May 24, 2016

Blu-ray & DVD: The Digital Dread Report for 5/24!

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2 brilliant 80's Classics; two obscure 70's Gialli in one handy 2-Pack; another Blu-ray batch of MST3K goodness; and an ice cream truck driver with an unhealthy obsession... this week's releases make us all kinds of happy. On the inside.

So let's check out this week's New Releases below, and be sure to click the pics to order yourself some flicks!
"Former FBI profiler Will Graham (William Petersen, To Live and Die in L.A., CSI: Crime Scene Investigation) reluctantly returns to his old job to track a horrific serial killer known as "The Tooth Fairy." But in order to get into the mind of this maniac, Graham must face another: Hannibal Lecktor (Brian Cox, X-Men 2, RED), the imprisoned psychiatrist whose own insanity almost cost Graham his life… and whose insights into "The Tooth Fairy" could prove as dangerous as the killer himself."

Manhunter has always been one of our favorite movies (we love Michael Mann), and we've been dying for it to be available in a Blu-ray version that does it justice... and now thanks to Scream Factory, it's finally happening!

Five years before Anthony Hopkins blew audiences away with his portrayal of Hannibal Lecter in the brilliant Silence of the Lambs, there was Manhunter; the tale of FBI agent Will Graham's battle against The Tooth Fairy. And yes, Hannibal was there too.

William Peterson is perfect as Will Graham, and Brian Cox does an admirable job as Hannibal (even though he's not on-screen very much, and Anthony Hopkins did it better), but the best thing about Manhunter is that it's every bit as slick and stylish as it is intense and disturbing.

This is a DAY ONE purchase for us, and it should be for you too.

Bonus Features:

    DISC 1: Theatrical Version (HD)
  • NEW The Mind Of Madness – An Interview With William Petersen.
  • NEW Courting A Killer – An interview With Actress Joan Allen.
  • NEW Francis Is Gone Forever – An Interview With Actor Tom Noonan.
  • NEW The First Lecktor – An Interview With Actor Brian Cox.
  • NEW The Eye Of The Storm – An Interview With Director Of Photography Dante Spinotti.
  • NEW The Music Of MANHUNTER – Including Interviews With Composer Michel Rubini, Barry .Andrews (Shriekback), Gary Putman (The Prime Movers), Rick Shaffer (The Reds) And Gene Stashuk (Red 7.)
  • Theatrical Trailer.
  • Still Gallery.

    DISC 2: Director’s Cut (HD With Standard Definition Inserts)
  • Audio Commentary By Writer/Director Michael Mann.
  • Director’s Cut (Standard Definition).
  • The Manhunter Look - A Conversation With Cinematographer Dante Spinotti.
  • Inside Manhunter With Stars William Petersen, Joan Allen, Brian Cox And Tom Noonan.

"Ward and June Cleaver have nothing on suburban couple Ray and Carol Peterson (Tom Hanks and Carrie Fisher). Together with their perfect son, Ray and Carol are so clean that they squeak. Thus, when new neighbors Dr. Werner Klopek (Henry Gibson), Uncle Reuben (Brother Theodore), and Hans (Courtney Gains) begin evincing bizarre behavior, Ray is slightly put out. Carol thinks that Ray is getting all worked up over nothing. Ray and his fellow suburbanites endure all sorts of slapstick misadventures in the vain hope of getting "the goods" on the newcomers."

This is most likely going to be a bare-bones release, but The Burbs is such a great 80's Horror Comedy that we don't care all that much about Special Features. Tom Hanks; the late, great, Rick Ducommun; Corey Feldman; Bruce Dern; Courtney Gains; Carrie Fisher... they're all in top comedic form here, and if there's one Horror Comedy from our childhood that always puts a smile on our faces, it's this one.

Another Day One purchase for us.

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  • Bad Influence was a slick 80's Thriller that saw James Spader face off against a psychotic Rob Lowe. It's like a creepy Brat-Pack movie.
  • The Finest Hours was pretty good, if you're in the mood for some Family-Friendly Disney-style thrills, and heart-warming heroism.
  • The Killer Dames Collection from Arrow Video is on that we'd like to check out. We've never seen either of the movies in the pack, but we're suckers for classic Gialli flicks, and both The Night Evelyn Came Out of the Grave and The Red Queen Kills Seven Times are heralded as lost classics of Italian Horror Cinema, so this set is awful enticing. The price is a bit steep at $49.99 (most Arrow releases tend to be higher in price), but for lovers of 70's Giallo flicks, it's probably more than worth it.
  • ANY MST3K release is worth a buy in our opinion, especially now that they're releasing their Boxed Sets on Blu-ray. Gotta have it.

  • Chocolate, Strawberry, Vanilla is an Australian Thriller that looks just dark and twisted enough for us to check out.
  • And everything else, as always, is a crap-shoot.

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