Blu-ray Review: Basket Case

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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: 78/52 – Hitchcock’s Shower Scene

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Distributor: Shout Factory

Release Date: February 27, 2018

Region: Region A

Length: 01:31:46

Video: 1080P (MPEG-4, AVC)

Main Audio:

5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio

2.0 DTS-HD Master Audio

Subtitles: English, Spanish

Ratio: 1.78:1

Note:This release comes with a DVD disc that is housed in the same case.

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“Of course, you can’t talk about the shower scene without talking about PSYCHO, and you can’t talk about Psycho without talking about Hitchcock, and you can’t talk about Hitchcock without talking about other films that influenced him, or films that he influenced, and so on. But everything in 78/52 was very carefully designed to be always, always, always about the shower scene.” -Alexandre O. Philippe (Michael Gingold, Rue-Morgue.com, October 18, 2017)

A lot of people may be asking themselves why anyone would devote a ninety-minute documentary to a single scene, but ninety minutes wasn’t nearly enough to do a proper…

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Blu-ray Review: Mother!

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Distributor: Paramount Pictures

Release Date: October 17, 2017

Region: Region Free

Length: 02:01:11

Video: 1080P (MPEG-4, AVC)

Main Audio: English Dolby Atmos

Alternate Audio:

5.1 French Dolby Digital Audio
5.1 Spanish Dolby Digital Audio
5.1 Portuguese Dolby Digital Audio
5.1 English Descriptive Dolby Digital Audio

Subtitles: English SDH, French, Portuguese, Spanish

Ratio: 2.39:1

Bitrate: 28.97 Mbps

Note:This title includes DVD and Ultraviolet copies of the film. It is also available in the UHD format.

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Aronofsky isn’t this reviewer’s favorite filmmaker, but he is probably one of the most important and interesting directors currently practicing. Unfortunately, he is also one of the most pretentious. So, the question many critics were asking prior to viewing this film was simple: Is mother! Darren Aronofsky’s masterpiece, a piece of masturbatory self-indulgence, or a masturbatory masterpiece? There is quite a lot of debate about this, but most agree that the film is one…

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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: Night of the Living Dead

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Distributor: Mill Creek Entertainment

Release Date: October 03, 2017

Region: Region A

Length: 01:35:34

Video: 1080P (MPEG-4, AVC)

Main Audio: English Mono Linear PCM Audio

Subtitles: English

Ratio: 1.37:1

Note:This is the film’s Blu-ray debut in North America.

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“Well, the question of race was the furthest thing from my mind. When I was writing that character, I was thinking about the disintegration of family, the whole idea that people can’t cooperate, even when faced with a disastrous situation they just stick to their own agendas, arguing about whether to go upstairs or downstairs instead of facing the problem. When John Russo and I wrote the screenplay, [the character] was a white guy… So when Dwayne [Jones] agreed to play the role, we all had a conversation and decided that it was a bold move to not change the script. That was it. The same things happened to him when…

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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: Madhouse

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Distributor: Arrow Video

Release Date: June 13, 2017

Region: Region Free

Length: 01:33:19

Video: 1080P (MPEG-4, AVC)

Main Audio: 2.0 LPCM Audio English 1536 kbps / (48 kHz, 1536 kbps, 24-bit)

Alternate Audio: English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio (48 kHz, 3151 kbps, 24-bit)

Subtitles: English (SDH)

Ratio: 2.35:1

Bitrate: 34.89 Mbps

Notes:This package contains a DVD copy of the film in addition to the Blu-ray.

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Helmed by legendary producer/director Ovidio Assonitis (the man behind cult genre entries such as The Visitor and Piranha II: The Spawning), Madhouse is a crimson-soaked tale of sibling rivalry taken to a terrifying and bloody extreme.

Julia has spent her entire adult life trying to forget the torment she suffered at the hands of her twisted twin Mary, but Mary hasn’t forgotten. Escaping the mental hospital that protects the outside world from her unusual brand of psychosis, Julia’s sadistic sister vows to exact a…

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