Blu-ray Review: William Castle Double Feature: 13 Ghosts & 13 Frightened Girls

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Distributor: Mill Creek Entertainment

Release Date: July 19, 2016

Region: Region A

Length:

85 min (13 Ghosts)

88 min (13 Frightened Girls)

Video: 1080P (MPEG-4, AVC)

Main Audio: English 2.0 Dolby Digital (448kbps)

Subtitles: None

Ratio: 1.85:1

Notes: This is the high definition debut of both features, but each title is available in various DVD editions.

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William Castle began his feature career at Columbia studios as Harry Cohn’s go to man for directing quickly produced B-movies inexpensively. These films spanned a variety of genres, but his career would change dramatically in 1958 when he was allowed to produce and direct his own horror features for Columbia. These films were still a far cry from the prestige A-pictures being produced in Hollywood, but they earned notoriety would make William Castle a household name (especially if that household happened to have any burgeoning adolescents living under the roof).

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Blu-ray Review: William Castle Double Feature: Homicidal & Mr. Sardonicus

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Distributor: Mill Creek Entertainment

 Release Date: July 19, 2016

 Region: Region A

Length:

88 min (Homicidal)

90 min (Mr. Sardonicus)

Video: 1080P (MPEG-4, AVC)

Main Audio: English 2.0 Dolby Digital (448kbps)

Subtitles: None

Ratio:

1.85:1 (Homicidal)

1.78:1 (Mr. Sardonicus)

Notes: This is the high definition debut of “Homicidal,” but “Mr. Sardonicus” previously received a Blu-ray release as part of another “double feature” release from Mill Creek Entertainment in North America. Both titles are available in various DVD editions.

HitchHead William Castle’s on-screen introductions to his films might bring to mind those witty opening and closing monologues that bookended Alfred Hitchcock’s television shows. His appearances in the promotional trailers for his films might even bring to mind Hitchcock’s amusing theatrical trailers. However, there are major differences between Hitchcock’s understated approach and William Castles overstated approach to these appearances. It seems that Castle just couldn’t quite get inside Hitchcock’s head!

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Blu-ray Review: Carnival of Souls – The Criterion Collection

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Distributor: Criterion Collection (USA

Release Date: July 12, 2016

Region: Region A

Length: 1:18:14

Video: 1080P (MPEG-4 AVC)

Main Audio: English Mono LPCM (48kHz, 1152 kbps, 24-bit)

Subtitles: English SDH

Ratio: 1.37:1

Bitrate: 32.37 Mbps

Notes: Thistitle is also available in a DVD edition from Criterion, and can also available in an unimpressive DVD release from ‘Off Color Films’ (which also includes a dreadful colorized version). It should be mentioned that both of these editions include the famous “Director’s Cut” of the film, which is eight minutes longer than the film’s theatrical release.

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“It was sunset, and I was driving back to Kansas from California when I first saw Saltair, an abandoned amusement park located at the end of a long causeway into the Great Salt Lake. The lake had receded, and the pavilion, with its strange Moorish towers, stood silhouetted against the red sky. I felt I…

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Blu-ray Repackaging: Psycho & The Birds

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Distributor: Universal

Release Date: July 12, 2016

The 50th Anniversary Edition of Psycho (1960) was one of the first reviews posted on this site. This exact same transfer is being released with the same supplemental features in this new Pop Art edition of the film.

For more a detailed reviewof this disc:

Blu-ray Review: Psycho – 50th Anniversary Edition

THE BIRDS - POPART

Distributor: Universal

Release Date: July 12, 2016

The Birds (1963) is also being honored with a new Pop Art edition of the film that includes the same transfer with the same supplemental features available on Universal’s previous release of the film.

For more a detailed reviewof this disc:

Blu-ray Review: The Birds

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Blu-ray Review: The Boy

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Distributor: Universal Studios

Release Date: May 10, 2016

Region: Region A

Length: 98 min

Video: 1080P (MPEG-4 AVC)

Main Audio: 5.1 English DTS-HD Master Audio

Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish, French

Ratio: 2:40:1

Notes: This release includes an Ultraviolet copy of the film. A DVD edition of this title is also available.

“I think we hope that children are inherently good, and if anything, that bad luck can lead them wrong. But to know that this is an 8-year-old boy that he can do harm to all these adults, or really manipulate all these adults, is really scary. I think dolls themselves are scary. I think that dolls are a little bit unnatural.” –Lauren Cohan (Bust)

Greta (Lauren Cohan) is a young American woman who takes a job as a nanny in a remote English village. She soon discovers that the family’s 8-year-old is a life-sized doll that they…

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Blu-ray Review: Goodnight Mommy

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Distributor: Starz / Anchor Bay

Release Date: December 01, 2015

Region: Region A

Length: 99 min

Video: 1080P (MPEG-4, AVC)

Main Audio: 5.1 German DTS HD-MA

Subtitles: English, English SDH

Ratio: 2.39:1

Notes: A DVD edition of this title is also available.

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“Nobody saw it in Austria. We didn’t make it thinking it would be a big success, critically acclaimed and so on. We just made a movie that we knew we would like. We never had grand plans of making a movie that would be released in the [United States]. We never expected it, but we are very, very proud that happened. In Austria most people only want to see films from the [United States], so not too many people came to watch Goodnight Mommy. And now the trailer has been such a success on the internet, people are constantly asking us when the film will be released without…

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Blu-ray Review: Maggie

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Distributor: Lionsgate

 Release Date: July 07, 2015

 Region: Region A

Length: 95 mins

Video: 1080P (MPEG-4 AVC)

Main Audio: English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio (48kHz, 24-bit)

Alternate Audio: English 2.0 Dolby Digital (192kbps) 

Subtitles: English, English SDH, Spanish

Ratio: 2.40:1

Bitrate: 40.37 Mbps

Notes: This title is also available in a DVD edition.

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“It features a turn on the zombie genre, and you can really see a human story in the zombie framework. I thought the story had a nice indie feel, and would allow us to feature a human story, instead of a bombastic, large-scale one.” –Henry Hobson (shockya.com)

Arnold Schwarzenegger, Academy Award® Nominee Abigail Breslin, and Joely Richardson star in this post-apocalyptic thriller set against the backdrop of a deadly epidemic. As the nation reels from a virus that turns its victims into zombies, Wade’s (Schwarzenegger) daughter Maggie (Breslin) has been infected. Now, as Maggie’s condition…

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