Episode 129

Episode 129

On this episode of Exorcast, Chuck and I discuss Cult Epics new blu-ray release of Jorg Buttgereit’s Schramm: Into the Mind of a Serial Killer. We are then joined by The Newsfinder General as we talk about Arrow Video’s Bride of the Re-Animator Limited Edition blu-ray. We also get off subject and talk about other things as well and Chuck drags out the end of the show with nonsense for about 30 mins. Enjoy that.

 

***the helicoptor noise was identified from last weeks episode but not until around the 49min mark. You should not hear it again from now on***

Arrow Video US to release Ray Harryhausen: Special Effects Titan

New from Arrow Video US
Ray Harryhausen: Special Effects Titan
Coming to DVD and Blu-ray June 28th via MVD Entertainment Group

The remarkable career of the movie industry’s most admired and influential special-effects auteur, the legendary Ray Harryhausen, is the subject of Gilles Penso’s definitive documentary Ray Harryhausen: Special Effects Titan.
Leaving no doubt as to Harryhausen’s seminal influence on modern-day special effects, the documentary features enlightening and entertaining interviews with the man himself, Randy Cook, Peter Jackson, Nick Park, Phil Tippet, Terry Gilliam, Dennis Muren, John Landis, Guillermo del Toro, James Cameron, Steven Spielberg and many more.
These filmmakers, who today push the boundaries of special effects movie-making, pay tribute to the father of Stop Motion animation and films such as ‘The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms’, ‘It Came from Beneath the Sea’, ‘The 7th Voyage of Sinbad’, ‘Mysterious Island’, ‘Jason and the Argonauts’ and ‘The Golden Voyage of Sinbad’ – the films that enthralled them as children and inspired them to become filmmakers in their own right.
Bonus Materials
Interviews with Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg, Peter Lord, Rick Baker
12 Interview outtakes with Joe Dante, John Lasseter, Nick Park and more!
A message to Ray
Deleted Scenes
On the set of Sinbad
Paris Cinematheque Q&A
London Gate Theater Q&A
Audio commentary with the filmmakers
Original Trailer
Ray Harryhausen Trailer Reel
Complete product details, hi res art, etc. can be found HERE.
Pre-order at the MVD SHOP or on Amazon
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Review: Arrow Video’s Dillinger blu-ray

Dillinger (1973) Arrow Blu-ray review

By DeadRat

 

G-Man, Melvin Purvis, played by Ben Johnson (Town That Dreaded Sundown 1976), has a personal vendetta against gangsters after some of his fellow FBI agents are killed in a shootout. John Dillinger, played by Warren Oates (Race with the Devil 1975), is a ruthless gangster who 147497_frontloves robbing banks. As Dillinger and his gang go on a bank robbing spree they attract the attention of not only Purvis and the FBI but the general public. Dillinger is a fun ride full of bullets, hats, love and cigars.

I am a big fan of the classic gangster pictures like Scarface (1932) and Little Caesar (1931) and Dillinger certainly does a great job capturing the feel of those films. One main difference is the blood involved in this movie and boy is there a lot. There are a lot of amazing shoot out scenes and this film in particular has one of the best I’ve ever seen. The nearly 7 minute shootout ranks up there with Heat (1995) and Hard Boiled (1989). But Dillinger isn’t just about the shooting, it’s a great anti-hero story Dillinger Clipthat is backed up by truly great acting, especially from Warren Oates. The writing, done by the great John Milius (Apocalypse Now 1979), is on point and really elevates the picture to something special. This is also Milius’s feature directorial debut. He went on to direct Conan the Barbadian (1982) and Red Dawn (1984) but this film has much more heart than they do. 

As for the Blu-ray, it has an amazing 2K restoration that looks absolutely beautiful. Special features include an audio commentary by film author, Stephen Prince, a bunch of new interviews, revisable cover art and a collector’s booklet. I’m not too familiar with Arrow’s non horror releases but after watching this I most certainly will be seeking out some of the other non-horror releases they’ve done. So far I haven’t seen a US Arrow release that I wouldn’t recommend picking up and this release is no exception.

Pieces Blu-Ray Review

PIECES 1982 Grindhouse Releasing (2016)

Directed by: Juan Piquer Simon

Starring: Lynda Day George, Christopher George, Edmund Purdom and Jack Taylor

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You don’t have to go to Texas for a chainsaw massacre, quite possibly my absolute favorite tag line. This is one of those titles that I and probably all of you have been dying to get a release since Grindhouse started releasing blus. Well, it finally happened and I am not the slightest bit disappointed despite having to wait about two years for it. The transfer looks fantastic! Better than I could’ve dreamed. I have a German hardbox blu-ray and the picture quality is shit! It’s worse than the original Grindhouse and Arrow UK DVD’s. Not that they looked bad, this particular BD was just up converted from a terrible looking DVD source. This new transfer though, it is stellar!pieces-e1457429619913

This two disc blu-ray set comes with both versions of the film; the original, unrated U.S. cut (83mins) and MIL GRITOS TIENE LA NOCHE, the uncut directors cut in Spanish (86mins). There is a new commentary track with Jack Taylor and in-depth interviews with director Juan Piquer Simon. My favorite feature is the new documentary 42nd STREET MEMORIES with interviews from William Lustig, Larry Cohen, Jeff Lieberman and Lynn Lowry just to name a few. This doc is excellent and should be one of the first things you watch, after the film of course. The third disc is the original soundtrack by Stelvio Cipriani, Carlo Maria Cordio and Fabio Frizzi!

As some of you know the first 2000 copies came with a replica jigsaw puzzle from the film. I purchased mine from DiabolikDVD who stated that if you preordered by a certain date you were guaranteed a puzzle. I knew this not only because I am a regular shopper of their site but because I read the press release that Grindhouse Releasing released Pieces_02and it stated that you could preorder directly from DiabolikDVD and gave the web address. Some people missed that memo so they bitched and moaned on YouTube about it and looked like a jackass.

Puzzle aside, this is a must own release! One of the best slashers from the 1980’s in my opinion. It’s fun and gory, a four star film and if you’ve never seen it before just do yourself a favor and go buy a copy. Hell, you may still get a puzzle with yours and you can brag online about it.

TURBO KID 3-Disc Ultra Turbo-Charged Blu-Ray Review

Turbo Kid (2015) 3-Disc Ultra Turbo-Charged Collector’s Edition Blu-ray Review

Directed By: Francois Simard, Anouk Whissell, Yoann-Karl Whissell

Starring: Munro Chambers, Michael Ironside, Laurence Lebouef & Edwin Wright


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In the post-apocalyptic future of 1997 life in the wasteland is hard. With little to no water, everyone has to scavenge for vintage items in exchange for drinking water. Our hero The Kid is a non-confrontational   loner, riding his BMX bike across the wasteland in search for items to trade for water and issues of his favorite comic book Turbo Man until one day when he meets a girl. He teaches her the rules of life in the wasteland, of scavenging and protecting yourself until one day the henchmen of the tyrannical overlord of the wasteland Zeus, kidnaps her. Our hero then has to look deep down in himself and become like the hero he idolizes most.IMG_4590

For a film that seemed to just appear out of nowhere, TURBO KID is an ultra-violent MAD MAX mixed with a bit of BMX BANDITS! I absolutely fell in love with the film! I mean what’s not to love? You have a great cast, great practical effects, gore galore and a villain with a circular saw on his wrist! Michael Ironside gives a fantastic performance as Zeus, the ruler of the wasteland. While the most memorable character we meet is Apple, The Kid’s new best friend and love of his life played by Laurence LeBouef. This lovable lady supplies us with most of our comedic moments in the film IMG_4588and one great ARMY OF DARKNESS reference. The film boasts a wide variety of memorable death scenes along with some interesting and creative weapons. TURBO KID has that retro style to it that has been fairly popular in the past couple of years and while it’s not for everyone, I do think most viewers can find something enjoyable in the film even if it isn’t your cup of tea. It was by far one of my favorite films from last year and I do think when it’s all said and done it will go down with a cult following.

The TURBO KID 3 disc set (BD, 2DVD) comes from Epic Pictures and will set you back about $30. You can snag it from www.turbo-kid.com. It’s loaded with special features including; a making of feature, festival Q & A’s, audio commentary, four different galleries and more. There is also a Region A steelbook of the film you can get for the same price at DiabolikDVD but I am unsure of the features on that particular release.IMG_4592

A Nightmare On Elm Street CD Soundtrack Boxset

A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET 8CD Box Set 2015 Varese Sarabande

Limited to 2000 Copies

Composers; Charles Bernstein, Christopher Young, Angelo Badalamenti, Craig Safan, Jay Ferguson, Brian May, J. Peter Robinson and Graeme Revell

In a world where vinyl exists, who listens to CD’s anymore? I had to hook my disc changer back up so I could actually check this thing out. But, IMG_4819seriously this is a really awesome set, do I wish it was on vinyl?Yes, I do, but Varese Sarabande seems to have put a lot of time and effort in this release.

First of all the packaging is great and the little Freddy sweater tops it off nicely. Inside there is a great book (that I have attached at the bottom of the page) with original artwork from each film and the composers talking about the films and their scores. Each disc’s slipcase fits together to make the new Freddy artwork that’s on the booklet. All this incased in a black and silver box covered with a IMG_4820knitted Freddy sweater slipcase. It’s great to have all of these scores at your fingertips. I will say I don’t care for all of them but the first films score is iconic and I do love the scores for DREAM WARRIORS and THE DREAM MASTER.

It is/was a pricey set at $100. I can imagine that it’s already OOP because I have seen them going on eBay for more than that. I would definitely recommend picking one up for yourself. I know the current craze is wax, but this is going to fit in perfectly on your shelf with the rest of your collection!

 

 

*From the Varese Sarabande Press Release*

This deluxe package contains all 8 soundtracks from the original series, over 8 hours of music including almost 3 hours of bonus tracks!

New artwork has been commissioned for the set by artist Shawn Conn, and assembling the CD sleeves next to one another forms a larger piece of art. The pictures above include a sample of an individual sleeve from the front and back, as well as the larger piece of art that is created when all 8 sleeves are placed alongside each other. Before you have any nightmares, please don’t worry … the original Matthew Joseph Peak creations are included in the accompanying booklet. The set is then completed with a knitted Freddy sweater encasing the outer box!  A truly unique item that ensures the A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET – 8 CD BOX SET will stand out on any shelf. 

The world was introduced to Wes Craven’s Freddy Krueger, (portrayed by Robert Englund), in 1984 with A Nightmare on Elm Street. Krueger was a former child killer seeking revenge against the parents who burned him by haunting the dreams of their teenage children and killing them in their dreams. The series has earned almost half a billion dollars worldwide, and boasts some of the most beloved nightmarish themes from composers including: Charles Bernstein (Wes Craven’s A Nightmare On Elm Street), Christopher Young (A Nightmare On Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge), Angelo Badalamenti (A Nightmare On Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors), Craig Safan (A Nightmare On Elm Street 4: The Dream Master), Jay Ferguson (A Nightmare On Elm Street 5: The Dream Child), Brian May (Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare), J. Peter Robinson, (Wes Craven’s New Nightmare) and Graeme Revell (Freddy Vs. Jason).

Also included in this set is a suite from the video game featured in the film Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare and the theme from Harry Manfredini’s FRIDAY THE 13TH series, as heard in the film Freddy Vs. Jason (with performances by the band Machine Head).

Only 2000 copies of this deluxe package will be sold!  

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Here’s What is Coming in June from Arrow Video

New from Arrow Video US
Nikkatsu Diamond Guys Vol 2 [Blu-ray + DVD] (June 14)
Suture [Blu-ray + DVD] (June 21)
Return Of The Killer Tomatoes [Blu-ray] (June 28)
via MVD Entertainment Group
MVD Entertainment Group furthers the distribution of Arrow Video in the US with several new titles in June…
Nikkatsu Diamond Guys Vol 2 [Blu-ray + DVD] (June 14)

Nikkatsu, the oldest film studio in Japan, inaugurated a star system in the late 1950s, finding talent and contracting them to a series of wild genre pictures. This collection celebrates these “Diamond Guys” with three classic films from directors Buichi Saito (Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart in Peril), Ko Nakahira (Crazed Fruit), and Haruyasu Noguchi, who is a new discovery for the West. In Saito’s Tokyo Mighty Guy, mega star Akira Kobayashi stars as Jiro in the rambunctious tale of a chef who opens a restaurant in the busy Ginza district. His culinary skills and dashing good looks bring in the women as well as unwanted trouble, while an explosive political scandal builds around his girlfriend’s business…

Next, Jo Shishido (Massacre Gun, Retaliation), one of the most popular Diamond Guys in the West, stars in Danger Pays, a crime caper from Ko Nakahira about counterfeiting. When one billion yen goes AWOL, “Joe the Ace” (Shishido) spies an opportunity to get rich quick, but things soon go wrong as it turns out he isn’t the only one who’ll stop at nothing to get his hands on the missing cash…

Finally, Shishido stars once again in Noguchi’s screwball classic Murder Unincorporated. When the mysterious “Joe of Spades” executes one of the bosses of a powerful syndicate, his colleagues, fearing for their own lives, call on the services of assassin agency Murder Unincorporated to take care of the problem. This unique entry showcases some of the most peculiar killing tactics to ever hit Japanese cinema! Presented on DVD and Blu-ray for the first time in the West, these thrilling genre films feature some of Nikkatsu’s leading talent at the top of their game.

SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS
– Limited Edition Blu-ray collection (3000 copies)
– High Definition digital transfers of all three films in this collection, from original film elements by Nikkatsu Corporation
– High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentation
– Original uncompressed mono audio
– Newly translated English subtitles
– Specially recorded video discussions with Japanese cinema expert Jasper Sharp on Diamond Guys Jo Shishido and Akira Kobayashi
– Original trailers for all three films
– Extensive promotional image galleries for all films
– Reversible sleeve featuring brand new artwork by Graham Humphreys
– Booklet featuring new writing on all the films and director profiles by Stuart Galbraith IV, Tom Mes and Mark Schilling

Complete product details, hi res art, etc. can be found HERE.
Pre-order at the MVD SHOP or on Amazon
Suture [Blu-ray + DVD] (June 21)
A Thriller Where Nothing Is Black and White

Inspired by the paranoid visions of John Frankenheimer’s The Manchurian Candidate and Seconds, the desert noir of Detour and the black and white widescreen beauty of Hiroshi Teshigahara’s The Face of Another and Woman of the Dunes, Suture is one of great feature debuts – by writer-directors David Siegel and Scott McGehee – and a truly unique piece of cinema.

The wealthy and self-assured Vincent (Michael Harris) meets his blue collar half-brother Clay (Dennis Haysbert) at their father’s funeral and is struck by their similarity. He decides to murder Clay and take his identity, only Clay survives the assassination attempt with no memory and is mistaken for Vincent. The fact that Harris is white and Haysbert is black only complicates a film that probes into the nature of identity.

After viewing an early rough cut, Steven Soderbergh came on board as executive producer and enthusiastic patron. Suture went on to become a hit on the festival circuit, including Sundance where it deservedly won the award for Best Cinematography.

DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS
– Brand new 4K restoration from the original camera negative
– High Definition (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD Presentations
– Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing
– Audio commentary with writer-directors David Siegel and Scott McGehee
– All-new interviews with Siegel, McGehee, executive producer Steven Soderbergh, actor Dennis Haysbert, cinematographer Greg Gardiner, editor Lauren Zuckerman and production designer Kelly McGehee
– Deleted scenes
– Birds Past, Siegel & McGehee’s first short film, about two young San Franciscans who journey to Bodega Bay along the path set by Tippi Hedren in Hitchcock’s classic, The Birds.
– US theatrical trailer
– European theatrical trailer
– Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by maarko phntm

Complete product details, hi res art, etc. can be found HERE.
Pre-order at the MVD SHOP or on Amazon

Return Of The Killer Tomatoes [Blu-ray] (June 28)

The Vegetables Of Doom!

The killer tomatoes are back! But this time around, they’re going to have to contend with late ’80s George Clooney and his wicked mullet… Is it a fruit? Is it a vegetable? Nope, it’s Return of the Killer Tomatoes!

Ten years on from the Great Tomato War, mankind lives in fear of another uprising by the waxy red menace. Meanwhile, Professor Gangreen – played with gusto by John Astin from TV’s The Addams Family – sets out to pursue his own evil ends by creating a burgeoning army of tomato militia men (who, somewhat conveniently, look just like regular men).

Following on from the 1978 cult classic Attack of the Killer Tomatoes, Return of the Killer Tomatoes came armed with a healthy sense of its own ridiculousness and would expand upon a franchise that now comprises four films, two TV series and a video game. So what are you waiting for? Make Return of the Killer Tomatoes one of your five-a-day now!

SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS
– High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation
– Original Stereo audio (uncompressed PCM on the Blu-ray)
– Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
– Brand new audio commentary with writer-director John De Bello
– Brand new interview with star Anthony Starke
– Original Theatrical Trailer
– Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Matthew Griffin
– Fully-illustrated collector’s booklet featuring new writing by critic James Oliver

Complete product details, hi res art, etc. can be found HERE.
Pre-order at the MVD SHOP or on Amazon