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BLU-RAY / MOVIE REVIEW: Island of Death

Island of Death is a hard movie to review. On one hand, I hated the damn thing, but on the other hand, the Blu-ray from Arrow Video is fantastic. The movie is filled to the brim with gross, over the top scenes of bestiality, brutality, rape, and a story that is beyond pointless. However, the disc is filled with special features, that will keep this in the player for hours on end, but it all comes down to whether you like the movie or not. For me, I did not, but opinions are just that... butt-holes.

PRESS RELEASE: Arrow Video US to release Requiescant and Mutilator in September


New from Arrow Video US
Requiescant (September 22)  and The Mutilator(September 29) 
via MVD Entertainment Group
     
MVD Entertainment Group furthers the distribution of Arrow Video in the US with a strong schedule of new titles for September...

Requiescant - Dual Format DVD & Blu-ray - ORDER HERE

Directed by Carlo Lizzani (Wake Up and Kill, The Hills Run Red) and with a superb soundtrack by Riz Ortolani (Day of Anger, Cannibal Holocaust), Requiescant - Latin for 'Rest in Peace' - ranks among the finest Spaghetti Westerns. Alex Cox named it the "one film to prove that the Italian Western was not solely Sergio Leone's". Lou Castel (Fists in the Pocket, A Bullet for General) plays a young man who was raised to be a pacifist by a travelling preacher after Confederates massacred his family. But when his step-sister runs away, the pursuit reveals a natural talent as a sharp-shooter as well as a bloody and unexpected confrontation with his past. Joining Castel are an impressive array of performers, including Mark Damon (Black Sabbath, The Fall of the House of Usher) as the sadistic aristocratic villain, Franco Citti (Accattone, The Godfather) as his henchman, and the great Italian filmmaker Pier Paolo Pasolini (Salò) in a rare acting role as a revolutionary priest.

Bonus Materials
- Brand new 2K restoration of the film from the original camera negative
- High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentations
- Optional English and Italian soundtracks in uncompressed PCM mono audio
- Newly translated English subtitles for the Italian soundtrack
- Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing for the English soundtrack
- An all-new interview with Lou Castel, recorded exclusively for this release
- Archive interview with director Carlo Lizzani
- Theatrical Trailer
- Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Gilles Vranckx
- Illustrated collector's booklet containing new writing on the film by Pasquale Iannone

Product Details
Format: BLU-RAY
SKU: AV022
UPC: 760137776093
Street Date: 09/22/15
PreBook Date: 08/18/15
Label: Arrow Video »
Genre: Western
Run Time: 106 mins
Number of Discs: 2
Audio: MONO
Year of Production: 1967
Director: Carlo Lizzani
Actors: Lou Castel, Mark Damon and Pier Paolo Pasolini
Box Lot: 30
Territory: US
Language: English / Italian
SRP: $39.95

The Mutilator - Dual Format DVD & Blu-ray - ORDER HERE

Although the slasher film was in decline by the mid-1980s, there were still some grisly delights to be had... and they don't come much grislier than writer-director Buddy Cooper's sickening stalk-and-slash classic The Mutilator! When Ed receives a message from his father asking him to go and lock up the family's beach condo for the winter, it seems like the perfect excuse for an alcohol-fuelled few days away with his friends. After all, his dad has forgiven him for accidentally blowing mom away with a shotgun several years ago... hasn't he? But no sooner are the teens on the island than they find themselves stalked by a figure with an axe (and a hook, and an onboard motor) to grind... Originally entitled Fall Break (watch out for the incongruous theme song of the same name!), The Mutilator has earned a reputation amongst horror fans as one of the 'holy grails' of 80s splatter mayhem due to its highly inventive (and not to say, decidedly gruesome) kill sequences, courtesy of FX wizard Mark Shostrom (Videodrome, Evil Dead II). Finally making its long-awaited bow in High-Definition, The Mutilator has returned to terrorise a whole new generation of horror fans!

Bonus Materials
- Brand new 2K restoration from original vault materials of the R-rated and Unrated versions of the film
- High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentations
- Original mono audio (uncompressed PCM on the Blu-ray)
- Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
- Brand new interviews with cast and crew
- Reversible sleeve featuring original artwork to be revealed
- Fully-illustrated collector's booklet featuring new writing on the film alongside archive articles from Fangoria magazine
- PLUS MORE TO BE ANNOUNCED!

Product Details
Format: BLU-RAY
SKU: AV023
UPC: 760137775997
Street Date: 09/29/15
PreBook Date: 08/25/15
Label: Arrow Video »
Genre: Horror
Run Time: 86 mins
Number of Discs: 2
Audio: MONO
Year of Production: 1985
Director: Buddy Cooper
Actors: Matt Mitler, Ruth Martinez, Bill Hitchcock
Box Lot: 30
Territory: US
Language: English
SRP: $39.95

PRESS RELEASE: Scream Factory Presents Metamorphosis & Beyond Darkness on Blu-ray August 25


Presents

Metamorphosis & Beyond Darkness
On Blu-ray August 25, 2015

A double feature of insane Italian horror awaits you… On August 25, 2015, Scream Factory proudly presents Metamorphosis and Beyond Darkness, two tales of scary supernatural shenanigans both on Blu-ray for the first time!

First up is the science-fiction/horror of Metamorphosis! When his experiments in genetics are mocked by his colleagues, maverick scientist Dr. Peter Houseman takes extreme measures to prove that his untested anti-aging serum works. Injecting himself with his miracle cure, he soon experiences a terrifying change within himself that threatens not only the lives of those around him, but also his own sanity. From cult cinema mainstay George Eastman, Metamorphosis proves that nightmares may change, but fear is forever!

Next, take a terrifying trip into a world beyond fear, beyond belief… Beyond Darkness. When a man of God and his loving family move into a new house, they think they’ve found the perfect home…until they discover that their new digs were once the location where a coven of witches were burned at the stake! It’s only a matter of time before the radio starts blaring satanic chants and the cutlery takes on a mind of its own. Will the awakened evil in this house have its final revenge, or can a plucky priest fend off what lurks Beyond Darkness? This tale of terror comes from Claudio Fragasso, the director of Troll 2 (so you KNOW it’s good!).

DVD / MOVIE REVIEW: Beneath


You gotta love it when a movie decides to slap on the ol' "Inspired by True Events" tagline. Usually it's actually just a tiny bit of the story and even then it's stretched and distorted to fit the type of tale the people want you to see. In Beneath's case, it's using the basis of some supposed 19 miners that went missing in Deer Canyon Tunnel. Whether that's all true or not is not the point of Beneath, but just acts as kind of a side plot in a movie that is more about the scariness of mining, the claustrophobic nightmare it can be and a smattering of the supernatural, of which that is either real or all in their heads. I can't say for sure about what I think happened in the movie and I won't spoil it for anyone either, so with that said, let's get on with this review...

PRESS RELEASE: Nomads Comes to Blu-ray August 18th from Scream Factory


Scream Factory Presents
Nomads
On Blu-ray August 18, 2015 

Starring Pierce Brosnan, Lesley-Anne Down

If you’ve never been frightened by anything, you’ll be frightened by this! Scream Factory presents Nomads, the chilling tale of supernatural evil, in its Blu-ray debut on August 18, 2015, complete with new bonus feature interviews.

Lesley-Anne Down (Sphinx, Death Wish V) "gives a riveting... performance" (L.A. Weekly) and Pierce Brosnan (GoldenEye, The November Man) is top-notch in "the most stylish supernatural-themed chiller... since Carrie" (Variety)! Also starring Adam Ant (Slam Dance), Mary Woronov (Death Race 2000) and Frank Doubleday (Escape from New York) and written and directed by John McTiernan (Predator, Die Hard, The Hunt for Red October), Nomads is a "chiller thriller [that's] brimming with menace and suspense" (Judith Crist)!

They creep. They kill... and no one knows who they are or where they came from. But when these rootless, demonic spirits descend on a determined doctor, all hell breaks loose. Bitten by a dying madman named Jean Pommier (Brosnan), Dr. Eileen Flax (Down) becomes the vessel for his turbulent and insane thoughts. Thrust into his last days, she is shocked to discover the existence of mysterious and murderous demons on a quest for destruction... and begins her own quest to somehow stop them before she joins Pommier in his horrifying fate!

Special Features:
  • New interviews with actress Lesley-Anne Down and composer Bill Conti
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Radio Spot
  • Still Gallery