Watching the first season of The Girlfriend Experience is a bit unnerving. It’s an intimate experience – verging on voyeurism – because the ten episodes flow by so smoothly that it feels far too real when something jagged breaks the surface. Then, and only then, do we realize that there’s been all kinds of roiling, bubbling undercurrents that have to one explosive moment or another.
Ash vs. Evil Dead: The Complete Season One is now available on home video. It has everything an Evil Dead fan could want: average-schmo-turned-hero-out-of-necessity Ash Williams; grandmothers and booksellers turned deadites; human-sized demons that erupt from a doomed character’s mouth; gallons of fake blood and even a new crew to keep Ash from screwing up too badly.
Created by Ivan Raimi, Sam Raimi and Tom Spezialy (doubtless with input from B-movie legend Bruce Campbell), Ash vs. Evil Dead rocks as hard as it should (and note the Michigan bands whose music closes each episode – legendary!).
The third season DVD set of Da Vinci’s Demons may lack bonus features, but it does contain the final ten episodes of one of the best and most imaginative television series on premium cable. Without losing any of its quality, it shifts from swashbuckling fun into a gripping drama.
Anchor Bay Entertainment is taking award-winning horror film Old 37 and stars Kane Hodder and Brandi Cyrus to the 2015 Fan Expo Toronto, which runs from September 3rd-6th at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.
Hodder will be signing autographs at the Anchor Bay booth over the weekend, while Cyrus will be present on Friday and Saturday.
Old 37 will be be introduced at a midnight screening in The Screaming Room (in the South Building), Friday, September 4th at midnight. For details, follow the jump.
Old 37 – a horror film in which victims are picked up from accident sites by the drivers of a fake ambulance in a bizarre act of vengeance – is coming to home video after winning accolades on the festival circuit.
Fangoria calls it ‘… a match made in Hell;’ iHorror describes it as ‘…Jaws on the Interstate.’
Old 37 will in stores on October 6th. Pre-orders can be taken at Walmart, Amazon and Best Buy, now. Folloow the jump for more.
The Color of Time was made by the members of a class James Franco taught at NYU – a peculiar mix of poetry and biography based on the poems by Pulitzer Prize winner C.K. Williams. The film’s content is a collection of vignettes composed of memories, poetry and Williams’ struggle to write new material as he prepares for an appearance to read his work.
The reason I say that The Color of Time feels like a student film is not because of any lack of polish, but because it looks and feels free of the need to be commercial; to fit into a specific niche. Franco’s students have clearly been taught well when it comes to both technique and thinking for themselves.
Battle Royale – and its sequel, Battle Royale II – are among the most brutally beautiful movies I’ve ever seen. The original film is about a class of junior high school students are dumped on a deserted island and forced to kill each other off; the sequel, finds another ninth grade class being forced to attack the survivors of the first film – who have declared war on the adults responsible for the Battle Royale law.
Previously available in North America only in bootleg editions with dodgy subtitles, or very basic releases, these two films have a four-disc DVD release that comes with both the original theatrical release of the first film and the Special Edition that followed, the second film, and over two hours of bonus features.
Battle Royale and Battle Royale II are among the most brutally poetic films ever made. Often copied [you can see Battle Royale echoed in the story of The Hunger Games, for example], but never equaled, the films have been banned in many markets, but fans keep finding ways to get them. On March 20, 2012, Anchor Bay Entertainment will release both films – along with a hoard of bonus features – on DVD and Blu-ray, across North America.
For those that enjoy watching anime/animated movies, Anchor Bay Entertainment and Manga have teamed up to bring fans two amazing anime films which are to be released next year. The press release will contain the additional details after the jump:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 14, 2011
It’s been thirty years since a little horror movie changed the genre forever and gave John Carpenter a career. Halloween was something completely different – a story about a killer child who grew up to become the personification of evil, Michael Myers. To celebrate this anniversary, Anchor Bay Entertainment has packaged the three best films in the series along with a documentary on the Halloween phenomenon in a gorgeous display package featuring what they describe as “an exclusive display replica of the Michael Myers mask, which has become THE face of horror for the last three decades [sorry, head not included]! The six-disc set contains three versions of Halloween, Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers and Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers.