Wednesday, October 17, 2018

MOLLY (2017) (Artsploitation Films Blu-ray Review)

MOLLY (2017) 

Label: Artsploitation Films
Region Code: A
Rating: Unrated 
Duration: 91 Minutes 
Audio: English 2.0 Dolby Digital, 5.1 Dolby Digital with Optional English Subtitles
Video: 1080p HD Widescreen (1.78:1)
Director: Colinda Bongers & Thijs Meuwese
Cast: Julia Batelaan, Mounir Aboulasri, Annelies Appelhof, Cheraine Baljé, Joost Bolt, Tamara Brinkman


Molly (2017) is a Mad Max by way of Turbo Kid-ish post-apocalyptic thriller wherein the titular character, played wonderfully by young Julia Batelaan, is a scavenger in the wastelands. She's strong and is able to hold her own against threats while scouring the desolate land for the food and weaponry she needs to survive. The coastal area is ruled by bad-guy named Deacon (Joost Bolt) who reigns from what looks to be the ruins of an offshore oil rig, where he runs an underground fight club of sorts, wherein victims who have been drugged with some sort of serum which turns them violent, known as "supplicants", are pitted against each other for sport and entertainment. The preferred currency of the apocalypse seems to be bullets for weapons, which makes a lot of sense when you think about it. 

We learn that Molly has a supernatural abilities, the power to a form a telekinetic force field, which have made her existence something of a local legend. When Deacon's marauders report back to him that she has killed several of his underlings he sends his minions to capture her, kidnapping her new found young friend as bait, luring her to his offshore lair, leading up to a violent bone-shattering finale. 


Molly is a spunky and lo-fi of movie making, it has style and is imaginative with a lead character who is quirky yet strong, throughout we are given brief flashbacks about her past with hints of medical tampering leading to her abilities, it makes for a compelling watch. I did find it a bit difficult not to think of Turbo Kid while watching this, I feel they're kindred spirits, and their stories could be happening in the same universe on different continents, so if you have an affinity for one I think you will dig the other. The story is definitely old hat though, there's nothing new under the post-apocalyptic sun here but they way it's told with a bold vision was strong enough to keep me plugged in right up tot he closing credits


The character of Molly is a cool-looking creation as we,l, she wears nerdy glasses, and is decked out in a post-apocalyptic 80's looking wardrobe. Her weaponry include a savage sword type blade, a homemade bow and arrow, and a pistol, not to mention her telekinetic defenses which she summons from time to time, plus a winged bird of prey which keeps her company and warns her of impending threats along the way. I like that she's not part of a group, she's solo, making her own way, keeping to herself, and actress Julia Batelaan really sold the character to me, conveying an inner strength, required vulnerability and determination the character needed. 


There's also some cool baddies, a menacing tracker and a mechanical-armed woman are the highlights, the ringmaster-esque main baddie was the least interesting of the threats, his performance is the only one that stood apart as plain bad for me, but I'm willing to consider that has more to do with the English performance from a Dutch actor. That the film is largely wordless for a good amount of the time might have been a wide move, and that he probably had the most speaking parts might be why stuck out so sorely for me. 


Audio/Video: Molly arrives on Blu-ray from Artsploitation Films, presenting the film in 108p HD widescreen (1.78:1) - the low-budget flick has an interesting look, high contrast and blooming with colorful, a unique choice for a post-apocalyptic film, plenty of bright colors using post-production techniques to saturate the color like an Instagram photo, I liked it. The image is nicely crisp with good clarity and depth. Audio comes by way of lossy English Dolby Digital stereo and surround mixes, the 5.1 is solid with good use of the surrounds, creating a good immersive experience, it's too bad we don't get a lossless option though, but the track is solid, optional English subtitles are provided. 

Extras on the disc include an audio commentary from directors Colinda Bongers & Thijs Meuwese, a trailer and a thirty-one minute making of doc that consists of behind-the-scenes footage of the making of the film. 

Special Features: 
- Audio Commentary with Directors Colinda Bongers & Thijs Meuwese
- Making of Molly (31 min) 
- Trailer (2 min) 

Molly is a bad-ass and quirky slice of post-apocalyptic cinema, a few of the fight sequences look a bit stiff and sloppily executed, but it has a lot more going for it than it does against it, including a solid performance from Julia Batelaan as the titular character, a solid lo-fi film. 

SCREAM FACTORY PRESENTS THE CRITTERS COLLECTION IN 4-DISC BLU-RAY SET ARRIVING NOVEMBER 27th, 2018


THE CRITTERS COLLECTION
4-DISC BLU-RAY SET
They’re back and ready to devour your Blu-ray player! Scream Factory proudly presents The Critters Collection in a 4-Blu-ray set on November 27, 2018. The terrifying and tiny menaces are out in full force with this four-film collection packed with enough special features to make any fan’s mouth water! The hit creature franchise finally comes packaged together and on Blu-ray for the first time with this release. Fans can now pre-order on shoutfactory.com and receive two exclusive lithographs featuring the brand-new artwork and its alternative. 


In Critters, the terrified Brown family are trapped in a deadly nightmare and must fight for their lives against a litter of extraterrestrial, bloodthirsty monsters. But it's a losing battle until two intergalactic bounty hunters arrive, determined to blow the creatures off the planet! In Critters 2: The Main Course, some eggs have survived and are popping open, bringing another horde of the little creatures! Brad Brown (Scott Grimes) returns to fight them along with three bounty hunters. Critters 3 stars Leonardo DiCaprio as Josh, a beleaguered Angelino who must lead the fight against the little monsters as they invade an L.A. apartment building. In the final film, Critters 4, a super strain of genetically engineered monsters are designed to take over the universe. This time, Brad Dourif and Angela Bassett must battle the little bloodthirsty hairballs.
Critters
It's no picnic for the Brown family when a lethal litter of carnivorous aliens arrives unannounced at their Kansas farm. Trapped in a deadly nightmare, the terrified Browns fight for their lives against the attacking bloodthirsty monsters. But it's a losing battle until two intergalactic bounty hunters arrive, determined to blow the hellish creatures off the planet! It's an alien adventure, full of action and just crawling with Critters!
Critters 2: The Main Course
Is it human? Is it a beast? Whatever it is, IT LIVES AGAIN in this second film in the Critters quadrilogy!
It's been two years since the fiendish Critters first terrorized the town of Grovers Bend and sent the Brown family packing. But the "boy who called Critter," Brad Brown (Scott Grimes), is back ... and just in time. Critter eggs have been hatching lethal litters, and the bloodthirsty hairballs are eager to partake in their favorite pastime – eating. In no time, the eggs are popping open everywhere – a field full of livestock becomes a gigantic feeding ground, and local residents are disappearing by the mouthful. Fortunately, three bounty hunters from space, Ug, Lee and Charlie, are flying back to eradicate the problem. But can they wipe out the Critters before Grovers Bend is erased from the map? With outstanding special effects, Critters 2 - The Main Course delivers a fine repast of morbid mayhem!
Critters 3
First, they destroyed a farm. Then they destroyed a town. Now they’re ready to do some REAL damage!
Leonardo DiCaprio stars in the third and most outrageous installment of the classic cult tale of the infamous Critters. As the fanged, furious furballs viciously invade an L.A. apartment building and sink their teeth into the low-rent tenants, Josh (DiCaprio) leads the battle to beat back the conniving critters and save the planet. It won't be an easy job, but he's the one person the human race must depend on to destroy these terrifying alien hedgehogs once and for all!
Critters 4
They’ve returned home …. to outer space!
The Critters are back in this supercharged sci-fi space adventure! But these are no ordinary Critters – they're a super strain of genetically engineered mutants designed to take over the universe! This time, they're hungry to conquer the galaxy, with an appetite for mankind that's out of this world. Joined by Angela Bassett (Black Panther) and Brad Dourif (Child’s Play), Don Keith Opper and Terrence Mann reprise their popular roles as they battle for survival against the Critters, a nuclear meltdown and the fate of the universe!



Special Features:
CRITTERS
  • NEW 2K scan from the original film elements
  • NEW Audio Commentary with producer Barry Opper and star Don Opper
  • NEW Audio Commentary with Critter designers Charles Chiodo, Edward Chiodo and Stephen Chiodo
  • NEW They Bite!: The Making of CRITTERS featuring interviews with actors Dee Wallace, Don Opper, Terrence Mann and Lin Shaye, producer Barry Opper, writer Brian Muir, Critters designers Charles Chiodo, Edward Chiodo and Stephen Chiodo, make-up artist R. Christopher Biggs, special prop supervisor Anthony Doublin, composer David Newman and second unit director Mark Helfrich, Critter Voice actor Corey Burton and Miniature Effects Supervisor Gene Warren Jr.
  • NEW For Brian: A Tribute to Screenwriter Brian Domonic Muir
  • Behind-the-Scenes Footage
  • Alternate Ending
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • TV Spots
  • Still Gallery
CRITTERS 2: THE MAIN COURSE
  • NEW 2K scan from the original film elements
  • NEW Audio Commentary with director Mick Garris
  • NEW Audio Commentary with Critters designers Charles Chiodo, Edward Chiodo and Stephen Chiodo
  • NEW The Main Course: The Making of CRITTERS 2 featuring interviews with director Mick Garris, actors Liane Curtis, Don Opper, Terrence Mann and Lin Shaye, producer Barry Opper, Critter designers Charles Chiodo, Edward Chiodo and Stephen Chiodo and make-up artist R. Christopher Biggs
  • Behind the Scenes Footage
  • Additional TV Scenes
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • TV Spots
  • Still Gallery
CRITTERS 3
  • NEW Audio Commentary with producer Barry Opper and star Don Opper
  • NEW You Are What They Eat: The Making of CRITTERS 3 featuring interviews with producer Barry Opper, screenwriter David J. Schow, stars Don Opper and Terrence Mann, director of photography Thomas J. Callaway and Critters designers Charles Chiodo, Edward Chiodo and Stephen Chiodo
  • Trailer
  • Still Gallery
CRITTERS 4
  • NEW Audio Commentary with producer/director Rupert Harvey
  • NEW Space Madness: The Making of CRITTERS 3 featuring interviews with producer Barry Opper, screenwriter David J. Schow, stars Don Opper and Terrence Mann, director of photography Thomas J. Callaway, Critters designers Charles Chiodo, Edward Chiodo and Stephen Chiodo
  • Trailer
  • Still Gallery

PEPPERMINT Starring Jennifer Garner arrives on Digital on November 20th, 2018 and on Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and On Demand on December 11th


JENNIFER GARNER KICKS INTO HIGH GEAR IN THE
ADRENALINE-PACKED, HEART-RACING ACTION FILM
FROM THE DIRECTOR OF TAKEN

PEPPERMINT (2018) 

AVAILABLE ON DIGITAL NOVEMBER 20th, 2018
AND ON BLU-RAY™ AND DVD DECEMBER 11th, 2018

Universal City, California, October 17, 2018 – Revenge has no limits for Riley North in the action-packed thriller, Peppermint, arriving on Digital on November 20, 2018 and on Blu-ray™ Combo Pack, DVD and On Demand on December 11, 2018 from STXfilms and Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. A powerful story about an underdog hero fighting for justice, the high-octane film is directed by Pierre Morel (Taken, The Gunman) and stars a stellar cast including Golden Globe® winner Jennifer Garner (“Alias,” Juno), John Ortiz (Silver Linings Playbook, American Gangster), John Gallagher, Jr. (10 Cloverfield Lane, Hush), Juana Pablo Raba (The 33, “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”) and Annie Ilonzeh (“Person of Interest,” “Arrow”).

Young mother Riley North (Garner) awakens from a coma after her husband and daughter are killed in a brutal attack on the family. When the system frustratingly shields the murderers from justice, Riley sets out to transform herself from citizen to urban guerilla. Channeling her frustration into personal motivation, she spends years in hiding honing her mind, body and spirit to become an unstoppable force – eluding the underworld, the LAPD and the FBI – as she methodically delivers her personal brand of justice. From the director of Taken, this film is being hailed by critics as “a total adrenaline rush from start to finish!” (Dave Morales, Fox TV Houston).

Charged with non-stop action and kick-ass fight scenes, Peppermint on Blu-ray™, DVD and Digital showcases exhilarating bonus content including a special featurette and film commentary with director Pierre Morel.

BONUS FEATURES on BLU-RAY™, DVD AND DIGITAL
- Justice: A behind-the-scenes featurette with Jennifer Garner & Director Pierre Morel
- Feature Commentary by director Pierre Morel

FILMMAKERS:
Cast: Jennifer Garner, John Ortiz, John Gallagher, Jr., Juan Pablo Raba, Annie Ilonzeh
Casting By: Deanna Brigidi, CSA
Music By: Simon Franglen
Costume Designer: Lindsay Ann McKay
Edited By: Frédéric Thoraval
Production Designer: Ramsey Avery
Director of Photography: David Lanzenberg
Executive Producers: David Kern, James McQuaide, Donald Tang, Renée Tab, Christopher Tuffin, Wang Zhongjun, Wang Zhonglei, Felice Bee, Robert Simonds, Adam Fogelson
Produced By: Tom Rosenberg, Gary Lucchesi, Richard Wright, Eric Reid
Written By: Chad St. John
Directed By: Pierre Morel

TECHNICAL INFORMATION BLU-RAY™:
Street Date: December 11, 2018
Copyright: 2018 Universal Pictures Home Entertainment
Selection Number: 64193804
Layers: BD 50
Aspect Ratio: 16:9 2.39:1 Widescreen
Rating: R for strong violence and language throughout.
Languages/Subtitles: English SDH, Latin American Spanish
Sound: English DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 and Dolby Digital 2.0
Run Time: 1 hour and 41 minutes

TECHNICAL INFORMATION DVD:
Street Date: December 11, 2018
Copyright: 2018 Universal Pictures Home Entertainment
Selection Number: 64193778
Layers: DVD 9
Aspect Ratio: 16:9 2.39:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Rating: R for strong violence and language throughout.
Languages/Subtitles: English SDH, Latin American Spanish
Sound: English Dolby Digital 5.1 and Dolby Digital 2.0
Run Time: 1 hour and 41 minutes

The Happytime Murders on Digital November 20th and Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD & On Demand December 4th


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THE HAPPYTIME MURDERS (2018) 

AVAILABLE ON DIGITAL NOVEMBER 20th, 2018
AND ON BLU-RAY AND DVD DECEMBER 4th, 2018

“A FLUFFING HYSTERICAL COMEDY”
 MIKE REYES, CINEMABLEND
Discover what happens on the other side of the street in the outrageous comedy, The Happytime Murdersarriving on Digital on November 20, 2018 and on Blu-rayTM Combo Pack, DVD and On Demand on December 4, 2018 from STXfilms and Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.

“Hilarious, wickedly original and crazily quirky” (Neil Pond, Parade), The Happytime Murders is directed and produced by Brian Henson (The Muppet Christmas Carol) alongside producers Jeffrey Hayes, Melissa McCarthy, and Ben Falcone. The film also features an all-star comedic cast including Melissa McCarthy (The Boss), Maya Rudolph (Bridesmaids), Joel McHale (“Community”), and Elizabeth Banks (Pitch Perfect).

The Happytime Murders is a raunchy comedy set in the underbelly of Los Angeles where puppets and humans coexist. Two clashing detectives with a shared secret, one human (McCarthy) and one puppet, are forced to work together again to solve the brutal murders of the former cast of a beloved classic puppet television show. A hilarious buddy cop murder mystery comedy at heart, the film is unapologetically bold and keeps audiences entertained from start to finish.

Packed with clever improv and shocking humor, The Happytime Murders on Blu-rayTM, DVD and Digital showcases side-splitting bonus features including deleted scenes, a gag reel, feature commentary with filmmakers and cast, and special featurettes that take fans further into the twisted and scandalous world  inhabited by both humans and puppets.

BONUS FEATURES ON BLU-RAYTM, DVD AND DIGITAL
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Gag Reel
  • Line-O-Rama
  • Virtual Environments: Go behind the scenes to see the transformation of the film’s virtual environments including visual effects through backdrops, action scenes, and the movements of the puppets themselves.
  • Avatars Demo: VFX supervisors discuss how The Happytime Murders created a new realm of puppet movies by using avatars to make the puppets come to life.
  • VFX Breakdown: An overview of the impact of visual special effects in the film.
  • Theatrical Trailers
  • Feature Commentary with Director Brian Henson and voice actor Bill Barretta

The Happytime Murders will be available on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital.
  • Blu-ray unleashes the power of your HDTV and is the best way to watch movies at home, featuring 6X the picture resolution of DVD, exclusive extras and theater-quality surround sound.
  • Digital lets fans watch movies anywhere on their favorite devices. Users can instantly stream or download.

URBAN LEGEND (1998) COLLECTOR’S EDITION 2-DISC BLU-RAY & URBAN LEGENDS: FINAL CUT (2000) ARRIVE NOVEMBER 20th, 2018 FROM SCREAM FACTORY™

URBAN LEGEND (1998)-COLLECTOR’S EDITION 2-DISC BLU-RAY™

URBAN LEGENDS: FINAL CUT (2000) 

Get ready to face your worst fears this November 20th, 2018 when SCREAM FACTORY™ unleashes 90’s horror smash hit URBAN LEGEND Collector’s Edition 2-Disc Blu-ray and its suspenseful follow-up URBAN LEGENDS: FINAL CUT Blu-ray. A must-have for loyal fans, movie collectors and horror enthusiasts, URBAN LEGEND Collector’s Edition and URBAN LEGENDS: FINAL CUT contain special bonus content. Pre-order now at ShoutFactory.com

Directed by Jamie Blanks (Valentine, Storm Warning), URBAN LEGEND stars Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers Club), Alicia Witt (TV’s The Exorcist), Rebecca Gayheart (Jawbreaker), Joshua Jackson (The Affair), Loretta Devine (Grey’s Anatomy), Tara Reid (Sharknado), Michael Rosenbaum (Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2), and Robert Englund (A Nightmare on Elm Street).

When New England college student Natalie (Alicia Witt, TV's The Exorcist) finds herself at the center of a series of sadistic murders seemingly inspired by urban legends, she resolves to find the truth about her school's own legend: a twenty-five-year-old story of a student massacre at the hands of an abnormal Psych professor. As the fraternities prepare to celebrate the macabre anniversary, Natalie discovers that she is the focus of the crazed killer's intentions in the ultimate urban legend – the unfolding story of her own horrific murder.

1080p High-Definition Widescreen (2.40:1)/DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1/English Subtitles/1998/ Approximate Feature Running Time: 99 Minutes. Rated R – HORROR VIOLENCE/GORE, LANGUAGE AND SEXUAL CONTENT

The making of a horror movie takes on a terrifying reality for students at the most prestigious film school in Urban Legends: Final Cut, directed by John Ottman (Valkyrie, X-Men: Apocalypse). The film stars Jennifer Morrison (Amityville: The Awakening), Matthew Davis (The Vampire Diaries), Hart Bochner (Die Hard), Joseph Lawrence (Rest Stop), Anthony Anderson (Scream 4) and Loretta Devine (Urban Legend).

At Alpine University, someone is determined to win the best film award at any cost – even if it means eliminating the competition. No one is safe and everyone is a suspect. Urban Legends: Final Cut is an edge-of-your-seat thriller that will keep you guessing until the shocking climax.

1080p High-Definition Widescreen (2.35:1)/DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1/2000/English Subtitles/Approximate Feature Running Time: 99 Minutes. Rated R – VIOLENCE/GORE, LANGUAGE AND SOME SEXUALITY

URBAN LEGEND Collector’s Edition Special Features:
DISC ONE
- NEW audio commentary with director Jamie Blanks, producer Michael McDonnell, assistant Edgar Pablos, moderated by author Peter M. Bracke
- Audio Commentary with director Jamie Blanks, writer Silvio Horta and actor Michael Rosenbaum
- Theatrical Trailer

DISC TWO
- NEW Urban Legacy – an eight-part documentary on the making of URBAN LEGEND (147 minutes) including interviews with director Jamie Blanks, writer Silvio Horta, executive producers Brad Luff, Nick Osborne, producers Neal Moritz, Gina Matthews, Michael McDonnell, chairman and CEO of Phoenix Pictures Mike Medavoy, production designer Charles Breen, director of photography James Chressanthis, editor Jay Cassidy, composer Christopher Young, actors Alicia Witt, Michael Rosenbaum, Natasha Gregson Wagner, Robert Englund, Loretta Devine, Rebecca Gayheart, Tara Reid, Danielle Harris, assistant Edgar Pablos author Peter M. Bracke and more…
- NEW Behind-the-Scenes footage
- NEW Extended interviews from the eight-part documentary
- Archival Making of Featurette
- Gag Reel
- Deleted Scene
- TV Spots

URBAN LEGENDS: FINAL CUT Special Features:
- NEW The Legend Continues: Urban Legends: Final Cut including interviews with producers Gina Matthews, Michael McDonnell, executive producers Nick Osborne, Brad Luff, chairman and CEO of Phoenix Pictures Mike Medavoy, writer Silvio Horta, actors Loretta Devine and Rebecca Gayheart
- NEW interview with actress Jessica Cauffiel
- Audio Commentary with director John Ottman
- Deleted Scenes with optional commentary by director John Ottman
- Vintage Making of Featurette
- Gag Reel
- Theatrical Trailer

Ash returns to battle the demonic unliving in the horror classic Evil Dead 2, arriving on 4K Ultra HD™ Combo Pack (plus Blu-ray™ and Digital) December 11th from Lionsgate.


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Available for the First Time on
4K Ultra HD™ Combo Pack
Including Dolby Vision™

Ash returns in one of horror’s greatest sequels when Evil Dead 2 arrives on 4K Ultra HD™ Combo Pack (plus Blu-ray™ and Digital) December 11 from Lionsgate. Written and directed by Sam Raimi (Spider-Man, Army of Darkness), and starring Bruce Campbell in the role that cemented his place in horror history, Ash must, once again, battle the deranged dead after returning to the same cabin from The Evil Dead and unleashing Hell on Earth. Experience four times the resolution of Full HD with the 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack, which includes Dolby Vision HDR, bringing the stunning cinematography of this supernatural horror film to life. When compared to a standard picture, Dolby Vision can deliver spectacular colors never before seen on a screen, highlights that are up to 40 times brighter, and blacks that are 10 times darker. Available for the very first time in this absolutely stunning format, the Evil Dead 2 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack will include a brand new, never-before-seen 52 minute featurette, “Bloody and Groovy, Baby! – A Tribute to Sam Raimi’s Evil Dead II” featurette and will be available for the suggested retail price of $22.99.

OFFICIAL SYNOPSIS
Ash, the sole survivor of The Evil Dead, returns to the same cabin in the woods and again unleashes the dead. With his girlfriend possessed and his body parts running amok, Ash must again single-handedly battle the damned in this unhinged horror classic!

CAST                                                 
Bruce Campbell - Army of Darkness, TV’s “Ash vs Evil Dead”
Dan Hicks - Darkman, Intruder, Spider-Man 2
Kassie Wesley Depaiva - TV’s “One Life to Live”, TV’s “Days of Our Lives”
and Ted Raimi - Spider-Man 3, The Midnight Meat Train, TV’s “Ash vs Evil Dead”

4K ULTRA HD SPECIAL FEATURES
NEW “Bloody and Groovy, Baby!” – A Tribute to Sam Raimi’s Evil Dead 2 Featurette
- Audio Commentary with writer-director Sam Raimi, actor Bruce Campbell, co-writer Scott Spiegel, and special make-up effects artist Greg Nicotero

BLU-RAY SPECIAL FEATURES
- Audio Commentary with writer-director Sam Raimi, actor Bruce Campbell, co-writer Scott Spiegel, and special make-up effects artist Greg Nicotero
 “Swallowed Souls: The Making of Evil Dead 2” Featurette
 “Cabin Fever – A ‘Fly on the Wall’ Look Behind-the-Scenes of Evil Dead 2” Featurette
- “Road to Wadesboro: Revisiting the Shooting Location with Filmmaker Tony Elwood” Featurette
- “Evil Dead 2: Behind-the-Screams” Featurette
- “The Gore The Merrier” Featurette
- Theatrical Trailer
- Still Galleries

PROGRAM INFORMATION
Year of Production: 1986
Title Copyright: © 1987 STUDIOCANAL. All Rights Reserved.
Type: Theatrical Release
Rating: R
Genre: Horror, Supernatural, Thriller
Closed Captioned: NA
Subtitles: English, Spanish, German, English SDH
Feature Running Time: 84 Minutes
4K Ultra HD™ Format: Dolby Vision, 2160p Ultra High Definition, 16x9 (1.85:1) Presentation
Blu-ray Format: 1080p High Definition, 16x9 (1.85:1) Presentation 
4K Audio Status: English 5.1 DTS-HD, Spanish 2.0 DTS-HD, French 5.1 DTS-HD, German 2.0 Mono DTS-HD
Blu-ray Audio Status: English 5.1 DTS-HD

Massacre Video Releases FIEND – Don Dohler’s supernatural ghoul-fest this December 2018

FIEND (1980) 

Label: Massacre Video
Release Date: December 11th 2018 
Duration: 92 Minutes 
Region: Region-FREE
Video: 1080p HD Full Screen (1.33:1)
Audio: English Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
Director: Don Dohler
Cast: Don Leifert, George Stover, Richard Nelson, Elaine White


After being awakened from the grave, Eric Longfellow (Don Leifert) takes up residence in a sleepy suburban cul-de-sac outside of Baltimore, establishing himself as a respected music teacher while secretly roaming the nearby woods, stalking and strangling young women so as to take over their life force. As residents descend into panic and paranoia, Longfellow’s neighbor becomes increasingly suspicious of his unaccounted wanderings, unaware of his evil powers and unquenchable need for fresh victims.


The second feature film directed by Baltimore’s best-kept filmmaking secret, the legendary self-taught auteur Don Dohler, FIEND is a meticulously made supernatural suspense thriller. Massacre Video proudly presents this under-seen 1980 ghoul fest in glorious HD, newly restored in 2k from its original 16mm A/B rolls, featuring rare archive interviews with the cast plus much more!


Special Features: 
- Brand new 2k scan from the original 16mm A/B rolls.
- Brand new audio commentary featuring actor George Stover and cinematographer Richard Geiwitz, moderated by Cinema Arcana’s Bruce Holecheck.
- On Fiend: Archival interviews with actors Don Leifert, Greg Dohler and Kim Dohler-Pfeiffer.
- The 8mm Shorts of Don Dohler - newly transferred in HD.
- Mr. Clay, Pursed: Horrors from the ID and TO DIE…OR NOT TO DIE.
- Newly transferred in 2k blooper reel
- English captions
- Extensive image gallery
- Massacre Video trailers




ASH VS EVIL DEAD - THE COMPLETE COLLECTION (2015-2018) (Blu-ray Review)

ASH VS EVIL DEAD - THE COMPLETE COLLECTION (2015-2018) 

Label: Lionsgate 
Region Code: A
Rating: TV-MA 
Duration: 858 Minutes 
Audio: English 7.1 Dolby TrueHD, Spanish 2.0 Dolby Surround, French 5.1 Dolby Digital Audio with Optional English Subtitles 
Video: 1080p HD Widescreen (1.78:1)
Cast: Bruce Campbel, Lucy Lawless, Ray Santiago, Dana DeLorenzo, Arielle Carver-O’Neill


Synopsis: Ash Williams (Bruce Campbell), the chainsaw-wielding, wisecracking antihero of the legendary The Evil Dead films, is back for more gore-filled adventure in this complete 30-episode collection of the Ash vs Evil Dead TV series. Follow Ash’s journey as he returns home to Elk Grove, Michigan, meets his long-lost daughter, and unites with former enemy Ruby (Lucy Lawless) and fellow demon fighters Pablo (Ray Santiago) and Kelly (Dana DeLorenzo) for a final blood-splattering stand to save the world!


Thirty or so years after the events of the Evil Dead trilogy the first season Ash vs Evil Dead catches up with our beloved blow-hard Ash Williams, the one-handed demon slayer is now working at the Value Stop in Michigan as a stock boy, along with his loyal co-worker Pablo (Ray Santiago) and  Pablo's crush-girl  Kelly (Dana DeLorenzo). The day after after a blackout night of drinking and smoking weed with a prostitute Ash realizes he must have read from the dreaded Book of the Dead and has inadvertently unleashed Deadites back into the world! Now he must fulfill his destiny as mankind's savior, reluctantly falling back into his demon-killing lifestyle, donning his chainsaw and sawed-off shotgun, but very reluctantly and a bit half-assed. 


Ash is joined on his quest by his co-workers, adding some nice buddy comedy to the series, plus we get Lucy Lawless (Xena: Warrior Princess) as mysterious woman named Ruby Knowby and an ill-fated return to a particular cabin-in-the-woods where Ash is reunited with his severed evil-hand and Henrietta the demon-grannie! Honestly, the idea of this series didn't imbue me with positive feelings when I first heard about it, I didn't think it would work, but these half-hour episodes are jam-packed with all the humor, gore and goofiness we came to love about the Evil Dead series, and the blood and gore is phenomenal, there has never been a TV show as ridiculously bloody as this, it's really quite wonderful. 


Season two expanded on the story with Ruby revealed as an immortal evil out to unleash an even more evil upon the Earth, whose demon ex Baal shows up to convolute some of the later episodes. The last few episode dealing heavily with Baal are a real drag on the season in my opinion, happening at an asylum with Ash questioning his sanity, it's a scenario I didn't really care for. Meanwhile Ash returns to his home town of Elks Grove where he is reunited with his father, played by Lee Majors (The Six Million Dollar Man!), and we get the return of Ash's sister Cheryl (Ellen Sandweiss, Evil Dead) from the first film. The visuals are top-notch, the gore is dripping right off the screen, but the storyline does falter a bit towards the end, but even a bad episode of Ash Vs Evil Dead is better than a decent episode of pretty much any other series in my opinion. 



The third and (sadly) final season does something that a lot of sitcoms have done before, the trope of entering a young family member no one knew about before, which is usually a bad idea. Here wer are introduced to Ash's daughter, and against the odds it's a welcome addition to the series. Ruby also gives birth to an evil Ash, and were introduced to a clandestine group of Ash worshippers know as the Knights of Sumeria, and the final episode features a kaiju-sized deadite with the military showing up to take it on with tanks and war planes, it's a nice but of spectacle. Unfortunately the third season was the nail-in-the-Necronomicon for the series, but it wraps up with a fun finale that  continues the story into the post-apocalyptic future that feels appropriate and right, though I do wish we were getting more of ass-kicking Ash, I would have been down to watch it. 


Ash vs Evil Dead was an awesome three seasons of gore-filled TV,  each episode was a tight, blood and humor filled half hour that kept me coming back for more,. It's a shame it all had to come to and end, but that this managed to live up to the legacy of the films and then some is miraculous, it's hard to believe it ever happened at all, but it did and I'm grateful for it. 


Audio/Video: Ash Vs Evil Dead - The Complete Collection arrives on six-disc Blu-ray fromLionsgate in 1080p HD widescreen (1.78:1) looking gorgeous, fine detail and textures are sharp, blacks are solid, colors are vibrant and the gore is splat-tastic. The series comes with Dolby TrueHD 7.1 audio mix that puts you right in the thick of it with fun, sometimes campily overdone, surround mixes make for a exciting audio presentation, the sounds of bloody gore drip from the speakers, the buzzing of Ash's chainsaw fill the air, horrific scream and the affected demonic babble of deadite coming through with immediacy and resonance. The TrueHD gives the Joseph LoDuca (Evil Dead) score some nice presence,. plus we gets some choice 70's rock from Alice Cooper, Ted Nugent and Deep Purple, optional English subtitles are provided. 


Extras include a load of audio commentaries from cast and crew, inside the episode recap featurettes, season recaps, extras about the weapons, extras about the ass-kicking women, an extra about the Delta, kill clips, just lots of good stuff to pour through for fans of the show and the series. 


The six disc set arrives on an oversized Blu-ray keepcase with the six-discs inside, these are the same discs as the individual season sets we've seen before, so if you already own those there's little reason to upgrade, but if you haven't bought them this is a great pick-up. Now we needs a Book of the Dead edition of the series with a rubbery Necronomicon packaging, which I am sure we will get at some point, the Evil Dead trilogy are among the most re-released properties in all of home video history, I am sure this series will follow in that same tradition. 


Season Features: 
Season One: 
- “Inside the World of Ash” Featurette (16 min) 
- “How to Kill a Deadite” Featurette (3 min) 
- “Best of Ash” Featurette (1 min) 
- Audio Commentaries

Season Two:
- “Season 2 First Look” Featurette (2 min) 
- “Inside the World of Ash vs Evil Dead” Featurette (16 min) 
- “Up Your Ash” Featurette (2 min) 
- “Women Who Kick Ash” Featurette (12 min) 
- “Puppets Are Cute” Featurette (1 min) 
- “Dawn of the Spawn” Featurette (1 min) 
- “Bringing Henrietta Back” Featurette (2 min) 
- “The Delta” Featurette (2 min) 
- “How to Kill a Deadite” Featurette (2 min) 
- “Fatality Mash-Up” Featurette (1 min) 
- Audio Commentaries

Season Three: 
- “Season Overview” Featurette
- “Inside the World of Ash vs Evil Dead” Featurette
- Audio Commentaries


Man, I am going to miss this show, the half-hour episode format was a stroke of genius, it kept things fast and furious, never a dull moment, and Bruce Campbell was on-fire, bringing us right back to the Ash we knew and layering on even more gore-filled cheese and demonic chicanery, it's was a wondrously carnage and laugh filled extravaganza. If you're a fan of the series this collection looks and sounds great on Blu-ray, and if you're  fan of the films but haven't seen the series do yourself a favor and grab this set, you will not be disappointed!