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.
We have arrived at the last batch of releases before Halloween and it’s a good batch! Vinegar Syndrome is having themselves a week with a couple of David DeCoteau films hitting Blu-ray along with Deathrow Gameshow and Hobgoblins. Over in the UK our friends at 88 Films are giving Frogs the special treatment and newcomer Powerhouse Films is hitting the market with releases of Body Double and Christine. The big release for me this week though, that has to be Umbrella Entertainment’s release of Brian Trenchard-Smith’s The Man from Hong Kong! This release is absolutely loaded and should be high on everyone’s wish list!
Vampire Ecstasy/Sin You Sinners (The Film Movement, Region A)
A lesbian vampire’s soul is kept on in the bodies of her descendants.
Sin You Sinners
A stripper/fortune teller uses a magical Haitian amulet to keep young, and in doing so forces others to kill for her.
The Herschell Gordon Lewis Feast (Arrow Video, Region A)
Collection of Herschell Gordon Lewis films.
Deathrow Gameshow (Vinegar Syndrome, Region Free)
Chuck Toedan’s the host of a gameshow featuring death row convicts competeing in life-or-death contests in hopes of cheating the executioner or, at the very least, winning some nice prizes for their next of kin. Not surprisingly, Chuck has made more than a few enemies, from outraged viewers trying to ban his show, to families of losing contestants looking for revenge. A hitman hired by one such family has shown up at Chuck’s office, and he’ll need to enlist the help of his most outspoken critic to keep from ending up like most of his contestants
The Night of the Grizzly (Olive Signature, Region A)
Marshall “Big Jim” Cole turns in his badge and heads to Wyoming with his family in order to settle on some land left him by a relative. He faces opposition both from a neighbor who wants that land for his own sons, and from a grizzly bear nicknamed “Satan” who keeps killing Cole’s livestock.
Wolf Lake (Kino Lorber, Region A)
War veterans visit a lakeside cabin for a week of shooting, drinking, etc. but find the cabin being looked after by a young caretaker named David. When David’s status as a war deserter is revealed, all hell breaks loose.
The Id (Hutson Ranch Media, Region A)
For decades, Meridith Lane (Amanda Wyss, A Nightmare on Elm Street) has felt trapped in her home. Thriving on memories of youth, she watches the years slip by while caring for her abusive father…until a figure from her past makes a surprising return. In order to live the life she desires, Meridith must confront her father’s monstrous cruelty and attempt to escape his tyrannical grip. But the man who controls her every move won’t let go without a fight, leading father and daughter into a series of desperate and irreversible acts.
Suddenly (The Film Detective, Region A)
The tranquility of a small town is marred only by sheriff Tod Shaw’s unsuccessful courtship of widow Ellen Benson, a pacifist who can’t abide guns and those who use them. But violence descends on Ellen’s household willy-nilly when the U.S. President passes through town… and slightly psycho hired assassin John Baron finds the Benson home ideal for an ambush.
Murder Weapon/Deadly Embrace (Vinegar Syndrome, Region Free)
Two daughters of monsters get out of the sanitarium after having killed a boyfriend in the shower, supposedly cured and on the right track. They hold a party and invite all their old boyfriends, making all of them think there is still hope for a relationship. Then the boyfriends start disappearing one by one.
A beautiful but horny and neglected Beverly Hills wife hires a hot young stud as a gardener. It eventually gets through to her husband that some hanky-panky may possibly be going on, and he begins to spy on her. Complications, and murder, ensue.
The Executioner (Criterion, Region A)
This masterpiece of black humor, beloved in Spain but too little seen elsewhere, threads a scathing critique of Franco-era values through a macabre farce about an undertaker who marries an executioner’s daughter and reluctantly takes over her father’s job so the family can keep their government-allotted apartment. As caustic today as it was in 1963, this early collaboration between Luis García Berlanga and his longtime screenwriter Rafael Azcona is an unerring depiction of what Berlanga called “the invisible traps that society sets up for us.” A furiously funny personal attack on capital punishment, The Executioner escaped the state censors who sought to suppress it, and today is regarded as one of the greatest Spanish films of all time.
Street Fighter II: The Animated Movie (Discotek Media, Region A)
Bison, the ruthless leader of the international terrorist organization Shadowlaw, has been desperately searching for the greatest fighter on the planet for years. He finds it in Ryu, a young wanderer who never stays in one place long enough for Bison to find him. He does, however, get a fix on Ken Masters, an American martial arts champion who studied with Ryu as a child under the same master. Meanwhile, Major Guile of the United States Army is forced to team up with Chun Li from China in hopes of apprehending Bison and putting a stop to his international ring of crime.
Manhattan Baby (Blue Underground, Region A)
An archaeologist opens an Egyptian tomb and accidentally releases an evil spirit. His young daughter becomes possessed by the freed entity and, upon arrival back in New York, the gory murders begin…
Nightmare Sisters (Vinegar Syndrome, Region Free)
Melody, Marci, and Mickey are three geeky college girls who can’t get a date. One night, they invite some geeky college guys over and have a seance that results in the girls becoming possessed and turning into sex starved vamps. Will the geek hero guys be able to stop the horrible possession?
Burial Ground: The Nights of Terror (Severin, Region A)
A professor opens a crypt and reanimates rotten zombies. The zombies attack a jet-set-group which is celebrating a party in a villa nearby.
Hobgoblins (Vinegar Syndrome, Region Free)
A young security guard must track down diminutive aliens who kill people even as they make their fantasies come true.
Lights Out (Warner Bros, Region A)
A woman is haunted by a creature that only appears when the lights go out. A feature adaptation of the 2013 short film, “Lights Out” by David Sandberg.
The Exorcist III (Scream Factory, Region A)
Fifteen years after Regan MacNeil’s exorcism, Lt. Kinderman hunts a particularly cruel serial killer, whose murders involve torture, decapitation and the desecration of religious icons. They also resemble those of the Gemini Killer, who has been dead for fifteen years.
Frogs (88 Films, Region B)
Jason Crockett is an aging, grumpy, physically disabled millionaire who invites his family to his island estate for his birthday celebration. Pickett Smith is a free-lance photographer who is doing a pollution layout for an ecology magazine. Jason Crockett hates nature, poisoning anything that crawls on his property. On the night of his birthday the frogs and other
Tales of Halloween (Arrow, Region B)
Ten stories are woven together by their shared theme of Halloween night in an American suburb, where ghouls, imps, aliens and axe murderers appear for one night only to terrorize unsuspecting residents.
Body Double (Powerhouse Films, Region B)
Lonely actor Jake Scully house-sits an upscale apartment. He enjoys its view of a sensual neighbor… until he accidentally spies her shocking death. But in a labyrinth of erotic deception, nothing is what it seems — including the identity of the femme fatale! To unlock the mystery, Jake must lure the woman who holds the key: the sexy Holly Body.
Christine (Powerhouse Films, Region B)
Geeky student Arnie Cunningham falls for Christine, a rusty 1958 Plymouth Fury, and becomes obsessed with restoring the classic automobile to her former glory. But as the car changes, so does Arnie, and his newfound confidence turns to arrogance behind the wheel of his exotic beauty. Arnie’s girlfriend Leigh and best friend Dennis reach out to him, only to be met by a Fury like no other.
The Man From Hong Kong (Umbrella Entertainment, Region B)
The Far East and the Land Down Under are about to have a head-on collision in this action drama. Fang is an undercover detective from Hong Kong sent to Australia to crack open the operation of a Sydney mob boss named Wilton. Fang puts his skills as a hang glider pilot and martial arts master to work as he sets up Wilton for a literally explosive finale.