2013 Video Releases (Best and Worst)
2013 Video Releses
I would love to give a whole big write up for each release, but the post would be far too long. So I’ll only comment on certain titles. I might be a little late with this, but better late than never.
All selections are based on quality of the release and not the actual films for the most part. I’m sure there are big Hollywood films with better releases, but I tend to avoid modern films plus most people reading this probably feel the same as I do.
All the films listed are blu-ray unless otherwise noted. Some are blu-ray/DVD combo packs and my rankings are based off the blu-ray versions.
7. Conjuring- Warner Brothers
A huge hit, but subpar release in terms of extras.
6. The Nest- Scream Factory
5. I Spit on Your Grave 2- Anchor Bay
4. Paranormal Activity 4- Paramount
3. Hellrasier: Deader- Echo Bridge
2. Teaching Mrs. Tingle- Echo Bridge
If I walked into a room with this playing I would think high quality VHS.
1. Weird Science- Universal
Clearly an old master was used as this looks like an early stage DVD only up converted. Certain shots rival VHS. This to is totally un-acceptable coming from a major studio.
30. The Devil Bat- Kino Lorber
29. Black Sabbath- Kino Lorber
28. Schoolgirl Hitchhikers- Redemption
27. Nightmares Come at Night- Redemption
26. Night of the Hunted- Redemption
25. Action Packed Movie Marathon- Shout Factory (DVD)
Set includes; EXTERMINATOR 2, ALIENATOR, EYE OF THE TIGER, CYCLONE
24. House on Straw Hill- Severin Films
23. Prince of Darkness- Scream Factory
22. Body Bags- Scream Factory
21. Lifeforce- Scream Factory
20. Maniac- IFC
19. Dark Angel (I Come in Peace)- Scream Factory
18. Zombie Lake- Redemption
For me a great so bad its good movie for others just bad. However the HD transfer is terrific. This is the only time Zombie Lake makes a best of list.
17. Massage Parlor Murders- Vinegar Syndrome
Never released prior on any format.
16. Awful Dr. Orlof- Redemption
15.The Burning- Scream Factory
14. Night of the Comet- Scream Factory
13. X-Ray/Schizoid Double Feature- Scream Factory
12. Grapes of Death- Redemption
11. Psycho II- Scream Factory
10. Psycho III- Scream Factory
9. Phantasm II- Scream Factory
8. The Fog- Scream Factory
7. Prison- Scream Factory
6. Scream Factory TV Terrors (The Initiation of Sarah, Are You in the House Alone)- Scream Factory (DVD)
Both only VHS releases until this DVD. Audio and video are average even for DVD, but since it was long OOP I felt a worthy selection.
5. Town That Dreaded Sundown- Scream Factory
Blu-ray/DVD Combo (DVD copy comes with a bonus film the Evictors)
4. Halloween- Anchor Bay
In terms of features this is the weakest release, but audio and video more than make up for and blow away every other release including the 2007 blu-ray. This is as close to the original theatrical look we’ll probably get.
3. Maniac Cop 2- Blue-Underground
2. Maniac Cop 3- Blue-Underground
1. Vincent Price Collection- Scream Factory
Set includes; HOUSE OF USHER, PIT AND THE PENDULUM, MASQUE OF RED DEATH, HAUNTED PALACE, WITCHFINDER GENERAL, ABOMINABLE DR. PHIBES
Bad Girls Behind Bars Collection- Blue-Underground (DVD)
Very good set, but all the films were previously released in solo editions. This is great for those who don’t have the single releases. Set includes- AMAZON JAIL, BARE BEHIND BARS, 99 WOMEN, SADOMANIA, WOMEN BEHIND BARS.
Schizo, House of Whipcord, Die Screaming Marianne, The Comeback- Redemption
Excellent releases. However all were released in a set in 2012 than solo editions in 2013
Assault on Precinct 13- Scream Factory
Already released on blu-ray. This has 2 new interviews. Only worth it if you don’t own the first blu-ray
Friday the 13th Collection- Warner Brothers
Chucky Collection- Universal
When a Stranger Calls/Happy Birthday to Me- Mill Creek
Witchboard 2: Devil’s Doorway- Olive Films
Day of the Dead- Shout Factory
Day of the Animals- Scorpion Releasing
The Unseen- Scorpion Releasing