1984 Italy / France action crime mystery by Lamberto Bava, once cut by the BBFC, just released on US Blu-ray
|15th April 2021 |
Blastfighter is a 1984 Italy / France action crime mystery by Lamberto Bava (as John Old Jr).
Starring Michael Sopkiw, Valentina Forte and George Eastman.
Cut by the BBFC for 1986 VHS. Uncut for 2015 UK home video. Uncut and
MPAA Unrated in the US. US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:
Michael Sopkiw (After the Fall of New York, Devil Fish) stars in this Southern-fried action thriller as an embittered cop just released from prison after serving a lengthy term for
killing the man who had murdered his wife. Wishing for a peaceful, serene change of pace and a chance to catch up with his daughter (Valentina Forte, Cut and Run), he moves to rural Georgia to live off the land. Alas, this pastoral existence is
short-lived thanks to a sleazy group of poachers who supply an even sleazier scientist with live animals for sadistic biological experiments. Armed with the superweapon Blastfighter, he goes on a bloody rampage against the poachers in this classic
Italian revenge movie, also starring George Eastman (Ironmaster, The Grim Reaper, Rabid Dogs) and genre favorites Massimo Vanni (Zombie 3) and Ottaviano Dell Acqua (Zombie). Now watch this Quentin Tarantino approved slice of drive-in mayhem from director
Lamberto Bava (Demons, A Blade in the Dark) in high-octane HD!
-Audio Commentary with Star Michael Sopkiw, Moderated by Nathaniel Thompson
-New Interviews with Stars Michael Sopkiw and George Eastman, Director Lamberto
Bava and Director of Photography Gianlorenzo Battaglia
4 film set of Hammer Films set for UK Blu-ray release on 21st June 2021
|12th April 2021
Hammer Volume Six: Night Shadows is a 4 film set of Hammer Films
UK: Passed with an aggregate 12 rating:
- 2021 Powerhouse Films Hammer Volume 6 (RB) Blu-ray at UK Amazon #ad released on 21st June 2021
The Shadow of the Cat is a 1961 UK horror mystery thriller by John Gilling.
With Conrad Phillips, Barbara Shelley and André Morell.
Captain Clegg is a 1962 UK horror mystery adventure by Peter Graham Scott.
Passed X after BBFC cuts for the 1961 cinema release. Unreleased until cuts were waived for the 12 rated DVD in 2014.
Starring Peter Cushing, Yvonne Romain and Patrick Allen.
Uncut in the UK and US. Home videos are noted as running around 80m but the BBFC noted an unlikely running time of 105 minutes for 1962 cinema release
The Phantom of the Opera is a 1962 UK horror music mystery by
Starring Herbert Lom, Heather Sears and Edward de Souza.
Cut for an 'A' rating on cinema release, but has been uncut for all PG rated DVD and Blu-ray releases. Uncut and MPAA Unrated in the US. (Thanks to Tim for an update).
Nightmare is a 1964 UK horror thriller by Freddie Francis.
With David Knight, Moira Redmond and Jennie Linden.
Cut by the BBFC for its 1964 cinema release. The consensus is that US and
European DVD releases are uncut
Hammer Volume Six: Night Shadows revives four consummate Hammer classics from the early sixties, exemplifying some of Hammer Films' best work
in the horror and thriller genres. Edgar Allan Poe looms large in The Shadow of the Cat, a macabre 'old dark house' tale of feline revenge, starring André Morell (Cash on Demand) and Barbara Shelley (The Camp on Blood Island); Peter Cushing (The Gorgon,
Corruption) and Oliver Reed (The Scarlet Blade) star in Captain Clegg, which sees Hammer fuse horror and adventure in an eighteenth-century-set tale of smugglers and marsh phantoms; Herbert Lom (Mysterious Island) stars as The Phantom of the Opera in
Hammer's acclaimed production of Gaston Leroux's Gothic classic, whilst Freddie Francis (Torture Garden) directs Nightmare, a spooky psychological thriller in the Les Diaboliques vein, which benefits from full-blooded central performances by Moira
Redmond (Jigsaw) and Jennie Linden (A Severed Head).
This collection contains a wealth of new and archival extra features, including documentaries and appreciations, interviews with actors and crew members, audio commentaries, and
extensive booklets. Strictly limited to 6,000 numbered units.
The Shadow of the Cat (John Gilling, 1961). A house cat sees her mistress murdered by two servants under orders from her husband , and becomes ferociously
bent on revenge.
Captain Clegg (Peter Graham Scott, 1962). When a captain arrives on an English coastal town to investigate reports of smuggling, he ends up with much more to deal with, including marsh phantoms and a
The Phantom of the Opera (Terence Fisher, 1962). Composer Lord Ambrose D'Arcy (Michael Gough) and his backer, Harry Hunter (Edward De Souza), struggle to find a replacement for the female lead in
their new opera after she quits in the wake of a gruesome murder. When a new prospect, the nubile Christine Charles (Heather Sears), disappears, Harry cautiously investigates. Meanwhile, a mysterious masked man (Herbert Lom) who is eerily familiar with
the opera holds Christine captive and offers to groom her to play the part.
Nightmare (Freddie Francis, 1964). Janet is a young student at a private school. Her nights are troubled by horrible dreams in which she
sees her mother, who is in fact locked in a psychiatric hospital, haunting her. Expelled because of her persistent nightmares, Janet is sent home where the nightmares continue.
1987 Italy horror mystery thriller by Dario Argento, once cut in the US and UK, just released on UK Blu-ray
|12th April 2021 |
Opera is a 1987 Italy horror mystery thriller by Dario Argento.
Starring Cristina Marsillach, Ian Charleson and Urbano Barberini.
The film was cut in the US for an R rating and further cut by the BBFC
for 1990 18 rated cinema and 1991 VHS release. The uncut International Version was passed 18 by the BBFC for 2002 DVD and is MPAA Unrated in the US. UK: Passed Suitable for 18 years and over uncut for:
Cult Films is proud to bring you this gore-soaked terror classic in a stunning new 2K restoration, with colour regrading carried out under instruction from the maestro himself and in
reference to his own, preferred, original cinema print.
Dario Argento (SUSPIRIA) returns to Cult Films with this breath-taking new restoration of his visionary horror masterpiece OPERA. Splattered with stylistic bloodshed and soaring
cinematography, OPERA shows Italy's master of horror at the very height of his game.
When young understudy Betty takes the lead role in a new operatic production of Verdi's Macbeth, she soon attracts the attention of a knife-wielding psycho who
forces her to watch - with eyes pinned open - as he brutally despatches her friends and colleagues with sadistic delight. Can Betty free herself from this unending nightmare or does a more terrifying fate await? OPERA is a ravishing return to the giallo
style Argento made his name with, awash with black-gloved killers, lavish bloodletting and the director's expressionistic Grand Guignol excess.
Extras : 'Aria of Fear' -- a brand new candid interview with director Dario
Argento, revisiting his work from a fresh viewpoint 'Opera Backstage' -- a unique behind the scenes documentary about Dario Argento directing Opera Restoration featurette -- from raw scan to the regarded, restored, and reframed final
frame New improved English subtitles for the Italian audio
1978 Hong Kong action comedy by Woo-Ping Yuen, once cut by the BBFC, set for UK Blu-ray release on 3rd May 2021
|10th April 2021 |
Snake In The Eagle's Shadow is a 1978 Hong Kong action comedy by Woo-Ping Yuen
Starring Jackie Chan, Siu-Tin Yuen and Jang-Lee Hwang
UK: Passed 12 for moderate violence, language:
Cut by the BBFC for 18 rated cinema release, VHS, and DVD. BBFC 12
rated for 2021 Blu-ray.
No cuts shown for the 2021 entry in the BBFC database but it is not confirmed that the animal cruelty footage has been restored.
An orphan who has been raised at a kung fu school, where he is treated as little more than a dogsbody and practice target for the students, has a life-changing experience after helping
an old peripatetic beggar.
1980 USA Sci-Fi horror by Barbara Peeters,Jimmy T Murakami just released on UK Blu-ray
|10th April 2021
Humanoids from the Deep is a 1980 USA Sci-Fi horror by Barbara Peeters,Jimmy T. Murakami (uncredited)
Starring Doug McClure,Ann Turkel,Vic Morrow
Some releases are missing a shot of a man having his head ripped off. UK: UK: Passed 18 uncut for sexual violence, strong gore:
Noyo's a sleepy little place, where nothing much happens. So why are people being attacked and killed by THINGS that come out of the water? The answer involves pollution and mutated
sea life that's developed a taste for death. As the 'orrible humanoids lay siege to Noyo, it's up to the great Doug McClure (The Land That Time Forgot; Warlords of Atlantis), to put a stop to their murderous rampages.
Notorious for all the sex
'n' violence that producer Roger Corman insisted on adding against the director's wishes, Humanoids of the Deep is a monster movie for the Video Nasty age. A cheesy, sleazy classic, lovingly presented by your pals at 88 Films.
New 4K Master from the Original 35 mm Camera Negative
Original DTS-HD MA 2.0 Soundtrack
Optional English SDH Subtitles
Audio Commentary by Film Critic Kim Newman and Film-maker Sean Hogan
Audio Commentary by Critic and Author Samm Deighan
The Making Of Humanoids From the Deep
Leonard Maltin Interviews Roger Corman
Reversible Sleeve featuring brand new artwork and classic original poster
1986 UK / USA / France Sci-Fi horror by Henri Sala, once cut for an MPAA R rating, just released on US Blu-ray
|7th April 2021 |
Nightmare Weekend is a 1986 UK / USA / France Sci-Fi horror by Henri Sala (as H Sala).
Starring Debbie Laster, Dale Midkiff and Debra Hunter.
Exists as a cut R rated Version and an Uncut Unrated Version. This release
is the Unrated Version. US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:
A brilliant computer scientist has just finished work on his greatest creation: a super computer with the ability to transform the personalities of bad and disobedient people. In
anticipation of sharing his work with the scientific community, the scientist invites a fellow expert to test the machine on a group of debauched young women. Little does he know that his colleague intends to use the computer to turn their subjects into
Made by a French crew in Florida, NIGHTMARE WEEKEND is a non-stop assault on the senses. Head explosions, gratuitous nudity and softcore sex, bikers, roller-skating, and a telepathic hand puppet named George rank NIGHTMARE WEEKEND
among the weirdest and most jaw droppingly absurd horror films of the 1980s. Long available only in low quality transfers of the R rated version, Vinegar Syndrome presents this forgotten trash masterpiece fully uncut and in widescreen, on Blu-ray for
the first time!
1. Region Free Blu-ray
2. Scanned & restored in 2k from a 35mm internegative
3. "THANK GOD IT'S MONDAY" - Surviving Nightmare Weekend with Dean Gates (23min)
WEEKEND" - An Interview with Marc Gottlieb (13min)
5. Alternate R rated edits
6. Original theatrical trailer
7. Reversible artwork
8. English SDH subtitles
film set by Sammo HUNG just released on UK Blu-ray with 2 extra versions
|4th April 2021
THE LUCKY STARS 3-FILM COLLECTION is a film set by Sammo HUNG
Starring Jackie CHAN, Sammo HUNG and Yuen BIAO
- Winners and Sinners (1983)
- My Lucky Stars (1985)
- Twinkle, Twinkle, Lucky Stars (1985)
Thanks to Anthony:
UK: The Hong Kong Version of My Lucky Stars was passed 15 uncut
with a BBFC trigger warning for references to sexual violence, domestic abuse:
I recently received the new The Lucky Stars Eureka! Entertainment 2021 Blu-Ray release and can confirm that My Lucky Stars is indeed uncut; the joke about
rape and the scene in which Sammo Hung's character uses wire to unlock a car door is fully intact in that release. Eureka! had also confirmed this to me by email.
UK: The Hong Kong Version of Twinkle, Twinkle, Lucky Stars was previously passed 15 without BBFC cuts for:
My Lucky Stars is a 1985 Hong Kong action comedy by Sammo Kam-Bo Hung.
- 2021 Eureka The Lucky Stars 3-Film Collection [ My Lucky Stars: Hong Kong + International, Twinkle, Twinkle, Lucky Stars: Hong Kong + Taiwan ] RB
Blu-ray at UK Amazon #ad released on 22nd March 2021
Starring Sammo Kam-Bo Hung and Charlie Chin and Stanley Sui-Fan Fung.
Exists as an original Hong Kong/Cantonese Version and a shortened
International/English Version. Both have been cut by the BBFC for 15 rated cinema, VHS and DVD. Presumably the 15 rated 2021 Blu-ray release is uncut. The Cantonese Version is uncut and MPAA PG-13 rated in the US. Twinkle Twinkle Lucky
Stars is a 1985 Hong Kong action comedy by Sammo Kam-Bo Hung.
Starring Sammo Kam-Bo Hung, Richard Ng and Eric Tsang.
The film has never troubled censors but exists as a Hong Kong Version and
an Extended Taiwan Version.
Three action packed comedy classics come to Blu-ray for the first in the UK from brand new 4K restorations! The original trilogy of Lucky
Stars films were massively successful both in Hong Kong and internationally. Featuring star-studded ensemble casts including Sammo Hung (also directing), Jackie Chan , Yuen Biao , and appearances from
Richard Ng, Andy Lau, Rosamund Kwan, Moon Lee, Dick Wei, James Tien and many more!
Winners and Sinners (1983) Five former prisoners form a cleaning company and endeavour to keep clear of crime, but
inadvertently find themselves in the middle of a counterfeit money scheme, and now the Triads and the police are out to get them!
My Lucky Stars (1985) The Lucky Stars are sent to Japan to help the police
apprehend a gang of dangerous criminals and a corrupt cop. Of course, nothing goes to plan, and a series of gut-busting and neck-breaking action sequences ensue, leading up to one of the best climactic fight sequences ever filmed.
Twinkle, Twinkle, Lucky Stars
(1985) Tasked with busting a crime syndicate, the Lucky Stars wreak havoc in a holiday paradise with their unique brand of high-kicking justice and outrageous antics.
SPECIAL THREE-DISC BLU-RAY EDITION
- A unique variant edition Limited Edition O-Card slipcase featuring new artwork by Darren Wheeling [2000 copies]
- All three films presented in 1080p on Blu-ray from brand new 4K restorations, including the alternate extended Taiwanese version
of Twinkle, Twinkle, Lucky Stars also fully restored in 4K
- Cantonese audio tracks (original mono presentations)
- Optional English dubbed audio tracks for all films
- Newly translated English subtitles
- Brand new feature
length audio commentaries on all three films by Asian film expert Frank Djeng (NY Asian Film Festival)
- Winners and Sinners Archival interview with director and star Sammo Hung (6 mins)
- Winners and Sinners Archival interview with
director and star Sammo Hung (13 mins)
- Winners and Sinners Sammo Hung retrospective featuring interviews with friends of the legendary director, actor, and action choreographer (20 mins)
- My Lucky Stars Archival interview with Michiko
Nishiwaki (20 mins)
- My Lucky Stars Archival interview with Sammo Hung (18 mins)
- Twinkle, Twinkle, Lucky Stars Archival interview with Richard Norton (33 mins)
- Twinkle, Twinkle, Lucky Stars Archival interview with Richard Ng (21
- Behind-the-scenes featurettes on all three films originally produced for their Japanese releases
- Outtakes, NG ( No Good! ) shots for all three films
- Trailers for all three films
- Limited Edition collector s
booklet featuring new writing by James Oliver [2000 copies]
1971 USA western by Frank Perry, once cut by the BBFC, just released on US Blu-ray and DVD
|4th April 2021 |
'Doc' is a 1971 USA western by Frank Perry.
With Stacy Keach, Faye Dunaway and Harris Yulin.
Cut by the BBFC for an AA (14) rated cinema release. Violence was restored but a cock fight was cut for DVD. US: Uncut and MPAA R rated for:
When two-fisted gunslinger Doc Holliday (Stacy Keach, The Long Riders) rides into Tombstone, he's ready and willing to help District Marshal Wyatt Earp (Harris Yulin, Narrow Margin)
clean up the unruly town, just as they did in Dodge. But to Doc's surprise, Earp has changed from a steely-eyed believer in law-and-order to a greedy opportunist who'll do anything to be elected Tombstone's sheriff. To ensure his victory, the
unscrupulous Earp enlists Doc's help in double-crossing the most vicious band of outlaws in the territory, the notorious Clanton Gang. It's a dangerous scheme that leads to the infamous showdown at the O.K. Corral, where a bloody slaughter transforms
villains into heroes... and heroes into American legends. Written by legendary columnist Pete Hamill (Badge 373), directed by the great Frank Perry (The Swimmer) and co-starring screen legend Faye Dunaway (The Thomas Crown Affair) as Katie Elder.
-Brand New 2K Master
-NEW Audio Commentary by Filmmaker Alex Cox
-Optional English Subtitles
1969 Australia comedy romance by Michael Powell, once cut for a BBFC 'A' rating, just released on UK Blu-ray
|4th April 2021 |
Age of Consent is a 1969 Australia comedy romance by Michael Powell.
Starring James Mason, Helen Mirren and Jack MacGowran.
The film was originally passed X uncut by the BBFC but the distributors
decided to cut the film for an 'A" rating. The same cut version was released on 15 rated VHS in 1986 and 1995. The uncut version was rated 12 for 2008 DVD. The Director's Cut is MPAA R rated UK: Passed 15 uncut for:
- 2021 Powerhouse Films Standard Edition R0 Blu-ray at UK Amazon #ad released on 22nd March 2021
- 2021 Powerhouse Films Amazon Prime VoD [UK only] at UK Amazon #ad
Based on Norman Lindsay's controversial autobiographical 1935 novel, Age of Consent is the story of an artist (James Mason), grown tired of producing art for wealthy Americans, who
moves to the wilds of Australia's Great Barrier Reef where he meets Cora (Helen Mirren), a teenage girl who inspires him and becomes his muse -- as well as the object of his desire.
The penultimate film from the great Michael Powell (Black
Narcissus, The Red Shoes, Peeping Tom), Age of Consent explores the obsessive nature of an artist approaching the twilight of his career. Misjudged and mis-handled on its initial release (when the distributor removed key scenes and re-scored the film),
Age of Consent is now regarded as one of Powell's key works.
Extras INDICATOR STANDARD EDITION SPECIAL FEATURES
- High Definition remaster
- Original mono audio
- Two presentations of the film: the 2005 restoration of the director's cut, scored by Peter Sculthorpe (107 mins); and the studio cut, scored by Stanley Myers (100 mins)
commentary with film historian Kent Jones (2009)
- The Beauty of the Image: The John Player Lecture with Michael Powell (1971, 85 mins): archival audio recording of the celebrated filmmaker in conversation with Kevin Gough-Yates at London's
National Film Theatre
- The Guardian Interview with Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger (1985, 105 mins): archival audio recording of the Archers in conversation with Ian Christie at London's National Film Theatre
- Age of Innocence
(2018, 38 mins): an in-depth appraisal of Age of Consent by Ian Christie, author of Arrows of Desire: The Films of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger
- Making 'Age of Consent' (2009, 17 mins): production manager Kevin Powell, composer Peter
Sculthorpe and editor Anthony Buckley recall the film's turbulent history
- Martin Scorsese on 'Age of Consent' (2009, 6 mins): the acclaimed director discusses the impact and legacy of Powell's film
- Helen Mirren: A Conversation with Cora
(2009, 13 mins): the award-winning actor reflects on one of her earliest and most memorable film roles
- Down-Under with Ron and Valerie Taylor (2009, 10 mins): a conversation with the celebrated underwater photographers
- The Boy Who
Turned Yellow (1972, 54 mins): Powell and Pressburger's final collaboration, made for the Children's Film Foundation
- Original theatrical trailer
- Image gallery: promotional photography and publicity material for Age of Consent and The
Boy Who Turned Yellow
- New and improved English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing
1997 UK/USA Sci-Fi horror by Paul WS Anderson, cut for an MPAA R rating, just released on US Blu-ray
|2nd April 2021 |
Event Horizon is a 1997 UK/USA Sci-Fi horror by Paul WS Anderson.
With Laurence Fishburne, Sam Neill and Kathleen Quinlan.
Cut for an MPAA R rating, and this version has been distributed world
wide. There is an uncut version but only low quality prints have been located so far, so no DVD/Blu-ray release. The cut scenes are available as DVD extras. US: Uncut and MPAA R rated for:
Its name: Event Horizon. The high-tech, pioneering research spacecraft mysteriously vanished without a trace on its maiden voyage seven years earlier.But a weak, persistent signal from
the long-missing craft prompts a rescue team, headed by the intrepid Captain Miller (Laurence Fishburne), to wing its way through the galaxy on a bold rescue mission. Accompanying Miller is his elite crew and the lost ship's designer (Sam Neill). What
they uncover is unimaginable interstellar horror.
- BRAND NEW 4K RESTORATION OF THE FILM FROM THE ORIGINAL CAMERA NEGATIVE
- NEW Reflecting on Hell -- an interview with director Paul W.S. Anderson
- NEW Ghost Galleon -- an interview with writer Philip Eisner
NEW Organized Chaos -- an interview with actress Kathleen Quinlan
- NEW Compassion in Space -- an interview with actor Jack Noseworthy
- NEW The Doomed Captain -- an interview with actor Peter Marinker
Space Cathedral -- an interview with production designer Joseph Bennett
- NEW Something New -- an interview with set decorator Crispian Sallis
- NEW Taking Care of It -- an interview with production manager Dusty Symonds
- NEW Reinforcements -- an interview with second unit director Robin Vidgeon
- NEW Almost Real -- an interview with location manager Derek Harrington
- NEW Screams from the Cosmos -- an interview with sound
designer Campbell Askew
- Audio Commentary with director Paul W.S. Anderson and producer Jeremy Bolt
- The Making of EVENT HORIZON -- a 5-part documentary
- The Point of No Return -- a 4-part look at the filming of EVENT HORIZON with
narration by Paul W.S. Anderson
- Secrets -- deleted and extended scenes with director's commentary
- The Unseen EVENT HORIZON -- The un-filmed rescue scene and conceptual art with director's commentary
- Theatrical Trailer
- Video Trailer
- Optional English SDH subtitles for the main feature
1985 USA crime comedy horror by Sam Raimi, once cut by the BBFC, just released on UK Blu-ray
|2nd April 2021 |
Crimewave is a 1985 USA crime comedy horror by Sam Raimi.
Starring Louise Lasser and Brion James and Paul L Smith.
UK: BBFC details not yet published for:
BBFC category cuts were required for a PG rated cinema release in
1985 as well as home video releases. Uncut and MPAA PG-13 rated in the US. There is also a shortened European Version.
- 2021 Powerhouse Films Limited Edition [US + European Versions] RA Blu-ray at
UK Amazon #ad released on 22nd March 2021
- 2021 Powerhouse Films Amazon Prime VoD [UK only]
at UK Amazon #ad
After the colossal success of The Evil Dead, director Sam Raimi teamed up with the Coen brothers (fresh from Blood Simple) to make his next film, Crimewave, an unusual mixture of
screwball comedy, film noir and B-movie homage.
Raimi's film tells the bizarre story of a security-system installer, Vic (Reed Birney), who finds himself in the electric chair when he falls in love with Nancy (Sheree J Wilson), a femme fatale on
the run from two bumbling exterminators 'of all sizes' (Paul L Smith, Popeye, and Brion James, Blade Runner).
A notoriously troubled production which flopped upon its original release, Crimewave can now be enjoyed as a riotously entertaining
showcase for Raimi and the Coens, which also benefits from a highly amusing performance from cult-horror star Bruce Campbell.
Original release : 1985
Colour/ B&W : Colour
Extras INDICATOR LIMITED EDITION BLU-RAY
* High Definition remaster
* Original mono audio
* Alternative presentation with pre-release Broken Hearts and Broken Noses title sequence
* Audio commentary with actor Bruce Campbell (2013)
* The Crimewave Meter
with Bruce Campbell (2013): the Evil Dead star revisits Crimewave and his various collaborations with Sam Raimi
* Made in Detroit with Edward Pressman (2013): the producer discusses his participation in the making of the film
* Leading Man with
Reed Birney (2013): the actor talks about his lead role in Crimewave and his wider career
* Rank Outsider (2021): genre-film expert, critic and author Kim Newman remembers the film's original UK cinema release
* New appreciation by the comedian,
musician and writer Rob Deering (2021)
* Alternative titles and credits
* Original theatrical trailers
* TV spots
* Image gallery: promotional and publicity materials
* New and improved English subtitles for the deaf and
* Limited edition exclusive booklet with a new essay by Amanda Reyes, interview extracts with cast and crew members, an overview of contemporary critical responses and film credits
* UK premiere on Blu-ray
* Limited edition of
* All extras subject to change