“Bound” Review– 0:13
“The Horror at Party Beach” Review –6:00
“Detective Bureau 2-3: Go to Hell Bastards!” Review – 9:59
“Crazy Six” Review – 13:29
The Weekly Western “A Reason to Live, A Reason to Die” Review – 17:32
VHS Voyage “The Black Room” Review – 26:25
“Beyond the Gates” Pick a Movie – 30:59
Pick a Movie Winner Drawing– 36:41
Q&A – 37:20
Shriek Show Boxset Showing – 43:35
Update – 47:47
"Bound" Blu-Ray Review (Olive Films)
Olive Films presents the debut film from the Wachowski Brothers on special edition Blu-Ray. The film is lined with an all-star cast and manages to look polished and professional while being fairly experimental. Included on the new Signature Series edition are a nice amount of features, some of which are being released stateside for the first time.
Corky (Gina Gershon), a recently released ex-con and handy women lands a job fixing up an apartment next to a mobster named Caesar (Joe Pantoliano) and his sex pot girlfriend Violet (Jennifer Tilly). Before long, Violent seduces Corky and the two begin an affair, matters are complicated when Violet ask Corky to help her steal 2 million dollars in laundered money.
Bound’s plot is straight forward, but due to some stylized moments, editing, and a strong choice of the two leads being lesbians it makes it stand out in a most excellent way. The seduction and following sex scenes are done in such an intimate, close, and personal way that it places the audience inside the room. The scenes create a real sexual tension between the leads, Tilly and Gershon, and makes for a believable affair. The film is shot and lit in a great noir style and manages to have some experimental shots that make the Wachowski’s signature style show. The shot where the camera is strapped to Caesar while he has a meltdown is a powerful choice and puts an exclamation mark on the claustrophobic setting of the apartment. The style of editing is great at making important-yet-talky story points exciting by cutting scenes together from the plan to the action, keeping the runtime to a minimum. All the performances are top notch from the three leads as is expected with a great cast, but the supporting cast delivers just as good. Veterans like John P. Ryan and at the time new comers like Christopher Meloni both have times to shine. “Bound” is a great debut film by a pair of directors who would go on to bigger, but not necessarily better films.
Olive Films has included a commentary with the filmmakers and actors, Interviews with several of the key players, and a featurette with films experts. A nice release of a cult film well worth your time from the Olive Signature Series.
Limited to 3,500 units!
OLIVE SIGNATURE FEATURES
New High-Definition digital restoration
Audio commentary with writers/directors The Wachowskis; actors Joe Pantoliano, Jennifer Tilly and Gina Gershon; film editor Zach Staenberg; and technical consultant Susie Bright
“Part and Parcel” – with titles designer Patti Podesta
“The Difference Between You and Me” – with B. Ruby Rich and Jen Moorman
“Here’s Johnny!” – with Christopher Meloni
“Femme Fatales” – with Gina Gershon and Jennifer Tilly
“Modern Noir: The Sights & Sounds of Bound” – with cinematographer Bill Pope, editor Zach Staenberg, and composer Don Davis
Essay by Guinevere Turner
A groundbreaking work of LGBTQ cinema, Bound stars Gina Gershon (Showgirls) as Corky, a tough-as-nails ex-con, and Jennifer Tilly (Bullets Over Broadway) as her lover Violet. A chance encounter in an elevator ignites a torrid affair between the two women, who soon plot to steal $2 million in laundered mob money and pin the blame on Violet’s mafioso boyfriend, Ceasar (Joe Pantoliano, The Sopranos). A stylish neo-noir, fusing classic tropes with hyper-stylized camera work and color design, Bound is a crackling retro-thriller that never strays too far from its noir roots and would become the first in a line of visually dazzling films from The Wachowskis, the writing and directing team behind the Matrix trilogy.
Bound features a stellar supporting cast that includes Christopher Meloni (TV’s Law & Order: SVU), Richard C. Sarafian (director of the cult film Vanishing Point) and John P. Ryan (Runaway Train) with exquisite photography by Bill Pope (Baby Driver) and razor-sharp editing by Academy Award winner® Zach Staenberg (Best Film Editing, The Matrix, 2000).
BOUND – Olive Signature Packaging Correction
The extra “Hail Ceasar” that appears on the packaging has been omitted from our release. We apologize for this error.
Olive Films – https://olivefilms.com/
“Bound” Signature Series Blu-Ray – https://olivefilms.com/product/bound-olive-signature-blu-ray/
"The Horror of Party Beach" Blu-Ray Review (Severin Films)
Severin films brings the 1964 horror, gore, musical “The Horror of Party Beach” to Blu-Ray for the first time. Finally the schlocky black and white monster flick is presented in high definition and top notch sound.
When a barrel of toxic waste is dumped over the wreckage of a sunken ship along with the skeletons of the lost souls still aboard the unthinkable happens. The mixture of toxic waste, human remains and plant life create a horde of flesh eating sea creatures. The creatures rise from the depths and wreak havoc on the fun loving community by tearing them to shreds.
“The Horror of Party Beach” is surprisingly a little ahead of its time in terms of gore and plot points, regardless if the entire thing is complete cheese and isn’t met to be taken seriously. Not only is Del Tenney’s beach party massacre film one of the first gore horror musicals, it has to be one of the first films to feature reanimated creatures that eat flesh. The dialogue and situations would suggest that Tenney and company embraced the camp element of the story and used it to their advantage all while playing into several tropes, especially the carryover scientist angle from the 50s. The balancing act of fun and horror manages to avoid the typical boredom and blandness that other Z Grade fare can fall victim to. The special effects on the creatures are laughable even when hidden behind thick fog, but the Bosco chocolate syrup as blood works like a charm. “The Horror of Party Beach” is a quick goofy ride with a few musical numbers, some early splatter, and a few laughs. It’s cheesy and at times cringe worthy, but never boring.
Severin Films has included a solid amount of features including Return to Party Beach: A Retrospective Documentary on The Horror of Party Beach, An Encounter with The Del-Aires (where two of the members play the featured song “The Zombie Stomp”), Shock & Roll: Filmmaker Tim Sullivan On Rock & Roll Horror Movies, and an old interview with Del Tenney himself, where he recollects some good stories about securing the films distribution rights with 20th Century Fox. Severin has done another great job on another would be forgotten B-Movie.
Uncut On Blu-Ray
For The First Time Ever!
In 1964, 20th Century Fox released an independent shocker – shot in two weeks for $50,000 outside Stamford, Connecticut by local producer/director Del Tenney – advertised as ‘The First Horror-Monster Musical’. More than 50 years later, this “absolute classic of exploitation cinema” (Legends Magazine) returns like you’ve never seen or heard it before: When nuclear waste dumped into the ocean mutates a shipwreck full of corpses, it will unleash an onslaught of bikini teens, surprising gore, dubious science, an intrepid maid, The Del-Aires, and arguably the greatest worst monsters in horror movie history. Severin is proud to present this cult favorite from “Connecticut’s own Ed Wood” (Stamford Advocate), now featuring a new 2k scan from the original negative and loaded with all-new Special Features like nothing that ever stalked this earth!
Return to Party Beach: A Retrospective Documentary on The Horror of Party Beach
It’s the Living End: An Encounter with The Del-Aires – Interview with Band Members Bobby Osborne and Ronnie Linares
Shock & Roll: Filmmaker Tim Sullivan On Rock & Roll Horror Movies
Archival Interview With Director Del Tenney
Severin Films – https://severin-films.com/
“The Horror of Party Beach” Blu-Ray Bundle – https://severin-films.com/shop/hpb-bundle/
"Detective Bureau 2-3: Go To Hell Bastards!" Blu-Ray Review (Arrow Video)
High Definition (1080p) Blu-ray presentation
DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0
Newly translated optional English subtitles
Interview with historian and Japanese cinema expert Tony Rayns
Gallery of original production stills
Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Matthew Griffin
Arrow Video – http://www.arrowvideo.com/
“Detective Bureau 2-3: Go to Hell Bastards!” Blu-Ray – https://mvdshop.com/products/detective-bureau-2-3-go-to-hell-bastards-blu-ray
"Crazy Six" Blu-Ray Review (MVD Marquee Classics)
The Eastern Bloc has fallen and Communism is dead. In its place has come new opportunity - but not without a deadly price. Powerful Mafia families have emerged from the anarchy to vie for control of the lucrative underground weapons and technology trade. Crazy Six (Rob Lowe, The West Wing) and Dirty Mao (Mario Van Peebles, New Jack City) are the leaders of two rivaling mob families, who agree to form an uneasy alliance in order to overthrow Raul (Ice-T, Law and Order: SVU), the head of one of the largest crime cartels in Europe. But when the mission goes awry, the place turns into a deadly battleground with three world class gangsters fighting each other to death.
From Executive Producer Tom Karnowski (Star Wars: The Last Jedi) and legendary cult movie director Albert Pyun (Cyborg), CRAZY SIX also stars Academy Award Nominee Burt Reynolds (Boogie Nights, Smokey and the Bandit), Ivana Milicevic (Just Like Heaven, What's Your Number) and Thom Matthews (Return of the Living Dead, Jason Lives: Friday the 13th Part VI) in the movie that proves the sixth one in the family is just a little bit crazy!
High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation of the main feature in 2.40:1 aspect ratio
Original 2.0 Stereo Audio (Uncompressed PCM)
Original Theatrical Trailer
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“Crazy Six” Blu-Ray – https://mvdshop.com/products/crazy-six-2-disc-special-edition-blu-ray-dvd-blu-ray
The Weekly Western "A Reason to Live, A Reason to Die" Blu-Ray Review (Kino Lorber)
Blu-ray Extras Include:
Trailer for NAVAJO JOE and A REASON TO LIVE, A REASON TO DIE
Kino Lorber Studios – https://www.kinolorber.com/
“A Reason to Live, A Reason to Die” Blu-Ray – https://www.kinolorber.com/product/a-reason-to-live-a-reason-to-die-blu-ray
The VHS Voyage: "The Black Room" VHS Review (Vestron Video)
“The Black Room” VHS – https://www.amazon.com/Black-Room-Elly-Kenner/dp/B0001X1RCQ/
Pick a Movie "Beyond the Gates" Blu-Ray Review (Shout! Factory)
"Jackson Stewart has created a brilliant but deadly game for audiences to play with the great Barbara Crampton, a seductive new monster as iconic as Freddy Krueger. Not to be missed." – Stuart Gordon (Re-Animator, From Beyond)
"A gutbucket load of gory fun, and a love letter to fans of a bygone era of horror, expertly resurrected by the filmmakers. Nostalgic and witty.” – Don Mancini (Child's Play)
Welcome, curious viewers…have you the courage to go Beyond The Gates?
After their father's unexplained disappearance, two estranged brothers – responsible Gordon (Graham Skipper) and reckless John (Chase Williamson) – reunite to sift through the contents of his stubbornly anachronistic VHS rental store. Among the inventory, they find an old interactive VCR board game. Intrigued, the brothers pop in the tape… and soon discover that this video is no ordinary game, but a portal to a nightmarish alternate reality – one with deadly consequences for anyone who dares to press "play."
Featuring horror legend Barbara Crampton (Re-Animator, From Beyond), Beyond The Gates is a retro-cool tale of "hex, dies, and videotape" from director Jackson Stewart!
Audio Commentary With Director/Co-Writer Jackson Stewart, Actors Barbara Crampton And Jesse Merlin, Director Of Photography Brian Sowell, And Co-Writer Stephen Scarlata
Audio Commentary With Director/Co-Writer Jackson Stewart And Actors Chase Williamson, Brea Grant, And Graham Skipper
Audio Commentary With Junk Food Dinner Podcast Hosts Kevin Moss, Parker Bowman, And Sean Byron
Audio Commentary With Director/Co-Writer Jackson Stewart And Production Assistant Dan Fisk
Premiere Q&A – Moderated By Famed Horror Director Stuart Gordon
Sex Boss Short Film
Retro Beyond The Gates Commercial
1. Wild At Heart
2. Giallo In Venice
3. Amazon Hot Box
The Horror of Party Beach – 1964 – Del Tenney
Detective Bureau 2-3: Go to Hell Bastards! – 1963 – Seijun Suzuki
Crazy Six – 1997 – Albert Pyun
A Reason to Live, A Reason to Die – 1972 – Tonino Valerii
The Black Room – 1982 – Elly Kenner/Norman Thaddeus Vane (co-director)
Beyond the Gates – 2016 – Jackson Stewart