Blu-ray Review: Caltiki – The Immortal Monster

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Distributor: Arrow Video

Release Date: April 11, 2017

Region: Region Free

Length: 76 min

Video: 1080P (MPEG-4, AVC)

Main Audio: Italian Mono Linear PCM Audio

Alternate Audio: English Mono Linear PCM Audio

Subtitles: English, English SDH

Ratio: 1.66:1

Notes:This release includes a DVD edition of the film.

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Caltiki – The Immortal Monster (1959) is a surprising film that combines a gothic horror aesthetic with a typical 1950s science fiction plot that is essentially a re-working of the same concept that gave audiences The Blob (1958)—although references to outer space and alien lifeforms are less explicit. While this is probably the minority opinion, this reviewer actually prefers Caltiki – The Immortal Monster to its American predecessor. This is mostly due to the fact that the Italian film’s gothic horror aesthetic gives it an eerie atmosphere that helps to sell the rather outlandish premise while simultaneously enhancing the scares. The Blob

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Blu-ray Review: Split

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Distributor: Universal Studios

Release Date: April 18, 2017

Region: Region Free

Length: 01:57:07

Video: 1080P (MPEG-4, AVC)

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

Alternate Audio:

5.1 Spanish DTS

5.1 French DTS

Dolby Digital DVS (Descriptive Video Service)

Subtitles: English SDH, French, Spanish, English SDH, French, Spanish

Ratio: 2.39:1

Bitrate: 34.89 Mbps

Note:This release includes a DVD, a digital, and an UltraViolet copy of the film.

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“What’s really interesting about [Dissociative Identity] Disorder is that it’s controversial. Even in the field, they’re saying I’m not sure any of this is legit. A lot of people. I believe in it, 100%. It’s interesting—it’s almost like what you’re asking is what the field is asking themselves. How much of this is fact? How much of what you’re saying can be proved? … But everything was [taken] from documented cases. The person who was blind and then some of their identities…

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Blu-ray Review: House – Two Stories

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Distributor: Arrow Video

Release Date: April 11, 2017

Region: Region Free

Length:

House – 93 min

House II: The Second Story – 88 min

Video: 1080P (MPEG-4, AVC)

Audio:

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5.1 English DTS-HD Master Audio

English Mono Linear PCM Audio

2.0 English Linear PCM Audio

House II: The Second Story

5.1 English DTS-HD Master Audio

2.0 English Linear PCM Audio

Subtitles: English SDH

Ratio: 1.85:1

Note:Arrow also released a four film boxed set of the entire series that is only available in the UK (Region B).

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 “Filmmakers Sean S. Cunningham and Steve Miner scored hits with several simple Friday the 13th films but tackle a more complex story here with embarrassing results… Though much of this nonsense is played tongue-in-cheek, an audience can hardly be expected to swallow the screenplay’s arbitrary approach to Cobb’s character… The monsters are fake and rubbery, better suited to a comedy than a…

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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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