Welcome back to The Wall! We’ve scoured the release list and boiled it down, as always, to the absolute must-buys of the week. Yeah, there are more titles that are dropping, certainly bigger budgets and ad campaigns on par with a Michael Bay film, but NOTHING this week is as cool as the titles we have listed. Hope you enjoy, and keep an eye out for the September New Release Checklist later this week to make sure you book your pre-orders.
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— DG PICK OF THE WEEK–
It’s a tradition here at DG; any time a Featured Filmmaker has a film coming she or he automatically gets the Pick of the Week. No questions. No hesitations. This week, Signe Olynyk and Bob Schultz’s BELOW ZERO gets its premiere from Screen Media Films and Creeper had an early look back in February, here’s an excerpt:
A taut psychological thriller, BELOW ZERO plays like a Richard Matheson-penned episode of The Twilight Zone. However, despite the numerous twists and turns sprinkled throughout, the ending bypasses the typical “gotcha!” reveal, instead opting for a more calculated, almost surreal conclusion. I can appreciate the rare twist ending that’s executed well, but the final act of BELOW ZERO encourages discussion, interpretation, and a craving for Kari Wuhrer (that last part might just be me). Hats and pants off to screenwriter Signe Olynyk – but only when appropriate.
Click here for Creeper’s full review.
ALSO OUT THIS WEEK…
In other hands this film may be routine, but in the hands of the great Fernando Di Leo MADNESS is a tough and gritty piece of home-invasion style cinema. This os light on extras so we’ll just have to celebrate a good transfer of a cool flick.
Bertrand Tavernier’s ‘ROUND MIDNIGHT is one of the best films about musicians I have ever seen. When I heard that Shout Factory was releasing one of his films my mind automatically went to that title and I got myself all geeked up only to learn I was wrong. Wrong title, wrong decade, wrong actors, etc. But damn was I happy to see this. I had actually never heard of this film but it’s a fascinating trip of muted sci-fi and great performances. Full review later this week.
Youth in revolt at 24fps. This film isn’t flawless but every value it holds is still just as relevant to some kid out there looking for a cause. Dig it!
This is a film that almost certainly will end up on my Top 10 list. This flick is fully loaded and dangerous as hell. There have been a lot of attempts to put the world of the white collar on trial but this one does it through action and creative storytelling.
This flick moves at a quicker pace compared to other Jean Rollin films but it still has all the gore and nudity you could ask for… with the Rollin touch of course.
Another Rollin film but this one is really trapped in mediocrity.
Spine numbers 5, 6, and 7 from Blue Underground’s compilation series. If you don’t already own these titles this is a good chance to grab them on a cool collection with all the special features of the individual releases. In Volume 5, CONTAMINATION is a Luigi Cozzi flick that actually has a pretty ambitious story while THE SHAPE OF THINGS TO COME is a shit-box but a fun film in a six-deep into a 12-pack kind of way.
As for Volume 6, both of these films are pretty solid. David Cronenberg’s FAST COMPANY is an interesting watch considering where his career would end up. Cronenberg does work in some subtle anti-corporate messages but don’t dig too deep, just buckle-up and enjoy the ride, racing, and the last performance from Claudia Jennings who, oddly enough, died a year later in a car accident. CANNONBALL is a David Carradine racing flick with all sport and no death if you dig my meaning.
And finally, I can’t break down Volume 7 because I haven’t seen either one.
Still the greatest horror-comedy of all-time… with YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN a close second.
Nearly every week we get an example of why Warner Archives continues to be one of the best labels around. Who cares that MODs smell like cheese? Not me, sucka, not me.
I thought this was the best film in the franchise since Paul Verhoeven’s 1997 film. Having said that, I think the franchise has been full of eyeball numbing blandness. Ironic since the first one is filled with enough explosions and bug busting that it could knock the earth off its axis. So what does the best of worst give us? An okay way to pass 89 minutes.
This was one of the last two films Gordon “The Master Killer” Liu completed before he moved into a nursing home to help with his rehabilitation following a stroke. The other film is THE MAN WITH THE IRON FISTS which is coming to theaters on November 2nd. I haven’t seen this film but I will give it a watch just because Liu is in it.
A gritty and tough Argentinian film that beats the hell out of you until you either hit the end credits or give-up. This is a really unique film that demonstrates why we wade through hours of bad films… so we can find good shit like this.
That’s it for this week, Bastards.
We’ll be back next week with: RE-ANIMATOR (Blu), SAFE, UMBERTO D. (Blu), PIRANHA 3DD, ARACHNOPHOBIA (Blu), WHITE VENGEANCE (Blu) and more.
HERE’S TO GOOD WATCHING THIS WEEK, SALUTE!
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