David Cronenberg is sending us SHIVERS in HD!
  • Sep 30
  • David Cronenberg is sending us SHIVERS in HD!
  • Posted by Dorrystavern - 30/09/14 at 06:03 PM

Arrow Video is set to release David Cronenberg’s debut 1975 feature, Shivers, one of the most controversial and ground-breaking horror films ever to escape from the wilds of Canada. Drawing influences from works as diverse as Night of the Living Dead (1968), J.G. Ballard’s novel High-Rise (1975) and Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956), Shivers will be available on Blu-ray & DVD and as an exclusive Blu-ray Steelbook from 13th October

The film follows the chilling story of a modern apartment complex overrun by a sexually transmitted parasite that insidiously spreads throughout the building’s population, turning the tenants into sex-obsessed zombie-like killers. This new release boasts a host of exciting features including a brand new documentary, Parasite Memories, which features interviews with stars Barbara Steele, Allan Kolman and Lynn Lowry, special effects genius Joe Blasco and film critic Kier-La Janisse.

Synopsis: Starliner Island is an idyllic community. Cut off from the rest of the world, the luxury apartment block affords its occupants the chance to escape from the hustle and bustle of the big city. But this isolation is to prove fatal when a new breed of parasite – a combination of aphrodisiac and venereal disease which arouses sexual aggression in its hosts – is let loose in the building, resulting in an orgy terror and mayhem.

Shivers Trailer

Arrow Films Website

THE VISITOR knocks on the door of High Definition
  • Sep 29
  • THE VISITOR knocks on the door of High Definition
  • Posted by Dorrystavern - 29/09/14 at 03:00 PM

Arrow Video is thrilled to announce the release of the 1979 B-movie sci-fi/horror mash-up The Visitor, available on Blu-ray & DVD from 6th October. A bizarre blend of The Exorcist, The Omen and Close Encounters of the Third Kind, The Visitor was criticised and humorously dubbed ‘a turkey made of cement’, yet it has recently gone on to become something of a cult classic in its own right. The Visitor combines stunning imagery, incredible set-pieces alongside a truly jaw-dropping cast list which includes John Huston, Mel Ferrer, Shelley Winters and Franco Nero appearing as Jesus! That's right. Jesus.

The Visitor is the ultimate experience in B-movie madness from Ovidio G. Assonitis, producer extraordinaire and director of such deliciously guilty pleasures as Beyond the Door and Tentacles. Described by various sources as “one of the most mind-altering cinematic experiences of the 1970s” and “the Mount Everest of insane ‘70s Italian movies”, The Visitor brings together an astonishing ensemble cast in a hallucinatory intergalactic tale of a demonic little girl and her pet hawk.

Synopsis: At first glance, Katy Collins is just like any other normal 8-year-old girl – but appearances can dangerously deceptive. As it turns out, Katy is the Earthly incarnation of an ancient evil by the name of Sateen – an intergalactic supernatural entity who was vanquished many light years ago. Katy possesses tremendous powers making her capable of great destruction – powers which some are keen to eradicate, and some to harness…

HERO OF SHAOLIN dubsteps out on DVD
  • Sep 29
  • HERO OF SHAOLIN dubsteps out on DVD
  • Posted by Dorrystavern - 29/09/14 at 02:30 PM

I know what you're thinking. Not the old 'fearless kung fu monks battle ninjas to deliver a sacred transcript' storyline again! A heady dose of monks vs. ninjas, what's not to love? The 80s kung fu classic returns to UK audiences next month in its old school English dubbed incarnation. So get the beers on standby and revel in the delights of 80s video cool.

Directed by Cheung Kei and Dai Che, and starring Alexander Lo Rei (Wu Tang vs. Ninja, Shaolin vs. Ninja, Shaolin vs. Lama, Shaolin Dolemite, Mafia vs. Ninja, Ninja in the USA) and Eagle Han Yin (The 36th Chamber: The Final Encounter, Revenge of the Drunken Master), Hero of Shaolin (a.k.a. Ninja vs. Shaolin Guard) comes to DVD in the UK on November 10, 2014 courtesy of Terracotta Distribution.

Synopsis: A troop of monks from the Shaolin Temple embark on a mission to get the Golden Sutra to Tibet after the Shaolin Abbot is killed by their traitorous teacher. They are joined on their quest by a beautiful female warrior, out to avenge her father's death. They traverse forests and mountains on their mission, all the while fighting off deadly ninja assassins, vicious gangsters and even the undead.

Hero of Shaolin Footage

Terracotta Distribution Website

It’s all about the money in FOR THE EMPEROR
  • Sep 28
  • It’s all about the money in FOR THE EMPEROR
  • Posted by Dorrystavern - 28/09/14 at 08:44 AM

This might sound like yet another costume drama but fear not, only the strongest becomes the Emperor. Directed by Park Sang Joon (Bank Attack), the gritty crime action thriller, For the Emperor, brings audiences into the dangerous world of illegal money lending. It's yours to own from October 09, 2014 on Hong Kong DVD and Blu-ray. The film comes with English subtitles, of course, and judging by the bone-crunching trailer, could well be the action fix we're looking for. If you can't wait that long there is also a Korean version on sale six days earlier, but you'll have to pay out a little more if you want to get that version. Check out the trailer below, it's worth it just to see that white dress.

Synopsis: Former baseball player Yi Hwan (Lee Min Ki, Monster) lost everything over match fixing. At his lowest point, he meets loan shark Sang Ha (Park Sung Woong, New World), who sits atop a crime empire. Sang Ha takes Yi Hwan under his wings and into his organization, where Yi Hwan quickly rises to the top of the ranks with his fists. Yi Hwan falls in love with bar owner Yeon Soo (Lee Tae Im, Days of Wrath) but when she mysteriously disappears, Yi Hwan suspects Sang Ha has something to do with it.

New poster and trailer for 25 NIJYU-GO
  • Sep 26
  • New poster and trailer for 25 NIJYU-GO
  • Posted by Deljhp - 26/09/14 at 04:47 PM

Toei's V-Cinema (straight to video) line began way back in 1989 with ‘Crime Hunter’ and has since produced countless cult action, yakuza, horror and exploitation hits such as; ‘Lady Battle Cop’ (1990), ‘The Fighting King’ and ‘Ju-on: The Grudge’ and now its celebrating it's 25th anniversary theatrical film to mark the event. 25 Nijyu-Go (aka 25 Twenty-Five) will star the king of V-Cinema, Show Aikawa and as one would expect, it looks like to be a riot of exploitationist violence (hoorah) and opens in Japan...November 1.

 

 

25 trailer

Official site

GUN WOMAN shoots to kill on UK DVD
  • Sep 24
  • GUN WOMAN shoots to kill on UK DVD
  • Posted by Dorrystavern - 24/09/14 at 09:09 AM

Asami is back in action. Our favourite low-budget action heroine takes the lead in Kurando Mitsutake's exploitation movie, Gun Woman. Following scene-stealing performances in Dead Sushi, The Machine Girl, Rape Zombie 1, 2 & 3, and Zombie Ass: Toilet of the Dead, everybody's favourite award-winning Japanese model, actress and former AV Idol, will be appearing alongside Kairi Narita and Noriaki Kamata in this epic revenge thriller.

Check out the trailer below to see if it's missing anything. We're pretty sure they've got all bases covered. Asami has already kicked up a storm in the U.S. and UK viewers will be pleased to learn that Gun Woman is set for a DVD release date of December 29, 2014. What a way to see in the New Year.

Synopsis: Gun Woman follows a Japanese doctor who vows revenge on a crazy sadistic killer after the man murdered his loving wife. Despite the maximum security that surrounds this billionaire, the doctor finds a perfect assassination plan when he turns a young Japanese woman into the most lethal assassin the world has ever seen. This outrageous plan - his only chance for revenge - will take place at an underground facility where the killer goes to fulfil his sexual fetishes. On the night before the plan is to be executed, the woman assassin is "completed" by the doctor. She is now.. Gun Woman.

A MAN-HOLE lot more to see in two new trailers
  • Sep 24
  • A MAN-HOLE lot more to see in two new trailers
  • Posted by Dorrystavern - 24/09/14 at 08:44 AM

Just a quick update on Manhole, a new Korean thriller we first mentioned two weeks ago. At the time we were able to post the first teaser trailer, but alas, it had no subtitles. Well now we have a very brief teaser trailer with English subtitles and a longer trailer without. Enjoy.

Filming for the new South Korean thriller, Manhole, finished on March 31, 2014. A young girl (Kim Sae-Ron) is kidnapped by a serial killer (Jung Kyoung-Ho), a vicious murderer who uses manholes to kidnap and kill his victims. However, he hadn't counted on the young girl's older sister (Jung Yu-Mi) trying to save her.

In the words of Dr. Ian Malcolm, "Then later there's running and screaming." Manhole is directed by Shin Jae-Young, with a release date set for this October back home. We'll keep you posted on DVD and Blu-ray news as and when we get it.

 

 

English Subtitled Teaser 

Extended Manhole Trailer

AS THE LIGHT GOES OUT arrives Stateside
  • Sep 22
  • AS THE LIGHT GOES OUT arrives Stateside
  • Posted by Deljhp - 22/09/14 at 07:26 PM

A team of dedicated Hong Kong fire-fighters battle an out-of-control blaze that threatens to plunge the city into catastrophic darkness! Yes HK disaster flick, As The Light Goes Out is blazing (ehem) onto US Blu-ray and DVD.

Written and directed by Derek Kwok (Journey to the West), the action-packed suspense disaster flick stars Nicholas Tse (Shaolin, The Stool Pigeon), Shawn Yue (The Guillotines, Infernal Affairs trilogy), Simon Yam (Ip Man, Election), Hu Jun (Firestorm, Let the Bullets Fly), William Chan (Triad), Bai Bing (The Viral Factor, Shaolin), Andy On (Special ID, White Vengeance) and a cameo by the legendary Jackie Chan (Rush Hour franchise).

As The Light Goes Out, goes; digital, DVD and Blu...Nov. 18, from Well Go USA Entertainment.

Synopsis: It's Christmas Eve in Hong Kong, and while the residents prepare to celebrate, a dedicated band of brothers - the fire-fighters of Pillar Point Division (Nicholas Tse, Shawn Yue, Andy On) – are dispatched to a warehouse fire. What they find there first plunges the city into darkness, then threatens a far worse fate for them all. When every move could mean sudden death, the bonds between the men are tested, and dangerous truths uncovered. Will they be able to trust each other enough to make it through the night, saving themselves and the city they've sworn to protect?

As The Light Goes Out trailer

JOE: DVD review
  • Sep 19
  • JOE: DVD review
  • Posted by Dorrystavern - 19/09/14 at 12:32 PM

I can see the headlines now, 'Nicolas Cage in good film shocker!' It's about time too. Knowing, Season of the Witch, Bangkok Dangerous - the taxman sure has a lot to answer for. I haven't enjoyed a Nicolas Cage movie this much since 2005's Lord of War, though parts of me still have a thing for Drive Angry. That might have more to do with Amber Heard than anything else, mind.

A gripping blend of friendship, violence and redemption erupts in the backwoods of the South. Welcome to Joe, a gritty adaptation of Larry Brown's celebrated novel. Directed by David Gordon Green, who is now forgiven for inflicting Your Highness and The Sitter on the world, Joe marks a welcome return to Indie roots for both director and lead actor, a film that finally gives Academy Award winner Nicolas Cage something to sink his teeth into.

Nick stars as hard-living, hot-tempered ex-con, Joe Ransom, who is trying to dodge his instincts for trouble. Until he meets young tearaway, Gary (Tye Sheridan - Mud), a boy who awakens in him a fierce and tender-hearted protector. They come up against a lot of damaged individuals on their travels, not least Gary's envious father, who threatens their friendship at every turn.

Gary Poulter brings Wade to life, a troubled man whose real life journey was just as tragic as the character he plays on film. He is phenomenal though, certainly no less compelling than Cage and Sheridan, who each bring their A game to the table. Nic keeps it low-key and as such, this is his most understated performance in years. Poulter is terrifying throughout, a ticking time-bomb of a man whose body-socking skills easily outweigh his body-popping ones.

The first act takes its time to get going but the second half of the film reels you in with violent outbursts, mesmerising performances and hard-hitting realism. Joe doesn't paint a pretty picture at all, but it does strike a chord throughout, sucker-punching the audience with heartfelt emotion and grim reality. The storyline doesn't amount to much but the three leads do, and the supporting characters that come and go (many of which, like Poulter, are untrained actors) bring authenticity to the piece.

Difficult to watch but even harder to take your eyes off, Joe is a brutally compelling drama that demands your full attention. 'Date Night' movie applicants need not apply.

Joe Trailer

In a Nutshell: NINJA APOCALYPSE
  • Sep 19
  • In a Nutshell: NINJA APOCALYPSE
  • Posted by Dorrystavern - 19/09/14 at 11:20 AM

Remember that level in Streets of Rage where you battle a horde of bad guys on a lift as you make your way up to the final boss? That's what Ninja Apocalypse reminded me of. But without the awesomeness. Obviously. Ninja Apocalypse isn't a bad film by any stretch of the imagination, it's just not a very good one either. Directed by Lloyd Lee Barnett, who has worked on the visual effects for big budget pictures like Avatar, Spiderman and The Lord of the Rings, Ninja Apocalypse reads like a goofy concept on paper but takes itself far too seriously for that. Thankfully, as you would expect considering his track record in the industry, Barnett does conjure up some nifty effects work along the way. It's not much but it certainly takes the focus away from the lukewarm action choreography.

Framed for assassinating Grandmaster Fumitaka (Shang Tsung from Mortal Kombat), the Lost Ninja Clan must battle their way through an underground nuclear bunker filled with supernatural enemies. All the while, pursued by Hiroshi's (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II) unstoppable Ninja army, with orders to hunt them down. Trapped a thousand feet below the Earth's crust, the Lost Clan must first defeat the shoddy writing, weak acting and unforgivable lack of laughs if they are to emerge from the bunker (and the movie) unscathed.

I'd never heard of Christian Oliver before this, but he's been around the block a few times, working with the likes of Steven Soderbergh in The Good German, Brian Singer in Valkyrie and the Wachowski Brothers in Speed Racer. He's a personality vacuum though. In fact, none of the characters are memorable and the storyline has been done to death. But then, you don't come to movies called Ninja Apocalypse for compelling storytelling. The action sequences are competent enough and there's plenty of CGI blood, but there's nothing new to see here, and had it not been for the creative use of effects I would've given up sooner. Ninja Apocalypse is largely forgettable then. A few more laughs and a charismatic lead would've kept it from lurking in the shadows, but I'll be sticking with Scott Adkins for my low-budget action kicks for now.

TAZZA 2 heads for the U.S
  • Sep 17
  • TAZZA 2 heads for the U.S
  • Posted by Deljhp - 17/09/14 at 07:46 PM

The follow-up to the 2006 box office hit 'Tazza: The High Rollers' aka Tazza 2: The Hidden Card, is heading for North American Audiences after Topping Korea’s Box Office opening Weekend record.

This film sequel is directed by Kang Hyeong-cheol (Scandal Makers, Sunny). Kang’s first two films have been the highest grossing Korean films of their respective years both being in the top 15 highest Korean films.

Tazza 2 makes its debut in the U.S. and Canada on September 26, 2014.

Synopsis: The Hidden Card, Dae-gil is a young man who learns he has a natural-born talent in gambling, which leads to a reunion with his first love, Mi-na. However, being new to the world of card sharks and con artists, Dae-gil gets tangled in a web of conspiracy and betrayal, becoming the scapegoat of a deal gone wrong and is forced to go on the run. He plans his revenge and prepares for one big fateful game, with Mi-na helping him every step of the way.

 

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MARK OF THE DEVIL: Uncut on DVD and Blu for the first time
  • Sep 17
  • MARK OF THE DEVIL: Uncut on DVD and Blu for the first time
  • Posted by Dorrystavern - 17/09/14 at 04:03 PM

Arrow Video is thrilled to announce the UK Blu-ray and DVD release of Mark of the Devil, once proclaimed as “positively the most horrifying film ever made”. Mark of the Devil finally arrives uncut in the UK on 29th September 2014. With Mark of the Devil, writer-director Michael Armstrong created a bloody and brutal critique of state-funded brutality and religious corruption with a doomed romance at its centre. In America, Mark of the Devil was distributed with a free sick bag provided for every patron. In the UK the BBFC were obliged to sit through the entire uncut film and deemed it “vicious and disgusting.” They recommended that a certificate be refused entirely and provided a list of required cuts to make the film acceptable for an X certificate.

This means that finally, after more than forty years, the full-blooded, full-frontal version of Mark of the Devil can be released with a host of extra features including an audio commentary by Michael Armstrong and moderated by Calum Waddell. An exclusive feature-length documentary, Mark of the Times, which looks at the emergence of the ‘new wave’ of British horror directors that surfaced during the sixties and seventies. The documentary will feature contributions from Michael Armstrong, Norman J. Warren (Terror), David McGillivray (Frightmare), Professor Peter Hutchings (author of Hammer and Beyond) and famed film critic Kim Newman.

Synopsis: A bloody and brutal critique of religious corruption, Mark of the Devil sees horror icon Udo Kier (Flesh for Frankenstein, Suspiria) play a witchfinder’s apprentice whose faith in his master (Herbert Lom) becomes severely tested when they settle in an Austrian village. Presided over by the sadistic albino (a memorably nasty turn from Reggie Nalder), the film presents its morality not so much in shades of grey as shades of black.

Mark of the Devil trailer

Arrow Films website

THE BURBS: Blu-ray review
  • Sep 15
  • THE BURBS: Blu-ray review
  • Posted by Deljhp - 15/09/14 at 05:49 PM

Director: Joe Dante. Review: Adam Wing.

Why is Joe Dante so inconsistently consistent? I look back over his career in movies and see some of my favourite films growing up. Dante's first film was released in the year I was born, and Piranha still has more teeth than a lot of horror movies made today. It wasn't until 1984 that I started paying attention though, with the release of one of my all time favourite movies, Gremlins. Innerspace followed in 1987, The New Batch arrived in 1990 and sandwiched somewhere in between was The 'Burbs. Starring Tom Hanks, Corey Feldman (of course, it was the '80s) and Carrie Fisher, The 'Burbs is the kind of movie that gets better with age. "There go the Goddamn brownies..."

Joe's output became more infrequent in the 90s, with standouts being Small Soldiers in '98 and 2003's Looney Tunes: Back In Action. I only mention this because it sum ups Dante's career in pictures perfectly. At his best, Dante is the master of looney tune escapism; zany comedy gems that never get tired. He keeps himself busy with TV work these days, and 2014's Burying the Ex is yet to see the light of day, but Joe Dante's early work will always have a place in my life. I wasn't a big fan of The 'Burbs when I was younger, to me it was Joe Dante's 'lesser' movie. I've never really been a big fan of Tom Hanks either, not since he started playing it straight at least, so this was a good time for me to rediscover the film on shiny Blu...Continue review.

The Burbs trailer

The Vault: AKIRA
  • Sep 14
  • The Vault: AKIRA
  • Posted by Dorrystavern - 14/09/14 at 05:11 PM

You don’t get much bigger than Akira, the cyberpunk landmark in Japanese animation. Akira is a 1998 animated sci-fi film directed by Katsuhiro Otomo, based on his own smash hit manga series. The plot focuses on two bikers, Tetsuo Shima and Shotaro Kaneda, battling it out over the release of dangerous psychic Akira. Rebellion, friendship and the occasional nuclear explosion provide Akira with its heart and voice, and in a world reliant on computer technology, it’s refreshing to witness a pixel free animated movie.

The city of Neo-Tokyo isn't the kind of place you would want to raise a family. Anti-government terrorism and gang violence have been rife in the years that followed World War III. A teenage gang member, Shima Tetsuo, comes across an esper on a highway, bringing his buried psychic energy to the surface. Tetsuo is captured by the government for experimentation. Fortunately, an anti-government group - supported by Tetsuo’s best friend Kaneda Shotaro - plot to rescue him before his powers consume the city.

Highly regarded by fans and critics alike, Akira is often considered the benchmark of modern animation. Which probably explains why Hollywood is determined to sour the taste with a live-action remake. The production has been shut down four times already, probably because it would prove way too expensive to do the film justice, but thankfully we’ll always have the original movie to fall back on. I’ll always be an amateur when it comes to manga, and I'm still not sure I understand it entirely (the finale is both inventive and bizarre), but Akira introduced me to a brave new world, and you can’t ask for more than that.

NIGHT OF THE COMET on Blu isn’t a million miles away
  • Sep 12
  • NIGHT OF THE COMET on Blu isn’t a million miles away
  • Posted by Dorrystavern - 12/09/14 at 06:17 PM

Arrow Video is excited to announce the UK Blu-ray and DVD release of Night of the Comet. The 80s cult-classic, which since its initial release in 1984, has gone on to amass a legion of loyal fans with its hugely entertaining riff on the apocalyptic sub-genre of movies, paying homage to such classics as The Omega Man and The Last Man on Earth. In fact, this might be the most purely entertaining depiction of the aftermath of a catastrophic event, not just in movie history but possibly... well, ever.

The movie will make its UK Blu-ray debut on 22nd September 2014 in a newly restored transfer with a host of extra features including interviews with stars Kelli Maroney, Catherine Mary Stewart, Robert Beltran and Mary Woronov. The disc will also feature audio commentaries with writer/director Thom Eberhardt, stars Kelli Maroney and Catherine Mary Stewart and production designer John Muto. Alongside this, the Blu-ray disc will also feature newly commissioned artwork by Gary Pullin and a sizable collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film by critic James Oliver.

Synopsis: Life can be tough when you’re a Valley girl. First, there’s making sure you’re on time for pep squad practice. Then there’s having to live under the same roof as your bitchy stepmother who, you suspect, is making it with Chuck from across the road. And then, of course, there’s having to keep on the lookout for the occasional marauding zombie hungering after your flesh!

Eighteen year-old Reggie (Catherine Mary Stewart – Weekend at Bernie’s, The Last Starfighter) misses out on the event-of-a-lifetime when she ditches watching the comet in favour of copping off with the projectionist at the cinema where she works. But this turns out to be a wise move when, the next day, she discovers that the entire population has been reduced to piles of red dust – leaving only Reggie, her sister Sam (Kelli Maroney – Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Chopping Mall) and a handful of other survivors to fend off the roving gangs of glassy-eyed zombies.

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