“Pickings” Review– 0:50
“The Case of the Scorpion’s Tail” Review –9:12
“The Navigator: A Medieval Odyssey” Review – 14:58
“American Guinea Pig: The Song of Solomon” Review – 19:39
“Blast” Review – 30:33
“Flora” Review – 36:48
“Run Lola Run” Review – 42:03
“Death Wish” Review – 49:51
VHS Voyage “The Lawless Land” Review – 1:05:35
“Persona” Pick a Movie – 1:09:31
Pick a Movie Winner Drawing– 1:15:43
Q&A – 1:16:16
Update – 1:18:53
"Pickings" Blu-Ray Review
Writer, Director, Producer
Elyse Price, Joel Bernard, Katie Vincent, Emil Ferzola, Joe Trombino, Yaron Urbas
This neo-noir meets Spaghetti Western crime drama pushes the boundaries of style and takes the viewers on a thrilling ride into the story of Jo Lee Haywood - a single mother and neighborhood bar owner who spent years trying to escape her violent past. But when a local mobster and his gang of thugs come knocking on her door, Jo is forced to embrace her inner demons and confront her deadly history in order to protect her family and property. Still waters run deep in this stylistic, neo-noir crime saga.
When a short-tempered mobster and his gang of thugs try to shake down a neighborhood bar, they're soon confronted with the wrath of its owner - a mysterious southern mother with a dangerous past.
Our Blu-Ray Package Includes:
The Pickings Film in high-quality HD
Behind the Scenes Featurettes
The Filmmaker's Commentary
"Pickings" - The Short Film
The Way it Goes - Music Video
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“Pickings” Website – https://www.pickingsfilm.com/
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"The Case of the Scorpion's Tail" Blu-Ray Review (Arrow Video)
One of the major consequences of Western Europe's post-war Economic Miracle was the proliferation of international travel. Eager to tap into audiences' desire to experience the glamor of the jet set lifestyle, the popular filmmakers of the day rushed to make the most of the exotic locales at their disposal. Arguably no other giallo captured this trend as vividly as The Case of the Scorpion's Tail. The film begins in London, where Lisa Baumer (Evelyn Stewart, The Psychic) learns that her husband has died in a freak plane accident. Summoned to Athens to collect his generous life insurance policy, she soon discovers that others besides herself are keen to get their hands on the money - and are willing to kill for it. Meanwhile, private detective Peter Lynch (George Hilton, The Strange Vice of Mrs Wardh) arrives to investigate irregularities in the insurance claim. Teaming up with a beautiful reporter, Cléo Dupont (Anita Strindberg, Your Vice is a Locked Room and Only I Have the Key), Lynch resolves to unearth the truth... before he too ends up on the wrong end of the murderer's straight razor. The second giallo by genre master Sergio Martino (Torso, The Suspicious Death of a Minor), The Case of the Scorpion's Tail combines stunning views of Athens and the Greek coastline with brutal bursts of violence, a typically tangled script by Ernesto Gastaldi (Death Walks on High Heels), and a cast overflowing with Euro cult talent, including Alberto de Mendoza (A Lizard in a Woman's Skin), Janine Reynaud (Jess Franco's Succubus) and Luigi Pistilli (A Bay of Blood).
Brand new 4K restoration of the film from the original camera negative
High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation
Original lossless mono Italian and English soundtracks
Newly translated English subtitles for the Italian soundtrack
Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing for the English soundtrack
Audio commentary with writer Ernesto Gastaldi, moderated by filmmaker Federico Caddeo (in Italian with English subtitles)
New interview with star George Hilton
New interview with director Sergio Martino
New analysis Sergio Martino's films by Mikel J. Koven, author of La Dolce Morte: Vernacular Cinema and the Italian Giallo Film
New video essay by Troy Howarth, author of So Deadly, So Perverse: 50 Years of Italian Giallo Films
Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Chris Malbon
FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collector's booklet featuring new writing on the film by Rachael Nisbet and Howard Hughes, and a biography of star Anita Strindberg by Peter Jilmstad
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"The Navigator: A Medieval Odyssey" Blu-Ray Review (Arrow Video)
Following the release of his 1984 debut feature Vigil, Vincent Ward returned four years later with The Navigator: A Medieval Odyssey, a film that would cement his position as one of the most exciting filmmaking talents to emerge during the eighties. Cumbria, 1348 - the year of the Black Death. Griffin, a young boy, is plagued by apocalyptic visions which he believes could save his village. Encouraging a small band of men to tunnel into the earth, they surface in 1980s New Zealand and a future beyond their comprehension but must complete their quest. Nominated for the Palme d'Or at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival, The Navigator: A Medieval Odyssey is a bold and often startling fusion of medieval fantasy and time travel science fiction, quite unlike anything you've seen.
High Definition (Blu-ray) presentation
Original mono audio (uncompressed LPCM)
Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing
Brand-new appreciation by film critic Nick Roddick, recorded exclusively for this release
Kaleidoscope: Vincent Ward - Film Maker, a 1989 documentary profile of the director made for New Zealand television
FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collector's booklet featuring new writing on the film by Kim Newman and an introduction by Vincent Ward
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"American Guinea Pig: The Song of Solomon" Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Combo Review (Unearthed Films)
When the song is finally sung, lucifer will be unleashed.
Mary witnesses the brutal suicide of her Father. His death unleashes the savage forces of demonic possession in his daughter. The End of Days is upon the world, famine, drought, looting and chaos are ripping the world apart and the Catholic Church is trying to save an innocent soul from the ravages of satanic possession. Wave after wave of holy men are sent to confront the possessed but what is the Holy Church actually doing? The City on Seven Hills is working on the Second Coming of Christ but before He comes back - the Antichrist must rule for seven years. The Song of Solomon's true nature is to unleash an evil the world has been waiting for since the beginning of time.
Commentary with Stephen Biro & Jessica Cameron
Commentary with Stephen Biro, Marcus Koch & Jerami Cruise
Behind the Scenes/Making of
Video Interview with Actress Jessica Cameron
Video Interview with Writer/Director Stephen Biro
Video Interview with Special Effects Artist Marcus Koch
Video Interview with Director of Photography Chris Hilleke
Video Interview with Actor Gene Palubicki
Video Interview with Actor David McMahon
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"Blast" Blu-Ray Review (MVD Marquee Classics)
Terror Has No Limits
The world's finest athletes have once again gathered for the summer games. Security is airtight as world leaders set aside global conflicts in order to celebrate the purity of sports.
Just before the competition begins, a deadly team of terrorists mounts a precision attack on the swimming complex, holds the Womens' swimming team hostage and unknowingly traps a janitor (Linden Ashby, Resident Evil: Extinction), within the sprawling compound. The terrorists wire each competition venue with deadly fission explosives and the uplink to a global satellite to announce their plans to a stunned international audience.
Totally unprepared for an assault of this magnitude, a desperate President and the F.B.I. enlists the brilliant Interpol counter-terrorism expert "Leo" (Rutger Hauer), who coordinates his efforts with the trapped janitor to contain this volatile situation.
From Executive Producer Tom Karnowski (Star Wars: The Last Jedi) and legendary cult movie writer / director Albert Pyun (Cyborg), BLAST features an all-star cast that also includes Andrew Divoff (Wishmaster), Tim Thomerson (Near Dark) and an early on-screen appearance by the beautiful Shannon Elizabeth (American Pie) in the 90's action thriller that proves terror has no limits!
High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation of the main feature in 2.35:1 aspect ratio
Original 2.0 Stereo Audio (uncompressed PCM)
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"Flora" Blu-Ray Review (Mill Creek Entertainment)
Some places are not meant to be explored.
"a brilliant debut" - Sci-Fi-London
"an original and engaging story that gets under the skin" - Starburst
Summer 1929 - at the end of the golden age of exploration - an expedition of Ivy League university botanists enter an uncharted forest on the North American frontier. Tasked to study the native flora, the students unearth a deadly organism and are soon in a fight with nature itself. They must use their limited resources to understand, survive and escape the wild and terrifying forest that surrounds them.
Behind the Scenes Featurette - Trailers - Deleted Scenes
Commentary with Sasha Louis Vukovic, Teresa Marie Doran, Dan Lin
Mill Creek Entertainment – https://www.millcreekent.com/
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"Run Lola Run" Streaming Review (Vudu)
A thrilling post-MTV, roller-coaster ride, RUN LOLA RUN is the internationally acclaimed sensation about two star-crossed lovers who have only minutes to change the course of their lives. Time is running out for Lola (Franka Potente). She's just received a frantic phone call from her boyfriend, Manni (Moritz Bleibtreu), who's lost a small fortune belonging to his mobster boss. If Lola doesn't replace the money in twenty minutes, Manni will surely suffer severe consequences.
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"Death Wish" Streaming Review (Vudu)
When his wife (Elisabeth Shue) and daughter (Camila Morrone) are violently attacked, Dr. Paul Kersey (Bruce Willis) hunts down his family's assailants to deliver justice. Fury and fate collide in the intense action-thriller "Death Wish."
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The VHS Voyage: "The Lawless Land" VHS Review (MGM/UA Home Video)
A HELLISH CHASE IN A WORLD GONE MAD.
Action-adventure set in a world of the near-future, where young love is forbidden among the lower classes. Nevertheless, one couple defies their police-state world to fight and hold on to whatever love they can find.
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Pick a Movie "Persona" Streaming Reivew (Film Struck)
By the midsixties, Ingmar Bergman had already conjured many of the cinema’s most unforgettable images. But with the radical Persona, he attained new levels of visual poetry. In the first of a series of legendary performances for Bergman, Liv Ullmann plays a stage actor who has inexplicably gone mute; an equally mesmerizing Bibi Andersson is the garrulous young nurse caring for her in a remote island cottage. While isolated together there, the women undergo a mysterious spiritual and emotional transference. Performed with astonishing nuance and shot in stark contrast and soft light by Sven Nykvist, the influential Persona is a penetrating, dreamlike work of profound psychological depth.
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1. American Guinea Pig: The Song of Solomon
2. American Guinea Pig: Sacrifice
3. Get Out
7. Someone’s Watching Me
10. Bus Party to Hell
11. Jurassic Dead
Pickings – 2018 – Usher Morgan
The Case of the Scorpion’s Tail – 1971 – Sergio Martino
The Navigator: A Medieval Odyssey – 1988 – Vincent Ward
American Guinea Pig: The Song of Solomon – 2017 – Stephen Biro
Blast – 1997 – Albert Pyun
Flora – 2017 – Sasha Louis Vukovic
Run Lola Run – 1998 – Tom Tykwer
Death Wish – 2018 – Eli Roth
The Lawless Land – 1988 – Jon Hess
Persona - 1966 – Ingmar Bergman