Black X-Mas - 0:40
The Mangler - 6:00
Texas Chainsaw Massacre: the Next Generation - 10:33
Space Babes from Outer Space - 14:36
Crackbaby Billionaire - 21:30
Grindhouse Gutmunchers - 26:15
Shout Out - 35:17
Old Contest - 36:38
New Contest - 37:14
Update - 38:03
Black X-Mas – 2006
Buy - https://www.amazon.com/Black-X-Mas-Unrated-Michelle-Trachtenberg/dp/B000MM0LIM
Vudu HDX - https://www.vudu.com/movies/#!overview/69734/Black-Christmas-Unrated-Black-X-Mas
A few innocent women experience a nightmare before Christmas in this bloody thriller. Billy Lenz, a severely maladjusted child, finally snaps under years of brutal treatment by his family, killing and eating them in an explosion of violence on Christmas Eve. For years, the Lenz house stands vacant, but in time it's purchased and renovated as the new home for a college sorority. A few days before Christmas, a handful of sorority sisters -- Dana (Lacey Chabert), Melissa (Michelle Trachtenberg), Kelli (Katie Cassidy), and Heather (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) -- are enjoying a quiet evening with their house mother, Barbara MacHenry (Andrea Martin), exchanging gifts and swapping stories before heading home for holiday break. While Barbara remembers the story of Billy's crimes, the atmosphere is peaceful until the young women receive the first in a series of disturbing telephone calls. Before long, they learn that Billy has escaped after years in a mental institution, and has come back to the house where he grew up to once again spill blood for the Christmas season. Black Christmas is a remake of the 1974 horror film of the same name by director Bob Clark, who later made a less-threatening film about the Yuletide season, A Christmas Story; Andrea Martin, who plays the house mother, also appeared in the 1974 film as one of the sorority girls. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
Directed by Glen Morgan
The Mangler – 1995
Buy – https://www.amazon.com/Mangler-Robert-Englund/dp/B01L30SE8K/
Vudu HDX - https://www.vudu.com/movies/#!content/41792/The-Mangler
After a series of grisly accidents at an old laundry factory an officer investigates the mysterious owner and discovers a deadly town secret that threatens everyone. Based on a short story by Stephen King
Directed by Tobe Hooper
Starring Ted Levine, Robert Englund
Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation – 1994
Buy – https://www.amazon.com/Texas-Chainsaw-Massacre-Next-Generation/dp/B0000CEB6Y/
Vudu HDX - https://www.vudu.com/movies/#!content/14373/Texas-Chainsaw-Massacre-The-Next-Generation
Two young couples take a wrong turn down a deserted road in this bone-chilling sequel to the horrorclassic. Starring two of Hollywood's hottest young talents (Renee Zellweger, Jerry Maguire, The Whole Wide World, and Matthew McConaughey, A Time to Kill ) in "their riskiest and possibly most satisfying work to date." David Hunter, HOLLYWOOD REPORTER
Directed by Kim Henkel
Starring Renee Zellweger, Matthew McConaughey
Space Babes from Outer Space
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Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/spacebabesmovie/
Three babes from a faraway galaxy (Ellie Church, Allison Maier, Alyss Winkler) end up stranded on Earth after a surprise encounter with their mortal enemies, the Scrotes! The babes need sexual energy to refuel their ship and return hom. Lucky for them, their newfound friend Charlie (Brian Papandrea) knows just the place to get it — the strip club! Will they harness enough sexual energy to get back home? Or will the Scrotes put another wrinkle in their plans? Find out in this outrageous sci-fi sex comedy! Featuring puppets by the Clockwerk Creature Company and music by Stackhouse and Glass Apple Bonzai!
• Available unsigned or signed by director Brian K. Williams and producer Scott Schirmer
• ‘The Making of Space Babes‘ featurette (20 minutes)
• Audio Commentary with the Babes: Ellie Church, Allison Maier, and Alyss Winkler
• Audio Commentary with producers Brian K. Williams and Scott Schirmer
• Trailers for other independently released movies!
• 3×8-inch ‘Space Babes’ bumper sticker [while supplies last!]
81 minutes, Color, Stereo, 2.35:1 / 16×9 Anamorphic, English Language.
Unrated: This film features substantial nudity, crude humor, and sexual innuendo, and mild profanity and drug use.
Directed by Brian Williams
Starring Ellie Church, Brian Papandrea, Allison Maier, Alyss Winkler
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Corey "Beatdown" Brown is a champion underground fighter that decided to make big moves with his friend Jasper in the world of counterfeit money.
Directed by John Miller
Starring Eight The Chosen One, Joel D. Wynkoop, Krystal Pixie Adams, and Bob Glazier
Grindhouse Gutmunchers (included are Scream Machine and Scarlet Fry’s Junkfood Horrorfest)
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Gutmunchers don't have to be Zombies They can be anything that will get under your skin and eat away at your flesh and your soul! Gutmunchers is two discs worth of horror, gore and more that will have you crying home to your momma. Demented Nurses, Freaky Perverts, Satanic Slashers, Zombies, Vampires & more Grindhouse Gutmunchers is full of Gutmunching Madness, so dive in and get your awesome gore fix on! Scarlet Fry's Junkfood Horrorfest: Scarlet Fry takes you on the thrill of your life with: Blood-Thirsty Cannibals, Satanic Zombies, Demented Nurses, Junkie Serial Killers, Freaky Perverts and More! This Blood Drenched Deluxe Horrorfest isn't for the weak of heart. A drug dealer has made his last deal after he decides to hand a junkie serial killer some bad junk. Scream Machine: As a gift to Dr. Fry from his long lost friend Lloyd Kaufman, comes 5 twisted tales guaranteed to make you faint, puke and quite possibly soil your pants! Not even the Plague can survive the Scream Machine and only a few have made it through to the end of these six twisted tales of Gore Stew!
Directed by Scarlet Fry
The Last Podcast on the Left
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1. Dark Harvest/ Escapes
3. Time to Kill (recommended)
4. Death Wish 5
5. Death Wish (recommended)
6. Memoirs of an Invisible Man
7. Getaway, the (1994) (recommended)
8. Assassins, Cobra (been awhile), the Specialists (recommended)
9. Raising Cain
10. Outlaw Josey Wales
11. Battle Beyond the Stars
12. Humongous (recommended)
13. Silent Scream (been awhile)
14. Con Air (recommended)
15. Straw Dogs (recommended)
Bird with the Crystal Plumage Review - 0:35
Hack-o-Lantern Review - 7:57
Sweet Sugar Review - 14:17
Virtuosity Review - 19:22
In the Mouth of Madness - 23:20
Shout Out - 28:00
Old Contest - 29:33
New Contest - 30:35
Update - 31:47
Bird with the Crystal Plumage
Review by MrParka
Dario Argento's directorial debut hits Blu-ray from Arrow Video in a new 4K scan. The maestro’s first film has never sounded or looked better.
An American writer, while working in Italy, witnesses a vicious murder attempt and becomes the key witness. As he digs deeper into the case, he and his girlfriend soon become targets of the killer. “The Bird with the Crystal Plumage” is not only a highly capable giallo that helped launch an abundance of similar films, but a vastly interesting film as well. For fans of Argento, is it imperative that they see “The Bird with the Crystal Plumage;” not just because it's a great film, but to see how Argento has grown as a film maker while staying true to his sense and style. Bird shares many similarities to Dario’s “peak" films such as the idea of art and murder being directly related, homosexual/quirky characters, and nice, inventive camera tricks. When it comes to the differences it's surprising to see Argento so reserved, his films often carry a certain surreal quality to them which can lead to ineptness, in “The Bird with the Crystal Plumage” everything is laid out fairly straight. Argento would abandon this straight giallo approach after only a few more films, only to come back to it with “Tenebrae” in 1982. Argento often came back to the straight forward giallo when a previous film had not lived up to financial expectations. The film's set up of having the key witness become confused at what he has witnessed works as a wonderful misdirection, setting up a great twist as to whom the killer actually is. The psychology aspects dived into toward the end of the film is directly inspired from “Psycho,” but it seems to be a tad more needed for explanation than the Hitchcock classic. The killer’s motive is very intriguing and equally disturbing. The motive and backstory is glimpsed at throughout the film and is successful at telling us just the right amount without removing the veil for the viewer. The result is when everything is revealed, the audience doesn’t feel completely lied to.
The features on “The Bird with the Crystal Plumage” are plentiful and more like a college course on a disc than normal features. We have film historians dive into the career of Argento through various means: featurettes, a commentary, and video essays. To top that off we have a new interview with Argento who is candid and tells a great story about the initial reception the film received and a new interview with actor Gildo Di Marco and an archival one with actress Eva Renzi.
Product Description: Bird With the Crystal Plumage
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 terrorizing 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 new, 4K-restored limited edition from Arrow Video!
LIMITED EDITION CONTENTS
Product Description: Hack-o-Lantern
When Tommy was a boy, he saw his grandpa (Hy Pyke), the leader of a vicious satanic cult, murder his father in a brutal ritual on Halloween night. Now Tommy (Gregory Scott Cummins) is 18 and grandpa is ready to indoctrinate him into the ways of the black arts. But as night approaches, someone dressed like a member of the cult, whose face is hidden behind a devilish mask, begins stalking and killing people connected to Tommy. Could it be grandpa, Tommy himself, or someone even more sinister behind these increasingly brutal murders?
Directed by Jag Mundhra (Open House, The Jigsaw Murders) and featuring atmospheric photography by Stephen Ashley Blake (Deadly Prey), HACK-O-LANTERN is a lurid mix of slasher, giallo, and supernatural horror, set in the frenzied world of Satanic Panic. Previously only viewable as low quality bootlegs, Massacre Video brings this distinctly sleazy 80s classic to Blu-ray in a brand new restoration from its original 35mm camera negative and featuring revealing interviews with is producer and stars.
- Brand New 2k Restoration From The Original Camera Negatives
- Remastered 2.0 Stereo Mix AND Original Mono Mix
- Newly Recorded Audio Commentary With Producer Raj Mehrotra
- English Language Captions
- Isolated Soundtrack Option
- The Power Is In The Blood Featurette (featuring interviews with stars Gregory Scott Cummings and Katina Garner)
- Rare Public Access Interview Featuring Katina Garner, Marya Gant And Director Jag Mundhra
- Behind The Scene Photos
- Trailers For Other Massacre Video Releases
Product Description: Sweet Sugar
NOTE: This special edition release of SWEET SUGAR is limited to 1,500 units and includes a double-thick o-card designed by Derek Gabryszak. If you’re a 2017 Yearly Package subscriber, you will receive both SWEET SUGAR and RED MOB with your June package, which will be shipping in two weeks or so. Limit 1 per customer.
The beautiful Phyllis Davis (TV’s VEGAS) stars as Sugar, a fun loving nympho traveler, who’s entrapped by a corrupt cop and sent to a female prison camp hidden deep in the tropical jungles of South America. Assigned a position on the notorious sugar cane gang, Sugar soon discovers that the plantation’s owner, Dr. John, uses the prisoners in violent and diabolical experiments. Sugar may soon become another of his victims, that is, unless she can bust out first…
Director Michel Levesque’s (WEREWOLVES ON WHEELS) much sought after and over the top women-in-prison thriller, SWEET SUGAR, is an action and violence packed exploitation classic, filled with blood, nudity, and a barrage of absurd twists. Long available in poor quality video transfers, Vinegar Syndrome is proud to bring SWEET SUGAR to Blu-ray, newly restored from its 35mm interpositive.
Directed by: Michel Levesque
1972 / 86 minutes / Color / 1.85:1
Starring: Phyllis Davis, Ellaraino, Pamela Collins, Timothy Brown, Cliff Osmond, Jacqueline Giroux
• Region free Blu-ray/DVD combo pack
• Newly scanned and restored in 2k from 35mm interpositive
• Video interview with Screenwriter Donald Spencer
• Original theatrical trailer
• Original cover artwork by Derek Gabryszak
• Reversible cover artwork
• English SDH Subtitles
More information here!
Product Description: Virtuosity
Two-time Oscar® winner Denzel Washington and Oscar® winner Russell Crowe square off on opposite sides of the law and on both sides of reality in this action-packed cyber-age thriller from the director of The Lawnmower Man.
Crowe is Sid 6.7 – Sadistic, Intelligent, Dangerous. He’s a composite of some 200 personalities, each and every one a notorious killer. A virtual reality creation designed to put L.A. police officers to the test. But Sid isn’t playing games anymore. He’s escaped the bounds of cyberspace and is able to take a licking because he can regenerate his silicon-based body parts. Washington is Parker Barnes, a Los Angeles cop who once took the law into his own hands…and now carries the fate of the city in them. His job is to shut down the virtually unstoppable Sid. Virtuosity – it’s the ultimate battle of bits and bytes, in the world of flesh and blood!
Product Description: In The Mouth of Madness
Imagine a novel so overwhelmingly hypnotic, so tremendously horrifying that it paralyzes its audience with fear and turns even its most sensible readers insane. When the author disappears, an insurance investigator hired to find the writer discovers far more than he could ever imagine in this spellbinding thriller. Starring Emmy and Golden Globe-nominee Sam Neill ("Jurassic Park," TV's "Merlin"), Jürgen Prochnow ("The Da Vinci Code," "The English Patient"), Julie Carmen ("Gloria," "The Milagro Beanfield War"), Emmy-winner David Warner ("Titanic," TV's "Masada") and Academy Award and Golden Globe-winner Charlton Heston ("Ben Hur," "The Ten Commandments"). Directed by John Carpenter ("Escape from New York," "They Live").
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1. Best of the Best Collection (Recommended)
2. Raging Bull
3. Thinner (been awhile)
4. Ten Little Indians
5. Psycho 4: The Beginning (worth a look)
6. Fender Bender
7. Guardian, the (recommended)
8. Jaws of Satan/ Empire of the Ants
9. Swinging Cheerleaders (worth a look)
Madhouse Review - 0:33
Blood of Fu Manchu and Castle of Fu Manchu Review - 7:40
Jacques Rivette Collection Review -19:02
Shout Out - 34:07
Contest Drawing 35:25
New Contest 36:20
“Madhouse” Review by MrParka
Another Video Nasty is on special edition Blu-Ray thanks to Arrow films, Ovidio G. Assonitis 1981 slasher film “Madhouse”. The film is presented in top notch form both looking and sounding amazing.
“Madhouse” follows the story of Julia and Mary Sullivan, twin sisters with a major rift in their relationship. Mary, who suffers from disfiguring disease and mental illness, is currently residing in an asylum and Julia teaches deaf mute kids. Julia has major resentment toward her sister due to a disturbing childhood riddled with abuse. Mary apparently used her anger and a large pet dog to carry out vicious assaults, scarring her sister for life. These assaults would climax on the pair's birthday every year, where Mary had a special party planned. In typical slasher fashion, the dangerous twin Mary escapes the mental asylum days before the pair’s birthday. With the help of a large dog under Mary’s command, she begins killing and stockpiling bodies, biding for time until they can have one last birthday party.
The story and twists of “Madhouse” are fairly typical. We have many familiar tropes of the genre; the crazy sibling angle, the escape mental patient, the evil dog, and the birthday killer surprise party. These tropes have all been done before, sometimes better and sometimes worse than in “Madhouse”. These similarities are hardly a surprise as the director was known to be the 'rip-off king,' previously making a name for himself with such films as the “Exorcist” rip-off “Beyond the Door” and the ridiculous “Jaws” knockoff ,“Tentacles”. Saying this, “Madhouse” does have some really nice touches that some of the previous slasher and supernatural films don’t, such as top notch cinematography and some genuine dramatic moments. Many of these dramatic scenes are shot in wide angles and framed for suspense. These wide angles also give the filmmakers a chance to show off the lovely city of Savannah, Georgia, where the film was made. Riz Ortolani supplies the score for the film using tracks and cues from his iconic and beautiful “Cannibal Holocaust” score. The bits chosen out of the score for “Madhouse” are some of the more particularly harsh sounding songs. The chosen tracks create a strange primitive layer in the film. The characters surrounding our lead are a strange bunch, especially the fellow apartment compatriots. They feel as if they have come straight from the film “Rosemary’s Baby” or probably, more appropriately in terms of quality, “The Sentinel”. The characters are over the top and bizarre with kinks and quirks that make them somewhat interesting and sympathetic. Our landlady, for example, carries herself with such kindness and outward friendliness that it almost makes the viewer sick to their stomach when she becomes a victim. The death scenes are all cruel and fairly gory but, surprisingly, the cruelest death happens off screen. A park resident close to Julia goes to retrieve a Frisbee only to be met by our slasher’s vicious guard dog, with a hard cut to a body bag being carted away. This awful attack is made a bit sadder as the viewer was previously given a misdirection to think that the possible victim may be safe after all. The most famous gore gag in the film is that of the exit of our furry menace which involves a power drill. The twist in the film isn’t hidden well, but it never acts as if it is, and we aren’t given much closure from it. By the end the baddies are expired, but everyone is worst off for it. As Julia stands covered in blood, her face twisted into a frantic state, the question comes up; will Julia suffer the same fate as her psychotic sister? Riz Ortolani’s primitive savage score seems to make a suggestion.
All and all, “Madhouse” is a well-made nasty slasher with good dramatic moments, decent gore, and a solid cast and crew that manage to carry some of the heavier scenes without spoiling them. Arrow has included commentary by Hysteria Continues, an interview with actress Edith Ivey, an interview with DP Roberto D'Ettorre Piazzoli, and an interview with Director Ovidio G. Assonitis. The commentary is fairly informative about the types of films and comparisons to other work around the time. The cast and crew interviewees come across grateful that people still have interest in the film, even if they aren’t particular interested in the genre. Ovidio Assonitis gives a brief interview about the film and his career; he recalls the people involved and his involvement in horror films. A top notch presentation of a somewhat underappreciated flick and a healthy dose of extras make this one a winner. For anyone sick of watching the same 10 slashers, Arrow’s “Madhouse” is well worth the time.
MANY PEOPLE VISIT ... NO ONE EVER LEAVES. Helmed by legendary producer/director Ovidio Assonitis, the man behind such cult favourites as The Visitor and Piranha II: The Spawning, Madhouse is a crimson-soaked tale of sibling rivalry taken to a terrifying and bloody extreme. Julia has spent her entire adult life trying to forget the torment she suffered at the hands of her twisted twin Mary... but Mary hasn't forgotten. Escaping hospital, where she's recently been admitted with a horrific, disfiguring illness, Julia's sadistic sister vows to exact a particularly cruel revenge on her sibling this year - promising a birthday surprise that she'll never forget. An Italian production shot entirely in Savannah, Georgia, Madhouse (aka And When She Was Bad and There Was a Little Girl) fuses slasher elements with the over-the-top excess of '80s Italian terror - resulting in a cinematic bloodbath so gut-wrenching that the British authorities saw fit to outlaw it as a "video nasty".
Brand new 2K restoration from the original camera negative
High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition presentations
Original Stereo Audio (Uncompressed PCM on the Blu-ray)
Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
Brand new audio commentary with The Hysteria Continues
Brand new interviews with cast and crew
Alternate opening titles
Theatrical Trailer, newly transferred in HD
Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Marc Schoenbach
FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Booklet featuring new writing on the film
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“The Blood of Fu Manchu” and “The Castle of Fu Manchu” Reviews by MrParka
Between the Hammer Dracula films, Christopher Lee had to stay busy. The result is the Fu Manchu films. The last two films of the Fu Manchu series are presented in HD from Blue Underground. Both of these “gems” are directed appropriately by Jess Franco, in hokey fashion.
“The Blood of Fu Manchu” is the first on the disc. This time around, Fu Manchu (Lee) is using women lined with venomous snake poison to travel around the world and deliver the "kiss of death" to his enemies. It is up to the typical heroes Nayland Smith and Dr. Petrie, along with a gun toting German anthropologist Carl Jensen, to stop the evil plan. Nayland Smith's time is limited, however, as he has been poisoned and has gone blind.
For the late 60s, “Blood of Fu Manchu” manages to pack in a fair amount of sleaze, nudity, and carnage. Women are tortured, towns are butchered, and people are poisoned. It would be rather shocking if it weren't done so silly; the blood is paint, the falling bodies are bad dummies, the fight scenes are laughable, and the dialogue forgets the scene that happened previously. Saying all this, “Blood of Fu Manchu” manages to keep the audience entertained; it doesn't ever stop being ludicrous and this is the films only strong point. “Blood of Fu Manchu” mixes spy, jungle adventures, and western genres into a mismatch tale of nonsense. A truly despicable character played by Ricardo Palacios stands out due to being comic relief and a complete monster simultaneously.
The second title on the bill is the final nail in the coffin for Fu Manchu “The Castle of Fu Manchu”. This time around, our evil genius has kidnapped a scientist to help him create a device that freezes the earth’s water. Of course Nayland Smith and Dr. Petrie are the only hope in stopping him. A doctor and nurse lover duo, an Istanbul crime lord, and his female body guard get tangled into the mess.
“The Castle of Fu Manchu” is a much tamer affair and feels as if it should have come before “Blood of Fu Manchu”. One can’t help but be reminded of the Hammer Dracula series yet again, when one of the middle films in the series would be sprinkled with nudity and gore followed by a sequel that is much tamer. The most impressive work in “The Castle of Fu Manchu” is the miniatures; the dam breaking scene is an impressive feat and manages to be edited well to hide any use of inserts or stock footage. The boat miniature is done well enough too, allowing high stakes on a low budget. Again we have some of the same problems from the previous film, the fights are bad and the dialogue is painful, especially from director Jess Franco’s character, most likely due to his character’s poor dubbing. Lee is pretty much wasted behind his silly makeup and, to make matters worse, we don’t have any of the carnage and nudity to soften the boring burden of “the Castle of Fu Manchu”. By the end of the movie, Fu Manchu gets away and threatens to come back. Lucky for us, he lied.
For being cheap films made in the 60’s they look good on Blu-Ray. The disc sports two featurettes which are actually quite amazing, made in the early 2000’s. The featurettes include interviews with Actor Christopher Lee, Producer Harry Alan Towers, Director Jess Franco, and Actress Tsai Chin. Everyone is candid about the movies and seems to know what they are. Tsai Chin and Harry Alan Towers don’t hold back on their feelings towards the final film and make some jokes at Franco’s expense. The featurettes are also interesting and help one grasp how it was to make cheap films in the 60’s and try to carry on a franchise.
THE BLOOD OF FU MANCHU: From his secret lair deep within the South American jungle, international super-villain Fu Manchu (Christopher Lee of COUNT DRACULA) and his sadistic daughter Lin Tang (Tsai Chin of YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE) reveal their latest diabolical plot for world domination: ten beautiful women are infected with an ancient poison so deadly that one kiss from their lips will bring instant death and lead to a global plague. Now the Asian madman's nemesis, Nayland Smith (Richard Greene of TALES FROM THE CRYPT), must desperately hunt an antidote in a savage land where violence and torture reign and the ultimate evil lies in THE BLOOD OF FU MANCHU.
Maria Rohm (VENUS IN FURS) and Shirley Eaton (GOLDFINGER) co-star in this wild Fu Manchu feature written and produced by Harry Alan Towers (EUGENIE) and directed by the one and only Jess Franco (VAMPYROS LESBOS). Also known as KISS AND KILL, AGAINST ALL ODDS, and KISS OF DEATH, Blue Underground presents THE BLOOD OF FU MANCHU in High Definition, complete with additional scenes of violence!
THE CASTLE OF FU MANCHU: Christopher Lee (THE LORD OF THE RINGS) returns as the diabolical super-villain who, along with his sadistic daughter Lin Tang (Tsai Chin of CASINO ROYALE), creates a fiendish new chemical weapon that will turn the seas into a giant block of ice. But when his archenemy Nayland Smith (Richard Greene of THE ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD) tracks the madman's trail of kidnapping, murder and massive global destruction, he himself becomes trapped in Fu Manchu's impenetrable lair of cruelty. Can any of the world's top secret agents (including a wild performance by Jess Franco) stop the cold-blooded terror that lives in THE CASTLE OF FU MANCHU?
Maria Perschy (THE GHOST GALLEON) and Rosalba Neri (99 WOMEN) co-star in this notorious sequel directed by Jess Franco (THE BLOODY JUDGE) that marked Christopher Lee's final performance as the infamous Chinese madman. Now Blue Underground presents THE CASTLE OF FU MANCHU in High Definition, packed with Extras for a disc full of Fu Manchu mayhem!
Special Features for THE BLOOD OF FU MANCHU:
- The Rise of Fu Manchu - Interviews with Director Jess Franco, Producer Harry Alan Towers, and Stars Christopher Lee, Tsai Chin, & Shirley Eaton
- Theatrical Trailers
- Still Gallery
Special Features for THE BLOOD OF FU MANCHU:
- The Fall of Fu Manchu - Interviews with Director Jess Franco, Producer Harry Alan Towers, and Stars Christopher Lee & Tsai Chin
- Theatrical Trailers Poster
- Still Gallery
https://www.amazon.com/Blood-Fu-Manchu-Castle-Blu-ray/dp/B06X95LBJ8/ - Buy Here
Jacques Rivette Collection Limited Edition [Blu-ray + DVD]
In 1975, Jacques Rivette reunited with Out 1 producer Stéphane Tchal Gadjieff with the idea of a four-film cycle. He would create a quartet of interconnected films, each in a different genre. One was to be a love story, another a Western, and there was to be a fantastical thriller and a musical comedy starring Anna Karina and Jean Marais too. Ill health intervened, and only two of the films were completed. Duelle (une quarantine) sees Rivette in fantasy territory, cross-pollinating Val Lewton, Jean Cocteau and film noir as the Queen of the Sun (Bulle Ogier) and the Queen of the Night (Juliet Berto) search for a magical diamond in present day. Its parallel film, Noroît (une vengeance), is a pirate tale - and a loose adaptation of The Revenger's Tragedy - starring Geraldine Chaplin (Nashville, Cría cuervos). A third film began production - Marie et Julien starring Albert Finney and Leslie Caron - but Rivette succumbed to nervous exhaustion and shooting was abandoned. When he did return to filmmaking, Rivette borrowed some of the elements of Duelle and Noroît and came up with Merry-Go-Round. Joe Dallesandro (Trash, Flesh for Frankenstein) and Maria Schneider (Last Tango in Paris, The Passenger) are summoned to Paris, which leads to one of the most surreal and mysterious tales in a career that was dominated by surrealism and mystery.
High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentations of all three films from brand new 2K restorations of the films
Original mono audio (uncompressed PCM on the Blu-rays)
Optional newly-translated English subtitles for all films
Scenes from a Parallel Life: Jacques Rivette Remembers - archive interview with the director, in which he discusses Duelle (une quarantaine), Noroît (une vengeance) and Merry-Go-Round
Remembering Duelle - Bulle Ogier and Hermine Karagheuz recollect their work on the 1976 feature
Interview with critic Jonathan Rosenbaum, who reported from the sets of both Duelle (une quarantaine) and Noroît (une vengeance)
Exclusive perfect-bound book containing writing on the films by Mary M. Wiles, Brad Stevens and Nick Pinkerton plus a reprint of four on-set reports from Duelle (une quarantaine) and Noroît (une vengeance)
Reversible sleeves with original and newly commissioned artwork by Ignatius Fitzpatrick
https://mvdshop.com/products/jacques-rivette-collection-limited-edition-blu-ray-dvd-blu-ray - buy here
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“Death Line” aka “Raw Meat”
The 1972 British cannibal flick "Death Line," formally known as "Raw Meat," gets the deluxe treatment from Blue Underground. “Death Line” is presented in uncut HD, so there is no need to keep your butchered VHS or muddy DVD.
When a government official disappears in the U.K. subway system, Detective Calhoun (Donald Pleasence) begins to dig into the case with the help of a pair of young witnesses. They soon learn of a tragic cave-in where several miners were trapped and left to die years prior. A descendant of the miners has managed to survive by consuming human flesh and is responsible for the missing man.
By 1972, the horror genre had already started to switch gears; it was becoming more subversive with films like “Night of the Living Dead” and “Last House on the Left.” The lighter stuff was starting to be put on the backlog. “Death Line” is somewhat of a transitional horror piece; it holds a certain charm from the yesteryear horror, a somewhat subdued classy approach, but still manages to incorporate some gore and nihilistic tendencies. This makes “Death Line” a fairly important and equally interesting film.
“Death Line” is in fact a mixture on many levels; half of the film plays out like a police procedural, with Detective Calhoun and his cohorts looking into the case as if it were a weekly television episode of “Dragnet.” They frequently are cracking jokes and making jabs at each other in a clever fashion and getting drinks at the pub. The other half of “Death Line” is much darker; it’s a slice of haunting folklore about cannibalism, trapped miners, and subterranean horrors. These two styles mix in the middle, creating a humorous yet horrific combo both done competently. A through line of scandals is evident as well, the first being the ignored cave-in which happened years before and allowed the cannibal monster to be created. This scandal ends up having a nice parallel to the modern cover up of the missing politician. The politician’s disappearance is swept under the rug due to his shady lifestyle. Without his unsavory private life, his disappearance would have been looked into more quickly; uncovering the surviving cannibal. These two scandals contribute to our monster: the past creating him and the present harboring him, unknowingly.
The cannibal “villain” of the film is tragic yet grotesque. “Death Line” again mixing two seemingly opposites, creating a sympathetic abhorrence. He has touching moments with his dying, pregnant lover. He coddles her in a loving moment which is quickly shadowed when he slits a man’s throat and pours the contents into his partner’s mouth. Detective Calhoun, on the other side of the coin, is witty, playful, and a tad crude; this creates a nice dynamic between the characters. Pleasence is hilarious in the role, he is clearly having a wonderful time acting opposite David Ladd, and Norman Rossington, and briefly, Christopher Lee. Pleasence steals nearly every scene he is in. Caught in the middle of these two powerhouse characters are the young lovers who seem to be mostly catalysts and connective tissue. They are effective, none the less.
“Death Line” is a surprisingly quiet film in the score department. The moments underground are scored eerily accordingly, but the police scenes are almost the void of any score, making it feel a little like a television affair. A major highlight is a seven minute unbroken tracking shot; scanning the dark cannibal lair. This shot shows us his history and livelihood without ever saying a word. The lighting is done very well, keeping everything dark but with enough contrast to bring out tell-tale details; while at the same time making sure the audience doesn't feel confused by where the light sources are coming from. Everything technical about the film is fairly sound; it’s no surprise the film makers had a successful career to follow.
Blue Underground has included a commentary with the director and producer. It also includes interviews with them and some of the cast members. The interviews and commentary are very candid, they remember the film fondly and recall as much as they can. Great picture, great sound, and all around, another top notch disc from Blue Underground without any negatives to report.
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Death Line aka Raw Meat -4:35
Cops Vs Thugs -10:50
Sad Vacation – 14:33
Cross of Iron – 17:37
City Heat – 25:11
The Mechanic – 30:26
Shout Out – 33:57
Contest Winner – 34:48 – Brian Morotta
New Contest – 35:30
Update – 36:25
DEATH LINE (AKA RAW MEAT - LIMITED EDITION) BLU-RAY/DVD
Beneath Modern London Lives a Tribe of Once Humans. Neither Men nor Women...
They are the Raw Meat of the Human Race!
When a prominent politician and a beautiful young woman vanish inside a London subway station, Scotland Yard's Inspector Calhoun (Donald Pleasence of HALLOWEEN) investigates and makes a horrifying discovery. Not only did a group of 19th century tunnel workers survive a cave-in, but they lived for years in a secret underground enclave by consuming the flesh of their own dead. Now the lone descendant of this grisly tribe has surfaced, prowling the streets for fresh victims... and a new mate.
Norman Rossington (A HARD DAY'S NIGHT), David Ladd (THE WILD GEESE), Sharon Gurney (CRUCIBLE OF HORROR), and the legendary Christopher Lee (HORROR OF DRACULA) also star in this heart-stopping horror classic co-written and directed by Gary Sherman (DEAD & BURIED). Originally recut and released as RAW MEAT in the United States, now DEATH LINE has been freshly transferred and fully restored in 2K from the original uncensored camera negative and comes fully loaded with exclusive new Extras produced for this release!
Audio Commentary with Co-Writer/Director Gary Sherman, Producer Paul Maslansky, and Assistant Director Lewis More O'Ferrall
Tales From The Tube - Interview with Co-Writer/Director Gary Sherman and Executive Producers Jay Kanter & Alan Ladd Jr.
From The Depths - Interview with Star David Ladd and Producer Paul Maslansky
Mind The Doors - Interview with Star Hugh Armstrong
DEATH LINE Trailer
RAW MEAT Trailer
RAW MEAT TV Spots
RAW MEAT Radio Spots
Poster & Still Gallery
BONUS Collectable Booklet featuring new writing by authors Michael Gingold and Christopher Gullo
Cops Vs Thugs [Blu-ray + DVD]
Considered by many to be director Kinji Fukasaku's greatest single-film achievement in the yakuza genre, Cops vs Thugs was made at the height of popularity of Toei Studios' jitsuroku boom: realistic, modern crime movies based on true stories taken from contemporary headlines. Returning to the screen after completing their Battles Without Honor and Humanity series together, Fukasaku joined forces once again with screenwriter Kazuo Kasahara, composer Toshiaki Tsushima and star Bunta Sugawara to create one of the crowning achievements of his career, and a hard-boiled classic which is still ranked as one of the best Japanese films of the 1970's. It's 1963 in the southern Japanese city of Kurashima, and tough-as-nails detective Kuno (Sugawara) oversees a detente between the warring Kawade and Ohara gangs. Best friends with Ohara lieutenant Hirotani (Hiroki Matsukata), he understands that there are no clear lines in the underworld, and that everything is colored a different shade of gray. But when random violence interrupts the peace and an ambitious, by-the-books lieutenant (Tatsuo Umemiya) comes to town, Kuno's fragile alliance begins to crumble. Greedy bosses and politicians alike seize the opportunity to wipe out their enemies, and Kuno faces the painful choice of pledging allegiance to his badge and keeping a promise to his brother. Echoing the great crime films of Sidney Lumet and Jean-Pierre Melville, in Fukasaku's world, there's no honor among thieves or lawmen alike, and the only thing that matters is personal honor and duty among friends. Kasahara's shattering screenplay and Fukasaku's dynamic direction support an all-star, ensemble cast to create one of the most exciting, and deeply moving films about cops and criminals ever made.
High Definition digital transfer
High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentations
Original uncompressed mono audio
Optional English subtitles
Beyond the Film: Cops vs Thugs, a new video appreciation by Fukasaku biographer Sadao Yamane
A new visual essay on cops & criminals in Fukasaku's works by film scholar Tom Mes
Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Ian MacEwan
FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collector s booklet featuring new writing on the film by Patrick Macias
Sad Vacation: The Last Days of Sid and Nancy
Sad Vacation is a new documentary on the lives and deaths of Sid Vicious and Nancy Spungen.
Sad Vacation is a personal account of the tumultuous and stormy relationship between Sid Vicious and Nancy Spungen and how it ended in Room 100 of the Chelsea Hotel. Directed by Danny Garcia, this films pulls no punches and reveals the facts through personal friends, insiders and witnesses. Includes interviews with Sylvain Sylvain, Bob Gruen, Walter Lure, Leee Black Childers, and many more.
Cross of Iron
Sam Peckinpah's only war film follows the story of a doomed German platoon facing annihilation at the hands of the Russians in 1943. Non-Nazi German soldier Steiner (James Coburn) resents the arrival of arrogant Prussian Stransky (Maximillian Schell) as his new commanding officer. Stransky is desperate to win an Iron Cross - a medal Steiner has already earned, but considers worthless - and so promotes the highly-recommended Steiner to sergeant. During a siege, Stransky hides in his bunker, terrified of battle, only to later file a report claiming that he himself led a victorious counter-attack. However, when Steiner disputes this Stransky takes measures to remove him.
In Kansas City 1933, wisecracking detective Murphy (Burt Reynolds) tracks the killer of his partner. Police Lt. Speer (Clint Eastwood) doesn’t have much tolerance for the local mob war’s body count. Neither guy likes each other, so that makes them a dream team. And it provides the ideal scenario as they clean up the town with slugfests and shoot-’em-ups that parody Reynolds’ and Eastwood’s macho screen images. Director Richard Benjamin gets the ’30s stylishly right and the supporting cast – Jane Alexander, Irene Cara, Rip Torn, Richard Roundtree, Tony Lo Bianco and Madeline Kahn – makes the antics sparkle. Hard-boiled and hilarious, City Heat is your red-hot ticket to starry entertainment.
The Mechanic 1972
Arthur Bishop (Bronson) is a mob hit man who operates in a world of his own... an uncompromising world where conventional rules of morality don't apply and where one wrong move could cost him his life! He's always worked alone, but as age catches up with him, Bishop takes on a competent and ruthless apprentice (Jan-Michael Vincent) and teaches him everything he knows. Together they become an unmatchable team of globetrotting killers... until the pupil's ruthlessness puts him on a collision course with his teacher!
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Evil Ed – 0:35
The Climber – 7:07
Spotlight on a Murderer – 10:58
Starlight – 14:23
Shout Out – 18:09
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Update – 20:20
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“Evil Ed” Review by Mrparka
The Swedish splatter horror comedy “Evil Ed” hits Blu-ray in the States and U.K.! This special Ed-ition is thanks to our friends over at Arrow Video.
Ed is a mild mannered man who is forced to censor out the violence and gore from a series of slasher films entitled “Loose Limbs” so they may be sold to European territories. The constant barrage of blood and sex causes Ed to lose his grip on reality, turning him into a drooling psychopath. Hallucinations and murder soon lead Ed into his final conflict with a group of commandos and the company’s errand boy.
Johan Rudebeck plays the role of Ed in an over the top fashion; he seemingly has fun with the role the entire time. Johan creates a unique lunatic unlike any other and it makes for an enjoyable viewing experience. He manages to overcome the dubbing due to his physical energy/performance and manages to make the film his own. “Evil Ed” is a homage piece and has a constant flow of quotes lifted from other horror films. These quotes are used to wink at the audience, if done poorly they could have become an annoying distraction instead of playful. Johan is a great vessel to deliver some of the bigger ones, an example is when Ed finally snaps at his wife and begins chasing her “Coming to get your Barbara!” “Evil Ed” was spawned from the love of splatter films like Raimi's “Evil Dead” films and Jackson's “Bad Taste.” This doesn't stop it from being fairly original in its set up and delivery while still being homage. As far as the film’s comedy goes, it's fairly stupid, but usually funny, and even creates some unforgettable quotes. The most memorable being when the sleazy boss angrily asks Ed "Where in the fuck is my beaver rape scene!" after Ed unknowingly cuts it due to the obscenity. The hallucinations in the film take us out of the slasher genre, at least for a little bit. These wild moments give glimpses of demons and even a little animatronic creature that lives in Ed’s fridge. These effects are top notch, fun, organic, and with plentiful splatter. It's a surprise this team of artists and filmmakers didn't make a bigger name for themselves. “Evil Ed” manages to turn itself into an action film in the final act as a group of commandos enter to stop him; this scene sports plenty of gunplay and squibs. This ending fits perfect with the constant insanity that has been building throughout. The ending makes sure “Evil Ed” finally reaches utter lunacy; it places a cherry on top of a warped sundae so high up that it will never ever come down from brain land.
The new Blu-ray set includes two cuts of the film; the original as well as an extended cut containing the much talked about balcony scene. The set also includes a 45 minute documentary with cast and crew, a before Evil Ed featurette, a Beyond Evil Ed featurette, deleted scenes, and a 3 hour feature length version of the documentary, which is an in-depth look at bringing this edition to life and the trajectory of “Evil Ed”. “Evil Ed” looks and sounds great for a low budget Swedish Splatter film from the 90’s and it’s nice to see the cult classic get some much earned love.
WHEN HIS MIND BLOWS, ANYTHING GOES! A blood-soaked love letter to the splatter films of the '80s, video rental favourite Evil Ed returns in a brand-new Special EDition featuring an extended cut of the feature and hours of stomach-churning bonus features! Mild-mannered film technician Edward enjoys his job. That is, until he finds himself transferred from his regular post to the "Splatter and Gore department", where he's forced to edit hours upon hours of grisly video nasty footage. Traumatized by the onscreen violence, Ed starts to lose his grip on reality - with ghastly (and bloody) consequences... Owing a debt to films such as The Evil Dead, Re-animator and the early splatter classics of Peter Jackson, Evil Ed is a veritable smorgasbord of flying limbs, exploding heads, busty babes and creepy creatures!
3-DISC LIMITED EDITION CONTENTS
Two versions of the film!
Original Stereo and 5.1 Audio Options
Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Graham Humphreys
Collector’s booklet with new writing on the film
DISCS 1 & 2 (BLU-RAY + DVD) – THE SPECIAL ED-ITION CUT
World premiere of the newly-extended version of the feature [95 min]
Keep ’Em Heads Rollin’ – making-of documentary
Reconstructing Edward – featurette on the creation of the Special EDition cut
Teasers and Trailers
DISC 3 (BLU-RAY) – THE ORIGINAL CUT [LIMITED EDITION EXCLUSIVE]
Original Cut [93 mins]
Lost in Brainland – never-before-seen extended 3 hour version of the making-of documentary
PLUS OTHER SURPRISES!!!
After shooting cult favourites Flesh for Frankenstein and Blood for Dracula in Europe, Joe Dallesandro spent much of the seventies making movies on the continent. In France he worked with auteurs like Louis Malle and Walerian Borowczyk, and in Italy he starred in all manner of genre fare from poliziotteschi (Savage Three, Season for Assassins) to nunsploitation (Killer Nun). The Climber follows in the tradition of gangster classics such as The Public Enemy and Scarface as it charts the rise and inevitable fall of small-time smuggler Aldo (Dallesandro). Beaten and abandoned by the local gang boss after he tries to skim off some profits for himself, Aldo forms his own group of misfits in order to exact revenge... Written and directed by Pasquale Squitieri (Gang War in Naples, I Am the Law), The Climber is a prime example of Italian crime cinema - a high-octane action-thriller full of brawls, fistfights, shootouts and explosions!
Brand new 4K restoration of the film from the original negative
High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentations
Original Italian soundtrack in uncompressed PCM mono with optional newly-translated English subtitles
Alternative English-language soundtrack with optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing
Little Joe's Adventures in Europe, a brand-new interview with Joe Dallesandro on his numerous European film appearances during the 1970s and early 1980s
Reversible sleeve with original and newly commissioned artwork by Chris Malbon
FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Booklet featuring new writing on the film by Roberto Curti, author of Italian Crime Filmography, 1968-1980
SPOTLIGHT ON A MURDERER
When the terminally ill Count Hervé de Kerloquen (Pierre Brasseur, Goto, Isle of Love) vanishes without trace, his heirs are told that they have to wait five years before he can be declared legally dead, forcing them to devise ways of paying for the upkeep of the vast family château in the meantime. While they set about transforming the place into an elaborate son et lumière tourist attraction, they are beset by a series of tragic accidents - if that's really what they are... The little-known third feature by the great French maverick Georges Franju (Eyes Without a Face, Judex) is a delightfully playful romp through Agatha Christie territory, whose script (written by Pierre Boileau and Thomas Narcejac of Les Diaboliques and Vertigo fame) is mischievously aware of the hoariest old murder-mystery clichés and gleefully exploits as many of them as possible. They're equally aware of the detective story's antecedents in the Gothic novel, a connection that Franju is only too happy to emphasise visually at every opportunity thanks to his magnificent main location. A young Jean-Louis Trintignant (The Conformist, Amour) is amongst the Kerloquen heirs.
High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentations of the feature, restored by Gaumont
Uncompressed French Mono 1.0 PCM Audio
Optional English subtitles
Vintage production featurette from 1960, shot on location and including interviews with Georges Franju and actors Pascale Audret, Pierre Brasseur, Marianne Koch, Dany Saval and Jean-Louis Trintignant
Original theatrical trailer
Reversible sleeve with original and newly commissioned artwork by Peter Strain
FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Booklet featuring new writing on the film by Chris Fujiwara
When magic is no longer an illusion
Set in the dunes near the North Sea, a small circus company is suffering from a serious lack of audience for their shows. The most to be worried of is the two love triangle among the troupe leading the desperate ones to call on magic and spells. Angele, the diaphanous ballerina, her clown lover Elliot and the circus ringmaster, full of cruelty and disturbed by fits of schizophrenia on one side, and Zohra in love with Elliot, haunted by an uncanny conscience. Secrets, jealousy, envy will progressively take hold of them and trigger some irreversible acts.
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