Sunday, March 7, 2021

Nouchka van Brakel’s THE DEBUT (1977) premieris on Blu-ray & DVD March 23rd from Cult Epics!

Cult Epics have announced that they will be releasing Nouchka van Brakel's Dutch Lolita film THE DEBUT (1977) starring Marina de Graaf and Gerard Cox for the first time on Blu-ray and DVD in the US. This title is part of a Trilogy of three films Cult Epics will be releasing of Nouchka van Brakel, the first being this months A WOMAN LIKE EVE (arriving March 23) and Dutch film masterpiece THE COOL LAKES OF DEATH in May.

THE DEBUT (1977) 
Label: Cult Epics
Release Date: April 13th, 2021
Region: Region-Free
Rating: Unrated 
Country: Netherlands
Duration: 95 Minutes
Video: 1080p HD Widescreen (1.66:1)
Audio: Dutch LPCM 2.0 Mono/DTS-HD MA 2.0 Mono (Blu-ray), Dolby Digital 2.0 (DVD)
Director: Nouchka van Brakel
Cast: Marina de Graaf, Gerard Cox, Pleuni Touw, Kitty Courbois

The forbidden-love story The Debut (1977) was the first full-length feature from pioneering filmmaker Nouchka van Brakel. Following the theme of Stanley Kubrick’s Lolita (1962) and Michael Powell’s Age of Consent (1969) – only this time time told from a female perspective – van Brakel’s The Debut (1977) tells the delicate story off the impossible love between a teenage girl and a middle-aged married man. Based on the controversial novel by Hester Albach, The Debut is a subversive comedy drama and the first commercially successful Dutch theatrical film directed by a woman.

Cult Epics presents Nouchka van Brakel’s The Debut for the first time on DVD and Blu-ray in North America in a new High-definition transfer.

Special Features: 
- New HD Transfer (from original 35mm print)
- Original LPCM 2.0 Mono track
- New DTS-HD MA 2.0 Mono track (Blu-ray)
- New Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono track (DVD)
- Polygoon Journal Newsreel (1977, HD)
- Poster & Photo Gallery
- Theatrical Trailers
- Ltd. Edition Packaging featuring Original & Newly Designed Art (Blu-ray)

Website Exclusive! Repro Promo brochure available for first 100 pre-orders of THE DEBUT Blu-ray or DVD at


Saturday, March 6, 2021

JUNGLE TRAP (1990) + RUN COYOTE RUN (1987) will melt brains on Blu-ray March 30th from AGFA + Bleeding Skull

+ RUN COYOTE RUN (1987) 

Label: AGFA + Bleeding Skull
Region Code: Region-FREE
Rating: Unrated
Duration: 144 Minutes
Audio: English 
Video: 1080p HD Full Frame (1/33:1) OAR
Director:  James Bryan

The American Genre Film Archive (AGFA) represents the world's largest theatrical catalog of exploitation cinema. Their home video line presents a diverse selection of movies, ranging from new preservations of classics from the vast library of Something Weird to the wildest in shot-on-video (SOV) titles. Vinegar Syndrome’s sister company, OCN Distribution, is thrilled to be representing this diverse and unique home video line!

Two lost horror projects from director James Bryan (DON’T GO IN THE WOODS) and producer-writer-star Renee Harmon (LADY STREET FIGHTER)!

JUNGLE TRAP is the final collaboration between James Bryan (DON’T GO IN THE WOODS) and Renee Harmon; a surreal horror dreamscape about a jungle hotel haunted by kill-crazy ghosts in loin cloths. Shot in 1990, the movie was unedited, unscored, and unseen by human eyes for over two decades . . . until the the Bleeding Skull! team meticulously edited the movie under Bryan’s guidance and recorded a soundtrack utilizing vintage synthesizers.

RUN COYOTE RUN is the ambitious, nightmarish lost project from Renee Harmon and James Bryan. Compiled from over a decade of footage and a sequel to the earlier LADY STREET FIGHTER, this patchwork synapse-fryer features psychic cops, axe-murdering cult members, and reality-defying fist fights.

Special Features: 
- Region Free Blu-ray
- JUNGLE TRAP transferred from the original 3/4” master tapes
- JUNGLE TRAP Commentary track with director James Bryan, star Heidi Ahn, and the Bleeding Skull! team
- It Wasn't My Fault: The Making Of JUNGLE TRAP
- JUNGLE TRAP outtakes
- HORROR CON (1989): surviving footage from James Bryan’s unfinished horror movie, scanned in 2K from the 35mm camera negative
- Bonus movie: RUN COYOTE RUN (1987), transferred from the original 3/4” master tapes
- Reversible cover artwork
- English SDH subtitles

SPOOKIES (1986) available on 2-disc Blu-ray on April 26th 2021 from 101 Films!

Label: 101 Films
Region Code: B
rtificate: 15
Duration: 85 Minutes
Video: 1080p HD Widescreen (1.85:1)
Audio: English 2.0 Stereo PCM with Optional English Subtitles 
Director: Thomas Doran, Brendan Faulkner and Eugenie Joseph
Cast: Peter Dain, Nick Gionta, Joan Ellen Delaney, Peter Iasillo, Charlotte Alexandra, Anthony Valbiro, Kim Merrill, Lisa Friede, Soo Paek, Maria Pechukas, Felix Ward

On April 26th 101 Films will release cult 80s horror Spookies (1986) on Blu-ray for the first time in the UK, title 019 on the 101 Films Black Label. Produced by Michael Lee, founder of legendary video distributor VIPCO, the film's tumultuous production history saw original co-writers/directors Brendan Faulkner and Thomas Doran and co-writer/producer Frank M. Farel fired, and Eugenie Joseph brought on board to shoot new scenes and re-edit the existing footage. The chaotic and deranged result has gone on to amass an army of devotees in the intervening years, attaining genuine cult status among horror fans. Among the additional content is a new version of feature-length documentary VIPCO: The Untold Story.

Synopsis: After their car breaks down, a group of travelers find themselves stranded in a remote part of New England. After taking shelter in a spooky old mansion, complete with a graveyard, they discover a Ouija board and decide to spend the night attempting to summon some spirits. But the group soon learns that playing with the forces of black magic isn't fun and games, and it's not long before they're head-to-head with all sorts of demonic creatures, shape shifters, and other forms of evil, all of whom are more than happy to pick them off in the most gruesome of ways.

Limited Edition version comes with special packaging and booklet, limited to 3000 copies

Special Features:
- Audio commentary with FrightFest’s Paul McEvoy and filmmaker Sean Hogan
 -Limited edition booklet: Includes A Twisted History: Vipco, VHS and Spookies by Scott Harrison and Your Future Belongs to Us: Reaganite Terrors in Spookies by Liam Hathaway
 -Twisted Tale - The Unmaking of Spookies - a feature-length making-of documentary, including a commentary track with documentary co-directors Michael Gingold & Glen Baisley and extensive deleted scenes • VIPCO: The Untold Story, a brand new, extended version of the feature length documentary on much-loved UK film distributor VIPCO
- 2015 Alamo Drafthouse screening introductions with Spookies director Thomas Doran and co-writer/producer Frank M. Farel
 -Archival locations featurette with actor Peter Iasillo
- Outtakes and bloopers
- Behind the scenes still gallery
- Theatrical trailer

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Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Announces The Little Things on Blu-ray and DVD May 4th


PVOD debuts on March 19th
Own it on Digital on April 20th
Blu-ray and DVD debut on May 4th

Uncover the disturbing secrets in the search for a killer terrorizing the city when “The Little Things” arrives on Premium Video on Demand (PVOD), Blu-ray, DVD and Digital. The film is directed by John Lee Hancock (“The Blind Side,” “Saving Mr. Banks,” “The Founder”) and stars Academy Award winners Denzel Washington (“Training Day,” “Glory”), Rami Malek (“Bohemian Rhapsody”) and Jared Leto (“Dallas Buyers Club”).

“The Little Things” will be available for 48-hour rental via PVOD for $19.99 SRP beginning on Friday, March 19th. The title will be available on participating digital platforms where you rent movies.

On April 20th, “The Little Things” will be available to own in high definition and standard definition from select digital retailers including Amazon, FandangoNOW, iTunes, PlayStation, Vudu, Xbox and others.

On May 4th, “The Little Things” will be available on Blu-ray and DVD.

“The Little Things” will also be available on Movies Anywhere. Using the free Movies Anywhere app and website, consumers can access all their eligible movies by connecting their Movies Anywhere account with their participating digital retailer accounts.

Kern County Deputy Sheriff Joe “Deke” Deacon (Denzel Washington) is sent to Los Angeles for what should have been a quick evidence-gathering assignment. Instead, he becomes embroiled in the search for a killer who is terrorizing the city. Leading the hunt, L.A. Sheriff Department Sergeant Jim Baxter (Rami Malek), impressed with Deke’s cop instincts, unofficially engages his help. But as they track the killer, Baxter is unaware that the investigation is dredging up echoes of Deke’s past, uncovering disturbing secrets that could threaten more than his case.

Special Features:
- Four Shade of Blue (Blu-ray only) 
- A Contrast In Styles

Blu-ray + Digital $35.99
DVD + Digital $28.98
DVD Languages: English, Latin Spanish, English-ADS, French-Parisian
BD Languages: English, Latin Spanish, English-ADS, French Parisian
DVD Subtitles: English SDH, Latin Spanish, Spanish Latin-Forced, French-Parisian
BD Subtitles: English SDH, Latin Spanish, French-Parisian, French- Parisian-Forced, Portuguese-Brazilian
Running Time: 127 minutes
Rating: Rated R for violent/disturbing images, language and full nudity.


On June 22nd, Severin Films is brandishing a machete and hacking through the thick brush of exploitation cinema history to retrieve a trio of hidden treasures – STRIKE COMMANDO (1986), STRIKE COMMANDO 2 (1988) and INVADERS OF THE LOST GOLD (1982) – all featuring new Special Features and presented on Blu-Ray for the first time ever.


Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
Audio: Cannes Cut - English Mono and Italian with English for Extended Scenes / Theatrical Cut - English Mono and Italian Mono
Closed Captions: English SDH
Region: A/1

Two years before the deranged genius of ROBOWAR and SHOCKING DARK, writer/director Bruno Mattei and co-writers Claudio Fragasso & Rossella Drudi borrowed from RAMBO: FIRST BLOOD PART II, MISSING IN ACTION and more to create their own mind-blowing ‘Namsploitation masterpiece: Reb Brown (UNCOMMON VALOR) stars as Sgt. Mike Ransom, a one-man war machine on a screaming-for-vengeance mission against brutal Vietcong, merciless Russians, double-crossing U.S. officers and acres of bullet-blasted Philippines jungle. Christopher Connelly (RAIDERS OF ATLANTIS), Luciano Pigozzi (ALL THE COLORS OF THE DARK) and Jim Gaines (ISLAND OF THE LIVING DEAD) co-star in this exploding bamboo gun-tower of “Mattei magic at its finest” (Good Efficient Butchery), now mastered in 2K from the original negative for the first time.

Special Features:
- War Machine – Interview with Co-Director Claudio Fragasso
- All Quiet On The Philippine Front – Interview with Screenwriter Rossella Drudi
- In-Production Promo
- Trailer


Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
Audio: Cannes Cut - English Mono and Italian with English for Extended Scenes / Theatrical Cut - English Mono and Italian Mono
Closed Captions: English SDH
Region: A/1

Director Bruno Mattei and screenwriters Claudio Fragasso & Rossella Drudi return to the Philippine jungles with a higher budget, bigger action and Richard Harris (yes, that Richard Harris) for a crowd-pleaser that shamelessly borrows from APOCALYPSE NOW, RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK, RAMBO and beyond. This time, Sgt Mike Ransom (Brent Huff of GWENDOLINE fame) battles the KGB, rogue CIA agents, an army of ninjas, a tough bar owner (Miss World 1977 Mary Stavin) and “all the stuntman craziness and explosions you can cram into 90 minutes” (DTV Connoisseur). Mel Davidson (ROBOWAR) and Vic Diaz (THE BIG BIRD CAGE) co-star in this slow-motion machine-gun of Mattei mayhem that’s “just as insane as its predecessor” (Good Efficient Butchery), now featuring a 2K scan from the original negative for the first time ever.

Special Features:
- Guerrilla Zone – Interview with Co-Director Claudio Fragasso
- Michael Ransom Strikes Back – Interview with Actor Brent Huff
- Trailer


 Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
Audio: English mono
Closed Captions: English SDH
Region: A/1

From producer Dick Randall – whose international trashterpieces include ESCAPE FROM WOMEN’S PRISON, THE WILD WILD WORLD OF JAYNE MANSFIELD and PIECES – comes perhaps the most notorious all-star Philippine productions of the ‘80s: In the last days of WWII, a Japanese platoon is attacked by headhunters while attempting to hide millions in gold. 36 years later, a grizzled guide (onetime Academy Award® nominee Stuart Whitman) is hired to lead an expedition – including Woody Strode (SPARTACUS), Harold ‘Oddjob’ Sakata and Laura ‘Emanuelle’ Gemser – into a jungle inferno of greed, violence, nudity and murder. Edmund Purdom (ABSURD) and Glynis Barber (DEMPSEY AND MAKEPEACE) co-star in this “delicious piece of atrocity cake” (Funxton) directed by Alan Birkenshaw (KILLER’S MOON) – also known as HORROR SAFARI – now scanned in 2K for the first time ever.

Special Features:
- Rumble In The Jungle – Interview with Director Alan Birkinshaw

WEIRD WISCONSIN: THE BILL REBANE COLLECTION arrives on March 25th from Arrow Video!



Alien Invasions! Haunted Pianos! Sentient Monster Trucks! Arrow Video is proud to present the first ever collection of works by Bill Rebane, the epitome of an independent regional filmmaker who built his own studio in the wilds of Wisconsin. He acted for Hitchcock, he searched for the arms of the Venus De Milo, he turned a VW Beetle into a giant spider and he’s still at work today!

Bringing together six films, all new to Blu-ray and in brand new restorations, Weird Wisconsin: The Bill Rebane Collection is loaded with new interviews and extras, and is an essential collection of features from one of America’s most tenacious outsider auteurs!

Weird Wisconsin: The Bill Rebane Collection is available on Blu-ray in the UK on May 24th and in the US and Canada on May 25th.

Loaded with new interviews and extras, this is an essential collection of features from one of America’s most tenacious outsider auteurs!

- Six Bill Rebane films, all newly restored from the best surviving film elements: Monster A Go-Go (1965), Invasion from Inner Earth (1974), The Alpha Incident (1978), The Demons Of Ludlow (1983), The Game (1984), Twister’s Revenge (1988)
- High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentations on 4 Blu-ray discs
- Original uncompressed mono audio for all films
 -Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
-  Straight Shooter, a multi-part interview with director Bill Rebane about the making and release of each film in the set
- Who is Bill Rebane? A definitive brand new feature length documentary by historian and critic David Cairns, featuring contributions from filmmakers, fans, historians, critics, and the cast and crew who worked with Bill Rebane [LIMITED EDITION EXCLUSIVE]
- Fully illustrated 60-page collector’s booklet featuring extensive new writing by historian and critic Stephen Thrower, author of Nightmare USA: The Untold Story of Exploitation Independents [LIMITED EDITION EXCLUSIVE]
 -Reversible poster featuring newly commissioned artwork by The Twins of Evil [LIMITED EDITION EXCLUSIVE]
- Reversible sleeves featuring newly commissioned artwork for each of the films by The Twins of Evil

- Straight Shooter Part 1 and Part 2, two newly filmed interviews about the making of Monster A Go-Go and Invasion from Inner Earth with director Bill Rebane
- Brand new interview with historian and critic Kim Newman about the films of Bill Rebane 
-T wist Craze, and Dance Craze, two early short films by Bill Rebane
- Kidnap Extortion (1973), a newly restored industrial short directed by Bill Rebane 
- Stills and Promotional Gallery

- Straight Shooter Part 3 and Part 4, two newly filmed interviews about the making of The Alpha Incident and The Demons of Ludlow with director Bill Rebane
- Rebane’s Key Largo, a brand new visual essay by historian and critic Richard Harland Smith 
- The Alpha Incident original trailer
- The Demons of Ludlow original trailer
- Stills and Promotional Gallery

- Two presentations of The Game (aka The Cold) in 1.85 and 1.33 aspect ratio
- Straight Shooter Part 5 and Part 6, two newly filmed interviews about the making of The Game and Twister’s Revenge with director Bill Rebane
- Discovering Bill Rebane, brand new presentation by historian & critic Stephen R. Bissette about his personal connections with the films of Bill Rebane and their importance to regional film making in America
- The Game original trailer
- Twister’s Revenge original trailer
- Stills and Promotional Gallery

- Who is Bill Rebane? Exclusive new feature length documentary by historian and critic David Cairns on the life and work of the Wisconsin auteur, featuring historians, critics, filmmakers, plus cast and crew members who worked with Bill Rebane
- King of the Wild Frontier a new almost two-hour impassioned conversation with historian and critic Stephen  R. Bissette about the films of Bill Rebane 
-Invasion from Inner Earth outtakes from the shoot
- The Alpha Incident outtakes from the shoot
- The Demons of Ludlow outtakes from the shoot
- The Giant Spider Invasion original trailer
- Gallery of Behind the Scenes stills
- Stills and Promotional Galleries for the rest of Rebane’s filmography

DINGO (1991) (Umbrella Entertainment/Sunburnt Screens Blu-ray Review)

DINGO (1991)

Label: Umbrella Entertainment
Region Code: Region-Free
Rating: PG
Duration: 110 Minutes
Audio: English 2.0 and 5.1 DTS-HD MA with Optional English Subtitles
Video: 1080p Widescreen (2.35:1) 
Director: Rolf de Heer
Cast: Colin Friels, Miles Davis, Helen Buday, Joe Petruzzi, Brigitte Catillon

The second release from Umbrella Entertainment's Australian-cinema focused sub-label Sunburnt Screens is the jazz-drama Dingo (1991) directed by Rolf de Heer (Bad Boy Bubby). The film opens in the dusty outback town of Poona Flat in the year 1969. where the townsfolk are treated to an impromptu early-morning concert by world famous jazz trumpeter Billy Cross (the late jazz icon Miles Davis) and his band, who play a set of soulful jazz during a quick layover on a dusty tin-shed airport runway. In the audience that early morning is a young boy named John "Dingo" Anderson whose life is literally transformed during the performance, he is absolutely entranced by the foreign sounding music, and the trumpeting of Billy Cross in particular, his trumpeting sounding like a radio wave from some wonderful alien world being beamed directly into his brain.  At the end of the set just before hopping back onto the jet the jazz legend tells John that he noticed his keen interest and that should take up an instrument, and invites the kid to comes visit him in Paris when he grows up.  

Twenty-years later, John (Colin Friels, Darkman) is now a part-time musician (a trumpeter like his idol) and a full-time dingo trapper (which might be the most Australian sounding career ever), now married to his childhood sweetheart, Jane (Helen Buday, Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome), and a father of two young children. While he struggles to make ends meet he daydreams of playing with his hero in the jazz clubs of Paris, but in reality is performing at dusty dance halls with his shabby band to the unenthused beer-swilling locals. The return of a childhood friend named Peter (Joe Petruzzi), who has done very well for himself, proves to be a strain on his relationship with Helen, and this new wrinkle fuels his goal of travelling to Paris to play with his idol Billy Cross. 

As we see Dingo traveling the sunbaked outback setting traps for the wild dogs he often plays his trumpet to the empty expanses, while at home he plays along to the records of Billy Cross, while penning letters to the jazz-trumpeter, telling him stories of his life as a dingo-trapper, and of a particularly smart dingo that once caught in a trap chewed it's own leg off to escape, and is now too smart to be trapped again, no matter how cunning a trap he sets. 

Fueled by unease at home and the musical hole in his soul Dingo eventually makes his way to Paris, hoping to track down his now semi-retired idol through an address on the back of a postcard that was sent by the trumpeter's publicist. At first he cannot seem to track Cross down, but after drunkenly punching a Parisian police officer he is bailed out of jail by Child's wife (Bernadette Lafont, The Thief of Paris) who invites him to stay at their home.  Finally reunited with Cross after twenty-years Dingo sets out to prove to himself if he has the talent to match the passion burning inside him. 

Dingo (1991) is not a film that I had ever heard of prior to this Blu-ray being announced by Umbrella. It's not a film that travelled well upon it's release, but it is truly a jazz cinema gem well-worth discovering, with a gorgeous jazz soundtrack that is so much a part of the film that it is inseparable. Sometimes the score of a film is such a perfect match, and this is one of those films, not unlike Halloween, Jaws Suspiria or The Shining, it's infused into the very substance of the film. The films has a very romantic, perhaps even na├»ve, vision of music and it's effect,  it's almost like a fairytale, while touching on themes of growing-up, unfulfillment, sacrifice, and following your dreams while going against the odds. The opening scene of you Dingo watching Billy Cross play feels almost mystical in the way it's shot, capturing that spellbinding feeling of a lifechanging event from your youth, it's quite wonderful scene, and quite a wonderful film as well. 

Audio/Video: Dingo (1991) arrives on Blu-ray from Umbrella Entertainment as the second release in their ongoing Sunburnt Screens sub-label, presented in 1080p HD and framed in the original 2.35:1 widescreen. This is a new 4K restoration supervised by Rolf de Heer and it looks excellent. The image has a thick film-like appearance with a healthy layer of film grain and good depth and clarity. The colors are warm-toned and colorful, the scenes shot in the Australian outback have sunbaked a golden-hue to them, colors are robust with the red, blue and yellows looking quite nice in 1080p. 

Audio comes by way both uncompressed 24-bit English DTS-HD MA 2.0 stereo and a new 5.1 surround presentation with optional English subtitles. Dialogue is crisp and nuanced, with the 5.1 surround giving the phenomenal jazz soundtrack by Michel Legrand and Miles Davis an impressive showing, this is a fantastic score, and one of Davis's last recorded works. 

Extras come by way of new interviews with Director Rolf de Heer and lead actress Helen Buday (34 min), Helen Buday in Conversation with Paul Harris (15 min), and the Rushes Reel of The Desert Runway sequences with audio commentary by Rolf de Heer (18 min). Additionally we get 6-minutes of trailers for Dingo, The Tracker and Bad Boy Bubby. The interview extras were recorded over video chat technology due to COVID-19 restrictions, so not surprisingly the video quality suffers but the interviews are candid and interesting, and added to my enjoyment of the film. 

The single-disc releases arrives in a clear, oversized keepcase with a sleeve of reversible artwork. The reverse side features the same keyart minus the ratings logo on the front artwork, and instead of the film info on the backside we get another artwork option, both sides feature a numbered spine. The Blu-ray disc itself features an excerpt of the same key artwork. 

Special Features: 
- Interview featurettes with: Director Rolf de Heer and lead actress Helen Buday (34 min)
- Helen Buday in Conversation with Paul Harris (15 min)
- Rushes Reel: The Desert Runway with audio commentary by Rolf de Heer (18 min)
- Theatrical Trailers: Dingo, The Tracker, Bad Boy Bubby (6 min)

Dingo (1991) was a very nice discovery for me, one that I hope others make as well. I am unsure if it was a lesser known entry just for myself or if this is the case with the masses, but I found it a truly captivating story with a wonderful story and score. Umbrella do excellent work bringing it to Blu-ray with a wonderful looking A/V presentation and some great extras, another solid showing from Sunburn Screens, who have also released director Rolf de Heer's cult-classic Bad Boy Bubby as part of their Worlds on Films Beyond Genres line-up. 

Screenshots from the Blu-ray: