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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.

Finally week of September is here and it’s a good one for the home video crowd. Lots and lots of good stuff hitting shelves this week. Some exclusive stuff coming from both Vinegar Syndrome and Shout Factory that you’ll want to get quick because they’re limited. The Vestron Video Collector’s Series debuts with Blood Diner and Chopping Mall, both wonderful releases. Over in the UK 88 Films kicks off their 88 Asia collection with Hex. And that’s just scratching the surface! All the heavy hitters have new releases this week, so get to shopping!

US Releases

An American Werewolf in London – 35th Anniversary Edition (Universal, Region A)

Synopsis:
The tale of a tourist from the U.S. whose stay in London is disrupted when, after being bitten by a wolf, he turns into a werewolf.

Bill & Ted’s Most Excellent Collection (Shout Select, Region A)

Bill & Ted’s Excellect Adventure
Keanu Reeves (The Matrix) and Alex Winter (The Lost Boys) deliver “spirited performances” (The Hollywood Reporter) in the original righteous comedy about the two ditzy dudes from San Dimas, California. Also starring George Carlin, this hysterically funny historical comedy is a “snappily directed” (Time), “bouncy good time” (The Boston Globe) and a party that goes on and on! Bill (Winter) and Ted (Reeves) have spent so much time forming their rock band, The Wyld Stallyns, that they’re flunking history. Whoa, duuuude! And when Ted’s dad threatens to send him away to military school, Bill and Ted realize it could mean the most heinous end of The Stallyns! Luckily, a guardian angel from the future, Rufus (Carlin), has come to them with a most bodacious solution: a time-traversing phone booth to take them into the past to learn about the world from some of history’s most influential personalities.

Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey
A tyrant from the future creates evil android doubles of Bill and Ted and sends them back to eliminate the originals.

Seraph of the End: Vampire Reign – Complete Series (FUNinmation, Region A)

Synopsis:
In 2012, the world allegedly comes to an end at the hands of a human-made virus, ravaging the global populace and leaving only children untouched. It is at this time that vampires emerge from the recesses of the earth, likely followed by age-old horrors of the dark thought only to be myth. The vampires sweep the earth and claim it in a single violent stroke, subjugating the remnants of humanity and leading them beneath the surface to safety. This “protection” comes at the price of donating blood to their captors. At the age of twelve, Yūichirō and his friend and fellow orphan Mikaela plotted to escape along with the children in Hyakuya Orphanage. However, this resulted in their deaths and Mikaela sacrifices himself in order for Yūichirō to escape and be saved by members of the Moon Demon Company, an extermination unit of the Japanese Imperial Demon Army. Four years later, Yūichirō dedicates his life to destroy vampires and seek revenge against them for murdering his “family”.

Patterns (The Film Detective, Region A)

Synopsis:
Fred Staples, the newest executive in a large firm, strikes up a friendship with the vice president to whom he reports and who has devoted his entire life to the company at the expense of his family. Staples is good at his job and the company’s hard-nosed president is pleased with his choice. But Staples finds his ethics and ambition at odds, when the president tells him he’s been recruited to replace the VP.

Kamikaze 1989 (Film Movement, Region A)

Synopsis:
In a totalitarian society of the future, in which the government controls all facets of the media, a homicide detective investigates a string of bombings, and finds out more than he bargained for.

Howard Lovecraft and the Frozen Kingdom (Shout Factory, Region A)

Synopsis:
After visiting his father in Arkham Sanitarium, young Howard Lovecraft ignores his father’s ominous warning and uses the legendary Necronomicon to open a portal to a strange, frozen world filled with horrifying creatures and grave danger. Alone and scared, Howard befriends a hideous creature he names Spot who becomes his companion throughout their treacherous journey across the Frozen Kingdom.

Francesca (Unearthed Films, Region A)

Synopsis:
Two detectives must catch a serial killer, but their only chance to find him, is to solve the case of missing girl who disappeared 15 years ago.

Corpse Party (Switchblade Pictures, Region A)

Synopsis:
Facing goodbyes and graduation, Naomi Nakashima, her childhood friend Satoshi Mochida, and their classmates, are clearing up after their last ever cultural festival, when horror buff class representative Ayumi Shinozaki decides to perform Sachiko Ever After so they will stay friends forever. Instead, they were whisked away to a haunted graduation ceremony for Heavenly Host Elementary School, forced to close after a series of gruesome murders. What fate awaits Naomi and her friends at the cursed school…?

Cabo Blanco (Kino Lorber, Region A)

Synopsis:
Offshore near Caboblanco, Peru, an explorer of sea wrecks is murdered. However, local authorities decide that the official cause of death is “accidental drowning.” Among the skeptical is Giff Hoyt, an expatriate American, longtime Caboblanco resident and popular innkeeper. Giff’s interest is further piqued when Marie arrives in town. Her passport is confiscated by the corrupt authority, and Giff protests. Furthermore, a Nazi named Beckdorff lives in a well-fortified compound near town, and he might be responsible for the explorer’s death. Beckdorff himself seeks sunken treasure in the area, as well as protection from local interference. Can Giff Hoyt stifle the evil Beckdorff, save the lovely Marie, and possibly even locate sunken treasure?

Valley of the Dolls (Criterion, Region A)

Synopsis:
Straight from the best-selling pages of Jacqueline Susann’s audacious novel comes the unforgettable tale of three glamorous women who will stop at nothing to get to the top. Oscar winners Patty Duke, Lee Grant and Susan Hayward team with Sharon Tate and Barbara Parkins for this spectacular, satisfying and well-before-its-time tale of hedonism and one-upmanship on the road to fame! When a small-town beauty arrives in New York, she becomes instant friends with a struggling singer, Neely, and an actress, Jennifer. Together these headstrong, career-driven gals embark on a roller coaster ride of fast-talking men, endless nights of partying, booze…and pills that they call “dolls.” But as they careen down the path to superstardom, one of them may face more self-destructive behavior than she can handle in this riveting and acclaimed hit film!

Beyond the Valley of the Dolls (Criterion, Region A)

Synopsis:
Fun-loving bombshells Kelly, Casey and Pet have a rock band, and they’re headed to Hollywood to make it big. Thanks to Kelly’s well-connected aunt, they soon find themselves at a hedonistic love-in thrown by eccentric music promoter Ronnie “Z-Man” Barzell. He takes them under his wing, and a new world of sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll unfolds. Superstardom is within reach, if only their newfound distractions don’t get in the way!

Slugs (Arrow, Region A)

Synopsis:
People are dying mysteriously and gruesomely, and nobody has a clue what the cause is. Only health worker Mike Brady has a possible solution, but his theory of killer slugs is laughed at by the authorities. Only when the body count begins to rise and a slug expert from England begins snooping around does it begin to look like Mike had the right idea after all.

Warcraft (Universal, Region A)

Synopsis:
An epic fantasy/adventure based on the popular video game series.

Lady in White (Scream Factory, Region A)

Synopsis:
Locked in a school closet during Halloween 1962, young Frank witnesses the ghost of a young girl and the man who murdered her years ago. Shortly afterward he finds himself stalked by the killer and is soon drawn to an old house where a mysterious Lady In White lives. As he discovers the secret of the woman he soon finds that the killer may be someone close to him.

Blood Diner (Lionsgate, Region A)

Synopsis:
Two cannibalistic brothers kill various young women to make their flesh part of their new special dish at their rundown restaurant while seeking blood sacrifices to awaken a dormant Egyptian goddess.

The Neon Demon (Broad Green Pictures, Region A)

Synopsis:
When aspiring model Jesse moves to Los Angeles, her youth and vitality are devoured by a group of beauty-obsessed women who will take any means necessary to get what she has.

Chopping Mall (Lionsgate, Region A)

Synopsis:
Eight teenagers are trapped after hours in a high tech shopping mall and pursued by three murderous security robots out of control.

Highlander: 30th Anniversary Edition (Lionsgate, Region A)

Synopsis:
During a fierce sword battle in the 1500s, Connor MacLeod, a simple Scotsman known as a poor fighter, is mortally wounded — but he does not die. MacLeod learns from the mysterious Ramírez that he is of a race of immortals. These rare knights never age and never reproduce, they can only meet death by the blade of another of their kind. Leaping back and forth through the centuries, MacLeod once again meets the evil Kurgan who nearly killed him 500 years ago. There can be only one.

The Shallows (Sony, Region A)

Synopsis:
When Nancy is attacked by a great white shark while surfing alone, she is stranded just a short distance from shore. Though she is only 200 yards from her survival, getting there proves the ultimate contest of wills.

Count Dracula’s Great Love (Vinegar Syndrome, Region A)

Synopsis:
Paul Naschy as the Amorous Dracula sets out to seduce his one great love with the help of his trio of sexy Vampiric Mistresses. In this tale, four young women, who seek refuge in a castle on a rainy night, only to find themselves in the lair of the vampire king. The great beauty of one of the women leads him to take her as his mate, using the other three as servants to acquire blood for them…

The Shape of Things to Come (Blue Underground, Region A)

Synopsis:
Planet Earth is a devastated wasteland, and what’s left of humanity has colonized the Moon in domed cities. Humanity’s continued survival depends on an anti-radiation drug only available on planet Delta Three, which has been taken over by Omus, a brilliant but mad mechanic who places no value on human life. Omus wants to come to the Moon to rule and intends to attack it by ramming robot-controlled spaceships into the domes. Dr. John Caball, his son Jason, Jason’s friend, Kim, and a robot named Sparks embark on Caball’s space battlecruiser on an unauthorized mission to Delta Three to stop Omus.

Grimm: Season Five (Universal, Region A)

Synopsis:
In modern day Portland, Oregon, a police detective inherits the ability to see supernatural creatures.

Message From Space (Shout Factory Exclusive, Region A)

Synopsis:
In this Star Wars take-off, the peaceful planet of Jillucia has been nearly wiped out by the Gavanas, whose leader takes orders from his mother (played a comic actor in drag) rather than the Emperor. King Kaiba sends out eight Liabe holy seeds, each to be received by a chosen one to defend the Gavanas. Each recipient, ranging from hardened General Garuda to Gavana Prince Hans to young Terrans Meia, Kido, and Aaron all have different reactions to being chosen.

Cell (Lionsgate, Region A)

Synopsis:
When a mysterious cell phone signal causes apocalyptic chaos, an artist is determined to reunite with his young son in New England.

Up from the Depths (Shout Factory Exclusive, Region A)

Synopsis:
A series of mysterious aquatic attacks indicate the presence of some huge, previously unknown giant species of shark that has risen to the surface and is preying on tourists, fishermen, researchers, etc. A local beachcomber and scam artist, Sullivan, will have to put out to sea to defeat it.

Horror House on Highway 5 (Vinegar Syndrome Exclusive, Region A)

Synopsis:
A van full of college students traveling down a highway is terrorized by a psycho killer in a Richard Nixon mask.

Hellbent (Vinegar Syndrome Exclusive, Region A)

Synopsis:
An evil black-clad manager claims the soul of a would-be rock star whose life spins out of control, heading toward heavy-metal doom and folk-rock purgatory

The Velvet Vampire (Shout Factory Exclusive, Region A)

Synopsis:
A couple accepts an invitation from the mysterious Diane LeFanu to visit her in her secluded desert estate. Unaware that Diane is actually a centuries-old vampire, the couple soon realize that they are both the objects of her seduction and cravings…

Time Walker (Shout Factory Exclusive, Region A)

Synopsis:
An alien, buried in King Tut’s tomb, terrorizes a college campus.

UK Releases

Hex (88 Films, Region B)

Synopsis:
A woman, who believes she has murdered her abusive husband, then sees him return as a vengeful ghost.

Slugs (Arrow, Region B)

Synopsis:
People are dying mysteriously and gruesomely, and nobody has a clue what the cause is. Only health worker Mike Brady has a possible solution, but his theory of killer slugs is laughed at by the authorities. Only when the body count begins to rise and a slug expert from England begins snooping around does it begin to look like Mike had the right idea after all.

Hannibal (Zoom Steelbook, Region B)

Synopsis:
Years after escaping custody, the brilliant but psychotic Dr. Hannibal Lecter settles in Italy and becomes the curator of an art museum in Florence, even learning to curb his appetite for human flesh. Back in the States, FBI agent Clarice Starling has been discredited by the bureau and her nights have been haunted by dreams of her past conversations with Lecter. Mason Verger, a twisted pedophile whose encounter with Lecter left him disfigured and paralyzed, places a bounty on Lecter’s head. When Clarice gets word, she goes in search of Lecter to warn him and unwittingly becomes a pawn in Verger’s plans for revenge.

Death Note: Complete Series and OVA Collection (Manga Home Entertainment, Region B)

Synopsis:
Light Yagami is an ace student with great prospects and he’s bored out of his mind. But all that changes when he finds the Death Note, a notebook dropped by a rogue Shinigami death god. Any human whose name is written in the notebook dies, and now Light has vowed to use the power of the Death Note to rid the world of evil. But when criminals begin dropping dead, the authorities send the legendary detective L to track down the killer. With L hot on his heels, will Light lose sight of his noble goal…or his life?

River of Death (88 Films, Region B)

Synopsis:
In 1945, with the Allies approaching, two German officers ransack a monastery in Greece and make plans to escape with the loot. However, one of the Germans is left behind by his partner, while the other escapes by submarine from Wilhelmshaven. Forty years elapse, a wealthy millionaire, Smith, hires Hamilton, allegedly an expert on the jungle, to lead him to the ruins of a lost Indian civilization recently discovered in the wilderness of the Amazon jungle in Brazil. The entourage faces giant anacondas, giant spiders, cannibalistic natives, and so on, discovering a settlement of Nazi war criminals and their descendants, living as if the Third Reich had never ended. It is soon clear that Smith’s real purpose has little to do with archaeology, and more to do with revenge.

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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