September 10, 2014

Blu-ray & DVD: The Digital Dread Report for September 9th

*Sorry to be posting this one late, but with a late-running Lions game, a air conditioner repair, and an appliance malfunction, our Tuesday sucked. At least we got to close it out with the long-awaited Sons of Anarchy season premiere, so that's something.

You know how I've been saying that September and October were going to be jam-packed with Must Own Blu-ray & DVD releases? Well hide yo' kids, hide yo' wife, because here comes the first batch of that crazy awesomeness!

Amazon dropped off our copies of Pumpkinhead, Prom Night, Captain America, and Graduation Day earlier, so we're happy campers... for now. Our wallets aren't happy at all, but we are.

Odd how that works, isn't it?

The "big" release for most people this week is Captain America: The WInter Soldier. Aside from Guardians of the Galaxy, no other movie has made as much money at the 2014 Box Office than the good Captain has, and rightly so; it's a great sequel to a great movie (Cap is our fave Marvel Movie character), and $19.99 is an absolute steal for a 3D Blu-ray title (especially from Disney), so if you want to own this movie, jump on it now before the price jumps up by $10 or more, which it absolutely will after this week

The "big" release of the week for Horror fanatics is actually three titles: Pumpkinhead, Prom Night, and Graduation Day.

When we first heard that Scream Factory was bringing Pumpkinhead to Blu-ray in a Collector's Edition, we probably squealed, or had some other type of girlish reaction, because it was always a favorite of ours growing up. Maybe we're just suckers for a good "Witch conjures up a vengeful Demon" story, or for genre great Lance Henriksen in his prime, but this is a great Horror flick, and it deserves a place on any Horror fan's Blu/DVD shelf.

After releasing a perfect version of Curtains (our review HERE) this past July, Synapse is back to bring their restorative 1080p touch to another Classic 80's Slasher, Prom Night. If this release turns out half as good as Curtains did, it will be perfect, and even though it was never one of our favorite Slasher flicks when we were growing up, we had to own this one just to see how it turned out.

When we reviewed the DVD version of Graduation Day (our review HERE) earlier this year, one of our main gripes was how dark and unwatchable the film was in some places, and how we wished that someone would give it a clean, watchable transfer. Well, much like Synapse did with Curtains back in July, Vinegar Syndrome has given this one the 4k scan & transfer treatment, which means that it's finally going to look and sound superb. For fans of 80's Slasher flicks, this one is a must.

Willow Creek (our review HERE), is a great Found Footage take on the Bigfoot Mythos, and director Bobcat Goldthwait has delivered a pretty intense and thrilling monster movie with this one. We may have wanted a bit more from its ending, but Willow Creek is definitely worth  a rental, if not a purchase, for most Horror fans.

As a "dark suburban fable exploring the nature of evil in unexpected places," Borgman looks to be a captivating little Dutch Thriller. It's been getting nothing but rave reviews from those who have seen it already, and we'll be checking it out just as soon as we get through this pile of other movies sitting in front of us. *It's a literal pile.

The Amityville Horror (1979) is a true Genre Classic, and definitely deserves a place in any good Horror Movie Library.Not much else to say about that one.

Finally, as far as the Horror 2-packs and Dead Within go, we'll catch them when they hit Netflix. *We can only watch so much!

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The only TV Show that interests us here is season three of Homeland, but seeing as we don't even own the first two seasons on Blu-ray yet, we probably won't be buying this newest one quite yet.

Even though they don't excited us all that much, fans of Supernatural, The Vampire Diaries, and Marvel will be thrilled with the latest seasons of their favorite shows being released, as Blu-ray is THE only way to watch your favorite TV Shows.

The Flowers in the Attic TV movie, you can keep. Sorry, Lifetime.

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On the DVD front, we're excited to see The Hunter and Nymph (aka Killer Mermaid), though we'll be renting those on VOD, as we rarely buy DVD's anymore.

The House/House 2 double feature offers some great bang for the buck at $9.49, and at $8.49, the 4-pack with Hellraiser/Children of the Corn/Re-Animator/Never Sleep Again is an absolute dream. If you don't already own these movies, now is the time to grab them.

The 6-pack of Horror is worth it alone for Lovely Molly (our review HERE), The Frankenstein Theory, and Chrosmeskull (our review HERE).

Everything else this week, you're just going to have to take your chances on, because they all look like crap shoots to us.


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