DVD/Blu-ray news/art: Blumhouse’s “NOT SAFE FOR WORK,” “KNIGHTS OF BADASSDOM,” “HYSTERIA” and moreMovies/TV,News Michael Gingold
Our on-line DVD/Blu-ray Chopping List release schedule is getting a long-overdue update today (click here this afternoon), but first we’ve got several specific, noteworthy titles to let you know about, with cover art to go with the info.
• After being quietly dropped from Universal’s theatrical schedule last year, the psychothriller NOT SAFE FOR WORK will instead hit unrated DVD via the studio’s Home Entertainment division April 15. Directed by CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER’s Joe Johnston and produced by Jason Blum and his hot Blumhouse Productions, NOT SAFE FOR WORK stars Max Minghella as an office worker who becomes trapped in his workplace by a deranged killer (J.J. Field) and tries to protect his co-workers from the madman. No special features have been announced; retail price is $19.98.
• Entertainment One will issue the fantasy/horror/comedy hybrid KNIGHTS OF BADASSDOM on DVD and Blu-ray April 1—an ironically appropriate date given how much it’s been fooled with on the way to the screen. Joe Lynch’s saga of LARPers confronting a real demon during a “medieval” campaign stars Ryan Kwanten, Steve Zahn, Peter Dinklage and Summer Glau, and will be presented in 16×9-enhanced 2.40:1 widescreen. Extras are to be announced; retail price is $24.98.
• Cult Epics’ long-awaited DVD and Blu-ray release of Rene Daalder’s HYSTERIA is finally happening February 25. Shot in 1997 by the MASSACRE AT CENTRAL HIGH director, HYSTERIA stars Patrick McGoohan as a psychiatrist applying highly unorthodox and disturbing practices to a group of patients (including Amanda Plummer) at a remote asylum. The discs’ widescreen transfer will be supplemented with a making-of featurette and the original trailer; retail prices are $24.98 for the DVD and $29.98 for the Blu-ray.
• The Thai horror film COUNTDOWN (pictured at top) will hit U.S. DVD March 25 from Action Slate, the genre division of Birch Tree Entertainment. Written and directed by Nattawut Poonpiriya, the movie (Thailand’s submission for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar for 2013) is about three college students trying to score pot on New Year’s Eve who are instead visited by a Mephistophelean sort named Jesus (David Asavanond), who subjects them to brutal games that bring out their darkest secrets. See our review of the movie here; special features are yet to be revealed, and retail price is $14.99.
• Image Entertainment will give the on-line anthology series TOM HOLLAND’S TWISTED TALES its DVDebut March 18, compiling the nine frightful stories featuring genre names like Danielle Harris, William Forsythe, Ray Wise, AJ Bowen, Mark Senter and Sarah Butler. In addition to a 1.78:1 transfer with Dolby Digital 5.1 sound, the disc will include behind-the-scenes featurettes on select episodes; retail price is $27.97.