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Saturday, July 22, 2006

What would happen if Uwe Boll did LOTR...

Dungeon Siege: Uwe Boll does it again!

OMG! Watch this trailer for Uwe Boll's (House of the Dead, BloodRayne) "Dungeon Siege" and then ask yourself why so many decent and competent actors are in this film?

Jason Statham - The Transporter of the Rings!
John Rhys-Davies - Should be ashamed of himself!
Ray Liotta - WTF?
Matthew Lillard - Hey Scoobs, I'm like a Duke or something!
Leelee Sobieski - Why am I here? I have a promising career.
Burt Reynolds - Burt as King, I mean really.
Ron Perlman - From Hellboy to Boll!
Claire Forlani - This can't be worse than The Medallion...can it?
Kristanna Loken - Will be naked I'm sure!

He rips off Highlander, LOTR and Gladiator, it looks cheap and yet it's filled with talent (excluding Burt Reynolds as a King, he looks like he walked off the set of "Striptease").

Boll must have lots of dirt on the actors ready to blackmail them if they don't star in his crappy movies. I wonder if Burt Reynolds will do some out-takes during the credits a la the Cannonball Run or will Jason Statham do Kung-Fu in Medieval England? Who knows or indeed cares!

Friday, July 21, 2006

Shriek Show speak up about Lizard in a Woman's Skin!

Hugo from the Cinema Extreme Forums has had word from Media Blasters who were the first to bring "Lizard in a Woman's Skin" to DVD albeit in a version that not everybody was entirely happy about.

Hugo wrote:

"Hello there at Media Blasters, I don't know if the news already reached you but there's a very decent Italian print of Lizard available from Cecchi Gori. It's uncut and 1.85:1.Only downfall is the lack of an English option. Some info can be found here: If I remember correctly I read some time ago that whenever a better source would surface,Shriek Show would consider a rerelease of the movie.Provided that they can get the rights for it. I guess it was John Sirabella himself who said that. I hope you can do something with it in the (near) future? Cheers and keep putting out the great movies!


MB replied saying:

"Hi Hugo, We know about it and we knew about it some time before the release. We do plan on doing a new release of the film with this new source. We do not have a date for it yet."

This is good news and it will be nice to have an updated version with an English audio track as well.

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Auditions for "Snakes on a Plane"

This you gotta see - De Niro, Walken, Pesci and Nicholson all trying to get a role in "Snakes on a Plane"

DVD Trash gets interviewed!

Fellow blogger Bella Rossa has been doing a feature called "Interview with Bloggers" and DVD Trash has made such an impression on her that I've become one of her subjects. Seriously though it's very cool to think that people out there like your blog and for someone to like it so much that they interview you is a nice compliment.

Anyway, check out the interview if you can and the interviews with the other fine bloggers out there, all very interesting reading!

Sunday, July 16, 2006

DVD Trash loves Onar Films

Following on from Poptique and Worldweird Cinema, I would like to throw DVD Trash's weight behind the greatness that is Onar Films, the company that has put a lot of work and effort into releasing some cinematic gems from the realms of Turkish film obscurity.

Bill over at Onar is a great guy whose genuine love of the movies he releases is all too evident in the DVD's he puts together and for all you cult movie fans out there, they are all must-buys. So read some reviews and get over to Xploited Cinema and get the VISA primed for some Turkish movie madness.

Recap of Onar's releases:

3 Dev Adam

Kilink in Istanbul

Kilink vs. Superman/Kilink Strip and Kill

Friday, July 14, 2006

Lizard DVD Comparison

Scene comparisons to judge the quality from the different versions available:
Click on each image for a larger view.

Federal "Una Lucertola con la Pelle Di Donna" (R2, PAL, Italy)

Shriek Show "Schizoid" (R1, NTSC, US)

Shriek Show "A Lizard in a Woman's Skin" (R1, NTSC, US)

Italian version looks like the best version quality-wise, as the image seems to be warmer and little brighter. Just my opinion and as always I'm open to any helpful comments!

New Italian Lizard in a Woman's Skin DVD: 1st Look!

Just got the new Lizard DVD from Thrauma and I have to say it looks pretty good and is the longest and most complete version available (unfortunately for non-Italian speakers there are no English options, but I'm sure this version will be licensed out for the US market soon.)

Some screencaps:

Extras Menu



- Intervista esclusiva al prof. Paolo Albiero (Interview with Fulci expert, Professor Paolo Albiero) (34:00)
- Scena inedita (Missing Scene cut out due to the original audio not syncing with the image, rather than having an audio dropout, this scene with Anita Strindberg is included as an extra) (0:24)
- La censura e le versioni del film (History of the films censorship) (6:00)
- Titoli di testa italiani originali (Original Italian Titles) (1:04)
- Biografia del regista e degli attori principali (Bios of Fulci, Sorel & Bolkan)

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Black Sun: Nanking Massacre

Nice to see this Japanese shocker getting a UK release - hopefully uncut as well!

September 25th sees Black Sun: Nanking Massacre come to Region 2 DVD from Tartan Grindhouse.Using documentary footage BLACK SUN is the re-telling of the events that surrounded the 1937 massacre at the Chinese city of Nanking by the Japanese, where some 300.000 people were brutally slaughtered, showing that the Nazis were not the only army capable of acts of barbarism. In what is truly a harrowing piece of film making director Tun Fei Mou skillfully dramatises certain events, grafting on actual footage and period photographs creating a truly unforgettable documentation of man’s inhumanity to man. Possibly the most disturbing yet powerful war film ever. Japanese language with English subtitles.

DVD extras include: historical documentary; booklet featuring interview with director.

Monday, July 10, 2006



Saturday, July 08, 2006

DOA: Dead or Alive!

Making movies out of videogames, do the studios never learn? Well maybe not, but DOA: Dead or Alive looks like trashy entertainment of the highest order but curiously I'm strangley drawn to it. What could it be?

Maybe it's Jaime Pressly (Tina Armstrong)...

Or Holly Valance (Christie Allen)...

Or Devon Aoki (Kasumi)...

Or Sarah Carter (Helena Douglas)...

Or Natassia Malthe (Ayane)...

I think I may be checking this movie out!

Official Website
English Trailer

Friday, July 07, 2006

Extreme Film Research

From Extreme Film Research:

What is the purpose of our research?

The issue of sexual violence on screen is inevitably controversial. It is something on which many people hold strong views. But it is a topic on which there is far more opinion than reliable knowledge. Perhaps the most common view is that it is obvious what these films do: “Filmed sexual violence frightens and debases women. And it risks arousing men to violence.” If this were right, then the only remaining questions would be: how much harm is done, and how much should be done to control it?

To date, there have really only been two kinds of research. Either researchers have polled the general public for their views on what should be allowed or not allowed. Or they have done laboratory research, to see what impact such films might have on a randomly chosen set of people who are shown such a film – or even, just a part of a film.

We aren’t satisfied with this. And one main reason is that these kinds of research don’t hear from the people who choose to watch these sorts of films for themselves. We just don’t know who watches these films, where and why they see them, what they see in them, and how they respond to them.

This is what we are trying to do here. We want to gather the thoughts and responses of people who have chosen to see these films of their own accord. You may have seen them for all kinds of reasons. You may have had all kinds of responses to them, from really loving them to outright loathing. We want to know why. And, of course, you may have quite opposed views on the different films.

This research project is being funded by the British Board of Film Classification (with further support from our University at Aberystwyth). The five films in question are all ones over which they had long debates. In each case there were scenes involving sexual violence on which they had to make difficult decisions: whether to cut, what to cut? In making these decisions, they are partly governed by legal requirements. But also they have to make judgements about the films, and make interpretations about the place of the sexual violence within them. To do this, they take what help they can get from available research.

The research that is available doesn’t begin to answer all of the BBFC’s questions. For example, how does the context in which sexual violence is shown affect people’s understanding of it, and response to it? What impact do their own cuts have on the ways people see these films? They are funding this project because we showed them that there were ways to find out.

But although the BBFC are funding the research, we control it. Good research depends upon a clear separation between the interests of a funding body and the research itself. The BBFC have guaranteed us that we have absolute control over the methods and findings, and that we can publish the outcomes in full – whatever they show. We promise that we will do this. In previous work, we have not been afraid to be critical of claims and arguments that we considered to be driven by moral or political claims, rather than by convincing evidence. Right now, on this topic, we don’t have any view at all, because we don’t yet have the evidence. That is what this project is aiming to produce.

So, please, help us to get answers about these challenging films. Whether you like or hate them … whether you approve or disapprove of them … tell us about your thoughts and responses to any of these five films that you have seen. We will make sure that the findings of the research are widely available, including via this website, for as long as we can retain it. Otherwise, we will make sure that our own websites (at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth) point you to where you can read the results.

The Films:

À Ma Soeur /Fat Girl (2001)
Irreversible (2002)
Baise-Moi /Fuck Me (2002)
Koroshiya 1 /Ichi the Killer (2003)
La Casa Sperduta nel Parco /House on the Edge of the Park (1980)

Very interesting research so if you've seen any of these movies then head over to the site and fill in the questionnaires.

Another Lizard Update!

Ok, the new Federal Video DVD of "Lizard in a Woman's Skin" was released July 6th in Italy and according to folk on the Nocturno and CGHV forums, we might just be onto a winner. The DVD runs 98:15 (PAL) and appears to have have the lesbian scenes, the vivisection scenes and the murder scene with the boxcutters intact. These scenes seem to be of a lower quality as they seem to have got them from a different source. The DVD case says "Versione Integrale" (Full Uncut Version) and the extras include:

La censura e le verisoni del film (The history of the films censorship problems)
Scena inedita (Deleted Scene)
Titoli di testa italiani originali (The original Italian credits)
Intervista a Paolo Albiero ( studioso del cinema di Fulci ) (Interview with a Fulci expert)
Biografie (Bio's)

Only downside is the lack of English subs, but what a time to start learning Italian.

To protect myself from flack - I would take this info as 99% accurate as you just never know but my copy is being ordered asap!

New Look!

Apologies for DVD Trash going through so many updates today - have had a few problems with the template, but we now have a new look and a more stable template (hopefully). Anyway thanks for putting up with the changes today and keep us bookmarked!