“Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror” on Shudder – 0:12
“Jack the Ripper” Review – 2:01
“All the Colors of the Giallo” Review – 7:38
“Kolobos” Review – 13:20
“Color Me Blood Red/Something Weird” Review – 22:27
"Bright Lights, Big City” Review – 30:00
“Are We Not Cats” Review – 35:24
“Rituals” Review – 41:06
The Weekly Western “Breakheart Pass” – 47:57
The VHS Voyage “Open House” Review –56:25
Pick a Movie Review “Return to Nuk’em High Vol. 1” Review –1:05:36
Pick a Movie Review “Return to Nuk’em High vol. 2” Review – 1:11:34
Pick a Movie Drawing – 1:18:38
Questions – 1:19:18
Answers – Best Fight Scenes – 1:23:04
Question of the Week – From Derek B. Question of the Week - Who would you consider the face of Poliziotteschi film genre? Actor, director etc. in other words when you think of the genre as a whole who do you think of first? – 1:27:19
Update – 1:27:41
“Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror” on Shudder – https://www.shudder.com/movies/watch/horror-noire-a-history-of-black-horror/4548652
"Jack the Ripper" Blu-Ray Review (Severin Films)
Written by MrParka
Severin Films releases the infamous black and white shocker “Jack the Ripper” on Blu-Ray. “Jack the Ripper” is presented in its original British cut and the slightly longer American cut with a new score.
Women are being targeted by a crazed slasher who seems to have a surgical touch to his madness and depravity. A pair of police officers, an American and Brit is attempting to solve the case and prevent any more murders. The list of suspects is long and includes some distinguished names. Can the police figure out who is responsible for the White Chapel Murders and keep the citizens safe both from committing and being a victim of vigilante justice?
“Jack the Ripper” is a fairly standard story about the maniac that incorporates the townspeople’s unhappiness and fear while showing a series of murders and police procedures. What makes the film stand out is some of the boundaries it attempted to push in its uncut form, showing post mortem breasts of disemboweled women. The film wasn’t particularly graphic by today’s standards, but definitely was nothing to bat an eye at in 1959. This footage only remains in the European version, unfortunately (and the scenes are included on this disc as a bonus feature). These cuts make this flick a little dull in spots, but violence and sleaze isn’t the only thing this movie had to offer. It has a surprising interest in its characters, in particular its victims. None of which, with the exception of one, are portrayed as seedy underbelly prostitutes. In fact, the film seems to at least spend a moniker of time developing the victims. This makes for some genuine sympathy to be felt by the viewer. By establishing the side characters the film’s solid sets seem to come to life a bit more and the dense fog and dark alleys seem a bit more real. As for the mystery of the film, it works; there are tons of red herrings and little touches that will keep you guessing until the final scene that ends with a rewarding yet completely fictionalized outcome.
Severin Films has included a few treats on the disc. Besides the two versions of the film we have some featurettes, an Interview with Denis Meikle, Author of “Jack the Ripper: The Murders and the Movies” and "The Real Jack the Ripper", both of which give a little insight on the real case and the history of Jack the Ripper in film. Also included is an audio Commentary With Co-Director/Co-Producer/Co-Cinematographer Robert S. Baker, Screenwriter Jimmy Sangster, Assistant Director Peter Manley, Moderated by British Horror Historian Marcus Hearn. Overall, Severin has done the best they can to clean up the film; they give us a warning in the beginning about the quality. The US version looks a bit better and is presented in what is the correct aspect ratio, but has a new score which some may enjoy less than the UK version’s score.
In 1959, legendary showman Joseph E. Levine unleashed this grisly UK thriller on American moviegoers. But when audiences were horrified by the film’s startling violence, graphic nudity and bloody Technicolor climax, it became one of Levine’s most notorious failures. Today – in its notorious UK cut and the American version with a brassy new score – it remains among the most underappreciated and provocative shockers of its time. Eddie Byrne (THE MUMMY), Lee Patterson (TV’s SURFSIDE 6) and John Le Mesurier (DAD’S ARMY) star in this lurid classic produced/directed by Robert S. Baker & Monty Berman (BLOOD OF THE VAMPIRE) and written by Hammer Films’ legendary Jimmy Sangster (THE CURSE OF FRANKENSTEIN, HORROR OF DRACULA) that FilmFracture.com calls “the perfect combination of murder mystery and horror film with just the right amount of lovely ladies!”
Audio Commentary With Co-Director/Co-Producer/Co-Cinematographer Robert S. Baker, Screenwriter Jimmy Sangster, Assistant Director Peter Manley, Moderated By British Horror Historian Marcus Hearn
Alternate Continental Takes
Interview With Denis Meikle, Author of “Jack The Ripper: The Murders And The Movies”
The Real Jack the Ripper Featurette
Poster & Still Gallery
Severin Films – https://severin-films.com/
“Jack the Ripper” Blu-Ray – https://severin-films.com/shop/jack-the-ripper-bluray/
"All the Colors of the Giallo" Blu-Ray Review (Severin Films)
3-Disc Collection Featuring Over 5 1/2 Hours of Classic Trailers Plus Bonus CD of Legendary Giallo Themes!
‘Giallo’ is Italian for ‘yellow’, the color of the lurid pulp novels that inspired one of the most intense, extreme and influential genres in movie history. In this unprecedented collection, experience the full chronological evolution of giallo with more than 100 rare and classic trailers from such masters as Mario Bava, Dario Argento, Lucio Fulci, Sergio Martino, Antonio Margheriti, Umberto Lenzi and many more. Then slip on black leather gloves and set the mood with a Bonus CD of legendary soundtrack music from composers that include Ennio Morricone, Riz Ortolani, Bruno Nicolai, Stelvio Cipriani and others, along with all-new featurettes that thrust even deeper into the genre. “But be warned,” says Gizmodo.com, “once you start going down the blood-slicked giallo rabbit hole, you may become dangerously obsessed.”
DISC 1 – Blu-ray
All the Colors of Giallo: A New Feature Length Documentary By Federico Caddeo
The Giallo Frames: Interview With John Martin, Editor Of The Giallo Pages
Audio Commentary with Kat Ellinger, Author of All The Colors Of Sergio Martino
DISC 2 – DVD: The Case of the Krimi
Kriminal!: Trailer Compilation
The Case Of The Krimi: Interview With Film Historian Marcus Stiglegger
DISC 3 – CD
The Strange Sounds Of The Bloodstained Films: Compiled By Alfonso Carillo of Rendezvous! From The Archives Of Beat Records. Remastered By Claudio Fuiano.
Severin Films – https://severin-films.com/
“All the Colors of the Giallo” Blu-Ray – https://severin-films.com/shop/all-the-colors-of-giallo-bluray/
"Kolobos" Blu-Ray Review (Arrow Video)
Kolobos! Today I Exist
The Real World meets Saw by way of Suspiria in this super-smart, super-gory - and, sadly, super-overlooked - late '90s slasher effort from filmmakers Daniel Liatowitsch and David Todd Ocvirk, released in the midst of the post-Scream slice-and-dice revival. A group of youngsters arrive at a snow-covered house under the guise of participating in a "grounding-breaking" new experimental film. With the entire property fitted out with cameras, their every move will be recorded. But when the house locks down, trapping the youngsters within, it soon becomes clear that something sinister is afoot. Scream - you're on camera... Marketed as little more than a generic horror flick at the time of its release, Kolobos, far from being a run-of-the-mill slasher clone, has much more in common with the booby-trap stylings of Cube (1997) and the reality TV theme of My Little Eye (2002), which it preempted by some three years.
Brand new 2K restoration from the original negative
Original Stereo and 5.1 audio options
Audio commentary with co-writers and co-directors Daniel Liatowitsch and David Todd Ocvirk
Real World Massacre: The Making of Kolobos - brand new featurette on the making-of Kolobos including interviews with Daniel Liatowitsch, David Todd Ocvirk and co-writer/producer Nne Ebong
Face to Faceless - a brand new Interview with “Faceless” actor Ilia Volok
Slice & Dice: The Music of Kolobos - a brand new interview with composer William Kidd
Behind-the-Scenes Image Gallery
Super 8 short film by Daniel Liatowitsch with commentary
Arrow Video – https://www.arrowvideo.com/
“Kolobos” Blu-Ray – https://mvdshop.com/products/kolobos-blu-ray
"Color Me Blood Red/Something Weird" Blu-Ray Review (Arrow Video)
For the third and final instalment in his infamous 'Blood Trilogy', Color Me Blood Red, splatter movie pioneer Herschell Gordon Lewis turned to the world of fine art for this tortured tale of a troubled artist turned homicidal maniac. Painter Adam Sorge has found himself in a bit of a creative lull. But when his girlfriend accidentally cuts her finger, he realizes what his work has been missing all this time - human blood! With pressure mounting from local gallery owner Farnsworth to deliver his next masterpiece, Adam sets about procuring as much glorious haemoglobin as he can muster - first from himself, and then from anyone unfortunate enough to pass by his sickening studio of slaughter. The final filmic collaboration between H.G. Lewis and producer/master exploiteer David F. Friedman, who collectively delivered the equally demented Blood Feast and Two Thousand Maniacs!, Color Me Blood Red is a crazed creation that truly puts the pain in painting!
High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation
English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
Bonus Feature! 1967’s Something Weird
Introductions to the films by H.G. Lewis
Audio commentary on Color Me Blood Red with H.G. Lewis and David Friedman
Audio commentary on Something Weird with H.G. Lewis and David Friedman
The Art of Madness – a video essay on the recurring motif of mad artists as killers in horror films
Weirdsville – film scholar Jeffrey Sconce on Something Weird
H.G. Lewis on Jimmy, The Boy Wonder
A Hot Night at the Go Go Lounge! – 1966 dance short
Color Me Blood Red Outtakes
Color Me Blood Red Trailer
Something Weird Trailer
Jimmy, The Boy Wonder Trailer
Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly-commissioned artwork by The Twins of Evil
Arrow Video – https://www.arrowvideo.com/
“Color Me Blood Red” and “Something Weird” Blu-Ray – https://mvdshop.com/products/color-me-blood-red-blu-ray
"Bright Lights, Big City" Blu-Ray Review (MVD Rewind Collection)
IT'S 6:00am. DO YOU KNOW WHERE YOU ARE?
Three decades after this "wildly effective... powerful" (NBC-TV) cautionary tale from director James Bridges (The China Syndrome) and Academy Award® Winning Producer Sydney Pollack (Out of Africa) first wowed moviegoers, it remains as relevant and enthralling as ever. Making its debut on disc in high definition featuring screenwriter commentary, behind-the-scenes featurettes, still photos and more, this 30th Anniversary Edition packs a delicious punch!
Michael J. Fox (Back To The Future) "couldn't be better" (Los Angeles Times) as Jamie Conway, an aspiring writer who abandons the wheat fields of Kansas for the skyline of Manhattan - and the city's seductive party subculture. Hitting the clubs night after night, Jamie soon spins out of control, and he risks losing everything - and everyone he loves. Co-starring Kiefer Sutherland (24), Phoebe Cates (Gremlins), Two-Time Academy Award® Winner Dianne Wiest (Hannah and Her Sisters, Bullets Over Broadway), Swoosie Kurtz (Overboard) and Kelly Lynch (Road House), and with its pulsating soundtrack from New Order, Depeche Mode and Prince, this "chronicle of wasted days and misplaced nights" (Roger Ebert) is a must-own!
High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation of the main feature in its original 1.85:1 aspect ratio
Audio: English 2.0 Stereo, French 2.0 Stereo, Spanish Mono
English, French and Spanish Subtitles
Commentary with Author/Screenwriter Jay McInerney
Commentary with Cinematographer Gordon Willis
'Jay McInerney's The Light Within' featurette
'Big City Lights' featurette
Original Theatrical Trailer
MVD Rewind Collection Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/MVDRewindCollection/
“Bright Lights, Big City” Blu-Ray – https://mvdshop.com/products/bright-lights-big-city-special-edition-blu-ray
"Are We Not Cats" DVD Review
A Hair-raising Love Story
ARE WE NOT CATS is the strange but tender story of a man who, after losing his job, his girlfriend, and his apartment in a single day, attempts to restart his life, but is sidetracked when he meets a woman who shares his unorthodox habit - a proclivity for eating hair.
Exclusive Director's Commentary! Bonus 'deleted' Scenes! Slide Show!
“Are We Not Cats” DVD – https://mvdshop.com/products/are-we-not-cats-dv
"Rituals" Blu-Ray Review (Scorpion Releasing)
Adventure-seeker Mitzi and his friends take off for their annual camping trip to the unexplored Canadian mountains. The five of them thought they were going to be alone in the wilderness, but they were wrong. A crazed psychopath wants to play a psychological game of survival with the campers in a game of kill or be killed.
Starring Hal Holbrook, Lawrence Dane, Robin Gammell
Special Features: New 2018 scan of the uncut and uncensored version from a film element held by the producer, Audio Commentary with star/producer Lawrence Dane, moderated by Lee Christian, Interviews with stars Lawrence Dane and Robin Gammell, Trailer, Reversible Cover
Scorpion Releasing // 1976 // 99 Minutes // Rated R // Color // English // Region A
Scorpion Releasing – http://scorpionreleasing.com/
“Rituals” Blu-Ray – https://roninflix.com/collections/brand-new/products/the-rituals
The Weekly Western "Breakheart Pass" Blu-Ray Review (Kino Lorber)
Charles Bronson (Mr. Majestyk) is at his dynamic, heroic best in this suspenseful, action-packed mystery/western based on the best-selling novel by Alistair MacLean (Where Eagles Dare). With a powerful cast that includes Ben Johnson (The Last Picture Show), Richard Crenna (First Blood), Jill Ireland (Breakout), Charles Durning (Tootsie) and Ed Lauter (The Longest Yard). Breakheart Pass throws open the throttle for runaway excitement! At the height of the frontier era, a locomotive races through the Rocky Mountains on a classified mission to a remote Army post. But one by one, the passengers are being murdered! Their only hope is John Deakin (Bronson), a mysterious prisoner-in-transit who must fight for his life - and the lives of everyone on the train - as he uncovers a deadly secret that explodes in a torrent of shocking revelations, explosive brawls and blazing gun battles. Directed by Tom Gries (Will Penny).
DVD Extras Include:
Subtitles in English
Kino Lorber – https://www.kinolorber.com/
“Breakheart Pass” Blu-Ray – https://www.kinolorber.com/product/breakheart-pass-dvd
The VHS Voyage "Open House" VHS Review (Prism Entertainment)
Someone is killing off nubile real estate agents. A psychologist doing a therapy talk show begins getting calls from the perpetrator, and cooperates with the police to try and stop him. Unfortunately, his lover is a real estate agent, and when it becomes clear that the madman is getting information for his kills from her discarded home listings, they both become endangered.
“Open House” VHS – https://www.amazon.com/Open-House-Adrienne-Barbeau/dp/B0007OKOYQ
Pick a Movie "Return to Nuk' Em High Volume 1" Blu-Ray Review (Anchor Bay Entertainment) & "Return to Nuk' Em High Volume 2" Streaming Review (Troma Now)
Return to Nuke `Em High Vol. 1, directed by cult movie legend Lloyd Kaufman, is a satirical sci-fi comedy event film with themes ripped straight from today's headlines: the contamination and degradation of the world's food supply, rampant bullying, love triumphing over prejudice. Nuke `Em is in the same vein as other classics such as Class of 1984, Rock `n' Roll High School, and Carrie, but seen through the unique vision of Lloyd Kaufman and the Troma Team. Welcome to Tromaville High School where, unfortunately, the glee club has mutated into a vicious gang of Cretins. Chrissy and Lauren, two innocent bloggers, must fight not only the Cretins, mutants and monsters but also the evil Tromorganic Foodstuffs Conglomerate. Will they save Tromaville High School and the world? Find out in this brand-new, unhinged classic from beloved Troma Films!
Audio Commentary With Actors Zac Amico, Clay Von Carlowitz, Catherine Corcoran, Stuart Kiczek And Asta Paredes
Audio Commentary With Writer/Producer/Director Lloyd Kaufman, Producer Justin A. Martell, Executive Producer Matt Manjourides, Associate Producer Regina Katz And Writer Travis Campbell
Pre-Production Hell With Mein-Kauf(man)
Cell-U-Lloyd Kaufman: 40 Years Of TROMAtising The World
"Architects Of Fear - Edison Device" Music Video
Volume 2 Trailer
Return To Return To Nuke 'Em High A.K.A. VOL. 2
Director: Lloyd Kaufman
Stars: Asta Paredes, Catherine Corcoran, Zac Amico
Following the events of the previous film, (Return To Nuke 'Em High VOL.1) a lesbian couple is determined to eliminate the most corrupt, evil forces of Tromaville and the world.
For special features, including interviews, commentary tracks and a feature-length behind the scenes documentary, see the double-disc Blu-ray set!
Coming soon, from Troma, of course!
Anchor Bay Entertainment – http://anchorbayent.com/
Troma Entertainment – http://www.troma.com/
“Return to Nuk’ em High Volume 1” Blu-Ray – https://www.amazon.com/Return-Nuke-High-Vol-Blu-ray/dp/B00CZ15G7Y/
Troma Now – http://watch.troma.com/
“Return to Nuk’ em High Volume 2” VOD – https://troma.vhx.tv/products/return-to-return-to-nuke-em-high-a-k-a-vol-2-1
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From Derek B.
Question of the Week - Who would you consider the face of Poliziotteschi film genre? Actor, director etc. in other words when you think of the genre as a whole who do you think of first?
2. Ed Wood
3. The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance
5. Nymphomaniac Volume 1 and Volume 2
6. The Apple
7. Judgement Night
8. TKO Collection (Violent Cop, Boiling Point, Hana-Bi)
9. The Anatomy of Monsters
Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror – 2019 – Xavier Burgin
Jack the Ripper – 1959 – Robert S. Baker/Monty Berman
All the Colors of the Giallo – 2019 – Federico Caddeo
Kolobos – 1999 – Daniel Liatowitsch/David Todd Ocvirk
Color Me Blood Red – 1965 – Herschell Gordon Lewis
Something Weird – 1967 – Herschell Gordon Lewis
Bright Lights, Big City – 1988 – James Bridges
Are We Not Cats – 2016 – Xander Robin
Rituals – 1977 – Peter Carter
Breakheart Pass – 1975 – Tom Gries
Open House – 1987 – Jag Mundhra
Return to Nuk’ em High Volume 1 – 2013 – Lloyd Kaufman
Return to Nuk’ em High Volume 2 – 2017 – Lloyd Kaufman