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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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: 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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