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Horror and sci-fi fans have a big day of releases to look forward to on Tuesday, February 7th, as there over 20 titles coming home to Blu-ray and DVD. Paramount has put together the complete box set of the Penny Dreadful series on both formats, and the latest season of From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series arrives on both Blu-ray and DVD as well.
Scream Factory and IFC Midnight have teamed up for the release of Antibirth, which was an official selection of the 2016 Sundance Film Festival, and Severin Films is resurrecting the cult classic Wild Beasts in HD, too.
- Heather Wixson
Michael Caine had an interesting run of genre flicks starting in the late ‘70s. The Swarm (1978) was laughed off the screen, Dressed to Kill (1980) was enjoyed by audiences and critics alike, and The Hand (1981) dropped his batting average once again. Nestled in between all those was The Island (1980), a killer pirate movie from the author of Jaws and directed by the man behind The Bad News Bears. What could go wrong? Well, everything, according to most folk. It’s an odd one to be sure, but the wild tonal shifts that prevent the ship from staying on a clear course make it a fascinating treasure that gets better with each viewing.
Released in June by Universal, The Island had a surefire pedigree for success; the Jaws juggernaut of producers Zanuck and Brown and author Peter Benchley (here, adapting his own novel) promised a good time to be had by all. »
- Scott Drebit
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