November 12, 2014

Blu-ray & DVD: The Digital Dread Report for November 11th

As the Holiday Shopping Season draws closer and closer, allow these weekly Blu-ray/DVD columns will give you a good idea what's out there in the way of Christmas Gift/Stocking Stuffers for the horror-lovers in your life. Who wouldn't want to wake up on Christmas morning to find some of these movies and TV shows under their tree, you know?

Or if you're like us, you can just be totally selfish and buy them for yourself, because, you deserve it. That's what we do, and it totally works for us.

*If you're going to buy any of this week's titles, be sure to click the pics and buy them through us, as it will help keep both this column and our Release Dates Page going, both of which we spend way to much time on each week.

Demons & Demons 2 are our Must Own releases of the week. Produced by Dario Argento, and directed by Lamberto Bava, these late-80's Italian gems may be light on the common sense, but they're heavy on the creepy fun. Although Demons is a better overall effort than its sequel, we still have to own the pair, especially now that they're available on Blu-ray at a reasonable price ($15), and not just in their $50 Steelbook version.

The Damned (our review HERE) is a solid little Haunted House flick that we'd definitely watch again. As far as buying it goes, we'll definitely be waiting until it drops to around the $20 mark. If you're interested in this one, and it would be a blind buy for you, add it to your cart and wait for a cheaper price to come along.

Dolls is another in a long line of Scream Factory releases that brings us a "lost" 80's Horror classic in pristine quality, with all sorts of great bonus features to boot. These guys do it right with every release they give us, and if you're ever interested in taking a flier on an obscure older flick, Scream Factory is the way to go.

The Bruce Lee Premiere Collection is a bit pricey for what you get, but for Lee purists, having The Big Boss, Fist Of Fury, Way Of The Dragon and Game Of Death all in one 1080p collection is a lovely thing. If this set drops to somewhere closer to $25, we'd pick it up. Until then, we'll take a pass. *Best Buy has it listed on their site right now for $14.99 as opposed to Amazon's $53 asking price.

For fans of Gamera, the new Blu-ray set from Mill Creek Entertainment is probably a dream come true, especially at the low price of $23. Given that it's Mill Creek, we aren't expecting the picture or audio quality to be on par with something that comes from a company like Scream Factory, but they do a decent job at offering old classics in solid quality; we own their When a Stranger Calls/Happy Birthday to Me Blu-ray 2-pack, and for the $5 we payed for it, we have no issues with its quality.

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We gave up on True Blood sometime during Season 4 (I think), so we're probably not the best people to tell you "Hey, this looks awesome, buy it!" Regardless of our opinion on the matter, fans of the show will no doubt want to own it, especially with all of the fun extras that are probably packed into each set.

The Twilight Zone: The Fifth Dimension set looks pretty amazing. It contains both the original 60's series and the 80's series in their entirety, along with 20 hours of bonus material, spread out over 41 discs... so for anyone who loves the Twilight Zone, it's a must have, even at its $190 price point.

The Beauty and the Beast Complete Series box set seems like a better bet to us, if only because it's priced at a much more reasonable $40. We've never watched the series ourselves, but Ron Perlman is the man, so if it were on Netflix, we might give it a look-see.

Everything else here we'll take a pass on, although S.O.B and Gingerclown look like they could be fun.


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