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THE NUN available now on Blu-ray and DVD.

When a young nun at a cloistered abbey in Romania takes her own life, a priest with a haunted past and a novitiate on the threshold of her final vows are sent by the Vatican to investigate. Together they uncover the order’s unholy secret. Risking not only their lives but their faith and their very souls, they confront a malevolent force in the form of the same demonic nun that first terrorized audiences in “The Conjuring 2,” as the abbey becomes a horrific battleground between the living and the damned.

Corin Hardy delivers what is in my opinion the strongest entry in The Conjuring universe since The Conjuring (James Wan/2013). As with his impressive previous horror outing The Hallow, one of the standout horror films of 2015, Hardy’s THE NUN has more jump scares and sinister set pieces than it probably deserves! THE NUN is a satisfyigly delirious slice of demonic horror.

 

THE LITTLE STRANGER available now on Digital Download and DVD.

It’s time to abandon reason, question everything and see if you can uncover this unsettling case… based on the best-selling novel by Sarah Waters. The dark mysterious tale, THE LITTLE STRANGER is available on DVD & Digital Download now.

Directed by Oscar nominee Lenny Abrahamson (Room) the film stars Domhnall Gleeson (Mother! & Goodbye Christopher Robin) as Dr Faraday; Golden Globe ® winner Ruth Wilson (The Affair) as Caroline Ayres; BAFTA winner Will Poulter (The Revenant) as Roderick Ayres; and Oscar nominee Charlotte Rampling (45 Years) as Mrs Ayres.

THE LITTLE STRANGER tells the story of Dr Faraday, the son of a housemaid, who has built a life of quiet respectability as a country doctor. During the long hot summer of 1948, he is called to a patient at Hundreds Hall, where his mother once worked. The Hall has been home to the Ayres family for more than two centuries but it is now in decline and its inhabitants, mother, son and daughter are haunted by something more ominous than a dying way of life.When he takes on his new patient, Faraday has no idea how closely, and how disturbingly, the family’s story is about to become entwined with his own.

SPECIAL FEATURES INCLUDE:Commentary by Director Lenny Abrahamson / Behind The Scenes Featurette / Original Theatrical Trailer / Teaser Trailer.

As a standard in some of the greatest period-set chillers, including The Others (2001) and the Spanish classic El Orfanato (The Orphanage/2007), Lenny Abrahamson’s The Little Stranger relies on a third act reveal to ramp up the chills.While not being an outright horror or chiller The Little Stranger works best as a solid drama and a faithful rendering of Sarah Waters novel.

John Carpenter’s ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK crash lands in a 4K 4-Disc Limited Collector’s Edition! AVAILABLE NOW!

The year is 1997 and in a police state future the island of Manhattan has been turned into a maximum-security prison. The rules are simple: once you’re in, you don’t come out. But when the United States president (Donald Pleasance) crash lands an escape pod into the centre of the city after fleeing a hijacked plane, a ruthless prison warden (Lee Van Cleef) bribes ex-soldier and criminal Snake Plissken (Kurt Russell) into entering the hazardous Manhattan and rescuing the stranded President from the twisted underworld and the demented clutches of its criminal overlord The Duke (Isaac Hayes).

CAVE OF CULT caught an early 4k screening at London’s Prince Charles Cinema.The 4k print was stunning and a complete revelation.Die-hard fans will have watched this way back in 1982 when the Avco Embassy VHS was released.The first edition was a pan and scan print missing a lot of the detail.Carpenter’s vision is fully restored in this Limited Collector’s Edition set.

Written by Nick Castle (‘The Shape’ in Halloween (1978) and Halloween (2018)) and John Carpenter and featuring what is undoubtedly the most stellar cast from any Carpenter feature.

The computer graphics on the glider display screens were animated as computer graphics were expensive at the time. To generate the wire-frame city scape, sfx designers built a model of the city, attached bright white tape to the buildings to simulate a grid system. The camera then tracked through the city.DOP Dean Cundey used a special lens  to extract the maximum amount of light from the night time shoots.The buildings in the background were matte-painted by James Cameron.

ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK has been released as a 4-disc limited Collector’s Edition. This release is beautifully packaged with a stylish, newly commissioned illustration on the cover. It contains a UHD of the feature as well as a Blu-ray feature disc, extra features disc and the original soundtrack on CD. It also contains 5 artcards, a newly illustrated theatrical poster and booklet containing behind the scenes stills, articles and an essay from celebrated film journalist Kim Newman. It is also being released as a restored Blu-ray and DVD release.

The 2018 restoration of ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK was made from the 35mm original camera negative. A full 4K 16bit Dolby Vision workflow was applied to create a 4K DCP, UHD version and a new HD version which were produced with the same high technological standards as today’s biggest international film releases.  The restoration and new UHD version was colour graded and approved in Los Angeles by the Cinematographer, Dean Cundey.

EXTRAS MATERIAL:

  • Purgatory: Entering John Carpenter’s ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK:A brand retrospective documentary produced by Ballyhoo Motion Pictures and featuring interviews with writer Nick Castle, cinematographer Dean Cundey, composer Alan Howarth, production designer Joe Alves, special visual effects artist/model maker Gene Rizzardi, production assistant David De Coteau, photographer Kim Gottleib-Walker, Carpenter biographer John Muir, visual effects historian Justin Humphreys, and music historian Daniel Schweiger.
  • Snake Plissken: Man of Honor
  • Deleted Opening Sequence “Snake’s Crime” with Optional Audio Commentary
  • Photo gallery incl. Behind the Scenes
  • Original Trailers
  • Audio Commentary with actor Kurt Russell & director John Carpenter
  • Audio Commentary with Producer Debra Hill and production designer Joe Alves
  • Big Challenges in Little Manhattan: Visual effects featurette
  • I am Taylor – Interview with actor Joe Unger
  • Audio Commentary with actress Adrienne Barbeau & DOP Dean Cundey.

John Carpenter’s HALLOWEEN 4K Ultra HD OUT NOW! Celebrate 40 years of HALLOWEEN!

It may have been 40 years since Michael Myers returned to terrorise his hometown but the horror is as real today.

Revisit Haddonfield this Halloween as John Carpenter’s classic horror film is re-released on DVD, Blu-ray and for the first time on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray (which also includes 5 lobby-style artcards) to celebrate 40 years of terror.

With a soundtrack to remember, a face mask you’ll want to forget and scares that stay with you beyond the 31st October – this is the only movie worth watching this Halloween.

The main reason for purchasing this release is the 4K Ultra HD presentation of Halloween which comes at a very reasonable price compared to most titles currently available in the 4K range. As has been previously discussed, Carpenter shot Halloween on a Panavision Panaflex camera using 35mm film. The master 35mm print was scanned in 4K and has been used for this Ultra HD release of Halloween to tie-in with the 40th Anniversary of the films release. Image wise, this 4K Ultra HD release uses the native 4K 3840 x 2160p picture in Widescreen (2.35:1).

This is the first film I have seen in 4K and, as a seasoned horror fan and as a die-hard fan of HALLOWEEN, this presentation is a complete revelation.I have never seem the film looking this clean and fresh and (some audio issues aside) this is the Horror re-release of the year.As prices of 4K Players will reduce over the coming months I urge Horror fans to pick this release up.The only downside is the Blu-ray included here.As this is the 40th Anniversary release of the film we still have included in this set the same Blu-ray Disc as used in the 35th Anniversary release from 2013.

page1image143364K UHD BD Special Features:

Original Trailer.

Commentary track with writer/director John Carpenter and star Jamie Lee Curtis.

‘The Night She Came Home’ new featurette with Jamie Lee Curtis in HD.

On Location.

Trailers and TV & Radio Spots.

NETWORK release Joseph G. Prieto’s MISS LESLIE’S DOLLS on Blu-ray & DVD NOW and on Digital on 1st October.

THE LOST GRINDHOUSE CLASSIC!
A rare specimen from the more deranged end of the Grindhouse spectrum, Miss Leslie’s Dolls is a memorably demented tale of possession and transvestitism from director Joseph G. Prieto (who, under the name Joseph P. Mawra, directed the outrageous 1965 lesbian sexploitation “documentary” Chained Girls). Believed lost for decades, it has been re-mastered from original film elements especially for this release.

Stranded in the backwoods during a thunderstorm, a beautiful teacher and her three promiscuous students take refuge at a lonely house owned by the middle-aged Miss Leslie. Miss Leslie, however, is less a mild-mannered spinster and more an axe-wielding, homicidal cross-dresser intent on transferring his spirit into the nubile body of any girl foolish enough to come visiting.

Miss Leslies Dolls has been newly scanned from one of the few surviving prints in its original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. The restoration carried out involved careful grain management, both automated and manual removal of film dirt and damage, and correction of major instability, warping and density fluctuations.

Truly a lost film and barely released when shown in UK cinemas at the bottom half of an Adult double-bill in 1974, MISS LESLIE’S DOLLS is an Exploitation Cinema lovers dream release.Director Joseph G. Prieto, known for Exploitation classic SHANTY TRAMP (1967), really should have been heralded as a trash film auteur among the likes of Russ Meyer, David F. Friedman, Dorish Wishman and Herschell Gordon Lewis for delivering such a delirious slice of lurid cinema. Clearly an influence on the works of John Waters, MISS LESLIE’S DOLLS is essential viewing.If you can imagine a fever dream encompassing Ed Wood in drag in Woods’ TAKE IT OUT IN TRADE (1972),Ron Garcia’s THE TOY BOX (1971) and Freddie Francis’ THE PSYCHOIPATH (1966) then we are halfway there to dismembering this one!