Blu-ray/DVD news & art: “LATE PHASES,” “WOLFCOP,” more “VIDEO NASTIES,” Mattei zombies, etc.Movies/TV,News Michael Gingold
We just posted a long-overdue, extensive update to our on-line DVD and Blu-ray Chopping List, revealing the many genre titles coming on disc in 2015, and several titles warrant special mention here, with cover art for a few.
• Fango has learned that Dark Sky Films will unleash LATE PHASES (pictured above) on DVD and Blu-ray March 10, with the subtitle NIGHT OF THE LONE WOLF. Artwork is not yet available for the film, directed by Adrián García Bogliano in his English-language debut and starring Nick Damici in a terrific performance as a blind Army veteran confronting a werewolf menace at a retirement home (see review here). The special features are:
• Audio commentary
• Making-of featurette
• FX featurette
Retail prices are $24.95 for the DVD and $29.95 for the Blu-ray.
• Coincidentally, Lionsgate Home Entertainment will release DEVIL MAY CALL, also featuring a sightless protagonist, on DVD March 10, with digital HD and VOD availability February 24. UNREST’s Corri English stars as Sam, who was blinded in an accident and now works at a suicide hotline; an obsessive caller (HALLOWEEN’s Tyler Mane) goes around the bend when she reveals that she’s quitting, and terrorizes her and her co-workers during a late-night shift. The movie will be presented on disc in 16×9-enhanced 1.78:1 widescreen with the following extras:
• Audio commentary by director Jason Cuadrado
• Cuadrado’s short film MONSTROUS NATURE
• “Composing the Score” featurette with Nicholas Pike
• Cast interviews
Retail price is $26.98.
• And speaking of lycanthropes, Image Entertainment has also chosen March 10 as the DVD/Blu-ray street date for WOLFCOP, which will also be available on digital video February 17. Special features, if any, have yet to be revealed for Lowell Dean’s action/horror opus centering on police officer Lou Garou (Leo Fafard), who undergoes a beastly transformation (see review here). The movie will be presented in 16×9-enhanced 1.78:1 widescreen; retail prices are $27.97 for the DVD, $29.97 for the Blu-ray.
• Vinegar Syndrome will give the cult-fave backwoods slasher flick DON’T GO IN THE WOODS its hi-def debut on (you guessed it) March 10, showcasing the movie in a Blu-ray/DVD combo with a newly restored 2K transfer from the 35mm interpositive, with a backpack full of extras:
• Audio commentary by director James Bryan
• Audio commentary by Bryan, star Mary Gail Artz and others
• Audio commentary by The Hysteria Continues!
• Cast and crew interviews
• Autograph signing party footage
• Pressbooks and artwork gallery
• Production still images
• TV promo
• Theatrical trailer
And more! Retail price is $24.98.
• Severin Films has VIDEO NASTIES—THE DEFINITIVE GUIDE: PART 2 coming February 10, following up its U.S. release of the first volume last year. The three-DVD set is headed up by VIDEO NASTIES: DRACONIAN DAYS, in which director Jake West and producer Marc Morris continue the saga begun in their previous documentary VIDEO NASTIES: MORAL PANIC, CENSORSHIP AND VIDEOTAPE, chronicling the severe restrictions placed on horror in Britain following the introduction of the 1984 Video Recordings Act. The second and third discs contain “The Section 3 List,” trailers for all 82 of the movies that fell under the titular heading of the Director of Public Prosecutions’ Obscene Publications Act and thus subject to seizure and destruction; these include THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE, MARK OF THE DEVIL, XTRO, DEATH WEEKEND and many more. The trailers can be viewed as a nonstop show or with newly filmed introductions by genre journalists and academics; bonus features also include image galleries of banned video sleeves and 300 rare British fanzine covers. Retail price is $29.98.
• Speaking of nasties, Severin’s sister company Intervision releases a pair of latter-day flesh-munching flicks from the late Bruno Mattei on DVD, also on Feb. 10. ISLAND OF THE LIVING DEAD and ZOMBIES: THE BEGINNING will be presented uncut and uncensored for the first time in America, in 16×9-enhanced 1.78:1 widescreen, each accompanied by a featurette. ISLAND has “Bungle in the Jungle,” with producer Giovanni Paolucci and screenwriter Antonio Tentori, and BEGINNING includes “Zombie Genisys” with Tentori. Retail price is $19.98 each.
• Following its successful festival tour, the unusual stalker film TEN arrives on DVD from BrinkVision April 21. Michael J. Epstein and Sophia Cacciola’s movie is set on remote Spektor Island, where 10 women from all walks of life arrive for what they believe will be a business meeting, and end up the targets of a mysterious killer. Special features include:
• Audio commentary
• Behind-the-scenes documentary
• Deleted scenes
Retail price is $16.95.
• Breaking Glass Pictures has set a March 17 DVD and VOD street date for A CRY FROM WITHIN, which is much-awaited in this camp as it’s the new film from Deborah Twiss, producer/co-writer/star of the searing, long-lost vigilante shocker A GUN FOR JENNIFER. This one is based on true events and was directed by Twiss and Zach Miller from Twiss’ screenplay; she also co-stars alongside Eric Roberts, Cathy Moriarty, James McCaffrey and Sydney and Matthew McCann. The synopsis: “After a devastating miscarriage, a family trades their city lifestyle for a quiet life in the country. Jonathan [Roberts], Cecile [Twiss] and their two children Ariel and Morgan settle into a rental home in Long Island that was vacated by a woman and her elderly mother. The family soon finds themselves at the mercy of a terrifying and violent manifestation that Ariel identifies as a young boy named Sebastien. In fear for their family, Jonathan and Cecile must unlock the secret that binds Sebastien’s torment with the former occupants and the local priest.” The disc will include cast interviews and deleted scenes; retail price is $24.95.