Saturday, December 31, 2011

Blu-ray Review: FRIGHT NIGHT (1985)

FRIGHT NIGHT (1985) Blu-ray

Label: Twilight Time
Region Code: Region FREE
Rating: R
Duration: 106mins
Video: 1080p 16:9 Widescereen (2.35:1)
Audio: English 5.1 DTS-HD MA
Director: Tom Holland
Cast: Chris Sarandon, William Ragsdale, Amanda Bearse, Stephen Geoffreys, Roddy McDowell


I was all of twelve years old when I caught director Tom Holland's FRIGHT NIGHT in the cinema in 1985, some might think this young but I think twelve was a very appropriate age for one to properly enjoy this awesome 80's vampyric tale of young sexuality. At that age I definitely had an interest in girls but I also still had one foot firmly planted in adolescence. For example, at that age I would still sprint home after school to catch the latest episode of the THUNDERCATS, even though I was pretty rapt by the sci-fi action adventures of Lion-O an his battles on Third Earth against the ultimate evil of Mumm-Ra I would also run to window for a sneaky-peak of a pretty neighbor girl by the name of Heidi O'Claire when I would hear her voice outside. This was just the beginning of what would become many unrequited teen crushes and these cursory pangs of sexual curiosity put me in nearly the right frame of mind to understand the character of Charley Brewster (William Ragsdale, TV's HERMAN'S HEAD), a pretty average teenager with a love of Hammer-esque Gothic horror films which he views during the late-night showings of the TV program Fright Night hosted by washed-up b-movie actor Peter Vincent (Roddy McDowell, THE PLANET OF THE APES). It's up in his room with Fright Night on in the background that Charley's making out with girlfriend Amy (Amanda Bearse, TV's MARRIED WITH CHILDREN) who's right on the verge of giving into Charley's demands for sex that he becomes distacted by the arrival of his new nextdoor neighbor Jerry Dandrige (Chris Sarandon, THE PRINCESS BRIDE) and his live-in carpenter Billy Cole (Jonathan Stark, HOUSE II) who seem to be moving a coffin into the basement. This bit of oddness proves too much for young Charley to ignore and he forgoes losing his virginity to spy on the neighbors instead, WTF? Sure, Amanda Bearse may not the most stunning beauty the 80's had to offer but what the fuck is he thinking? Apparently Amy doesn't think much of this deflowering snub either as she storms outta his room and the next day at school smashes a burger into his face, and rightfully so,  much to the delight of Charley's pal Evil Ed (Stephen Geoffrey's, 976-EVIL) who cracks one of his classic catch phrases, "You're so cool Brewster, I can't stand it!". Geoffrey's plays the awkward, social misfit looking for acceptance so well here, it's definitely a stand-out performance from a young man who would soon go onto to takes lead roles in gay porno like GUYS WHO CRAVE BIG COCK ...I wonder what that one's about?

Later that night Charley hears a blood curdling scream come from next door after witnessing a memorably gorgeous woman enter the home and the next day when he catches a news report about a murdered prostitute he realizes its the same woman. It's the following evening while peeping the neighbors  REAR WINDOWN style that Charley actually witness's Jerry about to exsanguinate a woman with his fangs and eerily long fingers on full display. Alarmed at the prospect that a vampire is living next door Charlie attempts to tell his mother who attributes the incident to an overactive imagination spurred by too many horror films and a lack of sleep. When he tells Amy she thinks it's a ploy to win her back, which flatters her and when he goes to Evil Ed the misfit thinks he's surely flipped his wig but is only too happy to offer some vampyric folklore in exchange for a few dollars. At his ropes end Charley resorts to calling the authorities to report that Dandrige may be behind the recent spate of prostitute murders. However, when he accompanies  Det. Lennox (Art Evans, DIE HARD 2) to confront Jerry he loses all credibility once he mentions the "sleep of the undead" and the embarrassed officer can't leave the premises soon enough.


A bad situation gets even worse when Charley shockingly discovers that his own mother has invited Jerry over for drinks despite his warnings, and we all know that a vampire can't enter your house without permission. With that layer of protection now gone the already nervous teen breaks into a flop sweat and really starts to lose it. His worst fears are realized when Jerry pays him a visit later that night threatening the teen to forget about what he' seen but Charley outright refuses and drives a wooden pencil into the vamps hand, the injury reveals Dandrige's true hideous self and he flees but swears vengeance upon the meddling teen.

With no where else to go Charley contacts the local horror-host Peter Vincent played with perfection by Roddy McDowell who summons equal parts Peter Cushing and the the theatrics of Vincent Price, it's a brilliant portrayal and a loving nod to horror-hosts and Hammer films, it's really is a large part of why I'm so enamoured with this film. Like those before him Vincent sends the boy away, believing that he'sa rather unfortunate nut case. When Evil Ed and Amy discover Charley plans to murder his neighbor it's they whom finally convince the actor to help if only to appease their delusional friend. Eventually all four end up on the doorsteps of the vamp's home which is drenched in a creepy fog, with Charlie the only one not knowing this is a staged event Jerry only too willingly drinks the "Holy Water" and though he passes this ultimate test Charley still refuses to believe, he protests but is told to leave before he further embarrasses himself or any further harm comes to his friends, but when Peter Vincent takes out a cigarette case for a smoke he sees in it's mirror that Dandrige casts no reflection. He quickly makes for the front door trying not to attract attention but is obviously quite shaken, which does not go unnoticed by Charley or Dandrige. Once outside Charley demands to know what he saw and Vincent begrudgingly confesses just before speeding off.


Walking home that night the trio of friends discuss the incident amongst themselves, Ed, still a non-believer, chooses to take a shortcut through an alley alone, all the while mocking Charley's fears,  but he finds himself cornered by Dandridge and succumbs to the vampire willingly when offered the life without ridicule he so craves. With Ed now among the vampire's acolytes Dandridge turns his attention to Amy, chasing the two teens into an 80's discotheque where he abducts Amy after glammering her. Jerry Dandridge is truly one of the most suave 80's vampires ever, the guy is just super-smooth, great hair, a great dancer, rocks a sweater and is an apple snackin' maniac which just tickles me for some reason. It's set-up early on that Amy bares a striking resemblance to one of Jerry's former lovers and he plans to turn her into a blood-sucker and deflower the young virgin, much to the chagrin of Charley who I have to say had his chance earlier.

Desperate and without an alternative Charlie once again enlists the help of the frightened Peter Vincent in an attempt to rescue Amy from the vampire Dandrige. It's here that we get one of my favorite scenes in the entire film with Peter Vincent facing off against Evil Ed now a shape-shifting vampire who takes the form of a wolf which leaps towards the horror-host just as Vincent thrusts a stake through his chest, the dying beast crawls under a stairwell and gruesomely transforms from a snarling beast into a pathetic looking creature then into the innocent looking Ed, all the while emitting an unnatural and unnerving wail as a sympathetics Peter  Vincent looks on with tears tears streaming from his eyes, pained by the tragic death of a young person.


Pretty typical of my favorite 80's films the special effects are mostly in-camera and practical done by a couple of guys who know a thing or two about cool special effects; Richard Edlund (GHOSTBUSTERS) and Randall Cook (LORD OF THE RINGS). Their work here is something wonderful and even under the scrutiny of 1080p still look pretty awesome. The final battle with Dandridge does reveal some cheesy effects work in my opinion but on the whole it's a pretty top notch production.


Blu-ray: Twillight Time's transfer of the film is very nice, presented in 16:9 enhanced widescreen (2.35:1) aspect ratio with an English 5.1 DTS-HD MA audio track with optional English (SDH) subtitles. The image comes from a near pristine print and is quite pleasing to the eye easily offering better contrast, deeper black levels, and way more fine detail than the standard definition DVD, it's pretty sharp and is surely the best presentation the film is likely ever to see. The 5.1 DTS-HD MA audio option is very impressive with Brad Fiedel's score getting some sweet surround sound action, it's a very nice audio presentation.


Special features are few but appreciated beginning with an isolated score track featuring the film's excellent score from Brad Friedel, two theatrical trailers and an eight-page booklet with an essay on the film by Julie Kirgo which is a pretty great read on it's own. In lieu of commentary it's noted in the booklet that you can download commentaries for the film by Robert Galluzo and Tim Sullivan at http://www.iconsoffright.com/

Special Features:
- Isolated Score Track
- Original Theatrical Trailers (2:48)
- 8 Page Booklet with essay by Julie Kirgo

Verdict: FRIGHT NIGHT remains not just one of the best vampire films of the 80's but one of the best horror films that decade had to offer, a film that attains it's humor smartly without resorting to lame-brained boner jokes and is just horrific enough to keep he horror fans rapt with some impressive effects work. It's great to see the film make the jump to Blu-ray even in such a limited quantity, it's hard to believe that Columbia Pictures haven't thought to give the film a wider Blu-ray release, there's surely demand for this title so I give it up to Twilight Time for their great taste and superior attention to detail. 4.5 outta 5

Note: Sadly, by the time I was able to review this wonderful release the very limited edition run of 3,000 had sold out completely and is currently available, though at super inflated prices, through Amazon and on Ebay. I was quite impressed with the quality of the presentation and I encourage you check out Twilight Time's other titles which includes a Blu-ray of the Ray Harryhausen film THE MYSTERIOUS ISLAND (1961) which is also available in a limited run of 3,000 editions so grab it quick, available exclusively through http://www.screenarchives.com/

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

DVD Review: TUCKER AND DALE VS. EVIL (2010)


TUCKER AND DALE VS. EVIL (2010) DVD

LABEL: Magnet Releasing
REGION: 1 NTSC
RATING: R
DURATION: 88 mins
VIDEO: 16:9 Widescreen (2.35:1)
AUDIO: English 5.1 Dolby Digital
DIRECTOR: Eli Craig

CAST: Tyler Labine, Alan Tudyk, Katrina Bowden
TAGLINE: Evil just messed with the wrong hillbillies!

SYNOPSIS: Tucker and Dale are two best friends on vacation at their dilapidated mountain house, who are mistaken for murderous backwoods hillbillies by a group of obnoxious, preppy college kids. When one of the students gets separated from her friends, the boys try to lend a hand, but as the misunderstanding grows, so does the body count.

TUCKER AND DALE VS EVIL flips the switch on the backwoods horror cliches we've seen in films such as WRONG TURN, DISMAL and Adam Green's HATCHET films wherein scary hillbillies take a cleaver to the city folk who happen upon their swampland killing grounds, it's a cliche we've seen many times over since the Tobe Hooper's THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE and its going strong with a few new entries every year since. First-time Director Eli Craig's TUCKER AND DALE turns the idea on it's head and it's the scary city folk who terrorize our friendly West Virginian duo of Tucker (Alan Tudyk, SERENITY) and Dale (Tyler Labine, TV's REAPER), two landscapers on their way to their newly acquired fixer-upper cabin in the woods for some rest, relaxation and unbeknownst to them - crazed preppy killers.

It's while stopping off at the local store for supplies that they first encounter a group of college preps on spring break, frat guys and frat-boy fuck dolls; the two most central to the story are the attractive but nice blonde Allison (Katrina Bowden) and Chad (Jesse Moss) who's right up there with cinema's geatest 80's assholes plus seven others. The uppity city kids assume the worst when they meet the "scary" looking hillbillies which leads to an awkward encounter when the usually shy Dale musters up enough courage to introduce himself to Aliison while unfortunately holding a scythe in hand and laughing manically, the preps speed off believing they've just barely escaped certain death at the hands of a rural psychopath.

As it turns out the college kids are heading to the very same part of the woods as Tucker and Dale. The group set-up camp near the lake, and while gathered around the campfire Chad tells the story of the Memorial Day Massacre which took place twenty years prior, a horrific event in which hillbillies slaughtered a group of city kids much like themselves. Their fear of rural people comes into play later that evening when Allison slips on a rock and falls unconscious into the lake just out of sight of her friends. Luckily, Tucker and Dale just happen to be fishing nearby and pull her from the water but when the preps see what's happening it appears to them that the hillbillies have kidnapped Allison and that the events that happened two decades earlier are happening all over again.

This misunderstanding sets off a string of comically, unfortunate events with the preps being egged on by the progressively nuttier and homicidal Chad to launch a violent assault on the cabin in an ill conceived rescue mission. During the attack the irrational preps die off through their own misguided and violent actions; my favorite involves one ending up launching himself head first in a wood chipper while another brutally impales himself on a tree branch thinking he's being chased by a chainsaw wielding Tucker who himself is only running from an angry hive of bees. They continue to mount additional attacks on the cabin all the while the befuddled Tucker and Dale believing Allison's friends have flipped their lids, not understanding why they're under attack.

It's not really a gore-fest but the kills are pretty great nonetheless, they're intense with some nice low-budget gore effects that should satisfy most horror enthusiasts, particularly the wood chipper torso. The film delivers with a winning sense of humor that feels natural and not too forced, it's well-written and delivered pitch perfectly by the duo of Labine and Tudyk who have such great chemistry together onscreen. I would definitely like to see these two paired up again, perhaps in a sequel. 

The disc features a nice selection of bonus features including a fun commentary with the director and stars, outtakes, storyboards, a making of mini doc, a fun featurette with clips from the film from the POV of the college students which puts a more traditional spin on the film, an HDNET featurette, a theatrical trailer plus a collection of Magnolia trailers.

SPECIAL FEATURES:
- Making of Tucker and Dale vs. Evil (12:34) 16:9
- Tucker and Dale ARE EVIL: The College Kids Point of View (16:48) 16:9
- Outtakes (7:53) 16:9
- Storyboards
- Commentary with Director Eli Craig, Tyler Labine and Alan Tudyk
- HDNET: A  Look at Tucker and Dale vs. Evil (4:34) 16:9
- Theatrical Trailer (2:23) 16:9
- Magnolia Trailers (9:29) 16:9

VERDICT: Definitely a fun send-up of backwoods horror that puts the genre up on it's ear, seriously funny stuff. I'm here to tell you that you need not even be a fan of horror to enjoy the comedy elements, the wife was in stitches from start to finish, at least when she wasn't horrified by the carnage onscreen, she's definitely not a fan of horror by any stretch of the imagination but she really enjoyed this one. An inspired debut film and one of the best horror-comedies of 2011, do not miss this one. 4 outta 5

Preview of ARROW VIDEO's 2012 Releases

It's been a pretty killer year for the UK's ARROW VIDEO and their new cult imprint ARROWDROME. We've seen Blu-rays for Dario Argento's CAT O' NINE TAILS, TENEBRE, Tobe Hooper's THE FUNHOUSE, Brian De Palma's OBSESSION plus Lucio Fulci's gore-classic THE BEYOND. DVD's of MIDNIGHT, Wes Craven's DEADLY BLESSING and SAVAGE STREETS - there can be no doubt what a great year 2011 has been for the genre film distributor. Their newly launched cult and exploitation imprint ARROWDROME started of phenomenally as well with releases of James Glickenhaus's absurd actioner MCBAINE, the Spanish chiller THE DEVIL'S KISS and carrying the torch for a slew of out of print Arrow Video DVD titles. Arrow wrapped up the 2011 with well-stocked Blu-ray editions of Frank Henlotter's cult classic FRANKENHOOKER and the sleazy revenger THE EXTERMINATOR and 2012 is really shaping up to be yet another brilliant year for the distributor that's sure to please. So start setting aside your hard earned cash, Arrow are definitely on par with Synapse and Severin Films when it comes to producing exciting DVD and Blu-ray with wonderful transfers and essential supplemental material. C'mon, let's have a look at what we can expect from Arrow Video and ArrowDrome in 2012 beginning with director Joseph Zito's actioner RED SCORPION (1988) starring Dolph Lundgren. Never seen it myself but what I do know is Zito directed two brutal horror films; THE PROWLER (1981) and FRIDAY THE 13th: THE FINAL CHAPTER (1984) and then dropped out of the horror game for action films. Definitely wanna check this one out...


RED SCORPION (1988) Blu-ray
Label: Arrow Video
Relese Date: February 6th 2012
Region Code: Region FREE
Rating: 15 Certificate
Duration: 106 mins
Audio: Original Uncompressed LPCM Stereo Audio
Video: 16:9 Widescreen (1.78:1) Aspect Ratio 1080p
Director: Joseph Zito
Cast: Dolph Lundgren, M. Emmet Walsh, Al White, T.P.McKenna, Brion James
Tagline: Taught to Stalk. trained to Kill. Programmed to Destroy.

Dolph Lundgren is Nikolai - a killing machine - a deadly, highly skilled agent for the Russian army whose brutal efficiency and single minded determination to serve the motherland leaves behind a trail of battered bodies and bloodied enemies.


Now Nikolai must infiltrate an African rebel army who seek to defy their new communist rulers and take out their leader, but as he gets to know his enemies and the dignified Bushmen he encounters, he begins to slowly realize that all he has been taught was a lie. This Cold War rebel is ready to turn the tables on his Soviet masters and kick all kinds of ass!

With a body count that leaves jaws firmly on the floor and a healthy disregard for troublesome logic, Red Scorpion is a classic 80s action spectacular that doesn’t let up for a second…

This Edition Contains:
- Reversible sleeve with original and newly commissioned artwork
- Double-sided fold-out artwork poster
- Collector’s booklet featuring brand new writing on the film by author Calum Waddell
- Brand New High Definition Transfer of the film (1080p)

Special Features:
- Introduction to the film from star Dolph Lundgren
- UK exclusive audio commentary with director Joseph Zito, moderated by filmmaker and genre scholar Howard S. Berger
- ALL OUT OF BULLETS: Dolph Lundgren remembers RED SCORPION
- MUSIC WITH MUSCLES: Composer Jay Chattaway on the soundtrack of RED SCORPION
- Original Trailer
- Original Art by The Dude Designs




THE HOUSE BY THE CEMETERY (1981) Blu-ray
Label: Arrow Video
Relese Date: April 7th 2012
Region Code: Region FREE
Rating: 18 Certificate
Duration: 86 mins
Audio: Original Uncompressed LPCM Stereo Audio
Video: 16:9 Widescreen (2.35:1) Aspect Ratio 1080p
Director: Lucio Fulci
Cast: Silvia Collatina, Catriona MacColl
Tagline: You may have just mortgaged your life!

Shock gore master Lucio Fulci’s The House by the Cemetery is one of the finest typically single-minded exercises in zombie terror. Its just a shame no-one told the Boyle family who move into a gothic style house (by a cemetery) with a bloody past and a guts spraying future, what is yet to come! You’d think they’d twig given the basement door is nailed shut that they should get the hell out. Instead they stay long enough to discover their zombified non rent-paying lodger, the cellar-dwelling, flesh-hungry Dr Freudstein and boy is he pissed!

This Edition Contains:
- Reversible sleeve with 3 original poster artworks and newly commissioned artwork cover
- Double-sided fold-out artwork poster
- Collector’s booklet featuring writing on the film by author Calum Waddell
- Brand new High Definition restoration from the original negative presented totally uncut
- Optional English subtitles for both the English and Italian audio tracks

Special Features:
- Audio commentary with star Catriona MacColl, moderated by Calum Waddell
- Audio commentary with co-star Silvia Collatina, moderated by Mike Baronas of Paura Productions
- Introduction to the film by star Giovanni Frezza
- Back to the Cellar: Interview with star Giovanni Frezza
- Cemetery Woman: Interview with star Catriona MacColl
- Freudstein's Follies: Interview with special effects artist Giannetto De Rossi
- Women of Italian Horror: Featuring Silvia Collatina (The House by the Cemetery), Stefania Casini (Suspiria/ Bloodstained Shadow) and Barbara Magnolfi (Suspiria/ The Sister Of Ursula)
- House by the Cemetery Onstage Q&A Cast Reunion: Live from the Horrorhound convention, Indianapolis, March 2011: Featuring Catriona MacColl, Giovanni Frezza, Silvia Collatina, Carlo DeMejo and Dagmar Lassander.
- From the Vault: Italian Gore Classics - a collection of reminisces on key spaghetti splatter shockers from the vaults of High Rising Productions: featuring Sergio Martino, Luigi Cozzi, Sergio Stivaletti and more.
- Trailers of Terror: Twenty Cult Trailers - including several rare previews from the resume of the late, great Lucio Fulci
- The Italian Master of Splatter Featurette
- Deleted scene
- Trailers
- TV Spot
- Easter eggs
DEMONS (1985) Blu-ray and Limited Edition DVD
Label: Arrow Video
Release Date: April 2nd 2012
Region Code: Region FREE ABC
Rating: 18 Certificate
Duration: 91 mins
Audio: DTS HD MA
Video: 16:9 Widescreen (1.66:1)
Director: Lamberto Bava

Cast: Urbano Barberini, Natasha Hovey, Karl Zinny
Tagline: Live and direct, straight from HELL!

Lamberto Bava and Dario Argento bring you THE Gonzo Horror movie of the 1980s with Demons, a frenzied slice of gore heavy shock cinema that gives up on logic and instead assaults the screen with a riot of X-Rated violence, face chewing Zombies and pounding Heavy Metal.

In a mysterious cinema, an audience are watching a brutal horror flick when the horror rips out of the screen, unleashing a swarm of slathering Demons who are intent on spreading their evil plague across the globe.

Time to tool up and take no prisoners… The Demons are coming!

This Edition Includes:
- Four option reversible sleeve with original poster and video artwork with additional fifth artwork panel featuring all-new Jeff Zornow artwork
- Double-sided fold-out poster
- Collector’s Booklet featuring brand new writing on Demons by Calum Wadell
- Collector’s Comic: ‘Demons 3’ Part 1 of 2! Not ‘The Ogre’. Not ‘The Church’. Not even ‘Black Demons’! For the first time ever, Arrow Video presents an original sequel to the cult classics.
- Remastered from a brand new HD restoration of the film
- Optional English and Italian audio
- Optional English subtitles for Italian and English (SDH) audio

Special Faetures:
- The audio recollections of director Lamberto Bava, Special Make-Up Creations Artist Sergio Stivaletti and Journalist Loris Curci
- The audio recollections of the cast and crew, a brand new commentary
- Dario’s Demon Days: Producer Dario Argento discusses the inception of Demons
- Defining an Era in Music: Composer Claudio Simonetti on the Demons Soundtrack
- Luigi Cozzi’s Top Italian Terrors: Cozzi discusses the highpoints of Spaghetti Splatter
- Original trailer
- Restored from the original camera negative by Cineteca di Bologna





DEMONS 2 (1986) Blu-ray and Limited Edition DVD
Label: Arrow Video
Release Date: April 9th 2012
Region Code: Region FREE ABC
Rating: 18 Certificate
Duration: 91 mins
Audio: DTS HD MA
Video: 16:9 Widescreen (1.66:1)
Director: Lamberto Bava
Cast: Asia Argento, David Edwin Knight, Nancy BrilliTagline: Panic on the streets! The Demons are back!

The Demons are back! Unleashed through the TV and bringing Hell direct to your Living Room. Out of the dark Forbidden Zone, the world’s ugliest zombies are causing carnage in an apartment block, eating the residents and spreading their deadly plague.

Watch as a teenage birthday girl ruins the party by eating her guests, see bodybuilders torn to shreds and tremble in terror as possessed children run amok. Will anyone survive or will the Demons rise once more and destroy us all?

Directed by Lamberto Bava (Demons, Macabre) and produced by Dario Argento (Sleepless, Inferno), this Italian splatter classic will leave you in fear of turning on the Television…

This Edition Contains:
- Four option reversible sleeve with original poster and video artwork with
additional fifth artwork panel featuring all-new Jeff Zornow artwork
- Double-sided fold-out poster
- Collector’s Booklet featuring brand new writing on Demons by Calum Wadell
- Collector’s Comic: ‘Demons 3’ Part 2 of 2! Not ‘The Ogre’. Not ‘The Church’. Not even ‘Black Demons’! For the first time ever, Arrow Video presents an original sequel to the cult classics.
- Remastered from a brand new HD restoration of the film
- Optional English and Italian audio
- Optional English subtitles for Italian and English (SDH) audio

Special Features:
- The audio recollections of director Lamberto Bava, Mechanical Creations and  Transformation Artist Sergio Stivaletti and Journalist Loris Curci
- Creating Creature Carnage: Extensive Interview with makeup man Sergio Stivaletti
- Bava to Bava: Luigi Cozzi tracks the history of the Italian horror film; from Riccardo Freda and Mario Bava to the end of the golden age with Michele Soavi and Lamberto Bava as well as considering recent Italian horror films.
- Original trailer
- Restored from the original camera negative by Cineteca di Bologna

THE DEADLY SPAWN  (1983) DVD
Label: Arrow Video
Release Date: March 19th 2012
Region Code: 0 NTSC
Rating: 15 Certificate
Duration: 81 mins
Video: 1.33:1 Full Frame Aspect Ratio
Audio: Original Audio

Director: Douglas McKeown
Cast: Michael Robert Coleman, Charles George Hildebrandt, James Brewster
Tagline: They Crawl, They Breed, THEY EAT!

Something awful is coming, hurtling through the void in a meteor that’s on a collision course with Earth. What terrifying entry in the annals of horror will be unleashed when the sinister intergalactic payload smashes into our planet? Answer? THE DEADLY SPAWN!

Two foolish campers witness the crash and investigate. They become the first eviscerated victims of the alien menace. Soon, a small, heartland American town will be under siege as the carnivores from outer space multiply and feast on the locals.

Can a gang of plucky kids stand up to these invaders from another world? Will the planet be overwhelmed? Find out in THE DEADLY SPAWN, A classic serving of low budget schlock from the golden era of independent American horror.

Special Features:
- Digitally remastered windowboxed transfer in the original full frame aspect ratio
- Reversible sleeve with original and newly commissioned artwork by Craig Kraaken
- Double-sided fold-out artwork poster
- Collector’s booklet featuring writing on the film by Calum Waddell and Tim Sullivan (2001 Maniacs) and an interview between Tim Sullivan and Special Effects Director John Dods.
- Two Audio commentaries with writer and producer Ted A. Bohus and editor Marc Harwood.
- A Comic-style prequel with its own musical score
- Alternate opening sequence with new effects and credits
- In the Workshop of S/FX Director John Dods
- A selection of archive TV interviews featuring the filmmakers
- Stills gallery featuring behind-the-scenes images, pages from the script, artwork and more!
- Outtake Reel
- Audition Tapes
- Original Theatrical Trailer

CAT O' NINE TAILS (1971) DVD)
Label: Arrow Video

Release Date: February 12th 2012
Region Code: Region 0 PAL
Rating: 15 Certificate
Duration: 107 mins
Audio: English Audio with English subtitles
Video: 16:9 Widescreen (2.35:1)
Director: Dario Argento
Cast: James Franciscus, Karl Malden, Catherine Spaak
Tagline: Caught between the truth and a murderer’s hand!


A break in at a genetics lab leads to a spiralling vortex of bloody murder in Cat O’ Nine Tails, Dario Argento’s 70s Giallo classic. Strange circumstances surrounding the crime pique the interest of a journalist and a blind crossword compiler whose sharp ears have overheard talk of blackmail. However, all the would be investigators leads soon regret the help they gave as scientists die in front of speeding trains and photographers are viciously slain while others fall to their screaming deaths down elevator shafts in this surreal and nightmarish thriller from one of the acknowledged masters of Italian horror.As the body count increases, will no one escape the sting of The Cat O’ Nine Tails?

Special Features:
- Reversible Sleeve of Original Artwork
-Interview with Dario Argento
- Original Trailer
- Collector's Booklet by Argento Biographer Alan Jones
 PENITENTIARY (1979) DVD
Label: ArrowDrome
Release Date: February 13th 2012
Region Code: 0 NTSC
Rating: 18 Certificate
Duration: 99 mins
Audio: English language
Video: N/A
Director: Jamaa Fanaka

Cast: Wilbur 'Hi-Fi' White, Leon Isaac Kennedy and Thommy Pollard

Tagline: There's only one way out, and 100 fools stand in the way!

Too Sweet likes three things… Candy bars, makin’ love and fighting. Arrested while defending a beautiful hooker in a roadside diner brawl, he finds himself unjustly incarcerated in a violent prison hellhole where life is cheap and punks get owned by predatory lifers. There’s only one way out… Victory in the ring!


Now Too Sweet has to fight for his freedom in series of boxing battles, all the while watching his back in the prison corridors, waiting for the cold sting of the shiv that might end his life.


Experience Jamaa Fanaka’s extraordinary grindhouse classic – Which is arguably the last great Blaxploitation flick – and pray to God you never end up somebody’s bitch in the PENITENTIARY!

Special Features:
- A Reversible Sleeve of Original Artwork
- Collector's Booklet by Author Calum Waddell
- Audio Commentary with Writer/Director Jamaa Fanaka
- Trailers
- Feature Length Sequel


CALIGULA (1979) Unlimited Edition Blu-Ray and DVD


Label: Arrow Video
Release Date: February 20th 2012
Region Code: TBA
Rating: 18
Duration: 156 minutes
Video: 16:9 Widescreen
Audio: Optional DTS HD Master Audio and 2.0 Stereo

Cast: Malcolm McDowell, Peter O'Toole, Helen Mirren, John Gielgud

Director: Tinto Brass, Giancarlo Lui, Bob Guccione

Arrow Video is pleased to announce a new model of Blu-rays. Soon Unlimited Editions of Arrow Video Blu-rays will be released in new versions; featuring the same artwork and disc contents, these new editions will sport 2 of the previous 4 artwork panels and will be packaged inside an amaray case without the windowed slipbox and poster. These Unlimited Editions will be released after the initial print run of the Edition collector’s know and love, which will now attain Limited Edition status as stocks become capped.



Future Unlimited Editions will be scheduled to appear shortly before Limited Editions sell out so there is not a gap in availability of any release.A Roman orgy of sex, violence and depravity!
 
In the dying days of Empire, Ancient Rome falls under the rule of Caligula, the most evil and perverse emperor ever to wield power over men. Director and softcore legend Tinto Brass and Penthouse publisher Bob Guccione team up to craft the most expensive, excessive erotic production ever filmed


Emperor Caligula is an incestuous, psychopathic despot, hell bent on bloodshed and sodomy in this orgiastic fever dream that plays like a Fellini movie with money shots.

Watch with ever increasing shock and awe as Caligula, the twisted dictator brings an empire, and the women of Rome, to their knees, in an explosion of lust, lesbianism, torture and bloodshed.

This Edition Contains:
Reversible sleeve featuring new artwork and alternate original poster artwork
Collector’s booklet featuring a rare interview with Malcolm McDowell
Uncut Version in glorious and explicit High Definition
Optional DTS HD Master Audio and 2.0 Stereo

Blu-ray Special Features:
Deleted and Alternate Scenes
Theatrical Trailers
North American Bonus Footage
Behind the Scenes

Disc 2 DVD Contains:
Making of Caligula Documentary and Featurette
My Roman Holiday with John Steiner
Caligula Pet: A Conversation with Lori Wagner
Tinto Brass: The Orgy of Power
Caligula Stills Galleries
DVD-ROM Content
The first of the Arrow Video Unlimited Editions will be Caligula, which like all Arrow Video Unlimited Editions will have a much lower SRP of £19.99.
WHO DARES WINS (1982) Blu-ray
Label: Arrow Video
Relese Date: March 5th 2012

Rating: 15 Certificate
Video: 16:9 Widescreen (1.77:1)
Audio: Uncompressed PCM Mono Audio with Optional English SDH subtitles
Director: Ian Sharp
Cast: Lewis Collins, Judy Davis, Edward Woodward, Richard Widmark
Tagline: The 60 second War Begins Now!

Paranoia, black ops and espionage combine in Who Dares Wins, a violent and edgy anti-terror classic starring Lewis Collins (The Professionals) and Edward Woodward (The Equalizer).

The anti-nuclear movement is plotting a bloody outrage on British soil and, having already fatally lost their undercover operative at a violent protest, the secret services call on the aid of the SAS. Captain Peter Skellen (Collins) risks his career, his family and his life to infiltrate the terrorist group before they can unleash an attack that will devastate the country.


Relive a classic cold war thrill ride which remains relevant to this day… Who Dares Wins, a violent lesson in how to deal with the enemy within.

This Edition Contains:
- Reversible sleeve with 3 original poster artworks and newly commissioned
artwork cover by Graham Humphries
- Double-sided fold-out artwork poster
- Collector’s booklet featuring brand new writing on the film by Ali Catterall, author of British Cult Movies Since the Sixties

Special Features:
- Audio commentary with producer Euan Lloyd and director Ian Sharp
- The Making of Who Dares Wins, featuring Euan Lloyd, Ian Sharp, Lewis Collins, Judy Davis and more!
- The Last of the Gentleman Producers: A Documentary on the life of the legendary producer Euan Lloyd, featuring Sir Roger Moore, Ingrid Pitt, Kenneth Griffith and more!
- Two Original Trailers
- Plus more special features to be announced!

THE WILD GEESE (1978) Blu-ray
Label: Arrow Video

Release Date: March 3rd 2012
Video: 16:9 Widescreen (1.85:1)
Audio: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo with Optional English SDH subtitles
Director: Andrew V. McLaglen
Cast: Richard Burton, Roger Moore, Richard Harris, Hardy Krüger and Stewart Granger
Tagline: One Last Pay Day… One More Chance To Die!

Legendary hell-raisers Richard Burton and Richard Harris, along with a coolly detached Roger Moore are aging mercenaries with a taste for fine liquor, drawn together for a late but extremely lucrative pay day in The Wild Geese, an African adventure soaked in booze, gunfire and bloodshed.

Colonel Allen Faulkner (Burton) is secretly back in London to accept the task of reinstating an African leader deposed in a violent military coup, but without the combat skills of his two old friends, there isn’t going to be a mission. With his two reliable loose cannons in place, Faulkner and the team enact a text book rescue operation but disaster is close at hand when the cynical multinational who set up the whole deal turns the tables, striking a new deal with the local despot which sees The Wild Geese trying to escape with their lives intact.

The Wild Geese are ready for one last mission so finish your drinks and relive this classic old school British action adventure today.

This Edition Contains:
- Reversible sleeve with 3 original poster artworks and newly commissioned
artwork cover by Graham Humphreys
- Double-sided fold-out artwork poster
- Collector’s booklet featuring brand new writing on the film by Ali Catterall, author of British Cult Movies Since the Sixties

Special Features:
- High Definition Presentation of the film
- Audio commentary with Roger Moore, producer Euan Lloyd and second unit director John Glen
- World Premiere Newsreel Footage
- Original Trailer
- Plus more special features to be announced!


DON'T GO IN THE HOUSE (1980) DVD
Label: ArrowDrome
Release Date: March 26th 2012
Region Code: 2 PAL
Rating: 18 Certificate
Duration: 88 mins
Director: Joseph Ellison
Cast: Dan Grimaldi, Robert Osth, Ruth Dardick
Tagline: In A Steel Room Built for Revenge They Die Burning... In Chains

TOTALLY UNCUT FOR THE FIRST TIME IN THE UK!

Most horror killers like to slash and slice their victims but little Donny prefers setting them alight in Don’t Go In The House, a sleazy reminder of just how shocking horror movies could get in the video nasty era.

Donny is a disturbed kid… A mother’s boy if you will. That is until mother expires and Donny’s world crumbles in on itself. Now, lonely, adrift and enslaved to dark voices in his head, Donny seeks female companionship but drinks and dancing are the last thing on his mind. Mother’s telling him he’s a bad boy and the voices won’t let him rest. Maybe if he just gets a girl home and into his steel lined burning chamber, the chatter might quiet down…

Now see Don’t Go In The House – complete and uncut – and revel in the surreal sleaze, low rent Hitchcock melodrama, off Broadway acting and extreme, heat-seared violence of an independent horror classic that still retains its ability drop jaws, rattle cages and offend sensibilities over 30 years later.

Special Features:
- Reversible Sleeve of Original Artwork
- Collector's Booklet by horror expert Anthony Timpone
- Trailer
- ArrowDrome Horror Trailers



FORBIDDEN ZONE (1982) Limited Edition Blu-ray

Label: ArrowDromeArtwork by Jeff ZornowStep into The Forbidden Zone, a bizarro world of frog butlers, topless princesses, machine-gun toting teachers, eccentric dwarves, their demonic wives, and the Devil himself (Danny Elfman). You’ve never seen anything like it…!

Release Date: May 7th 2012
Region Code: Region FREE ABC
Rating: 18 Certificate
Duration: 70/71 mins
Video:16:9 Widescreen (1.78:1)
Audio: 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio / LPCM Uncompressed Mono Audio

Director: Joseph Ellison
Cast: Dan Grimaldi, Robert Osth, Ruth Dardick



Check your basement. Is there door to the 6th Dimension there? If so, you’re going on a wild ride into excess as you join Frenchy and Rene in a land of musical madness, despotic queens and strange frog man-servants.
 
If you’ve tired of Rocky Horror and had enough of Hedwig, it’s time discover The Forbidden Zone, a demented tribute to the hot jazz and dark glamour of a lost age, featuring new wave pop music and Cab Calloway-style insanity, filtered through the mind of a maniac!

This Edition Contains:  
- Reversible sleeve with 3 original poster artworks and newly commissioned artwork cover
- Double-sided fold-out artwork poster
- Collector’s booklet featuring writing on the film by critic David Hayles
- Brand new High Definition restoration of the Black and White and Colour versions of the film
- Optional 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio / LPCM Uncompressed Mono Audio
- Optional English SDH subtitles

Special Features:
- Audio commentary with director Richard Elfman and writer-actor Matthew Bright
- A Look into Forbidden Zone – extensive behind the scenes documentary featuring interviews and archive footage, including scenes from Elfman’s lost film The Hercules Family
- Two complete scenes from The Hercules Family
- Outtakes
- Deleted Scenes
- Oingo Boingo Music Video Private Life
- Original Theatrical Trailer




THE KING OF NEW YORK (1990) Limited Edition Blu-ray
Label: Arrow Video
Release Date: June 4th 2012
Region Code: TBA
Duration: NA
Rating: 18 Certrificate
Audio: Optional 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio / 2.0 Stereo Audio
Video: 16:9 Widescreen (1.78:1) Original Aspect Ratio
Director: Abel Ferrara
Cast: Christopher Walken

White returns to his old patch to find it in disarray as the parasites that moved in to capture his business don’t share in the same Robin Hood spirit. Soon he’s violently taking out the competition, stealing their stashes and turning a healthy profit on the gear, putting it towards building a new South Bronx hospital.

But you can’t make an omelette without breaking some heads. As the street killings rise and the corrupt cops close in, White’s crazed mix of criminal psychosis and heartfelt charity threatens to tear apart everything he’s fought so hard to build…

This Edition Contains:
- Reversible sleeve with 3 original poster artworks and newly commissioned artwork cover
- Double-sided fold-out artwork poster
- Collector’s booklet featuring writing on the film by Brad Stevens, author of Abel Ferrara: The Moral Vision

Special Features:
- High Definition Presentation of the film
- Optional 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio / 2.0 Stereo Audio
- Audio commentary with director Abel Ferrara
- Audio commentary with composer Joe Delia, producer Mary Kane, casting director Randy Sabusawa and editor Anthony Redman
- Interview with producer Augusto Caminito
- Abel Ferrara: Not Guilty: Documentary on Abel Ferrara from the French TV show Cinéastes de Notre Temps
+ More special features to be announced!
THE KING OF NEW YORK (1990) Limited Edition SteelBook Blu-ray

Label: Arrow Video
Release Date: June 4th 2012
Region Code: TBA
Duration: NA
Rating: 18 Certrificate
Audio: Optional 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio / 2.0 Stereo Audio
Special Features:
Video: 16:9 Widescreen (1.78:1) Original Aspect Ratio
Director: Abel Ferara
Cast: Christopher Walken

Christopher Walken is out of prison and back on the dirty streets of New York as convicted drug lord Frank White in a pitch black 90s crime classic from the magnificently disreputable Abel Ferrara (Driller Killer, Ms.45).
- Limited Edition collectable SteelBook packaging
- Collector’s booklet featuring writing on the film by Brad Stevens, author of Abel Ferrara: The Moral Vision
- High Definition Presentation of the film
- Optional 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio / 2.0 Stereo Audio
- Audio commentary with director Abel Ferrara
- Audio commentary with composer Joe Delia, producer Mary Kane, casting director Randy Sabusawa
and editor Anthony Redman
- Interview with producer Augusto Caminito
- Abel Ferrara: Not Guilty: Documentary on Abel Ferrara from the French TV show Cinéastes de Notre Temps
+ More special features to be announced!

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German VHS Gore-fest THE BURNING MOON bleeds onto DVD February 14th!

Intervision are doing what they do best once again, unearthing an ultra-rare shot-on-video masterpiece and bringing it to the unwashed massed on DVD for the first time ever. Intervision, purveyors of all things filth, previously brought us the slow-mo slasher insanity of SLEDGEHAMMER and the Canuxploitation oddity THINGS and now they've really dug down into the pit of the SOV abyss and pulled up the German gore masterpiece THE BURNING MOON (1997). Haven't seen it but check out the bug-nuts trailer and gruesome screenshots below and you will know what I do - this is a MUST OWN slice of VHS violence!

THE BURNING MOON (1997)

LABEL: Intervision Picture Corp
RELEASE DATE: February 14th 2012
DURATION: 90 mins
VIDEO: Fullscreen (1.33:1)
AUDIO: Dolby Digital
DIRECTOR: Olaf Ittenbach
CAST: Andrea Arbter, Ellen Fischer, Ronald Fuhrmann
TAGLINE: Uncut. Uncensored, Unconscionable.
SRP: $19.98


“UNSPEAKABLE CARNAGE... This is the most medically accurate depiction of gore and human violence in all of cinema.” - Vice Magazine

Intervision Picture Corp is pleased to announce the Special Edition DVD release of Olaf Ittenbach’s shocking gore-fest THE BURNING MOON. Described by Vice Magazine as “Unspeakable Carnage,” the last word in splatter-soaked, German nihilism was shot on glorious VHS in the 90s and will be packaged for the first time with a rare, recently unearthed, 45 minute bonus making-of documentary.
 “When the Germans make a horror movie,” says Mr. Beaks of Ain’t It Cool News, “THEY MAKE A F%*#ING HORROR MOVIE!” In 1992, writer/director/special effects master Olaf Ittenbach changed the face of video horror, force-fed its ripped-out eyeballs to screaming audiences, then used a drill, machete and shotgun on its still-twitching torso: Ittenbach himself stars as a degenerate junkie who babysits his young sister with two bedtime stories of the damned. First, an escaped serial killer turns date night into a graphic family massacre. Then a country priest on a rape and murder spree leads to a disturbingly explicit descent into Hell. It became the VHS that shocked America. It has been banned in its Motherland for nearly 20 years. And it remains perhaps the most violent and depraved shot-on-video saga in history. This is THE BURNING MOON.

Intervision Picture Corp was formed in 2010 to bring a perverse underbelly of cinema from a universe of its own to DVD. So far releases have included bizarre shot-on-VHS SLEDGEHAMMER and THINGS, the grim true crime expose DAHMER, Jess Franco’s latest PAULA-PAULA and Ozsploitation oddities AUSTRALIA AFTER DARK and THE ABCs OF LOVE AND SEX. Intervision releases are produced by Severin Films and distributed by CAV.