Blue Underground Prize still going on, Year of the Hammer happening soon – 0:15
“Hagazussa” Review – 1:00
“The Corruption of Chris Miller” Review– 10:01
“Robot Ninja” Review – 16:33
Patreon Pick “Delicatessen” Review – 22:50
Patreon Pick “To Have and To Have Not” Review – 28:51
Patreon Pick “Deadpool 2: Super Duper Cut” Review – 35:33
Patreon Pick “Agony: The Life and Death of Rasputin” Review – 42:02
The Weekly Western/Patreon Pick “Hannie Caulder” Review – 48:46
The Weekly Western “Grand Duel” Review – 59:27
The VHS Voyage “The Jar” Review – 1:06:42
Pick a Movie “Five Fingers” Review– 1:15:05
Pick a Movie Drawing – 1:20:00
Questions – 1:20:45
Answers –Weird/favorite movie experiences with your parents– 1:25:38
Question of the Week, “Ever turned a film off?”– 1:30:33
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"Hagazussa" Blu-Ray Review (Doppelganger Films)
Written Review by MrParka
Hagazussa makes its stateside debut thanks to Doppelganger Films. The period piece nightmare is presented along with a short from the film’s director and a handful of other features.
Hagazussa follows the story of Albrun, a young mother struggling to deal with the harsh environment of the 15th century. Alburn lives in an isolated cabin surrounded by a forest filled with decay and memories of the past. With a plague decimating the local population and tragedy befalling her, it's uncertain if a dark, supernatural force is present or her sanity is slipping.
As cliché as it all sounds Hagazussa is a psychological slow burn that doesn't hold back on much as far as boundaries are concerned. As stated, it takes its time with its story and many may find it meandering as long shots of wandering through the forest became a regular occurrence. This critique is a bit unfair because for what Hagazussa lacks in speed and flashiness it makes up for in subject matter, visuals, and a menacing droning sound design to occupy those long strolls. The music and droning seem to become their own entities creating a sense of dread where each step through the pine seems as if it could be fatal. With the exploration of the forest, relics of the past are discovered. Soon enough you wonder if the forest is alive, bringing up old memories and playing into the character's beliefs and fractured mental state or if the character's past traumas are making it seem that the forest is an entity and quite alive.
When the film makes it to the last half or the last two vignettes, Alburn’s past is revealed and the inevitable is clearly at hand. A magic mushroom trip and a dip in the swampy lake stand as a metaphor for rebirth as the film goes into a psychedelic and dark place. The film becomes so dark, in fact, one may ask what is the point to this cruelty. Although we are presented with a reason for the nihilism, it may be just too much for some viewers.
Recalling films like A Measure of Sin, The Witch, Long Weekend, and Hereditary, Hagazussa will no doubt leave an impact. The film owes a great deal to its location and sound design, but has an amount to detail and a mean streak that requires attention from horror fans.
In a remote Alpine village in the 15th century, the orphan Albrun grows up to become a marked woman. The scapegoat of ancient superstitions and monstrous misogyny, this self-styled witch begins to assert her otherworldly birthright. The plague she conjures makes human cruelty look pathetic and small by comparison. This atmospheric debut feature from Lukas Feigelfeld is a haunting pagan death trip and a startling vision of psychedelic horror.
Selected Director's Commentary
Doppelganger Films – https://www.musicboxfilms.com/doppelganger/
“Hagazussa” Blu-Ray – https://www.amazon.com/Hagazussa-Blu-ray-Aleksandra-Cwen/dp/6317759731
"The Corruption of Chris Miller" DVD/Blu-Ray Combo Review (Vinegar Syndrome)
This special limited edition embossed slipcover (designed by Earl Kessler Jr.) is limited to 2,000 units and is only available here at VinegarSyndrome.com!
Chris Miller (former Spanish child star, Marisol) lives with her stepmother Ruth (Jean Seberg; Breathless) in a large secluded mansion in the countryside. Both women have been traumatized by the mysterious disappearance of Chris' father but their isolation is soon interrupted by the arrival of a mysterious young drifter, Barney (Barry Stokes; Prey), who they take on as a handyman. All the while, an Unknown scythe wielding killer has been stalking the area, leaving an ever growing body count, and it's not long before the women grow increasingly suspicious of Barney...
A bloody and twist filled giallo from acclaimed filmmaker Juan Antonio Bardem (Death of a Cyclist), THE CORRUPTION OF CHRIS MILLER has remained one of the hardest to see of all Spanish produced gialli. Lushly photographed by Juan Gelpi (Crypt of the Living Dead) and scored by Waldo de los Rios (House That Screamed), Vinegar Syndrome is proud to present this under-seen masterpiece of early 70s Euro horror in a brand new 4k restoration and in its original scope framing, for the first time on home video.
Directed by: Juan Antonio Bardem
Starring: Jean Seberg, Marisol, Barry Stokes, Perla Cristal, Gerard Tichy
1973 / 113 min / 2.35:1
• Region Free Blu-ray/DVD combo
• Newly scanned & restored in 4k from its 35mm original negative
• Archival career retrospective interview with director Juan Antonio Bardem
• "Jean Seberg: Movie Star" - a short film exploring the tragic life of Jean Seberg
• English and Spanish sound mixes
• Alternate Spanish ending
• Alternate Spanish insert shot and partial title sequence
• Original theatrical trailer
• Reversible cover artwork
• English SDH subtitles
Vinegar Syndrome – https://vinegarsyndrome.com/
“The Corruption of Chris Miller” DVD/Blu-Ray Combo – https://vinegarsyndrome.com/collections/vinegar-syndrome/products/the-corruption-of-chris-miller
"Robot Ninja" DVD/Blu-Ray Combo Review (Tempe Video)
Shot and released in 1989, writer/producer/director J.R. Bookwalter followed up his ambitious debut feature “The Dead Next Door” with this dark thriller about a comic book artist who dons the persona of his most famous superhero character to battle a gang wreaking havoc upon a small town. Out of print since the original VHS release from Cinema Home Video, “Robot Ninja” remains a popular cult title with collectors three decades later.
For this one-of-a-kind release, Tempe Digital has painstakingly restored “Robot Ninja” from a 2K scan of the original 16mm A/B roll cut negative film elements with a dynamic new 5.1 surround remix. To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the film’s home video debut this year, collectors and fans will be able to enjoy the movie in 1080p HD (4:3 aspect ratio, 1.33:1) together with the standard-definition master used for the VHS release, now with original stereo mix for the first time ever.
“Robot Ninja” Ultimate Edition includes replicated Blu-ray and DVD discs filled to capacity with a variety of bonus features created especially for this release: Four audio commentaries, three foreign dubbed mixes, vintage cast & crew interviews, behind-the-scenes footage, reversible artwork, and much more. The first 1,000 units feature a collectible slipcover and full-color eight-page booklet with liner notes by the director.
Disc 1 (Blu-ray, BD-25)
▪ 2K Restored Feature in 4:3 Original Aspect Ratio (1.33:1, 79 mins.)
▪ DTS HD-MA 5.1 Surround Remix
▪ Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Remix
▪ Audio Commentary with writer/director J.R. Bookwalter, moderated by Matthew Dilts-Williams of Phantom Pain Films
▪ Audio Commentary with executive producer David DeCoteau & producer J.R. Bookwalter
▪ Audio Commentary with director J.R. Bookwalter, star James L. Edwards, associate producer Scott P. Plummer, co-creator David Lange, and special makeup consultant David P. Barton
▪ Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround German Dubbed Mix
▪ Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Italian Dubbed Mix
▪ Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Castilian Spanish Dubbed Mix
▪ Rebuilding the Robot: J.R. Bookwalter on the Restoration (21 mins.)
▪ Thank You Miss Barbeau: Interview with Linnea Quigley (5 mins.)
▪ Contemplating Coleslaw: Interview with Scott Spiegel (6 mins.)
▪ Dr. Goodknight’s Neighborhood: Location Tour with Benjamin Bookwalter (5 mins.)
▪ “The Robot Ninja” 2013 Fan Film with introduction by director Johnny Dickie (7 mins.)
▪ Artwork & Promotional Gallery (5 mins.)
▪ Behind-The-Scenes Gallery (6 mins.)
▪ Production Stills Gallery (4 mins.)
▪ Optional English or Spanish Subtitles
▪ Tempe Digital Trailers
Disc 2 (Dual-Layer DVD-9)
▪ 1989 VHS Version in 4:3 Original Aspect Ratio (1.33:1, 80 mins.)
▪ Unreleased Dolby Digital 2.0 Original Stereo Mix
▪ Audio Commentary with Doug Tilley and Moe Porne of The No-Budget Nightmares Podcast
▪ Robot Ninja: Unmasked! featurette (48 mins.)
▪ Behind-the-Scenes Footage with audio commentary by director J.R. Bookwalter (30 mins.)
▪ Rough Cut Outtakes (11 mins.)
▪ “The Adventures of Robot Ninja” TV Show Promo (2 mins.)
▪ Newscast Outtakes (12 mins.)
▪ Location Preshoots (7 mins.)
▪ Original 1989 VHS Release Trailer (3 mins.)
▪ Optional English or Spanish Subtitles
▪ Tempe DVD Trailers
Disc 2 DVD-ROM Extras
▪ Original Motion Picture Soundtrack with Complete Score Composed & Performed by J.R. Bookwalter plus songs by Foxx, Argus, Rodney Shields, and J.R. Bookwalter (MP3, 320kbps)
▪ Original Treatment and Three Screenplay Drafts (PDF)
Reversible wrap with newly-commissioned artwork by David Lange and original 1989 Cinema Home Video VHS artwork
Eight-page color booklet with behind-the-scenes photos and liner notes by director J.R. Bookwalter (first
“Robot Ninja” DVD/Blu-Ray Combo – https://www.diabolikdvd.com/product/robot-ninja-le-2-disc-dvd-blu-ray-all-region
Patreon Pick "Delicatessen" DVD Review
A FUTURISTIC COMIC FEAST.
This bizarre surrealistic black comedy takes place in a small fictitious post-apocalyptic town where food is scarce and butcher Clapet has the macabre business of using human flesh to feed his customers. Yet when his daughter falls in love with his next slaughter victim things turn into chaos.
“Delicatessen” Blu-Ray – https://www.amazon.com/Delicatessen-StudioCanal-Collection-Blu-ray-Marie-Laure/dp/B00275EHVE
Patreon Pick "To Have and To Have Not" Streaming Review (VUDU)
TALK ABOUT T.N.T.! THIS IS IT!
A Martinique charter boat skipper gets mixed up with the underground French resistance operatives during WWII.
“To Have and To Have Not” Blu-Ray – https://www.amazon.com/Have-Not-Blu-ray/dp/B01HQH1SQY
Patreon Pick "Deadpool 2: The Super Duper Cut" Streaming Review (HBO G0)
PREPARE FOR THE SECOND COMING.Wisecracking mercenary Deadpool battles the evil and powerful Cable and other bad guys to save a boy's life.
“Deadpool 2: Super Duper Cut” Blu-Ray – https://www.amazon.com/Deadpool-2-Blu-ray-Ryan-Reynolds/dp/B07CF6X6XF/
Patreon Pick "Agony: The Life and Death of Rasputin" Streaming Review (VUDU)
Under the direction of celebrated filmmaker Elem Klimov (Come and See), Aleksei Petrenko delivers a ferociously over-the-top performance as Grigory Rasputin, the wandering Siberian monk whose messianic influence upon Russia's monarch led its people, like lambs to the slaughter, blind and headlong into World War I, setting the stage for revolution.
Anything but a standard bio-pic, Agony is an unrestrained assault on the ruling class in Russia, whose religious hedonism and political ignorance nearly destroyed the country. Influenced in part by such latter 20th Century phenomena as Charles Manson and The Exorcist, Klimov restages world history with jolting doses of sexual avarice, drunkenness, violence and insanity in startling contrast to staid historical accounts of Rasputin's life and most peculiar death.
At the same time that it was criticized for its harsh depiction of royal decadence, Agony was deemed politically blasphemous for its almost sympathetic treatment of Nicholas II (Anatoli Romashin) -- a pathetic, weak-willed Czar who is dominated not only by the mad monk, but by his own wife and child. As a result, Agony, which was made in 1975, was banned for ten years in its native land until, in the era of Glasnost, Klimov's radical political fable was properly recognized and triumphantly set loose upon the screens of the world.
DVD Extras Include:
Klimov - A film by Ron and Dorothea Holloway (50 min., w/English subt.)
Trailer for Klimov's Come and See
Elem Klimov filmography
Optional English subtitles
Kino Lorber – https://www.kinolorber.com/
“Agony: The Life and Death of Rasputin” DVD – https://www.kinolorber.com/film/agonythelifeanddeathofrasputin
The Weekly Western "Hannie Caulder" Signature Edition Blu-Ray Review (Olive Films)
Revenge is a loaded gun in director Burt Kennedy’s (The Train Robbers) Hannie Caulder. Raquel Welch (One Million Years B.C., 100 Rifles, and Myra Breckinridge) smolders as Hannie, a widow sworn to avenge her own brutal rape and husband’s murder at the hands of Emmett (Ernest Borgnine, The Wild Bunch), Frank (Jack Elam, Support Your Local Sheriff), and Rufus (Strother Martin, Cool Hand Luke), three of the most despicable scoundrels to have ever roamed the prairie. Eager for revenge, but lacking the gunfighter’s know-how, Hannie soon discovers new confidence and skill when bounty hunter Thomas Luther Price (Robert Culp, Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice) teaches her the way of the gun. In no time, Hannie is strapping on her six shooter and setting out to put a few notches on its handle. Co-starring the legendary Christopher Lee (Horror of Dracula), playing against type as a sympathetic gunsmith who befriends her, Hannie Caulder hits its target from ten paces.
OLIVE SIGNATURE FEATURES
New High-Definition digital restoration
Audio commentary by Western expert and director Alex Cox (Walker, Repo Man)
“Exploitation or Redemption?” – an examination of rape-revenge movies with film scholar Ben Sher
“Win or Lose: Tigon Pictures and the Making of Hannie Caulder” – interview with Sir Christopher Frayling
Essay by film critic Kim Morgan
Olive Films – https://olivefilms.com/
“Hannie Caulder” Signature Edition Blu-Ray – https://olivefilms.com/product/hannie-caulder-olive-signature/
The Weekly Western "Grand Duel" Blu-Ray Review (Arrow Video)
The Grand Duel is archetypal spaghetti western which boasts many of the genre's classic hallmarks including action-packed gunfights, wild stunts and an impressive climactic showdown... Genre stalwart Lee Van Cleef (The Big Combo, Day of Anger) stars as a gnarled ex-sheriff called Clayton who comes to the aid of a young Philipp Wermeer (Alberto Dentice), a fugitive framed for the murder of a powerful figure called The Patriarch. Clayton helps Philipp fend off attacks from bounty hunters in a series of thrilling gunfights before the two make their way to Jefferson to confront three villains known as the Saxon brothers, and reveal who really killed The Patriarch. A complex tale of revenge penned by prolific giallo writer Ernesto Gastaldi (Torso, The Case of the Scorpion's Tail), The Grand Duel benefits from a beguiling central performance from Lee Van Cleef and assured helmsmanship from Giancarlo Santi (assistant director to Sergio Leone on The Good, The Bad and The Ugly and Once Upon a Time in the West). Add to this brew a memorable and tuneful score by composer Luis Bacalov (Django, Milano Calibro 9) and the stage is set for one of the grandest of all the Italian westerns.
High Definition Blu-ray™ (1080p) presentation
Uncompressed mono 1.0 LPCM audio
Original English and Italian soundtracks, titles and credits
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 film critic, historian and theorist Stephen Prince
An Unconventional Western, a newly filmed interview with director Giancarlo Santi
The Last of the Great Westerns, a newly filmed interview with screenwriter Ernesto Gastaldi
Cowboy by Chance, an interview with the actor Alberto Dentice AKA Peter O'Brien
Out of the Box, a newly filmed interview with producer Ettore Rosboch
The Day of the Big Showdown, a newly filmed interview with assistant director Harald Buggenig
Saxon City Showdown, a newly filmed video appreciation by the academic Austin Fisher
Original Italian and international theatrical trailers
Extensive image gallery featuring stills, posters, lobby cards and home video sleeves, drawn from the Mike Siegel Archive and other collections
Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Matt Griffin
Two Different Duels, a comparison between the original cut and the longer German cut of The Grand Duel
Game Over, an obscure sci-fi short film from 1984 directed by Bernard Villiot and starring The Grand Duel’s Marc Mazza
Marc Mazza: Who was the Rider on the Rain?, a video essay about the elusive actor Marc Mazza by tough-guy film expert Mike Malloy
Arrow Video – https://www.arrowvideo.com/
“Grand Duel” Blu-Ray – https://mvdshop.com/products/the-grand-duel-blu-ray
The VHS Voyage "The Jar" VHS Review (Magnum Entertainment)
THE JAR… IT BLOWS THE LID OFF OF TERROR!
A motorist who comes upon an auto accident finds a bottle at the scene. The bottle contains a demon who proceeds to possess him.
“The Jar” VHS – https://www.amazon.com/Jar-Gary-Wallace/dp/B000MGLVY6/
Pick a Movie "Five Fingers" Streaming Review (VUDU)
WHAT PRICE WOULD YOU PAY FOR FREEDOM?
Martijn, an idealistic Dutch pianist, travels to Morocco to help start a food program for malnourished children. Within moments of his arrival, however, Martijn is abducted by a group of terrorists, injected with a debilitating drug, and imprisoned. Under threat of death, the young man engages in a mental chess match with Ahmat, trying to learn his captor's true objective and avoid a horrible fate
“Five Fingers” VUDU – https://www.vudu.com/content/movies/details/Five-Fingers/160872
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Hagazussa – 2017 – Lukas Feigelfeld
The Corruption of Chris Miller – 1973 – Juan Antonio Bardem
Robot Ninja – 1989 – J.R. Bookwalter
Delicatessen – 1991 – Jean-Pierre Jeunet/Marc Caro
To Have and To Have Not – 1944 – Howard Hawks
Deadpool 2: Super Duper Cut – 2018 – David Leitch
Agony: The Life and Death of Rasputin – 1981 – Elem Klimov
Hannie Caulder – 1971 – Burt Kennedy
Grand Duel – 1973 – Giancarlo Santi
The Jar – 1984 – Bruce Toscano
Five Fingers – 2006 – Laurence Malkin