lördag 31 januari 2009

Interesting R1 titles coming May 19

Mya Communication:
THE SWEET PUSSYCATS
RETURN OF THE GLADIATOR
THE LEGEND OF BLOOD CASTLE
(Ceremonia sangrienta, Jorge Grau 1973)

Severin Films:
NIGHTMARE CASTLE (Gli amanti d'oltretomba, Mario Caiano 1965)

tisdag 27 januari 2009

More British films on DVD from Odeon Entertainment

May 18
The Painted Smile (Lance Comfort, 1961)
Rag Doll (Lance Comfort, 1958)

July 20
The Fiend (Robert Hartford-Davis, 1971)
Sex and the Other Woman (Stanley Long, 1972)

October 19
The Pleasure Girls (Gerry O'Hara, 1965)
The Wind of Change (Vernon Sewell, 1961)
The Traitors (Robert Tronson, 1962)

söndag 25 januari 2009

More eurocult on DVD from Germany in February!


SYNDICATE SADISTS
by Umberto Lenzi (uncut, the Media Blasters is cut approximately 3 minutes of dialogue), ADIOS GRINGO by Giorgio Stegani and BLOOD FOR A SILVER DOLLAR by Giorgo Ferroni - all with English language options!

More Bollywood Horror from Mondo Macabro!

Bollywood Horror Collection Vol. 3 featuring MAHAKAAL (THE MONSTER) and TAHKHANA (THE DUNGEON) streets in the End of May 2009.

lördag 24 januari 2009

EYE OF THE SPIDER coming from Germany

The Italian crime film L'occhio del ragno, directed by Roberto Bianchi Montero and starring Klaus Kinski and Antonio Sabato will be released by German company NEW in an English-friendly edition on February 27, 2009.

1.78:1 (anamorphic)
English and German audio
German subs

onsdag 14 januari 2009

THE SHE-BEAST from Dark Sky Films April 28

A small town in 18th century Transylvania is being terrorized by an evil witch. When a child is brutally attacked, the villagers capture the fiend and sentence her to death by dunking chair, but not before she casts a curse on them and their descendants. Two hundred years later, young newlyweds Veronica (Barbara Steele, BLACK SUNDAY) and Philip (Ian Ogilvy, AND NOW THE SCREAMING STARTS) pass through the town on a tour of the Carpathians, only to have their car pulled into a lake by an unseen force . A passing truck driver quickly rescues two bodies from the wreck. One is Philip, battered but alive, and the other is... the witch, back from the dead to wreak havoc on the town once again! Can Philip and his newfound friend, the great grandson of Professor Van Helsing, capture the witch and bring back Veronica?
New 16x9 Scope transfer from extremely rare vault materials

måndag 12 januari 2009

THE EROTIC AND PAINFUL OBSESSIONS OF JESS FRANCO

3 Scores by Gerhard Heinz

Eugenie (Historia de una perversión)
Bloody Moon
Linda


One artist is the obsessed filmmaker Jesús “Jess” Franco, whose work consists of more than 170 films. Most of these films fall in the category of “exploitation”. His work triggers highly controversial debates, mainly because of his addiction to the topics sex and violence. Nevertheless he received the most important Spanish film award “Goya” for his lifework in 2008.The other one is the Austrian film music composer Gerhard Heinz, who is famous for over 100 original film music scores (frequently erotic) in the Sixties, such as “Schoolgirls” or “The Naked Countess”, honoured with gold and platinum records in Southeast Asia.Both started to work on the same projects in 1980/81 during three different film productions for the distribution company “Lisa Film” (Without meeting each other personally).
This is about the two softsex flicks “Linda” and “Eugenie (Historia de una perversión)” (both with pretty young actress Katja Bienert) and the slasher movie “Bloody Moon” (starring Olivia Pascal), which ranks among the most famous samples of the gory genre. By modern standards hardly imaginable this movie had its own photo story in Germany’s most popular teen magazine “Bravo”, but later in the Eighties it became one shining example in the “video-nasties” discussion.
This (virtual) cooperation, characterized by a lack of time and money, resulted three soundtracks which represent the zeitgeisty musical styles (disco!) and the atmosphere at the film sets, namely “beach, sun and happiness”, as well as the genre-specific elements sex and horror. For the musical realization Gerhard Heinz accessed a wide range of genres and instrumentations, from typical stomping disco songs (each of them could have become a summer hit in the 80s!) over romantic (sl)easy listening tracks, partly influenced by Spanish folk music or Samba, to orchestral suspense parts, which together with the skilled use of synthesizers develop the thrill to the maximum.
As Gerhard Heinz did a great job it’s been easy to compile 23 unique and distinctive tracks for this CD. They convert the listener’s imagery into the weird world of Jess Franco, but at the same time – liberated from its in part unbearable synchronized dialogues and moans – can stand alone perfectly.
As always this Allscore CD is designed elaborately and contains notes by Katja Bienert and Gerhard Heinz as well as an interview with the composer, all in German and English language, also images of film posters and stills.
All titles are previously unreleased (except one which appeared on a late 70s disco soundtrack LP).
Real fans will find further tracks of the three films, which haven’t been compiled for the CD, in several music download shops in the internet (February 2009).

Tracklisting:

EUGENIE ((HISTORIA DE UNA PERVERSIÓN)
01. Autofahrt (Theme) 2:03
02. Wieder am Swimmingpool 4:06
03. Alba und Lolita 1:33
04. Lolita und der Teddybaer 1:03
05. Alberto und Alba 2:37
06. Gespraech am Vorhang 2:23
07. Der Traum - zweite Phase 4:22
08. Versuchung auf der Terasse 4:00
09. Schlussmusik 1:59
BLOODY MOON
10. Intro 0:47
11. Holiday Feeling 3:02
12. Disco Nights 2:18
13. Die Saege des Todes Suite 2:09
14. Disko alternativ 2:33
15. Samba Tropical 3:09
16. Bungalow 13 3:02
17. Schock 0:18
LINDA
18. Titelmusik Rio Amore 2:55
19. Im Strandcafe 2:11
20. Verfolgung am Strand 1:07
21. Panorama 1:00
22. Betsy und Ron 3:23
23. Die Maedchen im Kloster - Filmversion 4:11

söndag 11 januari 2009

More goodies on R1 DVD April 28!

Just announced:

Mya Communication
CRAVING DESIRE (Graffiante desiderio, Sergio Martino 1993)
Luigi Muscati (Ron Nummi) is a successful man. He is engaged with Cinzia (Simona Borioni), a girl from a wealthy family, and his career is about to step forward thanks to a very profitable business he’s dealing with. During a visit to Naples, he meets his young cousin Sonia (Vittoria Belvedere). No longer the little girl he played with as a child, she has blossomed into a sensuous and provocative young woman. On his return home, Sonia turns up on his doorstep needing a place to stay and he invites her to live with him. From that moment Luigi’s life is transformed from one of quiet stability to insane passion as Luigi falls hopelessly in love with Sonia. He ends his engagement and immerses himself completely in a series of mind-boggling erotic adventures, until Sonia's true nature is revealed. Sell Points / Extras Features- Sexy and provocative, Vittoria Belvedere stars in this unusual and disturbing thriller, directed by the veteran of ‘giallo’ genre Sergio Martino. Available for the first time in US in DVD, Craving Desire is presented full and uncut.

PASSION (Simona, Patrick Longchamps 1975)
While watching a bullfight, Simona (Laura Antonelli) relives a traumatic experience she had when she was younger. Simona and her lover Georges (Maurizio Degli Esposti) had a free and joyful sexual relationship, and used to meet on the beach. One day they spot a girl spying on them; she is the young Marquise Marcelle de Paille (Margot Saint’Ange), who lives almost buried alive in her father’s house. Since the premature death of Marcelle’s mother, her father has developed an ambiguous and obsessive attachment to his daughter and will do everything to keep Marcelle near him. Simona and Georges decide to free Marcelle from her captivity with tragic consequences. Sell Points / Extras Features - One of the first movies with Italian sex symbol Laura Antonelli in the main role, Passion was originally banned by Italian censorship and it was released some years after its completion.


REVENGE OF THE CRUSADER (Genoveffa di Brabante, José Luis Monter 1964)
Seriously wounded in a skirmish with a group of bandits, Count Sigfrido of Treviri (Alberto Lupo) is taken to the nearby castle of the Duke of Brabant, where he is tended by Duke’s daughter Genoveffa (María José Alfonso). The two gradually fall in love and marry shortly after. Once back in Treviri, Sigfrido leaves for the Crusades and asks to his counsellor Golo (Stephen Forsyth) to look after his wife while he’s away. Attracted to Genoveffa, Golo tries to force his attentions on the Countess who rebuffs him. Golo then has her imprisoned and accused of adultery, until she is condemned to death. Sell Points / Extras Features - A sumptuous production from the golden age of Italian studios Cinecittà, The Revenge of the Crusader is a sword and sandal classic, made by cult director Riccardo Freda.

Cult Epics
DEADLY SWEET (Col cuore in gola, Tinto Brass 1967)
Starring 17-year-old beauty-contest winner Ewa Aulin (CANDY), and Jean-Louis Trintignant (A MAN AND A WOMAN), Deadly Sweet is a most unusual crime story. In the film, a French actor finds his business contact lying murdered on the floor. Rather than call the police, he decides to protect the young woman at the scene and nail down the true killers, which puts him on a collision course with the London underworld. Deadly Sweet leads us through a mind-bending series of pop-art visuals by renowned erotic cartoonist GUIDO CREPAX, split screens, triple split screens, and the seductive rock score by Armando Trovajoli. Filmmaker Tinto Brass, who later gained fame for his soft-core erotica, wrote the screenplay in 1967, loosely adapted from a novel by Sergio Donati, as an outrageous attempt to turn the crime genre on its head. It can be said that with this film Cinema Fumetti (comic-book movies) was invented prior to the more known DANGER: DIABOLIK and BARBARELLA. Cult Epics is proud to present Deadly Sweet (aka Heart in his Mouth), a rare giallo thriller unseen since its initial theatrical release, whose lead actors went on to star in DEAD LAID AN EGG, a year after.

Mondo Macabro
NAKED RASHOMON (Showa onnamichi: Rashomon, Chusei Sone 1972)
Hideaki Ezumi stars as a powerful marquis named Katsuragawa, whose prostitute mistress bears him twins. As twins are considered a bad omen, they are separated at birth. The marquis raises the boy in his own image, as does the girl’s mother - having her work as a prostitute. Nineteen years later, in blissful ignorance, boy and girl meet. What follows is a blood soaked and shocking tale of revenge as the girl seeks to track down and destroy all those she considers ruined her life. Startling and surreal, the film is a masterpiece now receiving its first ever US release. Sell Points / Extras Features- A powerful drama with political and psychological overtones, this is one of the most complex and impressive films in our Nikkatsu Studio series. Directed with immense style by the award winning Chusei Sone it’s packed with surreal scenes and outbursts of shocking bloodshed. EXTRAS: Documentary on Japanese exploitation cinema; introduction by film historian Jasper Sharp; original theatrical trailer; newly created subtitles; Mondo Macabro previews; Nikkatsu trailer compilation.

fredag 9 januari 2009

EMANUELLE IN THE COUNTRY available on German DVD

L'infermiera di campagna starring Laura Gemser and directed by Mario Bianchi is now available on German DVD with English language options:

Aspect ratio: 1.33:1 (OAR according to X-Rated)
Audio: English, German
Run time: 75 min.

torsdag 1 januari 2009

Hercules DVD-collection from Image/Retromedia

Release date March 31, 2009.

Get ready for a bevy of buxom Amazons, hideous ape men and gigantic dragons! When the incomparable Steve Reeves was cast as the mythic muscleman HERCULES, a screen icon and an entire film genre was born! Then Mark Forest stars in MOLE MEN AGAINST THE SON OF HERCULES. Maciste (Forest) goes underground to discover the terrifying kingdom of the Mole Men, who are ruled over by the beautiful but wicked Queen Alismoyab (Moira Orfei). Also starring body builder Paul Wynter, this is one of the wildest and weirdest of the Italian beefcake fests. In HERCULES THE AVENGER, Reg Park returns as the mythological son of Jove who undertakes a journey into the nether regions battling zombies and monsters along the way to rescue his son. Then it's the fantastic HERCULES AND THE BLACK PIRATE, a weird time-travel adventure a la The Witch's Curse. Hercules and Androcles (Ettore Manni), the King of Thebes, venture to Atlantis, where an evil queen (played by cult favorite Gay Spain) has hatched a diabolical plan for world domination in HERCULES AND THE CAPTIVE WOMEN. And Manni is reunited with Reg Park in HERCULES, PRISONER OF EVIL. Helmed by famed Euro-horror director Anthony Dawson (aka Antonio Margheriti), an evil sorceress seduces Hercules and turns him into a terrifying monster in this film that combines the best elements of both horror and Sword and Sandal genres. Starring as Hercules in HERCULES AND THE PRINCESS OF TROY is Gordon Scott, who after appearing in several films as Tarzan, became one of the most popular and prolific of the Sword and Sandal stars. In the muscle-bound saga ATLAS IN THE LAND OF THE CYCLOPS, Gordon Mitchell (in his film debut) must battle an evil queen (the sexy Chelo Alonso) to save a baby descended from Ulysses. This set also includes an extra-brawny bonus feature starring Richard Harrison: GIANTS OF ROME.