1962 Italy horror by Riccardo Freda just released on UK Blu-ray
|30th November 2023 |
The Horrible Dr Hichcock is a 1962 Italy horror by Riccardo Freda (as Robert Hampton).
Starring Barbara Steele, Robert Flemyng and Silvano Tranquilli.
UK: The International Version
is uncut and BBFC 15 rated for strong threat, brief sexual threat:
The shortened US Theatrical version was cut by the BBFC for X rated cinema release in 1963. The uncut International Version was passed 18 for 1985 VHS and 15 for 2023 Bu-ray.
- 2023 Radiance Films [International Version + US Version] (RB) Blu-ray at UK
Amazon #ad released on 23rd October 2023
One day the necrophiliac tendencies of Dr Hichcock (Robert Flemyng, The Quiller Memorandum) go too far and his wife dies from an overdose. Bereft, the doctor leaves his house but
returns years later with a new wife, Cynthia (Barbara Steele, Black Sunday). The house they return to is eerie and Cynthia hears strange things, meanwhile, she doesn't realise Dr Hichcock intends to use her body to re-animate his dead wife's corpse.
Released at the height of the Italian horror boom that was produced in the wake of the influence of Hammer's era-defining horror productions, director Riccardo Freda (The Iguana with the Tongue of Fire) and screenwriter Ernesto Gastaldi (The Whip and the
Body) create a dark and wicked gothic horror that brings in sly allusions to the work of Alfred Hitchcock while the period detail of Victorian London provides a lush backdrop.
LIMITED EDITION BLU-RAY SPECIAL FEATURES
New 2023 2K restoration
of the film from the original negative presented in three versions across two Blu-rays: Disc 1: the 87-minute export version The Terror of Dr Hichcock with extras; Disc 2, exclusive to the limited edition: the re-ordered 76-minute North American version
The Horror of Dr Hichcock; and the English dub of the complete 87-minute Italian cut Raptus: The Secret of Dr. Hichcock
Audio commentary by critics Kat Ellinger and Annie Rose Malamet
New interview with screenwriter Ernesto Gastaldi (2023)
Visual essay on Bluebeard in gothic film by Miranda Corcoran (2023)
An interview with Madeleine Le Despencer on necrophilia and taboo gothic (2023)
Reversible sleeve featuring designs based on original posters
Limited edition booklet featuring new writing by critics and experts
including Chris Fujiwara on the film; an archival piece by Alan Y. Upchurch, Tim Lucas and Luigi Boscaino on the making of the film featuring interviews with Freda, Steele, Flemyng and others; a comparison of the different versions by Tim Lucas; and a
critical overview by Cullen Gallagher
Limited edition of 5000 copies, presented in full-height Scanavo packaging with removable OBI strip leaving packaging free of certificates and markings
2022 Hong Kong gay drama by Scud set for UK release on 22nd Janary 2024
|30th November 2023 |
Apostles is a 2022 Hong Kong gay drama by Scud
Starring Amanwithahat, Simon Athena and Gavin Philip Che
The BBFC notes that the film contains strong real sex.
A scholar claiming to be an apostle to Socrates and Plato, finds it hard to face his end. With the help of his wife and his ex-partner's family, he recruits 12 young men to come to
his secluded manor to pursue the exploration of death. Philosophical discussions aside, the practices encompass climbing the volcanic summit of Mt. Fuji, bondage, sexual activities, and even living sacrifice.
|UK: Uncut and BBFC 18 rated for strong real sex, nudity:
- 2023 Bounty Films Blu-ray (rated 30/10/2023) at UK Amazon on 22nd Janary
1972 Spain/Portugal horror adventure thriller by Amando de Ossorio, once cut in the US and UK, just released on US Blu-ray
|23rd November 2023 |
Tombs Of The Blind Dead is a 1972 Spain/Portugal horror adventure thriller by Amando de Ossorio
Starring Lone Fleming, César Burner and María Elena Arpón
Cut in the US for a PG rating. Cut by the BBFC for all home video releases. The US Unrated version is uncut
US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:
Medieval knights executed for their black magic
rituals come back as zombies to torment a group of vacationing college kids.
DON'T MOVE! DON'T BREATHE! DON'T MAKE A SOUND! THEY'RE COMING!
Amando de Ossorio's unique 1971 Spanish shocker Tombs of
the Blind Dead was an international horror hit that spawned three sequels and countless imitations. The first of four official films in the series, it begins with a trio of friends getting together for a camping trip that quickly turns into bloodcurdling
horror as a legion of long-dead Knights Templar rise from their graves in search of human flesh! When the Templars were originally executed for their cannibalistic rituals, they were hanged outside to die as crows pecked out their eyes. Now, armed with
ancient swords and riding their skeletal undead horses into the night looking for prey, these mummified creatures cannot see... they hunt purely by sound alone. Synapse Films is proud to present Tombs of the Blind Dead in a new restoration from the uncut
original camera negative!
- High-definition (1080p) Blu-ray® presentation of the original uncut version
- Lossless Spanish PCM 2.0 mono soundtrack
"hybrid" English/Spanish PCM 2.0 mono soundtrack
- Optional English subtitles for the Spanish track
- Optional English subtitles for the Spanish sections of the
- Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing for the hybrid soundtrack
- Audio commentary with horror film historian and author, Troy
- Audio commentary with star Lone Fleming
- Audio commentary with Rod Barnett & Troy Guinn of the NaschyCast podcast
- Marauders from the Mediterranean -- a feature length documentary exploring the history of the Spanish zombie film, featuring interviews with: Night of the Living Dead writer/producer John Russo, Stiges Film Festival deputy director Mike Hostench, and more!
- Revenge of Planet Ape - Alternate U.S. Opening Sequence
- Awakening of Spanish Horror Cinema -- Featurette by film historian Marcus Stiglegger
Salem's Pop "Templar's Tears" music video
- Original Theatrical Trailer
- Still Gallery
- Additional 1080p Blu-ray featuring the alternate U.S. cut entitled, THE BLIND DEAD
1981 Italy France horror by Riccardo Freda, previously cut by the BBFC, set for UK Blu-ray release on 18th December 2023
|19th November 2023
Murder Obsession is a 1981 Italy France horror by Riccardo Freda.
With Stefano Patrizi, Martine Brochard and Henri Garcin.
Cut by the BBFC for 18 rated VHS in 1987. Uncut and BBFC 18 rated for 2023 Blu-ray. Uncut and MPAA Unrated in the US.
UK: Uncut and BBFC 18 rated for sexual violence, nudity:
A scandal from
Michael's past emerges when he visits his mother's house with the director and others from a recent film project.
One of the most acclaimed and influential Brazilian films ever made, Black God, White Devil (Deus e o Diabo na Terra do Sol) tells the story of Manoel, a young cowherd who murders a
wealthy ranch owner and flees to the drought-ridden hinterlands of northern Brazil with his wife Rosa. Now outlawed, they join a religious cult headed by the mystic self-proclaimed saint Sabastião, who condones acts of violence. The couple are plunged
into a moral dilemma between embracing religious fanaticism and a life of brutality amongst rural peasant bandits. Meanwhile, the authorities hire a gunman known as Antonio Das Mortes to track them down.
This audacious and fearless award-winning
film, celebrated for its fusion of mysticism and folklore and its examination of aspects of religion, violence, and social injustice, was hugely influential in
shaping the Cinema Novo movement and has inspired many filmmakers. Mawu Films is proud to
present this milestone of Brazilian filmmaking in a brand new 4K restoration of the original 35mm materials preserved by the Cinemateca Brasileira.
LIMITED EDITION BLU-RAY SPECIAL FEATURES
restoration from original 35mm materials preserved by the Cinemateca Brasileira
Audio commentary by restoration supervisor Lino Meireles
Video essay by Manuela Lazic and Alessandro Luchetti
Glauber the Movie, Labyrinth of Brazil - a
documentary on the filmmaker by Silvio Tendler featuring interviews with colleagues and collaborators (2003, 98 mins)
Cinema Novo - an award-winning documentary by filmmaker and son of Glauber Rocha, Eryk Rocha on the Brazilian filmmaking movement,
featuring interviews with noted figures including Nelson Pereira dos Santos, Joaquim Pedro de Andrade and Rocha himself (2016, 90 mins)
Optional English subtitles
Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Time
Limited edition booklet featuring new writing by filmmaker Kleber Mendonça Filho and critic Rafa Sales Ross
Limited edition of 3000 copies, presented in full-height Scanavo packaging with limited edition booklet and reversible sleeve
Extras subject to change