March 1, 2016

Blu-ray & DVD: The Digital Dread Report for 3/1

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Some classic 80's Exploitation; the final adventures of Stonebridge and Scott; a Home Invasion flick with a twist; and the latest in the new trend of Tech Terror flicks... this is The Digital Dread Report for 3/1!

It's all about Pieces for us this week, although Strike Back, The Fall, and The Sinful Dwarf are equally compelling to us.

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"A psychopathic killer stalks a Boston campus, brutally slaughtering nubile young college co-eds, collecting body parts from each victim to create the likeness of his mother who he savagely murdered with an axe when he was ten years old! Pieces is a wild, unrated gorefest, with enough splatter and sleaze to shock the most jaded horror fan."

Grindhouse Releasing has been on a tear lately, with their awesome Blu-ray releases of The Beyond, Cannibal Ferox, and Cannibal Holocaust, and so we're dying to get our hands on this Guilty Pleasure of the highest magnitude.

Pieces is a perfect slice of 80's Horror; it's got that creepy 80's Slasher flick vibe, it's bloody, it's exploitative, it makes absolutely no sense, the dubbing and dialogue are laughable ("Hey, that's my Kung Fu Professor!"), the acting isn't much better, and it's got the usual "What in the hell was that?!?" ending that was so prevalent in that era, s basically, it's awesome.

Feel free to read our review of Pieces (the movie, not the Blu-ray) below for our full breakdown. Oh, and then add this one to your shopping carts on Amazon.... although it already looks like it's back-ordered.  It's going to be good.

Special Features:

  • Two complete versions of this shocking gore classic:
    • Pieces (83 min.) – The original, unrated U.S. theatrical version, presented in English
    • Mil Gritos Tiene la Noche (86 min.) – The original uncensored director's cut, presented in Spanish with original score by Librado Pastor
  • Spectacular new 4K transfers, scanned from the original camera negative
  • Brand new audio commentary by star Jack Taylor
  • Special 5.1 audio option – The Vine Theater Experience!
  • In-depth interviews with director Juan Piquer Simón and genre superstar Paul L. Smith
  • 42nd Street Memories – All-new feature-length documentary containing interviews with Bill Lustig, Larry Cohen, Frank Henenlotter, Buddy Giovinazzo, Jeff Lieberman, John Skipp, Lynn Lowry, Terry Levene, and many other exploitation icons
  • Extensive gallery of stills and poster art
  • Exhaustive filmographies
  • Liner notes by legendary horrors journalists Chas. Balun and Rick Sullivan
  • Bonus CD – Original soundtrack, newly remastered from the original studio tapes
  • Beautiful embossed slipcover
  • First 3000 units include an actual jigsaw puzzle! Strictly limited to 3000 units!
  • And MORE

"In the fourth and final season, Stonebridge and Scott face their biggest assignment yet: a global threat involving a ruthless network of international terrorists. Scott, Stonebridge and their S20 colleagues Philip Locke (Robson Green), Julia Richmond (Michelle Lukes) and Kim Martinez (Milauna Jackson) try to crack a missing-persons case in Bangkok. But what's on the surface is only the first step in a massive terrorist plot."

Strike Back may have started out as a six-episode TV show in England, but it wasn't until Cinemax stepped in and joined the production party that it became the violent, humorous, kick-ass TV show that we know and love.

With as few truly great TV shows as there are on the air these days, it's really sad that Strike Back is over, as it's one of those shows that deserves a larger audience. I personally own all of the seasons on Blu-ray, and it's one that I'll be happy to go back and re-visit on a regular basis.

If you love action flicks, you should definitely give it a look too, starting with Season 1 of course.

"Anna suffers from agoraphobia so crippling that when a trio of criminals break into her house, she cannot bring herself to flee. But what the intruders don't realize is that agoraphobia is not her only psychosis."

We really liked Intruders, and the way that it twisted and turned and ended up feeling like a different kind of Home Invasion Thriller. The cast is great, and the characters that they're given to play were all interesting and felt like real people, which always makes things better. We wish that more movies of its kind were executed as well as this one was, even if it wasn't a perfect movie.

Check out our review for the full breakdown.

"Emma, a graduate student living alone in NYC, is being watched by a stalker who hacks into the technology that surrounds her - laptop, cell phone, and other web connected devices. This obsession continues to grow as the hacker records Emma's most intimate moments. When the thrill of watching isn't enough, the situation escalates to a dangerous and terrifying level."

We're already tired of the trend that has filmmakers integrating modern technology into Horror movies, and Found Footage has more than worn out its welcome by now, so we're not really sure why we want to see Ratter, but it looks promising.

We're giving it a go, and hoping for the best. 

There are just as many solid releases down here in the bottom half this week as there are up at the top, so hooray for variety!

  • The Boy was solid Thriller, even if it dragged in places. Read our review HERE.
  • Cop is an awesome 80's Crime Thriller that has one of the best movie endings that we've ever seen. James Woods is awesome in this one.
  • Creed was really good, but I honestly thought it was be way better. A great watch though. 
  • The Fall is an excellent Irish TV show that boasts a perfect performance form Gillian Anderson. If you like creepy Crime Thrillers in the vein of The Killing, Broadchurch, or Luther, then you have to check this one out.
  • Sex slavery, heroin, rape, torture, The Sinful Dwarf is just about as depraved as 70's flicks come. It's a one-of-a-kind oddity that isn't for everyone, that's for sure.
  • There are also a bunch of titles being re-released this week in 4K versions. If we didn't own Fury Road and The Martian already, we'd probably but these new 4K versions.
  • Kill or Be Killed and Home both look promising enough, but are low-budget, so we're tempering our expectations.
  • And as always, everything else is a crap-shoot. Good luck.

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