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.

‘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.

Horror Flick ‘Count Dracula’ Among Titles Coming to Disc Nov. 28 From Severin and MVD

The 1970 horror flick Count Dracula, starring Christopher Lee, and the 1980 gorefest Doctor Butcher M.D./Zombie Holocaust are due Nov. 28 on 4K Ultra HD from Severin Films and MVD Entertainment Group. The making-of documentary double feature Vampir-Cuadecuc/Umbracle will also be released on Blu-ray Disc Nov. 28.

In early 2023, a Madrid film archivist made a startling discovery: the uncut camera negative of Count Dracula, in pristine condition and untouched for more than 50 years. The gothic masterpiece from writer/director Jess Franco features Christopher Lee as the Count, Herbert Lom as Van Helsing, Soledad Miranda as Lucy, Maria Rohm as Mina and Klaus Kinski as Renfield with an eerie Bruno Nicolai score. With the film newly scanned in 4K, the release includes more than five total hours of special features, including the U.S. premiere of Carles Prats’ 2017 documentary Dracula Barcelona, which chronicles the simultaneous filming of Vampir-Cuadecuc by Pere Portabella and Franco’s horror classic. Special features on the Ultra HD disc include audio commentary with horror historian David Del Valle and actress Maria Rohm and the trailer. Special features on an included Blu-ray Disc include the same audio commentary; an illustrated 1973 Christopher Lee audio interview with filmmaker Donald Glut; “Beloved Count,” an interview with director Jess Franco; “Handsome Harker,” an interview with actor Fred Williams; an interview with actor Jack Taylor; “Stake Holders,” an appreciation by filmmaker Christophe Gans; and the trailer. On another Blu-ray are “Dracula Barcelona,” a 2017 documentary (90 mins); “Jess Franco’s Bram Stoker’s Count Dracula —Stephen Thrower on Count Dracula”; the “In the Land of Franco” bonus sequence with Alain Petit and Stephen Thrower; and alternate title sequences. The final disc is a soundtrack CD.

Sparking riots on 42nd Street, the film was originally known as Zombie Holocaust until a notorious American distributor would then re-edit and re-title it as Doctor Burcher M.D. and and re-release it. Ian McCulloch (Zombie), Alexandra Delli Colli (The New York Ripper), Sherry Buchanan (Tentacles) and Donald O’Brien (Emanuelle and the Last Cannibals) star in this unabashed EuroTrash orgy of gut-munching, eyeball-gouging and face-chopping. Severin Films now presents both films scanned in 4K from original vault elements discovered in Manhattan and Rome with four hours of archival and new special features. Special features on Doctor Butcher M.D. include an interview with Aquarius Releasing’s Terry Levene; Rue Morgue’s Michael Gingold tours New York Locations of Italian horror; a nostalgic tour of 42nd Street with Temple of Schlock’s Chris Poggiali and filmmaker Roy Frumkes; “Tales That Tore Our Heart Out,” in which filmmakers Frank Farel and Brendan Faulkner discuss Unfinished Anthology Film; an interview with Gore Gazette editor and Butcher Mobile Barker Rick Sullivan; and an interview with editor Jim Markovic. Special features for Zombie Holocaust include an interview with star Ian McCulloch; an interview with SFX master Rosario Prestopino; “Filmmaker Enzo G. Castellari Remembers His Father, Director Marino Girolami”; an interview with SFX artist Maurizio Trani; an interview with actress Sherry Buchanan; and “New York Filming Locations: 1980 & 2015.”

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Vampir-Cuadecuc/Umbracle are having their North American Blu-ray premieres. Pere Portabella has been a pioneering movie producer and celebrated Spanish statesman, denounced by both the Franco dictatorship and The Vatican. But it’s his subversive work as a director that has rewritten the rules of genre narrative. In 1970, Portabella was invited by Jess Franco to make a behind-the-scenes documentary on the filming of Count Dracula. Instead, Vampir-Cuadecuc became a dreamlike deconstruction of myths, monsters and moviemaking featuring Christopher Lee, Herbert Lom and Soledad Miranda. Christopher Lee also stars in Portabella’s companion piece Umbracle, an unsettling journey through dread, violence and discontinuity with Lee at his most candid. Both films are now scanned in HD from Portabella’s own vault elements for the first time ever in America. Special features include “A Cinema of Vampires: Pere Portabella, Jess Franco and the School of Barcelona,” an interview with Spanish film scholar Dr. Álex Mendíbil; the Vampir-Cuadecuc trailer; and a booklet featuring text by Pere Portabella and film critics Jonathan Rosenbaum and Federico Karstulovich.

Elizabeth Taylor Drama ‘Identikit’ Among Titles Headed to Blu-ray in October From Severin and MVD

The Elizabeth Taylor drama Identikit, the cult film Story of a Cloistered Nun and the drama Clearcut are coming to Blu-ray Disc in October from Severin Films and MVD Entertainment Group.

The 1974 Elizabeth Taylor drama Identikit is due Oct. 10. In what remains the most obscure, bizarre and wildly misunderstood film of her entire career — and perhaps even ’70s Italian cinema — Taylor stars as a disturbed woman who arrives in Rome to find a city fragmented by autocratic law, leftist violence and her own increasingly unhinged mission to find the most dangerous liaison of all. Academy Award nominee Ian Bannen (The Offence), Mona Washbourne (The Collector) and Andy Warhol co-star in this neo noir — barely released in America as The Driver’s Seat — directed by Giuseppe Patroni Griffi (‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore), adapted from the novella by Muriel Spark (The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie) and featuring cinematography by three-time Oscar winner Vittorio Storaro (Apocalypse Now, The Last Emperor), restored in 4K by Severin Films. Special features include an introduction by Kier-La Janisse, author of House of Psychotic Women; audio commentary with TCM Underground curator Millie De Chirico; “A Lack Of Absence,” with writer and literary historian Chandra Mayor on Muriel Spark and The Driver’s Seat; The Driver’s Seat credit sequences; and a trailer.

Also due Oct. 10 is Story of a Cloistered Nun. In 1973, director/co-writer Domenico Paolella — having launched the genre a year earlier with The Nuns of Saint Archangel — established a new Nunsploitation standard via superior production values, an impressive international cast and a lurid narrative “adapted from authentic 17th Century chronicles.” In the film, forced into a strict convent by her parents, an aristocratic maiden (Eleonora Giorgi of Inferno fame) will discover a catechism of depravity that includes savage floggings, lesbian roleplay, illicit sex and murder. Suzy Kendall (Bird With the Crystal Plumage, Torso), Catherine Spaak (The Cat O’ Nine Tails), Martine Brochard (Eyeball) and Umberto Orsini (The Damned) co-star in the film also known as The Unholy Convent and Love Story of a Nun, scanned in 2K from the original negative. Special features include “Down the Well,” an interview with actress Martine Brochard; “A Nun’s Story,” an interview with actress Eleonora Giorgi; “Within a Cloister,” an interview with camera operator Daniele Nannuzzi; and the trailer.

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The drama Clearcut comes out Oct. 24. From émigré director Ryszard Bugajski — whose infamous debut feature Interrogation enraged Poland’s Communist regime — comes the 1991 Canadian shocker. When the pacifist lawyer for an Indigenous tribe fails to protect their land against the racist owner of a lumber mill, both white men will be forced by a rogue Native man (Academy Award nominee Graham Greene of Dances With Wolves) into a wilderness nightmare of violence, vengeance and supernatural horror. Ron Lea (Punisher: War Zone), Michael Hogan (“Battlestar Galactica”) and Floyd Red Crow Westerman (The Doors) co-star in the film, restored in 4K from a 35mm answer print. Special features include an archival video introduction by director Ryszard Bugajski; audio commentary with scholar and anthropologist Shaawano Chad Uran (White Earth Anishinaabe); an archival audio interview with director Ryszard Bugajski and journalist Allan MacInnis; “A Dream Like Arthur’s,” an audio interview with actor Graham Greene; “Composing Clearcut”; “The Ballad of Crowfoot” short film; audio commentary for “The Ballad of Crowfoot” with Kevin Howes and Lawrence Dunn; the “You Are on Indian Land” short film; and the short film “Consume.”

Christopher Lee Comedy ‘Dracula and Son’ Among Titles Due on Disc Sept. 26 From Severin and MVD

The Christopher Lee comedy Dracula and Son, the cult film Franky and his Pals, the horror film Footprints and the mystery thriller minseries Private Crimes are due on disc from Severin Films and MVD Entertainment Group Sept. 26.

Dracula and Son is available in a two-disc Blu-ray collection featuring the original director’s cut and the U.S. theatrical version. For his 10th and final screen appearance as Dracula, Christopher Lee starred — speaking fluent French — in this slyly ingenious 1976 horror comedy based on a novel by Claude Klotz (The Hairdresser’s Husband) and directed by Academy Award nominee Édouard Molinaro (La Cage Aux Folles). When the U.S. distributor re-cut and dubbed the film into a broad parody, it was deservedly met with universal disdain. Molinaro’s director’s cut can now be experienced for the first time ever in America, restored in 4K from the original negative with both French and English audio tracks. Bernard Menez (Day for Night), Marie-Hélène Breillat (Last Tango in Paris) and future writer/director Catherine Breillat (Anatomy of Hell) co-star in this satire featuring a score by Vladimir Cosma (Diva) and loaded with vintage and new special features. Special features include audio commentary with Christopher Lee biographer Jonathan Rigby and Hammer historian Kevin Lyons; audio commentary with Kat Ellinger, author of Daughters of Darkness; “Let the Son Shine in,” an interview with actor Bernard Menez; an archival French TV interview with Christopher Lee; “The Molinaro Tapes,” an archival audio interview with director Édouard Molinaro; “Who Was Claude Klotz?,” featuring filmmaker Patrice Leconte on his three-time co-writer and author of the novel Paris Vampire; an archival interview with Claude Klotz at a 1976 presentation of Dracula and Son in Marseille; a trailer; and a TV Spot.

Due on DVD is the cult film Franky and His Pals (1991). In the film, Franky, Drak, Wolfy, Mummy and Humper — the horny hunchback — descend on the small mining town of French Gulch in search of lost gold, but it’s Halloween night, and the monsters soon find themselves caught in the debaucherous festivities of the local townsfolk. Directed by veteran grindhouse and adult film producer Gerald Cormier (Terror Circus aka Barn of the Naked Dead, 101 Acts of Love) and seldom seen beyond the shelves of small-town video shops, this bizarro monster-comedy has finally been resurrected. Special features include “I’m Big Franky,” an interview with actor Eric Weathersbee; “It Wasn’t Me,” an interview with actor/FX artist Keith Lack; “Have You Seen My Wolfie?,” an interview with actor Shawn West; “The Band With No Name,” an interview with members of the Franky and His Pals party band; and the “Radio Beach” music video, featuring members of the Franky and His Pals party band.

The 1975 horror film Footprints is being released on Blu-ray in a two-disc set that includes the American and Italian versions. In this underseen giallo of the ’70s, Florinda Bolkan (A Lizard in a Woman’s Skin, Flavia the Heretic) stars as a freelance translator who wakes one morning missing all memory of her past three days. Will a trail of odd clues lead her to a place where perception and identity are never what they seem? Nicoletta Elmi (Deep Red), Evelyn Stewart (The Sweet Body of Deborah), Lila Kedrova (The Tenant) and Klaus Kinski co-star in this film also known as Footprints on the Moon and directed by Luigi Bazzoni (The Fifth Cord) with cinematography by three-time Oscar winner Vittorio Storaro (The Bird With the Crystal Plumage), now scanned in 4K from the original camera negative. Special features include an introduction by Kier-La Janisse, author of House of Psychotic Women; “To the Moon,” an interview with Actress Ida Galli; “Nicoletta Elmi: Italian Cinema’s Imp Ascendent,” a video essay by film scholars Alexandra Heller-Nicholas and Craig Martin; audio commentary for the Italian cut with film historian Kat Ellinger; “Light of the Moon,” an interview with cinematographer Vittorio Storaro; and the trailer.

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Finally, due on Blu-ray is the North American premiere of the Italian mystery thriller miniseries Private Crimes. Nearly 25 years after their gialli collaborations Your Vice Is a Locked Room and All the Colors of the Dark, star Edwige Fenech and director Sergio Martino reunited for this four-part,six-hour TV miniseries co-produced by Fenech through her company Immagine E Cinema. In the series, when a prominent businessman is found murdered, an ambitious newspaper reporter (Fenech) and a local police inspector (Ray Lovelock of Almost Human) uncover a bizarre web of small-town corruption, violence and dark secrets, with suspects that include Paolo Malco (The New York Ripper), Annie Girardot (Shock Treatment), Gabriele Ferzetti (The Psychic), Jacques Perrin (Z) and Alida Valli (Suspiria). The miniseries has been scanned in 2K from the original RAI-TV 16mm elements with special features created exclusively for this presentation. Special features include audio commentary for part one with Kat Ellinger, author of All the Colours of Sergio Martino; “Edwige, Queen of Giallo,” an interview with actor/producer Edwidge Fenech; and “Giallo in Lucca,” an interview with director Sergio Martino.

‘Extra Terrestrial Visitors,’ ‘Alien From the Abyss’ and Comedy Compilation Available on Blu-ray From MVD and Severin

The sci-fi fantasies Extra Terrestrial Visitors and Alien From the Abyss, as well as the comedy The Complete Comic Strip Presents … Channel 4 are available now on Blu-ray Disc from MVD Entertainment Group and Severin Films.

Available in its first authorized U.S. release is Alien From the Abyss (1989). For one of the final films of his career, director Antonio Margheriti (Castle of Blood, War of the Planets, Cannibal Apocalypse) headed to the Philippines to make a monster movie. In the film, when environmental activists attempt to expose an evil corporation (led by Charles Napier of Supervixens and Rambo: First Blood Part II fame) dumping nuclear waste into the local volcano, they’ll instead discover graphic gore, exploding miniatures and a rampaging full-scale kaiju-style creature. Luciano Pigozzi (Strike Commando) co-stars in the movie written by Tito Carpi (Raiders of Atlantis). Featuring the film scanned in 4K from the original negative, the release includes the following extras: the North American premiere of the 2013 documentary on Antonio Margheriti, The Outsiders — The Cinema of Antonio Margheriti, directed by his son Edoardo; “From the Center of the Earth,” an interview with Edoardo Margheriti; “Son of the Outsider,” an interview with The Outsider director Edoardo Margheriti; and the trailer.

Extra Terrestrial Visitors (1983) is getting a worldwide Blu-ray premiere of the restored director’s cut. From Juan Piquer Simón (writer/director of Pieces and Slugs) comes this French/Spanish co-production. In the E.T.-influenced film, when snorkel-nosed furry aliens arrive on Earth, they encounter a foggy wilderness filled with sociopathic poachers, Simón’s twisted vision of what an ’80s American rock band looks/sounds like, and the boy who befriends a blue-eyed extraterrestrial he names “Trumpy.” The release of the film, also known in various versions as Return of E.T., The Unearthling and Pod People, features a 4K scan from the 35 mm negative. Extras include The Simon’s Jigsaw — A Journey Into the Universe of Juan Piquer; “A Weekend in Hell,” an interview with actor Emilio Linder; “Composing the Cosmos,” an interview with soundtrack composer Librado Pastor; a private concert from Librado Pastor; alternate Pod People opening credits; and the soundtrack CD single.

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The Complete Comic Strip Presents … Channel 4 is getting its North American Blu-ray premiere. It features the pioneering ’80s comedy troupe — which included Rik Mayall, Adrian Edmondson, Dawn French, Nigel Planer, Peter Richardson and Jennifer Saunders — whose series of short films for Britain’s Channel 4 led directly to  “The Young Ones,” “Absolutely Fabulous” and the entire U.K. alt-comedy movement. The release includes all three seasons and five specials from “The Comic Strip on Channel 4,” including their legendary mockumentary Bad News Tour and its sequel More Bad News, featuring appearances by Lemmy, Ozzy Osbourne and Def Leppard; the classic Mr. Jolly Lives Next Door — scanned in 2K from a 16 mm print — directed by two-time Oscar nominee Stephen Frears; and more than four hours of special features including a new documentary.

Drama ‘Drowning by Numbers’ Due on Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD May 30 From Severin and MVD

The darkly comedic Drowning by Numbers (1988) will be released on Blu-ray Disc and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray, as well as Danza Macabra Volume One: The Italian Gothic Collection on Blu-ray, May 30 from Severin Films and MVD Entertainment Group.

In between his celebrated The Belly of an Architect and The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover, writer/director Peter Greenaway shocked/delighted international audiences with the slyly deranged black comedy Drowning by Numbers. Oscar nominee Dame Joan Plowright (Enchanted April), four-time BAFTA Award nominee Juliet Stevenson (Truly Madly Deeply) and two-time Golden Globe nominee Joely Richardson (The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo) star as three generations of women who murder their husbands. Bernard Hill (“The Lord of the Rings,” Titanic) co-stars. The release features a new 4K scan from the original negative personally supervised by Greenaway. Special features on 4K Ultra HD disc include audio commentary with Greenaway and the trailer. Special features on the Blu-ray (also included in the 4K release) include audio commentary with Greenaway; “Painting by Numbers,” an interview with Greenaway; “Three Women and a Coroner,” an interview with actor Bernard Hill; the archival featurette “Fear of Drowning”; some Greenaway game concepts; and the trailer.

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The four-film Danza Macabra Volume One: The Italian Gothic Collection celebrates a genre known for its castles, crypts and candelabras, but that also embraced themes of violence, madness and sexual deviance. In 1964’s The Monster of the Opera, director Renato Polselli and screenwriter Ernesto Gastaldi craft a surreal erotic shocker set within a contemporary dance troupe. Perhaps the genre’s rarest film, the berserk supernatural narrative of 1965’s The Seventh Grave also makes it among the strangest. For 1970’s Scream of the Demon Lover, director José Luis Merino gathers classic traditions, then strips them naked and ties them to a torture rack. And 1971’s Lady Frankenstein delivers iconic EuroCult talent on both sides of the camera for one of the most luridly entertaining shockers of the decade. The films in this collection are fully restored from their original negatives, with 12-plus collective hours of special features.

Horror Titles ‘Birdemic 3: Sea Eagle’ and ‘Wings of Disaster: The Birdemic Trilogy’ Due on Disc April 4 From Severin and MVD

The horror series Wings of Disaster: The Birdemic Trilogy and the third film in the franchise, Birdemic 3: Sea Eagle, are headed to disc April 4 from Severin Films and MVD Entertainment Group.

Writer/director James Nguyen goes back to basics to complete his action-adventure eco-terror vision in Birdemic 3: Sea Eagle, due on Blu-ray and DVD. In the film, when global warming triggers climate chaos along the Northern California coast, two scientific researchers discover tender romance, sudden wealth, awkward dancing, appalling CGI, space elevators, automatic weapons and a plague of sea eagle attacks that could lead to the extinction of life on Earth. Ryan Lord and Julia Culbert star, along with the return of Alan Bagh and the musical stylings of Damien Carter. Special features include an intro by Nguyen; audio commentary with Nguyen; audio commentary with cast members Ryan Lord, Julia Culbert and Alan Bagh; audio commentary with Birdemic 2: The Resurrection background actor/four-time “Jeopardy” champion Andy Wood and his neighbor Tony; festival highlights; and the trailer.

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Also due on Blu-ray is the complete trilogy. In 2010, writer/producer/director/software salesman Nguyen’s groundbreaking Birdemic: Shock and Terror soon became a global phenomenon. In 2013 Nguyen returned with his biggest budget to date for Birdemic 2: The Resurrection, never-before available on Blu-ray and exclusive to this collection. For the first time ever, Wings of Disaster: The Birdemic Trilogy gathers Nguyen’s complete avian epic on three discs with more than 13 hours of special features.

1973 Dario Argento Film ‘The Five Days’ Headed to 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray March 28 From MVD and Severin

The 1973 Dario Argento-directed drama The Five Days will be released on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray and Blu-ray Disc March 28 from MVD Entertainment Group and Severin Films.

Set during the 1848 five-day siege of Milan by the Austrian army, the film follows a cynical thief (pop star Adriano Celentano) who teams with a naïve young baker (Enzo Cerusico of The Dead Are Alive!) to survive the brutality and absurdity of the Italian Revolution. Marilù Tolo (The Scorpion With Two Tales), Glauco Onorato (Black Sabbath) and Salvatore Baccaro (The Beast in Heat) co-star in this dark action-comedy that reflected turbulent ’70s Italy and Argento’s own politics, from a story co-written by Enzo Ungari (The Last Emperor) and Luigi Cozzi (Paganini Horror) with a score by Giorgio Gaslini (Deep Red), now scanned in 4K from the original negative with more than four and a half hours of new special features.

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Special features include audio commentary with Troy Howarth, author of Murder by Design: The Unsane Cinema Of Dario Argento, and Mondo Digital’s Nathaniel Thompson; “Talkin’ ‘Bout a Revolution,” an interview with director Dario Argento; “The Battle for Freedom,” an interview with screenwriter Luigi Cozzi; an interview with executive producer Claudio Argento; “An Italian Story, ” an interview with actress Carla Tatò; “Home Delivery,” an interview with actress Luisa De Santis; “174 Years Ago,” an interview with production manager Angelo Iacono; Dario Argento: The Man, The Myths & The Magic author Alan Jones on the film; the trailer; and TV spots.

Mel Gibson Film ‘Attack Force Z’ Due on Blu-ray March 28 From MVD and Severin

The 1981 Australian World War II action film Attack Force Z, starring Mel Gibson, will be released on Blu-ray Disc March 28 from MVD Entertainment Group and Severin Films.

In one of his earliest film roles, Gibson stars with Sam Neill (Jurassic Park) and John Phillip Law (Danger, Diabolik) in the true story of Z Special Force, WWII’s top-secret Pacific commando unit. In the film, when an American fighter jet crashes on an island held by the Japanese, a five-man Z Force assault team launches a daring mission of courage, carnage and desperate jungle warfare to rescue the survivors. Chris Haywood (Razorback), John Waters (Breaker Morant) and Sylvia Chang (“Mad Mission” series) co-star in the complete version of this 1981 Australia/Taiwan co-production directed by Ozploitation veteran Tim Burstall (Alvin Purple), written by Roger Marshall (And Now the Screaming Starts) and edited by David Stiven (The Road Warrior), scanned in 2K from the original negative at the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia.

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Special features include “The Z Men Debriefed,” featuring interviews with executive producer John McCallum and actors John Waters and Chris Haywood; a photo gallery; and the trailer.