RLJ, Xenon and Aflik Join Allied Vaughn MOD Service

RLJ Entertainment, Xenon Pictures and Aflik Films have joined the Allied Vaughn manufacture-on-demand service.

Coming April 23 on Blu-ray from RLJ Entertainment and Acorn TV are three series sets of “The Heart Guy,” about gifted but arrogant heart surgeon Hugh Knight (Rodger Corser) who leads a charmed life in Sydney and believes his talent lets him live outside the rules. When an incident involving drugs and alcohol brings his world crashing down, he’s placed on probation and banned from performing surgery. He retreats to his rarely visited hometown of Whyhope in rural Australia to work as general practitioner.

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Due April 9 on MOD from Xenon, recognized in the home entertainment marketplace for creating labels focused on the African-American audience, are eight titles. The comedy How U Like Me Now (1992) stars Darnell Williams, Salli Richardson, Daniel Gardner, Raymond Whitefield and Debra Crable in a story that follows a group of young African Americans as they struggle for both financial and sexual fulfillment in early 1990s Chicago. A Day in Black and White (2001) stars Harold Perrineau and Anthony Desando in a comedy about two close friends, one black and one white, who get into a heated discussion on race relations, kicking off a series of interconnected stories that explore the racial terrain of New York City. Identity Crisis (1989) stars Mario Van Peebles, Melvin Van Peebles, Rick Aviles, Shelley Burch and Richard Fancy. In the comedy, a world-Famous French fashion designer Yves Malmaison and rapper Chilly D are both attacked by the same gang of dope smugglers, leaving one in a coma and the other not so lucky. When Chilly D wakes up from his coma several days later, he discovers that his body is also possessed by the soul of Malmaison, unaware that it has been placed there by a strange old homeless woman who witnessed the murder. Because both souls occupy the same body, Chilly D can change from tough black rapper to gay white fashion designer, or back again, anytime he is struck. Kitchen Privileges (2000) is a horror film starring Peter Sarsgaard about a housebound rape victim further terrified by news of a serial killer who preys on young women. Still, she thinks nothing of renting a room to a cook named Tom, who often drags heavy garbage bags into the house and locks the kitchen door while he prepares exotic meat dishes. The Luau (2002) is a comedy, starring Brian Hooks, Maia Campbell, Troy Winbush and Faizon Love, about a man who throws a luau to earn money for rent and pay off a gambling debt. Malibooty (2002) is a party comedy starring Brian Hooks, Stickey Fingaz, Kym Whitley, Traci Bingham, E-40 and Kent Masters-King. The Outback (2009) stars Natalie Bassingthwaighte, Jesse Johnson, Ben Kermode, Natalie Walker and Christian Clark in the story of a group of friends who encounter horror in the Australian desert. Finally, Q: The Movie (1999) stars Brian Hooks, Kelita Smith and Darryl Brunson in a comedy about a man who throws a wild barbeque while his parents are gone.

Aflik, known for Nollywood movies and African-inspired content, is offering four MOD titles: three romances, Beauty of the Mind, Marriage or Prison and The Good Wife, and one drama, Marriage Rules.

‘The New York Ripper’ Due on Disc June 25 From Blue Underground and MVD

The 1982 horror film The New York Ripper is coming in a Blu-ray combo pack (with DVD and CD soundtrack) from Blue Underground and MVD Entertainment Group.

The film, co-written and directed by horror maestro Lucio Fulci (ZombieCity Of the Living Dead), follows a blade-wielding psychopath on the loose in the Big Apple killing beautiful young women.

As NYPD detective Fred Williams (Jack Hedley) follows the trail of butchery from the decks of the Staten Island Ferry to the sex shows of Times Square, each brutal murder becomes a sadistic taunt.

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The New York Ripper is presented in a new 4K restoration from the original camera negative, uncut and uncensored. Extras include audio commentary with Troy Howarth, author of Splintered Visions: Lucio Fulci and His Films; “The Art of Killing,” an interview with co-writer Dardano Sacchetti; “Three Fingers of Violence,” an interview with star Howard Ross; “The Second Victim,” an interview with co-star Cinzia de Ponti; “The Broken Bottle Murder,” an interview with co-star Zora Kerova; “I’m an Actress!,” a 2009 interview with Kerova; “The Beauty Killer,” an interview with Stephen Thrower, author of Beyond Terror: The Films of Lucio Fulci; “Paint Me Blood Red,” an interview with poster artist Enzo Sciotti; NYC locations then and now; the theatrical trailer; a poster and still gallery; and a collectable booklet with a new essay by Travis Crawford.

Paramount to Bow 1989’s ‘Pet Sematary’ on 4K UHD in Time for Theatrical Release of Remake

Written for the screen by author Stephen King based on his bestseller, director Mary Lambert’s 1989 horror film Pet Sematary will stalk home entertainment on 4K Ultra HD combo pack and Blu-ray March 26 from Paramount Home Media Distribution.

The film, which earned more than $57 million to become the highest grossing horror film of the time, according to the studio, is being re-released in time for the debut of the studio’s theatrical remake April 5. The story follows the Creed family who, after their cat is accidentally killed, takes the advice of a friendly neighbor and buries it in a mysterious nearby cemetery. When the cat comes back, it’s only the beginning of an unthinkable evil.

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Pet Sematary will mark its 30th anniversary newly remastered in 4K under the supervision of Lambert with new bonus content, which includes the cast and crew of Paramount’s new adaptation discussing the original film’s impact and the lasting legacy of its story; a new interview with Lambert about her memories making the film, the restoration, and King’s enduring influence; and new photo galleries with behind-the-scenes images, original storyboards and vintage ads.

The 4K Ultra HD disc also features Dolby Vision.  For the 4K restoration, Lambert and Paramount went back to the original film negative to rescan it in order to recapture the original detail.

“The shadows are much softer and the colors are richer…and it looks amazing,” said Lambert in a statement.

In addition to the new bonus material, both the 4K Blu-ray and Blu-ray feature access to a digital copy of the film and previously released bonus material, including commentary by Lambert, a guided tour of the locations led by King along with an exploration of the origins of the novel, an introduction to the cast and characters, and a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the film.

‘Escape Room’ Coming Out on Digital April 9, Disc April 23 From Sony

Escape Room breaks out on digital April 9 and Blu-ray and DVD April 23 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

A thriller about the popular mystery-solving rooms, the story follows six strangers who they think they have gathered for a highly immersive escape room, but they soon find they are pawns in a sadistic game of life and death. The cast includes Taylor Russell (Lost in Space), Logan Miller (Love, Simon), Deborah Ann Woll (“True Blood), Jay Ellis (“Insecure), Tyler Labine (“New Amsterdam”) and Nik Dodani (Atypical) with Yorick van Wageningen (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo).

The Blu-ray, DVD and digital releases feature an alternate ending and opening, six deleted scenes, and four featurettes.

Oscar Foreign Language Entry ‘Burning’ and Horror Film ‘Accident’ Coming to Disc from Well Go in March

Burning, South Korea’s official entry for Best Foreign Language Film for the 91st Academy Awards, and the horror film Accident are coming on disc from Well Go USA Entertainment in March.

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Due on Blu-ray combo pack and DVD March 5 is Burning, based on the short story “Barn Burning” by Haruki Murakami. The psychological tale of all-consuming jealousy follows the story of three individuals, an alienated young man, Jongsu (Ah-in Yoo); Haemi (newcomer Jong-seo Jun), a spirited woman who offers romantic possibilities; and Ben (Steven Yeun, “The Walking Dead”), a wealthy and sophisticated young man who returns with her from a recent trip. When Jongsu learns of Ben’s mysterious hobby and Haemi suddenly disappears, his confusion and obsessions begin to mount, culminating in a stunning finale. Special features include the behind-the-scenes featurette “About the Characters.”

Due March 19 on Blu-ray is the horror film Accident, the first feature-length film from writer-director Dan Tondowski. Stephanie Shield (Death Race 2), Roxane Hayward (Death Race: Inferno), Tyrone Keogh (Starship Troopers 3: Marauder) and Keenan Arrison (upcoming Tomb Raider) star in this thriller about a group of teenagers trapped at the bottom of a ravine with a psycho out to kill them. When a foursome “borrows” a car for a night of fun, what starts as a wild joy ride turns into a nightmare. After a violent crash, they discover that being stuck at the bottom of a ravine in an overturned car is the least of their problems. The psychotic owner of the car that they stole has them in his crosshairs and will stop at nothing to get both the car and its contents back.

BAFTA Nominee ‘The Prisoner,’ Noir ‘Phantom Lady’ Among Titles Coming to Blu-ray in March From Arrow and MVD

British Academy Film Awards nominee The Prisoner, the Sister Street Fighter Collection, the noir Phantom Lady and a slate of horror films are due on Blu-ray in March from Arrow Films and MVD Entertainment Group.

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March 5 comes the two-disc Sister Street Fighter Collection, which includes all three films in the Japanese exploitation film trilogy. In the first film, Li (Etsuko Shihomi) travels to Yokohama to investigate the disappearance of her brother. Li returns in Sister Street Fighter: Hanging by a Thread, this time in search of a woman that has been kidnapped by a group of diamond smugglers. The series comes to a close with Return of the Sister Street Fighter, with Li once again hoping to locate a missing person, this time a kingpin’s mistress.

Also coming March 5 is Robert Siodmak’s 1944 noir Phantom Lady. Ella Raines stars as a secretary willing to put her life on the line in an effort to prove her boss did not murder his wife. Special features include the archival documentary Dark and Deadly: 50 Years of Film Noir, featuring the contributions of Robert Wise, Dennis Hopper and more; a 1944 hour-long radio dramatization with Ella Raines and Alan Curtis; and a gallery of stills and promotional materials.

Due March 12 is the late 1990s booby-trap slasher Kolobos about a group of strangers trapped in a deadly house. They arrive at a snow-covered house under the guise of participating in an experimental film. With the entire property fitted with cameras, their every move will be recorded. But when the house locks down, trapping them within, it soon becomes clear that something sinister is afoot. The new 2K restoration that includes an audio commentary, interviews and more.

Also due March 12 is Peter Glenville’s The Prisoner (1955), which was nominated for five BAFTAs, including best film. The tense drama puts Alec Guinness and Jack Hawkins in a room and has them square off in mental battle that tests the human spirit. Special features include a new video appreciation on the Oscar winning Guinness from author and academic Neil Sinyard.

Coming March 19 is a new 2K restoration of Strip Nude for Your Killer, an Italian giallo about a series of vicious murders in a Milanese fashion house that leave Edwige Fenech and Nino Castelnuovo to solve the case. Special features include a new audio commentary by horrorpedia.com’s Adrian J. Smith and David Flint, video essays, interviews, two versions of the opening scene, and an image gallery.

Finally, on March 26 comes the boxed set Blood Hunger: The Films of Jose Larraz, which contains three films — Whirlpool, Vampyres and The Coming of Sin — from the early part of director Jose Ramon Larraz’s career. All films come newly restored in 2K with new bonus features.

‘Piercing’ on Blu-ray and DVD March 12

The Universal Pictures Home Entertainment Content Group releases the horror thriller Piercing on Blu-ray and DVD March 12. The film is available now digitally and on demand.

Written and directed by Nicolas Pesce (The Eyes of My Mother), based on Ryû Murakami’s novel about a playful psycho-thriller game of cat-and-mouse, the twisted love story involves a man who seeks out an unsuspecting stranger to help him purge the dark torments of his past, but his plan goes awry when he encounters a woman with plans of her own.

The cast includes Christopher Abbott, Mia Wasikowska and Laia Costa.

 

Season One of ‘Nightflyers’ Out on Disc From Universal

Season one of the Syfy series “Nightflyers” is available now on Blu-ray and DVD from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.

The release includes all 10 episodes in the first season of the space horror series, based on the sci-fi novella of the same name from George R.R. Martin. Set in the year 2093, the series follows a team of scientists aboard the Nightflyer, the most advanced ship ever built, as they embark on a journey to find other life forms. Their mission takes them to the edge of the solar system, and to the edge of insanity, as they realize horror isn’t waiting for them in outer space — it’s already on their ship.

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The ensemble cast includes Eoin Macken (“The Night Shift”), Sam Strike(“EastEnders”), Maya Eshet (“Teen Wolf”), Angus Sampson (“Fargo”), Jodie Turner-Smith (“The Last Ship”), Gretchen Mol (“Boardwalk Empire”), David Ajala (“Fast & Furious 6”) and Brían F. O’Byrne (“Million Dollar Baby”).

‘The Witch’ Flying to 4K Ultra HD April 24 From Lionsgate

The Witch will fly to 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack (plus Blu-ray and digital) April 23 from Lionsgate.

Directed by Robert Eggers, winner of Best Director at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, the supernatural horror tale stars Ralph Ineson, Katie Dickie and Anya Taylor-Joy. It’s New England in 1630, and William and Katherine lead a devout Christian life with their five children, homesteading on the edge of an impassible wilderness. When their newborn son mysteriously vanishes and their crops fail, the family begins to turn on one another.

The release, which features Dolby Vision, includes audio commentary with Eggers, a “The Witch: A Primal Folklore” featurette, a Q&A with cast and crew, and a design gallery.

‘Possession of Hannah Grace’ on Home Video in February

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment will release The Possession of Hannah Grace digitally Feb. 19, and on Blu-ray and DVD Feb. 26.

Shay Mitchell stars as a cop just out of rehab who takes the graveyard shift in a morgue where she confronts an evil entity. The cast also includes Grey Damon, Kirby Johnson, Louis Herthum and Stana Katic.

Extras include a deleted scene, the featurettes “The Killer Cast” and “An Autopsy of Hannah,” and Megan’s Video Diary for night one and night two.

The Possession of Hannah Grace