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We have a busy start to this new month of home media releases, as we have more than 20 genre-related titles coming out this Tuesday alone. As far as new films are concerned, horror fans have quite an assortment to look for this week, between Knife+Heart, The Cleaning Lady, and I’ll Take Your Dead from Scream Factory. Arrow Video is giving the cult classic Trapped Alive the Special Edition treatment, and for those of you Stephen King aficionados out there, Children of the Corn is getting its own SteelBook, and there’s also a six-movie collection of King adaptations arriving on Tuesday as well.

All four of the original Batman movies are getting a 4K upgrade this week, courtesy of Warner Bros., and for those of you who are into stop-motion animation, the ever-delightful Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit hits Blu-ray on Tuesday too.

Other notable releases for June 4th include The Convent, The Odds, Red Summer, The Haunting of Borley Manor, Doctor Nightmare and Clown Motel.

The Cleaning Lady (RLJE Films, DVD)

On the surface Alice seems like a woman who has it all: a gorgeous apartment, a booming career, a stunning physique, and a handsome boyfriend. The only problem is he’s married to someone else. Looking for a way to simplify her life, Alice hires Shelly to clean her house. As Alice begins to confide in Shelly about her illicit affair, their friendship grows… and so does Shelly’s twisted obsession with her new employer. It soon becomes clear that Shelly has motives that reach further than a normal cleaning lady. Shelly wants to cleanse Alice’s entire life and will stop at nothing until she’s done.

I’ll Take Your Dead (Scream Factory, Blu-ray & DVD)

I'll Take Your Dead follows William, who has a simple job: he makes dead bodies disappear. This isn't something he likes or even wants to do, but through circumstances out of his control, his little farm house in the country has become a dumping ground for the casualties of the gang related murders in the nearby city. His daughter Gloria has become used to rough looking men dropping off corpses and is even convinced that some of these corpses are haunting their house. After a woman's body is dumped at the house, William begins his meticulous process when he realizes she's not actually dead. As the gang activity increases, William patches the woman up and holds her against her will until he can figure out what to do with her. As they begin to develop a very unusual respect for each other, the woman's murderers get word that she's still alive and make plan to finish what they started.

  • Behind-The-Scenes Featurette
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Script-To-Screen Comparison
  • Trailers

Knife+Heart (Altered Innocence, Blu-ray & DVD)

Paris, Summer 1979. Anne (French pop star Vanessa Paradis) produces third-rate gay erotic cinema. After her editor and lover Lois leaves her, she tries to win her back by shooting her most ambitious film yet with her trusted, flaming sidekick Archibald. But one of her actors is brutally murdered and Anne gets caught up in a strange investigation that turns her life upside-down. Shot on 35mm and featuring a killer retro score from M83, Yann Gonzalez's KNIFE+HEART is an ultra-stylish and blood-soaked ode to '70s-era De Palma, Argento, and Friedkin.

Special Features:

Interview with Director Yann Gonzalez and co-writer Cristiano Mangione
Short Film: Islands (Les îles) by Yann Gonzalez
Music Video: Les vacances continuent
A Gothic Video Introduction by Pierre Emö
De Sperme et d'eau Fraiche
International Trailer, U.S. Theatrical Trailer, XXX Trailer, Other Trailers
Reversible Artwork
Foldout Poster Insert

Trapped Alive: Special Edition (Arrow Video, Blu-ray)

Genre regular Cameron Mitchell (The Toolbox Murders, From a Whisper to a Scream) stars in this thrilling tale of escaped hoodlums and underground-dwelling cannibals from director Leszek Burzynski and Hellraiser producer Christopher Webster.

One wintry night, pals Robin and Monica are making their way to a Christmas party when they’re carjacked by a gang of crooks recently escaped from the local penitentiary. With the two young women taken as hostages, things take an even darker turn when their vehicle plummets down an abandoned mine shaft, trapping them underground with the dangerous crooks - and a mutant cannibal. 

Filmed in 1988 under the title of Forever Mine but not released until 1993, Trapped Alive was the first film to come out of Wisconsin’s now-defunct Windsor Lake Studios, which would go on to produce a number of films under the Fangoria Films label in the early-90s, including 1992’s Bruce Campbell-starring Mindwarp.

DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS:

  • Brand new 2K restoration from the original camera negative
  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation
  • Original mono audio
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • Brand new audio commentary with director Leszek Burzynski
  • Brand new audio commentary with special effects artist Hank Carlson and horror writer Josh Hadley
  • Brand new audio commentary with The Hysteria Continues
  • There s EVIL Underground... - brand new making-of documentary featuring interviews with director Leszek Burzynski, cinematographer Nancy Schreiber, production manager Alexandra Reed and actors Alex Kubik and Sullivan Hester
  • Upper Michigan Tonight - 1988 television documentary on Windsor Lake Studios, featuring footage from behind the scenes of Trapped Alive and contemporary interviews with director Leszek Burzynski, producer Christopher Webster and production designer Brian Savegar
  • Leszek Burzynski: The Early Years - the Trapped Alive director discusses his early forays into genre movie-making
  • Reversible sleeve featuring newly commissioned artwork by Justin Osbourn
  • FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Collector’s booklet featuring new writing by Zach Carlson

ALSO AVAILABLE THIS WEEK:

Batman (1989) 4K (Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, 4K Ultra HD/Blu Combo) 

Batman & Robin 4K (Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, 4K Ultra HD/Blu Combo)

Batman Forever 4K (Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, 4K Ultra HD/Blu Combo) 

Batman Returns 4K (Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, 4K Ultra HD/Blu Combo)

Children of the Corn SteelBook Edition (RLJE Films, Blu/DVD Combo)

Clown Motel (ITN, DVD)

The Convent (Lionsgate, DVD)

Doctor Nightmare (SRS Cinema, DVD)

The Haunting of Borley Manor (101 Films, DVD)

Horror Classics: Volume 1 Collection (Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, DVD)

King of Horror 6-Movie Collection (Lionsgate, DVD) 

The Last Man on Earth (Bayview Entertainment, DVD)

Mindwarp/Brainscan Double Feature (Mill Creek Entertainment, Blu-ray)

The Odds (4 Digital Media, DVD)

Red Summer (ITN, DVD) 

Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (Universal Pictures Home Entertainment, Blu/Digital)

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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