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The Great Escape, Whsipers in the Dark


Link Here 18th January 2022

US flagReleased on 11th January 2022

The Great Escape

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The Great Escape is a 1963 USA war adventure thriller by John Sturges.
With Steve McQueen, James Garner, Richard Attenborough. Melon Farmers link  YouTube icon  BBFC link 2020   IMDb

Cut for a 'U' rated 1963 cinema release. Uncut and PG rated thereafter. Uncut and MPAA Unrated in the US.
US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:
  • 2022 KL Studio Classics R0 4K Blu-ray at US Amazon #ad released on 11th January 2022

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Screen legend Steve McQueen (Bullitt) slams his motorcycle into high gear and leads the way in this action-packed classic about a group of Allied POWs who attempt one of the largest and most daring breakouts in history. A masterful collaboration between director John Sturges (Bad Day at Black Rock), screenwriters James Clavell (The Satan Bug) and W.R. Burnett (Little Caesar) and composer Elmer Bernstein (The Magnificent Seven), The Great Escape is one of the most ingenious and suspenseful adventure films of all time! As World War II rages on, the Germans open Stalag Luft III, a maximum security prisoner-of-war camp, designed to hold even the craftiest escape artists. In doing so, however, the Nazis unwittingly assemble the finest escape team in military history. Together, under the guidance of the brilliant Bartlett (Richard Attenborough, Brighton Rock), the resourceful Hendley (James Garner, Support Your Local Sheriff) and the steely, determined Hilts (McQueen), the men plot, scheme and dig their way to freedom...at any cost! Charles Bronson (Breakheart Pass), James Coburn (A Fistful of Dynamite), Donald Pleasence (The Black Windmill), James Donald (The Bridge on the River Kwai) and David McCallum (Mosquito Squadron) fill out the iconic cast of this spectacular, true-life blockbuster. The Great Escape received a 1964 Academy Award nomination for Best Film Editing (Ferris Webster, The Manchurian Candidate) and a Golden Globe nomination for Best Motion Picture--Drama.

Special Features:
4KUHD DISC 1:
-NEW Audio Commentary by Filmmaker/Historian Steve Mitchell and Combat Films: American Realism Author Steven Jay Rubin
-Audio Commentary with Director John Sturges, Actors James Garner, James Coburn, Donald Pleasence, David McCallum, Jud Taylor and Many other Crew Members -- Moderated by Steven Jay Rubin
-5.1 Surround & Original 2.0 Mono
-Optional English Subtitles
-UHD100 Triple Layer Disc

BLU-RAY DISC 2:
-Return to THE GREAT ESCAPE: Making of the Classic with the Cast and Crew (24:09)
-THE GREAT ESCAPE: Bringing Fact to Fiction -- Narrated by Burt Reynolds (12:21)
-THE GREAT ESCAPE: Preparations for Freedom -- Narrated by Burt Reynolds (19:50)
-THE GREAT ESCAPE: The Flight to Freedom -- Narrated by Burt Reynolds (9:22)
-THE GREAT ESCAPE: A Standing Ovation -- Narrated by Burt Reynolds (5:58)
-The Real Virgil Hilts: A Man Called Jones -- Narrated by James Coburn (25:01)
-THE GREAT ESCAPE: The Untold Story -- Documentary by Steven Clarke (50:47)
-THE GREAT ESCAPE: The Untold Story -- Additional Interviews (9:35)
-Theatrical Trailer (2:42)

The Temp

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The Temp is a 1993 US thriller by Tom Holland
Starring Timothy Hutton, Lara Flynn Boyle and Dwight Schultz IMDb

There are no censorship issues with this release

In the US: Rated R for language and scenes of violence

US: Uncut and MPAA R rated for:

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Life in the corporate world can be murder. At Mrs. Appleby's, some people would kill to get ahead. Peter Derns (Timothy Hutton), a junior exec at Mrs. Appleby's cookie company, is afraid his future prospects are crumbling faster that the product he markets. Hope appears in the curvaceous form of Kris Bolin (Lara Flynn Boyle), his new temp. Gorgeous, bright and efficient, Kris helps Peter develop a deliciously successful marketing campaign. But after two executives meet mysterious deaths, Peter fears his job security may end permanently due to the one person he needs to trust-his temp.

Bonus Content:

  • Head Office-- An Interview with Director Tom Holland
  • Office Gossip -- An Interview with Actress Lin Shaye
  • Temp Effects-- An Interview with Special Effects Artist Steve Johnson
  • Office Politics-- An Interview with Editor Scott Conrad
  • Theatrical Trailer
Whispers in the Dark

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Whispers in the Dark is a 1992 US mystery thriller by Christopher Crowe
Starring Annabella Sciorra, Jamey Sheridan and Alan Alda IMDb

IMDb reports that an unrated version is available on laserdisc, featuring a more explicit opening credits sequence and flashback scenes. It is not clear if the Unrated version has been released elsewhere.

US: Uncut and MPAA R rated for:

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A Manhattan psychiatrist is haunted by secret fantasies--recurring erotic dreams inspired by the bondage-and-sex confessions of a lustful patient. Seeking help, she approaches her university mentor. But real treatment comes when she meets ruggedly handsome pilot whose affections spark a love affair beyond her wildest fantasies. Then one of her patients turns up dead with clues pointing to him as the murderer. Can Ann trust this man she hardly knows? Is he after her love...or her life? ]]>
 

 

 

Weekly UK DVD and Blu-ray Releases...

In the Realm of the Senses, The Mangler


Link Here 15th January 2022

UK flagReleased on 10th January 2022

Patrick

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Patrick is a 2019 Belgium / Netherlands comedy mystery drama by Tim Mielants.
Starring Kevin Janssens and Hannah Hoekstra and Jemaine Clement. BBFC link 2020 IMDb

There are no censorship issues with this release

Summary Notes

De Patrick is a family drama about people's peculiarities, about letting go and being happy with who you are: 39-year-old Patrick lives with his parents on a naturist campsite. When his domineering father Rudy dies he finds himself in charge of the campsite, however he has other things on his mind. He has lost his favorite hammer. The long term camp guests want him to get a grip on his life, but he is determined to find his hammer. His search becomes an existential quest.

UK: Passed 18 uncut for sexual violence:
  • 2022 Anti-Worlds Releasing (RB) Blu-ray at UK Amazon #ad released on 10th January 2022

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Patrick is a 38 year old handyman at his parents' naturist campground. When his prize hammer is stolen, Patrick's quest to solve the mystery of its' theft leads to a much deeper mystery - who is he himself?

An hilarious yet poignant tale of the human condition - and hammers.

Extras:

- Commentary with Director Tim Mielants and co-writer Benjamin Sprengers
- Making Of Featurette
- Interview with Director Tim Mielants
- Interview with Producer Bart Van Langendonck
- A Tale of Three Trailers
- Funeral Music

Castle Falls

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Castle Falls is a 2021 US action thriller by Dolph Lundgren
Starring Scott Adkins, Dolph Lundgren and Kim DeLonghi BBFC link 2020 IMDb

There are no censorship issues with this release

Summary Notes

Rival gangs seek out millions of dollars hidden inside a luxury condominium that's scheduled to be demolished, but first they have to deal with the janitor who found the loot first.

UK: Passed 15 uncut for strong language, violence:

Promotional Material

After decades of neglect, Castle Heights Hospital, this symbol of the city's segregated past has been packed with dynamite and is ready to be demolished. No one knows that a gang leader, now in prison, hid the 3 million dollars in cash he stole from his rivals inside the abandoned building. Now, three desperate parties want the money - a blue collared ex-fighter (Adkins) who finds it while working as part of the demolition crew, a prison guard (Lundgren) willing to do anything to pay for his daughter's cancer treatment and a ruthless gang who claim to be the rightful owners. The demolition charges are set, everyone clears out and the Castle is set to fall in 90 minutes. The clock is ticking. Who will find the cash and: will they get out alive?
The Mangler

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The Mangler is a 1995 South Africa / UK horror mystery by Tobe Hooper.
Starring Robert Englund, Ted Levine and Daniel Matmor. Melon Farmers link  BBFC link 2020   IMDb

Cut in the US for an MPAA R rating but uncut and 18 rated in the UK. The uncut version was later released in the US and is MPAA Unrated.
UK: Passed Suitable for 18 years and over uncut for:
  • 2022 Arrow Video Special Edition (RB) Blu-ray at UK Amazon #ad released on 10th January 2022

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IT WILL SCARE THE SHEET OUT OF YOU! Master of Horror Tobe Hooper (Texas Chainsaw, Salem's Lot, Life Force) returns to the works of Stephen King with this baroque and blackly comic adaptation of The Mangler. When a worker at Gartley's Blue Ribbon Laundry is pulled into the titular laundry press and folded like a sheet, police officer John Hunton (Ted Levine, Silence of the Lambs) is called to investigate. Was it an accident, or is something more sinister going on? As more deaths and injuries occur under the watchful eye of owner Bill Gartley (Robert Englund), Hunton, with his demonologist brother-in-law Mark Jackson (Daniel Matmoor) come to believe the machine might be possessed, and the town itself to be hiding a much deeper secret. Like an EC horror comic come to life, The Mangler is bold, brash and politically aware as Hooper once again points his camera at the American Nightmare, this time turning it on the bloodthirsty machinery of capitalism itself!

SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS - High Definition blu-ray (1080p) presentation from a 2K restoration - Lossless DTS-HD MA 5.1 and 2.0 stereo audio - Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing - Brand new audio commentary by critics Alexandra Heller-Nicholas and Josh Nelson - Brand new audio commentary by critics and self-confessed 'Manglophiles' Matty Budrewicz and Dave Wain - Audio commentary by co-writer Stephen David Brooks - Nature Builds No Machines, a brand new visual essay by Scout Tafoya, author of Cinemaphagy: the Films of Tobe Hooper - This Machine just Called Me an Asshole!, a brand new visual essay by author and critic Guy Adams on the monstrous life of inanimate objects in the work of Stephen King - Gartley's Gambit, an archival interview with star Robert Englund - Behind the Scenes footage - Theatrical Trailer - Reversible sleeve with original and newly commissioned artwork by Adam Rabelais - FIRST PRESSING ONLY fully illustrated collector's booklet featuring new writing by Michael Gingold, Johnny Mains and Henry Blyth

 

 

UK flagReleased on 3rd January 2021

Dillinger

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Dillinger is a 1973 USA action crime biography by John Milius.
Starring Warren Oates and Ben Johnson and Michelle Phillips. IMDb

There are no censorship issues with this release.
UK: Passed Suitable for 18 years and over uncut for:

Promotional Material

The runaway success of Bonnie and Clyde in 1967 proved massively influential: it made stars of Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty, introduced a new form of violence to the movies, and inspired a stream of imitators, including Bloody Mama, Martin Scorsese's Boxcar Bertha and the directorial debut of John Milius, Dillinger. Milius presents John Dillinger as an almost mythical figure, tracing the rise and fall of the depression era's Public Enemy Number One as he takes on the banks and the G-men, led by the infamous Melvin Purvis.

Starring Sam Peckinpah favourites Warren Oates and Ben Johnson as Dillinger and Purvis, and with a supporting cast including Harry Dean Stanton, Richard Dreyfuss and Michelle Phillips of the Mamas and the Papas, Dillinger is a top-drawer gangster picture: explosive, stylish and hugely entertaining.

SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS - 2K restoration of the film from original film materials - High Definition (1080p) Blu-ray presentation - Original uncompressed PCM mono audio - Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing - Audio commentary by Stephen Prince, author of Savage Cinema and Screening Violence - Shooting Dillinger, an interview with director of photography Jules Brenner - Original Gangster, an interview with producer Lawrence Gordon - Ballads and Bullets, an interview with composer Barry De Vorzon - Still gallery - Theatrical trailer - Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Sean Phillips

In the Realm of the Senses

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In the Realm of the Senses is a 1976 French/Japanese erotic film by Nagisa Oshima.
With Tatsuya Fuji, Eiko Matsuda and Aoi Nakajima. Melon Farmers link  YouTube icon  BBFC link 2020  IMDb

There's a longer Theatrical Version and a (preferred) shorter Producers Cut. Historically 10s have been deleted from all UK releases until the cuts were waived by the BBFC in 2011. The film contains brief scenes of real sex.
UK: Previously passed 18 uncut for:
  • 2022 Sony/Criterion Collection (RB) Blu-ray at UK Amazon #ad released on 3rd January 2022

Promotional Material

An extraordinary tale of passion and obsession, now available complete and uncensored

In the Realm of the Senses (Ai no corrida) , by the always provocative Japanese director Nagisa Oshima, remains one of the most controversial films of all time.

Based on a true incident, it graphically depicts the all-consuming, transcendent--but ultimately destructive--love of a man and a woman (Tatsuya Fuji and Eiko Matsuda) living in an era of ever escalating imperialism and governmental control.

Less a work of an adult movie than of politics, In the Realm of the Senses is a brave, taboo-breaking milestone, still censored in its own country.

 

 

 

Weekly US DVD and Blu-ray Releases...

Knocking , Blood-A-Rama, The Zombie King


Link Here 5th January 2022

US flagReleased on 4th January 2022

The Djinn

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The Djinn is a 2021 USA horror thriller by David Charbonier, Justin Powell
Starring Ezra Dewey, Rob Brownstein and Tevy Poe BBFC link 2020 IMDb

There are no censorship issues with this release

In the US: Rated R for some disturbing violence

Summary Notes

A mute boy is trapped in his apartment with a sinister monster when he makes a wish to fulfill his heart's greatest desire.

US: Uncut and MPAA R rated for:

Promotional Material

A mute boy is trapped in his apartment with a sinister monster when he makes a wish to fulfill his heart's greatest desire.
Catch of the Day 1 & 2

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Catch of the Day 1 & 2 is a double bill by James Balsamo
Starring James Balsamo, Jake ' The Snake' Roberts and Jason Mewes

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

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Crashing funerals, digging through corpses to find drugs, and busting big-breasted bad girls is all in a days work for Officer Rod Davis. See your favorite bad boy in a badge, Rod Davis as explodes his way through not one but two wacky miss adventures in Catch of the Day 1 & 2. Grab a box of doughnuts and get ready to enjoy this double disc box set!

Zombie King

The Zombie King is a 2013 UK comedy horror by Aidan Belizaire.
Starring Edward Furlong and Corey Feldman and George McCluskey. IMDb

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

Summary Notes

Samuel Peters once an ordinary man, dabbles within the laws of voodoo to bring his wife back from the grave, he soon encounters the God of malevolence 'Kalfu', where he makes a pact with him to destroy the underworld and bring chaos to earth; in return he will become 'The Zombie King' and walk the earth for eternity with his departed wife. Seven days before the rise of the Dark Moon, Samuel Peters (The Zombie King) calls upon Kalfu to raise seven of the recently departed, where their souls must be held on earth for seven days. With the ever growing horde of zombies, they begin to completely wipe out a countryside town. Once the Government get wind of what is going on, they set a perimeter around the town area and employ a shoot on sight policy. Trapped within the town, the locals and unlikely bunch of misfits fight for their lives, and the remaining humans soon realise that they have to unite in order to survive.

 

 

US flagReleased on  28th December 2021

Blood-A-Rama Triple Frightmare

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Blood-A-Rama Triple Frightmare is a film set by Various
Starring Micky Dolenz and Burt Young

There are no censorship issues with this release.
US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:
  • 2021 American Genre Film R0 Blu-ray at US Amazon #ad released on 28th December 2021

Promotional Material

A horror triple feature from the vaults of the American Genre Film Archive (AGFA)!

HELP ME . . . I'M POSSESSED: A free-form nightmare that takes place at a sanitarium in the desert, this surrealist gem includes a psychopathic hunchback, delirious monsters, and a killer early synthesizer score.

NIGHT OF THE STRANGLER: A southern-fried whodunnit with murder, racial tension, and a starring role from The Monkees' Micky Dolenz , this sweat-soaked sleazer feels like a cross between an American giallo and a trashy airport paperback novel.

CARNIVAL OF BLOOD: An ominous, semi-cinéma vérité horror movie that was shot at Coney Island in NYC, CARNIVAL OF BLOOD features an early role from Burt Young ( ROCKY ), pop-art gore that would make H.G. Lewis proud, and a gloriously seedy atmosphere.

NOTICE! These preservations were made from the only known film elements in existence. Please approach the technical quality of the source materials with empathy.

Bonus Features:
1. Region Free Blu-ray
2. 2K preservations from the only known 35mm prints in existence
3. CARNIVAL OF BLOOD: Partial commentary with Bleeding Skull's Annie Choi and AGFA + Bleeding Skull's Joseph A. Ziemba
4. Blood-dripping trailers and drive-in snipes from the AGFA vaults
5. Watch the full, uninterrupted program in "drive-in" mode
6. Reversible cover artwork
7. English SDH subtitles

Knocking

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Knocking is a 2021 Sweden horror thriller by Frida Kempff
Starring Cecilia Milocco, Albin Grenholm and Ville Virtanen BBFC link 2020 IMDb

There are no censorship issues with this release

Summary Notes

Molly suffers a traumatic incident due to an eerie sound from upstairs in her new apartment. As the noises grow more desperate and sound more and more like screams for help, Molly realizes that her neighbors are not listening when she goes to them for help. In a disturbing search for the truth, Molly realizes that no one believes her, and begins to question herself .

US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:

Promotional Material

After suffering a traumatic incident, Molly ( Cecilia Milocco ) moves into a new apartment to begin her path to recovery, but it's not long after her arrival that a series of persistent knocks and screams begin to wake her up at night. Molly's new life begins to unravel as the screams intensify and no one else in the building believes or is willing to help her.

Bonus Features:
1. Region A Blu-ray
2. Introduction by Frida Kempff
3. Q&A from Sundance
4. Short Film: Bathing Micky
5. Short Film: Dear Kid
6. Theatrical Trailer
7. Teaser Trailer
8. 12-page booklet with essay by writer/critic Anya Stanley
9. Reversible cover artwork
10. English subtitles

 

 

 

 

Weekly UK DVD and Blu-ray Releases...

Latest


Link Here2nd January 2022

UK flagReleased on 3rd January 2021

Dillinger

Dillinger is a 1973 USA action crime biography by John Milius.
Starring Warren Oates and Ben Johnson and Michelle Phillips. IMDb

There are no censorship issues with this release.
UK: Passed Suitable for 18 years and over uncut for:

Promotional Material

The runaway success of Bonnie and Clyde in 1967 proved massively influential: it made stars of Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty, introduced a new form of violence to the movies, and inspired a stream of imitators, including Bloody Mama, Martin Scorsese's Boxcar Bertha and the directorial debut of John Milius, Dillinger. Milius presents John Dillinger as an almost mythical figure, tracing the rise and fall of the depression era's Public Enemy Number One as he takes on the banks and the G-men, led by the infamous Melvin Purvis.

Starring Sam Peckinpah favourites Warren Oates and Ben Johnson as Dillinger and Purvis, and with a supporting cast including Harry Dean Stanton, Richard Dreyfuss and Michelle Phillips of the Mamas and the Papas, Dillinger is a top-drawer gangster picture: explosive, stylish and hugely entertaining.

SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS - 2K restoration of the film from original film materials - High Definition (1080p) Blu-ray presentation - Original uncompressed PCM mono audio - Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing - Audio commentary by Stephen Prince, author of Savage Cinema and Screening Violence - Shooting Dillinger, an interview with director of photography Jules Brenner - Original Gangster, an interview with producer Lawrence Gordon - Ballads and Bullets, an interview with composer Barry De Vorzon - Still gallery - Theatrical trailer - Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Sean Phillips

In the Realm of the Senses

In the Realm of the Senses is a 1976 French/Japanese erotic film by Nagisa Oshima.
With Tatsuya Fuji, Eiko Matsuda and Aoi Nakajima. Melon Farmers link  YouTube icon  BBFC link 2020  IMDb

There's a longer Theatrical Version and a (preferred) shorter Producers Cut. Historically 10s have been deleted from all UK releases until the cuts were waived by the BBFC in 2011. The film contains brief scenes of real sex.
UK: Previously passed 18 uncut for:
  • 2022 Sony/Criterion Collection (RB) Blu-ray at UK Amazon #ad released on 3rd January 2022

Promotional Material

An extraordinary tale of passion and obsession, now available complete and uncensored

In the Realm of the Senses (Ai no corrida) , by the always provocative Japanese director Nagisa Oshima, remains one of the most controversial films of all time.

Based on a true incident, it graphically depicts the all-consuming, transcendent--but ultimately destructive--love of a man and a woman (Tatsuya Fuji and Eiko Matsuda) living in an era of ever escalating imperialism and governmental control.

Less a work of an adult movie than of politics, In the Realm of the Senses is a brave, taboo-breaking milestone, still censored in its own country.

 

 

 

Weekly US DVD and Blu-ray Releases...

Giallo Essentials Collection 2, Vampire Lovers


Link Here 28th December 2021

US flagReleased on 21st December 2021

Giallo Essentials Collection Vol. 2

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  • What Have They Done to Your Daughters?
  • Torso
  • Strip Nude for Your Killer

Giallo Essentials Collection Vol. 2  is a film set by Massimo Dallamano, Sergio Martino, Andrea Bianchi
Starring Claudio Cassinelli, Giovanna Ralli and Suzy Kendall

Two films have once been cut by the BBFC..
US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:
  • 2021 Arrow Giallo Essentials Vol 2 (RA) Blu-ray at US Amazon #ad released on 21st December 2021

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Torso is a 1973 Italy horror mystery thriller by Sergio Martino.
Starring Suzy Kendall, Tina Aumont and Luc Merenda. YouTube icon IMDb
The Italian Version was shortened for an English language version. This English version was MPAA R rated in the US but was cut by the BBFC for an X rated cinema release in 1975 and 18 rated VHS in 1990. The BBFC cuts were waived when the Italian Version was released on 18 rated DVD in 2007.
Strip Nude for your Killer is a 1975 Italy mystery thriller by Andrea Bianchi.
Starring Edwige Fenech, Nino Castelnuovo and Femi Benussi. IMDb
Cut by the BBFC for X rated 1979 cinema release. Later uncut and 18 rated on 2008 DVD. Uncut and MPAA Unrated in the US.
Kingdom of the Vampire

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Kingdom of the Vampire is a 1991 US horror by J.R. Bookwalter
Starring Matthew Jason Walsh, Cherie Patry and Shannon Doyle IMDb

There are no censorship issues with this release

Summary Notes

Jeff works the night shift, then comes home to his domineering mother, who has the grisly habit of slaughtering neighborhood children to satisfy her insatiable bloodlust.

US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:

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Inspired by '60s soap opera "Dark Shadows" and George A. Romero's underrated thriller "Martin," producer/director J.R. Bookwalter ("The Dead Next Door") ushered shot-on-video features into the mainstream with his 1991 horror-drama "Kingdom of the Vampire." The gloomy tale was far from a financial or critical smash, but paved the way for a tsunami of weird, wild camcorder movies throughout the '90s, decades before Hollywood abandoned film for digital cinema.
The Vampire Lovers

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Vampire Lovers is a 1970 UK horror film by Roy Ward Baker.
With Ingrid Pitt, George Cole and Kate O'Mara. YouTube icon  Melon Farmers link  BBFC link 2020   IMDb

Cut by the BBFC for the UK cinema release. Cuts gradually restored until fully uncut by 2008. Also originally cut in the US for nudity that was not allowed in an R rated film, but again cuts were later mostly restored, albeit with a debate about missing a shot.
US: Uncut and MPAA R rated for:

Summary Notes

The Countess is called away to tend a sick friend and imposes on the General to accept her daughter Marcilla as a houseguest. Some of the villagers begin dying, however, and the General's daughter Laura soon gets weak and pale, but Marcilla is there to comfort her. The villagers begin whispering about vampires as Marcilla finds another family on which to impose herself. The pattern repeats as Emma gets ill, but the General cannot rest, and seeks the advice of Baron Hartog, who once dealt a decisive blow against a family of vampires. Well, almost.

 

 

 

Weekly UK DVD and Blu-ray Releases...

Shawscope Volume 1, No Time to Die, The Atom Egoyan Collection


Link Here 27th December 2021

UK flagReleased on 27th December 2021

Jekyll & Hyde

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Jekyll & Hyde is a 2021 UK mystery by Steve Lawson
Starring Helen Crevel, Robin Denys and Tom Hendryk BBFC link 2020 IMDb

There are no censorship issues with this release

Summary Notes

When his close friend Dr Henry Jekyll is accused of a horrific murder, lawyer Gabriel Utterson launches his own investigation, only to discover a secret more shocking than he could have imagined.

UK: Passed 15 uncut for strong violence, threat, gory images:

Promotional Material

Lawyer Gabriel Utterson is astonished to learn that his lifelong friend Henry Jekyll has apparently committed murder and suicide in the space of one night. A lengthy "confession" written in Jekyll's own hand tells an incredible story - that Jekyll's experiments had caused him to transform into a murderous character he named "Mr Hyde". A twisted take on the classic story.
Copshop

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Copshop is a 2021 US action thriller by Joe Carnahan
Starring Frank Grillo, Gerard Butler and Toby Huss BBFC link 2020 IMDb

There are no censorship issues with this release

In the US: Rated R for strong/bloody violence, and pervasive language.

Summary Notes

On the run from a lethal assassin, a wily con artist devises a scheme to hide out inside a small-town police station-but when the hitman turns up at the precinct, an unsuspecting rookie cop ...

UK: Passed 15 uncut for strong language, violence, injury detail:
 

 

UK flagReleased on 20th December 2021

No Time To Die

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No Time to Die is a 2020 UK / USA action adventure thriller by Cary Joji Fukunaga.
Starring Ana de Armas and Léa Seydoux and Daniel Craig. BBFC link 2020 IMDb

There are no censorship issues with this release

Summary Notes

Bond has left active service and is enjoying a tranquil life in Jamaica. His peace is short-lived when his old friend Felix Leiter from the CIA turns up asking for help. The mission to rescue a kidnapped scientist turns out to be far more treacherous than expected, leading Bond onto the trail of a mysterious villain armed with dangerous new technology.

UK: Passed 12 uncut for moderate violence, infrequent strong language:

Promotional Material

No Time To Die is yours to own with exclusive never-before-seen bonus features.

Daniel Craig returns one last time as James Bond, starring alongside Oscar® winner Rami Malek in No Time To Die. Bond has left active service and is enjoying a tranquil life in Jamaica. His peace is short-lived when his old friend Felix Leiter from the CIA turns up asking for help. The mission to rescue a kidnapped scientist turns out to be far more treacherous than expected, leading Bond onto the trail of a mysterious villain armed with dangerous new technology.

Bonus Features:

  • Anatony of a Scene: Matera
  • Keeping It Real: The Action of No Time To Die
  • A Global Journey
  • Designing Bond
Shawscope Volume 1

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Shawscope Volume 1 is a Hong Kong film set

There are censorship issues with several titles in this release.
UK: Passed with an aggregate 18 for:
  • 2021 Arrow Shawscope Volume 1 (RB) Blu-ray at UK Amazon #ad released on 20th December 2021
The Boxer From Shantung is a 1972 Hong Kong action romance by Cheh Chang, Hsueh-Li Pao
Starring Kuan Tai Chen, Li Ching and David Chiang BBFC link 2020  IMDb

The uncut version runs 134m and was 15 rated by the BBFC. There is also a speeded up version that runs at 129m. The film was previously cut by the BBFC for 18 rated VHS. The US MPAA R rated version was heavily cut for violence and plot.

Executioners From Shaolin is a 1977 Hong Kong action drama by Chia-Liang Liu
Starring Kuan Tai Chen, Lieh Lo and Yue Wong BBFC link 2020 IMDb

Cut by the BBFC for 15 rated VHS in 1987. Uncut and BBFC 15 rated for 2022 Blu-ray.
Shaolin Temple is a 1976 Hong Kong action film by Cheh Chang
Starring Sheng Fu, Kuan-Chun Chi and Lung Ti BBFC link 2020  IMDb
Cut by the BBFC for 18 rated VHS in 1987. Uncut for 15 rated Blu-ray in 2021.

Promotional Material

After an undisputed reign at the peak of Hong Kong's film industry in the 1960s, Shaw Brothers (the studio founded by real-life brothers Run Run and Runme Shaw) found their dominance challenged by up-and-coming rivals in the early 1970s. They swiftly responded by producing hundreds of the most iconic action films ever made, revolutionizing the genre through the backbreaking work of top-shelf talent on both sides of the camera as well as unbeatable widescreen production value, much of it shot at 'Movietown', their huge, privately-owned studio on the outskirts of Hong Kong.

This inaugural collection by Arrow Video presents twelve jewels from the Shaw crown, all released within the 1970s, kicking off in 1972 with Korean director Chung Chang-wha's King Boxer , the film that established kung fu cinema as an international box office powerhouse when it hit Stateside cinemas under the title Five Fingers of Death . From there we see Chang Cheh (arguably Shaw's most prolific director) helm the blood-soaked brutality of The Boxer from Shantung and two self-produced films in his 'Shaolin Cycle' series, Five Shaolin Masters and its prequel Shaolin Temple , before taking a detour into Ho Meng-hua's King Kong-inspired Mighty Peking Man , one of the most unmissably insane giant monster films ever made.

Chang's action choreographer Lau Kar-leung then becomes a director in his own right, propelling his adoptive brother Gordon Liu to stardom in Challenge of the Masters and Executioners from Shaolin . Not to be outdone, Chang introduces some of Shaw's most famous faces to the screen, including Alexander Fu Sheng fighting on the streets of San Francisco in Chinatown Kid and, of course, the mighty Venom Mob in The Five Venoms and Crippled Avengers . Finally, Lau and Liu successfully meld high kicks with humor in two of their masterworks, Heroes of the East and Dirty Ho , also featuring such fan favourites as Wong Yue, Hsiao Hao and Kara Hui. From kickass kung fu killers to crazy kaiju knockoffs to culture clash comedies, this carefully curated and gorgeously presented selection of all-time Shaw Brothers classics merely represents the tip of the iceberg of the studio's rich output, making it both an ideal starting point for newcomers and a treat for hardcore fans alike.

Includes:

  • King Boxer
  • The Boxer From Shantung
  • Five Shaolin Masters
  • Shaolin Temple
  • Mighty Peking Man
  • Challenge of the Masters
  • Executioners From Shaolin
  • Chinatown Kid
  • The Five Venoms
  • Crippled Avengers
  • Heroes of the East
  • Dirty Ho

LIMITED EDITION BLU-RAY COLLECTION CONTENTS

High Definition (1080p) Blu-ray presentations of all twelve films, including seven new 2K restorations by Arrow Films Illustrated 60-page collectors' book featuring new writing by David Desser, Terrence J. Brady and James Flower, plus cast and crew listings and notes on each film by Simon Abrams New artwork by Sam Gilbey, Matthew Griffin, Chris Malbon, Jacob Phillips, Ilan Sheady, Tony Stella, Darren Wheeling and Jolyon Yates Hours of never-before-seen archival and newly-produced bonus features, including several cast and crew interviews from the Frédéric Ambroisine Video Archive Two CDs of music from the De Wolfe Music library as heard in six of the films, exclusive to this collection

The Atom Egoyan Collection

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The Atom Egoyan Collection is a film set by Atom Egoyan

There are no censorship issues with this release.
UK: Passed Suitable for 18 years and over uncut for:
  • 2021 Curzon Artificial Eye (RB) Blu-ray at UK Amazon #ad released on 20th December 2021

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NEXT OF KIN (1984)
A sly, smart and slippery comedy filled with haunting, symbolic imagery, Atom Egoyan's debut feature is a mesmerising meditation on disaffection, longing and the roles played out in modern society that secured his place at the forefront of independent cinema.

FAMILY VIEWING (1988)
Darkly humorous and boldly unpredictable, this complex journey into a world of brutality and sentiment uses stunning cinematic trickery and a wide range of visual media to portray the breakdown and restoration of a dislocated family unit. One of Egoyan's defining early works.

SPEAKING PARTS (1989)
An intricate, beguiling labyrinth of desire, hewn from the impressive medium of video, Speaking Parts is the apotheosis of Egoyan's early style. Mysterious, mesmerising and swarming with unforgettable images, it is a true classic of indie arthouse cinema.

THE ADJUSTER (1991)
Inspired by the real life fire that burnt down Egoyan's family home, this hypnotic, dream-like tale of passionate yet dislocated characters is quintessential Atom and sees the director at his very best.

CALENDAR (1993)
A bold, precise and sometimes painfully honest depiction of love, loss and the strange twists of fate life can throw our way, Calendar is one of Egoyan's most accomplished and celebrated works. Includes two early Egoyan short films.

EXOTICA (1994)
A multi-layered and mysterious portrayal of lives shaped by desire and delusion, this bold erotic thriller is a stunning combination of directorial flair and keen philosophical insight that won 13 international festival prizes. Includes a 52 minute documentary on the director.

THE SWEET HEREAFTER (1997)
Atom Egoyan's most critically acclaimed film, graced by a pair of Academy Award nominations and over 40 international festival prizes, The Sweet Hereafter is an emotionally gripping, powerfully affecting portrait of grief, loss and human interconnectivity. Includes the Egoyan short film Open House.

SPECIAL FEATURES:

Documentary:
Formulas for Seduction: The Cinema of Atom Egoyan (52 mins) - EXOTICA disc

Early Atom Egoyan Shorts:
Howard In Particular (13 mins) / Peep Show (8 Mins) - CALENDAR disc Open House (27 mins) - THE SWEET HEREAFTER disc

Virgin Witch

Virgin Witch is a 1972 UK horror by Ray Austin
Starring Ann Michelle, Vicki Michelle and Keith Buckley Melon Farmers link  YouTube icon   BBFC link 2020  IMDb

The film was originally rejected for UK cinema in 1971 by the BBFC though it was given a limited showing in London via an X rating from the GLC (Greater London Council). The film was passed X after cuts for 1972 cinema release. All UK home video releases have been uncut and 18 rated.

Summary Notes

Christine gets her big chance at modeling when she applies at Sybil Waite's agency. Together with Christine's sister Betty they go to a house in the country for the weekend for a photo shoot. Sybil has lured Christine to the castle for more than modeling: she is recruiting a virgin for induction into a witch's coven, led by the owner of the castle, Gerald. To their surprise, Christine is more than eager to join the coven, but begins her own secret battle for control.

UK: Previously passed 18 uncut for:

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When two lovely hitchhikers model at a creepy old English manor house, they find themselves trapped by a witches coven devoted to orgiastic sex, lesbian excess and bloody sacrifice! Once rejected outright by the British censors, Virgin Witch stars the lovely Vicki Michele - Allo Allo!).
 

 

 

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Krampus: The Naughty Cut, Endgame, Dune


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Dune

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Dune is a 1984 USA action Sci-Fi adventure by David Lynch.
Starring Kyle MacLachlan and Virginia Madsen and Francesca Annis. IMDb

BBFC category cuts were required for a PG rated 1984 cinema release. Uncut and 15 rated on UK home video until 2016 when the rating was dropped to 12. Uncut and MPAA PG-13 rated in the US.

Summary Notes

In the far future, a duke and his family are sent by the Emperor to a sand world from which comes a spice that is essential for interstellar travel. The move is designed to destroy the duke and his family, but his son escapes and seeks revenge as he uses the world's ecology as one of his weapons.

US: Uncut and MPAA PG-13 rated for:

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Following a notorious aborted attempt by Alejandro Jodorowsky in the 1970s, Frank Herbert's bestselling sci-fi epic Dune finally made it to the big screen as the third film by emerging surrealist wunderkind David Lynch, featuring an all-star cast that includes several of Lynch's regular collaborators.

The year is 10,191, and four planets are embroiled in a secret plot to wrest control of the Spice Melange, the most precious substance in the universe and found only on the planet Arrakis. A feud between two powerful dynasties, House Atreides and House Harkonnen, is manipulated from afar by ruling powers that conspire to keep their grip on the spice. As the two families clash on Arrakis, Duke Atreides' son Paul (Kyle MacLachlan, in his screen debut) finds himself at the center of an intergalactic war and an ancient prophecy that could change the galaxy forever.

Though its initial reception ensured that Lynch largely eschewed mainstream filmmaking for the rest of his career, Dune has since been rightly re-evaluated as one of the most startlingly original and visionary science fiction films of the 1980s. Its astonishing production design and visual effects can now be appreciated anew in this spellbinding 4K restoration, accompanied by hours of comprehensive bonus features.

4K ULTRA HD LIMITED EDITION CONTENTS

  • Brand new 4K restoration from the original camera negative
  • 60-page perfect-bound book featuring new writing by Andrew Nette, Christian McCrea and Charlie Brigden, an interview with sound designer Alan Splet from 1984, excerpts from an interview with the director and a Dune Terminology glossary
  • Large fold-out double-sided poster featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Dániel Taylor
  • Six double-sided, postcard-sized lobby card reproductions
  • Limited edition packaging with reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Dániel Taylor

DISC 1: FEATURE & EXTRAS (4K ULTRA HD BLU-RAY)

  • 4K (2160p) UHD Blu-ray presentation in Dolby Vision (HDR10 compatible)
  • Original uncompressed stereo and DTS-HD MA 5.1 audio
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing
  • Brand new commentary by film historian Paul M. Sammon
  • Brand new commentary by Mike White of The Projection Booth podcast
  • Impressions of Dune , a 2003 documentary on the making of the film
  • Designing Dune , a 2005 featurette on the work of production designer Anthony Masters
  • Dune FX , a 2005 featurette on the film's effects
  • Dune Models & Miniatures , a 2005 featurette on the film's model effects
  • Dune Costumes , a 2005 featurette on the film's costume designs
  • 11 deleted scenes, with a 2005 introduction by Raffaella de Laurentiis
  • Destination Dune , a 1983 featurette
  • Theatrical trailers and TV spots
  • Image galleries

DISC 2: BONUS DISC (BLU-RAY)

  • Beyond Imagination: Merchandising Dune , a brand new featurette on the film's promotional merchandise
  • Prophecy Fulfilled: Scoring Dune , a brand new featurette on the film's music score, with interviews with members of Toto and film music historian Tim Grieving
  • Brand new interview with make-up effects artist Giannetto de Rossi
  • Archive interview with production coordinator Golda Offenheim
  • Archive interview with star Paul Smith
  • Archive interview with make-up effects artist Christopher Tucker

*EXTRAS STILL IN PRODUCTION AND SUBJECT TO CHANGE*

Mill of the Stone Women

Mill of the Stone Women is a 1960 Italy/France Sci-Fi horror by Giorgio Ferroni
Starring Pierre Brice, Scilla Gabel and Wolfgang Preiss IMDb

There are no censorship issues with this release

Summary Notes

Hans arrives in a town near Amsterdam to write a story on the reclusive sculptor, Professor Val, who lives on an island in the old mill house the locals call the Mill of the Stone Women. Hans meets the professor's beautiful and seductive daughter, and begins feeling passion for her despite his true love for Lisa Lotta. Slowly he becomes aware of the nefarious experiments being conducted by Val and his furtive assistant Dr. Boles, and local women continue to disappear.

US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:

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Before Black Sabbath , before I Vampiri , director Giorgio Ferroni ( The Lion of Thebes , Blood for a Silver Dollar ) introduced audiences to period horror Italian-style with his chilling 1960 shocker Mill of the Stone Women -- a classic tale of terror redolent with the atmosphere of vintage Hammer Horror.

Young art student Hans von Arnam (Pierre Brice, Night of the Damned ) arrives by barge at an old mill to write a monograph about its celebrated sculptures of women in the throes of death and torture, maintained and curated by the mill's owner, the hermetic Professor Wahl (Herbert Böhme, Secret of the Red Orchid ). But when Hans encounters the professor's beautiful and mysterious daughter Elfi (Scilla Gabel, Modesty Blaise ), his own fate becomes inexorably bound up with hers, and with the shocking secret that lies at the heart of the so-called Mill of the Stone Women.

The first Italian horror film to be shot in color, Mill of the Stone Women prefigured a raft of other spaghetti nightmares, including the work of maestros Mario Bava and Dario Argento. Arrow Video is proud to present this brand-new restoration of one of the foundational titles of Italian horror.

2-DISC LIMITED EDITION CONTENTS

  • New 2K restoration from the original negative by Arrow Films
  • 1080p Blu-ray® presentations of four different versions of the film: the original 96-minute Italian and English export versions, the 90-minute French version, containing exclusive footage, and the 95-minute US version, containing alternate dubbing, re-ordered scenes and added visual effects
  • Limited edition packaging with reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Adam Rabalais
  • Illustrated collector's booklet featuring new writing on the film by Roberto Curti, an in-depth comparison of the different versions by Brad Stevens, and a selection of contemporary reviews
  • Fold-out double-sided poster featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Adam Rabalais
  • Six double-sided, postcard-sized lobby card reproduction artcards

DISC 1 -- THE ITALIAN AND ENGLISH EXPORT VERSIONS

  • Restored original lossless mono Italian and English soundtracks
  • Newly translated English subtitles for the Italian soundtrack
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing for the English soundtrack
  • New audio commentary by Tim Lucas, author of Mario Bava: All the Colors of the Dark
  • Mill of the Stone Women & The Gothic Body , a new visual essay on the trope of the wax/statue woman in Gothic horror by author and critic Kat Ellinger
  • Turned to Stone , a newly edited featurette containing archival interviews with actress Liana Orfei and film historian Fabio Melelli
  • A Little Chat with Dr. Mabuse , an archival interview with actor Wolfgang Preiss
  • Rare opening titles from the UK release, re-titled "Drops of Blood"German opening titles
  • US and German theatrical trailers
  • Image galleries

DISC 2 -- THE FRENCH AND US VERSIONS (LIMITED EDITION EXCLUSIVE)

  • Restored original lossless mono French soundtrack for the French version
  • Restored original lossless mono English soundtrack for the US version
  • Newly translated English subtitles for the French soundtrack
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing for the English soundtrack
Crash!

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Crash! is a 1976 USA horror by Charles Band.
Starring José Ferrer and Sue Lyon and John Ericson. IMDb

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

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Before CHRISTINE, another killer car screamed down the highways looking for blood in director Charles Band's deranged 1977 auto carnage creeper CRASH! LOLITA legend Sue Lyon stars as Kim, an unfortunate lass who is perpetually abused by her miserable, much older professor husband Marc (Jose Ferrer, DRACULA'S DOG) who, after being left an invalid by an accident he thinks his wife caused, plots to murder his missus with the aid of a monstrous Doberman Pinscher(!). But after Kim buys him a mystical African trinket from a street vendor (played by SALEM'S LOT and THE MAN WHO KNEW TOO MUCH actor Reggie Nalder), Marc's plans are foiled and soon the vengeful spirit of his dead wife has possessed her convertible, flipping it into a fearsome four-on-the-floor fiend! Over-the-top action, bizarre plot twists, endless car chases and enough car crashes to fill five films combined in this vintage Band-sploitation saga (shot by future THE FUGITIVE director Andrew Davis!), presented here fully remastered and uncut and louder and meaner than ever before! Buckle up for the weirdest ride of your life!

Bonus features include: Speed Demon: Crash Documentary, Original Vintage Trailer, Rare Carradine clips, Audio commentary with director Charles Band & David DeCoteau., Full Moon Trailers

 

 

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Endgame

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Endgame is a 1983 Italy action Sci-Fi film by Joe D'Amato (as Steven Benson).
Starring Al Cliver, Laura Gemser and George Eastman. Melon Farmers link  IMDb

Uncut on pre-cert VHS, but cut by the BBFC for 1986 18 rated VHS. Uncut and MPAA R rated in the US.

Summary Notes

A telepathic mutant recruits a post-World War III TV game-show warrior to lead her band of mutants to safety.

US: Uncut and MPAA R rated for:

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AN UNDERGROUND SOCIETY OF MUTANT REBELS ATTEMPT TO OVERTHROW THE TYRANNICAL GOVERNMENT BY INFILTRATING THE SPORT IN WHICH HUMANS ARE HUNTED AS PREY.

For his own entry in the '80s Italian Post-Nuke cycle, Joe D'Amato combines a prescient script, ferocious action and an unprecedented cast of ItaloCult icons to create "one of the better Spaghetti Sci-Fi films of the decade" (Rivets On The Poster): In a radiation-ravaged future, an underground society of mutant rebels will attempt to overthrow the tyrannical government by infiltrating the TV sport in which humans are hunted as prey.

Al Cliver (ZOMBIE), Laura Gemser (BLACK EMANUELLE), George Eastman (ANTHROPOPHAGUS), Gabriele Tinti (CALIGULA 2), Bobby Rhodes (DEMONS) and peplum legend Gordon Mitchell (THE GIANT OF METROPOLIS) star in this "tons of fun for lovers of Italian exploitation" (Rubbermonsterfetishism) featuring a pounding score by Carlo Maria Cordio (SHOCKING DARK), now scanned in 2K from the original negative.

SPECIAL FEATURES:

  • Trailer
Black Boots, Leather Whip

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Black Boots, Leather Whip is a 1983 Spain adult drama by Jesús Franco
Starring Lina Romay, Antonio Mayans and Asunción Calero IMDb

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

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WHEN A DOWN-ON-HIS-LUCK PRIVATE EYE IS HIRED BY A SULTRY CLIENT, HE'LL FIND HIMSELF CAUGHT IN A WEB OF SEDUCTION, BLACKMAIL AND MURDER.

During one of the most insanely productive periods of his career, writer/director Jess Franco resurrected the character of seedy private eye Al Pereira -- portrayed here by key collaborator Antonio Mayans -- for this 1983 Golden Films International hard-boiled erotic thriller: When down-on-his-luck Pereira is hired by a sultry client (blonde wigged Lina Romay under her pseudonym 'Candy Coster') for a fast-buck job, he'll find himself caught in a web of seduction, murder, blackmail, polyamorous mayhem that is jaw-droppingly extreme even by Uncle Jess standards. Asunción Calero (HOUSE OF LOST WOMEN) and Rocío Freixas (THE SINISTER DR. ORLOFF) co-star in this postmodern neo-noir Franco-style, now scanned uncut from the original negative for the first time ever.

SPECIAL FEATURES:

  • In The Land Of Franco: Part 5
  • Murderous Passions Author Stephen Thrower On BLACK BOOTS, LEATHER WHIP
  • Audio Commentary with I'm In A Jess Franco State Of Mind Writer Robert Monell and NaschyCast's Rodney Barnett
The House Of Lost Women

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The House Of Lost Women is a 1983 Spain drama by Jesús Franco
Starring Lina Romay, Antonio Mayans and Carmen Carrión IMDb

There are no censorship issues with this release

Summary Notes

Desdemona lives on an isolated island with her strange family: her father Mario, her stepmother Dulcinea and her mentally challenged sister Paulova. As the only inhabitants on the island loneliness and desolation engulf all members of her family. Desdemona tries to ward off her boredom by taking long walks along the beach or engaging in acts of self-gratification. She often tries to seduce her own father Mario to engage in acts of a sexual nature. Their daily routine is interrupted by the arrival (by boat) of a robust male stranger who brings friction into Desdemona's family.

US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:

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A WOMAN'S LIFE ON A REMOTE ISLAND WITH HER FATHER, STEPMOTHER AND MENTALLY-CHALLENGED SISTER SEETHES WITH VIOLENCE AND DEGENERACY.

In 1982 - a year in which he reportedly shot 13 films - writer/director Jess Franco created this blithely twisted drama that is equal parts Buñuelian black comedy and over-the-top very sexy soap opera: Lina Romay - here in her blonde 'Candy Coster' guise - stars as a pensive young nymph whose life on a remote island with her father, stepmother and mentally-challenged sister seethes with violence and degeneracy. Antonio Mayans (NIGHT OF OPEN SEX), Carmen Carrión (THE INCONFESSABLE ORGIES OF EMMANUELLE), Asunción Calero (BLACK BOOTS, LEATHER WHIP) and Antonio Rebollo (BAHÍA BLANCA) co-star in "the best of Franco's '80s Spanish soft-core period" (Bizarre Cinema), now scanned uncut from the original negative for the first time ever in America.

SPECIAL FEATURES: /

  • In The Land Of Franco Part 6
  • Murderous Passions Author Stephen Thrower On HOUSE OF LOST WOMEN
  • Audio Essay with I'm In A Jess Franco State Of Mind Writer Robert Monell
  • BONUS CD -- Daniel J. White In The Land Of Franco Vol. 2
Hard Target

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Hard Target is a 1993 USA action adventure thriller by john woo
Starring Jean-Claude Van Damme, Lance Henriksen and Yancy Butler BBFC link 2020 IMDb

Cut in the US for an MPAA R rating. This cut version was passed 18 for 1993 UK cinema release. The uncut European Version was passed 18 for UK home video and is MPAA Unrated in the US. This release features the European/International Version.

Summary Notes

Natasha Binder comes to New Orleans looking for her father, who has gone missing. In doing so, she meets a very hard man called Chance. He helps her find out that her father was killed by an organisation who sell the opportunity to hunt human prey. They are taking advantage of a police strike in New Orleans. Will the Muscles from Brussels win through?

US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:
  • 2021 KL Studio Classics (RA) Blu-ray at US Amazon #ad released on 7th December 2021

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The legendary "Muscles from Brussels" Jean-Claude Van Damme (No Retreat, No Surrender, Kickboxer) teams up with world-famous action director John Woo (The Killer, Hard Boiled, Face/Off) and executive producer Sam Raimi (The Evil Dead, Spider-Man) for this electrifying thriller. Chance Boudreaux (Van Damme) is the target of an evil mercenary (Lance Henriksen, Aliens) who recruits combat veterans for the "amusement" of his clients--bored tycoons who will pay a half a million dollars to stalk and kill the most challenging prey of them all: Man. So when beautiful Natasha Binder (Yancy Butler, TV's Witchblade) hires Chance in search of her missing father, she gets more than she bargained for. Screenwriter Chuck Pfarrer (Darkman) takes "The Most Dangerous Game" and laces it with dark humor and slam-bang action for the hard-hitting Hard Target, featuring Arnold Vosloo (The Mummy), Kasi Lemmons (The Silence of the Lambs) and Wilford Brimley (The Thing).

Special Features:
-Brand New 4K Restoration of the Unrated International Cut -- From a 4K Scan of the Original Camera Negative!
-NEW Interview with Director John Woo
-NEW Interview with Actor Lance Henriksen
-NEW Interview with Actress Yancy Butler
-NEW Interview with Stunt Coordinator Billy Burton
-NEW Audio Commentary by Action Film Historians Brandon Bentley and Mike Leeder
-Theatrical Trailer (Newly Restored in HD)
-5.1 Surround & 2.0 Lossless Stereo
-Optional English Subtitles

Krampus: The Naughty Cut

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Krampus: The Naughty Cut is a 2015 US comedy horror drama by Michael Dougherty
Starring Adam Scott, Toni Collette and David Koechner BBFC link 2020 IMDb

The film was cut in the US for a PG-13 rated theatrical release. This cut version was released worldwide. The cuts were restored for an MPAA Unrated Blu-ray release in 2021.

See cuts details from movie-censorship.com

The Naughty Cut includes 4:36s of mostly uncontroversial additional material. There are just a couple examples of strong language that were cut for the PG-13 rating.

US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:

Summary Notes

When his dysfunctional family clashes over the holidays, young Max (Emjay Anthony) gets disillusioned and turns his back on Christmas. Meanwhile, this lack of festive spirit unleashes the wrath of Krampus: a demonic force of ancient evil intent on punishing non-believers. All hell breaks loose as beloved holiday icons take on a monstrous life of their own, laying siege to the fractured family's home and forcing them to fight for one another if they hope to survive.

 

 

 

Weekly UK DVD and Blu-ray Releases...

The Cat o'Nine Tails, The Evil of Frankenstein, The Bird with the Crystal Plumage


Link Here 13th December 2021

 

UK flagReleased on 13th December 2021

Armour of God

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Armour of God is a 1987 Yugoslavia/Hong Kong action comedy by Jackie Chan.
With Jackie Chan, Alan Tam and Rosamund Kwan. Melon Farmers link  BBFC link 2020   IMDb

Uncut by the BBFC in a longer Hong Kong Version and also a shortened International Version
UK: Passed Suitable for 15 years and over uncut for:
  • 2021 88 Films Collector's Edition [Hong Kong + International versions] (RB) Blu-ray at UK Amazon #ad released on 13th December 2021

Summary Notes

Jackie Chan and his bumbling sidekick are sent on a quest through Europe to find a mysterious treasure held by a shadowy organization of monks.

The Bird With the Crystal Plumage

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The Bird with the Crystal Plumage is a 1969 Italian/West German thriller by Dario Argento.
With Tony Musante and Suzy Kendall. Melon Farmers link  BBFC link 2020  IMDb

The cut US R Version was passed X for cinema release (and pre-cert VHS). Cut further by the BBFC for VHS and 2005 DVD. Uncut for the 2011 Arrow DVD. Originally cut in the US for a PG rating but recent US releases have been uncut.
UK: passed 15 uncut for one scene of sexualised violence and moderate horror:

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In 1970, young first-time director Dario Argento (Deep Red, Suspiria) made his indelible mark on Italian cinema with The Bird with the Crystal Plumage -- a film which redefined the 'giallo' genre of murder-mystery thrillers and catapulted him to international stardom. Sam Dalmas (Tony Musante, We Own the Night), an American writer living in Rome, inadvertently witnesses a brutal attack on a woman (Eva Renzi, Funeral in Berlin) in a modern art gallery. Powerless to help, he grows increasingly obsessed with the incident. Convinced that something he saw that night holds the key to identifying the maniac terrorising Rome, he launches his own investigation parallel to that of the police, heedless of the danger to both himself and his girlfriend Giulia (Suzy Kendall, Spasmo)...

A staggeringly assured debut, The Bird with the Crystal Plumage establishes the key traits that would define Argento's filmography, including lavish visuals and a flare for wildly inventive, brutal scenes of violence. With sumptuous cinematography by Vittorio Storaro (Apocalypse Now) and a seductive score by legendary composer Ennio Morricone (Once Upon a Time in the West), this landmark film has never looked or sounded better in this 4K Ultra HD presentation from Arrow Video!

4K ULTRA HD BLU-RAY SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS - 4K restoration from the original negative by Arrow Films - 4K (2160p) UHD Blu-ray presentation in Dolby Vision (HDR10 compatible) - Restored original lossless mono Italian and English soundtracks - English subtitles for the Italian soundtrack - Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing for the English soundtrack - Audio commentary by Troy Howarth, author of So Deadly, So Perverse: 50 Years of Italian Giallo Films - Black Gloves and Screaming Mimis, an interview with author and critic Kat Ellinger exploring the film's themes and its relationship to both the giallo and Fredric Brown's novel The Screaming Mimi - The Power of Perception, a visual essay on the cinema of Dario Argento by Alexanda Heller-Nicholas, author of Devil's Advocates: Suspiria and The Giallo Canvas: Art, Excess and Horror Cinema, reflecting on the recurring theme of perception and the role of art in Argento's filmography - Crystal Nightmare, an interview with writer/director Dario Argento - An Argento Icon, an interview with actor Gildo Di Marco - Eva's Talking, an archival interview with actor Eva Renzi - Original Italian and international theatrical trailers - 2017 Texas Frightmare trailer - Image galleries - Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Obviously Creative

The Cat O Nine Tails

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The Cat o'Nine Tails is a 1971 Italy / France / West Germany mystery thriller by Dario Argento.
Starring James Franciscus, Karl Malden and Catherine Spaak. Melon Farmers link  BBFC link 2020  IMDb

The BBFC AA rated 1971 cinema release was cut, but the BBFC database claims it to be uncut. The contradiction hasn't been fully explained but there may be a combination of pre-cuts and BBFC cuts. The 18 rated VHS was slightly shortened for video and 2002 DVD. The same versions was reduced to a 15 rating in 2005. The same version is unrated in the US but the PG rated version is heavily cut.
UK: Passed 15 uncut for strong violence:

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Following the success of his debut feature, The Bird with the Crystal Plumage, distributor Titanus tasked writer/director Dario Argento with delivering a follow-up in short order. The resulting film, granted a greatly enhanced budget and heralded in its US marketing campaign as "nine times more suspenseful" than its predecessor, was The Cat O' Nine Tails. When a break-in occurs at a secretive genetics institute, blind puzzle-maker Franco Arnò (Karl Malden, Patton, One-Eyed Jacks), who overheard an attempt to blackmail one of the institute's scientists shortly before the robbery, teams up with intrepid reporter Carlo Giordani (James Franciscus, Beneath the Planet of the Apes) to crack the case. But before long the bodies begin to pile up and the two amateur sleuths find their own lives imperiled in their search for the truth. And worse still, Lori (Cinzia De Carolis, Cannibal Apocalypse), Franco's young niece, may also be in the killer's sights...

This second entry in the so-called "Animal Trilogy" found Argento further refining his distinctive style and cementing his reputation as the master of the giallo thriller. Co-starring Catherine Spaak (Il Sorpasso) and Rada Rassimov (Baron Blood), and featuring another nerve-jangling score by the great Ennio Morricone (The Bird with the Crystal Plumage, The Good, The Bad and the Ugly), The Cat O' Nine Tails remains one of Argento's most suspenseful and underrated films.

4K ULTRA HD BLU-RAY SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS - 4K restoration from the original negative by Arrow Films - 4K (2160p) UHD Blu-ray presentation in Dolby Vision (HDR10 compatible) - Restored original lossless mono Italian and English soundtracks - English subtitles for the Italian soundtrack - Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing for the English soundtrack - Audio commentary by critics Alan Jones and Kim Newman - Nine Lives, an interview with co-writer/director Dario Argento - The Writer O' Many Tales, an interview with co-writer Dardano Sacchetti - Child Star, an interview with actress Cinzia De Carolis - Giallo in Turin, an interview with production manager Angelo Iacono - Script pages for the lost original ending, translated into English - Original Italian, international and US theatrical trailers - Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Obviously Creative

Donnie Darko

Donnie Darko is a 2001 USA Sci-Fi thriller by Richard Kelly.
Starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Jena Malone and Mary McDonnell. Melon Farmers link  BBFC link 2020   IMDb

Exists as a Theatrical Version and a Director's Cut. Both are 15 rated by the BBFC and MPAA R rated in the US.
UK: Passed Suitable for 15 years and over uncut for:
  • 2021 Arrow Video [Theatrical Version + Director's Cut] (RB) 4K Blu-ray at UK Amazon #ad released on 13th December 2021
  • 2021 Arrow Video Amazon Prime VoD [UK only] at UK Amazon #ad

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Fifteen years before Stranger Things combined science fiction, Spielbergian touches and 80s nostalgia to much acclaim, Richard Kelly set the template -- and the high-water mark -- with his debut feature, Donnie Darko. Initially beset with distribution problems, it would slowly find its audience and emerge as arguably the first cult classic of the new millennium. Donnie is a troubled high school student: in therapy, prone to sleepwalking and in possession of an imaginary friend, a six-foot rabbit named Frank, who tells him the world is going to end in 28 days, 06 hours, 42 minutes and 12 seconds. During that time he will navigate teenage life, narrowly avoid death in the form of a falling jet engine, follow Frank's maladjusted instructions and try to maintain the space-time continuum. Described by its director as "The Catcher in the Rye as told by Philip K. Dick", Donnie Darko combines an eye-catching, eclectic cast -- pre-stardom Jake and Maggie Gyllenhaal, heartthrob Patrick Swayze, former child star Drew Barrymore, Oscar nominees Mary McDonnell and Katharine Ross, and television favourite Noah Wyle -- and an evocative soundtrack of 80s classics by Echo and the Bunnymen, Tears for Fears and Duran Duran. This 4K restoration by Arrow Films allows a modern classic to receive the home video treatment it deserves.

4K ULTRA HD BLU-RAY 2-DISC SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS - 4K restorations of both the Theatrical Cut and the Director's Cut from the original camera negatives by Arrow Films, supervised and approved by director Richard Kelly and cinematographer Steven Poster - 4K (2160p) UHD Blu-ray presentations of both cuts in Dolby Vision (HDR10 compatible) - Original DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 audio - Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing - Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Luke Preece

DISC 1 -- THE THEATRICAL CUT [4K UHD BLU-RAY] - Audio commentary by writer-director Richard Kelly and actor Jake Gyllenhaal - Audio commentary by Kelly, producer Sean McKittrick and actors Drew Barrymore, Jena Malone, Beth Grant, Mary McDonnell, Holmes Osborne, Katharine Ross and James Duval - Deus ex Machina: The Philosophy of Donnie Darko, a documentary by Ballyhoo Motion Pictures on the making of Donnie Darko, containing interviews with writer-director Richard Kelly, producer Sean McKittrick, cinematographer Steven Poster, editor Sam Bauer, composer Michael Andrews, costume designer April Ferry, production designer Alec Hammond and actor James Duval - The Goodbye Place, Kelly's 1996 short film, which anticipates some of the themes and ideas of his feature films - 20 deleted and alternate scenes with optional commentary by Kelly - Trailer

DISC 2 -- THE DIRECTOR'S CUT [4K UHD BLU-RAY] - Audio commentary by Kelly and filmmaker Kevin Smith - The Donnie Darko Production Diary, an archival documentary charting the film's production, with optional commentary by cinematographer Steven Poster - Archive interviews with Kelly, actors Jake Gyllenhaal, Jena Malone, Drew Barrymore, James Duval, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Holmes Osborne, Noah Wyle and Katharine Ross, producers Sean McKittrick, Nancy Juvonen, Hunt Lowry and Casey La Scala, and cinematographer Steven Poster - Three archive featurettes: They Made Me Do It, They Made Me Do It Too and #1 Fan: A Darkomentary - Storyboard comparisons - B-roll footage - Cunning Visions infomercials - Music video: Mad World by Gary Jules - Galleries - Director's Cut trailer - TV spots

Hatchet For the Honeymoon

Hatchet For the Honeymoon is a 1970 Italy / Spain horror thriller by Mario Bava.
Starring Stephen Forsyth and Dagmar Lassander and Laura Betti. BBFC link 2020  IMDb

There are no censorship issues with this release.

UK: Passed 15r uncut for moderate horror:

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From director Mario Bava, the Godfather of Italian horror, comes Hatchet for the Honeymoon, a superlative early 70s slasher which places us and the erstwhile filmmaker back in the realm of the Gialli feature, a cinematic sub-genre he practically invented. With echoes of Psycho (1960) and Peeping Tom (1960), this unsettling production sees troubled protagonist John Harrington (Stephen Forsythe) turning to a life of serial killing. Refused a divorce by his uncaring wife, and haunted by childhood trauma John takes out his murderous frustrations on a string of would-be brides who innocently cross his path.

Undoubtedly an influence on later movies like Maniac (1980), and a host of other chillers, this often-overlooked piece from one of Europe's finest, is a smart, beautifully stylised, gory delight.

Extras

Audio Commentary by Giallo Cinema Export Troy Howarth
Meet the Bavas - An Interview with Renowned Director Lamberto Bava
Working With A Master - An Interview with Assistant Camerman Gianlorenzo Battaglia
Trailer
 

 

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The Last Matinee

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The Last Matinee is a 2020 Uruguay horror thriller by Maximiliano Contenti
Starring Ricardo Islas, Luciana Grasso and Franco Duran IMDb

There are no censorship issues with this release

Summary Notes

It's a soaking wet day with rain pouring down and one of the best things to do is to go seek refuge in a great old cinema. There's just one problem: a murderer is on the loose and he also has taken refuge there.

UK: BBFC details not yet published for:

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TERROR! SCREAMING! DEATH! COMING SOON TO THIS CINEMA! A trip to the movies takes a deadly turn in this stylish neo-giallo love letter to classic slashers that will send your popcorn flying and have you diving behind your seat! A cold, wet day. A declining cinema. All you want is to get out of the rain and watch a good film. But who else is in there, hiding in the dark? When Ana takes over projection duties from her ailing father, she doesn't expect anything worse than a broken reel or a burned-out bulb. But there's a sadistic killer in the auditorium, and soon blood is running in the aisles as he starts picking off the audience members one by one. Can Ana and the few remaining survivors escape the murderous madman, or will they be victims of his matinee massacre?

Uruguayan director Maxi Contenti marks himself out as a talent to watch with a film that Rue Morgue calls "Visually stunning... indulgently violent!" Arrow Video is proud to present The Last Matinee. It's a killer time at the movies!

LIMITED EDITION CONTENTS

- High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation
- Original uncompressed stereo and 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio sound
- Optional English subtitles
- Audio Commentary with director Maxi Contenti
- VFX featurette exploring the special effects of the film
- Interview with director Maxi Contenti
- Killer Attractions: Maxi Contenti & Ricardo Islas in Conversation, discussion between the film's director and star Ricardo Islas, director of Frankenstein: Day of the Beast
- At the Premiere, featurette on the film's premiere
- Music video for 'Espada' by Phoro, directed by Maxi Contenti
- Puppet Pal V, Contenti's first feature film
- Six short films by director Maxi Contenti: The Plastic Kingdom (2011), Popping Eyes (2009), Hobby Metal (2006), Les Escaliers Fruitiers (2005), La Galleta aka The Cookie (2003), Miedo aka Fear (2001)
- Deleted and extended scenes
- Trailers and teasers
- Image galleries including behind-the-scenes and promo stills, concept artwork, storyboards and posters
- Fan artwork image gallery
- Double-sided fold-out poster
- Illustrated collectors' booklet featuring new writing on the film by Anton Bitel
- Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Marc Schoenbach

The Evil of Frankenstein

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The Evil of Frankenstein is a 1964 UK horror by Freddie Francis.
Starring Peter Cushing and Peter Woodthorpe and Duncan Lamont. BBFC link 2020  IMDb

The BBFC cut the X rated 1964 cinema release but waived the cuts for 12 rated 2007 DVD. There also exists a cut but extended US TV version.

Summary Notes

Penniless, Baron Frankenstein, accompanied by his eager assistant Hans, arrives at his family castle near the town of Karlstaad, vowing to continue his experiments in the creation of life. Fortuitously finding the creature he was previously working on, he brings it back to a semblance of life but requires the services of a mesmerist, Zoltan, to successfully animate it. The greedy and vengeful Zoltan secretly sends the monster into town to steal gold and 'punish' the burgomaster and the chief of police, which acts lead to a violent confrontation between the baron and the townspeople.

UK: Passed 12 uncut for moderate horror and violence:
  • 2021 Final Cut Entertainment (RB) Blu-ray at UK Amazon #ad released on 6th December 2021

Promotional Material

Once hounded from his castle for creating a monstrous living creature, Baron Frankenstein returns to his ancestral home in Karlstaad, determined to continue his experiments into the creation of life. High in the mountains, Frankenstein and his faithful assistant, Hans, stumble on the body of the creature, perfectly preserved in ice. He is brought back to life, but Frankenstein is forced to employ a hypnotist, Zoltan, to complete the process. Unbeknown to Frankenstein, Zoltan now controls the creature and has plans to use him to rob and pillage the local villages. Can Frankenstein break Zoltan's hypnotic spell, or will Zoltan induce the creature.

Extras:

THE MAKING OF THE EVIL OF FRANKENSTEIN- NARRATED BY EDWARD DE SOUZA & FEATURING INTERVIEWS WITH WAYNE KINSEY, CARON GARDNER, HUGH HARLOW, PAULINE HARLOW, PETER CUSHING AND DON MINGAYE.
STILLS GALLERY
THEATRICAL TRAILER
A MOMENT WITH CARON GARDNER

The Howling

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The Howling is a 1981 USA horror by Joe Dante.
Starring Dee Wallace and Patrick Macnee and Dennis Dugan. BBFC link 2020  IMDb

There are no censorship issues with this release

Summary Notes

In a red light district, newswoman Karen White is bugged by the police, investigating serial killer Eddie Quist, who has been molesting her through phone calls. After police officers find them in a peep-show cabin and shoot Eddie, Karen becomes emotionally disturbed and loses her memory. Hoping to conquer her inner demons, she heads for the Colony, a secluded retreat where the creepy residents are rather too eager to make her feel at home. There also seems to be a bizarre connection between Eddie Quist and this supposedly safe haven. And when, after nights of being tormented by unearthly cries, Karen ventures into the forest and makes a terrifying discovery.

UK: Passed 18 uncut for:

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Imagine your worst fear a reality with this brand new 4K 40th anniversary restoration of The Howling, approved by Director Joe Dante (Gremlins). With groundbreaking special effects by Rob Bottin (The Thing, The Fog, Total Recall), The Howling has been stunningly restored for a new generation of horror fans. Graphically violent, sexually explicit and nightmarishly intense, it remains one of the most original werewolf movies of the eighties.

After an intense confrontation with a serial killer, news anchor Karen White (Dee Wallace) is left traumatised and suffering from amnesia. In need of recovery, Karen takes refuge within "The Colony", a country retreat organised by her psychiatrist Dr Waggner (Patrick Macnee). But things at "The Colony" aren't as idyllic as they originally seemed and as blood curdling screams break the midnight silence, Karen's memories slowly begin to come into focus.

Extras:
- NEW Inside the Career of Joe Dante
- Welcome to Werewolfland
- Deleted Scenes
- Outtakes

 




 


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