May 5, 2015

May's Top Blu-ray & DVD Pre-Orders!

There are always plenty of new Movies and TV Shows released on Blu-ray & DVD each week, but even if we wanted to, we couldn't possibly buy them all. There are, however, always a small group of them that make us drool (figuratively) in anticipation, that we feel compelled to own.

So here are the movies seeing release in May that we are dying to get our hands on, and that we feel good about recommending to you. Don't forget to click the pics to pre-order!
"Banned in 31 countries, CANNIBAL FEROX assaults your senses as a group of Americans lost in the jungles of Amazonia experience brutal retribution at the hands of blood-crazed cannibals. Shot on location in the savage Amazon wilds of South America, CANNIBAL FEROX is one of the most violent and shocking films ever made. There are at least two dozen scenes of barbaric torture and sadistic cruelty graphically shown.  If the presentation of disgusting and repulsive subject matter upsets you, please do not view this film."

Easily one of the most controversial Horror movies of all-time, Cannibal Ferox is hitting Blu-ray this month in a jam-packed, 3-Disc edition, courtesy of Grindhouse Entertainment. We've always viewed this one as a fun Cult Classic that we have a ton of respect for, but I'm not sure if it's a movie that we'd sit down and re-visit that often. I'm pretty sure that we're in the minority with that comment, but hey, cannibal flicks aren't really our fave, you know?

Still, this release is probably the best one of the month, and will no doubt be one of the best of 2015, when all is said and done.

  • Original UNRATED, UNCENSORED director's cut
  • Spectacular new 2K transfer - scanned from the original camera negative
  • SHOCKING deleted footage - lost for over 30 years and never-before-seen on home video!
  • Breathtaking digital stereo re-mix by Academy Award winner Paul Ottosson
  • Optional Italian language soundtrack and original mono mix
  • BONUS CD - original soundtrack album by Budy-Maglione. 

Release Date: May 26th.
"The Blu-ray release will feature a reversible wrap with alternative artwork and also comes loaded with bonus features including a new audio commentary tracks by the Vicious Brothers and actors Brittany Allen and Melanie Papalia, the featurette "The Making of Extraterrestrial", deleted scenes and more!"

A decent, though flawed movie, Extraterrestrial should make for one pretty looking Blu-ray, especially coming from Scream Factory. It's good to see them starting to release newer Genre movies on Blu-ray, as they deserve some love too.

Release Date: May 12th.
Read our Extraterrestrial review HERE.
"Mickey Rourke (The Wrestler, Sin City) and Don Johnson (A Boy and His Dog, TV’s “Miami Vice”) rev their engines and flex their muscles in the full-throttle action movie Harley Davidson and The Marlboro Man, finally available on Blu-Ray from Shout! Factory."

As "Buddy Action" movies go, it doesn't get much better than Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man. Watching Don Johnson and Mickey Rourke acting cool and kicking ass was one of the best times that we had in theaters back in 1991, and this disc will be getting plenty of play in our machines from here on out, whenever we need an action fix.

The bottom line is that this movie rocks, and we're thrilled to damn death that it's coming out on Blu-ray

Release Date: May 19th.
"Shocking, brutal and totally politically incorrect in its outlook, Island of Death is a gruelling cinematic experience devised by director Mastorakis to out-do the excesses of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, which he was hugely inspired by. Now fully uncut and newly-restored from the original negative, fans can enjoy Island of Death in all its sleazy, lurid glory."

Arrow Video U.S. has been releasing some great titles so far, and bringing this former Video Nasty to market is only making us love them more. We've never seen Island of Death, but now we have the perfect opportunity to take the plunge.

Release Date: May 26th.

Just in time to cash in on all of the hype that Jurassic World will surely be kicking up, Universal is releasing a new Jurassic Park Collection on Blu-ray that will include Digital HD copies, and a movie ticket to see Jurassic World. The case will also have space for the Jurassic World Blu-ray that you'll eventually be buying, so, bonus.

The first movie is still one of the best Sci-Fi flicks of the past 20 years, part 2 sucked, and part 3 is pretty entertaining (although it's over far too quickly, and it's a bit shallow compared to the first one.) For anyone who doesn't already own these on Blu-ray though, this set is a pretty cool thing.

Release Date: May 12th.
"On the run from the dungeons of the medieval city of Aquila, thief Phillipe Gaston is helped by Etienne Navarre (Rutger Hauer), a mysterious knight who carries a precious hawk on his arm and is also pursued by the soldiers of Aquila. Two years ago, Navarre and his lover Lady Isabeau were banished from the city and placed under a spell which turns him into a wolf by night and her into a hawk by day, leaving them only a few brief moments to spend together at dawn and sunset. Now, Navarre tries to persuade Phillipe to help him and Isabeau re-enter the city and confront the evil Bishop who, out of his lust for Isabeau, cast the jealous spell which keeps the two lovers apart. Phillipe agrees, but the path to the Bishop is a heavily guarded one, and it will take great courage to follow this mission through to the end."

When we were kids, Ladyhawke always went hand in hand with The Princess Bride. Sure, Ladyhawke had more action and violence, and Princess Bride was basically a comedic Fairytale, but they were both heavily-steeped in Fantasy, and both were essentially love stories, so they always felt like a matching pair to us.

Anyhow, this is a great movie that showcases Rutger Hauer at the peak of his career, and the sexy as hell Michelle Pfeiffer right as hers was about to explode, and if you love Medieval Fantasy, then this is an absolute Must Own title.

Release Date: May 5th.
"In the ravaged near-future, a savage motorcycle gang rules the road. Terrorizing innocent civilians while tearing up the streets, the ruthless gang laughs in the face of a police force hell-bent on stopping them. But they underestimate one officer: Max (Gibson). And when the bikers brutalize Max's best friend and family, they send him into a mad frenzy that leaves him with only one thing left in the world to live for – revenge! Also starring Joanne Samuel, Hugh Keays-Byrne (Mad Max: Fury Road) and Steve Bisley (The Great Gatsby, Red Hill), this rugged racecar of a film runs on "comic book volatility… exhilarating rowdiness and visual intensity" (The New York Times)!"

It's no Road Warrior, but 30 years after its release, Mad Max is still a pretty kick-ass Post Apocalyptic flick. It's also the film that set Mel Gibson on the path to Super-Mega stardom, which depending on how you feel about the guy now, might not be such a great thing. *For the record, we love him. Screw the haters.

We'll be picking this one up for the new Mel Gibson commentary alone. He always has such interesting things to say.

Release Date: May 5th.
"Years ago, Madman Marz violently murdered his family only to escape into the woods before his execution could be completed. Legend has it that anyone who calls his name can summon him back to continue his bloody rampage. But teenage Richie, away at camp, doesn't believe the old legend and calls his name. As night falls, strange things start happening at at camp and soon Madman Marz is back, axe in hand, to finish the killing spree he started decades ago. One of the true classics of 80's slasher cinema, Vinegar Syndrome proudly presents MADMAN on Blu-ray for the first time, newly restored in 4K from the camera negative!"

Continuing their tradition of releasing obscure Horror flicks from decades past, Vinegar Syndrome is bringing this cheesy 80's Slasher to a Blu-ray player near you! This isn't the best movie overall, but it's plenty bloody, and it's got that unique 80's Horror vibe about it... which makes it worth checking out, especially considering its low price.

Release Date: May 26th.

Poltergeist completists, rejoice!

With the remake nearly here, MGM has decided to re-release Poltergeist 2 and 3 on Blu-ray, both separately, and in this handy little 2-Pack. We never cared all that much for the sequels, but there will no doubt be plenty of people looking to revisit these classic (?) sequels before venturing out to see the remake.

More power to them.

Release Date: May 19th.
"A lost soul has just received the wounds of Christ... and a shocking message that will alter history. Stunning performances from Patricia Arquette (TV's Medium, True Romance) and Gabriel Byrne (The Usual Suspects) and a cutting-edge score by Billy Corgan of The Smashing Pumpkins and Elia Cmiral make Stigmata "a visual and visceral feast" (Entertainment Today)!"

As possession movies go, Stigmata is definitely one of the better ones. It's stylish, creepy, and Gabriel Byrne usually tends to make whatever he's in better, especially back in the 90's. Patricia Arquette usually makes everything better too, but for completely different reasons.

We have no doubt that this Scream Factory release will be top-notch, as per their usual.

Release Date: May 19th.
"It’s the engagement party for brilliant young Dr Henry Jekyll (Udo Kier) and his fiancĂ©e, the beautiful Fanny Osbourne (Marina Pierro), attended by various pillars of Victorian society, including the astonishing Patrick Magee in one of his final roles. But when people are found raped and murdered outside and ultimately inside the house, it becomes clear that a madman has broken in to disrupt the festivities – but who is he? And why does Dr Jekyll keep sneaking off to his laboratory?"

We know very little about this movie other than to say that its trailer looks all kinds of crazy, that it's supposed to be all kinds of graphic (both sexually and violence-wise), and that Udo Kier is a creepy bastard.

We trust Arrow Video enough to take a flier on this one, as they haven't let us down with their releases so far.

Release Date: May 12th.

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