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This week’s horror and sci-fi Blu-ray and DVD titles are an eclectic bunch, led by a pair of cult classics—Fright and Straight on Till Morning—which were both directed by Peter Collinson. Arrow Video put together a special edition release for Who Saw Her Die?, which this writer is really looking forward to checking out in the coming weeks, and Unearthed Classics is resurrecting Nightwish on both formats as well.

In terms of new films, The Velocipastor arrives on Tuesday on both Blu and DVD, and for those of you who missed it in theaters, Dark Phoenix rises again on multiple formats, and Clownado touches down this week on DVD as well.

Other notable releases for September 17th include The Night Sitter, D-Railed, The Bloody Ape, Return of the Scarecrow, and The Films of Sarah Jacobson: Mary Jane’s Not a Virgin Anymore & I Was a Teenage Serial Killer from AGFA.

Fright (Scream Factory, Blu-ray)

Teenage babysitter Amanda (Susan George, Straw Dogs) arrives at the Lloyd home to watch their young son for the evening. But it seems that the strangely nervous Mrs. Lloyd is hiding a shocking secret ... a secret that has just escaped from a nearby insane asylum and is now desperately trying to get inside the house. What must Amanda endure to survive the ultimate night of Fright?

This creepy film, directed by Peter Collinson (Straight On Till Morning), also stars Honor Blackman (Goldfinger) and Ian Bannen (Doomwatch).

SPECIAL FEATURES:

- NEW Fright Nights – An Interview With Author/Film Historian Kim Newman
- Theatrical Trailer
- Still Gallery

Nightwish (Unearthed Classics, Blu-ray & DVD)

A professor and four graduate students journey to a crumbling mansion to investigate paranormal activity and must battle ghosts, aliens and satanic entities. Bonus features include: 1st print run gets an exclusive detailed booklet on Nightwish, Trailers, 1st print run gets an alternate slip cover, Commentary with Paul White and Stephen Biro.

Straight on Till Morning (Scream Factory, Blu-ray)

An ugly duckling yearns to leave her drab Liverpool life and move to swinging London to find her Prince Charming. But the big city holds some nasty surprises for the naïve young woman when she becomes obsessed with a handsome gigolo who may be a depraved serial killer!

Rita Tushingham (A Taste Of Honey) and Shane Briant (Demons Of The Mind) star in this 1972 psycho-sexual thriller directed by Peter Collinson (Fright, The Italian Job).

The Velocipastor (Wild Eye Releasing, Blu-ray & DVD)

After losing his parents, a priest travels to China to find meaning in life, but instead inherits a mysterious ability that allows him to turn into a dinosaur. At first horrified by this new power, a prostitute convinces him to use it to fight crime. And ninjas.

Who Saw Her Die?: Special Edition (Arrow Video, Blu-ray)

Former Bond star George Lazenby (On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, The Man from Hong Kong) headlines this classic giallo directed by Aldo Lado (Short Night of Glass Dolls, Night Train Murders) as compelling for its haunting atmosphere, twists and turns as for its parallels with another great Venetian horror/thriller Nicolas Roeg’s Don’t Look Now. 

Sculptor Franco Serpieri (Lazenby) welcomes Roberta (Nicoletta Elmi, Deep Red) his young daughter from a failed marriage to Venice, unaware that a disturbed child-killer is stalking the city’s canals. When Roberta’s body is found floating face-down in the river, the lives of Franco and his estranged wife Elizabeth (Anita Strindberg, The Case of the Scorpion’s Tail) are ripped asunder. Desperate for vengeance, Franco turns detective in a bid to track down his daughter s killer, and in the process unearths shocking evidence of depravity and corruption which implicates some of the most respected figures in Venetian society.

Released at the height of the giallo boom, this gripping mystery thriller boasts some of the most iconic names associated with the genre on both sides of the camera. Co-starring Dominique Boschero (The Iguana with the Tongue of Fire) and Adolfo Celi (Thunderball), and featuring one of the all-time greatest scores from maestro Ennio Morricone (What Have You Done to Solange?), Who Saw Her Die? thrills anew in its high definition debut.

SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS:

  • Brand new 2K restoration of the full-length Italian version of the film from the original 35mm camera negative
  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation
  • Uncompressed mono 1.0 LPCM audio
  • Original English and Italian soundtracks, titles and credits
  • Newly translated English subtitles for the Italian soundtrack
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing for the English soundtrack
  • New audio commentary by author and critic Travis Crawford
  • I Saw Her Die, a new video interview with director Aldo Lado
  • Nicoletta, Child of Darkness, a new video interview with actress Nicoletta Elmi
  • Once Upon a Time in Venice, a new video interview with co-writer Francesco Barilli
  • Giallo in Venice, a new video interview with author and critic Michael Mackenzie
  • Original Italian and English theatrical trailers
  • Poster and fotobusta gallery
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Haunt Love

ALSO AVAILABLE THIS WEEK: 

The Bloody Ape (Wild Eye Raw, DVD)

Clownado (Wild Eye Releasing, DVD)

D-Railed (Uncork’d Entertainment, DVD) 

The Films of Sarah Jacobson: Mary Jane’s Not a Virgin Anymore & I Was a Teenage Serial Killer: Special Edition (AGFA, Blu-ray)

Lonely Hearts (Darkside Releasing, Blu-ray)

Lust of the Dead: Trash Terror Trilogy (Media Blasters, Blu-ray & DVD)

The Night Sitter (Uncork’d Entertainment, Blu-ray & DVD)

Return of the Scarecrow (Wild Eye Releasing, DVD)

X-Men: Dark Phoenix (20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, 4K Ultra HD/Blu Combo, Blu/Digital Combo & 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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