Friday, February 11, 2022

Corinth Films Opens the Vaults to Launch Drive-In Retro Classics




THIS MARCH, CORINTH FILMS OPENS THE VAULTS TO LAUNCH DRIVE-IN RETRO CLASSICS, A NEW LINE OF SPECIALLY-PACKAGED GENRE CLASSICS
 
THE INAUGURAL DVD RELEASE WILL BE "SCIENCE FICTION TRIPLE FEATURE", FEATURING A TRIO OF 50’S GEMS, INCLUDING ROCKETSHIP X-M (1950), THE BRAIN FROM PLANET AROUS (1957) AND THE HIDEOUS SUN DEMON (1958)
 
Street Date: March 15, 2022
DVD/Digital: $29.95
 
Featuring the Original Theatrical Versions for Optimal Viewing, These Classics Have Never Looked Better!



This March, Corinth Films opens the vaults wide for DRIVE-IN RETRO CLASSICS, a new home entertainment line featuring genre gems of yesteryear!

Spaced invaders and giant alien brains are on tap with the inaugural March 15 release: DRIVE-IN RETRO CLASSICS: SCIENCE FICTION TRIPLE FEATURE. With a trio of unforgettable b-movies from their original theatrical elements, thematically hand-picked and packaged in a specially priced collection featuring eye-popping box art, DRIVE-IN RETRO CLASSICS invites movie lovers to grab a tub of popcorn and a vat of soda and strap in for a trip to the outer reaches – and beyond! 

DRIVE-IN RETRO CLASSICS: SCIENCE FICTION TRIPLE FEATURE includes:

ROCKETSHIP X-M (1950) -- A crew of revered scientists blast into space on mankind’s first expedition to the moon. A sudden loss of power and freak accident sends their rocket hurtling out of control, and the crew suddenly finds themselves upon Mars. They decide to take advantage of the opportunity to make a landing and explore the red planet, only to discover evidence of a demolished civilization. Convinced there are no survivors, they let their guard down just enough to learn otherwise. Lloyd Bridges, Osa Massen & John Emery star in this sci-fi classic directed by Kurt Neumann. (78 mins.)

THE BRAIN FROM PLANET AROUS (1957) -- An alien life-form arrives on Earth and crash lands in the California desert and takes refuge on Mystery Mountain. Renowned nuclear scientist Steve March, who works nearby, notices a strange proliferation of radiation coming from the mountain and decides to investigate. Little does he know the creature is a terrifying life-form from planet Arous determined to take over the Earth using subversive mind-control and has deliberately chosen Steve as its host! Nathan Hertz directs this mind-altering epic, starring John Agar, Joyce Meadows & Robert Fuller. (71 mins) 

THE HIDEOUS SUN DEMON (1958)
-- After being exposed to a near-fatal dose of radiation, atomic research scientist Gilbert McKenna is lucky to be alive. After recovering, he soon finds his body has a terrible reaction to the sun, transforming him into a reptilian creature when sunlight hits his skin, and then back into a human when out of the sun’s reach. Desperate to find a cure, his assistant enlists the help of a leading authority of radiation poisoning and its effects who claims the scientist can be cured. However, they gravely underestimate the psychological toll that the horrifying condition is taking on the scientist. Robert Clarke directs and stars in this creature feature, also starring Patricia Manning & Nan Peterson. (74 mins.)

About Corinth Films
Since 1977, Corinth Films has been distributing foreign and independent arthouse cinema to audiences in the US & Canada. Beginning with such classics as David Lynch's Eraserhead and Federico Fellini's 8 1/2, Corinth's more recent releases have included films by up-and-coming international directors as well as acclaimed longstanding auteurs such as Andrei Konchalovsky, Mohsen Makhmalbaf and Edgar Reitz. As the film-viewing landscape changes, the desire for intellectually stimulating and entertaining films will not, and Corinth continues its mission to acquire and release undiscovered, international watch-worthy content. To discover and enjoy Corinth's film releases, visit www.corinthfilms.com.


Thursday, February 10, 2022

Movie Review: “Ghost Riders” (1987)


Microbudget Texas Film Attempts to Blend Western and Horror Genres

by Joseph Perry

Low-budget regional filmmaking has provided us with drive-in fare and direct-to-video titles, with the quality ranging from classic (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and The Evil Dead) to mesmerizing (Messiah of Evil) to downright dreadful (no need for me to bag on specific titles here). Ghost Riders, a 1987 film previously released on VHS but receiving a new DVD and Blu-ray release from Verdugo Entertainment, is one such example of regional films, shot in central Texas with local cast members that attempts to mash up a western film with supernatural horror to varying degrees of success.

Saturday, February 5, 2022

The Dead Rise Like Never Before!

SYNAPSE FILMS BRINGS THE LIVING DEAD AT MANCHESTER MORGUE TO BLU-RAY JUNE 7TH!
“This is one of my favorite zombie films of them all; a genuinely chilling UK set horror...” 
– Edgar Wright. Director of Last Night in Soho, Baby Driver and Shaun of the Dead

"[A] still-startling nightmare creation that was years ahead of its time." 
- Mitch Davis, Fantasia Film Festival

"The transfer itself is quite the eye opener compared to the earlier Blu-rays and other transfers, with a gargantuan increase in detail throughout... As far as upgrades go, this is one of the most extreme in recent memory." 
- Mondo-Digital.com

With its revolutionary mix of shocking-for-its-time violence and sociopolitical themes, George A. Romero's 1968 classic Night of the Living Dead quickly proved to be enormously influential with filmmakers around the world, and few were able to match its power like Jorge Grau's The Living Dead at Manchester Morgue.  Mixing a strong environmental statement with unforgettably terrifying set pieces, Grau's film stands on its own as a horror classic, and now it's been restored to its horrifying glory on Blu-ray by Synapse Films!

A strange twist of fate brings two young travelers, George (Ray Lovelock, The Cassandra Crossing) and Edna (Christine Galbo, The House That Screamed), to a small town where an experimental agricultural machine may be bringing the dead back to life! As zombies infest the area and attack the living, a bull-headed detective (Academy Award® nominee Arthur Kennedy, Peyton Place) thinks the couple are Satanists responsible for the local killings. George and Edna have to fight for their lives, and prove their innocence, as they try to stop the impending zombie apocalypse!
 
The Living Dead at Manchester Morgue (aka Let Sleeping Corpses Lie and Don’t Open the Window) is a gory horror tale from Spanish director Jorge Grau and widely considered to be one of the best zombie films ever made. Beautifully restored in 4K from the original camera negative, Synapse Films presents the film on Blu-ray with the true original English theatrical mono mix and the real opening and closing credit sequences intact.
 
SPECIAL FEATURES INCLUDE:
• Exclusive new 4K restoration from the original 35mm camera negative
• New 5.1 English stereo surround remix made exclusively for the Synapse Films release
• Two audio commentaries featuring authors and film scholars Troy Howarth, Nathaniel Thompson and Bruce Holecheck
• Restoration of the true original English language theatrical mono mix
• Jorge Grau - Catalonia’s Cult Film King (89 mins.) – This extensive feature-length documentary explores the life and films of director Jorge Grau
• The Scene of the Crime - Giannetto De Rossi in Discussion from Manchester (16 Mins.)
• Giannetto De Rossi - Q&A at the Festival of Fantastic Films, UK (43 Mins)
• Theatrical trailer, TV spots and radio spots
• Newly translated removable English SDH subtitles

This release of THE LIVING DEAD AT MANCHESTER MORGUE is REGION FREE.
 

Director:
Jorge Grau
Starring: Ray Lovelock; Arthur Kennedy; Christine Galbo
Runtime: 93 minutes
Language: English
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
Aspect Ratio: High-Definition 1080p (1.85:1) Widescreen
Audio: DTS-HD MA 5.1 English Stereo Surround and Original English Mono
Format: Blu-ray
Region: ALL
Item Number: SFD0206
UPC: 654930322994
Suggested Retail Price: $34.95
Release Date: June 7, 2022



Visit the Synapse Films website at www.synapsefilms.com