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’ve come to the final week of January releases and January is going out with a bang! Lots of good stuff from all over the world this week. Stateside we’ve got new stuff from The Film Detective, Scream Factory, Blue Underground, Vinegar Syndrome, Vestron Video, 88 Films and more! The release I’m most excited about this week is Parents which has been on my must-want list for some time. Also glad to see Serial Mom is getting a Blu-ray release in Australia. We’re still yet to get one in the US.
Tyler Perry’s Boo! A Madea Halloween (Lionsgate, Region A)
Madea winds up in the middle of mayhem when she spends a haunted Halloween fending off killers, paranormal poltergeists, ghosts, ghouls and zombies while keeping a watchful eye on a group of misbehaving teens.
The Black Dragon’s Revenge (The Film Detective, Region A)
When news breaks of Bruce Lee’s sudden death, an elite martial artist is enlisted to investigate the mysterious circumstances.
Love Camp 7 (Blue Underground, Region A)
Two young WAC officers go undercover as POW’s in the prison camp hoping to get some information from a scientist that’s being held there, before being sprung out by the French resistance. Unfortunately things go wrong with the break out and they end up overstaying their welcome and being subjected to the same indignities as the other inmates.
Blood Mania/Point of Terror (Vinegar Syndrome, Region A)
A young doctor is haunted by a questionable past and entrapped in a hopeless present by jealousy, blackmail and finally, murder.
Point of Terror
A nightclub singer has nightmares about being involved in adultery and murder, only to wake up and find that they may not be nightmares.
Don’t Answer the Phone! (Vinegar Syndrome, Region A)
A deeply disturbed photographer and Vietnam veteran, named Kirk Smith, terrorizes Los Angeles by going around strangling lingerie-clad young women in their homes while taunting Lindsay Gale, a young psychologist, by calling her on a radio call-in show to describe his sexual hang-ups and misogynistic ways, while a local police detective, Lt. McCable, is always two steps behind in trying to catch the psycho.
Parents (Vestron Video, Region A)
Meet the Laemles. Dad’s got a great job, Mom has all the modern conveniences a happy homemaker could ask for and ten-year-old Michael has neat new friends and two parents that kill him with kindness. They’re the all-American family of 1954, with one small exception.
The Lair of the White Worn (Vestron Video, Region A)
Scottish archaeologist Angus Flint discovers an odd skull amid the ruins of a convent and learns of the legend of the D’Ampton Worm, a huge dragon-snake. As people begin disappearing and acting strangely, it appears that an ancient cult is attempting to resurrect the Worm.
Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (Paramount, Region A)
Jack Reacher returns to the headquarters of his old unit, only to find out he’s now accused of a 16-year-old homicide.
Poltergeist II: The Other Side (Scream Factory, Region A)
The Freeling family settles into a new home following the annihilation of their former residence by terrifying visitors from the netherworld. But the spirits of the dead are still hell-bent on luring the family’s clairvoyant daughter Carol Anne to “the other side”!
Poltergeist III (Scream Factory, Region A)
They’re back…again! And they’re still looking for Carol Anne, who has been sent by her parents to live in a Chicago high rise with her aunt, uncle and cousin. Now Carol Anne must face demons more frightening than ever before, as they move from invading homes to taking over an entire skyscraper.
Best of the Best (4 Digital, Region B)
A team from the United States are going to compete in the world finals in karate. The team consists of fighters from all nations, can they overcome their rivalry and work together to win?
Best of the Best 2 (4 Digital, Region B)
The Coloseum is the fighting arena owned by the champion Bracus. Now after the death of their friend, Rhee and Roberts are want revenge.
The New Centurions (Indicator, Region Free)
An idealistic rookie cop joins the LAPD to make ends meet while finishing law school, and is indoctrinated by a seasoned veteran. As time goes on, he loses his ambitions and family as police work becomes his entire life.
Dead Heat (88 Films, Regon B)
Roger Mortis and Doug Bigelow are cops chasing crooks who are unstoppable because they’re already dead. When their investigation leads them to the mysterious Dante Pharmaceuticals, someone murders Mortis — but Bigelow and a coroner named Smythers discover the Resurrection Room, where the dead crooks have been brought back to life. It’s time to revive Mortis and take the fight to the bad guys.
Ghosts of Mars (Indicator, Region B)
By the year 2176, the planet Mars, long inhabited by human settlers, has become the manifest destiny of an over-populated Earth. Nearly 640,000 people now live and work all over Mars, mining the planet for its abundant natural resources. But one of those mining operations has uncovered a deadly mother lode: a long dormant Martian civilization whose warriors are systematically taking over the bodies of human intruders. Lt. Melanie Ballard of the Martian Police Force is on transport assignment to bring James “Desolation” Williams, the planet’s most notorious criminal, to justice. Williams has no plans to make Ballard’s job easy. What begins as a battle of force and wits between cop and criminal soon turns into something more fundamental: a battle for human survival in the realm of the Martian warriors. It’s civilization against civilization as Ballard and Williams join forces in mortal combat with the Ghosts of Mars.
Vampires (Indicator, Region B)
Prolific director John Carpenter takes on the vampire genre in his action-horror film VAMPIRES. Bitter, tough-as-nails vampire hunter Jack Crow (James Woods) leads a specialized team, funded by no less than the Vatican, that is dedicated to destroying the race of vampires that inhabit the earth. The team is successful, and becomes lazy in its success, eventually falling victim to an elaborate ambush set up by a powerful master vampire. Crow and two others of his team are the only survivors, and are determined to get revenge for the massacre. Carpenter takes the genre to new heights with powerful action scenes, nifty vampire-killing weapons and great special effects. James Woods is wonderfully over the top as the head vampire hunter who has no love for the Vatican and a mysterious past that is never far behind him. VAMPIRES is based on the book by John Steakley, adapted for the screen by Don Jakoby. The score is creepy and powerful, a typical characteristic for a Carpenter film.
Raising Cain (Arrow, Region B)
Carter Nix (John Lithgow) is a respected psychologist, loving husband and devoted father who decides to take a year off to help raise his daughter. Carter’s wife Jenny (Lolita Davidovich) is pleased to have her attentive husband home – at first. When Carter shows obsessive behavior toward their daughter, Jenny becomes concerned, and to complicate matters, Jenny’s old flame (Steven Bauer) re-enters her life. But nothing can prepare her for the emergence of Carter’s multiple personalities, and a fiendish plot to recreate the infamous, experiments of his deranged father.
Runaway Train (Arrow, Region B)
Manny is the toughest convict in a remote Alaskan prison who, along with fellow inmate Buck, makes a daring breakout. Hopping a freight train, they head full steam for freedom, but when the engineer dies of a heart attack, they find themselves trapped, alone and speeding towards certain disaster.
Serial Mom (Shock, Region B)
A sweet mother takes a little too much at heart for the defence of her family.
Sssssss (Shock, Region B)
David, a college student, is looking for a job. He is hired by Dr. Stoner as a lab assistant for his research and experiments on snakes. David also begins to fall for Stoner’s young daughter, Kristina. However, the good doctor has secretly brewed up a serum that can transform any man into a King Cobra snake-and he plans to use it on David.