Every classic sci-fi, fantasy and supernatural horror Blu-ray coming in July 2017

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Jul 5, 2017, 9:20 PM EDT

Greetings, friends. As you can see, it is July of 2017. It's a time for barbecue (or "bbq," if you're a some kind of abbreviation-obsessed monster). But I would say also, as always, it's a time to crack open a beer, sit on the couch and watch a bunch of old movies that have been re-released on the old Blu-ray.

Good news: It's another great month for exactly that. But before we get to my top picks (and the full release schedule), I do want to address some common comments I get about this monthly Blu-ray feature. Here's a quick FAQ:

Q: Why are there so many horror movies on these lists?

A: Because the companies that re-release films love horror movies. Also, a lot of schlocky stuff is horror. Whether it's drive-in fare, VHS stuff, direct-to-DVD or even theatrical releases. A lot of cult cinema is horror. So that's why there's usually more from that genre than science fiction or fantasy.

Q: Why do you call all these movies classics? They are not all classics, friend-o.

A: Well, one person's garbage is another person's treasure. I can't say these are all personal favorites, but all of them have fans. And a lot of them are cult movies in the making because this is the first time they've been, ya know, actually watchable.

Q: Why didn't you include a specific movie that is coming out this month?

A: There are a lot of possibilities, honestly. Maybe the release was announced last minute. Or maybe a release was delayed and I'd already mentioned it in a previous feature. Or maybe I forgot? I'm only human, gang.

FAQ ended. Now is the time for video. Here are my picks for the top 5 must-own classics on the Blu this month.

And here be the full crop for all y'all completionists out there, who just gotta catch 'em all.


Species (1995) Shout Factory

Release Date: July 11, 2017

Synopsis:When a beautiful human-alien hybrid (Natasha Henstridge) escapes from observation, scientist Xavier Fitch (Ben Kingsley) dispatches a crew of experts to find her before she is able to fulfill her horrific purpose: to mate with unsuspecting men and produce offspring that could destroy mankind. As her deadly biological clock ticks rapidly, Fitch and his team are hurled into a desperate battle in which the fate of humanity itself hangs in the balance!

Special Features: new 4K scan of the film’s inter-positive; audio commentary with Natasha Henstridge, Michael Madsen and director Roger Donaldson; audio commentary with director Roger Donaldson, make-up effects creator Steve Johnson, visual effects supervisor Richard Edlund and producer Frank Mancuso Jr.; new Afterbirth: The Evolution of Species featuring interviews with director Roger Donaldson, cinematographer Andzej Bartkowiak, production designer John Muto, composer Christopher Young, creature designer Steve Johnson, chrysalis supervisor Billy Bryan and “Sil” creature supervisor Norman Cabrera; From Sil To Eve – an interview with actress Natasha Henstridge; Engineering Life; HR Giger At Work; The Making Of Species: The Origin, The Concept, The Discovery; Designing A Hybrid; theatrical trailer; alternate ending; photo galleries (production design, creature designs, film stills, behind the scenes photos, posters and lobby cards).


The Man From Planet X (1951) Shout Factory

Release Date: July 11, 2017

Synopsis: After a ship from a distant world lands on the moors of Scotland, intrepid reporter John Lawrence (Robert Clarke, The Hideous Sun Demon) and the brilliant Professor Elliot (Raymond Bond) set out to investigate. Their journey brings them face to face with the ship’s pilot: an alien from a dying planet that pleads for their aid. But Elliot’s unscrupulous colleague Dr. Mears (William Schallert, The Patty Duke Show) has other plans entirely for the interplanetary visitor: plans that could decide the fate of two worlds.

Special Features: new High-Definition transfer taken from a fine grain-print; commentary by author Tom Weaver and film historian Dr. Robert J. Kiss; theatrical trailer; image gallery.


Star Crystal (1986) Kino Lorber

Release Date: July 11, 2017

Synopsis: In the year 2035, scientists discovered a new life form ... they wish they hadn't. It was found during a routine expedition to Mars, buried just beneath the surface of the angry red planet. But what was initially thought to be just a curiously shaped rock turned out to be something much more: Hidden within was an unknown alien species unlike any that science had ever encountered. And it has escaped. Now, after the catastrophic destruction of their orbital space station, the ragtag crew of Shuttlecraft SC37 is adrift in space with limited oxygen, dwindling supplies and one very unwelcome guest. It is lethal. It is cunning. And it is growing larger and more intelligent with every horrific kill. With time running out, the surviving crew members must regain control of their doomed spaceship from an evolving alien predator who will stop at nothing to destroy them all ... and to protect the startling secret that throbs deep inside the Star Crystal.

Special Features: reversible Blu-ray art; original theatrical trailer; optional English SDH subtitles.


Star Slammer: The Escape (1986) Kino Lorber

Release Date: July 11, 2017

Synopsis: Far into the future ... a war rages on a distant, desolate planet. Taura (Sandy Brooke, Terror on Alcatraz), a voluptuous Amazonian beauty, finds herself mounting a battle against the forces of evil when she tangles with Bantor (Ross Hagen, The Hellcats), a sadistic government official. Soon she is sentenced to hard labor aboard the prison ship Star Slammer and must prove herself to her young female cellmates before earning their respect and leading them in a daring prison break. With every turn, Taura faces new dangers as she must outwit the sex-starved warden, out-tough the tyrannical trustee and battle jagger rats, astro zombies and alien monsters. She leads her small army into a space war that will bring their salvation or their final doom. Both a comedy and a sci-fi adventure packed with action and stunning special effects, Star Slammer takes you on a fun-filled ride to the edge of the universe!

Special Features: Audio commentary by director Fred Olen Ray; original trailers; optional English SDH subtitles.


The Night of the Sorcerers /The Loreley's Grasp (1974) Shout Factory

Release Date: July 18, 2017

Synopsis: The Night of the Sorcerers: A group of explorers arrive in Africa to study the wildlife in the same area where a brutal native ritual occurred in 1910. All is tranquil until night falls and distant drumming draws one of the female members of the group to investigate the jungle. From there, a nightmare will be awakened ... a nightmare of zombie natives and scantily clad vampire women who prowl the moonlight jungle in search of fresh blood and more victims to sacrifice.

The Loreley's Grasp: In a town by the Rhine river, young women are turning up dead ... savagely torn to pieces and their hearts missing. Concerned that whatever beast is doing these horrible murders will end up attacking the female students, a nearby school for women hires a hunter to find and kill the creature. The hunter will soon find out that this is no ordinary beast that craves human hearts, but rather a deceptive, alluring and mysterious being (The Loreley) who is already looking for another heart to use in a gruesome ancient ritual.


Warlock (1989/1993/1999) Vestron Video

Release Date: July 25, 2017

Synopsis: Vestron Video Collectors Edition packaging. 2-disc, 3-film set! All Warlock films in one package! Restored and remastered never before on Blu-ray. Packed with amazing special features for all three films, including audio commentaries, isolated score selections, interviews, TV spots, still galleries, making-of featurettes and more!

Special Features:

Warlock: new audio commentary with director Steve Miner; new isolated score selections/audio interview with author Jeff Bond; new interviews; “Satan’s Son” with actor Julian Sands; “The Devil’s Work” with director Steve Miner; “Effects of Evil” with make-up effects creators Carl Fullerton and Neal Martz; behind-the-scenes footage; vintage interview segments with cast and crew; vintage featurette with make-up effects creators Carl Fullerton and Neal Martz; vintage featurette with visual effects supervisors Patrick Read Johnson and Robert Habros, animation supervisor Mauro Maressa and matte artist Robert Scifo; theatrical trailer; video trailer; TV spots; still gallery.

Warlock: The Armageddon: new audio commentary with director Anthony Hickox; vintage making-of featurette; behind-the-scenes footage; extended vintage interview segments with actor Julian Sands, director Anthony Hickox and actress Paula Marshall; theatrical trailer; TV spots; still gallery.

Warlock III: The End of Innocence: behind-the-scenes footage; vintage interview segments with cast and crew; trailer; video sales promo; still gallery.


Re-Animator (1985) Arrow Video

Synopsis: When medical student Dan Cain (Bruce Abbott) advertises for a roommate, he soon finds one in the form of Dr. Herbert West (Jeffrey Combs). Initially a little eccentric, it soon becomes clear that West entertains some seriously outlandish theories, specifically the possibility of re-animating the dead. It's not long before Dan finds himself under West's influence, and embroiled in a series of ghoulish experiments which threaten to go wildly out of control.

Special Features: 4K restorations of the Unrated and Integral versions of the film, High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation, original Stereo 2.0 and 5.1 Audio, optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing, Digipak packaging featuring newly commissioned artwork by Justin Erickson, collector's booklet featuring new writing on the film by writer Michael Gingold, Re-Animator -- the original 1991 comic book adaptation -- reprinted in its entirety; audio commentary with director Stuart Gordon; audio commentary with producer Brian Yuzna, actors Jeffrey Combs, Barbara Crampton, Bruce Abbott and Robert Sampson; Re-Animator Resurrectus documentary on the making of the film, featuring extensive interviews with cast and crew; interview with director Stuart Gordon and producer Brian Yuzna; interview with writer Dennis Paoli; interview with composer Richard Band; music discussion with composer Richard Band; interview with former Fangoria editor Tony Timpone; Barbara Crampton In Conversation -- the Re-Animator star sits down with journalist Alan Jones for this career-spanning discussion; deleted and extended Scenes; trailer & TV spots; Integral version [105 mins]; A Guide to Lovecraftian Cinema brand-new featurette looking at the many various cinematic incarnations of writer H.P. Lovecraft's work


Batman: Mask of the Phantasm (1993) Warner Bros Archives

Release Date: July 25, 2017

Synopsis: When the city’s most feared gangsters are systematically eliminated, the Caped Crusader is blamed. But prowling the Gotham knight is a shadowy new villain, the Phantasm, a sinister figure with some link to Batman’s past. Can the Dark Knight elude the police, capture the Phantasm and clear his own name?


Beyond the Darkness (1979) Severin Films

Release Date: July 25, 2017

Synopsis: It has been denounced as "revolting" (SplatterDay.com), "stomach-churning" (Classic-Horror.com) and "shower-prompting" (Fandor), while simultaneously acclaimed as "bone-chilling" (Chas Balun), "truly classic" (The Spinning Image) and "a must-see" (Horror.com). Now experience "D'Amato's masterpiece" (BloodyDisgusting.com) as you've never seen or heard it before: Cinzia Monreale (The Beyond) and Franca Stoppi (The Other Hell) star in this psycho sickie -- set to a pounding score by Goblin.

Special Features: Joe D'Amato: The Horror Experience; The Omega Woman: Interview With Actress Franca Stoppi (17 Minutes); Goblin Reborn perform Buio Omega Live 2016; locations revisited; Sick Love - An Interview With Actress Cinzia Monreale; trailer; CD soundtrack Blu-ray exclusive.