November 3, 2015

Blu-ray & DVD: The Digital Dread Report For 11/3

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The first week of November brings us a fairly strong crop of movies to check out, with The Final Girls and Roar being at the top of our lists. Especially Roar; that shit looks insane.

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When Max (Taissa Farmiga) and her friends reluctantly attend a anniversary screening of "Camp Bloodbath," the infamous '80s horror film that starred Max's late mother (Malin Akerman), they are mysteriously sucked into the silver screen. They soon realize they are trapped inside the cult classic movie and must team up with the fictional and ill-fated camp counselors, including Max's mom as the scream queen, to battle the film's machete-wielding killer. With the body count rising in scene after iconic scene, who will be the final girls left standing and live to escape this film?

One of the most enjoyable movies of 2015, The Final Girls is a cheesy little homage to 80's Slasher flicks that surprised us by being just as sentimental as it was funny. It's light on the gore (PG-13 and all), but it's got a great cast, and in a month that doesn't boast a ton of Must Own titles, it's probably the one that we're looking forward to owning the most.

  • Alternate Endings with Optional Director's Commentary.
  • Deleted and Extended Scenes with Optional Director's Commentary
  • Cast & Crew Commentary.
  • Writers' Commentary.
  • Pre-visualization: Bringing Scenes to Life.
  • Progression of Visual Effects.
  • Director's Production Notes.
An unprecedented––and wholly unpredictable––action-adventure, Roar follows wildlife preservationist Hank (The Exorcist producer Noel Marshall in his sole and career-derailing turn as an actor and director), who lives harmoniously alongside a menagerie of untamed animals, including cheetahs, elephants, lions and tigers on a preservation in the African plains. When his wife and children arrive (real-life wife Tippi Hedren, The Birds, and step-daughter Melanie Griffith, Working Girl) for a visit, a long-brewing battle for dominance between two lions erupts and threatens their very lives.

As infamous as it is, we've never seen Roar. This movie was never released in the U.S. because not only was its production insane and unsafe, but the story behind it is even more so: Director Noel Marshall, his wife (and star of the movie) Tippy Hedren, and their kids (including a young Melanie Griffith), lived in the company of more than 150 lions, tigers, cheetahs, and jaguars ....for 11 years.

Like lived among them as if they were cats.

The cast and crew were attacked by the big cats during the production of Roar; scalped, mauled, bitten, scratched, and otherwise brutalized by the big cats to the point of facial reconstruction surgery, and even gangrene.

It's insane, and now that we can finally see it, we will do so asap.

  • The Making of Roar.
  • Q&A with the Cast and Crew at The Cinefamily, Los Angeles, California.
  • The Grandeur of Roar, an essay by Tim League is a text supplement which features a funny but fond account of the film's history and reputation. 
  • Photo Gallery.
  • Trailer.
  • Audio Commentary with John Marshall and Tim League.
  • Credits and Acknowledgements.
Tenderness of the Wolves treats the viewer to a few weeks in the company of a killer. Baby-faced and shaven-headed, in a manner that recalls both M and F.W. Murnau’s Nosferatu, Haarmann is a fascinating, repulsive figure. Using his status as a police informant to procure his victims, he dismembers their bodies after death and sells the flesh to restaurants, dumping the remainder out of sight. This isn’t an easy film to watch, but it certainly gets under the skin…

Tenderness of the Wolves is a creepy cannibal flick from notorious director Ulli Lommel, that blends melodrama with black humor and gore, making for an... interesting and captivating watch.

Arrow Video just keeps releasing old, obscure Genre flicks in these excellent Blu-ray packages, which is why they are one of our go-to companies for Horror entertainment these days. This release should only serve to strengthen that ever-growing catalogue.

  • New high definition digital transfer prepared by the Rainer Werner Fassbinder Foundation.
  • High Definition (1080p) Blu-ray and Standard Definition DVD presentations.
  • Original uncompressed PCM mono 1.0 sound • Newly translated optional English subtitles.
  • Audio commentary by director Ulli Lommel, moderated by Uwe Huber.
  • Introduction by Lommel.
  • The Tender Wolf, a newly-filmed interview with Lommel.
  • Photographing Fritz, a newly-filmed interview with director of photography Jürgen Jürges.
  • Haarmann’s Victim Talks, a newly-filmed interview with actor Rainer Will.
  • An appreciation by Stephen Thrower, author of Nightmare USA and Murderous Passions: The Delirious Cinema of Jesús Franco.
  • Stills gallery.
  • Theatrical trailer.
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by the Twins of Evil.
  • Illustrated collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film by Tony Rayns, editor of the first English-language book on Rainer Werner Fassbinder.

There are definitely some decent titles down here at the bottom of the order this week.

  • Bloodsucking Bastards looks fun, and maybe now we'll get off of our asses and give it a watch.
  • Dark was the Night (read our review HERE) was pretty good, and one we'd definitely watch again, if only because Kevin Durand is awesome.
  • The Diabolical (read our review HERE) was also pretty solid, if a bit odd in its mechanics. Worth a watch.
  • Tiger House was a decent Home Invasion Thriller.
  • Stung looks like it could be fun in a really cheap, B-movie kind of way. 

On the DVD Front this week:

  • We're curious to see Charlie's Farm and Mexico Barbaro.
  • Some Kind of Hate underwhelmed us to the point of not reviewing it. 
  • Stephen King's Storm of the Century is a fun Mini-Series, on-par with his other Mini-Series work.
  • And everything else, as always, is a crap-shoot. 


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