Wednesday, September 20, 2017

WONDER WOMAN (2017) (4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Review )

Label: Warner Bros. 
Region Code: A
Rating: PG-13
Duration: 141 Minutes
Audio: English Dolby TrueHD 7.1 with Optional English SDH, French, Portuguese, Spanish subtitles
Video: 1080p HD Widescreen (2.40:1) 
Director: Patty Jenkins
Cast: Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Robin Wright, Connie Nielsen, Lucy Davis

Synopsis: Before she was Wonder Woman, she was Diana, Princess of the Amazons, trained to be an unconquerable warrior. Raised on a sheltered island paradise, when an American pilot crashes on their shores and tells of a massive conflict raging in the outside world, Diana leaves her home, convinced she can stop the threat. Fighting alongside man in a war to end all wars, Diana will discover her full powers…and her true destiny.

It's been a long time coming but we finally have a Wonder Woman movie on the big screen, and what a fun adventure and origin story is is! We have Gal Godot as Diana, Princess of the Amazons, born on the mythic and hidden island of Themascira, home to a race of warrior women created by Zeus to protect mankind. Diana's mother, Queen Hippolyta (Connie Nielsen, Rushmore) does not wish for her daughter to learn the ways of a warrior, shielding her from something, from some sort of fate. We learn of how in an ancient war wherein the jealous God of War Ares warred against Zeus, jealous of his love of mankind, Ares was defeated, and Zeus left the Amazons in charge of a weapon known as the "Godkiller", a mythical sword to be used to defeat ares should he ever return. 

Despite her mother's hesitation to train her to fight Diana secretly trains with her bad ass aunt Antiope (Robin Wright, The Princess Bride), who trains her to be a fierce warrior. A training that is put to the test when WWI American pilot Captain Steve Trevor's (Chris Pine, Star Trek)plane is shot down by German forces, the pane piercing the thick stormy veil that hides the island from mankind. Diana witnesses the crash and rescues Steve from drowning in the wreck, she brings him to the island against the wishes of her mother, and soon the island beach is overrun with Germans storming the beach, in pursuit of Trevor. In the ensuing battle Antope dies, and Diana leaves Themyscira with the Godkiller in hand, believing that the God of war Ares has returned to cause the war. 

Director Patty Jenkins gives this origin story a grand scale, shot in scope, with gorgeous, vibrant visuals of Themyscira - a true paradise untouched by the outside worlds. There's a good amount of world building happening there, establishing the woman-centric order of things on the island and the mythology around it, it's appropriately grand and wonderful. It's not spoiled until man step foots on the island, and when Diana embarks on her adventure with Steve Trevor to London the tone shifts appropriately to a dour, smoke-filled, war-torn place,  best represented by the nightmare that is No Man's Land, trench warfare won and lost momentarily by mere inches of ground gained. 

The main plot line has Diana in search of the God of War, theorizing that if she can find and kill him the horrific war will end, to that end she ends up joining a secret mission to seek out a Spanish  chemist named Isabel Maru (Elena Anaya, The Skin I Live In) and General Erich Ludendorff (Danny Huston, X-Men Origin: Wolverine) whom are creating a new form of deadly mustard gas, which will turn the tide of war in favor of the waning Germans. Diana joins in on the mission believing it will bring her closer to Ares, believing it to be the German General Ludendorff, and thus saving the day for all humanity. 

 I think this is the first DC movie to fire on all six cylinders, Jenkins has crafted an epic origin story with loads of action; that epic beach battle scene on Themascira is one I could watch on a loop and love hours, then there's the scene where Diana takes out a entire Church steeple where a German sniper is camping out. Who hasn't wanted to do this when they play Call of Duty, right? They do a fantastic job of showing Diana's naivety about mankind and how things in the work work, she has a simplistic view of right and wrong, and part of her arc is realizing the inhumanity of humanity. They also do an impressive job of showcasing just how powerful she is, the action sequences are thrilling, as she flings vehicles with ease and rushing the German front line, using her shield and bracelets to deflect weaponry - it's all powerful stuff.   

There's always gonna be some small something you can nitpick, and Wonder Woman is no different. While not ruinous there were a few small things that gave me pause, the one that sticks out was (SLIGHT SPOILERS AHEAD)a reveal that Ares does not reside within whom Diana thought he would, she had an idea that stopping a certain someone would halt the horrors of war, and it goes a different direction, culminating in a big boss battle at the end. For me this felt like  just more of the same, and I felt that for the most part this movie was above the usual superhero stuff. I would have liked another option which I think is hinted at for a moment, and I would have been good had it ended right there, that there's no evil God of War in the wings pulling the strings of mankind, that humanity has a dark heart, that we need no help from Gods to destroy ourselves. I might be in the minority on this thought, superhero film fans love their good vs. evil battles, it might be expected but everyone seems to have enjoyed the battle, myself included, but I think it could have been something deeper and less fought with the usual big battle stuff we see in every other superhero movie. 

A few small qualms aside I was blown away by Wonder Woman, the visuals are inspired, it didn't all feel like an origin-story  retread, and it holds up to repeat viewings. In my opinion this is the best cinematic superhero origin story since Richard Donner's original Superman (1978) - yeah, it's that good. 

Special Features: 

– Epilogue: Etta’s Mission – Etta Candy gets the boys back together for a secret mission that could impact humanity’s future. (3 min) HD 
– Crafting the Wonder – Wonder Woman finally comes to life in her first, breathtaking solo film. Explore the journey to create an adventure worthy of DC’s greatest warrior.(16 min) HD 
– A Director’s Vision: Themascira: The Hidden Island (5 min) HD 
– A Director’s Vision: Beach Battle (5 min) HD 
– A Director’s Vision: Wonder Woman at War (5 min) HD 
– A Director’s Vision: A Photograph Through Time (5 min) HD 
– A Director’s Vision: Diana in the Modern World (5 min) HD 
– Warriors of Wonder Woman – Witness the creation of the Amazon army as the women of “Wonder Woman” transform emotionally and physically into the world’s most powerful and heroic warriors. 910 min) HD 
– The Trinity – Filmmakers and comic book creators explore the legend of Wonder Woman and how she stands shoulder to shoulder with Superman and Batman to create the pillars of the DC Universe. (16 min) HD 
– The Wonder Behind the Camera – Meet the women behind the wonder as they welcome a group of aspiring filmmakers on set for an exclusive, once-in-a-lifetime experience. (16 min) HD 
– Finding the Wonder Woman Within – Feel the power of Wonder Woman as award-winning poets and inspiring public figures reveal the impact and importance of DC’s greatest heroine. (23 min) 
- Extended Scene: Boat Conversation (4 min) HD 
- Extended Scene: Selfridges Shopping (2 min) HD
- Extended Scene: Parliament Steps (1 min) HD 
- Extended Scene: Morning At The Train Station (1 min) HD 
- Extended Scene: Charlie Never Sleeps (1 min) HD 
– Blooper Reel (6 min) HD 

Wonder Woman (2017)is the best superhero movie of 2017 and the best of the new millennial DC films, the scope and circa 1918 visuals are breathtaking, the action is awesome and the story arc makes for a great origin tale for Wonder Woman. I cannot wait to see what director Patty Jenkins brings to the sequel which she has signed up to direct! 

DISCLAIMER: Warner Bros. Home Entertainment provided me with a free copy of the 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray for the purposes of this review. 

FREEBIE AND THE BEAN (1974) (WAC Blu-ray Review)


Label: Warner Archive
Region: Region-FREE
Rating: R
Duration: 113 Minutes
Audio: DTS-HD MA Mono 2.0 with Optional English Subtitles 
Video: 1080p HD Widescreen (2.40:1) 
Director: Richard Rush 
Cast: James Caan, Alan Arkin, Loretta Swit, Valerie Harper

Freebie and The Bean (1974) is a prototype 70s buddy cop movie starring  Alan Arkin (Wait Until Dark) as Benito “Bean” Vasquez and James Caan (The Godfather) as Freebie Waters, two bumbling San Francisco police detectives who are falling over themselves trying to bring down local racketeer kingpin Red Meyers (Jack Kruschen, The Apartment). They're going through his trash and strong arming small time crooks for any possible leads that might help build their case against Meyers, but in a unexpected twist they discover there's a mob hit on Meyers and they must shadow him to ensure he is not assassinated before they can bring him to proper justice. 

Their antics are cacophonous, racist and sexist, and cause all sort of trouble for their brass, Lt. Rosen (Mike Kellin, Sleepaway Camp), and the local district attorney (Alex Rocco, The Entity), along the way racking up a junkyard of destroyed cop cars, leaving a path of destruction in their wake. The comedy-action comes fast and furious with a ridiculous slapstick motorcycle chase and the detectives car careening off a raised road into a third floor apartment bedroom of an elderly couple, it's ridiculous fun, and we also get quite a bit of verbal and physical sparring between our adversarial detectives. 

Arkin and Caan are fantastic fun together, both are actually unlikable cops and people for the most part, but through sheer presence and chemistry they had me in their corner. Caan's "Freebie" is so nicknamed because his badge seems to be a get-one-free card, rarely paying for food and expensive clothes while Arkin's "The Bean" is a racist slur based on the characters Mexican heritage, though Arkin downplays it, sounding more like a Brooklyn guy than aping a bad accent, with Freebie rarely passing up an opportunity to degrade his partner about his Mexican heritage. 

The whole nab-the-kingpin plot is more a comedy McGuffin than a plot point, it manages to get lost or put on the back burner to a large degree, taking a backseat to the buddy-cop shenanigans of the cops, weaving destruction and chaos throughout San Francisco in a series of non-PC vignettes, including blindly shooting a suspect through a closed bathroom stall door, plowing down the sidewalks at high speeds to the threat of pedestrians, brutalizing innocent suspects with car doors, and plenty of racist and homophobic slurs throughout. The 70s were a less enlightened era, obviously, and watching this with my teen I could tell that his hair was slightly blown back a bit by the non-PC humor, so I can see this ruffling feathers in '74 and now, this won't be for everyone, particularly with a stereotypical 70s killer-queen scenario that plays out at the end.

Keep an eye out for supporting roles from the lovely Loretta Swit (Hot Lips from TVs M*A*S*H*) as the kingpin's wife and Valerie Harper (TV's Mary Tyler Moore Show) as Bean's wife, whom I have had a childhood crush on since I was five, and her presence is welcome. She has a great seen with Arkin in their apartment as she completely unravels his concrete theory about her having an affair, it's a wonderfully warm comedic relationship scene with great timing and delivery. 

The movie is a bit of an uneven mess, a mix of cop-action and non-PC humor, but it has a charm, mainly due to the chemistry of the stars, all credit to Arkin and Caan. The zany rude humor and action scenes make for a rough ride at times, but I liked it. Watching this I was also struck by what appeared to me to be influences on Pulp Fiction, there's a POV from inside a car trunk, and  a scene of Freebie and the Bean forced to wear clothes not their own, looking out of sorts with guns in their hands, I had to think that this was a influence on Tarantino, or maybe I'm just grasping at straws. The film also spawned a short lived, just nine episodes, TV series in '80 starring Hector Elizondo and Tom Mason.    

Audio/Video: Freebie and the Bean (1874) arrives on Blu-ray from WAC with a fresh new 2K scan from the interpositive. The movie is an urban buddy-cop comedy and the images within are gritty and dirty, László Kovács' (Ghostbusters) cinematography captures that in the lensing, this is a sort of dour color scheme, not a lot of bright colors happening. The image is appropriately grainy for a film of the era, particularly during the darker scenes, but it is nicely crisp and detailed, and a nice upgrade from the Warner DVD.

Audio on the disc comes by way of an English DTS-HD MA 2.0 Mono track, like the action and comedy the audio is cacophonous, dialogue can be occasionally tinny or buried in the mix, this seems by design of the director that any issue with the transfer, mix or disc authoring in my opinion. The lively score from Dominic Frontiere (The Gumball Rally) sounds great and is strong in the mix, optional English subtitles are provided. The only extras on the disc is a remastered trailer for the movie. 

Special Features: 
- Original Theatrical Trailer (Remastered in HD)

Freebie and the Bean (1974) is a non-PC, 70s buddy cop movie, littered with that era's casual racism and homophobic slurs, nutty bumbling cop action and A LOT of steel-crunching car action. The movie certainly pushes the limits of good taste, but Arkin and Caan bring it all together in a way that is good fun. The new Blu-ray from WAC is is a nice A/V upgrade, making this a worthy purchase for both fans and newcomers. 

Tuesday, September 19, 2017




Duration 188 Minutes (EXTENDED CUT, NEW 2017 1080p HD MASTER, 151 Minutes (SPECIAL EDITION)
Audio: English DTS-HD-Master Audio 2.0(EXTENDED CUT), English DTS- HD-Master Audio 5.1, English DOLBY DIGITAL SURROUND 5.1 with Optional English, Spanish and French SDH Subtitles 
Video: 1080P HD Widescreen (2.40:1)

Special Features (on Superman The Special Edition Disc): Commentary by Director Richard Donner and Creative Consultant Tom Mankiewicz; 3 Documentaries Taking Flight: The Development of Superman, Making Superman: Filming the Legend and The Magic Behind the Cape; Screen Tests; Restored Scenes; Additional Scenes; Additional Music Cues; Music-Only Track

Decades before blockbuster Extended Cuts were common, Superman proved a true “Man of Tomorrow.” Superman: The Movie received an ahead-of-its-time makeover for its television premiere – nearly 40 more minutes of story, creating a two-night television event. Audiences had already been swept off their feet by Christopher Reeve’s Last Son of Krypton, and now there was more to enjoy. Unseen in decades, this version is paired here with Richard Donner’s definitive vision of his film, the Special Edition Director’s Cut (2000), to create a supersized celebration of Metropolis’ favorite son that preserves the director’s intent while feeding superfan demands.


Duration: 97 Minutes
Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1, DTS- HD-Master Audio 2.0 (Original Theatrical Audio) with Optional English SDH Subtitles
Video: 1080p HD Widescreen (1.78:1)

Special Features: 
- Commentary by Director Jack Sholder and Tim Hunter
- Special Effects Production Footage Narrated by Jack Sholder
- Original Theatrical Trailer (HD)

Something hideous is changing law-abiding citizens into monstrous, hyperviolent psychopaths. Now, only Kyle MacLachlan (Dune, Twin Peaks) and Michael Nouri (Flashdance) can halt the terrifying rampage of The Hidden!

A series of bizarre, inexplicable robberies and murders have L.A. police detective Tom Beck (Nouri) totally baffled. And it doesn’t help when mysterious FBI agent Lloyd Gallagher (MacLachlan) tells him that a demonic extraterrestrial creature is invading the bodies of innocent victims – and transforming them into inhuman killers with an unearthly fondness for heavy-metal music, red Ferraris and unspeakable violence!

Also coming back in print on DVD!

October 10th:

NEW 2017 1080p HD MASTER!
Duration: 90 Minutes 
Region: Region-FREE
Audio: English DTS HD-Master Audio 2.0 with Optional English Subtitles 
Video: 1080p HD Widescreen (2.35:1) 

Special Feature: 
- Theatrical Trailer (HD)

After a perilous mission to a huge asteroid, a crew returns to its space station, unaware that a bit of ooze from the asteroid clings to a crewman’s uniform. The green goop grows – into murderous, tentacled monsters. And as station members fight to live, gunk from the monsters’ wounds turns into more monsters! That’s the story. Now enjoy as our heroes fight to preserve Earth and, unintentionally, our own senses of humor with a movie that Kevin Thomas of the Los Angeles Times called “one of the funniest made-in-Japan sci-fi monster movies ever.” Kinji Fukasaku, whose later work was championed by Quentin Tarantino, directs. The world would be a far more bleak and joyless place without marvels like The Green Slime.

October 24TH:


NEW 2017 1080p HD MASTER!
Duration: 89 Minutes 
Audio: English DTS HD-Master Audio 2.0 with Optional English SDH Subtitles 
Video: 1080p HD Widescreen (1.78:1) 

Special Feature: 
- Theatrical Trailer (HD)

They work by day, take a full schedule of classes all night and somehow find time for study and an occasional date. Women in the evening curriculum at Boston’s distinguished Wendell College do a lot to get ahead in life. But there’s someone who will go to even greater lengths. Someone who will do anything to get a head.

A killer whose m.o. is the ritualistic decapitation of victims makes terror a required course at Night School, directed by Kenneth Hughes (Casino Royale 1967) and starring Rachel Ward (The Thorn Birds; After Dark, My Sweet) in her screen debut. Leonard Mann plays the homicide lieutenant assigned to the puzzling case. He has hunches, not clues. Suspects, not evidence. And a rising body count. Finals are coming early this year at Wendell. And for those who don’t make the grade, heads will roll.

Blue Underground detail their 2K restoration of Bob Clark's DEATHDREAM (1974)

Blue Underground have announced the final details for their 2K restoration of Bob Clark's DEATHDREAM (aka DEAD OF NIGHT). The Deluxe Limited Edition of Bob Clark's critically-acclaimed zombie shocker will be unleashed on Blu-ray November 28th! This version is the longest version available, including a longer ending not included on the original Blue Underground DVD release, plus loads of new extras!  


Label: Blue Underground 
Region Code: Region-FREE
Video: 1080P HD Widescreen (1.85:1)
Audio: English DTS-HD MA Mono  with Optional English SDH, French, Spanish Subtitles
Director: Bob Clark 
Cast: John Marley, Lynn Carlin, Richard Backus 


In this shattering variation on “The Monkey’s Paw,” grief-stricken suburban parents (Academy Award® nominees John Marley of THE GODFATHER and Lynn Carlin of FACES) refuse to accept the news that their son Andy (Richard Backus) has been killed in Vietnam. But when Andy returns home soon after, something may be horribly wrong: Andy is alive and well… or is he? Produced and directed by Bob Clark (BLACK CHRISTMAS) and written by Alan Ormsby (DERANGED), DEATHDREAM was one of the very first films to confront the domestic ravages of the Vietnam War. More than forty years later, it remains one of the most chilling horror films of all time.

DEATHDREAM was released under several different titles, including DEAD OF NIGHT, THE NIGHT WALK and THE NIGHT ANDY CAME HOME, and marked the grisly debut of gore effects legend Tom Savini (DAWN OF THE DEAD). Blue Underground is proud to present this acclaimed zombie shocker in a new 2K restoration from the 35mm negative in its most complete version ever, along with original and brand-new Extras exclusive to this release!

Special Features:  
- Audio Commentary #1 with Co-Producer/Director Bob Clark
- Audio Commentary #2 with Writer/Make-Up Artist (Uncredited) Alan Ormsby
- NEW! A Recollection With Star Anya Liffey and Writer/Make-Up Artist Alan Ormsby
- NEW! Notes For A Homecoming – Interview with Composer Carl Zittrer
- NEW! Flying Down To Brooksville – Interview with Production Manager John ‘Bud’ Cardos
- Tom Savini: The Early Years
- Deathdreaming – Interview with Star Richard Backus
- Alternate Opening Titles
- Theatrical Trailer
- NEW! Expanded Still Galleries
- NEW! Alan Ormsby Student Film
- BONUS Collectable Booklet with new essay by critic Travis Crawford (First Pressing Only!)
- WORLD PREMIERE of brand new 2K restoration from the 35mm negative in its most complete version ever!
- EXCLUSIVE LIMITED COLLECTOR'S EDITION includes Blu-ray, DVD, bonus collectable booklet, reversible "Dead of Night" artwork, and special packaging



Label: 88 Films

Release Date: October 23rd 2017
Region Code: B
Audio: English and Italian Dual Mono LPCM 2.0 with Optional English Subtitles 
Video: 1080p HD Widescreen (1.85:1)
Duration: 95 mins approx
Director: Antonio Bido

The Italian Collection continues with the release of one of the most underrated Italian shockers ever to slash its way onto celluloid!
RUGBY, UK: Few fans of the golden age of Italian gore could have predicted that a comparative obscurity such as WATCH ME WHEN I KILL (1977) might still be remembered forty years after its initial release. Yet it is a testament to this terror title’s enduring images of perversion, plasma-spillage and potent murder-mystery hijinks that it is now remastered in a gorgeous new 4k HD scan by 88 Films and given the bells and whistles treatment! Building up a sizeable fanbase over the decades –understandably adamant that director Antonio Bido (famous for his similarly stylish sickie THE BLOODSTAINED SHADOW) deserves his rightful place in the pantheon of all time giallo-director greats - WATCH ME WHEN I KILL is a captivating carnage-packed classic that deserves your immediate attention. Far from being an Argento-lite epic of black-gloved brutality, Bido’s brilliance shines through from every moment of this masterly controlled chiller.

When a pharmacist is slaughtered, the culprit believes he has been spotted by a rogue female onlooker. Naturally she is soon pegged as his next victim… but her life depends on identifying him before he tracks her down – and with the smell of her sweat leaving a few too many nods to her whereabouts, the heat is more definitely on! With a twisted - and consistently twisting - tale of post-war guilt, not to mention a sophisticated (if ever-so-slightly sleazy) Agatha Christie-style whodunit narrative, WATCH ME WHEN I KILL has never been given its proper due on home video, least of all in the UK. Consistently retitled and re-released, this fright-filled masterwork is now ready to entertain and entice a whole new generation of fear-fans – thanks to the giallo-lovers at 88 Films, who are happy to offer horror-hounds a truly tempting package of blood-splattered excellence!

Arriving on UK Blu-ray complete with a fresh 4k scan, WATCH ME WHEN I KILL also boasts two short films from Antonio Bido that, to this day, have been rarely exposed to the public – and 88 Films is also thrilled to present a brand new interview with academic Mikel Koven, of the University of Worcester, who penned the essential giallo tome LA DOLCE MORTE. For die-hard lovers of lacerating Italian esotericism, 88 Films offers a limited wraparound slip – highlighting the original art work from its initial bow in cinemas throughout Rome and Milan – and a collector’s booklet by Dr. Calum Waddell. It all adds up to a sinisterly superb release – as only 88 Films can provide!

- New 4K Transfer from the original negative
- Uncompressed English LPCM Mono
- Uncompressed Italian LPCM Mono with newly translated English Subtitles
- Danza Macabra and Mendelsson in Judischen Museum, Berlin, 2 Short Films by Director Antonio Bido
- Interview with Academic, Mikel Coven
- Trailer

WATCH ME WHEN I KILL is available to pre-order now, priced £14.99 from 88 Films direct:


88 Films has long become the favoured British distributor for those who like unpretentious and apologetically outrageous entertainment. From remastering a number of forgotten frighteners in crisp HD for the 88 ‘Slasher Classics’ range to bringing the best of Italian horror back to the mainstream, and even re-introducing Hong Kong genre mania back to the country’s shelves, our ambition is to continue to create a world of high quality shock and awe for paracinema-addicts across the world to collect and cherish!


UK distributor POWERHOUSE FILMS/INDICATOR has only recently popped up on my radar, but they're quite an outfit, releasing some great genre titles with loads of extras - releases that have been released on Blu-ray here in the U.S. but what we have is bare bones with few if any extras - which makes this is label you should be looking into, add to the mix that their releases seem to be region-free! 

Here's a listing of the announced October and November titles, of particular interest to me is the horror-anthology TORTURE GARDEN which has some extras, as where the recent Mill Creek release was bare of extras, looking forward to the Kim Newman interview on this one, in addition to one with director Freddie Francis, plus we get two versions of the film! 

10 RILLINGTON PLACE (1971) (Region-Free Blu-ray) 

Label: Powerhouse Films/Indicator
Director: Richard Fleischer
BBFC cert: 15 

Release Date: October 2nd 2017 

This classic British chiller is the horrifying true story of serial killer John Christie, played to unnerving effect by Richard Attenborough. When Timothy Evans (John Hurt) and his wife (Judy Geeson) rent a tiny room in Christie’s terraced house, they are unaware that they have sealed their fates and that they will fall foul of Christie's perverse and murderous scheme. 
Shot in the original street where Christie's crimes were perpetrated, Richard Fleischer's stark, unsensational depiction uses exteriors from the actual house as part of its grim recreation of the events.

• 4K restoration 
• Audio commentary with actress Judy Geeson and film historians Lem Dobbs and Nick Redman 
• Audio commentary with acclaimed actor John Hurt 
• Introduction by Sir Richard Attenborough (2 mins): an appreciation by the great actor 
• Interview with Sir Richard Attenborough (20 mins): Attenborough discusses many aspects of the film 
• Being Beryl (2016, 22 mins): new interview with Judy Geeson 
• Isolated score track 
• Image gallery: promotional photography 
• Original theatrical trailer 
• New and improved English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing

BODY DOUBLE (1984) (Region-Free Blu-ray) 

Label: Powerhouse Films/Indicator 
Director: Brian De Palma
BBFC cert: 18 
Release Date: October 2nd 2017 


Brian De Palma 
The Modern Master of Suspense, 
Invites you to witness 
A Seduction. 
A Mystery. 
A Murder.

• 4K restoration 
• Original stereo audio 
• Alternative 5.1 surround sound track 
• Craig Wasson Interview (1984, 8 mins): archival NBC interview conducted by Bobbie Wygant 
• Pure Cinema (2015, 38 mins): extensive interview with first assistant director Joe Napolitano 
• The Seduction (2002, 17 mins): De Palma discusses the first treatment of the script 
• The Setup (2002, 17 mins): an examination of the plot 
• The Mystery (2002, 12 mins): Melanie Griffith discusses her nude scenes and De Palma's shyness 
• The Controversy (2002, 6 mins): cast and crew discuss the film's critical reception 
• Isolated score: experience Pino Donaggio’s original soundtrack music 
• Image gallery: on-set and promotional photography 
• Original theatrical trailer 
• New and improved English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing

CHRISTINE (1983) (Region-Free Blu-ray) 

Label: Powerhouse Films/Indicator
Director: John Carpenter, 1983)  
BBFC cert: 18 
Release Date: October 2nd 2017


She was born bad. Plain and simple. 
Somewhere deep on a darkened assembly line. 
Christine. A ’58 Plymouth Fury possessed by Hell. 
She’s taken control of her teenage owner, Arnie. 
Her previous owner is not alive to warn him. 
And now she’s steering straight for 
the one person in her way. 
Arnie’s girlfriend, Leigh. 
The other woman.

• 2K restoration 
• Original stereo audio 
• Alternative 5.1 surround sound track 
• Audio commentary with director John Carpenter and actor Keith Gordon 
• Christine: Ignition, Fast and Furious & Finish Line (2003, 48 mins): three-part ‘making of’ documentary, featuring interviews with cast and crew, including John Carpenter and Keith Gordon 
• Deleted scenes (26 mins): twenty-one sequences which never made the final cut 
• Isolated score: experience John Carpenter’s original soundtrack music 
• Image gallery: on-set and promotional photography 
• Theatrical trailers 
• TV spots 
• New and improved English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing

FRAGMENT OF FEAR (1970) (Limited Edition Blu-ray) 

Director: Richard C. Sarafian 
BBFC cert: 15 
Release Date: October 23rd 2017 
Limited Blu-ray Edition (World Blu-ray premiere)

Based on the novel A Fragment of Fear by former M15 spy John Bingham, 7th Baron Clanmorris, this stylish cine-trip from Vanishing Point director Richard C. Sarafian features David Hemmings and Gayle Hunnicutt (then real-life husband and wife) falling into a waking nightmare of murder, mystery and paranoia.

• High Definition remaster 
• Original mono audio 
• The Writer as Auteur (2017, 14 mins): David Kipen on screenwriter Paul Dehn 
• Interview with assistant director William P. Cartlidge (2017, tbc mins) 
• 5 x Radio spots 
• Original theatrical trailer 
• Image gallery: on-set and promotional photography 
• New and improved English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing 
• Limited edition exclusive booklet with a new essay by Johnny Mains, extracts from a previously unpublished interview with composer Johnny Harris, an overview of contemporary critical responses, and historic articles on the film 
• World premiere on Blu-ray 
• Limited Edition of 3,000 copies 
• More TBC

TORTURE GARDEN (1967)(Limited Edition Blu-ray) 

Label: Powerhouse Films/Indicator 
Director: Freddie Francis
BBFC cert: 12 
Release Date: October 23rd 2017 
Limited Blu-ray Edition (UK Blu-ray premiere)

From Hammer-rival Amicus Productions comes this horror anthology penned by Robert Bloch (author of Psycho) and directed by the great British cinematographer Freddie Francis. Genre legend Peter Cushing stars alongside Jack Palance and Burgess Meredith in an omnibus of chilling and gruesome stories, inspired by E.C. Comics' Tales from the Crypt comic-book series of the 1950s.

• High Definition remaster 
• Original mono audio 
• Two presentations of the film: the original theatrical 93-minute cut, and the extended 100-minute TV cut 
• The Guardian Interview with Freddie Francis (1995, tbc mins) 
• Ramsey Campbell on Robert Bloch (2017, tbc mins) 
• Interview with Fiona Subotsky (2017, tbc mins) 
• Kim Newman on Torture Garden (2017, tbc mins) 
• Original theatrical trailer 
• Image gallery: on-set and promotional photography 
• New and improved English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing 
• Limited edition exclusive booklet with a new essay by Laura Mayne, an overview of contemporary critical responses, and historic articles on the film 
• UK premiere on Blu-ray 
• Limited Edition of 3,000 copies 
• More TBC

(Region-Free Blu-ray) 

Label: Powerhouse Films/Indicator 
Directors: MANIAC (Michael Carreras, 1963), THE GORGON (Terence Fisher, 1964), THE CURSE OF THE MUMMY'S TOMB (Michael Carreras, 1964), FANATIC (Silvio Narizzano, 1965) 
Release Date: October 30th 2017 
BBFC cert: 15 
Limited Blu-ray Edition (UK Blu-ray premieres)

Four classics from Hammer, each presented on Blu-ray for the very first time in the UK. Whether it's a mad man brandishing a welding torch, a mythical monster who's looks can kill, an ancient royal with diabolical powers, or a mad woman wielding a pair of scissors, this set has something to unease everybody. Containing a wealth of new and exclusive extra features – including title-specific documentaries, cast and crew interviews, expert appreciations, introductions and more – this stunning Blu-ray-only Limited Edition box set is published in a horribly limited, numbered edition of 6,000 units.

• HD restorations of all four films 
• Original Mono audio 
• All-new documentaries exploring aspects of each film 
• The Gorgon audio commentary with Daughters of Darkness’ Samm Deighan and Kat Ellinger 
• The Gorgon introduction by actor and filmmaker Matthew Holness 
• New interviews with actors Barbara Shelley and Mike McStay 
• New interviews with cameramen Michael Reed and Douglas Milsome 
• Playwright Matthew Lombardo on Tallulah Bankhead and Fanatic 
• Hammer’s Women – an exclusive series of filmed appreciations of Nadia Gray, Barbara Shelley, Jeanne Roland and Tallulah Bankhead 
• Original trailers and promotional films 
• Promotional and on-set photography, poster art and archive materials 
• Four box set exclusive booklets with new essays, contemporary reviews, historic articles, and full film credits 
• New and improved English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing 
• UK premieres on Blu-ray 
• Limited edition box set of 6,000 copies 

Region-Free Dual Format Edition 

Label: Powerhouse Films/Indicator
Director: MYSTERIOUS ISLAND (Cy Endfield, 1961), JASON AND THE ARGONAUTS (Don Chaffey, 1963), FIRST MEN IN THE MOON (Nathan Juran, 1964)
Release Date: November 13th 2017 
BBFC cert: PG 

Limited Dual Format Edition 

These all-time classic adventures, each featuring pioneering special effects by filmmaking legend Ray Harryhausen, are presented here in stunning restorations. Containing a wealth of new and archival extras – including audio commentaries with the great Ray Harryhausen himself, a Jason and the Argonauts commentary with Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson, new interviews with SFX maestro Hal Hickel and genre-film expert Kim Newman – this ravishing Limited Dual Format Edition Box Set from Indicator is strictly limited to 6,000 units.

• 4K restorations of Jason and the Argonauts and First Men in the Moon from the original camera negatives 
• 2K restoration of Mysterious Island from the original camera negative 
• Mono and 5.1 surround sound audio options 
• Ray Harryhausen audio commentaries 
• Additional Mysterious Island audio commentary with film historians Randall William Cook, C. Courtney Joyner and Steven C. Smith 
• Additional Jason and the Argonauts audio commentary with filmmaker Peter Jackson and Randall William Cook 
• 'Jason and the Argonauts' Original Skeleton Fight Storyboards 
• Ray Harryhausen on 'Mysterious Island' 
• Hal Hickel on 'Mysterious Island' (2017): new interview with the special effects maestro 
• Kim Newman on 'Mysterious Island' (2017): new appreciation by the author and genre-film expert 
• Islands of Mystery: vintage featurette 
• Randall William Cook Introduces 'First Men in the Moon' 
• Tomorrow the Moon: vintage featurette 
• New and exclusive interviews with crew members, including camera assistant Ray Andrew (Mysterious Island) and production manager Ted Wallis (First Men in the Moon) 
• Back to Mysterious Island comic-book 
• Archival documentaries and interviews 
• Super 8 versions of Mysterious Island and Jason and the Argonauts 
• Isolated scores: experience the music of Bernard Herrmann (Mysterious Island) and Laurie Johnson (First Men in the Moon) 
• Original trailers, teasers, TV spots and promotional films 
• John Landis trailer commentary for First Men in the Moon 
• Image galleries: extensive promotional and on-set photography, poster art and archive materials 
• Limited edition exclusive 80-page book with new essays by film experts Kim Newman and Tim Lucas, an in-depth oral history of all three films, and full film credits 
• UK Blu-ray premieres of Mysterious Island and First Men in the Moon 
• Limited Dual Format Edition Box Set of 6,000 numbered units 

(Region-Free Limited Edition Blu-ray) 

Label: Powerhouse Films/Indicator
Director: Irvin Kershner 
BBFC cert: 15 

Release Date: November 20th 2017
Limited Blu-ray Edition (World Blu-ray premiere)

Irvin Kershner’s stylish, violent cult thriller – from an original screenplay by John Carpenter – stars iconic star Faye Dunaway as glamorous fashion photographer Laura Mars, who begins to experience horrific visions when she ‘sees’ a series of brutal murders as they happen.

• High Definition remaster 
• Original mono audio 
• Audio commentary with director Irvin Kershner 
• Making of documentary (1978, 7 mins) 
• Eyes on Laura Mars (1999, 8 mins): on-set photography with commentary 
• Original theatrical trailer 
• David DeCoteau trailer commentary (2013, 4 mins): a short critical appreciation 
• Image gallery: on-set and promotional photography 
• New and improved English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing 
• Limited edition exclusive booklet with a new essay by Rebecca Nicole Williams, an overview of contemporary critical responses, and historic articles on the film 
• World premiere on Blu-ray 
• Limited Blu-ray Edition of 3,000 copies 
• More TBC

WOLF (1994) 
(Region Free Limited Edition Blu-ray) 

Label: Powerhouse Films/Indicator
Director: Mike Nichols
BBFC cert: 15 

Release Date: November 20th 2017 

Limited Blu-ray Edition (UK Blu-ray premiere)

Director Mike Nichols’ thrilling modern-day werewolf movie boasts a stellar cast, including Jack Nicholson, Michelle Pfeiffer and James Spader, and presents itself as a witty and inventive hybrid of horror film, romantic thriller and biting satire about male anxiety and office politics, where the real monster is corporate greed.

• High Definition remaster 
• Stereo audio 
• 5.1 surround sound track 
• The Beast Inside: Creating ‘Wolf’ (2017, 54 mins): a new documentary on the making of the film with new interviews from SFX legend Rick Baker, screenwriter Wesley Strick and producer Douglas Wick 
• Never-before-seen archival interviews with actors Michelle Pfeiffer, James Spader and Kate Nelligan 
• Never-before-seen archival interviews with director Mike Nichols, producer Douglas Wick and writer Jim Harrison 
• Never-before-seen archival interviews with SFX maestro Rick Baker and production designer Bo Welch 
• B-roll footage 
• Original theatrical trailer 
• Image gallery: on-set and promotional photography 
• New and improved English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing 
• Limited edition exclusive booklet with a new essay by Brad Stevens, an overview of contemporary critical responses, and historic articles on the film 
• UK premiere on Blu-ray 
• Limited Blu-ray Edition of 3,000 copies 
• More TBC