DVD & Blu-ray Releases: June 17, 2014

By: Sean Brickley

I decided to begin working with a new format for the weekly DVD/Blu-ray list, folks.  Hopefully it is to your liking. No collections to report about this week, but there are a total of 19 movies sure to satisfy at least some of your morbid tastes.  Pleasant viewing.



Movies:

13 Sins (2014)

Format(s):

DVD, Blu-ray

Notable Names:

Ron Perlman, Pruitt Taylor Vince, Mark Webber, Devon Graye, Rutina Wesley, Stephanie Honore, Han Soto, Brittney Alger, Beau Brasseaux, Wendy Miklovic, Tom Bower

DVD Link:

http://amzn.com/B00IZE00MQ

Blu-ray Link:

http://amzn.com/B00IZE04ZE

Synopsis:

Elliot (Mark Webber, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World) is a bright but meek social services coordinator, drowning in debt and desperate because he’s about to marry the love of his life (Rutina Wesley, HBO’s True Blood). Upon receiving a cryptic phone call informing him that he’s on a hidden camera game show where he must execute 13 tasks, Elliot learns he will be on his way to winning a multimillion dollar cash prize if he quickly follows through with his first two instructions: swat the fly that is currently bothering him and then eat the fly. Although thousands of dollars are suddenly appearing in his bank account, Elliot remains suspicious, though comforted by the knowledge that he can stop playing at any time if only to lose every penny that he’s won. As he leaves a path of destruction behind him and runs away from the law (Ron Perlman, Hellboy), Elliot’s need to complete the game escalates as the tasks grow increasingly sinister, to a devastating point of no return.


Almost Human (2013)

Format(s):

DVD, Blu-ray

Notable Names:

Josh Ethier, Graham Skipper, Vanessa Leigh, Susan T. Travers, Anthony Amaral III, Michael A. LoCicero

DVD Link:

http://amzn.com/B00IXD2LM6

Blu-ray Link:

http://amzn.com/B00KASQQ00

Synopsis:

Mark Fisher disappeared from his home in a brilliant flash of blue light almost two years ago. His friend Seth Hampton was the last to see him alive. Now a string of grisly, violent murders leads Seth to believe that Mark is back, and something evil is inside of him.


Blood Of The Virgins (1967)

Format(s):

DVD

Notable Names:

Susana Beltrán, Gloria Prat, Ricardo Bauleo

DVD Link:

http://amzn.com/B00IF8PV6W

Synopsis:

Sometime in 19th century Argentina, the mysterious Gustavo spoils Ofelia’s wedding night by turning her into his vampire bride. Fast forward to the Swinging Sixties, where a group of hip teenagers foolishly spend the night at an old lodge that is reputed to be haunted. While their leader, Raul, is seduced by Ofelia, Gustavo spirits the group’s female contingent away. When one of the girls, Laura, later re-appears on Raul’s hotel room balcony in a state of shock, and displaying clear signs of vampiric malaise, Raul sends for her brother, Tito. Tito decides that a return visit to the old lodge is the only way they will discover what is really wrong with Laura.


Blood Soaked (2014)

Format(s):

DVD

Notable Names:

Heather Wilder, Rachel Corona, Laina Cathryn Grendle, Kaitlyn Barlow

DVD Link:

http://amzn.com/B00ID8HE2I

Synopsis:

A freshman on her first day of college is seduced by an older co-ed and shares a sleepless night in the New Mexico desert. But this newly formed lesbian couple’s first day together is violently interrupted by a pair of orphaned sisters with a taste for kidnapping, torture and the creation of flesh-eating zombies in their underground bunker! As they fight for their lives and attempt escape, the couple uncovers the sister’s terrifying plan for a Fourth Reich army of the dead. Now, only the couple’s wits and survival skills will save them from this undead Nazi nightmare. Featuring music by Eternal of Wu-Tang Killa Beez.


Dark Souls (2008)

Format(s):

DVD

Notable Names:

Morten Ruda, Kyrre Haugen Sydness, Ida Elisa Broch, Johanna Gustavsson

DVD Link:

http://amzn.com/B00I211L48

Synopsis:

The hit horror film! A young girl is jogging in the woods when she’s suddenly attacked by a man in an orange jumpsuit. Her assailant drills a hole in her skull and leaves her for dead. When the police call the girl’s father to ask him to identify his daughter’s body in the morgue, he tells them that she has just walked in and is sitting in front of her PC. But there’s something seriously wrong with her. Black oil is flowing from her eyes and the only message she’s able to type on her screen is one long cry for help. And she’s not alone. All over town, people are attacked by men in orange jumpsuits with electrical drills. The victims all suffer from the same symptoms, with their bodies slowly disintegrating in front of their loved ones. Frustrated with the lack of results from the local police, the father takes it on himself to investigate the attacks and where he begins to uncover the government’s secret behind the assaults. (Norwegian language with English subtitles)


Doctor Faustus (1967)

Format(s):

DVD

Notable Names:

Richard Burton, Elizabeth Taylor, Andreas Teuber, Ram Chopra, Richard Carwadine

DVD Link:

http://amzn.com/B00JPQ1IMY

Synopsis:

The Classic Story About Good and Evil!

First dramatized in the 16th century, the legend of Doctor Faustus is the immortal tale of a German conjurer who sells his soul to the devil in exchange for a life of adventure and excitement. It has proven to be one of the richest legends of our time, inspiring countless plays and motion pictures including Damn Yankees and the Dudley Moore – Peter Cook comedyBedazzled. In fact, Burton, Taylor and Peter Ustinov filmed a modern adaptation just a few years after Doctor Faustus called Hammersmith is Out.

In this classic version, Burton stars as the aging scholar who makes a deal with the devil for youth, knowledge and a dazzling mistress. But when Faustus begins to regret his decision, the devil’s assistant, Mephistopheles, sends Taylor as the spellbinding seductress who seals Faustus’ fate. This lasting achievement is distinguished by its visual beauty and the great performances of Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor.


Flatliners (1990)

Format(s):

DVD

Notable Names:

Kiefer Sutherland, Julia Roberts, Kevin Bacon, William Baldwin, Oliver Platt

DVD Link:

http://amzn.com/B00JPQ1IK6

Synopsis:

Medical students begin to explore the realm of near death experiences, hoping for insights. Each has their heart stopped and is revived. They begin having flashes of walking nightmares from their childhood, reflecting sins they committed or had committed against them. The experiences continue to intensify, and they begin to be physically beaten by their visions as they try and go deeper into the death experience to find a cure.


John Carpenter’s Ghosts of Mars (2001)

Format(s):

DVD

Notable Names:

Natasha Hestridge, Ice Cube, Jason Statham, Pam Grier, Joanna Cassidy

DVD Link:

http://amzn.com/B00JPQ1II8

Synopsis:

From John Carpenter, the master of horror behind 1998’s hit John Carpenter’s Vampires and classics likeThe Thing and Halloween, comes a sci-fi thriller full of explosive action and bone-chilling suspense.

Natasha Henstridge (Species) is Melanie Ballard, a headstrong police lieutenant on Mars in the year 2025. Humans have been colonizing and mining on the red planet for some time, but when Ballard and her squad are sent to a remote region to apprehend the dangerous criminal James “Desolation” Williams, played by Ice Cube (Friday), they discover that he’s the least of their worries. The mining operations have unleashed a deadly army of Martian spirits who take over the bodies of humans and won’t stop until they destroy all invaders of their planet.


House of Mortal Sin (1976)

Format(s):

Blu-ray

Notable Names:

Anthony Sharp, Susan Penhaligon, Stephanie Beacham, Norman Eshley, Sheila Keith

Blu-ray Link:

http://amzn.com/B00JAGF9NI

Synopsis:

A mad priest uses holy paraphernalia as weapons to punish sinners.


Invasion Of The Scream Queens (1992)

Format(s):

DVD

Notable Names:

Melissa Moore, Mary Woronov, Michelle Bauer, Elizabeth Kaitan, Camille Keaton, David DeCoteau, Brinke Stevens

DVD Link:

http://amzn.com/B00ID8HDVA

Synopsis:

20th Anniversary Edition. First time on DVD! Invasion of the Scream Queens takes you back to a time when the term “Scream Queen” was brand new and promised the hottest actresses in the best horror movies. Directed by cult horror icon Donald Farmer (Demon Queen, Savage Vengeance) and featuring interviews with legendary Scream Queens Michelle Bauer, Brinke Stevens, Mary Woronov, Melissa Moore, Elizabeth Kaitan and many more. Get an inside look at what it takes to be a scream queen and hear the behind-the-scenes stories about the making of some of the most classic horror films of our time, including The Hills Have Eyes, I Spit on Your Grave, Slumber Party Massacre, and many more. All the babes, the boobs and the blood are on full display here in this classic, rare document from the heyday of horror, available for the first time ever on DVD and packed with special features.


Joy Ride 3: Roadkill (2014)

Format(s):

DVD, Blu-ray

Notable Names:

Jesse Hutch, Ken Kirzinger, Dean Armstrong, Ben Hollingsworth

DVD Link:

http://amzn.com/B00JF5GAIW

Blu-ray Link:

http://amzn.com/B00JF5GAY6

Synopsis:

A group of hotheaded street racers are on their way to the Road Rally 1000. As they drive through a desolate shortcut on the way to the race, a man starts tracking, teasing and torturing them until the end of the road.


A Measure Of The Sin (2013)

Format(s):

DVD

Notable Names:

Katie Groshong, Novella Dean, Stephen Jackson, Starina Johnson, Dale Rainey

DVD Link:

http://amzn.com/B00IC13OES

Synopsis:

Every childhood is normal…to the child who lives it. For Meredith that means an enchanted seclusion that is shattered when she is deprived of her mother. Desperate and alone, Meredith must join a household with other women and their children, a sinister man who controls every facet of her existence, and a vicious bear that only she can see.


The Monkey’s Paw (2013)

Format(s):

DVD, Blu-ray

Notable Names:

Stephen Lang, Charles S. Dutton

DVD Link:

http://amzn.com/B00ITAQ2XW

Blu-ray Link:

http://amzn.com/B00ITAQ57A

Synopsis:

After Jake Tilton (C.J.Thomason, Sutures) acquires a mystical monkey’s paw talisman that grants its possessor three wishes, he finds his world turned upside-down after his first two wishes result in his malevolent coworker, Tony Cobb (Stephen Lang, Avatar), being resurrected from the dead. When Cobb pressures Jake into using the final wish to reunite Cobb with his son, his intimidation quickly escalates into relentless murder: forcing Jake to outwit his psychotic friend and save his remaining loved ones. Also starring Corbin Bleu (High School Musical, Nurse 3D), Charles S. Dutton (Legion), Michelle Pierce (NCIS) and Daniel Hugh Kelley (Cujo), The Monkey’s Paw is adapted from the renowned short story by W.W. Jacobs, and picks up where the short story left off.


Night of the Cobra Woman (1972)

Format(s):

DVD

Notable Names:

Joy Bang, Marlene Clark, Roger Garrett

DVD Link:

http://amzn.com/B00JV054CO

Synopsis:

From legendary producer Roger Corman comes a drive-in horror classic! After being bitten by a very unusual cobra, a beautiful nurse (Marlen Clark) can turn herself into a snake and remain eternally young. However,
to keep her youthful exterior, the cursed priestess requires a steady supply of venom — and lusty young men at her beck and call to steal their youth! But trouble occurs when she falls for the boyfriend of a beautiful snake expert (Joy Bang), and he brings along a pet eagle. Can she make a choice between a mortal male and her cobra god Movini ? Now watch this long-unavailable cult classic from a brand new HD master from the original vault elements!


Psychopaths: Sex With Hostages – The Ultimate Collection (2010)

Format(s):

DVD

Notable Names:

Rami Hilmi, Michelle Young

DVD Link:

http://amzn.com/B00ID8HFWW

Synopsis:

Two demented, perverse sickos on the run from a corrupt police force hell bent on justice for various crimes of rape, torture and murder. The Camera Killer Enter a world of grime, sleaze and sick adventure within the very real world of porn, perversion and depravity. One close-up and you’re DEAD. Stories of Torture and Horror Killer tales of unrelenting psychosis, psychos making snuff films and madmen escaping mental asylums and making women repent for their sins! Snuff Film An insane adventure into the perverted and twisted mind of a true psychopath who shares his wild escapades into depravity with his only friend – his video cam.


Rise of the Dinosaurs (2013)

Format(s):

DVD

Notable Names:

Gary Stretch, Corin Nemec, Vernon Wells

DVD Link:

http://amzn.com/B00IYRLU6Y

Synopsis:

Commando squad reflects a hostage at the hands of terrorist Marquez, but their helicopter is shot down and falls into unexplored valleys. How quickly it is inhabited by dinosaurs, for which soldiers are tasty morsel.


Solo (2013)

Format(s):

DVD

Notable Names:

Annie Clark, Daniel Kash, Richard Clarkin

DVD Link:

http://amzn.com/B00IX260XS

Synopsis:

17-year-old Gillian takes a job as a counselor at a remote summer camp. As part of her initiation, she must spend two nights by herself on the camp island, an intimidating collision of rock and wilderness carved out of the lake, supposedly haunted by the ghost of a camper who disappeared suspiciously decades before. When her solo is interrupted by a local man responding to a distress call, what was meant to be a peaceful time alone in nature devolves into something disturbingly different. As her paranoia mounts, a horrifying secret is uprooted and Gillian finds herself in a desperate fight to survive.


Wrath of the Crows (2013)

Format(s):

DVD

Notable Names:

Tiffany Shepis, Debbie Rochon, Tara Cardinal, Domiziano Arcangeli, Suzi Lorraine

DVD Link:

http://amzn.com/B00ITAQ458

Synopsis:

In a dirty, squalid narrow jail, prisoners are forced to suffer injustices both from their guards and the ruling officer. Feared by all, however, is a man nobody there has ever seen -The Judge. When new prisoner Princess arrives, seemingly out of nowhere and dressed only in a crow’s feathers coat, her radiating and sensual appearance begins to cause not only curiosity but also envy, suspicion and a deep sexual agitation. Soon, Princess reveals her dark and supernatural nature, moving objects through the power of her mind and displaying feats of otherworldly strength.


Zombie Apocalypse (2010)

Format(s):

DVD

Notable Names:

Kenny James, Michael Empson, Michael Harthen

DVD Link:

http://amzn.com/B00IYRLUUA

Synopsis:

Staggering out of fiction and into a frightening new reality are the living dead zombies. Join scientists and self-styled zombie preppers as they explore the probability and impact a zombie plague would have in the real world. Plus, Apocalypse How will explore the many other ways in which the human race could meet its end. Four different episodes and four different perspectives explore the fact and fiction of flesh-eating monsters and what it would take to prepare for them. In this almost three-hour collection, we ll venture to edge of reality and back to be sure we re ready for the unthinkable. Are you?

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