Random DVD and Blu-ray announcements

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Quote from: wilder on January 10, 2021, 08:06:47 PM

Q1 2021 TBD

Frank Perry's Rancho Deluxe (1975) on blu-ray from Fun City Editions

Two drifters, of widely varying backgrounds, rustle cattle and try to avoid being caught in contemporary Montana.

They successfully marketed this one to me with jimmy Buffett



wilder, you were right about In the Cold of the Night, so this guy posted a photo of that movie with Blue Sunshine and I immediately sensed that you were right about that one too. so I ordered it. you know, just for kicks


I paid over 40 dollars for it with shipping which is insane to me. it was like 1999 again. it felt good! and my other Distribpix movie is The Opening of Misty Beethoven so it fits in perfectly. I'm porn and weird art shit these days

I'm on my fifth night with The Claim and I'm having a hard time with it. last night I felt pissed at Michael Nyman. it was a scene with a marriage proposal and I wanted to throw my television out the window. the porn arrives tomorrow, thank god


Cecil Howard's Command Cinema is a thing. appears to be glorious adult movie releases. I'd post about it in the adult movie thread but this is a random dvd and blu-ray announcement. I want to eventually own all of them I'm sure. and I want whoever is making those covers to write my obituary

QuoteCecil Howard's, Command Cinema Corporation, was arguably one of the most successful and prolific production houses through the 1970's and 80's. A well established artist and businessman, Cecil Howard not only had the drive, but the artistic vision to elevate his films to a higher level. With high production values, skillful cinematography,well- written scripts, and brilliant editing, the films of Command Video represent the apex of classic erotica. The films of Command were incredibly successful, in both a commercial sense, and from a creative standpoint and Cecil Howard's films would often play for months on end throughout the cinemas of Times Square and across the US. With countless awards and thousands of fans around the globe, Cecil Howard's, Command Video has realized the importance of keeping the films and legacy alive forever. Please join us on a tribute and adventure through one of the greatest film legacies from the golden age of erotic filmmaking-COMMAND VIDEO!


a Bava-family release through Kino

QuoteComing June 29th from Code Red DVD!
Distributed by Kino Lorber!
Delirium (1987) Le foto di Gioia
• 2016 HD Master
• Interviews with Director Lamberto Bava, Actor George Eastman, Cinematographer Gianlorenzo Battaglia and Art Director Massimo Antonello Geleng
• Vintage Interviews with Lamberto Bava, George Eastman and David Brandon
• Trailers
Gioia (Serena Grandi, star of Tinto Brass' Miranda) is a buxom centerfold working for Pussycat magazine. In such a profession, having an admirer or two is expected, but Gioia's new admirer is a vicious killer! He murders her fellow magazine models one at a time, using a variety of twisted implements of death. Gioia is the lucky recipient of a collection of photos, each with murdered bodies arranged around posters of her. Renowned Italian star Grandi, known as the Dolly Parton of Italy, leads the cast in this Giallo classic, which features George Eastman (Hands of Steel, Blastfighter, After the Fall of New York, Ironmaster) David Brandon (Stage Fright, Caligula the Untold Story, She), Daria Nicolodi (Deep Red, Tenebre, Inferno, Opera) and screen legend Capucine (The Pink Panther, Red Sun). Delirium was wonderfully directed by Lamberto Bava (Monster Shark, Blastfighter, Ironmaster) – now see this colorful Giallo in HD!


Quote from: jenkins on February 24, 2021, 03:50:33 PM
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Glad i caught that wilder post.
Y'all are legit making me excited about an entire avenue of cinema that gets swept under the marketrug.


May 26, 2021

Karel Reisz's The Gambler (1974) on blu-ray from Imprint (Australia). Written by and based on the personal experiences of James Toback. Up for pre-order.

FOR $10,000 THEY BREAK YOUR ARMS. FOR $20,000 THEY BREAK YOUR LEGS. AXEL FREED OWES $44,000. New York City English professor Axel Freed outwardly seems like an upstanding citizen. But privately Freed is in the clutches of a severe gambling addiction that threatens to destroy him.

Quote from: Letterboxd user suttercainThis film really understands the mindset of a degenerative, addicted gambler better than any other I've seen. The desperate yearning pit in the soul that can never be filled no matter how many hits of adrenaline, whether from positive or negative reinforcement. The action really is the juice.

Ecstatic that this is coming out. James Caan's performance is incredible. I love this movie to death.

June 2021 TBD

John Scheinfeld's Who is Harry Nilsson (And Why Is Everybody Talking' About Him?) (2010) on blu-ray from MVD Visual

A wildly entertaining, star-studded documentary about The Beatles' favorite American musician, Who Is Harry Nilsson (And Why is Everybody Talkin' About Him?) is a vibrant and definitive portrait of one of the most talented singer-songwriters in pop music history. The film delves deeply into Nilsson's artistic process, his spirited relationship with John Lennon, and the additions that haunted him. Brian Wilson, Yoko Ono and Robin Williams are among Nilsson's friends, family and colleagues who delve into the acclaimed singer-songwriter's music, creative process and personal demons.

June 22, 2021

Paul Schrader's Adam Resurrected (2008) on blu-ray from MVD Visual

A Jewish circus entertainer is kept alive by the Nazis to entertain Jews as they march to their deaths. He ends up in an asylum for Holocaust survivors, fighting to survive the madness around him.

Summer 2021 TBD

Orson Welles' Touch of Evil (1958) on 4K UHD blu-ray from Kino

When a car bomb explodes on the American side of the U.S./Mexico border, Mexican drug enforcement agent Miguel Vargas (Charlton Heston) begins his investigation, along with American police captain Hank Quinlan (Orson Welles). When Vargas begins to suspect that Quinlan and his shady partner, Menzies (Joseph Calleia), are planting evidence to frame an innocent man, his investigations into their possible corruption quickly put himself and his new bride, Susie (Janet Leigh), in jeopardy.

June 22, 2021

Robert Altman's Fool for Love (1985) on blu-ray from Scorpion Releasing

May is waiting for her boyfriend in a run-down American motel, when an old flame turns up and threatens to undermine her efforts and drag her back into the life that she was running away from.

April 6, 2021

Robert Siodmak's The Man in Search of His Murderer (1931) on blu-ray from Kino

A man in bad sorts hires a burglar to later kill him, then changes his mind when his fortunes turn and must find the contracted murderer before it is too late.

Quote from: IMDB user keksekaa minor classic of the mixed style 1930-1931

This film has a story that is not in the least original. It had been one before 1931 and it has done many times since - the man who wants to commit suicide, hires someone to kill him and then changes his mind. The first occurrence I know of is in the Jules Verne story Les Tribulations d'un chinois en Chine in 1879 which appears to have been the inspiration for Ernst Neubach who provided the idea for the script (whether he actually wrote a play on the subject seems uncertain). Much the same idea had already been used in a US film, Douglas Fairbanks' Flirting with Fate in 1916. The strength of this film is not therefore in its story nor in the writing in itself (which is relatively not very special) so much as in the general organization of the film (mise en scène, sound, scenery, acting style) which is absolutely outstanding.

To appreciate how good it is, just look at a version for the same story that Neubach himself directed in 1952 (Man lebt nur einmal). Despite the fact that Neubach employed set designer Emil Hasler who had worked on some classics of the Weimar period (inc. M and The Blue Angel) and on the excellent 1943 film Münchhausen, it is a very, very ordinary and uninteresting farce and, frankly, painfully unfunny. It was simply impossible in fifties Germany to create the style of the brilliant pre-war years (as Fritz Lang would also discover on his return). Neubach had actually made the film in exile in France too in 1949 as On demande un assassin with Fernandel but this I have not seen.

This is not a silent film but belongs to a special category of film for which as far as I know we have no name - films made in the thirties that employed sound (often, as here, in very interesting and inventive ways) not primarily for the purpose of dialogue (which is often minimal) or as incidental score but as an element of mise en scène (a part simply of the general ambiance of the film) while still retaining the visual values of silent films. Apart from the entirely exceptional case of Chaplin (Modern Times) this was a style unknown in the US - Von Sternberg is to some extent an exception - and US films that hesitate involuntarily between "silent" and "sound" are simply badly made films (poor sound quality, stilted over-enunciated dialogue, too much dialogue etc).

But there are some very fine and important examples pf this "mixed style" both in France (Clair's 1931 À nous la liberté is a perfect example as well as being an influence on Chaplin) and in Germany. The style is associated to some extent with the great directors of the silent era (Jean Epstein for instance) but also, more surprisingly, with a younger generation who had only just started making films at the end of that era (like the Siodmak or Clair or Machaty in Czechoslovakia) and in some cases with film-makers who had never made a silent film (Jean Vigo for instance in France). It can also be observed less markedly but to some extent in the great classics of these years (M, The Blue Angel, La Chienne). It is a style, in other words, that produced some of the greatest masterpieces of cinema.

Robert and Curt Siodmak and Billy Wilder as a team, until their enforced departure for the US, proved unsurprisingly real artists in the genre, having also produced the wonderful silent masterpiece Menschen am Sonntag the year before this.

Even if we are missing the beginning of the film explaining why the central character wishes to kill himself, this film still stands as a fine example of this mixed style of the early thirties. Beautiful expressionistic sets (something of a revival by this time in Germany), mildly stylized acting (in fact, more accurately a typical mix of the stylized and the naturalistic), superbly ironic use of sound.

Had the rise of Hitler not destroyed he German film industry, the style might have survived as a natural bridge between the golden age of European film in the late twenties and the "new wave" of the sixties. It does to a certain extent in French "poetic realism" (early Renoir, Carné etc) and in the films of Sacha Guitry but in Germany it died the death while the Germans, Austrians and Hungarians fleeing to the US had no choice but to accept the more banal strictures of US "realist" style.

As is also the case with silent films, later ill-advised "sound" remakes of "mixed style" films are nearly always inferior, and often vastly inferior, to the originals.

Summer 2021 TBD

John Farrow's Alias Nick Beal (1949) on blu-ray from Kino

After straight-arrow district attorney Joseph Foster  says in frustration that he would sell his soul to bring down a local mob boss, a smooth-talking stranger named Nick Beal shows up with enough evidence to seal a conviction. When that success leads Foster to run for governor, Beal's unearthly hold on him turns the previously honest man corrupt, much to the displeasure of his wife and his steadfast minister.

April 21, 2021

Jean-Jacques Annaud's Quest for Fire (1981) on blu-ray from Gaumont (France)

In the prehistoric world, a Cro-Magnon tribe depends on an ever-burning source of fire, which eventually extinguishes. Lacking the knowledge to start a new fire, the tribe sends three warriors (Everett McGill, Ron Perlman, Nameer El-Kadi) on a quest for more. With the tribe's future at stake, the warriors make their way across a treacherous landscape full of hostile tribes and monstrous beasts. On their journey, they encounter Ika (Rae Dawn Chong), a woman who has the knowledge they seek.




High Definition (1080p) Blu-ray transfer
Original uncompressed mono audio
Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing
Archive commentary by director Jonathan Kaplan, producer George Litto and writers Tim Hunter & Charlie Haas
New commentary by star Michael Kramer and journalist Mike Sacks
Isolated music and effects track
Wide Streets + Narrow Minds, an exclusive retrospective documentary featuring newly recorded interviews with cast and crew, including Jonathan Kaplan, Tim Hunter, Charlie Haas, talent scouts Jane Bernstein and Linda Feferman, production designer Jim Newport, stars Michael Kramer, Harry Northup, Vincent Spano, Pamela Ludwig, Julia Pomeroy, Kim Kliner, Diane Reilly, Eric Lalich and others
Full post-film Q&A from a 2010 screening at the Walter Reade Theater in New York, featuring Litto, Hunter, Haas, Bernstein, Northup, Kramer, Ludwig, Pomeroy and Tom Fergus
Excerpts from the Projection Booth podcast episode on the film, including discussion by Mike White, Leon Chase and Heather Drain, plus interviews with Haas, Hunter, Spano, Northup and Andy Romano
Destruction: Fun or Dumb?, the full educational short excerpted within the film, in high definition
US theatrical trailer and TV spots
UK VHS promo
Image galleries
Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Sister Hyde
FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collectors' booklet featuring new writing by Kim Morgan and Henry Blyth, and the original San Francisco Examiner article that inspired the film


the hype iz real ~


Apocalypse Now - Final Cut (4K-Ultra HD)


June 1, 2021

Daniel Petrie's Buster and Billie (1974) on blu-ray from Zephina Media, from a restoration of the original film elements. Available to pre-order from busterandbillie.com

In a rural 1940s southern town, a socially awkward high school girl is taken advantage of by the boys, because it's the only way she knows to relate to boys. But one, Buster, falls in love with her. The other boys, however, still consider her their convenient "squeeze", with tragic results.

June 29, 2021

David Hemmings' Just a Gigolo (1978) on blu-ray from Shout Factory

After World War I, a war hero returns to Berlin to find that there's no place for him--he has no skills other than what he learned in the army, and can only find menial, low-paying jobs. He decides to become a gigolo to lonely rich women.

Quote from: IMDB user AbuAhzanOffbeat, parallel-universe look at Weimar poised between romanticism and despair

This is one of the most unusual films I have ever seen. It's an offbeat, sensitively filmed look at Weimar Germany in a sort of parallel-universe version. "Cabaret" it is not! If you ever get a chance to see it, I don't want to spoil the ending for you . . . but when you see it, you'll say to yourself, "Of course! Why didn't I foresee that coming?!?" David Bowie plays a sort of innocent ne'er-do-well discharged from the German army after World War I and drifting through existence; he can't find anything to do with himself except hire himself out as a "gigolo" for rich, proto-Eurotrash war widows in ballrooms where they "dance to forget". Bowie's father is a once-domineering tyrant who has been silenced by a stroke. Bowie tries to break the news to him that he has descended so far as to play the gigolo, a betrayal of his father's macho ideals, but Dad only sits in stony silence -- a disturbing scene. Bowie plays a poor lost soul. As Western civilization decays all around him, a sinister character stalks him and tries to gain control over him; this bloke is vaguely homosexual (only suggested), and one of his lines is a real groaner of a double-entendre: "We will have you in the end!" Marlene Dietrich is the center of romantic gravity in this story; she sadly, sweetly tells Bowie the raison d'etre of forlorn women dancing with gigolos in the ballrooms -- the only way to assuage loss and stave off despair. Then she performs the song "Just a Gigolo", bringing out all the heartbreak from its depths. The end of the film is dark and truly chilling. Go see it if you can!

QuoteThe Thin White Duke is offered as a sort of symbol for Germany in the years between the wars: everyone wants to claim him for their own but no-one really cares about him. Pointlessly proud but aimlessly drifting without any particular talents or a sense of purpose to compensate while the Nazis gradually rise, he slowly drifts into becoming part of Marlene Dietrich's regiment of gigolos.

July 6, 2021

Alejandro Galindo's Espaldas mojadas aka Wet Backs (1955) on blu-ray from VCI, from a 4K restoration by the Mexican National Cinematheque

Mexican worker Rafael Améndola runs from the police and crosses the Mexican-American border, helped by an American, who gives work to illegal migrants. Once in the United States, Rafael struggles to adapt to his new life.

April 6, 2021

Norman Jewison's Rollerball (1975) on blu-ray from Scorpion Releasing, from a 4K restoration. Available exclusively from RoninFlix

The year is 2018. There are no wars. There is no crime. There is only....the Game. In a world where ruthless corporations reign supreme, this vicious and barbaric "sport" is the only outlet for the pent-up anger and frustrations of the masses. Tuned to their televisions, the people watch "Rollerball": A brutal mutation of football, motocross and hockey. Jonathan E. is the champion player-- a man too talented for his own good. The Corporation has taken away the woman Jonathan loves, but they can't take away his soul-- even if the diabolical corporate head tells him he better retire.... or suffer the old-fashioned way.

June 1, 2021

Frank Perry's Mommie Dearest (1981) on blu-ray from Paramount, from a 4K restoration

Based on Christina Crawford's controversial best-selling tell-all novel, MOMMMIE DEAREST features a powerhouse performance by Faye Dunaway as Joan Crawford, struggling for her career while battling the inner demons of her private life. While the public Crawford was a strong-willed, glamorous object of admiration, behind the scenes is a private Crawford—the woman desperate to be a single mother and trying to survive in a devastating industry that swallows careers thoughtlessly.

July 27, 2021

David Mamet's State and Main (2000) on blu-ray from Shout Factory

A movie crew invades a small town whose residents are all too ready to give up their values for showbiz glitz.

April 27, 2021

Michael Ritchie's Smile (1975) on blu-ray from Fun City Editions, from a 2K restoration of an interpositive

The time has come for the annual Young American Miss Pageant in California. Executive producer Brenda (Barbara Feldon) focuses maniacally on the event, ignoring any complaints. While her husband, Andy (Nicholas Pryor), sulks, choreographer Tommy French (Michael Kidd) looks after the safety of the contestants. With all the girls trying to outdo each other, tension increases as the pageant drags on and the skeptical contestant, Robin (Joan Prather), takes the lead despite her reservations.

June 15, 2021

John Sturges' Last Train from Gun Hill (1959) on blu-ray from Paramount from a 6K restoration of the original VistaVision camera negative

A marshal tries to bring the son of an old friend, an autocratic cattle baron, to justice for the rape and murder of his wife.

July 6, 2021

Harold Becker's The Black Marble (1980) on blu-ray from Kino, from a 4K restoration of the original camera negative

Pragmatic Sgt. Natalie Zimmermann is paired with Valnikov, a romantic detective of Russian origin who is going through a midlife crisis. They fall in love while solving the case of the kidnapping of a socialite's pet dog.

May 11, 2021

Douglas Sirk's To New Shores (1937) and La Habanera (1937) on blu-ray from Kino

To New Shores
Gloria takes the blame for Sir Albert Finsbury's forgery and is sent to Australia. Sir Albert refuses to marry her and free her from prison after he makes a strategic proposal to a governor's daughter, leaving Gloria to marry a local farmer.

La Habanera
Trapped in Puerto Rico, a beautiful young Swede is torn between her passionate, but mildly abusive Caribbean oligarch husband and her longing for her European homeland.

July 20, 2021

Wesley Ruggles' The Gilded Lily (1935) on blu-ray from Kino

This often overlooked comedy gem marks the first teaming of screen legends Claudette Colbert (The Bride Comes Home, The Palm Beach Story) and Fred MacMurray (The Princess Comes Across, The Apartment) and is the epitome of a New York City urban fantasy. Newspaper reporter Peter Dawes (MacMurray) and stenographer Marilyn David (Colbert) meet regularly on a park bench sharing popcorn along with their dreams. Their budding romance is soon threatened by a chance meeting between Marilyn and Charles Gray (Ray Milland, Beau Geste, The Lost Weekend), an English nobleman visiting America. Marilyn's fantasy of landing a handsome millionaire becomes a reality as she is pursued by Charles in a whirlwind courtship, leaving Peter fighting to reclaim his love. When the press learns of the affair, it turns into an international tabloid scandal for everyone involved. Directed by Wesley Ruggles (I'm No Angel), The Gilded Lily helped launch the career of Fred MacMurray who would make six more films with Claudette Colbert over the years.

July 13, 2021

George Sherman's Larceny (1948) on blu-ray from Kino, from a 4K restoration

A con man sets out to swindle a widow out of the money she's received to build a memorial to her war-hero husband, but instead winds up falling in love with her.

Summer 2021 TBD

Robert Aldrich's Vera Cruz (1954) on blu-ray from Kino, from a new 2K remaster

During the Mexican Rebellion of 1866, an unsavory group of adventurers from the US are hired by the forces of Emperor Maximiliano to escort a countess to Vera Cruz.

May 25, 2021

Irving Pichel's They Won't Believe Me (1947) on blu-ray from Warner Archive, from a 4K restoration from nitrate preservation elements

On trial for murdering his girlfriend, philandering stockbroker Larry Ballentine takes the stand to claim his innocence and describe the actual, but improbable sounding, sequence of events that led to her death.

June 28, 2021

Mel Stuart's Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971) on 4K UHD blu-ray from Warner Bros.

A poor but hopeful boy seeks one of the five coveted golden tickets that will send him on a tour of Willy Wonka's mysterious chocolate factory.

June 14, 2021

Robert Wiene's The Hands of Orlac (1924) on blu-ray from Masters of Cinema (UK), from a restoration of the original film elements by Film Archiv Austria

Reuniting the star and director of Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari, The Hands of Orlac [Orlac's Hände] is a deliciously twisted thriller that blends grand guignol thrills with the visual and performance styles of German Expressionism.

Based on a novel by medical-horror novelist Maurice Renard, it charts the mental disintegration of a concert pianist (Conrad Veidt) whose hands are amputated after a train crash, and replaced with the hands of an executed murderer. When Orlac's father is murdered by the dead man's hands, Orlac begins a steady descent towards madness.

June 16, 2021

James Foley's After Dark, My Sweet (1990) on blu-ray from Carlotta Films (France)

When a couple of conniving lowlifes hatch a plot to kidnap the scion of a wealthy local family, they pick the wrong man to carry out the job: Kid Collins, a disturbed ex-boxer on the lam from a mental institution.

April 28, 2021

Graeme Clifford's Frances (1982) on blu-ray from StudioCanal (France)

The story of Frances Farmer's meteoric rise to fame in Hollywood and the tragic turn her life took when she was blacklisted.

2022 TBD

Aliens, Alien 3 and Alien: Resurrection are being remastered in 4K for 4K Blu-ray and Disney+ release. Aliens, Alien 3 and Alien: Resurrection are the only films in the Alien series not to have 4K editions available but this is set to change with the plan being to release them on Disney+/Star initially with a subsequent 4K Alien Collection heading to 4K Blu-ray some time in 2022.


wilder I'm pretty close to being super familiar with VS and I began with adult movies, as you know, so now I'm surveying the rest of the catalogue and I recently confirmed The Passing as something special. the whole "seven-year passion project for director, writer, producer, and co-star" angle doesn't even cover how truly authentic and touching the movie feels, and it's a sci-fi! the principle characters are two old men and their friendship breaks you. it's a true discovery

I'm on my way to The Candy Snatchers, which the fb vs community just won't let me skip. "Unflinchingly dark, violent, and merciless" is a thing certain people tend to appreciate, you know. feels realistic. its sibling that doesn't sound too similar is Sudden Fury, "A riveting and criminally under-seen Hitchcockian thriller, prolific NFB short films director Brian Damude's SUDDEN FURY ranks as one of the finest forgotten films to emerge out of Canada's mid 70s tax shelter era."

I've previously written about Sweet Sweetback and let me just say, not in terms of black filmmakers but in terms of general filmmaking, and he just happens to be black, Jamaa Fanaka is a name to know, oh god is he. his movies are better than you're anticipating through your familiarity with low-budget 70s movies. LA Rebellion is best known here through Charles Burnett. I began with Emma Mae and how much it delighted me is being demonstrated

like with wbf here, lots of the older genre movies have older fans who know of a different world than I do. familiarity with dtv vhs movies trips me out. I learn a lot by listening and I've been warmly accepted because like-minded people find each other


This and the cult cinema thread posts bring the heat ^
thanks for the links -- alwayz so much Genre to learn from


my becoming enthusiastic about this boxset happened through a natural process. because it sounds like something I would do. encountering abnormalities born outside the Hollywood system is my party, I'm a voyeur to cinema. I watch cinema take place, and when it comes from the hands of normal people it touches me not only through sincerity but conviction. someone believed in these movies. I am a sucker in this regard, but as they say, everybody is a sucker to somebody. has someone really said that? hmm


Lately, Ben hasn't been sleeping well. His dreams are filled with violent and terrifying visions of monsters and death. Seeking out answers, he begins to pursue the subtext and hidden meanings of his strange and terrifying nightmares, with the help of his professor and several friends. As the dreams grow increasingly lifelike, Ben fears that he's losing his grip on sanity, especially as those around him start turning up dead; horribly mutilated just like he's seen in his sleep...

A low-on-budget but extremely high on ambition apocalyptic horror film, and the first feature written and directed by jack-of-all-trades filmmaker, Jay Woelfel, the Ohio lensed BEYOND DREAM'S DOOR skillfully blends elements of surrealism, mystery, and grotesque and violent horror set-pieces, resulting in a wholly singular vision. Sadly relegated direct-to-video, BEYOND DREAM'S DOOR has earned a sizable cult following and comes to Blu-ray for the very first time, from Vinegar Syndrome, painstakingly reconstructed shot by shot from its original, unedited 16mm camera negative, and is presented in its director's cut.


Weird things are happening in and around the Wild Goose Lodge, a snowy inn located in rural Massachusetts. People are being found dead and mutilated, while others are vanishing without a trace. Realizing that the violence might have something to do with Native American black magic and the ancient secrets of the area's historic totem poles, a trio of cops decide to investigate the goings on, and are faced with an array of monsters, ghouls, and even a sampling of murderous locals!

A film which truly justifies the term 'unclassifiable,' and the sole feature from writer and director Christopher Thies, WINTERBEAST was shot on and off for nearly half a decade and in a mix of super 8mm and 16mm, resulting in a one of a kind piece of outsider art horror filmmaking that must be seen to be believed. Loaded with surreal dialogue, mind-blowing stop motion animation, homemade gore effects, and more than a few genuinely creepy moments, Vinegar Syndrome is delighted to bring this forgotten cult gem to Blu-ray, newly restored and reconstructed from it's original film elements and presented in both its commonly seen released version along with a never before released workprint edit.


A group of college students have been given a very unusual assignment: spend the night inside of a supposedly haunted house, as part of their studies into the supernatural and occult. Although the rag tag team of collegiates would much rather party and get stoned than look for ghosts, it's not long before unexplained events begin to occur. Initially suspecting that some of their classmates might be playing a practical joke, their fears are proven very real when someone - or something - dressed in robes and carrying a scythe starts bumping them off one by one.

A truly local slice of ultra low budget supernatural-slasher made by a first time cast and crew based in St. Louis, Missouri, Jack Snyder's FATAL EXAM plays its haunted house tropes for its first half, before shifting gears into slice n' dice mayhem for its second half. Barely released in any format and never officially made available on disc, Vinegar Syndrome is happy to bring this low-fi curiosity on Blu-ray, newly restored in 2K from its 16mm original camera negative and featuring an illuminating array of extras.

I don't want to watch the trailer, myself, because I want it raw, but here is the trailer


basically, this is me nerd-chatting with wilder:

so, that'll happen tonight (edit: tomorrow at noon, right). "OCN Distribution is the distribution sister company of VS which handles the partner labels," is the situation. there are currently seven partner labels, and a question is whether a new one will appear or not.

for the seven already around, AGFA is the most significant partner label, to me, in terms of I knew about it before I knew about VS. Fun City Editions has landed strong, quite strong. Altered Innocence shows every sign of promise. Utopia began with Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets and is releasing the soundcloud rappers who live in the desert documentary. ETR Media is a question mark: their release of Green Jelly concert material was, shall we say, appreciated by a select few. Music Box Selects began with that nordic movie I posted the trailer to, and whether they're related to Chicago's famous Music Box or not I'm not sure. Pulse Video is France based and VS handles certain US distribution

you know this sale as well as I do. Here is btw. Six-Sting Samurai is receiving the cult world equivalent to Come and See's recent situation: a repackaging of a movie that creates a richer impression than its initial impact. we both remember the Kino release of Come and See. marketing, timing, and etc as influential properties. it's also the second example of the most beautiful packaging in boutique label history, VSU. The Beastmaster was the initial, and that fucker has a ribbon, what more can they do for you. Surf II is troma-type humor, which, in earlier years at least, depressed me in that way people say they are depressed by depressing movies (which I enjoy). I'm trying to stay open to 80s humor though. the people who were teenagers then speak about it with a level of fondness that touches me. television terror has three movies with notable actors and the titles have been listed somewhere but I forget where. somehow people already know the Cardona titles, too, but I forget them. he has passed through Kino and in fact another of his will come out soon, I forget which one and also I forget the name of the cult movie company associated with Kino you know the one. this guy is a whole thing. the two surprise VS releases will have limited-edition slips of course. the VSA are limited-edition in general, and they have a different type of slip, one with a top. what I hear is the slip craze began with one that had a thousand, and the four new catalogue slips will be for titles released before the craze began. "legacy" slips