DVD & Blu-ray Releases: August 5, 2014

By: Sean Brickley

Well, we have another short list this week, fiends.  But it’s only because you will all be seeverely inundated with decisions to make once September and October roll around.  And this week isn’t too lackluster in terms of releases.  Oculus is getting released this week, along with some classics from the early 80’s and late 70’s.  And don’t forget to check out the 2 collections at the ends of the list.  In total, 5 movie releases and 2 collections (with a total of 14 movies between them).  Pleasant viewing!



Movies:

Anna (2013)

Format(s):

DVD

Notable Names:

Taissa Farmiga, Mark Strong, Brian Cox

DVD Link:

http://amzn.com/B00KITEIBA

Synopsis:

A man with the ability to enter peoples’ memories takes on the case of a brilliant, troubled sixteen-year-old girl to determine whether she is a sociopath or a victim of trauma.


Grizzly (1976)

Format(s):

DVD

Notable Names:

Christopher George, Andrew Prine, Richard Jaeckel, Joan McCall, Joe Dorsey

DVD Link:

http://amzn.com/B00KUCR3LC

Synopsis:

When an eighteen-foot, two-thousand-pound grizzly bear starts mauling campers and hikers at a state park, a park ranger (Christopher George, The Exterminator) springs into action. But the job is too big to tackle alone, so he enlists the aid of a naturalist (Richard Jaeckel, The Dirty Dozen) and a helicopter pilot (Andrew Prine, The Evil) to take this freak of nature down. Meanwhile, the giant grizzly, not content with picnic baskets, continues to kill indiscriminately, leaving pools of blood and piles of body parts in his wake. Can the ranger and his cronies end the grizzly s reign of terror without resorting to excessively extreme measures? This post-Jaws, nature-runs-rampant thriller was directed by William Girdler (Day of the Animals), and was a box office hit and the top-grossing independent film of 1976.


Oculus (2013)

Format(s):

DVD, Blu-ray

Notable Names:

Rory Cochrane, Brenton Thwaites

DVD Link:

http://amzn.com/B00KMULAJS

Blu-ray Link:

http://amzn.com/B00KNVF3US

Synopsis:

 

Ten years ago, tragedy struck the Russell family, leaving the lives of teenage siblings Tim and Kaylie forever changed when Tim was convicted of the brutal murder of their parents. Now in his 20s, Tim is newly released from protective custody and only wants to move on with his life; but Kaylie, still haunted by that fateful night, is convinced her parents’ deaths were caused by something else altogether: a malevolent supernatural force — unleashed through the Lasser Glass, an antique mirror in their childhood home. Determined to prove Tim’s innocence, Kaylie tracks down the mirror, only to learn similar deaths have befallen previous owners over the past century. With the mysterious entity now back in their hands, Tim and Kaylie soon find their hold on reality shattered by terrifying hallucinations, and realize, too late, that their childhood nightmare is beginning again.


Phantom of the Paradise (1974)

Format(s):

Blu-ray/DVD Combo

Notable Names:

Paul Williams, Jessica Harper, William Finley

Blu-ray Link:

http://amzn.com/B00JHH1YQG

Synopsis:

Phantom Of The Paradise is a ground-breaking cult film favorite from acclaimed writer/director Brian De Palma (Carrie, Dressed To Kill).

Paul Williams wrote the acclaimed score for this musical horror classic, and stars as an evil record tycoon haunted and taunted by the disfigured composer Winslow Leach (William Finley, Sisters) he once wronged. Cheered by the Los Angeles Times as a delightful, outrageous…visual triumph, and also starring Jessica Harper (Suspiria, Shock Treatment) and Gerrit Graham (Used Cars, Terrorvision), this hilarious send-up of the glam rock era is pure entertainment from beginning to end.


Without Warning (1980)

Format(s):

Blu-ray/DVD Combo

Notable Names:

Jack Palance, Martin Landau

Blu-ray Link:

http://amzn.com/B00JHH1VSW

Synopsis:

A group of teenagers head out to the lake for a relaxing camping trip in the mountains. They ignore the warnings of the local truck stop owner and head to their destination. Things go terribly wrong when they run into an extraterrestrial who throws deadly discs that suck the blood of their victims. The group heads back to the truck stop for help from the eclectic group of residents: a crazy war veteran (Martin Landau, Ed Wood) and a determined hunter (Jack Palance, Batman).

Special Features:

Audio Commentary with Producer/Director Greydon Clark
New Interviews with:
Cinematographer Dean Cundey
Co-Writer/Co-Producer Daniel Grodnik
Special Make-Up Effects Creator Greg Cannom
Actors Christopher S. Nelson and Tarah Nutter
Original Theatrical Trailer
Still Gallery



Collections:

4 Film Collection Paranormal Thrillers

Format(s):

DVD

Notable Names:

Kim Raver, Lindsay Wagner, Bruce Boxleitner, Christopher Reeve, Marg Helgenberger

DVD Link:

http://amzn.com/B00KLJW1JI

Movies:

Haunting Sarah
The children of identical twins Erica and Heather (Kim Raver in a dual role), Sarah and David, have always been best friends. But when David is tragically killed and Sarah is convinced his spirit is still present, their families descend into a life of haunting turmoil and, ultimately, danger.

Death Dreams
After her daughter, Jennie, dies tragically, Crista Westfield (Marg Helgenberger) begins communicating with her from beyond. But when Jennie reveals the secrets of her death, Crista realizes her life—and her husband (Christopher Reeve)—may not be what she thought.

Stranger With My Face
After Laurie’s dad dies in a terrible accident, she begins to experience strange occurrences that leave her on edge. Desperate for answers, Laurie uncovers a disturbing secret from her past and now she must battle the evil that threatens to take over her life.

From the Dead of Night
After Joanna experiences a strange vision during a close encounter with death, a string of freak accidents threaten her life over and over again. Refusing to believe she’s the victim of sadistic coincidence, Joanna discovers a haunting premise…and unless she can figure out a way to survive more bizarre attacks on her life, her time on Earth is short.


10 American Horror Stories Volume 2

Format(s):

DVD

Notable Names:

Woody Harrelson, Barbara Billingsley, Pamela Sue Martin, Patty Duke, Kelly Rowan

DVD Link:

http://amzn.com/B00KVPEQ36

Movies:

Bay Coven
The island community of Bay Cove is quaint and picturesque. But behind the façade of a happy little town is a coven of witches on a mission to fill a vacancy in their bloodline.

Grave Secrets: The Legacy of Hilltop Drive
The Williams’ family moves into a newly-built house, but strangely, someone—or something—has already staked a claim on the property.

Midnight’s Child
An evil au pair puts a family under her sinister spell…one they must break if they hope to survive her stay.

Hurt
Helen Coltrane, at her husband’s last request, fosters a young girl whose evil she mistakes for innocence.

The Cry
In this modern twist on an ancient legend, a detective fights to protect a boy from his own mother…and from the cry of La Llorana.

The Haunting of Fox Hollow Farm
On the property where serial killer Herb Baumeister buried his victims, a group of paranormal experts investigate the haunting claims of lingering spirits.

Haunting of Winchester House
A family moves into the Winchester mansion, but when a malevolent force abducts their daughter, they discover why it’s known as one of most haunted places in America.

The Cellar Door
Herman seeks girl-next-door types to capture, torture and kill and his basement. But his latest victim, Rudy, has other plans.

Room 33
When a group of stranded travelers spend the night at an abandoned institution, they discover an evil force still lives there—and doesn’t want them to leave.

NightScream
Driven by unexplainable nightmares, Drew Summers arrives in the small town of Steveston, Oregon, on the first anniversary of Laura Fairgate’s mysterious death.

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