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Blu-ray is now only available from Warner Bros. through their Warner
Archive series and can be ordered from the link below.
for a wide variety of horror thrillers...
Eloy de la Iglesia (Quinqui) became an important Spanish homosexual
filmmaker with an interesting career, however sadly later in life was
consumed with heroin. This film, The Cannibal Man (1972, also
known as Apartment on the 13th Floor and The Week Of The
Killer,) is one of his finer works and was on the Video Nasty
charts upon its initial release. Severin Films presents this new
Blu-ray edition that features two cuts of the classic Spanish
thriller that tells an interesting and unusual murderous love story.
is no real cannibalism in the movie, unless you consider one quick
scene where human stew is consumed, but the focus of The Cannibal
Man is actually a budding homosexual relationship and centered on
a desperate and confused man (Parra) who murders one person to cover
up another murder and so on. His next door neighbor (Poncela)
suspects something is up, but doesn't let that get in the way of his
personal feelings. Will he be the next victim of this murderous
sicko? This on top of social commentary with an ever changing Spain
at the time, makes The Cannibal Man a unique horror film that
is definitely worth checking out.
film stars Vincete Parra, Emma Cohen, Eusebio Poncela, and Vicky
Man is presented in 1080p high definition with an MPEG-4 AVC
codec and an original widescreen aspect ratio of 1.85:1 and paired
with audio mixes in Spanish and English DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 2.0
Mono lossless mixes. Both versions of the film look fantastic on
Blu-ray here and bests previous editions that have been available on
the format under the alternate title.
version (Week of the Killer, 107min)
version (The Cannibal Man, 98m)
At The Margins: Stephen Thrower and Dr. Shelagh Rowan-Legg on
Eloy de la Iglesia
Sleazy And The Strange: Interview with Carlos Aguilar
there was Ancient Aliens, there was Germany producer Erich Von
Daniken's Chariots of the Gods (1970), an interesting
documentary that is on the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and
Sciences' Top 100 list of all time for documentaries! Now available
in 1080p on Blu-ray disc from MVD, you get the classic doc that
questions the origins of the world, dating back to odd landmarks and
occurrences in Egypt and Mexico, amongst other heavy thoughts and
questions. While a bit dated and at times slow, this documentary is
informative and captured quite nicely here on the Blu-ray format.
of the Gods is presented in 1080p high definition on Blu-ray disc
with a 1.66:1 full frame aspect ratio, an English LPCM 2.0 Mono mix,
and English Subtitles SDH. The doc was shot on film and nicely
preserved here considering its age. This is likely the best that its
going to look and it is certainly passable even if not perfect.
only Special Feature is a Bonus documentary: Mysteries of the Gods
- which is a nice companion piece that offers proof that aliens have
visited our planet.
third installment in The Conjuring film series and part of a
bigger horror universe under the banner of director/creator James Wan
comes The Conjuring 3: The Devil Made Me Do It 4K (2021),
which is a vast improvement over the last installment and a
recommendable film in the franchise that stands on its own. There
are some major similarities to the original Exorcist film in
this one, but we will call them 'an homage', but 'cmon guys - they
even ripped off the signature - 'Exorcist stands outside the house at
night with suitcase' shot from the classic poster shot! That aside,
this Conjuring film has some solid scares and pretty nice
cinematography and acting that proves the franchise has some legs
film stars Patrick Wilson, Vera Farmiga, Ruairi O'Connor, Sarah
Catherine Hook, and Julian Hilliard, then is directed by Michael
Chaves (The Curse of La Llorona), and produced by James Wan
and Peter Safran, who are the masterminds behind the Conjuring
Universe films which includes The Nun, the Annabelle
films, and The Conjuring 1 and 2. (All of which are
reviewed elsewhere on this site.)
on true events, Ed and Lorraine Warren (Wilson and Farmiga), are
exceptional at solving paranormal and demonic mysteries. This case
involves a demonic spirit that encompasses a young boy and then
passes to a young man whose engaged to the boy's sister. Once
possessed, this young man kills a friend by accident and is sent to
prison and found guilty of murder. But the Warrens deduct that
demonic possession was responsible for the cause of murder, and end
up unlocking a terrible secret that has lied dormant for decades.
Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It 4K is presented in 2160p high
definition on 4K UHD disc with HDR10 (high dynamic range) and
presented in a widescreen aspect ratio of 2.39:1 and a lossless
English Dolby Atmos mix, a Dolby TrueHD 7.1 mixdown (48kHz, 24-bit),
and additional audio mixes in lossy English Dolby Digital 5.1.
There's also a 1080p Blu-ray edition that is also included and has
the same audio specs but a not quite as detailed image.
Reason of Demonic Possession - An in depth look at the true story
that inspired the movie
Occultist - Meet the terrifying new addition to the Conjuring
of Fear - Delve into the making of the movie and the chilling
exorcism scene that opens the film
DC Horror Presents The Conjuring: The Lover #1 - A video comic
that takes you deeper into the Conjuring Universe.
you enjoyed the other Conjuring films, then you will likely
enjoy this one. I still think that the first one is the strongest,
but this one is definitely a worthy follow-up.
first, the horror film The
(1982) was supposed to be directed by Tobe Hooper (Texas
Chain Saw Massacre,
but became one of his films (like Poltergeist
a few years later) that he could not finish. It was worse here
because personal issues had him leave much earlier. Enter Kingdom
Of The Spiders
director John 'Bud' Cardos, who literally took over at the last
minute. Actually co-produced by no less than Dick Clark, a killer is
going around at night killing unsuspecting people by mutilating and
even beheading them!
Devane plays the father of one of the victims, Cathy Lee Crosby a TV
reporter who wants to find out what is really going on, Keenan Wynn
her wacky editor, Casey Kasem a medical specialist, Richard Jaeckel
as a police detective and Jacqueline Hyde rounding out a cast of
solid names and familiar faces (we'll not cover any others) as the
clues and unrelated victims make it all seem stranger and odder.
the makers credit, they were not doing another slasher or demonic
possession film, though some of the inspiration for what happens here
comes from TV (Kolchak:
The Night Stalker,
both shows known as Tales
Of The Unexpected)
in a way that actually makes sense and fits into other low-budget
films made at the time for theatrical release (Blue
etc.) being released at the tale end of that cycle.
include not enough Crosby, a scattered script, bad last-minute poor
optical effects of the creature zapping people with lasers from its
eyes and some other off moments that keep getting in the way of any
momentum building up. However, it is worth seeing for all the things
that work, its interesting look and enough of a mood that you do not
see enough in the genre now to say the least. The makers could not
agree on some things apparently and Cardos did not have final cut,
but any serious horror film fan should see this one at least once.
1080p 2.35 X 1 digital High Definition image transfer can show the
age of the materials used (including some occasional discoloration;
DeLuxe Labs did the color), but this was shot in real anamorphic
Panavision on 35mm color negative, which is rare for an independent
feature film (they usually cheat with Super 35, 2-perf Techniscope or
a lesser-known or lesser-used anamorphic lens) and we get some
interesting results. Some parts of the film still look rough
(including the optical printing of the monster's eyes zapping people
that was added at the last minute) but looks good otherwise.
PCM 2.0 Stereo can be a little harsh at times, while the sound can be
uneven as it sounds like various recorders with different sound
quality may have been used throughout. It is good otherwise for a
low0budget film, but has aged oddly.
include a collectible mini-poster and reversible artwork for the
Blu-ray case, while the disc adds an isolated music score audio
track, an HD copy of the Original Theatrical Trailer, on-camera
interviews with Composer Roger Kellaway (about 26 minutes) &
Director Cardos (about 14 minutes) and a feature length audio
commentary track with Cardos and Producer Igo Candor that is much
better than you might expect.
(2015) is finally getting a wider release on Blu-ray. The great
documentary on the year the original Star
(1977) was made at the legendary U.K. Is one we happily covered on
DVD at this link:
entertaining as ever, it has become more of a curio and must-see for
fans. The improvement in the 1.78 X 1 image at 1080p and sound in
DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) lossless 2.0 Stereo are enough to do the
upgrade, but 4K has kicked in since our last review, so expect only
so much in playback performance as it is still an unofficial, but
new highlight is that we get extras in this copy,
including extended interviews, a tour of the "Star
sound stage at Elstree Studios, and audio commentary by director Jon
Spira. It is a volume that belongs on the shelves of all serious
double feature from director Fred F. Sears comes on Blu-ray from
Umbrella Corp that included The
(1957) and The
(1956). Both movies are B movie fun and have restored nicely on this
disc for collectors.
Giant Claw stars Jeff Morrow, Morris Ankrum, Mara Corday, Edgar
Barrier, Lou Merrill, and Robert Shayne. The film is a fun B-alien
movie that centers around an electronics engineer who spots a UFO
that ends releasing a giant bird like creature.
Werewolf stars Steven Ritch, Don Megowan, S. John Launer, Kim
Charney, Joyce Holden, and Harry Lauter. In this film a sheriff
hunts down a man infected with a werewolf serum, who will stop at
nothing to kill!
films are in black and white and presented in 1080p high definition
on Blu-ray with a 1.77:1 widescreen aspect ratio and lossless DTS-HD
MA (Master Audio) 2.0 Mono mixes. Both films look and sound pretty
good for the Blu-ray format in consideration with their age.
films remind me of old classics and are products of the time and
pretty fun to watch. They are horribly dated but fun, and The
Werewolf actually has some pretty good makeup effects.
up is a show that you either really like it or you do not. Prodigal
Son: The Complete Second Season
(2021) is back with its seriocomic
tale of a former FBI profiler Malcolm Bright (Tom Payne) with a
father solving cases and trying to prevent other crimes. Here is our
enthusiastic review of the debut season on Blu-ray:
unlucky 13 episodes this time are far too jokey for their own good,
feeling like a formula we have seen in way too many TV shows,
especially based on DC Comics and despite the additions of great
actors like Alan Cumming and Catherine Zeta-Jones, the show is too
far gone for viewers like myself who do not think this approach works
at all when it comes to suspension of disbelief. Fans will be happy,
at least, we guess.
1080p 1.78 X 1 digital High Definition image transfers and DTS-HD
MA (Master Audio) 5.1 lossless mixes on each episode are a little on
the weak side to my surprise and any excuses for style choices only
hold so much water, so don't expect strong playback.
only extra is the featurette Killer
Genes and Emerging From Blood.
just when you thought you had seen it all, guess again. Slaxx
(2020) is about a possessed pair of jeans that attacks workers in a
trendy clothing store. Yes, this wild movie from RLJE / Shudder, is
just as bloody crazy as you can imagine and must be seen to be
film stars Romane Denis, Sehar Bhojani, Hanneke Talbot, Erica
Anderson, Stephen Bogaert, and Brett Donahue with direction by Elza
high end fashion store gets more than it bargains for during a huge
sale coming from a foreign county, with a hypnotic symbol sewn into
them, possessed jeans attack at anyone that comes near them and in
one scene, they chomp a man limb for limb! Of course, the manager of
the store is a complete psycho and attempts to cover up the many
murders that happen in the store stock room. They can't hide these
slacks forever as they soon go on a murderous rampage of their own.
The film is surprisingly bloody and almost cartoonish at times, but
still a pretty fun watch.
is presented in standard definition with an anamorphically enhanced
2.40:1 widescreen aspect ratio and a lossy 5.1 Dolby Digital audio
mix. The transfer looks great on the DVD format and the film has a
polished look to it that may be surprising considering its silly
concept. Compression issues are evident and common with the format
and a lack of detail when compared to a Blu-ray or 4K UHD transfer.
For the format, however, the film looks and sounds great!
Story Behind Slaxx
Parts are Alive
A Killer Pants Movie featurette
in the Death Consultant
a Behind the Scenes Photo Gallery.
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