Atkins Vs. Z’Dar, Hauer Vs. Simmons,
and Jet Li versus everyone.
This week on THE WALL!
Kind of a slow week bastards. We still have some good stuff dropping but it’s not like last week when I could have kept the list going for another 5 or so titles. I was going to hold off and combine this week’s list with next week’s list but I couldn’t sit on our Pick of The Week, it’s just too goddamn good. Remember to click on the cover art to jump over to Amazon and buy the flick. We get a few nickels for each title which helps to support the site. Okay ramblers, let’s get ramblin’.
DG PICK OF THE WEEK
SYNAPSE has to be tied with BLUE UNDERGROUND for label of the year for me. They are pounding out some incredible titles (with FRANKENHOOKER right around the corner). I am happy as fuck to finally have MANIAC COP on Blu-ray. William Lustig made four films in the 80’s and three of those are classics: MANIAC, VIGILANTE, and MANIAC COP. When it comes to the COP trilogy, the first one has always been the Don. I just think the story is better, the pacing is better, its just a more fluid film. Having said that, I realize I am the nerdy kid playing by himself while everybody else is on the monkey bars playing with the cool kid known as MANIAC COP 2.
Most of the features that are on this release were on Synapse’s DVD version with one huge exception: The commentary track that features Bruce Campbell, Writer/Producer Larry Cohen, Composer Jay Chattaway, and Director Bill Lustig. This is an amazing commentary and I wish this would have made it over, but that is a minor quible with what is otherwise a near flawless release for the grindhouse crowd.
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.85:1
DTS 6.1 Surround Sound
Maniac Cop Memories Featurette
Out the Window – Interview with Tom Atkins
Three Minutes with Danny Hicks Featurette
Motion Still Gallery
Additional Japanese TV Scenes
Spanish Radio Spot
J.D. Feigelson, author of HORROR HIGH, originally planned this as a feature film but the rights were snatched up by CBS. Though the film had to be slightly altered for t.v. the edits were only minor. This film went on to play horror festivals to solid reviews and has built up a strong cult following. This is a very atmospheric film that is freaky as hell.
I never got on the bandwagon of this film. It has it’s moments, I understand it’s a classic, but it never really works for me. I know some of you bastards dig it though so here it is.
A triple feature that’s all kinds of badass. LEGEND OF THE FIST is hands down the best flick in the bunch but they all represent some of Li’s best work.
We go from a triple feature to a double. Rutger Hauer Vs. Gene Simmons, and Fred Dryer working some revenge. Is it just me or did Dryer always come off like a nicer version of Michael Ironside? Anyway, these flicks are solid 80’s action. Well south of flawless, but fun as hell.
This isn’t a new release, but Amazon has this set at over 67% off so I thought I would toss it on the list. I dig this series. THE OMEN never reached the level of THE EXORCIST but it came damn close. THE OMEN series however is infinitely better than anything THE EXORCIST franchise tried to push. At least THE OMEN series had consistency and some cool character development. THE EXORCIST franchise was just a giant pile of shit without the hint of anything scary. This is an awesome deal on the set. Click the image to grab it and support the site.
Finally, from the drawers of the hype file…
BAD TEACHER is probably the best mainstream comedy I have seen this year, but HORRIBLE BOSSES is a solid flick. Trust me.
THAT’S IT FOR THIS WEEK BASTARDS…
Next week we’re back with THE CROW (Blu), RED STATE (Blu), GUNS OF NAVARONE (Blu), CAPE FEAR (Blu) and more.
HERE’S TO GOOD WATCHING THIS WEEK, SALUTE!
SEE YOU ON FORTY DEUCE,
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