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Friday, December 30, 2005

Up next from NoShame: Luciano Ercoli Death Box Set

Arriving on 28/02/2006 is NoShames presentation of Luciano Ercoli's "Death Walks on High Heels" and "Death Walks at Midnight"

Now "Death Walks at Midnight has already been released by Mondo Macabro UK, but it had some aspect ratio issues (cropped from 2:35:1 to 1:85:1) and was slightly cut.

This new set looks like it will be the ultimate edition and the one to get.

Disc Info:

Get primed for two wild, stylish giallo shockers of the 1970s from director Luciano Ercoli (FORBIDDEN PHOTOS OF A LADY ABOVE SUSPICION), starring Susan Scott (DEATH CARRIES A CANE), Simon Andreu (THE BLOOD-SPATTERED BRIDE) and Frank Wolff (GOD FORGIVES…I DON’T).
In DEATH WALKS ON HIGH HEELS, Parisian nightclub singer, Nicole Rochard (Susan Scott) is stalked by a demented masked man who may be the killer of her diamond thief father. With the help of a friend, Dr. Robert Matthews (Frank Wolff) she hopes to elude her pursuer by traveling to the English countryside. But Nicole’s merciless pursuer does not give up so easily, and soon more murders occur.
Susan Scott returns in DEATH WALKS AT MIDNIGHT as Valentina, a hot-tempered fashion model. When she’s duped into trying an experimental psychedelic by her fast-talking boyfriend (Simon Andreu) during a photo-shoot, she inadvertently witnesses a gory murder by a man with a spiked glove in the empty, next door building. It won’t be the last!
Hallucinogenic drugs, smart-aleck heroines, jewel thieves, macho tabloid reporters, strippers, intrepid police inspectors, plus crazy chases, brutal fist fights, spiked-metal gloves and myriad use of the zoom lens – not to mention delirious nightclub scenes, escalating body counts and countless red herrings! - NoShame is proud to present for the first time on DVD uncut two deranged examples of the sexy, Italian thriller genre - the giallo.
Special 3-disc edition, including The Sound of Love and Death - The Very Best of Stelvio Cipriani. A collection of classic giallo and poliziotteschi film scores.
• Original Italian Theatrical Trailer
• Original English Theatrical Trailer
• Poster and Still Gallery
• Death Walks at Midnight TV Version
• Poster and Still Gallery
DISC 3 - The Sound of Love and Death (CD) Exclusive CD soundtrack featuring tracks from the very best of Stelvio Cipriani’s soundtrack, including Death Walks on High Heels
• Collectible Booklet

Thursday, December 29, 2005

New Gialli from Blue Underground in 2006

Blue Underground will be releasing 4 more Gialli in 2006:

1. The Fifth Cord (1971)
Director: Luigi Bazzon
Genre: Horror; Thriller
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 Widescreen, 16x9 Anamorphic
Region Code: 0
Languages: English
Street Date: March 28, 2006
2. The Forbidden Photos of the Lady Above Suspicion (1970)
Director: Luciano Ercoli
Composer: Ennio Morricone
Genre: Horror; Thriller
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1 Widescreen, 16x9 Anamorphic
Region Code: 0
Languages: English
Street Date: March 28, 2006
3. The Pyjama Case Girl (1977)
Director: Flavio Mogherini
Composer: Riz Ortolani
Genre: Horror; Thriller
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 Widescreen, 16x9 Anamorphic
Region Code: 0
Languages: English
Street Date: March 28, 2006
4. Black Belly of the Tarantula (1971)
Director: Paolo Cavara
Genre: Horror; Thriller
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 Widescreen, 16x9 Anamorphic
Region Code: 0
Languages: English, Italian; Subtitled In: English
Street Date: March 28, 2006
No artwork yet but will put some up when they become available.

Cult Movie Ringtones from NoShame

One of the best DVD producers of 2005, NoShame have put together some excellent MP3 ringtones which are available for download from their site.

Go HERE for the ringtones.

Thanks to Johnny Redman over at DVD Maniacs for this cool discovery.

Wednesday, December 28, 2005

Best DVD's of the Year 2005

Well its coming to the end of the year and there have been some tremendous genre DVD's released in 2005.

My favourites have been (in no real order):

1. The Pinky Violence Collection (R1, Panik House)

2. Val Lewton Collection (R1, Warner Bros)

3. Hammer Horror Collection (R1, Universal)

4. Phantasm Sphere (R2, Anchor Bay UK)

5. Bela Lugosi Collection (R1, Universal)

6. Sex and Fury (R1, Panik House)

7. Danger: Diabolik (R1, Paramount)

8. Roma a Mano Armata (R2, NoShame, Italy)

9. Cannibal Holocaust (R1, Grindhouse)

10. Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow (R1, NoShame)

Any of your thoughts are most welcome and let me know what your favourite DVD's of 2005 were.

Monday, December 26, 2005

Reviews: Kriminal and Il Marchio di Kriminal

First of all, hope you all had a Merry Xmas and feel suitably stuffed with turkey and Xmas pudding!

Now, as promised, here are the reviews for the Italian Pulp Video releases of Kriminal and Il Marchio di Kriminal.

Kriminal Review here.

Il Marchio di Kriminal here.

Any comments most welcome here or at the Cinema Nocturna Forums.

Friday, December 23, 2005

King Kong

I ended up going to see King Kong with a group of friends the other night, and I was not really looking forward to it. I like Peter Jackson's earlier films, like Braindead and The Frighteners but LOTR really did very little for me. However I have to admit that King Kong was pretty good and the CGI on the whole was very well done. The story held together well and grabbed your attention from the very start and the 3 hours disappeared. Its amazing the difference a good script can make to a movie that is heavily dependent on CGI. The other nice thing about the film was the old Hollywood vibe it had, it did not feel like a modern movie made to look old and it had a real 1930's serial feel to it also.

Overall I would recommend going to see it if you can over the holidays, you will not be disappointed.

Saturday, December 17, 2005

3 Reviews upcoming!

Just to add that there will be 3 reviews upcoming on DVD Trash/Cinema Nocturna. As previously mentioned, the 2 fumetti based adaptions of "Kriminal" and "Il Marchio di Kriminal". Also I'll be looking over the Grindhouse trailer collection "42nd Street Forever" Look out for them soon.

Back from NYC

Sorry for the lack of updates recently, just got back from a 5-day trip from New York City. A good time was had by all. Good eating, site seeing and (DVD) shopping was the order of the day.

There is only one place in my opinion to go DVD shopping and that is Mondo Kims at 6 St. Marks Place between 2nd and 3rd Avenue. It is a cult-movie collectors paradise. Films are organised by country or director (Fulci, Martino, Argento etc) plus Criterion or MGM Midnite Movies. They also have loads of film books, magazines such as The Dark Side and Uncut. While I was there I picked up "The Pinky Violence Collection" (Kims was the only store that seemed to be carrying this collection, as I saw it nowhere else), "The Val Newton Collection" and Criterion's latest Truffaut offering "Shoot the Piano Player"

Also managed to catch "Syriana" at the movies, George Clooney's slow burning oil scandal-political drama. A bit removed from my normal viewing habits but I'm quite interested in the subject matter and although it's slow paced, I really enjoyed it and will catch it again when its out in the UK as there was a lot to take in the first time around.

Monday, December 05, 2005

Review - Terror Beneath the Sea (1966)

One of Dark Sky Films latest offerings "Terror Beneath the Sea" starring the awesome Sonny Chiba.

"A Japanese monster movie starring the great Sonny Chiba! This I had to see and all things considered it certainly does not disappoint..."

My full review here.