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.
Kino Lorber to Release BURNT OFFERINGS on Blu-ray!
Kino Lorber Studio Classics has just announced that they will release BURNT OFFERINGS on Blu-ray and DVD from a Brand New 2015 HD Master. The film stars Karen Black, Oliver Reed, Bette Davis, Burgess Meredith, Eileen Heckart, Lee Montgomery, Dub Taylor and Anthony James. Screenplay by William F. Nolan and Dan Curtis - Based on a Robert Marasco Novel. Directed and Co-Produced by Dan Curtis. No street date as of yet, but Kino Lorber promises it will be out in time for Halloween.
Details for Kino's July AIP Blu-ray Releases!
July is going to be a spectacular month for classic AIP cult movies released on Blu-ray by Kino Lorber, while above are final covers for the ones we didn’t already show you, here are the details on extras. THE CRIMSON CULT • Audio Commentary by Film Historian David Del Valle and Actress Barbara Steele • In Conversation: 47 minute interview with Christopher Lee • Music Macabre: An Interview with Composer Kendall Schmidt - Produced by Code Red • Original UK and US Trailers. DERANGED • Audio Commentary with Writer/Director Alan Ormsby - moderated by Filmmaker Elijah Drenner • Audio Commentary with Film Historian Richard Harland Smith • New Interview with Producer Tom Karr • Original Theatrical Trailer. TRUCK TURNER • Audio Commentary with Director Jonathan Kaplan - moderated by Filmmaker Elijah Drenner • Q&A at The New Beverly Cinema with Jonathan Kaplan, Stuntman Bob Minor - Hosted by Joe Dante • Trailers From Hell with Ernest Dickerson • Radio Spot • Original Theatrical Trailer. MADHOUSE • Audio Commentary with Film Historian David Del Valle • Brand New Documentary by Daniel Griffith • Original Theatrical Trailer. HOUSE OF 1,000 DOLLS • Audio Commentary with Film Historian David Del Valle and Filmmaker David DeCoteau • Original Vincent Price Trailers. BLACK SABBATH (AIP) • Brand New Commentary with Film Historian Tim Lucas • Original Theatrical Trailer. Wow!
Vincent Price July Blu-ray Covers!
Check out the great covers for Kino Lorber's upcoming Blu-ray releass of MADHOUSE and HOUSE OF 1000 DOLLS! Both titles will be released in July.
Arrow Films & Video to Release Tobe Hooper's EATEN ALIVE on Blu-ray!
July 28, Arrow Films & Video will release Tobe Hooper’s 1976 grindhouse
horror classic EATEN ALIVE as dual format Blu-ray/DVD
combo. Nearly a decade before he donned Freddy Kruger’s famous red and
green sweater, horror icon Robert Englund delivered a supremely sleazy performance
in EATEN ALIVE – another essay in taut Southern terror from Tobe Hooper,
director of THE TEXASCHAIN SAW MASSACRE. Deep in the Louisiana bayou sits the
ramshackle Starlight Hotel, destination of choice for those who like to check
in but not check out! Presided over by the bumbling, mumbling Judd (and his
pet croc which he keeps in a large pond out front), the patron of this particular
establishment may seem like a good-natured ol’ Southern gent – but
he has a mean temper on him, and a mighty large scythe to boot…(READ
Kino Lorber to Release Pete Walker's HOUSE OF THE LONG SHADOWS on Blu-ray!
Kino Lorber has just announced that they will be releasing the 1983 all-star British horror classic HOUSE OF THE LONG SHADOWS on Blu-ray (only) in the near future. Licensed from MGM, the transfer will be taken from a brand new 2015 HD master! It stars Vincent Price, Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, John Carradine, Desi Arnaz Jr. and Richard Todd. Directed by Pete Walker (HOUSE OF WHIPCORD) and written by Michael Armstrong (THE HAUNTED HOUSE OF HORROR), it will be great to finally get rid of those horrid-looking MOD discs and be able to obtain the real thing! Check back here for further details and of course a full review!
Scorpion to Release Umberto Lenzi's SPASMO on Blu-ray!
Scorpion Releasing has confirmed that they will release on Blu-ray and DVD, Umberto Lenzi’s underrated 1974 giallo SPASMO. The Italian thriller stars Robert Hoffman, Suzy Kendall and Ivan Rassimov. This release will include both English and Italian audio with optional English subtitles, a vintage interview with Umberto Lenzi, and an original trailer. The release date will be some time in July, and the Bu-ray will retail for $29.95 and DVD will be $19.95. In the meantime, here’s the very enticing Blu-ray cover art!
Kino to Release BURN, WITCH, BURN on Blu-ray!
Kino Lorber has just officially announced that they will release to Blu-ray only Sidney Hayer’s British horror classic BURN, WITCH, BURN (aka NIGHT OF THE EAGLE) (1962) starring Peter Wyngarde, Janet Blair and Margaret Johnston. They have also revealed this reversible cover art (which is still to be approved), so we just had to post it here! The Blu-ray will see release some time in August.
Olive to Release IT! THE TERROR FROM BEYOND SPACE on Blu-Ray (in the 1.85:1 aspect ratio)!
This news has been floating around the internet for days so you might have already read about it, but we wanted to wait until we got an official press release from Olive Films so we could present you accurate information. On May 19, Olive will be releasing the 1958 sci-fi classic IT! THE TERROR FROM BEYOND SPACE on Blu-ray and DVD. Following a rescue mission to Mars, the survivor of a space expedition claims that his crew was hunted down and killed by an alien creature. Skeptical, and believing that the survivor may have killed the crew in order to survive, the rescue captain dismisses the explanation only to find that a Martian creature has stowed away on the spacecraft and begins to hunt the human hosts. Directed by Edward L. Cahn, the film stars Marshall Thompson (FIEND WITHOUT A FACE), Shirley Patterson (THE LAND UNKNOWN), Kim Spalding (THE GUNFIGHTER), Dabbs Greer (HOUSE OF WAX) and Ray “Crash” Corrigan (THE APE) as “It”. Olive’s press release incorrectly lists the film as being in the 1.37:1 aspect ratio; since the MGM HD master that Olive is using is 1.85:1, that’s actually the correct aspect ratio it will be presented in. The Blu-ray retails for $29.95 and the DVD $24.95.
Scorpion's Limited Edition Blu-rays to Be Available Exclusively Through Screen Archives Entertainment!
Starting with A CANDLE FOR THE DEVIL and STRIPPED TO KILL, all future Scorpion Releasing limited edition Blu-rays will be sold exclusively through Screen Archives Entertainment, as Scorpion feels it’s the best way to handle shipping to all customers, as well as taking prebooks and shipping them in a timely manner (all previous limited editions can still be purchased from Diabolik DVD). The MSRP for both A CANDLE FOR THE DEVIL and STRIPPED TO KILL on Blu-ray is $24.95. As of now, both Blu-rays can be pre-ordered on the Screen Archives website and they will start shipping around March 24th. You can check out updated info on www.screenarchives.com.
Kino to Release WAR GODS OF THE DEEP on Blu-ray!
Kino Lorber Studio Classics has just announced that in August they will release on Blu-ray (as well as DVD) Jacques Tourneur’s WAR GODS OF THE DEEP (aka THE CITY UNDER THE SEA) from 1965. The AIP gothic science fiction classic stars Vincent Price, Tab Hunter, David Tomlinson, Susan Hart and John Le Mesurier. This will be transferred from a brand new 2015 HD master and will include a brand new video interview with actor Tab Hunter! Check back here for a full review in the coming months!
Kino to Release THE MONSTER THAT CHALLENGED THE WORLD on Blu-ray!
Kino Lorber Studio Classics have announced that they will release to Blu-ray only, the 1950s science fiction "creature feature" THE MONSTER THAT CHALLENGED THE WORLD (1957). Directed by Arnold Laven, this Gramercy Pictures production and United Artists release stars Tim Holt (THE TREASURE OF THE SIERRA MADRE), Audrey Dalton, Hans Conried, Harlan Warde and Max Showalter. The plot involves giant mollusks that emerge from the Salton Sea in California and this former MGM “Midnite Movies” release will now be available on home video for the first time in HD! More details to follow.
Olive Films To Release AIP's COOLEY HIGH on Blu-Ray!
On April 21, Olive Films will release the 1975 AIP movie COOLEY HIGH on Blu-ray (as well as standard DVD). A more serious entry in AIP’s Blaxploitation cycle, COOLEY HIGH is a slice-of-life tale of 1960s high school students coping with the challenges of everyday life growing up in the Chicago housing projects. “Preach’ (Glynn Turman) and “Cochise” (Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs) are two black high school students, and best friends, who see their lives irrevocably changed by circumstance in this dramatic-comedy which also stars Garrett Morris and Jackie Taylor. Mastered in 1080p HD, this will be the first time the film will presented in its original 1.85:1 aspect ratio on home video. In other AIP Blu-ray news, Kino Lorber has confirmed that in July they will release the American version of Mario Bava’s BLACK SABBATH starring Boris Karloff and Mark Damon on Blu-ray. More details to follow.
TENTACLES/REPTILICUS Blu-ray Cover Art!
Scream Factorys has just unleashed the stunning cover art for their Blu-ray double feature of TENTACLES and REPTILICUS which swims ashore on June 16. Also for thos keeping track, Scream Factory has reveladed that their Blu-ray of FOOD OF THE GODS (paired with FROGS) will inlcude a commentary with director Bert I. Gordon and an interview with actress Belinda Balaski and that their Blu-ray of EMPIRE OF THE ANTS (paired with JAWS OF SATAN) will also include a commentary with Gordon. Those two double features see release on May 26.
Kino Reveals Ray Milland/Roger Corman Blu-ray Cover Art!
Kino Lorber Studio Classics has just unleashed the lovely cover art for their upcoming Blu-rays of PREMATURE BURIAL and X -THE MAN WITH THE X-RAY EYES. These are due out in May, and you can expect reviews of them here!
Kino to Release HOUSE OF 1,000 DOLLS on Blu-ray!
Kino Lorber Studio Classics have just announced another AIP Vincent Price film coming to Blu-ray only: HOUSE OF 1,000 DOLLS (1967). Also starring Martha Hyer, George Nader and Maria Rohm, the film was directed by Jeremy Summers (THE VENGEANCE OF FU MANCHU) and produced by Harry Alan Towers. With a plot concerning a gang of international white slavers, this is one of the more exploitative films Price did for AIP and will be released on Blu-ray the same month that Kino unleashes Price in MADHOUSE. HOUSE OF 1,000 DOLLS will be transferred from a brand new 2015 HD master, and you can expect to see a review of the Blu-ray here in the coming months!
Kino to Release THE LAND THAT TIME FORGOT on Blu-ray!
Kino Lorber has just announced that they will release to Blu-ray only Edgar Rice Burroughs' THE LAND THAT TIME FORGOT (1975) in June. The British-made (an Amicus/AIP co-production) giant monster epic stars Doug McClure, John McEnery, Susan Penhaligon and Keith Barron and was directed by Kevin Connor (AT THE EARTH’S CORE). This exciting title was recommended to Kino by Scorpion Releasing, who will be producing the disc, including the packaging, authoring and all the extras which will include an audio commentary with director Connor moderated by director Brian Trenchard Smith. The reversible cover art (shown above) is awaiting final approval from the studio. Expect full coverage and a Blu-ray review here!
Kino to Release MADHOUSE on Blu-ray!
Kino has just announced that in July they will release the British horror classic MADHOUSE (1974) on Blu-ray and DVD. This is the final film that Vincent Price did for AIP (as a co-production with Amicus), and for the transfer they will be using a brand new 2015 HD master! The film also stars “horror legends” Peter Cushing, Robert “Count Yorga” Quarry, Adrienne Corri (VAMPIRE CIRCUS) and Linda Hayden (TASTE THE BLOOD OF DRACULA). Directed by Jim Clark, the film is based on the Angus Hall novel “Devilday”. Expect to see more information here when we get it, as well as a review of the Blu-ray in a few months time.
Kino to Release TRUCK TURNER on Blu-ray!
Kino Lorber Studio Classics has announced that in July they will release on Blu-ray (as well as DVD) Jonathan Kaplan’s AIP Blaxploitation classic TRUCK TURNER (1974). The film stars Issac Hayes, Yaphet Kotto, Nichelle Nichols (from “Star Trek”), Charles Cyphers, Dick Miller and Scatman Crothers. Extras will include a brand new audio commentary with director Jonathan Kaplan, “Trailers From Hell” with Ernest Dickerson and the original theatrical trailer. You can also expect the film to be presented in 1080p HD in its original 1.85:1 aspect ratio.
Kino to Release SUGAR HILL on Blu-ray!
Kino Lorber have just confirmed that they will be releasing (to Blu-ray only) the 1974 AIP Blaxploitation zombie drive-in classic SUGAR HILL in June. The film stars Marki Bey, Robert “Count Yorga” Quarry, Don Pedro Colley, Richard Lawson and Charlie Robinson. Another AIP goodie that Scorpion Releasing recommended to Kino to license from MGM, the Blu-ray (which will be produced by Scorpion) will have brand new extras including an audio commentary with director Paul Maslansky, an on-camera interview with Maslansky, and on-camera interviews with actors Charlie Robinson and Richard Lawson. The film will be presented in 1080p utilizing MGM’s HD transfer. Pictured here is the tentative Blu-ray cover art (to be approved by the studio), but we hope they decide to keep it (as it’s the original AIP one-sheet poster art).
Kino to Release DERANGED on Blu-ray!
And the AIP hits keep coming from Kino Lorber Studio Classics! They have just announced that in July they will release Alan Ormsby's DERANGED (1974) to Blu-ray only. The film stars the great Roberts Blossom and was directed by Jeff Gillen and Alan Ormsby (both of CHILDREN SHOULDN’T PLAY WITH DEAD THINGS fame) and written by Alan Ormsby. Kino Lorber has also confirmed that this will be the fully uncut version, utilizing MGM’s stunning HD master! Expect more details and a review on this site some time in the summer.
Scream Factory Blu-ray Double Feature Cover Art!
Scream Factory has just unleashed the great cover art for these upcoming Blu-ray double features, so we just had to post them here. The street date for both will be May 26, and you can expect reviews of them here!
Kino to Release THE ISLAND OF DR. MOREAU on Blu-ray!
Kino Lorber Studio Classics has just announced that they will release H.G. Wells’ THE ISLAND OF DR. MOREAU (1977) on Blu-ray exclusively. This American International Pictures (AIP) version stars Burt Lancaster, Michael York, Nigel Davenport, Barbara Carrera and Richard Basehart. Directed by Don Taylor (ESCAPE FROM THE PLANET OF THE APES). The Blu-ray will be released in June, and expect there to be some extras and a review on this site!
Kino's THE CRIMSON CULT Blu-ray Delayed!
Kino Lorber Studio Classics has postponed their April 14 Blu-ray release of THE CRIMSON CULT (aka CURSE OF THE CRIMSON ALTAR). Kino has also stated on their Facebook page: "We have a beautiful HD master of the uncensored version of the film, compiled all the bonus content from the recent UK Blu-ray release, and will be adding one or two new extras of our own. Unfortunately, we've been unsuccessful at clearing the rights to Peter Knight's original score. Therefore, if and when we reschedule the release, it will be accompanied by Kendall Schmidt's 1980s-era score. While we recognize this subtly changes the tone of Vernon Sewell's film, we hope that it will not diminish your interest in owning a copy. We have two choices, release the Blu-ray with the Schmidt score or cancel the release."
BLACULA Blu-ray Special Features Announced!
The eternally cool William Marshall puts a fresh spin on the age-old legend of the vampire, condemned to wander the Earth with an insatiable lust for blood in the riveting Blaxploitation classics BLACULA and SCREAM, BLACULA, SCREAM. Available on March 3rd, 2015 for the first time on Blu-ray, the double feature release also includes a brand-new audio commentary track by author/film historian/filmmaker David F. Walker (Reflections on Blaxploitation: Actors and Directors Speak), a new interview with actor Richard Lawson (SCREAM, BLACULA, SCREAM) and the original theatrical trailers. Fans can pre-order their copies by visiting ShoutFactory.com.
Kino to Release X: THE MAN WITH THE X-RAY EYES on Blu-ray!
And the hits just keep on coming from Kino Lorber Studio Classics! Kino has just announced that in May they will release Roger Corman’s X: THE MAN WITH X-RAY EYES on both Blu-ray and DVD. The film stars - Starring Ray Milland, Diana Van Der Vlis, Harold J. Stone, John Hoyt, Dick Miller and Don Rickles. The transfer will be taken from a brand new HD master and the film will be presented in 1080p in its original 2.35:1 aspect ratio. Extras will be announced at a later date.
Kino to Release Corman's THE PREMATURE BURIAL on Blu-ray!
Kino Lorber Studio Classics have just announced that in May they will release Roger Corman’s THE PREMATURE BURIAL on Blu-ray (as well as remastered DVD). The 1962 American International Pictures Edgar Allen Poe adaptation stars Ray Milland, Hazel Court, Richard Ney, Heather Angel and Alan Napier. No other information available at this time, but the film will be presented in its original 2.35:1 aspect ratio in 1080p HD and will include a few extras.
Olive Films to Release AIP Counter-Culture Classics on Blu-ray!
On February 17, Olive Films will be releasing Roger Corman’s THE WILD ANGELS and Richard Rush’s PSYCH-OUT on Blu-ray for the first time! Bikers. Babes. Revenge. Nothing could better sum up this Hells Angels actioner starring Peter Fonda, Bruce Dern and Nancy Sinatra. The action is set in motion when a bike is stolen from the Hells Angels. An epic chase to retrieve the bike ensues as the bikers spread fear and trembling wherever they ride. THE WILD ANGELS delivers wall-to-wall biker action at its best. Set during the height of the 60’s counterculture revolution, PSYCH-OUT stars Susan Strasberg as deaf runaway Jenny who arrives in the Haight-Ashbury district of San Francisco in search of her brother Steve, an artist who has disappeared. With the aid of musician Stoney (Jack Nicholson), Jenny sets out to discover the whereabouts of her brother while navigating the psychedelic world of drugs, music and free love. The supporting cast includes Adam Roarke, Max Julien. Dean Stockwell and Bruce Dern. Both films will be presented in 1080p HD in their original aspect ratios, and PSYCH-OUT will be the full-length version previously unavailable on DVD!
Full AT THE EARTH'S CORE Blu-ray Details!
On 1/13, Kino presents the U.S Blu-ray debut of AT THE EARTH'S CORE. Now They're In Deep! Marauding monsters, scantily-clad prehistoric playmates and telepathic pterodactyls await in this colorful fantasy-adventure about a manned "drill-craft" boring its way to the center of the Earth! Starring sci-fi superstars Doug McClure, Peter Cushing and Caroline Munro (Maniac), this subterranean thrill ride directed by sci-fi specialist Kevin Connor is the most endearingly whimsical entertainment on - or under - the Earth! Prepare to journey to Pellucidar: an empire where gargantuan dinosaurs torture and enslave all humanoids - including the lovely Dia (Munro). But all that could change when a surface-dwelling scientist (Cushing) and an American businessman (McClure) drive a powerful machine straight into Pellucidar, stirring up adventure that only comes along once in a lifetime! The Blu-ray will feature extras produced by Scorpion Releasing, which includes an half an hour on camera interview with star Caroline Munro, audio commentary and on camera interview with director Kevin Connor, vintage featurette , original trailer and the sleeve will have a reversible front art shown above. The MSRP is $29.95.
Olive Films to Release Duo of AIP Beach Movies on Blu-ray!
Fans of AIP drive-in flicks will be happy to hear that Olive Films is now licensing some library titles from MGM, and they will be release MUSCLE BEACH PARTY (1964) and BEACH BLANKET BINGO (1965) on February 17. Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello star in MUSCLE BEACH PARTY as fun-loving surfer Frankie and beach bunny Dee Dee. The pair is ready to surf some waves, soak up some sun and dance the day away, and joining in on the fun are Luciana Paluzzi, Don Rickles and Buddy Hackett. Then, Avalon and Funicello are back on the beach in BEACH BLANKET BINGO. Frankie (Avalon) and Dee Dee (Funicello) hit the beach for fun and sun with a supporting cast that includes Paul Lynde, Harvey Lembeck and Deborah Walley adding to the comic hijinks. No other details at this time, other than that the films will be presented in 1080p HD in their original 2.35:1 aspect ratios.
Kino to Release Roger Corman's TALES OF TERROR on Blu-ray!
It looks like 2015 is starting off to be a great year for vintage AIP titles on Blu-ray! Kino Lorber Studios Classics has made another surprise announcement, as they will be releasing Roger Corman’s classic trilogy based on tales by Edgar Allan Poe, TALES OF TERROR on Blu-ray and DVD in April. The film stars Vincent Price, Peter Lorre, Basil Rathbone, Maggie Pierce, Joyce Jameson and Debra Paget. Kino will be using MGM’s HD master (2.35:1 widescreen) transfer and extras will include new on-camera interview with producer/director Roger Corman, new audio commentary by film historian Tim Lucas, new audio commentary by Vincent Price historian David Del Valle and actor David Frankham, an original theatrical trailer and maybe more.
Kino to Release AIP's CULT OF THE DAMNED on Blu-ray!
Another title Scorpion Releasing recommended to Kino Lorber, 1969's CULT OF THE DAMNED (aka ANGEL ANGEL DOWN WE GO) will see Blu-ray release on February 17. Brace yourself for the maddest Hollywood story ever with this stylish, decadent look at what happens when the upper crust meets the down and dirty. Full-figured debutante Tara Nicole (folk singer Holly Near) returns home to her former stag film star mother (Jennifer Jones) only to fall under the influence of a charismatic, dangerous rock singer (Jordan Christopher) and his way-out deviant band mates (including Roddy McDowall and Lou Rawls). Making its first-ever release on home video, this colorful AIP cult shocker from Robert Thom (the writer of BLOODY MAMA and WILD IN THE STREETS), CULT OF THE DAMNED is part horror, part pop musical, part black comedy, and all outrageous! Extras will include still gallery and an audio commentary by film historian Nathaniel Thompson and Tim Greer. MSRP for the Blu-Ray is $29.95, DVD is $24.95.
Blue Undergound to Release GOD TOLD ME TO on Blu-ray!
Blue Underground will release GOD TOLD ME TO (aka DEMON) on Blu-ray and Special Edition DVD on Feb. 24, 2015. Written, produced and directed by Larry Cohen (Q - THE WINGED SERPENT), this critically acclaimed cult classic remains one of the most disturbing and thought-provoking horror films of our time. Tony Lo Bianco, Deborah Raffin, Sandy Dennis, Sylvia Sidney, Mike Kellin, Richard Lynch and Andy Kaufman star in this one-of-a-kind chiller, now featuring a brand-new 4K 1080p High Definition transfer from the original uncensored negative along with exclusive new Extras created especially for this release! Specs are as followed: Audio Commentary with Writer/Producer/Director Larry Cohen, "Heaven & Hell On Earth" – Interview with Star Tony Lo Bianco, "Bloody Good Times" – Interview with Special Effects Artist Steve Neill, "God Told Me To Bone" – New Beverly Q&A with Larry Cohen, Lincoln Center Q&A with Larry Cohen, Theatrical Trailers, TV Spots and a Poster & Still Gallery.
Film Chest to Release "Digitally Restored" DON'T LOOK IN THE BASEMENT!
A young, psychiatric nurse struggles under the worst of institutional conditions in DON’T LOOK IN THE BASEMENT, digitally restored and available on DVD Dec. 16 from Film Chest Media Group. In this ‘1973 cult classic, a young, psychiatric nurse, Charlotte Beale (Rosie Holotik), goes to work at an isolated sanitarium only to learn the proprietor, Dr. Stephens, was murdered by one of the patients. Struggling under the horrendous conditions at the severely understaffed asylum – and the torment heaped upon her by the patients – she is puzzled by the resistance of Stephens’ successor, Dr. Geraldine Masters (Annabelle Weenick), to hiring new staff and by the woman’s efforts to keep outsiders at bay. Soon, the patients may truly be running the asylum! Also known as THE FORGOTTEN, DON’T LOOK IN THE BASEMENT is considered one of the best low-budget movies in the horror/thriller genre … and there is no other film quite like it! Also starring Bill McGee, Jesse Lee Fulton and Robert Dracup, the film will be presented in full screen with an aspect ratio of 4 x 3 and original sound.
Scream Factory Reveals TALES FROM THE CRYPT/VAULT OF HORROR Blu-ray Details!
Scream Factory has announced the final list of extras for their highly anticipated Blu-ray double feature of the classic British horror films TALES FROM THE CRYPT and VAULT OF HORROR, which will arrive on December 2nd, 2014. Featuring the rare, uncut version of VAULT OF HORROR, the two disc set includes three different cuts of the cult classic. The first disc will include TALES FROM THE CRYPT and VAULT OF HORROR’s uncut widescreen presentation. The second disc will include VAULT OF HORROR’s theatrical PG cut and a rare open-matte version of the BFI master. The release also includes an original trailer and an alternate opening scene for VAULT OF HORROR.
Scream Factory To Unleash "Animal Attack" Blu-ray Double Features!
Since Scream Factory’s announcement earlier this week of a double-bill of FOOD OF THE GODS and FROGS went over so well, they thought it would be exciting to follow it up and reveal FOUR more “Animal-Creature attack” films coming sometime next Summer for the first time on the Blu-ray format! So without further ado…Bert I Gordon’s EMPIRE OF THE ANTS (with “Dynasty’s” Joan Collins battling radioactive insects) will be paired with 1982’s devil-possessed cobra film JAWS OF SATAN (with Fritz Weaver as a priest and a young Christina Applegate) as a double feature. The Italian-made prehistoric campy octopus flick TENTACLES (starring John Huston and Shelly Winters) will share ocean space with another prehistoric campy water creature — the Danish-made REPTILICUS — on a double feature as well.
Scream Factory To Release FROGS/FOOD OF THE GODS Blu-ray Double Feature!
Scream Factory has just stated this on their Facebook page: Our month-long "Shocktober" celebration and countdown to Halloween continues with two more films to reveal: We are pairing 1972’s swampy FROGS (starring Sam Elliott) and 1976’s giant animal-ridden FOOD OF THE GODS (starring Pamela Franklin) together on the Blu-ray format as a double-feature! Expect to see the release emerge next Summer.
Want More AIP Cult Classics on Blu-ray?
Blu-ray collectors who want more AIP classics on the format, please take note! We have on very good word that Kino is willing to release more of these from the MGM library (and trust us, you will salivate over some of the possible titles), but a lot depends on how well the initial batch of titles sells, especially BLOODY MAMA, which is a terrific Roger Corman epic. The film is available for pre-order from Amazon HERE, so your instant purchase could make the difference and it comes highly recommended from us! Also, please support such upcoming Kino AIP releases from the MGM library such as PLANET OF THE VAMPIRES and JENNIFER. We also suggest visiting Kino’s Facebook page and making your requests for AIP classics from the MGM library on Blu-ray known, HERE!
Synapse Acquires SUSPIRIA for Blu-Ray and DVD!
Synapse Films, Inc. has acquired the North American home-video rights to Dario Argento's 1977 classic horror film SUSPIRIA. “I’ve been involved in the restoration and release of many films in my career, but SUSPIRIA has always eluded me, until now,” says Donald May, Jr., President of Synapse Films. “It’s one of my favorite horror films and I’m ecstatic that my business partner, Jerry Chandler, was able to negotiate with the rights holders to release this film. This is going to be an amazing project for us.” Synapse Films, Inc. will work closely with Technicolor Rome and Technicolor Los Angeles to create an all-new high-definition 2K scan from the original negative for a possible 2014-15 video release. “It’s important to spend as much time as possible to create the definitive high-definition home video version for the fans,” May explains. “We’re going to take our time with this one.” Synapse is currently planning the extensive work on SUSPIRIA in conjunction with Technicolor, utilizing both their Rome and Hollywood facilities.The film scanning will be coordinated and supervised by Technicolor Hollywood’s Director of Restoration Services, Tom Burton. Final specifications, retail pricing, and extras for the this release will be announced closer to the as yet to be determined release date.
Raro To Unleash WEREWOLF WOMAN on Blu-ray!
From notorious Italian exploitation filmmaker Rino Di Silvestro (DEPORTED WOMEN OF THE SS SPECIAL SECTION) comes WEREWOLF WOMAN, which will be released on Blu-ray from Raro Video on October 25. In it, a mentally unstable young woman named Daniela (Annik Borel) fantasizes that she is the reincarnation of her long-dead ancestor, a woman who was thought to have been a werewolf. Dealing with her lifetime of sexual abuse, she seduces men before transgressing into a feral monster, screaming, cursing and ripping them to shreds. When she meets the man of her dreams, Daniela seems ready to forgive her past and bury the beast within until another traumatic encounter seals both her own fate and the collective fates of the Werewolf Woman’s wild wrath. A strange, erotic, outrageously sleazy and provocative Eurohorror classic about a woman pushed well-past the edge of sanity, WEREWOLF WOMAN is finally presented here with the respect it deserves, in beautifully realized, remastered high-definition. Extras include an interview with the director Rino Di Silvestro (19 min. 22 sec.), original Italian theatrical trailer (3 min. 58 sec.), the original English theatrical trailer (3 min. 58 sec.), and a fully illustrated booklet on the genesis and production of the film by Chris Alexander. It will contain an HD transfer from the original 35mm negative and include both English and Italian language tracks.
Scream Reveals SQUIRM Blu-ray Details!
Director Jeff Lieberman’s classic drive-in worm-a-thon film, SQUIRM, is getting the “Collector’s Edition” HD Blu-ray treatment on October 28th from Scream Factory and they just announced the list of extras that will be on it! The disc will include: DIGGING IN (New!): 2014 Interviews with writer/director Jeff Lieberman and lead actor Don Scardino, EUREKA (New!): An exclusive look at where the idea for SQUIRM came from with Jeff Lieberman, Original Audio Commentary by Writer/Director Jeff Lieberman (ported over from the prior MGM DVD release), the Original Theatrical Trailer, a Vintage TV spot and a Still Gallery. The reversible cover will reveal the original 1976 poster art on the opposite side.
Kino to Release THE QUATERMASS XPERIMENT!
If you're not on Facebook 24/7 and would like to know, Kino Lorber Studios has just announced that they will release THE QUATERMASS XPERIMENT (aka THE CREEPING UNKNOWN) on Blu-ray on December 2. The early Hammer Films classic (produced several years before THE CURSE OF FRANKENSTEIN) stars Brian Donlevy as Professor Quatermass, Jack Warner, Margia Dean, Gordon Jackson, David King-Wood and Lionel Jeffries. The film was written and directed by the legendary Val Guest (THE DAY THE EARTH CAUGHT FIRE, WHEN DINOSAURS RULED THE EARTH). Kino has licensed thia United Artists release from MGM (who previously issued it as a barebones MOD disc), and it will of course be in HD. Aspect ratio and supplement information will follow!
Olive Films to Release CAULDRON OF BLOOD!
On October 14, Olive Films will release CAULDRON OF BLOOD (aka "Blind Man’s Bluff") on both Blu-ray and DVD. Starring legendary horror icon Boris Karloff and Viveca Lindfors, the film presents a clever twist on the sculptor/murderer theme that runs throughout horror film history. Karloff stars as blind artist Franz Badulescu, who creates startlingly lifelike statues with the help of his protective daughter, Viveca Lindfors (CREEPSHOW). Jean-Pierre Aumont (DAY FOR NIGHT) co-stars as a jet-setting photographer sent to photograph the reclusive artist at his Spanish castle, but unearths a horrible secret at the core of Badulescu’s haunting sculptures. Plotted like an Italian giallo, seasoned with American jazz and bursts of psychedelia, CAULDRON OF will be presented in a 1.78:1 aspect ratio, with a running time of 99 minutes.
PLANET OF THE VAMPIRES on Blu-ray!
Another great title suggested to Kino by Scorpion Releasing, is one of my most anticipated classic horror/sci-fi releases for Blu-ray, Mario Bava's PLANET OF THE VAMPIRES! This will come out on both Blu-Ray and DVD and the tentative release date is scheduled for October 28, and Scorpion is working on extras with Bava historian Tim Lucas (who will be recording an audio commentary) as we post this. More info to follow as it comes in.
JENNIFER on Blu-ray!
Thanks to Scorpion Releasing suggesting it to them, Kino Lorber will be licensing JENNIFER from MGM for a first-time Blu-ray and DVD release. The 1978 American International Pictures release hasn’t been available since the days of VHS, and MGM is doing a brand new HD transfer for the titles. The film, which was released with a tagline that bragged, “Makes ‘CARRIE’ Look Like An Angel!”, stars Lisa Pelikan, Bert Convy, Nina Foch, John Gavin and Jeff Corey and was directed by former Disney animator Brice Mack. Just in time for Halloween, Jennifer will street on Blu-ray and DVD on October 14th. Could BLOOD AND LACE possibly be next? We certainly hope so!
Kino Lorber to Release Corman's BLOODY MAMA on Blu-ray!
On September 23rd Kino Lorber will release to Blu-ray and DVD, Roger Corman's 1970 Cult Classic BLOODY MAMA starring Shelley Winters, Don Stroud, Bruce Dern, Diane Varsi, Pat Hingle, Robert Walden and Robert De Niro. This American International Pictures release, the first of a reported handful that Kino will be licensing from MGM, was produced and directed by Corman and will be available as a single release for the first time (it was previously only available on DVD as part of a box set of Corman films). Scorpion Releasing has recommended this title to Kino Lorber, and will be producing the disc and its extras, which includes a NEW on-camera interview with Corman and the original theatrical trailer.
Scream Factory Announces VINCENT PRICE COLLECTION 2!
Scream Factory has just announced that THE VINCENT PRICE COLLECTION II Blu-ray set is now no longer a rumor and will officially arrive on October 21! Sales were great on the first volume and Scream is thrilled to be able to bring more of the legendary star’s films to light in HD. Titles in the set include THE LAST MAN ON EARTH, THE COMEDY OF TERRORS, DR. PHIBES RISES AGAIN, TOMB OF LIGEIA, THE RAVEN, RETURN OF THE FLY and…the William Castle favorite THE HOUSE ON HAUNTED HILL. Exact street date, pre-order link and artwork will be show up sometime in July. Extras will be announced sometime later this Summer.
SQUIRM and SEIZURE on Blu-ray!
Two 1970s drive-in horror favorites will make their Blu-ray debut in the latter half of 2014. First up, the worms crawl in and out when Scream Factory releases AIP’s 1976 nature-gone-berserk classic SQUIRM to Blu-ray for the first time in the U.S. and Canada. No details on extras yet, but this will be part of Scream Factory’s “Collector’s Edition” series and new artwork will be revealed soon. Expect exact street date and pre-order links to go up sometime in July. Also, on Sept 9th, Scorpion Releasing in conjunction with TVA Films, presents Oliver Stone’s SEIZURE featuring Jonathan “Dark Shadows” Frid and legendary scream queen Martine Beswick. Featuring a brand new HD master from the original elements, the disc will include brand new interviews with stars Mary Woronov and Richard Cox. The Blu-ray's MSRP is $29.95 and the DVD is $19.95.
Scorpion Announces NIGHT OF THE COBRA WOMAN!
On June 17th, Scorpion Releasing in conjunction with New Horizons, from legendary producer Roger Corman comes a drive-in horror classic NIGHT OF THE COBRA WOMAN on DVD! After being bitten by a very unusual cobra, a beautiful nurse (Marlene Clark) can turn herself into a snake and remain eternally young. However, to keep her youthful exterior, the cursed priestess requires a steady supply of venom – and lusty young men at her beck and call to steal their youth! But trouble occurs when she falls for the boyfriend of a beautiful snake expert (Joy Bang), and he brings along a pet eagle. Can she make a choice between a mortal male and her cobra god Movini? Now watch this long-unavailable cult classic from a brand new HD master from the original vault elements! Extras include on camera interview with star Marlene Clark and producer Roger Corman! The MSRP is $19.95.
Scream Factory Reveals LEGEND OF HELL HOUSE Extras!
Scream Factory has just announced the extras for their upcoming Blu-ray edition of THE LEGEND OF HELL HOUSE (1973), one of our all-time favorite Haunted House films and a British Horror classic for certain. It sits here, shrouded in mist and mystery, a nesting place for living evil and terror from the dead. It's Hell House. Roddy McDowall heads the cast of this exciting chiller about four psychic investigators and the dark, brooding mansion they call "the Mt. Everest of haunted houses." An ingeniously devised ghost story, THE LEGEND OF HELL HOUSE will thrill and delight veteran horror fans from the first creaking door to the very last slithering shadow. Special features include a new interview with director John Hough, a new audio commentary with actress Pamela Franklin and the original theatrical trailer. The Blu-ray will street on August 26, 2014.
Severin Announces VIDEO NASTIES - ULTIMATE COLLECTION!
Severin Films has announced June 3rd as the street date for the U.S. DVD debut of the U.K. smash hit VIDEO NASTIES - THE ULTIMATE COLLECTION. The set includes the acclaimed documentary by Jake West and Marc Morris, "MORAL PANIC, CENSORSHIP & VIDEO TAPE", newly remastered trailers for all 72 movies on the banned list which caused witch hunts and widespread hysteria in the early 1980s, plus commentary from critics, scholars and filmmakers on each title. Across 14 hours, the full shameful story, the political lies, the corrupt press and the denial of basic freedoms are laid bare in this monumental three-disc set. Also on June 3rd, Severin’s sub-label Intervision will release UNCUT SPECIAL EDITION DVDs of two notorious ‘nazisploitation’ titles: GESTAPO’S LAST ORGY and DEPORTED WOMEN OF THE SS SPECIAL SECTION. Bundles of all three (VIDEO NASTIES, GESTAPO’S LAST ORGY & DEPORTED WOMEN OF THE SS) purchased through the Severin Films store will come with a free VHS replica of the GESTAPO’S LAST ORGY video nasty original release as well as a postcard of the original art designed by notorious nasty cover artist Graham Humphreys signed by Jake West and Marc Morris (www.severin-films.com).
Kino and Redemption to Release More Peter Walker Blu-rays!
Kino Lorber and Redemption are pleased to announce the release of two more 1970s cult classics from British exploitation filmmaker Pete Walker: HOME BEFORE MIDNIGHT, a serious look into an illicit affair between a songwriter and an underage fan, and HOUSE OF MORTAL SIN (aka THE CONFESSIONAL), about a corrupt priest who uses his power for his own sinister gain. Continuing their tradition of releasing the best in European horror and cult classics in new HD transfers, with informative special features, Kino Lorber and Redemption bring HOME BEFORE MIDNIGHT and HOUSE OF MORTAL SIN to Blu-ray on June 17th, individually priced at $24.95 each. Both Blu-rays come packed with bonus features that will offer something new for long-time fans of these films, including interviews with Pete Walker by horror film expert Elijah Drenner and, on HOUSE OF MORTAL SIN, an audio commentary with director Pete Walker and Jonathan Rigby, author of English Gothic. Check back this site soon for reviews of both Blu-ray releases from one of our favorite directors of all time.
It's CURTAINS For Synapse!
On July 8, Synapse Films will release the Canadian thriller CURTAINS on Blu-ray and DVD. John Vernon (ANIMAL HOUSE) and Samantha Eggar (THE BROOD) star in this horror classic from the golden age of the slasher genre. A group of women gather for a weekend casting call at the secluded mansion of director Jonathan Stryker (Vernon). He’s searching for the perfect woman to play the role of the crazed character “Audra”, and these women are just dying for the chance to play her! Stryker’s last star, Samantha Sherwood (Eggar), is so determined to get the part, she committed herself to an asylum to prepare for the role. Unfortunately for all, a crazed killer in a disgusting “hag” mask is viciously murdering everyone one by one. Lovingly re-mastered in 2K resolution from original vault materials virtually untouched for over 30 years, CURTAINS makes its high-definition world premiere from Synapse Films. Special Features: The Ultimate Nightmare: The Making of CURTAINS Retrospective, Audio Commentary with Stars Lesleh Donaldson and Lynne Griffin, Audio Interviews with Producer Peter R. Simpson and Star Samantha Eggar, Theatrical Trailer and new 5.1 Surround Remix.
Kino Announces Kino Lorber Studio Classics!
Kino Lorber has the start of a new line of classic studio films on Blu-ray called Kino Lorber Studio Classics, and they have already announced such classic films as WITNESS FOR THE PROSECUTION, MARTY, PARIS BLUES, DUEL AT DIABLO, THE SCALPHUNTERS and THE PRIVATE LIFE OF SHERLOCK HOLMES. The good news for DVD Drive-In readers is that they have struck a deal with MGM, so there is some hope that they will release some AIP horror and sci-fi classics on the label. In fact, they have already announced plans for the AIP versions of BLACK SUNDAY and BLACK SABBATH are in the works for this year as part of Kino’s Mario Bava line! You can join their Facebook page, give your feedback and suggestions HERE.
Scream Factory Lands WITHOUT WARNING!
Scream Factory has just announced on its Facebook page that they are bringing Greydon Clark’s 1980 alien/slasher cult classic WITHOUT WARNING to DVD & Blu-ray for the first time this August! According to Scream Factory, “This long-overdue release has been requested several times since we started the brand so we know many of you just jumped for joy. (We're jumping too!) What makes this even more exciting is that this title has never been released on ANY home entertainment format in the U.S. or Canada (and is often bootlegged as some of you can attest to) so to be able to bring this out period is a feat in itself.” They went on to say, “No further details to report back at this time but we'll keep you posted on developments in a few months. The artwork you see - which uses the original theatrical poster - is final.” This surprise announcement comes as the final title in their “Summer of Fear” schedule which also includes such gems as THE LEGEND OF HELL HOUSE, DEADLY EYES and MOTEL HELL.
COUNTESS DRACULA Blu-Ray/DVD Details!
On May 6, Synapse Films will release COUNTESS DRACULA as a Blu-ray/DVD combo, as part of their “Hammer Horror Collection”, retailing for $29.95. The beautiful Ingrid Pitt (THE VAMPIRE LOVERS) stars as Elisabeth Nádasdy, an aging Hungarian Countess who discovers she can reverse her aging by bathing in the blood of young women. While in her youthful state, the Countess falls for the handsome Imre Toth (Sandor Elès), and impersonates her own daughter to win his actions. Soon, girls in the village go missing… kidnapped and murdered by the Countess and her steward, Julie (Patience Collier) to satiate her horrifying bloodlust. Can Elisabeth live a life of deception with her grotesque lust for blood to stay eternally young, or will her ghoulish secret nally be revealed? Co-starring Nigel Green, this is considered “one of the more underrated films from the latter days of the Hammer Films dynasty“ (Donald Guarisco, Allmovie.com), COUNTESS DRACULA is based on the real-life Hungarian Countess Elizabeth Bathory, a woman accused of torturing and murdering more than 600 girls. The film will be presented 1080p HD (Blu-ray) in a 1.66:1 aspect ratio, and extras include: Audio commentary with actress Ingrid Pitt, director Peter Sasdy, screenwriter Jeremy Paul and author Jonathan Sothcott; Immortal Countess: The Cinematic Life of Ingrid Pitt – Featurette; Archival Audio Interview with Ingrid Pitt Still Gallery; Theatrical Trailer; Reversible Cover Artwork.
Toho Monster Blu-Rays from Universal!
Above are the Blu-ray covers for KING KONG VS. GODZILLA and KING KONG ESCAPES, coming on April 1, 2014 from Universal Studios Home Entertainment. This marks the first time both titles will be available on Blu-ray in the U.S. (they are being re-released on DVD as well) and these will of course be the American versions of the films. Each film will be presented widescreen (2.35:1) and feature English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Mono, with optional English SDH subtitles. You can expect reviews of both titles on this site this Spring.
Kraken Licenses 3 Classic Godzillas for Blu-Ray!
1967 may have been the Summer of Love, but 2014 will be the Summer of Godzilla®, and Kraken Releasing is spreading the kaiju (giant monster) goodness with the first U.S. Blu-ray release of three classic films featuring the world's most famous giant reptile. Also available on DVD, and including both the English dubbed and original Japanese versions with English subtitles, these are three of the big G's wildest adventures ever and showcase why, sixty years after his atomic birth at Japan's TOHO Studios, Godzilla® is still one of the biggest names in the entertainment industry! (READ MORE)
NOSFERATU THE VAMPIRE Blu-Ray Details!
Since its release in 1979, Wener Herzog’s NOSFERATU THE VAMPYRE has not only become one of the director’s most acclaimed films, but one of the most compelling and visually-striking interpretations of the Dracula story ever committed to film. In his haunting interpretation of F.W. Murnau’s 1922 classic, Herzog eschews the popular conception of the vampire as confident and alluring, and instead focuses on the tragedy of the creature: doomed to immortality, weary, and disgusted at his own existence. A must for both cinephiles and horror-fans alike, the award-winning film makes its Blu-ray debut on May 20th, 2014 from Scream Factory/Shout! Factory. Starring Klaus Kinski, Isabelle Adjani and Bruno Ganz, NOSFERATU THE VAMPYRE comes loaded with extras, including two audio commentaries with Werner Herzog (one in German with English subtitles), a vintage featurette on the making of Nosferatu, theatrical trailers, as well as both German and English versions of the film.
PHANTOM OF THE PARADISE Comes to Blu-ray!
Scream Factory made a surprise announcement on their Facebook page, in which they stated, "We're thrilled to report today that we are planning to release Brian DePalma's classic 1974 film PHANTOM OF THE PARADISE sometime in the later half of the Summer! This marks the first time the film will be on blu-ray for the first time in the U.S. and Canada. Expect this to be in the 'Collector's Edition' series with new extras but we have no other details to report at this time as our deal for this was literally just signed so stay tuned here in the Spring of next year for more info to emerge." Great news to go into the holidays with! We'll keep you posted of course!
FRANKENSTEIN CREATED WOMAN on Blu-ray!
To kick-off the upcoming New Year, Millennium Entertainment is pleased to reveal their plans for a high-definition release of the cult classic 1967 Hammer Film, FRANKENSTEIN CREATED WOMAN on January 28th. Directed by Terence Fisher and starring horror icon Peter Cushing, Susan Denberg and Thorley Walters, Millennium's Collector's Edition of FRANKENSTEIN CREATED WOMAN marks the first time that US fans will be able to enjoy the film on Blu-ray here in the States. Special features for the Collector's Edition Blu-ray of FRANKENSTEIN CREATED WOMAN include a brand new documentary entitled "Hammer Glamour," an audio commentary featuring actors Derek Fowlds (“Johann”) and Robert Morris (“Hans”) as well as Hammer historian Jonathan Rigby, two World of Hammer episodes celebrating both the iconic character Frankenstein and the immortal Cushing who portrayed Dr. Frankenstein several times throughout his esteemed career, an original theatrical trailer, an animated stills gallery and exclusive collectible cards celebrating this timeless classic, perfect for any Hammer fan's collection.
Just in Time For the Holidays!
It’s Christmas Eve in a small town, but the local children aren’t dreaming of sugarplum fairies in SILENT NIGHT, BLOODY NIGHT, on DVD Dec. 10, from Film Chest. A 1970s drive-in B-movie flick, SILENT NIGHT, BLOODY NIGHT gained notoriety in the mid-1980s when it was featured on Elvira’s Movie Macabre, gaining a dedicated cult following. Now don’t miss a bloody drop … Enjoy this thriller in HD for the first time ever! In SILENT NIGHT, BLOODY NIGHT, a young man inherits a mansion once used as an insane asylum … and in which his grandfather died in a fire. When he puts it up for sale, an axe-wielding madman – who has been hiding in the residence – threatens anyone who comes near. Who is this deranged murderer … And why are the local townspeople acting so strange? Starring John Carradine, Mary Woronov, Patrick O’Neal and Walter Abel , SILENT NIGHT, BLOODY NIGHT is presented 16x9 widescreen and mono sound.
THE BAT Flies onto DVD in November!
Mystery, murder and mayhem take flight in THE BAT – restored and in HD for the first time ever – debuting on Turner Classic Movies Oct. 24 and DVD November 12 from Film Chest Media Group. Featuring an all-star cast, this suspenseful cult favorite from 1959, will keep you on the edge of your seat! The film stars horror icon Vincent Price, as well as Agnes Moorehead, Lenita Lane, Gavin Gordon, John Sutton and Darla Hood (of “The Little Rascals” in her last film appearance), and it concerns a town terrorized by a mysterious murderer known only as “The Bat,” said to be a man with no face who kills women at night by ripping out their throats with steel claws. THE BAT will be presented in widescreen (16x9) and mono sound and the SRP is $11.98.
Kino to Release NIGHT TIDE on Blu-ray!
Kino Classics is proud to announce the Blu-ray and DVD release of Curtis Harrington's landmark independent horror classic, NIGHT TIDE, starring Dennis Hopper in a new edition mastered in HD from 35mm elements restored by the Academy Film Archive, with support from The Film Foundation and Curtis Harrington. NIGHT TIDE tells the story of a sailor on shore leave who becomes fascinated by a woman who poses as a mermaid in an oceanfront carnival. As their relationship blossoms, Johnny (Dennis Hopper) realizes that Mora (Linda Lawson) is more than a sideshow illusionist. She seems to be a descendent of the mythical sirens of the sea, and is under the mesmeric control of a mysterious woman who beckons Mora to return to her home beneath the waves. This edition streets on October 15th with a SRP of $29.95 for the Blu-ray and $24.95 for the DVD. It includes audio commentary by Curtis Harrington and Dennis Hopper; a two-part interview with Curtis Harrington by David Del Valle (1987, 55 min.); and the original theatrical trailer.
Shout! to release Karloff Classic on Blu-ray!
According to Shout! Factory’s Facebook page, they will be releasing a Blu-ray of the 1965 AIP horror classic DIE, MONSTER, DIE! in the early part of 2014. Directed by Daniel Haller (THE DUNWICH HORROR), the films stars horror legend Boris Karloff and Nick Adams (MONSTER ZERO). Check out the cover artwork (left), which uses the original theatrical poster art. No other details at this time, but hopefully this means more vintage AIP drive-in horror on Blu-ray in the future (how about a Blu-ray of Karloff in THE CRIMSON CULT, aka THE CURSE OF THE CRIMSON ALTAR, another H.P. Lovecraft adaptation which has still never seen DVD release in the U.S.?!).
Kino to Release Bava Horrors on Blu-ray!
Kino Classics is proud to announce the releases of Mario Bava's A BAY OF BLOOD and FIVE DOLLS FOR AN AUGUST MOON on Blu-ray and DVD, both with street of September 3rd, with individual SRPs of $29.95 each for the Blu-ray editions and $24.95 for the DVDs. Both are mastered in HD from the 35mm negatives of the English language versions, and feature an audio commentary by Tim Lucas, author of Mario Bava, All the Colors of the Dark. A BAY OF BLOOD also includes an alternate European release version (in Italian with English subtitles), the theatrical trailer, and trailers of other Bava films. (READ MORE)
Olive Films To Release TAM LIN!
On September 24, Olive Films will release TAM LIN (aka THE DEVIL’S WIDOW) on both Blu-ray and DVD (newly mastered in HD). Legendary Hollywood goddess, Ava Gardner (ONE TOUCH OF VENUS) delivers a mesmerizing performance in director Roddy McDowall’s wickedly suspenseful tale of decadent young thrill-seekers and the sinister seductress who holds them spellbound. Amid the dawn-to-dusk revelry at the fabulous country estate of wealthy and sophisticated Mrs. Cazaret (Gardner), the impulsive Tom Lynn (Ian McShane, TV’s "Deadwood") discovers that being the life of this party… could have murderous consequences. The top-notch cast includes Stephanie Beacham (DRACULA A.D. 1972), Cyril Cusack (FAHRENHEIT 451), Richard Wattis (THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING ERNEST) and Joanna Lumley (THE SATANIC RITES OF DRACULA). Acting great Roddy McDowall’s one and only directorial effort. Beautifully shot in scope by Billy Williams (GHANDI).
Full CORRUPTION Details!
Grindhouse Releasing is proud to present the first-ever U.S. home video release of CORRUPTION, the gory swinging ‘60s British thriller starring the legendary Peter Cushing as a surgeon driven to murder and madness. The special edition Blu-ray/DVD combo streets October 8 and is now available for pre-order from Amazon.com and Diabolik DVD. Grindhouse Releasing’s spectacular new hi-def presentation of CORRUPTION was created from original vault elements and restores scenes originally deemed too graphic for American audiences. Packed with a wealth of amazing bonus features, the disc is an essential purchase for horror fans on the occasion of Cushing’s centenary. (READ MORE)
DRACULA: PRINCE OF DARKNESS Blu-ray!
Millennium Entertainment is pleased to reveal the final artwork and announce details for their upcoming high-definition release of the classic 1966 Hammer Film, DRACULA: PRINCE OF DARKNESS on September 3rd. Directed by Terence Fisher and starring the iconic Christopher Lee, Barbara Shelley and Andrew Keir, Millennium's Collector's Edition of Dracula: Prince of Darkness marks the first time that horror fans in the US will be able to enjoy the film on Blu-ray. Millennium is also planning to release several other Hammer Films on Blu-ray later this year including QUARTERMASS AND THE PIT, THE PLAGUE OF THE ZOMBIES and THE DEVIL RIDES OUT. (READ MORE)
Vinnie Price Halloween Blu-Rays!
It looks like October is turning out to be Vincent Price month on Blu-ray! With Scream Factory’s VINCENT PRICE COLLECTION already slated for 10/8, here is the cover art for two more Blu-rays we’re really excited about. First, Warner Home Video will be unleashing the iconic HOUSE OF WAX in 3D Blu-ray on 10/1. Featuring special 3D lenticular packaging, the disc will include a new featurette, an audio commentary, vintage newsreel, theatrical trailer, and the 1933 feature MYSTERY IN THE WAX MUSEUM. Also on the same date comes THE MONSTER CLUB from Scorpion Releasing. With a new HD transfer, the early 1980s British anthology favorite will now look better than ever, and the disc will include David Del Valle’s vintage video an audio interviews with Price, an interview with Del Valle, and more!
Kino Lorber and Redemption Films Celebrate Jess Franco Legacy!
Kino Lorber and Redemption Films celebrate the cinematic legacy of director Jess Franco with deluxe Blu-ray and DVD editions of three of his most important films, presented in association with Eurociné: THE AWFUL DR. ORLOF (1962), A VIRGIN AMONG THE LIVING DEAD (1973) and NIGHTMARES COME AT NIGHT (1970). Though highly regarded among cult movie enthusiasts, Franco is a notorious figure within the world of horror, for the savage eroticism and obsessive nature of his films, which defy the conventional structure and tone of the typical thriller. "Too arty for the horror crowd and too macabre and lowbrow for the art crowd," Fangoria editor Chris Alexander wrote, "He existed in a world of his own, a class of his own." (READ MORE)
Synapse To Release HANDS OF THE RIPPER!
Synapse Films continues its fine series of Hammer Horror Collection discs with a Blu-ray/DVD combo of HANDS OF THE RIPPER this sunmer. Restored in high definition and presented uncut in a 1.66:1 aspect ratio, it will see release on July 9. The 1971 gothic British classic will be accompanied by the following bonus materials (all produced by Ballyhoo Motion Pictures): • “The Devil’s Bloody Plaything: Possessed by HANDS OF THE RIPPER”- All-new 30 minute documentary featuring interviews with director Peter Sasdy, co-star Jane Merrow, Hammer historian Wayne Kinsey, Little Shoppe of Horrors Editor Richard Klemensen, film historian Kim Newman, Video Watchdog Editor Tim Lucas, and more!; • “Slaughter of Innocence: The Evolution of Hammer Gore” (a chronological history of Hammer's use of make-up effects in film); • U.S. television introduction; Original theatrical trailer and TV spots; • HANDS OF THE RIPPER motion still gallery; and Isolated music and effects audio track.
Scream Factory to Release Price Blu-ray Set!!
Shout! Factory’s Scream Factory arm have just announced some vert exciting news! They will be releasing a Blu-ray collection box set before Halloween that showcases some of legendary horror star Vincent Price's greatest films which include: FALL OF THE HOUSE OF USHER, THE HAUNTED PALACE, THE MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH, THE PIT AND THE PENDULUM, WITCHFINDER GENERAL (and its alternate U.S. version of the film, THE CONQUEROR WORM) and THE ABOMINABLE DR. PHIBES. More details (artwork, exact street date, pricing, extras, etc.) to be revealed in June-July so stay tuned!
Severin To Release Two '70s "House" Horrors!
Severin Films have announced the long awaited (date postponed) Blu-ray + DVD combo US debut release of the controversial shocker HOUSE ON STRAW HILL and the creepy classic THE HOUSE OF SEVEN CORPSES. “Eight graves! Seven bodies!” screamed the ads, “One killer... and he's already dead!” Hollywood legends John Ireland, John Carradine and Howard Hughes’ paramour Faith Domergue star in the THE HOUSE OF SEVEN CORPSES, the much-loved ‘70s shocker about a film crew shooting an occult drama in a sinister manor with its own grisly history of family bloodshed. (READ MORE)
THE TOWN THAT DREADED SUNDOWN and THE BURNING Blu-Ray Details!
Disfigured and hooded mad killers are on the loose this spring as SCREAM FACTORY™ invites loyal fans and collectors to embark on a nostalgic trip filled with edge-of-your-seat suspense and terror! On May 21, 2013, the gory summer camp slasher The BURNING created and produced by Harvey Weinstein and features Fisher Stevens (The Cove), Jason Alexander (Seinfeld) and Holly Hunter (The Piano) in their early film roles and Charles B. Pierce’s long sought-after THE TOWN THAT DREADED SUNDOWN (including the debut of THE EVICTORS on DVD!) starring Oscar®-winner Ben Johnson and Dawn Wells (Gilligan's Island) , arrive on home entertainment shelves everywhere from Shout! Factory. (READ MORE)
VCI To Release GORGO plus B Monster Flicks!
VCI Entertainment has announced that they will release the 1961 British science fiction classic GORGO on Blu-ray and DVD in a new HD film transfer. The street date will be March 19, 2013. The release will be loaded with extras, including "Ninth Wonder Of The World: The Making Of Gorgo" a new documentary by Daniel Griffith; Gorgo - Video Comic Book and Comic Book Cover Gallery; Extensive Lobby Card & Poster Gallery; Photo Gallery; Gorgo Toys & Collectibles Gallery; Production Notes; Original Theatrical Trailer; Pressbook Gallery; Star Ciné Cosmos - French-language "fumetto" (comic book); and a Before & After Restoration Video. The Blu-ray will be HD 1080p and the DVD will be anamorphic. On the same date, VCI has more monster-rific thrills in store with two “Creature Feature Double Feature” DVDs: MONSTER FROM THE OCEAN FLOOR/SERPENT ISLAND (both presented 1.33:1 full screen) and THE CRAWLING HAND/THE SLIME PEOPLE (both presented 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen). MONSTER FROM THE OCEAN FLOOR will include Tom Weaver’s audio interview with Roger Corman, deleted scenes, trivia and a theatrical trailer. THE SLIME PEOPLE will include Tom Weaver’s audio interview with actress Susan Hart and the original theatrical trailer (THE CRAWLING HAND will also include its trailer).
VAMPIRE LOVERS & LIFEFORCE Blu-Ray Details!
Horror, sci-fi enthusiasts and movie collectors rejoice! SCREAM FACTORY™ will unleash the special effects extravaganza LIFEFORCE from Director Tobe Hooper and THE VAMPIRE LOVERS from Hammer Film Productions on April 30, 2013. These two much-loved cult film classics debut for the first time on Blu-ray. LIFEFORCE will be presented as a Collector’s Edition Blu-ray™ + DVD combo pack that boasts the rare original theatrical version of the film (available on the Blu-ray disc only) and its longer international cut, plus newly rendered retro-style artwork and a reversible wrap with original theatrical key art . Both home entertainment collections of LIFEFORCE and THE VAMPIRE LOVERS feature high-definition anamorphic widescreen presentations and new exciting bonus content! (READ MORE)
Kino Classics Releases Bava's BARON BLOOD!
Kino Classics is proud to announce the Blu-ray and DVD release of Mario Bava's cult horror classic BARON BLOOD, starring Elke Sommer and Joseph Cotten, in a new HD transfer mastered from the 35mm negative. After spending several years exploring more contemporary genres, director Mario Bava (BLACK SUNDAY) returned with BARON BLOOD to the gothic as a setting for a gruesome thriller. Working with producer Alfredo Leone, Bava crafted a film that is loyal to the bylaws of traditional horror, but is infused with a more modern visual style. BARON BLOOD comes to Blu-ray and DVD on December 11th, with a SRP of $29.95 for the Blu-ray and $24.95 for the DVD. It comes packed with special features, including audio commentary by Tim Lucas, author of Mario Bava: All the Colors of the Dark, alternate title sequences, original theatrical trailers, radio spots, and original trailers of other Bava films. Look for a review of the Blu-ray here soon!
Warner Archive Releases 1960s Horrors!
Just in time for Halloween, Warner Home Video, through its Warner Archive Collection, is releasing a batch of new 1960s horror DVD starring the superstars of the genre. Included in this new batch are Christopher Lee in THE FACE OF FU MANCHU and THE VENGEANCE OF FU MANCHU (the only two of Lee’s Fu Manchu series previously unavailable on DVD) Boris Karloff in Michael Reeves’ THE SORCERERS and Vincent Price in one of his most rarest and strangest films, CONFESSIONS OF AN OPIUM EATER. These titles will all be 16x9 widescreen and are available online to order now. Look for reviews of all four on this site very soon.
RaroVideo to Debut NIGHT OF THE DEVILS!
Italian Film Boutique RaroVideo announces horror fan favorite NIGHT OF THE DEVILS (1972) restored to its original splendor for the first time ever on DVD and Blu-ray September 25, 2012 (NOTE: this release has been a bit delayed to late October). Italian genre film legend Gianni Garko stars in this terrifying masterpiece of the macabre, based on Tolstoy’s story The Wurdulak, itself previously adapted in Mario Bava’s BLACK SABBATH. A nameless mentally ill man (Garko) is found wandering in the woods, his mind lost in fever dreams of gruesome, sexual imagery. After admitted into a psychiatric hospital, the man flashes back to his nightmarish encounter with a backwoods family whose dynasty holds a centuries old curse. What follows is a night of unrelenting horror. Includes music by Giorgio Gaslini, composer of and special effects by the late Carlo Rambaldi. Specifics include: new HD transfer; the original trailer; a video interview with Chris Alexander, Fangoria Magazine; new and improved English subtitle translation; a fully illustrated booklet on genesis and production of the film; and a video interview with composer Giorgio Gaslini. The Blu-Ray will retail for $29.98 and the DVD for $19.98.
Kino Lorber to Release Bava Blu-Rays and DVDs!
Kino Lorber is proud to announce the release of three films by the master of Italian giallo film, Mario Bava: HATCHET FOR THE HONEYMOON (1970), BLACK SUNDAY (1960), and LISA AND THE DEVIL (1973). The latter was re-cut and reissued as THE HOUSE OF EXORCISM, and both films are included on this double-feature disc. Each film comes to Blu-ray and DVD with special features and mastered in HD from original elements. (READ MORE)
SWEET KILL and NAKED ANGELS from Shout!
Shout! Factory has just announced that they will be releasing SWEET KILL and NAKED ANGELS, from the Roger Corman’s Cult Classics line, on August 21. The DVDs will be available exclusively from ShoutFactory.com. In SWEET KILL (aka THE AROUSERS), former 1950s teen idol Tab Hunter gives a superbly chilling performance as Eddie Collins, a lonely and frustrated high school gym teacher who finds that he is unable to perform sexually with women because of repressed memories of his mother, leading to a series of murders to fuel his sexual gratification. Also, get an inside look at the bizarre lifestyles of the outlaw bikers in NAKED ANGELS, where many of the roles are played by actual members of the notorious Hells Angels in this classic Roger Corman production. The story revolves around a death feud between two rival biker gangs. Also starring Jennifer Gan (WOMEN IN CAGES), Richard Rust (THE STUDENT NURSES) and directed by Bruce Clark (GALAXY OF TERROR). Both titles are available for pre-order online for $19.99 a piece.
"Dark Shadows" Films To Arrive on Blu-Ray, DVD!
Warner Bros has officially announced that they will be releasing HOUSE OF DARK SHADOWS (1970), the feature film version of the popular TV serial involving a vampire's quest for a cure to marry a lovely mortal, and its follow-up NIGHT OF DARK SHADOWS (1971), about a man and his wife moving into a home and finding themselves plagued by spirits of his ancestors that used to be witches, on both Blu-Ray and DVD. The street date is October 30, 2012. The retail price for the Blu-Rays will be $19.98 each, while the DVDs will be $14.96 each. NIGHT will be the standard theatrical version and not a restored director’s cut. Both titles are expected to include their trailers. Click HERE for cover art and more details.
"Hammer House of Horror" DVD Details!
Here is the cover art for Synapse Films’ upcoming 5-DVD collector's edition of the complete HAMMER HOUSE OF HORROR series. The official street date for the disc set is September 11 (with a SRP of $39.95) and it will include all 13 original episodes. DVD Drive-In has been given the official lists of extras,which will all be produced by Ballyhoo Motion Pictures. They include: Episode Introductions with Film Historian Shane M. Dallman; GRAVE RECOLLECTIONS: A VISIT WITH KATHRYN LEIGH SCOTT (Featurette); HAMMER HOUSEKEEPING: A VISIT WITH MIA NADASI (Featurette) and an Animated Still Gallery. We look forward to revisiting Hammer’s classic 1980 anthology series all over again!
BLOOD BEAST TERROR, BURKE & HARE Details!
Kino Lorber and Redemption are proud to announce the release of two cult horror films from director Vernon Sewell: THE BLOOD BEAST TERROR (1968), starring horror icon Peter Cushing, and BURKE & HARE (1972), on Blu-ray and DVD in new HD transfers mastered from the original 35mm negatives. THE BLOOD BEAST TERROR comes to Blu-ray and DVD on July 17th, with a SRP of $19.95 for the Blu-ray and $14.95 for the DVD. Special features include the original theatrical trailer and a gallery of production stills. (READ MORE)
Vincent Price is THE MAD MAGICIAN!
On July 3, another Vincent Price horror classic makes it was to DVD when Sony releases THE MAD MAGICIAN (1954) under it “Columbia Classics” banner. Price is at his terrifying best as Gallico the Great, an inspired inventor of magic acts who longs to perform his creations himself. When he finally gets his chance, the production is closed by Gallico’s cruel manager, who wants a rival magician to perform Gallico’s greatest trick, The Lady and the Buzz Saw. An enraged Gallico turns into a homicidal maniac, taking out his victims with the same methods he used to create his illusions. The film also stars Mary Murphy, Eva Gabor and Patrick O’Neal (CHAMBER OF HORRORS). Originally shown in 3-D, the DVD will be the flat version, but presented widescreen anamorphic.
Synapse Sets Date and Details for TWINS OF EVIL!
some information on Synapse Films’s upcoming Blu-ray/DVD combo of the
Hammer classic TWINS OF EVIL (which also be part
of a great drive-in 35mm film festival this fall). It will be released on July
10 in 1080p resolution with a 1.85:1 anamorphic transfer. Special Features will
THE FLESH AND THE FURY: X-POSING TWINS OF EVIL (84 mins.) - An all-new, feature-length documentary exploring Hammer's infamous 'Karnstein' trilogy from the origin of Carmilla, to the making of TWINS OF EVIL. Featuring exclusive interviews with director John Hough, star Damien Thomas, cult film director Joe Dante, Video Watchdog editor Tim Lucas, and more.
THE PROPS THAT HAMMER BUILT: THE KINSEY COLLECTION – Featurette (Blu-ray Exclusive)
Motion Still Gallery (Blu-ray Exclusive)
Scene (Blu-ray Exclusive)
Original Theatrical Trailer & TV Spots (Blu-ray Exclusive)
Isolated Music & Effects Track (Blu-ray Exclusive)
VCI To Release Early 1970s British Thriller!
On September 11, VCI Entertainment will release the British horror film IN THE DEVIL’S GARDEN on DVD for the first time in the U.S. In this slickly made thriller, a 16-year-old girl is assaulted in the woods near her London school. Struck dumb by her experience, she remains so until a second girl is murdered. The school art teacher (Suzy Kendall) claims to have seen the killer – who looks like Satan himself – and she decides to set a trap for him using herself as bait. A British flavored giallo, and a ripping good whodunit. The film also stars Leslie-Ann Downe (COUNTESS DRACULA), Freddie Jones (FRANKENSTEIN MUST BE DESTROYED) and Frank Finley (THE DEADLY BEES). Directed by Sidney Hayers (REVENGE). Also known as ASSAULT and TOWER OF TERROR. The disc will carry a 1.85:1 transfer with 2.0 and enhanced 5.1 English audio tracks. The SRP is $14.99.
Olive Films to Release BODY SNATCHERS!
On July 17, Olive Films will release the original INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS (1956) on both Blu-ray and DVD. It will be restored in HD from the finegrain 35mm film element. One of the greatest and most influential Sci-Fi films of all time stars Kevin McCarthy as a doctor in a small California town whose patients are becoming hysterical and accuse their loved ones as emotionless imposters. Plant-like extra-terrestrials have invaded Earth, replicating the villagers in giant seed “pods” and taking position of their souls while they sleep. Realizing that the epidemic is out of control, in a terrifying race for his life, he escapes to warn the world of the deadly invasion of the pod people! Directed by the great Don Siegel (DIRTY HARRY) and co-starring Dana Wynter, Carolyn Jones, Larry Gates and King Donovan. Presented in anamorphic Superscope (2.00:1) widescreen, the DVD will retail for $19.95 and the Blu-ray for $29.95.
Olive Films to Release Brit Horror Anthology!
On June 26, Olive Films will release the 1973 British horror anthology TALES THAT WITNESS MADNESS on both Blu-ray and DVD. The film will be remastered in HD from a 35mm archival print. Stroll down the corridors of a mental asylum, where your mind won’t believe what your eyes see. In the tradition of TALES FROM THE CRYPT and CREEPSHOW… this anthology of pulp horror tales, helmed by the ever-reliable horror master, Freddie Francis (DR. TERROR’S HOUSE OF HORRORS). The film features a quartet of eerie vignettes involving four patients in the care of psychiatrist Donald Pleasance (HALLOWEEN), who’s attempting to justify his strange theories to colleague, Jack Hawkins (THEATRE OF BLOOD). The all-star cast includes Kim Novak, Joan Collins, Peter McEnery and Suzy Kendall. One the same date, Olive Films will also release William Castle’s THE SPIRIT IS WILLING on both Blu-ray and DVD. The Blu-rays on both titles will retail for $29.95 and the DVDs will retail for $24.95.
Scorpion's April Releases!
On April 30th, Scorpion Releasing presents a pair of Ozploitation DVD releases, as well as a wacky British comedy. First up, BODY MELT! It's a sunny day in suburbia. Suddenly, a hideously deformed dying man disrupts the peace, crashing his car in the neighborhood of Pebbles Court, the better part of Homesville. He's the victim of the experimental drug Vimuville, marketed as a "dietary supplement", which has apparently malfunctioned. He arrives too late to warn the population of Homesville against trying the pill that was dropped in their mailbox by a respectable pharmaceutical company. Unfortunately, the folks of Homesville are suckers for freebies and they too start deforming, mutating and exploding. (READ MORE)
Kino Classics Stuffs Stockings with Holiday Gem!
Kino Classics is proud to announce the Blu-ray and DVD release of the 1964 holiday cult classic, SANTA CLAUS CONQUERS THE MARTIANS in a new HD transfer. Filled with kitschy set design, outrageous costumes and amiable acting, the film is nonstop fun and is worthy of its status as a holiday staple. This special edition comes packed with bonus features, including a collection of holiday-themed archival rarities (1936-68) including Jam Handy's animated "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer," "Howdy Doody's Christmas" (1951), a charity PSA starring Abbott & Costello and Charles Laughton, and vintage theatrical "Season's Greetings" spots, and much more, as well as a trailer and stills gallery. The street date is October 30th, with a SRP of $24.95 for the Blu-ray and $19.95 for the DVD.
William Grefé's THE DEVIL'S SISTER on DVD!
The long lost feature film from director William Grefé (DEATH CURSE OF TARTU, STANLEY), THE DEVIL'S SISTER, will finally be released this fall on DVD, from Ballyhoo Motion Pictures and Film Artists, Inc! Inspired by the real-life exploits of two diablolical sisters in New Mexico who lured women into their web of drugs, slavery and prostitution, this drive-in shocker pulls no punches with a story ripped straight from the headlines! For the first time ever, this long-lost cult classic will be available on DVD in its only existing form, with the final “missing” eight minutes lovingly recreated using rare stills and storyboards. Extras include a “making of” featurette, an audio commentary with the director, a radio spot, a still gallery and liner notes by film historian Chris Poggiali. For more information, visit realitysedgefilms.net.
A&C MEET FRANKENSTEIN Blu-Ray Cover!
Universal has just revealed the cover art for their upcoming Blu-Ray release of ABBOTT AND COSTELLO MEET FRANKENSTEIN, which has a street date of 8/28/12. The world of baggage handlers Chick Young (Bud Abbott) and Wilbur Grey (Lou Costello) is turned upside down when they receive the remains of Dracula (Bela Lugosi) and the Frankenstein monster (Glenn Strange) bound for the House of Horrors museum. When Dracula and the monster escape, complete chaos ensues as Chick and Wilbur get mixed up in an evil plot to switch Wilbur’s brain with Frankenstein’s and are aided by Larry Talbot (Lon Chaney, Jr.), who turns into The Wolf Man when the moon is full! This Blu-Ray package (which includes DVD + Digital Copy) will contain bonus material of the featurette, “Abbott and Costello Meet the Monsters”, the Feature Commentary with Film Historian Gregory W. Mank and Production Photographs.
Details on Upcoming Scorpion DVD Horrors!
On July 24th, Scorpion Releasing, in conjunction with Crown International/Mill Creek, presents THE HEARSE, starring Trish Van Devere, double-billed with Al Adamson’s BLOOD OF DRACULA'S CASTLE, which features John Carradine. This “Katarina's Nightmare Theater” release includes, for THE HEARSE, a brand new 16x9 widescreen (1.78:1) transfer in HD from the original negatives for the first time anywhere in the world, an audio interview with writer Bill Bleich, and an original trailer. DRACULA’S CASTLE will include a brand new 16x9 master (1.78:1) of the version with the werewolf footage, plus an on-camera interview with John Bud Cardos, conducted by Katarina Leigh Waters. The MSRP is $16.95. Also on July 24th, Scorpion Releasing, in conjuction with IFM Films, presents THE DAY AFTER HALLOWEEN. Now see this Ozploitation film in its original Scope format – for the first time anywhere in the world! Special features on this “Katarina's Nightmare Theater” disc include a brand new 16x9 widescreen (2.35:1) in its correct Scope ratio, of the U.S. cut, for the first time anywhere in the world; bonus international cut SNAPSHOT in a 16x9 (1.78:1) transfer; an audio commentary with Producer Anthony I. Ginnane moderated by Katarina Leigh Waters and an alternate title card (DAY AFTER HALLOWEEN). The MSRP is $19.95.
More Drive-In Madness from New World Pictures!
On January 24, 2012, Shout! Factory will present ROGER CORMAN’S CULT CLASSICS: LETHAL LADIES COLLECTION, VOL. 2. The DVD set will include THE ARENA, COVER GIRL MODELS and FLY ME. THE ARENA: Kidnapped by Roman soldiers, four beautiful women must battle for their while attempting to beat the Romans at their own game. Starring Pam Grier and Margaret Markov. COVER GIRL MODELS: A fashion photography assignment teams three American models and inadvertently plunges them into the mystery and danger of international espionage. Starring Tara Strohmeier, Pat Anderson, Lindsay Bloom and Vic Diaz. FLY ME: a group of martial arts assassins board a passenger plane and terrorize the passengers. But they picked the wrong plane to hijack, as these stewardesses don’t just serve meals and beverages — their hands and feet are lethal weapons! Starring Pat Anderson, Lenore Kasdorf and Vic Diaz. Special Features include an audio commentary with director Steve Carver (THE ARENA); interviews with Roger Corman, director Steve Carver, producer Mark Damon and actress Margaret Markov (THE ARENA); and trailers ad TV spots.
New Street Date: HORROR EXPRESS Blu-ray/DVD!!
Severin Films is pleased to announce the Blu-Ray debut of 1970s terror classic HORROR EXPRESS (which will now see a release date of November 29th) starring genre titans Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing with an unforgettable supporting turn from Telly Savalas. Loved by fans and critics alike, this gory masterpiece has been transferred in hi-definition from the original camera negative and is packed with exclusive new special features as well as the first in-depth interview with Cushing ever to emerge on disc, unearthed from a British archive. The film will be released as a Blu-Ray/DVD 2-disc combo pack. Extras will include • Murder On The Trans-Siberian Express: New Interview with Director Eugenio Martin, • Notes From The Blacklist: Producer Bernard Gordon Discusses te McCarthy Era, • 1973 Audio Interview wth Peter Cushing, • Telly And Me: New Interview wth Composer John Cacavas, • Introduction by Fangoria Editor Chris Alexander and • Theatrical Trailer. SRP is $29.98.
MGM Bows SAVAGE SISTERS!
In their next batch of MOD DVD releases (March), the MGM Limited Edition Collection will unleash SAVAGE SISTERS, the 1974 AIP exploitation/drive-in film shot in the Phillipines by director Eddie Romero. “Three beautiful women become involved in an island revolution and find themselves battling soldiers, revolutionaries and bandits.” The film stars Gloria Hendry (LIVE AND LET DIE), Cheri Caffaro (TOO HOT TO HANDLE), John Ashley (BEAST OF BLOOD) and Sid Haig (GALAXY OF TERROR).
You Can't Keep a Bad Monster Down!
Is the monster man, fish or devil? Everyone’s dying to know (literally) in ZAAT – restored and in HD for the first time ever – available in a special DVD/Blu-ray combo pack Feb. 21 from Film Chest on the CULTRA and HD Cinema Classics labels. Find out why ZAAT is an underground cult favorite, amassing an ever-growing legion of loyal followers. See why scores of fans have refused to let this funky classic from the ’70s die in obscurity! In ZAAT (also known as THE BLOOD WATERS OF DR. Z), an obsessed scientist, Dr. Kurt Leopold (Marshall Grauer) – who has been scorned by his peers – is convinced he can transform humans into fish. In his isolated backwoods laboratory, he proves his hypothesis by turning himself into a horrible, vengeful creature (played by Wade Popwell) that is part man, part walking catfish! It’s a southern fried fight to the finish (Florida style!) with the ecological state of the entire planet at stake! ZAAT will be digitally restored in HD and transferred from original 35mm elements, and this DVD/Blu-ray combo pack contains a whole tackle box full of extras, including: feature-length audio commentary by cast and crew; original 35mm trailer; television spots; outtakes; radio interview; before-and-after restoration demo; and an original movie art postcard. ZAAT is presented in widescreen with an aspect ratio of 16x9 and Standard Dolby Audio (Spanish subtitles included). The SRP is $19.99.
Shout! Unveils New "Scream Factory" Line!
Debuting this September, Shout! Factory’s SCREAM FACTORY DVD and Blu-Ray series boasts a scary slate of fan-favorite thrillers from the 1980s, many of which have never been available on Blu-Ray before. Titles include HALLOWEEN II and TERROR TRAIN, (both starring “Scream Queen” Jamie Lee Curtis); the 30th Anniversary release of HALLOWEEN III: SEASON OF THE WITCH; THEY LIVE from director John Carpenter; Peter Benchley’s THE ISLAND starring Michael Caine, THE FUNHOUSE from director Tobe Hooper (Poltergeist); the nightmarish Phantasm II; and the much-anticipated DVD debuts of DEADLY BLESSING, directed by Wes Craven and featuring Sharon Stone in an early role, and DEATH VALLEY starring Peter Billingsley (A CHRISTMAS STORY). Each title will be presented in anamorphic widescreen, and most will be released in a “Collector’s Edition” packed with new bonus content, archival materials, a collectible cover featuring newly rendered retro-style artwork, a reversible wrap with original theatrical key art and more! The first releases will bow on September 18 with the HALLOWEEN II COLLECTOR’S EDITION and HALLOWEEN III: SEASON OF THE WITCH 30TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL COLLECTOR’S EDITION, available on both Blu-ray and DVD.
NO BLADE OF GLASS No Longer a No-Show!
As part of its of its Warner Bros Archive Collection, WB has just announced the availability of the gory 1970 Brit sci-fi flick NO BLADE OF GRASS on DVD. Directed by acting legend Cornel Wilde, the film takes place after an environmental catastrophe destroys civilization. A couple (Nigel Davenport and Jean Wallace) try to lead their family to safety in a savage world, but sometimes a flight for salvation can become a journey to damnation! Raw, uncompromising and violent, the film was years ahead of its time. Rare screenings of the film over the years have been eagerly sought out by fans of extreme cinema, and its now available on home video in a full, uncut remastered 16x9 edition. The Archive Collection is also making available the 1981 slasher pic NIGHT SCHOOL, with Rachel Ward making her “scream” debut. The film will also be presented remastered and 16x9.
NOTHING BUT THE NIGHT and THE PYX Details!
On 10/18, Scorpion Releasing and Katarina's Nightmare Theater present NOTHING BUT THE NIGHT and THE PYX! In NOTHING BUT THE NIGHT, the masters of horror Sir Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing pair up in this spine-tingling gothic thriller! When a Scottish island orphanage is inundated by a rash of cold-blooded murders, Special Bureau Chief Bingham (Lee) of Scotland Yard is dispatched to investigate. He and his ally (Cushing), a hospital pathologist, begin to uncover a series of bizarre and baffling clues. Special Features: Play with or without Katarina's Nightmare Theater; 16x9 widescreen; Liner Notes by Christopher Gullo, author of Peter Cushing biography, In All Sincerity...Peter Cushing; Original Trailer; and Reversible sleeve with and without Katarina's banner. THE PYX has two Academy Award® nominated actors, CHRISTOPHER PLUMMER And KAREN BLACK, join forces in this suspense thriller about the murder of a prostitute with satanic overtones. Police sergeant Henderson (Plummer) investigates the murder a prostitute (Black). Around her neck she was wearing an upside down cross, and clutched in her fist, a locket, both unusal for a high class call girl. Will Henderson solve her murder? Now watch this in an all new HiDef master from the original camera negatives, in its original scope ratio! Special Features: Play with or without Katarina's Nightmare Theater; 16x9 2:35 scope widescreen from a Brand New HD master from the original Camera Negatives; Audio commentary from star Karen Black; Original Trailer; and Reversible sleeve with and without Katarina's banner. The MSRP on both is $14.95.
October MGM Limited Edition Collection Titles!
MGM just keeps belted ‘em out! Due out in October are another batch of long-awaited classics which will be available on DVD through the MGM Limited Edition Collection, including some American International Pictures (AIP) and United Artists (UA) releases. We’re so excited that we’ll finally get to see a 2.35:1 anamorphic disc of Daniel Haller’s biker epic DEVIL’S ANGELS, and other titles include DR. BLOOD’S COFFIN, GOLDEN NEEDLES, ENTER THE NINJA and GHOST WARRIOR. Retail price for each is $19.95.
Warner Hammers Out More Cult Titles!
The Warner Archive Collection is making available a number of cult films from the 1960s and 1970s. A batch of “60s Psycho-Delic” includes Antonio Margeriti’s Gamma Station sci-fi epic THE SNOW DEVILS (1967), producer Herman Cohen’s long-awaited shocker BLACK ZOO (1963) starring the great Michael Gough and THE COUCH (1962), from a story by Robert Bloch. A duo of “Hammer It Home” features from Britain’s famous house of horror, gives us Freddie Francis’ psychological thriller HYSTERIA (1965) and Roy Ward Baker’s space adventure MOON ZERO TWO (1969) (previously available as a Best Buy Exclusive double feature disc with WHEN DINOSAURS RULED THE EARTH). A batch of “70s Crime-Fightin’ City Slickers” includes COPS AND ROBBERS (1974), BLACK EYE (1974) with Fred Williamson and SHAFT: THE TV MOVIE COLLECTION (1974) with Richard Roundtree. All titles will be presented 16x9 widescreen except for the last one. For more information, visit wbshop.com.
SATAN'S BLOOD and THE CARPENTER Details!
On November 8th, Scorpion Releasing and Katarina's Nightmare Theater presents THE CARPENTER and SATAN'S BLOOD! In THE CARPENTER, Wings Hauser builds a hallucinogenic house of horrors in this bloodcurdling thriller! Special Features: • Play with or without Katarina's Nightmare Theater, • Brand New 16x9 1:78 Uncut widescreen master and • Reversible sleeve with and without Katarina's banner. Terror, sex and Satanic rituals are on a one-way ride to Hell in SATAN'S BLOOD, one of the most horrific and sexiest thrillers from Spain! In this occult chiller, Andy and Anna are a bored couple who decide to go for a drive in the country. On the way, they meet another couple who claim to know them from many years before. Despite their uncertainty, Andy and Anna agree to visit the mysterious couple's country house and end up staying the night. Thus begins a twisted night of sex, satanic rituals, and gruesome horror. Pray for daylight. Special Features: • Play with or without Katarina's Nightmare Theater, • 16x9 1:66 widescreen from a HD master, • Still Gallery, • Reversible sleeve with and without Katarina's banner. MSRP for THE CARPENTER is $19.95 and $14.95 for SATAN'S BLOOD.
Sony Goes BERSERK!
Sony is releasing the 1967 circus horror classic BERSERK as part of its “Screen Classics By Request” collection. Joan Crawford stars as Monica Rivers, the owner of a traveling circus plagued by a series of mysterious deaths. When a high-wire performer becomes the first victim, he is replaced by Frank Hawkins (Ty Hardin), an even more daring aerialist. But Frank's attentions to Monica make her business manager, Dorando (Michael Gough), jealous. After Dorando becomes the brutal killer's next victim, Police Superintendent Brooks (Robert Hardy) arrives at the scene, but the mystery is not so easy to unravel with a cast of suspects with motives including jealousy and revenge. Directed by Jim O'Connolly (TOWER OF EVIL) and produced by Herman Cohen (TROG). Newly remastered. Oldies.com has the DVD up for order now.
More MGM Limited Edition Collection Titles!
Due out in September are another batch of long-awaited classics from the MGM Limited Edition Collection, including some American International Pictures (AIP) releases. The September batch will include the 1974 zombie blaxploitation epic SUGAR HILL (starring Robert Quarry), the AIP biker flick THE SAVAGE SEVEN, the revenge flick ACT OF VENGEANCE (directed by Bob COUNT YORGA Kelljin), Angel Tompkins in the amusing “little people” crime comedy LITTLE CIGARS, Charles B. Pierce’s Americana drama GREY EAGLE, William Beaudine’s Monogram programmer THE LIVING GHOST, the exploitive docu-drama THE CHRISTINE JORGENSEN STORY, Ken Russell’s essential classical music bio pic THE MUSIC LOVERS, as well as the Hammer sci-fi masterpiece THE QUATERMASS XPERIMENT (aka THE CREEPING UNKNOWN).
MGM Limited Edition Collection August Titles!
Screen Archives Entertainment has a new summer batch of MGM Limited Edition Collection DVD titles now up for pre-order (due out August 23). Included in this batch is the drive-in schlock classic THE INCREDIBLE MELTING MAN, Vincent Price in the Jules Verne fantasy favorite MASTER OF THE WORLD, the Dennis Hopper AIP biker rally THE GLORY STOMPERS, the Italian made cult item A QUIET PLACE IN THE COUNTRY with Vanessa Redgrave and Franco Nero, and Boris Karloff in DOOMED TO DIE, one of the “Mr. Wong” entries.
Criterion to Release ISLAND OF LOST SOULS!
The Criterion Collection has just announced on its website that it release the 1932 horror classic ISLAND OF LOST SOULS. Directed by Erle C. Kenton and starring Charles Laughton and Bela Lugosi, the film has been one of the most long-awaited cult gems to make it to the digital format, and Criterion is releasing it to both DVD and blu-ray on October 25. It will contain a new high-definition digital restoration of the uncut theatrical version (with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition) and extras include an audio commentary by film historian Gregory Mank, new video conversations with John Landis, Rick Baker, Bob Burns, David J Skal, Richard Stanley and others, as well as the original theatrical trailer and a booklet featuring a new essay by critic Christine Smallwood.
"Manos" Special Edition Now a Reality!
Shout! Factory, in association with Best Brains Inc., have announced the September 13 release of the 2-DVD set Mystery Science Theater 3000 “MANOS” THE HANDS OF FATE Special Edition. Consider this legendary low point in film history, widely regarded as the worst film ever made, which depicts a family that gets lost en route to a vacation and stumbles into the lair of a cult. Glorious it is, as the film’s characters battle a half-man, half-goat and an evil man in a robe, and the members of the SoL battle terrible writing and acting. Disc 1 of the set includes Mystery Science Theater 3000 “Manos” The Hands Of Fate, and bonus features Group Therapy, wherein Joel, Trace, Frank & Mary Jo relive the horror; MST Hour wraps; and an exclusive mini-poster by artist Steve Vance. Disc 2 offers the original “Manos” The Hands Of Fate feature film, and bonus features Hotel Torgo, a documentary on the making of “Manos” The Hands Of Fate; Jam Handy To the Rescue!: a Ballyhoo production; Hired!, (featuring parts 1 and 2 together at last); and more!
More Cult Drive-In Classics Coming from MGM!
MGM’s Limited Edition Collection marches on, with another batch of 29 library titles to be released on manufactured-on-demand DVD sometime in June. Of great interest to readers of this site are Edward L. Cahn’s THE CURSE OF THE FACELESS MAN (A stone figure unearthed in Pompeii followed by a series of skull crushing murders. Stars Richard Anderson; Elaine Edwards; Adele Mara) and the AIP counterculture classic RIOT ON SUNSET STRIP (A crowd of undisciplined young people gather for kicks on the Sunset Strip. Aldo Ray plays a police lieutenant who is sympathetic to the kids but is pressured by businessmen to clear them out. Also stars Mimsy Farmer and Michael Evans. Directed by Arthur Dreifuss) which features performances by two of our favorite groups, The Standells and The Chocolate Watchband. Look for reviews of both in the coming months.
THE WOMEN IN CAGES COLLECTION: Full Details!
Here are the details on Shout! Factory’s much anticipated three-film WOMEN IN CAGES COLLECTION which will bow on both Blu-ray (August 23) and DVD (June 21). THE BIG BIRD CAGE will feature an audio commentary with director Jack Hill, a trailer, a TV spot and a photo gallery. THE BIG DOLL HOUSE will feature an audio commentary with Hill, “Leonard Maltin Interviews Roger Corman”, a trailer, TV spot, radio spot and a photo gallery. DOLL HOUSE will also include “From Manila With Love” – A new documentary on the making of both DOLL HOUSE and BIRD CAGE featuring interviews with Hill, screenwriter James Gordon White, actors Sid Haig, Judy Brown, Anitra Ford, Roberta Collins, Candice Roman and Teda Bracci, and producers Roger Corman and Jane Schaffer! The third film on the set, WOMEN IN CAGES, will include a trailer, TV spot and a photo gallery. Shout! is also releasing THE WILD WEST COLLECTION, a DVD featuring anamorphic presentations of two Jim Brown westerns: RIO CONCHOS and TAKE A HARD RIDE, the latter which will include new interviews with stars Fred Williamson and Jim Kelly, as well as a theatrical trailer.
COLOSSUS OF NEW YORK Coming to DVD!
Olive Films has just confirmed to us that they will be releasing the 1958 Paramount science fiction classic THE COLOSSUS OF NEW YORK on DVD this August. Directed by Eugène Lourié (THE GIANT BEHEMOTH, GORGO), the film stars Ross Martin, Otto Kruger, John Baragrey and Mala Powers, and this will be the first time the tale of a dead scientist who's brain is transplanted into that of a giant robot has been given a legit home video release in the U.S. Olive Films will also be working on a DVD release of the 1952 Paramount film THE ATOMIC CITY, starring Gene Barry. More details to follow!
More AIP Drive-In Classics Coming to DVD!
Screen Archives Entertainment has a new batch of MGM Limited Edition Collection DVD titles up for pre-order (due out in May). Included in this batch is the British horror classic BURN, WITCH, BURN! (aka NIGHT OF THE EAGLE). A college psychology professor sets out to debunk the occult, only to find himself under attack by a practitioner of the supernatural. Also due in this batch Jack Hill's BLOOD BATH (the theatrical version of the film shown on TV as TRACK OF THE VAMPIRE) and the 1950s AIP exploitation flick HIGH SCHOOL HELLCATS.
More Hammer Plus Amicus on Blu-Ray!
Legend Films has surprised us with a May 3 street date for a blu-ray double feature disc containing THE MAN WHO COULD CHEAT DEATH and THE SKULL. This two-disc collection is filled with suspense and terror as it features classic, bone-chilling tales from two of the biggest horror powerhouse producers: Hammer Studios and Amicus Productions. THE SKULL weaves a chilling tale surrounding the real-life terrors of the Marquis de Sade. Featuring outstanding performances by Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee, this tale introduces Dr. Christopher Maitland (Cushing) who purchases the infamous skull of the Marquis de Sade, a decision that he was warned against by his good friend - and previous skull owner - Matthew Phillips (Lee). The question is whether or not Dr. Maitland will live to regret his decision. THE MAN WHO COULD CHEAT DEATH features a horror filled tale starring Anton Diffring as Dr. Georges Bonnet, a man with a hideous obsession to live forever all he needs are the glands of some very unwilling donors. Also starring Christopher Lee and the beautiful horror legend Hazel Court, this film is a suspense-filled ride for all who enjoy classic horror cinema.
RaroVideo To Release Euro DORIAN GRAY!
On May 17, RaroVideo U.S. will release THE SECRET OF DORIAN GRAY (1970) on DVD. Never before released on DVD in the U.S., this is a 1970s classic Italian film restored to its original splendor. In London, a wealthy, god-like, young man, Dorian Gray, loves Sybil, an aspiring actress; thanks to her, he’s momentarily less self-centered. He’s also sitting, scantily clad, for a portrait painted by his ascot-wearing friend, Basil. When it’s done, Dorian complains he’ll grow old while it stays unchanged – the classic plight of the vain. On the same night, as if he has sold his soul to the devil, exchanging vanity for morality, he ends it with Sybil, and then accepts the seductive offer of a party’s hostess to sleep with her. The next day, the painting looks slightly older. In horror and fascination, Dorian hides it away and continues a life of degradation. Over time, as the portrait becomes hideous, he’s unchanged by his ever-increasing libidinal life; finally, he and Basil face the painting. The exceptionally groovy score by Giuseppe De Luca enhances the seventies milieu. The film stars Helmut Berger, Richard Todd, Herbert Lom, Marie Liljedahl and Margaret Lee. DORIAN GRAY has been restored from the original 35mm negative and will include an interview with the assistant director Maurizio Tanfani.
OLD DRACULA Bites His Way To DVD!
Screen Archives Entertainment has a new batch of MGM Limited Edition Collection titles up for pre-order (due out in April). Included in this batch is OLD DRACULA (aka VAMPIRA). In this spoof of the Transylvanian legend, David Niven stars as Count Dracula, who sinks his fangs into a bevy of Playboy Bunnies in order to find the right blood type to resurrect his dear-departed wife. Also due in this batch is the AIP drive-in classic BOBBIE JO & OUTLAW starring Marjoe Gortner and Lynda Carter, the latter-day AIP vigilante flick DEFIANCE with Jan Michael Vincent and the Hammer film CLOUDBURST with Robert Preston.
Code Red to Release Claudia Jennings Cult Favorite!
On 2/8, Code Red will release to DVD GROUP MARRIAGE. Cult icon Claudia Jennings stars in this amusing insight into modern day living. A group of six people find out the joy and tribulations of not only sharing a house together, but also each other’s partners! When Chris starts getting bored with her boyfriend, Sander, she starts looking for someone else. On the way home from work, she hitches a ride with Dennis. Chris invites Dennis back to dinner in Sander’s house. The three of them get along quite well together and Dennis asks to spend the night. Chris realizes that there is more to Dennis than what’s between his ears, and later in the night goes to check him out! Sander discovers that his girlfriend has slept with Dennis and does not seem that upset, especially when he meets Dennis’ girlfriend, Jan. And so the group begins living together and find that sharing can be fun! Starring Jeff Pomerantz (SAVAGE WEEKEND), Solomon Sturgess (WORKING GIRLS), Victoria Vetri (WHEN DINOSAURS RULED THE EARTH), Aimee Eccles (CONCRETE JUNGLE), Jayne Kennedy (BODY & SOUL), Ron Gans, and Pepe Serna! Directed by Stephanie Rothman! Special features include a progressively scanned brand new 16x9 HD master supervised by director Stephanie Rothman herself from her/UCLA's archival print, the original theatrical trailer and Code Red trailers. The MSRP is $19.98.
Severin To Release Duo of Slashers and THE BABY!
Severin Films recently announced that its future release slate includes the slasher classic BLOODY BIRTHDAY (perhaps best remembered for the before-she-was-famous topless dance of MTV star Julie Brown) directed by Canadian exploitation auteur Ed Hunt. In a recent interview recorded exclusively for this DVD, Hunt discusses his entire career and the film was transferred from the original negative in hi-definition, so this will be BLOODY BIRTHDAY as you’ve never seen it before! Severin is also planning a DVD of John Lamond’s Australian horror flick NIGHTMARES (aka STAGE FRIGHT) and the disc will include an audio commentary with Lamond, with the film being presented fully uncut and transferred in 2.35:1 from the original negative. Then there’s THE BABY, truly one of the most bizarre films to come out of Hollywood in the 1970s. Helmed by A-list director Ted Post (MAGNUM FORCE, BENEATH THE PLANET OF THE APES), the original ads screamed, “What goes on in this nursery isn’t for kids!” Again, expect a new transfer from the original negative so you can fully enjoy the perverse delights of THE BABY.
Al Adamson's "Family Film" Arrives in January!
A supernaturally skilled conjurer and his simian sidekick, the stars of a small-time circus, must defeat a jealous rival and evil doctor to stay together in the cult classic CARNIVAL MAGIC, being released in a special DVD/Blu-ray combo pack Jan. 25 from Film Chest on the CULTRA label (distributed by Virgil Films & Entertainment). The late Al Adamson’s (DRACULA VS. FRANKENSTEIN) G-rated talking monkey movie has been the source of rumors and wild speculation for nearly 30 years. Some insist only a single print was ever made, while others claim the film never saw the light of day until a copy was “found” in Adamson’s Florida home shortly after he was murdeed. (READ MORE)
Code Red Releases T.V. Mikels Cult Classic!
On 1/18, Code Red will release the first official DVD release of Ted V. Mikel's THE BLACK KLANSMAN. A light-skinned African-American impersonates a Caucasian and joins the notorious Ku Klux Klan to get revenge on the bigots who bombed a church and killed his daughter! It's a controversial melodrama that exploits racial tensions and bigotry. Starring Max Julien (THE MACK), James McEachin (TV's “Tenafly”), Richard Gildren (TV's “Death Valley Days”), Whitman Mayo (TV's “Sanford And Son”), and directed by Ted V. Mikels (THE ASTRO ZOMBIES). Special Features include a brand new progressively scanned 16x9 widescreen telecine from the original camera negatives, an audio commentary with director Ted V. Mikels, a second audio commentary with make-up artist Byrd Holland, an on-camera interview with star Richard Gildren, the original theatrical trailer, the alternative opening credit as well as Code Red trailers! The MSRP $19.98.
THE CYCLOPS Recall Information!
The Warner Archive Collection has added this information to their Facebook page: If, prior to December 1, you ordered a copy of THE CYCLOPS (1957) from warnerarchive.com, your DVD could be missing 6 seconds of footage where the Cyclops removes a bloodied spear from his eye. If you call Customer Service at (866) 373-4389, they'll mail you a replacement DVD of THE CYCLOPS, free of charge, upon verification of your order. Thanks to the fans who alerted us!
Roger Corman's Sci-Fi Classics in January!
In ATTACK OF THE CRAB MONSTERS, a group of scientists become marooned on an island while investigating the disappearance of researchers who were looking into atomic activity in the Pacific. They quickly fall prey to giant, mutant crustaceans that have the ability to absorb the minds of their prey. Starring Russell Johnson, Richard Garland and Mel Welles. ATTACK OF THE CRAB MONSTERS is a Roger Corman Production. Produced and directed by Roger Corman; screenplay by Charles B. Griffith. (Allied Artists Picture). An alien (Paul Birch) comes to Earth, masquerading as a human, to scout our planet for a new blood source in NOT OF THIS EARTH (1957). He needs the blood of humans to take back to his planet of Davana for his dying race. Starring Paul Birch, Beverly Garland, Morgan Jones and Jonathan Haze. NOT OF THIS EARTH (1957) is a Roger Corman Production. Produced and directed by Roger Corman; screenplay by Charles B. Griffith. (Allied Artists Picture) (READ MORE)
Monster-Rama Facebook Tribute!
To commemorate this year’s Drive-In Super Monster-Rama (which is quickly coming upon us on Sept. 10 and 11) at the Riverside Drive-In Theatre in Vandergrift, PA, The Nostalgic Drive-In Theater Newspaper Ads Facebook page has just put together a photo album made up of authentic ads from the eight features to be shown at this year's Drive-In Super Monster-Rama, as they originally appeared as part of drive-in theater programs across the country! Check it out HERE, it might entice more of you to travel and attend (although we know most of you reading this are already filling your tank up with gas and pointing your car towards PA)!
Gamera Double Features: Full Details!
On September 21, 2010, Shout! Factory will further unleash four more Gamera movies (the original Japanese version) from the Showa series in two Double-Feature Collector’s Edition DVD sets: GAMERA VS. GYAOS/GAMERA VS. VIRAS and GAMERA VS. GUIRON/GAMERA VS. JIGER. Featuring all-new anamorphic widescreen transfers, each Double-Feature DVD set includes both the original Japanese and infamous English dubbed versions of each film along with publicity galleries. A must-have for film enthusiasts and collectors, aggregate your Gamera movie collection with these two Double-Feature Collector’s Edition DVD sets. Each DVD set is sold separately with $19.93 SRP. (READ MORE)
GAMERA Roars Onto DVD From The Shout! Factory!
From Japan – the country that brought us such mythical movie monsters as Godzilla, Rodan, Mothra and King Ghidorah – storms Gamera, the titanic terrapin feared by adults and loved by children. On May 18, 2010, Shout! Factory will unleash GAMERA, THE GIANT MONSTER – Special Edition on DVD for the first time in its unedited original version, with English subtitles — in anamorphic widescreen from an all-new HD master. The DVD includes a 12-page booklet with an essay by director Noriaki Yuasa, a photo gallery, trailers and more. The collectible GAMERA, THE GIANT MONSTER Special Edition DVD is priced to own at $19.93. (READ MORE)
"Greydon Clark Drive-In Double Feature" From VCI!
On April 27, VCI will release a “Greydon Clark Drive-In Double Feature” of HI-RIDERS (1978) and THE BAD BUNCH (1976). Starring Mel Ferrer, Stephen McNally, Darby Hinton, Neville Brand, Ralph Meeker, HI-RIDERS concerns a gang of jean-jacketed drag racers. They live hard and die hard – screaming demons headed for hell on chopped-down hogs. Whipped into a blazing frenzy of violence the HI-RIDERS are humping hot steel hogs on a raging rampage through the town. Starring director Greydon Clark, Ton Johnigarn, Jacqulin Cole and the legendary Aldo Ray, THE BAD BUNCH features violence and racial tension in a fast-moving tale of prejudice and discrimination. This film, set in the mid 1970s, does much to show how society has progressed, but to some it may seem that “the more things change, the more they stay the same.” Each film will be remastered with anamorphic transfers, and bonus features include a Q&A with Darby Hinton and Diane Peterson about the making of HI-RIDERS and a Q&A with director Greydon Clark. The SRP is $14.99. On the same date, VCI will be releasing a “Euro-Fantastico” double feature of THE BLACK COBRA (starring Klaus Kinski and Adrian Hoven) and NO SURVIVORS PLEASE, as well as Rory Calhoun in THUNDER IN CAROLINA and the cult film LEGEND OF THE WITCHES.
The Fred Williamson Signature Collection!
On 3/16, Fred “The Hammer” Williamson and Code Red DVD present THE FRED WILLIAMSON SIGNATURE COLLECTION. These will be the first in a series of titles that were directed by and star action hero Williamson in his famous roles, all in UNCUT DIRECTOR’S CUT versions! First is MEAN JOHNNY BARROWS (1976)! Ex-Vietnam vet Barrows (Williamson) has come home from a dishonorable discharge and is unable to find work and is living on the streets. A high school classmate (Stuart Whitman) offers him a job to wipe out rival mobsters in this action film filled with the hot Motown sound from Paul Riser. Co-starring Roddy McDowall, Luther Adler, R.G. Armstrong, Mike Henry, Anthony Caruso, Leon Isaac Kennedy, and Elliott Gould. The second release is DEATH JOURNEY! The first of the Jessie Crowder series pits Fred against a mafia who wants a mob accountant dead. Later remade by Hollywood as MIDNIGHT RUN, this action-packed thriller features the hot sensational top 10 hit “Do It Any Way You Want To." Both DVD releases feature 2.35:1 (16x9) new Hi-Def masters from the original camera negatives, a hot two-part interview with the Hammer himself, and scene to scene commentary with Fred! If this does well, more Fred films will follow in the future! MEAN JOHNNY BARROWS - MSRP 19.98, DEATH JOURNEY - MSRP 16.98.
Vote for Your Favorite "Hammer Films" DVD Cover!
The Columbia Classics website is hosting a poll to vote for your cover of choice for their upcoming "Icons of Suspense: Hammer Films" DVD set (due out in April). Click HERE to vote for which cover you like the best: “Knife Art”, “Phone Art” or “Noose Art.” The films in this set include NEVER TAKE CANDY FROM A STRANGER (the UK release title was NEVER TAKE SWEETS FROM A STRANGER), THE SNORKEL, MANIAC, CASH ON DEMAND, STOP ME BEFORE I KILL! (UK title THE FULL TREATMENT) and the long-awaited release of Joseph Losey’s THESE ARE THE DAMNED (UK title: THE DAMNED). Thanks Sony Pictures for keeping classic films alive and appreciating your audience, especially as we still wait patiently for the DVD releases of THE QUATERMASS XPERIMENT, TWINS OF EVIL, HANDS OF THE RIPPER and VAMPIRE CIRCUS from another studio.
SHOUT! FACTORY SECURES HOME ENTERTAINMENT RIGHTS TO EXTENSIVE ROGER CORMAN LIBRARY!
Shout! Factory and New Horizons Pictures are working closely to remaster a number of great Corman titles that have been long out of print, some never-before-available on DVD and Blu-ray™. Moreover, Shout! Factory is currently producing a wide range of bonus content for special editions and double features for the launch of Shout! Factory’s Roger Corman’s Cult Classics home entertainment series. (READ MORE)
The Deadly Curse of THE CARRIER!
On 10/26, Code Red DVD unleash the deadly curse of THE CARRIER to cat lovers everywhere! Something strange is happening in the small town of Sleepy Rock, but no one can put their finger on it… Sleepy Rock was a place you might find in a fairy tale until one day, the nightmare is unleased. It dissolves friendships, families and anything else alive. And there's no stopping it. Once Sleepy Rock was a loving and religious town, now it's a town out of control. The only solution...Kill! Anyone could be THE CARRIER! One touch and you're gone! The film features cinematography by Peter Deming (EVIL DEAD 2) music by Joseph DeLuca (EVIL DEAD, ARMY OF DARKNESS) and a sound mix and monster's scream by actor Bruce Campbell (ARMY OF DARKNESS). The DVD contains an audio commentary with Director Nathan J. White moderated by Scott Spiegel (EVIL DEAD 2 writer amd HOSTEL producer) and the original theatrical trailer. MSRP is 19.98.
Escape From Prison on DVD!
Life behind bars has never been this hot! The naughtiest ladies in lockup make a break for it in Presenting Roger Corman’s … Best of the B*s, Collection 3: Escape From Prison!, busting out on DVD Nov. 23 from Infinity Entertainment Group. No girly girls here … these women are angry, desperate, prone to violence and on the run! It’s maximum security, too much estrogen and non-stop action. But no one’s ever rocked an orange jumpsuit better! Included on this set are SWAMP WOMEN (1955), written by David Stern (Francis the Mule novels and films); WOMEN IN CAGES (1971); THE BIG BUST OUT (1973); and THE HOT BOX (1972), from a screenplay co-written by Jonathan Demme. And the bonus movie: HIGH SCHOOL BIG SHOT (1959). BONUS MATERIAL: Classic Corman film trailers. The films on the set will be presented full frame, with a SRP of $29.98.
Scorpion's THE MAFU CAGE!
On October 26th, Scorpion will present THE MAFU CAGE. Academy Award winner Lee Grant (IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT, SHAMPOO) stars with Academy Award nominee Carol Kane (DOG DAY AFTERNOON, WHEN A STRANGER CALLS) in this psychological thriller directed by Emmy winner Karen Arthur (LADY BEWARE, LEGACY). Cissy (Kane) and Ellen (Grant) are daughters of a deceased African primatologist who kept wild animals in a cage in his living room. Mentally unbalanced, Cissy virtually lives in this exotic 'Mafu Cage', crowded with hothouse plants and strange African artifacts. Ellen is obsessed with the caretaking of Cissy and must keep a constant watch on her sister's unpredictable personality. When Ellen's co-worker, David (James Olson, THE ANDROMEDA STRAIN), begins making romantic advances towards Ellen, Cissy believes the man poses a threat to the sisters' relationship. The disturbed Cissy ensnares David in the Mafu Cage and subjects him to a series of horrific and deadly rituals! Also starring Will Geer (TV's “The Waltons”) and acclaimed by critics upon its release, Scorpion is proud to present THE MAFU CAGE in its original aspect ratio approved for the first time! Extras include an audio commentary with director Karen Arthur, bonus audio commentary with cinematographer John Bailey and editor Carol Littleton, on camera interviews with Carol Kane, Lee Grant, Karen Arthur, John Bailey and Carol Littleton, extensive still gallery and alternate title sequence. MSRP is $24.95. Check out our review HERE.
Scorpion's ZOMBIE NIGHTMARE!
On October 26th, Scorpion Releasing will unleash the heavy metal horror of ZOMBIE NIGHTMARE! Before ROCK 'N' ROLL NIGHTMARE, there was ZOMBIE NIGHTMARE! Adam West (of TV's BATMAN) joins Tia Carrere (WAYNE'S WORLD), Frank Dietz (BLACK ROSES) and The Legendary Rock Warrior Jon Mikl"THOR" (ROCK 'N' ROLL NIGHTMARE) in this macabre tale of voodoo and violence, terror and suspense, and revenge from beyond the grave! Featuring music by Motorhead, Girlschool and Pantera, ZOMBIE NIGHTMARE is a heavy metal trip of zombie horror vengeance! Presented in 16x9 widescreen from an HD master, the special features include an audio commentary with co-director/writer John Fasano, stars Thor and Frank Dietz, as well as the featurette "Making of ZOMBIE NIGHTMARE" with Fasano, Thor, Dietz, and co-director Jack Bravman. MSRP is 24.95. Check out our review HERE.
Four Action-Packed "Roger Corman's Cult Classics"!
This holiday season, get ready to fire-up with the action from four explosive Roger Corman gangster classics when Shout! Factory, in association with New Horizons Picture Corporation, unleashes the BIG BAD MAMA/BIG BAD MAMA II Double-Feature Collector’s Edition DVD and CRAZY MAMA/THE LADY IN RED Double-Feature Collector’s Edition DVD on December 7, 2010. A must-have for loyal fans, these two pairs of Roger Corman’s Cult Classics double-feature DVD sets boast new Anamorphic widescreen movie presentation with loaded extras. Aggregate your Roger Corman’s Cult Classics with these two double-feature collector’s edition DVD sets. Each set is sold separately with $19.93 SRP. (READ MORE)
Shout! Factory Preps "Roger Corman's Cult Classics"!
In April, Shout! Factory will commence a new series of DVD releases under the banner, “Roger Corman’s Cult Classics”, presenting classic titles from the New World Pictures film library. These releases will include Barbara Peters' HUMANOIDS FROM THE DEEP (changed to August 3), a two-disc special edition of Joe Dante’s PIRANHA (changed to August 3) and a double feature of UP FROM THE DEPTHS/DEMON OF PARADISE (changed to August 3). All titles will be presented with new anamorphic transfers, and PIRANHA will also be available on Blu-ray disc. We’ll post more details as they come in, but 2010 looks to be a great year for Shout! Factory.
Calling DOCTOR DEATH!
On January 26, meet the charming DOCTOR DEATH: SEEKER OF SOULS from Scorpion Releasing! The flamboyant Dr Death (John Considine), a 1000-year-old man who has mastered the art of "selective reincarnation", promising to keep one's soul alive forever! The catch? He needs a fresh body to host it for you, and finding willing volunteers is an impossibility. When Fred's beloved wife dies, he refuses to believe she is gone forever. Dr. Death's loyal assistant, Tana (Florence Marly), offers a supernatural solution to return his wife to him...only to run into trouble when Dr. Death can't find a suitable body for her to reside in! The bodies pile up and Fred must choose between his lost love and stopping a mad doctor hell-bent on success! Directed with tongue firmly in cheek by Eddie Saeta, with a cameo by Moe Howard, this colorful horror oddity must be seen to be believed! Special features include a brand new 16x9 digital high definition transfer (1.78:1) from the original camera negatives, an on camera interview with star John Considine and Steve Saeta (Eddie's son) and an original TV spot.
"Twinsanity" from the Director of DRACULA A.D. 1972!
On January 26, Scorpion will release the 1969 British thriller GOODBYE GEMINI! In the age of Aquarius, the Gemini twins share everything: love...men...and murder!! Jacki (TO SIR WITH LOVE's Judy Geeson) and Julian (SATYRICON's Martin Potter) are 20-year-old twins with an unusually close relationship. Their bizarre fantasy world is shattered by the arrival of Clive, a London small-time criminal with a massive gambling debt. As the twins become exposed to the seamy underbelly of the swinging '60s London nightlife, their relationship becomes strained and twisted. When Clive attempts to blackmail Julian, the twins take decisive action in this eerie, unsettling tale where not even the bond between siblings can predict the outcome. Also starring Sir Michael Redgrave and directed by Alan Gibson (DRACULA A.D. 1972), GOODBYE GEMINI is a disturbing look at the relationship between twins...and just how far they will go to protect one another! Special Features include: New 16x9 high definition transfer (1.78:1), from the original camera negatives; Audio commentary with star Judy Geeson and Producer Peter Snell; Original Trailer; and Cinerama Trailers.
VCI Salutes the Drive-In and the Grindhouse!
On January 26, VCI Entertainment will release DRIVE-IN GRINDHOUSE, a 2-DVD set featuring four rare exploitation films from the 1960s and 1970s. The set is being hyped as "Not Just A Collection...But an Experience", and will feature THE FARMER’S OTHER DAUGHTER (1965) directed by John Hayes (GARDEN OF THE DEAD, GRAVE OF THE VAMPIRE), the black & white schlockumentary PSYCHEDELIC FEVER (1968), UP YOURS - A ROCKIN’ COMEDY (1979) directed by Eddie Ryder and John Hayes, and SUMMER SCHOOL (1979) directed by Bethel Buckalew (KISS ME QUICK, A SCREAM IN THE STREETS). All films in the collection will be presented 1.85:1 widescreen and the set will retail for $29.99.
Lost 1970s Belgian Vampire Flick Comes to DVD!
Mondo Macabro has announced it’s first release of 2010, a double feature disc of Jean-Louis Van Belle's lost vampire opus THE SADIST WITH RED TEETH (1971) and FORBIDDEN PARIS (1969). Mr. Van Belle is participating with these releases and has recorded an interview for the DVD, in addition to approving the transfer. This release is currently scheduled for February, and Mondo Macabro will have more information ready before year's end. In the meantime, you can read more about this release (and check out some screencaps) right here.
Nature Goes Amuck! KINGDOM OF THE SPIDERS SE!
On January 19, 2010, Shout! Factory will unleash the KINGDOM OF THE SPIDERS Special Edition on DVD. Featuring all-new anamorphic widescreen transfer of the film, this Special Edition DVD release contains an all-new interview with William Shatner; an in-depth commentary featuring director John Bud Cardos, producer Igor Kantor, spider wrangler Jim Brockett and cinematographer John Morrill, moderated by HOSTEL producer Scott Spiegel and Lee Christian; rare behind-the-scenes footage; “Jim Brockett: Spider Wrangler” featurette; poster gallery and the original theatrical trailer. The collectible Kingdom of the Spiders Special Edition DVD is priced to own at $19.99. (READ MORE)
Once Again, Help Wake Up the Fox and the Lion!!!
There are reports that Fox/MGM are monitering DVD requests sent to foxDrop@4icc.com, so please EVERYONE reading this send them off an e-mail telling them the Midnite Movies/cult/horror/science fiction titles (see above banner) that you want to see on DVD.
Code Red Makes a Date for THE WEEKEND MURDERS!
On August 11th, THE WEEKEND MURDERS, a 1972 giallo often paired with BLACK BELLY OF THE TARANTULA in the States, will make its DVD debut from Code Red DVD. A large English family meet at the family's estate for the reading of their father's will, and no sooner than the will is read, a series of murders start to take place. Can't be the butler, as he was the first victim! Directed by Michele Lupo, the films stars Opera legend Anna Moffo, plus Peter Baldwin (THE GHOST), Eveline Stewart (KILL BABY KILL), Gaston Moschin (GODFATHER 2), British comedian Lance Percival and Giacomo Rossi-Stuart (THE NIGHT EVELYN CAME OUT OF THE GRAVE). Code Red is proud to present the film for the first time anywhere in widescreen, from a HiDef master. Extras include an audio commentary with star Peter Baldwin and HOSTEL producer Scott Spiegel, as well as an on camera interview with Baldwin, original U.S trailer and still a gallery. MSRP is $24.98.
Icons of Sci-Fi: Toho Collection!
Sony is set to release ICONS OF SCI-FI: TOHO COLLECTION on August 18, a DVD set which will feature the long-awaited releases of MOTHRA, THE H-MAN and BATTLE IN OUTER SPACE. And like Sony's fantastic "Hammer Films" horror movie collection, fans can go to Amazon.com and vote for the cover they want by clicking HERE.
DRACULA A.D. 1972 - Now a Groovy Soundtrack CD!
BUYSOUNDTRAX Records, in association with GDI Records, will be releasing the soundtrack CD for the Hammer horror classics, DRACULA A.D. 1972. The soundtrack features music composed by Mike Vickers for the 1972 horror film directed by Alan Gibson, written by Don Houghton, with Christopher Lee returning as Count Dracula, Peter Cushing as Professor Van Helsing, Christopher Neame along with Stephanie Beacham and Caroline Munro as the Count’s lovely prey. Attempting to modernize their popular Dracula franchise, Hammer produced DRACULA, A.D. 1972, which finds the Count revived in a modern day setting. The film begins in 18th Century England with the Count fighting his old nemesis, Professor Van Helsing. (READ MORE)
THE GIANT SPIDER INVASION DVD Cancelled
We just got word from MVD Entertainment that their May 5 release of the director’s cut of THE GIANT SPIDER INVASION has been cancelled. As we announced this release earlier, we apologize to any fans who were hoping to make this purchase, and if anything changes, we will let you know.
THE WARNER ARCHIVE DVD Collection!
Warner Home Video has just introduced “The Warner Archive,” a selection of rare films available exclusively on DVD through the WBShop.com. These are authorized DVDs transferred from the original masters, and of interest to DVD Drive-In readers are Hammer Films’ CRESCENDO, DOC SAVAGE MAN OF BRONZE, CAPTAIN SINDBAD, MY BLOOD RUNS COLD, BRAINSTORM (1965), CAPTAIN NEMO AND THE UNDERWATER CITY and a number of other titles from various genres. Reportedly, Warner is planning to add even more exclusive titles to this series. To check out The Warner Archive, click HERE.
New Midnite Movies Website!
Fox and MGM have developed a new website devoted to our favorite DVD line, the Midnite Movies series. Nothing is mentioned yet about future releases, but the good news is that many of the out-of-print Midnite Movies double features are available again, and the site has links to where you can purchase them at the online Fox store for $11.98 a piece. Check out www.midnitemoviesdvd.com.
Code Red Signs with BCI/Navarre!
“BCI/Navarre is pleased to add Code Red to its line-up of exclusively distributed DVD labels. They have created some of the best cult titles over the last year; all of these will be re-released, along with over 20 new titles coming in the next year.” - Cliff MacMillan, Director of Acquisitions, BCI. The first of these will be SOLE SURVIVOR in April, followed by BOARDINGHOUSE, then THE DEAD PIT in May, as well as a re-issue of DOOM ASYLUM, DEVIL TIMES FIVE,THE FOREST, and DON'T GO IN THE WOODS, followed by other titles such as THE UNSEEN, CAN I DO IT TILL I NEED GLASSES, BEYOND THE DOOR, BUTCHER BAKER NIGHTMARE MAKER, THE VISITOR, THE MUTILATOR, THE NESTING, NIGHTMARE, SPASMS, TERROR CIRCUS, VELVET TRAP, RUNNING HOT, CAGED MEN, and many others to follow, including some drive-in 'double features' of all new products.
Dark Sky Films' Motherload for 2008!
In addition to their long-awaited releases of RICCO THE MEAN MACHINE and TRAGIC CEREMONY, Dark Sky Films has a number of drive-in and exploitation goodies set for DVD release in 2008. Some of the titles are: THE CENTERFOLD GIRLS, BONNIE'S KIDS, A WOMAN FOR ALL MEN, THE ROOMMATES (1973), LINDA LOVELACE FOR PRESIDENT, GAMES GIRLS PLAY (aka SEX PLAY, THE BUNNY CAPER), THE PSYCHIC KILLER, SIMON - KING OF THE WITCHES, THE ONE-ARMED EXECUTIONER, THEY CALL HER CLEOPATRA WONG, Michael Reeves’ THE SHE BEAST (aka REVENGE OF THE BLOOD BEAST) and a deluxe edition of DEADBEAT AT DAWN. More details to follow as they come in!
"Blood Island" Soundtrack!
We just got an awesome new must-have CD we had to tell you about. Tim Ferrante’s newly-formed Elysee Productions is pleased to present its first original soundtrack release. Now available for the first time in any form is Tito Arevalo's amazing score for the cult drive-in horror fave, MAD DOCTOR OF BLOOD ISLAND. Mastered from the original session tapes (recorded in full track mono at 15-ips), CD includes an eight-page full color booklet with liner notes and composer bio by Ferrante. This release is limited to 1,000 pressings. There are 34 tracks running a total of 50 mins. 41 secs. Price: $19.99. The company is planning on releasing similar soundtrack CDs if this one does well, so please give them your support. Check out the Elysee Productions website HERE for more information.
"Children" DVD Recall!
VCI Entertainment President Robert A. Blair has announced an immediate recall on the 35th Anniversary Edition of CHILDREN SHOULDN’T PLAY WITH DEAD THINGS – EXHUMED EDITION. (Item # 8509). VCI has just discovered a huge error was made in the new special edition DVD of this cult classic, which had just begun hitting the street. Apparently a last second internal miscommunication sent the wrong DVD master to the replicator. The master that made it thru was unfortunately cut by several minutes and had unfinished video corrections. Thankfully VCI’s loyal customers, and fans of the film were kind enough to notify us of this mishap and Blair decided on an immediate recall to fix the matter. Mr. Blair made the following statement: “We pride ourselves in our DVD productions and this is embarrassing! When a mistake like this happens we fix it immediately. For over 30 years VCI has stood by our mission statement to bring our consumers the best in quality from our line of classic and cult films.” VCI will begin an immediate recall of the problem DVD’s and will replace them as soon as the corrected DVD master can be replicated. All direct wholesale and retail customers should contact a VCI Customer Service Rep by calling 800-331-4077, emailing to firstname.lastname@example.org, or faxing to 918-254-6117 to make arrangements. VCI will be posting instructions on their website within a few days which will instruct consumers how to get a free replacement disc.
Yongary: DVD From the Deep!
Check out SciFi Japan for an excellent article on MGM’s Midnite Movies DVD release of YONGARY: MONSTER FROM THE DEEP, including a lot of interesting background on the Korean monster classic. The article also contains an interview with former MGM Director of Technical Services, James Owsley, who is responsible for the stunning YONGARY transfer, as well as restorations of a number of Midnite Movies (including WITCHFINDER GENERAL, VAMPIRE LOVERS, CRY OF THE BANSHEE, MURDERS IN THE RUE MORGUE and others). Essential reading for Midnite Movies fans and collectors!
"Fright Night" Update!
Our "NY TV Monster Movie Memories" articles continue to grow! This time, Jim Arena has updated his "Fright Night" (WOR-TV Channel 9) feature to include a complete filmography of every title which played on the program during its longtime run (1973-1987). To check out the updated "Fright Night" article, click HERE.
"CBS Friday Night Late Movie" plus "Chiller" Update!
Our "NY TV Monster Movie Memories" articles continues with a new addition on the fondly remembered "CBS Friday Night Late Movie" by Greg Stevens. Also, by popular demand, Joe Cascio has updated his epic "Chiller Theatre" article to include the years 1971 and 1972. Look for newly-added vintage TV Guide ads there as well!
New "Creature Features" Article!
Those of you who went ape over our previous "NY TV Monster Movie Memories" articles will be happy that we have finally added one for WNEW Channel 5's "Creatures Features" program, hosted by The Creep (aka Lou Steele). Read Greg Stevens' awesome "Creature Features" tribute HERE.
MGM Midnite Movies Double Features Artwork!
MGM's batch of new Midnite Movies double features have now been confirmed for a September 11 street date, making this one of the biggest Septembers for classic horror/sci-fi DVD releases ever! The following four double features have been confirmed: RETURN OF DRACULA/THE VAMPIRE (John Beal) (new hi-def transfers), PHANTOM FROM 10,000 LEAGUES/THE BEAST WITH A MILLION EYES (new hi-def transfer for PHANTOM), THE BEAST WITHIN/THE BAT PEOPLE and KONGA/YONGARY, MONSTER FROM THE DEEP. We have added the covers for these to the MGM/Fox Halloween page, so you can check them out by clicking HERE. You'll also find some additional art there for MGM's upcoming Vincent Price and Roger Corman box sets
12 Hands, 12 Feet, 24 Reasons to Die! Code Red Employs THE KILL SQUAD!
Code Red will be bringing in the Martial Arts classic that has gained a huge cult following since it was first released in 1982. It's time to welcome KILL SQUAD on DVD! The transfer will be will be taken from the original camera negatives, so you can now throw away those ugly bootlegs!! Expect a commentary and/or interview with the film's legendary writer-producer-director Patrick Donahue, who hopefully can explain the many questions KILL SQUAD fans have been begging to ask for years! Stay tuned for more updates!
Some "Fly Collection" Details!
Correspondent David Del Valle has informed DVD Drive-In that he has just moderated an audio commentary with actor David Hedison for THE FLY, as part of Fox’s upcoming “The Fly Collection” (release date: Sept. 11) which will also include THE RETURN OF THE FLY and CURSE OF THE FLY, the latter for the first time on DVD. According to Del Valle, “David Hedison was in fine form for the duration of the taping. He had not seen the film for years so it was a fresh approach for him and he had fun with it. It was interesting to watch him look at himself as he appeared on film half a century ago.” So far, we have been told that the fourth disc in this set will include two new featurettes, one on the making of the “Fly” movies and one about Vincent Price, and they will contain new interviews with Hedison, RETURN OF THE FLY star Brett Halsey, Del Valle and Don Glut. Speaking of David Hedison, if you haven’t already heard, Fox will be releasing a special edition of Irwin Allen’s THE LOST WORLD on the same date of 9/11. More details on that to follow. Be sure to check out Del Valle’s “Camp David” column at www.filmsinreview.com.
Fox's Fabulous Halloween DVD Slate!
We just got word that Fox has a slew of classic horror DVDs which will be released on September 11 as part of their Halloween promotion. These include double feature sets of TALES FROM THE CRYPT (1972)/VAULT OF HORROR (1973), CHOSEN SURVIVORS/THE EARTH DIES SCREAMING (directed by Terence Fisher), DEVILS OF DARKNESS/WITCHCRAFT (1964, starring Lon Chaney Jr.), BLUEPRINT FOR MURDER/MAN IN THE ATTIC, GORILLA AT LARGE/MYSTERY AT MONSTER ISLAND, THE HOUSE ON SKULL MOUNTAIN/THE MEPHISTO WALTZ, and THE FLY CLASSIC COLLECTION (SRP $39.99) which will feature re-releases of the original THE FLY and RETURN OF THE FLY, as well as the home video premiere of CURSE OF THE FLY. Many of the titles here have never been available on home video in the U.S. before! The double features will retail for around $14.98 each, but will probably sell in stores or online for less. More details and cover art to follow…
More on the Witchfinder DVD, in General!
There’s more good news regarding MGM’s long awaited September 11 DVD release of WITCHFINDER GENERAL (aka THE CONQUEROR WORM). Producer Philip Waddilove has confirmed to DVD Drive-In that the movie will not only be presented as Michael Reeves’ director cut, but will also contain the original music score by Paul Ferris which was removed from all previous home video versions in the U.S. For this DVD, Waddilove has also just recorded an audio commentary along with star Ian Ogilvy, and an additional supplement will be a collection of Waddilove's personal stills, taken on the set. Looks like it’s going to be one hell of a release!
ROBINSON CRUSOE ON MARS: Stranded No More!
In September, The Criterion Collection will release a special edition DVD of the long-awaited 1964 fantasy classic, ROBINSON CRUSOE ON MARS. Special-effects wunderkind and genre master Byron Haskin (THE WAR OF THE WORLDS, THE OUTER LIMITS) won a place in the hearts of fantasy-film lovers everywhere with this gorgeously designed journey into the unknown. When his spaceship crash-lands on the barren wastelands of Mars, U.S. astronaut Commander "Kit" Draper (Paul Mantee) must fight for survival, with a pet monkey seemingly his only companion. But is he alone? Shot in vast Techniscope and blazing Technicolor, ROBINSON CRUSOE ON MARS is an imaginative and beloved techni-marvel of classic science fiction. (READ MORE)
Mondo Macabro Returns with THE BLOOD ROSE!
On August 28, Mondo Macabro returns with the DVD release of THE BLOOD ROSE, widely touted as one of the first films to mix sex and horror. Director Claude Mulot went on to make some of the most famous French erotic movies of all time. Here, with a cast of France’s most beautiful young actresses and genre veteran Howard Vernon, he weaves a dark and disturbing tale that is one of the most sought after rarities for horror fans, now presented on DVD for the first time anywhere, fully uncut and digitally re-mastered! Extras on the disc will include: A newly re-mastered picture, presented in 16x9 enhanced widescreen, an interview with Didier Philippe-Gérard - assistant to BLOOD ROSE director Claude Mulot and fellow director, copious production notes and a rare still and poster gallery, English and French audio with optional English subtitles and the ever-popular Mondo Macabro preview reel. The disc will retail for $24.95.
DON'T GO IN THE WOODS DVD Specs!
Code Red DVD has announced a street date of October 10 for their release of the early 1980s slasher epic, DON’T GO IN THE WOODS. Specs for this release include a director approved full frame transfer from the original negatives; a poster and still gallery; a new hour-long featurette with cast and crew directed, produced, edited and photographed by original director James Bryan; a vintage 15-minute talk show appearance; an audio commentary with director Bryan; and a bonus commentary with CKY's Deron Miller, star Mary Gail Artz and director Bryan.
Paul Naschy Cover Art!
Above are the covers for BCI Eclipse's first two installments in their "Spanish Horror Collection," NIGHT OF THE WEREWOLF (aka THE CRAVING), and VENGEANCE OF THE ZOMBIES, both starring Spanish horror icon Paul Naschy. Both titles will be available on September 26th in both Standard and High Def, and extras are to be announced.
Fox Halloween Titles!