‘Bad Biology,’ ‘Nightmare’ Among Cult, Horror Titles Available on Disc Jan. 30 From Severin and MVD

The cult film Bad Biology and the horror titles Nightmare, The Psychic and Danza Macabra Volume Two: The Italian Gothic Collection are available on disc Jan. 30 from Severin Films and MVD Entertainment Group.

Due on Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD, Bad Biology (2008) comes from splatter master Frank Henenlotter (writer/director of Frankenhooker, Brain Damage, “The Basket Case” trilogy). After 17 years, he returned with the most graphic, transgressive and jaw-droppingly depraved black comedy shocker of his career in Bad Biology. In the film, Jennifer (Charlee Danielson) is a homicidal nymphomaniac who spontaneously births mutant babies, and Batz (Anthony Sneed) has a monstrous penis with a mind of its own. In a city ruled by pleasure and pain, will two made-for-each-other freaks deliver the ultimate orgasmic horror? Eleonore Hendricks (Daddy Longlegs), radio host Rude Jude and director James Glickenhaus (The Exterminator) co-star in the film produced and co-written by underground hip-hop hero R.A. The Rugged Man Thorburn with F/X by Gabe Bartalos (Skinned Deep), now scanned in 4K from the camera negative. Special features include commentary with director Frank Henenlotter, director of photography Nick Deeg and actor Anthony Sneed; archival commentary with director Frank Henenlotter and producer R.A. The Rugged Man Thorburn; “Spook House,” interviews with director Frank Henenlotter, producer R.A. The Rugged Man Thorburn, production coordinator Michael Shershenovich, director of photography Nick Deeg, retired detective David Henenlotter and production manager Chaz Kangas; “In the Basement With Charlee Danielson,” an interview Danielson; “Deeg and Sneed,” a conversation between Nick Deeg and Anthony Sneed; “Swollen Agenda,” interview with makeup effects artist Gabe Bartalos; “Suck,” a short film By Anthony Sneed; “Legendary Loser,” a music video by R.A. The Rugged Man Thorburn; and an image gallery.

Due on Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD is the controversial and misunderstood genre film Nightmare (1981). In the film, when a homicidal mental patient (Baird Stafford) flees an experimental drug program, he leaves a five-day trail of psychosexual carnage from the peep shows of 42nd Street to the gore-soaked shores of Florida. Written and directed by Romano Scavolini, the film — with a U.K. release as Nightmares in a Damaged Brain led to the imprisonment of distributor David Hamilton-Grant — has been scanned from the internegative and various foreign print sources to create the most complete version ever assembled. Special features include audio commentary with star Baird Stafford and special effects assistant Cleve Hall moderated by Lee Christian and David DeCoteau; audio commentary with producer William Paul; “Kill Thy Father and Thy Mother,” an interview with director Romano Scavolini; “Dreaming Up a Nightmare,” cast and crew interviews; “The Nightmare of Nightmare,” an interview with erroneously credited special effects director Tom Savini; “The Stuff That Nightmares Are Made Of,” an interview with makeup artist Robin Stevens; “A Nightmare on Many Streets,” a locations tour with Rue Morgue writer Michael Gingold; the open matte peep show sequence; deleted scenes; a still gallery; and trailers.

Due on 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray is The Psychic (1977), writer/director Lucio Fulci’s giallo masterpiece. In the film, Jennifer O’Neill (Scanners) stars as a woman tormented by violent visions of past slayings. Or are they premonitions of murders still to come? Gabriele Ferzetti (The Night Porter), Marc Porel (The Sister of Ursula), Gianni Garko (Night of the Devils) and Evelyn Stewart (Footprints) co-star in the film originally titled Murder to the Tune of the Seven; co-written by Fulci, Roberto Gianviti (Don’t Torture a Duckling) and Dardano Sacchetti (The Beyond); and scanned in 4K from the original negative. Special features include “Doom and Gloom,” an interview with co-writer Dardano Sacchetti with contributions from director Lucio Fulci; selected scene commentary with cinematographer Sergio Salvati and Freak-O-Rama’s Federico Caddeo; “Close Up on the Eyes,” an audio interview with camera operator Franco Bruni; “Elegant Ladies,” an audio interview with costume designer Massimo Lentini; “Cutting Moments,” an audio interview with editor Bruno Micheli; and the trailer.

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Due on 4K Ultra HD is Danza Macabra Vol. Two: The Italian Gothic Collection (1960s and 1970s). In this second collection of Italian gothic shockers, viewers enter cobweb-shrouded worlds of violence, madness and sexual deviance. Gothic goddess Barbara Steele stars in Antonio Margheriti’s Castle of Blood and its Italian version Danza Macabra, both restored and scanned in 4K and presented in UHD for the first time ever. Jekyll is 1969’s award-winning four-part RAI-TV sceneggiati from writer/director/star Giorgio Albertazzi that contemporizes the classic tale of man’s darkest impulses. Writer/director Corrado Farina reinvents the Dracula legend as a modern-day capitalist conspiracy with his startling and long out-of-print 1971 debut They Have Changed Their Face. Rosalba Neri is seduced by Satan himself in 1972’s The Devil’s Lover, finally available restored and uncut. All four titles are now presented in their North American Premieres, newly mastered from the best available elements with more than 13 collective hours of special features.

‘Sharknado: 10th Anniversary’ DVD Due Jan. 30 From Distribution Solutions

The Sharknado: 10th Anniversary edition of the cult sci-fi TV movie will be released on DVD Jan. 30 from Distribution Solutions.

In the film, when a freak hurricane swamps Los Angeles, thousands of sharks terrorize the waterlogged populace.

Sharknado, which spawned a raft of sequels, stars Ian Ziering, Tara Reid, John Heard and Jaason Simmons.

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Elizabeth Taylor Drama ‘Identikit’ Among Titles Headed to Blu-ray in October From Severin and MVD

The Elizabeth Taylor drama Identikit, the cult film Story of a Cloistered Nun and the drama Clearcut are coming to Blu-ray Disc in October from Severin Films and MVD Entertainment Group.

The 1974 Elizabeth Taylor drama Identikit is due Oct. 10. In what remains the most obscure, bizarre and wildly misunderstood film of her entire career — and perhaps even ’70s Italian cinema — Taylor stars as a disturbed woman who arrives in Rome to find a city fragmented by autocratic law, leftist violence and her own increasingly unhinged mission to find the most dangerous liaison of all. Academy Award nominee Ian Bannen (The Offence), Mona Washbourne (The Collector) and Andy Warhol co-star in this neo noir — barely released in America as The Driver’s Seat — directed by Giuseppe Patroni Griffi (‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore), adapted from the novella by Muriel Spark (The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie) and featuring cinematography by three-time Oscar winner Vittorio Storaro (Apocalypse Now, The Last Emperor), restored in 4K by Severin Films. Special features include an introduction by Kier-La Janisse, author of House of Psychotic Women; audio commentary with TCM Underground curator Millie De Chirico; “A Lack Of Absence,” with writer and literary historian Chandra Mayor on Muriel Spark and The Driver’s Seat; The Driver’s Seat credit sequences; and a trailer.

Also due Oct. 10 is Story of a Cloistered Nun. In 1973, director/co-writer Domenico Paolella — having launched the genre a year earlier with The Nuns of Saint Archangel — established a new Nunsploitation standard via superior production values, an impressive international cast and a lurid narrative “adapted from authentic 17th Century chronicles.” In the film, forced into a strict convent by her parents, an aristocratic maiden (Eleonora Giorgi of Inferno fame) will discover a catechism of depravity that includes savage floggings, lesbian roleplay, illicit sex and murder. Suzy Kendall (Bird With the Crystal Plumage, Torso), Catherine Spaak (The Cat O’ Nine Tails), Martine Brochard (Eyeball) and Umberto Orsini (The Damned) co-star in the film also known as The Unholy Convent and Love Story of a Nun, scanned in 2K from the original negative. Special features include “Down the Well,” an interview with actress Martine Brochard; “A Nun’s Story,” an interview with actress Eleonora Giorgi; “Within a Cloister,” an interview with camera operator Daniele Nannuzzi; and the trailer.

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The drama Clearcut comes out Oct. 24. From émigré director Ryszard Bugajski — whose infamous debut feature Interrogation enraged Poland’s Communist regime — comes the 1991 Canadian shocker. When the pacifist lawyer for an Indigenous tribe fails to protect their land against the racist owner of a lumber mill, both white men will be forced by a rogue Native man (Academy Award nominee Graham Greene of Dances With Wolves) into a wilderness nightmare of violence, vengeance and supernatural horror. Ron Lea (Punisher: War Zone), Michael Hogan (“Battlestar Galactica”) and Floyd Red Crow Westerman (The Doors) co-star in the film, restored in 4K from a 35mm answer print. Special features include an archival video introduction by director Ryszard Bugajski; audio commentary with scholar and anthropologist Shaawano Chad Uran (White Earth Anishinaabe); an archival audio interview with director Ryszard Bugajski and journalist Allan MacInnis; “A Dream Like Arthur’s,” an audio interview with actor Graham Greene; “Composing Clearcut”; “The Ballad of Crowfoot” short film; audio commentary for “The Ballad of Crowfoot” with Kevin Howes and Lawrence Dunn; the “You Are on Indian Land” short film; and the short film “Consume.”

Cult Film ‘The Girl From Rio’ Headed to 4K Ultra HD Sept. 26 From Blue Underground and MVD

The cult film The Girl From Rio will be released on 4K Ultra HD (plus Blu-ray) combo pack Sept. 26 from Blue Underground and MVD Entertainment Group.

In the tradition of Barbarella and Danger: Diabolik comes this swinging ’60s action orgy as bisexual super-villain Sumuru (Shirley Eaton, Goldfinger) launches a diabolical plan to enslave the male species with her army of lusty warrior women. But when Sumuru kidnaps a fugitive American playboy, she crosses a sadistic crime boss (Academy Award winner George Sanders, All About Eve, Village of the Damned) and ignites a battle of the sexes.

Richard Wyler (The Bounty Killer) and Maria Rohm (Eugenie) co-star in this kinky cult favorite from producer Harry Alan Towers (The Blood of Fu Manchu) and director Jess Franco (Venus in Furs). Also known as Rio 70, Future Women and The Seven Secrets of Sumuru, The Girl From Rio is presented in a new 4K restoration from the original camera negative, uncut and uncensored in Dolby Vision HDR.

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Special features include:

  • a new audio commentary with film historians Nathaniel Thompson and Troy Howarth;
  • a new “Rocking in Rio” interview with Stephen Thrower, author of Murderous Passions: The Delirious Cinema of Jesus Franco;
  • “Rolling in Rio ,” interviews with director Jess Franco, producer Harry Alan Towers and star Shirley Eaton;
  • new additional scenes from the German version;
  • a trim reel;
  • a poster and still gallery; and
  • a new “RiffTrax Edition,” the movie riffed by Mike Nelson, Bill Corbett and Kevin Murphy.

Christopher Lee Comedy ‘Dracula and Son’ Among Titles Due on Disc Sept. 26 From Severin and MVD

The Christopher Lee comedy Dracula and Son, the cult film Franky and his Pals, the horror film Footprints and the mystery thriller minseries Private Crimes are due on disc from Severin Films and MVD Entertainment Group Sept. 26.

Dracula and Son is available in a two-disc Blu-ray collection featuring the original director’s cut and the U.S. theatrical version. For his 10th and final screen appearance as Dracula, Christopher Lee starred — speaking fluent French — in this slyly ingenious 1976 horror comedy based on a novel by Claude Klotz (The Hairdresser’s Husband) and directed by Academy Award nominee Édouard Molinaro (La Cage Aux Folles). When the U.S. distributor re-cut and dubbed the film into a broad parody, it was deservedly met with universal disdain. Molinaro’s director’s cut can now be experienced for the first time ever in America, restored in 4K from the original negative with both French and English audio tracks. Bernard Menez (Day for Night), Marie-Hélène Breillat (Last Tango in Paris) and future writer/director Catherine Breillat (Anatomy of Hell) co-star in this satire featuring a score by Vladimir Cosma (Diva) and loaded with vintage and new special features. Special features include audio commentary with Christopher Lee biographer Jonathan Rigby and Hammer historian Kevin Lyons; audio commentary with Kat Ellinger, author of Daughters of Darkness; “Let the Son Shine in,” an interview with actor Bernard Menez; an archival French TV interview with Christopher Lee; “The Molinaro Tapes,” an archival audio interview with director Édouard Molinaro; “Who Was Claude Klotz?,” featuring filmmaker Patrice Leconte on his three-time co-writer and author of the novel Paris Vampire; an archival interview with Claude Klotz at a 1976 presentation of Dracula and Son in Marseille; a trailer; and a TV Spot.

Due on DVD is the cult film Franky and His Pals (1991). In the film, Franky, Drak, Wolfy, Mummy and Humper — the horny hunchback — descend on the small mining town of French Gulch in search of lost gold, but it’s Halloween night, and the monsters soon find themselves caught in the debaucherous festivities of the local townsfolk. Directed by veteran grindhouse and adult film producer Gerald Cormier (Terror Circus aka Barn of the Naked Dead, 101 Acts of Love) and seldom seen beyond the shelves of small-town video shops, this bizarro monster-comedy has finally been resurrected. Special features include “I’m Big Franky,” an interview with actor Eric Weathersbee; “It Wasn’t Me,” an interview with actor/FX artist Keith Lack; “Have You Seen My Wolfie?,” an interview with actor Shawn West; “The Band With No Name,” an interview with members of the Franky and His Pals party band; and the “Radio Beach” music video, featuring members of the Franky and His Pals party band.

The 1975 horror film Footprints is being released on Blu-ray in a two-disc set that includes the American and Italian versions. In this underseen giallo of the ’70s, Florinda Bolkan (A Lizard in a Woman’s Skin, Flavia the Heretic) stars as a freelance translator who wakes one morning missing all memory of her past three days. Will a trail of odd clues lead her to a place where perception and identity are never what they seem? Nicoletta Elmi (Deep Red), Evelyn Stewart (The Sweet Body of Deborah), Lila Kedrova (The Tenant) and Klaus Kinski co-star in this film also known as Footprints on the Moon and directed by Luigi Bazzoni (The Fifth Cord) with cinematography by three-time Oscar winner Vittorio Storaro (The Bird With the Crystal Plumage), now scanned in 4K from the original camera negative. Special features include an introduction by Kier-La Janisse, author of House of Psychotic Women; “To the Moon,” an interview with Actress Ida Galli; “Nicoletta Elmi: Italian Cinema’s Imp Ascendent,” a video essay by film scholars Alexandra Heller-Nicholas and Craig Martin; audio commentary for the Italian cut with film historian Kat Ellinger; “Light of the Moon,” an interview with cinematographer Vittorio Storaro; and the trailer.

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Finally, due on Blu-ray is the North American premiere of the Italian mystery thriller miniseries Private Crimes. Nearly 25 years after their gialli collaborations Your Vice Is a Locked Room and All the Colors of the Dark, star Edwige Fenech and director Sergio Martino reunited for this four-part,six-hour TV miniseries co-produced by Fenech through her company Immagine E Cinema. In the series, when a prominent businessman is found murdered, an ambitious newspaper reporter (Fenech) and a local police inspector (Ray Lovelock of Almost Human) uncover a bizarre web of small-town corruption, violence and dark secrets, with suspects that include Paolo Malco (The New York Ripper), Annie Girardot (Shock Treatment), Gabriele Ferzetti (The Psychic), Jacques Perrin (Z) and Alida Valli (Suspiria). The miniseries has been scanned in 2K from the original RAI-TV 16mm elements with special features created exclusively for this presentation. Special features include audio commentary for part one with Kat Ellinger, author of All the Colours of Sergio Martino; “Edwige, Queen of Giallo,” an interview with actor/producer Edwidge Fenech; and “Giallo in Lucca,” an interview with director Sergio Martino.

Film Masters to Bow Blu-ray of Roger Corman’s ‘Beast From Haunted Cave’

Roger Corman’s cult classic Beast From Haunted Cave — newly restored from a 4K scan of 35mm archival materials — will be released as a special collector’s edition on Blu-ray and DVD Oct. 24 from Film Masters.

Acclaimed as the king of low-budget cult movies, Corman produced dozens of films that were both hilarious and thrilling. Among the best of his early output was 1959’s Beast From Haunted Cave, which was directed by legendary director Monte Hellman (Two-Lane Blacktop, Cockfighter), launching a 15-year collaboration between the duo. The film stars Michael Forest, Sheila Noonan and Frank Wolff.

In Beast From Haunted Cave, cutthroat gangsters hatch a plan to rob a bank in Deadwood, S.D., but when one of the henchmen sets off an explosion in a nearby gold mine to act as a diversion for the heist, he awakens a blood-sucking, spider-like creature that isn’t happy about the intrusion. When a violent snowstorm delays the gang’s escape, things rapidly progress from bad to blood-curdling worse.

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The released includes the bonus feature Ski Troop Attack (1960). Upon wrapping Beast From Haunted Cave, Corman economically directed this World War II drama using the same location and much of the same cast and crew.

Beast From Haunted Cave is presented in its original theatrical 1.85:1, 65-minute format and extended, 72-minute 4×3 TV version. Ski Troop Attack is presented as a newly restored HD print in 4×3 aspect ratio.

Special features include Hollywood Intruders: The Filmgroup Story: Part One, a Ballyhoo Motion Pictures documentary; a full-color booklet with essays by authors C. Courtney Joyner and Tom Weaver with the man behind the beast, Chris Robinson; commentary for Beast From Haunted Cave by author and film historian Tom Weaver and filmmaker Larry Blamire; commentary for Ski Troop Attack by author C. Courtney Joyner and filmmaker Howard S. Berger; a gallery of rare stills from camera negatives taken during the filming of Beast From Haunted Cave, courtesy of Tom Weaver; the original, 35mm-restored theatrical trailer for Beast From Haunted Cave and new, recut trailers for both films using restored film elements; and an Easter egg, a special interview with the original beast.

‘Extra Terrestrial Visitors,’ ‘Alien From the Abyss’ and Comedy Compilation Available on Blu-ray From MVD and Severin

The sci-fi fantasies Extra Terrestrial Visitors and Alien From the Abyss, as well as the comedy The Complete Comic Strip Presents … Channel 4 are available now on Blu-ray Disc from MVD Entertainment Group and Severin Films.

Available in its first authorized U.S. release is Alien From the Abyss (1989). For one of the final films of his career, director Antonio Margheriti (Castle of Blood, War of the Planets, Cannibal Apocalypse) headed to the Philippines to make a monster movie. In the film, when environmental activists attempt to expose an evil corporation (led by Charles Napier of Supervixens and Rambo: First Blood Part II fame) dumping nuclear waste into the local volcano, they’ll instead discover graphic gore, exploding miniatures and a rampaging full-scale kaiju-style creature. Luciano Pigozzi (Strike Commando) co-stars in the movie written by Tito Carpi (Raiders of Atlantis). Featuring the film scanned in 4K from the original negative, the release includes the following extras: the North American premiere of the 2013 documentary on Antonio Margheriti, The Outsiders — The Cinema of Antonio Margheriti, directed by his son Edoardo; “From the Center of the Earth,” an interview with Edoardo Margheriti; “Son of the Outsider,” an interview with The Outsider director Edoardo Margheriti; and the trailer.

Extra Terrestrial Visitors (1983) is getting a worldwide Blu-ray premiere of the restored director’s cut. From Juan Piquer Simón (writer/director of Pieces and Slugs) comes this French/Spanish co-production. In the E.T.-influenced film, when snorkel-nosed furry aliens arrive on Earth, they encounter a foggy wilderness filled with sociopathic poachers, Simón’s twisted vision of what an ’80s American rock band looks/sounds like, and the boy who befriends a blue-eyed extraterrestrial he names “Trumpy.” The release of the film, also known in various versions as Return of E.T., The Unearthling and Pod People, features a 4K scan from the 35 mm negative. Extras include The Simon’s Jigsaw — A Journey Into the Universe of Juan Piquer; “A Weekend in Hell,” an interview with actor Emilio Linder; “Composing the Cosmos,” an interview with soundtrack composer Librado Pastor; a private concert from Librado Pastor; alternate Pod People opening credits; and the soundtrack CD single.

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The Complete Comic Strip Presents … Channel 4 is getting its North American Blu-ray premiere. It features the pioneering ’80s comedy troupe — which included Rik Mayall, Adrian Edmondson, Dawn French, Nigel Planer, Peter Richardson and Jennifer Saunders — whose series of short films for Britain’s Channel 4 led directly to  “The Young Ones,” “Absolutely Fabulous” and the entire U.K. alt-comedy movement. The release includes all three seasons and five specials from “The Comic Strip on Channel 4,” including their legendary mockumentary Bad News Tour and its sequel More Bad News, featuring appearances by Lemmy, Ozzy Osbourne and Def Leppard; the classic Mr. Jolly Lives Next Door — scanned in 2K from a 16 mm print — directed by two-time Oscar nominee Stephen Frears; and more than four hours of special features including a new documentary.

Cult Actioner ‘McBain’ Due on Blu-ray July 11 From Synapse and MVD

The 1991 cult classic McBain will be released on Blu-ray July 11 from Synapse Films and MVD Entertainment Group.

The release features a new 5.1 Surround mix (the original 2.0 theatrical stereo mix is also included).
In the film, at the end of the Vietnam War, POW Robert McBain (Christopher Walken) is freed by a squad of Army Rangers led by Santos (Chick Vennera). In gratitude, McBain promises to help Santos whenever he’s in need. Santos takes out a $100 bill, tears it in two, gives half to McBain and says, “If the other half of this bill ever finds you, you can pay me back.” Almost 20 years later, Santos, back in his native Colombia, is killed while leading a fight against drug lords and corrupt politicians. Santos’ sister Christina (Maria Conchita Alonso) travels to America with the other half of the $100 bill in an attempt to enlist McBain’s help in overthrowing the Colombian regime. McBain brings together the former Rangers (Michael Ironside, Steve James, Thomas G. Waites, Jay Patterson) to help bring down the dictator and drug lords.    

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Special Features include audio commentary from director James Glickenhaus and film historian Chris Poggiali and the original theatrical trailer.   

Cult Classic ‘Shanghai Joe’ Due on Blu-ray May 16 From Cauldron and MVD

The 1973 Italian cult classic Shanghai Joe will be released on Blu-ray Disc May 16 from Cauldron Films and MVD Entertainment Group.

In the hybrid of a spaghetti Western and a martial arts film, Chin Hao (Chen Lee/Myoshin Hayakawa), arrives in America looking for a better life, only to be faced with locals that don’t take kindly to outsiders. Much to their surprise, Chin is not your average drifter as he rips his way through racist bad guys with his unstoppable fighting techniques. After word of his skills spreads, he gets a job at a ranch only to find that the owner, Stanley Spencer, is a cattle smuggling slave trader who brutalizes Mexican farmers and anyone else who dares get in his way. Chin ramps up the violence as he stops at nothing to free the slaves and enact revenge on the sadistic Spencer.

Directed by Mario Caiano (Nightmare Castle), Shanghai Joe is for fans of bloody, action-packed Westerns and Kung Fu films of the 1970s. Loaded with practical gore effects and bone breaking fight choreography, Shanghai Joe also features genre legends Klaus Kinski (Jack the Ripper), Gordon Mitchell (Endgame), Robert Hundar (Sabata), Giacomo Rossi Stuart (The Crimes of the Black Cat), Carla Romanelli (Gang War in Milan), Piero Lulli (My Dear Killer) and Katsutoshi Mikuriya.

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Cauldron Films presents Shanghai Joe (aka Il mio nome è Shangai Joe, My Name is Shanghai Joe and The Fighting Fists of Shanghai Joe) on Blu-ray featuring a 2K restoration from the negative, both English dubbed and Italian with English subtitle audio options, and new extras.

Special features include “Samurai Spirit: Interview with Master Katsutoshi Mikuriya”; commentary with film historian Mike Hauss; the trailer; and “East Meets West: Italian Style,” a visual essay by film historian Eric Zaldivar.

Cult Films ‘Contraband’ and ‘Murder in a Blue World’ Due on Blu-ray Nov. 22 From Cauldron Films and MVD Entertainment Group

The foreign cult films Contraband and Murder in a Blue World are being released on Blu-ray Disc Nov. 22 from Cauldron Films and MVD Entertainment Group.

The 1980 Italian crime story Contraband is directed by Lucio Fulci (The Beyond, City of the Living Dead) and set in Naples, Italy. It follows idealistic cigarette smuggler Luca, who runs into problems with a sadistic drug dealing gangster from France and decides to muscle his way into operations. As he tries to wipe out the competition, all hell breaks loose and the bodies start piling up. Luca joins forces with rival smugglers and the local mafia to counteract the power play, which only increases the body count until the explosive gun powder and gut bursting conclusion. The film stars Fabio Testi (The Big Racket), Marcel Bozzuffi (The French Connection), Ivana Monti (Five Days in Milan), and Saverio Marconi (Padre Padrone). Featuring gruesome practical special effects by Germano Natali (Deep Red) and Roberto Pace (Body Count), with music by legendary composer Fabio Frizzi, Contraband is a hard hitting mafia story filmed through the eye of an unrelenting horror master. Making its Blu-ray debut via Cauldron Films, Contraband is restored from a 4K scan of the negative with English language audio, optional English SDH subtitles, and Italian language audio with English subtitles. Special features include new interviews with writer Giorgio Mariuzzo, actress Ivana Monti and actor Saverio Marconi; archival interviews with actor Fabrizio Jovine, actor Venantino Venantini, cinematographer Sergio Salvati and composer Fabio Frizzi; new audio commentary by film historians Troy Howarth, Nathaniel Thompson and Bruce Holecheck; an image gallery; trailers; and a reversible Blu-ray wrap with alternate artwork.

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The 1973 thriller Murder in a Blue World is a Spanish spin on Stanley Kubrick’s A Clockwork Orange. In the film set in a violent, dystopian consumer-fed future, David (Chris Mitchum, Summertime Killer) blackmails nurse Ana (Sue Lyon, Stanley Kubrick’s Lolita) after witnessing her commit a murder. When Ana and Victor (Jean Sorel, Perversion Story) discover David is a known gang member with an extensive criminal past, they make a plan to turn the tables and use him for their own clandestine purposes. Two years after Kubrick’s A Clockwork Orange, transgressive Spanish genre director Eloy de la Iglesia unleashed his thought-provoking and beautifully shot future-world film that was also known as A Clockwork Terror. Available for the first time on Blu-ray, Cauldron Films presents the film from a new 2K restoration of the Spanish producer’s cut from the negative, with English audio with optional English SDH subtitles and Spanish audio with optional English subtitles. Special features include a newly edited archival interview with Chris Mitchum; “Dubbing in a Blue World”; a video essay by film scholar Dr Xavier Aldana Reyes; commentary by film historian Kat Ellinger; and an image gallery.