Blu-ray Review: Basket Case

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Basket Case

Distributor: Arrow Video

Release Date: February 27, 2018

Region: Region A & B

Length: 91 min

Video: 1080P (MPEG-4, AVC)

Main Audio: English Mono Linear PCM Audio

Subtitles: English SDH

Ratio: 1.37:1

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Basket Case (1982) was the feature film debut of Frank Henenlotter—the mastermind behind a number of schlocky genre titles including Brain Damage (1988), Frankenhooker (1990), and the two completely unnecessary sequels to Basket Case. The most infamous of these is undoubtedly this debut effort. Many will be surprised to learn that the film has earned the privilege of a 4K restoration by the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). Wonders never cease…

The story is as simple as it is ridiculous as it follows the adventures of an oddball named Duane Bradley (when you see the word “oddball,” read “bat-shit crazy guy”). The back of the Blu-ray case claims that he is a “pretty ordinary guy,” but this…

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Blu-ray Review: Children of the Corn

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Distributor: Arrow Video

Release Date: October 03, 2017

Region: Region Free

Length: 92 min

Video: 1080P (MPEG-4, AVC)

Main Audio:

5.1 English DTS-HD Master Audio

2.0 English Linear PCM

Subtitles: English SDH

Ratio: 1.85:1

Bitrate: 30.92 Mbps

Note:This title has seen a number of Blu-ray releases, but this Arrow Video package is by far the best available.

 

It wouldn’t be right to offer this review of Children of the Corn without admitting to a rather embarrassing prejudice. While I have always enjoyed adaptations of Stephen King’s more grounded stories (The Shawshank Redemption, Stand by Me, Hearts in Atlantis, Misery, and even The Green Mile immediately spring to mind.), the film adaptations of his more fantastic horror stories usually don’t appeal to me. Understand that this is coming from someone who adores the horror genre. It’s difficult to determine the reason for my dissatisfaction…

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Blu-ray Review: Don’t Torture a Duckling

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Distributor: Arrow Video

Release Date: October 03, 2017

Region: Region Free

Length: 01:45:05

Video: 1080P (MPEG-4, AVC)

Main Audio: Italian Mono Linear PCM Audio (48 kHz, 1152 kbps, 24-bit)

Alternate Audio: English Mono Linear PCM Audio (48 kHz, 1152 kbps, 24-bit)

Subtitles: English (SDH)

Ratio: 2.35:1

Bitrate: 27.38 Mbps

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“…My favorite remains Don’t Torture a Duckling… I think my real golden time was in the early seventies, with Perversion Story[and] Don’t Torture a Duckling. But yes, of course, the beginning of the eighties brought me much fame.” -Lucio Fulci (Draculina)

Lucio Fulci (The Beyond) has been called—and is called on the back of this Blu-ray package—the godfather of gore, but nothing in Don’t Torture a Duckling really warrants such a title. This old-school Giallo tale has other agendas and is one of Fulci’s most interesting films despite (or perhaps even because of) this…

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Blu-ray Review: The Suspicious Death of a Minor

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Distributor: Arrow Video

Release Date: October 03, 2017

Region: Region Free

Length: 01:40:24

Video: 1080P (MPEG-4, AVC)

Main Audio: Italian Mono Linear PCM Audio (48 kHz, 1152 kbps, 24-bit)

Alternate Audio: English Mono Linear PCM Audio (48 kHz, 1152 kbps, 24-bit)

Subtitles: English, English (SDH)

Ratio: 2.35:1

Bitrate: 34.68 Mbps

Note:This edition also includes a DVD copy of the film.

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In the wake of the success of Dario Argento’s The Bird with the Crystal Plumage, numerous other directors stepped forward to try their hand at these lurid murder-mysteries. At the forefront was Sergio Martino, whose sensual 70s thrillers starring Edwige Fenech and George Hilton are widely celebrated as some of the best the genre has to offer.

However, the final of Martino’s six Gialli, The Suspicious Death of a Minor, isn’t pure Giallo. It combines everything one expects to see in the standard Giallo thrillers with conventions…

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Blu-ray Review: The Slayer

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Distributor: Arrow Video

Release Date: August 29, 2017

Region: Region Free

Length: 01:29:55

Video: 1080P (MPEG-4 AVC)

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

Subtitles: English SDH

Ratio: 1.85:1

Bitrate: 37.70 Mbps

Note:This package includes a DVD copy of the film.

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Here’s another post Halloween slasher knockoff that calls the protagonist’s reality into serious question. It is something of a rarity on home video and is therefore somewhat obscure, but there is a small cult following amongst diehard horror fanatics who will certainly be celebrating this release.

The story is typical: Two young couples set off to a secluded island for what promises to be a restful retreat… Do you really need to know anything more? If so, you must be new to the slasher genre. But okay… Their peaceful holiday fun is short-lived. Kay (one of the four vacationers) has been experiencing horrifying…

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Blu-ray Review: Re-Animator

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Distributor: Arrow Video

Release Date: August 08, 2017

Region: Region Free

Length:

Unrated Version – 01:26:05

Integral Version – 01:44:55

Video: 1080P (MPEG-4, AVC)

Main Audio:

Unrated Version

English Mono Linear PCM Audio (48kHz, 24-bit)

English 2.0 Linear PCM Audio (48kHz, 24-bit)

English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio (48kHz, 16-bit)

Integral Version

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

Subtitles: English SDH

Ratio: 1.78:1

Note:This title is limited to 10,000 units.

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Re-Animator probably doesn’t need a review or an introduction. Those who haven’t heard of it probably wouldn’t enjoy it, because the film has a legendary reputation in horror circles. It is a splatter-comedy cult classic directed by Stuart Gordon and adapted from H.P. Lovecraft’s classic terror tale ‘Herbert West – Re-animator.’ Jeffrey Combs portrays the deliciously deranged Herbert West with an over the top theatricality that can only be described as supreme camp—but then, everything…

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Blu-ray Review: The Bird with the Crystal Plumage

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Distributor: Arrow Video

Release Date: June 20, 2017

Region: Regions A and B

Length: 97 min

Video: 1080P (MPEG-4, AVC)

Main Audio: Italian Mono Linear PCM Audio

Alternate Audio: English Mono Linear PCM Audio

Subtitles: English SDH, English

Ratio: 2.35:1

Note:This package includes a DVD edition of the film.

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In 1970, young first-time director Dario Argento (Suspiria, Deep Red) made his indelible mark on Italian cinema with The Bird with the Crystal Plumage—a film which redefined the giallo genre of murder-mystery thrillers and catapulted him to international stardom. To be honest, the film’s plot doesn’t really distinguish itself from other giallo films.

Sam Dalmas (Tony Musante), an American writer living in Rome, inadvertently witnesses a brutal attack on a woman (Eva Renzi) in a modern art gallery. Powerless to help, he grows increasingly obsessed with the incident. Convinced that something he saw that night holds…

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