2016 was the year physical media enthusiasts and schlocky, old genre movie enthusiasts loved each other very much and made a baby. And that baby also made babies and those babies were Blu-rays. This metaphor went off the rails real quick, huh? Maybe I should have gone with a flower/spore analogy instead? That still would've involved sexy times, but flower sexy times instead of mammal-type.
Do you want to just hear about the movies that came out this month? Here are my Top 5 housed in a very shiny video. Watch it and, then -- wait. What? Could it be? A complete list of everything coming out along with special features?! You should probably check that out, too. Just my recommendation. I am a professional.
A group of film students plan an all-night horror film festival in order to raise funds for their cinema club. They decide to show a number of (fictional) horror films from the 1950s that rely on gimmicks such as 3-D, "Odorama" and electrical buzzers in seats. Unbeknownst to the group, a homicidal maniac is stalking the theater where the festival is being held. A filmmaker named Lanyard Gates, who murdered his family during a screening of his only film in the 1970s, supplies the decoy killer character, since young Maggie may or may not be his missing daughter ...
Special Features: All-New 2K Scan of an Archival 35mm Interpositive; All-New Blu-ray 7.1 Surround Sound Mix Supervised by Synapse Films (Original 2.0 Stereo Mix Included); All-New 5.1 Surround Mix for DVD; Audio Commentary with director Mark Herrier, stars Jill Schoelen, Malcolm Danare, and special makeup effects artist Mat Falls; Midnight Madness: The Making of Popcorn featuring interviews with director Mark Herrier, stars Jill Schoelen, Derek Rydall, Dee Wallace, Malcolm Danare, Ivette Soler and Elliott Hurst, special makeup effects artist Mat Falls, composer Paul Zaza and distributor executive Jonathan Wolf (55 mins, HD); Electric Memories – An Interview with actor Bruce Glover; Original Theatrical Trailer, Television Trailer and TV Spots, Still Gallery, Liner Notes and Cover Copy from Michael Gingold, English Subtitles for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, cover art by Justin Osbourn/Slasher Design.
Mill Creek Entertainment
In today's world of modern conveniences, everything we rely on is run by electricity. But what happens if the power we take for granted turns against us? Old man Holger (Charles Tyner) knows. He claims electricity is a living presence, whose voice can only be silenced by getting rid of anything that can hear it. Bill Rockland (Cliff De Young), however, refuses to believe him. It must have been an accident when an electric spark ruptured the gas pipe that nearly killed Bill's son (Joey Lawrence). And it's surely a coincidence when his wife (Roxanne Hart) is severely scalded by their electric water heater. But when his own power tools attack him and an electrical fire turns their home into a blazing inferno, Bill realizes Holger may have been right after all, and perhaps the time has come to finally pull the plug.
Firestarter: Collector's Edition
Firestarter, based on the unforgettable best-seller by esteemed horror author Stephen King, chronicles the extraordinary life of Charlene 'Charlie' McGee. Eight-year-old Drew Barrymore stars as the child who has the amazing ability to start fires with just a glance. Can her psychic power and the love of her father save her from the threatening government agency, 'The Shop,' which wants to control her … or destroy her? Filled with blazing special effects and featuring an all-star cast including Martin Sheen, Heather Locklear, Art Carney, Louise Fletcher and George C. Scott, Firestarter is directed by Mark L. Lester (Class of 1999, Commando) and driven by a pulsating, thrilling score from Tangerine Dream (Legend, Sorcerer, Risky Business).
Special Features: 2K scan of the interpositive film element; Audio commentary with director Mark L. Lester; Playing with Fire: The Making of Firestarter – featuring interviews with director Mark L. Lester, actors Freddie Jones and Drew Snyder, stuntman/actor Dick Warlock and Johannes Schmoelling of Tangerine Dream; Tangerine Dream: Movie Music Memories – an interview with Johannes Schmoelling and exclusive performance of "Charlie's Theme" by Johannes Schmoelling of Tangerine Dream; Theatrical Trailers, Radio Spot, Still Gallery
A collector of esoterica, Dr. Maitland (Peter Cushing), buys an unusual skull from his ordinary source of artifacts. The skull is what remains of marquis De Sade. Much too soon he discovers how the skull affects him: by turning him into a frenzied killer ...
Special Features: Audio Commentary by film historian Tim Lucas; Jonathan Rigby on The Skull featurette; Kim Newman on The Skull featurette; Trailers From Hell with Joe Dante; Reversible Blu-ray Art, Trailers, Optional English SDH subtitles.
The Man Who Could Cheat Death
Dr. Georges Bonnet has figured out a way to live forever. All he needs are the glands of some very unwilling donors! Anton Diffring stars as the mad doctor in this chilling Hammer Horror classic. As he struggles against the inevitable icy grip of death, the doctor begins a descent into madness that threatens to destroy the laws of nature and the lives of those he lusts after. It's up to horror legend Christopher Lee to stop his unholy quest before it takes a final deadly turn!
Special Features: Audio Commentary by film historian Troy Howarth; Interview with critic and novelist Kim Newman; Interview with author and historian Jonathan Rigby; Trailer Gallery, Optional English SDH subtitles.
RoboCop 2 pits two unstoppable cyborgs against each other in a battle to the death! When Detroit's decent into chaos is further compounded by a police department strike and a new designer drug called 'Nuke,' only RoboCop can stop the mayhem. But in his way are an evil corporation that profits from Motor City crime and a bigger and tougher cyborg with a deadly directive: Take out RoboCop. Containing the latest gadgetry and weaponry as well as the mind of the madman who designed Nuke, this new cyborg isn't just more sophisticated than his predecessor ... he's psychotic and out of control! And it's going to take everything RoboCop has – maybe even his life – to save Detroit from complete and utter anarchy. Starring Peter Weller, Belinda Bauer, John Glover, Nancy Allen and Dan O'Herlihy.
Special Features: 2K scan of the interpositive; Audio Commentary with author/CG supervisor Paul M. Sammon; Audio Commentary with the makers of "RoboDoc: The Creation of RoboCop" documentary – Gary Smart, Chris Griffiths and Eastwood Allen; Corporate Wars: The Making of ROBOCOP 2 – featuring new and vintage interviews with director Irvin Kershner, producer Jon Davidson, cast members Tom Noonan, Nancy Allen, Galyn Görg, executive producer Patrick Crowley, associate producer Phil Tippett, cinematographer Mark Irwin and author/CG supervision Paul M. Sammon; Machine Parts: The FX of ROBOCOP 2 – featuring Phil Tippett, Peter Kuran, Craig Hayes, Jim Aupperle, Kirk Thatcher, Paul Gentry, Don Waller, Justin Kohn, Randal Dutra and Kevin Kutchaver; Robo-Fabricator – an interview with RoboCop armor fabricator James Belohovek; Adapting Frank Miller's ROBOCOP 2 – an interview with comic book writer Steven Grant; OCP Declassified – a collection of rare archival production and behind-the-scenes videos including interviews with director Irvin Kershner, actors Peter Weller, Dan O'Herlihy and a look at the filming of some deleted scenes; Theatrical Trailer, Teaser Trailers, TV Spots, Deleted Scenes Still Gallery, Still Galleries (behind-the-scenes photos, stills, posters and lobby cards).
He's Back … To Lay Down the Law! It's Megacop vs. Megacorp when Detroit's cyborg crime-fighter hits the streets to protect the innocent – this time from corporate greed! When the ruthless corporation that runs Motor City begins kicking families out of their homes to clear space for a profitable new real estate project, RoboCop (Robert John Burke) joins with a renegade band of freedom fighters to save them. But RoboCop must face some deadly foes, including a lethally efficient android and a dangerous gang of thugs. RoboCop's latest arsenal of high-tech weaponry only somewhat evens the battlefield, as this lone superhero takes on the entire army of corporate militia in an all-out war to control Detroit! This last film in the trilogy is directed by cult filmmaker Fred Dekker (The Monster Squad, Night of the Creeps). Also starring Nancy Allen, Rip Torn, Mako, John Castle, and CCH Pounder.
Special Features: Audio Commentary with director Fred Dekker; Audio Commentary with the makers of "RoboDoc: The Creation of RoboCop" documentary – Gary Smart, Chris Griffiths and Eastwood Allen; Delta City Shuffle: The Making of RoboCop 3 featuring director Fred Dekker, actors Nancy Allen, Bruce Locke, producer Patrick Crowley, cinematographer Gary Kibbe and production designer Hilda Stark; Robo-Vision: The FX of RoboCop 3 featuring Peter Kuran, Phil Tippett, Craig Hayes, Kevin Kutchaver and Paul Gentry; The Corporate Ladder – an interview with actor Felton Perry; Training Otomo – an interview with actor Bruce Locke and martial arts trainer Bill Ryusaki; War Machine – an interview with RoboCop gun fabricator James Belohovek; Theatrical Trailer, Still Gallery.
Romance is the most powerful spell of all ... or so one teenager learns in this fun teen fantasy starring Robyn Lively (Chicago Hope), Zelda Rubinstein (the Poltergeist trilogy), Dan Gauthier (Beverly Hills, 90210) and Dick Sargent (Bewitched). Filled with sweet-natured comedy and supernatural appeal, Teen Witch will work its magic on you!
Louise (Lively) is a shy misfit with a huge crush on -- and no chance of dating - Brad (Gauthier), the hunky star of the high school football team. And when Louise discovers on her 16th birthday that she's descended from Salem witches, she uses her newfound powers to become the most popular girl on campus! But when sparks fly between her and Brad, how can she be sure it's true love ... and that he's not simply spellbound?
Special Features: Audio commentary with stars Robyn Lively, Joshua Miller, Dan Gauthier and Mandy Ingber; On-camera interviews with stars Lively, Gauthier, Ingber, and Lisa Fuller; On-camera interview with the Weir Brothers; Original Trailer.
The Phantasm Collection
Well Go USA
This six-disc collection features all five frightening films in the series – Phantasm: Remastered (1979), Phantasm II (1988), Phantasm III: Lord of the Dead (1994), Phantasm IV: Oblivion (1998) and the most recent installment Phantasm: Ravager (2016). In all five films in Don Coscarelli's iconic series, Mike (Michael Baldwin) faces off against a mysterious grave robber known only as the Tall Man (Angus Scrimm) and his lethal arsenal of deadly spheres.
A rediscovered gem newly restored by the 3-D Film Archive, September Storm is a CinemaScope Stereovision adventure that plunges the viewer into the depths of the Balearic Sea, off the coast of Spain. Mark Stevens stars as a treasure hunter who convinces a yacht hand (Asher Dann) to take him and his cohort (Robert Strauss) on a quest for gold doubloons. They encounter many spectacles along the way: a violent storm, man-eating sharks, a deadly man o' war ... but perhaps the most stunning sight of all is the bewitching model (Joanne Dru) who embarks on the journey with them. Director Bryan Haskin (The War of the Worlds, Robinson Crusoe on Mars) uses the 3-D camera to maximum effect, while hardboiled writer W.R. Burnett (The Asphalt Jungle, Little Caesar) injects the screenplay liberal doses of seduction and betrayal.
Special Features: Interview by 3-D SPACE with September Storm co-star Asher Dann (2017); Color theatrical trailer for the flat 1960 release; Black-and-white 60-second TV spot for the 1960 3-D release, The Adventures of Sam Space, aka Space Attack, a comedy short originally screened with September Storm; Harmony Lane, a previously lost British short from 1953; Archival interview by Tony Sloman with Harmony Lane director Lewish Gilbert (1995).
Z.P.G. (short for Zero Population Growth) is a 1972 Danish-American dystopian science fiction film starring Oliver Reed and Geraldine Chaplin and directed by Michael Campus. It is inspired by the non-fiction best-selling book The Population Bomb by Paul R. Ehrlich. The film concerns an overpopulated future Earth, whose world government executes those who violate a 30-year ban on having children. Filmed in Denmark, the film is almost entirely set-bound featuring art direction designed to reflect a bleak, oppressive future.
Special Features: Audio commentary by film historian Steve Ryfle, Optional English SDH subtitles.
For years, the Lauder House has been plagued by strange and violent occurrences. Unexplained deaths and seemingly supernatural activities have scared away all prospective tenants and buyers, but now its owners have decided to turn the old mansion into a bed and breakfast. Follow a team of paranormal experts as they attempt to remove the demonic forces and cleanse the property of all evil, through the use of a special device designed to lure in and trap evil spirits. But as soon as they arrive the violence begins again, as members of the team begin to meet increasingly bloody fates …
Directed by Kevin Tenney (Night of the Demons), Witchtrap is a gleefully gory and over-the-top late '80s supernatural shocker. Starring James Quinn (Witchboard) and featuring scream queen Linnea Quigley in the film’s most memorable and creative death scene, Vinegar Syndrome is proud to bring this outrageous cult classic to Blu-ray, totally uncut, with its long-censored gore fully intact, and in a brand-new Director and Cinematographer approved restoration, for the first time anywhere in the world!
Special Features: Region free Blu-ray/DVD Combo pack; Newly scanned and restored in 2K from 35mm Interpositive (completely uncut); Group commentary track with director Kevin Tenney, producer Dan Duncan, cinematographer Tom Jewett and actor Hal Havins; Video interviews with director Kevin Tenney, actress Linnea Quigley, cinematographer Tom Jewett and SFX supervisor Tassilo Baur; Audio interviews with SFX makeup artist Judy Yonemoto and music composer Dennis Michael Tenney; Original video trailer; Book of Joe short film directed by Kevin Tenney (with alternate ending); Production/Promotional still gallery, Original cover artwork by Corey Wolfe, Reversible cover artwork, English SDH Subtitles.
Magically powerful. Supernaturally evil. The ancient entity known in human legend as the Djinn can grant a person's wildest dreams. And in the process, it unleashes your darkest nightmares.The moral of the explosively terrifying, special-effects-powered, horror-fantasy spectacular: Be careful what you wish for!
Special Features: Audio Commentary with director Robert Kurtzman and screenwriter Peter Atkins; audio commentary with director Robert Kurtzman and stars Andrew Divoff and Tammy Lauren; Isolated Score Selections/Audio Interview with composer Harry Manfredini; "Out of the Bottle" - Interviews with director Robert Kurtzman and co-producer David Tripet; "The Magic Words" – An Interview with screenwriter Peter Atkins; "The Djinn and Alexandra" – Interviews with stars Andrew Divoff and Tammy Lauren; "Captured Visions" – An Interview with director of photography Jacques Haitkin; "Wish List" – Interviews with actors Kane Hodder and Ted Raimi; Vintage Featurette: "Making of Wishmaster"; Trailers, Spots, Galleries: Teaser & Theatrical Trailers, TV & Radio Spots, Storyboard & Still Galleries, Behind-the-Scenes Footage Compilation.
Wishmaster 2: Evil Never Dies (1999)
When the legendary monster, the Djinn, is re-released, he begins his reign of terror, plunging the earth into horror and chaos. As the Dijnn reaches his goal of a thousand captured souls, it's up to Morgana to stand between the world as we know it and a terrifying future beyond our darkest fears.
Special Features: Audio Commentary with writer/director Jack Sholder; Trailer, Still Gallery.
Wishmaster 3: Beyond the Gates of Hell (2001)
Horror goes to extremes with Wishmaster 3: Beyond the Gates of Hell, the goriest installment of the hit franchise. When Diana, a beautiful coed, discovers an ancient gem inside a mystical Persian case, she unwittingly releases the mercilessly evil Djinn. The gut-slinging demon uses fiendish trickery to take the form of a professor in order to slice, dice and burn his way through the university staff and its students. If he can overpower Diana, his "waker," and grant her three sick and twisted wishes, the very gates of Hell will open up and engulf the world in eternal damnation. With help from the man she loves she must impale the bloodthirsty demon with a sword from Heaven to save herself and the entire world.
Special Features: Audio Commentary with director Chris Angel and cast members John Novak, Jason Connery and Louisette Geiss; Vintage Featurette: "Making of Wishmaster 3: Beyond the Gates of Hell"; Trailer
Wishmaster 4: The Prophecy Fulfilled (2002)
The unspeakable evil of the soul-devouring Djinn rises again! But now, as a host of new victims see their most nightmarish wishes come true, the world faces the ultimate demonic terror: an onslaught of multiple djinns hell-bent on destroying everything in their path.
Special Features: Audio Commentary with director Chris Angel and cast members Michael Trucco, Jason Thompson and John Novak; Featurette: "Wishmasterpiece Theatre"