Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance (2002, Blu-ray Review)

Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance Blu-rayaka Boksuneun naui geot

Director: Park Chan-wook

Cast: Song Kang-ho, Shin Ha-Kyun, Bae Doo-na

Palisades-Tartan / Region A / Rated R / 2.35:1 Widescreen / Korean DTS-HD 5.1 / English Subtitles / 129 minutes

Extras: Audio Commentary with Director Park Chan-wook and Actor-Filmmaker Ryoo Seong-wan / The Process of Mr. Vengeance / My Boksu Story / Crew Interviews / Jonathan Ross on Park Chan-wook / Soundtrack & Photos / Storyboards / Original Behind the Scenes Feature / Trailer

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Park Chan-wook’s “Vengeance Trilogy” is well-known to fans of ultra-violent cinema. Made over the course of three short years, this trio of movies don’t share a continuing plot, but rather a theme of extremely violent revenge by seemingly normal, everyday people. Oldboy, the second film in the trilogy is by far the most famous and made the most money in the theaters as well as being critically acclaimed. It even won the Grand Prix award at Cannes. The last film, Sympathy for Lady Vengeance, did very well coming on the heels of Oldboy and made over $7 million in its opening week. But the three movies didn’t start off with a bang when Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance wouldn’t even cover half of its budget at the box office worldwide, bringing in a paltry $45, 000 in the U.S. Continue reading

Deadly Eyes (1982, Blu-ray Review)

Deadly Eyes Blu-rayDirector Robert Clouse

Cast: Sam Groom, Sara Botsford, Scatman Crothers

Scream! Factory / Rated R / Region A / 1080p High-Definition Widescreen (1.78:1) / DTS-HD Audio Mono

Disc Extras: New Interviews with Actors Lisa Langlois, Lesleh Donaldson, and Joseph Kelly, Writers Charless Eglee, Art Director Ninkey Dalton, Special Effects Artists Allan Apone and Alec Gillis

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There’s something to say about a horror movie that saves the big reveal of its monster until the climax. Suspense, tension building, and crafting a good scare are all nice qualities in a film, but sometimes, I just want a movie to give me what I want without any strings attached, and that’s Deadly Eyes. You want a movie where old school rat creatures attack people, then look no further. Break out the mousetraps, because your ass is on the menu. Continue reading

Hunting the Legend (2014, DVD Review)

Hunting the Legend DVDDirector: Justin Steeley

Cast: Chris Copeland, Hannah Wallace, Jeff Causey, Justin Steeley, Alex Ballew

Image Entertainment / Not Rated / Region 1 / 1.78:1 Widescreen / Dolby Digital 5.1 / 95 minutes

Disc Features: None

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Going into watching a movie like Hunting the Legend, I pretty much know what to expect. A documentary crew will talk to a bunch of locals, build up the legend of Bigfoot, and attempt to use the jerky camera angles to tease us with obscured views of the monster until the big reveal at the end. For me, it’s what else the movie might throw at you that impresses me. In regards to this film, can somebody please put out something more interesting in the name of Bigfoot, because Hunting the Legend completely misses the mark. Continue reading

Oddball slasher GRADUATION DAY gets the 4k HD treatment

Graduation Day Blu-rayMany critics fans of the slasher genre have panned Herb Freed’s weird, low-budget Graduation Day for meandering and being a bit boring. They say it’s not gory and there isn’t a lot of nudity but is there something there to enjoy? Well, September 9th, you can find out when Vinegar Syndrome drops their new 4k high-definition restoration from the editor’s 35mm answer print. The restoration will allow Vinegar Syndrome to present the film in its correct 1.85:1 widescreen aspect ration for the first time on home video. Continue reading