‘Reigo: King of the Sea Monsters’ Stomps to DVD Nov. 26 From MVD

The Japanese monster flick Reigo: King of the Sea Monsters will make its North American debut on DVD Nov. 26 from MVD Entertainment Group.

In the film, the battleship Yamato, the largest and strongest of its time, is on patrol when a lookout spots a massive shape half-submerged in the distance. Believing it to be an enemy submarine, they fire and score a direct hit. They are shocked when the object emits a strange cry as it sinks beneath the waves. Soon after, something much bigger arrives, the massive kaiju Reigo, seething with rage at the murder of its cub. The monster attacks the fleet, and the naval forces are caught off guard. Reigo is able to destroy the escort ships and damage the Yamato before returning to the ocean depths, setting the stage for a final battle.

Special features include the original trailer, the U.S. trailer and a photo gallery.

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The release piggybacks on Godzilla vs. Kong, due soon in theaters, and Godzilla: King of the Monsters, just available on home video.

‘Harry & Meghan: A Very Modern Romance,’ ‘Princess Diana: A Life After Death’ Due on DVD Nov. 26 From MVD

Two documentaries about British royals, Harry & Meghan: A Very Modern Romance and Princess Diana: A Life After Death, are coming to DVD Nov. 26 from MVD Entertainment Group.

Harry & Meghan: A Very Modern Romance is a one-hour special that explores the social background that makes the adventurous marriage between Meghan Markle and Prince Harry seem thoroughly in keeping with the modern British royal family. It explores the lives of actress Markle, a woman’s rights campaigner, and Prince Harry, who has broken out of the royal straight jacket without losing his royal dignity. Eighty-two years after a romance with a divorced commoner from America led to the abdication of a King, this royal marriage sets and confirms a revolutionized set of British values.

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Princess Diana: A Life After Death, a new documentary timed to coincide with the anniversary of Princess Diana’s untimely passing, is not just an anniversary program, but also is a summary of Princess Diana’s historical, political and social legacy. Princess Diana’s death set the British nation thinking deeply about its monarchy and its royal family. In the unstable summer of 1997 a strange atmosphere existed throughout Britain. The country’s young Prime Minister Tony Blair had just won an election with a big majority and the tabloid press were pursuing Princess Diana after her separation from Prince Charles. Events were already leading to a full-scale crisis for the British monarchy. The terrible sudden and completely unexpected death of Diana changed Britain. The program looks at the history of Princess Diana’s life after her death through the lives of her sons and family after her death and through the collective memory. The selfless aspects of Princess Diana’s wide interests continue to act as a form of both emotional ballast and inspiration to the British nation and the world at large. Contributors include Sir Anthony Seldon, Alastair Campbell, Jeffrey Archer, Emily Nash, Katie Nicholl, Catherine Mayer, Richard Kay and Sarah, Viscountess Bangor.

Skateboard Horror Film ‘Darkslide’ Due on DVD Nov. 12 From MVD

The horror flick Darkslide will slide to DVD Nov. 12 from MVD Entertainment Group and Wild Eye Releasing.

In this film featuring high-energy surfing and skating, five best friends, all extreme skateboarders, set out on a road trip to find one of their missing brothers, who disappeared mysteriously near an alpine lake. Their adventure quickly turns into a battle for survival when they are trapped in a series of caverns with a monster.

Written by Larry Leahy (Confessions of a Hitman, Road to Perdition, Monster House), the film stars Eric Gerleman (Lords of Dogtown, The Zodiac Killer, The New Adventures of Robin Hood), Holt Biggs (Sons of Anarchy, The Leftovers, Bigfoot Wars, “From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series”), Buddy Daniels Friedman (“Star Trek: The Next Generation,” Tales of Frankenstein, Eddie Presley), Matt Lasky (“Fear the Walking Dead,” “American Horror Story,” The Equalizer, TV’s “Grimm,” TV’s “2 Broke Girls”) and Renee Dorian (TV’s “Black-ish,” The Funhouse Massacre, The Mangler Reborn, TV’s “Scandal”).

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Extras include behind-the-scenes featurette, a commentary track and trailers.

Horror Musical ‘Billy the Kid and the Green Baize Vampire’ Due on DVD Nov. 12 From MVD

The 1987 horror musical Billy the Kid and the Green Baize Vampire will come out on DVD Nov. 12 from MVD Entertainment Group.

In the Rocky Horror Picture Show-type film, up-and-coming cockney snooker player Billy accepts the challenge of a grudge match from Maxwell Randall (the Green Baize Vampire), six times world champion; the loser will never play professional snooker (a pool-like game) again. It all begins because Billy’s his manager, T.O. (The One), a compulsive gambler, falls into debt with psychopathic loan shark the Wednesday Man, who offers to cancel T.O’s debt if he can arrange a 17-frame grudge snooker match between Billy and the reigning world champion Randall. To ensure that both players will agree to the match, T.O hires a journalist to stir up trouble between them. She interviews Billy and the Vampire separately, asks them leading questions intended to elicit angry responses and provoke enmity, then prints the results.

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Phil Daniels (Quadrophenia) stars as Billy. The film is directed by Alan Clarke (Scum).

James Franco-Directed Drama ‘Pretenders’ Coming to DVD Nov. 12 From MVD

The drama Pretenders, directed by James Franco, will come out on DVD Nov. 12 from MVD Entertainment Group and Cleopatra Entertainment.

In the film, a French new wave-obsessed film student finds his muse in a mysterious actress that both he and his best friend fall in love with. After years of sex, betrayal and collateral damage, the trio ends up in a dangerous situation that leaves one of them fighting for his life.

The cast includes Juno Temple (Maleficent), Shameik Moore (Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse), Franco (The Disaster Artist), Dennis Quaid (Frequency), Jane Levy (Don’t Breathe), Brian Cox (Adaptation) and Jack Kilmer (The Nice Guys).

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The film was an official selection at the 2018 Torino Film Festival and had an early fall limited theatrical release.

‘RoboCop,’ ‘Flowers in the Attic’ on November 2019 Disc Slate From Arrow and MVD

The 1980s sci-fi actioner RoboCop, Flowers in the Attic and a 1950s James Stewart classic western are among the five titles on the November Blu-ray slate from Arrow Video and MVD Entertainment Group.

Due Nov. 5 is the horror flick Apprentice to Murder. Chad Lowe, younger brother to Rob, stars as Billy, a young man who falls under the spell of folk magic healer Dr. Reese (Donald Sutherland). As the two begin to investigate a strange sickness infesting their community, the lines between good and evil start to blur. Bonus features include a video interview on religious horror with Kat Ellinger, author and editor-in-chief of Diabolique Magazine; new audio commentary by author and critic Bryan Reesman; a new video interview with cinematographer Kelvin Pike; a new video interview with makeup supervisor Robin Grantham; the theatrical trailer; and a reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Haunt Love.

Nov. 12 comes Flowers in the Attic, based on VC Andrews’ novel, a Gothic tale about four siblings locked away in the attic by their evil grandmother (Louise Fletcher). Originally panned by critics, director Jeffrey Bloom’s adaptation has developed a cult following over the years. The new Arrow release comes loaded with special features including new interviews and the original, studio-vetoed ending.

Also due Nov. 12 is Anthony Mann’s Technicolor western The Far Country, in which James Stewart stars as an adventurer that bumps heads with a corrupt judge (John McIntire). Despite being filmed in Canada, The Far Country is one of the rare westerns to be set in Alaska. The two-disc limited edition release features the film in two aspect ratios with a new 4K restoration.

Irvin Berwick’s Hitchhike to Hell hits Blu-ray for the first time on Nov. 19. Inspired by the brutal crimes of the “Co-ed Killer” Edmund Kemper, Hitchhike to Hell is a classic slice of American exploitation. Extras include a newly filmed appreciation by Nightmare USA author Stephen Thrower; “Road to Nowhere: Hitchhiking Culture Goes to Hell,” a new video essay by Alexandra Heller-Nicholas exploring the dark side of hitchhiking in the real world and on the screen; a reversable sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by The Twins of Evil; and for the first pressing only, a collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film by Heather Drain.

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Finally, Nov. 26 comes Paul Verhoeven’s action classic RoboCop. Set in the not-too-distant future, RoboCop is the story of officer Alex Murphy (Peter Weller) who is gunned down in the line of duty before being brought back to life as a half-man/half-machine crime-fighter. This new limited-edition release features the director’s cut and the original theatrical release, both presented with a 4K restoration approved by Verhoeven himself. Among the numerous extras are a limited edition collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film by Omar Ahmed, Christopher Griffiths and Henry Blyth, as well as a 1987 Fangoria interview with Rob Bottin and archive publicity materials (some contents exclusive to the limited edition); archive commentary by Verhoeven, executive producer Jon Davison and co-writer Ed Neumeier (originally recorded for the theatrical cut and re-edited in 2014 for the director’s cut); and new commentary by film historian Paul M. Sammon. RoboCop will be available in standard and steelbook editions.

Bela Lugosi Classic ‘The Human Monster’ Among Titles on VCI October 2019 Disc Slate From MVD

The classic 1975 documentary Brother Can You Spare a Dime?, the Kung Fu film The Leg Fighters and the Bela Lugosi classic The Human Monster are on the eclectic October disc slate from VCI Entertainment and MVD Entertainment Group.

Brother Can You Spare A Dime?, available now on Blu-ray Disc, is writer-director Philippe Mora’s chronicle of the Great Depression, in both its bleak lows and its artistic highs. Featuring the grim reality that many Americans faced during the era, largely in the form of newsreel clips, the film also depicts how Hollywood dealt with this period of widespread poverty and unemployment. Much of the movie footage showcases glamour and extravagance, providing lively moments of escapism that contrast starkly with day-to-day life during the 1930s. The film features clips with Hollywood stars including John Wayne, Judy Garland, Bing Crosby, Cary Grant, Joan Crawford, Jimmy Stewart, James Cagney, Humphrey Bogart, Clarke Gable, Charlie Chaplin, Katharine Hepburn and Fred Astaire. It was a 1976 Golden Globe Award nominee for Best Documentary Film.

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Also available now is The Leg Fighters on Blu-ray plus DVD combo pack. The Kung Fu film follows Phoenix, a rebellious young student in martial arts. When her father brings in a new Kung Fu instructor, she has to shape up quickly as a deadly master approaches looking for him to avenge his brother’s death. With action scenes from Sun Jung-Chi Sun and Kang Peng, the fights set new standards in kicking choreography under the knowledgeable action eye of Tso Nam Lee (The Hot, the Cool and the Vicious). The disc includes audio commentary by filmmaker, actor and Kung Fu film fan Michael Worth, who also visits with director Lee Tso Nam in the extras. The box includes an original illustration commissioned from popular genre artist Ian McEwan.

The 1939 classic The Human Monster: Collector’s Edition is due Oct. 29 on Blu-ray. Bela Lugosi gives one of his finest portraits of evil in this adaptation of Edgar Wallace’s terror-thriller-mystery The Dark Eyes of London. A series of drownings have Scotland Yard baffled. One common denominator; the dead men were heavily insured through a particular brokerage firm and all the policies were paid off. Larry Hold, a Scotland Yard detective, and a visiting American cop from Chicago get on the trail and, with the help of the daughter of one of the dead men, discover a horrifying cause to the so-called accidents/suicides. Behind it all is a human monster, a doctor who is using a home for blind men as a front for his nightmarish activities. His main tool is a gargoyle-like brute who eventually becomes the madman’s downfall. Filmed in England, The Human Monster features Lugosi as a fiend more diabolical than any criminal the encountered by Scotland Yard. Extras include a commentary track by noted film historian, author and Lugosi expert Gary Don Rhodes; a commentary track by film historian David del Valle and author, screenwriter and “monster kid” Phoef Sutton; liner notes written by film historian Patrick McCabe; the archival video “Intimate Interview with Bela Lugosi”; a poster and photo gallery; and the original U.S. re-issue theatrical trailer.

Shatner Pic ‘Devil’s Revenge’ Will Come Out on Blu-ray Oct. 15 From MVD

The horror adventure Devil’s Revenge, co-produced, co-written and starring William Shatner (“Star Trek”), will come out on Blu-ray Oct. 15 from MVD Entertainment Group and Cleopatra Entertainment.

The story follows John Brock, a down-on-his-luck archaeologist who returns from an expedition to the caves of rural Kentucky after unsuccessfully trying to locate a mysterious relic that his family has sought for generations. Upon his return, John starts to see dream-like visions of a ferocious bird-like creature from ancient folklore. He soon learns that the cave he came into contact with on his last expedition was indeed the cave that contains the relic and also a portal to Hell and a place of worship for the Occult. He discovers that the only way to stop the increasingly realistic visions is to go back to the cave with his family, find the relic once and for all, and destroy it.

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Cleopatra Films is planning limited theatrical screenings and a national advertising campaign to promote and support the title.

From writer-director Jared Cohn (Devil’s Domain, 12/12/12, Pernicious, The Domicile), the film also stars “Star Trek” series alumni Jeri Ryan (“Star Trek: Voyager”, “Boston Public”, Down with Love) and Jason Brooks (“Star Trek” (2009), Super 8, “Boston Legal”) along with Jackie Dallas (Netflix’s “Stranger Things”) and Michael Yahn (Netflix’s “Daredevil).

The Blu-ray includes a CD of the soundtrack.

‘GG Allin — All in the Family’ Due on DVD Oct. 15 From MVD

GG Allin — All in the Family, a documentary about the late American extreme punk rock musician GG Allin, will come out on DVD Oct. 15 from MVD Entertainment Group.

Allin is best remembered for his notorious live performances, which often featured transgressive acts, including self-mutilation, eating his own feces and attacking the audience. In 1993 he died of a heroin overdose.

Aired on Showtime as All in the Family, the film follows the two remaining family members, mother Arleta and brother Merle, who is still active in GG Allins backing band the Murder Junkies. The story is about an extraordinary loving family, whose departed son and brother has left a trail of unanswered questions.

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‘Ringu’ Collection, ‘The Prey,’ ‘Killer Nun’ Among Titles Due on Disc from Arrow and MVD in October

The “Ringu” collection, The Prey and Killer Nun are among nine releases coming to disc from Arrow and MVD in October.

Oct. 1 on Blu-ray comes The Prey, an early 1980s film about a group of teens attacked by a disfigured killer while camping in the Rocky Mountains. The cult classic is presented with a new 2K restoration and three different cuts.

Toys Are Not for Children, due Oct. 8 on Blu-ray, is a psychological drama about a woman with daddy issues suffering through a devastating downward spiral. It also features a new 2K restoration and a host of bonus content.

Next up Oct. 15 on Blu-ray is director Giulio Berruti’s Killer Nun. Anita Ekberg stars as Sister Gertrude, a nun lured into the world of drugs and perversion. The cult classic comes to Blu-ray with a new 2K restoration from the original 35mm camera negative.

Two releases head home on Oct. 22. First is Guillermo del Toro’s gothic romance Crimson Peak on Blu-ray. The story follows an aspiring author that travels to a remote English mansion, where she is haunted by ghostly visions. The second release, on Blu-ray and DVD, is Billy Senese’s The Dead Center, in which Shane Carruth stars as a hospital psychiatrist that is pushed to the edge of insanity when a deranged patient claims to have died and brought something awful back from the other side.

Four releases are due Oct. 29. The John Landis classic An American Werewolf in London stars David Naughton stars as an American tourist attacked by a vicious creature while hiking in the Yorkshire Moors. The Oscar-winning special effects from the legendary Rick Baker are restored in 4K using the original camera negative and approved by Landis.

Hideo Nakata’s 1990s Japanese horror hit Ringu is slinking to Blu-ray, also on Oct. 29. The story about a cursed VHS tape features a new 4K restoration approved by DP Junichiro Hayashi. Also due that date on Blu-ray is the “Ringu Collection,” a boxed set with the original film, the sequel Ringu 2, the origin story Ringu 0, and the “lost sequel” The Spiral.

Finally Oct. 29 on Blu-ray comes Man of a Thousand Faces, a biopic about one of horror’s first icons, Lon Chaney. It stars James Cagney as the multifaceted silent screen legend. Director Joseph Pevney not only chronicles Chaney’s rise to stardom but captures the drama is his day-to-day personal life. The screenplay, written by R. Wright Campbell, Ivan Goff, and Ben Roberts, was nominated for an Oscar. This release comes with a number of special features including a new audio commentary from film scholar Tim Lucas.