torsdag 31 december 2009

OSS 117 German DVD release - no English options...

Ever since German company Magic Picture announced that they were going to release OSS 117 films on DVD and Blu-Ray, we have waited in anticipation for the technical specifications. Unfortunately, these releases probably won't have any English language options - at least not this first one.

Banco á Bangkok pour OSS 117 (André Hunebelle, 1964)
Aspect ratio: 2.35:1 Anamorphic widescreen
Audio: German, French
Subtitles: German
Release date: February 4, 2010

Turkish spy film from Onar Films in January

Greek company Onar Films will release the Turkish spy film ALTIN COCUK (The Golden Boy), directed by Memduh Un in 1966, on January 12 in a limited edition of 500 DVDs.

If there was something the Turks were great at- besides Superhero adaptations- that sure was Spy special treatments.
ALTIN COCUK was such a hit in 1966 that spawned 3 sequels in no time thus rendering the title hero more successful and cult than Mr. Bond himself! Luckily, the last surviving materials were found in pretty good condition, securing convenient entertainment through this worldwide DVD premiere.


Country: Turkey
Year: 1966
Director: Memduh Un

Actors: Goksel Arsoy, Altan Gunbay, Sevda Nur, Reha Yurdakul

ULTRA-LIMITED EDITION OF 500 numbered copies
Turkish audio with English & Greek subs
Dolby Digital 2.0
INTERVIEW with Altan Gunbay
TURKISH INTRIGUE (Article on Turkish Spy Films)
Spy Films Selected Filmography
Poster Insert

onsdag 30 december 2009

March 30 R1 DVD artwork and synopses

Kreola is a stunning woman happily married to her husband Andy, a successful photographer. Together they decide to fly to Santo Domingo due to a work assignment of Andy. The gorgeous island, hauntingly beautiful yet still savage and full of lusty temptations, proves to be lethal to Kreola's fidelity. When she meets fisherman Leon, she realizes that she will debase herself to the lowest level just to please the man's whims. Aflame with desire and lust, Kreola is caught in a whirlwind of violent emotions and no holds barred sex.

John is a British diplomat; he's married to Angela, a beautiful former model with a taste for hot lovemaking. But John doesn't want to be with Angela anymore and with his mistress Eva he comes up with a plan to kill his wife. Something goes awfully wrong: no longer the schemer and would-be killer, John finds himself on a deadly list. Who's the mastermind behind this setup? Gianni is running out of time and all odds are against him. Torn between Angela and Eva, he has to make a quick decision in order to stay alive!

Vampires are in the public eye like never before. In books, TV and the movies, it seems audiences can't get enough of them. In this spirit we present one of the most original and yet rarely seen vampire films of them all. Since it was first mentioned in Barrie Pattison's Seal of Dracula, the groundbreaking book on vampire cinema, The Sadist with Red Teeth has been eagerly sought after by collectors. Long believed lost, we have now remastered the film from rare and newly rediscovered vault elements. Our special edition disc pairs the film with another sought after rarity - Forbidden Paris.

tisdag 29 december 2009

THE WORLD TEN TIMES OVER from Optimum in 2010

Coming to DVD on January 11, 2010.

In London's sin-filled strip, there is one place where every man goes... Pussycat Alley... where everything happens!

In sixties London, two very different women share an apartment. Ginnie is an extravert and an accomplished seductress, Billa is jaded and world-weary. But they have one thing in common; they both work as night-club hostesses and dream of a better life. Used to depending upon each other, their friendship is tested when Ginnie falls in love with a wealthy married man. Billa, feeling abandoned and alone, stumbles into crisis, and Ginnie is forced to choose between the man she loves and her best friend.

Aspect ratio: 1.66:1 Widescreen
Starring: Sylvia Syms, Edward Judd, June Ritchie, William Hartnell
Director: Wolf Rilla

German WIP coming to R1 DVD

US grey area company Substance will release Kurt Raab & Peter Kern's 1983 WIP film Die Insel der blutigen Plantage starring Udo Kier on March 9, 2010.

On a beautiful, isolated South Pacific island, a brutal ex-Nazi prison camp commandant and his sadistic followers have seized control from the native inhabitants. Having eliminated the native adult males, the commandant and his henchmen rule the remaining female population with forced hard labor and torture by day, and forced fulfillment of their carnal pleasures by night. The natives only hope for escape from this "Plantation in Hell," lies with the youngest guard, Hartman, who finds himself falling in love with the beautiful young native girl, Cora. Together they lead a desperate, bloody uprising for freedom and escape.

Widescreen, German and English audio.

fredag 25 december 2009

British 50s suspense films coming from Optimum

An Inspector Calls (Guy Hamilton, 1954)

A young girl is murdered, and an Inspector calls on a prosperous Yorkshire household investigating the sad circumstances behind her death. Each one of the family has a secret - and each one is partly responsible for the girl's fate. The determined Inspector must prove their collective guilt and the shattering denouncement reveals why.

An adaptation of J.B. Priestley's classic play. Release date March 1, 2010.

Secret People (Thorold Dickinson, 1952)
A dark and suspenseful drama set in 1930s London. Maria Brentano and her younger sister Nora flee to London after their father is murdered by a European minister. Seven years later, during a weekend trip to Paris, Maria unexpectedly meets Louis, her former lover who is now plotting the assassination of the same minister. Maria and Nora become involved in the plan, which goes tragically wrong when the bomb they plant kills an innocent bystander. Facing the consequences of her actions and harboring dark secrets, Maria escapes and assumes a new identity, but later discovers that her sister is involved with Louis in a dangerous plot, and decides to boldly act in order to save her... Release date January 18, 2010.

HAUSU coming to UK DVD in 2010

This weird Japanese film, directed by Nobuhiko Obayashi in 1977, will be released by Masters of Cinema on January 25, 2010.

An unforgettable mixture of bubblegum teen melodrama and grisly phantasmagoria, Obayashi’s deranged fairy tale House is one of Japanese cinema’s wildest supernatural ventures and a truly startling debut feature.

Distressed by her widowed father’s plans to remarry, Angel sets off with six of her schoolgirl friends in tow for a summer getaway in her aunt’s isolated mansion. But all is not well – in this house of dormant secrets, long-held emotional traumas have terrifyingly physical embodiments and the girls will have to use all their individual talents if any are to survive.

A rollercoaster ride without brakes, House is by turns sinister, hilarious and curiously touching, with ceaseless cinematic invention and a satirical, full-blooded approach to the horror genre. A gigantic smash upon its original release in Japan, the Masters of Cinema Series is proud to present its UK premiere on DVD.

• Aspect ratio: 1.55:1
• New anamorphic transfer of the Toho restoration
• An extensive 90-minute selection of interviews with director Nobuhiko Obayashi, co-screenwriter Chigumi Obayashi, actress Kumiko Oba and Toho promotional executive Shoho Tomiyama
• Theatrical trailer
• A luxurious booklet, with new writing, stills, promotional material and more.

THE ASPHYX artwork and press release

Available February 22, 2010 from Odeon Entertainment.

Brilliant Victorian aristocrat and scientist Sir Hugo Cunningham (Robert Stephens) has a morbid fascination with photographing the dead. But when his son's death in a horrific boating accident is caught on film he discovers that a mysterious creature (called the Asphyx) appears at the point of death to consume the soul.

Sir Hugo theorises that if he can capture the Asphyx when it appears and lock it away he can achieve immortality. Together with his soon to be son-in-law Giles (Robert Powell) Sir Hugo embarks on a dangerous and all-consuming quest, to give his family eternal life. But as his obsession takes over, his experiments start to go wrong...

The Asphyx Special Edition has been digitally remastered in HD from the original negatives by BBC Post Production. It is available for the first time in it's full widescreen glory and is presented here in both the UK and US Theatrical versions.

Please note: The best possible source elements were traced for the US version but the extended scenes have varying picture quality.

Both the UK and US Versions of the film.
Widescreen 2.35:1 HD Transfer Enhanced for 16x9 TV’s sourced from the Original Negatives.
Restoring The Asphyx Featurette
Deleted and Extended Scenes
Theatrical Trailer
Stills Gallery

This, That and the Other from Odeon in February 2010

Directed by Derek Ford in 1969 - coming from Odeon Entertainment on February 22, 2010.

Take three men - all unlucky in love - introduce some lustful ladies and watch temperatures rise in this saucy classic from the Swinging Sixties! A young photographer's assistant, a suicidal loner and a cheeky cab driver all have girls on their mind, so when temptation calls none can resist a bit of this, that and the other!

Directed by sexploitation maestro Derek Ford, this rarely-seen movie stars an eclectic cast of famous faces including Victor Spinetti (A Hard Day's Night), TV satirist John Bird and a young Dennis Waterman in one of his earliest film roles. They are ably supported by a bevy of international beauties, notably Yutte Stensgaard (Lust for a Vampire), Valerie Leon (Carry On Girls) and Alexandra Bastedo (The Champions).)

Starring: Dennis Waterman, Victor Spinetti, John Bird, Vanda Hudson

tisdag 1 december 2009

The first titles in Mondo Macabro's Franco DVD collection revealed

The first three films in the previously mentioned Franco 70 - The De Nesle Years DVD collection is, according to Mondo Macabro:

Lorna the Exorcist (LORNA L'EXORCISTE)
Sinner (The Intimate Diary of a Nymphomaniac) (LE JOURNAL INTIME D'UNE NYMPHOMANE)
The Perverse Countess (LA COMTESSE PERVERSE)

Expect the first volume to be out around May 2010.