Best Blu-Ray Catalog Releases 2017


I started last year by saying that 2016 was a standout year for physical media releases by any measure.  What I said was true at the time, and it was certainly clear we were on the front side of a mini physical media renaissance.  Knowing that I still couldn’t have predicted the jaw-dropping leap forward that the industry experienced this year.

Indicator exploded, Shout Select outdid Scream Factory, Arrow thumbed its’ nose at its epic 2016, and Vinegar Syndrome had some of the best discs of the year.  Warner Archive and Kino Lorber got serious about supplements and many others saw growth.  The only disappointment for me was a year with no Grindhouse release, but we welcomed AGFA to the party.

I will say that this year was hard as hell.  I’ve expanded from 15 to 20 single film releases, and there are close to double the honorable mentions this year.

So here, with apologies to new films, the bestsingle film and multi-film releases of 2017.

Recognized releases take into account tech specs, extras, packaging and the film itself as well as previous releases of the film (and the shape the elements were in).

They are not ordered, just listed.

Also, there are hundreds of platforms out there lauding the great Synapse Suspiria release.  I’m wasting space if I do the same thing.

(*note – some specific extras details have been sourced from the distributors and


Single Movie:


The Bird with the Crystal Plumage  – Arrow Home Video (UK)


The Argento of the Year for me.  Great physical presentation.  The huge leap forward in contrast and saturation, great docs, interviews and commentary put this over for me.  The Suspiria is great and pretty etc. but that is a film expected to get a huge release, it had one on DVD.  This one always gets lazy rush jobs.  Besides, the more 4K restorations of Vittorio Storaro’s work, the better.


    • Audio Commentary by Troy Howarth features the author of So Deadly, So Perverse: 50 Years of Italian Giallo Films, who provides a wealth of background information on the cast and crew as well as some the stylistic tendencies on display.
    • The Power of Perception (1080p; 20:57) is an interesting visual essay by Alexandra Heller-Nicholas which examines Argento’s love of offering data that isn’t always exactly what it seems to be (as in the famous early scene in this film in the art gallery). As with several other supplements on this disc, this comes with a spoiler warning (in this case for several Argento films), so forewarned is forearmed.
    • Black Gloves and Screaming Mimis (1080p; 31:54) offers some analysis of the film by Kat Ellinger. I personally find Ellinger’s thick accent a little hard to decipher at times. As with several other supplements on this disc, this comes with a spoiler warning, so forewarned is forearmed.
    • Crystal Nightmare (1080p; 31:24) is a 2017 interview with Dario Argento, who offers some thoughts on what sparked the film, along with his memories of both this shoot and other aspects of his career.
    • An Argento Icon (1080p; 22:05) is a 2017 interview with actor Gildo Di Marco.
    • Eva’s Talking (1080i; 11:19) is an archival interview with Eva Renzi from 2005. This also includes a spoiler warning.
    • Trailers
    • Italian Trailer (1080p; 3:11)
    • International Trailer (1080p; 2:48)
    • 2017 Texas Frightmare Trailer (1080p; 00:55)

Additional Content

  • Lobby Cards – 6 x postcard-sized lobby card reproductions.
  • Poster – fold-out poster featuring original artwork.
  • Sleeve – reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork.
  • Booklet – limited edition booklet.


Brain Damage – Arrow Video (UK.  Near identical version in US)



We should be past the point where we are surprised by what is being released on niche labels, but the effort and love that Arrow put into this obscure little Frank Henenlotter film was enough to make your heart flutter.  Not shocking that someone put it out but this thing looks like a Lawrence of Arabia set.  Elmer never looked so good.


  • Details: Listen to the Light: The Making of Brain Damage (1080p; 54:13) is a typically excellent retrospective from Arrow, filled with great interviews with assorted folks and tons of background information on the production.
  • The Effects of Brain Damage (1080p; 10:00) features FX whiz Gabe Bartalos.
  • Animating Elmer (1080p; 6:40) gets into some of the (different) technical aspects used to bring Elmer to life, and features effects supervisor Al Magliochetti. There’s some really fun information here about some subliminal messages Magliochetti planted in some effects sequences.
  • Karen Ogle: A Look Back (1080p; 4:29) features the production’s still photographer, script supervisor and assistant editor.
  • Elmer’s Turf: The NYC Locations of Brain Damage (1080p; 8:48) features Michael Gingold and Frank Henenlotter visiting some of the places the film shot scenes.
  • Tasty Memories: A Brain Damage Obsession (1080p; 10:00) features Brain Damage “super fan” Adam Skinner. So as to not post “spoiler” material, there are some easter eggs that show up after you watch this which won’t be detailed here.
  • Frank Henenlotter Q & A (1080p; 20:36) is from the 2016 Offscreen Film Festival in Brussels.
  • Image Galleries
    • Stills (1080p; 4:18)
    • Behind the Scenes (1080p; 1:35)
    • Ephemera (1080p; 00:52)
    • Original Theatrical Trailer (1080p; 1:15)
  • Bygone Behemoth (1080p; 5:08) is an animated short by Harry Chaskin which was John Zacherle’s last credit.
  • Audio Commentary with Frank Henenlotter is hosted by a guy whose name I just couldn’t catch, but which sounded like Mike Hunchback.
  • Isolated Score is presented in LPCM 2.0.
  • Includes an illustrated insert booklet with an essay by Michael Gingold.



Re-Animator – Arrow Video (US)

A perfect ’80s horror film gets a perfect treatment from Arrow.  An avalanche of extras, 2 versions of the film and a transfer that makes the old VHS cry are nicely held in one of the best pieces of box art you’ll ever see.  A collection essential.


Disc One

    • Unrated Version (1080p; 1:26:06)
    • Isolated Score is presented in DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1.
    • New Audio Commentary with Director Stuart Gordon and Actors Graham Skipper and Jesse Merlin of Re-Animator: The Musical 
    • Audio Commentary with Stuart Gordon
    • Audio Commentary with producer Brian Yuzna, actors Jeffrey Combs, Barbara Crampton, Bruce Abbott and Robert Sampson
    • Re-Animator: Resurrectus (480i; 1:08:36) is a fantastically informative documentary on the making of the film, with some excellent interviews.
    • Interviews
    • Director Stuart Gordon and Producer Brian Yuzna (1080i; 48:47)
    • Writer Dennis Paoli (1080i; 10:41)
    • Composer Richard Band (1080i; 14:43)
    • Fangoria Editor Tony Timpone (1080i; 4:34)
    • Music Discussion (1080p; 16:31) features composer Richard Band.
    • Barbara Crampton in Conversation (1080p; 16:35) is a 2015 interview conducted by Alan Jones.
    • The Catastrophe of Success: Stuart Gordon and the Organic Theater (1080p; 13:08) is a fun look back at Gordon’s stage origins.
    • Theater of Blood — Re-Animator: The Musical (1080p; 12:04) features lyricist Mark Nutter discussing adapting the property for the stage.
    • Extended Scenes (1080p; 23:05)
    • Deleted Scene (1080p; 2:40)
    • Multi Angle Storyboards allow toggling between storyboard and final version:
    • Scene 1 (1080p; 00:48)
    • Scene 2 (1080p; 2:51)
    • Scene 3 (1080p; 1:20)
    • Play around with your remote over in this neck of the woods for a surprise (1080i; 16:15)]
    • Trailer (1080p; 1:57)
    • TV Spots (1080p; 2:36)
    • Still Gallery (1080p)
    • Screenplay is accessible via a BD-ROM drive.

Disc Two

    • Integral Version (1080p; 1:44:56)
    • A Guide to Lovecraftian Cinema (1080p; 54:02) is a great overview of cinematic adaptations of the author’s works, curated by Chris Lackey who hosts a Lovecraft oriented podcast. This comes with a spoiler warning, so forewarned is forearmed.
    • Doug Bradley’s Spinechillers: Herbert West – Reanimator (1:38:32) is an audio supplement featuring Jeffrey Combs reading Lovecraft’s original short story.



Streets of Fire – Shout Select (US)


There was already a pretty decent European release of this but with a new restoration, new doc and new cover art, Shout did justice to the greatest Rock & Roll fable ever told.  Extras are comprehensive, the transfer is solid, and the audio track is Ellen Aim worthy.


    • NEW HOTGUNS & SIX STRINGS: The Making of a Rock N Roll Fable – A Feature-Length Documentary Featuring Interviews with Director/Co-writer Walter Hill, Producer Lawrence Gordon, Actors Michael Paré, Deborah Van Valkenburgh, Richard Lawson, Elizabeth Daily, Lee Ving, Screenwriter Larry Gross, Editor Freeman Davies, Associate Producer Mae Woods, Art Director James Allen, Costume Designer Marilyn Vance, Assistant Director David Sosna, Choreographer Jeffrey Hornaday, Sound Editor Richard Anderson, Music Producer Kenny Vance and Many More… (1:40:23, 1080p) – a comprehensive doc with the listed participants that Shout produced exclusively for this release. Anecdotes and production stories are multitudinous from the filmmakers and cast members. In English, not subtitled.
    • RUMBLE ON THE LOT: Walter Hill’s Streets of Fire Revisited – A Feature-Length Documentary Featuring Interviews with Director/Co-writer Walter Hill, Actor Michael Paré, Amy Madigan and Art Director James Allen (1:22:29, 1080p) – this doc originally appeared on the Koch and Second Sight discs. In English, not subtitled.
    • Vintage Featurettes: Rock and Roll Fable, Exaggerated Realism, Choreographing the Crowd, Creating the Costumes, From the Ground Up (10:43, upconverted to 1080) – a compilation of mini-featurettes extracted from Universal’s EPK. In English, not subtitled.
    • Music Videos (8:39, upconverted to 1080) – some music videos produced when the movie came out that are played in succession.
    • Theatrical Trailer (2:25, upconverted to 1080) – an urestored anamorophic widescreen trailer that appears as if it’s been run through the projector one too many times. In English, not subtitled.
    • On Air Promos (13:13, upconverted to 1080) – more EPK stuff with interview snippets and the like. In English, not subtitled.
    • Still Gallery (10:22, 1080p) – a voluminous collection of color and black-and-white stills from Universal’s press kit, lobby cards from the European marketing campaigns, and reproductions of pictures and posters from the Japanese program/booklet. The slide show starts out with vertical photographs before seguing into wider snapshots.


The Phantom of the Paradise – Carlotta (FR)


Even when Carlotta has a release whose contents can be found elsewhere, it looks like this.  Who wouldn’t want something that looks like this?  I bet DePalma cried when he saw it.


  • 2K Restoration
  • Paradise Regained – 52 minute documentary on the filming and the impact of the film until today.
  • Brian De Palma – 33 minute interview with the writer/director.
  • Paul Williams interview by Guillermo del Toro – 72 minute interview featurette.
  • The Swan Song Fiasco: from ‘Swan Song Enterprises’ to ‘Death Records’ – 11 minute featurette on the changes required to the film prior to release.
  • White Card to Rosanna Norton – 10 minute interview with the costume designer of the film.
  • Paradise Lost and Found – 6 deleted and/or alternative scenes.
  • Karaoke – 6 karaoke tracks
  • False advertising by William Finley.
  • Radio Spots
  • Trailers
  • Art by Matt Taylor.
  • 160-page coffee table book. (Brian & Mr. DePalma)


Hardcore – Powerhouse: Indicator Series (UK:Region Free)


Indicator had a hell of a ’17 by any measure.  While their box sets made a lot of noise, many of their singles were wonderful.  The difficult, methodical and cold Hardcore wins out for this Monster.  Sprinkle some great docs (especially the Nitzsche) and interviews in and you have one of the best of the year.  Don’t watch it with the family at Christmas.


    • Trailer – restored original U.S. trailer for Hardcore. In English, not subtitled. (2 min).
    • Hardcore Nitzsche – presented here is an edited excerpt from an upcoming feature documentary film titled Stringman, which should be outstanding. The material examines the diverse work and working methods of the prolific Hollywood composer Jack Nitzsche, who scored such classic and cult films as HardcoreCruisingOne Flew Over the Cuckoo’s NestThe ExorcistAn Officer and a GentlemanStarman, and 9½ Weeks. Included in it are clips from new interviews with director William Friedkin, producer Paul Gurian (Cutter’s Way). director Milos Forman, musicians Tony Berg and Russ Titelman, and director Robert Downey (Greaser’s Palace), amongst others. In English, not subtitled. (23 min).
    • Shooting Hardcore – presented here is a short archival piece in which cinematographer Michael Chapman recalls his work with director Paul Schrader on Hardcore, and explains how the film’s visual style quickly evolved after George C. Scott was cast to play Jake VanDorn. (Apparently, the initial plan was to shoot the film on 16mm so that it looks like a raw anthropological documentary feature). In English, not subtitled. (10 min).
    • The Guardian Interview with Paul Schrader – presented here is an archival interview with writer/director Paul Schrader that essentially covers his entire career, from his early work with Martin Scorsese on Taxi Driverand Raging Bull to the controversy surrounding Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters in Japan to the difficult production history of Affliction. There are also some rather interesting observations about popular culture in America, violence in cinema, the historical value of older films, and the strange reality (at least according to Paul Schrader at the time when the interview was conducted) that in America there isn’t genuine American cinema because Hollywood has been producing international films. The interview was conducted by Derek Malcolm at the National Film Theatre in London on June 20, 1993. In English, not subtitled. (85 min).
    • Image Gallery – an excellent selection of original promotional materials for Hardcore (production stills, promo stills, posters, and lobby stills).
    • Isolated Score – presented as an LPCM 2.0 track.
    • Booklet – 32-page illustrated booklet featuring writer and critic Brad Stevens’ essay “Biting Into Hardcore”, an archival interview with Paul Schrader, and technical credits.


Liquid Sky – Vinegar Syndrome (US)


It what might be the release of the year, Vinegar Syndrome takes a film, which is a cult film to cult film people, and puts together a valuable and well thought out set of extras.  Not stopping there, Vinegar supports it with a radiant and perfect transfer and sound mix.  Hats of VS, you guys killed it.


      • Intro (1:23, HD) presents a welcome to the restored Blu-ray experience from co-writer/director Slava Tsukerman.
      • Commentary features Tsukerman.
      • Booklet offers an essay by Samm Deighan.
      • Interview (15:46, HD) with Tsukerman covers this origin story, with his early interest in filmmaking blossoming once he left Russia, eventually looking to New York City as an oasis of personal expression, setting the scene for “Liquid Sky.” The helmer discusses his creative philosophy, preservation of vision, and collaborations necessary to bring the picture to life, and offers an explanation of the title.
      • Interview (9:46, HD) with Anne Carlisle briefly catches up with the “Liquid Sky” star, who recounts her early years as an art student, which led to an interest in acting, finding her calling in front of a camera. Carlisle describes the atmosphere of the club scene in the early 1980s, and her own experimental years, also detailing various careers she’s enjoyed after the shoot, including a post-performing switch to art therapy.
      • “‘Liquid Sky’ Revisited” (52:56, SD) is a 2017 making-of documentary from Tsukerman, who was inspired to start thinking about his 1982 achievement when the spaceship model from the opening of the movie fell off a bookcase in his apartment. Interviews involve a great number of cast and crew members, each recounting their experience working with Tsukerman, celebrating the sense of camaraderie that grew during the creation of the picture. Origin stories are shared, and Tsukerman explores his love of Andy Warhol, which explains everything about “Liquid Sky.” Most interesting are rehearsal and casting tapes, watching the characters some to life, while creative impulses are also showcased in one brief moment where Carlisle and another actor appear to be having very real sex as they figure out a scene. Time is also spent mourning the loss of cast members, including Deborah Jacobs Welsh, who was murdered during the United Airlines Flight 93 terrorist hijacking.
      • Q&A (37:19, SD) is a 2017 conversation about “Liquid Sky” at the Alamo Drafthouse in Yonkers, New York, featuring Tsukerman, Carlisle, and co-composer Clive Smith.
      • Outtakes (13:05, SD) are an assembly of random moments from the film, presented without sound.
      • Alternate Opening Sequence (9:59, SD) is presented.
      • Rehearsal Footage (11:56, SD) is an edit of degraded Betamax tapes showcasing the cast working on scenes.
      • Still Gallery (2:09) collects still and BTS snaps.
      • And Trailers #1 (:31, SD), #2 (1:43, SD), #3 (1:45, SD), and #4 (3:00, SD) are included.



Long Riders – Kino Classics/Kino Lorber (US)


One of the more unsung Walter Hill films has suffered from lackluster transfers and bare bones extras for years.  Kino does right by the film and its directer with one of the better looking picture upgrades of the year, and gives it one of the more robust extras packages they have done to date. Beautiful.


  • Brand New 4K Restoration
  • Audio commentary by film historians Howard S. Berger, Steve Mitchell and Nathaniel Thompson
  • Interview with stars Keith and Robert Carradine
  • Interview with stars Stacy and James Keach
  • Interview with star Randy Quaid
  • Interview with actor Nicholas Guest
  • Interview with Director Walter Hill
  • Interview with Composer Ry Cooder
  • Interview with Producer Tim Zinnemann
  • Outlaw Brothers: The Making of The Long Riders (61 Minutes)
  • The Northfield Minnesota Raid: Anatomy of a Scene (15 Minutes)
  • Slow Motion: Walter Hill on Sam Peckinpah (6 Minutes)
  • Reversible Blu-ray Art
  • Original Theatrical Trailer



Dark Age – Umbrella Entertainment (AUS-Region Free)


Umbrella puts out great releases of American and European genre films, but it is their treatment of their native films that really shine.  Even if this disc was a piece of garbage, I’d tell you that you should watch Dark Age but thankfully that isn’t the case.  Tech specs are solid and the extras are Arrow or Criterion worthy.


  • Audio Commentary with Actor John Jarratt and Executive Producer Antony I. Ginnane
  • A Bicentenary with Bite: Revisiting “Dark Age”– Panel discussion with film historians Lee Gambin, Alexandra Heller-Nicholas, Emma Westwood and Sally Christie
  • Uncut Not Quite Hollywood Interviews with John Jarratt and Antony I. Ginnane
  • Living With Crocodiles: 1986 documentary with Grahame Webb, author of ‘Numunwari’, the book which inspired DARK AGE
  • Trailer and original US release Home Video trailers
  • Image Gallery including rare press and promotional material


The Lost World – Flicker Alley (US Region Free)

One of the greatest achievements in restoration, period.  Try to remind yourself while you are watching it that the had to piecemeal this thing together from scraps of multiple formats and prints.  Every home video award should be rained down on the folks.  They didn’t stop there, they gave us 3 Willis O’Brien shorts too.  Thank you Flicker Alley.

They also had another entry further down this page……


    • Deleted Scenes – presented here is a collection of restored outtakes from a 1925 original nitrate transfer of The Lost World. These deleted scenes represent Willis O’Brien’s first animation attempts for the film. With music. (10 min).
    • R.F.D., 10,000 B.C. (1917) – this short film was directed by Willis O’Brien for producer Thomas Edison. Silent. (9 min).
    • The Ghost of Slumber Mountain (1918) – this short film was directed by Willis O’Brien and is presented here in a new 2K restoration by the Dinosaur Museum/Blanding, Utah. Music by Terry Huud. (14 min).
    • Creation (1930) – presented here is an unfinished short by Willis O’Brien that apparently gave Merian C. Cooper the confidence to hire him for King Kong. The film was animated frame-by-frame. Silent. (6 min).
    • Image Gallery – a large collection of original promotional and archival production materials for The Lost World.
    • Audio Commentary/Audio Essay – included here is a new audio commentary by amateur filmmaker and film historian Nicolas Ciccone. If you enjoy The Lost World and wish to know about the many different versions and how the the film was reconstructed, I strongly recommend that you find the time to listen to the commentary in its entirety. It is very illuminating, with an enormous amount of factual information about missing scenes, different edits, color schemes (tinting and toning), the stop-motion animation, the careers of the stars, etc.
    • Booklet – 14-page illustrated booklet featuring Lobster Films’ Serge Bromberg’s essay “The Lost World: The Secret of the Restoration and various technical credits.


The Apartment – Arrow Academy/Arrow (US/UK)

When Arrow decides to embarrass the competition, they do just that.  Inside and out it is worth the price, and you’ll be proud to place it on your shelf in a conspicuous spot.  Hopefully your order wasn’t cancelled by Amazon.


  • Audio Commentary features Bruce Block.
  • The Key to The Apartment (1080p; 10:12) features film critic Philip Kemp offering some insight into what he thinks makes the film “click”.
  • Selected Scene Commentary features Kemp again analyzing a couple of scenes from the film.
  • The Flawed Couple (1080p; 20:24) is a video essay by David Cairns which looks at the collaborations between Billy Wilder and Jack Lemmon.
  • A Letter to Castro (1080p; 13:23) is a 2017 interview with actress Hope Holiday, who portrayed Margie MacDougall. (Interestingly, Marian Mercer won the Tony for her take on this role in Promises, Promises, the musical version of the film that came out in 1968.)
  • An Informal Conversation with Billy Wilder (1080i; 23:17) is an archival supplement stemming from the Writers Guild Foundation Oral Histories series.
  • Restoration Showreel (1080p; 2:20) is the same piece posted in our News section a few weeks ago.
  • Theatrical Trailer (1080p; 2:19)
  • Archival Features
  • Inside The Apartment (480i; 29:36) is an enjoyable reminiscence featuring some good interviews with a number of folks ranging from Shirley MacLaine to Robert Osborne.
  • Magic Time: The Art of Jack Lemmon (480i; 12:47) is a sweet homage to Lemmon with interviews with his son, Chris.
  • Hardback book with several essays, information about the restoration and archival stills.



Multiple Maniacs – Criterion (US)


Sometimes it’s as though Criterion sees all these boutique labels bathing in praise for their eclectic and genre fare and decides to aim a distinguished middle finger right in their….direction.  This early John Waters film was 4K scanned from an original reversal and has no business looking this good.  A Waters commentary track would have been enough (he has recorded some of the best that I’ve heard), but it would be CC if they didn’t pack it out.


    • Audio Commentary – in this new audio commentary, writer-director John Waters discusses in great detail why his films were never popular in the original grindhouse theaters, the influence foreign films had on their evolution, how Multiple Maniacs came to exist, the casting process and the lives and careers of many of the principal actors, the distribution history of the film, the ‘controversial’ material and how standards in the film business evolved during the years, some of the dramatic improvements that were made during the restoration of the film (with some very interesting comments about the audio quality in a key sequence), etc. The commentary was recorded in 2016 in New York.
    • Interviews – presented here is a newly produced program featuring new interviews with cast member Mink Stole, Pat Moran, Vincent Peranio, Susan Lowe, and George Figgs. The interviews cover a wide range of topics, from the film’s unusual conception to the shooting process to John Waters’ working methods and unique personality. The interviews were conducted in Baltimore in 2016. In English, not subtitled. (33 min, 1080p).
    • The Stations of Filth – presented here is a brand new video essay by film scholar Gary Needham which focuses on the unorthodox style of Multiple Maniacs, John Waters’ admirable obsession with kitsch and cinematic filth, and the proliferation of anti-art. In English, not subtitled. (11 min, 1080p).
    • Trailer – restored original trailer for Multiple Maniacs. In English, not subtitled. (2 min, 1080p).
    • Leaflet – an illustrated leaflet featuring writer and journalist Linda Yablonsky’s essay “Genuine Trash” and technical credits.


Being There – Criterion (US)


A truly great film from the under-appreciated Hal Ashby.  Great tech merits, lots of extras and Dick Cavett.  I actually had not seen this until a couple of years ago, sadly, though I’ve made up for lost time.  Don’t be an idiot like me, blind buy it if you haven’t seen it or, if you have, pick it up instead of all the comic book junk you’re buying.


    • Leaflet – an illustrated leaflet featuring journalist and film historian Mark Harris’ essay “American Cipher” and technical credits.
      • Trailer and TV Spots – original U.S. theatrical trailer and TV Spots for Being There. In English, not subtitled. (3 min, 1080p).
      • Promo Reel – a hilarious archival promo piece for Being There featuring director Hal Ashby and Peter Seller. In English, not subtitled. (3 min, 1080p).
      • Deleted Scenes and Outtakes – a collection of deleted scenes, outtakes, and an alternate ending. In English not subtitled.1. Deleted Scene 1: Kids Playing Basketball. (2 min, 1080p).
        2. Deleted Scene 2: Bedroom. (1 min, 1080p).
        3. Alternate Ending. (3 min, 1080p).
        4. Outtakes. (4 min, 1080p).
      • The Making of Being There – this brand new documentary examines the genesis of Being There and the unusual structure of its narrative as well as Hal Ashby’s working methods and legacy. Included in it are new interviews with producer Andrew Braunsberg, screenwriter/editor Robert C. Jones (Coming HomeBeing There), cinematographer Caleb Deschanel, and editor Don Zimmerman. The documentary was produced exclusively for Criterion in 2017. In English, not subtitled. (48 min, 1080p).
      • Hal Ashby at the AFI – presented here is a long audio excerpt from a seminar Hal Ashby gave at the American Film Institute in Los Angeles in January 1980. In it the director discusses the shooting of Being There, Peter Seller’s performance and the preparation work he did prior to the shoot, Jerzy Kosinski and Bob Jones’ scripts, his transition from editing to directing, some of the characterizations in the film, etc. In English, not subtitled. (33 min, 1080p).
      • Jerzy Kosinski and Dick Cavett – presented here is archival episode of The Dick Cavett Show in which writer Jerzy Kosinski discusses the adaptation of his novel, his approach to writing and contextualizing in different languages, his childhood years in Europe and his emigration to the United States, etc. The episode was broadcast on February 2, 1979. In English, not subtitled. (20 min, 1080i).
      • Peter Sellers – presented here is footage from archival interviews which Peter Sellers gave for two TV networks. In these excerpts, the actor discusses some of the favorite characters he played during the years and his contribution to Being There. In English, not subtitled.1. Today – the interview is conducted by Gene Shalit for NBC’s Today show in March 1980. (11 min, 1080i).2. The Don Lane Show – the episode was broadcast on Australian TV in April, 1980. (12 min, 1080i)



His Girl Friday – Criterion (US)


One of cinemas best comedies get the CC treatment.  The film looks great and has a wealth of supplements, but it is the inclusion of a restored The Front Page that gets this on my year end list.


  • Trailer – original restored trailer for His Girl Friday. In English, not subtitled. (3 min, 1080p).
  • Teaser – original restored trailer for His Girl Friday. In English, not subtitled. (2 min, 1080p).
  • Hawks on Hawks – presented here is a new program which features clips from taped audio conversations between director Howard Hawks and Peter Bogdanovich from 1972, and a 1973 interview with the director conducted by Richard Schickel. The material covers the casting process, some of major differences and similarities between Lewis Milestone’s The Front Page and His Girl Friday, some specific lensing and editing choices, the use of dialog (and specifically the decision to use overlapping lines), etc. With clips and stills. In English, not subtitled. (11 min, 1080p).
  • Lux Radio Theatre – presented here is a Lux Radio Theatre adaptation of His Girl Friday, featuring Claudette Colbert as Hildy Johnson and Fred Murray as Walter Burns. The adaptation initially aired on September 30, 1940. In English, not subtitled. (60 min, 1080p).
  • Featurettes – presented here are four short archival featurettes that focus on the history, legacy and success His Girl Friday and the career of its creator, director Howard Hawks.1. On Assignment: His Girl Friday – featuring clips from archival interviews with author David Thompson (The Biographical Dictionary of Film) and critic Molly Haskell. In English, not subtitled. (9 min, 1080i).2. Howard Hawks: Reporter’s Notebook – featuring clips from an archival interview with author Todd McCarthy (Howard Hawks: The Grey Fox of Hollywood). In English, not subtitled. (4 min, 1080i).3. Funny Pages – featuring archival footage from The Front Page and His Girl Friday and information about the classic play by Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur. In English, not subtitled. (4 min, 1080i).4. Rosalind Russell: The Inside Scoop – featuring information about the life and career of actress Rosalind Russell, plus archival footage. In English, not subtitled. (4 min, 1080i).
  • Lighting Up with Hildy Johnson – in this brand new visual essay, film scholar David Bordwell, coauthor of Film Art: An Introduction, discusses the auteur qualities of Howard Hawks’ films and the brilliant structure and style of His Girl Friday. In English, not subtitled. (26 min, 1080p).

Disc Two

  • The Front Page (1931) – presented here is Lewis Milestone’s film The Front Page, starring Adolphe Menjou, Pat O’Brien,a and Mary Brian. For additional information about the recent 4K restoration of the film, please see the video section of our review. MPEG-4 AVC/1080p/English LPCM 1.0. With optional English SDH subtitles.
  • Restoring The Front Page – this new featurette focuses on the recent 4K restoration of The Front Page and highlights some of the differences between the final restored version of the film and previously available versions. Included in the featurette are interviews with Dr. Hart Wegner (former chair, UNLV Department of Film), Francisco Menendez (founding artistic director, UNLV Department of Film), Michael Pogorzelski (dierctor, Film Archive, Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences), and Heather Addison (professor and chair, UNLV Department of Film), amongst others. In English, not subtitled. (24 min, 1080p).
  • Ben Hecht – in this brand new documentary, Ben Hecht expert David Brendel takes a closer look at the life and diverse legacy of the prolific writer, some of the key themes that defined his best work, and some of the classic Hollywood films that were inspired by it (Foreign CorrespondentScarfaceKiss of DeathRide the Pink Horse). The documentary was created by the Criterion Collection in 2016.. In English, not subtitled. (26 min, 1080p).
  • Radio Theater – presented here are two radio adaptations of The Front Page.1. 1937 Adaptation – featuring Walter Winchell as Hildy Johnson and James Gleason as Walter Burns. In English, not subtitled. (59 min, 1080p).2. 1946 Adaptation – featuring Pat O’Brien as Hildy Johnson and Adolphe Manjou and Walter Burns. In English, not subtitled. (32 min, 1080p).
  • Two Leaflets – featuring essays on His Girl Friday and The Front Page by critics Farran Smith Nehme and Michael Sragow, as well as technical credits.



Fright Night – Eureka! (UK)


One of the best examples of horror comedy, Fright Night comes to you in an affordable and AVAILABLE release from Eureka!  Techs are good all around as are the extras, especially You’re So Cool Brewster which is fantastic.


  • 4K digital restoration
  • You’re So Cool, Brewster! A new two-hour version of the definitive 2016 documentary on the making of Fright Night, focusing on the first film, created exclusively for this release.
  • What is Fright Night featurette – 2016 video piece featuring cast and crew interviews .
  • Tom Holland: Writing Horror – 2016 video piece featuring interviews with Holland and his collaborators .
  • Rowdy McDowall: From Apes to Bats – 2016 video piece featuring archival footage of McDowall and cast and crew interviews .
  • Fear Fest 2 2008 reunion panel featuring Tom Holland, Chris Sarandon, William Ragsdale, Stephen Geoffreys, Amanda Bearse, Jonathan Stark and moderated by Rob Galluzzo .
  • Shock Till You Drop Present Choice Cuts with Tom Holland and Ryan Turek, a three-part video interview on the film.
  • The full electronic press kit, featuring extensive on-set interviews and behind-the-scenes footage.
  • Stills and memorabilia from Tom Hollands personal collection.
  • G-rated and R-rated theatrical trailers.



Rawhead Rex – Kino Lorber (US)


You have to put together some package when your film isn’t that hot. (In fairness, it is enjoyable) Kino does just that.  The extras are so good, you may revisit them more than the film.



  • Booklet (six pages) includes an essay by Kat Ellinger.
  • Commentary features director George Pavlou.
  • “Call Me Rawhead” (20:57, HD) catches up with Heinrich von Schellendorf, who was the man stuffed into the Rawhead Rex suit during filming. After spending the last three decades forgetting about his participation in the movie, the actor seems a little surprised to be questioned about “Rawhead Rex” once again. He covers the casting process, with the 19-year-old German teen discovered due to his size and bilingual abilities, soon subjected to the daily two-hour-long ritual of costume application, which he wore all the time, waiting to be used. There’s talk of training at the hotel, shared with the members of U2, who befriended von Schellendorf as they prepared for a world tour. Memories of cast and crew are shared, including some candid tales of Dukes’s unbreakable focus, and on-set struggles are recounted, including the infamous urination scene.
  • “What the Devil Hath Wrought” (11:15, HD) is an interview with actor Ronan Wilmot, who’s adamant that he took the “Rawhead Rex” gig strictly for employment purposes, but also shares his love for the script — the scope of which didn’t make it to the screen. Wilmot provides memories of co-stars and, again, the pee scene, and shares his amazement that “Rawhead Rex” has managed to hold on as a cult film after all these years.
  • “Rawhead FX” (22:34, HD) collects Peter Mackenzie Litten (Creature Effects Artist), John Schroonraad (Creature Effects Artist), Gerry Johnson (Special Effects Supervisor), Sean Corcoran (Second Unit Cameraman), and Rosie Blackmore (Make-Up Artist). The creative team offers their individual perspectives on the “Rawhead Rex” shoot, with the common lament being the reality of limited funds to properly sell a horror extravaganza. Technical achievements are spotlighted, including the creation of the Rawhead Rex suit and an animatronic head to use for close-ups. There’s also a mention of the design itself, with the team moving away from Barker’s penis-inspired imagination, which enraged the author. Talk of location shooting and mild mishaps are interesting, but most enlightening is the revelation that a crew revolt took place, leaving Pavlou with little to no professionals to help piece together the feature’s non-ending.
  • “Rawhead Rising” (20:54, HD) is discussion of an aborted “Rawhead Rex” graphic novel adaptation from the late 1980s, with artist Stephen R. Bissette happily sharing his plans for the work, which included a more faithful rendering of Rawhead Rex’s “rampaging phallus” design and slight storytelling changes. Bissette provides an overview of Barker’s “Books of Blood” series and shares his love for the source material, which extends into analysis of the writing and the project’s ultimate demise due to difficult business dealings and rights issues.
  • Behind the Scenes Image Gallery (2:11) collects design drawings and on-set photographs, some revealing just how the animatronic head worked.
  • And a Theatrical Trailer (1:05, HD) is included.



Night Moves- Warner Archive (US)

When a film is this good, it does’t matter if there is anything else on the disc.  Warner Archive delivers a fantastic restoration and solid audio track of one of the most under-appreciated films of the ’70s.


  • Day of the Director (480i; 1.33:1; 8:35): This is a vintage EPK focusing on Arthur Penn at work
  • Trailer (1080p; 1.78:1; 2:21): “It’s a game where every player is a pawn. Every move is a wrong one. And the winner loses everything.”


A New Leaf – Olive Films (US)


Olive Films signature series took a bit of a hiatus, but came back with a bang.  The brilliant New Leaf, from the even more brilliant Elaine May, looks wonderful thanks to the 4K remaster and is filled out nicely with a solid commentary and a great little piece featuring fellow female comedy director Amy Heckerling



  • Trailer – original trailer for A New Leaf. In English, not subtitled. (2 min, 1080p).
  • The Cutting Room Floor: Editing A New Leaf – in this brand new video interview, assistant editor Angelo Corrao recalls how he was hired to work on A New Leaf and discusses the notorious three-hour cut of the film that was initially done, Elaine May’s working methods, and the rhythm and tone of the film. The interview was conducted exclusively for Olive Films in 2017. In English, not subtitled. (13 min, 1080p).
  • Women in Hollywood: A Tragedy of Comic Proportions – in this brand new video interview, director Amy Heckerling (Fast Times at Ridgemont HighClueless) discusses the many obstacles she faced while trying to establish herself in Hollywood, Elaine May’s similar career path, A New Leaf and Henrietta Lowell’s unique personality, etc. The interview was conducted exclusively for Olive Films in 2017. In English, not subtitled. (7 min, 1080p).
  • Ode on a Grecian Nightgown – presented here is a new essay by critic, editor, and film programmer Alexandra Heller-Nicholas. In text-format.
  • Commentary – in this new audio commentary, film scholar Maya Montanez Smukler offers an in-depth analysis of A New Leaf (with excellent observations about the balance between comedy and drama/satire in it), and discusses its production history and the careers of its most prominent cast and crew as well as the socio-cultural environment in which the film emerged. Fantastic commentary.
  • Booklet – 14-page illustrated booklet featuring:
    • “Ode on a Grecian Nightgown” by Alexandra Heller-Nicholas.
    • “The Green Heart” by Jack Ritchie, the source material for Elaine May’s script for A New Leaf.


Slither – Scream Factory (US)


The love that James Gunn has for his peeps, and the love they have for him is infectious.  It is omnipresent in all of his work, but nowhere more so than in Slither.  A throwback romp with an on point cast, the film is an incredibly fun ride.  Scream Factory goes to great lengths to not only put out a worthy technical presentation but does an admirable job of trying to pull you into and help you enjoy what Gunn and Crew are up to.  Sublime all the way around.



  • NEW Audio Commentary with Writer/Director James Gunn and Actors Nathan Fillion and Michael Rooker – Recorded in 2017 by Shout!, this is a jovial track with frequent laughter as Gunn, Fillion, and Rooker reminisce on Slither‘s shoot twelve years ago. Gunn supplies production anecdotes and Fillion chips in with his individual memories. Rooker is the least talkative and often relegated to the background. In English, not subtitled.
  • Audio Commentary with James Gunn and Nathan Fillion (from 2006) – Gunn was recorded in the studio while Fillion joins the track via phone in Vancouver. This is a screen-specific commentary with a lot of observations made about the course of filming. In English, not subtitled.
  • NEW The Genesis of SLITHER – An Interview with Writer/Director James Gunn (29:39, 1080p) – Shout! shot this new interview with Gunn, who initially was only going to sell his screenplay of Slither and not direct the picture. He recollects the casting choices, the themes of the film, the importance of Slither to his directing career and how it fits within his larger body of work. In English, not subtitled.
  • NEW The Other MacReady – An Interview with Actor Gregg Henry (8:09, 1080p) – Mayor Jack MacReady in Slither recalls his original impressions of director James Gunn on the set, brief remarks about his collaborators, the special makeup effects, and what he thought of the film after his most recent viewing. In English, not subtitled.
  • Deleted and Extended Scenes with Optional Commentary by James Gunn (17:13, upscaled to 1080) – these comprise a dozen clips and unlike the Universal DVD, they can’t be played individually. The deleted scenes (eight clips, 9:58 total) and extended scenes (four clips, 7:15 total) have been consolidated. Shout! doesn’t provide the scene names on the sub-menu or on any title cards preceding each so I re-list them here courtesy of the Universal disc. They include “Mrs. McCammon’s House,” “Grant at Work,” “Grant/Starla Dinner Scene #1,” “The Meat Filing Scene,” “Grant Takes Dog Away,” “Grant/Starla Dinner Scene #2,” “Outside ‘Deer Cheer’ Lodge,” “Starla Zones Out in Classroom,” “The Butcher Shop,” “Bill and Starla on Lodge Balcony,” “Grant at Brenda’s House,” and “Bill and Kylie Outside Police Station.” The scenes can be played with or without commentary by Gunn. They’re presented in 1.85:1 non-anamorphic widescreen. Gunn is chatty as he explains why each one was dropped from the final cut. He also mentions preview audiences and test screenings in which he showed early cuts of Slither. In English, not subtitled.
  • Visual Effects: Step by Step (5:04, upscaled to 1080) – a.k.a. Visual Effects Progressions. This short featurette takes several scenes from the movie and demonstrates the evolution of shots, usually in three stages or more. It depicts the anatomy of a shot and shows how it is conceptualized through animation and green screen. Presented in non-anamorphic widescreen. In English, not subtitled.
  • Slithery Set Tour with Actor Nathan Fillion (4:41, upscaled to 1080) – the actor who plays Bill Pardy lugs an EPK camera around as he visits with various cast and crew members. Presented in 1.33:1. In English, not subtitled.
  • The Sick Minds and Slimy Days of SLITHER (10:04, upscaled to 1080) – an EPK making-of doc featuring interviews with writer/director James Gunn, producer Eric Newman, producer Paul Brooks, as well as actors Nathan Fillion, Michael Rooker, Elizabeth Banks, Tania Saulnier, and Gregg Henry. Presented in 1.33:1. In English, not subtitled.
  • Brewing the Blood – How to Make Blood (3:17, upscaled to 1080) – a.k.a. Gorehound Grill. Kurt Jackson, first assistant for special effects, gives a humorous demo on how to make homemade blood (key ingredient: corn syrup) and shows how it compares with movie blood. Presented in 1.33:1. In English, not subtitled.
  • Bringing SLITHER’s Creatures to Life (18:38, upscaled to 1080) – an extended featurette containing interview snippets with the same actors from the making-of as well as comments from special makeup effects supervisor/ designer Todd Masters, visual effects supervisor John Gajdecki, prosthetics technician Michael “Parasite Mike” Manzel, prosthetics tech Nicholas Podbrey, puppeteer Adam Behr, among others talking on the set. There are text screens of production notes and shots displaying the animated parasites. Presented in 1.33:1. In English, not subtitled.
  • Lloyd Kaufman’s Video Diary (8:58, upscaled to 1080) – cult director Kaufman describes James Gunn’s early writing credits and narrates his thoughts on the way to the set of Slither and in the dressing room. He chats with Gunn’s then-wife and hair/makeup people. There’s also footage of Gunn directing. Appears like VHS quality (and its interlaced) but the image is pretty clean. Presented in 1.33:1. In English, not subtitled.
  • Gag Reel (8:12, upscaled to 1080) – a series of actor flubs, guffaws, and screw-ups from many scenes in the movie. Presented in non-anamorphic widescreen. In English, not subtitled.
  • Who Is Bill Pardy? Featurette (5:14, upscaled to 1080) – a gag reel and slew of outtakes featuring actor Nathan Fillion. Cast and crew members make sarcastic remarks about Fillion in an amusing way. Presented in both pan-and-scan and letterbox. In English, not subtitled.
  • Theatrical Trailer (1:30, upscaled to 1080) – this is more of a teaser by Universal for the film. This didn’t make it to Universal’s 2006 DVD because, according to James Gunn via IGN, the dual-layered disc was completely full. Macro-blocking is conspicuous. Presented in anamorphic widescreen with Dolby Digital 2.0 sound.


The Thing Limited Edition – Arrow (UK)

If you had told me last year that one of my tops pick, Scream Factory’s The Thing, would be topped I would have told you that you had been taken over by an alien being.  Buuuuuuut, Arrow has done just that. (In a year, no less).  From package to restoration, from new docs to old docs, art work to inserts this set is breathtaking.  Scream’s is great, but every big kid eventually runs into a bigger kid.



  • • Brand new restoration from a 4K scan of the original negative, supervised and approved by director John Carpenter and director of photography Dean Cundey
    • Original Mono and DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
    • Audio commentary by John Carpenter and actor Kurt Russell
    Who Goes There? In Search of The Thing – an all-new feature length documentary produced by Ballyhoo Motion Pictures exploring the history of The Thing, from the original novella to John Carpenter’s terrifying science fiction classic. Featuring new interviews with the cast and crew, as well as authors, historians, and critics
    1982: One Amazing Summer – an all-new retrospective documentary produced by Ballyhoo Motion Pictures about the unforgettable films released in the summer of 1982
    John Carpenter’s The Thing: Terror Takes Shape – archive documentary on the background and production of the film
    • Vintage Featurettes
    • Outtakes
    • Behind-the-Scenes
    • Trailers, Teasers, TV and Radio Spots
    • Still Galleries
    • Poster
    • Lobby Cards
    • Book containing new writing on the film
    • Newly commissioned artwork by Gary Pullin



Honorable Mention to: CriterionStalker, Barry Lyndon, Mildred Pierce, They Live By Night.  Sony – Lost Horizon.  Powerhouse/Indicator Series Lady From Shanghai, The Big Heat.  Scream Factory/Shout Select – Land of the Dead, Dawn of the Dead, Silent Night Deadly Night, Hype!, Trespass,Dudes, Three o’clock High.  Synapse – Suspiria.  CohenDaughters of the Dust.  Vinegar SyndromeMalibu High, My Chauffer.  ArrowShock Treatment, Carrie, Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia88 filmsAbsurd, Joe Bullet.  Kino LorborMiscrocosmos, Code of Silence, The Apple, Junior Bonner.  Severin – Devil’s Rain, Beyond the Darkness, Wild BeastsWarner ArchiveBad Day at Black Rock, The Ballad of Cable Hogue, Ride the High Country.  AGFAEffects.  Second Sight – Electric Dreams. 


Best Sets:


Early Women Filmmakers: An International Anthology – Flicker Alley (US)

The most important set of the year.


Alice Guy Blaché

  • Les Chiens Savants (1902)
  • Une Histoire Roulante (1906)
  • La Barricade (1907)
  • Falling Leaves (1912)
  • Making an American Citizen (1912)
  • The Girl in the Armchair (1912)

Lois Weber

  • Suspense (1913)
  • Discontent (1916)
  • The Blot (1921)
  • Audio Commentary: For Lois Weber’s The Blot by author, professor, and expert on women and early film culture Shelley Stamp, courtesy of Milestone Film and Video.

Mabel Normand

  • Mabel’s Strange Predicament (1914)

 Madeline Brandeis

  • The Star Prince (1918)

Germaine Dulac

  • La Cigarette (1919)
  • La Souriante Mme. Beudet (1922)

Olga Preobrazhenskaia

  • The Peasant Women of Ryazan (1927)
 Marie-Louise Iribe
  • Le Roi des Aulnes (1929)

Lotte Reiniger

  • Harlequin (1931)
  • The Stolen Heart (1934)
  • Papageno (1935)

Claire Parker

  • A Night on Bald Mountain (1933)
 Mrs. Wallace Reid (Dorothy Davenport)
  • The Woman Condemned (1934)

Leni Riefenstahl

  • Day of Freedom (1935)

Mary Ellen Bute

  • Parabola (1937)
  • Spook Sport (1939)
 Dorothy Arzner
  • Dance, Girl, Dance (excerpt) (1940)

Maya Deren

  • Meshes of the Afternoon (1943)
  • Booklet Essay: By film scholar and Women Film Pioneers Project Manager Kate Saccone.



Bunuel: The Essential Collection – StudioCanal (UK)

One of the worlds greatest artists and filmmakers get a beautiful treatment from StudioCanal.  The bulk of it is from his later years but it would be hard to argue that any director closed out his career on the high note that Bunuel did.


That Obscure Object of Desire

  • New Jean-Claude Carriere interview
  • New Aesthetics of the Irrational: ICA Q&A with Jean-Claude Carriere and Diego Bunuel hosted by Tim Robey
  • Interview with Carlos Saura
  • The Arbitrariness of Desire by Jean-Claude Carriere
  • Lady Doubles – interview with Carole Bouquet and Angela Molina
  • Portrait of an impatient filmmaker, Luis Bunuel – Interview with Pierre Lady and Edmond Richard

Belle De Jour – New 50th Anniversary Restoration

  • New Jean-Claude Carriere interview
  • New Masterclass with Diego Bunuel and Jean-Claude Carriere (1 hour+)
  • New Trailer
  • Commentary by professor Peter W. Evans
  • The Last Script (1:34:33)
  • A Story of Perversion or Emancipation? – Interview with Dr Sylvain Mimoun (29:39 in PAL)

Diary of a Chambermaid

  • An Angel in the Marshes documentary (26 minutes)

Phantom of Liberty

  • New Jean-Claude Carriere interview
  • New Critical Analysis by professor Peter W. Evans
  • New Bunuel, la Transgression des Reves -A new documentary by Pierre-Henri Gibert
    Photo Gallery

The Milky Way

  • New Jean-Claude Carriere interview
  • New Critical Analysis by professor Peter W. Evans
  • Bunuel, Athiest Thanks to God documentary (32 minutes)

Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie

  • New Jean-Claude Carriere interview
  • A Walk Amongst the Shadows documentary (28 minutes)
  • Critical analysis by professor Peter W.Evans
  • Trailer
  • Tristana
    • New Interview with Franco Nero
    • Rituals documentary (20 minutes)
    • Trailer


Hammer Vol. 1: Fear Warning! – Powerhouse/Indicator Series (UK: Region Free)


A delicious first entry of what I can only hope is a pile of these things.  It may not have many of the more sexy and well know heavy hitters, but there is some great stuff here(two of them are new to the format).  Vol. 2 has been announced.  Here’s hoping for more horror volumes.


  • • HD restorations of all four films
    • Original Mono audio
    • New title-specific documentaries exploring aspects of each film: White-Hot Terror: Inside ‘Maniac’ / Heart of Stone: Inside ‘The Gorgon’ / Blood and Bandages: Inside ‘The Curse of the Mummy’s Tomb’ / House of Horror: Inside ‘Fanatic’ 
    • Hammer’s Women: Nadia Gray (2017): horror film expert Lindsay Anne Hallam looks at the fascinating life and work of the Romanian stage and screen actor
    • Focus Puller Trevor Wrenn and Clapper Loader Ray Andrew on ‘Maniac’ (2017): original crew members share their memories of working on the film
    • The Gorgon audio commentary with Daughters of Darkness’ Samm Deighan and Kat Ellinger (2017)
    • The Gorgon introduction by actor and filmmaker Matthew Holness (2017)
    • Hammer’s Women: Barbara Shelley (2017): academic and author Patricia MacCormack examines the life and career of ‘the first leading lady of British horror’
    • ‘The Gorgon’ Comic-Strip Adaptation: Goodall, Goring & Coyas’ 1977 comic strip, originally published in House of Hammer magazine
    • Hammer’s Women: Jeanne Roland (2017): Diabolique magazine’s editor-in-chief Kat Ellinger offers an appreciation of the Burmese-born actor’s short career
    • Interview with Michael McStay (2017): the British film and TV actor looks back at his time working for Hammer
    • The Curse of the Mummy’s Tomb Super 8 Version: original cut-down home cinema presentation
    • Hammer’s Women: Tallulah Bankhead (2017): Kat Ellinger explores the life and work of the inimitable star of stage and screen
    • David Huckvale on Wilfred Josephs (2017): an appreciation of the composer’s work by the author of Hammer Film Scores and the Musical Avant-Garde
    • Fanatical Detail (2017): continuity supervisor Renée Glynne and second assistant director Stuart Black recall the making of Fanatic
    • Matthew Lombardo on Tallulah Bankhead and ‘Fanatic’ (2017): the acclaimed playwright discusses his play Looped and his fascination with Tallulah Bankhead
    • Die! Die! My Darling!: alternative presentation of Fanatic with the US title sequence
    • Original trailers
    • Extensive image galleries with promotional and on-set photography, original lobby cards and poster art
    • Four box set exclusive booklets with new essays by Kim Newman, Marcus Hearn, Kat Ellinger and Jo Botting, archival interviews, contemporary reviews, and full film credits


George A. Romero: Between Night and Dawn – Arrow (UK, US)


Beautiful restorations of all three films (2 in 4K), some lovely documentaries, one of the perfect boxes you’ll ever see and GDT and George in the same room talking.  These may not be his best films, but there is always something to take away from a Romero film.  You also get many reminders of how good a dude he was.  RIP.


  • Reversible sleeve for each film featuring original and newly-commissioned artwork by Gilles Vranckx
  • Limited edition 60-page booklet featuring new writing on the films by Kat Ellinger, Kier-La Janisse and Heather Drain
  • THERE’S ALWAYS VANILLA (1971)Brand new 2K restoration from original film elements
    • Brand new audio commentary by Travis Crawford
    • Affair of the Heart: The Making of There’s Always Vanilla – brand new documentary featuring interviews with producers John Russo and Russell Streiner, stars Judith Streiner and Richard Ricci, and sound recordist Gary Streiner
    • Digging Up the Dead – The Lost Films of George A. Romero – archive interview with Romero discussing his early films There’s Always Vanilla and Season of the Witch
    • Location Gallery with audio commentary by Romero historian Lawrence DeVincentz
    • Memorabilia Gallery
    • Trailer
    • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly-commissioned artwork by Gilles Vranckx
  • SEASON OF THE WITCH (1972)Brand new 4K restoration of the original theatrical version from the camera negative [90 mins]
    • Alternate extended version [104 mins]
    • Brand new audio commentary by Travis Crawford
    • When Romero Met Del Toro – filmmaker Guillermo Del Toro in conversation with George Romero
    • The Secret Life of Jack’s Wife – archive interview with actress Jan White
    • Alternate Opening Titles
    • Location Gallery with audio commentary by Romero historian Lawrence DeVincentz
    • Memorabilia Gallery
    • Trailer
    • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly-commissioned artwork by Gilles Vranckx
  • THE CRAZIES (1973)
    • Brand new 4K restoration from the original camera negative
    • Brand new audio commentary by Travis Crawford
    • Romero Was Here: Locating The Crazies – Romero historian Lawrence DeVincentz takes us on a guided tour of Evans City, PA and the locations used in The Crazies
    • Crazy for Lynn Lowry – cult star Lynn Lowry discusses her early career including her role in The Crazies
    • Q&A with Lynn Lowry filmed at the 2016 Abertoir Film Festival
    • Audio interview with producer Lee Hessel
    • Behind-the-scenes footage with optional commentary by Lawrence DeVincentz
    • Alternate Opening Titles
    • Image Galleries
    • Trailers & TV Spots
    • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly-commissioned artwork by Gilles Vranckx


The Wonderful Worlds of Ray Harryhausen Vol. 2 – Powerhouse/Indicator (UK Region Free)

Indicator made it a great year to be a Harryhausen fan, but a tough year to pick a best release.  This set has the first film remastered in 2K, and the latter two in 4K.  That plus the overwhelming amount of supplements and the quality of the films presented here wins out over Vol. 1 and the Sinbad set.


• 4K restorations of Jason and the Argonauts and First Men in the Moon from the original camera negatives
• 2K restoration of Mysterious Island from the original camera negative
• Mono and 5.1 surround sound audio options
Ray Harryhausen audio commentaries
Additional Mysterious Island audio commentary with film historians Randall William Cook, C. Courtney Joyner and Steven C. Smith
Additional Jason and the Argonauts audio commentary with filmmaker Peter Jackson and Randall William Cook
• ‘Jason and the Argonauts’ Original Skeleton Fight Storyboards
• Ray Harryhausen on ‘Mysterious Island’
• Actor Michael Craig on ‘Mysterious Island’
• Hal Hickel on ‘Mysterious Island’ (2017): new interview with the special effects maestro
• Kim Newman on ‘Mysterious Island’ (2017): new appreciation by the author and genre-film expert
• Islands of Mystery: vintage featurette
• Randall William Cook Introduces ‘First Men in the Moon’
• Tomorrow the Moon: vintage featurette
• New and exclusive interviews with crew members, including camera assistant Ray Andrew (Mysterious Island) and production manager Ted Wallis (First Men in the Moon)
• Back to Mysterious Island comic-book
• Archival documentaries and interviews
• Super 8 version of Mysterious Island
• Isolated scores: experience the music of Bernard Herrmann (Mysterious Island) and Laurie Johnson (First Men in the Moon)
• Original trailers, teasers, TV spots and promotional films
• John Landis trailer commentary for First Men in the Moon
• Image galleries: extensive promotional and on-set photography, poster art and archive materials
• Limited edition exclusive 80-page book with new essays by film experts Kim Newman and Tim Lucas, an in-depth oral history of all three films, and full film credits


Honorable Mention to: Arrow – The Complete House, Eric Rohmer Collection.  Criterion: Before Trilogy, Martin Scorsese World Cinema Project Vol. 2Powerhouse/Indicator Series – Ray Harryhausen Vol. 1.  Eureka!Buster Keaton: 3 FilmsScream Factory – Paul Naschy Collections.

Author: El Cinemonster

El Cinemonster hails from the wilds of suburbia, and was raised on a diet of Zombies, Universal Monsters, Kung Fu and Grandmaster Flash. Since those early days he has lugged his bulk back and forth across the US and planet Earth, fueled by good beer and hooch, to dance with life's pixies wherever they are found. He is here to blather on about off the beaten path film, near the beaten path film, and on occasion a film that takes the path. There may also be beer, tequila and music sprinkled over things, as he finds these to be fine seasonings.

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