Horror Films ‘House by the Cemetery’ and ‘New York Ripper’ Coming to 4K From MVD

Two horror films from “The Godfather of Gore” Lucio Fulci, The House by the Cemetery and New York Ripper, are coming out on 4K Ultra HD from Blue Underground and MVD Entertainment Group Aug. 25.

Both feature Dolby Vision HDR and Dolby Atmos sound.

In 1981’s The House by the Cemetery, a young family moves from their cramped New York City apartment to a spacious new home in New England. But this is no ordinary house in the country: the previous owner was the deranged Dr. Freudstein, whose monstrous human experiments have left a legacy of bloody mayhem. Now, someone — or something — is alive in the basement, and home sweet home is about to become a horrific hell on earth.

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The film stars Catriona MacColl (The Beyond), Paolo Malco (The New York Ripper), Ania Pieroni (Tenebre), Carlo De Mejo (City of the Living Dead) and Dagmar Lassander (Hatchet for the Honeymoon).

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Special features include audio commentary with Troy Howarth, author of Splintered Visions: Lucio Fulci and His Films; a deleted scene; theatrical trailers; a TV spot; poster and still galleries; “Meet the Boyles,” interviews with stars Catriona MacColl and Paolo Malco; “Children of the Night,” interviews with Stars Giovanni Frezza and Silvia Collatina; “Tales of Laura Gittleson, an interview with star Dagmar Lassander; “My Time With Terror,” an interview with star Carlo De Mejo; “A Haunted House Story,” interviews with co-writers Dardano Sacchetti and Elisa Briganti; “To Build a Better Death Trap,” interviews with cinematographer Sergio Salvati, special make-up effects artist Maurizio Trani, special effects artist Gino De Rossi, and actor Giovanni De Nava; “House Quake,” an interview with co-writer Giorgio Mariuzzo; a Catriona MacColl Q&A; and “Calling Dr. Freudstein,” an interview with Stephen Thrower, author of Beyond Terror: The Films of Lucio Fulci.

The 1982 film The New York Ripper, co-written and directed by Fulci, 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.

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; and a poster and still gallery.

MVD Releasing ‘Flash Gordon’ and ‘Pitch Black’ as Arrow’s First 4K Ultra HD Blu-rays

Arrow Video is set to release its first-ever 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray titles — the sci-fi cult movies Pitch Black, starring Vin Diesel, and Flash Gordon, featuring an iconic soundtrack by the rock band Queen.

Restored in 4K with Dolby Vision, the releases include numerous extras. The titles, distributed by MVD Entertainment Group, will also be available on as standalone Blu-rays.

“At Arrow we have always sought to have the best standards in home video presentation so it seemed a logical step that we would embrace this new format, to present you with the best versions of the finest cult and classic films,” said Francesco Simeoni, Arrow Video’s director of acquisitions and business development, in a statement.

Arrow is producing a slate of 4K releases, many completed in-house, but also in partnership with world leading labels.

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“Whilst we are focused on new releases, we do have select releases we are planning to release from our catalog in 4K with Dolby Vision,” said Simeoni in a statement. “For this year this will be releasing all upcoming UHD titles in separate UHD and new Blu-ray editions. This development will not change our processes at Arrow, and you can continue to expect the same variety of special and limited editions for our UHD releases as you have our Blu-rays. Whilst we would love to release certain titles on UHD, rights restrictions and materials will not make all releases possible. Any releases currently planned for Blu-ray will not have plans for subsequent UHD releases.”

Arriving Aug. 18 is Flash Gordon, produced by Dino De Laurentiis (Dune, Barbarella), which brings Alex Raymond’s classic cartoon strip and the long running movie serial to the big screen with director Mike Hodges at the helm. With camp style and the sonic stylings of rock band Queen, the film stars include Max von Sydow, Sam J. Jones, Melody Anderson, Ornella Muti, Timothy Dalton and Brian Blessed.

The director-approved limited edition 4K Ultra HD release includes:

  • A new 4K restoration by Studiocanal from the original camera negative approved by director Hodges;
  • a booklet featuring new writing on the film by critics and film historians including Neil Snowdon, Dennis Cozzalio, John-Paul Checkett, A.K. Benedict, and Kat Ellinger illustrated with original stills;
  • a fold-out double-sided poster featuring original and newly commissioned artwork;
  • six double-sided, postcard-sized lobby card reproductions, alternative posters and promotional images; and
  • limited edition packaging with reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Adam Rabalais.

 

Disc one (4K Ultra Blu-ray) has Flash Gordon (1980) and special features, including:

  • archival audio commentary with Hodges;
  • archival audio commentary with Blessed;
  • interviews with actors Sam J. Jones, Melody Anderson, Blessed, Queen icon Brian May, composer Howard Blake, and poster designer Renato Casaro;
  • “Behind the Scenes of Flash Gordon,” an archival documentary on the making of the film;
  • archival interviews with Hodges, screenwriter Lorenzo Semple Jr. and comic book artist Alex Ross;
  • “Lost in Space: Nic Roeg’s Flash Gordon,” a new documentary program exploring the version Roeg (The Man Who Fell to Earth) had originally planned to make with producer Dino De Laurentiis;
  • “Gremlin’s Finest Hour,” an episode from the animated “Flash Gordon” TV show written by J. Michael Reaves from November 1982;
  • deleted scenes and original endings with prop collector Bob Lindenmayer discussing dropped sequences and sequel ideas;
  • a 35th anniversary greenroom featurette, in which Hodges meets the cast for the first time since filming at the 35th anniversary reunion;
  • a 35th anniversary reunion featurette, in which the cast and crew discuss Flash Gordon;
  • Entertainment Earth on Flash Gordon merchandise;
  • a storyboards gallery;
  • a stills gallery;
  • the original trailer; and
  • Easter eggs.

 

Disc 2 (Blu-ray) has Life After Flash and special features, including:

  • 2017 feature length documentary by filmmaker Lisa Downs on the rollercoaster life of Sam J. Jones since his role in Flash Gordon, featuring the main cast and crew as well as a host of fans. including Stan Lee, Robert Rodriguez, Mark Millar and more;
  • “Sam J. Jones,” a variety of interviews and featurettes including coverage of a script read from the Chattanooga Film Festival, Sam discussing his career in Mexico, his “prayer walk,” and more;
  • “Melody Paintings Extended,” in which actress Melody Anderson talks about her love of painting and talks about various pieces displayed in her home;
  • “Topol,” a variety of interviews with the actor on his collections, awards and charity work;
  • “Brian Blessed,” in which the actor recounts amusing stories about Flash Gordon;
  • “Late, Great Wyngarde,” in which actor Peter Wyngarde discusses his experiences filming Flash Gordon and his relationship with Hodges;
  • “Deep Roy,” in which the actor raps about ambition and recounts an amusing story about “Eastbound & Down”;
  • “Alex Ross Talks Early Art,” in which the artist talks about Flash Gordon and the many pieces of art he created for it from childhood to modern day;
  • “Tell Me More About the This Man Houdini,” in which actor Rich Fuller and Jason Lenzi, founder of toy brand Bif Bang Pow, discuss a scene from Flash Gordon;
  • a Comic-Con early draft, a featurette looking at the phenomenon that is Comic-Con, featuring interviews with attendees and a host of regular talent including Sam J. Jones, Rich Fulton, Jason Mewes, Michael Rooker, Claudia Wells and more;
  • an interview with Lisa Downs, the director of Life After Flash, exploring her motivation to make the film and experiences during the production;
  • “Life After Flash on the Road,” a variety of featurettes on the film travelling to various festivals and production including Q&A excerpts with the Flash Gordon cast, behind-the-scenes footage and the Kickstarter funding video;
  • a trailer.

 

The director-approved special edition 4K Ultra HD release includes:

  • new 4K restoration by Studiocanal from the original camera negative approved by director Hodges;
  • archival audio commentary with Hodges;
  • archival audio commentary with Blessed;
  • interviews with actors Jones, Anderson, Blessed, Queen icon Brian May, composer Howard Blake, and poster designer Renato Casaro;
  • “Behind the Scenes of Flash Gordon,” an archival documentary on the making of the film;
  • archival interviews with Hodges, screenwriter Lorenzo Semple Jr. and comic book artist Alex Ross;
  • “Lost in Space: Nic Roeg’s Flash Gordon,” a new documentary program exploring the version Roeg (The Man Who Fell to Earth) had originally planned to make with producer Dino De Laurentiis;
  • “Gremlin’s Finest Hour,” an episode from the animated “Flash Gordon” TV show written by J. Michael Reaves from November 1982;
  • deleted scenes and original endings, in which prop collector Bob Lindenmayer discusses dropped sequences and sequel ideas;
  • a 35th anniversary greenroom featurette, in which Hodges meets the cast for the first time since filming at the 35th anniversary reunion;
  • a 35th anniversary reunion featurette, in which the cast and crew discuss Flash Gordon;
  • Entertainment Earth on Flash Gordon merchandise;
  • a storyboards gallery;
  • a stills gallery;
  • the original trailer;
  • Easter eggs; and
  • a reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Adam Rabalais.

 

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Arriving Sept. 1, pushed back from its original Aug. 18 street date, is the 2000 film Pitch Black.

Starring Vin Diesel, the film is about the crew of a crashed spaceship fighting for survival, is a creature-feature in which the monsters outside finally meet their match against a monster within. The release includes director’s cuts of the film and a host of behind-the-scenes featurettes. They include:

  • A new 4K restoration by Arrow Films of the theatrical and director’s cuts of the film, approved by director David Twohy;
  • archive commentary with Twohy and stars Diesel and Cole Hauser;
  • archive commentary with Twohy, producer Tom Engelman and visual effects supervisor Peter Chiang;
  • “Nightfall: The Making of Pitch Black,” a newly filmed interview with director/co-writer Twohy;
  • “Black Box: Jackie’s Journey,” a newly filmed interview with actor Rhiana Griffith
  • “Black Box: Shazza’s Last Stand,” a newly filmed interview with actor Claudia Black;
  • “Black Box: Bleach Bypassed,” a newly filmed interview with cinematographer David Eggby;
  • “Black Box: Cryo-Locked,” a newly filmed interview with visual effects supervisor Peter Chiang;
  • “Black Box: Primal Sounds,” a newly filmed interview with composer Graeme Revell;
  • “The Making of Pitch Black,” a short behind-the-scenes featurette;
  • “Pitch Black Raw,” a comparison between early CG tests and the final footage
  • additional behind-the-scenes footage from the making of the film;
  • 2004 archive bonus features, including an introduction by Twohy, “A View Into The Dark,” and “Chronicles of Riddick Visual Encyclopedia”;
  • “Johns’ Chase Log,” a short prequel narrated by Cole Hauser detailing the character’s hunt for Riddick;
  • “The Chronicles of Riddick: Dark Fury,” an animated short film directed by Peter Chung that acts as a bridgepoint between Pitch Blackand The Chronicles of Riddick, featuring vocal performances by Diesel, Keith David and Griffith reprising their roles;
  • “Dark Fury” bonus features, including “Bridging the Gap,” “Peter Chung: The Mind of an Animator,” “A View Into The Light” and a “pre-animation” version of the film;
  • “Slam City,” a motion comic from the film’s official website;
  • “Into Pitch Black,”a TV special offering an alternative non-canon glimpse into what happened before and after the events of the film;
  • “Raveworld: Pitch Black Event,” footage of a dance music event held to promote the film;
  • theatrical trailers, plus trailers for the two sequels and video game
  • image galleries; and
  • a reversible sleeve featuring newly commissioned ‘night’ and ‘day’ artwork by Luke Preece.

 

For the first pressing only, editions include a collectors’ booklet featuring new writing by Simon Ward on the film’s creature designs (including a new interview with creature designer Patrick Tatopolous), original production notes and information from the film’s official website, and an archive interview with Vin Diesel from Starlog magazine.

Doc ‘1275 Days’ Available on Disc and Digital From Filmrise and MVD

A special edition of the documentary 1275 Days will come out on Blu-ray, DVD and digital from Filmrise and MVD Entertainment Group.

The film follows 15-year-old Blake who, after a botched home invasion, finds himself facing a virtual life prison sentence for felony murder. With the unwavering support of his single mother and teenage girlfriend, Blake embarks on a David-and-Goliath uphill battle in Elkhart, Indiana, taking on the system in hopes of a second chance.

Extras include deleted scenes, “Experts on Retroactivity,” a photo gallery and the theatrical trailer.

It was an official selection at the 2019 Heartland International Film Festival and an official selection and 2019 DOC NYC.

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‘Gamera: The Complete Collection’ Blu-ray Boxed Set Coming Aug. 18 From MVD

The limited edition “Gamera: The Complete Collection” Blu-ray box set will come out Aug. 18 (Aug. 17 in the U.K.) from MVD Entertainment Group and Arrow Video.

The set ($179.95) includes all 12 tales of the adventures of the titanic terrapin, tracing the decades-long evolution of Gamera from the “friend of all children” in his more light-hearted earlier films to the Guardian of the Universe in the groundbreaking 1990s reboot series, often hailed as three of the best kaiju films ever made.

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The collection includes Gamera the Giant Monster, Gamera Vs. Barugon, Gamera Vs. Gyaos, Gamera Vs. Viras, Gamera Vs. Guiron, Gamera Vs. Jiger, Gamera Vs. Zigra, Gamera Super Monster, Gamera the Guardian of the Universe, Gamera 2: Attack of Legion, Gamera 3: Revenge of Iris and Gamera the Brave.

The set features limited collectors’ edition packaging, housed in a large-format rigid box, fully illustrated by Matt Frank; a casebound, illustrated disc book containing eight Blu-ray discs; HD (1080p) versions of all twelve films, with lossless original Japanese audio and a complete collection of English dub tracks, including classic American International dubs on the Showa-era films remastered from original MGM elements; a hardback 130-page comic book including a color reprint of the four-issue Gamera comic series originally released by Dark Horse Comics in 1996, and the first-ever English-language printing of the prequel comic The Last Hope by Matt Frank and Joshua Bugosh; an 80-page book including a new retrospective on the series by Patrick Macias, an archive interview with Noriaki Yuasa by David Milner, kaiju X-ray illustrations by Jolyon Yates, Fangoria set reports on the Heisei trilogy by Norman England, and a viewers’ guide to the English-dubbed versions of the films; a double-sided four-panel poster of “Gamera’s Map of Japan” in both Japanese and English; and collectors’ art cards for each film, featuring new artwork by Matt Frank.

 

Horror Film ‘Game of Death’ Available on DVD From MVD

The horror film Game of Death is available on DVD from MVD Entertainment Group and Cleopatra Entertainment.

Kill or be killed is the rule of the Game of Death, which sucks for seven who decide to play one sunny day. They quickly and gruesomely realize that if they don’t murder people, their heads will literally explode. Hence, they go on a killing spree, taking the lives of anyone they meet in their middle-of-nowhere town. The killer instinct in each of them bubbles to the surface as the search for victims unravels into chaos. Divided, terrified and confronted with their own mortality, their drive to survive blurs with their desire to win the game.

The film, an official selection at the SXSW Film Festival and Fantasia Film Festival, stars Sam Earle (“Degrassi: The Next Generation”), Victoria Diamond (Madame Hollywood), Ruth Chiang (X-Men: Dark Phoenix), Thomas Vallieres and Annie Carignan (X-Men: Days of Future Past).

Extras include trailers and a photo gallery.

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’80s Party Comedy ‘Senior Week’ Available on DVD From MVD

The 1987 party comedy Senior Week is available on DVD from MVD Entertainment Group and Liberation Hall.

In the Animal House/Porky’s-inspired film, Everett and his party-hungry buddies embark on an all night road trip to the Florida beaches for a week of fun, sun and beautiful women. Mayhem ensues when two jealous girlfriends show up unexpectedly, along with a psycho teacher who’s hunting down Everett because he owes her an overdue term-paper.

‘R’-rated scenes for the film were shot inside Palisades Park Junior High School, which led to the temporary suspension of the principal who approved the filming for a location fee of $1,500. The story made local and national news, but a protest by students got him reinstated.

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Extras include a 20-minute “Behind the Scenes: Making a Low Budget Movie” doc, with news coverage of the controversial film and actors auditions, outtakes, and deleted scenes.

Erotic Film ‘Cecilia’ Due on Blu-ray Aug. 25 From MVD and Blue Underground

The erotic film Cecilia, also known as Sexual Aberrations of a Housewife, will be released on Blu-ray Disc Aug. 25 from MVD Entertainment Group and Blue Underground.

From director Jess Franco (Venus in Furs, Succubus), the 1983 film follows Cecilia, a haughty aristocrat who enjoys taunting her servants with her flawless physique. She finds her life turned upside down when she is violated by the victims of her vicious games. This eye-opening experience leads the newly enlightened libertine into a sordid series of swinging socialite soirees, mind-bending bohemian happenings, and brazen backwoods orgies. But when her loving husband also embraces this omnisexual lifestyle, and her amorous antics arouse violence in her sadistic suitors, can Cecilia escape the cruel consequences of her own erotic excess?

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The film stars Muriel Montossé (The Inconfessable Orgies of Emmanuelle), Olivier Mathot (Cannibals), Pierre Taylou (Exorcism), Antonio Mayans (Sadomania) and Lina Romay (Women Behind Bars).

The film is uncut and uncensored and has been newly scanned and restored from its original negative.

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Extras include Aberraciones Sexuales de una Mujer Casada, Franco’s original cut in Spanish with English subtitles; “Sexual Aberrations of Cecilia,” an interview with Franco; “Amoral Fantasies,” an interview with Stephen Thrower, author of Murderous Passions: The Delirious Cinema of Jesus Franco; Franco-Philes: Musings on Madrid’s B-Movie Maverick, a feature-length documentary examining the career of Franco; the theatrical trailer; and a still gallery.

Uplifting Films ‘Supa Modo’ and ‘Don’t Be Nice’ Available on DVD From MVD and Juno

Two uplifting films, the drama Supa Modo and the documentary Don’t Be Nice, are available on DVD from MVD Entertainment Group and Juno Films.

From first-time feature filmmaker Likarion Wainaina comes the Kenyan drama Supa Modo, about Jo, a witty 9-year old terminally ill girl who is taken back to her rural village to live out the rest of her short life after being diagnosed with cancer. Her only comfort during dull times are her dreams of being a superhero, which prove to be something her rebellious teenage sister Mwix, overprotective mother Kathryn and the entire village of Maweni think they can fulfill. With the entire village’s support, they decide to make dreams a reality and turn Jo into the superhero they know she is. Newcomer Stycie Waweru delivers a captivating and earnest performance, imbuing her character with a subtle strength that ignites the screen. The 2018 film was Kenya’s Oscar submission.

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In the documentary Don’t Be Nice, the upstart Bowery Slam Poetry Team, made up of five young African-American, Afro-Hispanic and queer poets, prepares for the national championships. Mentored by a demanding coach who pushes them past their personal boundaries to write from a painfully honest place, the poets break down, break through, and compose their best work ever. Will their soul-searching pieces about police violence and the whitewashing of black culture be able to compete against choreographed crowd-pleasers for the title? Lauren Whitehead coaches the Bowery Slam Team with the credo “Don’t Be Nice.” She explains that to “be nice” is to stay on the surface of things, is to perpetuate the status quo, and is, for black people, to be what white culture demands. Her team of poets brave their inner demons and buck societal expectations to write truthful poems, and to ultimately celebrate black joy.

MVD and Rue Morgue Magazine Launch AVOD Service Midnight Movie Unchained

MVD Entertainment Group and Rue Morgue Magazine are launching the AVOD service Midnight Movie Unchained, available exclusively on Roku.

The free service is an offshoot of the SVOD service Midnight Movie Society available for $4.99 per month, or $47.88 per year.

The AVOD channel caters to more-traditional horror fare, according to MVD. All titles are selected from the MVD film catalog, from underground horror to cult classics.

Midnight Movie Unchained is developed by UDU Digital in partnership with MVD Entertainment Group and Rue Morgue. For more details, visit the Roku Channel Store.

Last September, MVD and Rue Morgue launched the SVOD service Midnight Movie Society, specializing in extreme underground, taboo and cult horror movies.

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“As larger streaming platforms continue to crack down on content, there’s an urgent need to create a space for boundary-pushing films unencumbered by strangling content restrictions,” said Adrianna Gober, director of programming for Midnight Movie Society, in a statement.

Horror Films ‘Reborn’ and ‘Nazi Undead’ Coming to DVD in July From MVD

The horror films Reborn and Nazi Undead will come out on DVD in July from MVD Entertainment Group and Jinga Films.

Reborn, due July 14, stars Barbara Crampton (Re-Animator), Michael Pare (Streets Of Fire), Chaz Bono (Three From Hell), Rae Dawn Chong (Commando) and Monte Markham (“The Six Million Dollar Man”). The paranormal horror flick is about a stillborn girl who is brought back to life by an electrical storm and is abducted from the hospital by a morgue attendant. On her 16th birthday, empowered with the ability to manipulate electricity with her mind (electro-kinesis), she escapes her captor and sets out to find her birth mother leaving a trail of destruction behind her. The film screened at 52 festivals, received 32 nominations and won 14 awards.

Nazi Undead, streeting July 28, stars Andy McPhee (“Wolf Creek”) in the story of a young American couple venturing into the heartland of Germany for a romantic holiday. Things take a sinister turn when they encounter the ghost of a Nazi SS Officer at an isolated farmhouse thrusting them into a time looping vortex of horror. The film was an official selection at the Pancevo Film Festival, Dublin Horrorthon and Golden Village Horrorthon, and won Best Actress at the Fantasporto Film Festival.

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