DVD & Blu-ray Releases: October 25, 2016

by Lynn Sorel

DVD & Blu-ray Releases: October 25, 2016

This week’s releases includes the James Wan’s produced Lights Out, Shout Factory’s Collector’s Edition of William Peter Blatty’s The Exorcist III and a 17-Disc Limited Edition Box Set of The Herschell Gordon Lewis Feast. You can view the complete list of this week’s horror releases below.

Lights Out


Starring:  Teresa Palmer, Gabriel Bateman, Alexander Dipersia, Billy Burke, Maria Bello

Synopsis: When her little brother, Martin, experiences the same events that once tested her sanity, Rebecca works to unlock the truth behind the terror, which brings her face to face with an entity that has an attachment to their mother, Sophie.

Special Features
– Deleted Scenes
Includes UltraViolet so you can enjoy the film on many different compatible devices.

The Exorcist III [Collector’s Edition] [Blu-ray]


Starring: George C. Scott, Brad Dourif, Jason Miller

Synopsis: For more than fifteen years Police Lieutenant Kinderman (George C. Scott) has been haunted by the death of his friend Father Damien Karras. Now, on the 15th anniversary of the exorcism that claimed the priest’s life, Kinderman’s world is once again shattered when a boy is found decapitated and savagely crucified. It’s just the beginning of a nightmare series of bizarre religious murders.

The brutal murders bear the hallmarks of the infamous Gemini Killer…who died in the electric chair fifteen years earlier. But when a psychopath claiming to be the Gemini Killer reveals intimate, gruesome details that only the true killer could possibly know, Kinderman is confronted with a horrifying truth that he cannot explain…and that will shake him to the core.

The Exorcist III is author/filmmaker William Peter Blatty’s personal vision of what followed after The Exorcist. Like the original, The Exorcist III combines elements of a detective story, a theological puzzle, and an unforgettable study in terror.

Special Features

DISC ONE: The Exorcist III (Theatrical Cut)
• New 2K scan of the inter-positive
• Vintage featurette
• Deleted Scene/Alternate Takes/Bloopers
• Deleted Prologue
• Vintage interviews (featuring behind-the-scenes footage) with writer/director William Peter Blatty, George C. Scott, Jason Miller, Ed Flanders, Grand L. Bush, executive producer James G. Robinson, production designer Leslie Dilley, Larry King and C. Everett Koop
• Theatrical Trailers
• TV Spots • Photo Galleries
DISC TWO: Legion (Original Director’s Cut) 105 minutes
• NEW Audio interview with writer/director William Peter Blatty
• NEW A “Wonderfull” Time – interviews with producer Carter DeHaven, actors Clifford David and Tracy Thorne and production assistant Kara Reidy
• NEW Signs of the Gemini – an interview with Brad Dourif
• NEW The Devil in the Details – interview with production designer Leslie Dilley, assistant designer Daren Dochterman and illustrator Simon Murton
• NEW Music for a Padded Cell – an interview with composer Barry DeVorzon
• NEW All This Bleeding – a look at the re-shoot and makeup effects with production manager Ronald Colby, editor Todd Ramsay, effects artists William Forsche, Mike Smithson, Brian Wade and actor/body double Charles Powell

Nerve [Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD]


Starring: Emma Roberts, Dave Franco, Juliette Lewis, Emily Meade, Miles Heizer

Synopsis: A high school senior finds herself immersed in an online game of truth or dare, where her every move starts to become manipulated by an anonymous community of “watchers.”

Special Features
Watcher Mode:
“Creating Nerve” – 15 Character Pods
“The Fat Jewish Gets Tattewish” Outtakes
“The Governor’s Ball Takeover” – Social Media Stars in a Game of Dare

Player Mode:
“Do You Have the Nerve?” Game
“Are You a Watcher or a Player?” Quiz
Player Profiles

Herschell Gordon Lewis Feast, The (17-Disc Limited Edition Box Set) [Blu-ray + DVD]


Starring: Herschell Gordon Lewis, Connie Mason, William Kerwin, Larry Drake, Tony McCabe

Synopsis: In 1963, director Herschell Gordon Lewis pulled a cow s tongue out of an actress mouth on camera, and in doing so, changed the landscape of horror cinema forever. That sequence was just one of numerous gruesome gags featured in Blood Feast, the film credited as being the world s first gore movie. It s no exaggeration to say that the modern gross-out movies of today owe their very existence to the pioneering efforts of H.G. Lewis.

But whilst Lewis is most widely celebrated for his blood-and-guts epics (Two Thousand Maniacs!, The Wizard of Gore et al.), there s more to the prolific director than splatter. From tales of sordid photographers (Scum of the Earth) to sex robots (How to Make a Doll), from biker girl-gangs (She-Devils on Wheels) to youths-run-amok (Just for the Hell of It), and from psychic witches (Something Weird) to hard liquor-loving hillbillies (Moonshine Mountain), the filmography of H.G. Lewis reads like a veritable wish-list of exploitation movie madness.

Now, for the first time ever, Arrow Video is proud to present fourteen of the Godfather of Gore s most essential films (including nine Blu-ray world debuts), collected together in a Limited Edition set (only 2,500 in the U.S.) and packed full of eye-popping bonus content. So put your feet up, pour yourself a glass of good ol moonshine, and prepare yourself for a feast H.G. Lewis style!

Fourteen of the Godfather of Gore s finest attractions, newly restored from original and best surviving vault materials: Blood Feast, Scum of the Earth, Two Thousand Maniacs!, Moonshine Mountain, Color Me Blood Red, Something Weird, The Gruesome Twosome, A Taste of Blood, She-Devils on Wheels, Just for the Hell of It, How to Make a Doll, The Wizard of Gore, The Gore Gore Girls, This Stuff ll Kill Ya!
High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentation of the features and extras on 7 Blu-ray and 7 DVD discs
Brand new introductions to the films by Lewis
Hours of extras including newly-produced interviews and featurettes, commentaries, short films and much more
Additional 2 bonus Blu-rays featuring 1.33:1 versions of Blood Feast, Scum of the Earth, Color Me Blood Red, A Taste of Blood and The Wizard of Gore [limited editions exclusive]
Additional bonus DVD: Herschell Gordon Lewis: The Godfather of Gore documentary [limited editions exclusive]
28-page H.G. Lewis annual stuffed full with Lewis-themed activities plus archive promotional material [limited editions exclusive]
Newly illustrated packaging by The Twins of Evil [Feast edition exclusive]

Burial Ground (Blu-ray)


Starring: Karin Well, Gianluigi Chirizzi, Simone Mattioli

Synopsis: For his only foray into the zombie genre, sleaze maestro Andrea Bianchi (MALABIMBA: THE MALICIOUS WHORE) unleashes enough flesh-ripping, gut-chomping and depraved mayhem to set insane new standards in Italian horror: Mariangela Giordano (of SATAN’S BABY DOLL and MALABIMBA fame) stars in the splatter classic about a cursed country estate besieged by houseguests, undead Etruscans and the relationship between a mother (Giordano) and her mega-creepy young son (disturbingly portrayed by diminutive actor Peter Bark). Severin Films is improbably proud to present the definitive version of this gorehound favorite, now packed with all-new Extras and featuring a 2k scan and restoration from an immaculate 35mm print recently discovered beneath the floorboards of a Trastevere church rectory.

Special Features:

Villa Parisi – Legacy of Terror: Featurette on the historic house location
Peter Still Lives: Festival Q&A with actor Peter Bark
Just for the Money: Interview with actor Simone Mattioli
The Smell Of Death: Interviews with Producer Gabriele Crisanti and Actress Mariangela Giordano
Deleted/ Extended Scenes/ Shots
Theatrical Trailer

Manhattan Baby [Blu-ray]


Starring: Christopher Connelly, Laura Lenzi, Brigitta Boccoli, Giovanni Frezza, Cinzia de Ponti

Synopsis: The Surreal Horror Shocker From the Director of ZOMBIE and THE BEYOND

A young girl on vacation in Egypt is given a mysterious charm, causing her archeologist father to be struck blind inside an unexplored pyramid tomb. But when the family returns home to Manhattan, a plague of supernatural evil and sudden violence follows. Can this ancient curse be stopped before it is unleashed on the streets of New York City?

Christopher Connelly (1990: THE BRONX WARRIORS), Laura Lenzi (THE ADVENTURES OF HERCULES II), Giovanni Frezza (THE HOUSE BY THE CEMTERY) and Carlo De Mejo (CITY OF THE LIVING DEAD) star in Italian shock master Lucio Fulci’s bizarre horror thriller, which combines elements of THE EXORCIST, THE AWAKENING, POLTERGEIST, and more. Also known as EYE OF THE EVIL DEAD and POSSESSED, MANHATTAN BABY has been newly transferred and fully restored in 2K from the original uncensored camera negative and comes fully loaded with exclusive new Extras produced for this release!

* ‘Fulci & I’ – Interview with Composer Fabio Frizzi (An Hour-Long Career Overview Of the Soundtrack Collaborations of Fabio Frizzi & Lucio Fulci)
* ‘For The Birds’ – Interview with Star Cosimo Cinieri
* ’25 Years With Fulci’ – Interview with Make-Up Effects Artist Maurizio Trani
* ‘Beyond The Living Dead’ – Interview with Co-Writer Dardano Sacchetti
* ‘Stephen Thrower on MANHATTAN BABY’ – Interview with the author of ‘Beyond Terror: The Films of Lucio Fulci’
* ‘Manhattan Baby Suite’ – Live Studio Performance by Fabio Frizzi
* Theatrical Trailer
* Poster & Still Gallery
* BONUS Collectable Booklet featuring new writing by author Troy Howarth
* BONUS CD MANHATTAN BABY Original Motion Picture Soundtrack by Fabio Frizzi

Mad Max High Octane Anthology Collection (BD) [Blu-ray]


Starring: Various

Synopsis:  Mad Max, The Road Warrior, Mad Max Beyond. Thunderdome, and Mad Max: Fury Road

Special Features
– All four groundbreaking films – Mad Max, The Road Warrior, Mad Max Beyond. Thunderdome, and Mad Max: Fury Road – from visionary director George Miller.
– Collectible Interceptor Figurine – High Quality, hand-painted replica made of polyresin.
– Mad Max: Fury Road – Black & Chrome Edition – See the winner of six Academy Awards in a mind- blowing new black-and-white edition.
– – Introduction by George Miller on the Black & Chrome Edition and his original vision for Mad Max: Fury Road.
– Mad Max: Fury Road on 4K Ultra High Definition Blu-ray.
– Over three hours of new and rarely seen documentaries on the Mad Max movies. , including the new Road War documentary on Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior.
Includes UltraViolet so you can enjoy the film on many different compatible devices. MUST ENTER REDEMPTION CODE BY 2019-12-31 TO REDEEM ULTRAVIOLET OFFER. DOES NOT INCLUDE iTUNES FILE.

Vampire Ecstasy / Sin You Sinners [Blu-ray]


Starring: Nadia Henkowa, Marie Forså, Anke Syring, Ulrika Butz, Nico Wolferstetter

Synopsis: Newly restored to High Definition from the original film elements, Vampire Ecstasy / Sin You Sinners, directed by ‘the Ingmar Bergman of 42nd St.,’ Joseph W. Sarno, is the first entry in a new series celebrating one of the most gifted pioneers of the sexploitation genre. These two seminal films are now being released for the first time on Blu Ray.

Dripping with gothic atmosphere, Vampire Ecstasy (1973) is Sarno’s mesmerizing foray into the horror genre. When a trio of beautiful young women journey to their ancestral home to claim an inheritance, they fall prey to a coven of witches intent to reincarnate their deceased vampire leader.

In the hypnotic noir, Sin You Sinners (1963), a medallion forged in a voodoo ritual sustains an exotic dancer’s youth and beauty. When her jealous daughter and employer hatch plots to steal the amulet for themselves, it sets off a chain of events ending in murder. Sin You Sinners is the earliest available film by Joseph W. Sarno.

The double feature includes rare bonus material, including an interview with Vampire Ecstasy Director, Joseph W. Sarno, and Producer, Chris Nebe; Vampire Ecstasy commentary by Producer, Chris Nebe; a featurette titled A Touch of Horror, in which Joe Sarno describes adapting his style to the horror genre; Vampire Ecstasy German Language Trailer; Vampire Ecstasy English Language Trailer; Sin You Sinners Trailer.

Package includes liner notes by film scholar Tim Lucas.

Storefront Theatre Collection: Volume #2 Bizarre Art [DVD 3-Disc Set]


Starring: Vanessa del Rio, Andrea True, Helen Madigan, Joey Silvera, Judy Angel

Synopsis: Vinegar Syndrome presents the second release in its ‘Storefront Theatre Collection’, which celebrates both the strange and often homegrown productions that played in ‘mini-theatres’ of the 70’s. This special-edition 3-disc set is uniquely packaged in 100% recycled card stock and features a heavy-duty slipcase.

Sex-starved slashers! Seductive stranglers! Debauched devil worshipers! All could be found in the storefront cinema of the 70’s.

In this second volume of The Storefront Theatre Collection, we journey to Pittsburgh to spend an eerie night at the Bizarre Art Theatre, for 12 of the weirdest, wildest and most unsettling films ever unspooled through a 16mm projector.

Witness a sex-crazed scientist unleash his pent up desires in DR. SEXUAL AND MR. HYDE! See Satan send his sons to earth to collect beautiful women for devilish orgies in HOTTER THAN HELL! Stare in terror as a masked killer murders nubile starlets in COME DEADLY! Explore the agony of the shocking sex rituals performed by the RITES OF URANUS! Shiver in fear as a group of unsuspecting friends enter the HOUSE OF DE SADE! Gasp in suspense as a knife-wielding killer preys on an all girls boarding school MANIA!

These films, plus 6 more tales of ghosts, goblins, fiendish killers, and even Bigfoot, are all here to scare your pants off, and plunge you into a cinematic bacchanal straight from hell!

Bonus Features:
1. All films scanned, restored and preserved in 2k from ultra-rare 16mm archival elements



Starring: Nina Ivanisin, Lotos Sparovec, Nika Rozman, Sebastian Cavazza, Jurij Drevensek

Synopsis: Proving that the American South does not hold a monopoly on sexually depraved, bloodthirsty hillbillies, Killbillies depicts a harrowing tale of abduction, violence and hoped-for survival. A group of fashionistas from the city out on idyllic countryside hilltop are confronted by two physically deformed psychopathic countrymen. A wild, bloody, taut clash ensues between urban and rural, women and men, between savages and civilized man.



Starring: Various

Synopsis: SIN (Self Induced Nightmares) brings together some of Europe’s leading horror filmmakers unite to bring you a collection of terrifying horror stories.

Razors: The Return of Jack of the Ripper


Starring: Kelby Keenan, Vincent De Paul, Andrew Shire

Synopsis: The First In A New Horror Franchise… While attending an intensive writing workshop held in a crumbing Victorian building, young writer Ruth Walker is challenged to write the ultimate horror movie by enigmatic screenwriting guru, Professor Richard Wise. But what are his motives? What secrets are hidden inside the ancient building? And are the knives Ruth has discovered really those used by notorious serial killer Jack the Ripper? Ruth was told that the box of knives must never be opened, but the box goes missing and the killings begin. As the ghost of a young Victorian girl haunts Ruth and her fellow screenwriters, the Ripper of legend rises to renew his murderous spree. As bodies begin to pile up, it appears that everyone trapped in the building has a connection to the original mystery! DVD BONUS FEATURES will include two featurettes- Lights, Camera, Speed!, and Behind The Walls as well as clips and interviews, and commentary with the directors and cast.

Voodoo Rising


Starring: April Needham, Sarah Domanick, Don Kilrain, Mark Cray, Shaphan David Seiders

Synopsis: A group of friends decide to spend their last summer together by taking a trip to the rural camping destination Black Hills. Once there, they find themselves in the middle of a deadly quarrel with a local family. Bonus features include: Scarred Trailer, Exclusive Clip, Blooper Reel, Original Teaser Trailer, Teaser Trailer, Official Trailer, Motion Menu, Hellweek Trailer

The Midnight Swim


Starring: Lindsay Burdge, Jennifer Lafleur, Aleksa Palladino, Beth Grant, Ross Partridge

Synopsis: Spirit Lake is unusually deep. No diver has ever managed to find the bottom, though many have tried. When Dr. Amelia Brooks disappears during a deep-water dive, her three daughters travel home to settle her affairs. They find themselves unable to let go of their mother and became drawn into the mysteries of the lake.

Girl in Woods


Starring: Charisma Carpenter, Juliet Reeves London, Jeremy London, Lee Perkins

Synopsis: The death of her fiancé leaves Grace abandoned in a harsh mountain wilderness. Struggling against the elements and fighting off starvation, the fragile shell of her sanity begins to crack. Her situation worsens when she notices a dark figure stalking her every step. Through memories of her mother and father, Grace finds a long-forgotten truth about herself. It is this secret, long hidden away, that will either lead her to safety or down a path of horror beyond anything she could comprehend.

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