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21 September 2017

Cleopatra Films enters THE BLACK ROOM (review)

Natasha Henstridge, Lin Shaye, and Domnique Swain star in this quirky horror film about a couple who move into a bargain of a house not knowing that its basement "black room" houses a demon that preys on sexual desires.  Directed by Rolfe Kanefsky.

REVIEW LINK: Cleopatra Films (US) Region ALL Blu-ray (DVDCompare)

THE BLACK ROOM Blu-ray specs: 
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 2.40:1 widescreen
  • English Dolby Digital 5.1
  • Audio Commentary by director Rolfe Kanefsky, producer Esther Goodstein, and actresses Natasha Henstridge & Augie Duke
  • Deleted/Extended Scenes
  • Behind the Scenes
  • Blooper Reel
  • Storyboards
  • Slideshow
  • Trailers

18 September 2017

Scream Factory seeks A QUIET PLACE IN THE COUNTRY (Review)

The romantic relationship between Vanessa Redgrave and Franco Nero that started in CAMELOT takes a dark turn in the Italian countryside as artist Leonardo (Nero) wants to get away from the city and the controlling influence of his agent/lover (Redgrave).  Finding a dilapidated Italian villa, he soon discovers that it is haunted by the beguiling spirit of a promiscuous countess whose memory begins to obsess and then possess him.  Directed by Elio Petri.

REVIEW LINK: Scream Factory/Shout! Factory (US) Region A Blu-ray (DVD Drive-in)

A QUIET PLACE IN THE COUNTRY Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 widescreen
  • English and Italian DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0  mono
  • Optional English subtitles
  • Audio Commentary by film historian Troy Howarth
  • Interview with actor Franco Nero
  • Theatrical Trailer

Synapse Films' skin crawls with PHENOMENA (Review)

"Jennifer has a million close friends and she's going to need every one of them" in Dario Argento's PHENOMENA, a batshit crazy mishmash of the giallo, telepathic insect horror, the American slasher, and a dark fairy tale.  Jennifer Connelly, Donald Pleasance, Patrick Bauchau, and Daria Nicolodi star.

REVIEW LINK: Synapse Films (US) Region A Blu-ray (DVD Drive-in)

PHENOMENA Blu-ray specs:
  • Disc One:
    • Original Italian Version (116 minutes):
      • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.66:1 widescreen
      • Italian DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Stereo
      • Hybrid English/Italian DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Stereo
      • English subtitles for the full Italian track or for the Italian segments on the English track
    • US Version (83 minutes):
      • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.66:1 widescreen
      • English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Stereo
  • Disc Two:
    • Export Version (110 minutes):
      • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.66:1 widescreen
      • English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Stereo
      • Optional English subtitles
    • Audio Commentary by film historian David del Valle and "The Argento Syndrome" writer Derek Botelho
    • "Dario Argento's World of Horror" vintage feature-length documentary by Michele Soavi
    • Interview with Andi Sex Gang
    • Export Trailer
    • US Trailer
    • US Radio Spots

17 September 2017

Kino Lorber is seduced by a SUMMER NIGHT (review)

Lina Wertmuller hopes to sweet audiences away again with this tale of a wealthy female industrialist whose ecological causes include wiping out terrorist factions by kidnapping and ransoming a group's charismatic leader.  The two find themselves in an increasingly sexually heated adversarial relationship as they try to chip away at one another's beliefs.  Mariangela Melato and Michele Placido star.

REVIEW LINK: Kino Lorber (US) Region A Blu-ray (DVDCompare)

SUMMER NIGHT Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.66:1 widescreen
  • Italian DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 mono
  • Optional English subtitles
  • Italian and American Theatrical Trailers
  • Previews
  • Insert booklet by Simon Abrams

Vinegar Syndrome attends the ORGY OF THE DEAD (review)

In Bela Lugosi's very own cape, Criswell and Vampira-substitute The Black Skull oversee the damnation of recently dead loose women that takes the form of graveyard topless dancing in this macabre nudie cutie written by Ed Wood and directed by A.C. Stephen.

REVIEW LINK: Vinegar Syndrome (US) Region ALL Blu-ray/Region 0 NTSC DVD (DVD Drive-in)

ORGY OF THE DEAD Blu-ray/DVD combo specs:
  • Blu-ray:
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 widescreen
    • English DTS-HD Master Audio 1.0 mon
  • DVD:
    • 16:9 anamorphic 1.78:1 widescreen
    • English Dolby Digital 1.0 mono
  • Optional English SDH subtitles
  • Audio Commentary by Ed Wood biographer Randolph Grey and filmmaker Frank Henenlotter
  • Interview with actress Nadejda Dobrev
  • Interview with filmmakerTed V. Mikels
  • Still Gallery
  • Reversible Cover
  • Collectible Slipcover available with copies purchased directly from Vinegar Syndrome

Vinegar Syndrome has DARK DREAMS (Review)

Sexually-frustrated Jack and virginal Jill go up to the house on the hill and fall in with horny Satanists in the obscure porn-horror film DARK DREAMS starring Harry Reems and Tina Russell.

REVIEW LINK: Vinegar Syndrome (US) Region 0 NTSC DVD (DVD Drive-in)

DARK DREAMS DVD specs:
  • 4:3 non-anamorphic 1.33:1 fullscreen
  • English Dolby Digital 1.0 mono
  • Theatrical Trailer

Arrow Video warns DON'T TORTURE A DUCKLING (review)

Lucio Fulci's third giallo effort was brutal and hard-hitting piece of social commentary in which a spate of child murders in a rural Italian village bring out the worst in its citizenry as they turn on strangers and people who are different before they must admit that the killer must be one of them.  Tomas Milian, Barbara Bouchet, Marc Porel, and Florinda Bolkan star.

REVIEW LINK: Arrow Video USA (US) Region A/B Blu-ray/Region 1,2 NTSC DVD (DVD Drive-in)

DON'T TORTURE A DUCKLING Blu-ray specs:
  • Blu-ray:
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 2.35:1 widescreen
    • English and Italian LPCM 1.0
  • DVD:
    • 16:9 anamorphic 2.35:1 widescreen
    • English and Italian Dolby Digital 1.0
  • Optional English subtitles for the Italian track and English SDH for the English track 
  • Audio Commentary by film historian Troy Howarth
  • "Giallo a la Campagna" discussion with genre scholar Mikel J. Koven
  • "Hell is Already in Us" video essay by Diabolique Magazine's Kat Ellinger
  • Archival Audio Interview with Lucio Fulci
  • Blu-ray Exclusive: Interviews with actress Florinda Bolkan, cinematographer Sergio D'Offizi, assistant editor Bruno Micheli, and make-up artist Maurizio Trani
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Timothy Pittides
  • FIRST PRESSING ONLY: a collector’s booklet with new writing on the film by Barry Forshaw and Howard Hughes.

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