torsdag 26 februari 2009

Two spaghetti westerns from UK company Pegasus out March 2

STORM RIDER (Il grande duello, Giancarlo Santi 1972)
Lee Van Cleef stars in this gritty western as Sheriff Clayton, a one man judge, jury and executioner determined to see justice done. Wrongly accused of murder, Philipp Wermeer is a wanted man - dead or alive! His alleged victim was the father of three brothers, the Saxon boys, who have an iron grip on a small town where the locals live in fear. Clayton must face down bounty hunters and all three of the Saxon brothers to uphold the law in the Wild West. Please note that this release was cut 5 seconds by the BBFC. "Distributor was required to remove a shot of an illegal horse fall in accordance with BBFC Guidelines and Policy."

ANY GUN CAN PLAY (Vado... l'ammazzo e torno, Enzo G. Castellari 1967)
When an armed train carrying a treasure is attacked and the money disappears, three men embark on a mission to find the fortune. One is a notorious bandit known as Monetero, infamous for his daring raids and one is a straight-laced banker named Clayton, who is determined to retrieve the money that was in his protection. The third is simply known as The Stranger, a mysterious bounty hunter whose loyalties and intentions are unclear. $300,000 in gold awaits the last man standing in this tale of deceit and murder.

New R1 DVD releases from Wild East

March 10:

For the first time available on DVD in U.S.A

A Long Ride From Hell theatrical version in its original aspect ratio: 1:85. English language

Interview with Mimmo Palmero aka Dick Palmer


For the first time available on DVD in U.S.A


theatrical version in its original aspect ratio: 2:35 16x9 Anamorphic English language


THE FANTASTIC ARGOMAN coming from Dorado Films!

Dorado Films need your help! They are in the process of releasing this masterpiece Come rubare la corona d'Inghilterra (Sergio Grieco, 1967) on DVD, but their print is missing one scene. Please visit their website for more info on how you may be of assistance.

tisdag 24 februari 2009

Cool R2 stuff from Optimum Releasing

On May 25, UK company Optimum Releasing will release the Agatha Christie thriller ORDEAL BY INNOCENCE (Desmond Davies, 1984) and the French/Italian thriller LE PASSAGER DE LA PLUIE aka RIDER ON THE RAIN (René Clément, 1970) starring Charles Bronson.

NUNS OF SAINT ARCHANGEL finally coming to R1 DVD

Originally planned for release in November 2006, Exploitation Digital's release of LE MONACHE DI SANT'ARCHANGELO aka NUNS OF SAINT ARCHANGEL (Domenico Paolella, 1973) will finally be released on April 21, 2009. It was previously released in UK by Argent Films in a non-anamorphic version, so fingers crossed this will be an improvement. No tech specs yet.

måndag 23 februari 2009


On April 24, Media Blasters will release RAREFLIX TRIPLE FEATURE VOL. 4, including Antonio Margheriti's OPERAZIONE GOLDMAN aka LIGHTNING BOLT (1966). No tech specs yet... here's the press release:

Fans of obscure films will rejoice as Rareflix puts together another triple feature of celluloid that might otherwise have slipped away (and probably should have). The collection kicks off with BOOGIEVISION, a nonsensical dope-fueled ride through what passed as 1970s fodder for the drive-in make-out crowd. Then it’s time for Antonio Margheriti’s LIGHTNING BOLT, a spaghetti-spy film full of enough bad James Bond rip-offs to inspire a drinking game--and hilarious dubbing to match. Finally, the collection finishes up with TRANSFORMED, a martial arts extravaganza starring Fred Williamson and destined to achieve cult status. All three films are schlocky, over-the-top, and a lot more fun than surfing through bad cable.

söndag 22 februari 2009

HUNTER WILL GET YOU available on DVD in Australia and Spain

The French thriller L'ALPAGUEUR aka HUNTER WILL GET YOU, starring Jean-Paul Belmondo and directed by Philippe Labro in 1976, is finally available on English-friendly DVD in Australia and Spain.

Audio: Spanish, English, French

Subtitles: English, Dutch, Swedish, Spanish, Portuguese, Danish, Finnish, Norwegian

tisdag 10 februari 2009

Hammer film SWORD OF SHERWOOD FOREST coming to R2 DVD

According to Sony Pictures UK, the 1960 Hammer film SWORD OF SHERWOOD FOREST will be released on DVD April 27, 2009. More info when available.

söndag 8 februari 2009

Dorado Films gets distribution by Ryko

Coming on May 19, distributed by Ryko:

Action packed later period Spaghetti Western film with a cast of cult and mainstream actors. George Eastman [Django shoots first] , Karin Schubert [Black Emanuelle], Giancarlo Prete [Street Law], Eduardo Fajardo ,[Ricco the mean machine] and others, round out the cast of this western version take off of the 3 Musketeers with a twist. With the tag line “ All for one....punches for all”.. you get action packed fight scenes,[Chen Lee] lends his martial arts to this fast paced story, who really has the stolen gold and where is it?.Loyalty to the musketeer code? Don't count on it!! Sell Points / Extras Features: Additional trailers, original theatrical trailer, Original Italian language, Dubbed English Language.

Dorado Films will also re-release MISSION BLOODY MARY with additional scenes found a few months after the first edition.

tisdag 3 februari 2009

BURKE & HARE coming to R2 DVD

On March 16, UK DVD company Simply Media will release Vernon Sewell's BURKE & HARE.
Available for the first time on DVD. This dark comedy thriller about the 19th century body snatchers. Set in Edinburgh Burke (Nesbitt) & Hare (Edwards) embark on the profitable enterprise of supplying the dead bodies of lodgers from the poorhouse to the medical pioneer Dr Knox (Andrews). As the supply of corpses dries up and driven by their money grabbing wives the pair move onto murder in order to maintain their income. Dr. Knox suspicions become alerted when he's presented with the corpse of a club footed beggar who he's seen alive earlier in the day. Horror, melodrama and lewd sexploitation all characterise this production.
Run Time: 91 minutes

måndag 2 februari 2009

Cover artwork for the May MYA releases

More news on Severin's NIGHTMARE CASTLE release

“AS GOOD – IF NOT BETTER – THAN ANY MARIO BAVA GOTHIC TALE… A Near Perfect Visual Ghost Story And A True Horror Fan’s Wet Dream!” MONSTERS AT PLAY The Italian Gothic Horror Classic Now Restored In HD From The Original Negative With All-New Bonus Features! At the height of her career as the dark goddess of Italian horror, the legendary Barbara Steele (BLACK SUNDAY) delivered two of her most memorable performances in this tale of obsession, madness and depravity. Steele stars as a cheating wife who is chained, whipped and tortured to death by her sadistic scientist husband, and as her unstable blonde stepsister whose fate may be even more ghastly. Paul Muller (VAMPYROS LESBOS), Helga Liné (HORROR EXPRESS) and Rik Battaglia (SISTER EMANUELLE) co-star in this twisted shocker directed by Mario Caiano, featuring stunning black & white cinematography by Enzo Barboni and the very first horror score by Ennio Morricone. Throw away all those inferior transfers from censored TV prints: This is NIGHTMARE CASTLE like you’ve never seen it before! Sell Points: . Remastered in stunning High Def for its first legitimate DVD release in the US First ever on-camera interview to appear on DVD with Scream Queen Barbara Steele Backed up by extensive marketing and pr campaign Extras: • Featurette with star Barbara Steele • Featurette with director Mario Caiano

More info about the May releases from Mya Communication

RETURN OF THE GLADIATOR (Ritorno del gladiatore più forte del mondo, Bitto Albertini 1971)
Rome, 310 A.D. The Roman Empire is beginning to collapse, and Proconsul Tullius Valerius (Albert Farley) fears that provincial governor Gaius (John Barracuda) has been secretly working with those Germanic barbarians seeking to end Roman rule. Valerius then orders to former gladiator Marcus (Brad Harris) to go undercover and investigate this situation. In Gaius’ territory also lives Lycia (Maria Pia Conte), the beloved of Marcus. Gaius soon learns of Marcus’ plans, and has him captured and unfairly accused of murder. Led to believe that Marcus is guilty, Lycia turns against him, and Gaius condemns the gladiator to be pulled apart by teams of horses. Sell Points / Extras Features: International star Brad Harris leads this classic sword and sandal movie, set in ancient times Rome. Directed under the moniker of Al Albert by genre specialist Bitto Albertini.

THE SWEET PUSSYCATS (Alle Kätzchen naschen gern, Josef Zacher 1969)
Count d’Alsay (Ernst Stankovski) and Colonel Delaroche (Sieghardt Rupp) live in opposite sides of the same castle, of which they contend the ownership. The two gentlemen bet each other who will be the first to bed their respective new virgin maid, and the winner will have the castle. In order to win his bet, Delaroche is forced to ignore his lusty fiancee (Edwige Fenech), who quickly turns her attention to another officer. In the mean time a whole stable of local prostitutes gets involved in the act. Sell Points / Extras Features: This erotic comedy is one of the first efforts by gorgeous Edwige Fenech, who would later become the queen of Italian sexy movies. A rare title, presented fully uncut, in which the young Fenech generously shows herself more than usual. Extra: Photo and poster gallery

THE LEGEND OF BLOOD CASTLE (Ceremonia sangrienta, Jorge Grau 1973)
When Countess Erzsebet Bathory (Lucia Bosé) is accidentally splattered with some blood drops of one of her nubile maidservants, the Countess finds out that the blood can preserve her skin young and beautiful. Compelled to kill innocent young girls to use their blood, the Countess is helped by her husband Karl (Espartaco Santoni), who fakes his own death and pretends to be a vampire to fool the superstitious villagers about the source of the exsanguinations. In the meantime Karl finds himself attracted to Marina (Ewa Aulin), the young daughter of a local innkeeper, perhaps another victim for the Countess. Sell Points / Extras Features: Believed one of the best adaptation of Elizabeth Báthory’s legend, this is one of the most disturbing and chilling movie from Spanish horror cult director Jorge Grau (Let Sleeping Corpses Lie). The Legend of Blood Castle in presented with its original full Spanish edit. Deleted and alternate (more explicit) scenes are included as extra contents. Extra: Deleted scenes, Alternate scenes, Italian opening credits, Poster gallery