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

Cannibal Holocaust (1980, Blu-ray Review)

Cannibal HolocaustDirector: Ruggero Deodato

Cast: Robert Kerman, Francesca Ciardi, Carl Gabriel Yorke, Perry Pirkanen, Luca Barbareschi, Salvatore Basile

Grindhouse Releasing / All Region / Unrated / 1.85:1 Widescreen / English: DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0, DTS-HD Master Audio Mono / 92 minutes

Extras: 2 feature-length commentary tracks – with director Ruggero Deodato and star Robert Kerman, and with stars Carl Yorke and Francesca Ciardi / New in-depth interviews with Ruggero Deodato, Francesca Ciardi, assistant director/co-star Salvo Basile (shot in Columbia!) and cameraman Roberto Forges Davazati / Classic interviews with Robert Kerman, Carl Yorke and Oscar-nominated composer Riz Ortolani / Extensive still galleries and theatrical trailers from around the world / BONUS CD- original soundtrack album by Riz Ortolani newly remastered in stunning 24bit/96khz sound from the original studio master tapes / Glossy 24-page booklet containing liner notes by director Eli Roth, legendary horror journalist Chas. Balun, Euro-music expert Gergely Hubai and Italian exploitation film authority Martin Biene / Shocking reversible cover with original art by notorious illustrator Rick Melton Beautiful embossed slip cover / 9 Easter eggs! – including the Grindhouse Releasing theatrical re-release premiere and Necrophagia music video directed by Jim VanBebber / AND OTHER SURPRISES!

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The Final Terror (1983, Blu-ray Review)

The Final Terror Blu-rayDirector: Andrew Davis

Cast: Adrian Zmed, Daryl Hannah, Joe Pantoliano, Rachel Ward, Mark Metcalf, Lewis Smith

Scream! Factory / Rated R / Region A / 1080p High-Definition Widescreen (1.78:1) / DTS-HD Master Audio Mono / 82 minutes

Disc Extras: Interviews with Actors Adrian Zmed and Lewis Smith, Post Production Supervisor Allan Holzman and Composer Susan Justin / Audio Commentary with Director Andrew Davis / Theatrical Trailer

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To slash, or not to slash? That is my question. How many good slashers have you seen that don’t really feature a lot of gore and dismemberment? Halloween comes to mind first, then off the top of my head: April Fool’s Day, Final Exam, Black Christmas, Hell High, and Night Screams. With little red going on, I still found these slashers to be worth my time even if they’re not perfect. That’s about how I feel when I experienced The Final Terror. Continue reading