Dead-End Drive-In, The Hills Have Eyes & Slugs Coming to Blu-ray from Arrow Video

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Dead-End Drive-In [Blu-ray] (September 20th)

THE PRICE OF ADMISSION IS THE REST OF YOUR LIFE

One of Quentin Tarantino’s favourite directors, Brian Trenchard-Smith was a key figure in the Ozploitation movement, responsible for The Man from Hong Kong, Stunt Rock, Turkey Shoot, BMX Bandits… and dystopian cult classic Dead-End Drive-In!

Set in a near-future where the economy has crumbled and violent gangs play havoc in the streets, the powers-that-be have decided to lure the delinquent youth into drive-in cinemas and keep them there. No longer just a place to watch trashy movies and make out, these outdoor picture shows have become concentration camps for the unruly and unwanted.

With its day-glo colour scheme, new wave soundtrack and extraordinary stunt work, Dead-End Drive-In is in the tradition of Ozploitation milestones Mad Max and The Cars That Ate Paris only very, very eighties.

Bonus Materials

* Brand new 2K restoration from original film materials

* High Definition (1080p) Presentation

* Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing

* Audio commentary by director Brian Trenchard-Smith

* The Stuntmen, Trenchard Smith’s classic television documentary on Grant Page (Mad Max, Road Games) and other Australian stunt performers

* Hospitals Don’t Burn Down, Trenchard-Smith’s 1978 public information film told in pure Ozploitation fashion

* Behind-the-scenes gallery by graffiti artist Vladimir Cherepanoff

* Theatrical Trailer

* Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Chris Malbon

Product Details

Format: BLU-RAY

SKU: AV064

UPC: 760137891192

Street Date: 09/20/16

PreBook Date: 08/16/16

Genre: Horror

Run Time: 88 mins

Number of Discs: 1

Audio: STEREO

Year of Production: 1986

Director: Brian Trenchard-Smith

Actors: Ned Manning, Natalie McCurry, Peter Whitford, Wilbur Wilde

Box Lot: 30

Territory: US

Language: English

Complete product details, hi res art, etc. can be found HERE.

Pre-order at the MVD SHOP or on Amazon

unnamed-8The Hills Have Eyes [Blu-ray] (September 27th)

THE LUCKY ONES DIED FIRST

Horror master Wes Craven achieved critical and commercial success with the likes of Scream and A Nightmare on Elm Street – but for many genre fans, the director’s seminal 1977 effort The Hills Have Eyes remains his masterpiece.

Taking a detour whilst on route to Los Angeles, the Carter family run into trouble when their camper van breaks down in the middle of the desert. Stranded, the family find themselves at the mercy of a group of monstrous cannibals lurking in the surrounding hills. With their lives under threat, the Carters are forced to fight back by any means necessary. 

As grueling a viewing experience today as it was upon initial release, The Hills Have Eyes stands alongside the likes of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre and Night of the Living Dead as one of the defining moments in American horror cinema.

Limited Edition Contents

* Brand new 4K restoration of the film, supervised by producer Peter Locke and viewable with both original and alternate endings 

* High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation 

* Original Uncompressed PCM Mono Audio

* Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing 

* 6 Postcards 

* Reversible Fold-out Poster 

* Limited Edition 40-page booklet featuring new writing on the film by critic Brad Stevens and a consideration of the Hills franchise by disc producer Ewan Cant, illustrated with original archive stills and posters

* Brand new audio commentary with actors Michael Berryman, Janus Blythe, Susan Lanier and Martin Speer

* Brand new audio commentary by academic Mikel J. Koven 

* Audio commentary with Wes Craven and Peter Locke 

* Looking Back on The Hills Have Eyes – making-of documentary featuring interviews with Wes Craven, Peter Locke, actors Michael Berryman, Janus Blythe, Robert Houston, Susan Lanier, Dee Wallace and director of photography Eric Saarinen

* Brand new interview with actor Martin Speer

* The Desert Sessions – brand new interview with composer Don Peake

* Never-before-seen Outtakes 

* Alternate Ending, in HD for the first time 

* Trailers and TV Spots 

* Image Gallery

* Original Screenplay (BD-ROM Content)

* Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Paul Shipper

Product Details

Format: BLU-RAY

SKU: AV065

UPC: 760137891390

Street Date: 09/27/16

PreBook Date: 08/23/16

Genre: Horror

Run Time: 90 mins

Number of Discs: 1

Audio: MONO

Year of Production: 1977

Director: Wes Craven

Actors: John Steadman, Suze Lanier-Bramlett

Language: English

Complete product details, hi res art, etc. can be found HERE.

Pre-order at the MVD SHOP or on Amazon

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Slugs [Blu-ray] (September 27th)

THEY SLIME. THEY OOZE. THEY KILL.

From celebrated Spanish director Juan Piquer Simon, the man behind the truly demented slasher flick Pieces (1982), comes a terrifying tale of mutant slugs on the rampage in small-town America. The townsfolk of a rural community are dying in strange and gruesome circumstances. Following the trail of horrifically mutilated cadavers, resident health inspector Mike Brady is on the case to piece together the mystery. He soon comes to a terrifying conclusion – giant slugs are breeding in the sewers beneath the town, and they’re making a meal of the locals! Based on the novel by acclaimed British horror author Shaun Hutson, Slugs outdoes its creature feature peers by adding an extra dose of gross-out gore into the equation, culminating in one of the most squirm-inducing animal attack movies ever to slither its way across screens.

Special Edition Contents

* Brand new restoration from original film elements 

* High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation 

* Original Uncompressed PCM Mono Audio 

* Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing 

* Audio commentary with Slugs author Shaun Hutson

* Audio commentary with writer and filmmaker Chris Alexander 

* Here’s Slugs in Your Eye – an interview with actor Emilio Linder 

* They Slime, They Ooze, They Kill: The Effects of Slugs – an interview with special effects artist Carlo De Marchis 

* Invasion USA – an interview with art director Gonzalo Gonzalo 

* The Lyons Den – an interview and locations tour with production manager Larry Ann Evans 

* 1988 Goya Awards promo reel 

* Trailer

* Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Wes Benscoter

Product Details

Format: BLU-RAY

SKU: AV066

UPC: 760137891291

Street Date: 09/27/16

PreBook Date: 08/23/16

Genre: Horror

Run Time: 89 mins

Number of Discs: 1

Audio: MONO

Year of Production: 1988

Director: Juan Piquer Simón

Actors: Michael Garfield, Kim Terry, Philip MacHale, Emilio Linder

Language: English

Complete product details, hi res art, etc. can be found HERE.

Pre-order at the MVD SHOP or on Amazon

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John Carpenter Vinyl Review from Sacred Bones Records

Assault on Precinct 13/The Fog

Halloween/Escape from New York

Sacred Bones Records

2016

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John Carpenter is easily considered to be one of the greatest directors of all time. It is an earned reputation, as he has shown that he can make amazing horror, action, and sci-fi films. Sure some of his later films were a little off (to put it nicely), but his hits make up for those.

As renown as his films are, his film scores are equally as impressive. I’ll never forget the first time I rented Halloween, and hearing the theme song for the first time. I knew I was watching something great, based on the opening music.

Recently John Carpenter and a live band, have gone on tour performing these classic themes, along with new stuff from the Lost Themes albums. I (and Exorcast CEO The Beard), got to see his stop in Pittsburgh. The performance was great, and getting there was an adventure.

To celebrate John Carpenter performing live, Sacred Bones Records has released two 12 inch singles, Assault on Precinct 13/The Fog and Halloween/Escape from New York.

Both singles are available in three flavors: a picture disc, black vinyl, and colored vinyl. The colored vinyl for Halloween sold out really fast, so I picked up the black vinyl for that release, and got the colored vinyl for Assault on the Fog.

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Both releases are played at 45 rpm, and sound great. Everything sounds clean and crisp. Both Assault and The Fog sound really close to their original score. They both sound more fuller, but it isn’t a drastic change. The same can be said for Escape from New York. Halloween on the other hand, really benefits the strongest from the band.

There has been some terrible renditions of the Halloween theme over the years, like the rock guitar version in the theatrical part 6, or the orchestra version in H20. Neither worked, but with this release, this is the best Halloween has ever sounded. Yeah, even against the original. The theme really benefits from the dual keyboard approach and added drums. I don’t know the extent of Carpenter’s involvement in the new Halloween, but they must use this version of the theme.

Even though the other themes don’t sound that different, that doesn’t mean there isn’t improvements. Escape has always been a bluesy rock track, but now is more dynamic. The Fog is just as creepy as it was in the film. Like Halloween, Assault comes in with a two keyboard attack and drums.

The packaging is also very well done. The front and back show a different image related to one of the films, done in black and shiny silver.

So with these being the best sound versions of the themes, these releases are a must have right? Yes and no.

These were both released on the same day and are a little expensive. Preordering I was able to get them for around $16 each. That comes out to $8 a song. Personally, I didn’t notice anything that really would have hurt these being combined into one release. They were selling different colored editions of these singles at the concert, but were $20 each. I know vinyl isn’t cheap, but I just want to give everyone a heads up what is on these.

So again while these are phenomenal releases, they are pricey, but they are the best sounding versions of the themes. While I don’t regret picking these up, and will get others if they are released, just know you can get the Lost Themes I or II for $19 each on Amazon. Those have more tracks and are longer length releases.

If you do pick these up, you will not be disappointed. Also if you get a chance to see Carpenter in concert, definitely don’t pass that up.

-Dance Commander Matt Hatfield

When not reading Sutter Cane or Exorcast reviews, you should read my Twitter feed @cerial442.

The Perfect Husband Coming to Blu-ray from Artspolitation Films

Bloody Thriller Proves Marriage Can Be Murder!

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A married couple’s weekend romantic getaway turns disturbingly violent in this nightmarish descent into madness. “Stylish, beautiful and brutal…unsettling and genuinely eerie, certainly a contender for indie horror of the year.” wrote firstscreamtothelast.com.

unnamed-4The English-language The Perfect Husband is coming out on DVD and Blu-ray (and exclusive streaming on Vimeo) July 26, 2016, and then slated to be on most major VOD outlets on October 25th.

  • Synopsis: This terrifying psychological horror film follows Viola (Gabriella Wright) and Nicola (Bret Roberts) as they try to reconcile after an unexpected termination of pregnancy puts a strain on their marriage. They decide to spend a weekend in a family cottage in the woods but what was supposed to be a romantic weekend suddenly turns into a deadly nightmare as seething suspicions, maddening paranoia and blind rage explodes around them. A bloody, unsettling thriller from Italian horrorunnamed-5 filmmaker Lucas Pavetto.
  • Bonus features: Il Marito Perfectto (short film) (38 minutes), The Perfect Husband Behind-the-Scenes (24 minutes), Artsploitation trailers

 

 


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Observance Coming to Blu-ray from Artspolitation Films

Psychological Horror Thriller OBSERVANCE to be Released on DVD/Blu-ray

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With the dread-infused claustrophobia of Polanski’s The Tenant, the taut voyeurism of Hitchcock’s Rear Window, and the horrific visuals
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The English-language Observance will be released on DVD and Blu-ray (and exclusive streaming on Vimeo) August 2, 2016, and on most major VOD outlets beginning October 11th.

Critical Response: 

  • “Remarkably unnerving…dripping with paranoia and bursts of madness!” — John W. Allman, Blood Violence and Babes
  • “Captivates the viewer…with some terrifying moments that would make David Cronenberg proud. — bloody-disgusting.com
  • “Sheer ambient dread.” — Indiewire
  • “The very definition of psychological horror.” — Thy Critic Man

 

  • Synopsis: Atmospherically creepy and visually unnerving, Joseph Sims-Dennett’s startling feature film debut follows Parker, a young unnamed-2man in the grip of grief following the death of his young son, his marriage on the rocks and nearing bankruptcy, reluctantly returns to work as a private investigator. His assignment it to observe a woman from an abandoned apartment, and as her watches bizarre happenings surrounding her, he slowly becomes aware that the derelict building he is in has a dark presence which slowly threatens to consume him. A frightening horror tale of a man spiraling into madness.
  • Bonus features: “Preface to Observance” (3 minutes), Artsploitation trailers

Manhattan Baby on Blu-ray from Blue Underground

The Surreal Horror Shocker From the Director of ZOMBIE and THE BEYOND

A young girl on vacation in Egypt is given a mysterious charm, causing her archeologist father to be struck blind inside an unexplored pyramid tomb. But when the family returns home to Manhattan, a plague of supernatural evil and sudden violence follows. Can this ancient curse be stopped before it is unleashed on the streets of New York City?

Christopher Connelly (1990: THE BRONX WARRIORS), Laura Lenzi (THE ADVENTURES OF HERCULES II), Giovanni Frezza (THE HOUSE BY THE CEMTERY) and Carlo De Mejo (CITY OF THE LIVING DEAD) star in Italian shock master Lucio Fulci’s bizarre horror thriller, which combines elements of THE EXORCIST, THE AWAKENING, POLTERGEIST, and more. Also known as EYE OF THE EVIL DEAD and POSSESSED, MANHATTAN BABY has been newly transferred and fully restored in 2K from the original uncensored camera negative and comes fully loaded with exclusive new Extras produced for this release!

ManhattanBaby_3DiscLtdEd_keyart4cExtras:

  • Fulci & I – Interview with Composer Fabio Frizzi (An Hour-Long Career Overview Of the Soundtrack Collaborations of Fabio Frizzi & Lucio Fulci)
  • For The Birds – Interview with Star Cosimo Cinieri
  • 25 Years With Fulci – Interview with Make-Up Effects Artist Maurizio Trani
  • Beyond The Living Dead – Interview with Co-Writer Dardano Sacchetti
  • Stephen Thrower on MANHATTAN BABY – Interview with the author of “Beyond Terror: The Films of Lucio Fulci”
  • “Manhattan Baby Suite” – Live Studio Performance by Fabio Frizzi
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Poster & Still Gallery
  • BONUS Collectable Booklet featuring new writing by author Troy Howarth
  • BONUS CD – MANHATTAN BABY Original Motion Picture Soundtrack by Fabio Frizzi

Sell Points:

  • Lucio Fulci’s surreal horror shocker is now available in a new 3-Disc Limited Edition!
  • Brand new 2K High Definition transfer from the original uncensored camera negative and all-new 5.1 Surround mix
  • Loaded with new Extras created especially for this release
  • Blu-ray features Full 1080p HD Resolution and DTS-HD Master Audio for the ultimate home theater experience
  • Exclusive Limited Edition includes Blu-ray, DVD, Soundtrack CD, bonus collectable booklet, reversible sleeve, and special packaging
  • Extensive online exposure on top websites, including YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Fangoria, Blu-ray.com, and many more
  • Nationwide Theatrical Release in Top Markets prior to Street Date
  • From Italian horror maestro Lucio Fulci (ZOMBIE, THE BEYOND, CITY OF THE LIVING DEAD, THE HOUSE BY THE CEMETERY)
  • Starring Christopher Connelly (1990: BRONX WARRIORS, DJANGO STRIKES AGAIN), Laura Lenzi (THE ADVENTURES OF HERCULES II), Giovanni Frezza (THE HOUSE BY THE CEMETERY, THE NEW BARBARIANS), Cinzia de Ponti (THE NEW YORK RIPPER, DEVIL FISH), Cosimo Cinieri (MURDER ROCK, THE NEW YORK RIPPER), and Carlo De Mejo (CITY OF THE LIVING DEAD, THE HOUSE BY THE CEMETERY)
  • Features music by frequent Fulci collaborator Fabio Frizzi (ZOMBIE, CITY OF THE LIVING DEAD, THE BEYOND)
  • “A Stylish, Very Gothic Horror Flick… One Of Fulci’s Best!”Blu-ray Authority
  • “A Quirky, Challenging Visual Feast!”Mondo Digital
  • “Thick With Creepy Atmosphere And Schlocky Supernatural Fun!” McBastard’s Mausoleum
  • “There Are More Than Enough Familiar Fulci Trademarks To Appease Even The Most Demanding Fan!”The Spinning Image