MONSTER MOVIE VIDEO REVIEWS

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ONE SENTENCE REVIEWS OF NEW REISSUES AND SPECIAL EDITIONS

imageC.H.U.D.:
Blu-ray Release From Arrow Video
One Setence Review:
I must say, the 2K restoration (1:85.1 with PCM mono) that Arrow did on the C.H.U.D."integral-cut" (also comes with the edited theatrical-cut) is one of the best that I've seen lately; full, 35mm film grain intact but clear & vibrant even during the darker scenes so that alone is worth the upgrade however they didn't stop there, it also comes in their standard off-the-hook packaging (two discs, newly commissioned cover-art and essay booklet) along with exclusive, new extras (not the best new Special Features line up for this one - a composer commentary, short interviews with the FX artist & the production designer and a humdrum locations featurette) so bust out that wallet guys, this is a must buy, for sure.
Would I Buy it?
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imageThe Initiation:
Blu-ray Release From Arrow Video
One Sentence Review:
Arrow Video's release of The Initiation isn't the most thrilling of their catalog by any means; the 2K, restored transfer [1:85.1 with PCM mono audio] is a bit uneven (the darker scenes are drastically more grainy than the brighter ones) and the Special Features aren't going to blow you away with their awesomeness (a couple interviews with secondary actors as well as the script writer and a lackluster commentary track from a UK pod-cast etc) but it's still better than a majority of reissues and definitely worth picking up if you are a fan of the film.
Would I Buy It?
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imageBurial Ground:
Blu-ray Release From Severin Films
One Sentence Review:
Severin Films picks up where Shriek Show's 2011 Blu-ray left off to bring us the most definitive release of the classic, Italian-Zombie movie, Burial Ground to date - with first-class packaging (a slip-cover with newly commissioned artwork by Wes Benscoter and reversible case art designs), an incredible, 2K restored transfer (1080p 1:85.1 with DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0) and all new Special Features (interviews, deleted scenes etc and a Q&A with, thought to be M.I.A., actor Peter Bark!) this reissue has it all but the inclusion of the original Italian audio track with English subtitles really makes it a must watch/buy for fans of the film.
Would I Buy It?
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imageDark Water:
DVD/Blu-ray Release From Arrow Video
One Sentence Review:
Dark Water is one of my favorite Supernatural-Horror films of all-time; an absolutely perfect combination of dreary, urban location, oppressive cinematography and depth of story but regretfully, its lame, US remake left the world with the impression that it's more about Jennifer Connelly's sopping-wet, tits in a tight sweater than a tragic tale of parental love so cheers to Arrow Video for this amazing celebration/reminder of Hideo Nakata's original masterpiece - loaded up with new, Arrow exclusive content (three new, 20 minute interviews along with archival Special Features that include a making-of documentary), a booklet and reversible artwork to compliment their gorgeous, HD transfer (1:85.1 with 5.1 DTS-HD AUDIO), this reissue is a must buy for any fan of the movie or the early 2000's, Asian-Horror boom in general.
Would I Buy It?
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imageVamp:
Blu-ray Release From Arrow Video
Once Sentence:
Watching Arrow Video's release of Vamp, for me, was like seeing old friends that I haven't seen in years and discovering that they somehow look better now than I remember them looking back in the day (doesn't really happen much anymore at my advance stage of decomposition ... they're all pretty gross now) thanks to their beautiful, HD restoration of the much underappreciated, 80's Horror-Comedy - the standout 45 minute, exclusive documentary, 'One Of Those Nights: The Making Of Vamp' and a very clean (while still maintaining its vintage graininess) 1080p transfer (1:85.1 - original mono audio) more than make up for the overall lack of new Special Features (most of them are rehashed from the 2001 Anchor Bay DVD but unfortunately, that doesn't include the audio commentary track, for some reason) included with this reissue so while this one isn't as outstanding as most of Arrow's output, it's still well worth the purchase.
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imageSlugs:
Blu-ray Release From Arrow Video
One Sentence Review:
I'm absolutely in love with Arrow Video's Blu-ray release of Slugs and here's four reasons why: 1. For the first time EVER the newly commissioned, alternate artwork (by Wes Benscoter), without question, destroys the original poster design; a gory throwback that's truly worthy of an 80's, video store shelf. 2. It's loaded with exclusive Special Features including, multiple audio commentaries & interviews. 3. The 2K restored transfer (1:85.1 with uncompressed PCM mono audio) is perfect; bright, clear & free of artifacts while still maintaining the grainy texture of the original film. and 4. Who needs more reasons? .... it's fucking awesome!!
Would I Buy It?
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imageThe Killer Shrews/The Giant Gila Monster:
DVD Release From Bayview Entertainment
One Sentence Review:
When looking for DVD copies of 'The Killer Shrews' & 'The Giant Gila Monster', there are an infinite amount to choose from as they both have been trapped in public domain limbo for decades and that's resulted in hundreds of budget versions being released but Bayview Entertainment's latest reissue is a bit different from those - presented for the first time in widescreen (16:9 taken from a 35mm print) these two B-movie classics look ...well, OK, I guess ... with transfer quality that ranges from "Damn, that looks pretty good" to "Wait, did someone wipe their ass with this print" so it's definitely a start in the right direction and currently the best we have available.
Would I Buy It?
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imageDaughter Of Dracula:
Blu-ray Release From Redemption Films
One Sentence Review:
Redemption Film's release of Jess Franco'sDaughter Of Dracula (available on DVD/Blu-ray 10/4) is nowhere close to the definitive reissue that some have been waiting for, in fact, many would say that it's pure shit because of its lack of transfer restoration (the 1080p picture is bright but very grainy in parts and chock full of artifacts ... was it snowing in France during filming? No, that's just film noise) and quality Special Features (a film historian commentary track {yawn}, a couple scenes from the edited version and a trailer) but when our options for viewing this movie are so limited (never getting a real US release ... only DVD-Rs & bootlegs) I choose to put on my rose colored glasses and revel in the fact that I'm able to watch it at all but don't waste the extra money on the Blu-ray version, there's really no point.
Would I Buy It?
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imageHammer Film Double Feature - Revenge Of Frankenstein & The Curse Of The Mummy's Tomb:
Blu-ray Release From Mill Creek Entertainment
imageHammer Film Double Feature - The Two Faces of Dr. Jekyll & The Gorgon:
Blu-ray Release From Mill Creek Entertainment
One Sentence Review:
Satan bless Mill Creek Entertainment for their recent output of Hammer's classic film library on digital format (several, delicious DVD multi-packs & now, Blu-rays) but with that being said, their latest Blu-ray Double Feature reissues (a great line-up of Hammer's lesser know titles) aren't much of an upgrade from previous DVD releases because of their lack of any obvious transfer restorations (the picture quality is very grainy & full of artifacts) and absence of Special Features so they might be worth picking up for some of us rabid, Hammer Horror collectors but not at the current price tag of $15 ... these discs have $5 bargain-bin written all over them and I'm willing to wait.
Would I Buy Them?
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imageDead End Drive-in:
Blu-ray Release From Arrow Video
One Sentence Review:
The picture quality of Dead End Drive-in has never looked better than it does in Arrow Video's special edition, Blu-ray release; the restored 2K transfer and audio (2:35.1 HD with Dolby 2.0 Stereo) are top-notch and give it a less dated overall feel but for me, the lack of any interesting special features (two of Director, Brian Trenchard-Smith's early movies [a stuntman documentary and a PSA film?], a behind-the-scenes gallery about a graffiti artist[?], 27 page booklet, trailer, an audio commentary [recycled from the Anchor Bay DVD release?] and reversible artwork [no classic VHS cover?]) that relate to the actual film along with the absence of a DVD copy would deter me from dropping the $30 required to upgrade.
Would I Buy It?
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imageTenebrae:
Blu-ray Release From Synapse Films
One Sentence Review:
If you missed Synapse Film's steelbook, wet dream release of Tenebrae, you can take that shotgun out of your mouth because this new stripped down version has enough of its sweet creamy awesomeness (sans steelbook packaging, DVD copy, booklet and soundtrack CD) to make life worth living again and that includes the highly acclaimed, exclusive 90 minute documentary, 'Yellow Fever: The Rise And Fall of The Giallo' by Rising Productions and an HD restored transfer (1.85:1 with 2.0 DTS-HD Master Audio) that's so beautiful, it's been known to bring full grown, horror-nerds to tears with its clarity & vibrancy (not me ...  I'm 100% tough, hardcore street-dork, it was just allergies).... a must buy!
Would I Buy It?
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imageThe Bloodstained Butterfly:
Blu-ray/DVD Release From Arrow Video
One Sentence Review:
Finding obscure films and giving them a rebirth is what Arrow Video does best and that tradition continues with the, never before released on home video (in the US anyway ... as far as I can tell), Giallo, The Bloodstained Butterfly - as with most of Arrows releases, this one is bursting with enough exclusive special features (tons of great new interviews with the cast, in-depth analysis from experts & critics, trailers, a photo gallery, newly translated subtitles, a 31 page booklet etc) to keep us genre fans busy for hours but it's the crisp 4K restoration (2.35:1 with DTS HD mono audio) that steals the show with a grainy, yet sharp & vibrant, transfer that truly does justice to this great old Italian flick.
Would I Buy It?
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imageMicrowave Massacre:
Blu-ray/DVD Release From Arrow Video
One Setence Review:
Arrow Video's Blu-ray/DVD release of Microwave Massacre looks & sounds better than the film probably deserves considering how terrible it is but shoddy production values never stand in the way of Arrow's mission to unearth out-of-print, cult movies and give them a first class restoration (2K, 1.85:1 with uncompressed PCM mono audio) complete with loads of fascinating new special features (21 minute making-of featurette, audio commentary with Writer/Producer, Craig Muckler, 27 page booklet, trailer and still gallery) and packaged so beautifully (reversible sleeve with new artwork by Wes Benscoter) that they are worthy of collecting even if the film itself isn't.
Would I Buy It?
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imageWilliam Castle Double Feature - Homicidal & Mr. Sardonicus:
Blu-ray Release From Mill Creek Entertainment

imageWilliam Castle Double Feature - 13 Ghosts & 13 Frightened Girls:
Blu-ray Release From Mill Creek Entertainment

Ons Sentence Review:
If you own any of the previous William Castle DVD releases (especially Sony's stellar, 'The William Castle Collection' or even Mill Creek's 2015, 'William Castle Film Collection'), there's really no need to upgrade to Mill Creek's latest blu-ray double features - with little or no obvious film restoration done, the transfers look no better than upconverting a 480p copy (maybe worse, depending on the your version) so add that to the lack of any special features (literally, zero) and yeah, I'll just save my money until these movies get the Hi-def love that they deserve.
Would I Buy Them?
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imageKiller Creature Features - 50 Movie MegaPack:
DVD Release From Mill Creek Entertainment
One Sentence Review:
Well, I won't sugar coat it, 'Killer Creature Features' (available now from Mill Creek Entertainment) is mostly an unspectacular release; the cardboard case is cheap (mine came crushed in the mail) and clunky (10 discs set up filing cabinet-style on 5 separate cardboard inserts that tend to get snagged on each other when pulling them out) and the line up of films is exactly what you would expect from a bargain basement, multi-disc collection (public domain staples along with VHS quality B-movies) but it does have one saving grace, the addition of Mill Creek's new digital component that gives the buyer online access to all 50 flicks simply by entering the provided code at www.Watch.MillCreekEnt.Com - I streamed an old, grainy copy of Night Of The Living Dead while on the toilet and I couldn't have been happier!
Would I Buy It?
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imageZombie Holocaust/Dr. Butcher MD:
Blu-ray Release From Severin Films
One Sentence Review:
Whether or not you should buy Severin's blu-ray release of Zombie Holocaust/Dr. Butcher MD kinda comes down to what you're looking for: on one hand, the HD restoration (1.85:1/16:9) is terrible (pops, scratches, static, lines ... think I saw a pubic hair at one point) so you might be better off staying put with your Shriek Show copy (or better yet, the UK's 88 Films version), if you already own it but on the other, it finally gives Dr. Butcher his long awaited debut on digital and on top of that, this two disc set is loaded with hours of amazing new special features (tons of fascinating coverage exploring the 42nd street Grindhouse scene that gave birth to 'Dr Butcher MD' and films like it) all wrapped up in some killer packaging (that includes reversible artwork & a Dr. Butcher barf-bag!) so while it's far from the perfect, definitive reissue that we've been lusting for, it's still cool enough for me to buy.
Would I Buy It?
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imageBlood And Black Lace:
Blu-ray/DVD Release From Arrow Video
One Sentence Review:
Mario Bava is hands down the most influential Director in the history of genre films and it's because no other filmmaker can take credit for creating as many films that would later go on to become the basis for entire subgenres (Giallo, Slasher, Anthologies) and one such movie is Blood And Black Lace, the very first true Giallo and the template for all that would follow - if you know Maestro Bava's films, you know that they are all gorgeously shot (I think all Directors should have to work as Cinematographers first, like he did) and this Blu-ray release from Arrow Video further proves that fact with a transfer (2K restoration ... 1.66:1 with 1.0 mono audio) so clean & rich that I literally got geek-goosebumps (geek-bumps?) during some of the scenes but that's not all this reissue has to offer, it's also loaded up with tons of new, original special features including the hour long documentary, 'Psycho Analysis', numerous interviews and even an 80's retrospective on the great Cameron Mitchell, just to name a few ... so, uh, yes, please!
Would I Buy It?
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imageJust Desserts:
Special Edition Blu-ray Release From Synapse Films
One Sentence Review:
If you are looking to know everything possible about the making of the film, Creepshow then Synapse Films (in conjunction with Red Shirt Pictures) has got you covered with their Blu-ray Special Edition of the documentary, 'Just Desserts' - previously only available in the UK as part of the special features on their DVD/Blu-ray (Universal Pictures UK & Second Sight Films, respectively) releases, this documentary, by itself, is already pretty great but Synapse decided to make it even better by cranking the transfer up to a beautiful 1080p (1:78.1 with DTS-HD MA 2.0 stereo) and loading their disc up with hours of new, original special features (two commentary tracks, extended interviews, a 1982 local television segment ... plus lots more) that are sure to give any 'Creepshow' fan a veiny, unrelenting joy-boner.
Would I Buy It?
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imageKiller Dames:
Blu-ray/DVD Special Limited Edition Release From Arrow Video

One Sentence Review:
With 2K restorations (2.35:1 - DTS-HD Master audio) that are worthy of strapping on black leather gloves and killing for (not literally), this sweet Arrow boxset takes the previous work of NoShame Films (they released the legendary, 'Emilio Miraglia Killer Queen DVD Box Set' in 2006 that included an awesome Giallo action figure) and brings it to the world of Hi-def while expanding upon it with a ton of their own new, special features (exclusive interviews, alternate artwork, a 60 page booklet, Blu-ray & DVD releases of each film in a high quality slip-case etc) so, without a doubt, it's definitely worth the upgrade.
Would I Buy It?
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imageSorceress: 
Blu-ray Release From Synapse Films
One Sentence Review:
If you are a fan of Sorceress (the early 90's titty-flick starring an awkwardly overdressed, Linda Blair), chances are pretty good that you paid up for the bargain basement, no frills Image Entertainment DVD but you shall suffer no more with your bonerless cut/censored version because the fine folks at Synapse have got things well in hand - this beautifully restored, uncensored/uncut 2K transfer (1:78.1 - DTS-HD MA Stereo) is so clean that it allows you to see all of the silicone tit-lumps, scars, unnatural creases & drum-tight pepperoni nips with such clarity that it will either make your junk go rigid with excitement or shrivel up in disgust and it also comes with two separate commentary tracks (one with Director Jim Wynorsky and another with Wynorsky & legendary FX asshole, Tom Savini) so "unwatch" those ridiculously expensive Ebay auctions (the Image DVD is selling on Ebay for up to $100!) and go get the real deal.
Would I Buy It?
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imageHammer Film Collection Volume Two:
DVD Release From Mill Creek Entertainment
One Sentence Review:
Mill Creek's second Hammer Films collection is a tasty & diverse line up of Horror & Suspense with a little touch of Fantasy/Adventure thrown in for good measure and even though this set is as bare bones as it gets (zero special features), it's made up for with the inclusion of a couple, rare OOP films (Creatures the World Forgot & Die Die My Darling!) and with nothing but clear, very watchable transfers & decent audio tracks, for $15, it's an amazing slice of Hammer history ranging from the 50's to the 70's that will provide any old-school, genre fan with a whole weekend's worth of top-notch, classic entertainment.
Would I Buy It?
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imageThe Stuff:
Special Edition Blu-ray Release From Arrow Video
One Sentence Review:
Arrow Video's Blu-ray release of The Stuff is a bit stripped down compared to their typical, mega-huge reissues (less special features ... no DVD copy) but as they say, it's "quality over quantity" and the beautifully restored 2K transfer (1:85.1 - PCM mono) along with a fascinating, 52 minute documentary (that provides in-depth behind-the-scenes information on the making of the film as well as a look into the world of Writer/Director, Larry Cohen himself) are more than awesome enough to make up for the shortage.
Would I Buy It?
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imageCity Of The Dead:
Blu-ray Release From VCI Entertainment
One Sentence Review:
If you haven't watched The City Of The Dead yet, please, for the love of Lucifer and all that's unholy, add it to your short list of must-see movies and luckily for you, the definitive version has just been released on Blu-ray from VCI Entertainment so your first time can be in style - VCI's restored, HD transfer (1:66.1 - Dolby 2.0 stereo) of this film is gorgeous; clear and bright while still maintaining the shadowy, black levels that help to create its creepy atmosphere and while the picture quality alone is reason enough to add this reissue to your collection, there are also some key Special Features that have been added (tacked on to all of the features from the 2001 DVD release), including: killer, new cover art, a feature length version of 'Horror Hotel' (the American cut of the film), brand-new, 2015 audio commentary from expert Bruce G. Hollenbeck and a candid, behind-the-scenes interview with, the man himself, Christopher Lee so get off your phone, already and go buy it!
Would I Buy It?
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imageDeath Walks Twice Limited Edition Boxset:
Blu-ray/DVD Release From Arrow Video
One Sentence Review:
Once again, kudos to Arrow Video for giving us access to films that have nearly slipped into obscurity with their latest limited edition boxset, Death Walks Twice featuring the work of Italian Director, Luciano Ercoli and more importantly, Writer, Ernesto Gastaldi (if you are fan of Italian genre films, he pretty much wrote all of them) - housed in the typical boner-worthy, Arrow packaging (including a beautifully designed case & reversible artwork for both movies) this set contains 2K restorations (2.35:1/PCM mono) of Death Walks on High Heels & Death Walks at Midnight (both of which haven't seen the light of day since Noshame Films', long OOP, 2006 DVD release) and is loaded with special features (trailers, tons of interviews along with a gorgeous 60 page booklet) however, with all that being said, I have to include this disclaimer: I found the soundtrack for both films to be lacking in quality (all high-end & hissy with zero base) and the audio commentary by Tim Lucas is so wooden, boring & pretentious that I can't imagine anyone would want to listen to it - not a deal breaker but it could be better.
Would I Buy It?
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imageThe Sinful Dwarf:
Blu-ray Release From Severin Films
One Sentence Review:
Sometimes, Hi-def restorations can go horribly wrong resulting in a transfer that is less visually appealing than the DVD version (or even the VHS on occasion) and such is the case with Severin Films' Blu-ray release of The Sinful Dwarf - with a hazy, washed-out picture (1.33:1 & 2.0 stereo) and minimal, substantial improvements in the special feature department (two additional, extremely short, featurettes), this is a reissue that I would only recommend to the HD completists.
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imageThe Mutilator:
Blu-ray/DVD Release From Arrow Films
One Sentence Review:
The stunning 2K uncut, HD transfer (1:78.1 with mono PCM audio) alone is enough reason to buy Arrow Films' Blu-ray/DVD release of The Mutilator but man, there are a lot more - with the exemplary attention to detail that has become the Arrow standard, this reissue is loaded to the gills with more behind the scenes information (multiple interviews, commentary tracks and an all new, 75 minute documentary) and extras (including an amazing reversible sleeve with both original poster art designs) than any glutinous, 80's Slasher fan could ever ask for - an easy, early contender for the best of 2016.
Would I Buy It?
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imageChildren Shouldn't Play With Dead Things:
Blu-ray Release From VCI Entertainment
One Sentence Review:
Other than the addition of a UK version of the film (a heavily edited 75 minute cut with optional Alan Ormsby commentary) & some radio spots, VCI's Blu-ray release of CSPWDT has pretty much the same special features (minus the trivia & Alan Ormsby bio tracks) as their 2007 & 2010, 35th anniversary DVD releases but if you are a fan of the movie, like me, the new clean, hi-def transfer (1.85:1 - 2.0 Dolby stereo) and cool packaging (original poster art along with two alternate cover designs) makes this HD reissue worth the upgrade.
Would I Buy It?
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imageA Lizard In A Woman's Skin:
Blu-ray Release From Mondo Macabro
One Sentence Review:
Mondo Macabro (who has built a reputation of producing high quality releases of obscure films) brings A Lizard In A Woman's Skin to high definition, for the first time, in a grand fashion with a gorgeously restored (Region free) transfer (1.85:1/16:9 - PCM mono), hours of interviews, commentaries, radio spots & trailers all wrapped in a sexy Blu-ray package with cover art that's based on the original movie poster design - a must buy for Lucio Fulci fans.
Would I Buy It?
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imageThe Last Horror Film:
Blu-ray Release From Troma Entertainment
One Sentence Review:
In typical Lloyd Kaufman fashion, he has chosen the hacky path of self-promotion over turning out a quality product with this Blu-ray release of The Last Horror Film so the end result is a meh, Hi-def transfer (1:69 & Dolby Digital Stereo) with washed-out colors and an underwhelming line up of special features that are stripped down, from even the 2009 DVD version, to make room for the usual Troma-style, promotional nonsense.
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imageBlood Rage:
Blu-ray/DVD Release From Arrow Films
One Sentence Review:
With three, count em', three, amazing versions of the film (a 2K restored home video version {1.85:1 - 2.0 PCM Stereo}, 'The Nightmare At Shadow Wood' theatrical cut and an exclusive composite version containing footage from both releases), reversible cover art (plus a classic, UK-style white slipcase) and tons of original interviews, Arrow Films delivers this lost slasher from out of obscurity and into our greedy little, horror-lovin' hands with their typical high level of excellence.
Would I Buy It?
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imageTenderness Of The Wolves:
Blu-ray/DVD Release From Arrow Films
One Sentence Review:
Arrow Films, once again, has gifted movie collectors with another outstanding restoration (HD 1:78.1 with PCM 1.0 mono) of a gloriously obscure & out-of-print slice of genre filmmaking and wrapped it their typical top-notch packaging complete with all new, Arrow exclusive, special features (Ulli Lommel audio commentary, 4 never-before-seen interviews, the theatrical trailer, still gallery, reversible cover art and an illustrated booklet) that make their release of Tenderness Of The Wolves, truly, the definitive version to own.
Would I Buy It?
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imageMosquito:
Blu-ray Release From Synapse Films
One Sentence Review:
Synapse Films does their usual top-notch reissue and brings Mosquito from out-of-print, straight to Hi-def (1:78.1 with 7.1 DTS-MA) and while the transfer qualify itself is inconsistent throughout the film (an issue with the original source material according to the liner notes), the hours of special features (an audio commentary track, deleted scenes, two behind-the-scenes documentaries plus a still gallery & trailer) are exceptional, starting with the Synapse produced, 'Bug-out: The Making Of Mosquito', a fascinating ride-along with Writer/Director, Gary Jones & Co-Writer/Director of photography, Tom Chaney as they travel to various film locations, 20 years later and reminisce about shooting the movie - a must see!
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imageBlack Cats Limited Edition Boxset:
Blu-ray/DVD Release From Arrow Films
One Sentence Review:
Arrow films continues to think outside of the box (or boxset, in this case ... whatever, it's kinda funny) by bringing two classic Giallo riffs on Edgar Allan Poe's The Black Cat together in one gloriously constructed boxset - along with immaculately restored prints (2.35:1 & 1.85:1, 2K HD with English/Italian mono audio and updated subtitles) of Lucio Fulci's The Black Cat and Sergio Martino's Your Vice Is A Locked Room And Only I Have The Key (which is long OOP and very pricey on Ebay), Arrow has included their typical mind-numbing amount of special features (tons of new/archived material and an amazing book that's chock-full of information) and wrapped it all in the most Horror-Boner inducing packaging that I have seen in a long time.
Would I Buy It?
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imageManos: The Hands Of Fate:
Blu-ray Release From Synapse Films
One Sentence Review:
The only chance poor Manos ever had of getting a good review was to some day be restored and reissued by a company like Synapse Films who are capable of shining turds to such a bright luster that one can hardly notice their shitty cores (well, almost) and such is the case with this release that contains a much improved 2K HD restoration (not pristine but as good as it gets based on the source material), tons of behind the scenes information (3 featurettes & an audio commentary track) and it even includes the full, original unrestored, grindhouse version of the film.
Would I Buy It?
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imageEaten Alive:
Blu-ray/DVD Release From Arrow Films
One Sentence Review:
Bringing Eaten Alive to Hi-def for the first time, Arrow, in their typical fashion, give the fans everything they have been waiting for, plus some - with a high quality 2K, Tobe Hooper approved, transfer, alternative artwork, a booklet and all new interviews, this reissue thoroughly blows the 2007 Dark Sky Films DVD release out of the water, completely off the planet and out of our solar system.
Would I Buy It?
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imageAngst:
Blu-ray Release From Cult Epics
One Sentence Review:
Not only has Cult Epics brought Angst to home video for the first time in the U.S. but, in typical fashion, they have given it a powerhouse release  - with a pristine Hi-def transfer (1.85:1 with DTS HD MA 5.1 surround), tons of interviews, a featurette, a commentary track with Director, Gerald Kargl and even a mini booklet that's packed with information (including articles on Werner Kniesek, the real life serial killer who inspired the film) it's hard to imagine that this version will ever be outdone.
Would I Buy It?
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imageBoris Karloff Collection: DVD Release From Mill Creek Entertainment
One Sentence Review:
Mill Creek brings us another great collection of Columbia Pictures' moldy-oldies but this time the subject is Horror Master, Boris Karloff and that's about as good as it gets - with clean transfers (for the most part) of his more obscure titles such as The Devil CommandsThe Man With Nine Lives, this is an amazing set for any Karloff fan. 
Would I Buy It?
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imageCannibal Terror/Devil Hunter:
Blu-ray Release From Severin Films
One Sentence Review:
Severin Film's nasty little double feature brings two rare Euro-Cannibal films out of obscurity and gives them a Hi-def makeover and while their release really doesn't have a lot of extras (a couple interviews, trailers & a deleted scene), both transfers look great (except the opening credits of 'Cannibal Terror' for some reason - it's full of pops n' scratches) - crisp but with just the right amount of film grain left intact to retain that early 80's feel.
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imageNightmare Castle:
Blu-ray Release From Severin Films
One Sentence Review:
Severin Films upgrades their 2009 DVD release of Nightmare Castle with this killer Blu-ray edition that is not only full of new special features (including contributions from the Queen of Italian Horror herself, Barbara Steele) but also contains a beautifully restored, Hi-def transfer of the film that is clear and bright but still retains its classic B&W feel.
(Warning: Don't buy this release for copies of Castle of Blood or Terror Creatures From The Grave, the picture quality is fucking terrible)
Would I Buy It?
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imageSometimes Aunt Martha Does Dreadful Things:
DVD Release From AGFA/Vinegar Syndrome
One Sentence Review:
I'll assume, considering the rarity of this movie, that the 35mm source material used was the only copy available and the resulting 2K restoration, with its many imperfections (mostly staining), is the best that Vinegar Syndrome could do under the circumstances however overall the transfer is passable - clear with muted colors and the film grain left intact - so with the addition of a very interesting and informative commentary track by David DeCoteau & Nathaniel Thompson and the fact that the only other home video alternative is the OOP VHS, this release looks like a winner.
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imageThe Color Out Of Space:
Blu-ray Release From Brink Vision
One Sentence Review:
A lot of times Blu-rays are produced, with minimum to no effort involved, just to make a quick buck off of the rabid, Hi-def enthusiasts who are looking to upgrade their collections and BrinkVision's latest release of The Color Out Of Space fits that bill - with pretty much the same special features (all the good ones, anyways) as the 2012 DVD and a subpar, pixelated & grainy, HD transfer, this reissue teaches us that 1080p ain't always better. 
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imageThe Sender:
Blu-ray Release From Olive Films
One Sentence Review:
There's nothing spectacular about Olive Films' Blu-ray release of The Sender - not only are there no special features but based upon its artifact riddled, waxy appearance, I would say that their transfer was nothing more than the 480p version upconverted to 1080p and processed through some sort of glow filter so unless you are desperate to upgrade your old DVD copy, I would wait for a better reissue to come out.
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imageThe Death King:
Blu-ray Release From Cult Epics
One Sentence Review:
Cult Epics loaded their release of The Death King with tons of special features including an audio commentary track and the killer 60 minute documentary, Corpse Fucking Art but on top of all that, they show us how beautiful 16mm can look in Hi-def with a transfer restored from the original film negatives so why are you sitting there reading this when you could be using your time to go buy it?
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imagePlay Motel:
Blu-ray Release From Raro Video/Kino Lorber
One Sentence Review:
Raro Video/Kino Lorber deserve a round of applause for bringing Play Motel to the U.S. for the first time on home video, especially considering the quality of their release - from the classy packaging (classier than the film probably deserves) complete with an illustrated booklet (that details the history of the film) to the pristine smoothness of the Hi-def restoration (from the original 35mm negative) and informative special features (including 7 minutes of hardcore footage ... fuck yeah!), this is the type of killer Blu-ray premiere that movie fans always hope for but rarely get.
Would I Buy It?
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imageStudent Bodies:
Blu-ray Release From Olive Films
One Sentence Review:
With Legend Films' 2011 Blu-ray release of Student Bodies still available on Amazon, I'm not sure what the motivation would be to purchase this reissue from Olive Films - they both cost around the same price and have the same unspectacular versions of the film (zero special features) with the only difference being that Legend's release comes as a Horror-Comedy double feature with the movie, Jekyll & Hyde Together Again so ... well, winner-winner-chicken-dinner, two is better than one. 
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imageSatan's Wife:
DVD Release From Cheezy Flicks
One Sentence Review:
The sub-vhs transfer quality of this release is so fucking bad that I went to Cheezy Flicks' website to see if there was some sort of disclaimer in their product description - there was not - so, my advice, spend your money on a bootleg of this film (there's no way the quality could be worse) and don't support this lazy, half-assed, joke of a reissue.
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imageWilliam Castle - Horror Collection:
DVD Release From Mill Creek Entertainment
One Sentence Review:
Why would you pay ridiculous prices for past, OOP releases or cheaply made DVD-R copies when you can get this killer, two disc, William Castle collection from Mill Creek (it includes quality transfers of five of his most influential films - no special features) for less than the price of a single movie ticket?
(Answer: I don't know. Maybe you have a 'ghost viewer' lodged in your brain)
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imageNekromantik 2:
Blu-ray Release From Cult Epics
One Sentence Review:
Cult Epics' limited edition (only 5000 copies), Blu-ray release of Nekromantik 2 is a powerhouse - from the gorgeously restored, 16mm print & multitude of special features ('The Making of Nekromantik 2' is exceptionally cool and informative) to the slipcover case design & killer postcards, this reissue belongs in any self-respecting, Horror fan's collection.
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imageHammer Films Collection:
DVD Release From Mill Creek Entertainment
One Sentence Review:
There are very few things on this earth that bring me more joy than watching Hammer Horror films and Mill Creek's two disc/five film collection offers a lineup worthy of making my icy heart skip a beat and my permanently fixed scowl briefly disappear and even though this set is a budget, no frills release (zero special features), MCE uses only the cleanest of restored transfers for each movie so at a cost of $9-$15, it's more of an IQ test than a purchase decision.
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imageMansion Of The Doomed:
DVD Release From Full Moon Features
One Sentence Review:
Full Moon Features finally brings this classic, old grindhouse film to DVD after being out-of-print for decades and although it's the typical Charles Band, spare all expense, un-special edition, style release (no extras with a 4:3 transfer), the picture & audio quality is decent enough and the movie poster, cover art looks great but more importantly, it's the only way to see the movie other than the overpriced VHS copies on Ebay - you win again, Chuck.
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imageVintage Sci-Fi - 6 Movie Collection:
DVD Release From Mill Creek Entertainment
One Sentence Review:
In passing, you might write off Mill Creek's latest 6 movie set as a cheap, public domain, cash-grab but you better look closer because in reality, it's a sweet collection of Columbia Pictures' lesser known, Sci-Fi films from the late 50's, early 60's, including two great entries from the Toho library that CP distributed in the U.S. - so, don't judge a book by its cover, people, these are some awesome, old flicks.
Would I Buy It?
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imageNekromantik:
Blu-ray Release From Cult Epics
One Sentence Review:
Cult Epics isn't fucking around with their release of Nekromantik - long out-of-print and highly sought after in the U.S. - it has everything that we've been hoping for and more, including two Hi-def transfers (one from the original 8mm and the other from the theatrical 35mm version) plus tons of extras that probe deep into the making-of and resulting aftermath of Jörg Buttgereit's controversial film but it's a limited edition of 10,000 so you better get it while you can.
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imageStrangler Of The Tower / Monster Of London City Double Feature:
DVD Release From Bayview Entertainment/Retromedia
One Sentence Review:
Bayview/Retromedia dusts off a couple German, Krimi classics and resurrects them from the out-of-print graveyard for our viewing pleasure and while the transfer quality is not stellar, I defy you to not be haunted by the Lewton-esque use of shadows in Monster Of London City - pops, scratches & all - so my advice, buy the DVD and watch both films, back-to-back, in a dark room.
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imageClassic Horror - 4 Movie Collection:
DVD Release From Mill Creek Entertainment
One Sentence Review:
Mill Creek's 'Classic Horror' 4-pack is an eclectic collection of often unheralded films that are more than worthy of seeking out for any old-school fan and while this set may be lacking in extras, the transfers are crisp and the powerhouse line-up of Christopher Lee, Karloff & Vincent Price, along with its diverse subject matter, makes for a perfect Classic-Horror, movie marathon.
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imageThe Demon:
DVD Release From VCI Entertainment
One Sentence Review:
I was really hoping that the next release of The Demon would be a Blu-ray special edition loaded with extras so I'm a bit disappointed that VCI recycled their 2010 DVD and just slapped a different cover on it (cool as it may be) without adding anything new or upgrading the transfer - I guess, my wait for the definitive version continues.
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imageContamination:
Blu-ray/DVD Release From Arrow Films
One Sentence Review:
Outdoing Blue Underground is no small feat and their 2004 DVD release of Contamination was particularly sweet & meaty but Arrow Films' attention to detail is a force to be reckoned with and this gorgeous edition is no exception - from the mesmerizingly cool, holographic slip cover to the pristine, Hi-def transfer with boatloads of extras, this reissue is a must have for any Sci-fi-Horror collector.
Would I Buy It?
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imageThe Happiness of the Katakuris:
Blu-ray/DVD Release From Arrow Films
One Sentence Review:
I have to admit that Eastern Star's 2008 DVD release of The Happiness Of Katakuris is pretty solid (1:85.1 aspect ratio and Dolby Digital Stereo with a respectable amount of extras - including a 'Making-Of' documentary) but Arrow Films is not a company to be outdone so they used every byte available on a Blu-ray disc to pack their release with hours of Special Features and on top of all that, the newly commissioned cover art from Twin Of Evil is a vast improvement on the original poster design and that is something you will rarely hear me say.
Would I Buy It?
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imageWhat The Peeper Saw:
Blu-ray Release From VCI Entertainment
One Sentence Review:
VCI's Blu-ray release of What The Peeper Saw isn't going to blow you away with its quantity of Special Features (trailers only) but the lack of extras really becomes irrelevant when you consider that the gorgeous, uncut, 1:85.1 Hi-def transfer that you are witnessing has never been seen before (EVER!) so add that together with the new killer, old-school style, cover art and well ...extras, smextras, who needs 'em?
Would I Buy It?
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imageSpider Baby:
DVD/Blu-ray Release From Arrow Films
One Sentence Review:
To simply say that Arrow Films' DVD/Blu-ray release of Spider Baby is the definitive version would be an understatement because not only does the Hi-def, 1.66:1 transfer look and sound amazing but the quality of the packaging along with its hours of Special Features are not something that will be duplicated or surpassed for years to come, if ever.
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imageSatan's Cheerleaders:
DVD Release From VCI Entertainment
One Sentence Review:
VCI Entertainment gives Satan's Cheerleaders a slight upgrade from their out-of-print, 2002 DVD release by way of a new widescreen, 1.85:1 transfer, the addition of an audio commentary track from Director Greydon Clark (boring as it may be) and a "behind the scenes" photo gallery so unless you're holding out for the Blu-ray, it's definitely worth checking out.
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imageThe Giant Spider Invasion:
Blu-ray Release From VCI Entertainment
One Sentence Review:
The transfer quality of VCI Entertainment's release of The Giant Spider Invasion may not be the best I've ever seen but the overall Blu-ray presentation is outstanding with all the special features you could ever want (a mini-comic book, new 'Making Of' documentary, tons of old interviews and Super 8mm versions of the film - both original & Hi-def restored) and it's topped off by an amazing, original poster art, cover design.
Would I Buy It?
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imageSociety:
Blu-ray/DVD Release From Arrow Films


One Sentence Review:
With a mind-blowingly, insane amount of features - including an ultra-cool, mini trade paperback of Rough Cut Comics' sequel to the original film - Society is quite obviously the finest American Arrow Films offering thus far and is a strong contender for the best overall release of 2015.
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imageSatan's Blade:
Blu-ray Release From Olive Films
One Sentence Review:
Major props to Olive Films for using the original cover art and loading the first digital release of Satan's Blade up with a multitude of extras (lackluster as they may be ... the interview with Director, L. Scott Castillo Jr. is unwatchable) but unfortunately, none of these bells & whistles can make up for the terrible 4:3 transfer that is so filled with film artifacts that even the StarMaker SLP VHS picture quality is preferable.
(I watched both formats at the same time)
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imageIsland Of Death:
Blu-ray/DVD Release From Arrow Films
One Sentence Review:
Island Of Death is definitely not one of Arrow Films' finest releases - I'm not a fan of the 4:3 aspect ratio, the very noisy, 1.0 mono soundtrack (even the 2003 Image Entertainment release was Dolby 2.0 mono) or the newly commissioned cover art (2011 Arrow art is far superior) but with that being said, the restored picture is beautiful and the Blu-ray is loaded with an insane amount of extras so it might be worth upgrading for some, just not me.
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imageThe Strange Case Of Dr. Jekyll And Miss Osbourne: Blu-ray/DVD Release From Arrow Films
One Sentence Review:
When you pick up a Blu-ray and the Special Features listing is three times as long as the movie's plot summary, you must be holding an Arrow Films release in your hands and their latest reissue is no exception to that rule - from the beautiful HD restoration to the multitude of interviews, short films and accompanying booklet, Arrow's reissue of The Strange Case Of Dr. Jekyll And Miss Osbourne is testimony to their continuing standard of excellence.
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imageIt! The Terror From Beyond Space: Blu-ray Release From Olive Films
One Sentence Review:
Olive Films, as usual, did a great job with the Hi-def restoration of ITTFBS - the picture has been brightened and is free of artifacts but still retains its original, classic B&W appearance however I found the 2.0 mono audio mix to be lacking - the dialogue is low & muffled while the sound FX and score are high & distorted (as compared to both the MGM DVD and VHS versions) - and unfortunately, that is a huge deal-breaker for me.
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imagePeter Benchley's Creature: Blu-ray Release From Olive Films
One Sentence Review:
Other than a 1080p restoration, nothing new has been added to Olive Films' Blu-ray release of 'Creature' that the, long out-of-print, 2007 MGM DVD doesn't already offer (both are 1.78:1 with 5.1 audio & zero Special Features) and on top of that the cover art is a huge spoiler (the creature isn't fully revealed until around the 80 minute mark) if you've never seen the film (which I had not) but, with that being said, it's the only version available for sale and if you're going to buy a copy, it might as well be in Hi-def. 
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imageBlind Woman's Curse: Blu-ray/DVD Release From Arrow Films
One Sentence Review:
Nitpicking an Arrow release is like complaining that the base model Ferrari doesn't come with enough options however, compared to most of their releases, Blind Woman's Curse is slightly wanting in the special features department (trailers and audio commentary track only) but with the beautiful, 1080p restoration, new subtitle translation and top notch packaging you will hardly notice the difference.
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imageMark Of The Devil: Blu-ray/DVD Release From Arrow Films
One Sentence Review:
In 2014, X-mas came twice for American film collectors, once on December 25th and then again when Arrow Video announced that they would begin distributing movies in the United States and all of the excitement was not in vain because their first release, Mark Of The Devil, is absolutely stunning - from its hours of special features right down to the amazing reversible cover art & booklet, Arrow has raised the bar high for U.S. video distributors.
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imageThe Unliving: DVD Release From Bayview Entertainment/Retromedia
One Sentence Review:
With the gorgeous original cover-art, tons of extras and a fully uncut (13 additional minutes) 1.66:1 wide screen transfer, Bayview/Retromedia have nailed this release of 'The Unliving' (aka 'Tomb Of The Werewolf') and made the original 2004 DVD quite obsolete. 
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imageLong Weekend: Blu-ray Release From Synapse Films
One Sentence Review:
Synapse Films' Blu-ray release of Long Weekend isn't the special features upgrade that some of you may have been looking for (the SF are exactly the same as their 2005 DVD release) so you may want to hold out for some future reissue if you already own it but if you need the film for your collection, like I did, the 1080p High Def transfer, DTS HD-Master Audio and ultra-cool, reversible cover art are a pretty spectacular starting point.
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imageMoontrap: Blu-ray Release From Olive Films
One Sentence Review:
Olive Films rescuses the Horror-Sci-Fi, B-movie classic, Moontrap from the dead-format graveyard and gives it a much needed restoration (1.78:1, DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0) and then loads it up with enough special features (Bruce Campbell & Walter Koenig interviews plus a commentary track by Robert Dyke & Tex Ragsdale) to make any space-nerd happy to own it.
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imageNight Game: Blu-ray Release From Olive Films
One Sentence Review:
Olive Films' lack of special features (there are none) is more than made up for by the gorgeously restored 1.85:1 transfer so that combined with the use of the ultra-cool, original poster art as the Blu-ray cover design makes this release a must buy for any collector.
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imageCauldron Of Blood: Blu-ray Release From Olive Films
One Sentence Review:
 This stripped down release of Cauldron Of Blood (Aspect ratio: 1.78:1, Mono DTS-HD Master Audio, No extras) is definitely not for the videophiles but when you factor in Olive Films' amazing original cover art (the best of 2014, for sure) and the fact that this film has never had a digital home video release, the fanboy in you should far out weigh the video snob.
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imageBlackwoods: DVD Release 
From Olive Films
One Sentence Review:
Other than an introduction track by Uwe Boll, Olive Films' release of Blackwoods hasn't really improved upon the lackluster Velocity Home Entertainment release from 2002 (2.0 Stereo, 1.78:1 aspect ratio, no special features except for the movie trailer) but being a child of the 80's video store boom, I'm hardwired to judge a movie based solely on its cover so what this reissue lacks in extras is totally made up for with some seriously kick ass cover art.
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imageHi-8: VHS Release 
From Wildeye Releasing
One Sentence Review:
This VHS release has some pretty decent cover art and comes with a couple of cool movie poster stickers but with the cheap, matte slipcase, generic tape labels (which were peeling off, new out of the box) and $32.95 ($24.95 + $8.00 shipping) price tag, prepare to be extremely disappointed if you buy it.
Would I Buy It?
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