Drama ‘Chicago Cab,’ Horror Anthology ‘Chiller’ Due on DVD Sept. 17 From MVD and S’More

The drama Chicago Cab and the British horror anthology Chiller are coming to DVD Sept. 17 from MVD Entertainment Group and S’More Entertainment.

In Chicago Cab, based on the play “Hellcab” by Will Kern, it’s 6 a.m. and 20 degrees below zero on a December morning in Chicago and a cab driver picks up his day’s first passengers. The story follows 14 hours in the life of a cab driver as he picks up fares from the good and bad parts of the city while emotionally connecting to many of his passengers including a depressed rape victim, stoners, randy lawyers, a drug runner and a race to get a pregnant woman to the hospital. The film’s stars include Laurie Metcalf, John C. Reilly, John Cusack and Julianne Moore.

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Chiller is a five-episode horror/fantasy anthology series originally shown in the United Kingdom. Episodes include “Prophecy,” about a group of friends hold a seance in the basement of a London cafe and each receive a prophecy; “Toby,” about a couple who tragically loses their unborn baby in a car accident; “Here Comes the Mirror Man,” which follows a social worker whose predecessor was murdered in mysterious circumstances; “The Man Who Didn’t Believe in Ghosts,” about a professional de-bunker of the paranormal who faces a series of unexplained events and accidents; and “Number Six,” which follows a homicide detective investigating the murders of five children. The series features well know British stars from ”Downton Abbey,” ”Doctor Who,” ”Coronation Street” and the ”Pirates of the Caribbean” series.

Concert Film ‘Nekromantix: 3 Decades of Darkle’ Due on Blu-ray Combo Pack Oct. 11 From MVD and Cleopatra

A concert film for Danish-American psychobilly band Nekromantix, Nekromantix: 3 Decades of Darkle, will be released in a Blu-ray/DVD/CD combo pack Oct. 11 from MVD Entertainment Group and Cleopatra Entertainment in honor of the band’s 30th Anniversary.

Filmed in 2019 at the Observatory Theater in Santa Ana, Calif., and directed by Vicente Cordero (3Teeth, Room 37: The Mysterious Death of Johnny Thunders), the live concert film features band founder/bassist/vocalist Kim Nekroman, guitarist/backing vocalist Francisco Mesa and recently-crowned drummer/backing vocalist Rene D La Muerte ripping through the band’s nine-album catalog.

The limited-edition 30th anniversary release will include exclusive interviews with the band and rare photos that will be packaged in an eight-panel Digipak.

A downloadable version will also be available on global digital platforms, coinciding with release of the home entertainment version.

The band was formed in 1989 in Copenhagen by Kim Nekroman after he left the Danish Navy, in which he had been a submarine radio operator for eight years. Deciding to launch a new career in music, he initially played drums in a rockabilly band prior to the foundation of Nekromantix. Learning to play the double bass and to sing, Nekroman set about forming a horror-themed psychobilly band with himself as the frontman. Three decades, multiple line-up changes and nine studio albums later, he continues to carry the Nekromantix flag which still embodies his original vision of monster and horror themes — as well as his signature “Coffinbass” — a self-built double bass with a body in the shape of a coffin and a headstock the shape of a cross.

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“It took us 30 years to finally make an official full on live video and audio recording…can’t think of a more thrilling way to celebrate this three decade anniversary, than an immortalized show consisting of songs from our very first album, in 1989, up until today,” Kim Nekroman said in a statement. “What an awesome and horrifying joyride. Now you can watch or re-live the show over and over again from the convenience of your couch.”

Tracks are:

  1. “Struck by a Wrecking Ball”
  2. “Nightnurse”
  3. “Alice in Psycholand”
  4. “Brain Error”
  5. “Demons Are a Girl’s Best Friend”
  6. “Driller Killer”
  7. “Nekrotastic Extacy”
  8. “See the Devil Smile”
  9. “Nekrofelia”
  10. “Gargoyles Over Copenhagen”
  11. “Subcultural Girl”
  12. “Sea of Red”
  13. “Glow in the Dark”
  14. “Brought Back to Life”
  15. “Horny in a Hearse”
  16. “Alive”
  17. “Nice Day for a Resurrection”
  18. “Haunted Cathouse”
  19. “Who Killed the Cheerleader”

Australian War Drama ‘Jirga’ Coming to Blu-ray and DVD Oct. 29 From MVD

Jirga, an Australian drama about the impact of war, will be released on Blu-ray and DVD Oct. 29 from MVD Entertainment Group and Lightyear Entertainment.

The film, Australia’s pick for Best Foreign Language Film for the 2019 Oscars, is unique look at the impact of war on both sides, and specifically at the war in Afghanistan, where armies from all over the world fought for the United States. In the film, a former Australian soldier (Sam Smith) returns to a village where he was involved in war crimes. Seeking relief from his torment, he puts his life in the hands of the village justice system — the “Jirga.”

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Director Benjamin Gilmour shot in Afghanistan after the Pakistani Secret Service cancelled permission to film and filmed in Taliban-controlled regions of Afghanistan, using some non-actors, a few being former members of the Taliban itself.

The film was an official selection at the Toronto and Palm Springs film festivals and won the Best Independent Film Award from the Australian Academy.

JIRGA – Official U.S. Trailer from Lightyear Entertainment on Vimeo.

 

Classic Cliffhanger ‘The Vanishing Shadow’ Available on DVD and Blu-ray From MVD and VCI

The Vanishing Shadow, a classic 1930s cliffhanger from Universal Pictures, which has never had an official video release on any format, is now available for the first time on Blu-ray and DVD from MVD Entertainment Group and VCI Entertainment.

Produced from the original studio film elements, the 12-episode Universal serial follows a son who avenges the death of his father at the hands of corrupt politicians. He develops a wide variety of complex devices in his crusade — ray guns, robots and a “vanishing belt.”

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The serial features what is believed to be the first appearance of a handheld ray gun in film.

Classics ‘Conflict of Wings,’ ‘Child’s Play’ and ‘Doublecross’ Available on DVD From MVD and Juno Films

Three classic titles, Conflict of Wings, Child’s Play and Doublecross, are available now on DVD from MVD Entertainment Group and Juno Films.

Conflict of Wings (1954) follows a group of villagers who fight back when the British Air Force threatens to use their bird sanctuary for target practice. Based on the first novel by Don Sharp (The Inbetween Age), the film stars John Gregson (The Longest Day), Kieron Moore (Invasion of the Triffids), Harry Fowler (The Pickwick Papers), Muriel Pavlow (Murder She Said) and Niall MacGinnis (Curse of the Demon).

Child’s Play (1954) explores what happens when a bunch of precocious kids get their hands on an atomic chemistry set. The film stars Mona Washbourne (My Fair Lady), Ballard Berkeley (“Faulty Towers”) and Peter Sallis, who would go on to be the voice of Wallace in the “Wallace and Gromit” shorts and feature films.

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Doublecross (1956) follows a fisherman who ferries two fugitives and a beautiful woman across the English Channel only to suspect them of murder and spying. The classic noir thriller features a cast that includes Fay Compton (The Haunting), Anton Diffring (Where Eagles Dare), Allan Cuthbertson (The Guns of Navarone) and Frank Lawton (A Night to Remember).

Romero-Argento Horror Compilation ‘Two Evil Eyes’ Due on Blu-ray Oct. 29 From MVD and Blue Underground

Two Evil Eyes, featuring a pair of shockers inspired by the tales of Edgar Allan Poe from directors George Romero and Dario Argento, will come out in a three-disc, limited-edition Blu-ray plus CD set from MVD Entertainment Group and Blue Underground.

In Romero’s The Facts in the Case of Mr. Valdemar, a conniving wife (Adrienne Barbeau) and her lover use a hypnotic trance to embezzle a fortune from her dying husband, only to receive some chilling surprises from beyond the grave. In Argento’s The Black Cat, a deranged crime scene photographer (Harvey Keitel) is driven to brutal acts of madness and murder by his girlfriend’s new pet.

Martin Balsam, E.G. Marshall, John Amos and Tom Atkins co-star.

In celebration of its 30th Anniversary, Blue Underground presents Two Evil Eyes in a new 4K restoration from its original camera negative.

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Bonus features include new audio commentary with Troy Howarth, author of Murder By Design: The Unsane Cinema of Dario Argento; the theatrical trailer; a poster and still gallery; “Two Masters’ Eyes,” featuring interviews with Argento and Romero, special make-up effects supervisor Tom Savini, executive producer Claudio Argento and Asia Argento; “Savini’s EFX,” a behind-the-scenes look at the film’s special make-up effects; “At Home With Tom Savini,” a personal tour of Savini’s home; “Adrienne Barbeau on George Romero”; “Before I Wake,” a new interview with star Ramy Zada; “Behind the Wall,” a new interview with star Madeleine Potter; “One Maestro and Two Masters,” a new interview with composer Pino Donaggio; “Rewriting Poe,” a new interview with co-writer Franco Ferrini; “The Cat Who Wouldn’t Die,” a new interview with assistant director Luigi Cozzi; “Two Evil Brothers,” a new interview with special make-up assistant Everett Burrell; and “Working With George,” a new interview with costume designer Barbara Anderson.

The set also includes a CD with the original motion picture soundtrack by Donaggio and a collectable booklet with a new essay by Michael Gingold.

Horror Film ‘Nightwish’ Due on Disc Aug. 27 From MVD

The horror film Nightwish is coming to Blu-ray and DVD Aug. 27 from MVD Entertainment Group and Unearthed Classics.

In the film, using sensory deprivation techniques, a doctor of parapsychology provokes his students to examine their own deaths in evermore horrifying circumstances. Roles are exchanged and shuffled as reality and fantasy become indistinguishable and each new dreadful death proves more terrifying than the last. Their paranormal explorations lead them to an abandoned mansion in a desolate area that natives call the “Valley of Fear” where years of drinking chemically tainted water have led to a genetically damaged population and mutant wildlife. Local legends also tell stranger stories of extraterrestrials, which the students attempt to explore.

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Special features include commentary with producer Paul White and Stephen Biro; trailers; and for the first run only, an alternate slip cover and a booklet on the film.

Punk Biopic ‘Anti-Nowhere League: We Are the League’ Due on DVD Aug. 9 From MVD

Anti-Nowhere League: We Are the League will come out on DVD plus CD Aug. 9 from MVD Entertainment Group and Cleopatra Entertainment.

The story of the notorious punk rock band uncovers how a biker, a skinhead, a grammar school boy and a Persian exile come together, with no musical talent or ambitions and even less respect for anything or anyone, to burst into the U.K. charts with their debut single.

The film, directed by George Hencken and produced by Brian Perera, Yvonne Perera and Matt Green, stars Stewart Copeland, Rat Scabies and Nick.

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‘Double Dragon’ and ‘The Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog’ Racing to DVD From MVD

Two 1990s animated TV series based on Sega game franchises, “The Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog” and “Double Dragon: The Animated Series,” are coming to DVD Aug. 13  from MVD Entertainment Group and Invincible Entertainment.

“The Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog” is coming in a six-disc set featuring all 65 episodes. In the series, Sonic the Hedgehog is on the run with his faithful sidekick Tails to outpace the despicable Dr. Robotnik, foiling his plans to “robotize” and enslave the population of Planet Mobius. Jaleel White (“Family Matters”) is the voice of Sonic the Hedgehog. The release comes in time for the bow of a Sonic the Hedgehog theatrical live action movie starring Jim Carrey and James Mardsen.

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The entire series of “Double Dragon” is coming to home video for the first time on three DVDs. In the animated series, a martial-arts master and his twin brother fight. Billy and Jimmy Lee are twins separated at birth and raised by opposing factions. Following the Code of the Dragon, “never to harm others intentionally and not fight if one can help it,” Billy trains to become the Dragon Master by his 18th birthday. Billy Joins forces with policewoman Marian Martin and together they fight to protect The City from the Shadow Warriors, a criminal organization led by the mysterious Shadow Master, who secretly instructs Jimmy Lee in the dark ways of the Black Flame. Can long-lost brothers reunite to become the legendary Double Dragon?

 

Horror Titles ‘Close Calls,’ ‘Bong of the Living Dead’ and ‘The Barn’ Coming on DVD From Scream Team And MVD

MVD Entertainment Group has picked up distribution of Scream Team Releasing titles and is releasing several of the company’s horror films on DVD.

Available now on DVD is Bong of the Living Dead, the story of five friends who share both a love of pot and a lifelong dream to see the zombie apocalypse become reality. When the undead actually rise to gruesomely (and hilariously) eat the living, the group discovers it’s not all corpse-killing montages and mall raids, and that their relationships will be pushed to the limit if they’re going to survive.

Due Aug. 13 on DVD is Dude Bro Party Massacre III. In the wake of two back-to-back mass murders on Chico’s frat row, loner Brent Chirino must infiltrate the ranks of a popular fraternity to investigate his twin brother’s murder at the hands of the serial killer known as “Motherface.” As they are picked off one by one, Brent and his fellow bros must face the terrifying reality that their deadly foe, believed to have been killed, has returned from the grave again and is hell-bent on the destruction of the Delta Bis. The cast includes Patton Oswalt.

Also coming on DVD Aug. 13 is Murder Made Easy. Best pals Joan and Michael invite their dearest friends over for a cordial dinner to discuss the passing of Joan’s husband Neil. But as each guest arrives, dark secrets are revealed and murder is definitely on the menu. The film won the Indie Spirit Award at the 2018 Women in Horror Film Festival.

Coming Sept. 17 on DVD is Close Calls, about a girl who is grounded at home. With the house to herself, a fridge full of food, and a box of drugs stashed in her closet, it’s “party time” as usual for Morgan (Jordan Phipps). All she has to do is tend to her sick grandma when her father leaves. But then the phone rings. Between disturbing calls, the drugs she has taken, and a few surprise visits from some unexpected guests, Morgan’s paranoia grows as she now believes everyone is out to get her. To make matters worse, she keeps forgetting to give Grandma her meds. Special features include director’s commentary with Richard Stringham; actor commentary with Jordan Phipps and Greg Fallon; bonus commentary by film historian David Del Valle with Joe Magna; Red Phone Diaries – The Making of Close Calls, a two and a half hour documentary; “Building the Sets,” a time lapse video; a gag reel; a photo gallery; and trailers.

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Due Oct. 15 on DVD is 10/31, a collection of tales introduced by Malvolia: The Queen of Screams. She takes viewers on a journey through her Halloween Monster Marathon, featuring five indie directors with Halloween stories. Stories include a stay at a haunted bed and breakfast in “The Old Hag” (Justin M. Seaman of The Barn), a first date gone deadly in “Trespassers” (Zane Hershberger of Cryptids), a murderous roller rink party in “Killing the Dance” (John William Holt of The Dooms Chapel Horror), a freak October winter storm sending tricksters and even Santa to your door in “The Halloween Blizzard of ’91” (Brett DeJager of Bonejangles), and an escaped madman continuing his seasonal killing spree in “The Samhain Slasher” (Rocky Gray’s directorial debut).

Also on tap Oct. 15 on DVD is The Barn. On Halloween night, the “Legend of the Barn” awakens. It’s Halloween 1989 and best friends Sam and Josh are just trying to enjoy their last “Devil’s Night” before graduating high school. Trouble soon arises when the two pals and a group of friends take a detour on their way to a rock concert, finding an old abandoned barn and awakening the evil inside. It’s up to Sam and Josh to find a way to protect their friends and defeat the creatures that lurk within The Barn. The film stars Mitchell Musolino, Will Stout, Lexi Dripps, Cortland Woodard, Nikki Darling, Nickolaus Joshua with Linnea Quigley (Night of the Demons and Return of the Living Dead) and Ari Lehman (the first Jason Voorhees from “Friday the 13th”). It features an original score by Rocky Gray, former member of Grammy award-winning goth/rock group Evanescence.

Also coming Oct. 15 is The Witching Season. Reminiscent of television shows such as “Tales from the Darkside” and “Tales from the Crypt,” The Witching Season is a five-episode anthology of horror and suspense on one disc that delivers original tales of terror that capture the spirit of the Halloween season.