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Shopping: Dawn of the Dead...

1978 US zombie horror by George A Romero, with a long history of old BBFC cuts, just released on UK Blu-ray with 3 versions


Link Here29th March 2021
Dawn of the Dead is a 1978 US zombie horror by George A Romero.
With David Emge, Ken Foree and Scott H. Reiniger. Melon Farmers link BBFC link 2020 IMDb
A long history of BBFC cuts to Dawn of the Dead from 1978 - 1997. The cuts were waived in 2003 but there are still multiple versions to add to the complexity.
UK: Passed Suitable for 18 years and over uncut for:
  • 2021 Second Sight [Theatrical + Cannes + Argento Cut] R0 [RB for extras] 4K Blu-ray at UK Amazon released on 22nd March 2021
  • 2021 Second Sight [Theatrical + Cannes + Argento Cut] RB Blu-ray at UK Amazon #ad released on 22nd March 2021

Promotional Material

When there's no more room in hell, the dead will walk the earth.

With the U.S. in the grip of a zombie apocalypse, four desperate survivors find refuge in a shopping mall. But the flesh-eating hordes, still possessed by an instinctive desire to consume, are drawn to the same destination. What follows is a nail-biting fight for survival.

George A Romero's Dawn of the Dead remains one of the greatest horror films ever made, often imitated but never equalled, and is now presented in a brand-new restoration.

BLU-RAY DISC 1 - THE THEATRICAL CUT

  • New 4K scan and restoration of the Original Camera Negative by Second Sight at Final Frame New York and London supervised and approved by DoP Michael Gornick
  • Audio: DTS-HD Master Audio 1.0 Mono - New restoration of the original OCN Optical / DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
  • Commentary by George A. Romero, Tom Savini, Christine Forrest
  • NEW commentary by Travis Crawford
  • New optional English subtitles for the hearing impaired

BLU-RAY DISC 2 - THE EXTENDED ('CANNES') CUT

  • Produced using 4K scan of the Theatrical Cut Original Camera Negative and 4K scan of the Extended Cut Colour Reversal Internegative
  • DTS-HD Master Audio 1.0 Mono
  • Commentary by Richard P Rubinstein
  • New optional English subtitles for the hearing impaired

BLU-RAY DISC 3 - THE ARGENTO CUT

  • 4K scan of the Interpositive by Michele De Angelis at Backlight Digital, Rome
  • Audio: DT-HD Master Audio Mono 1.0 / Surround 5.1 / Stereo 2.0
  • Commentary by Ken Foree, Scott Reiniger, Gaylen Ross, David Emge
  • New optional English subtitles for the hearing impaired

BLU-RAY DISC 4 - SPECIAL FEATURES

  • NEW Zombies and Bikers with John Amplas, Roy Frumkes, Tom Savini, Christine Forrest, Tom Dubensky, Tony Buba, Taso Stavrakis and a whole host of zombies and bikers! (59 mins)
  • NEW Memories of Monroeville: A tour of the mall with Michael Gornick, Tom Savini, Tom Dubensky and Taso Stavrakis (34 mins)
  • NEW Raising the Dead: The Production Logistics with Michael Gornick, Christine Forrest, John Amplas, Tom Dubensky (23 mins)
  • NEW The FX of Dawn with Tom Savini (13 mins)
  • NEW Dummies! Dummies! An interview with Richard France (12 mins)
  • NEW The Lost Romero Dawn Interview: previously unreleased archive interview (20 mins)
  • Super 8 Mall Footage by zombie extra Ralph Langer with option of archive commentary by Robert Langer and new commentary by Ralph Langer (13 mins)
  • Document of the Dead: The Original Cut (66 mins)
  • Document of the Dead: The Definitive Cut with optional commentary by Roy Frumkes (100 mins)
  • The Dead Will Walk 2014 Documentary (80 mins)
  • Trailers, TV, and Radio Spots (TBC)

 

 

Shopping: Friday the 13th Part II...

1981 US slasher by Steve Miner, cut for an MPAA R rating, just released on US Blu-ray


Link Here29th March 2021

Friday the 13th Part 2 is a 1981 US slasher by Steve Miner.
With Betsy Palmer, Amy Steel and John Furey. Melon Farmers link BBFC link 2020 IMDb

Cut by 48s for an MPAA R rating. The same cut version has been used for all UK and US release since. The 1983 UK VHS release was seized by the police during the video nasties moral panic.

Gore scenes that were cut have been located but only on VHS quality. These have been presented as a disk extra but have not been reinserted into the film. So for the moment the cut Theatrical is still the best available version.

US: Uncut and MPAA R rated for:

  • 2021 Paramount 40th Anniversary Steelbook Limited Edition (RA) Blu-ray at US Amazon #ad released on 23rd March 2021

Promotional Material

Celebrate the 40th Anniversary of one of horror's greatest sequels with this limited edition Steelbook. Five years after the massacre at Camp Crystal Lake, the nerve-wracking legend of Jason Voorhees and his diabolical mother lives on. Despite ominous warnings from the locals to stay away from 'Camp Blood,' a group of counselors at a nearby summer camp decide to explore the area where seven people were brutally slaughtered. All too soon, they encounter horrors of their own and the murders begins again.

Special Features:
  • Inside "Crystal Lake Memories"
  • Friday's Legacy: Horror Conventions
  • Lost Tales from Camp Blood
  • Jason Forever
  • Original Theatrical Trailer

 

 

Shopping: The Eight Hundred...

2019 China war film by Hu Guan, once banned in China, just released on UK Blu-ray and DVD


Link Here27th March 2021

The Eight Hundred is a 2019 China war film by Hu Guan.
Starring Yi Zhang, Chen Yao and Haoming Yu. BBFC link 2020 IMDb

Temporarily banned in China for reason unknown.

UK: Passed 15 uncut for strong bloody violence, injury detail, language:

Promotional Material

Shanghai 1937. It s been 3 months since Japan launched the invasion of China and Japanese forces must take down the Si Hang Warehouse without further delay.

As the Japanese army closes in, 400 soldiers stay holed in the warehouse to defend the city at all cost, in an epic battle that will last 4 days and 4 nights. The fighters include a ragtag band of brothers who d managed to successfully dodge military service; now they re forced to fight, literally, for their lives.

With the battle playing out in full view of both the expat Americans and Europeans living across the Su Zhou River, and the local Chinese civilians, the battle of the so-called Eight Hundred Heroes made world headlines; played as the world s first globally broadcast siege.

 

 

Shopping: Villa Rides...

1968 USA war western by Buzz Kulik, once cut by the BBFC, just released on UK Blu-ray/DVD Combo


Link Here27th March 2021

Villa Rides is a 1968 USA war western by Buzz Kulik.
Starring Yul Brynner, Robert Mitchum and Maria Grazia Buccella. Melon Farmers link BBFC link 2020 IMDb

Category cuts were required for an 'A' rated 1968 cinema release but uncut and 15 rated for 1988 VHS. Uncut and MPAA R rated in the US.
UK: Previously passed 15 uncut for:
  • 2021 Signal One Entertainment (RB) Blu-ray/R2 Combo at UK Amazon #ad released on 22nd March 2021
  • 2021 Signal One Entertainment Amazon Prime VoD [UK only] at UK Amazon #ad

Promotional Material

Pulled into the Mexican Revolution by his own greed, Texas gunrunner & pilot Lee Arnold joins bandit-turned-patriot Pancho Villa & his band of dedicated men in a march across Mexico battling the Colorados & stealing women's hearts as they go. But each has a nemesis among his friends: Arnold is tormented by Fierro, Villa's right-hand-man; and Villa must face possible betrayal by his own president's naiveté.

Extras:

  • Trailer
  • Subtitles

 

 

Shopping: Tower of Evil...

1972 UK/USA horror by Jim O'Connolly, once cut by the BBFC, just released on US Blu-ray


Link Here22nd March 2021
Tower of Evil is a 1972 UK/USA horror by Jim O'Connolly.
With Bryant Haliday, Jill Haworth, Anna Palk. Melon Farmers linkYouTube icon BBFC link 2020 IMDb
Cut by the BBFC for cinema release, Uncut for home video. The 2006 UK release noted as re-edited which is a restoration and deletion of print damage
US: Uncut and MPAA R rated for:

Promotional Material

From horror producer Richard Gordon (Inseminoid, First Man into Space, Fiend Without a Face, Horror Hospital) comes one of the most brutal and mysterious stories ever to be filmed. Tower of Evil is a haunting tale set in and around a deserted lighthouse on fog-shrouded Snape Island. The terror begins when a nude, crazed woman slaughters a sailor who was visiting the island. When she is taken back to civilization, an ancient relic is discovered and an expedition is mounted to solve the mystery of the island, which leads to series of psycho-sexual murders. Starring Jill Haworth (It!), Bryant Haliday (Devil Doll), Dennis Price (Theater of Blood), George Coulouris (Blood from the Mummy's Tomb) and Candace Glendenning (Satan's Slave) and directed by cult filmmaker Jim O'Connoly (The Valley of Gwangi). Now witness the horror in HD!

Special Features:
-2018 HD Master from the Original Inter-Positive
-Audio Commentary with Producer Richard Gordon, Moderated by Film Historian Tom Weaver
-Interviews with Actress Seretta Wilson, Composer Kenneth V. Jones and Editor Henry Richardson
-Watch in Katarina's Nightmare Theater Mode with our Hostess Katarina Leigh Waters
-Theatrical Trailer
-Dual-Layered BD50 Disc
-Optional English Subtitles

 

 

Shopping: Short Circuit 2...

1988 USA family comedy drama by Kenneth Johnson set for UK Blu-ray release on 26th April 2021 with previous BBFC cuts waived


Link Here17th March 2021
Short Circuit 2 is a 1988 USA family comedy drama by Kenneth Johnson.
Starring Fisher Stevens and Michael McKean and Tim Blaney. Melon Farmers link BBFC link 2020 IMDb
Cut by the BBFC for PG rated cinema release in 1988. Further cut for PG rated VHS in 1985 and 1989. Less cut for PG rated DVD in 2002. Uncut for 12 rated Blu-ray in 2021. Uncut and MPAA PG rated in the US.

The previous BBFC cuts were to remove:

  • A scene featuring the martial arts weapons nunchakus or chainsticks.
  • Use of the word 'fucking' (1 actual use and 1 possible use)
UK: Passed 12 uncut for infrequent strong language, moderate sex references:

Promotional Material

Number Five is still alive! Following on from his misadventures in the first Short Circuit, everyone's favourite robot Johnny Five is back for seconds, this time in the big city, where his creator Benjamin Jahveri (Fisher Stevens) is trying to make his fortune -- and where criminals think they can use Johnny to assist their illicit actives.

A worthy follow-up to the beloved original, the boffins at 88 Films are proud to present the UK Blu-ray premier of this enduring family favourite.

Extras:

Director's Commentary
Original Theatrical Trailer
Profile on Fisher Stevens

 

 

Shopping: Tourist Trap...

1979 USA horror mystery thriller by David Schmoeller just released uncut on US Blu-ray


Link Here17th March 2021

Tourist Trap is a 1979 USA horror mystery thriller by David Schmoeller.
With Chuck Connors, Jocelyn Jones and Jon Van Ness. YouTube icon BBFC link 2020 IMDb

Not cut by censors but US and UK Blu-ray releases from 2014 have been shortened by about 4 minutes. 2020 US Blu-ray releases are also uncut. DVD releases are all uncut.

US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:

Promotional Material

UNCUT & COMPLETE for the first time! Every year young people disappear...An eerie and deserted wax museum, SLAUSEN'S LOST OASIS, is the site for spine-tingling terror where four unsuspecting young travelers (Including TANYA ROBERTS from Charlie's Angels) are lured into a very deadly TOURIST TRAP. Slausen (CHUCK CONNORS) is the reclusive and bizarre owner of this attraction, which is actually more like a macabre chamber of horrors. The grotesque and frightening mannequins in this sordid side-show are only the beginning of the murderous mayhem and nightmarish madness to come. TOURIST TRAP is widely recognized as one of the scariest and strangest horror movies of the 1970s, a film championed by none other than Stephen King as wielding an eerie, spooky power. Legendary actor Chuck Connors (THE RIFLEMAN, WEREWOLF) stars as Mr. Slausen, a telekinetic psychopath who lures a group of young people to his ramshackle roadside attraction, unleashing an army of psychically controlled mannequins and other monstrosities upon them. Bonus features include: Interview with David Schmoeller., Audio commentary by director David Schmoeller., Rare trailers.

 

 

Shopping: The Garden of Torment...

1976 France drama by Christian Gion, once banned by the BBFC, set for UK Blu-ray release on 19th April 2021


Link Here14th March 2021

The Garden of Torment is a 1976 France drama by Christian Gion
Starring Roger Van Hool, Jacqueline Kerry and Tony Taffin BBFC link 2020 IMDb

Banned by the BBFC for 1976 cinema release under the title Garden of Torture but passed X uncut the next year with the title Garden of Torment.
UK: BBFC details not yet published for:

Promotional Material

In rebellious and unstable 1920s China, Antoine, a naive young French doctor finds himself increasingly involved with a depraved group of pleasure-seeking Colonial settlers who use the misery and desperation of the local population for their own entertainment. As Antoine is drawn further and further into the sadistic and perverted world of the beautiful but evil Clara and her powerful and corrupt father (Tony Taffin, Maitresse), has to decide what matters most to him his desire to reduce the suffering around him or his desire for the cold and seductive mistress of the Garden of Torments.

 

 

Shopping: The Don is Dead...

1973 USA action crime thriller by Richard Fleischer, once cut by the BBFC, just released on US Blu-ray


Link Here14th March 2021

The Don Is Dead is a 1973 USA action crime thriller by Richard Fleischer.
With Anthony Quinn, Frederic Forrest, Robert Forster. Melon Farmers linkYouTube icon BBFC link 2020 IMDb

Cut by the BBFC for 1973. Unsure about the 1988 VHS, but uncut since 2013 DVD. Uncut and MPAA R rated in the US.
US: Uncut and MPAA R rated for:

Promotional Material

From Richard Fleischer, the outstanding director of The Narrow Margin, Compulsion, The Boston Strangler and Mr. Majestyk, comes this action-packed mob classic starring screen legend Anthony Quinn (Across 110th Street). Power Built an Empire... Passion Destroyed It! When the reigning Don dies, a bloody, all-out power struggle ensues to determine who will be the next Capo. Don Angelo (Quinn), a notorious crime czar, is poised to take control of the Syndicate. But when he discovers that an ambitious lieutenant (Robert Forster, Jackie Brown) from his own family has become a rival for the love of his beautiful mistress, the Don vows to turn the streets red with the blood of the traitor, triggering an internal mob war of wills and weapons in this hard-hitting tale of betrayal, ambition and revenge. Based on a novel by Marvin H. Albert (Duel at Diablo) and co-starring Frederic Forrest (Hammett), Al Lettieri (The Getaway), Joe Santos (TV's The Rockford Files), Abe Vigoda (Newman's Law), Victor Argo (Taxi Driver), Sid Haig (Busting) and Vic Tayback (Special Delivery).

Special Features:
-NEW Audio Commentary by Film Historian and Critic Sergio Mims
-Theatrical Trailer
-Dual-Layered BD50 Disc
-Optional English Subtitles

 

 

Shopping: Kagemusha...

1980 Japan/USA war drama by Akira Kurosawa just released on UK Blu-ray


Link Here12th March 2021

Kagemusha is a 1980 Japan/USA war drama by Akira Kurosawa.
Starring Tatsuya Nakadai and Tsutomu Yamazaki and Ken'ichi Hagiwara. Melon Farmers link BBFC link 2020 IMDb

Exists as a Director's Cut/Japanese Version and a shorter International Version.

UK: The Director's Cut was passed 12 uncut for moderate bloody images:
  • 2021 Sony Pictures/Criterion Collection RB Blu-ray at UK Amazon #ad released on 8th March 2021

Promotional Material

Just as many American studio-era directors found acclaim abroad that was denied them in their home country, by 1980 Akira Kurosawa's reputation outside Japan exceeded his esteem at home. As uncompromising as ever, he found considerable difficulty securing backing for his ambitious projects. Unsure he would be able to film it, the director, an aspiring artist before he entered filmmaking, converted Kagemusha into a series of paintings, and it was partly on the basis of these that he won the financial support of longtime admirers Francis Ford Coppola and George Lucas. Set in the 16th century, when powerful warlords competed for control of Japan, it offers an examination of the nature of political power and the slipperiness of identity. For some time, Shingen Takeda Tatsuya Nakadai has been able to stay removed from the heat of battle by using his brother Nobukado Tsutomu Yamazaki as a double. As the film opens, Nobukado offers another option, having discovered a condemned thief (also pla

 

 

Shopping: The Young Master...

1980 Hong Kong action comedy adventure by Jackie Chan just released on UK Blu-ray with 3 versions


Link Here3rd March 2021

The Young Master is a 1980 Hong Kong action comedy adventure by Jackie Chan
Starring Jackie Chan,Pai Wei,Biao Yuen Melon Farmers link BBFC link 2020 IMDb

Exists a full length Hong Kong Version, a shortened International Version, and a less shortened Extended International Version. There was also a 3 hour workprint but it has never been released. The 1982 cinema release was X rated but all home video releases have been 15 rated.

UK: Previously passed 15 uncut:
  • 2021 88 Films [Hong Kong + International + Extended International Versions] (RB) Blu-ray at UK Amazon #ad released on 22nd February 2021

Promotional Material

Jackie Chan was already a star when he made The Young Master but this film took him to another level. He plays 'Dragon' who undertakes a mission to find his missing brother, and gets into plenty of scrapes along the way - not least being mistaken for a criminal that the authorities are very keen to put behind bars...

The Young Master was Jackie's second film as director, and he used it as a showcase to demonstrate just what he could do. And it remains a firm favourite of the fans, featuring some of the best set-pieces he ever cooked up. The black-belts at 88 Films are thrilled to present the UK Blu-ray premier of this true Hong Kong classic.

Limited Edition
Slipcase with brand-new artwork from R.P. "Kung Fu Bob" O'Brien
Reversible sleeve with alternative Hong Kong poster artwork
Double-sided foldout Poster
6 Replica Lobby Cards
80-page perfect-bound book featuring 3 new essays + selected archive materials
* Jackie Chan - The Early Years: From Stuntman to Superstar by William Blaik (Fighting Spirit Film Festival)
* The History of Martial Arts on Video by Tim Murray
* Fan-Tastic! Jackie Chan Begins Again by James Oliver

DISC 1
New 2K Remaster of the Hong Kong Theatrical Cut [106 minutes]
Restored from the original 35mm camera negative in 2.35:1 Aspect Ratio
Cantonese Mono Theatrical Mix
Cantonese Mono Home Video Mix
English 5.1 Dub [2002]
Newly remastered English subtitles
Audio Commentary with HK Cinema Expert Brandon 'OldPangYau' Bentley
Rick Baker on The Young Master
The Art of the Cut: Editing of The Young Master [21 mins]
Extended Fight Scenes: reconstructed and previously unavailable [6 mins]
"The Cut Master" A collection of rare deleted, extended, and alternate footage [13 mins]
[archive] Jackie Chan Interview [8 mins]
[archive] The Master: An Interview with master
Whang In Sik [28 mins]
NG (no good) shots [10 mins]
Hong Kong trailer
Extended Hong Kong trailer
Japanese trailer
US Home Video Trailer
English trailer

DISC 2
International Export Cut [90 minutes ]
Restored especially for the 40th Anniversary of the film, this version was commissioned by Golden Harvest for audiences outside Asia
Contains the Classic English Dub and an alternate soundtrack featuring the song 'Kung Fu Fighting Man' performed in English by Jackie Chan
Audio Commentary with HK cinema aficionados & game producers Audi Sorlie & Chris Ling

Extended Export Cut [99 minutes]
Released exclusively in Japan on 21st March 1981 by Toho-Towa, this version is broadly similar to the export cut. Although shorter than the Hong Kong cut, this composite cut features the uncut final fight and ending from said Hong Kong cut; alternate scenes, also included in the 90 minute export cut and the full-length export English Dub with alternate soundtrack

 

 

Paranoia Agent...

MVD announces that its forthcoming Blu-ray will be uncut after previous BBFC cuts have been waived


Link Here3rd March 2021

Paranoia Agent is a 2004 Japan TV animation horror
Starring Shôzô Îzuka,Toshihiko, Seki,Michael, McConnohie Melon Farmers link BBFC link 2020 IMDb

Seemingly unconnected citizens of Tokyo are targeted for bludgeoning by a boy with a golden baseball bat. As detectives try to link the victims, they discover that following the assaults, the victims' lives have improved in some way.

The previous DVD release of Paranoia Agent was notably censored by the BBFC when in 2006 they demanded cuts to an adults only rated episode featuring a hanging scene depicting an unsuccessful attempt by a young girl to hang herself.

Now the distributor MVD has just tweeted that an April 19th 2021 Blu-ray will be uncut:

We're happy to announce our upcoming Collector's Edition Blu-Ray release of Satoshi Kon's Paranoia Agent will be fully uncut!

Previous BBFC cuts from 2006

See article from animenewsnetwork.com

The BBFC requested the compulsory cut to the eighth part of Paranoia Agent, called Happy Family Planning. This a mostly self-contained story, a macabre black comedy. The story involves three people who meet online, intending to kill themselves together. Two of the trio are adult men, but they're shocked to realise the third person is a preteen girl, who seems to regard suicide as a game.

In one scene, the three characters try to hang themselves in the mountain. In the unedited episode, the girl is shown bouncing happily up and down with the rope around her neck, chanting Swing! Swing! (finally, she breaks the tree branch, sending them all tumbling). However, this scene, lasting 80 seconds, was cut entirely from the UK DVD of the episode, following the ruling by the BBFC.

Responding to inquiries about the cut in the past, the BBFC has made its reasoning clear. Although the relevant DVD was rated 18, the BBFC still judged that the scene of a child enjoying being hanged was irresponsible and harmful, and that underage children could be influenced by the scene.

 

 

Shopping: 2001 A Space Odyssey...

1968 UK / USA Sci-Fi adventure by Stanley Kubrick just released on UK 4K Blu-ray


Link Here1st March 2021

2001 A Space Odyssey is a 1968 UK / USA Sci-Fi adventure by Stanley Kubrick.
Starring Keir Dullea, Gary Lockwood and William Sylvester. BBFC link 2020 IMDb

The film was premiered in a longer version than that Kubrik settled on for theatrical release. All releases are rated 'U' by the BBFC and the equivalent 'G' by the MPAA.

The main feature is U rated so the the 12 rating must be down to disk extras.

UK: Passed U uncut for some mild horror:

Promotional Material

Stanley Kubrick's dazzling, Academy Award winning achievement is a compelling drama of man vs. machine, a sunning meld of music and motion. Kubrick (who co-wrote the screenplay with Arthur C. Clarke) first visits our prehistoric ape-ancestry past, then leaps millennia (via one of the most mind-blowing jump cuts ever) into colonised space, and ultimately whisks astronaut Bowman (Kier Dullea) into uncharted space, perhaps even immortality. "

Extras

Open the pod doors, HAL." Let an awesome journey unlike any other begin. Commentary by Kier Dullea and Gary Lockwood. Channel Four Documentary 2001: The Making of a Myth. 4 Insightful Featurettes: Standing on the Shoulders of Kubrick: The legacy of 2001. Vision of a future passed: The Prophecy of 2001. 2001: A Space Odyssey- A look behind the future. What is out There? 2001: FX and Early Conceptual Artwork. Look: Stanley Kubrick! Audio-Only Bonus: 1966 Kubrick Interview Conducted by Jeremy Bernstein. Theatrical Trailer.

 

 

Shopping: MINDWARP...

1991 USA Sci-Fi horror thriller by Steve Barnett, once cut for an MPAA R rating, just released on UK Blu-ray


Link Here28th February 2021

MINDWARP (aka Brain Slasher) is a 1991 USA Sci-Fi horror thriller by Steve Barnett
Starring Bruce Campbell,Angus Scrimm,Marta Martin BBFC link 2020 IMDb

The film was cut in the US for an MPAA R rating but was later released uncut in an MPAA Unrated Version. A BBFC 18 rated 1993 VHS release seems to be the cut R rated version but the 2021 Blu-ray is reported to be the uncut version.
UK: BBFC details not yet published for the MPAA Unrated version:

Reviews

Promotional Material

In the future, life will be a dream. And reality a nightmare.

In a post-apocalyptic world, one woman ( Marta Alicia ) relies on computer fantasies to entertain herself, but a glitch sends her to a far-off wasteland to deal with monsters called Crawlers. She is saved by a young rebel ( Bruce Campbell ; the Evil Dead franchise, Bubba Ho-Tep ), but the pair are later captured and brought underground by the Crawlers. There, an overlord called the Seer ( Angus Scrimm ; the Phantasm series) presides over the kingdom and tries to make life miserable for his captives.

The first film produced as part of the Fangoria Films label, Mindwarp is a gore-filled sci-fi horror classic of the early 90s, and Eureka Classics is proud to present the film on Blu-ray for the first time in the UK.

SPECIAL BLU-RAY EDITION CONTAINS

  • Limited-Edition O-card slipcase (First Print Run of 2000 Copies Only)
  • 1080p presentation on Blu-ray
  • LPCM 2.0 audio
  • Optional English SDH
  • Brand new feature length audio interview with Tony Timpone, former longtime editor of Fangoria Magazine
  • Fangoria s Weekend of Horrors 1990 footage from the horror convention, with Bruce Campbell and Angus Scrimm in attendance after recently filming Mindwarp
  • Reversible sleeve artwork featuring original poster artwork for both the original US release, and the international Brain Slasher artwork
  • PLUS: Limited-Edition Collector s Booklet featuring a new essay by film scholar and author Craig Ian Mann; and a reprinted article from Fangoria sister publication, Gorezone (First Print Run of 2000 Copies Only)

 

 

Shopping: Demons 1and2...

double bill by Lamberto Bava, once cut by film censors, just released on UK 4K Blu-ray


Link Here25th February 2021

Demons 1&2 Limited Edition is a double bill by Lamberto Bava

UK: Passed Suitable for 18 years and over uncut for:
  • 2021 Arrow Limited Edition [US + Internal Versions of Demons 1 + Demons 2] R0 4K Blu-ray at UK Amazon #ad released on 22nd February 2021

Reviews

  • See review from flickeringmyth.com : " The Arrow wizards have worked their magic over Lamberto Bava's demented Demons and its equally nuts sequel Demons 2 again to add to their impressive 4K catalogue "
Demons is a 1985 Italian horror by Lamberto Bava.
With Urbano Barberini, Natasha Hovey and Karl Zinny.
YouTube icon IMDb
Cut by the BBFC for cinema release, VHS and DVD until 2000. Uncut and 18 rated since 2006. Uncut and MPAA Unrated in the US albeit with sound track and dubbing changes, and the removal of product placements.
Demons 2 is a1986 Italy horror film by Lamberto Bava.
With David Edwin Knight, Nancy Brilli and Coralina Cataldi-Tassoni. YouTube icon BBFC link 2020 IMDb
Uncut by the BBFC. Cut in the US for an R rating but the uncut version is released MPAA unrated.

Promotional Material

In the early 1980s, Dario Argento, the famed horror maestro responsible for such classics as Suspiria and Deep Red, branched out from directing into producing, shepherding the work of his fellow filmmakers to the screen among them Lamberto Bava (Delirium, A Blade in the Dark), son of the legendary Mario Bava. Together, they crafted two tales of terror that would become synonymous with Italian 80s horror, in which the veil between the real world and the silver screen is torn asunder. In 1985s Demons, a motley assortment of unwitting filmgoers accept invitations to a screening at the mysterious Metropol theatre. However, as the brutal slasher film unspools, the horror breaks free from the constraints the screen, unleashing a swarm of slathering demons, intent on spreading their evil plague across the globe. Then, in 1986s Demons 2, Hell comes direct to the living room as bloodthirsty demons descend on a luxury apartment block, devouring the residents and propagating their deadly plague.

Arrow Video is proud to present brand new 4K restorations of both classic films, more vivid and terrifying than ever before, alongside a wealth of bonus features old and new, making this the ultimate experience in celluloid terror.

LIMITED EDITION CONTENTS

  • Brand new 4K restoration of both films by Arrow Films from the original camera negatives
  • 4K (2160p) UHD Blu-ray presentations of both films in Dolby Vision (HDR10 compatible)
  • Limited edition packaging featuring newly commissioned artwork by Adam Rabalais
  • Limited edition 60-page booklet featuring new writing by Roberto Curti, Rachael Nisbet and Alexandra Heller-Nicholas
  • Double-sided fold-out poster
  • Exclusive mystery sneak preview movie ticket (admits one to the Metropol Theatre)

DISC 1 (4K ULTRA-HD BLU-RAY) DEMONS

  • Two versions of the film: the full-length original cut in Italian and English, and the slightly trimmed US cut, featuring alternate dubbing and sound effects
  • Brand new lossless English and Italian 5.1 audio tracks on the original cut
  • Original lossless English and Italian 2.0 stereo audio tracks on the original cut
  • Original lossless English 1.0 mono audio track on the US cut
  • Newly translated English subtitles for the Italian soundtrack
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing for both English soundtracks
  • New audio commentary by critics Kat Ellinger and Heather Drain, co-hosts of the Hells Bells podcast
  • Archival audio commentary by director Lamberto Bava and special makeup effects artist Sergio Stivaletti, moderated by journalist Loris Curci
  • Archival audio commentary by Lamberto Bava, Sergio Stivaletti, composer Claudio Simonetti and actress Geretta Geretta
  • Produced by Dario Argento, a new visual essay by author and critic Michael Mackenzie exploring the legendary filmmakers career as a producer
  • Darios Demon Days, an archival interview with writer/producer Dario Argento
  • Defining an Era in Music, an archival interview with Claudio Simonetti
  • Splatter Spaghetti Style, an archival interview with long-time Argento collaborator Luigi Cozzi
  • Italian theatrical trailer
  • International English theatrical trailer
  • US theatrical trailer

DISC 2 (4K ULTRA-HD BLU-RAY) DEMONS 2

  • Brand new lossless English and Italian 5.1 audio tracks
  • Original lossless English and Italian 2.0 stereo audio tracks
  • 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 critic Travis Crawford
  • Archival audio commentary by director Lamberto Bava and special makeup effects artist Sergio Stivaletti, moderated by journalist Loris Curci And many more!

 

 

Shopping: Malena...

2000 Italy/US drama by Giuseppe Tornatore just released on UK Blu-ray and DVD


Link Here23rd February 2021

Malena is a 2000 Italy/US drama by Giuseppe Tornatore.
With Monica Bellucci, Giuseppe Sulfaro and Luciano Federico. Melon Farmers link BBFC link 2020 IMDb

The Italian Version is uncut but the film was butchered by Hollywood for the International Version released in the US and UK.
UK: The cut International Version was passed 15 without BBFC cuts for:
  • 2021 Paramount Home Entertainment (RB) Blu-ray at UK Amazon #ad released on 21st February 2021
  • 2021 Paramount Home Entertainment R2 DVD at UK Amazon #ad released on 1st February 2021

Promotional Material

Nominated for two Oscars(Best Cinematography and Best Music), Malena tells the story of the most beautiful woman in an Italian town during World War II who becomes the subject of malicious gossip among the lustful townsmen and their jealous wives. But only her most ardent admirer will learn the untold true story of the mysterious and elusive Malčna, who inspires new heights of compassion, courage, and independence.

Extras:

  • Making of Malena
  • Trailer

 

 

Shopping: Maximum Risk...

1996 USA action crime adventure by Ringo Lam, cut by the BBFC, just released on UK Blu-ray


Link Here20th February 2021

Maximum Risk is a 1996 USA action crime adventure by Ringo Lam.
Starring Jean-Claude Van Damme, Natasha Henstridge and Jean-Hugues Anglade. Melon Farmers linkYouTube icon BBFC link 2020 IMDb

Uncut by the BBFC for cinema release but cut for VHS and DVD. UK Blu-ray releases seem to be uncut though. Uncut in the US
UK: Released uncut for:

Promotional Material

When French cop Alain Moreau (Jean-Claude Van Damme) discovers the man who looks exactly like him, he enters a whole new world of hurt. The dead man wasn't just the identical twin brother Alain knew nothing about, he was a key player in the Russian mafia. Following the trail to New York, Alain teams up with Alex, (Natasha Henstridge, Species) his late brother's fiancé, and uses the family resemblance to get inside the mob and tear it down from within. But he's playing a very dangerous game...

One of JCVD's very best movies, with maverick director Ringo Lam (City on Fire - the film which inspired Reservoir Dogs) keeping the action at boiling point. 88 Films are proud to present this uncut Blu-ray of an action classic.

Extras:

[LIMITED NUMBERED SLIPCASE - 3000]
[A3 Poster]
HD Transfer in 2.35:1 Aspect Ratio
5.1 DTS-HD MA Soundtrack
Stereo LPCM Soundtrack
Optional English SDH Subtitles
Audio Commentary by Audi Sorlie
Original Theatrical Trailer
Region Code: B

Features:

Limited Edition Numbered Slipcase [3000]]
Booklet Notes By James Oliver - WHAM-BAM THANK YOU VAN DAMME Maximum Risk, maximum reward]
DTS-HD MA 5.1]
DTS-HD MA 2.0]
Audio Commentary with Action cinema aficionado and game producer Audi Sorlie]
Optional English Subtitles

 

 

Shopping: Never Take Sweets from a Stranger...

1960 UK Hammer thriller by Cyril Frankel, once cut in the US, just released on UK Blu-ray


Link Here20th February 2021

Never Take Sweets From a Stranger is a 1960 UK horror mystery thriller by Cyril Frankel.
Starring Gwen Watford, Patrick Allen and Felix Aylmer. Melon Farmers link BBFC link 2020 IMDb

Uncut by the BBFC for an X rated cinema release in 1960. Later uncut and 12 rated on 2017 Blu-ray. The US Theatrical Version was cut for dialogue.
UK: Passed 12 uncut for child abuse theme and references, moderate threat:
  • 2021 Powerhouse Standard Edition RA Blu-ray at UK Amazon #ad released on 15th February 2021

Promotional Material

One of Hammer's most controversial and genuinely adult thrillers, Never Take Sweets from a Stranger is a serious drama that dealt candidly (for the time) with the issue of child abuse.

Deftly handled, the film is a sincere and unsensational treatment of a taboo subject. Avoiding melodrama it addresses the horrors of the real world but remains a compelling and genuinely unsettling work.

INDICATOR STANDARD EDITION SPECIAL FEATURES

* High Definition remaster
* Original mono audio
* Alternative presentation with US Never Take Candy from a Stranger title sequence
* Conspiracy Theories: Inside 'Never Take Sweets from a Stranger' (2018, 25 mins): an analysis of the film and its production by Hammer expert Jonathan Rigby, BFI curator Josephine Botting and cultural historian John J Johnston
* Hammer's Women: Gwen Watford (2018, 8 mins): British cinema expert Dr Laura Mayne explores the life and career of the prolific film, stage, and television actress
* An Interview with Janina Faye (2018, 15 mins): the British actress recalls her time working with Hammer
* An Appreciation by Matthew Holness (2018, 12 mins): the actor, writer, director and Hammer fan reflects on many aspects of the film
* The Perfect Horror Chord (2018, 44 mins): a new appreciation of composer Elisabeth Lutyens by David Huckvale, author of Hammer Film Scores and the Musical Avant-Garde
* US theatrical trailer
* Brian Trenchard-Smith trailer commentary (2013, 4 mins): a short critical appreciation
* Image galleries: press and promotional material
* New and improved English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing

 

 

Shopping: Austin Powers - International Man Of Mystery...

Downrated from 15 to 12 by the BBFC


Link Here18th February 2021
Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery is a 1997 USA / Germany crime comedy by Jay Roach.
Starring Mike Myers, Elizabeth Hurley and Michael York. Melon Farmers link Youtube link BBFC link 2020 IMDb

A 1960s hipster secret agent is brought out of cryofreeze to oppose his greatest enemy in the 1990s, where his social attitudes are glaringly out of place.

Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery has just been downrated by the BBFC from 15 to 12. The latest home video release from Icon will be 12 uncut with  a BBFC trigger warning for moderate sex references, nudity, comic violence, discrimination.

A princess Di joke was once cut by the distributors for 15 rated 1997 cinema release. Later uncut on 15 rated UK home video. The rating was reduced to 12 in 2021. The US Theatrical Version was cut for an MPAA PG-13 rating in the US.

 

 

Shopping: Cash on Demand...

1961 UK crime thriller by Quentin Lawrence just released on UK Blu-ray with 2 versions


Link Here18th February 2021

Cash on Demand is a 1961 UK crime thriller by Quentin Lawrence.
Starring Peter Cushing, André Morell and Richard Vernon. Melon Farmers link BBFC link 2020 IMDb

There are no indications of censorship but the film has been released with several different runtimes.

Powerhouse notes a 67m version that is described as the UK Theatrical Cut but this does not correlated to any version seen by the BBFC.

UK: The US Version was passed PG uncut for mild threat:
  • 2021 Powerhouse Films [UK + US Extended Version] RA Blu-ray at UK Amazon #ad released on 15th February 2021

Promotional Material

This tense and hugely entertaining heist thriller is a Hammer take on A Christmas Carol, which pits miserly and fastidious bank manager (Peter Cushing in sparkling form) against debonair robber André Morell, as a plot to rob a bank on Christmas Eve unfolds in almost real time.

Reuniting Cushing and Morell, who had just played Holmes and Watson for Hammer in The Hound of the Baskervilles (and co-starred in the BBC's controversial 1954 adaptation of George Orwell's 1984), this ingenious suspenser is now regarded by many as one of Hammer's best films.

Extras INDICATOR STANDARD EDITION SPECIAL FEATURES

  • - High Definition remaster
  • - Original mono audio
  • - Two presentations of the film: the original UK theatrical cut (67 mins); and the extended US version (81 mins)
  • - Audio commentary with film historians Jonathan Rigby and David Miller
  • - The Perfect Crime: Inside 'Cash on Demand' (2018, 19 mins): an analysis of the film and its production by Hammer expert Jonathan Rigby, BFI curator Josephine Botting and cultural historian John J Johnston
  • - Hammer's Women: Lois Daine (2018, 10 mins): critic and author Becky Booth on the popular English
  • - Lois Daine on 'Cash on Demand' (2018, 8 mins): a new and exclusive interview with the actor
  • - Original theatrical trailer
  • - Image galleries: press and promotional material
  • - English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing

 

 

Shopping: The Full Treatment...

1960 UK mystery drama by Val Guest just released on UK Blu-ray


Link Here17th February 2021

The Full Treatment is a 1960 UK mystery drama by Val Guest.
Starring Claude Dauphin, Diane Cilento and Ronald Lewis. Melon Farmers link BBFC link 2020 IMDb

Passed X uncut for 1960 release but was cut for US release. A toned down TV version seems to have become the home video version but an extra scene was found for for 2018 Blu-ray.
UK: The TV Version swas previously passed 15 uncut for strong violence, threat:
  • 2021 Powerhouse Standard Edition [UK video version + cut TV version] R0 Blu-ray at UK Amazon #ad released on 15th February 2021

Promotional Material

A racing driver (Ronald Lewis) is injured in a car accident on his honeymoon which leaves him mentally scarred, and with violent impulses towards his new bride (Diane Cilento).

Directed by Val Guest (The Quatermass Xperiment, The Day The Earth Caught Fire) and photographed by the great Gilbert Taylor (Dr. Strangelove, The Omen, Star Wars), The Full Treatment again draws inspiration from Clouzot's Les Diaboliques, and is one of Hammer's most effective and distinctive psychological thrillers of the 1960s.

Extras INDICATOR STANDARD EDITION SPECIAL FEATURES

* High Definition remaster
* Original mono audio
* Two presentations of the film: The Full Treatment (110 mins), the complete and uncut UK version; and Stop Me Before I Kill! (108 mins), the censored US version
* Mind Control: Inside 'The Full Treatment' (2018, 21 mins): an analysis of the film and its production by Hammer expert Jonathan Rigby, BFI curator Josephine Botting and cultural historian John J Johnston
* Hammer's Women: Diane Cilento (2018, 11 mins): Dr Melanie Williams, author of Female Stars of British Cinema, explores the life and career of the Australian theatre and film actress and author
* A Subject for Analysis (2018, 15 mins): the BFI's Vic Pratt explores the work of prolific British filmmaker Val Guest
* Censored Scene (4 mins): the bathroom scene that revealed too much for US censors
* US theatrical trailer
* Image galleries: press and promotional material
* English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing
*Running time: 110/108 mins
* Original Release: 1960
* Colour/B&W: B&W
* Region Code: ABC
* Subtitles: English SDH

 

 

Shopping: Santo In The Treasure Of Dracula...

1969 Mexico action horror fantasy by René Cardona just released on US Blu-ray and DVD in the Sexy Vampire Version


Link Here15th February 2021

Santo In The Treasure Of Dracula is a 1969 Mexico action horror fantasy by René Cardona.
Starring Santo, Aldo Monti and Noelia Noel. IMDb

The original 1969 release of Santo en El Tesoro de Dracula was black-and-white and featured no nudity. The film was simultaneously shot in colour featuring full frontal nudity for European markets and finally released in Mexico in 2012 as El Vampiro y el Sexo. This release is this Sexy Vampire Version.
US: The Sexy Vampire Version is uncut and MPAA Unrated for:
  • 2021 VCI Entertainment [Sexy Vampire Version] (RA) Blu-ray at US Amazon #ad released on 9th February 2021
  • 2021 VCI Entertainment [Sexy Vampire Version] R1 DVD at US Amazon #ad released on 9th February 2021

Promotional Material

After inventing a time machine, Mexican wrestler, El Santo, uses it to go back in time to track down the location of Dracula's hidden treasure. This is with the noble intention of using the treasure to help fund a children's hospital. In his quest to obtain the treasure, he is forced to face down and battle Dracula and his bevy of beautiful, vampire vixens.

The original 1969 release of Santo en El Tesoro de Drácula was black-and-white and featured no nudity. The film was simultaneously shot in colour featuring full frontal nudity for European markets and finally released in Mexico in 2012 as El Vampiro y el Sexo.

 

 

Shopping: Possessor...

2020 UK / Canada Sci-Fi horror thriller by Brandon Cronenberg just released on UK Blu-ray and DVD in the Uncut Version


Link Here13th February 2021

Possessor is a 2020 UK / Canada Sci-Fi horror thriller by Brandon Cronenberg.
Starring Andrea Riseborough, Christopher Abbott and Jennifer Jason Leigh. BBFC link 2020 IMDb

Possessor exists as a cut US R rated version and an uncut MPA Unrated Version titled Possessor Uncut. The producers were keen to differentiate between the two versions and the 'Uncut' tag is an official re-titling of the film. UK releases are the Uncut Version and are 18 rated.

The US MPA R rated version is cut. See article from movie-censorship.com . 23 edits have been made adding up to a runtime difference of 44s. Brutal violence is toned down in the R rated version and quite explicit shots have been removed from sex scenes.

UK: Passed 18 uncut for strong gory violence, nudity:
  • 2021 Signature Entertainment R0 Blu-ray at UK Amazon #ad released on 8th February 2021
  • 2021 Signature Entertainment R2 DVD at UK Amazon #ad released on 8th February 2021

Promotional Material

From the visionary mind of writer director Brandon Cronenberg (Antiviral), Possessor is a game-changing sci-fi thriller about elite, corporate assassin Tasya Vos (Andrea Riseborough, Mandy). Using brain-implant technology, Vos takes control of other people's bodies to execute high profile targets. As she sinks deeper into her latest assignment Vos becomes trapped inside a mind that threatens to obliterate her.

Possessor features a stellar cast including Christopher Abbott (It Comes at Night, The Sinner), Rossif Sutherland (Guest of Honour), Tuppence Middleton (Downton Abbey), Sean Bean (Game of Thrones) and Jennifer Jason Leigh (The Hateful Eight).

 

 

Shopping: Beyond Re-Animator...

2003 Spain / USA comedy Sci-Fi horror by Brian Yuzna, once cut in the US, just released on UK Blu-ray


Link Here11th February 2021

Beyond Re-Animator is a 2003 Spain / USA comedy Sci-Fi horror by Brian Yuzna.
Starring Jeffrey Combs, Tommy Dean Musset and Jason Barry. Melon Farmers link BBFC link 2020 IMDb

Cut in the US for an MPAA R rating. European releases have all been the uncut version.
UK: Passed 18 uncut for strong gory violence and sexualised violence:

Promotional Material

WELCOME TO DEATH ROW. THE DOCTOR WILL SEE YOU NOW...

Jeffrey Combs (The Frighteners) returns as everyones favourite mad doctor in Beyond Re-Animator, the second sequel to Stuart Gordons undisputed 1985 splatter classic Re-Animator. Finally being held accountable for his catastrophic experiments in re-animating the dead, Dr Herbert West (Combs) finds himself incarcerated at a maximum-security penitentiary. With the arrival of a new prison doctor who happens to be an enthusiastic student of Wests work, the medical deviant is afforded the opportunity to resume his grisly studies - this time on his fellow inmates, with predictably hair-raising results. Once again helmed by gore guru Brian Yuzna (Bride of Re-Animator, Society) with memorably imaginative make-up effects by Screaming Mad George (Society, The Guyver), Beyond Re-Animator breathes new life into the hit horror franchise.

SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS - High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation - Original DTS-HD MA 5.1 and 2.0 audio options - Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing - Audio commentary by director Brian Yuzna - Isolated score track featuring an interview with composer Xavier Capellas - Beyond & Back, an interview from 2018 with Yuzna - Death Row Side Show, an interview from 2018 with Jeffrey Combs - Six Shots by Midnight, an interview with S.T. Toshi, author of I Am Providence: The Life and Times of H.P. Lovecraft - All in the Head: Brian Yuzna on the Re-Animator Chronicles, an archive interview with the director looking back at the franchise - In Prison with the Dead, an on-set documentary made by Yazid Benfeghoul for his Gore News fanzine, featuring interviews with Yuzna, Screaming Mad George and others - Production Art Gallery by illustrator Richard Raaphorst - Electronic press kit featurette, plus interviews with Yuzna and the cast, and behind-the-scenes footage - Press conference footage, featuring Yuzna and the cast - Interviews filmed at the Sitges Film Festival in 2002 - Music video for Move Your Dead Bones by Dr. Reanimator - Alternate opening credits - Theatrical trailers - Image gallery - Reversible sleeve featuring new and original artwork by Gary Pullin FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collectors booklet featuring new writing on the film by Xavier Aldana Reyes and Michael Doyle

 

 

Shopping: Muscle...

2019 UK thriller by Gerard Johnson just released on UK Blu-ray and DVD with real sex at 18


Link Here4th February 2021

Muscle is a 2019 UK thriller by Gerard Johnson
Starring Craig Fairbrass,Polly Maberly,Sinead Matthews BBFC link 2020 IMDb

There are no censorship issues with this release which contains 18 rated strong real sex.
UK: The cinema release was passed 18 uncut for strong real sex, nudity, very strong language:

Review: Throbbing orgy

See article from theguardian.com

Muscle's centrepiece sequence is a dingy, throbbing orgy scene set in a grubby suburban home in north-east England. It is so hypnotically grim that it takes a few moments to realise that the majority of performers don't appear to be faking it. Sudden, unsimulated sex comes as a shock to the viewer; what was it like to shoot?

I had heard a story that the film's director, Gerard Johnson, simply filled a house with swingers, left them to it and filmed whatever stragglers they found when they returned three days later. Yeah, it's basically that, says Fairbrass. Gerard was inundated with people who wanted to be in this scene. Literally inundated. It was so intense. So intense. You had the people who were willing to go further and the people who weren't willing to go too far, so it was all orchestrated in a very professional way. Everybody had to consent.

Promotional Material

Sick of his life and lifestyle Simon (Cavan Clerkin) hits the gym. His inexperience, timid nature, and soft body stick out in this run-down gym full of Schwarzeneggers. Immediately, he draws the attention of an intimidating personal trainer named Terry who offers to coach him. Terrys criminal past, impulse to humiliate, and aggressive style all concern Simon but he swiftly sees results and finally feels alive.

All too quickly though, Simons life spins out of control after his girlfriend leaves him and Terry becomes his boss, friend, and roommate. Simon suddenly finds himself trapped, stuck in a self-destructive spiral, as every aspect of his life now dangerously rests in Terrys big, tough hands...

 

 

Shopping: Ironmaster...

1983 Italy / France action adventure by Umberto Lenzi set for US Blu-ray release on 13th April 2021


Link Here2nd February 2021

Ironmaster is a 1983 Italy / France action adventure by Umberto Lenzi (as Humphrey Milestone).
Starring Sam Pasco, Elvire Audray and George Eastman. Melon Farmers link BBFC link 2020 IMDb

Cut by the BBFC in 1986 for 15 rated VHS and again in 2017 for DVD/Blu-ray. Released 15 uncut in Denmark. Also released uncut in the US where it is MPA Unrated.
US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:

Promotional Material

A tale that hurls you back to the dawn of human history! On his own, exiled tribesman Vudu (George Eastman; After the Fall of New York, Hands of Steel, Blastfighter) discovers how to fashion weapons out of iron and use them for his new tribe s survival and demolishing their enemies. When the new leader of his former tribe Ela (Sam Pasco) figures out how his clan can survive by creating their own iron, it becomes a battle to the death between two brutal forces! Who will win, and at what cost? Directed by Umberto Lenzi (Almost Human, Spasmo, Seven Blood Stained Shadows, Nightmare City), now watch this stone age fantasy classic in HD!

Special Features:
-2016 HD Master
-Interviews with Director Umberto Lenzi, Star George Eastman and Art Director Massimo Antonello Geleng

 

 

Shopping: Link...

1986 UK horror thriller by Richard Franklin just released on UK Blu-ray and DVD in the shortened US version


Link Here2nd February 2021

Link is a 1986 UK horror thriller by Richard Franklin.
With Elisabeth Shue, Terence Stamp and Steven Pinner. Melon Farmers linkYouTube icon BBFC link 2020 IMDb

Uncut for original UK 15 rated cinema release. Shortened for US release, and this shortened version found its way onto UK DVD, initially  with a 15 rating, but reduced to 12 in 2021.

This release is the shortened US version.

UK: The shortened US Version was passed 12 uncut for moderate threat, violence, brief nudity:

Promotional Material

Inspired by research on violence amongst chimpanzees, this chilling fantasy-horror from cult director Richard Franklin stars Elisabeth Shue in an early film role, alongside fellow Oscar nominee and sixties screen icon Terence Stamp as a single-minded anthropologist who sets in motion a terrifying chain of events.

Jane, an American zoology student, takes a summer job at the lonely English cliff-top home of one of her lecturers who is exploring the link between man and ape. Soon after her arrival he suddenly vanishes, leaving her to care for his three chimps: Voodoo, a savage female; the affectionate, child-like Imp; and Link - a circus ape trained as the perfect servant and companion. Soon a disturbing role reversal takes place in the relationship between master and servant, and Jane becomes a prisoner in a simian house of horror. In her attempts to escape she's up against an adversary with several times her physical strength - and the instincts of a bloodthirsty killer...

Extras:

New: Audio Commentary by Film Historian Lee Gambin and Film Critic Jarret Gahan
New: Interview with film programmer and horror expert Anna Bogutskaya
Deleted workprint scenes
Audio interview with director Richard Franklin
Jerry Goldsmith demo of the LINK theme
Original UK Theatrical teaser trailer

 

 

Shopping: Ironmaster...

1983 Italy / France action adventure by Umberto Lenzi set for US Blu-ray release on 13th April 2021


Link Here2nd February 2021

Ironmaster is a 1983 Italy / France action adventure by Umberto Lenzi (as Humphrey Milestone).
Starring Sam Pasco, Elvire Audray and George Eastman. Melon Farmers link BBFC link 2020 IMDb

Cut by the BBFC in 1986 for 15 rated VHS and again in 2017 for DVD/Blu-ray. Released 15 uncut in Denmark. Also released uncut in the US where it is MPA Unrated.
US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:

Promotional Material

A tale that hurls you back to the dawn of human history! On his own, exiled tribesman Vudu (George Eastman; After the Fall of New York, Hands of Steel, Blastfighter) discovers how to fashion weapons out of iron and use them for his new tribe s survival and demolishing their enemies. When the new leader of his former tribe Ela (Sam Pasco) figures out how his clan can survive by creating their own iron, it becomes a battle to the death between two brutal forces! Who will win, and at what cost? Directed by Umberto Lenzi (Almost Human, Spasmo, Seven Blood Stained Shadows, Nightmare City), now watch this stone age fantasy classic in HD!

Special Features:
-2016 HD Master
-Interviews with Director Umberto Lenzi, Star George Eastman and Art Director Massimo Antonello Geleng

 

 

Shopping: Link...

1986 UK horror thriller by Richard Franklin just released on UK Blu-ray and DVD in the shortened US version


Link Here2nd February 2021

Link is a 1986 UK horror thriller by Richard Franklin.
With Elisabeth Shue, Terence Stamp and Steven Pinner. Melon Farmers linkYouTube icon BBFC link 2020 IMDb

Uncut for original UK 15 rated cinema release. Shortened for US release, and this shortened version found its way onto UK DVD again with a 15 rating.

This release is the shortened US version.

UK: Previously passed 15 uncut:

Promotional Material

Inspired by research on violence amongst chimpanzees, this chilling fantasy-horror from cult director Richard Franklin stars Elisabeth Shue in an early film role, alongside fellow Oscar nominee and sixties screen icon Terence Stamp as a single-minded anthropologist who sets in motion a terrifying chain of events.

Jane, an American zoology student, takes a summer job at the lonely English cliff-top home of one of her lecturers who is exploring the link between man and ape. Soon after her arrival he suddenly vanishes, leaving her to care for his three chimps: Voodoo, a savage female; the affectionate, child-like Imp; and Link - a circus ape trained as the perfect servant and companion. Soon a disturbing role reversal takes place in the relationship between master and servant, and Jane becomes a prisoner in a simian house of horror. In her attempts to escape she's up against an adversary with several times her physical strength - and the instincts of a bloodthirsty killer...

Extras:

New: Audio Commentary by Film Historian Lee Gambin and Film Critic Jarret Gahan
New: Interview with film programmer and horror expert Anna Bogutskaya
Deleted workprint scenes
Audio interview with director Richard Franklin
Jerry Goldsmith demo of the LINK theme
Original UK Theatrical teaser trailer

 

 

Offsite Article: The Masque of the Red Death...


Link Here1st February 2021
Revisiting the original US and UK censor cuts and reviewing the uncut restoration

See article from denofgeek.com

 

 

Shopping: The Curious Dr. Humpp...

1969 Argentina Sci-Fi horror by Emilio Vieyra,Jerald Intrator just released on US Blu-ray with 2 versions


Link Here30th January 2021

The Curious Dr. Humpp is a 1969 Argentina Sci-Fi horror by Emilio Vieyra,Jerald Intrator (uncredited)
Starring Ricardo Bauleo,Gloria Prat,Aldo Barbero BBFC link 2020 IMDb

The original Spanish Language cut of the film was padded with extra sexy material in the US to produce an X rated Hot Version. The original version was dubbed the Cool/Horror Version and was later MPAA R rated. The Hot Version was released as MPAA Unrated on US DVD and was passed 18 uncut by the BBFC for 2005 DVD.
US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:
  • 2021 American Genre Film [Original Version + Hot Version] (RA) Blu-ray at US Amazon #ad released on 26th January 2021

Promotional Material

THE CURIOUS DR. HUMPP isn't a movie -- it's a rite of passage. Easily one of the most brainbreaking sensory overloads in exploitation history, the story follows Dr. Humpp and his army of grotesque monsters as they kidnap couples and drain their "blood forces of sex" to keep the doctor eternally young. Directed by the prolific Emilio Vieyra in Argentina, this movie combines artful gothic horror with unhinged sex, comic book pulp, and a talking brain in a jar. Plus a monster who plays the guitar. Basically, this is what might have happened if Mario Bava collaborated with Doris Wishman after an acid binge. AGFA + Something Weird are thrilled to present a brand new restoration of this iconic sex-horror classic, complete with a new commentary track from filmmaker Frank Henenlotter ( BASKET CASE ). Plus LA VENGANZA DEL SEXO , Vieyra's original "horror" cut of THE CURIOUS DR. HUMPP in its original Spanish language -- available for the first time ever on home video with English subtitles!

Bonus Features:
1. Region Free Blu-ray
2. Newly scanned & restored in 2k from its 35mm internegative
3. Commentary track with filmmaker Frank Henenlotter (BASKET CASE)
4. Bonus Movie: LA VENGANZA DEL SEXO - 2K restoration of the original cut of THE CURIOUS DR. HUMPP from a 35mm fine grain lab print
5. Brain damaged shorts and trailers from Dr. Humpp's laboratory
6. Reversible cover artwork
7. English SDH subtitles

 

 

Commented: The BBFC's Latest Orgy of Censorship...

The British board of film censors bans the video nasty re-release of The Gestapo's Last Orgy


Link Here27th January 2021
The Gestapo's Last Orgy is a 1977 Italian prison film by Cesare Canevari.
With Adriano Micantoni, Daniela Poggi and Maristella Greco. Melon Farmers link BBFC link 2020 IMDb

In the tradition of THE NIGHT PORTER, SALON KITTY and SALO only far more depraved comes perhaps the most notorious Nazisploitation epic of them all: Daniela Levy  stars as a beautiful young death camp prisoner forced into a nightmare of brutality, torment and sexual degradation. But will a Commandant's vilest urge trigger her ultimate vengeance? Marc Loud co-stars in this fetid slice of filth-strudel

The BBFC has just banned a Blu-ray re-release of the notable Video Nasty The Gestapo's Last Orgy. The video was banned as a video nasty in 1984 and has never been released in the UK since. The video is available uncut in the US though.

The BBFC seems to be embracing more politically correct language in its rating explanations and consumer advice lately, so it is getting hard to distinguish the reasoned explanation form exaggeration and propaganda. Anyway the BBFC explained the ban as follows:

THE GESTAPO'S LAST ORGY is an Italian exploitation film, from 1977, in which a Jewish woman revisits the site of a concentration camp in which she was formerly imprisoned and subjected to torture, terrorisation, humiliation and sexual violence.

BBFC Guidelines state that: As a last resort, the BBFC may refuse to classify a work --.where a central concept of the work is unacceptable, such as a sustained focus on rape, other non-consensual sexually violent behaviour or sadistic violence.

THE GESTAPO'S LAST ORGY is largely composed of scenes of strong sadistic violence, humiliation, degradation and non-consensual sexual activity, including rape, all of which occurs within a clearly anti-Semitic context. Its central concept is therefore unacceptable, and the sadistic and sexually abusive material it contains is too pervasive to be effectively addressed by cuts.

Accordingly, the BBFC has refused classification to this work.

Offsite Comment: Still Too Outrageous For Britain's Censors

27th January 2021. See article from reprobatepress.com

The very idea that a work of fiction -- a very clear work of fiction -- can somehow deprave and corrupt an otherwise normal person (and make no mistake, the idea of corruption is one of unbalancing the normal individual, not tipping an already morally disturbed individual over the edge) is one that belongs in a past that we have long left behind. There's no scientific evidence to back it up, and the whole idea belongs more to the enforcement of morality -- the prevention of bad ideas entering the public sphere -- than stopping actual harm to anyone.

Read the full  article from reprobatepress.com

 

 

Shopping: Blind Date...

1984 USA / Greece horror thriller by Nico Mastorakis, just released on UK Blu-ray in the Director's Cut


Link Here27th January 2021

Blind Date is a 1984 USA / Greece horror thriller by Nico Mastorakis.
Starring Joseph Bottoms, Kirstie Alley and James Daughton. Melon Farmers link BBFC link 2020 IMDb

Exists as a Theatrical Version and a Director's Cut. This release will be the Director's Cut.
UK: BBFC details not yet published for the Director's Cut:

Promotional Material

Nothing to do with Our Cilla - this Blind Date is an altogether tougher proposition, as you'd expect from exploitation ace Niko Mastorakis (In The Cold of the Night, Island of Death). After losing his sight, Ad Exec Jon Ratcliff (Joseph Bottoms, The Black Hole) is fitted with an experimental device that partially returns his vision. Only...

Although he can't 'see' very much, one night he catches a glimpse of a notorious killer. Is it enough to find the psycho? And can he do it before the murderer catches up with him? One of Mastorakis' best (and bloodiest) films, the cast includes Kirsty Alley (Cheers), Marina Sirtis (Star Trek: The Next Generation) and Keir Dullea (2001: A Space Odyssey). 88 Films are sure you'll have a lorra, lorra fun with this lost classic from the slasher golden age.

Extras:

  • New 4K Master from the Original 35 mm Camera Negative
  • Remixed 5.1 DTS-HS MA Soundtrack
  • Original LPCM Stereo Soundtrack
  • Optional English SDH Subtitles
  • The Film of Nico Mastoraki - Part 2
  • Stills Gallery
  • Original Theatrical Trailer
  • Reversible Sleeve

Features
DTS-HD MA 5.1
DTS-HD MA 2.0
Optional English Subtitles
The Films of Nico Mastorakis Part 1
The Films of Nico Mastorakis Part 2
The Films of Nico Mastorakis Part 3
The Films of Nico Mastorakis Part 4
Original Trailer
Stills Gallery

 

 

Shopping: , A Serbian Film...

2010 Serbia adult horror by Srdjan Spasojevic, heavily cut by the BBFC just released uncut on US DVD


Link Here26th January 2021
A Serbian Film is a 2010 Serbia adult horror by Srdjan Spasojevic.
With Srdjan Todorovic and Sergej Trifunovic. Melon Farmers linkYouTube icon BBFC link 2020 IMDb
The BBFC cut 4:12s from the UK release. Uncut in the US but there is also a US version with a minute missing. An MPAA Unrated Director's Cut was released in the US in 2021. Banned in Australia, New Zealand, Germany and Norway. The film was also banned from a festival screening in Spain,

And for comparison, Denmark and Sweden classified the movie as a 15; in France the uncut version was awarded an 18 certificate. The film was temporarily banned in Brazil but was later passed 18 uncut.

See also full entry for Video Hits: A Serbian Film

US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:
  • 2021 Unearthed Records (RA) Blu-ray at US Amazon released on 19th January 2021
  • 2021 Unearthed Records R1 DVD at US Amazon #ad released on 19th January 2021

Promotional Material

NOT ALL FILMS HAVE A HAPPY ENDING

Milos, a retired adult film actor, leads a normal family life with his wife Maria and six-year old son Petar in tumultuous Serbia, trying to make ends meet. A sudden call from his former colleague Layla will change everything. Aware of his financial problems, Layla introduces Milos to Vukmir - a mysterious, menacing and politically powerful figure in the adult film business. A leading role in Vukmir's production will provide financial support to Milos and his family for the rest of their lives. A contract insists on his absolute unawareness of a script they will shoot. From then on, Milos is drawn into a maelstrom of unbelievable cruelty and mayhem devised by his employer, the 'director' of his destiny. Vukmir and his cohorts will stop at nothing to complete his vision. In order to escape the living cinematic hell he's put into, and save his family's life, Milos will have to sacrifice everything - his pride, his morality, his sanity, and maybe even his own life.

SPECIAL FEATURES

  • In Serbian/Croatian (Serbocroation) with English subtitles
  • Commentary with Srdjan Spasojevic and Stephen Biro
  • Commentary with Joe Lynch and Adam Green of the Movie Crypt
  • Behind the Scenes of A Serbian Exhibition
  • Q&A With Srdjan Spasojevic and Jelena Gavrilovi
  • Q&A from Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival
  • Trailers
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    Shopping: Tin Drum...

    1979 West German film by Volker Schlondorff, once cut by the BBFC, just released on UK Blu-ray


    Link Here26th January 2021

    The Tin Drum is a 1979 West German film by Volker Schlondorff.
    With David Bennent, Mario Adorf and Angela Winkler. YouTube icon BBFC link 2020 IMDb

    Shortened for theatrical release and further cut by the BBFC. The BBFC cuts were waived in 2003. The longer Director's Cut was released uncut in 2011. The film is uncut and MPAA R rated in the US.

    UK: The Director's Cut was previously passed 15 uncut for strong sex and sexualised nudity
    • 2021 Sony/Criterion Collection (RB) Blu-ray at UK Amazon #ad released on 18th January 2021

    Promotional Material

    Danzig in the 1920s/1930s. Oskar Matzerath, son of a local dealer, is a most unusual boy. Equipped with full intellect right from his birth he decides at his third birthday not to grow up as he sees the crazy world around him at the eve of World War II. So he refuses the society and his tin drum symbolizes his protest against the middle-class mentality of his family and neighborhood, which stand for all passive people in Nazi Germany at that time. However, (almost) nobody listens to him, so the catastrophe goes on...

     

     

    Shopping: The Don Is Dead...

    1973 USA action crime thriller by Richard Fleischer, once cut by the BBFC, just released on UK Blu-ray


    Link Here24th January 2021

    The Don Is Dead is a 1973 USA action crime thriller by Richard Fleischer.
    With Anthony Quinn, Frederic Forrest, Robert Forster. Melon Farmers linkYouTube icon BBFC link 2020 IMDb

    Cut by the BBFC for 1973. Unsure about the 1988 VHS, but uncut since 2013 DVD. Uncut and MPAA R rated in the US.
    UK: Previously passed 18 uncut for:
    • 2021 Eureka Entertainment (RB) Blu-ray at UK Amazon #ad released on 18th January 2021

    Promotional Material

    A criminally underrated and explosively violent gangster saga from director Richard Fleischer , The Don Is Dead features one of the all-time great casts of tough guy actors: legendary multiple Oscar®-winner Anthony Quinn, Robert Forster ( Jackie Brown ), and Frederic Forrest ( Apocalypse Now ) are joined by Al Lettieri ( The Getaway ), Joe Santos ( The Friends of Eddie Coyle ), Abe Vigoda ( The Godfather ), Vic Tayback ( Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore ), Victor Argo ( Taxi Driver ), and Sid Haig ( House of 1000 Corpses ). Riddled with as many double crosses as bullet hits, The Don Is Dead is like a gritty 70s pulp paperback come to bloody life.

    After his Vegas crime family don father dies, Frank Regalbuto (Forster) now places his loyalties with Don Angelo DiMorra (Quinn), but a rival family wants to trigger a gang war and destroy the DiMorra clan. They make Frank think that his girlfriend Ruby ( Prime Cut 's Angel Tomkins) is locked in an affair with Don Angelo, hoping Frank will take revenge. Enlisting the Fargo brothers hit men, Tony (Forrest) and Vince (Lettieri) -- who have some nasty sibling rivalry issues of their own -- Frank is determined to rise to the top and wreak vengeance, no matter the body count that results.

    Fleischer directed The Don Is Dead just after his science fiction classic from the same year, Soylent Green , and this just demonstrates the eclectic filmmaker's versatility. Also responsible for everything from 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954) and Fantastic Voyage (1966) to Doctor Dolittle (1967) and Tora! Tora! Tora! (1970), Fleischer could clearly do it all, but he was at his best with riveting thrillers like The Boston Strangler (1968), Compulsion (1959), and the noir classic The Narrow Margin (1952). The Don Is Dead fits in with those suspenseful shockers, and is ripe for rediscovery.

    SPECIAL BLU-RAY EDITION CONTAINS
    • 1080p presentation on Blu-ray
    • Uncompressed LPCM audio (original mono presentation)
    • Optional English SDH subtitles
    • Brand new feature length audio commentary by author Scott Harrison
    • Theatrical trailer
    • PLUS: A collector s booklet featuring an extensive essay on the crime films of director Richard Fleischer by film writer and journalist Barry Forshaw

     

     

    Shopping: Prince of Darkness...

    1987 US horror by John Carpenter, once cut by the BBFC, just released on US Blu-ray


    Link Here21st January 2021

    Prince of Darkness is a 1987 US horror by John Carpenter.
    With Donald Pleasence, Lisa Blount and Jameson Parker. 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.
    US: Uncut and MPAA R rated for:

    Promotional Material

    A group of graduate students and scientists uncover an ancient canister in an abandoned church, but when they open the container, they inadvertently unleash a strange liquid and an evil force on all humanity. As the liquid turns their co-workers into zombies, the remaining members realize they have released the most unspeakable of horrors, Satan himself.

    Bonus Content:
     
  • Audio Commentary with Writer/Director John Carpenter and Actor Peter Jason
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Sympathy for The Devil -- Interview with Writer/Director John Carpenter
  • Alice at the Apocalypse -- Interview with Actor Alice Cooper
  • The Messenger -- Interview with Actor & Special Visual Effects Supervisor Robert Grasmere
  • Hell on Earth -- A Look at the Film's Score with Co-Composer Alan Howarth
  • Horror's Hallowed Grounds with Host Sean Clark
  • Alternate Opening from the TV Version
  • Radio Spots
  • Still Gallery
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    Shopping: Liberté...

    2019 France / Portugal / Spain / Germany historical drama by Albert Serra just released on UK Blu-ray with real sex at 18


    Link Here19th January 2021

    Liberté is a 2019 France / Portugal / Spain / Germany historical drama by Albert Serra.
    Starring Helmut Berger, Marc Susini and Iliana Zabeth. Melon Farmers link IMDb

    The BBFC notes that the film contains strong real sex.

    UK: Passed Suitable for 18 years and over uncut for:

    Promotional Material

    France 1774. Expelled from the puritanical court of Louis XVI, a group of aristocratic libertines pursue an ideal of enlightenment through the rejection of conventional morality. At a time when hypocrisy and false virtue reign, they seek a place to indulge their quest for pleasure, inhabiting a libidinous twilight world dedicated to realising unfulfilled desires. Albert Serras explicit and opulent exploration of the limits of the erotic imagination is one of the most radical and subversive works of recent times, making Liberté a singular cinematic experience.

    BLU-RAY SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS High Definition director-approved presentation of the complete uncut and uncensored version of the film. Introduction to the film by its director Albert Serra. An exclusive, newly-filmed interview with Albert Serra. Original theatrical trailer. 24-page booklet featuring a new essay by curator and author Jason Wood, and an interview with Albert Serra by film critic Manu Yáńez-Murillo. Original soundtrack 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio and 2.0 Stereo LPCM (24-bit). World premiere on Blu-ray. Region free Blu-ray (A/B/C)

     

     

    Shopping: Rituals...

    1977 Canada / USA adventure thriller by Peter Carter just released on uncut US Blu-ray


    Link Here19th January 2021

    Rituals is a 1977 Canada / USA adventure thriller by Peter Carter.
    Starring Hal Holbrook, Lawrence Dane and Robin Gammell. IMDb

    Uncut and MPAA R rated for theatrical release but also released in a cut TV version.
    US: Uncut and MPAA R rated for:
    • 2021 Scorpion Releasing (RA) Blu-ray at US Amazon #ad released on 12th January 2021

    Promotional Material

    Adventure-seeker Mitzi (Lawrence Dane, Scanners, Happy Birthday to Me) invites fellow doctor (Award winning Hal Holbrook, Into the Wild, Capricorn One, The Fog) and three other physician friends to go on their annual camping trip in the middle of the unexplored Canadian mountains. The five of them thought that they were alone in the middle of nowhere on their ritual camping trip, but this time someone was watching them. A crazed psychopath wants to play a psychological game of survival with the five campers and it soon becomes a horrifying game of kill or be killed. Robin Gammell (Lipstick) co-stars. Special make-up by Carl Fullerton (Friday the 13th Parts 2 & 3). The film is presented completely uncut and uncensored from a vault element from the producer!

    Special Features:
    -2018 HD Master
    -Audio Commentary with Star/Producer Lawrence Dane, Moderated by Lee Christian
    -Interviews with Stars Lawrence Dane and Robin Gummell
    -Theatrical Trailer
    -Optional English Subtitles

     

     

    Shopping: Thursday...

    1998 USA action crime comedy by Skip Woods, once cut in the US, just released on US Blu-ray and DVD


    Link Here17th January 2021

    Thursday is a 1998 USA action crime comedy by Skip Woods.
    Starring Thomas Jane, Aaron Eckhart and Paulina Porizkova. BBFC link 2020 IMDb

    Generally uncut for worldwide release but the film was cut for an MPAA R rating in the US. The film was later released uncut in the US as an MPAA Unrated Director's Cut.

    S: Uncut and named the MPAA Unrated Director's Cut:

    Promotional Material

    Thomas Jane (Deep Blue Sea), Aaron Eckhart (The Dark Knight), supermodel Paulina Porizkova (Anna), James Le Gros (Drugstore Cowboy), Michael Jeter (Open Range), Glenn Plummer (South Central) and Mickey Rourke (Sin City) star in this no-holds-barred, erotically charged thriller that packs a lifetime's worth of action into one day. Casey Wells (Jane), a former shakedown artist from the mean streets of L.A., has gone straight--or so he thought. When his ex-partner-in-crime (Eckhart) appears one day with a mysterious suitcase, Casey's comfortable suburban life is turned upside down. Suddenly, murderous drug dealers, a gorgeous, sexually voracious brunette (Porizkova) and crooked cops are trying to kill him. If Casey lives, he may wind up with hidden millions his old pal stole in a drug scam. But if he wants to survive until Friday, Casey's going to have to revert to his old lethal habits. Written and directed by Skip Woods, the screenwriter of Swordfish, Hitman, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, The A-Team, A Good Day to Die Hard and Sabotage.

    Special Features:
    -NEW Audio Commentary by Film Historian Sally Christie
    -NEW Interview with Star Thomas Jane
    -5.1 Surround and Lossless 2.0 Stereo
    -Theatrical Trailer
    -Dual-Layered BD50 Disc
    -Optional English Subtitles

     

     

    Shopping: Just Before Dawn...

    1981 USA horror thriller by Jeff Lieberman, once cut by the BBFC, just released on US Blu-ray


    Link Here16th January 2021

    Just Before Dawn is a 1981 USA horror thriller by Jeff Lieberman.
    Starring George Kennedy, Mike Kellin and Chris Lemmon. BBFC link 2020 IMDb

    Originally released in a shorter US version without BBFC cuts for an X rated 1981 cinema release. This version was cut for 18 rated VHS. The BBFC cuts were waived for the uncut US version for 18 rated 2005 DVD. There also exists a longer European Version, but the uncut US Version is generally preferred.

    There are no censorship issues with this release.

    US: Uncut and MPAA R rated for:
    • 2021 Code Red [US Version + European Version] (RA) Blu-ray at US Amazon #ad released on 12th January 2021

    Promotional Material

    Five friends set out for a weekend camping excursion, to drink, frolic and skinny-dip on an isolated piece of land one of them has inherited. Despite ominous warnings from locals, including forest ranger Roy McLean (George Kennedy, Airport, Deathship) and Ty (Mike Kellin, Sleepaway Camp), a hollering drunken hunter claiming to have witnessed his friend's evisceration by the hands of "Demons", the friends trek further into the foliage. Co-starring Gregg Henry (Mean Dog Blues, Rich Man Poor Man), Deborah Benson (September 30, 1955), Jamie Rose (TV's Lady Blue), Chris Lemmon (TV's Thunder in Paradise) and Ralph Seymour (Underground Aces). Extremely eerie and beautifully shot with a horrifying twist that will make you wonder if any of the friends will survive those dark hours Just Before Dawn? CODE RED proudly presents Just Before Dawn painstakingly restored from the original 35mm Internegative.

    Special Features:
    -Includes Both the 91-Minute Uncut U.S. Version and the 102-Minute Extended International Cut
    -Interviews with Stars Gregg Henry, Chris Lemmon, Jamie Rose and Producer David Sheldon
    -Vintage Featurette with Lemmon, Rose, Sheldon, Actor John Hunsaker (Mountain Twins) and Writer Mark Arywitz
    -Theatrical Trailer

     

     

    Shopping: The Black Gestapo...

    1975 USA crime thriller by Lee Frost, once cut by the BBFC, just released on US Blu-ray


    Link Here11th January 2021

    The Black Gestapo is a 1975 USA crime thriller by Lee Frost
    Starring Rod Perry,Charles Robinson,Phil Hoover IMDb

    Cut by the BBFC for 18 rated VHS in 1987. Uncut and 18 rated for 2007 DVD. Uncut and MPAA R rated in the US.

    US: Uncut and MPAA R rated for:

    Promotional Material

    General Ahmed (Rod Perry (TV's S.W.A.T.) has started an inner-city People's Army to try and relieve the misery of the citizens of Watts. When the locals are put under increasing pressure by Mafia thugs, Ahmed's second-in-command Colonel Kojah (Charlie Robinson, TV's Night Court, Sugar Hill) asks for permission to start a protection squad to take more direct action. Ahmed fears this protection squad will just turn into a vigilante mob, and his prediction soon proves correct. Will Ahmed be able to wrest control back from the power-mad Kojah, or will he be the mob's next victim? Throw away all those PD bootlegs and watch this classic in HD from the original camera negative! Directed by cult filmmaker Lee Frost (Chain Gang Women, Policewomen, Dixie Dynamite).

    Special Features:
    -2015 2K Master From the Original Camera Negative
    -Interviews with Stars Charlie Robinson, Rod Perry and Charles Howerton
    -Audio Commentary with Stars Robinson and Perry
    -Theatrical Trailer

     

     

    Shopping: [Rec]...

    2007 Spain horror mystery thriller by Jaume Balagueró and Paco Plaza just released on UK Blu-ray with 2 versions


    Link Here11th January 2021

    [Rec] is a 2007 Spain horror mystery thriller by Jaume Balagueró and Paco Plaza.
    Starring Manuela Velasco, Ferran Terraza and Jorge-Yamam Serrano. Melon Farmers link BBFC link 2020 IMDb

    There is only 1 version of this film. Arrow claims to have a Producer's Cut, but it has exactly the same content as the standard version and is of similar picture quality, even if claims that there are technical differences due to 24 vs 25 feet per sec film filming speeds.

    See version details from movie-censorship.com

    UK: Passed 18 uncut for strong bloody violence and sustained terror:
    • 2021 Arrow Special Edition [Theatrical + supposed Production Versions] (RB) Blu-ray at UK Amazon #ad released on 4th January 2021

    Promotional Material

    28 Days Later meets The Blair Witch Project as a mysterious virus turns the inhabitants of an apartment building into a horde of frenzied, bloodthirsty ghouls in [REC] - the original 2007 found footage phenomenon that spawned a hit franchise and US remake.

    A television film crew, documenting the night shift of a Barcelona fire brigade, get much more than they bargained for when they attend an apparently routine call-out. Upon arrival at an inner city apartment, the firefighters are viciously attacked by the elderly female occupant, who appears to be in the throes of some sort of viral infection. Before long, the virus has taken hold of the entire building, which is cordoned off by the authorities. Trapped inside, the television crew - using their cameras to capture the events as they unfold - and the other remaining survivors find themselves pitched into a nightmare of unimaginable proportions.

    Fusing the zombie genre with the found footage format to throw the audience right into the midst of the action, [REC] is a terrifying, relentless rollercoaster ride which builds to one of the horror genre s all time bone-chilling climaxes.

    SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS

  • High Definition Blu-ray presentation with two viewing options: the ""theatrical version"" (24fps, 1080p, 78 mins) as shown in cinemas, and the ""production version"" (25fps, 1080i, 75 mins) as originally filmed
  • Original Spanish DTS-HD MA 5.1 and 2.0 audio options on both versions
  • Optional English subtitles
  • New audio commentary by film critic and historian Alexandra Heller-Nicholas, author of Found Footage Horror: Fear and the Appearance of Reality
  • Archive commentary by directors Jaume Balaguero & Paco Plaza
  • The Making of [REC], an archive featurette examining the process of production featuring interviews with cast & crew
  • How to Shoot a Horror Movie, a French-language featurette presented by directors Jaume Balaguero & Paco Plaza
  • Archive interview with Jaume Balaguero & Paco Plaza looking back on the film
  • The Fantastic Four, an archive panel discussion with [REC] directors Jaume Balaguero, Paco Plaza and new wave Spanish horror contemporaries Gonzalo Lopez Callego and Juan Antonio Bayona
  • On set footage of the cast & crew at work on key scenes including the attack on Mrs. Izquierdo and the climb to hell
  • Archive interview with director of photography Pablo Rosso
  • Archive interview with sound supervisor Xavi Mas
  • Archive interview with sound designer Oriol Tarragó
  • Confidences, a video diary by star Manuela Velasco
  • Deleted and extended scenes, including Fire Station Redux , The Secret Archive and Corridors of Nails
  • Casting, original video footage from the audition process
  • Trailers and TV spots
  • Image gallery
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Adam Rabalais
  • FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collectors' booklet with new writing on the film by Xavier Aldana Reyes
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    Shopping: Beach Red...

    1967 USA war drama by Cornel Wilde, once cut by the BBFC, just released on US Blu-ray


    Link Here9th January 2021

    Beach Red is a 1967 USA war drama by Cornel Wilde.
    Starring Cornel Wilde, Rip Torn and Burr DeBenning. YouTube icon BBFC link 2020 IMDb

    The 1967 X rated cinema release was cut by the BBFC. UK home video releases are now uncut. Uncut and MPAA Unrated in the US.
    US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:

    Promotional Material

    Young marines on a WWII tour of duty learn that "war is hell" in this graphic, unflinching and honest drama of men in combat. Starring Cornel Wilde (The Big Combo, Road House) and Rip Torn (Cross Creek, Time Limit), Beach Red marked a real breakthrough in American war picture production by taking pains to show the terror on both sides. After a gory battle to take the beach on a Japanese-held island in the Pacific, Captain MacDonald (Wilde) asks Sergeant Honeywell (Torn) to lead a squad on a perilous journey deep into the jungle to find the enemy's stronghold. The scouts soon learn that the Japanese are preparing to strike back hard and fast. In the hours to come, whose blood will soak the sand red? Co-written, produced and directed by star Cornel Wilde (Storm Fear, The Naked Prey, No Blade of Grass).

    Special Features:
    -Theatrical Trailer
    -Dual-Layered BD50 Disc
    -Optional English Subtitles

     

     

    Shopping: Erik the Viking...

    1989 UK / Sweden comedy fantasy adventure by Terry Jones just released on UK Blu-ray/DVD Combo with 2 versions


    Link Here9th January 2021

    Erik the Viking is a 1989 UK / Sweden comedy fantasy adventure by Terry Jones
    Starring Tim Robbins,John Cleese,Mickey Rooney BBFC link 2020 IMDb

    A long cinema version was cut for a 12 rating in 1989. Shortened for a 15 rated video version and further for the Director's Son's Cut. There is also an international version too.

    UK: The shortened Director's Son's Cut was previously passed 15 for moderate sex references without BBFC cuts:
    UK: BBFC details not yet published:
    • 2020 Signal One [International Version + Director's Son's Cut] (RB) Blu-ray/R2 Combo at UK Amazon #ad released on 28th December 2020

    Promotional Material

    Patriot Films and Signal One Entertainment presents Erik the Viking. Monty Python alumnus Terry Jones' fast-paced, visually lavish comic fantasy starring Tim Robbins (The Shawshank Redemption) as the reluctant marauder. Presented in a deluxe special edition, featuring a wealth of extras, and two unique cuts of the film.

    A Viking with a conscience, Erik tires of pillaging and decides to set out on a quest. When the wise Freya informs Erik that a great mythic wolf has eaten the sun, the warrior resolves to venture to Asgard, home of the Norse gods, to set things right. Before Erik can reach Asgard, he and his allies must first find a magical horn that resides in the land of King Arnulf, who, luckily for the hero, has a lovely daughter, Princess Aud.

    Monty Python's Terry Jones wrote and directed this madcap fantasy (inspired by his own children s book), and the eclectic cast reunites him with fellow Python John Cleese, as well as legends Mickey Rooney and Eartha Kitt. Just as much of the humor of Erik stems from the anachronisms of old Norse mythological figures reacting to adventures with a modern wit, the film of Erik also seems wonderfully out of time -- an anarchic, surreal, wild, 1970s-styled comic adventure arriving at the tail end of the 1980s. Jones continued to experiment with the film after its release, so we are presenting the original international theatrical cut here, along with the new version created by Jones and his son.

    Brand New Extras:

    • Original Theatrical Release Cut in HD (103 minutes/99 minutes in PAL)
    • "The Director's Son's Cut" in SD (79 minutes)
    • NEW Commentary Track on the Theatrical Release Cut by Film Historian and Author ("Heavy Metal Movies") Mike McPadden and Comedy Writer/Producer Aaron Lee
    • Commentary Track on The Director's Son's Cut by Terry Jones
    • Original Theatrical Trailer
    • NEW Booklet Essay by Neil Mitchell

    Featurettes :

    • Original Behind the Scenes
    • The Evolution of a Director
    • Casting
    • Creating the Look
    • Special Effects
    • Making Movie Magic in Malta
    • Jones and Cleese - A Grand Reunion
    • Raw Interview Footage

     

     

    Shopping: Rough Night in Jericho...

    1967 US western romance by Arnold Laven just released on US Blu-ray


    Link Here7th January 2021

    Rough Night in Jericho is a 1967 US western romance by Arnold Laven.
    With Dean Martin, Jean Simmons and George Peppard. Melon Farmers link BBFC link 2020 IMDb

    Cut by the BBFC for an A rated cinema release in 1967. Uncut and 12 rated for DVD in 2012.
    US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:

    Promotional Material

    From Arnold Laven, the director of Anna Lucasta, Geronimo, The Glory Guys and Sam Whiskey, comes this tension-filled western starring screen greats Dean Martin (Texas Across the River), George Peppard (Newman's Law) and Jean Simmons (Elmer Gantry). One-time lawman Alex Flood (Martin) is now the ruthless boss of Jericho--a town he once helped to clean up. Now this officer-gone-bad has bullied his way into owning more than half of all of Jericho's businesses with the exception of the stagecoach line run by the strong-willed widow Molly Lang (Simmons). Molly and the townspeople turn to former Deputy U.S. Marshal Dolan (Peppard) for help but he refuses to take on the tyrant, figuring any confrontation with Flood or his men is a losing battle. How far can one man be pushed before he finally fights back? Co-starring Slim Pickens (The Getaway) and John McIntire (Backlash).

    Special Features:
    -NEW Audio Commentary by Film Historian Samm Deighan
    -Theatrical Trailer
    -Dual-Layered BD50 Disc
    -Optional English Subtitles

     

     

    Shopping: Muscle...

    2019 UK thriller by Gerard Johnson set for UK Blu-ray and DVD release on 1st February 2021 with a real sex orgy


    Link Here4th January 2021

    Muscle is a 2019 UK thriller by Gerard Johnson
    Starring Craig Fairbrass,Polly Maberly,Sinead Matthews BBFC link 2020 IMDb

    There are no censorship issues with this release which contains 18 rated strong real sex.
    UK: The cinema release was passed 18 uncut for strong real sex, nudity, very strong language:

    Review: Throbbing orgy

    See article from theguardian.com

    Muscle's centrepiece sequence is a dingy, throbbing orgy scene set in a grubby suburban home in north-east England. It is so hypnotically grim that it takes a few moments to realise that the majority of performers don't appear to be faking it. Sudden, unsimulated sex comes as a shock to the viewer; what was it like to shoot?

    I had heard a story that the film's director, Gerard Johnson, simply filled a house with swingers, left them to it and filmed whatever stragglers they found when they returned three days later. Yeah, it's basically that, says Fairbrass. Gerard was inundated with people who wanted to be in this scene. Literally inundated. It was so intense. So intense. You had the people who were willing to go further and the people who weren't willing to go too far, so it was all orchestrated in a very professional way. Everybody had to consent.

    Promotional Material

    Sick of his life and lifestyle Simon (Cavan Clerkin) hits the gym. His inexperience, timid nature, and soft body stick out in this run-down gym full of Schwarzeneggers. Immediately, he draws the attention of an intimidating personal trainer named Terry who offers to coach him. Terrys criminal past, impulse to humiliate, and aggressive style all concern Simon but he swiftly sees results and finally feels alive.

    All too quickly though, Simons life spins out of control after his girlfriend leaves him and Terry becomes his boss, friend, and roommate. Simon suddenly finds himself trapped, stuck in a self-destructive spiral, as every aspect of his life now dangerously rests in Terrys big, tough hands...


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