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Mute Witness, A Queen's Ransom, Yes Madame!, Wild Things


Link Here9th July 2024

US flagReleased on 11th June 2024

Immaculate

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Immaculate is a 2024 Italy/US horror by Michael Mohan
Starring Sydney Sweeney, ┴lvaro Morte and Simona Tabasco BBFC link 2020 IMDb

There are no censorship issues with this release

Summary Notes

Cecilia, a woman of devout faith, is warmly welcomed to the picture-perfect Italian countryside where she is offered a new role at an illustrious convent. But it becomes clear to Cecilia that her new home harbors dark and horrifying secrets.

US: Uncut and MPAA R rated for:

Promotional Material

Sydney Sweeney (Anyone But You, Euphoria, The White Lotus) stars as Cecilia, an American nun of devout faith, embarking on a new journey in a remote convent in the picturesque Italian countryside. Cecilia's warm welcome quickly devolves into a nightmare as it becomes clear her new home harbors a sinister secret and unspeakable horrors.

Hunt Her, Kill Her

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Hunt Her, Kill Her is a 2022 US horror thriller by Greg Swinson, Ryan Thiessen
Starring Natalie Terrazzino, JC Oakley III and Larry Bunton BBFC link 2020 IMDb

There are no censorship issues with this release

Summary Notes

A janitor in a furniture factory finds herself in a fight for her life when she becomes the target of sinister masked intruders.

US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:

Promotional Material

Divorced single mom Karen (Natalie Terrazzino) was just looking to get through night one on the new job-janitor/security at a large and labyrinthine furniture factory-and go home to her kid. Unfortunately, she's going to have uninvited company on her shift... a murderous pack of masked, agenda-driven creeps that have locked her inside with them... and it's going to be survival of the fittest. Intense thriller also stars JC Oakley III, Philip Zimny, Stephen Polson.

89 min. Widescreen; Soundtrack: English; audio commentary; deleted scenes; outtakes; theatrical trailers.

Mute Witness

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Mute Witness is a 1995 UK/Russia/Germany crime horror thriller by Anthony Waller
Starring Marina Zudina, Fay Ripley and Evan Richards Melon Farmers link  BBFC link 2020  IMDb

Cut by the BBFC for 18 rated cinema and VHS releases in 1995 and 1996. Uncut for BBFC 18 rated DVD in 2003.

Summary Notes

The life of teenager Rainbow Gold as she enters womanhood and navigates standards of beauty, self-image, and the rights women have over their bodies.

US: Uncut and MPAA R rated for:

Promotional Material

SHE WON'T BE SILENCED.

Director Anthony Waller ( The Piper , An American Werewolf in Paris ) combines cat-and-mouse suspense with classic intrigue in Mute Witness , an updated take on the Hitchcockian thriller in which the only witness to a brutal crime can neither speak nor cry out in terror.

Billy Hughes (Marina Zudina) is a mute special effects artist working on a low budget American slasher movie being shot in Russia. Accidentally locked in the studio late one night, she stumbles upon two men shooting what appears to be a snuff film. Having borne witness to their victim's final moments, Billy desperately flees -- but this is only the start of a protracted night of terror, drawing her and her friends into a tangled web of intrigue, involving the KGB, the Moscow police... and a mysterious crime kingpin known as "The Reaper."

Filmed on location in Moscow and co-starring Fay Ripley ( Mary Shelley's Frankenstein ) and Evan Richards ( Society ), Mute Witness is an unpredictable, nerve-shreddingly tense viewing experience. Now fully restored in 4K and presented alongside a host of new and recently unearthed bonus materials, there has never been a better opportunity to discover -- or rediscover -- this gem of 90s thriller cinema.

4K ULTRA HD BLU-RAY LIMITED EDITION CONTENTS

  • 4K restoration approved by director Anthony Waller
  • 4K (2160p) Ultra HD Blu-ray presentation in HDR10
  • Restored original lossless stereo soundtrack
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • Brand new audio commentary by writer/director Anthony Waller
  • Brand new audio commentary with production designer Matthias Kammermeier and composer Wilbert Hirsch, moderated by critic Lee Gambin
  • The Silent Death , brand new visual essay by author and critic Alexandra Heller-Nicholas, examining Mute Witness and its relationship with snuff films
  • The Wizard Behind the Curtain , brand new visual essay by author and critic Chris Alexander, exploring the phenomenon of the film-within-a-film
  • Original "Snuff Movie" presentation, produced to generate interest from investors and distributors, featuring interviews with Anthony Waller and members of the creative team
  • Original location scouting footage
  • Original footage with Alec Guinness, filmed a decade prior to the rest of Mute Witness
  • Teaser trailer
  • Trailer
  • Image gallery
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Adam Rabalais
  • Double-sided foldout poster featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Adam Rabalais
  • Illustrated collector's booklet featuring new writing on the film by Michelle Kisner
Wild Things

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Wild Things is a 1998 US crime mystery drama by John McNaughton
Starring Kevin Bacon, Neve Campbell and Matt Dillon Melon Farmers link  BBFC link 2020  IMDb

Exists as a Theatrical Version and an extended Unrated Version. The film was originally cut for cinema distribution in India.

Summary Notes

A police detective uncovers a conspiracy behind a case involving a high-school guidance counselor when accusations of rape are made against him by two female students.

US: The extended version is uncut and MPAA Unrated for:
US: The Theatrical Version is MPAA R rated:

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A spoiled rich kid, a troubled teen from the wrong side of the tracks, a carefree playboy and a dogged detective find themselves all caught up in the sex crime of the century in this steamy star-studded crime thriller from the director of Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer .

Popular and charming, student counsellor Sam Lombardo (Matt Dillon) is no stranger to being the focus of female attention within the moneyed cliques of Florida's Blue Bay. His fortunes are about to change dramatically, however, when one of the wealthiest students at his high school, sultry siren Kelly Van Ryan (Denise Richards), accuses him of rape. The charge looks sure to stick when another girl from the other end of the social spectrum, Suzie Toller (Neve Campbell), steps forward with her own allegations, but Detective Duquette (Kevin Bacon) smells something fishy, and the truth is as murky and dangerous as the alligator-infested swamps in the hinterlands of this affluent beach community.

Presented in new 4K restorations of its original theatrical version and extended 'Unrated Edition', Wild Things is a classic piece of sexy late-90s neo-noir from director John McNaughton and writer Stephen Peters, whose serpentine plotting will keep you on the edge of your seat until the end credits roll.

4K ULTRA HD BLU-RAY LIMITED EDITION CONTENTS

  • New 4K restorations of both the Original Theatrical Version and the Unrated Edition from the original camera negatives by Sony Pictures Entertainment
  • 4K (2160p) UHD Blu-ray presentation in Dolby Vision (HDR10 compatible)
  • Original uncompressed stereo audio and DTS-HD MA 5.1 surround audio
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing
  • Exclusive new audio commentary by director John McNaughton and producer Steven A. Jones
  • Commentary by director John McNaughton, cinematographer Jeffrey Kimball, producers Steven A. Jones and Rodney Liber, editor Elena Maganini and score composer George S. Clinton
  • Exclusive new interview with John McNaughton
  • Exclusive new interview with Denise Richards
  • Making of documentary
  • An Understanding Lawyer outtakes
  • Trailer
  • Illustrated collector's booklet featuring new writing on the film by Anne Billson and Sean Hogan
  • Double-sided fold-out poster
  • Six double-sided, postcard-sized lobby card reproductions
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Sam Hadley
A Queen's Ransom

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A QUEEN'S RANSOM is a 1976 Hong Kong/UK action adventure by Shan-Hsi Ting
Starring Jimmy Wang Yu, Angela Mao and George Lazenby BBFC link 2020 IMDb

The export version is roughly 6 minutes shorter than the Hong Kong theatrical release due to cuts to both of the sex scenes with Black Rose (keeping some of her intimacy with Jimmy, and completely deleting her tryst with George), as well as trimming some of the film's slower beats.

US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:
  • 2024 Eureka Classics  [Hong Kong Version + Export Version] (RA) Blu-ray at US Amazon #ad released on 11th June 2024

Promotional Material

Perhaps even God can't save the Queen in Golden Harvest's A Queen's Ransom (also known as International Assassin), an explosive action-thriller starring George Lazenby (The Man from Hong Kong), Angela Mao (Lady Whirlwind) and the legendary Jimmy Wang Yu (The One-Armed Swordsman).

As Queen Elizabeth II arrives in Hong Kong for a state visit, a band of skilled mercenaries plan her assassination. Contracted by an Irish Republican (Lazenby), the international group of hired killers includes a Japanese explosives expert (Chang Pei-shan), a Thai boxer (Bolo Yeung), a Filipino sniper (Peter Chan Lung) and a veteran of the National Liberation Front of South Vietnam (Wang Yu). As the conspirators move to carry out their plot, two police officials (Ko Chun-Hsiung and Charles Heung) work with a young socialite (Tanny Tien Ni) in a race against time to save the Monarch's head - while also trying to manage a crisis that has brought a huge number of refugees to Hong Kong, including a young Cambodian princess (Mao).

Written and directed by Ting Shan-hsi (Rebel Boxer), A Queen's Ransom was Golden Harvest's attempt to capitalize on the popular success of the political thriller in the wake of The Day of the Jackal. Eureka Classics is proud to present the film for the first time ever on Blu-ray from a brand new 2K restoration.

BONUS FEATURES:

  • 1080p HD presentation on Blu-ray of the original Hong Kong theatrical cut from a brand new 2K restoration
  • 1080p HD presentation on Blu-ray of the original English language export cut from a brand new 2K restoration
  • Original Mandarin and optional classic English dub (Hong Kong theatrical cut)
  • Classic English dub (Export version)
  • Optional English subtitles, newly translated for this release
  • Brand new audio commentary on the Hong Kong theatrical version by Asian film expert Frank Djeng (NY Asian Film Festival)
  • Brand new audio commentary on the export version by action cinema experts Mike Leeder and Arne Venema
  • Brand new documentary featurette by martial artist and actor Michael Worth
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original poster artwork
  • Trailers
Yes, Madam!

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Yes, Madam! is a 1985 Hong Kong action comedy by Corey Yuen
Starring Michelle Yeoh, Cynthia Rothrock and John Sham BBFC link 2020 IMDb

Exists as the original Hong Kong Version and a shortened Export cut

Summary Notes

Two unlucky thieves break into a just murdered man's hotel room and steal his passport with a hidden microfilm wanted by a triad boss. Two hard kicking women cops from HK and UK get the case.

US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:

Promotional Material

Academy Award« Winner Michelle Yeoh (Everything Everywhere All at Once) stars in this action drama as a Senior Police Inspector Ng assigned to work with Inspector Carrie Morris (Cynthia Rothrock, China O'Brien) from Scotland Yard, to investigate the murder of an agent from the Commercial Crime Bureau of London, who was killed because of the evidence he has collected against a crime syndicate in Hong Kong.

BONUS MATERIALS:

  • 2K Remaster from the Original Camera Negative
  • High Definition (1080p) Blu-ray Presentation
  • 2.0 Cantonese Dual Mono with English Subtitles
  • 2.0 Alternate Cantonese Dual Mono with English Subtitles
  • 5.1 English Dub
  • Export Version featuring the Classic English Dub
  • Audio Commentary by Frank Djeng
  • Interview with Cynthia Rothrock
  • Select Scene Commentary with Cynthia Rothrock and Frank Djeng
  • Interview with Mang Hoi
  • Archive Interview with Michelle Yeoh
  • Archive Battling Babes Featurette
  • Hong Kong Trailer
 

 

 

Weekly UK DVD and Blu-ray Releases...

The Lawnmower Man Collection


Link Here4th July 2024

UK flagReleased on 10th June 2024

The Lawnmower Man Collection

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The Lawnmower Man Collection is a double feature by Gualtiero Jacopetti, Franco Prosperi
Starring Stefano Sibaldi, Susan Hampshire and Dick Gregory BBFC link 2020 IMDb

UK: Aggregate BBFC 15 rated:
  • 2024 101 Films Lawnmower Man Collection [Theatrical Versions + Director's Cut of The Lawnmower Man] (RB) Blu-ray at UK Amazon #ad released on 10th June 2024
The Lawnmower Man is a 1996 UK/USA/Japan Sci-Fi by by Brett Leonard.
With Jeff Fahey, Pierce Brosnan and Jenny Wright. Melon Farmers link  YouTube icon   BBFC link 2020   IMDb
Uncut by censors. There exists a theatrical version and a longer Director's Cut
Lawnmower Man 2: Beyond Cyberspace is a 1996 USA action Sci-Fi thriller by Farhad Mann.
With Patrick Bergin, Matt Frewer and Austin O'Brien. Melon Farmers link  BBFC link 2020  IMDb

BBFC imposed category cuts were required for 12 rated cinema release and 2004 DVD. Released uncut in 2010 on UK DVD but this is not in the BBFC database. There was however a BBFC update for an uncut 12 rating in 2024. Uncut in the US.

Promotional Material

101 Films presents groundbreaking 90s sci-fi The Lawnmower Man (1992) and its sequel , Lawnmower Man 2: Beyond Cyberspace (1995) on Blu-ray in the UK for the very first time. Presented in a 3-disc set including both the theatrical and director's cuts of The Lawnmower Man, in limited edition packaging featuring newly commissioned artwork, and complete with a booklet with new writing on the film.

The Lawnmower Man : Dr. Lawrence Angelo =(Pierce Brosnan) is a brilliant scientist obsessed with perfecting virtual reality software. When his experiments on animals fail, he finds the ideal substitute - Jobe Smith =(Jeff Fahey), a slow-witted gardener. Dr. Angelo's goal is to benefit his human guinea pig and ultimately mankind itself, but evil lurks in the guise of "The Shop", a shadow group that seeks to use the technology to create an invincible war machine. When the experiments change the simple Jobe into a superhuman being, the stage is set for a Jekyll-and-Hyde struggle for control of Jobe's mind and the future of the world.

Lawnmower Man 2: Beyond Cyberspace : Enter the deadly world of virtual reality, where information is the key to world domination. Picking up where the original Lawnmower Man ended, Jobe =(Matt Frewer - Max Headroom) has become a hostage in futuristic hell. But when he discovers a computer chip that will give him the key to the ultimate revenge, the battle for world control begins. With stunning special effects, Lawnmower Man 2: Beyond Cyberspace takes you into a world where only the hardwired dare to journey.

Special Features:

Limited-Edition rigid box packaging and Limited-Edition Booklet: Includes Grassroots and Cyber Suits: Variations of The Lawnmower Man by Rich Johnson and This Diseased Mainframe: The Abject Horror of Bodily Digitisation in The Lawnmower Man by Andy Marshall-Roberts.

DISC 1

  • Cybergod: Creating The Lawnmower Man
  • Audio commentary with writer/Director Brett Leonard and writer producer Gimel Everett
  • Deleted scenes
  • Original electronic press kit with cast interviews and behind-the-scenes footage
  • Edited animated sequences
  • Theatrical trailer
  • TV spot

DISC 2

  • Audio commentary with writer/Director Brett Leonard and writer/producer Gimel Everett
  • Conceptual art and design sketches
  • Behind-the-scenes and production stills
  • Storyboard comparison

DISC 3

  • Lawnmower Man 2: Beyond Cyberspace
 

 

 

Weekly US DVD and Blu-ray Releases...

Bad Lieutenant, Death Machine


Link Here24th June 2024

US flagReleased on 4th June 2024

Bad Lieutenant

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Bad Lieutenant is a 1992 US crime thriller by Abel Ferrara
Starring Harvey Keitel, Brian McElroy and Frank Acciarito IMDb

Uncut and BBFC 18 rated for 1992 cinema release. The video release got caught up in the video nasties moral panic and was cut for BBFC 18 rated VHS release in 1995. It was released uncut for BBFC 18 rated DVD in 2009. The film was once banned in Ireland. The film was uncut and MPAA NC-17 rated in the US but there was also a cut version for release in Blockbuster video rental stores.

Summary Notes

While investigating a young nun's rape, a corrupt New York City police detective, with a serious drug and gambling addiction, tries to change his ways and find forgiveness and redemption.

US: Uncut and MPAA NC-17 rated for:

Promotional Material

He has survived on the streets for twenty years. He's a gambler. A thief. A junkie. A killer. A cop. Now he's investigating the most shocking case of his life, and as he moves closer to the truth, his self-destructive past is closing in. NYC auteur/provocateur Abel Ferrara (The Driller Killer, King of New York) and co-writer ZoŰ Lund (Ms. 45) gaze unflinchingly into the life of a Bad Lieutenant. Starring screen legend Harvey Keitel (Mean Streets, Reservoir Dogs) at his most brilliant and brutal in what is perhaps the most incendiary and notorious film of the 1990s. The stellar supporting cast includes Victor Argo (Taxi Driver) and Paul Calderon (The Last Castle).

Special Features:

DISC 1 (4KUHD):
- Brand New HDR Dolby Vision Master -- From a 4K Scan of the Original Camera Negative
- Audio Commentary by Director Abel Ferrera and Cinematographer Ken Kelsch
- 5.1 Surround and Lossless 2.0 Audio
- Triple Layered UHD100 Disc
- Optional English Subtitles

DISC 2 (BLU-RAY):
- Brand New HD Master -- From a 4K Scan of the Original Camera Negative
- Audio Commentary by Director Abel Ferrera and Cinematographer Ken Kelsch
- NEW Interview with Cinematographer Ken Kelsch
- Bad Neighborhoods: The Locations of Bad Lieutenant - NEW Featurette
- Retrospective Documentary: Featuring Exclusive Interviews with the Cast and Crew
- Theatrical Trailer
- 5.1 Surround and Lossless 2.0 Audio
- Dual Layered BD50 Disc
- Optional English Subtitles

Death Machine

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Death Machine is a 1994 UK action Sci-Fi horror by Stephen Norrington.
Starring Brad Dourif and Ely Pouget and William Hootkins. BBFC link 2020 IMDb

Uncut and BBFC 18 rated in the UK. An extended Japanese/International Version was released in Germany but the Director prefers the UK Versions. The US R rated version is shortened and cut. A Director's Cut was released in 2024.

Summary Notes

Chaank Armaments is experimenting with the ultimate fighting machine which is part human - part machine. So far, the Hardman project has been unreliable and has killed a number of innocent people. The genius behind this project is Jack who lives in a world of models, toys and magazines. When he is fired by Cale for killing a few corporate officers, he unleashes the ultimate killing machine called the 'Warbeast' against Cale and those who would help her.

US: Uncut and MPAA R rated for:
  • 2024 KL Studio Classics [Director's Cut + Extended Version + US Version] (RA) Blu-ray at US Amazon #ad released on 4th June 2024
  • 2024 KL Studio Classics Amazon VoD [US] at US Amazon #ad

Promotional Material

The year is 2003. Chaank Industries, ruthless world leaders in future weapons technology, hires a new Chief Executive, Hayden Cale. Cale soon uncovers a secret and unethical weapons project the company is involved in. Her first order of business is to shut it down. Her troubles just begin as she also tries to fire the company technological mastermind, Jack Dante--a childlike psychotic with a dark genius for exotic weapons design. Dante retaliates by unleashing into the corporate headquarters the Death Machine--the ultimate killing unit. A weapon that tracks its target by sensing fear and has the power to rip through walls with its hard steel strength and razor teeth. Cale must wage a desperate bloody battle with the terrifying force that has no mercy, no pity and no fear in this cutting-edge cyberpunk classic from filmmaker and SFX wizard Stephen Norrington (Blade, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen). Dante is played with oddball relish by Brad Dourif (Child's Play, Spontaneous Combustion) in a cast featuring Ely Pouget (The Rift), William Hootkins (Star Wars, Hardware), John Sharian (The Machinist), Richard Brake (3 from Hell) and Rachel Weisz (The Mummy).

This 2-disc special edition loaded with extras includes three cuts of the film, The 100-minute U.S. version, the 122-minute foreign version and newly created 106-minute director's cut in 7.1 surround sound.

Special Features:

DISC 1:
THE U.S. VERSION (100 Minutes)

- Brand New HD Master -- From a 2K Scan of the Interpositive
- NEW Audio Commentary by Horror-Fix.com's James G. Chandler and Ash Hamilton
- U.S. Theatrical Trailer
- Optional English Subtitles
NEWLY CREATED DIRECTOR'S CUT (106 Minutes)
- NEW Audio Commentary by Writer/Director Stephen Norrington and Film Historian Michael Felsher
- NEW Technical Audio Commentary by Writer/Director Stephen Norrington
- NEW Audio Conversation with Writer/Director Stephen Norrington and Creature Creator & Make-up Artist Alec Gillis
- Isolated Original Score Audio Track
- 7.1 Surround and Lossless 2.0 Audio
- Optional English Subtitles

DISC 2:
THE FOREIGN VERSION (122 Minutes)

- 2019 Restoration
- Conducting Chaos: Composer Crispin Merrell on the Sound of Death Machine (25m)
- Cutting Edge Action: Editor Paul Endacott talks about Death Machine (19m)
- Cyberpunk on a Budget: Costume Designer Stephanie Collier on Death Machine (18m)
- Looking Death in the Eye: Producer Ray Burdis talks about Death Machine (16m)
- Mechanical Mayhem: Co-Producer Stuart St Paul remembers Death Machine (21m)
- Artwork & Design Still Gallery (4m)
- Behind-The-Scenes Still Gallery (9m)
- German Theatrical Trailer (3m)
- Japanese Theatrical Trailer (3m)
- Vintage BTS Promo from Japanese Laserdisc (6m)
- 5.1 Surround and Lossless 2.0 Audio
- Optional English Subtitles

PACKAGING
- Commissioned Cover Illustration by Jean-Baptiste Chuat & Ronan-Wolf Chuat
- Title Treatment by Sascha Meurer

 

 

 

Weekly UK DVD and Blu-ray Releases...

Man of Violence, Vampire Circus, Lisa Frankenstein


Link Here23rd June 2024

UK flagReleased on 3rd June 2024

A Southern Haunting

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A Southern Haunting is a 2023 US horror thriller by M.J. Anderson, T. Huff
Starring Merle Ackelson, Robert Ackelson and Donovan Ailton BBFC link 2020 IMDb

There are no censorship issues with this release
UK: Uncut and BBFC 15 rated for strong injury detail, threat:

Promotional Material

After receiving 40-acres, an ex-slave family battles man and myth to uncover the truth behind their land.

Chief of Station

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Chief of Station is a 2024 US action thriller by Jesse V. Johnson
Starring Olga Kurylenko, Aaron Eckhart and Alex Pettyfer BBFC link 2020 IMDb

There are no censorship issues with this release

Summary Notes

After learning that the death of his wife was not an accident, a former CIA Station Chief is forced back into the espionage underworld, teaming up with an adversary to unravel a conspiracy that challenges everything he thought he knew.

UK: Uncut and BBFC 15 rated for strong violence, language:
Lisa Frankenstein

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Lisa Frankenstein is a 2024 US comedy horror romance by Zelda Williams
Starring Kathryn Newton, Liza Soberano and Jenna Davis BBFC link 2020 IMDb

There are no censorship issues with this release

Summary Notes

A coming of RAGE love story about a teenager and her crush, who happens to be a corpse. After a set of horrific circumstances bring him back to life, the two embark on a journey to find love, happiness - and a few missing body parts.

UK: Uncut and BBFC 15 rated for strong violence, bloody images, crude humour:

Promotional Material

A coming of RAGE love story from acclaimed writer Diablo Cody (Jennifer's Body) about a misunderstood teenager and her high school crush, who happens to be a handsome corpse.

After a set of playfully horrific circumstances bring him back to life, the two embark on a murderous journey to find love, happiness... and a few missing body parts along the way.

Man of Violence / The Big Switch

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Man of Violence / The Big Switch is a double bill by Pete Walker
Starring Michael Latimer, Luan Peters and Sebastian Breaks

Both film were once cut by the BBFC but are now uncut.
UK: Aggregate BBFC 18 rated for:
  • 2024 88 Films [Man of Violence + The Big Switch] (RB) Blu-ray at UK Amazon #ad released on 3rd June 2024
Man of Violence is a 1971 UK action thriller by Pete Walker.
Starring Michael Latimer, Luan Peters and Derek Aylward. Melon Farmers link  BBFC link 2020  IMDb
Cut by the BBFC for a 1971 AA rated cinema release. Cuts waived for 15 rated 2009 DVD/Blu-ray
The Big Switch is a 1969 UK crime film by Pete Walker.
With Sebastian Breaks, Virginia Wetherell and Jack Allen. Melon Farmers link  IMDb
Cut for 1969 X rated cinema release. This cut UK version was BBFC 15 rated in 2009. A longer export version is uncut and was BBFC 18 rated in 2009

Promotional Material

MAN OF VIOLENCE - A mercenary joins forces with 2 crooked cops in an attempt to steal a fortune in gold bullion from a corrupt Arab country.

THE BIG SWITCH - Playboy John Carter is implicated in the murder of a blonde from a discotheque and is forced by gangsters into posing for pornographic photographs.

Vampire Circus

Vampire Circus is a 1972 UK horror by Robert Young
Starring Adrienne Corri, Thorley Walters and Anthony Higgins BBFC link 2020 IMDb

Cut by the BBFC for 1972 cinema release and subsequent UK releases. Heavy cuts were originally required by the BBFC but these were reduced after requests from Hammer. The film was cut in the US for an MPAA PG rating but the best available version has been released MPAA Unrated.

Summary Notes

A village in Nineteenth Century Europe is at first relieved when a circus breaks through the quarantine to take the local's minds off the plague. But their troubles are only beginning as children begin to disappear and the legacy of a long-ago massacre is brought to light.

UK: The cut UK cinema version is BBFC 15 rated for strong horror and sexualised nudity:

This is the best available version with the material cut by the BBFC assumed to be lost. UK censor Stephen Murphy requested many cuts to the film in 1972 though Hammer succeeded in shortening his original demands. The BBFC edits finally made were to:

  • the whipping scene toned down
  • a dagger in the face deleted from the opening scene
  • the forest attack by the panther
  • footage of the mutilated remains of the family.

Promotional Material

Strawberry Media is proud to present the 50th Anniversary Edition of Vampire Circus on Blu-Ray packed with Special Features.

When a little girl is brutally slain by a vampire in a tiny 19th century European village, the townspeople invade the foreboding castle of Count Mitterhaus and kill him for the crime. As the Count dies, he curses the villagers and vows that their children will all die so that he may someday return to life.

Fifteen years later, as the village is ravaged by the plague, a travelling circus comes to town and distracts the villagers from their current hardships. Little do they know that their troubles are only beginning...

Special Features:
Documentary 'The Bloodiest Show on Earth' featuring interviews including renowned director Joe Dante and actor Dave Prowse
A brief history of Circus Horrors (Gallery of Grotesques)
Visiting the House of Hammer - an insight into Britain's Legendary Horror Magazine
Vampire Circus interactive comic book
Original Theatrical Trailer
Stills Gallery

 

 

 

Weekly US DVD and Blu-ray Releases...

Butcher Baker Nightmare Maker, Revenge of the Ninja, Lady Reporter


Link Here13th June 2024

US flagReleased on 28th May 2024

Cathy's Curse

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Cathy's Curse is a 1977 France / Canada horror by Eddy Matalon.
Starring Alan Scarfe, Beverly Murray and Randi Allen. Melon Farmers link  BBFC link 2020  IMDb

In addition to the Director's Cut there is a shortened US Version.

Summary Notes

A young girl is possessed by the spirit of her aunt, who died as a child in a car accident. Soon, people around her begin to mysteriously die off.

US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:
  • 2024 Severin Films [Director's Cut + US Version] R0 4K Blu-ray/(RA) Blu-ray Combo at US Amazon #ad released on 28th May 2024
  • 2024 Severin Films Amazon VoD [US] at US Amazon #ad

Promotional Material

THE WORLDWIDE UHD PREMIERE OF THE DIRECTOR'S CUT & U.S. RELEASE VERSION

It's been called "chilling and disturbing" (Film Fracture), "an absolute revelation" (Kindertrauma) and "unlike anything you've ever seen" (Bloody Disgusting). Now experience The Director's Cut and American R-Rated Release Version in UHD for the first time ever: In 1947, a young girl is roasted alive in a car accident. Thirty years later, her grown brother returns to their childhood home with his mentally unstable wife and sweet daughter Cathy. But when the dead aunt's vengeful spirit possesses the child, it will unleash an unnerving nightmare of creepy mediums, demonic dolls, and plenty of sick '70s foul-mouthed moppet mayhem. In an unprecedented source upgrade, both versions are scanned in 4K from the recently discovered negatives with 2+ hours of Special Features.

SPECIAL FEATURES:

  • Audio Commentary By Fangoria Contributor Brian Collins And Filmmaker Simon Barrett (U.S. Cut Only)
  • Tricks And Treats - Interview With Director Eddy Matalon
  • Cathy's Daddy - Alan Scarfe Remembers CATHY'S CURSE
  • Cathy & Mum - Interview With Actress Randi Allen And Costume Designer Joyce Allen
  • Introduction To Cinematic Void/American Cinematheque Screening By Brian Collins
  • Theatrical Trailers
The Bricklayer

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The Bricklayer is a 2023 Greece/Bulgaria/US action thriller by Renny Harlin
Starring Aaron Eckhart, Nina Dobrev and Clifton Collins Jr. IMDb

There are no censorship issues with this release

Summary Notes

An ex-FBI agent is reactivated when an extortionist targets the agency.

US: Uncut and MPAA R rated for:

Promotional Material

When a rogue insurgent blackmails the CIA by assassinating foreign journalists and framing the government, the agency must lure their most brilliant yet rebellious operative out of retirement to unravel the international conspiracy.

Butcher Baker Nightmare Maker

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Butcher Baker Nightmare Maker is a 1981 US horror mystery thriller by William Asher
Starring Jimmy McNichol, Susan Tyrrell and Bo Svenson Melon Farmers link   BBFC link 2020  IMDb

Banned as Video Nasty in 1983. Banned again by the BBFC for video in 1987. Uncut and BBFC 18 rated for 18 rated Blu-ray in 2024. Uncut and MPAA R rated in the US.

Summary Notes

An orphaned teenager finds himself being dominated by his aunt who's hell-bent on keeping him with her...at all costs.

US: Uncut and MPAA R rated for:

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A HAUNTING RHYME FOR BEDTIME!

It remains the most joltingly violent, psychosexual grindhouse shocker of the '80s, directed by a veteran of I Love Lucy and starring a frequently shirtless former teen idol with an epically demented performance by an Oscar« nominee. Jimmy McNichol stars as an orphaned high-school student raised by his strangely overprotective aunt (Susan Tyrrell of FAT CITY fame) who becomes implicated in a grisly murder investigated by a psychotic police detective (an equally unhinged Bo Svenson of INGLORIOUS BASTARDS). 7x Emmy« nominee Julia Duffy (Newhart) and Bill Paxton (in one of his first film roles) co-star in this "jaw-dropping hunk of genre insanity" (Pop Culture Beast) and former DPP 39 Video Nasty - also known as NIGHT WARNING -- with a brand new HD scan from the original camera negative with 6 hours of new and archival Special Features.

SPECIAL FEATURES:

  • Audio Commentary With Star Jimmy McNichol
  • Audio Commentary With Co-Writer/Producer Steve Breimer And Co-Writer Alan Jay Glueckman, Moderated By Mondo Digital's Nathaniel Thompson
  • Audio Commentary With Co-Producer And Unit Production Manager Eugene Mazzola
  • Extreme Prejudice - Interview With Actor Bo Svenson
  • Point And Shoot - Interview With Director Of Photography Robbie Greenberg
  • Family Dynamics - Interview With Editor Ted Nicolaou
  • Cast And Crew Interviews With Actors Jimmy McNichol, Susan Tyrrell And Steve Eastin, Make-Up Artist Allan A. Apone And Producer Steve Breimer
  • Trailer
  • TV Spot
Lady Reporter

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Lady Reporter is a 1989 USA / Hong Kong action comedy by Hoi Mang (as Hoi Man)
Starring Cynthia Rothrock, Siu-Ho Chin and Hoi Mang BBFC link 2020 IMDb

Exists as a shorter Hong Kong Version and a longer Export Version.

Summary Notes

Rothrock stars as Cindy, an American FBI agent who travels to Hong Kong to arrest a criminal newspaper editor, Ronny Dak (filmmaker Ronny Yu) who prints counterfeit money using the newspaper's presses (a dubious notion, but storyline is not the film's strong point). While investigating Dak's crimes, Cindy hooks up with her old friend Judy Yu (Elizabeth Lee), an undercover cop (Chin Siu-ho), and an intrepid journalist (director Mang Hoi) to battle his kung-fu henchmen.

US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:
  • 2024 Vinegar Syndrome [Hong Kong + Export Versions] RA Blu-ray at US Amazon #ad released on 28th May 2024

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*This listing is for the standard edition version and does NOT come with a limited edition slipcase!*

Vinegar Syndrome specializes in the masterful restoration and distribution of cult, horror, and erotic films from the 1960s-90s.

When the FBI learns of an international counterfeiting operation being run through a Hong Kong newspaper, they send one of their leading agents, Cindy, undercover as a reporter in order to investigate. Upon arriving in Hong Kong, Cindy quickly becomes a headline herself after being photographed by a rival tabloid saving a child from a burning building. It doesn't take long for the criminals to realize what is happening and soon they are after Cindy and her good friend Judy. To make matters worse, Judy's father is the lead prosecutor trying to convict the head of the counterfeiting ring and the criminals will stop at nothing to remove him from the case. With the help of a few new friends, Cindy soon finds herself facing off against a wave of henchmen and hitmen all hellbent on stopping her from exposing the truth.

LADY REPORTER (aka Blonde Fury ) was Cynthia Rothrock's first official leading role, as well as one of her last Hong Kong productions before switching to American-made films. Directed by actor and stunt coordinator Mang Hoi ( Yes, Madam! ) and featuring fight choreography by Corey Yuen ( Righting Wrongs ), LADY REPORTER delivers a barrage of head-spinning fight scenes including a climatic pole fight between Rothrock and fellow American martial artist Jeffrey Falcon ( Six-String Samurai ). Featuring strong supporting performances by Roy Chiao ( Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom ), Melvin Wong ( Ghost Nursing ), and actor/director Ronny Yu ( Freddy vs. Jason ), Vinegar Syndrome is proud to present this landmark in Cynthia Rothrock's filmography for the first time on Blu-ray in North America, newly restored from studio-provided masters.

Bonus Features:
1. Region A Blu-ray
2. Newly restored by Vinegar Syndrome from existing 2k studio masters
3. Includes both the 88-minute Hong Kong theatrical version in Cantonese with English translated subtitles and the 90-minute English language export version
4. Brand new commentary track with martial arts film historian Frank Djeng for the Hong Kong version
5. No Mediocre Action (14 min) - an interview with actress Cynthia Rothrock
6. Playing the Villain (21 min) - an interview with actor Vincent Lyn
7. Cantonese theatrical trailer
8. English trailer
9. Image gallery
10. Reversible sleeve artwork
11. English SDH subtitles

Revenge of the Ninja

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Revenge of the Ninja is a 1983 US action film by Sam Firstenberg.
With Shô Kosugi, Keith Vitali and Virgil Frye.   Melon Farmers link    BBFC link 2020    IMDb

The film was significantly cut by the BBFC for X rated 1983 cinema release and 18 rated 1986 VHS. The BBFC waived its cuts for 2011 DVD. In the US the R rated version is cut, but the Unrated Version is uncut.

Summary Notes

After his family is killed in Japan by ninjas, Cho and his son Kane come to America to start a new life. He opens a doll shop but is unwittingly importing heroin in the dolls. When he finds out that his friend has betrayed him, Cho must prepare for the ultimate battle he has ever been involved in.

US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:

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The Ninja are back! Brandishing swords and fists, leaping and kicking, wielding blow darts and explosives, they know a thousand ways to kill. Martial arts legend Sh˘ Kosugi (Pray for Death, Rage of Honor) delivers a heart-pounding display of strength, speed and lethal Ninja know-how in this action-packed thriller that takes us back to the good old days of the kung fu extravaganza. When a band of Ninja assassins slaughters the family of Cho Osaki (Kosugi), he flees to America in the hope of building a new life. A former Ninja himself, Osaki tries to escape his deadly past but soon discovers he has become the pawn of a ruthless drug trafficker--an American Ninja intent on killing anyone who crosses his path...including Osaki! Directed by action maestro Sam Firstenberg (Avenging Force) and produced by Cannon legends Yoram Globus and Menahem Golan, Revenge of the Ninja is terrific entertainment with slam-bang action scenes, mind-blowing stunts and legendary villains like Professor Toru Tanaka (The Perfect Weapon)!

Special Features:
- NEW Audio Commentary by Action Film Historians Mike Leeder and Arne Venema
- Audio Commentary by Director Sam Firstenberg and Stunt Coordinator Steven Lambert
- Intro by Sam Firstenberg
- Behind-the-Scenes Photo Gallery
- Theatrical Trailer
- Dual-Layered BD50 Disc
- Optional English Subtitles

 



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