Amsterdamned Review - 0:15
The Slayer Review - 6:50
The Love of a Woman Review - 12:52
Jackie Brown Review - 17:23
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Shout Out - 25:09
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Amsterdamned Blu-Ray/DVD Review (Blue Underground)
A series of gruesome murders set the town of Amsterdam in a panic. The killer is using the murky depths of the canals and his diving experience to his advantage. It's up to an unorthodox police officer to end the madness. “Amsterdamned” is a mishmash of action, horror, and comedy; cramming as many stunts, chase scenes, and morbid humor into it as it can, making for a weird experience.
“Amsterdamned” recalls American films from the 70’s due to its high paced action stunts and chase scenes. The film’s ultimate stunt is an 8 minute chase scene via speed boats. This miraculous moment is done through the tight canals while dodging obstacles and people the entire time. The film’s camera work, along with the basic set up, is heavily inspired by the classic 70’s film “Jaws,”; in particular the POV shots from the killer as he stalks his prey above the scummy surface of the canals. Also prevalent are American 80s slasher and serial killer films. The ways the murder scenes are orchestrated feel similar to as if they were being carried by Jason Voorhees or Frank Zito from “Maniac.” The film seems to try and paint Amsterdam in a sleazy light, recalling the New York of the 70s and 80s film world. Incorporated into the film are the apparent pollution problems and the Red Light District making everything seem dirty. If there isn’t murder or action to be seen, it’s police procedural with a lot of clue checking and bureaucratic politics. This stuff is all fairly typical with pressure from the Mayor and the Chief to the lead the detective to catch the killer and save tourism; “Jaws” again. Besides the insane plot and high paced action, a stand out element is the dark humor of the film. The director Dick Maas never passes up a chance to poke fun at the residents of Amsterdam. This is best done in a scene where a group of children and nuns on a guided boat tour encounter a body of a prostitute. The body of the sex worker is hanging off a bridge and drags across the top of the glass ceiling of the tour boat to the passenger’s horror and the audience’s chuckles. “Amsterdamned” does suffer a bit in the mystery department; by the end of the film, the killer's identity seems to be obvious, but the film neglects the previous red herrings and who the killer is seems to come out of left field. Although maybe a nice twist for some, it seems rather strange.
Blue Underground has included a commentary with Dick Maas and stuntman Dickey Beer moderated by David Gregory, a vintage making of, and some new interviews. If you watch only one feature, make sure it’s the amazing music video which features the theme song by Loïs Lane. Blue Underground has done a decent job with video and a great job with the sound, English, French, and Dutch language is included. At the end of the day, “Amsterdamned” is an entertaining stunt filled action horror outing that has enough guts and strangeness to keep people entertained.
The Danger Lies Just Below the Surface
Down in the murky depths of Amsterdam’s famous canals lurks a murderous predator. Surfacing at night, he kills at random and disappears without a trace. As the bodies begin to pile up and mass hysteria envelopes the city, Detective Eric Visser is assigned to head the investigation. With only the escalating number of victims to go on, Visser pursues his quarry with a vengeance, unaware that his beautiful new girlfriend may be the mysterious killer’s next victim.
Huub Stapel (THE LIFT) and Monique van de Ven (TURKISH DELIGHT) star in this pulse-pounding thriller written and directed by Dick Maas (SILENT WITNESS), highlighted by an explosive speedboat chase through the city’s narrow canals. Long unavailable on U.S. home video, Blue Underground proudly presents AMSTERDAMNED in a brand-new 2K restoration from the original Dutch negative, approved by Dick Maas!
- Audio Commentary with Writer/Director Dick Maas and Editor Hans van Dongen
- The Making Of AMSTERDAMNED
- Tales From The Canal - Interview with Star Huub Stapel
- Damned Stuntwork Interview with Stunt Coordinator Dickey Beer
- Dutch Trailer
- U.S. Trailer
- Loïs Lane Music Video "Amsterdamned." (Directed by Dick Maas)
- Poster & Still Gallery
- BONUS Collectable Booklet with new essay by author Michael Gingold
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The Slayer Blu-Ray/DVD Review (Arrow Video)
The neglected supernatural slasher Video Nasty, “The Slayer” hits bluray from Arrow Films. Two couples go on a vacation on a secluded island. Our protagonist, Kay, feels uneasy about the Island and soon her uneasiness becomes much more than a bad feeling; it becomes a place for the Slayer to strike.
“The Slayer” is unlike any other slasher villain, a physical manifestation of someone’s nightmares that may or may not even be real. “The Slayer” surprisingly predates “A Nightmare on Elm Street” by a couple years, which makes its original lack luster release an even bigger shame. Not only does “The Slayer” have a great concept behind its villain, it manages to bring a few more refreshing elements. Our characters are adults and successful, it's nice to see a group of people treating each other with a decent amount of respect and a will to do more than just party. The group has a nice relationship and history without over explaining it or stopping the movie to let us know what is important. The pacing, although slow, sets the mood correctly. At times “The Slayer” is a bit melodramatic but somehow fits with the psyche of the lead, giving the proper attention and interactions between the characters. Later in the film, we understand Kay’s fragile mental state isn’t something new and these facts let the audience know she may be dangerous. The ominous presence of dread in the film is told through the setting and music. When an abandoned theater, previously in our lead's painting, is first shown, we know something awful is going to happen in that building. The few special effects that are on display are top notch, including one of the most amazing pitchfork death scenes around. Not to mention the big reveal at the end when Kay finally comes face to face with the titular character. “The Slayer” has some unanswered questions. As the films moves along and the bodies begin to pile up we aren’t necessarily sure if we can completely trust our lead heroine. Is the killer a manifestation of nightmares, an intruder on the island, or, the unthinkable, our lead?
For the first time ever, “The Slayer” looks and sounds amazing. The eerie score and haunting location finally are presented correctly. Included on the disc are two commentaries, one with director J.S. Cardone and one with the fellas from The Hysteria Continues website. Also included are brand new interviews with cast and crew, and the Arrow Blu-Ray premiere. All and all, a great release for an underseen film.
IS IT A NIGHTMARE? OR IS IT... THE SLAYER?
One of the most sought-after titles for slasher fans everywhere, The Slayer finally rises from the ashes of obscurity in a brand new 4K transfer courtesy of Arrow Video. Two young couples set off to a secluded island for what promises to be a restful retreat. But the peace is short-lived: as a storm batters the island, troubled artist Kay begins to sense that a malevolent presence is here with them, stalking them at every turn. Is she losing her mind, or are her childhood nightmares of a demonic assailant coming to terrifying life? Previously only available on home video in truncated or full screen versions, The Slayer - whose nightmares-seeping-into-reality theme predates a certain Wes Craven classic by several years - comes lovingly restored from the original negative in a stunning transfer that will be a revelation to fans both old and new.
Brand new restoration from a 4K scan of the original negative
High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentations
Original Uncompressed Mono Audio
Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
Brand new interviews with cast and crew
Original Theatrical Trailer
Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Justin Osbourn
FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Collector's booklet featuring new liner notes by writer Lee Gambin
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The Love of a Woman Blu-Ray/DVD Review (Arrow Academy)
The Love of a Woman (L'amour d'une femme) was the final feature of the great French filmmaker Jean Grémillon, concluding a string of classics that included such greats as Remorques, Lumière d'été and Pattes blanches. Marie, a young doctor, arrives on the island of Ushant to replace its retiring physician. She experiences prejudice from the mostly male population, but also love in the form of engineer André. Starring Micheline Presle, whose impressive career has encompassed French, Italian and Hollywood cinema, and Massimo Girotti, best-known for his performance in Luchino Visconti's Ossessione, The Love of a Woman is a sad, beautiful, romantic masterpiece.
High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition presentations of the feature, from materials supplied by Gaumont
Original French mono audio (uncompressed LPCM on the Blu-ray)
Optional English subtitles
In Search of Jean Grémillon, a feature-length documentary on the filmmaker from 1969, containing interviews with director René Clair, archivist Henri Langlois, actors Micheline Presle and Pierre Brasseur, and others
Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Jennifer Dionisio
FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film by critic Ginette Vincendeau
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Jackie Brown Blu-Ray Review
Quentin Tarantino (Pulp Fiction) scores with an explosive mix of intense action and edgy humor in his "twisty crime yarn" (Entertainment Weekly). What do a sexy stewardess (Pam Grier), a street-tough gun runner (Samuel L. Jackson), a lonely bail bondsman (Robert Forster), a shifty ex-con (Robert De Niro), an earnest federal agent (Michael Keaton) and a stoned-out beach bunny (Bridget Fonda) have in common? They're six players on the trail of a half million dollars in cash! The only questions are... who's going to get played... and who's going to make the big score?
Breaking Down Jackie Brown
Jackie Brown: How It Went Down Retrospective Featuring Interviews with Quentin Tarantino, Pam Grief, Robert Forster, Samuel L. Jackson, Robert De Niro, Bridget Fonda, Michael Keaton, Elmore Leonard and Crew
A Look Back At Jackie Brown Interview with Quentin Tarantino
Chicks With Guns Video
Siskel & Ebert At The Movies - Jackie Brown Review
Jackie Brown on MTV
Deleted and Alternate Scenes
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Shout Out: Gay For Pray: The Erotic Adventures Of Jesus Christ
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Gay for Pray: The Erotic Adventures of Jesus Christ is the new christsploitation comedy from Rock Bottom Video and director Nathan Rumler who brought us the horror comedy Fangboner. The film stars Brian Papandrea, Sadie Tate, and Dave Parker.
Synopsis – Jesus is kicked out of Heaven for being a homosexual, stripped of his powers and cast down to Earth as punishment. Once back on this planet, he suffers a mental breakdown and creates an alter ego; posing as a wizard in order to still be able to sleep with men without his followers knowing. After an altercation, three weirdos (an asshole Atheist, a poor guy down on his luck and a woman with a religious sexual fetish) discover his true identity. They ultimately decide to take Jesus under their wing and help him get his powers back. But not without catching the attention of some maniacal protesters in town…
The film will be having a hometown premier on 9/16 and a special screening at Cinema Wasteland. The film will be available to order at the screening at Cinema Wasteland.
Check it out along with other indie classics at rockbottomvideo.com.
Premiere - https://www.facebook.com/events/482003428825551/
IMDB - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt7263418
Trailer - https://youtu.be/81bw7SQjdZw
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