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21 November 2017

Kino Lorber sings I'LL BE SEEING YOU (review)

Ginger Rogers, Joseph Cotten, and Shirley Temple star in this wartime romance in which a woman on furlough from prison for the holidays and a convalescing soldier with debilitating shell shock fall in love over the holidays and try to make the most of the short time they have together.

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

I'LL BE SEEING YOU Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.33:1 pillarboxed fullscreen
  • English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 mono
  • Optional English SDH subtitles
  • Audio Commentary by film historians Kat Ellinger and Samm Deighan
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Previews

Code Red rides the DEVIL'S EXPRESS (Review)

Marial artist Warhawk Tanzania (BLACK FORCE) hops the DEVIL'S EXPRESS to do battle with a demonic force that has followed him back to New York from China and is picking off subway workers and passengers in search of a powerful medallion in this funky seventies horror/blaxploitation pic.

REVIEW LINK: Code Red (US) Region ALL Blu-ray (DVD Drive-in)

DEVIL'S EXPRESS Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.78:1 widescreen
  • English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 mono
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Trailers
  • Reversible Cover
  • Limited Edition O-Card
Available directly from Ronin Flix.

19 November 2017

Film Movement crowns THE SISSI COLLECTION (review)

Romy Schneider appears in the trilogy that made her an international star as Sissi, Empress Elisabeth of Austria, Queen of Hungary, charting her marriage to Emperor Franz Joseph and the early years as she battled with her scheming mother-in-law Archduchess Sophie and charmed a nation.  Also included are VICTORIA IN DOVER in which Schneider plays a young Queen Victoria and FOREVER MY LOVE, the two-and-a-half hour English-dubbed condensation of the Sissi trilogy with a theme song by Burt Bacharach.

REVIEW LINK: Film Movement (US) Region A Blu-ray (DVDCompare)

THE SISSI COLLECTION Blu-ray specs:
  • Disc One: Sissi (1955)
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.78:1 widescreen and 1.33:1 fullscreen presentations
    • German DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and Dolby Digital 5.1
    • Optional English Subtitles
  • Disc Two: Sissi, The Young Empress (1956)
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.78:1 widescreen and 1.33:1 fullscreen presentations
    • German DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and Dolby Digital 5.1
    • Optional English subtitles
  • Disc Three: Sissi, The Fateful Years of an Empress (1957)
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.78:1 widescreen and 1.33:1 fullscreen presentations
    • German DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and Dolby Digital 5.1
    • Optional English subtitles
  • Disc Four: Victoria in Dover (1954)
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.78:1 widescreen
    • German DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and Dolby Digital 5.1
    • Optional English subtitles
  • Disc Five: Bonus DVD
      • "Forever My Love" (145 minutes), 1962 English-dubbed condensation of the Sissi trilogy with a theme song by Burt Bacharach
        • 4:3 non-anamorphic 1.33:1 fullscreen
        • English Dolby Digital 2.0 mono
      • "From Romy to Sissi" 1956 vintage featurette
      • "Sissi's Great-Grandson at the Movies"
      • Trailers
  • 20-page commemorative booklet

16 November 2017

Scream Factory's company loves MISERY (Review)

James Caan and Kathy Bates star in the film that made "I'm your number one fan" a glaring red flag with Stephen King's MISERY.  When a writer crashes his car in a blizzard, he is nursed by his number one fan who turns violent when she discovers that his latest novel kills off her favorite character.  Directed by Rob Reiner and scripted by William Goldman.

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

MISERY Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 widescreen
  • English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and 2.0 stereo
  • Optional English SDH subtitles
  • Audio Commentary by director Rob Reiner
  • Audio Commentary by screenwriter William Goldman
  • Interview with director Rob Reiner
  • Inteview with effects artist Gregory Nicotero
  • "Misery Loves Company" featurette
  • "Marc Shaiman’s Musical MiseryTour" featurette
  • Vintage Featurettes:
    • "Diagnosing Annie Wilkes”
    • "Advice For The Stalked"
    • "Profile Of A Stalker"
    • "Celebrity Stalkers"
    • "Anti-Stalking Laws"
  • Theatrical Trailers
  • Reversible Cover and Collector's Slipcover

Arrow Video USA takes J.D.'S REVENGE (review)

When a young law student participates in a hypnotism act, his mind is opened up to the influence of a razor-wielding mobster from the forties who uses him as a vessel for his revenge on the people who set him up and murdered him in this Blaxploitation classic.

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

J.D.'S REVENGE 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
  • "The Killing Floor"
  • Audio Interview with actor David McKnight
  • Gallery
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Radio Spots
  • Arthur Marks Trailer Reel

Vinegar Syndrome probes A WOMAN'S TORMENT (review)

Roberta Findlay riffs on REPULSION with A WOMAN'S TORMENT in which a mentally unbalanced woman flees her sisters home for their family's desolate beach house where her grip on reality begins to crumble.

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

A WOMAN'S TORMENT Blu-ray/DVD combo specs:
  • 2K remasters of the X-rated and R-rated versions
  • 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 on the R-rated version by director Roberta Findlay
  • Q and A with director Roberta Findlay
  • Interview with actor Michael Gaunt
  • Reversible Cover Artwork

12 November 2017

Kino Lorber remembers SINCE YOU WENT AWAY (review)

The David O. Selznick production SINCE YOU WENT AWAY is the story of a housewife who must keep the home fires burning while her husband is sent off to war.  Juggling two teenage daughters, two borders (including an old flame), her own loneliness, and the realities of war as they hit too close to home, Claudette Colbert stars along with Jennifer Jones, Shirley Temple, Joseph Cotton, Monty Woolley, and Robert Walker.

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

SINCE YOU WENT AWAY Blu-ray specs:
  • Three-hour Roadshow version
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.33:1 pillarboxed fullscreen
  • English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 mono
  • Optional English SDH subtitles
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Previews

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