Blu-ray Review: Hush…Hush, Sweet Charlotte

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Limited Edition of 3,000 Units!

Distributor: Twilight Time

Release Date: October 17th, 2016

Region: Region Free

Length: 02:12:45

Video: 1080P (MPEG-4, AVC)

Main Audio:

1.0  English Mono DTS-HD Master Audio

2.0  English Stereo DTS-HD Master Audio

Subtitles: English SDH

Ratio: 1.85:1

Bitrate: 29.99 Mbps

Notes:This title was previously released in various DVD editions.

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“Aldrich knew where to long distance me all over the world when he needed me, but he made no effort to reach me here that he had signed Olivia. He let me hear it for the first time in a radio release – and, frankly, I think it stinks.” –Joan Crawford (Hollywood Reporter)

Whatever happened to the “Grande Dame Guignol” subgenre? It seems to belong to a time when the cinematic landscape was at a crossroads. Hollywood’s original crop of motion picture stars was still living and needed work while the public welcomed a…

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Blu-ray Review: The Hills Have Eyes

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Distributor: Arrow Video

Release Date: October 11, 2016

Region: Region Free

Length:

Original Ending: 1:29:59

Alternate Ending: 1:31:17

Video: 1080P (MPEG-4, AVC)

Main Audio: Original English LPCM Mono Audio (48 kHz, 24-bit)

Subtitles: English (SDH)

Ratio: 1.78:1

Bitrate: 34.95 Mbps

Notes:This title has been given an underwhelming Blu-ray release from Image Entertainment and is available in various DVD editions (including an impressive 2-disc edition from Anchor Bay).

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 “Everything you learn and know melts into what you make in a film. But I think Vietnam, more than anything, was the influence on [The Hills Have Eyes], just realizing that you could send out the nicest American kids and they’ll come back having done things they never thought they could do. That the whole nature of warfare, as it began for Americans in Vietnam, was the idea of guerrilla warfare, where there were not only no uniforms [sic], but…

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Blu-ray Review: Dark Water

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Distributor: Arrow Video

Release Date: October 11, 2016

Region: Region Free

Length: 1:41:05

Video: 1080P (MPEG-4 AVC Video)

Main Audio: 5.1 Japanese DTS-HD Master Audio (3584 kbps / 48 kHz / 24-bit)

Subtitles: English

Ratio: 1.85:1

Bitrate: 34.94 Mbps

Notes:This title was previously released on DVD but this is the film’s Blu-ray debut in North America.

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“The remake thing did not happen just for Asian horror remakes, Hitchcock remade [one of] his own British thrillers. Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai and Yojimbo were well re-made—or cleverly adapted. In that sense, I am honored that three of my films, Jyoyu-rei, Ringu, and Dark Water were re-made. At the same time, I did have mixed feelings like, “Why can’t my Japanese original films [sic] be released in the US first?” –Hideo Nakata (HorrorTalk.com, April 29, 2011)

Personally, it is difficult not to agree with Nakata—especially considering the fact that his…

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Blu-ray Review: Vamp

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Distributor: Arrow Video

Release Date: October 04, 2016

Region: Region Free

Length: 1:34:01

Video: 1080P (MPEG-4, AVC)

Main Audio: English Mono LPCM (48kHz, 16-bit)

Subtitles: English SDH

Ratio: 1.85:1

Bitrate: 31.98 Mbps

Notes:This title was previously released in various DVD editions.

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“Katrina is a very human type of vampire—meaning she has a lot of memories. So, her personality is that of a regular person. Meaning: She remembers love, she remembers the sun… She is a very good vampire because she’s survived for 2000 years. She’s from Egypt.” –Grace Jones (The Today Show, 1986)

Forgive me. Perhaps I’m a bit closed minded, but nothing about Katrina (the most iconic vampire represented in Vamp) strikes me as “regular.” One assumes that such bizarre people probably exist, but you don’t see many of them shopping at the nearest Wal-Mart. Who knows, though? This was the eighties. Nothing about the eighties…

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Blu-ray Review: Dexter – The Complete Series

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Distributor: Paramount Pictures

Release Date: October 04, 2016

Region: Region A

Length: 5,091 min

Video: 1080P (MPEG-4, AVC)

Main Audio: 5.1 English Dolby TrueHD

Alternate Audio:

Season 1:2.0 Spanish Dolby Digital

Season 2:5.1 Spanish Dolby TrueHD

Season 3:2.0 Spanish Dolby Digital

Season 4: 2.0 Spanish Dolby Digital

Season 5: 2.0 Spanish Dolby Digital, 5.1 French Dolby Digital

Season 6: 2.0 English Dolby Digital, 2.0 Spanish Dolby Digital, 5.1 French Dolby Digital

Season 7: 2.0 English Dolby Digital, 2.0 Spanish Dolby Digital, 5.1 French Dolby Digital

Season 8: 2.0 Spanish Dolby Digital

Subtitles:

Seasons 1-5:English SDH

Seasons 6-8: English, English SDH

Ratio: 1.78:1

Notes:This title is available in other Blu-ray and DVD editions.

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Dexter is a crime drama that follows the exploits of Dexter Morgan, a man who leads a double life as an incredibly likeable forensics expert for the Miami Police Department who just happens…

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Blu-ray Review: Psycho IV: The Beginning

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Distributor: Shout Factory

Release Date: August 23, 2016

Region: Region A

Length: 96 min

Video: 1080P (MPEG-4, AVC)

Main Audio: 2.0 English DTS-HD Master Audio

Subtitles: English

Ratio: 1.78:1

Notes:This title is available in various DVD editions of the film from Universal Pictures.

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“It was a great burden of responsibility to carry on the tale first told by one of cinema’s greatest artists, and I was a very young filmmaker, in age as well as in experience, who had a lot to prove.  I was more worried about not f**king it up than anything else.” –Mick Garris (Fangoria, March 10, 2015)

Perhaps the mysteries of Norman’s past should remain a mystery. One has to wonder what Alfred Hitchcock would have thought of the three Psycho sequels. The world will never have a definitive answer to this question, but it can be said with some authority that his writing…

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