Hey, gang! Welcome back for another look at this week’s upcoming horror and sci-fi home entertainment releases. August 8th is going to be another busy day for fans, as we have some incredible Blu-ray and DVD titles to look forward to.
Arrow Video has put together an incredible limited edition Blu-ray set for Stuart Gordon’s Re-Animator, and Scream Factory has assembled two stellar Collector’s Editions for both Teen Wolf and Teen Wolf Too. Fans of the Coen brothers' Fargo will undoubtedly want to add the new Steelbook edition of the film to their collections this Tuesday, and for those of you interested in unconventional vampire films, be sure to check out The Transfiguration this week, too.
Other notable releases for August 8th include The Night of the Sorcerers / The Loreley’s Grasp double feature, Three Tears on Bloodstained Flesh, The Dinner, Charlotte, and Dimension Z.
Fargo: Steelbook Collector’s Edition (Shout! Factory, Blu-ray)
In this seven-time Oscar-nominated film, things go terribly awry when small-time Minnesota car salesman Jerry Lundegaard (William H. Macy) hires two thugs (Steve Buscemi and Peter Stormare) to kidnap his wife so he can collect the ransom from his wealthy father-in-law. Once people start dying, the very chipper and very pregnant Police Chief Marge Gunderson (Frances McDormand) takes the case. Is she up for this challenge? You betcha.
The Night of the Sorcerers/The Loreley’s Grasp Double Feature (Scream Factory, Blu-ray)
A DOUBLE FEATURE FROM DIRECTOR ARMANDO de OSSORIO of the notorious Blind Dead series!
THE NIGHT OF THE SORCERERS
A group of explorers arrive in Africa to study the wildlife in the same area where a brutal native ritual occurred in 1910. All is tranquil until night falls and distant drumming draws one of the female members of the group to investigate the jungle. From there, a nightmare will be awakened … a nightmare of zombie natives and scantily-clad vampire women who prowl the moonlight jungle in search of fresh blood and more victims to sacrifice.
THE LORELEY’S GRASP
In a town by the Rhine river, young women are turning up dead … savagely torn to pieces and their hearts missing. Concerned that whatever beast is doing these horrible murders will end up attacking the female students, a nearby school for women hires a hunter to find and kill the creature. The hunter will soon find out that this is no ordinary beast that craves human hearts, but rather a deceptive, alluring and mysterious being (The Loreley) who is already looking for another heart to use in a gruesome ancient ritual.
Re-Animator: 2-Disc Limited Edition (Arrow Video, Blu-ray)
HERBERT WEST HAS A GOOD HEAD ON HIS SHOULDERS... AND ANOTHER ONE ON HIS DESK. One of the most wildly popular horror movies of all-time, Stuart Gordon’s enduring splatter-comedy classic Re-Animator returns to Blu-ray in a stunning restoration packed with special features!
When medical student Dean Cain advertises for a roommate, he soon finds one in the form of Dr. Herbert West. Initially a little eccentric, it some becomes clear that West entertains some seriously outlandish theories specifically, the possibility of re-animating the dead. It s not long before Dean finds himself under West’s influence, and embroiled in a serious of ghoulish experiments which threaten to go wildly out of control...
Based on H.P. Lovecraft’s classic terror tale, Herbert West Reanimator, and featuring a standout performance from Jeffrey Combs as the deliciously deranged West, Re-Animator remains the ground-zero of 80s splatter mayhem and one of the genre’s finest hours.
2-DISC LIMITED EDITION CONTENTS:
DISC 1 UNRATED VERSION:
DISC 2 INTEGRAL VERSION LIMITED EDITION EXCLUSIVE:
Teen Wolf: Collector’s Edition (Scream Factory, Blu-ray)
He Always Wanted To Be Special … But He Never Expected This!
Like all teenagers, Scott Howard (Michael J. Fox, the Back To The Future trilogy) is going through some … changes. But unlike the rest of the students at Beacontown High School, Scott’s changes include long hair that covers his entire body, claw-like fingernails, fangs, a heightened sense of smell, superhuman strength and the extraordinary ability to … play basketball? And that’s just the beginning.
Naturally, these uncanny new features turn this lovable loser into the most popular kid in school. But by embracing his newly minted popularity, has the Teen Wolf lost sight of what it truly means to be Scott Howard?
Teen Wolf Too: Collector’s Edition (Scream Factory, Blu-ray)
High School Was Easy, But College Is A Whole Different Animal!
Jason Bateman (Horrible Bosses) stars as Todd Howard, a Hamilton University freshman with a full athletic scholarship: only Todd has no idea why, since he’s far more interested in veterinary medicine than sports. But his boxing coach, Bobby Finstock, is very familiar with the Howard family secret and he’s hoping he can use it to his advantage. When the whole school (including Todd) finds out that he’s a werewolf with superhuman abilities, Todd’s popularity skyrockets and he becomes the big wolf on campus.
But is his fame a gift? Or a curse? And can he keep it from getting in the way of the relationships he has with his best friends and girlfriend? Perhaps a little guidance from his professor (Kim Darby, True Grit), who has a secret of her own, may help Todd learn the biggest lesson of all.
The Transfiguration (Strand Releasing, DVD)
An official selection at the Cannes Film Festival, writer/director Michael O'Shea's debut feature The Transfiguration follows troubled teen Milo who hides behind his fascination with vampire lore. When he meets the equally alienated Sophie, the two form a bond that begins to challenge Milo's dark obsession, blurring his fantasy into reality. A chilling portrait of violence, The Transfiguration is an atmospheric thriller set against the grit of New York City.
ALSO AVAILABLE THIS WEEK:
Adam K (Green Apple Entertainment, DVD)
Amelia 2.0 (Broad Green Pictures, DVD)
Charlotte (Synergetic Distribution, DVD)
Dead Story (Wild Eye Releasing, DVD)
Dimension Z (Ruthless, DVD)
The Dinner (Lionsgate, Blu/Digital HD & DVD)
Haunted Maze (Green Apple Entertainment, DVD)
The Haunting at Woodland Hills (Green Apple Entertainment, DVD)
Three Tears on Bloodstained Flesh (Unearthed Films, DVD)