Corrections/”Abducted in Plain Sight”– 0:13
“All the Colors of the Dark” Review – 1:25
“Ecco/The Forbidden” Review – 7:38
“The Possessed” Review – 11:51
“Double Dragon” Review – 17:29
Patreon Pick “Hunger” Review – 24:28
Patreon Pick “Interview with the Assassin” Review – 29:05
Patreon Pick “Jodorowsky’s Dune” Review – 34:45
Patreon Pick “Last Ride” – 40:53
Patreon Pick “Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai” Review –46:19
The VHS Voyage “Surf II” Review – 53:43
Pick a Movie Review “The Stay Awake” – 58:56
Pick a Movie Drawing – 1:07:00
Questions – 1:07:25
Answers – Best Shoot Out? – 1:12:03
Question of the Week – Best fight scene? – 1:15:08
Update – 1:15:28
Patreon Drawing – 1:17:42
"All the Colors of the Dark" Blu-Ray Review (Severin Films)
Written by MrParka
Severin Films brings the Sergio Martino Giallo "All Colors of the Dark" to Blu-ray for the first time in the states. Sergio Martino is no stranger to the Giallo film and this bizarre mystery of a flick that involves cults and black magic rituals is one of his most unique.
After a tragic car accident which resulted in a miscarriage, Jane begins suffering from nightmares and a feeling of constant fear. This fear is amplified when she begins to spot a malevolent man who no one else seems to notice. Before long, Jane is caught in a world of black rite rituals and murder.
Cult icon Edwige Fenech stars alongside a handful of familiar faces, including Nieves Navarro, George Hilton, and Ivan Rassimov. Each of these Giallo staples plays a pivotal role in the film and tie in directly with Jane’s fragile psyche. The opening is probably one of the most risqué and impactful scenes in the film, giving us a look at a haunted woman who not only feels guilt but an impending doom. It's obviously a dream sequence with its soft lighting and blurry focus, but the layer of deception that the film starts off on will continue and carry on between encounters with friends and family. The almost lullaby style score plays directly into the loss of her child and plays into her childlike innocence. This childlike innocence lets Fenech be sucked into a world of cults that may or may not be real. Playing on people’s fragile mental state has been a staple of the Giallo and incorporated due to the influence of gothic films. This plot device in other films may seem fairly standard, but with the addition of the strange cult like rituals and sexual nature of them, it becomes a little bit more interesting. Within the first two acts of the film there doesn’t seem to be nearly any murders, which could leave some audiences a tad bored, but by the 3rd act the bodies begin to pile up and eventually reveal the killer. The revealing of the killer is done in a nice and simple set up and payoff that the audience will probably see coming. The murders aren’t as elaborate as one would like, but usually have good payoffs during the discovery of them or the lead up. The chase scenes also have their clever moments. When Jane is being chased by a hatchet welding cult member she narrowly escapes one of his swings and the hatchet strikes the wall and cuts a wire in the front of frame, in the background a light flickers off. This scene may sound standard, but the way it is shown adds for a nice little trick that adds some flair to the film. The staircase and elevator combination that sits in the center of the apartment our lead lives in makes for a great suspense centerpiece where villains can hide and heroines can run. It leaves for some good camera work and some solid depths in the shots. The film also adds a layer of premonition which makes the film almost surpass just a crime Giallo and flirt with the supernatural. Just as Jane had an awful dream in the beginning that revealed something to her subconsciously, she has another one that has a sort of precognitive notion that someone is going to attack. This little addition helps "All Colors of the Dark" stand out more than the run of the mill criminal procedural Giallo and is well worth any Giallo fan’s time.
Severin Films has included a slew of special features. The standout is of course the wonderful Audio Commentary with Kat Ellinger, Author of All the Colors of Sergio Martino. Kat Ellinger has done several commentaries and always manages to be informative and entertaining, never trailing off on a bit of information for too long. Also included is an alternate US cut of the film entitled "They’re Coming to Get You", a bonus CD, and interviews with Director Sergio Matino, Writer Ernesto Gastaldi, Actor George Hilton with Italian Horror Expert Antonio Tentori. Severin Films did great job in bringing one of the most underrated Director’s films to Blu-Ray
The Ultimate Giallo Shocker Now Uncut in HD For the First Time Ever in America!
Even by extreme ‘70s standards, it remains among the more notorious – and disturbing – thrillers in genre history. Now experience “one of the most entertaining gialli you’ll ever see” (10k Bullets) like you’ve never seen it before: The luscious Edwige Fenech (STRIP NUDE FOR YOUR KILLER) gives the performance of her career as a woman tormented by visions of Satanic violence, hallucinatory horror and psychosexual insanity. George Hilton (THE STRANGE VICE OF MRS. WARDH), Ivan Rassimov (EATEN ALIVE) and Susan Scott (EMANUELLE AND THE LAST CANNIBALS) co-star in this EuroShock masterpiece from director Sergio Martino (TORSO) and screenwriter Ernesto Gastaldi (DEATH WALKS ON HIGH HEELS) – with “possibly one of the best horror scores of all time” (Scream Magazine) by Bruno Nicolai – now featuring a new 4k scan from the original negative and throbbing with exclusive Special Features!
They’re Coming To Get You: Alternate US Cut (88 mins.)
Color My Nightmare: Interview with Director Sergio Martino
Last Of The Mohicans: Interview with Screenwriter Ernesto Gastaldi
Giallo is the Color: Interviews with Actor George Hilton & Italian Horror Expert Antonio Tentori
Audio Commentary with Kat Ellinger, Author of All The Colors of Sergio Martino
BONUS Disc: CD Soundtrack
Severin Films – https://severin-films.com/
“All the Colors of the Dark” Blu-Ray – https://severin-films.com/shop/all-the-colors-of-the-dark-bluray/
"Ecco" and "The Forbidden" Blu-Ray Review (Severin Films)
The Most Extreme Mondo of Them All Now Scanned in 4K For the First Time Ever Plus A Mega-Sleazy Bonus Mondo!
In 1963, nudie/roughie filmmakers Bob Cresse and Lee Frost (HOUSE ON BARE MOUNTAIN, LOVE CAMP 7) saw the U.S. grosses of MONDO CANE and quickly imported and adapted one of the most provocative – and successful – shockumentaries of the decade. Narrated by Academy Award® winner George Sanders (ALL ABOUT EVE) and featuring a legendary soundtrack by Riz Ortolani (Oscar®-nominated for MONDO CANE’s ‘More’), ECCO explores a world of sadism, delinquency, roller derby, extreme piercing, appalling stereotypes and the infamous Lapland-women-castrating-reindeer-with-their-teeth sequence, now scanned in 4k from the original internegative. Bonus feature THE FORBIDDEN is Frost & Cresse’s rarely seen – and totally insane –1966 fake Mondo, packed with staged scenes of Swiss lesbians, L.A. rapists, Parisian tarts and Nazi strippers, newly-transferred from the only known 35mm print in existence.
The Bandit: Producer David Goldstein Remembers Bob Cresse
I Want More: Short Film
Severin Films – https://severin-films.com/
“Ecco/The Forbidden” Blu-Ray – https://severin-films.com/shop/ecco-forbidden-bluray/
"The Possessed" Blu-Ray Review (Arrow Video)
The Possessed is a wonderfully atmospheric proto-giallo based on one of Italy's most notorious crimes, The Alleghe killings, and adapted from the book on that case by acclaimed literary figure Giovanni Comisso. Peter Baldwin (The Ghost, The Weekend Murders) stars as Bernard, a depressed novelist who sets off in search of his old flame Tilde (Virna Lisi, La Reine Margot), a beautiful maid who works at a remote lakeside hotel. Bernard is warmly greeted by the hotel owner Enrico (Salvo Randone, Fellini's Satyricon) and his daughter Irma (Valentina Cortese, Thieves Highway, The Iguana with the Tongue of Fire), but Tilde has disappeared under suspicious circumstances. Bernard undertakes an investigation and is soon plunged into a disturbing drama of familial secrets, perversion, madness and murder... Co-written by Giulio Questi (Death Laid an Egg, Arcana) and co-directed by Luigi Bazzoni (The Fifth Cord, Footprints on the Moon), The Possessed masterfully combines film noir, mystery and giallo tropes, whilst also drawing on the formal innovations of 1960s art cinema (particularly the films of Michelangelo Antonioni.) A uniquely dreamlike take on true crime, The Possessed is presented here in a stunning new restoration.
Brand new 2K restoration from the original camera negative
High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation
Original Italian and English soundtracks, titles and credits
Uncompressed Mono 1.0 PCM audio
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 writer and critic Tim Lucas
Richard Dyer on The Possessed - a newly filmed video appreciation by the cultural critic and academic
Cat's Eyes, an interview with the film's makeup artist Giannetto De Rossi
Two Days a Week, an interview with the film's award-winning assistant art director Dante Ferretti
The Legacy of the Bazzoni Brothers, an interview with actor/director Francesco Barilli, a close friend of Luigi and Camillo Bazzoni
Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Sean Phillips
FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collector's booklet featuring new writing on the film by Andreas Ehrenreich, Roberto Curti and original reviews
Arrow Video – https://www.arrowvideo.com/
“The Possessed” Blu-Ray – https://mvdshop.com/products/possessed-the-blu-ra
"Double Dragon" Blu-Ray/DVD Combo Review (MVD Rewind Collection)
It's Not Just a Game Anymore... Evil Has Just Met Its Match!
From producers Don Murphy (Transformer franchise), Jane Hamsher (Natural Born Killers), Alan Schechter (Showdown), writers Michael Davis (Shoot 'Em Up) and Emmy® Award Winner* Peter Gould (''Better Call Saul'', ''Breaking Bad'') comes the cult classic movie based on the video game smash!
Double Dragon roars to life with amazing special effects, spectacular action sequences, and a knock-about sense of humor. It's the year 2007, and what remains of L.A. is now ''New Angeles'', a city ravaged by earthquakes, tidal waves and vicious gangs. The evil tycoon Koga Shuko (Robert Patrick, Terminator 2: Judgment Day) is obsessed with finding the two halves of a talisman known as the ''Double Dragon'', which will give him awesome mystical powers. Two teenaged brothers, Jimmy (Mark Dacascos, John Wick 3) and Billy Lee (Scott Wolf, ''Party of Five'') find themselves in possession of the amulet's missing half, thrusting them into the adventure of their lives. With the help of Maria (Alyssa Milano, ''Charmed'') and her vigilante group ''The Power Corps'', Jimmy and Billy must summon all of their courage, resourcefulness and martial-arts skills to stop the villain's malevolent plan.
Crackling with the energy and humor of its two heroes, Double Dragon is a high-octane action spectacular. Buckle your seat belt and enjoy the ride!
*2017: Outstanding Short Form Comedy or Drama Series, ''Better Call Saul'', 2013, 2014: Outstanding Drama Series, ''Breaking Bad''
High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation of the main feature
Audio: English 2.0 Stereo, English 5.1 Stereo, German 5.1 Stereo
English, French and Spanish Subtitles
Archival ''Making of'' Featurette
Archival Interview with director James Yukich
VHS Home Video Trailer
Original Theatrical Trailer
more new and exciting features being produced exclusive for this release TBD!
MVD Rewind Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/MVDRewindCollection/
“Double Dragon” Blu-Ray/DVD Combo – https://mvdshop.com/products/double-dragon-collectors-edition-blu-ray-dvd
Patreon Pick "Hunger" DVD Review
Five strangers awaken to find themselves trapped in an underground dungeon. They soon realize they are the subjects of one man's sadistic experiment to test the depths of a human being's will to survive. As the days go by with no means of escape, their hunger increases as their humanity fades away.
“Hunger” DVD – https://www.amazon.com/Hunger-Fangoria-Frightfest-Linden-Ashby/dp/B003T04NCO
Patreon Pick "Interview with the Assassin" DVD Review
Almost forty years after John F. Kennedy's assassination, an ex-Marine named Walter Ohlinger has come forward with a startling claim: I was in Dallas on November 22, 1963. Does that mean anything to you? I've never told anyone this before; no one knows . . . I was the second gunman behind the stockade fence on what they called the grassy knoll. I fired one shot from there. Shedding new light on the most well known murder mystery of the 20th century, this masterful thriller will keep you second-guessing right up to the last frame.
“Interview with the Assassin” DVD – https://www.amazon.com/Interview-Assassin-Dylan-Haggerty/dp/B000092Q59
Patreon Pick "Jodorowsky’s Dune" Streaming Review (VUDU)
In 1975, director Alejandro Jodorowsky began work on his most ambitious project yet. Starring his own 12-year-old son alongside Orson Welles, Mick Jagger, David Carradine and Salvador Dalí, featuring music by Pink Floyd and art by some of the most provocative talents of the era, including H.R. Giger and Jean “Moebius” Giraud, Jodorowsky’s adaptation of the classic sci-fi novel DUNE was poised to change cinema forever. Through interviews with legends and luminaries including H.R. Giger (artist, ALIEN), Gary Kurtz (producer, STAR WARS EPISODES IV ' V) and Nicolas Winding Refn (director, DRIVE), and an intimate and honest conversation with Jodorowsky, director Frank Pavich’s film finally unearths the full saga of ‘The Greatest Movie Never Made’.
“Jodorowsky’s Dune” Blu-Ray – https://www.amazon.com/Jodorowskys-Dune-Blu-ray-Nicolas-Refn/dp/B00J5LXMTG
Patreon Pick "Last Ride" Streaming Review (VUDU)
Shot in stunning widescreen cinematography, Last Ride is a heartbreaking road movie through the ravishing, remote and rugged South Australian outback as ex-jailbird fugitive father Kev (Hugo Weaving, in a tender and bravura performance) takes his 10-year old son Chook (newcomer Tom Russell) on the run from the law. Based on Denise Young's acclaimed novel, Last Ride is the riveting and morally complex portrayal of a brutal yet loving petty criminal struggling with parenthood. As father and son journey into the outback and an unknown future, they pit themselves against the elements and each other. In order to survive, Chook will have to make a choice between what he knows to be right and the love of his father, a decision which will have devastating consequences on both of their lives.
- Audio Commentary with director Glendyn Ivin
- Cracker Bag- Palme D'Or winning short film
- "The Desert"- a short film by Glendyn Ivin
- Behind the Scenes featurettes
- "Seven Emu: This Is Where We Live" documentary
“Last Ride” DVD – https://www.amazon.com/Last-Ride-Hugo-Weaving/dp/B008RANP3Y
Patreon Pick "Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai" DVD Review
From visionary auteur Takashi Miike (13 Assassins, Ichi the Killer) comes the story of a mysterious samurai who arrives at the doorstep of his feudal lord, requesting an honorable death by ritual suicide in his courtyard. The lord threatens him with the brutal tale of Motome, a desperate young ronin who made a similar request with ulterior motives, only to meet a grisly end. Undaunted, the samurai begins to tell a story of his own, with an ending no one could see coming. With stunning cinematography and gripping performances, HARA-KIRI: DEATH OF A SAMURAI is a thrilling exploration of revenge, honor and individuality in the face of oppressive power.
Geoffrey Gilmore, from Tribeca Film, Discusses HARA-KIRI, Presented by American Express
“Hara-Kira: Death of a Samurai” Blu-Ray – https://www.amazon.com/Hara-Kiri-Samurai-Blu-ray-Koji-Yakusho/dp/B0090SVDRW/
The VHS Voyage "Surf II" VHS Review (Interglobal Home Video)
It's an awesome beach party with radical comedy and rockin' tunes by Oingo Boingo, Stray Cats, Thomas Dolby, The Beach Boys, Wall of Voodoo, Split Enz, Circle Jerks, The Ventures, Rheingold, The Chantays and The Untouchables. Menlo Scwartz (Grease, Grease II), the geekiest genius of all, wants to rid the world of surfers by transforming them into garbage-ingesting zombie punks! But no way dude can he stop the most awesome party since ANIMAL HOUSE! A fully stoked bash with surfside irreverent antics, the bitchin' anatomy of righteous foxes (LINDA KERRIDGE: FADE TO BLACK), the bungling police work of Chief Boyardie (Lyle Waggoner), irate parents (Ruth Buzzi) and the rockin' sounds of the most radical bands around.
“Surf II” VHS – https://www.amazon.com/Surf-II-Eddie-Deezen/dp/B000KEP6ZK
Pick a Movie "The Stay Awake" Streaming Review (Amazon Prime)
THE NIGHT YOU COULDN’T SLEEP… EVEN IF YOU WANTED TO!
The ghost of a serial killer, executed for murdering students at a Catholic girls’ school, returns to the school to take revenge on the current student body.
“The Stay Awake” DVD – https://www.amazon.com/Stay-Awake-Shirley-Jane-Harris/dp/6305609411/
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Abducted in Plain Sight – 2017 – Skye Borgman
All the Colors of the Dark – 1972 – Sergio Martino
Ecco – 1963 – Gianni Proia
The Forbidden – 1966 – Lee Frost/Benjamin Andrews
The Possessed – 1965 – Luigi Bazzoni/Franco Rossellini
Double Dragon – 1994 – James Yukich
Hunger – 2009 –Steven Hentges
Interview with the Assassin – 2002 – Neil Burger
Jodorowsky’s Dune – 2013 – Frank Pavich
Last Ride – 2009 – Glendyn Ivin
Hara-Kira: Death of a Samurai – 2011 – Takashi Miike
Surf II – 1984 – Randall M. Badat
The Stay Awake – 1987 – John Bernard