Did you know that movies and TV shows still come out on physical discs?! I KNOW. So 1996, right? Anyway, haha, laugh track, but seriously folks, Blu-rays deserve your respect. Not only do they tend to come packed with commentary tracks, deleted scenes and interviews just like the DVD do, but they also have stunning video with up to a 4K transfer plus uncompressed audio tracks. So clear. Much clarity. Overused meme. WOW.
And for those of us who want to enjoy our media at its best, Blu-ray is still pretty neat. And what's super-extra neat is all the classic movies and shows that get to look brand-spanking new again on Blu-ray. Just think of all the movies you watched on VHS as a kid, then remember what tracking is, and now imagine that Blu-ray means those movies can look BEAUTIFUL without the turning of knobs or pressing of buttons.
That's reality. Welcome. Take off your shoes, though, you'll track in the mud. Okay, leave 'em by the door. It's okay that your feet are stinky. Mine, too. Mine tooooooooo.
Anyway. It's February in the year of our Lord 2017, and that means new Blu-rays! What's coming out? So glad you asked. Here's a lovely video just for you.
And just because we love you almost as much as we love Blu-rays of weird, old movies, here's a full list of every movie, plus full descriptions.
February 7, 2017
The follow-up to Jess Franco's career-launching film The Awful Dr. Orloff, Dr. Orloff's Monster is a modern gothic thriller injected with moments of perverse eroticism, science fiction and smoky jazz. When Melissa (Agnés Spaak) returns to her ancestral home to claim her inheritance, she finds that the castle is filled with strange characters and dark secrets. Governing the crumbling manor is a diabolical scientist, Dr. Conrad Jekyll (Marcelo Arroita-Jáuregui), who uses high-frequency mind control to command an undead henchman (Hugo Blanco) to perform a series of vicious murders. When a dry-witted detective (Pastor Serrador) and Melissa's suitor (Pepe Rubio) trace the crimes back to Jekyll's castle, they realize the only way to trap the zombie is to use Melissa as bait.
Special Features: French soundtrack with optional English subtitles; English language soundtrack,; Audio commentary by film historian Tim Lucas; Eleven minutes of alternate, more sexually explicit footage; French theatrical trailer; Italian theatrical trailer.
Quantum Leap: The Complete Series
Feburary 7, 2017
Get ready for an adventure of many lifetimes with the ground-breaking sci-fi classic, Quantum Leap. With the complete series box set, you can now leap through all 95 thrilling episodes over five seasons of this Primetime Emmy® Award-winning series back-to-back and uninterrupted!
Join Dr. Sam Beckett (Scott Bakula), a time traveler lost in time, who temporarily leaps into the bodies and lives of other people to put right what once went wrong. Accompanied by Al (Dean Stockwell), a wise-cracking holograph that only Sam can see and hear, Sam twists the hands of fate with each heart-pounding, action-packed adventure in the hopes that he can someday complete the mission that will take him home.
One Million Years BC
February 14, 2017
Brand New 4K Restoration! In this vivid view of prehistoric life, a man from the vicious Rock People, Tumak (John Richardson, Black Sunday) is banished from his home but soon finds himself living among the kind, gentle Shell People. There, he falls in love with the beautiful Loana (Raquel Welch, in the role that made her an international sex symbol and a major star). The two decide to strike out on their own, living by their wits in a deadly land of treacherous beasts and unknown dangers, leading to a thrilling climax by the edge of an angry volcano. The stunning primeval creatures were created by the legendary special effects wizard Ray Harryhausen.
One Million Years B.C., a true science-fiction classic, was directed by Don Chaffey (Jason and the Argonauts) and features a strong supporting cast that included Martine Beswick (Thunderball), Robert Brown (The Living Daylights), Percy Herbert (Too Late the Hero) and Yvonne Horner (Prehistoric Women). The 100-minute international cut and the 91-minute U.S. cut are both included on this Blu-ray.
Special Features: 4K Restoration of the 91-minute U.S. cut; Audio Commentary by Film Historian Tim Lucas; In the Valley of the Dinosaurs: Interview with Star Raquel Welch; An Interview with SFX Legend Ray Harryhausen; Interview with Actress Martine Beswick; Animated Montage of Posters and Images; Trailers.
Suddenly in the Dark
February 14, 2017
A woman's idyllic middle-class life is disrupted when her husband brings home a beautiful young orphan to be their maid. At first she welcomes the pretty girl, in fact seems strangely fixated on her, but soon comes to suspect the girl of having an affair with her husband. At the same time, odd, unexplained incidents - most involving the maid's mysterious wooden doll - begin to make her question her own sanity. Soon it all spirals out of control and the film climaxes in a fever pitch of sexual jealousy, murder and supernatural vengeance, all set to a pounding synth score.
Almost completely unknown outside its home country, Suddenly in the Dark is one of the best examples of pre-millennial K-horror. It was made at a time when censorship laws were being liberalized, igniting a boom in horror and erotic films. Elements of both are present here, directed with bizarre flair by Go Yeong-nam in a style often compared to the wilder Italian films of the '70s and '80s.
Mondo Macabro is proud to present this classic of Korean horror on Blu-ray for the first time anywhere in the world. Our presentation has been restored from the best available elements from the Korean Film Archive and features brand-new extras produced exclusively for this release.
Special Features: Interview with producer David Suh; Interview with critic Kim Bong-seok; Korean Cover Cavalcade; Newly created English subtitles.
February 21, 2017
The United States gave motorcycle-mad cinemagoers Easy Rider, The Wild One and The Wild Angels. The United Kingdom gave them Psychomania, the tale of zombie bikers run amok is southern England.
The Living Dead are a delinquent biker gang, fond of causing havoc on British roadways and making out in graveyards. Gang leader Tom (Nicky Henson) also has a Satanist for a mother, and when he discovers the secret of immortality, the name of his motley crew takes on a more literal meaning ...
Directed by Hammer veteran Don Sharp (The Kiss of the Vampire, The Devil-Ship Pirates) and co-starring Beryl Reid (Dr. Phibes Rises Again) and George Sanders (Village of the Damned), Psychomania is a wonderfully offbeat gem, outlandish and eccentric in equal measure.
Special Features: 2K restoration from preservation negatives, High Definition (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentations; Original 1.0 mono audio (uncompressed on the Blu-ray); Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing; Brand-new interview with star Nicky Henson, Return of the Living Dead; an archive featurette containing interviews actors Henson, Mary Larkin, Denis Gilmore, Roy Holder and Rocky Taylor; Sound of Psychomania, an archive interview with composer John Cameron Riding Free; an archive interview with Riding Free singer Harvey Andrews; Hell for Leather, a brand-new featurette on the company who supplied the film's costumes; Remastering Psychomania, a look at the film's restoration from the original 35mm black and white separation masters.
Febraury 28, 2017
Newly Re-mastered in 3D and HD! A freighter peacefully glides the still waters of a soft Pacific night; their cargo: a recently captured 36-foot ape. A giant fist comes up through the deck sending the sailors sprawling -- and, in a matter of seconds, the A*P*E (Attacking Primate monster) is loose! After battling a very large snake and a giant white shark, A*P*E defies the JAWS of the great white and is the victor.
Later, an American actress (Joanna Kerns, TV's Growing Pains) arrives in South Korea to appear in a film, at the same time, A*P*E has also arrived and lays waste the city of Inchon and continues his march forward, destroying everything in his path!
Paul Leder (I Dismember Mama) co-wrote and directed this cult classic that needs to be seen to be believed. Co-starring Hollywood veteran Alex Nicol (The Man From Laramie, The Screaming Skull), A*P*E is presented in both 2-D and 3D formats (3D viewing requires a compatible television and Blu-ray player).
Special Features: Audio Commentary by Horror Cinema Historian Chris Alexander.
February 28, 2017
Your favorite nightmares come to life in a salute to the age-old bedtime story ritual. Travel on a mysterious journey to a medieval world populated by blood-crazed witches, evil experiments and captive maidens. Then from the catacombs and dark caverns of medieval Europe, you'll plunge into modern suburbia and the adventures of a female jogger stalked by a savage werewolf. Finally, sensuality will become macabre black comedy as you follow the trail of three bank robbers who share their country house hideaway with a sweet murderess.
Special Features: Hi-Def transfer from the original negative; audio commentary with co-writer/director Jeffrey Delma; Like the Grotesque – An Interview with Co-writer/Director Jeffrey Delman; Interviews with actors Cathryn de Prume, Melissa Leo and Scott Valentine; The Black Forest – An Alternate Cut of the First Story; Deleted Scenes; Theatrical Trailers; Stills Gallery.
February 28, 2017
When a prominent politician and a beautiful young woman vanish inside a London subway station, Scotland Yard's Inspector Calhoun (Donald Pleasence) investigates and makes a horrifying discovery: not only did a group of 19th century tunnel workers survive a cave-in, but they lived for years in a secret underground enclave by consuming the flesh of their own dead. Now the lone descendant of this grisly tribe has surfaced, prowling the streets for fresh victims … and a new mate.
February 28, 2017
The removal of an old tree in a suburban resident's backyard reveals a large, mysterious hole that turns out to be an underground chamber of terrifying, demonic evil.
Special Features: Audio Commentary with Director Tibor Takacs, Writer Michael Nankin, and Special Effects Designer & Supervisor Randall William Cook; Audio Commentary with Special Effects Designer & Supervisor Randall William Cook, Special Make-up Effects Artist Craig Reardon, Special Effects Artist Frank Carere, and Matte Photographer Bill Taylor; Isolated Score Selections and Audio Interview with Composers Michael Hoenig and J. Peter Robinson; THE GATE: Unlocked -- A Conversation between Director Tibor Takacs and Special Effects Designer & Supervisor Randall William Cook; Minion Maker -- An interview with Special Make-up Effects Artist Craig Reardon; From Hell It Came -- An Interview with Co-Producer Andras Hamori; The Workman Speaks! -- An Interview with Actor Carl Kraines; Made In Canada -- A series of interviews with many of the local Toronto-based cast & crew including Production Manager Robert Wertheimer, Costume Designer Trysha Bakker, Third Assistant Director Kathleen Meade, ''Minion'' Performer Jonathan Llyr, Actor Scot Denton, and Post-Production Supervisor H. Gordon Woodside; From Hell: The Creatures & Demons of THE GATE with Randall William Cook and Craig Reardon; The Gatekeepers with Tibor Takacs and Michael Nankin; Vintage Featurette: Making of THE GATE; Teaser Trailer, Theatrical Trailers and TV Spot; Stills Gallery, Behind-The-Scenes Still Gallery.