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Home Invasion: DVD & Blu-Ray Releases This Week

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Now that our new house is settling, we wanted to bring back our weekly DVD & Blu-Ray Releases posts. We are calling this weekly post “Home Invasion”. If you plan on purchasing these items via Amazon, all you need to do is click on the buttons provided or on the artwork and not only do you get the same price you normally would with Amazon, but you help us out a little bit as well – which is all we ask because this list does take some time to put together.

All Descriptions are from Amazon.com unless otherwise noted. We have excluded the Netflix code on this particular post. This is due to all of the changes with Netflix and their DVD mailing program. If you want us to include the code in future Home Invasion posts, where you just click a button to add it to your queue, leave us a comment below.

US DVD & Blu-Ray Releases for September 27, 2011

Act of Vengeance (Movie-On-Demand)

Linda gets raped by a man in a hockey mask. She finds that a few other women have had the same treatment. Together they form a squad that starts looking for the man and also changes the mind of would-be rapists. Written by Per Johansson <hawklord@one.se> (Description from IMDB.com)

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Basket Case [Blu-ray]

Carrying a mysterious wicker basket wherever he goes, Duane Bradley checks into a flea-bag hotel in New York’s Times Square. What’s in the basket, you ask? Why, it’s Duane’s hideously misshapen Siamese twin brother, Belial. Together, they’re in town to hunt down and wreak havoc on the sleazy surgeons who separated them…

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Blu-Ray Specs
  • New full-frame HD transfer preserving the original 16mm camera ratio
  • New video introduction by Frank Henenlotter
  • Audio commentary by director Frank Henenlotter, producer Edgar Ievins
  • Rare outtakes and behind-the-scenes footage from the Director’s Collection
  • Two theatrical trailers plus TV spot
  • 2001 video short: In Search of the Hotel Broslin
  • Two rare Basket Case radio spots
  • Gallery of Basket Case exploitation art and behind-the-scenes photos

The Blood Trilogy [Blu-ray]

Herschell Gordon Lewis’ pioneering “gore” films in deluxe special editions. First, Mrs. Fremont hires crackpot Egyptian cultist Fuad Ramses to cater a party–and he prepares a Blood Feast made from the grisly body parts of nubile young women. The world’s first gore film. Then the Two Thousand Maniacs of a small Southern town celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Civil War by forcing a handful of Northerners to serve as “guests” in their macabre, blood-crazed fun and games. And when his girlfriend, Gigi, cuts her finger on a frame, maniacal artist Adam Sorg discovers a new shade of crimson that will make his artwork so special–human blood–in the shocktacular Color Me Blood Red.

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Blu-Ray Specs
  • 3 audio commentaries by Herschell Gordon Lewis and David Friedman
  • Outtakes
  • Carving Magic with William Kerwin and Harvey Korman
  • Blood Feast theatrical trailer
  • Two Thousand Maniacs theatrical trailer
  • Color Me Blood Red theatrical trailer
  • Galleries of exploitation art

C.H.U.D.

Beneath the streets of New York city, there are hundreds of miles of subterranean tunnels unfit for anything human, unauthorized for anything experimental and unlikely to come to the surface…until now. Something horrible is loose in the sewers of Manhattan, and the city’s homeless population has begun to mutate into ‘Cannibalistic Humanoid Underground Dwellers.’ They are C.H.U.D. – hideous, hungry and headed for the streets. John Heard, Daniel Stern and Kim Greist star in this wildly original horror shocker, filmed on (and below) the streets of New York City where hundreds of tourists every year are still devoured by actual C.H.U.D..

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Dead Cert [DVD & Blu-Ray]

Freddie Frankham (Craig Fairbrass, The Bank Job) is working his way into the East End London big league with the opening of his nightclub, but soon realizes he’s made a grave mistake by building it on the sacred land of Dante Livienko (Billy Murray, Rise Of The Footsoldier): otherwise known as the legendary vampire The Wolf. Dante wants the club, but Freddie isn’t going to give up his turf without a fight, little realizing that he’s taking on a 500-year-old legend of mortal combat in a battle to the death . . .

Dexter Fletcher (Kick-Ass), Steven Berkoff (The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo) and Lisa McAllister (How To Lose Friends & Alienate People) also star in this stylishly gritty horror/gangster mashup from genre specialists Black and Blue Films that tears across the screen to deliver bloodied fight action!

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DVD & Blu-Ray Specs
  • Audio commentary
  • Making-of Dead Cert
  • Theatrical trailer

Gamera – Triple Feature Collector’s Edition – Blu-ray

 

Join Dr. Nagamine, Inspector Osako and the lovely Asagi Kusanagi as they attempt to unravel the mysterious and deadly monster attacks of both the Gyaos and the Legion. With the help of the military, the survival of the human race depends on them. And the fate of the world depends on a gargantuan, aeronautic and flamably breathed reptile – Gamera, the guardian of the universe! This limited edition box set includes all 3 feature films from the Heisei Gamera trilogy, all beautifully remastered in stunning high definition. Also included is a wealth of Bonus Features!

Gamera: Guardian of the Universe (1995) Color 103 mins Not Rated

That giant fire-breathing turtle you loved as a kid is back with a vengeance in GAMERA: GUARDIAN OF THE UNIVERSE. The all-new science fiction spectacular has been hailed by critic and fans alike as one of the best monster movies ever!  Under the guidance of acclaimed director Shusuke Kaneko (Necronomicon) and screenwriter Kazunori Itô (Ghost In the Shell), the lean, green fighting machine has been reborn with a whole new set of tricks under his 200-foot shell.  Gamera is ready for the new century with stunning state-of-the-art computer animation and dazzling special effects.  The super turtle combats both a misguided military and a hideous race of man-eating flying reptiles.  Aiding Gamera in his fight are a courageous naval officer, an intrepid ornithologist and a beautiful young psychic.  Don t miss the most incredible slam-bang, knock-down monster slug-fest ever filmed as Gamera turtle-waxes the evil Gyaos through downtown Tokyo in GAMERA: GUARDIAN OF THE UNIVERSE!

Gamera 2: Attack of Legion (1996) Color 114 mins Not Rated

From the same crew who brought us the effect-juiced Gamera: Guardian of the Universe now comes an even more CGI-enhanced adventure for our tortugan hero.  A freak meteor shower near Sapporo, Japan brings with it more than just a killer light how.  Electrical problems, over-grown plant life and a whole slew of rather irritable critters also drop in to threaten the human race.  Local science instructor Midori Honami (Miki Mizuno) is called to assist the brave Colonel Watarase (Toshiyuki Nagashima) in the military s oft-confused attempts to save mankind.  They must find a way to successfully combine efforts with their reptilian protector, or both will face ultimate destruction from the Earth s bugged-out invaders.  Join the battle as Gamera and his bipedal pals work to repel the Attack of Legion!

Gamera 3: Revenge of Iris (1999) 108 minutes / Color / Not Rated

Still reeling after the hard-fought battle to repel Legion, Japan is now reminded of a deadly foe from the past. The Gyaos have returned, and this time the ornery man-eating birds have not only increased their numbers, but also added a menacing new member, Iris, to their destructive little club. Raised by a young girl whose parents Gamera accidentally squished, the flying blood-sucking squid monster Iris takes her learned hatred and goes out on the warpath. Dr. Nagamine and Inspector Osaka are reunited to help Gamera in his relentless quest to protect and save the human race. Can Gamera ground the Gyaos? Can the turtle tie up the terrible tentacles? Do the hapless humans and the rowdy reptile have what it takes to thwart the revenge of Iris?

This Limited Edition Box Set Includes All 3 Feature Films, All Beautifully Re-Mastered in Stunning High Definition!

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Blu-Ray Specs

BONUS MATERIALS: (HIGH-DEFINITION VIDEO AND AUDIO SPECIFICATIONS DO NOT APPLY TO THE BONUS MATERIALS

Gamera 1: Gamera Behind the Scenes, Camera Test and Special Effects

Gamera 2: Uncut version of the The Salvo Scene, Behind the Scenes of the Kasum


Good Neighbors [DVD & Blu-ray]

Neighbors Spencer (Scott Speedman) and Louise (Emily Hampshire) have bonded over their fascination with a recent string of murders terrorizing their community. When a new tenant named Victor (Jay Baruchel) moves into the building, all three quickly hit it off. However, they soon discover each has his or her own dark secret. As the violence outside mounts, the city retreats indoors for safety. But the more time these three neighbors spend together in their apartment building, the clearer it becomes that what they once thought of as a safe haven is as dangerous as any outside terrors they could imagine.

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Heathers [DVD & Blu-ray]

[Editor's Note: Not sure what the difference between this new DVD & Blu-Ray release from Image Entertainment and the previously released Anchor Bay/Starz DVD & Blu-Ray.]

Westerburg High School’s elite clique of popular girls is “The Heathers,” comprised of the powerful Heather Chandler, the green-with-envy Heather Duke, and the cowardly Heather McNamara. Rounding out the foursome is Veronica Sawyer (Winona Ryder), who is so fed up with the Heathers and the entire peer pressure cooker that she starts running with J.D. (Christian Slater), a mysterious – and possibly psychotic – motorcycle-riding newcomer. But what begins as their noble effort to rid Westerburg of its bad apples ends up taking a real toll. And their teen rebellion produces a serious and mounting body count. Shannen Doherty co-stars in this cruelly hilarious dark comedy, which became one of the biggest cult classics of the ‘80s.

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Godfather of Gore: The Herschell Gordon Lewis Documentary

Gory, Gory, Hallelujah! Take an outrageous ride through the wild world of exploitation films with this often-hilarious documentary, Herschell Gordon Lewis, The Godfather of Gore. Featuring interviews with cast, crew, and critics such as director John Waters, drive-in movie critic Joe Bob Briggs, and Herschell Gordon Lewis himself, The Godfather of Gore traces Lewis’ start in the innocent bare-naked world of “Nudie Cuties” before he shocked the world with Blood Feast, the first-ever gore film. Lewis then continued to assault audiences with such audacious shockers as She-Devils on Wheels, Blast-Off Girls, Just for the Hell of It, Two Thousand Maniacs!, The Gruesome Twosome, The Gore Gore Girls, and the incredible Wizard of Gore. Experience a decade of motion-picture madness – with tons of clips, rare outtakes, and testimony from the people who were there – as Herschell Gordon Lewis, The Godfather of Gore leaves you laughing and screaming at some of the most amazing movies to ever play American movie theaters!

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Maria’s B-Movie Mayhem: Mardi Gras Massacre

In New Orleans a serial killer wearing a welder’s mask strikes during the Mardi Gras festival. He goes into a bar and asks for the “most evil” prostitute he can find. He then takes her to a basement where he ties her up and cuts off her limbs and genitals. He then kills more prostitutes to get their hearts to sacrifice to an ancient Aztec goddess. A policeman who uses a prostitute as a lover and source of information then hunts down the killer based on her tips.

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Mimic (Director’s Cut) [Blu-ray + Digital Copy]

From acclaimed director Guillermo Del Toro (Pan’s Labrynth, Hellboy) comes “a terrifying film of great elegance” (San Francisco Chronicle). Starring Academy Award© winner Mira Sorvino (Mighty Aphrodite) and screen favorite Charles S. Dutton (A Time to Kill) and Josh Brolin (True Grit) this electrifying thriller brings the epic battle between man and nature to life when a team of scientists discover a glitch in their miracle cure. With the power to mimic and destroy its every predator and the threat of an entire city’s destruction, their creation has taken on a horrifying life of its own. With the weight of extinction on their shoulders the team is forced to take matters into their own hands in this stylish hit that delivers heartpounding thrills from beginning to end.

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Blu-Ray Specs and Supplemental Material

• Video Prologue with director Guillermo del Toro
• Audio commentary with director/co-writer Guillermo Del Toro
• “Reclaiming Mimic” featurette
• “A Leap In Evolution – The Creatures of Mimic” featurette
• “Back Into The Tunnels – Shooting Mimic” featurette
• Deleted scenes
• Storyboard animatics
• Gag reel
• Theatrical Trailer


A Nightmare on Elm Street 2 & 3 [Blu-ray]

I’m not sure if New Line/Warners is going to release the other films that haven’t been released on Blu-Ray in these 2-Movie Collections or not. This first collection includes the poorly executed homo-erotic sequel and the cheezy goodness of Dream Warriors.

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The Phantom Carriage (Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray]

The last person to die on New Year’s Eve before the clock strikes twelve is doomed to take the reins of Death’s chariot and work tirelessly collecting fresh souls for the next year. So says the legend that drives The Phantom Carriage (Körkarlen), directed by the father of Swedish cinema, Victor Sjöström (The Wind), about an alcoholic, abusive ne’er-do-well (Sjöström himself) who is shown the error of his ways and the pure-of-heart Salvation Army sister who believes in his redemption. Based on a novel by Nobel Prize winner Selma Lagerlöf, this extraordinarily rich and innovative silent classic (which inspired Ingmar Bergman to make movies) is a Dickensian ghost story and a deeply moving morality tale, as well as a showcase for groundbreaking special effects.

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Blu-Ray Specs and Supplement Material
New digital transfer, restored in collaboration with the Archival Film Collections of the Swedish Film Institute

Two scores, one by acclaimed Swedish composer Matti Bye and the other by the experimental duo KTL

Audio commentary featuring film historian Casper Tybjerg

Interview with Ingmar Bergman excerpted from the 1981 documentary Victor Sjöström: A Portrait, by Gösta Werner

The Bergman Connection, an original visual essay by film historian and Bergman scholar Peter Cowie on The Phantom Carriage’s influence on Bergman

New and improved English subtitle translation

PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by screenwriter and filmmaker Paul Mayersberg

More!


The Quatermass Xperiment (aka The Creeping Unknown) – (Movie-on-Demand)

Astronaut Victor Carroon (Wordsworth), who has become the first man in space in a rocket ship of Quatermass’s design, returns to earth, it becomes very clear that something infected Carroon during the flight. He rapidly begins mutating into an alien organism which, if it spores, will destroy humanity. Quatermass and his associates have just a few hours to track the creature down and prevent an apocalypse.

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Riki-Oh: The Story of Ricky [DVD & Blu-ray]

A practitioner of the mystical kung-fu style known as Qigong, Ricky is invincible, has superhuman strength, and can virtually withstand all pain. He uses his martial arts skills to clean up the system after being incarcerated in a prison run by corrupt
officials. This leads to ill-fated attempts by others to subdue him, which end up being extremely gory and over-the-top.

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Vampires, Mummies And Monsters Collection: Roger Corman Cult Classics (Lady Frankenstein, Time Walker, The Velvet Vampire & Grotesque)

In The Velvet Vampire, a couple accepts an invitation from the mysterious Diane LeFanu (Celeste Yarnall, The Mechanic) to visit her in her secluded desert estate. Unaware that Diane is actually a centuries-old vampire, the couple soon realize that they are both the objects of her seduction and cravings . . .

When Baron Frankenstein is killed by his creation, his daughter Tania (Rosalba Neri, a/k/a Sarah Bay) creates her own creature using the brilliant mind of her assistant and the body of her dimwitted servant in Lady Frankenstein. She not only ends up with the perfect lover, but one that can destroy her father’s killer. Also starring Joseph Cotten (The Third Man) as Baron Frankenstein.

Lisa (Linda Blair, The Exorcist) was looking forward to a nice, relaxing vacation at the family cabin, but instead she bears witness to the brutal death of her friends and family at the hands of a group of mindless punks in Grotesque. As the thugs close in on Lisa, they don’t realize they are about to come face to face with something far more horrifying than themselves.

From deep within the tomb of the Egyptian pharaoh Tutankhamun, Professor Douglas McCadden ships the coffin of Ankh-Vanharis to the California Institute of Sciences, where X-rays reveal five diamondlike crystals hidden within the coffin. Technician Peter Sharpe steals the crystals, but he doesn’t notice that the powerful X-ray has revived a green fungus. When the coffin is opened at a university press conference, the reporters uncover more than they bargained for. The mummy has disappeared . . . the Time Walker is alive again!

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Roseanne – Tricks & Treats

Most TV shows celebrated the holiday season with warm & fuzzy Christmas specials. But for the cast, crew and creators of ROSEANNE, the year s best celebrations always belonged to Halloween. In these eight classic episodes, the Conners unleash tricks and treats in one of the greatest sitcoms in television history.

Featuring all 8 Halloween-themed episodes from Seasons 2-9 in one ghoulishly hilarious DVD collection!

  • Includes the Emmy®-nominated fan favorite episode, Boo from the top-rated 2nd season!

Guest stars include Ed McMahon, Sandra Bernhard, Mo Gaffney, Jim J. Bullock, Arianna Huffington, Joanna Lumley, Jennifer Saunders, Marlo Thomas, Estelle Parsons and George Clooney!

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Maria’s B-Movie Mayhem (Scream / Barn of the Naked Dead)

Scream

A group of friends on a rafting trip down a river stop in at an old ghost town to spend the night. Soon their rafts disappear, and then they begin to be eliminated one by one by a mysterious killer.

Barn of the Naked Dead

Three showgirls on their way to Las Vegas have car trouble and are stuck all night out in the desert. The next morning cheerful Andre offers them help in fixing their car. However, Andre is really a maniac with a lot of family problems; his mother ran out on him when he was a child so now he keeps kidnapped women chained up in his barn and trains them to perform circus tricks. Andre’s father is still around of course, but because the old homestead is next to a nuclear test site he has been transformed into a raving homicidal mutant that Andre keeps locked up in a shed. Written by Jeremy Lunt <durlinlunt@acadia.net> (From IMDB.com)

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Sugar Hill (Movie-On-Demand)

The story centers on a Voodoo queen using zombies to take revenge on a group of White gangsters. The zombies in this film more closely resemble the creatures of voodoo legend – i.e. the walking dead who do the bidding of a human master – than the flesh-eating living dead ghouls now currently popular. (From Wikipedia.org)

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Terror Trap

Don and Nancy find themselves stranded after their car breaks down while driving to a weekend getaway. Finding the couple on the roadside, the towns Sheriff tells them there will be no one to repair their car before morning and directs them to a nearby motel for the night run by Carter. At first glance Carter seems like a typical motel clerk, until they notice that everyone, including the Sheriff, seem to answer to him. By the time Don and Nancy realize what is happening, it is too late to flee. Now they must fight to survive the night, or be the next victims of the Terror Trap.

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Torso [DVD & Blu-ray]

One Day She Met A Man Who Loved Beautiful Women…
BUT NOT ALL IN ONE PIECE!

A series of sex murders shock a college campus, and four beautiful young girlfriends head for the safety of an isolated country villa. But as they succumb to their own erotic desires, their weekend of pleasure becomes a vacation to dismember at the hands – and blade – of the lecherous maniac.

Directed by Sergio Martino (MOUNTAIN OF THE CANNIBAL GOD) and starring Suzy Kendall (THE BIRD WITH THE CRYSTAL PLUMAGE) and Tina Aumont (SALON KITTY), this Euro Horror chiller was originally released in America with much of its controversial violence removed by censors. Now freshly transferred in thrilling High Definition from the original negative, TORSO is presented in both its Uncensored English Version and Full-Length Italian Director’s Cut for the first time ever!

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Andy Triefenbach is the Editor-in-Chief and owner of DestroytheBrain.com. In addition to his role on the site, he also programs St. Louis' monthly horror & exploitation theatrical midnight program, Late Nite Grindhouse. Coming from a household of a sci-fi father and a horror/supernatural loving mother, Andy's path to loving genre film was clear. He misses VHS and his personal Saturday night 6 tape movie marathons from his youth.