(1980/both Severin Blu-ray)/Exorcist
II: The Heretic
(1977/Warner/Shout! Factory/Scream Factory Blu-ray Set)/First
Purge: A Nation Reborn 4K
(2018/Universal 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray w/Blu-ray)/The
Pyjama Girl Case
Ultra HD Picture: A- Picture: B+/B+/B+/B+/B Sound: B
Extras: B/B/B+/B/B Films: B/B/C+/C+/C+
onslaught of Halloween 2018 releases has begun, so here are five of
those entries for you to know about for starters...
Films continues their great restorations of Joe D'Amato classics in
these exciting new Blu-ray editions of his films Anthropophagus
(1980) and its unofficial follow-up Absurd
(1981), both of which star George Eastman. If you're looking for
extreme gore and insane mind bending Italian horror, then look no
further than these two 2K remastered editions.
renowned 'Video Nasty' which spawned several sequels, Anthropophagus
is the story of a man who becomes a cannibalistic monster! When a
group of unknowing tourists take a boat to a remote island, they find
that most of its inhabitants are missing. Soon, they find a hidden
room in the big mansion on a hill, and an ancient diary, which gives
them clues to the source of the terror - the Anthropophagus Beast...
an entity who will even eat his own entrails to feed his undying
Fear The Man-Eater: Interview with Writer/Star Luigi Montefiori
a.k.a. George Eastman
Man Who Killed The Anthropophagus: Interview with Actor Saverio
Frenzy: Interview with FX Artist Pietro Tenoglio
And Sister In Editing: Interview With Editor Bruno Micheli
Zora's Mouth: Interview with Actress Zora Kerova
movie is just downright nuts and a fantastic slasher film in its own
right. George Eastman stars as a serial killer who goes on a random
killing spree and ends up at the home of a babysitter and two
children.. one of which is bedridden. It has plenty of great gore
scenes including one where a woman's head is stuffed in a oven...
this is not a film to be missed!
also stars Annie Belle, Katya Berger, Charles Borromel, and Edmund
Sangue: Alternate Italian cut (with optional English subtitles)
Return of the Grim Reaper: Interview With Actor / Writer /
Co-Producer Luigi Montefiore (George Eastman)
on Video: Archive Interview With Director Aristide Massaccesi
Biker (Uncredited): Interview With Michele Soavi
2,500 copies includes Bonus CD Soundtrack
films have been remastered in 2K from their original camera negative
and look and sound far better in 1080p than previous releases. The
films have been released overseas on Blu-ray but this is the first
time that they are available in the states. When comparing the two
releases, the Severin versions have more image clarity.
you're new to the works of Joe D'Amato, be sure to check out Beyond
which is also available on Blu-ray from Severin and is reviewed
elsewhere on this site.
Factory is one of the leaders in restoring cult classics and giving
them the deluxe treatment on disc and they are also no stranger to
film series. After releasing The
(1990) last Halloween, this Halloween they are giving us a new 2K
restoration of Director John Boorman's Exorcist
II: The Heretic
(1977). Packed with new extras, this is one release that horror fans
won't want to miss this Halloween season!
Blair returns in the role of Regan that made her an icon in the
film. The sequel also stars James Earl Jones, Max Von Sydow, Louise
Fletcher, and Richard Burton.
are two versions of the film in this collector's edition version.
Both the original 117 minute theatrical cut and the 102 minute
original home video cut.
been four years since little Regan was possessed by the evil demon
and while the demon was thought it be long gone... it is becoming
apparent that it was just lying dormant when all hell breaks loose!
A Vatican investigator (Burton) and a research specialist (Fletcher)
team up to help cleanse Regan's soul!
in sharp 1080p high definition transfer with its original 1.85:1
widescreen aspect ratio, the film looks and sounds fantastic here on
disc. Paired with a DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 2.0 Mono lossless track
(the 1973 film was 6-track stereo) that reassures the unnerving score
by Ennio Morricone is still as effective today as it was then. This
definitely an improvement over the prior release of the film on the
Blu-ray disc from 2014 from Warner Bros.
One - Theatrical Cut:
Commentary with director John Boorman
Commentary with project consultant Scott Bosco
Does She Remember?
- an interview with actress Linda Blair
interview with editor Tom Priestley
Two - Home Video Cut:
Audio Commentary with Mike White of The Projection Booth blog
Galleries - Color and B&W Stills, Behind-the-Scenes, Deleted
Scene photos, Posters and
reversible cover art
not as strong as the original classic film, Heretic
is a decent sequel and definitely worth checking out in this new
First Purge: A Nation Reborn
(2018) is an interesting prequel that answers the question of how
this whole Purge business started in the first place. The film takes
the broad concept and makes it an action vehicle for Y'lan Noel, who
is actually a pretty decent actor. The film is pretty topical and
it's scary to think that something like this could happen with the
way things are going now politically. Let's just hope that this
remains a fantasy...
New Founding Fathers of America test the boundaries of sociology with
their violent Purge experiment, which takes place in New York. For
one night of the year, participants can take to the street and cause
as much havoc as they want without legal action as murder is deemed
legal. Paid and chipped, the participants act out and of course all
hell breaks loose. Meanwhile, behind the scenes of Founding Fathers,
all sorts of political debauchery goes down that is almost as violent
as the Purge experiment itself.
also stars Marisa Tomei, Lev Scott Davis, Siya, Rotimi Paul, Joivan
Wade, and Lauren Velez.
film is presented in 2160p 4K ultra high definition and presented on
4K UHD Blu-ray disc with HDR (high dynamic range) and a widescreen
aspect ratio of 2.39:1 and a great sounding English DTS-X 11.1
lossless track as well as a DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 7.1 mix. Also
included is the 1080p Blu-ray version of the film with similar audio
and visual specs. While both transfers look pretty good there is a
slight bit more clarity in the 4K UHD image, even for a film as dark
as this one.
digital copy is also included.
Masks of The First Purge
not quite as interesting as the first Purge
film, this prequel will no doubt satisfy fans of the series as it's
not as bad as it could have ended up being. No doubt Blumhouse's
involvement helped that.
another giallo film to add to its vast library, Arrow Films presents
Pyjama Girl Case
(1997), directed by director Flavio Mogherini (Delitto
which is an odd Italian murder mystery. Fused with appropriate
levels of nudity and violence, the film centers around the case of a
young woman found dead on a beach by a little girl.
film stars Ray Milland, Dalila Di Lazzaro, and Michele Placido, plus,
was even inspired by a real unsolved case that happened in Australia.
new 1080p high definition transfer here is very nice and presents the
film in its original 1.85:1 widescreen aspect ratio and a PCM 1.0
Mono sound mix in both dubbed English and Italian language tracks
w/newly translated English subtitles. The film hasn't aged too bad
as this 2K restoration from the original camera negative proves.
soundtrack is a little dated but fun with high pitched sync mixed
with a few original songs made for the film itself. Overall, the
film is artfully shot and is presented very nicely here for its
audio commentary by Troy Howarth, author of So
Deadly, So Perverse: 50 Years of Italian Giallo Films
video interview with author and critic Michael Mackenzie on the
internationalism of the giallo
video interview with actor Howard Ross
video interview with editor Alberto Tagliavia
interview with composer Riz Ortolani
reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork
by Chris Malbon