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Thursday, February 22, 2007

Rank your Giallo!

Very cool idea from Rankopedia, get your favourite giallo to the top of the list!

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Beatrice Cenci DVD Arrives!

This long awaited Fulci flick has finally arrived from and I thought I'd post some package shots as well as some first impressions.

It's overall a very nice package with fairly good image quality and sound, in addition to some great extras if your Italian or French is good (both French and Italian 2.0 audio is available as well as French subtitles).

The extras themselves include "La Nuit americaine du Dr. Lucio Fulci", a 31 minute interview by Antonietta de Lillo and an exclusive audio interview with Fulci that is set to extracts to some of his movies and is conducted by Gaetano Mistretta who wrote the book on Italian Horror called "Spaghetti Nightmares". The extras are rounded off with bio's and filmographies.

Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Anchor Bay to release "Mario Bava Collection, Vol.1"

Source: Tim Lucas Video Watchblog

Great news as the 1st details of the forthcoming Anchor Bay Bava Collection (Release: April 3rd) have come to light and here they are:

1.77:1/16:9 (both)
English and Italian versions with English subtitles
Featurette: Mark Damon interview
Tim Lucas audio commentary
International & US trailers
TV Spots
Poster and Stills gallery
Mario Bava & Boris Karloff bios
Bava trailers

Original Italian export English dub scored by Roberto Nicolosi
American International English dub scored by Les Baxter
English mono with subtitles
Tim Lucas audio commentary
International and US trailers
TV spotsRadio spots
Mario Bava & Barbara Steele bios
Bava trailers

English and Italian versions with English subtitles
1.33:1 (English), 1.66:1/16:9 (Italian)
Featurette: "Remembering the Girl with John Saxon"
Tim Lucas audio commentary
International and US trailers
Poster and Still gallery
Bava trailers

English and Italian audio with English subtitles
International trailer
TV Spots 1 - 3
Mario Bava bio
Bava trailers

English and Italian audio with English subtitles
International trailer
Mario Bava bio
Bava trailers

Also need to point out that Dark Sky DVD are also bringing out their own version of Kill, Baby, Kill a week before the Anchor Bay release and it looks at the moment to be the better package, and perhaps double-dipping might be in order. For years this film has been at the top of all Bava fans wish-lists and now 2 version are out at the same time! Still better to have these films on DVD than not at all!

Kill, Baby, Kill from Dark Sky will however have an all important Tim Lucas commentary and a featurette with Mario's son, Lamberto (Demoni 1 and 2) taking a trip back to the town of Calcata where the movie was filmed. Sounds good and DVD Savant have a review up already which you can find here.

Tuesday, February 06, 2007

More Trashy Goodness from Dark Sky DVD!

Look what else is on the way from Dark Sky DVD:

Ricco The Mean Machine - 24/4/07

Released from prison after a 2-year stretch, Ricco Aversi (Christopher Mitchum, son of legendary actor Robert Mitchum) goes gunning for merciless drug smuggler Don Vito (Arthur Kennedy), who not only had his father brutally murdered but also stole his drop-dead gorgeous girlfriend (Malissa Longo, Black Emanuelle, White Emanuelle).Teaming up with a beautiful con-artist (Barbara Bouchet), Ricco's blood soaked path to vengeance knows no bounds!RICCO was released in America as a horro film called Cauldron of Death! Seen for thirty years only via censored VHS tapes, Ricco The Mean Machine is presented by Dark Sky Films complete and uncut, in all its glory.

Special Features:-
"Mitchum the Mean Machine" - featurette with Christopher Mitchum
- Trailer
- Still Gallery

The Antonio Margheriti Collection: Naked You Die - 24/4/07

From the minds of Italian horror kings Mario Bava (Twitch of the Death Nerve) and Antonio Margheriti (Cannibal Apocolypse) comes this macabre tale of murder at an all girls school.The corpses are piling up at St. Hilda's School for Girls, leaving top cop Michael Rennie (The Day The Earth Stood Still) with more than the usual suspects. Is the killer playboy riding instructor Mark Damon (House of Usher)? Peeping tom Luciano Pigozzi (Baron Blood)? Or how about hulking swim teacher Giovanni Di Benedetto (The Bird With the Crystal Plumage), whose wetsuit and dive mask make the perfect ensemble for slaughter?

Special Features:
- Theatrical Trailer
- Still Gallery

This release is great news as it completes the School Girl Killer Trilogy with What Have They Done to Our Daughters? and Cosa avete fatto a Solange?

Tragic Ceremony - 24/4/07

From the twisted mind of Riccardo Freda, first maestro of Italian Gothic horror...Ducking out of a summer storm, four hippies (led by Camille Keaton, star of I Spit on Your Grave) take refuge in the seemingly abandoned Villa Alexander...unaware that their hosts (Twitch of the Death Nerve's Luigi Pistilli and Thunderball's Luciana Paluzzi) are staging a satanic sacrifice.When the ceremony ends in a bloodsoaked orgy of violence, the hippies flee the villa...only to nfind themselves accused of committing a Manson-style massacre.

Special Feature:
- Theatrical Trailer

Sunday, February 04, 2007

Cannibal Holocaust to be remade?

Variety reports:

Relevant Entertainment has acquired rights to and will remake the 1980 cult horror film "Cannibal Holocaust." It's aiming for a summer start.

Relevant partner Michael Menchel and associate Steve Whitney will produce. The project is fully financed by Keith Previte of Scorched Earth Entertainment and Catherine Williams, who also will serve as producers. Paul Mason, Jordan Rush and Larry Joackim will exec produce.

The original, directed by Italian helmer Ruggero Deodato, has been banned in dozens of countries due to its gore and violence. Pic centers on a professor traveling to South America to find out what happened to a film crew that disappeared while shooting a documentary about reputed cannibal tribes. He eventually discovers the remains of the crew and several reels of undeveloped film, which show the disastrous consequences of the crew's decision to provoke the natives.

Deodato shot the pic in documentary style and was jailed briefly after the Italian premiere until he could prove the actors were unharmed.

Whitney, who spent six months securing the rights, previously partnered with Previte for the 2005 remake of "The Amityville Horror." Whitney and Previte also exec produced "Borderland" for Lionsgate.

Relevant's in pre-production on "Haunting in Connecticut" for Gold Circle/Lionsgate and is developing "The Tortoise and the Hippo" for Walden Media and "Pledged" for Paramount.

What do you all make of that? Surely this will never be as hard-hitting or as relevant as the original?