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Shopping: Black Gunn and The Take...

1974 UK action crime drama by Robert Hartford-Davis, both once cut by the BBFC, just released on US Blu-ray


Link Here 21st April 2019
The Take is a 1974 UK action crime drama by Robert Hartford-Davis.
Starring Billy Dee Williams, Eddie Albert and Frankie Avalon. BBFC link IMDb
Cut by the BBFC for its X rated cinema release in 1974. Uncut and 15 rated for 1990 VHS. Uncut and PG rated in the US.
Black Gunn is a 1972 UK / USA action crime thriller by Robert Hartford-Davis.
Starring Jim Brown, Martin Landau and Brenda Sykes. BBFC link IMDb
Cut by the BBFC for an X rated 1973 cinema release. Uncut and 18 rated on home video. Uncut and MPAA R rated in the US.

US: Uncut and MPAA R rated for:

  • 2019 Mill Creek Entertainment RA Blu-ray at US Amazon released on 16th April 2019

Promotional Material

A knock-down, drag-out, take-no-prisoners double feature - starring Billy Dee Williams and the notorious Jim Brown.

THE TAKE - Meet the brother with a badge on the take who takes on the mob and wins both ways.

BLACK GUNN - When the man comes up with mob violence, it's time to Gunn him down.

 

 

Shopping: Black Moon Rising...

1986 USA action thriller by Harley Cokeliss, once cut by the BBFC, just released on UK Blu-ray


Link Here 20th April 2019
Black Moon Rising is a 1986 USA action thriller by Harley Cokeliss (as Harley Cokliss).
Starring Tommy Lee Jones, Linda Hamilton and Robert Vaughn. BBFC link IMDb
Cut by the BBFC for the 18 rated cinema release and VHS. Uncut on 15 rated DVD
UK: Passed 15 uncut for infrequent strong violence and language:
  • 2019 Arrow Video Special Edition (RB) Blu-ray at UK Amazon released on 15th April 2019

Promotional Material

Buckle up for ride in the Black Moon, a sleek, high-tech supercar, powered by hydrogen and capable of speeds of over 300mph!

Tommy Lee Jones (Rolling Thunder, Under Siege) stars as Sam Quint, a master thief working for the government who hides a computer disc loaded with evidence of corporate crime in a prototype supercar, the Black Moon. When a gang of thieves steal the car, Quint seduces their leader, Nina (Linda Hamilton, Terminator), to get to the disc. But in order to reclaim his property, Quint and Nina must break into an impenetrable skyscraper and take down Ed Ryland (Robert Vaughn, The Delta Force), the head of a dangerous stolen car syndicate...

A fast-moving, hydrogen-fueled action thriller written by John Carpenter (Halloween, The Thing), Black Moon Rising has earned admiration from cult movie audiences for its thrilling chase sequences, pounding synth score, and slick direction courtesy of Harley Cokeliss (Battle Truck, The Glitterball).

SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS

  • Brand new 2K restoration of the film from the original 35mm interpositive
  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation
  • Uncompressed PCM 2.0 stereo audio and alternative 5.1 DTS-HD MA soundtrack
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • New audio commentary by Lee Gambin, author of Show Me: The Making of Christine
  • Black Moon Ascending, a new interview with director Harley Cokeliss
  • Thief in The Night: Producing Black Moon Rising, a new interview with producer Douglas Curtis
  • Sound of Speed: Composing Black Moon Rising, a new interview with composer Lalo Schifrin and film music historian Daniel Schweiger
  • Carpenter s Craft, a new video essay on co-writer John Carpenter s screenwriting career by author and critic Troy Howarth
  • Making Black Moon Rising, an archival documentary featuring behind the scenes footage and cast and crew interviews
  • Alternative Hong Kong version scenes, a presentation of selected scenes from the Hong Kong theatrical version with a different score and sound effects
  • Theatrical trailer and radio spots
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Haunt Love
  • FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Collector's booklet featuring new writing on the film by Kieran Fisher
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    Shopping: The Karate Kid...

    1984 USA family action drama by John G Avildsen, once cut by the BBFC, just released on US Blu-ray


    Link Here 19th April 2019
    The Karate Kid is a 1984 USA family action drama by John G Avildsen.
    Starring Ralph Macchio, Pat Morita and Elisabeth Shue. BBFC link IMDb
    BBFC category cuts were required for a PG rated cinema release in 1984. It was later rated 15 uncut for VHS and 12 uncut for DVD. Uncut and MPAA PG rated in the US.
    US: Uncut and MPAA PG rated for:
    • 2019 Sony Pictures Home Entertainment R0 Blu-ray at US Amazon released on 16th April 2019

    Promotional Material

    From Academy Award®-winning director (1976, Rocky) John G. Avildsen comes the highly entertaining, coming- of-age classic that will leave you cheering! Starring Ralph Macchio and Noriyuki "Pat " Morita in his Academy Award®-nominated performance (Best Supporting Actor, 1984) as Mr. Miyagi. There is more to karate than fighting. This is the lesson that Daniel (Macchio), a San Fernando Valley teenager, is about to learn from a most unexpected teacher: Mr.Miyagi (Morita), an elderly handyman who also happens to be a master of the martial arts. So when he rescues Daniel from the Cobra Kai, a vicious gang of karate school bullies, Miyagi instills in his young friend the importance of honor and confidence as well as skills in self-defense, vital lessons that will be called into play when a hopelessly outclassed Daniel faces Johnny, the sadistic leader of the Cobra Kai, in a no-holds-barred karate tournament for the championship of the Valley. UHD Release Celebrate the 35th anniversary of th

     

     

    Shopping: Keoma...

    1976 Italy western drama by Enzo G Castellari, cut by the BBFC, just released on US Blu-ray


    Link Here 18th April 2019
    Keoma is a 1976 Italy western drama by Enzo G Castellari.
    Starring Franco Nero, William Berger and Olga Karlatos. IMDb
    Uncut and X rated for 1976 cinema release but later cut for a horse fall on 15 and 12 rated home video. Uncut and MPAA R rated in the US.
    US: Uncut and MPAA R rated for:

    Promotional Material

    A strikingly original spaghetti western with a unique elegiac tone, Keoma truly is a one-of-a-kind classic of its genre...

    The legendary Franco Nero (Django, The Fifth Cord) stars in the titular role as a half-breed gunfighter who returns from the killing fields of the civil war to find his hometown riddled with the plague, its inhabitants terrorized (with the help of Keoma's own estranged half-brothers) by tyrannical gang leader Caldwell (Donald O'Brien, Zombie Holocaust). Keoma's father (Willian Berger, Sartana in the Valley of Death) welcomes his prodigal son s return, but when Keoma saves a vulnerable pregnant woman (Olga Karlatos, Zombie Flesh Eaters) from Caldwell's thugs, the stage is set for a violent confrontation. With the help of his father and his friend, the freed slave George (Woody Strode, Spartacus), Keoma prepares to take a savage revenge on Caldwell and his gang.

    Directed with immense flair and virtuosity by veteran Enzo G. Castellari (who channels Sam Peckinpah and Sergio Leone in equal measure), Keoma is an epic film of Shakespearean and biblical proportions, which boasts compelling performances and thrilling violent action. Truly epic in scope, Keoma is considered by many to be one of the greatest spaghetti westerns. The film is presented here in a stunning new restoration with a wealth of informative and entertaining new extras.

    SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS

  • New 2K restoration from the original 35mm camera negative
  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation
  • Uncompressed mono 1.0 LPCM audio
  • Original English and Italian soundtracks, titles and credits
  • Newly translated English subtitles for the Italian soundtrack
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing for the English soundtrack
  • New audio commentary by spaghetti western experts C. Courtney Joyner and Henry C. Parke
  • The Ballad of Keoma, a new interview with the legendary star Franco Nero
  • Ashes to Ashes, Dust to Dust, a new interview with director Enzo G. Castellari
  • Writing Keoma, a new interview with actor and writer Luigi Montefiori AKA George Eastman
  • Parallel Actions, a new interview with editor Gianfranco Amicucci
  • The Flying Thug, a new interview with actor Massimo Vanni
  • Play as an Actor, a new interview with actor Volfango Soldati
  • Keoma and the Twilight of the Spaghetti Western, a newly filmed video appreciation by the academic Austin Fisher
  • An Introduction to Keoma by Alex Cox, an archival featurette with the acclaimed director
  • Original Italian and international theatrical trailers
  • Gallery of original promotional images from the Mike Siegel Archive
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Sean Phillips
  • Collector's booklet featuring new writing on the film by Simon Abrams and Howard Hughes
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    Shopping: The Last Temptation of Christ...

    1988 USA / Canada drama by Martin Scorsese, once controversial, just released on UK Blu-ray


    Link Here 17th April 2019
    The Last Temptation of Christ is a 1988 USA / Canada drama by Martin Scorsese.
    Starring Willem Dafoe, Harvey Keitel and Barbara Hershey. Youtube link BBFC link IMDb
    Moralist campaigners claimed that the cinema release should have been banned on grounds of blasphemy. The BBFC consulted clerics who did not consider the film blasphemous so passed it 18 uncut for 1988 cinema release and 1999 VHS. Some local authorities banned the cinema release despite BBFC's findings. The film has been rated 15 uncut for home video since 2001. Uncut and MPAA R rated in the US.
    UK: Passed 15 uncut for strong violence, gore, sex, nudity:
    • 2019 Sony/Criterion RB Blu-ray at UK Amazon released on 15th April 2019

    Promotional Material

    Based on Nikos Kazantzakis' novel about Christ's last days on Earth --,The carpenter Jesus of Nazareth, tormented by the temptations of demons, the guilt of making crosses for the Romans, pity for men and the world, and the constant call of God, sets out to find what God wills for him. But as his mission nears fulfilment, he must face the greatest temptation : the normal life of a good man.

    The Last Temptation of Christ, by Martin Scorsese is a towering achievement. Though it initially engendered enormous controversy, the film can now be viewed as the remarkable, profoundly personal work of faith that it is. This fifteen-year labour of love, an adaptation of Nikos Kazantzakis's landmark novel that imagines an alternate fate for Jesus Christ, features outstanding performances by Willem Dafoe, Barbara Hershey, Harvey Keitel, Harry Dean Stanton and David Bowie; bold cinematography by the great Michael Ballhaus; and a transcendent score by Peter Gabriel.

    DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES

    • Restored high-definition digital transfer, supervised and approved by cinematographer Michael Ballhaus and editor Thelma Schoonmaker, with a 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack by supervising sound editor Skip Lievsay
    • Audio commentary featuring director Martin Scorsese, actor Willem Dafoe, and writers Paul Schrader and Jay Cocks
    • Galleries of production stills, research materials, and costume designs
    • Location production footage shot by Scorsese
    • Interview with composer Peter Gabriel, with a stills gallery of traditional instruments used in the score
    • PLUS: An essay by film critic David Ehrenstein.

     

     

    Shopping: Emmanuelle 2...

    1975 France romance by Francis Giacobetti, once cut by the BBFC, just released on US Blu-ray


    Link Here 16th April 2019
    Emmanuelle 2 is a 1975 France romance by Francis Giacobetti.
    Starring Sylvia Kristel, Umberto Orsini and Frédéric Lagache. IMDb
    Cut for X rated cinema release in 1982. Less cut for 18 rated VHS and uncut on 18 rated DVD. Uncut and MPAA Unrated in the US.
    US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:
    • 2019 KL Studio Classics (RA) Blu-ray at US Amazon released on 9th April 2019

    Promotional Material

    Her name evokes visions of lush sensual discovery and the extremes of forbidden ecstasy! The incomparably beautiful Sylvia Kristel (Private Lessons) is back as Emmanuelle, in this equally successful and erotic sequel to the 1974 smash hit. She returns to her husband Jean (Umberto Orsini, Violent City) in Hong Kong and proceeds to have several extramarital affairs with the likes of her lover Christopher (Frédéric Lagache) and a trio of bathhouse masseuses (including Laura Gemser, Black Emanuelle). All the while, she introduces the young Anna-Maria (Catherine Rivet) to the pleasures and subtleties of carnal love. Music by Francis Lai (Rider on the Rain).

    Special Features:
    -THE JOYS OF EMMANUELLE PART 2
    -6 Radio Spot
    -U.S. and International Trailers
    -Teaser
    -Trailers for Emmanuelle and Goodbye Emmanuelle

     

     

    Shopping: Emmanuelle...

    1974 France drama by Just Jaeckin, once cut by the BBFC, just released on US Blu-ray


    Link Here 15th April 2019
    Emmanuelle is a 1974 France drama by Just Jaeckin.
    Starring Sylvia Kristel, Alain Cuny and Marika Green. IMDb
    Cut by the BBFC until 18 rated DVD in 2007. Uncut and MPAA Unrated in the US.

    See the extensive censorship history at Melon Farmers Film Cuts: Emmanuelle

    US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:
    • 2019 KL Studio Classics (RA) Blu-ray at US Amazon released on 9th April 2019

    Promotional Material

    Her name evokes visions of lush sensual discovery and the extremes of forbidden ecstasy! She is Emmanuelle, and this classic and its two sequels changed the look and feel of erotic cinema forever. Upon arriving in Bangkok to join her diplomat husband, Emmanuelle (Sylvia Kristel, The Nude Bomb) meets Bee and Mario and embarks on a voyage of sexual discovery. As she pursues the stunning Bee (Marika Green, Pickpocket), Mario (Alain Cuny, La Dolce Vita) initiates her into sexual refinements that make her an expert in the art of love. The Emmanuelle trilogy spawned dozens of copycat erotic films for years to come, but none of them equaled the success and acclaim of the original three starring Kristel.

    Special Features:
    -TALKING ABOUT EMMANUELLE - Interview with director Just Jaeckin and producer Yves Rousset-Rouard
    THE JOYS OF EMMANUELLE - with star Sylvia Kristel, director Just Jaeckin and producer Yves Rousset-Rouard
    Trailers for Emmanuelle, Emmanuelle 2 and Goodbye Emmanuelle

     

     

    Shopping: Cold Sweat...

    1970 France / Italy / Belgium action crime thriller by Terence Young, once cut by the BBFC, just released on US Blu-ray


    Link Here 14th April 2019
    Cold Sweat is a 1970 France / Italy / Belgium action crime thriller by Terence Young.
    Starring Charles Bronson, James Mason and Liv Ullmann. BBFC link IMDb
    BBFC category cuts were required for an 'A' rated cinema release in 1971. Later it was passed 'AA' uncut for 1973 cinema release. The film was passed 15 uncut on home video. The film is MPAA PG rated and uncut in the US.
    US: Uncut and MPAA PG rated for:
    • 2019 KL Studio Classics (RA) Blu-ray at US Amazon released on 9th April 2019
    • 2019 KL Studio Classics Amazon Prime VoD [US only] at US Amazon

    Promotional Material

    Screen legend Charles Bronson (Rider on the Rain, Mr. Majestyk, Breakheart Pass) is Joe Martin, a quiet American living the quiet life in the South of France renting boats to tourists. He's happily married to Fabienne (Liv Ullmann, Persona) and has a twelve-year-old daughter named Michèle (Yannick de Lulle). But this quiet man has a past... Ten years before, Joe (then Moran) escaped prison with four other convicts, Captain Ross (James Mason, The Man Between), Whitey (Michel Constantin, Violent City), Fausto (Luigi Pistilli, For a Few Dollars More) and Katanga (Jean Topart, Trap for the Assassin). After witnessing the sadistic ex-mercenary Katanga brutally kill a cop, Joe abandoned his accomplices and left with their getaway car. One night, his peaceful life comes to an end, when the four men re-appear and kidnap his wife and daughter asking the seasoned ex-military Joe to get involved in a shady smuggling operation to save his family's life. Beautifully shot by Jean Rabier (Les Biches, The Umbrellas of Cherbourg) and wonderfully directed by James Bond veteran Terence Young (Thunderball, The Rover). Based on the novel Ride the Nightmare by Richard Matheson (I Am Legend) and co-starring Jill Ireland (Assassination).

    Special Features:
    -NEW Audio Commentary by Film Historians Howard S. Berger, Steve Mitchell and Nathaniel Thompson
    -Theatrical Trailer
    -Car Chase Promo Trailer

     

     

    Shopping: The Legend Of The 7 Golden Vampires...

    1974 UK / Hong Kong action horror by Roy Ward Baker and Cheh Chang (uncredited) just released on US Blu-ray


    Link Here 13th April 2019
    The Legend Of The 7 Golden Vampires is a 1974 UK / Hong Kong action horror by Roy Ward Baker and Cheh Chang (uncredited).
    Starring Peter Cushing, David Chiang and Julie Ege. IMDb
    Cuts required by the BBFC for cinema release and VHS but not implemented in the cinema version. Cuts waived for UK DVD. There is a shortened US R rated version, but the uncut UK version has also been released and is MPAA Unrated.
    US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:
    • 2019 Shout! Factory [Uncut + US Versions] RA Blu-ray at US Amazon released on 9th April 2019

    Reviews

    Promotional Material

    Black Belt vs. Black Magic

    Professor Van Helsing (Peter Cushing) and Count Dracula (John Forbes-Robinson) meet again in this spectacular kung fu horror thriller set in the village of Ping Kuei. After learning about the seven golden vampires of the village, Hsi Ching (David Chiang), Vanessa Buren (Julie Ege) and Mai Kwei (Szu Shih) offer to guide Van Helsing and his son to Ping Kuei to free it from the curse of Count Dracula.

    Throughout their journey, the group encounters several unwanted attackers until they arrive at the golden vampires' derelict temple, inhabited by Count Dracula. In the temple, Van Helsing and the count begin a fearsome battle to the death 203 an ultimate clash between good and evil!

    Presented here for the first time in high definition is Hammer's original uncut version. It was released in the US in an edited version called The 7 Brothers Meet Dracula, which is also included here in high definition as a bonus feature.

    Special Features and Technical Specs:
    • BRAND NEW 2K REMASTER OF THE FILM
    • NEW Audio Commentary with author/film historian Bruce G. Hallenbeck
    • NEW When Hammer Met Shaw -- an interview with actor David Chiang
    • NEW Kung Fear -- an interview with Hong Kong Film Expert Rick Baker
    • Alternate U.S. Theatrical version -- The 7 Brothers Meet Dracula (in HD with some standard definition inserts)
    • Theatrical Trailers
    • TV Spot
    • Still Gallery
    • Optional English subtitles for the main feature

     

     

    Shopping: Rider on the Rain...

    1970 France / Italy crime mystery thriller by René Clément, once cut by the BBFC, just released on US Blu-ray


    Link Here 12th April 2019
    Rider on the Rain (aka La passager de la pluie) is a 1970 France / Italy crime mystery thriller by René Clément.
    Starring Charles Bronson, Jill Ireland and Marlène Jobert. BBFC link IMDb
    BBFC category cuts were required for an 'AA' rated cinema release in 1970. Home video releases in French and English language versions have all been 18 uncut. Uncut and MPAA PG-13 rated in the US.

    This release contains both the French and English versions. Note that the difference in runtimes is down to quicker delivery of the lines in the English version.

    US: Uncut and MPAA PG-13 rated for:
    • 2019 KL Studio Classics [French + English versions] (RA) Blu-ray at US Amazon released on 9th April 2019

    Promotional Material

    From René Clément, the legendary director of Forbidden Games, Purple Noon, The Deadly Trap and And Hope to Die comes this stylish thriller starring screen legend Charles Bronson (Chino, Cold Sweat, Mr. Majestyk). When a beautiful young woman (Marlène Jobert, We Won't Grow Old Together) in the South of France is stalked and then assaulted by a mysterious masked assailant, she kills the man in self-defense, and in a moment of misjudgment, she dumps his corpse over a cliff into the sea instead of calling the police. Trying to return to her life before the attack, her world is turned upside down when an American investigator (Bronson) shows up and, to her horror, seems to know everything about what she has done. Rider on the Rain showcases fine performances both from Bronson, whose mix of sympathy and aggression perfectly defines his character, and Jobert, who gains audience empathy with her touch of sexuality mixed with an innate, almost childlike innocence. Featuring a haunting and beautiful score by Francis Lai (Love Story) with wonderful supporting performances by Gabriele Tinti (Cannon for Cordoba) and Jill Ireland (Breakheart Pass). This special edition includes both the 114-minute U.S. cut and the 118-minute French cut.

    Special Features:
    -NEW Audio Commentary by Film Historians Howard S. Berger, Steve Mitchell and Nathaniel Thompson
    -Theatrical Trailers
    -Radio Spot

     

     

    Shopping: Aquaman...

    2018 Australia / USA action Sci-Fi fantasy by James Wan just released on UK Blu-ray with cuts for a 12 rating


    Link Here 11th April 2019
    Aquaman is a 2018 Australia / USA action Sci-Fi fantasy by James Wan.
    Starring Jason Momoa, Amber Heard and Dolph Lundgren. BBFC link IMDb
    BBFC advised category cuts were required for a 12A rated cinema release in 2018. Presumably the same cuts apply to the 12 rated video release in 2019. Uncut and MPAA PG-13 rated in the US.
    Cut Small 12 Small UK: Passed 12 for moderate violence, scenes of sustained threat after BBFC category cuts( 143:17s ) :
    The BBFC commented:
    • This work was originally seen for advice. The company was advised the film was likely to be classified 15 but that their preferred 12A classification could be achieved by removing bloody detail. When the film was submitted for formal classification the bloody detail had been removed and the film was classified 12A.

    Summary Notes

    Arthur Curry learns that he is the heir to the underwater kingdom of Atlantis, and must step forward to lead his people and be a hero to the world.

    Uncut Version

    US: Rated PG-13 for sequences of sci-fi violence and action, and for some language:
    • 2019 WarnerBrothers RA 4k Blu-ray at US Amazon released on 26th March 2019
    • 2019 WarnerBrothers RA Blu-ray at US Amazon released on 26th March 2019
    • 2019 WarnerBrothers R1 DVD at US Amazon released on 26th March 2019

     

     

    Shopping: Aquaman...

    2018 Australia / USA action Sci-Fi fantasy by James Wan just released on UK Blu-ray with cuts for a 12 rating


    Link Here 11th April 2019
    Aquaman is a 2018 Australia / USA action Sci-Fi fantasy by James Wan.
    Starring Jason Momoa, Amber Heard and Dolph Lundgren. BBFC link IMDb
    BBFC advised category cuts were required for a 12A rated cinema release in 2018. Presumably the same cuts apply to the 12 rated video release in 2019. Uncut and MPAA PG-13 rated in the US.
    Cut Small 12 Small UK: Passed 12 for moderate violence, scenes of sustained threat after BBFC category cuts( 143:17s ) :
    The BBFC commented:
    • This work was originally seen for advice. The company was advised the film was likely to be classified 15 but that their preferred 12A classification could be achieved by removing bloody detail. When the film was submitted for formal classification the bloody detail had been removed and the film was classified 12A.

    Summary Notes

    Arthur Curry learns that he is the heir to the underwater kingdom of Atlantis, and must step forward to lead his people and be a hero to the world.

    Uncut Version

    US: Rated PG-13 for sequences of sci-fi violence and action, and for some language:
    • 2019 WarnerBrothers RA 4k Blu-ray at US Amazon released on 26th March 2019
    • 2019 WarnerBrothers RA Blu-ray at US Amazon released on 26th March 2019
    • 2019 WarnerBrothers R1 DVD at US Amazon released on 26th March 2019

     

     

    Shopping: The Devil Hunter...

    1980 video nasty by Jesús Franco just released on UK Blu-ray


    Link Here 10th April 2019
    The Devil Hunter is a 1980 Spain / France / West Germany horror adventure thriller by Jesús Franco (as Clifford Brown).
    Starring Ursula Buchfellner, Al Cliver and Antonio Mayans. Youtube link BBFC link IMDb
    A short version was banned as a video nasty in 1984. The BBFC later passed the complete film 18 uncut on 2008 DVD.
    UK: The Complete Spanish Version was passed 18 uncut for strong nudity, sex and sexual violence:

    Reviews

    Promotional Material

    Much-missed by fans of quick-jack cinema, the late Jess Franco had a career in fear that veered between arty outings such as VAMPYRO LESBOS (1971) and the cheap and cheerful projects that includes the official 'video nasty' DEVIL HUNTER (1980). Featuring a leading man turn from the Italian horror legend Al Cliver (ZOMBIE FLESH-EATERS/ THE BEYOND), DEVIL HUNTER is part Indiana Jones, part CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST (1980) and all outrageous insanity as Franco throws-in babes, bare-boobs and blood and native-battles in an attempt to keep audiences glued to the screen. For fans of cheese and sleaze, it does not get any better than DEVIL HUNTER - finally available for Franco enthusiasts and video nasty lovers to reappraise in HD!

     

     

    Shopping: Curse of the Vampires...

    1966 Philippines/USA horror drama by Gerardo de Leon, once cut by the BBFC, just released on US Blu-ray


    Link Here 10th April 2019
    Curse of the Vampires is a 1966 Philippines/USA horror drama by Gerardo de Leon.
    With Amalia Fuentes, Romeo Vasquez and Eddie Garcia. BBFC link IMDb
    Passed X after BBFC cuts for 1971 cinema release. The cuts were waived for 15 rated DVD in 2003. Uncut and MPAA Unrated in the US.
    US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:
    • 2019 Severin Films (RA) Blu-ray at US Amazon released on 9th April 2019

    Promotional Material

    Severin Films Presents the CURSE OF THE VAMPIRES - Geraldo de Leon's 1966 Vampire Classic!

    In this pseudo-sequel to his masterpiece THE BLOOD DRINKERS, director Gerry de Leon (TERROR IS A MAN, BRIDES OF BLOOD) delves even deeper into themes of lust, guilt, faith and redemption within an aristocratic family cursed by vampirism. But this time, he adds rich gothic dollops of torture, incest, carnal depravity and blackface that "oozes sexual menace, brims with potent cultural metaphors and makes for unusually hypnotic viewing" (Senses Of Cinema). Amalia Fuentes (THE BLOOD DRINKERS) and Eddie Garcia (BEAST OF BLOOD) star in this "artfully executed vampire chiller" (Blu-ray.com) - also released as WHISPER TO THE WIND, BLOOD OF THE VAMPIRES and CREATURES OF EVIL - from "The Father of Philippine Horror" (DVD Drive-In) and now scanned in 2k from the only surviving film elements.

    Special Features:

    Cursed Vampire : Interview with Actor Eddie Garcia.
    The Market of Hemisphere : Interview with Marketing Consultant Samuel M. Sherman.
    Audio Commentary with Philippine Genre Documentarian Andrew Leavold.
    Partial Audio Commentary with Sam Sherman.
    Deleted Scenes.
    Trailers.
    BEAST OF BLOOD / CURSE OF THE VAMPIRES radio spot.

     

     

    Shopping: The New York Ripper...

    1982 Italian horror by Lucio Fulci. A restored version is set for US Blu-ray/DVD Combo release on 25th June 2019


    Link Here 5th April 2019
    The New York Ripper is a 1982 Italian horror by Lucio Fulci.
    With Jack Hedley, Almanta Suska and Howard Ross. YouTube icon BBFC link IMDb
    Banned by the BBFC for 1984 cinema release. Subsequent UK VHS/DVD release are cut by about 30s. Cut for an MPAA R rating in the US but also released uncut and MPAA Unrated.
    US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:
    • 2019 Blue Underground Limited Edition (RA) Blu-ray/(R1) DVD Combo at US Amazon released on 25th June 2019
    • 2019 Blue Underground Amazon Prime VoD [US only] at US Amazon

    Promotional Material

    Someone Is Taking A Big Bite Out Of The Big Apple!

    A blade-wielding psychopath is on the loose, turning The Big Apple bright red with the blood of beautiful young women. As NYPD detective Fred Williams (Jack Hedley, ''For Your Eyes Only'') follows the trail of butchery from the decks of the Staten Island Ferry to the sex shows of Times Square, each brutal murder becomes a sadistic taunt. In the city that never sleeps, the hunt is on for the killer that can t be stopped!

    Co-written and directed by acclaimed horror maestro Lucio Fulci (''Zombie'', ''City of the Living Dead'') and filmed on location in the mean streets of New York City, this is one of Fulci's most savage and controversial thrillers. Now Blue Underground is proud to present THE NEW YORK RIPPER in a new 4K restoration from its original camera negative, completely uncut and uncensored, and fully loaded with exclusive new Extras!

    SPECIAL FEATURES:

  • WORLD PREMIERE! New 4K Restoration from the uncensored original camera negative
  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD Widescreen 2.40:1 Feature Presentation
  • Audio: 7.1 DTS-HD (English); 1.0 DTS-HD (English, Italian); 1.0 Dolby Digital (French, Spanish)
  • Subtitles: English SDH, French, Spanish, English for Italian Audio
  • NEW! Audio Commentary with Troy Howarth , Author of ''Splintered Visions: Lucio Fulci and His Films''
  • NEW! The Art Of Killing: Interview with Co-Writer DardanoSacchetti
  • NEW! Three Fingers Of Violence: Interview with Star Howard Ross
  • NEW! The Second Victim: Interview with Co-Star Cinzia de Ponti
  • NEW! The Broken Bottle Murder: Interview with Co-Star Zora Kerova
  • ''I'm an Actress!'': 2009 Interview with Co-Star Zora Kerova
  • NEW! The Beauty Killer: Interview with Stephen Thrower, Author of ''Beyond Terror: The Films of Lucio Fulci''
  • NEW! Paint Me Blood Red: Interview with Poster Artist Enzo Sciotti
  • NYC Locations Then and Now
  • Original Theatrical Trailer
  • NEW! Poster & Still Gallery
  • BONUS! THE NEW YORK RIPPER: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack CD by Francesco De Masi
  • BONUS! Collectable Booklet with new essay by Travis Crawford
  • BONUS! Lenticular 3D Slipcover (First Pressing Only)
  • BLU-RAY + DVD + CD

    Special Features May Not Be Rated, Closed Captioned Or In High Definition.

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    Shopping: Blood Hunger: The Films of José Larraz...

    Film set by José Larraz UK: just released on UK Blu-ray with a long history of censorship


    Link Here 5th April 2019
    Blood Hunger: The Films of José Larraz is a set by José Larraz. UK: BBFC details not yet published for:
    • 2019 Arrow [Blood Hunger set] (RB) Blu-ray at UK Amazon released on 25th March 2019

    There is also a US release.

    Reviews

    Whirlpool is a 1970 Denmark / UK thriller by José Ramón Larraz (as JR Larrath).
    Starring Karl Lanchbury, Vivian Neves and Pia Andersson. BBFC link IMDb
    Cut by the BBFC for an X rated 1970 cinema release. Uncut and 18 rated for 2019 Blu-ray. Uncut and X rated in the US.

    Vampyres is a 1974 UK horror film by Joseph Larraz.
    With Marianne Morris, Anulka Dziubinska and Murray Brown . BBFC link IMDb

    Cut by the BBFC for an X rated cinema release in 1975 and further cut for 18 rated VHS. Later the film was released uncut on 2003 DVD with an 18 rating. Uncut and MPAA Unrated in the US.
    The Coming of Sin (aka The Violation of the Bitch) is a 1978 Spain thriller by José Ramón Larraz.
    Starring Patricia Granada, Lidia Zuazo and Rafael Machado. BBFC link IMDb
    Several UK versions have been released with BBFC cuts until the uncut Blu-ray release in 2019.

    Promotional Material

    One of the most underrated and oft-neglected genre filmmakers of his generation, Spanish-born director José Ramón Larraz ( Symptoms ) finally receives his due with this collection of his work, the first of its kind, bringing together a fascinating cross-section of films from the first half of his lengthy cinematic career.

    In Larraz s debut feature, the hitherto ultra-rare Whirlpool (1970), Vivian Neves stars as Tulia, a young model invited to a photographer s secluded country home for what purports to be a quiet weekend retreat - but soon transpires to be anything but. 1974 s Vampyres - perhaps the best known and most widely-released of all José Larraz s films - sees a duo of blood hungry female vampires prowling the British countryside, from where they lure unsuspecting male motorists back to their imposing, dilapidated mansion for draining... in more ways than one. Meanwhile, in 1978 s The Coming of Sin ( La Visita del Vicio , in its native Spanish), a young gypsy girl experiences a violent sexual awakening as her dreams of a naked young man on horseback become reality.

    By turns terrifying, titillating, artful and scandalous, these three films collected here - all newly restored from original film elements, with Whirlpool and The Coming of Sin making their Blu-ray world premieres - collectively offer film fans a unique perspective on the fascinating, highly-varied career of one of the horror genre s most overlooked auteurs.

    LIMITED EDITION CONTENTS

  • Three films from José Ramón Larraz: Whirlpool , Vampyres and The Coming of Sin , all newly-restored in 2K from original film elements
  • English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing for all features
  • Newly commissioned artwork by Gilles Vranckx
  • 80-page perfect bound book featuring new writing by Jo Botting, Tim Greaves and Vanity Celis

    WHIRLPOOL

  • Original US Theatrical Cut
  • Brand new audio commentary by Tim Lucas
  • Obsessive Recurrence: The Early Films of José Larraz - author and critic Kim Newman reflects on the recurring themes and underlying obsessions linking together the early productions of José Larraz
  • A Curious Casting - actor Larry Dann on the strange story behind his casting in Whirlpool
  • Deviations of Whirlpool - featurette comparing the differences between the US Theatrical Cut and a previously circulated, alternate cut of the film
  • Archival interview with José Larraz
  • Image Gallery
  • Trailer

    VAMPYRES

  • Brand new audio commentary by Kat Ellinger
  • Brand new interviews with producer Brian Smedley-Aston, actors Marianne Morris, Anulka Dziubinska, Brian Deacon, Sally Faulkner, makeup artist Colin Arthur and composer James Kenelm Clarke
  • Reimagining Vampyres - a brand new interview with Larraz s friend and collaborator Victor Matellano, director of the 2015 Vampyres remake
  • Archival interview with José Larraz
  • Jose Larraz and Marianne Morris Q&A at 1997 Eurofest
  • Image Gallery
  • Trailers

    THE COMING OF SIN

  • Spanish and English language versions of the feature
  • Brand new audio commentary by Kat Ellinger
  • Variations of Vice: The Alternate Versions of The Coming of Sin exploitation expert Marc Morris on the strange and scandalous release history of José Larraz's most censored film
  • Remembering Larraz author and filmmaker Simon Birrell shares his memories José Larraz
  • His Last Request (2005, 27 mins) - short film by Simon Birrell
  • Archival interview with José Larraz
  • Image Gallery
  • Trailer
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    Shopping: The Street Fighter Collection...

    film set by various just released on US Blu-ray all with a history of cuts


    Link Here 4th April 2019
    The Street Fighter Collection is a film set by various.
    Starring Sonny Chiba.

    US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:

    • 2019 Shout! Factory RA Blu-ray at US Amazon released on 26th March 2019
    The Street Fighter is a 1974 Japan action crime thriller by Shigehiro Ozawa.
    Starring Shin'ichi Chiba, Goichi Yamada and Yutaka Nakajima. BBFC link IMDb
    Cut by the BBFC for an X rated cinema release in 1976 but was uncut for 18 rated DVD fn 2005. Uncut and X rated in the US but was then heavily cut for an MPAA R rating, leaving the uncut version MPAA Unrated.

    This release features the uncut version

    Return of the Street Fighter is a 1974 Japan action crime drama by Shigehiro Ozawa.
    Starring Shin'ichi Chiba, Claude Gagnon and Masafumi Suzuki. BBFC link IMDb
    Uncut and 15 rated in the UK. Uncut and X rated in the US. There is also a heavily cut R rated version.

    This release features the uncut version

    The Street Fighter's Last Revenge is a 1974 Japan action crime drama by Shigehiro Ozawa.
    Starring Shin'ichi Chiba, Reiko Ike and Etsuko Shiomi. BBFC link IMDb
    Uncut and 15 rated for 2004 DVD. Uncut and MPAA Unrated in the US but there is also a cut R rated version.

    This release features both the cut and uncut versions.

    Promotional Material

    Meet the meanest and most lethal karate master ever to rule the streets. He's Sonny Chiba, one of the greatest martial arts actors to ignite the screen.

    In The Street Fighter, Chiba stars as Terry Tsurugi, a mercenary who has been hired by both the yakuza and the mafia to kidnap a wealthy heiress, but when he isn't paid, a violent clash will ensue.

    Chiba is back in Return Of The Street Fighter. This time Tsurugi is hired by the mob to kill two informants, but when he realizes one is an old friend, he refuses, and now he is the one being hunted.

    When Tsurugi is double crossed by the Ôwada clan, he takes off with something they want in The Street Fighter's Last Revenge. Soon he is being chased by a group of deadly assassins. Bonus Features DISC ONE: THE STREET FIGHTER

    • NEW 2K Scan Of The Original Film Elements Of The Uncut Version
    • Uncut Version Of The Film (91 Minutes) With English And Japanese Audio
    • Two English Dubs -- The Theatrical Dub And The New Line Home Video Dub
    • NEW Street Fighting Man -- An Interview With Star Sonny China
    • NEW Cutting Moments -- THE STREET FIGHTER Trailer -- An Interview With Filmmaker Jack Sholder
    • U.S. Theatrical Trailer
    • Japanese Theatrical Trailer
    • Still Gallery
    DISC TWO: RETURN OF THE STREET FIGHTER
    • NEW 2K Scan Of The Original Film Elements Of The Uncut Version
    • Uncut Version Of The Film (83 Minutes) With English And Japanese Audio
    • U.S. Teaser Trailer
    • U.S. Theatrical Trailer
    • Japanese Theatrical Trailer
    • Still Gallery
    DISC THREE: THE STREET FIGHTER'S LAST REVENGE
    • NEW 2K Scan Of The Original Film Elements Of The U.S. Cut (80 Minutes)
    • NEW 2K Scan Of The Original Film Elements Of The U.S. Cut With Standard Definition Inserts From The Original Japanese Cut (84 Minutes)
    • U.S. Theatrical Trailer
    • Japanese Theatrical Trailer
    • Still Gallery

     

     

    Spy Cat...

    The latest children's film suffering BBFC category cuts for UK cinema release


    Link Here 4th April 2019

    Spy Cat is a 2018 Germany / Belgium family animation adventure by Christoph Lauenstein and Wolfgang Lauenstein.
    Starring Alexandra Neldel and Axel Prahl. BBFC link IMDb

    Four crazy antiheroes on the run. Their leader is the unworldly innocent, naive Marnie, a house cat who is not allowed to leave the house and only knows about real life from television. Based loosely on Grimms "The Bremen Town Musicians" a modern, hilarious road movie is told.

    Passed U for very mild comic violence, rude humour, language after 57s of BBFC category cuts for 2019 cinema release.

    The film had earlier been passed PG uncut for mild bad language, violence, rude humour.

    The BBFC commented:
    • Company chose to make various cuts to receive a lower classification. Cuts were made to remove instances of mild bad language and word play on strong language, to remove mild sex references, to reduce scenes of mild rude humour, and to reduce sequences of mild violence and threat. An uncut PG classification was available.

     

     

    Shopping: Aquaman...

    2018 Australia / USA action Sci-Fi fantasy by James Wan, cut in the UK, just released on US Blu-ray and DVD


    Link Here 1st April 2019
    Aquaman is a 2018 Australia / USA action Sci-Fi fantasy by James Wan.
    Starring Jason Momoa, Amber Heard and Dolph Lundgren. BBFC link IMDb
    BBFC advised category cuts were required for a 12A rated cinema release in 2018. Uncut and MPAA PG-13 rated in the US.

    The promotional material notes that this release is a Special Edition

    US: Rated PG-13 for sequences of sci-fi violence and action, and for some language:
    • 2019 WarnerBrothers Special Edition RA 4k Blu-ray at US Amazon released on 26th March 2019
    • 2019 WarnerBrothers Special Edition RA Blu-ray at US Amazon released on 26th March 2019
    • 2019 WarnerBrothers Special Edition R1 DVD at US Amazon released on 26th March 2019

     

     

    Shopping: Swamp Thing...

    1982 USA Sci-Fi horror by Wes Craven, once cut in the US, just released on UK Blu-ray/DVD Combo


    Link Here 1st April 2019
    Swamp Thing is a 1982 USA Sci-Fi horror by Wes Craven.
    Starring Louis Jourdan, Adrienne Barbeau and Ray Wise. BBFC link IMDb
    Uncut in the UK. The US theatrical version was cut for PG. It was released uncut by MGM in 2001, but US releases have reverted to the cut PG version ever since the 2005 MGM release.
    UK: Passed 15 uncut for:

    Promotional Material

    Long before superhero movies were packing out multiplex cinemas, Freddy Krueger creator Wes Craven followed-up the success of Richard Donner's SUPERMAN (1978) with this fondly remembered DC adaptation that brings a comic book favourite to livid and lunatic life! Following the success of THE HILLS HAVE EYES (1977), SWAMP THING was also evidence of its director trying to adapt his style to less rough 'n' ready thrills and spills - and the result is an adventure thriller that highlights not just a mutant-monster with good intentions, but such sights as the timeless terror-star Adrienne Barbeau (THE FOG), future Twin Peaks star Ray Wise and David Hess (THE LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT) in one of his best-remembered villainous turns. Released in 1982 to an appreciative cult following, SWAMP THING remains one of Craven's most mesmerising achievements - with a faithful DC-comic outlay and plenty of action-packed special effects that hold their ground even today. 88 Films is delighted to present SWAMP THING in a very special edition BluRay release that packs a pristine punch and highlights this creature feature classic in all of its bayou-tinged brilliance!

    Versions

    BBFC uncut
    uncut
    15 ~91:00s UK: Passed 15 uncut

     

     

    Shopping: Suspiria...

    1977 Italy horror by Dario Argento, once cut in the US and UK, just released on UK Blu-ray


    Link Here 31st March 2019
    Suspiria is a 1977 Italy horror by Dario Argento.
    Starring Jessica Harper, Stefania Casini and Flavio Bucci. BBFC link IMDb
    Cut by the BBFC for X rated 1977 cinema release. Less cut for 1990 18 rated VHS and uncut since 1998. Cut in the US for an MPAA R rating but unrated releases are uncut.
    UK: Passed 18 uncut for:

    Promotional Material

    Considered the most famous Italian horror film of all time for its vivid, groundbreaking style and jaw-dropping bloodshed, CultFilms is proud to terrify audiences once again with the dazzling 4K restoration of Dario Argento's groundbreaking horror masterpiece.

    Ballet student Suzy Bannion ( Jessica Harper ) arrives at a prestigious dance academy in Freiburg, a school plagued by gruesome and supernatural happenings. Soon students begin to die in horrific circumstances - is Suzy next, and can she uncover the academy's sinister secret before it's too late?

    Argento carved a Baroque Expressionist nightmare, saturated with expressionist colours and punctuated by shocking violence. His monumental, epoch-making cinema-redefining visual and aural assault on the senses has become the reference by which all horror genre is measured and its creator, director Dario Argento can now truly be seen as one of the important artists of the 20th century.

    Now finally presented for the first time ever according to the director's original vision: the 4K scan was restored painstakingly by the applauded TLE Films (who did the Clint Eastwood Dollar Trilogy among others) with that crucially distinct colour palette reinstated in accordance with Argento's original specification.

    Extras:

    • · New Extra: long interview of Dario Argento discussing his Suspiria
    • · New Extra: Exclusive Dario Argento Introduction of this new 4k restoration
    • · Audio Commentary by critics Kim Newman and Alan Jones
    • · Fear at 400 Degrees: interview with Argento and Claudio Simonetti
    • · Interview with Claudio Simonetti, Norman J Warren and Patricia McComack (Blu only)
    • · New Extra: The 4K Restoration Process utterly fascinating

     

     

    Shopping: The Suckling...

    1990 USA horror by Francis Teri, once cut by the BBFC, just released on US Blu-ray/DVD Combo


    Link Here 31st March 2019
    The Suckling (aka Sewage Baby) is a 1990 USA horror by Francis Teri.
    Starring Frank Rivera, Marie Michaels and Gerald Preger. IMDb
    Cut by the BBFC for 1993 18 rated VHS. The cuts were waived for 18 rated DVD and Blu-ray in 2016. Uncut and MPAA R rated in the US.
    US: Uncut and MPAA R rated for:
    • 2019 Vinegar Syndrome R0 Blu-ray/R0 DVD Combo at US Amazon released on 26th March 2019

    Promotional Material

    After being tricked into having an abortion at Big Mama's underground abortion clinic / brothel, a young woman's extracted fetus is flushed into the sewer system wherein it's exposed to toxic waste and begins to mutate into an ever growing and increasingly bloodthirsty monster. The girls, johns, and other assorted weirdos find themselves trapped inside the brothel where they are forced to face off against the agitated, prenatal creature, as well as each other, in a high stakes quest to stay alive, or at least in one piece.

    An offbeat and gleefully violent monster horror-comedy from one time director Francis Teri, THE SUCKLING blends gratuitous gore, nonchalant T&A, and a sly side helping of social commentary, resulting in a distinctive 80s horror indie gem. Vinegar Syndrome presents this direct-to-video favorite on Blu-ray in the US for the first time, in a brand new 2k restoration made from its original 16mm camera negative.

    Bonus Features:
    1. Region Free Blu-ray/DVD combo
    2. Newly scanned & restored in 2k from its 16mm original camera negative
    3. Video interview with writer/director Francis Teri
    4. Video interview with actor Michael Gingold
    5. Archival image gallery
    6. Reversible cover artwork
    7. English SDH subtitles

     

     

    Shopping: The Children...

    1980 USA Sci-Fi horror by Max Kalmanowicz just released on US Blu-ray/DVD Combo in the Director's Cut


    Link Here 31st March 2019
    The Children is a 1980 USA Sci-Fi horror by Max Kalmanowicz.
    Starring Martin Shakar, Gil Rogers and Gale Garnett. BBFC link IMDb
    Exists as a standard version and an extended Director's Cut.

    This release is the Director's Cut

    US: Uncut and MPAA R rated for:

    • 2019 Vinegar Syndrome RA Blu-ray/R1 DVD Combo at US Amazon released on 26th March 2019

    Promotional Material

    Something is terrifyingly wrong with the children of Ravenback. After their school bus passes through a mysterious cloud of yellow smoke, the children are transformed into bloodthirsty zombies with black fingernails which burn anything they touch. As parents and unwitting townspeople are burned to a crisp, the local police force frantically searches for the missing kids, unaware of their new and deadly powers...

    Shot back-to-back with FRIDAY THE 13TH , and sharing some of the same crew, Max Kalmanowicz's THE CHILDREN is an outrageous and fun drive-in horror classic. Featuring an eerie score from Harry Manfredini ( FRIDAY THE 13TH ) and produced by Carlton J. Albright ( LUTHER THE GEEK ), Vinegar Syndrome brings THE CHILDREN to Blu-ray, newly restored from the best surviving film elements and in its extended director's cut!

    Bonus Features:
    1. Region Free Blu-ray/DVD combo
    2. Newly scanned & restored in 2k from a combination of its 35mm original camera negative and best surviving theatrical prints
    3. New audio commentary with director Max Kalmanowicz
    4. Archival audio commentary with producer/co-writer Carlton J. Albright
    5. "Childhood Memories: Making the Children" - a new interview with Carlton J. Albright & production manager David Platt
    6. "Return to Ravensback" - a newly produced locations then-and-now featurette
    7. "The Lost Scene" - audio from a lost scene of The Children
    8. Archival video interview with Carlton J. Albright
    9. "Memories of The Children" - archival featurette with: Carlton J. Albright, Patricia Albright & Gil Rogers
    10. "Making The Children" - archival featurette with: Carlton J. Albright & David Platt
    11. "The Children: The Musical" - archival interview with Stan Richardson, co-creator of the musical rendition of The Children
    12. Reversible cover artwork
    13. English SDH subtitles

     

     

    Shopping: For a Few Dollars More...

    1965 Italy / Spain / West Germany western by Sergio Leone, once cut by the BBFC, just released on US Blu-ray


    Link Here 29th March 2019
    For a Few Dollars More is a 1965 Italy / Spain / West Germany western by Sergio Leone.
    Starring Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef and Gian Maria Volontè. IMDb
    Cut by the BBFC for an X (16) rated cinema release. Also cut in the US for an M rating. Later the cuts were restored but editors seem to have missed a scene. The complete version was eventually released in Germany.

    It is not clear whether this release contains the missing scene or not.

    US: Uncut and MPAA R rated for:
    • 2019 KL Studio Classics [Restoration Version + US Version] (RA) Blu-ray at US Amazon released on 26th March 2019

    Promotional Material

    BRAND NEW 4K RESTORATION! Screen legends Clint Eastwood (Thunderbolt and Lightfoot) and Lee Van Cleef (Sabata) co-star as two rival bounty hunters who join forces to bring murderous bandit El Indio (Gian Maria Volontè, Face to Face) and his vicious gang of criminals to justice. But all is not as it seems in this hard-hitting second installment of Sergio Leone's (The Good, the Bad and the Ugly) trilogy starring Eastwood as the famed "Man with No BBFC Video Cuts: G Name." Music by legendary composer Ennio Morricone (A Fistful of Dynamite, The Mercenary) with a stellar cast that includes spaghetti western legends Mario Brega (A Fistful of Dollars), Luigi Pistilli (Death Rides a Horse), Aldo Sambrell (Navajo Joe) and Klaus Kinski (The Great Silence).

    Special Features:
    -BRAND NEW 2018 4K RESTORATION
    -NEW Audio Commentary by Film Historian Tim Lucas
    -NEW On location in Almería and Granada with Filmmaker Alex Cox
    -Audio Commentary by Film Historian Sir Christopher Frayling
    -FAFDM: The Christopher Frayling Archives
    -A New Standard: Frayling on FAFDM
    -Back for More: Clint Eastwood Remembers FAFDM
    -Tre Voci: FAFDM | FAFDM: The Original American Release Version
    -Location Comparisons
    -NEW TRAILERS FROM HELL with Ernest Dickerson
    -NEW Promoting FAFDM: Posters & Lobby Cards
    -NEW FAFDM: On the Set
    -NEW FAFDM: Color Stills
    -NEW FOR A FEW Pictures MORE
    -Newly Restored 2.0 Stereo / Original 2.0 Mono / 5.1 Surround
    -12 Radio Spots
    -Restored UA Logo
    -Double Bill Trailer
    -FAFDM Trailer 1
    -FAFDM Trailer 2
    -A Fistful of Dollars – Trailer
    -The Good, the Bad and the Ugly – Trailer
    -A Fistful of Dynamite – Trailer
    -Death Rides a Horse – Trailer
    -The Mercenary - Trailer

     

     

    Shopping: In the Cold of the Night...

    1990 USA mystery thriller by Nico Mastorakis, once cut by the BBFC, just released on US Blu-ray/DVD Combo


    Link Here 29th March 2019
    In the Cold of the Night is a 1990 USA mystery thriller by Nico Mastorakis.
    Starring Jeff Lester, Adrianne Sachs and Marc Singer. BBFC link IMDb
    Cut by the BBFC for 18 rated VHS in 1971. These BBFC cuts were waived for 2003 DVD. Cut in the US for an MPAA R rating. The uncut version was released originally with an X rating and later with an MPAA NC-17 rating.
    US: Uncut and MPAA NC-17 rated for:
    • 2019 Vinegar Syndrome R0 Blu-ray/R0 DVD Combo at US Amazon released on 26th March 2019

    Promotional Material

    High profile fashion photographer Scott Bruin has been suffering from a series of increasingly disturbing and violent dreams in which he savagely attacks and murders a young woman. Fearing for his sanity, Scott begins to investigate these strange visions, but slowly starts to believe that these all-too-real seeming nightmares might not be dreams after all and that the woman in them is in imminent danger. As his investigation progresses, Scott unwittingly finds himself in the center of a sinister conspiracy much stranger than his wildest nightmares.

    An ultra-stylized, DePalma-esque, neo-noir erotic thriller from cult filmmaker Nico Mastorakis ( Island of Death , Blind Date ), IN THE COLD OF THE NIGHT stars Jeff Lester ( Star Trek IV ), Adrianne Sachs ( Robocop ), Brian Thompson ( Cobra ), David Soul ( Starsky & Hutch ), and Shannon Tweed ( Cannibal Women in the Avocado Jungle of Death ), along with a guest appearance from Tippi Hedren ( The Birds ) and striking cinematography by Andreas Bellis ( Thriller - A Cruel Picture ). Vinegar Syndrome brings this Skinemax gem to Blu-ray, newly restored in 4k from its original camera negative.

    Bonus Features:
    1. Region Free Blu-ray/DVD combo
    2. Newly scanned & restored in 4k from its 35mm original camera negative
    3. Archival behind-the-scenes featurette
    4. Archival image gallery
    5. Original trailer
    6. Reversible cover artwork
    7. English SDH subtitles

     

     

    Shopping: Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald...

    2018 UK / USA family fantasy adventure by David Yates just released on UK Blu-ray with 2 versions


    Link Here 27th March 2019
    Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is a 2018 UK / USA family fantasy adventure by David Yates.
    Starring Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston and Dan Fogler. BBFC link IMDb
    Exists in an Extended Cut and a Theatrical Version
    UK: The Theatrical Version was passed 12A/12 uncut for moderate fantasy threat:
    • 2019 Warner Bros [Theatrical Version + Extended Cut] RB 4k Blu-ray at UK Amazon released on 18th March 2019
    • 2019 Warner Bros [Theatrical Version + Extended Cut] RB 3D Blu-ray at UK Amazon released on 18th March 2019
    • 2019 Warner Bros [Theatrical Version + Extended Cut] RB Blu-ray at UK Amazon released on 18th March 2019
    • 2019 Warner Bros [Theatrical Version only] R2 DVD at UK Amazon released on 18th March 2019
    • 2019 Warner Bros [Theatrical Version + Extended Cut + Fantastic Beasts 1] RB 4k Blu-ray at UK Amazon released on 18th March 2019
    • 2019 Warner Bros [Theatrical Version + Extended Cut + Fantastic Beasts 1] RB Blu-ray at UK Amazon released on 18th March 2019
    • 2019 Warner Bros [Theatrical Version only + Fantastic Beasts 1] R2 DVD at UK Amazon released on 18th March 2019

    Promotional Material

    At the end of the first film, the powerful Dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald (Johnny Depp) was captured by MACUSA (Magical Congress of the United States of America), with the help of Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne). But, making good on his threat, Grindelwald escaped custody and has set about gathering followers, most unsuspecting of his true agenda: to raise pure-blood wizards up to rule over all non-magical beings. In an effort to thwart Grindelwald's plans, Albus Dumbledore (Jude Law) enlists his former student Newt Scamander, who agrees to help, unaware of the dangers that lie ahead. Lines are drawn as love and loyalty are tested, even among the truest friends and family, in an increasingly divided wizarding world.

    "Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald" 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and 3D Blu-ray contain the following special features:

    • J.K. Rowling: A World Revealed
    • Wizards on Screen, Fans in Real Life
    • Distinctly Dumbledore
    • Unlocking Scene Secrets: The Return to Hogwarts
    • Unlocking Scene Secrets: Newt's Menagerie
    • Unlocking Scene Secrets: Credence, Nagini and the Circus Arcanus
    • Unlocking Scene Secrets: Paris and Place Cachée
    • Unlocking Scene Secrets: Ministere des Affaires Magiques
    • Unlocking Scene Secrets: Grindelwald's Escape and the Ring of Fire
    • Deleted Scenes

     

     

    Shopping: Wheels On Meals...

    1984 Hong Kong action crime comedy by Sammo Kam-Bo Hung just released on UK Blu-ray


    Link Here 27th March 2019
    Wheels on Meals is a 1984 Hong Kong action crime comedy by Sammo Kam-Bo Hung (as Samo Hung).
    Starring Jackie Chan, Biao Yuen and Sammo Kam-Bo Hung. BBFC link IMDb
    No censor cuts but there are variant versions and several different language dubs.
    UK: Previously passed 15 uncut for:
    • 2019 Eureka Entertainment (RB) Blu-ray at UK Amazon released on 18th March 2019

    Promotional Material

    From a brand new 2K restoration comes perhaps the greatest martial-arts comedy of all time, Sammo Hung s Wheels on Meals , starring Hung, Jackie Chan , and Yuen Biao as the most exciting triple act in action movie history!

    Fast food chefs Thomas (Chan) and David (Biao) find themselves cooking up trouble when detective Moby (Hung) involves them in the case of a missing heiress. The three friends need all of their daring and physical dexterity when they find themselves facing a triple helping of danger.

    Also starring Lola Forner ( Armour of God ) and Benny The Jet Urquidez ( Dragons Forever ), who faces off against Chan in an incredible fight sequence that is legendary amongst martial-arts film fans, Wheels on Meals has to be seen to be believed. Eureka Classics is extremely proud to present this iconic piece of action cinema on Blu-ray for the first time ever in the UK!

    BLU-RAY SPECIAL FEATURES
    • Limited edition slipcase [4000 copies ONLY]
    • Stunning 1080p presentation from a brand new 2K restoration
    • Optional English subtitles
    • Original Cantonese audio track, available in both original mono (LPCM) and newly restored DTS-HD MA 5.1
    • Optional English audio from the film s international release, featuring an alternate (and much funkier) soundtrack, available in both original mono and 5.1
    • Alternate English dub track from the films 2006 DVD release (available in 5.1 only)
    • New and Exclusive audio option - a custom audio option featuring the original Cantonese dialogue track, but mixed with the alternate soundtrack from the international release
    • On Giant s Shoulders An archival interview with Sammo Hung [7 mins]
    • An additional archival interview with Sammo Hung [10 mins] | Born to Fight An archival interview with Yuen Biao [15 mins]
    • Jet Fighter An archival interview with kickboxing champion and martial-artist Benny The Jet Urquidez [28 mins]
    • King of the Ring An archival interview with martial-artist Keith Vitali [33 mins]
    • The Inside Track An archival interview with director and action choreographer Stanley Tong [34 mins]
    • Spartan X Alternate Credits The original Japanese version of Wheels on Meals featured these alternate blooper reel credits which would later become a traditional feature of films starring Jackie Chan (can be viewed isolated or as part of the main feature)
    • Additional Outtake footage [4 mins]
    • Original Theatrical Trailer
    • International Release Trailer
    • Original Japanese Spartan X trailer PLUS: A Limited Edition Collector s Booklet featuring a new essay by James Oliver [4000 copies ONLY]

     

     

    Shopping: Strip Nude For Your Killer...

    1975 Italy mystery thriller by Andrea Bianchi, once cut by the BBFC, just released on US Blu-ray


    Link Here 25th March 2019
    Strip Nude For Your Killer is a 1975 Italy mystery thriller by Andrea Bianchi.
    Starring Edwige Fenech, Nino Castelnuovo and Femi Benussi. IMDb
    Cut by the BBFC for X rated 1979 cinema release. Later uncut and 18 rated on 2008 DVD. Uncut and MPAA Unrated in the US.
    US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:

    Promotional Material

    As the 1970s wore on and audiences began to tire of the tried and tested giallo formula popularized by the thrillers of Argento, Fulci and their contemporaries, filmmakers sought to reinvigorate the ailing movement by injecting elements from other genres. Some took inspiration from the then-burgeoning crime thriller movement, with tales of organised crime and corrupt police officials... while others decided to sex things up by crossing serial killer thrills with salacious softcore antics.

    A spate of highly sexualized murders is rocking a prestigious Milanese fashion house. Ambitious photographer Magda (Edwige Fenech, Your Vice is a Locked Room and Only I Have the Key ) and her on-off boyfriend, love rat Carlo (Nino Castelnuovo, The English Patient ), team up to crack the case. But, with the motorcycle helmet-wearing killer clearing bearing a grudge against the agency s employees, it s surely only a matter of time before they too end up feeling the force of his wrath...

    So roll up for a Euro cult experience like no other, with kitschy fashion shoots, back alley abortions, blow-up sex dolls and some very indelicate humor, as one of the most notoriously sleazy gialli ever produced gets the red carpet treatment from Arrow Video!

    SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS

  • Brand new 2K restoration from the original camera negative
  • High definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation
  • Original lossless mono Italian and English soundtracks
  • English subtitles for the Italian soundtrack
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing for the English soundtrack
  • New audio commentary by HORRORPEDIA.com s Adrian J. Smith and David Flint
  • Sex and Death with a Smile , a new video essay by author and critic Kat Ellinger on giallo and sex comedy icon Edwige Fenech
  • A Good Man for the Murders , a newly edited video interview with actor Nino Castelnuovo
  • The Blonde Salamander , a new video interview with actress Erna Schurer
  • The Art of Helping , a new video interview with assistant director Daniele Sangiorgi
  • Jack of All Trades , a new video interview with actor and production manager Tino Polenghi
  • Two versions of the opening scene: tinted and untinted viewing options
  • Original Italian and English theatrical trailers
  • Image gallery
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Graham Humphreys
  • FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collector s booklet featuring new writing on the film by critic Rachael Nisbet
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    Shopping: Sebastiane...

    1976 UK romance by Paul Humfress and Derek Jarman, just released on UK DVD


    Link Here 24th March 2019
    Sebastiane is a 1976 UK romance by Paul Humfress and Derek Jarman.
    Starring Leonardo Treviglio, Barney James and Neil Kennedy. BBFC link IMDb
    The film includes an erect penis in such away that it stays hidden for some screen ratios, most notably that shown to the BBFC. The hidden material stayed hidden for VHS but reappeared for 2014 cinema release and 2018 Blu-ray.
    UK: Passed 18 uncut for strong sex and nudity:

    Promotional Material

    Jarman's first feature, directed with Paul Humfress, presents the controversial, sensual and sexualised story of the 4th century Praetorian Guard whose human goodness leads to humiliation and martyrdom.

    The heat of the Sardinian desert is powerfully captured on film - both cast and crew go through their paces, sweating it out Herzog-style while Brian Eno's distinctly moving score beautifully compliments the superb framing and stunning slow-motion photography.

    Sebastiane is a glorious hymn to the very real, living, breathing, male body and is presented here in a new digital version remastered from the original camera negative by the BFI National Archive.

    Special Features:

    • Jazz calendar (1968, 36 mins): footage of the Royal Ballet in rehearsal with scenery and costumes by Derek Jarman
    • Sebastiane: A Work in Progress (c1976, 62 mins): an incomplete, black and white and un-subtitled work-in-progress cut featuring alternative music
    • The Making of Sebastiane (1975, 25 mins): Super 8 making-of document shot by the film's sound assistant Hugh Smith and Jarman himself
    • John Scarlett-Davis Remembers Sebastiane (2018, 7 mins): artist filmmaker John Scarlett-Davis talks about his experiences on the set of Sebastiane
    • Fully illustrated booklet with writing by William Fowler and full film credits

     

     

    Shopping: The Prince Of Darkness...

    1987 US horror by John Carpenter just released on UK 4k Blu-ray


    Link Here 22nd March 2019
    Prince of Darkness is a 1987 US horror by John Carpenter.
    With Donald Pleasence, Lisa Blount and Jameson Parker. BBFC link IMDb
    Mostly uncut and 18 rated in the UK except a 2000 release VHS which was cut for a 15 rating. By 2002 the film was passed 15 uncut. Uncut and MPAA R rated in the US.
    UK: Passed 15 uncut for:
    • 2019 Studiocanal RB 4k Blu-ray at UK Amazon released on 18th March 2019

    Promotional Material

    Synopsis

    John Carpenter's 1987 cult classic Prince of Darkness has been stunningly restored in 4K.
    Deep in the basement of an abandoned church, once run by a sinister religious sect, lies a strange bottle of green liquid being investigated by a group of local theoretic physics students. But as the night draws in the students soon realise that the relic holds a dark and powerful force beyond their control. A force that could well be the essence of pure evil: the remains of Satan himself.

    The 2018 restoration of Prince of Darkness was made from the 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, Gary B. Kibbe (ASC).

    Extras include:

    Malevolent: Unearthing John Carpenter's PRINCE OF DARKNESS: A brand new retrospective documentary produced by Ballyhoo Motion Pictures and featuring interviews with Cinematographer Gary Kibbe, actor Peter Jason, actor Alice Cooper, composer Alan Howarth, script supervisor Sandy King, visual effects supervisor Robert Grasmere, stunt coordinator Jeff Imada, Carpenter biographer John Muir, film historian C. Courtney Joyner, music historian Daniel Schweiger and Producer Larry Carpenters.
    Intro by John Carpenter - an interview with director John Carpenter originally recorded for a French DVD release in 2003
    Scene Analysis by John Carpenter - Director John Carpenter analyses key scenes from Prince of Darkness, in an interview from 2003
    Audio commentary with John Carpenter and Peter Jason Sympathy for the Devil: Interview with John Carpenter - from 2013
    Horror's Halloween Hallowed Grounds with Sean Clark - a fun tour of the film's locations hosted by Sean Clark
    Trailer
    Photo gallery incl. Behind the Scenes

     

     

    Shopping: The Basketball Diaries...

    1995 USA crime sport biography by Scott Kalvert, once cut over Dunblane sensitivities, just released on UK Blu-ray


    Link Here 21st March 2019
    The Basketball Diaries is a 1995 USA crime sport biography by Scott Kalvert.
    Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Lorraine Bracco and Marilyn Sokol. BBFC link IMDb
    Generally passed 18 uncut but was pre-cut and 18 rated for a VHS release in 1996 when there were censorship sensitivities about the Dunblane killings. Uncut and MPAA R rated in the US.
    UK: Passed 18 uncut for:
    • 2019 4Digital Media (RB) Blu-ray at UK Amazon released on 18th March 2019

    Promotional Material

    Film adaptation of street tough Jim Carroll's epistle about his kaleidoscopic free fall into the harrowing world of drug addiction.

    As a member of a seemingly unbeatable high school basketball squad, Jim's life centres around the basketball court and the court becomes a metaphor for the world in his mind. A best friend who is dying of leukaemia, a coach ("Swifty") who takes unacceptable liberties with the boys on his team, teenage sexual angst, and an unhealthy appetite for heroin - all of these begin to encroach on young Jim's dream of becoming a basketball star.

    Soon, the dark streets of New York become a refuge from his mother's mounting concern for her son. He can't go home and his only escape from the reality of the streets is heroin for which he steals, robs and prostitutes himself. Only with the help of Reggie, an older neighbourhood friend with whom Jim "picked up a game" now and then, is he able to begin the long journey back to sanity.

     

     

    Shopping: The Grand Duel...

    1972 Italy / West Germany / France western by Giancarlo Santi set for UK Blu-ray release on 6th May 2019 with BBFC cuts for a horse fall


    Link Here 20th March 2019
    The Grand Duel is a 1972 Italy / West Germany / France western by Giancarlo Santi.
    Starring Lee Van Cleef, Alberto Dentice and Jess Hahn. BBFC link IMDb  

    All UK releases are cut for a horse fall. The film was rated 18 in 1988 and 15 since 2008. Uncut and MPAA R rated in the US.

    See further details at Melon Farmers Film Cuts: Storm Rider

    UK: Passed 15 for strong violence, sexualised nudity after 5s of compulsory BBFC cuts ( 93:36s ): The BBFC commented:
    • Compulsory cut required to remove sight of a horse being tripped and falling onto its head and neck.

    Promotional Material

    The Grand Duel is an archetypal spaghetti western which boasts many of the genre s classic hallmarks including action-packed gunfights, wild stunts and an impressive climactic showdown...

    Genre stalwart Lee Van Cleef (The Big Combo, Day of Anger) stars as a gnarled ex-sheriff called Clayton who comes to the aid of young Philipp Wermeer (Alberto Dentice), a fugitive framed for the murder of a powerful figure called The Patriarch. Clayton helps Philipp fend off attacks from bounty hunters in a series of thrilling shootouts before the two make their way to Jefferson to confront three villains known as the Saxon brothers, and reveal who really killed The Patriarch.

    A complex tale of revenge penned by prolific giallo writer Ernesto Gastaldi (Torso, The Case of the Scorpion's Tail), The Grand Duel benefits from a beguiling central performance from Lee Van Cleef and assured helmsmanship from Giancarlo Santi (assistant director to Sergio Leone on The Good, The Bad and The Ugly and Once Upon a Time in the West). Add to this brew a memorable and tuneful score by composer Luis Bacalov (Django, Milano Calibro 9) and the stage is set for one of the grandest of all the Italian westerns.

    SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS

  • New 2K restoration from the original 35mm camera negative
  • High Definition Blu-rayTM (1080p) presentation
  • Uncompressed mono 1.0 LPCM audio
  • Original English and Italian soundtracks, titles and credits
  • Newly translated English subtitles for the Italian soundtrack
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing for the English soundtrack
  • New audio commentary by film critic, historian and theorist Stephen Prince
  • An Unconventional Western, a newly filmed interview with director Giancarlo Santi
  • The Last of the Great Westerns, a newly filmed interview with screenwriter Ernesto Gastaldi
  • Cowboy by Chance, an interview with the actor Alberto Dentice AKA Peter O'Brien
  • Out of the Box, a newly filmed interview with producer Ettore Rosboch
  • The Day of the Big Showdown, a newly filmed interview with assistant director Harald Buggenig
  • Saxon City Showdown, a newly filmed video appreciation by the academic Austin Fisher
  • Original Italian and international theatrical trailers
  • Extensive image gallery featuring stills, posters, lobby cards and home video sleeves, drawn from the Mike Siegel Archive and other collections
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Matt Griffin
  • FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collector s booklet featuring new writing on the film by Kevin Grant and original reviews
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    Shopping: Irma La Douce...

    1963 USA comedy romance by Billy Wilder, once cut by the BBFC, just released on UK Blu-ray and DVD


    Link Here 20th March 2019
    Irma La Douce is a 1963 USA comedy romance by Billy Wilder.
    Starring Jack Lemmon, Shirley MacLaine and Lou Jacobi. BBFC link IMDb
    Cut by the BBFC for an X rated cinema release in 1963. Uncut and 15 rated on home video. Uncut and MPAA Unrated in the US.
    UK: Passed 15 uncut:
    • 2019 Eureka Entertainment (RB) Blu-ray at UK Amazon released on 18th March 2019
    • 2019 Eureka Entertainment R2 DVD at UK Amazon released on 18th March 2019
    • 2019 Eureka Entertainment Amazon Prime VoD [UK only] at UK Amazon

    Promotional Material

    One of director Billy Wilder 's biggest box office hits following his landmark comedies Some Like It Hot and The Apartment , the spectacular Irma La Douce -- adapted from the 1956 musical for the French theatre -- reunites Wilder with his Apartment stars Jack Lemmon and Shirley MacLaine , providing the latter with one of her most fondly remembered (and Oscar®-nominated) early roles.

    MacLaine is Irma, a popular Parisian prostitute whose new pimp is an unlikely procurer: Nestor (Lemmon) is a former honest cop who was just fired and framed by his boss after Nestor inadvertently had him arrested in a raid. However, Nestor's love for Irma is making his newfound vocation impossible, so he poses as a phoney British lord who insists on being Irma's one and only "client." But when "Lord X" appears to have become the victim of foul play...further comedic complications ensue!

    Irma La Douce offers many of the same sardonic observations on human nature as Wilder's earlier comedies -- in addition to the same riotous humour and touching romance -- but on an even broader, more colourful canvas. Collaborating again with his regular screenwriter I.A.L. Diamond , Wilder delivers one of his most purely entertaining crowd-pleasers of the 1960s.

    BLU-RAY SPECIAL FEATURES
    • Stunning 1080p presentation from a brand new 4K restoration
    • LPCM Mono audio
    • Optional English SDH subtitles
    • Brand New and Exclusive Interview with film scholar Neil Sinyard
    • Feature Length Audio Commentary by critic and film historian Kat Ellinger
    • Feature Length Audio Commentary by film historian Joseph McBride
    • PLUS: A Collector s booklet featuring a new essay by Richard Combs, alongside a wide selection of rare archival imagery.

     

     

    Shopping: Showdown...

    1993 USA action film by Robert Radler, once cut in the UK and US, just released on US Blu-ray


    Link Here 19th March 2019
    Showdown is a 1993 USA action film by Robert Radler.
    Starring Billy Blanks, Kenn Scott and Christine Taylor. BBFC link IMDb
    Originally released uncut and MPAA R rated but this was cut in the UK for an 18 rating for 1994 VHS. There is also a cut PG-13 rated version in the US.
    US: Uncut and MPAA R rated for:
    • 2019 MVD Rewind Collection (RA) Blu-ray at US Amazon released on 12th March 2019

    Promotional Material

    THERE IS NO OTHER WAY.

    Ken Marks (Kenn Scott, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze) finds a dangerous enemy on his first day at his new school; an enemy who makes his living as the champion of an illegal fighting operation. School janitor and ex-cop Billy Grant (Billy Blanks, The Last Boy Scout) trains Ken to defend himself. What Billy doesn't know is that the man behind it all is the one man from his past who wants him dead.

    This classic martial arts blockbuster from the director of Best of the Best features an all-star supporting cast that includes Christine Taylor (The Wedding Singer), Patrick Kilpatrick (Death Warrant), James Lew (Best of the Best) and Brion James (Blade Runner) in the movie the proves there's not a problem in the world that a good roundhouse kick to the face can't solve.

    SPECIAL FEATURES

  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation of the main feature in 1.78:1 aspect ratio
  • Audio: English 5.1 Surround, 2.0 Stereo
  • Subtitles: English
  • NEW! ''The Making of Showdown'' (new feature length documentary with director Robert Radler, writer Stuart Gibbs and stars Billy Blanks, Kenn Scott, John Asher, Patrick Kilpatrick and Michael Genovese) (HD, 98 mins)
  • NEW! Robert Radler: Portrait of a Director featurette (HD, 12 mins)
  • NEW! Billy Blanks: Martial Arts Legend featurette (HD, 15 mins)
  • NEW! The Fights of ''Showdown'' featurette (HD, 47 mins)
  • NEW! ''Showdown'': Anatomy of a Scene featurette (HD, 7 mins)
  • Photo Gallery
  • Original Theatrical Trailer (SD)
  • Collectible Mini- Poster

    Special Features May Not Be Rated, Closed Captioned Or In High Definition.

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    Shopping: The Green Inferno AKA Cannibal Holocaust 2...

    1988 Italy action crime horror by Antonio Climati just released on UK Blu-ray


    Link Here 19th March 2019
    Cannibal Holocaust 2 is a 1988 Italy action crime horror by Antonio Climati.
    Starring Marco Merlo, Fabrizio Merlo and May Deseligny. BBFC link IMDb
    Cut by the BBFC for animal cruelty for 15 rated 2002 DVD. Uncut and 15 rated for 2018 Blu-ray
    UK: Passed 15 uncut for strong violence, injury detail with previous BBFC cuts waived for:

    Promotional Material

    For years fans waited for the release of a sequel to Ruggero Deodato's trendsetting CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST (1980) yet it would take almost a decade for THE GREEN INFERNO, also known as CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST 2, to arrive... and it was not, perhaps, what followers of the cycle in Italian nasty native movies were expecting! Whilst Deodato's original benchmark critiqued the mondo film pseudo-documentary phenomenon, partly instigated by cinematographer and director Antonio Climati (MONDO CANE/ SAVAGE MAN, SAVAGE BEAST), here the focus turns to satirising the hypocrisy and complexity of CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST itself! Directed by Climati, CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST 2 sees some enterprising adventurers traipsing into the Amazon jungle in search of a missing professor and, in the interim, the youngsters encounter some indications that slavery and European colonialism is still robbing the Colombian rain forest blind! A mix of macabre images, scenic locations, castrations and sly in-jokes, CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST 2 introduces some belated bad taste humour into familiar jungle territory and requires immediate reappraisal from tribal terror completists - which is a meal best served in glorious HD by the video nasty enthusiasts at 88 Films!!

    Extras:

    Scenes From Banned Alice: The Rise and Fall of Italian Cannibal Movies

    Audio Commentary by Genre Expert and Director of Me Me Lai Bites Back Dr Calum Waddell

     

     

    Shopping: The Grinch...

    2018 China / USA family animation comedy by Yarrow Cheney and Scott Mosier just released on UK Blu-ray and DVD with BBFC cuts for a U rating


    Link Here 18th March 2019
    The Grinch is a 2018 China / USA family animation comedy by Yarrow Cheney and Scott Mosier.
    Starring Benedict Cumberbatch. BBFC link IMDb
    BBFC category cuts were required for a U rated cinema releases in 2018 and video in 2019. Uncut and MPAA PG rated in the US.
    UK: Passed U for mild slapstick, very mild bad language after compulsory BBFC cuts:
    • 2019 Universal Pictures UK R0 4k Blu-ray at UK Amazon released on 11th March 2019
    • 2019 Universal Pictures UK R0 Blu-ray at UK Amazon released on 11th March 2019
    • 2019 Universal Pictures UK R2 DVD at UK Amazon released on 11th March 2019

    Promotional Material

    Illumination and Universal Pictures present The Grinch, based on Dr. Seuss' beloved classic. The Grinch tells the story of a cynical grump who goes on a mission to steal Christmas, only to have his heart changed by a young girl's generous spirit. Funny, heartwarming and visually stunning, The Grinch is fun for the whole family

    More than an hour of bonus features, including:

    • 3 MINI-MOVIES
    • The Making of the Mini-Movies
    • From Green to Screen
    • Who's Who in Who-ville
    • My Earliest Grinch Memories
    • "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch" Lyric Video
    • Songs from His Little Heart
    • Grinchy Gadgets
    • Any Who Can Draw: The Grinch, Max, Fred
    • And More!

     

     

    Shopping: The Wild Pussycat/The Deserter...

    1969 Greece crime film by Dimis Dadiras just released on US Blu-ray with 2 versions


    Link Here 16th March 2019
    Double bill by Dimi Dadiras and Christos Kefalas.
    Starring Kostas Prekas, Gisela Dali and Maria Foka.

    US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:

    • 2019 Mondo Macabro [The Wild Pussycat, Export + Greek versions + The Deserter] (RA) Blu-ray at US Amazon released on 12th March 2019
    The Wild Pussycat (Kafti ekdikisis) is a 1969 Greece crime film by Dimis Dadiras.
    Starring Kostas Prekas, Gisela Dali and Maria Foka. IMDb
    Exists as a cut Greek version and an uncut Export Version
    The Deserter (O lipotaktis) is a 1970 Italy / Greece romance by Christos Kefalas.
    Starring Hristos Politis, Franca Parisi and Stephanos Stratigos. IMDb
    There are no censorship issues save that there is a shorter TV version.

    Promotional Material

    Mondo Macabro's Exploitation Double Bill Release THE WILD PUSSYCAT plus THE DESERTER

    The WILD PUSSYCAT is an unsung classic of exploitation cinema. Produced in Greece in 1968, it was not officially released there until 1972 and then only in a cut and compromised version. The simple plot concerns a women whose sister was exploited and driven to suicide by a sleazy pimp. In order to get revenge on him the woman seduces the man, drugs him and imprisons him in a sound proofed room, tormenting him through a large one way mirror (he can see out, no-one can see in) by performing sultry strip tease dances and having sex with men and women while he can only look on, helpless to stop it or join in. Her final vengeance on him is so shocking it raises eyebrows even today.

    In spite of its lurid subject matter and explicit visuals, THE WILD PUSSYCAT was not a low budget quickie with a cast of unknowns and a first time film maker. It was directed by Dimi Dadiras, one of the most successful director/producers of the period, and it features one of the big stars of Greek cinema - Gisela Dali, known in her day as "the Greek Bardot".

    The Blu-ray includes both the 1972 Greek version (with much of the sex removed and a plot featuring a drug dealing con inserted) and the full on, uncut export version. So essentially there are three films on the disc.

    THE DESERTER, a rarely seen Greek production from 1970, is a fascinating and powerful film about a young soldier who escapes from a seemingly endless war only to find himself trapped in an emotional and sexual battle between two desperate women. One of them, Ermina (played by Italian star Franca Parisi), is stuck in a loveless marriage with a boorish farmer who plans to make his fortune by selling cheap hootch to soldiers. The other - much younger - woman, seems to live in a bizarre and dangerous fantasy world. She is played by famous Greek singing star Alexandra Kyriakaki. The great Gisela Dali "the Greek Brigitte Bardot" also stars in this production, in a small but unforgettable role as a witch who casts a love spell on the soldier.

    SPECIAL FEATURES:

    Brand new HD transfers from negative.
    Newly created English subtitles.
    Greek version and uncut export version (WILD PUSSYCAT).
    Trailers.
    Promo art video presentation.
    Mondo Macabro previews.

     

     

    Shopping: Cannibal Terror...

    1980 Spain / France video nasty by Alain Deruelle just released on UK Blu-ray


    Link Here 14th March 2019
    Cannibal Terror is a 1980 Spain / France crime horror thriller by Alain Deruelle (as AW Steeve), Olivier Mathot (uncredited)...
    Starring Silvia Solar, Gérard Lemaire and Pamela Stanford. BBFC link IMDb
    Banned as a video nasty in 1983. Passed 18 uncut in 2003 for DVD
    UK: Previously passed 18 uncut for:

    Promotional Material

    First there was CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST (1980)... Then came CANNIBAL FEROX (1981)... But somewhere in France, someone was already hatching a plot to cash-in on the Italian intestinal classics with CANNIBAL TERROR (1981). With no budget, no professional actors and no flights to Amazonia, CANNIBAL TERROR instead gives us Deodato and Lenzi on a cash-strapped level and the end result is THE ROOM of cannibal movies!! Brilliant, banal and blood-soaked late night entertainment, CANNIBAL TERROR was also one of the infamous 'video nasties' in the UK - showing that our beloved censors and moral guardians have little in the way of a sense of humour! However, this torrid tale of stranded tourists being hunted by hungry natives is a work of demented genius that words can barely do service to - and it is our great pleasure to offer audiences another chance to see CANNIBAL TERROR, this time in a delirious HD special edition!

     

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