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Shopping: The Specialists...

1969 Italy / France / West Germany western by Sergio Corbucci, once cut by the BBFC, set for UK Blu-ray release on 18th May 2020


Link Here27th March 2020
The Specialists is a 1969 Italy / France / West Germany western by Sergio Corbucci.
Starring Johnny Hallyday, Gastone Moschin and Françoise Fabian. BBFC link IMDb  

Cut by the BBFC for an X rated cinema release in 1973. Uncut and MPAA Unrated in the US.

UK: BBFC details not yet published for:
  • 2020 Eureka Limited Edition (RB) Blu-ray at UK Amazon released on 18th May 2020

Promotional Material

From Sergio Corbucci , the legendary director of Django, Navajo Joe, The Great Silence, Companeros and The Mercenary comes The Specialists (Gli Specialisti, aka Drop Them or I ll Shoot) , a thrilling spaghetti western starring French music and film great Johnny Hallyday ( The Man on the Train, Détective, Vengeance ).

Notorious gunfighter Hud Dixon (Hallyday) arrives in Blackstone, a town where his brother was wrongfully accused of robbing a bank and lynched for it. As Hud seeks revenge, he starts to discover the truth behind the stolen loot, and has to contend with an idealistic sheriff, a beautiful and seductive female banker, a corrupt businessman and a one-armed Mexican bandit, who was once his friend.

Also starring Gastone Moschin ( The Conformist, Caliber 9 ), Françoise Fabian ( Belle de Jour, My Night at Maud s ), and gorgeously filmed by Dario Di Palma ( The Seduction of Mimi, The Oldest Profession ), Eureka Classics is proud to present Gli Specialisti on Blu-ray from a new 4K restoration.

BLU-RAY EDITION SPECIAL FEATURES
  • LIMITED EDITION O-CARD SLIPCASE [First Print Run of 2000 units]
  • 1080p presentation on Blu-ray from an incredible 4K restoration
  • Restored Italian and French audio options
  • Rarely heard English dub track
  • Optional English subtitles
  • Feature-length audio commentary by filmmaker Alex Cox
  • A brand new and exclusive interview with Austin Fisher, author of Radical Frontiers in the Spaghetti Western: Politics, Violence and Popular Italian Cinema
  • Trailer
  • PLUS: A LIMITED EDITION collector s booklet [First Print Run of 2000 units] featuring new writing by western authority Howard Hughes on both the film, and the "French-western" sub-genre

 

 

Shopping: Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell...

Set for US Blu-ray release on 19th May 2020 with the promotional material stating that it is the significantly cut R rated version


Link Here14th March 2020
Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell is a 1974 UK horror film by Terence Fisher
With Peter Cushing, Shane Briant and Madeline Smith.
YouTube icon BBFC link IMDb

Cut by the BBFC for cinema release. Then further cut for a US R rating. All home video version were cut to some extent until 2014 when an uncut restored version was released.

The promotional material on the Shout! Factory websites suggests that this is the cut R rated version. The company usually issue the best versions available so will check again nearer the release.

See further details at Melon Farmers Film Cuts: Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell

US: Cut and MPAA R rated for:
  • 2020 Shout! Factory RA Blu-ray at US Amazon released on 19th May 2020
  • 2020 Shout! Factory Amazon Prime VoD [US only] at US Amazon

Promotional Material

Is Baron Frankenstein truly dead? That's precisely what he wants the world to think. He's had it up to here with a public that doesn't appreciate the trouble a mad scientist goes through to snatch good body parts. To carry on his work, he holes up in a place where the possibilities are utterly maddening: a home for the criminally insane! A hand here. A brain there ... true to form, the Baron (Peter Cushing) keeps his gruesome creation (David Prowse, known for his portrayal of Darth Vader) in stitches in this sixth and final fright fest in Hammer Films' Frankenstein cycle.

 

 

Shopping: Dream Demon...

1988 UK horror by Harley Cokeliss set for UK Blu-ray release on 25th May 2020 with Arrow promising a Director's Cut


Link Here13th March 2020
Dream Demon is a 1988 UK horror by Harley Cokeliss (as Harley Cokliss).
Starring Jemma Redgrave, Kathleen Wilhoite and Timothy Spall. BBFC link IMDb 

The Theatrical Version was passed 18 uncut for 1988 cinema release and 1989 VHS. Arrow is promising a Director's Cut for 2020 Blu-ray.

UK: The Theatrical Version was previously passed 18 uncut for:
  • 2020 Arrow [Theatrical Version + Director's Cut] (RB) Blu-ray at UK Amazon released on 25th May 2020

Promotional Material

A young bride-to-be s anxieties over her upcoming wedding take on a horrifying, demonic form in this underseen 1988 rubber reality shocker from director/co-writer Harley Cokeliss (Black Moon Rising), starring Timothy Spall and Jemma Redgrave.

As her marriage to decorated war hero Oliver draws near, well-heeled Diana moves into her sprawling new London home where she starts to experience strange and terrifying nightmares. But are these blood-curdling night terrors merely the symptom of an unsettled mind, or the sign of something far sinister at work? Hounded by a pair of sleazy journalists (Timothy Spall and Jimmy Nail), Diana soon crosses paths with American tourist Jenny, who appears to have a strange connection to the foreboding house and its sinister past.

Long dormant on home media since its original VHS release, Dream Demon - a terrific blend of psychological horror and late 80s practical gore effects - has at long-last been stirred from its analogue slumber and arrives on Blu-ray, newly-restored from the original camera negative and in a brand new Director s Cut!

SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS

  • Brand new 2K restoration from the original camera negative, supervised and approved by director Harley Cokeliss
  • Director s Cut and Original Theatrical Version
  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation
  • Original uncompressed stereo audio
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • Brand new scene-select audio commentary with director Harley Cokeliss and producer Paul Webster
  • Newly-filmed interview with director Harley Cokeliss
  • Newly-filmed interview with producer Paul Webster
  • Newly-filmed interview with actress Jemma Redgrave
  • Newly-filmed interview with actor Mark Greenstreet
  • Newly-filmed interview with actor Nickolas Grace
  • Newly-filmed interview with actress Annabelle Lanyon
  • Newly-filmed interview with composer Bill Nelson
  • Foundations of Nightmare: The Making of Dream Demon - contemporary documentary taking a look behind the scenes of the production of Dream Demon, featuring on-set interviews with director Harley Cokeliss, producer Paul Webster, actors Timothy Spall, Jemma Redgrave, Kathleen Wilhoite, composer Bill Nelson and many more
  • Image Galleries
  • Original Theatrical Trailer
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly-commissioned artwork by Christopher Shy
  • FIRST PRESSING ONLY!
  • Collector s booklet featuring new writing on the film by Anne Bilson, author of the Dream Demon novelisation, and director Harley Cokeliss
  • Reversible poster featuring exclusive newly-commissioned artwork by Christopher Shy
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    Shopping: The Al Adamson Masterpiece Collection...

    Film set by Al Adamson set for US Blu-ray release on 21st April 2020. A remarkably long list of tussles with censors


    Link Here8th March 2020
    The Al Adamson Masterpiece Collection is a film set by Al Adamson.
    Starring John Carradine, Russ Tamblyn and John 'Bud' Cardos.
    A fair few censorship issues with this release.
    US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:
    • 2020 Severin Films Al Adamson Collection Limited Edition RA Blu-ray at US Amazon released on 21st April 2020

    Blood of Dracula's Castle is a 1969 USA horror by Al Adamson and Jean Hewitt (uncredited).
    Starring John Carradine, Paula Raymond and Alexander D'Arcy. BBFC link IMDb

    Exists as a Theatrical Version and an extended TV version. The film was cut by the BBFC for an X rated cinema release in 1969.

    Satan's Sadists is a 1969 USA action horror drama by Al Adamson.
    Starring Russ Tamblyn, Scott Brady and John 'Bud' Cardos. BBFC link IMDb

    Banned by the BBFC for 1970 cinema release. Then cut by the BBFC for an 18 rated DVD in 2003. Uncut and MPAA R rated in the US.

    The Female Bunch is a 1971 USA action crime western by Al Adamson and John 'Bud' Cardos (uncredited).
    Starring Lon Chaney Jr, Russ Tamblyn and Jennifer Bishop. BBFC link IMDb

    Cut by the BBFC for an X rated cinema release in 1973. Later uncut on 18 rated VHS. Uncut and MPAA R Rated in the US.

    Angels' Wild Women is a 1972 USA action film by Al Adamson.
    Starring Ross Hagen, Kent Taylor and Preston Pierce. BBFC link IMDb

    Cut by the BBFC for 15 rated DVD in 2003. Uncut and MPAA R rated in the US.

    The Naughty Stewardesses is a 1974 USA comedy drama by Al Adamson.
    Starring Robert Livingston, Connie Hoffman and Richard Smedley. BBFC link IMDb

    Cut by the BBFC for X rated cinema release in 1974. Cut again for 18 rated VHS but uncut since 2008 18 rated DVD. Uncut and MPAA R rated in the US.

    Girls For Rent is a 1974 USA crime thriller by Al Adamson.
    Starring Georgina Spelvin, Susie Ewing and Rosalind Miles. BBFC link IMDb

    Cut by the BBFC for X rated cinema release in 1975 and further cut for 1990 VHS. Uncut and MPAA R rated in the US.

    Jessi's Girls is a 1975 USA western by Al Adamson.
    Starring Sondra Currie, Geoffrey Land and Ben Frank. BBFC link IMDb

    Cut by the BBFC for X rated cinema release in 1976 and 18 rated VHS in 1986 and 1987. Uncut and MPAA R rated in the US.

    Black Heat is a 1976 USA action crime drama by Al Adamson.
    Starring Timothy Brown, Russ Tamblyn and Jana Bellan. BBFC link IMDb

    Cut by the BBFC for X rated cinema release in 1981. Cut again for 18 rated VHS in 1986. Uncut and MPAA R rated in the US.

    The Dynamite Brothers is a 1974 USA action drama by Al Adamson.
    Starring Timothy Brown, Alan Tang and Aldo Ray. BBFC link IMDb

    Cut by the BBFC for X rated cinema release in 1976. Later rated 15 uncut for 2003 DVD. Uncut and MPAA R rated in the US.

    Cinderella 2000 is a 1977 USA musical Sci-Fi film by Al Adamson.
    Starring Catharine Burgess, Jay B Larson and Vaughn Armstrong. BBFC link IMDb

    Exists as a Theatrical Version and a spicier International Version

    Nurse Sherri is a 1978 USA horror by Al Adamson.
    Starring Geoffrey Land, Jill Jacobson and Marilyn Joi. BBFC link IMDb
    Exists as a Theatrical Version and an Alternate Version with less story but more nudity. No censor cuts in the UK and US.

    Promotional Material

    For the first time ever, experience the complete legacy of writer, producer, director Al Adamson with 30 remastered films on 14 discs including the award-winning documentary BLOOD and FLESH, plus trailers, featurettes, commentaries, a 126-page book and more that span a wild beyond belief world of bloody brains, vicious cowboys, naughty nurses, decrepit actors, sexy stewardesses, mad scientists, brutal bikers, Blaxploitation mayhem, kung fu killers and scenes so SICK the Movies could never show them before!
    • Disc 1: Blood & Flesh: The Reel Life & Ghastly Death of Al Adamson/The Female Bunch
    • Disc 2: Psycho A Go-Go/Fiend with the Electronic Brain/Blood of Ghastly Horror
    • Disc 3: Halfway to Hell/Five Bloody Graves
    • Disc 4: Blood of Dracula's Castle (Both Theatrical and TV cuts)/Horror of the Blood Monsters
    • Disc 5: Smashing the Crime Syndicate (a.k.a The Fakers)/Hell's Bloody Devils
    • Disc 6: Dracula vs. Frankenstein/Brain of Blood
    • Disc 7: Satan's Sadists/Angel's Wild Women
    • Disc 8: The Naughty Stewardesses/Blazing Stewardesses
    • Disc 9: Girls For Rent/Jessi's Girls/Nurses For Sale
    • Disc 10: Black Heat/The Dynamite Brothers
    • Disc 11: Mean Mother/Uncle Tom's Cabin
    • Disc 12: Black Samurai/Death Dimension
    • Disc 13: Sunset Cove/Cinderella 2000/Nurse Sherri
    • Disc 14: Carnival Magic/LOST

     

     

    Shopping: Phase IV...

    1974 UK / USA Sci-Fi horror thriller by Saul Bass set for UK Blu-ray release on 6th April 2020 with the first video release of the alternative ending


    Link Here5th March 2020
    Phase IV is a 1974 UK / USA Sci-Fi horror thriller by Saul Bass.
    Starring Nigel Davenport, Michael Murphy and Lynne Frederick. BBFC link IMDb 

    The 1974 cinema release was passed 'A' uncut. The 1985 VHS was PG uncut but the rating was raised to 12 uncut for 2020 Blu-ray.

    From IMDb:

    In the book Future Tense by John Brosnan, an alternate ending to the film was described: Bass originally filmed a spectacular, surreal montage lasting four minutes, showing what life would be like in the 'new' Earth, but this was cut by the distributor. A preview version with this ending intact was shown to some audiences in 1973-4.

    The alternate ending surfaced in 2012. The 35mm original footage of the ending was scanned and color corrected by the Academy Film Archive. Beginning in 2013, repertory showings of the film showed the alternate ending after the main feature.

    The 2020 101 Films Bu-ray is the first disk to include the alternate ending amongst the extras.

    UK: The Theatrical Version was passed 12 uncut for infrequent strong language, moderate horror:
    • 2020 101 Films Limited Edition (RB) Blu-ray at UK Amazon released on 6th April 2020
    • 2020 101 Films Amazon Prime VoD [UK only] at UK Amazon

    Promotional Material

    101 Films presents 1970s sci-fi classic Phase IV (1974), a gripping and philosophical cult classic that examines humanity s place in the universe. Title 012 on the 101 Films Black Label and a UK Blu-ray debut, Phase IV is the only feature film directed by designer and filmmaker Saul Bass, this release includes his original ending, among a host of additional extras, including a bonus disc featuring the finest of the director s short films. This limited-edition version features special packaging, and a booklet with newly commissioned writing on the history of killer bug movies and the career of Saul Bass.

    In a sealed lab in the Arizona desert, scientists James Lesko (Michael Murphy, Manhattan) and Dr. Ernest Hubbs (Nigel Davenport, A Man for All Seasons) search for answers to an evolutionary shift in the ant population; the development of a collective intelligence and cross-species hive mentality. With humanity under threat, the scientists are faced with the choice of either communicating with, or eradicating their antagonists.

    • Extras/Episodes:
    • New HD restoration
    • The Original Saul Bass ending (plus optional commentary)
    • An Ant's Life: Contextualising Phase IV
    • Commentary with film historians Allan Bryce and Richard Holliss
    • Limited Edition Booklet: includes Phase IV by Deborah Allison, and Adapt or Die: Killer Bug Cinema and Phase IV by Liam Hathaway
       
    • Saul Bass: Short Films (Disc 2)
    • The Searching Eye (1964)
    • Why Man Creates (1968)
    • Bass on Titles (1977)
    • Notes on the Popular Arts (1978)
    • The Solar Film (1980)
    • Quest (1984) (new HD restoration)



     

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