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Shopping: Scars of Dracula...

1970 UK horror by Roy Ward Baker set for US Blu-ray release on 10th September 2019


Link Here 18th July 2019
Scars of Dracula is a 1970 UK horror by Roy Ward Baker.
Starring Christopher Lee, Dennis Waterman and Jenny Hanley. IMDb  

Originally cut by the BBFC for an 18 rated 1970 cinema release. The cuts have persisted ever since but the the BBFC rating was reduced to 15 for DVD. The same cut version is MPAA R rated in the US.

See further cuts details at Melon Farmers Film Cuts: Scars of Dracula

US: Uncut and MPAA R rated for:

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The legendary Christopher Lee is back as Dracula, bringing unspeakable horrors upon a local village that defies his evil reign. But when a young man and his luscious girlfriend unwittingly visit the Count's castle, they find themselves trapped in a face-to-face frenzy of bloodthirsty vixens, religious blasphemy and sadistic. The Prince of Darkness has returned like never before, but will his horrific mark remain forever?

 

 

Shopping: The Beast In Heat...

1977 Italy video nasty by Luigi Batzella, still banned in the UK, just released on US Blu-ray


Link Here 7th July 2019
The Beast In Heat is a 1977 Italy war horror by Luigi Batzella (as Ivan Kathansky).
Starring Macha Magall, Gino Turini and Edilio Kim. YouTube icon IMDb
Banned as a video nasty in 1983. Not released in the UK since. Uncut and MPAA Unrated in the US.
US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:
  • 2019 Severin Films R0 Blu-ray at US Amazon released on 25th June 2019

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More than four decades after the subgenre first shocked the world, the most depraved Nazisploitation sickie of them all must still be seen to be believed: Writer/director Luigi Batzella ( THE DEVIL'S WEDDING NIGHT , NUDE FOR SATAN ) combines footage from two earlier WWII action movies with a newly-shot plot featuring a sadistic female Nazi officer ( Macha Magall of Bruno Mattei's SS GIRLS ), a perpetually aroused caged ogre ( Salvatore Baccaro aka 'Boris Lugosi' of FRANKENSTEIN'S CASTLE OF FREAKS ), and a cavalcade of sexual atrocities that Horror-Extreme.com calls "tasteless and glorious...it gathers all the ethos of the genre and smashes it into a wonderfully hellish mix." Never released in America and banned as a 'Video Nasty' in the UK, this notorious feast of smut-schnitzel is now scanned from 35mm negative elements with a blitzkrieg of all-new Special Features. Special Features:
  • Fascism On A Thread -- The Strange Story of Nazisploitation Cinema : A new feature length documentary featuring interviews with Dyanne 'Ilsa' Thorne, Malissa 'Elsa' Longo, Filmmakers Sergio Garrone, Mariano Caiano, Rino Di Silvestro, Liliana Cavani, Bruno Mattei and many more .
  • Nazi Nasty : Interview with Stephen Thrower , Author of MURDEROUS PASSIONS
  • Trailer

 

 

Shopping: Taking Tiger Mountain...

1983 UK / USA Sci-Fi film by Tom Huckabee and Kent Smith just released on US Blu-ray/DVD Combo with 2 versions


Link Here 6th July 2019
Taking Tiger Mountain is a 1983 UK / USA Sci-Fi film by Tom Huckabee and Kent Smith.
Starring Bill Paxton, Barry Wooller and David Guthrie. IMDb
Exists as a Theatrical Version and a Revisited Version
US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:
  • 2019 Vinegar Syndrome [Theatrical + Revisited Versions] RA Blu-ray/R1 DVD Combo at US Amazon released on 2nd July 2019

Promotional Material

In a dystopian future, Billy Hampton ( Bill Paxton , in his first on-screen role) is a World War III draft dodger who finds himself part of an experimental brainwashing program created by a group of radical feminists. After being released from the program, Billy heads to Wales for what he believes will be a sex-filled vacation. But, unbeknownst to him, Billy is really there to assassinate the Welsh Minister of Prostitution.

A wild hybrid of art and experimental filmmaking techniques, TAKING TIGER MOUNTAIN began production in 1974, under the direction of Kent Smith using short ends left over from LENNY . After languishing in an unfinished form, the film was resurrected and completed by Tom Huckabee and eventually released in 1983; immediately making it an underground legend.

Adapted in part from William S. Burroughs' classic short story 'Bladerunner,' TAKING TIGER MOUNTAIN transcends genres and engulfs the viewer in a high contrast fever dream of science fiction based surrealism. Never officially released on home video and long viewable only from poor quality bootlegs, Vinegar Syndrome proudly presents the world home video premiere of TAKING TIGER MOUNTAIN , newly restored in 4k from its original 35mm black and white Techniscope negative.

Bonus Features:
1. Region Free Blu-ray/DVD combo
2. Newly scanned & restored in 4k from its 35mm Techniscope negative
3. Presenting both the original theatrical version and the 2019 'Revisited' version
4. Director introductions for both versions
5. "Taking Over Tiger Mountain" - an interview focused on the original version with director Tom Huckabee
6. "Revisiting Tiger Mountain" - an interview focused on the revisited version with director Tom Huckabee
7. "Interviews with Welshmen" - a short film by Kent Smith
8. Booklet with essay by Heather Drain
9. Reversible cover artwork
10. English SDH subtitles

 

 

Shopping: Leon Morin, Priest...

1961 France / Italy war romance by Jean-Pierre Melville just released on US Blu-ray and DVD


Link Here 4th July 2019
Léon Morin, Priest (Léon Morin, prêtre) is a 1961 France / Italy war romance by Jean-Pierre Melville.
Starring Jean-Paul Belmondo, Emmanuelle Riva and Irène Tunc. BBFC link IMDb
Exists as a Theatrical Version and a Director's Cut.
US: The Director's Cut is uncut and MPAA Unrated for:
  • 2019 KL Studio Classics RA Blu-ray at US Amazon released on 2nd July 2019
  • 2019 KL Studio Classics R1 DVD at US Amazon released on 2nd July 2019

Promotional Material

A 4K Restoration of the Original 128-Minute Director's Cut! From Jean-Pierre Melville, the legendary director of Bob Le Flambeur, Le Deuxième Souffle, Army of Shadows and Un Flic. Screen legend Jean-Paul Belmondo (Le Doulos) dons clerical robes and delivers a subtly sensual performance as the hot-under-the-collar Léon Morin, a devoted man of the cloth who is the crush object of all the women of a small village in Nazi-occupied France. He finds himself most drawn to a sexually frustrated widow--played by Emmanuelle Riva (Hiroshima Mon Amour)--a borderline heretic whose relationship with her confessor is a confrontation with both God and her own repressed desire. A triumph of mood, setting, and innuendo, Léon Morin, Priest is an irreverent pleasure from one of French cinema's towering virtuosos. Gloriously shot in black-and-white by Henri Decaë (The Sicilian Clan, Viva Maria!).

Special Features:
-Audio Commentary by Filmmaker and Historian Mike Siegel
-The Demon Within Him: Interview with Assistant Director Volker Schlöndorff
-Master Class with Philippe Labro & Rémy Grumbach -- Documentary
-24 heures de la vie d'un clown -- Short Film Directed by Jean-Pierre Melville
-Theatrical Trailer

 

 

Shopping: Night Owl...

1993 USA crime horror drama by Jeffrey Arsenault, cut by the BBFC, just released on US Blu-ray/DVD Combo


Link Here 3rd July 2019
Night Owl is a 1993 USA crime horror drama by Jeffrey Arsenault.
Starring John Leguizamo, Lisa Napoli and David Roya. IMDb
Cut by the BBFC for 18 rated VHS release in 1997. Uncut and MPAA Unrated in the US
US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:
  • 2019 Vinegar Syndrome R0 Blu-ray/R0 DVD Combo at US Amazon released on 2nd July 2019

Promotional Material

Jake ( James Raftery ) is an apathetic, post-punk vampire who spends his nights cruising seedy music dives for drugged out women to seduce and kill to satisfy his bloodlust. After murdering Zohra, a young Puerto Rican woman, Jake becomes the focus of her brother, Angel, who's desperate to find his missing sister and fears that Jake might be involved in her disappearance...

An ode to East Village sleaze, Jeffrey Arsenault's NIGHT OWL is an unflinchingly gritty modern day vampire story set in a world of dingy, house music playing dive bars, pizza parlors, and other drug and misery filled lower Manhattan locales. Co-starring a young John Leguizamo ( The Fan , Summer of Sam ) in one his earliest roles, along side Warhol superstar Holly Woodlawn , and photographed in deliberately grimy black and white 16mm, Vinegar Syndrome brings NIGHT OWL to Blu-ray for the first time, newly restored from its original 16mm negative.

Bonus Features:
1. Region Free Blu-ray/DVD combo
2. Newly scanned & restored in 2k from 16mm original negative
3. Audio commentary with director Jeffrey Arsenault
4. "Night Life" - an interview with Jeffrey Arsenault
5. "Living For the Night" - an interview with actor James Raftery
6. "A Chance to Die" - an interview with actress Karen Wexler
7. Archival interview with Jeffrey Arsenault
8. Original cast auditions
9. Raw interview footage with Caroline Munro (specifically shot in 1991 for use in Night Owl)
10. Original video trailer
11. Reversible cover artwork
12. English SDH subtitles

 

 

Shopping: Night Of The Creeps...

1986 USA comedy Sci-Fi horror by Fred Dekker just released on US Blu-ray with 2 versions


Link Here 28th June 2019
Night Of The Creeps is a 1986 USA comedy Sci-Fi horror by Fred Dekker.
Starring Jason Lively, Tom Atkins and Steve Marshall. BBFC link IMDb
The Director's Cut has an alternative end and does not add any contentious material. The Theatrical Version was rated 18 for cinema and VHS release in 1987. The Director's Cut was 15 rated for 2018 DVD and Blu-ray. In the US the Theatrical Version was MPAA R rated whilst the Director's Cut is MPAA Unrated.
US: The Director's Cut is uncut and MPAA Unrated for:
US: The Theatrical Version is uncut and MPAA R rated for:
  • 2019 Shout! Factory Director's Cut + Theatrical Version] RA Blu-ray at US Amazon released on 28th May 2019
  • 2019 Shout! Factory Amazon Prime VoD [US only] at US Amazon

Promotional Material

Director Fred Dekker's thoroughly enjoyable throwback chiller deftly mixes all sorts of genres while simultaneously having fun with them (the college and all the leading characters are named after famous horror movie directors). This cult classic stars Jason Lively (European Vacation and The Dukes of Hazzard Series) and horror film legend Tom Atkins (The Fog, Creepshow, Halloween III, Escape from New York).

SPECIAL FEATURES AND TECHNICAL SPECS: DISC ONE

  • Theatrical Version
  • Thrill Me!: The Making of NIGHT OF THE CREEPS -- a five-part documentary on the making of the film featuring interviews with writer/director Fred Dekker, actors Tom Atkins, Jason Lively, Steve Marshall, Jill Whitlow, producer Charles Gordon, special makeup effects creator David B. Miller, Special Makeup Effects artists Howard Berger and Robert Kurtzman and more
  • Tom Atkins: Man of Action -- a look at the actor's career
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Theatrical Trailer
DISC TWO
  • Director's Cut
  • Audio Commentary with writer/director Fred Dekker
  • Audio Commentary with actors Tom Atkins, Jason Lively, Steve Marshall and Jill Whitlow
  • NEW Horror's Hallowed Grounds -- a look at the film's locations today with host Sean Clark, director Fred Dekker and actor Jason Lively
  • NEW Real Good Plan -- an interview with actor Jason Lively
  • NEW The Bradster- an interview with actor Alan Kayser
  • NEW I Vote For That One -- an interview with actor Ken Heron
  • NEW Worst Coroner Ever -- an interview with actor Vic Polizos
  • NEW Answering the Door -- an interview with actress Suzanne Snyder
  • NEW Final Cut -- an interview with editor Michael N. Knue

 

 

Shopping: The New York Ripper...

1982 Italian horror by Lucio Fulci, famously banned and ordered out of the country by James Ferman, just released on US Blu-ray/DVD Combo


Link Here 27th June 2019
The New York Ripper is a 1982 Italian horror by Lucio Fulci.
With Jack Hedley, Almanta Suska and Howard Ross. YouTube icon BBFC link IMDb
Banned by the BBFC for 1984 cinema release. Subsequent UK VHS/DVD release are cut by about 30s. Cut for an MPAA R rating in the US but also released uncut and MPAA Unrated.

A cinema release was rejected by the BBFC in 1984. Lucio Fulci's film was not only banned but all prints were escorted out of the country. At least that is the romantic notion of events.

See case study from bbfc.co.uk :

If Ferman had merely written to the distributor confirming the decision to refuse a BBFC classification, The New York Ripper may have simply been another work denied a release during the video nasties era. However, what Ferman did next meant The New York Ripper became something of an urban legend (which persists in cult and horror film circles to this day).

The fact the UK distributor of Nightmares in a Damaged Brain had just received a prison sentence for his role in distributing his film made the potential for the distributor of The New York Ripper to become embroiled in an obscenity case seem very real. Therefore Ferman decided it would be unwise for the BBFC to return the film to its distributor. Ferman was aware that the distributor could still release The New York Ripper on video tape (or seek local authority approval for local cinema exhibition), in spite of the BBFC's judgement that any release of the film was at risk of comprising an obscene publication. To do so would not only risk the distributor being vulnerable to a charge of being found in possession of an obscene work with intent to commercially supply, but could also potentially put the BBFC in the difficult position of having facilitated that supply.

Accordingly, Ferman took the unusual step of informing the UK distributor that the BBFC would be re-exporting the submitted print to the original rights holders in Italy, also advising him that he should similarly dispose of any further copies of the film in his possession. The BBFC's actions took place in a time and climate in which UK distributors were being convicted and even sent to jail for their involvement with similar films. However, it is easy to see how the legend developed that The New York Ripper was so uniquely powerful and offensive that every print had to be escorted from the country. Some stories go so far as to suggest the film had been removed under armed guard.

See further details at Melon Farmers Banned Films: The New York Ripper

US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:
  • 2019 Blue Underground Limited Edition R0 Blu-ray/R0 DVD Combo at US Amazon released on 25th June 2019
  • 2019 Blue Underground Amazon Prime VoD [US only] at US Amazon

Reviews

Promotional Material

Someone Is Taking A Big Bite Out Of The Big Apple!

A blade-wielding psychopath is on the loose, turning The Big Apple bright red with the blood of beautiful young women. As NYPD detective Fred Williams (Jack Hedley, ''For Your Eyes Only'') follows the trail of butchery from the decks of the Staten Island Ferry to the sex shows of Times Square, each brutal murder becomes a sadistic taunt. In the city that never sleeps, the hunt is on for the killer that can t be stopped!

Co-written and directed by acclaimed horror maestro Lucio Fulci (''Zombie'', ''City of the Living Dead'') and filmed on location in the mean streets of New York City, this is one of Fulci's most savage and controversial thrillers. Now Blue Underground is proud to present THE NEW YORK RIPPER in a new 4K restoration from its original camera negative, completely uncut and uncensored, and fully loaded with exclusive new Extras!

SPECIAL FEATURES:

  • WORLD PREMIERE! New 4K Restoration from the uncensored original camera negative
  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD Widescreen 2.40:1 Feature Presentation
  • Audio: 7.1 DTS-HD (English); 1.0 DTS-HD (English, Italian); 1.0 Dolby Digital (French, Spanish)
  • Subtitles: English SDH, French, Spanish, English for Italian Audio
  • NEW! Audio Commentary with Troy Howarth , Author of ''Splintered Visions: Lucio Fulci and His Films''
  • NEW! The Art Of Killing: Interview with Co-Writer DardanoSacchetti
  • NEW! Three Fingers Of Violence: Interview with Star Howard Ross
  • NEW! The Second Victim: Interview with Co-Star Cinzia de Ponti
  • NEW! The Broken Bottle Murder: Interview with Co-Star Zora Kerova
  • ''I'm an Actress!'': 2009 Interview with Co-Star Zora Kerova
  • NEW! The Beauty Killer: Interview with Stephen Thrower, Author of ''Beyond Terror: The Films of Lucio Fulci''
  • NEW! Paint Me Blood Red: Interview with Poster Artist Enzo Sciotti
  • NYC Locations Then and Now
  • Original Theatrical Trailer
  • NEW! Poster & Still Gallery
  • BONUS! THE NEW YORK RIPPER: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack CD by Francesco De Masi
  • BONUS! Collectable Booklet with new essay by Travis Crawford
  • BONUS! Lenticular 3D Slipcover (First Pressing Only)
  • BLU-RAY + DVD + CD

    Special Features May Not Be Rated, Closed Captioned Or In High Definition.

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    Shopping: L'Eau a la Bouche...

    1960 France comedy romance by Jacques Doniol-Valcroze, once cut by the BBFC, just released on US Blu-ray/DVD Combo


    Link Here 20th June 2019
    L'eau à la bouche (aka A Game for Six Lovers) is a 1960 France comedy romance by Jacques Doniol-Valcroze.
    Starring Bernadette Lafont, Françoise Brion and Alexandra Stewart. BBFC link IMDb
    BBFC cuts were required for an X rated release in 1960. Uncut and MPAA Unrated in the US.
    US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:
    • 2019 Cinetrove International RA Blu-ray/R1 DVD Combo at US Amazon released on 18th June 2019

    Promotional Material

    During the early sixties, a ground-breaking format called "nouvelle vague" was unleashed upon French cinema with a force that forever changed the contemporary style of that era.

    This "new wave" form rejected the traditional "old Hollywood" sense of stories based on narratives and structures from earlier media, namely books and theatre. The "new" directors did not want to hold the viewer's hand through each scene and direct their emotions, feeling that interfered with the ability to perceive and react to film as in real life.

    L'EAU A LA BOUCHE (aka A Game for Six Lovers ), a tale of comedic errors and mistakes centered around a simple story where the women are looking for love (and sex) and so are the men, is typical nouvelle vague - a story is told, but it's the mood that makes the film with its camera angles, scenery, and discreet lighting.

    Featuring the directorial debut of Jacques Doniol-Valcroze, the film stars Françoise Brion , Paul Guers , and Alexandra Stewart as the heirs to their grandmother's estate, who gather with a notary to share her inheritance. Very quickly, however, the light-hearted atmosphere unwinds and alters the reunion. The chateau becomes the perfect languid setting for intimacy and permissiveness, and a romantic ménage unfolds with six would-be lovers paired off, spending the night making love.

    The film's true sense of nouvelle vague is demonstrated perfectly during the castle scene; the camera circles the castle in the dark, showing only the outline of the castle silhouetted against the vastness of the night, as the glorious soundtrack, written and performed by Serge Gainsbourg, enhances the beauty of the moment.

    Bonus Features:
    1. Bonus Featurette: "The French 60s & theme to "L'eau a la bouche" by Serge Gainsbourg"
    2. Photo Gallery
    3. Reversible English & French artwork
    4. English Subtitles

     

     

    Shopping: The Scorpion King...

    2002 USA / Germany / Belgium action fantasy adventure by Chuck Russell, cut by the BBFC, just released on US Blu-ray


    Link Here 19th June 2019
    The Scorpion King is a 2002 USA / Germany / Belgium action fantasy adventure by Chuck Russell.
    Starring Dwayne Johnson, Steven Brand and Michael Clarke Duncan. IMDb
    All UK releases have been cut for a 12 rating. Uncut and MPAA PG-13 rated in the US.

    See the UK cuts details in Cutting Edge

    The Mummy Series
    Gavin Salkeld's Cutting Edge Episode 23:
    The Mummy Series

    US: Uncut and MPAA PG-13 rated for:

    • 2019 Universal Pictures Home Entertainment 4k RA Blu-ray at US Amazon released on 18th June 2019
    • 2019 Universal Pictures Home Entertainment Amazon Prime VoD [US only] at US Amazon

    Promotional Material

    Adventure rules! The spectacular Mummy series explodes into a new realm of breathtaking, nonstop action in The Scorpion King! Unleashing Dwayne Johnson (Skyscraper) as the most fearsome warrior of the ancient world, The Scorpion King plunges you into a sweeping tale filled with stunning fight sequences, awe-inspiring battles and pulse-pounding thrills. It's the ultimate special effects-powered epic and the must-see-and-see-again adventure of the year!

     

     

    Shopping: The Godfather Collection...

    1972 USA crime drama by Francis Ford Coppola, with censor cuts for part I and III, just released on US Blu-ray


    Link Here 12th June 2019
    The Godfather Collection is trilogy by Francis Ford Coppola.
    Starring Al Pacino, Marlon Brando and Robert Duvall. US: Uncut and MPAA R rated for:
    • 2019 PARAMOUNT Godfather Collection (RA) Blu-ray at US Amazon released on 11th June 2019
    The Godfather is a 1972 USA crime drama by Francis Ford Coppola.
    Starring Marlon Brando, Al Pacino and James Caan. BBFC link IMDb
    Cut by the BBFC for an X rated cinema release in 1972. Uncut on 18 rated VHS and 15 rated DVD. Uncut and MPAA R rated in the US.

    The Godfather Part III is a 1990 USA crime drama by Francis Ford Coppola.
    Starring Al Pacino, Diane Keaton and Andy Garcia. BBFC link IMDb

    Cut in the US for an MPAA R rating. The cuts persisted to all releases including the longer Director's Cut

    Promotional Material

    The Godfather Trilogy is the benchmark for all cinematic storytelling. Francis Ford Coppola's masterful adaptation of Mario Puzo's novel chronicles the rise and fall of the Corleone family in this celebrated epic. Collectively nominated for a staggering 29 Academy Awards, the films are the winner of 9, including 2 for Best Picture for The Godfather and The Godfather Part II. To this day, the saga is rightfully viewed as one of the greatest in the history of motion pictures.

    Now, for true cinema lovers, comes The Godfather Trilogy, with the Corleone Legacy Family Tree, Original Theatrical Art Cards, and Collectible Portraits with Frame to complete every fan's collection.

     


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