We’ve got another exciting batch of home entertainment releases coming our way, and if you’re something of a Fulci-phile, it’s going to be an exceptionally good week for you, as Scorpion Releasing is giving both Murder-Rock and The Psychic the Special Edition treatment this Tuesday. Arrow Video has dug up the cult classic The Chill Factor for their Special Edition release, and Scream Factory is showing Strays some love this Tuesday as well.
Duncan Jones’ Moon is celebrating its 10th anniversary with a brand new 4K release that you can pick up this week, and for those of you DC fans out there, Shazam! hits multiple formats as well.
Other Blu-ray and DVD releases for July 16th include Head Count, Space: 1999 – The Complete Series, Last Rites of the Dead, Blood Paradise, Frankenthug, Satanis: The Devil’s Mass, and Bong of the Living Dead.
The Chill Factor: Special Edition (Arrow Video, Blu-ray)
For a group of young couples, a snowmobiling trip turns into a waking nightmare when one of them is thrown from their vehicle and knocked unconscious. Seeking refuge in a nearby abandoned summer camp, the group find themselves holed up in a cabin filled with bizarre and ominous religious artifacts. As night falls, the discovery of a Ouija board amidst the dusty relics awakens a terrifying evil.
Barely released outside of its original VHS outing (for which it was retitled Demon Possessed), cult enthusiasts Arrow Video have dug up The Chill Factor from its wintry analogue grave so horror fans can rediscover this heady mixture of snow, slaughter and Satan!
SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS
Head Count (Samuel Goldwyn Films, DVD)
Newcomer Evan joins a group of teens on a getaway in Joshua Tree. While exchanging ghost stories around the campfire, Evan reads aloud a mysterious chant from an internet site. From that moment, someone--or something--is among them. As unsettling, inexplicable events become more frequent, Evan realizes this summoned shape-shifting creature is targeting them to fulfill a deadly ritual.
Moon 4K (Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, 4K Ultra HD/Blu)
Sam Bell (Sam Rockwell) is nearing the completion of his 3-year-long contract with Lunar Industries, mining Earth's primary source of energy on the dark side of the moon. Alone with only the base's vigilant computer Gerty (voiced by Oscar-Winner Kevin Spacey, 1999 Best Actor, American Beauty) as his sole companion, Bell's extended isolation has taken its toll. His only link to the outside world comes from satellite messages from his wife and young daughter. He longs to return home, but a terrible accident on the lunar surface leads to a disturbing discovery that contributes to his growing sense of paranoia and dislocation so many miles away from home. Moon is an engrossing, intelligent sci-fi thriller that ranks with genre classics like 2001: A Space Odyssey.
Murder-Rock: Special Edition (Scorpion Releasing, Blu-ray)
Brand New 2018 Master! From Italian horror legend Lucio Fulci, the creator of Zombie and The Beyond, comes the ultimate music thriller nightmare! The world of dance is brutal... the rehearsals are grueling... the competition is fierce. At the Arts for Living Center in New York City, the best of the best are dying for a part in a major production, but only a select few will be chosen. Now the contenders are being narrowed down at the hands of a killer who uses a deadly hatpin to pierce women’s hearts through their bare breasts. Ambition and jealousy appear to be motives, which makes everyone a suspect! Also known as The Demon Is Loose and Slashdance, this stylish chiller stars Olga Karlatos (Purple Rain, Zombie), Ray Lovelock (Almost Human, The Cassandra Crossing), and Claudio Cassinelli (Screamers, Hands of Steel), featuring an insane soundtrack from prog rock legend Keith Emerson (The Church, Dario Argento’s Inferno). Now see this flashy, skin-tillating cult classic more beautiful than ever with a new HD transfer!
-Audio Commentary by Film Historian Troy Howarth
-Extensively Restored English Audio
-Italian Audio with Properly Translated English Subtitles
-Interview with Actress Geretta Geretta
-Interview with Make-Up Artist Franco Casagni
-Archival Audio Excerpts by Director Lucio Fulci
The Psychic: Special Edition (Scorpion Releasing, Blu-ray)
Brand New 2K Scan of the Original Camera Negatvie! From Lucio Fulci, the legendary horror maestro behind Zombie and The Beyond, comes a chilling vision of terror. Jennifer O’Neill (Scanners, Lady Ice) stars as Virginia, who experiences clairvoyant clues to a violent crime that ends with the victim walled up alive. Her investigation soon uncovers a hidden corpse and a shocking secret that could make her the killer’s next target. Marc Porel (Don’t Torture a Duckling), Gabriele Ferzetti (On Her Majesty’s Secret Service), Gianni Garko (Devilfish), and Evelyn Stewart (The Night Child) also star in this riveting entry in Fulci’s series of giallo classics alongside A Lizard in a Woman’s Skin and Murderock, featuring a stunning soundtrack prominently used in Kill Bill. Vol. 1. Now experience this atmospheric and visually stunning thriller in HD... if you dare!
-Audio Commentary by Film Historian Troy Howarth
-Interview with Screenwriter Dardano Sacchetti (Including Audio Excerpt with Director Lucio Fulci)
Satanis: The Devil’s Mass and Satan’s Children (AGFA, Blu/DVD Combo)
SATANIS: THE DEVIL'S MASS is the unseen and unbelievable exposé on Anton LaVey, America's favorite leader of the Church of Satan. Feeling like a bedtime story as told by Kenneth Anger and Russ Meyer, this is a wild glimpse into the witches, black masses, and sex lives that built San Francisco's most infamous cult. From LaVey's daughter (''I think they're nuts!'') to a nude woman who performs a satanic rite with a Boa constrictor, you'll meet numerous proto-goths, midnight maniacs, and daytime Draculas -- and even a pet tiger named Togare! In the words of LaVey, ''There is a beast in man that should be exercised, not exorcised!''
Made by one-and-done filmmakers in the gutters of Tampa, SATAN'S CHILDREN is an Afterschool Special from depths of hell . . . literally. Bobby is a troubled teen with problems. After deflecting his father's insults and his stepsister's come-ons, Bobby unknowingly ends up at a gay bar. Before long, he's sexually assaulted by four guys in the back seat of a car. With nowhere else to turn, Bobby joins a cult of Satanists to enact his murderous revenge. A truly deranged gut-punch, this is a gritty and baffling ''experience''; that could have only happened in Florida.
Strays (Scream Factory, Blu-ray)
Paul (Timothy Busfield, thirtysomething) and Lindsey Jarrett (Kathleen Quinlan, Twilight Zone: The Movie) buy a remote country home, unaware of the mysterious circumstances surrounding the former owner's death. Convinced the house is the perfect place to raise their daughter, the young couple settles in, little suspecting that their dream home is surrounded by an uncontrollable feral cat population.
But before they can call Animal Control, a cat marks their bedroom as his territory ... and Lindsey finds herself and her child terrorized by swarms of cats in the midst of a punishing rainstorm. Paul returns to find his house in chaos and must battle the malevolent felines for possession of his home and family in this spine-tingling chiller directed by award-winning cinematographer John McPherson (Amazing Stories) and written by producer/pop star/actor Shaun Cassidy (The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries).
ALSO AVAILABLE THIS WEEK:
1000 Zombies (WorldWide Multimedia, DVD)
Blood Paradise (Artsploitation Films, Blu-ray & DVD)
Bong of the Living Dead (Scream Team Releasing, DVD)
Deadly Playthings (SRS Cinema, DVD)
Frankenthug (Shami Media Group, DVD)
Last Rites of the Dead (SGL Entertainment, Blu-ray & DVD)
Shazam! (Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, 4K Ultra HD/Blu, Blu/DVD & DVD/Digital)
Space: 1999 – The Complete Series (Shout Factory, Blu-ray & DVD)
Twelve Pole Manor (Wild Eye Releasing, DVD)
Victims (Gravitas Ventures, Blu-ray & DVD)