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July 9th is bringing all kinds of horror-rific awesomeness our way with this week’s genre-related Blu-ray and DVD releases. Easily one of my most anticipated discs of this year, the new Silent Hill Collector’s Edition from Scream Factory heads home on Tuesday as well as Mill Creek’s stunning Steelbook for Mothra, which looks to be a must-have for any movie monster aficionados out there. In terms of recent films, both Pet Sematary (2019) and Claire Denis’ High Life are hitting various formats this week, and for you Andy Sidaris fans out there, Savage Beach is hitting Blu-ray as well.

Other releases for July 9th include Dead of Night, Division 19, This Island Earth, and Waterworld in 4K.

Dead of Night (KL Studio Classics, Blu-ray)

A group of strangers, mysteriously gathered at an isolated country estate, recount chilling tales of the supernatural. First, a racer survives a brush with death only to receive terrifying premonitions from beyond the grave. Then a teen’s innocent game of hide-and-seek leads to an encounter with the macabre. Next, a young couple purchases an antique mirror that unleashes a horrific power from its past. In a lighter vein, two competitive golfers play for stakes that may haunt the winner forever. Finally, a renowned ventriloquist descends into an abyss of madness and murder when his dummy develops a mind of its own. But even after these frightening tales are told, does one final nightmare await them all? Britain’s venerable Ealing Studios brought together four brilliant directors, Charles Crichton (The Lavender Hill Mob), Basil Dearden (The Mind Benders), Alberto Cavalcanti (They Made Me a Fugitve) and Robert Hamer (It Always Rains on Sunday) to create this classic chiller that remains one of the most influential horror films ever made. This is the uncut and complete UK version of Dead of Night, now newly restored in 4K from original archival materials for the first time in decades.

Special Features:
-Audio Commentary by Film Historian Tim Lucas
-Remembering "Dead of Night" - Documentary (75:35)
-Trailers

High Life (Lionsgate, Blu/Digital & DVD)

Monte (Robert Pattinson) and his baby daughter are the last survivors of a damned and dangerous mission to the outer reaches of the solar system. The crew—death-row inmates led by a doctor (Juliette Binoche) with sinister motives—has vanished. As the mystery of what happened unravels, father and daughter must rely on each other to survive. 

SPECIAL FEATURES:

- Audacious, Passionate, and Dangerous: Making High Life" Featurette

- Visualizing the Abyss: The Look of High Life" Featurette

Mothra: Steelbook Edition (Mill Creek Entertainment, Blu-ray)

Following reports of human life on Infant Island, the supposedly deserted site of atomic bomb tests, an international expedition to the heavily-radiated island discovers a native tribe and tiny twin female fairies called "Shobijin" who guard a sacred egg. The overzealous expedition leader kidnaps the Shobijin to exhibit in a Tokyo stage show but soon they summon their protector, hatching the egg and releasing a giant caterpillar. When Mothra arrives in Japan and finally transforms into the ultimate beast, impervious to modern weapons, the nation and its people face their destruction.

Special Features:

- Includes both the Japanese and U.S. edits of the film
- Contains feature-length commentary, trailers and photo gallery

Pet Sematary (2019) (Paramount Home Entertainment, 4K Ultra HD/Blu, Blu/DVD & DVD/Digital)

After the Creed family relocates from Boston to rural Maine, they soon discover an ancient burial ground hidden deep in the woods near their new home. When tragedy strikes, the grief-stricken father is driven by the cemetery’s sinister power, setting off a perilous chain of events that unleashes an unfathomable evil with horrific consequences. Some secrets are best left buried in this twisted thriller. 

SPECIAL FEATURES:

  • Alternate Ending
    · Deleted and Extended Scenes
    · Night Terrors – Family Haunting Visions
    o Louis
    o Rachel
    o Ellie
    · The Tale of Timmy Baterman
    · Beyond the Deadfall
    o Chapter One: Resurrection – Directors, screenwriters and cast discuss bringing this classic back to life
    o Chapter Two: The Final Resting Place—A deeper look into finding the right location for the terror to unfold
    o Chapter Three: The Road to Sorrow— Inside the film’s tragic themes and creating the iconic cat “Church”
    o Chapter Four: Death Comes home—Unearth the creepy elements behind the climax and final scenes of the film

Silent Hill: Collector’s Edition (Scream Factory, Blu-ray)

Based on the best-selling horror/action video game, SILENT HILL stars Radha Mitchell as Rose, a desperate mother who takes her adopted daughter, Sharon, to the town of Silent Hill in an attempt to cure her of her ailment. After a violent car crash, Sharon disappears, and Rose begins a desperate search to get her back. She descends into the center of the twisted reality of a town’s terrible secret. Pursued by grotesquely deformed creatures and townspeople stuck in permanent purgatory, Rose begins to uncover the truth behind the apocalyptic disaster that burned the town 30 years earlier.

Special Features:
Disc One:
- HD master approved by director Christophe Gans
- NEW Audio Commentary with cinematographer Dan Laustsen
- Theatrical Trailer

Disc Two:
- NEW interview with director Christophe Gans
- NEW A Tale of Two Jodelles – an interview with actress Jodelle Ferland
- NEW Dance of the Pyramid – an interview with actor Roberto Campanella
- NEW interview with makeup-effects artist Paul Jones
- Path of Darkness: The Making of SILENT HILL – a six-part documentary
- The Making of SILENT HILL vintage featurette
- On set interviews and behind-the-scenes footage
- Photo Galleries – still photos and posters

ALSO AVAILABLE THIS WEEK:

The Black Gate (Bayview Entertainment, DVD)

Division 19 (Uncork’d Entertainment, DVD)

Pet Sematary 2019/1989 2-Movie Collection (Paramount Home Entertainment, 4K Ultra HD/Blu & Blu/DVD) 

Savage Beach (Mill Creek Entertainment, Blu-ray)

This Island Earth (Shout! Factory, Blu-ray)

Waterworld 4K (Universal Pictures Home Entertainment, 4K Ultra HD/Blu)

A Wish for the Dead (Shami Media Group, 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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