David Lynch’s ‘Dune’ on 4K, Italian Cinema Headline Blu-ray Releases From Arrow and MVD in August

David Lynch’s Dune on 4K, the Italian “Sergio Martino Collection,” the Japanese erotic horror film Blind Beast, Dario Argento’s Cat O’ Nine Tails on 4K and the horror film The Brotherhood of Satan are coming to Blu-ray from MVD Entertainment Group and Arrow Video in August.

On Aug. 3, Arrow kicks things off with the Blu-ray release of “The Sergio Martino Collection.” The three-disc set features three classic 1970s films from the Italian genre filmmaker. George Hilton stars as an insurance investigator trying to get to the bottom of a strange string of murders in The Case of the Scorpion’s Tail. Next, Martino takes on Edgar Allen Poe in Your Vice is a Locked Room and Only I Have the Key. Martino borrows elements from Poe’s “The Black Cat” to craft this tale of a series of murders around the estate of a degenerate author and his wife. In The Suspicious Death of a Minor, the murder of a prostitute leads to the discovery of a trafficking ring with ties to powerful people. All three films come with 2K restorations from the original camera negatives.

On Aug. 24, Arrow will release two titles on Blu-ray. First up is 1969’s Blind Beast. The erotic horror story of a blind sculptor that kidnaps a young model with the help of his mother comes courtesy of director Yasuzô Masumura, one of post-war Japan’s most important filmmakers.

Also coming from Arrow on Aug. 24 is the 4K Ultra HD release of Dario Argento’s classic giallo The Cat O’ Nine Tails, starring Academy Award winner Karl Malden. A newspaper reporter and a retired journalist work together to get to the bottom of a series of killings in this straight forward murder-mystery, offering an early glimpse into the style and technique that would later become Argento trademarks. The release features an illustrated collector’s booklet featuring an original essay on the film by Dario Argento and writing by Barry Forshaw, Troy Howarth and Howard Hughes; a fold-out double-sided poster featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Obviously Creative; six double-sided, postcard-sized lobby card reproduction artcards; and limited edition packaging with reversible sleeve featuring originally and newly commissioned artwork by Obviously Creative.

Arrow brings the month to a close with two titles Aug. 31. A cult of senior citizens recruits the children of a desert town to worship Satan in director Bernard McEveety’s The Brotherhood of Satan, due on Blu-ray. This low-budget horror entry was notable for giving theater patrons a packet of seeds during its original theatrical run. The seeds were labeled as “Satan’s soul” and claimed to offer protection “from the Black Magic of The Brotherhood of Satan.”

Also streeting Aug. 31 is David Lynch’s Dune (1984). The controversial adaptation of Frank Herbert’s beloved novel has achieved cult classic status over the years, and it arrives with a brand new 4K restoration on both limited edition Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray just ahead of the new blockbuster remake. The all-star cast of the sci-fi epic includes Kyle MacLachlan, Virginia Madsen, Sting, Patrick Stewart, Sean Young and Max von Sydow. The release includes a 60-page book featuring new writing on the film by Andrew Nette, Christian McCrea and Charlie Brigden; a large fold-out double-sided poster featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Dániel Taylor; six double-sided, postcard-sized lobby card reproductions; and limited edition packaging with reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Dániel Taylor.

Horror Titles ‘Siege,’ ‘Born for Hell’ and ‘Skinned Deep’ Coming to Disc From Severin and MVD July 20

The horror titles Siege, Born for Hell and Skinned Deep are coming to to Blu-ray Disc July 20 from Severin Films and MVD Entertainment Group.

Making its worldwide Blu-ray premiere in both the theatrical and extended versions, Siege, from co-directors Paul Donovan and Maura O’Connell (DEFCON-4) is a rarely-seen Canadian shocker from the ’80s, inspired by the actual 42-day Halifax police strike. When a local group of right-wing vigilantes massacres the patrons of a gay bar, the sole survivor seeks refuge in a nearby apartment building whose residents must now defend themselves in a night of hate, terror and bloodshed. Doug Lennox (Breaking Point), Tom Nardini (Cat Ballou), Jack Blum (Happy Birthday to Me) and Keith Knight (My Bloody Valentine) star in this 1983 film released in the U.S. as Self Defense. It is scanned in 2K from the original negative recently discovered in a Nova Scotia archive. Special features include the trailer and audio commentary with co-director Paul Donovan and filmmaker Jason Eisener.

In 1976, Montreal filmmaker Denis Héroux — future director of The Uncanny and Oscar-nominated producer of Atlantic City — adapted the true story of Chicago mass murderer Richard Speck to war-torn Belfast for Born for Hell. In the film, a disturbed Vietnam vet drifter (Mathieu Carrière, Malpertuis, Bilitis) brutalizes a dorm full of student nurses. Re-edited by its video distributor and released as Naked Massacre, Héroux’s harrowing director’s cut has remained unseen in America until now. Debra Berger (The Inglorious Bastards), Leonora Fani (Giallo in Venice), Christine Boisson (Emmanuelle), Ely Galleani (Baba Yaga) and Carole Laure (Sweet Movie) co-star in this film scanned in 2K from an uncut 35mm print discovered in The National Archives of Canada. Special features include “The Other Side of the Mirror,” an interview with actor Mathieu Carriere; “Nightmare in Chicago,” remembering the Richard Speck crime spree with local filmmakers John McNaughton and Gary Sherman; “A New Kind Of Crime — The Richard Speck Story” with “Once Upon a Crime” podcaster Esther Ludlow; “Bombing Here, Shooting There,” a video essay by filmmaker Chris O’Neill; Naked Massacre, the U.S. video release cut; artist Joe Coleman on Speck; and “Inside the Odditorium,” with Joe Coleman.

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Skinned Deep is the 2004 writing, directing and producing debut of FX artist Gabe Bartalos (Brain Damage, Frankenhooker, Cremaster Cycle). It’s about a rural clan of psychotic freaks, a killing spree and the final girl that may be their depraved undoing. Warwick Davis (Leprechaun) and Jason Dugre (Saint Bernard) star with an appearance by fandom legend Forrest J. Ackerman and featuring music by Captain Sensible of The Damned. This worldwide premiere of the unrated cut is scanned in 2K from the original negative for the first time ever. Special features include the trailer; “Deep Cuts,” a look back on Skinned Deep with Bartalos, actors Dugre and Karoline Brandt, and weapons machinist Jake Lee; audio commentary with cast and crew; and an archival making-of featurette.

Music Doc ‘Don’t Go Gentle: A Film About IDLES’ Due on Digital and Disc Aug. 6 From MVD

The music doc Don’t Go Gentle: A film About IDLES will come out on digital, Blu-ray and DVD Aug. 6 from MVD Entertainment Group.

It’s a 75 minute feature film journeying through the critically acclaimed Bristol band’s determination, friendship and adversity as they fight for a place in a divided socio-political environment, inspiring and unifying an international community along the way.

Don’t Go Gentle captures the 10-year journey of the band’s struggle, grief and resolve. Exploring their vulnerabilities through their experience, lyrics and sound, viewers learn the reasons why these five individuals have connected with legions of people across the world.  Viewers journey with lead singer Joe Talbot and the band as they tear across stages, knocking down stereotypes, empowering fans to talk about mental health and the realities they may not feel comfortable speaking about.

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The film, which was directed by Mark Archer and received four star reviews in NME and Time Out London, will be screening across the United Kingdom and Ireland starting July 2 prior to its home entertainment release.

‘Adam Resurrected,’ ‘Camino,’ ‘Feed the Gods’ Coming to Disc June 22 From MVD and Bleiberg

The drama Adam Resurrected, the action-adventure Camino and the horror film Feed the Gods are coming out on Blu-ray and DVD June 22 from MVD Entertainment Group and Bleiberg Entertainment.

Jeff Goldblum stars in the drama Adam Resurrected, about a man tormented in a World War II concentration death camp by a high-ranking Nazi officer (Willem Dafoe) who spends the next 15 years in a remote experimental insane asylum with fellow Holocaust victims. Clinging to the remains of his sanity, Adam uses his magic and comic skills to entertain the residents and develops a relationship with an attractive nurse (Ayelet Zurer, Man of Steel). But only when he reaches out to a mentally scarred young boy does he begin to confront his own pain and guilt and start to heal. The film also stars Derek Jacobi (Murder on the Orient Express), is directed by Academy Award nominee Paul Schrader (First Reformed, Taxi Driver) and features a score by Academy Award Winning composer Gabriel Yared (The English Patient, Cold Mountain, The Talented Mr. Ripley). Special features include audio commentary with the director, a behind-the-scenes featurette, deleted scenes, a Haifa International Film Festival Q & A, and the original theatrical trailer.

The action-adventure Camino follows a celebrated war photographer Avery Taggert (Zoë Bell, Death Proof) on assignment in the Columbian jungle following a group of missionaries led by Guillermo (played by Oscar-nominated filmmaker Nacho Vigalondo) as they bring meds to the poor. But when Avery’s lens captures the leader conducting a cocaine deal and murdering a child witness, Guillermo tells his troops that Avery is a threat to locals and orders them to kill her. She now has to flee into the wild jungle and a relentlessly brutal chase begins. Special features include behind-the-scenes featurettes and trailers.

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In Feed the Gods, two brothers (Resident Evil: Afterlife’s Shawn Roberts and The Killing’s Tyler Johnston) return to a small mountain town in search of their long-lost parents only to discover that the place has a monstrous “taste for tourists.” Rumors of a Bigfoot creature at first seem silly, but soon the unthinkable becomes real and the town’s insidious past emerges. Writer-director Braden Croft (Hemorrhage) delivers horror, blood and laughs in equal measure. Extras include a behind-the-scenes featurette, the original theatrical trailer and reversible artwork.

1960s Christopher Lee Classics, 1980s Actioner ‘Strike Commando’ Among Titles Due on Disc June 22 From MVD and Severin

Christopher Lee European classics and 1980s actioners Invaders of the Lost Gold and the “Rambo”-inspired Strike Commando and Strike Commando 2 are coming to disc June 22 from MVD Entertainment Group and Severin Films.

Due on Blu-ray is The Eurocrypt of Christopher Lee. The collection features movies made during his career in 1960s Europe and brings together five of these Lee classics — Crypt of the Vampire (1964); Castle of the Living Dead (1964) co-starring an unknown Donald Sutherland; Sherlock Holmes and the Deadly Necklace (1962); The Torture Chamber of Dr. Sadism (1967); and the rarely-seen Challenge the Devil (1963) — with the 24 surviving episodes of the 1971 Film Polski anthology series “Theatre Macabre” hosted by Lee. All are remastered from original negative materials with more 10 hours of trailers, rare promos, audio commentaries and vintage interviews, plus the Castle of the Living Dead soundtrack and a new 88-page book by Lee biographer Jonathan Rigby.

Coming on Blu-ray and DVD are the actioners Strike Commando and Strike Commando 2.

For Strike Commando, writer-director Bruno Mattei and co-writers Claudio Fragasso and Rossella Drudi borrowed from Rambo: First Blood Part II, Missing in Action and more to create their own ’Namsploitation masterpiece. Reb Brown (Uncommon Valor) stars as Sgt. Mike Ransom, a one-man war machine on a vengeance mission against brutal Vietcong, merciless Russians and double-crossing U.S. officers. Christopher Connelly (Raiders of Atlantis), Luciano Pigozzi (All the Colors of the Dark) and Jim Gaines (Island of the Living Dead) co-star in the film mastered in 2K from the original negative for the first time. Special features include “War Machine,” an interview with Fragasso; “All Quiet on the Philippine Front,” an interview with Drudi; and in-production promo; and the trailer.

In Strike Commando 2, Mattei, Fragasso and Drudi return to the Philippine jungles with a higher budget, bigger action and actor Richard Harris for a film that borrows from Apocalypse Now, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Rambo and other actioners. This time, Sgt Mike Ransom (Brent Huff) battles the KGB, rogue CIA agents, an army of ninjas and a tough bar owner (Miss World 1977 Mary Stavin), among others. Mel Davidson (Robowar) and Vic Diaz (The Big Bird Cage) co-star in this sequel featuring a 2K scan from the original negative for the first time ever. Special features include “Guerrilla Zone,” an interview with Fragasso; “Michael Ransom Strikes Back,” an interview with Huff; and the trailer.

From producer Dick Randall — whose international trashterpieces include Escape From Women’s Prison, The Wild Wild World of Jayne Mansfield and Pieces — comes Invaders of the Lost Gold, an all-star Philippine production of the 1980s, on DVD and Blu-ray. In the last days of WWII, a Japanese platoon is attacked by headhunters while attempting to hide millions in gold. Then, 36 years later, a grizzled guide (Stuart Whitman) is hired to lead an expedition — including Woody Strode (Spartacus), Harold “Oddjob” Sakata and Laura Gemser (Black Emanuelle) — into a jungle inferno of greed, violence, nudity and murder. Edmund Purdom (Absurd) and Glynis Barber (Dempsey and Makepeace) co-star in this film directed by Alan Birkenshaw (Killer’s Moon). Also known as Horror Safari, the film is scanned in 2K for the first time ever. Special features include “Rumble in the Jungle,” an interview with director Alan Birkinshaw, and outtakes from Machete Maidens Unleashed with Birkinshaw and the wife of Randall.

Horror Film ‘The Stylist,’ Sam Peckinpah’s ‘Major Dundee’ Among Titles on Blu-ray from MVD and Arrow in June

The horror film The Stylist, Italian crime thrillers from the 1970s, Sam Peckinpah’s Major Dundee and the Japanese film Irezumi are coming to Blu-ray Disc in June from MVD Entertainment Group and Arrow Video.

The Stylist, due June 8, is a female-led psychological horror film nominated for the New Visions Award for Best Motion Picture at the 2020 Sitges International Film Festival and based on co-writer/director Jill Gevargizian’s award-winning short film of the same name. We all dream of being someone else, but for Claire (Najarra Townsend, Contracted), that dream goes from an obsession to a living nightmare. Hairstylist by day, serial killer and collector of scalps by night, Claire’s lonely existence is thrown into turmoil when her regular client, Olivia (Brea Grant, After Midnight, Lucky), asks her to style her hair for her wedding day. Increasingly fixated on Olivia’s seemingly flawless life, Claire vows to lock up her scalp collection and change her ways for good — only to discover that repressing deadly desires is easier said than done.

Coming on Blu-ray Disc June 22 is Years of Lead: Five Classic Italian Crime Thrillers 1973-1977. The 1970s were a time of intense uncertainty and instability in Italy. Political corruption and widespread acts of left and right-wing terrorism, alongside a breakdown in social cohesion and a loss of trust in public institutions such as the government and police, created a febrile atmosphere of cynicism, paranoia and unexploded rage. Throughout this period, these sentiments found expression in a series of brutal, often morally ambiguous crime thrillers which tapped into the atmosphere of violence and instability that defined the so-called “Years of Lead.” This box set gathers five films from the heyday of the “poliziotteschi” — the umbrella term used to describe this diverse body of films. In Vittorio Salerno’s Savage Three (1975) and Mario Imperoli’s Like Rabid Dogs (1976), random acts of violence committed by vicious young sociopaths threaten the fragile fabric of respectable society. In Massimo Dallamano’s Colt 38 Special Squad (1976) and Stelvio Massi’s Highway Racer (1977), renegade cops battling against red tape and political corruption turn to new and morally dubious methods to dispense justice. Finally, class dynamics are explored in Salerno’s No, the Case is Happily Resolved (1973) as an innocent man finds himself under suspicion for a savage crime committed by a highly respected member of society. The collection features a  line-up of Euro-cult stars, including Joe Dallesandro (The Climber), Ivan Rassimov (Your Vice Is a Locked Room and Only I Have the Key), Maurizio Merli (Violent City) and Enrico Maria Salerno (The Bird With the Crystal Plumage).

Due on Blu-ray June 22 is the 1966 Japanese film Irezumi. Drawn from the pen of one of Japan’s foremost writers of the 20th century, Junichiro Tanizaki (A Fool’s Love, The Makioka Sisters), Irezumi is a tale of lust, betrayal and revenge directed by Yasuzo Masumura (Giants and Toys, Blind Beast). Masumura’s muse Ayako Wakao (The Blue Sky Maiden, Red Angel) stars as Otsuya, the daughter of a rich merchant, who is tempted by her lover Shinsuke, a lowly employee of her father’s, to elope. During their flight, Otsuya’s beauty attracts the gaze of Seikichi, a mysterious master tattooist who sees her pristine white skin as the perfect canvas for his art. The image of the large demonic spider that he emblazons across Otsuya’s back marks her as the property of another man, radically altering her relationships with all around her as her personality transforms under its influence. Available for the first time outside of Japan in a new 4K restoration, Irezumi sports some of Japanese cinema’s most respected talent of its day both in front of and behind the camera. The cinematography by Kazuo Miyagawa (Rashomon, Ugetsu) captures the sensual atmosphere of the period setting, while the script by Kaneto Shindo (Onibaba, Kuroneko) lends a modern twist to this feverish meditation on obsession and the act of creation.

After making his classic in Ride the High Country, director Sam Peckinpah took a step towards the epic with 1965’s Major Dundee, coming out on Blu-ray June 29. The drama behind the camera matched the action in front of it. Charlton Heston stars as Major Amos Dundee, a vainglorious Union Cavalry officer, who mounts an expedition to hunt down Apache war chief Sierra Charriba. Building his own army of criminals, ex-slaves and Confederate POWs — among them one Captain Ben Tyreen (Richard Harris), whose intense former friendship with Dundee is tainted with a sense of betrayal on both sides — Dundee heads into Mexico, his eye fixed firmly on a last shot at greatness. Legendarily acerbic, Major Dundee would be the first time that Peckinpah had a movie taken away from him. While a director’s cut may be lost to us, the limited edition shows the thrilling, morally complex epic that Peckinpah was aiming for. The stellar supporting cast includes James Coburn, Warren Oates and L.Q. Jones.

Mob Movie ‘Omerta’ Coming to DVD and Digital June 8 From MVD

MVD Entertainment Group June 8 will release 2011’s Omerta: The Act of Silence via DVD and digital retailers June 8.

Set in the Italian neighborhood of Bensonhurst, Omerta is a peek inside the operation of the Mafia at a time when the organization had a firm grip on day-to-day living in the area. The word “omerta” describes a code of silence about criminal activity and a refusal to give evidence to authorities.

Omerta stars veteran Hollywood actor Joe Estevez and former boxer Paulie Malignaggi, who plays Reno, an 18-year-old given a taste of power when he joins the Mob’s system of endearment and enforcement. The neighborhood is kept safe and businesses flourish. But the methods are ruthless and ultimately self-destructive.

Reno quickly learns that pledging his life to the organization is nothing more than becoming a pawn in a deadly game of street chess. As the neighborhood changes and those who have pledged themselves to the crime syndicate move away, Reno is forced to confront the fact that the oaths of loyalty and devotion to one another are nothing but false promises and misplaced trust.

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“I made the film to show the power of redemption and forgiveness and that God will meet you where you are and that we are all sinners and through the power of confession we are forgiven,” director Craig Syracusa, founder of God’s Plan Productions, said in a statement. “This film is for people who need to build a relationship with Christ but are afraid that God will not forgive them.”

The cast also includes Joseph D’ Onofrio, Carmen Argenziano, Cara Castronuova, Adam Nelson, Will Wallace, Gaetano Iacono and Ceazar Reyes.

Klaus Kinski Italian Horror Flick ‘Lover of the Monster’ Due on Disc From MVD

The Italian horror flick Lover of the Monster will debut on Blu-ray and DVD June 8 from MVD Entertainment Group and Full Moon Features.

Legendary German actor Klaus Kinski (Crawlspace, Nosferatu: Phantom Der Nacht) stars as Dr. Alex Nijinksy, a troubled scientist who retires to his long-suffering wife Anijeska’s family castle in search of a fresh start. Already under pressure, Nijinsky’s rage begins to boil when his lady starts spending time with her ex-boyfriend and, after he discovers a hidden laboratory in the castle belonging to his mad scientist father-in-law, he unleashes the living incarnation of his rage. Soon, Nijinksy is up to no good, sexually assaulting women and murdering them, all the while making his wife’s life a living hell. Filmed back-to-back with writer/director Sergio Garrone’s equally Gothic Italian/Turkish thriller The Hand That Feeds the Dead, Lover of the Monster features much of the same cast and crew, including Katia Christine (Riot in a Women’s Prison) as well as having Kinski play a same-named (though totally different) mad scientist named Nijinsky.

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Filled with nudity, violence and general bad behavior, this rarely seen psycho-shocker is presented for the first time in North America in its fully uncut form, remastered from the best available materials.

Drama ‘When We Last Spoke’ Due on DVD June 1 From MVD

The drama When We Last Spoke will be issued on DVD June 1 from the MVD Entertainment Group.

The Dove-approved film follows sisters Juliet (Darby Camp) and Evangeline (Chandler Head), who in 1967 are abandoned by their mother at their unsuspecting grandparents’ farm in the small Southern town of Fireside.

Stunned by their sudden arrival, the grandparents — tender-hearted Walt (Corbin Bernsen) and champion fiddler Ruby (Melissa Gilbert) — graciously stand in for the missing parents and create a loving family.

The story is punctuated by the unexpected appearance of Walt’s ailing mother — eccentric, Emily Dickinson-quoting Itasca (the late Cloris Leachman).

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The film was an official selection at the 2019 Austin Film Festival.

Japanese Kaiju Film ‘God Raiga vs. King Ohga’ Coming to DVD May 25 From MVD

The Japanese kaiju film God Raiga vs. King Ohga will come out on DVD May 25 from MVD Entertainment Group and SRS Cinema.

In this installment in the kaiju franchise, the giant monster Raiga returns, rising in Atami Harbor and attacking the city. A second kaiju, Ohga, soon joins the chaos, and the two monsters clash, destroying large sections of the city. Defense forces launch two new weapons, the giant tank Kamikaze and the drill tank Gokumei, to meet the monster invasion head on. But as the beasts work their way to Tokyo, will they be enough to stop the monsters from laying waste to the city?

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The film, from writer-director Shinpei Hayashiya, follows Raiga: God of the Monsters and Reigo: King of the Sea Monsters and drafts off the recent American hit Godzilla vs. Kong.