Monday, July 17, 2017

Vinegar Syndrome Announces Its Aug. 29 DVD And Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack Release Calendar

DVD & Blu-ray Release Report, Ralph Tribbey
Vinegar Syndrome announced its Aug. 29 release calendar of new DVD and Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack film restorations this past week and leading the way is a real Down Under treasure, director Simon Wincer’s 1979 film, Snapshot (aka: The Day After Halloween, One More Minute).  It will be available as a Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack.

Filmmaker Simon Wincer is perhaps best know to American audiences for films such as Quigley Down Under, D.A.R.Y.L. and Free Willy, but for film buffs his film antecedents extend well beyond these theatrical hits to include Phar Lap, Harlequin, the brilliant World War I mounted infantry story, The Lighthorsemen and his debut feature film, Snapshot.

Angela (Sigrid Thornton — The Man from Snowy River) is just making ends meet at a beauty shop in Sydney and pretty much everyone in her life has ways of putting her down.   That all changes when a high-powered model by the name of Madeline (Chantal Contouri — Thirst) offers her an opportunity to do some modeling work.   

DVD & Blu-ray Release Report, Ralph Tribbey
Naturally, things don’t go quite as promised — the just plain weird photographer (Hugh Keays-Byrne — Mad Dog Morgan, Mad Max) lies to her during the photo shoot when he tells her that her face won’t be shown in the advertising if she agrees to go topless.  After that things go pretty much down hill — her own mom even steals what little money she has and someone is stalking her.

It’s great fun — a little creepy at times — but in the end justice is served and there’s a neat twist that you never see coming.

Vinegar Syndrome has a new 2K restoration from the original 35mm camera negative and two viewing options — the domestic theatrical cut and an alternative Australian cut of the film.  

Bonus features include commentary from filmmaker Simon Wincer and the film’s star Sigrid Thornton, who are joined by producer Tony Ginnane and cinematographer Vincent Monton and two featurettes — “Producing Snapshot” and “Not Quite Hollywood.”

DVD & Blu-ray Release Report, Ralph TribbeyIn June of 1972 the world of adult filmmaking — and exhibition — changed with the release of Gerard Damiano’s (aka: Jerry Gerard) Deep Throat.   On Aug. 29 Vinegar Syndrome has a new 2K restoration (from the original 35mm camera negative) of his 1984 film release of Throat … 12 Years After.   It will be released as a Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack.

This is a story about two couples — an actual dramatic narrative — and their sexual experiences.   Husband and wife Marsha (Michelle Maren) and Walter (George Payne) look for new ways to spice up their marriage, while their friends Andy (Joey Silvera) and Louise (Sharon Kane) are into all sorts of things (some are pretty risky by 1984).

Bonus features include a pair of featurettes — “Making Michelle” and “Filming Throat” — and an audio session with actress Sharon Kane that is hosted by Casey Scott.

DVD & Blu-ray Release Report, Ralph TribbeyAlso being released on Aug. 29 as a Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack is a 2K film restoration of director Joe Sarno’s 1966 experimental film, Red Roses of Passion.  This release kicks off Vinegar Syndrome’s new Sexploitation Signature Series.

Bonus goodies include a video session with Joe Sarno historian Michael Bowen.

Shifting to DVD-only product offerings on Aug. 29, we find director Arthur Nouveau’s (aka: Zebedy Colt) 1975 adult-themed home invasion film, The Intrusion, starring Michael Gaunt as rapist posing as a door-to-door insurance salesman who takes full advantage of housewife Ellen Anderson (Kim Pope) and her next door neighbor, Gail (Lynn Bishop), who unexpectedly stops by for a visit.

This new 2K restoration from 35mm archival elements features a video session with Michael Gaunt that is titled “Becoming the Intruder.”

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