March 29, 2016

Blu-ray & DVD: The Digital Dread Report for 3/29

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The last stand of Sheriff Lucas Hood; an underrated Slasher flick from the start of the new millennium; a pair of 70's Cult Classics from Scream Factory; and Tarantino's latest epic(?)... There's no shortage of quality titles hitting Blu-ray shelves in this last week of March

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"A recently paroled master thief assumes the identity of Sheriff Lucas Hood in Banshee, Pa., where his former lover and partner in crime relocated years ago and reinvented herself as Carrie Hopewell, the wife of the town's prosecutor. As Lucas attempts to reunite with Carrie and keep his past a secret, he resumes his life of crime, even as he's hunted by the shadowy gangsters he betrayed years earlier, including a mob boss who seeks revenge against Lucas and Carrie for the jewel heist that landed Lucas in prison."

Over the past three years, Banshee has been one of the most enjoyable shows on TV. Sure, you could easily dismiss it as being a trashy, exploitative, B-grade type of a show, but then you'd be missing the point; it's supposed to be trashy and exploitative! Banshee is also a solid drama filled with cool characters played by extremely likable actors too, so in the end, it's a perfect mix of quality drama and exploitative fun.

Banshee's final season starts this Friday on Cinemax, and as sad as we are to see it go, we'll at least get to watch it again on Blu-ray when the mood strikes us. This is a day one purchase for us.

  • The Heist: Get a unique perspective on "The Heist" from episode 7 in this multi-camera, interactive feature.
  • Making of the Episode 2 Title Sequence: View the different layers that went into the making of the second episode's unique title sequence.
  • Banshee Origins: Find out the story before the story with eight prequel videos featuring the cast of Banshee.
  • Banshee Origins Saga: Explore the lives of Lucas, Carrie, Job and more before they made their way to Banshee in this two-part feature.
  • Burton vs Nola Camera Movement: Learn how this epic fight scene was filmed.
  • Burton vs Nola Stunts: Get a behind the scenes look at how the Banshee action comes together.
  • Genoa Rehearsal: Watch as the gang runs through this season's final showdown.
  • Zoomed In, Episodes 1-8 & 10: Go on the set with the cast to see how key, adrenaline filled scenes were created.
  • Deleted Scenes.
  • Sins Promo.
  • Episode Recaps.
  • Audio Commentaries with Cast & Crew.
"Cherry Falls will leave you wondering if you should giggle or scream for help. A fiendish take on the teen thriller genre, where there's a method to a killer's madness, and only one naughty way to insure you're not the next victim. Dark secrets, darker motivations, and the blackest humor ever run wild in this send-up of horror films, where it's not always the innocent who survive."

We were hoping to have our review of this early 2000's gem up by its release today, but our end of the month craziness has put us a day behind on everything, so probably tomorrow for that. Bottom line though is that Cherry Falls is a different kind of Teen Terror flick that shows exactly why Brittany Murphy was such a talent. It could have pushed the envelope a bit more, but as it stands, it's a pretty effective Slasher.

With this Blu-ray, Scream Factory has given us another obscure title from days gone by that is definitely worth checking out.

  • Audio Commentary with director Geoffrey Wright.
  • Lose it or Die: The Untold Story of Cherry Falls- interviews with writer and Co-Executive Producer Ken Selden and producer Marshall Persinger.
  • Cherry Falls Deputy Mina – an interview with Amanda Anka.
  • Vintage Interviews with Brittany Murphy, Michael Biehn, Jay Mohr and director Geoffrey Wright.
  • Behind-the-Scenes footage.
  • Original Script.
  • Theatrical Trailer.
"A pair of horror's most famous authors – Edgar Allan Poe and H.P. Lovecraft – provide the inspiration for a most diabolical double feature."

Another title from Scream Factory, this 2-Pack interests us primarily because of The Dunwich Horror; sadly, there aren't a lot of great movies out there that are based on the work of H.P. Lovecraft, so this movie and all of its Miskatonic, Necronomicon, and Old Ones flavor has always been a cult fave of ours. As for the "not as good" Murders in the Rue Morgue, we'll just take that one as a bonus.

Special Features:

    • Audio Commentary With Author And Film Historian Steve Haberman.
    • Stage Tricks & Screen Frights Featurette.
    • Theatrical Trailer.
    • Audio Commentary With Author And Film Historian Steve Haberman.
    • Theatrical Trailer.

  • Archer is awesome, and is always on our Must Own list when a new season hits Blu-ray.
  • Exposed was underwhelming. John Wick was a way better Keanu flick.
  • The Hateful Eight wasn't as good as we expected it to be, especially in its early-going, but the back half was pretty strong, and it was pretty good overall. Not Tarantino's best by a long shot, but definitely worth a watch, if his flicks are your thing.
  • Humans was a way-better-than-average TV Show that might not have garnered the ratings numbers that it deserved when it aired last Summer, but makes for perfect Binge Watch material now that it's on Blu-ray.
  • A new MST3K set is always gold. Always. The fact that this new set includes Deathstalker makes it even more of a Must Own for us. "I dreamed a gold man was reading to me from a dirty book.” So classic.
  • And everything else, as always, is a crap-shoot.

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