In case you are not familiar with the awesome that is Italian filmmaker Tinto Brass, here is a crash course; he loves female asses. No really, the man is obsessed with plump, juicy derrières and never passes up a chance to zoom in on one or thirty. His films showcase the soft, round gluteus maximus with a hefty helping of bottom-heavy close-ups and gorgeous use of light and shadow to accentuate those qualities. Besides his love of the feminine behind, he is probably best known for his gorgeously grotesque nazisploitation film Salon Kitty and for the principal photography for Gore Vidal’s Caligula. The 81-year-old director made his first movie, Chi lavora è perduto (Who Works is Lost) in 1963 but honed his skills working with film greats like Federico Fellini (La Dolce Vita) whom he idolized.
A few years ago home video company Cult Epics began rereleasing some of Brass’ most popular films on DVD and ultimately put them together as boxed sets in three separate volumes. Their next step was to hand-pick two of those titles (Private and Cheeky!) and remaster them in HD for Blu-ray release along with Monamour and later Black Angel. Now Cult Epics has stepped up and put together a stellar Collector’s Edition Blu-ray Box set of those four wonderfully erotic movies along with some fantastic supplemental material. The 40-page booklet that accompanies the set is, by itself, a wealth of Tinto Brass information with an introduction by Cult Epics owner Nico B, an in-depth interview with Brass, breaking it down by movie and finally a filmography with all of the pertinent information for each. Continue reading
aka Rape Zombie: Lust of the Dead
aka Reipu zonbi: Lust of the dead
Director Naoyki Tomomatsu
Cast: Rina Aikawa, Yui Aikawa, Kazuyoshi Akishima, Norman England, Hiroshi Fujita
Tokyo Shock / Rated R / Region 1 / 1.77:1(Widescreen) / Japanese 2.0 Audio / Englus80 minutes
Disc Extras: None
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Horror has a rich and seedy history when it comes to horror/porn mash-ups. I’m most familiar with the Italian side of the coin; movies like Malabimba: The Malicious Whore, Erotic Nights of the Living Dead, and Porno Holocaust. The trouble with these films is that the people who cheer for porn don’t get exactly what they expected, and the gore hounds feel bamboozled as well. It’s a tall order to release such a movie that pleases all audiences. Then again, this backroom genre has a very unique and limited audience. If you like it, you’re not going to publically announce it. Well, fuck shame! Lust of the Dead (aka Rape Zombie: Lust of the Dead) is a mega-ton of tasteless debauchery fun. Continue reading
In 1987 German filmmaker Jorg Buttgereit shocked the horror underground with his 8mm love story to the dead, Nekromatik. It was banned in its home country and heavily censored in Japan but got some love here in The States on a long out of print Barrel Entertainment DVD that now goes for a pretty penny. Now, thanks to exceptional home video label Cult Epics, we will not have to pay those prices any longer. On October 7th, they will be releasing Nekromantik on high-definition Blu-ray with over 4 hours of extra features and two new HD transfers; the transfer approved by original Buttereit himself, taken from the original Super 8mm negative and a “grindhouse” version procured from the blown-up 35mm theatrical print.
The first 2000 copies of Nekromantik will include original collectible artwork by Johnny Ryan & Nekrophilia photo of Beatrice M.
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It’s been imitated and remade, but never equaled. Tobe Hooper’s The Texas Chain Saw Massacre rose from a notorious 1974 sleeper sensation to rank as one of the greatest horror films ever made. Now, to mark the film’s 40th anniversary, Dark Sky Films is presenting the digitally re-mastered masterpiece on Blu-ray for the first time in a stunning Limited Deluxe “Black Maria” Collector’s Edition box set. Continue reading
Director: Richard Ciupka (as Jonathan Stryker)
Cast: John Vernon, Samantha Eggar, Linda Thorson
Synapse Films / Region A / Rated R / 1.78:1 Widescreen / 5.1 and 2.0 audio / 90 minutes
Extras: THE ULTIMATE NIGHTMARE: THE MAKING OF “CURTAINS” – An All-New retrospective featuring interviews with Director Richard Ciupka, Stars Lesleh Donaldson & Lynne Griffin, Editor Michael MacLaverty, Special Make-Up Effects Creator Greg Cannom, and Composer Paul Zaza / CIUPKA: A FILM-MAKER IN TRANSITION – Vintage documentary short featuring rare, behind-the-scenes footage from the making of “CURTAINS” (Blu-ray Exclusive) / Audio Commentary with Stars Lesleh Donaldson & Lynne Griffin / Audio Interview with Producer Peter R. Simpson / Audio Interview with Star Samantha Eggar / Theatrical Trailer
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