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Shopping: Mystery Men...

1999 USA action comedy fantasy by Kinka Usher just released on UK Blu-ray, uncut for the first time on UK home video


Link Here25th May 2020
Mystery Men is a 1999 USA action comedy fantasy by Kinka Usher.
Starring Ben Stiller, Janeane Garofalo and William H Macy. Youtube linkBBFC link IMDb  

Uncut and PG rated for 1999 cinema release but cut and PG rated for all UK home video releases until a 12 rated uncut Blu-ray in 2020. Uncut and MPAA PG-13 rated in the US.
UK: Passed 12 uncut for moderate violence, brief gore, sex references, implied strong language

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The strongest comedic cast in history has united to become the strangest superhero team ever in Mystery Men. They're a ragtag team of superhero wannabes that includes Mr. Furious (Ben Stiller), The Shoveler (William H. Macy), The Blue Raja (Hank Azaria), The Bowler (Janeane Garofalo), The Spleen (Paul Reubens), Invisible Boy (Kel Mitchell) and The Sphinx (Wes Studi). When Captain Amazing (Greg Kinnear) falls into the hands of evil madman Casanova Frankenstein (Geoffrey Rush) and his disco-dancing henchmen, there's suddenly a chance for the aspiring superheroes to show what they can do in this hilariously funny and thoroughly original misadventure.

 

 

Shopping: The Great Escape...

1963 USA war historical adventure by John Sturges, once cut by the BBFC, just released on US Blu-ray and DVD


Link Here24th May 2020
The Great Escape is a 1963 USA war historical adventure by John Sturges.
Starring Steve McQueen, James Garner and Richard Attenborough. BBFC link IMDb
Cut for a 'U' rated 1963 cinema release. Uncut an PG rated thereafter. Uncut and MPAA Unrated in the US.
US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:
  • 2020 The Criterion Collection RA Blu-ray at US Amazon released on 12th May 2020
  • 2020 The Criterion Collection R1 DVD at US Amazon released on 12th May 2020

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One of the most exciting adventure tales ever told, this action epic recounts the planning, execution, and aftermath of a daring true-life escape from a German prisoner-of-war camp during World War II, in which 250 men attempted to tunnel their way to freedom. In the role that cemented his superstar status, Steve McQueen plays the motorcycle-racing daredevil who sets out to foil the Nazis, alongside an all-star cast that also includes Charles Bronson, James Coburn, James Garner, and Donald Pleasence. The expert direction of John Sturges, eminently hummable Elmer Bernstein score, and rip-roaring stunts come together in what may just be the most spectacularly entertaining prison-break movie of all time, a rousing ode to the determination, camaraderie, and courage of everyday heroes.

TWO-DVD SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES

- New, restored 4K digital transfer - Alternate 5.1 surround soundtrack - Two audio commentaries, one from 1991, featuring director John Sturges and composer Elmer Bernstein; the other, from 2004, featuring actors James Coburn, James Garner, and Donald Pleasence - New interview with critic Michael Sragow - "The Great Escape": Heroes Underground, a four-part 2001 documentary about the real-life escape from the Stalag Luft III prisoner-of-war camp during World War II, including interviews with POWs held there - The Real Virgil Hilts: A Man Called Jones, a 2001 program on the United States Army Air Forces pilot David Jones, the inspiration for Steve McQueen's character in the film - Return to "The Great Escape," a 1993 program featuring interviews with Coburn, Garner, actors David McCallum and Jud Taylor, stuntman Bud Ekins, and McQueen's son, Chad McQueen - Trailer - PLUS: An essay by critic Sheila O'Malley

 

 

Shopping: The Evil of Frankenstein...

1964 UK Hammer horror by Freddie Francis, once cut for cinema, just released on US Blu-ray


Link Here23rd May 2020
The Evil of Frankenstein is a 1964 UK horror by Freddie Francis.
Starring Peter Cushing, Peter Woodthorpe and Duncan Lamont. IMDb
The BBFC cut the X rated 1964 cinema release but waived the cuts for 12 rated 2007 DVD. There also exists a cut US TV version.

See further details at Melon Farmers Film Cuts: Evil of Frankenstein

US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:
  • 2020 Shout! Factory Collector's Edition RA Blu-ray at US Amazon released on 19th May 2020
  • 2020 Shout! Factory Amazon Prime VoD [US only] at US Amazon

Promotional Material

Frozen in ice, can the creature be brought back to live again? Horror great Peter Cushing stars in this fantastic tale as the monster's creator, Baron von Frankenstein, determined to bring the creature back to life. Long thought destroyed, Dr. Frankenstein's creation is discovered frozen alive and resurrected back in his laboratory. Unfortunately, the creature's mind is dormant and, much to the Baron's horror, he finds that only a hypnotist can order the creature to do his unfathomable bidding now.

Special Features and Technical Specs:

  • BRAND NEW 4K RESTORATION OF THE FILM from an interpositive
  • NEW Audio Commentary with filmmaker/film historian Constantine Nasr
  • NEW The Men Who Made Hammer: Freddie Francis
  • NEW an interview with assistant director William P. Cartlidge
  • NEW an interview with actress Katy Wild
  • TV version of THE EVIL OF FRANKENSTEIN (from the best available 16mm print)
  • The Making of THE EVIL OF FRANKENSTEIN -- Narrated by Edward de Souza and featuring interviews with Wayne Kinsey, Caron Gardner, Hugh Harlow, Pauline Harlow, Peter Cushing and Don Mingay
  • A moment with actress Caron Gardner
  • TALES OF FRANKENSTEIN TV Pilot
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Still Gallery
  • Optional English subtitles for the main feature

 

 

Shopping: The Specialists...

1969 Italy / France / West Germany western by Sergio Corbucci, previously cut for cinema, just released on UK Blu-ray


Link Here22nd May 2020
The Specialists is a 1969 Italy / France / West Germany western by Sergio Corbucci.
Starring Johnny Hallyday, Gastone Moschin and Françoise Fabian. BBFC link IMDb

Cut by the BBFC for an X rated cinema release in 1973. Passed 15 uncut for 2020 Blu-ray. Uncut and MPAA Unrated in the US.

UK: Passed 15 uncut for sexual violence, strong violence, nudity, threat, very strong language:
  • 2020 Eureka Limited Edition (RB) Blu-ray at UK Amazon released on 18th May 2020

Reviews

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From Sergio Corbucci , the legendary director of Django, Navajo Joe, The Great Silence, Companeros and The Mercenary comes The Specialists (Gli Specialisti, aka Drop Them or I ll Shoot) , a thrilling spaghetti western starring French music and film great Johnny Hallyday ( The Man on the Train, Détective, Vengeance ).

Notorious gunfighter Hud Dixon (Hallyday) arrives in Blackstone, a town where his brother was wrongfully accused of robbing a bank and lynched for it. As Hud seeks revenge, he starts to discover the truth behind the stolen loot, and has to contend with an idealistic sheriff, a beautiful and seductive female banker, a corrupt businessman and a one-armed Mexican bandit, who was once his friend.

Also starring Gastone Moschin ( The Conformist, Caliber 9 ), Françoise Fabian ( Belle de Jour, My Night at Maud s ), and gorgeously filmed by Dario Di Palma ( The Seduction of Mimi, The Oldest Profession ), Eureka Classics is proud to present Gli Specialisti on Blu-ray from a new 4K restoration.

BLU-RAY EDITION SPECIAL FEATURES
  • LIMITED EDITION O-CARD SLIPCASE [First Print Run of 2000 units]
  • 1080p presentation on Blu-ray from an incredible 4K restoration
  • Restored Italian and French audio options
  • Rarely heard English dub track
  • Optional English subtitles
  • Feature-length audio commentary by filmmaker Alex Cox
  • A brand new and exclusive interview with Austin Fisher, author of Radical Frontiers in the Spaghetti Western: Politics, Violence and Popular Italian Cinema
  • Trailer
  • PLUS: A LIMITED EDITION collector s booklet [First Print Run of 2000 units] featuring new writing by western authority Howard Hughes on both the film, and the "French-western" sub-genre

 

 

Shopping: Macabre...

1980 Italy horror thriller by Lamberto Bava with a bit part in the video nastes panic, just released on UK Blu-ray


Link Here22nd May 2020
Macabre is a 1980 Italy horror thriller by Lamberto Bava.
Starring Bernice Stegers, Stanko Molnar and Veronica Zinny. BBFC link IMDb
Never censored but played a small part in British censorship history when the VHS was held up at the 1983 Conservative Party conference during the video nasties panic as an example of everything rotten in the video industry and proof that censorship was urgently needed.
UK: Passed 18 uncut for strong horror, sexualised nudity and necrophilia theme:
  • 2020 88 Films R0 Blu-ray at UK Amazon released on 18th May 2020

Promotional Material

Synopsis Don't open the fridge! Lamberto Bava was taught his trade by his father, horror legend Mario Bava. Macabre, his first film as director, showed how well he'd learnt his lessons. Still recovering from a pair of tragic and traumatic bereavements, Jane Baker (Bernice Steggers; Xtro, Sky Pilots) moves into a new apartment in New Orleans. The owner's son, Robert, is blind -- but that doesn't stop him hearing what Jane gets up to. It sounds like she's resumed her passionate affair with her lover, Fred. Except that Fred died a year ago... Not quite a giallo, not quite a ghost story and with a final twist that will make you re-think everything you've already seen, Macabre showed that Bava Jr. -- who'd go on to make the horror classic Demons -- was a chip off the old block.

Special Features and Technical Specs:

  • NEW 2K RESTORATION FROM THE ORIGINAL CAMERA NEGATIVE
  • NEW Don't Lose Your Head - Interview with Director Lamberto Bava
  • Audio Commentary by Giallo Experts, Troy Howarth and Nathaniel Thompson
  • Alternate Italian Opening and End Credit Titles
  • Original Trailer
  • Reversible Sleeve featuring Original Poster and VHS artwork
  • Limited Edition "Soft Touch" Slipcase
  • Limited Edition Booklet Essay by Rachael Nisbet
  • Audio:
    • DTS-HD MA Dual Mono English Audio
    • DTS-HD MA Dual-Mono Italian Audio with newly translated English Subtitles
  • REGION-FREE

 

 

Shopping: Danger: Diabolik...

1968 Italy / France action crime comedy by Mario Bava, once cut by the BBFC, just released on US Blu-ray


Link Here21st May 2020
Danger: Diabolik is a 1968 Italy / France action crime comedy by Mario Bava.
Starring John Phillip Law, Marisa Mell and Michel Piccoli. BBFC link IMDb 

BBFC category cuts were required for an 'A' rated cinema release in 1968. Later uncut and 12 rated on DVD. Uncut and MPAA Unrated in the US.

US: Uncut and MPAA PG-13 rated for:
  • 2020 Shout! Factory RA Blu-ray at US Amazon released on 19th May 2020
  • 2020 Shout! Factory Amazon Prime VoD [US only] at US Amazon

Promotional Material

"A delightfully outlandish comic strip directed by the master of the Italian B movie." -- Tom Milne, Time Out The suave, psychedelic-era thief called Diabolik (John Phillip Law) can't get enough of life's good -- or glittery -- things. Not when there are currency shipments to steal from under the noses of snooty government officials and priceless jewels to lift from the boudoirs of the super-rich. The elusive scoundrel finds plenty of ways to live up to his name in this tongue-in-cheek, live-action caper inspired by Europe's popular Diabolik comics. He clambers up walls, zaps a press conference with Exhilaration Gas, smacks a confession out of a crime lord while freefalling with him from an airplane, and pulls off the heist of a twenty-ton gold ingot. Impossible? No, diabolical -- Danger: Diabolik, to be exact!

Special Features and Technical Specs:

  • NEW Audio Commentary with critics Troy Howarth and Nathaniel Thompson
  • Audio Commentary With Actor John Phillip Law And Tim Lucas, Biographer Of Director Mario Bava
  • Danger: Diabolik -- From Fumetti To Film
  • The Beastie Boys Music Video Body Movin' With Optional Commentary By Adam Yauch
  • Teaser Trailer
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Optional English subtitles for the main feature

 

 

Shopping: Lonely are the Brave...

1962 USA western drama by David Miller, once cut by the BBFC, just released on US Blu-ray


Link Here20th May 2020
Lonely Are the Brave is a 1962 USA western drama by David Miller.
Starring Kirk Douglas, Gena Rowlands and Walter Matthau. BBFC link IMDb
Cut by the BBFC for an 'A' rated cinema release in 1962. Uncut and PG rated for home video. Uncut and MPAA Unrated in the US.
US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:
  • 2020 KL Studio Classics (RA) Blu-ray at US Amazon released on 19th May 2020
  • 2020 KL Studio Classics Amazon Prime VoD [US only] at US Amazon

Promotional Material

From David Miller, the outstanding director of Flying Tigers, Sudden Fear, Midnight Lace, Captain Newman, M.D. and Executive Action, comes this contemporary western based on a novel by Edward Abbey (Fire on the Mountain) and adapted for the screen by the great Dalton Trumbo (Papillon). Hollywood legend Kirk Douglas (The Vikings) ignites the screen in his personal favorite role as a cowboy on a collision course with the modern world in Lonely Are the Brave. After landing himself in jail trying to break out his friend, Jack Burns (Douglas) finds himself alone and on the run from the law. Leading the manhunt is Sheriff Morey Johnson (Walter Matthau, Charley Varrick), who must bring Burns to justice despite his own sympathy for the fugitive. Co-starring Gena Rowlands (Gloria), George Kennedy (Thunderbolt and Lightfoot) and Carroll O'Connor (Point Blank) and featuring top-notch cinematography by Philip H. Lathrop (Experiment in Terror) with a rousing score by Jerry Goldsmith (100 Rifles), Lonely Are the Brave is an unforgettable portrait of a lawless man defying life in an orderly world.

Special Features:
-NEW Audio Commentary by Film Historians Howard S. Berger and Steve Mitchell
-A Tribute: Kirk Douglas, Gena Rawlands, Steven Spielberg and Michael Douglas Discuss the Film's Legacy
-The Music of LONELY ARE THE BRAVE: A Look Back at the Film's Memorable Score by Jerry Goldsmith
-Optional English Subtitles
-Dual-Layered BD50 Disc
-Theatrical Trailer

 

 

Shopping: A Fistful Of Dynamite...

1971 Italian action film by Sergio Leone just released on UK Blu-ray with minor cuts for horse falls


Link Here13th May 2020
Duck You Sucker is a 1971 Italian action film by Sergio Leone.
With Rod Steiger, James Coburn and Romolo Valli. YouTube iconBBFC link IMDb

Exists as a shortened US Version, a Standard Version and shorter and longer variants of the Restored Version. The BBFC cut the 2005 release for horse falls. The full length restored version was released on US Blu-ray with strong language cuts. Whilst in the UK the release featured a better quality uncut sound track, but 2 horse falls were cut.

See further details at Melon Farmers Film Cuts: Duck You Sucker

UK: The Longer Restored Version was passed 15 after 6s of BBFC cuts for horse falls:
  • 2020 Eureka Entertainment Standard Edition [2 Restorations of the 157m version] (RB) Blu-ray at UK Amazon released on 11th May 2020

Promotional Material

From Sergio Leone , the acclaimed director of A Fistful of Dollars, For a Few Dollars More, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly and Once Upon a Time in the West comes his final Western, A Fistful of Dynamite (aka Duck, You Sucker!) and released in some territories as Once Upon A Time... the Revolution.

Starring acting giants Rod Steiger ( In the Heat of the Night ) as Juan Miranda, an amoral peasant-turned-outlaw, and James Coburn ( Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid ) as John Mallory, a dynamite-tossing Irish revolutionary who has fled to Mexico after becoming a fugitive in his own country. Together, they're a devilishly volatile mix of anti-establishment philosophies and violent tendencies as they attempt to liberate political prisoners, defend their compatriots against a well-equipped militia, and risk their lives on a train filled with explosives.

Featuring a haunting and rousing score by iconic composer Ennio Morricone , A Fistful of Dynamite has risen in stature over the years and is now recognised alongside The Dollars Trilogy and Once Upon A Time in the West as a true masterpiece.

TWO-DISC BLU-RAY EDITION SPECIAL FEATURES
  • Two versions of the film presented in 1080p across two Blu-ray disc, including a transfer from the 2K restoration completed by Cineteca di Bologna in 2009.
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing
  • Original Mono Audio available on both versions
  • Audio Commentary by filmmaker Alex Cox
  • Audio Commentary by film historian Sir. Christopher Frayling
  • A brand new and exclusive interview with film critic and writer Kim Newman
  • A brand new and exclusive interview with Austin Fisher, author of Radical Frontiers in the Spaghetti Western: Politics, Violence and Popular Italian Cinema
  • The Myth of Revolution [22 mins] Sir Christopher Frayling on Duck, You Sucker!
  • Sergio Donati Remembers Duck, You Sucker! [7 mins]
  • Sorting Out The Versions: An Analysis of Duck, You Sucker! [12 mins]
  • Once Upon A Time in Italy [6 mins] featurette
  • Restoration, Italian Style [6 mins]
  • Location Comparisons [9 mins]
  • Radio Spots
  • Trailer
  • PLUS: A collector s booklet featuring writing on the film by Simon Ward, and western authority Howard Hughes

 

 

Shopping: Dracula A.D. 1972...

UK horror by Alan Gibson just released on UK Blu-ray


Link Here7th May 2020
Dracula A.D. 1972 is a UK horror by Alan Gibson.
With Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, Stephanie Beacham. YouTube iconBBFC link IMDb
Uncut by the BBFC, but there have been reports of the US PG version being cut, at least on VHS.
UK: Previously passed 15 uncut for strong gory images:
  • 2020 Warner Bros R0 Blu-ray at UK Amazon released on 4th May 2020

Promotional Material

London's become a small town for a handful of jaded psychedelic-era hipsters. But Johnny Alucard has a groovy new way for his pals to get their kicks. A certain ritual will be the living end, he insists. And if you still wonder where Johnny's coming from, try spelling his last name backwards. Dracula is raised into the modern era in this Hammer Studios shocker that's "quite well done" (John Stanley, Creature Features). Christopher Lee dons the cape for the sixth time and seeks out fresh victims. As archnemesis Van Helsing, fellow horror legend Peter Cushing clutches a vial of holy water and edges within throwing distance. Their harrowing battle royal is not to be missed. In fact, it's the living end.

 

 

Shopping: Taste the Blood of Dracula...

1970 UK horror fantasy thriller by Peter Sasdy, still with the usual 1970 BBFC cuts, just released on UK Blu-ray


Link Here6th May 2020
Taste the Blood of Dracula is a 1970 UK horror fantasy thriller by Peter Sasdy.
Starring Christopher Lee, Geoffrey Keen and Gwen Watford. Youtube linkBBFC link IMDb
Cut by the BBFC for an X rated 1970 cinema release. This cut version was passed 15 for home video and is the best available. The film was further cut in the US for a PG rating, but later releases are the same as the UK release.

See further details at Melon Farmers Film Cuts: Taste the Blood of Dracula

UK: The UK cinema cuts still apply to the version passed 15 without further BBFC cuts for:
  • 2020 Warner Bros R0 Blu-ray at UK Amazon released on 4th May 2020

Promotional Material

It's the boys night out, time for bawdy fun. Yet revelry alone can't satisfy these community leaders out on a lark. There's still an adventure they can be duped into trying, one that will transform a certain Count from moldering dust into blood lusting flesh.

Taste the Blood of Dracula, another film in Hammer Studios' cycle of hemogobbling Victorian-era horror, is a showcase of why Hammer became the name in Gothic terror. The solid cast and rich production design raise goosebumps of real-life fear and other worldly dread. And Christopher Lee dons his red-lined cape again to become Evil Incarnate. He's Count Dracula. a being neither dead nor alive...but his movies are livelier than ever.

 

 

Shopping: Kwaidan...

1964 Japan horror fantasy by Masaki Kobayashi just released on UK Blu-ray in its full length version


Link Here5th May 2020
Kwaidan is a 1964 Japan horror fantasy by Masaki Kobayashi.
Starring Rentarô Mikuni, Michiyo Aratama and Misako Watanabe. BBFC link IMDb
Shortened by dropping one episode for an X rated 1967 cinema release. A less cut International Version was released on PG rated VHS. The full length Original Version was released on 2006 DVD.
UK: The Original Version was previously passed PG uncut:
  • 2020 Eureka Entertainment (RB) Blu-ray at UK Amazon released on 27th April 2020

Promotional Material

Winner of the Special Jury Prize at Cannes, Kwaidan features four nightmarish tales adapted from Lafcadio Hearn s classic Japanese ghost stories about mortals caught up in forces beyond their comprehension when the supernatural world intervenes in their lives: "The Black Hair", "The Woman of the Snow", "Hoichi the Earless", and "In a Cup of Tea".

Breathtakingly photographed entirely on hand-painted sets, the film is an abstract wash of luminescent colours from another world. The Masters of Cinema Series is proud to present the complete 183-minute original Japanese cut of Masaki Kobayashi s masterpiece on Blu-ray for the first time in the UK.

BLU-RAY SPECIAL FEATURES
  • Hardbound Slipcase
  • PLUS: A 100-PAGE Perfect Bound Illustrated Collector s book featuring reprints of Lafcadio Hearn s original ghost stories; a survey of the life and career of Masaki Kobayashi by Linda Hoaglund; and a wide-ranging interview with the film maker the last he d ever give
  • 1080p presentation on Blu-ray from Criterion s 2K digital restoration of Kobayashi s original director s cut
  • Original monaural Japanese soundtrack
  • Optional English subtitles
  • Kim Newman on "Kwaidan" a new interview with the film critic and writer
  • Shadowings [35 mins] a new video essay by David Cairns and Fiona Watson
  • Original trailers

 

 

Shopping: Death Ship...

1980 UK / Canada / USA horror mystery adventure by Alvin Rakoff set for UK Blu-ray release on 22nd June 2020 in an extended version


Link Here4th May 2020
Death Ship is a 1980 UK / Canada / USA horror mystery adventure by Alvin Rakoff.
Starring George Kennedy, Richard Crenna and Nick Mancuso. BBFC link IMDb 

There are no censorship issues n with this release.
UK: The Extended Version was passed 18 uncut for strong nudity, bloody images:
  • 2020 Nucleus Films Special Edition (RB) Blu-ray at UK Amazon released on 22nd June 2020

Promotional Material

The Video Rental Blockbuster of 1983 arrives on Blu-ray, remastered from original vault elements and packed with extras!

Unbeknown to the passengers on board a cruise ship in the Caribbean, a mysterious vessel is approaching - on a collision course! Despite the attempts of the crew to avert disaster, the liner is lost with all hands down, except for seven survivors. They are saved when they clamber aboard a ghostly freighter, where they discover an even worse fate. They are now prisoners on a former wartime vessel. As this ship speeds towards an unknown destination, they realise that something is intent on destroying each one of them in a gruesome and terrifying way... It's not a ship, it's a killing machine!

From an original story by Hollywood legend Jack Hill (COFFY, FOXY BROWN, SWITCHBLADE SISTERS) and starring none other than Oscar award winner George Kennedy (COOL HAND LUKE, THE DIRTY DOZEN) and Richard Crenna (RAMBO: FIRST BLOOD) comes the long-awaited UK Blu-ray premiere of DEATH SHIP.

This deranged horror film is now widely regarded as a must-see cult classic!

Blu-Ray Extended, Remastered Edition's Special Features.

  • Audio Commentary with Director Alvin Rakoff, moderated by English Gothic author Jonathan Rigby
  • Stormy Seas: From Blood Star to Death Ship Redux (43 mins)
  • Deleted Scenes from TV version x 2
  • Shower Scene Comparison with TV version
  • Alvin Rakoff Trailer Reel (23 mins)
  • Howard Greenberg Trailer Reel (24 mins)
  • Jack Hill Trailers Reel (30 mins)
  • Trailers and TV spots x 6
  • Bloodstar - Selected Script Pages
  • Gallery of Artwork from around the world

 

 

Shopping: Malabimba...

1979 Italy adult horror drama by Andrea Bianchi just released on US Blu-ray/DVD Combo in its hardcore version


Link Here4th May 2020
Malabimba is a 1979 Italy adult horror drama by Andrea Bianchi (as Andrew White).
Starring Katell Laennec, Enzo Fisichella and Patrizia Webley. IMDb 

As well as the regular version there is a longer version with hardcore inserts and deleted scenes. The Vinegar Syndrome release will be this longer version.
US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:
  • 2020 Vinegar Syndrome R0 Blu-ray/R0 DVD Combo at US Amazon released on 28th April 2020

Reviews

  • See review from pophorror.com : " The script leaves behind plot and character development to show money shots even Ron Jeremy would be proud of "

Promotional Material

Bimba ( Katell Laennec ) lives in a gothic castle with her family. However, after her family conducts a seance to communicate with her dead mother, Bimba begins acting in increasingly strange and perverted ways. With her father at a loss for what to do, he invites a beautiful nun who resides in the castle to try and help get her under control. However, the Sister soon suspects that Bimba has become possessed by an insatiable, sex-starved demon which will stop at nothing, including murder, to fulfill its depraved and unholy desires.

From the warped and deranged mind of one of Italy's foremost purveyors of top quality sleaze, Andrea Bianchi ( Burial Ground , Strip Nude for Your Killer ), comes one of the most shocking and blasphemous pieces of sexploitation cinema ever made: MALABIMBA . Co-starring Giancarlo Del Duca ( Giallo A Venezia ), Patricia Webley ( Play Motel ), and Mariangela Girodano ( Patrick Still Lives ), Vinegar Syndrome is proud to give this notorious, hardcore Exorcist riff its worldwide Blu-ray debut, newly restored in 2K from its original 16mm camera negative and presented here in its fully uncut and uncensored, 100 minute version.

Bonus Features:
1. Region Free Blu-ray/DVD combo
2. Newly scanned & restored in 2k from its 16mm original negative
3. "Malabimba Uncovered" - interviews with actress Mariangela Giordano and cinematographer Franco Villa
4. Brand new audio commentary with film historians and authors Samm Deighan, Heather Drain, and Kat Ellinger
5. Theatrical trailer
6. Reversible cover artwork
7. SDH English subtitles

 

 

Shopping: Olivia...

1983 USA / West Germany crime horror romance by Ulli Lommel, cut in the US, just released on US Blu-ray/DVD Combo


Link Here4th May 2020
Olivia (aka Prozzie) is a 1983 USA / West Germany crime horror romance by Ulli Lommel.
Starring Suzanna Love, Robert Walker Jr and Jeff Winchester. IMDb

Seems to have been cut in the US at some point but recent worldwide releases have been uncut.

US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:
  • 2020 Vinegar Syndrome (RA) Blu-ray/R1 DVD Combo at US Amazon released on 28th April 2020

Promotional Material

Vinegar Syndrome specializes in the masterful restoration and distribution of cult, horror, and erotic films from the 1960s-90s.

When she was a child, Olivia ( Suzanna Love ) witnessed the horrifying and violent murder of her prostitute mother at the hands of an angry John. Now an adult, she's married to an abusive and controlling factory worker, that is, until her mother appears to her and demands that Olivia avenge her death by seducing and then slaying men. While disposing of a body near the London Bridge, Olivia has a chance meeting with a friendly American named Mike ( Robert Walker, Jr. ) who reveals that he's visiting England in order to dismantle and move the bridge to Arizona, setting off a series of increasingly strange events, and a lot more bloodshed...

Perhaps the most offbeat film in the fascinating career of German actor turned exploitation auteur, Ulli Lommel ( Tenderness of the Wolves , The Boogeyman ) OLIVIA (also known as Prozzie and Double Jeopardy ) finds a distinctive blend of slasher, erotic thriller, and straight forward sleaze, seasoned with touches of semi-surrealism. Atmospherically photographed and featuring a moody score by Joel Goldsmith ( Man's Best Friend ), Vinegar Syndrome brings this nearly unclassifiable piece of early 80s genre weirdness to Blu-ray, newly restored in 4K from its original 35mm camera negative and presented in its completely uncensored version for the first time on disc.

Bonus Features:
1. Region Free Blu-ray/DVD combo
2. Newly scanned & restored in 4k from its 35mm original camera negative
3. "Becoming Olivia" - an interview with actress Suzanna Love
4. "Taking on Many Roles" - an interview with writer/asst. director John P. Marsh
5. "A Chance Meeting" - an interview with cinematographer Jon Kranhouse
6. "Learning From Ulli" - an interview with editor Terrell Tannen
7. Super 8mm behind-the-scenes footage shot and narrated by writer/a.d. John P. Marsh
8. Original theatrical trailer
9. Reversible cover artwork
10. SDH English subtitles

 

 

Shopping: Shatter...

1974 UK / Hong Kong Hammer action film by Michael Carreras and Monte Hellman just released on US Blu-ray


Link Here3rd May 2020
Shatter is a 1974 UK / Hong Kong action drama by Michael Carreras and Monte Hellman (uncredited).
Starring Stuart Whitman, Lung Ti and Lily Li. BBFC link IMDb

A co-production between Hammer and the Hong Kong Shaw Brothers was cut by the BBFC for X rated cinema release in 1975. A uncut version is set for 2020 Blu-ray. This was Peter Cushing's last film for Hammer.

The 1975 BBFC cuts were to remove a hook impaling and a man being shot and spitting blood during the dock fight.

US: Uncut and MPAA R rated for:
  • 2020 Shout! Factory RA Blu-ray at US Amazon released on 28th April 2020

Promotional Material

Hammer Films and The Shaw Brothers come together again for an exciting action film! International assassin Shatter (Stuart Whitman, Crazy Mama, Ruby) completes a contract kill on an African dictator and heads for Hong Kong to collect his payment. But when he finds himself marked for death in a deadly double-cross, the hit man is hunted through the seedy underworld. Now with the help of a kung fu master (Ti Lung, A Better Tomorrow), Shatter must take on the international drug syndicate in a final showdown of violence and vengeance! Filmed on location in Hong Kong, Shatter (also known as Call Him Mr. Shatter) was the second and last of Hammer's co-productions with the famed Shaw Brothers studio (The Legend Of The Seven Golden Vampires). Cult director Monte Hellman (Two-Lane Blacktop, Cockfighter) was replaced mid-production by producer Michael Carreras who completed this troubled-yet-fascinating action thriller that co-stars Anton Diffring (Circus Of Horrors) and the legendary Peter Cushing in his final Hammer performance.

 

 

Shopping: Cop Killers + Project: Kill...

1977 USA action drama by Walter R Cichy just released on US Blu-ray


Link Here2nd May 2020
Cop Killers is a 1977 USA action drama by Walter R Cichy (as Walter Cichy).
Starring Jason Williams, Bill Osco and Diane Keller. BBFC link IMDb 

Heavily cut by the BBFC for 18 rated VHS in 1986. Uncut and MPAA R rated in the US.

Project: Kill is a 1976 USA / Philippines action drama by William Girdler.
Starring Leslie Nielsen, Gary Lockwood and Nancy Kwan. IMDb
There are no censorship issues with this film.
US: Uncut and MPAA R rated for:
  • 2020 Dark Force [Cop Killers + Project: Kill] (RA) Blu-ray at US Amazon released on 28th April 2020

Promotional Material

This #5 retro drive-in release from Dark Force Entertainment featuring two lost lost drive-in classics!

COP KILLERS: Jason Williams (Flesh Gordon) and William Osco (Night Patrol) star as two hippies on their way to a cocaine deal get stopped by the police at a roadblock, resulting in a shootout where they kill the cops. They then go on a crime spree of robbery and murder.

PROJECT: KILL: A former government assassin flees a mind-control program in the Philippines, pursued by his ex-partner, the local police and Asian gangsters.

 

 

Shopping: Cop Killers + Project: Kill...

1977 USA action drama by Walter R Cichy, heavily cut by the BBFC for VHS, now just released on US Blu-ray


Link Here1st May 2020
Cop Killers is a 1977 USA action drama by Walter R Cichy (as Walter Cichy).
Starring Jason Williams, Bill Osco and Diane Keller. BBFC link IMDb

Heavily cut by the BBFC for 18 rated VHS in 1986. Uncut and MPAA R rated in the US.

Project: Kill is a 1976 USA / Philippines action drama by William Girdler.
Starring Leslie Nielsen, Gary Lockwood and Nancy Kwan. IMDb
There are no censorship issues with this film.
US: Uncut and MPAA R rated for:
  • 2020 Dark Force [Cop Killers + Project: Kill] (RA) Blu-ray at US Amazon released on 28th April 2020

Promotional Material

This #5 retro drive-in release from Dark Force Entertainment featuring two lost lost drive-in classics!

COP KILLERS: Jason Williams (Flesh Gordon) and William Osco (Night Patrol) star as two hippies on their way to a cocaine deal get stopped by the police at a roadblock, resulting in a shootout where they kill the cops. They then go on a crime spree of robbery and murder.

PROJECT: KILL: A former government assassin flees a mind-control program in the Philippines, pursued by his ex-partner, the local police and Asian gangsters.

 

 

DAU: Degeneration...

The latest cinema cuts from the BBFC, for animal cruelty


Link Here30th April 2020

Dau: Degeneration - Episode 9 is a 2020 Germany / Ukraine / UK / Russia drama by Ilya Khrzhanovskiy and Ilya Permyakov.
Starring Vladimir Azhippo, Dmitry Kaledin and Olga Shkabarnya. BBFC link IMDb

A secret Soviet Institute conducts scientific and occult experiments on animals and human beings to create the perfect person. The KGB general and his aides turn a blind eye to erotic adventures of the director of the Institute, scandalous debauches of prominent scientists and their cruel and insane research. One day, a radical ultra right-wing group arrives in the laboratory under the guise of test subjects. They get a task - to eradicate the decaying elements of the Institute's community, and if needs be, destroy the fragile world of secret Soviet science.

The latest cinema cuts from the BBFC are to episode 9 of the Russian language arts film DAU: Degeneration. The film was rated 18 but only after cut for animal cruelty.

Thanks to Trash Panda who notes that the film has been streaming on dau.movie for several weeks in its uncut format with an assumed BBFC 18 label. Of course BBFC certificates are essentially voluntary online and do not carry any legal force.

Trash Panda also notes that another film fro the DAU project, Dau: Natasha, has proven controversial as actors were actually hurt on set. Perhaps related to the BBFC cuts here, Dau Natsasha has just been hastily taken down from the DAU website. Maybe they realised they were being a bit presumptive when streaming the film with a BBFC 18 label.

Note that Dau: Degeneration episodes 7 and 9 contain real sex with an 18 rating. See Hardcore 18s List: DAU Degeneration

BBFC cut
68:01s
cut: 32s
run: 68:01s
pal: 65:18s
sub: 68:01s
18 UK: Episode 9 was passed 18 for strong real sex, gory images after 32s of compulsory BBFC substitution cuts:
  • 2020 cinema release
The BBFC commented:
  • Compulsory cuts required to a scene in which a pig is killed, in a protracted and cruel fashion, by a knife hacking at its throat before its spinal cord is severed with an axe.

 

 

Shopping: Gutterballs...

2008 Canada horror by Ryan Nicholson, never released in the UK but just released on US Blu-ray and DVD


Link Here30th April 2020
Gutterballs is a 2008 Canada horror by Ryan Nicholson
With Alastair Gamble, Mihola Terzic and Nathan Witte. IMDb

Exists as a cut MPAA R rated version; an MPAA Unrated version titled Balls-Out; and a version with hardcore inserts titled Bare-Boner.

The film was heavily cut in Germany for an FSK 18 rating, and has notably never been released at all in the UK.

See further details at Melon Farmers Film Cuts: Gutterballs

US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:
  • 2020 Unearthed Films R0 Blu-ray at US Amazon released on 28th April 2020
  • 2020 Unearthed Films R0 DVD at US Amazon released on 28h April 2020

Promotional Material

A brutally sadistic rape leads to a series of bizarre gory murders during a midnight disco bowl-a-rama at a popular bowling alley. One by one, players of two teams meet blood-drenched gruesome deaths at the hand of a black bowling-gloved masked killer. This alley runs red with blood by sunrise.

Special Features:

  • Audio Commentary with director Ryan Nicholson
  • Behind the Balls, Making of Gutterballs
  • Behind the scenes
  • Interviews
  • Outtakes
  • Photo Gallery
  • Pin-etration Edition

 

 

Shopping: Horrors of Spider Island...

1960 West Germany horror by Fritz Böttger (as Jaime Nolan) set for US Blu-ray release on 26th May 2020


Link Here29th April 2020
Horrors of Spider Island is a 1960 West Germany horror by Fritz Böttger (as Jaime Nolan).
Starring Harald Maresch, Helga Franck and Alexander D'Arcy. BBFC link IMDb  

Started life in 1960 as an adults only nudie, although it seems there was also a clothed version available. The UK cinema release was banned banned by the BBFC. 3 years later the film was cut down into a horror film for US release. This US Version was passed 12 by the BBFC for DVD release in 2012. The original uncut version was released on MPAA Unrated Blu-ray in 2020.

US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:
  • 2020 Severin [Continental Version + US Version] RA Blu-ray at US Amazon released on 26th May 2020
  • 2020 Severin Amazon Prime VoD [US only] at US Amazon

Promotional Material

HORRORS OF SPIDER ISLAND - Both versions of the German Horror Classic, on BLU-RAY for the first time ever!

Produced in 1960 as BODY IN THE WEB, it became a notorious Adults Only feature throughout Europe (though banned in the UK). Three years later and sheared of its nudity, it was repackaged for American audiences as a brain- melting monster movie filled with stripper-cat-fights, skimpy lingerie and radioactive arachnids. Alexander D'Arcy, whose Hollywood career ranged from Leo McCarey'sTHE AWFUL TRUTHto Al Adamson's BLOOD OF DRACULA'S CASTLE, and 'The German Jayne Mansfield' Barbara Valentin (BERLIN ALEXANDERPLATZ) star in "the ultimate exploitation movie" (PsychotronicReview.com), produced by Wolf C. Hartwig of BLOODY MOON and SCHOOL GIRL REPORT infamy.

Severin Films is proud to present both the complete uncensored version, scanned from the Düsseldorf dupe negative, as well as the alternate U.S. release, scanned from a pristine low con print - now together for the first time.

SPECIAL FEATURES:

Limited Edition Slip Case (Limited to 3000 units).
Alternate US Release Version - IT'S HOT IN PARADISE.
The History of Spider Island - With Prof. Dr. Marcus Stiglegger.
Audio Interview with Actor Alexander D'Arcy by Horror Historian David Del Valle.
Alternate Clothed Scenes.
Trailer.

 

 

Shopping: Happy Birthday to Me...

1981 Canada horror mystery thriller by J Lee Thompson, once caught up in the video nasties panic, just released on UK Blu-ray


Link Here29th April 2020
Happy Birthday to Me is a 1981 Canada horror mystery thriller by J Lee Thompson.
Starring Melissa Sue Anderson, Glenn Ford and Lawrence Dane. YouTube iconBBFC link IMDb
Uncut in the UK on cinema and VHS. The video was seized by police during the video nasties panic. Cut in the US for an MPAA R rating and this cut version was released on 2004 UK DVD.
UK: The cut US R Rated version was previously passed 15 without BBFC cuts for:
  • 2020 Powerhouse Films R0 Blu-ray at UK Amazon released on 27th April 2020
  • 2020 Powerhouse Films Amazon Prime VoD [UK only] at UK Amazon

Promotional Material

Synopsis Popular high school senior Virginia Wainwright (Melissa Sue Anderson) survives a freak accident, but suffers from memory loss and traumatic blackouts. As she attempts to resume a normal life, something terrible is happening - her friends are being ruthlessly murdered one by one. But will she be the next victim or is she the killer? Director J Lee Thompson's classic shocker was made during the period before the horror genre drenched itself in irony and self-reflexivity, and instead revels in the effective staging of the terrifying set-pieces which drive it towards its climax. "

Extras INDICATOR STANDARD EDITION SPECIAL FEATURES:

  • - HD restoration
  • - Original mono audio
  • - Alternative 5.1 surround sound track
  • - Alternative score: experience the film with the controversial re-scored electronic music soundtrack, as used on the 2004 home video re-release
  • - Audio commentary by The Hysteria Continues team: Justin Kerswell (author of Teenage Wasteland: The Slasher Movie Uncut) Joseph Henson, Erik Threlfall and Nathan Johnson
  • - Image gallery: on-set and promotional material
  • - Original trailer and TV spots
  • - New and improved English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing

 

 

Shopping: The Prince of Tides...

1991 USA drama by Barbra Streisand just released on UK Blu-ray now uprated to 18


Link Here29th April 2020
The Prince of Tides is a 1991 USA drama by Barbra Streisand.
Starring Barbra Streisand, Nick Nolte and Blythe Danner. BBFC link IMDb 

There are no censorship issues with this release. The film was rated 15 uncut for 1991 cinema release, and for the follow up home video releases. The film was resubmitted for 2020 Blu-ray with a commentary track and the BBFC decided that film would now be 18 rated, should it be submitted in feature format. The BBFC tweeted:

We changed our guidelines on sexual violence at 15 in 2019. The scene of sexual violence in Prince of Tides is no longer permissible at 15. Therefore the rating has been raised to 18. We have not recently been asked to view the film, only the audio commentary version.

UK: Previously passed 15 uncut for:
  • 2020 Sony Pictures/Criterion Collection RB Blu-ray at UK Amazon released on 27th April 2020
  • 2020 Sony Pictures Amazon Prime VoD [UK only] at UK Amazon

Note that the disk is 18 rated because of 18 rated extras. This rating can surely be ignored because it is just the BBFC virtue signaling about how seriously it is concerned about sexual violence, rather than a rating based on the explicitness and level of violence of the content.

Promotional Material

Barbra Streisand and Nick Nolte star in the stunning screen adaptation of Pat Conroy's best-selling novel, THE PRINCE OF TIDES. Nolte is Tom Wingo, a disillusioned Southern coach who must reveal his tortured childhood in order to help his suicidal sister. Streisand is Susan Lowenstein, the determined psychiatrist who battles Tom's resentment and rage in search of the truth. Their antagonism gradually gives way to love, as Tom and Susan find the secret that unlocks his sister's torment and the courage to change their own lives. Critically acclaimed as the best movie of the year, THE PRINCE OF TIDES was hailed by Jeffrey Lyons as a blockbuster, must-see, can't-miss movie. Streisand also won rave reviews as director, assembling a superlative supporting cast that includes Blythe Danner, Kate Nelligan, Jeroen Krabb.

 

 

Shopping: Heart of Dragon...

1985 Hong Kong / Japan action crime comedy by Sammo Kam-Bo Hung and Fruit Chan just released on UK Blu-ray with 2 versions


Link Here28th April 2020
Heart of the Dragon (Long de xin) is a 1985 Hong Kong / Japan action crime comedy by Sammo Kam-Bo Hung and Fruit Chan.
Starring Jackie Chan, Sammo Kam-Bo Hung and Emily Chu. BBFC link IMDb  

There are no censorship issues with this release.

According to the director Sammo Hung the original version was the Hong Kong Version and that the the scenes added for the Japanese were in fact deleted scenes.

UK: The Hong Kong Version was previously passed 18 uncut:
UK: BBFC details have not been published for the Japanese Version:
  • 2020 88 Films [Hong Kong + Japanese Versions] RB Blu-ray at UK Amazon released on 20th April 2020

Promotional Material

Synopsis World-famous for their action and derring-do, old friends Jackie Chan and Sammo Hung teamed up for a more film that shows there's much more to them than brawling. Jackie plays a good-hearted cop looking after his learning-disabled brother Danny, played by Sammo, but doesn't always succeed in keeping him out of trouble. When Danny is taken as a hostage, his brother will risk everything -- his career and even his life -- to rescue him, throwing it down as only Jackie Chan can. Made the same year as Police Story, Heart of Dragon was a change of pace for the great action artists, giving them a chance to show of their acting chops as well as their stunt skills -- even if they don't ignore the latter! 88 Films are proud to present this UK blu ray premiere of a Hong Kong classic.

Special Features and Technical Specs:

  • NEW 2K REMASTER OF THE ORIGINAL HONG KONG CUT FROM THE 35MM CAMERA NEGATIVE
  • NEW 2K REMASTER OF THE EXTENDED CUT (JAPANESE VERSION) FROM THE 35MM CAMERA NEGATIVE
  • Audio options:
    • Cantonese mono with newly remastered English subtitles [HK Cut]
    • Classic English Dub [HK Cut]
    • Cantonese Japanese Soundtrack [Extended Cut]
    • Cantonese HK theatrical Soundtrack [Extended Cut]
    • Cantonese HK theatrical Soundtrack with Japanese Soundtrack for parking lot fight scene [Extended Cut]
    • Cantonese with HK soundtrack & the Japanese songs [Extended Cut]
    • Classic English dub hybrid with Cantonese for the extra Japanese scenes [Extended Cut]
  • Newly Remastered English Subtitles
  • The First Mission - Making of Special [48:41 mins]
  • The First Mission - Behind the Scenes - Special video for the pre-release event (screened at Shinjuku Shochiku and others in August 1985) [15:21 mins] [HD]
  • Interview with Jackie Chan
  • Interview with Rocky Lai
  • Interview with Sammo Hung
  • Trailers:
    • Hong Kong Trailer
    • English 'Raging Force' Trailer
    • Fortune Star Trailer
    • Japanese Teaser Trailer #1
    • Japanese Teaser Trailer #2
    • Japanese Theatrical Trailer
  • Fully illustrated booklet
  • Reversible cover
  • REGION-B "LOCKED"

 

 

Shopping: Zu Warriors From The Magic Mountain...

1983 Hong Kong action horror fantasy by Hark Tsui just released on UK Blu-ray with 2 versions


Link Here27th April 2020
Zu Warriors from the Magic Mountain is a 1983 Hong Kong action horror fantasy by Hark Tsui.
Starring Biao Yuen, Hoi Mang and Adam Cheng. BBFC link IMDb  

Exists as a Hong Kong Version and an International Version.
UK: This release shows an aggregate 12 rating but the Hong Kong version was previously passed PG uncut:
  • 2020 Eureka [Hong Kong + International Versions] (RB) Blu-ray at UK Amazon released on 20th April 2020

See article from horrorcultfilms.co.uk

The Zu: Time Warrior cut deserves at least some respect as an official re-edit. The story was altered to have a strong romantic element, and bits of the Hong Kong version were dubbed so the original meaning was altered,

Promotional Material

One of the most important cinematic achievements in Hong Kong cinema, Tsui Hark s Zu Warriors from the Magic Mountain birthed the modern-day special effects industry in Hong Kong, and influenced filmmakers around the world, including John Carpenter (who credited the film as the inspiration for Big Trouble in Little China ).

Featuring an all-star cast led by Yuen Biao ( Wheels on Meals, Project A ) as young soldier Dik Ming-kei, currently caught in a war between two rival armies during Tang Dynasty. Taking sanctuary in a cave within the ominous Zu Mountain, he becomes entangled in a battle with supernatural forces beyond his comprehension.

Featuring breath-taking art design, stunning cinematography, and ground-breaking special effects, Eureka Classics is extremely proud to present Zu Warriors from the Magic Mountain from a brand new 2K restoration making its worldwide debut on Blu-ray.

BLU-RAY SPECIAL FEATURES

Limited Edition O-CARD with new artwork by Darren Wheeling [2000 units]
  • PLUS: A collector s booklet featuring new writing on the film [2000 units]
  • 1080p presentation on Blu-ray from a brand new 2K restoration
  • Cantonese and English soundtrack options, original monaural presentations
  • Newly translated English subtitles
  • Brand new and exclusive feature length audio commentary by critic and Asian cinema expert Tony Rayns
  • Brand new and exclusive interview with Tsui Hark a lengthy and in-depth interview with director Tsui Hark filmed in 2020 exclusively for this release
  • Zu: Time Warrior [93 mins] the export cut of the film produced for European theatres, featuring a wraparound segment with Yuen Biao as a modern-day college student who is transported, Wizard of Oz style , to 10th Century China
  • Tsui Hark episode of Son of the Incredibly Strange Film Show originally aired on British television in 1989
  • Alternate opening credits, restored to their original Western presentation
  • Archival Interview with Yien Biao [12 mins]
  • Archival Interview with Mang Hoi [20 mins]
  • Archival interview with Moon Lee [20 mins]
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Trailers

 

 

Shopping: Hollow Man...

2000 US/Germany Sci-Fi by Paul Verhoeven, once cut in the US, just released on UK Blu-ray


Link Here26th April 2020
Hollow Man is a 2000 US/Germany Sci-Fi by Paul Verhoeven.
With Kevin Bacon, Elisabeth Shue and Josh Brolin BBFC link IMDb 

Cut in the US for an MPAA R rated theatrical version. Later released uncut as an MPAA Unrated Director's Cut. Both versions were passed 18 by the BBFC without further cuts.

See further details at Melon Farmers Film Cuts: Hollow Man

UK: The cut Theatrical Version was previously passed 18 without BBFC cuts for:
  • 2020 88 Films RB Blu-ray at UK Amazon released on 20th April 2020

Promotional Material

From Paul Verhoeven, visionary director of RoboCop and Starship Troopers, comes a tales of transparent terror! Hollow Man's Oscar-nominated special effects are as ground-breaking now as they were upon its original release nearly 20 years ago.

A team of scientists led by the ambitious Dr. Sebastian Caine (Kevin Bacon) have developed a ground-breaking serum for invisibility. Desperate to take their research to the next level,
Caine volunteers himself as a test subject with horrifying results...

Extras:

HD Transfer in Original 2.35:1 Aspect Ratio
Optional English Subtitles
English DTS-HD MA 5.1
Disappearing Act - The Genre Jaunts of Paul Verhoeven: An Interview with Critic Kim Newman about the Hollow Man Legacy and thecareer of Director Paul Verhoeven
Hollow Man Trailer

 

 

Shopping: The Curse of the Werewolf...

1961 UK horror romance by Terence Fisher just released on US Blu-ray


Link Here25th April 2020
The Curse of the Werewolf is a 1961 UK horror romance by Terence Fisher.
Starring Clifford Evans, Oliver Reed and Yvonne Romain. Youtube linkBBFC link IMDb  

Heavily cut by the BBFC for 1961 cinema release. A less cut BBC version turned up in 1995. Cuts were waived for 12 rated DVD in 2010. Uncut and MPAA Unrated in the US.

See further details at Melon Farmers Film Cuts: Curse of the Werewolf

US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:
  • 2020 Shout! Factory RA Blu-ray at US Amazon released on 21st April 2020

Promotional Material

His beast-blood demanded he KILL ... KILL ... KILL! Directed by legendary horror filmmaker Terence Fisher (Horror of Dracula, The Curse Of Frankenstein), this atmospheric tale of terror stars Oliver Reed (Venom, The Brood) as the orphan of a maniacal beggar and a mute girl. From his birth to young manhood, he discovers a horrible secret. Try as he may, the cursed man is unable to deny the dark force within him. When the moon is full, he becomes an uncontrollable, seemingly unstoppable killer incapable of distinguishing between friend and foe. Spectacular makeup effects and beautifully photographed 19th-century European locales heighten the suspense of this classic tale of horror.

 

 

Offsite Article: BBFC Podcast Episode 101...


Link Here24th April 2020
Trolls: World Tour, Bloodshot and The Invisible Man

See article from bbfc.co.uk

 

 

Shopping: The New York Ripper...

1982 Italian horror by Lucio Fulci just released on UK DVD, still with BBFC cuts


Link Here24th April 2020
The New York Ripper is a 1982 Italian horror by Lucio Fulci.
With Jack Hedley, Almanta Suska and Howard Ross. YouTube iconBBFC link IMDb  

Banned by the BBFC for 1984 cinema release. Subsequent UK VHS/DVD releases are cut by about 30s. Cut for an MPAA R rating in the US but also released uncut and MPAA Unrated.

See further details at Melon Farmers Film Cuts: The New York Ripper

UK: An extended version was passed 18 after 29s of BBFC cuts:

Promotional Material

Remastered from new HD Materials.

NYPD's most jaded cop is taunted by a razor-slashing maniac who carves his way through sexually active young women whilst making deranged Donald Duck voice imitation

Beyond Nasty: NEW YORK RIPPER is so subversive that it was banned outright on its first foray into UK: the print of RIPPER, due for UK censors (BBFC) inspection, was legendarily escorted back to the border by the Police, without ever being screened.

If you've recently revisited old video nasties only to be disappointed then this is the ultimate sex n slash fest to test your nerve with; now rebuilt with previously missing scenes making this the fullest duration ever.

Extras:

  • Presentation by Antonella Fulci. daughter and curator of Lucio Fulci
  • Exclusive Interview with A. Fulci & Dardano Sacchetti

 

 

Shopping: Cannibal Ferox...

1981 video nasty by Umberto Lenzi just released on UK Blu-ray, still with BBFC cuts for animal cruelty


Link Here23rd April 2020
Cannibal Ferox is a 1981 Italian adventure by Umberto Lenzi.
With Giovanni Lombardo Radice, Lorraine De Selle and Danilo Mattei. YouTube iconBBFC link IMDb
Released cut and uncut on pre-cert videos that were destined to become video nasties. Extensively cut by the BBFC for 2001 DVD.

The cuts for violence were waived for 2018 home video, but cuts for animal cruelty have persisted. Note that the running time of this cut release has been maintained by slowing down the footage of the remainder of the animal scenes that have been allowed to remain.

The promotional material would like to mention that old cuts for sex and violence no longer apply, but cannot use the description uncut so notes that the film is presented in full duration. Unfortunately for them, it is a convention of the English language that unnatural or unexpected phrasing ends up emphasising the phrase, and invites readers to interpret it with irony, sarcasm or cynicism as appropriate.

See further details at Melon Farmers Video Hits: Cannibal Ferox

UK: Passed 18 for strong bloody violence, gore after some previous cuts waived but still with 1:55s of BBFC compulsory cuts for:
  • 2020 Shameless Fan Edition (RB) Blu-ray at UK Amazon released on 20th April 2020
  • 2020 Shameless Amazon Prime VoD [UK only] at UK Amazon

Promotional Material

A decade on from starting the cannibal genre, director Umberto Lenzi has the final word, pushing the vomit envelope beyond the sick with his utterly nasty, nihilistic apotheosis that is CANNIBAL FEROX . So unredeemable that its own makers denounced it as barbaric...!

An academic, Gloria (Lorraine De Selle), journeys to the Amazon jungle where things go awry when her party encounters sadistic druggy villain Mike ( Giovanni Lombardo Radice aka John Morghen ), as the travellers venture further into the heart of darkness, they soon discover what it means to be the hunted prey.

CANNIBAL FEROX aka ' Make Them Die Slowly ' , topped the official Video Nasty list for its raw graphic scenes of torture, mutilations, murder and cannibalism . This new 2K restoration of the film in full duration additionally features new grading which revives, for the 1st time, the original edgy look of the 16mm film stock it was shot on - finally presenting the film as it was first created by director Umberto Lenzi, on location in the Amazonian green inferno.

 

 

Shopping: Blue Story...

2019 UK crime drama by Rapman just released on UK DVD, briefly banned after trouble at a cinema screening


Link Here22nd April 2020
Blue Story is a 2019 UK crime drama by Rapman (as Andrew Onwubolu).
Starring Stephen Odubola, Micheal Ward and Khali Best. BBFC link IMDb 

Passed 15 uncut by the BBFC for 2019 cinema release. Cinema bosses temporarily banned the film after violence broke out a Birmingham screening in November 2019.
UK: Passed 15 uncut for very strong language, strong violence, threat, sex, drug misuse:
  • 2020 Paramount Home Entertainment R2 DVD at UK Amazon released on 20th April 2020

Promotional Material

A gripping, timely and powerful urban drama, Blue Story marks the remarkable feature debut of grime artist, YouTube sensation and director Andrew Onwubolu aka Rapman.

Best friends Timmy (Stephen Odubola) and Marco (Micheal Ward) go to the same high school in Peckham but live in neighbouring London boroughs. When Marco's beaten up by one of Timmy's primary school friends, the two boys wind up on rival sides of a never-ending cycle of postcode gang war in which there are no winners... only victims.

Bonus Features

  • Deleted and Extended Scenes
  • Rapman
  • The Cast Of Blue Story
  • The Making Of Blue Story
  • The Message Of Blue Story
  • The Blue Story

 

 

Shopping: Gates of Hell + Psycho From Texas...

Double Bill set for US Blu-ray release on 26th May 2020 with bith films once cut by theBBFC


Link Here19th April 2020
US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:
  • 2020 Dark Force Ent (RA) Blu-ray at US Amazon released on 26th May 2020
Gates of Hell (aka City of the Living Dead) is a 1980 Italy horror by Lucio Fulci.
Starring Christopher George, Catriona MacColl and Carlo De Mejo. YouTube iconBBFC link IMDb
Cut by the BBFC for 1981 cinema release. This cut version was released on pre-cert video (without being listed as a video nasty). Further cut by the BBFC for VHS after the VRA. Later uncut on DVD. Uncut and MPAA Unrated in the US.

See further details at Melon Farmers Video Hits: City of the Living Dead

Psycho from Texas (aka The Butcher) is a 1975 USA horror by Jack Collins and Jim Feazell.
Starring John King III, Herschel Mays and Christian Feazell. BBFC link IMDb

Heavily cut by the BBFC for 18 rated VHS in 1986. Uncut and MPAA R rated in the US.

Promotional Material

The Gates of Hell: A reporter and a psychic race to close the Gates of Hell after the suicide of a clergyman caused them to open, allowing the dead to rise from their graves.

Psycho from Texas: A drifter/hitman is hired by a local business man to kidnap the local oil baron. The hitman had been reared in squalor, suffering the abuses of his whoring mama. When the baron escapes his assistant must chase him while the hitman takes care of a few loose ends.

 

 

Shopping: We...

2018 Netherlands / Belgium drama by Rene Eller set for UK DVD release on 11th May 2020


Link Here17th April 2020
We (Wij) is a 2018 Netherlands / Belgium drama by Rene Eller.
Starring Aimé Claeys, Tijmen Govaerts and Pauline Casteleyn. BBFC link IMDb 

Passed with 'strong real sex' for a BBFC 18 rating.
UK: Passed 18 uncut for strong real sex, sexual violence, violence, very strong language:
  • 2020 Matchbox Films R2 DVD at UK Amazon released on 11th May 2020

Promotional Material

During a scorching summer in a Belgian-Dutch border village, eight teenagers play games of discovery to break the listless monotony. They challenge each other and themselves and pretty soon, their sexual curiosity starts to blur the lines between right and wrong. As innocence is crushed in depraved games and sexual exploitation, the teenagers soon turn into ruthless predators.

 

 

Shopping: Captain Kronos: Vampire Hunter...

1974 UK Hammer horror by Brian Clemens just released on US Blu-ray


Link Here17th April 2020
Captain Kronos: Vampire Hunter is a 1974 UK horror mystery adventure by Brian Clemens.
Starring Horst Janson, John Carson and Shane Briant. IMDb
There are no censorship issues with this release.
US: Uncut and MPAA R rated for:
  • 2020 Shout! Factory RA Blu-ray at US Amazon released on 14th April 2020
  • 2020 Shout! Factory Amazon Prime VoD [US only] at US Amazon

Promotional Material

"A lot of fun, a great mix of horror and adventure made with a great cast by a talented director" -- Ian Jane, rockshockpop.com In a small village in the remote English countryside, several young maidens have been found dead -- their beautiful faces horribly aged almost beyond recognition. Suspecting a supernatural evil at work, the local doctor calls on Army friend and famed vampire hunter Captain Kronos, an expert swordsman formerly of the King's Imperial Guard. Aided by his expert assistant, Professor Grost, the two quickly confirm the gruesome murders are the work of a unique type of vampire, one who drains its victims not of their blood, but of their youth! After forging a lethal new sword from an old graveyard cross, the vampire hunters set out to put an end to evil's reign of terror in this Hammer Films horror classic.

 

 

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1984 USA comedy romance by John Hughes just released on US Blu-ray with 2 versions


Link Here16th April 2020
Sixteen Candles is a 1984 USA comedy romance by John Hughes.
Starring Molly Ringwald, Anthony Michael Hall and Justin Henry. BBFC link IMDb
Exists as a Theatrical Version and an Extended TV Version
US: The Theatrical Version is uncut and MPAA PG rated for:
  • 2020 Arrow Special Edition [Theatrical + Extended Versions] RA Blu-ray at US Amazon released on 14th April 2020
  • 2020 Arrow Video Amazon Prime VoD [US only] at US Amazon

There is also a UK release.

Promotional Material

In his debut film as writer-director, John Hughes immediately cemented himself as the king of teen cinema with Sixteen Candles , and in the process also introduced one of the most iconic faces of 80s Americana: Molly Ringwald.

For high schooler Samantha Baker (Molly Ringwald), her 16th birthday might be the worst day of her life. Her entire family has forgotten about it due to her older sister s impending wedding; her biggest crush, high school hunk Jake Ryan (Michael Schoeffling) has discovered an embarrassing sex quiz filled out by Sam in which she details how she is saving herself for him; and to make matters worse, she is hounded by a relentless nerd (Anthony Michael Hall) who won t take no for an answer. But Sam s sweet sixteen isn t over yet, and before the end of the night, all her birthday wishes could still come true

Taking the rude and crude humor of the teen sex comedies that came before it and placing it within the intimately portrayed perspective of a girl's mid-teenage-life crisis, Sixteen Candles is a bombshell of 80s pop culture that continues to be debated and beloved over three decades after its release.

SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS

  • New restoration by Arrow Films from a 4K scan of the original negative
  • High Definition (1080p) Blu-ray presentation of the Theatrical Version of the film (92 mins), plus Blu-ray premiere Extended Version (94 mins), featuring the additional cafeteria scene newly remastered in high definition
  • Original lossless mono audio, plus 5.1 DTS-HD MA surround option
  • Original English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • Alternate home video soundtrack prepared for VHS and laserdisc releases
  • Option to watch additional scene from the Extended Version separately
  • Casting Sixteen Candles , an all-new audio interview with casting director Jackie Burch
  • When Gedde Met Deborah , a newly filmed conversation between actors Gedde Watanabe and Deborah Pollack
  • Rudy the Bohunk , a newly filmed interview with supporting actor John Kapelos
  • The In-Between , a newly filmed interview with camera operator Gary Kibbe
  • The New Wave Nerd , a newly filmed interview with filmmaker Adam Rifkin, who shadowed John Hughes while working as an extra on set
  • Music for Geeks , a newly filmed interview with composer Ira Newborn
  • A Very Eighties Fairytale , an all-new video essay written and narrated by writer Soraya Roberts, looking at the film from a contemporary feminist perspective
  • Celebrating Sixteen Candles , an archive documentary featuring interviews with cast, crew and admirers, including stars Anthony Michael Hall, Paul Dooley, Justin Henry, Haviland Morris and Gedde Watanabe
  • Theatrical trailers, TV spots and radio spots
  • Image galleries
  • BD-ROM: PDF of the original shooting script
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Sara Deck

    FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collectors booklet featuring new writing on the film by Nikki Baughan and Bryan Reesman


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