Jackie Chan arrived on American soil with hopes of becoming a superstar in the West, and his first ever Hollywood project as a leading man certainly provided him with a notable director in Robert Clouse. Whilst Battle Creek Brawl was not quite as epoch defining, this is still prime Jackie – a classic bout of chopsocky on Anglicised soil, ready to punch its way into your collection in this 2K HD restoration from 88 Films.
Written and directed by Shinichiro Ueda, One Cut of the Dead begins with an impressive 37 minute long take set in an abandoned Japanese water filtration plant. “It’s just an urban legend… On record, this place was built for water filtration. But the Japanese army used here for some sort of experimentation… Human experimentation. Like…bringing the dead back to life.” Shinichiro Ueda’s movie injects the zombie trope with new life; thus reanimating the sub-genre. This is not Dawn of the Dead, nor is it Shaun of the Dead. Instead, One Cut of the Dead celebrates low-budget filmmaking.
“Making a zombie movie, on a live broadcast, in one take?”
Indicator pride themselves on championing great British cinema and, as part of this ethos, 18 March 2019 will see the release of their first restorations. Scanned in 4K from the original negatives, their presentations of The Triple Echo and Immaculate Conception mark a new development in the Indicator range which will ensure that even more unjustly neglected gems will appear on Blu-ray for the first time ever. March’s selection also includes Anthony Mann’s A Dandy in Aspic, and John Dexter’s The Virgin Soldiers.
“Would you go A.W.O.L. with this man?”
Lionsgate UK are pleased to announce three more cult classics joining their Vestron Collector’s Series. Originally released by Vestron Video, these classic horror and sci-fi titles are restored and remastered on Blu-ray, and packed with hours of special features. Lionsgate UK presents Class of 1999, Parents, and The Unholy on Blu-ray, 25th February.
“It’s the last lesson you’ll ever learn!”
Cinémathèque Française is honoring Lloyd Kaufman, president of Troma Entertainment and creator of The Toxic Avenger, for his 50 years of independent filmmaking. The Cinémathèque will also screen two of Kaufman’s most important films on January 4th, in Paris, France with Kaufman himself in attendance.
The Max Linder Panorama Theater is also screening The Toxic Avenger in its uncut glory on January 3rd.
“The first superhuman-hero… from New Jersey!”
Indicator presents a genre-spanning quartet of London-set films, all starring, written and directed by some of Britain’s most celebrated and iconic talents, and released on Blu-ray for the first time. First, two uncompromising thrillers from the more conservative half of the 1960s: The Third Secret (1964); and Psyche 59 (1964). Next, two films which explore sexual freedom as the ‘Swinging’ decade comes to a close: Take a Girl Like You (1970); and A Severed Head (1971).
“The screen prowls the lonely place where lust hides!”
Waxwork Records is proud to present the 30th Anniversary release of the Beetlejuice original motion picture soundtrack by Danny Elfman. Released in 1988, Beetlejuice is a horror/comedy directed by Tim Burton starring Michael Keaton, Winona Ryder, Geena Davis, and Alec Baldwin.
“He’s guaranteed to put some life, in your afterlife.”
When I interviewed the esteemed Producer/Director Roger Corman for Claudia Jennings’ biography, he said Unholy Rollers was his favorite of the four films Claudia appeared in for him. As Claudia’s breakthrough film, Unholy Rollers established the character she would be identified with until her death. Beautiful, fearless and ruthless, Karen Walker epitomized the Hollywood Bitch Goddess that many thought represented Claudia’s true nature. The film is noteworthy because it marked Claudia’s debut as a major B movie actress.
“A locker room look at the toughest broads in the world!”
One Cut of the Dead opens in a run-down, abandoned warehouse where a film crew are making a zombie film… Yet, this is no ordinary warehouse. It’s been said that this warehouse is the site where military experiments once took place…
“Don’t stop shooting!”
Waxwork Records is excited to announce the deluxe Krampus original motion picture soundtrack composed by Douglas Pipes – an hour of twisted holiday music with nods to Gremlins and Poltergeist.
“He sees you when you’re sleeping. He knows when you’re awake. He knows if you’ve been bad or good. So be good for goodness’s sake.”
From November 30th to December 2nd, Lloyd Kaufman will be a guest at Kentucky’s Supercon, where he’ll be screening the long-awaited Return to Return to Nuke ‘Em High AKA Vol. 2. Joining him will be writer, director, and documentarian Heidi Moore, known for her critically praised, LGBTQ-centric horror film Dolly Deadly, which is being distributed by Troma Entertainment.
“Michael Herz and I believe Heidi Moore will be up there with Troma alums Matt Stone and Trey Parker, James Gunn, Eli Roth and the many other stars who have emerged from the loins of Troma Entertainment!“
Siôn Griffiths’ Humanoids from Outer Space – an homage to the atomic age of cinema – continues with Chapter 4: The Chief that Fell to Earth and Chapter 5: The Day Wales Stood Still.