NEW HORROR DVD & BLU-RAY RELEASES FOR THE WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 20, 2015

Not as many offerings this week, but there are some decent ones in this weeks batch. Let’s get to it:

!!!ARROWARROW: THE COMPLETE THIRD SEASON (2014)

All 23 episodes from season three are featured in a four-disc set. 16 1/4 hrs. total. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtracks: English DTS HD 5.1 Master Audio, Spanish DTS stereo; Subtitles: English (SDH), French, Spanish; featurettes; gag reel; deleted scenes; audio commentary; more. **23 episodes on 4 discs. 16 1/4 hrs.**

Being released on DVD & Blu-ray on 9/22/2015

!!!BLACK SABBATHBLACK SABBATH (Widescreen Version) (1963)

Director Mario Bava offers a terrifying trilogy of shockers, hosted by Boris Karloff. A nurse steals a diamond ring from a corpse that doesn’t take kindly to theft, a phone becomes a link between the living and the dead, and Karloff appears as a vampire fated to prey on his loved ones. Michele Mercier, Lidia Alfonsi, Mark Damon, Jacqueline Pierreux also star. AKA: “The Three Faces Of Fear.” 96 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English (dubbed) Dolby Digital mono. Dubbed in English.

Being released on DVD on 9/25/2015

!!!CONTAINMENTCONTAINMENT (2015)

Fear and paranoia grip the residents of an apartment block as they are forcibly and without explanation quarantined inside their homes. As hazmat-suited strangers scramble through the block, plucking out some tenants while leaving others alone, those trapped begin to realize they could be in the midst of a terrifying pandemic…with their survival instincts soon turning them against each other. Lee Ross, Hannah Chalmers, and Christos Lawton star. 70 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English.

Being released on DVD on 9/22/2015

!!!JUDYJUDY: THE NAME FOR TERROR (2014)

In this no-holds-barred Italian shocker, a young woman’s random, unpleasant encounter with a street mime turns into a night of extreme horror. After the mysterious disappearance of the woman’s dog from her home (the pet providing the titular “name for terror”), it becomes apparent that the busker and some demented associates have staked out the house and launched a campaign of terror. Jade Matthew, Carol Bolt, and Ashleigh Whitfield star. 75 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English.

Being released on DVD on 9/22/2015

!!!LAND OF DOOMLAND OF DOOM (1986)

In the blasted landscape of a post-apocalyptic 21st-century Europe, a warrior woman (Deborah Rennard) and a soldier of fortune (Garrick Dowhen) pool their survival skills as they hunt for a legendary hidden utopia. Between roving packs of cycle-riding survivalists and hordes of malevolent mutants, they’ll need everything in their arsenal! Sci-fi stunner co-stars Daniel Radell, Frank Garret, Akut Duz. 87 min. Widescreen; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono.

Being released on DVD on 9/25/2015

!!!THE FLASHTHE FLASH: THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON (2014)

All 23 episodes from the debut season are featured in a four-disc set. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtracks: English DTS HD 5.1 Master Audio, Spanish DTS 2.0; Subtitles: English (SDH), French, Spanish; audio commentary; deleted scenes; gag reel; featurettes. **23 episodes on 4 discs.**

Being released on DVD & Blu-ray on 9/22/2015

!!!THE SATAN BUGTHE SATAN BUG (1965)

Thrilling suspenser featuring George Maharis as an ex-government investigator looking into the murder of a scientist and the theft of a killer virus he was developing. The trail leads to the researcher’s former assistant, who’s planning to unleash the deadly disease upon Los Angeles. Richard Basehart, Anne Francis, and Dana Andrews also star. 114 min. Widescreen; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono; audio commentary; theatrical trailer.

Being released on Blu-ray on 9/22/2015

!!!THE SENTINELTHE SENTINEL (1977)

“Death Wish” director Michael Winner injects unnerving intensity into this tale of a young model (Christina Raines) who moves into a New York brownstone and becomes troubled by the eccentricities of her fellow tenants and the haunting sounds and visions that creep into her nights. Soon, she learns that her presence in the building is no accident…and that she has been chosen for a horrifying destiny. Chilling film co-stars Burgess Meredith, Beverly D’Angelo, Chris Sarandon, and John Carradine. 92 min. Widescreen; Soundtrack: English.

Being released on Blu-ray on 9/22/2015

!!!TURKEY SHOOTTURKEY SHOOT (1982)

In the future world of 1995, a totalitarian government creates behavior modification camps to deal with society’s criminals and other “undesirables.” For the newest prisoners (Steve Railsback, Olivia Hussey) at one such camp, a most dangerous game begins when they are released into the jungle and hunted down as sport by stalkers using high-tech weaponry. Exploitation favorite from Australia co-stars Michael Craig, Bill Young. AKA: “Blood Camp Thatcher,” “Escape 2000.” 93 min. Widescreen; Soundtrack: English DTS HD mono Master Audio; audio commentary; featurette; interviews; theatrical trailer; more.

Being released on DVD & Blu-ray on 9/22/2015

Stay Bloody!!!

NEW HORROR DVD & BLU-RAY RELEASES FOR THE WEEK OF AUGUST 30, 2015

A much better selection than last week!! There’s a few here that I’ve been looking forward to seeing. Let’s get to it:

!!!ARMY OF FRANKENSTEINSARMY OF FRANKENSTEINS (2013; Deggsy’s review)

Maybe you’ve heard the U.S. Civil War was fought over slavery…or states’ rights…but you’ve never heard that it was fought with…an ARMY OF FRANKENSTEINS! In this unconventional chiller, a teenage boy assaulted by bullies is experimented on by a mad doctor whose operation goes haywire, opening rifts in time and space that return hundreds of reanimated bodies to the 19th century and the War Between the States! Jordan Farris, John Ferguson, and Eric Gesecus star. 93 min. Widescreen; Soundtrack: English.

Being released on DVD & Blu-ray on 9/01/2015

!!!BACKCOUNTRYBACKCOUNTRY (2014)

A camping getaway becomes a grueling survival test for a couple after a detour in the wilderness brings them into contact with a stranger whose alternately flirtatious and confrontational attitude proves to be quickly disturbing. Eager to evade his company and secure some alone time, they become lost in an area where a ferocious black bear prowls. Jeff Roop, Missy Peregrym, and Eric Balfour star in this unnerving Canadian thriller. 91 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English; Subtitles: English.

Being released on DVD on 9/01/2015

!!!EXETEREXETER (2015)

The half-dozen teens thought that the long-abandoned, notorious insane asylum would be the ideal spot for an evening-long drug binge. They followed up that great idea with the staging of a mock exorcism…and wound up summoning some very irate neighbors from “downstairs” who’d had it with their noise. Occult shocker stars Brett Dier, Gage Golightly, Kelly Blatz, Brittany Curran, and Stephen Lang. 91 min. Widescreen; Soundtrack: English.

Being released on DVD on 9/01/2015

!!!EXTINCTIONEXTINCTION (2015)

Bound together by a globe-ravaging infection that turns most of the world’s population into grotesque, living-dead monsters, two men (Matthew Fox, Jeffrey Donovan) and a very young girl (Quinn McColgan) take refuge in a wintry, desolate town. Though a terrible event from their past has caused a deep rift between the child’s guardians, they are forced to work together to survive a new, life-threatening attack. With Valeria Vereau, Lili Bordan. 113 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital 5.1.

Being released on DVD on 9/01/2015

!!!HANGER 10HANGER 10 (2014)

The area surrounding a Suffolk forest becomes engulfed in legend in the three decades following a reported UFO sighting near a military base. Three amateur treasure hunters take their metal detectors into the region hunting for gold, only to have their equipment strangely malfunction as night falls and an alien presence seems to manifest itself once more. Indie sci-fi shocker from Great Britain stars Robert Curtis, Abbie Salt, and Danny Shayler. 87 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English.

Being released on DVD on 9/01/2015

!!!LOST AFTER DARKLOST AFTER DARK (2015)

A group of teenagers bails on a dance and “borrows” a school bus for a road trip. When the vehicle leaves them stranded near an abandoned farmhouse that was once home to the infamous Joad family of cannibal serial killers, the stage is set for mayhem, bloodshed, and a rapidly rising body count. Scare-filled and stylish nod to the ’80s “slasher film” heyday stars Justin Kelly, Kendra Timmins, Mark Wiebe, and Robert Patrick as the principal. 90 min. Widescreen; Soundtrack: English; Subtitles: English, Spanish.

Being released on DVD & Blu-ray on 9/01/2015

!!!MAD MAX FURY ROADMAD MAX: FURY ROAD (2015)

Filmmaker George Miller revs up the engines of the “Mad Max” series for a fourth time, explosively returning laconic road warrior Max Rockatansky (Tom Hardy) to the screen 30 years after his previous appearance. Here, Max makes common cause with “war rig” driver Furiosa (Charlize Theron) and would-be martyr Nux (Nicholas Hoult), all seeking redemption as they are chased across the stark wastelands of a gas-hungry world gone insane. With Hugh Keays-Byrne, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English. Also includes a Blu-ray 3D that requires a 3D television, 3D Blu-ray player, and special glasses to reproduce the original theatrical experience.

Being released on DVD/Blu-ray 3D combo pack, DVD, & Blu-ray on 9/01/2015

!!!PARANORMAL ISLANDPARANORMAL ISLAND (2015)

The three college buddies thought they’d hit the summer job lottery when they were hired to bartend at a legendary dive situated in the middle of a lake! The unpaid internships started looking pretty good, however, the night the last boat to the mainland took off without them…and the rumors of how the joint was haunted turned out to be true! Lance Henriksen, Briana Evigan, Brian Christensen, Ben Elliott star. 82 min. Widescreen; Soundtrack: English.

Being released on DVD on 9/01/2015

!!!PLAGUEPLAGUE (2014)

A devastating plague sweeps through Australia, turning its citizens into ravenous zombies. When one woman (Tegan Crowley) is encouraged by other survivors to leave her husband (Scott Marcus) behind, she rebels and is abandoned to her fate. Will her meeting with a stranger (Steven Jianai) prove to be a divine stroke of good luck…or the final nail in her coffin? Bleak postapocalyptic thriller co-stars Cris Cochrane, Don Bridges. 84 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English.

Being released on DVD on 9/01/2015

!!!RUN HIDE DIERUN HIDE DIE (2012)

A young woman (Alison Monda) marking the one-year anniversary of her husband’s tragic murder brings her four best friends along for a summer getaway at the cabin owned by her in-laws. Instead of peace and healing, she finds pure terror as she and her friends are taken captive by a stranger with a grim secret. Tweaking the rules of the genre, this indie horror outing co-stars Alicia Mendez, Tabitha Bastien, and Nathan Christopher Haase. AKA: “The Anniversary.” 75 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital 5.1.

Being released on DVD on 9/01/2015

!!!STAR WARS REBELSSTAR WARS REBELS: COMPLETE SEASON ONE (2014)

All 13 episodes from the debut season are featured in a two-disc set. 5 1/2 hrs. total. Soundtracks: English, Spanish, French. **13 episodes on 2 discs. 5 1/2 hrs.

Being released on DVD & Blu-ray on 9/01/2015

!!!THE BEAST OF X MOORTHE BEAST OF X MOOR (2014)

In search of a mythic creature reportedly stalking the English countryside, a cryptozoologist and her boyfriend accompany a big-game hunter into the foreboding moors of North Devon. Little do they realize that the terrors they will soon endure will have little to do with the monsters of make-believe. Grim British thriller stars Melia Kreiling, Nick Blood, and Mark Bonnar. AKA: “X Moor.” 87 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English.

Being released on DVD on 9/01/2015

!!!THE BLOOD LANDSTHE BLOOD LANDS (2014)

Seeking a quieter lifestyle, an English couple moves into a remote farmhouse in the Scottish countryside. Their first night proves anything but peaceful when animal-masked locals stalk and torment them for mysterious reasons. In their struggle to survive, the couple discovers some shocking secrets about their community’s past. Intense British thriller stars Lee Williams, Pollyanna McIntosh, and Joanne Mitchell. AKA: “White Settlers.” 82 min. Widescreen; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital 5.1; Subtitles: English (SDH), Spanish; “making of” featurette.

Being released on DVD & Blu-ray on 9/01/2015

!!!THE CURSE OF DOWNERS GROVETHE CURSE OF DOWNERS GROVE (2014)

Chrissie Swanson (Bella Heathcote) never put much stock in the urban legends that built up around her suburban Chicago high school, which has seen one bizarre death amongst its last eight graduating classes. As life during her senior year starts a beyond-the-norm spiral out of control, she starts having second thoughts…and they might be her last. Penelope Mitchell, Lucas Till, Kevin Zegers, Helen Slater, and Tom Arnold co-star. 90 min. Widescreen; Soundtrack: English; Subtitles: English, Spanish.

Being released on DVD & Blu-ray on 9/01/2015

!!!THE HARVESTTHE HARVEST (2013)

A young girl (Natasha Calis) is dispatched to live with her grandparents in Upstate New York after the death of her father. She befriends a bedridden boy (Charlie Tahan) living next door, who welcomes her companionship–but it becomes terrifyingly clear why his parents (Michael Shannon, Samantha Morton) regard her visits as unwelcome. Director John McNaughton’s intense, understated chiller co-stars Peter Fonda, Leslie Lyles. 104 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English.

Being released on DVD on 9/01/2015

Stay Bloody!!!

NEW HORROR DVD & BLU-RAY RELEASES FOR THE WEEK OF AUGUST 16, 2015

Some classics coming out this week!! There’s more than a few I’ll be adding to my collection, Let’s get to it:

!!!BATMAN UNLIMITEDBATMAN UNLIMITED: MONSTER MAYHEM (2015)

It’s Halloween night in Gotham, and the Joker’s going for his greatest trick of all when he looses a quartet of the spookiest supervillains–Scarecrow, Clayface, Solomon Grundy, and Silver Banshee–on the populace! Can Batman and his allies–Cyborg, Green Arrow, Nightwing, and Red Robin–stop the Clown Prince of Crime from shutting the city’s tech down with a computer virus? 72 min. Widescreen; Soundtrack: English; bonus cartoons.

Being released on DVD & Blu-ray on 8/18/2015

!!!BURN WITCH BURNBURN, WITCH, BURN! (1962)

Norman Taylor (Peter Wyngarde) is living a charmed life, with a caring wife and a promising career as a college professor. Things take a bizarre turn when he finds out that wife Tansy (Janet Blair) is a witch whose voodoo practices are responsible for his success. When he forbids her from using any more witchcraft, his job–and their lives–become jeopardized in this chiller based on Fritz Leiber’s “Conjure Wife.” With Margaret Johnston, Anthony Nicholls. AKA: “Night Of The Eagle.” 90 min. Widescreen; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital stereo.

Being released on Blu-ray on 8/18/2015

!!!DEVIL HUNTERDEVIL HUNTER (1980)/CANNIBAL TERROR (1981)

Includes “Devil Hunter” and “Cannibal Terror.” Dubbed in English.

Being released on Blu-ray on 8/18/2015

!!!EJECTAEJECTA (2014)

A reclusive UFO believer (Julian Richings) attracts the attention of a documentary filmmaker (Adam Seybold) through postings on the Internet. On the night the two men meet up, a ship of unknown origin crashes nearby, and they set out to investigate–which leads to their capture by a government doctor (Lisa Houle) willing to use torture to get the answers she desires. Indie sci-fi thriller co-stars Mark Gibson, Cat Hostick. 87 min. Widescreen; Soundtrack: English.

Being released on Blu-ray on 8/18/2015

!!!HAMMER FILMS COLLECTIONHAMMER FILMS COLLECTION, VOL. ONE

Two-disc set includes “Stop Me Before I Kill!,” “The Two Faces of Dr. Jekyll,” “Scream of Fear,” “The Curse of the Mummy’s Tomb,” and “The Gorgon.”

Being released on DVD on 8/18/2015

!!!KANTEMIRKANTEMIR (2014)

Iconic horror actor John (Robert Englund) accepts a gig in a remote Pennsylvania town, playing the villain in a previously unproduced gothic play. As the cast goes through their reading in a secluded mansion, it dawns on him that they’re living out the grisly scenario in real life…and that he may not make it to the final curtain. Diane Cary, Stuart Stone, Daniel Gadi, Justine Griffiths also star. 85 min. Widescreen; Soundtrack: English.

Being released on DVD on 8/18/2015

!!!NIGHTMARE CASTLENIGHTMARE CASTLE (1965)

Barbara Steele plays a dual role in this atmospheric European horror outing about a doctor (Paul Muller) who tortures and kills his unfaithful wife (Steele) and her lover (Rik Battaglia) as part of his experiments in regenerating human blood. Looking to further profit from his act of bloody vengeance, the doctor then marries her half-sister (Steele again, now with blonde hair) who is due to inherit her considerable wealth. AKA: “The Faceless Monster,” “Lovers Beyond The Tomb,” “Orgasmo.” 104 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: Italian Dolby Digital stereo; Subtitles: English; audio commentary by Steele, others; featurettes. Also includes the bonus features “Castle Of Blood” and “Terror Creatures From The Grave.”

Being released on Blu-ray on 8/18/2015

!!!NOMADSNOMADS (1986)

Pierce Brosnan stars in this eerie thriller about a French teacher visiting L.A. who finds himself attacked and driven mad by a mysterious street gang that seems to be more than human. As it turns out, his tormentors have their origins in Eskimo legend, and might succeed in manifesting their evil unless he can find some way to communicate their secrets to someone who will understand his ravings. Bizarre outing also stars Lesley-Anne Down, Adam Ant. 93 min. Widescreen; Soundtrack: English.

Being released on Blu-ray on 8/18/2015

!!!SOMETIME AUNT MARTHASOMETIMES AUNT MARTHA DOES DREADFUL THINGS (1971)

While on the run from the law, partners-in-crime Paul (Abe Zwick) and Stanley (Wayne Crawford) decide to set up housekeeping in a little Florida town…and as part of the cover, Paul dresses up in middle-aged drag as Stanley’s “Aunt Martha.” Unfortunately, Stanley likes hanging out with the local lovelies a little too much…and his increasingly paranoid “auntie” is quick to stab those who ask too many questions. Grindhouse classic co-stars Don Craig, Yanka Mann. 95 min. Widescreen; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono; audio commentary.

Being released on DVD on 8/18/2015

!!!TEEN TITANS GOTEEN TITANS GO!: SEASON TWO, PART TWO (2013)

The final 26 episodes of season two are featured in a two-disc set. 4 3/4 hrs. total. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English; Subtitles: English (SDH), Spanish. **26 episodes on 2 discs. 4 3/4 hrs.**

Being released on DVD on 8/18/2015

!!!THE WIFE KILLERTHE WIFE KILLER (1976)

Giallo goes Greek in this shocking thriller about a playboy planning to murder his rich wife in order to inherit her money and run away with his lover. Little does he realize that the professional killer he has hired to do the job is maneuvering to play the assassination to his own advantage. Larry Daniels, Dorothy Moore, and Vagelis Seilnos star. AKA: “Death Kiss.” 87 min. Standard; Soundtracks: Greek Dolby Digital mono, English Dolby Digital mono; Subtitles: English; bonus footage; featurette; interviews; theatrical trailers. In Greek with English subtitles/Dubbed in English.

Being released on DVD on 8/18/2015

!!!WILLIAM CASTLE COLLECTIONWILLIAM CASTLE HORROR COLLECTION

An occult researcher dies and leaves his nephew’s family a creepy mansion complete with a spooky housekeeper, a hidden treasure, and “13 Ghosts” (1960) that can only be seen with the special lenses he invented. Director William Castle’s campy horror treat stars Martin Milner, Rosemary DeCamp, Charles Herbert, and Margaret Hamilton. Next, a 19th-century baron whose face is frozen in a hideous grin coerces his wife’s former beau–a top neurosurgeon–into working on a cure in the Gothic chiller “Mr. Sardonicus” (1961), with Guy Rolfe, Audrey Dalton, Ronald Lewis, and Oscar Homolka. Two-disc set also includes “Homicidal,” “13 Frightened Girls,” and “The Old Dark House” (1963). Soundtrack: English.

Being released on DVD on 8/18/2015

Stay Bloody!!!

NEW HORROR DVD & BLU-RAY RELEASES FOR THE WEEK OF AUGUST 9, 2015

Some decent horror offerings this week, and some great animated superhero offerings!! Let’s get to it:

!!!BATMAN GOTHAN KNIGHTBATMAN: GOTHAM KNIGHT (with “Batman: Black and White” graphic novel DVD) (2008)

Presented in a unique anime-inspired style, this cartoon anthology features six all-new short stories, each penned by a different writer, chronicling the exploits of the Caped Crusader between the live-action feature films “Batman Begins” and 2008’s “The Dark Knight.” Segments include “Working Through Pain,” “Deadshot,” “Field Test,” “In Darkness Dwells,” “The Dark Knight,” and “Have I Got a Story for You.” Two-disc set includes a DVD of the film and of the graphic novel “Batman: Black and White.” 76 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtracks: English Dolby Digital 5.1, Spanish Dolby Digital stereo, German Dolby Digital stereo, Japanese Dolby Digital 5.1; Subtitles: English (SDH), Spanish, German, Japanese; audio commentary; documentary; featurette; bonus “Batman: The Animated Series” episodes.

Being released on DVD/Blu-ray combo pack on 8/11/2015

!!!BATMAN YEAR ONEBATMAN: YEAR ONE (with “Batman: Year One” graphic novel DVD) (2011)

Based on Frank Miller’s acclaimed four-part comic book story arc, this feature-length animated tale chronicles the beginning of billionaire playboy Bruce Wayne’s career as the Caped Crusader, Lt. James Gordon’s war against the crime and corruption in Gotham City, and the circumstances that led to their long-standing partnership. Ben McKenzie, Bryan Cranston, Eliza Dushku, Katee Sackhoff, Alex Rocco supply voices. Two-disc set includes a DVD of the film and of the graphic novel “Batman: Year One.” 64 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtracks: English DTS HD 5.1 Master Audio, French Dolby Digital 5.1, Spanish Dolby Digital stereo; Subtitles: English (SDH), French; audio commentary; featurettes; bonus short “Catwoman” (2011); bonus cartoons.

Being released on DVD/Blu-ray combo pack on 8/11/2015

!!!BLOODY HOMECOMINGBLOODY HOMECOMING (2012)/VARSITY BLOOD (2014)

Includes “Bloody Homecoming” and “Varsity Blood.”

Being released on DVD on 8/11/2015

!!!DEAD SILENCEDEAD SILENCE (2007)

The “killer doll” genre gets a jolt from the “Saw” team in this shock-filled and nostalgic creeper. After a ventriloquist’s dummy is anonymously mailed to his home, Jamie (Ryan Kwanten) makes the mistake of leaving the spooky antique alone with his wife. When she is killed, Jamie brings a detective (Donnie Wahlberg) back to his abandoned hometown to learn the devilish truth behind the haunted plaything’s past. Amber Valletta, Bob Gunton co-star. 92 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtracks: English DTS HD 5.1 Master Audio, French DTS 5.1; Subtitles: English (SDH), Spanish; deleted scenes; alternate opening; alternate ending; featurettes; music video.

Being released on Blu-ray on 8/11/2015

!!!HALLOWEEN 3HALLOWEEN 3: SEASON OF THE WITCH (1982)

A mad Druidic warlock out for blood vengeance…a twisted plan to give millions of trick-or-treaters their most terrifying Halloween ever thanks to some lethal Halloween masks…and an armada of android assassins. There’s all that and more (but not Michael Myers!) in this horror tale about “the night nobody comes home!” Tom Atkins, Stacy Nelkin, and Dan O’Herlihy star. 99 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English DTS HD mono Master Audio; Subtitles: English (SDH), French, Spanish.

Being released on Blu-ray on 8/11/2015

!!!JUSTICE LEAGUE CRISISJUSTICE LEAGUE: CRISIS ON TWO EARTHS (with “JLA: Earth 2” graphic novel DVD) (2010)

When a heroic Lex Luthor from a parallel universe seeks help in freeing his Earth from a sinister superpowered cabal known as the Crime Syndicate, Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, and the rest of the Justice League will battle to save two worlds from their own evil counterparts. This feature-length animated tale includes the voices of William Baldwin, Mark Harmon, Chris Noth, and Gina Torres. Two-disc set includes a DVD of the film and of the graphic novel “JLA: Earth 2.” 75 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital 5.1; Subtitles: English (SDH), French, Spanish; featurettes; bonus short “The Spectre” (2010); bonus “Justice League” episodes; trailers; more.

Being released on DVD/Blu-ray combo pack on 8/11/2015

!!!JUSTICE LEAGUE WARJUSTICE LEAGUE: WAR (with “Justice League, Vol.1: Origin” graphic novel DVD) (2014)

The 2011 “New 52” reboot arc for DC Comics’ flagship super-team served as the basis for this animated feature, as fledgling heroes Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Flash, Green Lantern, Cyborg, and Shazam reluctantly come to pool their powers to fight a planetary incursion by the extradimensional despot Darkseid. Voice talents include Michelle Monaghan, Alan Tudyk, Sean Astin, and Shemar Moore. Two-disc set includes a DVD of the film and of the graphic novel “Justice League, Vol. 1: Origins.” 79 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtracks: English DTS HD 5.1 Master Audio, French Dolby Digital 5.1, Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1; Subtitles: English (SDH), French; featurettes; bonus cartoons; more.

Being released on DVD/Blu-ray combo pack on 8/11/2015

!!!PATCH TOWNPATCH TOWN (2014)

Chubby-cheeked, frizzy-haired toy-factory laborer Jon (Rob Ramsay) never gave much deep thought to his dystopian existence, harvesting infants from cabbages so they could be marketed as dolls. When he learns the truth about his own origins, he goes on a dangerous journey to be reunited with his long-lost adoptive mom (Zoie Palmer). Audacious satirical fantasy-adventure co-stars Stephanie Pitsiladis, Julian Richings, Ken Hall. 85 min. Widescreen; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital 5.1; bonus short “Patch Town” (2011); featurette; outtakes; theatrical trailer.

Being released on DVD on 8/11/2015

!!!POLTERGEIST ACTIVITYPOLTERGEIST ACTIVITY (2015)

Recently widowed, a man (Lee Bane) moves to a remote country farmhouse with his young daughter (Natalie Martins) in tow. They are soon met with strange goings-on inside the house that suggest a haunting, leading the tortured homeowner to hire a retired paranormal investigator to discern the origins of the frightening presence in their midst. Dean Sills, Judith Haley co-star in this spooky outing. 85 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English.

Being released on DVD on 8/11/2015

!!!SPRINGSPRING (2014; my review)

Backpacking through Europe to escape his recent troubles at home, directionless twentysomething Evan (Lou Taylor Pucci) finds himself smitten by gorgeous genetics student Louise (Nadia Hilker). As the flirtation flowers into a passionate affair, secrets, as they will, come to light…but hers is that she might not be truly human. Remarkable horror-romance mash-up co-stars Francesco Carnelutti, Jeremy Gardner. 109 min. Widescreen; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital 5.1; Subtitles: English, Spanish.

Being released on Blu-ray on 8/11/2015

!!!SUPERMAN DOOMSDAYSUPERMAN: DOOMSDAY (with the “Death of Superman” graphic novel DVD) (2007)

Even a Superman can die. This action-packed animated epic chronicles the Man of Steel’s shocking encounter with the intergalactic serial killer known as Doomsday. When the alien behemoth brings his murderous havoc to the streets of Metropolis Superman must make the ultimate sacrifice in order to save the city and the lives of his loved ones. With the voices of Adam Baldwin, Anne Heche, and James Marsters. Two-disc set includes a DVD of the film and of the graphic novel “The Death of Superman.” 75 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English.

Being released on DVD/Blu-ray combo pack on 8/11/2015

!!!THE MONSTER THAT CHALLENGED THE WORLDTHE MONSTER THAT CHALLENGED THE WORLD (1957)

“Monsters”–plural–would be more accurate, since we’re talking about multiple gigantic, snail-like creatures that have been released from their resting place in the bed of the Salton Sea by seismic activity. Can the U.S. Navy contain the massive mutant mollusks before they devour the populace like escargot? Sci-fi shocker stars Tim Holt, Audrey Dalton, Hans Conried, Max Showalter. 83 min. Widescreen; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono; audio commentary; theatrical trailer.

Being released on Blu-ray on 8/11/2015

!!!THE PEOPLE UNDER THE STAIRSTHE PEOPLE UNDER THE STAIRS (collector’s edition) (1991)

Wes Craven’s horrific and satiric tale concerns the efforts of a young boy and two hoods who attempt to ransack a mysterious house, but soon discover it’s inhabited by a psychopathic (and slightly Reaganesque) couple and the “guests” they keep locked up in the cellar. Everett McGill, Wendy Robie, Brandon Adams, A.J. Langer, and Ving Rhames star. 102 min. Widescreen; Soundtrack: English; Subtitles: English.

Being released on Blu-ray on 8/11/2015

!!!UNFRIENDEDUNFRIENDED (2015)

The cyber-shaming that led to a teen’s suicide comes back to haunt her peers in this unconventional horror story told from the perspective of online video chatting. On the anniversary of the girl’s death, her friends find their gab sessions on the web disrupted by an online user who claims to be their dead classmate; is it an elaborate prank, or a supernatural predator privy to their secrets and hungry for revenge? Heather Sossaman, Matthew Bohrer, and Renee Olstead star. 82 min. Widescreen; Soundtrack: English DTS HD 5.1 Master Audio; Subtitles: English (SDH). Two-disc set.

Being released on DVD/Blu-ray combo pack & on DVD on 8/11/2015

!!!WAR GODS OF THE DEEPWAR-GODS OF THE DEEP (1965)

Strange thefts and disappearances plaguing an early-20th-century Cornish coastal town lead a pair of adventurers (Tab Hunter, David Tomlinson) to the uncanny cause–an underwater city populated by smugglers and humanoid creatures, and lorded over by an unaging megalomaniac (Vincent Price). Poe-inspired AIP sci-fi shocker co-stars Susan Hart, John Le Mesurier; final feature effort from Jacques Tourneur. AKA: “City In The Sea.” 84 min. Widescreen; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono; featurette; theatrical trailer.
Being released on DVD & Blu-ray on 8/11/2015
!!!WONDER WOMANWONDER WOMAN (with the “Wonder Woman: Gods and Mortals” graphic novel DVD) (2009)

The lasso-swinging, magic bracelet-wearing super heroine of DC Comics fame takes center stage in this thrilling animated tale. Defying Amazonian law by leaving the remote island of Themyscira to escort crashed fighter pilot Steve Trevor back to civilization, Princess Diana must become the mighty Wonder Woman in order to stop Ares–the angry God of War–from destroying all life on Earth. Features the voices of Keri Russell, Nathan Fillion, Alfred Molina, Rosario Dawson, Virginia Madsen. Two-disc set includes a DVD of the film and of the graphic novel “Wonder Woman: Gods and Mortals.” 74 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtracks: English Dolby TrueHD 5.1, Dolby Digital 5.1; Subtitles: English (SDH), French; audio commentary; documentaries; featurette; bonus cartoons.

Being released on DVD/Blu-ray combo pack on 8/11/2015

Sta Bloody!!!

NEW HORROR DVD & BLU-RAY RELEASES FOR THE WEEK OF AUGUST 2, 2015

Not a bad selection for the beginning of August!! Don’t worry everyone … October will soon be here. Let’s get to it:

!!!3 HEADED SHARK ATTACK3-HEADED SHARK ATTACK (2015)

Just when you thought it was safe to turn to another channel and not miss a Syfy shark movie, along comes this outrageous follow-up to “2-Headed Shark Attack”! Sporting more twists than a sharknado and more jaws than a Mega Shark movie, this thriller boasts a three-noggin sea beast that attacks the unsuspecting passengers of a luxury cruise ship. Danny Trejo, Karrueche Tran, and Rob Van Dam star. 90 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English.

Being released on DVD on 8/4/2015

!!!ALWAYS WATCHINGALWAYS WATCHING: A MARBLE HORNETS STORY (2015)

Poking through a foreclosed home in search of a story, a small-town news crew finds a hidden cache of videotapes. The contents reveal that the house’s occupants were slowly driven mad–and worse–by a faceless, well-dressed figure known only as “the Operator”…and the hapless reporters discover that he’s out to do the same to them. Shocker inspired by the popular web series stars Alexandra Breckenridge, Chris Marquette, Jake McDorman, and Doug Jones as the Operator. 100 min. Widescreen; Soundtrack: English.

Being released on DVD on 8/4/2015

!!!APPETITESAPPETITES (2015)

Sure, hunting, killing, and eating people in the desert might be great sport, but Daisy (Lauren Parkinson) is starting to find the cannibal’s life a little dull. Along comes John Doe (Bret Roberts), a ruggedly handsome biker who looks exactly like the kind of guy who’ll give her the thrills she seeks. These two turn out to be a match made in Hell! Vicious shocker co-stars James Duval, Travis Eberhard. 106 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital 5.1.

Being released on DVD on 8/4/2015

!!!BLACK BOXBLACK BOX (2012)

In the desert of the American Southwest, a nondescript black cube is discovered…with the power to grant its holder their innermost wishes. As the miraculous device changes hands, its wielders learn that it has its price…as they’re stalked by a mysterious assassin (Kevin Sorbo) out to claim it–and the lives of those who would use it. Offbeat sci-fi thriller also stars Jason London, Brad Dourif, Patricia Richardson, Ray Park, Natassia Malthe. 84 min. Widescreen; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital 5.1; Subtitles: English, Spanish.

Being released on DVD on 8/4/2015

!!!DANCE MACABREDANCE MACABRE (1991)

Young American dancer Jessica (Michelle Zeitlin) had some trepidation about being packed off to the Russia-based academy of the famous–and famously dictatorial–choreographer Anthony Wager (Robert Englund). As it turns out, the teacher has a special interest in his new charge…and may be the one responsible as her classmates are now being stalked and slain. Shocker co-stars Marianna Moen, Julene Renee, Nina Goldman. 96 min. Widescreen; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital stereo.

Being released on DVD on 8/7/2015

!!!DOOMSDAYDOOMSDAY (2015)

In a 25th-century Earth ruled by hybrids of man and machine, the fully human Achilles catches a disease that threatens to destroy the planet’s cyborg overlords. In a bid to escape his assassination, he travels back in time four centuries…but is followed and hunted by killers whose job it is to see that mankind’s ultimate destiny remains unchanged. Sci-fi actioner co-stars Amy Pemberton, Richard O’Bryan. 94 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English.

Being released on DVD on 8/4/2015

!!!FANTASY COLLECTIONFANTASY COLLECTION: 6 MOVIES

Sent to meet and spend the summer with their future stepmother (Veronica Hamel), Ethel (Brittney Bomann) and Tommy (Andrew J. Ferchland) are horrified to discover that she is actually an evil witch trying to destroy “The Last Leprechaun” (1998)! In the process of defending the emerald elf, the kids learn important life lessons. Jack Scalia, David Warner also star. Rik Mayall plays the legendary wizard of Camelot who, along with King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table, is brought to modern-day England to battle evil sorcerer Mordred and his minions. Tia Carrere, Patrick Bergen, and Craig Sheffer co-star in the time-travel family fantasy “Merlin: The Return” (1999). Two-disc set also includes “Shandar: The Shrunken City,” “Mysterious Museum,” “Merlin’s Apprentice,” and “Mysterious Island” (2005). 11 3/4 hrs. total. Soundtrack: English.

Being released on DVD on 8/4/2015

!!!INNER DEMONSINNER DEMONS (2014)

In a move that could be described as questionable parenting, a couple allows reality-TV cameras into their home to document their teenage daughter’s struggle with substance abuse. Nobody sees the big “twist” of the story coming, though–the fact that her drug-taking was really a defense against her apparent possession by an evil demon! Contemporary indie chiller stars Lara Vosburgh, Morgan McClellan, and Ashley Sutton. 83 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English.

Being released on DVD on 8/4/2015

!!!LAKE PLACIDLAKE PLACID VS. ANACONDA (2015)

Two beast-on-the-loose franchises join their fifth installments together for this monstrous matchup, as scientists’ experiments fusing the blood of a crocodile with an anaconda result in terrifying mutant creatures that go on the rampage. It’s up to Reba (Yancy Butler)–now the Lake Placid sheriff–to halt the hungry hybrids before they digest the entire town! With Robert Englund, Corin Nemec, and Laura Dale. 92 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtracks: English Dolby Digital 5.1, French Dolby Digital 5.1, Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1; Subtitles: English, French, Spanish.

Being released on DVD on 8/4/2015

!!!TERMINATION COLLECTIONTERMINATION COLLECTION: 5 MOVIES

In a medieval village, a beautiful princess (Maria Lamor) finds a stranded alien. She then teams up with a scientist to protect him from a mercenary soldier and a corrupt clergyman. The sci-fi actioner “Star Knight” (1985) co-stars Klaus Kinski, Harvey Keitel, and Fernando Rey. A super-strong android with a murderous nasty streak has escaped from a government laboratory, and no one knows how to stop it. Action-packed thriller “Shadow Chaser” (1992) stars Martin Kove, Meg Foster, Joss Ackland, and Frank Zagarino. After being killed in action, a beautiful secret agent is resurrected in a lab and turned into a cyborg operative. Along with her boyfriend, she searches for the arms dealer who killed her. Kim Cattrall, Billy Zane, and Diana Rigg star in “Running Delilah” (1993). Also includes “Cyber Vengeance” and “Storm Trooper.” 7 1/2 hrs. total. Soundtrack: English.

Being released on DVD on 8/4/2015

!!!THE JURASSIC COLLECTIONTHE JURASSIC COLLECTION: 7 MOVIES

Two-disc set includes “The Phantom From 10,000 Leagues,” “Attack Of The Giant Leeches,” “The Giant Gila Monster,” “The Killer Shrews,” “Voyage To The Prehistoric Planet,” “Piranha” (1972), and “Creature.”

Being released on DVD on 8/4/2015

!!!THE LAST SURVIVORSTHE LAST SURVIVORS (2014)

In the wake of a decades-long drought that laid waste to Oregon farmlands, small groups of citizens band together and make use of the few remaining wells of water for sustenance. Among the scattered survivors are a teenage girl and her boyfriend, who make a courageous stand to protect their territory when it is threatened by marauders looking to capture the precious resource for themselves. Apocalyptic thriller stars Haley Lu Richardson, Booboo Stewart. AKA: “The Well.” 95 min. Widescreen; Soundtrack: English.

Being released on DVD & Blu-ray on 8/4/2015

!!!TOOLBOX MURDERS 2TOOLBOX MURDERS 2 (2013)

In California, a young woman (Chauntal Lewis) involved in the investigation of her sister’s murder is abducted by the killer. The maniac brings her to his dungeon of death, forcing her to watch as he carries out violent atrocities against more innocent victims. Will the detective (Brian Krause) in charge of the case find the madman in time…or will he escape to shed more blood in “Toolbox Murders 3”? Sequel to the 2004 slasher remake co-stars Allison Kyler, Bruce Dern. AKA: “Coffin Baby.” 95 min. Widescreen; Soundtrack: English; Subtitles: English.

Being released on DVD & Blu-ray on 8/4/2015

!!!WYRMWOODWYRMWOOD: ROAD OF THE DEAD (2014; my review)

Postapocalyptic action and flesh-eating horror mix in this Australian thriller about an everyman who manages to survive a zombie outbreak that claims both his wife and daughter. Now, his sister has been captured by a mad doctor who has experimentation on his mind–so he armors up and roars into the darkness of the Outback to save her. Jay Gallagher, Bianca Bradey, and Berynn Schwerdt star. 98 min. Widescreen; Soundtrack: English; Subtitles: English.

Being released on DVD & Blu-ray on 8/4/2015

Stay Bloody!!!

NEW HORROR DVD & BLU-RAY RELEASES FOR THE WEEK OF JULY 26, 2015

Since I was on vacation and missed last weeks new releases, I’m going t include them as well in this weeks column. Let’s get to it!!

!!!AMERICAN GUINEA PIGAMERICAN GUINEA PIG: BOUQUET OF GUTS AND GORE (2014)

Inspired by the notorious Japanese “Guinea Pig” series of the ’80s, this all-out exercise in depravity follows the unlucky odyssey of two waylaid tourists who find themselves bound, drugged, and at the mercy of vicious, VHS camera-wielding vivisectionists. Only the strong of heart (and stomach) need apply! Splatter-filled shocker stars Scott Gabbey, Ashley Lynn Caputo, Caitlyn Dailey, and Eight the Chosen One as “the Actor.” 73 min. Widescreen; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital stereo; audio commentary; featurettes; alternate scenes; deleted scenes; photo gallery; music video; CD soundtrack; theatrical trailers. Three-disc set.

Now available on DVD & Limited Edition Blu-ray

!!!BARBED WIRE DOLLSBARBED WIRE DOLLS (1976)

One of the most notorious “women in prison” epics, this Jess Franco production stars Lina Romay (Franco’s wife) as Maria da Guerra, who’s sentenced to life after killing her father, who had attempted to rape her. While behind bars, Maria encounters a sadistic lesbian female warden and hatches an escape plan involving the seduction of a male nurse. Monica Swinn and Paul Muller also star in this tale teeming with p erversion and torture. 92 min. Widescreen; Soundtrack: English (dubbed); interview. Dubbed in English.

Now available on DVD

!!!BLACK SABBATHBLACK SABBATH (1963) (Dubbed, Remastered Edition)

Director Mario Bava offers a terrifying trilogy of shockers, hosted by Boris Karloff. A nurse steals a diamond ring from a corpse that doesn’t take kindly to theft, a phone becomes a link between the living and the dead, and Karloff appears as a vampire fated to prey on his loved ones. Michele Mercier, Lidia Alfonsi, Mark Damon, Jacqueline Pierreux also star. AKA: “The Three Faces Of Fear.” 93 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English (dubbed) Dolby Digital mono; audio commentary; theatrical trailers. Dubbed in English.

Now available on Blu-ray

!!!CHERRY 2000CHERRY 2000 (1987)

In the wild world of 2017, men have two passions: cars and robotic female “lovemates.” So when one guy loses his electronic lover, he sets out across the wilderness with a female tracker to find a replacement, only to find out the replacement’s right beside him. Offbeat sci-fi actioner stars David Andrews, Melanie Griffith, Ben Johnson, Pamela Gidley. 99 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English; audio commentary; “making of” documentary; theatrical trailers.

Being released on Blu-ray on 7/28/2015

!!!CLASSIC HORRORCLASSIC HORROR: 4 MOVIE COLLECTION

Co-written and directed by Arch Oboler, the riveting sci-fi thriller “Five” (1951) is set in the aftermath of a nuclear war and follows a group of survivors–a young woman, a banker, a black man, a poet, and a mountaineer–who take refuge in a remote country house while wondering what the future holds. William Phipps, Susan Douglas, James Anderson star. Two-disc set also includes “The Mad Magician,” “The Man Who Turned To Stone,” and “The Terror Of The Tongs.” Standard; Soundtrack: English.

Now available on DVD

!!!DARK BY NOONDARK BY NOON (2013)

The photographic recall of Robert “Rez” Resnick (Patrick Buchanan) made him the ideal candidate for a cabal that stole a device that could jump eight hours into the future…and wanted to use it to game the globe’s financial markets. On his maiden trip, however, Rez witnessed a nuclear explosion…and now he’s got to attempt to save an unbelieving populace. Sci-fi thriller from Ireland co-stars Michael O’Flaherty, Lesa Thurman, Anthony Murphy. 82 min. Widescreen; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital stereo.

Now available on DVD

!!!DAWN OF THE CRESCENT MOON2DAWN OF THE CRESCENT MOON (2014)

Legend has it that the Comanche village on the shores of Blood Lake was massacred by a detachment of Texas Rangers…and that the spirits of the murdered zealously guard a cache of gold at the lake’s bottom. A quintet of college researchers ventures out to test the truth of the old tales…and will be bitterly sorry that they had. Shocker stars Shiree Nelson, Brook Coleman, Johnny Walter, Edward Hong, and Barry Corbin. 95 min. Widescreen; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital 5.1.

Being released on 7/28/2015

!!!EATEN ALIVEEATEN ALIVE (1976)

Neville Brand cuts a fine figure as a scythe-swinging Louisiana hotel owner who enjoys feeding his guests to a monstrous pet alligator out in the swamp. Director Tobe Hooper’s exercise in terror also stars Stuart Whitman, Carolyn Jones, Mel Ferrer, and Robert Englund as a sex-crazed yokel named Buck. AKA: “Death Trap,” “Horror Hotel Massacre,” “Murder On The Bayou,” “Starlight Slaughter.” 91 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono; Subtitles: English (SDH); audio commentary; featurettes; theatrical trailers; radio spots; TV spots; more. Two-disc set.

Being released on DVD/Blu-ray combo pack on 7/28/2015

!!!FUTURE JUSTICEFUTURE JUSTICE (2014)

In a future where convicts are held on the Saturn moon Titan before being transported back to Earth for trial, one such convict finds his home planet decimated by nuclear war upon his arrival. Now, he and his military police guardians must hunt for survivors and fight criminal gangs ready to commandeer any new source of food or shelter. Action-packed sci-fi opus stars Nathaniel Sylva, Aaron Andrade, and Anna Rizzo. 83 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital stereo; audio commentary; bonus short “Mutants Of The Apocalypse” (2010); theatrical trailer.

Now available on DVD

!!!GHOST TOWNGHOST TOWN (1988)

The outlaws who ate hot lead on the streets of this deserted Arizona town didn’t stay dead. Now, 100 years later, they’re coming out of Boot Hill for a supernatural showdown, and it’s up to a modern-day lawman who comes searching for a missing girl to put the undead gunslingers back in the ground for good. Scare-filled frontier tale stars Franc Luz, Catherine Hickland, Bruce Glover. 85 min. Widescreen; Soundtrack: English; Subtitles: English.

Being released on Blu-ray on 7/28/2015

!!!HAUNTED HOLLYWOODHAUNTED HOLLYWOOD (2012)

In the 1920s, the murder-suicide rampage of a silent movie starlet (Jean Louise O’Sullivan) who loses her studio contract results in the death of multiple friends and colleagues, including a famous actor (Eric Roberts) known for his cowboy pictures. Decades later, the infamous performer’s mansion is acquired by realtors who quickly discover it’s haunted. Colorful, effects-filled shocker from director Charles Band (“Trancers”) co-stars Jessica Morris, Ariana Madix. AKA: “The Dead Want Women.” 74 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital stereo; behind-the-scenes footage; featurette.

Now available on DVD

!!!I MADMANI, MADMAN (1989)

The brain-numbing horror mounts when the demented killer of a popular potboiler makes the jump from the printed page to terrifying reality! An aspiring actress working at a used bookstore makes the creepy discovery when she becomes enamored with the book, and must convince others around her that the “fictional” madman is real…before she becomes his next victim. Jenny Wright, Clayton Rohner, and Stephanie Hodge star. 89 min. Widescreen; Soundtrack: English; Subtitles: English.

Now available on Blu-ray

!!!JUSTICE LEAGUE GODS AND MONSTERSJUSTICE LEAGUE: GODS AND MONSTERS (2015)

In an alternate universe, Superman is the son of Zod…Batman is a vampire…Wonder Woman is the daughter of Ares…and they deal out justice by their own rules. When famed scientists meet suspect ends–and all evidence points to the League–what is the world’s response? All-original animated opus from writer/producer Bruce Timm features the voices of Benjamin Bratt, Michael C. Hall, Tamara Taylor, Jason Isaacs, Paget Brewster. 72 min. Widescreen; Soundtrack: English DTS HD 5.1 Master Audio.

Being released on DVD & Blu-ray on 7/28/2015

!!!MADHOUSEMADHOUSE (1974)

Twelve years ago, horror film veteran Paul Toombes (Vincent Price) suffered a nervous collapse over the murder of his fiancee. Now, he’s seeking a comeback in a TV series based on his “Dr. Death” screen persona. Is he responsible when cast and crew start succumbing to copycat slayings? Price’s last AIP vehicle, featuring plenty of clips from his classics, co-stars Peter Cushing, Robert Quarry, Adrienne Corri. 89 min. Widescreen; Soundtrack: English; audio commentary; featurette; theatrical trailers.

Now available on DVD & Blu-ray

!!!MIRACLE MILEMIRACLE MILE (1989)

L.A. musician Harry’s (Anthony Edwards) first date with waitress Julie (Mare Winningham) hits a slight snag when he oversleeps, then accidentally intercepts a call telling him that World War III has begun and Russian nukes will hit the U.S. in 70 minutes. Is it a hoax? Will anyone believe him? Can he find Julie before it’s too late? Apocalyptic black comedy co-stars Denise Crosby, Mykel T. Williamson, and John Agar. 87 min. Widescreen; Soundtrack: English; audio commentary; featurettes; deleted scenes; outtakes; bloopers; alternate ending; theatrical trailers.

Being released on DVD & Blu-ray on 7/28/2015

!!!REMEMBERREMEMBER (2012)

In a post-collapse future society, children will be separated from their parents, and the populace is kept on memory-blocking drugs to allow them to cope. Government agent Carl Onoway (Justin Lewis) is tasked with ensuring that families don’t accidentally reunite, but a trauma that restores his own recall leads him to question his mission. Contemplative fantasy co-stars Rachel Peacock, Rick Borger, Scott Heatcoat. 106 min. Widescreen; Soundtrack: English.

Now available on DVD

!!!SHARKNADOSHARKNADO: FEEDING FRENZY (2015)

Sure, it sounds ridiculous–but just how did a little movie called “Sharknado” capture the public’s imagination? This behind-the-scenes film explores the cult phenomenon and delivers in-depth interviews with franchise cast members, fan insights, and “making of” looks at the original 2013 Syfy hit, plus the just-as-outrageous sequels “Sharknado 2: The Second One” and “Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No!” 80 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English.

Now available on DVD

!!!STRANGLER OF THE TOWNSTRANGLER OF THE TOWER (1966)/THE MONSTER OF LONDON CITY (1964)

First, a secret Kali-worshipping cult sends a brutish strangler to retrieve five emeralds cut from a sacred stone and “dispatch” the gems’ owners. The shadowy group must also contend with a mysterious interloper in their underground lair who wants the jewels for himself. The rarely seen German chiller “Strangler Of The Tower” stars Charles Regnier, Kai Fischer, Christa Linder. Next, the murderous spirit of Jack the Ripper is alive in the streets of ’60s London, as a new series of call girl killings has Scotland Yard baffled. Could an actor playing the Ripper in a hit play be “The Monster Of London City“? Marianne Koch, Hansjorg Felmy, and Hans Nielsen star in this German thriller. 170 min. total. Soundtrack: English (dubbed). Dubbed in English.

Being released on DVD on 7/28/2015

!!!STARVESTARVE (2014)

A trio of friends ventures into a Florida backwater seeking to research a local urban legend about feral children. Their quest only brings them into the clutches of psychotics who imprison them in an abandoned high school, deprive them of food…and watch to see the depths of degradation that hunger drives them to. Disturbing shocker stars Bobby Campo, Maria Bonner, Dave Davis, and Cooper Huckabee. 98 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital 5.1; Subtitles: English (SDH); theatrical trailers.

Now available on DVD

!!!THE EROTIC RITES OF FRANKENSTEINTHE EROTIC RITES OF FRANKENSTEIN (1972)

Jess Franco wrote, directed, and co-stars in this re-envisioning of Mary Shelley’s classic horror tale. After Dr. Frankenstein creates a talking, thinking monster, he is brutally killed by some bizarre vulture women who seek to take the creature to an evil wizard who has some diabolical plans. With Dennis Price, Howard Vernon, Anne Libert. AKA: “Curse Of Frankenstein,” “The Erotic Adventures Of Frankenstein.” 94 min. Widescreen; Soundtracks: French, English; Subtitles: English; audio commentary; theatrical trailer. In French with English subtitles/Dubbed in English.

Being released on DVD & Blu-ray on 7/28/2015

!!!THE HOUSE OF 1000 DOLLSTHE HOUSE OF 1,000 DOLLS (1974)

Vincent Price and Martha Hyer play nightclub illusionists in Tangier whose tricks are the dirtiest of all. They use their hypnotic prowess to act as suppliers for a white slavery racket, turning unsuspecting young women into compliant playthings. George Nader, Maria Rohm co-star. 96 min. Widescreen; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono; audio commentary; theatrical trailers.

Now available on Blu-ray

!!!THE JOKESTERSTHE JOKESTERS (2014)

When the ringleader of a social media-sensation crew of pranksters decides it’s time to grow up, hang it up, and get married, his bros treat him to the use of a honeymoon cabin in the woods. Of course, they just want to set up an elaborate scare for the new couple…but the stunt goes south in numbingly horrific ways. Dante Spencer, Nathan Reid, Gabriel Tigerman, Luis Jose Lopez, and Jen Yeager star. 78 min. Widescreen; Soundtrack: English.

Now available on DVD

!!!THE ORPHANAGETHE ORPHANAGE (2013)

Dispatched to the Millwood Orphanage and Boarding School for Boys after the accidental death of his parents, 10-year-old Nathan (Christian Goodwin) quickly becomes a “problem child” by getting into fights with other residents. Though he secures a protector in guidance counselor Judy (Michelle Romano), she is unable to keep him from being banished to a ward reportedly haunted by evil spirits. Moody shocker co-stars Jimmy Scanlon, Tiffany Shepis. AKA: “Millwood.” 91 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English.

Now available on DVD

!!!VINTAGE SCI-FIVINTAGE SCI-FI 6 MOVIE COLLECTION

Two-disc set includes “The 27th Day,” “The Night the World Exploded,” “The H-Man,” “Battle in Outer Space,” “12 to the Moon,” and “Valley of the Dragons.”

Now available on DVD

!!!ZONE TROOPERSZONE TROOPERS (1985)

American soldiers raised on sci-fi magazines like “Fantastic Action” soon get a look at an actual alien creature whose spaceship crashes to Earth during World War II. Fortunately for the awestruck G.I.s, the E.T. takes their side on the battle against the Axis! Timothy Van Patten, Art LaFleur, and Tim Thomerson star in this rip-roaring war opus. 86 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English; audio commentary; featurette; theatrical trailer.

Being released on Blu-ray on 7/28/2015

Stay Bloody!!!

NEW HORROR DVD & BLU-RAY RELEASES FOR THE WEEK OF JUNE 28, 2015

Pretty slim week for horror and sci-fi releases, unless you’re looking to beef up your post-apocalyptic collection. I’m not complaining… my wallet could use a rest!! Let’s get to it:

1990 THE BRONX WARRIOR1990: THE BRONX WARRIORS (1982)

In the not-too-distant future (well, it was the future when the film was made!), New York’s toughest borough has become a “No Man’s Land” where gangs of marauding warriors battle each other and corrupt businessmen exploit the violence. Vic Morrow, Fred Williamson, Stefania Girolami, and Mark Gregory as gang leader “Trash” star. 92 min. Widescreen; Soundtrack: English. Two-disc set.

Being released on DVD & Blu-ray on 6/30/2015

!!!ESCAPE FROM THE BRONXESCAPE FROM THE BRONX (1983)

Ten years after “1990,” life is still Hell for the Bronx warrior street gangs. A sinister corporation with plans to create a “city for the future” in the blighted borough sends in death squads to eliminate the remaining inhabitants, and only the man called “Trash” (Mark Gregory) can stop them. Sci-fi thriller from Italy co-stars Henry Silva, Antonio Sabato, Valerie Dobson; directed by Enzo G. Castellari (“The Inglorious Bastards”). AKA: “Escape 2000,” “Bronx Warriors 2.” 82 min. Widescreen; Soundtrack: English. Two-disc set.

Being released on DVD & Blu-ray on 6/30/2015

!!!FORBIDDEN EMPIREFORBIDDEN EMPIRE (2014)

In the late 18th century, a British cartographer (Jason Flemyng) ventured into deepest Transylvania on an assignment to map out the Carpathians. Intrigued by tales of a cursed village–and how its blasphemed church now housed an undying witch–he may regret deciding to investigate for himself. Long-in-the-works fantasy inspired by Nikolai Gogol’s “Viy” co-stars Charles Dance, Igor Jijikine, and Agnia Ditkovskite. 127 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English (dubbed) Dolby Digital 5.1. Dubbed in English.

Being released on DVD on 6/30/2015

!!!GHOSTHOUSEGHOSTHOUSE (1988)/WITCHERY (1988)

From Italy’s Umberto Lenzi (“City of the Walking Dead”) comes this extremely creepy outing in which two teens investigate a bizarre transmission they hear on their ham radio. Once they trace the signal to a haunted house that’s looked after by a deranged groundskeeper, more frightening activities–including the ghost of a young girl and faucets that drip blood–await them and other unwary passers-by in the “Ghosthouse.” Lara Wendel, Greg Scott star. AKA: “La Casa 3.” Also includes “Witchery.” 190 min. total. Widescreen; Soundtrack: English; Subtitles: English.

Being released on Blu-ray on 6/30/2015

!!!SHRIEK OF THE MUTILATEDSHRIEK OF THE MUTILATED (1974)/GARDEN OF THE DEAD (1972)

The early “splatter” film treat “Shriek Of The Mutilated” follows a group of college students traveling to a desolate island in search of Bigfoot. “You’re doomed,” warns a crazy old man who knows the true horror lurking there. Do they listen? The shrieking starts when the kids meet up with a more human terror that, unlike the Yeti, is good with a hatchet. Alan Brock, Jennifer Stock, Tawm Ellis star. AKA: “Mutilated,” “Scream Of The Snowbeast.” Also includes “Garden Of The Dead.” 140 min. total. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English; audio commentary; theatrical trailer.

Being released on DVD on 6/30/2015

!!!THE NEW BARBARIANSTHE NEW BARBARIANS (1983)

Fred Williamson stars in this Italian post-nuclear action film about a cutthroat biker tribe known as “the Templars,” armed with ancient weapons, that wanders the barren land laying waste to all other tribes. Fortunately for them, road warriors Nadir (Williamson) and Scorpion (Timothy Brent) are mad to the max and are more than willing to step up to prevent further bloodshed…or die trying! Co-stars George Eastman, Thomas Moore, and Anna Kanakis. AKA: “Warriors of the Wasteland.” 91 min. Widescreen; Soundtrack: English. Two-disc set.

Being released on DVD & Blu-ray on 6/30/2015

Stay Bloody!!!

NEW HORROR DVD & BLU-RAY RELEASES FOR THE WEEK OF JUNE 21, 2015

Not a bad offering for the end of June!! Let’s get it to.

!!!#1 SERIAL KILLER#1 SERIAL KILLER (2013)

As he grew up earning good grades and a good job, a lifetime’s steeping in prejudice has made young Asian-American Eddy Tsai (Jason Tobin) a cauldron of self-loathing. Hitting the tipping point, he begins to act upon his hero-fixation with Ted Bundy, and determines to rack up an even bigger body count…with his co-workers as his first targets. Explosive shocker co-stars Eugenia Yuan, Tzi Ma, Shoshana Bush. AKA: “Chink.” 97 min. Widescreen; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital stereo.

Being released on DVD on 6/23/2015

!!!3 THRILLERS3 THRILLERS

Three-disc set includes “Don’t Look Now,” “The Cry of the Owl,” and “Paranormal Activity.”

Being released on DVD on 6/23/2015

!!!333 AM THE WITCHING HOUR3:33 AM: THE WITCHING HOUR (2014)

An ex-con (Matthew J. Dennis) moves into a halfway house after being released from prison, only to find his new living quarters a far worse nightmare. With bizarre events taking place on a regular basis at a certain time every early morning, strange lights and noises emerging from the house next door, and a murder spree that seems to implicate him, the anguished man tries not only to clear his name…but also survive! With Scott Baisden, Sheri Beth Dusek. 130 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English.

Being released on DVD on 6/23/2015

!!!ABOVE IS LIES EVILABOVE US LIVES EVIL (2009)

A family moves into a new country home as part of their effort to recover from the death of one of the children. As the strange behaviors of their new neighbors rouse suspicions, one of the dead boy’s siblings begins to believe that their home may be haunted by menacing creatures living in the attic. Leon Bourikos, Nicola Elbro, and Julian LeBlanc star. AKA: “They Came From The Attic.” 75 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English.

Being released on DVD on 6/23/2015

!!!CONTAMINATONCONTAMINATION (ALIEN CONTAMINATION) (1980)

An “Alien”-like space shocker from Italy’s Luigi Cozzi (“Star Crash”), this gory thriller tells of a ship that lands in a New York harbor carrying a mysterious cargo. An investigation leads to the grisly discovery of alien eggs from Mars with gruesome and explosive tendencies. Ian McCulloch and Louise Marleau star; music by Goblin. AKA: “Toxic Spawn.” 95 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital stereo; Subtitles: English (SDH); interview; “making-of” documentary; theatrical trailer. Two-disc set.

Being released on DVD/Blu-ray Combo Pack on 6/23/2015

!!!DOG SOLDIERSDOG SOLDIERS (2002)

A routine training mission turns into a grisly bloodbath for a platoon of soldiers when they find themselves trapped in the Scottish Highlands. A full moon looms overhead–but the squadron pays no heed to the local legends they hear about lycanthropes…until it’s too late, and they run afoul of a pack of voracious werewolves! Inventive, gore-filled tale that earned a cult following stars Sean Pertwee, Kevin McKidd, Emma Cleasby, and Liam Cunningham. 105 min. Widescreen; Soundtrack: English; Subtitles: English. Two-disc set.

Being released on DVD & on DVD/Blu-ray Combo Pack on 6/23/2015

!!!HORSEHEADHORSEHEAD (2014)

Plagued by nightmares since her childhood, Jessica (Lilly-Fleur Pointeaux) has trained in the study of the psychophysiology of dreams in order to cope. After making an uncomfortable return home upon the death of her grandmother, her night terrors worsen…and her attempt to understand their meaning may come at a price. Eerie, expressionistic effort from France co-stars Catriona MacColl, Murray Head, Shane Woodward. 89 min. Widescreen; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital 5.1; Subtitles: English (SDH); bonus shorts; featurette; theatrical trailer. Filmed in English.

Being released on DVD & Blu-ray on 6/23/2015

!!!JURASSIC PREYJURASSIC PREY (2015)

Fleeing her mobster husband with a pile of money, a woman goes on the run with her new lover, and by pure chance encounters a former child star whose failed bank robbery has sent him and his gang running from the law. The crooks end up taking refuge in the same remote lakeside cabin…which proves to be anything but a “safe” house when a prehistoric monster is accidentally revived nearby. Danielle Donahue, Jeff Kirkendall, and Houston Baker star. AKA: “Meateaters.” 87 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital stereo; audio commentary; featurette; theatrical trailers.

Being released on DVD on 6/23/2015

!!!NEEDFUL THINGSNEEDFUL THINGS (1993)

Stephen King’s best-selling novel is turned into a diabolical thriller starring Max Von Sydow as Leland Gaunt, the devilish proprietor of a supernatural antiques shop in Castle Rock, Maine. His shop caters to the greedy, but his customers must pay a fatal price to get what they want. Ed Harris plays a sheriff on to Gaunt’s frightening scheme; with Bonnie Bedelia, Amanda Plummer. 120 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital stereo; audio commentary; theatrical trailer.

Being released on Blu-ray on 6/23/2015

!!!PREHISTORIC WOMENPREHISTORIC WOMEN (1966)

Hoochy-koochy adventure from Hammer Studios starring the ravishing Martine Beswick as the mean leader of a tribe of sultry, rhino-worshipping females. A big-game hunter is transported back in time and becomes Beswick’s prisoner. When he escapes, he heads a rebellion against Beswick and her beauties. With Michael Latimer, Edina Romay, Carol White and Stephanie Randal. AKA: “Slave Girls.” 90 min. Widescreen; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono.

Being released on DVD on 6/22/2015

!!!THE AMITYVILLE TERRORTHE AMITYVILLE THEATER (2015)

Recently orphaned high schooler Fawn Harriman (Monele LeStrat) learned that she received an unexpected legacy…a boarded-up playhouse in the remote town of Amityville. Taking a road trip to her friends to check it out, she learns too late of Amityville’s chilling reputation…and that a malignant presence in the theater is ready to drop the final curtain. Linden Baker, Eva Kwok, John R. Walker also star. 99 min. Soundtrack: English.

Being released on DVD on 6/23/2015

!!!THE COLOR OUT OF SPACETHE COLOR OUT OF SPACE (2010)

H.P. Lovecraft’s 1927 story comes to life in this German-made indie thriller that sets the action in the 1970s. A man searching for his missing father arrives in Germany and learns the dark legend of a farm where a meteor strike in the past unleashed assorted horrors with the mysterious emergence of an evil color. Ingo Heise, Jurgen Heimuller, and Marah Schneider star. 86 min. Widescreen; Soundtrack: German Dolby Digital stereo; Subtitles: English. In German with English subtitles.

Being released onBlu-ray on 6/23/2015

!!!THE CRAVINGTHE CRAVING (2011)

If you’ve got a taste for low-budget horror, feel free to sample this shocker about a San Francisco tapas chef (Anna Curtis) who moonlights as a murderer! As the reputation of her restaurant soars, a series of unsolved murders leads law enforcement to wonder whether or not there might be Soylent Green on the menu. Tasty thriller co-stars Val Killmore, Michael Soldier, and Sunshine Jones. 90 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital stereo.

Being released on DVD on 6/23/2015

!!!THE FISHER KINGTHE FISHER KING (criterion collection) (1991)

In Terry Gilliam’s enchanting contemporary fable, Jeff Bridges plays a popular radio host who hits the skids after provoking a tragic shooting with his obnoxious on-air banter. In hopes of changing his life, he joins forces with a whimsical but unstable homeless man (Robin Williams) in search of the Holy Grail in downtown Manhattan. Oscar-winner Mercedes Ruehl, Amanda Plummer co-star. 138 min. Widescreen; Soundtrack: English DTS HD 5.1 Master Audio; Subtitles: English (SDH); audio commentary by Gilliam; deleted scenes; interviews; theatrical trailers; more.

Being released on DVD & Blu-ray on 6/23/2015

!!!THE LUCIFER COMPLEXTHE LUCIFER COMPLEX (1978)

A secret island prison is the headquarters for a modern-day Nazi scheme to rebuild the Third Reich by replacing the world’s leaders with identical clones. Robert Vaughn is the espionage agent dispatched by the United Nations to foil the plot and save the planet. Shocks, suspense, and action abound in this thrilling sci-fi tale also starring Keenan Wynn, Aldo Ray, Merrie Lynn Ross. 91 min. Widescreen; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono.

Being released on DVD on 6/26/2015

!!!THROWBACKTHROWBACK (2014)

Yowie! That’s the hulking, hairy hominid who’s the Bigfoot of Australian legend. That’s also the response of a pair of antipodean adventurers (Shawn Brack, Anthony Ring) who went out questing for a 19th-century cache of bandit gold, only to come face to face with the baleful brute…who doesn’t want company! Shudders from Down Under with Vernon Wells, Melanie Serafin, and Warren Clements as the Yowie. 93 min. Widescreen; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital stereo.

Being released on DVD on 6/23/2015

!!!TROPHY HEADSTROPHY HEADS (2014)

Writer/director Charles Band riffs on his own prodigious B-movie output with this horror film about a mad movie fan (Adam Noble Roberts) out to collect mementos of his obsession: the heads of his favorite scream queens! Constructing a prison in his basement, the maniac abducts such notable cinema shriekers as Michelle Bauer, Linnea Quigley, and Brinke Stevens (all playing themselves) for sick re-enactments before mounting their noggins on his wall. With Jacqueline Lovell, Carel Struycken. 87 min. Widescreen; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital 5.1; audio commentary by Band, others; behind-the-scenes footage; featurette; photo gallery; theatrical trailers.

Being released on DVD & Blu-ray on 6/23/2015

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NEW HORROR DVD & BLU-RAY RELEASES FOR THE WEEK OF JUNE 14, 2015

Looks like there’s quite a few recent releases and some classic sci-fi releases coming our way this week. Let’s get to it:

!!!A HAUNTING ON GLOBAL STREETA HAUNTING ON GABRIEL STREET (2012)

What killed over 40 people that night on Gabriel Street? According to the U.S. government, the shocking event was caused by a radiation leak from an underground uranium mine, but a young woman whose brother perished in the mysterious catastrophe remains unconvinced. Gathering friends together, she sets out for the house where he died to discover the truth…no matter how terrifying it might be. Devan Liljedahl, Brittney Daley, and Matthew Black star. AKA: “The Sigil.” 72 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital 5.1.

Being released on DVD on 6/16/2015

!!!DRACULA UNTOLDDRACULA UNTOLD (2014; see Deggsy’s review)

How far will 15th-century Transylvanian royal Vlad Tepes go to protect his people? When Turkish ruler Sultan Mehmed II demands 1,000 Transylvanian boys–including Vlad’s son–be turned over to him to serve as soldiers in his army, Tepes strikes a bargain with the demonic Caligula that grants him the strength to defeat Mehmed, but also transforms him into a bloodthirsty vampire. Luke Evans, Dominic Cooper, Sarah Gadon, Charles Dance star in this stylish retelling of the Dracula legend. 93 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtracks: English DTS HD 5.1 Master Audio, Dolby Digital 5.1, DVS Dolby Digital stereo, Spanish DTS 5.1, Dolby Digital 5.1, French DTS 5.1, Dolby Digital 5.1; Subtitles: English (SDH), Spanish, French; featurettes; audio commentary; alternate opening; deleted scenes; more. Two-disc set.

Being released on DVD & on DVD/Blu-ray Combo Pack on 6/16/2015

!!!GHOST RIDERGHOST RIDER (2007)/GHOST RIDER: SPIRIT OF VENGEANCE (2012)

Two-disc set includes “Ghost Rider” and “Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance.”

Being released on DVD on 6/16/2015

!!!I ORIGINSI ORIGINS (2014)

A graduate student (Michael Pitt) seeks proof of evolution through the close examination of human eyes. Becoming obsessed with those of a masked young woman (Astrid Berges-Frisby) he meets at a Halloween party, he eventually learns that they might not just be a window to the soul…but also a gateway to the past. Fascinating sci-fi drama co-stars Brit Marling, Steven Yuen. 105 min. Widescreen; Soundtracks: English DTS HD 5.1 Master Audio, DVS, Spanish Dolby Digital 4.1; Subtitles: English (SDH), French, Spanish.

Being released on Blu-ray on 6/16/2015

!!!JACK THE GIANT SLAYERJACK THE GIANT SLAYER (2013)/HANSEL & GRETEL: WITCH HUNTERS (2013)

Two-disc set includes “Jack the Giant Slayer” and “Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters.”

Being released on DVD on 6/16/2015

!!!MEN IN BLACKMEN IN BLACK (1997)/MEN IN BLACK II (2002)/MEN IN BLACK 3 (2012)

Two-disc set includes “Men in Black,” “Men in Black II,” and “Men in Black 3.”

Being released on DVD on 6/16/2015

!!!MERCYMERCY (2014)

With no one to care for their dying grandmother (Shirley Knight), young brothers George (Chandler Riggs) and Buddy McCoy (Joel Courtney) grudgingly accepted the family’s move into her decrepit old farmhouse. However, the unholy forces they find in play at the cursed homestead might ensure that none of them make it through the summer. Unnerving take on the Stephen King short story “Gramma” co-stars Frances O’Connor, Dylan McDermott, Mark Duplass. 79 min. Widescreen; Soundtrack: English.

Being released on DVD on 6/16/2015

!!!TENTACLESTENTACLES (1977)/REPTILICUS (1961)

Quite possibly the greatest sci-fi film to ever come from Denmark, the Saturday matinee staple “Reptilicus” tells of an oil expedition that recovers the tail of a frozen prehistoric creature. The tail soon regenerates into a gigantic snake-like monster that runs amok down the streets of Copenhagen. With Asbjorn Andersen, Carl Ottosen, and Sven Christiansen; Danish vocalist Birthe Wilke sings “Tivoli Nights.” Also includes “Tentacles.” 184 min. total. Widescreen; Soundtrack: English; Subtitles: English.

Being released on Blu-ray on 6/16/2015

!!!THE HOUSE WITH THE 100 EYESTHE HOUSE WITH 100 EYES (2013)

Ed (Jim Roof) and Susan (Shannon Malone) are more or less your average, very-much-in-love suburban couple…if you discount their being sociopaths and purveyors of snuff videos. They’ve rigged their household with cameras to capture their first-ever triple murder, but the logistics of bringing the crimes off prove to be something else again. Pitch-dark horror-farce also stars Larissa Lynch, Liz Burghdorf. 76 min. Widescreen; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital 5.1; Subtitles: English (SDH); audio commentary; sizzle reel; gag reel; theatrical trailer.

Being released on DVD on 6/16/2015

!!!THE LAND THAT TIME FORGOTTHE LAND THAT TIME FORGOT (1975)

In the Atlantic of World War I, the crew of a German U-Boat rescue the survivors of the British supply ship they sunk…and the ensuing struggles for control of the sub leave them hopelessly off course. Ultimately, they’re forced to put in at an uncharted isle…and find it populated by savage primitives, as well as still-thriving–and deadly–dinosaurs. Thrilling take on the Edgar Rice Burroughs adventure stars Doug McClure, Susan Penhaligon, John McEnery. 90 min. Widescreen; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono; audio commentary; theatrical trailer.

Being released on Blu-ray on 6/16/2015

!!!THE LAZARUS EFFECTTHE LAZARUS EFFECT (2015)

When affianced college researchers Frank (Mark Duplass) and Zoe (Olivia Wilde) start making inroads with their experiments in resurrecting dead animals, an appalled university shuts them down. During their rogue attempt to continue, Zoe is accidentally electrocuted–and a grief-stricken Frank subjects her to the process. The resuscitation, however, comes at a price…Zoe’s humanity. Shocker co-stars Sarah Bolger, Evan Peters, Donald Glover. 83 min. Widescreen; Soundtrack: English DTS HD 5.1 Master Audio; Subtitles: English, Spanish; featurettes; deleted scenes; extended scenes; theatrical trailer.

Being released on DVD & Blu-ray on 6/16/2015

!!!THE MAZE RUNNERTHE MAZE RUNNER (2014)

What is “the Glade”? What are “the Grievers”? Those secrets, and more, are what young Thomas (Dylan O’Brien) and the other “runners”–boys who wake up alongside him with no memory of how they got inside a massive, booby-trapped labyrinth–will have to figure out if they hope to survive and escape. Based on the first in a trilogy of young adult novels by James Dashner, this imaginative sci-fi adventure co-stars Aml Ameen, Kaya Scodelario, and Patricia Clarkson. 113 min. Widescreen; Soundtracks: English DTS 5.1, DVS Dolby Digital 5.1, Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1, French Dolby Digital 5.1; Subtitles: English (SDH), Spanish; audio commentary; deleted scenes; documentary; featurette; photo gallery; storyboards; bonus short “Ruin” (2011).

Being released on DVD & on DVD/Blu-ray Combo Pack on 6/16/2015

!!!THE SCORPION KING 4THE SCORPION KING 4: QUEST FOR POWER (2015)

In this fourth Scorpion King adventure, the heroic warrior Mathayus (Victor Webster) is falsely accused of murdering Norvania’s monarch. To clear his name and bring justice to the real killer, Mathayus forges an alliance with a beautiful woman and her mysterious father. Effects-packed continuation of the fantasy franchise co-stars Lou Ferrigno, Ellen Holman, and Rutger Hauer. 105 min. Widescreen; Soundtracks: English DTS HD 5.1 Master Audio, French DTS 5.1, Spanish DTS 5.1; Subtitles: English (SDH), French, Spanish; deleted scenes; featurettes; outtakes. Two-disc set.

Being released on Blu-ray on 6/16/2015

!!!X-MEN DAYS OF FUTURE PASTX-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST (2014)

In order to prevent a future where the robotic Sentinels have nearly destroyed mutantkind, Wolverine’s (Hugh Jackman) consciousness is sent back to his younger self in 1973. Encountering that era’s Charles Xavier (James McAvoy), Magneto (Michael Fassbender), Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence), and Beast (Nicholas Hoult), Wolverine undertakes a desperate mission to alter history. Peter Dinklage, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen co-star in this sequel based on a two-part “The Uncanny X-Men” comic story. 131 min. Widescreen; Soundtracks: English Dolby Digital 5.1, DVS Dolby Digital 5.1, Spanish Dolby Digital Surround stereo, French Dolby Digital Surround stereo; Subtitles: English (SDH), Spanish; gag reel.

Being released on DVD on 6/16/2015

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NEW HORROR DVD & BLU-RAY RELEASES FOR THE WEEK OF MAY 31, 2015

Here’s this week’s new releases. Anything grab your eye?

!!!ASMODEXIAASMODEXIA (2014)

In a blighted Barcelona, an aged exorcist (Lluis Marco) and his granddaughter apprentice (Claudia Pons) roam the streets, striving to stay ahead of an infection of the soul that is possessing the weakest and most vulnerable of the populace. Can they succeed before cultists catch up with them…or the unholy truth about the young woman’s true heritage reveals itself? Shocker from Spain co-stars Irene Montala, Albert Baro. 81 min. Widescreen; Soundtrack: Spanish; Subtitles: English. In Spanish with English subtitles.

Being released on DVD on 6/2/2015

!!!ASYLUMASYLUM (2014)

A veteran hostage negotiator (Stephen Rea) leads a riot squad into what might be the most daunting challenge of his career–a patient revolt at a mental hospital. The situation quickly goes south as the team gets separated, and as they quest to reunite and escape, they learn to their horror that the inmates are possessed by something more unholy than their delusions. Bruce Payne, Velizar Binev, Caroline Ford also star. 93 min. Widescreen; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital 5.1; Subtitles: Spanish.

Being released on DVD on 6/2/2015

!!!CAPTAIN AMERICACAPTAIN AMERICA (1979)/CAPTAIN AMERICA II: DEATH TOO SOON (1979)

Steve Rogers (Reb Brown), the son of the original WWII superhero, follows in his late father’s footsteps in order to save the city of Phoenix from a madman with a neutron bomb, in the action-packed made-for-TV movie “Captain America.” Len Birman, Heather Menzies also star. And, the star-spangled sentinel of liberty is back in the exciting follow-up “Captain America II: Death Too Soon,” as a ruthless terrorist (Christopher Lee) threatens the U.S. with a virus that causes rapid aging, and only Cap (Brown) can stop him. With Birman, Connie Sellecca. 3 1/3 hrs. total. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital stereo.

Being released on DVD on 6/2/2015

!!!CHAPPIECHAPPIE (2015)/DISTRICT 9 (2009)/ELYSIUM (2013)

Three-disc set includes “Chappie,” “District 9,” and “Elysium.”

Being released on Blu-ray on 6/2/2015

!!!DEMON BABYDEMON BABY (2014)

Their first child on the way, Theo (David Wayman) and Rose (Carina Birrell) take a trip to the Scottish Highlands for some “alone time” before their parenting obligations begin. In the midst of this scenic getaway, though, they begin to fight over their impending responsibilities while Rose experiences haunting visions of a mysterious stranger. Unnerving indie thriller co-stars Cameron Jack, Anya Nixon. AKA: “Wandering Rose.” 70 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital stereo.

Being released on DVD on 6/2/2015

!!!FLIGHT WORLD WAR IIFLIGHT WORLD WAR II (2015)

All the souls aboard a 757 are going to have a lot more to worry about than extra baggage fees, as an uncanny rift in time leaves them above the battle-torn skies of Europe in 1940. Will they survive long enough to return to the present? Will there even be a present, as they know it, to return to? Sci-fi shocker stars Faran Tahir, Robbie Kay, Aqueela Zoll. 90 min. Widescreen; Soundtrack: English.

Being released on DVD on 6/2/2015

!!!INFECTEDINFECTED (2013)

A school in London becomes the gathering point for soldiers and civilians seeking refuge from an apocalyptic onslaught of the living dead. The rescue they all believed was coming is nowhere in sight, and a horde of hungry zombies gets closer and closer to breaking through their defenses. Who lives? Who dies? Who wants to see some inventive undead thrills on a low budget? British indie shocker stars David Wayman, Luke Hobson, and Elizabeth Quinn. 120 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English DTS HD 5.1.

Being released on DVD on 6/2/2015

!!!JURASSIC ADVENTURESJURASSIC ADVENTURES: 4-MOVIE COLLECTION

First, after their plane crashes into the Caribbean, teens Karl and David Scott (Tyron Leitso, Wentworth Miller) become castaways on a lost continent where humans and dinosaurs peacefully coexist. Embraced by the colorful locals, they soon become engaged in perilous “Adventures In Dinotopia” (2002) to save their new home. Feature-length re-edit of the miniseries based on the James Gurney books stars David Thewlis, Alice Krige. Next, inspired by Jules Verne’s novel, “Journey To The Center Of The Earth” (2008) follows a renowned anthropologist and a search party to Alaska as they try to find a vanished explorer. Tracing the missing man’s course, they enter a gateway that takes them deep into the Earth and encounters with primitive warriors and prehistoric wonders. Rick Schroder, Victoria Pratt, and Peter Fonda star. Two-disc set also includes “The Lost World” (1992), “Return To The Lost World,” and the documentary “Dinosaur Eggs & Babies” (2004). 7 2/3 hrs. total. Standard/Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English.

Being released on DVD on 6/2/2015

!!!MONSTERS DARK CONINENTMONSTERS: DARK CONTINENT (2014; my review)

Ten years after the events of “Monsters,” the alien infestations that struck Mexico have metastasized all over the planet. In an “Infected Zone” within the Middle East, four freshly trained American soldiers are deployed on a search and rescue mission…and must contend with hostiles both terrestrial and otherwise. Sci-fi sequel stars Sofia Boutella, Sam Keeley, Johnny Harris, Joe Dempsie. 122 min. Widescreen; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital stereo; Subtitles: English (SDH).

Being released on DVD & Blu-ray on 6/2/2015

!!!MUTANT WORLDMUTANT WORLD (2014)

In the wake of an apocalyptic meteor strike upon the Earth, a motley group of survivalists made a beeline for their fully prepped doomsday bunker…and remained there for a decade. Upon emerging to a world overrun with crazed, homicidal mutants, they might wish they’d have stayed hunkered down. Superlative stunner from Syfy stars Kim Coates, Holly Deveaux, Ashanti, Amber Marshall, Jason Cermak. Widescreen; Soundtrack: English.

Being released on DVD on 6/5/2015

!!!SCARECROWSSCARECROWS (1988)

A gang of ex-military men stages a payroll heist at Camp Pendleton and forces a pilot and his daughter to fly them to Mexico. One of the robbers leaps from the plane with the loot and lands near a field inhabited by some sinister scarecrows. It’s not long before the other crooks are in hot pursuit…and before everyone is attacked by the murderous strawmen. Ted Vernon, Michael David Simms, and Richard Vidan star. 83 min. Widescreen; Soundtrack: English; Subtitles: English.

Being released on Blu-ray on 6/2/2015

!!!SPRINGSPRING (2014; my review)

Backpacking through Europe to escape his recent troubles at home, directionless twentysomething Evan (Lou Taylor Pucci) finds himself smitten by gorgeous genetics student Louise (Nadia Hilker). As the flirtation flowers into a passionate affair, secrets, as they will, come to light…but hers is that she might not be truly human. Remarkable horror-romance mash-up co-stars Francesco Carnelutti, Jeremy Gardner. 109 min. Widescreen; Soundtrack: English.

Being released on DVD on 6/2/2015

!!!THE INVOKINGTHE INVOKING (2013)/THE WICKED (2013)

Includes “The Invoking” and “The Wicked.”

Being released on Blu-ray on 6/2/2015

!!!THE POLTERGEISTTHE POLTERGEIST OF BORLEY FOREST (2013)

A hearty party in the woods unleashes a malevolent stalker of supernatural origins–a sinister specter that decides to follow a teenage girl back home. Confused and distraught by the poltergeist’s menacing visits, she uncovers secrets from the past that help her to understand what the evil thing wants…but will that information help her to save herself and her friends? Low-budget indie thriller stars Marina Petrano, Christopher Ingle, and Nicholas Barrera. AKA: “You Will Love Me.” 103 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital 5.1.

Being released on DVD on 6/2/2015

List compiled by Scott Shoyer

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