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Last Chase [DVD] [1981] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Last Chase [DVD] [1981] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Dvd ~ Burgess Meredith

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dammned eco facists!!!, 26 Sept. 2011
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In the future, gasoline has been banned, cars are outlawed and the govenment has become a nanny-state of crypto facist beaurocrats watching everybody's movements via cctv. Lee majors is a washed up race car driver making a living giving lectures to kids about the dangers of cars and how much better things are, one day he snaps, decides enough is enough and brings his old racing car out of retirement to race across america to the free terretories of california. Keen to stop him the beurocrats bring an ageing airforce pilot (played by Burgess meredith) out of retirement to hunt down the renegade car in his fighter jet. Thus begins a cat and mouse chase between the two men across america.

Watching last chase is a somewhat bewildering yet amusing experience. Made not long after the fuel crises, when many americans lived with the real possibility of fuel running out, one would have thought the film would have come down on the side of fuel efficiency and alternative energy sources. Instead the film suggests that any fuel shortage is a result of government conspiracy, mass transportation is a tool of social control and muscle cars are the last symbol of liberty. Basically if your a member of americas tea party you might find this movie socially relevent, however if you happen to believe fuel shortages are the fault of wasteful gas usage, especially with american built gas guzzling muscle cars, and that a dependency on middle-eastern oil is a bad thing, last chases attempt at a political message seems woefully out of date and simple-minded. Get past the films depiction of anyone with environmental concerns as control crazy facists and theres still plenty to enjoy. The film moves along at a brisk pace, is beautifully shot, making great use of the american landscape and the scenes between the jet and car are genuineley thrilling.

Code red offer us the directors cut of the movie with a fantastic looking print. We get two lengthy interview tracks and a full audio commentary from the director and the usual code red trailer reel. Its a great presentation of a genuinelly fun little movie thats definately worth checking out. Hell, if your a petrolhead you may even find yourself agreeing with some of the movies message. Any grenpeace activists watching may find themselves screaming at the telly, but the one bit of advice I should give is this, dont go looking for your politics in early eighties lee majors movies and you'll be ok!
Code red fans, lee majors fans and case movie fan s should all consider geting this!
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Halloween 2 [Blu-ray] [1981] [US Import]
Halloween 2 [Blu-ray] [1981] [US Import]
Dvd ~ Jamie Lee Curtis
Price: £18.39

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent blu-ray., 17 Sept. 2011
Ok once again amaazon are mixing up the reviews for all the different reviews for halloween 2, so lets make this clear from the start... THIS REVIEW IS FOR THE US BLU RAY OF HALLOWEEN 2.

ok, now thats out of the way, halloween 2 follows on directly from halloween only this time directed by Rick rosenthal, as after writing the screenplay carpenter didn't want to direct 'more of the same' and moved on to other projects. The film takes the action to the local Hospital where michael myers quickly begins carving his way through the staff to get to the films last survivor Laurie strode (still played by jamie lee curtis from the first movie) all the while pursued by Dr sam loomis (donald plesence, who bcame a mainstay of the franchise).

Halloween 2 is gorier and louder than its predecessor and while some say its not as good as its predecessor (and their probably right about that) Halloween 2 is a LOT of fun nontheless and will certainly entertain fans of the origional. I'm not sure the gratuitous gore shots are really needed but are probably included for commercial reasons as at this point the slasher craze was in full swing and much of the competition was laying the grue on with a trowel. If you havent seen the origional Halloween then shame on you, go buy it now, if you have then this is well worth watching and definately one of the better horror sequels out there.

So is the disc worth getting?


If your a halloween fan the 35th anniversary blu-ray is a fantastic update. The picture quality is phenomenal and far better than even the previous, great quality, universal release. Extras-wise we get a featurette, and alternate ending and some deleted scenes (all of which seem to come from the TV version) but sadly we dont get the kim newman and alan jones commentary track from the uk version, which is a shame as the picture quality on that release was dreadful.

Overall then, this is a definate must buy for anyone looking for the film in hi-def, and definately worth watching if you havent seen it before. It looks and sounds fantastic and is definately the best presentation of the film to date.
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Dressed to Kill [Blu-ray] [2010] [US Import]
Dressed to Kill [Blu-ray] [2010] [US Import]
Dvd ~ Michael Caine

8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Phenomenal Disc., 6 Sept. 2011
In Dressed to kill, Angie dickinson plays a bored housewife in a stale marriage out for kicks. She promptly picks up a stranger in an art gallery and they go back to his place for sex. Waking up in the night wracked with guilt she gets dressed and leaves, not before spotting the doctors note confirming her mystery fella is positive with the clap. Making a hurried exit she's jumped by a mystery blonde in the elevator and slashed to death with a straight razor, clearly not the best of evenings then. Dickinsons son, played by the excellent Keith gordon is determined to find his mothers killer so teams up with the only witness, a sexy call girl played by Nancy Allen and the pair play ameteure sluths following the one lead they have, his mothers psychiatrist Dr. Robert Elliot played by the always excellent (even in the swarm and jaws 4) Michael Caine. It soon transpires the good doctor may know more about the killer than he's letting on!

Reviews of early De palma movies always focus on the films influences, Obsession clearly owes a debt to hitchcocks Vertigo, Blow out to anonioni's The blow up with David Hemmings (also an inspiration to argento's deep red, but more on that in a moment) and a lot of critics made heavy comparisons with Hitchcocks psycho, mainly for the rapid cuts in the elevator killing and one other plot point that wont get mentioned here to avoid ruining any more of the films plot for anyone whose not seen the movie yet! Personally though, while I do acknowledge the influence of psycho on de palmas thriller, Personally I've always thought this movie owed much more of a debt to the italian Giallo, lurid and stylish crime dramas that were popular in italy in the late 60's and 70's. The film features the archetypal black gloved killer, fetishised killings, a witness who may have seen more than they remember and enough sexual perveristy and psuedo freudian psychology to let dressed to kill class as a highly entertaining american entry into the sub genre. Like some other entries into the giallo cycle, this has inevitablty led to accusations of mysogyny, in films like these women always seem to play either the madonna or the whore, and in dressed to kill its more often the whore, but I do feel thats somewhat unfair, as both nancy allen and angie dickinson add enough to their roles to avoid becoming one-dimensional.

So is the disc any good?

Oh yes indeed.

Extras wise its hardly loaded, but contains an entertaining 45 minute documentary on the film, a comparison with the different edits of the movie (unrated, R-rated, tv version), slashing dressed to kill featurette about the censorship of the movie and a featurette on the actor Keith gordon. The film is the full unrated and uncut version and looks and sounds PHENOMENAL, really really good and a definate showcase on how older films should look when released in high definition in 2:35:1 widescreen. Soundwise its equally impressive with an english DTS-HD 5.1 master. The film claims to be region locked A but it definately REGION FREE and plays on my uk ps3 with absolutely no problems.

Overall, if your a dressed to kill fan you need to own this disc, if you havent seen dressed to kill then I highly reccomend you do so! Either way this is the version to buy.

Julie Darling [DVD] [1981] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Julie Darling [DVD] [1981] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Dvd ~ Anthony Franciosa

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sugar and spice...., 29 Aug. 2011
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Julie is a pretty 16 year old daddy's girl, perhaps too much of a daddys girl, when a sleazy delivery guy attempts to rape her mother julie with gun in hand has every opportunity to save her but instead stands back and watches as the delivery guy kills her. At first everything ssems great, julie has her daddy all to her self but then everything goes wrong when he meets another woman and gets re-married. Now julie finds herself competing for her fathers attention with both his new wife and her son, clearly something must be done so julie sets a deadly plan in motion.
Julie darling is a fun if somewhat occaisionally sleazy canadian thriller (actually shot in germany) with a great cast, including Anthony franciosa and the cult legend sybil danning. Without some of the sleazier elelments of the film, (mainly lots of lingering gratuitous nudity) Julie darling would still work. The films plot and acting are strong enough to make the film interesting and much of its sleazier elements feel included more for commercial reasons than for any artistic merit, not that i'm complaining mind! If you like code reds output sofar then I highly reccomend this movie, it's a great find and a highly entertaing piece of explotation cinema that will definately appeal to code reds fan base. All credit to Paul nicholas , director of the other sybill danning exploitation classic chained heat, for delivering a film that actually entertains rather than just tittilates.

Code red have given the film a great treatment, the film looks fantastic, we get two audio commentaries (sybill's one is especially reccomended to fans) and some on camera interviews. So plent of entertainment for your money.

Overall, if you like code reds output you really should have this one on your shelf, if you don't its still an entertaining movie. However if you find gratuitous nudity and violence offensive then don't bother.

One to buy!

Terror Circus [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Terror Circus [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Dvd ~ Andrew Prine
Offered by supermart_usa
Price: £7.69

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars All the fun of the fair!, 25 Aug. 2011
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Three women on their way to vegas to become showgirls decide to do the now horror cliche' of taking a shortcut that proves to be nothing of the sort, only to find their car breaks down somewhere in the middle of the nevada desert. After spending the night in the car the girls are woken by the seemingly friendly Andre (played by the supurb andrew prine) and taken to his house to get help. The girls soon realise how much trouble they are in after sneaking into andres barn to find lots of attractive young women in chains. Poor andre has gone a little nuts from living in an atomic testing site and has decided to start his own circus with performing women, those who don't play along and cooperate are painted with cows blood and have a cougar set on them, or if they are really unlucky they get to meet andres daddy, horribly mutated by radiation and locked up in an outhouse!

Terror circus (aka barn of the living dead) is a fun and well made drive-in movie and surprisingly nasty in places for a film made in 1972. A lot of credit is owed to director alan rudolph, a talented director who became a big-name director in hollywood and had collaborated with the likes of Robert altman. The film looks great, with creative use of scenery, location and camera angles to make the film look very interesting on a low budget. Credit is also due to editor Michael kahn who collaborated with spielberg on movies like raiders of the lost ark and scindlers list, the editing is also great and avoids some of the poor cuts found in low budget genre movies of the period. Overall the film looks and feels very profensionally made and also benefits from the Supurb central performance by the gifted andrew prine who gives great performances no matter what he's in.

Code red/shrieks show's disc looks fantastic and throws in an interesting commenatary track from make-up/effects artists Douglas white and Byrd holland plus some interviews, alternate titles sequence, gallery and trailers, so a pretty darned good package. Anyone not bothered by bonus features should check out the code red double bill Schoolgirls in Chains / Terror Circus [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] which lacks the bonus features but uses the same print and is probably the cheaper option.

Either way this a definate must see for genre fans.

The Funhouse [Blu-ray]
The Funhouse [Blu-ray]
Dvd ~ Elizabeth Berridge

4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mostly great disc., 9 Aug. 2011
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This review is from: The Funhouse [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
Tobe hoopers funhouse see's a group of teens decide it would be a fantastic idea to spend the night at the carnival funhouse for kicks, and guess what, it wasnt!
No real point going into plot details, suffice to say hoopers early foray into studio horror is mostly succsessful, playing more for the dark humour of death trap than the visceral gut punch that was texas chainsaw massacre. The film takes its time getting the teens into the funhouse itself, building up the suspense and making the most of the carnival before moving everything inside to the set. We get plenty of sideshows including a drunken vampire stage magician and some two headed cows plus a crooked fortune teller to entertain us before the real action kicks in, but its entertaining nontheless and is certainly one of the better early eighties horrors produced within the studio system, and for my money a much more rewarding fright flick than hoopers later poltergeist.

So, is the disc any good? yes. Its worth noting the soft focus cinematography used by hooper on the film shows up somewhat on the disc and on occasion causes some blurring near the edges, but personally I think this is the best i've seen the movie looking. I compared it to the region 1 dvd on upscale and it looks much better, with the vivd color scheme including the deep reds showing up perfectly, there is a fine layer of grain on the film but not as heavy as some other arrow releases and the dnr-phobes will be pleased to hear this release avoids the overuse seen in some other releases. (not noticable on my 32" tv mind.)

we also get a ton of interesting extras including a whole bunch of interviews and three commentary tracks plus the usual poster and booklet, featuring notes from kim newman.

In my honest opinion this is a good release of the movie, certainly the best looking and the extras are interesting as well. If your a fan of the movie give it a try!

Chilling [DVD] [1981] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Chilling [DVD] [1981] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Dvd ~ Linda Blair

2.0 out of 5 stars Left me cold., 6 Aug. 2011
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Normally I like the cheesy retro horror code red unearths for us the fans, and on paper the project sounds like great fun. A doctor running a cryogenic lab is preserving his subjects with an experimental formula we are reliably informed is 'highly conductive' (nicely signposted for whats coming by the way) as a side business, he harvests the organs for sale on the black market to make extra cash, after all, the bodies are cryogenicly frozen for revival in the future when science has cured death, so who the hell is going to know? (fair point) His assistant, played by linda blair starts getting suspicious, but before things can come to a head lightning strike the facility and all the corpses are reanimated in order to battle security guard grizzly adams. (no, I'm not joking THE grizzly adams).
The film is shot by someone with a deep and unfathamoble hatred for cryogenics, IS THIS THE WORK OF SATAN we're asked at the start, and various scenes are wedged in, in order to make the point of how bad and deeply immoral it is to freeze dead people for money.
So far so good right? Cheesy zombies, grizzly adams, dubious fundamentalist dogma wedged in with a crowbar... this should be hilarously bad in the entertaining way we cult fans love right??


The whole movie is flatly shot and feels as lifeless as the corpses pre-reanimation, the actors are not even bothering to deliver their lines with any passion making the acting as uniformly dead as anything else in this uninspired and frankly cringeworthy movie. I can forgive duff plot and lame acting so long as a movie moves along at a brisk pace and offers something, anything to interest me, this does not.
The film has one or two bonus features, nothing substanitial and is a joint venture between shriek show and code red, meaning unless your a hardcore code red fanatic theres actually not much reason to buy the movie as the spine doesnt have the code red label or the numbers that make the rest of their releases sit so pretty on my shelves.

Basically unless you must own everything code red, I would steer clear of this movie. The only reason it has two stars is for grizzly adams, the only one in this mess thats making any sort of effort.

Witchmaker: Legend of Witch Hollow [DVD] [1969] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Witchmaker: Legend of Witch Hollow [DVD] [1969] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Dvd ~ John Lodge

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great occult drive-in fun!, 6 Aug. 2011
A professor of paranormal studies and folklore leads a group of students and a curious journalist out into the louisiana swamplands to a place notorious for legends of witchcraft and more recently a string of grusome muders where the victims are drained of their blood in strange occult rituals (always a good idea to visit these places!). Naturally this being a horror movie the rumours are true and the swamps are home to a powerful berserk sorcerer named luther. One of the prof's students is a psychic, also blonde and good looking and in a brief sunbathing scene she captures the intrest of the sorcerer who is 'lurking' in the bushes observing the young beauty! Luther decides the lovely blonde has a place in the coven, given her 'gifts' so sets about luring her into the fold and killing any of the students that threaten to get in the way.
The witchmaker is a fun little film, abely shot by director L.Q. Jones (Director of a boy and his dog and actor in many great movies.) It's not especially scary, and shot in the late sixties for a drive-in audience its not as selacious as films of its type shot later in the seventies for the grindhouse audiences. That said jones makes great use of location and sets to give the film plenty of atmosphere and at 98 minutes the film isn't allowed to meander to much, though it can be quite 'talky' at times. Essentially its a great film for fans of drive-in flicks, and even people not normally into those kinds of pictures as its one of the better examples of films shot for that market and is unique enough to stand out from the crowd.
Code reds disc presents the movie in 2:35:1 anamorphic widescreen with a mono soundtrack, the print is fairly crackly and scratchy in places but with most films like these its probably the best your going to get. Code red have secured a great interview and commentary track from L.Q Jones, and the package is rounded of with the usual trailer reel.The disc is region 0, so wont have any problems on uk players!

Overall if you like drive-in movies, starnge and obscure low budget horror with some origionality or your just a code red collector and you dont mind the film not being all that scary anymore then i'm happy to reccomend this odd little movie. If you enjoy L.Q's work as a director then its definately worth seeking out. If you don't like your films a little camp, cheap and cheerful and a little odd then knock off a couple of stars and dont bother.
In my humble opinion however, this is a solid well done drive-in flick worth any cult movie afficianado's cash.

Weekend Murders [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Weekend Murders [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Dvd ~ Anna Moffo

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A very english giallo!, 31 July 2011
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After the reading of a will at a country estate, the greedy and self centred family members begin getting killed off one by one (as do the staff, the butlers the first one to go!) and two policemen must solve the killings as the bodycount begins to pile up.

On its release, weekend murders was double billed with black belly of the tarantula Black Belly of the Tarantula [DVD] [1971] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC], and while both are giallos its hard to imagine two films more different in their tone. While black belly was a sadistic, fetishistic giallo with plenty of perversion, weekend murders is a more sedate and playful movie with very little in the way of graphic murders. This movie is clearly inspired by classic english mystery literature like agatha christie so the more genteel blackly humerous tone suits the film perfectly. We get all the archetypes of the country house murder mystery with the butler, maid and gardner all present and correct along with the undercurrent of scandal and gossip often found beneath the polite country facade of a miss marple novel.
While weekend murders might sidestep some of the nastiness found in other giallo it loses none of the style, The editing, camera work and soundtrack are supurb and the film is supremely well crafted by director michele lupo.
Code red presents the film in 16x9 2:35:1 widescreen with a good looking print that has the occasional problems, but based on code reds efforts in the past is probably the best the film will ever look. We also get an illuminating interview and commentary track from the star peter baldwin. Its a region 0 disc as well so playable everywhere.
overall it's a great package reccomended to giallo fans everwhere provided your aware its a reletively tame picture in many ways and lacks the sadism and overt sexuality of many giallos from around the same period.

A Cure to Die For: A Medical Thriller
A Cure to Die For: A Medical Thriller

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth a read., 31 July 2011
While theres no sense laying out the plot, as its been done very well by the other reviewers I have to say as my first thought on the book I enjoyed it Very much.
Its plausible enough to buy in to and thats the hook that kept me reading. In the era of corporate greed we live in, exemplified recently with the phone hacking scandal its very easy for me to buy into the central premise of the book.
After that I found it something of a page turner, its not going to win the man booker prize but its well worth picking up if your after a conspiracy fuelled thriller with plenty of action. I've read far worse this year, and the author seems passionate about the subject matter as well.

Overall then give it a go, its worth reading in my opinion.

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