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Blu-ray and DVD Round up 19th July 2013

Each week we take a look at the good, the bad and the ugly of the home entertainment offerings, reviewing and rating the films and the special features packed onto the discs.

Release of the Week

The Killing of a Chinese Bookie

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The BFI have been working hard on their Masters of Cinema collection, a British equivalent to the Criterion Collection. This is their fifth and final introduction into the John Cassavetes collection which includes Shadows, Faces, A Woman Under the Influence and Opening Night. The story of Cosmo Vitelli (Ben Gazzara – mesmerising), a small strip-club owner who gets in too deep with some murky characters because of his consuming gambling addiction which leaves him $23,000 in the red. The mob then use this as a handle to blackmail him into murdering someone to wipe off some of his debt. It goes behind the scenes of a seemingly successful man
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‘Kill For Me’ Review

Stars: Katie Cassidy, Tracy Spiridakos, Donal Logue, Adam Dimarco, Shannon Chan-Kent, Torrance Coombs, Leah Gibson, Ryan Robbins, Colin Lawrence | Written by Christopher Dodd, Michael Greenspan, Christian Forte | Directed by Michael Greenspan

The writer and director of the Adrien Brody film Wrecked re-team for a new take on a familiar theme with Kill For Me, a “Single White Female” meets “Strangers on a Train” tale with a twist that follows two young women, both of whom have suffered abuse at the hands of men in their lives.

Following the disappearance of her college friend and roomate, Amanda (Cassidy) has to look for a roommate to help pay the rent. In walks Hailey (Spiridakos), who has just moved to college to get away from her own abusive past. Both girls find comfort in their friendship and make a pact to help each other overcome their pasts. No matter what the cost. When
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Exclusive: Co-Writer/Director Michael Greenspan Discusses His Latest Thriller Kill for Me and More

This week Michael Greenspan's latest thriller, Kill for Me, arrived on DVD everywhere courtesy of Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. Read on for our exclusive interview with the director and co-writer of the film.

Co-written by Greenspan and Christopher Dodd, the film follows two young women who find strength together after both struggling against physical and mental abuse by the men in their lives.

Dread Central recently caught up with Greenspan to discuss Kill for Me and much more- check out the highlights below from our exclusive interview, and look for the thriller now that it's available everywhere on DVD!

Dread Central: What inspired you and Christopher (Dodd) to write the story for Kill for Me?

Michael Greenspan: Well, the movie starts off in some pretty typical territory - two strangers moving in together - so what we were interested in was what happens next? What can we do with that idea?
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Catch a Batch of of Teasing Clips from New Thriller Kill For Me

In no less than 24 hours will see the arrival of the Michael Greenspan helmed thriller 'Kill For Me'. And if you're still undecided as to whether or not to head down to your local store and pick up a copy then perhaps this exclusive clips package bought to you by Bloody Disgusting will change your mind? Tracy Spiridakos ('Being Human') and Katie Cassidy ('A Nightmare on Elm Street') who become roommates and soon find theirselves teaming up to protect each other from their pasts. Donal Logue, Adam Dimarco, Ryan Robbins, Torrance Coombs and Chelah Horsdal co-star in the project. Check out the accumulative batch of new clips below and catch the release across the Us when it arrives on DVD with UltraViolet, courtesy of Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, from 12 February....
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Seven Minutes to Help You Decide if You'll Kill For Me

Well, not me personally, but come on, man! What's a little murder between friends? On tap for you right now are seven minutes of clips from the upcoming psycho-driven flick Kill For Me. Check 'em out!

From the Press Release

College roommates bond over a shared violent past and a future which holds deadly consequences in the new thriller Kill For Me, available February 12th on DVD with UltraViolet™ from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. Katie Cassidy (TV’s “Arrow”) and Tracy Spiridakos, star of NBC’s new hit “Revolution”, lead a hot, young cast in this suspenseful tale of two young women who bond over their struggles with bad men and realize how far they would need to go to protect each other. Directed by Michael Greenspan (Wrecked) and co-starring Ryan Robbins (TV's "Falling Skies”) and Donal Logue (Shark Night 3D), the DVD will include a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the film,
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Exclusive: Kill for Me 'Home Visit' Clip

Exclusive: Kill for Me 'Home Visit' Clip
While trying to move on from an abusive ex-boyfriend, Amanda (Katie Cassidy) looks for a roommate to help pay the rent. Hailey (Tracy Spiridakos) just moved to college to get away from her own abusive past. Now roommates, both girls find comfort in their friendship and make a pact to help each other overcome their pasts... No matter what the cost. When Amanda's abusive ex-boyfriend catches up with her, a riveting roller coaster of suspense and twists is set in motion. In order to survive, the two girls face their harrowing past together. But as Hailey's past becomes more transparent, it's difficult to decipher who is the victim and who is the cold-blooded killer in Kill for Me.

We have an exclusive clip from this intense thriller featuring Donal Logue and Tracy Spiridakos, which arrives on DVD February 12th. Watch as father and daughter have a fearful departure in what
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Katie Cassidy and Tracy Spiridako Will Kill For Me with DVD Release

Arriving on DVD from the 12th February is Michael Greenspan's new thriller 'Kill For Me' courtesy of Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. The first piece of DVD artwork has been sent across for the project which stars the sexy Katie Cassidy ('Supernatural', 'A Nightmare on Elm Street') and Tracy Spiridako ('Being Human') who team up to take care of each other when an abusive boyfriend from the past shows up. Already sounding pretty much like the last movie we covered, 'Girls Against Boys', but still...Donal Logue, Adam Dimarco, Ryan Robbins, Torrance Coombs and Chelah Horsdal also star in the project. Check out the DVD artwork below....
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Katie Cassidy and Tracy Spiridakos Are Ready to Kill For Me

Well, not me personally, or even us for that matter, but hey, hot chicks armed with hot lead ready to go heads-up against a psychotic to keep you alive? Now that's pretty cool, no? Read on for the first home video details and artwork for the new thriller Kill For Me.

From the Press Release

College roommates bond over a shared violent past and a future which holds deadly consequences in the new thriller Kill For Me, available February 12th on DVD with UltraViolet™ from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. Katie Cassidy (TV’s “Arrow”) and Tracy Spiridakos, star of NBC’s new hit “Revolution”, lead a hot, young cast in this suspenseful tale of two young women who bond over their struggles with bad men and realize how far they would need to go to protect each other. Directed by Michael Greenspan (Wrecked), and co-starring Ryan Robbins (TV's "Falling Skies
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Mff 2011, Day 4: Hollywood Heavy Fare

When I landed at the theatre around noon, only Wrecked by Michael Greenspan had seats left. Adrien Brody finds himself a victim of a car crash in a dark, foreboding jungle. I felt it was too contrived, did not have enough punch, enough drama, enough, well, Deliverance.

The film ended quickly enough letting me attend a discussion on Independent Cinema. Speakers: Ian Bernie, Aijaz Khan, Sunil Doshi and Madhu Mantena moderated by Meenakshi Shedde. Sunil Doshi turned out to be the best speaker, giving out advice from the Pov of a solid, experienced businessman.

Walked into the theatre that was to play Girish Kasaravalli’s Ghatashraddha. They were testing the DVD. Left immediately. If it was going to be a blown up DVD and not the original print, it did not make much sense; I can catch the film on DVD anytime. The neighboring screen had John Stockwell’s The
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Wrecked and Meandering Characters: A Movie Review

Director: Michael Greenspan.

Writer: Christopher Dodd.

Wrecked is a film that had a one weekend premiere in April. Now, the film has moved onto DVD and Blu-Ray (Aug. 30th), making this, basically, a straight-to-dvd release. The film stars Adrien Brody, alone and in the wilderness. Meanwhile, a search party is looking for his whereabouts, as "the man (Brody)" begins to recover from a case of amnesia. Sparse in script, Wrecked is more of an experiment than anything else. Unfortunately this experiment was a failure, due to the film's pacing issues and lack of direction, or focus.

The plot can be broken down into a few words or plot elements: car crash, cougar, and rescue. That is the heart of the film, which drags itself out for far too long. To expand, the man awakens in a wrecked car to find himself trapped in his spot. He cannot wiggle his knee out from under the dashboard.
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New Release: Wrecked Blu-ray and DVD

IFC will release the thriller Wrecked starring Adrien Brody (Splice) on Blu-ray and DVD on August 30 for the list prices of $29.98 and $24.98, respectively.

Adrien Brody is Wrecked.

The tense little film finds Brody portraying a man who awakens in a mangled car-wreck at the bottom of a steep cliff. Injured and trapped inside, with no memory of how he got there or who he even is, he must rely on his most primal instincts to survive. But as he attempts to free himself from the carnage and escape an impossible situation, a darker side is revealed and even if he manages to survive, there may be consequences in store for him…

Directed by first-time feature helmer Michael Greenspan from a screenplay by first-time feature scripter Christopher Dodd, Wrecked received a limited theatrical run in L.A. and New York in April.

No bonus features have been announced for the Blu-ray and DVD of this low-budget,
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Encapsulated Cinema: Wrecked, Shadow, and Scream of the Banshee

Two of these movies were released by IFC Films, the other was not. Care to guess which one? Here’s a hint: “Scream of the Banshee” stars Lance Henriksen and Lauren Holly. Want to change your answer? I thought so. The biggest surprise, of course, is that “Scream of the Banshee” was not the worst of the bunch. How’s that for a twist? I’ll bet you didn’t see that one coming. If you’re curious to see which of these horror-oriented peliculas danced violently upon my last nerve, direct your attention to the mini-reviews situated below. Chances are you won’t agree with me. Let’s get the bad news out of the way first. Wrecked (2011) Director Michael Greenspan, screenwriter Christopher Dodd, and star Adrien Brody have crafted the ultimate endurance test: If you can listen to Brody whine his way through “Wrecked” without succumbing to restless
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Movie Review: Wrecked

Is it harder to face the darkness that we may encounter lurking outside, or is it harder to face the darkness we may discover in ourselves? This question has been posed many times in past films and will continue to be a subject of interest in the future. Adrien Brody crashes into this exact dilemma in the new film Wrecked. Here, he has to not only face the mountain lion that continues to stalk him, but also the truth regarding what he might have done that resulted in this terrifying situation.

In Wrecked, Adrien Brody awakes to find himself confused, bloody, and bruised in a car at the bottom of a blough. With his leg pinned below the collapsed front dashboard and the door to the car jammed shut, Brody begins to quickly lose his physical and mental health. When he finally does free himself, our mysterious protagonist comes across
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Wrecked Crashes into St. Louis this weekend at Midnight

The new IFC released thriller starring a beaten up and battered Adrien Brody, Wrecked, will make its St. Louis premiere this weekend. And what better place to show it then the Hi Pointe Movie Theater, home to Dtb’s Late Nite Grindhouse program. Wrecked marks the feature length directorial and writing debut of Michael Greenspan and Christopher Dodd. Brody seems to be a glutton for genre films recently with his work in last year’s Predators, Splice, The Experiment, and Giallo. To find out more info about this tense new thriller, keep reading.

In Wrecked, Brody plays a man who wakes up in a car wreck in the middle of the wilderness on the brink of death. As he struggles to put the pieces of his life back together, he learns he must also survive in the wilderness and come to terms with possible dark secrets of his own life.
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Wrecked – Review

The single location/actor flick has become an interesting genre. Buried or as some like to call it, Ryan Reynolds in A Box as well as 127 Hours are perfect examples of how, when executed right, this genre has lots to offer film fans. Wrecked, like the aforementioned films is absolutely executed right.

The Man (Adrian Brody) wakes up in a car, severely wounded, and with no memory of who he is or how he got there. The first twenty minutes of the film are gut wrenching. The entrancing visual style not only enhances Brody’s astounding performance, it sets an unsettling tone that allows the viewer to feel the pain and urgency of the unfortunate situation. It didn’t take long for me to become completely and utterly invested in this character. Even though very few words come out of his mouth. He’s alone, in a densely wooded area
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Weekend Watch: Look out for 'Better' Options than Best Foreign Oscar Winner

The joke may be on us this weekend with some notable genre directors diverging from their usual fare of torture porn and destination nightmare. While you'd be wise to stay home and do some spring cleaning, if you do venture out, I suggest sticking to your local art house where you'll find some meatier and darker subject matters like in Foreign Oscar winner In a Better World or David Schwimmer's Trust but you can also have your own little Best of the Director's Fortnight section fest (from last year's Cannes) with the Film Forum commencing it's run on the brilliant The Four Times and Brooklyn's ReRun Theater giving Two Gates of Sleep a one week run release. U.S Indie  Cat Run - John Stockwell (Limited) From the director of Blue Crush and Turistas comes this manic crime comedy about a high class escort (Vega) on the run after
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Weekend Watch: Insert Opening line

Your introduction 4 sentences --- U.S Indie  Cat Run - john Stockwell text - looks like crap : 00% : 00.0% Insidious - James Wan - FilmDistrict text - Tiff  : 00% : 00.0% Super - James Gunn - IFC Films text - Tiff NY/L.A : 00% : 00.0% Trust - Millennium Films - Millennium Films text - Was shown at Tiff last year : 00% : 00.0% Two Gates of Sleep - Alistair Banks Griffin - Factory 25 text - Cannes - amazing film -- Re-run theatre in NYC : 00% : 00.0% Wrecked - Michael Greenspan - IFC Midnight text - one theatre in ny : 00% : 00.0% Foreign In a Better World - Susanne Bier - Sony Pictures Classics text - Oscar! NY/L.A : 00% : 00.0% Queen to Play Caroline Bottaro - Zeitgeist text - plus wide/limited or NY/L.A  : 00% : 00.0% Rubber - Quentin Dupieux - Magnet Releasing text - Cannes and genre
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Exclusive: Adrien Brody Talks Wrecked

Exclusive: Adrien Brody Talks Wrecked
This intense thriller from director Michael Greenspan finds a man trapped inside a crashed car, in theaters this Friday

Adrien Brody stars in the new thriller Wrecked, which is in select theaters this Friday and now available on VOD. Wrecked is a mesmerizing and economic thriller about a man trapped in the passenger's side of a crashed car, which has tumbled into the desolate woods. After days alone, the man slowly pulls himself out of the wreckage and befriends a dog while having mass hallucinations. It's a drama about perception, as we grow to learn more about who this man is, and who he isn't.

Adrien Brody turns in a mesmerizing and truthful performance that makes Wrecked a must-see. One minute you will hate him, the next, you will feel empathy for his plight as a human being. We recently caught up with the Oscar-winning actor to find out more about this taught,

Exclusive: Adrien Brody Talks Wrecked

Exclusive: Adrien Brody Talks Wrecked
This intense thriller from director Michael Greenspan finds a man trapped inside a crashed car, in theaters this Friday

Adrien Brody stars in the new thriller Wrecked, which is in select theaters this Friday and now available on VOD. Wrecked is a mesmerizing and economic thriller about a man trapped in the passenger's side of a crashed car, which has tumbled into the desolate woods. After days alone, the man slowly pulls himself out of the wreckage and befriends a dog while having mass hallucinations. It's a drama about perception, as we grow to learn more about who this man is, and who he isn't.

Adrien Brody turns in a mesmerizing and truthful performance that makes Wrecked a must-see. One minute you will hate him, the next, you will feel empathy for his plight as a human being. We recently caught up with the Oscar-winning actor to find out more about this taught,
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Director Michael Greenspan Talks Getting 'Wrecked'

Director Michael Greenspan's name is a relatively new one to the filmmaking landscape--hopefully the new thriller Wrecked will change that. Set in an unnamed wilderness, the film features Adrien Brody as a man who wakes up in a nearly demolished car with no memory of who he is or how he got there. As he slowly pieces together the elements which have conspired to get him in this situation while attempting to make his escape, he'll have to contend the elements, injury, thirst, hunger, animals, and flashes of fractured memory.I'll have to come back to the movie itself in a proper review in the future, but it brings to mind films like The Edge and 2006's amnesia thriller Unknown elevating the material, and allowing me...
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