Third Doctor’s Adventures to get Blu-ray Release

Doctor Who: The Collection’ returns with Season 10, featuring Jon Pertwee as the iconic Time Lord.

 

All 26 episodes have been newly restored for Blu-ray and packed with hours of new and existing bonus material.


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Objects of Desire: Special Edition Horror Blu-Rays – Part Two

Horror Month – June 2015

Loved by horror geeks universally; a special edition DVD or Blu-Ray release. The appeal comes equally from the packing, presentation, special features & promotional items that are included with the set. These range from well designed standard jewel cases all the way to through to full-blown promotional sets.  Here I examine a few such sets from my own collection and elsewhere.


Texas Chain Saw Massacre: 40th Anniversary Black Maria [Blu-ray] – Region A

 

 To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the films release Dark Sky Films proudly presents THE TEXAS CHAIN SAW MASSACRE in an all-new 4k digital transfer and with a newly created 7.1 surround sound mix supervised by Tobe Hooper. Get ready to experience fear in a whole new way. Continue reading

Horror Month: Interview with Sean Clark (Horrors Hallowed Grounds)

Horror Month – June 2015

We spoke with horror circuit legend Sean Clark.

seanclark1Sean has turned being a horror fan into a full time career. As a talent agent he represents many of the biggest names in Horror for appearances/conventions. He is also an accomplished producer/writer. He produced many of the additional special features and featurettes included in the Scream Factory/Anchor Bay special edition box set Halloween Complete Collection including a specially filmed documentary with Jamie Lee Curtis.

In 2009 he co-wrote the film ‘The Black Waters of Echo’s Pond‘ which starred Danielle Harris & Robert Patrick. He produces his own series ‘Horrors Hallowed Grounds‘ where he revisits iconic Horror locations from films such as Halloween & A Nightmare On Street and also contributes to HorrorHound magazine.

 

“….It just started as a hobby. I went out searching for the locations from the original Halloween and when I happened upon my very first location it was like visiting a childhood home”
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Blu-Ray Review: A.W.O.L.: Absent Without Leave (1990)

awol-van-damme101 Films have released this classic film from Jean-Claude Van Damme and director Sheldon Lettich (Writer -Rambo III) on Blu-Ray in the UK for the first time as part of their ‘Cult Classics’ collection .

Upon receiving news that his brother in Los Angeles is seriously injured, Lyon Gaultier (Van Damme) deserts the French Foreign Legion from a remote outpost in North Africa. Fleeing from two of the Legion’s security force who have orders to bring him back at any cost, Lyon reluctantly turns to the illegal, bare-knuckles underground fighting circuit to raise the money he needs to help his brother’s family.

vlcsnap-816964This story of the conflicted fighter who is expected to throw a fight is nothing new in Cinema; these stories have been told many times. The foreign legion element is the only thing that is new here; but not that new. Released in 1990, this film seems like a hang-over from the 80s. And as if we needed it pointing out, the largely distracting music cues that burst in at various times make this abundantly clear. Is this really necessary? The cinematography really dates this film as-well, shot like a wannabe Rocky.

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BluRay Review: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 (Limited Edition – 2013)

Written by Lewis Mainwaring

This Limited Edition (Nov 2013) release by Arrow Films (10,000 copies) of the 1986 horror classic The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 is the sequel to the 1974 iconic movie The Texas chainsaw Massacre.IMG_2332

Tagged lined ‘The Buzz is Back’ this second installment of the franchise sees the Sawyer clan relocated from their family home and on a killing spree in an abandoned amusement park.

The original film poster is a parody of the 1985 film The Breakfast Club.

Chainsaw-wielding maniac Leatherface (Bill Johnson) is up to his cannibalistic ways once again, along with the rest of his twisted clan, including the equally disturbed Chop-Top (Bill Moseley). This time, the masked serial killer has set his sights on pretty disc jockey Vanita “Stretch” Brock (Caroline Williams), who teams up with Texas law-man Lefty Enright (Dennis Hopper) to battle the psychopath and his family deep within their lair.
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Blu-Ray Review: Day of the Dead (1985) Steel-book

Day of the Dead is widely regarded as the third installment in George A. Romero‘s seminal zombie series; following Night of the Living Dead (1968) & Dawn of the Dead (1978).

IMG_1944 IMG_1945This Limited Edition Steel-book release from Arrow Films Video is a re-hash of their 25th Anniversary edition Blu-Ray release; the special features included here are the same.

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Objects of Desire: Special Edition Blu-Rays – Part One

As appreciated by film geeks everywhere; there is much more to a good DVD or Blu-Ray release than simply the film itself. The appeal comes equally from the packing, presentation, special features & promotional items that are included with the set. These range from well designed standard jewel cases all the way to through to full-blown promotional sets.  Here I examine a few such sets from my own collection and elsewhere.

Breaking Bad: The Complete Series (Deluxe Barrel Edition)

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This set is packaged in a stylish ‘barrel’ case in homage to the shows final season. The discs for each series are stored in plastics rings sealed with magnets (another reference to the show). Also included is a Los Pollos Hermanos apron, booklet and challenge coin. The top of the barrel contains a ‘secret’ compartment with a bonus features disc. Over 55 hours of special features are included as well as a brand new two-hour documentary.

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