (DVD Drive-in)

MICROWAVE MASSACRE Blu-ray/DVD combo specs:
  • Blu-ray:
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 widescreen
    • English LPCM 1.0 mono
  • DVD:
    • 16:9 anamorphic 1.85:1 widescreen
    • English Dolby Digital 1.0 mono
  • Optional English SDH subtitles

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