Wednesday, February 8, 2023

INVALUABLE: THE TRUE STORY OF AN EPIC ARTIST Limited Edition Slipcover Available NOW!


BEFORE THE EVIL DEAD RISE IN THEATERS THIS APRIL, WITNESS THEIR CREATION IN INVALUABLE: THE TRUE STORY OF AN EPIC ARTIST, COMING WITH A LIMITED EDITION SLIPCOVER BLU-RAY FROM SYNAPSE FILMS AND DIABOLIKDVD!

Only 1000 Slipcovers Available!
 
“A must see for any horror fan.” - Horror Society
 
THIS IS WHERE THE STORY OF “THE EVIL DEAD” BEGINS…

 Sam Raimi’s 1983 film THE EVIL DEAD is a horror masterpiece that has terrified audiences for over 40 years and spawned sequels, a remake, video games, toys and even a television series. The original film’s iconic special effects and make-up were created by Tom Sullivan, a Michigan artist and sculptor who became friends with Sam Raimi, star Bruce Campbell and producer Rob Tapert when they were in college.
 
Ryan Meade’s INVALUABLE: THE TRUE STORY OF AN EPIC ARTIST is a feature length documentary about the life and art of Tom Sullivan and his involvement with the EVIL DEAD film series. Assembled with amazing archival Super 8mm film footage, Hi8, VHS, and vintage audio tapes and photographs, it’s a unique and sentimental portrait of a man who helped make one of the greatest horror franchises of all time. Also contains amazing behind-the-scenes footage, original location visits, all-new interviews with Bruce Campbell, Ted Raimi, Josh Becker, Danny Hicks, Hal Delrich, Ellen Sandweiss, Betsy Baker, Theresa Tilly and more!
 
Nearly FOUR HOURS of SPECIAL FEATURES, including: 
- OTHER MEN’S CAREERS – A bonus documentary about the life of filmmaker Josh Becker
- Vintage Tom Sullivan “In the Spotlight” interview (1989)
- Unedited interview with Tim Philo, cinematographer of THE EVIL DEAD
- Extended interview segments with Josh Becker
- INVALUABLE Promotional Trailers
- Ryan Meade short films: BONG FLY & COSMOS LOCOS
- BONG FLY Behind-the-Scenes
- SNAP SHOTS – Motion Stills Gallery
- Reversible cover art

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The Texas Chain Saw Massacre 'The most purely horrifying horror ever made' gets long-awaited Limited Edition on 4K/Blu-ray + Standard Editions on April 10th 2023 in the UK!


‘The most purely horrifying horror movie ever made. Genuinely disturbing, even now’
- Empire

‘Chainsaw-wielding Leatherface remains one of the most disturbing characters in horror’’
- The Independent

‘A one-of-a-kind flick; a lightning-in-a-bottle moment of movie madness… nightmarish assault on the senses infused with a palpable sense of dread’
- Home Cinema Choice

The Texas Chain Saw Massacre not only changed the face of horror, it remains one of the most disturbing, powerful and terrifying films ever made. Now – almost half a century after its original release – you can witness the terror as never seen before, as Second Sight Films presents the definitive version of Tobe Hooper’s legendary horror classic.

The highly anticipated Limited Edition 4K UHD/Blu-ray Box set comes complete with three discs: one UHD and two Blu-rays and in a brand-new presentation featuring additional restoration work. The UHD is presented in Dolby Vision HDR produced by Second Sight Films. Presented in a rigid box featuring stunning artwork, the release comes complete with a slew of special features and a 190-page hardback book. It arrives on 10 April 2023 and will also be available on Standard Edition 4K UHD and Standard Edition Blu-ray.

The film that redefined horror, tells the story of a group of five friends who take a road trip and find themselves at the mercy of a depraved Texan clan, among them one of the all-time horror icons, the chainsaw-wielding Leatherface – played by the inimitable Gunnar Hansen. It’s not long before their idyllic drive becomes a macabre nightmare... 

On its 1974 release, the film shocked audiences to their core, caused outrage and was widely banned for many years. To this day, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre has the power to strike fear into its victims, both old and new.

Special Features 
- Three-disc edition – One UHD and two Blu-rays with bonus features on both formats
- A new presentation featuring additional restoration work
- UHD presented in Dolby Vision HDR produced by Second Sight Films
- Audio tracks include new Dolby Atmos, stereo and restored original mono mix produced by Second Sight Films
- New Audio commentary by Amanda Reyes and Bill Ackerman
- Audio commentary with Writer-Producer-Director Tobe Hooper
- Audio commentary with Cinematographer Daniel Pearl, Editor J. Larry Carroll, Sound Recordist Ted Nicolaou
- Audio commentary with Writer-Producer-Director Tobe Hooper, Cinematographer Daniel Pearl, Actor Gunnar Hansen
-  Audio commentary with Actors Marilyn Burns, Allen Danziger and Paul A. Partain, and Art Director Robert A. Burns
- The Legacy of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre - a new feature length documentary produced by Second Sight Films
- Behind The Mask: Alexandra Heller-Nicholas on The Texas Chain Saw Massacre
- The Shocking Truth documentary, plus outtakes
- Cutting Chain Saw with Editor J. Larry Carroll
- Granpaw's Tales with Actor John Dugan
- Horror's Hallowed Grounds
- Flesh Wounds: Seven Stories of The Saw
- Off The Hook with Actor Teri McMinn
- The Business of Chain Saw with Production Manager Ron Bozman
- House Tour with Actor Gunnar Hansen
- Tobe Hooper interview
- Kim Henkel interview
- Deleted Scenes
- Outtakes
- Trailers
- TV and Radio Spots
- Stills Gallery

Limited Edition Contents
- Rigid slipcase with original classic artwork
190-page hardback book with new essays by ​​Heather Buckley, Tim Coleman, Martyn Conterio, Miranda Corcoran, Heather Drain, Lee Gambin, Caden Mark Gardner, Lindsay Hallam, Cerise Howard, Kimberly Lindbergs, Annie Rose Malamet, Maitland McDonagh, Neil Mitchell, Jerome Reuter and Robert Skvarla, illustrated by Adam Stothard
- 6 collectors' art cards illustrated by Adam Stothard
- Exclusive 3 additional art cards when ordering direct from Second Sight, while stocks last

Title: The Texas Chain Saw Massacre Limited Edition 4K UHD/Blu-ray                                    
Cat.No.: 2NDBR4180                             Release Date: 10 April 2023
Cert:18                                                  Running Time: 83 mins
Region: Region Free 4K UHD/ Region B Blu-ray                                                            
Pre-order here: http://bit.ly/3RAAoJo
 
Title: The Texas Chain Saw Massacre Standard Edition Blu-ray                           
Cat.No.: 2NDBR4181                            Release Date:   10 April 2023
Cert: 18                                                Running Time: 83 mins
Region:Region B                                                                                               
Pre-order here: https://bit.ly/3X1Z66I

Title: The Texas Chain Saw Massacre Standard Edition 4K UHD                          
Cat.No.:      2NDBR4182                                                                                    Release Date: 10 April 2023

Cert: 18                                                                                                              Running Time: 83 mins

Region:  Region Free                                                                                Pre-order here: https://bit.ly/3YtsOTm


                                                                          

Tuesday, February 7, 2023

‘Jane’ Sabrina Jaglom’s dark and pertinent psychological thriller – premieres in UK on Feb 13th


JANE

‘Smart... it hooks you’
- Culturess

‘A cautionary tale about the need for connection...
- Alliance of Women Film Journalists

Madelaine Petsch (Riverdale), Chlöe Bailey (from R&B duo Chlöe x Halle), Melissa Leo (The Fighter, Prisoners) and Kerri Medders (Bring It On: Cheer or Die)

Meet Jane, a dark psychological potboiler directed by Sabrina Jaglom (Home Again, Unforgettable) that makes its UK premiere on February 13th from 101 Films.

Spellbinding and shocking, this tense and poignant thriller features beautiful cinematography and mesmerising performances – and asks the question: How far are you willing to go to succeed?

Seemingly perfect and incredibly ambitious high school senior Olivia (Madelaine Petsch) struggles with grief and anxiety following her best friend Jane’s (Chloe Yu) suicide. Now she is consumed by her ambition to get into the prestigious and highly competitive Stanford. But alarm bells start to ring when new girl Camille (Nina Bloomgarden – Fatherhood) arrives and threatens her place on the debate team… which could scupper her entire future.

Reconnecting with old friend Izzy – played by Chlöe Bailey from the successful five-time Grammy-nominated sibling R&B group Chlöe x Halle – the two decide to dig up dirt on Camille and when they discover they can access Jane’s old social media profile, they use it to wreak havoc on anyone and everyone who stands in their way.

What starts out as seemingly innocent taunting quickly descends into something far more sinister. Principal Rhodes – deftly played by Academy-Award® winning actor Melissa Leo – attempts to help Olivia, but as she experiences increasingly frightening panic attacks, things spiral out of control… and she is forced to confront her darkest impulses. Can she stop the destruction… before it goes too far?

As unnerving as it is enthralling and undeniably relevant, this eerie and evocative feature will have audiences clambering to block and delete those old social networks.

Trailer: https://youtu.be/M0qXqVAhu-c


Acclaimed Gorefest THE RETALIATORS, Featuring Mötley Crue and Papa Roach Bows on Blu-ray February 21st!


BETTER NOISE FILMS’ HORROR-THRILLER FEATURE
THE RETALIATORS 
AVAILABLE ON BLU-RAY FEBRUARY 21st

Ranked one of the “Best Horror Movies of 2022” by Rotten Tomatoes

"a daring and unforgettable viewing experience" -- Dread Central

"'80s action vibes soaked in Spaghetti Western roots" -- Fangoria

"A brutal and vivid punch to the gut, The Retaliators is a rock song birthed onto screen and is sure to be a hit with fans of music and horror alike." -- The Hollywood News

Better Noise Films, the team behind hit Netflix Mötley Crüe biopic The Dirt, has announced the North American Blu-ray release of their brutal horror-thriller The Retaliators. The acclaimed revenge odyssey inspired by a true story of one woman’s battle for survival, will be available at all major retailers on February 21, 2023. The Retaliators is now available for preorder at Best Buy, Amazon, Walmart and Barnes and Noble.

After a hugely successful global film festival run leading into a global theatrical and VOD release, The Retaliators comes to home video, telling the story of an upstanding pastor whose faith is tested when he uncovers a dark and twisted underworld while searching for answers surrounding the brutal murder of his daughter.

Special Features: The Blu-ray of The Retaliators will exclusively include cast interviews, music videos, and the theatrical trailer.

Michael Lombardi ("Rescue Me"), Marc Menchaca ("Ozark"), and Joseph Gatt ("Game of Thrones") headline the cast alongside Jacoby Shaddix, front man of Papa Roach, making his acclaimed acting debut. The Retaliators features cameos and music by Mötley Crüe’s Tommy Lee, Five Finger Death Punch’s Ivan Moody, Zoltan Bathory, and Chris Kael, Papa Roach, Jaya of The Hu, Spencer Charnas of Ice Nine Kills, Eva Under Fire’s Amanda Lyberg, Matt Brandyberry, Danny Case, Lance Dowdle, and Matt Madiro of From Ashes to New, Cory Marks, and Dan Murphy and Miles Franco of All Good Things, anchored by an original score from Emmy-winning composers Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein renowned for their score work for Netflix’s series "Stranger Things".

In addition to The Retaliators’ theme song "21 Bullets'' (co-written by Nikki Sixx of Mötley Crüe), the killer soundtrack features a lineup of hard-hitting tracks from Five Finger Death Punch, The Hu, Papa Roach, Tommy Lee, Asking Alexandria, Eva Under Fire, From Ashes To New, Cory Marks, Hyro The Hero and many more.

Synopsis: An upstanding pastor uncovers a dark and twisted underworld as he searches for answers surrounding his daughter's brutal murder. A high-octane original soundtrack and cameos from some of the biggest names in rock music set the tone as this horror-thriller reveals a game of revenge played using a new set of rules.

THE RETALIATORS ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK Track Listing
Papa Roach - The Ending
The HU - This Is Mongol
Eva Under Fire - Blow (feat. Spencer Charnas of Ice Nine Kills)
From Ashes To New - Scars That I'm Hiding (feat. Anders Fridén of In Flames)
Asking Alexandria - Faded Out (feat. Within Temptation)
Tommy Lee - Tops (feat. Push Push)
Classless Act - Classless Act (feat. Vince Neil of Mötley Crüe)
Five Finger Death Punch - Darkness Settles In
NOTHING MORE - TIRED OF WINNING / SHIPS IN THE NIGHT
Crossbone Skully - Evil World Machine
The HU – Wolf Totem (feat. Jacoby Shaddix of Papa Roach)
Bad Wolves - If Tomorrow Never Comes (feat. Spencer Charnas of Ice Nine Kills) 
Cory Marks - Burn It Up
Tempt - Living Dangerous (feat. Dorothy)
Hyro The Hero - Who’s That Playing On The Radio? (feat. Mick Mars of Mötley Crüe and Danny Worsnop of Asking Alexandria)
Cory Marks - Blame It On The Double (feat. Tyler Connolly of Theory of a Deadman and Jason Hook)
All Good Things - For The Glory (feat. Hollywood Undead)
The Retaliators - The Retaliators Theme (21 Bullets) (feat. Mötley Crüe, Asking Alexandria, Ice Nine Kills, From Ashes To New)
 The Retaliators, Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein – “Cops Are Here”

The original soundtrack for the film, featuring songs from artists appearing in the film, is now available from Better Noise Music. The soundtrack is led by the Mötley Crüe single “The Retaliators” (written by the band's cofounder and bassist Nikki Sixx, featuring Danny Worsnop from Asking Alexandria, Spencer Charnas from Ice Nine Kills, and Matt Brandyberry from From Ashes to New) releasing August 5. Four singles from the film have reached #1 on Rock Radio since 2020, including: Papa Roach’s “The Ending,” Five Finger Death Punch’s “Darkness Settles In,” All Good Things’ “For the Glory featuring Hollywood Undead,” and Bad Wolves’ “Lifeline.” 


Monday, February 6, 2023

Rocky I-IV Film Collection Arrives on 4K Ultra HD February 28th!

ROCKY I-IV FILM COLLECTION COMING TO 4K ULTRA HD

FROM MGM AND UNITED ARTISTS, ROCKY, ROCKY II, ROCKY III AND ROCKY IV WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 4K RESOLUTION WITHvHIGH DYNAMIC RANGE (HDR) 

Own it on 4K Ultra HD and Digital on 02/28/23

Get knocked out by the new 4K contender – the ROCKY I-IV 4K 4-Film Collection newly remastered in stunning 4K Ultra HD. Sylvester Stallone stars in the greatest boxing saga of all time and triumphs as one of the most inspirational characters in cinematic history. Witness every epic, action packed fight and unforgettable moment as Rocky punches his way to the top against impossible odds when the ROCKY I-IV 4K 4-Film Collection is released on Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack on 02/28/23. 

The ROCKY I-IV 4K 4-Film Collection includes the MGM feature films ROCKY, ROCKY II, ROCKY III and ROCKY IV, along with the ROCKY IV Ultimate Director’s Cut, ROCKY VS. DRAGO.  This collection contains a Blu-ray disc featuring the hour-long behind the scenes documentary on the making of this extended director’s cut of ROCKY IV, ROCKY IV: ROCKY VS. DRAGO as well as a selection of previously existing EC.  

The Ultra HD Blu-ray disc featuring the films ROCKY, ROCKY II, ROCKY III, ROCKY IV and the ROCKY IV Ultimate Director’s Cut, ROCKY VS. DRAGO 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. 

The Ultra HD Blu-ray will include an Ultra HD Blu-ray disc with each feature film in 4K with HDR, a bonus Blu-ray disc with the documentary and a selection of pre-existing special features, and a Digital version of the feature films.

ROCKY (1976)
Nominated for 10 Academy Awards, this 1976 Best Picture Winner inspired a nation. A struggling Philadelphia club fighter (Sylvester Stallone) gets a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to fight for love, glory and self-respect. Featuring a legendary musical score and thrilling fight sequences, this rousing crowd-pleaser scores a knockout!

The film is directed by John G. Avilsden from a screenplay and story by Sylvester Stallone. The film is produced by Irwin Winkler and Robert Chartoff and stars Sylvester Stallone, Talia Shire, Burt Young, Carl Weathers, Tony Burton, and Burgess Meredith.

ROCKY received ten Academy Award nominations and won three, including Best Picture. Best Director and Best Film Editing.  In 2006, the Library of Congress selected ROCKY for preservation in the United States National Film Registry for being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant".

ROCKY II (1979)
After club fighter Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone) goes the distance with the world heavyweight champion, boxing fans clamor for a rematch. But Rocky, having sustained massive injuries, announces his retirement. Though he tries to make a new life for himself, Rocky realizes that he can’t escape his true calling. The ring beckons once more, and the “Italian Stallion” must prepare for the fight of his life.

The film is directed by Sylvester Stallone from a screenplay and story by Stallone. The film is produced by Irwin Winkler and Robert Chartoff and stars Sylvester Stallone, Talia Shire, Burt Young, Carl Weathers, Tony Burton, and Burgess Meredith.

ROCKY III (1982)
As Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone) fights his way into the hearts of millions, life couldn’t be better. But when Clubber Lang (Mr. T) KOs Rocky in a humiliating defeat, it becomes apparent that the “Italian Stallion” has lost his edge. Considering hanging up his gloves, Rocky receives encouragement from an unlikely ally: his old nemesis, Apollo Creed (Carl Weathers). With Creed’s help, Rocky strives to regain the “eye of the tiger” before confronting Lang in a grueling rematch!

The film is directed by Sylvester Stallone from a screenplay and story by Stallone. The film is produced by Irwin Winkler and Robert Chartoff and stars Sylvester Stallone, Talia Shire, Burt Young, Carl Weathers, Tony Burton, Burgess Meredith, and Mr. T.

ROCKY IV (1985)
Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone) holds the world heavyweight boxing championship but faces a new challenger: Drago (Dolph Lundgren), a 6'4", 261-pound fighter who has the backing of the Soviet Union. Rocky prepares for a powerfully charged fight, in which he must defend not only himself but the honor of his country!

Also included is Rocky IV: Rocky vs. Drago. Stallone masterfully reshapes Rocky IV in the ultimate director’s cut!

The film is directed by Sylvester Stallone from a screenplay and story by Stallone. The film is produced by Irwin Winkler and Robert Chartoff and stars Sylvester Stallone, Talia Shire, Burt Young, Carl Weathers, Tony Burton, Brigitte Nielsen, and Dolph Lundgren.

ROCKY I-IV 4K Knock Out Collection Ultra HD Blu-ray  -  $79.99

Includes: ROCKY I,  ROCKY II,  ROCKY III, ROCKY IV & ROCKY IV: ROCKY VS DRAGO           

ROCKY
Ultra HD Blu-ray Languages: English, Spanish, French
Ultra HD Blu-ray Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish, Parisian French
Run Time: 119 minutes
Rating: PG
Street Date: 2/28/23

ROCKY II
Ultra HD Blu-ray Languages: English, Spanish, French
Ultra HD Blu-ray Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish, Parisian French
Run Time: 120 minutes
Rating: PG
Street Date: 2/28/23

ROCKY III
Ultra HD Blu-ray Languages: English, Spanish, French
Ultra HD Blu-ray Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish, Parisian French
Run Time: 100 minutes
Rating: PG
Street Date: 2/28/23

ROCKY IV
Ultra HD Blu-ray Languages: English, Spanish, French
Ultra HD Blu-ray Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish, Parisian French
Run Time: 91 minutes (Theatrical Version)
Run Time: 93 minutes (Extended Version)
Rating: PG
Street Date: 2/28/23

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Saturday, February 4, 2023

LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES (2022) (Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Blu-ray Screenshots)




LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES (2023) 

Label: Warner Bros. Home Entertainment 
Region Code: Region-Free (UHD), A (BD)
Rating: PG-13 
Duration: 83 Minutes 
Audio: English DTS-HD MA 5.1, Spanish Dolby Digital  5.1 with Optional English Subtitles 
Video: 1080p HD Widescreen (1.78:1) 
Director: Jeff Wamester
Cast: Meg Donnelly, Harry Shum Jr.,Darren Criss, Matt Bomer, Jensen Ackles
Cynthia Hamidi, Gideon Adlon, Ely Henry, Yuri Lowenthal, Eric Lopez, Darin De Paul, Ben Diskin, Victoria Grace, Alura, Daisy Lightfoot

Synopsis: Welcome to the 31st century and the Legion Academy, where a new generation hones their powers with hopes of joining the Legion of Super-Heroes.

Devastated by tragedy, Supergirl struggles to adjust to her new life on Earth. Taking her cousin Superman’s advice, Supergirl leaves their space-time to attend the Academy. There, she quickly makes new friends, as well as a new enemy with old ties: Brainiac 5. But a nefarious plot lurks in the shadows – the mysterious group known as the Dark Circle seeks a powerful weapon held in the Academy’s vault. Find out if the budding heroes can rise to the challenge in this all-new DC Universe Movie!

The remainder of the robust Legion of Super-Heroes cast features Cynthia Hamidi (FBI) as Dawnstar, Gideon Adlon (Blockers) as Phantom Girl, Ely Henry (Players, Smallfoot) as Bouncing Boy, Robbie Daymond (Critical Role) as Timber Wolf & Brainiac 4, Yuri Lowenthal (He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, Spider-Man) as Mon-El, Eric Lopez (Young Justice) as Cosmic Boy & Chemical King, Darin De Paul (Mortal Kombat Legends franchise) as Brainiac & Solomon Grundy, Ben Diskin (Muppet Babies) as Arms Fall Off Boy & Brainiac 2, Victoria Grace (Pacific Rim: The Black) as Shadow Lass, Jennifer Hale (Mass Effect franchise) as Alura, Daisy Lightfoot (Avengers Assemble) as Triplicate Girl, and Zeno Robinson (Batman and Superman: Battle of the Super Sons) as Invisible Kid & Brainiac 3.

Jeff Wamester (Justice Society: World War II) directs Legion of Super-Heroes from a screenplay by Josie Campbell (She-Ra and the Princesses of Power). Producers are Jim Krieg (Batman: Gotham by Gaslight) and Kimberly S. Moreau (Batman vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles). Butch Lukic (Batman: The Long Halloween, Superman: Man of Tomorrow) is Supervising Producer. Sam Register is Executive Producer.

Special Features: 
The Legion Behind The Legion (New Featurette) – It took a heroic effort from a legion of writers, artists, animators and filmmakers to bring Legion of Super-Heroes to life. In this featurette, filmmakers and stars give us a deep dive into the making of the movie, from the original story idea through character development and final animation. (9 min) 
Meet the Legionnaires (New Featurette) – There are dozens and dozens of Legion members, many of whom are featured in Legion of Super-Heroes. Who made the cut, and why? Lucky for us, the filmmakers are here to introduce us to each one – and give us some background on who they are, and why they’re important to the movie. (5 min) 
- Brainiac Attack: The Intellect Behind the Super-Villain (New Featurette) – In Legion of Super-Heroes, Brainiac 5 proves himself to be the pinnacle of all Brainiac iterations, but how did he become that way? In this featurette, filmmakers explain what we should we know about the 4 Brainiacs who came before him, and how – and why – Brainiac 5 chose his own path. (8 min) 
Down to Earth: The Story of Supergirl (New Featurette) – Supergirl’s narrow escape from Krypton and her arrival on Earth is just the beginning of our story (literally). In this featurette, filmmakers explain why they chose to center Legion of Super-Heroes on Supergirl, what the backstory is between her and Superman at the start of the movie, and what exactly is going on between her and Brainiac 5. (8 min) 
- From the DC Vault - These Superman: The Animated Series- Little Girl Lost, Part 1 (21 min) and Little Girl Lost, Part 2 (21 min) 

Screenshots from the WBHE Blu-ray: 




































 


Friday, February 3, 2023

A WOMAN KILLS (1968) (Radiance Films Blu-ray Review)

A WOMAN KILLS (1968) 

Label: Radiance Films
Region Code: Region-Free 
Rating: Unrated 
Duration: 66 Minutes 46 Seconds  
Audio: French PCM Dual-Mono 2.0 with Optional English Subtitles
Video: 1080p HD Fullscreen (1.37:1) 
Director: Jean-Denis Bonan
Cast: Merlin, Solange Pradel, Myriam Mézières, Jackie Raynal

Made during the tumultuous social unrest of 1968 in France, Jean-Denis Bonan's A Woman Kills (La femme bourreau) never found distribution due to controversy surrounding the director, and so it languished in obscurity on a shelf somewhere for 45 years incomplete, that is until Luna Park Films brought it back to life with a new restoration in 2010, followed by some festival screenings that brought it back into the fringes of the cinematic consciousness.

In the city of Pigalle, France a series of prostitute murders has left it's mark on the public mindset, Hélène Picard, a prostitute herself, was sentenced and executed for a earlier string of murders, but shortly thereafter similar crimes continue, leaving the public to question if the right person was sentenced to death. A man named Louis Guilbeau, who was Picard's executioner, develops a relationship with the police officer, Solange (Solange Pradel, The Rape of the Vampire), who is investigating the current rash of murders, and along the way she discovers that her new friend Louis may be involved somehow. The film is shot in a style that falls somewhere between the French New Wave and German expressionism; the film narrative starts off a bit fractured (and sort of stays that way), we're left to put the pieces together, and sure enough the plot does come to together well-enough, telling the psycho-sexual tale of a serial-killer stalking the streets, murdering prostitutes while trying to work out a trauma that has scarred their mind. The lensing is a mix of the French arthouse, moody Germán expressionistic shots and wild student film enthusiasm that does good work putting you in the mind of the killer and never lets you feel at ease with it's verité POV. The nudity and violence is not leered on to the extreme, but there is plenty of nudity (some of it erotic, some not) and there's also a few splashed of blood, but both are captured in a way that is more arthouse than grindhouse. The film sets up that a prostitute named Hélène Picard who has recently been put to death after a series of prostitute murders, but after she is put death by guillotine the murders continue - leading some to speculate that she was innocent of the crime. It's not too long before we are made aware of the identity of the current serial-killer, their motives relayed through narration throughout the film, so there's not a lot of mystery or depth to it. The final twenty minutes of the film unfold quite kinetically as the cops launch a sting operation with a female decoy to draw out the demented killer of women. This culminates in an electrifying manhunt featuring the killer running down alleyways and a wild rooftop foot chase above of a city ravaged by rioting and civil unrest - the scars and debris of the aftermath seems to be everywhere. 
It's not a film that I would say is easy to get on board with, the fractured storytelling, arthouse editing style and peculiar lensing are not the stuff of mainstream thrillers, but I found it so completely fascinating. 
Audio/Video: A Woman Kills (1968) makes its worldwide HD debut from Radiance Films with a 2K restoration sourced from the original 16mm elements. Considering the film languished for decades what we get here is quite pleasing, presented in full frame 1.37:1 the image show some degradation by way of staining, scratches, stray hairs, and blemishing, but depth and clarity are often pleasing and the image maintains it's 16mm filmic appearance with plenty of fine detail throughout, but lacking the crispness of a more refined production. Audio comes by way of French PCM dual-mono with optional English subtitles. Narration and dialogue sounds fine, as does the jarring discordant jazz score by Bernard Vitet, there are also folky songs throughout that spin tales of murder. 

Extras kick-off with a 5-min Introduction by critic Virginie Sélavy who speaks about the unrest in France during teh time of filming; and Sélavy again appears by way of a terrific Audio commentary by critics Kat Ellinger and Virginie Sélavy - in it they further discuss the civil unrest in France, how director Jean-Denis Bonan took advantage of the unrest to capture some truly stunning visuals of the city in his film, and talking about if this is a genre film or an avant-garde film. They also get into how obscure the film was for many years and how it was resurrected and completed in 2010. There's also a 38-min expanded documentary On the Margin: The Cursed Films of Jean-Denis Bonan (Francis Lecomte, 2015/2022) featuring director Jean-Denis Bonan, cinematographer Gérard de Battista, editor Mireille Abramovici, musician Daniel Laloux, and actress Jackie Rynal. In it the director's early works are discussed, his way of doing things and why A Woman Kills fell into the ether,  having run afoul of censors.

We also get 70-minutes of Short films by Jean-Denis Bonan: these include the 13-min The Short Life of Monsieur Meucieu (La vie brève de Monsieur Meucieu) (1962), the incomplete 6-min Crime of Love (Un crime d’amour) (1965), the 23-min Sadness of the Anthropophagi (Tristesses des anthropophages) (1966), 18-min Mathieu-fou (1967), and the 16-min A Season with Mankind (Une saison chez les hommes) (1967). The big-deal here is the inclusion of the once banned Sadness of the Anthropophagi (Tristesses des anthropophages) (1966), a terrific slice of scatological absurdity that left my mind reeling.  The disc extras are buttoned-up with a 2-min Luna Park Trailer for A Woman Kills. 

The single-disc release arrives in a clear, full-height Scanavo keepcase with a Reversible Sleeve of Artwork featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by maarko phntmwith, both options featuring a numbered spine [this being #8], with the a-side featuring the English title and the reverse offering the French title, plus it has Radiance's Removable OBI Strip, aka a spine card. The OBI strip is an additional removable strip of paper wrapped around the spine of the release containing a rating, synopsis, technical info and advert for other Radiance releases on the flipside of it. Inside there's a meaty 51-Page Illustrated Booklet containing new writing on the film by author and scholar Catherine Wheatley, writer and broadcaster Richard Thomas on the short films, writing on gender identity tropes in A Woman Kills and the horror film, an interview with Francis Lecomte of Luna Park Films, the French distributor who rescued the film, newly translated archival reviews and film credits, plus cast and crew info, notes about the transfer, and release credits. 



Special Features: 
- 2K restoration of the film from the original 16mm elements
- Original uncompressed mono PCM audio
- Audio Commentary by critics Kat Ellinger and Virginie Sélavy
- Introduction by Virginie Sélavy (5 min) 
- On the Margin: The Cursed Films of Jean-Denis Bonan (Francis Lecomte, 2015/2022, 37 mins) – a newly updated documentary programme featuring director Jean-Denis Bonan, cinematographer Gérard de Battista, editor Mireille Abramovici, musician Daniel Laloux, and actress Jackie Rynal (38 min) 
- Short films by Jean-Denis Bonan: La vie brève de Monsieur Meucieu (1962, 13 mins), Un crime d’amour (1965, 6 mins), rushes of an incomplete film; Tristesses des anthropophages (1966, 23 mins), Mathieu-fou (1967, 18 mins), Une saison chez les hommes (1967, 16 mins)
- Trailer (2 min) 
- Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by maarko phntm 
- Limited edition booklet featuring new writing on the film by author and scholar Catherine Wheatley, writer and broadcaster Richard Thomas on the short films, writing on gender identity tropes in A Woman Kills and the horror film, an interview with Francis Lecomte, the French distributor who rescued the film, newly translated archival reviews and film credits.

A Woman Kills (1968) is an imperfect but enthralling film, running at just 68-minutes long the at time erotic psycho-sexual thriller is kinetic and off-kilter, it's a mixture of  arthouse, the French new wave, and sleazy exploitation, and it's a combination that makes for a heady cinematic brew. While it might be too dissonant or pretentious for your average thriller-cinema fan I think that if you like it weird, wild and love the obscure Radiance Films have quite the psycho-sexual serial-killer platter for you to dig into. This release has plenty of extras, including an intro, a mini-doc, and over an hour of the director's short films, and is packaged quite exquisitely as well. It's a fascinating watch, and taking it all in with the benefit of the in-depth extras really enhanced my appreciation for this highly stylized French thriller. 

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