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‘Zombie’ on 4K Ultra HD May 26, 2020!

Zombie 4K UHD Blu-rayIn Italy, it was considered the ‘unofficial sequel’ to DAWN OF THE DEAD. In England, it was known as ZOMBIE FLESH EATERS and banned as obscene. In America, it was called ZOMBIE and advertised with the depraved tag line ”WE ARE GOING TO EAT YOU!” Tisa Farrow (THE GRIM REAPER), Ian McCulloch (CONTAMINATION), Al Cliver (CANNIBALS), and Richard Johnson (THE HAUNTING) star in this worldwide splatter sensation directed by ‘Maestro Of Gore’ Lucio Fulci (CITY OF THE LIVING DEAD, THE HOUSE BY THE CEMETERY) that remains one of the most eye-skewering, skin-ripping, gore-gushingly graphic horror hits of all time! Continue reading ‘‘Zombie’ on 4K Ultra HD May 26, 2020!’

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‘Maniac’ on 4K Ultra HD May 26, 2020!

Maniac 4K UHD Blu-rayFrank Zito (a career performance by writer/executive producer Joe Spinell of ROCKY and THE GODFATHER fame) is a deeply disturbed man, haunted by the traumas of unspeakable childhood abuse. And when these horrific memories begin to scream inside his mind, Frank prowls the seedy streets of New York City to stalk and slaughter innocent young women. Now Frank has begun a relationship with a beautiful photographer (Caroline Munro of THE SPY WHO LOVED ME), yet his vile compulsions remain. These are the atrocities of a human monster. This is the story of a MANIAC. Continue reading ‘‘Maniac’ on 4K Ultra HD May 26, 2020!’

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‘Throw Down’ [Eureka! Masters of Cinema] on Blu-ray May 18, 2020!

Throw Down Eureka Masters of Cinema Blu-rayIn this visually arresting action drama from acclaimed director Johnnie To (Mad Detective, Election), legendary Judo fighter Szeto Bo (Louis Koo; Flash Point, The Legend of Zu) unexpectedly gave up the sport and now lives the life of an alcoholic gambler who runs a pub. However, cocky Judo newcomer Tony (Aaron Kwok) wants to challenge him, while old foe Kong (Tony Leung Ka Fai, Ashes of Time) demands Szeto to finish the match that never took place, Soon Szeto s pub becomes the ultimate arena where the greatest Judo fighters challenge one another. Filled with brutal, no-holds-barred Judo fight scenes, Throw Down is director To s ultra-stylish homage to the great Japanese director Akira Kurosawa, and is an emotional tale of one man s determination to rediscover himself and win at all costs. The Masters of Cinema Series is proud to present Throw Down in its UK debut from a 4K restoration. Continue reading ‘‘Throw Down’ [Eureka! Masters of Cinema] on Blu-ray May 18, 2020!’

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‘Better Days’ on Blu-ray & DVD May 5, 2020!

Better Days Blu-rayIn the dramatic thriller BETTER DAYS, debuting on digital and Blu-ray May 5 from Well Go USA Entertainment, a bullied teenage girl forms an unlikely friendship with a mysterious young man who protects her from her assailants, all while she copes with the pressures of her final examinations.  Director Derek Kwok-Cheung Tsang (Soulmate) paints a bleak picture of an oppressive society, in the guise of a gripping fairy-tale love story, exposing the dark world of bullying and societal pressures of achievement facing today’s youth.  BETTER DAYS acclaimed cast includes Zhou Dongyu (Kung Fu Monster, The Thousand Faces of Dunjia, Soulmate) and C-pop superstar Jackson Yee (TFboys, GG Bond: Guarding). Bonus materials include a “making-of” featurette. Continue reading ‘‘Better Days’ on Blu-ray & DVD May 5, 2020!’

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‘The Specialists’ [Eureka Classics] on Blu-ray May 18, 2020!

Specialists Eureka Classics Blu-ray 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. Continue reading ‘‘The Specialists’ [Eureka Classics] on Blu-ray May 18, 2020!’

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‘Tigers Are Not Afraid’ on Blu-ray & DVD May 5, 2020!

Tigers Are Not Afraid Blu-rayRLJE Films, a business unit of AMC Networks, has picked up select rights to Shudder’s, AMC Networks’ streaming service for horror, thriller and the supernatural, TIGERS ARE NOT AFRAID which releases on May 5, 2020 on DVD and DVD/Blu-ray SteelBook. Written and directed by Issa López (Secondary Effects), the horror/thriller stars Paola Lara (La Siberia), Juan Ramón López, Ianis Guerrero (“Club de Cuervos”), Rodrigo Cortes, Hanssel Casillas (“Sitiados: Mexico”), Nero Arredondo (“Como Dice El Dicho”) and Tenoch Huerta (Get the Gringo) as “Chino.” RLJE Films will release TIGERS ARE NOT AFRAID on DVD for an SRP of $27.97 and on DVD/Blu-ray SteelBook for an SRP of $34.97.
Continue reading ‘‘Tigers Are Not Afraid’ on Blu-ray & DVD May 5, 2020!’

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Shadow (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)

Shadow 4K UHD Blu-rayWith Shadow, director Zhang Yimou (Hero, House of Flying Daggers) once again pushes the boundaries of wuxia action to create a film like no other, masterfully painting a canvas of inky blacks and greys punctuated with bursts of color from the blood of the defeated. In a kingdom ruled by a young and unpredictable king, the military commander has a secret weapon: a shadow , a look-alike who can fool both his enemies and the King himself. Now he must use this weapon in an intricate plan that will lead his people to victory in a war that the King does not want. Continue reading ‘Shadow (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)’

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‘The Thousand Eyes Of Dr. Mabuse’ [Eureka! Masters of Cinema] on Blu-ray May 11, 2020!

Thousand Eyes Mabuse Blu-rayAfter enjoying fantastic success with Fritz Lang s two-part “Indian Epic” in 1959, German producer Artur Brauner signed the great director to direct one more film. The result would be the picture that, in closing the saga he began nearly forty years earlier, brought Lang s career full-circle, and would come to represent his final celluloid testament by extension: his final film masterpiece. The Thousand Eyes of Dr. Mabuse [Die 1000 Augen des Dr. Mabuse] finds that diabolical Weimar name resurfacing in the Cold War era, linked to a new methodology of murder and mayhem. Seances, assassinations, and Nazi-engineered surveillance tech all abound in Lang s paranoid, and ultimate, filmic labyrinth. One of the great and cherished “last films” in the history of cinema, The Thousand Eyes of Dr. Mabuse provides a stylistic glimpse into the 1960s works on such subjects as sex-crime, youth-culture, and LSD that Lang would unfortunately never come to realize. Nonetheless, Lang s final film remains an explosive, and definitive, closing statement. The Masters of Cinema Series is proud to present Fritz Lang s final film on Blu-ray. Continue reading ‘‘The Thousand Eyes Of Dr. Mabuse’ [Eureka! Masters of Cinema] on Blu-ray May 11, 2020!’

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‘Spring Night Summer Night’ on Blu-ray May 5, 2020!

Spring Night Summer Night Blu-ray Unearthed from relative obscurity and never before seen by most audiences, the original edit of director J.L. Anderson’s first feature film—the gorgeous and spellbinding Spring Night Summer Night (1967)—is coming soon to Blu-ray in a stunningly restored edition, courtesy of Flicker Alley and Nicolas Winding Refn/byNWR. Italian Neorealism meets the coal-mining country of southeast Ohio in this little-seen wonder of 1960s, American independent cinema. Director J.L. Anderson, a film professor at the University of Ohio, utilized non-professional actors, on-location photography, a shoestring budget, and a passionate knowledge of international film to create what Richard Brody of The New Yorker calls a tense, myth-drenched drama of liberation and retribution.  Continue reading ‘‘Spring Night Summer Night’ on Blu-ray May 5, 2020!’

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‘Zu Warriors from the Magic Mountain’ [Eureka Classics] on Blu-ray April 20, 2020!

Zu Warriors Magic Mountain Blu-rayOne of the most important cinematic achievements in Hong Kong cinema, Tsui Hark’s Zu Warriors from the Magic Mountain birthed the modern-day special effects industry in Hong Kong, and influenced filmmakers around the world, including John Carpenter (who credited the film as the inspiration for Big Trouble in Little China).  Featuring an all-star cast led by Yuen Biao (Wheels on Meals, Project A) as young soldier Dik Ming-kei, currently caught in a war between two rival armies during Tang Dynasty. Taking sanctuary in a cave within the ominous Zu Mountain, he becomes entangled in a battle with supernatural forces beyond his comprehension. Featuring breath-taking art design, stunning cinematography, and ground-breaking special effects, Eureka Classics is extremely proud to present Zu Warriors from the Magic Mountain from a brand new 2K restoration making its worldwide debut on Blu-ray. Continue reading ‘‘Zu Warriors from the Magic Mountain’ [Eureka Classics] on Blu-ray April 20, 2020!’

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Ip Man 4: The Finale on 4K UHD Blu-ray April 21, 2020!

Ip Man Finale 4K UHD Blu-rayMartial arts superstar Donnie Yen (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story) reprises his greatest role as the legendary Wing Chun master for Director Wilson Yip (Ip Man franchise) in the grand finale of the revolutionary saga when IP MAN 4: THE FINALE hits Digital April 7 and DVD, Blu-ray Combo and 4K Ultra Blu-ray Combo Pack April 21 from Well Go USA Entertainment. Fans anxious to get the film early can purchase it as part of the IP MAN COMPLETE COLLECTION, available exclusively on Digital April 7.  In this final chapter, Ip Man (Yen) travels to San Francisco following the death of his wife, in order to ease tensions between the local kung fu masters and his star student, Bruce Lee, while searching for a better future for his son.  Also returning for the final installment of the franchise are Scott Adkins (Wolf Warrior, Doctor Strange) and Kwok-Kwan Chan (Kung Fu League) as Bruce Lee.  Bonus features include an English language dub and a “Making-of” featurette. Continue reading ‘Ip Man 4: The Finale on 4K UHD Blu-ray April 21, 2020!’

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John Carpenter’s Christine (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)

Christine 4K UHD Blu-rayJohn Carpenter brings Stephen King’s best-selling novel to life in this chilling thriller. She was born in Detroit … on an automobile assembly line. But she is no ordinary automobile. Deep within her chassis lives an unholy presence. She is CHRISTINE – a red and white 1958 Plymouth Fury whose unique standard equipment includes an evil, indestructible vengeance that will destroy anyone in her way. She seduces 17-year-old Arnie Cunningham (Keith Gordon), who becomes consumed with passion for her sleek, rounded, chrome-laden body. She demands his complete and unquestioned devotion and when outsiders seek to interfere, they become the victims of Christine’s horrifying wrath. Continue reading ‘John Carpenter’s Christine (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)’

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‘Kwaidan’ [Eureka! Masters of Cinema] on Blu-ray April 27, 2020!

Kwaidan Masters Cinema Blu-ray April 27 2020Winner of the Special Jury Prize at Cannes, Kwaidan features four nightmarish tales adapted from Lafcadio Hearn’s classic Japanese ghost stories about mortals caught up in forces beyond their comprehension when the supernatural world intervenes in their lives: “The Black Hair”, “The Woman of the Snow”, “Hoichi the Earless”, and “In a Cup of Tea”.  Breathtakingly photographed entirely on hand-painted sets, the film is an abstract wash of luminescent colours from another world. The Masters of Cinema Series is proud to present the complete 183-minute original Japanese cut of Masaki Kobayashi s masterpiece on Blu-ray for the first time in the UK. Continue reading ‘‘Kwaidan’ [Eureka! Masters of Cinema] on Blu-ray April 27, 2020!’

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Bliss [Eureka! Masters of Cinema] (Blu-ray Review)

Bliss Eureka Masters of Cinema Blu-rayStruggling through a seemingly endless creative rut, hard-partying and Los-Angeles-based artist Dezzy Donahue (Dora Madison, Friday Night Lights) can’t stop the resulting bad streak of problems, including unpaid rent and professional stagnation. In an effort to combat her tough luck, Dezzy throws caution to the wind, indulges in heavy drugs and rages her nights away. Her kinda/sorta boyfriend, Clive, is concerned while her debauchery-minded friend Courtney and her enigmatic hubby Ronnie keep feeding Dezzy s darkest urges. Gradually, though, the party starts to end, and in its place, Dezzy finds herself thirsting for blood and suffering from terrifying visions. Having never been one for moderation or self-control, she’s unable to resist her newfound dangerous impulses. And that’s very bad news for everyone in her life, all of whom are filled with the red liquid she now so desperately craves. Continue reading ‘Bliss [Eureka! Masters of Cinema] (Blu-ray Review)’

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Raining In The Mountain [Eureka! Masters of Cinema] (Blu-ray Review)

Eureka Masters of Cinema Raining in the Mountain Blu-raySet in a remote Buddhist monastery in 16th Century China, Raining in the Mountain deals with a power struggle that ensues when the Abbot of the Three Treasures Temple announces his imminent retirement. The ageing Abbot invites three outsiders to advise him on the critical choice of appointing his successor: Esquire Wen, a wealthy patron of the monastery, General Wang, commander-in-chief of the local military, and Wu Wai, a respected lay Buddhist master. Within the monastery, several disciples aspiring to the position begin to collude individually with Esquire Wen and General Wang. But these two invited advisers have come with seditious intent, scheming to obtain the priceless scroll housed in the monastery: the scriptural text of “The Mahayana Sutra, ” hand-copied by Tripitaka. Meanwhile, convicted criminal Chiu Ming has arrived at the monastery to atone as a monk. He is assigned to safeguard the scroll at the house of scriptures, and encounters thieving rivals White Fox who poses as Esquire Wen s concubine and General Wang s fearsome Lieutenant Chang, who originally framed Chiu Ming for the crime he did not commit. Selected as one of the Best 100 Chinese Motion Pictures by the Hong Kong Film Awards in 2005, The Masters of Cinema Series is proud to present King Hu’s Raining in the Mountain on Blu-ray and DVD for the first time in the UK, from a new 2K restoration completed in 2018 by the Taiwan Film Institute. Continue reading ‘Raining In The Mountain [Eureka! Masters of Cinema] (Blu-ray Review)’

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The Prestige [UK Import] (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)

The Prestige 4K UHD Blu-rayIs there a secret you would kill to know? In this electrifying, suspense-packed thriller from director Christopher Nolan (Batman Begins, Memento), Hugh Jackman and Christian Bale play magicians whose cutthroat attempts to best each other plunge them into deadly deception. Scarlett Johansson also stars as the stage assistant who’s both a pawn and player in their rivalry. A brilliant supporting cast (including Michael Caine and David Bowie). An ingenious story. An astonishing payoff. Once you see The Prestige, you’ll want to see it again. Watch closely. Continue reading ‘The Prestige [UK Import] (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)’

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Color Out of Space (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)

Color Out of Space 4K UHD Blu-rayAfter a meteorite lands in the front yard of their farm, Nathan Gardner (Nicolas Cage) and his family find themselves battling a mutant extraterrestrial organism as it infects their minds and bodies, transforming their quiet rural life into a living nightmare. Based on the classic H.P. Lovecraft short story, Color Out of Space is “gorgeous, vibrant and terrifying” (Jonathan Barkan, Dread Central). Continue reading ‘Color Out of Space (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)’

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‘Rio Grande’ [Eureka! Masters of Cinema] on Blu-ray & DVD April 6, 2020!

Rio Grande Masters of Cinema Perhaps one of the most underrated of the collaborations between director John Ford and star John Wayne, Rio Grande manages to be both a conclusion and a new beginning for this most iconic of actor-filmmaker collaborators. The film is the final entry in Ford and Wayne’s “Cavalry Trilogy, ” following their hits Fort Apache (1948) and She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (1949). Yet it also marks the first of five appearances Wayne made with actress Maureen O’Hara, three of which were directed by Ford. Wayne is Lt. Col. Kirby Yorke, attached to the Texas frontier in 1879 to protect settlers from attacks by Apaches. When Yorke’s son a West Point flunkee turned Army private is assigned to his father’s regiment, tensions flare upon the arrival of Yorke’s estranged wife Kathleen (O’Hara), who wants their teenaged son out of Yorke’s unit. After Apaches attack, the stakes of Yorke’s mission escalate, and he must journey to Mexico where the Apaches are hiding out. With his son and two old recruits (Ford/Wayne regulars Ben Johnson and Harry Carey Jr.) as accompaniment, Yorke faces his toughest battle.  Continue reading ‘‘Rio Grande’ [Eureka! Masters of Cinema] on Blu-ray & DVD April 6, 2020!’

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