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Scream Factory Announces Massive Title Slate including WILLARD and BEN!
Scream Factory has just announced an amazing new slate of upcoming Blu-ray titles, including ones which readers of this site have been eagerly awaiting for a very long time. The biggest surprises are WILLARD (1971) the rare 1970s rat-revenge film and its sequel BEN (1972), as well as the AIP-released Spanish-made horror classic THE HOUSE THAT SCREAMED (1970). Other upcoming titles include BLACK CHRISTMAS (1974) (Collector’s Edition), RABID (1977) (Collector’s Edition), POLTERGEIST II (1986) (Collector’s Edition), POLTERGEIST III (1988) (Collector’s Edition), SLUMBER PARTY MASSACRE II (1987) & III (1990) double feature, DREAMSCAPE (1984) (Collector’s Edition), DEAD RINGERS (1988) (Collector’s Editon), DEAD OF WINTER (1987) and BUBBA HO-TEP (2002) (Collector’s Edition). Scream Factory has stated that these titles will start to see release in November.
Universal To Release "Frankenstein" and "The Wolf Man" Collections on Blu-ray!
Universal has just announced a FRANKENSTEIN: COMPLETE LEGACY COLLECTION and a THE WOLF MAN: COMPLETE LEGACY COLLECTION, both to be released on Blu-ray on September 13. The FRANKENSTEIN set will include FRANKENSTEIN, THE BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN, SON OF FRANKENSTEIN, THE GHOST OF FRANKENSTEIN, FRANKENSTEIN MEETS THE WOLF MAN, HOUSE OF FRANKENSTEIN, HOUSE OF DRACULA and ABBOTT AND COSTELLO MEET FRANKENSTEIN. THE WOLF MAN set will include WEREWOLF OF LONDON, THE WOLF MAN, FRANKENSTEIN MEETS THE WOLFMAN, HOUSE OF FRANKENSTEIN, HOUSE OF DRACULA, SHE-WOLF OF LONDON and ABBOTT AND COSTELLO MEET FRANKENSTEIN.
Mill Creek Announces Two "Hammer Films Double Features" on Blu-ray!
Mill Creek Entertainment has announced that they will be releasing two “Hammer Films Double Feature” sets on Blu-ray containing Hammer titles from the Columbia Pictures/Sony library. The first set will contain THE TWO FACES OF DR. JEKYLL and THE GORGON and the second set will contain THE REVENGE OF FRANKENSTEIN and THE CURSE OF THE MUMMY’S TOMB. Each set will retail for $14.98 and the release date is September 6. In the meantime, dig these terrific covers!
Universal Announces "Hammer Horror 8-Film Collection" on Blu-ray!
Universal Pictures has announced a “Hammer Horror 8-Film Collection” on Blu-ray, and the street date is September 13. The set will include on Disc 1: BRIDES OF DRACULA and CURSE OF THE WEREWOLF, Disc 2: NIGHT CREATURES and THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, Disc 3: PARANOIAC and KISS OF THE VAMPIRE, Disc 4: NIGHTMARE and THE EVIL OF FRANKENSTEIN. All titles will be presented letterboxed in 1080p HD and feature English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 mono tracks, as well as optional English SDH, Spanish and French subtitles.
Kino Lorber To Release DOOMWATCH on Blu-ray and DVD!
Kino Lorber Studio Classics has just announced that they will release the 1972 British sci-fi thriller DOOMWATCH on Blu-ray and DVD in the near future. The film, never released theatrically in the U.S., stars Ian Bannen, Judy Geeson, John Paul. Norman Bird, Percy Herbert, James Cosmo and George Sanders and was directed by Peter Sasdy of Hammer Films fame.
Olive Films Announces Its September Blu-ray Slate!
Olive Films has just announced their slate of September Blu-ray releases, and they include a few cult gems (they will also be available on DVD). The 1958 B-monster movie classic THE MONSTER OF PIEDRAS BLANCAS will be presented in a 1.78:1 aspect ratio. THE HORRIBLE DR. HICHCOCK will be the American version (77 minutes) of the Italian horror classic starring Barbara Steele and Robert Flemyng, directed by Riccardo Freda (as Robert Hampton). It will be the English language version (with optional English subtitles) and presented in a 1.78:1 aspect ratio. Also, yet another Republic Pictures serial: COMMANDO CODY: SKY MARSHAL OF THE UNIVERSE from 1955. It will be presented in a 1.33:1 aspect ratio. Each Blu-ray retails for $29.95, while the DVDs will retail for $24.95.
Blue Underground To Release Jess Franco's 99 WOMEN on Blu-Ray!
Blue Underground has just confirmed that their next Jess Franco Blu-ray upgrade is 99 WOMEN! It will be another deluxe 3-Disc Limited Edition similar to MARQUIS DE SADE'S JUSTINE and EUGENIE. Here's a peek at the cover art, featuring a new original painting on the front and the theatrical poster art on the reverse.
Kino Lorber Reveals BEWARE! THE BLOB Cover Art and Details!
Kino Lorber Studio Classics will be releasing BEWARE! THE BLOB (1972) (aka SON OF BLOB) on Blu-ray and DVD on September 20, 2016. A drive-in and late night television schlock favorite if there ever was one, the film stars Robert Walker Jr., Gwynne Gilford, Godfrey Cambridge, Carol Lynley, Larry Hagman, Dick Van Patten, Shelley Berman, Gerrit Graham, Richard Stahl, Richard Webb, Cindy Williams, Sig Haig and Burgess Meredith, and was directed by Hagman! A Brand New 2016 HD master will be used for the transfer, and special features include an audio commentary by film historian Richard Harland Smith, an alternate title sequence and trailers.
Severin To Release 2-Disc ZOMBIE HOLOCAUST/DR. BUTCHER MD Blu-ray and DVD Collections!
It sparked riots on 42nd Street, spawned a generation of gorehounds on VHS, and forever set an insane standard for Italian mad doctor/zombie/cannibal carnage worldwide: Ian McCulloch, Alexandra Delli Colli, Sherry Buchanan and Donald O’Brien star in this blood orgy of gut-munching, eyeball-gouging and face-chopping originally known as ZOMBIE HOLOCAUST, which a notorious American distributor would then re-edit, re-title and re-release as a certified grindhouse masterpiece. Severin Films now presents both films fully restored for the first time ever from original vault elements discovered in Manhattan and Rome, and loaded with all-new Bonus Features that finally reveal the unbelievable truth behind its bizarre history, infamous marketing andstill-deviant legacy. (READ MORE)
Kino Lorber To Release Peter Cushing's Final Film on Blu-ray!
On this day, May 26, the birthday of Peter Cushing, Kino Lorber has announced that they will be releasing the legendary actor’s final feature film on both Blu-ray and DVD. BIGGLES: ADVENTURES IN TIME (1986) also stars Neil Dickson, Alex Hyde-White, Fiona Hutchison and is based on the classic novels of W. E. Johns. The film was directed by John Hough (TWINS OF EVIL, THE LEGEND OF HELL HOUSE). Bonus features and the street date will be announced soon.
Grindhouse To Release Lucio Fulci's CAT IN THE BRAIN on Blu-ray!
Grindhouse Releasing has set a July 12 street date for the new deluxe 3-disc Blu-ray edition of Lucio Fulci's nightmare classic CAT IN THE BRAIN. Here Fulci stars in this blood-soaked epic as a director being driven insane by his own movies. Fulci is thrust into an ultra-violent nightmare of death and depravity where murder and madness consume his sanity in a vortex of violence. CAT IN THE BRAIN will be issued in two versions: the standard release, and a special edition for collectors limited to 3,000 copies. Blu-ray specs: - HD digital restoration of the original UNCENSORED DIRECTOR'S CUT,- Presented with English and original Italian language soundtracks,- In-depth interviews with director Lucio Fulci and cult superstar Brett Halsey, - New interviews with composer Fabio Frizzi, screenwriter Antonio Tentori, cinematographer Sandro Grossi and poster artist Enzo Sciotti, - Lucio Fulci's heroic appearance at the 1996 NYC Fangoria Weekend of Horrors, - Original Italian theatrical trailer & gallery of stills and poster art, - Liner notes by Antonella Fulci, David J. Schow, Eli Roth and Martin Beine, - BONUS CD - the original soundtrack by Fabio Frizzi!, - Chilling GLOW-IN-THE-DARK slip cover, - limited to first 3000 copies, - Mini portrait of Lucio Fulci - suitable for framing - limited to first 3000 copies, - PLUS OTHER SURPRISES! Available for pre-order at Diabolik DVD.
Kino Lorber To Release Lon Chaney in WITCHCRAFT On Blu-ray!
Kino Lorber Studio Classics has just announced that they have licensed WITCHCRAFT (1964) from Fox, and that they will be releasing it on Blu-ray on October 11, just in time for Halloween. The British horror classic stars genre icon Lon Chaney Jr. as well as Jack Hedley (NEW YORK RIPPER), Jill Dixon, Viola Keats and Maria Ney and it was directed by genre specialist Don Sharp (KISS OF THE VAMPIRE, PSYCHOMANIA). More details to follow, and you can expect a review of the Blu-ray on this site when it gets closer to the street date.
Kino Lorber To Release CHOSEN SURVIVORS On Blu-ray!
Kino Lorber Studio Classics has just announced that they have licensed CHOSEN SURVIVORS (1974) from Fox, and that they will be releasing it on Blu-ray on October 4! The film stars Jackie Cooper, Alex Cord, Richard Jaeckel, Bradford Dillman, Pedro Armendáriz Jr., Diana Muldaur, Lincoln Kilpatrick and Barbara Babcock and was directed by Sutton Roley.
Kino Lorber To Release THE EARTH DIES SCREAMING On Blu-ray!
Kino Lorber Studio Classics has just announced that they have licensed THE EARTH DIES SCREAMING (1964) from Fox, and that they will be releasing it on Blu-ray on October 4! The British sci-fi thriller stars Willard Parker, Virginia Field, Dennis Price and Thorley Walters and was directed by the great Terence Fisher of “Hammer Horror” fame.
Kino Lorber To Release Hammer's ONE MILLION YEAR B.C. on Blu-ray!
Kino Lorber has just announced that they will be releasing ONE MILLION YEARS B.C. (1966) on Blu-ray. The film stars Raquel Welch, John Richardson, Percy Herbert, Robert Brown, Martine Beswick and Yvonne Horner and was directed by Don Chaffey. The Hammer Films classic is known for its stellar special effects by the great Ray Harryhausen. No other details are available at this time — or whether or not this will be the uncut British version — but you can join in on the conversation HERE.
William Castle Blu-ray Double Features Coming From Mill Creek Entertainment!
Mill Creek Entertainment has just announced to William Castle Blu-ray double features that will both be released on July 5, 2016. HOMICIDAL will be paired with MR. SARDONICUS and 13 GHOSTS will be paired with 13 FRIGHTENED GIRLS. Each double feature will retail for $14.98. Could this mean that the Hammer Sony titles that Mill Creek have the rights to be next on Blu-ray? Join in on the conversation HERE.
New DVD Documentary on Exploitation Legend William Grefé!
The all-new feature-length documentary, THEY CAME FROM THE SWAMP: THE FILMS OF WILLIAM GREFÉ will be available on DVD on April 19th. When it came to independent filmmaking in the sunshine state, William Grefé was the wildest of the wild! During the 1960s and ‘70s, the Miami-based producer/director transformed the darkest corners of the Florida swamps into his own personal backlot. From rampaging crocodiles possessed by an ancient Seminole witch doctor (DEATH CURSE OF TARTU) to a slithering serpent named STANLEY, Grefé would grind out low-budget exploitation films for drive-ins and hardtops around the world. Featuring over 20 interviews, plus a special guest appearance by William Shatner, this explosive documentary was produced and directed by Daniel Griffith (IT WAS A COLOSSAL TEENAGE MOVIE MACHINE: THE AIP STORY). This Limited Edition (1,000) two-disc set features over three hours of bonus materials, including the 1977 film, WHISKEY MOUNTAIN (in widescreen for the first time on home video)! Other features include a NEW documentary short on the history of Crown International, two vintage Grefé short films (one starring Shatner), one vintage promo film, a special Legends Award intro from actor Bruce Campbell, deleted scenes, a Grefé trailer gallery, still gallery and more! The first 100 copies sold will receive a FREE "STANLEY" insert booklet signed by Grefé and Griffith! You can pre-order your copy HERE.
Kino Lorber Reveals INVISIBLE INVADERS Blu-ray Cover Art!
Here is the Blu-ray and DVD cover art for INVISIBLE INVADERS, the 1959 science fiction classic that Kino Lorber Studio Classics will be releasing from a new HD Master on July 12! The cult monster movie stars John Agar, Jean Byron, Robert Hutton and John Carradine and was directed by Edward L. Cahn. Extras will include a brand new audio commentary by film historians Tom Weaver and Dr. Robert J. Kiss.
Scream Factory To Release THE BOY WHO CRIED WEREWOLF on Blu-ray!
Scream Factory is giving us something to howl in joy about: 1973’s long-lost THE BOY WHO CRIED WEREWOLF will be making its home video debut on the Blu-ray format on July 26th and will sport a brand-new HD transfer! Richie Bridgestone’s parents are getting a divorce, but that’s the least of his problems at the moment. Richie is hoping his parents will reconsider and on a visit to his father’s secluded cabin, he witnesses his dad being attacked by a werewolf. Much like the tale of the boy who cried wolf, no one in the town will believe Richie’s claims that his father will change into a werewolf at the next full moon. This was the third and final pairing of actor Kerwin Matthews and cult filmmaker Nathan Juran (ATTACK OF THE 50 FOOT WOMAN, THE BRAIN FROM PLANET AROUS). The two had also worked together on the classic 7TH VOYAGE OF SINBAD and JACK THE GIANT KILLER.
Redemption To Release Paul Naschy's CRIMSON on Blu-ray!
Spanish horror movie legend Paul Naschy (FRANKENSTEIN’S BLOODY TERROR) stars as a criminal gang leader who undergoes a radical surgery in Juan Fortuny’s1973 Eurociné thriller CRIMSON (aka THE MAN WITH THE SEVERED HEAD, LAS RATAS NO DUERMEN DE NOCHE), which will be available on Blu-ray from Redemption on June 14. When a jewel heist goes awry, Jack Surnett (Naschy) and his fellow thieves take shelter at the home of a scientist experimenting in brain replacement. Through the surgical finesse of the doctor’s wife (Silvia Solar), Surnett is restored to health, but suffers irresistible pangs of bloodlust and conventional lust as well after the brain of a criminal known as The Sadist (Roberto Mauri) is grafted onto his own. This edition will include both the English dubbed version as well as the extended international version (French with optional English subtitles), which features additional (sexually provocative) footage. Special Features: mastered in HD from the original 35mm film elements, standard 89-minute version and the complete, more sexually explicit 98-minute version, and an audio commentary by horror film historian Richard Harland Smith.
THE PEOPLE THAT TIME FORGOT and THE LITTLE GIRL WHO LIVES DOWN THE LANE Blu-ray Specs!
Scorpion Releasing has just announced the final specs for the Kino Lorber Blu-ray releases of THE PEOPLE THAT TIME FORGOT and THE LITTLE GIRL WHO LIVES DOWN THE LANE that they are producing. THE PEOPLE THAT TIME FORGOT (due out on May 24) will include an on-camera interview with star Sarah Douglas, an on-camera interview with star Dana Gillespie, an audio commentary with director Kevin Connor moderated by Brian Trenchard-Smith, the original trailer, and the disc will be dual-layered for maximum enjoyment. THE LITTLE GIRL WHO LIVES DOWN THE LANE (due out on May 10) will feature an on-camera interview with star Martin Sheen, an audio commentary with director Nicolas Gessner, a conversation between Sheen and Gessner, the original trailer, and the disc will be dual-layered for maximum enjoyment (it will also include reversible cover art).
Drive-In Monster-Rama Gets Its Own Blu-ray!
Named for our very own bi-annual event, TRAILER TRAUMA 2: DRIVE-IN MONSTERAMA, the third Blu-ray release from Garagehouse Pictures, is coming get you on May 1st! Pre-sales through DiabolikDVD.com will begin on March 15th. TRAILER TRAUMA 2: DRIVE-IN MONSTERAMA is a giant compilation of 95 terrifying trailers from the twilight days of the drive-in era, featuring an optional audio commentary by Keith J. Crocker, director of THE BLOODY APE and BLITZKRIEG: ESCAPE FROM STALAG 69, and George Reis of DVD Drive-In. If the original TRAILER TRAUMA (also available from DiabolikDVD.com) left you hungry for more, TRAILER TRAUMA 2: DRIVE-IN MONSTERAMA is sure to satisfy your craving for more unseen, rare and spectacular previews from hell mastered in full HD – many for the first time anywhere! And those who attend this year’s April Ghouls Drive-In Monster-Rama (April 29-30) will be able to pick up the Blu-ray before the street date.
Kino Lorber Blu-ray Updates!
Here are some updates on Kino Lorber Studio Classics’ latest cult movie announcements. From a brand new 2016 HD master comes THE LEGEND OF HILLBILLY JOHN (1972) on Blu-ray and DVD. The film stars Hedges Capers, Severn Darden, Susan Strasberg, Percy Rodrigues, Denver Pyle, R.G. Armstrong, Harris Yulin and Val Avery - Based on a Book by Manly Wade Wellman and directed by John Newland. Also arriving from a new HD master on DVD and 3-D/2-D Blu-ray is the 1976 Jack Harris release of the giant gorilla spoof A*P*E (aka APE) starring Rod Arrants, Joanna Kerns and Alex Nicol and directed by Paul Leder. And on June 14 (on Blu-ray only) comes THE MAGNETIC MONSTER (1953) from a new 2016 HD master. The release will include an audio commentary by film historian Derek Botello and a science fiction trailer gallery.
Kino Lorber To Release Ted V. Mikels' THE ASTRO-ZOMBIES on Blu-ray!
Kino Lorber Studio Classics has just announced that they will release the drive-in cult classic THE ASTRO-ZOMBIES (1968) on Blu-ray and DVD from a Brand New 2016 HD Master. The film stars Wendell Corey, John Carradine, Tom Pace, Joan Patrick, Victor Izay and Tura Satana as Satana and was written and directed by the legendary Ted V. Mikels.
Blue Underground Announces More Christopher Lee, Klaus Kinski and Lucio Fulci on Blu-ray!
Blue Underground has revealed that they are working on new HD restorations of CIRCUS OF FEAR and FIVE GOLDEN DRAGONS, both featuring Christopher Lee and Klaus Kinski and based on stories by Edgar Wallace. Above is a sneak peek of the Double Feature Blu-ray artwork! They have also revealed that their next Lucio Fulci Blu-ray upgrade will be... MANHATTAN BABY! Blue Underground is working on a new 2K restoration from the original negative, as well as producing a bunch of new special features. More details later, but here's a sneak peek of the 3-Disc Limited Edition cover artwork, along with the alternate "Eye of the Evil Dead" art featured on the reverse side.
Arrow Video Announces Its May Blu-ray Slate!
Arrow Video has announced that they will release Jack Hill’s AIP 1966 cult classic BLOOD BATH on Blu-ray on May 31. This special edition will feature the four various versions (BLOOD BATH, TRACK OF THE VAMPIRE, OPERATION TITIAN, PORTRAIT IN TERROR) newly restored from the best materials available to provide a definitive release. There will be plenty of extras, including a brand new visual essay by writer Tim Lucas and a new interview with actor Sid Haig. On May 24, Arrow will bow KILLER DAMES: TWO GOTHIC CHILLERS BY EMILIO P. MIRAGLIA, a Blu-ray/DVD double feature of two early 1970s giallos: THE RED QUEEN KILLS SEVEN TIMES and THE NIGHT EVELYN CAME OUT OF THE GRAVE. The two films will be remastered in new 2K restorations and the box set will be limited to 3000 copies, and will include plenty of extras including audio commentaries with film historians and interviews with some of the actors involved (including a new one with actress Erika Blanc). Also, arriving May 16 is a Blu-ray/DVD combo of the 1990s action movie HIRED TO KILL starring Oliver Reed and George Kennedy.
Mondo Macabro To Release Joseph Larraz's SYMPTOMS!
Mondo Macabro is extremely proud to present for the first time ever on home video a lost classic of Euro-horror cinema, Jose Ramon Larraz’s SYMPTOMS. For years only viewable as a blurry bootleg derived from an early 80s British TV broadcast, now this haunting thriller can be seen as it was intended with a brand new HD transfer of the recently discovered negatives. It’s taken us more than 15 years of searching and negotiating to get here, but with the indispensable assistance of the BFI we can finally bring this film to the world on Blu-ray and DVD. SYMPTOMS is an intense and claustrophobic study of a woman’s descent into madness and murder. Made in the same years as Larraz’s better known VAMPYRES with much of the same crew and a similar vibe, SYMPTOMS is more atmospheric and ambiguous, and less exploitative. But it casts a powerful spell and is perhaps the most potent example of director Jose Larraz’s unique style. (READ MORE)
Scream Factory To Release I SAW WHAT YOU DID On Blu-ray!
It starts as a game…and there’s no end in fright! A simple prank call turns into a night of person-to-person terror in 1965's I SAW WHAT YOU DID — which streets on Blu-ray for the first time on May 17th from Scream Factory. The legendary Joan Crawford (WHAT EVER HAPPENED TO BABY JANE?) and John Ireland are among the stars in this chiller produced and directed by the legendary Master of the Macabre, William Castle (HOUSE ON HAUNTED HILL, THE TINGLER, STRAIT-JACKET). Scream Factory has also revealed the Blu-ray cover art for YOU’LL LIKE MY MOTHER (see above) which has a street date of May 10.
Synapse Films To Release Dario Argento's TENEBRAE as a Limited Edition Blu-ray/DVD/CD Steelbook!
Italian terror master Dario Argento elevates the Giallo genre to new heights with 1982’s TENEBRAE, a darkly humorous, futuristic and notoriously grisly horror film many consider to be one of his finest works. This all-new 1080p high-definition release of TENEBRAE is presented here, for the FIRST TIME EVER, with rare English insert shots never-before-seen on any optical disc release! Starring John Saxon (A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET), Daria Nicolodi (Dario Argento’s PHENOMENA) and John Steiner (CALIGULA), this slasher-horror classic also features an amazing music score from Claudio Simonetti, Fabio Pignatelli and Massimo Morante (formerly of Italian progressive-rock band, Goblin). (READ MORE)
Kino Lorber To Release KILLER FORCE on Blu-ray and DVD!
Kino Lorber has announced that they will be releasing the 1975 AIP action movie KILLER FORCE (aka THE DIAMOND MERCENARIES) on both Blu-ray and DVD. The all-star case includes Telly Savalas, Peter Fonda, Hugh O'Brian, Christopher Lee, O.J. Simpson and Maud Adams, and it was co-written and Directed by Val Guest. Scorpion Releasing, who are producing this release, has revealed that they found an alternate ending (which changes the outcome) which will be the sole extra. Seen here is the tentative art (awaiting approval) and you can expect it to street some time in May.
Grindhouse Reveals PIECES Blu-ray Details!
Releasing is blazing a bloody trail of chainsaw carnage in 2016 with
the company’s best home video release to date: the highly anticipated
3-disc deluxe Blu-ray edition of the 1980s slasher classic PIECES.
stores March 1, this jam-packed, definitive hi-def set (specs below)
comes complete with an eye-popping PIECES jigsaw puzzle (limited to
the first 3000 copies, available now for pre-order at Diabolik DVD and
Amazon.com. Through an exclusive deal with Grindhouse Releasing, Diabolik
DVD customers will receive PIECES a week early on February 23 –
and get first crack at the limited edition, which is projected to sell
out fast. (READ MORE)
Kino Lorber Reveals JOURNEY TO THE 7TH PLANET and PANIC IN YEAR ZERO Cover Art and Details!
Kino Lorber Studio Classics has just unveiled the extras and cover art for two of their upcoming AIP science fiction classics! JOURNEY TO THE SEVENTH PLANET (which sees Blu-ray and DVD release on April 5th) will include: A Brand New 2015 HD Master, Audio Commentary by Film Historian Tim Lucas and a Trailer Gallery. PANIC IN YEAR ZERO (which sees Blu-ray and DVD release on April 19) will include: A Brand New 2015 HD Master, "Atomic Shock" Legendary Filmmaker Joe Dante on "Panic in Year Zero", Audio Commentary by Film Historian Richard Harland Smith and a Trailer Gallery.
Arrow Video To Release AIP's DILLINGER on Blu-ray!
Arrow Video has announced that they will release DILLINGER, the 1973 American International Pictures release, on Blu-ray on April 26. A top drawer gangster picture which is also stylish and hugely entertaining, DILLINGER was the directorial debut of John Milius, who presents John Dillinger as an almost mythical figure, tracing the rise and fall of the Depression era’s Public Enemy Number One as he takes on the banks and the G-men, led by the infamous Melvin Purvis. Starring Warren Oates and Ben Johnson as Dillinger and Purvis, the supporting cast includes Harry Dean Stanton, Richard Dreyfuss, Cloris Leachman and Michelle Phillips. Specifics for this Blu-ray are as follows: •Brand new 2K restoration of the film from original film materials, •High Definition (1080p) Blu-ray and Standard Definition DVD presentations of the film, •Original mono soundtrack (uncompressed PCM on the Blu-ray), •Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing, •Audio commentary by Stephen Prince, author of Savage Cinema and Screening Violence, •Newly-filmed interview with producer Lawrence Gordon, •Newly-filmed interview with director of photography Jules Brenner, •Newly-filmed interview with composer Barry De Vorzon, •Stills gallery, •Theatrical trailer, •Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Sean Phillips, •Collector’s booklet containing new writing by Kim Newman on fictional portrayals of John Dillinger, plus an on-set report containing interviews with writer-director John Milius and others, illustrated with original production stills
VCI Reveals CHILDREN SHOULDN'T PLAY WITH DEAD THINGS Blu-ray Details!
VCI is set to release the micro-budgeted, horror classic, CHILDREN SHOULDN'T PLAY WITH DEAD THINGS, on February 23, 2016. A big hit with the drive-in crowd of the early 70's, this little gem, directed by Bob Clark, has become a big success on home video in the years since, earning true cult-film status along the way. VCI decided it was high-time to give "CSPWDT" the special Blu-ray attention adoring fans have been asking for, and it certainly paid off. (READ MORE)
Olive Films to Release THE TRIP on Blu-ray!
Olive Films have announced that they will release Roger Corman’s THE TRIP on Blu-ray (as well as DVD) on March 22. The 1967 AIP psychedelic classic features a cast and crew of Academy Award winners and nominees including screenwriter Jack Nicholson (Best Actor winner for AS GOOD AS IT GETS and ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO’S NEST); Peter Fonda (Best Actor nominee, ULEE’S GOLD; Best Screenplay, EASY RIDER – a nomination shared with THE TRIP co-star Dennis Hopper); Bruce Dern (Best Actor nominee, NEBRASKA) and Dennis Hopper (Best Supporting Actor nominee, HOOSIERS). The film also stars Susan Strasberg (PSYCH-OUT). Olive Films will release another AIP film (on Blu-ray as well as DVD) on the same date: BREAKER, BREAKER (1977) starring Chuck Norris.
Scream Factory to Release YOU'LL LIKE MY MOTHER on Blu-ray!
Scream Factory has just announced that the rare and somewhat forgotten 1972 Universal thriller YOU'LL LIKE MY MOTHER will be joining their roster on Blu-ray near Mother's Day (Of course!). The film stars Academy Award-winning actress Patty Duke Astin, Rosemary Murphy (TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD) and Richard Thomas (“The Waltons”). No word on exact street date or if any extras will be planned but keep an eye out for updates later on in the winter.
Kino to Release AIP's STRANGE SHADOWS IN AN EMPTY ROOM on Blu-ray!
Coming soon from Kino Lorber, another title Walter Olsen of Scorpion Releasing asked them to license: STRANGE SHADOWS IN AN EMPTY ROOM, which will be released on both Blu-ray and DVD. It will feature a brand new HD master from the original MGM vault elements, and the Blu-ray will feature reverse art for BLAZING MAGNUM, which is the more appropriate title for the film. The film does have some very giallo-like elements, but also one of the most incredible car chases as well as fight scenes between Stuart Whitman and a bunch of transvestites! The film also stars John Saxon, Martin Landau, Tisa Farrow, Carole Laure and Gayle Hunnicut! The only hybrid Giallo and Poliza film by Italians shot in Montreal! The release date for this is set for some time in April.
SSSSSSS To Slither Onto Blu-ray!
Scream Factory has just made a “SssssssURPRISE TITLE ANNOUNCE”! If you're into snakes then they have a film for you: The 1973 cult classic called SSSSSSS (don't say it, hiss it) will be slithering its way to the Blu-ray format for the first time sometime in late Spring/early Summer! The film stars Strother Martin (COOL HAND LUKE), Heather Menzies (PIRANHA), Dirk Benedict (BATTLESTAR GALACTICA) and Reb Brown (YOR, THE HUNTER FROM THE FUTURE). No other details to report at thissss time!
Garagehouse Pictures to Specialize in Limited Edition Releases of Rare and Forgotten Films!
For nearly twenty years, film collector and Exhumed Films programmer Harry Guerro has helped introduce audiences to some of the rarest and weirdest cult movies in cinema history. Now, Guerro has created the specialty label Garagehouse Pictures to bring these forgotten films to viewers worldwide. Garagehouse Pictures will specialize in releasing previously unseen or obscure oddities on Blu-ray and DVD; the discs will be available exclusively through Diabolik DVD, the premier online source for horror and cult cinema from around the globe. (READ MORE)
Arrow Video to Release AIP's BLACK MAMA, WHITE MAMA on Blu-ray!
Arrow Video have announced that they will release the 1973 WIP flick from AIP, BLACK MAMA, WHITE MAMA on Blu-ray on March 22! Before her iconic turn in COFFY, Pam Grier starred alongside Margaret Markov in a grindhouse spin on Stanley Kramer’s THE DEFIANT ONES, fusing the Women in Prison film with the emerging Blaxploitation movement for a riotous romp of bullets, babes and blood! This special edition’s contents will include: High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentations; Original mono audio (uncompressed PCM on the Blu-ray); Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing; Commentary by filmmaker Andrew Leavold, director of “The Search for Weng Weng”; “White Mama” - An interview with star Margaret Markov; “Sid’s Filipino Adventure” - An interview with star Sid Haig; “The Mad Director of Blood Island” - A previously unseen archive interview with director Eddie Romero; a Trailer and; Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Sean Phillips (the first pressing also includes a booklet featuring brand new writing on the film by Chris Poggiali and extracts from the original press book). Also coming from Arrow Video USA in March are DEATH WALKS TWICE: TWO FILMS BY LUCIANO ERCOLI, a Blu-ray/DVD combo of the giallos DEATH WALKS ON HIGH HEELS (1971) and DEATH WALKS AT MIDNIGHT (1972), which will see release on March 29 and Gordon Hessler’s RAGE OF HONOR starring Sho Kosugi on March 15 (Blu-ray only).
Kino Lorber Reveals THE BLACK SLEEP and DONOVAN'S BRAIN Blu-ray Details and Cover Art!
Kino Lorber Studio Classics have just revealed the cover art and details for their releases of THE BLACK SLEEP (1956) and DONOVAN’S BRAIN (1953). Both films are coming out on Blu-ray as well as DVD on March 22. DONOVAN’S BRAIN stars Lew Ayres, Gene Evans, Nancy Reagan "Davis" and Steve Brodie and was directed by Felix E. Feist. Special Features are as follows: Audio Commentary by Film Historian Richard Harland Smith, "Trailers From Hell" with Joe Dante and a Trailer Gallery. THE BLACK SLEEP stars Basil Rathbone, Bela Lugosi, Lon Chaney, Akim Tamiroff, John Carradine and Tor Johnson and was directed by Reginald Le Borg. Special Features are as follows: Audio Commentary by Film Historians Tom Weaver and David Schecter, "Trailers From Hell" with Joe Dante, an Animated Image Gallery and a Trailer Gallery.
Kino Lorber To Release GOG on Blu-ray!
Kino Lorber Studio Classics have announced that they will release the 1954 science fiction classic GOG on 3-D Blu-ray on March 1. The film stars Richard Egan, Constance Dowling, Herbert Marshall and John Wengraf and was directed by Herbert L. Strock (I WAS A TEENAGE FRANKENSTEIN). Special Features include: Newly restored in HD and 3-D by the 3-D Film Archive; Audio Commentary by Film Historians Tom Weaver, Bob Furmanek and David Schecter; and a Trailer Gallery.
Raro Video to Release Michael Reeves' REVENGE OF THE BLOOD BEAST (aka THE SHE-BEAST on Blu-ray!
Raro Video USA has announced that they will be releasing REVENGE OF THE BLOOD BEAST (Il lago di Satana ) on both Blu-ray and DVD some time in 2016. Also known in the U.S. as THE SHE-BEAST, the 1966 Italian horror classic will be given a new “organic” HD transfer, with extras to be announced. The film stars Barbara Steele, John Karlsen, Ian Ogilvy and Mel Welles, and it was the first feature directed by the great Michael Reeves (WITCHFINDER GENERAL) and was produced by Paul Maslansky (RAW MEAT). More details to follow!
Scream Factory Reveals MURDERS IN THE RUE MORGUE/THE DUNWICH HORROR Cover Art!
Scream Factory has just revealed the cover art for one of of the releases we're most looking forward to in 2016! The Blu-ray AIP horror double feature of Gordon Hessler’s MURDERS IN THE RUE MORGUE (1971) and Daniel Haller’s THE DUNWICH HORROR (1970) will street on March 29, 2016! Extras to be announced.
Kino Lorber To Release MONSTER DOG on Blu-ray!
Kino Lorber have announced that they will release MONSTER DOG (1984) on both Blu-ray and DVD in March! The film stars Rock Legend Alice Cooper, Victoria Vera, Carlos Santurio and Pepa Sarsa and was written and was directed by Claudio Fragasso (Clyde Anderson). Special Features on this release will be: Lord of the Dogs, a 43 Minute Retrospective Featurette (A Freak-O-Rama Production produced by Scorpion Releasing’s Walter Olsen) and the film’s Original Trailer.
Scream Factory Reveals THE VINCENT PRICE COLLECTION VOLUME III Cover Art and Street Date!
Scream Factory has just revealed the cover art for their THE VINCENT PRICE COLLECTION III Blu-ray set. The four-disc set now has a street date of February 16, 2016. The films in this set will include MASTER OF THE WORLD (1961), TOWER OF LONDON (1962), DIARY OF A MADMAN (1963), CRY OF THE BANSHEE (1970) and AN EVENING OF EDGAR ALLAN POE (1970). Stay tuned for more details and the full list of extras (and there will be some!) before the end of the year.
Kino Lorber To Release WHO SLEW AUNTIE ROO on Blu-ray!
Kino Lorber Studio Classics have just announced that they will release the British AIP horror classic WHO SLEW AUNTIE ROO? (1972) on Blu-ray in 2016 from a brand new HD master. The film stars Shelley Winters, Mark Lester, Chloe Franks, Ralph Richardson, Lionel Jeffries, Judy Cornwell, Michael Gothard and Hugh Griffith and was directed by Curtis Harrington. This will be the first time the film has been available in an anamorphic format, and of course in 1080p HD.
Arrow to Release William Girdler's SHEBA BABY and 1970s American Horror Classics on Blu-ray!
Arrow Video USA has just announced that they will release William Girdler’s SHEBA BABY as a Blu-ray/DVD combo on February 8, 2016. The 1975 AIP Blaxploitation classic stars Pam Grier and will feature High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentations. Extras include an audio commentary with producer-screenwriter David Sheldon, moderated by critic Nathaniel Thompson; “Sheldon: Baby” - a brand new interview with Sheldon; “Pam Grier: The AIP Years” - a look over the wonder years of the Blaxploitation queen with film historian Chris Poggiali; a Trailer; a gallery featuring rare publicity images and Lobby Cards; a reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Sean Phillips; and a booklet featuring brand new writing on the film by Patty Breen illustrated with archive stills and posters. Other titles that month will include the Blu-ray box set American Horror Project Vol 1 which will include THE WITCH WHO CAME FROM THE SEA, MALATESTA’S CARNIVAL OF BLOOD and THE PREMONITION. This extra-loaded collection of 1970s horror gems will street on February 23, 2016. Lastly, Arrow will release Gordon Hessler’s 1980s ninja revenge flick PRAY FOR DEATH. This will be the uncut, unrated version and will include a number of extras (including a brand new interview with star Sho Kosugi) and will street on February 16, 2016.
Scorpion Releasing Unleashes THE WILD EYE on Blu-ray!
One of the most controversial, devastating Italian films of the 1960s, THE WILD EYE (aka L'OCCHIO SELVAGGIO) takes an unflinching look at the world of mondo filmmakers who try to capture the brutality of real life in front of their lens... at any price. Paolo (Philippe Leroy, CASTLE OF THE LIVING DEAD) is a documentarian on a mission to see the world and present human nature in its truest, rawest form, even if it means depriving his crew of water in the desert or infiltrating deadly, war-torn regions of Vietnam to find new violent extremes for his next production. Originally a co-director of the notorious hit MONDO CANE, Paolo Cavara (BLACK BELLY OF THE TARANTULA) takes an inside look at a world gone mad where the act of filmmaking itself carries a high mortal price. Still startling today, this acclaimed production also stars Delia Boccardo (HIGH CRIME) and Gabriele Tinti (LISA AND THE DEVIL) and features a legendary, haunting soundtrack by easy listening legend Gianni Marchetti. Once you've seen it, you'll never look at a camera the same way again. The Blu-ray will contain a 16x9 transfer in the 2:35:1 aspect ratio mastered in HD, an interview with star Lars Bloch, the Original Trailer and it will be presented in English and Italian with English subtitles. The retail price $29.95 and it will be available to order as Screen Archives Entertainment shortly.
Severin To Release COUNT DRACULA With Christopher Lee On Blu-ray in December!
In 1970, cult director Jess Franco and screen legend Christopher Lee collaborated on what they promised would be the most faithful adaptation of Bram Stoker’s novel ever filmed: COUNT DRACULA. From its remarkable performances – including Lee as the Count, Herbert Lom (MARK OF THE DEVIL) as Van Helsing, Soledad Miranda (VAMPYROS LESBOS) as Lucy, Maria Rohm (VENUS IN FURS) as Mina, and authentic madman Klaus Kinski as Renfield – to its lush locations and atmosphere of sinister sensuality, it remains perhaps the most spellbinding version of Dracula in movie history. Fred Williams (SHE KILLED IN ECSTASY) and Paul Muller (NIGHTMARE CASTLE) co-star in this “thrilling” (Twins Of Evil) and “fascinating” (Arrow In The Head) horror classic, now fully restored, loaded with all-new Bonus Features including Pere Potrabella’s experimental ‘making of’ feature CUADECUC, VAMPIR, and re-mastered in high-definition for the first time ever. Specs and art are as follows: Uncut Feature in HD (Includes Controversial Previously Deleted Baby Scene) at Franco’s Approved Aspect Ratio 1.33:1; CUADECUC, VAMPIR (1970): Experimental ‘Making Of’ Feature By Pere Portabella; Audio Commentary with horror historian David Del Valle and Actress Maria Rohm; Beloved Count Interview with Director Jess Franco; An Interview With Actor Jack Taylor; 'Handsome Harker’ Interview With Actor Fred Williams; Christopher Lee Reads Dracula; ’Stake Holders’ An Appreciation By Filmmaker Christophe Gans; and the German Trailer. On the same day and date Severin’s sister label Intervision Picture Corp will release the brand new feature length documentary THE TRAIL OF DRACULA - an in-depth look at the lord of the vampires' origins, the creation of Bram Stoker’s novel, and his journey through popular entertainment of the 20th century. The DVD will also include audio interviews with several actors who have played the Count including Christopher Lee and Udo Kier and over 90 minutes of Dracula movie trailers.
Kino Lorber Releases MAGNETIC MONSTER on Blu-Ray!
Lorber Studio Classics has announced that it will release the 1953 science
fiction classic THE MAGNETIC MONSTER on
Blu-ray from a Brand New 2015 HD Master!The film stars Richard Carlson,
King Donovan, Jean Byron and Leo Britt and co-written and directed by
Film Chest Releases THE BAT and A BUCKET OF BLOOD On Blu-ray!
Roger Corman’s A BUCKET OF BLOOD and the classic thriller THE BAT starring Vincent Price will be available on Blu-ray on October 20 from The Film Detective (distributed by Allied Vaughn). Both films will be remastered from 35mm elements The Bat is presented in original widescreen with an aspect ratio of 1.85:1 and mono sound with English subtitles. A BUCKET OF BLOOD – noted in many circles as an honest, undiscriminating portrayal of the many facets of beatnik culture, including art, dance and style of living – will be presented in its original aspect ratio of 1.85:1 with mono sound and optional English subtitles. “A non-stop thriller sure to get your blood pumping!”, THE BAT will also be presented in a 1.85:1 aspect ratio with mono sound and optional English subtitles.
Kino Lorber Reveals THE PHANTOM FROM 10,000 LEAGUES Blu-Ray Cover and Details!
Kino Lorber Studio Classics have just announced that the will be releasing THE PHANTOM FROM 10,000 LEAGUES (1955) on both Blu-ray and DVD on January 5, 2015. The film is one of the earliest releases from American International Pictures (when they were known as American Releasing Corporation) and stars Kent Taylor (BRIDES OF BLOOD), Cathy Downs (THE SHE-CREATURE), Michael Whalen and Helene Stanton, and it was directed by Dan Milner. Special Features include an audio commentary by Richard Harland Smith, "Trailers From Hell" with Joe Dante, as well as additional trailers.
Kino Lorber Reveals YONGARY Blu-Ray Cover and Details!
Kino Lorber Studio Classics has announced that they will be releasing the Korean-made giant monster classic YONGARY, MONSTER FROM THE DEEP (1967) on both Blu-ray and DVD on January 5, 2016. Released in the U.S. by American International Television, the film was co-written and directed by Kim Duke (Ki-duk Kim). Special Features include an audio commentary by film historian Steve Ryfle and writer/critic Kim Song-ho and a "Monsters" Trailer Gallery.
Kino Lorber To Release JOURNEY TO THE SEVENTH PLANET On Blu-ray!
Kino Lorber Studio Classics has just announced that they will release the 1962 AIP science fiction flick JOURNEY TO THE SEVENTH PLANET on Blu-ray and DVD from a brand new 2015 HD master! The film stars John Agar, Greta Thyssen and Carl Ottosen and was written and directed by Sidney W. Pink. No date has been set yet, but so far we know it will include an audio commentary by Tim Lucas as well as the original trailer.
Olive Films to Release VOODOO MAN On Blu-ray!
On November 24, Olive Films will release the 1944 Monogram horror classic VOODOO MAN on Blu-ray and DVD. The film stars Bela Lugosi, John Carradine and George Zucco, and was directed by William “One Shot” Beaudine. The Blu-ray will retail for $29.95 and the DVD for $24.95.
Kino Lorber To Release PANIC IN YEAR ZERO! On Blu-ray
Kino Lorber Studio Classics has announced that they will be releasing PANIC IN YEAR ZERO! (1962) on Blu-ray and DVD from a Brand New 2015 HD Master! The film stars Ray Milland, Jean Hagen and Frankie Avalon, and was directed by Ray Milland. Further details to follow!
Kino Lorber To Release BOBBIE JO AND THE OUTLAW On Blu-ray
Lorber have announced that on December 8 they will release the 1975
AIP drive-in classic BOBBIE JO AND THE OUTLAW
on Blu-ray fom a Brand New HD Master! The film stars Lynda Carter (“Wonder
Woman”), Marjoe Gortner (FOOD OF THE GODS), Jesse Vint (MACON
COUNTY LINE), Merrie Lynn Ross, Belinda Balaski (THE HOWLING), Gene
Drew and Gerrit Graham (PHANTOM OF THE PARADISE) and was produced and
directed by Mark L. Lester. The Blu-ray packaging, authoring, special
features will be produced by Walt Olsen of Scorpion Releasing - another
one of his great recommendations! Special Features include Audio Commentary
by Director Mark L. Lester / Interview with co-star Belinda Balaski
/ Interview with co-star Merrie Lynn Ross / Interview with director
Mark L. Lester / Original Theatrical Trailer.
Scream Factory to Release THE BRAIN THAT WOULDN'T DIE On Blu-ray!
Scream Factory has just announced that they will release the schlock horror classic THE BRAIN THAT WOULDN'T DIE (1962) on Blu-ray, with a street date of 12/22. When Dr. Bill Cortner loses his sweetheart, Jan, in a car accident, he refuses to give up hope for her life. Scooping up her decapitated head, he brings it back to the lab for resuscitation. But keeping her head alive is one thing – finding her a new body is quite another. So while the mad doctor is out looking for spare parts, she's stuck at home going out of her mind – literally! And nothing will stop her from getting revenge on the man who is keeping her as a trophy girlfriend! The Blu-ray will include a new HD master, and extras on this release will be announced at a later date. Scream Factory’s other December announcements include Blu-ray releases of ZOMBIE HIGH (1987) and a double feature Blu-ray of THE DUNGEONMASTER and ELIMINATORS.
Kino Lorber Unveils QUEEN OF BLOOD and TWICE-TOLD TALES Blu-Ray Covers and Extras!
Kino Lorber has revealed the cover art and details for two upcoming horror classics on Blu-ray! TWICE TOLD TALES with Vincent Price will see release on December 1st (and also will be available on DVD), and will feature a Brand New HD Master as well as these Special Features: Audio Commentary by Film Historians Richard Harland Smith and Perry Martin / "Trailers From Hell" with Mick Garris / Trailers for TWICE TOLD TALES, TALES OF TERROR and BLACK SABBATH. QUEEN OF BLOOD will also be arriving on December 1st on Blu-ray only, and the Special Features will include: Interview with Producer Roger Corman / Interview with Film Historian Robert Stotak / Original Theatrical Trailer.
Twilight Time Unveils COUNT YORGA, VAMPIRE and SCREAM AND SCREAM AGAIN Blu-Ray Extras!
Twilight Time has announced the extras for their Blu-ray releases of COUNT YORGA, VAMPIRE and SCREAM AND SCREAM AGAIN, both which go up for pre-order on Wednesday, September 30th at 4 pm EST at Screen Archives Entertainment. SCREAM AND SCREAM AGAIN will include: Isolated Score Track / Audio Commentary with Film Historians David Del Valle and Tim Sullivan / Gentleman Gothic: Gordon Hessler at AIP / An Interview with Uta Levka / Still Gallery / Radio Spot / Original Theatrical Trailer. COUNT YORGA, VAMPIRE will include: Isolated Score Track / Audio Commentary with Film Historians David Del Valle and Tim Sullivan / My Dinner with Yorga: The Robert Quarry Rue Morgue Interview, a Reading by David Del Valle and Tim Sullivan / Fangirl Radio Tribute to Robert Quarry with Tim Sullivan / Still Gallery: The MGM Archives / Still Gallery: The Tim Sullivan Archives / Original Theatrical Trailer. Expect full reviews of both titles here!
Arrow Video to Release WHAT HAVE YOU DONE TO SOLANGE? on Blu-ray!
Arrow Video has announced that they will release WHAT HAVE YOU DONE TO SOLANGE? as a dual format Blu-ray/DVD (Region: A+B/1+2) on December 15, 2015. From director Massimo Dallamano comes this giallo classic, the debut feature of actress Camille Keaton (I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE) also stars Cristina Galbo (THE LIVING DEAD AT THE MANCHESTER MORGUE), and it features a lush score from Ennio Morricone. A sadistic black-gloved killer is preying on the girls of St. Mary’s school. Student Elizabeth witnessed one of the murders, but her hazy recollections of a knife-wielding figure in black do nothing to further the police’s investigations. Why is the killer choosing these young women? And what does it have to do with a girl named Solange? Extras on this release will include: Brand new 2K restoration of the film from the original camera negative / High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentations / Original Italian & English soundtracks in mono audio (uncompressed PCM on the Blu-ray) / Newly translated subtitles for the Italian soundtrack / Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing for the English soundtrack / Brand new audio commentary with critics Alan Jones and Kim Newman / Newly filmed cast interviews / Original Theatrical Trailer / Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by MALLEUS (to be revealed) / Booklet featuring brand new writing on the film, illustrated with original stills / And More!
Olive Films Announces Its October Blu-ray Slate!
Olive Films have just announced their October Blu-ray release schedule (with the titles also being made available on DVD) and DVD Drive-In readers will be happy to know it includes DR. TERROR’S HOUSE OF HORRORS, THE DEADLY BEES, PHASE IV, BREEDERS, A BLACK VEIL FOR LISA, FLYING DISC MAN FROM MARS and SOMETIMES THEY COME BACK. These releases appear to be barebones, but you can expect reviews on most of these titles in the near future.
Kino Lorber To Release CURSE OF THE FACLESS MAN and THE MASK (in 3-D) on Blu-ray!
Today’s new bits remind us of the nostalgic pages of Famous Monsters of Filmland Magazine! Kino Lorber has announced that they will be releasing the 1958 mummy monster flick CURSE OF THE FACELESS MAN on Blu-ray. The film stars Richard Anderson, Elaine Edwards, Adele Mara and Luis Van Rooten and was directed by the great Edward L. Cahn (street date TBA). Kino will also be releasing the bizarre Canadian-made horror film THE MASK (1961) in a newly restored 3-D Blu-ray version on November 24th. More details to follow, but the actual cover for THE MASK can be seen above.
Scream Factory Unveils BLOOD AND LACE Cover, THE RETURN OF COUNT YORGA Extras!
A horrifying love story… with bite! Scream Factory proudly presents THE RETURN OF COUNT YORGA in its Blu-ray debut on October 13, 2015. The sequel to the hit 1970 original film COUNT YORGA, VAMPIRE, the Deathmaster makes his triumphant return in this release, complete with special features including an audio commentary with film historian/screenwriter Steve Haberman and one of the film’s stars, actor Rudy De Luca (DRACULA: DEAD AND LOVING IT). Other extras on the Blu-ray will be a Theatrical Trailer, TV Spot, Radio Spots and a Photo Gallery. Scream Factory has also just revealed the cover art for the long-awaited Blu-ray/DVD combo for BLOOD AND LACE (1971). The rarely seen slasher prototype, originally distributed theatrically by AIP, will see release on November 24, 2015 and extras are now in progress.
Kino Lorber Unveils DR. GOLDFOOT Films and INCREDIBLE TWO-HEADED TRANSPLANT Blu-Ray Cover Art!
Kino Lorber Studio Classics has just revealed the Blu-ray cover art for both DR. GOLDFOOT AND THE BIKINI MACHINE and DR. GOLDFOOT AND THE GIRL BOMBS (both will be released on November 10). Extras for BIKINI MACHINE include: an audio commentary with film historian David Del Valle and David DeCoteau, an animated montage of the "Bikini Bots" stills and a Vincent Price trailer gallery. Extras for GIRL BOMBS include an audio commentary with film historian David Del Valle and David DeCoteau, "Black Sabbath: Trailers From Hell" with Mick Garris, an animated montage of the "Girl Bombs" stills and a Vincent Price trailer gallery. Kino has also revealed the cover art for their Blu-ray release of THE INCREDIBLE TWO-HEADED TRANSPLANT (street date TBA, and it will also be available on DVD). Extras include: optional RiffTrax commentary by Mike Nelson, Kevin Murphy and Bill Corbett, an interview with screenwriter James Gordon White, a radio spot and the original theatrical trailer.
Twilight Time Unveils COUNT YORGA, VAMPIRE and SCREAM AND SCREAM AGAIN Blu-Ray Cover Art!
Twilight Time has just unveiled the cover art for two of the most highly anticipated Halloween Blu-ray releases for 2015: COUNT YORGA, VAMPIRE and SCREAM AND SCREAM AGAIN. Both titles will ship in October, and they will be up for pre-order at Screen Archives Entertainment a few weeks before that time. Click HERE for a closer look!
Kino Lorber Offers MADHOUSE Blu-Ray Replacement Program!
Kino Lorber has just offered this statement: After reviewing our MADHOUSE Blu-ray discs, we found that some scenes had minor sync issues as reported. Due to problems of irregular sound synchronization, Kino Lorber will re-author and will send replacement discs of the FIXED version to those who’ve purchased the Blu-ray of MADHOUSE. Please click on the MADHOUSE EXCHANGE PROGRAM link below and fill out the form. Replacements are currently in production; we will send you an email when we’re ready to ship replacement copies which should be no later than September 1, 2015. Be sure to hold on to your original packaging, replacement discs will not include packaging. Kino Lorber apologizes for any inconvenience that the manufacturing error has caused, and thanks you for your continued support. http://eepurl.com/buJ7tP Note: This disc replacement applies ONLY to the Kino Lorber Studio Classics release (2015), and does not apply to copies of MADHOUSE released on any other label. Disc replacement is only available in U.S.A. and Canada.
Kino Lorber to Release THE INCREDIBLE TWO-HEADED TRANSPLANT on Blu-Ray!
Kino Lorber Studio Classics has just announced that they will release the AIP drive-in monster mash THE INCREDIBLE TWO-HEADED TRANSPLANT (1971) on Blu-ray (as well as DVD) in the near future. The film stars Bruce Dern, Pat Priest, Berry Kroeger, John Bloom, Albert Cole and Casey Kasem and directed by Anthony M. Lanza (THE GLORY STOMPERS) with a screenplay by James Gordon White and John Lawrence. Special Features include a RIFFTRAX audio commentary by Mike Nelson, Kevin Murphy and Bill Corbett; an interview with screenwriter James Gordon White and the original theatrical trailer. In other AIP Blu-ray news, Olive Films have announced that they will release on Blu-ray (as well as DVD) the 1970s Blaxploitation classics BLACK CAESAR (1972) starring Fred Williamson and SLAUGHTER (1972) starring Jim Brown. Both films will be presented in their original aspect ratios in 1080p High Definition, and have a street date of September 22.
Synapse to Release MANOS and MOSQUITO on Blu-Ray!
Halloween Comes Early with MANOS: THE HANDS OF FATE and MOSQUITO on DVD and Blu-Ray from Synapse Films This October! MANOS: THE HANDS OF FATE, the sole directorial effort of Texas fertilizer salesman Harold P. Warren, perplexed even the most jaded Drive-In audiences and was deemed by many “the worst movie ever made”. Nearly lost, the original 16mm Ektachrome film elements have been finally unearthed and lovingly restored by Ben Solovey to create the definitive version of this accidental masterpiece. There’s no other movie like MANOS... now in HD with picture and sound unseen since 1966. Synapse Films is proud to present Ben Solovey’s Kickstarter 2K restoration of MANOS: THE HANDS OF FATE, now presented for the first time ever on home video in high-definition and loaded with extras! (READ MORE)
Scream Factory Reveals THE SENTINEL and THE LEGACY Blu-ray Details!
Scream Factory has announced the extras for their September 22 Blu-ray release of the 1977 horror classic THE SENTINEL on Blu-ray with a slate of new bonus features. Based on Jeffrey Konvitz's best-selling novel, and directed by Michael Winner, this contemporary gothic chiller features amazing special makeup effects by the legendary Dick and an incredible assemblage of stars. Special features include a NEW High Definition 1080p transfer, a NEW Audio Commentary by actress Cristina Raines, a NEW Audio Commentary with writer/producer Jeffrey Konvitz, an Audio Commentary with director Michael Winner, a NEW interview with assistant director Ralph S. Singleton, the Theatrical Trailer, TV Spots and Still Galleries (movie stills, press photos, posters and lobby cards). Scream Factory has also announced the extras for their Blu-ray release of THE LEGACY which streets on September 15. Bonus features will include a NEW HD transfer from the inter-positive, a NEW interview with Academy Award winning film editor Anne V. Coates, a NEW interview with special effects artist Robin Grantham, a Theatrical Trailer, TV Spot, Radio Spot and a Photo Gallery.
Kino Lorber to Release QUEEN OF BLOOD on Blu-Ray!
Kino Lorber has just announced that they will release the AIP science fiction classic QUEEN OF BLOOD (1966) on Blu-ray. The film stars John Saxon, Basil Rathbone, Florence Marley, Judi Meredith and Dennis Hopper and was directed by the great Curtis Harrington (NIGHT TIDE, THE KILLING KIND). One of the cult movie titles that Scorpion Releasing suggested to Kino to license from MGM, special features will include a brand new interview with historian Robert Skotak, an interview with producer Roger Corman and possibly more. No street date has been announced yet, but this is the tentative cover for the Blu-ray.
THE OBLONG BOX Blu-Ray Cover and Details!
Kino Lorber has just revealed the cover art for their October 20 Blu-ray release of THE OBLONG BOX (which will also be available on DVD) which feature a brand new HD master. Extras will include an audio commentary by film historian Steve Haberman, “Edgar Allan Poe's Annabel Lee” (1969) – a short film narrated by Vincent Price and a Trailer Gallery. Kino has also announced their special features for their October 6 Blu-ray release of BURNT OFFERINGS (see cover photo below) which will also be available on DVD. The release will include a New On-camera Interview with actor Anthony James; New On-camera Interview with screenwriter William F. Nolan; On-camera Interview with actor Lee Montgomery; New Audio Commentary by Film Historian Richard Harland Smith, an Audio commentary with director/co-writer/producer Dan Curtis, actress Karen Black, and co-screenwriter William F. Nolan; "Trailers From Hell" with Steve Senski; Animated Montage of Stills; and the Original Theatrical Trailer.
Scream Factory to Release BLOOD AND LACE on Blu-Ray!
Last week, in a special bulk announcement of just some of their upcoming titles, Scream Factory revealed that they will be releasing BLOOD AND LACE (1971) on Blu-ray! The American International Pictures release, once called the sickest PG-rated film of all time, has never been available on home video in the U.S. and it's one of our top wants of all time! Expect the Blu-ray to street some time in November. Other upcoming Blu-ray titles revealed include: WOMEN’S PRISON MASSACRE, TROLL/TROLL 2, GHOST STORY (1981), THE GUARDIAN, THE CAR, NIGHTMARES (1983), DEATH BECOMES HER, GARBAGE PAIL KIDS: THE MOVIE and a “Collector’s Edition” of THE RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD. Keep checking back this spot for more details and reviews of these titles in the coming months.
THE RETURN OF COUNT YORGA and BURNT OFFERINGS Blu-Ray Covers!
Scream Factory has just revealed the cover for their highly anticipated Blu-ray release of THE RETURN OF COUNT YORGA, as well as its reverse cover art (see above). The Blu-ray is scheduled for release on October 13, and although no extras have been announced, it has been noted that, “Extras in progress and will be announced at a later date.” Another one of our favorite 1970s drive-in horror films, BURNT OFFERINGS, sees release from Kino Lorber on October 6, and that Blu-ray cover has just been revealed as well!
Warner Hammer Blu-Ray Covers!
As we told you some time ago about Warner Home Video’s announcement of the 4-disc Blu-ray “Hammer Horror Collection” which will include THE MUMMY, DRACULA HAS RISEN FROM THE GRAVE, TASTE THE BLOOD OF DRACULA and FRANKENSTEIN MUST BE DESTROYED, we now have the covers for the individual releases for all four titles. Not surprisingly, the covers are the same as the old DVD releases, but we’re certainly not complaining about that! Click HERE to get a better look at the individual Blu-ray covers. These Blu-rays are set to street on October 6, 2015.
Severin to Release NIGHTMARE CASTLE on Blu-Ray!
Severin Films has announced the Blu-Ray premiere of NIGHTMARE CASTLE starring the Queen of gothic horror, Barbara Steele (BLACK SUNDAY). The stunning HD presentation will be accompanied by an incredible array of extras including a brand new audio commentary with Ms. Steele and horror historian David Del Valle and the first HD presentations of TWO more classic Barbara Steele shockers -- newly scanned in 2k from rare US release prints: Antonio Margheriti’s CASTLE OF BLOOD and Massimo Pupillo’s TERROR CREATURES FROM THE GRAVE. The release date for this deluxe package is set for August 18th, 2015. NIGHTMARE CASTLE: At the height of her career as the dark goddess of Italian horror, Steele delivered two of her most memorable performances in this tale of obsession, madness and depravity. Steele stars as a cheating wife who is chained, whipped and tortured to death by her sadistic scientist husband, and as her unstable blonde stepsister whose fate may be even more ghastly. Directed by Mario Caiano (NOSFERATU IN VENICE), featuring stunning black & white cinematography by Enzo Barboni (DJANGO) and the very first horror score by the legendary Ennio Morricone. Full List Of Special Features: Exclusive new audio commentary with star Barbara Steele and Horror Historian David Del Valle; Barbara Steele In Conversation Featurette; Interview featurette with director Mario Caiano; BONUS FEATURE: CASTLE OF BLOOD 2k scan of rare U.S. 35mm Release Print; BONUS FEATURE: TERROR CREATURES FROM THE GRAVE 2k scan of rare U.S. 35mm Release Print; Terror Creatures Featurette with director Massimo Pupillo, actor Riccardo Garrone and film historian Fabio Melelli (In Italian with optional English subs); Terror Creatures Deleted Scenes (in French with Optional English subs).
Kino and Redemption to Release THE EROTIC RITES OF FRANKENSTEIN on Blu-Ray!
Kino Lorber and Redemption announce the release of THE EROTIC RITES OF FRANKENSTEIN, a film by celebrated Spanish horror auteur Jess Franco. Set to street on Blu-ray and DVD July 28th, with a SRP of $29.95 for the Blu-ray and $24.95 for the DVD, this edition is mastered in HD from the original 35mm negative, and features an audio commentary by Tim Lucas, editor of Video Watchdog magazine, the French language soundtrack with optional English subtitles, an alternate English-dubbed soundtrack, and the original theatrical trailer. After the death of Victor Frankenstein (Dennis Price), two figures vie for control of his metallic-skinned monster (Fernando Bilbao) and the radical technology that created him: the scientist's daughter, Vera (Beatriz Savón), and the immortal wizard Cagliostro (Howard Vernon), who is assisted by a blind bird-woman with an unquenchable thirst for blood (Anne Libert). With THE EROTIC RITES OF FRANKENSTEIN, controversial filmmaker Jess Franco merges his fondness for old-school horror with his unique and perverse tastes in sex and violence, partly inspired by the garish adult European comics of the early 1970s.
Warner to Release Hammer Horror and Sci-Fi Blu-Ray Sets!
With the sad news of Christopher Lee’s passing, at least now can continue to enjoy some of his best films on Blu-ray! Warner Home Video has just announced a 4-disc Blu-ray “Hammer Horror Collection” which will include THE MUMMY, DRACULA HAS RISEN FROM THE GRAVE, TASTE THE BLOOD OF DRACULA and FRANKENSTEIN MUST BE DESTROYED (and this is listed as “Volume 1” meaning we’ll likely get a volume 2!). Also coming is a “Special Effects Collection”, a 4-disc Blu-ray set of SON OF KONG, MIGHTY JOE YOUNG, BEAST FROM 20,000 FATHOMS and THEM. Both sets will be released on October 6 with a retail price of $54.96 for each set and feature collectible packaging, and according to Warner’s press information, all titles will also be available individually. Thanks to everyone who signed the petition, coordinated by Diabolique Magazine and this site, for Warner to release their Hammer titles on Blu-ray. For those who want a better look at the Hammer Blu-ray set, click HERE. More details to follow!
Kino to Release Both DR. GOLDFOOT Films on Blu-Ray!
Kino Lorber Studio Classics have just announced that they will release both AIP “Dr. Goldfoot” films, separately, only on Blu-ray! DR. GOLDFOOT AND THE BIKINI MACHINE (1965) Starring Vincent Price, Frankie Avalon, Dwayne Hickman, Susan Hart, Fred Clark and Annette Funicello - Directed by Norman Taurog. DR. GOLDFOOT AND THE GIRL BOMBS (1966) Starring Vincent Price, Fabian, Franco Franchi, Ciccio Ingrassia and Laura Antonelli - Directed by Mario Bava. No date has been set yet, and no word on extras, but you can expect more details and full coverage on this site.
Scream Factory to Release THE RETURN OF COUNT YORGA on Blu-Ray!
Some more great news for AIP horror fans, as Scream Factory shared this on their Facebook page: “As some of you may already know, this past weekend our friends over at Twilight Time DVD Label announced that they would be bringing the 1970 AIP chiller COUNT YORGA, VAMPIRE to Blu-ray on 10/13. Well, if you can’t get enough of the bloodsucking shenanigans then step right up to watch its sequel! We have the rights to its 1971 follow-up THE RETURN OF COUNT YORGA, and will also be releasing it on Blu-ray on 10/13. Pre-order links will go up next month.” Wow! Expect more details and full coverage on this highly anticipated release on this site!
Twilight Time to Release COUNT YORGA, VAMPIRE and SCREAM AND SCREAM AGAIN on Blu-Ray!
Your editor is in his glory because two of his all-time favorite films have been announced for Blu-ray! Twilight Time has just announced that they will be releasing Bob Keljan’s COUNT YORGA, VAMPIRE (1970) and Gordon Hessler’s SCREAM AND SCREAM AGAIN (1970) on Blu-ray, both on October 13. No word on extras yet, but expect these two cult AIP titles to be available for preorder on the Screen Archives website. One the same date, Twilight Time will also release STRANGE INVADERS and JOHN CARPENTER’S VAMPIRES on Blu-ray.
Kino Lorber to Release THE OBLONG BOX on Blu-Ray!
Kino Lorber has decided to pay tribute to the birthdays of the late, great Vincent Price and the legendary Christopher Lee, by choosing this day (May 27) to announce their Blu-ray release of Edgar Allan Poe’s THE OBLONG BOX (1969)! Produced and directed by the late Gordon Hessler (CRY OF THE BANSHEE), the film will be arriving on both Blu-ray and DVD in October from a Brand New 2015 HD Master! No details on extras yet, but their will indeed be some!
Olive to Release THE THING WITH TWO HEADS on Blu-Ray!
One June 23, Olive Films will release the AIP drive-in classic THE THING WITH TWO HEADS on both Blu-ray and DVD! The film represents the only on-screen pairing of acting great Ray Milland and former L.A Rams player Rosey Grier and features the early work of multi Academy Award-winning special effects master Rick Baker (AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON). The films also stars Don Marshall (TERMINAL ISLAND) and Roger Perry (COUNT YORGA, VAMPIRE). Presented in 1080p HD in its original 1.85:1 aspect ratio, this will be the first time the film has been available anamorphically on home video. June is a big month for Olive Films, as on June 9th, they will release on Blu-ray and DVD COFFY, FOXY BROWN, FRIDAY FOSTER and HAMMER (starring Fred Williamson). Expect reviews of all of them on Blu-ray here!
Kino Lorber to Release TWICE TOLD TALES on Blu-ray!
Lorber Studio Classics has just announced that they will release TWICE
TOLD TALES on Blu-ray and DVD from a Brand New 2015 HD Master.
The film stars Vincent Price, Sebastian Cabot, Brett Halsey, Beverly
Garland, Richard Denning and Joyce Taylor. Based on stories by Nathaniel
Hawthorne, the 1963 United Artists was directed by Sidney Salkow (THE
LAST MAN ON EARTH). No street date as of yet, but Kino Lorber promises
it will be out in time for Halloween.
The Drive-In Super Monster-Rama Facebook Page!
Want to share your comments, suggestions, photos and memories of Drive-In Super Monster-Rama and April Ghouls Drive-In Monster-Rama events past, present and future? The Drive-In Super Monster-Rama Page is now on Facebook and you can like it by clicking HERE! And since you've been wanting to know, the April Ghouls Drive-In Monster-Rama will take place on April 24-25, 2015, as always, at The Riverside Drive-In Theatre in Vandergrift, PA!
DVD Drive-In Editor Wins Rondo Award!
DVD Drive-In Editor George Reis has won a 2012 Rondo Award (The Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Awards) for "DVD Reviewer of the Year". I'm in fine company, and this a great honor! Thanks for all who voted for me and have frequented the site over the past decade! For more on this year's Rondo Award winners, click HERE.
Book Review: Fright Night on Channel 9!
From 1973 to 1987, Fright Night was a fixture of the late Saturday evening schedule on independent New York television station WOR-TV. A genre fan's nightmare come true, the modestly produced showcase featured horror films both classic and obscure. Fright Night suffered no delusions ofgrandeur, and never claimed to be anything more than what it was: great entertainment on a Saturday night. This affectionate tribute to Fright Night's glory days includes a complete listing of all films shown on the series, as well as discussion of WOR-TV's other horror movie programs from the 1970s and 1980s. Read our review of Fright Night on Channel 9 HERE.
"Drive-In Movie" Article!
During the 1980s, one of the most exciting and influential movie experiences to ever hit Saturday afternoon television was Drive-In Movie on WNEW channel 5 in New York. The programming was unbeatable: motorcycle movies, teen sex comedies, Japanese giant monster epics, Hammer horror films, AIP classics and, most importantly, kung fu movies. Lots and lots of kung fu movies. Chris Poggiali gives us the full story -- as well as complete listings -- of one of the first programs to drag Chinese kung fu flicks out of the grindhouses and into the living rooms of mainstream America! Click HERE to read more.
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