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Shopping: Hollywood Horror House...

1970 USA horror thriller by Donald Wolfe just released, once cut by the BBFC, on US Blu-ray/DVD Combo


Link Here2nd April 2020
Hollywood Horror House is a 1970 USA horror thriller by Donald Wolfe.
Starring Miriam Hopkins, David Garfield and Gale Sondergaard. IMDb

Cut by the BBFC for 1982 cinema release. Uncut and MPAA R rated in the US.

US: Uncut and MPAA R rated for:
  • 2020 Vinegar Syndrome R0 Blu-ray/R0 DVD Combo at US Amazon released on 31st March 2020

Promotional Material

Vic Valance ( David Garfield ) is an enigmatic young man who has manipulated his way into working at the decaying mansion of a once prolific, but now reclusive and alcoholic, movie star named Katharine Packard ( Miriam Hopkins ). While the rest of the house staff become suspicious of Vic's intentions, the aging movie queen finds in him a companion and, she hopes, a lover. But as Vic begins behaving in more and more erratic ways, it becomes clear that he's far more sinister than his demeanor implies and might in fact be a vicious serial killer who has been murdering and dismembering middle-aged women in Hollywood...

A psychedelic proto-slasher by way of Sunset Blvd, HOLLYWOOD HORROR HOUSE (aka SAVAGE INTRUDER ) was shot on and off between late 1969 and mid 1973 by writer/producer/director Donald Wolfe, with funds from his star home bus tour company. Chock full of lurid, candy-colored freak-outs shot by John Morrill ( A Boy and His Dog ) along with surprisingly grisly murder set pieces, plus a supporting cast including Gale Sondergaard , Virginia Wing ( Law and Order ), Florence Lake ( Welcome to Arrow Beach ), and Joe Besser ( The Three Stooges ) in his final role in a feature film, HOLLYWOOD HORROR HOUSE ramps up its weirdness all the way through it's demented final act and comes to Blu-ray from Vinegar Syndrome, newly restored in 4k from its original 35mm camera negative.

Bonus Features:
1. Region Free Blu-ray/DVD combo
2. Newly scanned & restored in 4k from its 35mm camera negative
3. Historical commentary track with David Decoteau of RapidHeart.tv and David Del Valle of SinisterImage.com
4. Promotional image gallery
5. Reversible cover artwork
6. English SDH subtitles

 

 

Shopping: The Loners + Dragon Vs Needles Of Death...

1972 USA action drama by Sutton Roley, once cut by the BBFC, just released on US Blu-ray


Link Here24th March 2020
The Loners is a 1972 USA action drama by Sutton Roley.
Starring Dean Stockwell, Patricia Stich and Todd Susman. BBFC link IMDb
Cut by the BBFC for an X rated cinema release in 1972. Uncut and MPAA R rated in the US.
Dragon Vs Needles Of Death (Long hu feng) is a 1975 Taiwan / Hong Kong action drama by Kuo-Heng Chung (as Kou Hung Chong).
Starring Feng Kou, Ping Wang and Chun Ti. IMDb
There are no censorship issues with this release.
US: Uncut and MPAA R rated for:
  • 2020 Dark Force Ent (RA) Blu-ray at US Amazon released on 17th March 2020

Promotional Material

THE LONERS: On his motorcycle Stein (Dean Stockwell), a half-blood Indian, tries to stay out of the hands of the police, who are chasing him for accidentally killing a cop. Together with his friend Alan (Todd Susman) and a beautiful but desperate girl (Patricia Stich), Stein will get involved in a robbery and more death. The police intensify the search, but the three won't give up that easily.

DRAGON VS NEEDLES OF DEATH: A young man joins a kung-fu academy but fails to fit in. He soon runs off with the master's daughter and becomes a salt smuggler. He ends up joining with the school's top fighter - his former rival - against a local mob leader. Kung-Fu craziness abounds in this martial arts outing. The title needles are murderously effective projectiles shot from the wristbands of opponents, and only the most adept martial artists will be able to defeat the enemy.

 

 

Shopping: Force 10 from Navarone...

1978 UK / USA action war drama by Guy Hamilton, once cut for an 'A" rated cinema release, just released on US Blu-ray


Link Here23rd March 2020
Force 10 from Navarone is a 1978 UK / USA action war drama by Guy Hamilton.
Starring Harrison Ford, Robert Shaw and Edward Fox. BBFC link IMDb 

The Theatrical Version was cut by the BBFC for an 'A' rated cinema released in 1978. The Theatrical Version was 15 rated on VHS. The Restored Version of 2005 was uncut and 12 rated. The Theatrical Version was MPAA PG rated in the US.

US: The Restored Version is uncut and MPAA Unrated for:
  • 2020 KL Studio Classics (RA) Blu-ray at US Amazon released on 17th March 2020
  • 2020 KL Studio Classics Amazon Prime VoD [US only] at US Amazon

Promotional Material

From Guy Hamilton, the acclaimed director of The Devil's Disciple, Goldfinger, Funeral in Berlin, Live and Let Die and Evil Under the Sun, and Alistair MacLean, the legendary writer of The Secret Ways, The Satan Bug, Ice Station Zebra, Where Eagles Dare and When Eight Bells Toll, comes this action-packed sequel to the classic WWII adventure The Guns of Navarone. Screen legends Robert Shaw (The Taking of Pelham One Two Three, Jaws) and Harrison Ford (The Fugitive, Witness) star as fearless commandos on a deadly mission in the darkest days of World War II. Hitler's armies are storming through Europe, annihilating all opposition in their path, but U.S. Colonel Barnsby (Ford) plots to strike a crippling blow to the brutal Nazi forces. To succeed, he'll need the help of the most skilled and lethal soldiers in the world: the squad led by Captain Mallory (Shaw) and explosives specialist Corporal Miller (Edward Fox, The Day of the Jackal), fresh from its triumphant mission at Navarone. Carl Weathers (Rocky), Barbara Bach (The Spy Who Loved Me), Franco Nero (The Mercenary), Richard Kiel (Moonraker) and Alan Badel (Arabesque) co-star in this large-scale action saga with remarkable special effects and stunts. Adapted screenplay by Robin Chapman and adapted screen story by award-winning writer/producer/director Carl Foreman (The Bridge on the River Kwai, The Victors).

Special Features:
-BRAND NEW 2K MASTER
-NEW Audio commentary by Filmmaker/Historian Steve Mitchell and Combat Films: American Realism Author Steven Jay Rubin
-5.1 Surround and 2.0 Lossless Audio
-Optional English Subtitles
-Dual-Layered BD50 Disc
-Theatrical Trailer

 

 

Shopping: Cannibal Apocalypse...

1980 Italian/Spanish video nasty by Anthony M Dawson just released on US Blu-ray and DVD


Link Here21st March 2020
Cannibal Apocalypse is a 1980 Italian/Spanish horror by Anthony M Dawson. With John Saxon, Elizabeth Turner and Giovanni Lombardo Radice. YouTube iconBBFC link IMDb
Banned as a video nasty in 1982. Passed 18 after animal cruelty cuts for UK DVD. There is a cut US MPAA R rated version and an uncut MPAA Unrated version.

See further details at Melon Farmers Film Cuts: Canniball Apocalypse

See also Video Nasties from melonfarmers.co.uk

US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:
  • 2020 KL Studio Classics RA Blu-ray at US Amazon released on 17th March 2020
  • 2020 KL Studio Classics R1 DVD at US Amazon released on 17th March 2020

Promotional Material

The horrors of war take on a whole new meaning for Vietnam vet Norman Hopper (John Saxon, Nightmare Beach, Evil Eye, Queen of Blood), whose quiet domestic life in Atlanta is shattered by the return of Charlie Bukowski, a combat buddy who dredges up terrifying flashbacks of flesh eating and bloodshed in the war-torn jungles. Now on the run from the law after taking a bite out of an unwilling victim, Charlie begs Norman to help him get out of town with another fellow veteran, Tom (Tony King, Report to the Commissioner, The Raiders of Atlantis). Soon the ragtag team of cannibals are fighting for their lives, spreading a deadly contagion through the city before heading into the sewers for a gut-wrenching climax no one will soon forget! One of the most infamous Italian horror films of all time, Cannibal Apocalypse was heavily censored in many countries where it played under such titles as Cannibals in the Streets and Invasion of the Flesh Hunters. Now you can finally experience this thrilling collision of action-packed combat and monstrous horror from cult director Antonio Margheriti (The Long Hair of Death, Castle of Blood, Take a Hard Ride, Killer Fish) in its original gory splendor for the first time in fully restored HD! Not for the faint of heart or those with full stomachs!

Special Features:
-BRAND NEW 4K RESTORATION
-NEW Audio Commentary by Film Historian Tim Lucas
-CANNIBAL APOCALYPSE REDUX: Documentary Featuring John Saxon, John Morghen (Giovanni Lombardo Radice) and director Antonio Margheriti
-CANNIBAL KING: NEW Interview with Actor Tony King
-APOCALYPSE IN THE STREETS: A Video Tour of Filming Locations
-European Theatrical Trailer
-Japanese Teaser
-Alternate U.S. Opening Sequence
-Optional English Subtitles

 

 

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: Inseminoid...

1981 UK horror sci-fi thriller by Norman J Warren just released on US Blu-ray


Link Here12th March 2020
Inseminoid is a 1981 UK horror sci-fi thriller by Norman J. Warren.
With Robin Clarke, Jennifer Ashley and Stephanie Beacham. YouTube iconBBFC link IMDb
No censor cuts although a shortened version was released in UK cinemas. The video was seized by police during the video nasties moral panic.
US: Uncut and MPAA R rated for:
  • 2020 Shout! Factory RA Blu-ray at US Amazon released on 10th March 2020
  • 2020 Shout! Factory Amazon Prime VoD [US only] at US Amazon

Promotional Material

"Gory" -- TV Guide "Crazy" -- The Terror Trap "Beautiful" -- Cinemafantastique An alien creature has been waiting millions of years for a chance to breed, and its time has finally come when a group of space explorers unwittingly lands on its home planet. The 12-member crew is investigating for possible origins for the planet's vanished civilization. Instead, they awaken the planet's creature and discover that the horror to come is more terrifying than any nightmare that they could ever imagine!

 

 

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: Sergio Leone Westerns - Five Film Collection...

Film set by Sergio Leone just released on US Blu-ray, and all of them were cut at some time in their history


Link Here4th March 2020
Sergio Leone Westerns - Five Film Collection is a film set by Sergio Leone.
Starring Clint Eastwood and Charles Bronson.  

There are no censorship issues with this release.
US: Uncut and MPAA R rated for:
  • 2020 KL Studio Classics Sergio Leone Westerns (RA) Blu-ray at US Amazon released on 3rd March 2020
A Fistful of Dollars is a 1964 Italy / Spain / West Germany western by Sergio Leone.
Starring Clint Eastwood, Gian Maria Volonté and Marianne Koch. BBFC link IMDb
Originally cut in the US for an 'M' rated theatrical release. The US cut version was further cut by the BBFC for an X (16) rated 1967 cinema release and it seems the same version was released again in 1981 for an 'AA' rated cinema re-release.

A slightly extended UK Theatrical version was released on pre-cert VHS in 1983 and 15 rated VHS in 1987. Uncut and 15 rated in the UK since 1999.

Meanwhile in the US the film was released uncut and MPAA Unrated on 1988 VHS. An R rating was obtained for the uncut version in 1994 and applies to all subsequent releases.

For a Few Dollars More is a 1965 Italy/Spain/West Germany western by Sergio Leone.
With Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef, Gian Maria Volonté. YouTube iconBBFC link IMDb
Cut by the BBFC for an X (16) rated cinema release. Also cut in the US for an M rating. Later the cuts were restored but editors seem to have missed a scene. The complete version was eventually released in Germany.
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly is a 1966 Italy / Spain / West Germany western adventure by Sergio Leone.
Starring Clint Eastwood, Eli Wallach and Lee Van Cleef. YouTube iconBBFC link IMDb
Cut by the BBFC for 1968 cinema release and 1986 VHS. The shorter international Version was uncut since 2000 DVD. The Director's Cut/Extended Version was released uncut in 2008.
Once Upon a Time in the West is a 1968 Italy / USA western by Sergio Leone.
Starring Henry Fonda, Charles Bronson and Claudia Cardinale. BBFC link IMDb
BBFC category cuts were required for an 'A" rated cinema release in 1969. The film was uncut and 'AA' rated for 1982 cinema release. Uncut on home video with a 15 rating until 2003 but with a 12 rating from 2011. Uncut and MPAA PG-13 rated in the US. There is a longer Director's Cut released in Italy.
A Fistful of Dynamite (aka Duck You Sucker) is a 1971 Italian action film by Sergio Leone.
With Rod Steiger, James Coburn and Romolo Valli. YouTube iconBBFC link IMDb

Exists as a shortened US Version, a Standard Version and shorter and longer variants of the Restored Version. The BBFC cut the 2005 release for horse falls. The full length restored version was released on US Blu-ray with strong language cuts. Whilst in the UK the release featured a better quality uncut sound track, but 2 horse falls were cut.

Promotional Material

FIVE RESTORED SPAGHETTI WESTERNS FROM THE MAN WHO STARTED THE GENRE! This collection includes all five westerns directed by the great Sergio Leone.

A Fistful of Dollars (1964) starring Clint Eastwood as 'The Man with No Name' with Marianne Koch, Gian Maria Volontè and Mario Brega;

For a Few Dollars More (1965) stars Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef, Gian Maria Volontè, Mario Brega and Luigi Pistilli;

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966) -- Leone's first masterpiece was the final film in 'The Man with No Name' trilogy, starring Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef, Eli Wallach, Aldo Giuffrè, Al Mulock, Mario Brega and Luigi Pistilli;

Once Upon a Time in the West (1968) is considered by most to be his second masterpiece and at the time, his most ambitious film, stars Charles Bronson, Henry Fonda, Claudia Cardinale, Jason Robards, Jack Elam, Woody Strode, Al Mulock, Gabriele Ferzetti, Keenan Wynn, Frank Wolf and Lionel Stander;

A Fistful of Dynamite (1971), the maestro's final epic western stars Rod Steiger, James Coburn and Romolo Valli.

All 5 films in this collection feature classic scores by legendary composer, Ennio Morricone (Navajo Joe, Death Rides a Horse, The Sicilian Clan, The Hateful Eight) and are loaded with special features.

Special Features:
-Three Audio Commentaries by Tim Lucas
-Three Audio Commentaries by Sir Christopher Frayling
-Audio Commentary by Filmmaker Alex Cox
-Audio Commentary with Filmmakers John Carpenter, John Milius, Alex Cox and Bernardo Bertolucci, Film Historians Sir Christopher Frayling and Dr. Sheldon Hall, and Actress Claudia Cardinale
-Documentaries
-Featurettes
-Location Comparisons
-Interviews
-Image Galleries
-Radio Spots
-Alternate Trailers
-Double-Bill Trailers
-Theatrical Trailers
And More!

 

 

Shopping: Zombie Island Massacre...

1984 USA horror by John N Carter, cut by the BBFC for VHS, just released on US Blu-ray/DVD Combo


Link Here2nd March 2020
Zombie Island Massacre is a 1984 USA horror by John N Carter.
Starring David Broadnax, Rita Jenrette and Tom Cantrell. BBFC link IMDb
Cut by the BBFC for 18 rated VHS in 1996. Uncut and MPAA R rated in the US.

See further details at Melon Farmers Film Cuts: Zombie Island Massacre

US: Uncut and MPAA R rated for:
  • 2020 Vinegar Syndrome R0 Blu-ray/R0 DVD Combo at US Amazon released on 25th February 2020
  • 2020 Vinegar Syndrome Amazon Prime VoD [US only] at US Amazon

Promotional Material

A group of Americans, on what they assumed would be a relaxing and fun-filled vacation in the Caribbean, soon find themselves trapped in the island wilderness after their tour bus breaks down. Alone and stranded, the group begin to fall prey to an unknown, voodoo mask wearing assailant who bumps them off in various nasty ways, ranging from decapitation and evisceration, to impalement. As the surviving members of the group frantically search for help, they begin to suspect that not all of them might be who they claim they are, and that one of them might be a cold-blooded killer...

John N. Carter's ZOMBIE ISLAND MASSACRE , the production of which is still somewhat shrouded in mystery, was produced at the height of the 80s slasher craze and features all of the genre hallmarks including gruesome death, gratuitous nudity, and an entirely original looking 'killer guise,' along with a score by genre favorite Harry Manfredini ( Friday the 13th ). Previously viewable only in dark and drab video sourced editions which mask its impressive special effects and surprisingly colorful cinematography by Robert Baldwin ( The Exterminator ), Vinegar Syndrome brings ZOMBIE ISLAND MASSACRE to Blu-ray, newly restored from its 35mm original negative.

Bonus Features:
1. Region Free Blu-ray/DVD combo
2. Newly scanned & restored in 2k from its 35mm camera negative
3. Original theatrical trailer
4. Multiple TV spots
5. Promotional 'sizzle' reel
6. Reversible cover artwork
7. English SDH subtitles

 

 

Perfect Friday...

1970 UK crime comedy by Peter Hall just released on US Blu-ray and DVD


Link Here29th February 2020
Perfect Friday is a 1970 UK crime comedy by Peter Hall.
Starring Ursula Andress, Stanley Baker and David Warner. IMDb

Cut the BBFC for the AA (14) rated 1970 cinema release. Probably the same version for the 2013 DVD

US: MPAA R rated for:
  • 2020 KL Studio Classics (RA) Blu-ray at US Amazon released on 25th February 2020
  • 2020 KL Studio Classics R1 DVD at US Amazon released on 25th February 2020

Promotional Material

Lord Nicholas "Nick" Dorset (David Warner, Morgan!, Time After Time) and his beautiful wife Lady Britt Dorset (Ursula Andress, Dr. No, The 10th Victim) are a glamorous couple who live completely beyond their means. Their bank manager, Mr. Graham (Stanley Baker, Robbery, The Criminal), who envies his customers' wealth, has devised a foolproof plan to rob his own bank of £200,000, and Nick and Britt's desperate financial situation makes them ideal accomplices. To complicate things even further, Mr. Graham becomes involved with and falls in love with the gorgeous Lady Dorset! Peter Hall (The Homecoming) wonderfully directs this crime-comedy beautifully shot by Alan Hume (Runaway Train, Return of the Jedi) and co-starring T.P. McKenna (Straw Dogs).

Special Features:
-NEW Audio Commentary by Film Historian and Critic Peter Tonguette
-Optional English Subtitles
-Dual-Layered BD50 Disc
-Trailers

 

 

Hot Dog... The Movie...

1984 USA comedy romance by Peter Markle just released on US Blu-ray and DVD


Link Here29th February 2020
Hot Dog... The Movie is a 1984 USA comedy romance by Peter Markle.
Starring David Naughton, Patrick Houser and Tracy Smith. IMDb

There exists an uncut Producer's Cut and an MPAA R rated theatrical version. The UK releases match the running time of the Producer's Cut.

US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:
  • 2020 Synapse Films RA Blu-ray at US Amazon released on 25th February 2020
  • 2020 Synapse Films R1 DVD at US Amazon released on 25th February 2020

Promotional Material

The Iconic '80s T&A Cult Classic - For the First Time Ever in its Original Uncut Version!

Harkin Banks (Patrick Houser) is an American hot-dogger who enters a winter skiing competition and goes pole-to-pole with Rudi (John Patrick Reger), an arrogant Austrian pro who will do anything to win! As Harkin's "Rat Pack" and Rudi's "Rudettes" battle on and off the slopes, Rudi's ultra-sexy ex-girlfriend (Shannon Tweed, Playboy's 1982 Playmate of the Year) sets her sights on Harkin with a few "pointers" of her own. Culminating in a final and dangerous "Chinese Downhill" race, only one will be victorious!

See and hear HOT DOG … THE MOVIE the way it was always meant to be in this "Unrated Producer's Cut" of the iconic '80s T&A ski-comedy classic! Remastered in 4K from the uncut 35mm camera negative and remixed in 5.1 surround sound, this is writer/co-producer Mike Marvin's original version of the film containing additional nudity, sex and restored scenes not included in the 1984 theatrical release.

Special Features:

New 4K restoration of the producer's uncut version from the recently discovered original 35mm camera negative. New 5.1 surround sound mix (Original 2.0 theatrical mono mix also included).
HOT DOG: THE DOCUMENTARY - An all-new 50 minute featurette including new interviews with director Peter Markle, co-producer/writer Mike Marvin, and cast members David Naughton, Tracy Smith, John Patrick Reger and Frank Koppala.
Audio commentary with co-producer/writer Mike Marvin.
Original theatrical trailer, TV spot, radio spots, and music video.
Liner notes by TEEN MOVIE HELL author, Mike McPadden.

 

 

Shopping: The Astrologer...

1975 USA horror by James Glickenhaus, once seized during the video nasties panic, just released on US Blu-ray and DVD


Link Here27th February 2020
The Astrologer is a 1975 USA horror by James Glickenhaus (as Jim Glickenhaus).
Starring Bob Byrd, Mark Buntzman and James Glickenhaus. IMDb

Released on pre-cert VHS and got caught up in the video nasties panic and was seized by police. It didn't become an official video nasty though. Uncut and MPAA R rated in the US.

US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:
  • 2020 Severin (RA) Blu-ray at US Amazon released on 25th February 2020
  • 2020 Severin R1 DVD at US Amazon released on 25th February 2020

Reviews

Promotional Material

THE ASTROLOGER - Director James Glickenhaus' feature debut.

Before he became NYC's favorite '80s action auteur with hits like THE EXTERMINATOR, THE PROTECTOR and SHAKEDOWN, as well as executive producer of grindhouse classics that included MANIAC COP, FRANKENHOOKER and BASKET CASE 2 & 3, writer/director James Glickenhaus made his feature debut with this bizarre tale of government skullduggery, satanic killings, zodiacal mayhem and messianic horror. Playboy centerfold Monica Tidwell (NOCTURNA) stars in the "ultra-obscure and undeniably fascinating" (Fright.com) thriller.

Also known as SUICIDE CULT and a one-time U.K. Section 3 'Video Nasty', THE ASTROLOGER is based on the acclaimed novel by John Cameron. Now featuring a 4k scan from the director's personal answer print and loaded with all-new Special Features.

SPECIAL FEATURES:
Sign of the Times - James Glickenhaus on THE ASTROLOGER.
Monica and THE ASTROLOGER - Interview with Actress Monica Tidwell.
Tales from the Set - Interviews with Filmmakers Brendan Faulkner and Frank M. Farel.
Zodiacal Locations - The Filming Sites of THE ASTROLOGER.

 

 

Shopping: The Candy Snatchers...

1973 USA crime horror thriller by Guerdon Trueblood, once banned by the BBFC, just released on US Blu-ray/DVD Combo


Link Here26th February 2020
The Candy Snatchers is a 1973 USA crime horror thriller by Guerdon Trueblood.
Starring Tiffany Bolling, Ben Piazza and Susan Sennett. BBFC link IMDb 

Banned by the BBFC for 1973 cinema release. Uncut in the US

US: Uncut and MPAA R rated for:
  • 2020 Vinegar Syndrome R0 Blu-ray/R0 DVD Combo at US Amazon released on 25th February 2020

Promotional Material

Vinegar Syndrome specializes in the masterful restoration and distribution of cult, horror, and erotic films from the 1960s-90s.

Candy, a teenage heiress to a large fortune, is kidnapped by a trio of small time criminals on her way home from Catholic school. After burying her alive in an unmarked grave, the trio attempts to extort Candy's father, a wealthy jeweler, for a hefty ransom. But, what seemed like a simple, straightforward kidnapping soon spirals out of control with violent consequences and Candy's only hope for survival is a young mute boy who knows where she is buried.

Unflinchingly dark, violent, and merciless all the way through its notorious final shot, THE CANDY SNATCHERS remains one of the seminal pieces of early '70s cult filmmaking. The only theatrical feature directed by acclaimed screenwriter Guerdon Trueblood ( Welcome Home Soldier Boys ; Jaws 3-D ), THE CANDY SNATCHERS stars Tiffany Bolling ( Wicked Wicked ), Ben Piazza ( The Blues Brothers ), Vince Martorano ( Kojak ), and Susan Sennett as Candy. Exquisitely shot by Robert Maxwell ( Blood Mania ), Vinegar Syndrome presents this key piece of drive-in cinema on Blu-ray for the very first time, newly restored in 4K from its camera negative.

Bonus Features:
1. Region Free Blu-ray/DVD Combo
2. Newly scanned & restored in 4k from its 35mm original camera negative
3. "A Dark Film" - an interview with director Guerdon Trueblood
4. "Snatching the Role" - an interview with actor Vince Martorano
5. "Digging up the Past" - an interview with producer Gary Adelman
6. Audio commentary with film historian Nathaniel Thompson
7. Promotional still and archival article gallery
8. Reversible cover artwork
9. English SDH subtitles

 

 

Shopping: X the Unknown...

1956 UK Sci-Fi Hammer horror by Leslie Norman and Joseph Losey just released on US Blu-ray


Link Here23rd February 2020
X the Unknown is a 1956 UK Sci-Fi Hammer horror by Leslie Norman and Joseph Losey (uncredited).
Starring Dean Jagger, Edward Chapman and Leo McKern. IMDb

No BBFC cuts for an X rating in 1956, however the BBFC did suggest cuts at the script stage. Later uncut for a PG rating for 2003 DVD. Uncut ad MPAA Unrated in the US.

See further details at Melon Farmers Film Cuts: X the Unknown

US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:
  • 2020 Shout! Factory RA Blu-ray at US Amazon released on 18th February 2020

Promotional Material

"Entertaining, suspenseful ... a well-produced piece of science-fiction ... a step above many of the monster movies that came out in the same time period" -- The Telltale Mind Can anything escape this terror? British commandos on maneuvers become ill with mysterious symptoms and horrific burns. Dr. Adam Royston (Dean Jagger), an atomic scientist from a nearby research station, suspects lethal radiation ... but is mystified by the cause. At a nearby hospital, the phenomenon reappears and engulfs more innocent people, including a hospital orderly whose skin melts away from his body! Dr. Royston speculates that the unknown is on a quest to absorb radiation and expand in size and range as it claims more and more victims. As time runs short, he becomes desperate to trap the entity before its power overcomes mankind!



 

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