CLASS OF 1999 IS COMING TO BLU-RAY!

Looks like one of my wishes have come true…again. I say again because this isn’t the first time Class of 1999 has been released on Blu-ray. However, the 3 Blu-rays that have been released for this film have been very subpar. I own the DVDs, VHS, and even a Laserdisc of the film so I know all this because I’m a nut.

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Disc of the Week: RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD 3

THE RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD is one of my favorite horror films of all time. Top 5. Top 2 probably. In fact, it was my first Disc of the Week ever last July. Unfortunately the series has been a bumpy road to travel ever since. PART II scrubbed the series of its nihilistic punk aesthetic and turned it into a kiddie comedy. It has some fans, I am not one of them. NECROPOLIS and RAVE TO THE GRAVE, the fourth and fifth installments, are two of the worst movies ever made. They move beyond the juvenile slapstick humor found in PART II to new levels of cringe-worthiness. The only sequel in the series that could be labelled a good movie is RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD 3. Instead of trying to match the original’s untouchable blend of horror and humor, it succeeds by playing it straight. This is a somber film about the lengths we will go to for love. But don’t be worried horror fans, this isn’t some art house zombie fare. It’s also a Brian Yuzna joint, which means plenty of rubber creatures running around and tearing chunks off of people.

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Disc of the Week: THE BLOB COLLECTION

Umbrella Entertainment continues their streak of offering high-def Australian options for films unavailable or out of print on Blu-ray in the States with this latest release. Chuck Russell’s 1988 remake of THE BLOB is heralded as one of the greatest remakes of all time and an outstanding ’80s creature feature. Twilight Time acquired the rights to this highly sought after title for its domestic HD debut and their limited edition of 5,000 copies sold out soon after. Well now fans who missed out on that release can get this celebrated classic on Blu-ray and the only thing extra it’ll cost them is the shipping cost to import it. All of the Umbrella Blus I have are region free, but it should be noted that the company has not confirmed whether or not this release will be region locked. Of course if you’re a BLOB free region free collector this causes no issue and you can pre-order away.

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Disc of the Week: THE PIT

Kino Lorber is a company that has been steadily putting out good Blu-ray releases for years. With their discs you can count on solid transfers and usually a few supplements. Some releases, such as their excellent QUATERMASS XPERIMENT and MIRACLE MILE Blus, are so packed with bonus features that they would be called Collector’s Editions by most other companies. But even with all that, Kino does not have the same rabid fan base of an Arrow or a Synapse. Maybe it’s because their catalogue isn’t made up of the same recognizable titles that drive cult movie fans crazy when other labels announce them, but I always get interested when I hear the newest set of Kino announcements.

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Blu-ray Review: CHOPPING MALL (1986)

CHOPPING MALL has finally been unleashed on blu-ray via Lionsgate’s “Vestron Video Collector’s Series.” Out of all the titles so far announced, this was the one I was eagerly waiting for…and did Lionsgate deliver! This is the release fans have been hoping for and an shining example of Lionsgate finally treating their catalogue with the love and respect it deserves.

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Yep, Looks Like SAW: LEGACY is Apparently Happening! Production Has Started, Targeting October 2017 Release Date.

We’ve known for awhile that Lionsgate have been looking to get the series (first created by James Wan and Leigh Whannell of INSIDIOUS fame) up and running again (the last entry, SAW: THE FINAL CHAPTER, was released October of 2010). However, while the cast or plot details are still yet to be announced, Bloody Disgusting “can exclusively confirm that production is beginning on SAW: LEGACY…”

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Disc of the Week: THE PUNISHER (1989)

Marvel Comics resident vigilante The Punisher is currently undergoing an onscreen renaissance thanks to Jon Bernthal’s powerful portrayal in the second season of DAREDEVIL. But before Marvel Studios could give us a comic accurate representation, we saw incarnations of Frank Castle on the big screen performed by Ray Stevenson (PUNISHER: WAR ZONE), Thomas Jane (2004’s THE PUNISHER), and Dolph Lundgren (1989’s THE PUNISHER). It’s this original film that is being given the HD treatment this week by Australian outfit Umbrella Entertainment. While you will still need to pay for some extra shipping to import the disc, according to Umbrella’s website this release is region free. I own their previous release of RAZORBACK and that indeed plays fine on region A players, so you should feel safe ordering this edition if you’re in the U.S.

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ScreamCast 111: Vestron Video Rises From The Grave!

Lionsgate has resurrected the long dead Vestron Video label in order to bring us their Vestron Video Collector’s Series of newly remastered genre films. So far they’ve announced CHOPPING MALL, BLOOD DINER, WAXWORK/WAXWORK II, RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD III & C.H.U.D. II: BUD THE CHUD. Justin Beahm joins us to discuss these flicks and the potential of the Vestron Video Collector’s Series.

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