“Flesh of my Flesh” Review – 6:36
“Hollow Creek” Review – 11:04
“Cut and Run” Review – 15:29
“Killer Nun” Review – 21:25
The Weekly Western – “Ride the High Country” Review – 26:42
Q&A – 37:14
Update – 37:57
"Suspiria" Steelbook Blu-Ray Review (Synapse Films)
Synapse films brings us the legendary Dario Argento film “Suspiria” to Blu-ray, the beautiful art horror film has been meticulously poked and prodded to perfection. The colors are so vibrant your eyes may bleed with a sound design so alive you might have to double check the house to make sure you aren’t hearing things. In other words the wait was worth it.
The set up and story of “Suspiria” is straight forward on paper, but the execution is nothing of the sort. An American ballet student unravels a coven of witches in a strange dancing school in Germany. Sounds simple enough, but the result was an undeniable masterpiece that cemented Dario Argento as one of the holy trio of Italian horror directors along with Mario Bava and Lucio Fulci. It’s hard to speak of a film that film historians and scholars have written books on. Some obvious things come rushing to one’s head; the attention to detail, luxurious set designs, elaborate death scenes, unmatched composition, fancy camera work, and of course the amazing lighting. From the very opening of “Suspiria,” we are hit with the pulsating nightmarish music of Goblin. Soon enough, the film matches as our lead Suzy Bannion (Jessica Harper) is caught in a harsh thunderstorm while en route to her destination; the audience is treated to a visually stunning moment where her ride makes its way down a desolate wooded road. The trees engulf everything in sight and, along with the flickering lights of the storm and layers of shadows being created, we enter a true nightmare world. The entire film is a haunting painting; every frame a moment of beauty, not always easy to understand or rational, but none the less stunning. In fact that is “Suspiria” as a whole, irrational, but stunning. Unlike Dario Argento’s previous Giallo efforts, “Suspiria” features a term that was coined for some of his and Fulci’s films: Nightmare Logic. It doesn’t always make sense, but it does in the terms of a nightmare. In “The Beyond” it’s the gates of hell being opened and creating an environment where spiders and zombies roam uninterrupted; in “Suspiria” it’s a floating face and arm in the dark, a dog turning against his beloved owner, and maggots falling from the ceiling. It’s an experience of beauty and horror, a world where you long to look at and fear going to.
The new steelbook release includes two audio commentaries by authors and Argento scholars, Derek Botelho, David Del Valle & Troy Howarth. Both of these commentaries are as entertaining as they are educational. Also included is a featurette with interviews with film makers and scholars, a video essay, a look at the locations in comparison with Nazi Germany, and an interview with Barbara Magnolfi who played Olga in the film. The features are entertaining and well put together. The only disappointment is that there aren’t very many people involved with the film on the disc although the amazing picture, sound, and CD Soundtrack included make up for that. A top notch film gets a top notch release and is in the running for best Blu-Ray of the year.
Dario Argento s masterpiece of horror comes to home video from Synapse Films in an exclusive new 4K restoration from the original uncut, uncensored 35mm Italian camera negative and with the original 4.0 English surround sound, for the first time EVER! Painstakingly restored over the past three years, Synapse Films has created the ultimate special edition of SUSPIRIA with the supervision and approval of the film s Director of Photography, Luciano Tovoli, and loaded with a separate Blu-ray disc of amazing extras! SUSPIRIA is presented in its original glory for its 40th Anniversary!
Three disc (Two Blu-rays + One CD) limited collector s edition containing a new 4K restoration of the original uncut, uncensored Italian 35mm camera negative exclusively done by Synapse Films, with color correction supervised and approved by SUSPIRIA Director of Photography, Luciano TovoliExclusive.
Steelbook packaging and collector's o-card sleeve, featuring artwork from Malleus, Van Orton Design, Juan José Saldarriaga & Chris MacGibbon.
Original 4.0 1977 English language LCRS sound mix not heard since the theatrical release in 1977, presented in high-resolution DTS-HD MA 96 Khzቴ-bit audio.
Italian 5.1 surround sound mix.
Two audio commentaries by authors and Argento scholars, Derek Botelho, David Del Valle & Troy Howarth.
Do You Know Anything About Witches? - 30 minute SUSPIRIA visual essay written, edited and narrated by Michael Mackenzie.
Suzy in Nazi Germany Featurette on the German locations from SUSPIRIA.
A Sigh from the Depths: 40 Years of SUSPIRIA All-new anniversary retrospective on the making of the film and its influence on cinema.
Olga s Story Interview with star Barbara Magnolfi.
Original theatrical trailers, TV spots and radio spots.
Special Collector Edition Booklet containing an American Cinematographer interview with Luciano Tovoli, liner notes by Derek Botelho and restoration notes by Vincent Pereira & Don May, Jr. Cover artwork by Matthew Therrien Illustration.
"International Classics" English "Breathing Letters" opening credit sequence from U.S. release version.
Alternate All-English opening and closing credits sequences, playable via seamless branching.
Newly translated, removable English SDH subtitles for the English language version.
Newly translated, removable English subtitles for the Italian language version.
Exclusive CD remaster of Goblin s SUSPIRIA motion picture soundtrack, containing additional tracks not included on the original 1977 soundtrack release.
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"Flesh of my Flesh" DVD Review
High concept meets low budget in this psychotropic zombie thriller set at the tail end of humanity's Last Great War of Existence. A mission sent to recover survivors goes south when they discover that the throngs of undead aren't wandering mindless things, but crafty pack hunters who have their own agenda. They find a hidden group of survivors, but the news is even worse than they imagined. With only hours to escape before a final obliterating carpet strike, they make a break for it before all is lost. This signed and numbered LIMITED COLLECTORS EDITION contains a 40-minute "making of" featurette, Official Zombie Hunter ID card, Bonus card for "Hacked Off" card game, 4 bonus short movies: "Animo Korvoj", "Come to Us", "Blood", and "Con of the Dead", Commentary track, Music-only track, Theaterical teasers and trailers
40-minute 'making of' featurette
Official Zombie Hunter ID card
Bonus card for 'Hacked Off' card game
Commentary track, Music-only track
Theaterical teasers and trailers
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"Hollow Creek" DVD Review
'Hollow Creek“ features a great cast that includes Academy Award-nominee Burt Reynolds (Boogie Nights, Deliverance), Guisela Moro (Seven Deadly Words) and Steve Daron (Shadow Fighter).
Mystery thriller in the tradition of Stephen King movies / novels like Dolores Claiborne, Misery, The Dark Half or Apt Pupil.
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"Cut and Run" Blu-Ray Review (Code Red)
Starring Lisa Blount, Leonard Mann, Willie Aames, Karen Black, Michael Berryman
Special Features: New 2K scan of the U.S. version, Both the R-Rated and Unrated versions, New interviews with Willie Aames, Leonard Mann, John Steiner and Ruggero Deodato, Reversible Cover, Trailer
Code Red // 1985 // 86 (R-Rated Version), 89 Minutes (Unrated Version) // Rated R, Unrated // Color // English
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"Killer Nun" Blu-Ray Review (Blue Underground)
Branded as obscene around the world and banned outright in Britain, KILLER NUN has been newly remastered from the original negative and is now presented with all its blasphemous sex and violence fully restored in sleazy High Definition!
From the Secret Files of the Vatican - Interview with Co-Writer/Director Giulio Berruti
Blue Underground Website – http://blue-underground.com/
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The Weekly Western - "Ride the High Country" Blu-Ray Review (Warner Archive)
With luck, the two will find space enough for this ride and one last payday. They will also find adventure, including the dramatic rescue of a mistreated bride (Mariette Hartley), gun-blazing shoot-outs and a life-changing betrayal. Both an exciting Western and a heart-lifting homage to the genre, Ride the High Country is a journey into film greatness.
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1. The Willies (Bootleg) (Recommended)
2. American Gothic
3. Code of Silence
5. The Split
7. The Brink’s Job
8. ’92 in the Shade
9. Kid Blue
10. China 9, Liberty 37
11. Love and Bullets/ Russian Roulette
12. Vincent Price Miniature Bust
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This detailed Vincent Price 6" bust sculpted in onyx resin boasting a crimson medallion is a brand-new officially-licensed limited edition item for 2017.
A collaboration between Rue Morgue Magazine, MVD Entertainment Group, and Aggronautix, the bust can sit on any surface or be hung on a wall utilizing the metal keyhole fixture on the back of the head.
Comes in a full color collector's box.
Flesh of my Flesh – 2015 – Edward Martin III
Hollow Creek – 2017 – Guisela Moro
Cut and Run – 1985 – Ruggero Deodato
Killer Nun – 1979 – Giulio Berruti
Ride the High Country – 1962 – Sam Peckinpah