fredag 29 januari 2010

Blue Underground May 2010 Releases



Django (Sergio Corbucci, 1966) Blu-Ray

Franco Nero (KEOMA, DIE HARD 2) stars as the lone stranger who roams the West dragging a coffin filled with chaos towards a destiny ruled by vengeance. Co-writer/director Sergio Corbucci (THE GREAT SILENCE, COMPANEROS) packs his landmark classic with indelible images, unforgettable performances and some of the most shocking brutality of any 'Spaghetti Western' ever made. This is the still-controversial epic that defined a genre, launched a phenomenon and inspired over 50 unofficial sequels. This is the one and only DJANGO!

This definitive edition of DJANGO has been newly transferred in glorious High Definition from its camera negative, and includes the original Italian audio track featuring Franco Nero's own voice. Following extensive restoration work, Blue Underground is now proud to present the most stunning and complete version of DJANGO you will ever see!

City of the Living Dead (Lucio Fulci, 1980) (Special Edition DVD & Blu-Ray)

The Seven Gates Of Hell have been torn open, and in three days the dead shall rise and walk the earth. As a reporter (Christopher George of PIECES) and a psychic (Catriona MacColl of THE BEYOND) race to close the portals of the damned, they encounter a seething nightmare of unspeakable evil. The city is alive - with the horrors of the living dead!

Directed and co-written by the legendary Lucio Fulci (ZOMBIE, THE BEYOND), CITY OF THE LIVIND DEAD features some of the maestro's most shocking and controversial sequences of all time. Blue Underground proudly presents the definitive version of Fulci's hallucinogenic masterpiece of horror: freshly transferred in brain-ripping High Definition from its original uncensored negative and loaded with exclusive new Extras!

lördag 23 januari 2010

May 2010 DVD releases from Mya Communication

Sandok (Sandok - La montagna di luce, Umberto Lenzi 1965)
Love Games (Sette ragazze di classe, Pedro Lazaga 1979)
Submission of a Woman (Al calar della sera, Alessandro Lucidi 1992)

måndag 18 januari 2010

HAMMER FILMS : ICONS OF SUSPENSE


To be released on April 6, 2010 in one of these covers, you can vote at:
http://www.sonypictures.com/homevideo/columbiaclassics/

Probably one of the best-known companies releasing horror films, Hammer Film Productions was the pre-eminent producer of gothic and lusty favorites such as The Curse of Frankenstein, Dracula Has Risen from His Grave, Curse of the Mummy’s Tomb, The Horror of Dracula, The Vampire Lovers, Two Faces of Dr. Jekyll…among many others, which still maintain a cult status today. Among Hammer’s voluminous output in the 50’s and 60’s were a number of excellent, albeit lesser known, suspense films directed by the likes of Val Guest, Joseph Losey and Michael Carreras. Hammer titles released by Columbia Pictures have been the subject of previous DVD releases (Icons of Adventure and Icons of Horror sets), and now these stylish black and white Hammer suspense films are set to go to DVD in the upcoming box set, Icons of Suspense (due out in 2010). One well-known issue with films from this period, and for Hammer films in particular, is the fact that they were often censored or edited for either U.S. or international audiences. The restoration work done in order to bring these films to DVD has included the restoration of deleted scenes, and includes the presentation of the longest possible versions. The films in this set include Never Take Candy from a Stranger (the UK release title was Never Take Sweets from a Stranger), The Snorkel, Maniac, Cash on Demand, Stop Me Before I Kill! (UK title The Full Treatment) and the long-awaited release of Joseph Losey’s These Are The Damned (UK The Damned). All six of these films feature stark black and white cinematography, and most are Cinemascope titles that will be presented in their original widescreen theatrical aspect ratio. Familiar actors and directors from Hammer grace these films, but Peter Cushing turns in one of his best performances ever, in Cash On Demand. Cushing is the fussy bank manager who is forced to ally himself with a bank robber in this tense story, based on a play. The original film version was cut by nearly 11 minutes, because audiences found it difficult to sympathize with Cushing’s character. The restored footage makes this film even more tense and surprising. Be sure to keep your eye out for this collection!

torsdag 14 januari 2010

Mya Communication April 2010 DVD artwork and synopses

WITHOUT TRACE
A heinous murder shakes Rome and its self-complacent upper class at its core. The beautiful daughter of a well known surgeon has been brutally slaughtered. No stone is left unturned to hunt down the killer, but the police investigations are focused mainly on the shady underbelly of the Roman jet set. Soon the truth rears its ugly head: the girl was the innocent victim of an atrocious white slave trade headed by a ruthless Dutchman. Yet he is only a puppet in the hands of a higher ranking puppeteer whose strings are attached to a lot of unpredictable characters.

CRIME OF PASSION
Famous writer Sonia Petrova is killed after a night spent in a seedy motel with her lover. Her husband Peter is immediately taken in by the police and questioned. Ivan Zanova, the detective investigating Sonia's murder, is aware of the fact that both Peter and his wife had adulterous affairs. When a homeless guy confesses the murder, Zanova believes that this bad case is finally closed. But a few days later, Peter's mistress suffers Sonia's same fate by the hand of a mysterious killer, and Ivan understands that there is more than meets the eye in these two killings.

SWEET TEEN
An aging businessman marries a much younger woman but he just can't let go of his affair with his secretary. As soon as the young niece of his freshly married wife steps over the threshold of his house, the poor chap can't think of anything else but to bed her by all means. The fiendishly clever girl is very well aware of what the horny guy lusts after, and teases him by tiptoeing around in very short miniskirts which allow a very tasty view of her panties. Desperate and exhausted, the man comes up with a plan that involves a... butcher.

måndag 11 januari 2010

Deodato's THE BARBARIANS from Stormovie

Ruggero Deodato's 1987 sword and sandal-film THE BARBARIANS starring twins Peter & David Paul will be released by Italian company Stormovie on February 13.

Tech specs:
Aspect ratio: Anamorphic widescreen
Audio: English, Italian
Subtitles: Italian

lördag 9 januari 2010

More British vintage from Optimum




UNDERCOVER (Sergei Nolbandov, 1943) Undercover is a wonderful slice of wartime history and a gripping piece of morale boosting WWII cinema from the groundbreaking and masterful Ealing Studios. The story follows two brothers during the Nazi occupation of Yugoslavia. One escapes to the hills to join the resistance whilst the other stays within his village to find other ways to defeat the enemy. Undercover is a riveting, action packed homage to the Yugoslavian struggle during the war and a wonderful insight into the world of their brave, fearless guerrilla forces.


THE PRINCE AND THE PAUPER (Richard Fleischer, 1977) British icon and screen legend Oliver Reed (Oliver, Gladiator, Women In Love) creates a mesmerising, career defining performance in this unforgettable, swashbuckling tale of action, adventure, romance and intrigue. Faithfully adapted by for the screen by celebrated author George Macdonald Fraser, Mark Twain’s popular story tells the tale of Tom Canty, a cockney street urchin with an uncanny resemblance to Prince Edward, son of King Henry VIII. After a chance meeting with the young Prince of Wales, Tom and Edward decide to play a prank and swap roles. But when the two become separated one is thrown into the privileged world of royalty and the other into the harsh, grimy underworld of Tudor England.

torsdag 7 januari 2010

A CHALLENGE FOR ROBIN HOOD coming from Optimum

Another British Robin Hood film will be released on DVD, this time it's the Hammer film A CHALLENGE FOR ROBIN HOOD directed by C.M. Pennington-Richards in 1967 which will be released by Optimum Releasing on January 18.

Robin Hood (Barrie Ingham) again robs from the rich to give to the poor. The evil Sheriff of Nottingham (John Arnatt) is still his foe, but Robin's primary adversary is his own cousin Roger (Peter Blythe). Roger has burned the will of Robin's father which promises all land and money to his son. Roger takes control of the estate, and again Robin is an outlaw hiding out in Sherwood Forest. The sheriff is amused at Roger's inability to corral his cousin Robin, who cavorts with Little John and Friar Tuck in bucolic splendour. The trio must rescue Maid Marian (Gay Hamilton) and her brother from the castle of the wicked King John.

More Hammer from Movie Mail UK in January


Previously released by Sony in the box set Icons of Horror, UK company Movie Mail will exclusively sell The Gorgon, Taste of Fear and The Two Faces of Dr Jekyll as indvidual discs in the UK from January 25.

måndag 4 januari 2010

Mya Communication April 2010 DVD titles

Crime of Passion (Delitto passionale, Flavio Mogherini 1994)
Sweet Teen (Frittata all'italiana, Alfonso Brescia 1976)
Without Trace (...a tutte le auto della polizia, Mario Caiano 1975)