fredag 31 juli 2009

AMSTERDAMNED coming to R2 DVD

Written and directed by Dick Maas (Silent Witness; The Shaft), the cult classic action-thriller AMSTERDAMNED comes to DVD for the first time ever in the UK this September, totally uncut, courtesy of Nouveaux Pictures and Cine-Excess.Rarely seen in the two decades since its original release, AMSTERDAMNED was a box office sensation in its home territory of the Netherlands and quickly established itself as a cult favourite amongst horror and thriller fans elsewhere in the world.When the brutally mutilated body of a hooker is discovered suspended from a bridge in the heart of Amsterdam's popular tourist district the city's police fear the worst. Within days further murders confirm their suspicions – a serial killer is on the loose and is using the vast network of canals to traverse the city before dragging unsuspecting victims to their watery graves and escaping detection by hiding in the darkness beneath the surface.Fearing an outbreak of mass hysteria and a serious blow to the tourist trade should the news break to the public, the mayor demands swift action from the authorities. The police respond by assigning their best man, Detective Visser (Hube Stapel), to the case. Figuring the killer must be someone with scuba diving experience, Visser begins his investigation at the city's principal sub-aqua club where he meets and befriends an attractive woman diver, Laura (Monique van de Ven), and her therapist, who was also once a diving enthusiast. Meanwhile, as the body count begins to rise, Visser's adolescent daughter and her school friend have unwisely decided to try and track down the killer themselves.Directed with considerable flair by Dick Maas, AMSTERDAMNED is a taut, suspenseful thriller boasting a rich vein of black humour (in particular some humorous nods to "Jaws") and several memorable set-pieces, including a much-lauded and extremely gripping speedboat chase through Amsterdam's narrow waterways.AMSTERDAMNED (Cert. 15) will be released on DVD (£19.99) by Nouveaux Pictures on 28th September 2009. Special Features include: "Making of" featurette; Dutch (with English subtitles) and English dub audio options; Dutch trailer; English

TERROR EXPRESS artwork

The previously mentioned English-friendly DVD release of TERROR EXPRESS is imminent, and here is the rather smashing artwork - can't wait!

torsdag 30 juli 2009

JACK THE RIPPER (1959) coming to R2 DVD

Dark Sky Films announced their release of this film ages ago, but still no signs of it. For those of you who can't wait any longer, Italian company Sinister Film will release it on October 6. It was directed in 1959 by Robert S. Baker and Monty Berman, and is a much sought-after British Jack the Ripper film. The Italian DVD will have both English and Italian audio and Italian subtitles, aspect ratio unknown.

lördag 18 juli 2009

October 27 artwork and synopses

The Man From Oklahoma
The Man From Oklahoma was produced and directed by the legendary Balcazar family. Alfonso helped write the script, J. Jesus directed, and the family produced the film.The story begins with the beating and murder of the local town sheriff by the son and hands of the local land baron Rod Edwards (Jose Calvo, Fistful of Dollars, Fort Yuma Gold). Edwards' is rumored to have killed his business rival, the father of Georgina White (Sabine Bethmann, Dr. Mabuse vs. Scotland Yard). Plenty of plot twists and turns as Oklahoma (Rick Horn), the newly appointed Sheriff, sifts through...

Gatling Gun
Captain Chris Tanner (Robert Woods, Savage Guns, Four Dollars for Vengeance) is racing against the clock. He has been found guilty of treason by a court martial for his role in the "Gatling Affair". His only true ally (Tom Felleghy, Fantastic Argoman, Oklahoma John) secretly has Tanner switch places with another prisoner and has him temporarily released from his death sentence.

Family Scandal
Isabella (Martine Brochard) recently lost her husband, accidentally bitten to death. This sudden death also spoiled the fragile relationship she already had with her teenager daughter Lory (Elisabetta Virgili). While Lory becomes the lover of the boss of a small criminal gang, Marco (Philippe Leroy) comes to stay to Isabella's house. Marco was a friend of Isabella's husband and he had promised to him that in case of an accident he would take care of his family. Soon Lory becomes jealous of her mother's friend and tries to seduce Marco herself.

Hanna D: The Girl From Vondel Park
Within months of the release of the 'sweet-teen-turned-heroin-addict-prostitute' hit CHRISTIANE F., European producers rushed to copy its shocking plot. But no film aimed lower than this 1984 filth-fest from writer/director 'Axel Berger', a.k.a. Italian SleazeMaster Rino Di Silvestro of WEREWOLF WOMAN and WOMEN IN CELL BLOCK 7 infamy. As Dutch schoolgirl Hanna D, Ann-Gisel Glass delivers an eye-popping performance that takes her from coy teenage tease to depraved junkie whore, complete with a parade of perversion that includes voyeurism, mutilation, sleazy pimps, drunk nude mothers and more.

Born of Fire
Sometimes described as "the world's first Islamic horror film". Born of Fire is a visually stunning trip through a world of mysticism and magic, in the style of Jodorowsky's El Topo and Magic Mountain. In London, a musician finds himself assailed by visions of fire and destruction and is unable to finish an important concert. Later, he is contacted by a beautiful and mysterious woman who tells him that his problems are in some way connected with unusual solar activity and volcanic eruptions in a remote part of Turkey.

Tinto Brass Collection volume 3
Before Caligula and Salon Kitty came the Tinto Brass 1960's Psychedelic Classics. Welcome to the sexual revolution as only Tinto Brass could have imagined it! Featuring Deadly Sweet (Col Cuore in Gola) a cinema fumetti pop art giallo thriller, starring the sexy Ewa Aulin (Candy). The Howl (L'Urlo) a surreal cult classic, with Tina Aumont (daughter of Maria Montez) now for the first time ever Uncut on DVD. And Attraction (Nerosubianco), a psychedelic pop art experience, with music by Freedom (ex Procal Harem).

Graveyard Disturbance
Five teen friends are running from the police after they have robbed a supermarket. After passing through a thick blanket of fog, they end up in very strange inn, populated by a group a spooky people. The deformed inn keeper challenges them to spend the whole night in the underground catacombs located beneath the nearby church: if they succeed they will win a fabulous treasure. The five friends accept the challenge, unaware of the danger they are going to face…

Django Shoots First
Django (Glenn Saxson) finds his father's corpse in the hands of a bounty hunter. After claiming the bounty for himself, he discovers his father was the partner of the local banker (Nando Gazzlo) and owned half of everything in town. With an outgoing local (Fernando Sancho) at his side, he fights for his inheritance. A must-own European western with plenty of action and the perfect ending. Directed by the brilliant Alberto De Martino. Bruno Nicolai lends his talent for the musical composition. Also starring Evelyn Stewart, Jessica Cluster, Erika Blanc, and Alberto Lupo.

Evil Face
Baron Ivan Rassimov, a brilliant doctor, died horribly during a fire burst in his laboratory. Since that day, his daughter Tanja (Katia Christine) retired to a life of reclusion, covering with a dark veil her disfigured face. Professor Nijinski (Klaus Kinski) was once a student of Rassimov; he married Tanja, and he's trying to restore her lost beauty with a series of skin transplants. However, to reach his goal, professor Nijinski needs beautiful young victims for his transplant experiments.

From The Orient With Fury
The brilliant professor Kurtz has invented a machine so powerful, it can disintegrate anything. However, the enemy would stop at nothing to control Professor Kurtz's invention. He is kidnapped, and so begins the long search for Professor Kurtz and the struggle for his notes. Dick Maloy (Ken Clark) leaves nothing to chance as he fights to rescue Professor Kurtz. Agent Evelyn Stone (Margaret Lee) helps Dick find the island headquarters where the Professor is being forced to create his disintegrating weapon.

Night of Death!
There's something strange going on at Deadlock House, a secluded French retirement home.The residents seem like nice people, but employees are disappearing and the whole place seems a bit odd. The boarders are vegetarian, the house director plays the same creepy tune on the piano over and over again, and one man, in particular, seems overly violent and aggressive. Unfortunately for Martine (Isabelle Goguey), the new staff nurse, she's about to discover the horrifying secret of Deadlock House… a secret so horrifying, she may not live to see the dawn.

torsdag 16 juli 2009

New US label Sinful Mermaid




















US company Sinful Mermaid have a few releases which (apart from the horrible covers) could appeal to fans of euro cult...

THE SEX IS CRAZY (El Sexo Está Loco, Jess Franco 1981)
A group of actresses appear in an adult science fiction film but are later abducted by real aliens who whisk them away in a flying saucer and impregnate them! The super sperm of the extraterrestrials means that the women can pop out a child every 9 seconds! Director Jess Franco delivers us the most unusual and the funniest film of his career!

Aspect ratio: 1.33:1
Audio: Spanish
Subtitles: English
Run Time: 83 min
Release date: October 20, 2009

THE PRIVATE LESSON (Lezioni private, Vittorio De Sisti 1975)
Alessandro is not the pianist he once was, and his new music teacher does not seem to be helping him improve his technique. No wonder, how can he tell people the last thing on his mind these days is playing the piano? Ever since his beautiful instructor arrived, the poor boy has had other studies on his mind.

Aspect ratio: Widescreen
Audio: English, Italian
Run Time: 88 min
Release date: October 20, 2009

ATTENTION (L'attenzione, Giovanni Soldati 1984)
A story of love and lust shaded with overtones of incest and lesbianism. Livia is a woman trying to regain the affections of her husband Alberto, whose journalism career takes him away for months at a time - on purpose. What she does not know is that he has an undeniable attraction for their daughter Monica. Livia's own sexual eccentricities lead her to hire young women to have sex with Alberto while she listens in hiding. When Monica wants to get into the act too, the real truth about her parentage is revealed. Director Giovanni Soldati decided to turn up the kink further an extra notch by casting real life mother and daughter team Stefania and Amanda Sandrelli. Given the fact his long-term partner is Stefania Sandrelli, this film is truly a family affair!

Aspect ratio: Widescreen
Audio: Italian
Subtitles: English
Run Time: 87 min
Release date: September 22, 2009

HOT DOGS ON IBIZA (On est venu là pour s'éclater, Max Pécas 1979)
Bored with life in Paris, Christian takes off for a once-in-a-lifetime trip to sunny Ibiza. Once there he is rejuvenated by the beautiful bronzed topless bodies of sexy Eurostars Ursula Buchfellner, Sandra Barry, Olivia Dutton and Valentino Venantini. A series of sexy shenanigans and high jinks ensue ensuring everybody has a great time. Director Max Pécas has succeeded in casting the most beautiful array of bodies ever assembled in one single motion picture.

Aspect ratio: Widescreen
Audio: German (original seems to be French)
Subtitles: English
Run Time: 78 min
Release date: August 11, 2009

REFLECTIONS OF LIGHT (Riflessi di luce, Mario Bianchi 1988)
Federico Brandi, an accomplished music composer, is married for the second time after losing his first wife Chiara,the love of his life. He cannot stop thinking about her. He feels that his new wife Marta is only staying with him out of pity due to the fact that he is in a wheelchair. He treats her horribly. She is a dedicated step-mother to his son Marcello who wants desperately to race horses. She spends much time with him and his training. Federico thinks that Marcello is nothing but a dreamer wasting his time and shows no support for him at all. Federico has no respect for Marta - treating her like a whore. He shouts at her and is very rough with her physically. Giorgia (Loredana Romito who appeared in 15 films), Federico's private live-in secretary sees and hears what is taking place. She is very attracted to Marta and makes advances towards her. Marta, starving for attention allows the advances and the two women have a secret relationship.

Aspect ratio: 1.33:1
Audio: Italian
Subtitles: English
Run Time: 89 min
Release date: Out now

THE HOSTESS ALSO LIKES TO BLOW THE HORN (Frau Wirtin bläst auch gern Trompete, Franz Antel 1974)
Lady Luck has turned her back on Napoleon. The soldiers become more independent scouring the countryside to fill their bellies and their beds. Justine and Ferdinand escape to the country of Tursa and buy an Inn only to find, that all pleasures are taxed! Everything from drinking wine, smoking, sex, laughter and dancing are being taxed by the Committee of Decency so that the Count can raise money to buy the country. He also has to marry a woman of Noble blood. Justine and Ferdinand take down the Inn sign and put up a sign naming the building "The Innocent Lamb" disguised as a convent school it is actually a brothel under the watchful eyes of the local authorities. Von trenck is the true Count but he lives in Vienna. Baron Bierrechalet goes to Vienna to pursue him to come to Tursa and reclaim the country. The savvy Justine uses a series of trickery and manipulation to trap the Mayor in his own taxable behavior and Count Von trenck turns the country over to Baron Bierrechalet.

Aspect ratio: 2.35:1 anamorphic Widescreen
Audio: Italian (original seems to be German)
Subtitles: English
Run Time: 91 min
Release date: Out now

Retromedia has released MUSCLE MADNESS DVD collection

Retromedia have recently released a collection of previously released single DVDs in one affordable box set.

Get ready for an all-day marathon of man-action in a box as Retromedia presents five great epic motion pictures in one sweaty little package.

GOLIATH AND THE SINS OF BABYLON
Starring Mark Forest tears it up in one of his greatest roles.

GIANT OF MARATHON
Steve Reeves is in top form here in this classic actioner in which he does a lot of cool swimming scenes!

WAR OF THE TROJANS
Another Steve Reeves classic, and well... it's about Trojans.

HERCULES AGAINST THE MOON MEN
Alan Steele adds his name to the list of massive men to portray the legendary super man as he takes on the moon people. Just great stuff all around!

COLOSSUS AND THE AMAZON QUEEN
Rod Taylor stars in one of the weirdest muscle flicks ever. Is it a comedy or an action packed flexathon. You decide!

Dorado DVD artwork





Here is the artwork for Dorado Films' October 27 DVD releases, as well as the artwork for ARGOMAN which has no release date yet.

onsdag 15 juli 2009

THE HANGING WOMAN artwork

Here's the artwork for Troma's upcoming DVD of THE HANGING WOMAN as announced a while ago. Release date is still September 29.

måndag 13 juli 2009

Pete Walker double feature coming from BFI

BFI will release Pete Walker's thrillers MAN OF VIOLENCE (1971) and THE BIG SWITCH (1968) on DVD and blu-ray on August 24.

A man-about-town is implicated in the murder of a blonde from a discotheque and is forced by gangsters into posing for pornographic photographs.

lördag 11 juli 2009

MAN IN THE MOON coming to R2 DVD in July

Basil Dearden's 1960 sci fi comedy MAN IN THE MOON will be released by Network DVD on July 20.

William Blood is Mr. Normal, yet he is also a rather strange man. He has an inability to worry, and an inability to become ill, enabling him to make his living as a human guinea pig. One assignment, from the Common Cold Research Station, finds him sleeping in a field. On waking, he sees a beautiful woman running to the railway station. But William is also immune to women… or so he believes.When William reports his results, he is sacked for failing to contract a cold. Setting off to find another job, he bumps into the young woman, Polly, once again. However, a team of ‘NASTI’ scientists have an extraordinary mission planned for William: rather than risk the lives of highly trained astronauts, they want to send him to the moon. But has William finally succumbed to the disease that is incurable – love?Kenneth More (Reach for the Stars, The Forsyte Saga) takes the lead role opposite Shirley Anne Field (Saturday Night and Sunday Morning) in this marvellously madcap sci-fi comedy directed by Basil Dearden (The Blue Lamp, Sapphire) and jointly scripted by the multi-award winning Bryan Forbes (Whistle Down the Wind) and Oscar-nominee Michael Relph (An Unsuitable Job for a Woman).

fredag 10 juli 2009

New release date for British spy film THE TRAITORS

Released by Odeon Entertainment together with THE WIND OF CHANGE (Vernon Sewell, 1961) on August 24, is a little known British b/w spy film called THE TRAITORS (Robert Tronson, 1962). From Allmovie.com:

In this suspenseful espionage film a British agent and a man from NATO attempt to bust a communist spy ring. Following the discovery of a roll of top secret microfilm following a plane crash, the two finds themselves embroiled in a complex web of treachery and double agents...

Rare British films on DVD from Sony UK on September 7

A Day in the Death of Joe Egg (Peter Medak, 1972)
The Admirable Crichton (Lewis Gilbert 1957)
The Greengage Summer (Lewis Gilbert, 1961)
The Red Beret (Terence Young, 1953)

All of them seem to be Movie Mail exclusive releases.

torsdag 9 juli 2009

More R1 DVD titles coming on October 27

Mondo Macabro:
Born of Fire (Jamil Dehlavi, 1983)

Mya Communication:
La mano che nutre la morte (Evil Face, Sergio Garrone 1974)
Peccato originale (Family Scandal, Mario Sabatini, 1980)
Una notte al cimitero (Graveyard Disturbance, Lamberto Bava 1987)

Severin Films:
Hanna D. - La ragazza del Vondel Park (Hanna D.: The Girl from Vondel Park, Rino Di Silvestro 1984)

tisdag 7 juli 2009

THE GRAND DUEL coming to R2 DVD in August

German company KSM will release Giancarlo Santi's 1972 western IL GRANDE DUELLO aka THE GRAND DUEL, starring Lee Van Cleef. According to the company's website, it will be 2.35:1 widescreen, English and German audio, run time 89 minutes. It was previously released by Wild East in a cut version, so let's hope this one will be uncut - release date August 6.

lördag 4 juli 2009

R1 DVD releases October 27

Dorado Films:
Django spara per primo (Django Shoots First, Alberto De Martino 1966)
Agente 077 dall'oriente con furore (From the Orient With Fury, Sergio Grieco 1965)
Quel caldo maledetto giorno di fuoco (Gatling Gun, Paolo Bianchini 1968)
Il Ranch degli spietati (The Man From Oklahoma, Jaime Jesús Balcázar/Roberto Bianchi Montero 1965)

Synapse Films:
La nuit de la mort (Night of Death, Raphaël Delpard 1980)

Cult Epics:
Tinto Brass Collection volume 3
Deadly Sweet / The Howl / Attraction

onsdag 1 juli 2009

YESTERDAY'S ENEMY also coming on September 21

September 21 will be a great day for Hammer Films enthusiasts - the 1959 war film YESTERDAY'S ENEMY, directed by Val Guest and starring Stanley Baker, will also be released by Sony UK and will probably be a Movie Mail mailorder exclusive.

Press release:

Format: DVD
Release Date: September 21
Synopsis
Cut off by the Japanese advance into Burma, captain and his exhausted British troop take over an enemy-held jungle village. He has two innocent villagers shot to persuade informer to divulge information. YESTERDAY'S ENEMY takes an unflinching look at the effects of war on the human psyche.
Cast and Crew
Stars: Stanley Baker, Gordon Jackson, Leo McKern, Guy Rolfe
Director: Val Guest
Producer: Michael Carreras

BULLSHOT coming to R2 DVD in July

German company Koch Media will release the British comedy Bullshot (1983) on July 24. It's a parody of the 1930's Bulldog Drummond spy films, and was directed by Dick Clement. Capt. Hugh "Bullshot" Crummond is played by Alan Shearman. This was previously released in a cropped version by Anchor Bay UK, but this German release preserves the original 4:3 aspect ratio. English and German audio.

Hammer film THE CAMP ON BLOOD ISLAND coming to R2 DVD

Sony UK will also bring Val Guest's Hammer film THE CAMP ON BLOOD ISLAND (1958) to DVD on September 21.

Press release:
Format: DVD
Release Date: September 21
Synopsis
Lurid prison camp story about a sadistic commandant who has vowed to slaughter all his prisoners should his side lose the war. When the prisoners learn of the end of the war, they keep it a secret until they can stage a revolt.
Cast and Crew
Stars
: Carl Mohner, Andre Morell, Edward Underdown
Director: Val Guest
Producer: Anthony Hinds

Joseph Losey's THE DAMNED coming to R2 DVD

On September 21, Sony UK will release Joseph Losey's sci fi drama THE DAMNED, directed in 1963 and starring Macdonald Carey, Oliver Reed and Viveca Lindfors. No tech specs yet...

Press release:
In England, a young American falls in love with the sister of a sadistic and lecherous motorcycle gang leader who despises the American. The couple takes refuge from the gang leader's harassment in a cave where they discover a group of children, who are the result of an experiment by a scientist seeking to develop a race of humans capable of surviving an atomic blast.