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Schlock-Wire: Shout Factory Gives You Double The Angela Mao With HAPKIDO/LADY WHIRLWIND On DVD

This spring and sum­mer, Shout! Factory is tak­ing a wel­come detour into mar­tial arts movie ter­ri­tory by releas­ing a num­ber of films fea­tur­ing cult favorite Angela Mao to DVD.  The first of these releases will be a 2-for-1 disc fea­tur­ing Hapkido and Lady Whirlwind.  Both films will be pre­sented in anamor­phic ver­sions rep­re­sent­ing their orig­i­nal More >

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Schlock-Wire: Strut To Release HORSE MEAT DISCO IV In June

Strut Records will be answer­ing the party-hearty siren call of sum­mer by return­ing to the suc­cess­ful series of com­pi­la­tions they have done with the U.K.‘s Horse Meat Disco col­lec­tive.  June will see the release of Horse Meat Disco IV, a two-CD set that includes one CD with a mix set and a sec­ond CD with More >

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Schlock-Wire: Impulse Films Goes ‘70s Sexy With DVD Releases Of THE CHAMBERMAIDS And HONEY BUNS

May will find Impulse Films scratch­ing their itch for all things ‘70s and sexy by issu­ing a dou­ble shot of adult films from that era.  The first is The Chambermaids, a dis­play of indoor fire­works star­ring famil­iar adult film lead­ing man Eric Edwards.  The sec­ond is Honey Buns, a fantasy-themed item that stars two fan-beloved More >

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Schlock-Wire: Synapse Makes A Date With COUNTESS DRACULA For A Blu-Ray/DVD Combo In May

Another piece of the Hammer Films puz­zle will be mak­ing its way into the high-def realm this spring when Synapse Films releases a blu-ray/DVD combo of Countess Dracula.  This is a mem­o­rable Ingrid Pitt vehi­cle, with the scream queen lend­ing her larger-than-life per­sona to a por­trayal of the infa­mous Countess Elizabeth Bathory.  The  set will More >

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Digi-Schlock: BENEATH (Scream Factory Blu-Ray)

Scream Factory has done well by the Chiller Network films they have released, giv­ing them all nice DVD or blu-ray releases with extras.  Beneath is per­haps the best film to emerge from this deal and Scream Factory has appro­pri­ately given it an excel­lent disc release. The trans­fer looks fan­tas­tic: Gordon Arkenberg’s dig­i­tal cin­e­matog­ra­phy shines here, More >

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Digi-Schlock: PATRICK (Severin Films Blu-Ray/DVD Combo Pack)

The grand finale of Severin’s slate of Australian genre fare is Patrick, the first thriller from future Psycho II direc­tor Richard Franklin.  This new combo set main­tains the qual­ity of the releases in this slate by offer­ing a worth­while visual upgrade for the film plus a mix­ture of extras old and new. As with Severin’s other More >

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Digi-Schlock: THE SWIMMER (Grindhouse Releasing Blu-Ray/DVD Combo Pack)

The Swimmer has been in home video limbo since its 2003 DVD drifted out of print.  Plenty of film buffs won­dered if it would make it to the high-def realm and, if so, who would do the hon­ors.  The Criterion Collection seemed a likely bet.  Few peo­ple would have guessed that Grindhouse Releasing, known for More >

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BENEATH: Sea Monsters And Social Darwinism

Over the last few decades, Larry Fessenden has built a strong cult rep­u­ta­tion as an inde­pen­dent film­maker with a unique, per­son­al­ized take on the hor­ror genre.  Whether he is direct­ing his own work or pro­duc­ing for oth­ers through his com­pany Glass Eye Pix, he shows ded­i­ca­tion to chal­leng­ing the expec­ta­tions of the hor­ror audi­ence.  Beneath More >

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PATRICK (1978): Telekinetic Thrills With A Hitchcockian Undertow

The suc­cess of Brian DePalma’s screen adap­ta­tion Carrie sparked a brief wave of telekinesis-themed hor­ror and thriller flicks at the movies and on t.v.: there were Jennifer, The Initiation Of Sarah and The Medusa Touch, to name a few.  One of the best films to emerge from this pack was Patrick, a smart, story-driven piece More >

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THE SWIMMER: Prelude To The Movie-Brat Flood

The “movie brat” gen­er­a­tion of film­mak­ers took Hollywood by storm at the dawn of the ‘70s, open­ing the door to a more mature ver­sion of major stu­dio film­mak­ing that would change the film busi­ness for good.  That said, they didn’t do it alone.  There were gifted film­mak­ers who were work­ing inside the major stu­dio machine More >