Baby Driver – 0:36
Doberman Cop – 3:25
Feed the Light – 7:35
Navy Seals V Demons – 12:50
Pool Party Massacre – 16:17
Battle Beyond the Stars – 21:17
The Majorettes - 27:10
Contest Winner – 32:15
New Contest – 32:51
Shout Out – 33:48
Update – 35:06
Doberman Cop [Blu-ray + DVD]
Review by MrParka
Sonny Chiba stars as the “Doberman Cop,” a popular manga character, in his film debut. “Doberman Cop” was made in 1977 by prolific director Kinji Fukasaku in hopes to attract a wider theater audience. Unfortunately, the entertaining Sonny Chiba’s powerful fighting moves and the prolific name of Fukasaku couldn’t put the butts in the seats. That doesn’t stop “Doberman Cop” from being a solid action movie with some genuine sentimental moments.
A woman is murdered and burned in the big city by a serial killer; this attracts the attention of Sonny Chiba, a backwoods cop from Okinawa, who knows the victim. Soon Chiba is working on the case with his unorthodox police tactics, raw force, and strange superstitions. These ways of business soon align him with a local biker gang and puts him in the sights of the local police and the Yakuza. While saving a popular singer from a madman, Chiba recognizes the singer as the supposed murder victim. This all happens while Chiba manages to start a relationship with a dancer and take care of his pet pig.
Fukasaku is very good at mixing action and drama and “Doberman Cop” is no different. He manages to rein in the various storylines and tangents and pull them together without confusing the audience or losing the focus. Lesser films would have come across muddled and boring but throughout the bits of drama we have speckles of comedy and action; all placed in the rights spots. The pacing makes the runtime go by fairly quickly. Besides the focus of Fukasaku, Chiba is another big highlight; his super strong, tough, but sweet persona comes across as very likable. The superstitious nature of the character also plays into to some of the most dramatic moments of the film. His odd method of finding out if his childhood neighbor is alive or dead by dumping a bag of shells on the ground and counting the face up ones plays off in spades during the final scenes. When Chiba finally uses his signature .44 caliber Magnum the wait is worth it, bad guys are decimated in gory fashion coming as a slight shock as our good natured “bumpkin” is pushed too far. By the end of the movie the bad guys are taken care of, but we are still left with the right amount on unanswered questions and hoping for a little more closure in the sequel.
“Doberman Cop’s” presentation is top notch, looking and sounding good. The disc has a few features as well, including a trailer, a Sonny Chiba interview (a continuation from the Wolf Guy interview), an interview with Fukasaku film expert Sadao Yamane, and an interview with screenwriter Koji Takada. The interviews give a glimpse at film making in Japan in the 70’s and how the first manga’s were being made into feature films in an attempt to save the dying Japanese film industry. Together they all set up a nice story arch within the special features giving the audience a look at how and why Japanese films were made the way they were.
Released just as the popularity of yakuza movies was waning in Japan, and as the country's film industry was undergoing some fundamental shifts, Doberman Cop is a unique entry in the career of director Kinji Fukasaku (Battles Without Honor and Humanity, Cops vs Thugs), and reunited him with star Shinichi "Sonny" Chiba (The Street Fighter, Wolf Guy) in an American-style crime movie that mixes gunplay and pulp fiction with martial arts and lowbrow comedy to create one of their most entertaining films. Based on a popular manga by "Buronson" (creator of Fist of the North Star), Doberman Cop follows the fish-out-of-water adventures of Joji Kano (Chiba), a tough-as-nails police officer from Okinawa who arrives in Tokyo's Kabuki-cho nightlife district to investigate the savage murder and mutilation of an island girl who had been working as a prostitute. Initially dismissed as a country bumpkin (complete with straw hat and live pig in tow!), Kano soon proves himself a more savvy detective than the local cops, and a tougher customer than anyone expected. As he probes deeper into the sleazy world of flesh-peddling, talent agency corruption and mob influence, Kano uncovers the shocking truth about the girl, her connection to a yakuza-turned-music manager (Hiroki Matsukata), and a savage serial killer who is burning women alive. Made to appeal both to the youth market with its biker gangs and popular music, as well as to old-time yakuza movie fans, Doberman Cop is an surprising oddity in Fukasaku's career, his sole film adapted directly from a manga and never before released on video outside of Japan. Featuring Chiba at his charismatic best -- channeling a Japanese Dirty Harry while doing all his own stunts -- and Fukasaku at his most fun, deftly showcasing the combined talents of his "Piranha Army" stock company of actors and other regular players -- Doberman Cop is a classic action comedy and a missing link in 1970's Japanese cinema deserving of rediscovery.
High Definition digital transfer
High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentations
Original uncompressed mono audio
Optional English subtitles
Beyond the Film: Doberman Cop, a new video appreciation by Fukasaku biographer Sadao Yamane
New video interview with actor Shinichi 'Sonny' Chiba
New video interview with screenwriter Koji Takada
Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Chris Malbon
FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collector’s book featuring new writing on the films by Patrick Macias
Feed the Light
http://grindhousevideo.com/products/feed-the-light-blu-ray - Blu-Ray
Review by MrParka
Intervision brings the Swedish horror film “Feed the Light” to Blu-Ray, a poster child for inspiration and imagination over budget. Inspired by Lovecraft, “Feed the Light” is a mind boggling, creepy little film that manages to create a world of confusion and nightmares in the truest senses of the words.
A woman infiltrates a bizarre building and gets a job to try and locate her missing daughter who vanished along with her daughter’s father while he was working inside. The building is run by a cruel woman who is somehow controlling a strange light that seems to infest the building. The light seems to be harmful to the occupant’s minds and body while also distorting time and reality. With the help of a janitor and her daughter’s father, she soon enters strange doors that can only be seen with special equipment in hopes of locating her daughter, but what waits on the other side is unimaginable.
“Feed the Light” is as original as it is confusing; the longer the film progresses, the stranger it seems to get, finally ending on a bittersweet note. “Feed the Light” prides itself on its Lovecraftian inspirations and, for once, seems to actually capture some of the strange, bizarre horror that Lovecraft was so profoundly good at. The idea that the strange light has created some sort of bizarre worship toward it and that anyone who looks at it too long becomes distorted through mind and body speaks on a level that only Lovecraft readers could understand. The intrigue here is what effect seeing the creatures and light have on the individual; not just the horror that is done in the initial engagement, but the lasting effects of horror on the human psyche. The creatures in the film are simple but very effective at using light and shadows in such a way to create uneasiness everywhere, knowing that they can be hiding behind any crevice or corner, wrapping their victim up in darkness. The driving force of the drama in the film is the bond between daughter and mother and works well creating thick suspense and a believable catalyst as why anyone would stay in such a strange environment. The film is shot and made in a very DIY style. The handheld shots are a tad shaky and the picture, especially the black and white footage, is fairly grainy but helps in creating a strange documentary feel to the movie. This documentary feel helps the strange, surreal insanity feel a bit more grounded in reality, creating a documentary style nightmare where the audience seems to be stuck in a loop of misery.
“Feed the Light” looks as good as one could expect with its budget, some of the end color scenes and the blood amongst the black and white really pop. Included on the disc is a making of which includes on set footage and interviews with the cast and crew and an interview with the director about Lovecraft and his film. “Feed the Light” is a low budget, well-made film that manages to capture some of that Lovecraftian horror that keeps even the most hardened horror fans up at night.
From producer/director/co-writer Henrik Möller comes a new landmark in underground Swedish horror, inspired by equal parts H.P. Lovecraft, David Lynch, and something far more disturbing: When her daughter is abducted by her ex-husband, a young mother will track the missing child and its father to a mysterious institution. But once inside, she will find herself trapped in a hallucinatory netherworld where reality turns amorphous, survival becomes parasitic, and an infested darkness lives and feeds in the light.
"It teeters between bad dreams and outright nightmares", raves ScreenAnarchy.com. "Armed with a tiny budget and a whole lot of talent, Möller has made himself quite a splash with his award-winning debut feature."
- Making of "Feed The Light"
- The Lovecraft Influence: Interview With Co-Writer / Director Henrik Möller
Navy Seals V Demons
https://mvdshop.com/products/navy-seals-v-demons-blu-ray - Blu-Ray
https://mvdshop.com/products/navy-seals-v-demons-dvd - DVD
Deep in the Bible Belt, Navy Seals go undercover to save a town from the Demons from Hell who are stealing souls.
Jack County was like any other Texas town in the Bible belt. It was a place where your soul meant more than your paycheck and where the little things in life mattered most. Churches were as common as gas stations. The corner store, the local watering hole and the barbershop were where friendly neighbors convened... until Demons from Hell showed up and took over the town. Now there's no stopping them. And if they can take over Jack County, what's next? But when a group of Navy SEALS are sent undercover and enlist the help of local bikers to take the town back, it's a race against the clock to save Jack County (and the rest of humanity) and all hell is about to break loose! From the Producers of Navy Seals vs. Zombies, and starring real life Navy Seals and Special Forces Operatives.
Pool Party Massacre
What started out as a relaxing summer day by the pool for a group of high maintenance young socialites quickly becomes a nightmare when an unknown killer begins stalking and murdering them one by one.
Check it out, this Pool Party Massacre Blu-ray not only contains the whole film in glorious 1080 HD, plus both the Cast and Directors commentaries, but it also has some awesome Blu-ray exclusive bonus features:
- Making of Featurette
- Location Tour
- Gag Reel
- 2 Commentary Tracks
Battle Beyond the Stars
Shad (Richard Thomas) must scour the cosmos to recruit mercenaries from different planets and cultures in order to save his peaceful home planet from the threat of the evil tyrant Sador (John Saxon), who’s bent on dominating and enslaving the entire universe. Joining this magnificant seven of mercenaries are the deadly Gelt (Robert Vaughn), carefree Cowboy (George Peppard) and the sexy Valkyrie Saint-Exmin (Sybil Danning).
The film brought together some extremely talented people behind the scenes who went on to bigger and better things: Academy Award winning director James Cameron as the art director, Academy Award winning composer James Horner (Titanic, Avatar), screenwriter John Sayles (Lone Star, Piranha) and producer Gale Ann Hurd (Aliens, The Incredible Hulk) as an assistant production manager.
The Man Who Would Be Shad: An All-New Interview With Actor Richard Thomas
Space Opera On A Shoestring: A Comprehensive Look At Technical Challenges and Post-Production Of The Film With Aaron Lipstadt, Alec Gillis, Alex Hajdu, Allan Holzman, R.J. Kizer, Robert & Dennis Skotak, Thom Shouse, And Tony Randel
5.1 Dolby Digital
2.0 Dolby Digital
John Sayles & Roger Corman
Gale Anne Hurd
Majorettes and cheerleaders of a high school are being killed with their own batons by a mystery murderer in this low-budget horror film. Vicky (Terrie Godfrey) is the next targeted victim because she stands to inherit $500,000. Soon her grandmother Helga (Denise Hout) and the crooked local sheriff (Mark V. Jevicky) are the focus of the investigation and are later suspects in the murders. Helga is the nurse of a wealthy employer who stands to gain from his demise.
Exclusive featurette "One By One" featuring interviews with George Romero's Pittsburgh posse, John Russo, Bill Hinzman, Jery Gergely and Russ Striener, (30 mins.); Original european trailer "One By One"; The Majorettes yearbook: photo gallery, personal production stills.; Music soundtrack; American Killer (scenes from the German release); Bill Hinzman trailers
Winner of Magnificent Seven Blu-Ray Boxset is Tim Evans
Contest for Pool Party Massacre
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