DVD & Blu-ray Releases: May 24, 2016

by Lynn Sorel


DVD & Blu-ray Releases: May 24, 2016

My horror blu-ray pick-of-the-week is the first film to ever depict Hannibal Lecter, Manhunter Collector’s edition.

You can view the complete list of this week’s horror releases below.




Manhunter [Collector’s Edition] [Blu-ray]

Starring: William Petersen, Tom Noonan, Brian Cox, Joan Allen


Synopsis: Former FBI profiler Will Graham (William Petersen, To Live and Die in L.A., CSI: Crime Scene Investigation) reluctantly returns to his old job to track a horrific serial killer known as “The Tooth Fairy. “, But in order to get into the mind of this maniac, Graham must face another: Hannibal Lecktor (Brian Cox, X-Men 2, RED), the imprisoned psychiatrist whose own insanity almost cost Graham his life… and whose insights into “The Tooth Fairy”, could prove as dangerous as the killer himself. 



Tom Noonan (Heat, RoboCop 2), Joan Allen (The Bourne Legacy), Dennis Farina (Get Shorty), Kim Greist (Brazil) and Stephen Lang (Avatar) co-star in this gripping thriller from director Michael Mann (Heat, Miami Vice) and adapted from the novel Red Dragon by Thomas Harris. Manhunter is one of the most unnerving serial killer movies ever made.









Killer Dames: Two Gothic Chillers by Emilio P. Miraglia (4-Disc Special Limited Edition) [Blu-ray + DVD]

Starring:  Sybil Danning, Anthony Steffen, Marina Malfatti, Erika Blanc, Barbara Bouchet


Synopsis: At the height of the Italian giallo boom in the early 1970s, scores of filmmakers turned their hand to crafting their own unique takes on these lurid murder-mystery thrillers. This limited edition double pack features two distinctive offerings by Emilio P. Miraglia, which meld twisty whodunit narratives with gothic chills.


In The Night Evelyn Came Out of the Grave, troubled aristocrat Alan Cunningham (Anthony Steffen, Django the B*stard), haunted by the death of his first wife Evelyn, tries to move on by marrying the seductive Gladys (Marina Malfatti, All the Colours of the Dark). Marital bliss is short-lived, however, as various relatives meet untimely and gruesome deaths, prompting speculation that a vengeful Evelyn has risen from the grave…


Meanwhile, in The Red Queen Kills Seven Times, an age-old family curse hits sisters Kitty (Barbara Bouchet, Milano Calibro 9) and Franziska (Marina Malfatti) following the death of their grandfather Tobias (Rudolf Schündler, The Exorcist, Suspiria). Every hundred years, so the legend goes, the bloodthirsty Red Queen returns and claims seven fresh victims. Was Tobias just the first… and are Kitty and Franziska next?


With both films making their worldwide Blu-ray debuts in stunning new 2K restorations, there has never been a better time to explore these little-seen giallo gems!




Limited Edition box set (3000 copies) containing The Night Evelyn Came Out of the Grave and The Red Queen Kills Seven Times

Brand new 2K restorations of the films from the original camera negatives

High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentations

Original Italian and English soundtracks in mono audio (lossless DTS-HD Master Audio on the Blu-ray Discs)

Newly translated English subtitles for the Italian soundtracks

Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing for the English soundtracks

Limited Edition 60-page booklet containing new writing by James Blackford, Kat Ellinger, Leonard Jacobs and Rachael Nisbet



New audio commentary by Troy Howarth

Exclusive introduction by actress Erika Blanc

Writer Stephen Thrower on The Night Evelyn Came Out of the Grave

The Night Erika Came Out of the Grave exclusive interview with Erika Blanc

The Whip and the Body archival interview with Erika Blanc

Still Rising from the Grave archival interview with production designer Lorenzo Baraldi

Original Italian and US theatrical trailers

Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Gilles Vranckx



New audio commentary by Alan Jones and Kim Newman

Writer Stephen Thrower on The Red Queen Kills Seven Times

Archival introduction by production/costume designer Lorenzo Baraldi

Dead à Porter archival interview with Lorenzo Baraldi

Rounding Up the Usual Suspects archival interview with actor Marino Masé

If I Met Emilio Miraglia Today archival featurette with Erika Blanc, Lorenzo Baraldi and Marino Masé

My Favourite… Films archival interview with actress Barbara Bouchet

Alternative opening

Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Gilles Vranckx








American Gothic: The Complete Series

Starring: Gary Cole, Jake Weber, Paige Turco


Synopsis: Visit Trinity, South Carolina, a small town with more chills than charm. Sheriff Lucas Buck (Gary Cole) won’t let anyone – including local doctor Matt Crower (Jake Weber) or the determined Gail Emory (Paige Turco) – stand in the way of his evil plans. Packed with all 22 episodes, including four “lost” ones never broadcast on network television, American Gothic’s eerie storylines of intrigue and suspense are sure to hold you captive!


Special Features

Disc 1 – American Gothic The Complete Series:

Deleted and Extended Scenes

Pilot Commentary with Creator, Writer and Producers



Disc 4 – American Gothic The Complete Series:

Deleted and Extended Scenes



Disc 5 – American Gothic The Complete Series:

Deleted and Extended Scenes



Disc 6 – American Gothic The Complete Series:

Deleted and Extended Scenes







Paranormal Sex Tape

Starring: Various


Synopsis: Based on real events that occurred in Europe in 2010. There are over 25,000 demonic possessions reported each year – many of those claim to be possessed during sexual intercourse. After a steamy night captured on video, a couple watches their sex tape – but they discover something ancient and very evil on the tape, something that’s watching them – following them – possessing them.







Subject 0: Shattered Memories

Starring: Tiziano Cella, Cristina Lizzul, Stefano Patti


Synopsis: Robert Williams is called by the police during a business meeting. His wife Lauren is in shock, after finding a dead man in her home. More dead bodies are found in the city the day after. The modus operandi looks the same but there’s something not quite right. Is it the same killer or a copycat? Police start investigating the mysterious murders, but it looks like someone has unleashed the perfect prototype. The question is… will they be able to keep everything under control? Bonus features include: The Making of Temple Mount , Movie Trailers, Subject Zero on ‘The Final Cut’ Film Review, Exclusive Interview with the ‘Lead Actors’, Sci-fi Horror Motion Menu, Temple Mount ‘Short Story’








Anarchy Parlor [Blu-ray]

Starring: Robert LaSardo, Jordan James Smith, Tiffany DeMarco, Sara Fabel, Ben Whalen


Synopsis: In this paranoid thriller, Robert LaSardo (“The Professional”) stars as a mysterious nomad named the “Artist” – a traveling tattoo artist practicing a dark art passed down through the generations. But he creates much more than tattoos for tourists who visit his Lithuanian Tattoo Parlor in this twisted tale of torture and unimaginable horror!









Alien Valley

Starring: Matthew M. Baxter, Bryan Bonner, Chuck Zukowski


Synopsis: There have been over thirty thousand cattle mutilations in Southern Colorado and Northern New Mexico since the 1960’s- gruesome scenes where cows are found with surgical-like incisions, missing organs and completely drained of blood. Often, there are no predator tracks to be found. Despite the devastating impact on local ranchers and an FBI investigation, there have been zero mutilation related convictions. This has spawned a whole host of UFO tales and governmental conspiracies, and Colorado’s San Luis Valley is the epicenter for the phenomenon. Essentially Ghost Hunters gone wrong, ALIEN VALLEY is the story of Dave, a young cameraman for a paranormal reality show, who travels to the San Luis Valley to shoot an episode on cattle mutilations. He develops a friendship with Rose, their attractive BLM liaison, who accompanies them on their investigation. Rose has one mission: keep the crew off of the restricted BLM lands known as The Commons, the supposed location of a crashed UFO from the 1960’s. The show’s producer, Rob, presses forward his all too common formula. Interview the believers and skeptics. Conduct an intense nighttime investigation. And finally, reveal whether or not this paranormal mystery has been solved. When Dave meets a real mutilation expert who claims that there were extraterrestrial survivors from the UFO crash in the 60’s, he is thoroughly spooked. Suddenly, the episode’s chief contact goes missing. Without their contact’s ranch, the crew is without a location for the show’s nighttime investigation. Rob exploits Dave and Rose’s budding relationship and sneaks the crew onto The Commons for their stakeout. After entering the restricted lands, the crew finds they’ve actually breached an Air Force quarantine zone. It’s not long before they discover a mutilated cow and what killed it. As an alien predator picks off the crewmembers, Dave and Rose struggle to escape Alien Valley and one of our military’s most sinister secrets.







Devil’s Woods, The

Starring: Stephen Cromwell, Aoife King, Sandra Hayden Mason


Synopsis: A group of friends trying to repair their strained relationships decide to spend the weekend camping at a music festival. En route they stop off at a small town in the middle of rural Ireland. However, this seemingly idyllic country town is darkened by a history of strange events. Can a town that is inherently evil literally tear them apart’ Can they survive…. The Devil’s Woods.









At Granny’s House

Starring: Bill Oberst Jr., Rachel Alig, Les Mahoney, Glenda Morgan Brown


Synopsis: At Granny’s House is about what happens when a young lady (Rebecca) moves in to be caregiver to Granny, a little old lady in a rural USA midwest town. Rebecca turns out to have her own dark secrets and agenda, and these play out as the movie develops, especially when Ted Steiner comes to visit Granny’s house. A typical Midwest house. A sweet little old lady. When a caretaker moves in to help out, Granny’s House becomes a macabre place of death – and love.







Chocolate, Strawberry, Vanilla

Starring: Glenn Maynard, Kyrie Capri, Aston Elliot, Louise Bremner, Benjamin Grant Mitchell



Synopsis: Awkward, lonely ice-cream truck driver Warren Thompson has two major problems: an unhealthy obsession with a soap opera actress, and a gang of bullies who like to savagely beat him on a regular basis. As Warren slowly slips out of reality and into a psychotic fantasy world to escape his miserable life, a darker, deadlier Warren emerges to deal with his problems and put an end to his tormentors.









Specters: Variant DVD

Starring: Jessica Morris, Kaiwi Lyman, Jeff Adler, Jamie Bernadette


Synopsis: Struggling filmmakers – Kennedy, Cory and James – finally catch the break they were looking for when they are hired to shoot a ‘behind-the-scenes’ documentary for a major studio production. But their dream job quickly turns into a nightmare when they explore the legendary, haunted location and find something far worse than anything Hollywood could create. Terror becomes reality for the filmmakers as they uncover the malevolent secrets of the hospital, and the sinister doctor who once ran it. Trapped inside the hospital with no apparent way out, our crew is tormented by the evil, unspeakable fear. Producer: Charles Band. Director: Danny Draven. Jessica Morris, Jeffrey Adler, Kaiwi Lyman, Michael Cline, and Galen Howard star.









Camp Dred (canada)

Starring:  Eric Roberts, Danielle Harris, Felissa Rose


Synopsis: The “Summer Camp” horror trilogy was one of the most popular franchises of the 1980s. However, the decade ended and so did director/writer Julian Barrett’s career. Now Barrett has a plan to resurrect “Summer Camp” in a modern reboot that entails using a reality show as its template and source of fundraising. Should it succeed Barrett would once again be at the helm. Bringing together an eclectic group of young “contestants” as well as his former stars Rachel Steele and John Hill, Barrett seems to have put together a sure fire recipe for success. Then people start dying. For real. And “elimination” takes on a whole new meaning as “Dead.tv” clearly shows the slasher film has grown up.




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