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Shopping: Edge of Sanity...

1989 UK / France / Hungary / USA horror thriller by Gérard Kikoïne, once cut in the US and UK, just released on UK Blu-ray


Link Here30th June 2022

Edge of Sanity is a 1989 UK / France / Hungary / USA horror thriller by Gérard Kikoïne.
Starring Anthony Perkins, Glynis Barber and Sarah Maur Thorp. Melon Farmers linkYoutube link BBFC link 2020 IMDb

Cut for 18 rated cinema and VHS releases in 1989. Uncut and 18 rated since 2004 DVD. Cut for a US MPAA R rating but the the Unrated Version is uncut.
UK: Passed 18 over uncut for strong bloody violence, injury detail, sex, drug misuse:
  • 2022 Arrow Video Special Edition (RAB) Blu-ray at UK Amazon #ad released on 20th June 2022

Promotional Material

Anthony Perkins builds upon his legendary status as cinema's seminal psycho in Edge of Sanity, a delirious conflation of Robert Louis Stephenson's classic horror novella 'Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde' and Jack the Ripper's real-life reign of terror over Victorian London. When his experiments into a powerful new anaesthetic go hideously awry, respected physician Dr Jekyll (Perkins) takes off into the night, casting aside the shackles of upper-class propriety as he disappears into the shadowy decadent demimonde of Whitechapel in pursuit of sensual pleasures under the guise of 'Mr Hyde'. As his wife Elisabeth (Glynis Barber) passes her time in charitable work, rehabilitating the district's fallen women, Hyde is drawn into an escalating cycle of lust and murder that seems to know no bounds. Produced by exploitation maestro Harry Alan Towers (The Face of Fu Manchu, Count Dracula) and directed with a hallucinogenic intensity by Gérard Kikoïne (Lady Libertine, Buried Alive), Edge of Sanity plunges the viewer into a labyrinth of depravity from which there is no escape.

SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS

- Brand new 2K restoration from the original 35mm camera negative by Arrow Films
- High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation
- Original uncompressed stereo audio
- Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing
- Brand new audio commentary by writer David Flint and author and filmmaker Sean Hogan
- Over the Edge, a brand new interview with Stephen Thrower, author of Nightmare USA
- Jack, Jekyll and Other Screen Psychos, a brand new interview with Dr Clare Smith, author of Jack the Ripper in Film and Culture
- French Love, a career-spanning interview with director Gérard Kikoïne
- Staying Sane, Gérard Kikoïne discusses Edge of Sanity
- Original Theatrical trailer
- Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Graham Humphreys

FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collector's booklet featuring new writing on the film by Jon Towlson

 

 

Shopping: Blood of the Vampire...

1958 UK Sci-Fi horror by Henry Cass just released on UK Blu-ray


Link Here27th June 2022

Blood of the Vampire is a 1958 UK Sci-Fi horror by Henry Cass
Starring Donald Wolfit, Vincent Ball and Barbara Shelley BBFC link 2020 IMDb

Cut by the BBFC for X rated cinema release in 1958. Later this cut cinema version was PG rated for 2005 DVD. A restored and uncut version was BBFC 12 rated for 2021 Blu-ray. The cinema release was similarly cut in the US. French releases include most of the cut material.

Summary Notes

In 1870s Transylvania, scientist Dr. Callistratus is put to death by villagers who wrongly believe he's a vampire. However, his horribly disfigured henchman, Carl is on hand to orchestrate a...

UK: A restored and uncut version/Continental Version was passed 12 for moderate violence, bloody images, sexual threat:

Promotional Material

Legendary actor Sir Donald Wolfit (Svengali, Room at the Top, Becket) joins British horror queen Barbara Shelley (Village of the Damned, Dracula Prince of Darkness, Quatermass and the Pit) in a lurid tale of ghastly experiments in a Transylvanian prison. Despite being staked as a vampire, the sadistic Dr Callistratus has become governor and is now using prisoners for the blood transfusions that keep him alive...

Produced by Robert S Baker & Monty Berman (Jack the Ripper, The Hellfire Club, The Saint), directed by Henry Cass (No Place for Jennifer, Castle in the Air, Happy Deathday) and written by notorious Hammer scribe Jimmy Sangster (The Curse of Frankenstein, Dracula, The Mummy), this long-awaited UK Blu-ray premiere has been remastered from original vault elements and is packed with bonus features.

Also starring Vincent Ball (The Black Rider, A Town Like Alice, Summer of the Seventeenth Doll), Victor Maddern (I'm All Right Jack, Circus of Fear, The Lost Continent), John Le Mesurier (The Hound of the Baskervilles, Eye of the Devil, Dad's Army) and Bernard Bresslaw (The Ugly Duckling, Too Many Crooks, Carry On Screaming!)...

Dare you step inside the terrible place Callistratus calls "my other laboratory"?

Extras
  • Newly Restored 1.66:1 Transfer of the Original Uncensored Version from Original Vault Materials
  • Audio Commentary with English Gothic Author Jonathan Rigby
  • Archival Audio Commentary with writer Jimmy Sangster, producer Robert S. Baker and Hammer Story Author Marcus Hearn
  • He Begins Where Dracula Left Off -- New In-Depth Featurette with English Gothic Author Jonathan Rigby (45 mins)
  • The BBFC and Blood for Dracula -- New Featurette examines original BBFC archive sensor notes
  • Original Theatrical Trailer
  • Barbara Shelley Trailer Reel (28 mins)
  • French and Italian Credits
  • Extensive Image Gallery
  • 1964 Malia Italian Fotoromanzo
  • Optional English and SDH Subtitles for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

 

 

Shopping: High Crime...

1973 Italy/Spain/France film by Enzo G Castellari, once cut by the BBFC, just released on UK Blu-ray and DVD


Link Here26th June 2022

High Crime is a 1973 Italy/Spain/France film by Enzo G. Castellari
Starring Franco Nero, Fernando Rey and James Whitmore Melon Farmers link BBFC link 2020 IMDb

The Original Version was cut by the BBFC for an X rated cinema release in 1974. The BBFC cuts were waived for a 15 rated Export Version in 2019.

Summary Notes

An Italian police inspector matches wits with a powerful European drug ring. As he comes closer to the top of the underworld organization, his odds of survival decrease.

UK: The Export Version was passed 15 for strong bloody violence with previous BBFC cuts waived:

Promotional Material

A new 4K restoration of the classic crime thriller which helped to popularise the Italian Poliziotteschi subgenre, inspired by the social unrest and criminality in 1970's Italy. HIGH CRIME, directed by ENZO G. CASTELLARI (Kill Them All and Come Back Alone, The Inglorious Bastards), now available on DVD & Blu-ray in the UK for the first time.

Vice-Commissioner Belli (Franco Nero) is investigating a series of crimes committed by a drug-running gang in Genoa. He approaches the apparently reformed old-fashioned gangster Cafiero (Fernando Rey) for information on the new gang in town, not knowing that Cafiero plans to take care of them himself. Belli's boss, Commissioner Aldo Scavino (James Whitmore), takes a dossier to the DA on the possible Mafia connections of the gang but is intercepted and the dossier stolen. Belli is forced to step up as the Commissioner and must fight to defend his family from threats by the criminals, before learning of a deal in Marseilles where he may have a chance to take down the underworld organisation once and for all.

Part of the STUDIOCANAL Cult Classics collection, featuring both Italian and English language options and an exclusive set of art cards. Also known by the Italian title La polizia incrimina la legge assolve.

Including three all new special features:

  • A Criminal Conversation - Enzo G. Castellari Remembers High Crime:
  • A newly filmed interview with the director of the film, exploring the production of the film 40 years ago.
  • The Scene of the Crime - An Interview with Roberto Girometti:
  • A newly filmed interview with the camera operator and long term collaborator of Castellari on his experiences from the film.
  • High and Dry - The Stuntwork of Massimo Vanni:
  • A new featurette on the creative stunt choreography for the film.

 

 

Top Gun...

The original film is unexpectedly cut on UK 4K Blu-ray


Link Here26th June 2022
Top Gun is a 1986 US film by Tony Scott
Starring Tom Cruise, Tim Robbins and Kelly McGillis BBFC link 2020 IMDb

As students at the United States Navy's elite fighter weapons school compete to be best in the class, one daring young pilot learns a few things from a civilian instructor that are not taught in the classroom.

Thanks to Jon who noted that his UK 4K Blu-ray version of the original Top Gun was in fact cut for a single use of strong language. With the word 'fuck' being replaced by 'shit' (see further details below). As best as I can work out so far, the cuts history seems to be as follows:

The film was cut in the US for an MPAA PG rating but was originally released uncut worldwide with a BBFC 15 rating in the UK.

The BBFC reduced this rating to 12 from 2004.

The cut US Version seems to have been used for worldwide 4K Blu-ray and Blu-ray releases.

Versions

mpaa cut
cut  
run: 109m
pal: 105m
MPAA PG

12 1980

UK: The cut US Version has been used for:
  • 2020 Paramount R0 4K Blu-ray/ R0 Blu-ray Combo

The 12 rated packaging still notes a single use of strong language that is not actually present

UK: Presumably it was the cut US Version that was passed 12 for:

  • 1989 cinema release

US: The film was cut in the US for an MPAA PG rating

Thanks to Jon. The US cuts were:

The cut scene occurs in the 4K UHD Blu-Ray and Blu-Ray versions during the second dogfight with Jester, at 59m 20s to 59m 22s, when Jester says:

Bingo! Maverick's dead! You're out of there kid!

To which Maverick responds:
Fuck (Shit, in the edited version)
BBFC uncut
uncut
run: 109m
pal: 105m
12A 1980

12 1980

15 cert

UK: Passed 12 uncut for one use of strong language and moderate sex and sex references:
  • 2013 Paramount  video
  • 2013 cinema release
UK: Passed 12 uncut for strong language, and moderate sex and sex references:
  • 2011 cinema release
  • 2004 Paramount video
UK: Passed 15 uncut:
  • 2000 Paramount  video
  • 1996 CIC VHS
  • 1987 CIC VHS
  • 1986 cinema release

 

 

Shopping: Lawrence of Arabia: 60th Anniversary...

1962 UK film by David Lean, once cut by the BBFC, just released on US 4K Blu-ray


Link Here23rd June 2022
Lawrence of Arabia is a 1962 UK film by David Lean
Starring Peter O'Toole, Alec Guinness and Anthony Quinn BBFC link 2020 IMDb

Cut by the BBFC for an 'A' rated 1962 cinema release. Shortened for 1986 VHS. The restored version is uncut and has been PG rated since 1989.

Summary Notes

The story of T.E. Lawrence, the English officer who successfully united and led the diverse, often warring, Arab tribes during World War I in order to fight the Turks.

US: The Restored Version is uncut and MPAA PG rated for:
  • 2022 Sony Pictures 60th Anniversary Steelbook Edition R0 4K Blu-ray/(R0) Blu-ra Combo at US Amazon #ad released on 7th June 2022
  • 2022 Sony Pictures via Amazon VoD [US] at US Amazon #ad

Promotional Material

LAWRENCE OF ARABIA 60TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION

Winner of 7 Academy Awards including Best Picture of 1962, LAWRENCE OF ARABIA stands as one of the most timeless and essential motion picture masterpieces. The greatest achievement of its legendary, Oscar-winning director, David Lean (1962, Lawrence of Arabia: 1957 the Bridge on the River Kwai), the film stars Peter O'Toole -- in his career-making performance -- as T.E. Lawrence, the audacious World War I British army officer who heroically united rival Arab desert tribes and led them to war against the mighty Turkish Empire.

Newly restored and re-mastered at 4K resolution, the massive scope and epic action of the Director's Cut of LAWRENCE OF ARABIA can now be experienced like never before in this landmark 60th Anniversary Edition.

 

 

Shopping: The Killer Elite...

1975 USA action crime thriller by Sam Peckinpah, once cut by the BBFC, just released on US Blu-ray


Link Here23rd June 2022
The Killer Elite is a 1975 USA action crime thriller by Sam Peckinpah.
Starring James Caan and Robert Duvall and Arthur Hill. BBFC link 2020 IMDb
Cut in the US for a PG Rated 1975 theatrical release. The cuts were later restored for the Extended Version. The BBFC rated the theatrical release as X, the 1987 Extended VHS Version as 18 and the 2003 Extended Version as 15, all without BBFC cuts.
US: The Extended Version is uncut and MPAA PG rated for:

Promotional Material

PAIN IS ONLY A SIDE EFFECT, DEATH IS THE CURE.

Elite assassins Mike Locken (James Caan, Rollerball, The Godfather, Misery) and George Hansen (Robert Duvall, Apocalypse Now, The Godfather, Hotel Colonial) take on jobs too risky for even the CIA to handle. They're best friends, superior marksmen and on the A-list when it comes to killing. But when one high-powered hitman betrays another, the intrigue, the violence and the thrills become more than just a dangerous game of who-kills-whom first. It becomes a very personal war! Directed by legendary director Sam Peckinpah (The Wild Bunch, The Getaway, Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia). The film also stars Arthur Hill (Future World, The Andromeda Strain, Harper), Bo Hopkins (A Small Town in Texas, Mutant, Midnight Express), Burt Young (Rocky, Amityville II, Convoy), Mako (The Sand Pebbles, An Eye for an Eye, Conan the Barbarian), Helmut Dantine (The Story of Mankind, The Wilby Conspiracy) and Academy Award® winning* actor Gig Young (They Shoot Horses, Don't They?, Game of Death, The Tunnel of Love).

BLU-RAY SPECIAL FEATURES:

  • High Definition Blu-ray 1080p Widescreen Presentation (2.35:1)
  • New 2020 restoration
  • DTS-HD Master Audio Mono
  • English Subtitles for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
  • Interviews with Bo Hopkins and Production Assistant Katy Haber
  • Audio Commentary with Film Historians Paul Seydor, Garner Simmons and Nick Redman
  • TV and Radio Spots
  • Original Trailer

 

 

Shopping: Great Freedom...

2021 Austria/Germany gay drama by Sebastian Meise just released on UK Blu-ray and DVD with an 18 rating and real sex


Link Here23rd June 2022
Great Freedom is a 2021 Austria/Germany gay drama by Sebastian Meise
Starring Franz Rogowski, Georg Friedrich and Anton von Lucke BBFC link 2020 IMDb
There are no censorship issues with this release. The film contains an image of real sex.

Summary Notes

In post-war Germany, not everybody can enjoy freedom. Hans, a man who undergoes repeated prison time as he keeps being punished for his desires, experiences its passage differently from his recurring cellmate Viktor, a convicted murderer in it for the long haul. We begin in 1968, with Hans again arriving in prison. Viktor, an amateur tattoo artist, offers to cover up the camp number on Hans' forearm. Over time, the two men will exchange moments of exposure and need. Their bond is shadowed throughout by Viktor's deep-rooted homophobia and Paragraph 175, which criminalizes homosexuality. Despite all this, Hans and Viktor develop an unlikely bond.

Versions

BBFC uncut
uncut
run: 117m
pal: 112m
18UK: Passed 18 uncut for strong sex:

The BBFC comments:

There are scenes of strong sex, including an explicit image of penetration, and scenes containing masturbation, fellatio and implied anal sex.

 

 

Shopping: The Living Dead At Manchester Morgue...

1974 Spain/Italy horror by Jorge Grau, once cut in the US and UK, just released on US Blu-ray


Link Here21st June 2022

The Living Dead At Manchester Morgue is a 1974 Spain/Italy horror by Jorge Grau
Starring Cristina Galbó, Ray Lovelock and Arthur Kennedy Melon Farmers link BBFC link 2020 IMDb

Cut in the US for an MPAA R rating where there is also an uncut Unrated version. In the UK the BBFC cut the 1975 cinema release. Cut and uncut versions were released on pre-cert VHS which went onto be banned as a video nasty. The VHS was passed 18 by the BBFC in 1985 but only after the original cinema cuts were replied along with additional cuts for video. The BBFC relented in 2002 and the film was passed 18 uncut on DVD.
US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:

Reviews

Promotional Material

LET SLEEPING CORPSES LIE!

A strange twist of fate brings two young travelers, George (Ray Lovelock, The Cassandra Crossing) and Edna (Christine Galbo, The House That Screamed), to a small town where an experimental agricultural machine may be bringing the dead back to life! As zombies infest the area and attack the living, a bullheaded detective (Academy Award® nominee Arthur Kennedy, Peyton Place) thinks the couple are Satanists responsible for the local killings. George and Edna have to fight for their lives, and prove their innocence, as they try and stop the impending zombie apocalypse!

The Living Dead at Manchester Morgue (aka "Let Sleeping Corpses Lie" and "Don't Open the Window") is a gory horror tale from Spanish director Jorge Grau and widely considered to be one of the best zombie films ever made. Beautifully restored in 4K from the original camera negative, Synapse Films presents the film with the true original English theatrical mono mix and the real opening and closing credit sequences intact.

SPECIAL FEATURES:

  • Exclusive new 4K restoration from the original 35mm camera negative
  • New 5.1 English stereo surround remix made exclusively for the Synapse Films release
  • Restoration of the true original English language theatrical mono mix
  • Two audio commentaries featuring authors and film scholars Troy Howarth, Nathaniel Thompson and Bruce Holecheck
  • Jorge Grau - Catalonia's Cult Film King (89 mins.) -- This extensive feature-length documentary explores the life and films of director Jorge Grau
  • The Scene of the Crime - Giannetto De Rossi in Discussion from Manchester (16 Mins.) (BLU-RAY EXCLUSIVE)
  • Giannetto De Rossi - Q&A at the Festival of Fantastic Films, UK (43 Mins)
  • Theatrical trailer, TV spots and radio spots
  • Newly translated removable English SDH subtitles

 

 

Shopping: The Mechanic...

1972 US film by Michael Winner, once cut in the UK, just released on US Blu-ray


Link Here21st June 2022
The Mechanic is a 1972 US film by Michael Winner
Starring Charles Bronson, Jan-Michael Vincent and Keenan Wynn IMDb
Originally uncut an AA rated for 1972 cinema release but cut for 15 rated VHS release. Uncut and 15 rated for 2004 DVD. Uncut and MPAA PG rated in the US.

Summary Notes

An aging hitman befriends a young man who wants to be a professional killer. Eventually it becomes clear that someone has betrayed them.

US: Uncut and MPAA PG rated for:

Promotional Material

THEY CALL HIM 'THE MECHANIC'. HE HAS 100 WAYS TO KILL... AND THEY ALL WORK!

Arthur Bishop (Charles Bronson, Death Wish) is a mob hit man who operates in an uncompromising world where conventional rules of morality don't apply and one wrong move could cost him his life! He's always worked alone; but, as age catches up with him, Bishop takes on a competent and ruthless apprentice (Jan Michael Vincent, Big Wednesday) and teaches him everything he knows. Together they become an unmatchable team of globetrotting killers ... until the pupil's ruthlessness puts him on a collision course with his teacher!

BLU-RAY SPECIAL FEATURES:

  • High Definition Blu-ray 1080p Widescreen Presentation (1.78:1)
  • 2K scan from the Interpositive
  • DTS-HD Master Audio Stereo
  • English Subtitles for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
  • Interview with writer Lewis John Carlino
  • Audio Commentary with author Paul Talbot (Bronson's Loose book series)
  • Audio Commentary With Cinematographer Richard H. Kline, Moderated By Nick Redman
  • Theatrical Trailer

 

 

Shopping: The Perfect David...

2021 Argentina/Uruguay gay drama by Felipe Gomez Aparicio just released on 18 rated UK DVD with the BBFC noting real sex


Link Here21st June 2022

The Perfect David is a 2021 Argentina/Uruguay gay drama by Felipe Gomez Aparicio
Starring Mauricio Di Yorio, Umbra Colombo and Diego Starosta BBFC link 2020 IMDb

There are no censorship issues with this release. The BBFC notes that the film contains strong real sex.

Summary Notes

David is a young bodybuilder who obsessively trains to become his artist mother's muse. As he dedicates himself to further developing his physique, he goes through an identity crisis that will mark his destiny.

UK: Passed 18 uncut for strong real sex, sex references:

Promotional Material

At sixteen, David is much like any teenager, but his boyish good looks rest upon a hulking, muscular body. His weightlifting obsession is driven by his mother Juana, a troubled artist whose only goal is to have her son reach physical perfection by his seventeenth birthday. With countless hours spent at a grungy gym in the company of a motley clique of pumped-up gym rats, David desperately searches for what it means to be a man, whilst also navigating his burgeoning sexuality. With his birthday approaching, Juana demands growth at any cost. Soon David's cohorts offer him dangerous chemical shortcuts, sending David in a dangerous spiral. 'The Perfect David' is at once a delicious ode to the beauty of the male form, a warning of the dangers of seeking absolute perfection, and a striking character study of a teenager in trouble.

 

 

Shopping: I Spit on Your Grave...

The British Board of Film Censors continues its cuts for the 1978 US video nasty by Meir Zarchi set for UK 4K Blu-ray release on on 26th September 2022


Link Here17th June 2022
I Spit on Your Grave is a 1978 US horror thriller by Meir Zarchi
Starring Camille Keaton, Eron Tabor and Richard Pace Melon Farmers link  YouTube icon   BBFC link 2020   IMDb
The film was banned as one of the most notable video nasties in 1983. It was unbanned after massive 7m:02s of BBFC cuts for 2001 and 2006 DVD. These cuts were reduced to 2m:54s in 2010, and to 1m:41s for 2020 Blu-ray. Cut again by the BBFC for 4K Blu-ray in 2022. Cut in the US for an R rating but MPAA Unrated releases are uncut.

See full BBFC cuts history in article from melonfarmers.co.uk

Summary Notes

Oozing with confidence and the air of a big-city girl, the talented short-story author, Jennifer Hills, arrives in verdant Kent, Connecticut, to take a break from the hustle and bustle of New York City, and write her first novel. But, there, holed up in her secluded riverside cabin, Jennifer is utterly unaware that she has already caught the eye of violent Johnny and his misogynistic jackals, who are hell-bent on having their way with the unsuspecting visitor. And before long, poor Jennifer is sexually assaulted over and over again and left for dead. But, Jennifer is a hard nut to crack, and her fierce will to survive will pave the way for a relentless mission of vengeance. Now, no one is safe. Who can stop Jennifer from tasting the ambrosial nectar of revenge?

Versions

BBFC cut
advised cuts
cut:  
run: 98m
pal: 94m
18UK: Passed 18 for sexual violence, sadistic violence, nudity after unspecified BBFC advised but compulsory cuts:
  • 2022 Kaleidoscope Collector's Edition R0 4K Blu-ray/(RB) Blu-ray Combo at UK Amazon

The BBFC commented:

This submission of the film was originally seen for advice. The company was advised that compulsory cuts to reduce scenes of sexual violence would be necessary, in order to achieve an 18 rating. When the film was submitted for formal classification, the shots in question had been removed and the film was classified 18.

uncut
uncut
run: 101:05s
pal: 97:02s
MPAA Unrated

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Germany

US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for: Germany: Uncut for:

Promotional Material

I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE, the film that infamously changed the face of cinema forever, is back for the first time in stunning 4K ULTRA HD, restored and remastered in 2021, as part of a 3-disc Collector's Edition boxset, showcasing incredible bonus features (including new and specially commissioned extras) totalling NINE HOURS of content. The set is packaged with new artwork in a premium O-ring boxset and inside includes four high quality art cards.

Re-experience the original controversial hit I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE in 4K UHD and Blu-ray, a cult phenomenon that influenced an entire genre and generation of filmmakers, with audio commentaries by director Meir Zarchi and critic Joe Bob Briggs, and a brand-new interview from film historian Chris Poggiali.

Also included is the official feature documentary GROWING UP WITH I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE on Blu-Ray. A must-see for fans of the series and horror films alike, uncover the fascinating history of the classic that shocked and divided the world as told by Terry Zarchi (son of the franchise creator) with behind-the-scenes footage and exclusive interviews.

Updated Extras:

  • Premium boxset including four art cards
  • I Spit on Your Grave 4K UHD & BD
  • Growing Up with I Spit on Your Grave BD
  • Audio Commentaries from director Meir Zarchi and critic Joe Bob Briggs
  • Interview with film historian Chris Poggiali (BRAND NEW)
  • Home Movie - Camille & Meir's Wedding (NEW TO UK)
  • Locations of I Spit on Your Grave (NEW TO UK)
  • The Values of Vengeance: Meir Zarchi Remembers I Spit on Your Grave
  • Alternate Opening Title
  • Theatrical Trailers
  • TV Spots
  • Radio Spots
  • Still Gallery
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Terry Zarchi's 8mm film starring Camille Keaton

 

 

Shopping: The Face of Fu Manchu...

1965 UK / West Germany action crime thriller by Don Sharp, once cut for a BBFC U rating, just released on UK Blu-ray


Link Here17th June 2022

The Face of Fu Manchu is a 1965 UK / West Germany action crime thriller by Don Sharp.
Starring Christopher Lee and Nigel Green and Joachim Fuchsberger. Melon Farmers link BBFC link 2020 IMDb

BBFC category cuts were required for a U rated film release in 1965. Maybe it was the same cut version that has been PG rated for home video. There is also a short German Version.

Summary Notes

Grisly strangulations in London alert Nayland Smith of Scotland Yard to the possibility of the fiendish Fu Manchu may not be dead after all, even though Smith witnessed his execution. A killer spray made from Tibetan berries seems to be involved and clues keep leading back to the Thames.

UK: Passed PG uncut for mild violence and language:
  • 2022 Powerhouse Films Standard Edition (RB) Blu-ray at UK Amazon #ad released on 30th May 2022

Promotional Material

The first in a cycle of five films reviving Sax Rohmer's Chinese super-villain, Fu Manchu, produced and written by British maverick Harry Alan Towers (The Bloody Judge).

After faking his own execution, Fu Manchu (Christopher Lee, The Terror of the Tongs) returns to the criminal underworld to realise his latest dastardly scheme for world domination: harnessing the power of a rare Tibetan flower, the Blackhill poppy, to mass-produce a deadly poison gas. Detective Nayland Smith (Nigel Green, Sword of Sherwood Forest, Play Dirty) and his stalwart sidekick Dr Petrie (Howard Marion-Crawford, Gideon's Day) must race against the clock to stop the evil genius from unleashing his weapon of mass destruction on London.

A sterling start to the series, The Face of Fu Manchu is a thrilling pulp-adventure which benefits from assured direction from Don Sharp (Psychomania) and exuberant performances from its lead players.

Extras "INDICATOR STANDARD EDITION SPECIAL FEATURES

  • Restoration from a 4K scan of the original negative
  • Original mono audio
  • Audio commentary with genre-film experts, critics and authors Stephen Jones and Kim Newman (2020)
  • The BEHP Interview with Don Sharp -- Part One: From Hobart to Hammer (1993, 96 mins): archival audio recording, made as part of the British Entertainment History Project, featuring Sharp in conversation with Teddy Darvas and Alan Lawson
  • The BEHP Interview with Ernest Steward -- Part One: The BIP Years (1990, 96 mins): archival audio recording of an interview with the respected cinematographer, made as part of the British Entertainment History Project
  • Archival interview with Christopher Lee (1965, 4 mins): extract from the Irish television programme Newsbeat, filmed during location shooting in Dublin
  • Vic Pratt Introduces 'The Face of Fu Manchu' (2020, 7 mins): appreciation by the BFI curator
  • Underneath the Skin (2020, 49 mins): broadcaster, educationalist and author of The Yellow Peril: Dr Fu Manchu & The Rise of Chinaphobia, Christopher Frayling, examines the origin, history and reputation of Sax Rohmer's works
  • Alternative titles and credits
  • Super 8 versions: cut-down home cinema presentations with original vinyl soundtracks
  • Original UK, German and French theatrical trailers
  • Image gallery: promotional and publicity material
  • New and improved English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing

 

 

Shopping: FleshEater...

1988 USA horror by S William Hinzman, once cut by the BBFC, just released on US 4K Blu-ray


Link Here17th June 2022

FleshEater is a 1988 USA horror by S William Hinzman.
With S William Hinzman, John Mowod and Leslie Ann Wick. Melon Farmers link IMDb

Cut by the BBFC for VHS but uncut on DVD. Uncut and MPAA Unrated in the US.

US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:
  • 2022 Vinegar Syndrome R0 4K Blu-ray/(RA) Blu-ray Combo at US Amazon #ad released on 31st May 2022

Promotional Material

While assisting on a dig, a construction worker accidentally destroys the final resting place of a demonic zombie, rousting him from his unholy slumber, and reigniting his taste for human flesh. Meanwhile, a group of teenagers have decided to spend the night camping in the woods for a Halloween hayride, only to have their partying interrupted with the arrival of an ever-growing army of bloodthirsty undead! Will anyone survive the night in one piece?

A lo-fi gore epic directed by actor and cinematographer Bill Hinzman ( The Crazies ), star zombie in the classic Night of the Living Dead , FLESHEATER (aka Revenge of the Living Dead ) is a fitting tribute and homage to Romero's chilling masterpiece, updating the setting to the late 1980s while piling on the gut munching, throat ripping, and limb tearing action. Vinegar Syndrome is delighted to bring this highly ambitious slice of regional madness to 4K UHD and Blu-ray, in a brand new, eye popping (and gouging) restoration from its original 16mm camera negative, presented in its cinematographer and producer approved 1.33:1 aspect ratio for the first time on disc, along with a host of brand new extra features!

Bonus Features:

1. Region Free 4K Ultra HD / Blu-ray Set
2. 4K UHD presented in High-Dynamic-Range
3. Newly scanned & restored in 4K from its 16mm original camera negative
4. Brand new commentary track with cinematographer Simon Manses, composer Erica Portnoy, and producer Andrew Sands
5. "Zombie Nosh LLC" - an interview with producer Andrew Sands
6. "All Roads Lead Back to FleshEater" - an interview with cinematographer Simon Manses
7. "The Family Continues" - Remembering Bill with Bonnie Hinzman
8. "Carnage in Compositions" - an interview with composer Erica Portnoy
9. "Family of FleshEaters" - an interview with actress Heidi Hinzman
10. "Crushed Pink Grapefruit Brain" - an interview with special makeup effects artist Jerry Gergely
11. "To Live and Die in PA" - an interview with actor John Mowod
12. "Meatballs and Missing Actors" - an interview with unit manager Paul Giorgi
13. "Minor Budget Majorette" - an interview with hair stylist / makeup artist Terrie Godfrey
14. Extensive behind-the-scenes still gallery
15. Reversible cover artwork
16. English SDH subtitles

 

 

Shopping: Death Wish II...

1982 US vigilante film by Michael Winner, still cut in the UK, just released uncut on US 4K Blu-ray


Link Here15th June 2022

Death Wish 2 is a 1982 US vigilante film by Michael Winner.
With Charles Bronson, Jill Ireland and Vincent Gardenia. Melon Farmers linkYouTube icon BBFC link 2020 IMDb

Similarly and extensively cut by both the BBFC and for an MPAA R rating. There is an uncut US Unrated version. Generally uncut in Europe.
US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:
  • 2022 Vinegar Syndrome [Uncut + TV versions] R0 4K Blu-ray/RA Blu-ray Combo at US Amazon #ad released on 31st May 2022
  • 2022 Vinegar Syndrome Amazon VoD [US] at US Amazon #ad

Promotional Material

Vinegar Syndrome specializes in the masterful restoration and distribution of cult, horror, and erotic films from the 1960s-90s.
Paul Kersey thought his days as a vigilante were long behind him. But when his daughter and housekeeper are savagely assaulted and murdered, Paul is forced to take the law back into his own hands, hitting the tough, gang-filled streets of Los Angeles and embarking on a violent quest for justice. Realizing he has a ruthless vigilante on his hands, Detective Frank Ochoa races to put an end to the building carnage.

Nastier, grimier, and much more brutal than the original, Michael Winner's ( The Mechanic ) DEATH WISH II once again stars the legendary Charles Bronson ( The Great Escape , St. Ives ), joined by Jill Ireland ( Hard Times ), Anthony Franciosa ( Tenebre ), Robin Sherwood ( Tourist Trap ), and Laurence Fishburne ( The Matrix ). Loaded with non-stop action and suspense and set to one of the few film scores composed by Jimmy Page (Led Zeppelin), Vinegar Syndrome is proud to bring this Cannon Films classic to 4K UHD and Blu-ray, newly restored from its uncensored original negative, and loaded with all new extra features, including its alternate TV version, presented for the first time in HD!

Bonus Features:

1. 4K Ultra HD / Blu-ray (Region A) Set
2. 4K UHD presented in High-Dynamic-Range
3. Newly scanned & restored in 4K from its 35mm original camera negative
4. Alternate TV version (restored in 2K from it's 35mm interpositive)
5. "Pass" - an interview with screenwriter David Engelbach
6. "Working with Bronson" - an interview with actor Robert F. Lyons
7. "Dark Parts" - an interview with actress Robin Sherwood
8. "Fights in the Theater" - an interview with Todd Roberts, son of executive producer Bobby Roberts
9. Audio commentary with author and historian Paul Talbot
10. Theatrical trailer
11. Reversible cover artwork
12. English SDH subtitles

 

 

Shopping: The Brides of Fu Manchu...

1966 UK / West Germany crime adventure by Don Sharp, once cut by the BBFC, just released on UK Blu-ray


Link Here15th June 2022

The Brides of Fu Manchu is a 1966 UK / West Germany crime adventure by Don Sharp.
Starring Christopher Lee, Douglas Wilmer and Heinz Drache. Melon Farmers link BBFC link 2020 IMDb

BBFC category cuts were required for a U rated cinema release in 1966,Later uncut and U rated on home video. There is also a shorter German Version.

Summary Notes

Fu Manchu and his army of henchmen are kidnapping the daughters of prominent scientists and taking them to his remote island headquarters. Instead of asking for ransom, Fu demands that the fathers help him to build a death ray, which he intends to use to take over the world. But Fu's archenemy, Sir Denis Nayland Smith of Scotland Yard, is determined not to let that happen.

UK: Passed U uncut for mild violence and scary moments:
  • 2022 Powerhouse Films [with and without prologue] (RB) Blu-ray at UK Amazon #ad released on 30th May 2022

Promotional Material

The second in a cycle of five films reviving Sax Rohmer's Chinese super-villain, Fu Manchu, from maverick British producer and writer Harry Alan Towers (Venus in Furs). Directed with aplomb by Don Sharp (The Face of Fu Manchu), this fast-moving horror-adventure sees the criminal mastermind Fu Manchu (Christopher Lee, I, Monster) and his evil offspring Lin Tang (Tsai Chin, You Only Live Twice) kidnap the daughters of several world-famous scientists. His plan is to force their fathers to develop a powerful death ray with which he will bring the world to its knees. Only Scotland Yard's finest, Nayland Smith (Douglas Wilmer, The Golden Voyage of Sinbad), and his right-hand man Dr Petrie (Howard Marion-Crawford, Gideon's Day) can save the day...

Extras "INDICATOR STANDARD EDITION SPECIAL FEATURES

  • Restoration from a 4K scan of the original negative
  • Two presentations of the film: the original UK theatrical version (94 mins) and the original US theatrical version with unique prologue (95 mins)
  • Original mono audio
  • Audio commentary with film historians Kevin Lyons and Jonathan Rigby (2020)
  • The BEHP Interview with Don Sharp -- Part Two: A Director of Substance (1993, 95 mins): archival audio recording, made as part of the British Entertainment History Project, featuring Sharp in conversation with Teddy Darvas and Alan Lawson
  • The BEHP Interview with Ernest Steward -- Part Two: From Teddington to 'Carry On' (1990, 93 mins): archival audio recording of an interview with the respected cinematographer, made as part of the British Entertainment History Project
  • The Guardian Interview with Christopher Lee (1994, 87 mins): wide-ranging onstage interview with the legendary actor, conducted by the film critic David Robinson
  • Vic Pratt Introduces 'The Brides of Fu Manchu' (2020, 7 mins): appreciation by the BFI curator
  • Pages of Peril (2020, 21 mins): genre-film expert, critic and author Kim Newman discusses Sax Rohmer and the Fu Manchu novels
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • TV spot
  • Image gallery: promotional and publicity material
  • New and improved English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing"

 

 

Shopping: The Blood of Fu Manchu...

1968 Spain / West Germany / UK / USA crime adventure by Jesús Franco, once cut by the BBFC, just released on UK Blu-ray


Link Here15th June 2022

The Blood of Fu Manchu is a 1968 Spain / West Germany / UK / USA crime adventure by Jesús Franco (as Jess Franco).
Starring Christopher Lee, Richard Greene and Howard Marion-Crawford. Melon Farmers link BBFC link 2020 IMDb

Suffered BBFC category cuts from its 1996 cinema release until 2007 when it was passed 15 uncut for 15 rated DVD.
UK: Previously passed 15 uncut for moderate nudity and violence for:

Promotional Material

Things take a decidedly weird turn in The Blood of Fu Manchu, the fourth entry in the five-film cycle reviving Sax Rohmer's Chinese super-villain, Fu Manchu, from maverick British producer and writer Harry Alan Towers (Circus of Fear).

Directed by the prolific Spaniard Jesús Franco (The Awful Dr. Orloff, Oasis of the Zombies), The Blood of Fu Manchu sees the Oriental overlord operating from a laboratory deep within the South American jungle. With the help of his sadistic daughter Lin Tang (Tsai Chin, The Virgin Soldiers), Fu Manchu connives to create a deadly pandemic by deploying ten beautiful women whose lips are laced with killer venom... Nayland Smith (Richard Greene, The Adventures of Robin Hood) becomes infected, but his ever-loyal Man Friday Dr Petrie (Howard Marion-Crawford, Gideon's Day) leads the international efforts to find an antidote and bring down Fu Manchu."

Extras "INDICATOR STANDARD EDITION SPECIAL FEATURES

  • Restoration from a 4K scan of the original negative
  • Two presentations of the film: with the original The Blood of Fu Manchu title sequence, and the alternative Kiss Me to Death titles
  • Original mono audio
  • Audio commentary with critics and authors David Flint and Adrian J Smith (2020)
  • Vic Pratt Introduces 'The Blood of Fu Manchu' (2020, 7 mins): appreciation by the BFI curator
  • The Men Who Killed Fu Manchu? (2020, 41 mins): author and musician Stephen Thrower on Jesús Franco and Harry Alan Towers
  • Any Way to Save Money (2020, 11 mins): clapper loader Ray Andrew remembers Harry Alan Towers and Fu Manchu
  • The Mystery of Dr. Fu-Manchu: 'The Fiery Hand' (1923, 37 mins): chilling episode from the original silent serial starring Harry Agar Lyons, presented with an optional new score by the band Peninsula
  • Alternative title sequences
  • Colour tests: previously unseen production footage of Christopher Lee and Tsai Chin
  • Original UK theatrical trailer
  • US Kiss and Kill theatrical trailer
  • Image gallery: promotional and publicity material
  • New and improved English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing"

 

 

Shopping: A Fistful of Dollars...

1964 Italy/Spain/West Germany action western drama by Sergio Leone, once cut in the US and UK, just released on US 4K Blu-ray


Link Here12th June 2022

A Fistful of Dollars is a 1964 Italy/Spain/West Germany action western drama by Sergio Leone
Starring Clint Eastwood, Gian Maria Volontè, (Italian, English version) and Marianne Koch BBFC link 2020 IMDb

Originally cut in the US for an 'M' rated theatrical release. The US cut version was further cut by the BBFC for an X (16) rated 1967 cinema release and it seems the same version was released again in 1981 for an 'AA' rated cinema re-release.

A slightly extended UK Theatrical version was released on pre-cert VHS in 1983 and 15 rated VHS in 1987. Uncut and 15 rated in the UK since 1999.

Meanwhile in the US the film was released uncut and MPAA Unrated on 1988 VHS. An R rating was obtained for the uncut version in 1994 and applies to all subsequent releases.

The original British theatrical release had about 4 minutes cut by the BBFC. Many closeup shots of bloodied faces and bodies (including the body of Chico) were removed, as well as a shot of Ramon dripping blood from his mouth. The main cuts, however, were to the beating up of Eastwood, which lost a hand stomping scene, and extensive cuts to the assault on the Baxters' house which was cut to shorten the overall sequence by removing all shots of men on fire, and the shooting of Consuela Baxter. (The cut version removes the shot of her falling backwards.) The 1999 MGM video and DVD releases are fully uncut and the same as the USA DVD release.

Summary Notes

Drifter gunman Joe (Clint Eastwood) arrives in the Mexican village of San Miguel at the border of the United States of America, and befriends the owner of the local bar, Silvanito. Joe discovers that the town is dominated by two gangster lords: John Baxter (Wolfgang Lukschy) and the cruel Ramón Rojo (Gian Maria Volontè). When Joe kills four men of Baxter's gang, he is hired by Ramón's brother Esteban Rojo (Sieghardt Rupp) to join their gang. However, Joe decides to work for both sides, playing one side against the other.

US: Uncut and MPAA R rated for:

Promotional Material

The film that started it all...the genre of "spaghetti western" was born, "The Man with No Name" was introduced and the iconic talents of star Clint Eastwood (The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, High Plains Drifter), director Sergio Leone (For a Few Dollars More, A Fistful of Dynamite) and composer Ennio Morricone (Navajo Joe, Death Rides a Horse) were launched. An instant international phenomenon, this hard-hitting epic stunned audiences with its violence, gritty realism and tongue-in-cheek humor. A lean, cold-eyed, cobra-quick gunfighter (Eastwood) arrives in a grim and dusty border town where two rival bands of smugglers terrorize the impoverished citizens. Though he receives lucrative offers of employment from each gang, his loyalty cannot be bought. He accepts both jobs...and sets in motion a deadly plan to destroy the criminals, pitting one against the other in a series of brilliantly orchestrated setups, showdowns and deadly confrontations. Co-starring Marianne Koch (Night People, The Devil's General) and Gian Maria Volontè (Face to Face, Lucky Luciano), A Fistful of Dollars is the western taken to the extreme.

Special Features:

Disc 1 (4KUHD):
-Over 24 hours of extensive shot-by-shot color grading of the logarithmic restored 4K files provided by L'Immagine Ritrovata
-Audio Commentary by Novelist and Critic Tim Lucas
-Audio Commentary by Noted Film Historian Sir Christopher Frayling
-5.1 Surround and Original 2.0 Mono
-Triple-Layered UHD100 Disc
-Optional English Subtitles

DISC 2 (BLU-RAY):
-Over 24 Hours of extensive shot-by-shot color grading of the logarithmic restored 4K files provided by L'Immagine Ritrovata
-Audio Commentary by Novelist and Critic Tim Lucas
-Audio Commentary by Noted Film Historian Sir Christopher Frayling
-Interview with Actress Marianne Koch
-The Christopher Frayling Archives: A FISTFUL OF DOLLARS
-A New Kind of Hero Featurette
-A Few Weeks in Spain: Clint Eastwood on the Experience of Making the Film
-Tre Voci: Three Friends Remember Sergio Leone
-Not Ready for Primetime: Renowned Filmmaker Monte Hellman Discusses the Television Broadcast of A FISTFUL OF DOLLARS
-The Network Prologue with Harry Dean Stanton
-Location Comparisons: Then to Now
-TRAILERS FROM HELL with John Badham
-A FISTFUL in Pictures Image Gallery
-Promoting A FISTFUL OF DOLLARS Image Gallery
-A FISTFUL OF DOLLARS On the Set Image Gallery
-Archival Outtakes
-Radio Spots
-Double Bill Trailer
-Theatrical Trailer
-5.1 Surround and Original 2.0 Mono
-Double-Layered BD50 Disc
-Optional English Subtitles

 

 

Shopping: The Vengeance of Fu Manchu...

1967 Ireland / UK / West Germany / Hong Kong / Singapore action crime horror by Jeremy Summers, once cut a BBFC A rating just released on UK Blu-ray


Link Here12th June 2022

The Vengeance of Fu Manchu is a 1967 Ireland / UK / West Germany / Hong Kong / Singapore action crime horror by Jeremy Summers.
Starring Christopher Lee, Tony Ferrer and Tsai Chin. Melon Farmers link BBFC link 2020 IMDb

BBFC category cuts were required for an 'A' rated cinema release in 1966. Later uncut and U rated on home video. There is also a shorter German Version.

Summary Notes

In his remote Asian hideaway, the evil Fu Manchu plots the death and discredit of his archrival, Inspector Nayland Smith of Scotland Yard, as the first step in his plan to become leader of the world's most terrible criminals.

UK: Passed PG uncut for mild violence:

  • 2020 Powerhouse Films The Fu Manchu Cycle (RB) Blu-ray at UK Amazon released on 30th May 2022

Promotional Material

A Shaw Brothers co-production directed by Jeremy Summers (Five Golden Dragons) and co-starring Horst Frank (The Etruscan Kills Again) and Maria Rohm (Marquis de Sade: Justine), The Vengeance of Fu Manchu is the third in a cycle of five films reviving Sax Rohmer's Chinese crime lord, produced and written by Harry Alan Towers (Bullet to Beijing).

The Sino-super villain Fu Manchu (Christopher Lee, The Gorgon) has retreated to his mountain lair to plan the destruction of his arch-nemesis Nayland Smith (Douglas Wilmer, Octopussy). This time, his demented plan employs plastic surgery to create a new race of killer doppelgängers... and the first looks exactly like Scotland Yard's top policeman!"

Extras "INDICATOR STANDARD EDITION SPECIAL FEATURES

  • Restoration from a 4K scan of the original negative
  • Original mono audio
  • Audio commentary with film historians Kevin Lyons and Jonathan Rigby (2020)
  • The BEHP Interview with Jeremy Summers (2001, 72 mins): archival audio recording, made as part of the British Entertainment History Project, featuring Summers in conversation with Darrol Blake
  • Vic Pratt Introduces 'The Vengeance of Fu Manchu' (2020, 7 mins): appreciation by the BFI curator
  • Tall, Lean and Feline (2020, 50 mins): film historian Jonathan Rigby, author of English Gothic, on the early career of Christopher Lee
  • The Cheque's in the Post (2020, 5 mins): first assistant director Anthony Waye remembers Harry Alan Towers and Fu Manchu
  • The Ghost of Monk's Island (1966, 93 mins): Jeremy Summers directs this exciting mystery made for the Children's Film Foundation
  • Alternative title sequence
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • Image gallery: promotional and publicity material
  • New and improved English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing"

 

 

Shopping: Luminous Procuress...

1971 US fantasy by Steven Arnold just released on UK Blu-ray with a BBFC 18 rating for real sex


Link Here12th June 2022

Luminous Procuress is a 1971 US fantasy by Steven Arnold
Starring Pandora, Steve Solberg and Ronald Farrell BBFC link 2020 IMDb

The BBFC notes that the film contain real sex
UK: Passed 18 uncut for strong real sex, nudity:

Promotional Material

The only feature film by artist, mystic and polymath Steven Arnold, Luminous Procuress is a bold, experimental, mind-and-gender-bending odyssey of unabashed hedonism. A celebration of otherness, of pan-sexuality, and of the exotic, Luminous Procuress is a truly unique work of Art.

Often compared to the works of Fellini and Kenneth Anger, and featuring the outrageous talents of San Francisco's avant garde drag troupe The Cockettes, as well as artist Ruth Weiss, the film was an underground sensation upon release, but disappeared from circulation for many years. Now fully restored in all its sensuous glory, Luminous Procuress is ready to be discovered anew.

Luminous Procuress is presented from a glorious new 2K restoration and makes its world premiere on Blu-ray.

BLU-RAY SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS

  • Luminous Procuress presented from an HD transfer of the complete and uncut version of the film from the new 2K restoration by the Pacific Film Archive and the Cinema Preservation Alliance.
  • Producer Harry Tsvi Strauch on Steven Arnold and Luminous Procuress .
  • Curator Steve Seid on the history and early restoration of Luminous Procuress .
  • Booklet featuring new writing by film scholar and critic Elena Gorfinkel, and an essay by Steve Seid.
  • World premiere on Blu-ray.

 

 

Shopping: Candyman...

1992 USA / UK horror thriller by Bernard Rose, once cut in the US, just released on US 4K Blu-ray


Link Here8th June 2022

Candyman is a 1992 USA / UK horror thriller by Bernard Rose.
Starring Virginia Madsen and Xander Berkeley and Tony Todd. IMDb

Released uncut and 18 rated for UK cinema release and VHS. In the US the film was cut for an MPAA R rating. This cut version seems to have been released worldwide on DVD and Blu-ray with just a Turkish DVD escaping the cuts until 2018.

The film was restored for UK Blu-ray in 2018. Both the cut US version and the uncut UK version were restored for this release.

Summary Notes

Helen Lyle is a student who decides to write a thesis about local legends and myths. She visits a part of the town, where she learns about the legend of the Candyman, a one-armed man who appears when you say his name five times, in front of a mirror. Of course, Helen doesn't believe all this stuff, but the people of the area are really afraid. When she ignores their warnings and begins her investigation in the places that he is rumored to appear, a series of horrible murders begins. Could the legend be true?

US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:
  • 2022 SHOUT! FACTORY Collector's Edition [Unrated + US Theatrical Versions] R0 4K Blu-ray at US Amazon #ad released on 24th May 2022

Promotional Material

Bonus Content:

  • 4K Master of the Original Negative, Supervised and Approved by Writer/Director Bernard Rose and Director of Photography Anthony B. Richmond by Arrow Video
  • 4K UHD Presentation in Dolby Vision of Both Cuts of the Film, the Theatrical R-rated Version and the Unrated Version Featuring Alternate, More Graphic Footage, Presented via Seamless Branching
  • Dolby Atmos Track
  • Interview with Actress Vanessa Williams
  • Audio Commentary with Writer/Director Bernard Rose and Actor Tony Todd
  • Audio Commentary with Authors/Film Historians Stephen Jones and Kim Newman
  • Audio Commentary with Bernard Rose, Author Clive Barker, Producer Alan Poul and Actors Tony Todd, Virginia Madsen and Kasi Lemmons
  • Audio Commentary with Bernard Rose, from the Movie Crypt Podcast Hosted by Filmmakers Adam Green and Joe Lynch
  • Sweets to the Sweet: The Candyman Mythos -- Featuring Interviews with Bernard Rose, Producer Alan Poul, Executive Producer Clive Barker, Actors Virginia Madsen, Tony Todd and Kasi Lemmons
  • Clive Barker: Raising Hell -- An Interview with Author/Artist/Filmmaker Clive Barker
  • The Heart of Candyman -- An Interview with Actor Tony Todd
  • Bernard Rose's Storyboards
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • TV Spots
  • Still Gallery
  • Screenplay
  • 4K Master of the Original Negative with HD Inserts for the Uncut Footage from an Archival Film Print by Arrow Video
  • Be My Victim -- An Interview with Tony Todd
  • It Was Always You, Helen -- An Interview with Actress Virginia Madsen
  • Reflection in The Mirror -- An Interview with Actress Kasi Lemmons
  • A Kid in Candyman -- An Interview with Actor DeJuan Guy
  • The Writing on the Wall: The Production Design of Candyman -- An Interview with Production Designer Jane Ann Stewart
  • Forbidden Flesh: The Makeup FX of Candyman -- Including Interviews with Special Makeup Effects Artists Bob Keen, Gary J. Tunnicliffe and Mark Coulier
  • A Story to Tell: Clive Barker's The Forbidden -- Writer Douglas E. Winter on Clive Barker's Seminal Books of Blood and Candyman's Source Story, The Forbidden
  • Urban Legend: Unwrapping Candyman -- A Critical Analysis of the Film with Writers Tananarive Due and Steven Barnes

 

 

Shopping: For a Few Dollars More...

1965 Italy / Spain / West Germany western by Sergio Leone, once cut in the UK and US, just released on US 4K Blu-ray


Link Here8th June 2022

For a Few Dollars More is a 1965 Italy / Spain / West Germany western by Sergio Leone.
Starring Clint Eastwood and Lee Van Cleef and Gian Maria Volontè. BBFC link 2020 IMDb

Cut by the BBFC for an X (16) rated cinema release. Also cut in the US for an M rating, but the R rated version is uncut. An extended version has been released in Germany.

Summary Notes

Monco is a bounty killer chasing El Indio and his gang. During his hunting, he meets Col. Douglas Mortimer, another bounty killer, and they decide to make a partnership, chase the bad guys together and split the reward. During their enterprise, there will be lots of bullets and funny situations. In the end, one of the bounty hunters shows the real intention of his hunting.

US: Uncut and MPAA R rated for:

Promotional Material

Screen legends Clint Eastwood (High Plains Drifter) and Lee Van Cleef (Death Rides a Horse) co-star as two rival bounty hunters who join forces to bring murderous bandit El Indio (Gian Maria Volontè, Lucky Luciano) and his vicious gang of criminals to justice. But all is not as it seems in this explosive second installment of Sergio Leone's legendary "Man with No Name" trilogy that blasted off with A Fistful of Dollars and concluded with The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. Spiced with blistering gun battles, jailbreaks, bank holdups and a sardonic sense of humor, For a Few Dollars More features a haunting score by the masterful Ennio Morricone (A Fistful of Dynamite) and a stellar cast that includes spaghetti western legends Mario Brega (A Minute to Pray, A Second to Die), Luigi Pistilli (Cold Sweat), Aldo Sambrell (Navajo Joe) and Klaus Kinski (The Great Silence).

Special Features:

Disc 1 (4KUHD):
-The Complete Restored Edit of FOR A FEW DOLLARS MORE with Extensive Shot-by-Shot Color Grading
-Audio Commentary by Novelist and Critic Tim Lucas
-Audio Commentary by Film Historian Sir Christopher Frayling
-Newly Corrected 2.0 Mono and 5.1 Surround Audio
-Triple-Layered UHD100 Disc
-Optional English Subtitles

Disc 2 (BLU-RAY):
-The Complete Restored Edit of FOR A FEW DOLLARS MORE with Extensive Shot-by-Shot Color Grading
-Audio Commentary by Novelist and Critic Tim Lucas
-Audio Commentary by Film Historian Sir Christopher Frayling
-On location in Almería and Granada with Filmmaker Alex Cox
-The Christopher Frayling Archives: FOR A FEW DOLLARS MORE
-A New Standard: Frayling on FOR A FEW DOLLARS MORE
-Back for More: Clint Eastwood Remembers FOR A FEW DOLLARS MORE
-Tre Voci: Three Friends Remember Sergio Leone
-FOR A FEW DOLLARS MORE: The Original American Release Version Featurette
-Location Comparisons
-TRAILERS FROM HELL with Ernest Dickerson
-Promoting FOR A FEW DOLLARS MORE Image Gallery
-FOR A FEW DOLLARS MORE On the Set Image Gallery
-FOR A FEW DOLLARS MORE Color Stills Gallery
-FOR A FEW DOLLARS MORE Pictures Gallery
-Radio Spots
-Double Bill Trailer
-Two Theatrical Trailers (Newly Encoded)
-NEW Correctly Synched 2.0 Mono and 5.1 Surround Audio
-Dual-Layered BD50 Disc
-Optional English Subtitles

 

 

Shopping: Stone...

1974 Australia action mystery drama by Sandy Harbutt just released on UK Blu-ray in the Director's Cut


Link Here8th June 2022

Stone is a 1974 Australia action mystery drama by Sandy Harbutt
Starring Deryck Barnes, Sandy Harbutt and Hugh Keays-Byrne BBFC link 2020 IMDb

The original Australian theatrical cut ran 132 minutes, but was soon shortened for the Director's Cut. This release features the Director's Cut.

UK: The Director's Cut was previously passed 18 uncut for scene of strong bloody violence & one use of very strong language:

Promotional Material

Five years before MAD MAX, producer/director/co-writer/star Sandy Harbutt - in his first and only feature film - ignited Australia's exploitation explosion, launched a global censorship battle and delivered what may still be the best biker movie in history: When an undercover cop (Ken Shorter of SUNDAY TOO FAR AWAY) infiltrates an outlaw motorcycle gang (led by Harbutt), he'll straddle 7000 RPM of screaming steel for a full-throttle hell ride through sex, violence, and Down Under vengeance. Hugh Keays-Byrne (Immortan Joe in MAD MAX: FURY ROAD), Helen Morse (PICNIC AT HANGING ROCK), Roger Ward, Vincent Gil and Reg Evans of MAD MAX fame, and members of the Sydney Hells Angels co-star in the "ass-kicking bite of entertainment that delivers on every level" (DVD Drive-In), now featuring an uncut 4K scan from original vault elements supervised by Harbutt himself shortly before his death.

Features include: 4k Scan and Restoration of Archival Film Materials DTS-HD MA Mono Optional English Subtitles The Making Of STONE Deleted And Extended Scenes STONE Forever NOT QUITE HOLLYWOOD Extended Interviews Make Up Tests Slideshow With Commentary By Director Sandy Harbutt Trailer

 

 

Shopping: One-Armed Boxer...

1972 Taiwan / Hong Kong action drama by Yu Wang, once cut by the BBFC, just released on UK Blu-ray


Link Here7th June 2022
One-Armed Boxer is a 1972 Taiwan / Hong Kong action drama by Yu Wang.
Starring Yu Wang, Yeh Tien and Hsin Tang. Melon Farmers linkYouTube icon BBFC link 2020 IMDb

Cut by the BBFC for 1973 cinema release. Uncut and 18 rated on home video. Uncut and MPAA Unrated in the US.

Summary Notes

After a fight, the school of master Hang Tui has to face the opium dealer Chao and his thugs. After a first defeat, the treacherous Chao hires a bunch of ruthless mercenaries. Tien Lung, Hang Tui's best student, is the only survivor, but without one of his arm. He has to undergo very painful training to exact revenge on evil Chao and his deadly henchmen.

UK: Passed 18 uncut for:

Reviews

  • See review from insidepulse.com : " When Jimmy Wang Yu passed away recently (April 5, 2022), there were a lot of obituaries that pointed out how essential the actor was in the Hong Kong film industry "
Promotional Material

When former Shaw Brothers executive Raymond Chow founded rival studio Golden Harvest in 1970, he quickly teamed up with "Jimmy" Wang Yu -- Hong Kong's first kung fu superstar and formerly Shaw's biggest box office draw. Bringing over his peerless talent for taking on all foes with one hand tied behind his back, Wang wrote, directed and played the title role in one of his most unmissable kickass classics. From the legendary star of One-Armed Swordsman and The Chinese Boxer comes... One-Armed Boxer !

Yu Tian Long (Wang) is the best fighter to come out of his local martial arts school, but when he crosses the ruthless leader of a local crime syndicate, the big boss' brutal bevy of deadly killers make mincemeat out of the school and everyone inside. Now the only survivor of the massacre, and short of one appendage, Yu is gifted a powerful elixir that promises to give him the strength to take swift revenge on the army of assassins, each representing the most lethal forms of fighting from across the Eastern hemisphere.

Proving once and for all that you only need five fingers of death to get the job done, Wang would later reprise his role in the infamous sequel Master of the Flying Guillotine , but it's the dementedly inventive original where he's arguably at the height of his powers.

SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS

  • 2K restoration from the original elements by Fortune Star
  • High Definition (1080p) Blu-ray presentation
  • Original lossless Mandarin mono audio, alternate Mandarin soundtrack and original English dubbed audio
  • Optional English subtitles, plus hard-of-hearing subtitles for the English dub
  • Commentary by Frank Djeng from the NY Asian Film Festival
  • Career retrospective interview with Wang Yu, filmed in Nantes in 2001 and never released before, courtesy of the Frédéric Ambroisine Video Archive
  • Trailer gallery, featuring the original Hong Kong theatrical trailer, a US TV spot (as The Chinese Professionals ) and over half an hour of trailers for other Wang Yu classics including One-Armed Swordsman and Master of the Flying Guillotine
  • Image gallery
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Ilan Sheady

 

 

Shopping: Tiger Cage Trilogy...

film set by Yuen Woo-Ping, with Tiger Cage previously cut by the BBFC, set for uncut UK Blu-ray release on 25th July 2022


Link Here5th June 2022
Tiger Cage Trilogy is a film set by Yuen Woo-Ping
Starring Tiger Cage - Jacky Cheung, Carol 'Do Do' Cheng and Simon Yam

UK: Aggregate BBFC 18 rated for:

  • 2022 88 Films Tiger Cage I-III Collector's Edition RB Blu-ray at UK Amazon #ad released on 25th July 2022
Tiger Cage is a 1988 Hong Kong action thriller by Woo-Ping Yuen
Starring Jacky Cheung, Carol 'Do Do' Cheng and Simon Yam Melon Farmers link BBFC link 2020 IMDb

Cut by the BBFC for 18 rated cinema release in 1988. Uncut and 18 rated for 2022 Blu-ray

Tiger Cage 2 is a 1990 Hong Kong crime action by Woo-ping Yuen.
With Donnie Yen, Rosamund Kwan, David Wu. Melon Farmers linkYouTube icon BBFC link 2020 IMDb

The Export Version features alternative plot scenes and a different end to the Hong Kong Version

Tiger Cage 3 is a 1991 Hong Kong action film by Woo-Ping Yuen
Starring Man Cheung, Kwok Leung Cheung and Michael Wong BBFC link 2020 IMDb

There are no censorship issues with this film

Promotional Material

Synopsis Bought to you by legendary martial arts stalwart Woo-Ping Yeun, the original Tiger Cage (1988) was an explosive, fast-paced Hong Kong feature replete with criminal gangs and a dedicated law enforcement team in a battle for the city. Just as a crack drug unit celebrates a successful operation one of their numbers is killed. This leads them on a mission to expose the killer and the underground operation and more importantly to discover who the mole in the team might be. Fun, furious and rammed with glorious fight choreography, Tiger Cage is the perfect late 80s Kung Fu spectacular. It was quickly followed by two sequels Tiger Cage 2 (1990) and Tiger Cage 3 (1991) also directed by Woo-Ping Yeun.

This brand-new set brings all three movies together in a beautifully presented delux pressing. A must for cult martial arts fans everywhere.

 

 

Shopping: Rolling Thunder...

1977 action film by John Flynn, once cut by the BBFC, just released on UK Blu-ray


Link Here5th June 2022
Rolling Thunder is a 1977 action revenge film by John Flynn.
With William Devane, Tommy Lee Jones and Linda Haynes. Melon Farmers linkYouTube icon BBFC link 2020 IMDb
Cut by the BBFC for X rated cinema release in 1977. Uncut and 18 rated on DVD and Blu-ray. The film was banned in New Zealand from 1978-1989.

Summary Notes

Major Charles Rane comes back from the war and is given a number of gifts from his hometown because he is a war hero. Some greedy thugs decide that they want to steal a number of silver dollars from him. In the process they also manage to kill his wife and son and destroy his hand. The Major wants revenge so he enlists the help of his war buddy Johnny to meet the thugs in a final showdown.

UK: Passed 18 uncut for strong bloody violence:

Promotional Material

When Major Charles Rane and his friend Johnny Vohden returns home to San Antonio after eight years of physical and mental torture in a Vietnam POW camp they are treated as a heroes. But Rane cannot know his experiences are nothing compared to the ordeal he must still face. A gang of thugs invade his home to steal the silver coins he received for his service and mangle his hand leaving him and his family for dead. Whilst recovering in hospital Rane becomes more distant and cold. Aided by his loyal friend and now wielding a hook for a hand he sets out on a mission of vengeance with the ice cold determination of a man who has suffered too much and has nothing else to live for but revenge.

 

 

Shopping: Lifeforce...

1985 UK horror sci-fi by Tobe Hooper just released on US 4K Blu-ray with 2 versions


Link Here5th June 2022

Lifeforce is a 1985 UK horror sci-fi by Tobe Hooper.
With Steve Railsback, Mathilda May and Peter Firth. Melon Farmers link BBFC link 2020 IMDb

Uncut in Europe but shortened and altered to play down the vampires for US release.

This release features the shortened US Version on 4K Blu-ray and the Director's Cut/European Version on Blu-ray.

Summary Notes

A race of space vampires arrive in London and infect the populace.

US: Uncut and MPAA R rated for:
  • 2022 SHOUT! FACTORY [Director's Cut + US Version] R0 4K Blu-ray/RA Bl-ray Combo at US Amazon #ad released on 24th May 2022
  • 2022 SHOUT! FACTORY Amazon VoD [US] at US Amazon #ad

Promotional Material

A mission to investigate Halley's Comet discovers an even stranger phenomenon: an alien spacecraft! Following a deadly confrontation, the aliens arrive on Earth, where their seductive leader begins a terrifying campaign to drain the lifeforce of everyone she encounters. Her victims, in turn, continue the cycle, and soon the entire planet is in mortal danger. And when the mission's sole survivor (Steve Railsback, The Stunt Man) sets out to destroy her, he comes face to face with the most charming--and horrifying--being he's ever known. Will he be able to destroy the lovely vampiress...or will he become yet another victim of her fatal charm?

Bonus Content:
  • 2021 4K Scan of the Original Camera Negative
  • Dangerous Beauty - An Interview with Actress Mathilda May
  • Space Vampires in London - An Interview with Director Tobe Hooper
  • Calen's Curse - An Interview with Actor Steve Railsback
  • Teaser and Theatrical Trailers
  • TV Spot
  • Still Gallery
  • Restoration on the 2018 4K Scan of the Interpositive
  • Audio Commentary with Tobe Hooper, Moderated by Tim Sullivan
  • Audio Commentary with Make-up Effects Designer Nick Maley, Moderated by Michael Felsher

 

 

Cannibal Holocaust...

BBFC reaffirm animal cruelty cuts


Link Here5th June 2022
Full story: Cannibal Holocaust...Re-release of notable video nasty
Cannibal Holocaust is a 1979 Italian adventure by Ruggero Deodato.
With Robert Kerman, Francesca Ciardi and Perry Pirkanen. Melon Farmers link  BBFC link 2020  IMDb
Famously banned in the UK as a Video Nasty in 1983. Unbanned for the heavily cut 2001 DVD. The cuts were reduced to animal violence only for 2011 DVD. Deodato produced a new edit in 2011 to more tidily remove the animal violence. Uncut in the US and Italy
The BBFC have reconfirmed its animal cruelty cuts to Cannibal Holocaust commenting:

This work required a compulsory cut to a scene of animal cruelty.

The film had been submitted by 88 Films.

Presumably these are the same cuts as the previous submission in 2011 when the BBFC cut a 15s scene of a coatimundi being killed.

Note that all the old cuts for violence were waived for that 2011 submission.

 

 

Shopping: Half a Loaf of Kung Fu...

1978 Taiwan/Hong Kong action comedy by Chi-Hwa Chen, once cut by the BBFC, just released on UK Blu-ray


Link Here2nd June 2022

Half a Loaf of Kung Fu is a 1978 Taiwan/Hong Kong action comedy by Chi-Hwa Chen
Starring Jackie Chan, Chun-Erh Lung and Cheng-Lan Chin BBFC link 2020 IMDb

Cut by the BBFC for 18 rated VHS in 1988. Later uncut for 2002 DVD.

Summary Notes

Mostly a Kung-fu showcase; a loose script describes Jackie Chan's character learning Kung-fu from a beggar-master and his pupil while guarding a caravan from bandits. Chan's early comedic beginnings are shown here.

UK: Passed 18 uncut:

Promotional Material

While the mighty Shaw Brothers were dominating the Hong Kong martial arts scene with hard-hitting features like THE CHINESE BOXER and dazzling us with an aesthetic brilliance found in productions such as LEGENDARY WEAPONS OF CHINA or THE SHAOLIN DISCIPLES, writer and star JACKIE CHAN and director Chen Chi-Hwa were cutting across much of the pomposity associated with many of these types of films and offering something much more akin to parody with HALF A LOAF OF KUNG FU

Accident-prone Jiang (Chan) dreams of learning Kung Fu from a master, but when he takes employment as a bodyguard at a shady mansion, he stumbles upon an evil witch and finds himself in the middle of an uncertain future.

Funny, inventive and clever, HALF A LOAF OF KUNG FU provides light-hearted action, some bonkers scenarios and of course, Chan's patented style of fun and fury.

 

 

Shopping: Marry Me...

2021 USA comedy romance by Kat Coiro, cut in the US, just released on UK Blu-ray and DVD


Link Here31st May 2022

Marry Me is a 2021 USA comedy romance by Kat Coiro.
Starring Jennifer Lopez and Owen Wilson and Chloe Coleman. BBFC link 2020 IMDb

Cut in the US to remove a strong language warning for PG-13. Presumably the cut version has been distributed worldwide and this was then rated 12 by the BBFC.

Summary Notes

A betrayed pop star (Jennifer Lopez), slated to marry her pop star fianc39 (Maluma) on stage, instead marries a stranger from the audience - a high school math teacher (Owen Wilson). Against the odds, their sham relationship develops into something real... but can their love survive the limelight?

Versions

best available
run: 113m
pal: 108m
12

MPAA PG-13

UK: Passed 12 uncut for moderate sex references, implied strong language:

US: Cut and MPA PG-13 Rated for some language and suggestive material

The film was originally submitted and was MPA PG-13 rated for brief strong language and some suggestive material. The film was then edited, presumably to delete/obscure strong language, and resubmitted prior to release. The film was then MPA PG-13 rated for some language and suggestive material. Presumably the cut version has been distributed thereafter.

 

 

Shopping: Horror Express and Curse of The Crimson Altar...

double feature by Eugenio Martín, Vernon Sewell just released on US Blu-ray


Link Here31st May 2022
Horror Express & Curse of The Crimson Altar is a double feature by Eugenio Martín, Vernon Sewell
Starring Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing and Telly Savalas

US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:

  • 2022 DigiComTV [Horror Express + Curse of The Crimson Altar] (RA) Blu-ray at US Amazon #ad released on 17th May 2022

Curse of the Crimson Altar is a 1968 UK horror by Vernon Sewell.
Starring Boris Karloff, Christopher Lee and Mark Eden. Melon Farmers linkYouTube icon IMDb

Cut by the BBFC for 1968 cinema release. This version was also released on home video until 2014 when the uncut version was released on Blu-ray. Uncut and MPAA R rated in the US.

Promotional Material

Horror Express: This horror classic of the 1970's begins in China during 1906 where Professor Saxton (Lee) discovers the frozen body of a creature he believes may be the missing link to the explanation of human evolution Curse of the Crimson Altar: This is a British horror film starring Christopher Lee and Boris Karloff. Antiques dealer Robert Manning is searching for his brother, while experiencing strange dreams of ritual sacrifice.

 

 

Shopping: Violent City...

1970 Italy/France/US film by Sergio Sollima, once cut by the BBFC, just released on US Blu-ray and DVD


Link Here29th May 2022

Violent City is a 1970 Italy/France/US film by Sergio Sollima
Starring Charles Bronson, Telly Savalas and Jill Ireland BBFC link 2020 IMDb

Cut by the BBFC for X rated cinema release in 1971. Later the cuts were waived for 18 rated DVD in 2004. Exists as a full length Italian version and a shortened English version.

US: Uncut and MPAA R rated for:
  • 2022 Kl Studio Classics Special Edition [English + Italian versions] (RA) Blu-ray at US Amazon #ad released on 17th May 2022
  • 2022 Kl Studio Classics Special Edition [English + Italian versions] (R1) DVD at US Amazon #ad released on 17th May 2022

Promotional Material

In a city set to explode, one man has just lit the fuse! After a bloody double-cross leaves him for dead, professional hit man Jeff (Charles Bronson, Mr. Majestyk) tracks the shooter and his beautiful mistress (Jill Ireland, The Valdez Horses) to New Orleans. But when Jeff takes both revenge and the woman, he finds himself blackmailed by a powerful crime boss (Telly Savalas, A Town Called Hell) who wants the fiercely independent gunman to join his organization. Jeff refuses, and is hunted through an unforgiving city where love is like a loaded gun and debts of vengeance are paid in bullets. This is no ordinary Bronson movie! Packed with savage action and a shocking twist ending, Violent City (also known as The Family) was directed by Italian genre ace Sergio Sollima (Face to Face) from a fast-paced screenplay co-written by the brilliant Lina Wertmüller (Seven Beauties) and features a pulse-pounding score by the legendary Ennio Morricone (The Good, the Bad and the Ugly).

This 2-disc special edition includes both the original VIOLENT CITY and the 1973 US cut, THE FAMILY. Special Features: DISC 1: -2K Restoration of Violent City (In English & Italian with Optional English Subtitles) -NEW Audio Commentary by Film Historian Paul Talbot, the author of the BRONSON'S LOOSE! Books -Shooting VIOLENT CITY: Interview with Co-Writer/Director Sergio Sollima -Theatrical Trailers for VIOLENT CITY and THE FAMILY -TV Spot for THE FAMILY DISC 2: -4K Restoration of Citta violenta (In Italian with Optional English Subtitles) -HD Master of The Family -- 2K Scan of a 35mm Print (In English with Optional English Subtitles) -Charles Bronson Theatrical Trailers

 

 

Shopping: Girls Nite Out...

1982 US film by Robert Deubel, once cut by the BBFC, just released on US Blu-ray


Link Here29th May 2022

Girls Nite Out is a 1982 US film by Robert Deubel
Starring Julia Montgomery, James Carroll and Suzanne Barnes IMDb

Cut by the BBFC for 18 rated VHS. Uncut and MPAA R rated in the US.
US: Uncut and MPAA R rated for:

Promotional Material

A host of familiar genre faces including Hal Holbrook ( Creepshow ), Rutanya Alda ( Amityville II: The Possession ), Julia Montgomery ( The Kindred ) and Lauren-Marie Taylor ( Friday the 13th Part 2 ) rounds out the cast of this gloriously mean-spirited slice from the slasher golden age, Girls Nite Out !

The students of DeWitt University are preparing themselves for a night of fun and frolics in the form of an all-night scavenger hunt. Little do they know that they are in fact the ones being hunted... An unhinged assailant, disguised in the college's goofy bear mascot outfit -- and bearing knives for claws, two years before Freddy donned his famous gloves -- is stalking the campus hellbent on carving up co-eds.

Originally released under the only marginally more appropriate title of The Scaremaker , Girls Nite Out is a decidedly singular slasher flick which comes on like a frenetic cross between Animal House and Friday the 13th -- veering from jovial frat antics to jarringly disturbing scenes of the killer shrieking obscenities as he slices up his victims. On this nite out, no one is coming home!

SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS

  • Brand new 2K restoration from 35mm vault elements
  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation
  • Original uncompressed mono audio
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • Brand new audio commentary with genre film critic/author Justin Kerswell and film historian/author Amanda Reyes
  • Staying Alive -- a brand new video interview with actress Julia Montgomery
  • A Savage Mauling -- a brand new video interview with actress Laura Summer
  • Alone in the Dark -- a brand new video interview with actress Lois Robbins
  • It Was a Party! -- a brand new video interview with actor Paul Christie
  • Love & Death -- a brand new video interview with actors Lauren-Marie Taylor and John Didrichsen
  • Archival video interview with actress Julia Montgomery
  • The Scaremaker Alternate Title Card
  • Original Trailers
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original artwork and newly-commissioned artwork by Justin Osbourn

 

 

Shopping: Human Lanterns...

1982 Hong Kong action horror by Chung Sun just released uncut on UK Blu-ray


Link Here25th May 2022

Human Lanterns is a 1982 Hong Kong action horror by Chung Sun
Starring Tony Liu, Kuan Tai Chen and Lieh Lo BBFC link 2020 IMDb

The film was heavily cut for Hong Kong release but was released on 2005 18 rated UK DVD with just one scene missing. The film was released uncut on 2022 18 rated Blu-ray.

Summary Notes

A psychotic craftsman pits two rival Kung-Fu masters against each other while designing special lanterns from a disturbing source.

UK: Passed 18 uncut for strong bloody violence, sexual violence:

Reviews

Versions

BBFC uncut
uncut
run: 99m
pal: 95m
18UK: Passed 18 uncut for strong bloody violence, sexual violence:

This release is based upon the previous UK release but has the cut scene, previously provided on DVD Extras, being spliced back into the film.

cut
pre-cut
cut: 24s
run: 98:29s
pal: 94:33s
18 1980

MPAA Unrated

UK: A pre-cut version was passed 18 for strong bloody violence without further BBFC cuts:
  • 2005 Momentum Pictures video

US:  The same pre-cut version is MPAA Unrated for:

  • 2008 Image DVD but with the cut scene included in the DVD Extras

This version is missing the scene with the first victim Yen-chu having her skin peeled. See pictorial cuts from movie-censorship.com

cut
cut
cut: 3:40s
run:  
pal:  
Hong Kong flag
Hong Kong
Hong Kong: Cut by 3:40s for theatrical and DVD release

From pictorial cuts from movie-censorship.com : The cuts were:

  • To remove the scene in the run up to the skin peeling of Yen-chu. Chun Fang rips off Yen-chu's clothes and cuts her head with an axe and a little later inserts the poison into her head wound. Afterwards he cuts her shoulder as the start point to the peeling
  • Note that the subsequent skin peeling of Yen-chu is included in this version, whereas it was missing from the UK DVD.
  • The Hong Kong version is then missing Fang showing Yen-chu her peeled skin and then moving to wash it
  • A scene is missing showing old Tsui being drowned in a barrel of blood
  • A scene with Fang ripping off the Lung's wife's clothes before starting to rape her

 

 

Shopping: Hero...

1997 Hong Kong/China film by Corey Yuen just released on UK Blu-ray in the International Version


Link Here25th May 2022

Hero is a 1997 Hong Kong/China film by Corey Yuen
Starring Takeshi Kaneshiro, Biao Yuen and Jessica Hester Hsuan BBFC link 2020 IMDb

Exists as an International Version and an extended Taiwan Version.
UK: The International Version was passed 15 uncut for strong bloody violence, injury detail:

Promotional Material

From director and writer Corey Yuen (Righting Wrongs, Red Cliff, The Transporter) comes this high-octane tale of criminal gangs, betrayal and greed. When brothers Ma Wing-jing (Taksehi Kaneshiro) and Ma Tai-cheung (Yuen Wah) flee their impoverished homeland to seek their fortune in Shanghai, they at first find more grinding penury when they are forced to work as lowly coolies, however Wing-jing soon becomes embroiled in the seedy world of big city triads and his once insignificant life becomes an arrogant lust for power. This fabulous remake of Cheh Chang's classic The Boxer from Shantung (1972) from the legendary Shaw Brothers studios is given a 90s makeover chock full with stunts, fights and awe inspiring action sequences. A must for collectors of martial arts cinema.

 

 

Shopping: Extreme Prejudice...

1987 USA action crime western by Walter Hill, once cut by the BBFC, just released on US Blu-ray


Link Here22nd May 2022

Extreme Prejudice is a 1987 USA action crime western by Walter Hill.
Starring Nick Nolte, Powers Boothe and Michael Ironside. Melon Farmers linkYouTube icon BBFC link 2020 IMDb

Cut by the BBFC for cinema, VHS and 2000 DVD. Uncut since 2003 DVD. Uncut and MPAA R rated in the US. Initially cut in Germany and Australia but was later released uncut.

Summary Notes

When they were kids Texas Ranger Jack Benteen used to be best friends with drug kingpin Cash Bailey. At present, however, the only element linking them together is Jack's girlfriend Sarita, who used to be with Cash. She returns to Cash as a voluntary hostage to make certain that Jack keeps his hands off the drug lord's operation. On top of that, there is a meticulously planned drug bust, in which both Jack and Cash butt heads with CIA-funded paramilitary Maj. Paul Hackett, following his own agenda.

US: Uncut and MPAA R rated for:

Promotional Material

Jack Benteen is an old fashioned Texas Ranger working out of El Paso, across the border in a small Mexican village resides his one time childhood friend Cash Bailey, who has become the districts drug running king. The two men have another link in sensual Sarita, a one-time mistress to Cash, and now Jack's lover. Both men run into a CIA-backed para-military group headed by a cold and calculating army major who plans to terminate Cash.

 

 

Shopping: Girls Nite Out...

1982 US film by Robert Deubel, previosuly cut by the BBFC just released uncut on UK Blu-ray


Link Here22nd May 2022
Girls Nite Out is a 1982 US film by Robert Deubel
Starring Julia Montgomery, James Carroll and Suzanne Barnes Melon Farmers link BBFC link 2020 IMDb
Cut by the BBFC for 18 rated VHS. Passed 15 uncut for 2022 Blu-ray. Uncut and MPAA R rated in the US.
UK: Passed 15 uncut for strong violence, bloody images, sex references, sexual threat:

Promotional Material

A host of familiar genre faces including Hal Holbrook ( Creepshow ), Rutanya Alda ( Amityville II: The Possession ), Julia Montgomery ( The Kindred ) and Lauren-Marie Taylor ( Friday the 13th Part 2 ) rounds out the cast of this gloriously mean-spirited slice from the slasher golden age, Girls Nite Out !

The students of DeWitt University are preparing themselves for a night of fun and frolics in the form of an all-night scavenger hunt. Little do they know that they are in fact the ones being hunted... An unhinged assailant, disguised in the college's goofy bear mascot outfit -- and bearing knives for claws, two years before Freddy donned his famous gloves -- is stalking the campus hellbent on carving up co-eds.

Originally released under the only marginally more appropriate title of The Scaremaker , Girls Nite Out is a decidedly singular slasher flick which comes on like a frenetic cross between Animal House and Friday the 13th -- veering from jovial frat antics to jarringly disturbing scenes of the killer shrieking obscenities as he slices up his victims. On this nite out, no one is coming home!

SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS

  • Brand new 2K restoration from 35mm vault elements
  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation
  • Original uncompressed mono audio
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • Brand new audio commentary with genre film critic/author Justin Kerswell and film historian/author Amanda Reyes
  • Staying Alive -- a brand new video interview with actress Julia Montgomery
  • A Savage Mauling -- a brand new video interview with actress Laura Summer
  • Alone in the Dark -- a brand new video interview with actress Lois Robbins
  • It Was a Party! -- a brand new video interview with actor Paul Christie
  • Love & Death -- a brand new video interview with actors Lauren-Marie Taylor and John Didrichsen
  • Archival video interview with actress Julia Montgomery
  • The Scaremaker Alternate Title Card
  • Original Trailers
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original artwork and newly-commissioned artwork by Justin Osbourn

 

 

House On The Edge Of The Park...

1980 Italian video nasty by Ruggero Deodato just passed 18 uncut by the BBFC


Link Here20th May 2022
House On The Edge Of The Park is a 1980 Italy horror thriller by Ruggero Deodato
Starring David Hess, Annie Belle and Christian Borromeo BBFC link 2020 IMDb

Alex, a psychopathic mechanic, rapes a woman in the park. Later, a debauched couple pull into his shop needing car repair. They invite Alex and his mentally challenged buddy to join them at a decadent suburban party. Once there, Alex amuses himself by raping the guests and tormenting them in various ways.

House on the Edge of the Park has just been passed 18 uncut by the BBFC for an 88 Films release advertised as the Uncut Nasty Edition.

The film has a long history of censorship in the UK:

Banned by the BBFC for 1981 cinema release. Banned as a video nasty in 1983. Unbanned after 12 minutes of cuts in 2002. Cuts reduced to 43s in 2011, and then uncut for 2022 Blu-ray. Uncut and MPAA Unrated in the US.

Versions

BBFC cut
cut:
run: 91m
pal: 87m
18UK: Passed 18 uncut for sexual violence, sadistic violence, strong threat:
  • 2022 88 Films video
Set for Blu-ray and 4K Blu-ray release in late 2022 in a release advertised as the Uncut Nasty Edition.
BBFC cut
cut
cut: 43s
run: 91:23s
pal: 87:44s
18UK: Passed 18 for strong sexual violence and threat after 43s of BBFC cuts for:
  • 2014 Shameless [Deadato's Cinema of Death set] R2 DVD
  • 2011 Argent/Shameless R0 DVD

The BBFC commented:

  • Company was required to make cuts to one sequence of sexualised violence in which a razor is traced over a woman's naked body, after which her body is cut with the razor.

According to Shameless, the BBFC originally asked for 16 cuts totalling 1:20s. The BBFC was asked to think again, and it reduced the cuts by 37s, leaving 43s still cut.

The waived cut was 37s to the sex scene between Alex and Lisa which had previously been cut due to the questionability of whether or not Lisa is enjoying her ordeal.

See article from dvdcompare.net . The 43s of cuts are to remove:

  • sight of razor being traced between woman's breasts.
  • sight of razor being traced over woman's breast and nipple.
  • sight of razor being traced over woman's breasts and nipples.
  • sight of razor being traced over woman's breast and nipple and over her body.
  • sight of razor being traced over woman's stomach, with her breast visible.
  • sight of razor being eased inside woman's jeans.
  • As man approaches woman with razor blade, remove all sight of breast and arm being slashed with razor.
  • all sight of razor cutting woman's breast and arm.
  • all sight of razor cutting woman's breast and arm (again).
  • all sight of razor cutting woman's breast and arm (again, for a third time).
  • close sight of razor cutting woman's leg, next to her genitals.
  • close sight of razor cutting woman's leg, next to her genitals (again).
  • sight of razor cutting down woman's body, between her breasts.
BBFC cut
cut
cut: 11:43s
run: 79:15s
pal: 76:05s
18UK: Passed 18 after 11:43s of BBFC cuts for:
  • 2009 Cornerstone R2 DVD
  • 2002 Protected/Vipco R2 DVD

The BBFC commented:

  • Cuts required to several sequences of sexual violence, humiliating depictions of female nudity and gross violence

From IMDb:

  • BBFC removed most of the rape and assault scenes
  • heavily edited the razor-slashing of Cindy
  • heavily edited the opening murder scene
  • removed shots of Tony's head being slammed against a table.
uncut
uncut
Video Nasty DPP 39UK: Released uncut on pre-cert video for:
  • 1982 Skyline VHS

Released in October 1982, it was listed as a video nasty in July 1983. It stayed on the list throughout the panic so became one of the collectable DPP39s

banned
banned
rejected

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New Zealand

UK: Banned by the BBFC for:
  • 1981 cinema release

New Zealand: Banned for a 2014 re-release

 

 

Shopping: The Seventh Curse...

1986 Hong Kong action horror by Ngai Choi Lam set for UK Blu-ray release on 27th June 2022


Link Here20th May 2022

The Seventh Curse is a 1986 Hong Kong action horror by Ngai Choi Lam
Starring Chow Yun-Fat, Siu-Ho Chin and Maggie Cheung Melon Farmers link BBFC link 2020 IMDb

The film was cut by the BBFC for sexual violence in the 18 rated video release of 1998. The 2022 18 rated Blu-ray release is uncut. There are alternative endings whereby editors have shortened or removed the final 2 scenes on account of brevity.
UK: Passed 18 uncut for strong sexualised nudity, injury detail:
  • 2022 88 Films Collector's Edition (RB) Blu-ray at UK Amazon #ad released on 27th June 2022

Versions

BBFC uncut
uncut
run: 80m
pal: 77m
18UK: Passed 18 uncut for strong sexualised nudity, injury detail:

BBFC cut
cut: 17s
run: 78:40s
pal: 75:31s
18 1980The dubbed English version was passed 18 after 17s of BBFC cuts for:
  • 1998 MIA VHS

The BBFC cut the film as follows:

  • A woman is seen cutting her breasts with a knife. Both the knife cut and the resulting bleeding has been removed.
BBFC cut
cut: 16s
run: 81:11s
pal: 77:56s
18 1980The Cantonese version was passed 18 after 16s of BBFC cuts for:
  • 1998 MIA VHS

Cuts as per the English Version

Promotional Material

Starring Chow Yun-fat (Hard Bolied, The Killer, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) The Seventh Curse is a curious entry from Golden Harvest, the legendary production company which had previously bought us the stone cold Bruce Lee classics, Way of the Dragon, Fist of Fury and Enter the Dragon. When Dr Yuen (Chin Siu-ho) attempts to rescue a girl about to be sacrificed by the Worm Tribe in the middle of a Thailand jungle, he is damned with seven 'Blood Curses'. Though he finds a temporary antidote this will only last a year and he must return to the jungle to find a permanent cure.

The Seventh Curse is an adventurous story of lost tribes and deadly magic. Featuring strange locales, evil sorcerers and monsters, this bonkers thrill fest is a rollicking Asian oddity, a must for collectors of exotic Hong Kong cinema.

 

 

Shopping: Violent City...

1970 Italy/France/US film by Sergio Sollima, once cut by the BBFC, just released on UK Blu-ray


Link Here20th May 2022
Violent City is a 1970 Italy/France/US film by Sergio Sollima
Starring Charles Bronson, Telly Savalas and Jill Ireland BBFC link 2020 IMDb

Cut by the BBFC for X rated cinema release in 1971. Later the cuts were waived for 18 rated DVD in 2004. Exists as a full length Italian version and a shortened English version.

UK: Passed 18 uncut for brief strong sex scenes and strong violence:
  • 2022 88 Films [Italian + US Versions] (RB) Blu-ray at UK Amazon #ad released on 16th May 2022

Promotional Material

Starring Charles Bronson (ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WEST, DEATH WISH) and Telly Savalas (THE DIRTY DOZEN, HORROR EXPRESS) this early Italian Poliziotteschi movie directed by Sergio Sollima, blasts its way across the screen in a bloody crime thriller of revenge and retribution. After being framed for a murder following a bloody shoot out, assassin Jeff Heston is finally released from prison where he immediately sets about seeking the pair who betrayed him. However, when he refuses to accept an offer to join the gang which set him up in the first place, Heston finds himself murderously pursued through the streets of New Orleans. Like the spaghetti westerns from a few years earlier, Violent City places its protagonist against the mercy of a corrupt system in a violently entertaining story full of twists, turns and surprises.

Extras: 3 Cuts of the Film, 4K Violent City 2K Italian Cut New The Family Version Audio Commentary by Paul Talbot Trailer Poss Mike Segal and or Bill Lustig interviews with Sergio Solima

 

 

Shopping: Son of Samson...

1960 Italy/France/Yugoslavia film by Carlo Campogalliani, once cut by the BBFC, just released on US Blu-ray


Link Here16th May 2022

Son of Samson is a 1960 Italy/France/Yugoslavia film by Carlo Campogalliani
Starring Mark Forest, Chelo Alonso and Vira Silenti BBFC link 2020 IMDb

A heavily pre-cut version was rated 'A' by the BBFC in 1963. There seem to be several shortened versions.
US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:

Promotional Material

Marvel at great feats of strength and seduction in the pulse-quickening sword-and-sandal epic, Son of Samson. During the Persian rule over Egypt, the mighty Maciste (bodybuilder Mark Forest, Goliath and the Dragon) travels to the city of Tanis where the evil Queen Smedes (Folies Bergère dancer Chelo Alonso, Sheba and the Gladiator) rules with an iron fist and spreads misery across the land. Possessing legendary brawn and courage, Maciste leads a mass revolt against the queen and her tyrannical reign of terror. Director Carlo Campogalliani (Goliath and the Barbarians, Sword of the Conqueror) delivers the peplum genre goods in this breathtaking Color-and-Scope adventure, also known as Maciste in the Valley of the Kings.

Special Features: -NEW Audio Commentary by Film Historian David Del Valle and Filmmaker/Historian Michael Varrati -Trailers -Optional English Subtitles

 

 

Shopping: Cursed...

2005 USA / Germany comedy horror thriller by Wes Craven just released on US Blu-ray with 2 versions


Link Here16th May 2022

Cursed is a 2005 USA / Germany comedy horror thriller by Wes Craven.
Starring Christina Ricci and Jesse Eisenberg and Portia de Rossi. BBFC link 2020 IMDb

There exists a Theatrical Version cut for a PG-13 rating and un uncut Unrated Version.

Summary Notes

Ellie has been taking care of her younger brother Jimmy since their parents death. One night after picking him up from a party they are involved in a car accident on Mullholland Drive. While trying to rescue a woman from the other car a creature attacks and kills her, also injuring both Ellie and Jimmy. After some research Jimmy realizes the creature could only have been a werewolf.

US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:

Promotional Material

Packed with even more intense thrills than audiences experienced in theaters, the included unrated version of Wes Craven's Cursed brings you the terror of werewolves as never before! Christina Ricci (Yellowjackets), Jesse Eisenberg, (Zombieland), Joshua Jackson (Dr.Death), Judy Greer (Halloween Kills), and Milo Ventimiglia (Kiss of the Damned) find themselves caught up in an unimaginable horror!

A werewolf loose in Los Angeles changes the lives of three young adults who, after being mauled by the beast, learn that the only way to break the curse put upon them is to kill the one who started it all! From master of horror Wes Craven and writer Kevin Williamson, the team that brought you Scream, Cursed is frightening, undeniably fun and presented here with both the theatrical and unrated versions!

Bonus Content:
  • 4K Scan of the Original Camera Negative
  • Behing the Fangs: The Making of Cursed
  • The Cursed Effects
  • Creature Editing 101
  • Becoming a Werewolf
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Selected Scenes with Audio Commentary by Special Makeup Effects Supervisor Greg Nicotero and Actor Derek Mears

 

 

Shopping: Friday the 13th Part 3...

1982 US horror film by Steve Miner, once cut by the MPAA and BBFC, just released on US Blu-ray


Link Here15th May 2022
Friday the 13th Part 3 is a 1982 US horror film by Steve Miner.
With Dana Kimmell, Tracie Savage and Richard Brooker. Melon Farmers linkYouTube icon BBFC link 2020 IMDb
Cut for an MPAA R Rating. This version was passed X for 1982 cinema release but further cuts were required by the BBFC for 1987 18 rated VHS. The BBFC video cuts were waived for 2001 18 rated DVD and 2009 15 rated Blu-ray and are the same as cut US R rated releases.
US: Cut and MPAA R Rated for:

Promotional Material

It's spine-tingling horror in a whole new dimension as Friday the 13th Part 3-3D: Deluxe Edition comes to disk! A carefree summer becomes a deadly nightmare for another group of naïve counselors who choose to ignore Camp Crystal Lake's gruesome legacy. They find themselves in a bloody game of cat-and-mouse with the maniacal Jason who stalks their every move...and ruthlessly kills them off one-by-one.

 

 

Shopping: Girl With A Straight Razor...

2021 Canada film by Chris Alexander just released on US Blu-ray with 2 versions


Link Here15th May 2022

Girl With A Straight Razor is a 2021 Canada film by Chris Alexander
Starring Ali Chappell and Thea Munster IMDb

Exists as a Director's Cut and a Producer's Cut/Darkside Cut.

US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:
  • 2022 Rising Sun Media [Director's Cut + Expanded Darkside Cut] (RA) Blu-ray at US Amazon #ad released on 10th May 2022

Promotional Material

She wakes. She walks. She kills. Driven by an instinct she doesn't understand and guided by visions of a ghostly woman in black, only one thing is certain: the blade needs to feed. And the blade needs blood! Driven by an instinct she doesn't fully understand and haunted by memories of another life, Valerie prowls the night, guided by visions of a ghostly woman in black, a razor-wielding female prowls the night in her search for victims... and for answers to her haunting nightmares, which she hopes will bring her face-to-face with her own existential truth. Filmed in 2021 during the pandemic, Girl with a Straight Razor is Canadian cult film director Chris A lexander's (Blood for Irena, Queen of Blood, and Necropolis: Legion) seventh film, and his most defined blood-soaked giallo work to date.

Bonus features include: Audio commentary on the Director's Cut , Three Bonus Short Videos from co-star Thea Munster, Two Versions of the film: The Expanded Darkside Releasing Cut and Chris Alexander's Director's Cut, Giallo/Surreal Holiday Trailer Reel

Version

BBFC uncut
Director's Cut
MPAA UnratedUS: The Director's Cut is MPA Unrated for:
  • 2022 Rising Sun Media [Director's Cut + Expanded Darkside Cut] (RA) Blu-ray at US Amazon #ad
uncut
Darkside Cut
run: 66m
pal: 63m
MPAA UnratedUS: The Darkside Cut/Producer's Cut is MPA Unrated for:
  • 2022 Rising Sun Media [Director's Cut + Expanded Darkside Cut] (RA) Blu-ray at US Amazon #ad
From IMDb.

An alternate producers cut prepared for the European streaming market runs 66 minutes and includes alternate takes of certain scenes, extra footage not included in the directors cut, different opening and closing credits sequences and additional music and songs. This version appeared on the Darkside Releasing Blu-ray alongside Alexander's official and preferred director's cut.

 

 

Shopping: Pink Flamingos...

1972 USA crime comedy horror by John Waters set for UK Blu-ray release on 25th July 2022 with previous cuts waived


Link Here13th May 2022
Pink Flamingos is a 1972 USA crime comedy horror by John Waters.
Starring Divine, David Lochary and Mary Vivian Pearce. Melon Farmers linkYoutube link BBFC link 2020 IMDb
Cut by the BBFC for varying amounts for an 18 rating between 1990 and 1999. Uncut and 18 rated for 2008 DVD but this was never released. Formally uncut and BBFC 18 rated for 2022 Blu-ray. Uncut and MPAA NC-17 rated in the US.
UK: Passed 18 uncut for sexual violence, strong real sex, nudity:
  • 2022 Sony/Criterion Collection (RB) Blu-ray at UK Amazon #ad released on 25th July 2022

The BBFC agreed to an uncut 18 rated DVD release in 2008 but the release was cancelled. The BBFC commented in 2008 about the 3 cuts to be waived:

  • Probably the most difficult scene was the one featuring a man assaulting a woman with live chickens. However, a careful viewing of the scene suggested that the handling of the chickens, although rough, was no stronger than other scenes of animals being manhandled that had been passed in other films. Furthermore, although the chickens were killed, the killing was quick and clean and therefore not in breach of BBFC policy on animal cruelty.
  • The scene showing a man masturbating and injecting semen into a woman's vagina was grotesque and repulsive, rather than erotic. Although the Board had previously expressed concerns about the non-consensual nature of the scene, the datedness of the film and the lack of credibility of the scene, argued against intervention. With regard to the sexual violence in the scene, the Board's conclusion was that the scene was so over-the-top and so divorced from reality, that the likely response was disgust, shock and horror, rather than arousal.
  • The brief explicit fellatio could be justified by the wider context of the film, in that the whole purpose of the film was to shock, disgust and amuse (in a blackly comic fashion), rather than to arouse, and the explicitness of the image was important in creating the film's effect.

The BBFC's ratings info from 2022 reads:

nudity : There is focus on a man's dilating anus, in close-up detail. There is wider full nudity.

sex : There is a scene of unsimulated fellatio between a fictional mother and son. There are other strong sex scenes, as well as references to ejaculation, masturbation and troilism. A man's semen is seen, in close-up detail.

sexual violence and sexual threat : A man rapes a woman, while daubing her in chicken blood. After masturbating over her, a man artificially inseminates an unconscious female prisoner. A man exposes himself to schoolgirls.

other issues: In unsimulated footage, a woman puts dog excrement in her mouth. There is infrequent very strong language ('c**t'), regular strong language ('f**k', 'motherf**ker') and discriminatory terms such as 'fag', 'dyke' and 'queen'. A chicken is killed on-screen. Threat, gore and implied violence are strong. There is brief drug misuse.

Promotional Material

When a pair of sociopaths (MINK STOLE and DAVID LOCHARY) with a habit of kidnapping women in order to impregnate them attempt to challenge her title, Divine resolves to show them and the world the true meaning of the word filthy. Incest, cannibalism, shrimping, and film history's most legendary gross-out ending--Waters and his merry band of Dreamlanders leave no taboo unsmashed in this gleefully subversive ode to outsiderhood, in which camp spectacle and pitch-black satire are wielded in an all-out assault on respectability.

 

 

Shopping: The Living Dead At Manchester Morgue...

1974 Spain/Italy video nasty by Jorge Grau set for US Blu-ray release on 7th June 2022


Link Here13th May 2022

The Living Dead At Manchester Morgue is a 1974 Spain/Italy horror by Jorge Grau
Starring Cristina Galbó, Ray Lovelock and Arthur Kennedy Melon Farmers link BBFC link 2020 IMDb

Cut in the US for an MPAA R rating where there is also an uncut Unrated version. In the UK the BBFC cut the 1975 cinema release. Cut and uncut versions were released on pre-cert VHS which went onto be banned as video nasties. The VHS was passed 18 by the BBFC in 1985 but only after the original cinema cuts were replied along with additional cuts for video. The BBFC relented in 2002 and the film was passed 18 uncut on DVD.
US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:

Reviews

Promotional Material

LET SLEEPING CORPSES LIE!

A strange twist of fate brings two young travelers, George (Ray Lovelock, The Cassandra Crossing) and Edna (Christine Galbo, The House That Screamed), to a small town where an experimental agricultural machine may be bringing the dead back to life! As zombies infest the area and attack the living, a bullheaded detective (Academy Award® nominee Arthur Kennedy, Peyton Place) thinks the couple are Satanists responsible for the local killings. George and Edna have to fight for their lives, and prove their innocence, as they try and stop the impending zombie apocalypse!

The Living Dead at Manchester Morgue (aka "Let Sleeping Corpses Lie" and "Don't Open the Window") is a gory horror tale from Spanish director Jorge Grau and widely considered to be one of the best zombie films ever made. Beautifully restored in 4K from the original camera negative, Synapse Films presents the film with the true original English theatrical mono mix and the real opening and closing credit sequences intact.

SPECIAL FEATURES:

  • Exclusive new 4K restoration from the original 35mm camera negative
  • New 5.1 English stereo surround remix made exclusively for the Synapse Films release
  • Restoration of the true original English language theatrical mono mix
  • Two audio commentaries featuring authors and film scholars Troy Howarth, Nathaniel Thompson and Bruce Holecheck
  • Jorge Grau - Catalonia's Cult Film King (89 mins.) -- This extensive feature-length documentary explores the life and films of director Jorge Grau
  • The Scene of the Crime - Giannetto De Rossi in Discussion from Manchester (16 Mins.) (BLU-RAY EXCLUSIVE)
  • Giannetto De Rossi - Q&A at the Festival of Fantastic Films, UK (43 Mins)
  • Theatrical trailer, TV spots and radio spots
  • Newly translated removable English SDH subtitles

 

 

Shopping: Cinderella...

1977 USA erotic musical comedy by Michael Pataki, cut by the BBFC, just released on US Blu-ray and DVD


Link Here13th May 2022

The Other Cinderella is a 1977 USA erotic musical comedy by Michael Pataki.
Starring Cheryl Smith, Yana Nirvana and Marilyn Corwin. Melon Farmers link BBFC link 2020 IMDb

Cut by the BBFC for an X rated 1977 cinema release and VHS. Uncut and MPAA Unrated in the US.
US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:

Promotional Material

Straight out of the swingin' '70s comes CINDERELLA , an early Charles Band classic that combines salacious sex, silly humor, ribald romance and best of all, utterly insane musical numbers! Perpetually abused by her incestuous stepsisters and wicked stepmother, poor Cinderella finally cuts loose when she gets the chance to attend the Prince's gala orgiastic ball. After the sexually frustrated Prince beds every young woman at the party, he's about to give up on love until he couples up with our enchanted heroine. But when the clock strikes midnight, Cinderella flees, leaving the smitten sovereign feeling blue. Will the prince find true happiness between the legs of his lady love and live lustfully ever after? Directed by Michael Pataki (MANSION OF THE DOOMED) and starring cult actress Cheryl Lynn Rainbeaux Smith (LEMORA, CAGED HEAT, PARASITE), Sy Richardson (THEY LIVE, COLORS) and British glam rocker Brett Smiley, this cheeky, hilarious and unapologetically horny song and dance-filled farce

Bonus features include: Vintage Trailers

 

 

Shopping: Johnny Mnemonic...

1995 Canada/US action thriller by Robert Longo just released on UK Blu-ray


Link Here10th May 2022

Johnny Mnemonic is a 1995 Canada/US action thriller by Robert Longo
Starring Keanu Reeves, Dolph Lundgren and Dina Meyer BBFC link 2020 IMDb

Exists as a Theatrical Version and an Extended Japanese Version.

In 2021, 26 years after its original release, Robert Longo has converted the film into a black & white version that is a bit closer to his original intention. That black and white version premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival.

In the US: Rated R for strong sci-fi violence, and for language

Summary Notes

In 2021, the whole world is connected by the gigantic Internet, and almost a half of the population is suffering from the Nerve Attenuation Syndrome (NAS).Johnny with an implanted memory chip in his brain was ordered to transport the over loaded information from Beijing to Newark. While Pharmakom Industries supported by Yakuza tries to capture him to get the information back, the Low-tech group led by J-Bone tries to break the missing code to download the cure of NAS which Johnny carries.

UK: Passed 15 uncut for strong language, violence, injury detail:
  • 2022 101 Films Limited Edition [HD Theatrical Version + SD Japanese Version] (RB) Blu-ray at UK Amazon #ad released on 9th May 2022
  • 2022 101 Films Amazon VoD [UK] at UK Amazon #ad

Promotional Material

101 Films presents Robert Longo's cyberpunk classic Johnny Mnemonic (1995), released on Blu-ray for the first time in the UK. Adapted for the screen by visionary writer William Gibson from his own short story and starring Keanu Reeves in a role that paved the way for his lead role in the Matrix series, Johnny Mnemonic is a futuristic thrill-ride that will blow your mind.

It's the year 2021 and Johnny (Keanu Reeves) is a data courier with a secret: he is carrying a dangerous stash of information in his mind and must race against time, money and gangsters to deliver the package and save himself. Accompanied by physically enhanced bodyguard Jane (Dina Meyer), Johnny sets out to acquire the passwords he needs to save himself. Worse yet, he is hunted by gangster Shinji (Denis Akiyama) and businessman Takahashi (Takeshi), both of whom seek the data Johnny possesses.

Brand New Extras:

  • Audio commentary by film critic Rich Johnson
  • Limited Edition Booklet: Features 'Future Proof: A Cyberpunk 101' by Rich Johnson and 'The Semiotic Ghosts of William Gibson' by Brian J. Robb
  • Limited Edition packaging with new artwork by Lucas Peverill
  • Set of art cards

Additional Extras:

  • Tomorrow Calling (1993), a short film adaptation of William Gibson's short story The Gernsback Continuum
  • Commentary with director Robert Longo
  • Japanese Director's cut (SD)
  • Featurette
  • Behind the Scenes
  • Interviews from the shoot
  • Music video
  • Trailer

 

 

Shopping: Schizoid / X-Ray...

double bill by David Paulsen, Boaz Davidson just released on US 4K Blu-ray with X-Ray having a history of cuts


Link Here8th May 2022

Schizoid / X-Ray is a double bill by David Paulsen, Boaz Davidson
Starring Klaus Kinski, Donna Wilkes and Marianna Hill

US: Uncut and MPAA R rated for:
  • 2022 Vinegar Syndrome [Schizoid + X-Ray] R0 4K Blu-ray/RA Blu-ray Combo at US Amazon #ad released on 26th April 2022
  • 2022 Vinegar Syndrome Amazon VoD [US] at US Amazon #ad
Schizoid is a 1980 USA / Israel horror mystery thriller by David Paulsen.
Starring Klaus Kinski and Donna Wilkes and Marianna Hill. IMDb
There are no censorship issues with this film
X-Ray is a 1981 USA horror thriller by Boaz Davidson.
Starring Barbi Benton, Charles Lucia and Jon Van Ness. Melon Farmers link BBFC link 2020 IMDb
A heavily pre-cut version was passed X without BBFC cuts for 1981 cinema release. Rank subsequently released the same pre-cut version on pre-cert VHS in 1983. The 2015 Blu-ray release is the full length uncut version. Uncut and MPAA R rated in the US.

Promotional Material

Before becoming known for their over-the-top action spectacles, Cannon Films dabbled in the early 80s slasher craze, producing a handful of original slice n' dice classics, two of which are presented here on 4K UHD for the first time, from Vinegar Syndrome!

SCHIZOID

Pieter Fales is a renowned psychiatrist who is unable to reconcile his relationship with his teenage daughter, Alison. Julie, one of Pieter's patients, is a successful advice columnist in the midst of a messy divorce, who has also started receiving threatening letters. When a black clad, scissors wielding killer begins murdering people in Julie's life, she begins to suspect that her unknown writer and this mystery assailant might be one and the same...

Taking strong stylistic cues from the giallo genre, director David Paulsen's ( Savage Weekend ) SCHIZOID , is a delirious whodunit headlined by cult film superstar, Klaus Kinski ( Nosferatu the Vampyre ), alongside Donna Wilkes ( Angel ), Marianna Hill ( Messiah of Evil ), and an early appearance from Christopher Lloyd ( Back to the Future ), all amplified with a throbbing electronic score by Craig Huxley and presented here from a stunning new 4K restoration!

X-RAY

When Susan was a little girl, she rejected the Valentine of a lovestruck classmate. Decades later, she's come to the hospital for a routine medical examination. But when her x-rays seem to show something unusual, Susan finds herself trapped in a bizarre medical nightmare, made all the worse as her vengeful childhood valentine, disguised among the hospital staff, begins murdering everyone in his path as a means of proving his undying 'romantic' obsession...

With its exceptionally colorful cinematography by Nicholas Josef von Sternberg ( Slaughterhouse Rock ) and otherworldly sense of surrealism, trailblazing Israeli filmmaker Boaz Davidson's ( The Last American Virgin ) sole foray into horror cinema, X-RAY (aka Hospital Massacre ) is a slasher like no other and has been freshly restored in 4K from its 35mm original camera negative, allowing its one-of-a-kind weirdness to be experienced as never before.

Bonus Features:
1. 3-disc Set: 2 4K Ultra HDs and 1 Region A Blu-ray
2. 4K UHDs presented in High-Dynamic-Range
3. Newly scanned & restored in 4K from their 35mm original camera negatives
4. "Shooting by March" - a brand new interview with Schizoid writer/director David Paulsen
5. "Hide the Scissors" - a brand new interview with Schizoid actress Donna Wilkes
6. "Blood in the Jacuzzi" - a brand new interview with Schizoid makeup artist Erica Ueland
7. "A Wellesley Graduate" - a brand new interview with Schizoid actress Flo Lawrence
8. "Ultra Violet Vengeance: The Talent & Technicians of X-Ray" - a brand new making-of documentary featuring interviews with the cast and crew of X-Ray
9. "Bad Medicine" - an archival interview with X-Ray director Boaz Davidson
10. Original theatrical trailer for Schizoid
11. Inside cover artwork
12. English SDH subtitles

 

 

Shopping: Dreadnaught...

1981 Hong Kong action comedy by Woo-Ping Yuen, once cut by the BBFC, just released on UK Blu-ray


Link Here6th May 2022

Dreadnaught is a 1981 Hong Kong action comedy by Woo-Ping Yuen
Starring Biao Yuen, Ka-Yan Leung and Shun-Yee Yuen BBFC link 2020 IMDb

Cut by the BBFC for animal cruelty for 18 rated video in 1999. The same cuts continued to 15 rated DVD in 2006, but the 15 rated Blu-ray of 2022 is uncut.

UK: BBFC details not yet published for an uncut release:
  • 22022 Eureka Classics Special Edition RB Blu-ray at UK Amazon #ad released on 25th April 2022

Promotional Material

Directed by legendary action choreographer Yuen Woo-ping ( The Matrix;Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon ), Dreadnaught expertly blends majestic action sequences with superb physical comedy, courtesy of stars Yuen Biao, Bryan Leung Kar-yan , and Yuen Shun-yee .

A violent criminal known only as 'White Tiger' (Yuen Shun-yee; Iron Monkey ) is hiding amongst a theatre troupe, murdering anyone who discovers his identity (as well as anyone who happens to annoy him). Mousy, a timid laundry man (Yuen Biao; Project A ), crosses paths with White Tiger several times but always manages to escape. When the killer instead targets his friend (Bryan "Beardy" Leung; Warriors Two ), Mousy must overcome his cowardly nature and acquire the skills necessary to defeat the White Tiger.

Notable for being the final film in which Kwan Tak-hing portrayed folk hero Wong Fei-hung (and, oddly enough, for its famous laundry scene being directly referenced in Batman Forever ), Dreadnaught is a cult favourite amongst martial arts fans, and Eureka Classics is proud to present the film in its UK debut on Blu-ray from a brand new 2K restoration!

SPECIAL EDITION BLU-RAY FEATURES

Limited Edition O-Card slipcase featuring new artwork by Darren Wheeling [First Print Run of 2000 copies only] | Reversible sleeve design featuring original poster artwork | Original Cantonese mono audio | Optional English dubbed audio | Optional English Subtitles, newly translated for this release | Brand new feature length audio commentary by Asian film expert Frank Djeng (NY Asian Film Festival) | Brand new feature length audio commentary by action cinema experts Mike Leeder & Arne Venema | Archival interview with actress Lily Li (21 mins) | Trailers | PLUS: A Limited-Edition collector's booklet featuring new writing by James Oliver [First Print Run of 2000 copies only] | *All extras subject to change PRESS "the action is consistently inventive and smartly done" -- Cine Outsider "Woo-ping embraces far-out wackiness at every turn and explores some truly untapped territory with a cast more than adept at handling the pace" -- Kung Fu Movie Guide " impossible to resist Dreadnaught 's crazed high-wire act. " -- Village Voice

 

 

Shopping: Caligula and Messalina...

1981 Italy/France action biography by Bruno Mattei, Antonio Passalia, Jean-Jacques Renon just released on US Blu-ray and DVD with 2 versions


Link Here4th May 2022
Caligula & Messalina is a 1981 Italy/France action biography by Bruno Mattei, Antonio Passalia, Jean-Jacques Renon
Starring Vladimir Brajovic, Betty Roland and Françoise Blanchard Melon Farmers link BBFC link 2020 IMDb

This co-production has two different language versions, with some scenes shot differently but with basically the same cast. The original Italian version runs 111 minutes, and has less nudity; the French version runs 96 minutes, and has more nudity. There is also a sexier Explicit Italian version.

US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:
  • 2022 Severin [Explicit Italian version + US Unrated version] (RA) Blu-ray at US Amazon #ad released on 26th April 2022
  • 2022 Severin [Explicit Italian version + US Unrated version] R1 DVD at US Amazon #ad released on 26th April 2022

Promotional Material

WORLDWIDE PREMIERE OF THE EXTREME ITALIAN VERSION ON DVD!

In one of the earliest entries in the subgenre, ItaloFilth veteran Bruno Mattei (THE OTHER HELL, WOMEN'S PRISON MASSACRE) set the Caligsploitation standard for informative history, raid-the-peplum-props ingenuity and jaw-dropping depictions of ancient Roman depravity: When the deranged emperor (Vladimir Brajovic of THE STORY OF O) falls for an insatiable gladiatrix (Betty Roland of Mattei's CALIGULA REINCARNATED AS NERO), their reign will launch a mind-bending bacchanal of torture, sodomy, incest, castration, borrowed footage and aroused livestock. Françoise Blanchard (THE LIVING DEAD GIRL), Florence Guérin (Cozzi's THE BLACK CAT) and the infamous Sal Boris (THE BEAST IN HEAT) co-star in this saga of saturnalian obscenity, presented in both the Explicit Italian Version and Unrated U.S. Release scanned in 2K from their original negatives.

DVD SPECIAL FEATURES: Caligula: The Life Behind The Legend -- Interview With Anthony A. Barrett, Author Of Caligula: The Corruption Of Power Trailer

 

 

Shopping: The 8 Diagram Pole Fighter...

1984 Hong Kong action drama by Chia-Liang Liu. once cut by the BBFC, just released on UK Blu-ray


Link Here4th May 2022
The 8 Diagram Pole Fighter is a 1984 Hong Kong action drama by Chia-Liang Liu.
Starring Chia-Hui Liu and Sheng Fu and Lily Li. BBFC link 2020 IMDb
Cut by the BBFC for 18 rated 1984 cinema release and 18 rated 1987 VHS. The cuts were waived for 2020 Blu-ray release

Summary Notes

The Yang family was the loyal strong-arm of the Imperial army. But a jealous General betrays the Eilte Spearman and their father to the opposing Mongol army. After an ambush of a battle, only two of the seven sons survive. One remains hidden by the family while the other lives on the run. The traitorous general must find them and silence them before either of them can testify to the Emperor of his treachery.

UK: Passed uncut for:

Summary Notes

The Yang family was the loyal strong-arm of the Imperial army. But a jealous General betrays the Eilte Spearman and their father to the opposing Mongol army. After an ambush of a battle, only two of the seven sons survive. One remains hidden by the family while the other lives on the run. The traitorous general must find them and silence them before either of them can testify to the Emperor of his treachery.

 

 

Shopping: Caligula: The Untold Story...

1981 Italy adult drama by Joe D'Amato just released, once banned and cut by the BBFC, on US Blu-ray and DVD with 2 versions


Link Here2nd May 2022
Caligula: The Untold Story is a 1981 Italy adult drama by Joe D'Amato
With David Brandon, Laura Gemser and Luciano Bartoli. Melon Farmers linkYouTube icon BBFC link 2020 IMDb

The Original Version features hardcore footage not involving the lead players. A softcore US Version was also produced which was extensively cut by the BBFC for 18 rated UK cinema release in 1984. This version was later banned by the BBFC for 1987 VHS. The Italian Version is longer than the US Softcore Version but still excludes the hardcore footage.

US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:
  • 2022 Severin [Explicit + Softcore Versions] (RA) Blu-ray at US Amazon #ad released on 26th April 2022
  • 2022 Severin [Explicit + Softcore Versions] R1 DVD at US Amazon #ad released on 26th April 2022

Reviews

Promotional Material

HE CROSSED A LINE MOST PEOPLE NEVER DARE TO MAKE! Only legendary maestro di sleaze Joe D'Amato (EMANUELLE IN AMERICA, ABSURD) could outdo the original CALIGULA for twisted sex, maniacal violence, and eye-popping perversion: David Brandon (BEYOND DARKNESS, STAGEFRIGHT) stars as the insane young emperor whose love of brutality and degradation is surpassed only by his hunger for enslaved virgins, cruel vengeance, extreme acts of 'horseplay' and beyond. Laura Gemser (BLACK EMANUELLE), Gabriele Tinti (ENDGAME), Charles Borromel (ABSURD) and future director Michele Soavi (CEMETERY MAN) star in this epic of orgiastic excess written by D'Amato and Luigi Montefiori/George Eastman (ANTHROPOPHAGUS) with a lavish score by Carlo Maria Cordio (SHOCKING DARK), presented in both the Explicit Italian Version and U.S. Release scanned in 2K from their original negatives with depraved new Special Features.

DVD SPECIAL FEATURES: Trailer

 

 

Shopping: Bilitis...

1977 France/Italy romance by David Hamilton, once cut by the BBFC, just released on UK Blu-ray and DVD


Link Here2nd May 2022

Bilitis is a 1977 France/Italy romance by David Hamilton
Starring Patti D'Arbanville, Mona Kristensen and Bernard Giraudeau BBFC link 2020 IMDb

The 1977 UK cinema release was uncut and X rated but the 1987 18 rated VHS release was cut for sexual violence references. The BBFC cuts were waived for 18 rated DVD in 2005. Unuct and MPAA R rated in the US.

Summary Notes

A coming of age story centering on the exploits of a young girl during summer vacation.

UK: Previously passed 18 uncut for strong sex, nudity and sexual violence:

Promotional Material

A coming of age story centring on the exploits of a young girl during summer vacation. Shot by famous photographer David Hamilton and based on the novel by Pierre Louys.

 

 

Shopping: Dr. Phibes Double Feature...

Double bill by Robert Fuest, wit both films once being cut by the BBFC, just released on US Blu-ray


Link Here30th April 2022

Dr. Phibes Double Feature is a double bill by Robert Fuest
Starring Vincent Price, Joseph Cotten and Peter Cushing

US: Uncut and MPAA PG rated for:
  • 2022 Kl Studio Classics [Dr. Phibes Double Feature] (RA) Blu-ray at US Amazon #ad released on 12th April 2022
The Abominable Dr. Phibes is a 1971 UK/USA comedy horror fantasy by Robert Fuest.
With Vincent Price, Joseph Cotten and Hugh Griffith. Melon Farmers linkYouTube icon BBFC link 2020 IMDb
The BBFC cut the X rated 1971 cinema release, but the film is uncut and 15 rated on home video

Dr. Phibes Rises Again is a 1972 UK/USA comedy horror fantasy by Robert Fuest.
With Vincent Price, Robert Quarry and Valli Kemp. Melon Farmers link YouTube icon BBFC link 2020 IMDb

Cut by the BBFC for the X rated 1972 cinema release. Uncut and 15 rated on 2003 DVD

Promotional Material

THE ABOMINABLE DR. PHIBES (1971) Meet Doctor Phibes: a one-time concert musician who's now an all-time crazed murderer. In this clever, crypt-kicking classic, horrormeister Vincent Price (The Raven, The Last Man on Earth) plays a diabolical doc seeking the ultimate in revenge with precision creepiness and surgical wit. Watch Dr. Phibes live up to his promise: "Nine killed her, nine shall die, nine eternies in doom!" After a team of surgeons botch his beloved wife's surgery, leaving her for dead, the emotionally distraught Dr. Phibes creatively concocts a fatal prescription for revenge. Using the Good Book as his guide, Phibes unleashes a score of old testament atrocities--from a plague of locusts to an attack of rats--on his enemies that climax in what may be one of the eeriest endings on screen record! Robert Fuest (And Soon the Darkness) directed this darkly comic shocker that features Joseph Cotten (Baron Blood), Hugh Griffith (So Evil My Love), Terry-Thomas (The Green Man) and Virginia North (On Her Majesty's Secret Service) as the doc's evil assistant Vulnavia.

DR. PHIBES RISES AGAIN (1972) Flesh Crawls! Blood Curdles! Phibes Lives! This sequel to The Abominable Dr. Phibes again features Vincent Price (Scream and Scream Again, House of the Long Shadows) as one of his most perfect horror villains in his long list of evil-doers. The eminent Dr. Phibes awakens from a decade of suspended animation and heads to Egypt with his mute aide-de-camp Vulnavia and the corpse of his dead wife. To resurrect his spouse, Phibes gets up to his usual, diabolical tricks: cleverly murdering people in strange and heinous ways to invoke a magical incantation. But once he is in the tomb of the dead Pharaohs, the good doctor discovers that his pursuit of an afterlife may be foiled by his nemesis who wants to end the reign of this sadistic surgeon of gore. Robert Fuest (The Devil's Rain) directed this spine-tingling romp that features Robert Quarry (Madhouse), Peter Jeffrey (Ring of Bright Water), Fiona Lewis (Tintorera) and Hugh Griffith (Cry of the Banshee), with guest stars Peter Cushing (The Skull), Beryl Reid (The Killing of Sister George) and Terry-Thomas (Danger: Diabolik).

Blu-ray Extras Include:
-Audio Commentary for THE ABOMINABLE DR. PHIBES by Director Robert Fuest
-Audio Commentary for THE ABOMINABLE DR. PHIBES Commentary by Justin Humphreys, the Author of THE DR. PHIBES COMPANION
-NEW Audio Commentary for DR. PHIBES RISES AGAIN by Justin Humphreys, the Author of THE DR. PHIBES COMPANION
-Audio Commentary for DR. PHIBES RISES AGAIN by Film Historian Tim Lucas
-DR. PHIBES RISES AGAIN Radio Spots
-Theatrical Trailers for THE ABOMINABLE DR. PHIBES and DR. PHIBES RISES AGAIN
-Optional English Subtitles

 

 

Shopping: Reform School Girls...

1986 USA crime thriller by Tom DeSimone, once cut by the BBFC, just released on US Blu-ray


Link Here30th April 2022

Reform School Girls is a 1986 USA crime thriller by Tom DeSimone.
Starring Linda Carol, Wendy O Williams and Pat Ast. Melon Farmers link BBFC link 2020 IMDb

Cut by the BBFC for 18 rated VHS. Uncut for 18 rated DVD in 2016. Uncut and MPAA R rated in the US.

Summary Notes

Jenny is sent to a women's reform school. It is run by evil warden Sutter and her henchwoman Edna. Jenny will stop at nothing to escape but she also has to deal with Charlie the bully.

US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:

 

 

Shopping: Rogue Cops and Racketeers: Two Crime Thrillers from Enzo G. Castellari...

Double bill by Enzo G Castellari just released on US Blu-ray


Link Here 27th April 2022

Rogue Cops and Racketeers: Two Crime Thrillers from Enzo G. Castellari is a double bill by Enzo G. Castellari
Starring Glauco Onorato, Marcella Michelangeli and Orso Maria Guerrini

US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:
  • 2022 Arrow [Rogue Cops & Racketeers] Limited Edition R0 Blu-ray at US Amazon #ad released on 19th April 2022
The Big Racket is a 1976 Italian crime film by Enzo G Castellari.
With Fabio Testi, Vincent Gardenia and Renzo Palmer. Melon Farmers linkYouTube icon BBFC link 2020 IMDb

Banned by the BBFC for 1977 cinema release. Cut for 18 rated 2003 VHS. Later restored for presumably uncut Blu-ray in 2022. Uncut in the US

The Heroin Busters is a 1977 Italy action thriller by Enzo G. Castellari
Starring Fabio Testi, David Hemmings and Sherry Buchanan IMDb
There are no censorship issues with this film

Reviews

Promotional Material

New England, 1630. Upon threat of banishment by the church, an English farmer leaves his colonial plantation and relocates his family to a remote plot of land on the edge of an ominous forest--within which lurks an unknown evil. Strange and unsettling things begin to happen --animals turn malevolent, crops fail, one child disappears and another seems to become possessed by an evil spirit. With suspicion and paranoia mounting, daughter Thomasin is accused of witchcraft.

Special Features:
  • Feature 4K UHD and Blu-ray with bonus features on both formats
  • 4K UHD presented in Dolby Vision HDR
  • Archive audio commentary by Director Robert Eggers
  • New audio commentary by film writer and broadcaster Anna Bogutskaya
  • A Puritan Nightmare: a new interview with Robert Eggers
  • Embracing Darkness: a new interview with Anya Taylor-Joy
  • Love Thy Father: a new interview Ralph Ineson
  • A Pious Wife: a new interview with Actor Kate Dickie
  • Caleb's Lament: a new interview with Actor Harvey Scrimshaw
  • A Primal Folktale: features interviews with Robert Eggers and cast
  • BFI London Film Festival Q&A with Robert Eggers, Anya Taylor-Joy, Ralph Ineson and Producer Jay Van Hoy
  • Brothers: a short film by Robert Eggers
  • Optional English subtitles for the hearing impaired
Limited Edition Contents:
  • Rigid slipcase with new artwork by Peter Diamond
  • 150-page hardback book with new essays by Emerson W Baker, Daniel Bird, Anton Bitel, Charles Bramesco, Lillian Crawford, Shelagh Rowan-Legg and Anya Stanley plus stills, costume, and production design gallery.
  • 6 collectors' art cards

 

 

Shopping: Rogue Cops and Racketeers: Two Crime Thrillers from Enzo G. Castellari...

Double bill by Enzo G Castellari just released on UK Blu-ray with The Big Racket once being banned by the BBFC


Link Here 26th April 2022

Rogue Cops and Racketeers: Two Crime Thrillers from Enzo G. Castellari is a double bill by Enzo G. Castellari
Starring Fabio Testi, Vincent Gardenia and David Hemmings

UK: Aggregate 18 rated:
  • 2022 Arrow [Rogue Cops & Racketeers] Limited Edition R0 Blu-ray at UK Amazon #ad released on 18th April 2022
The Big Racket is a 1976 Italian crime film by Enzo G Castellari.
With Fabio Testi, Vincent Gardenia and Renzo Palmer. Melon Farmers linkYouTube icon BBFC link 2020 IMDb

Banned by the BBFC for 1977 cinema release. Cut for 18 rated 2003 VHS. Later restored for uncut 18 rated Blu-ray in 2022. Uncut in the US

The Heroin Busters is a 1977 Italy action thriller by Enzo G. Castellari
Starring Fabio Testi, David Hemmings and Sherry Buchanan IMDb
There are no censorship issues with this 15 rated film

Reviews

Promotional Material

Over a long and wide-ranging career, director Enzo G. Castellari (Keoma, The Inglorious Bastards) helmed some of the most infamous of all the poliziotteschi -- the gritty, action-packed crime films that proliferated in Italy throughout the 70s. Buckle up for a heart-stopping thrill ride through the seedy underbelly of Italian society in two of his most celebrated thrillers! In 1976's The Big Racket, Inspector Nico Palmieri (Fabio Testi, What Have You Done to Solange?) is hot on the heels of a gang of ruthless racketeers. Realizing he's not going to get anywhere within the confines of the law, Nico recruits a crack squad of civilians to dole out their own brand of justice.

Then, in 1977's The Heroin Busters, rule-flouting cop Fabio (Testi) goes deep undercover, chasing a globe-trotting ring of drug-smugglers suspected to be operating out of Rome. But can he and Mike Hamilton (David Hemmings, Deep Red), an Interpol agent with a hair-trigger temper, stay one step ahead of the criminals long enough to bring them down from the inside?

Featuring death-defying stunts, explosive shoot-outs and a pair of addictive, toe-tapping soundtracks courtesy of the De Angelis brothers (Torso) and legendary prog rock group Goblin (Suspiria), these two films represent the crème de la crème of the Italian crime thriller, both making their high definition debuts with stunning new restorations in this feature-packed box set from Arrow!

2-DISC LIMITED EDITION CONTENTS - Brand new 2K restorations of both films from the original 35mm camera negatives by Arrow Films - High Definition Blu-ray® (1080p) presentations - Original Italian and English front and end titles - Restored original lossless mono Italian and English soundtracks - Newly translated English subtitles for the Italian soundtracks - Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing for the English soundtracks - New audio commentaries on both films by critics Adrian J. Smith and David Flint - Illustrated collector's booklet featuring new writing on the films by Roberto Curti and Barry Forshaw - Limited edition packaging with reversible sleeves featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Colin Murdoch - Twelve double-sided, postcard-sized lobby card reproduction artcards

DISC 1 -- THE BIG RACKET - The Years of Racketeering, a new video interview with co-writer/director Enzo G. Castellari - Violent Times, a new video interview with actor Fabio Testi - Angel Face for a Tough Guy, a new video interview with actor Massimo Vanni - King of Movieola, a new video interview with editor Gianfranco Amicucci - The Great Racket, a new appreciation and career retrospective of composers Guido and Maurizio De Angelis by musician and disc collector Lovely Jon - Theatrical trailer - Image gallery

DISC 2 -- THE HEROIN BUSTERS - Endless Pursuit, a new video interview with co-writer/director Enzo G. Castellari - Drug Squad, a new video interview with actor Fabio Testi - The Drug Dealer, a new video interview with actor Massimo Vanni - How They Killed Italian Cinema, a new video interview with editor Gianfranco Amicucci - A Cop on the Set, a new video interview with retired poliziotto and criminologist Nicola Longo - The Eardrum Busters, a new appreciation and career retrospective of composers Goblin by musician and disc collector Lovely Jon - Theatrical trailer - Image gallery

 

 

Shopping: Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer...

1986 USA crime horror biography by John McNaughton, previously much cut by the BBFC, just released on UK 4K Blu-ray


Link Here26th April 2022

Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer is a 1986 USA crime horror biography by John McNaughton.
With Michael Rooker, Tracy Arnold and Tom Towles. Melon Farmers link BBFC link 2020 IMDb

Heavily cut by the BBFC in varying ways until 2003 when the Director's Cut was passed 18 uncut. Uncut and MPAA Unrated in the US.
UK: Passed 18 uncut for:

Thanks to Jon, April 2022: Faulty disks

All copies of the Arrow 4K and regular Blu-Ray versions are faulty! They contain a picture glitch that occurs for about three seconds around the 28m mark. The Blu-Ray also has an additional fault, with the transfer of the film being in the incorrect colour range. (It looks bleached-out all the way through the entire film.)

Customers who've bought either version should wait to hear from Arrow's social media teams on Facebook on how to get their discs repla

Cutting Edge

Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer
Gavin Salkeld's Cutting Edge Episode 17:
Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer

Promotional Material

4K ULTRA HD BLU-RAY LIMITED EDITION CONTENTS

- Brand new 4K restoration from the original camera negatives, approved by John McNaughton
- 4K (2160p) UHD Blu-ray presentation in HDR10
- Original 2.0 stereo mix and 5.1 DTS-HD Master audio
- English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
- Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Eric Adrian Lee
- Limited edition 60-page booklet featuring new writing by Shaun Kimber, Peter Vronsky, Alexandra Heller-Nicholas and Julian Petley
- Booklet containing the original storyboards for Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer
- Double-sided fold-out poster
- Six collector's postcards (Limited Edition exclusive)

DISC ONE -- FEATURE & EXTRAS (4K ULTRA HD BLU-RAY)

- Brand new 4K restoration from the original camera negatives
- 4K (2160p) UHD Blu-ray presentation in HDR10
- Brand new audio commentary by John McNaughton & Steven A. Jones
- Two archive commentaries by John McNaughton
- Scene specific commentaries with John McNaughton and critic Nigel Floyd
- Deleted scenes and outtakes
- Original script
- Original theatrical and 30th anniversary trailers
- Image gallery

DISC TWO -- BONUS DISC (BLU-RAY)

- Portrait: The Making of Henry, a 50-minute behind-the-scenes documentary
- In Defense of Henry, an appreciation by Joe Swanberg, Kim Morgan, Jeffrey Sconce, Joe Bob Briggs and Errol Morris
- Twisting the Lens: The Diegetic Camera and Voyeurism in Henry, exclusive new documentary with John McNaughton, Adam Rockoff, Anna Bogutskaya and Jonathan Rigby discussing killers behind cameras
- Henry vs. MPAA: A Visual History, the story of the struggle to get Henry into North American theatres
- Henry at the BBFC with Stephen Thrower, discussing Henry's troubled history at the hands of the British censors
- John McNaughton on Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer, exclusive new interview with John McNaughton and Stephen A. Jones, conducted at the time of Henry's UK premiere in February 1990
- Interview with John McNaughton, from 1998
- It's Either You... Or Them: An Interview with Joe Coleman, the artist behind Henry's legendary original theatrical release poster
- John McNaughton in conversation with Nigel Floyd, interview from 2003
- In the Round: A Conversation with John McNaughton, conducted by Spencer Parsons in 2016

 

 

Shopping: Dear Evan Hansen...

2021 US music drama by Stephen Chbosky just released on UK 4K Blu-ray


Link Here25th April 2022

Dear Evan Hansen is a 2021 US music drama by Stephen Chbosky
Starring Ben Platt, Kaitlyn Dever and Amandla Stenberg BBFC link 2020 IMDb

The film was submitted to the BBFC twice in 2021 with both versions being rated 12A with the same trigger warning.

In the US: Rated PG-13 for thematic material involving suicide, brief strong language and some suggestive reference

Summary Notes

Film adaptation of the Tony and Grammy Award-winning musical about Evan Hansen, a high school senior with Social Anxiety disorder and his journey of self-discovery and acceptance following t...

UK: Passed 12 uncut with a BBFC trigger warning for mental health theme, suicide references, sex and drug references, language:

Promotional Material

The breath-taking, generation-defining Broadway phenomenon becomes a soaring cinematic event as Tony, Grammy and Emmy Award winner Ben Platt reprises his role as an anxious, isolated high schooler aching for understanding and belonging amid the chaos and cruelty of the social-media age. Directed by acclaimed filmmaker Stephen Chbosky ("The Perks of Being A Wallflower," "Wonder"), the film is written for the screen by the show's Tony winner Steven Levenson with music and lyrics by the show's Oscar®, Grammy and Tony-winning song-writing team of Benj Pasek & Justin Paul ("La La Land," "The Greatest Showman"). Featuring Grammy winning songs, including the iconic anthem "You Will Be Found," "Waving Through a Window," "For Forever" and "Words Fail," "Dear Evan Hansen" stars six-time Oscar® nominee Amy Adams, Oscar® winner Julianne Moore, Kaitlyn Dever, Amandla Stenberg, Colton Ryan, Nik Dodani, DeMarius Copes and Danny Pino.

 

 

Shopping: Night Creatures...

1962 UK Hammer horror adventure by Peter Graham Scott just released on US Blu-ray


Link Here25th April 2022

Night Creatures (aka Captain Clegg) is a 1962 UK horror mystery adventure by Peter Graham Scott.
Starring Peter Cushing, Yvonne Romain and Patrick Allen. Melon Farmers link YouTube icon BBFC link 2020 IMDb

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
US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:

Promotional Material

In the 18th century, a Navy captain (Patrick Allen, When Dinosaurs Ruled The Earth) and his sailors investigate the rampaging "marsh phantoms" terrorizing a coastal town, but their search is hindered by Reverend Dr. Blyss (horror legend Peter Cushing) and a horrifying curse. Directed by Peter Graham Scott, this chiller also stars Oliver Reed (The Curse Of The Werewolf), Yvonne Romain (Circus Of Horrors) and Hammer Films regular Michael Ripper (Quatermass And The Pit).

Bonus Content:

  • 2K Scan from the Interpositive
  • Audio Commentary with Film Historian Bruce Hallenbeck
  • Pulp Friction -- The Cinematic Captain Clegg -- An Interview With Author/Film Historian Kim Newman
  • The Hammer Must Fall: Peter Cushing's Changing Directions -- An Interview With Author/Film Historian Jonathan Rigby
  • Brian with Bowie -- An Interview with Special Effects Artist Brian Johnson
  • The Making of Captain Clegg Hosted by Author Wayne Kinsey
  • The Mossman Legacy: George Mossman's Carriage Collection
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Still Gallery

 

 

Carry On Loving...

Continuing a series of old BBFC category cuts


Link Here24th April 2022
  Carry On Loving is a 1970 UK comedy romance by Gerald Thomas
Starring Sidney James, Kenneth Williams and Charles Hawtrey Melon Farmers link  BBFC link 2020  IMDb

BBFC cuts were required for an 'A' rated cinema release in 1970. The same cut version was released on home video with a PG rating.

Summary Notes

The Wedded Bliss computer dating agency aims to bring together the lonely hearts of Much Snogging on-the-Green. Its owner, Sidney Bliss, has enough complications in his own love life, but still produces a pamphlet called "The Wit to Woo". The strange collection of hopefuls lead to some outlandish matches, and jealousies are bound to lead to trouble.

Versions

best available
category
cuts
run: 89:39s
pal: 86:04s
PG 1980

A 1970

UK: The cut cinems version was passed PG uncut: UK: Passed A (PG) after BBFC category cuts
  • 1970 cinema release

Thanks to Vince. The BBFC cuts list required the removal of the dialogue lines

  • "You can't do much with your little finger" (from an exchange between Sid and Terry)
  • "You know, putting it in, the meat" (which lost the last two words from Jenny's description of her job as a sausage packer to Sally).
  • "You can't do much with your little finger."
  • cry of "I can feel it.""I can feel it."

 

 

Shopping: Bilitis...

1977 France/Italy romance by David Hamilton, was once cut by the BBFC for VHS, just released on US Blu-ray


Link Here24th April 2022

Bilitis is a 1977 France/Italy romance by David Hamilton
Starring Patti D'Arbanville, Mona Kristensen and Bernard Giraudeau BBFC link 2020 IMDb

The 1977 UK cinema release was uncut and X rated but the 1987 18 rated VHS release was cut for sexual violence references. The BBFC cuts were waived for 18 rated DVD in 2005. Unuct and MPAA R rated in the US.

Summary Notes

A coming of age story centering on the exploits of a young girl during summer vacation.

US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:

Promotional Material

Taking its name from the ironic moniker for late 1960s and '70s New York, Fun City Editions is a new boutique label focused on reissues of maverick repertory cinema and music that can best be described as works that exist "outside of their time." Spanning an array of genres, artists and countries, but with a unifying focus on forgotten and overlooked treasures, each Fun City release, be it a Blu-ray or vinyl LP, will present new restorations and comprehensive extras which contextualize and illuminate the artistic and historic value of the piece. Vinegar Syndrome's sister company, OCN Distribution, is thrilled to be representing this diverse and unique home video line!

Cult favorite Patti D'Arbanville (Andy Warhol's Flesh, Big Wednesday and Rancho Deluxe) essays the title role in Bilitis, the directorial debut of photographer David Hamilton. Based on the erotic nineteenth century poetry of Pierre Louÿs, the film's script was co-written by filmmaker and novelist Catherine Breillat (A Real Young Girl and Fat Girl). Spending the summer in the French countryside with elegant and beautiful family friend Barbara (Mona Kristensen), young Bilitis comes of age and learns valuable--if sometimes painful--lessons about intimacy, romance and love. D'Arbanville, who had been part of Warhol's Factory and was the inspiration for some of Cat Stevens' most beloved songs, effectively plays the sheltered young woman who becomes steadily wiser as the story progresses. The film is considerably elevated by the sumptuous score by famed French composer Francis Lai (Love Story and A Man and a Woman), which became a worldwide best-selling record. Hamilton's trademark soft focus photographic style is faithfully rendered on film by the cinematography of Bernard Daillencourt (Walerian Borowczyk's Immoral Tales, La Marge and The Beast). Bilitis has been richly restored in 4K, from the original camera negative, for this first-ever North American Blu-ray edition.

Special Features and Technical Specs:

  • NEW 4K RESTORATION FROM THE ORIGINAL CAMERA NEGATIVE
  • Video interview with camera operator Noël Very
  • Newly recorded audio commentary by critics Alexandra Heller-Nicholas and Josh Nelson
  • Booklet with a new essay by Samm Deighan
  • English subtitles
  • REGION-FREE

 

 

Shopping: I Spit On Your Grave...

1978 US video nasty by Meir Zarchi, still cut in the UK, just released on US 4K Blu-ray


Link Here22nd April 2022

I Spit on Your Grave is a 1978 US revenge film by Meir Zarchi.
With Camille Keaton, Eron Tabor and Richard Pace. Melon Farmers linkYouTube icon BBFC link 2020 IMDb

The film was banned as one of the most notable video nasties in 1983. It was unbanned after massive 7m:02s of BBFC cuts for 2001 and 2006 DVD. These cuts were reduced to 2m:54s in 2010, and to 1m:41s for 2020 Blu-ray. Cut in the US for an R rating but MPAA Unrated releases are uncut.

Summary Notes

The film follows Jennifer, a writer who is working on a new novel and needs to get out of the city to finish it. She rents a riverside cabin in upstate New York to work on her novel, attracting the attention of a number of rowdy male locals. They catch Jennifer one day and strip her naked for the village idiot (Matthew) and rape her. Jennifer is later attacked and raped a further two times by the four degenerates, and her novel is also destroyed. But Jennifer recovers, and in her now-twisted, psychotic state, she begins to seek revenge on the men.

US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:

Promotional Material

THIS WOMAN HAS JUST CUT, CHOPPED, BROKEN AND BURNED FOUR MEN BEYOND RECOGNITION... BUT NO JURY WOULD EVER CONVICT HER!

In 1978, one film changed the face of cinema forever. Now, 44 years later, the original and notorious I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE (aka Day of the Woman) is back and still refusing to be buried! In this new limited edition 4K UHD 3 disc set, you can re-experience the phenomenon that shocked and divided the world - and influenced an entire genre and generation of filmmakers - in Ultra High Definition. Featuring a brand new 2021 4K HDR Remaster done by Ronin Flix on 4K Ultra HD, the 2020 4K scan and restoration of director Meir Zarchi's uncut 35mm original camera negative and the restored original mono soundtrack on Blu-ray, a bonus Blu-ray including the feature length documentary Growing up with I Spit on Your Grave (2019) and all of the historical Ronin Flix Blu-ray special features, this landmark 4K Ultra HD set belongs in every cinephiles collection.

Camille Keaton (What Have You Done to Solange?, Tragic Ceremony) stars as Jennifer Hills, a young and beautiful career woman who rents a backwoods cabin to write her first novel. Attacked by a group of local lowlifes and left for dead, she devises a horrific plan to inflict revenge in some of the most unforgettable scenes ever shot on film.

SPECIAL FEATURES:
 
  • Collectible 3 Disc set features a new Ronin Flix 2021 4K HDR REMASTER, the original Uncut I Spit on Your Grave Feature Film on 4K UHD and Blu-ray, and bonus Growing up with I Spit on Your Grave Blu-ray

    DISC 1 - I Spit on Your Grave (1978) 4K UHD Blu-ray:
     

  • 4K ULTRA HIGH DEFINITION BLU-RAY 2160P WIDESCREEN PRESENTATION (HDR10) (1:85:1) UTILIZING THE NEW 2021 4K HDR REMASTER done by Ronin Flix
  • RESTORED DTS-HD MASTER AUDIO MONO, DTS-HD 5.1 SURROUND and DTS-HD 2.0 STEREO
  • Audio Commentary with writer / director Meir Zarchi
  • Audio Commentary with Film Critic Joe Bob Briggs

    DISC 2 - I Spit on Your Grave (1978) Blu-ray:
     

  • HIGH DEFINITION BLU-RAY 1080P WIDESCREEN PRESENTATION (1.85:1) UTILIZING THE 2020 4K SCAN AND RESTORATION OF DIRECTOR MEIR ZARCHI'S 35 MM ORIGINAL CAMERA NEGATIVE done by Ronin Flix
  • RESTORED DTS-HD MASTER AUDIO MONO and DTS-HD 5.1 SURROUND
  • Jennifer's Journey - the locations of I Spit on Your Grave featurette hosted by writer Michael Gingold
  • Audio Commentary with writer / director Meir Zarchi
  • Audio Commentary with Film Critic Joe Bob Briggs
  • The Value of Vengeance - Meir Zarchi Remembers I Spit on Your Grave
  • Alternate Day of the Woman Opening Title
  • Theatrical Trailers
  • TV & Radio Spots
  • Still Gallery
  • Slideshow with Rare & Behind-the-Scenes Photos from the Set

    DISC 3: Growing up with I Spit on Your Grave (2019) Blu-ray:
     

  • HIGH DEFINITION BLU-RAY 1080P WIDESCREEN PRESENTATION (1.85:1) OF THE ORIGINAL FEATURE LENGTH DOCUMENTARY
  • DTS-HD 5.1 SURROUND
  • EXCLUSIVE Deleted Scenes
  • Terry Zarchi's 8mm film starring Camille Keaton, Home Movies -- Camille and Meir's wedding
  • Trailer
  •  

     

    Shopping: Beware! Children at Play...

    1989 US horror thriller by Mik Cribben, cut for an MPAA R rating, just released on US Blu-ray


    Link Here22nd April 2022

    Beware! Children at Play is a 1989 US horror thriller by Mik Cribben
    Starring Michael Robertson, Rich Hamilton and Robin Lilly IMDb

    The unrated video release features brutal and graphic murders of small children not seen in the R Rated version.

    In the US: Rated R for violence and gore, and for some sexuality

    Summary Notes

    After several children have gone missing, a writer and a cop decide to get to the bottom of the problem once and for all. As they find more and more leads they discover that their children are being brainwashed into zombified cannibal killers by a disturbed teen.

    US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:

    Promotional Material

    Young Glenn and his father have gone into the woods for a fun-filled camping adventure. But when dad steps into a bear trap, the pair find themselves stranded miles from civilization, with limited supplies and nothing to eat. After his dad dies, Glenn, as a matter of survival, is forced to consume his flesh. Years later, children from a nearby town begin to disappear into the woods, never to be seen again, while adults are murdered in the most savage of fashions. Could not-so-young-anymore Glenn have something to do with all the mayhem?

    Shamelessly trashy and a whole lot of fun, prolific cinematographer Mik Cribben's ( The Defiance of Good ) sole directorial effort, BEWARE: CHILDREN AT PLAY , is a no holds barred assault on good taste, with a plethora of ultra gory and creative deaths and one of the most ridiculous endings in the history of horror cinema. Another victim of decades of poor quality VHS copies, Vinegar Syndrome is delighted to offer the world Blu-ray debut of BEWARE: CHILDREN AT PLAY , newly restored from its 35mm original camera negative.

    Bonus Features:

    1. Region Free Blu-ray
    2. Newly scanned & restored in 2K from its 35mm original camera negative
    3. Brand new commentary track with director Mik Cribben
    4. "Why I Don't Have Children" - an extended making-of documentary featuring interviews with the cast and crew
    5. Brand new interview with Mik Cribben
    6. Archival interview with Mik Cribben
    7. Reversible cover artwork
    8. English SDH subtitles +

     

     

    Shopping: House On the Edge of the Park...

    1980 Italian video nasty by Ruggero Deodato just released on US Blu-ray and DVD


    Link Here20th April 2022

    House on the Edge of the Park is a 1980 Italian horror thriller by Ruggero Deodato
    With David Hess and Annie Belle. Melon Farmers link BBFC link 2020 IMDb

    Banned by the BBFC for 1981 cinema release. Banned as a video nasty in 1983. Unbanned after 12 minutes of cuts in 2002. Cuts reduced to 43s in 2011. Uncut in the US.
    US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:

    Promotional Material

    ANYTHING COULD HAPPEN... EVERYTHING DID!

    3-DISC LIMITED EDITION INCLUDES REMASTERED UNCUT 4K SCAN, NEW DOCUMENTARY + SOUNDTRACK CD

    For his follow-up to CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST, director Ruggero Deodato delivered a shocker packed with even more cruelty and controversy. 40+ years later, it remains one of the most disturbing exploitation films of all time: David Hess of THE LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT infamy stars as a charismatic psychopath who, with his equally unhinged sidekick (Giovanni Lombardo Radice of CITY OF THE LIVING DEAD), turns a get-together of chic New Yorkers into an ordeal of class warfare and sexual violence. Annie Belle (ABSURD), Christian Borromeo (TENEBRAE) and Lorraine De Selle (WILD BEASTS) co-star in this notorious DPP 39 Video Nasty from the screenwriters of THE NEW YORK RIPPER with an unforgettable soundtrack by Riz Ortolani, now scanned uncut in 4K from the original negative with 3+ hours of all-new Special Features.

    DISC 1:
  • Audio Commentary By Bruce Holecheck (Cinema Arcana) And Art Ettinger (Ultra Violent)
  • The Man Who Loved Women - Interview With Director Ruggero Deodato
  • Lights On - Interview With Cinematographer Sergio D'Offizi
  • Like A Prairie Dog - Interview With Actor Giovanni Lombardo Radice
  • External Beauty & Internal Ugliness - Archival Interview With David Hess
  • House Sweet House - Interview With Set Designer Antonello Geleng
  • Gallery

    DISC 2:

  • DEODATO HOLOCAUST: Feature-length documentary by Felipe M. Guerra that explores the film-by-film triumphs, tragedies and controversies of Ruggero Deodato
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Trailer

    DISC 3:

  • CD Soundtrack
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    Shopping: Mardi Gras Massacre...

    1978 US video nasty by Jack Weis set for UK Blu-ray release on 27th June 2022


    Link Here18th April 2022

    Mardi Gras Massacre is a 1978 US horror by Jack Weis.
    With Curt Dawson, Gwen Arment and William Metzo. Melon Farmers link BBFC link 2020 IMDb

    Banned as a video nasty in 1983. Uncut and BBFC 18 rated since 2022 Blu-ray. Uncut and MPAA R rated in the US.

    Summary Review: Cheese and sleaze!

    Not exactly a straight slasher as many believe but it's surely as cheesy, and unintentionally funny as any slasher from the 80's.

    Mardi Gras Massacre could be considered as a toned down exploitation low budget. The plot asks for brutality, violence, sleaze but the truth is that the execution of the idea isn't as half as good as it should.

    The ritual method is repeated in all the death scenes. So we don't get originality or probably there wasn't enough budget to at least create three different gore scenes. It's okay but even ultra low budget slashers have at least two different killing methods! Anyways, Mardi Gras Massacre has generated some kind of cult over the years but sincerely, this isn't a must see. The movie should only be watched by b-movie lovers or morbid fans of low budget cheese and sleaze!
    UK: Passed 18 uncut for sexualised violence:
    • 2022 88 Films Collector's Edition (RB) Blu-ray at UK Amazon #ad released on 27th June 2022

    Promotional Material

    Police try to capture someone who is committing ritual murders of women during Mardi Gras in New Orleans.

     

     

    Shopping: Mad Dog Morgan...

    1976 Australia crime drama by Philippe Mora just released on UK Blu-ray with 2 versions


    Link Here18th April 2022

    Mad Dog Morgan is a 1976 Australia crime drama by Philippe Mora.
    With Dennis Hopper, Jack Thompson and David Gulpilil. Melon Farmers link BBFC link 2020 IMDb

    There are two variations but no reported censorship.

    UK: The Director's Cut was previously passed 15 uncut for:
    UK: The UK Theatrical Version was passed 18 without BBFC cuts for:
    • 2022 Powerhouse Films [Director's Cut + UK Theatrical Version] R0 Blu-ray at UK Amazon #ad released on 21st March 2022
    • 2022 Powerhouse Films Amazon Prime VoD [UK only] at UK Amazon #ad

    Promotional Material

    Based on the true story of Dan Morgan - the infamous Australian outlaw once described as 'the most bloodthirsty ruffian that ever took to the bush' - Mad Dog Morgan provides the perfect showcase for the unique star quality of Dennis Hopper (Night Tide, The Last Movie).

    After witnessing a bloody massacre of Chinese workers on Australia's goldfields, Morgan turns to a life of crime, becoming a bushranger and the scourge of the vicious authorities - and, ultimately, a local legend - leaving a bloody legacy in his wake.

    Nominated for two Australian Film Institute Awards, including one for director Philippe Mora (The Beast Within), Mad Dog Morgan is a brutal and uncompromising slice of Ozploitation.

    Extras: INDICATOR LIMITED EDITION BLU-RAY SPECIAL FEATURES

    * New restoration from a 4K scan of the interpositive by Powerhouse Films
    * Two presentations of the film: Mad Dog Morgan, the 103-minute director's cut; and Mad Dog, the 95-minute UK theatrical version
    * Original mono audio
    * Audio commentary with writer-director Philippe Mora and film critic Jake Wilson (2019)
    * Audio commentary with writer-director Philippe Mora (2009)
    * To Shoot a Mad Dog (1976): behind-the-scenes documentary, produced and directed by David Elfick, and featuring extensive interview footage with actor Dennis Hopper
    * Hopping Mad (2019): Mora reflects on the making of Mad Dog Morgan
    * That's Our Mad Dog: A Conversation with Dennis Hopper (2009): retrospective interview with the legendary actor, conducted by Mora
    * 'Not Quite Hollywood' Interview Excerpts (2008): over an hour of outtakes from Mark Hartley's acclaimed documentary on Australia cinema, featuring Mora, producer Jeremy Thomas, camera operator John Seale, and actors Jack Thompson, Roger Ward and Graeme Blundell
    * Mad Country: Shooting Locations Revisited (2019) with optional audio commentary by Mora
    * Original theatrical trailer
    * Image gallery: promotional and publicity material
    * New and improved English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
    * Limited edition exclusive 80-page book with a new essay by Tara Judah, Philippe Mora's pre-production notes on Mad Dog Morgan, archival interview with Mora and producer Jeremy Thomas, Mora on the making of the film, an overview of contemporary critical responses, and film credits
    * Limited edition exclusive poster
    * UK premiere on Blu-ray
    * Limited edition of 2,000 copies for the UK

    All extras subject to change

     

     

    Shopping: Brazil...

    1985 UK Sci-Fi fantasy by Terry Gilliam just released on US Blu-ray in the theatrical version


    Link Here16th April 2022

    Brazil is a 1985 UK Sci-Fi fantasy by Terry Gilliam.
    With Jonathan Pryce, Kim Greist and Robert De Niro. Melon Farmers linkYouTube icon BBFC link 2020 IMDb

    Always uncut and 15 rated in the UK. The US suffered a shortened theatrical version, and a further shortened Sid Sheinberg Edit. Later the uncut version version was released in the US and labelled the Director's Cut.

    The running time and MPAA R rating suggest that theis release is the shortened US Theatrical Version.

    US: Cut and MPAA R rated for:

    Promotional Material

    Brazil is a surrealistic nightmare vision of a "perfect" future where technology reigns supreme. Everyone is monitored by a secret government agency that forbids love to interfere with efficiency. Jonathan Pryce and Robert DeNiro star with Michael Palin in this chilling black comedy directed by former Monty Python member Terry Gilliam. When a daydreaming bureaucrat becomes unwittingly involved with an underground superhero and a beautiful mystery woman, he becomes the tragic victim of his own romantic illusions. This offbeat fantasy blends biting humor with an unforgettable look at a delightfully dastardly tomorrow.

     

     

    Shopping: The Godfather Trilogy...

    3 film set by various just released on UK 4K Blu-ray. Part 1 was once cut by the BBFC and Part 3 was cut for an MPAA R rating


    Link Here11th April 2022

    The Godfather Trilogy 50th Anniversary Collectors Edition is a 3 film set by various

    Parts I and III had censorship issues and there are 2 versions of Part III.
    UK: Aggregate 15 rating for:
    • 2022 Paramount Trilogy 50th Anniversary Collector's Edition R0 4K Blu-ray at UK Amazon released on 21st March 2022
    • 2022 Paramount Trilogy 50th Anniversary Collector's Edition R0 Blu-ray at UK Amazon released on 21st March 2022
    • 2022 Paramount Trilogy 50th Anniversary Collector's Edition (R2) DVD at UK Amazon #ad released on 21st March 2022
    The Godfather is a 1972 USA crime drama by Francis Ford Coppola.
    Starring Marlon Brando and Al Pacino and James Caan. Melon Farmers link BBFC link 2020 IMDb
    Cut by the BBFC for an X rated cinema release in 1972. Uncut on 18 rated VHS and 15 rated on DVD. Uncut and MPAA R rated in the US.

    The Godfather Part II is a 1974 USA crime drama by Francis Ford Coppola
    Starring Al Pacino, Robert De Niro and Robert Duvall BBFC link 2020 IMDb

    There are no censorship issues with this release except to note that the film was BBFC 18 rated until 2008 when it was 15 rated.

    The Godfather Part 3 is a 1990 USA crime drama by Francis Ford Coppola.
    Starring Al Pacino, Diane Keaton and Andy Garcia. Melon Farmers link BBFC link 2020 IMDb

    The original version was cut in the US for an MPAA R rating. The cuts persisted to later releases including the longer Director's Cut

    The director produced a new significantly shorter version for 2020 release titled The Godfather, Coda: The Death of Michael Corleone. This seems to have been well received.

    Promotional Material

    Francis Ford Coppola's master adaptation of Mario Puzo's novel chronicles the dramatic, and often violent, rise and fall of the Corleone family. Collected here on DVD for the first time is Coppola and Puzo's definitve, intended version of The Godfather saga in three distinct motion picture events: the Best Picture Oscar(r) winners THE GODFATHER and THE GODFATHER PART II, and the acclaimed THE GODFATHER CODA: THE DEATH OF MICHAEL CORLEONE. It's not just essential cinema ... this is an offer you can't refuse.

    THE GODFATHER
    Regarded as one of the best American films ever by the American Film Institute, Francis Ford Coppola's epic masterpiece features Marlon Brando in his Oscar(r)-winning* role as the patriarch of the Corleone family. The Godfather(tm) is a violent and chilling portrait of the Sicilian family's struggle to stay in power in a post-war America of corruption, deceit and betrayal. Coppola begins his legendary trilogy, masterfully balancing the story of the Corleone's family life and the ugly crime business in which they are engaged. Based on Mario Puzo's best-selling novel and featuring career-making performances by Al Pacino, James Caan and Robert Duvall, this searing and brilliant film garnered ten Academy Award(r) nominations, and won three including Best Picture of 1972.

    THE GODFATHER PART II
    In what is undeniably one of the best sequels ever made, Francis Ford Coppola continues his epic Godfather trilogy with this saga of two generations of power within the Corleone family. Coppola, working once again with the author Mario Puzo, crafts two interwoven stories that work as both prequel and sequel to the original. One shows the humble Sicilian beginnings and New York rise of a young Don Vito, now played in an Oscar(r)-winning* performance for Best Supporting Actor by Robert De Niro. The other shows the ascent of Michael (Al Pacino) as the new Don. Reassembling many of the cast members who helped make The Godfather(tm), Coppola has produced a movie of staggering magnitude and vision; the film received eleven Academy Awards(r) nominations, winning six including Best Picture of 1974.

    MARIO PUZO'S THE GODFATHER CODA: THE DEATH OF MICHAEL CORLEONE
    Celebrating the 30th Anniversary of The Godfather: Part III, director/screenwriter Francis Ford Coppola brings a definitive new edit and restoration of the final film in his epic Godfather trilogy - Mario Puzo's THE GODFATHER Coda: The Death of Michael Corleone. Michael Corleone (Al Pacino), now in his 60s, seeks to free his family from crime and find a suitable successor to his empire. That successor could be fiery Vincent (Andy Garcia)... but he may also be the spark that turns Michael's hope of business legitimacy into an inferno of mob violence. The film's meticulously restored picture and sound, under the supervision of American Zoetrope and Paramount Pictures, includes a new beginning and ending, as well as changes to scenes, shots, and music cues. The resulting project reflects author Mario Puzo and Coppola's original intentions of The Godfather: Part III, and delivers, in the words of Coppola,"a more appropriate conclusion to The Godfather and The Godfather: Part II."

     

     

    Shopping: The Godfather Trilogy...

    3 film set by various just released on UK 4K Blu-ray. Part 1 was once cut by the BBFC and Part 3 was cut for an MPAA R rating


    Link Here11th April 2022

    The Godfather Trilogy 50th Anniversary Collectors Edition is a 3 film set by various

    Parts I and III had censorship issues and there are 2 versions of Part III.
    UK: Aggregate 15 rating for:
    • 2022 Paramount Trilogy 50th Anniversary Collector's Edition R0 4K Blu-ray at UK Amazon released on 21st March 2022
    • 2022 Paramount Trilogy 50th Anniversary Collector's Edition R0 Blu-ray at UK Amazon released on 21st March 2022
    • 2022 Paramount Trilogy 50th Anniversary Collector's Edition (R2) DVD at UK Amazon #ad released on 21st March 2022
    The Godfather is a 1972 USA crime drama by Francis Ford Coppola.
    Starring Marlon Brando and Al Pacino and James Caan. Melon Farmers link BBFC link 2020 IMDb
    Cut by the BBFC for an X rated cinema release in 1972. Uncut on 18 rated VHS and 15 rated on DVD. Uncut and MPAA R rated in the US.

    The Godfather Part II is a 1974 USA crime drama by Francis Ford Coppola
    Starring Al Pacino, Robert De Niro and Robert Duvall BBFC link 2020 IMDb

    There are no censorship issues with this release except to note that the film was BBFC 18 rated until 2008 when it was 15 rated.

    The Godfather Part 3 is a 1990 USA crime drama by Francis Ford Coppola.
    Starring Al Pacino, Diane Keaton and Andy Garcia. Melon Farmers link BBFC link 2020 IMDb

    The original version was cut in the US for an MPAA R rating. The cuts persisted to later releases including the longer Director's Cut

    The director produced a new significantly shorter version for 2020 release titled The Godfather, Coda: The Death of Michael Corleone. This seems to have been well received.

    Promotional Material

    Francis Ford Coppola's master adaptation of Mario Puzo's novel chronicles the dramatic, and often violent, rise and fall of the Corleone family. Collected here on DVD for the first time is Coppola and Puzo's definitve, intended version of The Godfather saga in three distinct motion picture events: the Best Picture Oscar(r) winners THE GODFATHER and THE GODFATHER PART II, and the acclaimed THE GODFATHER CODA: THE DEATH OF MICHAEL CORLEONE. It's not just essential cinema ... this is an offer you can't refuse.

    THE GODFATHER
    Regarded as one of the best American films ever by the American Film Institute, Francis Ford Coppola's epic masterpiece features Marlon Brando in his Oscar(r)-winning* role as the patriarch of the Corleone family. The Godfather(tm) is a violent and chilling portrait of the Sicilian family's struggle to stay in power in a post-war America of corruption, deceit and betrayal. Coppola begins his legendary trilogy, masterfully balancing the story of the Corleone's family life and the ugly crime business in which they are engaged. Based on Mario Puzo's best-selling novel and featuring career-making performances by Al Pacino, James Caan and Robert Duvall, this searing and brilliant film garnered ten Academy Award(r) nominations, and won three including Best Picture of 1972.

    THE GODFATHER PART II
    In what is undeniably one of the best sequels ever made, Francis Ford Coppola continues his epic Godfather trilogy with this saga of two generations of power within the Corleone family. Coppola, working once again with the author Mario Puzo, crafts two interwoven stories that work as both prequel and sequel to the original. One shows the humble Sicilian beginnings and New York rise of a young Don Vito, now played in an Oscar(r)-winning* performance for Best Supporting Actor by Robert De Niro. The other shows the ascent of Michael (Al Pacino) as the new Don. Reassembling many of the cast members who helped make The Godfather(tm), Coppola has produced a movie of staggering magnitude and vision; the film received eleven Academy Awards(r) nominations, winning six including Best Picture of 1974.

    MARIO PUZO'S THE GODFATHER CODA: THE DEATH OF MICHAEL CORLEONE
    Celebrating the 30th Anniversary of The Godfather: Part III, director/screenwriter Francis Ford Coppola brings a definitive new edit and restoration of the final film in his epic Godfather trilogy - Mario Puzo's THE GODFATHER Coda: The Death of Michael Corleone. Michael Corleone (Al Pacino), now in his 60s, seeks to free his family from crime and find a suitable successor to his empire. That successor could be fiery Vincent (Andy Garcia)... but he may also be the spark that turns Michael's hope of business legitimacy into an inferno of mob violence. The film's meticulously restored picture and sound, under the supervision of American Zoetrope and Paramount Pictures, includes a new beginning and ending, as well as changes to scenes, shots, and music cues. The resulting project reflects author Mario Puzo and Coppola's original intentions of The Godfather: Part III, and delivers, in the words of Coppola,"a more appropriate conclusion to The Godfather and The Godfather: Part II."

     

     

    Shopping: RoboCop...

    1987 USA action crime film by Paul Verhoeven just released on UK 4K Blu-ray with 2 versions


    Link Here4th April 2022

    RoboCop is a 1987 USA action crime film by Paul Verhoeven.
    With Peter Weller, Nancy Allen and Dan O'Herlihy. Melon Farmers linkYouTube icon BBFC link 2020 IMDb

    The Theatrical Version was cut for an R rating. This cut version was released in the UK without further BBFC Cuts. The cuts were restored for the Director's Cut released in the US and UK. There is also a TV version that has been released on home video.
    UK: Previously passed 18 uncut for:
    • 2022 Arrow Video [Theatrical Version + Director's Cut] R0 4K Blu-ray at UK Amazon #ad released on 21st March 2022
    • 2022 Arrow Video Amazon Prime VoD [UK only] at UK Amazon #ad

    Promotional Material

    RoboCop, from Orion Pictures, marked director Paul Verhoeven's (Flesh + Blood) Hollywood debut and instantly became an enduring sci-fi/action classic when it landed in theaters in the summer of 1987. Verhoeven's peerlessly exciting and kinetic visuals were matched by a sharp script, iconic cast and exceptional special effects by Rob Bottin (The Thing) and Phil Tippett (The Empire Strikes Back).

    The film takes place in Detroit in the not-too-distant future. Heroic cop Alex Murphy (Peter Weller, The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai) is gunned down in the line of duty, only to be resurrected as RoboCop -- a cybernetic mix of spare human parts and Motor City steel, and the latest defense against crime designed by the all-powerful OCP Corporation. As RoboCop's memories of his former life as Murphy resurface, only his ex-partner (Nancy Allen, Dressed To Kill) stands beside him to fight against the vicious thugs responsible for his death, as well as a nefarious top-level OCP executive orchestrating the chaos from above.

    Unsurpassably thrilling, unexpectedly moving and unforgettably hilarious in equal measure, the future of law enforcement is back in a definitive 4K Blu-ray presentation packed with hours of bonus features and exclusive collectable packaging.

    4K BLU-RAY LIMITED EDITION CONTENTS

    • 4K restoration of the film from the original camera negative by MGM, transferred in 2013 and approved by director Paul Verhoeven
    • Director's Cut and Theatrical Cut of the film on two 4K (2160p) UHD Blu-ray discs with Dolby Vision (HDR10 compatible)
    • Original lossless stereo and four-channel mixes plus DTS-HD MA 5.1 and Dolby Atmos surround sound options on both cuts
    • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing on both cuts
    • Six collector's postcards (Limited Edition exclusive)
    • Double-sided fold-out poster (Limited Edition exclusive)
    • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly-commissioned artwork (Limited Edition exclusive)
    • 80-page Limited Edition collector's booklet featuring new writing on the film by Omar Ahmed, Christopher Griffiths and Henry Blyth, a 1987 Fangoria interview with Rob Bottin, and archive publicity materials (some contents exclusive to Limited Edition)
    • Newly commissioned artwork by Paul Shipper
    DISC ONE -- DIRECTOR'S CUT
    • Commentary by director Paul Verhoeven, executive producer Jon Davison and co-writer Ed Neumeier (originally recorded for the Theatrical Cut and re-edited in 2014 for the Director's Cut)
    • Commentary by film historian Paul M. Sammon
    • Commentary by fans Christopher Griffiths, Gary Smart and Eastwood Allen
    • The Future of Law Enforcement: Creating RoboCop, an interview with co-writer Michael Miner
    • RoboTalk, a conversation between co-writer Ed Neumeier and filmmakers David Birke (writer of Elle) and Nicholas McCarthy (director of Orion Pictures' The Prodigy)
    • Truth of Character, an interview with star Nancy Allen on her role as Lewis
    • Casting Old Detroit, an interview with casting director Julie Selzer on how the film's ensemble cast was assembled
    • Connecting the Shots, an interview with second unit director and frequent Verhoeven collaborator Mark Goldblatt
    • Analog, a featurette focusing on the special photographic effects, including new interviews with Peter Kuran and Kevin Kutchaver
    • More Man Than Machine: Composing RoboCop, a tribute to composer Basil Poledouris featuring film music experts Jeff Bond, Lukas Kendall, Daniel Schweiger and Robert Townson
    • RoboProps, a tour of super-fan Julien Dumont's collection of original props and memorabilia
    • 2012 Q&A with the Filmmakers, a panel discussion featuring Verhoeven, Davison, Neumeier, Miner, Allen, star Peter Weller and animator Phil Tippett
    • RoboCop: Creating A Legend, Villains of Old Detroit, Special Effects: Then & Now, three archive featurettes from 2007 featuring interviews with cast and crew
    • Paul Verhoeven Easter Egg
    • Four deleted scenes
    • The Boardroom: Storyboard with Commentary by Phil Tippett
    • Director's Cut Production Footage, raw dailies from the filming of the unrated gore scenes, presented in 4K (SDR)
    • Two theatrical trailers and three TV spots
    • Extensive image galleries
    DISC TWO -- THEATRICAL CUT
    • Commentary by director Paul Verhoeven, executive producer Jon Davison and co-writer Ed Neumeier (originally recorded for Theatrical version of the film)
    • Two Isolated Score tracks (Composer's Original Score and Final Theatrical Mix)
    • Edited-for-television version of the film, featuring alternate dubs, takes and edits of several scenes (95 mins, SD only)
    • Split screen comparisons between the Director's Cut and Theatrical Cut, and the Theatrical Cut and edited-for-TV version
    • RoboCop: Edited for Television, a compilation of alternate scenes from two edited-for-television versions, including outtakes newly transferred in HD from recently unearthed 35mm elements

     

     

    Shopping: The Island Of The Fishmen...

    1979 Italy action horror by Sergio Martino just released on US Blu-ray and DVD


    Link Here2nd April 2022

    Island of the Fishmen is a 1979 Italy action horror by Sergio Martino.
    Starring Barbara Bach, Claudio Cassinelli and Richard Johnson. Melon Farmers linkYouTube icon BBFC link 2020 IMDb

    Uncut for UK cinema release. Shortened for pre-cert video. Uncut and MPAA R rated in the US. There was also a misfiring US re-release re-edit titled Screamers.

    US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:

    Promotional Material

    Taking its narrative cues from H.G. Wells' classic tale of mad science and jungle madness THE ISLAND OF DR. MOREAU and H.P. Lovecraft's THE SHADOW OVER INNSMOUTH, director Sergio (TORSO) Martino's delirious and bizarre ISLAND OF THE FISHMEN (aka L'isola degli uomini pesce) is an Italian genre film like no other.

    After surviving two harrowing nautical disasters, Lieutenant Claude de Ross washes up on a remote, uncharted tropical island along with a gaggle of similarly stranded escaped convicts. Soon, the cursed castaways are attacked by gruesome, slimy, scaly monsters and, after many of them meet their grisly ends, the rest - including the fortunate de Ross - are rescued by the cruel Rackham who immediately whisks them away to the jungle lair of Professor Ernest Marvin. Marvin, a disgraced American biologist, has tampered with genetics to create an army of fishmen, the very same creatures that attacked de Ross. Professor Marvin controls the creatures and has been using them to plunder a submerged city of gold that he believes to be the lost city of Atlantis. But the natives are restless and the fishmen are slowly, surely beginning to hatch their own plans. Will de Ross - along with the professor's comely daughter - find away to escape the island before its too late?

    Starring iconic actors Joseph Cotton (CITIZEN KANE), Richard Johnson (THE HAUNTING, ZOMBIE) and comely Bond girl Barbara Bach (THE SPY WHO LOVED ME), ISLAND OF THE FISHMEN was originally released twice to American theaters in the early '80s via Roger Corman's New World pictures, first as SOMETHING WAITS IN THE DARK and later, in a radically altered version under the notorious and misleading title SCREAMERS. But Martino's magnum opus has rarely been seen on these shores the way in which he intended. Full Moon is thrilled to be presenting ISLAND OF THE FISHMEN here for the first time in North America in its completely uncut original form, gorgeously remastered in HD from the original 35mm negative.


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