‘All About Evil,’ ‘Faceless,’ ‘The Female Executioner’ Due on Blu-ray From MVD and Severin Aug. 30

The horror films All About Evil and Faceless and the action adventure The Female Executioner are being released on Blu-ray Aug. 30 from MVD Entertainment Group and Severin Films.

The 2010 cult classic All About Evil stars Natasha Lyonne (“Russian Doll,” “Orange Is the New Black”) as the mad projectionist, Thomas Dekker (“Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles,” Kaboom), Cassandra Peterson (Elvira: Mistress of the DarkRob Zombie’s The Munsters), John Waters muse Mink Stole (Serial MomHairspray) and Noah Segan (Knives OutLooper).  In the film, a mousy librarian inherits her father’s beloved but failing old movie house. In order to save the family business she discovers her inner serial killer — and a legion of rabid gore fans — when she starts turning out a series of grisly shorts. What her fans don’t realize yet is that the murders in the movies are all too real. Special features include audio commentary with driter/director Joshua Grannell and actors Thomas Dekker, Ashley Fink, Jade Ramsey and Nikita Ramsey; a making of featurette with Grannell, producer Darren Stein, and actors Dekker, Fink, Cassandra Peterson, Jade Ramsey, Nikita Ramsey, Noah Segan, and Mink Stole; a roundtable discussion; “Evil Live: The Peaches Christ Experience In 4D” world premiere at The Castro Theatre in May 2010; “Grindhouse,” a 2003 short film by Grannell; “Children of the Popcorn — Behind The Scenes With Peaches Christ”; the 2010 making-of featurette; the trailer; a teaser; the soundtrack CD; and a bonus booklet by Michael Varrati.

Due on both Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray is Faceless. For his 1987 big-budget EuroSleaze classic inspired by Eyes Without a Face, director Jess Franco brought together an international all-star cast, including Helmut Berger (The Damned), Brigitte Lahaie (The Female Executioner), Chris Mitchum (Summertime Killer), Stéphane Audran (Coup de Torchon), Caroline Munro (Maniac) and Telly Savalas, for a glossily depraved tale of disfigurement, dismemberment, libidinous brutes, Nazi surgeons, Parisian discos, face-ripping, throat-stabbing, eyeball-piercing and a rewardingly ambiguous ending. Anton Diffring (Circus of Horrors) and Florence Guérin (Caligula & Messalina) co-star, with appearances by Howard Vernon (The Awful Dr. Orloff) and Lina Romay. The film, scanned for the first time in 4K from the original negative, include the following special features: audio commentary with director Jess Franco and actress Lina Romay; “The Female Predator,” an interview with actress Brigitte Lahaie; “Facial Recognition,” an interview with Kim Newman, author of Nightmare Movies; “Parisian Encounters — Face-To-Face With Actress Caroline Munro”; “Predators of the Night,” an interview with Stephen Thrower, author of Murderous Passions: The Delirious Cinema of Jesús Franco; EPK interviews with actors Helmut Berger, Chris Mitchum and Telly Savalas; an archival interview with Franco; an archival interview with actor Chris Mitchum; selected scene commentary with Chris Mitchum; Therese II: The Mission (1987), a parody short starring Brigitte Lahaie; the French trailer; and the English trailer.

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The 1986 French action adventure The Female Executioner stars legendary adult film performer Brigitte Lahaie, who launched her mainstream acting career — and subsequently became a French cultural icon — with this exploitation hit. Lahaie is Detective Martine Savignac, a tough vice cop who specializes in busting the most extreme pornographers. When a porno queenpin snatches her kid sister for revenge, Martine takes on a city full of pimps, pushers, human traffickers, the Chinese mob and every man she can. Michel Modo (“Highlander: The Series”), Pierre Oudry (Dirty War) and Dominique Erlanger (The House of the Missing Girls) co-star in this vigilante thriller written and directed by Euro-smut veteran Michel Caputo and produced by Lahaie’s then-lover René Chateau (Faceless). Scanned in 2K from the original negative, the film features new interviews with Caputo and Lahaie. Special features include “The Cop In Nylon Stockings,” an interview with Caputo and Lahaie; “Hold On Tight, Girly!,” a location visit with Caputo and Lahaie; The Blue Shutters, a 1987 short film starring Lahaie; and the trailer.

‘Everything Everywhere All at Once’ Headed to Disc July 5

The multi-universe action-adventure Everything Everywhere All at Once arrives on 4K Ultra HD (plus Blu-ray plus digital), Blu-ray (plus digital) and DVD July 5 from A24 and Lionsgate.

Directed and written by Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert, the writing-directing duo collectively known as the Daniels (Swiss Army Man), the film stars Michelle Yeoh as an unlikely hero who must channel newfound powers to fight fearsome dangers from the multiverse. Evelyn Wang (Yeoh), a flustered immigrant mother, is contacted from a parallel universe and told that only she can save the world. The unlikely hero must learn to channel her newfound powers and fight through the splintering timelines of the multiverse to save her home, her family and herself.

The film also stars Stephanie Hsu, Ke Huy Quan, Jenny Slate, Harry Shum Jr., James Hong and Jamie Lee Curtis.

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Special features include audio commentary with Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert; the “Almost Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Everything Everywhere All at Once” featurette; the “Putting Everything on a Bagel: Cooking up the Multiverse” featurette; deleted scenes with optional audio commentary; outtakes; a music visual; and the theatrical trailer.

‘Raiders of the Lost Ark’ Headed to Limited-Edition 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Steelbook June 14

The action classic Raiders of the Lost Ark will arrive June 14 in a limited-edition 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Steelbook from Lucasfilm and Paramount Home Entertainment. 

Director Steven Spielberg’s cinematic classic starring Harrison Ford as legendary hero Indiana Jones also stars Karen Allen, Paul Freeman, John Rhys-Davies, Denholm Elliott and Alfred Molina. In the film, Indy (Ford) and his feisty ex-flame Marion Ravenwood (Allen) dodge booby-traps, fight Nazis and stare down snakes in their incredible worldwide quest for the mystical Ark of the Covenant.

Available individually on 4K Ultra HD for the first time, the Raiders of the Lost Ark Steelbook is the first of four planned limited-edition releases of each “Indiana Jones” movie. Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom will debut on July 12, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade on Aug. 16, and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull on Sept. 20.

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With packaging celebrating the iconic original theatrical artwork, the films are presented in 4K Ultra HD with Dolby Vision and HDR-10 and Dolby Atmos audio. Each Steelbook also includes access to a digital copy of the corresponding movie, as well as a mini-poster reproduction.

‘The Siege of Robin Hood’ Due on Digital and On Demand June 7 From Saban

The action-adventure The Siege of Robin Hood will be released in select theaters June 3, and on digital and on demand June 7 from Saban Films.

In the film, when the Sheriff of Nottingham’s soldiers brutally attack his family, a young man named Robin vows bloody revenge on the men responsible. He recruits a team of outcasts, mavericks and fugitive warriors, each has a grudge to settle with the sheriff and an extreme fighting skill to match. Together they devise a plan to exact revenge and lay to rest the ghosts of his past.

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Directed by Paul Allica (who stars as Robin Hood), the film also stars John Fallon, Peter Roordink, Keanu Gonzalez, Dave Beamish, Kahli Williams, David Macrae, Tom McCathie, Wallis Murphy-Munn, Steve Young and Sophie Hardy.

 

Sony Actioner ‘Uncharted’ Tops Weekly Vudu Chart

Sony Pictures’ Uncharted topped the chart of the 10 most-popular titles on Fandango’s transactional digital service Vudu the week ended May 1.

Newly available for digital purchase, the action adventure stars Tom Holland and Mark Wahlberg. In the film, Holland plays street-smart thief Nathan Drake, who is recruited by seasoned treasure hunger Victor “Sully” Sullivan (Wahlberg) to recover a fortune lost by Ferdinand Magellan 500 years ago.

Debuting at No. 2 was Universal Pictures’ Michael Bay action thriller Ambulance, starring Jake Gyllenhaal. Available for premium digital rental and purchase, the film follows a veteran desperate for money who turns to his adoptive brother, a career criminal, who plans a heist.

Warner Bros.’ The Batman dropped from the top spot the previous week to No. 3 on the chart. The DC Comics-based superhero actioner, which debuted for premium digital rental and purchase April 18, stars Robert Pattinson as the caped crusader, who after more than a year of stalking the streets and striking fear into the hearts of criminals, dives deep into the shadows of Gotham City. 

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Falling from No. 2 to No. 4 on the chart was the canine buddy comedy Dog. Available for digital purchase, the MGM film follows an Army ranger (Channing Tatum, who also co-directs) who races down the Pacific Coast with an Army dog named Lulu to make it to a fellow soldier’s funeral on time. Along the way, they drive each other crazy.

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Remaining at No. 5 on the chart was Lionsgate’s Roland Emmerich disaster film Moonfall, starring Halle Berry. Available for digital purchase beginning April 1 and newly available to rent, the film follows a space crew attempting to save the Earth when a mysterious force knocks the moon out of its orbit.

Vudu’s top 10 titles for the week ended May 1, in terms of revenue, were:

  1. Uncharted
  2. Ambulance
  3. The Batman
  4. Dog
  5. Moonfall
  6. Spider-Man: No Way Home
  7. Sing 2
  8. Turning Red
  9. Jackass Forever
  10. Blacklight

1980s Flicks ‘Deep Space’ and ‘3:15’ Due on Blu-ray Feb. 22 From Ronin Flix and MVD

Two 1980s flicks, the action adventure 3:15 and the sci-fi fantasy Deep Space, are headed to Blu-ray Feb. 22 from Ronin Flix and MVD Entertainment Group.

In the classic ’80s grindhouse film 3:15 (1986), “The Cobras” rule Lincoln High and everyone in it — everyone except Jeff Hanna. Once the most feared member of the Cobras, Hanna got sick of fighting and got out of the gang. Now the Cobras have brutalized his new girlfriend and threatened to kill him for his disloyalty. It’s time for one last fight.

The film stars a young Adam Baldwin (Independence Day, TV’s “Chuck” and “Firefly”) and Deborah Foreman (Valley Girl, April Fool’s Day), Gina Gershon, Danny De La Paz and Mario Van Peebles. The release features DTS-HD master audio stereo, a new 2019 HD master, an on-camera interview with actor Danny De La Paz, and the theatrical trailer.

In Deep Space (1988), a U.S. satellite transporting a secretly engineered creature crashes to Earth near Los Angeles. Police officers McLemore (Charles Napier, Last Embrace, One Eyed Monster) and Sandbourn (Ann Turkel, The Cassandra Crossing, Golden Rendezvous) are assigned to pursue the escaped mutant beast. Along the way, they clash with their superior, Capt. Robertson (Bo Svenson, Breaking Point, Final Chapter: Walking Tall, Delta Force), and the scientists behind the project. Psychic Lady Elaine Wentworth (Julie Newmar) also lends them a hand.

The film also stars Ron Glass (“Barney Miller”), James Booth (Avenging Force, Zulu), Elisabeth Brooks (The Howling) and Norman Burton (Scorchy, The Terminal Man) and is directed by cult icon Fred Olen Ray. The release features a new 2018 HD master  and audio commentary with the director.

1970s Actioners ‘Young Cycle Girls’ and ‘Stingray’ Hitting Blu-ray Nov. 23 From Dark Force and MVD

Two 1978 action adventures, The Young Cycle Girls and Stingray: Director’s Cut, are due on Blu-ray Disc Nov. 23 from Dark Force Entertainment and MVD Entertainment Group.

The Young Cycle Girls (aka Cycle Vixens) comes from cult director Peter Perry (Hollywood High). The story revolves around three sexy young Colorado girls who decide to ride their motorcycles to California. Along the way they face getting drugged, raped and attacked by outlaw bikers. The film, for the first time ever on Blu-ray, features cinematography by Ronald Víctor García (Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me, The Good Fight) and a new 2K transfer from original 35mm camera negative with scene by scene color restoration.

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Stingray, released in a director’s cut and on Blu-ray for the first time, follows Lonigan and his partner Tony, two drug dealers who shoot two cops who attempt to set them up and run away with a million bucks and the drugs, which they stash in a red Corvette Stingray in a used car lot. When they attempt to recover their stash with their leader Abigail, they find out that two happy-go-lucky dudes, Elmo and Al, have bought the car. They quickly pursue the two along with the police who think that the car’s new owners are the criminals. The film, from writer-director Richard Taylor (Fright Show), stars Christopher Mitchum (Rio Lobo), Les Lannom (Southern Comfort), William Watson (In the Heat of the Night) and Sherry Jackson (“Star Trek” original series). Extras include audio commentary with Taylor; interviews with Taylor, actor Bert Hinchman, actor Les Lannom and actress Sherry Jackson; the “Hi-Gear” music video by Jerry Riopelle; the 40th anniversary Q&A with cast members and the director from the Wildey Theater in Edwardsville, Ill., where the film was shot; and the original theatrical trailer.

Chinese Anime Fantasy ‘The Monkey King: Reborn’ Due Digitally and on Disc Dec. 7 From Well Go

The Chinese anime action-adventure fantasy The Monkey King: Reborn will be released digitally, and on Blu-ray and DVD Dec. 7 from Well Go USA Entertainment.

Playing off the three “Monkey King” live-action films, The Monkey King: Reborn follows the short-tempered trickster after he is insulted while visiting a temple with his master Tang Monk. Outraged, he destroys a magical tree and accidentally releases the ancient King of Demons, who kidnaps Tang Monk as revenge for his long imprisonment. Now, Monkey King and his fellow disciples must rescue their master within three days, before the demon king regains his full power and unleashes his armies to destroy the Earth.

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Directed by Wang Yun Fei (four-film “Yugo & Lala” franchise), The Monkey King: Reborn features an all-new English dub for this release.

‘Chaos Walking’ Coming to PVOD April 2 From Lionsgate

The sci-fi thriller Chaos Walking, starring Tom Holland and Daisy Ridley, will come out via premium VOD rental April 2 from Lionsgate.

In the film — based on the best-selling novel The Knife of Never Letting Go and set in the not-too-distant future — Todd Hewitt (Holland) discovers a mysterious girl named Viola (Ridley). She has crash-landed on his planet, where the women have disappeared and the men are afflicted by “The Noise,” a force that puts all their thoughts on display. In this dangerous landscape, Viola’s life is threatened and, to protect her, Todd must discover his inner power and unlock the planet’s dark secrets.

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From director Doug Liman (The Bourne IdentityEdge of Tomorrow), Chaos Walking also stars Mads Mikkelsen, Demián Bichir, Cynthia Erivo, Nick Jonas, Kurt Sutter and David Oyelowo.

‘The Day of the Beast,’ Rosie Perez Starrer ‘Perdita Durango’ Among Titles Coming to 4K and Blu-ray Disc March 30 From MVD and Severin

Coming to disc March 30 from MVD Entertainment Group and Severin Films are Perdita Durango (1997), The Day of the Beast (1995), Nosferatu in Venice (1988) and A Scream in the Streets (1973).

Writer-director Álex de la Iglesia’s Perdita Durango and The Day of the Beast are restored on 4K Ultra HD (in combo pack with Blu-ray) and Blu-ray Disc for the first time in America.

For his English-language debut with Perdita Durango, de la Iglesia chose novelist Barry Gifford’s prequel to Wild at Heart featuring the titular sociopath priestess. But when the U.S. distributor saw the finished film, they slashed more than 10 minutes of gleefully profane sex and violence and dumped it under the title Dance With the Devil. Severin is now presenting the complete director’s cut starring Oscar nominee Rosie Perez and Academy Award winner Javier Bardem in a violent love story filled with human sacrifices, kidnapping, murder and fetus trafficking with the dogged DEA agent (James Gandolfini) on the trail of it all. Don Stroud (Django Unchained), Demián Bichir (The Hateful Eight), Alex Cox (Repo Man) and Screamin’ Jay Hawkins co-star in the film with music by Simon Boswell. Special features include “On the Border,” an interview with de la Iglesia; “Writing Perdita Durango,” an interview with writer Barry Gifford; an appraisal by film scholar Dr. Rebekah McKendry; “Narcosatanicos: Perdita Durango and the Matamoros Cult,” an interview with Abraham Castillo Flores and Cauldron of Blood author Jim Schutze; “Canciones de Amor Maldito: The Music of Perdita Durango,” an interview with composer Simon Boswell; “Shooting Perdita Durango,” an interview with director of photography Flavio Labiano; and trailers.

In between his cult hit debut Accion Mutante and Perdita Durango, de la Iglesia delivered the international horror comedy smash The Day of the Beast, which won six Goya Awards, including Best Director. In the film, when a rogue priest (Álex Angulo of Pan’s Labyrinth) discovers the exact date The Antichrist will be born, he enlists a Death Metal record store clerk (Santiago Segura of Killer Barbys) and a cheesy TV psychic (Armando De Razza) for an urban spree to prevent the Apocalypse by summoning Satan himself. Terele Pávez (800 Bullets) co-stars. Special features include “Heirs of the Beast,” a feature length documentary by Diego López and David Pizarro on the making and cultural impact of the film; “Antichrist Superstar,” an interview with director Alex de la Iglesia; “The Man Who Saved the World,” an interview with actor Armando De Razza; “Beauty and the Beast,” an interview with actress Maria Grazia Cucinotta; “Shooting the Beast,” an interview with director of photography Flavio Martínez Labiano; “Mirindas Asesinas,” a 1990 short film by Alex de la Iglesia; and trailers.

Nosferatu in Venice (1988) and A Scream in the Streets (1973) are coming out on Blu-ray for the first time ever March 30 scanned in 2K from the original negatives.

What was intended to be an unofficial sequel to Werner Herzog’s Nosferatu, Nosferatu in Venice instead became one of the most notoriously fascinating productions in EuroCult history. Klaus Kinski stars as the legendary vampire resurrected in modern-day Venice with an insatiable hunger for warm blood and rough sex. Donald Pleasence and Academy Award winner Christopher Plummer co-star in this shocker that features music by Oscar winner Vangelis (Chariots of Fire) and employed five different directors, including Mario Caiano (Nightmare Castle), Luigi Cozzi (Paganini Horror), writer-producer Augusto Caminito and reportedly Kinski himself. Special features include “Creation is Violent,” a new feature-length documentary on Kinski’s Final Years; “Creation is Violent Outtakes: – Nothing Bad Can Happen – Gypsies Should Be Played by Real Gypsies!”; and a trailer.

From producer Harry Novak — whose Box Office International Pictures brought the world such classics as Axe, Mantis in Lace and Wham Bam Thank You, Spaceman — comes A Scream in the Streets, about a pair of L.A.P.D. detectives hunting a transvestite psychopath through a polyester jungle of massage parlor perverts, suburban sex fiends and violence-crazed cops. Directed by Carl Monson (Please Don’t Eat My Mother), the film stars Joshua Bryant (Enter the Devil), Sandy Carey (Drive-in Massacre), Linda York (Chain Gang Women) and Sharon Kelly (aka ’80s adult film superstar Colleen Brennan). Special features include “The Peeper — Two Sexy Shorts Produced From A Scream in the Streets outtakes” and a trailer.