Sunday, 28 May 2017

Underworld : Blood Wars – UK DVD review

Yes, Kate Beckinsale is back in the skin tight leather and PVC fighting werewolves in the fifth instalment of the Underworld franchise, “Underworld Blood Wars”, which is already available digitally but is released to UK disc May 29 from  Sony.

Set some time after the events of “Underworld : Awakening”, vampire outcast Selene (Kate Beckinsale) finds herself being pursued at every turn by a vicious Lycan leader named Marius (Tobias Menzies – TVs “Game of Thrones”), who’s wants to get his hands on her daughter for some nefarious reason.

Finding no sanctuary amongst her own kind, with vampire leader Semira (Lara Pulver – Edge of Tomorrow) planning to overthrow the other council members of the Eastern coven, she is forced to head North to try and enlist the help of the long fabled Nordic coven, to stop Semira and join the fight against the Lycans, who are planning to wipe them all out.

Plenty of gun fights and action scenes subsequently ensue, as you have come to expect with this franchise. With Theo James and Charles Dance returning to reprise their roles as Marius and Thomas from the previous film. The cast also benefits from the inclusion of Bradley James (TVs Damien, iZombie) and Daisy Head (The Last Seven, TVs The Syndicate) as a pair of vampires with very different allegiances (and Daisy Head looks seriously awesome as a vampire in this).

The film is out on Ultra-HD Blu-Ray, 3D Blu-Ray, Standard Blu-Ray and DVD.

I was sent the DVD to review, which contains the following extras…

Old and New Blood feature (6mins) – The director and producers discuss the concept of the Nordic coven with cast members Charles Dance, Theo James and Clementine Nicholson.

The Evil Evolved feature (5:50) – Cast members Lara Pulver, Bradley James , Daisy Head, and James Faulkner discuss their characters.

The Blu-Ray releases also contain the additional extras…

Evolution of Selene feature
Building a Bloodwar feature
Official graphic novel

If you’re a fan of the Underworld films, go check this one out. The film is out on UK disc May 29.

Buy the UK DVD from Amazon.co.uk

Buy the UK BD from Amazon.co.uk

Buy the 3D BD from Amazon.co.uk

Buy the UHD-BD from Amazon.co.uk



 

 

 



Friday, 26 May 2017

The Void - Guests at MCM London Comic Con

The Void directors Jeremy Gillespie & Steven Kostanski are guests of MCM London Comic Con this weekend.

Steven and Jeremy appear all weekend for two special panels on Sat and Sun hosted by Jed Shepherd, and an MCM Buzz Stage chat, to discuss their varied movie production work, movies including hit horror The Void, current projects and future work. With clips and loads of freebies for questions and the best outfits. 

The Void appear at MCM London Comic Con this weekend May 27-28th : 

Silver Stage Panel 15.30-16.15 on Saturday 
Buzz Stage 12.30-13.00 on Sunday 
Gold Stage Panel 14.30-15.00 on Sunday 

For more info visit the MCM Comic Con London Page 

 

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

FAB Press re-issues Beyond Terror Lucio Fulci tribute, Indiegogo campaign live now

FAB Press has today launched a new Indiegogo Campaign to raise the funds needed to re-issue the acclaimed book BEYOND TERROR: THE FILMS OF LUCIO FULCI.


Written by celebrated writer, researcher & film critic Stephen Thrower, the book runs to 440 large format pages and contains more than 1,100 illustrations. 

Our goal is to re-issue Beyond Terror in a massively revised and expanded edition along with an exclusive DVD of all known Lucio Fulci trailers, gathered together for the first time ever, all presented in a heavy duty case reminiscent of the Book of Eibon from Fulci’s classic supernatural horror film The Beyond. This special edition of Beyond Terror will never be re-issued and will be vastly superior to the highstreet trade edition of the book that will follow.

A Radical New Edition

This is more than just a re-issue; Stephen Thrower  and FAB Press have spent the past three years working to fully revise, update and expand Beyond Terror to take account of the intervening twenty years of research and every new discovery about Lucio Fulci and his work. In fact so much has changed compared to the first edition that we can confidently claim this is effectively a NEW BOOK that will be of great value even to fans who already have a treasured copy of Beyond Terror in their library.

SO MUCH MORE NEW MATERIAL:

•  80,000 more words
•  128 more pages, including an extra 40 pages in full colour
•  350 more images

Exclusive to the Beyond Terror Special Edition

• Exclusive Feature 1)  — LUCIO FULCI TRAILER SHOW — a full length DVD featuring a re-mastered collection of every known Lucio Fulci movie trailer, produced exclusively for FAB Press by Nucleus Films’ Marc Morris. All trailers are in English except where foreign language was the only option, and for all of those we have produced brand new specially commissioned English subtitles! This DVD is NTSC format, no region coding, so it can be played wherever you are in the world.

• Exclusive Feature 2)  — EIBON COLLECTOR'S BOX PACKAGING — the book and DVD will be housed together in a custom designed heavy duty presentation box reminiscent of the Book of Eibon from The Beyond, complete with silk pull ribbon to lift the book from the box, textured cover and magnetic closure flap.

• Exclusive Feature 3)  — BONUS CHAPTER — an extensive interview with Lucio Fulci... This new pressing of Beyond Terror will include a final chapter that will only ever be included in the Special Edition — it will NOT be in any future high street or trade edition, neither will it be in any edition offered for sale online anywhere else except direct from the FAB Press Indiegogo page… When Lucio Fulci visited the UK in 1994 as a film festival special guest, he was interviewed by renowned horror journalist John Martin. For the first time ever John has allowed that entire conversation to be published completely uncut, accompanied by rare behind the scenes and personal photographs of Fulci at work and at leisure.

• Exclusive Feature 4)  — THE BEYOND WRAPAROUND BOOK JACKET — Special Edition books will be complete with the trade edition Zombie Flesh Eaters cover design, but they will ALSO include the original cover design from the 1999 hardback and 2003 paperback editions included as an additional bonus dust jacket...

The Beyond Terror Indiegogo campaign is now live, and runs for 35 days, finishing on 28 June. Please visit campaign today and share the link…

https://igg.me/at/BeyondTerror

A Ghost Story in UK cinemas - August 11th

UK distributers A24 announced today that it will release highly acclaimed Sundance favorite "A Ghost Story" in the UK on August 11th. The studio will partner with frequent collaborator Picturehouse Entertainment on the theatrical rollout. 


Recently deceased, a white-sheeted ghost (Casey Affleck) returns to his suburban home to console his bereft wife (Rooney Mara), only to find that in his spectral state he has become unstuck in time, forced to watch passively as the life he knew and the woman he loves slowly slip away. Increasingly unmoored, the ghost embarks on a cosmic journey through memory and history, confronting life’s ineffable questions and the enormity of existence. An unforgettable meditation on love and grief, A Ghost Story emerges ecstatic and surreal — a wholly unique experience that lingers long after the credits roll.

The film, a cosmic exploration of time, love, and the essential human longing for meaning and connection, was directed by renowned filmmaker David Lowery (Pete’s Dragon, Ain’t Them Bodies Saints) and stars recent Academy Award winner Casey Affleck and two‐time Academy Award nominee Rooney Mara. It premiered earlier this year at Sundance to rave reviews and was recently announced as the closing film at Sundance Film Festival: London.
 
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Saturday, 20 May 2017

First images released from "NECRONOMICON, The Book of Hell"

The first images of upcoming argentinian film "NECRONOMICON, The Book of Hell" have been released (see below).






 The universe of H.P. Lovecraft has been recreated in the Argentinian film industry for the very first time. Marcelo Schapces is the director behind “Necronomicon: The book of hell”, an ambitious horror film; where part of the action and atmosphere also takes place at the National Library of Buenos Aires, supposedly – as Lovecraft wrote – a location where one of the three copies of the NECRONOMICON is hidden.

The first footage of this project will be screened at the Cannes Film Festival, as “Necronomicon” is part of the Blood Window´s galas, which features a selection of horror and genre´s top-projects from Latin America. A teaser and WIP footage will be shown in the event called “Upcoming Fantastic Films”, on May 20th.

“Necronomicon” was shot in a five weeks period on location on Buenos Aires, alongside a wide range of special effects, creature makeup and VFX scenes.

The film is currently in post-production. The digital effects are been developed by Nuts Media.  They have the mission to bring to life the characters created by the artist Salvador Sanz, one of the most respected comic book creators from Argentina ("The Skeleton", "Legion", among others) who has designed the numerous creatures from the underworld as well as the semi-human figures known as “The Others”.

SYNOPSIS
For centuries, Dieter, a man without age, has been guarding the infernal book NECRONOMICON, to keep it locked and to prevent its evil conjures to summon the dark abyss from taking over humanity and earth. However, a copy of the book lies well-hidden in the National Library of Buenos Aires. The mysterious death of Dieter leads Luis, a simple librarian, to confront the forces that lurk the NECRONOMICON. In a city that’s corroded by apocalyptic climate, a man faces the forces of darkness.

ALIEN: COVENANT & THEY LIVE Collections On Sale Now at Fright-Rags

Fright-Rags is proud to present new apparel from John Carpenter's They Live and Ridley Scott's Alien: Covenant. One is bone fide cult classic, the other is a highly-anticipated new film, and both uniquely blend horror, science fiction, and action.


Alien: Covenant is out now in US cinemas and Fright-Rags has teamed with 20th Century Fox to release a collection of apparel for the film. The path to paradise begins with five exclusive shirts, including one that glows in the dark. The official Alien: Covenant poster art is also available on shirts, tank tops, baseball tees, and hoodies. Lastly, you can decorate your spacesuit with two Weyland-Yutani enamel pins.

Fright-Rags has come here to chew bubblegum and release They Live shirts… and they’re all out of bubblegum. Your alien-enhanced sunglasses will go great with three new tees from John Carpenter's 1988 film, plus the return of two fan-favorite designs.

Alien: Covenant and They Live collections are on sale now at Fright-Rags.com

Coming soon are collections dedicated to The Howling (May 24), Ghost (May 26), and Goosebumps (May 31).

Friday, 19 May 2017

SHOCK TREATMENT comes to UK BD for the first time ever.

From the writer and director of The Rocky Horror Picture Show comes not a sequel, not a prequel… but an equal to that classic, available on Blu-ray for the first time anywhere in the world, starring the cream of comedic talent in a riotous, unmissable cult musical.


Several years on from the events of the original Rocky Horror, Brad and Janet Majors find their strained marriage put to the test on popular Denton TV show Marriage Maze. Poor Brad is heavily sedated and institutionalised, whilst Janet is given a radical makeover and primed for stardom. But what are the real motivations behind the kooky DTV crew and their enigmatic head-honcho, Farley Flavors?

Featuring a host of familiar Rocky Horror faces including Richard O’Brien and Patricia Quinn as Dr Cosmo and Dr Nation, alongside Jessica Harper and Cliff De Young as Janet and Brad, plus the likes of Barry Humphries and Rik Mayall, this is a sexy, surreal satire that everyone should have on repeat prescription. With a rocking, shocking score from Richard O’Brien and Richard Hartley, including an irresistibly catchy title song, Shock Treatment is the follow-up that’s more than the equal of its predecessor.

Taking potshots at the medical industry, tacky TV shows, and everything in between, O’Brien’s film is bursting with energy and beautifully designed, and, as his character says, “you’ll be pathetically crazy about Shock Treatment - trust me, I’m a doctor!”

Presented in two highly collectable limited edition Blu-ray sets - each featuring one of the devious doctors from the film, Cosmo or Nation, on the packaging - it goes without saying that this world debut release is a must have for Rocky Horror fans. Altogether now, you need a bit of ooooh, Shock Treatment!

-Digital transfer from original film elements
-High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation
-5.1 and Mono audio options
-Isolated Music and Effects Track
-Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
-Audio commentary by Shock Treatment Fan Club presidents "Mad Man" Mike and Bill Brennan
-35 Years of Shock Treatment – live panel filmed at British Film Institute
-DTV Presents: A Shockumentary featurette
-Let's Rock 'n Roll: Shock Treatment's Super Score featurette
-Theatrical and International Trailers
-Exclusive Digipak Packaging featuring newly commissioned artwork by Graham Humphreys
-Collector’s Booklet featuring new writing on the film by festival programmer Michael Blyth
-Set of Exclusive Shock Treatment Mix ‘n’ Match Cards!
-Exclusive double-sided DENTON poster

Pre-order the UK BD "Cosmo" version from Amazon.co.uk 

Pre-order the UK BD "Nation" version from Amazon.co.uk