Archive for January 30, 2017

Ben Cresciman’s SUN CHOKE – EXCLUSIVELY ON SHUDDER 9TH MARCH 2017.

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STARRING:BARBARA CRAMPTON, SARAH HAGAN, SARA MALAKUL LANE.

AMC Networks’ expertly curated premium streaming video service SHUDDER continues its mission of bringing new premieres and exclusives to casual and hardcore fans of horror and suspense by announcing the exclusive 9th March UK release date of Ben Cresciman’s unnerving, kaleidoscopic gem SUN CHOKE.

Starring horror icon Barbara Crampton (REANIMATOR, FROM BEYOND), this stylish psychological thriller and festival favourite showcases an equally spell-binding performance from Sarah Hagan (FREAKS & GEEKS, BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER) and can now be enjoyed exclusively on SHUDDER.

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As Janie (Sarah Hagan) recovers from a violent psychotic break, she is subjected to a bizarre holistic health and wellness regimen designed, and enforced, by her lifelong nanny and caretaker (Barbara Crampton). But when she develops an obsession with a stranger, Janie’s buried demons begin to surface.

Sleazy does it! Grindhouse Shockers hit Blu-ray from Vinegar Syndrome.

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Vinegar Syndrome presents a lurid double dose of 70s sleaze from one of the most enigmatic leading men of the era: Peter Carpenter.In Robert Vincent O’Neill’s BLOOD MANIA, Carpenter stars as Craig, lover of the unstable Victoria (Maria De Aragon), who’s very keen to see her wealthy father reach an early grave so she can inherit his fortune. Deciding to speed up the process, she concocts a diabolical plan for his demise, only to be met with some unexpected obstacles.Playing like a sex and violence drenched soap opera, BLOOD MANIA is a mind-bending drive-in oddity that keeps you guessing until its final shocking twist.

Then, in Alex Nicol’s POINT OF TERROR, Carpenter headlines as Tony Trelos, a lounge singer who mysteriously wakes up on Andrea’s (Dyanne Thorne) private beach. The two quickly begin an affair, but things get complicated when Andrea decides to murder her wheelchair bound husband and Tony starts sleeping with Andrea’s pretty stepdaughter.With its Tom Jones inspired musical interludes and DP Robert Maxwell’s Bava-esque lighting scheme, POINT OF TERROR plays like a candy colored acid trip into the world of vanity themed exploitation.

Vinegar Syndrome proudly brings both of these jaw dropping classics to Blu-ray, newly restored from their original negatives and featuring their much sought after alternative TV versions (exclusive to this first pressing of 3,000 units)!

Directed by: Robert Vincent O’Neill & Alex Nichol 1970-1971 / 168 minutes (combined) / Color / 1.85:1 Actors: Peter Carpenter, Maria De Aragon, Leslie Simms, Vicki Peters, Dyanne Thorne, Jacqueline Dalya

Features Include:

  • LIMITED EDITION EXCLUSIVE: Bonus DVD featuring alternate TV versions for both films! (Limited to 3,000 units) • Region free 3-disc Blu-ray and DVD combo pack • Both films scanned and restored in 2k from 35mm camera negative • Commentary track on BLOOD MANIA with Robert Vincent O’Neill (Director), Leslie Simms (Actress) and Vicki Peters (Actress) • Video interview and introduction with director Robert Vincent O’Neill • Video interview with actress Leslie Simms • Theatrical trailers for both films • TV spots for both films • Promotional galleries for both films • Reverse cover artwork • English SDH Subtitles

In DON’T ANSWER THE PHONE!, Vietnam vet Kirk Smith (Nicholas Worth) spends his days photographing pretty girls. He spends his nights strangling them. With the LAPD baffled by what seems to be a series of random killings, radio psychiatrist Lindsay Gale begins receiving menacing calls from Smith, who then sets his murderous sights on her patients, and soon Gale herself.

One time director Robert Hammer’s gripping and suspenseful early slasher, DON’T ANSWER THE PHONE!, blends unnerving psychological drama with brutal violence, complimented by a career performance from Nicholas Worth and atmospheric cinematography by James L. Carter (TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE 3).

Vinegar Syndrome presents this genre film masterpiece freshly restored in 4k from its recently discovered 35mm original camera negative, and looking better than it ever has on home video.

Directed by: Robert Hammer 1979 / 95 minutes / Color / 1.85:1 Actors: Nicholas Worth, James Westmoreland, Flo Lawrence, Ben Frank, Denise Galik

Features Include:

  • Scanned and restored in 4k from recently discovered 35mm original negative • All extras included on both Blu-ray and DVD • Commentary track with writer / producer / director Robert Hammer • Director introduction • “Answering the Phone” video interview with star Nicholas Worth • “For What It’s Worth” career retrospective with Nicholas Worth • Isolated soundtrack by composer Byron Allred • Original theatrical trailer • Multiple TV spots • Promotional still gallery • 16 page booklet with essay by Michael Gingold • Reversible cover artwork • English SDH Subtitles.

Silvio Amadio’s AMUCK! arrives on UK Blu-ray 27th February from 88 Films.

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Greta, a beautiful young American woman, travels to Italy and is hired as a secretary by Richard Stuart, a wealthy author. Her secret motive for taking on the job is to look for Sally, her missing lover. Richard’s very attractive wife becomes sexually interested in the beautiful Greta and lets her know it. One evening while viewing of a porn movie, Greta is stunned to see the film stars her missing love, Sally. Greta also discovers a deadly secret about Richard and his wife and they learn Greta’s real motive and decide to have some fun with her! Starring two of Italy’s most beautiful starlets; Barbara Bouchet and Rosalba Neri.

Extras:
Restored in 2K From the Original 35mm Negative
Uncompressed English Audio
Uncompressed Italian Audio with Newly Translated English Subtitles
An Icon Amuck – Barbara Bouchet
Barbara Boucher Q&A – From the Festival of Fantastic Films, Manchester

Joe D’Amato’s ABSURD splats onto Blu-ray 13th February from 88 Films.

 

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Mikos (George Eastman, Hands of Steel), an unstoppable killing machine, is on the loose in a sleepy American town. The town’s only hope is a mysterious priest (Edmund Purdom, Pieces) who has been hunting this madman around the globe. As the bodies pile up, desperate Police Sergeant, Engleman (Charles Borromel, Ladyhawke), teams up with the priest in hopes of stopping Mikos from slaughtering more and more of his town folk.

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A would-be sequel to Joe D’Amato’s infamous Anthropophagus: The Beast, this notorious splatter classic finally returns to UK shelves after three decades of obscurity thanks to 88 Films. Co-starring Anne Belle (House on the Edge of the Park) and Michele Soavi (Stage Fright), and featuring over-the-top death scenes that linger long after viewing, Absurd is essential viewing for any self-respecting horror fan and is presented here, uncut, for the first time since it was banned in 1984!

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SPECIAL FEATURES: Restored in 2K from the Original Camera Negative/English Version with Uncompressed Mono Audio (94 Mins)Italian Version with Uncompressed Mono Audio and newly translated subtitles (88 Mins)/Audio Commentary by The Hysteria Continues/The Absurd Files: An Interview with Luigi Montefiori aka George Eastman/Michele Soavi Interview/Video Nasties Guide and Booklet Notes by Dr. Calum Waddell

TECHNICAL SPECS: Region Code: ABC/Picture Format: HD 1080p 1.85:1/Audio Format: LPCM Mono/Language:  English & Italian with newly translated English Subtitles/Certification: 18/Running Time: 94 Mins Approx.

Rare ‘Blaxploitation’ classic WILLIE DYNAMITE struts onto Blu-ray 6th February from Arrow Video.

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HE’S TIGHT, TOGETHER, AND MEAN.Who is Willie Dynamite? He’s the flashiest pimp in New York, he drives a personalised purple-and-gold Cadillac and wears some of the most eye-catching outfits ever seen on a cinema screen. He wants to be number one, but with the police, the D.A., fellow pimps and a tough-talking social worker on his tail, can a man as arrogant and amoral as Willie D avoid a downfall?

Willie Dynamite competes with the best of blaxploitation on all levels. Roscoe Orman dominates with his central performance a star turn that s the equal of Richard Roundtree in Shaft or Pam Grier in Coffy. Multi-award-winning director Gilbert Moses balances action and social commentary as deftly as Gordon Parks, Jr. did with Super Fly. And the score by J.J. Johnson featuring Motown legend Martha Reeves is as catchy as anything composed by Isaac Hayes, Curtis Mayfield or James Brown.

SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS: High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentation of the feature, transferred from original film elements by MGM/Original 1.0 mono audio (uncompressed on the Blu-ray)Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing/Kiss My Baad Asss, a guide to blaxploitation hosted by actor and musician Ice-T, and featuring interviews with Richard Roundtree, Melvin van Peebles, Isaac Hayes and others/Theatrical trailer/Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Sean Phillips.

FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Fully illustrated collector s booklet containing new writing on the film by Cullen Gallagher.