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A Nightmare on Elm Street...

The 2020 A Nightmare on Elm Street Collection Blu-ray includes the uncut version of the original


Link Here19th October 2020
A Nightmare on Elm Street is a 1984 US horror film by Wes Craven.
With Heather Langenkamp, Johnny Depp and Robert Englund. YouTube iconBBFC link IMDb

The film was uncut for UK cinema release and VHS but the cut US Theatrical version is the only one available on UK/US DVD.

Now Jon reports that the 2020 R0 Blu-ray 7 Film Collection includes the uncut version of the original film. Jon comments:

The scene where Tina's corpse is seen hitting the bed, and the resultant splash of blood all over her boyfriend Rod, is shown intact and complete.

And, during Glen's death (Johnny Depp), the huge geyser of blood spurting up and hitting the ceiling, is also shown in full.

The BBFC database does not contain any submissions for a Blu-ray so presumably the Blu-ray release re-uses the 18 rating of the uncut VHS releases.

Nightmare on Elm Street 5 is a 1989 US horror by Stephen Hopkins.
With Robert Englund, Lisa Wilcox and Kelly Jo Minter. YouTube icon BBFC link IMDb

The Theatrical Version was cut for an R rating. Europe got the uncut version for cinema and VHS but all DVDs and Blu-rays have been the cut Theatrical Version.

Jon comments about the 2020 Blu-ray Collection:

Some of the previously cut material has been reinstated (the death of the motorcyclist at the 38m as Freddy consumes his bike and body), but other stuff is still the R-rated version (Greta being force-fed is still cut heavily).

 

 

Weekly UK DVD and Blu-ray Releases...

10 to Midnight, 976-EVIL, I Monster, Eraserhead


Link Here 19th October 2020

UK flagReleased on 19th October 2020

I, Monster

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I, Monster is a 1971 UK horror by Stephen Weeks.
Starring Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing and Mike Raven. BBFC link IMDb

Exists as a 1971 Theatrical Version which was X rated by the BBFC and a 12 rated Extended Version released on home video.

UK: The Extended Version was previously passed 12 uncut:
UK: BBFC details not yet published for the Theatrical Version:
  • 2020 Powerhouse [Theatrical + Extended Versions] RB Blu-ray at UK Amazon released on 19th October 2020

Promotional Material

Horror icons Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing team up once again for an Amicus take on Robert Louis Stevenson's classic novella Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, with Lee occupying the role of the scientist and his deadly alter ego. Directed by Stephen Weeks, making his first feature aged twenty-two, I, Monster presents an inventive take on an iconic tale.

Extras INDICATOR LIMITED EDITION BLU-RAY SPECIAL FEATURES

  • * New 2K restoration by Powerhouse Films from original film materials

  • * Two presentations of the film: the original 75-minute theatrical cut; and the extended 80-minute version

  • * Original mono audio

  • * Audio commentary with director Stephen Weeks (2020)

  • * The BEHP Interview with Peter Tanner - Part One, 1914-1939 (1987): an archival audio recording, made as part of the British Entertainment History Project, featuring the celebrated editor in conversation with Roy Fowler and Taffy Haines

  • * Introduction by Stephen Laws (2020): appreciation by the acclaimed horror author

  • * Stephen Weeks at the Manchester Festival of Fantastic Films (1998): archival video recording of the director in conversation

  • * Interview with Milton Subotsky (1985): archival audio recording of the famed producer

  • * Interview with Carl Davis (2020): the renowned composer discusses his score

  • * Image gallery: publicity and promotional material

  • * Original theatrical trailer

  • * Kim Newman and David Flint trailer commentary (2017): short critical appreciation by the genre-film experts

  • * New and improved English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing

  • * Limited edition exclusive 36-page booklet with a new essay by Josephine Botting, Milton Subotsky on I, Monster, an archival interview with Stephen Weeks, an overview of contemporary critical responses, and film credits

  • * World premiere on Blu-ray

  • * Limited edition of 3,000 copies

976-EVIL

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976-EVIL is a 1988 USA comedy horror by Robert Englund.
Starring Stephen Geoffreys, Patrick O'Bryan and Sandy Dennis. BBFC link IMDb

A UK version was cut by the BBFC for 1988 18 rated cinema release and the follow up 1989 VHS. The 1991 VHS and 2002 were pre-cut for an 18 rating. A shorter version was released in the US with an R rating but is generally noted as uncut. There is also a longer TV version but the extra material doesn't add anything.
UK: BBFC details not yet published for:
  • 2020 Eureka [US Version + TV Version] (RB) Blu-ray at UK Amazon released on 19th October 2020

Reviews

Promotional Material

Director Robert Englund (the iconic Freddy Krueger from the Nightmare on Elm Street series) dials up a gothic tale of high-tech horror in 976-EVIL .

High school underdog Hoax ( Stephen Geoffreys - Fright Night ) fills up the idle hours in his seedy little hometown fending off the local leather-jacketed thugs, avoiding his overbearing mother ( Sandy Dennis ) and dreaming of a date with trailer park temptress Suzie ( Lezlie Deane ), But his quietly desperate life takes a terrifying turn when his cousin introduces him to an unusual new hobby – phoning in for his "horrorscope". Hoax is hooked up with a compellingly hideous demonic force that slowly begins to overtake his entire life and now there's more than just a phone bill to pay for anyone who ever dared cross "the neighbourhood nerd".

Co-written by Brian Helgeland ( L.A. Confidential, Mystic River ) and featuring incredibly practical effects work from Robert Kurtzman and Howard Berger , Eureka Classics is proud to present 976-EVIL on Blu-ray for the first time in the UK.

BLU-RAY EDITION SPECIAL FEATURES:

  • Limited Edition O-Card slipcase [First Print Run of 2000 copies ONLY]
  • 1080p presentation on Blu-ray
  • DTS-HD MA 5.1 and LPCM 2.0 audio options
  • English subtitles (SDH)
  • Audio commentary with director Robert Englund and set decorate Nancy Booth Englund
  • 976-EVIL: home video version [105 mins, SD] : An extended version of the film from its original home video release on VHS
  • New interview with producer Lisa M. Hansen
  • New interview with special make-up effects artist Howard Berger ( The Walking Dead )
  • New interview with special effects technician Kevin Yagher ( Nightmare on Elm Street )
  • Limited Edition Collector's Booklet [2000 copies ONLY] featuring new writing by Craig Ian Mann
Eraserhead

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Eraserhead is a 1977 USA horror fantasy by David Lynch.
Starring Jack Nance, Charlotte Stewart and Allen Joseph. IMDb

There are no censorship issues with this release, beyond notingthat the film was 18 rated until 2006 when it was downrated to 15.
UK: Previously passed 15 uncut for strong gore and disturbing surreal imagery:
  • 2020 Sony Pictures (RB) Blu-ray at UK Amazon released on 19th October 2020
  • 2020 Sony Pictures R2 DVD at UK Amazon released on 19th October 2020

Promotional Material

"David Lynch's 1977 debut feature, Eraserhead, is both a lasting cult sensation and a work of extraordinary craft and beauty. With its mesmerizing black-and-white photography by Frederick Elmes, evocative sound design, and unforgettably enigmatic performance by Jack Nance, this visionary nocturnal odyssey remains one of American cinema's darkest dreams. DIRECTOR-APPROVED BLU-RAY

SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES

  • New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed stereo soundtrack
  • "Eraserhead" Stories, a 2001 documentary by David Lynch on the making of the film
  • New high-definition restorations of six short films by Lynch: Six Figures Getting Sick (1966), The Alphabet (1968), The Grandmother (1970), The Amputee, Part 1 and Part 2 (1974), and Premonitions Following an Evil Deed (1996), all with video introductions by Lynch
  • New and archival interviews with cast and crew
  • Trailer"
The Haunting of Sophie

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The Haunting of Sophie (aka The Music Box) is a 2018 Italy horror thriller by John Real.
Starring Fiona Whitelaw, Antonella Salvucci and Antonio Lujak. BBFC link IMDb

There are no censorship issues with this release.
UK: Passed 15 uncut for strong supernatural threat:
  • 2020 High Fliers Films R2 DVD at UK Amazon released on 19th October 2020

Promotional Material

When 6 year old Sophie is tragically orphaned she moves into an eerie Victorian house with her aunt Annabelle. There she discovers an unusual music box that has a strange effect on her every time it is opened. The box is possessed by an evil spirit that wants to haunt Sophie and destroy her aunt and the pair must race against time to defeat the spirit before the last note plays.
 
Hard Kill

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Hard Kill is a 2020 USA action thriller by Matt Eskandari.
Starring Bruce Willis, Jesse Metcalfe and Sergio Rizzuto. BBFC link IMDb

There are no censorship issues with this release.
UK: Passed 15 uncut for strong language, bloody violence, gore, sex references, racism theme:
  • 2020 Vertigo Releasing R2 DVD at UK Amazon released on 19th October 2020

Promotional Material

A team of fearless mercenaries led by security expert Derek Miller (Jesse Metcalfe) are hired by billionaire tech CEO Donovan Chalmers (Bruce Willis) to protect a lethal piece of technology that, if exposed, could destroy the world.

Not only does Miller soon wind up face-to-face with an old enemy, but the mission becomes even higher risk when Chalmers' daughter is kidnapped by a ruthless terrorist group who will stop at nothing to try and obtain the tech, resulting in a desperate race against the clock to save her, and protect the world from impending doom.

A non-stop, high-octane thriller starring action-legend Bruce Willis, Jesse Metcalfe (Desperate Housewives, John Tucker Must Die), Sergio Pizzuto (Trauma Center, Backtrace), Tyler Jon Olson (Gotti, Jarhead) and WWE star Natalie Eva Marie.
10 to Midnight

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10 to Midnight is a 1983 USA crime thriller by J Lee Thompson.
Starring Charles Bronson, Lisa Eilbacher and Andrew Stevens. BBFC link IMDb

Uncut for 18 rated UK cinema release and pre-cert video. Cut by the BBFC for an 18 rated VHS release in 1987. The BBFC video cuts were waived for 18 rated DVD in 2004. Uncut and MPAA R rated in the US.
UK: Previously passed 18 uncut for strong bloody violence and nudity:
  • 2020 88 Films (RB) Blu-ray at UK Amazon released on 19th October 2020
  • 2020 88 Films R2 DVD at UK Amazon released on 19th October 2020

Promotional Material

Charles Bronson is a hero all the way as a rogue cop pursuing a deranged killer in this action-packed suspense thriller. Serving up vigilante justice as only he can. Bronson delivers one of his most riveting performances in this exceedingly well-made film. Bronson plays Leo Kessler, a cynical Los Angeles cop on the trail of Warren Stacey (Gene Davis), a homicidal maniac who turns rejection frombeautiful women into the ultimate revenge. When the legal system sets Stacey free, Kessler plants evidence to put him behind bars for good. But Kessler's plan backfires, leaving him with only one option: to hunt down Stacey on his own... before the crazedkiller strikes again!

Extras:

Producing Bronson" interview with producer Lance Hool (12:41)
"Remember Bronson" interview with actor Robert F. Lyons (6:00)
"Knife and Death" interview with actress Jeana Tomasina (6:55)
"Charlie's Partner" interview with actor Andrew Stevens (10:46)

Replicant

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Replicant is a 2001 USA action Sci-Fi thriller by Ringo Lam.
Starring Jean-Claude Van Damme, Michael Rooker and Catherine Dent. BBFC link IMDb

There are no censorship issues with this release.
UK: Previously passed 18 uncut for:
  • 2020 88 Films RB Blu-ray at UK Amazon released on 19th October 2020

Promotional Material

A deranged serial killer is on the loose and only one man can catch him! Garrotte aka "The Torch" (Jean-Claude Van Damme) is being tracked by veteran police detective Jake Riley (Michael Rooker) to no avail. Each time Jake gets one step closer to Garotte, another victim surfaces.

Tormented by Garrotte's insanity, Jakes quits the police force and joins a special agency in a top secret mission to eliminate Garrote. As part of Jakes' new assignment, he is teamed with a Replicant (Jean-Claude Van Damme) cloned from Garotte's DNA.

In a race against time Jake must learn to trust the mind of the one person he has been trained to kill and control the thoughts of a madman he cannot stop.

Moon in Scorpio

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Moon in Scorpio is a 1987 USA horror by Gary Graver.
Starring Britt Ekland, John Phillip Law and William Smith. BBFC link IMDb

There are no censorship issues with this release. It was previously 18 rated by the BBFC but has just been reduced to 15.
UK: Passed 15 uncut for strong bloody violence, nudity, sexual violence references:
  • 2020 88 Films (RB) Blu-ray at UK Amazon released on 19th October 2020

Promotional Material

In a Los Angeles marina three buddies who fought together in Vietnam - Alan (John Phillip Law), Burt (William Smith) and Mark (Lewis Van Bergen) - and their wives set sail on a cruise, their first reunion since the war. All three men are haunted by nightmares of a bloody wartime massacre they took part in, killing everyone in sight - men, women, children; the tension between the men is thick enough to cut with a knife. Before long, anxiety turns to blow-chilling horror as first one, then another passenger on the cruise is mysteriously, gruesomely murdered! Adrift on the open sea with no help in sight, the terrified survivors must fight for survival against an unseen, bloodthirsty killer who has turned their worst nightmares into deadly reality!

Special Features and Technical Specs:
  • HIGH-DEFINITION REMASTER OF THE FILM
  • Multiple audio commentaries
  • Restored Original Mono Soundtrack
  • Optional SDH subtitles for the main feature
  • Limited Edition slipcase
  • AND MORE...
 

 

 

Shopping: Herschell Gordon Lewis Collection...

Film set just released on UK Blu-ray in a cheaper edition with just 2 of the films having once troubled censors


Link Here19th October 2020

Herschell Gordon Lewis Collection is a film set

There are several censorship issues with this set.
UK: Passed with an aggregate 18 rating for:
  • 2020 Arrow Herschell Gordon Lewis Collection Special Edition (RB) Blu-ray at UK Amazon #ad released on 12th October 2020
Blood Feast is a 1963 US horror by Herschell Gordon Lewis.
With William Kerwin, Mal Arnold and Connie Mason. YouTube iconBBFC link IMDb
Banned as a video nasty in 1983. Cut by the BBFC for 2001 DVD and uncut since 2005 DVD. Uncut and unrated in the US.

See further details at Melon Farmers Film Cuts: Blood Feast

Two Thousand Maniacs! is a 1964 USA horror by Herschell Gordon Lewis.
Starring Connie Mason, William Kerwin and Jeffrey Allen. YouTube iconBBFC link IMDb
Cut by the BBFC for 18 rated VHS in 1986. Uncut since 2002 18 rated DVD.

Promotional Material

In 1963, director Herschell Gordon Lewis pulled a cow s tongue out of an actress mouth on camera, and in doing so, changed the landscape of horror cinema forever. That sequence was just one of numerous gruesome gags featured in Blood Feast, the film credited as being the world s first gore movie. It s no exaggeration to say that the modern gross-out movies of today owe their very existence to the pioneering efforts of H.G. Lewis.

But whilst Lewis is most widely celebrated for his blood-and-guts epics (Two Thousand Maniacs!, The Wizard of Gore et al.), there s more to the prolific director than splatter. From tales of sordid photographers (Scum of the Earth) to sex robots (How to Make a Doll), from biker girl-gangs (She-Devils on Wheels) to youths-run-amok (Just for the Hell of It), and from psychic witches (Something Weird) to hard liquor-loving hillbillies (Moonshine Mountain), the filmography of H.G. Lewis reads like a veritable wish-list of exploitation movie madness.

Now, for the first time ever, Arrow Video is proud to present fourteen of the Godfather of Gore s most essential films (including nine Blu-ray world debuts), collected together at last and packed full of eye-popping bonus content. So put your feet up, pour yourself a glass of good ol moonshine, and prepare yourself for a feast H.G. Lewis style!

SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS

  • Fourteen of the Godfather of Gore s finest attractions, restored from original and best surviving vault materials
  • High Definition Blu-rayTM (1080p) presentation of the features and extras on 7 Blu-ray discs
  • DISC ONE: BLOOD FEAST (1963) & SCUM OF THE EARTH (1963)
  • Introduction to the films by director Herschell Gordon Lewis
  • Audio Commentary on Blood Feast with Lewis and producer David F. Friedman
  • Blood Feast Outtakes
  • Blood Perceptions filmmakers Nicholas McCarthy (The Pact) and Rodney Ascher (Room 237) offer their insight on Blood Feast and the importance of Herschell Gordon Lewis
  • Herschell s History archival interview in which Lewis discusses his entry into the film industry including Scum of the Earth
  • How Herschell Found His Niche Lewis discusses more of his early work in nudie cuties and the making of The Adventures of Lucky Pierre Archival interview with Herschell Gordon Lewis and David F. Friedman from 1987
  • Carving Magic (1959) vintage short featuring Blood Feast s Bill Kerwin
  • Blood Feast Radio Spot and Trailer
  • DISC TWO: TWO THOUSAND MANIACS! (1964) & MOONSHINE MOUNTAIN (1964)
  • Introduction to the films by director Herschell Gordon Lewis
  • Audio Commentary on Two Thousand Maniacs! with Lewis and producer David F. Friedman
  • Two Thousand Maniacs! Outtakes
  • Two Thousand Maniacs Can t Be Wrong Tim Sullivan (director, 2001 Maniacs) on Two Thousand Maniacs!
  • Hicksploitation: Confidential visual essay on the history of the American South s representation in cinema
  • David Friedman: The Gentlemen s Smut Peddler a tribute to the legendary producer featuring Herschell Gordon Lewis, filmmakers Fred Olen Ray, Tim Sullivan and Bob Murawski
  • Herschell s Art of Advertising Lewis shares his expert opinion on the art of selling movies and how to hook an audience.
  • Trailers for Two Thousands Maniacs! and Moonshine Mountain
  • DISC THREE: COLOR ME BLOOD RED (1965) & SOMETHING WEIRD (1967)
  • DISC FOUR: THE GRUESOME TWOSOME (1967) & A TASTE OF BLOOD (1967)
  • DISC FIVE: SHE-DEVILS ON WHEELS (1968) & JUST FOR THE HELL OF IT (1968)
  • DISC SIX: HOW TO MAKE A DOLL (1968) & THE WIZARD OF GORE (1970)
  • DISC SEVEN: THIS STUFF LL KILL YA! (1971) & THE GORE GORE GIRLS (1972)
  • And many more special features!
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    Shopping: Delirious...

    2006 USA comedy romance by Tom DiCillo just released on US Blu-ray and DVD with 2 versions


    Link Here19th October 2020

    Delirious is a 2006 USA comedy romance by Tom DiCillo.
    Starring Steve Buscemi, Michael Pitt and Alison Lohman. BBFC link IMDb

    Exists as a Theatrical Version and a Director's Cut

    US: The Theatrical Version is MPAA R rated for:
    US: The Director's Cut is MPAA Unrated for:
    • 2020 Mvd Visual [Theatrical Version + Director's Cut] (RA) Blu-ray at US Amazon #ad released on 13th October 2020
    • 2020 Mvd Visual [Director's Cut only ] R1 DVD at US Amazon #ad released on 13th October 2020
    • 2020 Mvd Visual Amazon Prime VoD [US only] at US Amazon #ad

    Promotional Material

    EVERYBODY DESERVES THEIR SHOT

    Les (Steve Buscemi, Fargo) is a small-time paparazzi with dreams of getting his embarrassingly funny photos on the front page. His luck seems to take a turn for the better when he befriends a clueless young homeless man, Toby (Michael Pitt, Funny Games), and makes him his unlikely assistant. But when Toby falls for a pop diva and becomes a reality TV star, Les has a tough time being pushed out of the frame and creates a devilish scheme to take down his former apprentice.

    Alison Lohman (Drag Me to Hell), Gina Gershon (Face/Off), Callie Thorne (''Rescue Me''), Kevin Corrigan (Pineapple Express), Melissa Rauch (''The Big Bang Theory'') Kristen Schaal (Bill & Ted Face the Music) and Richard Short (Public Enemies) also star in this wickedly fun comedy (along with appearances by Elvis Costello and David Wain) about the high stakes world of celebrity scandal from acclaimed filmmaker Tom DiCillo, the writer/director of ''Living in Oblivion'', presented for the first time in this never before seen Director's Cut.

    SPECIAL FEATURES:

  • NEW! Director's Cut Commentary from Director Tom DiCillo
  • NEW! Introduction to the new Director's Cut by Tom DiCillo (HD)
  • Original Theatrical Cut of ''Delirious'' with Optional Director's Commentary (SD, 107 mins)
  • 'Stalking Delirious' making of featurette (SD)
  • 3 Promotional Shorts: ''Casting Michael Pitt'', ''Steve Buscemi is Pissed'' and ''The Gina Gershon Sex Tape'' (SD)
  • Alison Lohman Music Video: 'Shove It' (SD)
  • Original Theatrical Trailer (SD)
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    Devils, demons and the Occult...

    November 2020 on Horror Channel


    Link Here19th October 2020
    Saturday nights in November belong to the vice-like grip of Possessed Season on Horror Channel , with Channel premieres for Exorcist: The Beginning , the prequel to The Exorcist, starring Stellan Skarsgard as Father Merrin, the demon-beleaguered priest, and The Exorcist III , written and directed by William Peter Blatty.

    There is also a UK TV premiere for Chad Archibald's chilling occult fantasy The Heretics , and Scott Derrickson's supernatural chiller Deliver Us From Evil completes the devilish line-up.

     

     

     

    Offsite Article: I was an ordinary 20-year-old. Now I'm a target of the Chinese state...


    Link Here 19th October 2020
    Full story: China International Censors...China pressures other countries into censorship
    Australian student Drew Pavlou says he's been assaulted, suspended from university and harassed online for speaking out against the Chinese regime. By Paddy Hannam

    See article from spiked-online.com


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