Monday, December 18, 2017

For the period ending December 15, 2017 ... New DVD and Blu-ray selections added to the DVD & Blu-ray Release Report's database.

For the period ending December 15, 2017 ... New DVD and Blu-ray selections added to the DVD & Blu-ray Release Report's database.




Acorn Media
12/12/17 — Released Doc Martin: Series #8 (2 disc set)

BBC Home Entertainment
12/12/17 — Released Death in Paradise, Season Six (2 disc set) and Father Brown: Season Five (3 disc set)

Brainwrap City Media (MOD)
12/12/17 — Released Die and Let Live

Breaking Glass Pictures
12/12/17 — Released Hidden Kisses (French) and K-Shop

CBS Home Entertainment (MOD)
12/12/17 — Released Out of the Ashes, Prophet's Prey and Sucker Free City

Championship Productions
12/05/17 — Released Open Practice: Offense - Skill Development & Position Drills (2 disc set)
12/12/17 — Released Defending the RPO With Multiple Fronts and Coverages, Fundamentals of Creating a Havoc Defense, Linebacker Play in a Hybrid 3-4 HAVOC Defense and Open Practice: Peaking for State & Circuit Training

Cheezy Flicks
12/12/17 — Released Snake People

Cinedigm Entertainment
12/12/17 — Released Hamlet's Ghost

Cohen Media Group
12/12/17 — Released Heat and Dust
01/23/18 — Sets Red Trees (ARR of 130 days; box office: $22,837)

Criterion Collection
03/13/18 — Sets Age of Innocence (2 disc set)
03/20/18 — Sets Baal (German) and Passion of Joan of Arc (silent-1928) (2 disc set)
03/27/18 — Sets King of Jazz (2 disc set) and Women in Love (2 disc set)

Dark Entity Music, LLC
12/12/17 — Released Dangerous People (2 disc set)

DreamScape Media, LLC
12/12/17 — Released Medeas and Schomburg: The Man Who Built a Library

Duke Video
12/12/17 — Released Yamaha's 1972 Grand Prix Season

E/B Productions (MOD)
12/12/17 — Released Japanese Shotokan Karate: Advanced Shotokan Kata, Volume 1, Japanese Shotokan Karate: Advanced Shotokan Kata, Volume 2 and Shotokan Karate: Heian Kata 1-5

Earth VideoWorks
12/12/17 — Released Being Positive, Color Waves, Song Birds, Westward Ho! and Where's Kitty

Echo Bridge Home Ent.
12/12/17 — Released 10 Movies: Horror Collection (10 film set: Awaken the Dead, Bay Coven, Midnight's Child, Sensored, Ring of Terror, The Legend of Sorrow Creek, 7 Nights in Darkness, Empty Rooms, Descendant, 976-Evil II) (2 disc set), 20 Movies: Hollywood Greats (20 film set: Charade, Gangster Story, Home Town Story, Life with Father, Of Human Bondage, Pot O' Gold, Made For Each Other, Father's Little Dividend, Royal Wedding, Suddenly, Amazing Adventure, Penny Serenade, Esther and the King, David and Goliath, Road to Hollywood, The Strange Love of Martha Ivers, Tolstoy's Anna Karenina, As You Like It, Patterns, The Magic Sword) (4 disc set), Paranormal Collection (5 film set: Forever Mine, The Little Shop of Horrors, Jekyll & Hyde, Memory, Phantom of Space; plus The Veil (2 episodes), Chronicles of the Paranormal: PSI Factor (6 episodes)) (2 disc set), Pottersville, Sitting Bull - Includes 5 Bonus Movies (6 film set: Sitting Bull, The Great Indian Wars, I Will Fight No More Forever, Cry Blood Apache, Geronimo, The Apache Kid) and Ultimate Cartoon Collection (3 disc set)
12/26/17 — Sets Recall (ARR of 207 days; box office: $19,566)

Facts That Matter
12/12/17 — Released Sinatra in the Movies

Film Movement
12/12/17 — Released Bad Lucky Goat (ARR of 60 days; box office: $4,096)
01/02/18 — Sets Teacher (Czech) (ARR of 123 days; box office: $64,190)

FilmRise (MOD)
12/12/17 — Released Chicago: The Terry Kath Experience, Hollow Creek and Inflame (Turkish)

12/12/17 — Released D. Gray-Man: Season Three, Part Two (2 disc set)

Grasshopper Films
12/12/17 — Released Moses and Aaron (German)

Gravitas Ventures (MOD)
12/12/17 — Released Apache Warrior and Ratpocalypse

Hallmark Channel
12/12/17 — Released Ms. Match

Hallmark Channel (MOD)
12/12/17 — Released Christmas with Tucker and Love by Chance

Humanist Learning Systems (MOD)
12/12/17 — Released Why Conflict Management Doesn't Work When the Problem is Bullying!

Kino Lorber
12/12/17 — Released Cocaine Wars, Code of Silence, Devastator, Double Feature: Platoon Leader/Soldier Boyz, The Force (ARR of 151 days; box office: $59,416), In the Aftermath, Paris Holiday, Silk and Wound (Xhosa) (ARR of 270 days; box office: $29,963)
01/23/18 — Sets Woman Who Left (Tagalog) (ARR of 249 days; box office: $3,906)

Lionsgate Home Entertainment
12/12/17 — Released Cops and Robbers and Once Upon a Time at Christmas
01/23/18 — Adds Killing of a Sacred Deer (ARR of 95 days; box office: $2,240,172)

Lotus Five Star
12/05/17 — Released Magalir Mattum (Tamil) and Power Paandi (Tamil)

MVD Entertainment Group
02/27/18 — Sets Chokeslam

Metal Blade
12/12/17 — Released Dimevision 2: Roll With It or Get Rolled Over (DVD/CD Combo Pack)

Mill Creek Entertainment
02/06/18 — Adds Hollywood Profiles: The Shirley Temple Collection (2 film set: The Little Princess, The Red-Haired Alibi; plus ten shorts: Dora’s Dunkin’ Doughnuts, Glad Rags to Riches, Kid ‘N’ Africa, Kid ‘N’ Hollywood, Managed Money, Merrily Yours, Pardon My Pups, The Pie Covered Wagon, Polly Tix in Washington, War Babies, Biggest Lil’ Star of the 30’s; plus the documentary Everyone's Little Princess: Shirley Temple) (2 disc set)

12/12/17 — Released One of Us

MovieTime Distributors
12/12/17 — Released Dangerous Roads 2: Bad Drivers

Olive Films
12/12/17 — Released Nutcracker

PBS Direct
12/12/17 — Released Chef's Life: Season Five (2 disc set), Nature: Naledi - One Little Elephant, NOVA: Secrets of the Shining Nights and North Korea's Deadly Dictator

PDSD, Inc - Shami Media
12/12/17 — Released After Life and Avatar Project

PRO Classic TV (MOD)
12/12/17 — Released Movin' On: Season One (5 disc set) and Movin' On: Season Two (5 disc set)

Paramount Home Media
02/13/18 — Sets Blaze and the Monster Machines: Heroes of Axle City

Pono Productions (MOD)
12/12/17 — Released Revenge is Kind

RSVP Magic
12/12/17 — Released Russ Stevens: The Timeless Project

12/12/17 — Released Golmaal Again (Hindi) (ARR of 53 days; box office: $1,013,893) and Patel Ki Punjabi Shaadi (Hindi)

Scorpion Releasing
12/12/17 — Released Hard Country

Screamtime Films
12/12/17 — Released Bloody Drama

Screen Edge
12/12/17 — Released Films of George Haggerty, Part 1 (3 short films: Robotopia, Mall Time, Hamburger Hamlet) and Films of George Haggerty, Part 2 (3 short films: Cyberville, La Requiem, Homes On Wheels)

Screen Media
12/12/17 — Released Sasq-watch

Shout! Factory
12/12/17 — Released P.King Duckling: Discovery Duck, Power Rangers: Jungle Fury - The Complete Series (4 disc set) and Simon & Simon: The Final Season (3 disc set)
01/23/18 — Sets My Entire High School Sinking Into the Sea (ARR of 284 days; box office: $65,250)
01/30/18 — Sets Napping Princess (Japanese) (ARR of 144 days; box office: $46,011)
02/20/18 — Sets Girl Without Hands (French) (ARR of 214 days; box office: $21,787)

SONY Music
12/12/17 — Released Offenbach: Les Contes d'Hoffmann

Spectra Filmworks, Inc. (MOD)
12/12/17 — Released Lost Treasure Hunt

Strand Releasing
12/12/17 — Released Alias Maria (Spanish)

Suara Networks
12/12/17 — Released Maragatha Naanayam (Tamil) and Satriyan (Tamil)

Synergetic Distribution
12/12/17 — Released People That are Not Me (Hebrew)

12/12/17 — Released Simran (Hindi)

TomCat Releasing
12/12/17 — Released Blood Will Have Blood and Devil 2.0

Tucson, Pearl of Sonora/ Steve Henke (MOD)
12/12/17 — Released Tucson, Pearl of Sonora, Volume 94: Bear Mountain, Tucson, Pearl of Sonora, Volume 95: Boynton Canyon Trail, Sedona and Tucson Pearl of Sonora, Volume 97: Cottonwood to Williams

20th Century-Fox Home Ent.
01/23/18 — Sets Goodbye Christopher Robin (with UltraViolet Digital Copy) (ARR of 102 days; box office: $1,721,762)

Uncork’d Entertainment (MOD)
12/12/17 — Released #Captured and Clawed

Vanishing, Inc.
12/12/17 — Released Benjamin Earl: Real Ace Cutting

Walt Disney Studios Home Ent.
12/12/17 — Released Ducktales: Woo-Oo! and Tangled - The Series: Queen for a Day

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment
12/12/17 — Released Fuller House: The Complete Second Season (2 disc set)
01/16/18 — Sets Geostorm (ARR of 95 days; box office: $33,246,410)

Werevamp Media, Ltd. (MOD)
12/12/17 — Released Horrormail Tales, Volume 1

Wild Eye Releasing
12/12/17 — Released Poltergeist Encounters

12/12/17 — Released Essentials of Christian Thought (2 disc set)


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Arrow Video
01/30/18 — Released The Hills Have Eyes

Cohen Media Group
12/12/17 — Released Heat and Dust

Criterion Collection
03/13/18 — Sets Age of Innocence
03/20/18 — Sets Baal (German) and Passion of Joan of Arc (silent-1928)
03/27/18 — Sets King of Jazz and Women in Love

Dark Entity Music, LLC
12/12/17 — Released Dangerous People (2 disc set)

FilmRise (MOD)
12/12/17 — Released Chicago: The Terry Kath Experience and Heartworn Highways/Heartworn Highways Revisited (2 disc set)

12/12/17 — Released Trickster: Part 1 (2 Blu-ray/2 DVD Combo Pack)

Grasshopper Films
12/12/17 — Released Moses and Aaron (German)

Gravitas Ventures (MOD)
12/12/17 — Released Apache Warrior, Avenge the Crows: The Legend of Loca, Ratpocalypse and Thrill Ride

Kino Lorber
12/12/17 — Released China Moon, Double Feature: Platoon Leader/Soldier Boyz, Brannigan, Code of Silence, Legend of the Lost, Paris Holiday and Wound (Xhosa)

Kraken Releasing
12/12/17 — Released GARO TV Series, Volume 2 (Japanese) (2 disc set)

Olive Films
12/12/17 — Released Nutcracker

12/19/17 — Sets Golmaal Again (Hindi)

Scorpion Releasing
12/12/17 — Released Hard Country

Sentai FilmWorks
12/12/17 — Released Chaika: The Coffin Prince - The Complete Series plus OVAs (4 disc set)

Shout! Factory
12/12/17 — Released Trip to Spain

SONY Music
12/12/17 — Released Offenbach: Les Contes d'Hoffmann

12/12/17 — Released Middle Finger

20th Century-Fox Home Ent.
01/23/18 — Sets Goodbye Christopher Robin (Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack) (with UltraViolet Digital Copy)

12/12/17 — Released Gentleman (Hindi)

VCI Entertainment
03/27/18 — Sets Bruce's Deadly Fingers (Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack)

Vinegar Syndrome
01/30/18 — Sets Fugitive Girls (aka: 5 Loose Women) (Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack), Lucifer's Women/Doctor Dracula (Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack) and Penitentiary (Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack)

Walt Disney Studios
12/12/17 — Released Luke Cage: The Complete First Season (4 disc set)

Warner Bros. Home Ent.
01/23/18 — Sets Geostorm (Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack) (with UltraViolet Digital Copy) and Geostorm 3D/2D (2 disc set) (with UltraViolet Digital Copy)

Well Go U.S.A.
01/02/18 — Sets Adventurers (Mandarin) (Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack)





Vinegar Syndrome Readies Five New DVD And Blu-ray Selections For Release On Jan. 30

DVD & Blu-ray Release Report, Ralph Tribbey
Vinegar Syndrome announced its first wave 2018 DVD and Blu-ray film restorations this past week and if these Jan. 30 releases are any indication of what is to come … it is going to be a very good year for film fans!

Now writer/director Jamaa Fanaka’s Christmas of 1979 blaxploitation film release of Penitentiary, starring Leon Isaac Kennedy, is probably the “high profile” restoration among the group, we are actually looking at A.C. Stephen’s 1974 film, Fugitive Girls (aka: 5 Loose Women) — a “sexsploitation” classic in its own right — as being the more interesting (film-wise) among the mix … so let’s start there.

Dee (Margie Lanier) is in the wrong place at the wrong time as the film opens and pays the price for it.   Her weasel of a boyfriend left her parked in the car while he went into the liquor store and robbed it … oh, and he also murdered the clerk.   She gets convicted of being an accessory to the crime — even though we know that she is innocent — and heads off to the slammer, which just happens to be the lovely confines of “The Correctional Facility for Women.”   

Really?   Who writes this stuff … “The Correctional Facility for Women?”  Why none other than Edward D. Wood Jr.!!   Yup, that Ed Wood!!

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In any case Dee is tossed in with some real criminals — Kat (Tallie Cochrane), Shiela (Donna Young), Toni (Rene Bond) and Paula (Jabie Abercrombe) — and after some forced sex-play with Kat (who is doing time for killing her husband), the five escape.   As the film progresses, the five have a run-in with hippies, an airstrip owner by the name of Pops (played by Edward D. Wood Jr.), who is onto their escape and bunch of crazed bikers.

Now, why is this film so fascinating?   First off, A.C. Stephen’s is a pseudonym for Stephen C. Apostolof, who directed a number of these sexploitation films during the period, including College Girl Confidential, Lady Godiva Rides, Office Love-In and The Snow Bunnies (also written by Edward D. Wood Jr.).   The film edition that has generally circulated is the edited theatrical release — a number of exhibitors at the time wouldn’t touch it because of the lesbian sex, including the rape by Paula and Toni of a motorist they hijacked.

DVD & Blu-ray Release Report, Ralph TribbeyVinegar Syndrome has unearthed the original uncut version of the film — a 2K restoration from the original 35mm camera negative — which clocks in at 96 minutes (the cut-down theatrical version ran roughly 86 to 90 minutes).

Sexploitation and Ed Wood … what’s not to like about Fugitive Girls?

As to bonus nuggets, there is a commentary track featuring director Frank Henenlotter (Basket Case, Frankenhooker, etc.), who is joined by Ed Wood biographer, Rudolph Grey (“Ed Wood: Nightmare of Ecstasy”) and a vintage interview session (audio only) with Kat (Tallie Cochrane).

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Circling back to Penitentiary, Vinegar Syndrome has a new 4K film restoration (from the original 35mm camera negative) ready for this Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack edition.
As to bonus goodies, there’s a vintage commentary track with filmmaker Jamaa Fanaka and a second commentary option with the second assistant director Sergio Mimms.   There are also three featurettes — “Too Sweet for Penitentiary,” “Filming Penitentiary” and “Producing Penitentiary.”

Also on the Jan. 30 release calendar from Vinegar Syndrome is Lucifer’s Women and Doctor Dracula.    This one is a hoot-and-a-half.   It’s the same film, just rearranged.

Details are a little fuzzy — we’re talking about a film production from 40 years ago — but pretty reliable sources report that the late filmmaker, Paul Aratow, wrote and directed Lucifer’s Women and then it got shelved (the copyright is 1974).   

Enter director Al Adamson, who, along with cinematographer Gary Graver, who just happened to work with Al Adamson on the 1974 sexploitation film, The Naughty Stewardesses and the 1976 film release of Black Heat, got involved.  Next came Geoffrey Land of Adamson’s 1975 follow-up to The Naughty Stewardesses, Blazing Stewardesses, and they shot new sequences (with Geoffrey Land as a vampire).

Not done yet, enter Michael Bockman, Adamson’s film editor for Black Heat (who also was the film editor for Adamson’s Cinderella 2000 and Nurse Sherri), who re-cut the film using the original footage and the new footage.

Confusing?   Sure.   In any case, Independent-International Pictures, which was founded by Al Adamson and Sam Sherman, handled the theatrical distribution (in March of 1978 … so something like four years went by from the time Lucifer’s Women was finished and the newly-minted rework of Doctor Dracula hit theatres).
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What Vinegar Syndrome has done is to restore not only Doctor Dracula, which has been out on DVD previously, but they’ve unearthed the original 35mm negative of Lucifer’s Women and restored that as well (both 2K restorations).   So you get two for the price of one!!!

Sam Sherman, the co-founder of Independent-International Pictures, provides commentary and there is a video session with actor Paul Thomas.

Rounding out the Jan. 30 release calendar is director Bob Vosse’s 1984 adult entry, Young Girls Do, starring Erica Boyer … a DVD release from a 2K restoration is planned.   And the next installment in the company’s wildly popular “Peekarama” series will feature the double-bill of filmmaker John Christopher’s Velvet High and Summertime Blue.   Of note, Misty Regan provides commentary on Velvet High.

MVD Entertainment Group Tabs Feb. 27 For The DVD And Blu-ray Debut Of Writer/Director Robert Cuffley's Chokeslam

DVD & Blu-ray Release Report, Ralph Tribbey
MVD Entertainment Group will be mining comedy gold north of the border on Feb. 27 with the debut of both DVD and Blu-ray editions of writer/director Robert Cuffley’s Chokeslam.

Poor Corey Swanson (Chris Marquette — Just Friends, Freddy vs. Jason, etc.), the love of his life dumped him in high school and it has been all down hill in Regina, Saskatchewan.   She didn’t just dump, she said no to a snap proposal of marriage during a student assembly … so the humiliation had a big old exclamation point to it!   

It’s now ten years later and Sheena (Amanda Crew — The Haunting, Final Destination 3, The Age of Adaline, etc.), the wonderful, magnificent love of his life, is coming back to town for their high school 10-year reunion.   She became a famous pro wrestler — Smasheena — while Corey whiled away the time pining over her while making a career of working at the local deli (oh yes, and he still lives with his mother).   

Like Christopher Guest’s Waiting for Guffman, it could begin and end right there.   Corey waiting for the arrival of Sheena and all the anticipation and angst that goes with that.   But what’s the fun it that!   Instead we learn that Sheena just wasn’t ready to settle down with Corey, or anyone else for that matter, way back in high school.   

DVD & Blu-ray Release Report, Ralph TribbeyShe had “anger issues,” which she managed to channel into a pro-wrestling career.    And she’s not just coming home for just the high school reunion, but a “reunion” match has been arranged, that may, or may not, mark her retirement from the ring — her way-too-slick, way-too-handsome “boyfriend,” Tab Hennessy (Niall Matte), has other plans for her … and she’s not happy with that!

That’s your set-up.   Beautiful, sexy, kick-ass woman and local loser … will they find happiness in Regina?

Chokeslam is great fun about a mixed-match pair combined with some terrific ring action — WWE pros Mick Foley and Chelsea Green are on hand to add to the “feel” of Sheena’s backstory.    

DVD & Blu-ray Release Report, Ralph Tribbey

Mill Creek Entertainment Add The DVD Release Of Hollywood Profiles: The Shirley Temple Collection To It's Feb 6 Release Calendar

DVD & Blu-ray Release Report, Ralph Tribbey
Mill Creek Entertainment continues to expand its February of 2018 priced-to-collect DVD and Blu-ray release calendar with news this past week that the double-disc DVD collection titled Hollywood Profiles: The Shirley Temple Collection will be available for fans to own on Feb 06.

Included in the mix are two feature films, including director Walter Lang’s 1939 film release of The Little Princess, plus ten of Shirley Temple’s early short films, including Dora’s Dunkin’ Doughnuts, Pardon My Pups and Polly Tix in Washington.   As an added bonus, the collection also includes documentary filmmaker Gene Feldman’s Everyone's Little Princess: Shirley Temple (hosted by Tommy Tune).

Arrow Video Sets A 4K Restoration Of Wes Craven's The Hills Have Eyes For A Blu-ray Launch On Jan. 30

DVD & Blu-ray Release Report, Ralph Tribbey
Arrow Video, with domestic sales and distribution support provided by MVD Entertainment Group, has a new 4K restoration of the late Wes Craven’s 1977 horror masterpiece, The Hills Have Eyes, ready for release as a Blu-ray product offering on Jan. 30.

This new film restoration was supervised by producer Peter Locke and it includes both the original ending and the alternate ending (an addition one minute and 19 seconds worth of running time).

As to other bonus features, there are no less than three commentary options.   The first features writer/director Wes Craven, who is joined by Peter Locke; the second includes actors Michael Berryman (Pluto), Janus Blythe (Ruby), Susan Lanier (Brenda Carter) and Martin Speer (Doug Wood), and the third commentary is provided by Dr. Mikel J. Koven (author of “Blaxploitation Film,” “Film, Folklore & Urban Legends,” etc.).

Also included are documentary filmmaker Perry Martin’s 2003 documentary titled Looking Back at The Hills Have Eyes, two newly-prepared video sessions titled “Family Business” (featuring Martin Speer) and “The Desert Sessions” (with composer Don Peake) and “never-before-seen” outtakes.

DVD & Blu-ray Release Report, Ralph Tribbey