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Afghanistan Bruce Lee in Zoo Weekly #460

posted Jan 26, 2015, 2:16 PM by Vu Nguyen

ENTER THE DRAGON (1973) (Bluray)
April 17, 2007
Warner Bros
I randomly noticed this Afghanistan Bruce Lee on the semi-recent release of Australia's Zoo Weekly #460 (19 January 2015).

Zoo Weekly Issue 460 (19 January 2015)

Magazine Description
ZOO Weekly is quite literally Australia’s biggest selling men’s mag. Every single week it gives you everything you’ll need to get through the week. And then some. Top sports stories, latest cars and gadgets, babes and weirdness. And a pub’s eye view of the stuff worth talking about. Add in our unique men’s TV and entertainment guide and frankly it feels like we’re giving you too much. Every week, we serve you up a fast, funny mix of the sexiest babes, best sports coverage, coolest cars and a pub’s eye view of the week’s news. We bring you the big entertainment stories first and be your bible for the week ahead. We review all the week’s music, movies, gadgets and games, while our TV guide highlights the best stuff on the box for blokes. Plus, ZOO is your one stop shop for jokes, jpegs, lists quizzes and weird stuff to make you laugh out loud.

Issue Description
The world's hottest inked babe, Vanessa Lake, fronts our special tattoo issue, featuring the best body art, funniest tatts and hottest tattooists going around. You'll also see some Kiwis almost die inside a volcano, find out how NASA's making planes that'll go from Sydney to Melbourne in two minutes, and be amazed by Afghanistan's reincarnated Bruce Lee.

Companeros "English version" coming out on DVD in April 2015

posted Jan 25, 2015, 3:25 PM by Vu Nguyen

COMPANEROS (English Version) (1970)
28 Apr 2015
Blue Underground
This is one of my favorite Spaghetti Western film.  If you didn't already own it, it's being re-issued on DVD as an "English Version" this 28 April 2015.  I'm glad to see that it is back in print, as the out of print DVD is selling for over $26... so buying it new for $11 is a deal on Amazon.

The version I own, via Anchor Bay has the English dub, so I'm not actually sure what they meant by "English Version", as I'm assuming all previous versions were "English" version?

Blue Underground to release Dario Argento and Lucio Fulci collections

posted Jan 18, 2015, 1:04 AM by Vu Nguyen

31 Mar 2015
Blue Underground
Blue Underground is releasing two Italian masters collections.  Each release retails for $39.99, so you're spending about $13 a Bluray, might be worth it if you already own the DVD (which I already own via Anchor Bay or previous Blue Underground DVDs). Amazon is selling these for $24.99 ($9 a disc), so you can shop around. I typically don't really pre-order and prefer to actually see it in person before I buy anything. I hope Best Buy or Walmart will carry these.

None of these disc have any special features that I like (audio commentaries), but generally you don't buy these collections for the features.

Details of the releases:

Three classic Dario Argento thrillers for one low price!


When a simple robbery at a research institute leads to a series of brutal murders, a blind puzzle maker and a tenacious reporter begin their own investigation of the crimes. With nine different clues to follow, they uncover a shocking web of twisted genetics and dark sexual secrets that will finally lead them to a shattering climax of violence and suspense.

An English jazz pianist living in Rome witnesses the brutal hatchet murder of a renowned psychic and is quickly drawn into the savage crime. With the help of a tenacious female reporter, the pair track a twisted trail of deranged clues and relentless violence towards a shocking climax that has ripped screams from the throats of audiences for more than 35 years!

A young woman stumbles upon a mysterious diary that reveals the secrets of "The Three Mothers" and unleashes a nightmare world of demonic evil. As the unstoppable horror spreads from Rome to New York City, this unholy trinity must be stopped before the world is submerged in the blood of the innocent.

31 Mar 2015
Blue Underground
Three classic Lucio Fulci gore fests for one low price!

The Seven Gates Of Hell have been torn open, and in three days the dead shall rise and walk the earth. As a reporter and a psychic race to close the portals of the damned, they encounter a seething nightmare of unspeakable evil. The city is alive - with the horrors of the living dead!

A young family moves from their cramped New York City apartment to a spacious new home in New England. But this is no ordinary house in the country: the previous owner was the deranged Dr. Freudstein, whose monstrous human experiments have left a legacy of bloody mayhem. Now, someone - or something - is alive in the basement, and home sweet home is about to become a horrific hell on earth.

A blade-wielding psychopath is on the loose, turning The Big Apple bright red with the blood of beautiful young women. As NYPD detectives follow the trail of butchery from the decks of the Staten Island Ferry to the sex shows of Times Square, each brutal murder becomes a sadistic taunt. In the city that never sleeps, he's the killer that can't be stopped!


The Beyond on Bluray, coming in February 2015

posted Jan 17, 2015, 10:49 PM by Vu Nguyen

THE BEYOND (3 Disc Collector's Edition) (1981)
10 Feb 2015
Grindhouse Releasing

Vu's The Beyond Limited Edition DVD
I'm probably not going to re-buy The Beyond on Bluray, since I was pretty happy with my DVD release (in a tin box).  If I didn't already own the movie, I would definitely want to get this on the best resolution via Grindhouse Releasing.  The 3 Disc Bluray retails for $39.99 but on sale for $24.95 via amazon.com which again may be too much for an older film.  The main selling point for me is usually audio commentary, which I do not think the upcoming Grindhouse Releasing will have.  However, the first 5,000 units will feature a glow in the dark cover.... which is very tempting, but I think the pricing is too expensive for now. 

The seven dreaded gateways to hell are concealed in seven cursed places...

And on the day the gates of hell are opened, the dead will walk the earth!

From legendary Italian horror master Lucio Fulci comes the ultimate classic of supernatural terror. A cursed hotel, built over one of the seven gateways to hell, becomes a malevolent abyss that begins devouring both the bodies and the souls of all who enter in a graphic frenzy of gory crucifixions, brutal chain-whippings, eyeball impalements, sulphuric acid meltdowns, flesh-eating tarantulas, throat-shredding demon dogs and ravenous bloodthirsty zombies. THE BEYOND is a towering achievement in hair-raising, mind-bending cinematic terror!

Special Features:
  • Super-Deluxe 3 disc Collector's Edition - 2 Blu-rays + CD
  • Spectacular Hi-Definition digital transfer of the original UNCENSORED director's cut
  • Breathtaking 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio surround sound re-mix by Academy Award winner Paul Ottosson
  • Provocative commentary by stars Catriona MacColl and genre superstar David Warbeck
  • Optional Italian language soundtrack and original mono mix
  • New in-depth interviews with stars Catriona MacColl, Cinzia Monreale and Giovanni De Nava, U.S. production manager Larry Ray, make-up artists Giannetto DeRossi and Maurizio Trani, cinematographer Sergio Salvati, writer Dardano Sacchetti, producer Fabrizio De Angelis, composer Fabio Frizzi, original U.S. distributor Terry Levene, and Antonella Fulci
  • Rare archival interviews with director Lucio Fulci and David Warbeck
  • Lost German pre-credit sequence in FULL COLOR
  • Extensive still galleries and theatrical trailers
  • Liner notes by legendary horror journalist Chas. Balun and EuroHorror expert Martin Beine
  • BONUS CD - original soundtrack album by Fabio Frizzi newly remastered in stunning 96khz sound from the original studio master tapes
  • Chilling GLOW-IN-THE-DARK slip cover limited to the first 5000 copies
Lucio Fulci’s THE BEYOND Back in Theaters!
December 6, 2014

Grindhouse Releasing is bringing Lucio Fulci’s THE BEYOND back to select theaters to celebrate the film’s upcoming U.S. Blu-ray debut. Don’t miss this chance to see Fulci’s masterpiece of supernatural horror on the big screen in glorious 35mm!

1/23/2015 – Landmark Sunshine, NYC
1/24/2015 – Landmark Sunshine, NYC
2/9/2015 – Alamo Drafthouse Yonkers, Yonkers, NY
2/20/2015 – Belcourt Theatre, Nashville
2/21/2015 – Belcourt Theatre, Nashville
2/21/2015 – Alamo Drafthouse Vintage Park, Houston
2/27/2015 – Landmark Nuart, Los Angeles
3/18/2015 – Alamo Drafthouse Lubbock, Lubbock, TX
3/20/2015 – Northwest Nightmares, Vancouver BC
3/24/2015 – Hollywood Theatre, Portland, OR
3/27/2015 – Music Box Theatre, Chicago

Game of Thrones Season 4 Exclusives

posted Jan 1, 2015, 11:17 AM by Vu Nguyen

GAME OF THRONES SEASON 4 (Tyrell) (Best Buy)
(17 Feb 2015)
If you listened to my podcast with Cristina, you know that I'm a huge Game of Thrones fan.  I actually own all the books (but have not read all of them) and always get the Bluray exclusive covers, if I can get them.  Best Buy will be releasing five different covers for Season 4 - unfortunately, three of them were previously used for for Season 1 and 2, only the Martell and Tyrell are new covers. I don't know why they are recycling the images - they could have at least changed the colors or reverse the image or something?

Walmart's exclusive is a King Joffrey mini figure by Funko, while Target is offering a free "Beautiful Death Photo Book" with their exclusive.  I hate to say it, but it would seem Best Buy has the best version with the bonus disc and exclusive slipcover.  I've rant about the slipcover before, saying that the covers are too thin, but the bonus disc might make up for it.  As for Walmart or Target, I suppose I have to see them in person to see if the book or toy is worth it.  Also, I guess it depends on availability as well. 

(17 Feb 2015)

(17 Feb 2015)

(17 Feb 2015)

GAME OF THRONES SEASON 4 (Lannister) (Best Buy)
(17 Feb 2015)

GAME OF THRONES SEASON 4 (Targaryen) (Best Buy)
(17 Feb 2015)

GAME OF THRONES SEASON 4 (Martell) (Best Buy)
(17 Feb 2015)

Grayson #8 (March 2015) is an homage to Enter the Dragon (1973)

posted Dec 13, 2014, 10:54 PM by Vu Nguyen

ENTER THE DRAGON (1973) (Bluray)
April 17, 2007
Warner Bros
For the month of March 2015, many of the DC Comics titles will be getting homage covers to various Warner Brothers movies.  One of the covers will be inspired by Enter the Dragon movie poster, to be published as a variant cover to GRAYSON #8, cover art by Bill Sienkiewicz.

God Told Me remastered in 4k

posted Nov 26, 2014, 9:08 PM by Vu Nguyen

GOD TOLD ME TO (1976) (Bluray)
February 24, 2015
Blue Underground

GOD TOLD ME TO (1976) (Special Edition) (DVD)
February 24, 2015
Blue Underground
A brand-new 4K High Definition transfer from the original uncensored negative along with exclusive new Extras created especially for this release!

GOD TOLD ME TO (Blu-ray)
UPC Code: 827058705097
PRICE: $29.98

Director: Larry Cohen (Q-The Winged Serpent, It's Alive)

Stars: Tony Lo Bianco (The French Connection), Sandy Dennis, Deborah Raffin (Death Wish 3), Sylvia Sidney (Beetlejuice), Richard Lynch, Andy Kaufman
Release Date: February 24, 2015

The critically acclaimed cult classic returns in an all-new Special Edition Blu-ray! A rooftop sniper guns down 14 pedestrians on the streets of New York City. A mild-mannered dad takes a shotgun and blows away his wife and children. A cop goes on a sudden shooting spree at the St. Patrick's Day Parade. And each of these unlikely killers makes the same dying confession: "God told me to." Now a repressed Catholic NYPD detective (Tony Lo Bianco of THE HONEYMOON KILLERS and THE FRENCH CONNECTION) must uncover a netherworld of deranged faith, alien insemination and his own unholy connection to a homicidal messiah with a perverse plan for the soul of mankind.

Written, produced and directed by Larry Cohen (Q - THE WINGED SERPENT), this critically acclaimed cult classic remains one of the most disturbing and thought-provoking horror films of our time. Deborah Raffin (DEATH WISH 3), Sandy Dennis (WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF?), Sylvia Sidney (BEETLEJUICE), Mike Kellin (SLEEPAWAY CAMP), Richard Lynch (BAD DREAMS), and Andy Kaufman (TAXI) co-star in this one-of-a-kind chiller, now featuring a brand-new 4K High Definition transfer from the original uncensored negative along with exclusive new Extras created especially for this release!

  • Audio Commentary with Writer/Producer/Director Larry Cohen
  • Heaven & Hell On Earth - Interview with Star Tony Lo Bianco
  • Bloody Good Times - Interview with Special Effects Artist Steve Neill
  • God Told Me To Bone - New Beverly Q&A with Larry Cohen
  • Lincoln Center Q&A with Larry Cohen
  • Theatrical Trailers
  • TV Spots
  • Poster & Still Gallery
  • Color
  • 7.1 DTS-HD; 5.1 Dolby Digital Surround EX; DTS-HD Mono
  • English
  • English SDH, French, Spanish
  • 1.85:1
  • 1976
  • 90 Mins
  • Not Rated
  • Region Code: ALL


The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Pt. 1

posted Nov 26, 2014, 8:14 PM by Vu Nguyen

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The Hunger Games
Film update: I just saw The Hunger Games: Catching Fire at the dollar theater. We saw this at the New Hope Cinema Grill, for about $12, you can get meal and a film, which isn't bad. …

I've only read the first Hunger Games book by Suzanne Collins, but wasn't compelled to follow up with further reading, so watching the new The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Pt. 1 movie came as a surprise to me as anyone who's ever seen the movie or read the book for the first time.

This is a review for the film, and I'll try and avoid spoilers and stick to things you already know about the series (assuming you already watched the first two films).

As the title indicate, this is only half the story. If you remember at the end of Hunger Games: Catching Fire, that there were some major reveals and ended with a cutoff fade to black, right in the middle of something major.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Pt. 1 picks up right after the second movie, so I suggest rewatching the Bluray to refresh your memory. The third movie introduced us to some new characters because of a certain new District. The characters were handled well - unlike the first movie which had a million characters (all the "tributes" in the Hunger Games).

Also, maybe it is just me, but I had trouble distinguishing between Katniss' boyfriend Gale and Sam. In the movie, there is less focus on the other Hunger Games tribute, but more on the military leaders.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Pt. 1 works like a war game, with moves and counter moves... and is somewhat slightly different than what the first two Hunger Games films were about.

Now for some minor complaints about the movie:

  • There is no possible way one arrow can take down two massive airplane bombers.
  • They have televisions in the bunkers and diner hall, yet everyone have to gather around for the rebel president's address (which sometime was only one line!) The same can be said to all the Districts - why do they all have to gather around town square to view President Snow on the television screen? They don't have email in the future?
  • If they really wanted us to get excited about the next film, they could have ended the film when President Snow said something like "Don't you think I don't know?" - that would have been a great cliffhanger.

  • The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Pt. 1 (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
    Republic Records
    I haven't heard the two Republic Records soundtracks, except for what I heard in the film. The pop soundtrack called The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Pt. 1 (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack), is curated by Lorde (who also provided "Yellow Flicker Beat" in the soundtrack twice as her original song and a "Kanye West Rework" version) and features Stromae, Pusha T, Q-Tip, Haim, CHVRCHES, Tove Lo, Charli XCX, Simon Le Bon, Major Lazer, Ariana Grande, Raury, and Grace Jones. The only time I can remember hearing the Lorde song is at the closing credits, so I think the pop songs were either subtly used in the film, or not at all. Which is fine, because hearing a radio hit song in this futuristic movie might take you out of the film.

    The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Pt.1 (Original Motion Picture Score)
    Republic Records
    The other soundtrack, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Pt.1 (Original Motion Picture Score), is for the more traditionalists, the (mostly) instrumental score of the film by James Newtown Howard. The standout track will likely be "The Hanging Tree", featuring vocals by star Jennifer Lawrence. If you've seen the new film, you know that Katniss starts singing this song with the mockingjays providing the background backbeat. I know that sounds incredibly cartoonish, but the way the movie shot it, it felt natural.

    So what can I say? Of all the The Hunger Games films, I felt this one was the strongest ... but perhaps it would have been a much better movie if we got the resolution/payoff of part 2. I guess we'll just have to wait a year to find out how this trilogy ends.

    The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Pt.1 is playing at all major theaters now.

    Going Under, coming out on Blue Underground in 2015

    posted Nov 9, 2014, 1:02 AM by Vu Nguyen

    GOING UNDER (2004) (Bluray)
    January 27, 2015
    Blue Underground
    GOING UNDER (Blu-ray)
    UPC Code: 827058705196
    PRICE: $29.98
    Director: Eric Werthman

    Stars: Roger Rees (The Prestige, The West Wing), Geno Lechner (Schindler's List, Immortal Beloved), Miho Nikaido (Henry Fool)
    Release Date: January 27, 2015

    Peter, a married psychotherapist, and Suzanne, a professional dominatrix, have been engaged in an affair of sensual dominance and submission in an S&M dungeon where they must abide by the rules. Now, those rules are about to be broken when they agree to see each other on the outside. As Peter becomes increasingly obsessed with the troubled Suzanne, they embark on a sordid psychosexual journey into their tortured pasts through their most carnal desires.

    Tony Award winner Roger Rees (THE PRESTIGE, THE WEST WING) and Geno Lechner (SCHINDLER'S LIST, IMMORTAL BELOVED) star in this starkly beautiful Award-winning film that brilliantly illuminates the dark world of S&M, fetishized eroticism, and the disturbing consequences of blurring the line between fantasy and reality.

    Shadow Boxing and Trail of the Broken Blade set for December 9th, 2014

    posted Oct 31, 2014, 1:40 PM by Vu Nguyen

    December 9, 2014
    Sword Masters

    December 9, 2014
    Sword Masters
    From campaign-archive2.com, thanks to David

    December 9

    Amazon also updated their cover artwork for both upcoming DVDs.

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