December 15, 2015

Blu-ray & DVD: The Digital Dread Report for 1/15

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This week in Blu-ray releases belongs to Tom Cruise and Arrow Video. Blue Underground makes a nice, exploitative showing too.

BTW, there are only 10 days until Christmas! Oh, joy.

*Be sure to click the pics to order yourself some flicks.
With the IMF disbanded, and Ethan (Tom Cruise) out in the cold, the team now faces off against a network of highly skilled special agents, the Syndicate. These highly trained operatives are hellbent on creating a new world order through an escalating series of terrorist attacks. Ethan gathers his team and joins forces with disavowed British agent Ilsa Faust (Rebecca Ferguson), who may or may not be a member of this rogue nation, as the group faces their most impossible mission yet.

One of the best and most action-packed movies of 2015, Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation hits Blu-ray today... and yes, it's a big deal. Mainly because we like action flicks, and Tom Cruise does them better than most; he hung himself off of a plane as it was taking off in this one, and honestly, it's worth watching the movie for that scene alone. And the underwater scene. And the car chase scene.

Alright, the whole movie is great.

Blu-ray is the best way to see Rogue Nation, but it's worth a rental at the very least.

  • Audio Commentary by Tom Cruise and director/screenwriter Christopher McQuarrie.
  • Lighting the Fuse.
  • Cruise Control.
  • Heroes.
  • Cruising Altitude.
  • Mission: Immersible.
  • Sand Theft Auto.
  • The Missions Continue.
Todd and Terry seem like sweet kids - that is, until one of them takes an axe to face of a fellow patron at the local drive-in. Todd is blamed for the bloody crime and institutionalised, whilst twin brother Terry goes free. Ten years later and, as the family gathers around the table for a Thanksgiving meal, the news comes in that Todd has escaped - and he's heading their way. But has the killer twin in fact been in their midst all along? One thing's for sure, there WILL be blood...

The first of two Arrow Video U.S.releases this week is an obscure Slasher flick that was made in 1983 during the height of the Slasher craze, released in 1987, and centers around Thanksgiving, which in and of itself makes it a rarity. The Thanksgiving part, that is, because we're pretty sure that Blood Rage is the only Slasher flick set on that day. We could be wrong though.

Either way, we're excited to see what Arrow has done with this release, and we will be adding it to our collection post haste.

  • Brand new 2K restoration from original vault materials of three versions of the film: Blood Rage, the original "hard" version, completely uncut and uncensored in a Blu-ray/DVD world premiere; the R-rated Nightmare at Shadow Woods 1987 re-cut, and a third "composite" cut combining all the footage from both Blood Rage and Nightmare at Shadow Woods.
  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentations.
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing.
  • Brand new extensive making-of documentary featuring interviews with various cast and crew
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly-commissioned artwork from Marc Schoenbach, to be revealed.
  • Fully-illustrated collector's booklet featuring new writing on the film.
A sexually sadistic killer is preying on the girls of St. Mary’s school. Student Elizabeth witnessed one of the murders, but her hazy recollections of a knife-wielding figure in black do nothing to further the police’s investigations. Why is the killer choosing these young women? And what does it have to do with a girl named Solange?

One of the best Gialli films to come out of the 70's, What Have You Done to Solange? is another Must Own Arrow release for us. Equal parts nasty, sleazy, and goofy (as many Italian Horror movies from that era were), this is true gem that is as heavy on the slasher aspects as it is its mystery aspects.

Unfortunately for our wallets, we'll be grabbing this one too with our next Amazon order.

• Brand new 2K restoration of the film from the original camera negative.
• High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentations.
• Original Italian and English soundtracks in mono audio (uncompressed PCM on the Blu-ray.)
• Newly translated subtitles for the Italian soundtrack.
• Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing for the English soundtrack.
• Brand new audio commentary with critics Alan Jones and Kim Newman.
• Newly filmed cast interviews.
• Original Theatrical Trailer.
• Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by MALLEUS.
• Booklet featuring brand new writing on the film, illustrated with original stills.

There are some intriguing titles down here at the bottom of the order this week, with The Last Horror Film probably being the one we covet the most. 

  • The Dungeonmaster/Eliminators 2-Pack from Scream Factory is no doubt going to be a lot of cheesy B-Grade fun.
  • Blue Underground's releases of Eugenie and Justine are sure to satisfy fans of Exploitation movies of decades gone by.
  • For those of you who don't already own all 5 Mission: Impossible movies, they've all been gathered in one handy Blu-ray package for you. They're all pretty great action flicks in their own ways, especially the latter two.
  • One of the worst movies of the year, Fantastic Four begs to be watched as nothing more than Bad Movie Club material. Proceed with caution though.
  • The Last Horror Film stars the classic Scream Queen Caroline Munroe, and the ever-excellent Joe Spinell, in a sleazy little Horror Comedy that is well worth a look.
  • Scream Factory gives us two more beloved B-Horror flicks with The Car and Zombie High, both of which are entertaining for what they are. 
  • And everything else, as always, is a crap-shoot.


  1. There was at least one other Thanksgiving slasher in the early '80's with the Body by Jake guy in it:

    It's fun for all the wrong reasons.

  2. OK, just saying, I didn't even finish the last MI: movie.
    Pretty much Brad Birds Ghost Protocol set the bar into the
    stratosphere, and it will be hard to ever be beat.

    1. Ghost Protocol was 5/5 for us too. We did like Rogue Nation just about as much though.