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"The Beast in Heat" Blu-Ray Review (Severin Films)
Written by MrParka
Severin Films brings the Video Nasty “The Beast in Heat” to Blu-Ray for the first time ever. One of the most depraved of the naziploitation genre is given the royal treatment with a nice remaster. The release is also accompanied with a feature length documentary about the strange sub-genre of naziploitation as well as an appreciation video by horror film expert Stephen Thrower.
A group of Italian resistance fighters plan to overthrow the Nazis while a menacing Ilsa inspired Nazi performs experiments of torture on her prisoners and nearby villagers.
“The Beast in Heat” is cheap exploitative cash-in in the vein of previous films of the same genre. It has all the staples that many of the other films have; castration, torture, sadism, lesbianism, but it has something none of the others would even dream of… That’s right, a caged muscular dwarf-like creature who rapes anything he comes into contact with. The film is as repulsive as it sounds. It’s also played completely straight, which would usually make for a devastating watch. However, due to the cheapness, “The Beast in Heat” becomes an unintentional laugh riot. If you aren’t holding down your vomit you will most certainly be chuckling to yourself. It’s hard to decide if it’s the repulsion that causes the nervous laughter or the sheer ridiculousness of the plot, acting, and dubbing that is getting you to hiccup with hysteria. Guinea pigs as rats, women being brutally tortured whose only response is a lackadaisical “You’re hurting me!” are some of the highlights. Not to mention a lead baddie who chews up the scenery like this is her one chance to leave a lasting impression. After all the war and chaos the film has to offer we are treated to a sad ending showing the horrors of war, but after the exploitation puke shake you just forced down it just adds to the hysterics.
Severin Films has made “The Beast in Heat” look and sound good; again not many companies would go the extra step to bring such a vile movie to life on Blu-Ray. If the film doesn’t sound like it’s up your alley and I get it, don’t let that steer you away from the release. Included is a documentary covering the naziploitation genre with several vets and experts involved with it. So if you want to see Ilsa herself talk about the genre, this is a must buy.
Severin Films presents BEAST IN HEAT – The most bizarre Nazisploitation shocker ever!
More than four decades after the subgenre first shocked the world, the most depraved Nazisploitation sickie of them all must still be seen to be believed. Writer/director Luigi Batzella (THE DEVIL’S WEDDING NIGHT, NUDE FOR SATAN) combines footage from two earlier WWII action movies with a newly-shot plot featuring a sadistic female Nazi officer (Macha Magall of Bruno Mattei’s SS GIRLS), a perpetually aroused caged ogre (Salvatore Baccaro aka ‘Boris Lugosi’ of FRANKENSTEIN’S CASTLE OF FREAKS), and a cavalcade of sexual atrocities that Horror-Extreme.com calls “Tasteless and glorious…it gathers all the ethos of the genre and smashes it into a wonderfully hellish mix.” Never released in America and banned as a ‘Video Nasty’ in the UK, this notorious feast of smut-schnitzel is now scanned from 35mm negative elements with a blitzkrieg of all-new Special Features.
- Fascism On A Thread: The Strange Story of Nazisploitation Cinema - A new feature length documentary featuring interviews with Dyanne - - Thorne, Malissa Longo, Filmmakers Sergio Garrone, Mariano Caiano, Rino Di Silvestro, Liliana Cavani, Bruno Mattei and many more.
- Nazi Nasty - Interview with Stephen Thrower, Author of 'MURDEROUS PASSIONS'.
Severin Films – https://severin-films.com/
“The Beast in Heat” Blu-Ray- https://severin-films.com/shop/beast-in-heat-bluray/
"Robowar" Blu-Ray Review (Severin Films)
Written by MrParka
Severin Films has answered our prayers! The fans asked for it! After the siege of Bruno Mattei flicks being released we finally got it! “Robowar” debuts on Blu-Ray in a remastered edition packed with interviews.
A group of mercenaries face off against an advanced bioengineered weapon of mass destruction in the jungle. Part “Predator”, part “Robocop”, all Mattei.
Bruno Mattei is known for ripping popular films off and making cheaper, shameless, yet extremely fun rip-offs. “Robowar” is exactly that. Even with the previous mentioned cheapness, Mattei still put together a solid cast for this outing including b-movie action star Reb Brown, Italian staple Romano Puppo, “Zombie 4” alumni Jim Gaines, and stunt man Massimo Vanni among others. The cast helps the entertainment value quite a bit, they seem to enjoy themselves as well as dedicate themselves to their roles. One can’t help but crack a smile every time Reb Brown opens fire with his machine gun, due to his constant screaming. In fact his performance shifts between calm and collected to violent screaming within seconds throughout the entirety of the film. Shot in the Philippines for a majority in broad daylight, you can literally feel the heat and moisture coming off the film. The twists are obvious. The characters are picked off in similar fashions as they are in “Predator” and the antagonist is ungodly cheap sounding and looking. The robot makes for some real comic moments. Nothing quite like seeing a giant black colored robot with ab plates plodding through the jungle and somehow managing to stealthy sneak by commandos. Not to mention making chirping, robotic chatter which is closer to the robot from “Short Circuit” than anything threatening. For the most part, the film is entertaining and audiences should be pleased. Action, fun, and cheese are all here in bundles.
Severin Films has packed this cheestastic flick with some great special features that give one a look at how it was to shoot with Bruno Mattei in the Philippines. From the cast we have interviews with Christine Hickman, Jim Gaines, John P. Dulaney, and Massimo Vanni. All the people interviewed give some nice insight into the making of the film or how they feel about the finished product. Actor John P. Dulaney knows exactly what kind of film “Robowar” is and it was a treat to hear him talk about it being a cult favorite. The interviews with Claudio Fragasso (co-writer/co-director) and Rossella Drudi (co-writer) are always a welcomed edition to any release from Severin. Fragasso talks about how he and Mattei got their start making films in the Philippines as well an awful kidney stone he had while filming there. Rossella Drudi has some laughs at the expense of “Robowar’s” sound design and dives into her career and details about her writing for nearly a decade without any recognition. All and all Severin Films has done a great job taking this b-movie blast and loading it with features that will make it last.
A year before their jaw-dropper SHOCKING DARK, director Bruno Mattei (VIOLENCE IN A WOMEN’S PRISON) and co-writers Claudio Fragasso & Rossella Drudi (NIGHT KILLER, ZOMBIE 4) first collaborated on this brain-melting mash-up of PREDATOR, ROBOCOP and Philippines war movie mayhem.
When a team of badass commandos is hired for a jungle rescue mission, they’ll instead find themselves hunted by a kill-crazed creature that is part man, part machine and all glorious ‘80s ItaloSleaze. Reb Brown (UNCOMMON VALOR), Catherine Hickland (ONE LIFE TO LIVE), Massimo Vanni (RATS: NIGHT OF TERROR) and Jim Gaines (ISLAND OF THE LIVING DEAD) star in this “Freaking awesome must-watch for any action fan” (BMovieCitadel.com). Now scanned in 4k from the original negative and loaded with all-new Special Features.
- Robo Predator - Interview with Co-Director / Co-Writer Claudio Fragasso .
- Italian Rip Off - Interview with Co-Writer Rossella Drudi.
- Violence She Wrote - Career Interview with Screenwriter Rossella Drudi.
- Robo-Lady - Interview With Actress Catherine Hickland.
- Papa Doc's War - Interview with Actor John P. Dulaney.
- The Robowarrior - Interview with Actor Jim Gaines Jr.
- War in the Phillipines - Interview with Actor / Stuntman Massimo Vanni.
- Catherine Hickland's Behind The Scenes Home Movies.
Severin Films – https://severin-films.com/
“Robowar” Blu-Ray – https://severin-films.com/shop/robowar-le-bluray/
"The Loveless" Blu-Ray Review (Arrow Video)
THEY'RE GOING NOWHERE... FAST! The United States, late 1950s. A time of generational conflict, of immense social change, of bold fashions and toe-tapping music - just some of the elements that collide in thrilling fashion in The Loveless, the feature debut of both its star, Willem Dafoe (To Live and Die in LA), and its directors, Monty Montgomery (producer, David Lynch's Wild at Heart) and future Academy Award®-winner* Kathryn Bigelow (Near Dark, Detroit). A motorcycle gang roars into a small southern town en route to the Daytona races, unnerving and angering the locals with their standoffish attitude and disrespect for social niceties. When one of their number, the charismatic Vance (Dafoe), hooks up with sportscar-driving Telena (Marin Kanter, Endangered Species), he incurs the wrath of the girl's father, setting the gang on a collision course with the rest of the town as simmering tensions boil over into violent retribution. Raw, angry and honest, The Loveless evokes, with unflinching clarity, both an attitude and a bygone era, exploring the tensions between two very different Americas - now fully restored and presented in high definition for the first time in this feature-packed new edition from Arrow Video! * 2010, Best Director, Best Picture: The Hurt Locker. "ACADEMY AWARD®" is a registered trademark and service mark of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Brand new 2K restoration from the original camera negative by Arrow Films, approved by co-writer/co-director Monty Montgomery and director of photography Doyle Smith
High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation • Original lossless mono audio • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
New audio commentary with co-writer/co-director Monty Montgomery, moderated by Elijah Drenner
No Man’s Friend Today: Making The Loveless, new video interviews with actors Willem Dafoe, Marin Kanter, Robert Gordon, Phillip Kimbrough and Lawrence
U.S. 17: Shooting The Loveless, new video interviews with producers Grafton Nunes and A. Kitman Ho
Chrome and Hot Leather: The Look of The Loveless, new interviews with production designer Lilly Kilvert and director of photography Doyle Smith
Relentless, new audio interview with musician Eddy Dixon • Extensive image gallery, including on-set photographs, storyboards and original production
Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Gilles Vranckx
FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film by Peter Stanfield
Arrow Video – https://www.arrowvideo.com/
“The Loveless” Blu-Ray – https://mvdshop.com/products/the-loveless-blu-ray
"The Dark Side of the Moon" Blu-Ray Review (Unearthed Films)
Beyond Rescue ... Beyond Reason ... Beyond Salvation.
It is the year 2022. A mysterious systems failure causes the crew of a spaceship to be stranded on the dark side of the moon, while rapidly running out of fuel and oxygen. They are surprised to discover a NASA space shuttle floating in space, and board it in the hope of salvaging some supplies. One by one, the crew is possessed and killed, and it is up to Paxton Warner to find the links between the dark side of the moon, the Bermuda Triangle, and the Devil himself.
Interview with Allen Blumenfield
Interview with FX ArtistChris Biggs
Commentary with producer Paul White and Stephen Biro
Interview with Stuntman Chuck Borden
Production and dialogue notes
Unearthed Films – http://www.unearthedfilms.com/
“The Dark Side of the Moon” Blu-Ray – https://mvdshop.com/products/dark-side-of-the-moon-the-blu-ray
"The Black Forest aka A Mata Negra" Blu-Ray Review (Darkside Releasing)
Evil has many roots.
In a forest in the heart of Brazil, a young woman sees her life change as well as the lives of everyone around her when she finds the Lost Book of Cipriano, whose magic, besides granting power and wealth to whoever possesses it, can release an apocalyptic evil upon the Earth. When she accidentally unleashes the demonic powers of the book, her world suddenly veers into blood-splattered pandemonium as young Carla now resorts to casting one Satanic rite after another in her desperation to fix a long, corpse-strewn trail of missteps. "The film is bloody and bananas, and [uses] its limited budget to craft a gorily unhinged world of hell with a diabolically compromised innocent at its centre." ~Anton Bitel, Projected Figure. Darkside Releasing Collector's Series Blu-ray includes: 16-page Picture Booklet, Original Portuguese Language with English Subtitles, 20-minute Behind-the-Scenes Documentary (with English Subtitles), Darkside Releasing Trailers, Exclusive Slipcover!
Portuguese with English subtitles
Special collector's edition Blu Ray, including 16-page Picture Booklet
Original Portuguese Language with English Subtitles
20-minute Behind-the-Scenes Documentary (with English Subtitles)
Darkside Releasing – https://darksidereleasing.com/
“The Black Forest aka A Mata Negra” Blu-Ray – https://mvdshop.com/products/the-black-forest-a-mata-negra-blu-ray
"How to Stuff a Wild Bikini" Blu-Ray Review (Olive Films)
How to Stuff a Wild Bikini finds swinging, surfing, singer, Frankie (Frankie Avalon, Muscle Beach Party) serving naval reserve duty in Tahiti separated from his beach bunny, Dee Dee (Annette Funicello, Beach Blanket Bingo). Frankie, fearing that Dee Dee might be having as much fun as he is in his tropical paradise, enlists the help of the local island witch doctor, Bwana (Buster Keaton, The General) to keep an eye on what’s going on back home. And what’s going on back home is that suave advertising executive, Ricky (Dwayne Hickman, Cat Ballou) has his sights set on Dee Dee. And Dee Dee might just be receptive to his advances.
Grab your swimsuits and surfboards because the fun is just beginning in How to Stuff a Wild Bikini featuring those beach movie favorites Eric Von Zipper (Harvey Lembeck, Stalag 17), Bonehead (Jody McCrea, Beach Blanket Bingo), Mike (Michael Nadar, TV’s Dynasty), and Puss (Alberta Nelson, Bikini Beach), along with several new faces including B.D. “Big Deal” MacPherson (Brian Donlevy, Woman They Almost Lynched) and Peachy Keane (Mickey Rooney, Breakfast at Tiffany’s).
How to Stuff a Wild Bikini is directed by William Asher (Beach Blanket Bingo, Muscle Beach Party), written by Asher and Leo Townsend (Beach Blanket Bingo, I’d Rather Be Rich), photographed by Academy Award winner Floyd Crosby (1931: Cinematography, Tabu) with music by Les Baxter (Beach Blanket Bingo, Muscle Beach Party).
Olive Films – https://olivefilms.com/
“How to Stuff a Wild Bikini” Blu-Ray – https://olivefilms.com/product/how-to-stuff-a-wild-bikini/
"Mothra" Blu-Ray Review (Mill Creek Entertainment)
Mightiest Monster in All Creation!
From the Creators of "Godzilla"
A sci-fi classic - the wildly colorful kaiju eiga (monster movie), MOTHRA!
Following reports of human life on Infant Island, the supposedly deserted site of atomic bomb tests, an international expedition to the heavily-radiated island discovers a native tribe and tiny twin female fairies called "Shobijin" who guard a sacred egg. The overzealous expedition leader kidnaps the Shobijin to exhibit in a Tokyo stage show but soon they summon their protector, hatching the egg and releasing a giant caterpillar. When Mothra arrives in Japan and finally transforms into the ultimate beast, impervious to modern weapons, the nation and its people face their destruction.
Starring: Frankie Sakai, Hiroshi Koizumi, Kyoto Kagawa, Ken Uehara
Includes both the Japanese and U.S. edits of the film
Contains feature-length commentary, trailers and photo gallery
Mill Creek Entertainment – https://www.millcreekent.com/
“Mothra” Blu-Ray Steelbook – https://www.amazon.com/Mothra-SteelBook-Blu-ray-Furanki-Sakai/dp/B07R553MFM/
"Leprechaun Returns" Blu-Ray Review
The deadly, wisecracking Leprechaun is back in all his gory glory. When the sorority sisters of the Alpha Upsilon house decide to go green and use an old well as their water source, they unwittingly awaken a pint-sized, green-clad monster. The Leprechaun wants a pot of gold buried near the sorority house, but first he must recover his powers with a killing spreeand only the girls of AU can stop him.
“Leprechaun Returns” Blu-Ray – https://www.amazon.com/Leprechaun-Returns-Blu-ray-Pepi-Sonuga/dp/B07Q5CPN5B/
Patreon Pick "Re:Born" Blu-Ray/DVD Combo Review (Eureka)
Toshiro (Tak ∴, formerly Tak Sakaguchi, Versus), a former special forces operative, now lives a quiet life in the Japanese countryside. Despite his seemingly peaceful existence, Toshiro struggles to contain the destructive impulses that once made him the top soldier in an elite unit of killers. When his former commanding officer, the enigmatic Phantom (Akio Ôtsuka), comes out of the shadows seeking revenge, Toshiro goes on a kill-crazy rampage against a squad of ruthless assassins.
Utilising an unorthodox form of close-quarters combat (referred to by the director and lead actor as “Zero Range Combat”) Re:Born features some of the most stunningly choreographed martial-arts fight sequences in recent years, and Eureka Entertainment is proud to present the film in its UK debut on Blu-ray and DVD.
1080p presentation on the Blu-ray, with a progressive encode on the DVD
Optional English subtitles
A short introduction from the filmmakers
Eureka – https://eurekavideo.co.uk/
“Re: Born” Blu-Ray/DVD Combo – https://eurekavideo.co.uk/movie/reborn/
Hammer Time #8 "The Shadow of the Cat" DVD Review
Released for the first time in UK!
A female house cat sees her mistress murdered by her husband and two servants, and becomes ferociously bent on revenge.
With Reversible Sleeve featuring both original UK & USA artwork
16.9 4/3 format
Shadowplay:Inside the Shadow of the Cat
"Catastrophy"-(Audio from Ian Scoones, Special Effects Assistant)
Extensive Stills Gallery
English Subtitles for deaf and hard of hearing
“The Shadow of the Cat” DVD – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Shadow-Cat-dvd-UK-Release/dp/B00IORRBN0/
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The Beast in Heat – 1977 – Luigi Batzella
Robowar – 1988 – Bruno Mattei
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The Dark Side of the Moon – 1990 – D.J. Webster
The Black Forest aka A Mata Negra – 2018 – Rodrigo Aragão
How to Stuff a Wild Bikini – 1965 – William Asher
Mothra – 1961 – Ishirô Honda
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The Shadow of the Cat – 1961 – John Gilling