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WIN!!! YOU WERE NEVER REALLY HERE on DVD / Available on Digital Download, DVD, Blu-ray & VOD from 2 July 2018.

FROM LYNNE RAMSAY, THE ACCLAIMED DIRECTOR OF ‘RATCATCHER’ AND ‘WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN’.

Lynne Ramsay (Morvern Callar) and Joaquin Phoenix (Her, Gladiator) combine to devastating effect in YOU WERE NEVER REALLY HERE, a powerful and intensely thrilling reworking of the crime genre.
Having premiered at the 70th Cannes Film Festival, where Phoenix won the award for Best Actor for his career-best performance and celebrated British director Ramsay was the joint winner for Best Screenplay, YOU WERE NEVER REALLY HERE has since garnered universal critical acclaim.
Joe, a tormented but ruthlessly brutal hired gun sets out to rescue a young girl from a sex ring, only to find himself weathering a storm of gruesome conspiracy and violent retribution when matters go awry. As the violence swirls both around him and through him, Joe’s deeply damaged psyche is revealed, but will this maelstrom lead to his awakening?

Written and directed by Ramsay and based on the book by Jonathan Ames, YOU WERE NEVER REALLY HERE marks an outstanding breakout performance by Ekaterina Samsonov,and yet another mesmerising, eerie score from Radiohead’s Academy Award® nominee Johnny Greenwood.

Dubbed the post-modern Taxi Driver, this taut and excruciatingly tense tale of a solitary and deeply troubled underworld mercenary in not to be missed.

To be in with a chance of winning 1 of 2 DVDs of YOU WERE NEVER REALLY HERE please send your name, address and answer to mark@caveofcult.co.uk.

Q) In which David Lynch film did actress Judith Roberts appear as ‘Beautiful Girl Across The Hall’?

WIN!!! MANSFIELD 66/67 ON DVD !! AVAILABLE ON DVD 27TH JUNE FROM PECCADILLO PICTURES.

JAYNE MANSFIELD – GODDESS? GENIUS?  SATANIST?

*DVD/VOD RELEASE:   27th JUNE*

”MANSFIELD 66/67 ”      
DIRECTED BY P. DAVID EBERSOLE AND TODD HUGHES
Jayne Mansfield. Goddess? Genius? Satanist? She was the blonde bombshell created to rival Monroe.Adored by the public, her star rose until, briefly, she was one of the biggest stars in the world. Jayne Mansfield constantly courted publicity and eventually her personal life engulfed her career and she sought solace in drink, drugs and Anton LaVey, the charismatic leader of the Church of Satan. Her fatal car crash in 1967 led to many conspiracies, was it a curse? Did the devil make her do it? Made to coincide with the 50th anniversary of her death, MANSFIELD 66/67 is a gloriously entertaining film, Hollywood Babylon style exploration of the last two years of the life of ‘the first reality TV star’ Directed by P. David Ebersole and Todd Hughes (Hit So Hard; Room 237), the film features interviews with John Waters, Kenneth Anger, Cheryl Dunne, UK pop star Marilyn, actresses Tippi Hedren and Mamie Van Doren.
Jayne Mansfield was the blonde bombshell to rival Monroe and who
constantly courted publicity. From ‘The Girl Can’t Help It’ to her final cameo
role in Gene Kelly’s ‘A Guide to the Married Men’ she was adored by the
public.

However, her personal life impacted on her career as she sought solace
in drink, drugs and Anton LaVey, the charismatic leader of the Church of
Satan.  Her fatal car crash in 1967 led to many conspiracy theories.
A firm favourite at Frameline Festival and FrightFest, MANSFIELD 66/67 combines archive film footage and new drag routines specially created for the film. It’s a gloriously entertaining exploration of the lasting impact of myth, the rise of the Feminist movement of the 1960s and a celebration of ‘the first reality TV star’.
View the trailer here:    https://youtu.be/5EGerBQFbnw

TO BE IN WITH A CHANCE OF WINNING ONE OF THREE DVDs OF ‘MANSFIELD 66/67’ please send your answer, name and address to mark@caveofcult.co.uk:

Question) What was the name of the Episode of  Lux Video Theatre (1954) where Jayne was billed as ‘Girl At Piano’?

 

 

XTRO Limited Edition Blu-ray OUT NOW! / ’80s Horror classic finally available in Remastered HD!

 

Remastered and restored in glorious HD! This Limited Edition Blu-ray release is an essential purchase for all Horror fans!

Part E.T., part Alien, British horror classic Xtro is one of the
strangest, most shocking exploitation flicks to land on earth during the video nasty
heyday. A film that narrowly avoided inclusion and prosecution on the original nasties list, threw in buckets of blood and gore and
some of the most outlandish plot twists of the VHS era to create a truly memorable horror classic. Now it makes its arrival for the first time on Blu-ray courtesy of Second Sight Films as Xtro: Limited Edition Box Set.

Second Sight’s Limited Blu-ray edition of XTRO is music to die hard Horror lovers ears! This film has not received a decent release on any format for decades, until now. Older fans of the film will remember well the censored, pan & scan VHS editions doing the rounds in the early ’80s.

 

This remastered HD edition is an absolute revelation, never has it looked this good. Known as a guilty pleasure for many horror fans, XTRO is a mind- melting hybrid of Horror and Sci-Fi genre tropes. This really should have received the love of it’s early ’80s horror contemporaries such as HELL RAISER, ALIEN, THE EVIL DEAD and POLTERGEIST.

Director Harry Bromley-Davenport unleashed two further slices of XTRO, Xtro II: The Second Encounter (’90) and Xtro 3: Watch the Skies (’95)…if you can take it!

SPECIAL LIMITED EDITION FEATURES:

  • Limited Edition packaging
  • New restoration featuring option of alternate endings plus the original UK video version edit
  • New director restoration
  • ‘Xploring Xtro’ – a new 57 minute documentary featuring interviews with Harry Bromley-Davenport, Mark Forstater, Bernice Stegers, Susie Silvey, ‘Tik’ – Tim Dry, ‘Tok’ – Sean Crawford, Robert Pereno, Alan Jones and Craig Lapper
  • ‘The World of Xtro’ – a new featurette with Dennis Atherton, Harry Bromley-Davenport and Mark Forstater
  • ‘Beyond Xtro’ – a new featurette with Harry Bromley-Davenport and Mark Forstater looking ahead to new reboot ‘Xtro – The Big One’, including excusive test footage
  • ‘Xtro Xposed’
  • ‘Loving The Alien: A Tribute to Philip Sayer’ featuring exclusive Brian May music tribute
  • Soft cover booklet with new writing by Kevin Lyons plus behind-the-scenes stills and promo material
  • Original soundtrack CD
  • Rigid slipcase featuring original UK video and UK theatrical artwork
  • English subtitles for the hearing impaired.

MS.MAGNIFICENT (aka SUPERWOMAN) flies onto Blu-ray from Vinegar Syndrome!

 

Ms. Magnificent (Desiree Cousteau, Pretty Peaches) does two things well…one of them is fly! When mild mannered LA Times reporter, Linda Kent, discovers that her intergalactic arch nemesis, Kreeta Borgia (Jesie St. James) has landed on earth (in a Safeway parking lot) and has begun kidnapping people, including her boyfriend, for use in her diabolical plans for world sexual domination, Linda transforms into her alter ego, Miss Magnificent, out to save the day and use her super sexual powers to defeat Kreeta, while rescuing her boyfriend in the process. But when Kreeta learns of Miss Magnificent’s valiant efforts to combat her, she becomes determined to destroy the fearless superhero or, at least, seduce her.

A notorious and controversial superhero spoof that fell victim to a lawsuit resulting in its original point of reference being censored, MS. MAGNIFICENT is an endearingly sleazy and funny tribute to 1930s and 40s serials funnelled through late 70s pop culture based humour, and featuring supporting performances from Sharon Kane, Holly McCall, and Mike Horner. Vinegar Syndrome brings this cult favourite to DVD fully uncut (albeit still ‘censored’), newly restored from 16mm archival elements.

Directed by: Joe Sherman
1979 / 80 minutes / Color / 1.33:1 OAR
Cast: Desiree Cousteau, Jesie St. James, Sharon Kane, Holly McCall, Mike Horner, Starr Wood, Liza Dwyer

• Region free DVD
• Scanned & restored in 2k from 35mm archival elements

Vinegar Syndrome unleash Melvin Van Peeble’s groundbreaking blaxploiter SWEET SWEETBACK’S BAADASSSSS SONG onto Blu-ray 29th May 2018.

 

One of the most iconic, notorious, and influential American films of the 1970s, Melvin Van Peebles’ SWEET SWEETBACK’S BAADASSSSS SONG stars Van Peebles as Sweetback, a black orphan raised in a brothel and groomed into becoming a sex show performer. Set up by his boss and two corrupt white policemen for a murder he didn’t commit, Sweetback escapes custody only to find himself thrust into an increasingly hallucinogenic world of violence and bigotry where no one can be trusted and the possibility of death lurks at every corner…

Considered to be among the most significant features ever directed by a black filmmaker and included in the permanent collection of The Museum of Modern Art, SWEET SWEETBACK is a brutal and shocking story of survival and is credited as the first ‘blaxploitation’ film ever made. Featuring a rousing score from a nascent Earth, Wind, & Fire as well as surrealist tinged visuals from cinematographer Robert Maxwell, Van Peebles creates an unforgettable and immersive study of perseverance in the face of racism. Vinegar Syndrome proudly brings this landmark film to Blu-ray, newly restored in 4K from its original 35mm camera negative.

Directed by: Melvin Van Peebles
1971 / 97 minutes / Color / 1.85:1 OAR
Starring: Melvin Van Peebles, Simon Chuckster, Hubert Scales, Mario Van Peebles, John Dullaghan, Wesley Gale, Niva Ruschell, John Amos, Lavelle Roby.

Region free Blu-ray/DVD combo
• Newly scanned and restored in 4k from 35mm original camera negative
• Career interview with Melvin Van Peebles, courtesy of Olumide Productions
• “One Baadasssss Woman!” – an interview with Niva Ruschell (actress)
• Extensive Q&A from the 2013 Black Panther Film Festival at the Maysles Center in Harlem
• “The Real Deal (What it was…is!)” – archival ‘making of’ doc by Melvin Van Peebles
• Historical commentary track with Sergio Mims (assistant director of PENITENTIARY)
• Archival still gallery
• Trailers for: SWEET SWEETBACK, STORY OF A THREE-DAY PASS & DON’T PLAY US CHEAP
• Extensive booklet essay by Travis Crawford
• Limited edition slipcover designed by Earl Kessler Jr. (2,000 units)
• Reversible cover
• English SDH subtitles