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June's Blu-ray Reissues

with blu-ray reissues for The Witch, Dead Man and more, June is shaping up to be a great month for film collector’s. here’s our picks for June.

The Witch

 

Release Date: 20th June 2022  pushed back to July 24th

 

New England, 1630. Upon threat of banishment by the church, an English farmer leaves his colonial plantation and relocates his family to a remote plot of land on the edge of an ominous forest—within which lurks an unknown evil. Strange and unsettling things begin to happen —animals turn malevolent, crops fail, one child disappears and another seems to become possessed by an evil spirit. With suspicion and paranoia mounting, daughter Thomasin is accused of witchcraft.

 

• Feature 4K UHD and Blu-ray with bonus features on both formats
• 4K UHD presented in Dolby Vision HDR
• Archive audio commentary by Director Robert Eggers
• New audio commentary by film writer and broadcaster Anna Bogutskaya
• A Puritan Nightmare: a new interview with Robert Eggers

High Crime

 

Release Date:  6th June 2022

 

A new 4K restoration of the classic crime thriller which helped to popularise the Italian Poliziotteschi subgenre, inspired by the social unrest and criminality in 1970’s Italy. HIGH CRIME, directed by ENZO G. CASTELLARI (Kill Them All and Come Back Alone, The Inglorious Bastards), now available on DVD & Blu-ray in the UK for the first time. Vice-Commissioner Belli (Franco Nero) is investigating a series of crimes committed by a drug-running gang in Genoa. He approaches the apparently reformed old-fashioned gangster Cafiero (Fernando Rey) for information on the new gang in town, not knowing that Cafiero plans to take care of them himself. Belli’s boss, Commissioner Aldo Scavino (James Whitmore), takes a dossier to the DA on the possible Mafia connections of the gang but is intercepted and the dossier stolen. Belli is forced to step up as the Commissioner and must fight to defend his family from threats by the criminals, before learning of a deal in Marseilles where he may have a chance to take down the underworld organisation once and for all.

 

Including three all new special features:
  • A Criminal Conversation – Enzo G. Castellari Remembers High Crime
  • The Scene of the Crime – An Interview with Roberto Girometti
  • High and Dry – The Stuntwork of Massimo Vanni

Mardi Gras Massacre

 

Release Date: 27th June 2022

 

With only five films, New Orleans-based writer/producer/director Jack Weis became one of the most enigmatic figures in ‘70s exploitation. And for his final trashterpiece, Weis delivered a filth-fueled, disco-drenched and gore-soaked epic of butchered hookers, hard-boiled homicide cops and a prissy psycho with an Aztec sacrifice fetish that remains a once-in-a-lifetime sleaze experience. Curt Dawson (BLOOD BATH), Ronald Tanet (CRYPT OF DARK SECRETS) and February ’75 Playboy Playmate Laura Misch star in this “shocking-yet-hysterical fever dream of regional filmmaking” (Bleeding Skull) with a soundtrack by Dennis Coffey & Mike Theodore (BLACK BELT JONES) and previously banned in the UK as one of the original DPP 39 Video Nasties, now featuring a 2K master compiled from the best surviving post-Katrina elements and a revealing new interview with Weis himself.

 

  • Limited Edition Double Walled Slipcase with new Artwork from Joel Robinson and a very special finish….
  • Uncut!!!
  • 2K transfer from the only known 35mm Film Elements
  • High Definition Blu-ray ™ (1080p) Presentation in 1.85:1 Aspect Ratio
  • Original DTS-HD MA 2.0 Soundtrack
  • Optional English SDH Subtitles
  • I’m Not Into Hollywood – Interview with director Jack Weis
  • The Mardi Gras Killer – Interview with actor William Metzo
  • The First Victim – Interview with actress Laura Misch

The Seventh Curse

 

Release Date:  27th June 2022

 

The Seventh Curse is an adventurous story of lost tribes and deadly magic. Featuring strange locales, evil sorcerers and monsters, this bonkers thrill fest is a rollicking Asian oddity, a must for collectors of exotic Hong Kong cinema. Starring Chow Yun-fat (Hard Bolied, The Killer, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) The Seventh Curse is a curious entry from Golden Harvest, the legendary production company which had previously bought us the stone cold Bruce Lee classics, Way of the Dragon, Fist of Fury and Enter the Dragon. When Dr Yuen (Chin Siu-ho) attempts to rescue a girl about to be sacrificed by the Worm Tribe in the middle of a Thailand jungle, he is damned with seven ‘Blood Curses’. Though he finds a temporary antidote this will only last a year and he must return to the jungle to find a permanent cure.

 


Demonia

 

Release Date: 6th June 2022

 

Like many of his contemporaries, Godfather of Gore Lucio Fulci (City of the Living Dead, Don’t Torture a Duckling) found his career on a downturn at the end of the 1980s as the bottom fell out of the Italian horror movie market. While much of his latter-day output went straight to video, these low-budget productions nonetheless offer up some diamonds in the rough, among them his 1990 tale of rampaging Satanic Sisters – Demonia, regarded by many as his last great film. Originally destined for a theatrical release, Demonia is a return to the atmosphere and gory excesses of Fulci’s late 70s/early 80s output – a no-holds-barred Satanic shocker co-starring Lino Salemme (Demons) and Al Cliver (Zombie Flesh Eaters) and co-written by Piero Regnoli (Burial Ground) – presented here in a pristine restoration and accompanied, in this exclusive limited edition, by the feature-length documentary Fulci Talks, assembled from an in-depth archival interview with the man himself!

Dead man – The Criterion Collection

 

Release Date:  13th June 2022

 

Johnny Depp stars in this Western drama written and directed by Jim Jarmusch. Set in 19th-century America, William Blake (Depp) travels west to the company town of Machine to take up a position at Dickinson’s metal works, only to find that the vacancy has already been filled. After being chased away by the company’s tough owner John Dickinson (Robert Mitchum), Blake becomes involved in a series of chaotic and violent confrontations which leave him wounded and close to death. However, Blake’s fortunes soon change when he is befriended by a Native American named Nobody (Gary Farmer), who vows to be his guide as he continues with the rest of his journey.

 

  • New 4K digital restoration, supervised and approved by director Jim Jarmusch, with 2.0 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack
  • New Q&A in which Jarmusch responds to questions sent in by fans
  • Rarely seen footage of Neil Young composing and performing the film’s score
  • New interview with actor Gary Farmer
  • New readings of William Blake poems by members of the cast, including Mili Avital, Alfred Molina, and Iggy Pop
  • New selected-scene audio commentary by production designer Bob Ziembicki and sound mixer Drew Kunin
  • Deleted scenes
  • Jarmusch’s location scouting photos

Rock ‘N’ Roll High School

 

Release Date: 27th June 2022

 

101 Films presents cult musical comedy Rock ‘N’ Roll High School, available on Blu-ray for the first time in the UK and title 026 on the 101 Films Black Label. From director Allan Arkush and executive producer Roger Corman, this joyous teen classic is the ultimate teacher of the Three Rs: Rock, Rebellion, and Ramones! This Limited Edition version includes booklet and slipcase. 1979: Riff Randell (P.J. Soles, Halloween) is the rockingest rebel at Vince Lombardi High. Evelyn Togar (Mary Woronov, Night of the Comet) is the strict new principal with plans to rule the school as her own personal dictatorship. Meanwhile the Ramones are the hottest band around. When these forces of nature collide, Lombardi High will never be the same! Striking back against record burnings and iron-fisted discipline, Riff leads a revolt that rocks the roof right off the school’s hallowed halls!

 

 


Lawrence of Belgravia

 

Release Date: 13th June 2022

 

As lead singer of the much-loved bands Felt, Denim and Go-Kart Mozart, Lawrence is one of true cult artists of the British indie music scene, without really ever troubling the charts over his 40 year career. First released in 2012, Paul Kelly’s (Saint Etienne’s The London Trilogy, Dexys’ Nowhere is Home) intimate portrait was a labour of love which was eight years in the making. It follows Lawrence between Go Kart Mozart albums, weighed down by the chips on his shoulders while still dreaming of being a pop star who rides in limousines and dates supermodels. Previously only available on a long-deleted DVD, this new BFI edition presents Lawrence of Belgravia – one of the outstanding music documentaries of the last 10 years – on Blu-ray for the very first time.

 

  • Presented in High Definition
  • Feature-length audio commentary with director Paul Kelly
  • Lawrence of Belgravia Q&A (2011, 7 mins): filmmaker Paul Kelly and his documentary subject Lawrence discuss their collaboration at the 55th London Film Festival
  • Introduction by Paul Kelly (2011, 2 mins)
  • Original trailer
  • Alternative title sequence (2011, 1 min)
  • Deleted scenes (2011, 5 mins): French Lesson and Building Site

Shaft – The Criterion Collection

 

Release Date: 27th June 2022

 

Gordon Parks directs this action drama based on the novel by Ernest Tidyman. Private detective John Shaft (Richard Roundtree) is called in when the daughter of Harlem gangster Bumpy Jonas (Moses Gunn) is kidnapped. Forced to go undercover as a member of the mob, Shaft finds an ally in black militant Ben Buford (Christopher St John), but soon finds himself becoming embroiled in gang warfare, clashes with the Mafia and encounters with a variety of beautiful women.
  • New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack
  • Alternate uncompressed stereo soundtrack remastered with creative input from Isaac Hayes III
  • In the 4K UHD edition: One 4K UHD disc of the film presented in Dolby Vision HDR and two Blu-rays with the film and special features
  • Shaft’s Big Score!, the 1972 follow-up to Shaft by director Gordon Parks
  • New documentary on the making of Shaft featuring curator Rhea L. Combs, film scholar Racquel J. Gates, filmmaker Nelson George, and music scholar Shana L. Redmond
  • Behind-the-scenes program featuring Parks, actor Richard Roundtree, and musician Isaac Hayes
  • Archival interviews with Hayes, Parks, and Roundtree
  • New interview with costume designer Joseph G. Aulisi
  • New program on the Black detective and the legacy of John Shaft, featuring scholar Kinohi Nishikawa and novelist Walter Mosley
  • A Complicated Man: The “Shaft” Legacy (2019)

Caged heat

 

Release Date: 13th June 2022

 

A ‘70s exploitation classic, released on Blu-ray for the first time in the UK! Thrown into the penal hell of Connorville, petty criminal Jacqueline (Erica Gavin, Beyond The Valley Of The Dolls) must fight against the ruthless inmates, a cruel warden (Barbara Steele, Dark Shadows) and a depraved staff. Eventually she forms an uneasy friendship with two hardened inmates. When these three unite, they find themselves on a sexy and violent adventure seeking escape, money and revenge. Also starring Roberta Collins (Death Race 2000) and Rainbeaux Smith (Massacre at Central High), and written and directed by Jonathan Demme (The Silence of the Lambs) in his directorial debut.

 

  • 2K scan from the Original Camera Negative
  • Commentary with Writer/Director Jonathan Demme, Director of Photography Tak Fujimoto and actress Erica Gavin
  • Leonard Maltin Interviews Roger Corman
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Still Gallery

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