Monday, December 11, 2017

Own Geostorm on Blu-ray combo pack and DVD on January 23RD or Own It Early on Digital on January 16TH!


GET READY TO RIDE OUT THE STORM WHEN
GEOSTORM (2017)
ARRIVES ON BLU-RAY™ COMBO PACK, DVD AND DIGITAL FROM
WARNER BROS. HOME ENTERTAINMENT

Own it early on Digital on January 16th
Blu-ray debuts on January 23rd


Uncover the world’s biggest conspiracy when “Geostorm” arrives onto Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and Digital. Dean Devlin (writer/producer, “Independence Day”) makes his feature film directorial debut with suspense thriller “Geostorm,”

The film stars Gerard Butler (“Olympus Has Fallen,” “300”), Jim Sturgess (“Cloud Atlas”), Abbie Cornish (“Limitless”), Alexandra Maria Lara (“Rush”), Daniel Wu (“The Man with the Iron Fists,” “Warcraft: The Beginning”), Eugenio Derbez (“How to Be a Latin Lover”), with Oscar nominees Ed Harris (“The Hours,” “Apollo 13”) and Andy Garcia (“The Godfather: Part III”).

Butler stars as Jake, a scientist who, along with his brother, Max, played by Sturgess, is tasked with solving the satellite program’s malfunction. Cornish stars as Secret Service agent Sarah Wilson; Lara as Ute Fassbinder, the ISS astronaut who runs the space station; Wu as Cheng, the Hong Kong-based supervisor for the Dutch Boy Program; Derbez as space station crew member Hernandez; with Garcia as U.S. President Andrew Palma; and Harris as Secretary of State Leonard Dekkom. The film also stars Zazie Beetz (upcoming “Deadpool 2,” TV’s “Atlanta”), Adepero Oduye (“The Big Short,” “12 Years a Slave”), Amr Waked (“Lucy,” “Syriana”), Robert Sheehan (“The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones,” “Season of the Witch”) and Eugenio Derbez (“Instructions Not Included”).

The film, written by Dean Devlin & Paul Guyot, is produced by Skydance’s David Ellison, Devlin, and Skydance’s Dana Goldberg. Herbert W. Gains, Electric Entertainment’s Marc Roskin and Skydance’s Don Granger are the executive producers. Rachel Olschan of Electric Entertainment and Cliff Lanning co-produce.

“Geostorm” will be available on Blu-ray Combo Pack for $35.99 and DVD for $28.98. The Blu-ray Combo Pack features the theatrical version of the film in hi-definition on Blu-ray and the DVD features the theatrical version in standard definition. The Blu-ray Combo Pack includes a digital version of the movie. Fans can also own “Geostorm” via purchase from digital retailers beginning January 16th.


Additionally, all the special features, including interviews with filmmakers, featurettes and deleted scenes can be experienced in an entirely new, dynamic and immersive manner on tablets and mobile phones using the Warner Bros. Movies All Access App, available for both iOS and Android devices. When a Combo Pack is purchased and the digital movie is redeemed or the digital movie is purchased from an UltraViolet retailer, the Warner Bros. Movies All Access App allows users to watch the movie and simultaneously experience synchronized content related to any scene simply by rotating their device. Synchronized content is presented on the same screen while the movie is playing, thus enabling users to quickly learn more about any scene, such as actor biographies, scene locations, fun trivia, or image galleries. Also, users can share movie clips with friends on social media and experience other immersive content. The Movies All Access app is available for download on the iTunes App Store and Google Play Store.

The Blu-ray discs of “Geostorm” will feature a Dolby Atmos® soundtrack remixed specifically for the home theater environment to place and move audio anywhere in the room, including overhead. To experience Dolby Atmos at home, a Dolby Atmos enabled AV receiver and additional speakers are required, or a Dolby Atmos enabled sound bar. Dolby Atmos soundtracks are also fully backward compatible with traditional audio configurations and legacy home entertainment equipment.

“Geostorm” will also be available on Movies Anywhere. Using the free Movies Anywhere app and website, consumers can access all their eligible movies by connecting their Movies Anywhere account with their participating digital retailer accounts.

SYNOPSIS
After an unprecedented series of natural disasters threatened the planet, the world’s leaders came together to create an intricate network of satellites to control the global climate and keep everyone safe. But now, something has gone wrong—the system built to protect the Earth is attacking it, and it’s a race against the clock to uncover the real threat before a worldwide geostorm wipes out everything...and everyone along with it.

BLU-RAY AND DVD ELEMENTS
- “Geostorm” Blu-ray Combo Pack contain the following special features:
- “Wreaking Havoc: Cutting edge visual effects, research and technology create the world of Geostorm.
- Search for Answers: Inspired by his daughter’s question of why can’t global warming be stopped, Director Dean Devlin retraces the creative journey that led to Geostorm.
- An International Event: A global cast opens up about the secrets behind Geostorm.
- “Geostorm” Standard Definition DVD contains the following special features:
-         Search for Answers: Inspired by his daughter’s question of why can’t global warming be stopped, Director Dean Devlin retraces the creative journey that led to Geostorm.

DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION ELEMENTS
On January 16, “Geostorm” will be available to own for streaming and download to watch anywhere in high definition and standard definition on favorite devices from select digital retailers including Amazon, CinemaNow, FandangoNow, iTunes, PlayStation, Vudu, Xbox and others. On January 23, “Geostorm” will be made available digitally on Video On Demand services from cable and satellite providers, and on select gaming consoles.
About Movies Anywhere
Movies Anywhere simplifies and enhances the digital movie collection and viewing experience by allowing consumers to access their favorite digital movies in one place when purchased or redeemed through participating digital retailers. Movies Anywhere brings together the movies from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, Twentieth Century Fox Film, The Walt Disney Studios (including Disney, Pixar, Marvel Studios and Lucasfilm), Universal Pictures and Warner Bros. Participating digital retailers at launch are Amazon Video, Google Play, iTunes and Vudu. Movies Anywhere offers a library of over 7,300 digital movies at launch, including new releases, and will continue to expand the consumer experience as more content providers, digital retailers and platforms are added. Using the free Movies Anywhere app and website, consumers can connect their Movies Anywhere account with participating digital retailers and enjoy their favorite digital movies from the comfort of their living room and across multiple devices and platforms, including Amazon Fire devices; Android devices and Android TV; Apple TV; Chromecast; iPhone, iPad and iPod touch; Roku® devices and popular browsers. Consumers can also redeem digital codes found in eligible Blu-ray and DVD disc packages from participating studios and enjoy them through Movies Anywhere. Movies Anywhere is available to residents of the United States, its territories, and certain associated states. For more information, visit www.moviesanywhere.com.

BASICS
PRODUCT SRP
Blu-ray Combo Pack $35.99
DVD Amaray (WS) $28.98
Standard Street Date: January 23, 2018
EST Street Date: January 16, 2018
DVD Languages: English, Latin Spanish, Canadian French
BD Languages: English, Latin Spanish, Canadian French, Brazilian Portuguese
DVD Subtitles: English SDH, Latin Spanish, Parisian French, Canadian French
BD Subtitles: English, Latin Spanish, Parisian French, Canadian French, Brazilian Portuguese
Running Time: 109 minutes
Rating: Rated PG-13 for destruction, action and violence
Dolby ATMOS [CC]

OPERATION PETTICOAT (1959) (Olive Signature Blu-ray Review)

OPERATION PETTICOAT (1959)

Label: Olive Films/Olive Signature
Rating: Unrated 
Region Code: A
Duration: 120 Minutes
Audio: English DTS-HD MA Mono with Optional English Subtitles
Video: 1080P HD Widescreen (1.85:1)
Director: Blake Edwards
Cast: Cary Grant, Tony Curtis, Dina Merrill Joan O'Brien, Gene Evans
Operation Petticoat (1959) is a WWII naval-comedy that opens with a framing device, we have  U.S. Navy Rear Admiral Matt Sherman (Cary Grant, North By Northwest) arriving to send-off the obsolete submarine USS Sea Tiger which he formerly captained, sitting down with his log book and reminiscing about his time on the submarine in 1941, when it was sunk during a Japanese air raid on the Philippines island of Cavite, before it ever had a chance to properly fight in the war.

With his ship sunk he is left with just a skeleton crew and is allowed by his superiors to make repairs to the sub, repairing it enough so that they can re-float it and sail to a naval base in Darwin, Australia. As most of his crew have been reassigned to serve on other naval ships Sherman is assigned a crew of less-than-awesome replacements, including the slick careerist Lieutenant Nick Holden (Tony Curtis, Some Like It Hot), an admiral's aide without any submarine training or experience, however, his skills in scrounging scarce items (like toilet paper) makes him an ideal supply officer, and through illicit means, also known as "midnight requisitions", the crew are able to make the necessary repairs to the sub, also with the spiritual help of a Filipino witch doctor, they just barely able to leave port under the power of one belching (and very smokey) engine. 

En route they reluctantly evacuate five stranded female Army nurses from an overrun base, much to the chagrin of sub's mechanical engineer, who firmly believes that women are a curse on a sub, and he's not exactly wrong about that. Of course the presence of ladies on the sub ruffle some feathers, plus we have some developing romantic situations with Curtis's Holden perusing  the pretty Second Lieutenant Barbara Duran (Dina Merrill), while Sherman himself is pursued by Second Lieutenant Dolores Crandall (Joan O'Brien), who proves to be the most curse-worthy of the women, managing to accidentally fire off a torpedo at an inopportune moment, causing the captain to jokingly question in his whether the buxom beauty could possible be a Japanese spy.  

There's plenty of the expected 50's era sexist jokes, submarine-humor and comedic happenings, including the sub being preposterously painted pink, which captures the unwanted attention of both the enemy and some friendly fire, leading to the crew being subjected to a series of depth charges by U.S. forces who believe the pink sub is an enemy ploy, a fun scenario that culminates with some water-logged bras saving the day!   

This sub-comedy is a fun watch, it goes by fast, but it's 50's era sexist humor is sorely dated, but as a relic of a bygone era it is not without it's charms, the onscreen chemistry of Grant and Curtis is undeniable. It's also fun as someone who grew up on a steady diet of 70's TV to spot actors like Dick Sargent (Bewitched), Gavin MacLeod (The Love Boat) and Marion Ross (Happy Days) in various roles throughout. 

Audio/Video: Operation Petticoat 91959) arrives on Blu-ray for a second time from olive Films, this Olive Signature Edition is sourced from the same HD master as the first bare-bones release with some additional digital restoration applied. Not having seen the other release all I can say is that the other release must have looked very bad, because what we have here is not great. Presented in 1080p HD and framed in 1.85:1 widescreen the image is at times very soft, unnaturally grainy and full of scratches, dirt and debris. It's watchable but it's not an attractive looking Blu-ray by any means. The English DTS-HD MA Mono audio sounds clean and balanced, no issues, but it's not remarkable either. The fun score from David Rose complements the sea-faring/sexist comedy  shenanigans, optional English subtitles are provided. 

Onto he extras, this is where this release shines, beginning with an audio commentary from Aussie films critic Adrian Martin, which is very dry, I honestly didn't make it through it till the end. Then onto 
a 21-min interview with the director's daughter Jennifer Edwards and actress Lesley Ann Warren. Edwards recalls being on certain sets of her father, while actress Warren who worked on Edward's Victor Victoria (1982) speaks of how she was cast by the director, both speaking of his style of directing, and his process. There are also new interviews with actors Gavin MacLeod (of TV's The Love Boat) and Marion Ross, Ross (the mom from Happy Days!) tells a fun tale about encountering Audrey Hep[burn in a dressing room and the impression that left on her as a young actress. 

Cary Grant biographer Marc Eliot shows up for a half-hour interview, detailing Grant's early life in a port town, his early career in cabaret, and the strange tale of his mother's "death" and rediscovering her in an asylum year's later! Of course his it also touches on his career and various roles, and the actor's dabbling in LSD. 

This single-disc Blu-ray comes in a clear Blu-ray keepcase with a 2-sides sleeve of artwork, not reversible, but with a b-side illustration of Curtis and Grant. There's an 8-page booklet with a detailed essay on the film from with images from critic/author Chris Fujiwara, a good read but the white on  pink lettering was murder on the eyes! The essay is also presented as a text extra on the disc, which I found easier to read. The release also comes with a cardboard stock slipcase, or o-ring, featuring the same artwork as the release, with the spine logo also appearing on three-sides, it's an attractive release all around. As part of the olive signature Series this release is limited to 3500 units only. 

Special Features:
- Audio commentary by critic Adrian Martin
- “That’s What Everybody Says About Me” – with Jennifer Edwards and actress Lesley Ann Warren (11 min) HD
- “The Brave Crew of the Petticoat” – with actors Gavin MacLeod and Marion Ross (20 in) HD
- “The Captain and His Double: Cary Grant’s Struggle of the Self” – with Marc Eliot, author of Cary Grant: A Biography (20 min) HD
- Universal Newsreel footage of Cary Grant and the opening of Operation Petticoatat the Radio City Music Hall (4 min) HD
- Archival footage of the submarine USS Balao, which doubled as the USS Sea Tiger in Operation Petticoat (17 min) HD
- Eight-Page Collector's Booklet with an essay by critic/author Chris Fujiwara

Operation Petticoat (1959) is a fun, light-hearted WWII submarine-comedy, Curtis and Grant are fantastic fun, it's light and breezy stuff, but if you're a fan of the film Olive have really stuffed this one with some great extras that might make this worth a double-dip if you already own it. 

Friday, December 8, 2017

VICTOR CROWLEY FAN-FAVORITE SLASHER FRANCHISE WILL BE RELEASED ON VOD, DIGITAL, BLU-RAY and DVD on FEBRUARY 6th, 2018


VICTOR CROWLEY
FAN-FAVORITE SLASHER FRANCHISE WILL BE RELEASED ON VOD, DIGITAL, BLU-RAY and DVD on FEBRUARY 6th, 2018
 
Dark Sky Films today announced the official release date of VICTOR CROWLEY, the surprise fourth film in the fan-favorite Hatchet franchise. The film will be released on VOD, Digital and Blu-ray and DVD on February 6, 2018. Kept tightly under wraps for over two years, the slasher reboot unexpectedly debuted this past August. The highly anticipated release was shown in theaters across the country in October  as part of the "Victor Crowley Road Show."
 
Set a decade after the events of the series' first three films, VICTOR CROWLEY reunites Hatchet mainstays Kane Hodder (Friday the 13th 7 -X's Jason Voorhees) and Parry Shen (Better Luck Tomorrow) for an all-new, horrifying journey into the haunted, blood-drenched bayou.
 
In 2007, over forty people were brutally torn to pieces in Louisiana's Honey Island Swamp. Over the past decade, lone survivor Andrew Yong's claims that local legend Victor Crowley was responsible for the horrific massacre have been met with great controversy, but when a twist of fate puts him back at the scene of the tragedy, Crowley is mistakenly resurrected and Yong must face the bloodthirsty ghost from his past. 
 
VICTOR CROWLEY's ensemble cast also features Laura Ortiz (2006's The Hills Have Eyes), Dave Sheridan (Scary Movie), and Brian Quinn (truTV's "Impractical Jokers"). Writer/director Adam Green proudly returns to the director's chair of his series that, upon debuting in 2007, was energetically touted as a return to "old school American horror," and whose maniacal fan-favorite villain quickly secured a place among slasher royalty.

@darkskyfilms
 
#victorcrowleylives

The Vestron cult classic horror series continues with Class of 1999, coming to Blu-ray on January 30th with all new special features!


CLASS OF 1999 (1990) 

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION
The ultimate teaching machine spirals out of control when the Vestron Video Collector’s Series releases the sci-fi thriller Class of 1999, arriving for the first time on limited edition Blu-ray™ on January 30 from Lionsgate. A high school principal employs robotic teachers to keep order in an inner-city school, but when the androids become deadly, opposing teenage gangs must unite to save their own lives. Starring Pam Grier, Stacy Keach, and Malcolm McDowell, Class of 1999 is packed with all-new special features, including audio commentaries with director Mark L. Lester, interviews with the crew and more! Restored and remastered, the Class of 1999 Blu-ray will be available for the suggested retail price of $39.97.

OFFICIAL SYNOPSIS
The time is the future, and youth gang violence is so high that the areas around some schools have become “free fire zones” into which not even the police will venture. When Miles Langford

(Malcolm McDowell), the principal of Kennedy High School, decides to take his school back from the gangs, robotics specialist Dr. Robert Forrest (Stacy Keach) provides “tactical education units.” These human-like androids have been programmed to teach and are supplied with weapons to handle discipline problems. These kids will get a lesson in staying alive!


BLU-RAY SPECIAL FEATURES
- Audio Commentary with Producer-Director Mark L. Lester
- “School Safety” Interviews with Producer-Director Mark L. Lester and Co-Producer Eugene Mazzola
-  “New Rules” Interview with Screenwriter C. Courtney Joyner
- “Cyber-Teachers from Hell” Interviews with Special Effects Creators Eric Allard and Rick Stratton
-  “Future of Discipline” Interview with Director of Photography Mark Irwin
- Theatrical Trailer
- TV Spots
- Still Gallery
- Video Promo

CAST
Pam Grier - Jackie Brown, Coffy, Scream Blacula Scream, Foxy Brown
Stacy Keach - American History X, The Bourne Legacy, Cell
Malcolm McDowell-A Clockwork Orange, Halloween, Rob Zombie’s 31

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Own Blade Runner 2049 on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray combo pack, 3D combo pack, Blu-ray combo pack and DVD on January 16th, or Own It Early on Digital HD on December 26!




BLADE RUNNER 2049 (2017)


Own it early on Digital on December 26th
Blu-ray debuts on January 16th

Burbank, CA, December 7, 2017 – See what critics are calling “the best movie of the year” when “Blade Runner 2049” arrives onto 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack, Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and Digital HD. From Oscar-nominated director Denis Villeneuve (“Arrival”) comes Alcon Entertainment’s science fiction thriller “Blade Runner 2049.” Sure as it is to delight ‘Blade Runner’ fans, this stunningly elegant follow-up doesn’t depend on having seen the original.

The film stars Oscar nominees Ryan Gosling (“La La Land”) as K, and Harrison Ford (the “Star Wars” films, “Witness”), reprising the role of Rick Deckard.  The main international cast also includes Ana de Armas (“War Dogs”), Sylvia Hoeks (“Renegades”), Robin Wright (“Wonder Woman”), Mackenzie Davis (“The Martian”), Carla Juri (“Brimstone”), and Lennie James (“The Walking Dead”), with Dave Bautista (the “Guardians of the Galaxy” films) and Oscar winner Jared Leto (“Dallas Buyers Club”).

“Blade Runner 2049” was produced by Oscar nominees Andrew A. Kosove & Broderick Johnson (“The Blind Side”) and three time Emmy winner Bud Yorkin & Cynthia Sikes Yorkin.  Multiple Oscar nominee Ridley Scott (“The Martian,” “Gladiator”), who directed the first “Blade Runner,” is an executive producer.  Bill Carraro served as executive producer and unit production manager.

“Blade Runner 2049” will be available on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack for $44.95, Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack for $44.95, Blu-ray Combo Pack for $35.99 and DVD for $28.98. The 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack features an Ultra HD Blu-ray disc with the theatrical version in 4K with HDR and a Blu-ray disc also featuring the theatrical version. The Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack features the theatrical version of the film in 3D hi-definition, hi-definition and standard definition; the Blu-ray Combo Pack features the theatrical version of the film in hi-definition on Blu-ray; and the DVD features the theatrical version in standard definition. The Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack and Blu-ray Combo Pack include a digital version of the movie in Digital HD with UltraViolet.  Fans can also own “Blade Runner 2049” via purchase from digital retailers beginning December 26th.


4K Ultra HD showcases 4K resolution with High Dynamic Range (HDR) and a wider color spectrum, offering consumers brighter, deeper, more lifelike colors for a home entertainment viewing experience like never before.   

Additionally, all of the special features, including interviews with filmmakers, featurettes, and deleted scenes, can be experienced in an entirely new, dynamic and immersive manner on tablets and mobile phones using the Warner Bros. Movies All Access App, available for both iOS and Android devices. When a Combo Pack is purchased and the digital movie is redeemed, or the digital movie is purchased from a digital retailer, the Warner Bros. Movies All Access App allows users to watch the movie and simultaneously experience synchronized content related to any scene, simply by rotating their device. Synchronized content is presented on the same screen while the movie is playing, thus enabling users to quickly learn more about any scene, such as actor biographies, scene locations, fun trivia, or image galleries. Also, users can share movie clips with friends on social media and experience other immersive content. The Movies All Access app is available for download on the iTunes App Store and Google Play Store.


The Blu-ray discs of “Blade Runner 2049” will feature a Dolby Atmos® soundtrack remixed specifically for the home theater environment to place and move audio anywhere in the room, including overhead. To experience Dolby Atmos at home, a Dolby Atmos enabled AV receiver and additional speakers are required, or a Dolby Atmos enabled sound bar; however, Dolby Atmos soundtracks are also fully backward compatible with traditional audio configurations and legacy home entertainment equipment.


“Blade Runner 2049” will also be available on Movies Anywhere. Using the free Movies Anywhere app and website, consumers can access all their eligible movies by connecting their Movies Anywhere account with their participating digital retailer accounts.


SYNOPSIS

Three decades after the events of the first film, a new blade runner, LAPD Officer K, unearths a long-buried secret that has the potential to plunge what’s left of society into chaos. K’s discovery leads him on a quest to find Rick Deckard, a former LAPD blade runner who has been missing for 30 years.

BLU-RAY AND DVD ELEMENTS
“Blade Runner 2049” 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack, 3D Blu-ray and Blu-ray Combo Pack contains the following special features:
- Designing The World of Blade Runner 2049
- To Be Human: Casting Blade Runner 2049
- Prologues: 2036: Nexus Dawn
- Prologues: 2048: Nowhere to Run
- Prologues: 2022: Black Out
- Blade Runner 101: Blade Runners
- Blade Runner 101: The Replicant Evolution
- Blade Runner 101: The Rise of Wallace Corp
- Blade Runner 101: Welcome to 2049
- Blade Runner 101: Joi
- Blade Runner 101: Within the Skies

“Blade Runner 2049” Standard Definition DVD contains the following special features:
- Blade Runner 101: Blade Runners
- Blade Runner 101: The Replicant Evolution
- Blade Runner 101: The Rise of Wallace Corp
- Blade Runner 101: Welcome to 2049
- Blade Runner 101: Joi
- Blade Runner 101: Within the Skies

DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION ELEMENTS
On Dec 26, “Blade Runner 2049” will be available to own for streaming and download to watch anywhere in high definition and standard definition on favorite devices from select digital retailers including Amazon, iTunes, PlayStation, Vudu, Xbox and others. On January 16, “Blade Runner 2049” will be made available digitally on Video On Demand services from cable and satellite providers, and on select gaming consoles.

About Movies Anywhere
Movies Anywhere simplifies and enhances the digital movie collection and viewing experience by allowing consumers to access their favorite digital movies in one place when purchased or redeemed through participating digital retailers.  Movies Anywhere brings together the movies from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, Twentieth Century Fox Film, The Walt Disney Studios (including Disney, Pixar, Marvel Studios and Lucasfilm), Universal Pictures and Warner Bros. Participating digital retailers at launch are Amazon Video, Google Play, iTunes and Vudu. Movies Anywhere offers a library of over 7,300 digital movies at launch, including new releases, and will continue to expand the consumer experience as more content providers, digital retailers and platforms are added. Using the free Movies Anywhere app and website, consumers can connect their Movies Anywhere account with participating digital retailers and enjoy their favorite digital movies from the comfort of their living room and across multiple devices and platforms, including Amazon Fire devices; Android devices and Android TV; Apple TV; Chromecast; iPhone, iPad and iPod touch; Roku® devices and popular browsers. Consumers can also redeem digital codes found in eligible Blu-ray and DVD disc packages from participating studios and enjoy them through Movies Anywhere. Movies Anywhere is available to residents of the United States, its territories, and certain associated states. For more information, visit www.moviesanywhere.com.

BASICS
PRODUCT SRP
4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack  - $44.95
3D Blu-Ray Combo Pack - $44.95
Blu-ray- $35.99
DVD Amaray (WS)- 28.98

Standard Street Date: January 16TH, 2018
EST Street Date: December 26, 2017
DVD Languages: English, Latin Spanish, Canadian French
BD Languages: English, Latin Spanish, Canadian French, Brazilian Portuguese
DVD Subtitles: English SDH, Latin Spanish, Parisian French
BD Subtitles: English, Latin Spanish, Canadian French, Brazilian Portuguese
Running Time: 164 minutes
Rating: Rated R for violence, some sexuality, nudity and language
DLBY/SURR   DLBY/DGTL   [CC]

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Jess Franco's Barbed Wire Dolls (1976) now available on BLU-RAY!

BARBED WIRE DOLLS (1976) 

Label: Full Moon Features
Region Code: Region-FREE
Rating: Unrated 
Duration: 81 Minutes
Audio: English Surround 5.1 
Video: 1080p HD Widescreen 
Director: Jess Franco
Cast: Lina Romay, Monica Swinn, Martine Stedil, Eric Falk 

One of notorious Eurosleaze auteur Jess Franco's most shocking films, 1976's BARBED WIRE DOLLS is finally available on Blu-ray!  

Can your hormones handle it?

Full Moon's High-Def Blu-ray version of our best-selling Jess Franco Collection DVD series kicks off with BARBED WIRE DOLLS, one of the most outrageous entries in the unholy "Women-in-Prison" film cannon. In it, Franco's favorite and lifelong muse Lina Romay stars as the wide-eyed Maria, an unfortunate young woman who kills her father (played by Franco) in self defense after he attempts to rape her. She is tried, sentenced and shipped off to what is perhaps the grisliest, greasiest and most depraved women's penitentiary in screen history where, at the hands, fingers and fists of psychotic lesbian warden Monica Swinn, she and her fellow inmates are subjected to an endless onslaught of perverse psychological and sexual abuse.

Filled to the gills with sex, Sapphic erotica, copious amounts of female nudity and offensively staged scenes of genital humiliation, this sleazy Franco masterpiece will rattle your cage in the sweetest way!

Full Moon's 1080p presentation of BARBED WIRE DOLLS is culled from a digitally remastered negative from Swiss producer Erwin C. Dietrich's vaults and retails for $22.95.

Special Features: 
- Audio Interview with THE DUKE OF BURGUNDY director Peter Strickland discussing the films of Jess Franco 
- Vintage Jess Franco VHS Trailer reel. 

BAT PUSSY (197?) (AGFA Blu-ray Review)

BAT PUSSY (197?) 

Label: AGFA/Something Weird Video
Region Code: Region-FREE
Rating: Unrated
Duration: 50 Minutes
Audio: English DTS-HD MA Mono 2.0
Video: 1080P HD Full Frame (1.33:1)
Director/Cast: Unknown

Amateur 70's porn-parody Bat Pussy opens with a guy named Buddy reading an issue of SCREW magazine, making himself horny while reading and peeping the sexual happenings in the mag. His dumpy, ginger/freckled wife Sam meanwhile chastises him for sexing up other ladies, they bicker back and forth like the unhappily married couple they are, but nonetheless she begins servicing his noodle while he argues/apologizes with her and occasionally munches on her naughty bits, all the while neither stop arguing back and forth, it's a real half-hearted hate/fuck situation. Buddy's dirty talk revolves around sucking the freckles off her tits and the possibility of fucking her ass and nose! He's a weird one, both deliver their dialogue with a slow Southern drawl, which isn't hard to make out but adds a veneer of peculiarity to the proceedings.

Meanwhile, back at a place clearly labeled with a hand-written piece of paper as the Bat Pussy Headquarters, we find a brunette woman named Dora Dildo who awakens from a couch-nap when her twat begins to twitch, which I guess is a version of Spider-Man's tingling spider-sense? Anyway, her twitching twat is a clear indicator that someone in Gotham City is making a fuck-tape without her, so she drops her nightie and clumsily dons a homemade Bat-Girl costume and hops on her hippity-hop (which she keeps in a port-a-pottie?), bouncing her way down the side roads and interstates towards our hate/fuck duo, once arriving engaging in a boner-killing three-way with good old Buddy and Sam.

At just fifty-minutes long this one goes by fast, but not fast enough folks! Awful, awful stuff, there's nothing slightly erotic about it, sure there's a penis in that woman's mouth and she's technically sucking it, but it's a god awful sight, and the insult laden exchanges make for odd fuck-tape banter, but I will say that there's nothing out there (that I've seen anyway) that is anything like this one right here, but one's more than enough in my opinion.

Audio/Video: Boner-killer Bat Pussy arrives on Blu-ray from AGFA and Something Weird Video with a new 2K scan of the only surviving 16mm film print, it's a warts and all image, very raw with a 70' amateur porn patina. Audio comes by way of an English DTS-HD MA 2.0 Mono presentations, again, raw and gritty, you can hear the camera, but Buddy and Sam's scathing bickering and sexual gratifications are front and center. There are no subtitles, this is a porn after all, but an audio descriptive service would have been a nice addition! 

Onto the extras we get an audio commentary from Something Weird's Lisa Petrucci and Tim Lewis, and the AGFA team which includes Tim Lewis, Joe Ziemba, ebastian del Castillo and Bleeding Skull's Annie Choi. A fun listen, brief though it is like the film, loaded with talk about the film's discovery, cult-following and scene-specific commentary. There's also some video goodies from the SWV vaults, educational/training films pertaining to proper teen-dating etiquette and a guide to recognizing theft in a retail setting. There's also a 2-min video of a couple checking out a peep-show, the feature starring a stud in a werewolf mask getting it on. There's also nearly a half-hours worth of crime-smut trailers from the SWV Vault, and a bonus movie, this time it's the soft core version of Too much Loving (1971) under the title Robot Love Slaves (1971), wherein a henpecked science-guy hides from his nagging wife in the basement where he has invented some sort of hosed-device that can re-animate the dead, making them into sexy love-slaves. This is sourced from a 2K scan of the 16mm theatrical print, the whole thing is deeply scarred by vertical emulsion scratches, but the patine doesn't detract from the naughty fun, and this one at least has some modicum of sexiness. 

ROBOT LOVE SLAVES 
This single-disc Blu-ray releases comes housed in a clear Blu-ray keepcase with a sleeve of artwork by Johnny Ryan (Prison Pitt), also featuring illustrations of Buddy and Sam on the b-side, but not reversible, it's very pink-centric. There's also a 16-page booklet with writing on the film from Mike McCarthy who discovered the only known print of the film, an appreciation from SWV's Lisa Petrucci, notes about the transfer, AGFA, Something weird Video and production credits.

Special Features:
- New 2K scan from the only surviving 16mm theatrical print
- Commentary track with Something Weird's Lisa Petrucci and Tim Lewis, and the AGFA team
- Dating Do's and Don'ts (12 min) HD
- The Shoplifter (20 min) HD
- A Trip to the Storefront Theater (3 min) HD
- Crime-smut Trailers from the Something Weird Vault: The Black Alley Cats (1973), Dr. Carstairs 1869 Loveroot Elixir, Street of a Thousand Pleasures (1972), Carny Girl (1970), Bunny and Clod (1970), Whip's Women (1967), The Twisted Sex (1966), Frigid Wife (1950) (27 min) HD
- Liner notes by Mike McCarthy, the savior of BAT PUSSY, and Something Weird's Lisa Petrucci
- Bonus movie: ROBOT LOVE SLAVES (1971)(54 min)HD, a new 2K scan from an original theatrical print
- Reversible cover art with illustration by Johnny Ryan (PRISON PIT)

The twat-twitching Bat Pussy is such a strange porn entry, I suppose it's a porn-parody, but it manages to me neither porn-sexy nor parody-fun, having all the erotic value of watching your middle-aged parents argue naked in the living room. The intrinsic value here is that the movie exists at all and how it was found, everything about this movie is awful except for the kernel of idea that was making it a Batman parody, and they even failed at that! I would say that the bonus film, commentary and liner notes that accompany this one are several measures more intriguing that the actual film, but I am glad that this exists on Blu-ray with all the bells and whistles, piece of shit that it is.