Thursday, September 30, 2021

Invite 'The Guest' Limited Edition Blu-ray - starring Dan Stevens, directed by Adam Wingard into your collection - arrives October 25th 2021 from Second Sight Films

THE GUEST (2014) 

This riveting, slick and darkly comic action-thriller catapulted Downton Abbey’s Dan Stevens from TV period drama favourite to Hollywood hardman and a force to be reckoned with, as David, a veteran who turns up  unannounced one day at the home of the Peterson family, claiming to be a friend of their recently deceased soldier son, who died in action. Disarming and charming, they welcome the stranger into their home and their lives, but little do they know what they’ve let themselves in for.

On the surface David is the perfect guest, friendly and helpful, with nothing too much trouble, he quickly becomes part of the family, but when people in town start dying under mysterious circumstances, teenage daughter Anna (Maika Monroe – It Follows, Independence Day: Resurgence) begins to suspect that David might not be who he seems.

Now the astounding action-packed thriller gets an incredibly inviting makeover, presented in a rigid slipcase with fantastic new artwork by Adam Stothard and containing 4K and Blu-ray formats, both with brand new colour grading supervised by director Adam Wingard (Godzilla vs Kong, You’re Next). The UHD is presented in Dolby Vision HDR, there’s new and archive commentaries from the director and writer Simon Barrett (You’re Next, V/H/S) and much more, see full list of features below.

With all-out action, a rip-roaring 80s-inspired soundtrack and a wicked glint in its eye, The Guest Limited Edition will be worthy of your hospitality.

• 4K / Blu-ray dual format release
• Brand new colour grading for both formats supervised by Director Adam Wingard
• UHD presented in Dolby Vision HDR
• New commentary by Director Adam Wingard and Writer Simon Barrett
• Archive commentary by Adam Wingard and Simon Barrett
• The Uninvited Guest: a new interview with Actor Dan Stevens
• A Perfect Stranger: a new interview with Actor Maika Monroe
• By Invitation Only: a new interview with Adam Wingard and Simon Barrett
• Producing The Guest: a new interview with Producers Keith Calder and Jess Wu Calder
• Light and Fog: a new interview with Director of Photography Robby Baumgartner
• Lightning Strikes: a new interview with Production Designer Tom Hammock
• The Sounds of The Guest: a new interview with Composer Steve Moore
• Deleted / Alternate Scenes, Outtake Gag with optional Director commentary

• Limited Edition of 5,000
• Rigid slipcase with new artwork by Adam Stothard
• Dual UHD / Blu-ray format
• Various Artists Soundtrack CD
• 160-page book with new essays by Tim Coleman, Zena Dixon, Craig Ian Mann and Zoe Rose Smith; Script-to-Screen featuring 
storyboards and script extracts, Behind-the-Scenes photos and Adam Wingard soundtrack notes
• 6 collectors’ art cards

Title: The Guest Limited Edition 4K UHD /Blu-ray
Cat.No.: 2NDBR4138 Release Date: 25 October 2021
Cert: 15 Running Time: 100 mins
Region: B 

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Wednesday, September 29, 2021

Severin Film's NASTY HABITS: THE NUNSPLOITATION COLLECTION 4-Disc Blu-ray Box Set arrives 11/3!



Throughout the ‘70s, Italian filmmakers fired a canon of blasphemy to launch what remains the most controversial genre of all. Partake of its unholy sacrament with these four uncut/uncensored Nunsploitation classics: In Sergio Bergonzelli’s CRISTIANA DEVIL NUN – here in two extreme versions – a born-again nymphomaniac finds pleasures of the flesh in a convent of the damned. Suzy Kendall and Eleonora Giorgi star in Domenico Paolella’s historically accurate and wholly amoral STORY OF A CLOISTERED NUN. Sleaze maestro Joe D’Amato combines Sapphic lust, Satanic panic and pure filth for IMAGES IN A CONVENT. And with THE TRUE STORY OF THE NUN OF MONZA, director Bruno Mattei fulfills ungodly vows of graphic sacrilege. Severin Films proudly presents this superfluity of depravity, each mastered with all-new Special Features produced exclusively for this collection.


Thinking she is about to die in a plane crash, a hot-blooded nymphomaniac (the elusive Toti Achilli in her only film role) impulsively devotes her life to the Lord. But when Cristiana enters a convent, her still-insatiable hungers will lead to acts of blasphemy that include lesbianism, prostitution, and an unholy desire for Jesus himself. Vassili Karis (AN ANGEL FOR SATAN) and Magda Konopka (WHEN DINOSAURS RULED THE EARTH) co-star in this “funny, touching and bizarre film, as truthful as it is exploitive” (Remember It For Later) – also known as OUR LADY OF LUST – written and directed by Sergio Bergonzelli (IN THE FOLDS OF THE FLESH) and featuring the longer Italian version as well as the ‘hot’ American cut released as LOVES OF A NYMPHO.

Special Features: 
- Extended Italian Cut Of The Film With Optional Partial English Audio
- Sisters Of Vice And Virtue: The Marquis de Sade And Nunsploitation – Video Essay By Lindsay Hallam

Disc Specs:
Aspect ratio: 2.35:1
Audio: English mono
Closed Captions
Region Free


In 1973, director/co-writer Domenico Paolella – having launched the genre a year earlier with THE NUNS OF SAINT ARCHANGEL – established a new Nunsploitation standard via superior production values, an impressive international cast and a lurid narrative “adapted from authentic 17th Century chronicles”: Forced into a strict convent by her parents, an aristocratic maiden (Eleonora Giorgi of INFERNO fame) will discover a catechism of depravity that includes savage floggings, lesbian roleplay, illicit sex and murder. Suzy Kendall (BIRD WITH THE CRYSTAL PLUMAGE, TORSO), Catherine Spaak (THE CAT O’ NINE TAILS), Martine Brochard (EYEBALL) and Umberto Orsini (THE DAMNED) co-star in “a Nunsploitation classic that feels like a historical document” (Digitally Obsessed) – also known as THE UNHOLY CONVENT and LOVE STORY OF A NUN – now scanned in 2K from the original negative.

Special Features: 

- Down The Well: Interview With Actress Martine Brochard
- A Nun’s Story: Interview With Actress Eleonora Giorgi
- Within A Cloister: Interview With Camera Operator Daniele Nannuzzi
- Trailer

Disc Specs:
Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
Audio: English mono / Italian mono
English Subtitles / Closed Captions
Region A


The same year he made BEYOND THE DARKNESS, RomaSmut writer/director/legend Joe D’Amato unleashed this “strange and sleazy Nunsploitation, one to pull out for those who think they’ve seen it all” (Mondo Digital): When an orphaned young countess is sent to a remote nunnery for her own protection, she will instead discover a cloister of perversion rife with sapphic lust, sisterly S&M, Satanic hysteria and more. Paola Sentaore (EATEN ALIVE!), Marina Hedman (SATAN’S BABY DOLL), Maria Rosaria Riuzzi (EMANUELLE & FRANCOISE), Giovanna Mainardi (SS EXPERIMENT LOVE CAMP), Paola Maiolini (EMANUELLE AROUND THE WORLD) and Donald O’Brien (DOCTOR BUTCHER M.D.) lead an all-star ItaloFilth cast in this “trashy, impudent and disgusting” (Italian Film Review) rosary-dropper, now scanned in 2K from the original negative of the uncut version.

Special Features: 
- Audio Commentary With Kat Ellinger, Author Of Daughters Of Darkness
- 25 Minutes Of Deleted Scenes With Optional Commentary By Kat Ellinger

Disc Specs:
Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
Audio: Italian mono
English Subtitles
Region A


For their first fateful collaboration, director Bruno Mattei and writer Claudio Fragasso took the oft-filmed story of 17th century heiress turned sinful sister Marianna De Leyva and transformed its themes of religious and political hypocrisy into a celebration of desecration that remains one of the most bizarre, extreme and blatantly blasphemous films in the genre. Zora Kerova (ANTHROPOPHAGUS, CANNIBAL FEROX), Franco Garofalo (HELL OF THE LIVING DEAD), Annie Carol Edel (EMANUELLE AND FRANCOISE), Paola Montenero (A BAY OF BLOOD) and Franca Stoppi (BEYOND THE DARKNESS) star in this “elusive, entertaining and nasty Nunsploitation that is definitely a Bruno Mattei film” (DVD Talk) – filmed back-to-back in the same convent with Mattei/Fragasso’s THE OTHER HELL – now scanned uncut in HD from the original negative.

Special Features: 
- The Cross And The Sin: Interview With Screenwriter Claudio Fragasso
- Sister Zora: Interview With Actress Zora Kerova

Disc Specs:
Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
Audio: Italian mono
English Subtitles
Region A

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Tuesday, September 28, 2021


Warner Bros. Home Entertainment provided me with a free copy of the Blu-ray I reviewed in this blog post. The opinions I share are my own.


Label: Warner Bros. Home Entertainment

Region Code: A
Rating: R
Duration: 71 Minutes 
Audio: English DTS-HD MA 5.1 with Optional English Subtitles 
Video: 1080p HD Widescreen (1.78:1) 
Director: Jason Axinn
Cast: Josh Duhamel, Dulé Hill, Katharine Isabelle, James Roday Rodriguez, Katee Sackhoff, Will Sasso, Jimmi Simpson,  Nancy Travis

Night of the Animated Dead is an animated adaptation of the 1968 horror classic Night of the Living Dead, which was directed by George A. Romero (Dawn of the Dead) and co-written by Romero and John Russo  (Midnight), which as it slipped into the public domain immediately upon release went on to numerous public domain releases and re-configurations through the year, including remakes, re-imaginings and sequels. Back in 2010 it was given an animated release that utilized the audio from the original  film as Night of The Living Dead Reanimated, and now we get a full-on animated remake with a brand new voices cast. 

The new animated film, directed by Jason Axinn (To Your Last Death) and animated by Mexican start-up company Demente Animation Studio, is basically a shot-for-shot remake following the same blueprint established by the '68 original, with siblings Barbara (Katharine Isabelle, Ginger Snaps) and her wisecracking brother Johnny (Jimmi Simpson, Under the Silver Lake) driving out to a rural Pennsylvania cemetery to visit the grave of their father, at the urging of their mother. Once there Johnny jokes with his sister about a ghoulish looking stranger they spot wandering the cemetery, jesting that he's coming to get her, and sure enough, the shambling man does just that. Johnny comes to defend his sister when she is attacked but is knocked down hitting his head on a grave marker, killing him. 

Frantically Barbara flees to the nearby car but in a panic she cannot get the car started, so she puts it in neutral and the car rolls down hill, but unable to control the vehicle it strikes a tree, forcing her to flee on foot from the deranged man who is still in pursuit. She finds shelter in a nearby farmhouse, inside discovering the grisly corpse. A short time later a man named Ben (Dulé Hill, Gravy) shows up, also fleeing the reanimated undead, establishing that the man in the cemetery was not an isolated event. Fast-thinking Ben begins to board up the windows and doors of the house to protect themselves against growing amount of the undead who are amassing outside, Barbara, just like the original, is not much help, having been left in a state of shock following the attack and death of her brother. With the house somewhat secured the pair settle in for the night, listening to the radio, learning that the mysterious re-animated corpses have overtaken not just the local area but the entire Eastern U.S..

The plot thickens when a group people who have been hiding in the basement emerge, having been cloistered away down there the entire time; we have stubborn know-it-all Harry (Josh Duhamel, Batman: The Long Halloween) and his wife Helen Cooper (Nancy Travis, The Kominsky Method), along with their daughter, Karen, who has been bitten by the undead, plus teenage couple named Tom (James Roday Rodriguez, Psych) and Judy (Katee Sackhoff, The Mandalorian). The two group do not see eye-to-eye, with Harry and Ben having their own set of ideas about the best course of action to take. Harry seems emasculated when Ben takes charge, and the men continually bicker over who should control the TV, radio and a gun that is found in the house, creating an increasingly hostile atmosphere. The group watch further news broadcasts that detail military interventions, and the possible cosmic-origin of the plague, which could have originated from a satellite that exploded upon re-entry into he earth's atmosphere. As in the original movie the undead are the initial imminent  threat, but they are not the only threat, as the chaos and panic increases it's good old human nature that compounds the problem, with fears and prejudices taking root and infecting the ranks of the living.  

While this sticks true to the original as far a plot and story there are some subtle change-ups, like a flashback to Ben encountering the dead earlier at the gas station, which is only referenced in the original film, and later when the teenagers go up in flames while trying to gas-up the pick-up truck at a farm gas pump they take the opportunity to offer a bit more animated gore to the scene, but it's pretty slavish to the original, which is not a bad thing, I mean c'mon, it's Night of the Living Dead, it's a stone-cold classic! Where the film suffers the most for me is the animation style which is simplistic and has very little style, which sort of ruined it for me. The artwork on the Blu-ray is not representative of the animation style, and I usually love the WB animation stuff, but this failed to deliver. 

While I didn't love the animation style the voice cast is pretty decent, aside from those mentioned above in the review we also get Mad TV's Will Sasso (The Three Stooges) as Sheriff McClelland. No real issues with the voice cast, they're all quite good, but that animation is a stinksville, especially for such a fantastic premise. It's a bit like the comics I read, if I cannot get into the artwork I find it quite hard to enjoy it, no matter how great the story is, that's just the way my brain's wired.  

Audio/Video: Night of the Living Dead Animated (2021) arrives on Blu-ray from WBHD in 1080p HD framed in 1.78:1 widescreen. Audio comes by way of English DTS-HD MA 5.1 with optional English subtitles. The only extras is a 10-minute behind-the-scenes fluff piece with 
director Jason Axinn, Producer Michael Luisi and voice cast Josh Duhamel, Dulé Hill, and Will Sasso. 

The  single-disc release arrives in an standard keepcase with a single-sided sleeve of artwork featuring a pretty cool illustration that is far and away much better than the animation found in the film, in my opinion. The same artwork is featured on the slipcover, and inside there is a digital code for an HD copy of the film. 

Special Features: 
- Making of the Animated Dead - Join director Jason Axinn & Producer Michael Luisi as they regale fans with the careful process of honoring the iconic classic with their vision for an animated remake, including scene breakdowns and booth recordings with the cast! (10 min) 

Night of the Animated Dead (2021) feels to me like a cheap looking cash-grab profiting on the public domain status of Romero's NOTLD. While the core story still works the animation style is a serious turn off, but your mileage may vary depending on what you think of the animation style, and I think that Night of the Living Dead Reanimated did it better and with more a lot more heart.  

Screenshots from the WBHE Blu-ray: