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Secret Top 10 and Bruce Willis – 0:12
“Torment” Lies and Deceit Boxset Review – 2:54
“To Sleep So as to Dream”Review – 8:36
“Crash!” Review– 13:05
Pervert Card “Blind Love” Review– 17:51
Patreon Pick “House of Gucci” Review – 22:18
“Trancers 3: Death Lives” Review – 26:59
“Mermaid in a Manhole” Review – 30:56
“He Never Dies” Review – 37:18
“Guzoo: The Thing Forsaken by God - Part I” Review–41:53
“Biotherapy” Review – 45:07
“Cyclops” Review – 48:08
“Conton” Review– 50:54
1994 “Vampires and Other Stereotypes” Review – 53:45
1994 “Guyver 2: Dark Hero” Review – 1:00:25
1994 “Sorority Slaughter” Review – 1:03:49
Blindspot “Mothra” review with Jeremy – 1:08:23
Questions/Answers/ Question of the Week, “Favorite weird Japanese films?” – 1:23:33
Update – 1:33:09
"Lies and Deceit: Torment" Blu-Ray Review (Arrow Video)
Five Freshly Remastered Films from the French Hitchcock
Too often overlooked and undervalued, Claude Chabrol was the first of the Cahiers du Cinema critics to release a feature film and would be among the most prolific. The sneaky anarchist of the French New Wave, he embraced genre as a means off lifting the lid on human nature. Nothing is sacred and nothing is certain in the films of Claude Chabrol. Anything can be corrupted, and usually will be. Arrow Video is proud to present Lies & deceit: Five Films by Claude Chabrol. Featuring Cop Au Vin (Poulet au vinaigre), Inspector Lavardin, Madame Bovary, Betty and Torment (L'enfer), this inaugural collection of Claude Chabrol on Blu-ray brings together a wealth of passionate contributors and archival extras to shed fresh light on the films and the filmmaker. Dark, witty, ruthless, mischievous: if you've never seen Chabrol before, you're in for a treat. If you have, they've never looked better.
LIMITED EDITION CONTENTS
High definition (1080p) Blu-ray presentations of all five films
New 4K restorations of Madame Bovary, Betty, and Torment
Original lossless French PCM mono audio on Cop Au Vin, Inspector Lavardin, Madame Bovary and Betty
Original lossless French PCM stereo audio on Torment
Optional English Subtitles
Archive introductions to all films by film scholar Joël Magny
Select scene commentaries for all films by Claude Chabrol
Theatrical trailers and image galleries for all films
80-page collector’s booklet of new writing by film critics Martyn Conterio, Kat Ellinger, Philip Kemp and Sam Wigley, and archive material
Limited edition packaging with newly commissioned artwork by Tony Stella
DISC 1: COP AU VIN
New commentary by critic Ben Sachs
New interview with film historian Ian Christie
Claude Chabrol at the BFI, Chabrol on stage with film historian Ian Christie in 1994
Claude Chabrol, Jean Poiret & Stephane Audran in conversation, archive Swiss TV episode with director and cast discussing Cop Au Vin
DISC 2: INSPECTOR LAVARDIN
New commentary by critic Ben Sachs
Why Chabrol?, new interview with film critic Sam Wigley on why Chabrol remains essential viewing
DISC 3: MADAME BOVARY
New commentary by critic Kat Ellinger
Imagining Emma: Madame Bovary on screen, new visual essay by film historian Pamela Hutchinson
DISC 4: BETTY
New commentary by critic Kat Ellinger
Betty, from Simenon to Chabrol, new visual essay by French Cinema historian Ginette Vincendeau
New interview with Ros Schwartz, the English translator of the Georges Simenon novel on which the film is based
DISC 5: TORMENT
New commentary by critics Alexandra Heller-Nicholas and Josh Nelson
On Henri Georges Clouzot, archival interview with Chabrol about, Clouzot’s abandoned attempt to make L’enfer
Interview with Marin Karmitz, archive interview with Chabrol’s most frequent producer from 1985 onward
Arrow Video – https://www.arrowfilms.com/
Lies and Deceit: Five Films from Claude Charbol – https://mvdshop.com/products/lies-and-deceit-five-films-by-claude-chabrol-blu-ray
"To Sleep So as to Dream" Blu-Ray Review (Arrow Video)
Kaizo Hayashi's acclaimed directorial debut.
Two private detectives hunt for an actress trapped within the reel of a silent ninja film in the dreamlike debut of Kaizo Hayashi (Circus Boys, Zipang), a magical double-handed cinephilic homage to the movie worlds of the 1910s and 1950s. When private eye Uotsuka (Shiro Sano, Violent Cop, Shin Godzilla) and his sidekick Kobayashi are approached by an aged former actress, Madame Cherryblossom, to go in search of her kidnapped daughter Bellflower, their investigations lead them to the studios of the mysterious M. Pathe company. Here Uotsuka has a strange vision in which he comes face to face with the beautiful star of a 1915 chanbara film that appears to have no ending. From then on, things begin to get a little strange... Among the most impressive and critically regarded Japanese films of the 1980s, To Sleep so as To Dream finally makes its home-video debut outside of Japan in a brand new restoration supervised by the director himself. Drifting between illusion and allusion, it is chockfull of references to Japan's rich cinematic heritage and features cameos from a host of veteran talent and baroque sets created by Takeo Kimura, the Nikkatsu art designer fondly remembered for his flamboyant work with Seijun Suzuki in the 1960s.
High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation
Original uncompressed mono audio
Optional English subtitles
Brand new audio commentary by Japanese film experts Tom Mes and Jasper Sharp
Audio commentary with director Kaizo Hayashi and lead actor Shiro Sano recorded in 2000
How Many Eggs? Actor Shiro Sano Talks, a brand new interview with the film’s lead actor
Talking Silents: Benshi Midori Sawato Talks, a brand new interview on early Japanese film culture and the art of the benshi silent film commentator
Midori Sawato Performs ‘The Eternal Mystery’, an exclusive benshi performance to the film within the film
The Restoration of To Sleep So as to Dream featurette
Fragments from Japan’s Lost Silent Heyday, a selection of scenes from silent jidai-geki films from the Kyoto Toy Museum archives
Original Theatrical trailer and English-language restored re-release trailers
Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by David Downton
FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated Collector's booklet featuring new writing on the film by Aaron Gerow
Arrow Video – https://www.arrowfilms.com/
“To Sleep So as to Dream” Blu-Ray – https://mvdshop.com/products/to-sleep-so-as-to-dream-blu-ray
"Crash!" Blu-Ray Review (Full Moon)
Before CHRISTINE, another killer car screamed down the highways looking for blood in director Charles Band's deranged 1977 auto carnage creeper CRASH! LOLITA legend Sue Lyon stars as Kim, an unfortunate lass who is perpetually abused by her miserable, much older professor husband Marc (Jose Ferrer, DRACULA'S DOG) who, after being left an invalid by an accident he thinks his wife caused, plots to murder his missus with the aid of a monstrous Doberman Pinscher(!). But after Kim buys him a mystical African trinket from a street vendor (played by SALEM'S LOT and THE MAN WHO KNEW TOO MUCH actor Reggie Nalder), Marc's plans are foiled and soon the vengeful spirit of his dead wife has possessed her convertible, flipping it into a fearsome four-on-the-floor fiend! Over-the-top action, bizarre plot twists, endless car chases and enough car crashes to fill five films combined in this vintage Band-sploitation saga (shot by future THE FUGITIVE director Andrew Davis!), presented here fully remastered and uncut and louder and meaner than ever before! Buckle up for the weirdest ride of your life!
Audio commentary with director Charles Band & David DeCoteau.
Original Vintage Trailer
Rare Carradine clips
Speed Demon: Crash Documentary
Full Moon Trailers
Full Moon – https://www.fullmoondirect.com/
“Crash!” Blu-Ray – https://mvdshop.com/products/crash-remastered-blu-ray
Pervert Card "Blind Love" DVD Review (Pink Eiga)
Winner of the Silver Medal at the 2005 Pink Eiga Awards, BLIND LOVE tells of a blind woman falling in love with a short ventriloquist just by listening to his voice. However, when she meets him she mistakes the ventriloquist for his much taller assistant. What ensues is a quirky and touching story of mistaken identity and awakening sexuality. The film had its North American premier at the prestigious 2009 New York Asian Film Festival.
Interview with the director Daisuke Goto (same director as Lonely Cow)
Interview with the Director of Photography Masahide Iioka
Audio commentary track (with the option of 2 languages - original Japanese or dubbed into English)
Pink Eiga – https://vimeo.com/darksidereleasing
“Blind Love” DVD – https://mvdshop.com/products/blind-love-dvd
Patreon Pick "House of Gucci" Streaming Review (Amazon)
A LEGACY WORTH KILLING FOR.
The true story of how Patrizia Reggiani plotted to kill her husband Maurizio Gucci, the grandson of renowned fashion designer Guccio Gucci.
“House of Gucci” Amazon Rental – https://www.amazon.com/House-Gucci-Lady-Gaga/dp/B09NSWH9RH
"Trancers 3: Deth Lives" Blu-Ray Review (Full Moon)
Time Waits for No Man!
Jack Deth, beginning to get his life back together, is time-jacked back to the year 2247 to save Angel City from a new wave of Trancers! His mission...help find the origin of this new wave of Trancers and end it with extreme prejudice. With the help of Lena and R.J., a Trancer camp escapee, Jack learns that the new Trancer program is government sponsored, and that his usual shoot-everything-that-moves attitude might not work this time. With R.J. and Shark, a crystal powered cyborg, Deth will have to find a way inside the Trancer program and shut it down. For good.
Full Moon Trailers, Original Videozone Featurette
Full Moon – https://www.fullmoondirect.com/
“Trancers 3: Deth Lives” Blu-Ray – https://mvdshop.com/products/trancers-3-blu-ray-blu-ray
"Mermaid in a Manhole" and "Her Never Dies" DVD Review (Unearthed)
Mermaid in a Manhole
An artist finds and rescues a mermaid in a sewer. He takes her home with him and she develops sores all over her body that begin to pustulate and bleed. He uses what oozes from her sores to paint her portrait. When he can no longer handle it anymore he breaks down and dismembers her body.
He Never Dies
A man gets depressed because his girlfriend has dumped him for a friend. He tries to attempt suicide but to no avail, so he decides to scare the guy that stole his girl, by throwing his own guts at him.
“Mermaid in a Manhole” YouTube – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LHrYFdOKDII&t=636s
“He Never Dies” YouTube – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dva9YldACKI&t=24s
"Guzoo: The Thing Forsaken by God - Part I" Review
Upon visiting a secluded summer home, four high school girls are soon targeted by a horrific creature in the basement with a knowing housekeeper trying to keep the unspeakable heap secret and at bay using a flute.
“Guzoo: The Thing Forsake by God – Part 1” YouTube – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sh5nMq6qV50&t=288s
“Biotherapy” is a fairly nasty Japanese gorefest about a group of Japanese scientists stalked and viciously butchered by a creepy-looking alien.
“Biotherapy” YouTube – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vZu8LEkqTRU&t=37s
A bizarre medical exam of a nude woman by several doctors and scientists reveal that their latest subject has committed suicide before giving birth to one of the mutant creatures they had placed within her body. So, an investigative crew of scientists (along with a large human mutant cyclops creature) head out to the city streets to obtain a new donor/victim in the form of a young girl. Gore and Z-Grade mayhem ensue.
“Cyclops” YouTube – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ESwDMl-2zGQ&t=484s
A boy’s nightmares about being stalked by a demon slowly transform into a terrifying reality.
“Conton” YouTube –
1994 "Vampires and Other Stereotypes" Review
VAMPIRISM… DON’T BELIEVE THE HYPE!
Two “Men in Black” wannabees (who are not wearing black) are on the look-out for ridding the planet of supernatural beings. After saving a crooked businessman in a warehouse, they are surprised by three pretty girls and a leather-jacketed boyfriend who are searching for a party. Evidently, they have unwittingly unleashed a kind of portal, endangering us all. Our heroes spend the night trying to survive, as one of the three women has been targeted as a “breeder.” She has apparently been chosen for being pretty tough - after all, she does the equivalent of shrugging her shoulders after witnessing her businessman father getting horribly decapitated just inches away.
“Vampires and Other Stereotypes” Amazon Rental –
1994 "Guvyer 2: Dark Hero" Review
SCI-FI’S MOST POWERFUL ALIEN-HUMAN HYBRID RETURNS!
Sean Barker became the unwilling host to an alien bio-armor known as the Guyver. A year ago he destroyed the Kronos Corporation, an organization of mutants who want the Guyver. Now he is trying to find why the Guyver unit forces him to fight and kill evil.
“Guyver 2: Dark Hero” DVD – https://www.amazon.com/Guyver-2-David-Hayter/dp/B01LA7LDF2
1994 "Sorority Slaughter" Blu-Ray Review (Saturn's Core)
An innocent college prank turns deadly when a bevy of beautiful sorority girls accidentally shoot and kill their voyeuristic, Satan worhipping neighbor Hugo. But is he really dead? See what horrible fates await each member of the sorority when Hugo mysteriously returns from the grave seeking human sacrifices to sustain his eternal life. The innocent Kim quickly becomes the object of Hugo's obsession once he selects her as the ideal bride for his evil, demonic master Radu.
A benchmark for Gary Whitson and his New Jersey based, shot on video, custom movie studio W.A.V.E. Productions, Sorority Slaughter is a bewildering kaleidoscope of graphic gore, extraneous subplots, leering nudity, and the most inexplicably prolonged car washing scenes in cinema history. Initially funded as a carrying fetish custom, Whitson instead brazenly crafted a sorority house slasher epic that’s notable for featuring early on screen performances from some of the ‘90s most prolific and beloved indie screen queens including Tina Krause (Bad Biology), Pamela Sutch (Psycho Sisters), Laura Giglio (After Midnight), and Deana Demko (The Ironbound Vampire). Saturn’s Core is elated to present the Blu-Ray debut of W.A.V.E.’s Sorority Slaughter culled from the original S-VHS master, in addition to Whitson’s brain-melting sequel Sorority Slaughter 2 (1997) which reunites the bulk of the original cast!
directed by: Gary Whitson, Sal Longo
featuring: Tina Krause, Laura Giglio, Pamela Sutch, Deana Demko, Dave Castiglione, Sal Longo
1994 / 87 min / 1.33:1 / English Stereo
• Region Free Blu-ray
• New transfer from the original S-VHS master tapes
• Audio commentary track with stars Laura Giglio and Dave Castiglione moderated by Ross Snyder from Saturn's Core
• Sorority Girl Murderer! -alternate cut of Sorority Slaughter incorporating new footage shot in 2012 (55 minutes)
• Vintage cable access interview featuring co-directors Gary whitson, Sal Longo, and special FX artist Aven Warren
• Deleted scene featuring a vintage introduction by actress Tina Krause
• Bonus Movie: SORORITY SLAUGHTER 2 (1997) directed by Gary Whitson starring Tina Krause, Debbie D., Laura Giglio, Deana
Demko, & Dave Castiglione (90 Minutes)
• Reversible cover art
• English subtitles
“Sorority Slaughter” Blu-Ray – https://vinegarsyndrome.com/products/sorority-slaughter-saturns-core
Blindspot "Mothra" Blu-Ray Review
A GRUESOME MARVEL!
Shipwreck survivors found on the presumably uninhabited Infant Island leads to a scientific expedition that discovers a surviving native population along with the Shobijin, tiny twin fairy priestesses of the island’s mythical deity called Mothra. After the fairies are kidnapped by an exploitative businessman named Clark Nelson, Mothra sets out to rescue them.
“Mothra” Blu-Ray – https://www.amazon.com/Mothra-SteelBook-Blu-ray-Furanki-Sakai/dp/B07R553MFM/
Torment – 1994 – Claude Charbol
To Sleep So as to Dream – 1986 – Kaizo Hayashi
Crash! – 1976 – Charlie Band
Blind Love – 2005 – Daisuke Gotô
House of Gucci – 2021 – Ridley Scott
Trancers 3: Deth Lives – 1992 – C. Courtney Joyner
Guinea Pig: Mermaid in a Manhole – 1988 – Hideshi Hino
Guinea Pig: He Never Dies – 1986 – Masayuki Kusumi
Guzoo: The Thing Forsaken by God - Part I – 1986 – Kazuo ‘Gaira’ Komizu
Biotherapy – 1986 – Akihiro Kashima
Cyclops – 1987 – George Iida
Conton – 1987 – Takuro Fukuda
Vampires and Other Sterotypes – 1994 – Kevin J. Lindenmuth
Guyver 2: Dark Hero – 1994 – Steve Wang
Sorority Slaughter – 1994 – Gary Whitson
Mothra – 1961 – Ishirō Honda