DVD & Blu-ray Releases: October 11, 2016
This week’s releases includes Paul Feig’s Ghostbusters, Bart Mastronardi & Alan Rowe Kelly’s Tales of Poe, Hannibal: The Complete Series Collection Season 1-3, and Bitten Complete Series Set. You can view the complete list of this week’s horror releases below.
Starring: Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Leslie Jones, Chris Hemsworth, Cecily Strong
Synopsis: Ghostbusters makes its long-awaited return with Director Paul Feig’s unique and hilarious take on the classic, supernatural comedy, led by the freshest minds in comedy today, Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones, and Chris Hemsworth. Together they team-up to save Manhattan from a sudden invasion of spirits, spooks and slime that engulfs the city. Robert Abele of TheWrap says, “This new A-team of ghostbusters are fresh and funny.”
The Thing [Collector’s Edition] [Blu-ray]
Starring: Kurt Russell, Keith David, Richard Dysart, Wilford Brimley
Synopsis: It’s the first week of winter in 1982. An American Research Base is greeted by an alien force, that can assimilate anything it touches. It’s up to the members to stay alive, and be sure of who is human, and who has become one of the Things.
Special Features Include:
-2K scan of the inter-positive supervised and approved by director of photography Dean Cundey
-4.1 created from the original 70MM Six Track Dolby Stereo soundtrack
-Audio Commentary with director of photography Dean Cundey
-Audio Commentary by director John Carpenter and actor Kurt Russell
-“The Men of Outpost 31:” Interviews with Keith David, Thomas Waites, Peter Maloney, and more
-“Assembling and Assimilation:” An interview with editor Todd Ramsay
-“Behind the Chameleon:” Interviews with visual effects artists Peter Kuran and Susan Turner, special make-up effects artist Rob Burman, and Brian Wade and more
-“Sounds from the Cold:” Interviews with supervising sound editor David Lewis Yewdall and special sound effects designer Alan Howarth
-“Between the Lines:” An interview with novelization author Alan Dean Foster
-“John Carpenter’s The Thing: Terror Takes Shape:” A documentary on the making of THE THING featuring interviews with John Carpenter, Kurt Russell, special effects make-up designer Rob Bottin, legendary matte artist Albert Whitlock, and members of the cast and crew (80 minutes – SD)
-Outtakes (5 minutes – SD)
-Vintage featurettes from the electronic press kit featuring interviews with John Carpenter, Kurt Russell, and Rob Bottin (12 minutes – SD)
-Vintage featurettes “The Making of a Chilling Tale” and “The Making of THE THING” (1982 – 14 minutes – SD)
-Vintage Product Reel – contains a promotional condensed version of the film with additional footage not in the film (19 minutes – SD)
-Vintage Behind-the-Scenes footage (2 minutes – SD)
-Annotated Production Archive – Production Art and Storyboards, Location Scouting, Special Make-up Effects, Post Production (48 minutes – SD)
-Network TV Broadcast version of THE THING (92 minutes – SD)
-Theatrical Trailers (U.S. and German Trailer)
-Still Gallery (behind-the-scenes photos, posters and lobby cards)
Carrie [Collector’s Edition] [Blu-ray]
Starring: Sissy Spacek, Piper Laurie, John Travolta, Nancy Allen, Amy Irving
Synopsis: Based on the best-selling Stephen King novel, this “absolutely spellbinding horror movie”, (Roger Ebert) has become a pervasive, pop-culture touchstone for anyone who’s ever wanted to get even. Sissy Spacek and Piper Laurie deliver Oscar-nominated performances and John Travolta and Amy Irving are terrific in this ultimate revenge fantasy that has become one of the all-time great horror classics, and is now, finally, offered as a definitive, two-disc Collector’s Edition Blu-ray!
At the center of the terror is Carrie (Spacek), a high school loner with no confidence, no friends… and no idea about the extent of her secret powers of telekinesis. But when her psychotic mother and sadistic classmates finally go too far, the once-shy teen becomes an unrestrained, vengeance-seeking powerhouse who, with the help of her “special gift, “, causes all hell to break loose in a famed cinematic frenzy of blood, fire and brimstone!
The Hills Have Eyes (1977) (Limited Edition) [Blu-ray]
Starring: Dee Wallace, Michael Berryman, John Steadman, Peter Locke, Russ Grieve
Synopsis: THE LUCKY ONES DIED FIRST… Horror master Wes Craven achieved critical and commercial success with the likes of Scream and A Nightmare on Elm Street but for many genre fans, the director s seminal 1977 effort The Hills Have Eyes remains his masterpiece.
Taking a detour whilst on route to Los Angeles, the Carter family run into trouble when their campervan breaks down in the middle of the desert. Stranded, the family find themselves at the mercy of a group of monstrous cannibals lurking in the surrounding hills. With their lives under threat, the Carters are forced to fight back by any means necessary.
As gruelling a viewing experience today as it was upon initial release, The Hills Have Eyes stands alongside the likes of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre and Night of the Living Dead as one of the defining moments in American horror cinema.
LIMITED EDITION CONTENTS
Brand new 4K restoration from original film elements, supervised by producer Peter Locke
High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation
Original mono audio
Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
6 x postcards
Reversible fold-out poster featuring new and original artwork
Limited edition booklet featuring new writing on the film by critic Brad Stevens and a consideration of the Hills franchise by Ewan Cant, illustrated with original archive stills
Audio commentary with Wes Craven and Peter Locke
Looking Back on The Hills Have Eyes making-of documentary featuring interviews with Craven, Locke, actors Michael Berryman, Dee Wallace, Janus Blythe, Robert Houston, Susan Lanier and director of photography Eric Saarinen
The Desert Sessions brand new interview with composer Don Peake
Alternate ending, in HD for the first time
Trailers and TV Spots
Original Screenplay (BD/DVD-ROM Content)
Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Paul Shipper
+ MORE TO BE ANNOUNCED!
Kolchak: The Night Stalker
Starring: Darren McGavin
Synopsis: Kolchak: The Night Stalker, the uniquely eerie mystery series that paved the way for The X-Files, comes to DVD with all 20 original one-hour episodes of the 1974-1975 series. Emmy nominee Darren McGavin stars as Carl Kolchak, a headstrong investigative reporter on the trail of the paranormal: zombies, vampires, werewolves, ghosts, succubi and even aliens. No matter how unnatural or unbelievable, Kolchak is there to uncover the truth…one supernatural threat at a time. Join the hunt in the dark alleys and creepy hidden lairs of Chicago with such sensational guest stars as Scatman Crothers, Antonio Fargas, Sharon Farrell, Dick Van Patten, Jamie Farr, Larry Linville, Jim Backus and more.
Dark Water (2-Disc Special Edition) [Blu-ray + DVD]
Starring: Hitomi Kuroki, Rio Kanno, Mirei Oguchi, Asami Mizukawa, Fumiyo Kohinata
Synopsis: After terrifying audiences worldwide with the blockbuster J-horror classic Ring and its sequel, director Hideo Nakata returned to the genre for Dark Water, another highly atmospheric, and critically acclaimed, tale of the supernatural which took the common theme of the dead wet girl to new heights of suspense and drama.
Based upon on a short story by Ring author Koji Suzuki, Dark Water follows Yoshimi, a single mother struggling to win sole custody of her only child, Ikuko. When they move into a new home within a dilapidated and long-forgotten apartment complex, Yoshimi begins to experience startling visions and unexplainable sounds, calling her mental well-being into question, and endangering not only her custody of Ikuko, but perhaps their lives as well.
Beautifully shot by the same cinematographer as Ring and Pulse, and featuring an especially unnerving sound design, Dark Water successfully merges spine-tingling tension with a family s heart-wrenching emotional struggle, creating one of the very finest and most unsettling contemporary Japanese horror films.
SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS
High Definition digital transfer
High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentations
Original 5.1 audio (DTS-HD on the Blu-ray)
Brand new interview with director Hideo Nakata
Brand new interview with novelist Koji Suzuki
Brand new interview with cinematographer Junichiro Hayashi
Archive interview with actress Asami Mizukawa
Original Making of documentary
Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Peter Strain
First pressing only: illustrated collector s booklet containing new writing by David Kalat, author of J-Horror: The Definitive Guide to The Ring, The Grudge and Beyond, and an examination of the American remake by writer and editor Michael Gingold
Hannibal: The Complete Series Collection Season 1-3 [Blu-ray + Digital HD]
Starring: Mads Mikkelsen, Hugh Dancy, Laurence Fishburne, Caroline Dhavernas, Gillian Anderson
Synopsis: Explores the early relationship between the renowned psychiatrist and his patient, a young FBI criminal profiler, who is haunted by his ability to empathize with serial killers.
Bitten – Season 01 / Bitten – Season 02 / Bitten – Season 03 – Set
Starring: Laura Vandervoort, Greyston Holt, Greg Bryk
Synopsis: BITTEN is an action-packed serialized one-hour series set in a familiar world…where werewolves live among us. Based upon the bestselling “Otherworld” novels by Kelley Armstrong, the series is centered around Elena Michaels (Laura Vandervoort), the world’s only female werewolf, and The Pack, the organized werewolf family to which Elena used to belong. The first season finds Elena estranged from her Pack, only to be drawn back in when a dead girl is discovered in the woods outside the town of Bear Valley and winds up being an opening salvo of an all-out war against the Mutts – rogue werewolves whose aim is to destroy The Pack. In season two, Elena and the Pack team up with a Coven of witches to fight against a mysterious foe determined to claim dominion over the Otherworld. In the third and final season Elena Michaels leads her family into a vicious war against the Russian Alpha and his Pack, who will stop at nothing to wipe out her bloodline.
The Astro-Zombies (with optional RiffTrax) [Blu-ray]
Starring: Wendell Corey, John Carradine, Tura Satana, Tom Pace, Joan Patrick
Synopsis: Newly Re-mastered in HD! A film that has it all… a mad astro-scientist (John Carradine, House of the Long Shadows) reviving corpses at his laboratory; two gore-crazed, solar-powered killer robot zombies; a bloody trail of girl-next-door victims; Chinese communist spies; deadly Mexican secret agents led by the insanely voluptuous Tura Satana (Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!) and intrepid CIA agent Wendell Corey (The Killer is Loose) hot on their trail and trying to figure it all out! This cult favorite was written, produced and directed by cult legend, Ted Mikels (One Shocking Moment, Blood Orgy of the She-Devils) melds into a high-powered fusion the films of Ed Wood, Russ Meyer and George Romero with undead cannibal gore chills… hot-pants sexploitation thrills… ’60’s sci-fi mumbo-jumbo and Cold War espionage intrigue.
Bonus Features: Audio Commentary by Writer/Producer/Director Ted V. Mikels | Optional RiffTrax Commentary by Mike Nelson, Kevin Murphy and Bill Corbett | Audio Commentary by Horror Cinema Historian Chris Alexander | Original Theatrical Trailer
Starring: Mara Lynn Bastian, Charles Fuller, Greg Kerouac, Greg Neilson
Synopsis: A hippie killer with a sex-fueled, murderous bloodlust is on a rampage and he’s brutally murdering young couples! A Nationwide trend of killings with the same m.o. happen to catch the eyes of Detective Haller and Sergeant Connor. Every five years, within five days of each other, the killer strikes! Now it’s up to Haller and Connor to find out who is behind these grizzly murders. Who is this crazed, blood thirsty hippy? And more importantly, what is the significance of the third ‘five’?
Reversible Cover Featuring Original Slaughterhouse Entertainment VHS Artwork
Interviews with Cast and Crew
Rare Still Gallery
DVD-Rom of International Press Kit
Trailers for Other Massacre Video Titles
A Werewolf In The Amazon Collection
Starring: Paul Naschy, Daiana Amendola, Karina Bacchi, Andrea Beltrão, Herson Capri
Synopsis: International cult film icon Paul Naschy stars in A Werewolf in the Amazon, the heart of this four-film collection of vampires, werewolves, super villains and mummies as viewed through the dark and deliriously decadent lens of Brazil’s leading genre director, Ivan Cardoso. Long-sought after by film scholars and cult-movie aficionados, this first-time-to-DVD collection includes a mini-poster and liner notes by film critic Justine Smith. A Werewolf in the Amazon (2005) – in search of a powerful hallucinogen, five friends embark on a dangerous journey deep into the Amazon. But a bad trip isn’t the only threat, as they discover when they stumble across the hidden camp of the crazed Dr. Moreau and his murderous animal-human hybrid creations! The Scarlet Scorpion (1990) – when the ultra-villainous Scarlet Scorpion kidnaps a famous fashion designer, crime-fighting millionaire play-boy The Angel must step in to save the day. Andrea Beltrão, Herson Capri, Nuno Leal Maia The Seven Vampires (1986) – as a botanist researches a dangerous carnivorous plant, a bumbling detective and his assistant investigate a plague of mysterious ‘vampire’ attacks surrounding a sexy upscale nightclub. The Secret of the Mummy (1982) -death stalks those who search for the tomb of Runamb, the mummy. Undeterred, Professor Expedito Vitus acquires all 8 pieces of the map, invests the mummy with new life and unleashes a murderous rampage! A Werewolf in the Amazon Collection also includes ‘A Marca do Terrir’, a short film collection featuring Cardoso’s seminal 16mm short Nosferatu in Brazil and the experimental featurette, O Sarcofago Macabro. Bonus features include: 16mm short film collection including Nosferatu in Brazil, short documentary A Marco do Terrir
City In Panic
Starring: David Christopher Adamson, Peter Roberts, John Tench
Synopsis: A mystery killer, garbed in a black trench coat and fedora hat, is stalking the streets of Toronto, murdering seemingly random people in a variety gruesome ways. As the body count grows, a renegade detective makes a shocking discovery: all of the victims had AIDS. As he delves deeper into the investigation, more secrets are revealed, leading to a shocking twist no one thought possible!
Shot as The AIDS Murders, Massacre Video presents lurid hybrid of Mario Bava-esque giallo and 80s slasher sleaze on DVD, digitally transferred from its original edited master.
Cameron Scholes On City in Panic Producer Peter Wilson
Trailers for other Massacre Video Titles
Invoking 3, The: Paranormal Dimensions
Starring: Alice Kremelberg, Ryan Vigilant
Synopsis: Hundreds of disturbing paranormal events occur every year. Most of these terrifying encounters go unreported – until now. Enter the disturbing world of Invoking 3: Paranormal Dimensions where the undead come to wreak havoc upon the living. Grim Reapers, evil poltergeists, satanic forces and conjured spirits will feed off your fear and drag you into the abyss of waking nightmares.
The Girl In The Photographs [DVD]
Starring: Kal Penn, Claudia Lee
Synopsis: A bored young woman in a sleepy community called Spearfish starts receiving photographs of brutally murdered young women. Are they real or staged? The culprit is either a serial killer or some creep with a sick sense of humour.
Starring: Stuart Brennan, Mark Paul Wake, Victoria Morrison
Synopsis: One man has a plan for a zombie outbreak. When one occurs, it will take all his will to stick to it and all of his courage to change it.
Krampus (Holiday Art) [Blu-ray]
Starring: Adam Scott, Toni Collette, David Koechner, Allison Tolman, Conchata Ferrell
Synopsis: When his dysfunctional family clashes over the holidays, young Max is disillusioned and turns his back on Christmas. Little does he know, this lack of festive spirit has unleashed the wrath of Krampus: a demonic force of ancient evil intent on punishing non-believers. All hell breaks loose as beloved holiday icons take on a monstrous life of their own, laying siege to the fractured family’s home and forcing them to fight for each other if they hope to survive. Featuring an ensemble cast that includes Adam Scott (TV’s Parks and Recreation), Toni Collette (Little Miss Sunshine), Allison Tolman (TV’s Fargo) and David Koechner (Anchorman), this is a wonderfully dark and subversive “must-see film.” –WEGOTTHISCOVERED.COM
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Krampus Comes Alive!
Behind the Scenes at WETA Workshop: Krampus
Feature Commentary with Director/Co-Writer Michael Dougherty and Co-Writers Todd Casey & Zach Shields
Starring: Hunter Johnson, David Coupe, Lara Jean Mummert
Synopsis: Spencer, an aspiring filmmaker, recruits his old high school friend Mack to help him produce the sequel to James Cullen Bressack’s ”To Jennifer.” They meet in Los Angeles to plan their production, and most importantly to find the perfect actress to play the title role. After a grueling audition process, they cast the beautiful and innocent Jennifer Todd. It’s then that Spencer’s mental state rapidly deteriorates, and his hidden motivations come to light. Jennifer and Mack realize that the film they were hired to make is all too real, and that Spencer is hell bent on finishing it, no matter who he has to brutally kill in the process. Directed by Hunter Johnson, Produced by Christian Ackerman, James Cullen Bressack, Starring Hunter Johnson, David Coupe, Lara Jean Mummert.
Tales Of Poe
Starring: Adrienne King, Amy Steel, Caroline Williams, Debbie Rochon, Lesleh Donaldson
Synopsis: Based on the timeless horror works of Edgar Allan Poe. Three of Poe’s most popular stories (The Tell Tale Heart, Cask of Amontillado & Dreams) receive unique retellings by directors Bart Mastronardi & Alan Rowe Kelly. A compelling and shocking journey into madness and the macabre, and featuring some of the most beloved final girls in horror movie history from series like Friday the 13th. Bonus features include: Original Teaser Trailer, Deleted Scenes, NYC Horror Film Festival Interview, Behind the Scenes Featurette
Synopsis: American Freakshow takes the term Freakshow and turns it on its head with Zombies, Ghosts, Vampires as well as modifieds, clowns and spirits from beyond in this amazing collection of the mysterious and bizarre which includes many macabre oddities and abominations. Includes the films: The Unholy Sideshow, Jelly Boy the Clown and the bonus feature Pennyland Amusement Park.
Nurse Jill [Blu-ray]
Starring: Heather Marie Vernon, Louis Perchikoff, Simone Rawski, Nati Amos
Synopsis: Jill Danvers is trying to put her life back together after her divorce. But someone is watching her; following her every move. Could it be the merciless rapist she’s heard about in the news? Or the strange and beautiful woman she met on the train ride home one night? Soon Jill will have the answers as her world becomes a nightmare of violence and depravity. Why won’t they leave Jill alone?
Massacre Video proudly presents writer and director Peter Romeo Lambert’s 16mm exploitation odyssey drifts between slasher film tributes and dreamy surrealism as it builds to its shocking climax.
Audio Commentary Director Peter Romero Lambert and Cinematographer Joe Rubin
Knife In The Eye – The Making of Nurse Jill
Teddy’s Guest House – Deleted Scene
Trailers for other Massacre Video titles
Starring: Vincent Rivera, Marcella Rodriguez, Greg Chandler Maness, Terry G. Reed, Anthony Werley
Synopsis: What you don’t see should scare you; what you can’t control should scare you even more. Darkness does not hesitate, darkness takes no sides, but what it does take is your soul. Based on a terrifying series of events, INSANE is the story that you don’t want to hear at night. A manifestation of evil that consumes all that unleashes it begins to engulf the life of a young couple who just moved into a mansion. Unable to deny the demonic presence any longer, things begin to change and not for the better. Fear becomes an obsession which transcends into a deeper darkness. Do you believe beyond what your eyes can see? You should.
Ghosts In The Machine
Starring: Ewen Blumenstein, Morgan Lamorté, Florie Auclerc-Vialens, Pétur Sigurðsson, Isabel Mccann
Synopsis: A group of young people hailing from six different countries take off for a summer vacation in the French countryside. They force their way into an old abandoned house, and plan on having a good time despite having no water or electricity. One of them discovers a dusty trunk full of VHS tapes, with a mysterious VCR that seems able to work without power. After they start watching the bizarre movies recorded on the tapes, the students realize that there are strange forces at work, and that their lives might be in danger. Bonus features include: Still & artwork gallery, Storyboard comparisons, Cast reading, Making-of featurette
Starring: Nikita Brown, Leah Powers, Blake Opperman
Synopsis: A group of five friends go to Camp Greenbrier to help clean it up and work as counselors for the upcoming summer. What they don’t know is that they are in the woods of the killer gardener, Billy Creed! Creed is a former Vietnam vet who went insane, and now uses his guerrilla warfare knowledge and his killer gardening skills to slaughter the teenagers who encroach on his camp. American Slasher will leave you afraid to go into the woods, or do any gardening for that matter… Bonus Features include a harrowing short entitled Night Patrol about two guys who try to save a damsel in distress but get ambushed by Ed Gien’s 3rd cousin on his mother’s side and live to tell the tale.
Possessed From Beyond: Horrors Of The Paranormal
Synopsis: Experience two spine tingling tales of terror in this special multi disc set about paranormal possession. Doesn’t matter if you are a teenager moving into new digs or a schizophrenic undergoing experimental therapy, Evil from beyond the ether takes great pleasure in making itself known and changing your life forever. Includes the films: An Experiment In Evil and Revenge from Beyond the Grave.
Starring: Ryan Hickey, Mercedes Luteman, Shadowbeatz
Synopsis: Two weeks after a local nuclear power plant explosion (which totally wasn’t an evil secret Nazi research laboratory), zombies have taken over the town! A group of useless survivors have banded together to argue about what to do next, but with no medical skills, military training or common sense there doesn’t seem to be much hope. Bonus features include: Blooper Reel
Devil’s Forest, The
Starring: Maria Simona Arsu, Patrick Sebastian Negrean, Marius Dan Munteanu
Synopsis: Based on true events. Rachel Kusza and her team of filmmakers travel to Transylvania to document the Hoia Baciu forest. A forest with a dark history of strange occurrences, ghost sightings and countless cases of missing people. After entering the forest, the film crew were never heard from again. After searching for the film crew for two years, Howard Redman (Rachel’s teacher) found the crews camera buried in the snow. Before taking his own life, Redman uploaded the footage to the internet. It shows the crews dark and horrific journey into the woods; it shows why locals refuse to enter and it shows that you can never escape your past. This video is widely referred to as The Devil’s Forest. Bonus features include: Trailer
Starring: Jeremy Owen, Aaron Worley, Megan Pribyl, Whitney
Synopsis: In the vein of ’80s cult classics like Basketcase and Slime City comes Rotgut, a terrifying tale in which a group of unlikely heroes battle a growing horde of mutated, worm-infested mindless zombies! A seedy downtown bar on a quiet Sunday morning becomes a battleground for Armageddon when a batch of bad booze contaminates the alcohol supply of the local drunks. Carrying a mutated worm, the tainted tequila infects all who drink it, swiftly turning them into ravenous hosts for brain-eating worms. Luckily, an intrepid group of drunks, losers and lost souls is on hand to save the day! Chocked full of practical FX and gross-out gore, Rotgut is a must-see for fans of independent, DIY throw-back horror. Starring Whitney Moore (Birdemic!) Bonus features include: RotGut behind the scenes, Camp Motion Pictures Trailer Vault
Starring: Peter Mayhew, Chris Romero, Digger Mesch, Jennifer Wilde, Caleb Grant
Synopsis: When a close friend goes missing, Gage, a tattoo artist moonlighting as a serial killer, must hunt a second killer he fears may have had something to do with his mother’s death 25 years ago.
Starring: Elise Couture, Michael Reed, India Pearl, Vasilios Asimakos
Synopsis: In this haunting ghost story, a young couple gets more than they bargained for when they renovate a neglected bed and breakfast in New England. After a series of disturbing events, the husband begins to suspect that something evil is lurking within the walls of this old house, and whatever it is has set its sights on his wife. Now he must fight to uncover the inn’s dark secret before this malicious spirit consumes everything he loves.
Twilight Zone, The: The Complete Series
Starring: Rod Serling, Robert McCord, Jay Overholts
Synopsis: Ordinary people find themselves in extraordinarily astounding situations, which they each try to solve in a remarkable manner.
The Twilight Zone: The 5th Dimension
Starring: Rod Serling, Robert McCord, Jay Overholts
Synopsis: Ordinary people find themselves in extraordinarily astounding situations, which they each try to solve in a remarkable manner.
Starring: Chace Ambrose, William Atherton, Dan Aykroyd, Sigourney Weaver, Ernie Hudson
Synopsis: A look at the intense fandom for the media franchise, Ghostbusters (1984)