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This week’s Blu-ray and DVD releases are an eclectic bunch, to say the least. Not only is Steve Miner’s criminally overlooked horror/comedy creature feature Lake Placid swimming its way onto Blu-ray, but Severin Films is also releasing a trio of controversial cult classics- Bloody Moon, The Baby and Bloody Birthday-all in high definition for the first time ever.
The Time Machine is also getting a Blu-ray release this week, along with Gareth Evans’ stunning action masterpiece The Raid 2 and a handful of indie horror films, including the wickedly entertaining horror musical Stage Fright starring Minnie Driver and Meat Loaf. Overall, it’s a good week to be a genre fan with oddball tastes because there’s a whole lot of wonderfully weird stuff arriving this Tuesday.
An A-list director. A jaw-dropping storyline. And depraved depictions of suburban violence, »
- Heather Wixson
Stars: Lori Lethin, Melinda Cordell, Julie Brown, Joe Penny, Bert Kramer, K.C. Martel, Elizabeth Hoy, Billy Jayne, Andrew Freeman, Susan Strasberg, José Ferrer, Ben Marley, Ellen Geer, Erica Hope | Written by Ed Hunt, Barry Pearson | Directed by Ed Hunt
A birthday (or random holiday), killer kids and a total eclipse…all of this sounds like the perfect combination for a horror film. Bloody Birthday is a slasher movie that appeared in the eighties, this should be more than a hint what you’ll see. Horror fans know the tropes well that appear in the film, and although this is somewhat of an obscure homage to Halloween, 88 Films have done what they do best and brought a cult classic (of sorts) onto Blu-ray for the fans to enjoy.
In 1970 three children are born during a solar eclipse in which the Sun and Moon blocked Saturn. Ten years later these three kids »
- Paul Metcalf
For the week of June 24th, there are a handful of cult classic releases that are finally getting their due on DVD and Blu-ray, including the long-lost Monsters from Beyond the Sun by Francis Ford Coppola. Other releases this week include Wolf Creek 2, The Jungle from writer/director Andrew Traucki (The Reef, The ABC’s of Death) and season 4 of Lost Girl. We’re also seeing the home release of Enemy, the latest collaboration between Dennis Villeneuve and Jake Gyllenhaal, several indie horror thrillers and the UK is bringing Bloody Birthday to hi-def this week as well.
Bloody Birthday- UK Release (Import, Blu-ray)
Get ready for the rarely seen slasher classic from the 80s that may also be the most disturbing killer kids movies in grindhouse history: Three babies are simultaneously born in the same hospital at the peak of a full solar eclipse. Ten years later, »
- Heather Wixson
At least one guest has already RSVP'd "yes" for the upcoming wedding of George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin.Clooney's first cousin, NCIS: Los Angeles actor Miguel Ferrer, says he plans to attend the nuptials. "I don't know if I can tell you a lot about this marriage," Ferrer, 59, told France's Tele Star magazine during the Monte Carlo Television Festival, which wrapped in Monaco yesterday. But, he added, "Obviously I'll be there!" A source close to Alamuddin's family told People last month that the couple plan to tie the knot in Italy in September. Ferrer is the oldest of five children »
- Michelle Tauber
Conscious-free kids who kill, a man living like a baby, and a killer stalking Spanish schoolgirls: Severin Films is plucking these three stories from the old-school horror shelf and bringing them to Blu-ray this summer, and we have the release details for you now.
Set for a July 8th home media release, the Blu-ray releases of 1981′s Bloody Birthday, 1973′s The Baby, and 1981′s Bloody Moon should excite fans of these grindhouse films and bring new viewers in, as well. Here are the release details from Severin Films:
Bloody Birthday Blu-ray:
“Get ready for the rarely seen slasher classic from the ’80s that may also be the most disturbing ‘killer kids’ movies in grindhouse history: Three babies are simultaneously born in the same hospital at the peak of a full solar eclipse. Ten years later, these adorable youngsters suddenly begin a kiddie killing spree of stranglings, shootings, stabbings, beatings and beyond. »
- Derek Anderson
It's always an exciting thing when horror flicks hit Blu-ray for the very first time, and Severin Films has three such debuts in store for us on July 8, inviting us to a Bloody Birthday, allowing us to hold The Baby, and encouraging us to howl at the Bloody Moon.
Read on for complete release details for all three!
Bloody Birthday Synopsis
Get ready for the rarely seen slasher classic from the 80s that may also be the most disturbing "killer kids" movies in grindhouse history: Three babies are simultaneously born in the same hospital at the peak of a full solar eclipse. Ten years later, these adorable youngsters suddenly begin a kiddie killing spree of stranglings, shootings, stabbings, beatings, and beyond. Can the town's grown-ups stop these pint-sized serial killers before their blood-soaked birthday bash? K.C. Martel (E.T., "Growing Pains"), Joe Penny ("Jake and The Fat Man"), Michael Dudikoff (American Ninja »
- John Squires
The Bennett Miller-directed drama is based on the true story of Olympic wrestling champion Mark Schultz, who seeks justice for his fellow champion brother Dave Schultz after he is killed by his paranoid schizophrenic coach du Pont.
Carell's performance has been described as "the definition of a career-redefining performance", and director Miller recently revealed that he was barely recognised after his first test screening due to his fake nose and aged appearance.
Does a fake nose equal critical acclaim and an Academy Award? Not always (Steve Martin in Roxanne was robbed!), but we've found 5 actors and actresses who've worn a prosthetic schnoz and gone on to win an Oscar below:
Robert De Niro put on a reported 60lbs and quite sizable, »
Morris died March 17 at his home in Dorset, England, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Oswald won an Oscar for his work on 1971′s “Fiddler on the Roof.” His long list of credits ranged from early 1950s British pics such as “The Golden Salamander” and Tab Hunter starrer “Island of Desire” to 1981′s “The Great Muppet Caper” and 1982′s “The Dark Crystal.”
His work with Huston began with “Moulin Rouge,” the 1952 bio-tuner that starred Jose Ferrer, and stretched through 1975′s “The Man Who Would Be King.” Morris also worked on multiple pics with Sidney Lumet (1977′s “Equus,” 1980′s “Just Tell Me What You Want,” 1981′s “The Wiz”) and with Stanley Kubrick on 1962′s “Lolita.”
- Variety Staff
As Turner Classic Movies continues to play the Oscar hits all month long, last night I watched The Caine Mutiny and Who's Afraid of Virginia Wolfc. The latter I'd seen before and love, but this was my first visit with the former and while I'm sure it has been said before, the comparisons to Aaron Sorkin's screenplay for A Few Good Men are bountiful once you get to the third act court-martial of Lieutenant Steve Maryk (Van Johnson) and Ensign Keith (Robert Francis), charged with conspiring to mutiny. The charges aren't the same as those facing the two U.S. Marines in A Few Good Men and this is obviously the Navy we're dealing with, not the Marines, but the structure of the trial and in particular, the questioning of Humphrey Bogart's Lieutenant Commander Queeg is so similar it's impossible to miss. Before he begins his questioning of Queeg, »
- Brad Brevet
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