Mystery Thriller ‘The Unscarred’ Among Titles Due on Blu-ray Feb. 27 From Severin and MVD

The mystery thriller The Unscarred and the horror titles The Dead One and Raiders of the Living Dead are due on Blu-ray Disc Feb. 27 from Severin Films and MVD Entertainment Group.

In The Unscarred (2000), for his third feature film — and first outside his native Staten Island — writer/director Buddy Giovinazzo (Combat Shock, No Way Home) delivered an intense new take on alienation, desperation and retribution. It follows the effects of a shocking accident in 1979 that rocked the student exchange program at Stanford University and forever changed the trajectory of four young lives. Twenty years later, an impromptu reunion in Berlin turns the sins of the past into an explosion of lust, deception, dark secrets and cold-blooded murder. James Russo (Donnie Brasco), Steven Waddington (Sleepy Hollow), Heino Ferch (Downfall) and Ornella Muti (Leonor) star in this extreme neo-noir, now scanned in 2K from pre-print German vault elements with two hours of new special features for the first time ever in America. Special features include audio commentary with director Buddy Giovinazzo, moderated by Severin Films’ David Gregory; “Once Upon a Time in East Berlin,” an interview with actor James Russo; “Run Johann Run,” an interview with actor Heino Ferch; and the trailer.

In the early ’80s, Independent-International co-founder/president Samuel M. Sherman (Dracula vs. Frankestein) took an unfinished zombie movie by Brett Piper (Queen Crab) and began tinkering to make Raiders of the Living Dead (1986). He shot additional scenes featuring nuclear terrorists, a mad doctor, a kid (former child star Scott Schwartz of A Christmas Story, The Toy and New Wave Hookers 5 fame) who converts a laserdisc player into a ray gun, 1930s cowboy star Bob Allen, a roasted hamster, The Three Stooges and retired octogenarian Zita Johann (The Mummy), then added an unstoppable earworm of an opening credits song to create a drive-in epic. The film is now scanned in 2K from the negative of the final release version, with more than four hours of new and archival special features, including two previous cuts in their entirety, that reveal the full insane saga. Special features include audio commentary with director/producer Samuel M. Sherman; audio commentary with actor Robert Deveau; “Things to Do in Jersey When You’re Dead,” featuring interviews with Fangoria writer Tim Ferrante, editor John Donaldson and soundtrack composer George Edward Ott; “The Weird Stranger,” a short film produced by Samuel M. Sherman;
“Dark Nights and Dying Days,” a behind-the-scenes stills gallery; “Documents of the Dead,” a production gallery; and the trailer.

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Barry Mahon was a decorated WWII fighter pilot, escaped P.O.W., manager of Errol Flynn during the actor’s sordid final years, kiddie matinee visionary, and more. In 1960, Mahon wrote/produced/directed what is likely the first full-color zombie movie in exploitation history with The Dead One (1961). In the film, just outside of New Orleans, a plantation mistress summons her brother to rise from the dead for a bizarre low-budget voyage of voodoo vengeance, jazz piano, strip clubs, honeymoon romance, Creole horror, and natty zombie attire. John McKay (Cuban Rebel Girls), Linda Ormond, and Monica Davis (Rocket Attack U.S.A.) star in this regional rarity also released as Blood of the Zombie and now scanned in 2K from the IP in its proper aspect ratio for the first time ever. Special features include an audio interview with distributor Samuel M. Sherman; “The Crazy Wild and Crazy Life of Barry Mahon,” an interview with author/filmmaker C. Courtney Joyner on writer/producer/director Barry Mahon; and the trailer.

Troma Horror Flick ‘Slashening: The Final Beginning’ Due on Blu-ray Feb. 20 From MVD

The Troma Films horror flick Slashening: The Final Beginning (2020) will be released on Blu-ray Disc Feb. 20 from MVD Entertainment Group.

Five years after The Slashening (2015), 22-year-old Madison Santangeli moves to Brooklyn to start a new life in the wake of her father’s suicide.

Directed by Brandon Bassham, the film stars Addie Weyrich, Patrick Foy, Madonna Refugia, Jean Louise O’Sullivan, and Lloyd Kaufman.

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Blu-ray Collector’s Edition of 1983 Comedy ‘Joysticks’ Due May 7 From MVD

A collector’s edition of the 1983 comedy Joysticks will be released on Blu-ray Disc May 7 from MVD Entertainment Group in its MVD Rewind Collection.

The antic romp begins when “The Video Arcade’s” newest employee, Eugene (Leif Green, Grease 2) arrives pantless for his first day on the job. Teenage heartthrob Jeff (Scott McGuinnis, Secret Admirer), who runs the arcade and Dorfus (Jim Greenleaf, Liar’s Moon), the slovenly video game addict, decide to take revenge on the vivacious Alva (Kym Malin, Weird Science) and Lola for tricking Eugene out of his pants with a wild game of “strip video.” But before they can act, King Vidiot (Jon Gries, Napoleon Dynamite) and his sexy troupe of high-tech video addicts invade the arcade and pandemonium breaks loose. In the midst of the chaos, Joseph Rutter (Joe Don Baker, Fletch), an influential businessman, comes into the arcade looking for his daughter Patsy (Corinne Bohrer, Surf II). When he witnesses the madness around him, he vows to see the “den of juvenile delinquency” shut down for good.

Will the city council decide to close the arcade and spoil the kids’ fun? Or, will Jeff, Eugene and Dorfus manage to turn Rutter’s anger with a little help from Alva and Lola? It all comes together in a climatic and hilarious video game competition — with a winner-takes-all bet on the future of the video arcade in this early ’80s cult classic comedy.

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The film was directed by cult film legend Greydon Clark (Black ShampooFinal JusticeWithout Warning, Skinheads). Midway Games allowed the film to use the image of Pac-Man just for featuring its games in the film. These included Satan’s Hollow and the then-unreleased Super Pac-Man used during the film’s climactic video game showdown.

Special features for the release include a new fan commentary featuring MVD Rewind Collection’s Eric D. Wilkinson, Cereal at Midnight host Heath Holland and Diabolik DVD’s Jesse Nelson; audio commentary with director Greydon Clark; an interview with director Greydon Clark; “Coin Slots,” a faux “trailer” short written and directed by Newt Wallen and starring Mr. Lobo and Eric D. Wilkinson; reversible artwork; a collectible two-sided mini-poster; the original theatrical trailer; and, for the first pressing only, a limited edition slipcover.

The release features a 2K scan and restoration (in 2015) from 35mm film elements and is presented in 1080p HD in 1.78:1 aspect ratio with LPCM 2.0 Mono audio.

The Blu-ray was originally set for release Feb. 20 but was delayed due to an audio problem.

Imperial’s 1997 Ice-T Crime Thriller ‘Mean Guns’ Available on DVD From MVD

The Imperial 1997 crime thriller Mean Guns, starring Ice-T and Christopher Lambert, is available as part of the MVD Rewind collection from MVD Entertainment Group.

In the film, the world’s most dangerous criminals are summoned to a new prison on the eve before its grand opening by Moon (Ice-T, New Jack City), the ruthless leader of the world’s most powerful crime syndicate. Chaos ensues when weapons and ammunition are passed around and the group, including Lou (Christopher Lambert, Highlander) begin their fight to survive. The last three men standing by midnight have been promised $10,000,000 in cash by Moon, who watches from his surveillance camera as gunfire and bodies fly. Rivalries develop between friends and the lines of loyalty are crossed as each criminal attempts to outwit, outrun and outlive the other in the action packed game of elimination.

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The film also stars Deborah Van Valkenburgh (Streets of Fire), Thom Mathews (The Return of the Living Dead) and Yuji Okumoto (“Cobra Kai”).

Brazilian Music Doc ‘Elis & Tom’ Available on DVD From MVD

The Brazilian music documentary Elis & Tom — It Had to Be You is available now on DVD from MVD Entertainment Group and Outsider Pictures. 

In Los Angeles in February 1974, Tom Jobim, the incarnation of Bossa Nova, and Elis Regina, then Brazil’s most popular singer, met to record what would become one of the most iconic albums in the history of Brazilian music. Through rare and never before seen images, the musical documentary tells the story of how the encounter and recording of these two giant Artists happened. Elis brought her band, who joined Tom Jobim and the best musicians in Los Angeles, arranged by Bill Hitchcock at MGM studios.

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The recording was captured by the team of filmmakers led by director Roberto de Oliveira, who arranged for the duo to meet. The original footage was kept for 45 years until they were restored and remastered in 2018. The rare and unpublished images drive the musical documentary.

The film was an official selections at the AFI Latin American Film Festival.

Watergate Thriller-Comedy ’18½’ Slated for April 9 DVD Release From MVD

MVD Entertainment will release Bugeater Films’ 2022 Watergate thriller-comedy feature film 18½ as a special-edition DVD on April 9.

The disc release includes an exclusive behind-the-scenes documentary, “Covid 18½: The Making of a Film During a Global Pandemic.”

Both the film and the documentary star Willa Fitzgerald, John Magaro, Vondie Curtis Hall, Catherine Curtin, Richard Kind, Sullivan Jones, Alanna Saunders, Claire Saunders, and the voices of Jon Cryer, Ted Raimi and Bruce Campbell as President Richard Nixon. Additional cameos include Lloyd Kaufman (Troma Entertainment) and Marija Abney (Black Panther).

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18½ is a historical fiction film about a White House transcriber (Fitzgerald) who leaks the infamous 18½-minute tape to a reporter (Magaro) and they run afoul of hippies, swingers and nefarious forces. An award-winning film at 30 festivals on four continents, 18½ went on to earn “Certified Fresh” status on Rotten Tomatoes during its seven-month, 60+ city theatrical release. It’s currently airing on Starz, and played on 10 airlines including JetBlue, Virgin Atlantic and Emirates.

The behind-the-scenes documentary chronicles how the production of 18½ was the last film shooting in North America when the Covid pandemic struck in March 2020, and was one of the first films to come back to production using Covid-safe production protocols. The documentary also explores the pro-Nixon protestors who dogged the film during its festival and theatrical run.

The DVD also includes a commentary track by director Dan Mirvish and screenwriter Daniel Moya; a live audience track from film’s world premiere at the Woodstock Film Festival; audio of the full 18½-minute Nixon tape with Campbell, Raimi and Cryer; a promo by Kaufman at the Tallgrass Film Festival in Wichita; a theatrical promo by director Mirvish; the official MPA-approved trailer; a spoiler-filled international trailer; and an alternative scene featuring Sullivan Jones. The film is in English and includes subtitle options in English, Spanish, Portuguese and Chinese.

“This spring marks the 50th anniversary of the House Judiciary Committee’s impeachment proceedings against Nixon in the wake of the revelation of the missing 18½-minute gap,” Mirvish said. “This is the perfect time to release our special edition DVD, and we’re thrilled to be working with our partners at MVD Entertainment, who’ve done a fantastic job putting together the disc.”

Mystery Thriller ‘Candy Land’ Due on Blu-ray and DVD Feb. 6 From MVD

The mystery thriller Candy Land (2022) will be released on limited edition Blu-ray Disc and DVD Feb. 6 from MVD Entertainment Group.

Candy Land follows Remy (Olivia Luccardi), a seemingly naive and devout young woman, who finds herself cast out from her religious cult. With no place to turn, she immerses herself into the underground world of truck stop sex workers a.k.a. “lot lizards,” courtesy of her hosts Sadie (Sam Quartin), Riley (Eden Brolin), Liv (Virginia Rand) and Levi (Owen Campbell). Under the watchful eye of their matriarch, Nora (Guinevere Turner), and an enigmatic local lawman, Sheriff Rex (William Baldwin), Remy navigates between her strained belief system and the lot lizard code to find her true calling in life.

Extras on Blu-ray include filmmaker commentary and a digital zine.

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Spanish Thriller ‘The Corpse of Anna Fritz’ Due on DVD Feb. 6 From MVD

The 2015 Spanish thriller The Corpse of Anna Fritz (El cadáver de Anna Fritz) will be released on DVD Feb. 6 by MVD Entertainment Group and Invincible.

In the film, Anna Fritz, a beautiful Spanish actress and one of the most desired women in the world, has suddenly died. Her body is transferred to a city morgue, where a withdrawn young orderly, Pau, becomes fascinated with her lifeless cadaver. When Pau sends a picture of the dead celebrity to his two friends, they show up at the morgue for a glimpse of the beautiful starlet. As the whiskey bottles and coke packets empty, the three friends decide this is an opportunity they can’t pass up to get up close and personal with the corpse of Anna Fritz. However, when they are alone with the body, they soon realize that things aren’t exactly what they seem.

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Co-written and directed by Hèctor Hernández Vicens, the film premiered at the South by Southwest film festival in Austin. Star Alba Ribas Benaiges has also appeared in the Netflix series “Las Chicas Del Cable.”

‘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.

1964’s ‘The Trial of Lee Harvey Oswald’ Due on DVD Jan. 16 From VCI and MVD

The drama The Trial of Lee Harvey Oswald (1964) will be released on DVD Jan. 16 from VCI Entertainment and MVD Entertainment Group.

On Nov. 22, 1963, in Dallas, Texas, the brutal assassination of the 35th U.S. President, John F. Kennedy took place. The man accused of perpetrating this tragic murder was U.S. Marine veteran and Dallas resident Lee Harvey Oswald. However, before Oswald could be tried and found innocent or guilty of the charge, he was murdered by a local night club owner named Jack Ruby on Nov. 24, 1963. The Trial of Lee Harvey Oswald is a courtroom dramatization, utilizing facts and evidence obtained from public records and eyewitness accounts (The names of the witnesses and sources of information have been changed and withheld to protect the privacy of the individuals) and is only to portray what might have happened had Oswald been brought to trial. Shown for the first time in 1964, it was immediately pulled from circulation for unknown reasons and has not been shown publicly since.

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The film stars George R. Russell, George Edgley, Arthur Nations, Charles Mazyrack, Joreta C. Cherry, Howard Ware and Don Gillespie.