Monday, April 30, 2018

Own Tomb Raider on 4K UHD Combo Pack, 3D Blu-ray Combo Pack, Blu-ray and DVD on June 12th, or Own It Early on Digital HD on May 29th!


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TOMB RAIDER (2018)
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Own it early on Digital HD on May 29th
Blu-ray debuts on June 12th

Embrace your inner hero when “Tomb Raider” arrives onto 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack, 3D Blu-ray Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and Digital HD. From Warner Bros. Pictures and Metro Goldwyn Mayer Pictures, “Tomb Raider” is a story that sets young and resolute Lara Croft on a path toward becoming a global hero.

“Tomb Raider” stars Oscar winner Alicia Vikander (“Ex Machina,” “The Danish Girl”) in the lead role, under the direction of Roar Uthaug (“The Wave”). Oscar winner Graham King (“The Departed”) produced under his GK Films banner. The film also stars Dominic West (“Money Monster,” “300”), Walton Goggins (“The Hateful Eight,” “Django Unchained”), Daniel Wu (TV’s “Into the Badlands”) and Oscar nominee Kristin Scott Thomas (“The English Patient”).

Uthaug directed “Tomb Raider” from a script by Geneva Robertson-Dworet and Alastair Siddons, with the story by Evan Daugherty and Robertson-Dworet. The executive producers are Patrick McCormick, Denis O’Sullivan and Noah Hughes. The director’s behind-the-scenes creative team included director of photography George Richmond (“Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation”), production designer Gary Freeman (“Maleficent”), Oscar-nominated editor Stuart Baird (“Skyfall,” “Gorillas in the Mist”) and editor Michael Tronick (“Suicide Squad”), Oscar-winning costume designer Colleen Atwood (“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”) and costume designer Timothy A. Wonsik (“Free State of Jones,” “Iron Man 3”). The music is by Tom Holkenborg, aka Junkie XL (“Mad Max: Fury Road”).

“Tomb Raider” will be available on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack for $44.95, 3D Blu-ray Combo Pack for $44.95, Blu-ray Combo Pack for $35.99 and DVD for $28.98. The 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack features an Ultra HD Blu-ray disc with the theatrical version in 4K with HDR, a Blu-ray disc featuring the theatrical version and a Digital version of the movie. The Blu-ray Combo Pack features a Blu-ray disc with the film and special features in hi-definition, a DVD with the film in standard definition and a Digital version of the movie.

The 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray disc of “Tomb Raider” will feature Dolby VisionTM HDR that dramatically expands the color palette and contrast range and uses dynamic metadata to automatically optimize the picture for every screen, frame by frame.

Also, the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray and Blu-ray 3D discs of “Tomb Raider” 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.

Fans can also own “Tomb Raider” via purchase from digital retailers beginning May 29th.

SYNOPSIS
Lara Croft is the fiercely independent daughter of an eccentric adventurer who vanished when she was scarcely a teen. Now a young woman of 21 without any real focus or purpose, Lara navigates the chaotic streets of trendy East London as a bike courier, barely making the rent. Determined to forge her own path, she refuses to take the reins of her father’s global empire just as staunchly as she rejects the idea that he’s truly gone. Advised to face the facts and move forward after seven years without him, even Lara can’t understand what drives her to finally solve the puzzle of his mysterious death.

BLU-RAY AND DVD ELEMENTS
“Tomb Raider” 4K Ultra HD, 3D Blu-ray, and Blu-ray Combo Packs contain the following special features:
- Tomb Raider: Uncovered - The cast and crew reveal the challenges - and the fun – of bringing Lara Croft’s thrilling adventures of life for a new generation.
- Croft Training - Enter the gym with Award winning actress Alicia Vikander as she prepares for the most physically demanding role of her career and transforms into the iconic action hero Lara Croft.

- Breaking Down the Rapids - Join Director Roar Uthaug as he and other members of the cast and crew break down the film’s most exciting action set piece.
- Lara Croft: Evolution of an Icon - Explore the revolutionary TOMB RAIDER saga from video games to movies, and discover how Lara Croft became one of the most popular and successful female characters of all time.

“Tomb Raider” Standard Definition DVD contains the following special features:
- Tomb Raider: Uncovered - The cast and crew reveal the challenges - and the fun – of bringing Lara Croft’s thrilling adventures of life for a new generation.

DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION ELEMENTS
On May 29, “Tomb Raider” will be available to own in 4K HDR from select digital retailers including iTunes, Google and Vudu. It will also be available in high definition and standard definition on favorite devices from select digital retailers including Amazon, FandangoNow, iTunes, PlayStation, Vudu, Xbox and others. The digital version in the Blu-ray Combo Pack will be available for download in Vudu.


On June 12, “Tomb Raider” will be made available digitally on 4K HDR, HD, and standard definition Video On Demand services from cable and satellite providers, and on select gaming consoles.

BASICS

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

Standard Street Date: June 12, 2018
EST Street Date: May 29, 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: 118 minutes
Rating: Rated PG-13 for sequences of violence and action, and for some language
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Friday, April 27, 2018

MOHAWK (2017) (Dak Sky Films Blu-ray Review)

MOHAWK (2017) 
Label: Dark Sky Films
Region Code: A
Rating: Unrated
Duration: 92 Minutes
Audio: English DTS-HD MA 5.1 Surround, 2.0 Stereo with Optional English Subtitles 
Video: 1080p HD Widescreen (2.40:1)
Director: Ted Geoghegan
Cast: Kaniehtiio Horn, Ezra Buzzington, Eamon Farren, Justin Rain, Ian Colletti, Noah Segan, Jonathan Huber, Robert Longstreet, Sheri Foster 

Director Ted Geoghegan's follow-up to his potently eerie and visceral debut film We Are Still Here (2015) finds the director in a familiar place, Upstate New York, but in a different era, this time going back to the late stages of the War of 1812, giving us a period revenge movie that, if not completely original, is at least offering us something we don't see everyday. It's in this setting we find a young Mohawk woman named Oak (Kaniehtiio Hora, TV's Hemlock Grove) who along with her companions, the Mohawk Calvin (Justin Rain) and British arms dealer Joshua (Eamon Farren, Twin Peaks: The Return), are engaged in a discussion with her tribal-elder mother Wetahawi (Sherri Foster, U-Turn) around a fire, with Joshua trying to persuade the elder to take up arms against the Americans, who while not at war with the Mohawk nation are killing them at an alarming rate.

The elder woman doesn't agree with this way of thinking, refusing to go to war, but that same night the young-blood warrior Calvin takes things into his own hands and slips into a nearby American camp, setting it on fire and killing many American soldiers. In the aftermath Joshua, Oak and Calvin find themselves hunted by a small band of vengeful American soldiers lead by the bloodthirsty Hezekiah Holt (Erza Buzzington, The Hills Have Eyes), his cadre of men include his own son Miles (Ian Colletti, TV's Preacher), the steampunk goggled Sherwood (Robert Longstreet), the lumbering Lachlan (WWE wrestler Jon Huber) and a translator named Yancy (Noah Segan, Dead Girl). 

I like that the characters here aren't completely black and white, the bloodlust of the American soldiers is not unwarranted, Calvin's actions were not exactly a honorable attack against an enemy, likewise the white men aren't wholly despicable people from the get-go, but they become implicit in their actions under the leadership of madman Holt, a man driven by revenge from the beginning, and whose craving for the blood of the Mohawk only grows when his own son falls victim during a skirmish in the woods.

All of the characters are short changed as far as development goes, both the good guys and the villains, as the film takes place over the course of what seems to be a night and day, we are thrown into the fray and it goes from zero to plenty of action and violence in no time at all. The lack of development didn't make it hard to root for the protagonists but it would have made it more deeply affecting if we had a bit more of it. Kaniehtiio Horn is a strong female lead in a stoic sort of way, her character's not one to offer a lot of dialogue but her actions are plentiful and powerful, but the love-triangle between her and her male companions could have stood a bit more fleshing out. The movie sacrifices fleshed-out characters in favor of streamlined storytelling, and maybe it's a credit to the film that I craved more, it doesn't spill all it's secrets, including a shaman/spiritual revenge from beyond the grave finale that caught me by surprise. 

The movie has some period faults to niggle at, some of the costuming looks a bit too new and contemporary, and the dialogue seems a bit too modern for the period to my ears, but the wooded area offers plenty of production value and the cast turn in decent performances across the board, plus the violence and mayhem hits hard, well-done. 

Audio/Video: Mohawk (2017) arrives on Blu-ray from Dark Sky Films framed in 2.40:1 widescreen, the digital-shot film look fantastic, the scope lensing capturing lots of the scenic Upstate New York woodlands with some nice depth and clarity, sometimes a bit too much clarity, some of the more modern fabrics look a bit too new at times. Audio comes by way of English DTS-HD MA stereo and 5.1 surround with optional English subtitles, the anachronistic synth score from Wojciech Golczewski (We Are Still Here) which despite at first taking me away from the film a bit I rather enjoyed once I went along with it.  

This release is surprisingly light on extras, the only disc extra is a, widescreen HD trailer for the film which is too bad, this film is ambitious, I would have enjoyed some insight into the writing and influences that went into this one from the director at the very least, a lack of a commentary is a missed opportunity. The single-disc release comes housed in a standard Blu-ray keepcase with a sleeve of reversible artwork.  

Special Features: 
- Trailer (2 min) HD

What we have here is a revenge film set during 1812 in a wooded area, it's a familiar story but the setting and era give a familiar story some new life, adding to that the element of colonialism and native American characters, but we still everything you'd expect from a bloody revenger, including moments of cringe-worthy gore and painful tortures being inflicted on characters, it doesn't make for a perfect film but it does enough different and enough of it is done right to make for an entertaining and briskly paced slice of hybrid movie making to keep me firmly on team Geoghegan as I anxiously await what he does next.   

ZOMBIE 3 (1988), ZOMBIE 4 (1989) & SHOCKING DARK (1989) Make Uncut US Blu-Ray Debuts from SEVERIN FILMS with new 2K Scans!

On May 29th, leave your sanity at the door and face the blood-spattered netherworlds of inscrutability that only Lucio Fulci, Bruno Mattei, and Claudio Fragasso can inflict. SHOCKING DARK (a.k.a. TERMINATOR 2), ZOMBIE 3 and ZOMBIE 4 are coming to home video with brand new 2k scans that will make your eyeballs explode!

SHOCKING DARK (1989)

For director Bruno Mattei (VIOLENCE IN A WOMEN’S PRISON) and co-writers Claudio Fragasso & Rossella Drudi (TROLL 2), their final – and most notorious – collaboration went beyond brazen plagiarism to become a fearless act of deranged genius: In this bravura rip-off of both ALIENS and TERMINATOR, a team of badass marines, a tough female civilian and an orphaned girl battle monsters beneath the Venice canals while being chased by an indestructible killer cyborg. Have we mentioned the overwrought dialogue, over-the-top performances and ultimate WTF twist ending? Geretta Geretta (DEMONS) and Tony Lombardo (RATS: NIGHTS OF TERROR) star in this “schlockfest of awesome” (Cool Target) – actually released outside the U.S. as TERMINATOR II and ALIENATORS and never before available in America – now scanned in 2k from the Director’s Cut negative discovered in a Rome lab vault.







SHOCKING DARK Special Features:
- Terminator in Venice - Interview with Co-Director / Co-Screenwriters Claudio Fragasso and Co-Screenwriter Rossella Drudi
- Once Upon A Time in Italy - Interview With Actress Geretta Geretta

- Alternate Italian Titles

Limited Edition Available with Highly Unofficial Slip Cover with original Italian release art (and title) exclusively from the Severin-Films webstore.

ZOMBIE 3 (1988)

Shortly before completing the sequel to his classic ZOMBIE, the legendary Lucio Fulci became ill and left the Philippines-based production. But when director Bruno Mattei (SHOCKING DARK) and writers Claudio Fragasso & Rossella Drudi (TROLL 2) stepped in to finish, the result became the most “insanely enjoyable” (The Lucid Nightmare) zombie romp in EuroCult history: After a deadly virus is stolen from a government facility, it will unleash a “wildly entertaining” (Realm Of Horror) combination of Fulci’s signature extreme violence, Mattei/Fragasso-style surreal logic, and big bloody buckets of goo-spewing mayhem that must be seen to be believed. Deran Sarafian, Beatrice Ring (INTERZONE) and Massimo Vanni (RATS: NIGHT OF TERROR) star in this “total blast” (Bloody Disgusting), now featuring a an uncut 2k scan for the first time ever in America.





ZOMBIE 3 Special Features:
- The Last Zombies - Interview With Co-Director / Co-Writer Claudio Fragasso and Co-Writer Rossella Drudi
- Tough Guys - Interview with Actors/Stuntmen Massimo Vanni and Ottaviano Dell'Acqua
- The Problem Solver - Interview with Replacement Director Bruno Mattei
- Swimming with Zombies - Interview with Actress Marina Loi
- In the Zombie Factory - Interview with FX Artist Franco Di Girolamo
- Audio Commentary With Stars Deran Sarafian and Beatrice Ring

- Trailer

Limited Edition: First 3000 with Remastered Soundtrack CD of Music By Stefano Mainetti

ZOMBIE 4 – AFTER DEATH (1989)

In between the celebrated insanities of ZOMBIE 3 and TROLL 2, director Claudio Fragasso (here under the name ‘Clyde Anderson’) and writer/collaborator Rossella Drudi put the penultimate batsh*t nail in the coffin of the legendary ZOMBIE series: When a white scientist’s cure for cancer enrages an island voodoo priest, it will unleash the ultimate plague of ninja zombies, exploding heads, eye-gouging, face-ripping, power ballads and big bloody mouthfuls of flesh-chomping havoc…and that’s just the first 20 minutes. Adult film superstar Jeff Stryker, Candice Daly (THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS) and Jim Gaines (ISLAND OF THE LIVING DEAD) star in this “ludicrously entertaining” (Ballistic Blood Bullets) Philippines-filmed schlock-fest, now scanned in 2k and uncut for the first time ever in America.





ZOMBIE 4 Special Features:
- Run Zombie Run! - Interview With Director Claudio Fragasso and Screenwriter Rossella Drudi
- Jeff Stryker in Manila - Interview With Actor Chuck Peyton
- Blonde vs Zombies - Interview With Actress Candice Daly
- Behind-The-Scenes Footage

- Trailer

Limited Edition: First 3000 with First Ever Official Release Soundtrack CD of Music By Al Festa

Olive Films presents Roger Corman's A BUCKET OF BLOOD (1959) on DVD May 29th

A BUCKET OF BLOOD (1959) 

Label: Olive Films 
Release Date: May 29th 2018 
Region Code: A
Rating: Unrated
Duration: 66 Minutes
Video: Anamorphic Widescreen (1.85:1)
Audio: English Dolby Digital Mono with Optional English Subtitles 
Director: Roger Corman 
Cast: Dick Miller, Bert Convy, Barboura Morris, Ed Nelson, Antony Carbone 

A career highlight, director Roger Corman’s A Bucket of Blood has much in common with his black-humor horror flick The Little Shop of Horrors and the post-apocalyptic Sci-Fi gem Gas-s-s-s.

In the immortal words of Hippocrates, “Life is short, art long, opportunity fleeting ...” Hippocrates was onto something.

A Bucket of Blood, directed by Roger Corman (The Trip), is the best of the genre hyphenates, a black-comedy-beatnik-culture-horror film. The masterful Corman (recipient of an honorary Academy Award® in 2010 for “his rich engendering of films and filmmakers”), often referred to as the Pope of Pop Culture, delivers on every level in a film packed with notable character actors including cult-favorite Dick Miller (The Trip, The Wild Angels) in the lead role of Walter, a busboy who dreams of creating the perfect work of art. Also featured are Barboura Morris (The Trip, The Haunted Palace) as Carla, the woman of Walter’s dreams, and Bert Convy (Semi-Tough) as undercover cop Lou Raby.

Influenced by the artists that circle his orbit at The Yellow Door Café, busboy Walter ventures into the world of sculpting where he can nurture the Rodin that lives inside of him. The downside is that his subjects are dead – by his hand. His beginnings, both humble and accidental, start with a small statue called “Dead Cat.” Unfortunately, “Dead Cat” is followed by “Murdered Man.” By the time we reach Walter’s interest in the female form …. well, you get the picture.

A Bucket of Blood is written by Charles B. Griffith (Death Race 2000), photographed by Jacques R. Marquette (Burnt Offerings), edited by Anthony Carras (The Comedy of Terrors), with music by Fred Katz (The Little Shop of Horrors) and art direction by Dan Haller (Pit and the Pendulum).

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DOOM ASYLUM (1987)(Blu-ray)

A riotous mix of gore, gags and goth girl groups galore!

Release Date July 17th 2018 US/UK

If you thought Sex and the City 2 was a stomach-churner, you ain’t seen nothing yet! Long before playing one of Carrie Bradshaw’s best gal pals, actress Kristen Davis found herself up against an altogether different kind of horror in 1987’s Doom Asylum: a riotous mix of gore, gags and goth girl groups galore!

When a group of horny teens wind up on the grounds of a creepy abandoned asylum, they think they’ve found the perfect place to party. Little do they know that inside the building’s crumbling walls lurks a freakishly deformed maniac, driven to madness by the tragic loss of his fiancée in a car accident. With an array of grisly surgical tools at his disposal, it’s only a matter of time before the youngsters begin meeting various splattery ends at the hands of the ghoulish Coroner. Helmed by director Richard Friedman (Scared Stiff and Phantom of the Mall: Eric’s Revenge), and also starring Penthouse Pet of the Year 1988 Patty Mullen (Frankenhooker), Doom Asylum combines outlandish gore and a wise-cracking villain to create one of the most wildly entertainingly blood-spattered slashers of the late ’80s.

Special Features:
• Brand new 2K restoration from the original camera negative
• High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation
• 1.85:1 and 1.33:1 versions of the feature
• Original uncompressed PCM mono audio
• Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
• Brand new audio commentary with screenwriter Rick Marx
• Brand new audio commentary with The Hysteria Continues
• Tina’s Terror - a brand new interview with actress Ruth Collins
• Movie Madhouse - a brand new interview with director of photography Larry Revene
• Morgues & Mayhem - a brand new interview with special make-up effects creator Vincent J. Guastini
• Archival Interviews with producer Alexander W. Kogan, Jr., director Richard Friedman and production manager Bill Tasgal
• Still Gallery
• Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Justin Osbourne

FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Fully-illustrated collector’s booklet featuring new writing by Amanda Reyes

THE CASE OF THE SCORPION'S TAIL (1971)(Blu-ray)

The second giallo by genre master Sergio Martino

Release Date: July 17th 2018 US/UK

One of the major consequences of Western Europe’s post-war Economic Miracle was the proliferation of international travel. Eager to tap into audiences’ desire to experience the glamour of the jet set lifestyle, the popular filmmakers of the day rushed to make the most of the exotic locales at their disposal.

Arguably no other giallo captured this trend as vividly as The Case of the Scorpion’s Tail. The film begins in London, where Lisa Baumer (Evelyn Stewart, The Psychic) learns that her husband has died in a freak plane accident. Summoned to Athens to collect his generous life insurance policy, she soon discovers that others besides herself are keen to get their hands on the money – and are willing to kill for it. Meanwhile, private detective Peter Lynch (George Hilton, The Strange Vice of Mrs Wardh) arrives to investigate irregularities in the insurance claim. Teaming up with a beautiful reporter, Cléo Dupont (Anita Strindberg, Your Vice is a Locked Room and Only I Have the Key), Lynch resolves to unearth the truth… before he too ends up on the wrong end of the murderer’s straight razor.

The second giallo by genre master Sergio Martino (Torso, The Suspicious Death of a Minor), The Case of the Scorpion’s Tail combines stunning views of Athens and the Greek coastline with brutal bursts of violence, a typically tangled script by Ernesto Gastaldi (Death Walks on High Heels), and a cast overflowing with Euro cult talent, including Alberto de Mendoza (A Lizard in a Woman’s Skin), Janine Reynaud (Jess Franco’s Succubus) and Luigi Pistilli (A Bay of Blood).

Special Features:
• Brand new 2K restoration of the film from the original camera negative
• High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation
• Original lossless mono Italian and English soundtracks
• Newly translated English subtitles for the Italian soundtrack
• Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing for the English soundtrack
• Audio commentary with writer Ernesto Gastaldi, moderated by filmmaker Federico Caddeo (in Italian with English subtitles)
• New interview with star George Hilton
• New interview with director Sergio Martino
• New analysis Sergio Martino’s films by Mikel J. Koven, author of La Dolce Morte: Vernacular Cinema and the Italian Giallo Film
• New video essay by Troy Howarth, author of So Deadly, So Perverse: 50 Years of Italian Giallo Films
• Theatrical trailer
• Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Chris Malbon

FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film by Rachael Nisbet and Howard Hughes, and a biography of star Anita Strindberg by Peter Jilmstad

THE NAVIGATOR: A MEDIEVAL ODYSSEY (1988) (Blu-ray)

A bold and often startling fusion of medieval fantasy and time travel science fiction, quite unlike anything you’ve seen.

Release Date: July 24th 2018 US/UK

Following the release of his 1984 debut feature Vigil, Vincent Ward returned four years later with The Navigator: A Medieval Odyssey, a film that would cement his position as one of the most exciting filmmaking talents to emerge during the eighties.

Cumbria, 1348 – the year of the Black Death. Griffin, a young boy, is plagued by apocalyptic visions which he believes could save his village. Encouraging a small band of men to tunnel into the earth, they surface in 1980s New Zealand and a future beyond their comprehension but must complete their quest.

Nominated for the Palme d’Or at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival, The Navigator: A Medieval Odyssey is a bold and often startling fusion of medieval fantasy and time travel science fiction, quite unlike anything you’ve seen.

SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS
• High Definition (Blu-ray) presentation
• Original mono audio (uncompressed LPCM)
• Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing
• Brand-new appreciation by film critic Nick Roddick, recorded exclusively for this release
• Kaleidoscope: Vincent Ward – Film Maker, a 1989 documentary profile of the director made for New Zealand television
• Theatrical trailer

FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film by Kim Newman and an introduction by Vincent Ward


DETECTIVE BUREAU 2-3 GO TO HELL BASTARDS! (1963) (Blu-ray)

A hard hitting, rapid-fire yakuza film that redefined the Japanese crime drama.

Release dates: July 10th 2018

Starring original Diamond Guy, Jo Shishido, Seijun Suzuki's Detective Bureau 2-3: Go to Hell Bastards! is a hard hitting, rapid-fire yakuza film that redefined the Japanese crime drama.

Detective Tajima (Shishido) is tasked with tracking down a consignment of stolen firearms, as the investigation progresses things take an anarchic, blood-drenched grudge match.

Rapidly paced, darkly funny, and extremely stylish, Detective Bureau 2-3: Go to Hell Bastards! is unlike anything seen before and rightly deserves its cult status. Suzuki's send up of post-war greed would go on to cement his domestic and international status as one of the leading directors to come out of Japan.

Special Features:
• High Definition (1080p) Blu-ray presentation
• DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0
• Newly translated optional English subtitles
• Interview with historian and Japanese cinema expert Tony Rayns
• Gallery of original production stills
• Theatrical trailer
• Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Matthew Griffin

 
THE ENDLESS (2017)
(Blu-ray and DVD separates)

A truly unique mind-bending, genre-blending indie gem that will leave you spinning.

Release Date: July 2nd 2018 UK ONLY

Among the most exciting voices in genre cinema to emerge in recent years, Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead return with their third feature, The Endless.


Benson and Moorhead play brothers, former members of a “crazy UFO death cult”, who receive a mysterious video cassette in the mail. The tape contains an eerie calling card from their past, inviting them to attend an event called the Ascension. Despite their apprehension, the pair agree to return for one day. At first their old friends in the cult seem warm and welcoming, but things soon turn strange as the brothers find themselves drawn into a vortex of bizarre rituals, strange messages, unseen forces and sinister supernatural secrets that threaten to tear apart the very fabric of reality.

Following on from the acclaimed Resolution – also included on this limited-edition release – and Spring (which earned accolades from Guillermo del Toro and Richard Linklater), The Endless is a truly unique mind-bending, genre-blending indie gem that will leave you spinning.

BLU-RAY TWO-DISC LIMITED EDITION CONTENTS
• High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentations of The Endless and Moorhead & Benson’s first feature, Resolution
• DTS-HD MA 5.1 audio
• Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
• Reversible sleeve with a choice of artwork designs
• Limited edition collector’s booklet containing new writing on the films by critics Jamie Graham and Alexandra Heller-Nicholas

BLU-RAY DISC ONE: THE ENDLESS
• Audio commentary by Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead
• Brand-new interview with Benson and Moorhead, recorded exclusively for this release
• Behind-the-scenes featurette
• Breaking the News, Benson and Moorhead pull a practical joke on actor Vinny Curran
• Casting Aaron, Benson, Moorhead and producer Dave Lawson audition for the role of Aaron
• Casting Smiling Dave, Lawson auditions for the role of Smiling Dave
• VFX Breakdown
• UFO Cult Comedy, improvised short film made whilst Benson and Moorhead were on the festival circuit
• Vinny’s Story, a behind-the-scenes documentary filmed on-set by Curran
• Michael Felker, a tongue-in-cheek featurette referencing The Endless’s editor
• Seven deleted scenes
• Outtakes
• Theatrical Trailer

BLU-RAY DISC TWO: RESOLUTION
• Audio Commentary with Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead, and actors Peter Cilella and Vinny Curran
• Audio Commentary with Benson and Moorhead
• Audio Commentary with Carmel the Dog
• Brand-new interview with Benson and Moorhead, recorded exclusively for this release
• Archive interview with Benson and Moorhead • Behind the scenes featurette

DVD Special Features:
• Standard Definition presentation
• 5.1 audio
• Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
• Audio commentary by Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead
• Brand-new interview with Benson and Moorhead, recorded exclusively for this release
• Behind-the-scenes featurette • Breaking the News, Benson and Moorhead pull a practical joke on actor Vinny Curran
• Casting Aaron, Benson, Moorhead and producer Dave Lawson audition for the role of Aaron
• Casting Smiling Dave, Lawson auditions for the role of Smiling Dave
• VFX Breakdown
• UFO Cult Comedy, improvised short film made whilst Benson and Moorhead were on the festival circuit
• Vinny’s Story, a behind-the-scenes documentary filmed on-set by Curran
• Michael Felker, a tongue-in-cheek featurette referencing The Endless’s editor
• Seven deleted scenes
• Outtakes
• Theatrical Trailer
• Reversible sleeve with a choice of artwork designs

THE BOONDOCK SAINTS (1999) (Blu-ray)

With its irreverent humor and unflinching portrayal of violence, The Boondock Saints offers its own distinctive take on the seedy world of organised crime.

Release Date: July 19th 2018 UK ONLY

THY KINGDOM COME. THY WILL BE DONE.

Boston, Massachusetts. Home of clam chowder, the Red Sox and Harvard. Home, too, to some of the roughest, toughest criminals ever to walk the streets. When the bungling McManus brothers, Conner (Sean Patrick Flanery, Saw 3D) and Murphy (Norman Reedus, The Walking Dead), inadvertently end up taking out a pair of Russian Mafiosi, they realise they’ve found their calling and embark on a mission to cleanse their city of criminals, inspired by the tactics of on-screen vigilantes like Clint Eastwood and Charles Bronson. But their vigilante antics soon attract the attention of Paul Smecker (Willem Dafoe, To Live and Die in LA), an FBI agent with his own unique approach to fighting crime, setting the stage for an epic confrontation that will redefine the words “truth” and “justice”.

Released in early 2000 in the wake of the infamous Columbine High School massacre, writer/director Troy Duffy’s tale of ultra-violent vigilantism was all but buried during its brief theatrical run but went on to enjoy a second wind on home video and has since attained cult status. With its irreverent humour and unflinching portrayal of violence, The Boondock Saints offers its own distinctive take on the seedy world of organised crime.

Special Features:
• High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation of the director’s cut of the film
• Original 5.1 lossless English audio
• Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
• Audio commentary by writer/director Troy Duffy
• Audio commentary by actor Billy Connolly
• Outtakes
• Deleted scenes
• Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Chris Malbon

FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collector's booklet featuring new writing on the film by Kieran Fisher

Xtro: Limited Edition Box Set lands in the UK for the first time on Blu-ray June 18th from Second Sight Films

XTRO (1982)
LIMITED EDITION BOX SET



Arrives for the first time on Blu-ray June 18th 2018

Label: Second Sight Films
Region Code: B
Rating: Cert: 15
Duration: 987 Minutes 
Director: Harry Bromley Davenport
Cast: Philip Sayer, Bernice Stegers, Danny Brainin, Marayam D’Abo, Anan Wing 

Not all aliens are friendly Part E.T., part Alien, British horror classic Xtro is one of the strangest, most shocking exploitation flicks to land on earth during the video nasty heyday. A film that narrowly avoided inclusion and prosecution on the original nasties list, threw in buckets of blood and gore and some of the most outlandish plot twists of the VHS era to create a truly memorable horror classic. Now it makes its arrival for the first time on Blu-ray courtesy of Second Sight Films as Xtro: Limited Edition Box Set.

Loved by horror fans, reviled by highbrow critics on its original release and one of the most notorious
homegrown films of its time, Xtro lands on 18 June 2018 in a newly restored version complete with a raft of new extras, including an hour-long documentary charting the film’s history and its impact, alongside its original alternate ending too.

Father Sam Phillips is playing with his family in the back garden of his idyllic English home when a bright light appears and seemingly abducts him. Three years later, the light returns and dumps a half human half alien creature. After slaughtering a couple who inadvertently stumble on it in a country road, the creature impregnates a woman who gives birth – in one of cinemas most outrageous scenes – to a fully formed Sam. He heads to London, seeking out his family and developing a strange bond with his son. And then things start to get really weird…

The film stars Philip Sayer (Shanghai Surprise), Bernice Stegers (Four Weddings And A Funeral), Danny Brainin (Yentl), Marayam D’Abo (The Living Daylights) and Eastenders favourite Anan Wing. 

Xtro: Limited Edition Box Set features a preview of the new rebooted Xtro currently being worked on by original creators Harry Bromley-Davenport and Mark Forstater and will feature the notorious alien induced birth sequence looking clearer, sharper and more shocking than ever.

Can you stomach Xtro?




SPECIAL LIMITED EDITION FEATURES
- Limited Edition box set featuring both original UK theatrical and video artwork flipped on either
side so you choose the front
- New Second Sight restoration with option of original and alternate endings plus the original UK video version
- New 2018 Director’s Version
- ‘Xploring Xtro’ - a new 57 minute documentary featuring interviews with Harry Bromley Davenport Mark Forstater, Bernice Stegers, Susie Silvey, ‘Tik’ – Tim Dry, ‘Tok’ – Sean Crawford, Robert Pereno, Alan Jones and Craig Lapper
- ‘The World of Xtro’ - a new featurette with Dennis Atherton, Harry Bromley-Davenport and Mark Forstater
- ‘Beyond Xtro’ – a new featurette with Harry Bromley-Davenport and Mark Forstater looking ahead to new reboot ‘Xtro – The Big One’, including exclusive test footage
- ‘Xtro Xposed’
- ‘Loving The Alien: A Tribute to Philip Sayer’ featuring exclusive Brian May music tribute
- Soft cover book with new writing by Kevin Lyons plus publicity and production stills
- Original soundtrack CD
- English subtitles for the hearing impaired


Thursday, April 26, 2018

KALEIDOSCOPE (2017) (IFC Midnight Blu-ray Review)

KALEIDOSCOPE (2017) 

Label: Scream Factory/IFC Midnight

Region Code: A
Rating: Unrated
Duration: 99 Minutes 
Audio: English DTS-HD MA 
Video: 1080p HD Widescreen (1.85:1) 
Director: Rupert Jones
Cast: Toby Jones, Anne Reid, Sinead Matthews, Cecilia Noble, Karl Johnson

This British psychological thriller from brothers Toby (Berberian Sound Studio) and director Rupert Jones really pulled me, we have an awkward middle-aged man named Carl who has recently been released from prison and living in a depressively generic block apartment building. We don't know why he was formerly incarcerated but here he is trying to make a go at life on the outside, he trying to get a gardening business underway, and also making the  rounds on an online dating site, where he meets a woman named Abby (Sinead Matthews). The two meet-up and return to his apartment, they share conversation and it becomes very evident that Carl is an awkward guy, and Abby is there for more than just pleasant conversation, she flirts with him a bit, but every time he leaves the room she goes through his drawers and cabinets looking for some thing valuable to steal.

He offers her an alcoholic beverage but does not serve himself, when she questions why he says alcohol changes him, and when she finally coerces him into plying himself with a proper adult beverage he comes to the next day and there's a dead body in his bathroom! On top of that his estranged mother arrives for a visit, so while he navigates the complexities of covering up a murder he must also contend with his overbearing mother with whom he has a deeply fraught relationship with, though exactly why is never really revealed.

The way the story s told is abstract, there are shifts in time and perspective that make a clear delineation of the events near impossible to fully comprehend, leaving us viewers to untangle the labyrinthine web of fractured storytelling. I could see how this would prove frustrating to some who require a more neatly tidies up finale, but I found it compelling and visually interesting from start to finish. If you're  fan of well-crafted psychological thrillers with some fractured narrative ranging from Polanski's Repulsion (1965) to Adam Green's Spiral (2007) and all Hitchcockian points in-between I think you'll have a good timer with Kaleidoscope, well-worth checking out.

Special Features:
- The Making of Kaleidoscope featurette
- Working in the Studio featurette
- Keeping Up With The Joneses featurette
- Theatrical Trailer


Wednesday, April 25, 2018

April 2018 Releases from Arrow Video US and Arrow Academy US

New from Arrow Video US and Arrow Academy US
Two Thousand Maniacs! [Blu-ray] (5/15)

Black Venus [Blu-ray] (5/22)

Death Smiles On A Murderer [Blu-ray] (5/22)

The Bloodthirsty Trilogy [Blu-ray] (5/22)

Smash Palace [Blu-ray] (5/29)
via MVD Entertainment Group
 
  
Mayday! Mayday! Arrow's May release have arrived!

Arrow Video and Arrow Academy are proud and excited to bring five new releases into the homes of cinephiles everywhere this May. The month begins with a three-course dish of genre delights from Arrow Video sure to satisfy the appetite of horror fans the world over and comes to a close with two must-own titles from Arrow Academy.

The starter dish for this darkly delectable feast is Two Thousand Maniacs! from the Godfather of Gore, Herschell Gordon Lewis. During a Centennial celebration six Yankees are tortured and killed by residents of a small town in the Deep South as revenge for the town's demise during the Civil War. Featuring the signature gore and dark humor Lewis was known for, Two Thousand Maniacs! is an entertaining piece of 60's horror that is shockingly relevant in today's tumultuous political climate.

The main course for May is some hearty Italian served up by master chef Joe D'Amato with Death Smiles on a Murderer. Ewa Aulin, Luciano Rossi and Klaus Kinski star in this tale of an ancient medallion used to raise the dead that mixes equal parts of gothic horror and giallo. Death Smiles on a Murderer is notable for being the first and one of the only times D'Amato was credited under his real name, Aristide Massaccesi. The Arrow release will feature brand-new 2K restoration from the original camera negative.

Rounding out this macabre meal is a dessert shooter in the form of Toho's The Bloodthirsty Trilogy. Toho, the famous Japanese studio known for Godzilla and other kaiju films, decided to take a page from the British and American studios and bring the story of Dracula to Japan starting with The Vampire Doll. That first film was followed by Lake of Dracula and Evil of Dracula, with all three titles coming from director Michio Yamamoto. The three films all put a Japanese twist on the vampire mythos and collectively are known as The Bloodthirsty Trilogy. All three films will be presented in one box set loaded with special features.

Arrow Academy's two releases for May include Abdellatif Kechiche's Black Venus and Roger Donaldson's Smash Palace.

Black Venus is based on the life of Saartjes Baartman, a woman taken from South African to Europe in the early 1800's under the guise that she would receive fame and fortune. The sad reality is that Baartman was subjected to humiliation and exploitation as she was caged and toured around as part of a freak show where people would poke fun at her body. Arrow Academy is proud to present this important film in high definition.

In Smash Palace, director Roger Donaldson tells the story of a former race car driver that ruins his marriage because his love of cars is stronger than the love he has for his wife. After his wife leaves him for his best friend, the once great racer decides to kidnap his daughter in an effort to hold on to whatever sense of family that he can. The Arrow Academy release comes with a number of special features including a 51-minute documentary on the making of the film.