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Cathy's Curse

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Cathy's Curse is a 1977 France / Canada horror by Eddy Matalon.
Starring Alan Scarfe, Beverly Murray and Randi Allen. Melon Farmers link  BBFC link 2020  IMDb

In addition to the Director's Cut there is a shortened US Version.

Summary Notes

A young girl is possessed by the spirit of her aunt, who died as a child in a car accident. Soon, people around her begin to mysteriously die off.

US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:
  • 2024 Severin Films [Director's Cut + US Version] R0 4K Blu-ray/(RA) Blu-ray Combo at US Amazon #ad released on 28th May 2024
  • 2024 Severin Films Amazon VoD [US] at US Amazon #ad

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THE WORLDWIDE UHD PREMIERE OF THE DIRECTOR'S CUT & U.S. RELEASE VERSION

It's been called "chilling and disturbing" (Film Fracture), "an absolute revelation" (Kindertrauma) and "unlike anything you've ever seen" (Bloody Disgusting). Now experience The Director's Cut and American R-Rated Release Version in UHD for the first time ever: In 1947, a young girl is roasted alive in a car accident. Thirty years later, her grown brother returns to their childhood home with his mentally unstable wife and sweet daughter Cathy. But when the dead aunt's vengeful spirit possesses the child, it will unleash an unnerving nightmare of creepy mediums, demonic dolls, and plenty of sick '70s foul-mouthed moppet mayhem. In an unprecedented source upgrade, both versions are scanned in 4K from the recently discovered negatives with 2+ hours of Special Features.

SPECIAL FEATURES:

  • Audio Commentary By Fangoria Contributor Brian Collins And Filmmaker Simon Barrett (U.S. Cut Only)
  • Tricks And Treats - Interview With Director Eddy Matalon
  • Cathy's Daddy - Alan Scarfe Remembers CATHY'S CURSE
  • Cathy & Mum - Interview With Actress Randi Allen And Costume Designer Joyce Allen
  • Introduction To Cinematic Void/American Cinematheque Screening By Brian Collins
  • Theatrical Trailers
The Bricklayer

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The Bricklayer is a 2023 Greece/Bulgaria/US action thriller by Renny Harlin
Starring Aaron Eckhart, Nina Dobrev and Clifton Collins Jr. IMDb

There are no censorship issues with this release

Summary Notes

An ex-FBI agent is reactivated when an extortionist targets the agency.

US: Uncut and MPAA R rated for:

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When a rogue insurgent blackmails the CIA by assassinating foreign journalists and framing the government, the agency must lure their most brilliant yet rebellious operative out of retirement to unravel the international conspiracy.

Butcher Baker Nightmare Maker

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Butcher Baker Nightmare Maker is a 1981 US horror mystery thriller by William Asher
Starring Jimmy McNichol, Susan Tyrrell and Bo Svenson Melon Farmers link   BBFC link 2020  IMDb

Banned as Video Nasty in 1983. Banned again by the BBFC for video in 1987. Uncut and BBFC 18 rated for 18 rated Blu-ray in 2024. Uncut and MPAA R rated in the US.

Summary Notes

An orphaned teenager finds himself being dominated by his aunt who's hell-bent on keeping him with her...at all costs.

US: Uncut and MPAA R rated for:

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A HAUNTING RHYME FOR BEDTIME!

It remains the most joltingly violent, psychosexual grindhouse shocker of the '80s, directed by a veteran of I Love Lucy and starring a frequently shirtless former teen idol with an epically demented performance by an Oscar® nominee. Jimmy McNichol stars as an orphaned high-school student raised by his strangely overprotective aunt (Susan Tyrrell of FAT CITY fame) who becomes implicated in a grisly murder investigated by a psychotic police detective (an equally unhinged Bo Svenson of INGLORIOUS BASTARDS). 7x Emmy® nominee Julia Duffy (Newhart) and Bill Paxton (in one of his first film roles) co-star in this "jaw-dropping hunk of genre insanity" (Pop Culture Beast) and former DPP 39 Video Nasty - also known as NIGHT WARNING -- with a brand new HD scan from the original camera negative with 6 hours of new and archival Special Features.

SPECIAL FEATURES:

  • Audio Commentary With Star Jimmy McNichol
  • Audio Commentary With Co-Writer/Producer Steve Breimer And Co-Writer Alan Jay Glueckman, Moderated By Mondo Digital's Nathaniel Thompson
  • Audio Commentary With Co-Producer And Unit Production Manager Eugene Mazzola
  • Extreme Prejudice - Interview With Actor Bo Svenson
  • Point And Shoot - Interview With Director Of Photography Robbie Greenberg
  • Family Dynamics - Interview With Editor Ted Nicolaou
  • Cast And Crew Interviews With Actors Jimmy McNichol, Susan Tyrrell And Steve Eastin, Make-Up Artist Allan A. Apone And Producer Steve Breimer
  • Trailer
  • TV Spot
Lady Reporter

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Lady Reporter is a 1989 USA / Hong Kong action comedy by Hoi Mang (as Hoi Man)
Starring Cynthia Rothrock, Siu-Ho Chin and Hoi Mang BBFC link 2020 IMDb

Exists as a shorter Hong Kong Version and a longer Export Version.
  • Hong Kong:I
  • South Korea:18 (1990, video rating)
  • South Korea:15 (1989, theatrical rating)
  • United Kingdom:18
  • West Germany:16

Summary Notes

Rothrock stars as Cindy, an American FBI agent who travels to Hong Kong to arrest a criminal newspaper editor, Ronny Dak (filmmaker Ronny Yu) who prints counterfeit money using the newspaper's presses (a dubious notion, but storyline is not the film's strong point). While investigating Dak's crimes, Cindy hooks up with her old friend Judy Yu (Elizabeth Lee), an undercover cop (Chin Siu-ho), and an intrepid journalist (director Mang Hoi) to battle his kung-fu henchmen.

US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:
  • 2024 Vinegar Syndrome [Hong Kong + Export Versions] RA Blu-ray at US Amazon #ad released on 28th May 2024

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*This listing is for the standard edition version and does NOT come with a limited edition slipcase!*

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

When the FBI learns of an international counterfeiting operation being run through a Hong Kong newspaper, they send one of their leading agents, Cindy, undercover as a reporter in order to investigate. Upon arriving in Hong Kong, Cindy quickly becomes a headline herself after being photographed by a rival tabloid saving a child from a burning building. It doesn't take long for the criminals to realize what is happening and soon they are after Cindy and her good friend Judy. To make matters worse, Judy's father is the lead prosecutor trying to convict the head of the counterfeiting ring and the criminals will stop at nothing to remove him from the case. With the help of a few new friends, Cindy soon finds herself facing off against a wave of henchmen and hitmen all hellbent on stopping her from exposing the truth.

LADY REPORTER (aka Blonde Fury ) was Cynthia Rothrock's first official leading role, as well as one of her last Hong Kong productions before switching to American-made films. Directed by actor and stunt coordinator Mang Hoi ( Yes, Madam! ) and featuring fight choreography by Corey Yuen ( Righting Wrongs ), LADY REPORTER delivers a barrage of head-spinning fight scenes including a climatic pole fight between Rothrock and fellow American martial artist Jeffrey Falcon ( Six-String Samurai ). Featuring strong supporting performances by Roy Chiao ( Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom ), Melvin Wong ( Ghost Nursing ), and actor/director Ronny Yu ( Freddy vs. Jason ), Vinegar Syndrome is proud to present this landmark in Cynthia Rothrock's filmography for the first time on Blu-ray in North America, newly restored from studio-provided masters.

Bonus Features:
1. Region A Blu-ray
2. Newly restored by Vinegar Syndrome from existing 2k studio masters
3. Includes both the 88-minute Hong Kong theatrical version in Cantonese with English translated subtitles and the 90-minute English language export version
4. Brand new commentary track with martial arts film historian Frank Djeng for the Hong Kong version
5. No Mediocre Action (14 min) - an interview with actress Cynthia Rothrock
6. Playing the Villain (21 min) - an interview with actor Vincent Lyn
7. Cantonese theatrical trailer
8. English trailer
9. Image gallery
10. Reversible sleeve artwork
11. English SDH subtitles

Revenge of the Ninja

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Revenge of the Ninja is a 1983 US action film by Sam Firstenberg.
With Shô Kosugi, Keith Vitali and Virgil Frye.   Melon Farmers link    BBFC link 2020    IMDb

The film was significantly cut by the BBFC for X rated 1983 cinema release and 18 rated 1986 VHS. The BBFC waived its cuts for 2011 DVD. In the US the R rated version is cut, but the Unrated Version is uncut.

Summary Notes

After his family is killed in Japan by ninjas, Cho and his son Kane come to America to start a new life. He opens a doll shop but is unwittingly importing heroin in the dolls. When he finds out that his friend has betrayed him, Cho must prepare for the ultimate battle he has ever been involved in.

US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:

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The Ninja are back! Brandishing swords and fists, leaping and kicking, wielding blow darts and explosives, they know a thousand ways to kill. Martial arts legend Shô Kosugi (Pray for Death, Rage of Honor) delivers a heart-pounding display of strength, speed and lethal Ninja know-how in this action-packed thriller that takes us back to the good old days of the kung fu extravaganza. When a band of Ninja assassins slaughters the family of Cho Osaki (Kosugi), he flees to America in the hope of building a new life. A former Ninja himself, Osaki tries to escape his deadly past but soon discovers he has become the pawn of a ruthless drug trafficker--an American Ninja intent on killing anyone who crosses his path...including Osaki! Directed by action maestro Sam Firstenberg (Avenging Force) and produced by Cannon legends Yoram Globus and Menahem Golan, Revenge of the Ninja is terrific entertainment with slam-bang action scenes, mind-blowing stunts and legendary villains like Professor Toru Tanaka (The Perfect Weapon)!

Special Features:
- NEW Audio Commentary by Action Film Historians Mike Leeder and Arne Venema
- Audio Commentary by Director Sam Firstenberg and Stunt Coordinator Steven Lambert
- Intro by Sam Firstenberg
- Behind-the-Scenes Photo Gallery
- Theatrical Trailer
- Dual-Layered BD50 Disc
- Optional English Subtitles

 

 

 

Weekly UK DVD and Blu-ray Releases...

Shout at the Devil, A Queen's Ransom, Enter the Clones of Bruce


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Malum

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Malum is a 2023 Italy/US horror thriller by Anthony DiBlasi
Starring Jessica Sula, Natalie Victoria and Kevin Wayne IMDb

There are no censorship issues with this release

Summary Notes

A rookie police officer willingly takes the last shift at a newly decommissioned police station in an attempt to uncover the mysterious connection between her father's death and a vicious cult.

UK: Uncut and BBFC 18 rated for strong bloody violence, gore:
  • 2023 Screenbound Pictures Ltd (RB) Blu-ray at UK Amazon #ad released on 4th March 2024
Hunt Her Kill Her

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Hunt Her Kill Her is a 2022 US horror thriller by Greg Swinson, Ryan Thiessen
Starring Natalie Terrazzino, JC Oakley III and Larry Bunton BBFC link 2020 IMDb

There are no censorship issues with this release

Summary Notes

A janitor in a furniture factory finds herself in a fight for her life when she becomes the target of sinister masked intruders.

UK: Uncut and BBFC 15 rated for strong threat, violence, injury detail, language:
  • 2024 Screenbound Pictures Ltd (RB) Blu-ray at UK Amazon #ad released on 27th May 2024

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A lone night shift janitor during her first night on the job finds herself in an unexpected fight for survival when she becomes the target of sinister masked intruders. As their disturbing motives become clearer, she must use barbaric violence to make it through the night alive.
Enter the Clones of Bruce

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Enter the Clones of Bruce is a 2023 US documentary by David Gregory
Starring Bruce Le, Bruce Li and Ryong Keo BBFC link 2020 IMDb

There are no censorship issues with this release

Summary Notes

Enter the Clones of Bruce dives into the Bruce Lee exploitation craze, otherwise known as Bruceploitation.

UK: Uncut and BBFC 15 rated for strong nudity, violence:

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Within hours of his 1974 funeral, Hong Kong movie studios began to produce hundreds of unauthorized biopics, spin-offs and rip-offs starring a competing roster of Bruce Lee lookalikes. Over the next decade, 'Bruceploitation' would become a staple of global cinema. Director David Gregory -- whose award-winning documentaries include LOST SOUL: THE DOOMED JOURNEY OF RICHARD STANLEY'S ISLAND OF DR. MOREAU and BLOOD & FLESH: THE REEL LIFE & GHASTLY DEATH OF AL ADAMSON -- now examines this fascinating phenomenon via interviews with Bruce Li, Bruce Le, Bruce Liang and Dragon Lee ; martial arts legends like Angela Mao , David Chiang , Phillip Ko and Sammo Hung ; and the producers, directors, distributors and experts -- along with copious clips from the films themselves -- that for the first time reveal the history, controversy and legacy behind one of the most bizarre genres in movie history.

Special Features :

  • Audio Commentary With Co-Executive Producer/Director David Gregory, Co-Producers Frank Djeng, Vivian Wong And Michael Worth And Director Of Photography Jim Kunz
  • Working At Shaw Brothers -- Outtakes With With Godfrey Ho, David Chiang, Yasuaki Kurata, Lee Chiu, Lo Meng, Mars And Phillip Ko
  • Bruce Lee And I -- Outtakes With Sammo Hung, Phillip Ko, Yasuaki Kurata, Mars, Angela Mao, Andre Morgan, Lee Tso Nam And More
  • The Lost World Of Kung Fu Film Negatives -- Outtakes With Godfrey Ho, Joseph Lai, Angela Mao, Lee Tso Nam And FIlm Preservationists
  • Bruce's Hong Kong -- Location Tour With Frank Djeng
  • Severin's Kung Fu Theater With Actor/Director/Bruceploitation Expert Michael Worth
  • Trailers
A QUEEN'S RANSOM

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A QUEEN'S RANSOM is a 1976 Hong Kong/UK action adventure by Shan-Hsi Ting
Starring Jimmy Wang Yu, Angela Mao and George Lazenby BBFC link 2020 IMDb

The export version is roughly 6 minutes shorter than the Hong Kong theatrical release due to cuts to both of the sex scenes with Black Rose (keeping some of her intimacy with Jimmy, and completely deleting her tryst with George), as well as trimming some of the film's slower beats. This cut also reuses a brief clip of

Summary Notes

A cabal of international criminals plot to assassinate Queen Elizabeth II during a state visit to Hong Kong, which the police attempt to prevent whilst managing a refugee crisis.

UK: Uncut and BBFC 18 rated for sexual violence:
  • 2024 Eureka Entertainment [Hong Kong Version + Export Version] (RB) Blu-ray at UK Amazon #ad released on 27th May 2024

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Perhaps even God can't save the Queen in Golden Harvest's A Queen's Ransom (also known as International Assassin ), an explosive action-thriller starring George Lazenby ( The Man from Hong Kong ), Angela Mao ( Lady Whirlwind ) and the legendary Jimmy Wang Yu ( The One-Armed Swordsman ).

As Queen Elizabeth II arrives in Hong Kong for a state visit, a band of skilled mercenaries plan her assassination. Contracted by an Irish Republican (Lazenby), the international group of hired killers includes a Japanese explosives expert (Chang Pei-shan), a Thai boxer (Bolo Yeung), a Filipino sniper (Peter Chan Lung) and a veteran of the National Liberation Front of South Vietnam (Wang Yu). As the conspirators move to carry out their plot, two police officials (Ko Chun-Hsiung and Charles Heung) work with a young socialite (Tanny Tien Ni) in a race against time to save the Monarch's head -- while also trying to manage a crisis that has brought a huge number of refugees to Hong Kong, including a young Burmese princess (Mao).

Written and directed by Ting Shan-hsi ( Rebel Boxer ), A Queen's Ransom was Golden Harvest's attempt to capitalise on the popular success of the political thriller in the wake of The Day of the Jackal . Eureka Classics is proud to present the film for the first time ever on Blu-ray from a brand new 2K restoration.

SPECIAL BLU-RAY EDITION FEATURES:

  • Limited edition O-Card slipcase featuring new artwork by Darren Wheeling
  • 1080p HD presentation on Blu-ray of the original Hong Kong theatrical cut from a brand new 2K restoration
  • 1080p HD presentation on Blu-ray of the original English language export cut from a brand new 2K restoration
  • Original Mandarin and optional classic English dub (Hong Kong theatrical cut)
  • Classic English dub (Export version)
  • Optional English subtitles, newly translated for this release
  • Brand new audio commentary on the Hong Kong theatrical version by East Asian film expert Frank Djeng (NY Asian Film Festival)
  • Brand new audio commentary on the export version by action cinema experts Mike Leeder and Arne Venema
  • Fighting George -- Brand new documentary featurette by martial artist and actor Michael Worth
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original poster artwork
  • Trailer
  • PLUS: A limited edition collector's booklet featuring new writing on the film by James Oliver
Planet of the Vampires

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Planet of the Vampires is a 1965 Spain / Italy Sci-Fi horror by Mario Bava.
Starring Barry Sullivan and Norma Bengell and Ángel Aranda. BBFC link 2020  IMDb

Exists as an Italian Version and an English Version.

Summary Notes

In the near future the two spaceships Argos and Galliot are sent to investigate the mysterious planet Aura. As the Galliot lands on the planet her crew suddenly go berserk and attack each other. The strange event passes, but the crew soon discovers the crashed Argos - and learns that her crew died fighting each other! Investigating further, the explorers come to realize the existence of a race of bodiless aliens that seek to escape from their dying world.

UK: BBFC 15 rated for:
  • 2024 Radiance Films [English + Italian Versions] R2 DVD at UK Amazon #ad released on 27th May 2024

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In the outer reaches of deep space, the spaceship Galliott answers a distress signal from Aura, an unexplored planet. As the ship attempts to land, members of the crew inexplicably begin to attack one another. This is the start of a terrifying expedition into the unknown, one plagued by paranoia, possession and violent mayhem wrought upon the unsuspecting explorers by the planet's mysterious inhabitants. A sci-fi horror hybrid from genre master Mario Bava (Blood and Black Lace), Planet of the Vampires is widely regarded as one of the most influential genre films ever made, with a clear influence on films such as Alien and Pitch Black. With a uniquely chilly atmosphere and fantastic production design that belies its low budget origins, Planet of the Vampires is a true genre classic.

LIMITED EDITION BLU-RAY SPECIAL FEATURES
4K scan of the film from the original negative under the supervision of Lamberto Bava and carried out at Fotocinema in Rome in collaboration with CSC Cineteca Nazionale
High-Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation of the Italian (90 mins) and English (88 mins) versions of the film
Uncompressed mono audio
Archival audio commentary by Tim Lucas, author of Mario Bava: All the Colors of the Dark (2014)
A documentary feature which explores Planet of the Vampires, Mario Bava and the connection between gothic and science fiction. Co-directed by Dima Ballin and Kat Ellinger; featuring interviews with Guy Adams, Xavier Aldana Reyes, Alexandra Benedict, Johnny Mains and John Llewellyn Probert (2024)
Archival interview with Lamberto Bava
Super 8 Version - a reconstruction of the cut-down version distributed as Planet der Vampire (17 mins)
Joe Dante and Josh Olsen trailer commentaries - the filmmakers provide a short overview of the film (2013)
Trailers
Press and image gallery from the Tim Lucas / Alan Y. Upchurch collection
Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Time Tomorrow
Limited edition 80-page book featuring new writing by Kyle Anderson, Martyn Conterio, Barry Forshaw, George Daniel Lea and Jerome Reuter plus archival materials
A collection of six exclusive postcards featuring promotional material

Shout at the Devil

Shout at the Devil is a 1976 UK action adventure by Peter R Hunt.
With Lee Marvin, Roger Moore and Barbara Parkins. Melon Farmers link  BBFC link 2020  IMDb

The Original 143 minute version suffered BBFC category cuts for an A rated 1976 cinema release. Several shortened variants were released on home video shorn by about 30 minutes. The Original Version was released uncut in the US in 2013 and in the UK in 2015. Now BBFC 15 rated.

Summary Notes

During World War One a British aristocrat, an American entrepreneur and the latter's attractive young daughter, set out to destroy a German battle-cruiser which is awaiting repairs in an inlet just off Zanzibar.

UK: Uncut and BBFC 15 rated for strong bloody injury for:

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Amid World War 1, a damaged German warship is being repaired in an inlet near Zanzibar. Hearing this news, a British aristocrat an American businessman, and his daughter formulate a plan to destroy the battle cruiser in its weakened state. Starring Roger Moore (Live and Let Die, The Man with the Golden Gun) and Lee Marvin (The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, The Dirty Dozen, Point Blank) and based on the best-selling novel by Wilbur Smith, this entertaining wartime romp from director Peter R Hunt (You Only Live Twice, On Her Majesty's Secret Service) is guaranteed to keep you transfixed from its intriguing beginning to its explosive climax.

Shinobi No Mono

Shinobi No Mono is a 1963 Japanese trilogy by Satsuo Yamamoto, Kazuo Mori
Starring Raizo Ichikawa and Tomisaburo Wakayama

There are no censorship issues with this release.
UK: Aggregate BBFC 15 rated for:

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It's the 16th century and Japan is in chaos. Samurai clans engage each other in battle over who gets to rule the nation, while warlords call upon the ninja to spy on and assassinate their rivals. Goemon, an ambitious young member of a ninja family, is thrown into the turmoil of Japanese history when his village is wiped out by the forces of leading warlord Oda Nobunaga, who has sworn to eradicate the ninja in his quest for absolute power. Fueled by vengeance, Goemon uses every weapon in his arsenal to bring down Oda and to prove that a ninja is an army of one. Starring "the Japanese James Dean" Raizo Ichikawa (Sleepy Eyes of Death, Conflagration) alongside Tomisaburo Wakayama (Lone Wolf and Cub, the Bounty Hunter trilogy) and Ayako Wakao (Elegant Beast, Red Angel), the Shinobi series was an epoch-making success and became a social phenomenon that left deep marks on Japan of the 1960s, from children's playgrounds to the leftist counter-culture. Packed with spectacular and oft-copied action scenes, it also established the ground rules for all ninja movies that followed, introducing such classic tropes as the shuriken throwing star and the iconic black mask and suit.

LIMITED EDITION BOX SET SPECIAL FEATURES:

High-Definition digital transfer of each film presented on two discs, made available on Blu-ray (1080p) for the first time outside of Japan
Uncompressed mono PCM audio
Interview with Shozo Ichiyama, artistic director of the Tokyo International Film Festival, about director Satsuo Yamamoto
Visual essay on the ninja in Japanese cinema by film scholar Mance Thompson
Interview with film critic Toshiaki Sato on star Raizo Ichikawa
Trailers
New and improved optional English subtitles
Six postcards of promotional material from the films
Reversible sleeves featuring artwork based on original promotional materials
Limited edition booklet featuring new writing by Jonathan Clements on the Shinobi no mono series and Diane Wei Lewis on writer Tomoyoshi Murayama
Limited Edition of 3000 copies, presented in a rigid box with full-height Scanavo cases and removable OBI strip leaving packaging free of certificates and markings

 

 

 

Weekly US DVD and Blu-ray Releases...

Tinto Brass: Maestro of Erotic Cinema Vol 2, The Island of Dr. Moreau, Deathdream


Link Here 28th May 2024

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Bettie Page Double Feature

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Bettie Page Double Feature is a double bill by Irving Klaw
Starring Bettie Page, Lili St. Cyr and Tempest Storm

There are no censorship issues with this release.
US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:

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Experience the golden age of burlesque in this titillating triple feature of 1950s grindhouse classics, newly restored from the original negatives. Pinup goddess Bettie Page shares the screen with striptease legend Tempest Storm in the holy grails of full-color burlesque films: Varietease (1954) and Teaserama (1955). Directed by girlie-pix impresario Irving Klaw, the dance card includes performances by strip queens Lili St. Cyr, tantalizing Trudy Wayne, and "female impersonator" Vickie Lynn, interspersed with obligatory appearances by baggy-pants comics and sunny songsters. Concluding the trilogy is Klaw's Buxom Beautease (1956), which incorporates the short color film Striptease Revealed, and features incendiary performances by Blaze Starr and Dorian Dennis. Working in collaboration with Something Weird, the Sonney Amusement Enterprises Film Collection, and the UCLA Film & Television Archive, Kino Lorber has performed meticulous 4K restorations of these essential films, introducing them to a new generation of burlesque aficionados.

Special Features:
- 4K Restorations of TEASERAMA and VARIETEASE from the 16mm Original Camera Negatives
- 4K Restoration of BUXOM BEAUTEASE from the 35mm Camera Negative and 16mm Materials
- Includes the SOMETHING WEIRD VIDEO Editions of VARIETEASE and TEASERAMA in HD
- Audio Commentary for TEASERAMA by Jo Weldon, Author of The Burlesque Handbook
- Audio Commentary for VARIETEASE by Film Historian Alexandra Heller-Nicholas
- Audio Commentaries for the SWV Versions of TEASERAMA and VARIETEASE by David F. Friedman and Mike Vraney
- Theatrical Trailers for All Three Films
- Optional English Subtitles

Crimson Peak

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Crimson Peak is a 2015 USA horror by Guillermo del Toro.
Starring Jessica Chastain and Charlie Hunnam and Tom Hiddleston. IMDb

There are no censorship issues with this release

Summary Notes

In the aftermath of a family tragedy, an aspiring author is torn between love for her childhood friend and the temptation of a mysterious outsider. Trying to escape the ghosts of her past, she is swept away to a house that breathes, bleeds...and remembers.

US: Uncut and MPAA R rated for:

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From the imagination of Oscar-winning director Guillermo del Toro ( Pan's Labyrinth , The Shape of Water ) comes Crimson Peak , a lavish, stunningly realized journey into the dark heart of Gothic romance...

Beginning in Buffalo, New York, during the 1880s, Crimson Peak stars Mia Wasikowska ( Alice in Wonderland , Stoker ) as Edith Cushing, an aspiring writer who is haunted by the death of her mother. Edith falls in love with seductive stranger Thomas Sharpe (Tom Hiddleston, The Avengers ), who whisks her off to Allerdale Hall, his baronial, yet dilapidated English mansion built upon a mountain of blood-red clay. Here Edith meets Lucille (Jessica Chastain, Zero Dark Thirty ), Thomas's sister who at times seems hostile and jealous. As Edith struggles to feel at home in the imposing residence, she gradually uncovers a horrendous family secret and encounters supernatural forces that will help her discover the terrible truth behind Crimson Peak.

Boasting incredibly intricate and ornate production design and a rich visual style, del Toro's film is a grandiose, boldly baroque triumph of Gothic decadence, which expertly combines and contrasts the sublimely beautiful with the shockingly grotesque. Crimson Peak is presented here in sumptuous special packaging, with a wealth of extra features, affording unprecedented insight into the making of this modern Gothic classic.

  • 4K (2160p) Ultra HD Blu-ray presentation in Dolby Vision (HDR10 compatible), approved by director Guillermo del Toro
  • Original DTS:X Master Audio sound
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • Optional Descriptive Video Service® (DVS®) for the visually impaired
  • Audio commentary by co-writer and director Guillermo del Toro
  • The House is Alive: Constructing Crimson Peak , a feature-length documentary with cast and crew interviews and extensive behind the scenes footage
  • Spanish language interview with Guillermo del Toro
  • The Gothic Corridor , The Scullery , The Red Clay Mines , The Limbo Fog Set ; four featurettes exploring different aspects of Allerdale Hall
  • A Primer on Gothic Romance , the director and stars talk about the key traits of Gothic romance
  • The Light and Dark of Crimson Peak , the cast and crew talk about the film's use of color
  • Hand Tailored Gothic , a featurette on the film's striking costumes
  • A Living Thing , a look at the design, modelling and construction of the Allerdale Hall sets
  • Beware of Crimson Peak , a walking tour around Allerdale Hall with Tom Hiddleston
  • Crimson Phantoms , a featurette on the film's amazing ghosts
  • Kim Newman on Crimson Peak and the Tradition of Gothic Romance , an interview with the author and critic
  • Violence and Beauty in Guillermo del Toro's Gothic Fairy Tale Films , a video essay by the writer Kat Ellinger
  • Deleted scenes
  • Image gallery
  • Original trailers and TV spots
  • Double-sided foldout poster
  • Four double-sided postcards
  • Limited edition packaging designed by Crimson Peak concept artist Guy Davis
  • Limited edition 80-page, hard-bound book featuring writing by David Jenkins and Simon Abrams, an archival interview with Guillermo del Toro, and original conceptual design illustrations by artists Guy Davis and Oscar Chichoni
Deathdream

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Deathdream is a 1974 Canada / UK / USA horror thriller by Bob Clark.
Starring John Marley and Lynn Carlin and Richard Backus. IMDb

There are no censorship issues with this release

Summary Notes

A young Soldier is killed in the line of duty in Vietnam. That same night, the soldier returns home, brought back by his Mother's wishes that he "Don't Die"! Upon his Return, Andy sits in his room, refusing to see his friends or family, venturing out only at night. The Vampiric horror is secondary to the terror that comes from the disintegration of a typical American family.

US: Uncut and MPAA R rated for:

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SOMETHING UNSPEAKABLE HAS COME HOME

In this shattering variation on "The Monkey's Paw," grief-stricken suburban parents (Academy Award® nominees John Marley of THE GODFATHER and Lynn Carlin of FACES) refuse to accept the news that their son Andy (Richard Backus) has been killed in Vietnam. But when Andy returns home soon after, something may be horribly wrong: Andy is alive and well... or is he? Produced and directed by Bob Clark (BLACK CHRISTMAS) and written by Alan Ormsby (DERANGED), DEATHDREAM was one of the very first films to confront the domestic ravages of the Vietnam War and remains one of the most chilling horror films of all time.

DEATHDREAM was released under several different titles, including DEAD OF NIGHT, THE NIGHT WALK and THE NIGHT ANDY CAME HOME, and marked the grisly debut of gore effects legend Tom Savini (DAWN OF THE DEAD). In honor of its 50th Anniversary, Blue Underground is proud to present this acclaimed shocker in a brand-new restoration, scanned in 4K 16-bit from the 35mm negative with Dolby Vision HDR, overflowing with exclusive new and archival Extras!

SPECIAL FEATURES:

  • Ultra HD Blu-ray (2160p) and HD Blu-ray (1080p) Widescreen 1.85:1 feature presentations
  • Audio: 1.0 DTS-HD MA (English)
  • Subtitles: English SDH, Francais, Espanol
  • Audio Commentary #1 with Co-Producer/Director Bob Clark
  • Audio Commentary #2 with Writer/Make-Up Artist (Uncredited) Alan Ormsby
  • NEW! Audio Commentary #3 with Film Historians Troy Howarth and Nathaniel Thompson
  • A Recollection With Star Anya Liffey and Writer/Make-Up Artist Alan Ormsby
  • Notes For A Homecoming -- Interview with Composer Carl Zittrer
  • Flying Down To Brooksville -- Interview with Production Manager John 'Bud' Cardos
  • Tom Savini: The Early Years
  • Deathdreaming -- Interview with Star Richard Backus
  • NEW! The First Andy -- Interview with Actor Gary Swanson
  • Screen Test with Original Andy, Gary Swanson
  • Alan Ormsby Student Film
  • Alternate Opening Titles
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Still Galleries
The Island of Dr. Moreau

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The Island of Dr. Moreau is a 1996 US Sci-Fi horror thriller by John Frankenheimer, Richard Stanley, (uncredited)
Starring David Thewlis, Marlon Brando and Val Kilmer BBFC link 2020 IMDb

Originally R rated but then cut in the US for an MPAA PG-13 rated theatrical release. The uncut version was later released MPAA Unrated as the Director's Cut

Summary Notes

Set in the year 2010, Dr. Moreau has successfully combined human and animal DNA to make a crossbreed animal. Well, as usual, something goes wrong and David Thewlis must try to stop it before it is too late. Originally rated R, but cut by Frankenheimer to allow "a wider audience".

US: The Director's Cut is MPAA Unrated for:
US: The Theatrical Version is cut and MPAA PG-13 rated:
  • 2024 SHOUT! FACTORY Collector's Edition [Original Version + Theatrical Version] (RA) Blu-ray at US Amazon #ad released on 21st May 2024
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Includes both theatrical and director's cuts of the film

By turning animals into humans, he's turned heaven into hell.

On a remote island in the South Pacific, Dr. Moreau uses the key of science to unlock the gates of Hell. Val Kilmer (Heat), David Thewlis (the Harry Potter films), Fairuza Balk (The Craft), and two-time Academy Award®-winner* Marlon Brando star in this fantastic sci-fi thriller based on the best-selling novel by H.G. Wells. Stan Winston's Creature Workshop (Jurassic Park) brought the frighteningly real special effects to life.

Dr. Moreau is a brilliant geneticist on the brink of superseding evolution. When a U.N. diplomat visits Moreau's island laboratory, he uncovers fantastic but brutal experiments that turn animal life forms into human-like beasts. As Moreau and his assistant race toward their barbaric goal of creating the perfect life form, the beasts revolt, threatening not only the island but ultimately all of mankind!

Bonus Content:
  • Theatrical and Director's Cuts of the Film
  • 2K Scan of the Interpositive for the Director's Cut
  • Interview with Creature Makeup Effects Supervisor Shane Mahan
  • The Making of The Island Of Dr. Moreau Featurette
  • Photo Gallery
  • Trailers
Tinto Brass: Maestro of Erotic Cinema Vol 2

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Tinto Brass: Maestro of Erotic Cinema Vol 2 is a film set by Tinto Brass
Starring Anna Ammirati, Cinzia Roccaforte and Claudia Koll

Multiple historic run-ins with film censors but no troubles of late.

US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:

Paprika is a 1991 Italy drama by Tinto Brass.
Starring Debora Caprioglio, Stéphane Ferrara and Martine Brochard. IMDb
Cut by the BBFC for 2002 18 rated VHS. Uncut and MPAA Unrated for 2016 DVD and Blu-ray.
All Ladies Do It is a 2003 Italy drama romance by Tinto Brass.
With Sara Cosmi, Massimiliano Caroletti, William De Vito. Melon Farmers link  BBFC link 2020  IMDb

The English language version was pre-cut for a BBFC 18 rated video release in 2001 and then uncut and BBFC 18 rated since 2013. The Director's Cut was released MPA Unrated in the US.

Frivolous Lola is a 1998 Italy erotic comedy romance by Tinto Brass
Starring Anna Ammirati, Patrick Mower and Max Parodi Melon Farmers link  BBFC link 2020  IMDb
The film exists as an uncut Italian Version/Director's Cut and a cut Export Version.

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Cult Epics presents in High-Definition, Four of Tinto Brass' best erotic films: Paprika, All Ladies Do It, P.O. Box Tinto Brass and Frivolous Lola on Blu-ray, plus a Bonus DVD Trailer reel of all the Tinto Brass films and Outtakes of the above films!

Paprika (1991)

A young woman (voluptuous Deborah Caprioglio) comes to town and takes a job in a brothel in order to help her fiancée get the money to start his own business. As a sex worker, the woman's life takes a turn for the worse as she becomes a professional prostitute named Paprika, a nickname given to her by the madam of the establishment. Tinto Brass personal and faithful adaptation of John Cleland's Fanny Hill is a sexy comedy from the 90s at the height of his erotic career. Soundtrack by Riz Ortolani (Cannibal Holocaust, Django Unchained).

All Ladies Do It (1993)

Taking his inspiration from a true incident, erotic maestro Tinto Brass crafts his delightful morality tale of a young couple's journey toward discovery through infidelity. Paulo is thrilled that his wife Diana is still sought after, and takes delight in her tales of flirtations and adventures. But when Diana goes too far with a French poet, Paulo is overcome with raging jealousy. In a rampage, Diana lures everyone she can, and after a particularly rough house party, she returns to Paulo, who accepts her unconditionally.

P.O. Box Tinto Brass (1995)

The confessions, dreams, secrets and memories of women who wrote in to newspapers, told through a series of the letters, photos and videotapes sent in to the paper along with their stories of hidden desires and fantasies. Soundtrack by Riz Ortolani (Il Sorpasso, Don't Torture a Duckling).

Frivolous Lola (1998)

The story takes place in northern Italy in the 1950's. Lola and Masetto are about to get married. Masetto wants to keep Lola as a virgin until they are married. But Lola is impatient to remain in chastity until the wedding night. She wants to be sure that Masetto is a good lover, before she commits herself into marriage. She does everything to trick Masetto into breaking the moral tradition.

SPECIAL FEATURES:

  • New HD Transfers and restorations (from original 35mm film elements)
  • Audio Commentaries by Eugenio Ercolani & Troy Hayworth & Nathaniel Thompson
  • Interviews with Tinto Brass
  • Making of Featurettes
  • Tinto Brass HD Trailers
  • Outtakes
  • Photo & Lobby Card Galleries
  • Bonus DVD with Tinto Brass Trailers & Outtakes
  • 4 Poster Postcards
 

 

 

Weekly UK DVD and Blu-ray Releases...

Strait-Jacket, Count Dracula, The Old Dark House, Jack the Ripper


Link Here 26th May 2024

UK flagReleased on 20th May 2024

The Body Stealers

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The Body Stealers is a 1969 UK Sci-Fi horror mystery by Gerry Levy.
Starring George Sanders and Maurice Evans and Patrick Allen. BBFC link 2020 IMDb

Uncut and X rated for 1969 cinema release. This was not a success and the film was edited for an A rating. This cut version has been used for 2004 UK DVD bu the uncut version is set for 2024 Blu-ray.

Summary Notes

A British military paratrooper disappears in mid-air during a jump from an army plane. Two investigators, Patrick Allen and Neil Connery, try to unravel how this happened. What they uncover is an alien plot to steal the bodies of earthlings by snatching them out of the air.

UK: Uncut and BBFC 15 rated for infrequent strong nudity:

Promotional Material

When paratroopers begin to go missing during routine jumps, investigators are sent to shed some light on the mystery. However, things get complicated very quickly when an alien invasion plot is discovered. This little-known 60s British science fiction flick from the Tigon, the company that bought us Witchfinder General, The Sorcerers, and Blood on Satan's Claw, offers a uniquely UK take on the flying saucer phenomenon. Featuring George Sanders (Village of the Damned) and Maurice Evans (The Planet of the Apes), it's a must for all collectors of cult classics from good old uncanny Britannia.

Count Dracula

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Count Dracula is a 1970 Spain / West Germany / Italy / Liechtenstein / UK horror drama by Jesús Franco (as Jesse Franco, Jess Franco, Jesus Franco Manera)
Starring Christopher Lee, Herbert Lom and Klaus Kinski BBFC link 2020 IMDb

The US PG rated version is cut. Other versions are uncut except a gypsy scene that is missing from some variants.

Summary Notes

Count Dracula, a gray-haired vampire who regains his youth by dining on the blood of maidens, is pursued in London and Transylvania by Professor Van Helsing, Jonathan Harker and Quincey Morris after he victimizes them and their loved ones.

UK: Uncut and BBFC 12 rated:

Promotional Material

There have been hundreds of movies about Dracula but none have ever honoured the original novel quite like this. Intended as the first faithful adaption of Bram Stoker's original novel, it features Christopher Lee as everyone's favourite bloodsucker, moving beyond his Hammer turns and finally playing the role as he felt it should be done.

Unavailable in the UK for many years, 88 Films are proud to present director Jesus Franco's legendary film in a beautiful new 4K transfer: Dracula as you've never seen him before!

Extras

Brand new 4K Remaster from the Original Negatives presented in Ultra High Definition (2160p) in 1.37:1 Aspect Ratio
Presented in Dolby Vision High Dynamic Range (HDR10 Compatible)
High Definition (1080p) Blu-ray in 1.37:1 Aspect Ratio Also Included
LPCM 2.0 English Mono
Optional English Subtitles
Audio Commentary with Film Critics Kim Newman and Sean Hogan
Audio Commentary with Film Experts Troy Howarth and Nathaniel Thomson
Bloodsucker - David Pirie on Count Dracula
Dracula in the South
Alternate German Opening Credits

Jack The Ripper

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Jack The Ripper is a UK / USA crime romance by David Wickes.
Starring Michael Caine and Armand Assante and Ray McAnally. BBFC link 2020  IMDb

There are no censorship issues with this release

Summary Notes

During the latter half of 1888, a notorious serial killer nicknamed Jack the Ripper terrorises the East End of London by murdering prostitutes in a terribly violent way. Public outrage follows. Chief Inspector Frederick Abberline is assigned to the case but finds that it is not just a simple murder enquiry. Based on a real life event, this film claims to have had access to top secret Home Office files and believe that their ending is the correct solution to the age old mystery.

UK: BBFC 15 rated:

Promotional Material

Michael Caine heads a star-studded cast in this acclaimed, Emmy and Golden Globe-winning dramatisation of the hunt for the notorious serial killer who preyed on the prostitutes of London's East End.

Made for the 1988 centenary of these infamous murders, the production team were granted unprecedented access to Home Office files on the Ripper case -- the resulting two-part miniseries winning Caine a Golden Globe award for his portrayal of the dogged Scotland Yard detective Frederick Abberline. Jack the Ripper is presented here as a High Definition restoration from original film materials, in its original aspect ratio.

In the autumn of 1888, Chief Inspector Abberline is sent to investigate the murder and mutilation of a prostitute. Others soon meet the same fate, and a press frenzy ensues. With "Jack the Ripper" terrorising London and both police and outraged public clamouring for a swift conclusion, Abberline and his partner, Godley, work doggedly through their list of suspects -- more than one of whom has royal connections.

Special Features
Feature-length widescreen version with brand-new 5.1 mix
Rushes -- Barry Foster version
Image gallery

The Old Dark House

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The Old Dark House is a 1963 UK / USA comedy horror mystery by William Castle.
Starring Tom Poston and Robert Morley and Janette Scott. Melon Farmers link  BBFC link 2020  IMDb

Originally passed X uncut by the BBFC but the distributors decided to cut the film for an 'A' rated cinema release in 1966. The uncut version was passed PG for 1996 VHS. Uncut and MPAA Unrated in the US.

Summary Notes

An American who sells cars in England receives a mysterious invitation from an old, eccentric millionaire to visit his house in which he lives with his twin brother.

UK: Uncut and BBFC PG rated:
  • 2024 Powerhouse Films [Uncut version (colour + b&w)+ UK cinema version] (RB) Blu-ray at UK Amazon #ad released on 20th May 2024

Promotional Material

Tom Poston (Zotz!), Robert Morley (Theatre of Blood), Janette Scott (Paranoiac), Fenella Fielding (Carry On Screaming!), and Joyce Grenfell (Stage Fright) star in The Old Dark House, a riotously funny horror-comedy from director William Castle (The Tingler). When American salesman Tom delivers a car to a remote Dartmoor mansion, he becomes stranded overnight along with the eccentric Femm family. As the feuding relatives begin to kill other off over their inheritance, Tom must survive until dawn. A unique collaboration between William Castle and Hammer Film Productions, The Old Dark House is an inventive remake of the Universal horror classic.

INDICATOR STANDARD EDITION SPECIAL FEATURES High Definition remaster Original mono audio Alternative feature presentations: the black-and-white US theatrical version (1963. 87 mins); the cut-down 'A'-certificate UK version (1966, 84 mins); and the complete uncut colour version (87 mins) Audio commentary with horror and fantasy authors Stephen Jones and Kim Newman Not Too Spooky (2018, 29 mins): appreciation by Jonathan Rigby, author of English Gothic: Classic Horror Cinema 1897-2015 House and Castle (2018 8 mins): researcher Paul Frith discusses The Old Dark House, Hammer Films, and Eastmancolor Isolated music & effects track Original theatrical trailer Image gallery: on-set and promotional photography, poster art and promotional materials New and improved English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing

Strait-Jacket

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Strait-Jacket is a 1964 USA horror thriller by William Castle.
Starring Joan Crawford, Diane Baker and Leif Erickson. Melon Farmers link  BBFC link 2020  IMDb

Cut by the BBFC for an X rated 1964 cinema release. Uncut and 12 rated for 2018 video release. Uncut and MPAA Unrated in the US.

Summary Notes

Lucy Harbin has been in an asylum for twenty years after axing her husband and his mistress during a crime of passion, witnessed by her young daughter, Carol. While trying to renew ties with Carol, who is now a young woman about to be married, heads begin to roll again. Is Lucy repeating her past?

UK: Passed 12 uncut for moderate violence, threat, horror for:
  • 2024 Powerhouse Films (RB) Blu-ray/R2 DVD Combo at UK Amazon #ad released on 20th May 2024

Promotional Material

Joan Crawford (Berserk) gives an astonishing performance in Strait-Jacket, a shocking psychological thriller from director William Castle (The Tingler) which also stars Diane Baker (Marnie), and Leif Erickson (The Lady Gambles).

Lucy Harbin (Crawford) spent twenty years in a psychiatric hospital after decapitating her husband and his lover with an axe -- an act witnessed by her young daughter, Carol (Baker). On her release, Lucy moves in with Carol and her husband Bill (Erickson), but a series of horrific axe murders suggest she may not be entirely cured...

Scripted by Robert Bloch (Psycho), and infused with macabre humour, Strait-Jacket is one of William Castle's best-loved films.

INDICATOR STANDARD EDITION SPECIAL FEATURES High Definition remaster

  • Original mono audio
  • Audio commentary with film historians Lee Gambin and Emma Westwood
  • Mirror Images (2018, 28 mins): appreciation by Jonathan Rigby, author of American Gothic: Sixty Years of Horror Cinema
  • Joan Had Me Fired (2018, 7 mins): interview with actor Anne Helm
  • On the Road with Joan Crawford (2018, 7mins): interview with publicist Richard Kahn
  • Battle-Axe: The Making of 'Strait-Jacket' (2007, 15 mins): documentary featuring interviews with actor Diane Baker and screenwriter Robert Bloch
  • How to Plan a Movie Murder (1964, 5 mins): a short promotional film featuring star Joan Crawford, screenwriter. Robert Bloch, and director William Castle
  • Joan Crawford Wardrobe Tests (1964, 4mins)
  • Joan Crawford Axe Test (1964, 1 min)
  • Super 8 version: original cut-down home cinema presentation, with unique narration
  • Isolated music & effects track
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • Image gallery: on-set and promotional photography
  • New and improved English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
 

 

 

Weekly US DVD and Blu-ray Releases...

Once Upon a Time in the West, Orphan


Link Here 22nd May 2024

US flagReleased on 14th May 2024

Orphan

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Orphan is a 2009 US/Canada/Germany/France horror mystery thriller by Jaume Collet-Serra
Starring Vera Farmiga, Peter Sarsgaard and Isabelle Fuhrman IMDb

There are no censorship issues with this release

Summary Notes

A husband and wife who recently lost their baby adopt a 9-year-old girl who is not nearly as innocent as she appears.

US: Uncut and MPAA R rated for:

Promotional Material

From Dark Castle Productions comes the tale of the angelic Esther (Isabelle Fuhrman, The Hunger Games), a sweet, precocious child who is taken in by the loving Kate (Vera Farmiga, The Departed) and John (Peter Sarsgaard, The Batman). We would describe more, but this shocking, moody masterpiece is a dish best watched cold. When its final twist is played, you'll want to watch it again...with family.

Bonus Content:
  • 2024 2K Scan of the Interpositive
  • Mama's Little Devils: Bad Seeds and Evil Kids Featurette
  • Deleted Scenes/Alternate Ending
  • Still Gallery
  • Theatrical Trailer
Once Upon a Time in the West

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Once Upon a Time in the West is a 1968 Italy / USA western by Sergio Leone.
Starring Henry Fonda, Charles Bronson and Claudia Cardinale. Melon Farmers link  BBFC link 2020  IMDb

BBFC category cuts were required for an 'A" rated cinema release in 1969. The film was uncut and 'AA' rated for 1982 cinema release. Uncut on home video with a 15 rating until 2003 but with a 12 rating from 2011. Uncut and MPAA PG-13 rated in the US. There is a longer Director's Cut released in Italy.

Summary Notes

Story of a young woman, Mrs. McBain, who moves from New Orleans to frontier Utah, on the very edge of the American West. She arrives to find her new husband and family slaughtered, but by whom? The prime suspect, coffee-lover Cheyenne, befriends her and offers to go after the real killer, assassin gang leader Frank, in her honor. He is accompanied by Harmonica, a man already on a quest to get even.

US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:

Promotional Material

One of the most iconic, and influential, movies ever made, Sergio Leone's monumental epic comes to 4K Ultra HD. Set in the dying days of the Old West, a struggle to control water in a dusty desert town embroils three hard-bitten gunmen in an epic clash of greed, honor, and revenge. This definitive Paramount Presents limited edition includes both HDR-10 and Dolby Vision, restored from the original camera negative by Paramount's archive team, L'immagine Ritrovata and The Film Foundation. Special thanks to Martin Scorsese for his consultation on this restoration.

 

 

 

Weekly UK DVD and Blu-ray Releases...

Butcher Baker Nightmare Maker


Link Here 19th May 2024

 

UK flagReleased on 13th May 2024

The Last Kumite

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The Last Kumite is a 2024 US action film by Ross W. Clarkson
Starring Cynthia Rothrock, Michel Qissi and Matthias Hues BBFC link 2020 IMDb

There are no censorship issues with this release
UK: Uncut and BBFC 15 rated for strong bloody violence, gory images, language:
  • 2024 Altitude Film Distribution/Capelight Pictures R0 4K Blu-ray/(RB) Blu-ray Combo at UK Amazon #ad released on 13th May 2024
  • 2024 Altitude Film Distribution/Capelight Pictures (RB) Blu-ray at UK Amazon #ad released on 13th May 2024
  • 2024 Altitude Film Distribution/Capelight Pictures R2 DVD at UK Amazon #ad released on 13th May 2024

Promotional Material

When Karate champion Michael Rivers wins the last tournament of his career, shady businessman Ron Hall offers him the opportunity to fight in an illegal Kumite in Bulgaria against the world's best martial artists.

When Michael declines, Hall has his daughter kidnapped and, in order to rescue her, Rivers is left with no choice but to compete in the deadly tournament. Arriving in Bulgaria, he finds out that he is not the only fighter whose loved one was taken. Rivers enlists the help of trainers Master Loren (Billy Blanks), and Julie Jackson (Cynthia Rothrock) but will it be enough for him to win the tournament and save his daughter's life?

Bonus Features:
Behind the Scenes
Stan Bush: "No Surrender" (music video)
Interviews with Kurt McKinney, Mohammed Qissi, Mathis Landwehr, Matthias Hues and Paul Hertzog
Sean and Mathis comment on previs
Trailer
Teaser

Butcher, Baker, Nightmare Maker

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Butcher, Baker, Nightmare Maker is a 1981 US horror mystery thriller by William Asher
Starring Jimmy McNichol, Susan Tyrrell and Bo Svenson BBFC link 2020 IMDb

Banned as Video Nasty in 1983. Banned again by the BBFC for video in 1987. Uncut and BBFC 18 rated for 18 rated Blu-ray in 2024. Uncut and MPAA R rated in the US.

Summary Notes

An orphaned teenager finds himself being dominated by his aunt who's hell-bent on keeping him with her...at all costs.

UK: Uncut and BBFC 18 rated with a trigger warning for strong bloody violence, domestic abuse, sexual violence references:

Promotional Material

It remains the most joltingly violent, psychosexual grindhouse shocker of the '80s, directed by a veteran of I Love Lucy and starring a frequently shirtless former teen idol with an epically demented performance by an Oscar® nominee. And now it can be experienced for the first time ever in UHD : Jimmy McNichol stars as an orphaned high-school student raised by his strangely overprotective aunt ( Susan Tyrrell of FAT CITY fame) who becomes implicated in a grisly murder investigated by a psychotic police detective (an equally unhinged Bo Svenson of INGLORIOUS BASTARDS). 7x Emmy® nominee Julia Duffy (Newhart) and Bill Paxton (in one of his first film roles) co-star in this "jaw-dropping hunk of genre insanity" (Pop Culture Beast) and former DPP 39 Video Nasty -- also known as NIGHT WARNING -- now scanned in 4K from the original camera negative with 6 hours of new and archival Special Features.

SPECIAL FEATURES:

  • Audio Commentary With Star Jimmy McNichol
  • Audio Commentary With Co-Writer/Producer Steve Breimer And Co-Writer Alan Jay Glueckman, Moderated By Mondo Digital's Nathaniel Thompson
  • Audio Commentary With Co-Producer And Unit Production Manager Eugene Mazzola
  • Extreme Prejudice - Interview With Actor Bo Svenson
  • Point And Shoot - Interview With Director Of Photography Robbie Greenberg
  • Family Dynamics - Interview With Editor Ted Nicolaou
  • Cast And Crew Interviews With Actors Jimmy McNichol, Susan Tyrrell And Steve Eastin, Make-Up Artist Allan A. Apone And Producer Steve Breimer
  • Trailer
  • TV Spot
 

 

 

Weekly US DVD and Blu-ray Releases...

The Crow, Frivolous Lola, Seven


Link Here 11th May 2024

US flagReleased on 7th May 2024

Frivolous Lola

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Frivolous Lola is a 1998 Italy comedy romance by Tinto Brass
Starring Anna Ammirati, Patrick Mower and Max Parodi BBFC link 2020 IMDb

The film exists as an uncut Italian Version/Director's Cut and a cut Export Version.

Summary Notes

Set in the 1950s Italian countryside, the film tells the story of Lola and Masetto, a young couple whose views on premarital sex differ drastically.

US: The Italian Version is uncut and MPAA Unrated for:
  • 2024 Cult Epics Collectors' Edition R0 4K Blu-ray/(RA) Blu-ray Combo at US Amazon #ad released on 3rd May 2024
  • 2024 Cult Epics Special Edition (RA) Blu-ray Combo at US Amazon #ad released on 3rd May 2024

Reviews

Promotional Material

THE TINTO BRASS CLASSIC MAKES ITS 4K ULTRA HD DEBUT!

Join the Joie de Vivre club with the maddeningly charming Lola, as she plots to loosen up her fiancé in this exuberant sexy comedy. Everyone is wild about Lola - even, some suspect, her own stepfather. Frivolous Lola is Tinto Brass' most likable film, Cult Epics presents the Uncut & Uncensored Director's Cut with new and vintage bonus features.

4K ULTRA HD SPECIAL FEATURES:

  • New 4K Transfer (from original negative) & Restoration with HDR
  • New DTS-HD MA 2.0 Stereo/5.1 Surround Italian & English
  • New Audio Commentary by Eugenio Ercolani & Nathaniel Thompson
  • Theatrical Trailers

BLU-RAY SPECIAL FEATURES:

  • New 4K Transfer (from original negative) & Restoration
  • New DTS-HD MA 2.0 Stereo/5.1 Surround Italian & English
  • New Audio Commentary by Eugenio Ercolani & Nathaniel Thompson
  • Theatrical Trailers
  • Interview with director Tinto Brass (2004)
  • Photo Gallery
  • Double-sided sleeve with original Italian poster art
  • 20-page illustrated booklet with liner notes by Eugenio Ercolani and Domenico Monetti
  • Slipcase
  • 4K UHD first pressing Exclusive: 4x Repro Italian Lobby Card prints
Seven

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Seven is a 1995 USA crime mystery thriller by David Fincher.
Starring Morgan Freeman and Brad Pitt and Kevin Spacey. BBFC link 2020 IMDb

Reportedly cut for an MPAA R rating.

Cut for an MPAA R rating

Definitely not cut by the BBFC but there was a recent discussion in the news groups suggesting that the film had been slightly trimmed by the MPAA to achieve and R rating. This was then the version submitted in the UK. The cuts were apparently to the 'Lust' scene. Purdip adds:

I believe these cuts are unlikely, as the Criteriion Laserdisc version is 'R' rated and they certainly would have collaborated with David Fincher without hesitation to release the unrated version of the film as always.

US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:

Promotional Material

Seven (Se7en): Ultimate Collector's Edition - Includes the Film on 4K UHD and Blu-ray, Steelbook, Slipcase, John Doe 38-Page Booklet, 7x Deadly Sin Crime Scene Art Cards, Double-Sided A3 Poster, Help Me Glow-in-the-Dark Art Card & Investigation Chalkboard Art Card. Two cops (Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman) track a brilliant and elusive killer who orchestrates a string of horrific murders, each kill targeting a practitioner of one of the Seven Deadly Sins. Gwyneth Paltrow also stars in this acclaimed thriller set in a dour, drizzly city sick with pain and blight. David Fincher (Fight Club, Zodiac, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button) guides the action - physical, mental and spiritual - with a sure understanding of what terrifies us, right up to a stunning denouement that will rip the scar tissue off the most hardened soul.

The Crow

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The Crow is a 1994 USA action fantasy by Alex Proyas.
With Brandon Lee, Michael Wincott and Rochelle Davis. Melon Farmers link  BBFC link 2020   IMDb

Cut for an MPAA R rating, and this cut version has been distributed worldwide since.
US: Uncut and MPAA R rated for:

Promotional Material

The modern-gothic original that entranced audiences and critics alike, THE CROW tells the tale of a young musician brutally murdered alongside his beloved fiancée, only to rise from the grave by a mysterious crow. Seeking revenge, he battles a criminal underground that must answer for their crimes, in this supernatural superhero movie from director by Alex Proyas (DARK CITY), adapted from the comic book series, and starring Brandon Lee in his final, tragic performance.

Sabotage

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Sabotage is a 1996 Canada action thriller by Tibor Takács.
Starring Mark Dacascos and Carrie-Anne Moss and Tony Todd. IMDb

There are no censorship issues with this release

Summary Notes

An ex-Navy commando (Mark Dacscos) is framed for a bungled mission to save hostages from terrorists in which he survived being shot 7 times by an assassin (Tony Todd). Years later, he is hired to protect a weapons distributor and his wife, only to have the same assassin kill them. This sets him on a mission with the assigned FBI agent (Carrie Anne Moss) to bring the killers and conspirators to justice. Graham Greene appears as Dacasco's former commander.

US: Uncut and MPAA R rated for:

Promotional Material

THE DARK HEART OF BLACK OPERATIONS BEATS TO A SECRET AGENDA.

Colonel Michael Bishop's (Mark Dacascos, John Wick: Chapter 3 -- Parabellum) last mission went horribly wrong. Destroyed from within... sabotaged. His was the only body dragged from the ashes of a black operation that never happened.

After years of recovery, Bishop thought he escaped the Black Ops and began a successful new life as a bodyguard to the rich and famous. He was the best, with skills most men died learning. But his past caught up with him. His clients began to die violently, at the same shadowy hand that conspired against his Black Op unit.

Now he must go own one last mission to destroy the faceless men that run an army that doesn't exist in this "underrated gem" (The Action Elite) from director Tibor Takács (The Gate) co-starring Carrie-Anne Moss (The Matrix), Tony Todd (Candyman) and Graham Greene (Dances with Wolves).

SPECIAL FEATURES:

  • Main feature presented in 1080p HD in its original 1.78:1 aspect ratio
  • Audio: LPCM 2.0 Stereo
  • Optional English Subtitles
  • NEW! Interview with actor Mark Dacascos (HD, 32:11)
  • NEW! Interview with Actor Tony Todd (HD, 13:24)
  • Mark Dacascos trailer reel
  • Double-sided artwork
  • Collectible Mini-Poster
Seeing Red: 3 French Vigilante Thrillers

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Seeing Red: 3 French Vigilante Thrillers is a triple feature by Alain Bonnot, Gilles Béhat, Jean-Claude Missiaen
Starring Bernard Giraudeau, Annie Girardot and Gérard Lanvin

There are no censorship issues with this release.
US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:

Promotional Material

FUN CITY EDITIONS PRESENTS THREE ACTION-FILLED TALES OF ORDINARY CITIZENS ENACTING BLOODY REVENGE AGAINST VIOLENT CRIMINALS!

A Paris flea market vendor (Gérard Lanvin) is transformed into a vigilante after his fiancée is murdered by three vicious thugs on a commuter train in Jean-Claude Missiaen's Shot Pattern (Tir Groupé, 1982). As the revenge-minded young man tracks the killers, a veteran police inspector leads a parallel investigation. This lean, intelligently-crafted thriller packs an emotional punch, largely due to Lanvin's superlative performance, for which he received a César Award nomination for Best Actor.

American crime writer David Goodis' novels have been adapted into numerous films, including Truffaut's Shoot the Piano Player, Delmer Daves' Dark Passage and Jacques Tourneur's Nightfall. For Street of the Damned (Rue Barbare, 1984), Gilles Béhat transposes Goodis' Street of the Lost from 1950s Philadelphia to a desolate, almost post-apocalyptic Paris suburb. There, no one dares challenge crime boss Hagen, who rules his turf with an iron fist. That includes his former friend Chet (Bernard Giraudeau), who vows to keep to himself in order to protect his loved ones. But Hagen keeps pushing his buttons...and Chet can only stand for so much before he explodes. Resembling a dark, offbeat comic book, Street of the Damned evokes films like Streets of Fire and Mad Max.

Three teenage Parisian punks are duped by a crime syndicate into committing a bank robbery that will distract the authorities while the seasoned crooks hijack an armored truck across town in Alain Bonnot's Black List (Liste Noire, 1984). Disaster ensues and two of the youngsters are killed, including the estranged daughter of widowed auto repair shop owner Jeanne Dufour (Annie Girardot). A grieving Jeanne ignores her own fear, as well as the law, and sets out to eliminate all of those responsible for her daughter's death. Groundbreaking in its portrayal of a female vigilante, the film is stylish and violent and features a powerhouse performance from Girardot as a woman who has passed the breaking point.

SPECIAL FEATURES

  • Audio commentary by Travis Woods (Street of the Damned)
  • Audio commentary by Walter Chaw (Black List)
  • Audio commentary by Travis Woods (Shot Pattern)
  • Trailers
  • Image Galleries
  • Archival interviews with cast and directors
  • Booklet with new essay by Barry Forshaw
She Is Conann

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She Is Conann is a 2023 Belgium/France/Luxembourg action fantasy by Bertrand Mandico
Starring Elina Löwensohn, Christa Théret and Julia Riedler IMDb

There are no censorship issues with this release

Summary Notes

Conan's life at different stages is shown with a different aesthetic and rhythm from the Sumerian era to the near future.

US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:

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In a barbaric fantasy sci-fi trip through time, sword-and-sorcery mythology is bent, fractured, and gender-swapped by master visionary Bertrand Mandico in his third feature epic. Six lives, six eras, and six deaths mark Conann's poetic journey through different incarnations and lesbian loves. Guiding Conann through her many epic lives is Elina Löwensohn (Amateur, Let the Corpses Tan) as Rainer, a Cerberus of many otherworldly dimensions whose paparazzi camera sees all. The perversity of The Wild Boys and the hero's journey of After Blue (Dirty Paradise) come together in this even greater handmade homage as Mandico ropes in influences as lush as Fellini Satyricon, The Night Porter, The Hunger, and Fassbinder's entire oeuvre to craft a moving portrait of a warrior trying to find her place while outside of space, time, and meaning. This official selection of Cannes Directors' Fortnight, Fantastic Fest, and Sitges "thrives on its own bizarre extravagance as it pushes the limits of substance and style" (Collider).

SPECIAL FEATURES

  • 'The Show Has Already Started': 3 Short Films by Bertrand Mandico ('Rainer, A Vicious Dog in Skull Valley', 'We Barbarians', and 'The Last Cartoon - Nonsense, Optimistic, Pessimistic') (83 min.)
  • DTS-HD 5.1 Surround Master Audio
  • In French, English, & German with optional English & Spanish Subtitles
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Other Trailers
Zero Woman: Red Handcuffs

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Zero Woman: Red Handcuffs is a 1974 Japan action drama by Yukio Noda
Starring Miki Sugimoto, Eiji Gô and Tetsurô Tanba IMDb

There are no censorship issues with this release
US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:

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When renegade cop Rie (played by top Toei starlet Miku Sugimoto -- Girl Boss: Escape from Reform School) goes too far in bringing justice to untouchable bigwigs, only a dangerous mission to rescue a politician's daughter will keep her out of jail for good. She readily takes on the task, only to find it more complicated and deadly than she suspected. After a relentless pursuit and run-ins with despicable yakuza thugs, Rei finds herself a target of a wider criminal conspiracy the outcome of which will leave almost no one alive. Zero Woman: Red Handcuffs is a prime example of the "pinky violence" series of exploitation films that were made at Toei Studios in the early to mid-1970s. Though a short-lived genre, several true cult classics were made, of which Zero Woman: Red Handcuffs is one of the best and most influential. Based on an infamous adult manga series, this film is a delirious riot of action, sleaze, and outrageous style directed by genre master Yukio Noda (Golgo 13: Assignment Kowloon). Neon Eagle Video delivers Zero Woman: Red Handcuffs to it's worldwide Blu-ray debut from a gorgeous new blood-splattered 4K restoration!

SPECIAL FEATURES

  • Audio commentary by film historian Samm Deighan
  • Sex + Violence = Pinky Violence: TokyoScope author Patrick Macias on Zero Woman: Red Handcuffs
  • Image Gallery
  • Reversible Blu-ray wrap with alternate artwork
 

 

 

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The Crow, Mansion of the Doomed


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Night Swim

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Night Swim is a 2024 US/UK/Australia horror thriller by Bryce McGuire
Starring Wyatt Russell, Kerry Condon and Amélie Hoeferle BBFC link 2020 IMDb

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Summary Notes

A family moves into a new home, unaware that a dark secret from the house's past will unleash a malevolent force in the backyard pool.

Australia: Uncut and ACB M rated for supernatural themes and violence:

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NO RUNNING, NO DIVING, NO SWIMMING AFTER DARK

The producers of M3GAN high dive into the deep end of horror with the supernatural thriller, Night Swim. Wyatt Russell (The Falcon and the Winter Soldier) stars as a former major league baseball player, forced into early retirement by a degenerative illness, who moves into a new home with his wife (Oscar nominee Kerry Condon) and their two children.

The new home comes complete with a backyard swimming pool, but a deep secret surfaces and unleashes a malevolent force that will drag the family into the inescapable depths of terror.

The Crow

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The Crow is a 1994 USA action fantasy by Alex Proyas.
With Brandon Lee, Michael Wincott and Rochelle Davis. Melon Farmers link  BBFC link 2020   IMDb

Cut for an MPAA R rating, and this cut version has been distributed worldwide since.
UK: Passed 18 without BBFC cuts for:
  • 2024 Paramount Home Entertainment Steelbook R0 4K Blu-ray/R0 Blu-ray Combo at UK Amazon #ad released on 6th May 2024
  • 2024 Paramount Home Entertainment R0 4K Blu-ray at UK Amazon #ad released on 3rd June 2024

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The modern-gothic original that entranced audiences and critics alike comes to 4K Ultra HD® for its 30th Anniversary. THE CROW tells the tale of a young musician brutally murdered alongside his beloved fiancée, only to be risen from the grave by a mysterious crow. Seeking revenge, he battles a criminal underground that must answer for its crimes. This supernatural superhero movie from director Alex Proyas (DARK CITY) was based on the comic book series and stars Brandon Lee in his tragic final performance.

Special Features
- NEW: Shadows & Pain: Designing The Crow
- NEW: Sideshow Collectibles: An Interview with Edward R. Pressman
- Audio Commentary with Director Alex Proyas
- Audio Commentary by Producer Jeff Most and Screenwriter John Shirley
- Behind the Scenes Featurette
- A Profile on James O'Barr
- Extended Scenes
- Deleted Footage Montage
- Trailer

4K & Blu-ray Disc:

Languages: English - United States DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 Surround / French - Parisian, German, Spanish - Castilian Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround / Italian Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo L/R

Subtitles: English - United States / English - United States SDH* / Danish / Dutch / Finnish / French - Parisian / German / Italian / Japanese / Korean / Norwegian / Spanish - Castilian / Swedish

Mansion of the Doomed

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Mansion of the Doomed is a 1976 US horror thriller by Michael Pataki
Starring Richard Basehart, Gloria Grahame and Trish Stewart BBFC link 2020 IMDb

There are no censorship issues with this release

Summary Notes

A mad scientist fills his basement dungeon with victims in an insane attempt to restore his daughter's eyesight.

UK:  Uncut and BBFC 15 rated for strong gory violence, threat:

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101 Films presents gruesome exploitation shocker Mansion of the Doomed (1976), available on Blu-ray for the first time in the UK. Seized and confiscated under the Obscene Publications Act during the British video nasty panic of the 1980s, Mansion of the Doomed (aka The Eyes of Doctor Chaney & House of Blood and known variously as The Terror of Doctor Chaney and Massacre Mansion in the UK), was the first horror film from legendary producer Charles Band's Full Moon Features and is presented here in all its grubby uncut glory.

Richard Basehart (Being There, TV's Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea) stars as the maniacal Dr. Leonard Chaney, a brilliant surgeon who compulsively kidnaps people and rips out their eyeballs, dumping their bleeding bodies into a filthy basement cage. His masterplan? To transplant these ill-gotten orbs into the skull of his daughter, who herself was blinded in a tragic accident years before.

SPECIAL FEATURES

  • The Charles Band Empire - A new documentary on the career of horror legend Charles Band.
  • Cutting Teeth - Editor Harry Keramidas on 'Mansion of the Doomed'.
  • Limited edition booklet: Includes 'On Mansion of the Doomed' by filmmaker and critic Chris Alexander and 'The Eye is blind if the mind is absent: The legacy of ocular violence & video nasties within Mansion of the Doomed' by writer Andy Marshall-Roberts.
 




 


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