Thursday, June 21, 2007

The Worldweird DVD News Roundup June 2007!

Here's some info scrapped up from around the internet about some fantastic stuff coming our way in the next few months!

First, more Mondo Macabro news!
According to Fangoria, on October 2 the R1 debut of our fave MM release the one and only MYSTICS IN BALI!
Thank Odin this is finally coming out soon as the first R2 release now regularly fetches triple figures from ebay and other online dealers.
No details on specs or the cover, but hopefully will be forthcoming along with further updates as to what comes next.
Also here's the full-sizeish cover art for their upcoming release THE BLOOD ROSE!

On the Onar Films front, things are, as usual for Onar, troubled, but Bill forges ahead and his two upcoming releases are coming soon. Check their website for recent "production diary" updates and then write Bill a note and thank him for all his hard work. Meanwhile here's the recently unveiled cover for the their upcoming KARANLIK SULAR disc as well as it's trailer. Looks totally fucking awesome if I may say so!

In Blue Underground news, although they are soon going the way of the Giant Three-toed Sloth, they've lined up some great looking Eurotrash DVDs for us to remember them by.
Firstly, here's a new Jess Franco disc, WOMEN BEHIND BARS!

When a brazen diamond heist on a Chinese junk ends in a bloody double-cross, the traitor escapes only to be mysteriously murdered by his mistress. The vicious vixen is locked away in a tropical prison where, to keep the hidden jewels for herself, she'll have to resist the charms of the warden's Sapphic spies; withstand whips, chains, and high-voltage electrodes in his dungeon; and, if she breaks free, she must pass through the gauntlet of greedy gangsters woking on both sides of the law. Are her mind and body strong enough to survive the agonies and ecstasies of life in the big doll house?

Sultan of sleaze Jess Franco (VENUS IN FURS, SUCCUBUS) directs this depraved delicacy destined to delight connoisseurs of crime and perverted punishment. Raven-haired beauty Lina Romay (FEMALE VAMPIRE, MACUMBA SEXUAL) and blonde bombshell Martine Stedil (BARBED WIRE DOLLS) lead an exotic cast of curvaceous criminals in this uncut, uncensored entry in the women-in-prison genre.

Back Behind Bars - Interview with Director Jess Franco
French Trailer

And another Eurosex number, which looks like a Franco, but isn't.

Director: Claude Pierson (Perverse)
Stars: Alice Arno (Female Vampire), Marco Perrin (Army of Shadows), Chantal Broquet (Golden Temple Amazons)

Innocent orphan girl Therese seeks her fortune in a wicked world where no virtue goes unpunished. While she strives to preserve her precious "virtue," Therese finds every inch of her flawless form systematically sullied as she runs afoul of depraved young nobles whose hounds have a taste for human female flesh; a surgeon with a scalpel in one hand and a whip in the other; men of the cloth who keep their female flock shorn and branded with a red hot iron; and a Count whose concubines must give him their very blood! Will Therese finally learn "how delicious it is to be a whore?"

Director Claude Pierson's adaptation of the Marquis de Sade's catalog of hedonistic horrors stars Marco Perrin (ARMY OF SHADOWS), the lovely Alice Arno (FEMALE VAMPIRE) and her real-life sister Chantal Broquet (GOLDEN TEMPLE AMAZONS). This scandalous spectacle has been widely censored, banned, and virtually unseen in the United States - until now, as JUSTINE DE SADE arrives fully restored and uncut on DVD for the first time ever!

Deleted Scene
Alternate Scene
French Trailer
English Trailer

Also on the slate is Dario Argento's late period masterpiece THE STENDHAL SYNDROME!

(from the Fangoria website):
Starring Asia Argento as a policewoman who experiences hallucinatory responses to works of art as she tracks a sadistic serial killer (KING KONG's Thomas Kretschmann), the movie will be presented uncut (119 minutes) in a 16x9-enhanced 1.66:1 transfer, with 6.1 DTS-ES English and 5.1 Dolby Surround EX and 2.0 Dolby Surround English and Italian audio tracks. The first disc will also include the theatrical trailer, while the second contains the following featurettes:

� Director: Dario Argento
� Inspiration: Psychological Consultant Graziella Magherini
� Special Effects: Sergio Stivaletti
� Assistant Director: Luigi Cozzi
� Production Designer: Massimo Antonello Geleng

Retail price is $29.95.

If you haven't picked up the recent Naschy deluxe DVDs VENGEANCE OF THE ZOMBIES and NIGHT OF THE WEREWOLF, well, then what the hell is wrong with you?
Go get 'em now!!
Next up in their Spanish Horror line - EXORCISM and NIGHT OF THE SORCERERS!

Filmed in Barcelona, with exteriors shot in London, Paul Naschy wrote the Exorcism script before William Friedkin’s 1973 classic The Exorcist came out, but could find no one interested in producing the film until the Friedkin film became an international hit. In a quaint English village, gruesome crimes are being committed. The townspeople are terrified, and yet nothing has changed on the surface of this English country setting. Or has it? Paul Naschy stars and writes (as Jacinto Molina) in the terrifying story of a beautiful aristocrat (Maria Perschy) who has fallen victim to a bizarre illness while her sister is beginning to think herself possessed. The horrifying crimes have the police baffled--until they stumble upon a satanic cult operating under their very noses. What they uncover is an evil the likes of which had never been depicted on-screen before. For years, fans of this excursion into the supernatural realm have claimed that the film is “too powerful to be seen more than once.”

“Exorcism” Special Features:

o Complete and uncut version of the film

o Anamorphic Widescreen (1.66:1)

o Two audio tracks: In Castilian with English subtitles and English dubbed track

o Introduction by star Paul Naschy

o Interview with Paul Naschy

o U.S. Theatrical trailer

o Spanish credit sequence

o Alternate “clothed” versions of the nude scenes used for the original Spanish theatrical release

o Still gallery of photos, posters and other international advertising materials

Amando de Ossorio, the director of the notorious Blind Dead films, strikes again with Night of the Sorcerers. In 1910 Africa, a brutal ceremony takes place in Bumbasa, starting with the whipping, defiling and beheading of a European woman. The ceremony is interrupted by British soldiers and the natives are killed, but the ceremony is completed and a new evil is born – the victim’s head comes to life and she screams, exposing her new vampire fangs. Decades later, a group of explorers arrive near the same location for wildlife study. All is tranquil until nighttime comes and distant drumming draws one of the female members of the group to investigate. Thus begins a nightmare is re-awakened – of zombie natives and vampire women, prowling the moonlit jungle in search of fresh blood. A wild foray into unabashed exploitation that far outdoes anything else in de Ossorio’s body of work, Night of the Sorcerers -- with its over-the-top political incorrectness and brazen sadistic elements -- is a film that still possesses the power to shock contemporary audiences.

Night of the Sorcerers Special Features:

o Complete uncut version

o Anamorphic Widescreen (1.66:1)

o Two Audio Tracks: In Castilian with English Subtitles and English Dubbed Track

o Alternate scenes

o U.S. Theatrical Trailer

o Spanish Credit Sequence

o Still Gallery

And finally, Dark Sky has announced a couple of classic indie Ameritrash films given the special edition treatment - Tobe Hooper's EATEN ALIVE and Jack Hill's SPIDER BABY! On September 25th!

Thanks for checking back, sorry not much has been going on lately. Promise more reviews, news and trailers soon.