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22 October 2016

LionsGate courts CAFE SOCIETY (review)

Woody Allen recreates the golden age of Hollywood in this tale of a young Brooklynite who comes to Hollywood with dreams of making it big and finds the love of his life, but things never go smoothly.  Steve Carell, Jesse Eisenberg, Blake Lively, and Kristen Stewart star.

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

CAFE SOCIETY Blu-ray specs:
  • Blu-ray:
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 2.00:1 widescreen 
    • English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
  • DVD:
    • 16:9 anamorphic 2.00:1 widescreen
    • English Dolby Digital 5.1
    • Optional English, English SDH, and Spanish subtitles
  • "On The Red Carpet" featurette
  • Photo Galler
  • Digital Download Code Included 

21 October 2016

Blue Underground is bringing up MANHATTAN BABY (review)

In Lucio Fulci's take on THE EXORCIST and ROSEMARY'S BABY, archaeologist George Hacker is struck blind while excavating an Egyptian tomb but finds that evil forces have followed him and his family to New York and are bent on possessing his daughter.

REVIEW LINK: Blue Underground (US) Region ALL Blu-ray (DVD Drive-in)

MANHATTAN BABY Blu-ray/DVD/CD combo specs:
  • Blu-ray:
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 2.35:1 widescreen
    • English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and 1.0 mono
  • DVD:
    • 16:9 anamorphic 2.35:1 widescreen
    • English Dolby Digital 5.1 and 1.0 mono
  • Optional English SDH, French, and Spanish subtitles 
  • "Fulci and I" interview with composer Fabio Frizzi
  • "For the Birds" interview with actor Cosimo Cinieri
  • "25 Years With Fulci" interview with makeup effects artist Maurizio Trani
  • "Beyond The Living Dead" interview with screenwriter Dardano Sacchetti
  • "Stephen Thrower on Manhattan Baby" interview
  • “Manhattan Baby Suite” live studio performance by Fabio Frizzi
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Poster & Stills Gallery
  • CD Soundtrack of the score by Fabio Frizzi
  • Liner Notes booklet by Troy Howarth
  • Reversible Cover 

Severin Films unearths BURIAL GROUND (review)

"When the moon turns red, the dead shall rise" and the gates of hell spit forth zombies in BURIAL GROUND, Andrea Bianchi's absurd eighties Italian gorefest.  Jet setters off for a weekend in the country fall victim to living dead unleashed from a nearby Etruscan tomb by a too-curious archaeologist.

REVIEW LINK: Severin Films (US) Region ALL Blu-ray (DVD Drive-in)

BURIAL GROUND Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.66:1 widescreen
  • English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 mono and Italian Dolby Digital 2.0 mono
  • Optional English subtitles
  • "Villa Parisi: Legacy of Terror" featurette on the location
  • "Peter Still Lives" Festival Q&A with actor Peter Bark
  • "Just for the Money" interview with actor Simone Mattioli
  • "The Smell of Death" interviews with producer Gabriele Cristiani and actress Mariangela Giordano
  • Deleted/Extended Scenes/Shots
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Reversible Cover
  • Exclusive slipcover with the first 3000 copies

20 October 2016

Vinegar Syndrome invites yout to EAT AT THE BLUE FOX for TITILLATION (review)

This pair of porn parodies from Damon Christian riffs on CASABLANCA and THE MALTESE FALCON (with a touch of CINDERELLA).  In EAT AT THE BLUE FOX, Ron Jeremy heads a south-of-the-border sex club but must tangle with the corrupt sheriff when he wants more than his take.  In TITILLATION, Eric Edwards is a hardboiled detective hired to find the love of a rich man's life with a fitted bronzed bra of mammoth proportions.  Kitten Natividad guest stars in both films.

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

  • 2K restorations of 35mm interpositives
  • 16:9 anamorphic 1.78:1 widescreen
  • English Dolby Digital 1.0 mono
  • Trailer for EAT AT THE BLUE FOX

Film Movement gets UGLY, DIRTY AND BAD (review)

After losing his eye in a work accident, Giacinto received a large insurance payout which he holds over his wife, elderly mother, dozen sons, their wives, children, cousins, and other relatives who all occupy a cramped shack in a shantytown on the outskirts of Rome.  So paranoid is he that they will rob him, Giacinto hides his money in a different spot every night and sleeps with a loaded rifle.  When he brings a prostitute into their household, his wife and children decide to take decisive action against him and the gold digger.

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

UGLY DIRTY AND BAD Blu-ray specs: 
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 widescreen
  • Italian LPCM 2.0 mono
  • Optional English subtitles
  • Audio Commentary by film professor Richard Pena
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Previews
  • Essay Booklet by Ronald Bergan

17 October 2016

Scream Factory dabbles in CHILD'S PLAY (Review)

Chucky is your friend 'til the end.  A doll carrying the soul of a serial killer in the hands of a little boy who no one believes.  FRIGHT NIGHT's Tom Holland directs this eighties studio horror classic starring Catherine Hicks, Chris Sarandon, Alex Vincent, and Brad Dourif with special effects by A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET 4's Kevin Yagher.

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

CHILD'S PLAY 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 with director Tom Holland; moderated by Nathaniel Thompson
  • Audio Commentary with cast members Alex Vincent and Catherine Hicks and Chucky designer Kevin Yagher
  • Audio Commentary with producer David Kirschner with screenwriter Don Mancini
  • Select Scene Audio Commentary with Chucky
  • Behind-the-Scenes Special Effects Footage
  • "Howard Berger: Your Special Effects Friend ‘Till the End" interview
  • "Life Behind the Mask: Being Chucky" interview with actor Ed Gale
  • "Evil Comes in Small Packages" documentary
  • "Chucky: Building a Nightmare" featurette
  • "A Monster Convention" featurette
  • "Introducing Chucky: The Making of Child’s Play" vintage featurette
  • Vintage Featurette
  • TV Spot
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Behind-the-Scenes Photo Gallery
  • Posters & Lobby Cards Photo Gallery

Arrow Video USA plunges into DARK WATER (review)

Hideo Nakata's follow-up to RINGU and RINGU 2 adapts another Koji Suzuki story with DARK WATER.  Going through a custody battle, Yoshimi must settle for a rundown apartment for herself and daughter Ikuko.  A sinister spreading stain across the ceiling turns out to be the least of her problems when Ikuko starts talking to an imaginary friend who may be the ghost of a girl who disappeared in the building.

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

DARK WATER Blu-ray/DVD combo specs:
  • Blu-ray:
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 widescreen
    • Japanese DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
  • DVD:
    • 16:9 anamorphic 1.85:1 widescreen
    • Japanese Dolby Digital 5.1
  • Optional English subtitles
  • "Hideo Nakata: Ghosts, Rings, and Water"
  • "Koji Suzuki: Family Terror"
  • "Junichiro Hayashi: Visualizing Terror"
  • Making-of Featurette
  • Interview with actress Hitomi Kuroki
  • Interview with actress Asami Mizuakawa
  • Interview with composer Shikao Suga
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Teaser
  • TV Spots
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Peter Strain
  • First pressing only: an illustrated collector’s booklet containing new writing by David Kalat, author of J-Horror: The Definitive Guide to The Ring, The Grudge and Beyond, and an examination of the American remake by writer and editor Michael Gingold.

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