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10 Films in Need of a blu-ray Release

Posted in 10 Films in Need of a blu-ray Release with tags , on February 20, 2014 by Last Road Reviews

10 Films in Need of a blu-ray Release

I’ll be leaving off films that have been announced officially such as say Suspiria or Prom Night to name a couple. Though no details have been released they have been announced (both by Synapse). There are a few others announced with also no information. Its possible in future editions if still no details I’ll list them.

Also some titles listed might have a blu-ray release, but its region 2 or whatever. I am only listing titles not yet released for region 1.

This list was picked randomly and is in no particular order either.

ALICE SWEET ALICE
Cult classic that features an old and outdated transfer and in major need of an HD upgrade. Originally released on DVD in 1999 by Anchor Bay than again in 2007 by Henstooth. I have no idea if the same master was used, but it wasn’t mastered in HD.

CANDYMAN
One of the best of the 90s. This had a reissue on DVD mastered in HD, which looks alright but a blu-ray would be ideal.

THE BEYOND
Released on DVD by Anchor Bay than re-released by Grindhouse Releasing in a terrific DVD release. The Beyond has been released on blu- ray outside of the States.

THE OUTSIDERS
Excellent film with a truly great cast. I assume sooner or later a blu-ray will be released.

CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST
One of the most controversial films ever made. The DVD by Grindhouse Releasing is an excellent release the only thing better would be a blu-ray.

WAIT UNTIL DARK
One of the greats and the DVD while not terrible is very outdated now. I assume someday this will get the HD treatment, but until than the DVD will have to do.

TO ALL A GOODNIGHT
Decent slasher film which was the directorial debut for David Hess (also his only feature film). Only released on VHS, which is now long OOP. I read the negatives are now lost and only print is the VHS master. If true I doubt this will see the light of day sadly. Hell I’d even settle for a DVD release.

DON’T TORTURE A DUCKLING
This is my favorite Fulci film and the DVD features average video and audio. Apparently the DVD didn’t sell well and therefore Blue-Underground has no plans for a blu-ray (as I write this no idea if they still have the rights). Its a shame as this is a terrific film and for those who think Fulci is only a splatter director need to see this.

SON OF FRANKENSTEIN
The last truly great film of the series as the rest while perhaps fun weren’t nearly as good. This is out on DVD as part of a double feature with Ghost of Frankenstein. Its an old DVD and suffers from many of the problems that plagued early DVDs. Universal actually treats their classic era well, but it seems only certain films. The HD quality on their blu- ray set of the Monster collection was terrific. Here’s hoping Son of Frankenstein gets the same or at the very least a new upgraded DVD transfer.

SILENT NIGHT, DEADLY NIGHT
In December of 2012, Anchor Bay re-released this in a double feature with part 2 to coincide with the release of the remake. They used the same exact transfer for both films. The older Anchor Bay pre-HD aren’t as bad as other companies from the era. I mean sure those old titles can use an upgrade, but while some are horribly dated others are at least average. SNDN is sort of in the middle. As far as I know this was Anchor Bay’s 3rd release. The first being a double feature with part 2, a solo DVD for the original and another double feature with all 3 the same transfer. In this day and age I have no idea why Anchor Bay chose to use an old master and not give it a blu-ray release or at least a new DVD transfer. Anchor Bay isn’t the same as it was in the 90s to around mid-2000s, but that’s still no excuse for using an almost decade old print (the first DVD release was in 2003).

2013 Video Releases (Best and Worst)

Posted in 2013 Video Releases (Best and Worst) with tags , , on February 17, 2014 by Last Road Reviews

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.

BOTTOM 7

7. Conjuring- Warner Brothers
A huge hit, but subpar release in terms of extras.
Blu-ray/DVD Combo

6. The Nest- Scream Factory
Blu-ray/DVD Combo

5. I Spit on Your Grave 2- Anchor Bay
Blu-ray/DVD Combo

4. Paranormal Activity 4- Paramount
Blu-ray/DVD Combo

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.

TOP 30

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
Blu-ray/DVD Combo

23. Prince of Darkness- Scream Factory

22. Body Bags- Scream Factory
Blu-ray/DVD Combo

21. Lifeforce- Scream Factory
Blu-ray/DVD Combo

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.
Blu-ray/DVD Combo

16. Awful Dr. Orlof- Redemption

15.The Burning- Scream Factory
Blu-ray/DVD Combo

14. Night of the Comet- Scream Factory
Blu-ray/DVD Combo

13. X-Ray/Schizoid Double Feature- Scream Factory
Blu-ray/DVD Combo

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
Blu-ray/DVD Combo

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
Blu-ray/DVD Combo

2. Maniac Cop 3- Blue-Underground
Blu-ray/DVD Combo

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

Honorable Mentions

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