fredag 26 februari 2010

Interesting R1 releases June 29

Mondo Macabro:
Lorna the Exorcist (Les possèdèes du diable, Jess Franco 1974)

Mya Communication
Lust (Torino centrale del vizio, Bruno Vani/Renato Polselli 1979)
Naked Obsession (The Smile of the Fox, Sergio Martino 1992)
Uppercut Man (Qualcuno pagherà?, Sergio Martino 1987)

French noir thriller coming to R1 DVD

US company Zeitgeist Films will release the 1962 espionage thriller Le combat dans l'île aka Fire and Ice - starring Romy Schneider and Jean-Louis Trintignant and directed by Alain Cavalier - on June 22.

A hidden gem of the French New Wave, Alain Cavalier's thrilling black-and-white noir is as sleek and cool as it is gripping. Filled with thrilling plot twists, daring shoot-outs and stormy betrayals, LE COMBAT DANS L'ILE takes place against a backdrop of 60 s political turmoil and is strikingly shot by legendary cameraman Pierre Lhomme (Army of Shadows, King of Hearts).

Jean-Louis Trintignant (Z, The Conformist) is Clément, a member of a right-wing terrorist organization who becomes involved in a political assassination attempt. A member of his gang betrays him and he hides out with his wife Anne (a luminous Romy Schneider) in the country home of a childhood friend, Paul (Henri Serre, Jim of Jules and Jim). Clément defines macho, with his surly incommunicativeness and sudden outbursts of violence, with Anne often its recipient. Paul, by contrast, is a gentle pacifist, and as affection grows between him and Anne, the emotional as well as political tension soar.

tisdag 23 februari 2010

More Polselli on DVD in 2010

UK company Redemption have announced their release of Renato Polselli's sleazy 1973 film Rivelazioni di uno psichiatra sul mondo perverso del sesso aka Revelations of a Psychiatrist in a World of Perverse Sex on September 27, 2010. More info when available...

onsdag 17 februari 2010

Severin and Mya May 25 artwork and synopses

LOVE GAMES
A bunch of smoking hot girls set out to get all the benefits they can by using their peculiar skills. The plan is simple: lure the rich ones into bed and then take'em everything away while they still think they landed the most gorgeous girl on the planet! The girls hop from one bed to another and quickly begin getting rich. Everything seems to go smooth and fine as planned until something unpredictable comes up. What happens when finally Cupid comes knocking at your door and you fall in love with your own prey?

SUBMISSION OF A WOMAN
Luisa and Giorgio have plans for a very special weekend, but not even in their worst nightmares could they have foreseen the evil that is about to be unleashed on them. While waiting for the babysitter they get assaulted by a viciously violent sex maniac. The man wreaks disastrous havoc on their lives. Giorgio ends up beaten to a pulp, while helpless Luisa and the babysitter have to witness the horror. But the worst of all fate awaits beautiful Luisa. But no woman is as dangerous as a woman who seeks revenge.

JOY
Her name was 'Joy Laurey', the pseudonym of the French-American supermodel whose 1981 autobiography became the most scandalous erotic memoir of the decade. Two years later, notorious director Sergio Bergonzelli (creator of the psycho-Freudian filth-fest IN THE FOLDS OF THE FLESH) brought Joy's scorching saga to the screen and launched an all-new series of sensual movie classics. Succulent Canadian starlet Claudia Udy (DRAGONARD) leaves nothing to the imagination as the globetrotting celebrity whose passion for men, women and strangers – in any combination – shatters every sexual taboo.

JOY & JOAN
It is rivaled only by the EMMANUELLE series for its daring sexuality and enduring popularity. And in this first – and best – sequel to the erotic smash JOY, French hardcore goddess turned respected actress Brigitte Lahaie (HENRY & JUNE) takes over the titular role of the international supermodel with a relentless passion for sexual pleasure. This time, Joy flees the betrayals and depravities of her male lovers only to find ecstasy with a gorgeous tour guide (the delicious Isabelle Solar). But can one woman find a way to fulfill Joy's most intimate and shocking desire?

SANDOK
The rajah of Punjab wants to come into possession of a famous gem known as "Mountain of Light". He asks adventurer Allan Foster to steal it for him, but Foster has other plans and he's not willing to share this precious booty. Cult director Umberto Lenzi directs a true gem of a Euro-adventure stomper! Taken from the famous Emilio Salgari's novel and starring cult-stalwart Richard Harrison, "Sandok" is a cinematic adventure that tastes like the good old days.

tisdag 16 februari 2010

Rare Polselli on DVD

The small US DVD company Sarcophilous Films have announced their release of Renato Polselli's OSCENITA' and LA VERITA' SECONDO SATANA - more news when available.

fredag 12 februari 2010

STARCRASH coming from Shout! Factory

US label Shout! Factory will release Luigi Cozzi's 1978 sci fi film STARCRASH on August 10, 2010. More info when available.

Edit: Release date has been changed to September 14, and it will be out on blu-ray too.

torsdag 11 februari 2010

ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA from Schröder Media

German company Schröder Media have released Charlton Heston's 1972 epic ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA. Tech specs:

Aspect ratio: 2.35:1 Anamorphic
Audio: English, German
Run time: 103 min / 108 min

onsdag 10 februari 2010

DIRTY HEROES from Optimum Releasing in June

UK company Optimum Releasing have announced their DVD release of Alberto De Martino's WWII film DIRTY HEROES aka Dalle Ardenne all'inferno, directed in 1967 and starring Frederick Stafford, Daniela Bianchi and John Ireland. The release date in June 7, 2010. More info when available.

More spaghetti westerns from Koch Media in March


Old news, I know... but I wanted to add these films anyway... so here we go! Coming March 5 from German company Koch Media.

Thompson 1880 (Guido Zurli, 1966)
Shango, la pistola infallibile (Edoardo Mulargia, 1970)
Dos hombres van a morir (Rafael Romero Marchent, 1968)
Il venditore di morte (Lorenzo Gicca Palli, 1971)

More OSS 117 from Magic Picture

German company Magic Picture will release another OSS 117 film, Furia à Bahia pour OSS 117 - but don't expect any English language options this time either...

tisdag 9 februari 2010

Euro cult from Code Red in April

On April 27, Code Red will release (or distribute) two double bills with some interesting films:

Lonely Wives (Zum zweiten Frühstück: Heiße Liebe, Hubert Frank 1972)
Sorry, Wrong Bedroom (?)

Wacky Taxi (John Astin/Alexander Grasshoff 1972)
Superargo (L'invincibile Superman, Paolo Bianchini 1968)

Possible BLOOD ON SATAN'S CLAW DVD artwork

Coming soon from UK company Odeon Entertainment in a new transfer, this is the temporary artwork and may change before release...

British mondo LEGEND OF THE WITCHES from VCI

Coming from VCI on April 27, this seems to be the complete version. It was previously released in the UK by DD Entertainment in a severly edited version.

The historical origins of witchcraft in moon-worship and the witches legend of creation. Initiation rites undergone by the modern witch divination by birds and animals; Christianity s absorption of pagan rites; revenge killing; the Black Mass. Cecil Williamson's Museum of Witchcraft in Cornwall. Investigations into the efficacy of witchcraft; extra-sensory perception; foretelling the future. All featuring the infamous "King Of The Witches" in the only footage in existance of the King Of Wicca. Alexander Saunders.. who uses this documentary to guide us through his coven. By then, Sanders had been endorsed by a group of 1,623 practicing Wiccans as 'King of the Witches' - with Maxine as 'Witch Queen' - and he turned into a media celebrity. There were TV appearances, late-night talks on radio, a sympathetic biography, record albums of his rituals and this film, The Legend of The Witches, based on his exploits. These were said to include healing people of warts by 'wishing them on someone else, who's already ugly'. Another woman was supposedly cured of cander by Sanders sitting with her in hospital for three days and nights, holding her feet and pouring 'healing energy' into her. Sanders and Maxine parted in 1973 and he drifted into semi-retirement before moving to Bexhill in East Sussex, where he died in 1988. Like Gardner, his legacy was his own tradition of ritual and belief within the Wicca movement - dubbed 'Alexandrian' in a play on his first name. 87 min., B&W, 1969.

German cult films from VCI

This intriguing double bill is coming from VCI Entertainment on April 27.

No Survivors, Please (Der Chef wünscht keine Zeugen, Hans Albin/Peter Berneis 1964)
An American ambassador is scheduled to take a flight. As the pilot of the plane drives to the airport, an alien voice orders him to crash the plane with no survivors please. A civilization from another universe is planning accidents of key figures. The aliens plans are to force an atomic war on the earth to destroy the planet. The interplanetary invaders would then conquer and inhabit the earth. An American reporter, suspicious of the events, starts to investigate. As he is about to solve the riddle, he too, succumbs to this alien force. Will these invaders have the strength to annihilate life on earth as we know it?
92 min, B&W, NR, 1964

The Black Cobra (Die schwarze Kobra, Rudolf Zehetgruber 1963)
In the black of night on a super highway, a truck carrying a sinister cargo of narcotics rushes on. Suddenly a white police car forces it to a stop. As the driver and his chief step out, they realize that they are at the mercy of a rival gang and not the police. The syndicate chief vainly tries to escape and is murdered. To obliterate all traces of the crime, the gang sets the truck afire and drive it over a mountainside. In the confusion the driver escapes and seeks refuge with friends. The police find the burned truck and the driver becomes hunted on the suspicion of murder. The driver then forges a trail of vengeance on his sinister search to prove his innocence.
95 min, B&W, NR, 1963.

måndag 8 februari 2010

British classics from Renown Pictures


SOS PACIFIC (Guy Green, 1959)
When a seaplane fire forces a host of eclectic passengers, including a prisoner and the man who will testify against him, to make a disastrous water landing, they must brave the cruel elements to get to a nearby island. Once there, they discover that the land will be the target of nuclear testing in a matter of hours!

THE HI-JACKERS (Jim O'Connolly, 1963)
Terry, a lorry driver, meets Shirley at a roadside cafe and offers her a lift. His truck carrying a valuable shipment of whiskey is later hijacked, but who tipped off the hijackers?

SMOKESCREEN (Jim O'Connolly, 1964)
A parsimonious insurance assessor is assigned the task of investigating the mysterious death of a businessman. Was it an accident? Suicide or something more sinister?

söndag 7 februari 2010

British films from Optimum and Odeon

February 8
BELLMAN & TRUE (Richard Loncraine, 1987)

In this tense British thriller, Hiller, a humble computer expert, and his young stepson get mixed up with a dangerous gang of bank robbers.

Recently fired from his job and abandoned by his wife, Hiller’s life is already descending into chaos when he crosses paths with a brutal gang of criminals. Planning an audacious robbery, they take Hiller and his child hostage, and force Hiller to use his technical skills to help them on the job.

Once the plan has been put into action, the gang attempts to shake off the police, while Hiller desperately tries to free himself and his son from the crooks' clutches.

A gritty, action-packed heist thriller, this is British film at its best.

February 8
BULLSHOT (Dick Clement, 1983)

Before there was Bond there was BULLSHOT!

Captain Hugh "Bullshot" Crummond (Alan Shearman) is a World War I fighter pilot, Olympic athlete, racing driver, and part-time sleuth. He must save the world from the nefarious Count Otto van Bruno (Ronald E. House), his wartime adversary and all-round villain, who is forging sinister plans for world domination. Can he defeat his arch enemy – and capture the heart of damsel in distress Rosemary Fenton [Diz White] – before it is too late?

March 22
DR. TERROR'S HOUSE OF HORRORS (Freddie Francis, 1965)

Dr Terror (Peter Cushing - Star Wars) is a mysterious fortune teller who boards a train and offers to tell five fellow passengers their fortune with tarot cards. Five possible futures unfold: an architect returns to his ancestral home to find a werewolf out for revenge; a huge flesh-eating vine takes over a house; a musician gets involved with voodoo; an art critic is pursued by a disembodied hand and a doctor discovers his new wife is a vampire. But they all end in the same result…..DEATH. A fascinating and fast paced example of portmanteau filmmaking with a deadly twist in the tale.

onsdag 3 februari 2010

ACTION MAN COLLECTION from VCI

US company VCI have released the 2-disc set ACTION MAN COLLECTION with these four films:

ACTION MAN (Le soleil des voyous, Jean Delannoy 1967)
Sophisticated crook (Robert Stack) talks ex-crook and now respectable business man (Jean Gabin) into one last caper! This highly planned and well executed crime goes off without a hitch until rival bad guys want a piece of the action and kidnap the wife of Gabin. Stack, in order to make things right and bring the couple back together makes the ultimate sacrifice! RT 100 min. Color 1967

BIG GAME (Robert Day, 1972)
A top scientist seeks out and hires top military mercenaries for protection. Our scientist has discovered the means by which he can control military personnel and direct them to do his bidding. What are the goals that inspire his motivations?

PEKING BLONDE (La blonde de Pékin, Nicolas Gessner 1967)
Based on the novel by James Hadley Chase, this cold war adventure pits beautiful femme fatales against the worst of the worst.

DAY OF THE WOLVES (Ferde Grofe Jr, 1973)
Six highly trained criminals invade a small town intent on cleaning the city out of money. Known only to each other as #'s 1 through 6, with beards, identical clothes, special gloves, and their own missions, they begin the mayhem only to find that the recently fired town sheriff is more than a match for anything they had planned for.

We're not sure about the quality of the films, but unfortunately all of them are supposed to be in 1.33:1 full screen aspect ratio - not confirmed, though...

April 27 Mya cover artwork and synopses


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.

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.

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.

German DVD release of ULISSE in March

We have previously mentioned the US DVD release of this 1954 peplum, and on March 5 2010, Germany company Colosseo Film will release a 2-disc remastered special uncut edition. According to info, this version will be more complete than the US disc...

Tech specs:
Aspect Ratio: 1.37:1
Audio: English, German, Italian
Subtitles: German
Run time: 109 min

Extras:
Die fantastische Reise des Odysseus - featurette (43 min)
German theatrical trailer
Image gallery
Alternate ending

tisdag 2 februari 2010

SEVERIN FILMS May 2010 releases

Joy (Sergio Bergonzelli, 1983)
Joy et Joan (Jacques Saurel, 1985)