October 20, 2015

Blu-ray & DVD: The Digital Dread Report for 10/20

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How is this month half over with already? It's going by too fast!

Pretty soon, Halloween will be over, the Horror landscape will become quieter, and those damn Christmas Carols will... nevermind about that. We've still got the better part of two weeks to enjoy the creepiest month of the year, so let's just focus on that!

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22 years after the events of Jurassic Park, an even bigger and enormously popular attraction has risen on Isla Nubar: Jurassic World. To keep attendance high, the park operators introduce a new, genetically modified hybrid creature called Indominus Rex. Bigger, stronger and far more intelligent than any dinosaur that ever walked the earth; the secretive new breed also proves more dangerous than anyone ever anticipated. When the massive creature escapes, chaos erupts across the island. Now it's up to Owen and Claire to save the park's tourists from an all-out prehistoric assault.

Jurassic World took in $650 million at the domestic Box Office, and a cool billion overseas, making it the biggest movie of 2015. At least so far. That puts it at 3rd all-time, behind Avatar and Titanic, which is kind of bullshit, considering that Jurassic World made the bulk of its money in 3.5 months, where the other two lingered in theaters for 7.5, and 10.5 months, respectively. Plus, they both had Special Edition re-releases to add to their totals.

Point is, Jurassic World was a big, fun spectacle that captured the imagination of moviegoers like no other movie has this year, which means that it's easily the biggest Blu-ray release of the week.

We'll definitely be buying it and watching it again.

  • Welcome to Jurassic World: An in-depth take on the creation, look and feel of Jurassic World. Director Colin Trevorrow and Steven Spielberg discuss how the idea of the film came together and how the casting was decided with actors' commentary on their roles and filming locations.
  • Jurassic World: All-Access Pass: Chris Pratt and Director Colin Trevorrow discuss key moments in the film, supported by behind-the-scenes footage and VFX breakdowns.
  • Innovation Center tour with Chris Pratt: Chris Pratt gives a tour of the Innovation Center, a museum/exhibit, built just for the movie.
  • Jurassic's closest shaves: Clips from all films in the franchise showing "near death" or extremely scary encounters with dinosaurs.
  • Dinosaurs roam once again: Behind the scenes look at the making of Jurassic World's visual effects, how the dinosaurs came to life, and actors filmed scenes.
  • Chris & Colin take on the world: Chris Pratt and Colin Trevorrow (Director) interview each other and discuss Jurassic World as well as the other Jurassic Park movies.
  • Deleted Scenes.

After more than a decade of sober political dramas and socially minded period pieces, the great Japanese director Masaki Kobayashi shifted gears dramatically for this rapturously stylized quartet of ghost stories. Featuring colorfully surreal sets and luminous cinematography, these haunting tales of demonic comeuppance and spiritual trials, adapted from writer Lafcadio Hearn’s collections of Japanese folklore, are existentially frightening and meticulously crafted. This version of Kwaidan is the original three-hour cut, never before released in the United States.

Kwaidan is a Japanese Anthology of ghost stories from 1964 that is widely regarded as a classic, and thanks to The Criterion Collection, we can now own it in Blu-ray quality.

We've never seen it, so we'll be going into it blind, but we're excited to experience it for the first time.

  • New 2K digital restoration of director Masaki Kobayashi’s original cut, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray.
  • New audio commentary by film historian Stephen Prince.
  • Interview with Kobayashi from 1993, conducted by filmmaker Masahiro Shinoda.
  • New interview with assistant director Kiyoshi Ogasawara.
  • New piece about author Lafcadio Hearn, on whose versions of Japanese folktales Kwaidan is based.
  • Trailers.
  • New English subtitle translation.
  • PLUS: An essay by critic Geoffrey O’Brien. 

Madam Lilith and her lucious cohorts run a most unusual bordello on the edge of town. They don't just take your money for services rendered-they bleed their customers dry! But wisecracking private eye Rafe Guttman is on the case, and soon he must battle not only a den of scantily clad vampiresses, but also the Reverand Jimmy Current a slick televangelist with an all-powerful talisman.

Of the two Tales From The Crypt movies hitting Blu-ray this week, Bordello of Blood is the lesser of the two. It's funny, it's bloody, and it's entertaining as hell, but after experiencing the awesomeness of Demon Knight, this one just falls a bit short.

It's still a fun jaunt through the Cryptkeeper's world though, and we're sure that Scream Factory did the Blu-ray great justice.

  • NEW Audio Commentary with Co-Writer & Producer A.L. Katz.
  • NEW Tainted Blood: The Making of "Tales From The Crypt presents Bordello Of Blood" – Interviews with Actors Corey Feldman, Angie Everhart and Erika Eleniak,, Co-Writer & Co-Producer A.L. Katz, Editor & Second Unit Director Stephen Lovejoy, and Special Effects Creator Todd Masters.
  • Video Promo.
  • Still Gallery.
  • Theatrical Trailer.
  • Newly rendered retro-style artwork and a reversible wrap with theatrical key art.

A mysterious drifter known as Brayker (William Sadler) possesses the last of seven ancient keys that hold the power to stop the forces of darkness and protect all humanity from ultimate evil. But the human race is safe only so long as Brayker can evade the demonic Collector (Billy Zane) who has gathered the other six keys.

Speaking of Demon Knight, this bad boy is one of our favorite Horror flicks to have come out of the 90's. Although there's plenty of black humor to be found throughout this one, we always felt like it played a bit more serious than most Tales From The Crypt offerings tend to do, and that's probably why we love it so much.

Day one purchase for us.

  • NEW Audio Commentary with Director Ernest Dickerson.
  • NEW Audio Commentary with Special Make-up Effects Creator Todd Masters, Visual Effects Supervisor John Van Vliet, Special Effects Coordinator Thomas Bellissimo, and Demon Performer Walter Phelan.
  • NEW Under Siege: The Making of "Tales From The Crypt presents Demon Knight" – Featuring interviews with Director Ernest Dickerson, Co-producer A.L. Katz, Screenwriters Ethan Reiff, Cyrus Voris, and Mark Bishop, Stars Billy Zane, William Sadler, Brenda Bakke, Charles Fleischer. John Schuck and Dick Miller, Editor Stephen Lovejoy, Special Make-Up Effects Creator Todd Masters, Special Make-Up Effects Artists Scott Coulter and Scott Wheeler, and Demon Performer Walter Phelan.
  • Panel Discussion from the American Cinematheque featuring director Ernest Dickerson, actor Dick Miller and Special Effects maestro Rick Baker.
  • Still Gallery.
  • Theatrical Trailer.
  • Newly rendered retro-style artwork and a reversible wrap with theatrical key art.

  • Demonoid and Frightmare are two cheesy 80's offerings that are worth checking out, especially if you grew up watching movies like that, which we most certainly did. 
  • I Spit On Your Grave: Vengeance Is Mine was a decent enough Rape Revenge flick. Not as good as the 2010 remake, but definitely watchable. Check out our review HERE
  • Jurassic World is also available in a 3D version, as well as part of a Jurassic Park Collection
  • A Good Marriage was decent enough, though it's probably better as a rental.
  • We have yet to see The Vatican Tapes, but the reviews out there have not been kind. 
  • Z For Zachariah looks good, and we'll be reviewing it here shortly. 
  • Peaky Blinders is an awesome show, if stories about British Gangsters at the turn of the century is your cup of tea. 
  • Everything else, as always, is a crap-shoot. Enjoy!

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