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For our first week of home media releases for the month of July, we are starting things off with a modest assortment of titles making their way to both Blu-ray and DVD this Tuesday. Vinegar Syndrome is showing some love to the gritty vampire flick Night Owl this week, and RLJE Films is unleashing Deadsight on both formats as well.

For those of you who dig action flicks, Escape Plan: The Extractors hits both Blu and DVD on Tuesday (featuring Sylvester Stallone, Dave Bautista, and Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson), and be sure to check out We Have Always Lived in the Castle, which is an adaptation of Shirley Jackson’s haunting novel.

Other releases for July 12th include Robert Reborn, High Moon, Soul Reaper, and Nightmare Shark.

Deadsight (RLJE Films, Blu-ray & DVD)

Mara Madigan is a pregnant police officer about to go on maternity leave. But on her last day on the job, she wakes up to a world ravaged by a nightmarish and bloody plague of the living dead. Amidst the chaos and violence, she finds Ben Neilson, a man who is virtually blind, helpless, and has a mystery shrouding his past. Somehow these two must put their heads together and find a way to safety to escape this living hell.

Escape Plan: The Extractors (Lionsgate, Blu-ray & DVD)

After security expert Ray Breslin is hired to rescue the kidnapped daughter of a Hong Kong tech mogul from a formidable Latvian prison, Breslin's girlfriend is also captured. Now he and his team must pull off a deadly rescue mission to confront their sadistic foe and save the hostages before time runs out.

Night Owl (Vinegar Syndrome, Blu/DVD Combo)

Jake (James Raftery) is an apathetic, post-punk vampire who spends his nights cruising seedy music dives for drugged out women to seduce and kill to satisfy his bloodlust. After murdering Zohra, a young Puerto Rican woman, Jake becomes the focus of her brother, Angel, who's desperate to find his missing sister and fears that Jake might be involved in her disappearance...

An ode to East Village sleaze, Jeffrey Arsenault's NIGHT OWL is an unflinchingly gritty modern day vampire story set in a world of dingy, house music playing dive bars, pizza parlors, and other drug and misery filled lower Manhattan locales. Co-starring a young John Leguizamo (The Fan, Summer of Sam) in one his earliest roles, along side Warhol superstar Holly Woodlawn, and photographed in deliberately grimy black and white 16mm, Vinegar Syndrome brings NIGHT OWL to Blu-ray for the first time, newly restored from its original 16mm negative. 

Bonus Features:
1. Region Free Blu-ray/DVD combo
2. Newly scanned & restored in 2k from 16mm original negative
3. Audio commentary with director Jeffrey Arsenault
4. "Night Life" - an interview with Jeffrey Arsenault
5. "Living For the Night" - an interview with actor James Raftery
6. "A Chance to Die" - an interview with actress Karen Wexler
7. Archival interview with Jeffrey Arsenault
8. Original cast auditions
9. Raw interview footage with Caroline Munro (specifically shot in 1991 for use in Night Owl)
10. Original video trailer
11. Reversible cover artwork
12. English SDH subtitles

 

We Have Always Lived in the Castle (Passion River, DVD)

Merricat and Constance Blackwood live with their Uncle Julian in a stately manor. They are ostracized by the local villagers who feel the Blackwoods are a blight on the community. The three are the only survivors of an arsenic poisoning that killed everyone else in the family five years prior. Now, Constance remains in the house, afraid to face the outside world and the persecution she suffered as a suspect for murder. Merricat is bold, imaginative and wise beyond her years. Merricat dares to venture into town regardless of public opinion, and protects the vast family property with a series of totems, charms and incantations. Despite being hated and feared by the townspeople around them, the two sisters and their uncle live a somewhat idyllic life - that is until Charles, a family cousin, arrives. Charles offers to help the sisters manage the house, but he also inquiries about the family’s financial affairs and interferes in Merricat’s daily routine.  

As Constance grows closer in confidence and friendship with Charles, Merricat resists this demon that has violated their perfect world. As Charles and Merricat battle for control, tragedy threatens to strike again, and the fate of the house and the family legacy hangs in the balance. Part murder mystery, and part haunted house, CASTLE is an adaptation of the classic 1962 novel by Shirley Jackson.

ALSO AVAILABLE THIS WEEK:

High Moon (Archstone Distribution, DVD)

Nightmare Shark (ITN Studios, DVD)

Robert Reborn (4Digital Media, DVD)

Soul Reaper (4Digital Media, 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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