We have an eclectic array of home media offerings coming out this week, led by the latest from Neil Marshall, The Reckoning. Shadow in the Cloud, featuring Chloë Grace Moretz, is also headed to Blu-ray and DVD this Tuesday, and if you missed the previous release of the Shinya Tsukamoto set from Arrow, they are releasing a standard Special Edition version of Solid Metal Nightmares as well. 

Other Blu and DVD releases making their debut on April 6th include Doors, Sleepless, Dawn of the Beast, Lurking in the Woods, and Killer Karaoke.

The Reckoning (RLJE Films, Blu-ray & DVD)

After losing her husband during the Great Plague, Grace Haverstock (Charlotte Kirk) is unjustly accused of being a witch and placed in the custody of England’s most ruthless witch-hunter, Judge Moorcroft (Sean Pertwee). Forced to endure physical and emotional torture while steadfastly maintaining her innocence, Grace must face her own inner demons as the Devil himself starts to work his way into her mind.

Shadow in the Cloud (Lionsgate, Blu-ray & DVD)

A female WWII pilot traveling with top secret documents on a B-17 Flying Fortress encounters an evil presence on board the flight.

Sleepless (Kino Lorber, Blu-ray)

Dario Argento (Suspiria, Deep Red) brings us a chilling giallo film like only the true master can. A series of grisly murders in the city match the work of a serial killer who appears to have escaped the authorities and disappeared without a trace seventeen years earlier. A retired police detective (Max von Sydow, The Exorcist, The Three Days of the Condor) who is familiar with the case comes out of retirement to catch the killer. Beautifully shot by Ronnie Taylor (Sea of Love) with a wonderful score by Goblin (The Church). The stellar cast includes Chiara Caselli (My Own Private Idaho) and Rossella Falk (Modesty Blaise).

Special Features:

  • Audio Commentary by Film Historians Troy Howarth and Nathaniel Thompson -Interview with Director/Co-Writer Dario Argento
  • Interview with Co-Writer Franco Ferrini
  • Interview with Set Designer Massimo Antonello Geleng
  • Interview with Actor Gabriele Lavia Mr. Betti
  • Interview with Actor Paolo Maria Scalondro Commissioner Manni
  • Trailers
  • Dual-Layered BD50 Disc
  • In English and Italian with English Subtitles

Solid Metal Nightmares: The Films Of Shinya Tsukamoto: Standard Special Edition (Arrow Video, Blu-ray)

One of the most distinctive and celebrated names in modern Japanese cinema, there’s no other filmmaker quite like Shinya Tsukamoto. Since his early days as a teenager making Super 8 shorts, he has remained steadfastly independent, garnering widespread acclaim while honing his own unique and instantly recognizable aesthetic on the margins of the industry. Frequently exploring themes of urban alienation, physical transformation and psychosexual obsession, his films cross genre boundaries, defying straightforward classification. This collection gathers together eight feature-length films and two shorts from Tsukamoto’s diverse filmography, including his most recent offering – his samurai drama Killing.

Includes:

Tetsuo: The Iron Man, Tetsuo II: Body Hammer, Tokyo Fist, Bullet Ballet, A Snake of June, Vital, Kotoko, Killing, The Adventure of Denchu-Kozo, Haze

SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS:

  • High Definition Blu-ray™ (1080p) presentations of all ten films
  • Original lossless PCM 1.0 mono audio on Tetsuo: The Iron Man, Tetsuo II: Body Hammer, The Adventure of Denchu-Kozo and Tokyo Fist
  • Original lossless PCM 2.0 stereo audio on Bullet Ballet and Haze
  • Original lossless DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 on A Snake of June, Vital, Kotoko and Killing
  • Optional lossless PCM 2.0 stereo audio on Tokyo Fist
  • Optional lossless DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 on Bullet Ballet
  • Optional English subtitles for all films
  • Audio commentaries by Japanese cinema expert Tom Mes on all ten films
  • Japanese Cinema’s Provocateur Extraordinaire, a career-spanning interview with Shinya Tsukamoto
  • An Assault on the Senses, a visual essay on the films and style of Shinya Tsukamoto by Japanese cinema expert Jasper Sharp
  • Multiple archival interviews with Shinya Tsukamoto, covering every film in the collection
  • Shooting A Snake of June, an archival behind-the-scenes featurette on the film’s production
  • Archival The Making of Vital featurette
  • Archival behind-the-scenes featurette on Vital’s world premiere at the Venice Film Festival
  • Archival featurette on Vital’s special effects
  • The Making of Haze, an archival behind-the-scenes featurette on the film’s production
  • Kaori Fuji at the Locarno Film Festival, an archival featurette focusing on Haze’s lead actress
  • Archival Background to The Adventure of Denchu-Kozo featurette
  • Tokyo Fist, Bullet Ballet and Vital music clips
  • Multiple trailers and image galleries
  • Reversible sleeves featuring newly commissioned artwork by Gilles Vranckx, Gary Pullin, Jacob Phillips, Chris Malbon, Tommy Pocket, Peter Strain and Tony Stella

ALSO AVAILABLE THIS WEEK:

Dawn of the Beast (Uncork’d Entertainment, DVD)

Doors (Epic Pictures, Blu-ray)

Hansel & Gretel (2021) (Media Blasters, Blu-ray & DVD)

Killer Karaoke (ITN Distribution, DVD)

Lurking Woods (Midnight Releasing, DVD)

Override (ITN Distribution, DVD)

The Slaughterhouse Killer (Breaking Glass Pictures, DVD)

  • Heather Wixson
    About the Author - Heather Wixson

    After falling in love with the horror genre at a very early age, Heather Wixson has spent the last decade carving out a name for herself in the genre world as a both a journalist and as a proponent of independent horror cinema. Wixson is currently the Managing Editor for DailyDead.com, and was previously a featured writer at DreadCentral.com and TerrorTube.com where her online career began; she’s also been a contributor at FEARnet as well as a panelist for several of their online programs.

    Wixson recently finished her first book, Monster Squad: Celebrating the Artists Behind Cinema's Most Memorable Creatures, and is currently working on her second upcoming book project on special effects artists as well.

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