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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.

Second to last week of September offers up a wide variety of releases both in the US and over in the UK. Warner Bros with a trio of heavily requested titles in It, Salem’s Lot and Cat’s Eye and all at really good prices – most retailers have these at just around $10. Brian Trenchard-Smith’s Dead-End Drive-In finally hits Blu-ray this week courtesy of Arrow Video and it’s incredibly, an absolute must for every collection. My favorite releases of the week though come from Criterion Collection in the form of Blood Simple and Cat People. Both wonderful films and they look absolutely gorgeous on these Criterion Blu-rays.

US Releases

Golgo 13: The Professional (Discotek Media, Region A)

Synopsis:
On his 62nd birthday, oil baron Leonard Dawson witnesses the public assassination of his son and heir, Robert. From this point on, Leonard becomes obsessed with revenge on the hitman—code name: GOLGO 13. Dawson spares nothing to enlist the CIA, FBI, and U.S. military in an unrelenting manhunt for his son’s killer. As GOLGO’s survival depends on stopping Dawson himself, the hunter and the hunted chase each other in a breathless game of kill or be killed.

Den-Noh Coil: Collection Two (Maiden Japen, Region A)

Synopsis:
Eleven years after the introduction of internet-connected, augmented reality eyeglasses and visors, Yūko Okonogi moves with her family to Daikoku City, the technological center of the emerging half-virtual world. Yūko joins her grandmother’s “investigation agency” comprised of children equipped with virtual tools and powerful metatags. She quickly crosses paths with Yūko Amasawa, an expert hacker of the virtual environ

ment, as Amasawa relentlessly seeks to “unlock” the mystery of a computer virus that emerges from an inaccessible corrupted space.

The Ultimate James Bond Collection (MGM, Region A)

Synopsis:
Collection of 24 James Bond movies.

Sacrifice (Scream Factory, Region A)

Synopsis:
Sacrifice is the story of consultant surgeon, Tora Hamilton, who moves with her husband, Duncan, to the remote Shetland Islands, 100 miles off the north-east coast of Scotland. Deep in the peat soil around her new home, Tora discovers the body of a young woman with rune marks carved into her skin and a gaping hole where her heart once beat. Ignoring warnings to leave well alone, Tora uncovers terrifying links to a legend that might never have been confined to the pages of the story-books.

Fixed Bayonets! (Kino Lorber, Region A)

Synopsis:
The story of a platoon during the Korean War. One by one Corporal Denno’s superiors are killed until it comes to the point where he must try to take command responsibility.

Mai-Chan’s Daily Life: The Movie (Redemption Films, Region A)

Synopsis:
Based on the popular Manga by Waita Uziga, MAI-CHAN’S DAILY LIFE is a diabolical dark comedy that takes fetish violence to shocking new extremes. A young woman, Miyako (Akane Miyako) responds to an advertisement for a live-in maid, and is given a job alongside the playfully alluring Mai-chan (Koshi Ann). Miyako quickly learns that housecleaning is the least of her duties, as the master (Maruyama Shogo) and his wife (Roman Soako) use the maids as toys in their unbridled erotic fantasies.

Fright Night 2: New Blood (Fox, Region A)

Synopsis:
When high school student Charlie attends a study abroad program with his horror obsessed friend “Evil” Ed and ex-girlfriend AMY in Romania, he soon discovers their young attractive professor Gerri (Jaime Murray) is a real life vampire. Too bad no one believes him. In fact, Evil Ed finds it amusing and it only feeds his vampire obsession. When Gerri turns Ed, Charlie seeks out Peter Vincent, the infamous vampire hunter (well, he plays one on TV) who is in Romania filming his show “Fright Night,” to teach him how to take down Gerri before she gets to Amy, who’s blood will cure Gerri of spending eternity as a vampire.

Salem’s Lot (Warner Bros, Region A)

Synopsis:
Vampires are invading a small New England town. It’s up to a novelist and a young horror fan to save it.

Blood Simple (Criterion, Region A)

Synopsis:
When Marty, the owner of a backwoods bar, hires a man to kill his cheating wife and her boyfriend, he opens a door into the criminal world that he’ll never be able to shut. The sleazy hit man decides instead to shoot Marty, thereby collecting his unearned fee and eliminating the only person who could implicate him. Or so he thinks.

It (Warner Bros, Region A)

Synopsis:
A malevolent force in a small New England town takes the shape of a clown, but he’s not clowning around. Instead, he terrifies youngsters and brings some to their untimely doom – until some wily kids fight back. The evil resurfaces 30 years later: meaner, angrier, deadlier. And friends who vividly remember youthful terrors reunite to battle It. Based on the 1986 novel.

High Noon (Olive Films, Region A)

Synopsis:
A retired Marshal must defend his town from a revengeful villain.

Cat People (Criterion Collection, Region A)

Synopsis:
An American man marries a Serbian immigrant who fears that she will turn into the cat person of her homeland’s fables if they are intimate together.

Cat’s Eye (Warner Bros, Region A)

Synopsis:
Three tales: A New York smoker turns to a shady self-help operation. An Atlantic City mobster forces his wife’s lover to walk the ledge around his apartment high-rise. A young girl has difficulty sleeping. Though her parents suspect the family cat of wrongdoing, the girl knows better after she spots a foot-high troll coming out of her bedroom wall.

The Enemy Below (Kino Lorber, Region A)

Synopsis:
During World War II, the USS Haynes, an American destroyer escort discovers a German U-boat in the South Atlantic. A deadly duel between the two ships ensues, and Captain Murrell must draw upon all his experience to defeat the equally experienced German commander.

Twin Peaks: The Original Series, Fire Walk With Me & The Missing Pieces (Paramount, Region A)

Synopsis:
An idiosyncratic FBI Agent investigates the murder of a young woman in the even more idiosyncratic town of Twin Peaks.

The Rift (Kino Lorber, Region A)

Synopsis:
An experimental submarine, the “Siren II”, with a very experienced crew is sent to find out what happened to the “Siren I”, mysteriously disappeared in a submarine rift. Things go awry when they begin to find things that shouldn’t be there…

Beware! The Blob (Kino Lorber, Region A)

Synopsis:
A technician brings a frozen specimen of the original Blob back from the North Pole. When his wife accidentally defrosts the thing, it terrorizes the populace, including the local hippies, kittens, and bowlers.

Johnny Guitar (Olive Films, Region A)

Synopsis:
Vienna has built a saloon outside of town, and she hopes to build her own town once the railroad is put through, but the townsfolk want her gone.

Labyrinth: 30th Anniversary Edition (Sony Pictures, Region A)

Synopsis:
Fifteen-year-old Sarah (Jennifer Connelly) is so resentful of her baby brother Toby that she hopes he will just disappear. Her dream becomes reality when goblins kidnap the boy–but Sarah unexpectedly finds herself horrified by the loss. So she sets forth to retrieve him, and finds herself on the adventure of a lifetime. To accomplish her task, she will somehow have to reach the center of the fantastical labyrinth where the wicked Goblin King (David Bowie, who performs two songs) has imprisoned the lad. But the task is easier said than done, for the maze is filled with strange creatures and mind-bending puzzles that confuse the girl. Directed by Jim Henson and penned by Monty Python’s Terry Jones, ‘Labyrinth’ is a distinctive, beautifully designed dark fantasy for all ages.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: Out of the Shadows (Paramount, Region A)

Synopsis:
The Turtles return to save the city from a dangerous threat.

Dead-End Drive-In (Arrow, Region A)

Synopsis:
In the near future, drive-in theatres are turned into concentration camps for the undesirable and unemployed. The prisoners don’t really care to escape because they are fed and they have a place to live which is, in most cases, probably better than the outside. Crabs and his girlfriend Carmen are put into the camp and all Crabs wants to do is escape.

UK Releases

Hard Target 2 (Universal, Region B)

Synopsis:
Retired mixed martial artist Wes “The Jailor” Baylor (Scott Adkins) can’t refuse a million-dollar purse he’s offered for one final bout in Myanmar. But when he arrives for the fight, he learns he’s been tricked into becoming the target of a human hunt. Carrying only water and a ruby-filled money belt for the last person standing, Wes must outsmart the heavily armed group that has paid to kill him. As he fights for his life in the treacherous jungle terrain, the hunters become the hunted.

Friend Request (Warner Bros, Region B)

Synopsis:
When college student Laura unfriends a mysterious girl online, she finds herself fighting a demonic presence that wants to make her lonely by killing her closest friends.

Labyrinth: 30th Anniversary Edition (Sony Pictures, Region A)

Synopsis:
Fifteen-year-old Sarah (Jennifer Connelly) is so resentful of her baby brother Toby that she hopes he will just disappear. Her dream becomes reality when goblins kidnap the boy–but Sarah unexpectedly finds herself horrified by the loss. So she sets forth to retrieve him, and finds herself on the adventure of a lifetime. To accomplish her task, she will somehow have to reach the center of the fantastical labyrinth where the wicked Goblin King (David Bowie, who performs two songs) has imprisoned the lad. But the task is easier said than done, for the maze is filled with strange creatures and mind-bending puzzles that confuse the girl. Directed by Jim Henson and penned by Monty Python’s Terry Jones, ‘Labyrinth’ is a distinctive, beautifully designed dark fantasy for all ages.

Dead-End Drive-In (Arrow, Region A)

Synopsis:
In the near future, drive-in theatres are turned into concentration camps for the undesirable and unemployed. The prisoners don’t really care to escape because they are fed and they have a place to live which is, in most cases, probably better than the outside. Crabs and his girlfriend Carmen are put into the camp and all Crabs wants to do is escape.

Satan’s Blood (Screenbound Pictures, Region B)

Synopsis:
Andy and Thelma, an urbanite couple living in Madrid, leave their apartment for a pleasant day around the city with their dog. They cross paths with Bruno and Anne, a strange couple who invite them to their foreboding country estate. A storm hits that evening and the two stay overnight. The couples engage in a bit of harmless communication with spirits via ouija board, but soon past conflicts arise Thelma had an affair with Andy’s brother, and Anne criticizes Bruno over his attempted suicide. This is only the beginning of all the horrors that will haunts them in the house…

Green Room (Altitude Film, Region B)

Synopsis:
A young punk rock band find themselves trapped in a secluded venue after stumbling upon a horrific act of violence.

The Blue Dahlia (Arrow, Region B)

Synopsis:
An ex-bomber pilot is suspected of murdering his unfaithful wife.

Psychomania (BFI, Region B)

Synopsis:
The leader of a notorious motorbike gang, The Living Dead, believes he has found the secret to immortality: all you have to do is commit suicide while firmly believing you will come back. The result: a uniquely bizarre blend of vintage British biker flicks and Dennis Wheatley, from the writers of the equally unusual “Horror Express.”

The Glass Key (Arrow, Region B)

Synopsis:
During the campaign for reelection, the crooked politician Paul Madvig decides to clean up his past, refusing the support of the gangster Nick Varna and associating to the respectable reformist politician Ralph Henry.

 

Chris Coffel is originally from Phoenix, AZ and now resides in Portland, OR. He’s written a number of unproduced screenplays that he swears are decent. He likes the Phoenix Suns, Paul Simon and 'The 'Burbs.' On and cats, he also likes cats.


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