July 6, 2015

July'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 July 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!

1987 / Color / Not Rated / New HD Transfer!
The promising career of a horror comic book artist ends in a fiery death when he confronts the bloody carnage of his own imagination in his studio. Years later, an ardent devotee of the artist's work becomes a resident in his house, now an art academy, unaware that her imagination has revived the grotesque murderer of the past...and that she may be the next victim.

1988 / Color / Rated R / New HD Transfer!
For over 400 years, the curse of the Abbey at San Pietro was kept a secret. Buried deep beneath the monastery lies the Beast of the Apocalypse. The power of evil is unleashed when an American priest and a beautiful young schoolteacher uncover the unholy terror of a diabolical spell cast centuries ago. Now, it will take the ultimate sacrifice to stop the curse that will not be denied.

Even when they involved cheesy B-Movies from the 80's, there's just something about these 2-Packs from Scream Factory that we just can't resist. Especially when they cost under $20.

1987 / New HD Transfer!
An ancient genie is released from a lamp when thieves ransack an old woman's house. They are killed and the lamp is sent to a museum to be studied. The curator's daughter is soon possessed by the genie and invites her friends to spend the night at the museum, along with some uninvited guests. 

1980 / New HD Transfer!
When a strange woman has her baby at the Marlowe's house, then disappears, Kate Marlowe is forced to keep the baby, Bonnie. She loves the child, but when her own children are systematically killed, suspicion turns to Bonnie.

Same thing as above.

Branded as a "video nasty" in the UK, director Luigi Cozzi's Contamination takes the premise of Ridley Scott's classic Alien and peppers it with exploding guts galore and a dangerously infectious soundtrack from celebrated Italian prog-rockers Goblin (Deep Red, Suspiria). A cargo ship drifts up the Hudson River. Its crew: all dead, their bodies horribly mutilated, turned inside out by an unknown force. Its freight: boxes upon boxes of glowing, pulsating green eggs. It soon becomes clear that these eggs are not of this planet, and someone intends to cultivate them here on Earth. But who? And to what end? Starring Italian horror veteran Ian McCulloch (Zombie Flesh Eaters), Contamination is an ultra-violent sci-fi epic that really gets under the skin. In space, no one can hear you scream - but on Earth, the terror rings loud and clear!

This trashy, shameless Italian rip-off of Alien has long been one of our favorite Guilty Pleasures. With Arrow Films behind this new 1080p release, we have no choice but to add it to our collection.

  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentation.
  • Optional English SDH subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing.
  • 2014 Q&A with Cozzi and star Ian McCulloch, recorded at Abertoir Film Festival.
  • Luigi Cozzi on the Creation of Contamination - an archive documentary hosted by the director and including behind-the-scenes footage.
  • Theatrical Trailer.
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Gary Pullin.
  • Collector's booklet featuring new writing on the film, illustrated with original archive stills and posters.

After winning a competition to spend a week at the mountain estate of his company's brilliant CEO (Isaac), programmer Caleb (Gleeson) arrives to discover he has been chosen to take part in a study of artificial intelligence. Sworn to secrecy and cut off from the outside world, Caleb meets his subject, a beguiling and seductive android (Vikander)-and is plunged into an A.I. experiment beyond his wildest dreams in this epic thriller charged with heart-stopping suspense.

Ex Machina is about as sleek and chilling of a Sci-Fi Thriller that we've seen in a long time. Excellent performances from Oscar Isaac, Domhnall Gleeson, and Alicia Vikander aside, this movie is as  beautiful as it it haunting, and it should look pristine on Blu-ray.

  • "Through the Looking Glass: Creating Ex Machina" 5-Part Featurette.
  • SXSW Q&A with Cast and Crew.
  • Eight Behind-the-Scenes Vignettes.

Read our review of Ex Machina HERE.

Gothic nightmares collide with gritty realism in this "stylish horror thriller [that] pulls you in and makes you pay attention" (Los Angeles Times)! After a spine-tingling paperback catches the imagination of bookstore clerk Virginia, she seeks out the author's second book, I, Madman. But once she opens the cover, its eerie tale of obsessive love comes to life, catapulting a disfigured, scalpel-wielding killer from the world of fiction onto the streets of Hollywood with one demented goal: to win Virginia's love, one murder at a time!

Starring one of the biggest crushes from our childhood, Jenny Wright, I, Madman is an above-average 80's flick that even earned a favorable review from Roger Ebert. We're definitely picking this Scream Factory release up on release day.

  • Audio Commentary Featuring Director Tibor Takacs With Actor & Artistic Supervisor Randall William Cook.
  • Ripped From The Pages – The Making Of "I, Madman," Featuring Interviews With Director Tibor Takacs, Actor & Artistic Supervisor Randall William Cook, Screenwriter David Chaskin, Actor Clayton Rohner, And Actress Stephanie Hodge.
  • Behind The Scenes Footage With Audio Commentary By Randall William Cook.
  • Theatrical Trailer And Home Video Trailer.
  • Still Gallery With Optional Audio Commentary By Randall William Cook.

For 19-year-old Jay, fall should be about school, boys and weekends out at the lake. But after a seemingly innocent sexual encounter, she finds herself plagued by strange visions and the inescapable sense that someone, or something, is following her. Jay and her teenage friends must now find a way to escape the horrors that seem to be only a few steps behind

If you've been following the Horror Scene at all this year, then there's nothing that we can say about this movie that you don't already know; it's a critical darling, it's really good, and it was filmed in and around our neighborhood here in Michigan.

Alright, you probably didn't know that last part, but now you do.

  • Critics' Commentary hosted by The Nerdist's Scott Weinberg, featuring Eric D. Snider (MovieBS), Britt Hayes (Screencrush), Samuel D. Zimmerman (Shock Till You Drop), Alison Nastasi (Flavorwire) and Eric Vespe (AICN).
  • A Conversation with Film Composer Disasterpeace.
  • Poster Art Gallery.

Read our review of It Follows HERE.

As the nation reels from a lethal virus that turns its victims into zombies, Wade's (Schwarzenegger) daughter Maggie (Breslin) has been infected. Now, as Maggie's condition worsens, Wade will stop at nothing to protect her from the authorities seeking to kill her to eradicate the virus.

Some will tell you that Maggie is an uneventful, quiet, slow, nearly zombie-less zombie flick, and they wouldn't be wrong. Thing is though that Maggie is also a fantastic character study, and a deeply emotional story about a Father's love for his Daughter, both of which are more important than anything else going on in the movie.

We loved the hell out of this one, and will be buying it on day one.

  • "Making Maggie" Featurette.
  • Deleted Scenes.
  • Cast & Crew Interviews.
  • Audio Commentary with Director Henry Hobson.

Read our review of Maggie HERE.

Viago (Waititi), Deacon (Jonathan Brugh), and Vladislav (Clement) are vampires who are finding that modern life has them struggling with the mundane—like paying rent, keeping up with the chore wheel, trying to get into nightclubs, and overcoming roommate conflicts. The film also stars Ben Fransham as 8,000 year-old vamp Petyr, Rhys Darby, Jackie Van Beek, Cori Gonzalez-Macuer, Stu Rutherford and Ethel Robinson.

It took us a second viewing before the humor in this movie truly clicked for us, but once it did, it had us laughing to the point of tears. If you like Mockumentary humor, then I honestly can't see how you wouldn't absolutely love this movie.

We can't wait to watch this one again, and check out it's Special Features.

  • Commentary by Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi.
  • Behind the Shadows.
  • Deleted Scenes.
  • Video Extras.
  • Interviews.
  • Promo Videos.
  • Poster Gallery.

Read our review of What We Do in the Shadows HERE.

Kornel Mundruczo's newest film is a story of the indignities visited upon animals by their supposed "human superiors," but it's also an brutal, beautiful metaphor for the political and cultural tensions sweeping contemporary Europe. When young Lili is forced to give up her beloved dog Hagen, because it's mixed-breed heritage is deemed 'unfit' by The State, she and the dog begin a dangerous journey back towards each other. At the same time, all the unwanted, unloved and so-called 'unfit' dogs rise up under a new leader, Hagen, the one-time house pet who has learned all too well from his 'Masters' in his journey through the streets and animal control centers how to bite the hands that beats him …

White God never played near us when it was in Limited Theatrical Release earlier this year, and so we've been chomping at the bit to get a hold of it on Blu-ray or VOD ever since. Either way, this movie looks fantastic, and if critics are to be believed at all, then it's one of the best movies of 2015 thus far.

Bring it on, please.

  • Behind The Scenes of White God.
  • Interview With Writer/Director Korn√©l Mundrucz√≥.
  • Interview With Animal Coordinator/Technical Advisor Teresa Ann Miller.

With a never-before-seen, alternate cut of the film—plus 90 minutes of all-new, immersive special features—the X-Men: Days of Future Past Rogue Cut takes you deeper into the X-Men universe than ever before. Rogue makes her return as the all-star characters from the original X-Men film trilogy join forces with their younger selves and unite to battle armies of murderous Sentinel robots who are hunting down mutants and humans alike!

Um... we like the X-Men movies. Don't necessarily love them, but we like them. Is there anything about a Special Cut of DOFP that we need to see? I don't know. Maybe?

Doesn't sound like much of an endorsement for a release that we're calling one of July's best, I know, but it's nothing that we need to own... of course the legions of X-Men fans out there may be of a different mind when it comes to this release, which we completely get.

If you're a fan of all things X-Men, then this is one release that you should be absolutely giddy for.

Disc 1
  • Both the Theatrical Cut of the Film and the Rogue Cut of the Film.
  • Commentary: Director Bryan Singer and Composer/Film Editor John Ottman. 
  • Commentary: Director Bryan Singer and Producer/Writer Simon Kinberg.
  • Second Screen App.

Disc 2
  • Mutant vs. Machine.
  • X-Men: Unguarded.
  • Gallery: Storyboards, Costumes & Concept Art.
  • Fantastic Four Sneak Peek.
  • Digital HD.

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