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Shopping: Tammy and the T-Rex...

1994 USA comedy Sci-Fi film by Stewart Raffill set for US Blu-ray/DVD Combo release on 28th January 2020


Link Here17th January 2020
Tammy and the T-Rex is a 1994 USA comedy Sci-Fi film by Stewart Raffill.
Starring Denise Richards, Theo Forsett and Paul Walker. IMDb
Originally MPAA R rated in the US but the film was cut and released with an MPAA PG-13 rating. Preumably the MPAA R rating was surrendered. The uncut version, or Gore Cut, was finally released on home video in 2019 and 2020.
US: Uncut and MPAA R rated for:
  • 2020 Vinegar Syndrome [Uncut Version + PG-13 Version] R0 4K Blu-ray/R0 Blu-ray Combo at US Amazon released on 28th January 2020
  • 2020 Vinegar Syndrome [Uncut Version + PG-13 Version] R0 Blu-ray/R0 DVD Combo at US Amazon released on 28th January 2020

Promotional Material

Tammy is a popular high school cheerleader whose new boyfriend, Michael, might be the love of her life. But Tammy's jealous ex, Billy, won't stand for anyone coming between him and 'his' girl, so he and his friends kidnap Michael, leaving him to be mauled by a lion in a local wildlife reserve. Comatose and at death's door, Michael's body is stolen from the hospital by mad scientist Dr. Wachenstein, who extracts his brain and implants it into a giant robotic T-Rex. Horrified by his predicament and new dinosaur body, he escapes from the doctor's lab and begins brutally killing his former bullies. Meanwhile Tammy and her best friend Byron start searching for a suitable human corpse in which to re-transplant Michael's brain...

A jaw-dropping assault on good taste from the whacked out mind of cult filmmaker Stewart Raffill ( The Ice Pirates ; Mac & Me ), TAMMY AND THE T-REX features Denise Richards ( Wild Things ) in her first starring role, alongside Paul Walker ( The Fast & the Furious ), Terry Kiser ( Weekend at Bernie's ), George "Buck" Flower ( They Live ), and John F. Goff ( Drive-In Massacre ). Primarily seen in its heavily censored PG-13 version, Vinegar Syndrome brings TAMMY AND THE T-REX to 4k Ultra HD and Blu-ray fully uncut for the first time on home video, with all of its gross-out gags and gratuitous decapitations, gut-rippings, and head-smashings, courtesy of special effects wizard John Carl Buechler ( Mausoleum ), completely intact.

Bonus Features:
1. Region Free 4k Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo
2. Presented in Dolby Vision and HDR10 for brighter and more vivid color
3. Newly scanned & restored in 4k from its 35mm original camera negative
4. Audio commentary with director Stewart Raffill and producer Diane Kirman
5. "Blood, Brains and a Teenage T-Rex" - an interview with director Stewart Raffill
6. "A Blast from the Past" - an interview with actress Denise Richards
7. "Having the Guts" - an interview with actor Sean Whalen
8. "A Testicular Stand-Off" - an interview with actor George Pilgrim
9. Full length PG-13 cut of Tammy and the T-Rex (sourced from video)
10. Reversible cover artwork
11. English SDH subtitles

 

 

Shopping: My Bloody Valentine...

1981 Canada horror mystery thriller by George Mihalka set for US Blu-ray release on 11th February 2020 with a new 4K scan of the uncut version


Link Here14th January 2020
My Bloody Valentine is a 1981 Canada horror mystery thriller by George Mihalka.
Starring Paul Kelman, Lori Hallier and Neil Affleck. IMDb 

Cut in the US for an MPAA R rating. No further cuts were required in the UK for X rated cinema release, 18 rated VHS and 15 rated DVD. US cuts were mostly restored for a much appreciated and MPAA Unrated Special Edition on US DVD and Blu-ray in 2009, however the restored scenes were low def only. Shout Factory is promising a 4K scan of the uncut version for 2020 Blu-ray.

See further details at Melon Farmers Film Cuts: My Bloody Valentine

US: The Uncut Version is MPAA Unrated:
US:
The cut Theatrical Version is MPAA R rated:
  • 2020 Shout! Factory RA Blu-ray at US Amazon released on 11th February 2020
  • 2020 Shout! Factory Amazon Prime VoD [US only] at US Amazon

Promotional Material

... My Bloody Valentine stands up with Black Christmas as the best Canada has to offer in the oft-slighted slasher horror subgenre." -- Canuxploitation.com

On Valentine's Day, someone always loses their heart. Twenty years ago, this small town lost more than that. When supervisors abandoned their posts to attend the town's annual holiday dance, a tragedy claimed the lives of five miners. The sole survivor, Harry Warden, was institutionalized, but returned for a vengeful massacre on the disaster's first anniversary.

Nineteen years later, the town is gearing up for another Valentine's Day party. Teen sweethearts T.J. and Sarah, along with their friend Axel, are among the excited partygoers. But when a box of candy containing an eerie warning and blood-soaked heart arrive, the townsfolk realize that romance is as good as dead. And so are they ...

This Deluxe Limited Edition contains:
  • The collector's edition 2-disc Blu-Ray with slipcover
  • A limited edition 18" x 24" rolled poster of the newly-designed art from artist Joel Robinson
  • A second slipcover -- made exclusively for this promotion -- featuring newly-designed art from artist Laz Marquez
  • A limited edition 18" x 24" rolled poster of the newly-designed art from artist Laz Marquez

Bonus Features DISC ONE: THEATRICAL VERSION

  • NEW 4K Scan Of The Original Camera Negative
  • NEW An Anemic Valentine -- An Interview With Director George Mihalka
  • NEW From The Heart -- An Interview With Actor Paul Kelman
  • NEW Friends Of Mine -- An Interview With Actress Lori Hallier
  • NEW Axel, Be My Valentine -- An Interview With Actor Neil Affleck
  • NEW Becoming Sylvia -- An Interview With Actress Helene Udy
  • NEW The Secret Keeper -- An Interview With Actor Rob Stein
  • NEW Broken Hearts And Broken Bones -- An Interview With Special Makeup Effects Designer Tom Burman
  • NEW Holes In The Heart -- A Look At The Difference Between The Theatrical Version And The Uncut Version
  • Original Theatrical Trailer
  • Original TV Spots
  • Original Radio Spots
  • Still Gallery
DISC TWO: UNCUT VERSION
  • NEW 4K Scan Of The Uncut Original Camera Negative
  • NEW Audio Commentary With Director George Mihalka
  • MY BLOODY VALENTINE 35 th Anniversary Cast Reunion Panel At The Bay Of Blood Convention In Florida Featuring Director George Mihalka, Cast Members Lori Hallier, Helene Udy, Rob Stein, Peter Cowper, Thomas Kovacs, Jim Murchison, Alf Humphreys, And Hosted By Brian Singleton
  • Thomas Kovacs Performs "The Ballad Of Harry Warden" At The Bay Of Blood Convention With Peter Cowper And Jim Murchison

 

 

Shopping: Hammer Volume Five: Death and Deceit...

Film set by Michael Carreras and John Gilling set for UK Blu-ray release on 23rd March 2020 with 2 films having old cuts


Link Here10th January 2020
Hammer Volume Five: Death & Deceit is a film set by Michael Carreras and John Gilling.
Starring Christopher Lee, Oliver Reed and Richard Basehart.

UK: Passed with an aggregate 12 rating for:

  • 2020 Powerhouse Films Hammer Volume Five RB Blu-ray at UK Amazon released on 23rd March 2020

Two of the four titles troubled the BBFC.

The Pirates of Blood River is a 1962 UK action romance by John Gilling.
Starring Kerwin Mathews, Glenn Corbett and Christopher Lee. BBFC link IMDb
Heavily cut from X to U for 1961 UK cinema release. An unknown cut version was passed 12 for 2020 Blu-ray.

From IMDb.

This movie was originally given a BBFC X (16) certificate for its cinema release. Hammer then decided they wanted an A certificate, so it was trimmed of violence with heavy cuts to the killing of Maggie by piranhas.

After reconsidering again, Hammer decided to settle for a U certificate, so further cuts were made which edited:

  • all of the piranha scenes
  • the blindfolded sword-fight,
  • the attack on the farm,
  • a shot of a hanged man's legs, and
  • the overdubbing of words such as harlot and adulterer.
The Brigand of Kandahar is a 1965 UK historical adventure by John Gilling.
Starring Ronald Lewis, Oliver Reed and Duncan Lamont. BBFC link IMDb

BBFC cuts were required for a U rated cinema release in 1965. Presumably the same version was passed PG for DVD release in 2011

See article from dvdcompare.net . It seems likely that the cuts for the 1965 cinema release have persisted into home video. The cuts were:

  • Reduce to a minimum the pelting of the blind man with stones.
  • Remove the shot of a man being slashed in the neck, and the sounds of his screams.

Promotional Material

Hammer Volume Five: Death & Deceit collects four films from the early sixties which found the studio looking beyond the horror genre for its next box-office success.

Visa to Canton (1961, released in the US as Passport to China) is a torn-from-the-headlines spy thriller;

The Pirates of Blood River (1962), starring Kerwin Mathews (The 7th Voyage of Sinbad) and Christopher Lee (The Face of Fu Manchu), is a swashbuckling adventure;

The Scarlet Blade (1963, released in the US as The Crimson Blade) is an English Civil War-set actioner which follows the fortunes of Cromwell's Roundheads; and

The Brigand of Kandahar (1965) takes Hammer to the North-West Frontier for an action-adventure starring Ronald Lewis (Taste of Fear) and Oliver Reed (The System). All four films are presented for the first time on Blu-ray in the UK, while Visa to Canton, The Scarlet Blade and The Brigand of Kandahar make their world Blu-ray premieres.

Extras

VISA TO CANTON

  • - High Definition remaster
  • - Original mono audio
  • - Two presentations of the film: Visa to Canton, and Passport to China, with the alternative US titles
  • - Audio commentary with film historian Kevin Lyons (2020)
  • - Hammer's Women: Lisa Gastoni (2020): profile of the Hammer star by critic and writer Virginie SÚlavy
  • - Ticket to Ride (2020): film historian Vic Pratt discusses ethnocentrism in sixties British cinema
  • - David Huckvale on Edwin Astley (2020): appreciation of the film's score by the author of Hammer Film Scores and the Musical Avant-Garde
  • - Original theatrical trailer
  • - Image gallery: promotional and publicity materials
  • - New and improved English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing
  • - Limited edition exclusive booklet with a new essay by Josephine Botting, an account of the RB-47 affair which inspired Visa to Canton, an overview of promotional materials, and film credits
  • - World premiere on Blu-ray
THE PIRATES OF BLOOD RIVER
  • - High Definition remaster
  • - Original mono audio
  • - Audio commentary with screenwriter Jimmy Sangster, art director Don Mingaye and Hammer historian Marcus Hearn (2008)
  • - Hammer's Women: Marla Landi (2020): profile of the Hammer star by film historian Kat Ellinger
  • - Stephen Laws Introduces 'The Pirates of Blood River' (2020): an appreciation by the acclaimed horror author
  • - Andrew Keir at the Manchester Festival of Fantastic Films (1993): archival video recording of the acclaimed actor in conversation with Stephen Laws
  • - Did I Write That? (2020): Jonathan Rigby, author of English Gothic, discusses the career of Jimmy Sangster
  • - David Huckvale on Gary Hughes (2020): appreciation of the film's score by the author of Hammer Film Scores and the Musical Avant-Garde
  • - Yes, We Have No Piranhas (2020): video essay on the censorship history of The Pirates of Blood River
  • - Original theatrical trailer
  • - Brian Trenchard-Smith trailer commentary (2013): short critical appreciation
  • - Image gallery: promotional and publicity materials
  • - New and improved English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing
  • - Limited edition exclusive booklet with a new essay by Lindsay Hallam, Jimmy Sangster on The Pirates of Blood River, a selection of promotional materials, an overview of contemporary critical responses, and film credits
  • - UK premiere on Blu-ray
THE SCARLET BLADE
  • - High Definition remaster
  • - Original mono audio
  • - Two presentations of the film: The Scarlet Blade, and The Crimson Blade, with the alternative US titles
  • - Audio commentary with film historian Kevin Lyons (2020)
  • - Hammer's Women: June Thorburn (2020): profile of the Hammer star by film historian Josephine Botting
  • - Stephen Laws Introduces 'The Scarlet Blade' (2020): an appreciation by the acclaimed horror author
  • - Interviews with Hugh Harlow and Pauline Wise (2020): the second assistant director and continuity person discuss the making of The Scarlet Blade
  • - Almost an Auteur (2020): horror author and critic Kim Newman on the eclectic career of writer-director John Gilling
  • - David Huckvale on Gary Hughes (2020): appreciation of the film's score by the author of Hammer Film Scores and the Musical Avant-Garde
  • - Original US theatrical trailer
  • - Image gallery: promotional and publicity materials
  • - New and improved English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing
  • - Limited edition exclusive booklet with a new essay by Neil Sinyard, an extract from Oliver Reed's autobiography, a selection of promotional materials, an overview of contemporary critical responses, and film credits
  • - World premiere on Blu-ray
THE BRIGAND OF KANDAHAR
  • - High Definition remaster
  • - Original mono audio
  • - Audio commentary with film historian Vic Pratt (2020)
  • - Hammer's Women: Yvonne Romain (2020): profile of the Hammer star by film historian Melanie Williams
  • - Stephen Laws Introduces 'The Brigand of Kandahar' (2020): an appreciation by the acclaimed horror author
  • - Swashbuckling (2020): writer and historian Neil Sinyard looks at writer-director John Gilling's films for Hammer
  • - David Huckvale on Don Banks (2020): appreciation of the film's score by the author of Hammer Film Scores and the Musical Avant-Garde
  • - Original theatrical trailer
  • - Image gallery: promotional and publicity materials
  • - New and improved English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing
  • - Limited edition exclusive booklet with a new essay by Naman Ramachandran, an extensive selection of promotional materials, and film credits
  • - World premiere on Blu-ray

 

 

Shopping: Gutterballs...

2008 Canada horror by Ryan Nicholson, notably never released in the UK, set for US Blu-ray and DVD release on 14th April 2020


Link Here31st December 2019
Gutterballs is a 2008 Canada horror by Ryan Nicholson
With Alastair Gamble, Mihola Terzic and Nathan Witte. IMDb

There exists an uncut MPAA Unrated hardcore Pin-etration Version. There are also other MPAA unrated versions possibly missing the Pin-etration. The film was heavily cut in Germany for an FSK 18 rating, and has notably never been released at all in the UK.

US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:
  • 2020 Unearthed Films R0 Blu-ray at US Amazon released on 14th April 2020
  • 2020 Unearthed Films R0 DVD at US Amazon released on 14th April 2020

Promotional Material

A brutally sadistic rape leads to a series of bizarre gory murders during a midnight disco bowl-a-rama at a popular bowling alley. One by one, players of two teams meet blood-drenched gruesome deaths at the hand of a black bowling-gloved masked killer. This alley runs red with blood by sunrise.

Special Features:

  • Audio Commentary with director Ryan Nicholson
  • Behind the Balls, Making of Gutterballs
  • Behind the scenes
  • Interviews
  • OUttakes
  • Photo Gallery
  • Pin-etration Edition

 

 

Shopping: Heroes Shed No Tears...

1986 Hong Kong action war drama by John Woo set for UK Blu-ray release on 24th February 2020 with 2 versions


Link Here29th December 2019
Heroes Shed No Tears is a 1986 Hong Kong action war drama by John Woo.
Starring Eddy Ko, Ching-Ying Lam and Philippe Loffredo. IMDb

Uncut and 18 rated on DVD and Blu-ray. Various shortened versions also exist notably the Hong Kong Version which omits the sex scene that John Woo did not like.

UK: Previously passed 18 uncut for:
  • 2020 88 Films [Standard Version + International Cut] RB Blu-ray at UK Amazon released on 24th February 2020

Promotional Material

Synopsis Before Hard Boiled, before The Killer -- there was Heroes Shed No Tears. Master Director John Woo (A Better Tomorrow, Face/ Off) travelled to Thailand to make this fast-paced action classic. A group of mercenaries are sent into the so-called 'Golden Triangle' to capture a drug baron, but nabbing him is the easy bit. He's not going to go quietly: with both by gangsters and the army on the tail, this wild bunch is going to need all the help it can get... No one has ever filmed gunplay as well as Woo and this was the first film that showed what he could do with a semi-automatic. Filmed with the same mastery of action that made Hard Target and A Bullet in the Head such classics, 88 Films are proud to present this blu-ray premiere of a seminal action classic.

SPECIAL FEATURES

  • [Limited Edition Slipcase]
  • [Limited Edition Booklet Notes by Asian Cinema expert, James Oliver]
  • New 2K Remaster from The Original 35mm Negatives in 1.85:1 Aspect Ratio
  • Original Cantonese Mono with improved English Subtitles
  • Remixed Cantonese DTS-HD MA 5.1 with improved English Subtitles
  • Remixed English DTS-HD MA 5.1 dub
  • Audio Commentary by Asian Cinema expert Brandon Bentley
  • International Cut with Classic English Dub [85 Mins approx.]
  • A Tale of Two Cuts: Brandon Bentley examines the difference between the film we know today and John Woo's original workprint. [14 Mins approx.]
  • Interview with Eddy Ko [20 Mins approx]
  • English Trailer
  • Chinese Trailer
  • Reversible sleeve with alternative artwork

 

 

Shopping: My Bloody Valentine...

1981 Canada horror mystery thriller by George Mihalka set for US Blu-ray release on 11th February 2020


Link Here28th December 2019
My Bloody Valentine is a 1981 Canada horror mystery thriller by George Mihalka.
Starring Paul Kelman, Lori Hallier and Neil Affleck. IMDb 

Cut in the US for an MPAA R rating. No further cuts were required in the UK for X rated cinema release, 18 rated VHS and 15 rated DVD. US cuts were mostly restored for a much appreciated and MPAA Unrated Special Edition on US DVD and Blu-ray in 2009, however the restored scenes were low def only.

Hopefully the cut footage will appear on this release in some form or another.

See further details at Melon Farmers Film Cuts: My Bloody Valentine

US: The cut Theatrical Version is MPAA R rated for:
  • 2020 Shout! Factory RA Blu-ray at US Amazon released on 11th February 2020
  • 2020 Shout! Factory Amazon Prime VoD [US only] at US Amazon

Promotional Material

"... My Bloody Valentine stands up with Black Christmas as the best Canada has to offer in the oft-slighted slasher horror subgenre." -- Canuxploitation.com On Valentine's Day, someone always loses their heart. Twenty years ago, this small town lost more than that. When supervisors abandoned their posts to attend the town's annual holiday dance, a tragedy claimed the lives of five miners. The sole survivor, Harry Warden, was institutionalized, but returned for a vengeful massacre on the disaster's first anniversary. Nineteen years later, the town is gearing up for another Valentine's Day party. Teen sweethearts T.J. and Sarah, along with their friend Axel, are among the excited partygoers. But when a box of candy containing an eerie warning and blood-soaked heart arrive, the townsfolk realize that romance is as good as dead. And so are they ...

Disk extras to be announced

 

 

Shopping: Doctor Sleep...

2019 USA horror by Mike Flanagan set for US Blu-ray and DVD release on 4th February 2020 in 2 versions


Link Here20th December 2019
Doctor Sleep is a 2019 USA horror by Mike Flanagan.
Starring Jacob Tremblay, Rebecca Ferguson and Ewan McGregor. BBFC link IMDb 

Exists as a Theatrical Version and a substantially longer Director's Cut
US: The Director's Cut is MPAA Unrated for:
US: The Theatrical Version is MPAA R rated for for disturbing and violent content, some bloody images, language, nudity and drug use:
  • 2020 WarnerBrothers [4K Theatrical Version + Blu-ray Director's Cut] RA 4K Blu-ray/Blu-ray Combo at US Amazon released on 4th February 2020
  • 2020 WarnerBrothers [Theatrical Version + Director's Cut] RA Blu-ray at US Amazon released on 4th February 2020
  • 2020 WarnerBrothers [Theatrical Version only] R1 DVD at US Amazon released on 4th February 2020
  • 2020 WarnerBrothers [Theatrical Version only] Amazon Prime VoD [US only] at US Amazon

Promotional Material

Still irrevocably scarred by the trauma he endured as a child at the Overlook, Dan Torrance (Ewan McGregor) has fought to find some semblance of peace. But that peace is shattered when he encounters Abra (Kyliegh Curran), a courageous teenager with her own powerful extrasensory gift, known as the shine. Instinctively recognizing that Dan shares her power, Abra has sought him out, desperate for his help against the merciless Rose the Hat (Rebecca Ferguson) and her followers, The True Knot, who feed off the shine of innocents in their quest for immortality.

Forming an unlikely alliance, Dan and Abra engage in a brutal life-or-death battle with Rose. Abra's innocence and fearless embrace of her shine compel Dan to call upon his own powers as never before204at once facing his fears and reawakening the ghosts of the past.

Special Features and Technical Specs:
  • DIRECTOR'S CUT OF THE FILM - featuring nearly 30 minutes of new, alternate and extended scenes, selected by director Mike Flanagan, not seen in theaters.
  • DOLBY VISION/HDR PRESENTATION OF THE FILM
  • DOLBY ATRMOS AUDIO TRACK
  • Return to the Overlook
  • The Making of Doctor Sleep: A New Vision
  • From Shining to Sleep
  • Optional English SDH, Spanish, French, and Portuguese subtitles for the main feature

 

 

Shopping: The Love Ban...

1973 UK comedy by Ralph Thomas set for UK Blu-ray and DVD release on 20th January 2020


Link Here18th December 2019
The Love Ban is a 1973 UK comedy by Ralph Thomas.
Starring Hywel Bennett, Nanette Newman and Milo O'Shea. BBFC link IMDb

BBFC category cuts were required for an AA rated cinema release in 1972. It was probably the same version released on 15 rated VHS in 1995. Hopefully the 15 rated home video release of 2020 is uncut.

UK: Passed PG uncut for:
  • 2020 Network RB Blu-ray at UK Amazon released on 20th January 2020
  • 2020 Network R2 DVD at UK Amazon released on 20th January 2020

Promotional Material

A rumbustious sex comedy from Ralph Thomas and Betty Box, The Love Ban (aka It's a 2'6" Above the Ground World ) stars Hywel Bennett and Nanette Newman as an enthusiastically procreative couple with a family planning problem! Based on the hit stage play and also featuring Nicky Henson and John Cleese it is presented here as a brand-new High Definition transfer from the original film elements in its original theatrical aspect ratio.

Young married couple Kate and Mick have a problem Mick's beliefs forbid him to practice birth control but after six children in eight years Kate has had enough and draws the line! Turned out of his own bed, Mick's erotically charged fantasy life begins to take over...

SPECIAL FEATURES

  • Image gallery


 

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