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November 30, 2012

Taken 2 Coming to Blu-ray and DVD January 15th!

Arriving on Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD January 15

Unrated Blu-ray Includes Black Ops Field Manual and Kill Counter,

Deleted Scenes, Alternate Ending and More

LOS ANGELES, CA. (November 30th, 2012) – He hunted them, he found them, he killed them; now they have come back to settle the score. Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment presents the return of former CIA operative Bryan Mills and his “particular set of skills” when TAKEN 2 arrives on Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD January 15. The sequel to the 2008 box office smash Taken, this action-packed follow-up has brought in $135 million theatrically in the U.S. alone.

Oscar- and BAFTA-nominated actor, Liam Neeson (Clash of the Titans, Taken, Batman Begins) returns as Mills, the retired CIA agent who stopped at nothing to save his daughter Kim from kidnappers. When the father of one of the villains Bryan killed swears revenge, and takes him and his wife hostage in Istanbul, Bryan must enlist the help of Kim to escape. Bryan then employs his unique tactics to get his family to safety and systematically take out the kidnappers, one by one.

November 28, 2012

More Nikkatsu Sleaze And Gangster Carnage Coming From Synapse Films and Impulse Pictures!






Asylum DVDFROM FRENCH DIRECTOR OLIVIER CHATEAU comes ASYLUMa tough tale of tough men making tough choices. 
When a small-time crook wants to move up the hierarchy to be a big-time gangster, a deadly mistake almost costs him his life, and he gets that opportunity. Chained to a tree and left with no food nor water, he has to train his sharp wits to survive his horrible torture. Synapse Films' disc includes a making-of featurette, "Homer" short film by Chateau, and the original promotional trailer.

 ASYLUM Special Features:

•"Making of" Featurette
• "Homer" short film by Asylum director
• Original Promotional Trailer

Movie Review: The Expendables 2 (2012)

Directed by Simon West
Starring Sylvester Stallone, Liam Hemsworth and Randy Couture
Run Time: 103 minutes

The team from The Expendables is back in action once again and this time they sign on for a mission that looks like an easy paycheck for Barney and his band of old-school mercenaries. But things go sour, and one of their own is killed by a psychotic terrorist-for-hire. Hell bent for payback, they cut a swath of destruction through enemy territory and mow down everything in their path. In the midst of the mayhem, they must also shut down an unexpected threat in the nick of time- preventing five tons of weapons grade plutonium from falling into the wrong hands, as well as save a village that is being tortured and used as slave labor by the mercenaries.

November 27, 2012

Cinema Head Cheese: The Podcast! #74 - Silent But Deadly Night

Dave, Jeff and Kevin each throw out a couple of their favorite holiday horror flicks. They get into Santa Claws, Jack Frost, Elves and GingerDead Man, as well as Silent Night, Deadly Night and the new remake.

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Movie Review: The Puppet Masters/ Deep Rising (Blu-ray)

If you're in for a bargain Blu-ray with two of the more underrated sci-fi/ action/ horror flicks of the 1990's look no further than this double bill that includes Deep Rising and The Puppet Masters from Mill Creek.

A pack of criminals led by John Finnegan (Treat Williams, Dead Heat) invade a luxury liner hoping to find a fortune but little do they know there's a sea monster waiting to gobble them up. The action is very fast here, the gore is in abundance but the plot though like most of director Stephen Sommer's films is wafer thin. Deep Rising is a very enjoyable film if you can look past the absence of any good explanation on how the monster got on the ship. Watch for character actor, Kevin J. O'Conner, playing his usual nervous self as one of the gentler crooks in the group.


VOD Begins January 1st; Theatrical Engagements Launch January 4th

CHATSWORTH, CA – What makes a superhero super? Is it their moral character, or their fantastic powers that allow them to vanquish all villains? What if their powers were lost and the very reason for their existence was suddenly drained from them?
Image Entertainment drops you into the previously-heroic lives of four now-powerless superheroes with All Superheroes Must Die.  Starring, written and directed by Jason Trost (star, writer/director of The FP) and co-starring James Remar (“Dexter”) and Lucas Till (X-Men: First Class), All Superheroes Must Die premieres on VOD January 1, 2013 and will soar across the big screen in limited theatrical engagements starting January 4, 2013.
All Superheroes Must Die follows four masked avengers – Charge (Trost), Cutthroat (Till), The Wall (Lee Valmassy) and Shadow (Sophie Merkley) -- who find themselves stripped of their powers by their arch-nemesis (Remar), whom they defeated years earlier … or so they thought. When the sinister mastermind puts the heroes through a series of brutal challenges that are virtually impossible to overcome, they must battle the clock – and even each other – in a race to stop a deadly countdown that could mean total destruction. Will the superheroes prevail, or will they be forced to meet their demise as mere human beings?

November 23, 2012

Movie Review: Mark of the Devil (aka Hexen bis aufs Blut gequält, 1970)

Movie Review by Greg Goodsell

Directed by Michael Armstrong and Adrian Hoven

Count Christian von Meruh (Udo Kier, in his first film) is an apprentice witch hunter who worships at the feet of Witchfinder Supreme, Lord Cumberland (Herbert Lom). Christian wants to follow in Cumberland’s stead in doing “God’s work,” i.e. torturing and killing anyone that gets in the Church’s – or certain individual’s way. There’s plenty of inhumanity going on in Christian’s Austrian village to keep the local yokels’ attention in the years before Cable TV. Tongues are torn out, nuns are raped, wenches are accused of consorting with the devil and of course that popular standby – accused witches being burned at the stake. Kier enjoys a fling with local bar wench Vanessa (Olivera Katarina) who in turn is accused of witchery by local with hunter Albino (Reggie Nalder, Salem’s Lot). When Cumberland strangles and kills Albino during a fight, Christian begins to think that maybe witch hunting isn’t the right way to go about furthering your particular agenda. Too late for Christian – the townspeople revolt, subject him to torture as Lord Cumberland gets away – to rape and pillage another day.

November 21, 2012

Movie Review: [Rec] 3: Genesis (Blu-ray, Momentum Pictures)

Reviewed by James DePaolo

(Rec)3 takes the illness out of the apartment complex of the first two and moves it to a wedding reception. The first twenty minutes or so of this film takes us via handheld video cameras on the big day of Koldo and Clara, we get to watch the pre wedding, the wedding and most of the reception. Where part 2 was just to the point and felt people understood the situation and premise, this film decided to build the story of the lovers and make us feel invested when things do start to go down. Unlike, the other two Rec films this one is more of a steady cam, instead of the usual shaky. While the reception is going on and everyone is having fun it seems to take a turn for the worst when an uncle who was bitten outside is possessed, and falls from the ceiling and starts to bite people. When all the chaos break out, which you know will, the bride and groom get separated and forced to go into different directions. Whereas the other two Rec films have been more about searching and trying to quarantine the virus and people infected, this one is more about survival and love.

November 20, 2012

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Cinema Head Cheese: The Podcast! #73 - Davesgiving

Dave flies solo this week and catches up on comic book movies, talks about actors playing multiple characters in the same universe and Thanksgiving movies.

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November 18, 2012

Movie Review: Lone Wolf and Cub (Blu-ray Collection)

AnimEigo has released some of the finest Samurai films from Japan over the past several years and lately have branched out to taking some of the most popular titles in their catalog and giving them some Hi-Def love on the Blu-ray format. So far we've seen them put out impressive releases of the original Shogun Assassin film and the five film collection of Shogun Assassin on Blu-ray. Now AnimEigo has taken the Lone Wolf and Cub series (the inspiration for Shogun Assassin) and made it available for those looking to upgrade on an already cool DVD set.

Before Shogun Assassin became the influential samurai "grindhouse" classic that it's so deservedly was crowned by critics and fans there were six films in the Baby Cart series directed by Kenji Misumi. All six of the features have been carefully assembled in a two-disc set form by Asian DVD powerhouse AnimEigo. The two films that were essentially the "highlight" reel that became Shogun Assassin, Sword of Vengeance and Baby Cart at the River of Styx kick off the set. The following four installments are also included Uncut and in their entirety – Baby Cart in Peril, Baby Cart to Hades, Baby at the River of Styx and finally White Heaven in Hell.

Movie Review: Grindhouse Hotties - Rene Bond Sleazy Triple Feature

The folks at After Hours Cinema have churned out some quality smut over the past few years with numerous vintage XXX film collections catering to 70's sleaze lovers. Naturally, they feature some some the porn greats from yesteryear. Rene Bond is the focus on After Hours' Grindhouse Hotties: Rene Bond Sleazy 70s Triple Feature. This fellatio-heavy fuck film trio consists of three films, Sounds of Sex, City Woman and Show'N Tell.

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Movie Review: Hobo With a Shotgun (2011)

The main purpose of any movie should simply be to entertain. Story, acting, direction and soundtrack are all pieces that combine to create this experience. The most important element is pure fun. Hobo With a Shotgun has an excess of all of these things.

Buy Hobo With a Shotgun Blu-ray or DVD.

A hobo comes into town hoping to start a new life mowing lawns. When he gets to town, he realizes that he would serve the citizens better with a shotgun. With the help of a hooker with a heart of gold, he does some serious damage to the criminals in town.

November 17, 2012

Movie Review: The Rains of Ranchipur (1955, Blu-Ray, Twilight Time)

Review: The Rains of Ranchipur (1955 Blu-Ray Edition)
Directed by Jean Negulesco
Starring Lana Turner, Richard Burton and Fred McMurray
Run Time: 104 minutes

Filmed in CinemaScope by Twentieth Century Fox, The Rains of Ranchipur tells the story of Lady Edwina Esketh (Lana Turner), who is in a loveless marriage of convenience to the henpecked Lord Albert Esketh (Michael Rennie). They basically spend their lives traveling the world, where Edwina enjoys taking lovers at every available stop along the way. Lord Albert is quite aware his wife is a trollop but basically just goes with the flow and deals with it as it comes.

Movie Review: Red Scorpion (1988, Synapse Films)

I feel like I missed the Dolph Lundgren train. After Ivan Drago and He-Man, he went on to play a series of action heroes that included the Punisher himself, Frank Castle. It all blew past me as I focused on Seagal and Van Damme. It seems that I was missing out.

Red Scorpion was only Lundgren's third movie. It followed the previously mentioned films and was only his second time taking the lead role (Masters of the Universe was the first). It's also the second time he played a Soviet Russian, and according to a bonus interview on the Synapse re-release, he pulled heavily from his time on Rocky IV. Red Scorpion is filled with the politics of the time, and apparently, the filming was as harrowing at times as the story itself.

Movie Review: Sex Hell: True Story of a Woman in Jail (1975)

Directed by Koyu Ohara

Starring Hitomi Kozue, Meika Seri and Maya Hiromi

Here we have your typical “Women behind bars” movie. It has all the elements one would expect in this genre, plus it is done on the supposition that the jail in question is actually a juvenile hall. Implying that all the females involved are under-aged. As one would expect, in 1970's Japan this caused a bit of a stink. (Although all of the actresses involved are quite obviously of legal age.) For fans of this type of stuff, everything you want and need from your “woman behind bars” fix is included.

November 15, 2012

Movie Review: Iron Sky (Blu-ray, 2012)

When Finnish musician Timo Vuorensola isn’t hammering out tunes for his band Älymystö he’s making movies. Iron Sky is his first feature and from what I’ve seen he seems to have a delightfully oddball sense of humor and possible career as a successful director. Any movie about Nazi’s in space has gotta be gold, right?

It’s present day in America, and we’re doing what we’ve done numerous times over the past 50 years – explore the moon. This time it’s a little different though after the discovery of a base built by Nazis in the 40’s two astronauts have their mission complicated by space-roaming soldiers from the “Fourth Reich”. One of the astronauts, James Washington (Christopher Kirby) survives the attack and flees. He’s eventually captured by General Wolfgang Kortzfleisch (Udo Kier, Andy Warhol’s Dracula); Washington is forced to help the Nazi’s out as they venture back to earth.

November 13, 2012

Cinema Head Cheese: The Podcast! #72 - Fun for the Whole Family

Kevin and Dave talk about kids' movies that adults can actually enjoy. After seeing Wreck-It Ralph, Kevin decides to focus on animation. Dave then tackles the live action family films that he enjoys.

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Movie Review:The Night Of The Devils (Blu-ray,1972)

Since Raro Video branched out with their American releases over the past couple years, many of their titles (much of them quite obscure) have caught this reviewer by surprise. Whether it’s Plot of Fear or one of my personal favorites, Murder Obsession, I’ve been able to enjoy some movies I knew nothing about from Italian filmmakers. Now, we have Giorgio Ferroni’s Night of the Devils to peak my interest. The movie’s story sounds fun and its available now for the first time on DVD and Blu-ray from Raro, so could it be yet another diamond in the rough?
Most European cult cinema fans will know Ferroni from his excellent feature Mill of the Stone Women. The Night of the Devils was produced several years later and involves a man named Nicola (Gianni Garko, The Psychic) who’s been admitted to a mental hospital where he has some horrific dreams. Rotting bodies, naked women, heat-ripping, faces exploding are all a part of these dreams. Why is he having these crazy visions? After watching Nicola shift and twitch in his bed with his doctors overlooking him, we are shown exactly what made him goofy.

November 11, 2012

Movie Review: Jungle Drums of Africa (1953)

Directed by Fred C. Brannon
Starring Clayton Moore, Phyllis Coates and Johnny Sands
Run Time: 167 minutes

Back in the early 50‘s, television was just beginning to become a threat to the motion picture business, and one of Hollywood’s responses to the growing popularity of television series’ was the Serial. Which was usually some type of adventure story-line told through several chapters, with each chapter ending in some type of cliff-hanger situation where a main character was placed in a near-hopeless situation, which in theory would keep people, especially kids, coming back to the movie theaters every week to see how their favorite characters escaped certain death. Some serials were great entertainment, with some of my personal favorites being- Flash Gordon (Universal, 1936) and The Masked Marvel (Republic, 1939-43), while others were not so good.

Prepare To Get Your Flesh Eaten By The "Bath Salt Zombies"!

Bath Salt Zombies is a new horror film directed and co-written by Dustin Wayde Mills (Puppet Monster Massacre, Zombie A-Hole, Ballad of Skinless Pete) and produced and co-written by Clint Weiler of Aggronautix. The movie sensationalizes the recent bath saltepidemic and the attacks surrounding them. “Although the film is somewhat of a black comedy, I wanted to portray the real power of drugs in a horror story… Dustin was able to pull it off with ease,” said Weiler who wrote the treatment for the film and worked on the basic characterization. “It’s off the wall comic book insanity with blood, gore, nudity, martial arts, gunfights, and a mutant jack-chi,” said Mills. “You should check your brain at the door and prepare to have your face melted off.”

November 9, 2012

Movie Review: Elvira's Haunted Hills (2002)

Reviewed by Kenny Barnwell

Directed by Sam Irvin

Starring~ Casandra Peterson, Richard O'Brien, Mary Scheer

Plot ~ Elvira and her maid are traveling to Paris for a show. Unfortunately, along the way they get sidetracked in a creepy castle with mysterious characters, strange goingson and an old family curse to be unraveled. Nothing fancy or complicated about it, its a parody on the same theme as the 10,000 other haunted castle movies that came before it, but this one has the one thing the others don't, the legendary dick-tease Elvira and her iconic cleavage, which is served up to us buffet-style for the entirety of the film.

 Buy Elvira's Haunted Hills on DVD

November 7, 2012

Movie Review: 247 Degrees Fahrenheit (2012)

In 2010 Adam Green brought many horror fans by surprise with his film Frozen. It’s a simple narrative surrounding a few twenty-somethings caught in frigid weather on a ski-lift. Holding an audience for 90 minutes with that story-line can’t be easy – but the Hatchet creator succeeded with what may be his best film. Just recently a film taking almost the same formula,except using extreme heat as the antagonist is now upon genre-philes in the form of Levan Bakhia andBeqa Jguburia’s 247 Degrees Fahrenheit.

Scream queen Scout Taylor-Compton plays Jenna, one of four youngsters looking to party it up in a cabin decked out with all kinds of amenities. The big draw for the kids is the deluxe European sauna. After a little sex and booze the group decides to relax a little more by trying out the sauna. They drink, drink some more and go back and forth until three of the four get stuck in the sauna.

November 6, 2012

Cinema Head Cheese: The Podcast! #71 - Drippings Vit Goo

Dave, Jeff and Kevin decide to talk about some horror movies that they think are underrated. they get into the obscure, forgotten sequels and a series that doesn't get its due.

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November 5, 2012

Movie Review: Madame O (1967, aka Zoku akutokui: Joi-hen)

Directed by Seiichi Fukuda

Michiko Sakyô plays the Madame O of the title, a highly successful female surgeon with issues. The frowning, matronly Sakyo is all business at the clinic, but come nightfall she paints on a smile and hits all of Tokyo ’s seediest gin joints to pick up men. After a roll in the hay, Madame O reaches for her lancet, marks her male prey and presses some syphilis-moistened swabs into their wounds as they sleep. Sakyo is lashing out at men after being gang raped on a beach as a teenager. She hates all men, and hates herself just a little bit more, as she mutilates her own genitalia sans anesthetic. A fellow male doctor (Akihiko Kaminara) catches her in the act and promptly falls head over heels in love with her! – YEEEEEEEEEEEcccccccccchhhhhhhhhhhh.

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November 4, 2012

An Otto Preminger Masterpiece and More Coming Soon From Twilight Time!

VIDEO: 1080p High Definition / 2.35:1
AUDIO: English 1.0 DTS-HD MA
1958 / Color and B & W
Limited Edition of 3,000 Units

Special Features: Isolated Score Track / Domestic Trailer with Francoise Sagan Interview

“Arguably Preminger’s masterpiece.” —Dave Kehr, The Chicago Reader “One of the most gorgeous films ever made.” —New York Magazine “One of the great underappreciated films of the 1950s.” —Nick Pinkerton, The Village Voice

Bonjour Tristesse (1958) is producer/director Otto Preminger’s widescreen adaptation of the provocative best-seller by Françoise Sagan about a jaded 17-year-old (Jean Seberg) who wreaks havoc when she begins manipulating her playboy father’s love life. David Niven as the careless roué and Deborah Kerr as the elegant new object of his affections also share the screen with cinematographer Georges Périnal’s stunning color vistas of an idyllic French Riviera and more melancholy black-and-white views of a lovely but chilly Paris. Georges Auric contributes an appropriately bluesy score, supporting Preminger’s influential take on the lives of the rich and reckless.

VIDEO: 1080p High Definition / 2.55:1
AUDIO: English 4.0 DTS-HD MA
1955 / Color
Limited Edition of 3,000 Units

Special Features: Isolated Score Track / Trailers and TV Spot

 “Lana Turner as the titled trollop…has the role of temptress down pat. Burton’s portrayal of the dedicated Indian doctor who falls in love with Turner has strength and conviction and is underplayed intelligently.” —Variety  “Boasts color CinemaScope…an all-star cast…Oscar-nominated special effects…Turner offers a sultry, overtly sexual interpretation…Burton is surprisingly good in a role that could easily backfire on an Anglo actor…the special effects are the main attraction and the melodrama’s raison d’être.” —TV Guide

The Rains of Ranchipur (1955)—based on a Louis Bromfield novel and an earlier Twentieth Century Fox hit, The Rains Came (1939)—is a juicy, full-bore melodrama, directed by Fox’s own master of the genre, the great Jean Negulesco. Starring Lana Turner as a heartless vixen who first lures, then falls in love with an honorable Indian physician (Richard Burton), the film plays out against the magnificent sweep of the Indian subcontinent, torn by the harsher powers of nature and lushly photographed by Milton Krasner. Also starring Fred MacMurray as a potentially heroic drunk, Michael Rennie as Turner’s cruelly cuckolded husband, Eugenie Leontovich as a worldly-wise Maharani, and Joan Caulfield as a loyal innocent, the film is further highlighted by a romantic score from the incomparable Hugo Friedhofer (available here as an isolated track) and thrilling special effects that were nominated for an Academy Award.

Both titles street on November 13th, so be sure to grab one of these super limited titles right here at Screen Archives Entertainment.

Cinematic Hell: Monstrosity aka The Atomic Brain (1964)

by Hal Astell

Director: Joseph Mascelli

Stars: Marjorie Eaton and Frank Gerstle

Buy The Atomic Brain (Monstrosity) on DVD

I just couldn't resist following up The Brain That Wouldn't Die with The Atomic Brain to make a double helping of brains, even though this film was originally titled Monstrosity only to perhaps be renamed because the original title described the picture too well. Both films ponder the same theme, the old chestnut about mad transplant surgeons, and both come down firmly on the side that it's immoral, unethical and unforgivable. How quaint we were back in the sixties when it came to such things, but then this film was co-written by no less than four writers and directed by Ray Dennis Steckler's cinematographer. Having four writers generally makes the best script turn to mush and it isn't surprising that Joseph Mascelli never directed again. He kept busy for a while on Steckler's films, with 1964 also seeing him lens Strange Compulsion, The Thrill Killers and The Incredibly Strange Creatures Who Stopped Living and Became Mixed-Up Zombies!!?

November 3, 2012

Movie Review: Karate-Robo Zaborgar (2011, Blu-ray)

As a youngster, my earliest exposure to science fiction from Japan came from our local UHF station.  If Chicago horror host Son of Svengoolie wasn’t on I was usually watching some Japanese giant monster film or Kaiju. Along with monsters like Godzilla and Gamera, I also enjoyed robot flicks and other cheesy science-fiction fare. Spectreman was a big favorite, so when I saw the preview of Karate-Robo Zaborgar from director Noboru Iguchi (RoboGeisha, Mutant Girls Squad), I had to check it out.

If you’ve seen any of Iguchi’s previous films you might have a slight idea of what you’re in for, if not, prepare yourself for a wildly entertaining, ridiculous ride. Yutaka Daimon (Itsuji Itao) is on a mission to cripple the evil forces of Sigma, a group of robots, cyborgs and other unexplainable entities. With him, at his side is his robot/ motorcycle named Zaborgar. Zarborgar is way cooler than any of the transformers you may have seen in Michael Bay’s films. He’s got a whole host of weapons and tricks that make him and Daimon an amazing tandem against the forces of Sigma.

Movie Review: American Maniacs (2010)

Directed by C.M. Downs

Starring Ashlynn Yennie, Jason Miller and John Redmond

In most horror/thrillers there is a distinct line drawn between the characters which dwell within it. You've got the good guys on this side, the bad guys on that side. The victimizers over here and the victims over there. American Maniacs has no hero's, there is no one to root for here because every single character is deeply disturbed in their own special way. Think “The Jerry Springer Show Meets Ed Gein” You've got Clyde (Jason Miller) a hillbilly failed actor who has abducted a group of christian kids who happen to have AIDS and is keeping them locked up in a chicken coup in the barn. You've got Clyde's wife Starlene, (Ashlynn Yennie of Human Centipede fame) a meth-head stripper who married Clyde for the sole purpose of getting her hands on a stash of money she thinks he has hidden somewhere in the barn. You've got Punch (Shawn Smith), a meth dealer who is fucking Clyde's wife and is determined to get his hands on that stash of money. And then you've got sheriff Lewis (John Redmond), who is not very good at his job and has some seriously fucked up sexual issues going on in his life.

November 2, 2012

Movie Review: Profane (2011)

Directed by Usama Alshaibi

Starring Manal Kara, Molly Plunk and Dejan Mircea
Profane is a film that is set up like a documentary and it follows the lifestyle of a beautiful young Muslim girl named Muna, (Manal Kara) who also happens to be a professional dominatrix. When Muna isn't reading her Koran she is busy at work... shitting on people's faces and kicking them in the balls among many other forms of sweet degradation to earn a living. Along for the ride is her side-kick and business partner Mary, (Molly Plunk). They spend a great deal of time getting high on cocaine and pills when they’re not hard at work double-teaming hapless Johns.

Midnight Movies #12: Shockumentary Triple Feature DVD on 2/26/13!

Blue Underground is back with Midnight Movies #12... the shockumentaries!

“What the camera sees it films pitilessly, without sympathy, without taking sides,” it begins. “This film only says farewell to the old Africa and gives the world a picture of its agony.” Here was a world now ruled by rebels and refugees, plunderers and poachers, mercenaries and murderers, a land suddenly aflame with brutality, racism and unspeakable slaughter. At the risk of their own lives, the filmmakers’ cameras captured it all. The result is a daring and disturbing work that ranks among the greatest achievements in documentary cinema, an experience that remains as shocking – and shockingly relevant – as it was 40 years ago. This is AFRICA BLOOD & GUTS!

It was advertised as “The first motion picture based on historical facts about the rise and revolt of slavery in America.” It became one of the most reviled and misunderstood films of its time. This epic recreation of the American slave trade atrocities was both condemned as depraved exploitation and acclaimed as an unprecedented cry of Black anguish and rage. The Detroit Chronicle hailed it as “a graphic, moving, nerve-paralyzing film.” Legendary film critic Pauline Kael called it “the most specific and rabid incitement of the race war.” Three decades cannot diminish GOODBYE UNCLE TOM’s impact or quiet its controversy.

For more than four decades, they have remained among the most brilliant and misunderstood directors the world of cinema has ever seen. Now in this all-new documentary feature, Gualtiero Jacopetti and Franco Prosperi finally have their say. From their life as journalists and career as filmmakers, through success and scandal, from the tragic misunderstanding that made them international criminals to the reasons behind their bitter break-up, Jacopetti and Prosperi reveal the startling and often surprising stories behind their infamous films. Forty years later, they remain passionate and proud, defensive and daring, and as confrontational and controversial as ever. They are THE GODFATHERS OF MONDO.

·         Theatrical Trailers
·         TV Spot
·         Poster & Still Gallery
·         U.S. Press Book (DVD-ROM)
·         Theatrical Trailer
·         Behind-the-Scenes 8mm Footage with Audio Commentary by Giampaolo Lomi
·         Giampaolo Lomi’s Behind-the-Scenes Still Gallery
·         Poster & Still Gallery

AFRICA BLOOD & GUTS: ©1984 Mediatrade. All Rights Reserved.
GOODBYE UNCLE TOM: ©1971 Euro International Films. All Rights Reserved.
THE GODFATHERS OF MONDO: ©2003 Blue Underground, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

If you still think Halloween is the scariest night of the year… RING IN THE HOLIDAYS THE ANCHOR BAY WAY WITH SILENT NIGHT

In select theaters November 30th;  Blu-ray™/DVD combo and DVD on sale December 4th

BEVERLY HILLS, CA – You better watch out! Santa Claus is coming to town, and he knows who’s been bad. On November 30th, Anchor Bay Films presents Silent Night on screen in ten major U.S. metropolitan areas. Blu-ray™/DVD combo and DVD will be available to unwrap nationwide on December 4th.

A loose remake of the horror classic Silent Night, Deadly Night, the film’s stellar cast includes Malcolm McDowell (Rob Zombie’s Halloween, Easy A), Jaime King (Sin City, My Bloody Valentine 3D), Donal Logue (Shark Night 3D, Blade), Lisa Marie (Sleepy Hollow), Brendan Fehr (Final Destination, X-Men First Class), and Ellen Wong (Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World).

Movie Review: Maximum Conviction (2012)

It's not often that you get to see action stars from different eras meet up for a story filled with killing, blowing things up and all around ass kicking. Expendables aside, it's really true. I had the opportunity to see two of my favorites together, and I was not disappointed.

It's really very simple. You take Steven Seagal, throw in Steve Austin, add Michael Pare and soap opera star / martial artist  Bren Foster and then throw them all into a prison that houses the worst criminals known to man. It's like the '80s threw up on the '90s and it all just oozed over the last twelve years, and I loved it.