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Shopping: The Black Gestapo...

1975 USA crime thriller by Lee Frost, once cut by the BBFC, just released on US Blu-ray


Link Here11th January 2021

The Black Gestapo is a 1975 USA crime thriller by Lee Frost
Starring Rod Perry,Charles Robinson,Phil Hoover IMDb

Cut by the BBFC for 18 rated VHS in 1987. Uncut and 18 rated for 2007 DVD. Uncut and MPAA R rated in the US.

US: Uncut and MPAA R rated for:

Promotional Material

General Ahmed (Rod Perry (TV's S.W.A.T.) has started an inner-city People's Army to try and relieve the misery of the citizens of Watts. When the locals are put under increasing pressure by Mafia thugs, Ahmed's second-in-command Colonel Kojah (Charlie Robinson, TV's Night Court, Sugar Hill) asks for permission to start a protection squad to take more direct action. Ahmed fears this protection squad will just turn into a vigilante mob, and his prediction soon proves correct. Will Ahmed be able to wrest control back from the power-mad Kojah, or will he be the mob's next victim? Throw away all those PD bootlegs and watch this classic in HD from the original camera negative! Directed by cult filmmaker Lee Frost (Chain Gang Women, Policewomen, Dixie Dynamite).

Special Features:
-2015 2K Master From the Original Camera Negative
-Interviews with Stars Charlie Robinson, Rod Perry and Charles Howerton
-Audio Commentary with Stars Robinson and Perry
-Theatrical Trailer

 

 

Shopping: [Rec]...

2007 Spain horror mystery thriller by Jaume Balagueró and Paco Plaza just released on UK Blu-ray with 2 versions


Link Here11th January 2021

[Rec] is a 2007 Spain horror mystery thriller by Jaume Balagueró and Paco Plaza.
Starring Manuela Velasco, Ferran Terraza and Jorge-Yamam Serrano. Melon Farmers link BBFC link 2020 IMDb

Exists as a Theatrical Version and a production version.
UK: Passed 18 uncut for strong bloody violence and sustained terror:
  • 2021 Arrow Special Edition [Theatrical + Production Versions] (RB) Blu-ray at UK Amazon #ad released on 4th January 2021

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28 Days Later meets The Blair Witch Project as a mysterious virus turns the inhabitants of an apartment building into a horde of frenzied, bloodthirsty ghouls in [REC] - the original 2007 found footage phenomenon that spawned a hit franchise and US remake.

A television film crew, documenting the night shift of a Barcelona fire brigade, get much more than they bargained for when they attend an apparently routine call-out. Upon arrival at an inner city apartment, the firefighters are viciously attacked by the elderly female occupant, who appears to be in the throes of some sort of viral infection. Before long, the virus has taken hold of the entire building, which is cordoned off by the authorities. Trapped inside, the television crew - using their cameras to capture the events as they unfold - and the other remaining survivors find themselves pitched into a nightmare of unimaginable proportions.

Fusing the zombie genre with the found footage format to throw the audience right into the midst of the action, [REC] is a terrifying, relentless rollercoaster ride which builds to one of the horror genre s all time bone-chilling climaxes.

SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS

  • High Definition Blu-ray presentation with two viewing options: the ""theatrical version"" (24fps, 1080p, 78 mins) as shown in cinemas, and the ""production version"" (25fps, 1080i, 75 mins) as originally filmed
  • Original Spanish DTS-HD MA 5.1 and 2.0 audio options on both versions
  • Optional English subtitles
  • New audio commentary by film critic and historian Alexandra Heller-Nicholas, author of Found Footage Horror: Fear and the Appearance of Reality
  • Archive commentary by directors Jaume Balaguero & Paco Plaza
  • The Making of [REC], an archive featurette examining the process of production featuring interviews with cast & crew
  • How to Shoot a Horror Movie, a French-language featurette presented by directors Jaume Balaguero & Paco Plaza
  • Archive interview with Jaume Balaguero & Paco Plaza looking back on the film
  • The Fantastic Four, an archive panel discussion with [REC] directors Jaume Balaguero, Paco Plaza and new wave Spanish horror contemporaries Gonzalo Lopez Callego and Juan Antonio Bayona
  • On set footage of the cast & crew at work on key scenes including the attack on Mrs. Izquierdo and the climb to hell
  • Archive interview with director of photography Pablo Rosso
  • Archive interview with sound supervisor Xavi Mas
  • Archive interview with sound designer Oriol Tarragó
  • Confidences, a video diary by star Manuela Velasco
  • Deleted and extended scenes, including Fire Station Redux , The Secret Archive and Corridors of Nails
  • Casting, original video footage from the audition process
  • Trailers and TV spots
  • Image gallery
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Adam Rabalais
  • FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collectors' booklet with new writing on the film by Xavier Aldana Reyes
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    Shopping: Beach Red...

    1967 USA war drama by Cornel Wilde, once cut by the BBFC, just released on US Blu-ray


    Link Here9th January 2021

    Beach Red is a 1967 USA war drama by Cornel Wilde.
    Starring Cornel Wilde, Rip Torn and Burr DeBenning. YouTube icon BBFC link 2020 IMDb

    The 1967 X rated cinema release was cut by the BBFC. UK home video releases are now uncut. Uncut and MPAA Unrated in the US.
    US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:

    Promotional Material

    Young marines on a WWII tour of duty learn that "war is hell" in this graphic, unflinching and honest drama of men in combat. Starring Cornel Wilde (The Big Combo, Road House) and Rip Torn (Cross Creek, Time Limit), Beach Red marked a real breakthrough in American war picture production by taking pains to show the terror on both sides. After a gory battle to take the beach on a Japanese-held island in the Pacific, Captain MacDonald (Wilde) asks Sergeant Honeywell (Torn) to lead a squad on a perilous journey deep into the jungle to find the enemy's stronghold. The scouts soon learn that the Japanese are preparing to strike back hard and fast. In the hours to come, whose blood will soak the sand red? Co-written, produced and directed by star Cornel Wilde (Storm Fear, The Naked Prey, No Blade of Grass).

    Special Features:
    -Theatrical Trailer
    -Dual-Layered BD50 Disc
    -Optional English Subtitles

     

     

    Shopping: Erik the Viking...

    1989 UK / Sweden comedy fantasy adventure by Terry Jones just released on UK Blu-ray/DVD Combo with 2 versions


    Link Here9th January 2021

    Erik the Viking is a 1989 UK / Sweden comedy fantasy adventure by Terry Jones
    Starring Tim Robbins,John Cleese,Mickey Rooney BBFC link 2020 IMDb

    A long cinema version was cut for a 12 rating in 1989. Shortened for a 15 rated video version and further for the Director's Son's Cut. There is also an international version too.

    UK: The shortened Director's Son's Cut was previously passed 15 for moderate sex references without BBFC cuts:
    UK: BBFC details not yet published:
    • 2020 Signal One [International Version + Director's Son's Cut] (RB) Blu-ray/R2 Combo at UK Amazon #ad released on 28th December 2020

    Promotional Material

    Patriot Films and Signal One Entertainment presents Erik the Viking. Monty Python alumnus Terry Jones' fast-paced, visually lavish comic fantasy starring Tim Robbins (The Shawshank Redemption) as the reluctant marauder. Presented in a deluxe special edition, featuring a wealth of extras, and two unique cuts of the film.

    A Viking with a conscience, Erik tires of pillaging and decides to set out on a quest. When the wise Freya informs Erik that a great mythic wolf has eaten the sun, the warrior resolves to venture to Asgard, home of the Norse gods, to set things right. Before Erik can reach Asgard, he and his allies must first find a magical horn that resides in the land of King Arnulf, who, luckily for the hero, has a lovely daughter, Princess Aud.

    Monty Python's Terry Jones wrote and directed this madcap fantasy (inspired by his own children s book), and the eclectic cast reunites him with fellow Python John Cleese, as well as legends Mickey Rooney and Eartha Kitt. Just as much of the humor of Erik stems from the anachronisms of old Norse mythological figures reacting to adventures with a modern wit, the film of Erik also seems wonderfully out of time -- an anarchic, surreal, wild, 1970s-styled comic adventure arriving at the tail end of the 1980s. Jones continued to experiment with the film after its release, so we are presenting the original international theatrical cut here, along with the new version created by Jones and his son.

    Brand New Extras:

    • Original Theatrical Release Cut in HD (103 minutes/99 minutes in PAL)
    • "The Director's Son's Cut" in SD (79 minutes)
    • NEW Commentary Track on the Theatrical Release Cut by Film Historian and Author ("Heavy Metal Movies") Mike McPadden and Comedy Writer/Producer Aaron Lee
    • Commentary Track on The Director's Son's Cut by Terry Jones
    • Original Theatrical Trailer
    • NEW Booklet Essay by Neil Mitchell

    Featurettes :

    • Original Behind the Scenes
    • The Evolution of a Director
    • Casting
    • Creating the Look
    • Special Effects
    • Making Movie Magic in Malta
    • Jones and Cleese - A Grand Reunion
    • Raw Interview Footage

     

     

    Shopping: Rough Night in Jericho...

    1967 US western romance by Arnold Laven just released on US Blu-ray


    Link Here7th January 2021

    Rough Night in Jericho is a 1967 US western romance by Arnold Laven.
    With Dean Martin, Jean Simmons and George Peppard. Melon Farmers link BBFC link 2020 IMDb

    Cut by the BBFC for an A rated cinema release in 1967. Uncut and 12 rated for DVD in 2012.
    US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:

    Promotional Material

    From Arnold Laven, the director of Anna Lucasta, Geronimo, The Glory Guys and Sam Whiskey, comes this tension-filled western starring screen greats Dean Martin (Texas Across the River), George Peppard (Newman's Law) and Jean Simmons (Elmer Gantry). One-time lawman Alex Flood (Martin) is now the ruthless boss of Jericho--a town he once helped to clean up. Now this officer-gone-bad has bullied his way into owning more than half of all of Jericho's businesses with the exception of the stagecoach line run by the strong-willed widow Molly Lang (Simmons). Molly and the townspeople turn to former Deputy U.S. Marshal Dolan (Peppard) for help but he refuses to take on the tyrant, figuring any confrontation with Flood or his men is a losing battle. How far can one man be pushed before he finally fights back? Co-starring Slim Pickens (The Getaway) and John McIntire (Backlash).

    Special Features:
    -NEW Audio Commentary by Film Historian Samm Deighan
    -Theatrical Trailer
    -Dual-Layered BD50 Disc
    -Optional English Subtitles

     

     

    Shopping: Muscle...

    2019 UK thriller by Gerard Johnson set for UK Blu-ray and DVD release on 1st February 2021 with a real sex orgy


    Link Here4th January 2021

    Muscle is a 2019 UK thriller by Gerard Johnson
    Starring Craig Fairbrass,Polly Maberly,Sinead Matthews BBFC link 2020 IMDb

    There are no censorship issues with this release which contains 18 rated strong real sex.
    UK: The cinema release was passed 18 uncut for strong real sex, nudity, very strong language:

    Review: Throbbing orgy

    See article from theguardian.com

    Muscle's centrepiece sequence is a dingy, throbbing orgy scene set in a grubby suburban home in north-east England. It is so hypnotically grim that it takes a few moments to realise that the majority of performers don't appear to be faking it. Sudden, unsimulated sex comes as a shock to the viewer; what was it like to shoot?

    I had heard a story that the film's director, Gerard Johnson, simply filled a house with swingers, left them to it and filmed whatever stragglers they found when they returned three days later. Yeah, it's basically that, says Fairbrass. Gerard was inundated with people who wanted to be in this scene. Literally inundated. It was so intense. So intense. You had the people who were willing to go further and the people who weren't willing to go too far, so it was all orchestrated in a very professional way. Everybody had to consent.

    Promotional Material

    Sick of his life and lifestyle Simon (Cavan Clerkin) hits the gym. His inexperience, timid nature, and soft body stick out in this run-down gym full of Schwarzeneggers. Immediately, he draws the attention of an intimidating personal trainer named Terry who offers to coach him. Terrys criminal past, impulse to humiliate, and aggressive style all concern Simon but he swiftly sees results and finally feels alive.

    All too quickly though, Simons life spins out of control after his girlfriend leaves him and Terry becomes his boss, friend, and roommate. Simon suddenly finds himself trapped, stuck in a self-destructive spiral, as every aspect of his life now dangerously rests in Terrys big, tough hands...


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