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Shopping: The Specialists...

1969 Italy / France / West Germany western by Sergio Corbucci, once cut by the BBFC, set for UK Blu-ray release on 18th May 2020


Link Here27th March 2020
The Specialists is a 1969 Italy / France / West Germany western by Sergio Corbucci.
Starring Johnny Hallyday, Gastone Moschin and Françoise Fabian. BBFC link IMDb  

Cut by the BBFC for an X rated cinema release in 1973. Uncut and MPAA Unrated in the US.

UK: BBFC details not yet published for:
  • 2020 Eureka Limited Edition (RB) Blu-ray at UK Amazon released on 18th May 2020

Promotional Material

From Sergio Corbucci , the legendary director of Django, Navajo Joe, The Great Silence, Companeros and The Mercenary comes The Specialists (Gli Specialisti, aka Drop Them or I ll Shoot) , a thrilling spaghetti western starring French music and film great Johnny Hallyday ( The Man on the Train, Détective, Vengeance ).

Notorious gunfighter Hud Dixon (Hallyday) arrives in Blackstone, a town where his brother was wrongfully accused of robbing a bank and lynched for it. As Hud seeks revenge, he starts to discover the truth behind the stolen loot, and has to contend with an idealistic sheriff, a beautiful and seductive female banker, a corrupt businessman and a one-armed Mexican bandit, who was once his friend.

Also starring Gastone Moschin ( The Conformist, Caliber 9 ), Françoise Fabian ( Belle de Jour, My Night at Maud s ), and gorgeously filmed by Dario Di Palma ( The Seduction of Mimi, The Oldest Profession ), Eureka Classics is proud to present Gli Specialisti on Blu-ray from a new 4K restoration.

BLU-RAY EDITION SPECIAL FEATURES
  • LIMITED EDITION O-CARD SLIPCASE [First Print Run of 2000 units]
  • 1080p presentation on Blu-ray from an incredible 4K restoration
  • Restored Italian and French audio options
  • Rarely heard English dub track
  • Optional English subtitles
  • Feature-length audio commentary by filmmaker Alex Cox
  • A brand new and exclusive interview with Austin Fisher, author of Radical Frontiers in the Spaghetti Western: Politics, Violence and Popular Italian Cinema
  • Trailer
  • PLUS: A LIMITED EDITION collector s booklet [First Print Run of 2000 units] featuring new writing by western authority Howard Hughes on both the film, and the "French-western" sub-genre

 

 

Shopping: Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell...

Set for US Blu-ray release on 19th May 2020 with the promotional material stating that it is the significantly cut R rated version


Link Here14th March 2020
Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell is a 1974 UK horror film by Terence Fisher
With Peter Cushing, Shane Briant and Madeline Smith.
YouTube icon BBFC link IMDb

Cut by the BBFC for cinema release. Then further cut for a US R rating. All home video version were cut to some extent until 2014 when an uncut restored version was released.

The promotional material on the Shout! Factory websites suggests that this is the cut R rated version. The company usually issue the best versions available so will check again nearer the release.

See further details at Melon Farmers Film Cuts: Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell

US: Cut and MPAA R rated for:
  • 2020 Shout! Factory RA Blu-ray at US Amazon released on 19th May 2020
  • 2020 Shout! Factory Amazon Prime VoD [US only] at US Amazon

Promotional Material

Is Baron Frankenstein truly dead? That's precisely what he wants the world to think. He's had it up to here with a public that doesn't appreciate the trouble a mad scientist goes through to snatch good body parts. To carry on his work, he holes up in a place where the possibilities are utterly maddening: a home for the criminally insane! A hand here. A brain there ... true to form, the Baron (Peter Cushing) keeps his gruesome creation (David Prowse, known for his portrayal of Darth Vader) in stitches in this sixth and final fright fest in Hammer Films' Frankenstein cycle.

 

 

Shopping: Dream Demon...

1988 UK horror by Harley Cokeliss set for UK Blu-ray release on 25th May 2020 with Arrow promising a Director's Cut


Link Here13th March 2020
Dream Demon is a 1988 UK horror by Harley Cokeliss (as Harley Cokliss).
Starring Jemma Redgrave, Kathleen Wilhoite and Timothy Spall. BBFC link IMDb 

The Theatrical Version was passed 18 uncut for 1988 cinema release and 1989 VHS. Arrow is promising a Director's Cut for 2020 Blu-ray.

UK: The Theatrical Version was previously passed 18 uncut for:
  • 2020 Arrow [Theatrical Version + Director's Cut] (RB) Blu-ray at UK Amazon released on 25th May 2020

Promotional Material

A young bride-to-be s anxieties over her upcoming wedding take on a horrifying, demonic form in this underseen 1988 rubber reality shocker from director/co-writer Harley Cokeliss (Black Moon Rising), starring Timothy Spall and Jemma Redgrave.

As her marriage to decorated war hero Oliver draws near, well-heeled Diana moves into her sprawling new London home where she starts to experience strange and terrifying nightmares. But are these blood-curdling night terrors merely the symptom of an unsettled mind, or the sign of something far sinister at work? Hounded by a pair of sleazy journalists (Timothy Spall and Jimmy Nail), Diana soon crosses paths with American tourist Jenny, who appears to have a strange connection to the foreboding house and its sinister past.

Long dormant on home media since its original VHS release, Dream Demon - a terrific blend of psychological horror and late 80s practical gore effects - has at long-last been stirred from its analogue slumber and arrives on Blu-ray, newly-restored from the original camera negative and in a brand new Director s Cut!

SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS

  • Brand new 2K restoration from the original camera negative, supervised and approved by director Harley Cokeliss
  • Director s Cut and Original Theatrical Version
  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation
  • Original uncompressed stereo audio
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • Brand new scene-select audio commentary with director Harley Cokeliss and producer Paul Webster
  • Newly-filmed interview with director Harley Cokeliss
  • Newly-filmed interview with producer Paul Webster
  • Newly-filmed interview with actress Jemma Redgrave
  • Newly-filmed interview with actor Mark Greenstreet
  • Newly-filmed interview with actor Nickolas Grace
  • Newly-filmed interview with actress Annabelle Lanyon
  • Newly-filmed interview with composer Bill Nelson
  • Foundations of Nightmare: The Making of Dream Demon - contemporary documentary taking a look behind the scenes of the production of Dream Demon, featuring on-set interviews with director Harley Cokeliss, producer Paul Webster, actors Timothy Spall, Jemma Redgrave, Kathleen Wilhoite, composer Bill Nelson and many more
  • Image Galleries
  • Original Theatrical Trailer
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly-commissioned artwork by Christopher Shy
  • FIRST PRESSING ONLY!
  • Collector s booklet featuring new writing on the film by Anne Bilson, author of the Dream Demon novelisation, and director Harley Cokeliss
  • Reversible poster featuring exclusive newly-commissioned artwork by Christopher Shy
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    Shopping: Shatter...

    1974 UK / Hong Kong Hammer Films action drama by Michael Carreras and Monte Hellman, cut by the BBFC, set for uncut US Blu-ray release on 28th April 2020


    Link Here22nd February 2020
    Shatter is a 1974 UK / Hong Kong action drama by Michael Carreras and Monte Hellman (uncredited).
    Starring Stuart Whitman, Lung Ti and Lily Li. BBFC link IMDb

    A co-production between Hammer and the Hong Kong Shaw Brothers was cut by the BBFC for X rated cinema release in 1975. A uncut version is set for 2020 Blu-ray. This was Peter Cushing's last film for Hammer.

    The 1975 BBFC cuts were to remove a hook impaling and a man being shot and spitting blood during the dock fight.

    US: Uncut and MPAA R rated for:
    • 2020 Shout! Factory RA Blu-ray at US Amazon released on 28th April 2020

    Promotional Material

    Hammer Films and The Shaw Brothers come together again for an exciting action film! International assassin Shatter (Stuart Whitman, Crazy Mama, Ruby) completes a contract kill on an African dictator and heads for Hong Kong to collect his payment. But when he finds himself marked for death in a deadly double-cross, the hit man is hunted through the seedy underworld. Now with the help of a kung fu master (Ti Lung, A Better Tomorrow), Shatter must take on the international drug syndicate in a final showdown of violence and vengeance! Filmed on location in Hong Kong, Shatter (also known as Call Him Mr. Shatter) was the second and last of Hammer's co-productions with the famed Shaw Brothers studio (The Legend Of The Seven Golden Vampires). Cult director Monte Hellman (Two-Lane Blacktop, Cockfighter) was replaced mid-production by producer Michael Carreras who completed this troubled-yet-fascinating action thriller that co-stars Anton Diffring (Circus Of Horrors) and the legendary Peter Cushing in his final Hammer performance.



     

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