Berlin, the future, but close enough to feel familiar: In this loud, often brutal city, Leo (Alexander Skarsgård) – unable to speak from a childhood accident – searches for his missing girlfriend, the love of his life, his salvation, through dark streets, frenzied plazas, and the full spectrum of the cities shadow-dwellers. As he seeks answers, Leo finds himself mixed up with Cactus Bill (Paul Rudd) and Duck (Justin Theroux), a pair of irreverent US army surgeons on a mission all their own. This soulful sci-fi journey from filmmaker Duncan Jones (Moon, Source Code, Warcraft) imagines a world of strange currencies in which echoes of love and humanity are still worth listening to.
Mute is directed by Duncan Jones and written by Jones and Michael Robert Johnson. The film is produced by Stuart Fenegan. Charles J.D. Schissel and Trevor Beattie are executive producers. Mute will be released on Netflix, February 23, 2018.
Crawling up from Full Moon’s primordial ooze is Laserblast, a bona fide Charles Band classic and one of the weirdest science fiction tales ever told! Happy go-lucky Billy Duncan discovers an otherworldly laser gun in the southern California desert,making him the target of a pair of aliens (rendered in stop-motion by the late, great David Allen) who had recently executed its previous owner. As Billy revels in the power of the weapon, he begins to change, his skin taking on a green hue and his mind becoming more and more malevolent. As the tainted teen becomes more powerful and lethal, it’s up to the local authorities and the aliens to stop him before he blasts his way to oblivion! Laserblast co-stars the legendary Roddy McDowall (Planet of the Apes, Fright Night) and Keenan Wynn (Kiss Me Kate, Clonus) and marks the first appearace of nerd icon Eddie Deezan. It also makes the first feature length score by Joel Goldsmith (son of Jerry) and Richard Band. Special features include a BRAND NEW feature-length commentary by Charles and Richard Band. Prepare to get BLASTED!
January 19, 2018 /
giallo1971 / Comments Off on PENITENTIARY skull snaps it’s way onto Blu-ray 30th January from Vinegar Syndrome.
Leon Issac Kennedy stars as Martel Gordone who, after unwittingly getting involved with a prostitute and attempting to save her from being assaulted by a John, which turns deadly, finds himself charged with a murder he didn’t commit. Locked up in the state penitentiary, Martel is forced to fend for himself among hardened criminals, until he’s introduced to the underground and lucrative world of in-prison boxing.
Director Jamaa Fanaka’s breakout action hit, PENITENTIARY, remains one of the seminal late period ‘Blaxploitation’ films. Gritty, violent, and maddeningly entertaining, Vinegar Syndrome presents the Blu-ray debut of this genre film classic, newly restored in 4k from its original 35mm camera negative and filled with both all new and archival interviews with its cast and crew.
1. Newly scanned and restored in 4k from the 35mm original camera negative
2. Archival commentary track with Jamaa Fanaka (writer / producer / director)
3. Commentary track with Sergio Mims (second assistant director)
4. “Too Sweet for Penitentiary” – interview with Leon Isaac Kennedy (lead actor)
5. “Filming Penitentiary” – interview with Marty Ollstein (cinematographer)
6. “Producing Penitentiary” – interview with Alicia Dhanifu (producer)
7. Original theatrical trailer
8. English SDH Subtitles
January 19, 2018 /
giallo1971 / Comments Off on FUGITIVE GIRLS: Ed Wood’s WIP Blaxploiter hits Blu-ray 30th January 2018 from Vinegar Syndrome!
Vinegar Syndrome proudly presents AC Stephen’s FUGITIVE GIRLS, the fourth release in our Limited Edition Sexploitation Signature Series. This Blu-ray/DVD combo is strictly limited to 2,500 units.
Beautiful Sheila (Donna Young) is implicated in a fatal liquor store shooting committed by her boyfriend. Sent to an all-female work camp, she quickly finds herself at the mercy of four other violent and lust crazed prisoners who force her into their daring escape plan. Once on the outside, the five fugitives embark on a brutal and sex filled rampage across the countryside, while making their way to a mystery site rumoured to have a buried suitcase full of money!
Director AC Stephen’s most accomplished film, FUGITIVE GIRLS is a quick paced hybrid of action and sexploitation, which co-stars the beautiful Rene Bond and Tallie Cochran, and featuring a typically jaw-dropping screenplay from Ed Wood (who also appears in the film!). Long available only in poor quality bootlegs or heavily censored versions, Vinegar Syndrome brings this drive-in classic to Blu-ray totally uncut and uncensored and newly restored from its camera negative.
Bonus Features: Newly scanned and restored in 2k from the 35mm original camera negative. Limited Edition of 2,500 units. Commentary track with: Frank Henenlotter (Exploitation filmmaker) and Rudolph Grey (Ed Wood biographer). Archival audio interview with Tallie Cochrane (actress), moderated by Casey Scott. Original theatrical trailer. Original promo trailer. English SDH Subtitles.
Susan, a young bride, travels with her husband to his family’ ancient manor house in the far north of Spain. Susan is a virgin and is very hesitant about her husband’s sexual demands. She is also disturbed by her unfamiliar surroundings and wonders if she will ever come to terms with her new married life. She is shocked to discover that all the old portraits of female members of her husband’s family have been locked away in the basement. When she finds them, she discovers that one of the portraits shows a woman holding a strange dagger. The woman’s face has been cut out of the painting. Her name is Mircala Karstein.
This atmospheric, gothic horror story is widely regarded as one of the very best vampire films ever made. Controversial in its day for sexual content and for extreme scenes of violence and gore, it was widely cut on original release. This brand new version restores the film to its intended length and includes alternate scenes that have never been made available before. This is the first Blu-ray release of an acknowledged classic, one of Quentin Tarantino’s favourite films and an influence on his own Kill Bill.
SPECIAL FEATURES Brand new 4k transfer from film negative English audio option Newly created English subtitles Audio commentary by Samm Deighan and Kat Ellinger Interview with cinematographer Fernando Arribas Two part interview with actor Simón Andreu Interview with Euro Gothic author Jonathan Rigby Original trailers and radio spots Deleted and alternate scenes Mondo Macabro previews