In the early 1980s, low-budget filmmaker Charles Band created Wizard Video, a niche home video label that catered to fans of exploitation and horror films. Although they had a few famous features at their disposal (including Lucio Fulci’s ZOMBIE and the original versions of both I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE and THE TEXAS CHAIN SAW MASSACRE), the rest of their catalogue wasn’t what you would call “limitless.” And so, Band and the Wizards in his employ edited together a number of direct-to-video compilation titles, such as 1981’s THE BEST OF SEX AND VIOLENCE. [Read the rest at DVD Drive-In.]
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Tags: compilation, DVD, Full Moon Features, John Carradine, The Best of Sex and Violence, Wizard Video
Tags: Comedy, Cult, Drama, DVD, DVD-R, Enter the Ninja, Horror, martial arts, MGM Limited Edition Collection, MOD, rare
25 Classic Films Coming to DVD
For The First Time Ever
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment
Announces Classics Available Through Online Retailers During the Month of October
Tags: Alpocalypse Tour, Blu-ray, Comedy, Comedy Central, DVD, Music, parody, Weird Al Yankovic
“WEIRD AL” YANKOVIC DEBUTS HIS FIRST TELEVISED CONCERT SPECIAL IN OVER A DECADE! THE WORLD PREMIERE OF ‘WEIRD AL’ YANKOVIC LIVE! – THE ALPOCALYPSE TOUR AIRS SATURDAY, OCTOBER 1st
“Weird Al” Yankovic Live! – The Alpocalypse Tour Will Be Released On DVD, Blu-Ray October 4th via Comedy Central Home Entertainment
Parody and polka are perfectly performed when Grammy Award-winning “Weird Al” Yankovic returns to the small screen to present his first special since 1999. COMEDY CENTRAL will debut the World Premiere of “Weird Al” Yankovic Live! – The Alpocalypse Tour on Saturday, October 1st at 9pm.
Tags: Blu-ray, Cinematic Titanic, Comedy, commentary, DVD, educational, Exploitation, Horror, Legend Films, Mystery Science Theater 3000, review, Rifftrax, sci-fi, shorts
Catching Up At The Video Store: RiffTrax Presents Low Blows in High-Def
Article first published as RiffTrax Presents Low Blows in High-Def on Blogcritics.
While truly memorable (or at least halfway entertaining) comedies are few and far in-between on big and small screens alike, it’s nice to know that the lads at RiffTrax are able to keep on-a-truckin’ by tearing into some of the strangest and sorriest works of “art” ever produced by man. Of course, the whole “made by man” thing is debatable, as master riffers Michael J. Nelson, Kevin Murphy and Bill Corbett occasionally attribute some of the shockingly-bad movies and shorts they bear witness to as works of Satan.
Tags: Acorn Media, Blu-ray, British, Comedy, Drama, DVD, Ian Holm, Irish, Kisses, Knockout, Napoleon & Love, Paul Newman, review, romance, Steve Austin, television, The Exploding Girl, The Hustler, The People I’ve Slept With
Catching Up At The Video Store: More Drama Than a High School Homeroom Class
Article first published as More Drama Than a High School Homeroom Class on Blogcritics.
Drama. The stuff that millions of sonnets, songs and stories are made of. While some of them can turn out to be quite fetching, there are others that don’t seem to possess that necessary element of allurement. Of course, it’s all in the execution: a competent poet, songwriter or filmmaker can deliver the goods — whereas pompous, pretentious parables performed by the world’s less-talented artistes (the poseurs, if you will) often inadvertently deliver the completely wrong kind of execution to viewers and listeners. Assembled here for your own pleasure and/or agony are several recent home video releases, all of which are positively bursting at the seams with drama.
Tags: aliens, Battle Beyond The Stars, Blu-ray, cult classic, DVD, Gale Anne Hurd, George Peppard, John Saxon, John Sayles, Robert Vaughn, Roger Corman, sci-fi, Science Fiction, Shout! Factory, The Magnificent Seven
DVD Review: Battle Beyond The Stars – 30th Anniversary Special Edition
Article first published as DVD Review: Battle Beyond The Stars – 30th Anniversary Special Edition on Blogcritics.
There aren’t very many filmmakers out there that can get away with remaking a remake, let alone ripping-off a rip-off. And then there’s that iconic B-Movie King, Roger Corman: a man that damn-well knew the difference between shit and Shinola, and who could make a mint of off either one due to his legendary marketing skills. Following the unexpected success of George Lucas’ Star Wars in 1977, movie studios were eager to jump on the bandwagon and construct entire wardrobes out of rare 1934-issued $100,000 Gold Certificates. Even the Cor-Man himself was overwhelmed with the urge to make a science fiction space epic with aliens, lasers and things that go boom — such as planets.
Tags: Acorn Media, Agatha Christie, Blu-ray, British, Circles Of Deceit, Drama, DVD, George Gently: Series 3, Identity, Marple: The Pale Horse, mystery, New Tricks: Series Four, Poirot: The Movie Collection - Set 6, review, suspense, television, Thriller, Wired
Catching Up At The Video Store: Mysteries From The Other Side Of The Pond
Article first published as Mysteries From The Other Side Of The Pond on Blogcritics.
Everyone loves a good mystery. Many people like to bury their noses into a classic or contemporary novel about conspiracies, murder and missing people. Others tend to wildly speculate that the Sudoku puzzles in the newspaper that they can’t seem to solve are they themselves the act of a conspiracy, feel like murdering its creator, et voila: that darn puzzle goes missing! Now, for those of you who can’t be bothered to read an entire book (whether you don’t have the time in your busy schedules, suffer from the same form of Literary ADD like myself, or you’re just plain lazy) and are unable to finish a Sudoku puzzle for one reason or another, we have a plethora of mysteries that are produced on a regular basis for British television.
Tags: classics, Comedy, DVD, Hal Roach, Laurel & Hardy: The Essential Collection, Oliver Hardy, shorts, Stan Laurel
LAUREL & HARDY: THE ESSENTIAL COLLECTION
Digitally Remastered And Digitally Restored, Loaded With Over Two Hours Of Special Features, The Spectacular 10-Disc Set Arrives October 25 From RHI Entertainment And Vivendi Entertainment
UNIVERSAL CITY, CA – Celebrating the genius of the most beloved comedy team of all time, LAUREL & HARDY: THE ESSENTIAL COLLECTION debuts in a stunning 10-disc set on October 25, 2011 from RHI Entertainment and Vivendi Entertainment. With a comedic style that defined an era and created a legacy that is still celebrated today, 58 of Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy’s talking shorts and feature films, produced under legendary movie mogul Hal Roach from 1929 through 1940, are now available for the first time in the U.S. all together in one magnificent collection.
Tags: Cinematic Titanic, Comedy, commentary, DVD, educational, Exploitation, Horror, Legend Films, Mystery Science Theater 3000, review, Rifftrax, sci-fi, shorts
Catching Up At The Video Store: From the Best Brains Mystery Science Theater 3000 Had to Offer
Article first published as From the Best Brains Mystery Science Theater 3000 Had to Offer on Blogcritics.
Look, I don’t care how much you may debate it: Mystery Science Theater 3000 changed how we looked — or rather, talked — at movies. Growing up, I was something of a B-Movie Puritan. While I preferred to revel in vintage z-grade science fiction and horror films, I more than occasionally lambasted the few friends I actually had who insisted on making fun of them. There was something about the naïve and hokey onscreen antics that I found soothing. As I matured ever-so-slightly (I’m still not done; not according to my many exes, at least), however, I finally “mellowed” out enough to the point where humor had at long last found its place in my ritualistic form of therapeutic cinemasochism.
Tags: Alamo Drafthouse, bad, Canadian, collectible, DVD, Horror, Intervision Picture Corp., limited edition, shot on video, Things, VHS
Austin, TX— Tuesday July 12, 2011 — Monro, the collectible art boutique arm of Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, is pleased to announce a continued partnership with Intervision Picture Corporation – a video label dedicated to “vintage outsider cinema from a world all its own” – to release 1989’s THINGS on VHS. The first Canadian shot-on-Super 8 gore shocker commercially distributed on video, THINGS is the much anticipated follow-up to May’s sold-out run of SLEDGEHAMMER, the inaugural title from Mondo Video, a new VHS-only label created to release rare genre films in a collectible format. The VHS release will coincide with film’s debut on DVD from Intervision, which includes over four hours of bonus material including video testimonials from iconic horror auteur Tobe Hooper (THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE), HOBO WITH A SHOTGUN director Jason Eisener and more.