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Sunday, March 28, 2010

Book News: Dario Argento by James Gracey

A new book on the great Dario Argento by fellow blogger James Gracey and available now from Kamera Books or from

"The stylistic and bloody excesses of the films of Dario Argento are instantly recognisable. Vivid, baroque and nightmarish, his films lock violent deaths in a twisted embrace with an almost sexual beauty. Narrative and logic are often lost in a constant bombardment of atmosphere, technical mastery and provocative imagery. It's a body of work which deals explicitly with death and violence, all the while revelling in perversely alluring stylistics and shot through with an unflinching intensity.

Setting the tone with earlier gialli films such as The Animal Trilogy and Deep Red, Argento has steadily pushed the boundaries; through his elaborately gothic fairytales Suspiria and Inferno, right up to his more recent contributions to TV's Masters of Horror compendium and the conclusion of his Three Mothers trilogy, Mother of Tears: The Third Mother. Along the way, his prowling camera work, pounding scores and stylistic bloodshed have only gained in intensity and opulence.

This Kamera Book examines his entire output. Hailed as one of horror cinemas most significant pioneers and the twentieth century's major masters of the macabre, Argento continues to create inimitable and feverishly violent films with a level of artistry rarely seen in horror films. His high profile and mastery of the genre is confirmed with his role as producer on celebrated classics such as George A. Romero's Dawn of the Dead and Lamberto Bava's Demons. His work has influenced the likes of Quentin Tarantino, John Carpenter and Martin Scorsese, to name but a few."

DVD News: Argento Classics on Sale Now

Click the lovely new artwork to buy the DVD's from

Monday, March 22, 2010

DVD News: Kreola and Blind Date

More Mya madness on March 30th with Kreola and Blind Date both from Director Antonio Bonifacio and writer Daniele Stroppa, who was also responsible for Fabrizio Laurenti's "Witchery" and Lamberto Bava's "Delirium: Photos of Gioia"

Clicks the Pics to order from now!

DVD News: La Orca

New Austrian DVD outfit, Camera Obscura, are to release "La Orca" onto DVD, which is a cool followup to their previous eurocult release "Terror Express" Definitely a label to look out for!

La Orca:

"Camera Obscura will be releasing Eriprando Visconti's La Orca (1976) as No. 4 of their Italian Genre Cinema Collection in the second quarter of 2010.

They will use a new anamorphic transfer and the DVD will feature German and Italian audiotracks with German and English subtitles. Extras are tba."

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Blu-Ray News: City of the Living Dead

Well, now I can finally talk about the upcoming Lucio Fulci classic "City of the Living Dead" DVD and Blu-Ray from Arrow Film, that I worked upon with my two colleagues at High Rising Productions, Calum and Naomi.

As you can see it is a pretty comprehensive package and very much a labour of love for all concerned in making it. I hope that everyone really enjoys the extras and I think we have perhaps put together the definitive edition of City of the Living Dead! Really looking forward to the feedback from the fans, so why not head over to Cult-Labs and sign up. Arrow always listen to ideas and opinions, so go make yourself heard!

The DVD and Extra Features:

City of the Living Dead will be released on two-disc DVD (£17.99) and single-disc Blu-ray (£22.99). The full list of extras is as follows:

* Newly recorded audio commentary by actor Giovanni Lombardo Radice
* Audio commentary by actress Catriona MacColl and author Jay Slater
* Introduction to the film by star Carlo De Mejo
* ‘Carlo Of The Living Dead featurette (17 mins, featuring Carlo de Mejo)
* ‘The Many Lives And Deaths Of Giovanni Lombardo Radice’ featurette (50 mins)
* ‘Dame Of The Dead’ featurette (25 mins, featuring Catriona MacColl)
* ‘Fulci’s Daughter: Memories Of The Italian Gore Maestro’ featurette (27 mins, featuring Antonella Fulci)
* ‘Penning Some Paura’ featurette (18 mins, featuring Dardano Sacchetti)
* ‘Profondo Luigi: A Colleague’s Memories Of Lucio Fulci’ featurette (17 mins, featuring Luigi Cozzi)
* Catriona MacCall and Giovanni Lombardo Radice Q&A session at the Glasgow Film Theatre (20 mins)
* ‘Fulci In The House – The Italian Master Of Splatter’ featurette.

Released May 24th - Pre-Order now from

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Monday, March 15, 2010

DVD News: Orlok the Vampire 3D

Also new from IMD Films is "Orlok the Vampire in 3D" - Forget Avatar - buy this instead!

Max Schreck is back with his finest fang-to-flesh classic! Orlok the Vampire in 3D is a newly restored version of Murnau's Nosferatu. Quality Cheese Productions unleashes this unnerving stereoscopic nightmare with a brand new soundtrack, CGI design, never-before-seen footage and an introduction by Trauma sensation Lloyd Kaufman. Each DVD comes with 2 pair of 3D glasses to enhance your viewing pleasure!

Street date is March 23rd!

DVD News: SuperVan

More exploitation goodness from Cheezy Film and MVD with the 70's Smokey and the Bandit precursor: SuperVan!

Clint a young man with a dream enters his custom van, Vandora, into a van contest known only as "Freakout". Eventually, Clint has to outrun some corny hick cops and use his van to battle a group of really bad guy bikers with an attitude to stay on the road. Good thing he installed those solar powered laser beams in his van! From the director of Disco Fever, Lamar Card, comes another movie made to capitalize off of a marginal craze of drug hazed 1970 fads. Imagine an entire movie centered on custom van culture with a drunken Charles Bukowski cameo thrown in for good luck and the kitchen sink for good measure and your getting a good idea of the look and feel for this totally cheezy of cheesiest movies from the late 1970s - Get That Free Wheelin' Feelin'

This one hits all good DVD stores on March 23rd!

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

DVD News: It's Garry Shandling Show

Before The Larry Sanders Show there was just Garry Shandling himself and it was a milestone in the evolution of comedy as a TV genre, IT’S GARRY SHANDLING SHOW set the standards for future shows such as SEINFELD, CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM and THIRTY ROCK. Wittily removing the barrier between fiction and real life, IT’S GARRY SHANDLING SHOW revolved around a series of autobiographical sketches performed by Garry Shandling himself, many times with the aid of the studio audience. The inclusion of unpredictable real life scenarios and characters lent itself to the show’s great appeal over its four season run. This release brings together the complete first series of this timeless TV gem.

Bonus Extras:

  • All16 full length episodes x 25mins
  • Commentaries on 6 episodes
  • ‘Getting There’ The road to the show
  • Television Parts-Sketches
  • Information Booklet

Monday, March 08, 2010

DVD News: Saved by the Bell

More retro goodness on the way with Saved by the Bell: Season 1 coming from Fabulous Film!

Airing on U.S. television from 1989-93, SAVED BY THE BELL chronicles the comedic high school adventures of six students at Bayside High School: fast-talking Zack (Mark Paul Gosselaar), jockey Slater (Mario Lopez), nerdy Screech (Dustin Diamond), fashionable gossiper Lisa (Lark Voorhies), cheerleader Kelly (Tiffani- Amber Thiessen), and brainy Jessie (Elizabeth Berkley). This set contains every episode from the first series of the show.

Bonus Extras:

* All 16 Episodes from Season 1
* Synopses
* Stills Gallery

Saved by The Bell - Season One - out March 22nd - Watch more Funny Videos

Saturday, March 06, 2010

DVD News: Street Hawk

A UK first for once as Street Hawk will makes it's DVD debut on March 22nd here followed by the US in July. I've watched the Pilot episode via my test disc and wow, the nostalgia just came back of being young and how any vehicle, be it motorbike, car or helicopter that had gadgets on it was instantly cool! Kids of the 80's will love this!

* Original Pilot Episode 73 Minutes
* All Twelve Original Episodes x 43 Minutes
* Unbroadcast Pilot Featuring Different Street Hawk Firepower (73 Minutes)
* Street Hawk, The Making of a Legend: A brand new documentary featuring Rex Smith, Joe Regalbuto and Jeannie Wilson (41 Minutes)
* Stills Galleries
* Biographies
* Episode Synopses
* Eight Page Collectors Booklet

Tuesday, March 02, 2010

DVD News: I am Virgin & Banshee

Two new releases from MVD with "I am Virgin" that hit the streets Febuary 23rd and the upcoming "Banshee" which will come to stores on March 23rd.

I have a copy of each to give away - so as always email me your details to be in with a chance to win! I'm going away next week, so closing date will be this Friday 5th March so I have time to post some the DVD's. Good luck!

"I am Virgin"

It came without warning. The virus wiped out most of the world's population in just a few days, and everyone who survived became a vampire with an insatiable thirst for sex. Everyone except Robby. He's the last normal man in a world of unbridled sexuality, and he's a virgin. Accompanied by his trusty Basset Hound, Billy, he's looking for love in a city full of vampire vixens who want nothing more than the next depraved thrill. Faced with temptation, Robby must resist the lure of this world of lust and sensuality or risk becoming one of the sex-mad undead creatures himself!


* Behind the scenes mini film
* Director commentary



A group of college friends on a spring break camping trip are stalked and slashed by an unknown creature with the ability to make them hallucinate through sound waves. The survivors hold up refuge in an isolated farmhouse, cut off from all communication. Now, they have to come up with a plan to kill this unrelenting creature before it kills them. "Banshee!!!" takes the idea of the legendary Irish myth and spins it around into a terrifying and unstoppable monster!


* Theatrical Trailer for 'Assault of the Sasquatch'
* Animated Interactive Menus
* Optional Spanish/English Subtitles
* English 5.1 Dolby Digital Audio
* Deleted Scenes
* Bloopers & Outtakes
* Commentary
* Theatrical Trailer for 'Banshee!!!'
* 16 x 9 Digitally Mastered Widescreen Presentation