Corrections – -0:11
“Weird Science” Review– 0:20
“The Running Man” Review – 9:06
“The House” Review –16:36
“Last Rites of the Dead” Review – 21:12
“The Children” Review – 29:49
“Hellmaster” Review – 35:14
“The Dead Pit” Review – 43:11
“Slaughterhouse Rock” Review – 49:47
Patreon Pick “Judy” Review – 55:49
The Weekly Western “White Buffalo” Review – 1:01:36
Hammer Time Episode 10(“The Damned”) Review W Jeremy – 1:10:27
Questions – 1:34:10
Answers “What is a Criterion must buy?” – 1:35:53
Question of the Week “Who are some of your favorite character actors?”– 1:39:31
Update – 1:39:36
"Weird Science" Blu-Ray Review (Arrow Video)
THEY WENT FROM ZEROES TO HEROES IN ONE FANTASTIC WEEKEND. If you can't get a date... make one! After proving himself the king of heartfelt teen flicks with Sixteen Candles and The Breakfast Club, writer-director John Hughes infused the genre with a hefty dose of wacked-out sci-fi comedy in Weird Science, a film where every teenage boy's wildest fantasies come to life. Perenially picked-on high school nerds Gary (Anthony Michael Hall, Sixteen Candles) and Wyatt (Ilan Mitchell-Smith) are sick of their status at the bottom of the social food chain. Using Wyatt's computer, the two hatch a plan to create their dream woman - and following a massive power surge, that woman unexpectedly appears in the form of Lisa (Kelly LeBrock). Gorgeous, intelligent, and blessed with limitless magic powers, Lisa makes the boys' dreams come true... but what about Wyatt's gun-toting psycho older brother Chet (Bill Paxton), and the two bullies (Robert Downey Jr and Vamp's Robert Rusler) determined to put them back in their place? Inspired by EC Comics and boosted by a killer soundtrack (including the classic title theme by Oingo Boingo), Weird Science has never looked better than in this new special edition, including an exclusive extended version of the film featuring deleted scenes never released on home video before.
New restoration by Arrow Films from a 4K scan of the original negative
High Definition (1080p) Blu-ray presentation of the original Theatrical Version of the film (94 mins), plus seamlessly-branched exclusive Extended Version (97 mins), featuring two additional scenes newly remastered in high-definition
Original lossless stereo audio, plus 5.1 DTS-HD MA surround option (theatrical version only)
Original English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing • Edited-for-TV version of the film (SD only, 95 mins), plus comparison featurette highlighting the alternate dubs and takes
Option to watch additional scenes from the Extended Version separately
Newly-filmed interview with special makeup creator Craig Reardon • Newly-filmed interview with composer Ira Newborn
Newly-filmed interview with supporting actor John Kapelos • All-new interview with casting director Jackie Burch
It’s Alive: Resurrecting Weird Science, an archive documentary featuring interviews with cast, crew and admirers, including star Anthony Michael Hall
Theatrical trailers and TV spots
Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Tracie Ching
FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collectors’ booklet featuring new writing on the film by Alexandra Heller-Nicholas and Amanda Reyes
Arrow Video – https://www.arrowvideo.com/
“Weird Science” Blu-Ray – https://mvdshop.com/products/weird-science-blu-ray
"The Running Man" Blu-Ray Review (Arrow Academy)
Over a decade after re-defining the thriller with The Third Man, director Carol Reed returned to the genre with The Running Man. Reuniting with that film's cinematographer Robert Krasker (BAFTA-nominated for his work here), Reed goes in the opposite direction visually, framing the twisty plot in sun-kissed widescreen color. Rex Black (Laurence Harvey, Walk On The Wild Side) has successfully faked his death in a plane crash and escaped to sunny Málaga under a new identity, waiting for his wife Stella (Lee Remick, Anatomy Of A Murder) to arrive with £50,000 of life insurance money. It's the start of a blissful, trouble-free new life for the couple - until Stephen (Alan Bates, Gosford Park), the insurance agent in charge of investigating Rex's death, suddenly arrives in town. Is he just holidaying in Spain, as he claims, or is he on assignment to foil Rex's scheme? Adapted by John Mortimer (later the creator of Rumpole of the Bailey) from the novel The Ballad of the Running Man by Shelley Smith, this underappreciated entry in Reed's celebrated oeuvre makes its official worldwide home video premiere, complete with insightful new bonus features.
2K restoration of the film by Sony Pictures
High Definition (1080p) Blu-Ray presentation
Original uncompressed mono audio
Isolated music and effects track
Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
Audio commentary by Peter William Evans, author of British Film-Makers: Carol Reed
On The Trail Of The Running Man, all-new featurette with crew members such as script supervisor Angela Allen and assistant director Kits Browning
Lee Remick at the National Film Theatre, an audio-only recording of the actor's appearance at the NFT in 1970
Reversible sleeve featuring original artwork
FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collector's booklet featuring new writing on the film by Barry Forshaw
Arrow Video – https://www.arrowvideo.com/
“The Running Man” Blu-Ray – https://mvdshop.com/products/the-running-man-blu-ray
"The House" DVD Review (Artsploitation Films)
Nazi soldiers stranded in the snow with a Norwegian POW seek shelter inside a mysterious house haunted by a cursed
Arthouse meets Horror meets Nazis in this creepy Norwegian ghost tale. Set in the Second World War, two German soldiers are escorting a Norwegian soldier and prisoner of war but the Scandinavian winter takes quite a toll on them. Nearly frozen, Nazi officer Kreiner and German soldier Fleiss discover an empty house near the forest where they finally can get some rest. However, what seems to be a warm and welcoming shelter turns much more sinister and deadly. They begin to wonder if they have somehow have stepped into a sort of psychological Hell from which there may be no escape.
Interview with Director
Artsploitation Films – http://www.artsploitationfilms.com/
“The House” DVD – https://mvdshop.com/products/house-the-dvd
"Last Rites of the Dead" DVD Review
Dead Lives Matter
Angela has been shot point blank by her boyfriend and lives in a world where the living and dead co exist. Zombie Anonymous meetings, look alive face creams and all meat diners help them cope in this bizarre society. Last Rites of the Dead takes you on a weird ride where life meets death, or does it?
Includes an Interactive Motion Menu
Bonus Feature 'Don't Feed the Trolls'
“Last Rites of the Dead” DVD – https://mvdshop.com/products/last-rites-of-the-dead-dvd
"The Children" DVD/Blu-Ray Combo Review (Vinegar Syndrome)
This listing is for the standard edition Blu-ray/DVD combo. The limited edition slipcover was limited to 3,000 units and is sold out. The two versions are identical, aside from the slipcover.
Something is terrifyingly wrong with the children of Ravenback. After their school bus passes through a mysterious cloud of yellow smoke, the children are are transformed into bloodthirsty zombies with black fingernails which burn anything they touch. As parents and unwitting townspeople are burned to a crisp, the local police force frantically searches for the missing kids, unaware of their new and deadly powers...
Shot back to back with FRIDAY THE 13TH, and sharing some of the same crew, Max Kalmanowicz's THE CHILDREN is an outrageous and fun drive-in horror classic. Featuring an eerie score from Harry Manfredini (FRIDAY THE 13TH) and produced by Carlton Albright (LUTHER THE GEEK), Vinegar Syndrome brings THE CHILDREN to Blu-ray, newly restored from the best surviving film elements and in its extended director's cut!
Directed by: Max Kalmanowicz
Cast: Martin Shakar, Gil Rogers, Gale Garnett, Shannon Bolin, Tracy Griswold, Edward Terry
1980 / 93 minutes / Color / 1.85:1 OAR
Region free Blu-ray/DVD combo
Newly scanned & restored in 2k from a combination of its 35mm original camera negative and best surviving 35mm theatrical prints.
New audio commentary with director Max Kalmanowicz
Archival audio commentary with producer/co-writer Carlton J. Albright
"Childhood Memories: Making the Children" - a new interview with Carlton J. Albright & production manager David Platt
"Return to Ravensback" - a newly produced locations then-and-now featurette
"The Lost Scene" - audio from a lost scene of The Children
Archival video interview with Carlton J. Albright
"Memories of The Children" - archival featurette with: Carlton J. Albright, Patricia Albright & Gil Rogers
"Making The Children" - archival featurette with: Carlton J. Albright & David Platt
"The Children: The Musical" - archival interview with Stan Richardson, co-creator of the musical rendition of The Children
Reversible cover artwork
English SDH subtitles
Vinegar Syndrome – https://vinegarsyndrome.com/
“The Children” DVD/Blu-Ray Combo – https://vinegarsyndrome.com/products/the-children
"Hellmaster" DVD/Blu-Ray Combo Review (Vinegar Syndrome)
This special limited edition embossed J-symbol die-cut slipcover (designed by Chris Garofalo) is limited to 2,000 units and is only available here at VinegarSyndrome.com!
Decades ago, deranged Professor Jones (John Saxon) concocted a diabolical drug at a rural college called 'The Nietzsche Experiment,' designed to give its users telepathic abilities, but instead turned anyone who took it into violent lunatics. Now, 20 years later, Jones has returned to resume his experiments and avenge himself against those he feels wronged him and his work. Armed with a group of hideously deformed mutant slaves, it's not long before the tranquil college becomes host to vicious violence and carnage.
A Detroit shot regional horror movie made at the decline of the direct-to-video era, HELLMASTER was the first feature from cult filmmaker Douglas Schulze (Dark Fields) and co-stars David Emge (Dawn of the Dead). Combining gothic horror and creature-filled narrative trappings with intensely colorful and Argento inspired visuals, courtesy of acclaimed cinematographer Michael Goi (American Horror Story), HELLMASTER was originally titled THEM, but was subsequently re-edited with new footage also added and released straight to video and cable several years after its initial completion. Vinegar Syndrome presents this fascinating slice of creature horror in its original theatrical THEM version for the first time on home video, along with its more commonly seen HELLMASTER recut, newly restored in 4k from its 35mm original negative under supervision from cinematographer Michael Goi. al sleeper to Blu-ray, newly restored in 2k from its original 35mm interpositive.
Directed by: Douglas Schulze
Starring: John Saxon, David Emge, Amy Raasch, Edward Stevens, Robert Dole
1992 / 96 min / 1.85:1
• Region Free Blu-ray/DVD combo
• Newly scanned & restored in 4k from its 35mm original negative
• Original Theatrical Version (as "THEM")
• Director's recut version (as "HELLMASTER") (SD)
• Director commentary for both versions
• “Creating Reality” - an interview with cinematographer Michael Goi
• Conceptual artwork gallery
• Behind-the-scenes stills gallery
• Archival locations featurette
• Reversible cover artwork
• English SDH subtitles
Vinegar Syndrome – https://vinegarsyndrome.com/
“Hellmaster” DVD/Blu-Ray Combo – https://vinegarsyndrome.com/collections/vinegar-syndrome/products/hellmaster
"The Dead Pit" Blu-Ray Review (Code Red)
A renegade doctor is shot dead and entombed with his fiendish experiments in the basement of an abandoned wing of a mental hospital. Twenty years later, a mysterious woman is admitted with amnesia, and her arrival is marked by an earthquake - which cracks the seal to the Dead Pit, freeing the evil doctor to continue his work.
Dark Force Video – https://darkforcesuperstore.com/shop-all/
“The Dead Pit” Blu-Ray – https://darkforcesuperstore.com/dead-pit-collectors-edition-blu-ray-dark-force-code-red/
"Slaughterhouse Rock" Blu-Ray Review (Code Red)
The music is the madness! For 39 years, Alcatraz held society's most depraved killers. Now it's home to something even worse ...
Get ready from some heavy metal rock'n'roll horror! A man visits Alcatraz prison after having dreams about all the people who died there. When he gets to the prison, his brother is possessed by an evil cannibal demon. The ghost of a female heavy metal singer (Toni Basil, singer of the #1 hit 'Mickey') who was killed there tries to help the man fight the monster. Also starring Playboy Playmates Hope Marie Carlton and Donna Denton, with music by the great punk band DEVO.
Starring Nicholas Celozzi, Tom Reilly, Donna Denton, Hope Marie Carlton, Tamara Hyler, Steven Brian Smith, Ty Miller
Special Features: Brand new 2K scan of the original negatives, Interview with DEVO frontman Mark Mothersbaugh, Interview with DP Nicholas Von Sternberg, Original Trailer
Code Red // 1987 // 90 Minutes // Rated R // Color // English // All Region
“Slaughterhouse Rock” Blu-Ray – https://roninflix.com/products/slaughterhouse-rock
Patreon Pick "Judy" DVD Review (Necrostorm)
Mary’s mistake was to ignore a group of performance artists (The Crows) in the street. The Crows soon find a way to capture her attention: bringing their next performance to Mary’s home. Tormented and alone, Mary quickly learns that The Crows’ art is crafted in blood and terror.
Bad things happen to bad people. That's what Ursula, the ring leader of a deranged group of street performers called “The Crows”, always says.
For no apparent reason, the gang starts to torment Mary and Judy: a young car driver and her dog. Her only crime was not paying attention to the annoying street performers.
For Mary, the curtains of the most insane and dangerous show will rise... and fall.
The crows' show is not just about blood. We proudly assure you il will be the scariest, most unconfortable and grotesque performance you will ever see
Collector's Edition Only
+ Director's Commentary
+ Animated Menu
Necrostorm – http://necrostorm.com/home.html
“Judy” DVD or Blu-Ray – http://necrostorm.com/Movies/Judy/Buy.html
The Weekly Western "White Buffalo" Blu-Ray Review (Kino Lorber)
Two of the Western's most legendary figures search for the demon buffalo that haunts them both! They called him Wild Bill Hickok (Charles Bronson, Breakheart Pass), the prince of pistoleers, a frontier adventurer and killer of men; now, in his last years, he has been an old gunfighter plagued by fears and driven by a need to make peace with himself. The White Buffalo is his constant nightmare; he must find the fabled beast and destroy it; before it destroys him. He was Crazy Horse (Will Sampson, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest), the greatest of all Sioux chiefs. A warrior of dignity and pride - now a father who searches for the legendary albino buffalo so that the spirit of his dead child can go to heaven and he will stop at nothing to obtain the sacred white pelt. J. Lee Thompson (The Guns of Navarone) directs this one-of-a-kind western that features a brilliant cast the includes Jack Warden (Billy Two Hats), Kim Novak (Picnic), Stuart Whitman (Shadows in an Empty Room), Slim Pickens (Blazing Saddles), John Carradine (The Sentinel) and western legend, Clint Walker (More Dead Than Alive).
Blu-ray Extras Include:
Original Theatrical Trailer
Kino Lorber – https://www.kinolorber.com/
“White Buffalo” Blu-Ray – https://www.kinolorber.com/product/white-buffalo-blu-ray
Hammer Time Episode #11 "The Damned" DVD Review
In England, a young American falls in love with the sister of a sadistic and lecherous motorcycle gang leader who despises the American. The couple takes refuge from the gang leader's harassment in a cave where they discover a group of children, who are the result of an experiment by a scientist seeking to develop a race of humans capable of surviving an atomic blast.
“The Damned” DVD Import – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Damned-DVD-Oliver-Reed/dp/B002ZV8SDI/
Ask a Question/Answer a Question
Who are some of your favorite character actors?
1. Evil Dead Remake Unrated and Theatrical
3. Play Dead
4. The Pink Ladies
6. Funny Games
7. Pan’s Labyrinth
8. Female Trouble
9. Multiple Maniacs
Weird Science – 1985 – John Hughes
The Running Man – 1963 – Carol Reed
The House – 2016 – Reinert Kiil
Last Rites of the Dead – 2006 – Marc Fratto
The Children – 1980 – Max Kalmanowicz
Hellmaster – 1992 – Douglas Schulze
The Dead Pit – 1989 – Brett Leonard
Slaughterhouse Rock – 1988 – Dimitri Logothetis
Judy – 2014 – Emanuele De Santi
White Buffalo – 1977 – J. Lee Thompson
The Damned – 1962 – Joseph Losey