Archive for January 31, 2017

SONNY CHIBA tears it up as WOLF GUY – Blu-ray unleashed 24th April 2017 from Arrow Video!

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Shinichi “Sonny” Chiba is a martial arts “manimal” in the ultra-70’s, 100% bizarre mixture of horror, action and sci-fi that is Wolf Guy, one of the rarest and most sought-after cult films produced by Japan’s Toei Studio. Based on a manga by Kazumasa Hirai (creator of 8 Man), and never before released outside of Japan, it’s a genre film classic waiting to be discovered and a completely unclassifiable trip into phantasmagoric funk.

Chiba stars as Akira Inugami, the only survivor of a clan of ancient werewolves who relies on his supernatural powers to solve mysterious crimes. After a series of bloody killings perpetrated by an unseen force, Inugami uncovers a conspiracy involving a murdered cabaret singer, corrupt politicians, and a plot by the J-CIA to harvest his blood in order to steal his lycanthropic powers! At the same time, Inugami also discovers the truth behind his family heritage, and that he may not be the last of his kind.

Directed by B-movie genius Kazuhiko Yamaguchi (Sister Streetfighter, Wandering Ginza Butterfly, Karate Bear Fighter), Wolf Guy truly is one-of-a-kind, with Chiba in full effect as the part-man, part-wolf, all-karate action hero and a collection of familiar 1970’s Toei actors in support. Violence, action, nudity, real surgical footage, and a psychedelic musical score all work together to create an unforgettable trip to the heights of Japanese cinematic weirdness.

SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS:

  • High Definition digital transfer
  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentations
  • Original uncompressed mono audio
  • New optional English subtitle translation
  • New video interview with actor Shinichi “Sonny” Chiba
  • New video interview with director Kazuhiko Yamaguchi
  • New video interview with producer Tatsu Yoshida
  • Trailer
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Wes Benscoter.
  • FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collector s booklet featuring new writing on the film by Patrick Macias and a history of Japanese monster movie mashups by Jasper Sharp.

I AM NOT A SERIAL KILLER stalks onto DVD & Blu-ray 20th February 2017.

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Directed by Billy O’Brien / Starring: Max Records, Christopher Lloyd, Laura Fraser.

John Wayne Cleaver is dangerous and he knows it. He is 16 and helps his Mum and Aunt at the family Mortuary. John is obsessed with serial killers but really doesn’t want to become one. So for his own sake and the safety of those around him he lives by rigid rules to keep himself ‘good’ and ‘normal’.

 

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When somebody starts murdering people in John’s small Mid-West town, he has to investigate and risk letting his own dark side out in order to stop the killer. But without his rules to keep him in check he might be more dangerous than the monster he is stalking. As the icy winter tightens its grip on the community a deadly supernatural game of cat and mouse ensues. Based on the best-selling book by Dan Wells.

Dorado Films unleash Spanish Cult Classics on Blu-ray: Jess Franco’s Forgotten Films Vol.1 & The Night of the Scorpion.

 

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The Night of the Scorpion (1972)

Runtime: 92 minutes ♦ Resolution: Full HD ♦ Audio: English (2.0) ♦ Subtitles:English, Spanish, Italian
Director: Alfonso Balcázar
Actors: José Antonio Amor, Daniela Giordano, Nuria Torray, Teresa Gimpera, Giola Desideri, Alicia Tomás, Osvaldo Genazzani, Carlo Gentill

Rich widower Oliver leaves his childhood mansion after the death of his wife Helen. He spends a year soul searching and ends up finding Ruth. They quickly marry and return to the family mansion. Ruth cannot help but feel there is more to the death of Helen than her husband and his family are telling her. Can she discover the truth before it is too late?

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The Silence of the Tomb (1972)
– Unrated
– 85 minutes
– Full HD (2.35:1 aspect ratio)
– Audio: Spanish (2.0)
– Subtitles: English, Italian, Spanish
Starring:Montserrat Prous, Albert Dalbés, Glenda Allen,Mario Alex.

On an isolated island, a simple weekend getaway for a movie star and her friends turns deadly, beginning with the kidnapping of her son, to a string of gruesome murders happening one by one. What does Valerie [Montserrat Prous], the star’s sister, have to do with any of it? Mystery and suspense cloaked in the darkness of the eerie villa abound, while a murderer or murderess remains free to finish a hidden agenda. And the kidnapping?

logoThe Sinister Eyes of Dr. Orloff (1973)
– Unrated
– 81 minutes
– Full HD (1.33:1 aspect ratio)
– Audio: Spanish (2.0)
– Subtitles: English, Italian, Spanish
Starring:Montserrat Prous, William Berger, Robert Woods, Edmund Purdom.

A powerful performance from William Berger (Dr. Orloff) who has one fiendish goal, to destroy the lineage of Lord Comfort and his family and claim their inheritance for himself. His malevolent plan revolves around Melissa [Montserrat Prous]. From the age of ten she became his tool, to perform his will through his magnetic force of evil and depravity. Bizarre murders and twisted plots predominate in this thrilling tale of suspense and perversity.

OUIJA: ORIGIN OF EVIL Digital Download 13th February / DVD & Blu-ray 27th February 2017.

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IT WAS NEVER JUST A GAME…

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1967 Los Angeles, a widowed mother and her two daughters add a new stunt to bolster their seance scam business and unwittingly invite authentic evil into their home. When the youngest daughter is overtaken by a merciless spirit, the family confronts unthinkable fears to save her and send her possessor back to the other side.

The chilling prequel to the horror hit invites audiences again into the lore of the spirit board when Ouija: Origin of Evil arrives on Digital Download on 13th February and on Blu-ray™, DVD and On Demand on 27th February, 2017 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. A two movie collection including both the original Ouija and Ouija: Origin of Evil will be released on Blu-ray™ and DVD on the same date.

Set 50 years prior to the events that took place in Ouija, director and writer Mike Flanagan (Oculus, Before I Wake) tells a terrifying new tale as a grieving spiritualist mother and her young daughters discover the buried dangers of an ancient game. With exclusive bonus content including deleted scenes, a character spotlight, a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the film, and more, Ouija: Origin of Evil delivers spine-tingling chills to viewers.

Roger Corman’s DEATH RACE 2050 crashes onto DVD & Blu-ray 20th March 2017.

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STARRING: MALCOLM MCDOWELL AND MANU BENNETT.

RATCHET UP THE ACTION AND THE MAYHEM IN THE NO-HOLDS-BARRED MODERN REIMAGINATION OF THE CULT CLASSIC, DEATH RACE 2000 (1975).

A delirious blend of high-octane action, razor-sharp political satire and full-throttle mayhem, Roger Corman’s Death Race 2050 arrives on Blu-rayand DVD on 20th March from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. The film will be released on digital download from 6th March, 2017. The highly anticipated reboot of the cult classic Death Race 2000, the Universal 1440 Entertainment original production straps viewers into the driver’s seat of the ultimate auto showdown, a blood-splattered no-holds-barred virtual-reality show that gleefully pits hardened road warriors against each other — and their audience. Exclusive bonus features reveal how filmmakers transformed the deadliest competition on wheels into a hair-raising, savagely funny game of life or death.

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Legendary filmmaking icon, Roger Corman, is back with his most outrageous film yet in this sensational, action-packed and darkly humorous reboot of the original Death Race 2000! It’s the year 2050 and America is controlled by an all-powerful corporate government ruled by The Chairman (Malcolm McDowell). The masses have been brainwashed with violent virtual-reality entertainment. The event of the year is the Death Race, in which a motley crew of violent drivers compete in a cross-country road race, scoring points for shamelessly running people over and driving each other off the road. The reigning champion and fan favorite, Frankenstein (Manu Bennett), who’s half-man half-machine, wants to take the crown, but his rebel spy co-pilot threatens his legacy.

Produced by Roger Corman, the king of cult classics, Roger Corman’s Death Race 2050 stars Manu Bennett (The Hobbit) as Frankenstein and Malcolm McDowell (A Clockwork Orange) as the Chairman. The cast also features Burt Grinstead (“NCIS”), Marci Miller (Viper), Folake Olowofoyeku (The Beaver), Anessa Ramsey (Footloose), Yancy Butler (Hard Target) and Charlie Farrell (Cantar).

BLU-RAYTM AND DVD exclusive BONUS FEATURES:

  • The Making of 2050 – This featurette goes behind the scenes of Roger Corman’s Death Race 2050 to explore why, over four decades later, the original Death Race 2000 has been remade, including what made this project appealing to cast and crew, what changes have been made, and what fans of the original will still love. Discover the movie magic behind the deaths, stunts and of course — the cars! Includes interviews with stars, director G.J. Echternkamp and Corman himself.
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Cars! Cars! Cars! – Go on the set with the drivers of Death Race 2050 as they introduce their one-of-a-kind killing machines: Frankenstein and his Monster, Perfectus and his Piece of Art, Tammy and the Tank, Minerva and her Sound Box and ABE.
  • Cast Car Tours