Each week here at Bloody Disgusting we like to highlight some of the new Blu-ray releases hitting shelves across the world. Please note that this isn’t every release for the week, just a few of the ones that jumped out at us.
Very good week of releases this week! Stateside we’ve got the 80’s cult classic Pulse making it’s Blu-ray debut from Mill Creek, while 90’s classic Popcorn gets some steelbook love from Synapse. But the most exciting release of this week comes from Australia’s Via Vision Entertainment as their box set of The Fly is now available. This set includes all five films in The Fly franchise is an absolute must-own for all horror fans!
Star Raiders: The Adventures of Saber Raine (Gravitas Ventures, Region A)
Rocket ships, Rayguns, and Robots abound in this heart-pounding tale where the stellar adventurer Saber Raine is hired to guide three elite soldiers on a rescue mission to a mysterious planet on the outer rim of the galaxy.
Bloodrunners (Speakeasy Pictures, Region A)
It’s 1933 and prohibition has proven very profitable for corrupt cops like Jack Malone. He collects ‘luxury tax’ from every bootlegger and scofflaw in town. Shaking down the newly opened speakeasy should’ve been simple, but instead, Jack and his men uncover a clan of vampires hell bent on taking over the town.
Cold War 2 (Well Go USA, Region A)
Picking up some time after the events in the first movie, Sean Lau is now the Commissioner of Police after the successful rescue operation. However, things turn bad when his wife and daughter are kidnapped. Sean has to seek help from former rival and retired DCP, Waise Lee, to return to his job to help save Sean`s wife and child.
The Lesson (Scream Factory, Region A)
Two schoolboy delinquents learn a lesson that they will never forget when a teacher at the end of his tether decides to abduct them.
Colors (Shout Selects, Region A)
An experienced cop and his rookie partner patrol the streets of East Los Angeles while trying to keep the gang violence under control.
Pulse (Mill Creek, Region A)
An intelligent pulse of electricity is moving from house to house. It terrorizes the occupants by taking control of the appliances, either killing them or causing them to wreck the house in an effort to destroy it. Then it travels along the power lines to the next house, and the terror restarts. Having thus wrecked one household in a quiet neighbourhood, the pulse finds itself in the home of a boy’s divorced father whom he is visiting. It gradually takes control of everything, badly injures the stepmother, and traps father and son, who must fight their way out.
Popcorn (Synapse, Region A)
A group of film students plan an all-night horror film festival in order to raise funds for their cinema club. They decide to show a number of (fictional) horror films from the 1950’s that rely on gimmicks such as 3-D, “Odorama”, and electrical “buzzers” in seats. Unbeknownst to the group, a homicidal maniac is stalking the theater where the festival is being held. A filmmaker named Lanyard Gates, who murdered his family during a screening of his only film in the 1970’s, supplies the decoy killer character, since young Maggie may or may not be his missing daughter…
Icarnate (Universal, Region A)
A scientist with the ability to enter the subconscious minds of the possessed must save a young boy from the grips of a demon with powers never seen before, while facing the horrors of his past.
Man Down (Lionsgate, Region A)
In a post-apocalyptic America, former U.S. Marine Gabriel Drummer searches desperately for the whereabouts of his son, accompanied by his best friend and a survivor.
Compulsion (Kino Lorber, Region A)
Two wealthy law-school students go on trial for murder in this version of the Leopold-Loeb case.
The Eyes of My Mother (Magnet, Region A)
In their secluded farmhouse, a mother, formerly a surgeon in Portugal, teaches her daughter, Francisca, to understand anatomy and be unfazed by death. One afternoon, a mysterious visitor horrifyingly shatters the idyll of Francisca’s family life. Francisca’s loneliness and scarred nature converge years later when her longing to connect with the world takes on a distinctly dark form.
Death Walks At Midnight (Arrow, Region B)
Valentina, a hot-tempered fashion model, duped into trying an experimental psychedelic by a fast-talking tabloid journalist during a photo shoot, inadvertently witnesses a gory murder by a man with a spiked glove in the empty, next-door building. It won’t be the last!
Alien Nation (101 Films, Region B)
A few years from now, Earth will have the first contact with an alien civilisation. These aliens, known as Newcomers, slowly begin to be integrated into human society after years of quarantine but are victims of a new type of discrimination. When the first Newcomer police officer, Sam Francisco is assigned his new partner, he is given Matthew Sykes , a mildly racist veteran, the animosity between them soon gives way to respect as they investigate the Newcomer underworld, and especially Newcomer leader William Harcourt.
Death Walks on High Heels (Arrow, Region B)
Parisian nightclub singer Nicole Rochard is stalked by a demented masked man who may be the killer of her diamond thief father. With the help of a friend, Dr. Robert Matthews, she hopes to elude her pursuer by traveling to the English countryside. But Nicole’s merciless pursuer does not give up so easily, and soon more murders occur.
Cube: 20th Anniversary Special Edition (Via Vision, Region B)
Seven complete strangers of widely varying personality characteristics are involuntarily placed in a cubic maze containing deadly traps and must work together to find a way out.
The Fly: The Ultimate Collection (Via Vision, Region B)
This fantastic collectible boxset includes The Fly (1958), Return Of The Fly (1959), Curse Of The Fly (1965), The Fly – 20th Anniversary Special Edition (1986) and The Fly II – Special Edition (1989). Pushing the boundaries of horror from the outset, The Fly franchise successfully combined spine tingling shocks with heart warming romance and produced some of the most frightening yet memorable films of all time. Presented in a limited edition boxset this Blu Ray collection finally brings together the classic 80’s blockbusters with the original films that inspired them in glorious High Definition.
Cube Zero (3L Film, Region B)
The nature of the cube is finally explained: is run by men behind the controls, operating all that occurs to anyone within it. But when one of they (Eric) sees that there is one woman (Rains) who catches his eye. This prompts Eric to question the disappearance of two of his coworkers, who don’t seem to have returned from a very long absence. When Eric goes down to help the woman escape, he ends up trapped within the cube; and to make matters worse, their superiors send an unorthodox man (Jax) to sort things out. The other worker (Dodd) behind the cube tries his best to stop Jax from finding Eric. But time grows short, and Dodd can only do so much to save his friend and the other victims. And so it remains up to Eric to team up with Rains and Haskell, a hostile victim of the cube…
Shaka Zulu: The Complete Series (Via Vision, Region B)
Shaka Zulu is the powerful true story of tribal Africa during the turbulent 19th century. This critically acclaimed mini-series follows the life of Shaka, a powerful and mighty Zulu leader, as he grows up to fulfil an ancient tribal prophecy, uniting his people into a bold new nation. Shaka is driven by extraordinary intelligence, courage, astounding physical ability and an immortal stance, leading his proud warriors on their quest to be one people, one power, one empire! Shaka Zulu is a sweeping epic dealing with the emerging European colonial expansion and migration to the mysterious continent of Africa.