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With collector’s edition releases for After Hours, 2001: A Space Odyssey and more, September is shaping up to be a great month for film collectors. Here’s our picks for September.

2001: A Space Odyssey – The Film Vault


release date: 7th october 2023 


Stanley Kubrick’s dazzling, Academy Award®-winning* achievement is a compelling drama of man vs. machine, a stunning meld of music and motion. Kubrick (who co-wrote the screenplay with Arthur C. Clarke) first visits our prehistoric ape-ancestry past, then leaps millennia (via one of the most mind-blowing jump cuts ever) into colonised space, and ultimately whisks astronaut Bowman (Keir Dullea) into uncharted space, perhaps even into immortality. “Open the pod bay doors, HAL.” Let an awesome journey unlike any other begin.
The Film Vault is a new, premium home entertainment range celebrating cinema’s greatest films. The collection features exclusive artwork from Vice Press plus unique premiums, housed in innovative numbered packaging. 


  • NEW KEY ART by Matt Ferguson & Florey from Vice Press
  • ACETATE O-RING – Removes for type-free display of your key art
  • Exclusive individually-numbered CRYSTAL DISPLAY PLAQUE
  • Rigid clamshell box with MAGNETIC CLOSURE
  • 7 replica LOBBY CARDS – with added film quotes
  • Double-sided reproductions of original THEATRICAL POSTERS
  • Poster of the NEW KEY ART
  • Feature film on 4K-UHD and Special Features on BLU-RAY

Tod Browning’s Sideshow Shockers – The Criterion Collection


release date: 23rd october 2023 


The world is a carnival of criminality, corruption, and psychosexual strangeness in the twisted pre-Code shockers of Tod Browning. Early Hollywood’s edgiest auteur, Browning drew on his experiences as a circus performer to create subversive pulp entertainments set amid the world of traveling sideshows, which, with their air of the exotic and the disreputable, provided a pungent backdrop for his sordid tales of outcasts, cons, villains, and vagabonds. Bringing together two of his defining works (The Unknown and Freaks) and a long-unavailable rarity (The Mystic), this cabinet of pre-Code curiosities reveals a master of the morbid whose ability to unsettle is matched only by his daring compassion for society’s most downtrodden.


  • New 2K digital restoration of Freaks, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • New 2K digital reconstruction and restoration of The Unknown by the George Eastman Museum, with a new score by composer Philip Carli
  • New 2K digital restoration of The Mystic, with a new score by composer Dean Hurley
  • Audio commentaries on Freaks and The Unknown and an introduction to The Mystic by film scholar David J. Skal
  • New interview with author Megan Abbott about director Tod Browning and pre-Code horror
  • Archival documentary on Freaks
  • Episode from 2019 of critic Kristen Lopez’s podcast Ticklish Business about disability representation in Freaks

Hellraiser: Quartet of Torment Limited Edition


release date: 23rd october 2023 


In the 1980s, Clive Barker changed the face of horror fiction, throwing out the rules to expose new vistas of terror and beauty, expanding the horizons for every genre writer who followed him. With Hellraiser, his first feature film, he did the same for cinema. Hedonist Frank Cotton (Sean Chapman) thinks he has reached the limits of earthly pleasure. But a mysterious puzzle box will take him further than he can possibly imagine, opening the doors to a dominion where pain and pleasure are indivisible and summoning the Cenobites, whose experiments in the higher reaches of experience will tear his soul apart. 
Hellbound: Hellraiser II expands on Barker’s original vision as screenwriter Peter Atkins takes Julia Cotton, her step daughter Kirsty (Ashley Laurence) and the sinister Dr. Channard (Kenneth Cranham) into the dominion of the Cenobites themselves. Hellraiser III: Hell on Earth sees Pinhead set loose on the sinful streets of New York City to create chaos with a fresh cadre of Cenobitic kin. Then, Hellraiser: Bloodline sinks its hooks into past, present and future with the story of Phillip LeMarchand, the 18th-century toymaker who made the lament configuration puzzle box.
  • Ultra High Definition (2160p) presentations of all four films in Dolby Vision (HDR10 compatible) 
  • Original lossless stereo and DTS-HD MA 5.1 surround audio for all four films
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing 
  • Ages of Desire, an exclusive 200-page hardback book with new writing from Clive Barker archivists Phil and Sarah Stokes 
  • Limited edition layered packaging featuring brand new Pinhead artwork 

Chopper Limited Edition


release date: 30th october 2023 


Mark ‘Chopper’ Read became Australia’s most infamous and celebrated criminal figure. This is the story of how he conquered Victoria’s brutal underworld, as told by the man himself.


  • New Second Sight Films restoration from a 2K graded scan
  • Stand-up Comedy and Violence: a new interview with Andrew Dominik
  • Not Your Typical Composer: a new interview with Composer Mick Harvey
  • A Tale of Two Halves: a new interview with Editor Ken Sallows
  • Chopper: Behind the Scenes
  • Deleted Scenes with optional Director’s commentary
  • Rigid slipcase with new artwork by Nick Charge
  • 70-page book with new essays by Thomas Caldwell, Sally Christie, Cerise Howard and Joanna McIntyre
  • 6 collectors’ art cards 

The Long Arm of the Law 1 & 2


release date: 9th october 2023 


Return to the mean streets of the 1980s for a pair of ghetto real crime dramas that redefined Hong Kong cop movies. Based on real events in the then Crown Colony, the ‘Long Arm of the Law’ films depict the threat posed by former Mainland Chinese soldiers crossing the border to stage hyper violent crimes in broad daylight. These films are a stunning blend of cinema verité with bone-crunching Hong Kong stunt sequences. ‘Long Arm of the Law 1 & 2’ left local audiences shell-shocked when first released, and still retain their raw impact today. Don’t miss the chance to see a double bill torn from the most savage era in reel and real Hong Kong history!


  • Rigid Slipcase to House 2 11mm Black Blu-ray case with artwork by Sean “Barbenheimer” Longmore
  • 20 Page  booklet featuring essays
  • Brand New 2K Remaster from the Original Camera Negative
  • rom Hong Kong Police to Big Circle Gangs – An Interview with Scriptwriter Philip Chan
  • A Conversation with Action Director Billy Chan and Scriptwriter Philip Chan
  • An Interview with Director Johnny Mak
  • Hong Kong Trailer
  • Reversible cover with new art by Sean Longmore

The House by the Cemetery


release date: 9th october 2023 


The third and final instalment in his “Gates of Hell” trilogy, 1981’s The House by the Cemetery showcases the malevolent maestro at his blood-drenched best. The Boyles – Lucy (Catriona MacColl, The Beyond), Norman (Paolo Malco, The New York Ripper) and their young son Bob (Giovanni Frezza, Demons) – relocate from New York City to an ageing house in rural New England. But the evil force which lurks in its basement has already claimed the previous occupant and now has its sights set on the new owners. Soon, the unsuspecting family will become only too familiar with the dark secret of the monstrous Dr Freudstein…


  • 4K restoration from the original negative by Blue Underground 
  • 4K (2160p) UHD Blu-ray presentation in Dolby Vision (HDR10 compatible) 
  • Restored original lossless mono English and Italian soundtracks 
  • Meet the Boyles – interviews with stars Catriona MacColl and Paolo Malco 
  • Children of the Night – interviews with stars Giovanni Frezza and Silvia Collatina 
  • Tales of Laura Gittleson – interview with star Dagmar Lassander 
  • My Time with Terror – interview with star Carlo De Mejo 
  • Limited edition packaging with reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Colin Murdoch 
  • Limited edition 60-page perfect bound book featuring new writing on the film by Roberto Curti, Stephen Thrower, Alexandra Heller-Nicholas and Rachael Nisbet 
  • Fold-out double-sided poster featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Colin Murdoch
  • Six double-sided collector’s postcards

Meatcleaver Massacre Limited Edition


release date: 23rd october 2023 


101 Films presents classic grindhouse horror Meatcleaver Massacre (1976), released on Blu-ray for the first time in the UK. Confined only to drive-ins upon its original release this trippy, telekinetic and brutal occult revenge film has gone on to become an underseen classic of the degenerate 70s schlock genre. 

Horror legend Christopher Lee (The Wicker Man, The Lord of the Rings trilogy) stars in this pulse- pounding film where revenge is best served in cold blood. A professor of the occult experiences a shocking tragedy when the “destroyers” – a group of murderous students who fail to believe his tales of the dark forces, brutally attack him and his family and leave them to die. Now in a deep coma and the only survivor of the assault, he calls upon those demonic forces beyond the world of the living to grant him vengeance on these who took everything from him. 


  • The Original Cut – THE HOLLYWOOD MEATCLEAVER MASSACRE (77 Minutes)
  • The Theatrical Cut – Featuring intro / outro with horror film star Christopher Lee (85 Minutes) 
  • The Man. The Myth. The Legend. – Director / Writer Keith Burns on Meatcleaver Massacre
  • ‘The Murder Weapon’ – An interview with actor Doug Senior
  • ‘Searching For Clues’ – An interview with actor Paul Kelleher 
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Two Limited Edition Booklets: Axploitation in Blazing Color by Dylan Dean Staley and the original lost script “Professor Cantrell’s Messiah” by Keith Burns. 

Iron Warrior


release date: 23rd october 2023 


Miles O’Keeffe (Tarzan The Ape Man, Sword Of The Valiant, The Lone Runner, Blade Master) returns as Ator in this thrilling adventure where he teams up with the beautiful Savina Gershak (Beyond The Door III, Curse II: The Bite, The Lone Runner) to fight with an evil sorceress and the deadly swordmaster.


  • Limited Edition Slipcase and Poster with art by Daniel Ibanez
  • Limited Edition booklet notes by Barry Forshaw
  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation in 1.66:1 Aspect Ratio
  • 2.0 English Stereo
  • 2.0 Italian Mono with English Subtitles
  • Audio Commentary with Eugenio Ercolani and Nanni Briti
  • ‘The Directing Producer’ – An Interview with Ovidio Assonitis
  • ‘Framing the Warrior’ – An Interview with Adolfo Bartoli
  • ‘Ovidio’s Henchman’ – An interview with Maurizio Maggi
  • Original Trailer
  • Reversible Sleeve featuring original poster artwork

After Hours – The Criterion Collection


release date: 9rd october 2023 


Desperate to escape his mind-numbing routine, uptown Manhattan office worker Paul Hackett (Griffin Dunne) ventures downtown for a hookup with a mystery woman (Rosanna Arquette). So begins the wildest night of his life, as bizarre occurrences – involving underground-art punks, a distressed waitress, a crazed Mister Softee truck driver, and a bagel-and-cream-cheese paperweight-pile up with anxiety-inducing relentlessness and thwart his attempts to get home. With this Kafkaesque cult classic, Martin Scorsese – abetted by Michael Ballhaus’s kinetic cinematography and scene-stealing supporting turns by Linda Fiorentino, Teri Garr, Catherine O’Hara, and John Heard-directed a darkly comic tale of mistaken identity, turning the desolate night world of 1980s SoHo into a bohemian wonderland of surreal menace.


  • New 4K digital restoration, approved by editor Thelma Schoonmaker, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack
  • In the 4K UHD edition: One 4K UHD disc of the film presented in Dolby Vision HDR and one Blu-ray with the film and special features
  • New conversation between director Martin Scorsese and writer Fran Lebowitz
  • Audio commentary featuring Scorsese, Schoonmaker, director of photography Michael Ballhaus, actor and producer Griffin Dunne, and producer Amy Robinson
  • Documentary about the making of the film featuring Dunne, Robinson, Schoonmaker, and Scorsese
  • New program on the look of the film featuring costume designer Rita Ryack and production designer Jeffrey Townsend

Demolition Man


release date: 16th october 2023 


Celebrate one the most iconic, uber-macho cult classics of the 90s as Demolition Man turns 30! The Cine Edition includes a brand new steelbook and slipcase with the original theatrical poster and paper premiums.
Sylvester Stallone and Wesley Snipes go at it amid a dazzling cyber-future in this explosive hit. In 2032 archcriminal Simon Phoenix (Snipes) awakens from a 35-year deep freeze in CryoPrison to find a serene, non-violent Los Angeles ready for the taking. Unable to deal with Phoenix’s brutal 1990s style, officials seek an old-fashioned cop to fight old-fashioned crime. They revive Sgt. John Spartan (Stallone), unjustly serving a CryoPrison sentence because of his last encounter with Phoenix. Sandra Bullock, Benjamin Bratt and Denis Leary also play rough and tough in this “terrific mix of action and humour” (Joel Siegel, Good Morning America /ABC-TV).


  • Film in BLU-RAY
  • Steelbook with Full Gloss Finish
  • Rigid Slipcase
  • A3 Theatrical Poster Reproduction
  • 4x Double-Sided Art Cards

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